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ADK Wellness Alliance

(DoNorth/Kayla Breen) Two stories above downtown Plattsburgh in a rustic brick-walled room of the Adirondack Wellness Alliance, Kristin Moore skillfully massages a completely-relaxed client. Moore practices extreme focus and precision in tailoring her touch to her client’s specific needs. “I think that labels like ‘deep-tissue’ or ‘Swedish massage’ are just guiding terms,” Moore says, beginning to explain her massage method. “For me, it’s all about understanding each unique client’s body, muscles and needs.” Moore’s talent in feeling for problem areas is so advanced that she practices reiki, a Japanese technique utilizing touch to transfer energy which alleviates stress and promotes…

Cycling the Saranac

          (DoNorth/Tim Behuniak) The sun sets. The lake’s reflection mirrors the sun’s orange, reddish-hues as the clouds gather. Isaac Hardy adjusts his helmet. His red-and-yellow checkered skinsuit stands out on this cloudy day. Gracefully, he mounts his bicycle and glides down the Saranac River bike trail. To his left, college students shuffle across the grass to kick the soccer ball into the goal. To his right, a man fishes in the river. The deep-blue waves crash against the boulders. A man wearing thigh-high rubber boots stands by one of the boulders as he diligently waits to catch…

Biodôme and Planetarium

  (DoNorth/Jessica Blondell) From the corners of the continents to the ends of the universe, Montreal delivers an escape from the cold outdoors during the winter and spring months. Watch a star show across the Milky Way to Mars or venture through ecosystems from around the world. It all begins at Montreal’s Space for Life. Space for Life includes all things flora, fauna and extraterrestrial. Humans can connect with the natural elements that surround them as they explore The Biodome, Insectarium, Botanical Garden and Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium. Planetarium Inside the Milky Way Theater at the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium,…

Au Bord du Lac – Rouses Point, NY

  (DoNorth/Kayla Breen) Au Bord du Lac is a cozy lakefront bed and breakfast situated on the northwestern shore of Lake Champlain. The four-bedroom establishment in the village of Rouses Point sits back from the road a bit and offers seasonal views of the lake in every room. A large wrap-around porch offers visitors stunning views of the sunrise over Vermont’s Green Mountains and the lighthouse on Windmill Point. Owners Anne and Bill Carey offer a continental breakfast and serve coffee, tea, water and juice throughout the day. Originally, the building was a private residence. It was later transformed into…

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A Sneak Peek Through the Peaks

Living in the Adirondacks, I knew I’d inevitably come across some breathtaking views. I’ve hiked various mountains in the North Country, but I’d never seen a view quite like the one offered by the Adirondack Flying Service and their scenic flights located in Lake Placid. For approximately $55 per person and a promise to see the stunning scenery of the Adirondacks from a different perspective, how could I resist? The plane raced down the runway of the Lake Placid Airport, and soon we were soaring over Mirror Lake. The colors from fall still radiated, but an early October snowfall covered…

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North Star: Local Comic Artist Makes It Big

(Do North/Kevin McAvey)    Andy MacDonald’s life headed north when he moved from Malone, New York, to Plattsburgh in eighth grade and found Fantastic Planet, Plattsburgh’s premier comic book store. This past November, Fantastic Planet invited MacDonald, now a comic book artist best known for his illustrations of Batman and X-Men, to hold a signing for DC Comics’ “The New 52: Future’s End #28,” an issue he had just recently completed. For MacDonald, this signing was a homecoming in both the physical and artistic sense. Fantastic Planet for MacDonald is both a place he can get comic books and where…

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