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October 13th, 2015 | Posted by Lee

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August 17th, 2015 | Posted by Lee

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ABC’s of the 1000 Islands limited edition print available

August 10th, 2015 | Posted by Lee

We are pleased to announce our newest collaboration and fundraising effort, a limited edition The ABC’s of the 1000 Islands: Save The River! 18×24 inch art print, with proceeds benefiting Save The River.

This one-of-a-kind art print captures much that is cherished by River lovers, including some special designs indicative of our continued efforts here at Save The River. We have partnered with Karyn Burns ABC’s to offer a limited edition run of 100 prints, printed on high quality Eames Canvas Cover paper,ABCsigned, dated and numbered by the artist Karyn Burns.

In addition to the individual poster purchase option, we are pleased to be also offering framing options for those who are interested. Karyn Burns ABCs has partnered with Syracuse based Gallery 114 to offer a limited edition custom frame, making this the perfect gift to , or of course for yourself. Prints can be shipped throughout the United States and Canada.

Save The River’s education, awareness and advocacy efforts are constant, and with that we are always looking for creative ways to raise awareness and interest in the River and raise funds to support our ongoing activities. That’s why we were thrilled to partner with Karyn Burns ABCs in this unique fundraising campaign. This effort allows us to offer whimsical artwork that reflects the St. Lawrence River and Save The River’s mission, in a unique piece of art created by Karyn just for us.

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Group helps give ‘Haas the Great Blue Heron’ wings, and author returns favor

June 19th, 2015 | Posted by admin

By Tim Lyman

Published: Friday June 19, 2015 by the Watertown Daily Times

CLAYTON — Sometimes, the work you do in college can help your community nearly 20 years down the road. That’s the case with “Haas the Great Blue Heron: The Beginning of an Adventure,” a children’s book in which a father heron eagerly awaits the hatching of his egg near the St. Lawrence River. After a night’s indecision, the father heron names his chick “Haas” after the sound he makes when he is born.

CoverThe book was written by Juliane B. Flora in 1994 and completed in 1996, while she was a student at Goddard College in Plainfield, Vt., but was never published. It was illustrated with artwork by Ms. Flora’s late mother, Diane Bauer.

Stephanie Weiss, who lives near Fishers Landing, assistant director of Save the River, a Clayton nonprofit dedicated to preserving the St. Lawrence River and the surrounding area, has been friends with Ms. Flora “since we were little” and thought it was a good time to share her book with the world. She contacted the author to tell her about a grant Save the River offered that was funded by the Northern New York Community Foundation’s Youth Philanthropy Council in Watertown.

Save the River sent a grant proposal to the Youth Philanthropy Council asking for funds to publish the book.

The grant was approved in early 2013, and the book was published in August.

“My intention has always been to publish it,” said Ms. Flora of Clayton, originally of Red Hook. “I worked at Fort Drum; with starting a family and a busy work schedule, life just got in the way.”

“It would not have happened without the assistance of the grant,” she said.

When the publishing project was presented to Save the River’s education committee, Heather White, a board member who is a kindergarten teacher at Sherman Elementary School in Watertown, suggested adding informational inserts to the book to help it align with Common Core standards. That way teachers could write lesson plans on it to use in the classroom. It was decided that Mrs. White would add the information to the book.

“This book project was a good fit with Save the River’s In the Schools program. It’s a beautiful story of a heron, and with us adding the nonfiction part, it makes a complete package,” she said.

Mrs. White, whose kids are “sixth-generation on Wellesley Island,” has introduced lessons for her class that correlate with the lessons taught in the book. She also built a full-scale model of a heron’s nest for her students, and some children were surprised to see that the nest was bigger than they were.

“Whenever you can add a hands-on experience to a lesson, it helps the student to understand the material,” Mrs. White said.

Ms. Flora decided to donate all the proceeds from sales of the book to the In the Schools program. Launched in 2009, this program introduced a partnership with local schools that educate students about the St. Lawrence River. The program assists with curriculum development and field-trip support.

Kate Breheny of Clayton, Save the River’s program director, said two schools have purchased sets of the book for their libraries: Watertown’s Sherman Elementary and Guardino Elementary School in Clayton.

“By us having the book in our schools, the students are learning about the heron and the organization,” Ms. Breheny said. She said selling the book through Amazon has enabled the nonprofit to reach an “international audience.”

The book was published through CreateSpace, an Amazon company that allows people to self-publish their work online.

Between online sales and school sales, the book has sold 380 to 400 copies, with more sales expected as more people become aware of it.

Ms. Flora plans to write two more books about Haas and hopes to use more original illustrations by her late mother for “The Stormy Adventure” and by Ms. Weiss for “How a Heron Hunts.”

The book can be purchased either at Save the River or Amazon for $10.

Support Save The River’s In The Schools Program Today!

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Save The River’s Summer Raffle!

June 10th, 2015 | Posted by admin

Raffle for Webpage

Click Here to get to a printable entry form. Just fill out all the contact information and return it with your payment to:

Save The River
409 Riverside Drive
Clayton, NY 13624

We will fill out the tickets so you too can be entered to win this exclusive, hand carved, hand painted wood duck decoy and support Save The River.

Drawing to be held on Tuesday, September 8th, 2015.

Good luck and Thank You for Supporting Save The River!

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Calling all River Photographers!

December 22nd, 2014 | Posted by admin

Submissions are now being accepted for the Save The River 2015-2016 Calendar.

Save The River is looking for great River photos to be included in its upcoming calendar, especially your favorite winter and ‘off season’ images.

If you have a few favorite River photos that you would like to submit please send them along and include a title and your contact information. The deadline for submission is Wednesday, February 11, 2015.

All images will be considered including film prints and digital images.

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Digital images MUST BE high resolution and greater than 300 dpi. (Hint:  The file size will be approximately 3 MB or larger.) NO EXCEPTIONS

To Submit: Send your photos via email: info@savetheriver.org include “Calendar photo contest” in the subject line or mail prints to Save The River, Attention Calendar photo contest, 409 Riverside Drive, Clayton, NY 13624.  Please include your name and contact information.  Don’t forget the deadline is Wednesday, February 11, 2015.

If your photo is selected for one of the 14 featured images (Cover and 13 months) you will receive a complimentary calendar and the honor of being in one of the most popular calendars on the River!

Photos submitted become property of Save The River and may by used by Save The River for any purpose.  All proceeds from calendar sales directly support Save The River’s river protection programs!

Photo credit: Bruce Mallette, 2014-15 Save The River Calendar

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Save The River’s Winter Raffle!

November 25th, 2014 | Posted by admin

Save The River’s winter raffle is a hand carved, hand painted Wood Duck decoy generously donated by Glenn Sweet. Glenn Sweet is a 3rd generation Alexandria Bay waterfowl carver.  He has been carving for over 40 years and carved his first decoy at the young age of 10.   Glenn has carved this Wood Duck from white cedar and applied acrylic paint to give it vibrant color.  When not out on the River he can be found working in his decoy shop, Thousand Islands Decoy Company in Alexandria Bay.  Thank you Glenn!

2014 Winter Raffle

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Click Here to get to a printable entry form. Just fill out all the contact information and return it with your payment to:

Save The River
409 Riverside Drive
Clayton, NY 13624

We will fill out the tickets so you too can be entered to win this exclusive, hand carved, hand painted wood duck decoy and support Save The River.

Drawing to be held on Monday, February 9th, 2015.

Good luck and Thank You for Supporting Save The River!

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Time is Running Out on this Season’s Research!

August 11th, 2014 | Posted by Lee

Dr. Mason Needs You to Contribute Now to Replace Equipment Essential to the Effort to Ban Microplastics

Progress to-Date

Earlier we alerted you to the fact that microplastics researcher Dr. Sherri Mason has had an equipment loss that cripples her ability to conduct much needed research into the extent and impact of microplastics in the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River. Save The River and other organizations are using her research to secure a ban of these polluting particles. See that post here.

Many of you have responded already and we are about 50% of the way to the $3,500 it will cost to replace the lost manta trawl.

Understanding the extent and impact of microplastic pollution and enacting effective bans requires scientific research, and diligent, focused advocacy based on that research. Every contribution gets us closer to replacing Dr. Mason’s manta trawl, gets her closer to being back on the water before the end of our very short boating season and gets us closer to banning microplastics from our Lakes and River.

The makers of the products that use these tiny, toxin accumulating particles want you to do nothing. But we know, as a Save The River follower, you understand the need and will make a contribution today.

Click here to make your contribution.

You can also contribute at our Indiegogo site by clicking here.

Thank you for your help in keeping this important research afloat and keeping the equally import effort to ban microplastics alive.

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Save The River’s Summer Raffle!

August 5th, 2014 | Posted by admin

This summer Save The River is raffling off a beautiful Great-Blue Heron that was hand-carved and painted by George Textor. George is a self taught carver and painter. He has been carving and painting shore birds since the 1970’s. He has crafted this heron from western red cedar, with a base made from Alaska cedar and head feather made from pounded brass. Acrylic paints were applied to give it vibrant color. George is a summer resident of the Thousand Islands and a member of Save The River’s Board of Directors. Thank you George for your generous donation!

Raffle Pic to Post

Click Here to get to a printable entry form. Just fill out all the contact information and return it with your payment to:

Save The River
409 Riverside Drive
Clayton, NY 13624

We will fill out the tickets so you too can be entered to win this exclusive, hand carved Great-Blue Heron and support Save The River.

Drawing to be held on Tuesday, September 2, 2014.

Good luck and Thank You for Supporting Save The River!

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Microplastic Producers Hope You Won’t Help Out

July 30th, 2014 | Posted by Lee

Your $50 Contribution will Help Replace Equipment Essential to the Effort to Ban Microplastics – the makers of the products that use these tiny, toxin accumulating particles want you to do nothing.

But we know, as a Save The River follower, you understand the need and will make a contribution today.Progress 25

Monday we alerted you to the fact that microplastics researcher Dr. Sherri Mason has had an equipment loss that cripples her ability to conduct much needed research into the extent and impact of microplastics in the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River. Save The River and other organizations are using her research to secure a ban of these polluting particles. See Monday’s post here.

Many of you responded and we are about 25% of the way to the $3,500 it will cost to replace the lost manta trawl.

Understanding the extent and impact of microplastic pollution and enacting effective bans requires scientific research, and diligent, focused advocacy based on that research. Every $50 (or amount you are comfortable with) gets us closer to replacing Dr. Mason’s manta trawl, gets her closer to being back on the water before the end of our very short boating season and gets us closer to banning microplastics from our Lakes and River.

Click here to make your contribution.

Thank you for your help in keeping this important research afloat and keeping the equally import effort to ban microplastics alive.

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