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Residents here worked to preserve their history and their natural surroundings this year, while also preparing for future expansion and addressing current needs.

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VOORHEESVILLE — Voorheesville residents continued to enjoy the same quality of life as always, but paid a little bit more for it: 2014 marked the first time that the village exceeded the state-mandated 2-percent levy cap on property taxes, raising them 5 percent.

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FEURA BUSH — A Feura Bush resident, Rodolfo Rios, 52, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to first-degree attempted robbery in Albany County Supreme Court, only a year after being released from state prison for armed robbery.

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NEW SCOTLAND  — The town is soliciting résumés for openings on the planning and the zoning boards; due to term-limits enacted in 2011, board members can serve only two five-year terms.

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The town judge treated them like human beings, say elderly Stannard sisters who have a sense of freedom now that charges stemming from their housing too many stray cats have been adjourned.

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NEW SCOTLAND — A decision about a solar vendor for municipal energy is expected in the next few weeks, and the proposed town water-well law is still on tap, according to town board members.

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A master plan for New Scotland's Swift Road and Feura Bush parks has some features that could be accomplished with the work of town employees and volunteers; other features would require grant funding.

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The Winterfest celebration Indian Ladder Farms last Saturday included visits with Santa and live holiday music. The celebration continues this Saturday, Dec. 13. 

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Song and solemnity mixed at the annual tree-lighting in Voorheesville's Evergreen Park, put on by the Helderview Garden Club, as Mayor Robert Conway lit the Christmas tree and Robert DeFelice, pastor of the Voorheesville Methodist Church, said a prayer.

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Town leaders disagree over a proposed water-well law, with some contending that it would harm farmers and long-time residents, and others citing an obligation to provide safe water to taxpayers.

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