Stories for September 2013


Monday, September 30

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Bethlehem budget calls for 1.23% tax hike

After tough 2013, next year’s plan contains few cuts

"Good news" budget for 2014 touted by Bethlehem Supervisor John Clarkson. Others not so sure.

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CBA vs Saratoga boys high school football - Photo Gallery

This is a photo gallery from the CBA vs Saratoga boys varsity football game on Sept. 27.

Saturday, September 28

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Ghost tours get under way

Three evenings with paranormal society will be added to this year’s program

The Original Albany Ghost Tour isn’t just about telling spooky stories. It’s about giving people a different look at the history of New York state’s capital city.

Friday, September 27

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Hot rods, hot soup

Chamber to hold annual ‘Souped Up on Guilderland’ at a new location

The Guilderland Chamber of Commerce will on hold Saturday, Sept. 28, its seventh annual event combining ladles of savory soups and awesome automobiles: Souped Up on Guilderland.

Voorheesville to exit county Stormwater Coalition

Village trustees cite increased fee in plans for departure

The Voorheesville Board of Trustees signaled their intention to leave the county Stormwater Coalition during a workshop meeting on Monday, Sept. 16, after the annual membership fee for the village was more than doubled to around $7,300.

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Families at the finish line

Colonie Youth Center holds 10th annual 5K and kids runs promoting health and wellness

The Colonie Youth Center will mark a decade of hosting its annual Crossings 5K Challenge and Kids Runs on Sunday, Sept. 29, in The Crossings Park at the Rudy A. Ciccotti Family Recreation Center located at 30 Aviation Road in Colonie. There is race-day registration available.

Altamont paving starts Monday

The state Department of Transportation will begin a paving project on Altamont Boulevard (Route 156) in Altamont on Monday.

Thursday, September 26

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Football: Gridiron showdown set for Friday

Guilderland hosts Shaker in battle of undefeated teams

One of the best offenses in Section II Class AA football meets one of the toughest defenses when Guilderland and Shaker collide Friday in a cross-divisional game at Guilderland.

Sports poll: Which boys soccer player is the best playmaker in Albany County?

This week, we want to know who is the best playmaker in Albany County boys soccer.

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Boys soccer: Eagles respond to rare loss with wins

Bethlehem boys beat Niskayuna and Saratoga following OT loss to Ballston Spa

A rare Suburban Council loss riled up the Bethlehem boys soccer team last week.

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Golf: The Earl of Normanside

Winchester wins Super Senior division title at state amateur tournament

Earl Winchester practically grew up on the Normanside Country Club golf course.

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Boys soccer: Coach’s bare feet bring good luck to Blue Bison

Shaker boys soccer is off to a 4-1 start under Fountain

A split-second decision has turned into a superstition for Shaker boys soccer coach Dan Fountain.

Police search for scam suspects

Colonie police are looking for three people they say have fraudulently sought loans from local credit unions this month.

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Festival’s secret ingredient is community

Agudat Achim’s carrot festival has grown to an annual rite of fall

In Niskayuna, an orange vegetable marks the beginning of the fall season, and it’s not the pumpkin.

Wednesday, September 25

Albany County awarded $600k security grant

Funds will help build countywide emergency communications, terrorism prevention

On the eve of Sept. 11, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy announced the county had been awarded nearly $600,000 by the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services to help improve crisis communications and prevent terrorist attacks.

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Challengers hit the trail

Bethlehem United candidates holding public meetings to kick off campaigns

Bethlehem United candidates are kicking off the local election season by holding a series of community meetings around town.

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Group hosts second Jamboree

BCCF’s homecoming event will once again precede BC game

For the second year running, the Bethlehem Central Community Foundation will be sponsoring a Homecoming Jamboree before the big game.

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Beverwyck marks 20 years

Slingerlands retirement community holds special events for residents, families

This month, Beverwyck, The Eddy’s retirement community located in Slingerlands, celebrated its 20th anniversary. It was the first full-service retirement community to be built in Albany County.

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Down the rabbit hole

UAlbany to host unconventional performance written in Iran

"White Rabbit, Red Rabbit" has been performed all over the world and in 15 languages, but in each instance a different actor has staged it without a director, a set or even preparation.

Letter: A few questions about the IDA and Vista

This letter appeared in the Sept. 25, 2013, edition of The Spotlight.

Letter: Two more years for Clarkson

This letter appeared in the Sept. 25, 2013, edition of The Spotlight.

Letter: Sign law needs new look

This letter appeared in the Sept. 25, 2013, edition of The Spotlight.

Letter: Get serious about going green

This letter appeared in the Sept. 25, 2013, edition of The Spotlight.

Letter: A thank you to primary voters in the Town of Bethlehem

This letter appeared in the Sept. 25, 2013, edition of The Spotlight.

Editorial: Snappy slogan oversimplifies

This editorial appeared in the Sept. 25, 2013, edition of The Spotlight.

Tuesday, September 24

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Latham Price Chopper sets the standard

Plans advancing for chain’s ‘store of the decade,’ completion by end of year

Renovations are giving the Latham Price Chopper more than a fresh look and new layout, because prepared foods, a casual dinning experience and specialty food choices will soon present “chopper shoppers” with a top notch experience, according to Neil Golub, executive chairman of the Golub Corp. board.

Saturday, September 21

Gap closed on Rail Trail repairs

New Scotland Town Board awards $4,500 to complete bridge work, open trail

The New Scotland Town Board on Wednesday, Sept. 11, approved donating $4,500 to the Friends of the Rail Trail to complete bridge renovations to open up a section of the Rail Trail from Upper Font Grove Road to the Route 155 bridge.

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Cash cow

Fantastic Fall Festival serves to raise money for child with DMD

The Fantastic Fall Festival helps raise money for Derek Murphy, a 12-year-old boy from North Greenbush with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Friday, September 20

Activists aim to eliminate Styrofoam

County bill would ban usage of plastic foam at chain businesses

Several proponents of a ban on polystyrene foam, commonly known as Styrofoam, from chain establishments continued urging county legislators on Monday, Sept. 9, to approve the “Food Service Waste Reduction Act.”

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County gets cooking

McCoy, Apple face off to draw attention to being prepared in the event of an emergency

In an effort to highlight the importance of being prepared for an emergency, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy and Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple participated in a cook-off competition on Thursday, Sept. 12. The event was a partnership between ShopRite Supermarkets and Albany County.

Cohoes man arrested on child porn charges

The Albany County Sheriff’s Office has charged a Cohoes man with possession child pornography.

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Secrets of the mummy

New documentary explores the process behind unlocking revelations about Albany’s resident mummies

Mary Valentis pictured movie magic when a new partnership between the Albany Medical Center and the Albany Institute of Art and History was announced in the spring of 2012.

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Learning a lifelong adventure at Bethlehem HILL

Institute dedicated to providing college-level courses celebrates 20th anniversary

The Humanities Institute for Lifelong Learning, or HILL, in Delmar, was founded in 1993 to enhance lifelong learning opportunities for the adult community in the Capital District.

Thursday, September 19

Local author draws from Vietnam experiences

Glenmont man’s short stories drawing from Vietnam experiences arranged into book

Albany Law School professor James Redwood started writing about Vietnam more than 25 years ago through fictional short stories.

Police: Drugged driving led to teen's injury

Police have charged a Greenville woman with drugged driving more than eight months after the alleged violation.

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Up, up and away

40th Adirondack Balloon Festival has something for everyone

The Adirondack Balloon Festival began in 1972 in an effort to bring tourists to the area after Labor Day.

Wednesday, September 18

Bethlehem eyes abandoned building

Building Dept. asks to secure property, board reaches out to bank

Officials from the Town of Bethlehem Building Department have asked the Town Board for permission to secure an abandoned building on Monroe Avenue.

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Rocking the cradle

New School of Rock franchise opens in Latham

School of Rock im Latham is a unique approach to music lessons.

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From the page to the stage

NYS Writers Institute announces season’s Visiting Writers and Classic Film series

The New York State Writers Institute recently announced its fall semester Visiting Writers Series and Classic Film Series, which kicked off Wednesday, Sept. 11, with fiction writer and extends until the final event on Dec. 3 with author Ayana Mathis. All of the events are free and open to the public.

Police: Woman traveling wrong way on Thruway was drunk

Police arrested a Mechanicville woman in the early morning hours for allegedly driving the wrong way on the Thruway.

Letter: Times calls for experience

This letter appeared in the Sept. 18, 2013, edition of The Spotlight.

Letter: Thank you to Bethlehem voters

This letter appeared in the Sept. 18, 2013, edition of The Spotlight.

Letter: Jasinski stands for community

This letter appeared in the Sept. 18, 2013, edition of The Spotlight.

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Retirement straight talk

Spotlight on Finance

Americans are not saving enough for retirement. This is hardly breaking news. When measured against accepted benchmarks—85 percent replacement of preretirement income or 50 percent of preretirement income if you factor income from Social Security—a recent report by the National Institute on Retirement Security states that we’re about $14 trillion short on savings for retirement.

Editorial: Bethlehem turns out for primary

This editorial appeared in the Sept. 18, 2013, edition of The Spotlight.

POV: Vista already a net positive for town

This column appeared in the Sept. 18, 2013, edition of The Spotlight.

Editorial: The pizza should be the only true disaster

This editorial appeared in the Sept. 18, 2013, edition of The Spotlight.

Tuesday, September 17

Town votes to combine ambulance districts

Bethlehem brought under single tax rate after EMS merger

Bethlehem’s two volunteer ambulance agencies merged at the beginning of the year, and now the Bethlehem Town Board has voted to dissolve the town’s separate ambulance districts.

Sports poll: Which 2-0 Class AA football team has had the most impressive start?

Two weeks into the Section II Class AA football season, we have several undefeated teams vying for division titles. Which of the following teams do you think is looking the strongest right now?

Photo gallery: Guilderland vs. Albany

Highlights from the Sept. 13 Empire Division game between Guilderland and Albany.

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Football: Garnet Raiders rally to win

Colonie scores 22 points in fourth quarter to beat East Syracuse-Minoa

When the Colonie football team found itself trailing East Syracuse-Minoa 13-0 at halftime, it didn’t panic.

New home for Treasure Cove

Church seeks a permanent spot for its long-running thrift shop

The First United Methodist Church of Delmar is looking to move its Treasure Cove Thrift Shop into a bigger location.

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Fall fun comes to Five Rivers

Annual event, now in its 34th year, highlights what environmental education center has to offer

As summer draws to a close, staff at the Five Rivers Environmental Education Center in Delmar are preparing for the start of a new programming year with an annual fall festival.

Friday, September 13

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Guilderland launching district building study

Consultant says study will not to be ‘all about closing schools’

Guilderland Central School District held a community meeting Tuesday, Sept. 3, to have Paul Seversky, a consultant with the planning service at Madison-Oneida BOCES, discuss the goals and methodology of a district-wide building capacity study he will soon begin.

Police investigate death at Thacher Park

Man had climbing equipment, was found at bottom of escarpment

Police are at Thacher State Park after a body was found at the bottom of the escarpment this morning.

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House calls for the house trained

Guilderland native starts exclusively mobile veterinary service

Capital District Mobile Veterinary Services aims at reducing stress around the veterinarian experience by bringing their office to pets. Owner Sarah Nolan and veterinary assistant Anne Giagni started making house calls about three months ago and both said the business is quickly taking off.

Thursday, September 12

Voorheesville looking at EMS options

Tough contract negotiations spur a review, bring allegations to light

Voorheesville officials are investigating what, if any, emergency medical service options it might have, as contract contentions are becoming the norm with its historic provider.

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Lightning hits local church

Bell tower damaged - church survives

The Ballston Center Reformed Presbyterian Church was the target of a lightning strike during the strong thunderstorms that rolled through on Wed. night.

Altamont floats new sewer charges

Village to hold public hearing over addition of $90 annual fee

The Altamont Village Board of Trustees on Wednesday, Sept. 4, approved holding a public hearing on a proposed change to the village code regarding sewer service changes. The new $90 user fee would be split between each semi-annual bill.

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Firefighters respond to Slingerlands home

Firefighters rushed to a Slingerlands home this afternoon, closing off a portion of New Scotland Road near the Route 85 roundabout.

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Gallery: Selkirk Fire Department 9/11 Honor and Remembrance Ceremony

Members of the Selkirk Fire Department were joined by members of the Elsmere and Delmar fire departments in a ceremony on the evening of Sept. 11, 2013, to honor the lives lost in the terrorist attacks of 9/11. The names of the 343 firefighters that perished were read by the firefighters and members of the public.

GOP candidate pitches platform

Drake, Mahan share thoughts on current state of affairs

Republican candidate for Colonie town supervisor Todd Drake has laid out a platform that chiefly targets the town’s finances and calls for an end to “one-party rule,” a scant few years after the GOP effectively exercised singular control of town government.

Wednesday, September 11

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Race battles the ‘silent killer’

5K run/walk aims to raise ovarian cancer awareness and support research

The 12th Annual Teal Ribbon Run/Walk, coordinated by Caring Together, will be held on Sunday, Sept. 15, and kicks off at 9 a.m. at Washington Park in Albany.

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Quinn faces drug charges

Police say deputy county executive attempted to obtain hundreds of Ritalin pills

Albany County Deputy Executive Christine Quinn allegedly deceived a Colonie nurse practitioner in order to illegally obtain hundreds of Ritalin pills, according to police.

Letter: Despite law, signs remain an issue

This letter appeared in the Sept. 11, 2013, edition of The Spotlight.

Editorial: School’s in session, so drive safely

This editorial appeared in the Sept. 11, 2013, edition of The Spotlight.

POV: Protect your garden from winter wildlife

This point of view column appeared in the Sept. 11, 2013, edition of The Spotlight.

Letter: Thanks are due for the thin blue line

This letter appeared in the Sept. 11, 2013, edition of The Spotlight.

Tuesday, September 10

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More than one winner in highway primaries

Meredith, Hyer, Ritz make tracks to general, while Zeoli out of running

Three winners have emerged from last night's primary for Bethlehem Superintendent of Highways.

Guilderland Dems fend off primary challenges

GOP candidates fail to grab Independence or Conservative lines

Town Democrats secured all contested third-party ballot lines during the Primary Election on Tuesday, Sept. 10, according to unofficial election results.

Bethlehem primary results

Results of the 2013 Bethlehem primary races.

Colonie primary results

Results of 2013 primary races in the Town of Colonie.

Guilderland primary results

Results of 2013 primary races in the Town of Guilderland.

Coeymans primary results

Results of 2013 primary races in the Town of Coeymans.

Monday roundup: Shen volleyball edges Shaker

Blue Bison push perfect Plainsmen in five-set thriller

The Shenendehowa boys volleyball team remained undefeated Monday, but the Plainsmen had to survive a five-set thriller against Shaker to do it.

Monday, September 9

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Photo Gallery - Burnt Hills vs. Lansingburgh boys high school football

The Spartans continued their winning ways from last year winning 69-25 over Lansingburgh. The Knights visited Burnt Hills in the opening game of the High School season on Sept. 6, but found out the Spartans were ready to play.

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Photo Gallery - Guilderland vs. Ballston Spa

Close contest in opener

Guilderland and Ballston Spa battled it out on the gridiron on Sept 6 on opening day of the 2013 Section 2 boys high school season. The Scotties were leading into the fourth quarter when Guilderland made a 14-0 run to win the contest 28-21. See all the photos.

‘Wonder Show’ a years-long labor for author

BC grad’s young adult novel all about seeking and giving, understanding

Bethlehem High School graduate Hannah Barnaby's book focuses on the circus of life.

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Colonie’s annual Harvest Fest approaches

The Crossings will come alive with food, music, crafts and fun for the entire family

The Crossings of Colonie will soon be full of fall cheer at the annual Colonie Harvest Fest, which will feature a full day of entertainment, crafts and food.

Sunday, September 8

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Out of school leads to out of doors

Pine Bush’s after-school explorations fuel for minds, good for bodies

With 3,200 acres of a globally-rare ecosystem in the backyard of the Capital District, kids are putting down the iPad and discovering what the outdoors has to offer.

Saturday, September 7

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History buff soldiers on

Reenactor wants to see the Henry Knox Trail designated an historic trail

Dave Fagerberg is on a mission, and he’s not going to stop walking until he completes his goal.

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Football: CBA's ground assault prevails over Bethlehem

Three running backs contribute to Brothers' opening night victory

CBA kept coming with running back after running back on its way to a 32-13 victory over Empire Division rival Bethlehem.

Friday, September 6

Police: Watch for children while driving

Troop G Commander Maj. Steven James on Wednesday, Sept. 4, said drivers should use “extra caution,” because “vacation minded” children are less likely to be careful while traveling to and from school.

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Guilderland YMCA has a new executive director

Venter eyes increasing community outreach, fostering new programs

Ryan Venter believes most people don’t really know everything the Guilderland YMCA has to offer, but as its new executive director he wants to tell them.

Thursday, September 5

Police: Man threatened relative with hammer

The Coeymans Police Department has arrested a Selkirk man on charges he broke into a home and threatened a relative with a hammer.

S. Colonie looks to the sun for savings

Agreement inked that sets stage for largest public school solar project in state

Educators in the South Colonie Central School District think the future is looking bright when it comes to the electricity bill.

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All hands on deck

Tugboat Roundup draws tens of thousands for a celebration of Erie Canal

This coming weekend, one by one, dozens of tugboats will parade 12 miles from the Port of Albany down the Hudson River before coming to a stop in Waterford to find their docking spots in the 14th annual Tugboat Roundup.

Wednesday, September 4

H’way job duties detailed

Bethlehem board tackles worker vacation policy

A list of expected duties has now been established for the Town of Bethlehem’s incoming highway superintendent.

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Teaming up to help

Delmar native travels the country in disaster relief program

In the wake of a natural disaster, the focus is rarely on those working behind the scenes getting basic necessities to the most vulnerable.

Autumn hours for compost facility

Bethlehem will open station on Saturdays at a cost of $600 per day

Bethlehem officials are reopening the town Compost Facility for several Saturdays this fall after receiving inquiries from residents.

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Steps taken with purpose

Delmar woman training for marathon walk benefiting Boston cancer institute

Terry Moskowitz is walking 10 miles every other day, and pulling 20 on the weekends, but her pace has more behind it than desire for a solid workout.

Fuller Road speed limit reduced to 30 mph

Guilderland approves change after residents air safety concerns

The Guilderland Town Board recently approved reducing the speed limit on Fuller Road to 30 mph from where the southern end begins off of Route 20 to the town line.

Ravena man arrested on drug charges

Police said man allegedly dealing heroin, marijuana, ecstasy, mushrooms, and prescription drugs

A Ravena man has been arrested on drug possession charges following a three-month investigation and a sealed indictment presented by the Albany County Grand Jury.

DiNapoli praises Colonie’s efforts

After being targeted as distressed, comptroller releases new profile on town’s finances

New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has released an updated report saying the town has improved its financial situation significantly in the recent years.

Letter: Park gives thanks to local businesses

This leter appeared in the Sept. 4, 2013, edition of The Spotlight.

Letter: Fight suicide at walk

This letter appeared in the Sept. 4, 2013, edition of The Spotlight.

Editorial: Keep a summer active attitude this fall

This editorial appeared in the Sept. 4, 2013, edition of The Spotlight.

Tuesday, September 3

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Girls soccer: Guilderland edges Bethlehem in opener

Alyssa Kogelmann's first-half goal stands for Lady Dutch

In a rematch of last fall's Section II Class AA final, the Guilderland girls soccer team defeated Bethlehem 1-0 Tuesday in their Suburban Council South Division opener.

Boys soccer: Shaker rallies past Burnt Hills in opener

Kevin Lindsay's overtime goal lifts Blue Bison

Kevin Lindsay's second goal of the game gave the Shaker boys soccer team a 2-1 overtime victory over Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake in Tuesday's Suburban Council opener.

Girls soccer: Colonie wins season opener

Alexis Eddy tallies twice for Lady Raiders

The Colonie girls soccer team won its Suburban Council opener Tuesday by beating Columbia 4-1 in a South Division contest.

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Girls volleyball: Bethlehem defeats Guilderland in straight sets

Gabby Giacone leads Lady Eagles with 17 kills

The Bethlehem girls volleyball team earned its first victory of the season by defeating Guilderland in straight sets during Tuesday's Suburban Council match at Guilderland.

Monday, September 2

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Skin-care sweetens up

Delmar native puts made-at-home Skin Candi line into Wal-Mart contest

Two Albany entrepreneurs are hoping to win a Wal-Mart competition that would see their skin-care line on shelves all over the country.

Arts and crafts extravaganza

Shaker Heritage Society holds annual craft fair Sept. 7 and 8

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m, on Saturday, Sept. 7, and Sunday, Sept. 8, nearly 100 regional craftsmen will bring their goods to the Shaker Historic Site at 25 Meeting House Road in Colonie.

Sunday, September 1

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Step back in time a town tradition

This year’s Old Fashioned Sunday to mark three decades running

Rolling into its 30th year, the Friends of the Pruyn House-sponsored Old Fashion Sunday will provide a free, family-fun afternoon reflecting an early-to-mid-19th century feel on the grounds of the historic site.

A taste of Italy, and of heritage

“Viva Italia” fundraiser replete with food, drinks and entertainment

Through a joined love of Italian culture, one local organization is hoping to share its heritage the best way possible – through Italian food and entertainment.