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Niska-Day 35 a fiesta to remember

NISKAYUNA

Niska-Day 35 a fiesta to remember

For many, Niska-Day is not just about the parade or the fair or performances.

It’s a family affair at sixth annual Walk-n-Roll for spina bifida

SCHENECTADY

It’s a family affair at sixth annual Walk-n-Roll for spina bifida

Eight-year-old NyAisha Linen brought her whole family to the sixth annual Walk-n-Roll for spina bifida in Schenectady’s Central Park on Saturday, organized by the Spina Bifida Association of Northeastern New York (SBANENY).

Nearly 8 in 10 public pools in CDC study failed routine safety inspections

Nearly 8 in 10 public pools in CDC study failed routine safety inspections

Summer's right around the corner, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is here to remind you that there's nothing like a dip in a public pool - a place where you might encounter tiny bits of fecal matter, parasites like Cryptosporidium and volatile chemicals that can irritate your eyes or respiratory tract.

SARATOGA SPRINGS

SPAC already at 80 percent of new capital campaign goal

The Saratoga Performing Arts Center on Wednesday announced a $5 million capital campaign that has already raised 80 percent of that goal.

Can Congress stop people from wasting perfectly good food?

WASHINGTON

Can Congress stop people from wasting perfectly good food?

Growing up on a dairy farm, Rep. Chellie Pingree's mother taught her there was nothing in the refrigerator you couldn't use in a recipe - even if it was expired.

National Park Service marks its 100th birthday

National Park Service marks its 100th birthday

Ready to blow out some candles? The National Park Service is celebrating its 100th birthday this summer!

Homemade bagels can be better than bought ones

Homemade bagels can be better than bought ones

Let’s be frank. Most of us do not live in New York City, and most of us probably wouldn’t want to live there, save for one reason: the bagels.

Thinking outside the fence and going green

Thinking outside the fence and going green

Landscapers and their clients are using a variety of greens to create privacy and outdoor living rooms and gardens.

Twitter to stop counting photos and links in 140-character limit

Twitter to stop counting photos and links in 140-character limit

Twitter will soon stop counting photos and links in its 140-character limit for tweets, according to a person familiar with the matter.

U.S. bee colonies continue to decline as pests, chemicals blamed

U.S. bee colonies continue to decline as pests, chemicals blamed

U.S. honeybee numbers continue to drop, according to two new studies, with scientists blaming mite infestations while the pace of the phenomenon known as colony collapse disorder accelerated in the first quarter.

Beer purity law, a German tradition (and marketing tool), turns 500

Beer purity law, a German tradition (and marketing tool), turns 500

But even as Germans celebrate the anniversary of the purity law, with dozens of events planned throughout the year (among them, an art show themed around “the beer gut”), not everyone is so enthusiastic about it.

Arts and crafts store helps women victims of trafficking gain respect

SCHENECTADY

Arts and crafts store helps women victims of trafficking gain respect

Quilting and cross-stitch, knitting and sewing, stamping and crochet. Whatever your craft, there are materials and tools for it at Her Treasure Box, a new arts and crafts thrift store on Van Vranken Avenue in Schenectady.

Villa Tuscan Grille offers excellent food at reasonable prices

Villa Tuscan Grille offers excellent food at reasonable prices

The familiar face of Joanne Cornell Aragosa greeted us at the door with a big smile and open arms.

Flint House event will cover broom corn industry, more

Flint House event will cover broom corn industry, more

For decades throughout the 19th century, farmers in and around the village of Scotia were responsible for Schenectady County earning the distinction as the broom corn capital of the world.

Business to mark 10 years, observe World Fair Trade Day

SARATOGA SPRINGS

Business to mark 10 years, observe World Fair Trade Day

World Fair Trade Day this year is doubly a cause for celebration for one Saratoga Springs business, Mango Tree Imports — it deals only in Fair Trade goods, and May 2016 marks its 10th anniversary.

Bird flu egg shortages disappear as U.S. farms quick to replace flock

Bird flu egg shortages disappear as U.S. farms quick to replace flock

America's egg crisis is over. Not only have shortages disappeared, but there are signs of an emerging glut.

Dating site wants to help Americans flee Trump by meeting Canadians

Dating site wants to help Americans flee Trump by meeting Canadians

Joe Goldman, 25, is dead serious about dating across the 49th parallel. His new site, Maple Match, "makes it easy for Americans to find the ideal Canadian partner to save them from the unfathomable horror of a Trump presidency."

Hot off the griddle: Corn tortillas

Hot off the griddle: Corn tortillas

You can wrap just about anything in a freshly made corn tortilla, hot off the comal or griddle, and it’ll be wonderful.

Out in style: How to furnish outdoor spaces

Out in style: How to furnish outdoor spaces

There used to be a shortage of options for outdoor furnishings, especially when it came to smaller spaces. Now, it seems there are just about as many pieces, styles, colors, materials and price points for items outside the home as there are for items inside it.

Mel Bartholomew, engineer who popularized square foot gardening, dies at 84

He said a square foot garden, growing in a mix of compost, coarse vermiculite and peat moss, required no pesticides or tools, took 20 percent of the space of a row garden and needed 10 percent of the water. It could be placed on a porch, patio, deck or roof.

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