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The Algonquin’s stunning new Hacker-Craft bar

By Gordon Woodworth, Chronicle News Editor

Even before it officially opened, the Algonquin restaurant’s new Topside Hacker-Craft bar was already attracting a crowd.

Owner Keith Scott teamed up with Lake George luxury boat-maker Hacker-Craft to create the mahogany bar.

As he showed this reporter around, several downstairs customers quietly came up the stairs to sneak a peek.

“Come on up,” Mr. Scott said again and again. “Check out our new …

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HF’s Normandeau raising money for 2016 attempt to climb Mt. Everest

By Gordon Woodworth, Chronicle News Editor

Hudson Falls native and world-class mountain climber Laurie (Combs) Normandeau is in Nepal, hiking to Mount Everest base camp to raise money for a trip next year when she hopes to reach the summit of the planet’s highest mountain.

Ms. Normandeau, 54, is a 1979 Hudson Falls High School graduate. Since 2004, she has climbed the highest peaks on five of the seven continents, …

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Belly dancers vs. cancer, April 25 at the Wood Theater

By Cathy DeDe, Chronicle Managing Editor

Who knew there was a whole belly dance “community” in and around Glens Falls?

Lisa Bohannon of Queensbury says she tapped into just that when she started taking, then teaching, belly dance classes — most recently at the Glens Falls YMCA. A core group of 25 women attends her Sunday afternoon classes.

Now she’s organized Coalescence: An Evening of Belly Dance at the Wood …

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Their sizzling nightspots in Troy

By Mark Frost, Chronicle Editor

A Queensbury High School grad, Class of 1996, and her husband from Brooklyn — who fell in love working for a minor-league baseball team — are succeeding hugely in downtown Troy, turning vintage Victorian-era buildings into a unique wine bar, a grocery and now a restaurant drawing crowds, raves and publicity far and wide.

When The New York Times depicted Troy in a March 26 …

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Good to be Joel Wincowski!

By Gordon Woodworth, Chronicle News Editor

It’s good to be Joel Wincowski these days. The Lake George High School guard is still the talk of the North Country after his heart-stopping, nothing-but-net 30-footer with 1.6 seconds left lifted the Warriors to their second state title in three years on March 21. There’s a maple bacon donut named after him at Caffé Vero, and his humble, quiet demeanor has won him …

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