08/11/14 4:05pm
08/11/2014 4:05 PM
Swimmers switched in the relay by giving one another a mandatory high-five. (Credit: Courtesy)

Swimmers switched in the relay by giving one another a mandatory high-five. (Credit: Courtesy)

While many opt to celebrate their birthday on the water, no one does it quite like Laurie Olinder of Riverhead.

For the past five years around her birthday, she and husband Bill Morrison have joined family members taking turns to swim the more than 20-mile distance from Mattituck Inlet to Hammonasset Beach State Park in Connecticut.

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07/18/14 8:00am
07/18/2014 8:00 AM
Joan Archard of Patchogue holds up her wetsuit Tuesday near Great South Bay, where she's been practicing for this weekend's swim from Greenport to Shelter Island (and maybe back). (Credit: Courtesy photo)

Joan Archard of Patchogue holds up her wetsuit Tuesday near Great South Bay, where she’s been practicing for this weekend’s swim from Greenport to Shelter Island (and maybe back). (Credit: Courtesy photo)

The matriarch of the family — good old granny — always leaves a certain legacy behind. Whether it’s her perfect chocolate-chip cookie recipe or the slightly off-kilter jokes she made, grandmas are known to pass down fond memories.

This summer, Joan Archard of Patchogue is paying homage to her own grandmother’s less conventional achievements through a feat of athleticism to be attempted in Greenport.

Well, off Greenport.  (more…)