Guilderland

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.

The high sun and heavy humidity didn't stop Guilderland athletes from placing near the top during state championships for outdoor track and field.

GUILDERLAND — Frank and Susan Pezze III of Guilderland are happy to announce the engagement of their daughter Jennifer Pezze to Adam David Rice, son of Elizabeth, who is married to Seth Schulman, of Tampa, Florida, and of the late Gary Rice.

GUILDERLAND — A Utica man was sentenced to seven years in state prison on Friday in Albany County Court for possession of cocaine.

GUILDERLAND — An Amsterdam man was arrested last week five months after he allegedly robbed a convenience store at gunpoint.

Gregory J. Lavallo, 25, of 12 McNeir Ave., Amsterdam, was arrested at the Guilderland Police Department on June 4, after a joint investigation between Guilderland and the Rotterdam Police Department.

At the annual Chamber of Commerce gala, businesses were honored for making Guilderland more beautiful and their owners were lauded for leadership and kindness.

Each year, in what looks like it could be a session from the United Nations, students who have come to school at Guilderland from many foreign lands, gather together with their families for a shared meal.

Five of the 2015 Letterman Scholarship winners are actually letterwomen; the sixth is a traditional letterman.

GUILDERLAND — Raymond Alfred Rafferty, a World War II veteran, died peacefully at home on Friday, June 5, 2015. He was 94.

Mr. Rafferty was the son of the late Francis Rafferty and Anna Hammond Rafferty of Albany.

He was a 1938 graduate of St. Joseph’s Academy.

Visitors to the Schoolcraft Cultural Center on Sunday perused artwork, and went back in time listening to the classical sounds of of flute, played by Caitlin Ippolito, and guitar, by Marcello Iaia.

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