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These local students earned the University at Albany’s fall 2013 Dean’s Commendation for outstanding academic achievement:

Nikki Moore of Guilderland;

Jane Anyango Gregory of Guilderland;

Daniel McKenna of Guilderland;

The state’s Department of Environmental Conservation is accepting applications for its cooperative Day-Old Pheasant Chick Program. In 2013, the DEC distributed 41,500 day-old pheasant chicks to qualified 4-H and sportsmen applicants.

County legislators continue to disagree as the Democratic majority approves creating a local development corporation to help run the county's nursing home.

The Empire State Winter Games lasted from Feb. 6 to 9 and featured athletes from across the state in Olympic events in a region that has twice hosted the international games.

The 2014 Empire State Winter Games opened with a ceremony on Feb. 6 fit for New York's top winter athletes as their international counterparts were preparing for competition in Sochi, Russia at the Winter Olympics. Several local figures skaters, skiers, and sprinters brought medals back to the Capital Region this year.

The company operating the Tennessee pipeline now carrying natural gas underground through Knox, Berne, New Scotland, and Bethlehem has proposed expanding it by 250 miles starting from Wright in Schoharie County.

A tall sprinter from the Albany Academy for Girls took first place a long stretch in the 100-meter and 400-meter snowshoe sprints at the Empire State Winter Games on Feb. 9.

Adaptive Alpine skiers from Windham Mountain Ski Resort travel and compete together in winter sports events for athletes with disabilities. For a pair in Albany, it's a place to be treated like family while facing off with elite racers on their levels.

Douglas Rogers and Bruce Williams competed in the 2014 Empire State Winter Games this month.

Saint Valentine was a roman priest who was beheaded in 170 A.D. on or around Feb. 14.

To the Editor:

Every now and again, Earth is graced with an extraordinary person — one who makes such a huge positive impact upon the world as to leave an indelible mark of goodness, and an aching void of sadness in the wake of his departure from this life.

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