NEW SCOTLAND — By looking to its past, New Scotland may build a brighter future, Alan Kowlowitz believes.

For centuries, a great primeval forest stretched uninterrupted from the Hudson River to Lake Erie. But, after little more than three generations of European development, the landscape was completely transformed.

GUILDERLAND — By a vote of 8 to 1, the school board here decided on Tuesday to call the federal holiday that falls on Oct. 9 this year solely by the name Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

The first days of winter are the best time to admire the architecture and ingenious engineering of trees. The maples and oaks, having shed their leaves, now reveal their powerful super structures of trunk and branch silhouetted against the winter gray sky.

Bill Howard, Delmar

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

History is all around us although few of us delve in, as Christopher Philippo does, to find it.

Take women’s suffrage for instance.

For decades in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, late spring and early summer warm weather’s return brought several wealthy, prominent Albany families to the escarpment above Altamont to reop

BETHLEHEM — The National Votes for Women Trail goes through Bethlehem.

A marker was recently placed near the site of the long-gone “Glenmont on the Hudson” estate owned by Elisha Powell Hurlbut, originating the name of the modern-day Bethlehem hamlet of Glenmont. 

Harold Miller brought together people who cared about the Hilltowns — about its history and its future.


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