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ALTAMONT — The village has a contested election for the first time in years as four candidates are running for two trustee posts.

GUILDERLAND — Since Alice Begley retired as Guilderland’s town historian at the end of 2016, not much has been done with the Schoolcraft House. Begley was the mover and shaker behind fundraising for renovations and planning for special events, such as lectures or open houses, held there.

Lynnwood Elementary School Principal Alicia Rizzo is on medical leave, with no set date for her return.

The Guilderland school district has reduced by about 28 percent the amount of a proposed capital-construction project that was narrowly defeated in October, and plans to bring it to voters again in May.

Benjamin Rauf pleaded guilty to manslaughter in connection to the death of his former fellow law-school student, who was found shot to death in his car in Delaware almost four years ago.

The lawsuit states that pharmacies and other distributors of opioid painkillers ignored red flags of drug abuse while profiting from an influx of opioid prescriptions.

The Albany County Planning Board gave nearly identical reasons as to why they disapproved of the proposed multi-use recreational district as they did when the town of Knox had proposed a business district in the same area.

The Helderberg Earth and Sky Observatory and Science Center is now seeking land in Rensselaerville to build an observatory, but is first trying to connect with the community.

A Westerlo man was arrested and sent to Albany County’s jail after he was found with one pound of marijuana packaged for sale, and a search of his home turned up six pounds of marijuana, police say.

Jacob C. Ostrander

A 26-year-old man shoved his ex-girlfriend into a door, where she hurt her hand, and choked her, police say.

After two months of public comment, the Altamont Planning Board this week closed the hearing it had opened on Dec. 17, 2018, for a proposed cell tower on Agawam Lane and voted to allow the tower to be built.

The deadline for property-tax payments in Berne was extended to Feb. 21.

The town of Knox submitted its 2016 annual report just last week. Its 2017 and 2018 reports have yet to be submitted, and an audit of the town by the state comptroller’s office is to be conducted this spring.

Six cases of Legionnaires’ disease were linked to the building about seven years ago, when it was a Best Western Sovereign Hotel, but the assisted-living facility that has since converted the hotel undertook an “extensive renovation that replaced every single fixture in the building, faucets as well as the hot-water heater” and all the piping, according to Paul Belitsis, Promenade Senior Living’s chief financial officer and chief operating officer.