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YIR 2008: New year brings new faces, ideas

Businessman Ted Danz, 60, was elected chairman of the party at its Jan. 30 meeting.

February

Acting Chief Carol Lawlor and Lt. Curtis Cox said comments made by Councilman Warren Redlich, a Republican, indicated he would deny them promotion to the chief's position for political reasons.

The two candidates were vying for the open chief of police position in Guilderland when they served notice they may sue the town over comments posted by Redlich on Web site. Lawlor eventually got the promotion.

The fictional city of "Mohala" earned second place in the 2008 National Engineers Week Future City Competition.

Farnsworth Middle School students Kathryn Liotta, Hannah Liu, Brien Miceli, Anya Joynt, and Adison Vanina teamed up with FMS enrichment teacher Deborah Escobar and volunteer engineer mentor James Liotta, from Verizon, to prepare for national competition after winning the regional event in January.

Middle and high school students in the Guilderland Central School District performed "A Tribute to Nature's Animals" for third-grade students in the district at the annual Young People's Concert on Feb. 28.

High school principal Mike Paolino narrated Sergei Prokofiev's classic tale "Peter and the Wolf," accompanied by the wind ensemble under the direction of Kathleen Ehlinger. Keeping with the animal theme, the wind ensemble also performed Henry Mancini's "The Pink Panther" and Leroy Anderson's "The Waltzing Cat." Joining the wind ensemble were several small vocal ensembles and a brass quintet.

Guilderland's Farnsworth Middle School was the recipient of a $25,370 service-learning grant from State Farm Thursday, Feb. 28, to expand and improve the study of local biodiversity with a focus on the rare Albany Pine Bush ecosystem.

Science teachers Jennifer Ford and Alan Fiero submitted the grant application on behalf of the school, and their proposal was one of 44 chosen from among 360 grant requests received by the State Farm Youth Advisory Board from organizations throughout the United States and Canada.

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