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A dock in Morristown last month, posted by Susan Steffen LaRue to Save the River's Facebook page.
A dock in Morristown last month, posted by Susan Steffen LaRue to Save the River's Facebook page.

Thousand Islands boaters nervous as water level dips

The sun and warm temperatures are starting to bring boaters back to the St. Lawrence River. But especially in the Thousand Islands, they're being greeted by unusually low water levels. A dry winter and warm spring across the Great Lakes is mostly to blame. But that hasn't stopped lawmakers on both sides of the border from clamoring for a new system for controlling water flows. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Thousand Islands to host "A" hockey

A professional hockey team is coming to the Thousand Islands. today at 1 pm at Bonnie Castle resort in Alexandria Bay, officials will unveil the colors and logo of the Thousand Island Privateers. The franchise will compete with teams in Ottawa, Rome, and Danbury, Connecticut in the new single-A Federal Hockey League. The Privateers' home ice will be in the Bonnie Castle recreation center in Alexandria Bay. A 60-game schedule begins in November 2010. Nicole Kirnan-Hall is the Privateers' owner. She was assistant captain of the St. Lawrence Saints team that went to the first-ever women's Frozen Four in 2001. She has since coached college hockey and owns two hockey-related businesses in Westchester County. Kirnan-Hall told David Sommerstein the Privateers' name comes from the Thousand Islands' smuggling and War of 1812 history.  Go to full article
Brockville storyteller Deborah Dunleavy
Brockville storyteller Deborah Dunleavy

The joy of telling tales

Todd Moe talks with two Canadian storytellers as they prepare for a Festival of Storytelling in Brockville, Ontario next weekend.  Go to full article

Save The River sounds alarm on Seaway expansion

A North Country green group has sounded the alarm about climate change legislation recently approved by the House of Representatives. Save The River, based in the Thousand Islands, sent an alert to members to tell their senators to keep expansion of the St. Lawrence Seaway out of new climate change legislation.

Expansion of the international shipping lanes is an old issue. The Army Corps of Engineers has studied the idea for years. But there's been little political muscle behind it. Seaway Administrator Terry Johnson has said Seaway expansion is "off the table." But Save The River Director Jennifer Caddick says that's apparently not so. She told Martha Foley a last minute amendment to the House climate change bill passed in late June would provide funding for the physical work--bigger locks, channel dredging--needed to allow bigger ships to use the waterway.  Go to full article

Enviros set Seaway agenda for next 50 years

July will be a month of celebration and reflection as the St. Lawrence Seaway, and its locks, channels, and hydropower dam near Massena, turns 50. The waterway brought global trade to the St. Lawrence River, but also pollution, invasive species, and one catastrophic oil spill. More than 50 environmental groups across the region are releasing a seven-point agenda for a cleaner future for the Seaway. Jennifer Caddick directs one of those groups, Save the River, based in Clayton. She told David Sommerstein the 50th anniversary is bittersweet for residents of the Thousand Islands.  Go to full article
Thousand Islands author, historian and architect Paul Malo at Carleton Villa on Carleton Island. Photo: Ian Coristine
Thousand Islands author, historian and architect Paul Malo at Carleton Villa on Carleton Island. Photo: Ian Coristine

Remembering Paul Malo's passion for preservation

The North Country lost one of its most influential voices for history and preservation this summer. Paul Malo, architect, author and advocate for all things historic and special in the Thousand Islands and the Adirondacks passed away last month in Granby, New York. He was 78. For many years, Malo discovered and documented some of the hidden treasures in the region, from Thousand Island Park on Wellesley Island to Sagamore, an Adirondack great camp. Todd Moe has this remembrance.  Go to full article
Cover photo from this month's issue of "Thousand Islands Life."
Cover photo from this month's issue of "Thousand Islands Life."

Web magazine celebrates river culture, history

Architect, historian, preservationist and writer Paul Malo is a big fan of the St. Lawrence River. He's spent more than seventy summers on the river, and is the creator/editor of the web magazine, Thousand Islands Life. The on-line monthly journal celebrates the culture, history and people of the Thousand Islands. Todd Moe talks with Paul Malo about his web magazine.  Go to full article

A taste of traditional tunes from the Thousand Islands

Keith and Judy Hunt joined us a couple of weeks ago during our monthly arts program Open Studio. Keith, on fiddle, and Judy, on the concertina, are doing their part to preserve old-time dance music from the St. Lawrence River.  Go to full article
Bernice Gould, at work.
Bernice Gould, at work.

Heard Up North: last call at the Victoria Hall Crafts and Tea Room

Amherst Island, near Kingston, Ontario, is large enough to have year-round ferry service--and a 5-watt community radio station. It's a peaceful setting. Woods, pastures, and cottages overlook shimmering water, and a steady parade of boats. It's also the home of the Victoria Hall Crafts and Tea Room. Ottawa correspondent Lucy Martin stopped by on Labor Day and happened to catch the very last day of business. Proprietors Bernice Gould and Neil Johnston are today's Heard Up North.  Go to full article
The interior of the Clayton Casino.  Saturday's "Last Chance" dance starts at 7 pm.
The interior of the Clayton Casino. Saturday's "Last Chance" dance starts at 7 pm.

A first and last in Clayton

Clayton's losing a landmark, but not before one last dance. Saturday night's First Annual Rockin' River Rescue Dance will benefit the Thousand Islands Emergency Relief Service, or "Tiers", and a maintenance fund for the Clayton fire boat. The dance will be held at a shipyard that has stood for decades along the waterfront, near the Antique Boat Museum. Locals also know it as the Clayton Casino, once a dance and social club. The building is coming down this fall to make way for a new hotel. Todd Moe caught up with residents who remember the Clayton Casino ruling the river when swing was king.  Go to full article

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