Westerlo

SOUTH WESTERLO — A longtime community volunteer, Beulah M. Sweet was one of the 1937 originators of the Catskill Valley Grange No. 1557 in East Durham.

Mrs. Sweet died on Sunday, June 29, 2014, at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson after a brief illness. She was 96.

A retired race horse was found dead with an arrow in its side in May. Now, its owners want its name, Belle, to carry on in a rehabilitation effort for neglected horses.

Now a skilled barrel racer, Dana Erickson was once told to stay away from her horses after getting a blood clot. She wasn't going to have any of that.

Cruelty to animals is an issue Assemblyman James Tedisco hopes people statewide will rally around. Siobhan Duncan says her husband wasn't responsible for a recent case, in Westerlo, with a slain horse that caught media attention. 

SCHENECTADY — Alan C. Bauder, a land surveyor who helped preserve pieces of history submerged under water, loved fun, the outdoors, and taking care of his family.

Mr. Bauder died on Monday, May 26, 2014, at Kingsway Manor in Schenectady. He was 67.

Little League girls played a serene evening game on May 20 running over the field renovated with the Valley Cats early in the season.

WESTERLO — Shawn M. Duncan was arrested in connection with the death of his father’s beloved thoroughbred horse, found on Sunday morning with an arrow in its side.

Public comments on a report on the natural-gas extraction process were mostly about the potential harm it could bring and how such information was missing from Westerlo's draft report. One was in favor of the process.

Residents during the April town board meeting expressed frustration at town board members' absence at the meeting scheduled in March, which had been postponed from February. Nearly two years ago, the town decided to investigate the gas-drilling process.

Town officials have been aware of a deficit in the water district fund for years, but continued with its budgeting practices into 2014, the audit report found, and the town's court did not conduct several basic, documented accounting practices.

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