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Qualifiers set for Donato doubles

Friday, Oct. 31, 2014
The late Nick Donato didn’t mind being in the shadow of his legendary brother, Joe, arguably the greatest bowler in Schenectady history.
Nick was a solid bowler himself, but he never reached the heights in the game that his brother enjoyed, both locally and briefly on the pro tour.
Still, it’s great to see that long after both Donatos passed away, their names are being kept alive by scratch tournaments run by their family.
Jayhawks bring pop-flavored tunes to Egg

Jayhawks bring pop-flavored tunes to Egg

Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014
The Jayhawks who play The Egg tonight are the same crew who opened for Matchbox 20 at the RPI Fieldhouse in 1996: Gary Louris, guitar and vocals; Karen Grotberg, keyboards; Mark Perlman, bass; Kraig Johnson, guitar and Tim O’Reagan, drums. They’re complicated; with departures, marriages and divorces, side projects, rehab and reconciliations. Louris’ Jayhawks make more pop-flavored music than when the earthier Olson is aboard.

A grocery growth spurt online

Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014
In the next decade, the share of grocery shopping occurring online will be as much as 17 percent, up considerably from today’s 4 percent, according to one industry survey.

Safe Act 2 could focus on ammunition

Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014
s if NY Safe Act wasn’t enough, I’ve heard there “could be” a NY Safe Act 2. Assemblyman Andy Goodall (R,C,I-Chautauqua) spoke to a group of gun owners sponsored by SCOPE (Shooters Committee on Political Education) about pending legislation in the state Assembly and Senate. He said that the newest attacks on gun owners will focus on ammunition, and all they do is increase its cost.

Two days of betting bliss

Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014
That $2.65 left in my NYRA Rewards account has been getting lonely.
Fortunately, the Breeders’ Cup is coming up this weekend, which means it will be replenished by me on Friday, and hopefully replenished further by some winning tickets.

Whitehall community says yes, board says no to football coach

Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014
It seems like somebody was looking for a reason to get rid of Justin Culligan as the football coach at Whitehall High School. And if that was the case, boy, did they get one.

Grant will add stretch to historic canal trail

Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014
The recreation trail planned along the old Champlain Canal has landed a big federal grant to add one of the longest pieces yet — a section near Schuylerville as long as the Belmont Stakes.

A portrait of life in Amsterdam in 1957

Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014
A snapshot of Amsterdam life almost 60 years ago can be gleaned from programs for community events collected by the late Raymond J. Zierak.

Good advice at a low price

Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014
Basketball practices are open at the Alumni Recreation Center, so it’s not unusual to see a grey-haired retiree in a Siena golf shirt mosey on in.
And these spectators have their opinions, but most of them don’t then actually step onto the court and start teaching the Saints how to play basketball, like an AARPster telling the chef how to stock the buffet at Golden Corral.
On Tuesday, one did.

Grades scandal leaves an ugly stain

Friday, Oct. 24, 2014
Eighteen years.
That’s the lifespan of a college freshman.
If you were born in 1993, you could be old enough to enroll at the University of North Carolina by 2010 and thus step onto a campus rich in sports tradition.
I’m talking most notably, of course, about the Tar Heels’ success on the basketball court, where the men’s team has won the NCAA tournament five times, most recently in 2009.
Well, no, that’s not what I’m talking about.
Terrific Friday features Menegon, Fleck

Terrific Friday features Menegon, Fleck

Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014
What a great Friday night! Local shows scheduled include Johnny Mathis, Primus, John Menegon, Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn playing together and Lip Talk.

Hunt for sika deer a Bucket List trophy

Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014
I was surprised when I arrived last Thursday at the Davenport Game Preserve for my sika deer hunt — there was no one at the lodge. I was about an hour early and anxious. When that hour turned into an hour and a half, I called my friend and preserve manager Jerry Wilson to see where he was. “I’m home [Pennsylvania], Ed,” he said. “The hunt is tomorrow.”

Boscov’s tells story of century in ad series

Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014
I’ve been reading the history of Boscov’s in serial form, thanks to the vignettes the department store is publishing in its advertising circulars.

Sabres are doing it right

Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014
The Schalmont football team is too good for its own good.
One of the creative challenges for the coaching staff, whose team is averaging 63 points a game, is figuring out how not to score.
Does that make any sense?

Siena perfect fit for Cole

Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014
Patrick Cole didn’t want to get into much detail about why he missed a few days of practice this past week. There was a shooting back home, in Newark, N.J., a childhood friend died and he needed to leave the Siena College campus for a few days.

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