Altamont Tub to Shower Conversion Beautiful

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The Altamont bathroom before ReBath of Albany’s install.

The installation team was in Altamont this past Tuesday, remodeling a bathroom for a woman who needed to get rid of her tub. After struggling to climb in and out the past few years, she finally decided to get a walk-in shower.

Judy stopped by our showroom one day and met with a member of our courteous staff. She had many questions such as, who would be doing the installation, could we help her finance the job and how quickly could we install it.

We answered all of her questions in the showroom and set her up for a free estimate.

Later that week, Frank visited her home and measured her bathroom for a walk-in shower. She was so happy to finally have the project underway.

This past week, our installers arrived at 7 a.m. and set right to work. Judy tried to offer them some lunch, but they just kept working!

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Altamont shower after ReBath of Albany’s install.

By 2:30 p.m. one of the installers put on the finishing touches and the other went over the warranty information with her. She was ecstatic that the entire process was so simple. All she had to do was pick out the colors and ReBath of Albany did the rest.

Great job guys! We love adding to the number of happy customers we have!


93-year-old Greenfield WW II vet, Musician Shares a Rich Life

Jim Smith Sr., of Greenfield, sometimes has difficulty smiling when reflecting back on his life.

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Jim Smith, a 93-year-old World War II Marine veteran, country singer and longtime area resident of Greenfield, enjoys a life of “fun, laughter and tears” with his ever-changing musical family. Mike McMahon photos – The Saratogian

It’s understandable for the 93-year-old U.S. Marine who fought in some of World War II’s bloodiest battles – Guadalcanal, Bougainville, Guam and Iwo Jima, which produced the iconic figure of Marines raising the American flag atop Mount Suribachi.

Yet the longtime Greenfield resident has put smiles on the faces of countless others as a well-liked country and western musician whose career included television appearances and performances with some of the country’s most famous bands.

“I knew Roy Rogers and I sang with Sons of the Pioneers,” Smith said. “I met them one night at the old Rialto Theater in Glens Falls. As a result of that I sang at the Triple C Chuckwagon Ranch in Tucson, Arizona.”

A Passaic, N.J., native, Smith began visiting Saratoga County with his family as a child and moved to Greenfield for good in the mid-1930s, during the Great Depression. Despite their suburban roots, the Smiths were country folks at heart and had a deep love for country music, with each member of the family playing guitar, fiddle and banjo.

During a Sunday morning horseback riding trip, his innocent fun-loving world was changed forever.

“My uncle, Leo Smith, had a 1938 Chevy coupe with a Motorola radio hanging from the dash,” Smith said. “That’s how I found out Pearl Harbor had been attacked. We rode home in complete silence.”

A few weeks later, he was one of the young men standing in a long line outside a U.S. Marine recruiting station, and within a year’s time he was off to the South Pacific. His worst ordeal came toward the war’s end, at Iwo Jima where his company saw action from Feb. 23 to March 16, 1945.

“We lost more than 7,000 men there,” Smith said. “All I can see is those guys coming off those Higgins Boats and walking into a hail of lead. When I think about that I don’t have anything to smile about.”

In his memoir, “Jim Smith’s American Stories,” he recalls his homecoming, taking a Greyhound bus from New York to Saratoga Springs where he arrived in the pre-dawn hours of a June day in 1945.

“As we pulled into Saratoga the streets were deserted,” Smith wrote. “The bus driver stopped on the corner of Lake Avenue and Broadway. We shook hands before I got off the bus and he said, ‘Thanks for being a Marine.’ “

The final leg of his journey was a cab ride back to Greenfield Center where Smith began the process of starting his life over. He and his wife Rose (Bruchac) were married the next year at St. Joseph’s Church in Greenfield.

Music played a large role in Smith’s return to normalcy.

His first band was called the Three S’s – featuring Smith, his brother Tom, and their good friend Tom Sullivan. The group performed throughout the area and gained recognition with auditions on radio stations from well-known WGY, in Schenectady, to tiny WIRE in Lake Luzerne. In the post-war years, dude ranches became extremely popular throughout the North Country. Realizing they needed a more Western-sounding name, in 1949 the band changed its name to The Frontiermen.

Their highlight was a trip to New York City to audition for the Arthur Godfrey Talent Show, on CBS Television. To their disappointment, another performer won the contest for the right to be on the show.

“The years that followed were full of fun, laughter and tears with my ever-changing musical family,” Smith said.

Recently, he took part in a “Ranches, Rodeos and Wranglers” weekend held at Painted Pony Ranch, in Luzerne, an event organized to preserve the history and culture of North Country dude ranches.

Smith doesn’t perform much any more, but he’s still an avid storyteller. In 2001, nearly 60 years after joining the Marines, he finally earned his high school diploma during Saratoga Springs graduation ceremonies.

The history test came easy to him.

“I ended up with a 92 on the exam,” Smith said, smiling. “I had lived a lot of the questions.”

This story originally appeared in the Saratogian.

Shower Rehab in Westerlo Complete

Our A+ crew, worked on a shower replacement in Westerlo yesterday.

The homeowners, Annette and her daughter Stephanie wanted to redo a worn out fiberglass shower unit. They visited their local Home Depot and saw the ReBath of Albany display. After falling in love with the product and the color, they met with our estimator George.

George visited their home on a Friday afternoon and told them all about the ReBath process for remodeling bathrooms. They were happy to hear that we never cover over old problems, but fix them instead, by gutting the shower area to the studs. They were also happy to have someone check the plumbing.

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Westerlo shower replacement, completed in one day using acrylic materials, by ReBath of Albany.

Annette and Stephanie chose the color that they saw in the Home Depot, Sonoran Granite. They chose a biscuit base, two matching shelves, a chrome faucet and a hand-held shower.

A few weeks after their meeting with George, the production manager called to schedule their install. Later that week, Shawn and Chris arrived promptly at 7 a.m. and explained everything they would be working on. Then, they got right to work.

By 2:30 p.m. Chris let the homeowners know that the job was all done and they could check it out.

Stephanie and Annette were very happy with the finished product. The new color brightened up their bathroom and the whole thing looked gorgeous. They are very happy they chose ReBath of Albany for this project.

Horse Ready to Run in Saratoga

Departing, a brown gelding, was stabled at Saratoga Race Course last summer. He wasn’t ready to compete there against the top 3-year-olds.

“He was just here because I was here,” acknowledged trainer Al Stall, a New Orleans native who has spent summers at the Spa since the mid-1990s.

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Departing hangs out in his stall Thursday afternoon July 31, 2014 at the Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York. (Skip Dickstein / Times Union)

Departing’s connections didn’t enter the horse in the 2013 Jim Dandy or Travers. They didn’t believe the son of War Front was ready to take on tough competition here.

Instead, they shipped Departing out of town and watched him win the West Virginia Derby and the Super Derby in Louisiana.

They took “the low road,” as Stall put it.

“Last year, we were kind of picking our spots,” said Walker Hancock, president of Claiborne Farms, which bred and owns Departing in partnership with Adele Dilschneider. “We didn’t know how good he was. We ran him in the Preakness and he got sixth, so we couldn’t decide if he was cut out to (face) those top-notch horses.”

They feel Departing, now 4 years old, is up to the challenge now.

Departing will take on an impressive field of older males in the $1.5 million, Grade I Whitney on Saturday at Saratoga.

“He showed us a lot training and we’re excited to run in the race,” Hancock said. “I think he deserves another chance at the top echelon of colts, so we’ll see.”

Hancock said the Whitney purse, doubled from last year, is also appealing because the gelded Departing has no future value as a stallion.

He’ll break under jockey Robby Albarado from the No. 6 post in the nine-horse field.

“We feel like he is sitting on top of his career-best race,” said Stall, who saddled Blame to victory in the 2010 Whitney.

Departing is the 6-1 third choice on the morning line, behind even-money favorite Palace Malice and 4-1 Will Take Charge, who prevailed in last year’s Travers.

“We thought we’d be third choice a month ago, so everything is right on schedule,” Stall said. “You know going in, it’s always tough. It’s the Whitney. You’ve got the favorite for Horse of the Year in here (Palace Malice) and some other horses that are doing really well.”

Stall said he likes the post position because it allows Departing to sit outside speed horses Moreno in No. 3 and Itsmyluckyday in No. 4.

Departing is looking for his first Grade I victory. He’s coming off a third-place finish in the Stephen Foster at Churchill Downs on June 14.

In that race, Departing threatened to take the lead in the stretch before settling for third place behind upset winner Moonshine Mullin and Will Take Charge.

“I think it was a great race,” Stall said. “To me, it showed he belonged.”

Hancock said Departing, named after his dam Leave, benefited from a seven-month layoff after coming up empty in a fourth-place finish in the Oklahoma Derby last September.

They brought him back to Claiborne Farm for more than a month and let him roam without horseshoes.

“He got to be a horse,” Hancock said. “He seems to have done well with the time off and hopefully, we’ll be rewarded.”

This story originally appeared in the Times Union.

DIY Friday: Sandbox with a bench and cover

Many many parents think kids spend way too much time inside playing on digital devices instead of outside with their imaginations and neighborhood friends. What can get your kids outside for hours at a time? How about a sandbox. DIY Friday Tips from ReBath of Albany - Build a Sandbox

Some people object to sandboxes in their yard because stray animals tend to use the boxes for things other than play. We found a great video that shows you how to build a sandpit with a top that folds up into a bench. It’s a great place for the kids to play and with the foldout bench, you may even want to join them. Then when they are all done, just close the top and the kids can play on it like a stage.

The only difficult thing about this video is understanding the man’s accent, since he sounds Australian. You may have to watch it an extra time to catch everything he says.

In the video, he recommends you paint all of your pieces before assembling. this will save you a little time later on, working with different brush sizes. Ask the kids what colors they would like to see on the cover and go from there.

Since he doesn’t tell you what size sandbox he made, one of the people who followed his video posted that he made: “6′ x 6′ x 10.5″. I had a bunch of scrap 2x4s to built the base and sidewalls (3 per wall). Then 1x4s for the tops — 18 of those (3 per segment). 1x2s hold the tarp in place across the top.”

Watch the video and give it a try for yourself!


Archaeologists Excavate Colonial Battleground near Lake George

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Student Doug Schmid of Albany, N.Y., takes dirt from a plot during an archaeological field school dig at Lake George Battlefield Park on Friday, July 11, 2014, in Lake George, N.Y. The summer project is focusing on a site that saw heavy military activity during the 18th century, with American, British, French and American Indian forces battling for control of the region’s waterways. (AP Photo/Mike Groll) Read more: The Marietta Daily Journal – Archaeologists excavate New York Colonial battleground

Archaeologists are excavating an 18th-century battleground, near Lake George, the site of a desperate stand by Colonial American troops. It was the flashpoint of a massacre and the location of the era’s largest smallpox hospital.

The site’s multilayered history poses unique challenges for the dig, which is being conducted in a state-owned park that has served as a natural time capsule amid the summertime bustle in this popular southern Adirondack tourist destination.

“It’s a confusing and complicated site,” said David Starbuck, the archaeologist who’s leading the project during the State University of New York at Adirondack’s annual six-week archaeology field school.

Starbuck and his team of two dozen students and volunteers began excavations two weeks ago in a section of Lake George Battlefield Park, located on rising ground overlooking the southern end of the 32-mile lake. New York state has owned the park since the late 1890s, a fact that Starbuck credits with protecting the site from commercial development and intrusion by treasure hunters.

“This really is an incredibly well-preserved site,” said Starbuck, a professor of anthropology at New Hampshire’s Plymouth State University. He has conducted digs at 18th-century military sites in eastern New York for more than 25 years.

The village of Lake George has yielded troves of artifacts over the decades. Starting with the French and Indian War (1755-63) and continuing through the end of the Revolutionary War in 1783, tens of thousands of American, British, French and Indians encamped here during various military campaigns aimed at controlling the waterways connecting the upper Hudson River and Canada. Battles were fought and forts were destroyed or abandoned; the material traces of all that activity are still being uncovered.

Many of the discoveries have been made at the battlefield park, one of the most significant 18th-century military sites in the region. It was the site of the Battle of Lake George, fought on Sept. 8, 1755, between British Colonial troops and their Mohawk allies and a force of French and Indians. After an ambush that killed scores of New England militiamen, the Colonials — their backs to the lake and only a single British officer among their leaders — successfully fought off the ensuing enemy attack.

Two years later, the same site was home to a large encampment of British and Colonial troops during the French siege of nearby Fort William Henry. After the British surrendered the fort to the French, they began the 15-mile retreat to Fort Edward from the encampment, only to be attacked by the Indians allied to France. About 200 are believed to have been killed in what became known as the massacre of Fort William Henry, though historians believe most of the atrocities occurred just outside the encampment.

Starbuck said he hopes to uncover evidence of the 1755 battle and the so-called entrenched camp that played a role in the siege and massacre that inspired James Fenimore Cooper’s “The Last of the Mohicans.” The field school last dug at the park site in 2001-02, uncovering a bayonet, musket barrel and military compass, among numerous other artifacts.

So far, the dig has mostly yielded pieces of wine bottles dating to the 18th century, Starbuck said.
Read the rest of this story at: The Marietta Daily Journal – Archaeologists excavate New York Colonial battleground


Bridge in Troy Renamed to Honor Local Veteran

The Spring Avenue Bridge, in Troy, which has been closed to vehicle traffic since an emergency closure last November, is expected to re-open by Memorial Day 2015, city officials announced Thursday.

The bridge, specifically a resolution to rename the nearly 120-year old structure in honor of PFC Robert C. Felter, was among the items the Troy City Council discussed during its regular monthly meeting Thursday evening.

Felter, a Marine who lived in Troy on Spring Avenue, died Dec. 11, 1965, during the second day of a two-day battle with North Vietnam. Nineteen Marines died during that battle, said Pat Russo, who is spearheading the effort with Felter’s family to memorialize the local soldier.

Both Felter’s younger brother and sister were in attendance at Thursday’s meeting, during which the council’s members unanimously approved the resolution.

“I think it’s great,” said Ken Felter.

“Our mother will be very proud,” said his sister Sandy Gwinn of their 96-year-old mother.

At the meeting, Russo read the Pulse of the People letter that Felter, a Marine for about four years, wrote to the Times Record just days before he died in South Vietnam. It read: “I’ve been getting The Times Record over here quite regularly and I’ve seen where every once in a while everybody is voicing an opinion on these college pranksters who are protesting our being over here. I wonder if they have ever been scared. I have been scared and still am scared, whether it’s a sweep and clear operation or just a patrol. But I know it has got to be done and I do it.”

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The Spring Avenue Bridge, in Troy, will reopen in 2015 with a new name, honoring a local veteran.

Russo said they would be forming a committee to raise funds for a memorial plaque which would be installed on the new bridge and unveiled during a special ceremony next year when it opens.

Demolition of the existing bridge is expected to begin in the next couple of weeks and the structure should be completely razed by the end of August, said city spokesman Michael Morris.

“The City has been working diligently with Greenman-Pedersen and NYSDOT to make sure the project continues to move forward. Recently, all of the easements and right-of-ways were secured so we can now move ahead with the bridge replacement,” said Morris. “There are two main parts to the bridge replacement – the demolition and the reconstruction. As of now, the City has begun advertising for the Reconstruction Contract and has already selected a Demo Contractor.”

In August, the city plans on ordering steel which could take about six months for delivery, Morris explained.

“In September and through the fall, the reconstruction phase is expected to begin with the reconstruction contractor doing excavation, piles, foundations, substructure concrete, masonry wall repairs and backfill so that the project is ready to set steel. Due to the winter months, it is likely that there is a winter shutdown period in January and February. In March, the plan is to set the superstructure steel, water main and gas line. In late April, it is anticipated that the steel deck will be placed. And the goal is to have the bridge open by Memorial Day,” he added.

The existing bridge was first constructed in 1895 and its last rehabilitation was in 1984. City data indicates that about 4,700 vehicles pass over the bridge daily, with projections showing that number could rise to 5,520 vehicles daily in about 30 years.

The new bridge is expected to be in service for a minimum of 75 years. Its final cost has not yet been determined since the work still has to go out to bid. Although the city council bonded $4.5 million for the project in April, 95 percent of the project will be covered by grant money from the Federal Highway Administration and the New York State Department of Transportation. Prior estimates for the city’s 5 percent share have ranged from $150,000 in 2013 to the most recent estimate of $227,500, given by Morris on Thursday.

Renovations to the bridge were originally scheduled to be completed this past April, but then-city engineer Russ Reeves said in November 2013 the city would have to bump that date up due to the status of the bridge. At that time, he said the city looked to complete the work in 2014.

During the process to determine the bridge’s fate, the city initially considered rehabilitation, but ultimately decided on replacement.

Recognizing the impact that the closure of the Spring Avenue Bridge has had on the safety and economic well-being of county motorists, the Rensselaer County Legislative Office of the Minority filed legislation calling for support of Senator Charles Schumer’s proposed amendment to the Federal Transportation Bill. This amendment would increase New York State’s annual funding for off-system bridge repairs by $50 million, allowing for needed repairs to the area’s aging infrastructure. Rensselaer County has 56 off-system bridges which have either become obsolete or are in need of major repairs, according to a statement from the minority office.

This story came from The Record.

DIY Friday: Floating Shelves

A popular trend in home decor these days are floating shelves or shelves that appear to sit on the wall with no visible support. DIY Friday Tips from ReBath of Albany - Floating Shelves

These shelves are great for displaying pictures, nick nacks, books, awards and more, but you do need to make sure they are installed properly. You wouldn’t want a shelf falling down on someone or dropping all of your photos on the floor.

You can customize these shelves to match your own home decor. Paint them different colors to make them stand out or stain them to match the other woodwork in your house. Either way they are a beautiful addition to any room.

These shelves are basically flat, hollow boxes that hang on the wall.The material you need for this project will depend on the size and space you have available to you. You should try to keep the shelves shallow, since the materials suggested in this video are a little bit thin.

This is not a project you want to take on if you don’t have good table saw, since you will need it for most of the project.

Watch this video to see just how they created beautiful floating shelves.


Tang Teaching Museum Announces Free Kids Programs

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A prototype of the kind of artwork students will be making inspired by Erika Verzutti’s “Mineral.” (Courtesy the Tang Teaching Museum)

The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College has announced their summer program of educational art activities for school-age children at libraries around the Capital Region, and on Saturdays at the Tang.

The Tang Teaching Museum’s traveling program to libraries will feature a hands-on art project in keeping with the libraries’ science theme of “Fizz, Boom, Read!” Working with the principles of balance and center of gravity, and inspired by a recently exhibited work of art called “Study for a Monument,” by Gayle Wells Mandle (Skidmore College Class of 1963) and her daughter, Julia Mandle, library-goers age 5 and older will make free-standing sculptures out of craft sticks, covered wire, wax sticks, and more.

A full schedule of the free library programs is below. Materials will be provided. Please contact the individual libraries for more information or to make reservations.

The Tang also offers children ages 5 and older a chance to express their creativity in the museum through its Family Saturdays programs. These free programs use current exhibitions as a starting point to give children (and their adult companions) the opportunity to express their creativity in fun and inspiring ways. Family Saturdays run from 2 to 3:30 p.m. over seven Saturdays this summer (on July 12, 19, 26, and Aug. 2, 9, 16 and 23). Each program includes a brief tour followed by a hands-on art activity, with all materials provided. Space is limited. Reservations can be made starting one week before the program by calling the Tang’s Visitor Service Desk at 518-580-8080.

“I love all the programs we offer in the summer,” says Ginger Ertz, the Tang Teaching Museum’s Educator. “The joy in the faces of the hundreds of children we work with — as they look at images of art, gush with ideas while talking about the artwork and, finally, create their own works — is just infectious. Engaged from beginning to end, the children have fun and learn at the same time!”

Tang Teaching Museum’s Library Program for 2014

Museum educators from the Tang Teaching Museum will lead an art program at the following locations for children age 5 and older. All programs are free and art-making materials will be provided. Please contact the library for more information and to make reservations.

Thursday, July 10, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m., Diver Library, 136 Main St., Schaghticoke, NY 12154, 518-753-4344

Thursday, July 10, 3 p.m. – 4 p.m., Mechanicville Library, 190 N. Main St. Mechanicville, NY 12118, 518-664-4646

Wednesday, July 16, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m., Grafton Community Library, 2455 New York 2, Grafton, NY 12082, 518-279-0580

Wednesday, July 16, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m., Albany Public Library, 161 Washington Ave. Albany, NY 12210, 518-427-4310

Wednesday, July 16, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m., Watervliet Public Library, 1501 Broadway Watervliet, NY 12189,518-274-4471

Thursday, July 17, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Amsterdam Free Library, 28 Church Street Amsterdam, NY 12010, 518-842-1080

Thursday, July 17, (tentative time) 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., Town of Ballston Community Library, 2 Lawmar Lane, Burnt Hills, NY 12027, 518-399-8174 ext. 8

Tuesday, July 22, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m., Pine Hills Br, Alb. Public Library, 517 Western Ave. Albany, NY 12203, 518-482-7911

Wednesday, July 23, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m., E. Greenbush Library, 10 Community Way East Greenbush, NY 12061, 518-477-7476 ext. 106

Thursday, July 24, 10 a.m. – 11 p.m., Hadley Luzerne Library, 19 Main St, Lake Luzerne, NY 12846, 518-696-3423

Thursday, July 24, 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., Nassau Free Library, 18 Church St, Nassau, NY 12123, 518-766-2715

Tuesday, July 29, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Greenwich Library, 148 Main Street Greenwich, NY 12834, 518-692-7157

Tuesday, July 29, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m., Crandall Library, Glens Falls, 251 Glen St, Glens Falls, NY 12801, 518-792-6508

Wednesday, July 30, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., Girl Scout Camp/Galway

Wednesday, July 30, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m., Galway Public Library, 5264 Sacandaga Rd. Galway, N.Y. 12074, 518-882-6385

Thursday, July 31, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Bethlehem Public Library, 451 Delaware Avenue, Delmar, NY 12054, 518-439-9314 Ext. 3033

Thursday, July 31, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m., Clifton Park/Halfmoon Library, 475 Moe Road, Clifton Park, NY 12065, (518)371-8622

Thursday, July 31, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Howe br, Albany public, 105 Schuyler St, Albany, NY 12202, 518-472-9485

Friday, Aug. 1, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Poestenkill Library, 9 Plank Rd, Poestenkill, NY 12140, 518-283-3721

Friday, Aug. 1, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m., Scotia branch, Sch’dy library, 14 Mohawk Ave, Scotia, NY 12302, 518-386-2247

Tuesday, Aug. 5, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., Brunswick Community Library, 4118 New York 2, Troy, NY 12180, 518-279-4023

Tuesday, Aug. 5, 3 p.m. – 4 p.m., Altamont Free Library, 177-181 Main St, Altamont, NY 12009, 518-861-7239

Wednesday, Aug. 6, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m., Queensbury parks & rec , Gurney park, outdoor, 518-761-8214

Thursday, Aug. 7, 3:30 p.m. – 4: 30 p.m., Albany public, Delaware Branch, 331 Delaware Avenue Albany, NY 12209, 518-463-0254

Tuesday, Aug. 12, 3 p.m. – 4 p.m., Stony Creek Library, 37 Harrisburg Rd, Stony Creek NY, 518-696-5911

Wednesday, Aug. 13, 3 p.m. – 4 p.m., Ballston Spa Public Library, 21 Milton Avenue Ballston Spa, NY, 12020, 518-885-5022

Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m., Rotterdam branch, Sch’dy library, 1100 N. Westcott Road Schenectady, NY 12306, 518-356-3440

Tuesday, Aug. 19, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m., Duane Branch, Sch’dy library, 1331 State Street Schenectady, NY 12304, 518-386-2242

Thursday, Aug. 21, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., Schuylerville Library, 52 Ferry Street, Schuylerville NY 12871, 518-695-6641

Thursday, Aug. 21, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m., North Creek Library, 219 Main St., North Creek, NY 518-251-4343

Tang Teaching Museum’s Family Saturday Programs for Summer 2014

The Tang’s series of seven Family Saturday programs accompany work in our exhibitions this summer. The free programs run from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on the Saturdays below, and are for children 5 and older, with an adult companion. Reservations are encouraged and can be made starting one week in advance by calling the Tang’s Visitor Service Desk at 518-580-8080.

July 12 — Glittering Geodes
We will look at and discuss Erika Verzutti’s geode-like sculptures in her solo exhibition Mineral, then make our own geodes out of Model Magic clay, beads and more, inspired by her work.

July 19 — Graphic Alphabets
We will look at Kay Rosen’s huge painting Wanderful! painted directly on the wall in I was a double, then create whimsical graphic art using alphabet stamps and stencils for imagery. Note: This is a drop-in event, 1-4 p.m. as part of the daylong Frances Day, a celebration of the Tang museums namesake with music, art-making and artists talks from noon to 5:30 p.m., followed by a reception. No reservations required.

July 26 — Geometry with Pizzazz
Inspired by Stanley Whitney’s irregular grid paintings (Untitled), and Regina Bogat’s diamond-shaped paintings (Fusaro) in I was a double, we will create geometric collages out of a variety of bright and sparkling materials.

Aug. 2 — Abstract Sculpture
After discussing Beverly Semmes’s ceramic sculptures such as Cake in her solo exhibition Beverly Semmes: FRP, we will create abstract sculptures out of pipe-cleaners (chenille stems), using the shapes of hers as inspiration.

Aug. 9 — Puppets with Wild Hair
After looking at and discussing Jeff Sonhouse’s surprising portraits in his solo exhibition Jeff Sonhouse: Slow Motion, we will be inspired by his use of color, pattern and unexpected materials in creating our puppets. Hint: Curly chenille will be plentiful!

Aug. 16 — Make a Mini Sofa
Chris Johanson and Johanna Jackson have created a new seating installation of custom couches for our exhibition I was a double. We will make whimsical mini-sofas and chairs inspired by their work.

Aug. 23 — Form and Color
Ruth Vollmer’s colorful and translucent Plexiglas sculpture Intersecting Ovals in I was a double will be the inspiration for our sculptural work of intersecting shapes.

Information for this post came from The Saratogian.

Albany Hockey Players Drafted in NHL

Two young hockey players who were born and raised in the Albany area were drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins at the 2014 NHL draft. The draft took place in Philadelphia this past weekend.

Anthony Angello, a native of Albany, was taken in the 5th round of the draft by the Penguins. Angello, a kid scouted as having “good size and good skill” is committed to playing college hockey at Cornell. He recently finished his senior year at Fayetteville-Manlius High School in Onondaga County.

Anthony Angello, of Albany, was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the NHL draft.

Anthony Angello, of Albany, was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the NHL draft.

Jeff Taylor, from Clifton Park, was also chosen to join the Penguins organization. Taylor was chosen in the 7th round of the draft. A former player at Albany Prep Academy, Taylor just finished his freshman year at Union College. Pittsburgh scouts describe him as a smaller defenseman, but one with great puck moving ability.

Taylor becomes the seventh NHL Draft pick in Union College’s history.

Albany area native drafted in NHL draft

Jeff Taylor, from Clifton Park, was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2014 NHL draft.

Pittsburgh’s staff is very happy to invite both of these young players into the organization and looks forward to watching their growth.