Is This the Last Straw Carleton Place?




Update– Well– Lanark Food Bank began this with their posting and I am going to end this. Looks like the hole is going to be hanging around– This was due to the beer fridge at the Queens conking out and for it to work right that panel had to be taken off and left off so the system doesn’t over heat again. So does this mean this is forever?

Also–Please do not dump at the Lanark County Food Bank on Allan Street or anywhere else.

A teeny rant for today.

Our beautiful gardens have been closed down/put to bed for the season and already the dog poop starts to pile up (literally) by the delivery entrance and garbage dumping has begun in earnest at the side gardens (where the raspberries are). Thanks for that.



I have been pretty quiet the last few weeks because I am kind of fed up.  I turned the switch to almost off on The Tales of Carleton Place a few months ago because of a few disconcerting reasons.  I could silence myself completely  if I chose too– but then that would mean that Carleton Place is not worth the argument.

Then I began to realize that anyone who comes up to you and makes the most noise and is the most intrusive, is invariably the person who has no respect for you at all, and it’s really all about them. So I carried on and said little until today.




Today Sunday– Big hole in upper corner.



This summer

Some time last night our beloved Wandering Wayne mural acquired a giant hole– but in the end we found out it was ripped out. I hope it can be fixed, but I don’t care what happened– it looks terrible- just terrible. Especially to all of us that loved Wayne, and the folks that donated the money to this memorial. 

So now I ask the question– what the heck is going on in this town? Is our town doomed not to be a winner?  We sure have a good track record after the last 150 years of acting stupid.  Do we just not care about anything? 

And to those that agree that my continual demands for change for this town makes me an awful person then so be it. I will wear the badge proudly because I really give a damn about this town.  So did Wayne Richards 😦

Someone come up with something to fix this hole.




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.

8 responses »

  1. Keep on with your writing Linda. I send them to my Sister in England and she loves to read about bygone years of this tiny part of the world. You may at times think of not carrying on with your stories but I can tell you there are many,many readers out here who love them.

  2. I am totally with you Linda, I may not always agree, but (thank God) this is a democracy & we do not have to agree. Your courage is an excellent example for us to try to emulate. I am proud to call you a friend.

  3. Dear Linda: I really enjoy your posts. I support what you do. Carleton Place is a good town, but needs a ‘boost’ to renew its spirit. Is there some way of your becoming more of a noticeable catalyst ? You record and present the many positive elements of your town. The historical memories are necessary to encourage those to create new constructive and positive ones. I am trying to do something similar in my neighbourhood of Riverview Park, by my reports on the many artistic folks like me, in the local paper. Don’t give up! Try to get a team together to find more ways to lift up your town’s spirit! Please keep in touch. my url:

    • ” becoming more of a noticeable catalyst “– the past few weeks a few in one of the local promotional towns folk’ have done everything to shoot me down.. It’s been ridiculous and insane.. it’s like why? Because I do not agree with you I am suddenly blacklisted. It’s ridiculous

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