The week in photos: May 2, 2019

The Enterprise — Melissa Hale-Spencer
The view from Severson Avenue: The creek that runs behind 107-109 and 111 Helderberg Ave., as well as Stewart’s Altamont Boulevard shop — its parking lot visible in the background — feeds into the Bozenkill. A lawsuit filed last week against Stewart’s Shops and the Altamont Board of Trustees, says that the construction of a new store could be harmful to the environment. Read the full story.


Enterprise file photo — Michael Koff
The Indian Ladder Trail was closed in July 2017 after falling rocks paralyzed Nancy Ladd-Butz of Clifton Park. The trail was reopened year after a crew scaled the cliffs to remove potentially dangerous rocks. In a settlement reached last week, the state of New York will pay Ladd-Butz will $8.4 million; her husband, Robert Butz,  $100,000; and her daughter, Kelsey Butz,  $500,000, according to Ladd-Butz’s lawyer, George J. Szary, of the firm DeGraff, Foy & Kunz. Read the article.


The Enterprise — Michael Koff 
The Ballet Barn, for many years the home of a thriving dance-education program run by local doctor Jane DeRook, is now bounded on two sides by senior projects — by the Atria and by a project currently in construction: Summit Senior Living, a 92-unit independent-living apartment complex for people aged 55 and older. C.J. Gallup, director of Guilderland’s parks and recreation department, said this week that the barn, now owned by the town, at the site of the former Mill Hill Monastery is rented out for birthday parties and other one-day events and is the site of a weekly art class. There are two separate rooms with ballet floors inside, Gallup said, one newer and one older. The newer one, with its bathroom facilities, is the site of activities, pictured at left. The original, two-story barn, at right, is unused; the town is evaluating whether to repair the older section, keep the original barn as-is, or tear it down, he said. People wishing to teach classes at the Ballet Barn are welcome to submit proposals to the parks and recreation department, Gallup said.


The Enterprise — Michael Koff

Reagan Smith is greeted by her teammates after hitting a two-run homerun. Smith had three hits in four at-bats, scoring three runs and had four runs-batted-in as Berne-Knox-Westerlo Bulldogs softball won easily over Cairo-Durham, 15 to 5, last Monday. See more photos.


The Enterprise — H. Rose Schneider
Holding history in his hands, Wayne Crounse opens a Bible from the 1700s that lists, in fine German script, his ancestors. He plans to pass along the inherited tome — with the corners of the embossed leather cover so worn, they were reinforced with metal — to his son, who will pass it in turn to his grandson. The Bible belonged to Frederick Crounse, born in 1716, who came to the New World, from Germany, and settled with his wife in Guilderland at the foot of the Helderergs. In this week’s podcast Crounse shares his family’s rich history — humorous stories as well as deep insights. Listen now.


"Nature gardens color web" by Carol Coogan. This week's editorial is about the myriad health benefits of gardening. Master Gardener Carole Henry not only walked us through the gardens at Cornell Cooperative Extension in Voorheesville last week, she also talked us through the list of nine values outlined by Cornell, to show us how they are carried out. 
Our favorite: “We believe in the power of reflection to help us ‘do less, better.’ In an era of ‘too busy-ness,’ we strive to pause and consider wise action in all our program efforts.” See the editorial.