ALBANY COUNTY — A small number of bats in the county have rabies, a fatal viral illness that can be transmitted by a bite of an infected animal.

On Sunday, Oct. 15, at 10 a.m., the First Reformed Church of Bethlehem will host a guest pastor, Aaro Rytkönen, executive director of the Al Amana Centre, in Oman, on the coast of the Arabian Peninsula.

GUILDERLAND — Boy Scouts from St. Madeleine Sophie’s Troop 50 will be holding their annual bottle drive on Saturday, Oct. 14.

A new home furnishing store in Stuyvesant Plaza opened on Wednesday in Guilderland.

The new playground at Berne Town Park in Berne was officially opened last Saturday.