Places

Christmas Blizzard 0f 2022

The winds howled all night. and howling winds meant Lake Ontario came barreling down the River. The water came up an estimated two to two and a half feet, and the water spray traveled many feet/meters inland . . .

Volume 18, Issue 1, January 2023
Susan W. Smith

Waaban Crossing is Open

People of Kingston celebrated the opening of the Waaban Crossing on December 13, 2022. Words that come to mind are "We built it." Then make the commendable addition: "On time and on Budget!"

Volume 18, Issue 1, January 2023
John Stencell

What a Honeymoon!

We explained we had a US licensed car and a number of sails we were taking to Toronto. “No!” The customs officer said, “and if you cross this line,” . . .

Volume 18, Issue 1, January 2023
Ralph Boston & Sherry L.B. Johnson

An Old Ice Boat

Somewhere around 1943, my cousin John (Dano) and I had a winter project to fix up an old ice boat. We had been working on this old ice boat for several days now, salvaging parts from all over . . .

Volume 18, Issue 1, January 2023
Manley L. Rusho

GATITO: A Tale of a Real River Rat Cat

. . . from that point on this became the cat’s routine. He swam to Little Grenadier in the morning and returned in the evening. Each summer evening the family gathered on the dock . . .

Volume 18, Issue 1, January 2023
Melinda Comstock & Martha Grimes

Dye by the Blade: Alex Tuch Tells His Story Through Tattoos

“The top of my right arm is all around my cottage, my parents’ cottage, where my brother, sister and I pretty much grew up in the summertime,” he said . . .

Volume 18, Issue 1, January 2023
Melissa Burgess

Winter Duck Hunt on Grindstone Island

It was two days before Christmas in the early 1950’s. I was up at 4 am, dressed and out of the cellar door with my flashlight in hand. I headed to the boat house . . .

Volume 17, Issue 12, December 2022
Manley L. Rusho

River Gift to "TI Life"

Dear Susie, As you know, my love of the River is extremely strong, to the point that I find myself emotional when I sit in front of my computer . . .

Volume 17, Issue 12, December 2022
Andrew Kane

Is the Architect as Interesting as His Architecture?

Franklin Townsend Lent’s works are among those that have been researched as the early development of resort architecture in the Thousand Island region of Upstate New York and Ontario . . .

Volume 17, Issue 12, December 2022
Sherry L. B. Johnson

A Mangy Fox

In the spring, six cubs were born on a hill below our house, and we were secretly watching them grow . . .

Volume 17, Issue 12, December 2022
Danuta (Dee) Sedkowski

"OL BOY" – 1938 Chris Craft 25 Sportsman

Joe Cardamone was a serious fisherman from Utica who owned a 21-foot utility. He fished out of Dingman Point, and wanted a slightly larger boat for the St. Lawrence River . . .

Volume 17, Issue 12, December 2022
Rick Casali

David Janes Lyttle

Tribute to a poet, philosopher, professor and islander . . .

Volume 17, Issue 12, December 2022
Susan W. Smith

Raccoon Hunting with Uncle Aaron

Uncle Aaron was a true outdoorsman; he knew how and where to catch squirrels, how to find wild honey trees, where to gather hickory nuts, how to trap a muskrat, and where the fish were biting – a true man of all seasons.

Volume 17, Issue 11, November 2022
Manley L. Rusho

Cruise Ships are Back!

All about the 2022 cruise ship OCEAN NAVIGATOR and the 1948 cruise ship ONTARIO.

Volume 17, Issue 11, November 2022
Susan W. Smith

Teenage Adventures in the Thousand Islands

Our summers began when the ice went out and lasted beyond Thanksgiving. We rented cottages along the St. Lawrence and enjoyed friendships with cottagers who summered along the River from New Jersey, and New York, Oakville and Ottawa.

Volume 17, Issue 11, November 2022
Ian Wilson

"Riptide IV - 1948 Chris Craft 25 Utility

In the post-WW II era, Chris Craft began to make their boat designs more elegant and, to my eye, classier. Riptide IV, owned by Jane and Kevin Heffron, is one of the nicest examples of this post-war shift at Chris Craft.

Volume 17, Issue 11, November 2022
Rick Casali

The New Frontenac Hotel Story, by Susan G. Mathis

Susan Mathis has just published book nine, "Rachel’s Reunion", in her Thousand Islands book series. This novel focuses on the amazing history of the old New Frontenac Hotel on Round Island as well as hope!

Volume 17, Issue 11, November 2022
Susan W. Smith

Horses of the Country

If you are a horse lover or have horses in your background, my new book Horses of the Country: An Homage will entertain, as well as shed light on the vital role of horses in the lives of our ancestors.

Volume 17, Issue 11, November 2022
Claudia Smith