Melissa Hale-Spencer

Walter Cieszynski’s wife and son believe he acquired a tick-borne disease from a blood transfusion, although the Red Cross says he did not. There is no requirement to screen blood donors for the potentially fatal disease.

Anaplasmosis, the second-most common tick-borne illness in New York State, behind Lyme, infects about 500 New Yorkers annually, according the New York State Department of Health.

Paul and Theresa Oliver, who narrowly escaped the fire that took their Gardner Road home early Tuesday morning, plan to rebuild. “We wouldn’t leave here,” said Theresa Oliver on Tuesday afternoon. “This is family land.”

In closing off valves to isolate the break, “that shakes up the system,” said Brett Hotaling, the village's superintendent of Public Works.

Mindful of the village’s Victorian history, Altamont’s mayor and trustees opposed an application for a large solar array on its periphery. A developer of the array calls the community’s response selfish, not looking toward America’s future.

NEW SCOTLAND — A man of principle and passion, Peter Henner worked for causes he believed in with the same logic and commitment he used when playing chess. He tackled his legal work as he tackled mountains on climbs with his wife — with a sense of adventure.

A man who came to Altamont as a fair worker, police say, was a fugitive from justice and will be flown back to Florida once his felony heroin arrest here is settled.

Artifacts were hard to come by in creating an exhibit of the Altamont Free Library’s 100-year history because it moved so often. So exhibit's curator relied on text.

“Bells for Burls” is a campaign to bring a carillon to St. John’s Church in Altamont, honoring Mark “Burls” Burlingame who listened to the music as he lay dying.

Steeped in a tradition of sustainable farming, Shannon Hayes is schooling her daughters at home while helping them turn outward to serve the community in a café that offers wholesome fare based on recipes in her cookbook.

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