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Julie Cushine-Rigg

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Community gathering to benefit Kenya kids

In Kenya, a harambee can be as simple as a community gathering. The name comes from the Swahili word meaning “together pushing forward.” One local group is looking to embody that spirit and help Kenyans at the same time through an event at Village Pizzeria in Middle Grove on Friday, Sept. 7.

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Kids settle in to summer roles

Round Lake Auditorium agains hosts camp for young actors

On Friday and Saturday, Aug. 3 and 4, productions of “Honk! Jr.” (a musical version of "The Ugly Duckling") and “The AristoCats Kids” are set to be performed by the youth drama group Summer Stars and Carpe Diem Productions at the Round Lake Auditorium.

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Skye’s the limit for giving

Clifton Park 11-year-old recognized for fundraising efforts

Most 11-year-olds learn money management by saving and buying things for themselves, but not Skye Zagorski of Clifton Park. She spends it on people she doesn’t even know.

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Author hopes for Olympic-sized splash

Karen Board of Burnt Hills anticipated the arrival of the games and the hopes of young athletes a couple of years ago and has timed things just right to have her first book entitled “Splish! Splash! Dolphins and Kids Having Fun in Water” to debut this summer.

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The farm, and more, comes to you at fair

The Saratoga County Fair is celebrating its 171st year, and has much to offer fairgoers. Everything from food and music to animal exhibits and dairy demonstrations will take place over the weeklong event at the fairgrounds in Ballston Spa — even sharks will make an appearance this year.

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Young dancer takes stage with the masters

Colonie boy secures role in NYC Ballet production at SPAC

Six-year-old John Zorbas of Colonie can’t wait until he’s big and strong enough to lift ballerinas high into the air – and he’s well on his way.

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New business catering to kids bounces on scene

Greg Hays was responsible for setting up battlefield communication systems for troops when he served in Iraq. Now, he’s no longer concerned with signals bouncing around, but rather keeping kids bouncing.

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State parks get involved in outdoor hide-and-seek activity

Eleven parks and historic sites are participating in the challenge and there are 44 caches to be found, along with drawings for prizes for anyone who finds 35 or more geocaches.

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Summer days with starry nights

Since 1877, the Fresh Air Fund’s Friendly Town Program has been giving children ages 8 to 18 the chance to get away from their urban surroundings. Every year, they pair thousands of children from disadvantaged communities in the five boroughs to host families in 13 states and parts of Canada.

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Top-Notch effort to keep camp open

A summer camp dedicated to girls and young women is guiding them through both. Camp Little Notch, located in Fort Ann, aims to equip campers from ages 7 to 17 with the ability to make good life choices through a host of programs held during July and August and led by Executive Director Ellen Tuzzolo.

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Dairy the day away

Sunday, June 17 (also Father’s Day) marks Saratoga County’s 17th Annual Sundae on the Farm at Eildon Tweed Farm in Charlton from noon to 4 p.m. The free event generally draws more than 2,000 visitors from far and wide and highlights one of the greatest resources of the county: agriculture.

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To market we go

Tuesday, June 5, marked the debut of the Malta Farmers Market – a weekly installment of locally produced foods, plants and craft items. Every Tuesday will now host more than 20 vendors on the lawn between the Malta Community Center and Just Meat & Deli on Route 9 from 3-6 p.m. through Oct. 30.

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A perfect birthday present for Greenfield Elementary

As presents go, the best are the ones that keep on giving, and that will certainly be the case at Greenfield Elementary in the Saratoga Springs Central School District as it embarks on designing its present to the school – a new playground in honor of the school turning 50 years old.

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Animal therapy? A horse, of course

The horses of Saratoga County are known mostly for racing, but there are some who go by another game – therapy.

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An uncommon summer

When summer rolls around, it might seem the like the number of activities for kids is endless. The Not So Common Kids Camp in Clifton Park however, is an experience that is far from common.

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A heart-starting effort

The Larry Virkler Memorial Defibrillator Fund may be based in Lowville where Virkler was a beloved member of that community, but his son Scott Virkler of Clifton Park has been bringing the mission to his home. His aim is to equip communities, especially sports organizations, with AEDs, or automated external defibrillators.

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No strings attached, only played

The Northeast String Orchestra in Clifton Park offers children who play string instruments opportunities to play in an ensamble, an option not always available elsewhere.

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Young writer wins American Flag Essay Contest

Olivia Grace Ralbovsky has been writing for most of her life, but at 11, she’s getting recognized for it earlier than most.

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A barking good time for great cause

Busy Bone 500 to benefit Saratoga County Animal Shelter

The 6th Annual Busy Bone 500 will take place on Saturday, May 12, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds in Ballston Spa.

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Clifton Park is home to this year’s Heart Hero

Jack James, this year's Heart Hero, will be honored at the Capital Region Heart Walk on Saturday, May 12, at The Crossings in Colonie. Registration starts at 9 a.m. for either a one-mile or three-mile walk. Participants can walk solo or form teams ahead of time. An estimated 1,500 walkers are expected to turn out for the event.

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Saratoga Farmers Market one of many in area

Connections to local food becoming more popular

“In New York State the number of markets has risen from 235 in 2000 to 500 in 2010.That’s a 113 percent increase. What’s more New York State ranks second in the nation for the number of markets. The farmers market is a place where farmers can get the best price for their goods by selling directly to the consumer and cutting out the middleman,” Laurie Ten Eyck, New York field representative for American Farmland Trust.

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Volunteers mobilize for park cleanups

May 5 set to be first I Love My Park Day across the state

“We know that New Yorkers really love their parks as they showed two years ago when they were threatened with closure.” Laura DiBetta, director of relations for Parks & Trails New York.

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Happy trails in Clifton Park

A lot of the neighborhoods do not have sidewalks, bike lanes are not common. So the only way to get everything together is to join the organizations. - CAPTAIN’s Youth Development Coordinator Steve Eggelston

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Ballston Spa robotics team preps high schoolers for science and technology futures

“I stay involved for the satisfaction of seeing the ‘ah-ha’moments — those happen when one of the students really internalizes animportant concept, or successfully applies their new critical thinking skills,or invents a truly creative or elegant solution for their robot.” Team mentor Greg Mohr

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Remembering Maddie

Tiny TotsTea Room holds benefit memorial for Maddie Musto

For those who can’t make the event, and would still like to donate to Miracle 4 Maddie, contributions can be made in Maddie Musto’s name at Capital Communications Federal Credit Union. For details, visit http://miracle4maddie.bbnow.org/donate.php.

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Festival a Cool Draw

Downtown Saratoga and Saratoga Spa State Park’s Winterfest 2012

Chowderfest, especially is a well known part of Winterfest - and draws a big crowd.