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Unemployment rates show improvement in Capital Region economy

New unemployment numbers in the Capital Region show the improvement in the economy over the past year.

In Albany County, for example, the unemployment rate for March has dropped to 5.2 percent from 7 percent last year in March.

In Saratoga County, the unemployment rate is 5.7 percent.

In both Columbia and Schenectady counties, unemployment has dropped to 6.2 percent.

All those Capital Region counties are among the state's 11 best.

Cuomo announces $90 million investment to improve state parks, sites

Several local state parks are about to get a facelift.

On Earth Day, which was Tuesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the state will spend $90 million to improve parks and historic sites.

Thacher Park will see nearly $4 million of that.

The money will go toward creating a flagship visitor's center.

Renovations are also planned for Peebles Island and Saratoga Spa State Parks as well as the Olana State Historic Site.

This is third year of what the governor’s office calls a “sustained commitment” to improve the park system through the New York Work’s program.

Over the past two years, the program has pumped $265 million into 81 state parks and sites.

Tickets on sale for Guilderland High School Junior Prom

Tickets are now on sale for the Guilderland High School Class of 2015 Junior Prom.

The ticket sales continue through Friday, April 25 before and after school in Room 111.
Cost is $65 and only payable by check.

The prom is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Hilton in Downtown Albany.

More information on the Guilderland High School Class of 2015 Junior Prom can be found here.

CNSE students to help plant garden for Earth Day

Helping the Earth one seed at a time.

More than 20 faculty and student volunteers from the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering will help prepare 14 acres at the Patroon Land Farm in Voorheesville for planting on Tuesday.

The garden will be used to grow vegetables, which will then be given to The Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York.

The planting is set to begin around 10 a.m.

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Parishioners gather in Albany for Bishop Scharfenberger's first Easter Mass

Bishop Edward Scharfenberger celebrated Easter Sunday at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Albany. It's his first Easter following his ordination and installation as bishop of the Albany Roman Catholic Diocese a little over a week ago.

“To me I'm doing what a priest does on Easter Sunday. I'm celebrating with my flock and I'm doing basically the same thing,” said the bishop.

Scharfenberger was installed and ordained on April 10, replacing Bishop Howard Hubbard. He says other than a few different faces, celebrating mass here is like being at his old parish back in Brooklyn.

A significant and special day for Christians around the world, they believe Easter Sunday is the day Jesus was resurrected. People like Diane Piegare, who lives in Glenmont, specifically came here to be a part of the celebration.

Guilderland Class of 2016 plans Zumba fundraiser

Enjoy an afternoon of dancing while helping the Class of 2016. The class is hosting a Zumba fundraiser in the Guilderland High School LGI on April 30.

The original date back in March was postponed due to weather.

The cost is a minimum donation of $5. 

Missing woman found, charged with child endangerment

Irina Mockute-Savyer - Albany County Sheriff's Department

WESTERLO- The Albany County Sheriff's Department says they have located a missing Westerlo woman.

Irina Mockute-Savyer, 47, now faces a child endangerment charge after disappearing from Route 1 home on Tuesday.

They say she left her 15-year-old daughter home with little food and no phone.

They also say she was planning a trip with her daughter to Florida.

Sheriff Craig Apple says she was found in good health but she'll undergo a mental evaluation.

No word on where she was located