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Sheriff’s cars to get new look

Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014
Starting this spring, the patrol cars of the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department will show up better against a snowbank.
 

Driver, walker safety a concern

Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014
In Saratoga Springs, more people cross Broadway each day — getting from a parking deck to a coffee shop, say, if not to a bar — than drive on the city’s main thoroughfare.
 

Long-term transit plan a big need

Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014
Pumping new money into roads, bridges and buses will require a different kind of thinking than has been seen recently in the House of Representatives.
 

Time has come for Rexford bridge to go

Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014
After decades of talk about replacing the Rexford bridge, it looks like it could actually happen.
 

Saratoga County board leadership has different look

Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014
Saratoga County’s Law and Finance Committee held its first meeting of the year last Wednesday, and it’s a very different-looking committee from a year ago.
 

Racing chair vocal backer of casino

Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014
There may be doubts in Saratoga Springs about whether a full-scale casino belongs in the city, but there’s no reason to think those doubts are shared in county government.
 

Notable figures make moves for ’14

Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013
For a lifelong student of politics, my record at predicting election results is humbling.
 

Saratoga Springs' growth taking a toll on homeless

Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013
The homeless population has become more visible around Saratoga Springs in the last year or so, provoking talk that something needed to be done.
 

County not feeling love from Cuomo

Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013
Back when the Republicans controlled state spending, the county got hundreds of millions to prime the pump, and that helped attract GlobalFoundries and others. The Cuomo administration, however, is putting its money toward pumping a pulse back into other corners of the state.
 

‘Loophole’ filled in boat inspection plan

Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013
Whether Old Friend Winter freezes the whole of Lake George by February or not, spring will eventually come, and by then, this Adirondack lake will almost certainly be the first in the Eastern U.S. to make inspections mandatory before boats are launched.
 

Malta Avenue School held message from distant past

Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013
David Thompson built the Malta Avenue School — the new high school for the thriving little mill town of Ballston Spa — at the turn of the last century. He evidently wanted to be remembered for that, but the fact was lost to history until workers renovating what are now the school district offices unexpectedly unearthed a time capsule in the school’s foundation last month.
 

iPhone now the apple of GloFo’s eye

Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013
I’m showing my age with this metaphor, but I think Apple and GlobalFoundries could be Warren Beatty and Natalie Wood, ducking through the shrubbery in a little prairie town. The quieter the youngsters want to keep their budding interest in each other, the more the tongues around town — or in the high-tech community — will cluck.
 

Lake George parking lot hid trove of native history

Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013
When people who earn state paychecks spread stuff wrapped in plastic sandwich bags across a table so we newshounds can take pictures, it’s usually pounds of marijuana or maybe a few illicit handguns. But on Thursday, a rustic picnic table at Lake George Campground was covered with chert arrowheads and stone tools — proof of human activity at today’s Million Dollar Beach something like 10,000 years ago.
 

Washington ate and drank here

Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013
George Washington may have slept in Stillwater and Schenectady, but he at least took the waters in Saratoga and dined at a war hero’s house in Ballston.
 

Civil War ‘survivor’ remembered

Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013
James Cutbush wasn’t even a U.S. citizen when he signed up for the Union Army. But after what the young Englishman experienced during the Civil War, he more than earned the right to call himself an American.
 
 

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