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Benjamin Paul Blood: Amsterdam’s psychedelic philosopher


Poet and philosopher Benjamin Paul Blood of Amsterdam was known for both his physical and mental strength.

Forgotten George Smith’s place among Kentucky Derby greats

Forgotten George Smith’s place among Kentucky Derby greats

There’s no doubt that, a hundred years from now (assuming we haven’t blown up the planet by then), there will be more than enough public accounting of American Pharoah’s Kentucky Derby and subsequent Triple Crown.

Escovedo, new trio to rock Cohoes Music Hall

Escovedo, new trio to rock Cohoes Music Hall

Alejandro Escovedo, one of our greatest rockers, plays the Cohoes Music Hall on Wednesday after making his first new album in four years, playing birthday gigs in Austin, New York City and Chicago, and forming a new trio — Brian Standefer, cello, and Sean Giddings, keyboards — for this short tour before the album hits.

NYSPHSAA Hall of Fame selection process has serious flaws

NYSPHSAA Hall of Fame selection process has serious flaws

Remember the laugh we had last fall when Amsterdam basically forgot to induct Kirk Douglas into its inaugural Hall of Fame class? Good times.

Espresso drinks stirring Dunkin’ success

First came the shot of espresso, then the lattes and cappuccinos created around it, and most recently the hand-crafted macchiatos that delicately layer espresso and milk.
We’re not talking Starbucks, but Dunkin’ Donuts.

Auriemma's turkey hunt a big success

Here’s a tale I like — the results of Mike Auriemma’s kids’ hunt.

UAlbany tennis team rewarded for sticking together

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UAlbany tennis team rewarded for sticking together

When fate and circumstances were storming the ramparts, the Great Danes leaned on each other, and now, here they are, playing in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history.

New York Giants got played at NFL Draft

New York Giants got played at NFL Draft

Eli Apple, the New York Giants’ first round pick at No. 10, is a solid choice. Big and fast, he went right around where I thought he would.

Girls' lacrosse goalies face the toughest shot in sports

Girls' lacrosse goalies face the toughest shot in sports

Bethlehem lacrosse goalkeeper Katherine Chiarella scrunched her nose like she smelled something bad.

Siena golf team got hot at perfect time

Siena golf team got hot at perfect time

An unlikely comeback extended the season for the Siena College men’s golf team and gave first-year head coach Steve Jensen quite a thrill.

Clifton Park to name supervisor next month

Clifton Park to name supervisor next month

Clifton Park should have a new represenative on the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors soon.

Fooling the ragman


In his day, ragman Harry Demsky was better known in Amsterdam than his son Isadore.

NFL Draft: Two QBs, then … ?

NFL Draft: Two QBs, then … ?

The Los Angeles Rams are not tipping their hand on whom they are selecting with the first overall pick in tonight’s NFL Draft (8 p.m., ESPN and NFL Network, streamed on NFL.com and ESPN3) — other than to say it will be a quarterback.

Wine trail has good chance to take hold


It was a bright Sunday morning when two dozen of us piled into a tour bus for an excursion to Finger Lakes wine country.

A new area to hunt turkeys in Saratoga County

Whenever I mention a .410 bore shotgun for turkey hunting, I get a considerable amount of, “Not enough gun.”

McKay returns to Van Dyck with political show

McKay returns to Van Dyck with political show

On Friday, pop’s try-anything quicksilver girl Nellie McKay brings her “Follow the Money: An Election-Themed Show” to the Van Dyck (237 Union St., Schenectady) where she played a brilliant show last April.

Albany Devils are in win-now mode

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Albany Devils are in win-now mode

Having taken care of business at home by winning the first two games of their best-of-five playing series against the Utica Comets — and doing so in impressive fashion — the Albany Devils can exhale, relax even, as they head into Game 3 tonight at the Utica Memorial Auditorium.

Bigley is still chasing PGA Tour dream

Bigley is still chasing PGA Tour dream

Although the clock keeps ticking, Bryan Bigley refuses to give up on his dream of playing on the PGA Tour.

Plays are pretty, but hits are prettier

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Plays are pretty, but hits are prettier

This was a game of long feeds for breakaways and perfect setups in front and a behind-the-back show-stopper of a pass.

Jazz Fest in New Orleans a rite of passage for many

No Jazz Fest in New Orleans for me this year, thanks for asking. But when son Zak’s friend Mary said she was going it, I realized how much I love Jazz Fest even without going, this time...

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