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Bear sighting in Woodlawn area of Schenectady

SCHENECTADY, NY (WRGB) — Schenectady Police say they are monitoring the Woodlawn area of Schenectady after reports of recent bear sightings. Police say they have seen the bear and are working with the Department of Environmental Conservation to keep the bear out of main roadways. Local schools have been notified,...
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Albany Man Arrested For Shooting Into A Car Occupied With Children

The violence continued on the streets of Albany over the weekend with more gun violence. An Albany man has been arrested for shooting into a car while children were riding in the backseat. Members with the Albany Police Department responded to a call for shots fired in the 500 block...
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Two years after dangerous fall, teen returns to Thacher Park

Two years ago today, 19-year-old Dylan Dunney fell off a cliff at Thacher Park in Voorheesville. He was not expected to survive. But because of the immense emergency and medical response, he did. Recently, he went back to the overlook at Thacher Park for the first time since the fall.
Schenectady, NYDaily Gazette

Police: Bear spotted in Schenectady’s Woodlawn neighborhood

SCHENECTADY – City police are monitoring a bear sighted in Schenectady’s Woodlawn neighborhood. In a release sent out just after 9 a.m. Tuesday, police indicated they have received several reports of a bear traveling in the Woodlawn area. “Officers have observed it and have requested the assistance of the Department...
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Berkshire Pride is a Go! Rally Planned for Park Square

Despite the challenges the pandemic posed for planning a traditional Pride rally, Berkshire Pride will celebrate Pride this month with a rally at Park Square. "With the restrictions and protocols only just being lifted by the state and the CDC, we weren’t able to organize a full festival for June but wanted to create space for community to come together and paint downtown Pittsfield Rainbow"
Schenectady, NYTimes Union

Critics blast Schenectady campaign mailer as a racist 'dog whistle'

SCHENECTADY — Critics are accusing a candidate for county legislature of engaging in “dog whistle” racial politics over a campaign mailer that insinuates his Black opponent is in favor of defunding the police when he is not. Brendan Savage, a white candidate for Schenectady County Legislature, sent out a mailer...
North Adams,

North Adams School Committee OKs Funds for School Study, Passes Budget

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The School Committee on Monday authorized the use of $300,000 from the school choice account to fund a feasibility study for Brayton School. The expenditure is contingent on the city being accepted in the feasibility phase of a school project. The vote was required for that consideration along with an approval of the City Council last week to submit a statement of interest to the Massachusetts School Building Authority. Both votes were necessary for the submission of materials by the June 25 deadline.

Berkshire Rescue Team Seeks Donations for Vehicle

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Mountain Search and Rescue Team is aiming to raise $14,000 for a utility terrain rescue vehicle that is vital to their operations. BMSAR is one of only two volunteer search and rescue teams in Massachusetts that are attached to the State Police Special Emergency Response Team, which is of "high value" for the organization.
Albany, NYHornell Evening Tribune

New York hits 70% vaccination rate. These COVID restrictions are lifted.

ALBANY – New York hit its goal late Monday of reaching a 70% first-shot vaccination rate for COVID-19, meaning the state will lift many of its remaining safety restrictions. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday afternoon the state has surpassed the 70% benchmark for adults, which will trigger a pullback on some safety precautions, such as those still in place for social distancing in restaurants.
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South Troy Pool reopening in July

TROY — The city will once again open back up the South Troy Pool in July. Mayor Patrick Madden announced Monday that the city is partnering with the Boys and Girls Club of the Capital Area to operate the pool, which is set to open for the season on July 6. The club will be providing life guards, swimming lessons and free lunch programs for children under 17.
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Editorial: Democracy on hold

For a moment, it looked as if the judicial system was not going to let the Rensselaer County Board of Elections get away with a blatant act of voter suppression. Until, astoundingly, it did. Oh, the Appellate Division will consider the case. It will just get around to it too...
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SPOTTED: Bethlehem girls beat Shen for Class A title

BETHLEHEM — The girls lacrosse team won its second consecutive Section II, Class A title on Monday, June 14, by beating Shen 6-5. In one of the more exciting, physical games in the spring season abbreviated because of a Fall II season, the lead changed often between the two standout teams that started out scoring […]

New York's next vaccination incentive: A full week of free rides

CAPITAL REGION, NY (WRGB) — New York State’s latest vaccine incentive begins Tuesday. Anyone who receives their first dose of Pfizer or Moderna or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine at any provider in New York State between June 15 and July 14 and presents proof of vaccination at a participating transportation redemption center no later than July 14 will receive an unlimited seven-day public transportation pass for a participating provider's transit network.

BCC 'One Stop' Construction Underway as Welcome Center Takes Shape

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) aims to streamline its admissions and enrollment process with its One Stop Student Success project, currently under construction on campus as part of a $5.5 million grant provided by Governor Baker's Capital Investment Plan for public higher education. The overarching goal of this...
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Service Wednesday for Berne couple killed in house explosion

BETHLEHEM — A wake and service will be held in Delmar on Wednesday for Victor and Lois Porlier, the Berne couple who died after their house exploded June 4. A wake will be held at Applebee Funeral Home, 403 Kenwood Ave. from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, followed immediately by a memorial service and burial in Elmwood Cemetery in Selkirk.

Early Voting Begins In Albany Democratic Primary

With the Democratic primary under way, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan cast her early ballot on Monday as she bids for a third term. Sheehan voted at the Albany County Board of Elections on South Pearl Street. The two-term incumbent faces primary challenger Valerie Faust. Sheehan is optimistic about her odds: