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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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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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

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

Fourteen Candidates to Fill Six Seats for Gananoque Council

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(First written September 14, 2018 – L.Lorraine Payette)

(Gananoque, ON)   In order to make sure that everyone is as well informed as possible prior to the election, All Candidates Nights will be held by both the Chamber of Commerce (September 26 (council) and 27 (mayoral)) and the Rotary Club (October 3 (mayoral) and 10 (council). Fourteen candidates are running for six council positions in Gananoque. To give each of them an opportunity to be heard, each will be given a small space here. They are Dave Anderson, Adrian Haird, Matt Harper, Joe Jansen, Mike Kench, Allison McNaught, Ian Miller, Dennis O’Connor, David Osmond, Cheryl Lynn Pretsell, Art Thivierge, Harold Tulk, and Anne Warren. No response was received from candidate Terry Ferguson, but we will happily give equal time when we receive his information. Continue reading

Signs of the Times – Gananoque Pays Homage to Late MP Gord Brown, Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes

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Throughout Gananoque, Ontario, people shared their sorrow at the loss of MP Gord Brown, Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes, by displaying his campaign signs with a tasteful “Thank You!” placed in the upper left hand corner.  Signs have appeared in businesses and on private residences, all respectfully mourning  MP Brown who died of an apparent heart attack on May 2, 2018, at the age of 57.

(Originally written May 5, 2018)

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As Gananoque and area grieve over the loss of MP Gord Brown, Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes, they have decided to make a quiet but very public display of their respect for him by putting his campaign signs out on their lawns with a simple “thank you” added at the top.  Originated by Christine Milks, the idea has spread like wildfire. Continue reading