So About that Ballygiblin Sign…. Fourteen Years Later!



Photo-google image–the missing sign..


NO Questions Asked? The Ballygiblin Sign Update

Last August I began to blog about  getting our Ballygiblin sign back on the bridge. Deputy Mayor Jerry Flynn even caught me in back of the town hall one afternoon looking in the water to see if the sign was there LOL.

In all honesty you really have to watch me carefully when it comes to Carleton Place:)

When I talked to Jennifer Fenwick Irwin from the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum about it, she had already been on the case with Joanne Henderson from the town about that sign and another heritage signs around town. (McArthur Mill “missing” meaning not on location etc.)

In April, Scott Reids office under  the direction of Sandra Hurdis Finigan from Scott Reid’s (M.P.) office took things to heart when I posted about the missing Ballygiblin’s sign from the Central Bridge. She had already spoken to Duncan Rogers from the Carleton Place Town Hall who said he had approached the Ontario Heritage Trust *a few years ago but had not heard anything since.

Her Co-op student  “the iconic” Ryan from Notre Dame High School was asked to look into the Ballygiblin Riot plaque that used to reside beside the town hall at the bridge. You can read all about his findings here.

In this weeks Carleton Place and Almonte Canadian Gazette Tara Gesner wrote an article  about the Carleton Place Town Council considering funding replacement of the missing historical plaque:

“Councillor Ross Trimble suggested the initiative be considered during the 2017 budget deliberations that begin later this year.

“I am sure we have been putting money, replacement money away since the plaque was stolen,” Deputy Mayor Jerry Flynn commented.

“I think it is a part of our history,” he added, “and I agree with Ross that funding be included in our upcoming budget talks.”

“The next one (plaque) we get should be mounted right to the bridge rail,” Coun. Doug Black said.

You know guys, there is a long waiting list for provincial signs, and since ours was probably stolen for scrap metal it would cost $5000 to replace it. Personally, I can go to 53 Colours on Townline in Carleton Place and get something nice to put up there like the Findlay sign across the street. It does not have to be copper, and every day wasted is another tourism buzzword lost.

*Clerk Duncan Rogers filed a police report regarding the missing plaque on July 16, 2002 with then Sgt. Jim Birtch of the former Carleton Place Police Services.


Fourteen Years?

Remember–We are not makers of history–we are made by history. Let’s do more than talk– this has been long enough.

Thank you!

UPDATE– help has been offered..

From Karen Prytula
Hi Linda
 I can barely remember this but I’ll say 5-14 years ago their was a rash of thefts of these types of signs. They were being stolen for the metals used in the sign; copper, bronze, gold, etc. (copper wire was also being stolen off the hydro poles and sub-stations at the same time)
I know the Dey’s Rink/Arena sign was stolen, and another sign was stolen right off a building in Ottawa. (there are more that I can’t remember I’m sure)
Given the price of replacement of these signs, and the fact that they have obviously been stolen, I see no reason why Carleton Place can’t replace them through filing a claim with the Town’s insurance company.
If $5000 is too little a claim for the Town to submit then I suggest an inventory of all signs be undertaken. Through a process of elimination we will know what signs we have and what signs we don’t.  And then a bigger claim can be submitted to the insurance company.
I am willing to help (wander the town looking for signs), if someone else leads the project.
Karen Prytula



Related reading:

NO Questions Asked? The Ballygiblin Sign Update

The Ballygiblinets Want Their Sign Back!

Fenians OR Ballygiblins? Fighting Irish 101

Ballygiblin Riots in Carleton Place — Were We Bad to the Bone?

A Carleton Place Fenian Soldier’s Photo

The Hidden Hideaway On Glen Isle

Found on a Hill in Beckwith – Country Roads Take Me Home

Who Stole The Beer Sign in Almonte?

In memory of my friend Brian Rader from the 5 Man Electrical Band

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.

4 responses »

  1. Tom Edwards suggested at one point the the money now not being paid to the Mayor be used for projects like this and I couldn’t agree more… would be a terrific way to spend the money, don’t you think??


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