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A special Rensselaerville Town Board meeting to discuss the closure of the town’s volunteer ambulance was met with a solemn acknowledgement of the end of the 45-year-old organization.

Betty Filkins, of Westerlo, was recently recognized as a New York State Woman of Distinction.

Dan Dymes felt helpless in the wee hours of Wednesday morning as his Agway delivery truck was stuck in the snow and he watched the Prospect Terrace fire next door getting closer. In the end, he was grateful, although his truck was damaged and his mulch pallets unsellable, that no one was hurt.

With 10 to 12 members, many retired and in their 60s, Rensselaerville Volunteer Ambulance announced that it would be closing, with the Albany County Sheriff’s Emergency Medical Services unit taking over calls in town.

The Length of Service Award Program, or LOSAP, was voted, 54 to 2, to be discontinued for Voorheesville Area Ambulance Service members. VAAS stopped functioning on Oct. 15, and the vote allows members to stop paying fees for a service they no longer have.

Residents of the village may vote Tuesday, Nov. 15, on discontinuing the Length Of Service Award program, known as LOSAP, for members of the Voorheesville Area Ambulance Service. The LOSAP program provides pensions for volunteers.

A lack of volunteers had led Voorheesville's ambulance to announce its closure, but members continue to respond as a secondary service, and the organization is seeking a way to keep running.

Altamont firefighters have rushed to put out three fires in the last month and have decided to turn Friday’s open house into a fundraiser for the affected families.

HILLTOWNS — As a state Supreme Court judge on Monday considers a suit challenging approval in Rensselaerville of a 180-foot tower, Hilltown residents remain divided on the issue.

A third meeting of a committee on New Scotland’s EMS services has begun arranging a shared scheduling system as well as adopting an electronic alert system for volunteers.

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