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As a membership organization, Save The River's members have the opportunity each year to vote and select new Directors to the Board and/or renew terms of Directors whose terms are expiring. Save The River Board members serve three year terms.

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Bill Grater - President

Bill has been a board member since 1996 and has family ties to the Morristown and Chippewa Bay areas of the St. Lawrence River that date to the early to mid-nineteenth century. In 1992 Bill and his wife, Diane, moved their young family and architecture business from Washington DC to Clayton. Since then Bill has been occupied with the design of houses and other structures on the River focusing his efforts on careful planning and site design so as to preserve natural attributes and protect water resources.

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Steve Taylor - Vice President

Steve Taylor is one of the founding members of Save The River and has been a resident and visitor of the Thousand Islands for his entire life. Steve has served on the boards of various non-profit organizations and currently serves on the board of the Minna Anthony Nature Center on Wellesley Island. Steve and his wife Nellie are summer residents of Pine Island and year-round residents of Thousand Islands Park.

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Jeff Garnsey - Secretary

Jeff Garnsey is a 7th generation resident of Clayton and a 3rd generation fishing guide. He grew up on Grindstone Island where he started working as a deck hand for his grandfather when he was 10 years old. He recently retired from the Navy as a Master Chief Petty Officer with 26 years in the Submarine Service and moved back to Clayton. Since returning he has become a member of the Board of Directors for the Thousand Islands Museum and the Clayton Area Chamber of Commerce. He is the Director of the Muskie Hall of Fame and does volunteer work for the Antique Boat Museum. He owns Garnsey’s Classic Island Cruises and operates the Muskie which provides fishing, wine & cheese cruises and educational tours of the river.

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Fred Morey - Treasurer

Fred is a lifetime summer resident of Clayton and has had a home on Grindstone Island since 1990. He has been a board member since 2002 and has spent his entire career in health care finance.

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Teddy McNally - Immediate Past President

Teddy is a long-time Board member and River resident on Wellesley Island. Teddy was previously Secretary of the Board of Directors and Vice President of Corporate Relations for Rand McNally. He is currently active in many local organizations including The Antique Boat Museum and Thousand Islands Safe Boating Association.

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Clif Schneider - Member At Large

Clif Schneider is a resident of Cape Vincent, NY. He is retired from the NY Department of Environmental Conservation with 34 years of experience working on Great Lakes issues at the Cape Vincent Fisheries Station. After retiring, Clif has remained active in local, county and Great Lakes projects working with groups such as the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, Samaritan Medical Center, Points North Housing Coalition and the Town of Cape Vincent.

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David G. "Skip" Behrhorst

Growing up in Pittsburgh, Pa., Skip began his family summer visits to the 1000 Islands in 1961 and has been coming ever since with his children and grandchildren residing in their cottage on Picton Island. After receiving an MBA from the University of Denver, Skip moved to Aspen, Colorado to join the development team for the Snowmass Resort prior to its opening in 1967. Skip has been in the real estate development and management business for over 43 years, principally in the Aspen/Snowmass area and western Colorado. Skip has been involved in many community organizations and non- profit boards including Rotary (past president), Intrawest Bank, Powderhorn Ski Racing Club, Western Colorado Homebuilders Assoc., Big Brothers, G.J.Symphony and the Aspen Youth Center. Skip and his wife, Donna, have five children and seven grandchildren. His interests and hobbies include flying, skiing, biking, backpacking, travel and reading.

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Dan Churchill

Dan has been as summer resident of Grindstone Island since the age of 2 and has been a board member since 2007. He is part- owner of a printing company and has worked for several telecommunication companies. Dan was an Administrative Assistant and Press Secretary to Mayor Neil Goldschmidt of Portland, Oregon for a number of years and was on staff of Allard Lowenstein’s Campaign for U.S. Congress on Long Island and Brooklyn, NY.

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Rick Gregware

Rick has been involved with Save The River since it's infancy becoming a board member in 1981. He began a career in Marine repair in 1969 working at H Chalk and Sons where he was involved in keeping oil spill equipment running during the 1976 oil spill. He currently owns and runs Northern Marine and is a summer resident of Grindstone Island with his wife Janet and three children.

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John McGrath

John McGrath has been coming to Thousand Island Park in the Thousand Islands since the late 50’s. Not only did he spend his childhood summers at TIP, but has enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren grow up there as well. John uses a phrase by Garrison Keillor to describe his feelings about TI Park: “The place that time forgot, and no one wanted to remind her.” John spent most of his career as a political reporter for CBC Radio News, first in Ottawa on Parliament Hill, then in Toronto at City Hall and the Ontario Legislature. He retired from CBC three years ago, and now runs his own company specializing in the communication of public policy issues.

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John Peach

John spends a significant portion of the year with his wife Pat on Huckleberry Island in the Lost Channel near Ivy Lea. The remainder of their year is spent in Princeton, NJ. John spent the last 20 years as an international business consultant, working on projects in the US, Bahamas, and throughout Europe. John and Pat’s two children, Sara and John Jr., are both active on the River. John has been on the board of directors since 2002 and is a past president of the board.

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Roger Peinkofer

Roger has over 15 years of experience being a leading sales professional in the medical industry. He has served as a board member on two not-for-profit boards, Association of the Blind, Visually impaired - Goodwill Industries and Action Against the Maltreatment of Children, both of Rochester, NY. Currently he volunteers as a Master Trainer for the Riverkeeper Program at Save The River and is a Sportsman Education Instructor for the NYS-DEC. He and his wife, Beth, and their two children, Grant and Tessa, reside in Mendon, NY and spend as much time as possible at their summer home on the St. Lawrence River in Morristown.

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Liz Raisbeck

Elizabeth Raisbeck has been a member of Save the River for many years and a board member since 2005. In 2007, she was elected President of the Board of Directors.  Liz is retired from a 25-year career in environmental policy advocacy in Washington, D.C. and spends her summers on Grindstone Island. She grew up spending summer vacations in the Admiralty Island Group near Gananoque, which influenced her to embark on a career in environmental protection.

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George Textor

George Textor is a founder of Capstan Partners and was a founding General Partner of Cable, Howse & Ragen (now Ragen MacKenzie Inc.). Before beginning a career in investment banking, Mr. Textor held several management positions with Seattle Trust and Savings Bank (now Key Bank). He has served on a number of company and non-profit boards, and continues as a director on the boards of several public and private companies. George grew up on Long Island and he and his family have been summer residents of the Thousand Islands for many years. He currently resides in Seattle but makes it back to the River every year.

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Lauran Throop

Lauran Throop is a native of central New York (Cazenovia), a longtime resident in the Rochester area (Victor) and a newcomer to Clayton in 2010. With her husband Dan, she has two children. In 1998 she moved to Dubai, UAE with Dan, where she was a member of the American Women’s Association and an active supporter of the local humane society. After extensive travel throughout the Middle and Far East she returned to her home in Victor in 2004. She and her husband decided to buy a home in Clayton after two summer seasons on Wellesley Island where she learned to appreciate the beauty and uniqueness of the Thousand Islands. Their home on Windward Cliffs is intended to be a family homestead where their two children, grandchildren and future generations will come to enjoy the beauty of the river throughout the year.

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Heather White

Heather spent as much time on the River as possible growing up and the tradition continues with her children who are 5th generation on TI Park. She earned her undergraduate degree from Buffalo State Collect and a Master’s in Education from Potsdam State College. Heather has been teaching for over 30 years and currently instructs Kindergarten at Sherman Elementary School in Watertown. A long-time Save The Rive volunteer, she serves on the Education Committee since 2006 and is passionate about the In the Schools Program. Heather also serves on several boards including the Minna Anthony Common Nature Center, Stage Notes (a youth theater company), First Presbyterian Out Reach Council and Women of Grace Widow’s Fund, an organization she helped found committed to helping women in Malawi, Africa establish self-sufficiency.

Latest News

Jefferson County, Town of Clayton Pass Resolutions Endorsing Plan 2014
The Jefferson County Board of Legislators and the Clayton Town Board have unanimously passed resolutions in support of Plan 2014 at their August and July meetings respectively. read more

Save The River’s Summer Raffle!
This summer Save The River is raffling off a beautiful Great-Blue Heron that was hand-carved and painted by George Textor. read more

Watertown Daily Times Endorses Plan 2014
Good to go. "Plan 2014, should be implemented as soon as possible . . . Doing nothing will allow damage to shoreline sand dunes, wetland spawning grounds for native fish and homes for millions of shore birds that has been underway for more than 50 years to continue . . . Plan 2014 would improve the ecological quality of the waterways and restore fish populations." read more

Plan 2014 must be enacted
Our communities, economy and the environment experienced a significant win last month. After five hard-fought years and a $20 million study that engaged nearly 200 stakeholder representatives and thousands of citizens, the International Joint Commission took unanimous, historic action to protect the St. Lawrence River, Lake Ontario and the North Country. read more

Restoring the Common Tern in the Islands
Each year Save The River teams up with the Thousand Islands Land Trust, Dr. Lee Harper of St. Lawrence Bird Observatory, and numerous volunteers to monitor Common Tern nesting grounds on the River. Save The River Board member John Peach has written an excellent history of the effort for the July 2014 issue of T.I. Life Magazine. read more

The Buffalo News Endorses Plan 2014
"Lakes Erie and Ontario are engines benefiting the economy, recreation and overall quality of life in this area while also providing a reliable source of water." Plan 2014 is the spark needed to restore vital Lake and River environment. read more

Syracuse Post-Standard Endorses Plan 2014
Plan 2014 makes sense because it looks at the big picture, the long-term picture. It's the right thing to do to make one the the Great Lakes [&we would add a great River] even greater. read more

See our blog for more news!     

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409 Riverside Drive
Clayton, NY 13624
p: (315) 686-2010
e: info@savetheriver.org

River Photos

Off to the races by Pam Quimby  Resting by Pam Quimby  On the Rocks by Nick Apel  Classic Sunset by Barb Hupp  TI Park Library by Meg Kerr  Fall by Carrie Kerr  Girls by Juliane Bauer  Winter Navigation by Sherman Ward 
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