Jo E. Prout

Guilderland, Bethlehem, and New Scotland have seen a rash of break-ins during the last four weeks, and, in the village of Voorheesville, there have been two burglaries and one attempted burglary of residential homes.

Residents here worked to preserve their history and their natural surroundings this year, while also preparing for future expansion and addressing current needs.

The not-for-profit group Scenic Hudson, aligned with the Hudson Valley Smart Energy Coalition, has opposed a transmission line upgrade projected to move massive amounts of power across the state to the New York City area, but the state's Public Service Commission announced that plans will continue and that work on the lines will reduce or eliminate adverse environmental, landowner, and economic impacts. 

The family of Brian Lainhart, owner of Awesome Automotive for 20 years, is asking for help as Lainhart's business and home face foreclosure after he cared for his ailing wife, Miriam Fiato, for three years.

The school board held a public hearing about using up to $20,000 to replace a failed water heater in the elementary school. “It’s a critical need,” said school Superintendent Brian Hunt. 

Karen Conroy, the director of curriculum at Voorheesville, hopes the recent reforms will help teachers feel more supported.

Bethlehem’s new commissioner of public works, George Kansas, said that New Scotland and Bethlehem do not have a formal agreement for water, but merely “randomly pieced together” contracts.

Former New Scotland Republican Party Chairman Timothy Stanton passed the leadership baton to Deane Fish last week.

Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy signed Local Law L, which prohibits the sales of personal cosmetic products containing microbeads.

Robinson's Ace Hardware in Guilderland continues its expansion, purchasing Olsen's Ace Hardware & Garden Center in New Scotland to open Jan. 2. 

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