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Happenings in January 2018


Happy New Year – a time to look forward to new happenings! Of course, the weather is on everyone’s mind. Snowbirds may think they have something to complain about, but Islanders truly have to be hardy for Winter 2018. Stay warm, take care when shoveling the last snow fall, and most of all, stay safe.

Boldt Castle snow dayFirst issue in 2018

Important News:  Michael Folsom’s Seaway Saga began when the Federal Huron went aground near TI Park.Lyne Roberge caption

Touching Tributes:  Janet Gregware provides a tribute to Richard and Mary Macsherry in A tribute to last forever; Wayne C. Strauss provides a The Heart of River Hospital.

Fascinating History: Lynn E. McElfresh found out about Sam Grenell’s Cows and Craig Irwin Stevenson reminds us about The Seaway’s 60th.

Must read: Michael Laprade experiences what we all dread in The Boarding of the SS Honey Bee.

Difficult Sudoku: Dan LeKander give us Sudoku Puzzle #33.

Book Review: I had a great time reading Jewels and Ghouls (A 1000 Islands Novel Book 2) and interviewing the author, John Lefevere.

Photography: Once again, Tom Robbins sees the Islands through his poetic lens The River at Rest.

New Contributors

Craig I Stevenson

 

Craig Irwin Stevenson - The Seaway’s 60th

Craig Irwin Stevenson grew up in Cornwall, Ontario, and spent an inordinate amount of time on and along the River, at his maternal grandparents’ cottage on Moulinette Island, the easternmost of seventeen islands created by the Seaway flooding. He is a history teacher at Tagwi Secondary School, in Avonmore, Ontario, and never misses a chance to tell his students that the River they see today was once a very different place.

Janet Gregware head shot

Janet Gregware - A tribute to last forever

Janet Gregware and her children, Molly and Eric, were frequent patrons of the Holland Library. In 1986, she began facilitating the Summer Storyhour Program. She soon joined the Board of Trustees and was President when the Macsherrys offered their gift of a new building. Janet remained on the Board for 15 years, helping to lead the transition from the Holland Library to the Macsherry Library. She now lives in Clayton, with her husband Rick and son, Andrew. Janet is also an educator in the Indian River School District, where she has taught Kindergarten, first, second, and third grade students, for 45 years.

Sad News

DRfncKuUIAA1-ePIn December, we learned the sad news that Jeanne Fulller, the patron for more than thirty years of the Bytown Brigantine Tall Ship Sailing Foundation, died peacefully in her home in Ottawa surrounded by her family.  Many of us were fortunate to know Jeanne Fuller through her encouraging support for the Fuller Group of Companies including: Thomas Fuller Construction, Metcalfe Realty Company Limited, Loch March Golf & Country Club and Tall Ships Landing in Brockville.

Few individuals have touched so many young lives and will continue to do so, through the Brigantine Sailing Program,

Juno Video

Elaine Vedette Tack produced another great video for Islanders.  Enjoying this one now, in the winter… makes us wish for spring.

Juno from elaine vedette tack on Vimeo.

Winter River Authors…

If we can’t be on our islands, with our family and friends, then being Snow Birds is not so dreadful…  We had the opportunity to meet!

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Lynn McElfresh, Grenell Islands (108 articles for TI Life) and editor, Susan Smith meet in St. Petersburg.

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L-R. Marceli Wein, Prudence Matthews (Fishers Landing), Susan Smith, Dr. Richard and Roseann Withington (Round Island) meet for breakfast in Pass-a-Grille.

Internet Discovery

People all over the “world” discovered this link, in December and almost all wrote to ask if I had knew of this important island!  (I wrote back that we are proud of the great publicity… The story can be found in The Telegraph, (www.telegraph.co.uk) Web Travel /Destinations. (Please keep those documentaries coming)

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We certainly appreciate having you hit our buttonclip_image003 at the top of each article and Support TI Life – although we: Authors, Photographers, Proof Readers and Editors – including this one(!) all publish TI Life as Volunteers, there are costs, including our Email Program - Constant Contact, and we must update our software, now working in its 10th year.Grouse McLellan

We also encourage you to  Remember our Facebook pageclip_image001throughout the month, as we post information and photographs & follow us on clip_image002

Please take your camera out on the River and capture winter River life but STAY SAFE! Send them to info@thousandislandslife.com.

And, this Editor is looking forward to receiving new submissions throughout the new year. I bet our readers are too!

Special thanks to editor Bill Stallan and proofreaders Rick Taylor, Georgia Barker, and Dane Zabriskie.  I especially thank Mike Cox who is the magician behind the website. What a team …

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

  • James Miller suggest this is a perfect time to practice your docking! (It is still a wonderful place to visit, even with only a camera.)

    James Miller suggest this is a perfect time to practice your docking! (It is still a wonderful place to visit, even with only a camera.)

  • Federal Biscay after being freed from the Snell Lock Photo by Tami Raco as published @theshipwatcher Twitter. on Jan. 6 2018

    Federal Biscay after being freed from the Snell Lock Photo by Tami Raco as published @theshipwatcher Twitter. on Jan. 6 2018

  • Jacques Leblanc captures Federal Biscay after being freed from the Snell Lock, Jan 9

    Jacques Leblanc captures Federal Biscay after being freed from the Snell Lock, Jan 9

  • Jean Papke view from her front door, Chippewa Bay's Dark Island. Courtesy 1000 Islands River Rats Then and Now FB

    Jean Papke view from her front door, Chippewa Bay's Dark Island. Courtesy 1000 Islands River Rats Then and Now FB

  • Doug McLellan's winter scene

    Doug McLellan's winter scene

  • Pam Staples. captures a summer bench in Gananoque!

    Pam Staples. captures a summer bench in Gananoque!

  • JRMiller says,

    JRMiller says, " It looks like Disney's Magic Kingdom in Densmore Bay on Wellesley Island!"

  • Scott MacPherson III shares his Boldt Castle View from Alexandria Bay, NY

    Scott MacPherson III shares his Boldt Castle View from Alexandria Bay, NY

  • James Miller says This weather is for the birds----

    James Miller says This weather is for the birds----"Snow Geese" huddled on the ice near Fishers Landing a while back.

  • Ed Huck Marine's photo as published on their Facebook. (Thank you guys... just like being there.)

    Ed Huck Marine's photo as published on their Facebook. (Thank you guys... just like being there.)

  • Steve Sturtz's winter ships.

    Steve Sturtz's winter ships.

  • "Eye to eye" by Doug McLellan, winter 2018

  • New Year's woodpecker by Doug McLellan

    New Year's woodpecker by Doug McLellan

 

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Paula Allen
Comment by: Paula Allen
Left at: 12:40 PM Monday, January 15, 2018
I am very familiar with Just enough room Island! As a child I remember thinking what if I walk in my sleep and I am staying there! My father filled us with stories from his own childhood growing up in Alexandria Bay New York. Like many of the locals he knew the St. Larence River in that area like the palm of his hand. We were lucky enough to live in that world our entire childhoods into adulthood. I am also a fan of Watch Island which was near our home in the 1000 Islands. I use to fish off of some of these islands and they are old friends!
Katy Thomas
Comment by: Katy Thomas
Left at: 5:58 AM Wednesday, January 17, 2018
I was wondering how this cute little island 'get away' fared with the long term river flooding last year. Does anyone know if the structure was damaged? I know the efforts to save Zitka though it seemed futile, were worth the effort.

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