Summer Activities

Families enjoyed cooling off at the Niskayuna Town Pool as temperatures rose during the early afternoon of August 16, 2015. 7-year-old Maeve Hull of Niskayuna jumped into the pool to her father Aaron while visiting for the afternoon. (Erica Miller/Gazette Photographer)

Niskayuna Town Pool stays cool in hot spell

BY BETHANY BUMP Gazette Reporter CAPITAL REGION — The Capital Region hasn’t had too many 90-degree days this summer — just three, in fact — but you can expect to battle such temperatures today and Tuesday. Residents were already starting…

Rabbi Abraham Kelman, left, and his son Barli Kelman work on their paintings in the JCC's pavilion. (Rebecca Isenhart/Gazette Reporter)

PHOTOS: Fun with the sun

This summer at the Schenectady JCC, fresh air, sunshine and oil paint were a recipe for happiness. On Wednesday, Aug. 5, about a dozen students of all levels layered brush strokes to create nature scenes as the sun set behind…

Molly Congdon, left, and Rebecca Isenhart are shown researching the best soft serve ice cream. (Rebecca Isenhart/Gazette Reporter)

The full scoop on summer soft-serve ice cream

BY REBECCA ISENHART AND MOLLY CONGDON Gazette Reporters CAPITAL REGION — It’s grueling work, but somebody’s got to do it. The Gazette’s weekly news reporting team has been out diligently gathering news tips regarding the very best local soft-serve ice…

A picnic doesn't have to be expensive to be festive. (Rebecca Isenhart/Gazette Reporter)

Picnic panic? Try these easy, low-cost ideas

BY REBECCA ISENHART Gazette Reporter A summertime picnic always seems like a great idea until I open my refrigerator. How does one construct a meal that’s both small enough to carry and varied enough to satisfy multiple palettes? This is…

Kelly de la Rocha kayaks up the Alplaus Kill. (Photo provided)

Kayaking the Mohawk provides multiple rewards

BY KELLY DE LA ROCHA Gazette Reporter NISKAYUNA — Finally, after years of wishing, I have a kayak. Two of them, actually — a great Craigslist find. The pair came with everything except a list of where to use them….

Eileen King mixes dissolved oxygen into her sample at the stream at Alplaus Kill Nature Area on Thursday. (Marc Schultz/Gazette Photographer)

Niskayuna girls inspired by science

Hands-on program focuses young students on STEM BY MICHAELA KILGALLEN For The Daily Gazette NISKAYUNA — Students at the Niskayuna summer Engineering Institute for Young Women are testing creek water for alkalinity and testing their boundaries all in the same…