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Alyssa Jung

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Books on screen, and on wheels

Did you know there are 13,000 books, music and movies available to download from public libraries across the Capital District? If you didn’t, a trip to the Overdrive Digital Bookmobile might be in store.

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Car owners fire up engines for vets

A group of area veterans are making sure their fellow servicemen know they’re appreciated.

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New deputy county exec steps in

Christine Quinn made Albany County history on Friday, July 27, when she served her first day as the new deputy county executive. Appointed by County Executive Dan McCoy after then-deputy county executive Michael Perrin stepped down to “explore other opportunities,” Quinn is the first woman to hold the position.

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Feline Fest connects cats with homes

It was all about the cats at the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society’s sixth Feline Fest running Thursday, July 26, to Sunday, July 29. The yearly event is the organization’s effort to “promote” the influx of cats it typically sees during the warmer months.

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Legally blind student wins scholarship

Student hopes incredible journey will culminate in law career

Debbie Bango didn’t expect her daughter to survive.

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Local art adorns walls of government

The big brick building at 534 New Loudon Road in Latham is the hub of town government. But, the second floor of Colonie Memorial Town Hall also serves another purpose—it doubles as an art gallery.

Taste buds to get local workout

The Pruyn House will become a miniature version of the Capital District on Thursday, Aug. 23, when local food, art and music is spread across the grounds for “A Taste of Local: An Evening of Food, Wine and Talents.”

School supply lists go digital

Some Sand Creek Middle School parents have a new way of getting supply lists for the upcoming school year. Instead of wrinkled pieces of paper sent home the last day of school, they have Teacherlists.com, a website that launched in April and already has supply lists posted for 48,000 classrooms nationwide.

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From the office to the stage

Local band frontman is a lobbyist by day, rock star by night

By day, John Salka looks like every other lobbyist at Meyer, Suozzi, English and Klein, a law firm in downtown Albany. Clad in business attire and working with state legislators, Salka is every bit the professional.

Young bowler remembered with bowl-a-thon

Bowling coach of girl who died on Florida vacation organizes fundraiser

Jake Rivers, a bowling coach at Spare Time in Latham, thought 11-year-old Ashton Jojo was funny.

Eatery grades out in the open

New law requires Albany County restaurants to post health inspection results

Picture this. It’s 6 p.m. on a Friday night and you’re starving. You walk through the door of your favorite restaurant, expecting to eat a hygienically prepared meal in a clean dining room. But do you know how the restaurant scored on its most recent health inspection? Are you about to dine in an “excellent” restaurant or a “fair” restaurant?

Work begins on bridge rehabs

There are more than 17,000 bridges in New York State—some so small it’s hard to tell exactly what they span, others massive fixtures and icons—and with $19.9 million being distributed through Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s NY Works program, 11 of those bridges will get a major makeover through next year. Construction on the Congress Street Bridge that links Troy and Watervliet began on Tuesday, July 3, and is expected to be completed by 2013.

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Last quack for Aqua Ducks

Popular amphibious tours to end, vehicles sold out of state

For nine years, it hasn’t been uncommon to hear an uncoordinated chorus of synthetic quacks take over the streets of downtown Albany. Each guest who climbs aboard an Aqua Duck trolley gets a colorful “Quacker Whistle,” shaped like a duck bill and emitting a distinct squawk. It’s been the attraction’s calling card, almost as notorious as the half on land, half on water tour itself.

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Karner blue coming back

Endangered butterfly re-introduced to Pine Bush, can be seen through mid-July

If you’ve never seen an endangered species up close, now’s your chance.

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Building up books

The Schoharie Library lost more than 5,000 books in post-Tropical Storm Irene flooding. It was closed until just two weeks ago. The recovery is still a work in progress and staff at the William K. Sanford Library in the Town of Colonie are trying to speed things up.

Taste test shows G'land has 'best tasting water'

According to a handful of residents who tasted tap water from around the Capital District for the 2012 Albany County Drinking Water Taste Test, the Town of Guilderland has the tastiest.

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Access granted

People with disabilities allowed free access to town parks and facilities

Buddy Washburn looks like a typical 11-year-old. He’s hyper. He has a wide, toothy smile and a laugh that shakes his whole body and lights up his whole face. He’s obsessed with cars and loves to swim. He talks a mile a minute and is on the honor roll at Sand Creek Middle School.

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Soares kicks off reelection campaign with rallies

Albany County District Attorney David Soares is brushing off attacks from his opponent, Lee Kindlon, saying they’re nothing he hasn’t heard before and he doesn’t expect voters to feed into them.

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Summer job? Try summer business

Stephen Bliven, 19, of Latham, knew he needed a summer job. But the Southern Vermont college student didn’t just find one, he created it.

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Don't forget the pets

New trailers provide ‘animal shelters in a box’ during evacuations

If you ever have to evacuate, don’t forget to pack the pets.

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A cry for help answered

Jerry Clark, 17, had pulled some pranks. He fell asleep in class on more than one occasion. He broke the school dress code by wearing slippers to school. Eventually, administration at Voorheesville High School had had enough and he was suspended for six weeks. A short time later on April 27, 2010, he hung himself.

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Drivers urged to make the right choice

Local nonprofit hosts even about safe summer driving

Not too long ago, Ed Frank Sr.’s son was following in his footsteps, from his name — Ed Frank, Jr. — to his work as a Colonie police officer. But now, the tables are turned and Frank is emulating his son’s path.

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Yellow dot marks the spot

A simple yellow dot on the rear driver’s side window of Capital District cars could make the job of first responders a little easier when they arrive at the scene of an emergency.

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Seniors show off their talent

Local leg of nationwide contest comes to Colonie Manor

One year of free rent at Colonie Manor was enticing, but Diane Buyer’s main reason for entering the “Bring Your Talent” contest on Thursday, June 14, was to share her love of art with others.

Troubled hotel slapped with lawsuits

Best Western is both sued and cleared for reopening

The Best Western Sovereign in Albany was closed indefinitely—dark since the last day in May—when two guests who contracted Legionnaires’ Disease while staying at the hotel in the fall of 2011 filed lawsuits on Tuesday, June 12.

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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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Like a phoenix, new arts center rises

Retired teacher revamped old Colonie Youth Center

For nearly five years, the old Colonie Youth Center at 5 1st Ave. has been a dilapidated eyesore, a hollow shell filled only with memories of its vibrant days when it was bustling with the town’s youngest residents.

Trader Joe's gets summer opening date

Getting approval for a sign reading “Trader Joe’s Plaza” was one of the last procedural hurdles for the grocery chain to clear before its Colonie doors swing open on Friday, Aug. 3, and on Tuesday, June 5, the Sign Review Board approved the proposed sign.

Albany County FSA to close

Office is one of four in New York to be shuttered

By the end of August, the Albany County Farm Service Agency office in Voorheesville will be one of four in the state and 125 nationwide to be shuttered as part of a consolidation plan spearheaded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to tackle chronic budget woes. It was announced on Tuesday, May 29, that all offices scheduled for closure be empty by Aug. 31.

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Summer concerts starting around town

The start of summer means the return of outdoor music around the Capital District and there are plenty of ways to spend a warm summer night right in the Town of Colonie. From a line-up heavy on upbeat rock music at Cook Park to a summer of purposefully varied acts at The Crossings to theme nights at Buhrmaster Barn, there’s something for just about any musical

County FSA office to close

Albany office is one of four in New York to be shuttered

By the end of August, the Albany County Farm Service Agency office in Voorheesville will be one of four in the state and 125 nationwide to be shuttered as part of a consolidation plan spearheaded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to tackle chronic budget woes. It was announced on Tuesday, May 29, that all offices scheduled for closure be empty by Aug. 31.

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Survey participants sought

American Cancer Society recruiting for cancer prevention study

There are 479 people in the Capital District who are helping to fight cancer by raising more than $92,000 for Relay For Life. But this year, there’s another way even more people can join the fight, and it won’t cost a penny.

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New program offers 30 Albany girls extensive STEM education

Maiya Dargan is only 12, but she already knows exactly what she wants her future to look like.

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Beverwyck awards nine with scholarships

Residents raised more than $40,000 for this year's fund

The waiters and waitresses at the Beverwyck are more than just servers; they’re friendly, familiar faces that residents of the Bethlehem retirement community look forward to seeing week after week, year after year.

Soares: Repeat DWI offenders facing jail

Two repeat DWI offenders face jail time after pleading guilty in Albany County Court on Tuesday, May 29, according to Albany County District Attorney David Soares' office.

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Airport art

New gallery opens on second floor

A new partnership between Saratoga Arts and Albany International Airport’s Art and Culture Program is ensuring the old departure space on the second floor of the airport won’t stand vacant.

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To market, to market to buy ...

Almost anything is available at area farmers' markets, now in full swing

As warmer weather settles in, farmers markets are starting to set up shop around the region. Each offers something a little different but they all have one thing in common: fresh, local food.

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Siena grad hopes to help women

When Liska Wilson was laid off last fall, she knew that even with a degree in marketing management from Siena College, getting someone to hire her would be an uphill battle. So, she took matters into her own hands.

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Center opens 'For Your Canvenience'

At For Your Canvenience, it’s all about convenience.

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Finding the Big Picture

Colonie grad pens book on mental illness, bullying

Luke Donovan’s childhood was, at the very least, a bit odd.

Tae Kwon Do instructor slapped with child porn charges

A Colonie Tae Kwon Do instructor was arrested on child pornography charges Thursday, May 17, according to Colonie police.

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A perfect game for all

They named themselves the “House of Six” —two college boys from Florida and one each from Louisiana, Kansas, Arizona and Connecticut, living together under one roof.

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Writer takes off the gloves

Lisa Petrocelli took a ride on her cousin Vinny’s motorcycle when she was 15. She said she was scared but never felt such a thrill and vowed to do it again someday. That day came more than 20 years later, when she and her husband, Dino, bought a motorcycle of their own.

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High-tech software finds local home

Wolf Road company pushing European software in the states

The Capital District is quickly becoming a nanotech hub, attracting global businesses and new jobs. One of those new players hopes to act as a supporter of the manufacturing being done here and potentially improve semiconductor, nanotechnology and pharmaceutical manufacturing capabilities around the region.

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Morse eyes Breslin's Senate seat

Albany County Legislature Chairman Shawn Morse wants Sen. Neil Breslin’s Senate seat. Morse, D-Cohoes, announced his run for the newly redrawn 44th Senate District on Wednesday, May 2.

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'Driving hammered will get you nailed'

Student's anti-DWI design wins billboard contest

Emily Himmelwright has a message about the dangers of drinking and driving —“driving hammered will get you nailed” —and every time motorists drive by the corner of Fermac Street in Colonie, it’s relayed loud and clear.

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Region welcomes Obama

President says nanotech key to economic recovery

According to President Barack Obama, job creation is key to a full economic revival.

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Communicate with 'All Dawgs'

Local dog trainer to teach canine body language

The American Veterinary Association estimates about 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs each year, and roughly 800,000 of those bites require medical attention. But according to Diane Blackman, a dog trainer for 15 years, some of those could be easily prevented if people know how to read a dog’s body language.

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Walk aims to erase issue

Eighteen years ago, Linda Rozell-Shannon made a deal with God.

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ShopRite opens in Albany

Company's second Capital District location has roaring start

ShopRite in Albany opened on Thursday, April 26, and according to spokesperson Tom Urtz, the Central Avenue location is greater than the sum of its parts.

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