In support of brand boycott

Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014
My best friends when I was a kid were twins who lived next door. The best thing in the world was watching NFL games in their family room every Sunday.

Boat-washing law a fallacy without backing

Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014
Making sure your boat is clean, drained and dry before you launch it is now the law of the land in New York state, not just at Lake George.

1883 mill blast was sparked by lantern

Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014
An Amsterdam-area factory explosion in 1883 claimed one life and made news across New York state.

AHL can't get it right

Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014
Not big on these “report card” style columns, but it seemed like a natural fit since the American Hockey League took a couple of summer courses.
Outdoor events dwindle as summer ends

Outdoor events dwindle as summer ends

Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014
The sun sets before evening show times these days, as outdoor music events get scarce. Music mostly moves indoors, now.

Days numbered for delivery drivers?

Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014
Technological advances decimate or eliminate occupations all the time: think Thruway toll-takers, gas station attendants, switchboard operators, door-to-door salesmen, movie house projectionists. Drones might do the same someday to delivery drivers.

Racing makes up for a lot

Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014
The racing was great. That’s a given. There were moments that we’ll cherish for the rest of our lives, like the Jimmy Jerkens Travers exacta, Wise Dan’s incredible comeback and track announcer Tom Durkin’s retirement.

Durkin makes a classy exit

Monday, Sept. 1, 2014
The story is over.
Our favorite storyteller has closed the books on his career, the thick personal thesaurus that he filled with nouns, adjectives and verbs, and the drab, thin program that he filled with rainbow ink to guide him through each race card.
On a gray, rainy Sunday, track announcer Tom Durkin jauntily spun a sodden final yarn in the Spinaway at Saratoga Race Course, and now will go about the business of a retired person.

Jolly Swingers still going strong

Monday, Sept. 1, 2014
Schenectady Municipal Golf Course is home to many fun, loyal and “experienced” golf leagues.
Its playability, challenge and overall enjoyment from several different tees are several of the reasons it’s one of my favorite courses in the entire Capital Region — and I’ve played on my share.

Lopez introduces himself to Saratoga

Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014
“Cheatin’ …” The next word is unprintable in this space. I knew it was jockey Junior Alvarado even before I swung my head around to check.

The Carpet City Airport

Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014
Local residents say that bootleggers used an airstrip on Route 67 in Amsterdam during Prohibition to fly liquor in from Canada.

State responds to horse deaths

Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014
t’s not the hardest job facing those tasked with making sure that racehorses don’t die. The making-sure-they-don’t-die part, of course, is the hardest. And, in fact, that’s impossible.

Oil train concerns shared up north

Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014
People from the low-income neighborhoods bordering the Port of Albany aren’t the only ones worried about the volume of volatile crude oil passing daily through the port.

Better late than never

Friday, Aug. 29, 2014
It’s that time again.
The Saratoga Race Course meet is wrapping up, with just a Labor Day weekend of action left.
Track announcer Tom Durkin is heading off into the sunset, just 33 race calls of denouement left in his brilliant 43-year career.
And yet, the old boy Wise Dan is just getting started, it seems.
Jamalot tour, drummer Cobham on tap

Jamalot tour, drummer Cobham on tap

Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014
Making almost perfect music that swung, jazz-wise, more than it rocked, Steely Dan has changed and changed again since taking over the radio in 1972. And the group's Jamalot Ever After Tour that rolls into SPAC on Friday features 11 studio-perfect and road-seasoned players and singers.

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