Melissa Hale-Spencer

After Summer Smith died last Jan. 9, her mother and her young son went through her box of special keepsakes. In the box was an edition of The Altamont Enterprise devoted to the aftermath of a 2000 crash on Hurst Road that killed two teens and wounded a third.  The kids had been hotboxing — driving while stoned.

Summer, then a 17-year-old Guilderland High School senior, was friends with a classmate who died in the crash. She raised money for a bronze angel statue to stand in Altamont’s village green. “The angel represents people who have lost people,” Summer told us then.

Her mother, Kristin Smith-Hoin, finds both irony and comfort in the keepsake. Summer died of a drug overdose. She was 31.

Christine Hayes, left, elected vice president of the Guilderland School Board this month in a 5-to-4 vote believes the board members need not be contentious although they have opposing views.

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A father with his baby in his lap was arrested on Saturday, July 3, for driving his ATV while drunk, resulting in a felony charge under Leandra's Law.

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When you’re a child, people tell you what matters. “When you become older…you need to figure it out for yourself,” said Superintendent Marie Wiles.

Thomas Fisher said he found vast opportunities at Berne-Knox-Westerlo, where he took advanced classes and bonded with teachers.

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Andrew Bub, BKW's salutatorian this year, works well under pressure.

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The district recommended raising pay as Guilderland has struggled to find enough substitute teachers.

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“I feel confident we can construct a new building,” said Guilderland’s supervisor, Kenneth Runion, on Monday.

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A year ago, villagers protested a consultant's recommendations to close Altamont Elementary School because of declining enrollment. This week, a citizens' task force presented alternatives.

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Without a coach, Shayla Lyons has perfected her shot put technique watching YouTube videos; her school has no track facilities, so she practices in a parking lot — the challenges have made her a champ.

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