BERNE — A divided school board adopted an agreement with the Berne-Knox-Westerlo Teachers’ Association on Monday, five years after its last contract expired.

The memorandum of agreement includes a one-time payment from the district’s fund balance of $180,000 to be divided among 80-some current teachers, for the years of an expired contract, as an incentive to settle. It also includes a 5.5-percent total increase to future salaries until 2018-19.

Opinion

Municipalities can adopt zoning to preserve historic buildings and individuals, too, can do  their part to maintain their homes in ways that enrich a community.

Guilderland

A State Trooper fled the scene after crashing into two parked vehicles on Altamont's Main Street; he turned himself in 15 hours later, which, police say, was too late to do tests for drug or alcohol use.

New Scotland

VOORHEESVILLE — In the midst of their daily lessons at Voorheesville Elementary School Wednesday morning, some students got a surprise visitor.

Sports

The Voorheesville lacrosse team has scored just three goals in four games this season, but, with a fearless goalie, the Birds' situation may get better.

Hilltowns

Broken windows in the long-neglected 1806 Conkling house were replaced with old glass. An etched name on one pane brought back memories of a little girl writing her name with a borrowed diamond; her elderly son told that story.

Regional

NEW SCOTLAND —John Boyd Thacher State Park will get $3.8 million for its new visitors’ center, the governor’s office announced on Tuesday. The Helderberg park is to receive almost half of $8.7 million allocated to Capital Region parks.