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Wayne Post
  • Myths, monsters, and legends of Lake Ontario

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  • SODUS POINT — Is there a monster in Lake Ontario? What explanations are there for other strange occurrences on the lake?
    At 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 18, author Susan Peterson Gateley will discuss myths, monsters, and legends of Lake Ontario. This free event, sponsored by the Sodus Bay Historical Society, will be held at the Sodus Point Village Hall, 8356 Bay St., Sodus Point. After the presentation, there will be a question-and-answer session followed by a book signing of Gateley’s latest work, Legends and Lore of Lake Ontario.
    Susan Peterson Gateley is a native upstate New Yorker, former teacher, and icthyoplankton taxonomist, who single-handed the wooden sloop “Ariel” in search of stories for boating and nature magazines for 17 years. In 1996 she acquired a different boat and partner and added Gateley to her name. Her articles about Lake Ontario have run in numerous local and national publications, and she has written seven books about the lake. She has a master’s degree in fisheries science and has worked in Massachusetts and on the Chesapeake Bay. She currently sails on Little Sodus Bay aboard a 32-foot Chris Craft sloop, “Titania,” and on a 38-foot Tancook schooner, “Sara B.”
    The Sodus Bay Historical Society is dedicated to preserving the history of the Sodus Bay area. The society operates the Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum, which is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Oct. 31. For more information, call 483-4936 or visit www.sodusbaylighthouse.org.

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