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Young scientists compete to see who can tell the best science tale

A large stage, four curious judges and 10 contestants with only three minutes to perform.

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Drama outside theater walls

Eighth annual Helderberg Theater Festival features twist on classic, youth directors

The Classic Theater Guild Inc. and Indian Ladder Farms are teaming up again for The 2014 Helderberg Theater Festival, which will be held outdoors at the farm from July 17 to 27.

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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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Hoffman’s Playland set to take its final ride

Colonie’s amusement park will close in September

After 62 years, one of area’s best-known amusement parks is set shut down the rides for good at the end of the summer as the owners look to enjoy the rewards from decades of hard work.

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Photo Gallery: End of an era

Hoffman's Playland set to close in September

With Hoffman's Playland owners David and Ruth Hoffman announcing the amusement park's closure in September, families are taking advantage of every opportunity to ride the rides one more time.

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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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USS Slater returns to Albany

Iconic destroyer underwent $1.2M in renovations

After undergoing 12 weeks of repairs in Staten Island, the USS Slater, one of the last remaining ships of its kind, made it back to Albany in time for the Fourth of July weekend.

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Local funnyman joins elite club

Loudonville man jokes his way to New York’s Friars Club

After being in the business just over 12 years, a born and raised Loudonville man was inducted into an elite club of comedians, actors and others in the entertainment business.

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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.

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Local movement

Exhibit highlights the ways canals and railroads made history in New York

Advances in technology change the way we live, and life in the 18th century was no exception when tracks were laid, creating a new path for change across New York state.

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Paws for a cause

‘Railroad puppy’ grand marshal of benefit for Mohawk Hudson Humane Society

When Paws in the Park kicks off, after not having a grand marshal last year and the same marshal the first few years, there’s a new dog in town that will be the star of the show.

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The nerve

Annual battle of the bands at Tawasentha Park in Guilderland raises money to aid humanitarian efforts in Africa

In 1985, 44 artists came together to help fight disease and famine in Africa with the single, “We Are the World.” On Friday, music will once again be used as a way to raise money for efforts in Africa, except this time the performers are area teenagers.

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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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