Thursday, December 2, 2021

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El Mexicano in Hudson Falls is closed in wake of immigration raids

Its sister restaurant in Saratoga continues to operate; locals offer support.

By Gordon Woodworth, Chronicle News Editor

El Mexicano, the popular restaurant on Route 4 in Hudson Falls, has closed. The co-owned El Mexicano restaurant in Saratoga Springs continues to operate.

“My understanding is that following the [June 1st] immigration raids in Saratoga, so many people were incarcerated that they didn’t have enough workers to work at both restaurants,” Rev. …

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Bald eagles boom in NYS

Down to just one breeding pair in 1970; now 460!

By Gordon Woodworth, Chronicle News Editor

Bald eagles — America’s symbol — have made a big comeback in the Empire State. “The bald eagle population in New York has just exploded,” wildlife biologist Scott Crocoll tells The Chronicle.

“We had gotten down to one pair in 1970, on Hemlock Lake in western New York…and they weren’t a healthy pair. They …

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‘Nikola Tesla’ musical brings the forgotten genius ‘to light’

By Cathy DeDe, Chronicle Managing Editor

Nikola Tesla has been dogging Nikko Benson for much of his life, the playwright says.

The Serbian-American inventor born in 1856, is the subject of Mr. Benson’s new musical Nikola Tesla Drops the Beat — co-written with books and lyrics by Benjamin Halstead. The electronica-pop-driven show tells the story of the rivalry between Tesla, who invented alternating current electricity, the radio and much more, …

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Local kids soar at Proctors, win musical theater awards

By Cathy DeDe, Chronicle Managing Editor

Holy moly! Saturday night at Proctors Theater in Schenectady, in an event staged like the Tony Awards and likely surpassing Broadway’s best for sheer energy, 16 schools were celebrated in the first-ever Regional High School Musical Theatre Awards. North Country kids came out tops!

Patrick Shannon of Queensbury won Best Actor for his role as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables. He’s headed to the …

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Lexy Brooks, 18, is Whitehall’s valedictorian, vies in national ‘Young Woman’ contest in June

By Sandra Hutchinson, Chronicle Chief Operating Officer

Alexa Brooks of Whitehall has packed a lot of accomplishments into her 18 years.

She’s the valedictorian at Whitehall High School and will attend the Honors College at SUNY Albany next fall, majoring in human biology, with a minor in Spanish. Her career goal is to be a physician assistant, specializing in orthopedic surgery.

She has volunteered at Rutland Hospital since before her …

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