Song and solemnity mixed at the annual tree-lighting in Voorheesville's Evergreen Park, put on by the Helderview Garden Club, as Mayor Robert Conway lit the Christmas tree and Robert DeFelice, pastor of the Voorheesville Methodist Church, said a prayer.

Town leaders disagree over a proposed water-well law, with some contending that it would harm farmers and long-time residents, and others citing an obligation to provide safe water to taxpayers.