Home & Garden


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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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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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More motorcycles means more tragedies

Data show increase in staatewide biker fatalities

Motorcycle registrations are on the rise in New York State tothe tune of a 13 percent increase over the past five years, according to the state Department of Transportation. Census data shows the state is home to over 345,000 registered motorcycles as of 2009. At that time, there were nearly 7.9 million motorcycles registered nationally.

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Movement started From Scratch

The club is a network of growing knowledge about local food and its members are willing to share what they learn, offering food swaps (open to the public and free, donations accepted) and do-it-yourself classes held at various locations throughout the Capital District.

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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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Sharing the waters on Saratoga Lake

Many users of the lake may not realize that fishermen, although they may have a motor on their boat, often drift slowly or remain anchored in a given area for a fair amount of time. As a courtesy, and for safety, other users should be aware of this and allow for ample room.

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Summer’s pesky parasites persist

A mild winter means pet owners must stay vigilant for fleas and ticks

The Capital District has been enjoying mild temperatures this year, with 40-degree days being a regular occurrence, and that means many area veterinarians and pet owners are seeing more cases of the summertime pests.

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Malta businessman recognized as top solar installer

NYSERDA gives award to Terry Moag of The Radiant Store

Terry Moag, president of The Radiant Store in Malta, was recently recognized for his work and achievements in the area of solar energy by the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA),receiving an Outstanding Achievement award in their Solar Thermal Program.

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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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A peek inside Yaddo Mansion

Iconic mansion open for public tours for one weekend.

The Yaddo Mansion is veiled in secrecy.