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Smart House opens doors

Living Resources unveils state’s first barrier-free home

Living Resources unveiled the Smart House, located off Ardsley Road in Guilderland, on Tuesday, Jan. 21, which harness technology to allow residents to maintain an independent lifestyle.

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Not your average craft market

Made by Hand features select artists from the Northeast

Many people are familiar with craft fairs, but a local business is holding an invitation-only craft market to ensure the quality of the products for sale.

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Home for the holidays

Holiday traditions may have been a little different in the late 1700s when the iconic Ten Broeck Mansion was built atop an Albany hill, but more than 200 years later, the historic home continues to welcome visitors for the holidays.

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National Grid braces for season’s storms

Company spending $3B to upgrade electric infrastructure

Tackling some of what the worst winter storms inflicts has National Grid “hot stick” workers preparing for the chilly reality of living in the Northeast.

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Making a plan to plant

Garden Club partners with town, DOT to improve median on Cherry Ave.

In its latest effort to improve the overall beauty of the town, the Bethlehem Garden Club is expanding its reach.

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New service helps out with composting

Parts of Bethlehem open to a pilot curbside pick up composting program

Home composting will soon be made easier for Bethlehem residents as an area food waste hauling company launches a pilot program in town.

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Menands market marks 80 years

Outlet serves as buy local point for wholesale and retail buyers

Since it first opened in 1933, the Capital District Cooperative, Inc. has traveled a road of changes. With the rising “buy local” movement, the Menands-based farmers market is celebrating its 80th anniversary with a bigger presence than ever.

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Roots of knowledge

Delmar resident launches project to cultivate awareness of native plant species

Loretta Fontaine Castagna has held an interest in native plant life since she was a young girl.

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Smart House breaks ground

Living Resources’ modern Guilderland group home to house six residents

Living Resources, a Capital District nonprofit, held a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, May 1, for its group to be located off Ardsley Road in Guilderland. The building was touted as the state’s first barrier-free “smart house” designed especially for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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Growing green habits

Family-friendly Go Green Day to feature recycling, demos, good eats

Go Green Day 2013 will be held Saturday, April 27, at Farnsworth Middle School in Guilderland. Several area groups worked together to create the educational event and recycling drop off, along with opportunities to donate a variety of items to local causes and organizations.

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A common thread

For area quilting group, tradition, service and fellowship are a seamless combination

Q.U.I.L.T. Inc. has met at the Delmar Reformed Church once a month for the past 36 years. They meet to showcase their work, learn new skills and listen to guest speakers.

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Sustainable programs fly high

In tough times, Farnsworth’s Butterfly House and garden exist through fundraisers

Farnsworth Middle School is holding a garage sale fundraiser for the student-run Butterfly House and Organic Garden programs.

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Beyond the rose

Local florists say color and variety add a fun twist to Valentine’s Day

Although red roses continue to be a top seller on Valentine’s Day, some florists have noticed more women are looking for something a little less traditional on the annual day of love.

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Ocean of opportunity

Union Aquarium founder sells business to longtime employee

After 23 years of running Union Aquarium in Schenectady, owner Paul Sartoris is selling the business to a longtime employee who is stepping forward to keep the shop afloat.

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Nurturing nature

Birchwood PTO holds event rallying for nature park restoration

The Birchwood PTO on Friday, Dec. 7, sponsored a Nature Exploration Event and Nature Park Rally at the Niskayuna school, which is competing for grant funding to restore its nature trail.

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