A quick recap of the week

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Here are a few highlights from the past week on AOA:

+ Amy asked about finding a good painter.

+ We put together an updated list of places to cut your own Christmas tree.

+ B asked about where to buy tires.

+ Daniel made the case for the wings at the Ruck being "a source of regional pride."

+ We gawked at the inside of the 27 Western residential conversion.

+ The Washington Ave Armory worked out an agreement with the city so that it can hold concerts again.

+ Zach asked about finding a good puppy class.

+ What was up in the Neighborhood this week: ten fingers and ten toes, delivering Thanksgiving, courier ham, St. Patrick's, downtown Troy, unholy lust for egg nog, $11 ice cream, winter weight, Valatie, brunch, date night, sophisticated poutine, the corner of Pearl and Columbia, an automotive moniker, and toddler take aways.

+ We gave away tickets to see Lewis Black at the Palace -- and dinner at the Merry Monk -- by asking: What do you think is absurd about the Capital Region?

+ Sean emailed about an odd sound he keeps hearing around downtown Albany -- and it sounds like there's an answer.

+ With the Powerball jackpot over $500 million, we talked with the owner of Coulson's about being a "lucky" location.

+ Sean (a different Sean) asked about where to buy firewood -- there were high-quality answers.

+ A few of the items found on Craigslist this week: balling on a budget, ironic thanks, a barn, and a BBQ smoker made from a car.

+ And after a video shot at ALB racked up tens of thousands of views, we looked at what sorts free speech and photography rights people have at a place like an airport.

If you'd just like the whole week unfiltered, check our listing of the last seven days of AOA.

Thanks to everyone who posted a comment or shared an idea or photo this week!

photo: Veeder's Tree Farm

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