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Never a dull moment in NYC

Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014
If you’re like me, you hate packing for a trip more than unpacking after it’s over.
For instance, I got back from four vacation days in New York on Sunday, and it only took one day of procrastination before I emptied my suitcase. Only one.
With that vessel purged, it’s time to also unpack some random thoughts from a fun week in the Big Apple that included midweek racing at Belmont Park, raising a cold pint downtown while Derek Jeter’s Final Act unfolded in the Bronx, a few runs on iconic elements of the New York landscape and the Notre Dame-Syracuse football game at MetLife Stadium.

19th century inventor’s impact still felt

Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014
The man who invented a hose-coupling device used by America’s railroads and automakers spent most of his life in Fort Plain.

Ballston to test new farmland program

Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014
The town of Ballston looks like it will be the first in the state to actually adopt a transfer of development rights law as a way of protecting farmland.

Pizzarelli, Harris lead a busy jazz weekend

Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014
I was right to call this Live Jazz Month in a previous Jukebox, but wrong to list the John Pizzarelli Quartet as playing The Egg: They play the Massry Center on Saturday.

Goose hunt turns into limit of six squirrels

Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014
Last Friday, after not finding a cut cornfield our local Canada geese would visit, I went home, swapped the 12-gauge for my Gamo Buckmaster .177-caliber Squirrel Terminator airgun and headed back to the cornfields. It wasn’t to hunt geese, but rather to find some bushy tails. The fields were bordered on two sides by large hardwoods, and where there are hardwoods, there are squirrels.

Retail effort had downtown Albany popping

Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014
If you missed Pop-Place in downtown Albany this month, you may get another chance to check it out.

Chrome doesn’t lose luster

Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014
Won Kentucky Derby, Preakness.

Lost and found: Russo’s game, confidence have returned

Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014
Game back on track.

A lot of talk, but no action

Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014
Roger Goodell delivered on Friday.
I wasn’t expecting him to express any genuine concern for the welfare of women and children at the hands of abusers, which should’ve been the most important message to come out of this whole puppet show.
Nor was I expecting him to resign as NFL commissioner.
Check, and check.

A century ago, Amsterdam walked the walk

Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014
Competitive walking was the rage over 100 years ago, and one of America’s top marathon walkers visited Amsterdam several times.

Open space plan has alluring targets

Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014
The state’s new draft Open Space Conservation Plan calls for protecting Wolf Hollow/Hoffman’s Notch in West Glenville, expanding the Albany Pine Bush and keeping up the push to acquire Follensby Pond in the Adirondacks.

Burton keeps adjusting to keep NEST viable

Friday, Sept. 19, 2014
When Jim Burton moved to the Capital Region from Michigan four years ago, he had big ideas on how to put together a new tournament for seniors.
Since then, he’s had to adjust his expectations, but his New Era Senior Tournaments are still going strong.
Summer lingers with 3 outdoor festivals

Summer lingers with 3 outdoor festivals

Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014
Outdoor shows are still going on; there are three this weekend. Besides LarkFest on Saturday, FreshGrass Bluegrass Festival 2014 returns to MASS MoCA from Friday through Sunday, and the new American Music Festival for the Lake hits Lake George on Saturday and Sunday.

Hedge fund seeks control of restaurant company

Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014
You know you’ve got a problem when a disgruntled investor releases a 294-page report that criticizes every aspect of your restaurant operations, right down to how many breadsticks you put on the table and how tasty they are.

Coming up empty-handed on bear hunt

Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014
Spirits were high when Peck’s Lake hunters Albert Peck, his grandson, Clarence Chamberlain, and I headed out for our long-awaited trip to Lugdon Lodge outfitters, at Eagle Lake in northern Maine, just 15 miles from New Brunswick, Canada.

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