Volume 17, Issue 2, February 2022

February means Valentines Day and mid-winter, and that means spring may be around the corner! [Photo by Ian Coristine and courtesy 1000IslandsPhotoArt.com]

News From the Editor, February 2022

Congratulations to Save the River! for a successful winter conference, to Jim McGarry, Friend of the River Award winner, and to Johnathon Pensyl, winner of the Annual Dan Tack Musky Award. Plus, wonderful winter photography.

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Susan W. Smith

The Ice Harvest

Before electric power was expanded into the Thousand Islands, there was a small, but brutal business called ice harvesting. Basically, it consisted of cutting large chunks of ice from the frozen St. Lawrence River . . .

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Manley L. Rusho

All That Glitters Isn’t Green

I never would have imagined that glitter could be a pollutant of concern. At my age, I need glasses to find a postage stamp – it’s a long shot that I could help pick up glitter.

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Paul Hetzler

Cliffe Craft Revisited

I got involved with Cliffe Craft boats in 1994 when searching around to find a decent, restorable, wooden hull regardless of the company or the builder.

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Marc Benoit


I received a Journal named "Oh Ship!". Little did I realize just how much of my time would be taken up! See what I saw . . .

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Teri Bruno

A Kingfisher Tale

One day we received a call from Kit Chubb. She had just received a clutch of seven kingfisher fledglings. They had been rescued from a deserted nest tunnel. It had been wrecked by road construction work along the high sandy road bank.

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Ralph Boston

Remembering GBL’s Wilfred Bilow, A Diamond in the Rough

I’d heard of this guy. He had a reputation as being ‘tough as nails’. Everyone in the local marine industry from Picton to Prescott either knew him or of him. Most feared him. But everyone . . .

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Brian Johnson

Taking the Trolley to Alexandria Bay

One of the first electric trolley lines in northern New York was a line built from Redwood to the village of Alexandria Bay. It was only seven and a half miles long and was built by a group of local investors . .

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Richard Palmer

Probably Good News – Coopers Hawk

Did you know that many states and federal governments in North America passed legislation protecting birds of prey? Author Gerry Smith will explain . . .

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Sherri Leigh Smith

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 . . .

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Patty Mondore

Rock Island Lighthouse, Part I

Rock Island is most likely the most famous light station on the River. Read all about it!

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Mary Alice Snetsinger

Sudoku #100 & #101!

When we published the final article in Dan's series “Steps to learn the logic of Sudoku”, I never in a million years thought that Dan would so graciously offer to do one or two puzzles just for TI Life, each month – but this month we present numbers 100 & 101!

Volume 17, Issue 2, February 2022
Dan LeKander