A bill sponsored by Senator George Amedore and Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy to further update the New York State Alcoholic Beverage Control Law would allow distilleries to sell beer, wine, and cider by the glass, allowing for further cross-promotion of local craft beverages.


Each of us has, just a click away, information from all over the world on any subject about which we are curious. This can make us broad-minded and well informed, or it can make us narrow-minded and ill informed. It all depends on how we use it.

A nearly 20-year-old policy allows college students in New York State to purchase textbooks tax-free. There is little advertising of the policy, but government and business officials assert that it is well-known.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation reminds ice anglers to use caution and common sense as ice-fishing season begins across much of New York State. The DEC outlines these guidelines in a recent release.

Stuart Allen Devenpeck

DUANESBURG — Stuart Allen Devenpeck, a lifelong resident of the area and proprietor of a local tavern, died on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017. He was 45.

“He was very big-hearted,” said his wife, Joyce Fix-Devenpeck. “Very big-hearted and generous.”

VOORHEESVILLE — The Albany County Rural Housing Alliance Inc. has over $230,000 in grant funds from the New York State Homes and Community Renewal program to assist first-time home buyers with mortgage down payment and closing costs.

ALTAMONT — The Best of Spain trip sponsored by St. Lucy/St. Bernadette Church in Altamont is still available with the $100 discount per person extended until Jan. 18.  The trip, escorted by local travel expert Jean Gagnon, will depart from Albany on March 30 and return April 10.

The Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy was founded 25 years ago on a cold winter evening by a small group of neighbors concerned about the loss of precious open space.

These local students were among more than 100 part-time students at the University at Albany to have a grade-point average of at least 3.5 in six graduation credits for the fall 2016 semester:

— Hannah Buckey of Altamont;

— Doug Clark of Schenectady;

— Ryan Frederick of Schenectady;


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