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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…

Plattsburgh Then vs. Now

(DoNorth/Jessica Blondell) Plattsburgh City Beach THEN: Judging by the beach attire and the cars scattered along the beach, Roger Black, Clinton County Historical Society volunteer of historic photos, estimates this photo was taken in the early 1920s. When the weather warmed up and the beach welcomed visitors, people from the surrounding Plattsburgh area and into Canada would park their cars on beach and bask in the sun with friends and family. NOW: The Plattsburgh City Beach is one of the largest freshwater beaches in the United States, according to the City of Plattsburgh Parks and Recreation Department, and has views…

Bird is the Word

(DoNorth/Jessica Blondell) Clinton County is a haven for wild feathered friends. Check out what to bring, where to go, species to look for and a few good references to bring on a birding adventure. What you’ll need: Binoculars William Krueger, birding enthusiast and author, suggests buying a nice pair of binoculars to have the best experience birding. “Don’t go cheap,” he says. “Spend at least $150 minimum or up to $250 for a good pair. Don’t go over the top though, like $2,000 on a pair, if you’re just starting out in case you don’t like it.” Notebook and pencil:…

Discover Plattsburgh and ADK Hard Cider Irish Festival

(DoNorth/Kayla Breen) Plattsburgh has been notoriously known for its St. Patrick’s Day spirit since the 1970s when thousands of college students and community members gathered downtown in massive crowds at the bars. Without becoming an actual riot, Plattsburgh turned into a mob of people dressed as leprechauns drinking their holiday-inspired green beer. One such crowd at the Monopole, a popular bar downtown, caused a beam in the floor to break, spreading fear that the entire floor would cave in at any moment. Police could not weave through the party-goers, even when someone needed to be taken to the hospital after…

Sail boats float against an orange and pink horizon.

Fun off the Shore

(DoNorth/Jessica Blondell) The boat moves through the water as the wind whips around the sails. The crew feels a rush of energy as the boat picks up speed. The cool, fresh water splashes over the sides of the sailboat as the captain steers through the course. He watches as his team moves through the steps they have repeated so many times before. Their sailboat passes another, and another, until they reach the finish line and can finally take a breath of relief and victory. For Ed Trombley, a member of the Valcour Sailing Club, that is the power he feels…

Spiking on the Plattsburgh Shore

(DoNorth/Seth Thomas) Worthy of a postcard from paradise, the fine-grained sand of Plattsburgh City Beach comprises one of the largest freshwater beaches in the United States. It has played host to sporting leagues, fitness classes, major cup events and live music festivals. On July 26, 2014, the beach will host its first ever Pro-Am Volleyball tournament — the Extreme Volleyball Professionals (EVP) Tour. Plattsburgh City Beach features over a mile of sandy beach, a swimming area, tables and grills, a concession stand, kayak rentals and a nature trail. The beach itself is smooth, with minimal rocks — perfect for volleyball. “To…

Plattsburgh Boasts Its Bass

Bobby Williams, a pro angler for the Bass Federation, glided in his boat in search for the bass that cultivated in the deep and shallow Lake Champlain waters. The water mirrored the sun as a bright glaze set upon the calm, flat surface. Two years ago, Williams decided to stick around after one of the annual New York Bass Federation, NYTBF collegiate tournaments. In three days, Williams caught over 100 fish. Under Champlain’s grayish-blue murky water live 81 different species of fish. Brook trout, lake trout, northern pike, pickerel, rainbow trout and landlocked salmon are among other fish that glide…

Plattsburgh Women Gear Up for Roller Derby

With helmets tight, arms steady and skates poised, eight women crouch, gazing over their shoulders at the lanky skater behind them. A hush overtakes the rambunctious crowd as the announcer starts bellowing: “The legend of these tracks. Right here.” “Five seconds,” the referee cues. The air horn sounds, and cheers erupt from the bleachers as the skaters charge down a straightaway, elbowing and tripping each other as they round the flat oval track’s curve and speed down the opposite stretch. They flip-flop positions, elbows flying. The last skater passes the pack, her hands slashing against her side to signal the…

Find Rich History and Ice Skating at Lake Placid

Worn wooden benches float near gleaming white rafters. Far below, parents and coaches sprinkle the sea of red stadium seats as amateur figure skaters glide along shining ice. A raspy, familiar voice — that of Al Michaels — resonates from a distant television. “Ten seconds, the countdown going on right now!” For a moment, the barren stands fill with jubilant spectators and American flags. “Morrow, up to Silk. Five seconds left in the game.” Glee palpitates the air. “Do you believe in miracles? Yes!” The dainty girls in bejeweled costumes continue circling the ice, unaware the 10 people huddled in…

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