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Outlook 2024: Growth at Ghent's Art Omi starts with Ruth Adams

GHENT - When Art Omi opened in 1992, it was a simple park with no entrance or staff. At the time, it was used as an international residency program, inviting artists from around the world to come and practice their craft.

If local residents knew about it, they knew about it.

It wasn’t until 10 years later, when Ruth Adams joined as manager of artist residency, that the Columbia County arts center grew into something more.

Getting there in 1,2,3: Romantic Winter Getaways for Valentine's Day

As Valentine’s Day fast approaches, planning something special for your significant other can seem like a hard thing to do. While the Capital Region has a variety of dinners, music and events happening, sometimes getting away to spend quality time can be a more thoughtful choice.

These getaway options — both in state and out — offer unique experiences for guests from decorated rooms to town excursions and romantic relaxation time.

Schenectady County Resources For Help With Meals During The Holidays - Your Schenectady

As the holiday season approaches, many people start to prepare menus for big holiday gatherings with friends and family, while others may not know if they will even have a holiday meal.

The United States Department of Agriculture defines food insecurity as a lack of consistent access to enough food for every person in a household to live an active, healthy life. This can be a temporary situation or can last for longer periods of time.

Superintendent Soler shows support for new Swim Curriculum in schools - Your Schenectady

The morning of Oct. 25 at Schenectady High School was filled with fun, education and guidance as Superintendent Soler and colleagues worked with third grade students in the swimming pool, as part of a new swim program in their physical education curriculums.

District officials have noted that swimming has been an interest for many Schenectady students and their families judging by the turnout for a recently implemented new class. The school began a six week, “learn to swim classes” on Thursday

New interactive exhibits coming to miSci

From the space age to the future, miSci’s three new exhibits, “Ground to Gourmet: Tracing the Origins of the Food We Love,” “A Taste of Science” and “Space to Spoon,” will take visitors on a tour of food and food technology through artificial intelligence, starting Saturday, September 30 with weekend hours from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Ground to Gourmet: Tracing the Origins of the Foods We Love

This interactive exhibit blends history, science and art while exploring the culinary depths of New York St

SUNY Schenectady Faculty and Staff Earn Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence

Five members of the SUNY Schenectady County Community College faculty and staff have been awarded with 2023 SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence.

The SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence were created more than 45 years ago to honor the distinguished performance of SUNY’s teaching faculty, librarians, and members of the professional and classified services. The Awards are honors for professional achievement and to encourage the pursuit of continued excellence, according to SUNY.

The recip

Sip into Fall with miBrewology

The Museum of Innovation and Science (miSci) will hold an AfterDark event for adults age 21 and over on Sept. 29 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., with VIP entry at 5:30 p.m.

AfterDark: miBrewology will focus on the science of fermentation– showcasing how beer, wine and liquors are made.

In addition to demonstrations, local craft brews, wines and other specialty liquors will be offered for sampling. Craft beverage makers, kits and miSci branded glasses will be available for purchase in the gift sho

The Artistry Studios, a neighborhood revitalization project

Another exciting neighborhood revitalization project is The Artistry Studios, a new venture from the Albany Barn, which operates a makerspace and performing arts space in Schenectady’s Hamilton Hill neighborhood called the Electric City Barn.

Located in a former convent on Eastern Avenue, The Artistry Studios will provide affordable studios for 20 artists, giving them a place to work and be part of the city’s burgeoning arts scene. Renovations are ongoing, but some studios have already been ren

Foundation grants $265k for neighborhood projects

In March 2015, a devastating fire destroyed two high-rise apartment buildings on Schenectady’s Jay Street, directly across from City Hall. Since then, the lot has stood empty, a grim reminder of the tragedy that killed four and left dozens homeless.

Soon the lot will undergo a transformation led by the Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corp (DSIC), giving rise to Jay Square – a welcoming public space with game tables, shade, art, benches and a small stage.

The hope is that Jay Square will be an

GreenSheen Paint and Schenectady County partner for a free recycling event

GreenSheen, a paint recycler and manufacturing company, partnered with Schenectady County for a free paint recycling event on Sept. 23 at the SUNY Schenectady West Parking Lot.

The 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. event will allow residents and businesses to safely dispose of paint and paint-like materials.

“Schenectady County has sponsored multiple events this year to make it easier for residents to recycle paint, common household chemicals, and electronics waste, which can have a big impact on our community

Schenectady Caribbean Day celebrates unity and diversity this Saturday, Sept. 9

Schenectady Caribbean Day comes together as one Caribbean country this Saturday on Sept. 9, in Central Park celebrating unity and diversity of all cultures.

Five years ago, Schenectady Guyana Day, a celebration of the Guyana and Hindu community in Schenectady was rebranded into Schenectady Caribbean Day in efforts to enrich and continue to bring support to everyone. The free event starts at 11 a.m. and runs until dusk, according to organizers.

Co-organizers, Philip Fields and John Mootooveren

The NYS Board of Elections issue a warning of staff impersonations

Across multiple counties, many reports have been made of individuals impersonating county Board of Elections staff, said the state Board of Elections on Friday.

BOE officials said the impersonators are confronting voters about their registration status and falsely accusing voters of committing a crime because of how they appear in the state voter database.

While Schenectady County Election officials aren’t aware of any reports, commissioners Laura Fronk and Darlene Harris wanted to bring aware

Free paint recycling in Rotterdam keeps unused paint out of landfills

Businesses and residents alike can recycle their old paint and coatings for free at GreenSheen Paint, a daily dropoff paint recycler in Rotterdam.

The Colorado-based recycler opened their New York location in August 2022, with daily hours of Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but also operates in Colorado, Washington and Arizona, according to the Director of the New York location, Jared Pollack.

“We are a steward for the PaintCare program,” Pollack said. “And basically we are helping t

A rise for breweries and distilleries in Charleston

A rise for breweries and distilleries in Charleston

Over the last few years, the Charleston beer and liquor scene has seen a rapid expansion. In 2022, South Carolina ranked 29th with a total of 134 craft breweries in the state according to the National Brewers Association. In Charleston, there are over 20 breweries, some including taprooms. Distilleries are also on the rise in South Carolina. There are over 30 distilleries in the state, with over 5 being in the Charleston area alone, according

Combat your sweet tooth with these 4 sweet treat shops in Charleston

These national and local shops around Charleston are always busy if you walk by. Each different, yet similar in their own ways, the shops’ welcomeness and passion for dessert adds to the overall experience of the city.

This sweet treat was created in New Jersey but opened for business in Charleston in 2016. Peace Pies, an ice cream sandwich with a layer of pie filling, comes in a variety of flavors from birthday cake to cookie dough to mint chocolate chip. Each shop location is open from 12 p.m

Where Spoleto Eats: Charleston Restaurants paired with Spoleto Venues

Spoleto Festival USA is a performing arts festival in Charleston, South Carolina. With venues spread out across the city and with performances at different times, attendees might not know where to go for food.

Your answers are here: a pairing of dining options to a few of the Spoleto Festival venues.

The Gaillard Center is holding performances such as “Vanessa,” “Celebrating Geoff Nuttall,” “The Scottish Ballet: The Crucible,” and various orchestras. With performances at times throughout the d

Quiz: Which Style Of Cuisine Should You Have In Charleston, Based On Spoleto Festival Perfomances?

Quiz: Which Style Of Cuisine Should You Have In Charleston, Based On Spoleto Festival Perfomances?

Spoleto Festival USA, a performing arts festival in Charleston, is unique in its own right. Charleston however, unique in its own way, has a large variety of dining options and cuisine for everyone. With a variety of performances and cuisine options, narrow down your choices based on your own interests.

A Walk Down Memory Lane: Visit these Charleston Historic Attractions and Tours

A Walk Down Memory Lane: Visit these Charleston Historic Attractions and Tours

Charleston today is America’s most beautifully preserved architectural and historical treasure. The city’s past is a testament to the spirit and tenacity of its citizens. Its appeal has been described as a “living museum.” From Fort Sumter to USS Yorktown to once sunken submarine ships, history is everywhere and there is always something new to encounter.

South Carolina’s history began in the late 1600s. By the mid

Cheers! Breweries and brew festivals across the state are on the rise

Emily Sorokes never wanted to book trips in New York state, let alone near Buffalo.

“But thanks to my love for beer, that’s changing,” the Buffalo Beer Influencer said.

Brewery culture is bringing out a different side to cities close by, prompting Sorokes to travel around to see what’s in the area — like brew festivals where beer lovers walk around with 3-oz. glasses in one hand and pretzel necklaces in the other (for a snack).

New York State is home to more than 500 breweries, making it the

CNY food scene pays the high price of inflation

At Goodies Mediterranean Grill and Cuisine, owner Chucri Ayoub has had the same prices for 13 years: $4 for Tabouli salad, $5 for Spinach pie, $6 for vegetarian Grape leaves and $7 for hummus and pita. But now the ingredients cost more.

“See this Tabouli salad, the prices for everything in it went up,” he said. “Parsley went up, tomatoes went up, onions went up, and the cost (to make) is almost so close to the $4 I sell it at so I keep it at $4 and my customers love that.” If he were to raise t
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