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Mechanicville WWII vet spread news of Japan's surrender

MECHANICVILLE

Mechanicville WWII vet spread news of Japan's surrender

A young sailor from Mechanicville was a shipboard radioman helping news organizations get the word out to the world that the Japanese had officially surrendered on Sept. 2, 1945.

Still seeing red: 2 Mont Pleasant classes set for reunion

Still seeing red: 2 Mont Pleasant classes set for reunion

There will be stories, hugs and handshakes when Mont Pleasant’s classes of 1965 and 1966 gather for 50- and 49-year reunions late next month.

Last Titanic lunch menu, saved by survivor, going to auction

NEW YORK

Last Titanic lunch menu, saved by survivor, going to auction

The Titanic's last lunch menu — saved by a passenger who climbed aboard the so-called "Money Boat" before the ocean liner went down — is going to auction, where it's estimated it will bring $50,000 to $70,000.

Army of volunteers renovating Korean War-era tank

GLENVILLE

Army of volunteers renovating Korean War-era tank

Ronnie Quinn is reupholstering the seats in a Korean War-era Army tank at the Empire State Aerosciences Museum. “She wanted it all pink, but we said no,” joked fellow volunteer Tom Urquhart.

Stone walls uncovered at Lake George Colonial battleground

LAKE GEORGE

Stone walls uncovered at Lake George Colonial battleground

An archaeological dig at an 18th-century military site in the southern Adirondacks has uncovered large sections of stone walls that are believed to have been constructed within a larger British fortification that was never completed more than 250 years ago.

Scrapbook: Carnivals brought late summer fun in 1969

Scrapbook: Carnivals brought late summer fun in 1969

Patty Valentino found a cool way to cool down during the late summer of 1969. She stood inside a large cardboard box and poked her head through a hole cut into one of the sides. Then she waited as kids in the Steinmetz Park neighborhood threw wet sponges at her.

Navy veteran from Clifton Park recalls joy of VJ Day

CLIFTON PARK

Navy veteran from Clifton Park recalls joy of VJ Day

Clifton Park resident Daniel Riley remembers when the gunfire ceased and the news came that the last chapter of the war had finally come to a close, 70 years ago.

Couples gather in Times Square to re-enact kiss at war's end

NEW YORK

Couples gather in Times Square to re-enact kiss at war's end

With a countdown of "five, four, three, two, one, smooch," couples from across the world puckered up in Times Square on Friday to mark the 70th anniversary of the famous kiss celebrating the end of World War II.

Scrapbook: Amsterdam school's Class of '65 set for reunion

Scrapbook: Amsterdam school's Class of '65 set for reunion

Joan Slavis Kolodziej of Amsterdam and Sharon Grayson Opiela of Scotia were part of a very friendly group -- the Class of '65 at Amsterdam's Wilbur H. Lynch High School. The class's 50-year reunion is set for Aug. 14-16.

Dig returns to artifact-rich Colonial American site in Lake George

LAKE GEORGE

Dig returns to artifact-rich Colonial American site in Lake George

An archaeological project has returned to an artifact-rich state park in the southern Adirondacks on what was the focal point of the warring British and French empires more than 250 years ago.

Van Alen House in Kinderhook a nice summer day excursion

KINDERHOOK

Van Alen House in Kinderhook a nice summer day excursion

If you’re fascinated by the region’s rich Dutch history, consider spending a day this summer at the Van Alen House in Kinderhook.

Scrapbook: Camp Lovejoy was busy, happy place in '70

Scrapbook: Camp Lovejoy was busy, happy place in '70

Kids were swimming, building huts and exploring the woods at Altamont's Camp Lovejoy during the summer of 1970. Old Jesse Lovejoy would have been happy to meet Robert Peek and fellow nature lovers Alex Starson and Gerald Brooks.

Grant's Cottage marks president's death

Grant's Cottage marks president's death

The 130th anniversary of the death of President Ulysses S. Grant will be marked at 1 p.m. Saturday at Grant’s Cottage on Mt. McGregor.

Scrapbook: Upsets, visit from basketball star at '70 track opener

Scrapbook: Upsets, visit from basketball star at '70 track opener

Future NBA star Bob Lanier was in the house, but nobody was thinking about hoops at Saratoga Race Course on opening day in 1970. The day featured an enthusiastic crowd and some nice upsets.

Blacksmith shows off skill he forged as a child

ROTTERDAM JUNCTION

Blacksmith shows off skill he forged as a child

John Ackner, maintenance man for the Schenectady County Historical Society, has a passion for blacksmithing.

Professor will discuss slavery at annual Northup event

SARATOGA SPRINGS

Professor will discuss slavery at annual Northup event

Cheryl LaRoche, an archeology and history professor at the University of Maryland, will be the keynote speaker at “A Celebration of Freedom,” the 17th annual Solomon Northup Day on Saturday from noon-4 p.m. at Skidmore College.

History comes to life in Colonial-era Johnstown home

JOHNSTOWN

History comes to life in Colonial-era Johnstown home

Johnson Hall has been restored to the same condition it was in when the Johnsons were in residence.

Cool things and 1 hot topic in 1962

Cool things and 1 hot topic in 1962

Swimming pools were cool in 1962. So were baby raccoons. But sparklers? Not so much.

Who's John Jay? Scholars urge new look at forgotten founder

Who's John Jay? Scholars urge new look at forgotten founder

The inner circle of founders has been set for as long as anyone can remember — Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Franklin, Hamilton and Madison.

Scrapbook: Kids, adults enjoyed summer pursuits in '95

Scrapbook: Kids, adults enjoyed summer pursuits in '95

Warm July weather in 1995 convinced youngsters to roll, splash and fly during days of endless leisure.

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