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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 Thanksgiving and Columbus Day – a weekend – filled with packing up and shuttering cottages –  up and down the River.  It is also time to enjoy “TI Life” beside a warm fire and a cup-a-something.

Putting the October issue together has been a delight. 

New Contributors

Melody Brabant - Melody and Ken Brabant’s Gardens…

Melody Brabant is a Revenue Assurance Specialist at Westelcom Family of Companies, a local communications company.  She enjoys gardening, reading and volunteering in the community, including at the Clayton Food Co-Op and as a Master Gardener. In the winter, you will find her helping husband, Ken Brabant, as he builds and maintains the Lion’s Field Skating Oval and Sled Hill. The couple sponsors the Clayton Sunflower Contest each summer, and a Snowman Contest in the winter months - all with a goal of encouraging community spirit and outdoor fun, for kids of all ages.
T. Christopher Tormey - The River Song…

T. Christopher Tormey was born and raised in Syracuse, N.Y. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from SUNY Albany. He has worked in medical sales for many years and currently resides in Youngsville, North Carolina. His son Liam is 25 years old and resides in Niskayuna, NY. He writes, “My love for the River stems from happy, childhood summers, spent at T.I. Park, where I made lifelong friends.” Wherever Chris lives, whatever he is doing, ”The River” beckons him.
Kelly Murphy-Miller - Gifts of Fall

Kelly Murphy-Miller is from Syracuse, NY., but spends as much time as possible, at her cottage in Thousand Island Park, with her husband and their three dogs. When she is not at the River, Kelly spends her time as an equestrian, competing with her horse, up and down the east coast.

Sad news indeed.   Norman H. Wagner, 80, of Clayton

Clayton will miss their Town Historian, Norm Wagner, who died unexpectedly on October 1, 2015, at Samaritan Medical Center, in Watertown. Norm was known by many in Clayton and beyond - for those of us who look for “history” about our River Communities, we owe this gentleman our profound appreciation.

Since 1999, when he took over as Town Historian, he has provided hundreds of written and oral histories.  Thankfully,  Sharon Bourquin, the Thousand Islands Museum’s librarian, and membership coordinator, will share a personal tribute in our November issue.  Suffice-to-say, many members, supporters and friends of the Museum have lost a true friend - we all have.

Memories of a Visit

Haiku enthusiast, Ron Hammond, from Nyack, NY shares his thoughts after a late September visit to the Islands…

 

Behold a miracle!

That a craftsman can create

From a tree…a boat.

Photo courtesy Thousand Islands Boat Museum, Gananoque, ON
 

Running from the dock

The pair of canines share their

Wild, loving greeting

Photo by R. Hammond

Blood moon rises

Shining path between islands

Swallowed by shadow

 
Photo taken from Bostwick Island on September 27, at the start of Total Lunar Eclipse -  the Blood Moon. R. Hammond.

Jeffry Weldon’s Gift

As we go to press, Jeffry Weldon shared three Island videos.  We say THANKS, they are just what the doctor should order if you are starting to get withdrawal symptoms after leaving Summer 2015 behind.

Published on Oct 12, 2015

Beautiful fall colors in panoramic aerial view of Ship, Federal Danube, passing Boldt Castle, Millionaires Row and Alexandria Bay, in the Thousand Islands. video by Jeffry Weldon www.jeffweldon.com riverjeffry@me.com

Enjoy Fall Panoramic of Boldt Castle and the Bay as Bulk carrier ship Federal Danube cruises upriver.

Published on Oct 5, 2015, 1000 Island Ship watching the Federal Margalee

Tibbits Point Lighthouse  (Jeffry asks, “Have you ever noticed the different ways people spell this?)

Published on Sep 27, 2015, Lighthouse at Tibbits Point at sunset

Please Don’t Forget

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By Susan W. Smith, Editor info@thousandislandslife.com

[Special thanks to our proof readers,  Jane Taylor and Georgia Barker and editors Bill Stallan and David Ray]
  • Ian Coristine posted this on his facebook page on September 21st,

    Ian Coristine posted this on his facebook page on September 21st, "Right on schedule, fall, with the first wisps of sea smoke, arrived this morning."

  • Dennis McCarthy captures everyone together... gulls, geese and cormorants.

    Dennis McCarthy captures everyone together... gulls, geese and cormorants.

  • 1000 Islands Helicopter tours were enjoyed all summer.  Photo by Ian Coristine

    1000 Islands Helicopter tours were enjoyed all summer. Photo by Ian Coristine

  • Dennis McCarthy's seaway photo.

    Dennis McCarthy's seaway photo.

  • Jason DesJardins captures the 1000 Islands Bridge.

    Jason DesJardins captures the 1000 Islands Bridge.

  • Art Pundt's posted his photo of the Blood Moon on the Thousand Islands River Views facebook page

    Art Pundt's posted his photo of the Blood Moon on the Thousand Islands River Views facebook page

  • "Miss Scarlett" visits Clayton. Photo by Dennis McCarthy

  • Nancy Friot caught the sleeping turtles in the Gananoque River

    Nancy Friot caught the sleeping turtles in the Gananoque River

  • Jan Staples finds

    Jan Staples finds "Blue Moon" at the Frink Dock in Clayton.

  • Upstate Spartan Facebook captures this one on Heart Island on October 10.

    Upstate Spartan Facebook captures this one on Heart Island on October 10.

  • Mona Marie-France Bikay-Blais captures the 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel and the visiting ship.

    Mona Marie-France Bikay-Blais captures the 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel and the visiting ship.

  • Stacey Cuminale captures sunrise on Wellesley Island

    Stacey Cuminale captures sunrise on Wellesley Island

 

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