We witnessed democracy in action last Tuesday night at the Guilderland School Board meeting. And it was a glorious sight.

School board members are the elected representatives of the people, and the board listened to concerns raised by Altamont residents about a consultant’s report that concluded by proposing five cost-saving scenarios — four of those were to close Altamont Elementary School.

Opinion

The rate of cremation in America is soaring, from less than 4 percent in 1960 to over 40 percent currently, meaning those who value local burial grounds must help now if they are to be preserved.

Guilderland

The school board has set aside, for now, school-closure recommendations from a consultant's building capacity report following months of protests from those who want to keep Altamont Elementary School open.

New Scotland

Local poet Dennis Sullivan will host a poetry cafe on Allen Ginsberg at the Voorheesville Public Library in September.

Sports

Aaron Cahill is an American citizen, but he also plays lacrosse for Team Ireland.

Hilltowns

Highway superintendents and their town boards across the state have to agree to what road projects will be done every year. Berne Supervisor Kevin Crosier says the highway superintendent's late list is too costly and can't be approved.

Regional

“We actually started as more of a holistic health practice 35 years ago,” said Father Peter Young this week. “We’re sort of trying to go back to our roots now.”