year in review

Citizens made progress in 2013 towards getting a Quiet Zone to silence train whistles and a feuding village board made peace with its ambulance squad as they worked on a contract at year's end.

Hometown traditions persisted in Altamont in 2013 despite fire and arrests.

More stores and more dwellings may be signs of progress, as our 1800's editorial had it, but what about the values that dwell within, the stores of goodness and knowledge? How do we plumb their depths as the year turns?

The year started with a financial audit that gave a poor picture of the town's records, but its summer was spent with a cordial picnic and stream-bank repair that brought volunteers together.

While politics were static in 2013 — the incumbents faced no challengers in town elections — the future of Thacher State Park drew regional interest as did the disposition of an unprecedented negligent-homicide case

With two new board members, the town's governing council was deliberative in its work, while the rest of the town celebrated its community institutions and a stunning murder case was closed.

Three town leaders retired in 2013; elections were bitter as the Democrats retained power; and Crossgates Mall, the Guilderland Fire Department, and Daughters of Sarah all made plans to expand.

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