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Kelly Center fellows study meaning of ‘wilderness,’ female writers

NISKAYUNA

Kelly Center fellows study meaning of ‘wilderness,’ female writers

On the back patio of the Kelly Adirondack Center last week, Sydney Paluch sat in an Adirondack chair with her laptop, surrounded by tall pines and hardwoods, working on a study of female authors.

Future and former racehorses on view at Saturday’s farm tour

Future and former racehorses on view at Saturday’s farm tour

Some horses are too young for the big show on Union Avenue. And others have already done their share. Those two groups will be available for photo opportunities Saturday, during the 2016 Saratoga County Horse Farm Tour.

Civil Air Patrol basic cadets learn, lead at encampment

GLENVILLE

Civil Air Patrol basic cadets learn, lead at encampment

A person cannot become a good leader unless he or she has first been a good follower. Lt. Col. David Panzera has harped on that over the past week to the 132 Civil Air Patrol basic cadets under his command at a leadership encampment at Stratton Air National Guard Base.

Glenville ropes course case heading to court

GLENVILLE

Glenville ropes course case heading to court

Mountain Ridge Adventure’s owners will have their day in court over unfiled paperwork the town of Glenville said is necessary for the business to operate.

Hawkwood digs help to ‘acquaint people with history’

BALLSTON

Hawkwood digs help to ‘acquaint people with history’

It didn’t take the enthusiastic volunteers long to start finding things buried in the soil around the ruins of the old Hawkwood Mansion this past weekend.

Marty Wade: A garage band’s best friend

Marty Wade: A garage band’s best friend

If local bands landed gigs at schools, fire halls or town parks, Marty was the guy on stage — in a loud rock star jacket — belting out introductions.

The band plays on: Union Fire Company in Ballston Spa keeps tradition alive

The band plays on: Union Fire Company in Ballston Spa keeps tradition alive

Eleven musicians sat in a half circle inside Ballston Spa’s Union Fire Company No. 2. The trumpets and piccolo were ready. So were the clarinets, bells and baritone horns.

Author details how to make fascinating summer headwear

Author details how to make fascinating summer headwear

Flirty, elegant and oh so fashionable. It’s fascinator season in Saratoga Springs. This summer, you can create your own little cocktail hat with a new book by Hannah Scheidig, a milliner in Edinburgh, Scotland, who has taught hundreds of women how to make them.

New app has users scouring landmarks in search of Pokémon

CAPITAL REGION

New app has users scouring landmarks in search of Pokémon

A teenager walking through Juracka Park in Rotterdam has his gaze fixed on his phone screen. The phone vibrates and there’s a rustle from nearby. He stops. A wild Pidgey has appeared.

Hoop dreams: ‘Love and understanding’

SCHENECTADY

Hoop dreams: ‘Love and understanding’

The gym at the State Street YMCA buzzed with the sounds of jovial conversation as basketballs bounced on the floor and off backboards Saturday afternoon.

Ski center using summer to chase wintertime blues

ROTTERDAM

Ski center using summer to chase wintertime blues

Unlike the winter, the hills are alive this summer at Maple Ridge.

Modern Welding School continues providing in-demand skill

SCHENECTADY

Modern Welding School continues providing in-demand skill

Much of the old-time industrial landscape of Schenectady is changed or gone, but a trade school teaching one of the most vital industrial skills is still going strong, and marking its 80th year in 2016.

Schoharie County walking history tours begin today

Schoharie County walking history tours begin today

The devastation wrought by Hurricane Irene in 2011 is the kind of history Jeff O’Connor would like to forget. He’s much happier unearthing events from the 18th century.

SICM lunch program back for 22nd year

SCHENECTADY

SICM lunch program back for 22nd year

For impoverished families that rely on schools to provide their children with breakfast and lunch during the week, summer brings the additional struggle of affording enough food to nourish their children.

Three addiction outreach centers eyed

CAPITAL REGION

Three addiction outreach centers eyed

The Prevention Council of Saratoga County has received a $1.75 million state grant to establish a regional clearinghouse for addiction treatment services.

A plug for the future: Electric car owners say they're fun, here to stay

A plug for the future: Electric car owners say they're fun, here to stay

Reporter Karen Bjornland talked to three electric-car owners and took a few spins.

At campground: A congenial  community of Phish followers

SARATOGA

At campground: A congenial community of Phish followers

Phish fans descended on Lee’s Park Campground this weekend for three days of good vibes and improvisational jams at nearby SPAC, where the band is playing three shows through Sunday evening.

Nearly 105, 'Anna' has seen oppression, war and freedom

GLENVILLE

Nearly 105, 'Anna' has seen oppression, war and freedom

Anna’s birthday is coming and it’s a big one. On July 12, she’ll be 105 years old.

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.

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.

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