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Marcy Velte

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Bethlehem OKs middle schooler’s fowl plan

Bethlehem Planning Board approves site plan allowing boy to raise pet chickens

A Delmar middle schooler will be able to raise chickens as pets after the Bethlehem Planning Board gave site plan approval for the project last week.

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Recipes ripe with tradition

In an effort to raise money for needed repairs and upgrades to St. Peter Armenian Apostolic Church in Watervliet, the congregation’s women have compiled hundreds of family recipes into a new cookbook.

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Help is at hand at BC High

With budget cuts looming and needed technical repairs increasing, Bethlehem High School’s Tech Services Department had an idea. Why not establish a student help desk similar to ones already in place a

Bethlehem Central High School is using interested students to man it's tech-based help desk.

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Bethlehem police owns its shooting range

Callanan Industries completes donation of its land off Old Quarry Road

For more than 30 years, the Bethlehem Police Department has been using land provided by Callanan Industries to train their officers in shooting their weapons.

Hatching plans

Bethlehem Scout wants to raise chickens as pets; needs site plan approval

Luke Manley, of 25 Parkwyn Drive, has asked the town’s Planning Board for site plan approval to raise chickens as pets.

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Slingerlands teen keeps magic in Christmas

Girl runs toy drive for local kids in need

Lily Killar, 16, has operated her own holiday toy collection and distribution to Albany families since elementary school.

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Bethlehem man hosts holiday party for veterans

Event is a way for former soldiers to reminisce and make new friends

For the past three years, Delmar resident Frank DeSorbo has organized a local recognition and remembrance ceremony for veterans of the European invasion known as D-Day. This year he is holding an additional holiday party.

Vista tech tenant still sought

IDA says Breonics at Vista an ‘unknown’

With Breonics opting to stay at Harriman Campus for the time being, Columbia Development is now stepping up efforts to attract a new tech business to Slingerland’s Vista Technology Campus.

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Lights to aid in emergencies

Donation allows Selkirk Fire Department to purchase portable generators

PSEG Power NY’s Bethlehem Energy Center donated the funds to the Selkirk Fire Department just before Thanksgiving for the purchase of three portable generators with lighting units.

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Girl Scouts make fabric flowers for seniors

Gathering one of the first to involve almost all Bethlehem troops

Delmar costume designer Amelia Dombrowski taught the girls how to make fabric flowers.

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Bethlehem students making connections

Ricky the Robot teaches Glenmont first graders about technology

The Glenmont Elementary School teacher Peter Rawitsch has been introducing robotic technology to first graders for more than 25 years.

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Bethlehem clarifies residency requirements

Town board also drops longevity payments for elected positions

The Bethlehem Town Board made changes to a local law that would establish residency requirements for certain town officials.

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Students help send medical supplies to needy

A charity organization with a new chapter started this summer by University at Albany students will be warehousing locally collected items in Bethlehem.

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Bethlehem library project will keep old news fresh

Library to create digital database of historic Spotlight newspapers

A new project by the Bethlehem Public Library is looking to preserve a narrative of the town’s history.

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Burn off that bird

Local events let people run, walk or dance away those Thanksgiving calories

With Thanksgiving a few days away, some people are looking for ways to keep themselves off the couch and the calories at bay.

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Bethlehem Lions tree sale begins

Club members hope improved security will avoid a repeat of thefts

As they prepare to open their annual Christmas tree sale, the Bethlehem Lions Club will be beefing up security following last year’s theft of several dozen trees.

Revising residency laws for town employees

Bethlehem officials want to establish clarity

Bethlehem officials are looking to make changes to the law that establishes which employees of the town must also live within its borders.

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Ballroom dancing hits Slingerlands

Elementary kids get their kicks at after school program

Slingerlands Elementary students are now being given the opportunity to learn how to ballroom dance through a new program being offered after school called Dance Crazy Kids.

Quinn returns to work at county

Former deputy exec now information officer; drug case still pending in court

Former Albany County Deputy Executive Christine Quinn returned to work with the county last week after taking a nearly two month leave of absence following her arrest on drug possession charges.

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Another bid for Bethlehem school building

Stram Center hopes to relocate to former BCSD administration site

Another local business is attempting to purchase the Bethlehem Central School District’s property at 90 Adams Place, and this potential tenant appears likely to meet the approval of neighborhood residents.

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Operation Christmas Child equals happiness in a box

Bethlehem Church participates for 15th year

For the 15th year, Bethlehem Community Church will be collecting shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. The project provides gifts for children in need living throughout the world’s poorest nations.

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SNAP cuts will mean busier regional food pantries

Less support from government program creates higher need

Food banks throughout the country could be in need of additional donations this holiday season because of a recent decrease to all Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits.

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UPDATE: Bethlehem Middle School girls not followed home

School districts reminds parents, students of safety tips

An investigation by Bethlehem police has found a man did not follow two middle school students as they walked home, and the reported incident was a misunderstanding.

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Veteran makes his mark

Postal Service issues stamp bearing the likeness of Selkirk war hero

This Veterans Day, a local Selkirk man will be one of a dozen men featured as part of the United States Postal Service’s commemorative Medal of Honor stamp.

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Making a plan to plant

Garden Club partners with town, DOT to improve median on Cherry Ave.

In its latest effort to improve the overall beauty of the town, the Bethlehem Garden Club is expanding its reach.

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Healing through art and writing

BCHS class decorates journals for victims of domestic violence

For those who feel embarrassed sharing their troubles with another person, a journal or diary can be a cathartic lifeline, and a group of Bethlehem High School students are using that idea to help victims of domestic violence begin a new chapter of their lives.

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Bethlehem Dems sweep election

Clarkson beats DiMaggio 5,684 to 4,064

With the Democrats sweeping Tuesday night’s general election, only one Republican continues to hold an elected office in the Town of Bethlehem.

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Bethlehem to replace radio system

A pair of ‘catastrophic’ communication failures cause town to move up plans

The Bethlehem Police Department will be upgrading it dispatch console earlier then expected, after several radio communication failures occurred in September.

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New faces, new ideas at Bethlehem forum

Candidates for Bethlehem offices discuss plans at event

Candidates for Bethlehem Town Board and Highway Superintendent discuss their plans if elected at a recent forum sponsored by Spotlight News.

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Bethlehem development takes center stage

Supervisor candidates debate what town has done, should do

Economic development was a key point of discussion when the candidates for supervisor of the Town of Bethlehem met in debate.

Gym opt-out on track at BC

District allowed 46 seniors to drop P.E. class this year under state regulations

Some Bethlehem High School students were given the opportunity to opt out of physical education class this year in a new pilot program that could potentially be expanded to help cut costs for the district.

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Array of light at Owens Corning

Solar project would be similar to town’s own vision now in the works

After a nearly four-month installation process, Owens Corning recently celebrated the completion of its large-scale solar generation project on site at the company’s Delmar plant.

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Bethlehem supervisor candidate pitches sporting council

DiMaggio says more can be done to support youth sports

Republican Bethlehem supervisor hopeful Fred DiMaggio is seizing upon recent controversies involving town youth sporting in his latest campaign initiative. The former Republican Committee chairman said if elected, he would like to start a town-wide Youth Sports Council.

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Bethlehem Letter carriers honored

Two Bethlehem Postal Service employees stepped in during medical emergencies this summer

Two Bethlehem letter carriers were honored on Thursday, Oct. 10, by the United States Postal Service and National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association after coming to the rescue of two elderly residents while on their routes this summer.

Wordsmiths in our midst

Guilderland Public Library’s event to focus on local authors

Many in the Capital District may be surprised to learn about number of authors in their midst. A neighbor, coworker or acquaintance could be published, with those around them none the wiser.

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Boy Scouts pan Bethlehem sign law

Troop says updated law hurt last year’s Sportsmart sales

A local Boy Scout troop have become publically critical of the Town of Bethlehem’s temporary sign law.

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New spot for local art

Bethlehem art group’s show at Town Hall hoped to be part of a wider footprint

Bethlehem Town Hall has become a little more colorful this month, as the Bethlehem Art Association brings its first exhibit in decades to the town’s seat of government.

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Toy train on track

Toys for Tots campaign kicks off early with hopes of upping donations by 25 percent

The local Toys for Tots program kicked off its holiday campaign more than a month early this year.

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Pastor’s calling brings her to Delmar

New head of church a rare occurrence in history of Delmar Presbyterian

For only the third time in 57 years, Delmar Presbyterian Church is welcoming a new pastor. The Rev. Karen Pollan became the church’s new, permanent pastor on Sunday, Sept. 8.

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The pumpkins roll in

McKownville church members get ready for annual Pumpkin Patch

The McKownville United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch is its 14th year.

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Bethlehem budget calls for 1.23% tax hike

After tough 2013, next year’s plan contains few cuts

"Good news" budget for 2014 touted by Bethlehem Supervisor John Clarkson. Others not so sure.

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Challengers hit the trail

Bethlehem United candidates holding public meetings to kick off campaigns

Bethlehem United candidates are kicking off the local election season by holding a series of community meetings around town.

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Group hosts second Jamboree

BCCF’s homecoming event will once again precede BC game

For the second year running, the Bethlehem Central Community Foundation will be sponsoring a Homecoming Jamboree before the big game.

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Beverwyck marks 20 years

Slingerlands retirement community holds special events for residents, families

This month, Beverwyck, The Eddy’s retirement community located in Slingerlands, celebrated its 20th anniversary. It was the first full-service retirement community to be built in Albany County.

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County gets cooking

McCoy, Apple face off to draw attention to being prepared in the event of an emergency

In an effort to highlight the importance of being prepared for an emergency, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy and Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple participated in a cook-off competition on Thursday, Sept. 12. The event was a partnership between ShopRite Supermarkets and Albany County.

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Secrets of the mummy

New documentary explores the process behind unlocking revelations about Albany’s resident mummies

Mary Valentis pictured movie magic when a new partnership between the Albany Medical Center and the Albany Institute of Art and History was announced in the spring of 2012.

Bethlehem eyes abandoned building

Building Dept. asks to secure property, board reaches out to bank

Officials from the Town of Bethlehem Building Department have asked the Town Board for permission to secure an abandoned building on Monroe Avenue.

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Rocking the cradle

New School of Rock franchise opens in Latham

School of Rock im Latham is a unique approach to music lessons.

Town votes to combine ambulance districts

Bethlehem brought under single tax rate after EMS merger

Bethlehem’s two volunteer ambulance agencies merged at the beginning of the year, and now the Bethlehem Town Board has voted to dissolve the town’s separate ambulance districts.

New home for Treasure Cove

Church seeks a permanent spot for its long-running thrift shop

The First United Methodist Church of Delmar is looking to move its Treasure Cove Thrift Shop into a bigger location.

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