Retired police officer gets help from trained dogs to help fight heroin use
If someone had asked retired police officer Dave Harrington years ago if he’d like to become a K9 handler, the answer would have been yes. The problem was, and is, funding.
First tech tenant on campus promises jobs, economic boost
Frustrated with the rising cost of his utility bills, Steven Erby began looking into alternative energy sources about seven years ago.
Efficiency grant would fund the purchase of items that would save time and money townwide
The town may soon be receiving long-awaited technology upgrades in almost every department through the use of grant funds.
Golden Trowel Award handed out to local businesses for a second year
Members of the Bethlehem Garden Club have announced the 2014 winners of the Golden Trowel Awards.
Bethlehem Children’s School teacher will skydive for scholarship funds
While most schools take a more grounded approach to fundraising, Bethlehem Children’s School is looking to the sky.
Bethlehem middle schoolers build scarecrows to welcome the season
Like the scarecrows he helps build, Mark Warford is outstanding in his field.
Wemple Road dome expected to be ready for winter use
For nearly six years, the Bethlehem Soccer Club has attempted to build a new indoor facility on its Wemple Road property.
District investigating lab experiments performed in class
A Bethlehem High School science teacher has been placed on administrative leave for a second time while the district investigates lab experiments performed in his class.
Latest version addresses court’s free speech concerns
Albany County Executive Dan McCoy has approved a new cyber-bullying law, after a previous law was struck done this summer by the state Court of Appeals.
Round of tickets handed out as students vie for limited spaces
Some Bethlehem Central High School students were upset last week and took to Twitter to complain after their cars were ticketed for parking in the school lot without a permit.
Zoning Board gives its approval for Afrim Nezaj’s project
The plan for a new soccer complex in Colonie will move forward following more than one year of setbacks.
Fifth-graders help kindergartners navigate the buses in Glenmont
The beginning of a new school year can be intimidating for any student, but is especially so for incoming kindergartners.
Teen joins forces with To Life! to promote townwide breast cancer awareness campaign
A crop of peculiar pumpkins have popped up on the doorsteps of Bethlehem businesses to promote October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
New Scotland Historical Society event to shed light on Solomon Northup’s struggle for freedom
History will come alive as the New Scotland Historical Society presents Clifford Oliver Mealy’s portrayal of the musician and kidnapped Saratoga resident, Solomon Northup.
Town planner says answers could help Bethlehem better serve local businesses
Bethlehem’s Economic Development staff is asking business owners to participate in a new online survey from the town.
Supervisor Clarkson proposes $39.7M spending plan that includes cost of living raises for town employees
In presenting the preliminary town budget, Supervisor John Clarkson said the Town of Bethlehem remains in good financial condition, and he has proposed a slight spending increase for the coming year.
Even though it is the largest in the county, the Bethlehem Grange struggles to keep its membership numbers up
Mary Starr remembers the Bethlehem Grange in its prime.
Delmar artist finds he is drawn to painting pastures
Several years ago, Robert Lynk was passing a field in Westerlo when he decided to stop and take a picture.
Officials say there are many obstacles to beginning school day later for teens
Bethlehem Central will begin preliminary discussions about starting school later for older students, but the issue’s many barriers could put a stop to the idea before it is seriously considered.
Crosswalks, radar devices pop up in Haswell Farms and the Enclave
Some suggestions from last winter’s traffic calming study have been implemented by Bethlehem’s Highway Department in the neighborhoods of Haswell Farms and the Enclave.
Upgrades coincide with program’s 50th anniversary
After nearly four years of construction, Glenmont Job Corps celebrated the official opening of its new dormitory buildings just in time for the organization’s 50th anniversary.
Delmar Democrat says her interests, experience make her a good fit for Surrogate Court judge
Following a last-minute signature campaign to appear on the ballot, Stacy Pettit has won her Democratic primary bid for Albany County Surrogate Court judge.
Concerns about Lyme disease, other incidents fuel approach
The Bethlehem Deer and Tick Borne Disease Committee launched a new online survey for residents to provide further community input on the issue of the town’s deer population, along with the pests they carry.
Community can send off the season at Fall Festival hosted by St. Thomas in Delmar
The parish and school of St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Delmar have joined together to hold the congregation’s first community Fall Festival.
Bethlehem supervisor floats possibility of combining resources with Guilderland
Guilderland and Bethlehem may soon be in talks to merge their telecommunications operations.
Delmar resident pens novel about people trying to survive worldwide outbreak
Shawn Purcell always knew he wanted to write a novel.
‘Bare bones’ version allows tax breaks to preserve open space
After Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation into law allowing conservation easement exemptions for Bethlehem landowners, the town board took action on its local law last week.
Jericho fails to raise needed funds for new projector
Jericho Drive-in is still in need of funds to purchase a new digital projector to stay open next summer.
Two ideologies struggle for dominance as key committee seats hang in the balance
Bethlehem Democrats could see a potential change in leadership as some committee members primary to keep their district seats, setting up a showdown between the party’s old guard and a progressive movement from within.
New research in pancreatic cancer is fueling hope
Two years after his brother’s death in 2002, Neil Piper and his wife decided they wanted to find a way to raise money for pancreatic cancer research.
Bethlehem police receive grant for the animals’ care
The Bethlehem Police Department has received a grant to help care for the horses seized in an animal neglect case last November.
For the second year in a row, Delmar Farmers Market has been selected as one of the top in the nation.
Bethlehem Town Board votes to lower limit from 35 to 30 mph
Bethlehem town officials have reduced the speed limit of a unique road amid concerns of pedestrian safety.
Town works on power purchase agreement for solar energy
The Town of Bethlehem is continuing to work toward a power purchase agreement that would save on energy costs through the use of solar panels.
District officials cite town’s reassessment as the reason
Bethlehem residents are set to see a lower school tax rate following the reassessment project that occurred earlier in the year.
Public hearing set for later this month
The Cypress Shrine Center is trying to go green by installing solar panels to offset their energy costs.
Area schools look for creative ways to provide nutritious meals that kids will want to ea
This story appears in Spotlight Newspapers' Back To School supplement, which came out Aug. 13.
Matt Canuteson honored for his work helping those struggling with mental health and addiction issues
Matt Canuteson can truly relate to the people he works with. It’s one of the key things that makes him so good at his job.
Town and state officials come up with safer options for students on foot
Elsmere Elementary students will find their walk to school to be a bit safer come fall, after the town instituted a new travel route.
First United Methodist’s thrift shop moves into neighboring building
For more than two decades, the Treasure Cove Thrift Shop was housed in the lounge of Delmar’s First United Methodist Church. The shop finally moved to a bigger location in July, after nearly a year of planning.
Woman tailors new business to fit the fashion needs of office workers with hectic schedules
In a former life, Heather Dwyer was a senior executive at an investment firm in an office park. After 14 years, she decided to take a break.
Director Nan Lanahan says replacements needed by the first of the year
New automated external defibrillators are needed for the Bethlehem Parks and Recreation Department.
Results of autopsy point to natural causes
Bethlehem police say the results of an autopsy performed Saturday, Aug. 2, indicate the woman who was found dead at her Delmar home on Friday died of natural causes.
Jim’s Tastee Freez gives customers a taste of the holidays in summer
The holidays came early last week for visitors of Jim’s Tastee Freez in Bethlehem.
A part of his Eagle award project, one local Boy Scout helped construct and install feeders at Kenwood Manor
The view outside of a local assisted living facility will be a bit sweeter for residents following a change in scenery.
Bethlehem officials cite pedestrian usage as primary concern
A road in Bethlehem with a unique speed limit may have it reduced following a request from the town’s highway superintendent.
Construction of pathway along Feura Bush Road to begin at end of month
Construction on new sidewalk along Feura Bush Road in Glenmont is set to begin this month after the Bethlehem Town Board opted to bond for a portion of the project’s costs.
Bethlehem YMCA dedicates new playground to Bethlehem boy who died of brain cancer two years ago
The memory of Myles McAdoo will put smiles on the faces of children for years to come, after a playground was dedicated in his honor last week.
Keystone Builders says change in designation could mean quicker build-out
A housing development in the Town of Bethlehem is seeking permission to revert from the project’s approved townhomes to condominiums to entice potential buyers with lower taxes.
Bethlehem will no longer count extra hours worked for outside vendors
A new policy in the Town of Bethlehem will limit the amount of overtime employees work with outside vendors.