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…

NYSDOT announced on Monday afternoon a new round of pedestrian safety improvements along route 5 from Albany to Schenectady. This woman ran across route 5 near Colonie Center. Colonie Inv. Nick Layne stopped the woman and wrote her up with a warning ticket during the afternoon "safety blitz" by local police agencies. Being caught twice, a person will receive an appearance ticket and a fine in court. Photo by Marc Schultz?Gazette photographer

Changes begin on Route 5

Improved pedestrian safety eyed By STEVEN COOK Gazette Reporter ALBANY AND SCHENECTADY COUNTIES — Improvements are underway to the Route 5 corridor from Albany to Schenectady to make the stretch safer for pedestrians, officials said Monday. Police along the 15.4-mile…

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Diligence needed in tick fight

By REBECCA ISENHART Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA — Julie Lohre had her first encounter with a tick early this spring while walking her dog in Blatnick Park. Lohre, who oversees Niskayuna town park operations, says her dog stayed out of tall grass…