Dogs, Willie Nelson and correct grammar

Today, Larabee completely agrees that the little things are essential. He did become a copy editor at The Spotlight, and today, the former Voorheesville resident is the letters and local opinions editor at The Washington Post.

Tobin and Larabee recalled that Graves was able to support the community while still maintaining objectivity. For many years, Graves worked only with the Bethlehem edition of The Spotlight.

"She had a good sense of news and what was going on in Bethlehem," Tobin said.

Former Bethlehem supervisors Ken Ringler and Sheila Fuller remember Graves' contributions to the town.

"We'd sit down every week, Sue, the reporter, and I," Ringler, who was supervisor from 1990 " 1993, said. "We had great conversations, shared a lot of opinions and had a lot of laughs. She would take me to task sometimes, and sometimes there were things I'd tell her I couldn't discuss. I didn't like everything she wrote, but she was always fair."

Fuller was a member of the Bethlehem school board when she first met Graves, and was later a town board member, then supervisor.

"Whenever I was running for office, I'd go in and meet with Sue," Fuller said. "She cared about everything going on in town and wanted to be well-versed on the issues. I was always pleased that she worked hard to get things covered as they should have been."

Ringler also recalled once seeing Graves outside of her professional life, where she was usually quiet and an intense listener.

"I was with Dick and Mary Ahlstrom, who used to own The Spotlight, at a Willie Nelson concert," Ringler recalled. "We were looking at the 20-somethings down in front, tossing things at Willie on stage, and I noticed someone I knew. 'Isn't that Susan?' I asked the Ahlstroms, and watched their jaws drop."

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