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Prisoners are less likely to commit crimes once they are released if they’ve stayed connected to their families and communities.

A new organization, Friends in the Adirondacks, offers hospitality to visiting families of people who are incarcerated in the North Country. The organization’s other mission, said co-founder Martha Swan, is to open hearts and minds of local residents.

Habitats of North American birds, especially wintering grounds in Central America, face their greatest threat from human activities, according to a recent study published in the journal Global Change Biology.

NEW SCOTLAND — The Albany County Recreation Department will host a free baseball summer camp that will provide kids a way to learn the game or improve their skills.

The camp is open to all county youth ages 7 to 13, and all equipment except for baseball gloves will be provided.

Congressman Paul Tonko has announced the 2017 Congressional App Challenge for the 20th Congressional District, a competition for students in New York’s Capital Region to create and develop their own computer or mobile app. The competition runs until noon on Nov.

Jennifer Barreto

Albany Police say a Delmar woman who delivered pizza was trying to show a relative she could handle her job when she falsely reported robberies to police.

Dean M. Shultis

Bethlehem Police have publicized the arrest of a 65-year-old man whom they say was masturbating in the waiting room of a doctor’s office in hopes it will lead others to recognize him and report similar incidents.

ALBANY — Free tours of both the State Education Building and the Capitol will be given on the second Saturday of each month, starting Aug. 12.

The annual Asian longhorned beetle Swimming Pool Survey is underway, marking the program’s sixth summer of research work.  

NEW SCOTLAND — The Classic Theatre Guild will host its 11th Summer Festival at Indian Ladder Farms, presenting Shakespeare’s “Love’s Labor’s Lost” and an original adaptation of “Robin Hood.” Both plays are directed by local, young playwrights.

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