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No-nonsense Aldean tops ‘bro-country’ bill at SPAC

Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014
Friday night saw two of the “bro-country” phenomenon’s biggest acts — Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line — draw a huge crowd to the venue on the last weekend of its pop concert season.
 
Greek fest set next weekend at St. George

Greek fest set next weekend at St. George

Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014
In May of 1914, the Very Reverend Archimandrite Andrew Constantinidis put out a call for money to help build a Greek Orthodox Church in Schenectady. His appeal was heard around the state.
 
Icelandic scenery is rich but plot is thin in ‘Land Ho!’

Icelandic scenery is rich but plot is thin in ‘Land Ho!’

Friday, Aug. 29, 2014
"Land Ho!“ is a droll, Icelandic “Odd Couple“ -- just two slightly mismatched geezers on a sight-seeing/skirt-chasing trek to the island of ice and volcanoes.
 
Cannabis cuisine rises in wake of legalizations

Cannabis cuisine rises in wake of legalizations

Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014
There are books about cooking with herbs. And then there are books about cooking with herb.
 
Iroquois Festival will include visitor from Creek nation

Iroquois Festival will include visitor from Creek nation

Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014
For 33 years now, the Iroquois Indian Museum in Howes Cave has been educating people about the native Americans who occupied this area long before the Europeans showed up.
 
Hackerspaces used to turn ideas turn into reality

Hackerspaces used to turn ideas turn into reality

Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014
Inside a nondescript garage-like workshop nestled between restaurants, a flower shop and jewelry stores along Main Street, ideas are taking shape.
 
Turn your zucchini abundance into crunchy sticks

Turn your zucchini abundance into crunchy sticks

Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014
Those darn zucchini! There’s an army of them occupying your garden right now and each one is as big as a blimp.
 
Finding the next ice bucket
CAPITAL REGION

Finding the next ice bucket

Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014
As the ice bucket challenge cooled off, people put down their buckets and dove face-first into cakes — and whipped cream, shaving cream and other worthy substitutes before emerging with a “Helllooooo,” mimicking the late Robin Williams.
 
Clubhouse, grandstand and back yard have own fashion styles

Clubhouse, grandstand and back yard have own fashion styles

Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014
What do New York City and Saratoga Race Course have in common? The answer has to do with fashion.
 
ALBANY

New York sees surge in local alcohol production

Monday, Aug. 25, 2014
According to figures released Monday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office, the total number of businesses producing alcoholic beverages in New York has more than doubled since 2011.
 
Mimicking the airlines, hotels get fee-happy
NEW YORK

Mimicking the airlines, hotels get fee-happy

Monday, Aug. 25, 2014
Forget bad weather, traffic jams and kids asking, "Are we there yet?" The real headache for many travelers is a quickly-growing list of hotel surcharges, even for items they never use.
 
Farmers' Almanac predicts another nasty winter
LEWISTON, Maine

Farmers' Almanac predicts another nasty winter

Monday, Aug. 25, 2014
The folks at the Farmers' Almanac can be forgiven for feeling smug: The 198-year-old publication correctly predicted the past nasty winter while federal forecasters blew it.
 
In 1960, Capital District Scottish Games held under sunny skies

In 1960, Capital District Scottish Games held under sunny skies

Monday, Aug. 25, 2014
Welcome, highlanders! That was the sentiment on Saturday, Sept. 3, 1960, as pipers, drummers, dancers and marchers assembled for the annual Capital District Scottish Games at the Altamont Fairgrounds.
 
Crescent-Halfmoon trail takes visitors back to Erie Canal days

Crescent-Halfmoon trail takes visitors back to Erie Canal days

Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014
Walking around Crescent-Halfmoon Park on the banks of the Mohawk River, you can almost hear the music: “I’ve got a mule and her name is Sal, 15 miles on the Erie Canal.”
 
Mexican Radio’s cuisine doesn’t quite live up to decor

Mexican Radio’s cuisine doesn’t quite live up to decor

Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014
Like Paul Revere’s message about the British, “Mexican Radio is coming,” rang out across the land. After the hype settled, friend Trish and I ventured to downtown Schenectady.
 
 

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