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Bethlehem Town Court clerk retiring after 30 years

Because the Town of Bethlehem is ranked 33 out of 1,200 in the state for town and village courts because of its size and volume, it's not hard to believe why Hodom was picked to be the president of the New York State Magistrate Court Clerk Association during the late 1980s. With that appointment, her work in the town turned to a statewide job that allowed her to become a resource for clerks across New York as well as gain her own insight into the workings of other town and village court systems. She plans to stay on the executive board because of her past as a president and continue to be able to help those statewide who need her assistance.

Hodom's impact on the courts of Bethlehem is apparent from those who relied on her for assistance in the courtroom on a daily basis. "She is an institution at court," said Donovan.

Town Supervisor Jack Cunningham said he has known Hodom since he was a bank teller in the 1970s.

"I am going to miss her a lot," said Cunningham. " She has been instrumental in a smooth running of the court for the past 30-plus years. She is a big asset to the town, and I wish her a happy retirement."

Hodom plans to devote her free time toward a number of activities with her husband.

"We like to golf, travel around, garden and spend quality time with the family," said Hodom.

Even though she is retiring from the position of court clerk, Hodom will still be active as a member of the New York State Magistrate Court Clerk Association's Executive Board and will only be a phone call away for help and guidance in the community after she leaves her position in mid-July.

"I'll be around to help," said Hodom.

A dinner in honor of Hodom is scheduled for Friday, July 11, at Normanside Country Club, with a cocktail hour to start at 6 p.m. until dinner at 7 p.m. Reservations are requested by Friday, June 27, and dinner is $40 per person. RSVP and checks should be payable to Ronnie Blendell, 4 South Helderberg Parkway.""

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