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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 no mi...
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 November 2011

TI Life in November 2011

Two important issues this month: the recent announcement that Congress approved a trade agreement with Columbia repealing an exemption of a 5.50 visitor fee to be applied to all Canadians who arrive in the United States by air or sea, and the recent debut of plans to build a hotel in Clayton...
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 April ‘11

TI Life in April ‘11

This month we pay tribute to Mary Hewitt, from Tar Island and Robert Russell, author of The Island, from Hay Island.  We also introduce three new contributors, Judith Gould, Lin Bennett and Portia Legatt. Also we present a new video from Abay.com...
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
TI Life in February 2011

TI Life in February 2011

With all the world turmoil, there’s no better time to ... put a thousand islands in your life!
In addition to introducing this month's articles we bring important news from Clayton, and sadly report that the River has lost another champion...
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 in December 2010

TI Life in December 2010

Love them or hate them, family Christmas letters are here to stay. Here is our family letter:   We published ...
by: Susan W. Smith
TI Life in November 2010

TI Life in November 2010

Thanksgiving in the United States is just around the corner.  Time to sit back and read our e-zine from cover to co...
by: Susan W. Smith
TI Life in October 2010

TI Life in October 2010

This month our "TI Life" authors look back over Summer 2010. We also introduce four new contributors and we report with pride how our September article, “Gananoque’s Link to Victory”, written by John and Jim Taylor was reprinted with a “Wow Factor” by the Vintage Wings of Canada Foundation.
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 in August 2010

TI Life in August 2010

Summer 2010 will be remembered as the one that brought wonderful warm weather, enough water to keep us off the shoals an...
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 May 2010

TI Life in May 2010

May 2010 brings hot weather, wind storms, even snow…. but the leaves are out and there is one given – Summer 2010 is on its way. This issue includes farming, restoring the "Magedoma", history, an essay on low water, and the launch of Ian Coristine’s new book, The very best of Ian Coristine’s 1000 Islands. I also have the chance to thank the man…
by: Susan W. Smith
TI Life in April 2010

TI Life in April 2010

As promised our authors and team members are keeping track of important River issues:
“Many NY State Parks are slated to be closed” … From Governor Patterson after the National Park Service joined the fray… and “Offshore wind turbines in Lake Ontario” The engineer who designed the 86 turbines on Wolfe Island, has been granted approval to build 60 towers in Lake Ontario…

by: Susan W. Smith
TI Life In March 2010

TI Life In March 2010

TI Life was asked “I wonder why you are not on Facebook? I imagine you would reach a much larger audience (word spreads like wildfire) and you have wonderful photos/graphics that would work well on the site….” So in February we launched Thousand Islands Life Magazine on facebook Groups
by: Susan W. Smith
TI Life in February

TI Life in February

When the January edition went online three days after the Haitian earthquake. Immediately, we saw River communities participating in the global collection of assistance funds. One group of islanders went beyond the norm. Grindstone Island’s Mark Purcell, of Watertown’s Purcell Construction Corp. offered to buy, and erect, over 700 shelter tents for Haiti and to deliver same, from Florida,
by: Susan W. Smith
TI Life in January

TI Life in January

“Slow as molasses in January” – I have heard that expression since I was a child, but somehow this year it seems that Ja...
by: Susan W. Smith
TI Life in December

TI Life in December

How do we pay tribute to our authors for their thousands of words and to Ian Coristine, and many others, for their wonderful photographs? First we thank Paul Malo... then we add Ian's photo of a ship passing under the Thousand Islands Bridge. Stir it all up in the computer and PRESTO - we have 127 articles from 2009.
by: Susan W. Smith
TI Life in November

TI Life in November

Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday, but there is certainly more than just turkey and pumpkin pie. The day is about givi...
by: Susan W. Smith
TI Life in October

TI Life in October

October, when many of us have left the River and are now beginning our winter projects. Early in September, Judy Well...
by: Susan W. Smith
Put a thousand islands in your life…

Put a thousand islands in your life…

Since joining TI Life in September 2008, I have happily counted (close to 50) the people who have generously donated the...
by: Susan W. Smith
TI Life in August

TI Life in August

This month we introduce our August new contributors, Lynn McElfresh, Douglas Goodfellow and Rachel Cole. We also pay tribute to Tom Schwalm who died suddenly at his home on Wellesley Island in July. The River has lost a good friend.
by: Susan W. Smith
TI Life On the Water in July

TI Life On the Water in July

When we recorded our 3,000th subscriber, Chris Brock, I wrote to him to say how much we appreciated his interest in "TI Life" and apologized for the lack of a prize as this is a totally-volunteer publication. However, we received a prize from him, a short story - complete with illustrations by Danna Moles!

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
April's TI Life and Reader's Exchange

April's TI Life and Reader's Exchange

My husband and I opened Sagastaweka Island on April 3 – cold, rainy, and beautiful. Before opening your cottage I sugges...
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
“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
Donate Button

Donate Button

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
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
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
Job Opportunity in Brockville

Job Opportunity in Brockville

We received the following job description in support of the Aquatarium in Brockville.  It is the first time TI Life...
by: Susan W. Smith
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
“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
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
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
Rainy day reading from TI Life …

Rainy day reading from TI Life …

For those rainy days… (haven't we had enough?”)   The following are samples of articles printed in past July i...
by: Susan W. Smith
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
“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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
A (Book) Celebration

A (Book) Celebration

A new book includes Canada's St. Lawrence Islands National Park...
by: Susan W. Smith
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
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
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
“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
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
“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
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
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
“Toujours Jeune Always Young” by Rex Ennis

“Toujours Jeune Always Young” by Rex Ennis

A new book by Rex Ennis...
by: Susan W. Smith
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
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
Thousand Islands Ink

Thousand Islands Ink

Kim Lunman publishes the premiere issue of an annual magazine on the Thousand Islands.
by: Susan W. Smith
Thanks for “ Things I Remember”

Thanks for “ Things I Remember”

"...My parents remembered Alexandria Bay when it was only a “wooding station: where boats landed for fuel.
by: Susan W. Smith
“The Summer Cottage: Retreats of the 1000 Islands”

“The Summer Cottage: Retreats of the 1000 Islands”

As the jacket notes describe: "most charming...
by: Susan W. Smith
Photographs and more by Hope Marshall

Photographs and more by Hope Marshall

The early morning mist drapes...
by: Susan W. Smith
Nancy L. Gustke’s “The Special Artist”

Nancy L. Gustke’s “The Special Artist”

“It is amazing how there are so many Taylor drawings which have been printed and reprinted over the past century – yet so little is known about the man. “
by: Susan W. Smith
National Geographic Presents Award

National Geographic Presents Award

Consistent with our mission of raising the bar, Thousand Island Life seeks to recognize special tributes.
by: Susan W. Smith
Tremont Island History Comes Alive

Tremont Island History Comes Alive

"Tidd’s Island: a History of its People and Their Stories" was published in July of 2009
by: Susan W. Smith
John Carter’s Prisoners in Van Diemen’s Land

John Carter’s Prisoners in Van Diemen’s Land

Tasmania seems like a distant land but for John Carter, Tasmania is a treasure trunk waiting to be opened...
by: Susan W. Smith
Hooked on Prudence

Hooked on Prudence

Nobody likes Jury Duty, but for Prudence Matthews, in 1992, it was life-changing. “I knew we could not talk about the t...
by: Susan W. Smith
Paul’s Legacy, Judy’s Gift, TI Gold

Paul’s Legacy, Judy’s Gift, TI Gold

Finding a particular photograph, identifying an individual or an historic fact is like finding “gold” to a researcher. ...
by: Susan W. Smith
D. F. Baker Photography

D. F. Baker Photography

D.F. (Dani) Baker and her partner, David Belding, are the owners of  "Cross Island Farms" - one of the region's bes...
by: Susan W. Smith
Mrs. Simcoe’s Chapel, Drawings & Diary

Mrs. Simcoe’s Chapel, Drawings & Diary

In 1988 I went to England to carry out research at the National Maritime Archives in Greenwich and the
by: Susan W. Smith
Thousand Islands Postcards

Thousand Islands Postcards

Lynn Beahm, at Arcadia Publishing, sent us several photos of postcards and a description of Arcadia’s recent:  Post...
by: Susan W. Smith
Exhibit in the Making – Alson S. Clark

Exhibit in the Making – Alson S. Clark

It was a cold and rainy day on June 1st – but the invitation to meet Mike Franklin, Patricia Tague and Rhea Jenkner and ...
by: Susan W. Smith
Wolfe Island Wind Turbines

Wolfe Island Wind Turbines

    The following was received in mid-April: Dear Susan, ...
by: Susan W. Smith
John A. Morrow, Artist

John A. Morrow, Artist

"The World is a wondrous place, rich with texture, color and form, where the magic of light creates an ever changing sta...
by: Susan W. Smith
"Lakeland Boating's" Tribute to the Islands

"Lakeland Boating's" Tribute to the Islands

In March we announced that Ian Coristine's photographs were featured in the March
by: Susan W. Smith
Artist: Phil Chadwick

Artist: Phil Chadwick

  This month we welcome Phil Chadwick, aka "Phil the Forecaster", to TI Life, as an artist. Although he trained at ...
by: Susan W. Smith
Music & Art in Clayton

Music & Art in Clayton

July 17th will be a special day in Clayton. Two regional arts organizations,
by: Susan W. Smith
An Historic Treasure: Comfort Island

An Historic Treasure: Comfort Island

Comfort Island is for sale. . .  When Paul Malo created Thousand Islands Life in 2006, he created a Properties page...
by: Susan W. Smith
River-Lations: A Music Video

River-Lations: A Music Video

Patricia and Robert Mondore received good news this
by: Susan W. Smith
February's TI Life

February's TI Life

The January issue was sent in the late evening and by morning my mailbox received comments, questions and offers to contribute. That was great!
by: Susan W. Smith
More Than a Salad Dressing & an Author of Astronomy

More Than a Salad Dressing & an Author of Astronomy

Kim Lunman wrote about John Keats in our January issue (Of Time and an Author) and we all appreciate the Trilogy written...
by: Susan W. Smith
Photography by Andy King

Photography by Andy King

Andy King spends most of the summer on Black Duck Island in the Admiralty Islands.  We say "most" because Andy also...
by: Susan W. Smith
More than a Salad Dressing & the Golden Apple Fire

More than a Salad Dressing & the Golden Apple Fire

Each month I seek links to the Islands which highlight the area's history and activities, to emphasize why the Islands s...
by: Susan W. Smith
January Contributors

January Contributors

Put a thousand islands in your life... This, our second month of a new look, is an exciting one. Certainly all the pers...
by: Susan W. Smith
A Memorial Tribute to Aaron Vogel

A Memorial Tribute to Aaron Vogel

It is with great sadness that we report that Aaron Vogel, Executive Director of the Thousand Islands Land Trust, died su...
by: Susan W. Smith
More than a Salad Dressing and “See’s Famous Old Time Candies”

More than a Salad Dressing and “See’s Famous Old Time Candies”

It is almost Christmas and I am about to buy several boxes of candy to give as presents. Of course I know all about See’...
by: Susan W. Smith
Contributors in December

Contributors in December

Kristen Pinkney We are pleased to present Part I of a series to publish a diary, researched and transcribed by Kristen ...
by: Susan W. Smith
From the Editor, Susan W. Smith

From the Editor, Susan W. Smith

  This month we cover three special places in the Thousand Islands – Brockville, Clayton and the region itself – t...
by: Susan W. Smith
Readers' Exchange, November 2008

Readers' Exchange, November 2008

Hello,  Thank you for the great content you give us on Thousand Islands Life. The photos make you feel like you ar...
by: Susan W. Smith
Brock’s Islands

Brock’s Islands

Many of the officers who fought in the British campaigns during the War of 1812 are commemorated in the Brock Islands. W...
by: Susan W. Smith
From the Editor, October 2008

From the Editor, October 2008

October is a hectic month for Islanders and those who summer in the Thousand Islands, for it is often synonymous with cl...
by: Susan W. Smith
Historic Island Names

Historic Island Names

It is exasperating' said Capt. William FitzWilliam
by: Susan W. Smith
More than a Salad Dressing and the 1st Duke of Wellington

More than a Salad Dressing and the 1st Duke of Wellington

Throughout the winter, I will provide a number of links to demonstrate how our region of the mighty St. Lawrence River s...
by: Susan W. Smith
Historic Hart House Inn

Historic Hart House Inn

When Paul Malo created Thousand Islands Life, the magazine, in 2005, he did so with a hope that much of the "past" would...
by: Susan W. Smith
Tribute to Hal McCarney

Tribute to Hal McCarney

  The Thousand Islands' fine friend, Hal McCarney died on September 16th in Kingston General Hospital. He was 81. ...
by: Susan W. Smith
Thousand Islands Life introduces Susan W. Smith as Editor

Thousand Islands Life introduces Susan W. Smith as Editor

A compliment, for sure by Susan W. Smith One day a few weeks ago, I met Ian Coristine and Mike Franklin to discuss the ...
by: Susan W. Smith
More than a Salad Dressing and George Washington

More than a Salad Dressing and George Washington

More than a Salad Dressing… Years ago, I met a young medical student and I was telling her about my favourite vacation r...
by: Susan W. Smith
August Tributes to Paul Malo

August Tributes to Paul Malo

The August issue of Thousand Island Life Magazine was dedicated to the memory of Paul Malo.     The magazine ...
by: Susan W. Smith