For All We Receive, Thank the Farmer

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by Lorraine Payette, written September 26, 2013

(GANANOQUE, ON) – When we sit down to eat, how many of us truly think about where our food came from? For the most part, we simply consume and assume we have the right to do so without thinking. We may or may not enjoy the meal, we may or may not even notice it as it goes by. Yet every bite has a source, and that source is the farmer.

On September 26, the Farmers’ Market in the Gananoque Town Park tried something a little different. Not only did they conduct business as usual, but they showed their appreciation to those who have shopped with them all season by providing a nourishing meal made from produce from their own farms, kitchens and bakeries. Called a “Harvest Celebration”, it featured a meal of homemade chillies (with or without meat), an array of breads, warm cider and a delicious carrot cake for dessert. Live musical entertainment was provided by Flashback and Mike Bishop. – to read more>


PGA TOUR Canada announces the Forces and Families Open

PGA Tour Canada – Hylands Golf Club in Ottawa to host PGA TOUR Canada event in 2014

(September 26, 2013 – Ottawa, ON) – PGA TOUR Canada announced Thursday that it will be coming to the National Capital Region in 2014 with the Forces and Families Open in Ottawa.

The Forces and Families Open, which will support the Military Families Fund, will take place August 4-10, 2014 at Hylands Golf Club in Ottawa, Ontario. Forces and Families, a volunteer organization founded in 2007 that supports the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces and their families, will serve as the host organization for the tournament. – to read more>

1000 Islands Gananoque Chamber Launches New Website

Gananoque Visitor's Centre

Gananoque Visitor’s Centre

Lisa Wells, Operation Manager –

Gananoque, ON — (September 23, 2013) The 1000 Island Gananoque Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the launch of their newly designed website, It is the goal of the Chamber and ultimately this website to serve our members and foster strong professional qualities for companies and their employees. The website is designed to appeal to small businesses and business owners as well as larger companies but primarily to help our members succeed and grow while being at the forefront of the digital shift that the business world is experiencing. – to read more>

A Day of Fun for Everyone at St. Joseph Fun Fair

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by Lorraine Payette, written September 24, 2013

(GANANOQUE, ON) – St. Joseph Catholic Elementary School in Gananoque wants you to come on down to 235 Georgianna Street for a day of fun, family oriented activities.

“The Annual Fun Fair will be held on Saturday, October 5th, from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon,” says the school. “This is a great event for families that includes auctions, raffle tables, bake table, fish pond, air castles, and much more. – to read more>

Farmer’s Market Celebrating Harvest

There's nothing like the flavour of locally grown food

There’s nothing like the flavour of locally grown food

by Lorraine Payette

(GANANOQUE, ON) – Town Park in Gananoque will be the site of a harvest celebration as the Farmers’ Market serves up a free, tasty and nutritious dinner made entirely from fresh local ingredients.

The event runs from 4:00 – 7:00 pm, and will feature the music of Mike Bishop and Flashback.

Come on out and bring a friend! For more information, go to, or contact or 613-876-7138.

Gospel Brunch Coming to Hot Roast Company on Sunday

Amazing Grace at the Hot Roast Company

Amazing Grace at the Hot Roast Company

by Lorraine Payette

(GANANOQUE, ON) – Good times, gospel music and a delicious Sunday brunch – it’s all back as The Hot Roast Company at 198 King Street East is holding their third Gospel Sunday Brunch on Sunday, September 29, from noon until 3:00 p.m.

Hosted by Sheila Rosalie, this Sunday’s show features live music by Sheila Rosalie of CFRC Radio and friends, including guests Ellis Wolfreys, of Amherst Island Radio; Dave Harvey, Director of the Gananoque Salvation Army; and various other friends. Musicians from throughout the local area are expected to attend. – to read more>

Be Tick Smart during the Hunting Season

Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit

(LEEDS-GRENVILLE, ON) – Hunting season is upon us and the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit would like to remind those enjoying hunting activities to be aware that they also share the great outdoors with ticks that can make them sick. Lyme disease is caused by being bitten by an infected tick. In Leeds, Grenville and Lanark, we have several different types of ticks. Lyme disease is caused by the bite of an infected black-legged tick (also known as deer ticks). There is an increasing number of areas where ticks carrying Lyme disease are found. Lyme disease is regularly found within our geographic area of Leeds, Grenville and Lanark. – to read more>

Clark Condemns Inaction on Developmental Disabilities

MPP Steve Clark, Leeds-Grenville

MPP Steve Clark, Leeds-Grenville

by Michael Jiggins, Executive Assistant to Steve Clark, MPP, Leeds-Grenville

Wynne Government Ignores Pleas to Establish Select Committee

(BROCKVILLE) – Four months after all three parties agreed on a plan to get Ontarians with developmental disabilities the help they need, Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark said it’s shameful the Wynne government has failed to act.

“I’ve met with local agencies and families, so I know how desperate the need is to develop a strategy to assist developmentally disabled Ontarians with issues ranging from inclusion in society and the workplace to housing and supports for aging parents,” said Clark. – to read more>

A Tide of Emotions Comes in With “No Great Mischief”

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by Lorraine Payette, written September 15, 2013

(GANANOQUE, ON) – All of us are better when we’re loved.”

Truer words have never been spoken, and “No Great Mischief” is a love story, not of young and foolish people coming together on a star crossed path, but of the hard and sometimes almost impossible love of a man for his brother, and by extension, his entire family. – to read more>

“Harvest Blend” Bringing Majestic Arts of Autumn to Eagle Point Winery

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by Lorraine Payette, written September 21, 2013

(ESCOTT, ON) – As the days shorten, a mellow golden light brings out the colours of fall seeping through forest and glen, washing over the vines and the trees and spreading across the meadow below. And with the autumn days come cooler temperatures and the promise of a glowing harvest.

Each year, artists step forth from their studios to try to capture this magic on canvas. Called plein air, they move outside to grasp these fleeting moments and save them forever with brush and knife, charcoal and pencil, using any medium and working feverishly on canvas and paper until the darkness falls and the spell is gone. This year they have a real feast for the eyes and palette. Eagle Point Winery has opened its doors and is inviting them in for a taste of its splendour. – to read more>