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Handfuls of hair dropped to the floor at the St. Baldrick's Foundation event at the Westmere firehouse on Sunday as donors gave their hair and funds to benefit childhood cancer patients.

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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.

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Two cousins spent between 40 and 50 hours constructing a huge snowman, partly to attract enough attention to raise money for researching a common blood cancer.

A past chief, Owen Murray accepted a certificate of appreciation at the annual Altamont Fire Department installation dinner on Saturday at the Cider House Restaurant. 

The snowstorm Tuesday brought just a few inches to the Hilltowns, but the school buses and beef cattle weathered its visit in the middle of the day.

Following a longstanding tradition, Farnsworth Middle school students participated last weekend in the Future City Competition. This year, the team came in third with a city named Akara Aka.

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Joseph Persico, a Guilderland author and Navy veteran who died in August, is honored at a ceremony on Jan. 5, where the words he wrote for the World War II monument in Washington were recalled.

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The county legislature recognized firefighters from Berne, East Berne, and Westerlo on Dec. 15 for their service helping during a severe snowstorm in Erie County in the middle of November.

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A tour of three sites in the Hilltowns Tuesday morning showed off the conservation projects that have been the labor of the Albany County Soil and Water Conservation District, partnered with the federal Natural Resources Conservation Service.

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