News in October, TI Life

By: Susan W. Smith

Volume 15, Issue 10, October 2020

Thanksgiving in Canada was different this year. Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada's Chief Public Health Officer, said indoor holiday gatherings of family or friends should be kept small, especially in provinces such as Quebec and Ontario where infection rates are the highest. So we had Thanksgiving by ourselves.  We certainly miss our US and Canadian friends and neighbours, but we wish everyone well.  

There is news about the border. Canada will not be open for tourism, recreational or leisure travel, but as of October 8 there are a number of new exceptions. These allow for the entry of certain extended family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents, including couples who have been dating for at least a year and their children, as well as grandchildren, siblings and grandparents. Check the Canadian Border Services website often for updates. []

This Issue

Nature: Nature's Guest Book, by Lynn E. McElfresh - We may pay the taxes, but our point belongs to Nature...; The Sprite of the Northern Forest is Coming by Gerry Smith - The Red-breasted Nuthatch, cousin of our familiar and mostly resident, White…; and Pine Whisperers, by Paul Hetzler - ...whispering pines and rustling leaves – may both soothe us, but they sound quite...

Sports: Thousand Islands Cup 2020, by John Kunz - A perfect day for the 2020 Chippewa Yacht Club's Gold Cup Race... but apparently...; "Forty Love" Chris Craft 24 Sportsman by Rick Casali - Patricia Parry has owned her 1948 Chris Craft 24 Sportsman “Forty Love” for many...

History: Part of the Garden Island Story by John Stencell - There are many aspects to the story: world history, international politics, economy…

Essay: Everything You Need is Already Patricia Carpenter - ...We were walking around the back of the island, sister, cousin, dog, and me…

Excursion: Excursion to Chicoutimi in 2020! by Konrad Linckh - Let's take our little bow-rider whale watching…

Book Review and Art Show: The Thousand Islands: 101 Points of Interest…and Then Some, by Clara MacCarald and Kathi McCarthy - If you love experiencing the Thousand Islands and perusing vintage postcards…; and Before the Rush Art 2020, by Martha Stroud - Art Sale 31 October, 10am to 5pm, 1 November 10am to 4 pm in Gananoque...

Covid Projects by Susan W. Smith - Time... lots of time. No parties, no shopping, and no dusting... what did you do?

And… Sudoku Puzzle #70 by Dan LeKander - Great bass fishing on the St. Lawrence River is calling, so this “impossible” puzzle…

The season is drawing to a close.

Clayton's Sunflower Contest

The 2020 winners of Clayton's Sunflower Contest were selected and certificates presented on Saturday, September 1st.  Winners also received donated gift certificates from the Clayton Popcorn Company.  First place winners were Sarai and Max Jarvis, for their 12’8” tall sunflower.  2nd place winners were Chase and Henry Rueckert, pictured with contest organizer Ken Brabant; their sunflower was 12’5” tall.  3rd place winners were BJ Pete and his son Joseph, who asked that their entry be listed in memory of BJ’s mother, Carol E. Pete, who died on August 24th of this year.

Kinney Drugs gets an honorable mention again this year, for the many cheerful sunflowers brightening the drive past their location on James St. in Clayton, NY.

Save the River Reminder:

As of October 19, 2020, any “person required to collect tax” must not distribute any plastic carryout bags to its customers unless such bags are exempt bags as provided for in the Bag Waste Reduction Law. Additional information is available at

Kingston Maritime Museum Nautical Talks Planned

Want to learn more? You can do so this fall if you live in Kingston, Boston or even Miami. Join the virtual talks. Info and tickets:

St. Lawrence Arts Council Opportunity

Each year, SLC Arts distributes over $60,000 in state funds to local artists, arts organizations, libraries, municipalities, and other 501(c)3 non-profit organizations throughout Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence Counties for the purpose of arts programming. The application deadline for all three grants is Friday, October 30, 2020.

This grant program can fund programs such as: • Community-based arts projects or events • Musical concerts • Theatrical productions • Dance performances • Film screenings • Poetry readings and projects • Art classes • Public art installations. If you have a great idea for a program in your community and are interested in learning more about these grant opportunities, visit to view grant guidelines and apply for a grant.

Scott Oderkirk's Latest Video!

Scott Ouderkirk continues to give us a way to stay connected, even after closing for the season. 

Please Don't Forget

If you are on the River or the shoreline in October, please take photographs for TI Life. By now, your fish stories are well rehearsed, and what were your Social Distancing ideas to meet with family and friends?

James R. Miller posted this on 1000 Islands River Rats Now and Then Facebook page. "While looking out at this crazy day at the river, I was reminded of my good friend Will Salisbury with this special sculpture he did...hope his health improves soon!"

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By Susan W. Smith, Editor,

Special thanks to the TI Life team, proofreaders, Rick Taylor, Dane Zabriskie,  Georgia Barker, and new member editor, Elspeth Naismith. They all make every issue great! Thanks gang. Most importantly we continue to send best wishes to Bill Stallan. (Bill, we send 1000 best wishes from everyone)
Debbie Mcdonald shared a photo on 1000 Islands River Rats Now and it says it all... Goodbye till next year! 

Posted in: Volume 15, Issue 10, October 2020, From the editor, People

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