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Fish still biting on local waters despite weather

Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014
It might be a bit colder and windy at times, but the fish are biting. Those tournament guys and gals are catching some very nice bass on our area’s lakes and rivers. Clifton Park anglers Jim Clyne and Dan Brinsko proved that Saratoga Lake still has some trophy-sized largemouths out there.

Scorch, we hardly knew ye

Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014
For the first time since a caveman rubbed two sticks together, fire has been fired.

A new king reigns at Union

Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014
Unless you’re a big-conference FBS mega-program, a college frequently draws its athletic identity from one or two signature sports.
If you play word association with schools in the Capital Region, the answers come with Pavlovian immediacy:
UAlbany . . . basketball and football; Siena . . . basketball; RPI . . . hockey.
That association still exists at Union College, but there has been a seismic shift in what the answer is these days.

It's time for Union to get to work

Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014
Mat Bodie’s ring was ginormous, the banner dominated center ice, the sparkly new strobe lights buzzed your eyeballs and the crowd was in full throat.
Huh. And that first goal against was mighty quick.
And the thud from that second one was mighty dull.

'Immoral' show sparked controversy

Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014
Two Amsterdam clergymen had concerns and asked Mayor John Dwyer to do something about the Rose Hill Folly Company planning to perform Wednesday, Nov. 6, 1889, at the Potter Opera House on Market Street, across the thoroughfare from the future location of the Rialto Theatre.

LeClair is taking his own advice

Friday, Oct. 10, 2014
The more Brian LeClair gives lessons on modern bowling techniques, the better he performs on the lanes.
Big shows punctuate solo performances

Big shows punctuate solo performances

Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014
Onstage music ranges from solo-sparse to sprawling-sumptuous this week. Take tonight: Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons at the Palace Theatre (19 Clinton St. at N. Pearl St., Albany), John Hiatt at The Egg (Empire State Plaza, Albany), Mike Watt’s Il Sogno Del Marinaio at the Low Beat, and Carlene Carter at Caffe Lena.

Revised state rules aim to ensure debt is legitimate

Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014
More than 100,000 credit-card cases are filed annually in state courts, many of which result in what New York’s chief judge, Jonathan Lippman of the Court of Appeals, says are unwarranted judgments against ordinary people because the debt is old, undocumented or incorrect.

Smaller area lakes offer plenty of action

Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014
All summer, the majority of the fishing reports I have published have been about the good bass fishing in the bigger lakes and rivers. These include Lake Champlain, which may be the best bass water in the Northeast. Then there is Lake George, which also has plenty of bass, as does the St. Lawrence River. There are six little lakes, all less than 750 acres. They all offer more than just bass, and are less than an hour from home, and the recent fishing reports tell me that the fall bite has definitely begun.

Success leads to high expectations

Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014
The one sneaky guy on the roster, 5-foot-zilch walk-on Steve Cruz, graduated last spring.
At the annual schmoozefest for Siena basketball season-ticket holders on Tuesday, coach Jimmy Patsos updated the crowd that Cruz is pursuing his MBA at night and working on Wall Street during the day.
“Cruz was always a sneaky guy,” Patsos told the fans, suggesting that he would fit right in on Wall Street.
So, minus Cruz, Siena’s stealth division is not only woefully understaffed but also obsolete now, anyway, since the Saints are hiding in plain sight.

Paint this wagon Royal blue

Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014
I hate baseball. Specifically, Major League Baseball. I like to be the Baseball Contrarian. The Baseball Curmudgeon.

Amsterdam mayor was noted ally for FDR

Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014
During the 1920s, Arthur Carter of Amsterdam worked as an auditor for the state Comptroller’s Office in Albany and got to know Gov. Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Price of history getting higher in national parks

Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014
In August, National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis rather quietly told every park to reconsider its fees, as the agency looks to fund a $12 billion backlog of major maintenance ahead of its centennial in 2016.

Union starting a new journey

Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014
Many of the faces were familiar, some of them were not and several were conspicuous by their absence.
The sweater remains the same.
There’s a garnet “U” on the front, a number on the back and scant room for this supposed bull’s-eye that by popular opinion must be on this shirt somewhere.

Series trying to lure scratch bowlers

Friday, Oct. 3, 2014
Bowling is back with the Northeast Bowling Proprietors of New York’s Huck Finn tournament series, and qualifiers for both scratch and handicap competitors are underway at area centers.

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