Director Amy Powarzynski had worked at the Westerlo library for nearly 10 years before her promotion. 

Mathew Harris

Harris’s vacancy will be filled by appointment until the next general election, in November.

Children sled

BERNE — More than a year after disbanding the Switzkill Farm Board, the Berne town board has created an all-purpose Recreation and Parks Advisory Board, which critics say diminishes the ability of the town to develop the controversial 350-acr

Chance Townsend’s code-enforcement certification was reinstated on Dec. 17, making him eligible for the position.

A new wedding venue, Bluebird Farm, has opened in Rensselaerville, operated by four siblings who have turned their inherited property into a venture they hope will provide couples “affordable elegance with a view” and help bring money into the community. 

Switzkill Farm, in Berne

The order to show cause seeks to hold a permissive referendum on the town’s 2014 purchase of Switzkill Farm and eliminate a conservation easement. 

The Berne Town Board set its appointments for the year, which include Jody Jansen as dog-catcher, Joe Martin as chairman of the planning board, and Bob Kipper as the new planning board member. No appointment to the code-enforcement office was made.

Debbie Scott, who resigned this month as director of the Westerlo Public Library, had held the post for nearly a year-and-a-half. 

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