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Among the Thousand: Grindstone Island

Julia Botero

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. 

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People from all over Grindstone Island come to the annual Aunt Jane's Bay church service every summer.

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.

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Rev. Jeff McArn introduces the new member of the Grindstone United Methodist Church to parishioners.

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.  

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Leah Boyer is baptized by the United Methodist Church on Grindstone Island.

The Aunt Jane's Bay service is held outside Janice McPhail's home on Grindstone Island.

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Aunt Jane's Bay