Noah Zweifel

Sheep farmer Emily Vincent, who has previously been harassed by Berne’s code-enforcement officer and highway superintendent, has been ordered to replace a culvert near her property in spite of the fact that it runs underneath a town road.

Various charity organizations have given away thousands upon thousands of pounds of food to Hilltowners in need this year. 

Knox residents Mary Varbero and Frank Muia have succeeded in their quest to free their Berne-Altamont Road property from the restrictions dictated by a covenant that the previous property owner said she was forced to agree to by the town’s planning board in the early 1990s.

KNOX — The Knox Town Board has decided not to opt out of New York State’s marijuana law. That means pot shops and parlors can come to town.

Two mental-health response teams have assisted over 100 people with roughly 240 incidents as of this month, which serves both those who are experiencing mental-health crises and traditional first responders who are not always necessary to handle those types of emergency calls. 

Dairy farmers have until February to enroll in the United States Department of Agriculture’s Dairy Margin Coverage program, which insures farmers against thinning margins by issuing payments whenever the ratio between cost of feed and all milk prices hits a certain threshold. 

On Jan. 20, the Knox Planning Board will invite town residents to give their thoughts on a proposed 5-megawatt solar project, sited at 1953 Thomspons Lake Road.

The Helderberg Lake Community Association is hoping to fund necessary dam repairs with money borrowed from the town of Berne, which would need to create a special tax district to recoup those funds over 30 years, at a rate of $5.35 per $1,000 of assessed home value. 

The Open Meetings Law was amended early last month — effective immediately upon Gov. Kathy Hochul’s signing — to require that all public bodies post meeting minutes online no more than two weeks after a meeting occurs

More than a fifth of Berne-Knox-Westerlo’s secondary students were quarantined last Friday.


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