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Every year, my 84-year old mother rakes and transports 40 lawn bags full of leaves to her local dump in NH. She’s proud of this, but not so proud that she doesn’t look at Bethlehem with envy, because every fall our Highway Dept vacuums up leaves from the edges of our lawns. Bethlehem residents appreciate this service. What we may not realize, however, is how much work it takes to collect leaves from hundreds of miles of roadsides. Our Highway crews annually gather about 2 million cubic feet of yard waste. A cubic foot is about the size of a basketball, so image the challenge of picking up 2 million basketballs spread along 300+ miles of road sides. This collection gets harder when the weather turns bad. Rain obviously makes the leaves wet, sticky, and heavy. Cold snaps can freeze them solid. And years when leaves fall later have a greater chance of snow, and no one likes leaf collection and snow plowing taking place at the same time. Dry or wet, rain or shine, leaf vacuuming happens in the fall and yard waste continues throughout all year because we have an incredible team of Highway workers picking everything up. This is hard, hard work, but there are things that we can do to help. • Place your leaves and yard bags at the edge of the road, but not in it (or on sidewalks). Leaves and sticks in the road are a hazard for drivers and walkers, and our leaf vacs can reach 6 feet or so from the road edge. •
Keep sticks separate from leaf piles. Sticks can
clog the leaf vacs, and in some cases can cause gears to strip, taking the vac unit off the street and into the shop for repairs. • Shift basketball hoops and the like away from the road edge. This helps our crews move more smoothly and quickly through your neighborhood. • Please be patient. We do our best to move through town on a set schedule, but we’re working with the weather. Rain slows our collection speeds, and volume can slow us too if the majority of the leaves all fall at the same time. You can get more info on fall leaf collection at www.townofbethlehem. org/225/Fall-Leaf-Pickup. All of our leaves and other yard debris are taken to the Town Compost Facility south of Elm Ave Park on Route 32. The leaves are piled in long windrows and managed to support microbes breaking them down into wonderful compost. In our climate, it takes about 9 months for leaves to be broken down, and the process continues even through the cold of winter as the microbes raise the internal temperatures of the piles well over 130o F. I can understand why my mother is envious of the services we have here in Bethlehem. As you appreciate them too, please take a moment to remember that they are delivered by people, so when you see our Highway crews at work, wave and say thank you!
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It’s unfortunate, but recessions are a fairly normal part of the economic landscape. When a recession occurs, how might you be affected? The answer depends on your individual situation, but regardless of your circumstances, you might want to consider the items in this recession survival checklist: Assess your income stability. If your employment remains steady, you may not have to do anything different during a recession. But if you think your income could be threatened or disrupted, you might want to consider joining the “gig economy” or looking for freelance or consulting opportunities.
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Review your spending. Look for ways to trim Assess your risk tolerance. If you find yourself your spending, such as canceling subscription services worrying excessively about declines in your you don’t use, eating out less often, and so on. investment statements, you may want to reevaluate your tolerance for risk. One’s risk tolerance can Pay down your debts. Try to reduce your debts, change over time — and it’s important you feel especially those with high interest rates. comfortable with the amount of risk you take when investing. Plan your emergency fund. If you haven’t already built one, try to create an emergency fund Keep diversifying. Diversification is always containing three to six months’ worth of living important for investors — by having a mix of stocks, expenses, with the money kept in a liquid account. mutual funds and bonds, you can reduce the impact of market volatility on your portfolio. To cite one Review your protection plan. If your health or example: Higher-quality bonds, such as Treasuries, life insurance is tied to your work, a change in your often move in the opposite direction of stocks, so employment status could jeopardize this coverage. the presence of these bonds in your portfolio, if Review all your options for replacing these types of appropriate for your goals, can be valuable when protection. Also, look for ways to lower premiums market conditions are worsening. (Keep in mind, on home or auto insurance, without significantly though, that diversification cannot guarantee profits sacrificing coverage, to free up money that could be or protect against all losses in a declining market.) used for health/life insurance. A recession accompanied by a bear market is Keep your long-term goals in mind. Even if not pleasant. But by taking the appropriate steps, you you adjust your portfolio during times of volatility, can boost your chances of getting through a difficult don’t lose sight of your long-term goals. Trying to period and staying on track toward your important “outsmart” the market with short-term strategies can financial goals. often lead to missteps and missed opportunities. Don’t stop investing. If you can afford it, try to continue investing. Coming out of a recession, stock
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NOVEMBER FRIDAY NOVEMBER 4 • 1PM Coffee and Conversation: Masterpiece Quilts at the DAR Museum Join correspondent docent Julie Johnson for an overview of the masterpiece quilts in the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) Museum’s collection and the women who made them. The quilt collection is focused on quilts of the 18th and 19th centuries. Co-sponsored by Bethlehem Senior Projects, Inc. MONDAY NOVEMBER 7 • 1:30PM Day Books Discuss “The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century” by Kirk Wallace Johnson. New members welcome. TUESDAY NOVEMBER 8 • 6:30PM Dungeons and Dragons Join us for a night of laughs, critical thinking, improvisation and role playing. All playing materials will be provided, but feel free to bring your own dice or D&D 5th Edition Character Sheet. For adults; beginners welcome. Registration is required. WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 9 • 7PM Barns of the Hudson Valley Ted Hilscher will talk about identifying the barns and associated outbuildings of the Hudson Valley. Registration is not required, but is advised due to limited seating. This series of historical talks is presented through a partnership with the Town of Bethlehem Historical Association. THURSDAY NOVEMBER 10 • 1PM Lunchtime Documentaries: ‘Summer of Soul’ Join us for an afternoon screening of 2021’s “Summer of Soul” directed by Ahmir Questlove Thompson. This music documentary explores and reclaims the legacy of the sixweek 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival. FRIDAY NOVEMBER 11 Take and Make: Thanksgiving Beaded Turkey Start the preparations for Thanksgiving early with this fun beaded turkey craft. *Please register each child individually by noon November 9. For grades 1-5. MONDAY NOVEMBER 14 • 11AM Craft & Color for Adults Choose between coloring or doing an open-ended craft activity. This program is specifically designed for adults of all abilities.
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