BERNE — Cars are parked alongside the town’s library even when the building is closed and its parking lot isn’t full. Its Wi-Fi signal is strongest there.

People come to the rural hamlet, with their laptops and smartphones, from the sparser stretches of the town, which has some of its 2,800 residents scattered among steep hills, where the access to high-speed Internet is limited, prohibitive, or non-existent.

Opinion

Seattle citizens who suffer cardiac arrest are five times as likely to survive as elsewhere; residents there have to learn CPR to graduate from high school or to get a driver's license.

Guilderland

When the director of the Altamont Free Library was choosing whether to take the job in the village 10 years ago, she thought of her choice as between working in a cubicle or reading to children.

New Scotland

Kristine Gravino is stepping down as a member of the Voorheesville School Board, leaving one vacant position the board hopes to fill by the end of October.

Sports

Voorheesville put together a two-minute drill for the history books, beating Mechanicville, and claiming first place. 

Hilltowns

While the lawyer representing Hitmans Roadside Service argues her client has not opened her garage to the public, violating town law, the town's attorney disagrees and has an invoice that lists services performed.

Regional

A recent National Natural Landmark designation shows the Albany Pine bush Preserve is rare for inland pinebarrens because of its wind-formed dunes.