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Troubled hotel slapped with lawsuits

Best Western is both sued and cleared for reopening

The Best Western Sovereign in Albany was closed indefinitely—dark since the last day in May—when two guests who contracted Legionnaires’ Disease while staying at the hotel in the fall of 2011 filed lawsuits on Tuesday, June 12.

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Survey participants sought

American Cancer Society recruiting for cancer prevention study

There are 479 people in the Capital District who are helping to fight cancer by raising more than $92,000 for Relay For Life. But this year, there’s another way even more people can join the fight, and it won’t cost a penny.

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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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Running with spirit

Lori Noel saw running as a way to stay in control of cancer, a way of “winning the battle,” and it served her well at last year’s Freihofer’s Run for Women, where she ran with her sister, Mary Lee Smaldone of Saratoga Springs.

SPAC 5K Rock and Run

Rock and Run 5K presented by WEQX and SPAC

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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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Walk aims to erase issue

Eighteen years ago, Linda Rozell-Shannon made a deal with God.

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Hope in a boat

Local dragon boat team seeks new members

A group of 25 breast cancer survivors from around the Capital District are “hope in a boat” every time they paddle their dragon boat around the Hudson River.

A push for CPR in schools

When an 11-year-old Colonie Little League player was struck in the chest by a baseball Monday, April 16, his heart stopped. He survived, and early administration of CPR could have been partially to thank.

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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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Toeing up to the challenge

Training program prepares runners for the Freihofer's Run for Women

The 34th Freihofer’s Run for Women isn’t until June, but starting Monday, March 19, a group of Capital Region women kicked off their training at The Crossings of Colonie.

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A dueling destiny

Rexford resident tops international tournament in the over 70 division

Locking swords in a heated duel might not be what many envision for their golden years, but for one 76-year-old fencing is more than an outlet to stay physically fit.

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Keeping the mind fresh

Man remembers action-packed life

In 1985, Tom Norton tried his hardest to get on a space shuttle in hopes of playing his violin in space.

A better way to discover the outdoors

There are 202 miles of bike and pedestrian trails and 124 miles of snowmobile trails in Saratoga County. Now, the entire trail system is compiled into a comprehensive trail map available online at www.saratogaplan.org.