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LAKE KATRINE — John E. Donaldson, whom his family describes as generous and compassionate, was sensitive to needs of the less fortunate. Formerly of Berne, Mr. Donaldson died on Monday, Nov. 19, 2018, after a short illness. He was 54.

Local students at the State University of New York College of Oneonta have recently distinguished themselves in several arenas:

The Hudson Valley Community College Foundation recently awarded more than 100  of the top students with academic scholarships, including these local students:

As Thanksgiving Day approaches, the Samaritan’s Purse Project hopes people will show their gratitude by giving back — filling shoeboxes with toys, school supplies, and hygiene items to send to children in need around the world.

The Empire State Youth Orchestra has a new musical director. It also has roots in and ongoing connections to Guilderland.

Artist and cookbook author Nava Atlas demonstrates vegan dishes that can be prepared and how to plan a holiday meal when there may be guests with dietary restrictions.

On Thursday, Albany County District Attorney David Soares announced that his office will decline to prosecute cases of simple marijuana possession.

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ALBANY COUNTY — More than $372 million in assistance is available to help older adults and low- and middle-income New Yorkers heat their homes this winter. Local departments of social services began accepting applications for the Home Energy Assistance Program on Tuesday, November 13.

ALBANY COUNTY — Three organizations in Albany County are among 11 supportive housing projects for the homeless that will receive a total of $40 million in state funds, the governor announced on Monday:

In the face of lawsuits and money problems, Monolith Solar, and its new chief executive officer, are optimistic that they can get the company back on track by 2019.

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