Death took its toll this year as two community leaders died of cancer. The aftermath of a boy's murder was ever present.

A Berne jury found Brian Hoover, 43, of East Berne, guilty of two misdemeanors — driving while ability impaired by a drug, and driving while ability impaired by the combined influence of drugs.

Thomas Bruno Sr. loved to play Santa Claus at Christmastime but didn’t need a red suit to be generous — he gave all year long.
Raised in Westerlo, Mr. Bruno died Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015, at his home in Palm Coast, Florida. He was 79.

Timothy Mundell wants to tap into the energy of the Hilltown agricultural community to shape school courses.

On the first day of December 2015, the Old Men of the Mountain met at Mrs. K’s Restaurant in Middleburgh.

KNOX — After 22 years, Councilman Nicholas Viscio submitted his letter of resignation Monday in the period between voters casting their ballots and a slew of new members taking their seats.

He served nearly two years of his four-year term.

BERNE — Mary Ellen Jannsen, better known in the community as “Elderberry Mary” because of her famous preserves, died on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015, at St. Peter’s Hospice Inn, with her daughter Christine by her side. She was 75.

EAST BERNE — Grace M. Ryan, a successful saleswoman and a frugal homebody, died on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady. She was 85. 

At my age, I really do not need any more plastic chickens.


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