Marcello Iaia

About 30 people at the February town board meeting spoke in support of Hitmans Towing, a business that has been cited for operating a business in a residential district. Several speakers wanted the board to change the zoning ordinance to accommodate the business.

A tall sprinter from the Albany Academy for Girls took first place a long stretch in the 100-meter and 400-meter snowshoe sprints at the Empire State Winter Games on Feb. 9.

Adaptive Alpine skiers from Windham Mountain Ski Resort travel and compete together in winter sports events for athletes with disabilities. For a pair in Albany, it's a place to be treated like family while facing off with elite racers on their levels.

Douglas Rogers and Bruce Williams competed in the 2014 Empire State Winter Games this month.

The town board voted against renewing Greene County Sanitation's license to dump at the Westerlo transfer station after reports of out-of-town trash.

Scores of contestants woke up early to face the bracing February air on Thompson's Lake on Feb. 1. The ice-fishing contest was less about competition or comfort than it was for the camaraderie and relaxation of sitting on an otherwise barren sheet of ice.

School board member Vasilios Lefkaditis said his calculations showed a more grim outlook for the school's future budget decisions than administrators had presented. The agreement with Berne-Knox-Westerlo Teacher Support Staff was approved with three out of five in favor.

Westerlo is part of the the corner of Albany County that sits over the Marcellus Shale formation containing natural gas. The town council had rejected for revision its original report on hydrofracking.

Councilman Alfred Field voted against setting several salaries and wages, explaining that he does not feel Westerlo can afford raises along with surging insurance costs.

The town's boards met with their attorney to review the document outlining their standards of conduct as public servants.

Knox Supervisor Michael Hammond defended his practice of compiling his own schedule of business during meetings, saying he makes it available to the town clerk the day before and often gets requests and correspondence in a narrow space of time.

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