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Another year

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There have also been about a thousand cupcakes.

Back when we were like, "Hey, we should start a website," a lot of things seemed possible. But probable? Not really.

Yet here we are, six years later, celebrating another year. Along the way we've learned a lot, worked a lot, and met a bunch of interesting people. The best part has been the people.

Thank you.

Electric City Couture 2014

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The Electric City Couture Fashion Show is back April 26. And this time it will be at Universal Preservation Hall in Saratoga Springs. Event blurbage:

The evening will showcase signature collections of six regional designers and will include roughly 55 male and female models on the runway. Targeted proceeds from this year's show will go to the ongoing restoration work of Historic Universal Preservation Hall, a year-round arts and community events venue located at 25 Washington St. in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. ...
A new edition to this year's show format will be the ability to "buy it off the runway" in a retail sales area that will be available both after the show on Saturday for show attendees and on Sunday, April 27, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the general public. This year's show will be a partnership between Proctors Theater of Schenectady, N.Y., Universal Preservation Hall and Electric City Couture. It is designed to highlight the strengths of the regional creative economy.

The show is at 8 pm on Saturday, April 26. Tickets are $15 and available online.

photo: 2014 Electric City Couture Designer Showcase Shoot - Shrine of Fashion. On location at Historic Preservation Hall in Saratoga. Photographer: James Pickett

Ice Cream Man Saratoga now open

The new Saratoga Springs location for The Ice Cream Man -- a longtime favorite over in Greenwich -- opened this past weekend. (The stand is in the spot on South Broadway once occupied by Alexandra's.) Hours are 11 am-9 pm daily. [via Fun in Saratoga] Earlier: 12 flavors at The Ice Cream Man

What's up in the Neighborhood

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Sebastien visited a magical-looking spot in Vermont.

The NeighborhoodAmong the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: a hidden ice rink, the Jericho, Panther Mountain, an exquisite butterfly, good chicken, restaurant week, lobster, a breakfast sandwich, Sweet Sue's, COB pizza, old entrees, a rude driver, things learned in the dressing room, and The Exiles exit.

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AOA birthday drawing: DelSo dinner, movies, cheese, and cookies

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New World, part of what makes the DelSo delicious.

This week AOA celebrates our 6th birthday, but we're giving you the presents. Each day we'll have a drawing for some fun Capital Region stuff. You can enter to win a new "present" every day.

Today's drawing prize comes from the DelSo:

+ A $100 gift certificate for New World Bistro Bar
+ A pair of passes to The Spectrum
+ A $25 gift certificate to go shopping at The Cheese Traveler
+ One dozen of Bake for You's signature White Chocolate Chip Cranberry Cookies.

To enter the drawing, please answer this question in the comments

The Delaware South neighborhood, or DelSo, is one of Albany's most interesting neighborhoods, with a mix of residential, restaurants, and shops. What is your favorite Capital Region neighborhood and why?

We'll draw one winner at random.

Important: All comments must be submitted by noon on Thursday, April 17, 2014 to be entered in the drawing. You must answer the question to be part of the drawing. (Normal commenting guidelines apply.) One entry per person, please. You must enter a valid email address (that you check regularly) with your comment. The winner will be notified via email by 5 pm on Friday, April 18 and must respond by 5 pm on Monday, April 21.

The Meade Brothers' daguerreian gallery

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The Brothers Meade, Charles (left) and Henry.

Photography is so ubiquitous now -- almost everyone carries around some sort of camera in their pocket -- that it's a bit difficult to imagine a time when it was a new and rare. That to be a photographer was to be on the avant garde of art and technology.

As it happens, two of the earliest famous photographers were from Albany: Henry and Charles Meade.

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E23 Alliance forms to support Albany Casino, 18 wheeler tips and kills cattle, Schumer pushes to improve Troy seawall, Cuomo's memoir advance higher than his salary

The E23 business alliance, a group of more than 40 business owners who support a proposed Albany Casino, has formed in the city.[Record]

A public hearing on a proposed Schoharie County casino got heated. And personal. [TWCN]

A public hearing on the Albany Capital Center's draft environment impact statement was held on Tuesday -- another step toward construction of the conventions center which is slated to begin in June. [TU]

Fallout from the Takim Smith murder is partially fueling a gang feud between Albany and Troy that resulted in an unusual increase in shootings over the winter.[TU]

A two-level 18-Wheeler hauling about 100 cattle rolled over in Berne on Tuesday morning, killing several of the animals. [TU]

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The monument in Monument Square

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By Lauren Hittinger

The center of downtown Troy -- figuratively, if not necessarily geographically -- is Monument Square. And it's aptly named -- there's 93-foot monument right in the middle of it.

So, to what is it a monument?

Here's the answer, which includes a bunch of little bits about Troy's history...

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"If we screw it up, it will set back this effort for a long time."

Over at Vox, Sarah Kliff looks at Vermont's push to create a single-payer health system in the state by 2017. Among the obstacles: The estimated cost of the system is about $2 billion -- in a state that currently collects only $2.7 billion in a tax revenue. [Vox]

Green River Festival 2014

green river music festival logoFor the list of summer music festivals: The Green River Festival, July 12-13. The lineup includes Josh Ritter, Trombone Shorty, Puss N Boots featuring Norah Jones, Trampled by Turtles, Lucius, and a bunch of others.

The festival is in Greenfield, Massachusetts, which is about two hours from Albany. (Basically, get on Route 2 and head east.)

The early bird price for both days is $59.99.

[via @SarahLaDuke]

More summer music festival-age:
+ The Hudson Project 2014
+ Mountain Jam 2014 lineup

"I would love to do it, and if I can do it, I'm keeping it in Buffalo."

Donald Trump tells the Buffalo News that he's serious about trying to buy the Buffalo Bills (or, at least, more serious than he is about running for governor). And if he does so, he'll keep the team in Buffalo -- in part because... it's an easy commute for him. [Buffalo News]

Fried oysters at Javier's

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By Deanna Fox

Fried oysters are a fairly common dish on Capital Region menus. It's not a revolutionary preparation of the shellfish by any means -- fried oysters have been a hallmark of po' boy sandwiches for at least a century, and they've made appearances in many a basket at a fish fry or seaside shack.

However, if done right, variations on the dish can elevate the mere mollusk into something memorable, crave-able, extraordinary.

The fried oyster put forth by Javier's Nuevo Latino Cuisine in Saratoga Springs does just that.

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AOA birthday drawing: Brown's & Bilinski's

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Made in Cohoes.

This week AOA celebrates our 6th birthday, but we're giving you the presents. Each day we'll have a drawing for some fun Capital Region stuff. You can enter to win a new "present" every day.

Today's drawing prize: Beer from Brown's Brewing Co. in Troy and a big basket of products from Bilinski's in Cohoes.

From Brown's: A growler and a $15 gift certificate to Brown's Brewing Co. (Must be 21 or older.)

From Bilinski's: A basket of products including:
+ Bilinski's All Natural Spinach & Garlic Chicken Sausage - 2 packages
+ Bilinski's All Natural Mild Italian Chicken Sausage - 2 packages
+ Bilinski's All Natural Sun-Dried Tomato & Basil Chicken Sausage - 1 package
+ Bilinski's All Natural Apple Chardonnay Chicken Sausage - 1 package
+ Organic Italian Herb with Porcini Mushroom- 2 packages
+ Buffalo and Blue Cheese Chicken Meatballs- 1 package
+ Chicken Parmesan Chicken Meatballs-2 packages


To enter the drawing, please answer this question in the comments

Since today's drawing is about birthdays and food and drink, what is your favorite birthday dinner?

We'll draw one winner at random.

Important: All comments must be submitted by noon on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 to be entered in the drawing. You must answer the question to be part of the drawing. (Normal commenting guidelines apply.) One entry per person, please. You must enter a valid email address (that you check regularly) with your comment. The winner will be notified via email by 5 pm on Thursday, April 17 and must respond by 5 pm on Friday, April 18.

*The gift basket has changed slightly, but is just as delicious. The last three items are substitutions as Bilinski's is no longer making the items originally listed.

Grown Up Easter Egg Hunt 2014

Thumbnail image for Prospect Park sign TroyThe annual Grown Up Easter Egg Hunt returns to Troy's Prospect Park Saturday, April 26. It's $15 to take part -- proceeds will go to the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America and the Col. Albert Pawling Memorial Statue Project (which is aiming to build a statue of Troy's first mayor by 2016).

This is the third year for the event, and it seems to grow every year. Organizer/grown up Easter bunny Danielle Sanzone tells us there will be more than 3,000 eggs filled with all sorts of prizes, raffles, silent auctions, food, free make-your-own Stewart's Shops sundaes, and a DJ. She's expecting more than 200 people this year.

Registration for the event starts at 2:30 pm on April 26, hunt starts at 3:30 pm. The rain location is the Atrium in downtown Troy.

Momentive files for bankruptcy, severe weather and flooding expected to increase, off-duty officer fires gun to break up dog attack

Momentive Performance Materials has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy (the reorganization kind of bankruptcy). Momentive employs about 900 people at a plant in Waterford -- none of those jobs are expected to be cut. The company, which makes silicone and quartz products and had been part of GE, was bought by a private equity firm in 2006. [Troy Record] [TU] [Daily Gazete]

A Rensselaer County Court judge has ruled that the confession from Trinity Copeland -- the Troy teen accused of fatally shooting her father in 2012 -- will not be allowed at trial because police didn't properly warn her of her Miranda rights. [TU] [Troy Record]

Albany Common Councilman Ron Bailey on the promises of jobs for city residents at a possible casino in Albany: "That needs to be locked down ... I've seen so many projects where our people are left standing on the corner watching as people from out of town come in to work. We can no longer stand for that." [TU]

Apparent consensus of experts at an extreme weather conference at UAlbany: flooding is becoming more frequent in the Northeast. [WNYT] [TU]

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AOA Startup Grant 2014 finalists

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There were a lot of good entries.

The pool of entries for this year's AOA Startup Grant was very strong. Many of the applications of would have made very fine finalists. But there can only be three, two chosen by crowd voting last week, and one chosen by the Editors.

Here they are...

startup contest 2014 sponsor ad staff ciampino

Startup2014 Berkshire Bank in-post ad

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A company for installing house insulation?

spray foam insulation installationAnon emails:

I'm looking for a competent, reasonably-priced spray foam insulation contractor for my home. I need to have old cellulose insulation removed from parts of my basement, and spray foam installed throughout the basement. Thank you

Based on what we've seen on, um, HGTV and a little bit of what we've read, spray foam insulation is said to do the job very well, better than other types of insulation. It also looks like it's a whole process, with installers wearing ventilated suits and whatnot.

Got a suggestion for Anon? Please share!

photo: Flickr user dunktanktechnician (cc)

Saint Rose names college's next president

carolyn stefanco saint roseThe College of Saint Rose announced today that its next president will be Carolyn Stefanco, who's currently the vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia.

Stefanco is scheduled to start the position July 1. Her selection caps an unusual transition at the college. In a surprise announcement last summer the school and former president David Szczerbacki parted ways after he had spent just one year in the role, with no mention about what caused the split. Margaret Kirwin, the school's VP for academic affairs, has been serving as interim president.

Stefanco has a PhD in history from Duke, an MA in women's history from Binghamton, and an undergrad history degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her scholarly focus has been American women's history, higher education, and international education.

Agnes Scott College, Stefanco's current school, is a private 900-student women's undergraduate liberal arts college in Decatur, which is just east of Atlanta. Prior to Agnes Scott, she was the founding dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at California State University, Stanislaus, and she held teaching positions at Oklahoma State, Cal Poly (a handful of student reviews) and Wheaton College in Massachusetts.

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AOA birthday drawing: Lark Street prize

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Celebrate AOA's birthday with cupcakes (or something equally delicious) from Crisan.

Drawing is closed, but feel free to add your gift ideas for the Capital Region.

This week AOA celebrates our 6th birthday, but we're giving you the presents. Each day we'll have a drawing for some fun Capital Region stuff. You can enter to win a new "present" every day.

Today's drawing is a package of great gift certificates to Lark Street businesses:

+ A $100 gift certificate to Spa Virgo on Lark Street
+ Two $25 gift certificates to The Wine Bar and Bistro on Lark
+ One bottle of sparkling wine and a $50 gift certificate to Capital Wine (Must be 21 or older.)
+ A $25 gift certificate to Crisan Bakery on Lark.

To enter the drawing, please answer this question in the comments

If you could gift one thing to the Capital Region, what would it be?

Maybe it's an indoor water park, maybe it's peace -- whatever you'd like to give the region if you had the ability.

We'll draw one winner at random.

Important: All comments must be submitted by noon on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 to be entered in the drawing. You must answer the question to be part of the drawing. (Normal commenting guidelines apply.) One entry per person, please. You must enter a valid email address (that you check regularly) with your comment. The winner will be notified via email by 5 pm on Wednesday, April 16 and must respond by 5 pm on Thursday, April 17.

Queens of the Stone Age at The Palace

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QOTSA

Rock band Queens of the Stone Age is set to play a show at The Palace July 13. Tickets go on sale this Saturday (April 19) -- they're $39.50 and up. (There's also a presale starting Wednesday.)

The band is touring in support of the album is released last year, ...Like Clockwork, which included contributions from Dave Grohl, Alex Turner, Trent Reznor, and... Elton John. The album got very good reviews.

Lucinda Williams
Also announced: Lucinda Williams at The Egg June 17. Tickets go on sale this Friday (April 18) -- they're $35 and up.

photo: Nora Lezano

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