Hilltowns

The next lunch at the Westerlo Reformed Church’s fellowship hall on Route 143 is on Feb. 10 from noon to 2 p.m. The menu will consist of homemade chicken soup, egg salad and grilled cheese sandwiches, homemade assorted pickles, dessert and drinks.

Alexander Pepicelli, a freshman at Berne-Knox-Westerlo, is a finalist in the Words: Acts of Kindness campaign because he volunteers to help his classmate, Alyssa Gaige, at school.

The town responded to a petition filed in Albany County Supreme Court last month by the owner of Hitmans Towing on Route 146 to appeal the conduct of the town's attorney in a zoning case.

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DURHAM — Charles Lee never showed up empty handed. Visiting his grandchildren, he brought boxes of doughnuts, bags of fruit, or even a bunch of fortune cookies.

Charles Edward Lee died Friday evening, Jan. 30, at Albany Medical Center Hospital after a stroke. He was 71.

In the wake of a Jan. 15 fire in the hamlet that gutted Richard Platel’s century-old home, the community is rallying to set up a Fire Fund.

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The snowstorm Tuesday brought just a few inches to the Hilltowns, but the school buses and beef cattle weathered its visit in the middle of the day.

In both Westerlo and Berne, the goal is to get elderly people out for a meal and some company. Their funding sources and organizers, however, are separate.

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KNOX — The owner of Hitmans Towing pleaded guilty to operating a business in a residential area and paid a $300 fine on Jan. 21, ending a legal challenge to the town five days before a trial was scheduled to start.

In the wake of 5-year-old Kenneth White's murder, relatives are battling in court, unsuccessfully, to care for his two young sisters who remain in the county's custody.

The town's newest judge, Ronald "Joey" Bates, was the freshest face among those taking their oaths at the Jan. 2 reorganizational meeting in Rensselaerville.

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