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1918: The wholesale cost of ale and beer nationwide increased $2 per barrel, and all indications pointed to those beverages being sold for 10 cents per glass soon and for the foreseeable future. The Retail Liquor Dealers’ Association of Albany and Rensselaer was set to meet the next day to determine local saloonkeepers’ actions, but already they saw no choice but to increase the price. Common wisdom said that beer could not be served in a glass smaller than eight ounces and still provide a satisfying drink. “It will be impossible for us to reduce the size of the glasses,” reasoned the association’s president, “so that the only alternative will be to increase the price of both ale and beer from five to ten cents per glass.”
The vanishing art of setting type by hand and operating a self-powered press had engaged Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute senior Sheldon Wesson since he was six. He had brought his current press, a 50- to 60-year old Damon and Peet model capable of producing 8 by 12 inch pages, to his home in Troy. It was a full time hobby for him as well as means of livelihood for his family. His major effort was a book by Sydney Ross, professor of colloid chemistry at RPI. His other project, being done in cooperation with his brother David and RPI graduate student Gerald Feigenson, was a volume on popular music.
1993: It was a neighborhood developing a knot in its stomach. Six burglaries in the area around Upper Loudon Road in affluent Loudonville since late September — at least three apparently connected — had police on the prowl and neighbors on edge. The half-dozen breakins, either through unlocked windows or by forcing in doors, began Sept. 20 at the Upper Loudon Road home of lawyer and Albany County Legislator Peter Crummey. About 10 days later, the house across the street was hit. Since then, said police Detective Edward Frank, who was handling the cases, four additional homes had been burglarized.
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