For area quilting group, tradition, service and fellowship are a seamless combination
Q.U.I.L.T. Inc. has met at the Delmar Reformed Church once a month for the past 36 years. They meet to showcase their work, learn new skills and listen to guest speakers.
In tough times, Farnsworth’s Butterfly House and garden exist through fundraisers
Farnsworth Middle School is holding a garage sale fundraiser for the student-run Butterfly House and Organic Garden programs.
BC’s production of ‘Into the Woods’ re-imagines classic fairy tales
This year’s Bethlehem High School musical is “Into the Woods,” a longtime favorite of director James Yeara, and one he is producing for the third time.
Homeowners could be ‘pleasantly surprised’ with tax bill
The Town of Bethlehem has begun a property reassessment project that could very well impact every homeowner in town.
EPA cites Bethlehem for levels of chemical byproducts in water system
The Town of Bethlehem has been cited by the Environmental Protection Agency when its drinking water was found to not in be compliance with new guidelines at several testing locations.
Three-year agreement will see Colonial Acres under private operation
Local golfers may have the chance to play a round at Colonial Acres as soon as this weekend. On Wednesday, March 27, the Bethlehem Town Board voted to allow PGA golf professional Dale Ezyk to operate Colonial Acres Golf Course. The town will continue to lease the golf course from the Open Space Conservancy.
Housing, shopping, traffic on minds of residents and town officials
Many in Bethlehem see the Glenmont area as primed for growth, but some who live there told town officials at a recent community forum they are concerned about the rate of development in the hamlet, and with the traffic that comes along with it
Decision delayed on abatement for Breonics, potential Vista occupant
An expected decision on tax breaks for the first tech tenant at the Vista Technology Campus was delayed when the developer couldn’t make an Industrial Development Agency meeting.
Costume designer to teach group sewing classes to kids
To costume designer Amelia Dombrowski, cultivating the imagination is an important building block in a child’s life.
Clarkson will seek another term, while Kotary will step down after eight years
While Bethlehem Supervisor John Clarkson is starting his re-election campaign, Councilman Kyle Kotary has announced he will not be running for his seat in November.
Lifetime Network fought decision to keep made-for-TV movie from airwaves
The Lifetime Network movie about the Christopher Porco murder case set to air this weekend will air as planned after the 29-year-old subject obtained an emergency court order to halt its premier.
Bethlehem board sets referendum to remove highway superintendent job
On Wednesday, March 13, board members passed a resolution setting up the procedures for a referendum on the abolishment of the superintendent of highways position. The vote will take place on Tuesday, April 30, at Town Hall from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Bethlehem Opportunities Unlimited holds event, invites town
Bethlehem Opportunities Unlimited is sponsoring its inaugural Community Spelling Bee on Wednesday, March 27, at 7 p.m.
First interested tenant will seek tax breaks, bring 44 jobs
Bethlehem's Vista Technology Campus may soon have its first technology tenant.
Bethlehem taxpayers decided in favor of funding district-wide facilities upgrades at Tuesday's bond vote, but opted against paying for a new, turf athletic field.
Another aid cut changes district’s tax cap limit
The Bethlehem Central School District is set to lose an additional $64,400 in state aid after building aid was recalculated for school districts across the state to reflect the lowered interest rates for capital projects.
District wrestling with setting a reasonable tax increase
RCS Superintendent Alan McCartney said the district is trying to estimate an appropriate tax levy increase that would help close the $700,000 budget gap, but not be too much of a burden on taxpayers.
Councilman suggests town officially support SAFE Act
The fierce debate over New York’s new gun law ended up being fought on the local level at a Wednesday, Feb. 27, Bethlehem Town Board meeting, after Councilman Jeffrey Kuhn suggested the board pass a resolution in support of the restrictions.
Bethlehem board OKs eliminating highway superintendent position
After hearing comments from the public, the Bethlehem Town Board unanimously passed a law abolishing the elected position of highway superintendent on Wednesday, Feb. 27.
Community-building program comes to BC High School
On Thursday, March 7, Rachel’s Challenge will hold three special programs at Bethlehem Central High School.
Contract to save $80,000 over three years, union hopes to restore positions
The Town of Bethlehem and its police officer’s union have come to a new contract deal more than one year after the previous contract expired.
Variance requirements, neighborhood opposition threaten building sale
Bethlehem Central School District and School’s Out, Inc. are facing an uphill battle when it comes to finalizing the sale of 90 Adams Place.
Conservancy group to develop trails on parcel
The Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy is planning to turn 30 acres of land in the Town of Bethlehem into hiking trails for public use.
More than six months after the federal government imposed tougher food service regulations for school districts across the county, the Department of Agriculture has proposed additional guidelines to make snacks sold in schools healthier
Local post donated nearly $32k to charities in 2012
Since its inception in 1931, Bethlehem’s Nathaniel Adams Blanchard American Legion Post 1040 has made supporting the community its chief goal.
Bill Frueh remembered as the heartbeat of Civil War reenactment scene
Delmar resident Bill Frueh, a favorite on the local reenactment and Civil War era music scene. died on Saturday, Feb. 9.
Public hearing set on putting highway super duties under DPW
The Bethlehem Town Board has set a public hearing on a proposal to abolish the position of highway superintendent.
Town selects local attorney Michael Katzer to fill vacancy
The Bethlehem Town Board has appointed a new town justice to replace Justice Mark Jordan, who died suddenly last month.
Proposed Legends Preserve has been before town for eight years
Several Glenmont residents who went before the Bethlehem Planning Board on Tuesday, Feb. 5, disapproved of a plan to build a new housing subdivision off of Jolley Road.
Frank Warren discusses years-long PostSecret Project at UAlbany visit
On Tuesday, Feb. 5, PostSecret creator Frank Warren gave a keynote presentation at the University at Albany as part of the college’s recognition of Sexuality Month
State and federal dollars mean public chargers more common
On Tuesday, Feb. 5, the owners of Tri City Rentals unveiled two new electric vehicle charging stations at their Woodlake Apartments complex in Guilderland on Old School House Road.
Winter donation campaign nets 1,200 coats
On Thursday, Feb. 7, Drobne and Albany County officials distributed coats collected through the Katie’s Koats initiative to representatives from the Homeless and Travelers Aid Society of Albany on Central Avenue.
Local florists say color and variety add a fun twist to Valentine’s Day
Although red roses continue to be a top seller on Valentine’s Day, some florists have noticed more women are looking for something a little less traditional on the annual day of love.
District calls on community to lobby for more state aid
At a school board meeting on Wednesday, February 6, the district released its budget projections for the coming year.
Lifetime movie to showcase Delmar killings
Lifetime television network has released the air date of its small screen movie about the Christopher Porco murder case.
Residents bemoan lack of progress at community forum
Three years after Selkirk residents got a visit from then-Bethlehem Supervisor Sam Messina, many of the same issues were the subjects of a recent community forum held by Supervisor John Clarkson.
Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace continue work with renewed focus
On Monday, Jan. 28, members of the Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace organization marked their 10th anniversary by meeting at Delmar’s Four Corners and holding a short vigil.
Town and school district seek safety improvements
Bethlehem officials recently met with parents and staff of Elsmere Elementary School to discuss how to make the walk to school safer for students.
Ian Eckardt-Rigberg of Delmar faces three to 10 years for hit-and-run last year
Ian Eckardt-Rigberg, 20, pleaded guilty this morning in Albany County Court to manslaughter in the second degree.
Completed cookbook to be fundraiser
The private Bethlehem Children’s School is putting together a cookbook made up of local family favorites
Facilities and athletics vote will go to the public as separate propositions
Bethlehem Central school board members unanimously voted on Wednesday, Jan. 23, to allow two propositions to go before the public in March on bonding for facilities upgrades and a new turf athletic field.
State grant to pay $3M, town to chip in $2.6M
The Bethlehem Town Board has approved a plan to bond $2.6 million for sewer improvements in North Bethlehem.
Middle schoolers to perform ‘Annie Jr.’ four times
America’s favorite redheaded orphan is coming to Bethlehem, and audiences have rarely seen such dedication from a cast.
Clarkson lays out vision in State of the Town
Bethlehem Supervisor John Clarkson hopes to focus the second year of his term on sustainable development, civic improvements and economic expansion.
Glenmont woman takes new approach with dieting app
Keeping up with a diet can be tough, but Christy Venter of Glenmont has created what she believes to be a new approach to eating healthy.
Delmar-Bethlehem ambulance service expected to save money
As of the beginning of the year, Bethlehem’s two volunteer ambulance agencies have become one
Program takes alternative approach to stop bullying
Finding exactly how to stop bullying has always been a question asked in schools. Today, the age-old problem is only getting more attention.
Consolidation with county services still on the table
The Town of Bethlehem and its telecommunicators union have come to a three-year contract agreement after going a full year without a contract in place.
DOT program meant to provide safe routes to walk to school
The Town of Bethlehem has received a federal grant to fund the installation of sidewalks throughout portions of the town where students lack a safe place to walk to and from school.
Town budget, politics play central roles in Clarkson’s brief political life
As he prepares to deliver his second State of the Town address, Bethlehem Supervisor John Clarkson feels he has managed to accomplish the goals he laid out after taking office one year ago, despite a difficult budget season.