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Area teachers selected for NYS Master Teacher Program

A big honor for several teachers in the Capital Region.

The teachers were picked for New York State’s Master Teacher Program.

The program honors growth, mentorship and leadership.

Only 215 teachers were selected this year.

The list of Capital Region teachers is below, courtesy of the Governor’s Office:

Daniel Anderson, Queensbury School District

Janice Balogh, Schodack School District

Theresa Billington, Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School District

Heather Buskirk, Johnstown School District

Jeffrey Bower, Scotia-Glenville School District

Kim Bruton, Troy School District

Elizabeth Carroll, North Colonie Central School District

Stephanie Conklin, Saratoga Springs City School District

Tammy Darby, Lake George School District

Kristin Darlington, Galway School District

National Grid promises lower bills in April

National Grid is promising electricity customers some relief in their next bill.

The utility company says April bills should drop by about 40 percent.

However, there will be an added charge on your may bill, reflecting last month's record cold.

The good news, the company says that charge will be lower than the one you saw in March.

In many cases, customers have seen their bills double since January.

National Grid has blamed the increases on the cold weather, which it says, pushed up demand and in turn, pushed up rates.

Montgomery County Public Health sends out vaccination reminder

Montgomery County Public Health is reminding parents to vaccinate their babies.

National Infant Immunization Week runs from April 24-April 30.

Health experts say babies need to be immunized against 14 preventable diseases before age two.

Immunizations clinics are help every other Tuesday and Wednesday.

More information on vaccinations in Montgomery County can be found here.

You can also visit the CDC’s website by clicking here.

Saratoga Co. man arrested in Fulton Co.

BROADALBIN – A Galway man is under arrest after State Police say he was drinking and driving.

Troopers arrested 47-year-old Jeffrey Stangle for DWI after a traffic stop on State Route 29 in Broadalbin.

Police stopped the car because Stangle was not wearing his seatbelt.

When they smelled alcohol on his breath, sobriety tests were performed.

Stangle failed the tests and was found to have a blood alcohol content of .08 percent.

He is due in court on May 1.

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April is 'Child Abuse Prevention Month'

The Montgomery County Department of Public Health is trying to get the word out about April being "Child Abuse Prevention Month."

According to the NYS Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment, 79,668 kids were abuse or neglected in 2010.

About five deaths a day are attributed to child abuse. More than three of them being kids younger than four.

More information on child abuse prevention can be found by contacting Montgomery County Public Health at (518) 853-3531.

You can also call the New York State Child Abuse hotline at (1-800-342-3720.)

Man accused of having sexual contact with child under 13

TRIBES HILL - A Montgomery County man faces a slew of sexual assault related charges.

State police say David Andrews, 61, had sexual contact with a child less than 13-years-old.

He’s also accused of providing another man with a child to perform sexual acts on. Police say those arrangements were made online.

Andrews was sent to the Montgomery County Jail in lieu of bail.

Police say additional charges are pending.

Anyone who thinks they may have had contact with Andrews is asked to call state police at (518) 853-4708.