Welcome to the home of the 1000 Islands!
CHURCH of the REDEEMER, 2 FRONT ST., ROCKPORT
Volunteers will receive your donations
of NON-PERISHABLE FOOD ITEM TOILETRIES * FEMININE SUPPLIES * CASH OR CHEQUES PAYABLE TO “GANANOQUE FOOD BANK”
1 of every 33 Canadians has to use a Food Bank - Let’s give them a valentine they can use.
* masks and social distancing
Church of the Redeemer in Rockport is doing a Holiday Food Drive on November 20th from 8-4pm, see details below!
As most people know 2021 is a very special year for Andress Boat Works. W.E. Andress was started in 1921 with the purchase of the current location. When son Elmer joined the business that Grandpa (Ed) started, and it was known as W. E. Andress & Son. In April 1981 Art and Wendy Merkley, granddaughter of Ed, purchased W. E. Andress & Son and renamed it to the current Andress Boat Works.
This year we wanted to celebrate our 100th year of this family business and our personal 40th anniversary. We were waiting for our American friends to be able to be involved, as there are many families on the islands that have been involved with this business for many decades. That became a reality on Aug. 9th. As we started to plan it became more and more challenging due to COVID-19 restrictions. The most significant is an outside gathering must not exceed 100 people.
We really don’t want to have to limit who gets to participate. With this as the constraint, we have decided to delay celebrating until the summer of 2022. Our hope is that restrictions will be gone, and people will be able to enjoy the celebration and each other more freely.
This is not ideal, but it seems to be the most sensible option at this point.
We designed an anniversary logo, featuring the St. Lawrence Skiff and t-shirts with the Elva and this new logo, which are available in our store. Stop by and check them out and please stay tuned for this postponed event to commence summer 2022.
Thank you for your continued support of Andress Boat Works.
The 1000 Islands Gananoque Chamber of Commerce are proud to announce our second panelist Wendy Merkley! Wendy has an fabulous resume but the support Wendy gives the 1000 Islands region was a true reflection this year as she was the recipient of the County of Leeds &Grenville Bill Thales Award! We are honoured to have Wendy as our Panelist this year! Don’t delay get your ticket!
Congratulations to Wendy Merkley, co-recipient of the Bill Thake Memorial Award at this year’s UCLG Economic Development Summit!
The Bill Thake Memorial Award acknowledges volunteers who show outstanding leadership resulting in the growth and vitality of the Leeds and Grenville economy.
Wendy is a community champion who spearheads a myriad of projects and initiatives in the village of Rockport, as well as the 1000 Islands region.
Wendy is co-owner of Andress Boatworks, a family-run marina celebrating 100 years in business in 2021. She is Chair of the Friends of Rockport Customs House, a volunteer group, which has raised funds to purchase the riverfront property in Rockport. Through her efforts, the site now gives locals, as well as visitors, access to the St. Lawrence River and the 1000 Islands. Wendy led a team to rebuild the pier, raise and repair the building, keep the boat launch, and install benches and picnic tables. Wendy also helped recruit and train ambassadors to run the facility.
Wendy has been .a part of the Rockport Development Group and is the current Chair. The group promotes quality tourism and beautification of the village while celebrating local heritage, interpretive signs and murals. Wendy is an advocate for local business and has worked hard to address the issues of high water levels. She is the Vice-Chair of the 1000 Islands Community Development Corporation and has served on the board since 2015.
This coming Monday, Dec. 7th, 2020 is the public meeting via web conferencing at 6:30pm. The Rockport Strategic Plan will be put forth to council!
Sign up using the link below to attend the meeting online!
Following the third Public Information meeting on March 12, 2020 and focus group meetings that were held in May 2020 the final draft of the Rockport Strategic Plan and Community Transportation Strategy is being posted for public comment. The Township will be accepting comments regarding this draft until November 16th with the goal of presenting the report to Council at their meeting on December 7, 2020.
Please submit comments by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, November 11th is Remembrance Day! A small ceremony will take place at the Rockport Cenotaph at 1pm... Please adhere to all COVID 19 measures including social distancing and wearing of masks for those with underlying health conditions!
Posted on Thursday February 20, 2020. Take notice that the Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands will hold a third Public Information Centre (PIC) on Thursday, March 12, 2020 from 6-8pm at the Rockport Recreation Hall at 115 Escott Rockport Road concerning the Rockport Strategic Plan and Community Transportation Strategy for the Village of Rockport. For further information please visit the TLTI website.