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Cyber Monday Deal From The New York State Parks Department! [VIDEO]

One of the reasons I love living in upstate New York are all of the beautiful parks that are so close to my new home! Now you can enjoy them for less with a great deal on a 3 Year Empire Passport ($130 instead of $165) only on Cyber Monday (December 1st)! According to WKBW:
An Empire Passport gives unlimited vehicle access to all state parks, nature centers, recreation areas, boat launches, arboretums and preserves, plus 55 forest preserve sites operated by the state Department of Environmental Conservation

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Photo: Bethany
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Columbia High School Takes Early Lead in Hunger Games [Photos]

When Columbia High School in East Greenbush signed up for our Hunger Games, I knew they were gonna be a serious contender! And I was definitely correct! I had the pleasure of stopping by their Homecoming Week Powder Puff Football Game last night where they were busy collecting nonperishable food items for our competition.

The school spirit that was oozing out of everyone through the gates had me reminisci

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Local High Schools Make Newsweek Top Honors List

The Capital District is a great place to live!  One of the gems of the area is our great school system!   Newsweek recently released their rankings of the Top Schools in 2014. And not surprisingly, a few area schools made the list

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Loudonville Gets a New Yoga Pants Store! [Video]

Long live yoga pants!

These thin, comfy, flexible leggings are popping up everywhere!  At the gym, at the mall, out to dinner, the office, the coffee shop, and now, in Loudonville!

Lululemon Athletica is set to open a

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Which Albany Area School Has Eliminated Regents Exams?

This is a new one on me, but I guess it's their choice. LaSalle Institute in Troy will have no Regency exams this year

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Gloversville Teacher Named NYS Teacher of the Year

The New York State Board of Regents has named Gloversville Enlarged School District’s Latin teacher Charles Giglio 2015 state Teacher of the Year!

Giglio worked at Gloversville 9 years ago, tasked to phase out its small Latin program, but instead, he revived it

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Rotterdam Wins Best Tasting Tap Water Award

There was a New York State Tap Water Taste contest held at the New York State Fair in Syracuse, and one Capital Region community came out on top.

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Live Life Local In Albany County With An Upcoming Business Exhibit

I happened to see this on Facebook and felt it was really important if you are a local Capital Region business. 

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Photo by Aaron Davidson/Getty Images for Food Network SoBe Wine & Food Festival
Photo by Aaron Davidson/Getty Images for Food Network SoBe Wine & Food Festival
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The Food Network, Robert Irvine Invade Lake Luzerne

I never miss an episode of "Restaurant Impossible," and I'm really excited about the episode they're shooting right now!

Host and chef Robert Irvine and the Food Network crew are  at The Double H Ranch in Lake Luzerne!

The show, "Restaurant Impossible" is in town for an episode where they will make over the dining hall at the Double H Ranch

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Local WWII Vet Who Found Hitler’s Hat Dies in Albany at 88

Richard Marowitz, a Jewish American soldier who served in WWII has died.  Richard was 88.

Mr. Marowitz, a longtime Colonie resident, was just 19 in 1945 when his troop was tasked with searching Adolf Hitler's apartment just days after they helped liberate Dachau, one the Nazis' notorious death camps

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It’s True! Sheryl Crow Was At Hoffman’s Playland Last Weekend!

We heard her say she went to an "amusement park in a parking lot" "next to a Subway" while she was on stage at SPAC last Sunday while opening for Rascal Flatts, but no one could officially confirm that Sheryl Crow was indeed talking about Hoffman's Playland until

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Pharrell 2014 Oscars Performance
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Canajoharie High School ‘Happy’ Parody [Watch]

I love the trend online of people making parodies of Pharrell's song 'Happy' and I really love this version because it's so local!

Canajoharie High School made this video and it's great!  See if you know any of these people!

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