VSI embracing Time-for-Nine theme

Friday, April 11, 2014
Time is of the essence.
We all know that the game we love has a few drawbacks, and one of the major ones is the time it takes to play 18 holes. Most of us just don’t have more than five hours to labor through a full round, especially if it’s a couple of times a week.
Rowe at Music Hall, Corea at Saint Rose

Rowe at Music Hall, Corea at Saint Rose

Thursday, April 10, 2014
This week is mostly about local roots and wide wings: artists from here who have returned.

'Rocky II' fits this trip

Thursday, April 10, 2014
OK, it’s really not a good sign, two days before the national semifinals, for the Union College hockey team to be tuning out the coach.
Rick Bennett has lost this team.
On the ride from Schenectady to the Frozen Four on Tuesday, Bennett went with the painfully obvious “Rocky II” for the bus movie, a choice that senior Daniel Carr called “suspect.”

Crossbow enthusiasts can head to the woods

Thursday, April 10, 2014
Those of us who have been sitting on our crossbows for over a year can take them to the range and get them ready — there will be a crossbow season.

Sears still shedding Kmart stores

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
The shelves holding colorful displays of bath towels are gone and the pet food section is sparse, but a couple of aisles of toys remained as of late last week, along with a lot of vacuum cleaners.

A weird way to end a year

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
An obit is not an obit if it’s a birth notice.

Schenectady athletes still hold out hope

Sunday, April 6, 2014
There was the massive, windowless brick wall behind Schenectady High School, and a kid in a lacrosse T-shirt with a defenseman’s long stick. From one of the few patches of sidewalk that wasn’t puddled and muddy on Saturday morning, he chucked the ball over and over, just a quiet, repetitive thud. Inside the school, efforts to keep the sports programs alive started to find a pulse again, after a grim school board meeting on Wednesday at which the board outlined a long list of budget cuts that promises to make a bloodbath of extracurricular activities.

Allocation of parks funds still a mystery

Friday, April 4, 2014
The new state budget includes $90 million for improvements to state parks, though how it will be spent remains a mystery.

Elwood and Frothingham had eye for collecting special items

Friday, April 4, 2014
Amsterdam museum founder Walter Elwood’s own collection of natural wonders was augmented in the late 1930s and 1940s by objects including an elephant’s foot from the estate of world traveler, author and advertising man Robert Frothingham.

City Tournament offering $1,200 to top team

Friday, April 4, 2014
The Schenectady Bowling Association’s premier event, its 81st annual Championship Tournament, begins Saturday at Boulevard Bowl.
Better known as the “City Tournament,” the SBA Championship Tournament is special because it offers a competitive outlet to both the average league bowler and the elite scratch tournament competitor.

'Ghost' never had a chance

Friday, April 4, 2014
Shayne Gostisbehere has no one to blame but himself for not being named to the Hobey Hat Trick.
And I mean that in a good way.
Out-of-towners, local bands herald spring

Out-of-towners, local bands herald spring

Thursday, April 3, 2014
As we try hard to believe that spring might actually come sometime soon, touring artists are sprouting up in growing numbers, and homegrown performers are gathering on our stages, too.

Muzzleloader used to get a hog on hunt in Florida

Thursday, April 3, 2014
The first thing I did when my wife and I got to Florida in February was Google “hog hunting near Flagler Beach,” and found the Bear Ridge Ranch Hog Hunting Adventures, less than an hour from where we were staying. I’d always wanted to hunt Florida hogs, and decided to do it this year. The ranch’s response to my email was quick, but the only open day was March 30, our last day as Florida snowbirds. I responded immediately and called them to book the hunt. I told them I would use a muzzleloader, the one firearm I’ve never used to hunt hogs. I thought this one-shot challenge would be very exciting, but I didn’t realize just how exciting.

Saints flat at the ARC

Thursday, April 3, 2014
It’s trout season, baseball season, short pants and no jacket season, and yet two winter college teams are still playing, albeit in parallel universes light years apart. One is enjoying The Season That Lives On, and the other resides in Bizarro World, experiencing The Season That Would Not Die. That would be the Siena Saints men’s basketball team, which didn’t even bother to show up to its campus gym on Wednesday night and subsequently got creamed by Fresno State, 89-75, a misleading score if ever there was one.

Spring brings new push for disclosure

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
I wonder if Tom DiNapoli’s ears were burning.

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