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Citizens made progress in 2013 towards getting a Quiet Zone to silence train whistles and a feuding village board made peace with its ambulance squad as they worked on a contract at year's end.

Hometown traditions persisted in Altamont in 2013 despite fire and arrests.

In the wake of a motorcycle plunging through Thompson's Lake in a Friday night drag race, the county sheriff is stressing the importance of wearing a life vest when venturing on ice.

The odor of marijuana led police to search the car, where marijuana, crack cocaine, and scales were found.

The year started with a financial audit that gave a poor picture of the town's records, but its summer was spent with a cordial picnic and stream-bank repair that brought volunteers together.

While politics were static in 2013 — the incumbents faced no challengers in town elections — the future of Thacher State Park drew regional interest as did the disposition of an unprecedented negligent-homicide case

With two new board members, the town's governing council was deliberative in its work, while the rest of the town celebrated its community institutions and a stunning murder case was closed.

2013 was a milestone year for the town's development, with a new, spacious library and a wastewater treatment system for the Berne hamlet.

Throughout the year, the town's close supervisor race was run amid designs to zone areas in the town for businesses and a long wait for postal services to return to the hamlet.

Three town leaders retired in 2013; elections were bitter as the Democrats retained power; and Crossgates Mall, the Guilderland Fire Department, and Daughters of Sarah all made plans to expand.

"Timing is everything and resources are necessary," Guilderland's assistant superintendent for business told the school board members who are enthusiastic about expanding the technology program.

Pastor Wendy Cook has a simple desire to see Berne residents express themselves for a public installation of art in the rural town.

Berne-Knox-Westerlo students from Spain, Colombia, and Brazil all come from Catholic countries but have various holiday traditions.

The proposed abandonment would start a quarter-mile from the road's intersection with County Route 353 in Rensselaerville and maintain the public easement.