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Have you ever heard of the Albany Pine Bush Preserve? Better yet, have you ever visited it? Walked on the trails? Attended an educational program?

These local students have been named to the dean’s list or received a similar honor from their college or university for the fall 2013 semester:

Annie Choiniere, a Berne-Knox-Westerlo High School graduate at the State University of New York College at Cortland where she is majoring in communications;

These local students have been named to the Marist College Dean’s List for the fall 2013 semester:

Tara D’Andrea of Slingerlands;

John Dibella of Schenectady;

Taylor Mead of Schenectady;

Emily Norris of Voorheesville;

These local students were named to the dean’s list for the fall 2013 semester at the College of Saint Rose: 

Joseph Atwood of Schenectady;

Hannah Conroy of Altamont;

Jenna Herbert of Schenectady;

Amber Moak of Voorheesville;

These local students were named to the University at Albany’s fall 2013 dean’s list for outstanding academic achievement:

Lori Araneo of Altamont;

Emma Simpson of Altamont;

Lukas Sotola of Altamont;

Chelsea Merrill of Altamont;

These local students earned the University at Albany’s fall 2013 Dean’s Commendation for outstanding academic achievement:

Nikki Moore of Guilderland;

Jane Anyango Gregory of Guilderland;

Daniel McKenna of Guilderland;

The state’s Department of Environmental Conservation is accepting applications for its cooperative Day-Old Pheasant Chick Program. In 2013, the DEC distributed 41,500 day-old pheasant chicks to qualified 4-H and sportsmen applicants.

County legislators continue to disagree as the Democratic majority approves creating a local development corporation to help run the county's nursing home.

The Empire State Winter Games lasted from Feb. 6 to 9 and featured athletes from across the state in Olympic events in a region that has twice hosted the international games.

The 2014 Empire State Winter Games opened with a ceremony on Feb. 6 fit for New York's top winter athletes as their international counterparts were preparing for competition in Sochi, Russia at the Winter Olympics. Several local figures skaters, skiers, and sprinters brought medals back to the Capital Region this year.

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