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John Philip Sousa and his St. Johnsville friend

Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014
John Philip Sousa, “The March King” who composed “The Stars and Stripes Forever,” unsuccessfully courted a woman from the Mohawk Valley and remained a close friend of hers through the years.

Holiday no day of rest for rangers

Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014
Enough people had time off for Columbus Day weekend that it became a busy weekend for Adirondack Park forest rangers, who didn’t.

Women's pro tour returning

Friday, Oct. 17, 2014
In an era when male bowlers are struggling to make a living on the PBA Tour, women bowlers are finally getting another chance at their own professional tour
Janis Ian at Eighth Step, says new album is about astonishment, survival

Janis Ian at Eighth Step, says new album is about astonishment, survival

Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014
Promising new songs onstage at the Eighth Step at Proctors GE Theater on Sunday, Janis Ian said on Monday that “I’m Still Standing."

Darden sweep a lesson for boards

Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014
At last Friday’s annual meeting, Darden Restaurants shareholders voted out all 12 members of the company’s board and elected a dozen new directors nominated by Starboard Value L.P., an activist hedge fund.

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.

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