A new year of TI Life adventures. Blizzards… freezing temperatures… Lake-effect whiteouts and the occasional January thaw – all represent the first month of the year. No time like the present to enjoy 10 new articles – Enjoy!
Short story writer (also known as a WDT journalist) Chris Brock, wrote his imaginative The Bensons Go to the Casino, illustrated by 2015 TI Life Photo Contest submissions. While Dan LeKander presents Part 6: X-Wings . This is the conclusion of our Sudoku series and we want to hear if these have helped you solve your daily puzzle.
I have the pleasure of presenting two articles. The first; “Miss Adventure” is For Sale, was written with Ernie and Lori Passaro, who tell the story of their adventure with “Miss Adventure.” This boat has a proud history and we are hoping this will help them find a new steward who will love the boat as they have.
William Tidd was born in Watertown, NY and now lives on the west coast in Oregon. After graduating from Watertown Senior High School he joined the United States Air Force, serving for 25 years, both as an enlisted and as an officer,retiring from the service in 1986, as a Major. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, from the University of Missouri-Rolla, and an MBA from the University of Northern Colorado, working in the automotive, space sector and concluded his career as VP of Operations at Fastek. Today William volunteers with the Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs, the Air Force Association and the Military Officers Association of America.
Ernie and Lori Passaro live in Victor, NY. In addition to having 5 children, 2 grandbabies, one on the way, they are owners of three businesses, EJP Welding, All About Wood and Cape House Rentals. They write, “We both share a special passion for what we do for a living and are always using the philosophy that if you can envision something you can create it. Along with our family and businesses we enjoy boating, fishing and touring the country on our motorcycles.”
Frank Cavallario, Alexandria Bay, 93, died on December 18 at his home in Alexandria Bay. Many Islanders and mainlanders alike, expressed their sadness on hearing the news. Frank and his wife, Connie, established two best loved River restaurants – The Chez Paris in 1948 and then Cavallario’s Steak House in 1962. His obituary explained it best, “A born host, Frank loved nothing more than providing good times for his customers who, as often as not became good friends.”
We have Jim Cummings to thank; three years ago he produced a YouTube video in celebration of Mr. Cavallario’s 90th Birthday.
Aminta Marks, 1924-2015
Aminta Marks, Grindstone Island, died at 91 on December 9, 2015 in Princeton, NJ. I had the pleasure of meeting Aminta and her husband John, several years ago and on that day I sat mesmerized as she related her love of Grindstone Island. Later, I like so many, enjoyed her expression of this love through her poetry. Her book. “So It Is”",” sits on my book shelf on the Island.
Aminta’s Grindstone friends were notified of her death by Betsy Fitter with a beautiful note, part of which read:
Aminta was a painter and a published poet. For any occasion on the Island; birth, death, birthdays, holidays or just because, she would compose a lyrical poem about the Islanders and the beauty of the River. This was the River and the people she loved. She celebrated her joy of the River by going swimming most every day, regardless of weather. She shared her joy of the people by leaving them with words that will always be cherished. Among her other remarkable talents was painting. Always a paintbrush in hand, and a painting on the easel, she captured the long standing Islander’s portraits, events and scenes of the River which she generously gave to others for special occasions or also, just because. Our island is fortunate to have her jubilant paintings scattered in many households.
Comment by: John A. Keeler Left at: 10:52 AM Friday, January 15, 2016
I enjoy your Pixs & comments of the 1000 Islands. I was born in Alex. Bay in 7/27/1925. On my 18th Birthday, I went to Oswego to get my Captain Licence to drive for the Combine Boat Tours. Have many memeries of the River. We spent many weeks on DARK ISLAND during the 50's, when my Father-in-law, Harold Comstock, was Caretaker and the PARTY was not. This 90yr. old still enjoys the T.I. Monthly.
Comment by: Judy Brett Left at: 6:49 PM Saturday, January 16, 2016
Here I am in Pass-A-Grille looking out over the bay and visualizing Susie Weston Smith in her cozy winter condominium just 10 minutes away by auto and so few by boat. Are we lucky to have her here for the next two months where we grew up together; and have her publish TI Life remotely or what? Since visiting Susie and Marceli on the island two years ago, I wait as most of you for the 15th of the month when the new issue arrives and it came early this month with so many wonderful things to read about. I have another connection to the Islands with Rosanne and Dick Withington who are also right here now in Pass-A-Grille. We met many years ago when they wintered just two blocks away from my house and our dogs became best friends. How small the world. .
Comment by: Alan Gracewski Left at: 1:29 AM Monday, January 18, 2016
I live in California with my wife now. But on one of our trips to the East Coast about 10 years ago, while towing our 19' Boston Whaler, we stopped in Alexandria Bay to sample boating in the Thousand Islands area. It was only two days, but we enjoyed cruising from Singer Castle down the river to Clayton and the Antique Boat Museum. We really liked the area and have vowed to return some day. I found your beautiful magazine quite by accident. I was restoring an antique Lyman boat, and Googled "Lyman" to see what I could find. One of the links that came up was the Thousandislandslife.com website, because you had done an article on Lyman boats. I checked it out and have been hooked ever since. The articles are most interesting and the photos just outstanding. Thank you so much for your hard work and congratulations on a quality e-magazine!