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SCHENECTADY

Schenectady School Board president expects graduation rate to increase

Schenectady Board of Education President Cathy Lewis expects graduation rates to rise to 65 percent this year.

Fort Plain farmer claims rail company ignored his property rights

FORT PLAIN

Fort Plain farmer claims rail company ignored his property rights

Emil Johnson’s father spent decades battling the railway giant CSX Transportation for the right to build a crossing over their Mohawk Subdivision line in Montgomery County, which cut off a sizable portion of his 220-acre farm in Fort Plain from the time he bought it in 1961 to his death in 1987.

Amsterdam Buddhist group hopes to leave strife in the past

AMSTERDAM

Amsterdam Buddhist group hopes to leave strife in the past

Volunteers for the World Peace and Health Organization are working this week to complete renovations at their Heavenly Buddhist Palace in Amsterdam before the organization’s grand convention this Saturday.

Auriesville shrine opens for season Wednesday

AURIESVILLE

Auriesville shrine opens for season Wednesday

The visitor center at the Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs in Auriesville will open for the season Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon, and that’s just part of the good news.

Canajoharie native commands fight against ISIS

Canajoharie native commands fight against ISIS

The MacFarlands said their family comes from a “long line of answering the call to serve our country,” dating back to the Revolutionary War and on through the Civil War, Spanish American War, WWII, Korea and into the modern era with Sean.

AMSTERDAM

Amsterdam schools name new superintendent

A high school principal and former Spanish teacher from Rochester schools, Vicky Ramos, was appointed the next superintendent of Amsterdam Central School District.

Sawyer Fredericks to make return appearance on 'Voice' Tuesday

FULTONVILLE

Sawyer Fredericks to make return appearance on 'Voice' Tuesday

Winner of “The Voice” in 2015, Fredericks will return to the show Tuesday night at 8 on NBC.

Accident victim’s mother, Shen students collaborate on new safety campaign

CLIFTON PARK

Accident victim’s mother, Shen students collaborate on new safety campaign

Four years after the death of Shenendehowa senior Chris Stewart, his mother, Regina Stewart, continues to honor her son’s memory by urging others to drive responsibly through her Steer Clear campaign.

PALATINE BRIDGE

Palatine Bridge church concert set on historic organ

There will be a concert celebrating Trinity Lutheran Church’s historic organ at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 6 at the church, 5426 Route 10 north.

FMCC receives $2M bequest

FULTON & MONTGOMERY COUNTIES

FMCC receives $2M bequest

Signs of progress are everywhere on the campus of Fulton-Montgomery Community College.

AMSTERDAM

Town of Amsterdam seeks ban on explosive


In the video a man is seen pouring bags of white granules into a plastic bucket and hand mixing them with smaller packets of gray granules. He repeats the process several times as a twangy banjo plucks away in the background.

Amsterdam's pedestrian bridge to open on Labor Day

AMSTERDAM

Amsterdam's pedestrian bridge to open on Labor Day


State and county officials said the Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook pedestrian bridge will be opened to the public on Labor Day, Sept. 5.

UAlbany gets $10M grant for health disparities research

ALBANY

UAlbany gets $10M grant for health disparities research

The University at Albany aims to diversify its graduate faculty and student population and focus increased attention on health disparities research with the help of a $10 million federal grant.

Amsterdam native Catena was finalist for humanitarian award

AMSTERDAM

Amsterdam native Catena was finalist for humanitarian award

Dr. Tom Catena, an Amsterdam native who has dedicated the past eight years to running a hospital in war-torn Sudan, was a finalist for the Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity.

CAPITAL REGION

Slate of candidates set for upcoming vote

Some school voters in and around Schenectady County will have more choices than others when they go to vote for school board members next month.

Regents introduce research workgroup

A new workgroup has been tasked with studying the research behind testing, teacher evaluations and more.

Canal system to open April 27, four days early

ALBANY

Canal system to open April 27, four days early

The New York State Canal System will open at 7 a.m. Wednesday, four days earlier than originally scheduled.

Copter gives unique view of new projects, old favorites

SCHENECTADY & AMSTERDAM

Copter gives unique view of new projects, old favorites

From the air, everything looks different. On Thursday, Gazette photographer Marc Schultz and I took a helicopter ride to get an aerial view of ongoing projects and popular sites in Schenectady as well as Amsterdam.

AMSTERDAM

Amsterdam schools in lockout after threat

All Amsterdam schools and district buildings went into lockout Friday as police and district officials investigated a threat, according to a post on the district website.

OPPENHEIM, EPHRATAH & ST. JOHNSVILLE

OESJ elementary/middle school principal has resigned

School Superintendent David Halloran confirmed at a school board meeting Wednesday that elementary/middle school principal Rebecca Marzeski gave her resignation to the school board on April 4.

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