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Smart House opens doors

Living Resources unveils state’s first barrier-free home

Living Resources unveiled the Smart House, located off Ardsley Road in Guilderland, on Tuesday, Jan. 21, which harness technology to allow residents to maintain an independent lifestyle.

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Not your average craft market

Made by Hand features select artists from the Northeast

Many people are familiar with craft fairs, but a local business is holding an invitation-only craft market to ensure the quality of the products for sale.

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Home for the holidays

Holiday traditions may have been a little different in the late 1700s when the iconic Ten Broeck Mansion was built atop an Albany hill, but more than 200 years later, the historic home continues to welcome visitors for the holidays.

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National Grid braces for season’s storms

Company spending $3B to upgrade electric infrastructure

Tackling some of what the worst winter storms inflicts has National Grid “hot stick” workers preparing for the chilly reality of living in the Northeast.

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Menands market marks 80 years

Outlet serves as buy local point for wholesale and retail buyers

Since it first opened in 1933, the Capital District Cooperative, Inc. has traveled a road of changes. With the rising “buy local” movement, the Menands-based farmers market is celebrating its 80th anniversary with a bigger presence than ever.

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Roots of knowledge

Delmar resident launches project to cultivate awareness of native plant species

Loretta Fontaine Castagna has held an interest in native plant life since she was a young girl.

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Growing green habits

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.

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A common thread

For area quilting group, tradition, service and fellowship are a seamless combination

Q.U.I.L.T. Inc. has met at the Delmar Reformed Church once a month for the past 36 years. They meet to showcase their work, learn new skills and listen to guest speakers.

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Beyond the rose

Local florists say color and variety add a fun twist to Valentine’s Day

Although red roses continue to be a top seller on Valentine’s Day, some florists have noticed more women are looking for something a little less traditional on the annual day of love.

National Grid forecasts lower natural gas bills this winter

Customers heating bills could drop 3 percent, weather conditions also a factor

Some people might not welcome the first sighting of snowflakes falling, but lower heating bills could help warm winter spirits.

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Steeped in history

Program to examine Shaker use of herbs and teas

When you dunk a teabag in a mug of boiling water, do you ever wonder how the mixture of herbs or tea leaves got in there?

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No definite path to more rail trail

Albany County recreation resource dominates executive’s Bethlehem visit

The main concern of residents at Albany County Executive Dan McCoy's Town Hall visit was opening more local sections of the county's rail trail.

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Watch your (and your neighbor’s) garden grow

Capital District Community Gardens offers gardening plots, community spirit

Community plots are available for those in the Bethlehem area looking to garden, but may not have the space at home.

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‘Good news’ for frosty future

National Grid: Natural gas heating bills should be 8 percent lower

Cold thoughts surfacing of shoveling mounds of snow, black ice glazing the roadways and traffic jams stalling chilly commutes might start to melt away for some with predictions of lower natural gas heating bills.

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Music among the pines

Pine Hollow Arboretum hosts concert to benefit Irene victims

The Pine Hollow Arboretum is hosting a unique musical evening on Sunday, Sept. 25, to benefit the victim of Tropical Storm Irene.