Articles by Rebecca Isenhart

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Board of Education gets a new look

By REBECCA ISENHART NISKAYUNA — Voters in Niskayuna approved a $77,313,236 budget for the 2014-15 school year by a wide margin, with 2,595 in favor and 1,230 against. Res idents also accepted the district’s plan to purchase seven new buses…


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COMMUNITY POST: Tick-Borne Diseases in Dogs

This post was contributed by Ron Scharf, veterinarian at the Animal Hospital of Niskayuna. Spring is here in the Northeast and ticks are out agaian. Dogs are at risk of tick-borne diseases, as we humans are. We are in an…


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A Niska-Day Tradition: Collecting Food

By REBECCA ISENHART NISKAYUNA — Nathan Curto is heir to a very important piece of Niskayuna heritage: the annual Niska-Day food drive. He doesn’t know it yet, though, because he’s only 18 months old. “This is his third Niska-Day,” said…



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Diligence needed in tick fight

By REBECCA ISENHART Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA — Julie Lohre had her first encounter with a tick early this spring while walking her dog in Blatnick Park. Lohre, who oversees Niskayuna town park operations, says her dog stayed out of tall grass…


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Niskayuna’s interim leader calls for mutual respect

By REBECCA ISENHART Gazette Reporter John Yagielski has a message for the Niskayuna school board that could have originated in any of the district’s elementary classrooms: compromise, collaborate and be kind to one another. “We can have disagreements, but let’s…





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Veterans put a face to history

By REBECCA ISENHART Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA — Students at Iroquois Middle School, dressed in patriotic red, white and blue, shared laughter and tears with six World War II veterans at the 18th annual Greatest Generation event on April 23. One student,…


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Niskayuna bond rating best in county

By REBECCA ISENHART Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA — Niskayuna now has the most favorable bond rating of any town in Schenectady County, after Standard and Poor’s announced it would upgrade the town’s standing two notches. The town’s new rating of AA+ means…