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Niskayuna’s water is up to the test

SCHENECTADY COUNTY

Niskayuna’s water is up to the test

Hundreds of Dixie cups were used and a few gallons of waters were consumed Thursday afternoon in an effort to determine which municipality could claim the title of tastiest drinking water in Schenectady County. After a two-hour blind taste test, the choice was crystal clear.

Teens show caring side by aiding Schenectady senior citizens

SCHENECTADY

Teens show caring side by aiding Schenectady senior citizens

Jim Keith couldn’t find the words to describe how grateful he is for the teenagers volunteering their time to work on painting and building a ramp at his home on Lenox Road.

Maple syrup producers enjoy sweet success in ’16

CAPITAL REGION

Maple syrup producers enjoy sweet success in ’16

The arbitrary and capricious winter of 2016 was also far from normal for maple syrup producers, but in a good way. New York’s maple producers set a new production record for the state this year, surpassing 2015 — which was itself a 70-year high — by 18 percent.

Owners of pets lost in Jay Street fire receive special gift

SCHENECTADY

Owners of pets lost in Jay Street fire receive special gift

A local artist made portraits of the animals lost in the fatal Jay Street fire last year and donated them to their owners.

Tips and recipes for mastering the smoothie

Tips and recipes for mastering the smoothie

With temperatures rising, it’s time to break out the blender and start whipping up some frosty, fruity and flavorful smoothies.

Homeowners convert cramped quarters into cozy destination

Homeowners convert cramped quarters into cozy destination

The challenge: Homeowner Caryn Schall had no place to stash her stuff. When she and her husband bought their Minnetonka house in 2009, its lack of storage space wasn’t immediately apparent.

Paddleboard yoga not as hard as it sounds

SARATOGA

Paddleboard yoga not as hard as it sounds

Yoga on a paddleboard. When I first heard about it, my reaction was genuine curiosity mixed with the mental image of myself slipping and crashing into water.

Otis and Oliver’s: Flavorful food for varied tastes

Otis and Oliver’s: Flavorful food for varied tastes

The evening was still in the 90s on the stifling holiday Saturday — too hot to cook and even too hot to grill outside. A friend at The Gazette had recommended Otis and Oliver’s Restaurant, so Lois and I decided to give it a whirl.

A closer, quieter look shows the charms of Manchester, VT

Manchester, Vt.

A closer, quieter look shows the charms of Manchester, VT

There's a winding dirt road on the way to Manchester, Vermont, that has a secure hold on a corner of my heart. It may look like any other dirt road, but often it's those unassuming places that tug at you to return time and time again.

Blastoff ! Fireworks season set to launch

CAPITAL REGION

Blastoff ! Fireworks season set to launch

The skies above the Capital Region will begin to light up on Saturday in celebration of America’s 240th birthday.

Buying a beer with your book may soon be an option at Barnes & Noble

Buying a beer with your book may soon be an option at Barnes & Noble

With the unveiling of a revamped store design Thursday, Barnes & Noble seems to be betting that the way to its customers' wallets is through their stomachs.

10 ways night owls enjoy the Capital Region in summer

10 ways night owls enjoy the Capital Region in summer

The Capital Region doesn't fold up the sidewalks at 9 o'clock and call it a night. There's plenty of summertime fun to have after the sun sets. Here are some of our favorites.

Rotisserie chicken and noodles make a quick, tasty, no-cook meal

Rotisserie chicken and noodles make a quick, tasty, no-cook meal

If you’ve ever been through a kitchen remodel, you know what a pain it is to be without a stove.

Elaborate design or basic throwback, treehouses are a labor of love

SPARKS, Md.

Elaborate design or basic throwback, treehouses are a labor of love

Lexi, Lucas and Devin Goodman wander up the two-tier staircase and through a trapdoor. In the middle of the room is the trunk of a large oak tree. It’s their very own treehouse — and it’s far more involved than a few pieces of wood nailed to some branches.

Stewart's lets you be master of ice cream destiny

CAPITAL REGION

Stewart's lets you be master of ice cream destiny

Norman Rockwell never visited a Stewart's ice cream counter, but if he had he would have found inspiration.

Strawberry Festival, Juneteenth, St. Anthony's Fest offer food, fun

SCHENECTADY COUNTY

Strawberry Festival, Juneteenth, St. Anthony's Fest offer food, fun

Strawberry Fest turned Upper Union Street into a giant block party on Saturday, one of at least four festivals that played out across Niskayuna and Schenectady on a warm and sunny day that seemed to beckon residents outdoors.

Movado retiree plans to make good use of time on his hands

Movado retiree plans to make good use of time on his hands

Rick Coté has put in his time with Movado Group.

13 North: Casual American fare  in large portions

13 North: Casual American fare in large portions

13 North is the latest restaurant to occupy the building facing Route 9 at the Roosevelt Inn. It serves casual, American-style food and by that I mean tasty stuff and big, big portions.

Dress said to originate from Battle of Little Bighorn

Dress said to originate from Battle of Little Bighorn

In the 140 years since the Battle of the Little Bighorn, few people have known about the dress a Cheyenne woman is believed to have made from the uniforms of dead soldiers.

Walking the walk: Many health benefits to a daily stroll

Walking the walk: Many health benefits to a daily stroll

Dionne Warwick used to sing “Walk On By.” Dr. Robert E. Benton isn’t a music expert — he’s in the cardiology business — but he agrees with Dionne’s exercise advice.

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