Have a Blast with Nature Camp at Landon Bay

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Originally written April 29, 2018

When we think of summer holidays, fondest childhood memories often centre on getting a chance to be in the great outdoors with other kids, playing and hiking and having campfires and doing all the great things that come from summer camp.  The Frontenac Arch Biosphere Nature Camp sessions at Landon Bay give modern children the chance to share in that experience while picking up some great educational features along the way.  Operated by volunteers with a mandate (the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Foundation and its predecessor The Barbara Heck Foundation), the Nature Camp will be celebrating its 15th season.

“We are very proud of our camp as it allows kids to discover and connect with nature, a skill that is very much lacking in today’s youth,” said Dion Running, teacher at Thousand Islands Elementary School.  “I volunteer with John Macleod to run the Nature Camp at Landon Bay.  We want to share the exciting news that the camps are expanding and not just shifting as Parks Canada is currently re-developing Landon Bay – a re-development that the Nature Camp will be involved in.” Continue reading


1,000 Islands Writers Festival fills Gananoque with all kinds of readers and writers

(Gananoque, ON)  Once upon a time there was a little town in southeastern Ontario called Gananoque.  One beautiful day, a tiny seed of an idea was planted in the minds of some literary minded folks.  Before too long, that seed sprouted, took root and grew into the 1,000 Islands Writers Festival.

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“Established in 2015 as the Gananoque Literary Festival and renamed in 2017 as it evolved to encompass the wider 1000 Island region, the event is a celebration of books, the literary arts and the creative process that aims to foster the discovery and enjoyment of reading and writing by bringing leading Canadian authors and their audiences together in relaxed and intimate conversational settings,” said Pam Hudson, Artistic Director of the festival.   Continue reading

Get Ready to Party with Annual GDHS Fur Ball Cruise

by Lorraine Payette, written July 30, 2015

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A hoppin’ and a boppin’ to the Crocodile Rock!

(Gananoque, ON) In the dog days of August, there’s nothing better than hanging with all the cool cats at the annual Gananoque and District Humane Society Fur Ball! The costume cruise of the season, you glide blissfully along with the 1,000 Islands Cruises Rockport Boat Line, snacking on delicious homemade food and strutting like a peacock. It’s a chance to bring out your inner party animal while you dance the time away to the sounds of R-Banned, cover group extraordinaire, playing all of your classic party favourites from the ‘60s and ‘70s. Pussycat, Pussycat, we hope you’re ready to Crocodile Rock your way to helping a great cause. – to read more>

Take a Bite Out of Lyme Disease

A good baker’s dozen of people in Gananoque took time to “Take a Bite out of Lyme Disease” on April 19

A good baker’s dozen of people in Gananoque took time to “Take a Bite out of Lyme Disease” on April 19

by Lorraine Payette, written April 20, 2015

(Gananoque, ON) Wendy Yaxley Aitkin is small but mighty, just like the deer tick she is trying to eradicate from the planet. A chronic Lyme Disease sufferer, she knows just how powerful something as tiny as the period at the end of this sentence or the dot over an “i” can truly be.

“(We need to do) anything we can do to wake people up,” she said. “Ticks are small and they will take away your life, if you are not educated.” – to read more>

“Oui! Care!” Now and Forever

Oui!  Care!  Light a candle in the darkness

Oui! Care! Light a candle in the darkness

written by Lorraine Payette, January 20, 2015

(Gananoque, ON) News reached me today that yet another young person decided the world was too difficult a place, life too trying to continue on, so she stepped off of an overpass and plunged to the concrete below. Amazingly, she landed between two transports on the highway and was not killed, but she has been hospitalized and all that know her (and many who don’t) are shocked and horrified. – to read more>

Local Agencies weigh in on “FAT TALK”

Girls Inc. – Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit – October 10, 2013

(LEEDS-GENVILLE, ON) – October 20th – 26th is Fat Talk Free Week. You are invited to take the challenge to end “fat talk” by thinking twice about using statements that are damaging to self-esteem and body image. “Fat talk” isn’t about being overweight. It is the language that we use about ourselves and others when we talk about dieting, losing weight and appearance.

Think before using statements like “I’m so fat.” “I need to lose 10 pounds” and “She’s too fat to be wearing that swimsuit.” Statements that are considered fat talk don’t necessarily have to be negative; they reinforce the need to be thin – like: “You look great! Have you lost weight?” – to read more>

Google Trekker Maps Thousand Islands National Park

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by Lorraine Payette, written September 1, 2013

(MALLORYTOWN LANDING, ON) – August was a more than exciting time for Thousand Islands National Park in Mallorytown Landing as Google sent in its crew to photo-map the park and upload it to their Google Trekker collection.

“We’re working to build the very best map of the world,” says Google. And taking advantage of the best in modern technology along with the most knowledgeable hikers and information specialists in the world’s most interesting places, they are going out to do exactly that. – to read more>

Yarnspinners Are Back with “As the Seasons Change”

by Lorraine Payette, written September 11, 2013

(BROCKVILLE, ON) – The days are getting shorter, colours soon deepening on the horizon from pearly light to crimson to velvety blues and blacks sprinkled with the twinkling gems of a starry sky. With the night comes mystery, and a time of enchantment. Who knows what might be there in the darkness? Perhaps an imp, full of mischief and ready to trick those around him. Perhaps a handsome knight out to save the beautiful damsel in distress. Perhaps the other way around… – to read more>

Lansdowne Up and Running for Terry Fox

by Lorraine Payette, written September 11, 2013

(LANSDOWNE, ON) – Put on your cross trainers and get ready to go! Lansdowne is gearing up to head into its fifth annual Terry Fox Run at the Landon Bay Centre on the Thousand Islands Parkway on Sunday, September 15. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. followed by a memory balloon release and start of the run itself at 9:00 a.m. – to read more>