Thursday, May 9, 2013

EPA to fund Hollow site cleanup in Rensselaer

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday that they have provided $200,000 in funding to the city of Rensselaer to aid in the clean-up of the Hollow site on Third Street, "an undeveloped and under-used" parcel. The site was used as a firing range from 1894 until 1938 and is thus contaminated with metals.

The funding, through EPA's Brownfields Program -- separate from the state Brownsfield program run by the DEC -- will be used to support community outreach, according to the press release.

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Monday, April 15, 2013

Art Riley planning new restaurant for North Troy

TROY - The owner of McGreivey's in Waterford, Art Riley, is looking to establish a new restaurant in Lansingburgh at the corner of 125th Street and Second Avenue, according to discussions held at the monthly meeting of the city industrial development agency this morning.

Riley was originally planning to build a bakery and breakfast/lunch operation, possibly to be known as the 'Burgh CafĂ©, but has expanded his vision for a larger place that might serve dinner instead of or in addition to breakfast and lunch. The project cost was estimated to be in the vicinity of $1 million by the IDA board.

The process thus far has been like "watching grass grow," said Riley. As the project is still in the planning stages, he was not looking to comment further.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Underground Railroad focus of Sage conference

The Sage Colleges will be hosting a conference on the Capital District's local connections to the Underground Railroad between April 12 and April 14. Theis year the focus of the recurring conference will be on Harriet Tubman, the Emanicipation Proclamation and the March on Washington.

For more information contact Professor Andor Skotnes at or at (518) 244-2021.

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Earth Day county shoreline cleanup

As part of Earth Day delebrations on April 22, the Rensselaer Land Trust is planning a clean-up of 17 miles of shoreline along the Tomhannock Reservoir in Pittstown. The reservoir provides drinking water to 125,500 residents in Troy and the surrounding communities.

To register and for more information, contact Paul Schroeder at (518) 674-2480 or

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Chobani founder to deliver Sage Colleges commencement address

The founder and president of Chobani, the Greek yogurt producer that has seen exponential growth in recent years, will deliver the Sage Colleges' commencement address at 10 a.m., May 18 inside the Houston Field House in Troy.

Hamdi Ulukaya was born and raised in Turkey in a dairy farming and manufacturing family, according to his public biography,  He began his own business venture in 2002 when he launched Euphrates, a wholesale producer of feta cheese, in Johnston, NY.

The company found quick success, allowing Ulukaya to purchase an abandoned dairy manufacturing facility near Utica in 2005. There, he spent nearly two years creating the ideal recipe for a Greek yogurt line. In 2007, he launched Chobani, Inc. and the yogurt brand began showing up on supermarket shelves soon after.

In the intervening time, Chobani has experienced explosive growth and expects to gross $1 billion in yogurt sales this year. The company, of which Ulukaya is the sole owner, controls 36 percent of the 5$5.6 billion U.S. yogurt market.

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Conference on Tiffany & Co. glasswork and architecture of St. Paul's set for April 20

A conference about the architectural aesthetic of the Tiffany & Co. through the perspective of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 58 Third St., in downtown Troy will be held April 20.

The church holds a special place in the history of Tiffany design, as it is one of only five remaining churches with a fully integrated Tiffany sanctuary that includes not only the glasswork, but the chandeliers, the altar rail,  and even the organ pipes and pews.

The conference keynote speaker will be Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen, curator of American decorative arts at the Metropolitan Museum in New York City.

For the conference schedule, and to register visit the website for the Friend's of St. Paul's.

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Celtic Knot opens for St. Patrick's Day; Irish Ale Pub opening postponed

Contrary to prior reports (being MY prior report, that is) The Irish Ale Pub at 95 Ferry St. will not be open for St. Patrick's Day.

On the Pub's Facebook Page, owner Eddie McAvoy said on Tuesday that he had received his temporary permit number, the pub will not be open for the next 15 days or so. While his establishment will not be open for the holiday, a number of local bars will be open and many are offering specials. Local establishments celebrating the holiday include Finnbar's, Bootlegger's on Broadway and Terry O'Brien's Public House in Lansingburgh.

For those in and around Rensselaer, another recently opened Irish pub, The Celtic Knot, received their liquor license on Tuesday and will be open today at 4 p.m. ("to start off St. Paddy's day a little early") according to their Facebook Page.

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