Guilderland

H&R Block held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 7, to celebrate its new location at Hamilton Square.

ALTAMONT — John E. Houck Sr., a patient man with a good sense of humor, died on Monday, Dec. 30, 2013, surrounded by his loving family, after a brief illness.

Mr. Houck was born in Albany, the son of the late John and Elizabeth Houck.

He and his wife, Diane Houck, who died in 2002, raised 12 children together.

A consultant said Guilderland could save 10 to 50 percent using solar energy instead of electricity, because the power would be produced locally, saving on distribution costs.

Tim Wiles performs "Casey at the Bat" but does not have the "haughty grandeur" of his alter ego; the president of the library board that just hired him as director says he is a team player.

Lan-Chi Vo a Farnsworth Middle School student, talks about “Vert Avenir,” which she and her schoolmates designed for the annual Future City competition, held this year at Proctor’s Theatre in Schenectady. Vert Avenir placed fifth in Saturday’s competition.

Curtis Brisson, who broke into the Touch of Country shop will now be serving time for an earlier burglary, too, since he violated the rules of the Drug Court program.

Wrestling may be the toughest sport in the world.

These local students are on the dean’s list at the State University of New York College at Geneseo for the fall semester 2013, having achieved a 3.5 grade-point average while taking at least 12 credit hours:

Allison Cropsey from Altamont;

Alexandra Fasulo from Altamont;

These local students were named to the dean’s list or received a similar honor from their college or university for the spring 2013 semester:

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