From the Editor, May 2022

2022 is open for business! Unseasonably warm temperatures and returning snowbirds have resulted in an increase in boating in the Thousand Is

Volume 17, Issue 5, May 2022
Susan W. Smith

500 Seconds

The sight of a century-old island cottage engulfed in flames is terribly sad. But watching it transform from first smoke to roaring blaze in just five hundred seconds shocked me.

Volume 17, Issue 5, May 2022
Glenn Sandiford

Good News about a Bad Word

The word is Vaccine: Yikes! Let’s get right down to it: a vaccine against poison ivy will soon be available, but only if you really, really, really want it. Promise.

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Paul Hetzler

Springtime Rite — Fox Kits

My diary temporarily becomes a record of firsts — first trout lily, first muskrat, first loon. And for two consecutive years now, first sighting of fox kits.

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Glenn Sandiford

The Muskrat

If there was one animal that everyone on the island admired, it was the muskrat.

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Manley L. Rusho

My Cliffe Craft Saga - Chapter 4

On first sight, I was quick to grasp the full scope of this new project. It would not be a short and quick period of work involved. I was fully aware it was going to be a few seasons long.

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Marc Benoit

A Canoe With Sails

A few years ago, I came across an advertisement for the plans of a glued lapstrake sailing canoe. Not one of those after-market flimsy gadgets that you attach to your canoe, no, this was a real sailing canoe . . .

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Steve Cormack

Island Archaeology

A 2019 organized boat trip inviting a formidable group of archeologists and specialists. The boat trip was an opportunity to demonstrate our region’s rich archaeological heritage.

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Ross Holbrook

Remembering Atlantic Convoy Sailor Fletcher Raymond Wade

Speaking softly, Ray Wade points out that he made 56 trips in convoys to Britain, eventually working his way up to second mate status. Wade also remembers that first convoy, that first trip, heading out into the North Atlantic Ocean. With who knew what waiting for them . . .

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Brian Johnson

The National Environmental Policy Act

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) was signed into law on 1 January 1970. It’s one of the shortest laws in the US – a total of six pages. It’s short, sweet, and to the point.

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Elspeth Naismith

Digital To Feature Ian Coristine’s Works

A couple of weeks ago, I learned that Lyne Roberge, Ian’s dear wife and best friend, was going to exhibit some of his best works through, which is a digital gallery.

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Susan W. Smith

Artistry in Fabric: Quilt Show Returns to Clayton June 3 – 5, 2022

After missing its 2020 show the North Country Quilting Guild presents quilts of all sizes and styles, plus 14 demonstrations, professional judging, and vendors.

Kara Lynn Dunn

Bays and Islands World Rowing Tour for 2022

50 international, long distance, adventure rowers to row on the beautiful waters of South Eastern Ontario. From September 10 – 18, 2022.

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Shelagh Baker

Sudoku Puzzles #107, #108, & #109

We will continue with the 3 puzzles each month. That should be ample material for novices or seasoned veterans. I hope you enjoy this change.

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Dan LeKander