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TI Life Happenings September 2016

TI Life Happenings September 2016

TI Life in September: check out new River videos and photographs, meet our new contributors and learn the back stories behind the articles - yes, Summer 2016 is over - and what a summer it was. Now we are gearing up for the Fall and there will be lots to see and do on both sides of the River!
by: Susan W. Smith
TI Life Happenings in August 2016

TI Life Happenings in August 2016

Enough already…. We need rain. We want rain. Where is the rain? More than five weeks of sunshine and hot weather has made 2016 holidays better than ever...
And what about TI Life... 13 articles this month. Check this one out for Videos from Mystic Sea Port and Nashville's Mick Fury, who visits Singer Castle and then there are the accidents and incidents...
by: Susie Smith
TI Life Happenings in July 2016

TI Life Happenings in July 2016

Where do you find all those articles? A good question, but easy to answer. I think it is amazing… each article comes with a back story.
Lynn and Gary McElfresh wanted to know Where Do Big Old Boats Go to Die? and research gave them some interesting alternatives! Captain Brian Johnson wants some help to find the 1975’s Peanut Gang. Do you recognize any of the old gang?
by: Susan W. Smith
TI Life Happenings in June 2016

TI Life Happenings in June 2016

The Summer 2016 begins officially next week and all of the museums, attractions and marinas are ready to welcome everyone back to the River. What better way to start the summer than with TI Life.
If you lived anywhere near Gananoque on Saturday, June 4th, you would have heard the engines… loud and clear. But suffice to say the excitement was as high as the committee, chaired by Chris McCarney, hoped – and the event was a resounding success!
Chris M. Piering often shares his beautiful photographs on
by: Susan W. Smith
TI Life Happenings in May 2016

TI Life Happenings in May 2016

May was a busy month for the TI Life team; on May 7th, we published a Special Edition to celebrate the opening of Brockv...
by: Susan W. Smith
From the Editor

From the Editor

My personal story of the Aquatarium... Ian Coristine wrote a tribute note to Simon Fuller on March 1st, the day he visited the Aquatarium. He thanked Simon for his concept and vision...
by: Susan W. Smith
TI Life Happenings in ‘April 2016

TI Life Happenings in ‘April 2016

April showers this year are snow pellets. However, many of us have already opened the cottage and started summer ‘16 with the heat on.
What is happening: Meet our new contributors: Dan Mack, Pete M. Anderson, Lee Willbanks and 10-year-old Janevra Pier - We pay tribute to Sandy Beach Resort’s Gilbert Plaw - We ask if there is a thief on the River? - We present the Empire State Tourism Office video by Horizon Aerials. and more. . .
by: Susan W. Smith
TI Life Happenings in March ‘16

TI Life Happenings in March ‘16

News from TI Life - Tributes to Bob Clark, Linda Yenawine and Frank Kinsella; three who will be long remembered on the River. Did you see the Nazi submarine story? Meet our new contributors and experience winter in the Islands through photographs (bazillion shells on Potters Beach!)
by: Susan W. Smith
2016 Happenings in February

2016 Happenings in February

One of our proofreaders wrote, “HOW do you do it? Each issue is better than the last!!” I wish I could take credit, but I have to say our authors certainly deserve our thanks. Here we are with our mid-winter edition – enjoy this one beside a fireplace, on either side of the River, at a coffee shop near where you work, or if you are lucky, like I am, on a beach!

Open then article and meet our new contributors, see a remarkable historical film and enjoy our February photoraphs.
by: Susan W. Smith
2016 January TI Life Happenings

2016 January TI Life Happenings

A new year of TI Life adventures. Blizzards...freezing temperatures…Lake-effect whiteouts and the occasional thaw – represent the first month of the year. No time like the present to enjoy 10 new articles – Enjoy!

Start with two great videos by the McLellan Group and Feather in Flight as well as memorial tributes to Frank Cavallario and Grindstone's Aminta Marks.
by: Susan W. Smith
TI Life Happenings, December 2015

TI Life Happenings, December 2015

Season’s Greetings from our TI Life Team… Lots of news this month: Meet the authors… Citizens of the Year…GAM on Yachting… WPBS Production, 52 Minutes of Islands… and photographs by James Miller, Dennis McCarthy, Joe Meirose, Patrick Simpson, Bob Gates, Ian Coristine and Autumn Kirker.
by: Susan W. Smith
TI Life Happenings in November ‘15

TI Life Happenings in November ‘15

As we go to press we are learning more about the incredible violence that was struck in Paris on Friday, November 13th. Like so many around the world I find it difficult to express our sense of outrage and sorrow – suffice to say our thoughts are with our Parisian friends.
TI Life Happenings in November include a tribute to the late Mary Dial. We also present two beautiful videos produced by Jeffry Weldon and we share many beautiful photographs.
by: Susan W. Smith
TI Life Happenings in October 2015

TI Life Happenings in October 2015

Each summer I try not to blink in mid-July, for when I do it’s suddenly October.  And, October means Canadian...
by: Susan W. Smith
TI Life Happenings September 2015

TI Life Happenings September 2015

End of the Summer – Heat, rain, cold… but somehow these River days can be the best. Lots to report this month... TIERS Campaign; Danger Floating; Tad Clark's Excursion; Story telling on Murray Isle and, yes, fishing. We top it all off with a special September Video.
by: Susan W. Smith
TI Life Happenings in August 2015

TI Life Happenings in August 2015

Updates on the future TI Park building...To call or not to call? That is the question when it comes to border issues... Meet new authors: Paul Coté (Gananoque), Joe & Libby Burkle, (Washington State), Dan LeKander, (Wellesley Island) and Matthew Berry, (14 yrs old and from Kingston). Also meet my Australian friend, Alan Smith and his kangaroo. Top it off with photos of summer happenings in the 1000 Islands...
by: Susan W. Smith
TI Life in July 2015…

TI Life in July 2015…

Lots to report in this article... Bios for six new contributors - Trish Buote, Mary Politis, Paul Holland, Blu Mackintosh, Camille Crandall and Robert Neulieb. Parks Canada receives $7.7 Million! and what to do on Saturday's in July!
by: Susan W. Smith
TI Life’s Top 6 for June ‘15

TI Life’s Top 6 for June ‘15

1) Reporting requirements for private boaters. 2) Bobbie Trimble will be missed. 3) Thomas K. Hunt's new book of poetry. 4) Facebook's new Thousand Islands River Views. 5) Never too late for comments! and 6) topped off with a slide show by Chirs Piering. Yes, Summer 2015 is here! Do share TI Life with family and friends.
by: Susan W. Smith
Top 5 TI Life Happenings in May ‘15

Top 5 TI Life Happenings in May ‘15

What a difference a month makes – Mid May - Not swimming yet, but windows open... Top Five Happenings: TI Park Rebuild; 1000 Islands Tower 50th; Water Levels; Remember the Canadian Postman? Bad News for TI Life. And meet our new contributors Joan Delaney, Brian Fay & Chris Murray, Robert Daly and Barry Keefe.
by: Susan W. Smith
TI Life Happenings April ‘15

TI Life Happenings April ‘15

Ice breakers have gone through, the rain and wind have done their part - so yes - we will be back on the River very soon. This article provides news of Gan's Contractor's Dock; Cape Vincent's Snow Sculptures and we share a video and photographs... Enjoy!
by: Susan W. Smith
TI Life Happenings in March ‘15

TI Life Happenings in March ‘15

Spring is in the air… Truly… This editor spent the winter in the sunny south – so I join our readers in thanking those who stayed home to share news and photographs! You can see them here... Also we present a video of Singer Castle in the winter... and ideas for a night out in the spring in the Thousand Islands.
by: Susan W. Smith
TI Life Important Happenings, Feb ‘15

TI Life Important Happenings, Feb ‘15

Midwinter – reports of too much snow,  record breaking low temperatures and Interstate pile-ups.  Howeve...
by: Susan W. Smith
TI Life Happenings, January 2015

TI Life Happenings, January 2015

Meet our January contributors... Watch a video of Roaring Ice... Pay tribute to special Islanders...and visit 1000 Islands communities in winter photographs.. All here in Happenings, January 2015.
by: Susan W. Smith
TI Life Happenings December ‘14

TI Life Happenings December ‘14

Each year's December issue is my favorite. Thanks to Ian Coristine our TI Life’s 3rd Annual Photo Contest winners were chosen from over 160 entries.Richard (Dick) Withington tells us about Nylons Hanging in the Shower...Lynn gives us a TEST and there is lots more!
by: Susan W. Smith
TI Life Happenings in November

TI Life Happenings in November

November 11th allows us to pause for Remembrance Day in Canada and Veterans Day in the US.  Then many of us pause again ...
by: Susan W. Smith
TI Life Happenings in October

TI Life Happenings in October

Canadian Thanksgiving and Columbus Day Weekend truly signals the end of Summer, 2014.  Mother Nature was kind with ...
by: Susan W. Smith
TI Life Happenings in September

TI Life Happenings in September

What a summer… high water, some picture perfect days… family and friends!  Now we head into the fall ...
by: Susan W. Smith
TI Life Happenings in August

TI Life Happenings in August

When we published this August issue, we just learned of the fire on August 14th, on Wellesley Island at the corner of St. Lawrence Avenue and Rainbow Street east, home of the Guzzle. Our thoughts are with all those whose summer-lives are touched by this tragic event. Luckily there were no injuries, however the Park lost its Fire Station and equipment. I find the footage difficult to watch, but it is important...
by: Susan W. Smith
TI Life Happenings in July ‘14

TI Life Happenings in July ‘14

Check out our July Happenings… Independence fireworks, beautiful photographs and our US Donate Button is now working! Also take advice from a pro - "Click on articles that may not seem as interesting - you will be surprised."
by: Susan W. Smith
TI Life Happenings in June ‘14

TI Life Happenings in June ‘14

Check out Island Happenings here. Want to see the islands from above? Check out Flyboarding, Helicopters or Tower views… A rant about parking… Meet our new contributors and more… Yes, June has arrived - the weather is beautiful, water levels are perfect and everyone is returning to the River all equal Summer 2014.
by: Susan W. Smith
TI Life Happenings May ‘14

TI Life Happenings May ‘14

Click here to see an array of Spring photographs… meet five new contributors... The new book "Tall Ships of the Thousand Islands" and notice for the 15th Biennial Quilt Show; plus news about Cross Island Farm, a new twitter to follow @SeawayNNY and a new Point Vivian website…
by: Susan W. Smith
TI Life Happenings April ‘14

TI Life Happenings April ‘14

Click here to see how the icebreaker makes its way through the Islands, learn about a new kickstarter program, and see photographs of spring. This winter we had to wait several weeks to find open water, in fact the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway was delayed and there are still inches of ice in bays and small channels in the river.
by: Susan W. Smith
TI Life Happenings for March

TI Life Happenings for March

Open this article to see Winter 2014… Also we link to a Romantic video where a young man asks a young women to take the plunge… jump in the freezing water and get married.. She accepted both.
by: Susan W. Smith
TI Life Happenings in February ‘14

TI Life Happenings in February ‘14

Open this article to go for a walk on black ice with Kenny Brabant or see “1000 Reasons to do Business in Gananoque”. Get ready to take your snowmobile on a popular winter trail and think what it is like to be a farmer on Wellesley Island. Plus a dozen photographs…
by: Susan W. Smith
TI Life Happenings 01/14

TI Life Happenings 01/14

While not as devastating as the Ice Storm 1998, Ice Storm December 2013, caused massive power outages across the North Country and most of Southern and Eastern Ontario. Coming on December 22 and 23rd, so close to Christmas added extra hardship as roads were closed and people were asked to remain in their homes.
by: Susan W. Smith
TI Life for the Holidays

TI Life for the Holidays

Thanks for putting a Thousand Islands in your life in 2013 and we wish you and your family a happy and joyous 2014. The...
by: Susan W. Smith
TI Life in November 2013

TI Life in November 2013

Last year at this time we were wishing those hit by the hurricane Sandy a speedy and safe recovery, this month we know t...
by: Susan W. Smith
TI Life in October ‘13

TI Life in October ‘13

For many, Canadian Thanksgiving and the US Columbus Day weekend signal an end to summer. For those still on the River, please beware of low water, frequent storms, and the promise of frost. This TI Life in October article brings you beautiful Fall photographs, a RiverQuest update, exciting videos and introduces our new contributors.
by: Susan W. Smith
TI Life in Sept ‘13 - Five years and counting

TI Life in Sept ‘13 - Five years and counting

4,913 subscribers, 170+ authors, 700+ articles. 5000+ photographs and a very happy editor. This is my 60th issue.
Created in 2006 by the late Paul Malo, “TI Life” is certainly something for which our team can be proud.

by: Susan W. Smith
TI Life in August with an awesome video

TI Life in August with an awesome video

Tad Clark’s "Boat Shoes" made me laugh; He is right, we all need them, have them and keep them. Deane Parkhurst made me realize you can travel a long way from the River but memories will bring you back -.But “TI Life in August” will be remembered for the Awesome Video created for 1000 Islands RiverQuest by Doug McLellan (Lake Fleet’s Wood Isle) - full screen, sound up and enjoy!
by: Susan W. Smith
TI Life in July

TI Life in July

I call this issue TI Lite in July…  Thinking of sitting at a computer, when we really want to be out on the River. ...
by: Susan W. Smith
TI Life in June 2013

TI Life in June 2013

June is here – more water in the River - they say it will be a hot summer (Ya, sure…) and the June issue is filled to the brim with history and happenings.
Click here to see three videos: Love your Park Day; Clayton Diving Club and “Old River Stories" with Alan Newell and Everett Smith...
by: Susan W. Smith
TI Life in May 2013

TI Life in May 2013

Freshwater Jellyfish in the Thousand Islands?... “Border fee for Canadians banned by U.S. Senators…” Yes, lots of news in this “TI Life in May 2013.” Plus dozens of photographs representing Spring 2013 - the moon, sunsets, even a dinner party for 30! New contributors and your favorites including Lynn McElfresh and Brian Johnson.
by: Susan W. Smith
TI Life in April ‘13

TI Life in April ‘13

Lots of news … First, take a stand-up Jet-Ski ride over ice and water… Our Kim Lunman writes for "BoatUSA" and I introduce our April contributors. The Canadian Park Islands have a new name and we have an update on water levels. We thank those who leave comments for they often lead to new stories about the 1000 Islands…
by: Susan W. Smith
TI Life in March ‘13

TI Life in March ‘13

Do you want wind turbines near your island home? Do you worry about water levels? This article provides some thoughts. We also introduce new contributors and share photographs of those places you like the most! It is our largest issue to date.
by: Susan W. Smith
TI Life in February 2013

TI Life in February 2013

This month’s issue is special. When Hunter Grimes sent his "An essay which is not all about hunting and guns…" I realized right away this was a MUST READ. I got just as enthused when Bill Munro agreed to provide "Nature/Outdoor Photography… We pay tribute to the late Myrna Clark and William (Bill) Browning – and photographers give us pictures
by: Susan W. Smith
TI Life in January ‘13

TI Life in January ‘13

This is one of our most ambitious issues… 13 articles… over 130 photographs, special videos including one created on YouTube for TI Life, Seaway 2012, history, an excursion, a book review… and the launch of RiverQuest...Then, ever wonder what was here before? We introduce new Facebook pages featuring vintage photographs … and we show snowbirds how winter 2013 has started..
by: Susan W. Smith
TI Life in December 2012

TI Life in December 2012

Thanks for putting a thousand islands in your life in 2012 and we wish you and your family a happy and joyous 2013. The...
by: Susan W. Smith
TI Life in November 2012

TI Life in November 2012

As we launch there are still thousands in NJ, CT, NY, and NYC, suffering from the loss of family, power, homes, and livelihoods - we extend our heartfelt thoughts..... Everyone deserves a “last hit of Summer” so thanks to Great Lake Swimmers give us a new music video… Watch it now!
by: Susan W. Smith
TI Life in October 2012

TI Life in October 2012

We pay tribute to Chef Gerry and Diane Brinkman, who will not be returning to operate the Wellesley Hotel in 2013.Islanders, mainland residents and visiting mariners are saddened to hear this news…We celebrate the MarCom Award given to “One in a Thousand” and we have pictures of the low water…
by: Susan W. Smith
TI Life in September 2012

TI Life in September 2012

Yes, that is a truck you see...It was caught on camera by Martin Zonnenberg as the Grindstone Island Barge made its way across the River... We introduce a new book by Chris Brock and poetry by Fred Schmidt... Lots more in this month's issue, enjoy.
by: Susan W. Smith
TI Life in August 2012

TI Life in August 2012

From the Editor: Do you remember the weather in summer 2011? Well, 2012 has to date, been hotter, sunnier and dryer. So, we are cheering for some(more) rain, particularly for our farming communities. We will soon find out how serious the drought has been for the area, but it has made family reunions, weddings and fundraising events a great success...
by: Susan W. Smith
TI Life in July 2012

TI Life in July 2012

Nothing screams summer like hot weather, lazy days, motor boats, swimming, fishing, and ice cream! Summer is here! This article will introduce our new contributors, introduce the Plein Air Painters and even provides a job opportunity... and as the summer progresses, we suggest you will take along your camera, smart phone or tablet and take photographs to share with TI Life.
by: Susan W. Smith
TI Life in June, 2012

TI Life in June, 2012

This article is both a celebration of the start of summer 2012 and a rant about copyright law. One of our authors discovered that a new, Thousand Islands history book has photographs and text that she had originally written for our e-zine.
by: Susan W. Smith
TI Life in May 2012

TI Life in May 2012

Did you see the super moon… you can imagine what it looked like rising and setting over the Thousand Islands. Magnificent. This month we present a miracle in photographs, professional golfing news, warn about ticks, question water levels and more…
by: Susan W. Smith
TI Life May 1st - Special edition, "One in a Thousand"

TI Life May 1st - Special edition, "One in a Thousand"

When I learned that Ian Coristine was writing a new book I got excited. As perhaps one of his most devoted fans (his contributions to Thousand Islands Life are immeasurable), I decided...
by: Susan W. Smith
Thousand Islands Life in March

Thousand Islands Life in March

A lot to report this month. I discovered that one of the leading Crime Writers Festivals takes place on Wolfe Island. We present more than a dozen winter photographs and a sneak preview to Ian Coristine's "One in a Thousand". One of the biggest news stories is the announcement of the largest real estate transaction in the Thousand Islands with the sale of Eagle Point properties.
by: Susan W. Smith
TI Life in February, 2012

TI Life in February, 2012

It’s mid-winter but it does not feel like it as there is little snow, even in the North Country. In this article we have some lovely images from photographers: Lillian and Paul Cooledge, Dennis McCarthy, Fred Guild, and Debbie Hirshey. We also introduce a new page, "Excursions", with a "Ride up the Rideau" by Tad Clark and invite readers to join our twitter @TILife.
by: Susan W. Smith
TI Life in January 2012

TI Life in January 2012

Happy New Year! This article introduces a muskie hunter, provides a link to tracking a bald eagle named Hal, looks back on Buoy Bobbing and provides many ways to enjoy winter in the North Country. We thank Ian Coristine for his new “headers” and Lillian and Paul Cooledge for sharing their photographs. And finally, the River is quiet which gives us time to read about it
by: Susan W. Smith
TI Life’s Gifts in December

TI Life’s Gifts in December

As a gift in December we present History, Poetry, Diving Escapades and 22 Photographs by Thousand Islands photographers. We also pay tribute to Don Ross, new "Keeper of the Islands" and to the late John King and Captain Richard (F.E.) Fawcett. Enjoy this issue and please forward it to a friend.
by: Susan W. Smith
TI Life in October 2011

TI Life in October 2011

We have just completed our Canadian Thanksgiving. We remember cooking our turkey on a cold icy morning, or a windy and blustery day, but this past weekend was just like summer 2011 – warm, sunny and far too nice to be putting on shutters or closing down the water system!

I want to take this opportunity, on behalf of our fellow islanders, our cruising sailors, and the nearby mainlanders, to thank all the marina operators, local business ...
by: Susan W. Smith
TI Life in September 2011

TI Life in September 2011

September signals the end of Summer … We introduce music by Peg Dolan in a Dennis McCarthy YouTube video; new contributors and two new books. We also report sad news of the deaths of Michael Mead from Grindstone Island and Peter Hendley from Grenell Island. . .
by: Susan W. Smith
TI Life in August ‘11

TI Life in August ‘11

Q&A:  (1) How many of you sat on your deck (cottage/boat/cockpit) and watched the world go by? Answer: Everyone...
by: Susan W. Smith
TI Life in July

TI Life in July

Almost everyone has heard about the border problems.  Concerned citizens on both sides of the River have sent lette...
by: Susan W. Smith
TI Life in June ‘11

TI Life in June ‘11

TI Life in June gives this editor the opportunity to introduce this month’s articles and provide River news - which includes photographs of the Cornwall Brothers Store Museum which lost its roof in the June 8th storm. There is much more... a poem, "Otter's Claim" by Joan A Kimball and a very special letter to the editor… and MikeCox,our volunteer web magician, added a slide show feature to the site this month.
by: Susan W. Smith
TI Life in May 2011

TI Life in May 2011

Thousand Islands Life Magazine presents 12 articles this month…  something for everyone!  Not only are the art...
by: Susan W. Smith
TI Life in March 2011

TI Life in March 2011

There is something special about March. The luck of the Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, Daylight Savings Time, and yes, the days are getting longer! If you, like many others, have been trying to convey to friends and family elsewhere just how exceptional the Thousand Islands really are, now have two new ways to do it.
by: Susan W. Smith
Thousand Islands Life in January 2011

Thousand Islands Life in January 2011

In December, we received Dan Denney’s "Through the Ice - a Tale of Survival". Not only does he explain how dangerous it can be to drive on river and/or lake ice, he gives us techniques for survival which he had to learn the hard way! January's issue also presents history, photographs and more...
by: Susan W. Smith
TI Life’s Summer’s End, September

TI Life’s Summer’s End, September

Yes summer is almost over, but what a great one we have had! Throughout the summer we collected photographs from our readers both on "TI Life" and from our Facebook site, and we share some here. We also congratulate Ian Coristine for winning a 2010 Benny Award for his book, "The very best of Ian Coristine's 1000 Islands"...
by: Susan W. Smith
TI Life “Lite”

TI Life “Lite”

July is vacation time and hopefully you are not sitting at your computer but instead enjoying these truly hot, hazy, crazy days of summer. For that reason in July we publish TI Life ‘Lite'. And to help you enjoy the summer, do check this article as we share a new slide show of the Thousand Islands, created by Ian Coristine with the music of Great Lake Swimmers...
by: Susan W. Smith
TI Life in June 2010

TI Life in June 2010

What a month! Wonderful weather, still going from hot to cold, but some rain and the water level is slightly higher. In addition to introducing our stories, we present links to two great videos. Our Readers Exchange allows us to answer a number of inquiries... This month we also present several follow-up articles. The first is a result of interesting comments about last month’s article by Kim Lunman

by: Susan W. Smith
TI Life in June

TI Life in June

On June 6th subscriber number 3,000 joined TI Life! This month we introduce Capt. Brian Johnson, Robert S. Miner and William Worden and welcome back Phil Chadwick, Kim Lunman, Michael Whittaker, James Rapport and Ian Coristine.

by: Susan W. Smith
TI Life in May

TI Life in May

Trilliums and Beavers are a sure sign of spring. Sagastaweka Island, has thousands of trilliums to welcome us back to the River and at least one industrious beaver. The first I adore, the latter not so much! Actually there are now other worries for islanders to consider and the list is long...
by: Susan W. Smith
TI Life in March

TI Life in March

TI Life has a new "Readers' Exchange" where we welcome your short stories of seven-hundred words, or less. Our first sto...
by: Susan W. Smith
Important News for Brockville and the Thousand Islands

Important News for Brockville and the Thousand Islands

A proposed anchor tourism attraction for the Thousand Islands is a huge step closer to opening its doors on Brockville’s...
by: Kim Lunman
Of Time and an Author

Of Time and an Author

Our house is built on a rock in a river. So begins "Of Time and an Island", a love letter to the Thousand Islands penne...
by: Kim Lunman
A New Look? Put a Thousand Islands in Your Life!

A New Look? Put a Thousand Islands in Your Life!

What’s happening? The December issue of our magazine comes to you with a new look!
by: Susan W. Smith
More Than a Salad Dressing and Washington Island

More Than a Salad Dressing and Washington Island

Imagine asking the US residents on Washington Island, in Clayton, NY, to change the island’s name back to its original: ...
by: Susan W. Smith
Eagles in the Islands

Eagles in the Islands

HILL ISLAND - Bud Andress grabs his binoculars and hops on the Jet-Ski at the dock of his St. Lawrence River home to go ...
by: Kim Lunman
The Free Outdoor Marine Store

The Free Outdoor Marine Store

The west wind came up at 2:49 a.m. A huge gust shook the cottage and the windows creaked like they might shatter into pi...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
I Was the Pilot!

I Was the Pilot!

Dear Editor, I loved last month’s issue as always. The mention in TIL about that plane crash was inter...
by: Michael Laprade
Island Tennis

Island Tennis

Is it possible that I’ve been genetically engineered for tennis? My folks met on a tennis court, and I discovered the jo...
by: Tad Clark
Take the White Pine Tree!

Take the White Pine Tree!

Yes. Take the white pine! It is standing in my brother’s back yard. It is ugly. It is pathetic. It has passed its prime,...
by: Susan Schongalla
7Th Fleet Rescue of the USS Yanix Discovered

7Th Fleet Rescue of the USS Yanix Discovered

Editor’s back story:  Two years ago I met Mary and Nick Politis through TI Life.  Mary suggested and arr...
by: Mary Politis
Buried Treasure in the Thousand Islands

Buried Treasure in the Thousand Islands

Under a cloudy sky, two boats dropped anchor off of a windswept and rugged island. Eager with anticipation, a landing pa...
by: John Reisinger
Part II, Shipbuilding at Ogdensburg/Oswegatchie

Part II, Shipbuilding at Ogdensburg/Oswegatchie

Ogdensburgh Marine Railway The reconstructed marine railway was 700 feet long reaching from the engine house, about 3...
by: Richard Palmer
The St. Lawrence River Heritage Trail: A Tour through Time

The St. Lawrence River Heritage Trail: A Tour through Time

Dennis and I were privileged to be on the first tour of the newly formed St. Lawrence River Heritage Trail. On five even...
by: Kathi McCarthy
Poets & Writers Ink: The Introduction by Cinda Findlan

Poets & Writers Ink: The Introduction by Cinda Findlan

Hello. I’ve known you by reputation for years, Stunning sapphire channels and glittering granite islan...
by: Cinda Findlan
Sudoku Puzzle Challenge-September 2016

Sudoku Puzzle Challenge-September 2016

Both puzzles in this month’s article will definitely expand your Sudoku horizons! First, we will revisit the approach, ...
by: Dan LeKander
Brockville Participates in Culture Days!

Brockville Participates in Culture Days!

Russ Disotell has an interesting title: “Facilitator, Brockville Culture Days”, but he is not alone.  Y...
by: Susan W. Smith
Fairy Rock

Fairy Rock

There have been hints all day: a rustling behind a fern frond a trail of glitter across a rock a tiny acor...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Anne and Jeff’s Big Adventure

Anne and Jeff’s Big Adventure

Cruising America's Great Loop Sixty-two hundred miles, an eleven month second honeymoon, countless new friendship...
by: Anne Timmons
A Family Protects Picton Island

A Family Protects Picton Island

In July of 2016, the Thousand Islands Land Trust (TILT) conserved two parcels on one of the largest remaining forested
by: Jake Tibbles
We are the Islanders

We are the Islanders

  It’s 1968.  It’s July.  I’m 13.  The sun is beating upon us.  Mercil...
by: Mark R. Russell
Hunting Butterflies

Hunting Butterflies

John Poland, a retired Queens professor and author of the ‘Pictorial Pocket Guide to the Butterflies of the Kingst...
by: Susan W. Smith
Island Military in the Gilded Age

Island Military in the Gilded Age

We don’t often think of the Thousand Islands as a militarized area, yet in the past, the Islands have been the sce...
by: Rex Ennis
Part I, Shipbuilding at Ogdensburg/Oswegatchie

Part I, Shipbuilding at Ogdensburg/Oswegatchie

The Early Years At the confluence of the Oswegatchie and St. Lawrence Rivers, Ogdensburg was a major shipbuilding and...
by: Richard Palmer
Poets & Writers, INK: The St Lawrence River, Gift to my Heart

Poets & Writers, INK: The St Lawrence River, Gift to my Heart

Editor’s Note: Jennie Ebert presented “The St. Lawrence River, Gift to my Heart” at a summer gathering...
by: Jeannie Jackling-Ebert
Welcome to Fibonacci 321 Art Gallery

Welcome to Fibonacci 321 Art Gallery

“There must be something in the name,” I thought, It was Kari Zelson Robertson, the foun. der of Fibo...
by: Susan W. Smith
Sudoku Puzzle Challenge–August 2016

Sudoku Puzzle Challenge–August 2016

Here are a couple of great rainy day Sudoku puzzles! First, we will revisit the approach as discussed in Dan’s ...
by: Dan LeKander
Where Do Big Old Boats Go to Die?

Where Do Big Old Boats Go to Die?

In 2014 we upgraded from “Say What”, our 36 ft. Chris Craft Cavalier, to “Miss MacDac”, a 41 ft....
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
The Peanut Gang

The Peanut Gang

I looked up at the huge silhouette of the “Thousand Islander” from my midship seat in the small boat. Swallowing hard I ...
by: Brian Johnson
History and Art in Chippewa Bay

History and Art in Chippewa Bay

A picture is worth a thousand words, they say, and things have stories to tell. But even if they didn’t have stori...
by: Hallie Bond
Orleans Receives the Gift of Books

Orleans Receives the Gift of Books

On Saturday, June 4th, 2016, Ohana100 awarded Orleans Outreach Center, in Jefferson County, with 200 new books as gifts ...
by: Elizabeth Mattson
John Paul Brabant’s Music & Anglers

John Paul Brabant’s Music & Anglers

[We suggest you listen in to this music as you read this article...enjoy] It comes as no surprise that the 1000 Islands ...
by: Neil Fuller
German Television Comes to Town

German Television Comes to Town

A movie star I am not… but for a moment or two I certainly felt like one. It was back in April that I received an...
by: Susan W. Smith
Ben’s 1000 Island Indian Cuisine

Ben’s 1000 Island Indian Cuisine

It is too hot to cook!  I don’t want to get dressed up and go to town!  Forget about buying an expensive...
by: Susan W. Smith
The Purple House Café

The Purple House Café

I met Kerry Coyle on a June day, while I was being filmed by a crew from a German Television Show, to be broadcast on AR...
by: Susan W. Smith
Sudoku Puzzle Challenge–July 2016

Sudoku Puzzle Challenge–July 2016

In this month’s Sudoku article you may find a couple of surprises! First, we will revisit the approach as discu...
by: Dan LeKander
Fireworks from The Tower

Fireworks from The Tower

This year, to celebrate the 4th of July, we went with several friends to the 1000 Islands Tower, on Hill Island.  ...
by: Kathi and Dennis McCarthy
Dr. River

Dr. River

Our second day on the island, I woke up with a sore throat, body aches and chills. I hoped it was just a cold that would...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Kim Lunman visits the Aquatarium

Kim Lunman visits the Aquatarium

Brockville’s newest tourism attraction - The Aquatarium at Tall Ships Landing has officially opened its doors on the sho...
by: Kim Lunman
Patriot Chronicles: The Amherst Island Raid

Patriot Chronicles: The Amherst Island Raid

They were troubled times; between December, 1837 and December, 1838, at least 14 armed incursions. . .
by: John C. Carter
Paula and Bob Street Insure the Past, Present and Future

Paula and Bob Street Insure the Past, Present and Future

Canadian and American family history is intertwined with Thousand Islands history, for Bob and Paula Street. They are th...
by: Sandra Tassel
Cornwall Brothers Store Has Seen It All…

Cornwall Brothers Store Has Seen It All…

The Cornwall Brothers Store has seen it all. From its vantage point on the banks of the St. Lawrence River, the old ston...
by: Martha Grimes
Book Review: The Scimitar and the Snail

Book Review: The Scimitar and the Snail

I start this book review for “The Scimitar and the Snail” with the following Q&As: Q. Did you like the book?A. Absolu...
by: Susan W. Smith
The Henderson Historical Society & Museum

The Henderson Historical Society & Museum

Step up the stairs and prepare to be dazzled! Built in 1839 by the settler families of the area, the edifice...
by: Elaine J. Scott
An Insult to a Child

An Insult to a Child

The first few years on the “Canadian Empress” provided me, as an Officer, memories of events that will last a lifetime. ...
by: Robert Preston
Exploring the Past… Made Easier!

Exploring the Past… Made Easier!

Most “Thousand Islands Life” readers will know me for my work on Rock Island Lighthouse, but genealogy and l...
by: Mark A. Wentling
A Mondore and the Night Visitor: The American Woodcock

A Mondore and the Night Visitor: The American Woodcock

It seems that no matter how many years we've been here at the river enjoying its natural beauty and wildlife, we see...
by: Patty Mondore
Jeffry Weldon’s Videos

Jeffry Weldon’s Videos

Editor’s note:  Jeffry J. Weldon and his wife Carolyn, live on Wellesley  Island, from May through Octob...
by: Jeffry Weldon
Gem of a Gallery Fills Thousand Island’s Gap

Gem of a Gallery Fills Thousand Island’s Gap

It isn’t a very big sign on the lawn of 15 Princess Street, Gananoque, but the reason for the sign is an excellent one. ...
by: Carole Moult
Sudoku Puzzle Challenge–June 2016

Sudoku Puzzle Challenge–June 2016

The Sudoku puzzles in this June issue of Thousand Island Life may be the most challenging yet! First, we will revisit...
by: Dan LeKander
Loon Rescue

Loon Rescue

One April morning, while still at home in Dunedin, Florida, I awoke to thunder from an approaching storm. A massive stor...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Sneak Peek of “Island Life Magazine” 2016

Sneak Peek of “Island Life Magazine” 2016

It’s time for island time again, in the 1000 Islands, as this year’s print issue of “Island Life Magaz...
by: Kim Lunman
Shipyard Nurse–another reason to save Kingston’s Marine Museum

Shipyard Nurse–another reason to save Kingston’s Marine Museum

Important to Note: Recently in the news, the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston, the very site where th...
by: Brian Johnson
Introducing Reverend Nancy Stanley

Introducing Reverend Nancy Stanley

The Lake and River Parish of the United Methodist Church received a new pastor, in July 2014. Reverend Nancy Stanley mov...
by: Linda Rowe
Zavikon Island in the Mid-1950s

Zavikon Island in the Mid-1950s

The story of Zavikon Island during the period ca. 1947 – 1970, is closely connected with that of the Rich family o...
by: David Rich Staats
The History of Uncle Sam Boat Tours–Part 2: Passing the Torch

The History of Uncle Sam Boat Tours–Part 2: Passing the Torch

The early 1960s were a very interesting time in America; the country was excited about having elected a charismatic, you...
by: Tom King
190 Years at St. James Maitland

190 Years at St. James Maitland

  In April 1825, nearly ninety contributors donated to­wards the construction of an "Epis...
by: Richard Dumbrille
Sudoku Puzzle Challenge–May 2016

Sudoku Puzzle Challenge–May 2016

Are you ready for another Sudoku challenge this month? First, we will revisit the approach as discussed in Dan’...
by: Dan LeKander
Compare the Thousand Islands and Mackinac Island

Compare the Thousand Islands and Mackinac Island

I enjoyed Lynn E. McElfresh’s April 2016 article, A World of Islands,  where she wrote how she was inspired as a young g...
by: Bob Duthie
Taste the 1000 Islands… Through Videos!

Taste the 1000 Islands… Through Videos!

It was W.C. Fields who said, “I cook with wine, sometimes I even add it to the food!” There are more than a dozen winem...
by: Susan W. Smith
The Grand Opening

The Grand Opening

Mission?  To Inspire curiosity… Like so many in the crowd, I appreciated being on hand for the opening of the new Aquat...
by: Susan W. Smith
This is Our River!

This is Our River!

How do you say thanks to those community members who do extraordinary things?  We all know that financial gifts ...
by: Susan W. Smith
7 Must-Sees at Brockville’s New Aquatarium

7 Must-Sees at Brockville’s New Aquatarium

I recently visited The Aquatarium with my 6-year old daughter and 9-year-old son. While each of the exhibits garnered comments like “this is so cool!”
by: Jennifer Pinarski
Life-Long RiverQuest

Life-Long RiverQuest

The St Lawrence River has run through my life since I was born. As a child, my family enjoyed each summer docked at the ...
by: Tom Weldon
FAQs; Don’t Hesitate to Ask…

FAQs; Don’t Hesitate to Ask…

As an exciting discovery destination and the gateway to other attractions, in the 1000 Islands, the Aquatarium is happy ...
by: Trish Buote
Talking to the Animals

Talking to the Animals

I’m Thomas Harder, and I am part of the Aquatarium’s Animal Husbandry team. I’ve worked professionally in this field for nearly 20 years and have a background in biology, chemistry, life support and exhibit design, and maintenance.
by: Thomas Harder
Special Issue in Celebration

Special Issue in Celebration

This special issue is in celebration of the opening of the Aquatarium a 27,000+ square foot interactive, learning and di...
by: Susan W. Smith
Anchors Away…

Anchors Away…

From the moment the anchor emerged dripping from the waters of the St. Lawrence River, the twelfth grade students of Thousand Islands Secondary School (TISS) knew this project would be
by: Hayley Jones and Laura Kelly
Plus, More… Including Dockside Living and The Grille

Plus, More… Including Dockside Living and The Grille

At the same time as the Aquatarium opened, two adjoining enterprises opened their doors to rave reviews. Ian Coristine ...
by: Susan W. Smith
A World of Islands

A World of Islands

The first island I ever visited was Mackinac Island in Lake Huron. Sadly, I was only three and have no memory of the vis...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
History of Uncle Sam Boat Tours - Part 1, Early Years

History of Uncle Sam Boat Tours - Part 1, Early Years

Early Years Now that the river has once again awoken from its winter slumber the familiar sight of Uncle Sam tour boa...
by: Tom King
Dock Fishing Techniques

Dock Fishing Techniques

Henderson Harbor, on Lake Ontario, is more than 100 miles by boat from Waddington, N.Y., where the Bassmaster Elite Seri...
by: Pete M. Anderson
Rite of Passage and Passing the Torch

Rite of Passage and Passing the Torch

Editor’s Note: “How I miss the Thousand Islands,” is a sentence I see in emails every month.  One of those came from Dan...
by: Dan Mack
Meet Joan Applebaum, Windy Hill Studios

Meet Joan Applebaum, Windy Hill Studios

TO EVERYTHING THERE IS A SEASON Celebrating the ever changing color palette of our landscape in Upstate New York; Acryli...
by: Susie Smith
Meet the Authors at Gananoque Literary Festival

Meet the Authors at Gananoque Literary Festival

Yes, they are back… Some of Canada’s best-known authors are coming to Gananoque for a literary festival, fr...
by: Susan W. Smith
We Love Gananoque Loop Trails

We Love Gananoque Loop Trails

It was the first day of spring, March 20th, 2016. My family and I decided to go on a spring hike to one of our favourite...
by: Janevra Pier
Sudoku Puzzle Challenge–April 2016

Sudoku Puzzle Challenge–April 2016

April Sudoku Challenge brings you two puzzles that will test your Sudoku skills! First, we will revisit the approach ...
by: Dan LeKander
The Coming of Summer to the Hardwoods

The Coming of Summer to the Hardwoods

With March and April, the snows melted away; brooks roared to life; lakes and rivers rose. Insects emerged searching, hu...
by: Robert Neulieb
St. Lawrence River Endangered

St. Lawrence River Endangered

U.S. and Canadian governments poised to remove St Lawrence River from list of endangered rivers with a simple the stroke...
by: Lee Willbanks
Poets & Writers, INK: Our St. Lawrence Shore

Poets & Writers, INK: Our St. Lawrence Shore

Sitting on the waters stone edge throwing twigs in the River aiming rocks at a distant ledge the cooler evening air make...
by: Carol Wilkins
Bridges of Grenell

Bridges of Grenell

When I tell people we live on an island, they invariably ask if there is a bridge. I always say no, because what they ar...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Waking Up the River

Waking Up the River

The 1000 Islands is slowly starting to wake up after its seasonal slumber during the winter months when Canadian Geese j...
by: Kim Lunman
Dr. Martin Braun’s Air Ship

Dr. Martin Braun’s Air Ship

Last summer, I found a page on eBay from the April 1887 issue of the popular science magazine “Scientific American.” The...
by: Clara MacCarald and Kathi McCarthy
The Brophy’s Point Tragedy, March 18, 1946

The Brophy’s Point Tragedy, March 18, 1946

Islanders Tuesday crossed and re-crossed the fairly narrow strip of water where the accident occurred. ...one or two st...
by: Brian Johnson
Dustin’s Hobby

Dustin’s Hobby

Steve Sturtz introduced me to Dustin Truesdell and his unique hobby. Steve’s photographs that caught my attention, cove...
by: Steve Sturtz & Susan Smith
Thank God Charlie Was There…A Winter’s Tale

Thank God Charlie Was There…A Winter’s Tale

It’s been 42 years since Charlie pulled us from the ice that frigid night in January 1974. In the years since then...
by: Thomas J. Murphy
Elaine Vedette Tack’s “Hanka’s Tattoo”

Elaine Vedette Tack’s “Hanka’s Tattoo”

Congratulations to Elaine Vedette Tack! Elaine is well known in the Thousand Islands for her many volunteer activitie...
by: Susan W. Smith
Jazzman Remembered

Jazzman Remembered

Friends gathered in the historic Clayton Opera House, to pay tribute to a well-known regional musician, while outside, a...
by: Michael Folsom
Steamboats: A Part of Prescott’s Heritage

Steamboats: A Part of Prescott’s Heritage

Today one would not guess that the small town of Prescott, Ontario, at one time had a thriving shipbuilding industry.
by: Fraser Laschinger
Edith Amsterdam of Casa Blanca (1925-2016)

Edith Amsterdam of Casa Blanca (1925-2016)

Edith Lehr Amsterdam, a doyenne of “the River”, and chatelaine of Casa Blanca, died on Feb. 26 in Key West, ...
by: Kathleen Quigley
Sudoku Puzzle Challenge–March 2016

Sudoku Puzzle Challenge–March 2016

Are you ready for another Sudoku challenge this month? First, we will revisit the approach as discussed in Dan’...
by: Dan LeKander
Polar Bear Dippers

Polar Bear Dippers

Sure – dipping into the St Lawrence River on Victoria Day or Memorial Day Weekends may be necessary if you want to be a ...
by: Susan W. Smith
“Island Sunset” - Video and Story

“Island Sunset” - Video and Story

The River inspires people in all kinds of ways, whether it’s through art, painting or drawing, gardening, architec...
by: Tom French
Skijoring in the Thousand Islands

Skijoring in the Thousand Islands

Skijoring is a Nordic term that means “Ski Driving.” I like to refer to it as green snowmobiling. Over the p...
by: John Kunz
The Canadian Empress–Why Not?

The Canadian Empress–Why Not?

It has been some time since I stood in the grand salon of the “Canadian Empress” Cruise Ship, in Kingston Harbour. It wa...
by: Robert Preston
Rocks in The River

Rocks in The River

Young kid: “Mister Zimmer do you know where all the shoals are in the River?” Karl Zimmer: “Nop...
by: Deane C. Parkhurst
Steve Sturtz, the Man Behind the Lens…

Steve Sturtz, the Man Behind the Lens…

Have you met Steve Sturtz?  That’s a question many have been asking this past summer, as Steve attended sever...
by: Susan W. Smith
Ina Island’s Past

Ina Island’s Past

I am sharing this brochure and photographs of Ina Island, located in the Summerland Group of Islands, near Alexandria Ba...
by: Joseph Smorol
The Fascinating Association of Gar Wood and Fitzgerald & Lee.

The Fascinating Association of Gar Wood and Fitzgerald & Lee.

With the unexpected discovery of the Fitzgerald & Lee business records that took place in Alexandria Bay two summers...
by: Anthony Mollica Jr.
Paula Allen and Susan Smith Prove It’s a Small World After All

Paula Allen and Susan Smith Prove It’s a Small World After All

It’s a small world… after all.  No, I am not talking Disney World’s favorite exhibit, but rather...
by: Paula Allen & Susan Smith
The Stopper, West Crawford Island sequel

The Stopper, West Crawford Island sequel

In the January issue of “TI Life” Rex Ennis presented The Tiffany Story – about West Crawford Island.&...
by: Richard L. Withington
Sudoku Puzzle Challenge… February 2016

Sudoku Puzzle Challenge… February 2016

Editor’s note:  Do you tackle a Sudoku on your cottage veranda, sailboat cockpit, or at a campsite?  TI ...
by: Dan LeKander
The River… A Fountain of Youth?

The River… A Fountain of Youth?

I heard a splash and looked out. A woman* had jumped off her boat in our little cove. With the bowline of her 23-ft boat...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Seaway’s Scathing 2015 Season

Seaway’s Scathing 2015 Season

In like a lion and out like a lamb, or is it the other way around? Either way, March usually involves those references a...
by: Michael Folsom
The Bensons Go to the Casino, a short story by Chris Brock

The Bensons Go to the Casino, a short story by Chris Brock

Editor’s Note:  January 2016  - we need something to help pass the winter – nothing better than sh...
by: Chris Brock
Memories of Mud Bay

Memories of Mud Bay

Mud Bay, are you kidding me? Who ever heard of Mud Bay?  Well, for your information, Mud Bay is an approximately 20...
by: William Tidd
A Big Shout Out to Doug Tulloch

A Big Shout Out to Doug Tulloch

Take the power of giving, add a touch of social media and top it off with a “never say die” individual, name...
by: Susan W. Smith
“Miss Adventure” is For Sale

“Miss Adventure” is For Sale

Craig’s List read “Boat For Sale:  1949 Chris Craft 34 EXP.  $29,000.”  My son-in-la...
by: Susan Smith with Ernie and Lori Passaro
The Tiffany Story

The Tiffany Story

This article is the direct result of a document given to me by my wife’s cousin and my dear friend; MaryLou Rusho....
by: Rex Ennis
One Last Secret from Hog Island

One Last Secret from Hog Island

Since the publication of ‘Secrets of Hog Island,’ in September 2015, some new information concerning the burial has come...
by: Paul Coté
Part 6: X-Wings, by Dan LeKander

Part 6: X-Wings, by Dan LeKander

Editor’s note:  Do you tackle a Sudoku on your cottage veranda, sailboat cockpit, or at a campsite?  TI ...
by: Dan LeKander
Giulia Torre: Romancing the River

Giulia Torre: Romancing the River

Once upon a time there was a little girl who loved books. The summer she was 12 was the first of many summers the little...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Our Winners – TI Life Photo Contest

Our Winners – TI Life Photo Contest

Honestly, this is a brutal job. It’s the same process as when selecting images for a book, but made more agonizing becau...
by: Ian Coristine
Searchlight Runs Recalled, by Robert H. Rogers

Searchlight Runs Recalled, by Robert H. Rogers

Note: This is an account written by the late Robert H. Rogers, telling of his experiences operating the searchlight on t...
by: Richard Palmer
Just Me and the River, an essay by Christine Price

Just Me and the River, an essay by Christine Price

I stand on top of the Sea Ray, preparing to take the first frigid plunge of the season. I can feel my heart racing in my...
by: Christine Price
Putting the Summer in Focus

Putting the Summer in Focus

It seems that each year, as the boating season winds down, I take a look backward and review the events of the River fro...
by: Richard L. Withington
Wolfe Islander III comes home, Nov 2015

Wolfe Islander III comes home, Nov 2015

Every night is a different flight to a different galaxy… Do a sold out show, then I hit the road in my starship limousi...
by: Brian Johnson
Part 5 - XY-Wings & XYZ Wings, by Dan LeKander

Part 5 - XY-Wings & XYZ Wings, by Dan LeKander

Keep the faith. The name sounds much more complex than the technique! These steps are actually a barrel of fun
by: Dan LeKander
Gananoque Narrows and Jackstraw Shoal Lighthouses

Gananoque Narrows and Jackstraw Shoal Lighthouses

Cornelius Cook is buried in the Cross Cemetery, only a few kilometers north of the River and the site of his lightkeepin...
by: Mary Alice Snetsinger
Where did Charlie MacLean, (former mayor of Brockville) go for Christmas?

Where did Charlie MacLean, (former mayor of Brockville) go for Christmas?

It was a far cry from the elegant Edwardian rooms of Fulford Place, Brockville’s finest mansion, but it fits in with the question: “Where do Wet-Bobs go in winter?”
by: Charles MacLean Cochand
Lifestyle Adventure, Working Four months, Playing Eight!

Lifestyle Adventure, Working Four months, Playing Eight!

It was 5 minutes to twelve, and the office closed at twelve. I went into the office and requested a copy of the listing. The listing agent was in the office
by: Michelle Caron
Buy us a Coffee–Donut–or Dinner?

Buy us a Coffee–Donut–or Dinner?

In June 2014, we made the decision – 8 years after Paul’s first issue of TI Life – to ask for support.
by: Susan W. Smith
Seasons Within Seasons

Seasons Within Seasons

It wasn’t until I was packed up and ready to leave that I realized 2015 was a special year for me. I first came to Grene...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Get Ready for 4th Annual Photo Contest

Get Ready for 4th Annual Photo Contest

It’s that time of year again, to celebrate the beauty of our islands - through your eyes. Our 4th annual Thousa...
by: Ian Coristine
Pictures from the Thousand Islands by Lori Deiter

Pictures from the Thousand Islands by Lori Deiter

Lori Deiter developed a love for photography in 2007 after joining the ranks of Empty Nesters. What began as a hobby, quickly turned into a passion.
by: Lori Deiter
Eye Witness Accounts of the Battle of Windmill Point, 1838

Eye Witness Accounts of the Battle of Windmill Point, 1838

The Battle of the Windmill was fought 177 years ago, on November 12 to 16, 1838. In my article, previously published (Re...
by: John C. Carter
The Great Warship That Waited and Waited

The Great Warship That Waited and Waited

More than 200 years have elapsed since the virgin forest around Sackets Harbor was laid low by an army of axes and saws ...
by: Richard Palmer
Book Review: Comfort Island: One Family’s Generational Journey

Book Review: Comfort Island: One Family’s Generational Journey

It has been several decades since I found my first book of Thousand Islands history. Since then, literally 100+ books ma...
by: Susan W. Smith
Norm Wagner Remembered

Norm Wagner Remembered

Norm was a wonderful asset to the Thousand Islands Museum, not only hosting our Hashing Over History program, but passing along his many stories and knowledge of the River and its people
by: Sharon Bourquin
Grindstone’s Small Islands

Grindstone’s Small Islands

Charles G. Emery, of Calumet Island, deliberately opened a can of worms in around 1895; he was determined to own all of ...
by: Rex Ennis
Come and See Otter Creek

Come and See Otter Creek

Editor’s Note:  The headline reads “Otter Creek Preserve is Open!” with “Thanks to you. our supporters…”  Yes, the Thous...
by: Sarah Ellen Smith
Part 4–Sudoku Gordonian Rectangles and Polygons by Dan LeKander

Part 4–Sudoku Gordonian Rectangles and Polygons by Dan LeKander

Editor’s note:  Do you tackle a Sudoku on your cottage veranda, sailboat cockpit, or at a campsite?  TI ...
by: Dan LeKander
El Niño 2014… 2015… and Counting

El Niño 2014… 2015… and Counting

Experts who look at this science every day are now concerned that El Niño 2015 could be the strongest ever on record – and those particular records date back to 1950
by: Phil Chadwick
Power’s Out!

Power’s Out!

It happened on a calm evening right after sunset, while light still lingered on the horizon. Islanders on the south side...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Tee time on Grenadier Island

Tee time on Grenadier Island

Tee Time on Grenadier Island  The most popular mode of transportation on this island is golf cart. Residents use them to...
by: Kim Lunman
Fire…Fire aboard “Watertown” Part II

Fire…Fire aboard “Watertown” Part II

Editor’s Note: Part I Fire! Fire aboard the “Watertown!” was published in our September issue o...
by: Brian Johnson
Climate Confused?

Climate Confused?

“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." Benjamin Franklin used this phrase...
by: Phil Chadwick
Chadwick Art House - “living the dream”

Chadwick Art House - “living the dream”

Art is more of a journey than a profession. The type of art one might produce evolves along the way. If artists do not c...
by: Phil Chadwick
Troopers Honor our Troops

Troopers Honor our Troops

North Country Troopers (and Proud Citizens) Honor our Troops We had the opportunity to have a front row view of the thir...
by: Patty Mondore
Before the Koffee Kove…

Before the Koffee Kove…

How many of you remember Cantwell's Creamery and Grocery Store? Now the Koffee Kove Restaurant in Clayton, NY? Yes, ...
by: Nancy Bond
Melody and Ken Brabant’s Gardens…

Melody and Ken Brabant’s Gardens…

Editor’s Note:  Melody and Ken Brabant live in the village of Clayton, NY.  This article is a spe...
by: Melody Brabant
Part 3–Turbos & Interaction, by Dan LeKander

Part 3–Turbos & Interaction, by Dan LeKander

Editor’s note:  Do you tackle a Sudoku on your cottage veranda, sailboat cockpit, or at a campsite?  TI ...
by: Dan LeKander
The Plastic Curtain After 9/11

The Plastic Curtain After 9/11

Pearl Harbor   ---   JFK’s Assassination    ---  9/11    --...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
For the Love of Food and Yoga (and the River), A Book Review

For the Love of Food and Yoga (and the River), A Book Review

“We should write a book.” It was just an off-hand comment made in the kitchen, as two neighbors made dinner. Or was it? ...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Fire! Fire aboard the “Watertown!”

Fire! Fire aboard the “Watertown!”

Captain Coleman Hinckley Sr. had just rolled over in his bed, disturbing his wife Isabella when he heard what sounded like a commotion about a block away.
by: Brian Johnson
Time to do the Laundry…

Time to do the Laundry…

The other day my daughter walked in and said, "You look tired Mom, are you feeling okay? I hadn't thought I was...
by: Nancy Bond
Singer Castle and the Milke Way

Singer Castle and the Milke Way

My husband and I went over to Singer Castle this past July to do a book signing. This also always gives us a good excuse...
by: Patty Mondore
The Gift of a Maritime Museum

The Gift of a Maritime Museum

“I know a new museum is in Chippewa Bay, but I am not sure where?” I said. “Go back down the ro...
by: Susan W. Smith
V… by Linda Rowe

V… by Linda Rowe

I hear the muffled shots in the distance, the close volley that signals the hunt has ended. Visions of a succulent roasted wild goose...
by: Linda Rowe
Thousand Island Park: How Much Like Chautauqua?

Thousand Island Park: How Much Like Chautauqua?

One cannot spend much time on Thousand Island Park without hearing about the Chautauqua Institution, or more simply, “Ch...
by: Raymond Kowalski
Hunter Grimes III, a River’s Loss

Hunter Grimes III, a River’s Loss

For those of us on the River who knew Hunter F.  Grimes III, the news of his death in early September was sad indeed.  O...
by: Susan W. Smith
Labor Day Weekend, Boats Burn at Peck’s Marina

Labor Day Weekend, Boats Burn at Peck’s Marina

The flames in the engine compartment kept wanting to reignite, but the firemen finally won the battle...
by: Ken W. White
Secrets of Hog Island

Secrets of Hog Island

There have been several islands that have gone by the name of Hog including the current McDonald Island in the Admiralty...
by: Paul Coté
Richard F. Palmer’s Collection

Richard F. Palmer’s Collection

Richard F. Palmer is a retired newspaper editor and reporter and well known for his weekly historical columns for the “Oswego Palladium-Times” called "On the Waterfront."
by: Richard Palmer
Part 2–Sudoku Pairs, Triplets and Quads by Dan LeKander

Part 2–Sudoku Pairs, Triplets and Quads by Dan LeKander

Editor’s note:  Do you tackle a Sudoku on your cottage veranda, sailboat cockpit, or at a campsite?  TI ...
by: Dan LeKander
Boathouses New and Old

Boathouses New and Old

Imagine being on an island and not owning a boat, at least not a motorboat. That’s how it was back in the 1880s. L...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Exploring the Macsherrys and Their Trail

Exploring the Macsherrys and Their Trail

I recently followed a beautiful trail that led me to discover the Macsherry family. The adventure, ever-so-appropriately...
by: Patty Mondore
My Favourite Ancestor

My Favourite Ancestor

  Robert Leeder is my favourite ancestor, not because he did anything earth shaking but he managed to leave a wo...
by: Paul Coté
Windseeker on tour...

Windseeker on tour...

It started from an email request for a hard copy of “TI Life.”  I explained that we are only online &nd...
by: Joe and Libby Burkle
The Voyageurs & Their Canoes

The Voyageurs & Their Canoes

On August 3rd, 2013, Gretchen, my wife, and I were being paddled by ten costumed and outfitted ‘Voyageurs’, to Half Moon...
by: Terry Bambrick
Hearing the “Gypsy Song” by Deming Holleran

Hearing the “Gypsy Song” by Deming Holleran

We received an invitation to join Joan and Skip Tolette, at their home on Grindstone Island, for wine and cheese, and a ...
by: Susan W. Smith
Part I–Sudoku Puzzle Preparation for Dan’s steps 1-8

Part I–Sudoku Puzzle Preparation for Dan’s steps 1-8

Solving Sudoku puzzles can be a lifetime activity for everyone!...
by: Dan LeKander
Fishing in the Thousand Islands

Fishing in the Thousand Islands

My name is Matthew Berry and the awesome things about the Thousand Islands are the super good places to fish and all the...
by: Matthew Berry
Picnicking…

Picnicking…

Picnicking is as much a part of 1000 Islands tradition as taking boat rides and fishing. Picnicking during the 1880s was...
by: Tad Clark
A Story of Berries and Birds

A Story of Berries and Birds

About a month ago we started noticing some “unusual” things on our island in the Lake Fleet Group. We have a...
by: Doug McLellan
Slithering Rock

Slithering Rock

(WARNING: If you are afraid of snakes…do NOT read this article) *********** “Are there snakes there?” I demanded, prior ...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
We say THANKS to Lynn McElfresh…

We say THANKS to Lynn McElfresh…

Turning 80 is a milestone – no I am not talking age – but rather the number of articles decided upon, resear...
by: Susan W. Smith
The Puzzle of Agnes Maule Machar

The Puzzle of Agnes Maule Machar

In February of 2015, the Federal Government of Canada recognized Agnes Maule Machar as a person of national interest.&nb...
by: Heather Chitty
The Red, on Tremont Island

The Red, on Tremont Island

The Red is a majestic cottage on Tremont Island. It lives on the St. Lawrence River right near Gananoque, Ontario. This ...
by: Kate Modler
Paul Holland’s Lesson in Marine Photography

Paul Holland’s Lesson in Marine Photography

Do you buy postcards or do you prefer to capture your own images while enjoying the Thousand Islands? Like most peopl...
by: Paul Holland
TIARA’s 40th Birthday Party!

TIARA’s 40th Birthday Party!

Who can forget the meeting in Rockport, in November 1975, when an announcement by Parks Canada stunned owners of Canadia...
by: Mackintosh Anne (Blu)
The Edgar Cayce’s 1000 Islands Link

The Edgar Cayce’s 1000 Islands Link

This is a journey I embarked on, trying to find out where Mr. Edgar Cayce vacationed, in the 1000 Islands. I came across...
by: Mary Politis
Patriot Chronicles: Mackenzie’s Letter to Bill Johnston

Patriot Chronicles: Mackenzie’s Letter to Bill Johnston

William Lyon Mackenzie was the leader of the 1837 Upper Canadian Rebellion. He escaped, after the defeat of rebel forces...
by: John C. Carter
Poets & Writers, INK: “Summer Magic”

Poets & Writers, INK: “Summer Magic”

Editor’s Note: “Summer Magic” was written by Robert L. Neulieb, a member of the Poet & Writers, IN...
by: Robert Neulieb
Poets & Writers, INK: Boating Adventures in the 1000 Islands

Poets & Writers, INK: Boating Adventures in the 1000 Islands

Editor’s Note: Camille Crandall presented Boating Adventures in the 1000 Islands as part of a 500-word writing ass...
by: Camille Crandall
Summer is an Island

Summer is an Island

The summer I was 14, I named my journal, “Summer is an Island.” No one would find that title odd now, as I spend my summ...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Dani Baker takes a day off…

Dani Baker takes a day off…

“Darn!” I exclaimed; “I forgot to buy rhubarb.” My friend and I had planned to make rhubarb marmalade the next morning. ...
by: Susan W. Smith & Jessy Kahn
The Last Time I Saw My Father

The Last Time I Saw My Father

I heard the pounding before I saw him, as I stepped out of my 2002 silver Jetta.  It was a chilly Tuesday morning, April...
by: Peggy Timmerman
Art Pundt’s Photography

Art Pundt’s Photography

Seeing an Art Pundt photograph on Facebook, always brings a smile.  This month I had the opportunity to place a call and...
by: Susan W. Smith
It’s About Lifejackets (PFDs)…….it’s all about life.

It’s About Lifejackets (PFDs)…….it’s all about life.

We all remember that great summer day when we passed our first real test on the river: “If you can swim from our dock to...
by: Terry Bambrick
Revealing A Portrait of “Valeria”

Revealing A Portrait of “Valeria”

A photograph of the “Valeria.”   Where did she ply the waterways?  When?  What is her hi...
by: Mathew D. Hargreaves
Special Summer Happenings

Special Summer Happenings

We encourage our readers to visit the many museums and art exhibits in the region.  A simple way to plan your summe...
by: Susan W. Smith
“3 Advanced Sudoku Techniques…” by Dan LeKander

“3 Advanced Sudoku Techniques…” by Dan LeKander

Everyone knows someone who is hooked on Sudoku puzzles.  For those who love them, Sudoku is quite meditative and ju...
by: Jessy Kahn
“Ian Coristine’s 1000 Islands” – hits the mark, again

“Ian Coristine’s 1000 Islands” – hits the mark, again

Luckily for 1000 Islanders, this winter Ian Coristine found he had almost 20,000 new photographs, since he published his...
by: Susan W. Smith
Patty Mondore’s “A Bird Lover’s Reflections: A 90 Day Devotional and Journal for People Who Love Birds”

Patty Mondore’s “A Bird Lover’s Reflections: A 90 Day Devotional and Journal for People Who Love Birds”

North Wind Publishing (Belfast, Maine) releases Patty Mondore’s newest book, “A Bird Lover's Reflections: A 90-Day Devot...
by: Susan W. Smith
Kim Lunman shares “Island Life” 2015

Kim Lunman shares “Island Life” 2015

It's that time of year again: Island Time. This year's issue of Island Life Magazine,available this month,
by: Kim Lunman
“The Drive North” and other poems by Robert W. Daly

“The Drive North” and other poems by Robert W. Daly

The garage door closed, the drag of melancholy left behind.
To The River in brilliant sunlight,
grey macadam before and after me,
by: Robert W. Daly
My Squirrels–Friends or Foes?

My Squirrels–Friends or Foes?

When I was a little girl, (a long time ago) we rarely saw squirrels, rabbits, raccoons, etc. I think there had been an e...
by: Nancy Bond
Play the Painted Piano…

Play the Painted Piano…

"There is a piano in the park.", said one grandchild. “Honestly, a real piano,” said the second and from the third came,...
by: Susan W. Smith
The Book Guys attend Gananoque’s Literary Festival

The Book Guys attend Gananoque’s Literary Festival

It was a simple idea. A group of guys who read decided to get together to discuss books.  We came from a diverse backgro...
by: Barry Keefe
Opinicon is ready…

Opinicon is ready…

Editor’s Note:  Normally we stay close to the St. Lawrence River… “on it, under it, or above it.”  However, many Islande...
by: Joan Delaney
Tiny Boat with a Big Message

Tiny Boat with a Big Message

The 10-foot inflatable boat that is the New York Sea Grant Discover Clean & Safe Boating educational vessel for 2015...
by: Kara Lynn Dunn
A Trip Through Time

A Trip Through Time

Editor’s Note:  A version of this article was first published in “Country” magazine.  St. Lawrence River: Through the Th...
by: Chris Murray and Brian G. Fay
Growing a Dream at Boldt Castle

Growing a Dream at Boldt Castle

Justin Heath has a dream that someday the sign on Heart Island will read: Boldt Castle & Formal Gardens. For some, the g...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Artist Alice Burton

Artist Alice Burton

How do you capture an inspired view of the River? In memories? Perhaps digitally, or yesterday on film?  Alice Burton’s ...
by: Susan W. Smith
“The Last of the Old Timers,” A Short Story

“The Last of the Old Timers,” A Short Story

Editor’s note:  Our thanks to Tom French for sharing his fictional story with TI Life from his e-book. Wind Water Waves,...
by: Tom French
The Silence of the River

The Silence of the River

“There are all kinds of silences and each of them means a different thing. There is the silence that comes with mo...
by: Jeffry Weldon
Luckenback: Gilded Age Yachtsman

Luckenback: Gilded Age Yachtsman

The Luckenback Family were prominent River people, yet they did not have a cottage, as far as this author has been able ...
by: Rex Ennis
Frances Richards and Oscar Wilde

Frances Richards and Oscar Wilde

Frances Richards was born in Brockville, in 1852, into the prominent Richards clan. Her uncle William Buell Richards was...
by: Russ Disotell
Part I. “Toujours Jeune–Always Young” by Rex Ennis

Part I. “Toujours Jeune–Always Young” by Rex Ennis

  Editor’s Note.  Rexford Ennis published “Toujours Jeune, Always Young,” in 2012 and the...
by: Rex Ennis
Statistics on the St. Lawrence

Statistics on the St. Lawrence

Steven D. Glazer found the attached article from the front page of the October 24, 1890, issue of The St. Lawrence Heral...
by: Steven D. Glazer
Charlie Donevan & Landon Bay… April FAB Community Profile

Charlie Donevan & Landon Bay… April FAB Community Profile

The FAB Community profile series features people who are prominent and involved members of the Frontenac Arch Biosphere ...
by: Hillary Hone
Cruise ships are coming…

Cruise ships are coming…

As we go to press today, April 14th, we learned that Clayton will serve as a Port of Call for cruise ships this summer.&...
by: 1000 Islands
Captain Hogan, “The Best of the Best”

Captain Hogan, “The Best of the Best”

“Dad couldn’t swim a stroke. His line always was: ‘If I fall in, I figure I’ll learn’!”  -Mike Hogan Springtime in Ki...
by: Brian Johnson
Grindstone’s Millionaire Yachtsman

Grindstone’s Millionaire Yachtsman

Grindstone explorers, who study a topographical map of Grindstone Island, will note a Bench Mark out near Grindstone&rsq...
by: Rex Ennis
TI Park’s E.R. Holden, Part I

TI Park’s E.R. Holden, Part I

It had been 99 years since a member of the E.R. Holden family visited Thousand Island Park.  However, this past summer i...
by: Michael Stedem
“A total of 1,624 tern chicks were banded…”

“A total of 1,624 tern chicks were banded…”

2014: A Successful/Record Year for Common Terns in the 1000 Islands. After 25 years of working to restore the dwindling...
by: John Peach
Buildings Come and Go… by Artist Amy Pierrson

Buildings Come and Go… by Artist Amy Pierrson

It actually started in California. I was on a road trip down the west coast from Vancouver, then across the continental ...
by: Amy Pierrson
Brian Knapp’s River Visit

Brian Knapp’s River Visit

I am originally from South of Syracuse, NY.  I was a boy when my grandparents moved from, just down the road from w...
by: Brian Knapp
How the Thousand Islands Inspired Me to Cruise America’s Great Loop

How the Thousand Islands Inspired Me to Cruise America’s Great Loop

A Toronto native, I graduated from Queen’s University in May 1962 and moved to Brockville, to take a job at Automatic El...
by: Bob Duthie
Everything You Need, You Can Find on Grenell (Lighthouse Wedding)

Everything You Need, You Can Find on Grenell (Lighthouse Wedding)

Before he died, our neighbor Bill Wood, a part-time handy man on the island, always said that you can find anything you ...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
The Eels in Eel Bay

The Eels in Eel Bay

Last summer I read Captain Henry Johnston’s 1937 book, The Thousand Islands of the St Lawrence River with Descriptions o...
by: Robert L. Matthews
Cape Vincent Harbor Lighthouses

Cape Vincent Harbor Lighthouses

A breakwater in front of the piers at Cape Vincent, is demanded by the commercial wants of the place, and it is presumed...
by: Mary Alice Snetsinger
Thank You Doug Grant!

Thank You Doug Grant!

Throughout this past month, the name Doug Grant has overtaken my Facebook alerts and I am happy it has. He has, just ...
by: Susan W. Smith
One Man’s Trash

One Man’s Trash

This is a true story...Sunday is a day of rest for everyone in the Carpenter family except my mother. She calls Sunday “the day of the rest of it.” My Mom runs Carpenter’s Grocery
by: Regi Carpenter
Hobart Tasmania, Australian Wooden Boat Festival

Hobart Tasmania, Australian Wooden Boat Festival

Question: What does the St. Lawrence River and the Derwent River in Hobart, Tasmania have in common? Answer: Ca...
by: Elaine Vedette Tack
From Political Prisoner to American Pioneer

From Political Prisoner to American Pioneer

Patriot Chronicles: From Political Prisoner to American Pioneer February 12, 1840 marked the end of a long voyage to a ...
by: John C. Carter
Sky of Fire

Sky of Fire

I’ve posted this picture a few times over the years and get an incredible response each time. I like to make the t...
by: Tim Kocher
Pirate Hideouts

Pirate Hideouts

I found a treasure! Not gold coins or rare gems. It was a thin book wearing a dingy blue cloth cover with embossed gold ...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Poetry by Thomas K. Hunt

Poetry by Thomas K. Hunt

There is no place like home and for many, home is the Thousand Islands.  Thomas K. Hunt, a poet, says this is where his ...
by: Susan W. Smith
A New-Year’s tail-spin

A New-Year’s tail-spin

This year, thousands of young Canadians all across Canada are going to be flocking to training schools to learn to fly, ...
by: Brian Johnson
Bob McEwen, The St. Lawrence Congressman!

Bob McEwen, The St. Lawrence Congressman!

When Rep. Elise Stefanik raised her right hand in Washington this month, to be sworn in as the North Country’s Rep...
by: Cary R. Brick
Seventy Summers… 1974 Interview with Grant Allen Peacock

Seventy Summers… 1974 Interview with Grant Allen Peacock

The first thing 10-year-old Grant Peacock did that summer morning early last century. . .
by: Jane Rippeteau Heffron
A Surprise Night in a Castle…

A Surprise Night in a Castle…

Overnight at Singer Castle on Dark Island: The Stuff of Dreams/Nightmares Imagine this: a man you never met befor...
by: Debra Wdowiak
Let’s Make Soup…and Thoughts on Overlooked Food Sources

Let’s Make Soup…and Thoughts on Overlooked Food Sources

When I was a toddler many years ago, there were several thoroughly river rat locals who were known to relish the bounty ...
by: Hunter Grimes
Catastrophe of the Steamer "Wisconsin"

Catastrophe of the Steamer "Wisconsin"

Sometimes when we write about the past, we are reliant upon the words of those who came before us. So in this article, I...
by: Laurie Donohue
"I'll never make it. I'll never make it" - An 1812 Vignette

"I'll never make it. I'll never make it" - An 1812 Vignette

During the late 19th century, long before today's era of mass electronic media, stories relating to America's past were ...
by: Richard Palmer
Winter may be better…

Winter may be better…

Sure, everyone likes the River during the summer months when the water is liquid, the air is a warm 75 degrees and the t...
by: Richard Calabrese
TI Life’s 3rd Annual Photo Contest

TI Life’s 3rd Annual Photo Contest

It is such a privilege to see the River through the eyes of others who care deeply about it, but also a challenge to try...
by: Ian Coristine
Island Anatomy … A Test

Island Anatomy … A Test

I grew up landlocked. The only natural body of water in my hometown was called the Bone Yard Creek, which in reality was...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Wolfe Islander Lost in Snowstorm

Wolfe Islander Lost in Snowstorm

Breaking waves with blinding snow. A mariners nightmare. Rolling hard, the paddle-wheel steamer SS Wolfe Islander approached Garden Island. . .
by: Brian Johnson
John Peach’s Fish Tale … in an Antique St. Lawrence Skiff

John Peach’s Fish Tale … in an Antique St. Lawrence Skiff

Muskie Catch and Release from an Antique St Lawrence Skiff I had just dropped back my antique Skinner Muskie spoon an...
by: John Peach
Nylons in the Shower… A Withington Review

Nylons in the Shower… A Withington Review

Well, the "nylons are in the shower" again, so it’s time for the annual, informal report of what happene...
by: Richard L. Withington
WCCB Fall Trip

WCCB Fall Trip

Editor’s Note:  For almost 20 years, a  local chapter of ACBS Wine Country Classic Boats, Inc. (WCCB, Inc.)  Hammondspor...
by: Douglas Vittum
Our Past, Celebrated in the Present

Our Past, Celebrated in the Present

August 4, 2013: the day my husband Terry & I chose to honour our river heritage, pay homage to thirty-five years of ...
by: Gretchen & Terry Bambrick
All Aboard for the Thousand Islands

All Aboard for the Thousand Islands


How would you like to take a train ride to the Thousand Islands?
by: Robert L. Matthews
All I want for Xmas…

All I want for Xmas…

The hook is only 139 words of the Preface, but that was all it took for me to want the Jefferson County Egan Murders: Ni...
by: Susan W. Smith
Rookie Season

Rookie Season

In early May, Pat Carpenter packed up her car, left her maintenance-free condo in Columbus, Ohio, and along with her two...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Get Ready for the 3rd Annual Photo Contest

Get Ready for the 3rd Annual Photo Contest

It’s that time of year again, to celebrate the beauty of our islands - through your eyes. Our 3rd annual Th...
by: Ian Coristine
Prohibition - Depression - Bootlegging

Prohibition - Depression - Bootlegging

I was brought up in a family where alcohol was considered the invention of the devil. My Mother had been brought up as a...
by: Nancy Bond
An Excerpt: “A Birth on the River”

An Excerpt: “A Birth on the River”

An Excerpt from "A Birth on the River," (December 24/25, 1962). To be published in The Ghost of Billy Masterson and Othe...
by: Thomas Pullyblank
Les Boszormeny - Carving Birds from Wood

Les Boszormeny - Carving Birds from Wood

We thank you most sincerely - Les Boszormeny - for continuing to share your passion...
by: Susan W. Smith
Senator Preston King and Congressman John Fine

Senator Preston King and Congressman John Fine

Editor’s Note:  Julie Madlin is the City of Ogdensburg Historian, appointed in September 2014.  Chief to...
by: Julie Madlin
Patriot Chronicles: Nathan Williams, A Rebel who Escaped

Patriot Chronicles: Nathan Williams, A Rebel who Escaped

Patriot Chronicles: Nathan Williams, a Rebel Who Participated In and Escaped From the Battle of the Windmill, is present...
by: John C. Carter
The One that Got Away…

The One that Got Away…

Marilee’s Fish Tale… My husband and I have been married now for fifteen years. On our wedding anniversary for the past 1...
by: Marilee & Joe Lupo and John F. Patterson
M.A. Noble’s “Taking The Gold” an excerpt

M.A. Noble’s “Taking The Gold” an excerpt

“Taking the Gold” continues the adventures and mysteries of Corey “Worder-Redrow-Hart,” who live...
by: M.A. Noble
Please take our survey…

Please take our survey…

Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve Conservation Biology Blueprint Study We are two students completing our final year at Q...
by: Alexandra Kelly and Monica Seidel
Remington Comes To Brockville

Remington Comes To Brockville

The work of famous American artist Frederic Remington is on display at the Brockville Arts Centre this month. Exhibits f...
by: Kim Lunman
Introduction to Island Life 101

Introduction to Island Life 101

One of the joys of living on an island is introducing new people to the River and island life. I’d been coming to ...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Shapes of Rocks… Artist Judith Gould

Shapes of Rocks… Artist Judith Gould

“I look intensely at the shapes of rocks, land and water and the interplay between the sky and water.. I live in the Tho...
by: Susan W. Smith
Songs in the Night

Songs in the Night

A Loon Encounter The first time it happened, I suppose I chalked it up to luck – being in the right place at th...
by: Patty Mondore
RiverQuest on a Quest

RiverQuest on a Quest

September 17th and it is a beautiful fall morning.  As I cross the Bridge into the United States the Customs Agent asked...
by: Susan W. Smith
Ode to a Friend… by Daniel (Sandy) Gregory

Ode to a Friend… by Daniel (Sandy) Gregory

[Editor’s Note:  “Ode to a Friend” a tribute to the late John Russell.   We at TI Life are honored to publish this and t]...
by: Daniel Gregory
A Tale of Two Clubs…

A Tale of Two Clubs…

Motorboats to sailing yachts - 100 plus years of CYC! Today’s Clayton Yacht Club recently celebrated its 75th A...
by: Rex Ennis
Clayton’s Railroad Depot

Clayton’s Railroad Depot

When I was very young living on East Line Road, my bedroom window faced south over-looking the farm. Early in the mornin...
by: Nancy Bond
An Alexandria Bay “Musky”

An Alexandria Bay “Musky”

Our thanks to Kenneth Deedy of Grindstone Island, for sharing an article from his collection of Thousand Islands memorab...
by: 1000 Islands
A River’s Gift from Lillian Cooledge

A River’s Gift from Lillian Cooledge

Thanksgiving Day in Canada brings River families together for the traditional holiday dinner and weekend activities.&nbs...
by: Susan W. Smith & Jan Eliot
TI Park… Then and Now

TI Park… Then and Now

Thousand Island Park is no stranger to fire. On the night of August 13th, 2014, shortly before midnight, a fire was disc...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Cherry Island's Casa Blanca

Cherry Island's Casa Blanca

It was love at first sight that saved Casa Blanca, a grand Gilded Age estate on Cherry Island. The century-old cottag...
by: Kim Lunman
A Special Thanks to Mary Dial

A Special Thanks to Mary Dial

There may be a simple way to thank community members for acts of generosity - a thank you letter; perhaps a plaque to ha...
by: Janet Sullins & Susan Smith
A Fiery Prescription for Camelot Island’s Pitch Pines

A Fiery Prescription for Camelot Island’s Pitch Pines

Tuesday, July 22nd was a perfect day on the river – sunny and warm with a light wind blowing from the southwest. My budd...
by: Tom King
Andrée Thorpe’s Photography

Andrée Thorpe’s Photography

Editor’s Note:  This summer I had the opportunity to meet a talented photographer, Andrée Thorpe.  After...
by: Andrée Thorpe
Testimonial: Saving a Life

Testimonial: Saving a Life

Note:  This testimonial to the Northern New York EMS System was sent by Jack Elder.  The Elder family summered...
by: Jack Elder
A Bass is Too Valuable to Catch Only Once…

A Bass is Too Valuable to Catch Only Once…

Save The River’s Bass Catch and Release Program Save The River, the Upper St. Lawrence River’s envir...
by: John Peach
“The Old Woman and the River” by Ellen Glenn Childs

“The Old Woman and the River” by Ellen Glenn Childs

The old woman gazed thoughtfully at the September sky as she hung up the phone. “There’s a big storm comi...
by: Ellen Childs
“You Can’t Go Home Again!” (Or Can You?)

“You Can’t Go Home Again!” (Or Can You?)

A cold February evening in Kansas, still at least six more weeks of winter weather. “You’ve got mail” ...
by: Deane C. Parkhurst
Dreams of a River

Dreams of a River

It’s been almost 15 years since the first time I laid eyes on the beauty of the 1000 Islands. I still remember it,...
by: Tyler W. Barton
Lone Goose…

Lone Goose…

I have a love/hate relationship with Canada geese. One goose by itself I can handle, but as a group…oh, my! The n...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
It's Kismet

It's Kismet

What's in a name? The dictionary defines 'Kismet' as "a power that is believed to control what happens in the future." ...
by: Kim Lunman
Finding 1000 Islands Pump Houses

Finding 1000 Islands Pump Houses

The most widely recognized pump house in the 1000 Islands stands at the downriver end of Heart Island. George Boldt’s ma...
by: John Peach
An Essay: I Hate to Burst your Bubble

An Essay: I Hate to Burst your Bubble

I am not really old and wise, yet, but I have been fishing the St Lawrence for all of my 68 years. I am not a fisheries ...
by: Hunter Grimes
Do You Know Where Your Bouy is tonight?  Are You Losing Your Markers?

Do You Know Where Your Bouy is tonight? Are You Losing Your Markers?

Good questions…. and there is one more:  “Do you want it back”?  Here is the beginning of the mystery. Early ...
by: Richard L. Withington
Hugh P. Papworth, Nine Decades a River Rat

Hugh P. Papworth, Nine Decades a River Rat

I recently had the pleasure of meeting Hugh Papworth in Alexandria Bay. Our conversations were much like reviewing a ...
by: Susan W. Smith
Talk About A Piece of River History!

Talk About A Piece of River History!

I accumulate stuff. Thirty years on the staff of the United States House of Representatives in Washington, gave me an o...
by: Cary R. Brick
Oak Point- Where Else?

Oak Point- Where Else?

All along the shores of the St Lawrence River in the Thousand Islands are small communities. Most consist of year-round ...
by: Kathleen Thomas
Come and visit the Grenadier Island Country Club…

Come and visit the Grenadier Island Country Club…

The first time I experienced the Grenadier Island Country Club or GICC, as it’s known to its members, was in 2003. ...
by: Elaine Vedette Tack
A Dream Realized After 120 Years

A Dream Realized After 120 Years

On 9 July, 2014 Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the opening of the 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel in Clayton, NY, with the fo...
by: Rex Ennis
Join the Paint Out

Join the Paint Out

NOTE:   We have been notified that the Paint-Out for this year has been cancelled.  We will keep you informed ...
by: Bruce Sherman
Sailing Through The 1000 Islands, June 2014

Sailing Through The 1000 Islands, June 2014

All Photographs by Sue March How excited I was to be invited for a week of sailing on The River! I summered there all o...
by: Sue March
And More…

And More…

Yes, we have more news.  National Geographic Event…Sea-Doo Ride...Boat Parade… and a Wedding Celebration. David Do...
by: Susan W. Smith
Riverstone: A River Runs Through It

Riverstone: A River Runs Through It

One of North America's premier developers renowned for his luxury custom design is revitalizing Gananoque's waterfront w...
by: Kim Lunman
A Pilot’s Story

A Pilot’s Story

Do you remember the Great Canadian Flag Debate of 1964? When our country’s Prime Minister, Nobel Peace Prizewinner Leste...
by: Brian Johnson
New River Museum Floats Its First Boat

New River Museum Floats Its First Boat

The launch of a St. Lawrence skiff has fittingly marked the launch of the first phase of the new Thousand Islands Boat M...
by: Kim Lunman
Flyboarding Takes Off Over The Thousand Islands

Flyboarding Takes Off Over The Thousand Islands

Sitting with All In Adventures co-owner Kevin Thorn near the water’s edge at Bonnie Castle’s Pointe Bar & Grill in A...
by: Hayley Coristine
Our First Year in the 1000 Islands Tower!

Our First Year in the 1000 Islands Tower!

1000 Islands Tower – (recent) past, present and future 2013 was a great first season. There was so much media coverage ...
by: Konrad Linckh
Tracing a King’s Man on the St. Lawrence

Tracing a King’s Man on the St. Lawrence

It must have been an arduous journey for my 5th. great-grandfather, Jacob Karn travelling from the Palatinate region of ...
by: Arthur Pegg UE
Restoring the Common Tern in the Islands

Restoring the Common Tern in the Islands

The peep- peep –peep call of the Common Tern is a ubiquitous part of the sound of the 1000 Islands. Once a very plent...
by: John Peach
Remembering Fallen Police Officers

Remembering Fallen Police Officers

All too often we pass over or under a highway bridge with a tribute name displayed on a sign.  We rarely stop to th...
by: Susan W. Smith
1000 Islands Haiku

1000 Islands Haiku

  A Short Haiku Primer: Haiku is a very short form of Japanese poetry popularized by Matsuo Bashō (1644–1694), ...
by: Ronald Hammond
A Dog’s Life on Comfort Island

A Dog’s Life on Comfort Island

Surely there are enough 1000 Islands dog stories to fill a dozen books. Few places on earth are better suited to the end...
by: Tad Clark
Health Habits start early…

Health Habits start early…

This is my first summer interning with the Thousand Islands Land Trust (TILT), but for years I have periodically spent m...
by: Kelly Kearns
125 Years of Boating at Ed Huck Marine

125 Years of Boating at Ed Huck Marine

A young German immigrant named Fred Huck discovered the Thousand Islands in the late 1800s; first in Cape Vincent and th...
by: Kim Lunman
Close Call …. Again

Close Call …. Again

We were crossing the channel Wednesday morning, May 28th when my husband, Gary, shouted out, “Ship!” I had been looking ...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Evolution of an Arts Fest

Evolution of an Arts Fest

Mary Ann Evans - known as Mare - is living her father’s legacy and extending her heritage at Evans House, a North Countr...
by: Karan Marie Cross
“Home Before Dark” by Rosemary Sexton

“Home Before Dark” by Rosemary Sexton

When most of us see a headline about the rich and famous, or a column about "Society", we often read it. In Rosemary Sex...
by: Susan W. Smith
The Thousand Islands Inn: A Home for New Traditions

The Thousand Islands Inn: A Home for New Traditions

Once a quiet waterfront village, Clayton has arguably become the poster child for Thousand Islands revitalization over t...
by: Hayley Coristine
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In our family we have often said… “We will cross that bridge when we come to it…” When Paul Malo, created TI Life in 20...
by: Susan W. Smith
Long Exposure Photography by Douglas Day

Long Exposure Photography by Douglas Day

About a month ago, I uploaded the photograph below, on the TI Life’s facebook page.  Readers suggested I used Photo...
by: Douglas Day
The Wind in the Islands, by Scott Ouderkirk

The Wind in the Islands, by Scott Ouderkirk

I was reading The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame for the umpteenth time, and all I could think about was that I ...
by: Scott Ouderkirk
Hunting for Fishermen in the 1000 Islands

Hunting for Fishermen in the 1000 Islands

Editor’s Note: In late March of this year I received an email from Rod Anstee.  He collects photograph albums and...
by: Rod Anstee
Life on an Island… Down Under…

Life on an Island… Down Under…

Editor’s Note:  Our TI Life policy suggests we stick to stories, photographs or illustrations that relate to the ...
by: Pauline Buckby
Grenell: The Garden Isle

Grenell: The Garden Isle

My mother-in-law said when she was growing up, her relatives, the Pratts didn’t allow any weeding, raking or lawn mowing...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Just some more pictures – 130 years ago

Just some more pictures – 130 years ago

The pictures you are about see can be traced back to A. C. McIntyre, but they are not photographs as we know them today....
by: Robert L. Matthews
A Lesson About Geese, Well Learned

A Lesson About Geese, Well Learned

We have always lived in Clayton, NY,  but not on the River. Our farm is at the upper end of French Creek and border...
by: Nancy Bond
The Mystery of Honeymoon Island

The Mystery of Honeymoon Island

Many years of playing and working on The River allowed me to make the acquaintance of several fascinating people. Some w...
by: Hunter Grimes
Chauncey Bugbee–the American Patriot

Chauncey Bugbee–the American Patriot

Unfortunately the story of the North American Patriots coming to Tasmania, has not had the publicity it deserves;  ...
by: Pauline Buckby
Brewing Up a Success Story in Gananoque

Brewing Up a Success Story in Gananoque

“What’s the local brew?” It’s a simple question, but arguably the one that began Thousand Islands B&B owner Bruce Da...
by: Hayley Coristine
Finding my ancestor… and his Battle for Oswego

Finding my ancestor… and his Battle for Oswego

On May 3, 1814, troops from Kingston boarded seven ships, and eleven gunboats, manned by a thousand Royal Navy sailors; ...
by: Arthur Pegg UE
Two Histories, One Community

Two Histories, One Community

Dave Wells had no idea that his first book, published in 2011 would sell out…  “I wasn’t sure how many people would...
by: Susan W. Smith
Tony Collins, Meet Jim Oberstar

Tony Collins, Meet Jim Oberstar

  A Seaway Newcomer Comes on Board As a Seaway Giant Becomes a Legend It is highly unlikely that Clarkson Univers...
by: Cary R. Brick
Pale Swallow-wort–A 1000 Islands Invader

Pale Swallow-wort–A 1000 Islands Invader

The Thousand Islands have been affected by an invader – the Pale Swallow-wort – with large infestations in the region, i...
by: Brandon Hollis
100 Year Old Naval Disaster Connects to Grindstone

100 Year Old Naval Disaster Connects to Grindstone

Over twenty years ago Janet, my wife, was working in her store, the Karmelcorn Shop in Watertown. It was an old building...
by: Rex Ennis
Island Life 2014

Island Life 2014

It's that time of year again. Island Time. It's time to celebrate summer and enjoy The River in one of the most enchant...
by: Kim Lunman
"The Story of Grenell" and the Women Who Wrote It.

"The Story of Grenell" and the Women Who Wrote It.

It’s only a 5 x 8 book with 108 pages, but this little dynamo powers my unquenchable interest in Grenell Island history....
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Buck Mullin

Buck Mullin

“That young Mullin deserves a medal... taking me across the ice under impossible conditions...” Dr. Kenneth J. Regan; K...
by: Brian Johnson
Bob Hunt as I knew Him - an essay by Donald Heberling

Bob Hunt as I knew Him - an essay by Donald Heberling

After my father, Donald Heberling, died in 2003, I found two dozen essays he wrote during his plebe year at the United S...
by: Paul Heberling
From Coal Yard to Condos – Part Three: The Gordon Family Era

From Coal Yard to Condos – Part Three: The Gordon Family Era

From Coal Yard to Condos – The History of the Gordon Marine Property on the Gananoque Waterfront  Part Three: The...
by: Tom King
Artist Maureen Sheridan

Artist Maureen Sheridan

“I am a realist,” says Maureen Sheridan. Her comment made me think, “I am too.”, as I loved every piece of her work a...
by: Susan W. Smith
130-Year-Old House Tour…

130-Year-Old House Tour…

  How would you like to visit some Thousand Island homes and cottages as they were one hundred and thirty years ag...
by: Robert L. Matthews
Cole Shoal Lighthouse

Cole Shoal Lighthouse

This article is one of a series examining the early lighthouses of the Thousand Islands, in both Canadian and American w...
by: Mary Alice Snetsinger
British Soldiers witnessed the first Stars & Stripes in Battle

British Soldiers witnessed the first Stars & Stripes in Battle

Travelling down the St. Lawrence River and passing Carleton Island...
by: Dennis McCarthy
A New Wheelhouse in Gananoque

A New Wheelhouse in Gananoque

For many years the Arthur Child Heritage Museum in Gananoque has dreamed of undertaking a unique exhibit to be housed in...
by: Pat Colby
War Talks… April 25th and 26th 2014

War Talks… April 25th and 26th 2014

The War of 1812 from Sackets Harbor to the Saranac River New York’s North Country looms large at the sixth annual War o...
by: Michael Whittaker
A Visionary Leader is Needed…

A Visionary Leader is Needed…

Editor’s note:  I recently learned that the Aquatairum is moving forward with the concept of establishing RiverQues...
by: Ian Coristine
Spring is finally here…a list by Dick Withington

Spring is finally here…a list by Dick Withington

After a winter of continuous cold and snow, another weekend visit of the Polar Vortex seemed routine. The Vernal Equinox...
by: Richard L. Withington
Three Generations of News thanks to the Smith family…

Three Generations of News thanks to the Smith family…

As I delve into Grenell Island history, the newspaper archive is a treasure trove of information. Sporadically throughou...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Great White Fleet… by John Henry

Great White Fleet… by John Henry

Everything about the book, Great White Fleet:  Celebrating Canada Steamship Lines Passenger Ships, (Dundurn, Toront...
by: Susan W. Smith
East Line Road Angel

East Line Road Angel

An article like this one is difficult to write. It was suggested to me at a recent HASHING OVER HISTORY session. A neigh...
by: Nancy Bond
How I found the missing American Boat Line…

How I found the missing American Boat Line…

I’ve long been a fan of the American Boat Line double deck tour boats. In fact, I’ve written about them before on my blo...
by: Mike Fesko
Island View Hotel and My Family

Island View Hotel and My Family

My father, Robert Gareth Service, had many talents: gifted writer, creative artist, in spite of being color blind, and a...
by: Martha Grimes
From Coal Yard to Condos – Part Two: The Cuttle Years

From Coal Yard to Condos – Part Two: The Cuttle Years

From Coal Yard to Condos – The History of the Gordon Marine Property on the Gananoque Waterfront Part Two: The Cuttle Y...
by: Tom King
Reflections of a Local Biographer Chronicling His Grandfather’s Life & Works

Reflections of a Local Biographer Chronicling His Grandfather’s Life & Works

I first knew stained glass was something special, when my father brought home from work, two small, triangular-shaped pi...
by: William Lawrence Meikle
Barriefield Village Celebrates its Bicentennial

Barriefield Village Celebrates its Bicentennial

Two kilometers east of Kingston City Hall is an 1814-1816 rural village, much of it looking as way-back-then...
by: Floyd Patterson
River Entertaining… by Nicole Hartshorn

River Entertaining… by Nicole Hartshorn

Do you know how to make The Bloody Murry, a Starboard Coffee or Pirate Johnston Juice?  Not to worry as you can now...
by: Susan W. Smith
Alarms and Explosions on the St. Lawrence – Events from 2013

Alarms and Explosions on the St. Lawrence – Events from 2013

Events of the 2013 Commemoration of the War of 1812 The second year of the War of 1812 began on the St. Lawrence, with ...
by: Morley Verdier
The Other Pullman Island

The Other Pullman Island

For those of us who live at the foot of Grenell, Pullman Island is helpful for nighttime navigation. We depend on that r...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Janet Sullins: River Queen of Arts

Janet Sullins: River Queen of Arts

Most people who live or visit the Thousand Islands have seen River Artist: Janet Sullins’ photographs.   They ...
by: Kathi McCarthy
February Hockey: That Very First Goal

February Hockey: That Very First Goal

With half of the second period gone, Brydge staged a nice little rush, passed the puck to Patterson who tied the count w...
by: Brian Johnson
Hay Island’s David Ross: Canada’s Junior Culinary Olympic Team Member

Hay Island’s David Ross: Canada’s Junior Culinary Olympic Team Member

The Thousand Islands region will, in 2016, have an  Olympian! David Ross, who will graduate from Niagara College t...
by: Susan W. Smith
Not Just Black & White

Not Just Black & White

We are used to seeing beautiful color photographs of the Thousand Islands. The brilliant blue skies and green islands of...
by: Chris Murray
They left Jefferson County Forever…

They left Jefferson County Forever…

In June 2010, TI Life profiled Dr. John Carter in John Carter’s Prisoners in Van Diemen’s Land, The story had a remarkab...
by: John C. Carter
Cherry Island’s Stuyvesant Lodge

Cherry Island’s Stuyvesant Lodge

Island Settlement The War of 1812 was a 32-month conflict between the United States and Great Britain. At the conclusio...
by: Anthony Mollica Jr.
From Coal Yard to Condos – Part One: Sampson Coal Company

From Coal Yard to Condos – Part One: Sampson Coal Company

From Coal Yard to Condos – The History of the Gordon Marine Property on the Gananoque Waterfront Part One: The Sampson ...
by: Tom King
Drama Closes Seaway Season in 2013

Drama Closes Seaway Season in 2013

Just as both side of the river prepared to enjoy the Christmas holiday, those aboard the ocean-going vessel Orsula were ...
by: Michael Folsom
Valentine remembrances, include the Cape Vincent Fire Department…

Valentine remembrances, include the Cape Vincent Fire Department…

So, who loves you? Hint: they are often seen around Cape Vincent driving a Valentine heart red vehicle.
by: Linda Rowe
Charley MacLean’s Homecoming Down River

Charley MacLean’s Homecoming Down River

In the midst of winter, it is certainly fun to think of the glorious ‘tea party’ hosted for the grand children and great...
by: Charles MacLean Cochand
Grindstone Family’s Olympic Games Connection

Grindstone Family’s Olympic Games Connection

Editor’s Note:  For those of us fascinated by genealogy, this story is perfect.  Rex Ennis weaves his magic by...
by: Rex Ennis
The River's Keepers

The River's Keepers

The Professor I was writing about the Thousand Islands for just a few months when photographer Ian Coristine introduc...
by: Kim Lunman
An Icy Toast to Summer

An Icy Toast to Summer

About right now, I’m thinking about sitting on the dock, staring out at the St. Lawrence and sipping on a MacDac. It’s t...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Grindstone, Grenell and Wellesley's Historic Churches

Grindstone, Grenell and Wellesley's Historic Churches

The idea for a study of the Architecture on Historic Churches in Jefferson County, New York came from a request by the J...
by: Rick Tague
Bruce Dana, A River Photographer

Bruce Dana, A River Photographer

It was serendipitous that TI Life heard about local nature and wildlife photographer Bruce Dana. Bruce first introduced ...
by: Patty Mondore
Poetica, a Fitzgerald & Lee Classic Sedan

Poetica, a Fitzgerald & Lee Classic Sedan

Poetica is a charming name given to an equally charming one-of-a-kind boat from a superb boat builder. She was designed ...
by: Anthony Mollica Jr.
Will Salisbury Making Waves

Will Salisbury Making Waves

Will Salisbury began his art adventure more than four decades ago. “It was in Big Sur in 1971, that my first sales occur...
by: Susan W. Smith
“To Be or Not to Be”- Yes, Right Here in Prescott

“To Be or Not to Be”- Yes, Right Here in Prescott

Many of us have studied, or know of, Hamlet and, this summer, we may be able to experience something different, very dif...
by: Susan W. Smith
Listen to French Creek

Listen to French Creek

From my beginnings I flowed quietly and deep. In Summer you could hardly see my current as it flowed to the Great River....
by: Nancy Bond
Two Fish – Two Stories

Two Fish – Two Stories

The muskie press gallery published several stories about two giant muskies caught in our Thousand Islands. Each headlin...
by: Susan W. Smith
The Orsula on Christmas Day

The Orsula on Christmas Day

From December 25, 2013 to December 30, 2013 the Bulk Carrier Orsula was stranded at Tibbetts Point...
by: Dennis McCarthy and Khris Hunt
Indian Pictographs

Indian Pictographs

Native tradition has it that a diminutive, ugly (hairy-faced), mischievous spirit lived in shallow caves on the cliff-si...
by: Herb Sheridan
Rose Bowl Parade and the 1000 Islands

Rose Bowl Parade and the 1000 Islands

  Carol and Ken Kozin of Clayton, NY, have been traveling to Pasadena California for the last six years to help ...
by: Susan W. Smith
Season’s Greetings–Photo Contest 2013

Season’s Greetings–Photo Contest 2013

Editor’s Note: Season's Greetings for 2013. We asked our readers to submit their very best photographs of the Thousa...
by: Ian Coristine
The River’s Spell

The River’s Spell

When you talk about The River here in the Thousand Islands, no further explanation is required. Why? Because it might as...
by: Kim Lunman
The whole story of Hub Island

The whole story of Hub Island

Before my first visit to Grenell, my husband, then fiancé, tried to describe Grenell and surroundings. When he mentioned...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Life After Death for a Wooden Boat

Life After Death for a Wooden Boat

The life of a wooden boat can be harsh. As they age, these boats are often one problem away from being unceremoniously p...
by: Scott Ouderkirk
Special Weekend Guests

Special Weekend Guests

It all started with our neighbors. That is how most good things begin on Mink Island. The Navarras and the Ryans are fri...
by: Martha Grimes
Best Wishes from Round Island

Best Wishes from Round Island

It is Christmas on the River, a place quite different from summertime. The hustle and bustle of water sports and recreat...
by: Richard L. Withington
Memories of Zenda

Memories of Zenda

The first time I walked down the curving drive to the Zenda Lodge I was going to apply for a job. I had heard that they ...
by: Nancy Bond
“Thanks to the Community… We’ve Moved”

“Thanks to the Community… We’ve Moved”

Take a grant from the Northern New York Community Foundation and one from the Delaney Bay Foundation on Grindstone Islan...
by: Susan Smith and Bill Munro
Wings Like Eagles

Wings Like Eagles

When I was young, one of my favorite verses went like this: "They who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They ...
by: Patty Mondore
Brain Freeze on the St. Lawrence, a short story by Chris Brock

Brain Freeze on the St. Lawrence, a short story by Chris Brock

Playton mayor Ogden Harper donned his pajamas and sat back with a tumbler of sherry in front of the TV...
by: Chris Brock
Pictures of the Thousand Islands, circa 1886

Pictures of the Thousand Islands, circa 1886

These Thousand Island pictures, taken over one hundred twenty five years ago, are a treasure to be shared. They are sca...
by: Robert L. Matthews
December Newsletter from RiverQuest

December Newsletter from RiverQuest

It’s been an incredibly exciting year for RiverQuest’s Aquatarium, and 2014 looks even brighter! With the RiverQuest Aq...
by: Morgan McLellan
A Gift from Brockville

A Gift from Brockville

Winters grasp begins to take hold. The boaters are long gone, either to a distant land or are squirreled away inside, be...
by: Michael Chahley
Five Years of Island Life

Five Years of Island Life

Heron Cay. Kismet. Cherry. And Honey Bee. What do these Thousand Islands have in common? They will be featured in the pa...
by: Kim Lunman
The Traditional Shore Dinner

The Traditional Shore Dinner

The closest I’d been to a traditional Thousand Island Shore Dinner is the banner hanging in my cottage kitchen. I’ve bee...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Remembering the Battle

Remembering the Battle

As with the chronicling of any historical event, period newspapers and journals were written for different reasons and from varied perspectives.
by: John C. Carter
Closing Up is Hard to Do

Closing Up is Hard to Do

Let’s face it. We’re in love. For many of us, this romance began when we were old enough to wriggle into a life preserv...
by: Mark R. Russell
The Library grows a tree

The Library grows a tree

“How can we help the Library and the community?” asked the the Friends of the Hawn Memorial Library
by: Susan W. Smith
Get Ready for the 2013 Photo Contest…

Get Ready for the 2013 Photo Contest…

Thousand Islands Life Magazine’s second annual Christmas photo contest is upon us. Why Christmas? Because the winners’ a...
by: Ian Coristine
Re-Enactors return to French Creek

Re-Enactors return to French Creek

Cannon fire, presentations and re-enactors commemorated the Bicentennial Celebration of the War of 1812 Battle of French...
by: Dennis McCarthy
Remembering Clayton

Remembering Clayton

It's hard for me to believe that I'm so old that my childhood memories could be called history, but after sitting in on ...
by: Nancy Bond
Daydreams of My River

Daydreams of My River

The River is my lover… I believe I can speak those words intimately because the beautiful St Lawrence River is big enoug...
by: Dudley E. Danielson
St. Lawrence East

St. Lawrence East

On October 20th 2013 Jan and I entered the St. Lawrence River from the Atlantic Ocean through the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
by: Rex Ennis
“Last Chance” and “Stormy’s” Season 2013

“Last Chance” and “Stormy’s” Season 2013

It is that time of year again. The days are shorter, nights are cooler, and the geese are flocking. The evening star is ...
by: Richard L. Withington
For the bookshelf: “I am Algonquin”, “Too Young to Fight” and “The Congregation”

For the bookshelf: “I am Algonquin”, “Too Young to Fight” and “The Congregation”

Reminder: In the coming months, we will update our “Books Page” as we learn of new publications...
by: Susan W. Smith
A Proud Wolfe Islander from Button Bay

A Proud Wolfe Islander from Button Bay

Paul V. Johnson October 15, 1940 – October 8, 2011 Ambitious, meticulous, redheaded Irishman... could be hotheaded, to...
by: Brian Johnson
Tattered to Perfection

Tattered to Perfection

A River Shirt is that special work shirt that is tattered, torn or splattered with paint, but it goes way beyond that.
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Honey Bee Island’s Little Free Library

Honey Bee Island’s Little Free Library

Two years ago, Janice and I were watching the evening news when we saw a report on something called “The Little Free Lib...
by: Michael and Janice Laprade
River Rat Kids, A recollection by Hunter Grimes III

River Rat Kids, A recollection by Hunter Grimes III

These days, there does not seem to be much to distinguish young river rat types. Times have changed and young people hav...
by: Hunter Grimes
David Parkins - A big world view, from little Lansdowne, Ontario

David Parkins - A big world view, from little Lansdowne, Ontario

David Parkins is a top notch illustrator, whose work is seen in high profile international magazines, award winning ‘pic...
by: Liz Huff
Photography by Joseph T. Meirose IV

Photography by Joseph T. Meirose IV

Sometimes we see a beautiful photograph and think, “I wish that I could take photographs like that”. Well, that’s what I...
by: Susan W. Smith
Is the 1000 Islands Region Scenic Enough?

Is the 1000 Islands Region Scenic Enough?

Plans are currently underway to bring a new distinction to the 1000 Islands region that is long overdue, providing more ...
by: Mary Hamilton
Underground Railroad Station on Grindstone?

Underground Railroad Station on Grindstone?

This summer Meki Tate, a descendant of Cato Leonard visited the Thousand Island Museum in Clayton, NY.   Her v...
by: Rex Ennis
Google Trek of the Thousand Islands National Park

Google Trek of the Thousand Islands National Park

Email, Facebook, Instagram, and all the other wondrous tools available on the Internet have made it easier than ever to ...
by: Bruce MacMillan
We didn’t need another boat… The “Lindsey”

We didn’t need another boat… The “Lindsey”

We didn’t need another boat, but Gary and I fell in love with 1922 La Tâche when we saw her at Antique Boat America. We ...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Renaming Ceremony

Renaming Ceremony

When we bought our 1922 Lindsey launch in the fall of 2011, she sported the name 1922 La Tache for the favorite wine of ...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Wood Boat Restorers of the Thousand Islands

Wood Boat Restorers of the Thousand Islands

In the 1960’s, when I was growing up on Manhattan Island on the St Lawrence River, fiberglass boats were beginning to ma...
by: John Peach
Just where in the heck is Redwood, NY?..

Just where in the heck is Redwood, NY?..

It was back in November 2011 that I first  published  “Just where in the heck is Redwood, NY?..What's in Redwo...
by: "Johnny Truesdell's ABay.com"
“HISTORY Carved Out of Wood”, Lakeland Boating

“HISTORY Carved Out of Wood”, Lakeland Boating

The St. Lawrence River town of Clayton, New York overlooking the Thousand Islands has a claim to fame other than being a...
by: Kim Lunman
Evidence found for the origin of the Thousand Island Dressing!

Evidence found for the origin of the Thousand Island Dressing!

In 2011, Eric J. Roberts and Andrea Reeves took an “Uncle Sam’s” boat tour one morning during a day trip to the Thousand...
by: Susan W. Smith
A Boater's Perspective

A Boater's Perspective

I’d like to share some insights as a boater of the Thousand Islands. I’m not talking about day boaters or island hoppers...
by: Tim Kocher
Patty Mondore’s Nature Reflections… Plus an inspiring video

Patty Mondore’s Nature Reflections… Plus an inspiring video

TI Life first met Patty Mondore back in August 2008 when she wrote a beautiful memorial tribute to Paul Malo, the founde...
by: Susan W. Smith
Turtles in the Thousand Islands

Turtles in the Thousand Islands

With its combination of shallow bays, marshes, and island ponds, our region is a prime area for appreciating turtles. Th...
by: Bob Arnebeck
The Harrison M. Brown Cottage

The Harrison M. Brown Cottage

"Where do your stories come from?" is a question we writers like to hear. In my case the answer is specific: the stories...
by: Thomas Pullyblank
Grenells Visit Grenell

Grenells Visit Grenell

We had exciting guests the second week of July. The descendents of Sam and Lucy Grenell—Connie Grenell, his wife, Mary, ...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Woodies…

Woodies…

Where else could you expect to meet the Vagabond King, Lady Gilbert, Red Devil and BarrTender? At a golf course on an i...
by: Kim Lunman
The Journey from House to Home

The Journey from House to Home

"Wait a minute lady! What about me? When you moved in here almost forty years ago with those eight little kids, do you know what I was thinking?
by: Nancy Bond
The Search for Uncle ‘Moe’

The Search for Uncle ‘Moe’

“The sinking of the Athabaskan is the worst naval disaster in Canadian history,”
by: Brian Johnson
Remembering TI Park and the Hurricane of ‘38

Remembering TI Park and the Hurricane of ‘38

It was a dark and stormy night! OK that is a pretty lame way to start a narration but it was a dark and stormy night. I ...
by: Deane C. Parkhurst
Boat Shoes

Boat Shoes

Is it a loafer or a moccasin? It is called a “boat shoe,” and it has a skid resistant, rubber sole. The upper looks like...
by: Tad Clark
The Island in my Head …

The Island in my Head …

What is the easiest, least expensive way to own an island in the Thousand Islands area? Why create one, of course—on a t...
by: Patricia Costa Viglucci
Community is key …

Community is key …

Pastor Arthur Couch isn't a traditional snow bird. His annual fall pilgrimage isn't to Arizona, South Carolina or Florid...
by: Christian L. Vischi
Grayce Lulu Bickford, Girl Friday

Grayce Lulu Bickford, Girl Friday

Grayce Lulu Bickford was Charles G. Emery’s girl Friday at the New Frontenac Hotel on Round Island. Born 19 December 187...
by: Rex Ennis
TILTKids Camp at Zenda

TILTKids Camp at Zenda

My sister, Smith, and I have been coming to the Thousand Islands since we were little, following the tradition of spendi...
by: Henney Hambrose
“Tails of Thousand Island Park” Coming soon

“Tails of Thousand Island Park” Coming soon

I met Ann Davis in the Thousand Island Pavilion last month..
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Jazz Age slang lesson for ‘Rockport Prohibition Days’

Jazz Age slang lesson for ‘Rockport Prohibition Days’

Get your zoot suit on or dress as a flapper and ‘roar’ in Rockport Aug. 16-18
by: Geraldine Last
TILT’s Photo Contest Winners

TILT’s Photo Contest Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the Thousand Island Land Trust’s (TILT) 2013 Instagram photo contest! The contest i...
by: Corinne Mockler
“Save Our Casino” Rally – July 30th

“Save Our Casino” Rally – July 30th

Editor’s Note: Thousand Islands  Life is pleased to publicize this important “Save our Casino Rally”.  Kevin ...
by: Susan W. Smith
Everything’s Duckie on Grenell

Everything’s Duckie on Grenell

We’ve had a merganser nesting in the white pine outside our bedroom window every season for about four years now. We usu...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Mass Escape From Fort Henry

Mass Escape From Fort Henry

The mass escape of state prisoners on July 29, 1838 was a singular event in the history of Fort Henry, but it was an important chapter in the history...
by: John C. Carter
“The Russians are Coming!

“The Russians are Coming!

“The Russians are Coming! The Russians are coming!” Okay, I don’t think that’s actually what Stephanie Weiss, assistant ...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
I am 10 years old… What my summer is all about

I am 10 years old… What my summer is all about

Editor’s Note:  Imagine how pleased we were to receive this submission written by Kate Modler, who just competed 4t...
by: Kate Modler
Clayton’s Goose Chasers

Clayton’s Goose Chasers

Back in the early days of television, we watched the CBS’s show: “What’s My Line”, which ran from the from 1950 to 1967....
by: Susan W. Smith
Rock Island Lighthouse Reopens at Last!

Rock Island Lighthouse Reopens at Last!

A moment long-awaited by enthusiasts of Rock Island Lighthouse came the morning of Tuesday, June 4th, when a Grand Reope...
by: Mark A. Wentling
Help Count Loons…

Help Count Loons…

Thousand Islands Land Trust (TILT) has once again announced their Annual Loon Count for July 20, 2013. Observers across...
by: Susan W. Smith
Take the Rum-Runners Challenge…

Take the Rum-Runners Challenge…

When something is prohibited,....
by: Dianne Phillips
Under the Flapper’s Fringe: 1920s style

Under the Flapper’s Fringe: 1920s style

A “flapper” was the new woman of the 1920’s. The First World War had just ended. The world had lost its innocence....
by: Geraldine Last
Photographs from the 4th of July, 2013

Photographs from the 4th of July, 2013

To celebrate the 4th of July, Dennis & I took a Rockport Boat Line cruise to watch the fireworks over Boldt Castle, ...
by: Kathi and Dennis McCarthy
Goldilocks? Is that you?

Goldilocks? Is that you?

We’re here! We arrived on the island in the middle of a glorious sunny day. The crossing was a little bumpy but Linda at...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
A Grand ‘ol Dame gets a facelift.. The Old House Museum on Wolfe Island

A Grand ‘ol Dame gets a facelift.. The Old House Museum on Wolfe Island

“I wouldn’t live anywhere else... I don’t think you can beat it!” Antoine ‘Tiner’ LaRush “People are drawn to this hou...
by: Brian Johnson
Same beautiful Park with a wonderful new Name…

Same beautiful Park with a wonderful new Name…

A handful of brave souls ventured out in the cold for the grand opening of the newly renamed Thousand Islands National P...
by: Lorraine Payette
Spring River Stories

Spring River Stories

The Thousand Islands Navy, or the Admiralty as it is known by some, was established in 1940 by W. Grant Mitchell, my gre...
by: Tom French
The Thrill of the Hunt… Gananoque’s Flea Market

The Thrill of the Hunt… Gananoque’s Flea Market

The sandwich board points to a Flea Market and each time I see it I experience the thrill of the hunt!   In fa...
by: Susan W. Smith
Have you ever considered owning a legend?

Have you ever considered owning a legend?

The boat you are looking at is the oldest motoryacht in continuous usage anywhere in North America, and presents one of ...
by: Michael Joyce
Camping in comfort in Thousand Islands National Park

Camping in comfort in Thousand Islands National Park

Camping on an island has a special appeal -- that feeling of leaving the everyday back on the mainland. This quality tha...
by: Kim Robinson
What is the Land Trust anyway?

What is the Land Trust anyway?

I’ve only been working with the Thousand Islands Land Trust (TILT) for a little over a year, but in that short time I fe...
by: Corinne Mockler
Our Lovely Man from the North Country

Our Lovely Man from the North Country

Remington died of appendicitis in 1909 at the age of 48. Theodore Roosevelt...
by: Deborah Shaw
The Shoal Sisters are calling to Shoal up Support

The Shoal Sisters are calling to Shoal up Support

Any Islander will tell you, they are an integral part of keeping our river community safe. And with water levels becomi...
by: Morgan McLellan
RiverQuest UpDate…

RiverQuest UpDate…

Riverquest...It’s all about inspiring curiosity! So whatever things you are “In Quest of”, be it adventure...
by: Morgan McLellan
2013 or 1913? Photo essay by Ian Coristine

2013 or 1913? Photo essay by Ian Coristine

Wednesday, June 4th, 2013 – or is it?  The calendar may be correct, but the scenery told another story.  More ...
by: Ian Coristine
Clayton’s visitors, Photo essay by Janet Sullins

Clayton’s visitors, Photo essay by Janet Sullins

As Brockville was preparing for the arrival of 14 tall ships, Clayton was ready for another 3 to arrive as part of the 2...
by: Janet Sullins
“Growing Up on Wolfe Island”, history and storytelling…

“Growing Up on Wolfe Island”, history and storytelling…

“It began as a spark of an idea that grew from conversations about the wonderful ‘Island’ stories...
by: Brian Johnson
A Cottage By Any Other Name…

A Cottage By Any Other Name…

It’s time to head north. I get emails from non-River friends all the time asking, “When are you going back to the cabin ...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
It's Island Time: “Island Life Magazine 2013”

It's Island Time: “Island Life Magazine 2013”

It's that time of year again: Island Time. Summer is back and so is Island Life Magazine. Here's a preview of this year'...
by: Kim Lunman
Explore Bay House Artisans

Explore Bay House Artisans

What happened when eight talented artisans got together and brain stormed?  A new business was formed which gave lo...
by: Susan W. Smith
“1000 Thanks” to Military Families

“1000 Thanks” to Military Families

It all sounded too good to be true. When Dawn and Kevin Rast heard about a program where Fort Drum families were invite...
by: Missy L. Rosenberry
“I’d like to buy a tower today…”

“I’d like to buy a tower today…”

This is how -  we -  Heidi and Konrad Linckh, came to buy Hill Island's Skydeck Observation Tower. There is d...
by: Konrad Linckh
Alexandria Bay's Remarkable Boat Shop

Alexandria Bay's Remarkable Boat Shop

The decade of the 1920s is well remembered as a time of rapid growth in the American economy and the development of pers...
by: Anthony Mollica Jr.
“Upcountry” a novel by R.M. Doyon

“Upcountry” a novel by R.M. Doyon

As far as debut novels go, this is a great one. Inspired by a true story, this novel was the outcome of a screenplay wr...
by: April Scott-Clarke
A Look Back in Time…

A Look Back in Time…

Now That We’re Here, Where Will We Stay? Some people collect postcards or stamps but my efforts  turned to acquiri...
by: Robert L. Matthews, narrated by Jan Eliot
Paddle the Arch Tours

Paddle the Arch Tours

Paddlers, local and visiting, novice and expert, can choose from a new selection of paddling tours this season within th...
by: Celia Medcalf
A 1000 Islands Mariner… the first in a series

A 1000 Islands Mariner… the first in a series

This summer we want to hear from visiting mariners.  Whether you are on a yacht, sailboat, or canoe or kayak – cons...
by: Arthur Bronstein
M. A. Noble’s “Taking Hart” an excerpt

M. A. Noble’s “Taking Hart” an excerpt

Editor’s note:  “Taking Hart”, written by M.A. Noble is s a thriller and filled with action and suspense.  Bel...
by: M.A. Noble
Photographs from Mother’s Day 2013

Photographs from Mother’s Day 2013

On May 12, 2013, we took the Rockport Boat Line’s Mother’s Day Cruise and Brunch.  We were inside, so the cold didn...
by: Kathi and Dennis McCarthy
Flying Solo; the Felicity McKendry story

Flying Solo; the Felicity McKendry story

"Enough of that! Now for the really thrilling news... I soloed on Sunday, April 29! Yip, I SOLOed!
by: Brian Johnson
The Enduring Popularity of Lyman Boats

The Enduring Popularity of Lyman Boats

Among boaters that enjoy using their vintage craft frequently, Lyman boats seem to hold a very unique position. Many woo...
by: Anthony Mollica Jr.
Jack Malette and Tomahawk

Jack Malette and Tomahawk

During the summer of 1912, Ralph Britton of Gananoque, Canada’s foremost canoe expert, had won every sailing race of the...
by: Karen Wand
Imagine the Thousand Islands without shoal markers…

Imagine the Thousand Islands without shoal markers…

My father, Keith Taylor loved to talk about the early TIA days. He was one of the original boaters who attended the Augu...
by: John Taylor
Summer 2013  –  We are underway

Summer 2013 – We are underway

The 2013 season is officially up and running on all cylinders throughout the region. Ice has melted, birds have returned...
by: Michael Folsom
“Dock Spider” - Friend or Foe?

“Dock Spider” - Friend or Foe?

The dock spider has the uncanny ability to strike fear into the hearts of all but the hardiest of souls.
by: Tom King
The Burning of the “Sir Robert Peel”…

The Burning of the “Sir Robert Peel”…

“...the burning of the Sir Robert Peel Steamer, by a band of masked villains – [was] outdoing the worst deeds of the worst ...
by: John C. Carter
Bringing Back River Memories

Bringing Back River Memories

The memories most dear to me are the times I spent with my Grandfather. He was so proud to show-off his first born grandson to the River captain community in the 'Burg...
by: Philip Jellie
TALL SHIPS 1812 Tour in Brockville

TALL SHIPS 1812 Tour in Brockville

The St. Lawrence River has always been an important transportation route. During the War of 1812 the Upper St. Lawrence...
by: Alicia Wanless
Spring Symphony

Spring Symphony

The solitude and silence of the frozen sub-arctic winter sets the mind to thinking and the sharpens the senses. Without ...
by: Richard L. Withington
Clayton, Tour Boats, Alexandria Bay – 60’s Style

Clayton, Tour Boats, Alexandria Bay – 60’s Style

So what's different? Who out there remembers the 1000 Islands from the 60's and can compare it to today? Let me take a stab at it...
by: Mike Fesko
Her Majesty’s Royal Yacht

Her Majesty’s Royal Yacht

When we travel to different corners of the world, I’m always amazed how often our experiences somehow link back to the S...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
“Riverlicious”and the Grenville Brewery

“Riverlicious”and the Grenville Brewery

Since 2004 my family and I have been visiting our secret garden cottage retreat, on the shores of the Thousand Islands R...
by: Michelle Caron
A Winter Wake on Wolfe Island…

A Winter Wake on Wolfe Island…

Island residents face their toughest winter in years. The ferry Wolfe Islander operates on an erratic schedule because o...
by: Brian Johnson
Clan St. Lawrence River

Clan St. Lawrence River

It’s estimated that around 5 million people in Canada and 20 million people in the United States are of Scottish decent....
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Ashlie Corcoran takes the helm…

Ashlie Corcoran takes the helm…

For the first time since the Thousand Islands Playhouse was formed in 1982, a new Artistic Director has taken the reins....
by: Debbie Bennett
Hutchinson's Remarkable Wartime Transition

Hutchinson's Remarkable Wartime Transition

In the fall of 1940 officials from the United States Defense Department made a quiet trip to Alexandria Bay, NY. It was ...
by: Anthony Mollica Jr.
To Learn about Wooden Boats of Canada and 1000 Islands

To Learn about Wooden Boats of Canada and 1000 Islands

The historic and picturesque lakeside city of Kingston, Ontario will become the focus of the Antique and Classic Boat un...
by: John Peach
GE at Carleton Island

GE at Carleton Island

Early in September, 1927 a steam-powered barge appeared on the water off Snowshoe Point near Henderson Harbor in eastern...
by: Timothy W. Lake
Polar Bears in A-Bay

Polar Bears in A-Bay

These polar bears give “helping the community” a whole new meaning to the word "courage".
by: "Johnny Truesdell's ABay.com"
Volunteering: A Time to Do Good Deeds

Volunteering: A Time to Do Good Deeds

When people hear the word ‘volunteer’ a lot of things may come to mind. For me, volunteering as a way to give back to my...
by: Nicole Gokey
New Chapter for Leeds County Books

New Chapter for Leeds County Books

My boots tap on the faux-wood floor as I walk into Leeds County Books in downtown Brockville. The brightness and warmth ...
by: April Scott-Clarke
35 years of Riverkeeping…

35 years of Riverkeeping…

My father-in-law used to joke that the most expensive piece of artwork he owned was the wooden blue heron that sat on th...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Memories of the Rideau

Memories of the Rideau

Many years ago, when I was a student at Linklater Public School in Gananoque, I used to participate in the local Royal C...
by: Tom King
“May Irwin Gives Up Home to Join Hubby at Farming”

“May Irwin Gives Up Home to Join Hubby at Farming”

My thanks go to Brian Winter, the archivist for the Whitby Ontario Library for sharing this 1927 Toronto Daily Star arti...
by: Karen Killian
There's a 1000 Islands Calling My Name…

There's a 1000 Islands Calling My Name…

It's a new song about our favorite spot in the World. The 1000 Islands. It's written by a local performer called JPShaggy
by: "Johnny Truesdell's ABay.com"
The Era of the Hutchinson Day Cruiser

The Era of the Hutchinson Day Cruiser

In the early 1900s, long deck launches became the boats of choice among well-to-do summer residents on the lakes and riv...
by: Anthony Mollica Jr.
Nature/Outdoor Photography… may be just what you’ve been looking for!

Nature/Outdoor Photography… may be just what you’ve been looking for!

For River folks of all ages the world of nature and all of its beauty is literally waiting just outside your door. ...
by: Bill Munro
Appreciating the River in Winter

Appreciating the River in Winter

My grandfather, Thomas Mitchell (1913-1990), told me many stories about life on the river during the winter months. Many...
by: Tom French
Point La Morte - or Lindsay Point's Place in History

Point La Morte - or Lindsay Point's Place in History

One of the little known historic sites on the Canadian mainland is the area around Sheriff’s and Lindsay’s Points west o...
by: Alan Lindsay
The Collection Moves On…

The Collection Moves On…

I love looking at photographs of the Thousand Islands. In fact, I can never get enough of them, so when I learned that D...
by: Susan W. Smith
Quilting the River Region…

Quilting the River Region…

Readers of Thousand Islands Life well know how the St. Lawrence River inspires artists, poets, writers . . .
by: Kara Lynn Dunn
Patriot Chronicles: The Hickory Island Incursion

Patriot Chronicles: The Hickory Island Incursion

The date was February 1838. Action in the Upper Canadian rebellion had abated on Navy Island on the Niagara River and ha...
by: John C. Carter
A Thanks Leads to Memories

A Thanks Leads to Memories

In early February TI Life received a note from Rob Pakan.  He gave a heartfelt thanks to TI Life and our many autho...
by: Robert Pakan
The Fees go up, but “How Much”?

The Fees go up, but “How Much”?

Our family came to the Thousand Islands and spent five years visiting the St. Lawrence Islands National Park docks. As a...
by: Susan W. Smith
An essay which is not all about hunting and guns…

An essay which is not all about hunting and guns…

The Serious Part of Childhood on the River and Elsewhere  …Milestones When we think of our progress down the river...
by: Hunter Grimes
TI Life to the rescue…

TI Life to the rescue…

Wheelock Souvenir China In early February we received this email from Carol Apperson. Oceanside, Oregon, USA.  Car...
by: Susan W. Smith
Bucky, a special winter visitor

Bucky, a special winter visitor

I have been feeding the deer for years at our winter home along the Parkway near Ivy Lea.  They were emptying my bi...
by: Judy Orr
The Bell Rings Twice…

The Bell Rings Twice…

You can see the utter joy on their faces as children of the congregation come forward to ring the chapel. Lots of childr...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Red Hot Start Leads to Positive Seaway Season

Red Hot Start Leads to Positive Seaway Season

There was no ice to thaw as the Seaway season got underway back in March due to temperatures being higher than normal th...
by: Michael Folsom
Frederick G. Bourne and "The Things That Matter Most"

Frederick G. Bourne and "The Things That Matter Most"

His name has become quite familiar in the Thousand Islands in recent years even though he hasn't been there in almost a ...
by: Patty Mondore
MUSKIES---Believe it or Not

MUSKIES---Believe it or Not

I’ve heard stories, seen pictures and I’ve even seen the dusty stuffed trophies mounted...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
1000 Islands 130 Years Ago

1000 Islands 130 Years Ago

There are times in one’s life when the stars seem to be in alignment and maybe this to be one of those times.  It i...
by: Robert L. Matthews, narrated by Jan Eliot
Winter’s update from Round Island

Winter’s update from Round Island

Throughout the winter season Dr. Richard Withington  provides a unique service to Round Islanders.  He writes ...
by: Richard L. Withington
Well Worth the Wait…

Well Worth the Wait…

It was about 45 years ago, give or take a few years, when I first visited the Thousand Islands. I was about 7 or 8 years...
by: Tim Kocher
Restoring an Outboard Engine

Restoring an Outboard Engine

In mid-September 2011, I visited the Thousand Islands briefly from my home in East Virginia to gather material for an ar...
by: Dave Whitford
May Irwin’s Home Cooking

May Irwin’s Home Cooking

In December I won an auction on eBay – a pewter “Trophy Cup”. Once again...
by: Karen Killian
RiverQuest Discovered

RiverQuest Discovered

Were you around this summer to see photographers and videographers with cameras in hand shooting from the air, on boats,...
by: Susan W. Smith
Book Review:  The Middle of Everywhere by Ray Petersen

Book Review: The Middle of Everywhere by Ray Petersen

How often is life a singular path?  A narrative that guides you from one meaningful moment to the next.  All o...
by: Mark R. Russell
Excursion to England, 2012

Excursion to England, 2012

In August 1958, my family of five, mom, dad, brother, sister, and myself sailed aboard the Cunard’s famous RMS Queen Elizabeth liner to Southampton, England.
by: Rex Ennis
Season’s Greetings– Photo Contest

Season’s Greetings– Photo Contest

I love this shot! It really immerses me in the place - a place I immediately want to be. I love the contrasting light...
by: Ian Coristine
Dear People of the United States of America and Canada…

Dear People of the United States of America and Canada…

A few weeks ago, just after sunset, I saw a gorgeous ship upbound at Clayton... It was unusual because it was bathed ent...
by: Richard L. Withington
Grenell: Decade-by-Decade

Grenell: Decade-by-Decade

Editor’s Note: Congratulations to all Grenell Island residents – past and present -  who participated in the island...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Living the dream: the story of Cross-Island Farms

Living the dream: the story of Cross-Island Farms

The day that she and partner David Belding bought their first two pigs is the day Dani Baker thinks her mother rolled ov...
by: Melinda Stubbee
“Last Chance”… Review

“Last Chance”… Review

As we approach the holiday season it is appropriate to reflect on our circumstances that might otherwise be taken for gr...
by: Richard L. Withington
Photo Tribute to the Cape Vincent Seaway Pilots

Photo Tribute to the Cape Vincent Seaway Pilots

Just imagine yourself being one of the Seaway River Pilots stationed in Cape Vincent and you are scheduled for duty to g...
by: Martin Zonnenberg
The T.I. Christmas Yarn

The T.I. Christmas Yarn

Imagine the scene, just like the poem, ‘Twas the night before Christmas, and ‘you know who’ had been very busy up there...
by: Charles MacLean Cochand
Cattail Caper

Cattail Caper

Sometimes Mother Nature needs a hand. Low water levels on the St. Lawrence presented environmental groups the perfect op...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Who?  George Rockwell [1821-1897]

Who? George Rockwell [1821-1897]

Who? George Rockwell? Never heard of him! No, it doesn’t surprise me as he flew under my radar for a while. Let me star...
by: Robert L. Matthews
North Country’s 20 under 40

North Country’s 20 under 40

For those of you who wish you were back on the River – be envious.  On Thursday, December 13, I had the chance to g...
by: Susan W. Smith
One Pilot's Dream: Paul Island

One Pilot's Dream: Paul Island

It's the towering tree that you first notice about this little island west of Brockville. It almost resembles a palm tre...
by: Kim Lunman
What to do?  Low Water

What to do? Low Water

Island neighbor, Catherine Hinds, tells me the water was so low the year she was born, that her parents could walk from ...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Grant ‘Lindy’ Lucy, boatman, founder of GBL

Grant ‘Lindy’ Lucy, boatman, founder of GBL

“There’s just gott’a be a better way to earn a living than this!” Grant ‘Lindy’ Lucy, machine operator at Parmenter &am...
by: Brian Johnson
Winter With the Otters

Winter With the Otters

The best thing about Thousand Island Park is its proximity to the swamps of Wellesley Island. When I insulated our su...
by: Bob Arnebeck
The Great Escape at Singer Castle

The Great Escape at Singer Castle

Excitement is in the air! We are heading downriver on an October Saturday, cutting through the rippling waters of the St...
by: M.A. Noble
Bridge or Ferry?

Bridge or Ferry?

. . . Here I am again, sitting in my car on the Prescott/Ogdensburg international bridge, waiting in a line of traffic. ...
by: William J. Elliott
Rare Encounters

Rare Encounters

A few weeks ago, just before closing the island for the season, I awoke to a scene I had never seen before. Just beyond ...
by: Ian Coristine
Honour on Trial: The Shafia Murders and the Culture of Honour Killings

Honour on Trial: The Shafia Murders and the Culture of Honour Killings

If you were listening to the radio in the Thousand Islands, on the morning of June 20, 2009 you would have heard that a ...
by: Susan W. Smith
History Detectives…in Leeds and the Thousand Islands

History Detectives…in Leeds and the Thousand Islands

The history detectives at the Leeds and the Thousand Islands Archives (LTIArchives) are hard at work, constantly in search of their quarry.
by: Pierre Mercier
Had Enough of the War of 1812?

Had Enough of the War of 1812?

Had enough of The War of 1812? Not really? Good, because I feel the same way. Ever since the Kingston Historical Soci...
by: Bill Fitsell
Raising the Roof on Red Top

Raising the Roof on Red Top

 Anne and Charles Phillips honeymooned in the Thousand Islands in 1929. Before they left, the bride of a Methodist ...
by: Kim Lunman
Ring…. the way we were…

Ring…. the way we were…

Bounce! Bounce! PLOP! And the phone was gone. It was a blustery day and the river was so rough my husband changed to car...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Hale and Hearty–A Life on an Island

Hale and Hearty–A Life on an Island

“I don’t like your stupid old river!” blurted a little boy to his parents making the nighttime crossing by boat from a dance hall in Clayton, N.Y.,
by: Heather Chitty
Photographing Lost Channel

Photographing Lost Channel

After I developed my passion for photography I resisted for years taking pictures while in the Islands.
by: Chris Murray
A Royal Job

A Royal Job

Surfing the internet one day, I landed on a 1000-Island tourist attraction and found myself staring into the picture of ...
by: M.A. Noble
An Unexpected Visitor

An Unexpected Visitor

“Oh my God! That’s disgusting. That snake is going to get into the birdhouse”, my sister-in-law screamed. We had been w...
by: Anne Timmons
September 21, 1812

September 21, 1812

It was September 21, 1812 - 200 years ago, the first shots on the St. Lawrence River frontier rang out in Gananoque. &#...
by: Paul Scott
What Does a Clean St. Lawrence Mean to You?

What Does a Clean St. Lawrence Mean to You?

“Please remember to dump your garbage far enough from shore so it does not wash back onto the shores of Grenell.” I foun...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Story Book Wedding

Story Book Wedding

Bob, raised in Endicott NY often tent camped at Wellesley Island State Park. I am from small town Nebraska. Today we div...
by: Jill and Bob White
Excursions and More…

Excursions and More…

Excursions, books & magazines and a special gift to subscribers...all reasons to enjoy TI Life in the Fall, so read more here..
by: Susan W. Smith
Bottoms Up…

Bottoms Up…

Bottoms up for the St. Lawrence River… but not the kind you would tip your glass for.  The bottom of the St. Law...
by: Michael Folsom
Great Lake Swimmers Dive into the River

Great Lake Swimmers Dive into the River

The Great Lake Swimmers literally swam and dove into the St. Lawrence, spending a hot summer day here in August filming ...
by: Kim Lunman
The Antique Boat Parade…

The Antique Boat Parade…

When you live on an island, boats are important. In the early days, most people got to and from the island via a steamer...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Rene Longtin… Still goin’ strong at 80

Rene Longtin… Still goin’ strong at 80

Lovely, home-built and all-aluminum the Thousand Islander queens it over Gananoque’s seaway. Alcan News, No. 6, 1972 W...
by: Brian Johnson
St. Lawrence River: High-Tech Trend Setter

St. Lawrence River: High-Tech Trend Setter

The St. Lawrence River has served as an avenue of exploration, a battleground for national freedom fighters, a platform ...
by: Kara Lynn Dunn
Found by a Rocket…

Found by a Rocket…

No I’m not talking about making a new dive site by sinking a ship with a rocket. I am talking about a lost shipwreck tha...
by: Kathi McCarthy
Getting Kids Back to Nature

Getting Kids Back to Nature

Now that my first summer as Coordinator of Education & Outreach at the Thousand Islands Land Trust (TILT) is winding...
by: Corinne Mockler
Part II Mitchell & Wilson Ltd’s Minute Book: “People and Places”

Part II Mitchell & Wilson Ltd’s Minute Book: “People and Places”

“No story of a small privately-owned firm such as Mitchell & Wilson Ltd. can be...
by: Susan W. Smith
Bill Johnston: Correcting the Historical Record

Bill Johnston: Correcting the Historical Record

The history of every legendary figure includes tall tales, deliberate embellishments, and apocrypha. Bill Johnston, the ...
by: Shaun J. McLaughlin
Dr. Withington’s River Rat Essay…

Dr. Withington’s River Rat Essay…

What actually makes you a River Rat? A while ago, I ran into an old fellow who was reputed locally to be a "River Rat"...
by: Richard L. Withington
Writers find the River…

Writers find the River…

You see there are any number of distinct advantages to living in the Thousand Islands region, as attested to by the number of articles in this magazine...
by: Russ Disotell
Update for “One in a Thousand”

Update for “One in a Thousand”

When Ian Coristine published One in a Thousand on May 1st, we asked if we at TI Life could be involved in some small way...
by: Susan W. Smith
Remington's Heaven

Remington's Heaven

Temagami Island   I am in Chippewa Bay 10 miles below Alexandria Bay. Seven miles wide here and blows like hell ev...
by: Kim Lunman
100 Years Improving

100 Years Improving

Sam Grenell first laid out lots for summer cottages on Grenell Island in 1879. By the turn of the century there were ove...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Ogdensburg’s Harbor Lighthouse

Ogdensburg’s Harbor Lighthouse

The American lighthouses of the Thousand Islands have fared better than their Canadian counterparts over the years. Of t...
by: Mary Alice Snetsinger
A Bird Lover’s Utopia

A Bird Lover’s Utopia

Have you ever wondered what the Thousand Islands would be like if all the birds disappeared? I have, and I certainly hop...
by: Tom King
Little Boxes, Little Boxes.. Fort Henry Connection

Little Boxes, Little Boxes.. Fort Henry Connection

2012 marks the 175th anniversary of the 1837/38 Upper Canadian Rebellions. This is a chapter in that story which has a F...
by: John C. Carter
Taking the Plunge:  AquaZoo - Treasure and Local Lore Await in A-Bay

Taking the Plunge: AquaZoo - Treasure and Local Lore Await in A-Bay

Dave and Mary Roberts signed a lease to open their privately owned public aquarium...
by: Kristen Taylor
Romance and Tragedy on the River: The Circle Closes

Romance and Tragedy on the River: The Circle Closes

It has been a roller-coaster since I first saw Kim Lunmen’s June 2011 article  Fulford Yacht's Historical Homecomin...
by: Charles MacLean Cochand
TIA enters the 21st Century…

TIA enters the 21st Century…

Attended by almost 300 people, this year’s Thousand Islands Association annual meeting and traditional shore breakfast w...
by: Thornley Stoker
River Stories…

River Stories…

I’ve always held a fascination with history, especially along the river. Whether it was the wreck of the Riverside near the rift...
by: Tom French
Do you know the Answer?

Do you know the Answer?

Bob kicked the clod of earth that had covered the artifacts and out fell a brass tag that was about two and a half inches...
by: Ken Deedy
Grenell Aglow

Grenell Aglow

If you cruise by Grenell Island after dark this month, you might notice something special. Grenell Island is glowing wit...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
“That’s Her” Story…

“That’s Her” Story…

Grenellians have an intense attachment to the old launch "That’s Her". For me, the stories make her seem larger...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Beacons of Hope…Kayaking for MS

Beacons of Hope…Kayaking for MS

It stood out like a beacon, which in fact it was. For seven days, Rob Morrisette had seen nothing but water, sunrise to...
by: Brian Johnson
Meeting A Wild Goose - A Captain's Story

Meeting A Wild Goose - A Captain's Story

I happened to meet a fellow the other day who asked what I did with my time. I told him that I had the privilege of bein...
by: David Dodge
Mitchell & Wilson Ltd.’s Minute Book, Part I

Mitchell & Wilson Ltd.’s Minute Book, Part I

The 3-ring, leather, binder is the best “read” I have had in many years. Neither a novel or a piece of non-fiction it is...
by: Susan W. Smith
Bruce Sherman - Just a River Boy... and Painter Passing Through!

Bruce Sherman - Just a River Boy... and Painter Passing Through!

A.W. Bruce Sherman usually wears a cap. On it, in bold letters, is “Art Matters”, and for him it really does.  He a...
by: Susan W. Smith
Where it all Began

Where it all Began

Long dresses, top hats and lots of red, blue and grey uniforms made their way into Joel Stone Heritage Park on Monday, J...
by: Morley Verdier
A 1000 Times Over… 1000 Islands Then & Now

A 1000 Times Over… 1000 Islands Then & Now

The 1000 Islands Then & Now by John McQuarrie with Ian Coristine, Doug Grant, Jennifer McKendry, John Nalon and Don ...
by: Mark R. Russell
“Mom Makes River a Garden,” A Short Story

“Mom Makes River a Garden,” A Short Story

Note:  Tom French published his new eBook  on Smashwords and Amazon this month.   Wind Water Waves i...
by: Tom French
I am proud to be known as "The Ship Watcher."

I am proud to be known as "The Ship Watcher."

Editor’s Note:  On May 30, Michael Folsom published this message on his website Ship Watcher Blog.  Michael is...
by: Michael Folsom
It’s about the Grenell Island Store…

It’s about the Grenell Island Store…

During my first week on the island, July, 1975, I went to the Grenell Island Store/Post Office to mail postcards home to...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Flag Etiquette in the 1000 Islands

Flag Etiquette in the 1000 Islands

For several years I’ve been interested in flags and flag etiquette and wanted to share some of the correct and incorrect...
by: Bud Andress
Where did it all begin? Underwater music…

Where did it all begin? Underwater music…

Where did it all begin? I wasn’t old enough to hold a guitar, but my Uncle Tom both played professionally and gave lessons...
by: Peg Dolan
St. Lawrence ABCs: for everyone

St. Lawrence ABCs: for everyone

Z – At Zavikon Island, zealous children zig-zag around zebra mussels while Zipper zooms by.
by: Susan W. Smith
Taking the Plunge… River Yoga’s Liz Price-Kellogg

Taking the Plunge… River Yoga’s Liz Price-Kellogg

Though her journey to year-round Thousand Islands life was more of a self-described “gradual wading in” than “plunge,” my friend Elizabeth “Liz” Price-Kellogg
by: Kristen Taylor
If Minna Anthony Common had a Blog…

If Minna Anthony Common had a Blog…

If Minna Anthony Common had a Rock Ridges Trail blog I would have had it bookmarked, or better yet I would have pinned i...
by: Sarah Miller
A Wolfe Island Ceilidh

A Wolfe Island Ceilidh

A kitchen party in the 1950s, rural Canada. A small, tightly-knit, stable, island community in the mouth of the St Lawre...
by: Joan Russell
Queen’s Jubilee reaches Leeds and the Thousand Islands…

Queen’s Jubilee reaches Leeds and the Thousand Islands…

The Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II celebrates a remarkable 60 years on the throne by a monarch who ha...
by: Liz Huff
Out in the Open

Out in the Open

I grew up in rural Maine with “back-to-the-land” parents, so naturally I couldn’t wait to move to the big city...
by: Corinne Mockler
Fire… Gone in 5 minutes

Fire… Gone in 5 minutes

Gone in 5 minutes… Every story I’ve heard about fire on the islands usually had the phrase…it was gone in 5 minutes. ...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Sneak Preview… Kim’s “Island Life Magazine”

Sneak Preview… Kim’s “Island Life Magazine”

Kim Lunman, the owner and publisher of Island Life, founded the annual glossy magazine in 2009. The writer and photograp...
by: Susan W. Smith
Capturing a Miracle…

Capturing a Miracle…

A female wood duck left her nesting box and landed right underneath her box. She started to make a very special kind of call, very softly...
by: Martin Zonnenberg
How Professional Golf is Coming to Smugglers

How Professional Golf is Coming to Smugglers

From September 3rd to 9th, Smuggler's Glen Golf Club near Ivy Lea (Ontario) will be the site of the inaugural Great Wate...
by: David P. Dargie
Ticks and Lyme Disease

Ticks and Lyme Disease

Everyone loved those seventy degree days we enjoyed this past March. However, one of the downsides of what seems to be a...
by: Don Brown
Is Your Voice Heard… Save The River Announcement

Is Your Voice Heard… Save The River Announcement

For more than a decade, River communities have advocated for a new water levels management plan that is protective of Ri...
by: Jennifer J. Caddick
Why the name Chapman Shoal?

Why the name Chapman Shoal?

Chapman Shoal is located between Round Island and Pine (AKA: Beckwith) Island in the St. Lawrence River downriver from C...
by: Rex Ennis
Review by Judy & Chas Cochand - A Magic Carpet...

Review by Judy & Chas Cochand - A Magic Carpet...

It has been our great pleasure to review Ian Coristine’s newest book for the iPad, One in a Thousand. It is an exciting ...
by: Charles MacLean Cochand
Review by Larry Golden– An Amazing Interactive Look...

Review by Larry Golden– An Amazing Interactive Look...

Wow! Ian Coristine’s new eBook for the iPad, One in a Thousand, is an amazing interactive look at a place I’ve always co...
by: Larry Golden
Review by ABay.com - The River Meets The iPad

Review by ABay.com - The River Meets The iPad

As I'm sure many of you know, Ian Coristine has been taking pictures of the 1000 Islands and publishing books for some t...
by: "Johnny Truesdell's ABay.com"
“It is a privilege to have shared…”

“It is a privilege to have shared…”

Ian Coristine is a modest man. While he aptly describes One in a Thousand as a collaborative effort, he doesn’t explain ...
by: Donna Walsh Inglehart
The River Runs Through This

The River Runs Through This

How it all began… Caroline and I have all of Ian Coristine’s books. We hadn't met Ian but I was always envious when his...
by: Doug McLellan
TI Life in April 2012

TI Life in April 2012

Mid-April and lots to report and lots to look forward to! Check out this article as we introduce new...
by: Susan W. Smith
The Grand Lady of Totem Point

The Grand Lady of Totem Point

Author's Note: I first met Mary Hewitt in the summer of 2010 and interviewed her several times near Rockport at her ma...
by: Kim Lunman
Disaster, Leaks and to the Dogs…

Disaster, Leaks and to the Dogs…

The first sign of the shipping season came early, one full day early to be exact. Mississagi made its way from Hamilton...
by: Michael Folsom
Grenell by Numbers

Grenell by Numbers

If there is one thing that Grenell Island does not need, it’s more numbers. There are Lot Numbers, Fire Numbers and the ...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Zipper, the Flagship

Zipper, the Flagship

Her name is Zipper and she's one of the most active classic commuters in North America. During the past twenty-seven yea...
by: Anthony Mollica Jr.
Farewell, Buttercup

Farewell, Buttercup

“You got guts, Vicki, I like your spirit. Keep it up!” Canadian hockey icon Don Cherry “You got spunk... I hate spunk!”...
by: Brian Johnson
Taking the Plunge: Stories of Year-Round Thousand Islands Life

Taking the Plunge: Stories of Year-Round Thousand Islands Life

My husband, Jon, and I moved from the Washington, DC area to Clayton in fall 2010 after a few years of dreaming of year-round River living.
by: Kristen Taylor
Detroit Photographic Co. – continued

Detroit Photographic Co. – continued

Early postcard scenes of the Canadian Thousand Islands published by the Detroit Photographic Co.
by: Robert L. Matthews
Landing at Georgina Island

Landing at Georgina Island

We rowed carefully into the bay at Georgina Island, one trainee looking expectantly into the water off the bow, waiting to spot ...
by: Jason McNaught
Discovering Frank T. Lent

Discovering Frank T. Lent

I live a long way from the Thousand Islands but my quest to discover who designed my home in Worcester, Massachusetts le...
by: Dolores R. Buckley
Toujours Frontenac on Round Island

Toujours Frontenac on Round Island

The citizens of Round Island are gathering at the dockside post office under a sapphire blue sky on a Sunday afternoon i...
by: Kim Lunman
The Cottages of Grenell

The Cottages of Grenell

“How many cottages are on the island?” This is usually the first question I’m asked when I begin to describe life on Gr...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Wolfe Island, Scene of the Crime

Wolfe Island, Scene of the Crime

Every year, on the second Saturday in August, the members of a criminal cohort make their way by ferry to peaceful, buco...
by: Vicki Delany
“He’s No Humanitarian, But Damn, Can He Take a Punch”

“He’s No Humanitarian, But Damn, Can He Take a Punch”

...“What Constable James means,” he said, “is that we’re not in a position to help you. The Anti-Gang Unit—”...
by: Sam Wiebe
A 21st Century Lady…

A 21st Century Lady…

She ain’t no lady! She’s not a tramp either!   She introduces you to the 1000 Islands in her own inimitable wa...
by: James Morrison
“Pot Pourri’s” Story

“Pot Pourri’s” Story

What you see is a photograph from 1965 of the Pot Pourri plying the St. Lawrence River with a Dodge Motor Home
by: Susan W. Smith
Almost Being Here…

Almost Being Here…

I found my own way to view the river and the ships when I discovered the various webcams on www.Abay.com.
by: Tara Hutson
James Churchward’s Fishing Among the Thousand Islands

James Churchward’s Fishing Among the Thousand Islands

James Churchward, who lived from 1851 to 1936,  wrote a series of books on the Lost Continent of Mu  , in whic...
by: Jack E. Churchward
T I Collectables, Part IV, Detroit Postcards

T I Collectables, Part IV, Detroit Postcards

If you collect Thousand Islands memorabilia, my guess is that your first purchase might have been a postcard.
by: Robert L. Matthews
“Counter Currents” the Novel

“Counter Currents” the Novel

A Story of Smugglers, River Pirates, Love, War and Freedom Fighters in 1838...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Du Zhongyi buys Eagle Point Estates

Du Zhongyi buys Eagle Point Estates

Hon. Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, in Ontario, announced on March 7th that the Eagle Point prope...
by: Susan W. Smith
The Doctor is in

The Doctor is in

This doctor doesn't just make house calls. Dr. Dick Withington, known around this stretch of the River simply as 'Doc,' ...
by: Kim Lunman
2011 Seaway Recap

2011 Seaway Recap

Where has the winter gone? Or better yet, where was it, to begin with? The 2011 shipping season managed to sail away un...
by: Michael Folsom
“Show Girl”, a Thousand Islands Classic

“Show Girl”, a Thousand Islands Classic

"Show Girl" is the name of a pristine vintage launch that was built in the shop of the Hutchinson Brothers Boat Works in 1921
by: Anthony Mollica Jr.
Washington Island’s Wreck

Washington Island’s Wreck

The 1876 St. Lawrence River Chart No 6, drawn by the US Army Corps of Engineers, listed a wreck off Washington Island in...
by: Dennis McCarthy
Ogdensburg’s Own Automobile

Ogdensburg’s Own Automobile

Orders were received for the Dunn Motor Works vehicle from as far away as India and China.
by: John Peach
The “Cangarda” Story

The “Cangarda” Story

There is, probably, no steam yacht on the St. Lawrence River that brought more delight to passengers, or spectators, tha...
by: Dick Sherwood
Searching for a Pirate's Lost Lair

Searching for a Pirate's Lost Lair

In 1838, William "Pirate Bill" Johnston served as admiral in the rebel forces that repeatedly attacked Upper Canada, and...
by: Shaun J. McLaughlin
Ice Fishing Anyone?

Ice Fishing Anyone?

On Saturday, January 28th, Alexandria Bay held their Annual Ice Fishing Derby. Each year Ice Fishermen (and women) and y...
by: David Pritt
“Shall We Gather at the River” by Hannah Connolly

“Shall We Gather at the River” by Hannah Connolly

The Grindstone Island community gathers for the last church service of the season, hand in hand, around the old poplar t...
by: Hannah Connolly
The “Titanic” and Grindstone

The “Titanic” and Grindstone

One hundred years ago, 14 April 1912 the RMS Titanic sank in the icy waters of the North Atlantic, 1,514 perished. Consi...
by: Rex Ennis
Ready for the War of 1812?

Ready for the War of 1812?

If well coordinated, the St. Lawrence region is perfectly poised to foster a unique brand of heritage tourism...
by: Alicia Wanless
Mudlunta's Matriarchs

Mudlunta's Matriarchs

A Gananoque businessman and sailor who loved to explore the St. Lawrence River
by: Kim Lunman
Water Water Everywhere….

Water Water Everywhere….

From my very first summer on the River, I’ve heard the story about Harry Chalk and his tin cup. Harry was the intrepid c...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Chasing the World Record Muskie…

Chasing the World Record Muskie…

It was a really good hit, I grabbed the rod, set the hook and checked the drag. Dan was right next to me and I said, ‘Here...
by: Rich Clarke
Thank you Frank Eames…

Thank you Frank Eames…

Frank Eames would be called an “amateur historian” which is why his role is not well recognized.
by: Susan W. Smith
The Essence of an American Christmas

The Essence of an American Christmas

Getting to Grindstone - First glitch, the boys had thrown locking hitches on the dock lines. NEVER a locking hitch after November 1!
by: Richard L. Withington
T I Collectables, Part III, Wheelock Souvenir China

T I Collectables, Part III, Wheelock Souvenir China

The Wheelock family began selling china in Wisconsin..
by: Robert L. Matthews
Bonnycastle versus Johnston

Bonnycastle versus Johnston

After Johnston and a small band of men destroyed the Peel, the Thousand Islands became ground zero for a costly bi-national manhunt.
by: Shaun J. McLaughlin
The War is Coming…

The War is Coming…

Yes, towns around the Thousand Islands in 2012 are getting ready to “celebrate, learn and/or participate” in the 200th a...
by: Michael Whittaker
20 Years From Now?

20 Years From Now?

What is your vision of the Thousand Islands in twenty or even fifty years? What characteristics of the Islands do you c...
by: David Bull
50 Year Old Sailing Memories

50 Year Old Sailing Memories

We finished last. We’d learned about starting, spinnakers that the Lightnings could deploy downwind, and how to get around the course without fouling.
by: Dave Whitford
The House That Jack Built, Kitsymenie Island

The House That Jack Built, Kitsymenie Island

Carolyn Pratt spent summers as a young girl with her family on Mudlunta Island just a pebble's toss away from Kitsymenie...
by: Kim Lunman
Who Was Sam Grenell?

Who Was Sam Grenell?

I probably have a dozen things with the word Grenell on them: t-shirts, hats, sweatshirts, rain jackets, canvas bags and...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
“Taps” a Reveille Classic

“Taps” a Reveille Classic

The magnificent launch was completed on schedule as promised. Wela Ka Hao met Col. Wilber's expectations so completely that it became his principle boat for the next twenty-five summer seasons.
by: Anthony Mollica Jr.
Judith Butler’s Camera

Judith Butler’s Camera

“I’m flattered when someone likes my photographs but it’s hard to take a bad picture in the Thousand Islands. Take your ...
by: Susan W. Smith
Hal “Moose” McCarney, ‘The Godfather’

Hal “Moose” McCarney, ‘The Godfather’

For nearly 82 years, Hal ‘Moose’ McCarney, the ‘godfather’ whose persona often resembled a human dynamo, had his feet planted firmly on his playing turf...
by: Brian Johnson
David Lyttle’s Poetry

David Lyttle’s Poetry

"I rowed out to sink a heap of trash gathered too long in a soggy box under our chipped
enameled sink..." thus begins Sinking Trash by David Lyttle
by: David Lyttle
Discovering the Box Stove Wreck…

Discovering the Box Stove Wreck…

I'm not sure why shipwrecks fascinate me. Maybe it's because I watched a boat sink while standing on my parent's beach i...
by: Dennis McCarthy
Anchors Away…

Anchors Away…

From the moment the anchor emerged dripping from the waters of the St. Lawrence River, the twelfth grade students of Tho...
by: Hayley Jones and Laura Kelly
TI Collectables Part II, Four Track Series Brochures

TI Collectables Part II, Four Track Series Brochures

I had no idea as to its value and asked the dealer the price. She held up two fingers but did she mean two dollars, twenty dollars or two hundred dollars?
by: Robert L. Matthews
Around and Through: The Path that Binds Us

Around and Through: The Path that Binds Us

Before my first visit to Grenell in 1975, my then fiancé - now husband, Gary, showed me the lot map of Grenell drawn in ...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Inheriting a Cottage

Inheriting a Cottage

Some good things start with death. When my father's Uncle Luther died in October 1952, Big Bob was glum. "You’d’ve like...
by: Dave Whitford
The Ship named “Supply”

The Ship named “Supply”

The summer of 1904 proved to be the debut in quantity of the gasoline launch in the Thousand Islands. The Syracuse Post ...
by: Rex Ennis
Garden Island grew from merely a dot

Garden Island grew from merely a dot

"Garden Island grew from merely a dot in the wilderness to be the home of hundreds - it made a bit of history all its ow...
by: Kim Lunman
Does Size Matter?

Does Size Matter?

It’s a question that is so often taken out of context. Does size matter? More times than not the response is – No. Howe...
by: Michael Folsom
R. B. ‘Ratch’ Wallace: ‘Captain Hollywood’

R. B. ‘Ratch’ Wallace: ‘Captain Hollywood’

It was Sunday morning, October 16, 2011. My good friend and fellow "Canadian Empress" colleague, Ratch Burnill Wallace had suddenly passed away. He was 66...
by: Brian Johnson
Borrowing Books…

Borrowing Books…

From the day the Grenell Island Community House was dedicated in 1934, the southwest corner room was designated as a lib...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
“No son, It is a Cliffe Craft”…

“No son, It is a Cliffe Craft”…

The warm spring sun reflected brilliantly off the freshly varnished woodwork as Jack Preston guided his brand new blue a...
by: Tom King
Sketching Memories: Robert Hedden Artist

Sketching Memories: Robert Hedden Artist

Most of us go on holiday with our trusty cameras ready to capture our memories, but Robert Hedden travels with a sketch ...
by: Susan W. Smith
TI Collectables, Part I Squiggle Glass

TI Collectables, Part I Squiggle Glass

When my wife, Prudence, and I began to collect, we didn’t understand or recognize the value of glass and consequently le...
by: Robert L. Matthews
Post Office on Grenell

Post Office on Grenell

The trek to the post office to retrieve the mail is a daily ritual on Grenell. It’s rarely a straight shot there and bac...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
The Gazebo Story

The Gazebo Story

It ended up being a love story of sorts. When one of my coworkers mentioned that her sister-in-law’s family was responsi...
by: Patty Mondore
Can you solve the Mystery???

Can you solve the Mystery???

Mystery!.......It was just before sunrise when my phone unexpectedly rang. Dark thoughts run through your head in the in...
by: Richard L. Withington
The End of the Ferry Crisis…

The End of the Ferry Crisis…

This story first appeared in the Kingston Whig-Standard as: “1946: End of the ferry crises” on November 17, 2006. The tr...
by: Brian Johnson
The Eastland Disaster

The Eastland Disaster

Frank Cole, long time resident of Murray Isle, was a friend to many and a father who loved to share his memories with his family. This story is just one of many...
by: Rachel Cole
Reality TV’s Great Escape

Reality TV’s Great Escape

Six blindfolded men and women board a boat in the middle of the St. Lawrence River and are taken to a century-old castle...
by: Kim Lunman
All Sorts of Boats

All Sorts of Boats

Have you been to Clayton lately? If not, you are probably missing out on some interesting sights along the water. For...
by: Michael Folsom
The Dreamer: Captain Robert Beckstead of GBL

The Dreamer: Captain Robert Beckstead of GBL

Mix well: Seven months and $400,000. Add one motel owner, a lawyer and partner with a small boat company. Strain and pre...
by: Brian Johnson
About Hunter Grimes

About Hunter Grimes

“Sure is,” he said. “That was a hard crash. When I woke up in the ambulance and saw that white ceiling and the light, I thought ...
by: Dave Whitford
Augusta Cecconi-Bates: Willow Wind

Augusta Cecconi-Bates: Willow Wind

Augusta Cecconi-Bates is known as a composer of operas and operettas. Her most recent operettas were not only written in the Thousand Islands, but were inspired by characters
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Protecting “One Dive at a Time

Protecting “One Dive at a Time

“If there’s that much trash in this one little area, then how much is in the entire river?” asked a spectator on a Septe...
by: Dennis McCarthy
Thousand Islands One-Design Sailboats

Thousand Islands One-Design Sailboats

The 1000 Islands is a playground for a multitude of summer water-based activities. Swimming, rowing, kayaking, wake-boar...
by: Tad Clark
An Unforgettable Turn of Events…

An Unforgettable Turn of Events…

Without the motor power, we still felt the boat dancing on the rocks and getting pushed around by the waves.
by: Konrad Linckh
Seeing Underwater…

Seeing Underwater…

“So spooky to see boats just sitting on the bottom, waiting for the end of time”, was the reaction of one of the visitor...
by: Kathi and Dennis McCarthy
Doing Something about Border Issues

Doing Something about Border Issues

It is not often that we hear that legislators and/or government officials in the United States and Canada are “doing som...
by: Susan W. Smith
Private Islands are Vladi's World

Private Islands are Vladi's World

They say every man is an island. Farhad Vladi says every man can own an island. Vladi, as he is known in international ...
by: Kim Lunman
Grenell Island Community House

Grenell Island Community House

Located near the foot of the island, just down the sidewalk from the Grenell Island Chapel, stands the heart of Grenell—...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Hail to the Chief – Jack Norris of the GBL

Hail to the Chief – Jack Norris of the GBL

Jack Norris became ‘chief engineer’ of the Gananoque Boat Line after spending a lifetime at sea. Standing head and shoul...
by: Brian Johnson
Varick Chittenden’s TAUNY

Varick Chittenden’s TAUNY

Varick Chittenden founded the non-profit organization, TAUNY (Traditional Arts in Upstate New York), 25 years ago. Altho...
by: Ted Mascott
Cranker’s Machine Shop

Cranker’s Machine Shop

During the early to mid-1900’s, Alexandria Bay’s boat building and repair business included several machine shops. My fa...
by: John Peach
Clayton Butler’s Thousand Island Park

Clayton Butler’s Thousand Island Park

In late August, I received a copy of Thousand Island Park: The Story of an American Eden, authored by Clayton J. Butler....
by: Susan W. Smith
Oh, Those Two Glorious Weeks!

Oh, Those Two Glorious Weeks!

As the summer of 2011 rapidly comes to a close I find myself thinking about our latest two-week cottage vacation and rea...
by: Tom King
The Digger… on Carleton Island

The Digger… on Carleton Island

Dr. Douglas J. Pippin, Star Carter,  and I are standing on the embankment at Fort Haldimand, a British Fort built o...
by: Susan Smith & Douglas Pippin
Tinkering

Tinkering

Dave Whitford provides an article titled: "Tinkering" and a tribute to the late Riggs Smith whose contributions to the River community will be long remembered.
by: Dave Whitford
Louise Gaylord Cooke “87 years young and going strong”

Louise Gaylord Cooke “87 years young and going strong”

Louise Gaylor Cooke deserves special recognition for her dedication in preserving the history of Point Vivian.  We ...
by: Richard W. Randall
Baseball’s Boys of Summer at The New Frontenac

Baseball’s Boys of Summer at The New Frontenac

In the Gilded Age, as now, American’s love sports; hotels, clubs, and communities had teams. The Thousand Islands region...
by: Rex Ennis
How The Canadian Thousand Islands Are Named and Renamed

How The Canadian Thousand Islands Are Named and Renamed

The Canadian Geographical Names Data Base at Natural Resources Canada is the repository for official names records...
by: Ross D. Pollack
Arthur Pullaw: River Rat Extraordinaire

Arthur Pullaw: River Rat Extraordinaire

“Most people only dream of living to the age of 100,” she begins. “Our Gramp planned on it...
by: Brian Johnson
Grenell Island Regatta

Grenell Island Regatta

Island life is all about boats, so why did it take Grenell Island Improvement Association 91 years to come up with the i...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Charlie and The Magedoma… Romance and Tragedy on the River

Charlie and The Magedoma… Romance and Tragedy on the River

It was love at first sight. They were married July 28th, 1908 on the Magedoma,
by: Charles MacLean Cochand
Thanks to Tom French History Comes in 3-D

Thanks to Tom French History Comes in 3-D

“My Mom and I have this collection of stereograph cards, and we want to share it,” Tom French told me over the telephone...
by: Susan W. Smith
Discovering my past…

Discovering my past…

In the 1980s, while working at St. Lawrence Islands National Park, I became involved with the writing of the history of ...
by: Kathleen Burtch
1904

1904

June 1904 marked the beginning of the Gold Cup Races, considered power boat racing’s ultimate contest in North America a...
by: Robert L. Matthews
The Keech Family of Clayton and Fishers Landing

The Keech Family of Clayton and Fishers Landing

Andrew Keech, and his young family, settled on a farm near Clayton, New York, around 1830, thus continuing more than 150...
by: M. Bruce McAdam
How the American Thousand Islands are Named and Renamed

How the American Thousand Islands are Named and Renamed

Official names of places and features in the United States are selected by the Board on Geographic Names...
by: Ross D. Pollack
In Search of Molly Brant

In Search of Molly Brant

I am in search of Mary “Molly” Brant, Mohawk woman of the American Revolution. Her journey once took her to Fort Haldima...
by: Judith F. Pearson
The Map

The Map

In July 2011, TI Life published a book review of Saints, Sinners and Sailors of the Gilded Age: A compendium of biograph...
by: Susan W. Smith
The Castle of Secrets

The Castle of Secrets

It was famously dubbed the Castle of Mysteries by the New York Times more than a century ago and today it still holds mo...
by: Kim Lunman
The Day Has Finally Come…

The Day Has Finally Come…

The Day Has Finally Come - June 14, 2011 – a day I will remember. I woke up just after 6 a.m. to begin my day. I was ho...
by: Michael Folsom
The Top of the World For Sale... …

The Top of the World For Sale... …

Enterprising, accomplished, and a passionate champion for the Thousand Islands, Leonard Stratford is literally on top of...
by: Michelle Caron
A Fistful of Pines

A Fistful of Pines

Two old cottages beneath a fistful of pines—that was my first impression of what was then known as Ogden Point.  Be...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Motor Heads and Car Buffs

Motor Heads and Car Buffs

If you ask Elliott Hillback how to begin collecting cars he answers with a question: Do you want to drive the car or sho...
by: Susan W. Smith
Welcome back Jim…

Welcome back Jim…

How many of us wish we could live, work and play golf in the Thousand Islands? James (Jim) Hungerford, who left the Rive...
by: Susan W. Smith
Two New Library Additions…

Two New Library Additions…

“Saints, Sinners & Sailors of the Gilded Age”, by Rexford M. Ennis and Archeophone Records presents "The High Priestess of Jollity & The Southern Singer."
by: Susan W. Smith
The Army Landing Barges ‘Wolfe Islander 1’ and ‘Wolfe Islander 2’.

The Army Landing Barges ‘Wolfe Islander 1’ and ‘Wolfe Islander 2’.

    In Wolfe Island’s hour of need for means of transportation...
by: Brian Johnson
Honoring Hutchinson

Honoring Hutchinson

I started looking for sources of Hutchinson history to see if there might be enough material available to actually create a modest exhibit...
by: Anthony Mollica Jr.
Do you have an iPad?…

Do you have an iPad?…

Do you have an iPad, here's a really neat way to experience ThousandIslandsLife.com, using a new free iPad app called Fl...
by: Larry Golden
Copy of Canada Border Services Agency Fact Sheet

Copy of Canada Border Services Agency Fact Sheet

This fact sheet appears on the Canadian Border Services Agency website: Fact Sheet July 2011 Simplified cell phone r...
by: Susan W. Smith
Fulford Yacht's Historical Homecoming

Fulford Yacht's Historical Homecoming

Cangarda, the century-old luxury yacht that once sailed the St. Lawrence River  as Senator George T. Fulford's Mage...
by: Kim Lunman
Ship!

Ship!

SHIP! It’s a game we started when my husband retired nine years ago. It’s nothing original. We actually got the idea fro...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Robert Orr’s Knives and Wood…

Robert Orr’s Knives and Wood…

Robert Orr, of Lemon Island in the Admiralty Islands, admits he can’t draw and that he is color blind, but his prize win...
by: Susan W. Smith
She Saves Wildlife

She Saves Wildlife

A few weeks ago, Sue-Ryn Burns called the TILT office asking permission to release a Great Horned Owl at the Crooked Cre...
by: Star Carter
The End for the “SS Wolfe Islander”

The End for the “SS Wolfe Islander”

Each stroke of the huge paddles brought forth a series of creaks and groans from the ancient timbers below... But the we...
by: Brian Johnson
Stereoviews–New Book Features River History in 3-D

Stereoviews–New Book Features River History in 3-D

For almost 150 years, the photos of Alexander Carson McIntyre, or A.C. as he was known, have been telling the story of the early history of the 1000 Islands as it became a tourist destination.
by: Tom French
Remembering the “Aycliffe Hall”

Remembering the “Aycliffe Hall”

It was just before 5:30 am on June 11th when Captain Charles Dyon of the Windsolite heard the warning whistles amidst th...
by: Joel Godfrey
Heather’s dedication, “For my Father”

Heather’s dedication, “For my Father”

Heather Chitty found a special way to honor the memory of her late father, this Father’s Day,
by: Susan W. Smith
Save The River is growing!

Save The River is growing!

I carry around a little notebook with me everywhere I go that contains my current ‘to do’ list, which includes everythin...
by: Jennifer J. Caddick
Kestrel Finds its 'Castle' at Boldt Yacht House

Kestrel Finds its 'Castle' at Boldt Yacht House

George C. Boldt, who famously built a castle for his beloved bride on Heart Island in what would become the most tragic ...
by: Kim Lunman
Captain Richard ‘RF’ Fawcett and the “Wolfe Islander III”

Captain Richard ‘RF’ Fawcett and the “Wolfe Islander III”

“You know,” he began, “I’ve worked on all three ‘Wolfe Islanders’.
by: Brian Johnson
Northern Marine’s  community…

Northern Marine’s community…

Imagine if there was no gas station near your home, no mechanic to fix your car, or, when at home, no place to park your...
by: Susan W. Smith
Leaky Boats

Leaky Boats

I then knew, well before anyone else my age, that life’s basic needs were food, clothing, shelter and a boat...
by: Hunter Grimes
Ospreys

Ospreys

I see ospreys almost everyday of the year. When I go to the grocery story, in the parking lot and ditto at the gas station...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Miracle on the St. Lawrence

Miracle on the St. Lawrence

The man is getting worse, the weather is getting worse, the clock is running, the fireboat is unable to do much assistance...
by: Richard L. Withington
Facilities for the Faithful

Facilities for the Faithful

The first Christian denomination on Grindstone was known as Christian Order founded by elder Jason McKee of Stone Mills ...
by: Rex Ennis
Ringer’s Mountains & Valleys

Ringer’s Mountains & Valleys

Artist and writer Michael Ringer, gave me the opportunity to peek inside his new book… Ringer’s Mountains & Valleys Northern New York...
by: Susan W. Smith
When I see a ‘saltie’…

When I see a ‘saltie’…

When I see a ‘saltie’, I wonder what critters might be stowed away in its ballast tanks...
by: Jennifer J. Caddick
Going, Going, Almost Gone…

Going, Going, Almost Gone…

In April, the website ABay.com published photographs of the crumbling boathouse on Ina Island.  The author, aka Joh...
by: Susan W. Smith
Creating Passion and Voices…

Creating Passion and Voices…

In the spring of 2000 my husband, Doug Girvin, and I moved to the Islands.  By summer we’d become 1000 Islands boat...
by: Linda Gayle Ross
A Picture Window onto Paradise

A Picture Window onto Paradise

I met many interesting people around the park but one particular gentleman stands out in my mind. Joe Pullaw was an old river rat, probably sixty years my senior...
by: Tom King
Seaway Happenings, 2011

Seaway Happenings, 2011

Channel markers were removed from the Thousand Islands Regional Dock in Clayton last month, indicating that the 2011 shi...
by: Michael Folsom
Kim’s Island Life

Kim’s Island Life

Last year at this time I introduced Kim Lunman’s “Thousand Islands Ink” publishing company and her glossy magazine Islan...
by: Susan W. Smith
Deer Versus Gardener…

Deer Versus Gardener…

If you garden in the Thousand Islands you have probably experienced this frustrating scenario: Monday evening at dusk yo...
by: Judith Gould
Chalks Marina, Our Magic Portal

Chalks Marina, Our Magic Portal

The portal to our magical island world starts in Fishers Landing at Chalks Marina. I think my heartbeat doubles as soon...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Tom King’s Internet Research

Tom King’s Internet Research

I love the internet! It seems that not a day goes by without me marveling at the vast array of information that is avail...
by: Tom King
Artist Kelly Curry

Artist Kelly Curry

“I never touched a paint brush until age thirty-five,” Kelly Curry says proudly. But in the past decade, she has painted...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
The House that Jack Built

The House that Jack Built

"The House that Jack Built", a 161-page illustrated catalogue that examines Sherman Pratt’s remarkable and little known residence on Niagara Island...
by: Portia Leggat
New Leaders in Town

New Leaders in Town

A visit to Clayton NY on a beautiful day in April gave me the opportunity to take a photograph of the newly appointed ex...
by: Susan W. Smith
Napoleon’s Gold, Part III

Napoleon’s Gold, Part III

The following excerpt is from the novel "Napoleon's Gold" by Thomas Pullyblank, forthcoming from Square Circle Press in May...
by: Thomas Pullyblank
Thousand Islands Playhouse 30th Anniversary Season

Thousand Islands Playhouse 30th Anniversary Season

This year the Thousand Islands Playhouse in Gananoque celebrates a major landmark - its 30th Anniversary Season.  A...
by: Lin Bennett
How Sweet It Is

How Sweet It Is

Sporting a weathered Commodore's cap to Sugar Island's opening encampment ceremonies complete with traditional bugle pla...
by: Kim Lunman
What’s Cookin’

What’s Cookin’

The ice is thawing and the birds are starting to migrate back to islands. However, birds aren’t the only ones making the...
by: Michael Folsom
Have you paddled a Voyageur Canoe?

Have you paddled a Voyageur Canoe?

Because of daily walks on Wellesley, rarely does a day pass that I’m not out on the River. I can’t imagine visiting the ...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Island Quest Scavenger Hunt …

Island Quest Scavenger Hunt …

Getting stranded on an island with your students may sound like a teacher’s field trip nightmare, but in St. Lawrence Is...
by: Kim Robinson
120 Years and Counting

120 Years and Counting

"There's something pretty special going on here" says Scott MacCrimmon surveying the crowded room. It’s early January in...
by: Linda Gayle Ross
Kathi and Dennis McCarthy’s Discoveries …

Kathi and Dennis McCarthy’s Discoveries …

Dennis McCarthy inspects one of the frames of the "Iroquoise" in 80 feet of water off Niagara Shoal.
by: Susan W. Smith
Henry R. Heath: Union Soldier, Thousand Islands Pioneer (Part II)

Henry R. Heath: Union Soldier, Thousand Islands Pioneer (Part II)

Part II of a two-part biography of Henry R. Heath, a pioneer promoter of the Thousand Islands.  This is the second ...
by: Steven D. Glazer
More Nostalgic Vessels

More Nostalgic Vessels

I dug into the family archives and found some more great pictures of interesting and memorable boats that plied both the American..
by: Tom King
St. Lawrence River Skiff goes beyond…

St. Lawrence River Skiff goes beyond…

In December 2010, The Finger Lakes Chapter of the Antique Classic Boating Society published this article written by Tony...
by: Anthony Mollica Jr.
Johnny Truesdell’s Abay.com

Johnny Truesdell’s Abay.com

The 1st part of my trip was really fun.. the last part 'not so much'.. it was becoming Man vs Wild back there..
by: Susan W. Smith
Coming to Clayton... in June

Coming to Clayton... in June

TI Life’s team member, Michael Folsom will be busy this summer. He is the event organizer for a special happening in Cla...
by: Susan W. Smith
Steve Adams’ Henderson Harbor

Steve Adams’ Henderson Harbor

Steve Adams’ Henderson Harbor Exhausted from the endless haul, our car so hot and sticky. The floor awash with cups a...
by: Steve Adams
Calumet Island's Lost Castle

Calumet Island's Lost Castle

It's one of the most familiar landmarks off the shores of Clayton, visible from the quaint village's waterfront patios a...
by: Kim Lunman
Tribute to Cap’t Charlie

Tribute to Cap’t Charlie

Our river chose many of us. Once chosen, we are life-long islanders, regardless of where we may be. Paul Malo The w...
by: Brian Johnson
The Narrows

The Narrows

The last two months I’ve written about my walks on Wellesley. But as with anything in life, sometimes it’s not the desti...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
How Dixie II got its name…

How Dixie II got its name…

What a thrill it was when a package arrived recently from a man I had never met, Bill Schroeder. The envelope contained ...
by: Robert L. Matthews
Floyd Carter’s Motor Iceboat

Floyd Carter’s Motor Iceboat

100 Years Ago:  “The familiar sound of a put-put from the vicinity of Washington Island caused people to look at on...
by: Mark A. Wentling
Update…Through the ice–a Tale of Survival.

Update…Through the ice–a Tale of Survival.

Dan Denney’s winter experience Through the Ice - A Tale of Survival, published in January 2011, caused quite a stir....
by: Dan Denney
Gananoque Boat Line–Photo Memories

Gananoque Boat Line–Photo Memories

Having grown up in Gananoque I was introduced to the joys of boating on the St. Lawrence River at an early age. My Dad, ...
by: Tom King
Hotel Guest Registry: Fill in the Blanks

Hotel Guest Registry: Fill in the Blanks

Rex Ennis, local historian and author of Toujours Jeune Always Young: Thousand Islands, Emery and The New Frontenac Hote...
by: Susan W. Smith
Napoleon’s Gold; a new excerpt

Napoleon’s Gold; a new excerpt

Tom Flanagan, whose parents and brother died in a boating accident on the river five years before,
by: Thomas Pullyblank
Castle Rest, Past and Present

Castle Rest, Past and Present

Pullman Island stands for everything that was grand about the Thousand Islands during its gilded era a century ago and a...
by: Kim Lunman
2010 Seaway Season Recap

2010 Seaway Season Recap

The 2010 Seaway season rolled in like a lamb back at the end of March, but it wouldn’t take long for it to become nothin...
by: Michael Folsom
Walking on the wild side…

Walking on the wild side…

Last month, I gave you a peek at the trails of Wellesley Island State Park  (WISP). This month, I want to take you ...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
John Street’s Holiday Photographs

John Street’s Holiday Photographs

Meet John Street – communications expert by profession from San Diego, California and a Thousand Island resident in the ...
by: Susan W. Smith
Bringing Back Ice Fishing…

Bringing Back Ice Fishing…

Tim Jowett is a dedicated fisherman.

by: Kim Robinson
Through the Ice - A Tale of Survival

Through the Ice - A Tale of Survival

Thousand Islands Life thanks author Dan Denney for sharing this harrowing experience with our readers.  No matter h...
by: Dan Denney
Van’s Motor Marine

Van’s Motor Marine

Very few of the boaters who stop by Van’s Motor Marine in Alexandria Bay have any idea that they are docking at one of t...
by: John Peach
Thousand Islands Rocks

Thousand Islands Rocks

For many of us the beauty and uniqueness of the Thousand Islands is without question. And yet we may know little of thei...
by: Chris Murray
A Gilded Age Fish Tale

A Gilded Age Fish Tale

The history of the Thousand Islands is littered with the tales of fishing and the big one that got away. Samuel Sondheim...
by: Rex Ennis
Ladies, Canoes and Rules: “Camp Grindstone” Part II

Ladies, Canoes and Rules: “Camp Grindstone” Part II

Women stayed in their own camp from five o’clock in the afternoon ...
by: Robert L. Matthews
A (Book) Celebration

A (Book) Celebration

A new book includes Canada's St. Lawrence Islands National Park...
by: Susan W. Smith
Not Easy Being On A Ship: Part II

Not Easy Being On A Ship: Part II

A ship passes across the frigid, icy waters of Lake Ontario on a late November morning. Sea fog rises off the ripples of...
by: Michael Folsom
Fancy That!  And a Book Review…

Fancy That! And a Book Review…

Some islands have names with stories that are just meant to be told. This little known Thousand Island off the shores of...
by: Kim Lunman
Thousands of Island Images

Thousands of Island Images

Thousand (1000) Islands Images is exactly what Paul and Lil have been pursuing...
by: Michael Folsom
Dick Withington in December

Dick Withington in December

Usually, ships pass with their running lights and very little else showing.
by: Richard L. Withington
Walks on Wellesley

Walks on Wellesley

For me, walking in nature and writing are somehow connected. The more I write, the more I need to walk. In order to writ...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Ian’s Wallpaper Puzzle

Ian’s Wallpaper Puzzle

Who knows the correct answer? If you are a “subscriber” to TI Life, then from November to April, Canadian photographer ...
by: Susan W. Smith
“Que’ Sara”: Basket Case to Beauty

“Que’ Sara”: Basket Case to Beauty

The Restoration of a Que’ Sara, a 1932 18’ Gar Wood           ...
by: John Peach
Preserving & Promoting Heritage Arts

Preserving & Promoting Heritage Arts

When the Craft School opened in 1966 there were 44 students learning the art of handweaving on looms either purchased or...
by: Rebecca Hopfinger
Light Envy, a Christmas Story

Light Envy, a Christmas Story

A man just doesn’t get up on Christmas morning and announce to his wife of..
by: Chris Brock
Higgins at Christmas

Higgins at Christmas

Higgins, the Welsh Terrier, is back for our young readers.
by: Dean Pagani
“Camp Grindstone”

“Camp Grindstone”

“Camp Grindstone,” written by Henry Eckford and illustrated by William Allen Rogers, appeared in the August 1885 issue o...
by: Robert L. Matthews
Santa Claus of the Thousand Islands

Santa Claus of the Thousand Islands

Julius Mendel Breitenbach or as he was known in 1928 “Santa Claus of the Thousand Islands,” was born in December 1890.&#...
by: Rex Ennis
How to print a Thousand Islands Life Article

How to print a Thousand Islands Life Article

Printing stories from websites is not always easy to do - but not anymore!
by: Mike Cox
Don’t Spill The Beans: A River Grounding

Don’t Spill The Beans: A River Grounding

Another shipping incident, this time involving a tug and two barges in the tight quarters of the American Narrows near Alexandria Bay.
by: Michael Folsom
TI Life Editor Susie Smith Named 'Keeper of the Islands’

TI Life Editor Susie Smith Named 'Keeper of the Islands’

It's a crisp October afternoon in Rockport and the sky and River are postcard perfect blue. The sun is shining brightly ...
by: Kim Lunman
Hutchinson Boat Works

Hutchinson Boat Works

One of the best known and longest operating boat building businesses on the St. Lawrence River is Hutchinson Boat Works, Inc.
by: Bonnie Wilkinson Mark
First Airplane Service in the Islands

First Airplane Service in the Islands

Sightseeing flights over the islands were very popular. People loved to do the unusual, talk about it and maybe get their names in the paper.
by: Robert L. Matthews
The Eagle Watch Update

The Eagle Watch Update

The St. Lawrence Bald Eagle Working Group, which I co-chaired for many years with my U.S. counterpart from the New York ...
by: Bud Andress
Marrying into Island Life

Marrying into Island Life

We usually close up, leave the island and head south after Columbus Day. This year we left early as our son Rob got marr...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Blue Lips and Goose Bumps

Blue Lips and Goose Bumps

You could always tell the river kids who were living the really good life from the ones who were not. It had nothing to do with family fortunes
by: Hunter Grimes
Around Lake Ontario

Around Lake Ontario

No trip to this area would be complete without a cruise of the 1,000 Islands. My narrated two-hour cruise aboard the Sea Prince 11 was the best.
by: George Bailey
Building the Bridge to Somewhere

Building the Bridge to Somewhere

A well-recognized structure among the islands is The Thousand Islands Bridge, operated by The Thousands Islands Bridge A...
by: Alan Lindsay
Truths, Half Truths & Damn Lies

Truths, Half Truths & Damn Lies

Tom Massey’s was a fisherman, tour boat captain and tug boat skipper, but one of his most important attributes was being...
by: Susan W. Smith
Not Easy Being On A Ship: Part I

Not Easy Being On A Ship: Part I

Paper work. Mounds and mounds of paper work pile high on a desk in an office over the summer months – a common sight for...
by: Michael Folsom
A Nautical Hitchhiker…

A Nautical Hitchhiker…

As a nautical hitchhiker, I've explored the Thousand Islands by tall ship, cruise ship, power boat, canoe skiff, Sea-Doo...
by: Kim Lunman
1960’s Calumet Island

1960’s Calumet Island

My brother and I spent every summer weekend on Calumet Island in the 1960s...
by: Mike Fesko
Fish Tales

Fish Tales

I learned to fish here in the Thousand Islands the year before we were married. My husband, Gary, grew up fishing. It wa...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Bill Munro’s camera “is there… “

Bill Munro’s camera “is there… “

Bill Munro, a photographer with a keen eye, has a simple-and-sensible philosophy about taking pictures: To get great pic...
by: Susan W. Smith
Hill Island’s Link to Monsters and Murderers…

Hill Island’s Link to Monsters and Murderers…

Looking up the history of Hill Island's Lot #7 we discovered monsters and murderers...
by: Susan Smith with the Heberlings
Round Island Embezzler

Round Island Embezzler

Tuesday 3 May 1898 the First National Bank of Carthage did not open its doors for business. Why had the directors posted...
by: Rex Ennis
Saving “River Runner”

Saving “River Runner”

My earliest recollection of "River Runner", our spectacular 1926 Hutchinson Brothers sedan, was of a gray painted work
by: John Peach
What is around the bend?

What is around the bend?

Hunched, damp and tired, we look at the scribbled number on the page and debate calling the U.S. Coast Guard. Almost 24-...
by: Trevor Brightman
Summer Adventures

Summer Adventures

My co-workers warned me that June seems to skip right into September and everything in between is just a blur. How true it is,
by: Star Carter
A Return to Fairyland

A Return to Fairyland

Marilyn Lee stepped out of the classic wooden boat Teal and onto the shores of Fairyland Island for the first time in 47...
by: Kim Lunman
Play the Ball Where the Monkey Drops It!

Play the Ball Where the Monkey Drops It!

“The real drama came when a boat ferrying a dozen of our weddings guests, including my wife Nina, began to take on water over the transom...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Gananoque’s Link to Victory

Gananoque’s Link to Victory

Edwin A. Link could fix most any machine, but all he really wanted to do, was fly...
by: John and Jim Taylor
About the Skiff…

About the Skiff…

Our 1902 St Lawrence Skiff “Bobby” was my salvation as a teenager. It was 1961 and our cottage on Comfort Island was easy rowing distance from Alexandria Bay, NY.
by: Tad Clark
“Building Chris-Craft, Inside the Factories”

“Building Chris-Craft, Inside the Factories”

When I met Anthony (Tony) Mollica at a recent gathering, I told him that I...
by: Susan W. Smith
“…flying by the seat of our pants”

“…flying by the seat of our pants”

Karen Bockus and her friends have cooked up a creative way to give people a chance to observe professional artists at wo...
by: Liz Huff
Readings on the River…. a writer’s festival

Readings on the River…. a writer’s festival

It is not often that the best and brightest assemble in the Thousand Islands – but this year they are coming to the Rive...
by: Russ Disotell
Captain James Ross Sinclair… a family discovery

Captain James Ross Sinclair… a family discovery

This story begins in the winter of 2009. My wife Amanda, and I had started...
by: Joel Godfrey
Garden of Stone

Garden of Stone

Tucked in a corner of Sackets Harbor is a reminder of our military heritage, and of the generations of veterans who live...
by: Randy Rezabek
Severe Storm Batters Admiralty Islands

Severe Storm Batters Admiralty Islands

A "microburst" swept through the Thousand Islands last month, uprooting trees, damaging cottages and leaving some island...
by: Kim Lunman
Annual Loon Count on Grenell

Annual Loon Count on Grenell

I remember the first time I saw a loon. It was in the early 1980’s, because we still had that small aluminum fishing boa...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
46 Years and Counting…

46 Years and Counting…

The Antique Boat Museum's 46th Annual Boat Show in Clayton, held over the July 30th - August 1st weekend, attracted over 7000 visitors
by: David Dodge
Remembering the Eastcliffe Hall

Remembering the Eastcliffe Hall

The sinking was first reported to police by Mrs. Walter Wells. “It was a great boom which woke me up. Then we began to hear people
by: Brian Johnson
August Nights

August Nights

August bring its rewards:  usually, much better, night-sky viewing; unique planetary alignments; Northern-Lights; s...
by: James Morrison
A Potter and an Artist

A Potter and an Artist

St. Lawrence Pottery located on Route 12N about  5 miles east of Clayton, features John Arnot’s ceramic art as well...
by: Susan W. Smith
What's in a building?

What's in a building?

What’s in a Building? Bricks, mortar and a lot of wood. But the Gananoque Canoe Club (GCC), now known as the Thous...
by: Gretchen Bambrick
Patriot Chronicles: James Gemmell, Man of Two Frontiers

Patriot Chronicles: James Gemmell, Man of Two Frontiers

Readers of TIL are aware that one hundred and sixty Patriots were taken prisoner at the Battle of the Windmill near Pres...
by: John C. Carter
Napoleon’s Gold; an excerpt

Napoleon’s Gold; an excerpt

The following excerpt is from the novel Napoleon's Gold by Thomas Pullyblank, forthcoming in spring or summer of 2011. ...
by: Thomas Pullyblank
My Name is Higgins

My Name is Higgins

This article is written for our young readers... They call me Higgins. I am a Welsh Terrier and proud of it.
by: Dean Pagani
Avoiding A Slick

Avoiding A Slick

At roughly 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, July 4, Algobay had made its way past Singer Castle and began drifting out of the channe...
by: Michael Folsom
An Easy “A” … and a Michael Ringer Morning…

An Easy “A” … and a Michael Ringer Morning…

Michael Ringer almost chose “Shop” when he was in Grade 7, but his best friend suggested that the two of them sign up fo...
by: Michael Ringer and Susan Smith
Cape Vincent's French Connection

Cape Vincent's French Connection

Baguettes, berets, French pastries, Canada's flag flying while “O’Canada” is being belted out from a singer on a main st...
by: Kim Lunman
Chris Murray’s photography

Chris Murray’s photography

One of my favorite locations to photograph in the Islands is along Crooked Creek, located about a mile east of Kring Point ...
by: Chris Murray
Grindstone: A Novel by Donna Walsh Inglehart

Grindstone: A Novel by Donna Walsh Inglehart

I read about the “Mystery of Maple Island” my very first season on the island. So I’m long familiar with the legend that...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Tall Ship – Tall Mission

Tall Ship – Tall Mission

The schooner Roseway tied up to the dock at Frink’s Park in Clayton, New York, on June 25th. It was a cool, dreary, drip...
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
“All about community”… “Thousand Island Park Now and Then”

“All about community”… “Thousand Island Park Now and Then”

It was one of those “hot summer days” when I first watched Thousand Island Park Now and Then.  The thirty-minute DV...
by: Susan W. Smith
A Ride to Dark Island

A Ride to Dark Island

The nine passenger single engine plane chartered from Carson Air in Toronto picked up a newlywed couple who had spent th...
by: Jean Papke
Sequel: The Cangarda's 'Faithful Guardian'

Sequel: The Cangarda's 'Faithful Guardian'

Louis Richards wrote, "It is a chapter in the story ...
by: Kim Lunman
Martin Zonnenberg’s Hobby

Martin Zonnenberg’s Hobby

When TI Life received a photograph of an Osprey fishing for his dinner, we immediately looked for the source.  We d...
by: Susan W. Smith
Tony Mollica’s Boats

Tony Mollica’s Boats

The Central New York winter season has become my model building time. Several models have been built for collectors...
by: Anthony Mollica Jr.
Cottage Life Isn’t for Sissies

Cottage Life Isn’t for Sissies

As our neighbor says, “Cottage life isn’t for sissies.” He says it with a smile though and we all know what it means.

by: Lynn E. McElfresh
Artouch in Gananoque

Artouch in Gananoque

Consistent with our mission of raising the bar, Thousand Island Life seeks to recognize exceptional quality. A new enter...
by: Susan W. Smith
Patriot Chronicles: Four Who Didn't Come Home

Patriot Chronicles: Four Who Didn't Come Home

Under the probation system, prisoners were awarded tickets of leave (a form of probation) for good conduct following two years of hard labour. Many of the Patriots received
by: John C. Carter
Pirate Bill

Pirate Bill

  On the night of Tuesday, May 29, 1838 between 12 and 1 o’clock one of the inmates of the ladies cabin on the S...
by: Brian Johnson
Fiddler's Elbow and Lindoe Island Lights

Fiddler's Elbow and Lindoe Island Lights

Let’s settle the nagging question of which came first: the name or the fiddler?
by: Mary Alice Snetsinger
“Toujours Jeune Always Young” by Rex Ennis

“Toujours Jeune Always Young” by Rex Ennis

A new book by Rex Ennis...
by: Susan W. Smith
The Clayton River Festival

The Clayton River Festival

What do you get when a whole town collaborates to put on a River Festival?
by: Star Carter
Many thanks, Ian

Many thanks, Ian

Ian Coristine has constantly told his friends, that "raising the bar" in the Thousand Islands is our Number One task and...
by: Susan W. Smith
Photos and Music Celebrate the Thousand Islands

Photos and Music Celebrate the Thousand Islands

Beijing,China-Vancouver,BC-Chicago & Brockville-Clayton These are just a few of the stops on The Great Lake Swimmers’ 2010 Tour.
by: Erin McCarthy Brick
Fulford's Steam Yacht Afloat Again

Fulford's Steam Yacht Afloat Again

One of the most luxurious steam yachts of the Thousand Islands was a floating fixture on the St. Lawrence River during t...
by: Kim Lunman
Wellesley’s Cross Island Farms

Wellesley’s Cross Island Farms

As the first decade of the new millennium has passed, this writer has met many people in our community who ask “what doe...
by: James Rappaport
New River Leader

New River Leader

Clayton's Fred Schmitt has accepted the Board of Trustees’ offer to succeed John MacLean as Executive Director of the Antique Boat Museum.
by: Susan W. Smith
Wearing hats during low water…

Wearing hats during low water…

Most folks on the River know me as the Executive Director of Save The River, but I also wear a few additional hats – yea...
by: Jennifer J. Caddick
Spring’s Seaway News

Spring’s Seaway News

It is early in the shipping season, however there is a lot happening in the region related to the St. Lawrence Seaway. ...
by: Michael Folsom
Arriving with Stuff…

Arriving with Stuff…

Non-island friends are always curious about how we get things to the island. There’s only one answer…by boat.
by: Lynn E. McElfresh
A Grindstone Development

A Grindstone Development

Betsey Fitch of Rutland, NY was given Lot 16. Lots 19 and 20 were sold to William Wells of Augusta, Upper Canada for a total of $1,340.00.
by: Rex Ennis
Part Two, Summering Among the Thousand Islands

Part Two, Summering Among the Thousand Islands

For the past three months, Robert L. Matthews has given our readers a unique peek at those long forgotten illustrators w...
by: Robert L. Matthews
Workin’ “Robby Bay”

Workin’ “Robby Bay”

Every spring begins as the birds migrate, the snow melts and the little white and green tug boat sitting in Massena, New...
by: Michael Folsom
Thousand Islands Ink

Thousand Islands Ink

Kim Lunman publishes the premiere issue of an annual magazine on the Thousand Islands.
by: Susan W. Smith
Sherman Ward: Portrait of a Man

Sherman Ward: Portrait of a Man

Sherman C. Ward Jr. is one half of the dynamic duo known as Sherman & Ann. A busy man with many roles: Director, Pla...
by: Hope Marshall
Henry R. Heath: Union Soldier, Thousand Islands Pioneer

Henry R. Heath: Union Soldier, Thousand Islands Pioneer

Henry R. Heath was one of the visionary builders of the Gilded Age. However, Heath was not always destined ...
by: Steven D. Glazer
A “Long” Distance to Wolfe Island

A “Long” Distance to Wolfe Island

“Number please?” “Hello... Hello Mabel?” the female voice on the other end of the line was near panic. “Can you get Doctor Regan?
by: Brian Johnson
Summering Among the Thousand Islands

Summering Among the Thousand Islands

Charles S. Graham was an itinerant, self taught sketch artist born 1852 in Illinois.
by: Robert L. Matthews
River Memories

River Memories

I captained the old Snider 1000 Islands tour boats from 1978 to 1980...
by: Paul Reilly
The Beat Goes On…