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State OKs farm ‘tax cap’

Agricultural land assessments held to 2 percent increase annually

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation on Tuesday, Oct. 22, capping agricultural land assessments at 2 percent annually. The measure aims to offer a more stable and predictable tax climate for the state’s agricultural industry.

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Tradition gets its own recognition

Altamont Fair’s museums are the star attraction for volunteers, history lovers

Every year, the Altamont Fair draws thousands of people with its flashier facets, from the newest rides to a destructive demolition derby. But for a slew of volunteers, the main attraction is one that flings you back in time.

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The apples are on

Growers say it’s back to business after last year’s poor apple crop

The New York State Apple Association is expecting the upcoming yield of the state’s official fruit to be strong given “near-perfect” growing conditions bolstered production to typical levels.

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All’s fair in Altamont

Three-county event marks 120th year, offers more than thrill rides and good eats

The Altamont Fair is opening its gates and welcoming patrons for its 120th year on Tuesday, Aug. 13, featuring many of the popular attractions people look forward to every year, with some new ones mixed into the three-county celebration as well.

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Family focus at Menands market

Event to feature hayrides, raffles, music, fresh produce and more

Spotlight News will once again be sponsoring Family Day at the Capital District Farmers Market in Menands.

Farmers push for property tax relief

Farm Bureau wants to see land assessments capped at 2 percent

Agricultural advocates are concerned spiraling land values are discouraging industry growth in the Empire State.

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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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Greenmarket expands indoor space

Key Hall hosts larger prepared foods selection and more programs

Winter’s chill forces the Schenectady Greenmarket indoors every year, but patrons will find more offerings in a larger space this season.

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Slim pickings for orchards

Growers try to make the best of a devastating apple season

Although a late frost in the spring has damaged a large portion of the area’s apple crops, local growers are still urging families to keep their annual tradition of visiting an apple farm this fall.

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Remembering Irene one year later - Photo Galleries

One year ago this week the Capital District face severe flooding from tropical storm Irene. Spotlight photographers documented what happened. Take a look back.

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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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Rotterdam Junction Brownfield proposal complete

Planners say flooding means better chances for funding

Redevelopment efforts in Rotterdam Junction highlighted in the Brownfield Opportunity Area study might be achieved more swiftly since floodwaters ripped through the community.

Newly proposed farm regs withdrawn

Recently proposed the Department of Labor regulations limiting the roles of minors working on farms have been withdrawn as of April 26.

Outdoor farmers market set to open

Market's 32nd season kicks off May 3

The Downtown Market location at Schenectady City Hall will be open starting May 3 on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Beginning June 12, the St. Luke’s Farmers’ Market will run every Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 1241 State St.

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State picks up tab for flood relief

Cuomo announces state to cover local shares of FEMA recovery projects

Counties throughout New York State received unexpected and costly flood damage last year, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the state will be footing the bill.

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