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Schenectady County Connection

One County, One Book nominations start

Schenectady County Public Library kicked off the nominations for its seventh annual One County, One Book annual community program on Feb. 28. The deadline for nominations is Sunday, April 15.

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Sax and stripes forever

Rotterdam native has ‘dream job’ with Army Field Band, performs at All-American Bowl

Brian Sacawa, a 35-year-old Rotterdam native, started playing the saxophone in fourth grade and hasn’t really stopped the music since. Today, he’s a member of the U.S. Army Band and tours the country and world.

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Letter: Glenville should stick to tax cap

The letter appeared in the Oct. 6, 2011, edition of The Schenectady County Spotlight.

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Preparing for future floods

Tonko hosts forum on precautions, planning

If the mighty Mohawk River ever reaches the record-breaking flood levels brought on by Tropical Storm Irene and Lee again, residents now have a wider assortment of tips and resources to draw on.

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Receiver of Taxes elected no more, after 2013

Glenville voters significantly approve switch to appointed post

There will be one less position on the ballot in future elections in the Town of Glenville.

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Football: Fourth time is the charm for BH-BL

Huge first half propels Spartans to first state title

No more frustrations or runner-up plaques. No more long, sad faces at the end of an autumn otherwise full of accomplishment. At long last, the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake football team is the state Class A champion.

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Taking a look back at the Schenectady Spotlight

No shortage of news in Schenectady County for first half of 2011

This week, The Spotlight looks back on the first six months of 2011. We will look back at the second half of the year next week.

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Public urges S-G school board to break tax cap

District’s budget cuts about 40 positions, reductions total $2.3M

Scotia-Glenville community members at a Monday, March 19, meeting urged the Board of Education to go above the state tax cap, but the school board appears steadfast in staying under the threshold.

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Scotia-Glenville faces $2.3M budget gap

Layoffs, grade restructuring on the table, school closure talks in the future

Scotia-Glenville Central School District is likely facing cuts to teaching positions and programs as it seeks to close a $2.3 million budget gap within the state mandated tax cap.

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Drug discount cards yield $2.3M in savings

Program participation steady over first three years

Three years after Schenectady County officials unveiled a prescription medication discount program, more than 9,500 claims were filed with an average savings of 41 percent off retail price.

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Scotia Diner hopes to move on

Owners plan to reopen at nearby former Kem Cleaners after recent eviction

The owners of the Scotia Diner were evicted from their longtime restaurant to make way for an apartment complex, but a vacant building just down the street could be the eatery’s new home.

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Photo Gallery: An 'eggs-cellent' Easter adventure

Sonrise Bible Church holds its first Easter Egg Hunt

Sonrise Bible Church held its first Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 7, morning with many local families participating in the free event.

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Socha Management plans mixed-use Glenville building

Project would be $9M investment, PILOT and sales tax waivers offered

Socha Management plans to expand its presence with a new three-story facility following success with its existing properties.

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A date with history

At ‘Tavern Night,’ patrons get a taste of the 18th century

Nobody living today can say they dined in an 18th century tavern, but one group now has a pretty good idea of what it might have entailed.

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Kingsway honors veterans

Stars from retired American flags handed out to those who served

Nearly 40 veterans, all Kingsway residents and staff, were honored during the Kingsway Arms Nursing Center’s ceremony on Friday, Nov. 11.

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Looking back at the second half of 2011 Schenectady Spotlight

Irene makes her mark on Schenectady County’s landscape

Last week, The Spotlight looked back at the stories that made headlines in the first six months of 2011. This week, we look at the top stories from the second half of the year.

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Facility draws cheers, jeers

Nisky councilwoman publicly unveils indoor recreation center plans

Residents expressed mixed reactions towards Niskayuna bonding $350,000 for a new indoor recreation center, with some calling it a wise investment and others a waste of money.

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Boil water advisory issued for Niskayuna

Entire town ordered to take precautions after water main break

The entire Town of Niskayuna is under a boil water order following a 20-inch water main break resulting in a loss of water pressure throughout portions of the system.

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Chow down for a good cause

The Villa offers Sunday brunch buffet as fundraising tool for groups

The Villa Tuscan Grille, an Italian restaurant in Rotterdam, started serving Sunday brunch buffets from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Jan. 13 as an inventive way to help local groups and charities.

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