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A nearly 20-year-old policy allows college students in New York State to purchase textbooks tax-free. There is little advertising of the policy, but government and business officials assert that it is well-known.

GUILDERLAND — Author and town resident Bruce W. Dearstyne has received a national award for his 2015 book on New York history, “The Spirit of New York: Defining Events in the Empire State’s History.”

Susan Leath, Bethlehem's town historian, has a new book, “Historic Tales of Bethlehem, New York,” that includes church histories, tales of local farms, and segments on the defunct ice industry and blacksmithing.

 

 

Keough spent six weeks training with the dog, going from basic obedience, to tracking, and setting up obstacles with explosives.

Joanne Clough, Guilderland

The Grace United Methodist Church at 16 Hillcrest Drive in Ravena will hold a book sale on Wednesday, July 29, through Saturday, Aug. 1. Each day, the sale will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. then, every day but Saturday, it will run again from 6 to 8 p.m.

BERNE — Jayne Fresina of Berne has had a total of 15 historical romance novels published to date, and all of them since 2011. All are available online, and six are available in print.

Altamont resident and Voorheesville alumna Makayla-Courtney McGeeney published a collection of diary entries and blog posts.

Altamont Elementary School's fifth-graders read candidates for this year’s Caldecott and Newbery medals. Students spent the snow day on an email thread with their teacher offering their thoughts. 

"Life is painting a picture, not doing a sum," said Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., a judge who might well have approved of the way kids at Altamont Elementary School assessed picture books.

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