Jo E. Prout

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

Local school leaders are in the throes of figuring out how to put new graduation options into place for current high school seniors. They see both advantages and drawbacks to the plan adopted this month by the state’s Board of Regents, which governs education in New York.

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A neighbor's appeal of a previously-issued building permit for a box container falls short but inspires the town to investigate new zoning codes.

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