The Berne Town Board failed to fully implement all but one of 11 recommendations the Office of the State Comptroller made after a 2021 audit of board oversight, and Supervisor Dennis Palow — who was deputy supervisor in 2021 — was caught lying to state officials about his own actions.

The town of Berne reportedly filed an insurance claim over the holidays following the partial collapse of an old stable on the 350-acre property, which is potent symbolism amid discussions over what to do with a treasured property that many feel is being left to rot by a negligent town board.

Betty Filkins, Town of Westerlo Volunteer Fire Department

Linda Smith, Westerlo

Nurse practitioner Jill Martin’s medical practice, Hilltown Healthcare, has officially moved down the street, to 1705 Helderberg Trail, from its original location directly next to the Berne-Knox-Westerlo School District campus. 

The Berne Town Board is soliciting bids from loggers who hope to source timber from the 350-acre Switzkill Farm property. Though the term logging can invoke images of industrialist destruction, it can be as beneficial for forests as it is for people when it’s done responsibly.  

A study conducted by researchers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Cornell University has found that climate change is leading to warmer lakes, which in turn are losing oxygen and undergoing further chemical changes that are harmful for fish and other wildlife while exacerbating climate change. 

David Earl Wagoner

David Earl Wagoner, a Vietnam veteran who loved spending time with his family and friends, died peacefully on Thursday, Dec. 22, 2022, after a short battle with cancer. He was 76.

Standardized test scores released by New York State this month show that students at Berne-Knox-Westerlo are performing the same or better in math and English language arts as they were before the COVID-19 pandemic, which impacted students globally, and are also participating at higher rates. 

The restaurant will be takeout-only while the owners, Joe Conklin and his wife, Nadia Raza, await their liquor license.  


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