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Amateur cellists performed at Bellevue Woman's Center following a week-long workshop in Niskayuna.

Playing suite music: Cellists tackle works of Bach

By Kristin Schultz Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA — Cello music filled the halls of Bellevue Woman’s Center recently when Bach Cello Suites Workshop attendees performed a bevy of Brahms, Bach and more for patients and staff. The annual Bach Cello Suites…

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Weekly Briefs: August 25 – 31

Northeast Parent & Child to host rummage sale SCHENECTADY — The Northeast Parent & Child Society will host an inside rummage and bag sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26, at the State Street Presbyterian Church,…


Niskayuna students, residents marvel at solar eclipse

Though the event didn’t officially start until 1 p.m., people started arriving around noon, hauling strollers, picnic blankets, umbrellas and coolers. Scott had 70 pairs of viewing glasses on hand, and all were snatched up within minutes. But at his…

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Clockwise from upper left: Tyler Bobbitt, Aidan Stevens, Stephen Swinton and Geoff Stroebel.

Youth Court dispenses justice, second chances

By Kristin Schultz Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA — Second chances can be hard to come by, but that’s just what Niskayuna’s Youth Court aims to do. Established nearly 20 years ago, Youth Court is a branch of the local justice system…

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Dick Horstman, 89, of Jonesville crossed the first Rexford Bridge in a horse-drawn wagon driven by his grandfather in the early 1930s.

Over the river and up the hill

Jonesville’s Dick Horstman, 89, recalls horse-and-buggy hay runs to Niskayuna over original Rexford span   By Kristin Schultz Gazette Reporter When time marches on, it often leaves people’s memories in the dust. Not so for Dick Horstman. Time has seen…

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Melissa McKinnon was among town residents and officials on hand for the official ribbon cutting of a bike hike connector between the Mohawk Hudson trail and the Zenner Soccer Fields. McKinnon also serves on the town's tree council.

Paved path links trail with Zenner fields

By Kristin Schultz Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA — In the town’s ongoing effort to create a more pedestrian-friendly community, officials cut the ribbon on a new path linking the bike trail to the Zenner soccer fields. The 0.2-mile-long paved trail is…

AAA starts bicycle service

By Stephen Williams Gazette Reporter Bicyclists can be miles from home when a skinny tire goes flat or the gear chain breaks — which can mean a long walk back, if they’re not mechanically inclined. Starting Aug. 1, if they’re…

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Isabella Smarro collected donations of stuffed animals to distribute to local charities in honor of her grandmother.

Teen’s teddy bear drive a pick-me-up for others

Kristin Schultz Daily Gazette It’s hard to lose someone you love, so when Isabella Smarro’s grandmother passed away, she wanted to do something to help others and honor her nana’s memory. “Nana loved stuffed teddy bears,” said Smarro. “You walked…