Stories for June 2012


Saturday, June 30

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Students learning a Lock

Through a few serendipitous happenings, dozens of Shenendehowa High School students wound up at an abandoned lock in the woods along the Old Erie Canal this spring.

Friday, June 29

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Nisky takes top tap

Town reclaims title of best tasting water in county

A battle of taste buds on a searing summer day ended with the Town of Niskayuna reclaiming the right to call its tap water supreme.

Election fraud alleged in RCS vote

Department of Education reviews two petitions alleging electioneering, lax polling place controls

The state Education Department is reviewing allegations that voter fraud occurred during this year’s Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District budget vote.

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Delmar's finest ballers

Five town residents place at Canadian National Handball Championships

The center of Bethlehem might be the heart of the Capital District handball scene. Five Delmar residents traveled to Montreal last month and placed at the Canadian National Handball Championships.

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Cameras aimed at CDTA bus stops

BusPlus stations feature real-time video surveillance to deter crime

The Capital District Transportation Authority on Monday, June 25, announced 12 wireless real-time video cameras were installed at BusPlus Stations along State Street.

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Drive-by shooter receives 25-year sentence

Albany County District Attorney David Soares announced Judge Dan Lamont on Friday, June 22, sentenced Kolby Martin, 28, of Schenectady, to 25 years in state prison and five years of post-release supervision.

Tipped trailer leads to road closure, minor spill

An overturned trailer closed I-890 for two hours and resulted in a minor spill of hydraulic fluid, according to police.

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Golf therapy for soldiers

The Salute Military Golf Association gives any combat-injured soldier the opportunity to take part in learning the game at various golf courses throughout the country, including at the Brookhaven Golf Club in Greenfield through the Wounded Warrior Golf Training Program.

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The biggest man in the room

Jimmer Fredette returns to inspire new generation of basketball players

One year ago, Jimmer Fredette was walking on stage at Madison Square Garden as the No. 10 pick in the NBA Draft. Thursday, the Glens Falls native and Sacramento Kings guard was standing in the Saratoga Springs Recreation Center talking to the next generation of basketball players.

Thursday, June 28

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GE’s decade of tax litigation ends

County, Rotterdam and Schalmont approve agreement with 10-year PILOT

Years of contention between the General Electric Company and Rotterdam officials over its assessment have come to a close, and local officials are hoping it brings a resurgence of investment.

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Police: Search warrant leads to drug arrest

Coeymans couple arrested for growing marijuana

Two Coeymans residents were arrested for allegedly growing marijuana after police executed a search warrant of their property.

S-G board approves contracts and concessions

‘Day without pay’ to restore budget cuts, salary increases awarded

Shortly after the end of the school year, several Scotia-Glenville Central School District union contracts were extended with concessions administrators say will help restore budget cuts.

Fallen hiker rescued from Plotterkill Preserve

The Rotterdam Police Department on Wednesday, June 20, at approximately 5:39 p.m., responded to the Plotterkill Preserve, where a male hiker reportedly fell down the embankment of a nature trail.

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Jazz Fest turns 35

Summer is the perfect time to sit back and relax to the sounds of cool and soulful jazz. And the perfect opportunity will be at Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival to be held at SPAC on Saturday, June 30 and Sunday, July1.

Wednesday, June 27

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Splashing safely into summer

Capital District YMCA kicks off water safety program in Glenville

Pools can provide a cool relief to scorching summer heat, but they can also prove to be a hazard for young, inexperienced swimmers.

Sports poll: Who is your team of the year in Schenectady County?

Let's turn our attention to the high school teams that made life exciting during the 2011-12 season and see who your choice is for team of the year.

Sports poll: Who is your team of the year in Saratoga County?

Let's turn our attention to the high school teams that made life exciting during the 2011-12 season and see who your choice is for team of the year.

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The red clay of Albany

Delmar resident manages Albany Tennis Center and its unique courts

Larry Yakubowski is running a hidden gem in the Capital District.

Colonie man faces jail after fifth alcohol related arrest

A repeat DWI offender was sentenced to prison time on Tuesday, June 26, according to information from Albany County District Attorney David Soares' office.

McDonald faces primary challenge

McDonald was elected to the 43rd Senate District in 2008 after representing the 112th Assembly District since 2003. He was also the town supervisor of Wilton for 23 years and held the position of Chairman of the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors.

Tax breaks approved for two Vista projects

Cunningham speaks out against abatements, two applications delayed

Bethlehem’s Industrial Development Agency has approved tax breaks for two medical office buildings proposed to be built within the Vista Technology Park in Slingerlands.

Glenmont Petrol station plans tweaked

Owner has been pitching ideas to town since 2006

The owner of land that houses a small Petrol gas station on Route 9W in Glenmont is hoping to further develop the area.

Guilderland teachers contract approved

Decreased raises in coming two years said to save $840k

After a year with no contract in place, the Guilderland Central School District and its teachers have come to an agreement.

Town Board rolls back meeting time

Bethlehem leaders say lengthy sessions exclude public

The Bethlehem Town Board has decided to move the start time of its meetings back to 6 p.m.

Letter: Colonial Acres is above par

This letter appeared in the June 27, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.

POV: Unusual garden structures add interest

This point of view column appeared in the June 27 and 28, 2012, editions of The Spotlight.

Editorial: Oh, the ways you’ll fail

This editorial appeared in the June 27 and 2, 2012 editions of The Spotlight.

Letter: Candidate’s government experience should be considered an asset

This letter appeared in the June 27, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.

Tuesday, June 26

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Library proposal voted down

Expansion referendum defeated 3,428 to 1,191

Guilderland residents soundly defeated a plan to add a new $12.9 million expansion onto the library.

Sports poll: Who is your team of the year in Delmar/Guilderland?

Let's turn our attention to the high school teams that made life exciting during the 2011-12 season and see who your choice is for team of the year.

Sports poll: Who is your team of the year in Colonie?

Let's turn our attention to the high school teams that made life exciting during the 2011-12 season and see who your choice is for team of the year.

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A cry for help answered

Jerry Clark, 17, had pulled some pranks. He fell asleep in class on more than one occasion. He broke the school dress code by wearing slippers to school. Eventually, administration at Voorheesville High School had had enough and he was suspended for six weeks. A short time later on April 27, 2010, he hung himself.

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Search warrant leads to arrests in Cohoes

Albany County Sheriff’s Office investigators arrested two Cohoes residents today on drug charges after executing a search warrant.

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Prayer leads to pageant

It all started with a prayer.

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Drivers urged to make the right choice

Local nonprofit hosts even about safe summer driving

Not too long ago, Ed Frank Sr.’s son was following in his footsteps, from his name — Ed Frank, Jr. — to his work as a Colonie police officer. But now, the tables are turned and Frank is emulating his son’s path.

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Vintage baseball game returns to Bethlehem

The annual Fourth of July vintage baseball game between the Bethlehem Braves and the NY Mutuals takes place at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 4 at Elm Avenue Park.

Softball: Lane, Morgan earn all-state honors

Colonie’s Kelly Lane and Shenendehowa’s Melissa Morgan were each named second team all-state softball players in Class AA by the New York State Sportswriters Association last Friday.

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Southern social trend hits points north

The Saratoga Paint and Sip Studio at 80 Henry Street is part art studio, part social scene, and has been open for about a month. Their grand opening was on Sat., June 16, and was host to nearly 100 painters.

Monday, June 25

Fundraiser items stolen

The annual golf tournament put on each year by the Nathaniel Adams Blanchard American Legion Post in Bethlehem suffered a minor setback after door prizes for the tournament were stolen out of the event organizer's car.

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Track giveaways unveiled

Saratoga Race Course fanatics: get your calendars out. The 2012 summer giveaway items have been unveiled.

Students of closed school set to reunite again

Second annual Draper Across the Years reunion set for this summer

Even though a quarter-century has passed since the Draper School closed, it is still drawing a crowd.

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A place in the shade

There once stood an awning at the entrance to the Saratoga County Nursing Home, but Maplewood Manor has been without this simple structure since a storm destroyed it two years ago.

Saturday, June 23

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State parks get involved in outdoor hide-and-seek activity

Eleven parks and historic sites are participating in the challenge and there are 44 caches to be found, along with drawings for prizes for anyone who finds 35 or more geocaches.

Friday, June 22

Little league fields stalled

Rotterdam baseball club upset about delay, coffers dwindling away

A youth baseball league is hoping a deal to secure new fields doesn’t strike out.

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Turning pens into profit

Glenville 11-year-old’s handiwork goes from hobby to personal business

Parents: the next time your kids want to take up a new hobby, you may be able to think of it as a business proposal.

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Rail trail section to open thanks to volunteers

Albany County lends moral support

New Scotland and Voorheesville residents will soon be able to traverse a new section of the Albany County Rail Trail thanks to the help of local officials and members of the community.

New bridge name honors vets

A recently passed piece of legislation will change the name of the Route 9P bridge over Saratoga Lake to the “Saratoga County Veterans Memorial Bridge.”

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Police: Man employed 14-year-old girl as a prostitute

A Utica man was arrested by Colonie police just after midnight on Friday, June 22, for promoting prostitution of a 14-year-old girl, according to police.

Thursday, June 21

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Summer days with starry nights

Since 1877, the Fresh Air Fund’s Friendly Town Program has been giving children ages 8 to 18 the chance to get away from their urban surroundings. Every year, they pair thousands of children from disadvantaged communities in the five boroughs to host families in 13 states and parts of Canada.

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A family’s burning desire to serve

East Glenville Fire Department inducts new member, third from immediate family

The East Glenville Fire Department on Monday, June 11, inducted Nicholas Abel during its fire company meeting, but Fire Company President K. Wayne Bunn stressed this isn’t a typical induction.

Plaza plans sought

Rotterdam looks to redevelop long-standing town ‘eyesore’

The blighted Curry Road Plaza in Rotterdam could become vibrant again if the town’s call for development yields positive results.

Once on the brink, office marks bicentennial

Clarksville Post Office one of the area’s first

An historical landmark for the residents of Clarksville next week would not be happening if it were up to the United State Postal Service.

'Love' accused of stealing thousands through scams

A man going by the name of “Pat Love” is facing charges for allegedly scamming several people for about $9,000, according to police reports.

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Sheriff: Man hid drugs, needle in sneaker

A Latham man was arrested after trying to smuggle drugs into prison, according to Albany County Sheriff's Office.

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Boaters warned to avoid hitchhiking pests

You might think a clump of weeds gathered at the back of a boat after a day of fun and sun on a nearby lake is nothing remarkable. But there are plenty of folks who make targeting such hitchhikers their job.

Wednesday, June 20

Sports poll: Who is your coach of the year?

We have our four finalists for our Coach of the Year poll. Here are your choices:

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Law looks to leash dog attack policy

Breslin’s bill would make owners accountable in all dog attacks

A bill sponsored by Sen. Neil Breslin, D-Bethlehem, would make dog owners more liable in the event of a bite or attack.

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A Grand dedication

Nisky fire company holds reopening ceremony

The Niskayuna Fire Department No. 1 held dedication ceremony for recently completed renovations and addition to its fire station located at 1079 Balltown Road.

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Wedded bliss? It starts with being able to talk about money

Spotlight on Finance

If you need proof that money matters in love, look no further than the leading online wedding planning website, The Knot, which recently revealed the average cost of a wedding is $27,800.

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Group aims to revitalize arts area

Saratoga Springs might be known for its vibrant arts scene, but the Beekman Street corridor many local artists call home has undergone changes during the recession. Now, stakeholders are working to ensure a revitalization of the area continues.

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Top-Notch effort to keep camp open

A summer camp dedicated to girls and young women is guiding them through both. Camp Little Notch, located in Fort Ann, aims to equip campers from ages 7 to 17 with the ability to make good life choices through a host of programs held during July and August and led by Executive Director Ellen Tuzzolo.

New trail access at Plotterkill Preserve

A new trail into the Plotterkill Preserve supplies another entrance for residents and allows emergency personnel to respond more effectively to a previously isolated area.

Editorial: Don’t wait on Albany

This editorial appeared in the June 20 and 21, 2012, editions of The Spotlight.

Editorial: Start the debate today

This editorial appeared in the June 20, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.

Letter: Benefit, scholarship fitting remembrances

This letter appeared in the June 20, 2012 edition of The Spotlight.

Letter: Open space more than trails

This letter appeared in the June 20, 2012 edition of The Spotlight.

Letter: Bethlehem Garden Tour a success

This letter appeared in the June 20, 2012 edition of The Spotlight.

Tuesday, June 19

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Schenectady Armory up for sale

State halves minimum bid to $180k amid interest in facility

The New York State Office of General Services on Monday, June 11, announced a public auction for the Schenectady Armory will be held on Tuesday, July 24, at Schenectady City Hall.

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Yellow dot marks the spot

A simple yellow dot on the rear driver’s side window of Capital District cars could make the job of first responders a little easier when they arrive at the scene of an emergency.

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Seniors show off their talent

Local leg of nationwide contest comes to Colonie Manor

One year of free rent at Colonie Manor was enticing, but Diane Buyer’s main reason for entering the “Bring Your Talent” contest on Thursday, June 14, was to share her love of art with others.

Tonko keeps Independence line

Court rules against Dieterich’s bid to invalidate signatures

Schenectady County Supreme Court Justice Barry Kramer denied Dieterich’s lawsuit seeking to invalidate signatures on Tonko’s Independence Party petition.

Troubled hotel slapped with lawsuits

Best Western is both sued and cleared for reopening

The Best Western Sovereign in Albany was closed indefinitely—dark since the last day in May—when two guests who contracted Legionnaires’ Disease while staying at the hotel in the fall of 2011 filed lawsuits on Tuesday, June 12.

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Library asks voters for $13M expansion

Guilderland Library officials say space has run out

Guilderland Public Library officials are hoping residents support a plan to build a new $12.9 million expansion to the library in the summer of 2013.

New users pitch Vista buildings

Tax breaks said to be key to continued interest in Slingerlands tech park

Four new buildings have been proposed for the Vista Technology Park in Slingerlands.

Ethics code and sign law passed

Last-minute changes reduce nepotism restrictions, right-of-way distance

After months of debate the Bethlehem Town Board has approved changes to two town laws, but some residents remained unsatisfied.

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Schalmont honors alumni

District adds two graduates to its Wall of Distinction

The Schalmont Central School District on Wednesday, June 6, inducted alumni Frank Gesek and Thomas Kernozek to its Wall of Distinction, which now showcases 17 alumni portraits.

Monday, June 18

Latham man caught with loaded handgun, arrested

Albany police arrested a 28-year-old Latham man early Sunday, June 17, after he was caught with a loaded handgun, according to Albany police.

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Major changes outlined in parks report

Closing Bethlehem golf course among options in budget review

A possible $3.5 million budget gap for the coming years is serving as a backdrop for a series of presentations from Bethlehem town department heads on possible cuts and consolidations.

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Colonie police seek help locating missing man

Colonie police are asking for the public's help finding a missing Massachusetts man who was in the area for work.

Sunday, June 17

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Cribs: Caribbean edition

It’s been more than two years since a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck the Carribean nation of Haiti, and today most of her people lack even the most basic necessities. Perhaps most in need are women and children, specifically women who are pregnant and caring for young children.

Baseball: Dutchmen edge Elmira at home

Will Remillard's three-run HR highlights victory

The Albany Dutchmen got off to a good start and hung on for a 6-5 victory over Elmira in Saturday's Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League game at Bellizzi Field.

Friday, June 15

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The wet nose of the law

They wear badges and they’re deputies – but if they apprehend you, chances are you’ll need stitches. On the other hand, if you’re lost and need help, you may discover how wet their noses are.

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Police: Rotterdam man had nearly 6 grams of crack

A traffic stop led to the arrest of a Rotterdam resident on charges of possessing crack cocaine.

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Two people arrested for Colonie burglary

Two people were arrested after being caught burglarizing a residence in the Town of Colonie, according to State Police reports.

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Man charged with DWI had child passengers

A Schenectady man was arrested in the Town of Bethlehem after he was found to be driving while intoxicated with two children in the car.

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Dairy the day away

Sunday, June 17 (also Father’s Day) marks Saratoga County’s 17th Annual Sundae on the Farm at Eildon Tweed Farm in Charlton from noon to 4 p.m. The free event generally draws more than 2,000 visitors from far and wide and highlights one of the greatest resources of the county: agriculture.

Thursday, June 14

Company seeks to reopen mine

Glenville residents express concern over potential community impacts

A Rotterdam company is seeking to dig into a sand and gravel mine after it has remained dormant for decades.

Schalmont superintendent to retire

Kelsey to leave district this winter after eight years at post

Schalmont Central School District Superintendent Valerie Kelsey on announced her decision to retire on Monday, June 11.

Baseball: Carrese steps down as Shen baseball coach

Veteran skipper says he wants to spend more time with family

James Carrese announced Thursday that he is stepping down as the Shenendehowa baseball team coach effective at the end of the week.

Cops: Woman four times legal limit

A Scotia woman on Thursday, June 7, struck a parked car at the Pattersonville Service Area on the state Thruway and was found to have a BAC more than four times the legal limit, according to State Police.

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BBQ for CJ

Two community businesses are teaming up to help the fundraising goals of a local boy and his family.

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PTA wants fun to raise funds

Community Day to raise money for Elsmere playground

Residents of one Bethlehem hamlet will soon be able to show off their neighborhood pride as the first Elsmere Community Day is set to be held on Saturday, June 16.

Wednesday, June 13

Sports poll: Who is your coach of the year in Colonie?

As we've reached the end of the high school sports season, we ask you which of these people deserve to be the Coach of the Year in Colonie.

Sports poll: Who is your coach of the year in Delmar/Guilderland?

As we've reached the end of the high school sports season, we ask you which of these people deserve to be the Coach of the Year in the Delmar/Guilderland area.

Sports poll: Who is your coach of the year in Saratoga County?

As we've reached the end of the high school sports season, we ask you which of these people deserve to be the Coach of the Year in Saratoga County.

Sports poll: Who is your coach of the year in Schenectady County?

As we've reached the end of the high school sports season, we ask you which of these people deserve to be the Coach of the Year in Schenectady County. Here are your four choices:

Researchers to return to roundabout

Drivers, pedestrians using New Scotland Ave. feature asked to submit feedback

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Lighting Research Center will once again make use of a Bethlehem roundabout to continue a study into improving driver and pedestrian safety at the circular intersections.

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40 years for Five Rivers

Nature preserve celebrates a milestone birthday

For the past 40 years, the Five Rivers Environmental Education Center in Delmar has been working to teach Capital District residents about the importance of wildlife and environment conservation through its “outdoor classroom.”

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Clarksville lease moves ahead

Sheriff’s office and district finalize contract

The Bethlehem Central Board of Education officially approved the leasing agreement that would allow the Albany County Sheriff’s Office to use the former Clarksville Elementary School as its new substation at its Wednesday, June 6, meeting.

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Stamp of approval

Niskayuna collector talks about new baseball stamps and old memories

Richard Ratajak, an 82-year-old Niskayuna resident, on Tuesday, June 5, gave a presentation at the Niskayuna Senior Center on the U.S. Postal Service’s upcoming release of its Major League Baseball All-Starts stamps collection.

Cunningham gets Dem nod, primary brews

Reform Dem member means to square off against former supervisor

Former Bethlehem Town Supervisor Jack Cunningham has formally announced his candidacy for a Town Board seat in the coming November election, but a primary is already fast brewing.

Stolen debit card leads to auto theft suspect

A stolen debit card led Coeymans police to arrest a Ravena man who was suspect in a series of recent auto thefts.

Police: Woman brought drugs to jail

A Troy woman was arrested after being found with drugs and drug paraphernalia at Albany County Correctional Facility on Wednesday, June 13, according to the Albany County Sheriff's office.

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Steps of support

An opportunity for everyone to support Community Hospice will be taking place on Saturday, June 16 at their 11th Walk for Hospice at the University at Albany.

The bulk of it

For seven years running, residents in Clifton Park have had bulk waste items picked up at their curbs at no cost. That waste will now be removed every two years, with the next pick-up scheduled for fall 2013. It will still be free.

POV: Remembering my fathers

This point of view column appeared in the June 13 and 14, 2012, editions of The Spotlight.

Editorial: The rules of the circle

This editorial appeared in the June 13 and 14, 2012, editions of The Spotlight.

Letter: Voters to blame for poor politics

This letter appeared in the June 13, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.

Letter: Thanks for great tournament

This letter appeared in the June 13, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.

Letter: Code should exclude politicos

This letter appeared in the June 13, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.

Tuesday, June 12

UPDATE: Officers disciplined after attempted jail escape

The Albany County Sheriff's Office is investigating an attempted escape from the Albany County Correction Facility after an inmate left a medical evaluation.

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Steeped in history

Program to examine Shaker use of herbs and teas

When you dunk a teabag in a mug of boiling water, do you ever wonder how the mixture of herbs or tea leaves got in there?

Assembly candidates score endorsements

Two 110th Assembly District candidates received political backing after local political committees announced their endorsements for the crowded race.

Monday, June 11

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To market we go

Tuesday, June 5, marked the debut of the Malta Farmers Market – a weekly installment of locally produced foods, plants and craft items. Every Tuesday will now host more than 20 vendors on the lawn between the Malta Community Center and Just Meat & Deli on Route 9 from 3-6 p.m. through Oct. 30.

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Tiny tech = big future

SCCC nanoscale grads see budding industry, hired before graduation

Even as the economy struggles to recover and the latest jobs report paints a dreary employment forecast, recent local college graduates appear to have found a promising path.

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Like a phoenix, new arts center rises

Retired teacher revamped old Colonie Youth Center

For nearly five years, the old Colonie Youth Center at 5 1st Ave. has been a dilapidated eyesore, a hollow shell filled only with memories of its vibrant days when it was bustling with the town’s youngest residents.

Town Board appoints new member

Former Colonie Planning Board member Brian Haak was appointed to the Town Board at its Thursday, June 7, meeting to fill the vacancy created by former Deputy Supervisor Nancy Hernandez’s resignation.

Trader Joe's gets summer opening date

Getting approval for a sign reading “Trader Joe’s Plaza” was one of the last procedural hurdles for the grocery chain to clear before its Colonie doors swing open on Friday, Aug. 3, and on Tuesday, June 5, the Sign Review Board approved the proposed sign.

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Colonie psychiatrist arrested on sex charges

A Colonie psychiatrist was arrested on sex charges on Friday, June 8, according to Colonie police.

Construction industry leader sets up shop in Rotterdam

Building 14 at the Rotterdam Corporate Park will soon house an industry leader in construction equipment.

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Top teachers honored

Niskayuna High School teachers receive Murray Award for Excellence in Education

Two local teachers were surprised to see school administrators, students and members of the media storm into their classrooms Friday, June 1.

Police Tase suspected G’land burglar

An Altamont man was arrested for burglary after he unlawfully entered a Guilderland residence.

Three charged with underage liquor sales

Three people were arrested after Guilderland police and the state Liquor Authority conducted a sale of alcohol investigation to underage patrons at eight local establishments within the town in June.

Man gets DWI with two underage passengers

A Schenectady man was arrested in the Town of Bethlehem after he was found to be driving while intoxicated with two children in the car.

Latham firefighter lead police on a high speed chase

A Latham firefighter lead State Police on a high speed chase on Saturday, June 9, leading to charges, according to police reports.

Sunday, June 10

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A perfect birthday present for Greenfield Elementary

As presents go, the best are the ones that keep on giving, and that will certainly be the case at Greenfield Elementary in the Saratoga Springs Central School District as it embarks on designing its present to the school – a new playground in honor of the school turning 50 years old.

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A webzine with the write stuff

Heather Schwartz of Burnt Hills has been writing for nearly20 years. From reporting to books and magazines, she’s written for a variety of publications, including National Geographic Kids, Guideposts for Teens and Girls’ Life.

Friday, June 8

Girls lacrosse: Shaker stumbles in state semifinals

Penfield scores in second OT to defeat Blue Bison

Having already streaked ahead of any of its program’s predecessors and reached its first-ever state final four, the Shaker girls lacrosse team came close to going even further.

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Last stop for ‘trains to nowhere’ [video]

State to sell ‘rusting hulks’ and equipment from failed $70M project

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s quest to uproot government waste led him to a desolate, weed-stricken field along the edge of an industrial park in Glenville, where four idle trains are rusting away.

R'dam townhouses plan granted rezone

Feuz Road neighbors voice concerns about water pressure, town says it’s not an issue

he Rotterdam Town Board on Wednesday, May 23, approved 4-1 a comprehensive plan amendment rezoning approximately 6.38 acres from A-1 Agriculture to R-4 Small One-Family and Townhouse Residential.

ALCO Museum to hold grand opening

The ALCO Heritage Museum will hold its grand opening on Sunday, June 10, from 1 to 5 p.m. at its new site at 1910 Maxon Road in Schenectady.

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Albany teen charged with burglaries

An 18-year-old Abany resident allegedly burglarized two city homes and possessed an assault rifle stolen from a Niskayuna residence, according to police.

Traffic stop yields Leandra’s Law arrest

State police on Thursday, May 31, at approximately 10:39 p.m., stopped a vehicle for speeding, allegedly traveling 97 mph in a 65 mph speed limit, which led to a Leandra’s Law arrest of a Schenectady man.

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All senses on deck

On Thursday, May 31, students at Ballston Spa’s High School were out and about during gym classes taking part in a three-day program called Smart Choices.

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New chapter for young writers

Brown School to launch all-inclusive writing center for kids, adults

Brown School, a non-sectarian independent school in Schenectady, is preparing to launch a community writing center for all students throughout the Capital District.

Thursday, June 7

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Next stop: London

Delpopolo, Vashkulat qualify for United States Olympic judo team

Nick Delpopolo and Kyle Vashkulat competed at last Saturday’s Morris Cup judo tournament at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School with something greater in the back of their minds: an Olympic medal.

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Animal therapy? A horse, of course

The horses of Saratoga County are known mostly for racing, but there are some who go by another game – therapy.

Albany County FSA to close

Office is one of four in New York to be shuttered

By the end of August, the Albany County Farm Service Agency office in Voorheesville will be one of four in the state and 125 nationwide to be shuttered as part of a consolidation plan spearheaded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to tackle chronic budget woes. It was announced on Tuesday, May 29, that all offices scheduled for closure be empty by Aug. 31.

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Summer concerts starting around town

The start of summer means the return of outdoor music around the Capital District and there are plenty of ways to spend a warm summer night right in the Town of Colonie. From a line-up heavy on upbeat rock music at Cook Park to a summer of purposefully varied acts at The Crossings to theme nights at Buhrmaster Barn, there’s something for just about any musical

Baseball: Albany Dutchmen begin season with win

Bases-loaded walk in bottom of ninth secures victory over Elmira

The Albany Dutchmen began their Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League season with a 2-1 victory over the Elmira Pioneers Wednesday night at Bob Bellizzi Field.

Wednesday, June 6

Sports poll: Which spring sports team had the most impressive championship run in 2012?

As the spring sports season wraps up, we want to know which team had the most impressive run to its Section II championship

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Musical memoriam

Middle schoolers join Swing Docs to raise money for scholarship in honor of local teacher

On Monday, June 11, Bethlehem Middle School students will give their second performance with local big band and swing group The Swing Docs. The profits from the event will go toward the Mary Jane Hughes Memorial Scholarship, which is given to a Bethlehem senior pursuing music as a career.

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Survival tactics

Fifth-graders across the district come together for a day of camaraderie as they prepare for middle school

On Friday, June 2, every fifth grade class within the district participated in Survivor Day, held at Elm Avenue Park.

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Garden Club eyes new initiatives

Group to focus on green elements to enhance town’s beauty, local education

Since 1965, the Bethlehem Garden Club has worked to make the town a greener place to live. Now the group is slightly changing its focus.

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EMS changes said to save big bucks

Albany County will not go through Bethlehem for insurance repayment

The Town of Bethlehem and Albany County have reworked contracts with providers of emergency medical services in a way officials say could save thousands every year.

Town mulls meeting start time

Long-running sessions prompt call for change

The starting time of Bethlehem Town Board meetings may once again go back to 6 p.m. after several recent meetings have lasted late into the night.

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An uncommon summer

When summer rolls around, it might seem the like the number of activities for kids is endless. The Not So Common Kids Camp in Clifton Park however, is an experience that is far from common.

Letter: Dem chair isn’t listening to his own party’s members

This letter appeared in the June 6, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.

POV: Another Animal Advocacy Day

This point of view column appeared in the June 5 and 7, 2012, editions of The Spotlight.

Letter: Protect town’s open spaces to maintain quality of life

This letter appeared in the June 6, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.

Letter: YMCA made Olympic dreams come true

This letter appeared in the June 6, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.

Letter: Make public aware of meetings

This letter appeared in the June 6, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.

Letter: No winners in budget vote

This letter appeared in the June 6, 2012, edition of The Spotlight.

Editorial: Whistle while you shop

This editorial appeared in the June 5 and 7, 2012, editions of The Spotlight.

Softball: C-NS returns to state semifinals

Northstars use late rally to put away Shen

The Cicero-North Syracuse softball team is heading back to the state tournament in Queensbury.

Tuesday, June 5

County FSA office to close

Albany office is one of four in New York to be shuttered

By the end of August, the Albany County Farm Service Agency office in Voorheesville will be one of four in the state and 125 nationwide to be shuttered as part of a consolidation plan spearheaded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to tackle chronic budget woes. It was announced on Tuesday, May 29, that all offices scheduled for closure be empty by Aug. 31.

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Survey participants sought

American Cancer Society recruiting for cancer prevention study

There are 479 people in the Capital District who are helping to fight cancer by raising more than $92,000 for Relay For Life. But this year, there’s another way even more people can join the fight, and it won’t cost a penny.

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New program offers 30 Albany girls extensive STEM education

Maiya Dargan is only 12, but she already knows exactly what she wants her future to look like.

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Beverwyck awards nine with scholarships

Residents raised more than $40,000 for this year's fund

The waiters and waitresses at the Beverwyck are more than just servers; they’re friendly, familiar faces that residents of the Bethlehem retirement community look forward to seeing week after week, year after year.

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Domestic violence call leads to weapons arrest

A domestic violence call lead the the arrest of a Selkirk man after he threatened to kill a member of his family and any responding police officers, said Bethlehem Police.

Parole visit leads to heroin arrest

A routine visit to the home of a Delmar man on parole led to his arrest after heroin was found in the home, police said.

Monday, June 4

Niskayuna garage bonding postponed

Town Board approves $220k in projects; facility to be revisited next year

Niskayuna officials have set aside another bonding proposal, placing a $2 million water and sewer garage on the back burner.

Sunday, June 3

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A heart-starting effort

The Larry Virkler Memorial Defibrillator Fund may be based in Lowville where Virkler was a beloved member of that community, but his son Scott Virkler of Clifton Park has been bringing the mission to his home. His aim is to equip communities, especially sports organizations, with AEDs, or automated external defibrillators.

Girls lacrosse: Shaker surges past North Rockland

Blue Bison advance to state final four for first time

Eight members of the Shaker girls lacrosse team went to their senior prom happy. The Blue Bison (17-1) defeated Section I champion North Rockland 10-7 in Saturday's Class A regional final at the University at Albany and advanced to the state tournament for the first time.

Saturday, June 2

Softball: Shen shuts down Guilderland for title

Erika Daigle did what no other pitcher in the Section II Class AA softball tournament could do: silence Guilderland's bats.

Friday, June 1

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[Photo Galleries] Remembering those who serve

Scotia and Rotterdam Memorial Day parades honor service members

Two community Memorial Day parades honored those who paid the greatest price of all in service for their country.

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Freedom Park unveils season lineup

Scotia performance venue recovers from flood damage

This summer’s concert performance schedule at Freedom Park in Scotia was announced on Tuesday, May 29, as village and county officials and sponsors gathered on its stage to welcome the new season.

Rotterdam OKs Open Stage Media contract

Two towns join city in funding public access provider; Glenville support unlikely

Rotterdam leaders are tuning in to Open Stage Media’s proposal for comprehensive public access programming for the county, but one town is still leery of associated costs.

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Vandals strike SCCC construction site

Damage estimated to total around $5K, investigation ongoing

Vandals struck the construction site of Schenectady County Community College’s new music building in two separate incidents.

Fatal two-car crash probed

A two-car crash at the intersection of Routes 20 and 30 in the Town of Duanesburg claimed the life of an Esperance resident.

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Extreme remodel eyed for clubhouse

Rotterdam woman raises money for local Boys & Girls Club renovations

Most bucket lists probably include traveling to a far-flung location or a unique experience, but one local woman placed giving back to the community at the top of her list.

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Cutting for a cause

Scleroderma is often a progressive disease affecting connective tissues of the body that afflicts about 300,000 people across the U.S. Approximately the same number of people who have multiple sclerosis.