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It’s officially fall in the Capital District. Pumpkin patches are a riot of orange and apples are ready to be picked. Fall turns this region into an exciting outdoor playground for all ages just waiting to be explored.

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In memory of Myles

Bethlehem YMCA dedicates new playground to Bethlehem boy who died of brain cancer two years ago

The memory of Myles McAdoo will put smiles on the faces of children for years to come, after a playground was dedicated in his honor last week.

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The buzz at Farnsworth Middle School garden [video]

Local beekeepers looking to spur interest in honey hobby, offer guidance

Jennifer Ford and Keith Freeman conducted their first beehive inspection Friday morning, July 18, at Farnsworth Middle School’s Organic Garden. The couple has kept beehives at their home since 2008 and started maintaining one at the garden this summer.

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Local ballerinas are one step closer to their dreams

Three Capital District girls selected as understudies for New York City Ballet

Dancing with the New York City Ballet is the dream of nearly every American ballerina, but few are given the opportunity prior to high school.

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Triple Threat: The challenges and rewards of parenting triplets in the Capital District

More cousins = more fun

“Cousins! Cousins! Cousins!” This is the chant I hear from my kids on most afternoons. “When do we get to see the cousins again?”

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Good cents

Rensselaer mom and author says even the youngest of children can benefit from being financially literate

Being a role model with money is often a tough one for some parents parents. After all, who is the one buying the new iPhone?

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Grandma's Got Gigs ... and gigabytes too!

A child's garden story

It is hard to imagine my grandma as a baby, but she has the pictures to prove it. One picture shows her as a little girl standing next to a very tall beanstalk, which is climbing up a string leaning on the house where she grew up.

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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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Teaching spirited kids to read

Here are a few strategies that will help your active child put his/her reading skills into action.

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Triple Threat: The challenges and rewards of parenting triplets in the Capital District

Tough choices, times three

When you have triplets (or a litter as my daughter now calls them), there are so many decisions that need to be made and so little time to really make them.

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Grandma's Got Gigs ... and gigabytes too!

A letterbox adventure awaits

How does combining the exhilaration of hiking with the thrill of a treasure hunt sound?

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A sweet welcome to spring

March Maple Weekends are an annual tradition

For two weekends in mid to late March, maple fans can watch, learn, explore and, most importantly, indulge in all things sugary sweet made from maple sugar.  

Triple Threat: Parenting triplets in the Capital District

We all have a past. Things we have done that we are proud of; things we wish that would never be remembered; and things that our kids will ask questions about, creating a moral dilemma.

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Pizza party lets kids play with their food

Pizza night is always a fun treat for the family, but deciding what type of pizza to order can be tricky if one has younger children who are picky eaters.

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Let's Cook!

A rosebud in winter

When serving this treat at school, I often bring a garden of flowers with one stemmed stick for each child and extra fruit so that they can continue to skewer more themselves.

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