Among the Thousand: Grindstone Island
Every island in the Thousand Island has a story. Today we're looking at Grindstone Island, the fourth largest in the St. Lawrence River.
Grindstone is considered part Clayton and can be seen from the village's main street, but it’s only accessible by boat. A large community lives there during the summer and a few stick it out all year.
There's no grocery store on the island but there is a dance hall and a Methodist Church. One Sunday in the summer, the United Methodist Church has a service outside on the banks of Aunt Jane's Bay.
"The St. Lawrence River is our church," says Kris Rusho.
There's often a baptism at the Aunt Jane's Bay service. This year, Kelly Rusho-Boyer's daughter Leah was baptized by Rev. Jeff McArn.
The Aunt Jane's Bay service is held outside Janice McPhail's home on Grindstone Island.