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She won Jeopardy three times -- and arm wrestled Alex Trebek

Amelia Hershberger on Jeopardy

A few hundred people appear on Jeopardy each year. And of those, only a handful end up as winners on the quiz show. And even fewer end up arm wrestling Alex Trebek.

Actually, there's probably only one contestant who'll end up arm wrestling Alex Trebek this year. And that person is Amelia Hershberger from Albany.

The Center Square resident -- she grew up in Greene County, went to UAlbany, and now works for the state courts system -- racked up $43,000 in prize money in the course of winning three times in episodes that aired last month.

And then there was that whole situation with Alex Trebek and the feats of strength.

We got a chance to talk with her recently about superfluous knowledge, the real scoop on Trebek, spending the prize money, and her Albany Jeopardy categories...

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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 proposed Albany-Rensselaer tunnel, comments, escaping turkeys, Patsy's, a pinball arcade, Frontier Town, going back to school, Parivar, wild game, Van's, Soul Kitchen, burgers, a blow torch, NYC, and a return.

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A quick scan of the reviews of As You Are at Sundance

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Updated with another review.

The movie As You Are -- which filmed in/around Albany last year, and is directed by Albany Free School grad Miles Joris-Peyrafitte -- debuted at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival this week. Here's a clip from the festival description:

Set in the early 1990s, As You Are unfolds as a series of disparate memories. Prompted by a police investigation, we witness alternating perspectives of pivotal moments in the relationship between three teenage friends: Jack, Mark, and Sarah. Bound by their aversion to the culture around them, Jack and Mark explore the limits of friendship and love until Mark's judgmental father tears them apart.

The film stars Owen Campbell, Charlie Heaton, Amandla Stenberg, Scott Cohen, John Scurti, and Mary Stuart Masterson.

There are already a handful of early reviews, so here's a quick scan...

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Talks from TEDxAlbany 2015

The video of the talks from the TEDxAlbany event at Overit in Albany last month are up. Here's a video playlist on YouTube that gathers them all together (plus one that's not on there).

The topics of the talks range empathy, to exotic physics, to coloring books, to public health. The talk embedded above is from local comedian Jaye McBride, who spoke about her own experience as a transgender person and some of the challenges people face after they transition.

What's up in the Neighborhood

The NeighborhoodAmong the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: sick days, The Cheese Traveler, the Hot Spot, pizza, chicken and waffles, wings, Olde Bryan Inn, bourbon, spaghetti and meatballs, the Bob & Ron's sign, paying for media, geology and destiny, spires, Spruce Mountain, an island in a frozen lake, a pub run, past curfew, and waving goodbye.

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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: losing yourself, the Tom-and-Jerry struggle of adulthood, the Norman Rockwell Museum, Crane Mountain, the frozen shore, Eliphalet Nott, 10,000 Maniacs in a dingy bar, the view from Brown Tract Pond, Chez Nous, becoming a believer, Crave, chicken sandwiches, nominations for the Tour de Electric Wings, and starting over.

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Arm wrestling Alex Trebek

Amelia Hershberger -- "a management analyst from Albany, New York" -- will be back on Jeopardy Thursday night going for her third win. (She's already racked up $37,000.)

But the "bizarrely strong" Hershberger has already come so close to the dream of so many who have ever watched Jeopardy: putting Alex Trebek in his place.

(Sure, Alex acted like he wasn't trying that hard... but we all know the truth.)

What's up in the Neighborhood

The NeighborhoodAmong the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: dog poop, Rooster Comb, Red Hook, ice, a double rainbow, yoga, Schenectady's first school, amazingly good pizza, a beautiful breakfast, new beers, an old cookbook, and travels farther afield.

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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: bests of 2015, being present, being alone, food and family, the Hangover Half Marathon, the small world, the Westinghouses, Justin's, Innovo, Dutch Pot, bad chain cheeseburgers, pizza, coupons, burrowing, and Christmas tree tossing.

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So, Shereesha Richards is pretty good

ualbany basketball shereesha richardsIn case you haven't been paying attention:

+ UAlbany senior Shereesha Richards is averaging 24.4 points per game, a rate that ranks third in the nation in women's Division 1 college basketball.

+ Richards is putting up those points while shooting 59 percent from the field, good for 17th in the nation. (We'd love to know what her offensive rating is. Why is there no KenPom for women's college basketball?!)

+ While making all those buckets, Richards is averaging more than 8 rebounds per game (including almost 3 offensive rebounds per game).

+ Richards was named the America East women's basketball player of the week this week. That's the third time she's gotten the honor this season. And the 18th time in her career (a conference record).

+ In the Great Danes' last game -- a 74-70 win over Yale last Wednesday -- Richards had 31 points (on 13-19 shooting from the field) and 12 rebounds. It was the 11th time she's put 30 or more in a game during her career.

The Great Danes women's basketball team -- four-time consecutive conference champion, and 9-3 this year so far -- starts America East play at UMBC this Wednesday. Then they're back home at SEFCU Arena against Vermont this Saturday at 2 pm. Tickets start at just $5 to see one of the best college basketball players in the nation.

Stuff people made over the past year

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With 2016 starting, we're asking a bunch of people about favorite/interesting things from 2015.

Last, but certainly not least: To get inspired for the new year, we checked in with a bunch of people about stuff they created over the past year -- from companies to foods to gardens...

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Favorite local foods of 2015

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A favorite treat. / photo: Lauren Hittinger Hodgson

With 2016 about the start, we're asking a bunch of people about favorite/interesting things from 2015.

First up: Favorite local foods or drinks of the past year.

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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: almost buying a house, the Bethlehem Christmas sign situation, a Star Wars marathon, the cycling history of Albany, governors, mountain biking, dogs, burgers, First Choice, brunch, beer bottles, and travels farther afield.

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Holiday gifts: Rebecca Haizmann

Rebecca Haizmann

Gifts and giving are on most everyone's mind this month. So, once again, we thought we'd ask a few people to share some thoughts on presents, past and present.

Today we talk with Rebecca Haizmann. By day, Becky coordinates communications for the Downtown Albany BID. When she's not coordinating communications, she's likely to be home taking hundreds of pictures of her dogs. But she's not a crazy dog lady. She swears it.

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Holiday gifts: Jacques Bastien

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Jacques Bastien loves his mouse.

Gifts and giving are on most everyone's mind this month. So, once again, we thought we'd ask a few people to share some thoughts on presents, past and present.

Today we talk with Jacques Bastien, entrepreneur and CEO of Boogie, a company he founded as an undergraduate at UAlbany. He's also now a lecturer at UAlbany.

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Holiday gifts: Albany Archives' Matt Malette

Matt Mallette

Gifts and giving are on most everyone's mind this month. So, once again, we thought we'd ask a few people to share some thoughts on presents, past and present.

Today we check in with Matt Mallete. He's the creator of Albany Archives and the Albany Postcard Project. Matt's also a graphic designer for a local television news channel, trivia host, and somewhat avid runner.

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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: new traditions, the Christmas tree index, kitchen salaries, foggy photos, an unusually-low lake, Albany Rural, warm December, a rescue dog, craft brewing, internal dialog, Texas Roadhouse, donuts, the Wine Bar, Chinese food, lobster, and lessons from dad.

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Minnie Clark Bolster's personal Saratoga museum

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More than 50 years ago in a Vermont antique shop, Minnie Clark Bolster asked her husband if he thought $3 was too much to spend on an old Saratoga bottle. Years later she would sell that bottle for $75. But more important than the profit, that day marked the beginning of an incredible collection of Saratoga history.

The collection came to include chairs, tables, and skeleton keys from the famous Saratoga hotels; photos by her brother-in-law, George Bolster; postcards; books; paintings; stories; and more. It takes up much of her home.

Bolster herself is a treasure trove of Saratoga history. Born in the Spa City in 1920, she's a 1938 graduate of Saratoga Springs High School who worked for lawyers and judges in the city for most of her life. She's written three books and is working on a fourth book about the land that is now Saratoga Spa State Park and the people who lived there.

Bolster's now 95 years old, and she's started parting with her collection, selling it piece by piece to friends, collectors ,and antique dealers in an effort to ensure these nuggets of local history have a good home.

Last week Minnie gave us a tour of what is left of the collection -- which is a lot. Here's a look...

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Holiday gifts: Jaye McBride

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Jaye wants more ho, ho, ho this holiday season.

Gifts and giving are on most everyone's mind this month. So, once again, we thought we'd ask a few people to share some thoughts on presents, past and present.

Today's person is Jaye McBride, a Capital Region-based stand-up comedian who has been featured at clubs around the country.

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Holiday gifts: Julie Madsen

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Julie and the tulips.

Gifts and giving are on most everyone's mind this month. So, once again, we thought we'd ask a few people to share some thoughts on presents, past and present.

Next up is Julie Madsen -- a lover of new experiences, author of Julie Journeys, and a contributor to AOA.

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Santa Speedo Sprint 2015 photos

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Spoiler alert: She said yes.

Mele Kalikimaka. The weather for this year's Santa Speedo Sprint on Saturday wasn't exactly Hawaii, but at nearly 60 degrees It was a lot less chilly than the Capital Region's swimsuit clad runners are accustom to.

This was the tenth year for the Speedo Sprint, organized by by the Albany Society for the Advancement of Philanthropy as fundraiser for the Albany Damien Center and the HIV/AIDS program at the Albany Medical Center. This year's sprint brought out 250 runners, hundreds of spectators and raised $13,000.

As always, a good time was had by all. But this year's event included a romantic surprise.

Here's a look at the scene...

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Holiday gifts: Patch Gallagher

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Spoiler alert: There is no Red Ryder bb gun on his holiday wish list.

Gifts and giving are on most everyone's mind this month. So, once again, we thought we'd ask a few people to share some thoughts on presents, past and present.

Since a young man's gift is at the center of the classic holiday tale A Christmas Story, we asked Patch Gallagher, one of the kids in Capital Rep's current production of A Christmas Story, The Musical for his thoughts on holiday gifts this year.

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Holiday gifts: Chopsticks Optional

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These adorable figures are not the real Chopsticks Optional. (The real people Chopsticks Optional are even more adorable.)

Gifts and giving are on most everyone's mind this month. So, once again, we thought we'd ask a few people to share some thoughts on presents, past and present.

Today we check in with J+R of Chopsticks Optiona, who devour their way through the culinary cornucopia of the Capital Region and beyond, documenting her obsession for sushi and his love for poutine.

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A bid to SPARK + THRIVE in Arbor Hill

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At the corner of North Swain and Third Street.

A new co-working space is set to open just down the street from the Albany Barn in February. SPARK + THRIVE is billed as a "collaborative workspace for freelancers, creatives, startups, professional small business owners and college students." The founder of the space is Kaciem Swain -- he'll be running it via his startup agency Flagship Ultra, in partnership with the Albany Housing Authority.

We got a chance to talk with Swain recently. He's an interesting guy, with a wide range of business experiences -- from event production, to entertainment management, to marketing.

So we were interested to hear his thoughts about opening a co-working space, and the direction of Albany's Arbor Hill neighborhood.

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Holiday gifts: Craig Gravina

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Cheers, Craig!

Gifts and giving are on most everyone's mind this month. So, once again, we thought we'd ask a few people to share some thoughts on presents, past and present.

Today's thoughts come from Craig Gravina, self-described beer history nerd and co-founder of the Albany Ale Project. He's a font of fascinating beer knowledge, one of Albany's biggest fans, and an awful lot of fun.

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