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The study commissioned by the county comptroller's office is using an advisory committee, hoping to avoid the perception of an imposition.

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Six Guilderville swimmers left for Ithaca today for this weekend's state competition and they couldn't be happier.

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Jacob Polfliet, of Altamont, and the rest of the Paul Smith's College men’s cross country team beat out five other teams to win the Yankee Small College Conference title under snowy conditions in Lake Placid.

Polfliet is a senior majoring in environmental science at Paul Smith's.

RENSSELAERVILLE — Michael and Ardis Fritz of Rensselaerville are happy to announce the engagement of their daughter Traci Ann Fritz to Matthew J. Landauer, the son of Janet A. Laudauer of Berne and the late John I. Landauer.

The Christmas we know today is rooted in a myriad of different cultures, and features a variety of traditions from throughout history, all blended together to form the modern holiday we celebrate.

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GUILDERLAND — A grieving mother wants her son’s death to be a wakeup call for the county jail.

Adam Rappaport’s suicide last month in the Albany County jail embodies two nationwide problems for inmates today — drug addiction and self-harm.

ALBANY — John J. “Jack” Helm — who loved working on cars and motorcycles, and helping his friends and family — died unexpectedly at Albany Medical Center Hospital on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014.  He was 55.

Mr. Helm, who lived in Albany, had worked for many years as an auto body technician.

Before he hanged himself in his jail cell, Adam Rappaport doodled on prison stationery, lightly penciling in one corner, in small capital letters next to a six-point star the word "hope" — only this and nothing more.

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ALBANY — Alyssa Gaige, of East Berne earned the Girl Scout Silver Award for her project investigating wheelchair accessibility in Altamont last year.

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