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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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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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Freihofer Run For Women In Downtown Albany – Photos

No, I didn't run in the race!  Somehow I didn't qualify (wrong sex and also out of shape!)   But I did have a chance to go and see the whole thing for the first time, and it was phenomenal - plus a great "photo op"

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How You Can Help the South Glens Falls Kids Injured in Bounce House Accident

On May 12, we were all shocked and saddened when a toy bounce house was swept away in a strong gust of wind with three children inside in a South Glens Falls neighborhood. But now there's a way you can help the children who were injured, and their families.

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Siena College Graduation Ceremony – Top 5 Differences From Mine

Congrats to Zachary Schulman, first of all.  He is yet another graduate headed off into the world.  We attended his graduation ceremony at Siena College (and the party afterwards) recently.   Boy have things changed since I was in school.  I have the top 5 differences below.

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Sean, Richie and Bethany Chat with ‘Guy’s Grocery Games’ Winner Marla Ortega

Troy's very own Marla Ortega, winner of the Mother's Day Edition of 'Guy's Grocery Games' on The Food Network called in to the show this morning and we got a chance to talk to her about her experience!

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Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Caesars Entertainment
Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Caesars Entertainment
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Troy Chef To Make Food Network Premiere

The chef/owner of The Illium Café in Troy, Marla Ortega will be a contestant on the Food Network series “Guy’s Grocery Games” on Sunday!

According to a blog on timesunion.com, Sunday's episod

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