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Students show off STEM skills at science and engineering fair

After months of research, building and writing codes, it was time to show it all off in what some consider the super bowl for young students who are interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

The Greater Capital Region Science & Engineering Fair brought together kids in grade 6 through 12 from all over the Capital Region. Their projects ranged from animal sciences to physics and astronomy.

Shaker High School 11th grader Gili Rusak wanted to teach young kids about computer science, so she created an app for that.

Her codester app is already available for the Android market. She says it gives kids a positive exposure to computer science.

Scotia-Glenville High School junior John Dean has created a new kind of lens. He says his double liquid lens is good for surveillance applications because it allows a camera to focus on two different things at once.

NYS sap dripping slowly this season

New York State ranks second in the nation for Maple Syrup production, behind only Vermont.  This year's late start, due to weather, likely won't cause a shortage.  Producers who usually begin boiling at the end of February are hoping they will be able to continue boiling through mid-April

Chatham woman arrested on grand larceny, forgery charges

CHATHAM – New York State Police say a Chatham woman was stealing personal checks, forging them and then cashing in.

Troopers arrested 58-year-old Barbara Laspada for grand larceny and forgery.

She’s accused of stealing more than $14,000 from an unsuspecting victim.

Police say a Chatham resident reported suspicious activity on their bank account.

Laspada was arraigned and sent to jail in lieu of bail.

She’s due back in court next week.

Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region opens new satellite office

The Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region has opened a new satellite office in Schenectady’s Hamilton Hill neighborhood.

The office is located at 920 Albany Street in the Schenectady County Business Center. The space is being donated by the county.

The office will be open Monday and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesday afternoons.

In addition to funding, training courses will also be offered.

The Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region covers 11 counties including Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren and Washington Counties.

For more information, please call (518) 436-8586, or visit the Community Loan Fund of the Capital Region’s website here.

One dead in Thruway rollover crash

BETHLEHEM - One person has died as a result of a rollover crash on the thruway.

The crash happened around 8:30 Wednesday morning in Bethlehem.

Police say Margaret Seyfarth, 64, of Kingston was pronounced dead at Albany Medical Center.

Three others remain at Albany Medical Center -- including one in critical condition.

Police say the person who suffered the least amount of injuries was an 86-year-old woman who was the only one wearing a seatbelt.

Inmates help install new dog enclosures at CGHS/SPCA

Inmates from the Columbia County Jail recently installed new dog enclosures at the new Columbia-Greene Humane Society/SPCA site.

The new site is scheduled to open in just a few weeks.

(Courtesy: Columbia-Greene Humane Society)

“Not Necessarily Black And White” showcases photography talent

Some local photographers are showcasing their talent.

The Columbia Council for the Arts is presenting “Not Necessarily Black And White.”

Photography showcased includes tradition film, digital, and other more unique methods.

The gallery is located at 209 Warren Street in Hudson.

for more information on the “Not Necessarily Black And White” exhibit, please click here or call (518) 671-6213.