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The Ladies

The Home of the Friendless opened its doors on Sept. 9 1868, ready to help ladies in need.

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Recipes ripe with tradition

In an effort to raise money for needed repairs and upgrades to St. Peter Armenian Apostolic Church in Watervliet, the congregation’s women have compiled hundreds of family recipes into a new cookbook.

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Safety program gets cars fitted for the road

CarFit helps older drivers stay safe behind the wheel

CarFit volunteers converged at Westmere Fire Department on Wednesday, Dec. 4, to make seniors aware about vehicle safety equipment and to fit cars to each individual. Information is given to enhance driver safety, too, along with recommending certain items that can be purchased to make driving safer.

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Altamont a holiday hot spot

Community group to host annual Victorian celebration

The village will be transformed into a festive hot spot during Altamont Community Tradition’s 12th annual Victorian Holidays Celebration on Sunday, Dec. 15, from noon to 6 p.m.

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Dance series aims to bring crowds to their feet

Old Songs hosts monthly gatherings featuring simple moves and a social element

Dancing isn’t everyone’s favorite activity, but one local man bets he can get even the most reluctant of dancers off the sideline and moving in no time.

COLUMN: Ask Your Daughter: Let me be your virtual daughter

Monika Boeckmann is the Executive Director at Senior Services of Albany. She is also the daughter of Christian and Gerlinde, two Austrian immigrants who moved their family to America in 1968. She is full of good information and ready to be your daughter too.

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Saying Thanks

Photographer shares her experience with Honor Flight program

In September, local photographer, Sue Clark, had the honor to escort World War II Marine Corporal, Thomas Joseph Smith Jr. to the WWII memorial in Washington D.C. Clark writes about her experience.

Collective Wisdom

Selkirk man out to prove the phrase, 'it's all downhill from here' is a myth.

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All the trimmings close to home

Give thanks to area farmers, businesses by buying local ingredients

A bounty of area businesses and markets make shopping local for all the ingredients of a customary Thanksgiving dinner a relatively easy task.

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Send us your recipes and win!

Share your Thanksgiving traditions with The Spotlight

We are looking for reader-submitted recipes for our Nov. 13 Thanksgiving Lifestyle edition.

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Rail Trail expansion underway

Three-mile section in New Scotland to open this fall, Albany portion eyed for 2015

Enhancements to two bridges along the Helderberg Hudson Rail Trail are progressing, and a three-mile section of the trail through New Scotland is expected to open next month.

Learn to dine with diabetes

Dining with Diabetes, a four-part series to help people prepare healthy and delicious meals, will include demonstrations on how to cook with less fat, salt and sugar without cutting the taste.

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Hot rods, hot soup

Chamber to hold annual ‘Souped Up on Guilderland’ at a new location

The Guilderland Chamber of Commerce will on hold Saturday, Sept. 28, its seventh annual event combining ladles of savory soups and awesome automobiles: Souped Up on Guilderland.

Arts and crafts extravaganza

Shaker Heritage Society holds annual craft fair Sept. 7 and 8

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m, on Saturday, Sept. 7, and Sunday, Sept. 8, nearly 100 regional craftsmen will bring their goods to the Shaker Historic Site at 25 Meeting House Road in Colonie.

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Step back in time a town tradition

This year’s Old Fashioned Sunday to mark three decades running

Rolling into its 30th year, the Friends of the Pruyn House-sponsored Old Fashion Sunday will provide a free, family-fun afternoon reflecting an early-to-mid-19th century feel on the grounds of the historic site.