BERNE — The town planning board, in a split vote,  has given its approval for a 160-foot high public safety communications tower that could become, to the dismay of some, a notable landmark at the edge of Berne hamlet, overlooking it from above and viewable from several  roads leading to Berne and even from roads in the neighboring town of Knox.

Opinion

The child’s tale about stone soup is being played out in Westerlo as people are contributing to a farm that Dennis Peterson is setting up for his autistic children, hoping it will serve others with disabilities as well.

Guilderland

Local doctors say they have never heard of a practice being shut down as abruptly as Hedy Migden’s when St. Peter’s Health Partners fired her on July 5; one called it “patient abandonment.”

New Scotland

NEW SCOTLAND — A bobcat attack is being described as an out-of-the-ordinary event. The rabid animal attacked a couple and a dog last Wednesday.

Sports

A Slingerlands Little Leaguer places third in the country in his age group in the MLB Pitch, Hit and Run competition.

Hilltowns

A new solar farm to be built west of the Capital District will be dedicated to meeting the needs of electricity-users  in east central New York.

Regional

Recent events in Dallas and Baton Rouge have police departments in the Capital District rethinking security.

Prose & Poetry

June Frances Coleman draws on her life to write, as honestly as she can, about what it is like to be black in America. In doing so, she captures a humanity larger than race.

Coleman’s short story, “Across 62nd Street,” is featured in our Prose & Poetry section.