Patty Mondore

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The Drummer

The call of the Pileated Woodpecker is not only distinctive but even sounds somewhat otherworldly . . . and sure enough, as soon as I opened the door, I spotted him having his breakfast on a tree overlooking the River.

Volume 19, Issue 4, April 2024
Patty Mondore

Oh Snap!

When I first spotted the giant turtle at the side of the road, I have to admit that my first thought was that it had a face only a mother (turtle) could love . . .

Volume 19, Issue 3, March 2024
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A Bird in the Hand

I was paddling back to shore after a lovely morning kayak ride. I was not too far from home when I noticed a strange splashing motion in the water a little way downstream.

Volume 19, Issue 2, February 2024
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Why Patty Doesn’t Fish from her Kayak

. . . But as I got closer, I saw it move. The “thing” suddenly and intentionally dipped below the surface. It was alive!

Volume 18, Issue 2, February 2023
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The "Qamutik"

I had no idea when I went out for a short paddle that I would end up discovering a language developed almost 200 years ago, not too far north from the River. My morning started out with a picture I took of what looked like a typical ship heading toward Boldt Castle . . .

Volume 17, Issue 9, September 2022
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"The Runners"

CSL commissioned the mural, which was created by Bryan Beyung, along with equally renowned Canadian artists Emmanuel Jarus, Andrea Wan, and K.C. Hall, to help celebrate the spirit of the 2022 Canada Summer Games

Volume 17, Issue 7, July 2022
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Potholes, Kettles, and Ponds, Oh My!

It started out as a matter of curiosity. But it ended up being an adventure. Ever since the creation of the McFarlane hiking trail, we have enjoyed an occasional hike around the field within sight of the fascinating and historic Zenda Farms.

Volume 17, Issue 3, March 2022
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Swan Song

Out of the corner of my eye, I thought I saw two large white UFOs, flying along the shoreline. I listened carefully and, sure enough, I heard that familiar whistling sound. I pulled out my camera and wildly aimed . . .

Volume 17, Issue 2, February 2022
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The One and Only Theodore

But then, the unthinkable happened! Just a day before he was to pass through Alexandria Bay and Clayton, it was announced that Theodore would make an impromptu stop in Gananoque and would therefore not be going through the main US channel after all.

Volume 16, Issue 8, August 2021
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More About Minna

We discovered a little more of Minna Anthony Common's fascinating story that ends up circling back to the Thousand Islands of today!

Volume 16, Issue 3, March 2021
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Walkin' on the Railroad

Bob and I want to spread the word and help fund the renovations TILT is planning to make on a 60-foot historical railroad trestle...

Volume 16, Issue 1, January 2021
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Happy River

Never has a ship that frequents the St. Lawrence Seaway been more appropriately named. I would guess it is one of the most photographed ships on the River ...

Volume 15, Issue 11, November 2020
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The Sea Keeper - CSL St. Laurent

Since that day, and my first encounter with the CSL St-Laurent's mural-in-motion, I have learned several interesting details behind the creation of “The Sea Keeper” mural.

Volume 15, Issue 4, April 2020
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Kathleen Murphy, and the Gardens of Singer Castle

In interview with Kathleen Murphy, who is responsible for the beautiful rose garden at Singer Castle.

Volume 14, Issue 5, May 2019
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Hiking the Thousand Islands

Anyone who knows the Mondores also knows that my husband and I love to hike! And we especially love to hike the Thousand Islands.

Volume 13, Issue 8, August 2018
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