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The Niskayuna Art Station will be the site of the first annual Art Festival on May 27.

Outdoor art festival coming to Lions Park

By Kristin Schultz Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA — The trees are budding, the tulips are blooming and the Niskayuna Arts Station in Lions Park is open. Perched on the river’s edge, the old train station (complete with ticket window), serves as…


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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…


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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Michela Mosso, Rocky Parisi, Maureen Lynch and Mike Parisi at Power Yoga New York. The studio will host a fundraiser for Lynch, who is fighting cancer, on Thursday, May 18.

Yoga community to support one of its own

Kristin Schultz NISKAYUNA – Rocky Parisi and Power Yoga New York are going to the mat for Maureen Lynch. Lynch, a school psychologist at Paige Elementary in Schenectady, has been taking classes at the yoga studio practically since it opened…


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Saturday traffic to be impacted by triathlon

Gazette Staff Report NISKAYUNA and SCHENECTADY — Traffic on some area roads will be rerouted Saturday, for the 7th Annual Pedal-Paddle-Run Triathlon. The event starts at 8 a.m. in Aqueduct Park in Niskayuna, where it also ends. Participants will run and…




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Niskayuna woman adds warmth to Double H Ranch

Karen Bjornland/For The Daily Gazette Double H Ranch, a camp for kids with serious illnesses, has about 2,000 volunteers. But there’s only one Mama D. “The counselors call me Mama D, the campers call me Mama D,” says Nancy Driscoll…



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Niskayuna Rotary member Kalekeni Banda is the founder of the Chituka Village Project and Banda Bola Sports foundation which seeks to encourage education through participation in soccer in Malawi.

Soccer coach gives back to hometown in Malawi

By Kristin Schultz Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA — He may have a collegiate coaching resume as long as your arm (and far more distinguished), but Niskayuna rotarian Kalekeni Banda has shifted his focus from NCAA soccer to a pitch across the…


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New after-prom option aims to draw large crowd

By Kristin Schultz Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA — In a little over a week, Niskayuna High School juniors will participate in a time-honored tradition — the prom. Students will don their dressy best and parade their carefully coiffed dos across the…