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Now, the business is spinning up for a busy wedding cake season, but also satisfies drop-in customers with treats like cake pops.

"Now that we've been here a year, people know about it," McCann said.

Perfect Blend is also undergoing some minor renovations. There are plans to have outdoor musical performances this spring and summer and to continue making changes to the menu. Perfect Blend already offers a wide range of gluten-free foods and other unique concoctions.

First months fruitful at Y

When Derek Martin left his job in financing last November to take over as head of the Bethlehem YMCA, he had big plans. Now, just five months later, he's already ticked off some major achievements.

"I took the opportunity to take this position at the Y and really went at it with vigor," he said. "The board and the staff really kind of bought in to our vision here, and we've really been productive in the short time that I've been working here."

Martin has collaborated with the Guilderland YMCA (where he has been involved for years) to bring the Circle of Champs program to Bethlehem, which works to bring special programs to children with conditions like leukemia. Recently, Circle kids attended an Albany Devils game in a luxury box donated by the Bank of America.

The Y is also coordinating with the BC School District to run an "I Can" program, a combination of athletic and academic training for high school students.

But Martin still has plenty to do. He wants to greatly expand the branch's reach-out to youth and raise $90,000 this year to bring programs and memberships to those kids who can't otherwise afford them. Last year, $64,000 was raised and helped 3,500 people.

"I certainly couldn't do it alone, we really have a tremendous staff here, we have a tremendous board that's supported not just me, but our vision," Martin said.

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