Stephanie Graudons

December, 2016

Winter, spring, summer or fall, the Adirondack region has much to offer outdoor enthusiasts. Stephanie Graudons of the Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) isn’t one to let a little cold snap stop her from communing with nature. Graudons has volunteered with this regional organization for the past seven years and began working for it for a read more


Let it Snow

December, 2016

From sand dunes to snow banks, Maui North co-owner, Kim Manion has experienced her fair share of landscapes and outdoor sports. After years of traveling and living abroad, she and her family settled in the beautiful North Country where we celebrate an average high temperature of 53 degrees. Playing and enjoying the outdoors in this read more


December 2016

December, 2016

I believe there are two kinds of people who live in the North Country—the people who grit their teeth and wait for spring to come and the people who embrace winter and get out and enjoy all the recreational opportunities our area has to offer. As someone who grew up in Boston, I was one read more


November 2016

November, 2016

Ask any member of Vision2Action (V2A) in Plattsburgh about the group’s goals and they will tell you that in order to thrive we must recruit 3,000 individuals and families to the region by 2040. That’s a big job. Getting from where we are now to where we need to be will take a plan that read more


Not Just a Gym

November, 2016

Mary Lou Rabideau-Bruno lost count after 90. She was loading a truck full of pumpkins for the Y’s annual Fall Festival on October 22. “It’s really pretty,” she said, helping me imagine 100 or more shiny orange pumpkins bobbing around in the blue pool. It’s just one of the many, many community events offered by read more


Kids Love Words

November, 2016

One of downtown Plattsburgh’s newest additions, Once Upon a Book, features the trendiest reading materials for children to young adults. Studies show that increased screen time (TV, computer, iPad, and smartphone) means decreased performance in key measures of childhood flourishing1, Once Upon a Book recognizes this growing concern parents have and is getting its message read more


North Country Camps:

November, 2016

An Adirondack Tradition for Generations Doug Furman, director of Camp Lincoln for Boys at North Country Camps in Keeseville, chuckles when asked, “What is it about Adirondack summer camps?” He admits that the Northeast is the epicenter. “They’re definitely a cultural phenomenon.” Pete Gucker, former executive director of the camps, has a simple response. “What read more


Family Recipe For Success: Play It Again Sports

November, 2016

Ed and Jan Freer relocated to Plattsburgh in 1982. The reloca- tion was a result of a transfer from his employer at the time, Montgomery Ward. It was when Montgomery Ward left the area in the early ’90s that Jan Freer read about a franchise opportunity with Play It Again Sports. She remembers sitting in read more


Kate Messner

November, 2016

Ever since she was a little girl, Kate Messner loved reading and writing stories.


The Reinvention of Portraiture

November, 2016

You will see more life there—more variety, more human nature, more artistic beauty… than in any spot we know,” remarked Walt Whitman upon visiting a recently opened picture studio (it was 1848 and the daguerreotype process had just arrived in America). The power of photography, Whitman said, was in its “knack of catching life on read more