ALTAMONT — Joseph Cranker, 31, of Altamont, pleaded guilty on March 4 to one count of second-degree criminal mischief, a felony, before Judge Peter A. Lynch in Albany County Court.

A carnival of games inside the packed Altamont Elementary School on March 6 used small white tickets for access, raising funds for a class field trip. Altamont fifth graders read “All the Way Home,” a book by Patricia Reilly Giff in which two young fans of the Brooklyn Dodgers, one from an upstate apple orchard, the other in Brooklyn, form a friendship on Coney Island and plan to return to the bucolic upstate orchard.  Teacher Karen Shaffer said the students already toured Indian Ladder Farms, in New Scotland, and they look forward to visiting Coney Island.

A rare jury trial was held in Guilderland for Amanda Bisnett's drunken-driving charges.

“I enjoyed reading the Bible and talking about it with a variety of people, so I thought, ‘Why not seminary?’” said Garret Szantner on his decision to become a pastor. He is now leading Lynnwood Reformed Church.

ALTAMONT — Old-fashioned police work, combined with newer technologies and media —including social media — led police to the second suspect in an attempted Jan. 8 burglary at the Altamont laundry theft.

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