Can Anyone in Carleton Place Hear Me?


NOTE: The opinions expressed below are solely of the author. No entity, including the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum or its staff, knew I was going to write this post today.



This morning I think I almost threw in the damn towel. Yes, it has come to swearing now as I am up to here with frustration.  I am going to repeat what I have been saying for months: ALL groups promoting Carleton Place should be on the same page. I am not going to mention names– I don’t like doing that. I just want this town to progress and work together, and there just seems to be too many chiefs, and not enough pot washers these days.

I have put on local events throughout the years and got very little help from anyone that promotes the town. In most cases I have done it myself. In fact, last year I went through hell trying to put on a successful event that brought a lot of people to Carleton Place. Would I ever put on another event? Not in my lifetime! It almost seems that people here don’t want anything to succeed.

This weekend we have a large event at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum. For you fashionistas it’s the second annual Vintage Clothing Sale. I have tried hard to help promote the event and have gotten more promotional help from Ottawa and other parts of Lanark County than I have from the town of Carleton Place. Now that is a damn (there is that word again) shame!

Just to state the facts: there were as of this morning: over 3o5 people that have RSVP’d to attend and over 1,000 people interested. I don’t care if it is not a ‘downtown event’ and maybe it falls into another category or group to be publicized. People, it is barely three blocks away from Bridge Street.  Do I care, if you as other groups don’t feel you should bother? I sure do!

The issue is: you have to drive down Bridge Street to get to “said event”, thus passing by local downtown businesses. You have to drive over the Mississippi River so you can “meet whomever you want on the Mississippi” as they say here. What is it that people do not understand here? Seems logical to me, that one hand should hold the other to make this town great!

Should we have a common resource manual? Am I missing something? Am I wrong?

Do I sometimes get to the point of frustration that I suddenly become silent?

Unfortunately, for the population of Carleton Place the answer is “no”. Not until my ashes finally hit the Alan Barker Funeral Home will you have any rest.



Invest in Wearable Art at the Carleton Place Museum Vintage Clothing Sale-Photos!!

and while I am at it Please go see the Mudds new event

It’s Tough To Be A Pirate–by Mark Piper





About lindaseccaspina

Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

18 responses »

  1. Hi Linda – You are 100% right – we should have 1 website that everyone can go to and promote events. It needs to be coordinated. all events benefit this town no matter where it is. Come on people we are not so big to worry that an event on one side of town will not help the whole town.

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  2. Rod from Brockville, here. If it wasn’t for your promotional efforts, I wouldn’t have known about the sale, and I wouldn’t have met Jennifer Irwin, and I would have missed out on a really nice kilt! Thanks for doing what you do!

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  3. To whom it may concern
    Not sure exactly what it is you (Lynda) wants to amalgamate but if it’s not approved by town council your on your own!
    As far as all your articles and events that I’m aware of I find them priceless especially your historical articles – love them.
    If you were to run for office on this topic I would support/vote for you. In the meantime chin up girl and keep on lobbying and doing what you do best – submit as new business to council.


  4. I know a couple businesses that would love to be part of the BIA. Also, I was thinking about a way to promote other small towns. Carleton Place has shops that are unique to our area. Perth has a great cobbler and some other interesting shops. And so does Almonte Smiths falls too. What if all the surrounding towns started promoting each other. Maybe don’t drive to the city see shop local support small towns. All four towns have unique shops, museums, events and restaurants. Just a thought. I have no idea how one would go about organizing something like that.


    • You know Meg, I can write until the cos come home.. and of course your thoughts are logic 101.. but it is to get people to come together. They have not in years.. I just dont know the answer and it gives me headaches.
      we need a fix soon! HUGGG


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