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During the pandemic, many Lynnwood Elementary students had been through “levels of trauma,” said their art teacher, Krista Gillis. She came up with a project that would show them, on their return to school, “They belong here and we love them.”

Despite mandatory delays due to the COVID-19 outbreak, tenants have moved into the first of 11 apartment buildings at the Preserve of West Creek.

The New Scotland solar law’s prime-soil and soils-of-statewide-importance provisions make siting a solar project in town nearly impossible. 

Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy

The Albany County website now has a map showing COVID-19 testing sites. The map lets users get directions to different locations, tells them wait times for results, and whether walk-ins are accepted.

School nurses can set up appointments for students with COVID-19 symptoms so they can get tested for the disease.

“I had my life flashing before my eyes,” said Lisa Chrysler of the moment before her son saved her. “When he gave me the Heimlich, I bent over and, within 30 seconds, I felt it go away … He stayed so calm and has been so humble ever since.”

The Voorheesville Central School District in a letter to parents said that “based on the timing of when” a person newly diagnosed with COVID-19 was “last at school, the Albany County Department of Health has indicated no need for further action, on behalf of the school, to have school community members quarantine.” 

A Berne-Knox-Westerlo student who has been learning from home has tested positive for COVID-19, according to an email Superintendent Timothy Mundell sent to BKW students, family, and staff on Monday morning.

“The Black and brown communities that were first on the list of who died cannot be last on the list of who receives the vaccine,” said Governor Andrew Cuomo Sunday in a fiery sermon-like speech.

Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy

ALBANY COUNTY — As the nation sets records for new cases of COVID-19, so does Albany County.

The county hit an all-time high of new positive test results in a single day — 147.

After purchasing Red-Kap Sales, a regional gasoline and convenience store company, Stewart’s Shops will take over Berne’s Mobil gas station, on the Helderberg Trail.

Albany County Health Commissioner Elizabeth Whalen

Elizabeth Whalen, the county’s health commissioner, said that schools are bracing for what they will be required to do if micro-cluster zones are named in Albany County. Additional testing is required along with equipment, legal agreements, and laboratory capabilities, she said.

Governor Andrew Cuomo says that New York’s panel of scientists, headed by a Nobel Prize laureate, will review the federal Food and Drug Administration process for approving a COVID-19 vaccine so that New Yorkers feel safe taking it.

ALBANY COUNTY — The Albany County Soil and Water Conservation District will have a vacancy on its board of directors beginning in early 2021. This appointment is for the board’s director-at-large who must live in the county.

BETHLEHEM — Shopping locally is more important than ever this year, says the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce as it launches its Holiday Shopping Card program, featuring discounts and promotions offered by more than 30 businesses.