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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Thousand Islands Playhouse ready with new COVID-19 safe season

Playwright Marcia Johnson, author of “Serving Elizabeth”, which will be gracing the stage at the Firehall Theatre from October 7-31. The Thousand Islands Playhouse is producing a special COVID-19 safe season of four plays following specific health guidelines as it brings live theatre back to Gananoque.

(Gananoque – March 29, 2021)

All the world’s a stage, and the Thousand Islands Playhouse in Gananoque has found a COVID-19 safe way to get that stage filled with players and the seats with an in-person live audience to create a brand-new season for 2021.

“So many people reached out by phone or e-mail or text to say how much they missed us,” said Brett Christopher, managing artistic director of the Thousand Islands Playhouse in a presentation live-streamed on social media. “The last year has been an extremely challenging one for Canadian live performing artists. Music, dance, theatre canceled around the globe and many of the wonderful people that you see on the stages that work behind the scenes of the Playhouse productions have found their life’s work wiped out.”

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Thousand Islands Parkway Recreational Trail Starting a Trail Alliance

As can be seen from this phot taken in the winter of 2016, all kinds of people enjoy using the paved recreational trail along the Thousand Islands Parkway. The newly formed trail alliance is seeking solutions to improve that usage for winter 2021.

(TLTI – March 29, 2021)

The Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands (TLTI), Front of Yonge Township (FOY), and the Ontario Trails Council (OTC), in partnership with the St. Lawrence Parks Commission (SLPC) are banding together to create a solution to the issues of ploughing the multi-use recreational trail along the Thousand Islands Parkway (TIP). They hope to find a solution for the winter of 2021 that will not only allow for safe trail usage but that will also improve that experience for all users.

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Wet’suwet’en protestors stop border traffic at Thousand Islands Bridge

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About 60 supporters of the Hereditary Chiefs of Wet’suwet’en came out on February 17 to stage a protest at the Thousand Islands Bridge at Lansdowne/Alexandria Bay. The peaceful protest stopped traffic for about three hours as part of a series of nationwide rotating demonstrations designed to bring awareness to the pipeline issue on Wet’suwet’en territory.

 

(LANSDOWNE ON February 18, 2020)  Sometimes people just want to be heard. To be noticed, to have their issues taken seriously, to have those around them acknowledge they are there. And when no one seems to be paying attention, they take action.

A bald eagle was slowly circling the Thousand Islands Bridge at Lansdowne/Alexandria Bay on February 17 as an organized group of protestors marched on the toll booth on the Canadian side. Watching for traffic and remaining soft spoken and well mannered, they carried their signs to the entrance to the bridge, spread out, and refused to move. Continue reading

In the Beginning – Earth Day 1970

First published April, 2011 – EMC St. Lawrence

Wednesday, April 22, 1970, was glorious.  It was early spring in southern New Hampshire and the earth had decided to give up its white blanket of snow and push forth as much green as it could get away with on such short notice.  The sun was warm and pleasant, and the black flies had as yet to come out in full force as students from 12 -18 years of age gathered outside the dining hall on main campus to be given garbage bags and instructions. Continue reading

March 22 Last Day to Sign Up for General Auditions at Thousand Islands Playhouse

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The Thousand Islands Playhouse will be holding general auditions on April 4. March 22 is the deadline to sign up in order to get a spot. This is a great chance for local talent to show what they can do.

Written March 16, 2019 – posted March 22, 2019

(Gananoque, ON)

Picture yourself standing on the professional stage, performing for a room full of paying theatre goers who have all come to see you and what you can do. You dazzle them with witty repartee, enchant them with your singing voice, and fill them with joy as you dance like you have never danced before.

This is your chance to put down the hairbrush you have been using as a mic and get out and strut your stuff – the Thousand Islands Playhouse is holding general auditions and wants to hear from you. There is no age restriction and no need for previous professional experience. Continue reading

Big River Technologies Inc. Holds Grand Opening in Gananoque

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(Written September 22, 2018 – by L. Lorraine Payette)

The room was buzzing with joy as Big River Technologies Inc. showed off its new location at 60 Mill Street in Gananoque on September 20.  At the event were many members of Gananoque’s business community as well as several dignitaries, all happy to congratulate the company on its achievements and what it hopes to do for Gananoque and the entire area. Continue reading

Five Candidates Running for Mayor in Gananoque

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Gananoque will have five candidates running for mayor and 14 for council in the upcoming municipal elections. Lorraine Payette/For Postmedia Network

(Written September 9, 2018 by L. Lorraine Payette)

(Gananoque, ON)  With the municipal elections coming up on Monday, October 22, signs are sprouting up all through the town.  This year, five candidates are running for the position of Mayor of Gananoque, with another 14 running for Town Council. The mayoral candidates are John Beddows, Brian Brooks, Jim Garrah, Ted Lojko, and Christine Milks. Continue reading