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GUILDERLAND —The zoning board here approved, 5 to 0, an application by Paul Gait of 6899 Dunnsville Rd.

A special Rensselaerville Town Board meeting to discuss the closure of the town’s volunteer ambulance was met with a solemn acknowledgement of the end of the 45-year-old organization.

The Knox Planning Board ruled to deny an application for the construction of a solar array on property owned by Peter Young Housing last Thursday. Board members cited an inability to gather information for the board and neighbors of the property to review, as well as objections by neighbors to its construction.

In Berne, the Albany County executive announced that the town’s senior center would become a weekly satellite office for various county services. Meanwhile the county sheriff’s office is one step closer to obtaining the Clarksville Elementary School building, which the sheriff has had the same vision for.

A Freedom of Information Law request has revealed missing records of building-inspection reports for 2016 in the town of Knox. Despite this, permits were issued during that year. The town is now formulating policies to record these inspections.

Forty-seven percent of Guilderland high-school students now have averages of 90 or above. Saying that the system of ranking students harms those who have high grades but not necessarily a high rank, students have called for ranking to be eliminated altogether, and the board of education is listening.

Often, a memorial grows up at the site of a fatal car crash, as it did at the tree in Bethlehem where Thomas Brown died last November. What’s unusual this time is that town officials have taken it down.

Charles Johnson of Troy was sentenced on June 23 in Albany County Court for driving while intoxicated with two young children in the car. He had pleaded guilty in April.

GUILDERLAND — Tasheem Maeweather, 21, was sentenced in Albany County Court Friday for his role in the firing of a gun last November in Guilderland’s Crossgates Mall. Judge Roger D. McDonough sentenced Maeweather to 3-½ to seven years for reckless endangerment, a felony.  Maeweather’s lawyer plans to appeal.

New Scotland is updating its comprehensive plan, which was last done in 1994, and considering clustered, mixed-use development.

Fred Wagner’s proposal for a five-acre gravel mine has been mired in conflict so far.

Although graduation is not until Saturday, many goodbyes were said at Berne-Knox-Westerlo’s campus on Monday night. 

In former Albany County Legislator Brian Scavo’s trial in Guilderland for harassment, the judge heard that he had repeatedly approached a young woman who was a stranger to him in Crossgates Mall, asking for her phone number, offering her chocolates and candy, and inviting her to dinner, and following her when she tried to walk away.

KNOX — The town of Knox became one of 70 recipients of a statewide grant to improve its records system. The town received $23,156 after town Clerk Tara Murphy applied for it this past winter.

Matthew Manning

GUILDERLAND — A Utica man who last summer drove erratically on Interstate 90 in Guilderland was sentenced on Wednesday morning to one to three years in state prison.