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Birthday celebrations delighted kids at Magic Kingdom Day Care. (Rebecca Isenhart/Gazette Reporter)

Another magical birthday party

By REBECCA ISENHART Gazette Reporter SCHENECTADY — Every year, close to the anniversary of its 1977 birthday, the children, teachers and owners of Magic Kingdom Day Care on Consaul Road celebrate. On milestone birthdays, there have been magic shows, clowns…





Brian Aunchman who suffered a stroke years ago, has been an aspiring artist for 5 years now, and talks about his adventures with his paint brush. (Marc Schultz/Gazette Photographer)

Stroke leads to an artistic awakening

By KELLY DE LA ROCHA Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA — Before he had a stroke, Brian Aunchman never used a paintbrush for anything other than painting a wall. Now, from his brush comes bouquets, the Statue of Liberty, Picasso-inspired work and…


Niskayuna High School students rehearse for the upcoming musical, "Sweeney Todd." (Rebecca Isenhart/Gazette Reporter)

Sweeney Todd comes to life on stage

Chew on this This year’s Niskayuna High School musical is a dark narrative of murder, revenge, insanity, corruption, and a little bit of good old-fashioned cannibalism. Watch the seedy underbelly of 19th century London come to life in “Sweeney Todd”…


On the cover: Students perform a choreographed dance for the parent visitors during the state fair. (Rebecca Isenhart/Gazette Reporter)

State Your Game: Birchwood students know all 50

By REBECCA ISENHART Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA — Birchwood Elementary School’s fifth-graders have a question for you: Which state needs to be sharpened? Pennsylvania, of course! OK, if you didn’t get that one, here’s another chance: Which state has 2,000 pounds…


EPIC students at Iroquois Middle School show off their Healthy Hero and Unhealthy Villian figures. (Rebecca Isenhart/Gazette Reporter)

An EPIC endeavor

By REBECCA ISENHART Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA — Nico Popeleski holds up a pair of cardboard figures about as big as he is and points to a cloud of paper labels stuck all over each one. The first, nicknamed the “Unhealthy…