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A tree’s tale

Mayes family has been providing the town tree for the past five years

For the past five years, Majestic Tree Farm has provided the Town of Bethlehem’s Christmas tree. Nanette Mayes, who owns the tree farm with her husband, believes they were originally contacted about providing the town tree because they had provided the town with wreaths for around a decade.

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Holiday cheer in full bloom

Guilderland Garden Club to hold annual Greens Show at Mynderse-Fredrick House

The annual Open House and Greens Show at the historic Mynderse-Fredrick House, located at 451 Main St. in Guilderland Center, will kick off on Friday, Dec. 5, from 4 to 8 p.m. The show continues through the weekend and is open from 1 to 5 p.m. on Dec. 6 and 7.

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A handbook for being human

Colonie resident and author Marian Glass shares her life’s philosophy

To those who say growing old brings with it certain expectations, Marian Glass’s response is, “Not necessarily.” Those two words are the driving philosophy behind her recently published book, “The Human’s Handbook: An Owner’s Manual for People.”

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Hess wheels in its history [photo gallery]

Toy Truck Mobile Museum stops in Slingerlands, showcases its 50-year history

Fascination over Hess’ toy trucks seemed to hold an ageless appeal at a recent and rare showing of the entire collection.

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A turkey’s tale

Glenmont resident’s book for children inspired by a real-life avian visitor to the neighborhood

A wild turkey showed up in a small Glenmont neighborhood two years ago and surprised residents when it tried to make friends with a neighbor’s group of free-range chickens.

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Green thumb greats

Golden Trowel Award handed out to local businesses for a second year

Members of the Bethlehem Garden Club have announced the 2014 winners of the Golden Trowel Awards.

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60 years sweet

Schuyler Bakery celebrates anniversary next month

A line of customers stretched from the register past a glass case filled with pastries to the door, and a bread-cutting machine hummed as it sliced loaves of freshly baked bread.

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Helping out, one muffin at a time

‘Muffin Man’ expands fundraising efforts to breakfast in bed service

A basket of muffins might not change the world, but one man is proving it’s a good place to start.

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Altamont gets its own history book

Keith Lee releases book that includes more than 200 historic photographs

At least one image will come to mind for most area residents when thinking about the Village of Altamont — its annual fair. A new book aims to highlight a few more historic images, too.

POV: Invisible grandparents can still leave a legacy of love

I am an invisible grandparent. I have been kept from my granddaughter, Annie, now 12, for eight years.

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Two decades of neighbors caring for one another

Community Caregivers raffles custom pendant, to hold appreciation reception

Community Caregivers is celebrating its 20th anniversary by holding a raffle for a one-of-a-kind gold pendant featuring the nonprofit’s logo of clasped hands forming a heart.

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Wisdom at any age

Latham writer’s story included in an anthology of tales by Baby Boomer

Being published in an anthology of written wisdom wasn’t necessarily something Linda Berkery had always wanted to do, but she was inspired to take that leap about a year ago after seeing an ad in a magazine seeking written narratives that provided insight and inspiration.

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A healing journey

Hospice Walk raises money for programs that provide comfort to families facing the terminal illness of a loved one

There is a lot that goes into hospice services beyond providing care for the terminally ill.

Beltrone driver class keeps seniors cruising

A local senior center is hosting a driver safety fair with seminars and advice on the best vehicles and techniques to keep seniors safe.

Living with Alzheimer's

One couple’s story: Making the best of a devastating diagnosis

Meeting Marianne and Roy Scott, you notice one thing right away – they are still as much in love as the day they met in seventh grade homeroom over 60 years ago.

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Living life to the fullest

Shaker Pointe at Carondelet unveils new residence

An independent living center for people ages 55 and older held its grand opening to showcase the amenities its executive team says will help seniors live a healthy, independent lifestyle.

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Seniors strike a pose at annual event

Area senior centers hold fashion shows

With warmer weather on the way, many use the season as an excuse to update their wardrobes. Two local senior services departments are getting into the spirit by helping area seniors find a new look.

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A century of faith, friendships

St. Peter Women’s Guild to commemorate 100th anniversary with dinner

Many things were different 100 years ago, with modern technology seeming more like science fiction. At least one thing remains unchanged — the dedication of a faithful group of women.

Police warn warmer weather brings driveway scammers

A prevalent scam during the spring typically involves a traveling asphalt paving crew offering a low-price opportunity to pave a homeowner’s driveway, according to police. Sealing scams can be similar to paving scams, police said, but sometimes the scammer will appear to have properly sealed the driveway.

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Downsizing made easy

Experts make moving to the next step in life an enjoyable experience

Some milestones in life can be exciting, some sad and others just downright overwhelming. The decision to sell a family home can be all three.

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