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Vendors, nonprofits and community groups set up shop under the big tent at the 36th Annual Niska-Day. Evergreen Olive Oil Company was a first-time vendor.

Niska-Day off to great start

Kristin Schultz Gazette Reporter The 36th annual Niska-Day kicked off this morning with a fun run and the parade that wound from St. Kateri to Niskayuna High School. Festival-goers then headed to the grounds at Craig Elementary School where there…

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Weekly Briefs

Niska-Day is tomorrow but what’s happening next week? Rotary meeting set for May 23 Vicki Ramotar, a resource development specialist with Crossroads Center for Children in Rotterdam, will be the guest speaker at Niskayuna Rotary on May 23. Ramotar, who…

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A new, automatic golf ball dispenser was installed at Niskayuna's driving range last week.

New ball dispenser to expand driving range hours

By Kristin Schultz Gazette Reporter There are dispensers for everything: gumballs, cereal, shampoo, napkins, ice cubes, hand sanitizer, ketchup, tape and margaritas. The new golf ball dispenser at the Niskayuna Driving Range won’t doll out frosty, tequila-based libations, but it…

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Weekly Briefs – May 18

Symphony musicale set NISKAYUNA — The League of the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra will hold its annual meeting and musicale at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 18, at the Jewish Community Center, 2565 Balltown Road. The Stefan and Parillo Scholarship awards…

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PETER R. BARBER/GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER Captain Buffalo of Port Jervis begins the2 mile paddle race in the Mohawk River in the Ninth Annual Peddle, Paddle, and Run race in Niskayuna Saturday, May 13, 2017.

Pedal-Paddle-Run Triathlon highlights county

Daniel Fitzsimmons Daily Gazette NISKAYUNA – Over 150 people braved the rain and chill on Saturday morning for the eighth annual Schenectady County Pedal-Paddle-Run Triathlon, which this year was held on the Mohawk River and along the Mohawk-Hudson bikeway. Participants…

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Niskayuna school board candidates David Apkarian, Jennifer Zhao and Rosemarie Perez Jaquith answered audience questions at the PTO Council-sponsored Meet the Candidate Night.

Candidates field questions at forum

By Kristin Schultz Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA — School district residents had the chance to meet Niskayuna Board of Education candidates and listen to them answer audience questions for an hour and a half on May 2. First-time candidate Jennifer Zhao…

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Students stopped at a variety of education stations where they learned about animals, nutrition, beekeeping and composting at Rosendale Elementary School's annual Earth Day celebration.

Rosendale Elementary observes Earth Day

By Kristin Schultz Gazette Reporter Good stewardship of the earth is everybody’s responsibility and students across the Niskayuna Central School District got to take part in a variety of Earth Day activities. At Rosendale Elementary, students spent an hour of…

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Wearing wireless sensors, Andrew Burns works up a sweat as Azar Alizadeh, back to camera, explains to visiting journalists the potential benefits of monitoring his sweat as he sheds it. Both are materials scientists at General Electric Global Research in Niskayuna, which showed off some of its newest technology Friday, April 28, 2017.

GE displays latest tech under development

By John Cropley Gazette Business Editor General Electric Global Research rolled out some of its newest technology on April 28 in a display for journalists of initiatives that might some day provide the industrial conglomerate with its next big thing…

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Weekly Briefs for the week of 5-4-17

The gift of sight NISKAYUNA — At the next Niskayuna Rotary meeting, Dr. Rob Fox will describe a recent medical mission to Mexico, where hundreds of children were provided with free eye exams and glasses. Come pull up a chair…

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Blake Mahieu, fifth grader at Brown School, worked to secure sponsors for his slingshot racing team.

Life lessons in the fast lane

By Kristin Schultz Gazette Reporter It’s a green flag for speed and integrity as Blake Mahieu, 11, buckles into his slingshot car with his sights set on both the finish line and financial responsibility. “I’ve been around racing my whole…

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Plans for old City Squire moving forward

By Kristin Schultz Gazette Reporter SCHENECTADY — The Lecce Group LLC and John and Katrina Isopo cleared another hurdle on their way to opening a restaurant in the former City Squire location. The Schenectady Planning Commission unanimously granted site plan…

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Town to begin paving in May

By Kristin Schultz Gazette Reporter The snowplows have been put away and the dump trucks and steamrollers are preparing to head out as street-paving season is set to start. Preparation work is slated to begin the first week of May…

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Bill Miorin has been a bus driver with Niskayuna Central School District for 15 years.

Help wanted: District needs bus drivers

By Kristin Schultz Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA — The wheels on the bus can only go ’round and ’round if there’s someone in the driver’s seat. Niskayuna Central Schools are among area districts facing a shortage of bus drivers, creating challenges…

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The Easter Bunny high-fives kids at Niskayuna's annual Easter Bunny Parade.

A visit from the Easter Bunny

NISKAYUNA Kids, adults and even a couple of dogs gathered on the green space at Town Hall in anticipation of the town’s annual Easter Bunny Parade on April 14. When the Easter Bunny emerged, he led the crowd — some…

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Judge William Fillmore assesses the entries at the 2017 Capital Area Media Arts Festival held at Niskayuna High School.

Festival showcases media arts

By Kristin Schultz Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA — From movies to video games to photographs, students from 15 area high schools put their creativity on display at Niskayuna High School for the 2017 Capital Region Media Arts Festival. Nine of the…

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Rosendale Elementary School Principal Joe DiCaprio enters a surprise pep rally on the eve of his football tryout.

Leading by example

  By Kristin Schultz Gazette Reporter New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has announced that he wants to play football until he is 45 years old, which would make him one of the oldest active professional players in history. “The…

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PETER R. BARBER/GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER Albany Medical Center General Surgeon Lawrence Robinson shows the general surgery suite to Jill Hoffman and her 4-year-old daughter Samantha Hoffman, left, and her father David Gillenwalters while touring the new Albany Medical Center Urgent Care Center at 1769 Union Street in Niskayuna Friday, March 31, 2017.

Albany Med cuts ribbon on Niskayuna facility

Kristin Schultz Daily Gazette Upper Union Street officially has a new neighbor as Albany Medical Center hosted a ribbon cutting at its newest facility at 1769 Union St. “We bring high quality care into neighborhoods,” said Dr. Fred Venditti, Albany…

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Principal Dr. Shelley Baldwin-Nye presents a coupon for a Stewart's ice cream cone to a Glencliff Elementary student at the school's annual learning fair.

Students show off love of learning

  By Kristin Schultz Gazette Reporter There may have been snow on the ground, but knowledge was budding and blooming in March as Niskayuna elementary school students hosted family, friends and neighbors at their annual learning fairs. Each year, students…

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Town Supervisor Joe Landry congratulates Maryle King for 30 years of volunteering to teach line dancing at Niskayuna Senior Center. Also pictured from left: Rosemarie Mullaney and Sue Whitaker.

Senior Center volunteers honored

BY KRISTIN SCHULTZ Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA — “It has been said that if you continually give, you’ll continually have,” town Councilwoman Lisa Weber said at a program to recognize Niskayuna Senior Center volunteers. Twenty-one volunteers had an afternoon of appreciation…

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Rosendale Elementary School drama club members rehearse for their sold-out Feb. 10 performance of The Reluctant Dragon.

‘Dragon’ kills ’em at Rosendale

BY KRISTIN SCHULTZ Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA — Rosendale Elementary School Drama Club raised the curtain on its inaugural performance when more than 30 students, a principal and four teachers took the stage Feb. 10 in a production of “The Reluctant…

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ERIC JENKS/For The Daily Gazette Niskayuna celebrates after beating Shenendehowa 4-0 for its first-ever Section II Class AA baseball title.

Niskayuna gets its diamond crown

BY BOB WEINER For The Daily Gazette TROY — Niskayuna’s confident effort started on the mound, but it continued with gloves and bats throughout its lineup during Saturday’s historic victory. The second-seeded Silver Warriors won their first Section II Class AA baseball…

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