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“We’ve got to reimagine how we’re getting the vaccine out to people,” said Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy. New strategies include a mobile van, walk-ins at the county’s health department, and incentives provided by businesses.

BETHLEHEM — A hiker on the rail trail Sunday stopped to help an unconscious man who pulled a Taser on his resuscitator when he came to, according to a release from the Bethlehem Police.

Alexander Carp, 23, was charged on Tuesday with menacing and criminal possession of a weapon in the April 25 incident.

Due to increases in expected sales-tax revenue in 2021-22 and a new very favorable waste-services contract, the village of Voorheesville will not have to tap its rainy-day fund for much money to close its budget gap for next year. 

Edward Chevrette

Edward Chevrette of Guilderland has a passion for piloting.

Willard Martin wrote a dictionary with definitions based on consonants.

“Linguistic experts say consonants have no meaning,” Martin says in this week’s podcast.

Nevertheless, he proceeded to help language make sense to kids with learning disabilities.

BETHLEHEM — Mike Medvesky is among  the first recipients of the inaugural Stewardship Appreciation Awards. Presented by the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation.

ALBANY COUNTY — The Capital Region on Wednesday was the first in the state to cross the half-way mark in giving a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine to residents.

“We tend to socially distance as a norm,” nurse practitioner Jill Martin said of Hilltown residents. “Even our houses are situated far apart.” And many Hilltowners work independently — say, as farmers — and don’t regularly go to crowded venues like theaters or restaurants, she noted. “It gives a false sense of security that we don’t have the virus,” Martin said.

Supervisor Sean Lyons told The Enterprise that he took a federal job in April which, under the Hatch Act, precludes him from candidacy in a partisan election.

A paperwork snafu held up the approval of a new tattoo shop in Altamont Corners while the village planning board told the owner of Curry Patta restaurant, also located in the plaza, it needed additional information about a cigar and hookah area she wants to have on the deck expansion it approved last month.

GUILDERLAND — Four candidates are running for three seats on Guilderland’s nine-member school board.

The new CDC guidance says that, except in certain crowded settings, fully vaccinated people do not need to wear masks.

At its April 13 meeting, the Voorheesville Planning Commission heard not one but two presentations from area entrepreneurs looking to open restaurants in the village — one a craft brewery and restaurant; the other, an eatery that has yet to be determined. 

Governor Andrew Cuomo was in Syracuse Monday to announce the 2021 Reimagined New York State Fair will run from Aug. 20 to Sept. 6.

District residents will vote on the school budget on Tuesday, May 18, as well as on a bus purpose proposition and a school board candidate, who is running unopposed.