Melissa Hale-Spencer

On Aug. 26, 2015, I got a late-night call at the newspaper. It was a Wednesday, the day each week when we stay up all night to put the paper to bed.

The call was from my father. “Your mother’s had a stroke,” he said.

ALTAMONT — Still waters run deep. Charlie Gardner was a quiet man who had deep commitments.

“People truly don’t know assistance is out there. We have so many different programs and so many facets, it would be wonderful for more people to use them,” said Tracy Gibeau, the executive director of the Albany County Rural Housing Alliance.

School groups are being turned away from the popular programs at Five Rivers

John Hamlin Gordon II

Getting history straight and sharing it with others is important to John Hamlin gordon.

Residents of Van Wie Terrace watching their neighbors’ house burn said what good people the Denns are.


Paul Ungerland was inspired to run a bus trip to follow a pair of his high school friends who became pro golfers.

Fifth-grader Olivia calls her mother, Elizabeth Floyd Mair, nosey. “Being a journalist allows you to ask questions,” says Floyd Mair.

Victory Riedy, Victory Child Care

GUILDERLAND — A public uproar four years ago at the suggestion of closing one of the district’s five elementary schools because of declining enrollment led instead to filling empty classrooms with a private pre-kindergarten program. Now the district needs those classrooms back as enrollment is increasing.

Sterling Jewelers Inc. — doing business as Kay Jewelers, Jared The Galleria of Jewelry, and several other brands — had agreed to pay $11 million in penalties after an investigation by the state Attorney General’s Office and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau showed that Sterling signed consumers up for store credit cards without the their knowledge or consent.


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