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Ann Morrow

Upcycling the Economy

by Ann Morrow July 17, 2014

  On Monday, Parks and Trails New York released a new report on the Erie Canalway Trail demonstrating an economic impact of $253 million, from a volume of 1.58 million visits a year, and supporting 3,440 ...

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Of Soldiers and Shakers

by Ann Morrow July 17, 2014

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  On Monday (July 14), the Albany County legislature unanimously approved a resolution supporting an environmental review of the proposed site of housing developments for Solider On, a nonprofit organization that aids at-risk veterans. The group ...

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Industrial Evolution

by Ann Morrow July 17, 2014

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  The Preservation League of New York State has selected five historic industrial buildings for a collaborative Industrial Heritage Reuse program designed to breathe new life into upstate’s vacant and underutilized industrial properties. The press announcement ...

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The Nihilism Express

by Ann Morrow July 10, 2014

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  Snowpiercer is a train, but it might as well be called the Ark, for it contains the only survivors of an environmental apocalypse. This near-future scenario, starting 17 years after the Earth’s surface froze over ...

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The Final Caterpillar Ride

by Ann Morrow July 10, 2014

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  It’s the end of an era, a 1950s-steeped era of bumper cars, Tilt-a-Whirls, cotton candy, and the faces of little ones lighting up at the sight of a fairyland carousel. Hoffman’s Playland on Route 9 ...

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Triple-Threat Ticks

by Ann Morrow July 3, 2014

  Babesiosis—ever heard of it? Probably not, but if you’re an outdoorsy type, you need to know that blacklegged ticks, the notorious pest that transmits the bacterium for Lyme disease, can also carry the protozoan that ...

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Herman Melville’s Pittsfield

by Ann Morrow July 3, 2014

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  Herman Melville liked to grow pumpkins, and he liked to feed his pumpkins to his horse and cow. Known to posterity as one of the greatest American novelists in literature, and forever linked with high-seas ...

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You Can Get There From Here

by Ann Morrow June 26, 2014

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  The Hudson River Way pedestrian bridge at Maiden Lane arches over the highway with grandeur of scale and 30 mural-painted obelisk light poles. Yet when the footbridge opened in 2002, bicyclists were disappointed: The bridge ...

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Medieval Merriment

by Ann Morrow June 20, 2014

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  Armored knights charged across an open field, lances at the ready. After a shield-splintering collision, the champion of England delivered a coup de grace to the champion of Scotland, who was knocked off his mount. ...

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The U.S.S Corning Revue

by Ann Morrow June 19, 2014

  The Airship U.S.S. Corning is preparing for take-off—and so is its crew of scintillating dancers, torch singers, and comedians. On June 21 (Saturday), the observation deck of the Corning Tower, 42 floors up, will be ...

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Elizabethan Extravaganza

by Ann Morrow June 12, 2014

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  At the foot of the misty mountains, west of the King’s highway past the blueberry bush, a magical gathering is expected, transforming a Voorheesville farmstead into a medieval village populated by swashbucklers, thespians, minstrels, craftsmen, ...

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A Mild Chill

by Ann Morrow June 12, 2014

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  Richard Dane is a dweeby frame-shop owner living in 1980s Texas. He’s a family man, probably a born-again Christian, and oddly meek considering his obvious manliness. And then one night he shoots and kills an ...

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A Place of Their Own

by Ann Morrow June 5, 2014

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  Former Poison frontman Bret Michaels canceled due to illness, but that didn’t diminish the enthusiasm of thousands of area veterans and supporters for last weekend’s benefit concert at the Times Union Center. Following a motorcycle ...

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Deficient

by Ann Morrow June 5, 2014

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  Angelina Jolie is Maleficent, the witch queen, and Angelina Jolie is Maleficent, the movie. Because without the delectable wickedness she gives to the embittered witch, the movie (adapted from Disney’s 1959 animated classic Sleeping Beauty) ...

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An American Nightmare

by Ann Morrow May 30, 2014

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  Two forlorn women on a boat peer through the mist and see the Statue of Liberty. They are headed for Ellis Island, but as the title of The Immigrant indicates, only one of them is ...

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Dicey Propositions

by Ann Morrow May 30, 2014

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  “Casino gambling has literally become America’s new national pastime, with higher attendance than professional baseball, football, and every other professional sport combined,” said Bob Steele, the keynote speaker at an anti-casinos forum held last week ...

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Preservation Pioneers

by Ann Morrow May 22, 2014

  In a perfect convergence of event, venue, and organizations, on Friday (May 16), Historic Albany Foundation celebrated its 40th anniversary and Merit Awards ceremony at the Barn & Stage in Arbor Hill. Part of the ...

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Marked for Death

by Ann Morrow May 22, 2014

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  Sugar is poison. Maybe you’ve heard this, and maybe you don’t believe it, since so many people, maybe most people, eat too much sugar and usually do so without dropping dead. But Fed Up, an ...

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Share the Road

by Ann Morrow May 22, 2014

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  The day before the annual Ride of Silence on Wednesday (May 21), Lorenz Worden was loading bikes onto a car-top bike rack. But these bikes were not for riding; they were “ghost bikes,” bikes painted ...

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Bringing Back the Block

by Ann Morrow May 15, 2014

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  Lower Lark Street is a blighted stretch of the bustling avenue, but a new housing project has made a start on revitalizing this inner-city street: 126 Lark St., a three-story rowhouse, will be rehabilitated by ...

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Unknown Heroes

by Ann Morrow May 8, 2014

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  The heroic actions of Elek Cohen during the Nazi occupation of Hungary—he impersonates an S.S. officer to save hundreds of Jews—would be unbelievable if they weren’t true. Cohen is based on Pinchas Rosenbaum, a real-life ...

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Marching for the Incarcerated

by Ann Morrow May 8, 2014

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  “My husband is incarcerated so I see personally what is wrong in our correctional facilities and they do need to be changed,” said Tammy Stanley from Rochester, who added that “75 percent of all prisoners ...

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Signs of the Times

by Ann Morrow May 1, 2014

  Why don’t those mini-billboards along the New Jersey Turnpike flash any messages? It’s because they aren’t billboards—though the rectangular screens can be viewed as an advertisement of sorts for New Jersey’s commitment to solar energy. ...

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Closure

by Ann Morrow May 1, 2014

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  During the forced march to Thailand following the fall of Singapore in 1942, captured British soldier Eric Lomax asks a Japanese guard, “What river is this?” It is the Kwai, immortalized in the movie The ...

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Pedaling Environmentalism

by Ann Morrow April 24, 2014

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    An Earth Day Bicycle Parade was held on Tuesday by PAUSE (People of Albany United for Safe Energy) to protest the oil “bomb trains” that run on the tracks behind the Ezra Prentice Homes on ...

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