Melissa Hale-Spencer

Mothers, teachers, and school leaders all lauded a program that, for Guilderland, has a 65-percent success rate of teaching struggling first-graders to read in fewer than 20 weeks.

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The three women up for re-election on Guilderland's school board are citing personal rather than political reasons as each decides whether or not to seek another term.

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"Where there's a will, there's a way," the school board president, Barbara Fraterrigo said, instructing administrators to find someone to teach another sixth-grade Italian class.

The Guilderland Players discover both truth and silliness in this weekend's musical comedy with a back-stage murder mystery.

As Roger Spencer's grave was being dug, a far-off cousin called the funeral home to have Spencer buried near his mother in Schenectady under a stone bearing his name and birth date.

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Miss Siggy, a social service dog, has helped social worker Catherine Ricchetti in the Guilderland schools for over a decade; soon she'll be joined by five puppies

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FEURA BUSH — Rodolfo Rios, 52, of Feura Bush, attempted to rob an Albany bank two months after being released for armed robbery of a different Albany bank.

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The school board dealt with a potpourri of issues Tuesday, mulling tax breaks, appointing a task force to look at re-purposing excess space, and applauding the middle school for being redisgnated a School to Watch.

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Locals don't know  their ancestors' freedoms were defended in part by black patriots, says Aaron Mair, speaking of Albany County's only Revolutionary War battle.

"We’re reaching into the metaphorical couch cushions, looking for change,” said the school superintendent of proposed cuts, after years of cutting, in next year's $93 million budget.

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