“It is always good when we approve a contract before the end of the year,” Supervisor Kenneth Runion said, "because then we don’t have to do anything retroactively.” He also said some of the changes would result in cost benefits to the town.

"The worst thing you can do is make no decision," the vice president of the school board told his colleagues as they wrestled with reams of public opinion on how to solve the problem of too much space for too few students.

GUILDERLAND — Brenda McClaine, who was treasurer of the Guilderland Teachers’ Association when she stole over $100,000 from the union, no longer works for the Guilderland School District.

In exchange for her resignation, the school board agreed to withdraw the disciplinary charges the superintendent had filed against McClaine, to pay the district portion of her health insurance until June 30, 2015, and also to allow her two fifth-grade children to finish out their school year free of charge.

The snowy owls’ breeding grounds are far, far north in the Arctic. Some years, they fly thousands of miles to the south, which ornithologists call irruptions. A year ago, a massive migration wreaked havoc at New York airports — a landscape that mimics the tundra.  The New York Times quoted Chris Wood, a researcher at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology who leads a project tracking sightings, saying the 2013 migration was “unlike anything most of us have seen in our lifetime in the eastern United States.... These snowy owls may well be sharing a message for us about conditions in the Arctic.”

Sinterklaas visited with guests at the annual Greens Show put on by the Guilderland Garden Club last weekend at the historic Mynderse-Frederick House.

ALTAMONT — Llamas, lambs, and a loving family will recreate a living Nativity scene during the Altamont Victorian Holiday celebration Sunday.

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