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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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State and local officials commemorated continued improvement work at Niskayuna's Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Key phase in infrastructure upgrades underway

By Kristin Schultz Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA — In the shadow of a new equalization tank, officials broke ground on the remainder of a multimillion dollar upgrade to the Sewer District 6 wastewater treatment plant that will bring it into compliance…

PETER R. BARBER/DAILY GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER Head Coach John Furey of Niskayuna coaches along the third base line against Saratoga Tuesday, May 17, 2017.

Coach Furey named grand marshal for Niska-Day

By Kristin Schultz Gazette Reporter Former Niskayuna High School football and baseball coach John Furey has been named grand marshal for the annual Niska-Day parade. While he pursued excellence on the field, it is his work off the field that…

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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…

PETER R. BARBER/GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER Niskayuna Fire District 1 firefighters put their new 2017 Rosenbauer pumper to the test at Commerce Park in Niskayuna Thursday, March 30, 2017. According to Chief Dale Lingenfelter the cost of the engine was $505,000 and can pump 1500 gallons per minute and carries 750 gallons of water.

Fire District 1 adds a workhorse engine

By Kristin Schultz Gazette Reporter It’s the stuff of little kids’ dreams and it’s parked in the fire station on Balltown Road. Three weeks ago, Niskayuna Fire District 1 took delivery of its brand-new fire engine, which replaced an engine…


Ruth Hahn keeps moving… all the way to 100

By Kristin Schultz Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA — In 1917 the United States entered World War I, Russian Tsar Nicholas II abdicated his throne, sneakers were invented and Ruth Hahn was born. On April 15, Hahn celebrated her 100th birthday with…

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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…