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TVHS students studying fastest bus routes for new home

Tech Valley High School is moving to a new home next year.

The school which is currently located in East Greenbush is moving to the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering in Albany.

Students are helping determine the fastest bus routes.

Freshman are using computers and geometric calculations to help determine some of the bus routes.

After three weeks, students will present their findings.

Capital Region students face off in creative thinking competition

CLIFTON PARK – Student teams from Albany, Schoharie, Schenectady and Saratoga counties are facing off in a test of creativity.

Close to 600 students will be at Shenendehowa High School on Saturday for a day-long competition.

The Odyssey of the Mind Tournament challenges students in K-12 to come up with original and imaginative solutions to open-ended problems.

The students from 15 local districts are hoping to represent Region 7 at the Odyssey of the Mind 2014 World Finals.

The 83 teams come from Bethlehem, Brighter Choices, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, Cobleskill-Richmondville, Duanesburg, Middleburg, Mohonsen, Schoharie, Scotia-Glenville, Shen, South Colonie, Albany Academies and Voorheeseville.

Summit man found in home with no heat, suffering from hypothermia

The Schoharie County Sheriff’s Office is reminding everyone to check on their elderly neighbors when the temperatures drop.

A 76-year-old man from Mud Lake Road in Summit is in serious condition with hypothermia, frostbite and dehydration.

Emergency crews responded to the home around 12:15 Tuesday afternoon, when a concerned neighbor called.

Crews say snow was blocking the entrance to the home, and there was no heat inside.

The man was taken to Cobleskill Regional Hospital.

Men accused of causing $18,000 in damage to Schoharie County church

Justin Pethick (left) and Roger Graham (right) - New York State Police

CENTRAL BRIDGE - Two men are accused of ransacking a church, as police say they searched for items to steal. The total cost of the damage is estimated at around $18,000.

The arrests come after a month long investigation.

Police say Roger Graham, 18, and Justin Pethick, 26, stole $160 and two backpacks from a boy scout troop using a storage room at the church.

Pethick is also accused of stealing tobacco and cigarettes from Apple Food and Grocery where he worked. He also faces a charge for marijuana possession.

Both men were sent to the Schoharie County Jail.

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Schoharie communities to meet and discuss flood funds

As Schoharie and surrounding communities continue their cleanup from storms including Irene and Lee, a meeting will be held to determine where some of the funding will go.

Funding for community reconstruction projects now totals $18 million.

The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 27 at St. Mark’s Lutheran church, 326 Main Street in Middleburgh.

The funds are part of the NY Rising Community Reconstruction Program.

Homeowner Protection Program boasts 6,600 loan modifications

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman reports his office's Homeowner Protection Program has worked with 23,760 New Yorkers in the past 15 months, resulting in 6,660 approved and pending loan modifications.
    
Since October 2012, it has helped fund 36 legal aid groups and 56 housing counseling agencies intended to help struggling homeowners avoid foreclosure.
    
Schneiderman has recently proposed legislation to require lenders take responsibility for properties abandoned by mortgage holders behind on payments instead of waiting until the foreclosure process is complete.
    
Across the state, RealtyTrac estimates there are now more than 15,000 "zombie properties" statewide, with about 1,000 in New York's Southern Tier.

Seminar to help homeowners affected by Irene, Lee

There is still help available for homeowners, impacted by Hurricane Irene or Tropical Storm Lee.

You may be eligible for funding from New York State, including reimbursement if you have already rebuilt your home.

A seminar will be held on Tuesday, March 4th at the Best Western in Cobleskill.

Local contractors are urged to attend to find out how they help with the reconstruction.