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It's that time of year again when live performers take the stage to present the experience of a real or imagined event before a live audience through combinations of gesture, speech, song, music and dance.  Elements of art, such as painted scenery and stagecraft such as lighting are used to enhance the presence of the experience.  Be sure to check out the Brockville Arts Centre, Thousand Islands Playhouse and the St.Lawrence Shakespeare Festival.



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Winter Classic Weekend 2016

What an exciting time for Brockville on being selected for the Top 10 Kraft Hockeyville.  Rotary Park Ice Pad #khy_rotarypark


Making the Top 10 guarantees Brockville 25,000 towards the new roof at the Rotary Park Ice Pad.   Voting for the next round begins this Sunday, March 13 at 9 a.m. and runs until 11:59 p.m. on Monday, March 14. Vote at

Once the voting is done, the next phase will see and East and West finalist announced by a second round of voting on March 20 and 21st.

If you have any questions, contact the Brockville WInter Classic Weekend committee at 



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Brockville Arts Centre 2015 Summer Series

"The Fun Starts Here" 

Get ready for another summer season of exciting live entertainment as the Brockville Arts Centre.

Wednesday, June 24th is Opening Night with Beach Party Boys. 

Be sure to check out the 2015 Playbill for other fabulous shows throughout the summer and including their Fall Season. 

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It's going to be a great weekend to celebrate life along the St. Lawrence as the All Ships Festival kicks off tonight and continues until Sunday.  Live Entertainment, Flyboard Demonstrations, Antique Boats and Hydroplane Displays are just a few of the events taking place.  Something for everyone!  So be sure to take dad down to Blockhouse Island and enjoy the festival. 

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Women Mean Business Spring 2015

Supporting Women to successfully start and grow their business and family life with passion and confidence.

Workshops * Online Resources* Retreats * Magazines 

Connecting Entrepreneurial 
Business Women Powerfully

We are proud to be a part of this successful magazine. Be sure to check out page 6!









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Brochure Exchange 2015

Chantal and Dave attended the 1000 Islands Brochure Exchange on Wednesday in Alex Bay, NY. It was a beautiful afternoon and a great opportunity to mingle with tourism businesses, exhange brochures and enjoy a picnic lunch.

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2015 Spring/Summer Recreation & Leisure Services

The Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands is one of the most beautiful natural environments in Canada.  One can access paddling trails, hiking trails, cycling trails, heritage walking tours, heritage driving tours and more.  The Township is pleased to have recreational services ensuring that all citizens, young and old, have access to recreational facilities and programs.  There is always something to do. Physical activity is the cornerstone of a healthy lifestyle.


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QR Codes

QR Codes:
What are they and some important tips.

By now you’ve probably seen a few of them around. Those square pixelated images that look like distorted bar codes that appear in magazines, brochures, and even soft drink cups (maybe you noticed Wendy’s latest promotion). These QR codes are generated to send a consumer to your web site or a specific promotion.

They can be fairly simple (like most of the ones you have seen recently) or customized. Users must download a QR code scanner on their Smartphone to be able to scan the code and then they will be redirected to the website immediately.

More companies are starting to use them to connect people to their brand quicker, but just like any new technological excitement, if you’re going to do it, learn how to do it well.

So with that in mind, here are my top five QR codes tips:
1. Henderson Printing can help you with a simple or customized design; just contact us and we will generate it for you. It’s that simple!

2. Shorter is better. The longer the web address, the smaller the pixels become, and the more precise your phone has to be to capture the link. Not all phones are created equally and people will give up if they can’t scan your code in 5 seconds. Consider using a tool like to shorten your address.

3. Dedicated landing page. Have a page created specifically for your QR code initiative. Then, if you have analytics installed on your site, you will be able to measure your visitors accurately and the success of your campaign.

4. Get to the point. Be sure you have a clear call to action on the landing page. I recall the Wendy’s Restaurant promotion having a signup screen appear. I quickly moved on.

5. Mobile Friendly. Remember that people are browsing with their phones, don’t send them to a page that is not easy to read on a mobile device, or one that has too much flash.

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Henderson Diversifies

Publishing / Project Management
On top of adding Web Solutions to the Henderson Portfolio, we have added a publishing department to help our customers with their printed projects requiring advertising revenue. If you have a fundraiser, or an idea but require advertising sales to cover a portion or all of your production costs, our sales representatives can help you put this project together. We can partially or fully manage it to fit your needs. Henderson Printing has always been able to help you with these projects, and now we have committed a full time department to develop this growing part of our business. We have worked on many projects in 2011, such as the World of Outlaws program, the Brockville Museum anniversary booklet, the Hydroplane Races program, just to name a few!
We have also created new projects based on our customers needs (Cycling The Arch and The 1000 Islands Booklet, etc).

Our last addition to the Henderson Printing list of products is our recent partnership with FlyerMail from Kingston. This is a fast growing organization that packages flyers in an environmentally friendly clear bag. These are distributed in residential and commercial mailboxes and now have added Brockville and the area plus Gananoque to their available distribution network.
The Henderson Printing team will lead the way and offer the ad sales team and production for our area.
You can get a full colour 5 X 8 flyer Designed, Printed and Mailed in the area. Brockville is new on the map, but we can offer delivery services to Gananoque, Kingston, Napanee and Belleville as well!

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35 Years Already!

35 Years – And Still Growing

on Abbott Street, in Brockville, ON. Just myself, an IBM electric typewriter,   a camera that made paper plates (lousy quality), and a Ryobi Printing press .
Our Job No.1 was one I brought along from Toronto with me from the Association of Kinsmen Clubs in Thornhill, ON. 
By Christmas we had our first full time employee.
An old style Heidelberg Letterpress was our first expansion and allowed for numbering and die-cutting, then a second small press and a new paper cutter.
In 1982, I purchased an old 26” Harris Press at an auction (I was the only bidder), then we had to tear out a wall to get it in and put braces in the basement to hold it up. Every time a train passed by our plant, it shuts itself off.
By 1984 we had taken over the entire ground floor of that building, installed a GTO Heidelberg press for top quality work and cleaned up the basement for our typesetting department – which at that time consisted of old style photo type that you cut and pasted with wax and dirty fingers, and lines drawn and redrawn with rapidograph pens.
Although we had done a few small colour jobs on the old equipment, our first big full colour job on the new Heidelberg press was a calendar for the Brockville Chamber of Commerce.  13 colour photos, the colour separations came from Hadwin Graphics in Ottawa and cost us over $5,000.  Today they are simply imported from a good digital camera, at no cost.
In 1985 I saw the first Mac Plus computer and bought it. For computer addicts, it had an 8” black & white screen, 1 Meg of RAM, a 35 Megabite external hard drive, which I was assured was all we would ever need, and a black ink laser writer, all for $15,000. Then I found that when I started sending jobs to the Mac for typesetting I received messages back from my staff saying, "We can’t do that”.  I soon found myself back in typesetting saying "why not? The book says you can!”  Pretty soon I had learned how to run a MacIntosh.
In 1986 at a Print show in Toronto, I saw a Mac running a Linotype Imagesetter, computer to film. I bought that imagesetter within six months. Thank God for that move, for along with constant updating in the computer room, that machine kept us one step ahead of everyone in this area right up until we switched to direct-to-plate.
When the first Mac arrived we had 6 employees in typesetting, camera and plate-making. We now have 3 employees doing that same job for at least triple or more the amount of work, but overall there are more employees.
Printing is one of the most competitive businesses in the country. There were three other printers in town when we opened, all gone now, and there were also seven others that opened and are now gone during that same period.
From 1976 to my retirement in 1997 we had many good years and a few bad ones. However, no matter how bad, no employee ever missed a paycheck and over that period we had only two years where our sales were actually lower that the previous year.  Our average sales increase for the period was a little over 17% per year.
I am a firm believer that the customer is always right, even when he is wrong.  And we have been known to re-run a few jobs rather than argue with the customer over who made the mistake. We printed the Leeds County Plowing Match program again this year – we did that job for the first time in1977.
Phillips Cables became our best customer in the early years with black & white forms, but by the time they closed we had switched to doing their gold foil embossed stationary for Toronto head office and the last job we did for them was a catalogue for their new head office in West Nyak NY (Carol & I of course had to deliver that one) after which that company was sold again.
But always I had to explain to the plant people that YES, our customers really do need that job yesterday.
Here’s to Henderson Printing and the next 35 Years…….

Lyle Henderson

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