Reverend David H. Beckers Invested at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church

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submitted by Alan Fitzhugh, July 24, 2014

On Wednesday July 23, 2014 St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church 175 Stone St. South in Gananoque welcomed its new minister, the Reverend David H. Berkers. Rev. Berkers is the 14th minister in the 177 years of worship at St. Andrew’s.

While attending a youth convention at Queen’s University in 1980 David Berkers made a personal commitment to serve God, and felt his initial call to the ministry. Thus, his post-secondary education took place at Pentecostal Bible College in Peterborough and featured a third year at a Bible College in Nairobi Kenya, earning a bachelor of Theology degree. – to read more>

GDHS Gearing up for Third Annual Fur Ball

Time to break out and have some fun

by Lorraine Payette, written June 30, 2014

“Ev’rybody wants to be a cat
Because a cat’s the only cat
Who knows where it’s at …”
– The Aristocats

(Gananoque, ON) Time to trim your whiskers and get out your tails – the Gananoque and District Humane Society (GDHS) is getting ready to bring you its 3rd Annual Fur Ball Boat Cruise.

“Please join us aboard the Sea Prince at the Rockport Boat Line for a fun-filled sightseeing cruise,” said Heather Caird of the GDHS. – to read more>

Summer Solstice – Pride in the Thousand Islands Dazzles Guests for Third Year in a Row

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by Lorraine Payette, written June 25, 2014

(Gananoque, ON) Pride shimmered through Gananoque as the town pulled out the stops to celebrate the third annual Summer Solstice – Pride in the Thousand Islands weekend from June 20-22.

The Gananoque Boat Line invited attendees to partake of any or all of three different cruises for the event – ranging from the Rocky Horror Picture Show cruise on the first evening to a daytime cruise through the Thousand Islands hosted by the one and only Babe Kelly, through a final adults only drag cruise featuring top entertainer and performer Bishop Soul doing a tribute to the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, as well as one of Toronto’s top drag show divas and quality entertainers from Montreal. – to read more>

“Stan Rogers – A Matter of Heart” Coming to Rib Fest

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by Lorraine Payette, written June 23, 2014

(Gananoque, ON) Stan fans, get ready for a chance to sing along to your favourites as the D-Tones and guests bring “Stan Rogers – A Matter of Heart” to the festival from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. on June 30. Admission is free, and the music exhilarating.

“Just after (Rogers) died in an airplane fire, Vince Metcalfe and I got hooked on the idea of (a tribute to him), taking his work to a wider audience in a theatre setting,” said Diane Stapley. – to read more>

Hot Times Coming with Summer Solstice: Pride in the 1,000 Islands

by Lorraine Payette, written June 12, 2014

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(Gananoque, ON) Get your pride shined up and prepare for the hottest summer solstice around as Gananoque rolls out its best for the third annual Summer Solstice: Pride in the 1,000 Islands Festival.

“This festival is about celebrating diversity in one of the most naturally diverse regions in the world,” said Kathrine Christensen, executive director of the 1,000 Islands Accommodation Partners. “The flavour of the weekend is fun, meant to showcase the islands, water, theatre, merchants, and diversity in a welcoming community. We try to have (everyone) gather to celebrate summer solstice while having our visitors experience the zest for life that you can only find in the 1,000 Islands.” – to read more>

Lions Annual Cruise-In a Gleaming Success

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The toys come out to play

by Lorraine Payette, written June 7, 2014

(Gananoque, ON) The fiftieth anniversary of the Ford Mustang was just one reason to celebrate as the Lions Club of Gananoque held its annual Cruise-In in Town Park in Gananoque. The fields were full of cars and motorcycles from all over, live music by Jeff Callery and a Lions Club barbecue to feed all the hungry show attendees. – to read more>

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>

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>

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>