School plays offer entertainment, showcase talent
This weekend, prepare to take a journey with a mischievous cat, cheer for a take on America’s favorite pastime, witness a man’s morally questionable rise in business, and groove to a royal exploration of popular music.
Forum focuses on effects of lost state aid to schools, rallies for funds to be returned
The regional forum, “NY Schools Still in Fiscal Peril: Our Kids Can’t Wait Another Year,” drew around 1,000 people to South Colonie High School on Thursday, Jan. 30, with a gym opened as an overflow room to broadcast it.
Panel talks about interacting positively online and off
Guilderland Central School District, which recently dealt with an incident of cyberbullying, held a community conversation on how to use technology in a safe and responsible way.
New take-out program generating additional revenue for district
Balancing the books of a school’s food service program amid more strict federal lunch guidelines has led some districts to opt out of the new requirements and lose the funding tied to those guidelines. Voorheesville Central School District though is coming closer to getting out of the red without the federal funds with meal options for students and families.
Community group to host annual Victorian celebration
The village will be transformed into a festive hot spot during Altamont Community Tradition’s 12th annual Victorian Holidays Celebration on Sunday, Dec. 15, from noon to 6 p.m.
Colleagues praise retiring Voorheesville Library Youth Services director’s passion and creativity
Connecting with young readers of all ages is what attracted Joyce Laoisa to Voorheesville Public Library around 16 years ago. Although a library’s role has changed over time, her mission to inspire children remained steadfast.
Local events let people run, walk or dance away those Thanksgiving calories
With Thanksgiving a few days away, some people are looking for ways to keep themselves off the couch and the calories at bay.
Thacher Nature Center holds annual celebration connecting families to natural gifts
Fast approaching is the mad dash to retail stores for once-a-year deals on the hottest merchandise, but there’s one event coming up that allows people to slow down and connect with nature before the big feast that kicks off the holiday season.
Give thanks to area farmers, businesses by buying local ingredients
A bounty of area businesses and markets make shopping local for all the ingredients of a customary Thanksgiving dinner a relatively easy task.
District plans to bring in K9 for locker searches; prior school shooting almost attempted
Guilderland school officials are implementing several measures to address safety issues, but the one attracting the most attention involves man’s best friend.
MiSci to hold Super Science Weekend, Dudley Observatory kicks off activities
Realizing the richness of the area’s science offerings will be a simple calculation at an upcoming inaugural science festival.
Albany Art Room reopens at new location, owner committed to staying in city
Finding a permanent home for a local business catering to artists of all ages ended up taking much longer than watching paint dry.
Three-mile section in New Scotland to open this fall, Albany portion eyed for 2015
Enhancements to two bridges along the Helderberg Hudson Rail Trail are progressing, and a three-mile section of the trail through New Scotland is expected to open next month.
Guilderland schools librarians help parents and students become cyber savvy
Guilderland Central School District librarians hosted on Thursday, Oct. 17, a program titled “Cyber Smart: Succeeding in a Digital World,” a series of workshops featuring interactive presentations containing tips for using online tools and accessing district resources.
Guilderland’s Trick-or-Treat Street offers festive indoor activities for local families
Guilderland High School is preparing to host its 10th annual Trick-or-Treat Street Saturday, Oct. 26. The event will see the school’s halls, cafeteria and gymnasium transformed into a Halloween haven.
Time in front of computers and digital devices could lead to vision problems in children
For teens and tweens, it might seem like the world revolves around the glowing screen of a smartphone. But even younger children are spending more time with computers and other digital devices these days, and health professionals are worried about what the effects might be.
Colonie Youth Center holds 10th annual 5K and kids runs promoting health and wellness
The Colonie Youth Center will mark a decade of hosting its annual Crossings 5K Challenge and Kids Runs on Sunday, Sept. 29, in The Crossings Park at the Rudy A. Ciccotti Family Recreation Center located at 30 Aviation Road in Colonie. There is race-day registration available.
Dave & Buster’s opens in Crossgates Mall featuring food, drinks, sports and a lot of games
As you walk towards the flashing lights beaming from the “Million Dollar Midway” at Dave & Buster’s, it’s hard not to feel like a kid again.
A Spotlight reporter spends time behind the wheel sizing up some high-speed go-karts
Fastrax Raceway, located in Crossgates Commons, features go-karts that go beyond traditional speeds associated with open-air racing machines, and the media was invited to see just how fast that meant on Tuesday, Aug. 6.
Altamont Fair’s museums are the star attraction for volunteers, history lovers
Every year, the Altamont Fair draws thousands of people with its flashier facets, from the newest rides to a destructive demolition derby. But for a slew of volunteers, the main attraction is one that flings you back in time.
Growers say it’s back to business after last year’s poor apple crop
The New York State Apple Association is expecting the upcoming yield of the state’s official fruit to be strong given “near-perfect” growing conditions bolstered production to typical levels.
Three-county event marks 120th year, offers more than thrill rides and good eats
The Altamont Fair is opening its gates and welcoming patrons for its 120th year on Tuesday, Aug. 13, featuring many of the popular attractions people look forward to every year, with some new ones mixed into the three-county celebration as well.
Guilderland reopens rock-climbing wall housed in historic barn to public
The Guilderland Rock Adventure Barn, or GRAB, reopened to the public last month after closing its doors several years ago following waning interest. Public use of GRAB is limited to Friday from noon to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. until the end of August.
National event marks 30th anniversary connecting police to community
The Guilderland Police Department Community Service Unit is hosting the local Night Out, which is the nationwide event’s 30th anniversary, on Tuesday, Aug. 6, from 6 to 10 p.m., at Tawasentha Park.
Second "Fireflies and Fairy Tales: A Solstice Celebration"
The second “Fireflies and Fairy Tales: A Solstice Celebration” on Thursday, June 20, which was held along a one-mile portion of the Albany County Rail Trail.
Acoustic roots music festival welcomes families, keeps traditions alive
Traditional acoustic music will once again be played at the 33rd annual Old Songs Music Festival, which kicks off Friday, June 28, at 3 p.m. and ends Sunday night at the Altamont Fairgrounds.
Modern technology offers children a bounty of interactive experiences, but those familiar with Harold (of Purple Crayon fame) know true creativity doesn’t take much more than a few lines and a crayon.
RCS students build floating creations for second Recyclable Boat Regatta
Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High School students in Scott Peck’s Design and Drawing for Production course constructed boats complete with oars or paddles capable of powering an operator 75 yards across Lawson Lake for the district's Recyclable Boat Regatta.
Guilderland students helping to expand Pine Bush habitat
Students from Farnsworth Middle School are helping to monitor an area near the Albany Pine Bush Preserve. Guilderland seventh-grade students were brought just past the City of Albany’s Rapp Road Landfill, where they looked for signs of life native to the Pine Bush at restored portions of land.
Environmental Fair at Five Rivers explores the present and past
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center hosted more than 600 students from around 10 Capital District elementary schools during the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s three-day Environmental Fair.
Indian Ladder Farms showcases baby animals and activities
Baby animals returned to Indian Ladder Farms in Altamont on Saturday, May 4, with children clamoring to chicks, ducklings, bunnies, lambs, pigs and goats.
Family-friendly Go Green Day to feature recycling, demos, good eats
Go Green Day 2013 will be held Saturday, April 27, at Farnsworth Middle School in Guilderland. Several area groups worked together to create the educational event and recycling drop off, along with opportunities to donate a variety of items to local causes and organizations.
New standardized tests have parents, educators worried about effects on students
On Tuesday, April 16, students in third to eighth grade across New York will sit down for the first day of standardized tests that adhere to the Common Core Standards. But it has been months now that parents and educators have worried pupils are being pushed too far with the sudden shift to more rigorous standards.
New York’s students will start taking new standardized tests this year in the name of improving performance. So why are kids expected to fail?
Students in third to eighth grade will face English language arts and math tests adhering to Common Core Standards, national standards that were developed by looking at what students should achieve to be prepared for college.
Voorheesville holds Wellness Day to encourage an active, healthy lifestyle
Voorheesville Central School District’s Wellness Committee held its second Wellness Day at the high school and middle school Thursday, March 21, which was kicked off with BMX riders soaring into the air off a ramp in the gymnasium.
Voorheesville workshop takes a graphic approach to storytelling
Elementary students were creating their own characters instead of reading about them Friday, March 15, at Voorheesville Public Library Friday, during a workshop hosted by Matthew Laiosa.
Two Guilderland ‘Red Riders’ prepare for Tour de Cure
Pedaling for 50 miles on a bicycle would be an accomplishment for most, but for an 11-year-old with Type 1 diabetes, it is about more than just the ride.
Area legislators ask for increased state aid to schools
Public schools are in the budget limelight as local lawmakers call on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to modify aid distributions guidelines, while at the same time the state’s largest teachers union is suing to challenge the constitutionality of the state tax cap law.
Niskayuna Boy Scout collecting flags at drop boxes for proper disposal
After several years of dedication to Boy Scout Troop 34, Brandon Fine is collecting old, worn American flags for his Eagle Scout project, which was inspired by his late grandfather.
Unique chocolate treats offer break from Valentine’s Day tradition
While chocolate is often seen as a can’t-fail Valentines gift, the traditional heart-shaped box of sweets might strike some as clichéd. But for those looking to stray from convention will be met with a sweet surprise at Capital District candy shops.
Niskayuna and Mohonasen students compete at FIRST Tech Challenge
Niskayuna and Mohonasen students recently competed at the regional FIRST Tech Challenge Championship Tournament at Pace University in Pleasantville, and were among 36 teams of high school students bringing robots they spent months creating into the limelight.
District: Students balk at meals; participation down as food waste up
The Niskayuna Board of Education unanimously approved terminating the district’s participation in the National School Lunch Program effective April 1. The district’s lunch program is at a net operating loss of almost $70,500 from the start of this school year through December.
Satellite campus touted as boon for education and downtown businesses
Three years after discussions began, SCCC announced Friday, Jan. 18, its footprint is expanding into the county’s building at 112 State Street in Albany. The college is renovating nearly 10,000 square feet of former Albany County offices on the second floor for classrooms and will lease the space from the county.
Area school administrators grade governor’s education proposals
Gov. Cuomo linked education to the economic recovery of the state and laid out several proposals to enhance the quality of the state’s public schools. Area school administrators say district funds are tapped and are wondering how initiative will be funded.
Maple Ski Ridge to host 50th anniversary celebration
To celebrate Maple Ski Ridge’s 50th anniversary there, will be a weekend of events from Thursday, Jan. 17, to Sunday, Jan. 20. The business has largely tailored itself to suit its customers, serving as a family-friendly destination and welcoming seniors who are still hitting the slopes.
‘Cirque Dreams Holidaze’ to light up Proctors with fantasy and wonder
Before ringing in the New Year, the Mainstage at Proctors will round off the holiday season with four performances from Friday, Dec. 28, to Sunday, Dec. 30, of “Cirque Dreams Holidaze."
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.
Scotia-Glenville students test drive alternative-fuel vehicles
Scotia-Glenville students in Rick Warren’s 12th-grade English class went from researching alternative fuel motor vehicles to seeing four models up close on Friday, Dec. 7.
Local family starts Childhood Cancer Awareness tree in honor of daughter
About 200 gold ribbons adorn a tree in front of Jennifer Rathbone’s home on Campbell Avenue in Schenectady. The Christmas tree stands more than 10 feet tall and shines brightly alongside the busy street, as lights illuminate the golden ribbons that each hold a different child’s name honoring the “warriors and angels” of childhood cancer.
Saratoga Academy leasing Maritime Center for new middle school
The Saratoga Academy for the Arts and Science and Maritime Center officials announced on Monday, Dec. 3, an agreement to create a new middle school serving fifth to eighth graders, at the Alplaus facility along the Mohawk River.