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What's up in the Neighborhood

The NeighborhoodAmong the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: the tests, Sufjan space at home, the Catskills, spring, tangled, the King of Washington Park, the Tour de Soft Serve, cheese and beer, brunch on the patio, Next Door Kitchen, pastry, Vermont, and quite the place.

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The 2015 AOA Startup Grant final

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Left to right: Kristine Lambracht from Jerzey's Dog Resort, Colie Collen from Flower Scout, Kehmally Karl and Jeff McCauley from The Dutch Udder Artisanal Ice Cream.

The field for this year's AOA Startup Grant was deep.

Many of the entries would have been worthy finalists, but there could only be three. And each of the finalists would have been a worthy winner, but there could only one.

Monday evening at the College of Saint Rose we found out which project took the prize.

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What's up in the Neighborhood

The NeighborhoodAmong the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: personal tech in the country, the beauty and the stubbornness of life, a camouflaged butterfly, a bat rack, buffet lunch, the place that had been that place, Memphis King, Turkish food, beer bars, bread baskets, building blocks, bowling lanes, and adventures abroad.

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A big group of A-holes

Man, can you believe all these a-holes?

This made us smile: Local designer Curtis Canham has created a book about A-holes.

The negative space in a letter A, of course. (Why? What were you thinking about?)

Canham is currently raising money on Kickstarter to publish the coffee table book. As of this morning, the campaign needs just about $2,500 with 11 days to go. He explains how the book came about in the quick video embedded above. (Pretty sure he was trying to see how many times he could say "a-hole" in that video.)

Here's a sample from the book, which covers the anatomy of a-holes, historic a-holes, and families of a-holes.

What's up in the Neighborhood

The NeighborhoodAmong the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: education, meat, food allergies, Lord Kelvin, Catholicism, Millerton, Troy Night Out, staycationaurant, Nibble, TC Paris, The Hollow, 23-layer potato, from-NYC bagels, being charged for tap water, being out of cheese, and the return of the herons.

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"Gaslight"

Something to listen to this afternoon: "Gaslight" from Jocelyn Arndt and Chris Arndt and their band, recorded at White Lake Music & Post in Colonie for WEXT.

The siblings are originally from Fort Plain, and now attend Harvard -- here's an interview with them in the Harvard Crimson from this past February. They'll be back in the Capital Region for a string of upcoming dates -- the MOVE music festival in Albany April 25, Tulip Fest on May 9, The Hollow May 22, and they were just added to the Mountain Jam lineup for June 6.

What's up in the Neighborhood

The NeighborhoodAmong the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: bikes and buses, trolleys, 1/2 cent, Jumpin' Jack's, a day in the life of a pastry chef, Saratoga Winery, Alexis Diner, pizza, taverns, inspiration from Girl Scout Cookies, Albany to Brooklyn, the Cohoes Falls, and plastic treasure.

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Photos from AOA7

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We had a lot of fun celebrating AOA7 Wednesday evening. Thanks to the Takk House for being such great hosts, New World Catering for the tasty food, Yogibo Crossgates for setting up a sweet comfy lounge and DJ Trumastr for spinning the music.

And most all, thank you to everyone who celebrated with us, either in person or in spirit. We appreciate it. A lot.

Here are a bunch of photos from the party...

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What's up in the Neighborhood

The NeighborhoodAmong the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: the line, the game winner, flattery, American Express, half marathoning, frogs, winter, chit chat, salad, sushi, Route 7 Diner, Rock 'n Roll Brunch, Psychedelicatessen, popcorn, cheese sticks, critics, and Girl Scout Cookies.

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Audrey Munson, the model for The Spirit of Life

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The model behind The Spirit of Life had a fascinating and tragic life of her own

By Mike Hare

(This post includes photos that could be considered mildly NSFW.)

This year the city of Saratoga Springs is celebrating its centennial.

So is its most noted statue: The Spirit of Life in Congress Park.

The sculptor, Daniel Chester French, is well known. But French's model for the Spirit of Life -- Audrey Munson, and the tragic story of her rise and fall -- have nearly disappeared into history.

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What's up in the Neighborhood

The NeighborhoodAmong the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: gentrification, fat biking, local media, non-scientists and asshats, the old State Museum(s), the gravestone that wasn't thrown out, icicle injury, the library as goldmine, Tour de Soft Serve nominations, annoyed restaurant kitchens, sushi, coins, eight-legged wildlife, and a foggy walk.

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"The greatest of the Great Danes..."

Check it out: Peter Hooley, who hit the game-winning shot over the weekend to send UAlbany to the NCAA tournament, was on SportsCenter yesterday -- actually on the set with Steve Levy and John Buccigross. They talked about Hooley's mother, who died recently from cancer, growing up in Australia, and Albany.

UAlbany, a #13 #14 seed, takes on #4 #3 seed Oklahoma Friday at 7:30 in Columbus, Ohio. The game is truTV.

Over at the Washington Post: "Albany's Peter Hooley might just be the NCAA tournament's best story already."

AOA Startup Grant winner Puzzles Bakery & Cafe set to open this month

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Puzzles Bakery & Cafe is on State Street in downtown Schenectady.

One year after winning the AOA Startup Grant contest, Puzzles Bakery and Cafe is about to open.

In addition to serving sandwiches, salads and baked goods, Sara Mae Hickey's bakery and cafe has a mission: Puzzles is a for-profit business with a commitment to employing people with disabilities -- autism, especially.

The cafe was inspired by Sara Mae's experience with her autistic sister. She set out to create a business at which adults with developmental disabilities would have an opportunity for personal growth, a source of income, social interaction, and a sense of purpose.

The last year of renovating the building, creating the space, and preparing to open the business has been a long road with a few unexpected bumps -- including a burglary, and a front loader plowing into the back of the building. Three times.

What has the last year taught her?

"Well, I've learned that opening a business is one of the hardest things that a person can do. I know that about a year ago I thought we were able to open in a month or two -- and here we are almost a year later and we're finally ready to open our doors for real."

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What's up in the Neighborhood

The NeighborhoodAmong the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: testing, old school beauty, missing flip flops, farm pizza, $2 sandwiches, wedding cakes, menus, the Noon Mark Diner, beefsteak, the Beer Belly, ice fishermen, and moments in the airport.

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Made in Troy: The Iris Lamp

Check it out: A Troy-based company called Lightexture is making these adjustable "iris" lamps that create a range of light patterns. The company is raising money on Kickstarter -- it's already raised $31k, more than double its goal -- with 18 days to go.

The video above shows the lamps in action. There are also a few photos after the jump.

The people behind Lightexture are artists/designers Yael Erel and Avner Ben Natan. You might recognize Erel's work from the "Subliminal Transcriptions" light exhibit at the Arts Center of the Capital Region a few years back.

Oh, and if you're thinking the lamps look like vegetable steamers, there's a reason -- a metal steamer was used as an early prototype.

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What's up in the Neighborhood

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A screengrab from a 1981 episode of WRGB's Answers Please -- that's Chuck on the left end of the bottom row.

The NeighborhoodAmong the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: Albany's problems and challenges, neighborhoods and community, failing schools, parking stupid, memories and media, shared experiences, lessons from relevant job experience, New York cider, supper club at Heather Ridge Farm, a beautiful dinner, chicken soup, Ushers Road State Forest, and tracks in the snow.

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What's up in the Neighborhood

The NeighborhoodAmong the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: downtown Schenectady, the need to talk, your other family, snowshoeing, fairy castles of cascading ice, gratitude for warmth, Marcus T. Reynolds, Saratoga Beer Week, Mac-N-Cheese Bowl, the new-again McGuire's, the food of the gods, jerk chicken, tacos, Schenectady Restaurant Week, and feeding the cats.

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Authenpic

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Nostalgia in app form: A team with local connections has created an app that recreates the experience of using a disposable camera. You can use Authenpic to take a "roll" of 24 photos that you can't see until they're delivered on actual prints after the roll's finished -- no reviewing, no editing, no filters.

The team behind the app includes Albany resident Mari Johannessen, her sister Linda Johannessen, and local designer/entrepreneur Jacques Bastien.

So, why build an app with these built-in limitations?

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It's a circus in Troy

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Nicky Faubert performing during the FAQ preview in the Frear Atrium earlier this month. / photo: Doug Liebig

By Lauren Hittinger

It's not every day that you get to meet and interview a professionally trained clown.

Set aside your preconceived notions, because Aaron Marquise isn't just some guy in bright pants and a painted face. He's about to graduate from the National Circus School in Montreal with a diploma in clowning.

Originally from Round Lake, Marquise is back in town this week to produce a series of shows at the Gasholder Building in Troy alongside the FAQ Circus collective. And he's got his sights set on continuing to expand circus in the Capital Region.

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What's up in the Neighborhood

The NeighborhoodAmong the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: Albany's assets, prominent architects, snowshoeing to the summit, winter light, an old-school winter, Peck's Arcade, making pizza at DeFazio's, dinerness, Korean BBQ, drinking chocolate, a birthday dinner, restaurant stories, dreams of scapes, dealing with -7, and learning to let.

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What's up in the Neighborhood

The NeighborhoodAmong the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: Columbia County, towering pines, snowshoeing, gratitude, the full width, snow day frustration, tavern pizza, regrettable behavior, Valentine's Day, lamb, burgers, delivery pizza, nature photos, toile, and 10 years.

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When did dogs become dogs?

Interesting: Domesticated dogs emerged from wolves about 15,000 years ago, according to recently-published research from a team that includes Skidmore biologist Abby Grace Drake. The estimation is based on very precise 3-D measurements of fossil skulls that can detect very subtle differences between dogs and wolves, and it pushes against other estimates, based on DNA analysis, that had pegged the switchover as far back as 30,000 years. [Skidmore] [Scientific Reports] [Daily Gazette]

So, 15,000 years or 30,000 years... so what? Because the two dates mark a difference in where humans were at in their own development. As Drake explained to CBS News:

"Whether dogs were domesticated in the Paleolithic or the Neolithic creates two different scenarios for how domestication may have taken place," she explained. "In the Paleolithic humans were hunter-gatherers. In the Neolithic is when we started to build permanent settlements that would have required 'dumps.' These piles of food and human waste would have attracted scavengers. Some scientists propose that wolves that scavenged at these dumps would have access to valuable food and those that could tolerate the presence of humans would be more successful."

Drake's research looks at how evolution changes the physical structure and behavior of species. Her Skidmore page includes some cool photos of skulls from different dog breeds, highlighting the huge differences that breeding has introduced over the last few centuries.

That clip embedded above is a Drake video -- it shows a wolf skull morphing into a French bulldog skull.

Stephen & Harriet Myers, station agents for Albany's portion of the Underground Railroad

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Abolitionist Stephen Myers and the Albany residence where some of his story played out.

Each Friday this February we'll be highlighting people and stories from the Capital Region in honor of Black History Month.

We live in a part of the country where history is part of the landscape. We pass historic markers on trips to the grocery store, and monuments on visits to the bank. Historic figures live on in the names of streets and cities and public buildings --- even if many no longer remember who they were, or what they did to earn the honor.

Take, for example, Stephen and Harriet Myers.

Chances are that you've driven past their former home on Livingston Avenue or the Albany middle school that bears their names, maybe without giving them a thought.

But this Capital Region couple has a remarkable, important story: The Myers played a key role in the history of the Underground Railroad in this area, helping hundreds -- possibly thousands -- of escaped slaves.

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It's cold and snowy... so, what's cooking?

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By Deanna Fox

The doldrums of winter have settled in. I've got cabin fever, and these long, freezing days are starting to wear on me.

Winter is great in that I can snuggle in front of the fire in fleece-lined leggings, ugly (but cozy) sweaters, and put whiskey in my tea with reckless abandon.

But the best way to beat winter is from the inside out. I've been wondering what other cooks in the area have been eating to get through the winter. So I asked! Here's what winter tastes like a handful of kitchens around the Capital Region.

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What's up in the Neighborhood

The NeighborhoodAmong the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: criticism, Chowderfest, beer and food, influences and inspirations, a deep-fried burger, tea and chocolate, pickled eggs, the odd duck of grief, sharing experiences, honest snowstorm forecasts, followed tracks, ironic placement, knitting, and red.

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