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Albany County District Attorney P. David Soares announced that he will hold a series of meetings for local residents to ask questions and have a discussion about what legalizing marijuana would mean for them.

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Legend has it that Washington Irving based his “Sleepy Hollow” character Ichabod Crane on a teacher from Kinderhook. There’s a tale in Charleston of an outgoing hermit named Amos who danced for pennies.

Although the state’s ban on brush burning ended May 14, several open-burning regulations are still in effect across New York State year-round. Residents are encouraged by the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation to use caution when burning brush and other legal materials.

Doug LaGrange

ALBANY COUNTY — Albany County’s proposed health consortium was announced this month following the introduction of a bill in the Albany County Legislature to set up the consortium.

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Three Albany County legislators, who are also business owners, have formed a new caucus that will grade legislators based on their votes on measures related to small-businesses.

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Speakers before the Albany County Legislature were about evenly divided as business owners and leaders of financially strapped not-for-profits opposed the bill while religious leaders and workers spoke in favor of it.

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Through modifications and installation of speciality equipment “aging in place” has become an option for elderly residents who wish to remain in their homes.

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SCHOHARIE — The Daniel Webster Jenkins House at 207 Church Street in the hamlet of Central Bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on May 4 — one-hundred-and-thirty-four years after it was built.

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The IBirdNY campaign is starting its second year.

Margaret Craven Snowden

Two women — both retired local doctors — believe terminally ill patients should have more control over how and when to die. They are fighting for state laws that would allow that.

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