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In Bethlehem, our roads are for everyone: drivers, cyclists, and walkers alike. This means that we need to design our roads as Complete Streets that are safe for people driving, children walking to school, people walking their dogs, families riding their bikes, and more. Simply put, we need roads that can be safely used by everyone.
Complete Streets = Safe Streets
Speeding is the primary concern reported on streets from North Bethlehem to Selkirk, and another major issue reported to us is concern about crosswalk safety.
We can often address speed problems with periods of more intense traffic enforcement and mobile signs that remind drivers of their speeds. These are only temporary fixes, and unfortunately they’re rarely enough to ensure long-term safety.
between the Four Corners and Elsmere Ave. That project improved safety and supported businesses by combining a lower speed limit with improved sidewalks and crosswalks, clearer on-street parking, improved bus stops, and more. The Glenmont Roundabout & Sidewalk Project is another major Complete Streets project currently underway. One of our most challenging roads in Bethlehem is Delaware Ave between Elsmere Ave and the town border. This stretch of road has more car crashes than similar roads elsewhere in New York and is problematic for people walking to the local Elementary School and businesses. Further, when new businesses contact the Town’s Economic Development Coordinator, they consistently reject space in this area, preferring instead to be in more “walkable” parts of town. Proposal #6 on the November 2 General Election ballot will determine whether or not Bethlehem moves forward with Complete Streets safety work on Delaware Ave between Elsmere Ave and the town line. The proposal is whether or not the Town should take the financial steps needed to accept a $2.9 million state grant for continued community forums, additional traffic studies of different road designs, detailed engineering plans, and extensive sidewalk and crosswalk improvements. • A yes vote will allow these community discussions and safety improvements to move forward along with repaving the road and modernizing underlying water and sewer pipes. • A no vote will reject the $2.9 million grant, with major construction directed only to upgrading the underground pipes and repaving the road. Complete Streets are a core element of Bethlehem’s wonderful character, and we must continue working together to institute changes that support them and keep our families, residents, and visitors safe.
This is where Complete Streets come in. Roads designed as Complete Streets are safer for everyone because they have integrated physical changes that slow traffic and create safer conditions for walkers and cyclists. Across America, Complete Streets have been proven to work, and are therefore strongly supported (and financed!) by federal and state Departments of Transportation.
Delaware Ave Complete Streets – Proposal #6 on the Back of the Ballot
Bethlehem’s biggest Complete Streets project to date was the enhancement work on Delaware Ave p. 2
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Streets of Glenmont By Susan E. Leath
With all the work on the Glenmont Roundabout project, I am back to thinking about street names. What is a feura bush? Is life particularly jolly on Jolley Road, or extra brightly lit on Beacon Road? And what is a glen-mont anyway? One spoke on the wheel of the new traffic circle is Glenmont Road. Sometimes I catch myself calling it Glenmont Hill Road. It goes east, down the proverbial hill, to River Road and to what is historically the hamlet of Glenmont. Glenmont takes its name from the old Hurlbut estate. Judge Hurlbut’s mansion was at the top of a hill (the mont or mount) with a beautiful view east towards the river valley (the glen) and, so inspired, he named the place Glenmont on the Hudson.
A look at Google adds the translation “pine forest” to vurenbosch. Former Bethlehem Historian Allison Bennett wrote that Feura Bush means “fire bush” which is also a possibility. Google Translate says vuur in Dutch is fire in English. But Bennet concluded with “no one seems to know exactly how the little village received this name.” Personally, I like the idea of a pine forest, but maybe the fire is the red and gold foliage of autumn? Other local roads in Glenmont include Beacon Road. Did you know there was an actual beacon on Beacon Road? It was installed by the United States Lighthouse Service about 1929. One might think the Lighthouse Service would focus on watery aids to navigation, but in 1926 an airway division was established. The Glenmont light beacon was installed to guide planes on the New York to Montreal airway during a time when visual navigation was used. A lighted beacon was essential for night flying. Such dependance on the visual would lessen as radio
Another spoke of the new roundabout is Route 9W, parts of which were once known as the Stone Road. South of the roundabout, it was the South Bethlehem Plank Road, incorporated in 1851. The tollgate was about where the gas station is now. Mrs. Babcock, the first tollgate keeper, collected the toll, for example, six cents for a carriage drawn by two horses and twelve cents for a four-horse coach. Also, it was literally paved in planks of wood, a system that did not last and the surface was soon covered with other materials including crushed stone. The last spoke is Feura Bush Road. Sometimes, you’ll see this as one word on old maps, Feurabush. Think of this as the road to the hamlet of Feura Bush, now in the town of New Scotland, but in the town of Bethlehem until 1832. Back then it was known as Jerusalem. But what is a feura bush anyway? A 1914 article on Albany County place names defines it thus: FEURABUSH, Hamlet. Dutch: vurenbosch (pronounced vurrebosch), fir-bush, or woods …now known as Jerusalem, the name Feurabush being
A 1928 air mail stamp showing an airway beacon. p. 12
The Wemple Station on the West Shore Railroad.
(Courtesy of the book Along the Old West Shore by John M. Hamm)
navigation came into play. About the same time as the Glenmont airway beacon was installed, a pilot named Jimmy Doolittle made the first successful flight using only instrumentation to take off, set course and safely land his plane. While the exact date of when the Glenmont beacon was de-commissioned is not known, an article entitled The Evolution of Airway Lights and Electronic Navigation Aids (centennialofflight.net) states that “the last airway light beacon from the system begun in the 1920s was shut down in 1973.” The Beacon Road roadway itself is found on maps as early as the 1850s and likely developed from the lane that connected the Schoonmaker farm to what we know as Route 9W. John Schoonmaker, Jr leased approximately 143 acres here from the Patroon in 1792. Just to the north, Jacobus Schoonmaker leased 224 in 1806. One of their descendants built the stately brick home (circa 1840) which still stands on modernday Wemple Road near its intersection with Beacon Road.
One can think of Wemple Road, like Feura Bush Road, more in the way of the road to Wemple. And Wemple, the old hamlet and station on the West Shore Railroad, is, of course, named after the Wemple family. The family homestead was on Wemple Road near where the railroad tracks cross. John Gilbert Wemple (1831-1911) was particularly well known. He was elected Bethlehem’s supervisor in 1875-76 and served as sheriff of Albany County from 1877-1883.
My history hikes continue with a History Hike in Selkirk on October 16 followed by a walk at Bethlehem Cemetery on November 13. Sign up with the town’s parks and rec department.
Bender Road is named after the family of Christian and Elizabeth Bender. Christian (1732-1808) served under Col. Phillip Schuyler in the 3rd regiment of the Albany County Militia during the American Revolution. After the war, he leased 300 acres in the vicinity of modern Bender Road. He and Elizabeth (the former Elizabeth Cramer, 1739-1806) raised a family of nine children on their homestead and there are many Bender descendants around today. Hugh Jolley (1721-1804) arrived here from Scotland in 1772. He was also Revolutionary War veteran. He and his wife Eleanor are buried at the Nicoll – Sill cemetery in the Cedar Hill section of town. Jolley Road originated as the lane to the Jolley family’s Crystal Farm. It is unclear whether this is Hugh and Eleanor’s farm or one founded by his son Hugh, or Hugh’s son Henry. The dates line up for it to be Henry’s farm as the 1851 Pease map has the location as “Heirs to H. Jolley”. By the 1866 map and onward, it is clearly the farm of Samuel Jolley and his wife Caroline Rosekrans. Samuel (1833-1917) is Hugh and Eleanor’s great grandson who, according to his obituary, was born, raised and died at Glenmont.
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October is the last month of regularly scheduled Sunday openings at the Cedar Hill Schoolhouse Museum, home of the Bethlehem Historical Association. Be sure to stop by to learn more local history! BHA has also resumed in person lectures on the third Thursday of the month. On October 21 at 2 pm, David Hochfelder will talk about the Telegraph and 98 Acres in Albany.
In the 1940s, the roof of the old Security Supply building on Maple Avenue in Selkirk had a giant arrow directing pilots to Albany. 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 history. 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.
The beacon on Beacon Road is marked on this 1953 U.S. G.S. topographic map.
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OCTOBER The Great Give Back The Great Give Back is an opportunity for library patrons statewide to partake in meaningful, service-oriented experiences. At Bethlehem Public Library, our visitors can participate in the following ways: First, we are collecting new, unopened household cleaning and hygiene supplies for the Bethlehem Food Pantry from Oct. 1-17. A collection receptacle will be set up in the lobby. You’re also invited to stop by the library’s Community Room Saturday, Oct. 16 from 3-4 p.m. to create handcrafted cards with kind and inspiring messages to be given to people at local assisted living facilities.
October events *As we move into fall, current virus transmission rates mean we are facing yet another season of uncertainty. Please keep in mind that the events listed here may be canceled or go virtual if we feel we are not able to offer them safely in person. Always check the online calendar at bethlehem.librarycalendar.com for the very latest information. Friday, Oct. 1, 1 p.m. Coffee & Conversation: Rick and Marilyn Enjoy some live tunes with the musical duo Rick and Marilyn. Co-sponsored by Bethlehem Senior Projects, Inc. Friday, Oct. 1, 3:45 p.m. Dungeons and Dragons Use your imagination and problem-solving skills while socializing with others who enjoy role-playing g a.m.es. Playing materials provided, but feel free to bring your own dice or D&D 5th Edition Character Sheet. For grades 6-12. Monday, Oct. 4, 1:30 p.m. DayBooks Discuss “The Plot” by bestselling author Jean Hanff Korelitz. Thursday, Oct. 7, 7 p.m. Raising Resilient Kids in Times of Stress A Cornell Cooperative Extension educator will discuss ways to address children’s fears, create structure, and use positive discipline strategies to help children manage stress and develop resilience, self-respect and a positive self-image. Registration required; program is virtual. Friday, Oct. 8, 3:45 p.m. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Afternoon Join your friends to play Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on the Nintendo Switch! Snacks provided. For grades 6-12. Monday, Oct. 11, 3 p.m. Monster Bank Customize your monster bank with acrylic paint or permanent markers. Dress for a mess. For grades 2-8. Registration is required. Tuesday, Oct. 12, 4 p.m. Afterschool Craft: Unicorn Pumpkin Magnet Stop by after school to make this craft from a kit. Supplies are limited. For children capable of working independently (suggested grades 3-5). Thursday, Oct. 14, 7 p.m. Raising Resilient Tweens & Teens in Times of Stress Join Cornell Cooperative Extension Albany County to discuss ways to improve family communication, create a better understanding of teen challenges, and support adolescent growth. Registration required; program is virtual. p. 28
CALENDAR Friday, Oct. 15, 3:45 p.m. Dungeons and Dragons Use your imagination and problem-solving skills while socializing with others who enjoy role-playing games. Playing materials provided, but feel free to bring your own dice or D&D 5th Edition Character Sheet. For grades 6-12. Sunday, Oct. 17, 1 p.m. Virtual Author Visit with Jean Hanff Korelitz The New York Times bestselling author’s newest book, “The Plot,” was selected as the Tonight Show’s Summer Read, and her novel “You Should Have Known” is the basis for the HBO miniseries “The Undoing.” Registration begins Oct. 1; space is limited. See bethlehem.librarycalendar.com for details. Monday, Oct. 18, 7 p.m. Check ’Em Out Books Discuss “Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty” by Patrick Radden Keefe. Friday, Oct. 22, 1 p.m. Coffee & Conversation: Venfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum Staff from Venfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum will talk about the unique location. Co-sponsored by Bethlehem Senior Projects, Inc. Thursday, Oct. 21, 7 p.m. Listening Parties: Chick Corea We’ll listen to and discuss the music of the pianist/composer, considered one of the foremost musicians of the last 50 years. Registration is required. Friday, Oct. 22, 3:45 p.m. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Afternoon Join your friends to play Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on the Nintendo Switch! Snacks provided. For grades 6-12. Tuesday, Oct. 26, 4 p.m. Trunk or Treat at Elm Avenue Park Enjoy some trick or treat fun at the park with local organizations handing out Halloween goodies. For preschoolers-teens. Wednesday, Oct. 27, 7 p.m. Alan Via’s Doghiker Author and outdoor enthusiast Alan Via will present his latest book, which is part guidebook for hikers and their canine companions and part operating manual for dog owners. Program begins with a book sale and signing. Friday, Oct. 29, 1 p.m. Coffee & Conversation: Eerie Albany Discover Albany’s Maeve McEneny-Johnson unearths the capital city’s storied past in this storytelling event that is not for the faint of heart. Co-sponsored by Bethlehem Senior Projects, Inc. Thursday, Oct. 28 Library Trick or Treat Stop by the Children’s Place any time from 10:15-10:45 a.m. OR 2:15-2:45 p.m. and trick or treat in a safe, dry place. Costumes are optional, but fun is not! Treat bags will be provided. For ages 0-6 and families. Friday, Oct. 29, 3:45 p.m. Dungeons and Dragons Use your imagination and problem-solving skills while socializing with others who enjoy role-playing games. Playing materials provided, but feel free to bring your own dice or D&D 5th Edition Character Sheet. For grades 6-12.
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