The Memorial Day Parade in Berne will have veterans and active-duty military members marching or riding in the parade for the first time this year. One veteran who will be partaking helped bring the parade to fruition during its first year.


Trustee Richard Straut, newly elected to his appointed post, plans to continue the work he has started  — on water, sidewalks, and helping to develop a comprehensive plan for the village.

The Albany County Veterans Services Bureau has sent officials to speak in towns across the county in order to encourage veterans to register with them. Registered as a veteran will make them not only eligible for benefits, but allows the bureau to receive more federal aid based on the number of veterans in their care.


Part of West Lydius Street, from Carman Road to Church Road, is being renamed for Guilderland resident Army First Lieutenant Lanny G. Ladouceur, who was killed in Vietnam.

Lanny Ladouceur, a helicopter pilot shot down in Vietnam in 1970, will have part of a road in Guilderland dedicated to his memory at a ceremony on Jan. 19. His mother, who at 94 is thought to be the oldest Gold Star Mother in Albany County, and the woman who was married to him when he died will both be on hand for the tribute at Town Hall.

Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy has launched a new campaign to help homeless veterans and their families in Albany County.

The Berne-Knox-Westerlo board will decide in November whether to increase the exemption and, if it does vote to increase it, by how much.

The roads they travelled now honor five Hilltown men who died in the Vietnam War.


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