“Unfortunately for those South Westerlo folks, there’s a thought of South Westerlo becoming ‘Solar Westerlo,’” said Councilman Joseph Boone at Westerlo’s town board meeting.

Fifteen members serve on the Westerlo Rescue Squad, a mere 0.4 percent of the town’s population of about 3,400. The average age of the members is 60. Both factors have led to the decision for the volunteer ambulance to close at the end of the year.

Joe Coffey, the commissioner of the city of Albany Water Department, said that the city generally never uses the Basic Creek Reservoir in the late summer and early fall because of its tendency to have algae blooms, both toxic and nontoxic.

Debbie Scott, the new director of the Westerlo Public Library shelves books

“I was looking forward to being back in a small town … ,” Debbie Scott said of starting as the new director of the Westerlo Public Library. “I was looking forward to serving a community and a public library.”

WESTERLO — Ruth Christine Hannay of Westerlo, the founding librarian of the town’s library who was also very active in the First Baptist Church of Westerlo, died on Friday, July 5, 2019. She was 67.

Westerlo house in flames

Furman remains in jail and is due back in Westerlo Town Court on Friday. 

The grant requires that some of the work to convert the stage in the auditorium at the Westerlo Town Hall into a records room be done by a woman or minority-owned business.

A group of residents and business owners from South Westerlo objected to the construction of solar arrays in town due to concerns about the safety of battery-storage systems and the effect on the vista.

Sue Hoadley, Westerlo’s library manager, has had many jobs in her life, but a love of research drew her to be a librarian. She will retire from her post this summer.

Acting Supervisor William Bichteman said he thought it was inappropriate to include Westerlo’s town seal in campaigning materials because it could be misleading. Trademarking town seals is not allowed and so the use of it by other entities is allowed.


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