There is a word in Yiddish for complaining and generally giving someone a hard time when you are displeased. That word is “kvetch,” which is a letter combination that you may need to practice.

On Saturday, Jan 28, BKW hosted the Yankee Doodle Circus at the high school. The event was a fundraiser for the Class of 2018

A chimney fire was put out by the Westerlo Fire Department Wednesday morning. Two residents, including a lifetime member of the department, escaped, but the house will have to be rebuilt after its chimney was knocked down to control the rest of the fire inside.

On Jan. 24, the Old Men of the Mountain met at the Hilltown Café in Rensselaerville. At this meeting, the pickings were slim. The weather was a major factor but some brave souls made the trek.

Starting off on the right foot: Berne-Knox-Westerlo boys’ basketball team played Friday evening at home at full strength for the first time all season — football injuries had earlier sidelined several players. The Bulldogs beat Fort Plain High School decisively — 76 to 52.

For Helderberg Community Energy, the wait has been a decade long to see some Hilltown families with community renewable energy. Monolith Solar opened the area’s first community array, with some Hilltown customers, in Johnsonville last month.

At a Berne-Knox-Westerlo Board of Education workshop meeting, there were several presentations of different visions on how to restructure the school, ranging from new schedules to architectural designs.

Schools need to work with local government to blunt poverty’s impact.

KNOX — Even without the snow, the  Hilltowns’ Winterfest in Knox, sponsored jointly by the Knox and Berne youth councils, was a success.  After cancelling last year’s event due to lack of snow, the councils decided to proceed with or without the cooperation of the weather.

RENSSELAERVILLE —  The Carey Institute for Global Good has announced its incoming class of 20 fellows to the Logan Nonfiction Program, set to arrive in Rensselaerville on Feb. 2.


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