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Police: V’ville man performed sex acts with 14-year-old

On Tuesday, Sept. 2, the New York State Police based in Schodack were involved in a joint investigation with the East Greenbush Police Department resulting in the arrest of Steven J. Vanalystyne, 51 of Voorheesville, on several counts of criminal sex act in the second and third degree, forcible touching and endangering the welfare of a child.

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Troy story

RCHS exhibit focuses on the vast and varied history of downtown intersection

The year is 1914. You are standing upon slate sidewalks in Downtown Troy. Early automobiles pass you by on cobblestone streets. People on horse and carriage are delivering goods to nearby businesses, and the Caldwell Apartment building, just seven years old, is visible on the corner.

Bethlehem bank robber gets 7 years

Darriel Murray, 21, of Albany, was sentenced today to seven years in State Prison, to be followed by 3 years of post-release supervision in Albany County Court.

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Colonie Garnet Raiders seek stability after upheaval

Rouleau takes over a program that lost head coach and key players

It’s been a turbulent offseason for the Colonie Central football program.

Democrats get ready for showdown

Two ideologies struggle for dominance as key committee seats hang in the balance

Bethlehem Democrats could see a potential change in leadership as some committee members primary to keep their district seats, setting up a showdown between the party’s old guard and a progressive movement from within.

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A time to train tomorrow’s firefighters

Day of activities focuses on teaching skills to young people

Young adults from across the state gathered in Colonie on Thursday, Aug. 21, to learn new firefighting techniques and improve old ones with training from some of the best instructors around.

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Mood lightens at annual walk

New research in pancreatic cancer is fueling hope

Two years after his brother’s death in 2002, Neil Piper and his wife decided they wanted to find a way to raise money for pancreatic cancer research.

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Number of bids sparse for New Salem water project

New Scotland fails to draw bids for one contract, evaluating options

Little interest was drawn for contracts to construct the New Salem Water District, with one of the three contracts not receiving a single bidder.

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Back to work for defending champs

Christian Brothers Academy has key holes to fill as it looks to repeat 2013’s Sectional success

As the first week of practice wound down at Christian Brothers Academy, football coach Joe Burke threw himself into the action.

Get To Know: Josh Krepel

This Get To Know column appears in the Aug. 27 editions of Spotlight Newspapers.

Area schools awarded grant to review assessments

BOCES-led consortium wins nearly $440k for 12 districts

A dozen area school districts welcomed an infusion of state funding to help improve assessment practices.

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Colonie soccer complex decision delayed

Proposal set to go before zoning board in October

In his yearlong effort to construct a soccer complex on 969 Watervliet Shaker Road, Afrim Nezaj hit another snag when the town set aside his proposal until a later date.

Inaction irks developer

New Scotland Board mulls water lines for residential subdivision

Patience is running dry for a developer seeking a residential subdivision, with water infrastructure remaining a sticking point for town officials.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Time to re-examine gambling age

This guest commentary appears in the Aug. 27 editions of Spotlight Newspapers.

South Colonie harvests sunlight

District will place solar panels on 11 buildings

With schools across the state and nation facing tough decisions and budgets, one school district was able to find a way to save money every year on energy costs without taxpayers footing the bill.

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Guilderland school board sets aside study scenarios

District looks at fresh start to discussions about unused space within its schools

Guilderland Board of Education members unexpectedly voted 7-2 at the Tuesday, Aug. 19, meeting to set aside scenarios presented in the building capacity study in favor of community members and the board developing their own options.

EDITORIAL: Get out there before it’s too late

This editorial appears in the Aug. 27 editions of Spotlight Newspapers.

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Homeless Eagles have hope for 2014

Balanced offense, experienced defense to help Bethlehem

The Bethlehem football team won’t have a home field this season.

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Game on

Celebration of Scottish heritage draws a growing crowd

A little corner of Altamont will be filled with all things Scottish when the sound of bagpipes and the site of cabers flying through the air take over the Altamont Fairgrounds on Labor Day weekend.

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Lawson Lake struck with algae bloom

An algae bloom has blossomed again at Lawson Lake and local officials are prohibiting fishing and other water related activities from 420-acre park.

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