Marcello Iaia

Volunteer squads and town leaders generally agree to a plan to put a paid emergency medical technician on call in the Hilltowns, but some worry about squashing volunteer spirit and logistical considerations.

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From 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 19, a referendum will be held in the firehouse at 2198 Berne-Altamont Road for voters to allow the sale of a tanker.

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Solar panels proliferating locally reflect a larger effort to reduce their financial costs and government subsidies. Rural municipalities are surveying their options in earnest.

ALTAMONT — For the uninitiated, a deluge of questions, from tactile to ethical, can and should arise when holding a loaded weapon. 

Republicans and Democrats in Berne have chosen their candidates for an election in November that will determine who will fill the last year of Bonnie Conklin's term, a councilwoman who resigned at the end of 2013.

Councilmen Theodore Lounsbury and Alfred Field spoke about a slim likelihood of natural-gas drilling in town, the wearied process of evaluating the issue, and the state's long-awaited regulations.

KNOX — The questions were big — what are the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats to living in Knox? — but the crowd was not. In this rural town of 2,700, about 18 men and women sat in small groups to discuss issues that would shape how the Knox comprehensive plan would be modified.

BERNE — The town’s process of spending money got an approving look from the state comptroller’s office this month.

Loneliness and depression are realities for some elderly people, and caregivers can be strained for others. A church hall in Berne is planned as a place where people who need help can go for social interaction and care.

County Legislator Deborah Busch of Knox says she's confident the violations against her and her boyfriend will be dismissed, but she feels frustrated by the attention paid because she's a public official.

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