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Photo gallery: Santa Speedo Sprint

ALBANY - They braved the chill and got encouragement from the cheers, all for a good cause during the annual Santa Speedo Sprint in downtown Albany. The Lark Street event was hosted by the Albany Society for the Advancement of Philanthropy, in partnership with the Albany All-Stars Roller Derby and the Hellions of Troy Roller Derby.
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Voorheesville Public Library News: Community service hours

Students in grades 6 and up, with sewing machine experience, are invited to register for this baby blanket project. Unless circumstances dictate otherwise, this will be an in-person program, held at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 29, at the library. Community service certificates will be given to participants. Virtual Ugly Sweater Party Join our virtual […]
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5 Super Romantic Spots for Hudson Valley Winter Weddings

Did COVID change your wedding plans? Maybe even your honeymoon? Did you need to postpone and then rethink the entire ceremony?. Taking a look around the Hudson Valley, there are quite a few places that can give you the terrific 'Winter Wonderland' background for an outdoor (yes, it might be a bit chilly) wedding ceremony or photoshoot.

98.3 TRY Social Dilemma: What’s the Point of Printed Family Christmas Cards?

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Today’s 98.3 TRY Social Dilemma came from Melissa. It’s about Christmas cards. Here’s her email:. Hi Jaime. I have a real Christmas pet peeve and I hope you’ll talk about it for your social dilemma. I love making out Christmas cards, putting a special and personal message in each card I send. Granted I send less now than I used to but I do still send them. Here’s my pet peeve. Getting Family Photo Christmas cards with absolutely nothing written on them. It’s just a picture of the family or the dog or cat, with the family name printed on it, shoved in an envelope and sent out. What’s the point. I don’t need pictures of everyone. I have pictures of everyone. A nice personal note of Christmas joy would be nice. But instead I get these very impersonal cards. I say don’t bother sending anything if that’s all you’ve got. My husband says I’m being a Scrooge but I say that the people who send those cards are. What do you think? Don’t you think the personal touch is better? Thanks Jaime.

Donors go 'Dancing In the Woods' to benefit the Melodies Center

ALBANY (WRGB) - A popular Capital Region gala, for a great cause, is back in action after a quiet last year due to COVID. Saturday night was the Albany Med Foundation's 'Dancing in the Woods' Gala. It's the 38th annual event. It benefits the Melodies Center for Childhood Cancer and...
Times Union

Schenectady library showcases teen poetry about the pain of racism

SCHENECTADY – Young people gathered at Schenectady’s main library Saturday to talk about things that aren’t normally discussed. They read poetry about the pain of an always-mispronounced name and the difficulties of being a Black woman. They sang about police brutality and listened to a performance about red flags in adolescent relationships.

Virtual Light-A- Life to support The Community Hospice

Albany, WRGB — The Community Hospice Light-A-Life program is a tradition for community members to memorialize a loved one during the holiday season. For the safety of guests and staff, this year’s tree lighting ceremony will be held virtually on Saturday, December 4, 2021, beginning at 6:00pm. Stephen Manny is...

The Greyson Project brings holiday cheer to local children's hospitals

Volunteers brought armfuls of Christmas decorations to a children's hospital on Saturday. The Greyson Project stopped at St. Margaret's Center in Albany. The project is named after a one year old patient from Florida, whose family made sure to decorate his room for the holidays. Greyson unfortunately passed away, but volunteers continue this project in his name.
Times Union

The Rev. Leonard Comithier leaves epic legacy to Macedonia Baptist

For 35 years, Coeymans native the Rev. Leonard D. Comithier Jr. was at the helm of Macedonia Baptist, a vibrant, activist Albany church with an amazingly wide- ranging music ministry. Comithier is proud of the influence his predominantly Black congregation has on community dialogues on topics like curbing gun violence.

Greenagers Youth Crew to Assess County Bridges and Culverts

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Greenagers youth crew will be assessing the bridges and culverts of Pittsfield, Lenox, Stockbridge, and New Marlborough over the next two years. The environmentally interested teens will be determining what improvements are needed for the infrastructure to support increased precipitation and flooding, wildlife crossings, and stormwater management.
Daily Freeman

Snapshot: Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive at Kingston’s Snowflake Festival

Santa and Mrs. Claus are shown on an antique fire truck on North Front Street in Uptown Kingston the evening of Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, as they arrive to light the city’s Uptown Christmas tree. The lighting was part of the annual Snowflake Festival, put on by the Kingston Uptown Business Association at locations throughout the Stockade Historic District. After the tree-lighting, Santa met with children on the grounds of the Senate House State Historic Site on Fair Street. (Tania Barricklo/Daily Freeman)
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Snowflake Festival returns to Uptown Kingston tonight

KINGSTON, N.Y. — The Snowflake Festival will return to Uptown Kingston from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight, Friday, Dec. 3. The free event, put on by the Kingston Uptown Business Association, will feature an array of holiday-themed attractions throughout the Stockade Historic District. There will be live performances, exhibitions, and stores offering treats and warm beverages to visitors.

Santa Speedo Sprint returns to Lark Street

‘Tis the season for Christmas cheer in downtown Albany, including one of the most iconic events of the holiday season. “Albany really likes to show up and show out,” volunteer Brittany Beyus said. “The number of people that show up in costumes to support a good cause, Albany is the place for that.”
Times Union

At 23, she's producing a controversial hit play about Hell (or lack of)

College of St. Rose grad student Aileen Burke, 23, like most Gen Z-ers, is immersed in studies. That makes tonight’s premiere of the first play she’s ever produced even more impressive. Burke was recruited by director Patrick White to produce “The Christians,” a controversial, acclaimed, Obie-winning off-Broadway hit. White founded Harbinger Players, the company that will perform “The Christians” on the Albany Barn stage. White saw Burke’s dry wit, problem-solving gifts and spirituality as assets for a play that unfolds inside a megachurch whose rich, famous pastor lobs a bombshell into his sermon.

How Can You Help Hudson Valley Veterans? It’s Easy

How many times have you thanked a veteran? I try to say thank you every time I meet someone who is serving or who has served our country, but it just doesn't seem like enough. It’s only words. Is there a way to really help our Hudson Valley veterans? Something that will really make a difference? As a matter of fact, there is. And it's super easy.
Daily Gazette

THEATRE REVIEW: Harbinger’s ‘The Christians’ a well done production

ALBANY — As a minister’s son, I found some personal resonances in “The Christians,” by Lucas Hnath (himself a preacher’s kid). But you don’t have to be religiously affiliated to appreciate the issues raised here, now in a well done production by a new troupe, Harbinger Theatre. Hnath places the...

Sinterklaas returns to Rhinebeck December 4

Miss Mousey and Froggy will renew their vows this year as Sinterklaas Hudson Valley returns to Rhinebeck on December 4 after a one-year COVID-related hiatus. This year’s festivities will be exclusively in Rhinebeck. The organizers on the Kingston side decided not to host an event in 2021, according to Jeanne Fleming, the festival’s organizer.