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South Colonie schools begin makeover

Construction begins for capital project, new programming for fall school year

From building improvements to technology, South Colonie Central School District students will soon see many changes at their schools as the capital project and new program initiatives get underway.

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Siena takes a trip around the world

New mural painted by recent grad highlights college’s international programs

When the fall semester begins and students return to the Siena College campus, they will notice a world of difference in their student union building.

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The spark for change

Local teens learn the challenges of solving global issues

After a three-day human rights symposium, area teens will return to school this fall with ideas of starting new clubs, beginning fundraising campaigns and raising awareness.

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Projects underway

BC buildings finish upgrades as part of 2012-13 bond

District officials at Bethlehem Central schools are preparing to finish project upgrades as part of the 2012-13 bond initiative, now that summer vacation is underway.

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The time to spot a butterfly

Karner blues can be seen at Albany Pine Bush for a short time

Hikers in the Albany Pine Bush Preserve can see a sight that hikers 20 years ago considered rare—small blue figures flitting through the trees.

Help wanted to stop eco-threat

Invasive Species Awareness Week at Five Rivers

The Five Rivers Environmental Education Center is holding its second Invasive Species Awareness Week to help the public learn about the destructive power of invasive species and what the public can do to stop their spread.

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Bethlehem Central School District ranked No. 6

The Bethlehem Central School District has been ranked sixth in overall educational performance out of 431 upstate school districts.

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An artistic takeoff

North Colonie students designed, and test, Albany International coloring book

A group of Blue Creek third-graders got a chance to test out and critique Albany International’s new coloring book designed by Shaker High School students.

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Bethlehem superintendent leaving

Douglas moving-on to Southern Tier district

After more than three years, Bethlehem Central Superintendent Thomas Douglas has opted not to renew his contract and will be leaving for a new district in the Southern Tier.

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Celebrating the barn

Shaker Heritage celebrates barn’s centennial with picnic

In celebration of the 1915 Barn Complex’s centennial anniversary, Shaker Heritage Society will host a picnic, complete with games, door prizes and a bit of history.

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Update: BC teacher arrested after allegedly kissing minor

Police arrested a Bethlehem middle-school teacher

A Bethlehem Central teacher has been arrested for endangering the welfare of a child, following an investigation by Bethlehem police earlier in the week.

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Breaking scholarship history

CCHS senior awarded over 20 college scholarships

Colonie High senior Oneida Shushe had one goal in mind for high school: to make sure her college education was not a large financial burden on her parents. In late May, she met her goal, breaking records at the high school’s awards ceremony.

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Llama library invasion

The fuzzy mammal paid local children a visit at the Bethlehem Public Library

A fuzzy friend entertained children at the Bethlehem Public Library earlier this month as part of the facility’s youth literacy program.

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Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk mourns loss of superintendent

Superintendent of Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District Alan McCartney died of a heart attack last week following a short illness.

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Bold stand against heroin

Colonie High billboard contest draws attention to a growing problem throughout region

As hundreds of drivers travel along Route 155, they will see a new billboard that sports the message “Heroin Kills,” created by a Colonie High student in hopes of preventing the drug from taking more lives.

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