Melissa Hale-Spencer

GUILDERLAND — The beat of a drum sounded in the clear winter air on Tuesday morning, ricocheting off the Helderbergs as a band of five walked the road that wends its way along the base of the escarpment.

Town board members have plans for 2014  that include repairing storm-damaged roads, developing the local economy, making long-term plans for land use, and saving a historic barn.

With few changes from November's elections, New Year's Day in Knox saw the town board reappoint current committee members and officials.

In the wake of a motorcycle plunging through Thompson's Lake in a Friday night drag race, the county sheriff is stressing the importance of wearing a life vest when venturing on ice.

The odor of marijuana led police to search the car, where marijuana, crack cocaine, and scales were found.

While politics were static in 2013 — the incumbents faced no challengers in town elections — the future of Thacher State Park drew regional interest as did the disposition of an unprecedented negligent-homicide case

"Timing is everything and resources are necessary," Guilderland's assistant superintendent for business told the school board members who are enthusiastic about expanding the technology program.

GUILDERLAND — All three of the independent businesses at 3905 Carman Road — a deli, a dentist’s office, and a dance studio — plan to rebuild after a rooftop fire on Dec. 20 caused extensive damage.

The Guilderland school district has agreed to annual raises from 1 to 2 percent for two small units — nine administrators and seven technology workers.

Although the Albany County Drug Court has helped over 500 addicted criminals turn their  lives around, Burglar Curtis Brisson is not one of them.

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