Commentary: A paddler’s approach to teamwork

Just before 9/11, my father asked me along on a grand canoe trip to the Boundary Waters with his Hudson-valley paddling friends. We’d drive from Schenectady in upstate New York to Ely in upstate Minnesota to spend a week exploring that maze of placid waterways in the vast wilderness area between the United States and Canada.

My dad had his one-person canoe, but his friend, Joe Nicolella, needed a tandem canoe partner.


Aircrews test combat, water survival skills

By Staff Sgt. Mike R. Smith, Guard Times Staff

SACANDAGA LAKE, N.Y. – Treading water under a parachute is the last thing you would expect to do at an Adirondack vacation spot, but that’s precisely what Maj. Kimberly Terpening confronted over her drill weekend.

“I was a little nervous beforehand, but it wasn’t bad once I swam underneath and saw a way through,” said Terpening, 139th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron.