Joe Coffey, the commissioner of the city of Albany Water Department, said that the city generally never uses the Basic Creek Reservoir in the late summer and early fall because of its tendency to have algae blooms, both toxic and nontoxic.

“I realized I wanted to take care of the larger planet,” Anne Rhoads said. “Protecting the forest would support the animals as well.”

Debbie Scott, the new director of the Westerlo Public Library shelves books

“I was looking forward to being back in a small town … ,” Debbie Scott said of starting as the new director of the Westerlo Public Library. “I was looking forward to serving a community and a public library.”

Joseph Heyman

Joseph Heyman, Ph.D., a retired scientist at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, told a young boy, “In your lifetime, son, amazing things are going to happen that you never even dreamt of.”

An investigation is still ongoing, police say, and forensic analysis of some items may lead to further charges against a 33-year-old Knox man who has been arrested for sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl.

The Berne-Knox-Westerlo superintendent said that the Center for Education Policy Research typically studies urban schools, but will begin a five-year study of 50 schools in Ohio and New York. BKW is one of 25 districts in the state, with other nearby districts including Broadalbin-Perth and Sharon Springs, he said.

Rensselaerville catalpa tree fallen

A tall and ancient catalpa tree has fallen at the former inn, Catalpa House, in the Rensselaerville hamlet.

Unless local governments can demonstrate raising pigs is a threat to public health and safety, farms in an agricultural district are protected under state law from unreasonable regulations, a state official said.

When police checked a residence the 22-year-old was known to frequent, he jumped out of a window in the back and ran to the woods

Berne-Knox-Westerlo staff said that one way the community can support the Farm to School program is for parents to complete the free or reduced-price school meals application. If 40 percent of BKW students qualify for free meals, the district would be able to serve free meals to all of its students.

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