BETHLEHEM — The Bethlehem Grange has extended its Christmas food drive due to continuing need.

“If  you or your group would like to donate any items, it would be greatly appreciated,” wrote Carol Carpenter, Grange president, in an email.

An annual calendar is the result of an art contest launched in 2004 by the Foundation for Quality Care Inc., the New York State Health Facilities Association, and the New York State Center for Assisted Living.

ALBANY COUNTY — Construction is complete on a new shared-use path for walkers and cyclists connecting the village of Menands to the Mohawk-Hudson Hike-Bike Trail along the Hudson River, which is also part of the newly completed Empire State Trail.

A series of free programs on brain health will be available to the public this month.

 ALBANY COUNTY — Ann Lee Pond in Colonie, and Thompson’s Lake in the Helderbergs are both popular for ice fishing and have public access to fishing. 

Snow lines the limbs of the black locusts.

The New York Army National Guard has recently promoted:

— Breanna Center from Singerlands, assigned to the 1427th Transportation Company, who received a promotion to the rank of staff sergeant on Nov. 20; and

Wreaths Across America says 1.7 million donated live balsam wreaths were placed on headstones across the country last weekend, with each veteran's name said aloud.

A drive thru event with Santa giving gifts to 98 families last Sunday at Knox.

On Monday, Dec. 21, the Guilderland Food Pantry packed 250 Christmas gifts for food-pantry recipients. Serving as Santa’s helpers are, from left, Cindy Wadach, Darciane Leizer, and Anne Cost. The gifts were provided by surrounding Guilderland churches.