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Bill Sims lights a TNT sparkler, bought in Schenectady County, at Niskayuna Fire Department District 1 on Thursday. (Patrick Dodson/Gazette Photographer)

Pyrofire sales worry Capital Region firefighters

Devices are now legal in several counties BY JEFF WILKIN Gazette Reporter CAPITAL REGION — The name “Pyrofire” sounds dangerous. The 9-inch-tall cylinder looks tough, too. The paper container of flammable powders is illustrated with a fire-breathing dragon and lightning…


Niskayuna girl's soccer coach Cheryl Kuzniar loses her hair during the St. Baldrick's head shaving fundraiser at Proctors in Schenectady on Saturday, May 2, 2015. (Patrick Dodson/Gazette Photographer)

Crowd goes bald for St. Baldrick at Proctors

Annual head-shaving fundraiser raises more than $75,000 BY JEFF WILKIN Gazette Reporter SCHENECTADY — The Nisky Nightmare was always fabulous. Now, the soccer girls are fearsome. “We’re going to be intimidating!” said Emma Anderson, 11, just before she and eight…


Stacy and Mike DeBritz of Niskayuna display St. Baldrick's wristbands. They have helped organize the local head-shaving event at Proctors for the past few years. (Peter R. Barber/Gazette Photographer)

St. Baldrick wants your hair

BY JEFF WILKIN Gazette Reporter And St. Baldrick surveyed the thousands of bald men and women before him, and was pleased. “Look upon my works, ye mighty, and rejoice,” the saint said, collecting gold coins from each new convert, money…


Father Stephanos Doudoukjian poses for a picture at St. Peter's Armenian Church in Watervliet on Thursday, April 16, 2015. (Patrick Dodson/Gazette Photographer)

Armenians mark centennial of genocide

BY JEFF WILKIN Gazette Reporter CAPITAL REGION — The Rev. Stepanos Doudoukjian expects nerves and anxiety next month during his performance of Handel’s “Messiah” at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Albany. He also expects peace and hope. “The ‘Messiah’ is…


From left, Ellie Gallagher, Olivia McLeron, Will McLeron and Sarah Gallagher point to Ireland on a globe at Brown School in Schenectady. (Patrick Dodson/Gazette Photographer)

The look of the Irish

BY JEFF WILKIN Gazette Reporter Meet John McKeating and the face will be familiar. People notice the smile and sparkle in the eyes. Both were imported from Ireland to the states during the early 1980s — McKeating is one of…



Maddie Hanna shows off some of her favorite snacks. The five-year-old likes to pick fresh from her neighbor Betsy Sandberg's garden. Photo by Jeff Wilkin/Gazette Reporter

These kids love vegetables from garden

Some people have rabbits and woodchucks sneaking around backyard carrot, green bean and broccoli patches. My friend Betsy has two rascals who make regular visits to her Niskayuna garden. It’s OK — they’re invited. Neighbors Maddie and Lilly Hanna, ages…


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Schenectady plaza important to neighbors

SCHENECTADY — Louise Giuliano hopes someone takes a chance on Sheridan Plaza. As a representative for Brokers Network, a Niskayuna real estate company, Giuliano has been trying to rent the former Price Chopper supermarket in the small Schenectady shopping area…