Bridget Zeunges helps a customer at her Jay Street retro clothing boutique Dames on Small Business Saturday. (Daniel Fitzsimmons/Gazette reporter)

Small Business Saturday gains foothold

By Daniel Fitzsimmons SCHENECTADY — Several of the mannequins at the downtown retro women’s clothing boutique “Dames” were stripped of their garments on Saturday. “All my mannequins are getting naked because I have nothing really left to put on them,”…

Gazette Photographer: Peter R. Barber
Madeline Kahn-Ehrlich, 9, and Josh Harrow, 8, both of Niskayuna, place Christmas presents into the cab of Niskayuna Fire District 1 Truck 405cas part of the Toys For Tots drive in LT’s Grill parking lot in the Shoprite Plaza in Niskayuna Saturday.

Toys for Tots stuffs the truck

By Daniel Fitzsimmons A giant American flag flew high in the air over the parking lot at the Shoprite Square off of Balltown Road on Saturday, suspended from the top of a Niskayuna Fire District No. 1 ladder truck. About…

One student casts her vote in the Niskayuna High School mock election for 2016. 
Tuesday, November 8, 2016.

Students, teachers hold mock election

NISKAYUNA — Although the vast majority of the senior class at Niskayuna High School can’t vote yet, it didn’t stop them from weighing in on the election. They joined the rest of the United States on Tuesday, November 8, with…

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With their coaches behind him, athlete sign their letters of intent during the Niskayuna High School signing day ceremony Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016 in Niskayuna.

Niskayuna High School honors 16 at signing ceremony

BY MICHAEL KELLY Gazette Sportswriter NISKAYUNA — Sixteen seniors at Niskayuna High School took part Wednesday in the school’s Division IA, IAA and II Signing Day fall ceremony. “For these distinguished student-athletes, there is an opportunity for funding for tuition,…

Another pedestrian of Upper Union Street receiving a pair of bouquets from Jo-Ann Mingo (on left) for "Petal It Forward", an event where pedestrians were given two free bouquets and encouraged to give one away.

Petal it Forward

BY INDIANA NASH Gazette Reporter SCHENECTADY- When J.J. Moran began his bike ride down Union Street, he had no idea that he would be doing more than one kind of pedaling on the morning of October 19. “Whoa, slow down,”…