Thursday, May 27, 2010

Planning Committee Survey Results for Types of Businesses in Berne

''Many businesses were personally favored by respondents.  A local farm produce center was the most favorable to have in Berne.  Other highly favorable businesses were animal shelter, antique/flea market, bakery, bed and breakfast inns, book store, convenience store, fish farm, garden center, grocery store, local farm butcher, medical offices, pharmacy, Helderberg tourism, and winery. Many of the other businesses had 50% or more favorable support.  

Most of the large scale businesses such as big box retail stores, big box warehouse, hunting farm, and an industrial power plants were opposed or strongly opposed.  

When asked where they would accept commercial development in Berne, the most common answer was along Route 443, followed by along Route 85 and in or near a hamlet.  Along Route 57a and anywhere in Town was favored by less than 20% of respondents.  There were about 12% who said that commercial development should be nowhere in Town.''

Editor's comment.- If we want local farms and businesses we must support them with our by buying locally. It does no good to say it would be nice to have a convenience store, a grocery store, a local farm butcher, a farm produce center if we do not spend our money locally to show that we really support them.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Upcoming Events Calender

There are two calenders of upcoming events available for announcements  for organizations and businesses on  .

Those who wish to post events on these  pages are urged to do so  themselves.

May 13

The Heldeberg Market is a new, low-cost service that will market  Hilltown farmers' and home industrialists' goods online to customers  throughout the Capital Region. It will launch on June 1, 2010. 

Farmers and home artisan producers interested in learning more  about the Heldeberg Market are invited to an informational session at  the Berne-Knox-Westerlo Middle School, Room 170, on Thursday May 13,  2010 at 7:00 p.m.

Please contact owner, Sarah Avery Gordon, to RSVP for the  informational session at 518-669-3446 or Sarah Gordon.

May 15 and 16

Save Thacher Park!
Join Us, On May 15'th, and 16'th, For "Thacher Day Out". The time  will be 12:00 pm-5:00 Pm on both days. We will have tons of food,  music, and FUN!!

May  18

The next meeting of the Helderberg Hilltowns Association will be at  the Hilltowns Senior Center, 1656 Helderberg Trail (Route 443, half way  between Berne and East Berne), May 18 at 7pm. 
It has been suggested that since the focus of the first meeting  was heavily agriculture, we should continue the discussion of "Ideas  About What the HHA Should Do" but divide the discussion into several  distinct categories --  Agriculture; restaurants; bed & breakfasts;  recreation; open space protection; cultural tourism; historic  preservation; sightseeing; museums; family-tree research; etc.  That way  we will get a better perspective of the broader role of the HHA (or  Albany Hilltowns Association?).  

May  31

The Hilltowns Memorial Day Parade will step off at 10 AM along  Helderberg Trail (Route 443) from the Senior Center to the  Berne-Knox-Westerlo School. A big old-fashioned celebration has the  Color Guard by the VFW and American Legion, the BKW Band, floats,  firetrucks and ambulances, marching units of youth and adults, and a  number of horses. At the end of the parade, ceremonies to honor our  veterans are held on the common in front of the school; a wreath is laid  at the memorial by the Gold Star Mother, a volley is shot, taps is  played. Prizes are awarded to floats and marching units. Many  organizations offer refreshments or baked goods for sale. Best viewing  along the route of march is from the intersection of Routes 443 and 156  to the BKW school. Get there early as good spots go quickly. Sponsored  by the Kiwanis Club of the Helderbergs.