Elizabeth Floyd Mair

The owner of Christmas Land on Furbeck Road in Altamont got a special-use permit last week, after the month-long event had already occurred. Some neighbors are concerned about potential additional plans for the site.

In his upcoming rebuild, the store's owner plans a sleek modern look featuring large plate-glass windows on two adjoining corners, to let passersby see inside.

The scheme netted an estimated $90,000.

A man called 9-1-1 to say his living room was on fire and he was going to get a bucket to put it out. When firefighters got there less than 10 minutes later, the home was 80 percent involved.

“Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” has a long waiting list at the Guilderland Library and is on back order at the Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza.

Guilderland’s low-key reorganizational meeting announced the addition of several new members to the town’s committees.

Lynne Buchanan

The town took in almost $4.6 million in prepayments of property tax during the last four days of 2017. Those who could benefit from prepaying, one expert said, are those who itemize, are not fully subject to alternate minimum tax, and owe more than $10,000 in taxes.

DARE program at Altamont Elementary School

GUILDERLAND — The DARE program — the acronym stands for Drug Abuse and Resistance — isn’t just about drugs any more, explained Officer Matt Hanzalik of the Guilderland Police, who teaches the course to fifth-graders at Guilderland’s five public elementary schools.

The Crounse House is a Federal-style single-family home built by Frederick Crounse, Altamont’s first doctor, who practiced there on the village’s main street, now Route 146. 

GUILDERLAND — In 22-degree weather the day after Christmas, firefighters battled a house fire at 490 Church Rd. that took the life of one person.

Westmere Fire Department Chief Henry Smith said that a 9-1-1 call came in at about 1:41 p.m. reporting a house fire with someone possibly trapped inside “in the cellar area.”


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