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YIR 2008: New year brings new faces, ideas

Editor's Note: The following is a recap of news in the towns of New Scotland and Guilderland from the first six months of 2008. A recap of the second half of 2008 will appear next week. To view Spotlight Newspapers' Year in Pictures Jan. to June click here: http://spotlightnews.com/gallery/view_all.php?category=In%20Your%20Community

January

In the first week of 2008, the Women in Business Group of the Guilderland Chamber of Commerce chose Altamont's Community Caregivers, Inc. to be the beneficiary of several fundraising events throughout the year, including the Summer Social.

The group is a nonprofit organization founded in 1994 that provides services to people of all ages in Guilderland, Bethlehem, New Scotland, Knox and Berne.

The positioning of stop signs in town sparked some lengthy and fiery discussions at a Tuesday, Jan. 15, Guilderland Town Board meeting.

New board member Warren Redlich, a Republican, voiced concerns about the intersection of Curry Road Extension and Kings Road, where the town's traffic safety committee had recommended the installation of a stop sign.

This might be a safety problem, Redlich said, likening the intersection to that at Veeder and Johnston roads. "There is no clear right of way at Curry and Kings roads. This could be highly dangerous. Let's have an extensive review of this, not just slap a stop sign there."

On Saturday, Jan. 19, a group of five Farnsworth Middle School students took home the first-place prize at the Future City regional competition at Hudson Valley Community College and earned a trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the national finals, which were held Feb. 16-20.

Students Kathryn Liotta, Hannah Liu, Brien Miceli, Anya Joynt, and Adison Vanina, earned top honors for their design of the fictional city of "Mohala."

The Guilderland Republican Party put a new chairman in place to help guide the party in the 2009 town elections.

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