Public Meet and Greet at Joyceville Fire Hall Pancake Breakfast

Who could resist a temptation like this?

Who could resist a temptation like this?

by Lorraine Payette, written May 31, 2014

(Joyceville, Ontario) The volunteers who run Stations 1 and 2 of the Kinston East Fire Fighters Association (KEFFA) held a free pancake breakfast at the Joyceville Fire Hall on May 31. Crowds poured in for a chance to see the station, talk to the firefighters and enjoy a great meal of free pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee.

Volunteer District Chief Bill Larson couldn’t be prouder of the people who make up KEFFA.

“These are our friends and neighbours,” said Larson. “It’s just like a big family. Everyone is helping everyone else.” – to read more>

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Preventing West Nile Virus Infections

On behalf of Susan Healey, Communications Coordinator, Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit

(Leeds-Grenville, ON) The Leeds Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit would like to remind our citizens that we will be starting our mosquito surveillance program once again this June. This program will be carried through until the end of September. Should you see one of our traps in your neighbourhood, please do not disturb it. These traps are not mosquito control units, so they have no value to property owners, but they are important in identifying mosquitoes and providing a warning that disease causing mosquitoes are present in a given area.

We all play a role in preventing West Nile Virus infections, and when we all do our part we will reduce the risk of this disease in our community.

Each homeowner has the responsibility of removing standing water that provides breeding areas for mosquitoes on their property. Most mosquitoes do not travel large distances and thus those breeding within your space are likely to bite you.

The municipality is charged with the responsibility of ensuring proper drainage on municipally owned lands and public ditches. The roads departments have the knowledgeable staff and proper equipment to ensure this is achieved. Additionally it is a municipal responsibility to address complaints regarding standing water on private land within its jurisdiction, using applicable property standards bylaws. Should positive mosquito pools be identified in a municipality, it is also the responsibility of council to take the necessary control actions as recommended by the Medical Officer of Health.

The health unit has the responsibility of assessing the risk for WNV within the three counties each year. This is accomplished by conducting mosquito surveillance during the warm months. The presence of virus in these natural hosts is an early sign that the virus is gaining a presence in an area. The health unit is also responsible for following up any human cases of diseases and, more importantly, trying to prevent human cases by educating the public on strategies that reduce mosquito breeding areas and personal protection.

Individuals have the responsibility to protect themselves from mosquito bites by avoiding areas with high mosquito populations, wearing light-coloured clothing, including long sleeves, pants and hat, to cover exposed skin and using a mosquito repellent containing the appropriate amount of DEET.

PGA TOUR Canada statement on Richard H. “Dick” Grimm

PGA TOUR Canada – May 27, 2014

It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Richard “Dick” Grimm last evening.

While Dick made an impact across nearly all levels as an ambassador for golf in Canada, it is his many contributions that helped grow the game and expand the TOUR’s profile as Commissioner of PGA TOUR Canada that we are remembering fondly. – to read more>

Chalk the Walk Kicks-Off Season for Gananoque

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Chalk Art

by Lorraine Payette, written May 19, 2014

Face paint, balloon creations, live music and dance all came to Gananoque on Saturday, May 17 as part of Chalk the Walk, an annual celebration of spontaneous art and colour.

“It’s a good day,” said Jeffrey Andrews, 5, of Kingston. He was sporting a new balloon hat made by Dr. Kaboom, and drawing a big yellow truck on the sidewalk. – to read more>

1,000 Islands Helicopter Tours Take Flight in TLTI

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by Lorraine Payette, written May 23, 2014

(Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands, ON) Kouri’s Kopters Inc. will be taking the Thousand Islands by storm with their brand new series of tours gracing local skies this summer. Running under the name of 1,000 Islands Helicopter Tours, it is guaranteed to lift visitors to heights they’ve never experienced before.

A crowd gathered at the business located at 88 County Road 32 in TLTI, just opposite the Gananoque and District Humane Society to enjoy a celebratory barbecue and entertainment by musicians Patrick Kirkby and Jeff Callery. Dignitaries attending the opening included MPP Steve Clark, Leeds-Grenville; MP Gord Brown, Leeds-Grenville; Mayor Frank Kinsella, TLTI; Mayor Erika Demchuk, Gananoque; and Kathrine Christensen, Thousand Islands Accommodation Partners. – to read more>

Driving Miss Daisy: Film Takes Backseat to Playhouse’s Live Production

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by Lorraine Payette, written May 22, 2014

(Gananoque, ON) The results are in, and the Thousand Islands Playhouse production of Driving Miss Daisy is an all out winner. Playing to a sold-out house on opening night, the play received ecstatic and excited reviews from audience members.

“I thoroughly enjoyed it,” said Lois Creed of Dexter, NY. “It was so much better than the movie. Hollywood made it into a cute little comedy, but the play is so much more than that. The people were real, the experiences were real. I felt like I’d known them all my life.” – to read more>

An Apology Is in Order

by Lorraine Payette, written May 21, 2014

Sometimes when we write for publication, we make mistakes. Sometimes we try to edit things for length and go too far, or simply miss putting things in, or misunderstand what we were supposed to be saying in the first place.

In this case, I wrote an article for Living Here Magazine, the May/June issue, about Gananoque: Fishing in Ontario’s Ultimate Fishing Town. It was running long, so I started cutting back and made an omission. – to read more>

Red and White Celebration for 150th Anniversary of the Lansdowne Fair

Summer Garden Contest Flyer

Summer Garden Contest Flyer

by Lorraine Payette, written May 21, 2014

(Lansdowne, ON) The village of Lansdowne is going all out this year in celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Lansdowne Fair. In addition to all the other amazing things they have planned, LAFR (the Lansdowne Association for Revitalization) has created a wonderful, village wide summer garden competition.

“We have a colour theme for our hanging baskets and planter boxes in the Lansdowne community,” says Donna Dempsey of LAFR. “This theme is ‘Canada, Eh?’, using red and white flowers. If you would like to coordinate your gardens and planters with this theme, go for it! – to read more>

4th Annual Two Nations 1000 Islands Extravaganza Car Show in Clayton, NY

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Amazing vehicles can be seen at car shows and cruises

by Lorraine Payette, written May 14, 2014

(Clayton, NY) What does every Camaro want to be when it grows up? Why, a ’57 Chevy BelAir, of course!

And that won’t be the only great sight to be seen at the 4th Annual Two Nations 1000 Islands Extravaganza to be held May 16-18 at the Cerow Recreation Center, East Line Road in Clayton, NY. – to read more>

Grand Opening for 1,000 Islands Helicopter Tours

by Lorraine Payette, written May 14, 2014

(Gananoque, ON) Have you ever wanted to just get above it all, look down on the world from above, and forget your cares and worries as you glide through the air, as free as a bird?

The time has come to make that dream a reality as 1,000 Islands Helicopter Tours holds its grand opening on Saturday, May 17. Starting at 11:00 a.m., they will be celebrating the season at the heliport situated at 88 County Road 32 in Leeds and the Thousand Islands (greater Gananoque). – to read more>