GUILDERLAND — Barry Macken, 66, of Guilderland, pleaded guilty to aggravated driving while intoxicated, a felony, before Judge Thomas A. Breslin in Albany Supreme Court this week.

Bob Bailey, Altamont’s postmaster for the past five years, is retiring after 27 years of service with the post office.

GUILDERLAND — Members of the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters Local 291 picketed Thursday in front of the site where Pyramid Management, which owns Crossgates Mall, is building a hotel near the mall on Route 20.

Guilderland residents were up in arms and out in full force at Tuesday’s town board meeting, asking the board to help them fight the new state-set equalization rate for the town that has seen the rates of some town residents who live in other school districts rise almost 19 percent.

Three local school districts — Guilderland, Voorheesville, and Berne-Knox-Westerlo — send backpacks of food home on the weekend with students who might not otherwise have enough to eat. The programs are funded by donations from PTAs, church and community groups, and individuals.

The town board this week approved spending $77,000 to outfit the town’s uniformed police officers with car and body cameras.

Jonathan Cobb is expected to be sentenced on Oct. 18 in Albany County Court to spending weekends in jail for a year and spending five years on probation with sex-offender conditions.

Christopher Beckmann is saving a piece of local agrarian history by making a Civil-War era barn into his home.

GUILDERLAND CENTER — Helderberg Reformed Church, which has had five buildings and two locations, is celebrating the 250th anniversary of its founding. Longtime members recall when the church was the heart of Guilderland Center.

A 2-megawatt solar array proposed for Becker Road in western Guilderland would reduce the electricity bills of the Guilderland School District, the sole beneficiary — indirectly — of the array’s power output.

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