“His friend saved his life,” said Liam’s father, Matt Flaherty. “He had a tumor on his thyroid. They did a needle biopsy, then a surgical biopsy.”  The family got a respite from their worries on Saturday. Two women from the Make-A-Wish Foundation had come to the Flahertys’ Altamont home to talk to Liam and see what his interests are.

Opinion

Elizabeth Floyd Mair listens to voices others often don’t hear. She is persistent in ferreting out the stories of people who are sometimes crime victims, sometimes perpetrators. She finds the humanity in both.

Guilderland

The school district’s budget includes several items added Tuesday by the school board — after contentious debate — without public discussion.

New Scotland

After half-century as a pastor in the Reformed Church in America, the last 27 at the Unionville Reformed Church in Delmar, Pastor Thomas Kendall has stepped down and is now considered a pastor emeritus.

Regional

Survivors of child sex abuse say they will continue to press the New York State Senate to allow a vote on the Child Victims Act — which would extend the statute of limitations, giving child victims more time to process their abuse and come forward. The Act has passed with bipartisan support in the Assembly, but has been stonewalled in the Senate.  ​

Hilltowns

Westerlo highway garage

A state grant could fund the majority of repairs to the Westerlo Highway Garage, a task that the town has struggled to complete due to residents’ concerns about high cost.

Sports

Sunny and bright described the day as well as the Berne-Knox-Westerlo softball team Friday as the Bulldogs played a non-league game against Rensselaer at home. The Bulldogs were down, 4 to 2, but bit back to win, 5 to 4.