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POINT OF VIEW: Monumental omission

This Point of View column appears in the Feb. 4 edition of Spotlight News Living.

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Mending fences

A new company has uphill battle to win back a community

The cold winds of winter came early last October when fans of the area’s only indoor go-kart facility learned owners boarded up the doors to their Crossgates Commons location and disappeared.

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From helping horses to harmonious hymns

Bethlehem man ordained as deacon later in life, seeking priesthood

Many people try to find, and fulfill, what they believe is their true calling in life. A local man, however, feels he found his second calling later in life.

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Success is a paper badge

Brown School students taught real life lessons

Nestled within the suburbs of a city once known to light the way of the world, a primary school is leading kids down the path of philanthropy, and doing so with a hands-on approach.

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A hero’s honor

Tonko rewards local man’s fight to honor another soldier

A local Korean War veteran’s elation was only beginning to subside two days after attending the 2015 State of the Union address, with him proudly pulling his gold-tinged ticket out an envelope.

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Super game plan

Local experts piece together a fool proof plan for Super Bowl Sunday

The day is soon upon us when the best gladiators of the gridiron converge into battle to signal the climactic end of another dramatic season.

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Love thy #selfie

Local high school tackles the global phenomenon

The practice of composing a self-portrait dates back several centuries to ancient sculptors who’d depict their likeness into stone. Conversely, what was once an exhibition of one’s artistic talent, the advent of technology and social media has reduced this form of expression as a whimsical and instantaneous declaration of one’s self — the selfie.

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Hello, Birdie

Bethlehem Middle School students ready to perform ‘Bye, Bye Birdie, Jr.’

Audience members will likely leave with a happy face after watching an upbeat, humorous tale featuring a rock ’n’ roll heartthrob crooning sock hop tunes.

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New year, new library director

Altamont Free Library trustees appoint Joseph Burke to leadership post

Altamont Free Library Board of Trustees selected Joseph Burke to be the library’s new director last month from a pool of 19 candidates. Burke officially stepped into his new role on New Year’s Day, with his contract initially for one-year.

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The key to teaching

Renowned pianist and jazz musician Wataru Niimori teaches young children the basics of music at The Music Studio

With 27 years of experience under his belt, renowned pianist and jazz musician Wataru Niimori decided to change his tune for the Capital District, moving from the stage to the front of a classroom.

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Monsters on the loose

Monster Jam to unleash vehicular mayhem

Either from the immense heights to which they are built — measuring as high as 11 feet — or the primal scream emitted by the revving of a 1500-horsepower engine, the given name of Monster Truck is fitting.

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A city’s lost heritage

Albany residents regain perspective of life in storied South End

Once upon a time, the governor took the visiting princess on a journey to survey his capital city. As they both traveled by car over potholed streets and tenant houses in shambles, the governor was said to be embarrassed. Is that not how stories with princesses usually go?

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Snow on the hills

Despite chaotic weather, there is snow on the hills and ski season is in session

Judging from the valleys, the winter weather has been hit-or-miss for local skiers.

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Year in Review: Looking back

There was plenty to speak about in 2014

A look back at the year that was in the towns of Bethlehem, New Scotland and Guilderland.

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Year in Review: Saying goodbye

The coming of the new year is not without sadness

A look back at the year's events in the Town of Colonie.