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GUILDERLAND — On Nov. 17, a thin, shaking, calico cat showed up on the doorstep of a Guilderland resident near Crossgates. She was begging to get out of the freezing rain.

St. John’s Lutheran Church at 140 Maple Ave. in Altamont will hold Sunday worship services at 8:30 and 11 a.m.

Sunday school is at 9:45 a.m. The 11 a.m. service on Dec. 21, will include the annual childrens’ Christmas pageant. This year’s pageant is entitled, “Just a Little Christmas.”

The American Red Cross asks eligible blood donors to make a resolution to give blood regularly in 2015, beginning with National Blood Donor Month in January.

Police see more counterfeit crimes during the holiday shopping season, according to a release from the Albany County district Attorney’s Office.  Counterfeit groups use the central location of Albany County to quickly use counterfeit currency in exchange for gift cards and merchandise, and then flee, the release says; catching these cr

Farmers’ Market Federation of New York is asking for farmers and other vendors who participate in farmers’ markets to fill out a brief, anonymous survey on market benchmarks. The in-depth survey covers many areas, including the amount of an average sale, marketing strategies, and market preparation time.