Hilltowns

BERNE — On Jan. 12, Mackenzie Dunnells, who is 12, swallowed bleach from a bottle in her home in Berne; she wanted to die.

“I got this overwhelming feeling, thinking about all that has been done for five years at school and no one listened to me,” said Mackenzie.

"It makes me feel like nothing," says a 12-year-old of being bullied at school for years. Her hurt was made worse when, she and her mother say, it was ignored by school leaders.

OK, the clock starts again! The Old Men of the Mountain were at the Middleburgh Diner in Middleburgh on Tuesday, Jan. 26, and we start the restaurant round again.

A Hilltown native who worked for the federal government, James Edward Baker helped people use their land while protecting the environment. He was instrumental in laying out the ski trails and jumps for the 1980 Winter Olympics in the Adirondacks.

GUILDERLAND — Donald L. Filkins, a family man who served in the Navy and who helped build Interstate 88, died peacefully with his family by his side, at St. Peter’s Hospital on Friday, Jan. 29, 2016. He was 81.

“He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather,” said his wife, Beverly.

Five candidates vying for two vacant school board seats participated in Monday's forum, featuring literal round-table discussions on their hopes and dreams for the school district.

It is already Jan. 19, and a Tuesday when the Old Men of the Mountain braved the wind and single-digit temperatures to meet at the Hilltown Café in Rensselaerville.

Dominick Salvatore Rotundo

BERNE — Dominick (Nick) Salvatore Rotundo of Berne was a carpenter who helped build Crossgates Mall, a musician who performed at nightclubs and weddings, and a gardener who shared his bounty with family and friends.

Tuesday, Jan. 12, the Old Men of the Mountain met at the Home Front Café in Altamont. For the usual weekly weather report, last Tuesday went from spring to winter in one day.

Vasilios Lefkaditis, the new supervisor, ran his first meeting with a more intense style than his predecessor and offered personal help or connections to solve problems.

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