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Molinaro tries to walk a moderate line in a polarized era

In his first three months in office, U.S. Rep. Marcus Molinaro, R-Red Hook, has positioned himself as a moderate. At the same time, though, he must take care not to alienate the culturally conservative voters who form the core of his party’s base. And his seat is already a top target for national Democrats who hope to win back control of the U.S. House in 2024.

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Group works to save New Lebanon train depot

A local rail-trail group is racing time to save and restore the long-dormant former train station in the center of New Lebanon. The Corkscrew Rail Trail Association, which took possession of the dilapidated 1863 structure last year, is working to pay off back taxes on the building and raise funds to stabilize and eventually restore it. The depot is one of a dwindling number that still stand along what was once the Rutland Railroad’s 57-mile “corkscrew line” from Chatham, N.Y., to Bennington, Vt.
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Spa City esthetician aims to fill a skincare niche

Mary Kuntz, a longtime esthetician and licensed massage therapist in Saratoga Springs, says the idea of making her own line of face cream took hold rather suddenly last year after an epiphany. Her Divine Radiance brand made its debut in December after nearly a year of research and trials.
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The drama of Goya’s art, brought to life in dance

Martin Goldin Santangelo and Soledad Barrio are looking at an 1824 painting by the Spanish artist Francisco Goya and asking: If the woman in the image, her body coiled with energy, were to move, which way would she spring? Santangelo and Barrio are the founders of the dance company Noche Flamenca, which this month will preview its work “Searching for Goya” in Williamstown.
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