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Hi Bethlehem, As we begin 2012, we want to thank our customers and neighbors who continue to make OUR TOWNE Bethlehem possible. Each month, we are blessed with great friends and advertisers who contribute to the publication. We are proud of the “Neighbors’ Next Door” stories we have brought to you and the Bethlehem residents that have been featured. Mark, thank you for all you’ve done to make this a success! We are committed to bringing you the best that Bethlehem has to offer. Our family will continue to showcase the people, places and businesses that make Bethlehem a special place to live and raise our children. We have a unique sense of community that is rarely found these days. OUR TOWNE Bethlehem is honored to be a small part of it all. Thank you - our readers, for continuing to support our local merchants. By the way, if your favorite business isn’t in here... let us know. Here’s to a great 2012.

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Content: Ask the Canterbury Vet p.12 Neighbors Next Door p.20 Winter Driving Tips p.24 Senior Living p.26 Bailey’s Car Care Tips p.31 A letter from Town Hall p.33 Financial Focus p.36 Historic Bethlehem p.37 Library Calendar p.43 Ask the Four Corner Pharmacist p.46 Trish’s Pix - Book Review p.48 New Years Resolutions p.51 ®2004 Our Towne Bethlehem This publication, including the individual and collective advertisements, articles, photographs, and other material contained herein, are the sole and exclusive property of OUR TOWNE Bethlehem, and may not be reproduced in whole or in part without the express written consent of OUR TOWNE Bethlehem. The publisher and its participating businesses are not responsible or liable for errors, omissions or changes in information. Additionally, OUR TOWNE Bethlehem and its’ employees and representatives are not responsible or liable for the offers and services offered by the advertisers. Positioning of advertisers ads cannot be guaranteed.


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Susan Leath | Town Historian The faces look out at us, serious and thoughtful, a snapshot of a different time. Two dogs sit in the foreground. The women wear puffy long-sleeved dresses that brush the ground. One of them holds a fan. The men stand in back, their shadowy faces just as serious as the women’s, all with hats covering their heads. This 1900’s photograph, taken at a families home on Village Drive in Delmar, is a glimpse of life in Bethlehem more than one hundred years ago. In fact, the families descendants still live in the area to this day. Susan Leath chose this photo for the cover of her newly published book on Bethlehem’s history. Entitled Bethlehem, the work is part of Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series. Susan is passionate on the subject of Bethlehem and its history. She moved here with her husband and small but growing family more than a decade ago from South Carolina where she previously worked as an museum director. Susan immediately became involved in the Bethlehem Historical Association and has worked on the association’s website, been the director of exhibits, the membership chair and the corresponding secretary. Her volunteer work led to her 2007 appointment as Bethlehem’s Town Historian. Her job includes working with the vast collection of archival photographs owned by the town. Susan often includes these photographs in an ongoing rotating exhibit at town hall. This, she says, is seen and appreciated by many. She also maintains the historian’s page on the town’s website: But the largest part of her job, and the one she most enjoys, is traveling to the schools where she imparts an appreciation of our heritage. Beginning with a a quick overview of Bethlehem’s origins, Susan always tell her audience about the first inhabitants of our area who lived here for thousands of years before Henry Hudson sailed his boat for the Dutch crown. These were most likely the Mohican peoples, drawn to the fertile soil along the Hudson River. 20

The first known European settlement after Henry Hudson’s arrival was along the Normanskill and Vloman Kill rivers. From there grew the community of Bethlehem. This was a tiny group of hearty people, numbering around 100. As the population grew, and as the fertile land along the river was taken up, people began to move inland. In 1793, Bethlehem was officially incorporated. The building of roads in our area brought about change, as did the railroad. The Delaware Turnpike (now Delaware Avenue) was built in 1804, connecting Bethlehem to Albany. In 1863, the Albany-Susquehanna Railroad was built which connected Bethlehem to Albany. As more people could work in Albany and live in Bethlehem, this change brought about the beginning of suburbia in our area.

“The Hudson River is so important to the history and early development of the town.” Susan, knowing all of these stories and so much of our history, stood one day in a Barnes & Noble bookstore, looking at a rack of local town history books. It seemed to her that most towns had one, all except Bethlehem. She decided right there to put our town’s history on paper. First, though, she had to sell her idea to the publisher. There was a proposal to put together, an essay and sample photographs to send. The day they accepted her offer she says was “a very good day”, but her work had only just began. With the exception of two photographs the author took herself, all the images in the Bethlehem book are pre-1960. She spent months scanning photographs and writing text. Half of the photos included are owned by the Town of Bethlehem. The rest are divided between the Bethlehem Historical Society and privately held collections. Susan opens the book with a brief essay on the hamlets that make up the town of Bethlehem. There is Delmar, Elsmere, Glenmont and all the names we know today, but also forgotten places like Kimmey’s Corners, Adamsville, Wemple and Jericho. The book is divided into chapters, each documenting the hamlets within our town. The photos are crisp and clear, showing people, businesses and homes, many of which are standing today. A detailed and well-researched description accompanies each.

Susan’s enthusiasm for our history is infectious, and to hear her speak about it, it’s easy to become engrossed. The book is exciting and important for our town. She meticulously put together the puzzle of our history, and as she writes in the book, “Enjoy the pictures that follow, let them be the wrap and the weft, weaving the tapestry of Bethlehem’s history.” Interview and article by Caroline Barrett

Events at Bethlehem Historical Association Thursday, January 19, 2012 2:00 PM “The State of the Town” Supervisor, Town of Bethlehem The Four Corners, Delmar on September 18, 1950.

A question people often ask is: what’s the story behind the lion sculptures near the Henry Hudson Park? The answer to where these sculptures came from is found in the book: “J.B. Lyon, owner of a successful printing company and other business interests in Albany purchased a large tract of land at Cedar Hill in 1887 from John Taylor Cooper. Slowly he transformed Cooper’s modest house into the spacious summer home pictured here. By his retirement, in 1916, he and his wife Anita were living here year-round. While the main house burned in 1964, a rustic bungalow on the shores of the Hudson remains today. Two of the large sculpted lions that marked the entrance of the Lyon estate are still in place on Barent Winne Road today.” The Hudson River, which Susan credits to for the early development of our town, is where she came up with her next idea. “The river is so important to the history and early development of the town.” she stated. This spring, she plans to host guided walks at the Town’s Henry Hudson Park. The tours will be done in partnership with the Bethlehem Historical Association. Her enthusiasm is infectious and makes one eager for the stories she has to tell. The park is also home to a secluded and beautiful waterfall, where the Vloman Kill empties into the Hudson River. She plans on including this special place in her guided walks. Talking about doing the guided walks brings us back to the biggest facet of her position: education. Everything she does, really, is about educating the public about our history. Look for Susan’s book Bethlehem at I Love Books, Tattered Pages and at Bethlehem Town Hall. She is donating all of her royalties to the Bethlehem Historical Association.

Thursday, February 16, 2012 2 PM “Cedar Grove, The Home of Thomas Cole” Ashley Hopkins Benton Thursday, March 15, 2012 7:30 PM “The Albany Army Relief Bazaar of 1864” Christine Valosin All events are held at the Cedar Hill Schoolhouse, 1003 River Road, Selkirk and are free and open to the public.

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Bethlehem Town Hall This is my y first letter in Our Towne – a forum that I hope to use regularly to share information and build support for change. Taking office has filled me with a great sense of responsibility, and I hope to serve you well. These are difficult times for many, and town government must find every conceivable economy so that we can preserve the quality services that Bethlehem residents deserve. My life’s work has well prepared me for this job. I bring to the Supervisor’s office over 30 years experience in governmental management, budgeting and local government policy. With a professional focus on finance and efficiency, I have always tried to advance new ways to approach local responsibilities. My civic involvement through advisory groups and other channels has also been one of the most fulfilling experiences of my life. But despite this wonderful career, compelling desire to serve, and my freshman success in seeking local elective office, I remain humbled by the task at hand. Humility is a good thing for those who seek and hold elective office, and it is reinforced by the process itself. You cannot win an office unless you first ask the voters for their support and trust. Let me tell you firsthand, walking from door to door across this town was a great experience, and I loved it. You talk to people about what you believe the issues are, where the answers may be found, about your qualifications and ideas for making things better. But most of all, you need to listen. I did that, and I intend to keep doing it: listening. I will listen to the town employees who work hard to deliver

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Follow a “game plan.” Super Bowl teams are skilled at creating game plans designed to maximize their own strengths and exploit their opponents’ weaknesses. When you invest, you also can benefit from a game plan — a strategy to help you work toward your goals. This strategy may incorporate several elements, such as taking full advantage of your Individual Retirement Account (IRA) and your 401(k) or other employer-sponsored retirement plan, pursuing new investment opportunities as they arise and reviewing your portfolio regularly to make sure it’s still appropriate for your needs. Stay dedicated to your goals.

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Pick players carefully. Super Bowl teams don’t usually get there out of luck; they’ve made it in part because they have carefully chosen their players. And to potentially achieve success as an investor, you, too, need carefully chosen “players” — investments that are chosen for your individual situation.

Virtually all Super Bowl teams have had to overcome obstacles, such as injuries, bad weather and a tough schedule. But through persistence and a constant devotion to their ultimate goal, they persevere. As an investor, you’ll face some challenges, too, such as political and economic turmoil that can upset the financial markets. But if you own a diversified mix of quality investments and follow a long-term strategy that’s tailored to your objectives, time horizon and risk tolerance, you can keep moving forward, despite the “bumps in the road” that all investors face.

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Active Older Adults

Three years ago, a few senior members approached the Bethlehem Area Y administration seeking to create a Seniors Advisory Committee. The Bethlehem community has a large number of retired and older adults and the Y was seeing this reflected in their membership. The intent of the committee was to identify opportunities to implement and enhance the services provided to the active older adult community. Since the Y’s mission is to serve the needs of teens, families, and seniors, we felt this was a unique opportunity to see that the needs of the older adults in the family were given adequate consideration. It also coincided with the Y’s Activate America initiative to support healthy lifestyles and create healthy communities. This committee initiated by a few interested seniors and YMCA staff has grown to a thriving and integral part of our community and YMCA. We expressed our pleasure with all the Y has to offer and how grateful we were to have such a comprehensive facility in our town. The pools, sauna, hot tub, steam room, exercise machines, weights, track, and the broad range of classes were terrific. The Y also offered some activities for non-members, Monday afternoon bridge games being the primary activity seniors took advantage of. The aquatics department had quite a few classes held in the pool that were appropriate for older adults and sought after, and many seniors took advantage of the Wellness Center’s machines, weights and classes. During these past three years there have been impressive improvements due to the collaborative effort of the committee and key Bethlehem staff. We now call it the Active Older Adults (AOA) program. The committee focused its attention on the opportunity to participate in Medicare Managed Care insurance plans that enable participants to have their visits paid for by their insurance company rather than a monthly membership fee. The Bethlehem Area Y now partners with Silver Sneakers, CDPHP, Empire Blue Cross 40

(Fit Blue) and MVP’s Medicare Managed Care. This arrangement has enabled over 1300 seniors to be full members of the Y with visits paid by their insurance. There is now a reduced monthly rate for seniors 65+ who are not in a plan that pays for their visits. With the support of The Y’s Wellness staff we were able to implement additional classes in the Wellness Center. There are chair yoga classes for people who can’t get down on the floor but want a yoga workout, there is a less strenuous spinning class, as well as other classes designed for older adults. There are many more disabled parking spaces in the back parking lot. The aquatics programs that are especially friendly to seniors include beginning and advanced Water Aerobics offered six days per week, and a Stretch and Strengthen class three times a week. On the first Monday of each month we hold a pot-luck luncheon for our AOA’s that has enthusiastic participation (and we are great cooks!). Monday afternoon bridge games have continued and grown, and now there is a Wednesday noon pinochle group. In addition, there is an AOA table near the entrance with a wealth of information about AOA activities. Many mornings Tom Dobert volunteers at the table giving tours of the facility and orienting newcomers to the Y. The biggest change has been in the hiring of a part-time Active Older Adult Coordinator, Shawn St. James. She is a terrific addition to our Y family and has been instrumental in the growth of the AOA community. Shawn has helped to bring together a real program for Active Older Adults that expands on but doesn’t duplicate services already offered by the Town of Bethlehem Senior Services. She is open to new ideas and enthusiastically integrates activities into the Y activities calendar. The AOA activity schedule now includes the following: Bridge: Every Monday from 11:45 – 2:45 ($1 fee for non-members) Twisted Stitcher’s Knit and Crochet Group: Every Tuesday from 11:00 – Noon ($1 fee for non-members) Pinochle: Every Wednesday, 12:00 – 2:30 ($1 fee for non-members) Potluck Luncheon: First Monday of each month, 11:30 – 12:30 Coffee Hour: Second Thursday of each month, 10:00 – 11:00 Lunch and Learn: Third Wednesday of each month, 11:30 – 12:30 (The January 18th talk is by Jen Anderson on Creating a Healthy Doctor/Patient Relationship.

Lunch Out: Fourth Thursday of each month, 1:00 – 2:30. The January 26th lunch will be at Mangia’s and February 23rd will take place Blue Spice. Everyone pays for their own lunch. There have also been four very successful Active Older Adult Socials in the past year. These take place quarterly, on a Saturday evening, and include a light dinner, DJ, dancing and some dance instruction all for a nominal fee. The next social will be the weekend before Valentine’s Day February 11th at 6:30 p.m. and if you’re 55 or older, you’re invited! We are also hosting a Volunteer Fair at the Y on February 2, 2012. The fair is scheduled to run from 10:00am to 2:00pm. We hope you join us to learn about volunteer opportunities in the community. The Bethlehem Y is a vibrant, active place that welcomes people from all around the Capital District. If you haven’t already joined, come by to visit and see what there is that may interest you. It’s a great way to meet new people and old friends, get in shape, and try new activities – you can do as much or as little as you want to. We are so fortunate to have this great facility right in our town – come learn about it and take advantage of the broad spectrum of offerings. And if you have some ideas for new programs for Active Older Adults, please feel free to contact Shawn St. James when you visit.

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CALENDAR FRIENDS OF BETHLEHEM PUBLIC LIBRARY Monday January 16 * 7pm E-BOOK OPEN HOUSE Tuesday January 17 * 6:30-8:30pm Bring any e-reader except Kindle, and a laptop if you have one; learn how to borrow the library’s ebooks. PAJAMA-RAMA Wednesday January 18 * 7pm Stories and songs before bedtime for children up to age 6 and families. LISTENING PARTIES: REFLECTIONS ON JAZZ Thursday January 19 * 7pm Hear and talk about landmark recordings by great names in jazz. Featured tonight: Charles Mingus. PRESCHOOL PICNIC Friday January 20 * 11am A film and activities just for preschoolers and families. Bring a lunch or snack. STUDY HALL @ THE LIBRARY January 21-26 Individual and group study space for the January Regents exams. Times posted at the library, or call 439-9314. E-BOOK OPEN HOUSE Saturday January 21 * 2-4pm * at Panera Bread in Glenmont Bring any e-reader and a laptop if you have one; learn how to borrow the library’s ebooks. Sponsored by Bethlehem Public Library, hosted by Panera. FLUFFY FRIENDS FASHION FIESTA Monday January 23 * 10am Wear your favorite outfit; we’ll supply colorful paper and tape for you to make a matching outfit for your finest fluffy friend. Age 3 and up and families. FAMILY PLAYTIME Wednesdays, January 25-February 29 * 10:15am Free play with a variety of toys for kids up to age 6 and families. CHILDREN’S CIRCLE Thursday January 26 * 6:30pm Stories, songs, crafts and toys for children of all ages and abilities. TEEN TIME Friday January 27 * 3-4:30pm Games, activities, crafts and snacks for grade 6-12. TEEN MOVIE Monday January 30 * 6:30pm Viewer’s choice. Grade 6-12.

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Every person who smokes has reasons to keep smoking and reasons to Quit? WHAT ARE YOURS? Tobacco use is the leading cause of death for men and women Did you know more women die from lung cancer than breast cancer? Smoking increases the risk of heart disease, cancer & lung disease How will your health impact the lives of your loved ones? Breathing in others smoke (second hand smoke) can cause asthma and other health problems. How does smoking affect your loved ones? Smokers who quit can expect to live approximately 10 years longer than those who continue to smoke. What would you do with 10 more years? If you smoke one pack per day, quitting smoking could save you up to $270 a month. How could you spend the money saved?

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titles here, by best selling authors in large print. Here at Tattered Pages Used Books, I spend my day in the company of approximately 18,000 books. As I walk the stacks, through the genres…I reflect upon those great conversations that I have had with customers. I love visiting with Linda who enjoys the “bodice ripper” romances! All of hers must be set in foreign lands, though! Her stack is filled with dukes, duchesses, highlanders, scoundrels, governesses, and barons. These are her ultimate get away. Diane and George have been searching for new adventures that contain dragons, sci-fi/fantasy such as “Eragon” and “Pern” series, where the dragons are allied with humans. Darlene visits almost weekly as she trades in her mysteries and tries new authors. She brings her mysteries with her to appointments and her visits to her husband in the nursing home. Books are a great way to spend time that may otherwise seem to drag. Instead of thumbing through magazines (though there is nothing wrong with that) you could go back into the on-going story of your recent novel. The other day I had a lovely new customer looking for British mysteries by P.D. James, M.C. Beaton and Ellis Peters. She said that they bring her back to England and the days that she spent walking the stacks in her favorite used bookstores. I am always amused by the customers who assume that I may have read every author and genre in the store as I attempt to match them up with just the right “read”. I have to admit, I haven‛t read all of them, hah, but I do depend on my tie to technology to assist me with my search. I have found several sites on the internet that can help me find: British mysteries, the newest urban fantasy authors, similar historical fiction when I may not be able to pull up advice immediately. I have also learned so much about these authors and genres from our customers. It is their passion for reading that spills

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over and informs me. I have come to find some of my new favorite authors from these customers and I always love when I can return the favor. With a long winter still ahead of us…I would like to remind all booklovers what a range of inventory and experience is just waiting on our shelves for you here at Tattered Pages Used Books. With the ability to “recycle” and make room for more books…our bookstore offers an opportunity unlike any other in the Capital District. Our book inventory is stored in a computer database …you can always call us to see if we have what you are looking for. We will reserve titles personally for you and call you when they come in. If you are looking for a specific title, but don‛t want to order online…we‛ll do that for you and still forward additional savings on to you! With a “trade credit account” here at the shop, you can earn an additional 30% off what you purchase. I would like to remind you that we have our Bethlehem Town Historian‛s book, “Bethlehem” here at Tattered Pages for $20.99. It is a wonderful pictorial history of our area. As we enter 2012, Barbara & Larry Boord (store owners), Linda Gardiner and I want to thank all of our customers who frequented our store during 2011. Your friendship and patronage is greatly appreciated! Our locally owned used bookstore is a gem amongst the big box stores. We hope that if you have never ventured in…perhaps this year we will have the pleasure of meeting and assisting you here at Tattered Pages Used Books. I am asked frequently if we carry “New” books…well we certainly do, they are here amongst our “older” books…and if you have never read that book before, even though it may be years old…isn‛t it “new to you”? We are looking forward to this New Year with hopes of meeting many more new friends!

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Resolutions Do you have a New Year’s Resolution? Well, if you’re like most Americans (88% according to a GNC poll), you have at least one resolution. And, if you are like the majority of these promise-makers, your resolution is probably related to health and fitness. 55% promised to eat healthier, 50% resolved to exercise more, 38% wanted to lose weight. While resolutions are wellintentioned, unfortunately most people fail at keeping them. With all the hype surrounding these promises, it’s easy to get caught up in them without really taking them seriously. We live in a throw-away society and d even our resolutions, I’m afraid, are e not immune. However, especially for or promises that include improving our health it’s in our best interest to not take them lightly. So, what’s the secret to successful resolutions? While you can’t wave a magic wand and make your resolution come true, there are some easy steps to take to make it easier to fulfill your promise to yourself. Choose an obtainable goal. Resolving to look like a super model is not realistic for the majority of us, but promising to include daily physical activity in our lives is very possible. Avoid choosing a resolution that you’ve been unsuccessful at achieving year after year. This will only set you up for failure, frustration and disappointment. If you are still tempted to make a promise that you’ve made before, then try altering it. For example, instead of stating that you are going to lose 30 pounds, try promising to eat healthier and increase your weekly exercise. Create a game plan. At the beginning of January, write a comprehensive plan. All successful businesses start with a business plan that describes their mission and specifics on how they will achieve it. Write your own personal plan and you’ll be more likely to succeed as well.

Break it down and make it less intimidating. Rather than one BIG end goal, dissect it into smaller pieces. Set several smaller goals to achieve throughout the year that will help you to reach the ultimate goal. Then even if you aren’t able to reach your final goal, you will have many smaller, but still significant, achievements along the way. For example, if your goal is to complete a 10K race, your smaller goals could be running a 5K in less than 30 minutes, adding upper and lower body strength training to increase your muscular endurance, and running 2 miles with a personal best completion time. Ask friends and family members to help you so you have someone to be accountable to. Just be sure to set limits so that this doesn’t backfire and become more irritating bac than helpful. For example, if you tha resolve to be more positive ask them res to gently remind you when you start talking negatively. tal Reward yourself with each R milestone. If you’ve stuck with m yyour resolution for 2 months, treat yyourself to something special. But, be careful of your reward B type. If you’ve los lost 5 pounds, don’t give yourself a type piece of cake as an award. Instead, treat yourself to a something non-food related, like a professional massage. Don’t go it alone! Get professional assistance. Everyone needs help and sometimes a friend just isn’t enough. Sometimes you need the help of a trained professional. Don’t feel that seeking help is a way of copping out. Especially when it comes to fitness, research studies have shown that assistance from a fitness professional greatly improves peoples success rate. Limit your number of promises. You’ll spread yourself too thin trying to make multiple changes in your life. This will just lead to failure of all of the resolutions. On average, only about 20% of us keep our New Year’s resolutions. Unfortunately, some of the biggest failures are found in fitness resolutions. But don’t let the statistics get you down. By following the tips above you’ll be better equipped to fall into the successful 20% category.

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New York State Fun Facts The first American chess tournament was held in New York in 1843. The 641 mile transportation network known as the Governor Thomas E. Dewey Thruway is the longest toll road in the United States. Union College in Schenectady is regarded as the Mother of Fraternities because Delta Phi is the oldest continually operating fraternity. The Woodstock Music and Arts Fair was actually held in Bethel. Dairying is New York’s most important farming activity with over 18,000 cattle and or calves farms. New York City has 722 miles of subway track. Power Mill Park situated outside Rochester has a house on Park Road shaped like a group of mushrooms. Chittenago is the home of L. Frank Baum, author of the “Wizard of Oz”. Oneida has the world’s smallest church (dimensions of 3.5’ X 6’). The “New York Post” established in 1803 by Alexander Hamilton is the oldest running newspaper in the United States. The first railroad in America ran a distance of 11 miles between Albany and Schenectady. The first capital of the United States was New York City. In 1789 George Washington took his oath as president on the balcony at Federal Hall.

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Sam Wilson, a meatpacker from Troy who’s caricature Uncle Sam came to personify the United States is buried at Troy’s Oakwood Cemetery. During the War of 1812, he stamped “U.S. Beef” on his products which soldiers interpreted the U.S. abbreviation as meaning Uncle Sam. Gennaro Lombardi opened the first United States pizzeria in 1895 in New York City. The first Boy’s Club was established in New York City in 1876.

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European settlers who brought seeds to New York introduced apples in the 1600s. Joseph C. Gayetty of New York City invented toilet paper in 1857. The oldest cattle ranch in the US was started in 1747 at Montauk on Long Island. Adirondack Park is larger than Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Glacier, and Olympic Parks combined. New York was the first state to require license plates on cars. Niagara Reservation became the first state park in the United States. New York State is home to 58 species of wild orchids.

ARE YOU LOOKING FOR PART-TIME HELP? Youth Employment Service (YES) is a free referral program through the Town of Bethlehem that helps community residents find reliable workers throughout the year. YES has a large database of enthusiastic youth who are interested and available for part-time work. Yard work - Babysitting - Pet sitting - Party Helpers Housework -Tutoring - Retail - Handyman - Office/clerical

Call 439-4955 x1608 or email If you are a Bethlehem resident, age 14-21, you can register with Youth Employment Service by logging onto and downloading the registration form from the Youth Employment Service page.

New York has over 70,000 miles of rivers and streams.


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Police Department--- Emergency 911 General Info 439-9973 Hot Lines--Poison Control--- 800-336-6997 Gas Emergency--- 800-982-2345 Animal Control--- 439-9973 Child Abuse--- 800-342-3720 Domestic Violence--- 800-942-6906 National Suicide--- 800-784-2433 Fire Departments--Delmar--- 475-7310 Elsmere--- 439-9144 Feura Bush--- 439-1255 N. Bethlehem--- 489-6556 Selkirk/Glenmont--- 436-8203 Selkirk --- (Fires only) 439-1234 Slingerlands--- 439-4734 Post Offices--Delmar--- 439-1933 Feura Bush--- 439-2497 Glenmont--- 434-8358 Selkirk--- 767-3308 Slingerlands--- 439-5371 So. Bethlehem--- 767-3054 Public Library--- 439-9314 Recycling Coordinator--- X1510 School District--- 439-3650 Senior Van--- 439-5770 Town Courts--- 439-9717 Youth Employment Service--- X1608 Offices at Town Hall--- 439-4955 Assessor’s Office--- x1101 Building Department--- x1112 Planning Board--- x1158 Public Works--- x1132 Senior Services--- Press option 4 Tax Department--- x1178 Town Clerk--- x1183 Town Comptroller--- x1125 Town Supervisor--- x1164 Highway Department--- X1598 Parks & Recreation--- 439-4955 option 3 Chamber of Commerce--- 439-0512 Time & Weather--- 540-1234 Travel--I Love NY Tourism--- 800-CALL-NYS Albany Int. Airport--- 242-2200 Adirondack Trailways--- 800-858-8555 Greyhound Busline--- 793-5052 Amtrak--- 800-USA-RAIL

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