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From 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 19, a referendum will be held in the firehouse at 2198 Berne-Altamont Road for voters to allow the sale of a tanker.

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ALBANY — The designs and connections for solar panels on county-owned buildings need to be known by firefighters who may be in danger otherwise, according to a resolution passed unanimously by the county legislature Monday night.

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Terrice Bassler spent years traveling the globe; now, she makes pottery in her studios in Berne and Newfoundland, Canada.

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Gary Kolanchick started his career as a doctor practicing with Margery Smith on her family's farm — with cows looking in the window — and said he'd return to those days in a minute.

Over a century ago, Frank Shulman developed a model for solar energy that has been expanded and approved; lawmakers have not kept up with scientists and inventors.

Solar panels proliferating locally reflect a larger effort to reduce their financial costs and government subsidies. Rural municipalities are surveying their options in earnest.

Republicans and Democrats in Berne have chosen their candidates for an election in November that will determine who will fill the last year of Bonnie Conklin's term, a councilwoman who resigned at the end of 2013.

After Birth is not a memoir, but the author's second novel got its impetus from her own experience as a new mother moving to a new town. It is set to be published in February.

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