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Kaitlyn Drobner last Thursday said she came up with the coat drive Katie’s Koats, now in its third year, when she visited New York City and saw a homeless veteran.

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The early snowfall this season has created outdoor scenes dusted with white and wrung more beauty from the throes of fall.

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Snow was piled high and displaced in any way to clear for pedestrians and cars amid the dumping of winter weather in February.

The Capital Region felt the brunt of a large winter storm on Thursday and Friday that stirred the pity of the nation as many, sometimes dozens of inches of snow covered the already buried ground. Children and their parents donned ice skates and brought sleds to the Berne Town Park on Saturday, Feb. 15, where they played and more flakes fell throughout the morning. Just a few miles away, South Berne had been given 27 inches of snow from the storm by Friday, according to the National Weather Service in Albany.  

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.

After several years of entering, Robert Price won first place in the chili contest on Jan. 25 at the annual day of sledding, hot dogs, chili, and neighbors in the Knox Town Park.

KNOX — The 18th Annual Winterfest, sponsored by the Knox Youth Council, will be held this year on Saturday, Jan. 25, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Knox Town Park.

The public is welcome and encouraged to bring sleds and tubes for sledding, and snowshoes or cross-country skis for use on the trails.

Kids hopped on their sleds and took off as looks of glee or concern cross their faces at Guilderland's Tawasentha Park on Sunday afternoon, Jan. 5. A mother and her daughter, having finished a run, climb up the steep hill. 

Harold Gosling takes a tumble as a younger sledder, fur rippling to frame his face, appears serene.

“Santa’s here, Santa’s here!” screamed the children gathered by the train track in Altamont as Santa rolled into town, culminating the annual Victorian Holiday Celebration. Inside the boxcar, tots whispered their wishes to the jolly old elf.

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