With volunteers declining, sheriff proposes shared Hilltown EMT

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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In its 200th year, the town of Westerlo is celebrating with its sister city in Belgium and delving into its history.

Friday was a busy day in Berne as two public works projects brought officials to the Helderberg Hilltown — one project was completed and another is about to begin.

The grant money is being spent on equipment to help with car crashes since the company answers accident calls far more frequently than fire calls, the fire chief said.