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Local dance studio's quest reaches the stars

Colonie dance team gains national traction

Just last month, The World of Dance studio’s dance team was named the Federation of Dance Competitions Studio of Excellence for 2013 at the StarQuest National dance competition in Virginia Beach, Va., making it the third year the studio took home the top prize out of 55 other studios nationwide.

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Making the right moves with ‘The Wrong Box’

Eleven-year project comes to fruition for local musician, composer

As an enthusiast of 19th century obscure literature, Kit Goldstein Grant stumbled across a goldmine when she found a rare novel by Robert Louis Stevenson in her childhood home. Goldstein Grant, who was beginning to get a knack for composing musicals, read the novel and immediately began writing songs and a script based on the story. She saw the characters coming to life and wanted to see them come across the stage.

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All’s fair in Altamont

Three-county event marks 120th year, offers more than thrill rides and good eats

The Altamont Fair is opening its gates and welcoming patrons for its 120th year on Tuesday, Aug. 13, featuring many of the popular attractions people look forward to every year, with some new ones mixed into the three-county celebration as well.

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Tony award winner honors his roots

Early inspiration led Altamont native toward theater fame

Leon Rothenberg wanted to share his Tony award accolades with those who helped shaped him as an artist early on, so he come back home to honor his roots and mentors.

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Guilderland PD to host a ‘night out’

National event marks 30th anniversary connecting police to community

The Guilderland Police Department Community Service Unit is hosting the local Night Out, which is the nationwide event’s 30th anniversary, on Tuesday, Aug. 6, from 6 to 10 p.m., at Tawasentha Park.

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Big screen comes to town

Ballston Spa Film Festival promises family fun, showcases young filmmakers

The sixth annual Ballston Spa Film Festival will start rolling the movie reels on Friday, Aug. 2, with more than 40 short films featured during the two-day event.

Hometown history highlighted at fair

New Salem Fire Department to host 71st annual Punkintown Fair

The 71st annual Punkintown Fair, hosted by the New Salem Volunteer Fire Department, kicks off Thursday, July 25, this year, and runs through Saturday, July 27, with doors opening at 6 p.m. each day.

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Music and memories

Colonie Town Band connects area’s musicians with one another, and the community

Enter the Colonie Town Band, an intergenerational group of local musicians who all share a combined passion for community and traditional music. As the band approaches its 50th anniversary next year, the roughly 70 musical connoisseurs are spending their summers and holiday seasons playing throughout the Capital District.

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Let Freedom (Park) ring

Long running free concert series remains hot spot for family summer entertainment

What began as a dumping ground for cement and construction materials along the Mohawk River, Freedom Park was transformed into an amphitheater for a festival when Schenectady County was selected as one of 32 statewide locations to host the Bicentennial Barge for four days in July of 1976.

Summer school an honor

Voorheesville student attends Boston University Tanglewood Institute

Voorheesville High School student Rebecca Barron was selected to study French horn at the prestigious Boston University Tanglewood Institute this summer.

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A touch of imagination

Local artist balances work, family and life in quest to perfect his style

For some, it might take some trial and error to find a driving passion. It wasn’t until David Arsenault's mid-30s when he decided to study painting at the University at Albany that the light bulb finally flickered on.

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A band of (geeky) brothers

Group of self-proclaimed geeks starts up website from Colonie

Like most startups, the breakthrough idea for “The Brotherhood of Evil Geeks” was a combination of ingenuity and luck.

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A lurking threat

Bethlehem at epicenter of emerald ash borer infestation that expert says could explode

The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Albany County on Tuesday, June 25, hosted Mark Whitmore, a forest entomologist at the Department of Natural Resources at Cornell University, for a presentation on updated information about emerald ash borer infestations and what communities can do to address them. The emerald ash borer, or EAB, has already been confirmed at more than 20 locations in Albany County.

The sounds of summer

Local concert series offer a season of free entertainment

The towns of Bethlehem, Colonie, Guilderland and New Scotland offer several chances to enjoy the outdoors while bands perform. The venues range from the lawn outside of a library to a performing arts center stage, but the low price of “free” remains the same.

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Gibson Brothers hire new mandolin player

Band returns to NY July 19 for Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival

The North Country’s own Gibson Brothers bluegrass band will return to New York state for performances July 19 at the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival with a new mandolin player.