Melissa Hale-Spencer

A year ago, villagers protested a consultant's recommendations to close Altamont Elementary School because of declining enrollment. This week, a citizens' task force presented alternatives.

Without a coach, Shayla Lyons has perfected her shot put technique watching YouTube videos; her school has no track facilities, so she practices in a parking lot — the challenges have made her a champ.

A two-mega-watt array will supply power to the school's facilities from a 20-acre field near Dunnsville and Becker roads.

In pursuit of the Karner blue butterfly, seventh-grade scientists at Farnsworth Middle School learn to evaluate and communicate.

Bruce W. Dearstyne, who grew up in Berne, surrounded by history, has included a chapter on the tenant farmers' rebellion in his new book on the spirit of New York.

The school district's business leader hopes that, by the time Guilderland gets serial bonds for its capital project "Moody will have noticed we've built back up our reserves."

"Both of these units were an absolute joy," the school district's negotiator said of Guilderland's office workers and teaching assistants.

Meghan Cahill's platform for the competition — empowering women through self-defense — was sparked by a scary, late-night encounter at college.

Fazana Ismail says kids who help out at her birthday parties for homeless children come to realize "These kids are just like them."

The two top vote-getters on Tuesday, Christine Hayes and Seema Rivera, are friends and sister graduates of Guilderland.


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