Photos: PearlPalooza, Sept. 14, 2019

Photos: PearlPalooza, Sept. 14, 2019

This past Saturday saw the 10th annual Pearlpalooza - an all-ages music festival presented by SEFCU in association with WEQX, The Downtown Albany Business Improvement District (BID), and Sugar Productions. The event featured a diverse lineup of local and...

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While You Were Out: Sept. 13, 2019

While You Were Out: Sept. 13, 2019

Another beautiful fall Friday in the books, CivMixers. I hope you were able to get out and enjoy some of it. There's plenty of daylight left to do so if you haven't. In the news... Actress Felicity Huffman was sentenced to 14 days in prison and a $30,000 fine for her...

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Rise and Shine: Sept. 13, 2019

Rise and Shine: Sept. 13, 2019

Good morning, CivMixers! The good news: It's Friday. The bad news: It's Friday the 13th. So, why is this day considered unlucky? Here's what History.com has to say on that: "According to biblical tradition, 13 guests attended the Last Supper, held on Maundy Thursday,...

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While You Were Out: Sept. 12, 2019

While You Were Out: Sept. 12, 2019

Good afternoon, CivMix crew. If you're preparing to settle in to watch tonight's Democratic 2020 primary debate in Texas, I hope you've got your popcorn ready, because it's looking like there could be some very interesting moments. There are several issues pertinent...

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Rise and Shine: Sept. 12, 2019

Rise and Shine: Sept. 12, 2019

Good Thursday morning, CivMixers. We're going through a seesaw of weather these days, with cooler temperatures, clouds and rain following on the heels of yesterday's (comparative) heat and humidity. Highs today are only expected to reach the mid 60s, according to The...

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While You Were Out: Sept. 11, 2019

While You Were Out: Sept. 11, 2019

We're over the hump, CivMixers. It's all downhill to the weekend from here. Headlines... President Donald Trump said his administration will propose banning thousands of flavors used in e-cigarettes to combat a recent surge in underage vaping. The FDA will develop...

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Remembering

Remembering

When I typed the date - Sept. 11 - this morning, I was surprised by how it made me feel. All these years later, almost two full decades after the worst terrorist attack on our nation in its history, this day still has the ability to generate powerful emotions, to...

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Rise and Shine: Sept. 11, 2019

Rise and Shine: Sept. 11, 2019

It's a somber morning, CivMixers. No matter how many years pass since the attacks in Lower Manhattan and Washington, D.C. and the downing of a plane in a Pennsylvania field, we who were around to witness those horrific moments will never forget, and we will never stop...

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While You Were Out: Sept. 10, 2019

While You Were Out: Sept. 10, 2019

A busy, busy day, from a news perspective, CivMixers. I hope it was a productive Tuesday for you, too. There were big doings at the White House, where President Trump announced he had fired John Bolton, his third national security adviser, amid fundamental...

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Fallbany and Other Downtown Delights

Fallbany and Other Downtown Delights

Architecture, landscape, music, history and shopping – all yours to see and experience in a mere 2,000 steps. It turns out that many of the best aspects of urban life can be experienced on a 10-block walk on a September Thursday in downtownAlbany. The Fallbany Art &...

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RIP, Robert Frank

RIP, Robert Frank

Robert Frank, a documentary photographer who is best known for his book "The Americans," which chronicled the lives of everyday people across the U.S. via snapshots he took during cross-country road trips, has died at the age of 94. He was a true photographic genius,...

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Rise and Shine: Sept. 10, 2019

Rise and Shine: Sept. 10, 2019

Good Tuesday morning, CivMixers. It's a little on the chilly side, (in the 50s), as I write this, but it's going to be just shy of 80 degrees and humid today as the sun comes up. The Weather Channel says to expect clouds and some sun this morning, with more clouds as...

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While You Were Out: Sept. 9, 2019

While You Were Out: Sept. 9, 2019

Monday, Monday. Monday. What else is there to say, really? Thankfully, it's almost over. Headlines... The Secretary of Commerce reportedly threatened to fire top employees at NOAA on Friday after the agency’s Birmingham office contradicted President Trump’s claim that...

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‘People of New York’ Tour, A Review

‘People of New York’ Tour, A Review

One of the big applause lines in the hit Broadway play "Hamilton" comes in the first act, during the song Yorktown (The World Turned Upside Down). If the mere mention of this number doesn't immediately trigger something for you, this is when Hamilton and Lafayette...

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Rise and Shine: Sept. 9, 2019

Rise and Shine: Sept. 9, 2019

A SUPER early good morning to you, CivMixers. I've got a train to catch, so I am up before the birds, it seems, and just wanted to check in with you all before I depart. It looks like more of the same in the weather department, with partly cloudy skies and...

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Here is New York State’s new license plate design

Here is New York State’s new license plate design

Come next April, New York license plates will feature the first new design in a decade. Officials at the New York Department of Motor Vehicles announced that a design featuring the Statue of Liberty, Niagara Falls, the Adirondacks, and the New York City skyline is the...

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While You Were Out: Sept. 6, 2019

While You Were Out: Sept. 6, 2019

Well, CivMixers, the big moment you've all been waiting for has arrived! Yes, Friday is almost over, and the weekend is here. But that's not what I mean. The state DMV today announced the winner of the license plate contest....and it's NOT - as was widely speculated -...

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An Ode to Rescue Dogs

An Ode to Rescue Dogs

You've probably heard the phrase "adopt, don't shop." This is meant to encourage you to get your next furry forever friend from a shelter instead of from a pet shop, (which could soon be illegal anyway) or a breeder. I do understand why in certain cases you may want...

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Rise and Shine: Sept. 6, 2019

Rise and Shine: Sept. 6, 2019

HELLLLLLLLLO Friday! Boy, am I glad to see you. And a good Friday morning to you, CivMix crew! It will be cloudy, a bit on the humid side and in the mid-70s today, according to The Weather Channel. There's a slight chance of a rain shower later in the day. The weekend...

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While You Were Out: Sept. 5, 2019

While You Were Out: Sept. 5, 2019

Hello, CivMixers. We're almost over the hump and headed into the weekend. Nice to have a short week to ease back into the swing of things. I'm a little crunched for time myself, and need to catch a train. So let's cut to the chase and get right to the news of the day....

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Rise and Shine: Sept. 5, 2019

Rise and Shine: Sept. 5, 2019

It's Thursday, CiMixers. Are you adjusted back into your fall groove yet? I'm not quite there. Soon, I hope. Looks like we're in for a stretch of nice weather. It's going to be dry and sunny with temperatures in the mid-70s today, according to The Weather Channel....

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While You Were Out: Sept. 4

While You Were Out: Sept. 4

Good evening, CivMixers. I hope you're all safe and well as another Wednesday draws to a close. The weather continues to make headlines. The National Weather Service issued both a severe thunderstorm watch (until 9 p.m.) and a flood advisory (until 2 p.m.) in the...

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The School Year Looms, A Teacher’s Confession

The School Year Looms, A Teacher’s Confession

Editor's note: Most Capital Region kids are back in their respective classrooms for the new academic year. Social media was replete with "first day" photos and clusters of neatly-dressed children and anxious hovering parents were seen at bus stops across the area this...

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Rise and Shine: Sept. 4, 2019

Rise and Shine: Sept. 4, 2019

Good morning, CivMixers. Welcome to this hot and humid Wednesday. There will be thunderstorms - scattered this morning - then mostly cloudy, with a chance of ore thunderstorms in the afternoon. Some of these storms may be severe, and there's a very high (80 percent)...

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While You Were Out: Sept. 3, 2019

While You Were Out: Sept. 3, 2019

We've had such nice weather in the Capital Region today that it's hard to fathom the devastation we're seeing some 1,000 miles to our south being wrought by Dorian. But the storm is really packing quite a deadly punch. Florida is now starting to be impacted....

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Hiking Challenge Accepted!

Hiking Challenge Accepted!

Editor's note: We are about to enter what I consider premiere hiking season in upstate New York. While you might have more time in the summer to get outside, the drawbacks of hitting the trail June through August are, in my view, many. It's hot, for one thing, which...

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Rise and Shine: Sept. 3, 2019

Rise and Shine: Sept. 3, 2019

Good morning, CivMixers, welcome to fall! Welcome to sweaters and hot drinks and apple cider doughnuts and Halloween and CHRISTMAS IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER WHO HAS THEIR SHOPPING DONE???!!! And it's going to be partly sunny, 80 degrees with 73 percent humidity,...

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Happy Almost Fall!

Happy Almost Fall!

Sorry for interrupting your holiday weekend, but I just wanted to check in with you, CivMixers, and let you know that we'll be back to our regularly scheduled programming tomorrow morning. I hope you're enjoying this Labor Day, and giving some thought to the people...

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Photos: Musclepalooza Car Show and Drag Race

Photos: Musclepalooza Car Show and Drag Race

Photographer George Fazio took some great shots at the Musclepalooza Car Show and Drag Race hosted by Hemmings on Sunday, Sept. 1 at Lebanon Valley Speedway. The event was "open to all American muscle cars in sound, working order," and also featured 1/4 mile drag...

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While You Were Out: Aug. 30, 2019

While You Were Out: Aug. 30, 2019

Knocking off a little early today, CivMixers, to get a jump on the holiday weekend. Enjoy yourselves. Be safe. I'll be seeing you back here bright and early Monday morning. OH, and BTW: Even though it's almost the official end of summer, we have a lot to look forward...

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Go Fish!

Go Fish!

Editor's note: Long gone are the days when outdoor pursuits were seen as a strictly male endeavor. Women are flocking to the mountains, rivers, woods and streams in ever increasing numbers, trying their hands at everything from snowmobiling and long-distance solo...

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Rise and Shine: Aug. 30, 2019

Rise and Shine: Aug. 30, 2019

FriYAY is here, CivMixers. And not a moment too soon. If you're hitting the road this afternoon/evening, be aware that there might be some showers about. The chance of rain is about 30 percent. Otherwise, it's going to be cloudy, with the temperatures hovering in the...

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While You Were Out: Aug. 29, 2019

While You Were Out: Aug. 29, 2019

Good afternoon, CivMixers. I hope that you have not decided to call it quits early in anticipation of the impending Labor Day weekend, because right now we are SMACK in the middle of the one of the holiday weekend's busiest travel times. If you're stuck in traffic,...

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Frajee’s Opens on Lark Street – What’s Next?

Frajee’s Opens on Lark Street – What’s Next?

Editor's note: There's a lot of Lark Street news these days, which is great! Sometimes referred to as the "Greenwich Village" of Albany, the stretch from State Street to Washington Avenue has seen its ups and downs over the years, as contributor Colleen Ryan points...

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Rise and Shine: Aug. 29, 2019

Rise and Shine: Aug. 29, 2019

Good Thursday morning, CivMixers. It's looking like a lovely day, with sun and temperatures nearing 80 degrees, according to The Weather Channel. It is going to be a bit on the breezy side, though, and there might be some areas of fog out there this morning as you...

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While You Were Out: Aug. 28, 2019

While You Were Out: Aug. 28, 2019

As Wednesday draws to a close, it looks like we're in for some rain, CivMixers, so be aware if you're heading out and about this evening. In the news... President Trump’s signature campaign promise to build a wall along the southwestern border is far behind schedule....

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Travels With Sons

Travels With Sons

I read a piece recently in the New York Times about a man and his boy taking a trip together to Iceland and spending some time hiking a specific, somewhat challenging trail. It made me smile as I pictured the events described because there were some really sweet...

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Rise and Shine: Aug, 28, 2019

Rise and Shine: Aug, 28, 2019

Good morning, CivMixers. It's Wednesday already. We're speeding toward that three-day, last-hurrah-for-summer weekend. It's going to be cloudy this morning, with scattered showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. There's a 60 percent chance we'll see precipitation,...

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While You Were Out: Aug. 27, 2019

While You Were Out: Aug. 27, 2019

I hope your Tuesday has been terrific, CivMixers. Before we get to anything else, we have a bit of a public service announcement: If you happen to be a Cohoes resident, and are a registered Democrat, you still have a few hours (polls close at 9 p.m.) to get out and...

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A (Painted) Fish Tale

A (Painted) Fish Tale

Last Friday, in broad daylight, a bunch of kids from Troy blatantly painted on the side of a vacant building on Middleburgh Street. This was a far cry from vandalism. The kids were not hoodlums, but instead were playing an important role in an ongoing public art...

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Rise and Shine: Aug. 27, 2019

Rise and Shine: Aug. 27, 2019

Good Tuesday morning, CivMixers. I must start this day with an apology. Somehow, I missed that it was National Dog Day yesterday!! I know. I know. A travesty. An opportunity to post amazing photos of people's pooches - including the furry love of my own live -...

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While You Were Out: Aug. 26, 2019

While You Were Out: Aug. 26, 2019

So, it was indeed a beautiful Monday, CivMixers. I hope you managed to enjoy some piece of it in the great outdoors, even if that means taking a few extra steps and deep breaths en route for your afternoon coffee or while walking to the car. It was a busy day, from a...

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Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!

A long-standing summer tradition in upstate New York - and Columbia County, in particular - is the chicken barbecue. Usually, these events are held with the dual purpose of bringing people together and raising money for some cause or another. It seems no matter which...

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Rise and Shine: Aug. 26, 2019

Rise and Shine: Aug. 26, 2019

Good Monday morning, CivMixers. What a glorious, amazingly beautiful weekend we just had. It's sad to see it go. But it was tinged with bittersweet - for me, anyway - because there is no denying it anymore... Fall is around the corner. Summer is on its last leg. We...

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While You Were Out: Aug. 23, 2019

While You Were Out: Aug. 23, 2019

Happy weekend, CivMixers! I hope you have lots of good thing planned, whatever it is that constitutes "good" in your world. Here are some headlines for you to peruse as you unwind for your day and/or prepare for whatever lies in store for you tonight... President...

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The Dough Also Rises… At 197 Lark St.

The Dough Also Rises… At 197 Lark St.

Heraclitus said, "Everything flows, nothing stands still." So it goes with Albany’s Lark Street. The eight-block stretch of this major North-South thoroughfare between Washington and Madison avenues has ebbed and flowed through the years as shops and restaurants, bars...

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Rise and Shine: Aug. 23, 2019

Rise and Shine: Aug. 23, 2019

Friday is here, CivMixers, and along with it comes a stretch of dry weather, which will be a nice change from all the storms we've been seeing of late. Temperatures should hover just shy of 80 degrees today, according to The Weather Channel, with sun in the morning...

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While You Were Out: Aug. 22, 2019

While You Were Out: Aug. 22, 2019

We're well over the hump now, CivMixers, with Thursday almost in the rear window and Friday in our sites. Let's get right to the headlines, shall we? The National Weather Service confirms that two tornados touched down during the storm Wednesday - one in Johnstown,...

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Things To Do, Hear, Eat, Learn and See: Aug. 22-25

Things To Do, Hear, Eat, Learn and See: Aug. 22-25

The last few weeks of summer tend to be a frenzy of activity as we try to pack in as much fun as possible before the fall comes and we get serious about shaking off our vacation hazes, going back to school, unpacking those flannels and indulging in apple cider...

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Dog Days Of Summer

Dog Days Of Summer

I’m just back from a week spent at the most special of houses in Wellfleet, MA. This place, which I’ve rented for the past three years, is absolutely perfect - off a long, rutted dirt road directly across from a skinny-dipping-private pond with the ocean less than a...

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Rise and Shine: Aug. 22, 2019

Rise and Shine: Aug. 22, 2019

Good Thursday morning, CivMixers. It's shaping up to be warm and muggy, again, with temperatures in the mid-80s. There will be clouds in the morning, giving way to some sun late in the afternoon. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible, due to a cold front moving...

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While You Were Out: Aug. 21, 2019

While You Were Out: Aug. 21, 2019

Good afternoon, CivMixers. I'm a bit early with the end-of-day round-up...more of a middle-of-the-day check-in, due to travel requirements for my day job. The weather continues to be top of everyone's mind, with the National Weather Service warning of powerful...

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Learning To Let Go

Learning To Let Go

A desk lamp. That’s the only thing my child wanted for his dorm room. Literally the only thing. "How about sheets?" I offered. He thought about it, "Yeah, that’s probably a good idea too." Gulp, "probably" a good idea not to sleep on a naked mattress like some sort of...

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Rise and Shine: Aug. 21, 2019

Rise and Shine: Aug. 21, 2019

Welcome to Wednesday, CivMixers. The middle of the week is here. Among other things, it's National Senior Citizens Day. Blurbage: National Senior Citizens Day recognizes the achievements of the more mature representatives of our nation. The day provides an opportunity...

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While You Were Out: Aug. 20, 2019

While You Were Out: Aug. 20, 2019

Hello, CivMixers, I hope Tuesday has treated you well thus far. I'm not sure how I missed this, but it's National Bacon Lovers Day. (Apparently, it has been observed annual since 2000)?! Don't worry! There's still time to celebrate - maybe with a fabulous BLT with all...

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Street Smarts: McEneny Schools Chief Hawkins On Albany History

Street Smarts: McEneny Schools Chief Hawkins On Albany History

They make an unlikely pair: A 70-plus bearded white guy, who’s perhaps just a tad scruffier than in the heyday of his career as a local elected official; and a clean-cut, 50-year-old African American man whose commanding presence draws the eye - even without the crisp...

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Rise and Shine: Aug. 20, 2019

Rise and Shine: Aug. 20, 2019

There's going to be sun, sun and more sun on this terrific Tuesday, CivMixers. Make sure you get outside and soak up some Vitamin D if you have a spare moment. The temperatures will be somewhere in the mid-to-high 80s, with slightly lower humidity and the chance of -...

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While You Were Out: Aug. 19, 2019

While You Were Out: Aug. 19, 2019

Good afternoon, CivMixers. Thanks for standing by while we got some technical difficulties ironed out. Everything is now working as it should - a well-oiled machine. It's very warm outside, and the heat advisory remains in effect through 8 p.m. We may have hit a...

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Take A Hike!

Take A Hike!

The Capital Region is book-ended by two spectacular and widely renowned hiking areas: The Catskills and the Adirondacks. People travel from all over to visit these two state parks, which are admittedly fantastic. However, they are - especially in the case of the High...

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Rise and Shine: Aug. 19, 2019

Rise and Shine: Aug. 19, 2019

The inevitable has come to pass, CivMixers, because time waits for no woman - or man. It's Monday. Good morning. The weather made headlines again over the weekend, with a number of big storms raging through the weekend, leaving some damage, flash flooding and power...

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While You Were Out: Aug. 16, 2019

While You Were Out: Aug. 16, 2019

It's FriYAY time; the weekend has arrived. I hope you're all out living your best lives, CivMixers. As for me, I'm still working. But that will be remedied soon. Here's some news to peruse while you're unwinding from the work week, or preparing for your next epic...

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Things To Watch, Hear, Eat, Learn, See and Do This Weekend

What follows a highly selective - and subjective - list of events, concerts, classes, happenings etc. that are taking place across our fine region this weekend, starting this evening. If you're interested in it, I'm betting you'll find it here. There's really...

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Rise and Shine: Aug. 16, 2019

Hello, CivMixers! It's Friday and you just have a few more - relatively short - hours before the weekend officially begins. (Unless, of course, you are already enjoying a late-summer vacation, you lucky duck, or you happen to be one of those folks who has a...

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Photos: ROTR, Aug. 13, 2019

Photos: ROTR, Aug. 13, 2019

Rocking on the River this past Wednesday in Troy was a makeup date for a previously cancelled performance. "Soul Sky" - featuring Mark Emanation, Joe Mele, Jeremy Walz, Jeff Prescott, and Tom Dolan - was the opening band, and kicked things off with some rocking blues...

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While You Were Out: Aug. 15, 2019

While You Were Out: Aug. 15, 2019

Congrats for making it through another Thursday, CivMixers. I hope it was a productive and/or peaceful day, depending on how you were spending it. I also hope no one got stuck in any torrential downpours...So far, I haven't seen any in my neck of the woods. Here's...

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Rise and Shine: Aug. 15, 2019

Rise and Shine: Aug. 15, 2019

Good morning, CivMixers. It's early. It's Thursday. And it looks like it's going to be a good one, from a weather standpoint, with just a few clouds in mostly sunny skies, temperatures in the mid-80s and a chance - just a chance - of a stray shower or thunderstorm....

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While You Were Out: Aug. 14, 2019

While You Were Out: Aug. 14, 2019

We're over the hump, CivMixers. Wednesday has almost come and gone, and Thursday is just over the horizon there. The Child Victims Act taking effect and the lawsuits that ensued dominated the headlines today. The New York State Court system is expecting so many...

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Fun With Flowers

Fun With Flowers

If you’ve wanted to go to a Paint and Sip but know that you couldn’t draw a straight line with a ruler – maybe flower arranging will be your jam? Take a trial run with The Arts Center of the Capital Region at the Aug. 19 "Crafty Hour" at the University Club. This...

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Rise and Shine: Aug. 14, 2019

Rise and Shine: Aug. 14, 2019

Welcome to Wednesday, AKA "Hump Day," CivMixers. Is it me, or is this week really screaming past at warp speed? Why does it seem like time moves more quickly the closer we get to the end of the summer? Not that I don't like fall, mind you. It's actually one of my...

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While You Were Out: Aug. 13, 2019

While You Were Out: Aug. 13, 2019

You made it in tact through another Tuesday, CivMixers. It was a busy one, indeed. Before we get to the headlines, be sure to be aware that there could yet be some thunderstorms in the offing. Be on the lookout. In the news today... A coalition of 29 states and...

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Revolutionary Era Gossip On Tap At Fort Ti

Revolutionary Era Gossip On Tap At Fort Ti

A dozen people from as far away as New Jersey braved thunder, lightning and swarms of mosquitoes for a recent "Gossip Tour of Fort Ticonderoga." The tour promised to provide attends with "the real story of life at Ticonderoga...Drunken soldiers, stolen wives, unsolved...

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Rise and Shine: Aug. 13, 2019

Rise and Shine: Aug. 13, 2019

Good Tuesday morning, CivMixers. It looks like it might be a wet one, with clouds, high humidity, rain - maybe even a few scattered thunderstorms - and temperatures only in the high 70s. Don't worry, we'll have less humidity, higher temperatures and more sun tomorrow,...

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While You Were Out: Aug. 12, 2019

While You Were Out: Aug. 12, 2019

You have almost made it through another Monday in one piece, CivMixers. I've got to cut out a bit early to run to a meeting, but here are some headlines you might have overlooked as the day progressed. Keep in mind that there very well could be - oh, who am I kidding,...

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The Perfect Upstate Day

The Perfect Upstate Day

Ah, Upstate. We certainly do not lack for haters. "The Simpsons." CNN anchor Anderson Cooper. The late former mayor of New York City, Ed Koch. SNL star Pete Davidson. Just to name a few. But these people don't know what they're missing, (or, in Koch's case, what they...

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Rise and Shine: Aug. 12, 2019

Rise and Shine: Aug. 12, 2019

Good Monday morning, CivMixers. After a long and arduous weekend, I'm glad to be back with you all. It's going to be hot - in the mid-80s - and partly cloudy with rising humidity today. There's rain in the forecast for tomorrow, according to the Weather Channel, so...

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While You Were (Are?) Out: Aug. 9, 2019

While You Were (Are?) Out: Aug. 9, 2019

Sorry for the delay, CivMixers. I hope you had a great Friday and are out living your best life - even if that means sitting on your couch, eating popcorn and watching reruns. I was away from the computer because I took a road trip to Lockport, NY - a lovely little...

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Feet, Don’t Fail Me Now

Feet, Don’t Fail Me Now

I’m a runner. It’s something I’ve worked on since the first time I officially, with purpose, went on a "run." I was 13 years old at the time, and stuck with my new morning exercise routine of a quick jog to the road and back for maybe two days. As it turned out,...

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Rise and Shine: Aug. 9, 2019

Rise and Shine: Aug. 9, 2019

How fabulous is it that we finally find ourselves here on a fantastic Friday morning in early August, CivMixers? The sun will shine (mostly) today, though it will be partly cloudy at times. The temperature will be in the low-80s, according to The Weather Channel. It...

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While You Were Out: Aug. 7, 2019

While You Were Out: Aug. 7, 2019

It's almost that time, CivMixers...time to start making plans for the weekend. Thursday turned out to be rather lovely in the end - at least in my neck of the Capital Region - though it was pretty touch and go there for a while with some very heavy rain. I hope...

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Miho Loves Albany

Miho Loves Albany

It's entirely possible that the Capital Region's No. 1 fan is not a local resident. In fact, she's not even a U.S. citizen, but lives nearly 7,000 miles away from Albany in a coal mining town in southwestern Japan. I met chef and restauranteur Miho Tsujio shortly...

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Rise and Shine: Aug. 8, 2019

Rise and Shine: Aug. 8, 2019

Let's get up and at 'em and ready to take on Thursday, CivMixers! An early start to the day for me, (couldn't sleep; it happens). High humidity and more scattered thunderstorms developing in the afternoon are in the forecast today, according to The Weather Channel,...

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While You Were Out: Aug. 7, 2019

While You Were Out: Aug. 7, 2019

Happy Hump Day, CivMixers. I can see the weekend on the horizon. It's just over those hills there... The weather is making headlines in the Capital Region this afternoon. I was out in that storm around 3 p.m., and it was indeed gnarly. More severe weather is...

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Touring Downtown Albany Murals on Two Wheels

Touring Downtown Albany Murals on Two Wheels

The Capital Walls public art movement is creating new meaning in Downtown Albany’s urban spaces. In this project, participating artists select an otherwise undecorated and under-utilized space - such as a parking garage, highway underpass, or building facade - and...

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Rise and Shine: Aug. 7, 2019

Rise and Shine: Aug. 7, 2019

Welcome to Wednesday, CivMixers. The middle of the week has arrived. It's going to be very humid today, with temperatures in the mid-80s. And there will be thunderstorms! Surprise. Isolated in the morning, and more widespread in the afternoon. There's an 80 percent...

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While You Were Out: Aug. 6, 2019

While You Were Out: Aug. 6, 2019

It's getting stormy out there as Tuesday comes to an end, CivMixers. Take an umbrella if you're heading out the door anytime soon. A flood advisory has been issued for Albany County due to impending heavy rain. Headlines... Ohio's Republican governor bucked his party...

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Meditation Made Easy

Meditation Made Easy

How to meditate: First, fold your legs into an impossible pretzel - not the criss-cross-applesauce you learned in pre-school, but the uncomfortable (for the non-yogis among us) Lotus position. Next, close your eyes, touch your hands together in some weird way, or...

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Rise and Shine: Aug. 6, 2019

Rise and Shine: Aug. 6, 2019

It's Tuesday, and it's time to Rise and Shine. A minimalist sort of morning. Expect partly cloudy skies today with highs in the mid-80s and showers or thunderstorms in the afternoon. Kinda gray and humid. It's National Night Out - an annual community-building campaign...

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While You Were Out: Aug. 5, 2019

While You Were Out: Aug. 5, 2019

Well, looks like we've almost made it through another Monday, CivMixers. On the news front, most of the headlines today - at the national, state and even local level - are focused on the ongoing fallout from the back-to-back mass shootings that took place in a 24-hour...

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Photos: Washington Park Farmers Market

Photos: Washington Park Farmers Market

The inaugural Washington Park Farmers Market, organized by Scott Abraham, kicked off this past Saturday, and was, by all accounts, a success. The market will be held for the remainder of the summer through Sept. 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Vendors are set...

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Rhapsody In (Karner) Blue

Rhapsody In (Karner) Blue

Is there anything more symbolic of the beautiful, fleeting days of summer than a small butterfly fluttering carefree between colorful flowers? And when thinking of our region, there is a particular butterfly that comes to mind: the Karner blue. The blue butterflies...

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Rise and Shine: Aug. 5, 2019

Rise and Shine: Aug. 5, 2019

Well, it's Monday again, CivMixers. And we have no choice but to make the best of it, as time waits for no woman. Or man. It has been a difficult weekend, as the country is reeling from back-to-back gun violence in Ohio and Texas that took place in less than 24 hours....

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While You Were Out: Aug. 2, 2019

While You Were Out: Aug. 2, 2019

Welcome to the weekend, CivMixers! It looks like it's going to be a good one, with the exception of some potential thunderstorms here and there. But don't let that dissuade you from getting out to enjoy all our region (and beyond) has to offer. OR, if you plan to just...

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