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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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Ground broken on Judson Meadows

Baptist Health hopes to work site’s farming past into life at assisted living development

Spirits were high despite a downpour at the groundbreaking ceremony for Judson Meadows, at 39 Swaggertown Road. Construction had already begun on the $14 million assisted living center, which will have 67 apartments and house 72 people.

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Waiting to come home

Flood recovery efforts a tedious and lengthy undertaking for some

More than a year after floods poured through Rotterdam hamlets, some residents are still working to get back in their homes.

National Grid forecasts lower natural gas bills this winter

Customers heating bills could drop 3 percent, weather conditions also a factor

Some people might not welcome the first sighting of snowflakes falling, but lower heating bills could help warm winter spirits.

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Invasive species enters Schenectady County

DEC confirms city homeowner’s discovery of Hemlock Woolly Adelgid

An invasive species was confirmed as being spotted for the first time in Schenectady County on Monday, Aug. 20, by the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

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More motorcycles means more tragedies

Data show increase in staatewide biker fatalities

Motorcycle registrations are on the rise in New York State tothe tune of a 13 percent increase over the past five years, according to the state Department of Transportation. Census data shows the state is home to over 345,000 registered motorcycles as of 2009. At that time, there were nearly 7.9 million motorcycles registered nationally.

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Garden Club looks to children

Group dedicates garden in hopes of inspiring younger generation

The Bethlehem Garden Club is working to get younger generations more interested in local horticulture.

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Movement started From Scratch

The club is a network of growing knowledge about local food and its members are willing to share what they learn, offering food swaps (open to the public and free, donations accepted) and do-it-yourself classes held at various locations throughout the Capital District.

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Nisky High School becomes one with nature

Biology teacher unveils ‘outdoor science classroom’

Hands-on learning will be taking on an entirely new meaning at Niskayuna high school next year.

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Winging it at Jefferson Elementary

Butterfly garden brings classroom lessons to life

Elementary students are always excited to be free from homework and test prep, but a recent effort spearheaded by a second-grade teacher wed getting outside with learning.

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Steeped in history

Program to examine Shaker use of herbs and teas

When you dunk a teabag in a mug of boiling water, do you ever wonder how the mixture of herbs or tea leaves got in there?

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Garden Club eyes new initiatives

Group to focus on green elements to enhance town’s beauty, local education

Since 1965, the Bethlehem Garden Club has worked to make the town a greener place to live. Now the group is slightly changing its focus.

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Sharing the waters on Saratoga Lake

Many users of the lake may not realize that fishermen, although they may have a motor on their boat, often drift slowly or remain anchored in a given area for a fair amount of time. As a courtesy, and for safety, other users should be aware of this and allow for ample room.

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No definite path to more rail trail

Albany County recreation resource dominates executive’s Bethlehem visit

The main concern of residents at Albany County Executive Dan McCoy's Town Hall visit was opening more local sections of the county's rail trail.