Berne neighbors of Charles Tommell Jr. helped him after a tractor trailer carrying his cattle tipped over; Tommell said the driver had had an unblemished record.

BERNE — A 19th-Century saltbox in a state wildlife management area has been recommended for demolition by the town’s building inspector. The property’s owner claims his permit application was improperly denied and demolition recommended so a man living with the building inspector could use the land.

Supervisor Kevin Crosier said during the April 10 town board meeting that residents in the Berne hamlet will be able to hook into the new sewer system in June.

Marie Dermody, a former supervisor in Rensselaerville who helps edit the publication, defended the disputed information in its April issue by saying it is true.

The area along Route 156 is called "mixed-use" zoning, where residential and commercial uses are allowed. The law is set up with planning board oversight, with the aim to sustain the historic qualities of the district.

Residents during the April town board meeting expressed frustration at town board members' absence at the meeting scheduled in March, which had been postponed from February. Nearly two years ago, the town decided to investigate the gas-drilling process.

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