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

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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

Canadian “National Treasure” Lorne Elliott Live at the Royal Theatre

 

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Written June 8, 2018

(Gananoque, ON)  For more than 40 years, Canadians have been turning out to listen to the wit and wisdom of Lorne Elliott, homegrown comic/musician extraordinaire. Well, maybe not wisdom, but definitely good old fashioned home grown humour.

For three great nights (and one afternoon matinee) he has brought that well-loved style to Gananoque for fans old, new and yet-to-be to enjoy at the Royal Theatre. Last evening’s performance of “Collected Mistakes” was an intimate show treating everyone to a well mixed collection of stories and music familiar to the ear and still welcome to the heart. Continue reading

2 Pianos 4 Hands leaves everyone wanting more

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Written May 27, 2018

(Gananoque, ON) They’re lurking out there, somewhere in Canada – kids with big dreams, kids who are going to make it all the way to super stardom, and by gum they’re going to do it with their own greatest God given talents.  The future can be nothing but rosy for the next great Canadian classical pianists.

“‘2 Pianos 4 Hands’ is the riotous tale of two Canadian boys, Ted and Richard, sharing the same goal: concert pianist stardom,” said the Thousand Islands Playhouse in a recent release.   “They work fervently towards their dream amidst pushy parents, eccentric teachers, hours of repetitive practice, stage fright, the agony of competitions, and the dream of greatness.  As they mature, Ted and Richard become more aware of the gap between the very good and the great, and come to the humbling realization that greatness may be out of their reach.” 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)

(Gananoque,ON)

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

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

Blithe Spirit Out to Prove There Are Laughs after Death

 

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by L. Lorraine Payette, written June 23, 2016

(Gananoque, ON)

Poor Charles (Stephen Gartner).  Writers have troubles at the best of times, and getting good research is only one of many.  He was sure he had it all worked out – he would hold a simple séance at his home with local clairvoyant and medium, Madame Arcati (Anita Wittenberg), and not only would he, his wife Ruth (Krista Colosimo) and his friends, Doctor Bradman (Christopher Weddell) and Mrs. Bradman (Janet Michael), participate in some good clean fun, but there should be more than enough material.  His maid, Edith (Kelsey Gilker) would handle dinner and arrangements, and things would be perfect.  And so they were, until his deceased wife Elvira (Shannon Currie) decided to liven up the evening with a few antics of her own…

Welcome to Noël Coward’s “Blithe Spirit”, a spooky little comedy bent on keeping the eternal triangle exactly that – eternal. Continue reading

A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline Glistens with Greatness

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written by Lorraine Payette, June 3, 2016

(Gananoque, ON) Patsy Cline has come to Gananoque, and the Thousand Islands Playhouse may never be the same again.  As Little Big Man spins the platters and reminisces, the music flows on down and everyone – everyone – is invited to join right in and sing along to those amazing hits from yesteryear.

Alison MacDonald doesn’t just play the part in “A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline” – she is Patsy, from the moves to the look to that one and only voice. Continue reading