The week's photos (Sept. 22, 2016)

The Enterprise — Michael Koff

Sunny ride: A biker starts with a group of cyclists who would pedal 44 or 64 miles Saturday through the Hilltowns, beginning and ending at the Carey Center for Global Good in Rensselaerville.


— Photo from Brenna Autrey, GTA Community Relations chairwoman
Kids have fun while parents go to class: The Guilderland Teachers’ Association is piloting child care for families during open houses at Westmere and Guilderland elementary schools this year.  Last Thursday was the first open house at Westmere where over 65 children used the free service.  Teachers from other buildings and high school students volunteered to watch the children and supervise crafts and activities.

— Photo from Cheryl Baitsholts

Found in Medusa: This male golden retriever was found on Monday, Sept. 12, near Willsey Road. He had no collar or microchip. Call Cheryl Baitsholts, Rensselaerville’s dog control officer, at (518) 797-5201 to claim your dog. He will be available for adoption on Sept. 26 if no one has claimed him.

The Enterprise — Michael Koff

It’s all about the wine: Last Sunday morning, wine connoisseurs sample wine from Eagle Crest Vineyards from Hemlock Lake, New York during the annual Apple & Wine Festival at the Altamont fairgrounds.

The Enterprise — Michael Koff

Seniors have a center now: Guilderland town residents take part Monday in a Senior Fitness class taught by Theresa Adams, at left, in their new Senior Center. Monday was the first day that the town’s activities moved to their new home, at the site of the old Bavarian Chalet at 141 Bavarian Way, now part of the new Mill Hollow development. Senior Services Coordinator Mary Ann Kelley said that Monday’s opening was “Good! A little busy.” A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at the new center on Friday, Sept. 30, at 9 a.m.

The Enterprise — Michael Koff

Testing his skills: State Senator George Amedore sits in an AT&T simulator at Crossgates Mall, wearing Galaxy S7 virtual reality goggles and headphones to see if he can drive while a cellphone goes off. Amedore gave the simulator a test run after a press conference about the “It Can (All) Wait” campaign. “It’s to educate our young drivers to focus on the road,” he said during the conference. Mall patrons can use the simulator in front of the AT&T store for free.


The Enterprise — Michael Koff

Humans ran to raise money for Guilderhaven Inc., a not-for-profit that offers low-cost spaying and neutering, food, and medical intervention for forgotten animals. Waiting for the run to start, a black Labrador retriever stands patiently by its owner, Laura Rickmyre, who finished with a time of 30:28.

— Photo from Bill DeVoe, BOCES public information specialist for BKW

Wearing superhero capes, two Berne-Knox-Westerlo students participate in a Sept. 15 school assembly led by Tom Murphy, left, a former rail traffic controller and competitor in mixed martial arts who founded an anti-bullying organization called Sweethearts & Heroes. His presentations for elementary and secondary students included lessons on technology and cyber bullying, bullying as opposed to conflict, and an action plan for what to do if children feel bullied.

—  Photo from Beth Burlingame

The steeple of St. John’s Church had a carillon that played a hymn, comforting Beth Burlingame as her husband died. She and her husband, Mark “Burls” Burlingame, used to listen to the church music from the porch of their home, perched on the hill overlooking Altamont. The steeple was struck by lightning in July, silencing the recorded music. A campaign is underway to raise $13,000 for an electronic carillon. Read the full story by Melissa Hale-Spencer here. 

The Enterprise — Michael Koff

Straight shooter: Stanley AuClaire from the Grand at River Valley in Poughkeepsie competes at table bowling Wednesday during the Senior Olympics held at the Grand’s Guilderland facility. The competition closed with a ceremony where winners were awarded medals.

The Enterprise — Michael Koff

Remembering Caitlin: Maura and Dave Clancy, parents of the late Caitlin Clancy, speak about their daughter to hundreds of golfers preparing to tee off at the third annual Caitlin Clancy Memorial Golf Tournament at the Western Turnpike Golf Course in Guilderland last Saturday. Clancy, a Guilderland High School graduate who planned to be a nurse, died of complications from diabetes as she was starting her college studies.


The Enterprise — Elizabeth Floyd Mair

Strolling their grounds: Marc and Marianne Roman bought the Old Stone Inn two years ago with the idea of turning it back into a bed-and-breakfast in a few years, after their sons graduate from college and move away from home. More recently, Guilderland's first large solar farm is being reviewed for a nearby location, potentially affecting their business. Read the full story by Elizabeth Floyd Mair here.

— Photo from Mike McCagg of BOCES

Is this car legal? Criminal Justice students — from left, Tom Martin, from South Colonie, and Tim Knight and Landon Shafer, both from Bethlehem — at the Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School check registrations and inspection stickers in the Albany campus parking lot to make sure both are valid. During one of the first assignments in the two-year criminal-justice program, the juniors were dispatched to a parking detail, breaking into teams of three to check the status of the hundreds of cars parked there.