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Plucked strings and stomping contradancers vibrated the humid air over the Altamont fairgrounds for the Old Songs Festival from June 28 to 30.

EAST BERNE — The East Berne Auto garage is now the East Berne Fire garage, and the future site of a new firehouse.

KNOX — Vincent Virano, who lives in Albany and owns land on Singer Road, asked the town at its June 11 board meeting to issue a ticket for Gerald Hackstadt’s pool on an adjacent property. It is one of three zoning violations he claims the town has not properly addressed.

VOORHEESVILLE — After months of negotiating, the village board reluctantly agreed in June with a split vote to sign a modified contract with the Voorheesville Area Ambulance squad, leaving just two months remaining until a new contract would be necessary. As of press time, the ambulance squad has not yet returned a signed contract.

NEW SCOTLAND — Citing recent leadership changes, past defections, and a need to solidify the party’s message, the New Scotland Republican Committee has declined to endorse any candidates in this year’s municipal elections so it can regroup, said Albany County Republican Commissioner Rachel L. Bledi.

GUILDERLAND — It was shortly after 2 p.m. last Friday when Guilderland fire departments and paramedics received a call about a three-car accident on Western Avenue; despite resuscitation attempts, one of the four victims of the crash died on the way to the hospital.

GUILDERLAND — It has been seven years since Albany resident Yassin M. Aref, an imam from Albany, was convicted of terrorism and sentenced to 15 years in a Communication Management Unit in a federal prison in Indiana. Lynne Jackson and one of the founding members of Save the Pine Bush, has strayed from environmental activism and taken a special interest in Aref’s case.

GUILDERLAND — The school board’s longest-serving member, Barbara Fraterrigo, is now at its helm.

GUILDERLAND — In the last six years, everyone in her family, save herself, has been diagnosed with Huntington’s disease, yet wife and mother Lori Rodino has remained hopeful, thanks in large part to help from the community.

BERNE — The Berne-Knox-Westerlo School Board is planning to present details of its negotiations with the Teachers Association at its June 17 meeting, two years after an impasse and four years after the last extension of their agreement.