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Holiday cheer in full bloom

Guilderland Garden Club to hold annual Greens Show at Mynderse-Fredrick House

The annual Open House and Greens Show at the historic Mynderse-Fredrick House, located at 451 Main St. in Guilderland Center, will kick off on Friday, Dec. 5, from 4 to 8 p.m. The show continues through the weekend and is open from 1 to 5 p.m. on Dec. 6 and 7.

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Home for the holidays

Holiday traditions may have been a little different in the late 1700s when the iconic Ten Broeck Mansion was built atop an Albany hill, but more than 200 years later, the historic home continues to welcome visitors for the holidays.

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National Grid braces for season’s storms

Company spending $3B to upgrade electric infrastructure

Tackling some of what the worst winter storms inflicts has National Grid “hot stick” workers preparing for the chilly reality of living in the Northeast.

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A common thread

For area quilting group, tradition, service and fellowship are a seamless combination

Q.U.I.L.T. Inc. has met at the Delmar Reformed Church once a month for the past 36 years. They meet to showcase their work, learn new skills and listen to guest speakers.

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Beyond the rose

Local florists say color and variety add a fun twist to Valentine’s Day

Although red roses continue to be a top seller on Valentine’s Day, some florists have noticed more women are looking for something a little less traditional on the annual day of love.

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Ocean of opportunity

Union Aquarium founder sells business to longtime employee

After 23 years of running Union Aquarium in Schenectady, owner Paul Sartoris is selling the business to a longtime employee who is stepping forward to keep the shop afloat.

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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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Ground broken on Judson Meadows

Baptist Health hopes to work site’s farming past into life at assisted living development

Spirits were high despite a downpour at the groundbreaking ceremony for Judson Meadows, at 39 Swaggertown Road. Construction had already begun on the $14 million assisted living center, which will have 67 apartments and house 72 people.

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Waiting to come home

Flood recovery efforts a tedious and lengthy undertaking for some

More than a year after floods poured through Rotterdam hamlets, some residents are still working to get back in their homes.

National Grid forecasts lower natural gas bills this winter

Customers heating bills could drop 3 percent, weather conditions also a factor

Some people might not welcome the first sighting of snowflakes falling, but lower heating bills could help warm winter spirits.

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Invasive species enters Schenectady County

DEC confirms city homeowner’s discovery of Hemlock Woolly Adelgid

An invasive species was confirmed as being spotted for the first time in Schenectady County on Monday, Aug. 20, by the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

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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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Winging it at Jefferson Elementary

Butterfly garden brings classroom lessons to life

Elementary students are always excited to be free from homework and test prep, but a recent effort spearheaded by a second-grade teacher wed getting outside with learning.

Nisky apartment plan spurs rezone plea

Residents express concerns over proposed land development

For almost 30 years, more than 30 acres have remained undeveloped despite the landowner’s wishes, but a possible rezoning would end the impasse.

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‘Good news’ for frosty future

National Grid: Natural gas heating bills should be 8 percent lower

Cold thoughts surfacing of shoveling mounds of snow, black ice glazing the roadways and traffic jams stalling chilly commutes might start to melt away for some with predictions of lower natural gas heating bills.