Councilmen Theodore Lounsbury and Alfred Field spoke about a slim likelihood of natural-gas drilling in town, the wearied process of evaluating the issue, and the state's long-awaited regulations.

Walking along the bridge next to a recently demolished building in the Berne hamlet, one can see the contrasting faces of stone walls from two different eras.

BERNE — A woman was questioned by police as she mourned in a cemetery in the early morning hours of July 13. A breath sample at the police station, according to her arrest report, registered .01, well below the legal limit of .08 for driving. Meanwhile, her SUV had been towed from the cemetery and she had to pay $265 to get it back.

KNOX — The questions were big — what are the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats to living in Knox? — but the crowd was not. In this rural town of 2,700, about 18 men and women sat in small groups to discuss issues that would shape how the Knox comprehensive plan would be modified.

BERNE — The town’s process of spending money got an approving look from the state comptroller’s office this month.

Loneliness and depression are realities for some elderly people, and caregivers can be strained for others. A church hall in Berne is planned as a place where people who need help can go for social interaction and care.

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