Guilderland

To the Editor:

“Without a sense of history, no one can truly understand the past,” Winston Churchill famously declared.

To the Editor:

The members of the Guilderland Fire Department are once again preparing for their annual open house, which is being held this year on Oct. 5. The hours will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine. The firehouse is located on the corner of Western Avenue and Willow Street.

To the Editor:

In 1820, Thomas Jefferson wrote: “An enlightened citizenry is indispensable for the proper functioning of a republic. Self-government is not possible unless the citizens are educated sufficiently to enable them to exercise oversight.”

To the Editor:

In the wake of the Washington Navy Yard shooting, it’s time for a comprehensive review of security not only at the town court but also of the entire town office facility.

Yvonne Lustenhouwer's father was a master carpenter in Holland. She uses her hands, too — to quilt, to  garden, to embrace. Her friends appreciate the oasis she has created.

When Mike Kinnally first coached Dutch soccer a decade ago, the team never gelled. It's déjà vu for Kinnally this season, but he hopes the unique group of players can learn to work together.

Officer Christopher Laurenzo has sensors in his 2013 Ford Interceptor to avoid deploying its airbags during a shootout.

Nurturing people and plants takes time and love, not money. The essence of home can be found in the low-income housing complex often overlooked in the village.

ALTAMONT — Robert Burns did not know the words to many songs but he knew the beat to them all. If there was a dance anywhere in Altamont, he would buy a ticket and be the first to arrive and, more often than not, he would be the last to leave.

Growing up in a segregated Wichita, André Thomas found a place where race didn't matter — the choir. But he eschewed spirituals, seeing them as a way whites put down blacks, until his mentor, Jester Hairston, led him to embrace his heritage. Now, he's an authority on spirituals and most recently sought his African roots.

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