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Albany Times Union - Sunday - - AROUND THE REGION -

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.

Want to read more about the Cap­i­tal Re­gion’s past? Have any mem­o­ries or thoughts about how our his­tory re­lates to to­day’s events? See http://blog. time­sunion.com/his­tory/

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