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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
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

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Thousand Islands Life Future

Thousand Islands Life Future

As was his way, Paul generously shared credit for this online publication with Mike Franklin and myself but the reality ...
by: Ian Coristine
Minding the Store (Editorial)

Minding the Store (Editorial)

Minding the Store: The Anglers Association, the unofficial key development agency of the 1880s. The Anglers Associati...
by: Paul Malo
Readers Exchange, April 2008

Readers Exchange, April 2008

  Re: "Where Have All the Shorelines Gone?" by Bud Andress From: Andrew Textor I'd love to have [you] come take a...
by: Paul Malo
Veracity, or Truth in Advertising

Veracity, or Truth in Advertising

Phil Amsterdam, himself an old tour-boat guide and boat-line operator, complains about about sitting on his Cherry Islan...
by: Paul Malo