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Typically, this time of year is filled with graduation ceremonies and celebrations. But with the coronavirus pandemic, not much has been typical lately. Eventually, though, things will return to normal and schools will reopen for in-person learning. And if you have young children, you may want to save for their higher education, whether that be college or trade school. At the same time, though, you’re moving ever closer to retirement. Can you save for your kids’ education and a comfortable retirement for yourself at the same time? It is indeed possible, although you may need to prioritize somewhat. Specifically, you may not want to put off saving for retirement in favor of education. But by viewing these goals together and investing as early as possible in each of them, you can take advantage of one of your biggest assets – time.

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Cemetery Walks & Veteran Stories By Susan E. Leath

As I am writing this, the covid virus is turning our lives upside down in ways both profound and trivial. On a grand scale, my planned cemetery walks, now cancelled, are pretty insignificant. I can communicate the information in different ways, and you can take a stroll in the quiet beauty of these places without me and a large group of people tagging along. I am also missing the Memorial Day Parade – a more significant cancelation in my mind. Parades have been bringing the Bethlehem community together for a century or more while honoring those who lost their lives in service to our country. The men and women of our town have been heeding the call to serve since before there even was a town of Bethlehem. Those cemetery tours I am missing so much highlighted veterans from the Revolution, War of 1812, Civil War, the Spanish American War and all the conflicts of the 20th Century. Here are some of the veteran stories I would have shared if we were walking together. Let me introduce you to the Slingerland cousins, John and William. John H. Slingerland (1844-1914) is buried at the Slingerland Family Burial Vault. He and his cousin William Slingerland were veterans of the Civil War having served with the New York’s 177th Infantry. Both enlisted in October of 1862 when they were 18 years old. While assigned to different companies, both marched to the Albany train station on December 15 to begin their journey to New Orleans. Headquartered at Bonnet Carre, the 177th took part in skirmishes at McGill’s Ferry, and Pontchatoula, and saw action at the siege of Port Henry. The 177th, including the cousins, mustered out of service at Albany on September 10, 1863. John, the son of William H. and Elizabeth Slingerland, worked with his father as a civil engineer. He married Alice Preston about 1873 and they had four children, William, Edward, Bessie and Florence. In the late 1880s he and his family moved to New York City where he was a masonry inspector. After her husband’s death, Alice and daughter Florence moved back to Slingerlands. p. 12

William Slingerland (1844-1928) was the son of John I. and Sally Slingerland. He and his wife Ellen Van Wie had seven children and lived their entire lives in Slingerlands. For many years he was an Express Manager with American Express Company. Now, please meet Captain David Burhans. David Burhans was born in Bethlehem in 1840,

The Pier family plot at Bethlehem Cemetery

the son of Rachel and David. Before the war, he was a mail agent with the Troy to New York route. In the late summer of 1862, he worked in town to recruit a company of soldiers for the 43rd New York Infantry. Before the company set off, the ladies of Bethlehem presented Burhans with a sword, sash and belt. Company H was one of five that joined the regiment after the battle of Antietam. Thereafter, the 43rd continued to see heavy action including battles at Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg. Burhans was in the thick of it. It was during the terrible chaos at Spottslvania that Burhans lost his life. He is said to have been last seen cheering on his troops after having captured two rebel flags. One tribute to him concludes “He was a young man of unblemished reputation, and highly respected by all who knew him, for his many virtues.” The extended Burhans family continued to live in and around Bethlehem and you might recognize Delmar street named Burhans Place. And finally, the Pier family, many of whom are interred at Bethlehem Cemetery. Edwin and Dora Pier raised ten children, seven boys and three girls, in Slingerlands. Five of their sons, Ira, Charles, J. Edwin, Clarence and Ellsworth, all served with the Army during World War I. In a newspaper article, Dora Pier shared stories and letters about her sons. She wrote to Clarence, who was serving with the Fifth Balloon Detachment, that his brother Charles had a perfect record and his other brother Edwin was called out only once, for not saluting properly. Clarence wittily replied that he had gotten

together. I invite you visit Bethlehem’s Veterans Memorial Park on Delaware Avenue or have a ramble through one of Bethlehem’s historic cemeteries and remember those who have served. Flashes and Dashes Do you remember artist Edward Buyck? He and his wife Mary Willard Vine lived on McCormack Road in Slingerlands. Bob Mulligan is doing some research for an article and would like to hear from you, rempundit@earthlink.net or call 518-439-3802. Pop over to my blog BethlehemNYHistory.blogspot.com for pictures of Buyck’s work. Interested in some recreational driving during safe-distancing times? Visit the Bethlehem Historical Association’s website, BethlehemHistorical.org, for a Drive It Yourself tour. It is a bit dated, but still fun.

Captain David Burhans bawled out “because I was not shaved; my shoes not shined; my leggings not on, all my buttons not buttoned; for not standing still at attention; for having my stomach stuck out too far; for not having my chest out far enough, and about 400 other things.” All five brothers served time oversees, with only Edwin being severely wounded while serving in France. They all were honorably discharged. The Piers are truly a Gold Star family. Oldest son Egbert Pier served in the U.S. Marines for twelve years

Circa 1918, a group of Bethlehem folks get ready to promote the Red Cross during a Decoration Day parade in Delmar. (Courtesy of the Bethlehem Historical Association)

as a recruiting officer. Youngest son Perry Pier served in during World War II. The family purchased Liberty bonds and participated in Red Cross activities on the home front in Slingerlands. These are just a few of the family stories I would have shared if we were able to take a cemetery walk

Work has begun on rebuilding the stonework of the Slingerland Family Burial Vault. Please visit the website SlingerlandVault.org for progress reports and to donate. Town historian Susan Leath’s new book, Bethlehem People and Places, explores Bethlehem, New York’s unique history through 36 illustrated articles. P l a c e s ground our h i s t o r y. People make history lively. Come along on the journey as Leath follows her curiosity in her hometown of Bethlehem. Read about Victorian and vernacular farmhouses, and about the families that made these types of building home. Find out the story of World War I veteran John Adams Dyer, Hudson River light keeper Warren Welch and architect Grace Slingerland. Wonder about how Delmar got its name, and just where is the hamlet of Frazertown. Author Susan E. Leath was appointed Bethlehem Town Historian in 2007. She is continually inspired by the people who generously share their family history. Leath believes local history opens the way to the wider sweep of our national story. She invites you to be curious about the everyday people and places around you. Available NOW at I Love Books in Delmar, Bethlehem Town Hall, The Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza, Market Block Books in Troy and online at TroyBookMakers.com and Amazon.com.

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Judging from the number of new signups and downloads, Hoopla’s on-demand access to popular e-books, audiobooks, streaming video and music has been a huge hit with our cardholders. Many of you are also discovering one of the features that sets Hoopla apart from other digital services and enhances our collection as a whole – its vast selection of graphic novels and comics. Fans of the genre will appreciate the diverse collection of 15,000+ titles from dozens of different publishers (not just big names like Marvel and DC) and including works spanning different genres and interests from the last 100 years. Both fans and newcomers to graphic novels will like Hoopla’s user-friendly browsability. You can search by genre, publisher, audience or popularity, and you’ll also find links to series pages with other volumes and editions listed. The digital reading experience is also a plus, with Hoopla's built-in technology that enables full-page and panel-by-panel views for an immersive experience. If you haven’t yet explored the world of graphic novels, Hoopla’s expansive catalog gives you the perfect excuse to check it out! Visit hoopladigital.com to get started.

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Does your child need a little help mastering the material required for their at-home schooling? Bethlehem cardholders now have access to HelpNow by Brainfuse, an easy and intuitive learning resource for all ages and levels with personalized homework help in core subjects (math, reading, writing, science and social studies), as well as SAT preparation. There is a skill-building tool for all types of learning styles – from flashcards to practice quizzes and videos. Live one-on-one online tutoring is available in math, science, writing and other subjects for elementary, middle school, high school and college students from 2-11 p.m. daily. All Brainfuse tutors have at least a four-year degree and are background checked. Find HelpNow on the library’s Research webpage (www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org/webapps/research.asp) along with other learning tools for students.

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There are so many benefits to learning a new language, not the least of which is keeping your brain sharp at a time when all of the days seem to flow together. While there are a lot of language-learning programs out there, Pronunciator, the library’s newest online language resource, takes a personalized approach to make learning work for you (without the hefty price tag). Just select the language and topics you love, the skills you want to build, and how much you want to study each day, and Pronunciator will build a personalized course just for you — in a matter of seconds. You can choose from over 160 languages to learn, including American Sign Language. Bethlehem cardholders can access Pronunciator on the library’s Research page (www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org/webapps/ research.asp), along with these resources and more: Consumer Reports, Ancestry.com and Chilton’s Online Auto Repair.

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Do you miss storytime at the library? We do too! That’s why we’re bringing a weekly storytime into your home via Zoom, an online meeting tool. Join us at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays through June 30 for a Zoom Family Storytime. This is a fun and engaging way for children up to age 6 to work on their early literacy skills through stories, singing, movement and more. Go to bit.ly/2zhnV9v at the scheduled time and use the password 562837 to sign in. Once you sign in, your e-mail and video will not be visible to other participants and your sound will be muted, so feel free to sing and clap along with abandon! Looking to explore some picture books at your own pace? Check out our Storytime Online Kits highlighting dozens of popular titles. Each “kit” features a video of the story being read – sometimes even by the author – along with several related activities to do at home. Visit our Storytimes page at www.bethlehempubliclibrary.org/programs/children/story-time and then click on the cover you want to explore. New stories are being added every week!

Share a recipe for the Community Cookbook Challenge

Have you been stress baking or spending a lot more time in the kitchen than usual? Share your favorite recipe (with photos, if you can) for the Upper Hudson Library System Community Cookbook challenge. Please include your name and your home library. Recipes will be collected through July 1 and compiled in a free downloadable cookbook. Send your recipe submissions to Librarian Cathy Brenner at cathy@bethpl.org.

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All events are free and take place at Bethlehem Public Library, 451 Delaware Ave., Delmar. For information, call 518-439-9314 or visit bethlehempubliclibrary.org.

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Sing & Dance with Andy “The Music Man” Live streaming educational concerts for young children and families. Monday – Friday 11 am (EST) Structure your kid’s week around an Andy Concert. Age appropriate, educational, interactive and silly music will help kids get their wiggles out (Jump if you’re wearing blue), without parental hands-on guidance.

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Congratulations to the Class of


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10 Hallwood Rd| Delmar, NY 12054



Sandy Evans

Licensed Real Estate Salesperson

(518) 533-3609

direct line


Slowly and patiently, the world is opening back up again. I am doing what I love most--helping people during stressful times. As you can see by the list below, I have experience. And that is what you want. Someone who is transparent, has integrity and years of earned trust. I would look forward to guiding you through this process as we open our doors again! Abbey Road Adams Place Adams Street Adriance Lane Albin Road Alden Court Amsterdam Avenue Ashgrove Lane Axbridge Lane Bartlett Lane Beacon Road Beaver Dam Road Bender Lane Berwick Road Betsy Lane Birchwood Place Bittersweet Lane Bobwhite Drive Borthwick Avenue Bridge Street Brightonwood Road Brockley Drive Brookman Avenue Brookview Avenue Cambridge Drive Candlewood Lane Capitol Avenue Carriage Road Carstead Drive

Cass Hill Road Center Lane Charles Boulevard Cherry Ave Clarkson Road Clermont Street Columbine Drive Commonwealth Drive Constitution Drive Corrit Drive Crescent Creek Way Dana Court Daniel Street Darnley Greene Darroch Road Dawson Road Delaware Avenue Delaware Turnpike Delmar Place Devon Road Devonshire Drive Domenico Drive Douglas Road Dover Drive Dumbarton Dunwoodie Road Durham Court East Bayberry Road East Poplar Drive Egmont Court

Ellendale Avenue Elm Avenue Elm Avenue East Elsmere Avenue Elwood Road Esplande Street Euclid Avenue Evelyn Drive Fairway Avenue Fernbank Avenue Feura Bush Road Fields End Drive Font Grove Road Forest Road Forest Hill Road Fox Hollow Greene Glendale Avenue Greenleaf Drive Groesbeck Place Haddington Lane Halter Road Hampshire Place Hampton Hancock Drive Harrison Avenue Harvest Ridge Road Harwick Drive Hasgate Drive Haskell Place

Hawthorne Dr Heather Lane Helderberg Pkwy North Helderberg Pkwy South Herber Avenue Herrick Avenue Honeysuckle Way Hudson Avenue Hunter Road Huntersfield Road Huntswood Lane Huron Road Jefferson Road Jericho Road John Street Jordan Boulevard Journey Lane Kenaware Avenue Kensington Court Kenwood Avenue Laurel Drive Leaf Road Leonard Place Lincoln Avenue Linton Street Longmeadow Drive Louise Street Lyons Avenue Malden Lane

Maple Avenue Marlboro Road Martin Drive Maryea Lane Mayfair Drive Maywood Road McCombe Drive McCormick Lane McGuffey Lane McKinley Drive McMillen Place Meadowland Street Merrifield Place Mosher Road Murray Avenue Nathaniel Boulevard New Scotland Road North Street Northwood Court Oakwood Place Old Quarry Road Old School Road Orchard Street Palmer Avenue Park Place Partridge Road Patterson Drive Paxwood Road Peel Street

Penn Lane Penny Lane Pinedale Avenue Placid Lane Plymouth Avenue Quincy Court Quincy Road Reid Place Reynolds Court River Road Roweland Avenue Royal Boulevard Rural Place Salem Road Salisbury Road Sheffield Drive Sibley Place Slingerlands Avenue Smith Avenue Snowden Avenue Somerset Drive South Albany Road Standish Drive Stony Brook Drive Stratton Place Summit Road Surrey Mall Tamarack Drive Thatcher Street

The above list contains addresses of homes sold in which Sandy Evans has represented either the buyer or the seller.


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