Entrepreneurs plan gas stations very near each other in town that now has none

KNOX — Before he flew on missions around the world and lived in Denmark, Michael Morey worked as a teenage pump hand one summer at Margaret “Si” Stevens’s Mobil gas station that developed a reputation for its resistance to moder

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Reviving the historic property — used as a community park, a summer hotel, and a christian retreat in Berne — along Route 443 has been complicated by an expensive demolition.

Kristin Mack, who found Berne in her search for a rural practice to begin her career as a doctor of osteopathy, said her native community in West Virginia has many similarities with the rural Hilltowns.

Conservation easements on the property will limit the town's primary use to a few dozen acres among nearly 360. Town officials hope the land will be a source of jobs for residents and revenue to the town.