There was plenty to speak about in 2014
A look back at the year that was in the towns of Bethlehem, New Scotland and Guilderland.
Bethlehem receives $200,000 economic development grant from state
The Town of Bethlehem won a $200,000 microenterprize grant from the state earlier this month as economic development officials continue to seek-out new avenues to promote growth.
Delmar resident received Grammy nomination for sound engineering
Allison Reichman was checking Facebook on the morning of Dec. 5 when she first saw the announcement. Her husband, Nathaniel Reichman, had been nominated for a Grammy Award.
Group hosts Hanaukkah Wonderland, inguaral parade of decorated cars
Since 2008, Bethlehem Chabad as hosted one of the largest Hanukkah events in the Capital District. The celebration has grown from a gathering to light the giant Menorah at Bethlehem’s Four Corners to hosting Hanaukkah Wonderland held at Town Hall.
Area emergency personnel assist Buffalo-area residents following epic snowstorm
Several local fire departments sent crews and equipment to the suburbs of Buffalo following a snowstorm that buried the region. Some communities saw up to 8 feet of snow from the lake-effect storm.
Local woman just one example of how organization helps those living on the edge of poverty
There are people and families who fall between the cracks when it comes to financial assistance. Amy Wink counts herself among them.
The school’s 26th annual Shakespeare production set for December
An annual Bethlehem tradition is in the final stages of preparation as the high school’s Shakespearean company prepares to take the stage in this year’s production of “The Tempest,” to take place Dec. 5-7 and Dec. 12-14.
Bethlehem Senior Choir celebrates a decade of providing music for seniors by seniors
One local singing group is kicking off its 10-year anniversary with a series of events throughout the year.
Food company founded by Delmar couple marks its 10th anniversary
Caroline Barrett knew quitting her job was a risk.
Plan sparks little feedback, stays under state tax cap
The Bethlehem Town Board unanimously passed its 2015 budget last week.
Bethlehem receives top marks for website
The website for the Town of Bethlehem has been named among the top in the state by a local, independent think tank.
Some concerned about Van Dyke site’s proximity to schools
The public hearing for a proposed National Grid substation in Delmar will be extended as the utility prepares more information for the town’s Zoning Board of Appeals.
Phase two of the project to begin next year
Residents and local officials celebrated the first phase of sidewalk installed along Feura Bush Road last week.
Delmar woman honored for her tireless dedication to social justice
Maud Easter attended her first peace demonstration when she was a college freshman to protest against nuclear testing.
Director will portray Emily Dickinson to raise money
Emily Dickinson will be brought to life next month as her poems are recited as part of a local school benefit.
Organization plans to build a sustainable community center
A new partnership could mean the construction of long-awaited indoor facility at Colonial Acres Golf Course.
Mixed reactions at info meeting leading up to environmental assessment
A project to expand a gas pipeline that extends throughout Albany County was met with mixed reactions.
Bethlehem organization holds informational discussion for parents
Talking with teenagers about the subjects of drug use and peer pressure can often be an uncomfortable time for both parents and child.
Municipalities to replace older models with larger versions sporting lower-case letters
Drivers along New Scotland Avenue in Slingerlands may have noticed a change in the road signs in recent weeks, and that is just a sign of things to come.
Answers will help with preparation of recreation master plan
The results from a community survey have come at an opportune time as the town’s Parks and Recreation Department begins the process of developing a new master plan.
Fahy touts her experience; Calhoun calls for citizen involvement
After both candidates ran unopposed in this year’s primary, Republican Jesse Calhoun will take on incumbent Democrat Patricia Fahy for the 109th Assembly District seat.
Funds to help pay for employee time; discourage too many races on town roads
Organizers who hold road races within the town will now be charged a fee after town officials opted to end the practice of allowing police officers to work overtime to cover private events.
Glenmont resident’s book for children inspired by a real-life avian visitor to the neighborhood
A wild turkey showed up in a small Glenmont neighborhood two years ago and surprised residents when it tried to make friends with a neighbor’s group of free-range chickens.
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.
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.
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.
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.