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Book shares how to declutter — 10 minutes at a time

Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015
Donna Smallin’s book “Clear the Clutter, Find Happiness” (Storey Publishing, $10.95) is practical. You can open to any page and find a quick tip that will help you get a handle on the things you own — and shouldn’t.
 
Advances in lighting will be among changes in the years ahead

Advances in lighting will be among changes in the years ahead

Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015
There will no flying cars this year. Probably not next year, either. But 15 years into the new century, technology moves on.
 

More young millennials becoming agents for change

Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015
On a snowy evening, Brianna Tong gathered more than 50 students in a classroom at the University of Chicago to meet and dine with aldermanic candidates.
 
Spindles brings flavor, variety to Cohoes dining
COHOES

Spindles brings flavor, variety to Cohoes dining

Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015
Spindles is in a small storefront on a street struggling to attract and keep merchants. Judging by the crowd in the restaurant that night, I’d say they’re doing well. Perhaps it will encourage other businesses to move onto the block.
 
Organization recycles bouquets, sending smiles to hospitals, senior centers

Organization recycles bouquets, sending smiles to hospitals, senior centers

Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015
Cathy Palivos sorts through a massive box of scarlet roses with deft fingers. “See here,” she says, pressing the pad of her thumb against the rose. “Always check to see if it has a hard center. It means it will last another five days.”
 
Looking to make a healthy change? Fill up on broccoli

Looking to make a healthy change? Fill up on broccoli

Friday, Feb. 6, 2015
Anyone else suffering the broccoli blues?
 
Fast track chicken broth makes hearty soup

Fast track chicken broth makes hearty soup

Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015
Though chicken soup is best rendered from whole bird, from carrots and turnips and celery, from bay leaf and dill frond, there is another way: water, onion, cutlet.
 
At work? Slow cooker has dinner covered

At work? Slow cooker has dinner covered

Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015
The office worker drags out the slow cooker and demands compliance. Her employees — beans, onion, celery, carrot and lamb — will prep early and put in a full day of slow braise.
 
Making stylish furniture from the ubiquitous wooden pallet

Making stylish furniture from the ubiquitous wooden pallet

Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015
Imagine having an unlimited supply of free building material along with lots of ideas on how to use it. Welcome to the wide and wonderful world of pallet furniture.
 

Need a new coffee table? Make it a do-it-yourself project

Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015
One foggy Saturday afternoon I found myself looking critically at the house, as if seeing for the first time in months all the tasks that lay in wait: walls to paint; floors to scrub; laundry to fold.
 
Civil rights and wrongs: Assessing 'Selma'

Civil rights and wrongs: Assessing 'Selma'

Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015
Alice Green doesn’t pretend to be a movie critic, so she’s not interested in debating just how good a film “Selma” actually is.
 

Final care packages going out to troops as deployments end

Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015
During his third tour in Iraq, U.S. Army Sgt. Eugenio Amador received much-needed morale boosts in the form of care packages sent by America’s Moms for Soldiers.
 
Elegant fare makes Malt Room shine
TROY

Elegant fare makes Malt Room shine

Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015
The Malt Room is a high-end cocktail bar with an abbreviated menu that changes weekly and features astonishingly good food.
 
Acts of kindness: Girl Scouts, Brownies make caring for others a regular habit

Acts of kindness: Girl Scouts, Brownies make caring for others a regular habit

Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015
Earlier this month, when frigid temperatures gripped Saratoga Springs and homeless people were searching for a warm place to sleep, five Girl Scouts helped prepare the city’s Code Blue Shelter at the Salvation Army.
 
Acts of kindness: Volunteers help students with homework at CAPTAIN site

Acts of kindness: Volunteers help students with homework at CAPTAIN site

Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015
I’ve pretty much been banned from helping my 17-year-old daughter, Emily, with her homework.
 
 

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