September: Summer is Over

Another month has passed; it’s officially October. A new month calls for some reflection on the previous month’s work. Now, I know it’s a cliche, but seriously, where has the time gone??? It seems like only yesterday I started at The Times, yet it feels like I’ve been here forever. (Even though in reality, it’s only been three months, ha.) September was a good month for my work. I feel like I didn’t make nearly as many quality images in August as I did in July, but I think I really stepped it up in September. It’s a busy time of year and a lot happened in the north country. The summer officially ended and it’s starting to get cold real quick. I’m trying to brace myself for my first north country winter, but I don’t think I’ll truly ever be prepared.. (So, please say a Hail Mary for me, ha.) Football season also started, which allowed me to really submerge myself in the community and capture some of my favorite types of images: sports features. There were a lot of firsts as well, like my first time shooting boxing, and my first time shooting high school football, believe it or not. So, here are some of my favorites from September:

 Children sit on the ground, anticipating water dropping on their heads, on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at the official ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new splash pad at Thompson Park in Watertown, N.Y.

Children sit on the ground, anticipating water dropping on their heads, on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at the official ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new splash pad at Thompson Park in Watertown, N.Y.

 Mayor of Watertown Joseph Butler, center, speaks on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at the official ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new splash pad at Thompson Park in Watertown, N.Y.

Mayor of Watertown Joseph Butler, center, speaks on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at the official ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new splash pad at Thompson Park in Watertown, N.Y.

 Thousand Islands High School swim practice in Clayton, N.Y.

Thousand Islands High School swim practice in Clayton, N.Y.

 Thousand Islands High School swim practice in Clayton, N.Y.

Thousand Islands High School swim practice in Clayton, N.Y.

 Sandy Creek High School football players listens to a referee on Friday, September 7, 2018 prior to the start of their home game against Beaver River High School in Sandy Creek, N.Y.

Sandy Creek High School football players listens to a referee on Friday, September 7, 2018 prior to the start of their home game against Beaver River High School in Sandy Creek, N.Y.

 Sandy Creek vs Beaver River at Sandy Creek High School in Sandy Creek, N.Y.

Sandy Creek vs Beaver River at Sandy Creek High School in Sandy Creek, N.Y.

 Sandy Creek vs Beaver River at Sandy Creek High School in Sandy Creek, N.Y.

Sandy Creek vs Beaver River at Sandy Creek High School in Sandy Creek, N.Y.

 Sandy Creek’s Adam Hilton (13), left, tackles Beaver River’s Sam Bush (3) on Friday, September 7, 2018, during the second half of their home game in Sandy Creek, N.Y.

Sandy Creek’s Adam Hilton (13), left, tackles Beaver River’s Sam Bush (3) on Friday, September 7, 2018, during the second half of their home game in Sandy Creek, N.Y.

 Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini speaks with fans on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at the 10th annual Carmen Basilio Quest for Champions at Immaculate Heart Central High School in Watertown, N.Y.

Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini speaks with fans on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at the 10th annual Carmen Basilio Quest for Champions at Immaculate Heart Central High School in Watertown, N.Y.

 10th annual Carmen Basilio Quest for Champions in Watertown, N.Y.

10th annual Carmen Basilio Quest for Champions in Watertown, N.Y.

 10th annual Carmen Basilio Quest for Champions in Watertown, N.Y.

10th annual Carmen Basilio Quest for Champions in Watertown, N.Y.

 Amateur boxer Brandon Freeman yells while sitting at the edge of the boxing ring between rounds on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at the 10th annual Carmen Basilio Quest for Champions at Immaculate Heart Central High School in Watertown, N.Y.

Amateur boxer Brandon Freeman yells while sitting at the edge of the boxing ring between rounds on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at the 10th annual Carmen Basilio Quest for Champions at Immaculate Heart Central High School in Watertown, N.Y.

 People watch a match between amateur boxers on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at the 10th annual Carmen Basilio Quest for Champions at Immaculate Heart Central High School in Watertown, N.Y.

People watch a match between amateur boxers on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at the 10th annual Carmen Basilio Quest for Champions at Immaculate Heart Central High School in Watertown, N.Y.

 10th annual Carmen Basilio Quest for Champions in Watertown, N.Y.

10th annual Carmen Basilio Quest for Champions in Watertown, N.Y.

 10th annual Carmen Basilio Quest for Champions in Watertown, N.Y.

10th annual Carmen Basilio Quest for Champions in Watertown, N.Y.

 Amateur boxer Ahimed Aly, center, has his gloves taken off by coaches Shawn Donnelly, left, and Bill Deslaurier, right, on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at the 10th annual Carmen Basilio Quest for Champions at Immaculate Heart Central High School in Watertown, N.Y.

Amateur boxer Ahimed Aly, center, has his gloves taken off by coaches Shawn Donnelly, left, and Bill Deslaurier, right, on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at the 10th annual Carmen Basilio Quest for Champions at Immaculate Heart Central High School in Watertown, N.Y.

 South Jefferson girls soccer coach Terry Burgess, center, huddles with his players on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at Indian River High School prior to the start of South Jefferson’s game against the Indian River Warriors in Philadelphia, N.Y.

South Jefferson girls soccer coach Terry Burgess, center, huddles with his players on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at Indian River High School prior to the start of South Jefferson’s game against the Indian River Warriors in Philadelphia, N.Y.

 Thousand Islands cheerleaders cheer on their classmates on Friday, September 14, 2018 during the Vikings’ game against the Lowville Red Raiders in Clayton, N.Y.

Thousand Islands cheerleaders cheer on their classmates on Friday, September 14, 2018 during the Vikings’ game against the Lowville Red Raiders in Clayton, N.Y.

 Lowville and Thousand Islands football teams run on the field on Friday, September 14, 2018 over the Vikings’ new field logo during the Vikings’ game against the Red Raiders in Clayton, N.Y.

Lowville and Thousand Islands football teams run on the field on Friday, September 14, 2018 over the Vikings’ new field logo during the Vikings’ game against the Red Raiders in Clayton, N.Y.

 Thousand Islands football players stand on the sidelines, watching their teammates compete against the Lowville Red Raiders on Friday, September 14, 2018 in Clayton, N.Y.

Thousand Islands football players stand on the sidelines, watching their teammates compete against the Lowville Red Raiders on Friday, September 14, 2018 in Clayton, N.Y.

 Thousand Islands vs Lowville at Thousand Islands High School in Clayton, N.Y.

Thousand Islands vs Lowville at Thousand Islands High School in Clayton, N.Y.

 Thousand Islands vs Lowville at Thousand Islands High School in Clayton, N.Y.

Thousand Islands vs Lowville at Thousand Islands High School in Clayton, N.Y.

 The sun sets over the Thousand Islands’ new turf field on Friday, September 14, 2018 during their first home game on the new field against Lowville.

The sun sets over the Thousand Islands’ new turf field on Friday, September 14, 2018 during their first home game on the new field against Lowville.

 Thousand Islands vs Lowville at Thousand Islands High School in Clayton, N.Y.

Thousand Islands vs Lowville at Thousand Islands High School in Clayton, N.Y.

 Thousand Islands vs Lowville at Thousand Islands High School in Clayton, N.Y.

Thousand Islands vs Lowville at Thousand Islands High School in Clayton, N.Y.

 People sit in the stands of the Thousand Islands’ new bleachers on Friday, September 14, 2018 during the Vikings’ game against the Red Raiders in Clayton, N.Y.

People sit in the stands of the Thousand Islands’ new bleachers on Friday, September 14, 2018 during the Vikings’ game against the Red Raiders in Clayton, N.Y.

 Malachi Auerbach, 8, right, has a bagel with cream cheese fed to him on Saturday, September 15, 2018 during a cream cheese eating contest at the 14th annual Cream Cheese Festival in downtown Lowville, N.Y.

Malachi Auerbach, 8, right, has a bagel with cream cheese fed to him on Saturday, September 15, 2018 during a cream cheese eating contest at the 14th annual Cream Cheese Festival in downtown Lowville, N.Y.

 Republican gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro speaks during an interview on Thursday, September 20, 2018 outside the Flower Memorial Library in Watertown, N.Y.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro speaks during an interview on Thursday, September 20, 2018 outside the Flower Memorial Library in Watertown, N.Y.

 Carthage’s Calvin Harper (7), left, fails to complete at pass and doesn’t score the touchdown on Saturday, September 22, 2018 during Carthage’s game against Watertown High School in Watertown, N.Y.

Carthage’s Calvin Harper (7), left, fails to complete at pass and doesn’t score the touchdown on Saturday, September 22, 2018 during Carthage’s game against Watertown High School in Watertown, N.Y.

 Lowville vs Watertown at Watertown High School in Watertown, N.Y.

Lowville vs Watertown at Watertown High School in Watertown, N.Y.

 Lowville vs Watertown at Watertown High School in Watertown, N.Y.

Lowville vs Watertown at Watertown High School in Watertown, N.Y.

 Carthage High School varsity cheerleaders do toe touches on the sidelines on Saturday, September 22, 2018 during Carthage’s game against Watertown High School in Watertown, N.Y.

Carthage High School varsity cheerleaders do toe touches on the sidelines on Saturday, September 22, 2018 during Carthage’s game against Watertown High School in Watertown, N.Y.

 People dance in lederhosen and dirndl on stage at Cape Vincent’s Village Green on Saturday, September 22, 2018 during the 11th annual Oktoberfest.

People dance in lederhosen and dirndl on stage at Cape Vincent’s Village Green on Saturday, September 22, 2018 during the 11th annual Oktoberfest.

 People dance on stage during the 11th annual Oktoberfest on Saturday, September 22, 2018 in Cape Vincent, N.Y.

People dance on stage during the 11th annual Oktoberfest on Saturday, September 22, 2018 in Cape Vincent, N.Y.

 A man rolls a cigar on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at the 11th annual Oktoberfest in Cape Vincent, N.Y.

A man rolls a cigar on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at the 11th annual Oktoberfest in Cape Vincent, N.Y.

 A Watertown High School swimmer takes a dive on Monday, September 24, 2018 in the school’s newly renovated pool. It was the girls swim team's first practice in the new pool since last school year.

A Watertown High School swimmer takes a dive on Monday, September 24, 2018 in the school’s newly renovated pool. It was the girls swim team's first practice in the new pool since last school year.

 Firefighters work to put out a house fire on Tuesday morning, September 25, 2018 at a house on County Route 143 near Taylor Road in Felts Mills, N.Y.

Firefighters work to put out a house fire on Tuesday morning, September 25, 2018 at a house on County Route 143 near Taylor Road in Felts Mills, N.Y.

 General Brown High School football players stand on the sidelines on Friday, September 28, 2018 as the national anthem is sung prior to the start of their home game against Ogdensberg Free Academy (OFA) at General Brown High School in Dexter, N.Y.

General Brown High School football players stand on the sidelines on Friday, September 28, 2018 as the national anthem is sung prior to the start of their home game against Ogdensberg Free Academy (OFA) at General Brown High School in Dexter, N.Y.

 A referee throws a coin into the air on Friday, September 28, 2018 to determine which team gets the ball first prior to the start of General Brown’s home game against Ogdensberg Free Academy (OFA) at General Brown High School in Dexter, N.Y.

A referee throws a coin into the air on Friday, September 28, 2018 to determine which team gets the ball first prior to the start of General Brown’s home game against Ogdensberg Free Academy (OFA) at General Brown High School in Dexter, N.Y.

 OFA vs General Brown at General Brown High School in Dexter, N.Y.

OFA vs General Brown at General Brown High School in Dexter, N.Y.

 OFA vs General Brown at General Brown High School in Dexter, N.Y.

OFA vs General Brown at General Brown High School in Dexter, N.Y.

 General Brown’s Jake Heller (10), right, flies through the air and lands in the end zone on Friday, September 28, 2018 scoring a touch down for General Brown during the team’s home game against Ogdensburg Free Academy (OFA) in Dexter, N.Y.

General Brown’s Jake Heller (10), right, flies through the air and lands in the end zone on Friday, September 28, 2018 scoring a touch down for General Brown during the team’s home game against Ogdensburg Free Academy (OFA) in Dexter, N.Y.

 General Brown High School football players stand on the sidelines on Friday, September 28, 2018 while wearing special “Autism Awareness” jerseys in honor of the team’s Autism Awareness Night at General Brown High School in Dexter, N.Y.

General Brown High School football players stand on the sidelines on Friday, September 28, 2018 while wearing special “Autism Awareness” jerseys in honor of the team’s Autism Awareness Night at General Brown High School in Dexter, N.Y.

August in Watertown

Another month has passed here in Watertown, marking two months at the Times. August included a presidential visit, livestock and of course, children playing in waterslides and at the new splash pad trying to stay cool in the late summer heat. I've decided to include less images this month in an effort to highlight some of my favorite clips. So, here are some favorites from August:

 Jake Ledoux, a young farmer and recent Cornell University graduate, sits on a 1953 John Deere tractor that belongs to his grandfather on Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at the farm he purchased in Castorland, N.Y.

Jake Ledoux, a young farmer and recent Cornell University graduate, sits on a 1953 John Deere tractor that belongs to his grandfather on Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at the farm he purchased in Castorland, N.Y.

 Berkshire piglets at the site of Ledoux's farm.

Berkshire piglets at the site of Ledoux's farm.

 The front of Ledoux's 1953 John Deere tractor.

The front of Ledoux's 1953 John Deere tractor.

 Wyatt Edwards, 8, takes a nap with his cow in the livestock barn at the Oswego County Fair in Sandy Creek, N.Y. on Thursday, August 9, 2018.

Wyatt Edwards, 8, takes a nap with his cow in the livestock barn at the Oswego County Fair in Sandy Creek, N.Y. on Thursday, August 9, 2018.

 Maj. Mark E. Conklin, Brigade Operations Officer at Fort Drum, walks through Hangar 2060 on Monday, August 13, 2018 while daughters Bernadette, 3, left, and Juliette, 6, right, hang onto their dad prior to President Trump's arrival at Fort Drum, N.Y. 

Maj. Mark E. Conklin, Brigade Operations Officer at Fort Drum, walks through Hangar 2060 on Monday, August 13, 2018 while daughters Bernadette, 3, left, and Juliette, 6, right, hang onto their dad prior to President Trump's arrival at Fort Drum, N.Y. 

 An unidentified Beaver River High School football player attempts to catch the ball while being tackled by a teammate at practice on Thursday, August 23, 2018 at Beaver River Central School in Castorland, N.Y. 

An unidentified Beaver River High School football player attempts to catch the ball while being tackled by a teammate at practice on Thursday, August 23, 2018 at Beaver River Central School in Castorland, N.Y. 

 Two unidentified Beaver River High School football players watch their teammates run drills from the sidelines during practice on Thursday, August 23, 2018 at Beaver River Central School in Castorland, N.Y. 

Two unidentified Beaver River High School football players watch their teammates run drills from the sidelines during practice on Thursday, August 23, 2018 at Beaver River Central School in Castorland, N.Y. 

 Chyeanne, 8, slides into a pool of water at the bottom of a water slide at the Bassmaster Elite tournament, held along the St. Lawrence River in Waddington, N.Y. on Friday, August 24, 2018.

Chyeanne, 8, slides into a pool of water at the bottom of a water slide at the Bassmaster Elite tournament, held along the St. Lawrence River in Waddington, N.Y. on Friday, August 24, 2018.

 Children are doused in water while standing under a water fall at the newly opened splash pad at Thompson Park on Monday, August 27, 2018 in Watertown, N.Y.

Children are doused in water while standing under a water fall at the newly opened splash pad at Thompson Park on Monday, August 27, 2018 in Watertown, N.Y.

 Children stand soaking wet in their clothes while playing in the water at the newly opened splash pad at Thompson Park on Monday, August 27, 2018 in Watertown, N.Y.

Children stand soaking wet in their clothes while playing in the water at the newly opened splash pad at Thompson Park on Monday, August 27, 2018 in Watertown, N.Y.

Trump visits the North Country

Trump made his first visit to the north country as president on Monday and I think I've finally recovered, ha. I was able to be there on behalf of my newspaper, the Watertown Daily Times. The day was a whirlwind; we got up at 3:30 am, having to report to Fort Drum (where Trump would be signing his military defense bill) by 5:30 am. We didn't stop working until about 10:00 pm. So to say I was overly tired would be an immense understatement. Covering the president so early on in my career was definitely a milestone; it's one I'll never forget. Trump only spoke for about 30 minutes, but I spent hours on base, waiting for him to arrive. So, to pass the time while I was stuck inside the hanger, I photographed other members of the media setting up their equipment and doing live shots. The dedication this career takes will never cease to amaze me, and I am so humbled and honored to be a part of it every single day. Here are some images I made while waiting, as well as some images of Trump himself:

 A news anchor reads his notes before doing a live shot prior to President Trump's arrival to Fort Drum, N.Y. on Monday, August 13, 2018. 

A news anchor reads his notes before doing a live shot prior to President Trump's arrival to Fort Drum, N.Y. on Monday, August 13, 2018. 

 Television cameras are silhouetted by a cloudy sky prior to President Trump's arrival to Fort Drum, N.Y. on Monday, August 13, 2018. 

Television cameras are silhouetted by a cloudy sky prior to President Trump's arrival to Fort Drum, N.Y. on Monday, August 13, 2018. 

 Soldierswaiting for Trump to arrive.

Soldierswaiting for Trump to arrive.

 Trump speaks on stage at Fort Drum, N.Y.

Trump speaks on stage at Fort Drum, N.Y.

 Camera men stand by their equipment on the press risers prior to President Trump's arrival to Fort Drum, N.Y. on Monday, August 13, 2018. 

Camera men stand by their equipment on the press risers prior to President Trump's arrival to Fort Drum, N.Y. on Monday, August 13, 2018. 

 Media members sit by laptops while Fort Drum soldiers line-up for food behind them prior to President Trump's arrival to Fort Drum, N.Y. on Monday, August 13, 2018. 

Media members sit by laptops while Fort Drum soldiers line-up for food behind them prior to President Trump's arrival to Fort Drum, N.Y. on Monday, August 13, 2018. 

 Katelynn Ulrich, a reporter for Spectrum News, does a live shot after President's Trump speech at Fort Drum, N.Y. on Monday, August 13, 2018. 

Katelynn Ulrich, a reporter for Spectrum News, does a live shot after President's Trump speech at Fort Drum, N.Y. on Monday, August 13, 2018. 

 Air Force One lands at Fort Drum, N.Y. on Monday, August 13, 2018. 

Air Force One lands at Fort Drum, N.Y. on Monday, August 13, 2018. 

 President Donald Trump walks out onto the stage at Fort Drum, N.Y. with a smile on his face on Monday, August 13, 2018. 

President Donald Trump walks out onto the stage at Fort Drum, N.Y. with a smile on his face on Monday, August 13, 2018. 

 President Donald Trump speaks to hundreds of soldiers and their families at Fort Drum, N.Y. on Monday, August 13, 2018. 

President Donald Trump speaks to hundreds of soldiers and their families at Fort Drum, N.Y. on Monday, August 13, 2018. 

First month in Watertown

Well, it's officially been one month since I started my first post-grad job as a staff photographer at the Watertown Daily Times. Crazy how time flies, huh? Looking back, it's kind of insane that I just picked up my entire life and moved six hours north within two weeks of getting this job, but it was one of the best decisions I ever made. I'm so lucky to be able to follow my dreams as a working photojournalist while also getting to explore a new part of the country. Documenting the North Country community has proved a challenge, but a rewarding one at that. I'm from the city; I'm used to a fast-paced and crowded life. Moving to Northern New York has forced me to slow down, take a look around and observe the smaller moments that are happening around me, which I feel has shown itself in my most recent work. Take a look at some of my favorite images from my first month here in Watertown:

 People swim in the 90 degree heat at the Watertown Municipal Arena pool on Monday, July 2, 2018 in Watertown, New York. 

People swim in the 90 degree heat at the Watertown Municipal Arena pool on Monday, July 2, 2018 in Watertown, New York. 

 Watertown Municipal Arena pool in Watertown, New York.

Watertown Municipal Arena pool in Watertown, New York.

 Watertown Municipal Arena pool in Watertown, New York.

Watertown Municipal Arena pool in Watertown, New York.

 Victoria Agney, 11, does a cannon ball at the Watertown Municipal Arena pool on Monday, July 2, 2018 in Watertown, New York. 

Victoria Agney, 11, does a cannon ball at the Watertown Municipal Arena pool on Monday, July 2, 2018 in Watertown, New York. 

 People swim in the 90 degree heat at the Watertown Municipal Arena pool on Monday, July 2, 2018 in Watertown, New York.

People swim in the 90 degree heat at the Watertown Municipal Arena pool on Monday, July 2, 2018 in Watertown, New York.

 People relax in beach chairs at Westcott Beach State Park in Henderson, New York on Monday, July 2, 2018. 

People relax in beach chairs at Westcott Beach State Park in Henderson, New York on Monday, July 2, 2018. 

 Cassie Spencer (right), 11, and her sister Lillian (left), 8, blow bubbles in Thompson Park during the park's annual pre-4th of July concert on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 in Watertown, New York. 

Cassie Spencer (right), 11, and her sister Lillian (left), 8, blow bubbles in Thompson Park during the park's annual pre-4th of July concert on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 in Watertown, New York. 

 Concert at Thompson Park in Watertown, New York.

Concert at Thompson Park in Watertown, New York.

 Concert at Thompson Park in Watertown, New York.

Concert at Thompson Park in Watertown, New York.

 Concert at Thompson Park in Watertown, New York.

Concert at Thompson Park in Watertown, New York.

 Concert at Thompson Park in Watertown, New York.

Concert at Thompson Park in Watertown, New York.

 People sit on the lawn at Thompson Park during the park's annual pre-4th of July concert on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 in Watertown, New York.

People sit on the lawn at Thompson Park during the park's annual pre-4th of July concert on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 in Watertown, New York.

 Jerry S. Merrill, right, watches as Bailey Nichols, left, 6, carves cheese at the Adams Cheddar Cheese Festival in Adams, New York on Saturday, July 7, 2018. 

Jerry S. Merrill, right, watches as Bailey Nichols, left, 6, carves cheese at the Adams Cheddar Cheese Festival in Adams, New York on Saturday, July 7, 2018. 

 Jerry S. Merrill carves cat faces into a block of cheese at the Adams Cheddar Cheese Festival in Adams, New York on Saturday, July 7, 2018. 

Jerry S. Merrill carves cat faces into a block of cheese at the Adams Cheddar Cheese Festival in Adams, New York on Saturday, July 7, 2018. 

 Red and Black game in Watertown, New York.

Red and Black game in Watertown, New York.

 Red and Black game in Watertown, New York.

Red and Black game in Watertown, New York.

 Red and Black game in Watertown, New York.

Red and Black game in Watertown, New York.

 Red and Black game in Watertown, New York.

Red and Black game in Watertown, New York.

 Watertown Red and Black semi-pro player Tony Ivey (77), bottom, lifts Connor Brown (44), top, into the air after he scores a touchdown on Saturday, July 7, 2018 during the Red and Black's game against the Auburn Pride at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds in Watertown, New York. 

Watertown Red and Black semi-pro player Tony Ivey (77), bottom, lifts Connor Brown (44), top, into the air after he scores a touchdown on Saturday, July 7, 2018 during the Red and Black's game against the Auburn Pride at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds in Watertown, New York. 

 Jefferson County Fair in Watertown, New York.

Jefferson County Fair in Watertown, New York.

 Jefferson County Fair in Watertown, New York.

Jefferson County Fair in Watertown, New York.

 Jefferson County Fair in Watertown, New York.

Jefferson County Fair in Watertown, New York.

 Performers dance on stage during a rehearsal of  A Chorus Line  on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at the Dulles State Office Building in Watertown, New York.

Performers dance on stage during a rehearsal of A Chorus Line on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at the Dulles State Office Building in Watertown, New York.

 Minnows used as baitfish sit in a net after being scooped out of their tank on Thursday, July 12, 2018 at Clayton's Bait Shop in Clayton, New York. 

Minnows used as baitfish sit in a net after being scooped out of their tank on Thursday, July 12, 2018 at Clayton's Bait Shop in Clayton, New York. 

 Aurora Lilliana Nyx McEwan, better known as Mermaid Liiliana, shows off her mermaid fin in the water at Westcott Beach State Park in Henderson, New York on Friday, July 13, 2018. 

Aurora Lilliana Nyx McEwan, better known as Mermaid Liiliana, shows off her mermaid fin in the water at Westcott Beach State Park in Henderson, New York on Friday, July 13, 2018. 

 A woman leans on the Black River Stage and shows off her tattoo while waiting for a local band to take the stage on at the Brew York Music Festival at Maggie's on the River in Watertown, New York on Saturday, July 14, 2018. 

A woman leans on the Black River Stage and shows off her tattoo while waiting for a local band to take the stage on at the Brew York Music Festival at Maggie's on the River in Watertown, New York on Saturday, July 14, 2018. 

 Brew York Music Festival in Watertown, New York. 

Brew York Music Festival in Watertown, New York. 

 Brew York Music Festival in Watertown, New York. 

Brew York Music Festival in Watertown, New York. 

 Matt Jergens balances on a table while juggling pins during the 50th annual French Festival in Cape Vincent, New York on Saturday, July 14, 2018. 

Matt Jergens balances on a table while juggling pins during the 50th annual French Festival in Cape Vincent, New York on Saturday, July 14, 2018. 

 George Elmer, of Albany, New York, wears a hat with a French Festival pin on it at the 50th annual French Festival in Cape Vincent, New York on Saturday, July 14, 2018. Elmer has been the festival's master of ceremonies for 45 years. 

George Elmer, of Albany, New York, wears a hat with a French Festival pin on it at the 50th annual French Festival in Cape Vincent, New York on Saturday, July 14, 2018. Elmer has been the festival's master of ceremonies for 45 years. 

 French Festival in Cape Vincent, New York.

French Festival in Cape Vincent, New York.

 French Festival in Cape Vincent, New York.

French Festival in Cape Vincent, New York.

 French Festival in Cape Vincent, New York. 

French Festival in Cape Vincent, New York. 

 Ferris wheel carts sit atop the trees at the Lewis County Fair on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 in Lowville, New York.

Ferris wheel carts sit atop the trees at the Lewis County Fair on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 in Lowville, New York.

 People wonder around at the Lewis County Fair on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 in Lowville, New York.

People wonder around at the Lewis County Fair on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 in Lowville, New York.

 Lewis County Fair in Lowville, New York.

Lewis County Fair in Lowville, New York.

 Lewis County Fair in Lowville, New York.

Lewis County Fair in Lowville, New York.

 Poker run boats begin to dock in Clayton, New York on Saturday, July 21, 2018 for a two-hour lunch break at the Frick Park Pavillon before starting the race again. 

Poker run boats begin to dock in Clayton, New York on Saturday, July 21, 2018 for a two-hour lunch break at the Frick Park Pavillon before starting the race again. 

 A group of local boy scouts go white water rafting on the Black River in Watertown, New York on Thursday, July 26, 2018. 

A group of local boy scouts go white water rafting on the Black River in Watertown, New York on Thursday, July 26, 2018. 

 Scott A. Gray, left, Chairman of Jefferson County Legislature, U.S. Rep. Elise M. Stefanik, middle, R.-Willsboro, and Philip N. Reed, County Legislator, talk in an airport hanger on Friday, July 27, 2018 at the Watertown International Airport in Watertown, New York during an official tour of the facility. 

Scott A. Gray, left, Chairman of Jefferson County Legislature, U.S. Rep. Elise M. Stefanik, middle, R.-Willsboro, and Philip N. Reed, County Legislator, talk in an airport hanger on Friday, July 27, 2018 at the Watertown International Airport in Watertown, New York during an official tour of the facility. 

 Stefanik at the Watertown International Airport in Watertown, New York. 

Stefanik at the Watertown International Airport in Watertown, New York. 

 Stefanik at the Watertown International Airport in Watertown, New York. 

Stefanik at the Watertown International Airport in Watertown, New York. 

 Tara St. Louis, left, dances with her husband Robert St. Louis, right, at the summer monthly block party in downtown Watertown, New York on Friday, July 27, 2018. They have been married for 10 years. 

Tara St. Louis, left, dances with her husband Robert St. Louis, right, at the summer monthly block party in downtown Watertown, New York on Friday, July 27, 2018. They have been married for 10 years. 

 The Watertown Red and Black semi-pro football team stands on the field at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds with their helmets raised during the singing of the national anthem prior to the start of their game versus the Troy Fighting Irish on Saturday, July 28, 2018

The Watertown Red and Black semi-pro football team stands on the field at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds with their helmets raised during the singing of the national anthem prior to the start of their game versus the Troy Fighting Irish on Saturday, July 28, 2018

 The Elsmere Wanderers drill team races down the track during a ladder drill at the firematics competition in Copenhagen, New York on Saturday, July 28, 2018. 

The Elsmere Wanderers drill team races down the track during a ladder drill at the firematics competition in Copenhagen, New York on Saturday, July 28, 2018. 

 A firematics official watches from a third story platform during a firematics competition in Copenhagen, New York on Saturday, July 28, 2018. 

A firematics official watches from a third story platform during a firematics competition in Copenhagen, New York on Saturday, July 28, 2018. 

 Firematics competition in Copenhagen, New York. 

Firematics competition in Copenhagen, New York. 

 Firematics competition in Copenhagen, New York. 

Firematics competition in Copenhagen, New York. 

 Firematics competition in Copenhagen, New York. 

Firematics competition in Copenhagen, New York. 

 Firematics competition in Copenhagen, New York. 

Firematics competition in Copenhagen, New York. 

 Carthage Revolution semi-pro football team head coach Leon Eldridge Jr., center, speaks with a fellow team coach during a practice at Carthage High School in Carthage, New York on Tuesday, July 31, 2018. 

Carthage Revolution semi-pro football team head coach Leon Eldridge Jr., center, speaks with a fellow team coach during a practice at Carthage High School in Carthage, New York on Tuesday, July 31, 2018. 

 A Carthage Revolution semi-pro football player prepares to hike the ball during a team practice at Carthage High School in Carthage, New York on Tuesday, July 31, 2018. 

A Carthage Revolution semi-pro football player prepares to hike the ball during a team practice at Carthage High School in Carthage, New York on Tuesday, July 31, 2018. 

 Carthage Revolution semi-pro football players run a play during a team practice at Carthage High School in Carthage, New York on Tuesday, July 31, 2018. 

Carthage Revolution semi-pro football players run a play during a team practice at Carthage High School in Carthage, New York on Tuesday, July 31, 2018.