Summer 2012 starts on June 20. It's also known as the Summer Solstice.

For most of us, summer means that hot weather is likely, a lot of people will be trying to enjoy the outdoors, the kids are out of school and taking a vacation is a possibility. I think more people have taken the stay-cation route over the past few years, due to gas prices. Yes, the prices are coming down, but it’s still a bit expensive for many people.

Let’s not forget some of the great places in the Albany area to get ice cream. After you get out the shorts, and all the summer clothes and put the winter coats away, it’s time to make some summertime plans.