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Ballston year in review, part I

April

The Ballston Spa planning board reviewed an application submitted by a New Jersey-based developer to build a Rite-Aid store at the intersection of routes 67 and 50.

Arnold Palmer, who regularly attends Ballston town board meetings, organized a petition to force the town to reconsider the purchase of the historic Bettys Tavern on Route 50, which was listed at $329,000. "I think it's downright too expensive, and it will cost taxpayers a lot for upkeep," said Palmer. "We can't maintain the buildings we have now. We don't even know what kind of condition it's in. Just to make it ready for the public could cost us a lot."

May

At a May 1 Ballston Town Board meeting, residents came out in waves to protest a unanimous decision by the board to buy into the Saratoga County water system. Nearly a dozen people showed up to the meeting to voice their concerns and confront Supervisor Ray Callanan. Several residents were angry over the lack of communication from the board in making the decision.

"This room will be packed triple what it is tonight once people start to hear about this decision made without notifying the public. You have stirred up a bee's nest like you've never seen," said resident Paul Hill. The town currently purchases water from the Veolia system in Glenville.

The Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake school district passed its 2007-2008 school budget by a 63 percent margin. Voters also passed a proposition to borrow $350,000 for the purchase of new buses during the May 15 vote. The $50.2 million budget was favored by 1,255 voters while 751 residents voted against.

June

The town of Charlton celebrated Founder's Day the weekend of June 2 and 3. The festivities included games, magic shows and fireworks, as well as a parade that concluded the event. Following the event, Ralph Rudolph, founder of Charlton's Sons and Daughters of Liberty Ancient Fifes and Drums, was honored. The Charlton Militia Fife and Drum Corps was created in 1975, by Rudolph and his wife, Betty, after a trip to Lexington and Concord, Mass., for the Bicentennial of the Revolutionary War, where they were impressed by the celebration and events.

"Ralph has demonstrated exceptional leadership qualities in the service he has provided to the Sons and Daughters of Liberty, the residents of Charlton, the County of Saratoga and to many other citizens of this country," said town of Charlton historian Catherine Caine.""

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