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Rebecca Gleason combines things she likes — such as teaching sports lit. The former English teacher and athlete has broadened her reach as a school administrator and in August will begin a new job as an assistant principal at Guilderland High School.

ALTAMONT — Some memories last a lifetime and infuse current thoughts.

A 64-year-old history buff, teacher, and artist, Bruce Kennedy, has spent the last three weeks filming and documenting family histories, artifacts, and related sites in the Hilltowns and Delaware County.

Freedompalooza, a country music concert on Aug. 24, will raise funds for the Freedom Coalition’s voter education and registration drive for the 2014 election.

State Police stopped pursuing the motorcycle after it reached speeds over 100 miles per hour on Route 7. The motorcyclist went through Knox, onto Route 30 in Schoharie County, and ended in Duanesburg with internal injuries.

The moratorium, scheduled for July 25, says the board, now with the report, needs time to evaluate its course of action, whether it be to revise the zoning ordinance or otherwise. At the board's July 2 meeting, though, Councilman William Bichteman said the report is not in a final state and needs editing.

With $120,000 repairs needed to a library, and two more resignations by high-level administrators, the Berne-Knox-Westerlo School Board, and its new superintendent, Lonnie Palmer, are making big decisions about the district's future.

NEW SCOTLAND — Three area residents were injured Wednesday when two vehicles collided head-on and a third crashed while trying to avoid the accident along State Farm Road.

NEW SCOTLAND — Officials have released plans for the future of the John Boyd Thacher and Thompson’s Lake state parks, which among other proposals will combine them under a single name, and run them as one.

Insurance won't cover the village if a suit involves pollution, Altamont's attorney told the board as it defends itself against legal action from residents who had oil spill in their  cellar after a visit from the volunteer fire department.

Her first library card is lost but the retiring director of the public library has kept all the others and will be issuing new ones to youngsters like she once was, eager readers.

The Independence Party endorsed Michael Hammond, the current Democratic supervisor in Knox, but Pamela Fenoff is an enrolled member. The Independence line will be determined in a September primary with just over 100 Knox voters — the third largest enrolled group in the town — able to decide.


BERNE — At the end of its July 15 meeting, the school board used colorful markers and shiny stickers to determine its priorities and goals for the year: settle contracts, improve academic scores, differentiate instruction, reduce bullying, create budget timelines, and promote positive news.

GUILDERLAND — The school board here is considering a $17.3 million project to update its seven school buildings and improve security and teaching technology. It is also looking at a second proposition, of $846,300, to renovate the high school auditorium and better light the football field.