H. Rose Schneider

Michael Ward and Stefanie Stegman hope to create a relaxed and familiar feel of a coffee shop, but will also be serving lunch, breakfast, and dinner items throughout the day.

Berne-Knox-Westerlo

The $23 million proposed Berne-Knox-Westerlo budget for 2019-20, adopted by the school board on Monday, will trigger a half-of-1-percent tax-levy increase. While some argued there should be no tax increase at all, others said that the budget was “baseline” and “uncomfortably tight” and would have been better with a slightly higher increase.

The resolution refers to the supervisor’s lie that he had filed the town’s 2016 annual report in 2017 when it was actually filed this year.

The homeowner was found sitting at the side of the road in her nightgown, her only possession not destroyed in the fire that burned down her home on Nash Road in Knox, the fire chief said.

Berne Highway Superintendent Randy Bashwinger said that he took on another job at the Albany County Board of Elections for the extra income. While he says he can carry out both jobs, Democratic town board members expressed concern that he would not be adequately supervising workers.

BERNE — Around 3:30 in the afternoon on Thursday, a person driving on Route 156 in Berne saw a car stopped in the middle of the road, still running. Looking inside the Chevy Malibu, the passerby saw three people were unconscious and called 9-1-1, said Chief Deputy William Rice, of the Albany County Sheriff’s office.

William Bichteman

Amie Burnside said it was nerve-wracking being the only Republican on Westerlo’s town board, but then, two years ago, another Republican joined her. Now the GOP is running for the majority.

The Knox Democratic Committee has nominated Russ Pokorny for supervisor, incumbents Earl Barcomb and Dennis Barber for town board, and Joan Adriance for town clerk. Supervisor Vasilios Lefkaditis has said he will run for a third term.

An opinion issued March 15 by the Albany County Department of Civil Service states that the two transfer-station workers who worked for the town for over five years should have been protected by the state’s Civil Service Law.

Westerlo Town Board, Rapp

Acting Supervisor William Bichteman, when asked who would take charge of the town during a planned absence, said that he had appointed former supervisor Richard Rapp and Councilman Joseph Boone as deputy supervisors.

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