News in September, from the editor

By: Susan W. Smith

Volume 16, Issue 9, September 2021

School days, School days, dear old golden rule days . . . They must be back, as there is hardly anyone on the River. No Seadoos, only one sailboat anchored in Lindsay Bay, maybe a fisherman or two, but I did hear gun shots this morning, so September is here and we own the River once more.

Tim Kocher shared this marvelous photograph. We certainly live in a beautiful part of the world. 

Good News, Bad News

The good news, of course, is that our US neighbours are back. The bad news is more of a question:  Why is the US Border still Closed? I have not found the answer on the internet. I understand that you can fly from Canada to the US and be welcomed in – but alas, you can't cross the Thousand Islands Bridge in a car.

Yes, CBC Radio and TV posted this back in July. The next decision will be made on September 21st. I for one will wait - but don't ask me to do so patiently. [See]


How high do your sunflowers grow? Each year, Clayton's Kenny Brabant and Barry Pete set out seedlings (roughly 1,200 – 1,400) for our region's gardeners to take home and grow. Then, at the end of the summer, Barry Pete, who has taken over this project, measures and wraps up the contest, which ends around August 25th.


September is always the month that we stop to remember 9/11/2001. No matter where you were in the world that day, you too will remember. We thank William (Bill) Straite and Tadpole McAdams, from Utica NY's Big Frog 104 Radio, for sharing some remarkable photographs. TI Life article Solution to Fear and Anger, written by Straite and McAdams, was published in June 2021. Bill notified us to watch Big Frog 104's Facebook page at 9:00 am. on September 10th. We thank them both for the heads up.

"The  photographs are the property of William Straite, the photographer who shares all his wildlife photos of eagles, loons, and osprey with us all year. William was one of the many Central New York Paramedics and First Responders who spent time at Ground Zero during the recovery efforts.  Read More: Never Before Seen Photos Show Devastation of the 9/11 Attacks |  [BIG FROG 104, Utica, NY]
Never Before Seen Photos Show the True Devastation of the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks
Pictures taken at Ground Zero show the search and rescue efforts and the cleanup in the days following the twin towers collapse.

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By Susan W. Smith, Editor,

Special thanks to the TI Life team, proofreaders, Dane Zabriskie, Georgia Barker, and the real editor, Elspeth Naismith. They all make every issue great! Last year our "comma policeman" had some serious health issues and every month we wish him well. This month is no exception so Bill Stallan we still miss you!
Lindy Martin captures the night sky from the Thousand Islands Parkway on September 5th, 2021
Brianna Rowlee shares her view of a Thousand Islands sunset from Grass Point State Park on September11th at 7:15 p.m. (Yes the days are getting shorter . . .)
John Street from Bostwick Island, found a playful mink swimming beside the rocks. 

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