The Altamont Fair runs from Aug. 16 through 21. Advance tickets may be bought online for a discount until the first day of the fair.

ALBANY COUNTY — The county’s public works department is closing Old Ravena Road, which runs roughly parallel to State Route 9W, intersecting it in two places, in the towns of Coeymans and Bethlehem, in order to replace a bridge superstructure.

The final public hearing for the Albany County redistricting process will be held on Aug. 5, after which the county redistricting commission will submit its map to the legislature for approval.

ALBANY COUNTY — This week, the governor said the state will look at its pandemic past while at the same time she talked about proposals for containing COVID-19 in the near future.

The state this week launched a hotline, 1-800-HARASS-3 (1-800-427-2773), for issues of workplace sexual harassment.
The confidential hotline will be operated by the New York State Division of Human Rights and will connect workers who have faced sexual harassment with experienced pro-bono attorneys to advise them.

Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 are four times more resistant to COVID-19 vaccines than was BA.2.12.1, meaning breakthrough infections are more likely, according to a new study.

New York State has been allocated 8,822 doses of vaccine from the federal government with an additional allocation of 23,963 for New York City alone, the governor’s office reported in a release on Tuesday. Forty doses are for Albany County.

GUILDERLAND — Historian Bruce Dearstyne has just published a book he hopes will be judged.

The 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline will connect people experiencing a mental-health or substance-use crisis to a trained counselor who can address their immediate needs and help connect them to ongoing care.

The current summer season has not seen the drastic dip of the past two summers on new cases nor on hospitalizations.