Jo E. Prout

After months of neighbors' petitions and planning board delays,  Lauren Bachner had her kennel and dog-day care approved last week in a split vote.

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Pictures of students’ gross school lunches, tagged with #thanksMichelleObama,  trended across social media this week as teenagers complained about new, healthier foods that replaced former favorites.

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Local orchards are revving up for the holidays with special products — from Thanksgiving pies to chipotle and apple marinating sauces — to make shopping, cooking, and feasting fun.

Pie-makers can head to Indian Ladder Farms in New Scotland to gather apples for their holiday tables.

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VOORHEESVILLE — Students and teachers created a sea of blue last week as they assembled to celebrate Voorheesville Elementary School’s designation as a Blue Ribbon School.
“You make it a Blue Ribbon School,” said Principal Thomas Reardon. “That’s why you’re wearing a ribbon.”

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NEW SCOTLAND — The zoning board of appeals on Tuesday unanimously granted a temporary use variance for the construction of just a foundation of a building on land that has not yet received approval from Albany County Department of Health, effectively closing a public hearing held open for two months.

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VOORHEESVILLE — The Classic Theater Guild will offer a one-time performance of It’s a Wonderful Life at the Voorheesville Performing Arts Center in December, after a two-week run at Proctors in Schenectady.

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VOORHEESVILLE — The school board here appointed local parent Doreen Saia to the board on Monday to fill the spot vacated by Kristine Gravino in September.

Also, the board heard a presentation by Voorheesville Elementary School Principal Thomas Reardon about the VES spirit program for students.

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Author James Dunn found a family connection to the famous O’Connell kidnapping of the 1930s while doing a genealogy search. His 12-year study of the kidnapping — during which he obtained declassified Federal Bureau of Investigation documents — led Dunn to write a novelized account of the kidnapping.

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Local performers will take the stage next week to bring to life the events of the anti-rent struggle that took place in our region nearly 175 years ago.

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NEW SCOTLAND — Nearly a year after four companies vied to build transmission lines across the state — including in New Scotland, Bethlehem, and Guilderland — to increase electricity for the New York City metro area, projects are in the works downstate to increase energy production by 10 times the am

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