Melissa Hale-Spencer

A founder of Christmas Land says the family attraction will help people connect with each other and with the meaning of Christmas.

Sean Lyons

Berne’s new supervisor, Sean Lyons, is new to politics and said he at first felt intimidated running the New Year’s Day meeting, but his confidence grew.

One regular onlooker at Westerlo town board meetings said he was “thrilled” that the first meeting of the new year, on Tuesday, was “not so bitterly divided” as before, with fluid interaction between the board and audience.

Robert J. LaCosta

Each page of Robert LaCosta’s book of devotions provides a portal — 365 in all.

Phyllis Johnson and I were both diagnosed with cancer this past spring. She died on Friday. I am still here, and wishing she were, too. It’s not fair.

On Thanksgiving eve, just after darkness fell, 74-year-old William S. Kelsey of Berne was navigating the steep “Upper Letter S” curves on the edge of the Helderberg escarpment when he hit a deer, police say.

Jon McCloskey recently sought a new home for newspapers reporting on JFK’s assassination, which he had kept since he was a kid.

Steve Pfleging

RENSSELAERVILLE — In a four-way race for town board, the two candidates running on the Republican line won. Incumbent Marion Cooke, a Conservative, was the top vote-getter and Jason Rauf, a Republican making his first run for office, came in second.

WESTERLO — In this rural Helderberg Hilltown, dominated by Democrats for decades, a Republican newcomer to politics, Richard Filkins, has ousted a longtime Democratic councilman, William Bichteman. Democratic incumbent Joseph Boone was the top vote-getter.

Robert Loucks is unfazed by complaints lodged against the Invents Company, which he believes will help him realize his dream of bringing the ladder stabilizer he invented to market.


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