Melissa Hale-Spencer

Pete Seeger's voice — reedy and upbeat — carries on in the memory of all he encouraged to raise their own voices. I'm one of them

A third of the Suburban Council school districts, typically thought of as wealthy, are deemed by the state comptroller to be susceptible to fiscal stress, part of a statewide trend as taxes are capped and property values stagnate.

Faced with reduced resources and a government reform agenda, Superintendent Marie Wiles wants school leaders, rather than outside pressures, to define Guilderland's future.

Guilderland has 20 teachers on required improvement plans, a measure the superintendent says is unwarranted because the numbers from hastily implemented state tests, she said, don't mean much.

Tim Wiles performs "Casey at the Bat" but does not have the "haughty grandeur" of his alter ego; the president of the library board that just hired him as director says he is a team player.

Knox's first official business district is one step closer to reality as the planning board finalized a map, stretching the length of the hamlet along Route 156.

Curtis Brisson, who broke into the Touch of Country shop will now be serving time for an earlier burglary, too, since he violated the rules of the Drug Court program.

GUILDERLAND — On either side of the familiar town board members seated at the dais for Tuesday’s reorganizational meeting — the incumbent supervisor and councilmembers were re-elected in November — were two new faces.

The new clerk, Jean Cataldo, a Democrat like the five board members, had been the receiver of taxes.

GUILDERLAND — A planning-board post that became a political hot seat in last November’s town elections was quietly filled Tuesday night with a new appointee.

By unanimous vote at its re-organizational meeting, the town board appointed Bruce Sherwin to fill out the three years left in Paul Caputo’s seven-year term.

GUILDERLAND — The beat of a drum sounded in the clear winter air on Tuesday morning, ricocheting off the Helderbergs as a band of five walked the road that wends its way along the base of the escarpment.

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