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Tech Valley High School stages 'Mulan' this week

Students from Tech Valley High School's production of  - Tech Valley High School

A reminder – students from Tech Valley High School are going to be performing in a stage production of “Mulan” this week.

The students all developed the idea, cast the show, obtained the rights and staged it.

The show will take place on April 4 and 5 at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $7 for adults, and $5 for kids 12 and under and seniors 65 and older.

A list of students involved with the play is below, courtesy of Tech Valley High School:

Fellow students taking part include:

•     Jenny Mosher, from Averill Park

•     Erik Clifford, from Ichabod Crane

•     Gary Peck, from Cobleskill- Richmondville

•     Eben Neuman, from Menands

•     Hanna Neuman, from Menands

•     Maddy Welty, from Averill Park

Carpenters union searches for apprentices

State Carpenters Local Union #370 is recruiting new apprentices.

The program’s jurisdiction includes Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie and Warren and Washington Counties.

You must be 17-years-old and have a high school diploma or GED to apply.

Applications can be picked up at 27 Warehouse Row in Albany from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursdays. Applications will be accepted from May 1, 2014 to April 30, 2015.

For more information, please contact the NYS Department of Labor or call (518) (518) 438-0901.

State lists demands of potential casino operators

Monday, the request for applications will go out for those who want to try and build a casino in the Capital Region and other locations. -

SARATOGA SPRINGS - The New York Gaming Facility Location Board is officially spelling out what it is seeking from prospective operators, including a minimum licensing fee of $50 million from the Capital Region's successful bidder, more for the Catskills, less for the Southern Tier.

The state is looking for operators of four upstate casinos including at least one in the Capital Region. Monday's meeting of the location board was the unveiling of the request for applications or RFAs. These are the documents that will tell potential operators exactly what's expected of them, things like how much they're expected to invest, how many jobs they'll create, and community support.

Gas pipeline plans discussed in Schoharie County

COBLESKILL - Plans to build and bury a natural gas pipeline in Schoharie County are unsettling to some who live there.

There's a public hearing tonight at Cobleskill- Richmondville High School at 7 p.m.

Students and staff at Capital Region Boces want the 124 mile line diverted around their school.

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State budget deal: What's in it? What's not?

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Here are some highlights of the proposed 2014-15 New York state budget negotiated by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders:

- Total proposal: $138 billion, plus $5 billion in off-budget one-time federal aid.

- Total growth held under 2 percent.

- A $1.1 billion, or 5.3 percent, increase in education aid, with high-needs districts getting almost 70 percent of the hike.

- Allocations of $340 million for universal pre-K during each of the next two years, with $300 million for New York City and $40 million for the rest of the state.

- A $2 billion bond act pending approval by voters in November that would allow borrowing to fund classroom computers and technology as well as building pre-K classrooms.

- Changes in implementation of the Common Core curriculum learning standards in English and math that will keep test scores off the transcripts of students in third through eighth grades through 2018.

Richmondville native completes basic training

Courtesy: Joint Hometown News Service

For immediate release:

Army Pfc. Alex J. Prescott has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, core values and traditions.  Additional training included development of basic combat skills and battlefield operations and tactics, and experiencing use of various weapons and weapons defenses available to the infantry crewman.

Prescott is the son of Philip Prescott of Richomondville.

Schoharie to join other communities in volunteer recognition

More than 1,000 mayors and town supervisors will honor local volunteers on April 1.

Among them – leaders from Schoharie Area Long Term Recovery, Mayor Avitabile from Middleburgh and Mayor Holmes from Cobleskill.

A luncheon for salt volunteers will be held at Middleburgh Reformed Church at noon that day.

More information on the National Day of Recognition for Volunteers can be found here.