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Discarded objects reborn as lighting fixtures
NEW YORK

Discarded objects reborn as lighting fixtures

Monday, Aug. 10, 2015
Household objects, industrial cast-offs and vintage farm tools — all these and more are being salvaged and upcycled into lighting fixtures that range from elegant to funky to pure wow.
 
Diet Pepsi gets rid of aspartame, but will customers return?
NEW YORK

Diet Pepsi gets rid of aspartame, but will customers return?

Monday, Aug. 10, 2015
A revamped Diet Pepsi without aspartame is popping up on store shelves. So will people start flocking back to the soda?
 
For Capital Region Olympians, a Special softball tourney
CLIFTON PARK

For Capital Region Olympians, a Special softball tourney

Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015

“Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”
 
Young workers develop job skills for future in summer program

Young workers develop job skills for future in summer program

Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015
Three teens gathered around a glass jar, puzzling over whether or not the insect trapped inside was a potato beetle.
 
Imaginative cuisine, patio dining at 62 Beekman
SARATOGA SPRINGS

Imaginative cuisine, patio dining at 62 Beekman

Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015
We’ve all heard of farm-to-table cuisine. But how about a restaurant where veggies grow inches away from where you sit and dine?
 
Skaters have spills and thrills at Action Park
CLIFTON PARK

Skaters have spills and thrills at Action Park

Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015

Tucked away between this town’s newest hotel and its mall, the Clifton Park Action Park has offered the opportunity for novices and veterans of the skating game to come together since 2006.
 
Rexford gardener giving harvest to friends, food pantries
REXFORD

Rexford gardener giving harvest to friends, food pantries

Friday, Aug. 7, 2015
Back when he owned a service station in Schenectady, Dick Tullock shared the produce from his large home garden with his customers.
 
Black beans offer protein-rich alternative to meat

Black beans offer protein-rich alternative to meat

Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015
For this family favorite, I pair canned black beans with a variety of veggies and seasonings for a spicy (and filling) burger.
 
TV guru’s advice: Use intelligence when buying a home

TV guru’s advice: Use intelligence when buying a home

Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015
Mike Holmes, famous for calling out bad plumbing, woodworking and electrical work on the HGTV show “Holmes on Homes,” says there are steps homebuyers can take to avoid many of those problems.
 
North Greenbush children's museum sparks love of science
NORTH GREENBUSH

North Greenbush children's museum sparks love of science

Monday, Aug. 3, 2015
The first thing kids come across at the Children’s Museum of Science and Technology in North Greenbush is a waterfall representing Lake Tear of the Clouds in the Adirondacks, with an inviting, kid-sized canoe on the floor at the bottom.
 
From Cucumber Alley to Lois Lane, area streets bear peculiar names
CAPITAL REGION

From Cucumber Alley to Lois Lane, area streets bear peculiar names

Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015
Travelers on Consaul Road often see Lois Lane. The name is on a street sign between Clute Crest and Fieldstone Drive — not far from St. David’s Lane.
 
Barcelona raises the bar for Mediterranean fare
ALBANY

Barcelona raises the bar for Mediterranean fare

Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015
Mediterranean cuisine is a melting pot of cultures from Europe, Northern Africa and the Middle East. Barcelona takes the best and adds an American twist, resulting in spirited and enduring flavors.
 
Kimchee adds spark to traditional Korean snack

Kimchee adds spark to traditional Korean snack

Tuesday, July 28, 2015
My favorite way to use kimchee is the traditional Korean snack, panjeon, a sort of pancake. I add a little apple to tame the kimchee’s heat.
 
Silk-screened wallpaper melds different design traditions

Silk-screened wallpaper melds different design traditions

Tuesday, July 28, 2015
A certain wunderkammer — or “cabinet of curiosities” — aesthetic defines the hand-printed wallpaper, fabric and tile of Grow House Grow.
 
Scrapbook: Camp Lovejoy was busy, happy place in '70

Scrapbook: Camp Lovejoy was busy, happy place in '70

Monday, July 27, 2015
Kids were swimming, building huts and exploring the woods at Altamont's Camp Lovejoy during the summer of 1970. Old Jesse Lovejoy would have been happy to meet Robert Peek and fellow nature lovers Alex Starson and Gerald Brooks.
 
 

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