Many YMCA members offered opinions about removing CNN from the lineup of TVs at the center. Some were happy to see it gone, and others dismayed, but they had one thing in common: Many declined to give their names, citing today’s contentious political climate.

GUILDERLAND — Ancestors of several members of the Dutch Settlers Society acted as interpreters, in the 17th Century, between Dutch traders or missionaries and Native Americans.

ALTAMONT — This week, Wayne Knapp and Kathy Mack, a couple from Guilderland, will be strolling the grounds of Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s Virginia plantation, and they will also be exploring, on foot, the nation’s capital of country music: Nashville, Tennessee.

Owner Tara Camardo Attanasio hopes her formal- and bridal-wear boutique, Azalea, will be as vibrant and long-lasting as the flower it’s named for.

GUILDERLAND — There is no specific target date yet for the opening of the dual-branded Hilton hotel in front of Crossgates Mall yet, said the hotel’s director of sales, Emily Cuda. “We just say ‘fall,’” she said.

“We’re on the cusp of months, so I don’t want to say one and it be the other,” Cuda said.

Part of Mercy Care Lane is now owned by the town.

Voters in the Independence Party and the Women’s Equality Party will be the only ones weighing in on Sept. 13 on the candidates for Guilderland town judge.

GUILDERLAND — The Albany County Land Bank this week acquired the Governors Motor Inn, an abandoned property on Guilderland’s main thoroughfare, Route 20.

The land bank has taken possession of the inn, which was gutted by fire in 2010, as well as a house on the property.

An application submitted recently to the town would bring 283 apartments and 80,5000 square feet of commercial space to the wooded land near the Guilderland YMCA.

Dennis Cyr, a Knox resident, recently moved and expanded his business, Mountainview Prosthetics, from a building on his Knox property, down the hill to Altamont’s Maple Avenue in a long-vacant space that was built as the village’s firehouse.

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