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A garage on Western Avenue now stands gutted, as the call for responders came as flames were shooting through the roof in the early morning hours of Thursday, Jan. 8.

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The county legislature recognized firefighters from Berne, East Berne, and Westerlo on Dec. 15 for their service helping during a severe snowstorm in Erie County in the middle of November.

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A second special election asking voters to allow the sale of a fire truck was passed on Tuesday night, with 136 ballots cast. The first referendum was defeated in August, 15 to 15. A town wide letter might have been the key.

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After a townwide letter was mailed to residents and an informational meeting held, the Knox fire commissioners are opening the polls for a second time, seeking permission to sell a tanker truck.

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At 75 years, the Rensselaerville Volunteer Fire Department showed little weariness Saturday. The ceremonial moments at the all-day celebration had the air and intimacy of a family reunion that ended with music and fireworks.

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Fire commissioners will meet next month to decide whether to hold the election again, revise their resolution, or give up on a 21-year plan to rotate trucks.

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Local fire departments held open houses or Recruit New York events last weekend.

Residents had questions about pollution, the tax base, and the potential for the sheriff's office to buy a piece of the East Berne property, the potential location of intermunicipal training facilities and a new firehouse.

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