New Scotland

VOORHEESVILLE — The 2014-15 Voorheesville School District budget was approved by the board of education at a meeting on Monday, April 21. The entire board voted in favor of the budget, which is set at $22,713,608.

Congressman Paul Tonko visited Voorheesville elementary school April 23 and spoke to kids about finding themselves.

Jennifer L. Do was arrested April 8 for allegedly stealing jewelry from her step-grandmother. Chief Deputy Kerry Thompson of the Albany County Sheriff's Office says people should be cautious when allowing people to work in their homes.

Renée Crisafulli is an experienced nursery school teacher, brimming with enthusiasm, and the Voorheesville Community Preschool hopes she'll reverse declining enrollment as the program nears the half-century mark.

The roughly $2 million budget proposed for next year is down slightly from this year, with a $20,000 in savings on court salaries since the village court has been consolidated with the town's.

A special-use permit to build a house in an industrial zone has neighbors balking; not at the possibility of a house, but at what they see as a property in disarray. They are hoping the New Scotland planning board places conditions on the permit to keep the property tidy.

Voorheesville has turned its school risk behavior task force into a community alliance, bringing more community members together to provide kids with alternative activities, in hopes of keeping them away from use of drugs and alcohol, and other risky behaviors.

While trying to balance the budget this year, Voorheesville is also trying to fill its assistant-superintendent-for-business position.

In 2008, forensic scientist Garry Veeder committed suicide. After years of ongoing trials, a federal judge has upheld her ruling that a jury should decide if the family's constitutional rights were violated during the alleged investigation.

To the Editor:

How many people do you know that are aware of a shooting range in John Boyd Thacher State Park? Located on Beaver Dam Road, just west of Pinnacle Road, it has never been clearly marked with a sign that the public might know of its existence.

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