A Discount to Veterans–Wouldn’t this be Nice?




Author’s Note: I received these lovely words below and the letter from the town of Gravelbourg, Saskatchewan from Carleton Place resident Rebecca Johnson-Hughes– and thought I would post it. I thought it was a brilliant idea until a very cherished and learned soul told me yesterday *this this was not allowed in the province of Ontario*. See my comments after the letter. But this would have been great.


My husband and I were both born & raised in small town Saskatchewan. He joined the CF when he was 17 and is still serving. We are a fiercely proud military family. After moving around for a few years, we found ourselves in Carleton Place almost 7 years ago and have come to love this town as our own. We are involved with various community youth groups and like to pay things forward whenever we can.

Within our town there are many veterans and military families who, like us, want to continue to see Carleton Place thrive and grow much like everyone who lives here. The town of Gravelbourg in Saskatchewan had set forth a challenge to other communities to match their 10% reduction on the municipal portion of property taxes for veterans-and wouldn’t this be great if the same happened here.–Rebecca Johnson-Hughes


Author’s note- Would this not be wonderful if this could happen– but it cannot. However, I challenge the large construction companies busy constructing new homes in our area to offer discounts to the military– it is the very least we can do. If government cannot do it–let’s challenge the private sector.


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.

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