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One Last Thought: Humans of New York State

Where has the time gone? It seems like just yesterday that our small team here at NYSOM began laying out the framework for our Magazine’s inaugural issue: the New York SPIRITED State of Mind. And now, five weeks later, we are wrapping up one theme and looking ahead to the next (we’ll tell you more about it on Monday). We’ve spent the last month embracing the New York spirit in a variety of forms: Spirited People: The heart and soul of the City (and State) itself, and the man, Milton Glaser,

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It All Started with a Ouija Board: Ghost Hunters of the Finger Lakes

Peter, Patti and Chris Kanellis have an unusual passion. Their interest in the paranormal began as children at their grandmother’s knee when she would titillate the three with tales of her ghostly encounters. “Her stories were really vivid and she wasn’t one to lie about things,” Peter Kanellis explains. “[Grandmother’s stories] were scary and freaked us out but they also got us all to be intrigued by anything supernatural.” The young Kanellis' enjoyed dabbling with the Ouija Board

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Paranormal Investigators with an Altruistic Motivation

Why is “ghost hunting” an inept term for describing the attempt to capture evidence of spirits? “Because ghosts are already dead. If you’re hunting them, what are you going to kill?” Lana Putnam and her team of researchers are known collectively as PISToLS (Paranormal Investigations St. Lawrence Seaway). On an individual level they prefer to be classified as “investigators” — it’s a more accurate description of the philosophies behind their practice than the Hollywood nomenclature.

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H5: The Only Scare You’ll Need this HalloWeekend

Consistently ranked as one the top 13 scariest haunts in America*, the Headless Horseman Hayrides and Haunted Houses (better known as the “H5”) is a guaranteed scare, which is perhaps putting it mildly. Bearing the proud legacy of “creating nightmares for 21 years,” the H5 showcases a number of fright-inducing attractions across their 45-acre property. During the mile-long Foretelling Hayride, a psychic will read your fortune from a cursed deck of Tarot Cards; the future might look a little

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Risen from the Dead: Buffalo's Richardson Olmsted Complex

The Buffalo State Asylum for the Insane, as it was called when originally built in 1870, has long been known as one of the city’s top haunts, perhaps in part because the building has been closed since 1974. During the nearly 40 years of dereliction, the curious wondered at it from afar, and many ghost-hunters tried to illegally gain access to the building. Stories from that period include rumors of eerie figures and slamming doors, according to The Spectrum, an independent student publication of

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Sleepy Hollow’s Spirits: For Haunting and Savoring

“From the listless repose of the place, and the peculiar character of its inhabitants, who are descendants from the original Dutch settlers, this sequestered glen has long been known by the name of Sleepy Hollow ... A drowsy, dreamy influence seems to hang over the land, and to pervade the very atmosphere.” - "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" The town of Sleepy Hollow was made famous by Washington Irving, when he published a short story entitled, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” in 1820. This iconic

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Brussels without the Passport: Ommegang Brewery

Cooperstown, home to the Baseball Hall of Fame and named in honor of its founding family (see: James Fenimore Cooper), emits an aura of pure, blue blood Americana. But each summer, just down the road from the town’s Main Street, Belgium comes to Cooperstown, literally — that’s the name of the festival. For the past 10 years, Belgium Comes to Cooperstown (better known as “BCTC”) has attracted more than 50 breweries from across the country. At this year’s event, more than 2,700 people and

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An Apple a Day for Generations

Two apple orchards in the Capital-Saratoga Region have family roots as deep as those of the trees. For a combined 124 years, Goold Orchards in Castleton and Saratoga Apple in Schuylerville have offered apple-picking bounty to the Capital-Saratoga Region. Both farms are hoping for a bounce-back harvest in 2013, a year after freezing temperatures in the spring devastated their respective 2012 crops. The oldest apple orchard in the Capital-Saratoga Region, Goold Orchards, began in 1910. James Goold,

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Stride by Stride with Members of the Albany Running Club

On any given day, members of the Albany Running Exchange (A.R.E.) can log on to the club’s website and select from a host of daily group runs or create their own. The 1,240 members of this community reinforce their camaraderie through message board posts, publicly-published time tracking and by running together. A.R.E. hosts a Grand Prix Trail Run Series in both spring and summer in which members may participate for free. More elaborate events like the Hairy Gorilla Half Marathon and Squirrelly

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Exploring the Adirondack High Peaks in Autumn

It’s easy to categorize outdoor adventures as summer’s exclusive domain. Hot weather and swimming spots go hand in hand. Like anything worthwhile, however, the great outdoors are best enjoyed in a variety of contexts, and with benefits to boot. Have you ever considered the post-bug season benefits of hiking during cooler months? Perhaps you’re looking to enjoy the seasonal foliage? Or maybe you’re craving the company of old friends and a glass of locally-brewed ale. If any of these scenarios

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