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Local Places Where You Can Buy 'Legal' Fireworks
As we approach the 4th of July, get ready to see pop-up tents that claim to be selling "Fireworks".  They're not.  The technical term is 'sparkling devices' and for the record, they're not the big explosives that people in our neighboring states are able to legally sell.  With that being s…
Tri-City ValleyCats Hosting Father’s Day Special
Looking for something local to do for Father’s Day?  Well, aside from the 21st Annual Father’s Day Car Show in Scotia, you can also enjoy a special sports day in Troy.
Our Capital Region minor league baseball team, the Tri-City ValleyCats are h…
Capital Region Lands on List of Best Donuts in New York
Turns out you can satisfy that sweet tooth with some of the best donuts in Upstate New York right around the Capital Region.
From classic and simple donuts, to donuts topped with bacon and elaborate frosting, a list of the 27 best donut shops in Upstate New York (posted by newyorkupsta…
DWI Crackdown Happening This Weekend for Memorial Day
Through Monday, a crackdown is in effect.  It's Memorial Day weekend, a time to celebrate, to remember and honor veterans past and present, and a time to enjoy.  But, not a time to drink and drive (well, really at no time should you be drinking and driving)...
Another One Bites the Dust: Clothing Store to Close
Another one bites the dust! Yet another clothing store is shutting down, impacting the Capital Region.
While it seems like the trend of store-closings is less than last year (that's my impression, I don't know the statistics), it still hasn't stopped...
Shockingly Madison's Journey Ends On American Idol
Wow. I don't think any of us saw that coming. Following her strong performance of "Shallow" in round 1 of the American Idol finale, and a hometown video that gave us chills, Madison VanDenburg returned to the stage to perform a song by the artist she's been most compared to.  In round 2 …
Beer Nostalgia! Top 5 Beer Gimmicks To Reminisce About
It's Saratoga Brewfest this Saturday, which made us start to think of, well, beer, and all of the fun that goes with it.  Sure Brewfest maybe all about sampling, but we all remember the days of beer helmets and kegstands too.
I recently saw a post about the beerball- the nostalgic mini-keg in the sha…
Man Makes Animated Films About the Capital Region
The Plaza in animation form? Pretty cool.  How about riding around a CDTA bus, with millennials playing on their phones giving dirty looks- sounds like a normal day in Albany.  But in animation form?  Kind of interesting to watch.
A local is getting creative with the capital region, ma…
VanDenburg's Breathtaking Ballad Drives Her To Top 5
The first hour paid tribute to the music of the Woodstock era on American Idol Sunday night, and Cohoes' Madison VanDenburg proved once again, that she can rock out with the best of em'.  But it was during her show-stopping second performance of the evening, a power ballad by Celine D…
Is It OK to Remake R. Kelly Songs?
The self-proclaimed "King of R&B" Jacquees released his new single "Your Peace" featuring Lil Baby that features a R. Kelly sample which got DJ SHOW to thinking, "Is It OK to Remake R. Kelly Songs?"
New Crossgates Venue Skyloft To Open This Week
A new concert venue (with a lot of shows already lined up) is opening this week in the Capital Region!
With a lot of publicity already, Skyloft is finally going to be opening this Thursday at Crossgates Mall. I initially saw the opening date at the Times Union, in a post about the new 600-800 pe…
Cohoes Teen Skyrockets To Final 8 On American Idol
The massive wave of Idol momentum continued Sunday night for 17-year-old Cohoes native Madison VanDenberg.  The pitch-perfect teenager advanced to the final eight on American Idol following a performance of a song that many have said they never heard sung so well.
Comedian Calls Albany the Biggest Dump of his Tour
OK- so sure, Albany isn’t a perfectly picturesque scenic tourist destination like Fiji or something.  But we’re not exactly living in a piling heap of trash.  However, one famous comedian recently called Albany the ‘biggest dump’ of the…
Capital Region Burger Makes Top Ten in Competition
One Capital Region burger is among the top ten best in the state!
As a burger person, this kind of news is pretty cool to me (and has me licking my lips).  The New York Beef Council is looking for the best burger in the state, and according to newyorkupstate...
Liquidation Sale Happening Now at Local Sporting Good Store
There's a liquidation sale going on just in time to stock up on sports goods for the summer.
A local staple, sporting goods store 'Goldstock's Sporting Goods' closed its doors and now inventory is being liquidated.  News Channel 13 reported that their liquidation sa…
Dream American Idol Run Continues For Young Cohoes Star
Call it Maddy Mania. Here in the Capital Region, people who haven't watched American Idol in years are tuning in to American Idol to see the 17-year-old Cohoes singing star that everyone is talking about.  For about a month now, Madison VanDenberg has delivered one spectacular perform…
Two Upstate Casinos to Cut Back On Slots
Two Upstate New York casinos are struggling.  As a result, they’re going to be cutting back on slot machines.
I’m not a gambler unless it’s the slot machines, so this caught my eye (just like the lights and sounds of slot machines do)...
Albany College Student Competes on Wheel of Fortune Tonight
An Albany area college student is competing on the Wheel of Fortune tonight!
I caught wind of this from a post by the Times Union, and of course now have to root for one of our own.  Logan Stone, competing tonight on the Wheel of Fortune, is a junior at the University at Albany...

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