Melissa Hale-Spencer

The Democratic primary for county posts is often more important than the general election in November.

The candidates were asked for their views on paid sick leave, stemming the opioid crisis, suburban poverty, and becoming a nanny county.

GUILDERLAND — As Republican Stephen R. Chesley, an attorney, gears up to challenge incumbent Guilderland town justice John W. Bailey, a Democrat, in the November elections, the two are vying for the Conservative party line in the June 25 primaries.

A solar farm that went online in January is expected to offset 58 percent of the Guilderland School District’s annual energy consumption, reducing operating expenses by $4.5 million over the next 20 years. The array is also being used as a teaching tool.

BETHLEHEM — On Monday afternoon, Bethlehm police identified the man who died in last Thursday’s fire at Meadowbrook Apartments as David M. Boggs, 64.

Last Friday, an autopsy conducted at Ellis Hospital found that he died of smoke inhalation, according to Bethlehem Police.

Mike Wenzel had been brewing beer at home or 25 years before he went public with the Helderberg Mountain Brewing Company.

Barbara Crosier

EAST BERNE — Barbara Crosier of East Berne will be recognized for her work helping people with cerebral palsy.

When he came to the United States at age 9, Sapphire Jack, now 16, recalled, “The hardest thing was my accent. I was made fun of. They called it ‘broken English.’ I got into a couple of fights. I learned to ignore it.”

GUILDERLAND —  On Friday, May 17, a mother shot her 5-year-old daughter before shooting herself at 169 Schoolhouse Road, according to a Saturday-afternoon release from Guilderland Police.

Caitlin Melville, 27, the mother, lived at that address with her daughter, who had been a kindergartner at Westmere Elementary School.

Paul Harris

Paul Harris was on parole, having served a 20-year sentence for burglary, when he committed his latest crimes.

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