Guilderland

GUILDERLAND — Thomas and Terri Maxwell of Guilderland, announce the engagement of their daughter, Tara, to Jacob Burke, son of Karen Burke of Dallas, Pennsylvania.

VOORHEESVILLE — Joshua Shappy from Voorheesville, serving with the Company C, 2-108th Infantry of the New York Army National Guard, has been promoted to the rank of specialist.

This winter, the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission will thin trees on 85 acres in the Madison Avenue Pinelands area (Trailhead 7) of the 3,200-acre preserve.

The work is done in the winter, according to release from the commission, to lessen disruption to wildlife by avoiding the breeding season.

ALTAMONT — Everyone is welcome to be a part of the annual Living Nativity on the front lawn of Altamont Reformed Church at 129 Lincoln Ave. in Altamont at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 14.

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On Nov. 24, the Kiwanis Club of Western Turnpike Guilderland prepared packages of Thanksgiving foods for people who need them. 

The snowy owls’ breeding grounds are far, far north in the Arctic. Some years, they fly thousands of miles to the south, which ornithologists call irruptions. A year ago, a massive migration wreaked havoc at New York airports — a landscape that mimics the tundra.  The New York Times quoted Chris Wood, a researcher at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology who leads a project tracking sightings, saying the 2013 migration was “unlike anything most of us have seen in our lifetime in the eastern United States.... These snowy owls may well be sharing a message for us about conditions in the Arctic.”

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Sinterklaas visited with guests at the annual Greens Show put on by the Guilderland Garden Club last weekend at the historic Mynderse-Frederick House.

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ALTAMONT — Llamas, lambs, and a loving family will recreate a living Nativity scene during the Altamont Victorian Holiday celebration Sunday.

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