Sport: White Water Rites of Spring

To celebrate May, try shooting the Hudson rapids

Let other communities plant their gardens, organize their Little Leagues, crown their beauty queens. North Creek, N.Y., a hamlet 100 miles south of the Canadian border, celebrates the joys of May in its own distinctive fashion—staging a carnival on the nearby Hudson River for people who like to climb into canoes and kayaks and, paddling desperately, race through the rapids.near town.

Called the Hudson River White Water Derby, the two-day event, which ended last week, is really a springtime happening that has been occurring with growing success for 21 years in North Creek. Canoeing...

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