TI History Museum to host Summer Evening in the Islands

(Gananoque, ON) After three years of extreme caution due to the pandemic and no chance to really get together and have a good time, the Thousand Islands History Museum will be holding its Summer Evening in the Islands Fundraiser on August 11.

The Thousand Islands History Museum will be holding its Summer Evening in the Islands Fundraiser on Flying Mallard Island on August 11. Lorraine Payette/for Postmedia Network

“We are bursting with excitement to celebrate our achievements with you at our first in-person gala in three years,” said Joanne van Dreumel, executive director of the museum. “Brian and Lynn Knudsen will host the celebration at their elegant summer home on Flying Mallard Island. With beverage in hand, you can meander the gardens, greet old and new friends, and listen to live music. And you can keep mementos of the evening from the Live and Silent Auctions, emceed by Alicia Gordon of Gordon’s Estate Services, and know that your support keeps us strong in preserving and interpreting our collective history.”

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Changes coming to 1000 Islands Gananoque Chamber of Commerce

(Gananoque, ON) Two new employees are planning significant changes for the 1000 Islands Gananoque Chamber of Commerce.

“Jan Murray, previously of the Brockville Chamber has stepped in as the new General Manager,” said Su Halle, new head of Marketing and Communications for the Chamber.

A new website/directory has been created and is now live. The site is open for all members to purchase advertising space and provides businesses the opportunity to reach out to the community.

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More information needed to settle future of Kinsmen Hall

Floor plan of the Kinsmen Building as provided by the Town of Gananoue.

(Gananoque, ON) The Kinsmen Building Advisory Panel (KBAP) held a meeting at the Lou Jeffreys Arena on July 11. In attendance were KBAP members including Mayor Ted Lojko, Deputy Mayor Dave Anderson and Councillor David Osmond as well as Shellee Fournier, CAO and Penny Kelly, Clerk / CEMC.

A request for submissions of expression of interest was made at the KBAP meeting held on May 25. A set format was laid out, and interested parties were given until no later than July 6, 2022, at 4 p.m. to deliver their paperwork. Each group was required to provide a complete organizational profile as laid out by the Town, financial information, organizational experience, a concept summary, and letters of reference. Organizations were offered assistance in filling out the forms not only from the Town’s webpage, but they could also submit questions in writing to the CAO. Submissions were evaluated on a points system taking into consideration community benefit, the quality of the proposal, price per square foot, and references.

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The Music Man marching its way to Thousand Islands Playhouse

Thousand Islands Playhouse Youth Ensemble running over the choreography in rehearsal for “Seventy-Six Trombones” with the Music Man himself, David Leyshon. Supplied by Thousand Islands Playhouse

(Gananoque, ON) Can even 76 trombones and 110 cornets save conman Harold Hill from the righteous wrath of River City if they should discover the truth about him? Or can Marian the Librarian work her magic to save him from himself? Find out when The Music Man marches onto the stage at the Thousand Islands Playhouse’s Springer Theatre in Gananoque starting on July 19.

“I’ve been working on this one for three years,” said Brett Christopher, Managing Artistic Director for the Playhouse. “It’s been a long haul to get it to finally see stage light.”

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Horticultural Society holding garden tour in Gananoque

An arched trellis is an invitation to see more. The Gananoque Horticultural Society will be holding their Annual Garden Tour on Sunday, July 10. copyright Lorraine Payette

(Gananoque, ON) After two years of following pandemic protocols and being unable to hold their normal public events, the Gananoque Horticultural Society (GHS) is happy to be able to once again invite everyone to attend their Annual Garden Tour on Sunday, July 10.

“This is our first garden tour since 2019,” said Joan MacKinnon, GHS secretary. “Some of the gardens have been ‘on hold’ since 2020, while others were just chosen this spring. There’s not really a theme to the tour, but we’re always looking for appealing back gardens preferably within town. We are always on the lookout for gardens though sometimes gardeners contact us, and we go to take a look – interesting and unusual plantings always appeal to everyone.”

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OPP trying to identify cold case victim using 3D facial reconstruction

(Gananoque, ON)

Full face view of the 3D reconstruction of the “Evil Eye” victim created by OPP Forensic Artist Duncan Way. supplied by OPP

Not only is his name not known, but it is also hard to tell if anyone ever missed him. It is almost as if no one noticed he was gone, and that this man was to be erased from human memory.

“On October 21, 1989, a man’s body was discovered in the north ditch of County Road 14 in Stone Mills Township, three kilometres east of the village of Enterprise,” the Criminal Investigation Branch of the OPP said in a press release. “A gag was in the man’s mouth and his hands were bound.”

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New interprovincial travel restrictions in place to limit spread of COVID-19


New travel restrictions have come to Ontario. Starting at 12:01 a.m. April 19, 2021 only essential travel will be allowed between provinces. Photo from internet – Global News

Ontario, CA (April 18, 2021)

New travel restrictions have come to Ontario. Starting at 12:01 a.m. April 19, 2021 only essential travel will be allowed between provinces.

“The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) wants to assure the public that essential travel between Ontario and neighbouring provinces will be permitted, despite new measures designed to help limit the transmission of the COVID-19 virus,” said Bill Dickson, OPP Media Relations. “The OPP will have members located on roadways, at interprovincial points of entry, to screen incoming vehicles beginning Monday, April 19, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. ET.”

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Province investing in new programs for victims of human trafficking

The Ontario government is strengthening protection for children and youth by investing more than $586,000 over the next five years in a new program to support young victims and survivors of human trafficking in Leeds-Grenville and the surrounding areas. – Photo by lalesh aldarwish from Pexels

(Leeds-Grenville – March 12, 2021)

The Ontario government is strengthening protection for children and youth by investing more than $586,000 over the next five years in a new program to support young victims and survivors of human trafficking in Leeds-Grenville and the surrounding areas. The money is part of $46 million being provided for 27 new projects across the province through the Community Supports Fund and Indigenous-led Initiatives Fund.

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Gananoque Fire Department hosts expert panel to teach residents about CO safety

Carbon monoxide safety advocate John Gignac of The Hawkins-Gignac Foundation for CO Education joined First Alert in presenting a donation of 45 CO alarms to Fire Chief Gord Howard to be given to area homes in need to help ensure the safety of all residents. supplied by Conrad Galambos

(Gananoque – March 19, 2021)

In December 2008, John Gignac learned more about carbon monoxide (CO) than he had ever wanted to know. His niece OPP Safety Officer Laurie Hawkins, her husband Richard and their two children Cassandra and Jordan all succumbed to CO poisoning when a malfunctioning exhaust system on their gas fireplace flooded their home with the lethal gas and killed them as they slept. They did not have a CO alarm, and never knew what happened.

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Cornerstone Church helps Easter Bunny out for annual egg hunt

It just isn’t Easter without bonnets, bunnies, and baskets. The Cornerstone Church is going to help the Easter Bunny fill those baskets this year while keeping everyone safe from COVID-19. Registration information is on their website.

(Gananoque – March 26, 2021)

Starting in 2015, the Saturday of Easter weekend has seen The Cornerstone Church in Gananoque holding a colossal Easter Egg Hunt on the church grounds as a way to reach out to the local community. But due to COVID-19, things are going to be different this year.

“This year has been hard,” said Pastor Mike Hatheway (Lead Pastor at The Cornerstone). “Plain and simple. We’re all tired, stressed and we really miss being with people. And so the Easter Egg Hunt gives us a chance to love our neighbours and bring back some of that joy and hope that’s been missing. That’s what Easter is all about. And our church wants to shout that new life is on the way.”

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