NOVEMBER 2014 NEWS ARCHIVE
For the town of Ballston, N.Y., it’s 2004 all over again. Back then, the town was in an uproar over Wal-Mart’s proposal to build a massive new superstore along Route 50, just south of the village of Ballston Spa. The store’s opponents successfully pushed the town to adopt new, tougher development rules, including a cap on retail store sizes that effectively blocked Wal-Mart’s plans. Today, however, Wal-Mart is back, with new proposal for a somewhat smaller store on the same property. The polarizing debate is back too.
Bethany Bosch, of Wallingford, Vt., had dreamed of swimming across the English Channel since childhood and finally completed the crossing Sept. 1. Bosch is given food and drink, while swimming, from a container tethered to the pilot boat that accompanied her, as a member of the boat’s crew looks on. The crossing took more than 10 hours, and Bosch covered about double the normal 21-mile distance as tidal currents repeatedly pulled her off course.
When people think of the region’s big tourist destinations, New Lebanon doesn’t typically come to mind. Although it’s situated at the crossroads of two state highways and just across the state line from the Berkshires, the town lacks the quaint New England feel of Stockbridge or the boutique-lined streets of Hudson. But New Lebanon actually has lots of things going on that a visitor might appreciate, and lately the town has been testing a new way of presenting itself to the wider world. read more
The asphalt streets of downtown Glens Falls are only a few hundred feet from Dennis Dominick’s office, but in figurative terms the stressors of the outside world are a million miles away.
W.E.B. Du Bois wasn’t born until three years after the Civil War ended, but the war and its aftermath were crucial in shaping the views of one of the nation’s first prominent African-American scholars and civil rights activists.
Singer-songwriter Judy Joy Wyle has been a fixture in Saratoga Springs for 30-plus years, but her second recorded album is only making its debut this month.