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In March '74, actor Brolin made house call to help open health spa

Joseph Curcio, head of the West Glenville Grange in 1974, samples winning entries in the organization’s pie and jelly roll contest on Feb. 26, 1974. Pie champ Katherine Popielarz (left) lends a helping fork. Ruth Parker is ready with her winning jelly roll sample.
Joseph Curcio, head of the West Glenville Grange in 1974, samples winning entries in the organization’s pie and jelly roll contest on Feb. 26, 1974. Pie champ Katherine Popielarz (left) lends a helping fork. Ruth Parker is ready with her winning jelly roll sample.
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The European Health Spa in Niskayuna opened with Brolin — but without Atlas. The exercise franchise celebrated its first day in business on Balltown Road on March 7, 1974. The spa owners had submitted plans for a statue of Greek mythology’s Atlas — complete with a model of the world on his shoulders — for the grounds. Niskayuna zoning board members nixed the idea for commercial and artistic reasons. Town officials had no problem with ...


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