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“I learned what an honor it is to care for an aging family member with increasing needs and also what a huge responsibility it is to be a caretaker,” said Lee Lounsbury, speaking about the years when her father came to live in her Guilderland home. She is now the executive director of

Judge Gerard Maney of Albany County Family Court told the boy, “If you keep on getting arrested, doors will not be opened for you the way I believe they could be opened.” The judge pointed to his head as he told the boy to be strong “up here” and then, pointing to his heart, said, “and here.” 

GUILDERLAND — Police here worked with their counterparts in Baton Rouge to arrest a man in Louisiana who left a disturbing — but, as it turned out, hollow — message last weekend with the Albany Times Union.

Seeing nearly 200 patients in its first month of operation, the Hilltowns’ sole medical provider, Hilltown Healthcare, is off to a running start.

In advance of the swearings-in of new Hilltowns board members the first week of January, The Enterprise spoke with three outgoing board members who reflected on their tenures and offered some advice for the newcomers. 

Sara Neff

Completing an alcohol and substance-abuse treatment program can help make certain inmates eligible for early release, according to the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision. 

Switzkill Road

Berne just passed a law that paves the way for industrial-scale solar facilities to plant their roots in the town, while ensuring that the privilege won’t be abused with restrictions surrounding land use. 

A video of a Crossgates Mall brawl posted to Twitter has been viewed three million times. 

Cathy Light is a rambler. In her six decades on this Earth, she has been an art teacher, a businesswoman, a marketer, a minister with a degree from Yale Divinity School, and is now a Guilderland school bus driver. She uses skills from all those professions in her new business, renting vintage campers.

During the holiday season, “There’s always a rise in people stealing packages off stoops or trying to get something for nothing, trying to get the best of somebody,” said Altamont Postmaster Bill Van Dyke. 

Happy Cat Rescue

Marcia and Charles Scott say they don’t understand why they were arrested and that they took good care of the many cats they saved at the Happy Cat Rescue shelter they ran from their Guilderland home.

Michelle Hinchey

“It didn’t make sense to have two people with the same policy positions run against each other,” said Jeff Collins, explaining why he has ended his campaign to represent District 46 in the State Senate and will instead support fellow Democrat Michelle Hinchey.

great horned owl
It costs Joyce Perry, who runs the not-for-profit Whispering Willow Wild Care, $15,000 a year for the frozen mice she feeds the disabled birds of prey that she takes into the community for educational programs. 
Michael Conners

Before retiring, Albany County Comptroller Michael Conners released a report that could give both the county legislature and executive problems for longer than the two weeks Conners has left in office. 

The Hilton barn

“I’ve always said, ‘If you build it, they will come,’” said New Scotland Councilman William Hennessy after the town received a $411,000 state grant to restore the historic Hilton Barn and add amenities to the park that surrounds it.