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Bethlehem braces for the big 4-0-0

Leath, along with town Planning Board Chairman Parker Mathusa, are spearheading many of the events that the committee is putting together.

"There is a lot of interest in this," Mathusa said. "According to my calculations, the children in the town of Bethlehem go to 40 different schools. They should all be a part of this celebration."

Mathusa said students not only from Bethlehem Central would be invited to participate, but also town residents who attend Guilderland, Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk, Voorheesville, the Albany Academies, Christian Brother's Academy and other area schools.

Some of the events planned include the dedication of a new memorial at Henry Hudson Park; exhibits about steamboats, ice harvesting and Native Americans at the Bethlehem Historical Association Museum; a religious heritage day; and a display of historic photographs at the town library.

The new memorial will cost around $80,000, according to Mathusa.

Social studies teachers at Bethlehem Central are also planning events, and the quadricentennial committee is working on additional plans, such as history-themed floats at the Memorial Day Parade, and boat and bicycle rides.

The committee holds meetings open to the public on the third Wednesday of every month, and people interested in volunteering or donating money toward the celebration should contact Leath at 439-7470 or sleath@townofbethlehem.org.""

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