Congratulations to the CATS PHOTO AND CAPTION CONTEST Winners!

First Place Winner Scenic/Nature- Randy Stacey

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Painted Heavens– Summers at Grandmother’s camp in Ferrisburgh, Split Rock Mountain was our constant view. When broad lake was calm, we’d boat along the base of the its undeveloped shoreline. Oh, how I longed to explore this beautiful inaccessible mountain! Fast forward 40 years: it’s been a delight and privilege to experience the miles of trails of Split Rock Mountain Wild Forest. On October 2013’s busiest foliage weekend, we sought refuge there. A spot of sun piercing the dense forest drew our eyes upward, and my husband caught this painting of the heavens, one of many moments of incomparable peace and beauty.

People’s Choice Winner Scenic/Nature- Stuart Hutchins

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Champlain Sunrise– This picture was taken from the boat launch in the Champlain Valley Town of Westport early in the morning just as the sun came over the Green Mountains. Every time I look at this picture it hits me how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful place.

First Place Winner Towns/Villages- Katherine Clark

katherine clark 1Westport Mural– Right after I moved to Westport, a town I had driven through hundreds of times throughout my life, I knew I had dramatically overlooked a gem in the Adirondacks. Walking along the sidewalks, I found Ballard Park, with it’s grand theater pavilion shielded from the view of travelers along Route 9. The beautiful mural near the telephone company and many other surprises made the town feel like a home before I even met anyone who lived there. My friend Marie came to town from Burlington and fell in love with the place right alongside me. It’s made me think twice about stopping in more towns I’ve always just driven through.

People’s Choice Winner Towns/Villages- Barbara Beebe-Brassard

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Moriah Town Hall- Living in the Town of Moriah one is exposed to amazing architecture on a daily basis. One of the most impressive structures is the Moriah Town Hall located on Park Place in the Village of Port Henry. Built in 1875 in the Second Empire style, it has always been an office building and originally housed the Witherbee, Sherman & Co. offices.




People’s Choice Winner Towns/Villages- Chris Putnam

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Black Point Beach– I was born in Troy, New York and pretty much raised in that region until I was 16 years old. My mom moved us up here to get away from the “city life” for a while. I graduated here in moriah and moved back downstate for less than a year. The peace and tranquility found on a summer night like this, at Black Point Beach in Ticonderoga, that’s just one thing that brought me back and made me decide that this was HOME.

First Place Winner Trails- Bethany Teitelbaum


Name That Peak– It was a mild November morning when my husband and I decided to pack a lunch and hike the CAT’s Gilligan trail. CAT’s description of beautiful views of the Dix Range lured us onto Gilligan and to it’s ridge. We had hiked the Dix Range (Macomb, South Dix, East Dix and Hough) only a few months earlier and were excited to take in the promised view. We were not disappointed! Sitting on the rocky outcropping, we played “Name That Peak” and vowed to return in the Fall to witness mother nature’s foliage extravaganza in this intimate mountain setting.



People’s Choice Winner Trails- Kari Zurlo

(also Judge’s Third Place Selection)

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Overcoming Fear– We spent our spring/summer/fall hiking 48 glorious trails. On this particular day, we met friends at the Rattlesnake trailhead. We were excited about a new mountain to explore. Everyone that is, except for my daughter. It took lots of reassuring. A lot of encouraging. A bit of education. She heard “rattlesnake” and did not want to go. With a lot of hand holding we reached the summit. What a view! I snapped this photo of her looking out over Lake Champlain. I like to think she was contemplating life. No doubt pleased with herself for overcoming her fear.

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