Marcello Iaia

BKW's salutatorian learned gardening and cooking from her mother. Now, she's graduating with a coveted restaurant job and a spot in Schenectady County Community College's restaurant and hotel management program.

In a Court of Appeals decision announced Monday, the towns of Dryden and Middlefield prevailed in cases testing their zoning prohibitions against activities surrounding high-volume hydraulic fracturing.

HILLTOWNS — Among the natural pests that plague homeowners, the species named carpenter bees might be the most ironic. They burrow into dead wood, compromising structures built by the hands of human carpenters.

Jean Forti Day in the Knox Town Park on Saturday will raise funds for Forti's medical expenses. She was diagnosed with liver cancer in May and will undergo surgery on July 2.

The verdict in a DWI trial this week —a first for the Berne judge — turned on whether the drunk driver of a go-cart was driving on a public road or thrown there.

Judge James Corigliano allowed jurors to infer that, since the prosecution did not maintain the video footage requested by the defense, the missing evidence would have harmed the prosecution's case.

A retired race horse was found dead with an arrow in its side in May. Now, its owners want its name, Belle, to carry on in a rehabilitation effort for neglected horses.

BERNE — The district’s third and final expired bargaining agreement was settled within the 2013-14 school year, approved without opposition on June 16, the last regular Berne-Knox-Westerlo board meeting for Interim Superintendent Lonnie Palmer.

The school board returned Joseph Natale, a former interim business official, to Berne-Knox-Westerlo, voting with no opposition on his 13-month contract to head the district. He'll be paid $800 a day.

A student in Schoolhouse No. 5 returned last week, nearly eight decades hence, to tell Berne-Knox-Westerlo second-graders about her early education.

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