Volume 18, Issue 4, April 2023

13 articles for April. Please remember to wear life jackets until the end of May. Be safe not sorry. [Spring photo by Ian Coristine and courtesy of 1000IslandsPhotoArt.com]

From the Editor, April 2023

Nothing says Spring better than seeing the channel and shoal makers placed in the River where they belong! Tribute to John Bishop, Human Trafficking, and a new Events team member introduced.

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Susan W. Smith

Anchors Up! We're Underway!

For months, so many of us sit at home miserable from the frigid cold temperatures while dreaming of being back at the River. With many of those dreams come the visions of massive red and blue freighters dancing in our heads . . .

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Michael Folsom

Happy Birthday to you, Manley Rusho!

April is a special month in the Rusho family as Manley has a birthday and will turn 92 this year. . .

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1000 Islands

The Natural Spring on Grindstone Island

I first saw the spring some 80+ years ago, when I was about 8 or 9 years old. I was assigned to fetch drinking water for the schoolhouse . . .

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Manley L. Rusho

Biotechnology News: Synthetic Milk of Human Kindness Soon to Become a Reality

. . . Perhaps the most controversial product on Cell Signals’ patent is synthetic Milk of Human Kindness.

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Paul Hetzler

Seasonal Transition

St. Patrick’s Day, and I’m kayaking toward my island cottage after wintering out-of-state. The sheltered bay I normally use this time of year is still half-covered with thick ice . . .

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Glenn Sandiford

Snail and Rocket Mail from Gananoque

The variety of ways that mail has snailed or raced from Gananoque to its recipients over the years is quite interesting. ‘Rocket Mail’ has to be the most unusual and with good reason . . .

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Sherry L. B. Johnson

A River Family Mother's Day Tradition

Great Grandma Capitola Dingman was born in 1891, one of 14 children from a second-generation pioneer family of Alexandria Bay. . .

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Marilyn L. Schaaf

Howe's Southern 'Brother' Doesn't Disappoint

The 'Pinkie', likely honouring one of Qantas’ past navigators, was a Canadian-built DASH-8 twin turboprop designed to land on tiny airstrips anywhere, and in this case, on ‘Howe Island’.

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R.M. Doyon

Building the Ice Rink in Clayton!

At the end of a night of skating we kids would be told to grab the shovels and clean the rink . . .

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Melody Brabant

"Spring Fit-out" on the Great Lakes, Part I

In the mid-19th century, as many as one hundred ships wintered in such ports as Oswego. As soon as the ice melted, Oswego came alive like a bear awakening from its long winter’s nap.

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Richard Palmer

"Before the Summer 2023"

We have both exciting new artists and returning favourite artists. Some of the new artists are profiled here . . .

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Martha Stroud

Sudoku Puzzles #145, #146, #147, & #148

We have an easy one this time… see which one! Send your comment to us. We want to hear if you are doing these puzzles!

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Dan LeKander