The school board discussed a number of options for students to learn outside the classroom.

The state’s Department of Environmental Conservation is looking to create over 500 acres of young forest in the Partridge Run Wildlife Management Area.

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.

The former Rensselaerville Supervisor Valerie Lounsbury was appointed as an assistant to clerk and bookkeeper Linda McCormick and will work part-time for the town.

The board, while tabling appointments for several positions, named a new planning board chairman who had been rejected in the past two years by the town board.

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.

A once-abandoned resort has been approved to host two new solar arrays in Westerlo.

Elizabeth Garry

As a presiding judge, Elizabeth Garry, a former resident of Berne, will not only be leading the state Appellate Court, Third Department and several committees, but also will be part of a group responsible for shaping state judicial policy.

Scott Green

The departing town supervisor, Kevin Crosier, said a ruling by the state “vindicated” the town, while former employee Scott Green maintains he was discriminated against and was wrongfully fired.

Luke McDermott is a former Marine and a native of Westerlo. After being injured in Afghanistan, he sought out a new team to be a part of.