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Cancer fight is on the march

Walk for Hope organizers hope to raise six figures in this year’s Bethlehem event

Neil and Shari Piper have collaborated with the community to establish the area's annual Walk for Hope to raise awareness for pancreatic cancer. It takes place each fall in the Town of Bethlehem.

Race organizers want runners to get good and messy

Maple Ski Ridge to host first mud run, raise funds for veteran center

Maple Ski Ridge is transforming its slopes for a wild, muddy race through an array of obstacles for a good time and a good cause.

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Access granted

People with disabilities allowed free access to town parks and facilities

Buddy Washburn looks like a typical 11-year-old. He’s hyper. He has a wide, toothy smile and a laugh that shakes his whole body and lights up his whole face. He’s obsessed with cars and loves to swim. He talks a mile a minute and is on the honor roll at Sand Creek Middle School.

Troubled hotel slapped with lawsuits

Best Western is both sued and cleared for reopening

The Best Western Sovereign in Albany was closed indefinitely—dark since the last day in May—when two guests who contracted Legionnaires’ Disease while staying at the hotel in the fall of 2011 filed lawsuits on Tuesday, June 12.

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Like a phoenix, new arts center rises

Retired teacher revamped old Colonie Youth Center

For nearly five years, the old Colonie Youth Center at 5 1st Ave. has been a dilapidated eyesore, a hollow shell filled only with memories of its vibrant days when it was bustling with the town’s youngest residents.

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Survey participants sought

American Cancer Society recruiting for cancer prevention study

There are 479 people in the Capital District who are helping to fight cancer by raising more than $92,000 for Relay For Life. But this year, there’s another way even more people can join the fight, and it won’t cost a penny.

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Walk aims to erase issue

Eighteen years ago, Linda Rozell-Shannon made a deal with God.

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Hope in a boat

Local dragon boat team seeks new members

A group of 25 breast cancer survivors from around the Capital District are “hope in a boat” every time they paddle their dragon boat around the Hudson River.

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Community Care makes the move

Space still available at corner of Delaware and Elsmere

After two years of planning and construction, the new Delaware Avenue Health Park is officially open for business.

A push for CPR in schools

When an 11-year-old Colonie Little League player was struck in the chest by a baseball Monday, April 16, his heart stopped. He survived, and early administration of CPR could have been partially to thank.

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No definite path to more rail trail

Albany County recreation resource dominates executive’s Bethlehem visit

The main concern of residents at Albany County Executive Dan McCoy's Town Hall visit was opening more local sections of the county's rail trail.

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Toeing up to the challenge

Training program prepares runners for the Freihofer's Run for Women

The 34th Freihofer’s Run for Women isn’t until June, but starting Monday, March 19, a group of Capital Region women kicked off their training at The Crossings of Colonie.

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File under ‘life saver’

Bethlehem Lions and Senior Services provide File of Life program

For the past five years, the Bethlehem Lions Club has been working with the town’s Department of Senior Services to provide seniors with a small, plastic folder that holds all of their important medical documents.

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Jump roping for hearts

On Friday, Feb. 17, the main gym of Sand Creek Middle School was pulsing. For more than an hour, speakers blasted the hottest singles as throngs of students laughed, jumped rope and hula hooped for healthy hearts.

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Farm to You Fest another success

The Bethlehem School District’s Squash Hunger food drive resulted in the donation of hundreds of pounds of fresh, locally-produced foods for distribution to area soup kitchens and food pantries.