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Electric Power Lines
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Albany Area + Capital Region Power Outage Map for Hurricane Sandy

If you are in the dark, chances are you’re looking at this on a smart phone. If you’re wondering about an outage in your neighborhood, need to report an outage, wondering how long it’ll last, and other information, then check out the map below. 

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Sandy to Bring More Wind Than Irene + Less Water

 

For Albany area residents there is a touch of a silver lining with Sandy as the National Weather Service in Albany has stated that we should see more wind rather than rain when Sandy hits late Monday  and early Tuesday. Irene dumped around six inches of rain on the area but Sandy is expected to only bring between one and two inches. 

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red cross comfort kit
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List of Albany Area + Capital Region Shelters for Sandy

With Sandy headed toward the Albany area, the Red Cross will be opening eleven shelters throughout the Albany area starting Monday, October 29, 2012. We have the list of shelters that has been announced thus far and some instructions for those seeking shelter. 

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hurricane emergency kit
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How to Prepare for Hurricane Sandy

As we well know from Irene, a hurricane (or it’s remnants) can be a very damaging and dangerous weather situation. We’ve been through this recently and as a community learned plenty of lessons. Here are some tips for being prepared for Sandy as she approaches the Albany area. 

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snowy street
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Snor’eastercane: Could Albany See a Hurricane + Nor’easter for Halloween?

So how does this happen? Bascially the hurricane comes up the coast and merges with a potent Arctic cold front over near the Great Lakes and then BAM - several inches of show with perhaps tropical storm winds. There could also be flooding along the coast of NYC and New England. In short, if this happens we will have a huge mess on our hands. 

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Christopher Hunt - Missing Albany teen
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Albany Police Searching For Missing 15 Year Old Christopher Hunt [UPDATE]

Good news  from Albany PD: the missing 15 year old from who was reported missing yesterday has returned home. Christopher Hunt returned this morning and is safe. Thank you all for your help.

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Pumpkin Patches + Pumpkin Picking in the Albany Area

Fall is in the air and with that comes many fall activities including finding the perfect pumpkin for decorating, carving, baking - whatever! With so many patches open near Albany, picking the perfect pumpkin has never been this easy! There are so many great places to pick your own pumpkins or just frolic among them that we just had to put together a list for you. Here's where to go around the Albany area. 

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Hoosick Falls Corn Maze - Alice in Wonderland
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Where’s A Good Corn Maze in the Albany Area? Here’s Our List!

One of the greatest things about fall is going to a corn maze. Not only are they tons of fun but they give you one of your last chances for the season to spend time outdoors. Here's where to go in the Albany area for a great corn maze - everything from the traditional to the haunted!

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Albany Area List of Veterans Day Memorials, Parades and Events

Veterans Day is a federal holiday where we take pause to recognize and remember the sacrifices made by those who have fought for our great nation and those who continue to do so. Not to be confused with Memorial Day, which is to specifically recognize those who have passed away. Veterans Day also marks the official end to World War I. Here are some ways to show your respect and support on November 11th. 

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month
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Trustco Bank To Donate Money To Susan G Komen Foundation [SPONSORED POST]

The folks at Trustco Bank are in the spirit of breast cancer awareness month. October has been a powerful month for those who have been directly impacted by breast cancer, or have a friend, family member, coworker, or any other person impacted. Lots of companies get involved every year and this year Trustco is no exception. 

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Albany Prepares For Swearing-In Of David Paterson
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If You Live In The City Of Albany, Your Taxes Are Going Up. Have A Nice Day

It's happening everywhere.  No slam on Albany Mayor Jennings or anyone else.  But just letting everyone know what I read in this morning's Times Union.  It's good news, bad news for city dwellers

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Where To Get Free Coffee in The Albany Area

In honor of National coffee week you can score free coffee at McDonald's and Dunkin Donuts!

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