New Scotland fails to draw bids for one contract, evaluating options
Little interest was drawn for contracts to construct the New Salem Water District, with one of the three contracts not receiving a single bidder.
BOCES-led consortium wins nearly $440k for 12 districts
A dozen area school districts welcomed an infusion of state funding to help improve assessment practices.
New Scotland Board mulls water lines for residential subdivision
Patience is running dry for a developer seeking a residential subdivision, with water infrastructure remaining a sticking point for town officials.
Legislature passes ban on sales at pharmacies; McCoy to hold public hearing
Refilling your prescription medication and stocking up on cigarettes could require two separate stops a year from now.
Regional program prepares for first year at CNSE’s Albany campus
The phones were still off the hook, but Tech Valley High School Principal Dan Liebert could already hear educational opportunities calling area students.
More Capital District schools are moving to digital reports to allow parents an easy way to monitor a child’s progress
This story appears in Spotlight Newspapers' Back To School supplement, which came out Aug. 13.
Planning Board hears residential proposal for 62-acre sub-division
Developers are looking to create a 22-lot residential subdivision on a 62-acre parcel off Route 85.
Event allows participants to show solidarity with those who don’t have a roof over their head
Around two dozen people will take an extended stay at Tawasentha Park this weekend as they raise money to help provide a roof over another person’s head.
‘Muffin Man’ expands fundraising efforts to breakfast in bed service
A basket of muffins might not change the world, but one man is proving it’s a good place to start.
Old favorites and new attractions showcased at weeklong event
Alongside fair food favorites, the Altamont Fair is offering up something new to taste with some local flavor.
Dr. Becker’s wish granted after his death
Dr. Milford Becker spent the last years of his life trying to preserve some of the land he owned, but he did not see his vision realized. Almost seven years after passing away, his wish is coming true.
Community Caregivers raffles custom pendant, to hold appreciation reception
Community Caregivers is celebrating its 20th anniversary by holding a raffle for a one-of-a-kind gold pendant featuring the nonprofit’s logo of clasped hands forming a heart.
Neighbor complaints lead Voorheesville to draft changes to front-yard regulations
Voorheesville officials said several complaints about one home’s front yard fence spurred a local law to tackle the problem.
Commission set to clear 47 acres of black locust trees, reclaim landscape
Hundreds of invasive trees will be removed from the Pine Bush Preserve before next year, which will dramatically shift the landscape in preparation for a native habitat.
Democrats draft last-minute amendment to clear step for Solider On project
Dozens of veterans spoke out against Democratic legislators proposing to stall Solider On’s housing project, which spurred a last-minute amendment to clear a procedural step.
Albany County Sheriff’s Office initiatives presented to Capital Region Rotary Club
Rotarians got an up-close look into aspects of the Albany County Sheriff’s Department, from a mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicle to a transmitter that helps find those who wander.
Village signs contract with Monolith Solar for panels at two sites
Voorheesville is the latest municipality to enter a Power Purchase Agreement to reap guaranteed solar power savings as rebates making such proposals more appealing are dwindling.
Eighth annual Helderberg Theater Festival features twist on classic, youth directors
The Classic Theater Guild Inc. and Indian Ladder Farms are teaming up again for The 2014 Helderberg Theater Festival, which will be held outdoors at the farm from July 17 to 27.
Zoning board precedent allows pet chickens, Town Board to weigh zoning revisions
Seeking to keep chickens on residential property in Guilderland will typically be much less of a public appeal — at least until any changes are made to the town code.
State’s highest court rules statute unconstitutional, McCoy seeking new bill
The state Court of Appeals struck down the county’s cyberbullying law in a 5-2 decision Monday, July 1, with the majority ruling the statute as written was too broad and violated the First Amendment. Albany County Executive Dan McCoy vowed to work with legislators to draft a new law.
State legislature passes bill spurred by Voorheesville teen’s suicide
Three years after Jerry Clark’s grandmother began lobbying lawmakers to protect other families from the tragedy her family faced, state legislators approved a revised version of her bill.
Everett Rau discusses early days of farm life, agricultural passion
Altamont Archives and Museum volunteer Laura Shore interviewed Everett Rau about his life in agriculture Monday, June 23, in the community room at Village Hall.
Guilderland Planning Board recommendation looms; site plan revised
Guilderland planners’ concerns over traffic impacts of a proposed Cumberland Farms at a busy intersection were not relieved after hearing a state official’s comments.
Albany Therapeutic Riding Center seeking volunteers
Finding a sense of peace within the quiet, rural landscape below the Helderberg Escarpment likely is not difficult for most people. For more than 30 years, a local nonprofit has tapped into it to provide therapy for mentally and physically disabled individuals.
State designation spurs funding for professional development
Altamont Elementary School’s designation as a Reward School has led to the district receiving $75,000 to enhance professional development.
Guilderland ZBA’s prior rulings could create pathway for fowl pets
Chickens could become a less public proposal in Guilderland if zoning board members determine past rulings set a precedent, despite prior claims against such ever being set.
District, board members mum on scenarios; school closure advised
Guilderland Central School District held a community meeting Monday, June 16, for consultant Paul Seversky to discuss findings from his building capacity study, along with some scenarios the district could pursue to reduce expenses.
Leadership Tech Valley project expands Patroon Land Farm’s growing capacity
The Leadership Tech Valley Class of 2014 formally unveiled its project Thursday, June 12, which included installing a high tunnel greenhouse and modern drip irrigation system at the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York’s Patroon Land Farm
Legislature adopts law strengthening state regulations, seller voices concern
Fido would likely be wagging his tail if he knew stricter laws were recently adopted to protect his four-legged brethren in Albany County.
Village featuring photography exhibit to feature roots of Altamont Fair
Festivities at the Altamont Fair were far different 121 years ago when the inaugural event kicked off after a year of planning and preparations.
Kids at Voorheesville daycare are the youngest rail trail ambassadors
Some little kids have stepped up to take on a big role along a recently opened portion of the Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail.
Guilderland to hold fourth annual Mud Mania at Tawasentha Park
Three years after the Town of Guilderland held its inaugural Tawasentha Mud Mania race through a muddy obstacle course as a fundraiser for park improvements, it had made enough money to pay for shiny new playground equipment. This year, the race is continuing due to its popularity.
NYCLU challenges statute’s constitutionality; county attorney argues for revision
Albany County legislators may be forced to draft a new cyberbullying law if the state’s top court rules in favor of advocates arguing it violates the First Amendment.
Capital District gets its own Renaissance Festival promising merriment for all
The NY Capital District Renaissance Festival will be held on Saturday, June 14, and Sunday, June 15, at Indian Ladder Farms in New Scotland, adding a brand-new attraction to the region.
Chair of Honor installed at Times Union Center, reminder of missing soldiers
A Rolling Thunder POW/MIA Chair of Honor on Wednesday, May 28, was formally installed at the Albany entertainment venue. It serves as a permanent memorial to missing military members.
Loudonville lawmaker lobbies for limits to be included in charter revisions
Albany County legislator Peter Crouse, R-Loudonville, on Thursday, May 29, announced he had submitted a proposal to the county Charter Review Committee requesting term limits be included in the revised charter presented to voters.
Guilderland students hold 11th annual Living Museum; program to be cut next year
The likes of Thomas Edison, Davy Crockett and Helen Keller will probably not be seen again in Guilderland High School.
Schoolcraft House Lawn Fest offers look into town’s past, fun activities
About 170 years ago John Schoolcraft built his grandiose home in what was known at the time as the hamlet of Guilderland. After suffering years of degradation, a local group is returning the home to its original grandeur.
Town Board could still revise code to allow backyard coops
Neighbors won the battle in one man’s request to keep chickens, but the war of backyard pet politics is not yet over in the Town of Guilderland.
Company touts larger estimated savings of $370k over 20 years
Competition is brewing for New Scotland’s bid into solar energy, with a second company claiming it could offer even more savings annually on electricity bills.
Legislators propose shifting funds from convention center but fail to gain support
Some county legislators do not believe funneling more than $7 million annually toward Albany’s convention center and civic center is the best use of its hotel occupancy tax revenue.
District’s vehicle purchase and capital improvement plans approved; library budget passed
Voorheesville Central School District’s proposed $22.7 million budget was comfortably approved by residents on Tuesday, May 20, along with both propositions before voters.
Annual address provides overview of county expenditures, revenue from last year
Albany County Comptroller Michael Conners believes the county is headed in a good direction, but it can’t leave behind those most in need.
Board members walking “fine line,” tutors could be tapped for input
Discussions over private tutors using space at the Guilderland Public Library and what procedures or policies should be implemented continued at the library Board of Trustees meeting on Thursday, May 8.
A.G. Schneiderman kicks off Community Overdose Prevention program awards
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman kicked off the first round of awards at Guilderland Town Hall on Tuesday, May 6. Guilderland police received $2,100 to fully reimburse equipping and training 35 officers to use naloxone kits.
Rash of damage spurs park surveillance system in New Scotland
Delinquents beware — more than the birds will soon be watching over Feura Bush Park.
Planning Board OKs special use permit, Indian Ladder Farms hosting event
The New Scotland Planning Board on Tuesday, May 6, unanimously approved NY Capital District Renaissance Festival LLC’s request for a special use permit to hold the two-day historical themed event on two parcels of land Peter Ten Eyck owns.
Law would strengthen state rules, establish permitting and fines
Legislators Gary Domalewicz and Bryan Clehanan on Tuesday, May 6, unveiled their proposed local law requiring the permitting of cat and dog sellers, along with regulating breeders. The bill would establish standards and allow for regular enforcement.
St. Peter Women’s Guild to commemorate 100th anniversary with dinner
Many things were different 100 years ago, with modern technology seeming more like science fiction. At least one thing remains unchanged — the dedication of a faithful group of women.
Former student nominated Selkirk man for inspirational educator award
Physics teacher Ted Simons left a lasting impression on at least one former student, but Simons said his dedication is no different than that of his colleagues at Voorheesville Central School District.