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Villainous Darth Vader joins lineup of creative balloons at annual festival

Villainous Darth Vader joins lineup of creative balloons at annual festival

Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014
A massive Darth Vader hot air balloon will soar above Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport as the star attraction in the 42nd annual Adirondack Balloon Festival. “This has been a long time in the planning, more than five years, to work out the logistics to get this balloon here,” said Mark Donahue, the festival's president.
 
Seminar speakers to discuss location of historic fort

Seminar speakers to discuss location of historic fort

Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014
The subject of a Len Tantillo painting, Fort Nassau, and the year it was built, 1614, will be the theme of this year’s 37th New Netherland Seminar on Saturday at the New York State Museum.
 
Not your parents’ gym class: Teamwork stressed today

Not your parents’ gym class: Teamwork stressed today

Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014
It’s been quite a while since Rosemarie McGinnis attended Mont Pleasant High School, but the 81-year-old has no trouble describing the blue suit she was required to wear for gym class.
 
Teen’s battle drives work against eating disorders
NISKAYUNA

Teen’s battle drives work against eating disorders

Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014
Niskayuna teen Natalie Posner has come a long way. Now, she isn’t the girl with the eating disorder; she’s the girl leading the fight against eating disorders.
 
Thacher Park: A century of scenic vistas

Thacher Park: A century of scenic vistas

Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014
There are many places with wonderful views in the immediate Capital Region, and then, in a class by itself, there is Thacher Park.
 
Greek fest set next weekend at St. George

Greek fest set next weekend at St. George

Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014
In May of 1914, the Very Reverend Archimandrite Andrew Constantinidis put out a call for money to help build a Greek Orthodox Church in Schenectady. His appeal was heard around the state.
 
Iroquois Festival will include visitor from Creek nation

Iroquois Festival will include visitor from Creek nation

Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014
For 33 years now, the Iroquois Indian Museum in Howes Cave has been educating people about the native Americans who occupied this area long before the Europeans showed up.
 
In 1960, Capital District Scottish Games held under sunny skies

In 1960, Capital District Scottish Games held under sunny skies

Monday, Aug. 25, 2014
Welcome, highlanders! That was the sentiment on Saturday, Sept. 3, 1960, as pipers, drummers, dancers and marchers assembled for the annual Capital District Scottish Games at the Altamont Fairgrounds.
 
Crescent-Halfmoon trail takes visitors back to Erie Canal days

Crescent-Halfmoon trail takes visitors back to Erie Canal days

Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014
Walking around Crescent-Halfmoon Park on the banks of the Mohawk River, you can almost hear the music: “I’ve got a mule and her name is Sal, 15 miles on the Erie Canal.”
 
Last train from Playland

Last train from Playland

Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014
The 18-ride Hoffman's Playland has been a summer haven for children and teenagers since it opened in 1952, but is now slated to close in a few weeks.
 
Hospital volunteers offer a human touch to visitors, patients

Hospital volunteers offer a human touch to visitors, patients

Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014
With both parents in the medical profession, Niskayuna High junior Isabel Kim figured she knew what to expect when she began volunteering at Ellis Hospital earlier this summer. Well, she was wrong.
 
To aid charities, everyone’s it
ROTTERDAM

To aid charities, everyone’s it

Monday, Aug. 11, 2014
Jason Lange's dream of a world record game of tag fell far far short on Sunday, but the fundraiser for four organizations at Maple Ski Ridge was still plenty fun.
 
Drivers, putters both play at Gobbler’s Knob
COBLESKILL

Drivers, putters both play at Gobbler’s Knob

Monday, Aug. 11, 2014
Gobbler's Knob is a great place to practice your golf swing, or you can get revved up for a go-cart ride.
 
Tradition still strong at Altamont Fair

Tradition still strong at Altamont Fair

Monday, Aug. 11, 2014
As the opening day of the Altamont Fair draws near, fair officials are preparing attractions both old and new to wow fairgoers at the 121st annual, six-day tri-county event.
 
Biergarten celebrates German culture with food, song under the pines

Biergarten celebrates German culture with food, song under the pines

Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014
The biergarten at the German-American Club of Albany is a popular spot for many people looking to socialize.
 
 

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