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Marcy Velte

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On the front line of an epidemic

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.

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Monolith Solar headed for Vista Technology Campus

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.

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Bethlehem likely to see tech upgrades

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.

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Green thumb greats

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.

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The sky’s no limit

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.

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Harvest harbingers

Bethlehem middle schoolers build scarecrows to welcome the season

Like the scarecrows he helps build, Mark Warford is outstanding in his field.

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Bethlehem soccerplex breaks ground

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.

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Bethlehem Central High School teacher on leave a second time

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.

County executive OK’s new cyber-bully law

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.

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Bethlehem Central High School officials say permits keep parking fair

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.

Colonie soccer complex moves forward

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.

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Buddies tackle transportation together

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.

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Paint it pink

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.

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Re-enacting a slave’s life

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.

Survey takes pulse of economic climate

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.

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Bethlehem's preliminary budget unveiled

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.

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Home on the Grange

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.

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Setting the scene

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.

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Bethlehem Central mulls new start time

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.

Traffic calming efforts begin

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.

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New dorms unveiled at Glenmont Job Corps

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.

Stacy Pettit tops Richard Sherwood in primary

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.

Bethlehem starts online deer poll

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.

Before winter sets in

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.

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Telecommunications merger possible

Bethlehem supervisor floats possibility of combining resources with Guilderland

Guilderland and Bethlehem may soon be in talks to merge their telecommunications operations.

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Injury gives author time to write

Delmar resident pens novel about people trying to survive worldwide outbreak

Shawn Purcell always knew he wanted to write a novel.

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Bethlehem passes conservation easement law

‘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.

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Drive-in future uncertain

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.

Democrats get ready for showdown

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.

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Mood lightens at annual walk

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.

Money to aid seized horses

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.

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Delmar ranked among top farmers markets

For the second year in a row, Delmar Farmers Market has been selected as one of the top in the nation.

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Hudson Avenue speed change approved

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.

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Bethlehem looks to the sun

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.

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Bethlehem school tax rate comes in under estimates

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.

Shrine Center seeking to install solar panels

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.

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A better balance

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.

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From addict to advocate for the disenfranchised

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.

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New route for Elsmere Elementary School walkers

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.

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Treasure Cove makes a move

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.

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Lux on a truck

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.

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Bethlehem Parks and Recreation seeks new AEDs

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.

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UPDATED: Body found in Bethlehem home

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.

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Christmas comes early in Bethlehem

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.

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For the birds

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.

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Lower speed limit proposed on Hudson Avenue

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.

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Glenmont sidewalks set to be installed

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.

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In memory of Myles

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.

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The Gables developer seeks switch to condos

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.

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New policy affects town employee pensions

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.

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