Guilderland community photos, Aug. 22, 2013

The Enterprise — Ron Ginsburg

Paging through history: Newt Ronan, left, and Lois Ginsburg look at an old Altamont Enterprise story in a book detailing church news as Altamont Reformed celebrated its 125th anniversary on Aug. 10. The church at 129 Lincoln Ave. in the village was built in 1888, and has roots reaching back to the 1700s.

The Enterprise — Ron Ginsburg

Marimba marvel: David Luidens plays four movements of “Reflections on the Nature of Water” by Jacob Druckman during the 125th-anniversary celebration of the Altamont Reformed Church where his father, Rev. Bob Luidens, is the pastor. He graduated from Guilderland High School in 2009 and earned a bachelor’s degree at the Boston Conservatory where he majored in percussion performance. Soon, he’ll start a master’s program in orchestral percussion at the New England Conservatory.

The Enterprise — Ron Ginsburg

Sweet treats: Eating ice cream was part of the fun at the 125th anniversary celebration of the Altamont Reformed Church on Aug. 10. Dipping in are Kylie Fagan, left, and Megan Reis. The Helderberg Church Consistory held a meeting in the brand-new church on July 15, 1888, and the building was dedicated at a service on Oct. 3, 1888

The Enterprise — Ron Ginsburg

Joyful sound: Diane Kingsland, the minister of church music at the Altamont Reformed Church, plays the organ during the 125th anniversary celebration on Aug. 10. She is playing the sanctuary pipe organ installed around 1900 and rebuilt in 1952. Betty Ketcham, the church’s regular eianist, also played at the celebration along with violist Susan St. Amour who is a member of the Albany Symphony Orchestra.

— Photo by Russell Pokorny

Fair view: Russell Pokorny of Knox took this aerial view of the Altamont Fair on Friday afternoon at about 1:30 from his Cessna 150. From the sky, the concentric rings are clearly visible on the circus big top, where Marie McMillen said fairgoers flocked and were turned away to return another time. McMillen, the fair’s manager, said ticket accounting hasn’t yet been done to estimate how many people attended this year, but she believes it was more than the last year’s estimate of 50,000 paid attendees. The free-style motorcross show, Circus Hollywood, and the Disc-connected K9’s show were some of the most popular attractions, she said. “Every year, I put two more sets of bleachers there,” said McMillen of the Frisbee dog show. “It’s still just jammed with people.”

The Enterprise –– Michael Koff

Standing strong: Bill Tolson, right, stands beside staffer Laurie Bosco as he tells a story about his brain injury during last Friday’s Brain Injury Awareness Day at Tawasentha Park in Guilderland. Naomi Cohen also spoke to the crowd about overcoming her injury to earn a degree from college, where she was on the dean’s list. Bosco and Tolson wear shirts with the slogan I.A.M., which stands for the path to success — injury, acceptance, and maturation.

The Enterprise –– Michael Koff

Getting important info, a caregiver, at right, hears from an Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation employee about getting speech therapy. He was one of many vendors at last Friday’s Brain Injury Awareness Day at Tawasentha Park in Guilderland. The event was hosted by Living Resources.

Farming at the fair: Julie Husek, second from right, is presented with the award for “Best Display for the Promotion of Agriculture” by Douglas LaGrange, far right, vice chairman of the Albany Farm Service Agency County Committee, which gives the award each year at the Altamont Fair. This year’s winner was the Agricultural Awareness Tent, located near the livestock buildings, where, each day, a series of presentations provided information on a variety of agricultural topics. including poultry housing, honey bees, guessing the weight of different livestock, and learning to milk a goat. Husek, the assistant Goat Superintendent, supervises and schedules events for the area. With her, from left, are Tom Della Rocco, director of the United States Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency; Jenny Berben; and Martha Berben along with her milk goat.

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