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The search begins

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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Get To Know: Christine McCarroll

This Get To Know appears in the July 16 editions of Spotlight Newspapers.

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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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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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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.

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A shifting landscape

With Big 10’s demise, Suburban Council may take on more schools

The Big 10’s demise could spell big changes for the Suburban Council.

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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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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Get To Know: Afrim Nezaj

This appears in the June 11 editions of Spotlight Newspapers.

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Royal times ahead

Capital District gets its own Renaissance Festival promising merriment for all

The NY Capital District Renaissance Festival will be held on Saturday, June 14, and Sunday, June 15, at Indian Ladder Farms in New Scotland, adding a brand-new attraction to the region.

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A healing journey

Hospice Walk raises money for programs that provide comfort to families facing the terminal illness of a loved one

There is a lot that goes into hospice services beyond providing care for the terminally ill.

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On the lawn of history

Schoolcraft House Lawn Fest offers look into town’s past, fun activities

About 170 years ago John Schoolcraft built his grandiose home in what was known at the time as the hamlet of Guilderland. After suffering years of degradation, a local group is returning the home to its original grandeur.