Anne Brewer lives in Lake Clear with her fiancé, his daughter, and their dog Juni. She is an avid outdoor sports enthusiast, kayaker, hiker, skier and traveler. She has a passion for Central and South America and enjoys visiting places that are off the beaten path. Anne earned a degree in International Business and Communications from SUNY Brockport.  In addition to being the Managing Editor for LOCALadk, Anne works as the Director of Sales for Mountain Communications radio, guides for Adventures in Good Company, and operates her own summer business; Placid Waters Kayaking.


Nate Ball is 9 years old and a fourth grader in Mrs. Mendelsohn’s class at Lake Placid Elementary School. He lives in Lake Placid with his parents and Bernese Mountain Dog Sasha. Nate’s favorite sports are soccer, telemark and Nordic skiing, and cross country running. He also plays lacrosse in the spring. In the summer, when he is not hiking the mountains of the Adirondacks, he is canoeing, kayaking, fishing, camping, mountain biking, rock climbing and running. His favorite color is green. His favorite subject is gym with his favorite teacher Mr. Young.


Matt Young has called Lake Placid his home since 2004.  He strives to achieve a balance between his passion for the outdoors and his treasured role as physical education teacher at Lake Placid Elementary School.  When Matt is not teaching he can be found paddling, skiing, or riding his bike.  He usually brings a camera with him, and loves to write about his adventures when he returns home.  Editors Note: At the time of our final edit, Matt and Friends are skiing Chamonix, France during Spring Break.


Johnathan Esper is an Adirondack native and full time outdoor photographer.  He specializes in panoramic landscape photography, especially of the Adirondack region, Iceland, and the aurora borealis, and panoramic adventure photography for stock uses. Johnathan also leads photography tours, workshops and personal outings in the Adirondack region and is a staff instructor with the Adirondack Photography Institute. He spends part of each year leading international photo tours to Iceland and New Zealand. He is currently involved in a long-term project of photographing panoramas from the tops of trees he ascends on forested hills, for new and unique views over the Adirondacks. He has also backpacked, skied, photographed, mountaineered, and travelled for years through some of our world’s great wilderness landscapes and mountain regions including Patagonia, New Zealand, Iceland, Tasmania, Scandinavia, Alaska and the Andes and Himalaya mountain ranges. Johnathan is published frequently in all the Adirondack region’s publications, and around the world by myriad clients, and is also represented by Aurora Photos and Getty Images.  Johnathan’s photography website is


David McCahill is an avid fan of any pursuit which involves snow, mountains, mud or singletrack – an outcome he attributes to an upbringing in Lake Placid in the heart of the Adirondack Playground. He is currently living and teaching English in Innsbruck, Austria.   As of this First Issue, he’s still there, enjoying  crisp Austrian powder.


Terry and Julie Robards are both writers who are passionate about food and wine.   A world acclaimed wine critic and member of the Wine Media Guild – Wine Writer’s Hall of Fame, Terry is a former wine columnist for the NY Times, the NY Post, Wine Spectator, and former editor of Wine Enthusiast Magazine.  He is the author of five books, including the New York Times Book of Wine.  Julie is a journalist, former editor of L’Ordine Della Vite – Italian Wine Society Newsletter, and author of two books on antique plastics.  Their favorite wines are pinot noirs – and they are both members of L’Ordine Della Vite and the Chevalier du Tastevin Burgundian Wine Society.  They own Terry Robards Wines & Spirits, in Lake Placid, NY and enjoy nothing more than sharing a good meal and fine wine with like-minded friends.


John Radigan is a photographer, artist, lecturer, and workshop instructor respected for his penetrating photographs and captivating print interpretations of nature’s wonders. John’s work has received many awards and been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions in venues such as Cleveland Botanical Garden (Cleveland, Ohio); Lake Placid Center for the Arts (Lake Placid, New York); Lake Metroparks (Kirtland, Ohio); Arts Center/Old Forge (Old Forge, New York); and the Fine Arts Association (Willoughby, Ohio). His images and writings will also appear in the upcoming Beat of an Adirondack Heart.