Hilltowns

BERNE — Musical instruments with quality sound can have stratospheric prices. Not least of which among their materials is the rare wood from the endangered African Blackwood tree.

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To the Editor:

On behalf of the Helderberg Hilltowns Association, I would like to thank all of the people who participated in the Discover the Hilltowns: Farms and Artisans Tour this past weekend.

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PRESTON HOLLOW — The greenhouse on Route 145 will hold chrysanthemums and baked goods to bring people together at the Preston Hollow Beautification Committee’s annual fundraiser on Sept. 26 and 27.

At 75 years, the Rensselaerville Volunteer Fire Department showed little weariness Saturday. The ceremonial moments at the all-day celebration had the air and intimacy of a family reunion that ended with music and fireworks.

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Five of Marcia Pangburn's neighbors from Thompsons Lake  sat with her as she waited in court.

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BERNE — Richard J. Lyons liked making corny jokes but he also had a serious commitment to his work, his religion, and most of all his family.

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We wanted to take a moment to say thank you to all the wonderful people in our community who supported our back-to-school program so generously. We are so touched by the amount of support we received.

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Monday, Sept. 1, was still a melancholy day for me. I seemed to be in the grieving mood all morning.

Brandon and Jenn picked up Samson and Nichole in Schoharie and drove to Leonard Hill Water Tower in Broome County. They enjoyed the beautiful view and the invigorating hike.

The 350 acres of parkland donated by Emma Treadwell Thacher a century ago has grown to now include 2,400 acres open to the public on the edge of the Helderberg escarpment.

WESTERLO — Gerald “Pete” Woodruff, an easy-going man who owned and ran Woodruff’s Store with his wife, died on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014 at Albany Medical Center as the result of a massive stroke. He was 84.

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