The Enterprise — Marcello Iaia

Stillness in a storm: The patter of many millions of snowflakes filled the quiet Rensselaerville hamlet on Thursday night. Stark lights inside warm homes issuing plumes of smoke from their chimneys cast a glow across the snow-stacked street lined with buried cars and covered railings. The storm caused Governor Andrew Cuomo to issue a state of emergency on Jan. 2, closing the state’s main highways. Town government in Guilderland was closed as well, though Rensselaerville remained open and held its re-organizational meeting at 7 p.m. This week, the county sheriff announced a program to help in emergencies; his unit made check-up calls in the Hilltowns this week.