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Olympic canoer may help build parks in St. Lawrence County

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A renowned canoeist soon may be coming to St. Lawrence County as a consultant for a proposed chain of whitewater parks along the Raquette River.

Scott Shipley, an Olympian and three-time silver medalist in the canoe slalom world championships in the 1990s, owns S2O Design and Engineering Inc., a whitewater park consulting firm in Boulder, Colo. The firm soon will go before the Potsdam village board for approval as consultant for the early planning stages of the proposed whitewater parks.

If the firm is chosen, Mr. Shipley would survey sites in Colton, Canton and Potsdam to determine their viability as tourist destinations for whitewater enthusiasts, and the possibility of creating a manmade kayak park along some stretches of the river.

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