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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

Kelsea Ballerini drops her latest EP, "Rolling Up the Welcome Mat"

Country music is all about speaking your truth. It’s also about storytelling. In her recent surprise EP and short film, Rolling Up the Welcome Mat, released on February 14, Kelsea Ballerini tells her truth and the story of her recent divorce with country artist, Morgan Evans.

Ballerini released her debut album in 2015. In September 2022, she released her fifth studio album, Subject to Change, an album about being positive about new changes in her life, while going through a public divorce. But

Newly proposed sculpture hopes to honor once-popular Upstate NY amusement park

A new art sculpture on Canandaigua Lake has been proposed to remember Roseland Amusement Park.

The Finger Lake Times reports the once popular amusement park closed 60 years after operation back in 1985 and what’s left are concrete barriers in the lake, one under the Canandaigua Lady tour boat ticket office and one in the shallow end.

A council member, former mayor and an artist presented a plan to the Canandaigua City Council’s environmental committee on Jan. 17, showcasing a stainless-steel s

Student-run literary magazine Subnivean earns national recognition, makes global connections

Fresh off a nomination for a 2021 Firecracker Award for Best Debut Magazine, SUNY Oswego’s student-run publication Subnivean has big plans as it continues to digitally accept prose and poetry from all over the world.

Soma Mei Sheng Frazier, an assistant professor of English and creative writing, created Subnivean as part of her Creative Writing 395 and Creative Writing 313 courses, where her students can understand, edit and work for an international publication.

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'Elsewhere' performer draws from experience for theatre production

In the lead role of Celia in SUNY Oswego's current production of "Elsewhere," Katy Hartzell draws from personal experience.

Hartzell’s character Celia has cut herself off to the world and lives in isolation, and isolation is a feeling Hartzell could relate to.

“Celia deals with isolation a lot and especially after a pandemic, a lot of us can relate to that,” Hartzell said. “I’m an out-of-state student so all of my friends are here at college and when I had to go home, I was physically cut off

'Elsewhere' to mark student productions returning to Waterman Theatre

SUNY Oswego’s theatre department will present its first live in-person play since the pandemic -- with some thematic parallels -- in “Elsewhere,” running Oct. 20 to 24 in Tyler Hall’s Waterman Theatre.

“Elsewhere” is a dark comedy which describes the story of a young woman, Celia (played by Katy Hartzell), who is afraid to go outside. She has cut herself off to the world and lives in isolation. Celia is trying to figure out how to rejoin society, but is also waiting for others, such as Teddy (A

Losing a Grandparent Changed My Life

Death isn’t what the average 20-something thinks about every day. You don’t think it will happen to you or the people around you. You know that it exists because you see heart-wrenching reports on the news daily of another life lost to ignorance or hate.

Yes, losing a grandparent definitely changes your life. For some of us, it’s a drastic change. To others: they knew it was coming. Still, some weren’t even close to their grandparents because they lived too far away from each other to build a r

7 Ways to Improve Your Life

At the end of your life, the most important things will be how you loved others, how they loved you and how you seized every opportunity that came your way.

No matter what stage of life you’re in, you always should be growing.

Maybe life sucks for you right now, and you want to take all the broken pieces and rebuild it into something bigger. There’s no better place to start than from the bottom. Or, maybe your life is great right now, and you want to continue to live it to the fullest.

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