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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.

Lake George Asian clams have spread

Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013
While Lake George officials plan for mandatory boat inspections to keep future invasive species out of the region’s most famous lake, the fight against a current boat-borne invader hasn’t gone well.

The other deer season is here, too

Friday, Oct. 4, 2013
I may be tempting fate to write it, but I have never hit a deer.

Northway airport link on wish list

Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013
The Capital Region Economic Development Council has submitted a new wish list, including money for connecting the Albany International Airport directly to the Northway.

Saratoga County asked to not let man pay tax bill

Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013
An attorney for Bruce Tanski — one of Halfmoon’s most prominent developers and a major Republican campaign donor — appeared before the county Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, urging it not to let the previous property owner get 141 acres of prime real estate in Halfmoon back by paying the back tax bill.

Veitch jumps several steps in leadership

Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013
The Veitch name is already well-known around Saratoga Springs, and it’s going to become better-known across Saratoga County.

Where the roads really are primitive

Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013
The Adirondack Park Agency is still at least a month from deciding whether to classify new state lands around the upper Hudson River as wilderness or something that will open the land to more visitors.

Young adults are abusing kids’ medicine

Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013
Wearing the kind of black ski mask costume that made him look like a good student of bad movies, a 20-year-old naval trainee named Richard K. Sliski is accused of displaying a semi-automatic handgun and robbing the Ballston Spa CVS pharmacy.

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