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Celebration of Scottish heritage draws a growing crowd

A little corner of Altamont will be filled with all things Scottish when the sound of bagpipes and the site of cabers flying through the air take over the Altamont Fairgrounds on Labor Day weekend.

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Lawson Lake struck with algae bloom

An algae bloom has blossomed again at Lawson Lake and local officials are prohibiting fishing and other water related activities from 420-acre park.

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Give a hoot

Festive fundraiser for owls will have a folksy flavor

What do you get when you combine owls and music? Well, a HOOTenanny of course.

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New 214-acre preserve formed along Bozenkill

Dr. Becker’s wish granted after his death

Dr. Milford Becker spent the last years of his life trying to preserve some of the land he owned, but he did not see his vision realized. Almost seven years after passing away, his wish is coming true.

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Bethlehem Parks and Recreation seeks new AEDs

Director Nan Lanahan says replacements needed by the first of the year

New automated external defibrillators are needed for the Bethlehem Parks and Recreation Department.

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Dragons and damsels

Landis Arboretum program will take people on a dragonfly hunt

Get an up close look at some unique insects during “Dragonflies and Damselflies,” on Saturday, July 19, at the Landis Arboretum. Anne Donnelly, dragonfly surveyor for the New York State Natural Heritage Program, will lead the afternoon "field trip."

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Off to the races

NYRA holds family-friendly open house as a kickoff to track season

Around this time every summer, the old Victorian houses that line Union Avenue in Saratoga Springs come alive, the restaurants on Broadway feel a little more full and people in large hats can be spotted all over the city. It’s summer in Saratoga, and it all begins with Saratoga Race Course’s annual open house on Sunday, July 13.

A Fourth among friends

Empire State Plaza hosts annual celebration with food, entertainment and, of course, fireworks

In 1870, Congress declared July Fourth an official federal holiday, but Americans were celebrating with bells, music and military displays dating back to the day the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776.

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Stable hands

Albany Therapeutic Riding Center seeking volunteers

Finding a sense of peace within the quiet, rural landscape below the Helderberg Escarpment likely is not difficult for most people. For more than 30 years, a local nonprofit has tapped into it to provide therapy for mentally and physically disabled individuals.

Trailing off into summer

Solstice celebration grows with Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail

As the days grow longer and the season grows warmer, more people are getting outside to enjoy the beauty of Albany County.

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Good, dirty fun at Tawasentha Mud Mania

Winning isn’t the only thing at annual race

Most of the participants in this year’s Tawasentha Mud Mania race Saturday, June 14, in Guilderland wanted to have some good, dirty fun. But Michelle Davis had a different focus.

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Hands-on helpers

Kids at Voorheesville daycare are the youngest rail trail ambassadors

Some little kids have stepped up to take on a big role along a recently opened portion of the Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail.

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A mess for success

Guilderland to hold fourth annual Mud Mania at Tawasentha Park

Three years after the Town of Guilderland held its inaugural Tawasentha Mud Mania race through a muddy obstacle course as a fundraiser for park improvements, it had made enough money to pay for shiny new playground equipment. This year, the race is continuing due to its popularity.

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Wildflower is no wallflower

Pine Bush Preserve to hold annual Lupine Fest, with recreation opportunities

There are 3,200 acres of gently rolling sand dunes in Albany County providing a thriving home for a globally rare ecosystem. The recreational opportunities are rather extensive, too.

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Master parks plan in the works for Bethlehem

Proposed plan calls for hiring a consultant

Bethlehem officials are hoping to move forward with the creation of a Parks and Recreation Master Plan for the town.

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