Here Are your Downtown Carleton Place Board Members


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I have had a ton of emails the last few days and today my inbox never stopped. You only have to read the latest story by Tara Gregg Gestner in the Carleton Place Almonte Canadian Gazette to see why.

Carleton Place BIA eliminates project manager position, a job held by Cathie McOrmond for nearly 12 years


“Jeff Maguire, the former publisher of the Carleton Place Canadian and Almonte Gazette newspapers, was chair of the BIA board when McOrmond was hired in 2004.

“Not only is she a local native who cares deeply about the community, Cathie also conducted her BIA role with a real sense of commitment and purpose,” he said. “She wasn’t hesitant to take on new projects, and her involvement with Bridge Street Bazaar, Lambs Down Park Festival and both the Christmas and Halloween parades speaks for itself.”

“Cathie has a passion for the job and for Carleton Place in general,” Maguire continued.

Calling the elimination of her position “a very short sighted decision,” he added, “I believe this move will adversely affect the community.”Carleton Place Almonte Canadian Gazette

If you have read my blogs the last week you know how I feel.  Some asked me who exactly sat on the BIA board. So I went to the Downtown Carleton Place site and found the list. Click here for the board members.

Rob Probert was out of town, if you read the story in the Gazette, so he had no knowledge of what transpired. So that ladies and gentlemen is the list of Downtown Carleton Place  board members which is pretty easy to find and public knowledge.

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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.

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