Let there be light! Voorheesville turned on the lights on the evergreen tree in Hotaling Park. Several hundred Voorheesville residents joined in the festivities on Nov. 28.

ALTAMONT — After being postponed twice,  St. Lucy/St. Bernadette Church in Altamont is once again sponsoring a trip departing from Albany to Provence and the French Riviera.

Young mothers and their infants are receiving handmade items from the Christ Child Society of Albany Drive-Through Baby Shower, which was held on Oct. 30.

Roland Tozer and Dennis Fancher, Westerlo Historical Society members, stand by a new marker the society placed at the site of the Samuel Snyder Sawmill where routes 402 and 404 intersect, near Bear Swamp. Later known as Brittons’ Mill, it was owned by Nathan Britton and his wife, Emma Snyder Britton, and powered by a tractor steam engine. A 1924 storm destroyed the mill but part of the dam still stands on land now owned by Patricia and Joanne Britton. Kate Latham of Westerlo and Rosie Kuhar of Rensselaerville are direct descendants of Samuel Snyder.

NEW SCOTLAND — Colleen Tripp from Voorheesville, a member of the New York Air National Guard, was promoted to the rank of senior master sergeant on July 29

She is assigned to the 174th Attack Wing.

Air National Guard promotions are based on overall performance, attitude, leadership ability, and development potential.

ALBANY COUNTY — After a lengthy hiatus, due to the pandemic, the Albany Area Chess Club is returning to its regular activities.

The club meets at 6 British American Blvd. in Latham, near the airport, every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

The Elliott House Thrift Shop on Route 81 in Norton Hill will remain open until Saturday, Dec. 4, at noon. Christmas items have been added and more items will be added daily.

GUILDERLAND — In a year in which it was difficult to find things to celebrate, Scout Troop 50 from St. Madeleine Sophie Parish in Guilderland was able to find a bright spot. In fact, we were able to find six bright spots in 2021 as we had six of our scouts obtain the rank of Eagle Scout this year.

Catherine Annette Chauvot

Petty Officer 2nd Class Catherine Annette Chauvot, a sailor with family in Berne, joined the Navy over 12 years ago and now serves as a musician.