Melissa Hale-Spencer

GUILDERLAND — Two people who work for the Guilderland schools — clerk Sally Dague and science teacher Alan Fiero — each saw a need and acted to fill it. The district last week announced grants received through their initiatives.

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GUILDERLAND — School-district taxpayers will be paying less than projected when they went to the polls last May to pass a $92 million budget for this year. Assessments were higher than expected in Guilderland, and Bethlehem recently went through town-wide property revaluation.

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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.

In matters great and small, Helen Coulter has always thought for herself and made do with what she had.

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A new name for the pole barn — the General Frank McLaughlin Pavilion — keeps the builder's legacy alive.

Gary Kolanchick started his career as a doctor practicing with Margery Smith on her family's farm — with cows looking in the window — and said he'd return to those days in a minute.

VOORHEESVILLE — The state comptroller’s office, in an audit released this week, found no problems with the way the village processes claims.

GUILDERLAND — While many churches are facing declining congregations, St. Boniface Episcopal Church in Guilderland is growing — both in congregants and space.

BERNE — A woman was questioned by police as she mourned in a cemetery in the early morning hours of July 13. A breath sample at the police station, according to her arrest report, registered .01, well below the legal limit of .08 for driving. Meanwhile, her SUV had been towed from the cemetery and she had to pay $265 to get it back.

More than half of the 27 applicants for focus groups to discuss building capacity were from Altamont; the school district is seeking diverse representatives from across the community and so has pushed back the date.

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