Marcello Iaia

Dawn Jordan, who led the study of hydrofracking for the town, took her seat at the board table this month — a position she lost in the 2011 election. 

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.

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.

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.

Administrators want to increase time for teachers to analyze data from their classrooms and create alternative education classrooms during the day and evenings.

Rensselaerville Town Clerk Kathleen Hallenbeck says she loves the arithmetic of her job, but her best tool has always been a smile. 

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