hill country observerThe independent newspaper of eastern New York, southwestern Vermont and the Berkshires





Chip plant and the American dream

Haiting Wang was happy to show off his still-under-construction home in suburban Clifton Park, N.Y., last month. Wang, 37, works in research and development at GlobalFoundries, the sprawling new computer-chip manufacturing plant a few miles away in the town of Malta. Like Wang, many of the 1,600 workers hired by the plant since it opened in December are from Asia, and their arrival is adding an international fl avor to traditionally homogeneous Saratoga County. read more



Seeking a better answer to crime

It was early 1996 when David Kaczynski contacted the FBI with strong suspicions that his brother, Ted, was behind a series of bombs sent to targets in academia and high-tech professions over the preceding two decades. Kaczynski’s decision to turn in his brother soon gave him a close-up view of the U.S. justice system and its imperfections. He became an outspoken opponent of capital punishment and a proponent of “restorative justice,” an approach that focuses on the needs of both victims and offenders, rather than simply on punishment. read more



Birdʼs decline fuels climate-change debate

The fate of a little songbird that spends its summers in the high elevations of the Green Mountains could soon become a new focal point in the national battle over regulating climate-changing emissions. read more



Fight against common cold yields uncommon elixir

Fire Cider got its start more than a decade ago when Dana St. Pierre decided he’d had one head cold too manyread more



Niche brewer getting bigger - Brown’s plans new plant

With the annual rate of craft beer sales growing by double digits nationally and a big thirst locally for its award-winning ales and lagers, Brown’s Brewing Co. of Troy is setting up a new brewery.

The new facility, in a former factory just off Route 22 in North Hoosick... read more





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