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is a great month in Bethlehem. The night air gets a little cooler, apple picking begins, and best of all... SCHOOL starts again!!! Finally, some order will trickle back into our lives. Shannon and I are excited to announce that we will be hosting the 1st Annual - OUR TOWNE Bethlehem Turkey Trot this Thanksgiving. We will be able to use the money raised to help out the Bethlehem Food Pantry and our neighbors. We hope your family and friends will join us! This month you will see many fund-raisers and festivals in this issue. I hope you get out and enjoy them. Folks in our town have been working hard and they need our help. On September 14th, from 12-9pm we have an opportunity to vote in the Primary Election. Please make every effort to get to the polls. Every vote counts. 518-598-3434 Publisher

Content: Neighbors Next Door p.11 Senior’s Corner p.12 Where in Bethlehem? p.19 Featured Business p.20 Bob’s Car Care Tip p.23 Letter from Town Hall p.24 Mary Rea p.26 Ask the Canterbury Vet p.28 Ask the Four Corner Pharmacist p.30 Health Matters p.36 Heart Strong p.38 Trish’s Pix - Book Review p.40 Financial Focus p.42 Dewey’s Kids Health p.50 Chamber of Commerce p.54 Library Calendar p.56



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It’s for everybody! Our 5K Fun Run/Walk is designed to accommodate every person in your family, workplace and neighborhood. Gather all your family and friends and start Thanksgiving Day out right. Grandparents, toddlers, and those who want to create a little room for that Thanksgiving dinner are all welcome to be a part of this Run/Walk. The only “time” that matters is the good time that we want you to have at the TurkeyTrot.

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Thursday, November 25th 2010 ~ Run/Walk Start 9:00am (Packet Pickup Starts @7:30am) Bethlehem Town Hall 445 Delaware Avenue, Delmar 5K through Bethlehem neighborhoods $15.00 if postmarked before 11/19/2010. $20.00 Day of Race (Registration Starts @7:30am) $10.00 For Students 19 and under Guaranteed to all applications postmarked by 11/19/2010. 1st Place Male & Female Age Groups: 10 & Under, 11-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 & Over


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, a Bethlehem Seniors Project. Please bring a canned food item the day of the race. Detach here ~ Submit one form for each entry

REGISTRATION FORM Mail in Deadline: November 19th, 2010 Mail form & non-refundable payment to: OUR TOWNE Bethlehem, 8 Clermont Street, Delmar, NY 12054 Please Print

Name:_____________________________________________________ Phone#________________ Address:__________________________________________________________________________ City:____________________________________ State:______________ Zip:__________________ Age:(on race day)________________ Male____ Female_____ Release: In consideration of the acceptance of my entry I, on behalf of myself, my heirs, executors, administrators, and assigners, hereby release myself and discharge: OUR TOWNE Bethlehem, Race with Us, the State of New York, Albany County, and the Town of Bethlehem, as well as all other sponsors or beneficiaries and their representatives, that I am physically fit and that my physical condition has been verified by a physician. I am aware that the medical support for this event will be volunteer medical personnel who will be prepared to administer first aid assistance only. I hereby grant permission to OUR TOWNE Bethlehem, and other sponsors of this event to use all information submitted in this application, and any record of this race containing my likeliness as well as race results including my name and competition time for any purposes whatsoever, including but not limited to pre-race and post-race publicity. I hereby certify that I have read all the terms and conditions of the release and intend to be legally bound thereby. I agree NOT to wear a headphone during this event.

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Saturday, September 11, 2010 BIKE EXPO 10am - Elm Avenue Park

Wednesday, September 15, 2010 Blood Drive 1:00pm to 6pm - Bethlehem Town Hall To make an appointment, please call 439-4955, extension 1176. Walk-ins will be taken as time allows. Positive ID, such as a driver´s license, is required.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Good Neighbor Day Delmar Florist’s 4th annual “Good Neighbor Day”. We will be handing out 2,400 roses to the Bethlehem community. Come pick up a dozen roses for $15; keep one and hand out the remaining 11 to folks in our community, spreading goodwill and friendship.100% of the proceeds go to Bethlehem Senior Projects Inc. Delmar Florist ~ 257 Delaware Ave. Delmar 518-475-7575

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010 Town Board Meeting

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Presentation of the tentative budget at the regular Town Board meeting. Set Public Hearing for October 27, 2010 (a tentative budget must be filed with the town clerk no later than September 30th town law section 106).

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James Preller | Children’s Book Author James Preller is one cool guy. He’s pretty tall, too. He’s the dad who asks you about the book you’re reading. Your

teacher. Your best friend. Once in awhile, just every so often, if you get him in the right mood, he’ll get down on the floor and wrestle with you. Let you practice your Kung Fu moves on him. Or, he’ll simply spend a few quiet moments shooting hoops with the kids in the front yard. At least, that’s what my son Elliot says. He’s six years old and he’s known James his whole life. To him, everyone over the age of ten is tall. But not all the adults he knows want to talk like James does. And he doesn’t find many other dads who tolerate the Kung Fu moves. The thing about James Preller that makes him different from most is, he writes books for children. Sure, he does all the same stuff other dads do: coaches baseball, volunteers in the classroom and steps up for carpool duty. But when he’s around kids, he’s listening. Understanding and studying them. Not necessarily because he’s writing another book. James relates to the under 15-year-old crowd. And they sure respond to him. James, 49, has been writing, keeping journals and practicing his craft since high school. In college, at Oneonta State, writing became a passion. It’s the story you’ve heard before about the starving artist. After college, he worked in Washington, D.C. restaurants, writing in that journal all the while. In 1985, he moved to New York City and realized that writing was not just what he liked to do, it was how he wanted to spend his days. And so it would be his career. He set out to find employment doing what he loved to do. His first - and last - job was at Scholastic, working as a junior copywriter. His gig there lasted five years. James left Scholastic, ready to write on his own in 1990. There were many writing jobs, freelance pieces done for advertising, any writing he could do and get paid for. But always, he was writing in that journal. Stories for children. Picture books. It was during his time at Scholastic that his first book, Maxx Trax: Avalanche Rescue, was published. The book about super-powered trucks tells the story of the

youngest of the super-powered trucks, who ultimately saves the day. Many, many books followed. In 1997, the first of the Jigsaw Jones series was published. James wrote about 4 of those books per year, and today, there are over 10 million in print. Jigsaw and his sidekick, Milo, spend their days finding missing hamsters, dodging bullies and exposing ghosts. Great adventures, all 40 of them. They have been nightstand favorites of first and second graders ever since. James graduated from Jigsaw Jones to a string of books that have earned Starred Reviews from Publishers Weekly and the School Library Journal. His impressive list of awards includes the 2009 American Library Association’s Children’s Notable Book, the New York Public Library’s top 100 Best Book and the Top Ten Best Sports Books of 2008 from Booklist. The recognition is great, yes. Important and something to be proud of for any author. But what really counts, why James writes and where his passion lies, is reaching kids. Touching their lives and causing a kid to stop and think. Maybe even inspire them.

In 1997, the first of the Jigsaw Jones series was published and today there are over 10 million in print. Take one of his latest novels, Bystander. This story is about a middle school-aged kid. Not the bully. The one who stands by while the bullying is done. This is an important book for any young person to read. Not all kids have been bullied or been the one bullying, but certainly many kids have seen it happen. It raises the issue of whether the bystander is just as bad as the one doing the bullying. This book has become a favorite of middle school teachers and librarians nationwide. Another recent book, Along Came Spider, deals with two fifth grade boys who have been friends since preschool. The friendship becomes strained in fifth grade when Spider Stevens, athletic and popular, becomes uncomfortable with Trey and his sometimes bizarre behavior. Like Bystander, it’s a story about friendship and doing the right thing. James loves baseball and always has. His knowledge of the game shines in Six Innings. Yes, it’s a book about a championship game. But mostly, it’s about friendship. Friendship between two boys, both baseball players, one who plays in the game, and the other, who should be playing in the championship, but isn’t. Instead, he is sick with bone cancer and acts as the announcer for the game. The New York Times Book Review said it best, “Six Innings made a baseball lover out of me. . . . James Preller has a gift for description so that even an continued p.13



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Each Monday, the expected greeting of Jeff Grayson Miller as he arrives at Delmar Place can be heard brightly. Reception customarily asks “How are you today?” while Mr. Miller replies “Never Better!” It is this positive enthusiasm that makes Jeff a bright spot in each Delmar Place Monday. Jeff Grayson Miller has been a personal trainer for 15 years. He spent his initial years training with clients in a health club setting, but made a switch in 2000 to “no machine” training. Through his business, Function Fitness, Jeff helps clients exercise beyond what machines can provide so that the body begins to move and perform at an optimal level. Each program is individually customized and utilizes various “tools” from his mobile gym. Jeff was first introduced to Delmar Place through its owner, Henry Klersy, who regularly meets with Miller. The trainer has created a program for Klersy to enhance flexibility, strength and balance. Klersy enjoyed his program so much, he asked Jeff to share his expertise with the residents of Delmar Place. Miller is no stranger to working with seniors. Since 2002, he has visited a number of assisted living and nursing homes in the Capital District. “I find it particularly inspiring to know that someone in their 80’s or 90’s keeps coming back for more (of my classes), says Miller. They are motivated to remain as independent as possible.” Each Monday, Jeff comes to Delmar Place to lead an exercise class for residents and has done so for over a year. He graciously volunteers his time and encourages participants to “keep moving”! Exercise is important for everyone, but particularly for seniors. A little exercise each day helps to maintain weight, balance, strength and blood flow which in turn helps to improve overall health. Not to mention better sleep habits due to increased stimulation and decreased lethargy. Each year Miller spear heads activities around the area for National 12 SEPTEMBER 2010

Senior Health & Fitness Day which takes place in May. This past June, Miller offered to assist the First Lady with her initiative called Let’s Move! that centers around the nations challenges of childhood obesity. Whether young or old, Miller strives to inspire people of all ages to develop a love of staying active, thereby insuring better health and quality of life. More information about Jeff Grayson Miller can be found on his website, or by calling 518-281-3772. September 12-18th is National Assisted Living Week. Delmar Place invites interested seniors and their families to join us for a tour, activities and special events. For a complete schedule of events or to participate in Jeff’s class during AL week on Monday, September 13th at 2:30 pm, please call the Welcome Desk at 518434-4663. Submitted by Kristin Vivian, Director of Community Outreach at Delmar Place 467 Delaware Avenue, Delmar. Before the winter arrives, settle your loved one in our beautiful community. Visit for more information.


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ignoramus like me could picture the game in my mind’s eye.” I felt exactly the same way. This August, James published his most recent book, this one different from his middle school characters. A Pirate’s Guide to First Grade is a rousing, romp through the first day of first grade, told entirely in pirate-speak. It’s a step outside his usual work. But fun. And my firstgrader has enjoyed it. Many times over. James is working hard, always writing, writing, writing. When he isn’t in his office, working on a book, he’s coaching baseball, voraciously reading and is often out visiting schools. Those school visits are yet another opportunity to connect with young minds. It’s hard to imagine who is inspired more by these visits: the kids or James. He and his wife Lisa have lived in Bethlehem since 1998 and are the proud parents of three children who often serve as an in-house focus group for James’ creativity. Ask Elliot or any kid who knows James. They’ll probably all say the same thing. He loves to talk, play baseball and hang around. And always, they’ll tell you: he’s my favorite author. Interview and article by Caroline Barrett. For more information on James Preller, visit

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one spouse receiving the marital house valued at $200,000, and the other spouse receiving $200,000 in a stock account. The marital house does not produce ongoing income and is illiquid. The stock account may produce $12,000 in income per year, and can be liquidated in For many people, the word “divorce” evokes thoughts of rigid courtrooms, days. Depending on each spouse’s situation, an equal settlement may heated conflict, and feelings of hopelessness. This does not have to be not be a fair one. the case. Collaborative divorce is an alternative to courtroom litigation. Participants in a collaborative divorce execute an agreement stating that The Marital Home they will not seek a litigated resolution to their matrimonial dispute; rather, When it comes to the marital home, these are the following options: they will work toward a peaceful negotiated settlement of all issues. Sell the Home – This is the easiest and cleanest way of dividing The collaborative process requires a team approach to solve problems, the equity in the home. This option may not be viable if the couple which includes attorneys, mental health professionals, and financial wishes to have a house for their children to live in, or if the value of specialists, in addition to others. One of the most important issues that their house is depressed. the collaborative team must deal with relates to the couple’s finances. Buy-Out the Other Spouse – The value of the equity in the home Marital dissolution is not only an emotional and legal division, but a must be determined, which can be arrived at by subtracting the financial divorce. In addition, divorcing couples must look at their past, mortgage balance, costs of selling the home, and any taxes from present, and future finances to arrive at a fair settlement. While there may its fair market value. This scenario can be fraught with issues that be many financial issues in a divorce, here are three common ones: should be negotiated in a collaborative setting.

Marital Assets Marital assets may include the family home, cars, boats, art, furniture, retirement accounts, business interests, etc. In New York State, marital assets are divided equitably, which does not necessarily mean equally. For example, an equal division that is not necessarily equitable may be

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The “Little Red Schoolhouse” was built in 1859. It had one room for about 30 students of all ages, taught by one teacher. The teacher started the wood stove each morning and a few candles provided the only light. In 1909 the building was enlarged to two rooms (as shown in photo) and modernized by adding a furnace, electricity and running water. The school closed in 1960 and the building has been The Cedar Hill Museum since that time. The Bethlehem Historical Association was formed to maintain it. Submitted by the Bethlehem Historical Association

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Tiffany’s Barber Shop Growing up as an only child, I have always been independent. I always knew that I would own a business however, it just happened a little sooner in life than I would have ever expected. When I started high school, the guidance counselor met with me and asked what I planned to do after graduation. I told her that I wanted to go to Cosmetology school. My counselor encouraged me to go to college and find something that I would be interested in majoring in. I knew that was not what I wanted to do. Finally, she introduced me to Albany Votec, a place that offered a Cosmetology program. She said that I could sign up for it at the end of my Sophomore year so that is exactly what I did! The program ran through my junior year, the following summer and my entire senior year of high school; a total of 1,000 hours. I loved the haircutting part of the program, but wasn’t fond of the perming, coloring, highlighting, and pretty much everything else the program offered. I got so bored while waiting for the color to process, and waiting for the perm to set. This was not what I was expected it to be. While attending Cosmetology school, I was also answering phones at a local barber shop. As I graduated from high school and Cosmetology school in June 2006, I signed up for the Barber program at Austin School of Spa Technology. I started in August and it was everything that I expected it to be. I loved it so much that I didn’t miss one day of the 600 hour program. It gave me all the training and experience that I would ever need to become a Master Barber. I graduated from Barber School in early April of 2007. The next week, I started to cut hair in the same barber shop in which I was answering phones. I was worked full-time and quickly built my clientele. Eventually, I started looking around the Glenmont area for a possible barber shop locations of my own. After looking at a few different options and each of them having their reasons why it wouldn’t work, I became discouraged and stopped looking for a few months. My boyfriend Tucker (a local electrician) and I were driving down Glenmont Road when he said, “Hey there’s a ‘for rent’ sign next to Manning’s Menu.” We turned around and I took down the number. I was able to check out the place the very next day. It was perfect! I brought Tucker back to look at it a few days later. He told me that I would have plenty of space for everything that I wanted. I was excited, but also nervous as this was such a big step in my life. I went back the next week and wrote the landlord a check. This was really happening and I couldn’t believe it! Even as a sole proprietor, I am well aware that I could not have done this by myself. I was fortunate enough to have the tremendous help and encouragement of my family and friends. Tucker worked endlessly remodeling the interior to suit the needs of a barber shop; putting in flooring, stations, and lights after ripping down walls and removing carpeting. My parents did their part as well with my mom (also a licensed barber) being the interior designer on the job choosing curtains, paint, pictures, and decorations with me. My close friends stood by me every step of the way too, offering whatever support they could. The best part has been my wonderful clientele. They supported me throughout the relocation process and building of my business. Clients like Keith Bennett of Security


Supply were amazing. A loyal client, he surprised me by sponsoring my membership in the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce! I am a true believer in “What goes around, comes around.” I believe that giving back to the community that has supported me is very important. I try to give back in any way possible, big and small. On a smaller scale, I have donated haircut certificates to local organizations such as “To Life”, Delmar Kiwanis, as well as certificates to be used as raffle prizes in several benefits. I also have purchased tickets supporting local organizations in return such as the Delmar Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast. On a larger scale, I sponsored a hole for my high school football team’s annual golf fund raiser. Working directly with the community is very important too. Sometimes individuals, due to illness, injuries, or disabilities, cannot make it to the shop so I regularly go to their homes for haircuts. Giving back to the community makes me feel good about myself and my business. Lastly, as any barber shop owner can tell you, building client relationships is not only essential, but the whole reason we open a barber shop in the first place. A barber shop is not just for a fine cut. It’s a meeting place; a place to catch up with old friends and make new ones. I want people to enjoy coming in to get their hair cut, even if that involves bribery with lollipops and candy for the little guys! As in any friendship or business relationship, I try my best to remember family vacations, pet names, and things that my clients enjoy doing. It makes me happy to see people come in and leave happy. I want to thank the Bethlehem Community for helping my business thrive its first year. I look forward to building new relationships with people of the Bethlehem community!

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Grandparents’ Day 1ST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH Senior Discussion Group, Bethlehem Town Hall Room 107 10:30 a.m. to Noon The Senior Discussion Group, facilitated by Jane Sanders, LMSW, targets life cycle events, humaninterest stories and reminiscences of the past. Transportation can be arranged by calling 439-4955, extension 4. All are welcome!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010 Blood Drive 1:00pm to 6pm - Bethlehem Town Hall To make an appointment, please call 439-4955, extension 1176. Walk-ins will be taken as time allows. Positive ID, such as a driver´s license, is required.

4TH WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH Alzheimer´s Caregiver Support Group, Location: Bethlehem Town Hall, 10:30 a.m. to Noon Co-sponsored by the Bethlehem Senior Services and the Alzheimer’s Association. Join us on the fourth Wednesday each month. The Alzheimer’s Disease Support Group is facilitated by Jane Sanders, LMSW. Transportation can be arranged by calling 439-4955, extension 1176.

MONDAY, AUGUST 13, 2010 Food Stamp Assistance and Medicaid Representative Bethlehem Town Hall 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon A representative from the Legal Aid Society and an Albany County Department of Social Services Medicaid representative will be available at the Bethlehem Town Hall to answer your questions concerning food stamps and Medicaid and/or to assist with applications. To make an appointment, call 439-4955, extension 1176


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CAR CARE TIPS For Safer Teen Drivers, Read This Before Handing Over The Keys Here’s valuable advice on teaching young drivers about preventive maintenance. Moms are the ones who usually cart kids around from school to scouts to baseball. More often than not, these women take responsibility for the repair and maintenance of their vehicles. But what happens when the kids grow out of the backseat and into the driver’s seat? Who’s looking after their vehicles? Automotive preventive maintenance and repair knowledge is like algebra, says the Car Care Council. We’re not born knowing it, it has to be learned. Teach your young drivers the basics about their cars before they get the keys. If you don’t know much about automotive maintenance/ repair, do yourself a favor and learn it along with your kids. Here are a few tips: ~Explain that all cars, new and old, need regular attention. Make sure your teenager knows and follows the maintenance schedule for his/her car. In addition to making a car safe to drive, preventive maintenance can save thousands of dollars during a lifetime of driving. ~Don’t overlook the owner’s manual. This is full of information about the car that your young driver may never know unless he/she is familiar with this automotive bible. ~Make it fun. There are myriad sites on the Internet that are fascinating for young and old drivers, alike. Some have Q & A sections. Let your teen send his/her tough questions to the professionals. `It’s probably been a while since they went on a field trip. Take them with you to the repair facility, the tire store, the body shop and wherever you have automotive work performed. Get them accustomed to the automotive world-its people, places, jargon and prices. ~There are hundreds of books available on this subject. Many are written specifically for non-technical audiences; some are even humorous. Buy a few and make them required reading for the licensing process. ~Make a plan. What happens if the car breaks down, he/she has a wreck, or the car gets stolen? What if no adults are home to receive the panic call? Whether you want your teenager to call your family repair facility or Aunt Sadie, give them some instruction and put important phone numbers in the glove compartment. For many parents, driving age is the final frontier. Certainly it is an important rite of passage for teenagers. Don’t let your child pass into this stage of his/her life without being prepared. Take the time and the necessary materials to make your young driver feel competent and secure. Sponsored by Bob Buttercase of BAILY’S GARAGE

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A letter from Bethlehem Town Hall Bethlehem Town government maintains our core infrastructure from our outstanding roads to our safe water and sewer systems to our beautiful parks and recreational facilities, and provides many important and award-winning public services residents have come to rely on from our seniors program to public safety. The job of the Supervisor and Town Board is to manage our infrastructure and provide community services efficiently, effectively, and at a price all residents can afford. As the guest columnist of the month, I would like to share some information and updates on just a few of those critical departments and services that I work closely with on a regular basis as the Town Board liaison to the Highway Department, Department of Public Works including Engineering, and the Town Comptroller’s office. Much of the Town’s good work is highly visible whether we’re talking about our paving crews rebuilding roads in the summer, our plowing crews out clearing roads in the winter, or our senior vans driving residents to doctor’s appointments throughout the year. But there are also a lot of outstanding efforts that we might not see or realize, from our DPW staff working 24-7 to ensure that clean and safe water is never more than a turn of the faucet handle away, to our Comptroller and staff working diligently throughout the year to manage our money and prepare our budget, which is an important policy-driving process of our Town Board.

Highway Department As the grandson of a former 28-year town highway superintendent in Oneida County, I’ve spent a lot of time in highway garages, reviewing paving jobs, and riding wingman on snow plows and I can say with confidence we have one of the finest highway operations in the state. I have really enjoyed working closely with Highway Superintendent Gregg Sagendorph and his fine crew of professionals. In fact, I’ve worked alongside many of our staff, raking leaves, picking up curbside debris, repairing guardrails, and plowing our roads. In addition to those services, the Highway Department manages our town recycling program including our highly successful household hazardous waste and electronics recycling days, operates the Rupert Road Transfer station and our compost facility on Route 32, keeps our Veteran’s Memorial Park looking great, and provides critical support for town events like our Memorial Day parade and during town emergency situations. The highway department also builds and maintains our sidewalks, a growing network of pedestrian and bike friendly paths that connect our community neighborhoods. As we look to the future, we must continue to maintain our network of roads and sidewalks, invest wisely in our infrastructure, and find ways to improve traffic flows and safety. Along those lines, we’ve been working on developing a pavement preservation plan that rates our roads, prioritizes our workload and budget expenditures, and moves us a long way towards effective capital planning. Part of managing our infrastructure also includes how we financially manage and pay for those resources. A dollar in prevention does save us more in the long run and properly financing long-term infrastructure needs over their useful life is a more cost-effective and balanced approach to capital investments.

Department of Public Works/Engineering The Department of Public Works Department, led by our Commissioner Josh Cansler and Deputy Commissioner Erik Deyoe, is responsible for delivering safe drinking water, collecting and treating our wastewater, providing engineering and technical support to all our town departments, operating our customer call center,


managing our water and sewer billing services, and managing our town’s vehicle fleet. Our DPW professionals have one of the most important and toughest jobs in municipal government -- ensuring a safe and consistent water supply -- and they handle that around-the-clock pressure with excellence, expertise, passion and pride. I’ve toured our water and sewer facilities on numerous occasions and after talking with our facility operators and engineers, the first thing that always impresses me is not only their incredible expertise but their passion for and pride in the important work they do and services they deliver to residents each and every day. Over the last few years, we’ve accomplished a lot from commencing the long-overdue replacement of our 38 sewer pump stations, implementing an effective and cost-efficient Town Designated Engineer program, combining our fleet management into a single system with a dedicated manager, replacing our outdated water meters with modern electronic devices that allow for easier and more accurate readings, improved our billing system, and changed our water/sewer revenue collections from a strictly tax-based approach to a more usage-based fee structure which is more appropriate and more fair to you, the taxpayers.

Town Comptroller As an undergrad I majored in government and economics at Hamilton College, and I have a Masters in Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University with a concentration in state and local government finance. Not surprising, I love numbers and jumped at the chance to work more closely with our excellent Town Comptroller Suzanne Traylor. Our Town Comptroller’s Office manages the Town’s finances, prepares the annual budget (our most important annual document), reports on the Town’s financial condition, works closely with state and external auditors, invests and manages our Town’s funds, supervises our purchasing and procurement office, and works closely with department heads, the Supervisor and the Town Board to ensure financial stability and fiscal transparency. Over the last several years, we’ve done a lot to improve our financial reporting. We extended and expanded our budget process, and we’ve taken a more critical look at both our expenditures and revenues. We recently brought on a chief accountant to meet the growing reporting, auditing and managerial demands placed on our Town’s financial office and our staff have worked hard to create much-improved and more user-friendly tools and reports not only for the Board’s decisionmaking process but also for public consumption. I’m also happy to report that the Town of Bethlehem receives annual clean audits and is widely recognized as one of the most fiscallysound municipalities in the region, if not the state. As a result of our prudent financial management, our bond rating in 2009 was upgraded from an ‘A1’ to an ‘AA’ -- the second highest rating possible. That’s a direct result of the fiscally-sound decisions we’ve made over the last several years and the competency of our Town’s financial staff. Nevertheless, we face a growing financial crisis arising from a perfect storm of reduced revenue, rapidly increasing costs and several decades worth of infrastructure neglect. While the Town is in a solid position to address those problems, we have some serious decisions to make. In closing, I would like to thank John Guastella for creating this “Letter from Town Hall” feature which is a tremendous opportunity to communicate with you and also thank Supervisor Messina for asking Board members to contribute articles for this monthly column. Feel free to contact me anytime at Regards,

Kyle Kotary

Bethlehem Town Board


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too”, said Paws. “The trees and flowers drink up the water and the meadows blossom into beautiful bouquets of wild flowers. They are the perfect places to chase butterflies.”

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Where did the summer go? I’m sure we’re all in agreement that it was a hot one. In fact, it was the first summer that I remember where the heat and humidity got to me. I dealt with it by visualizing a mental memory of my driving home from work on Rte. 85 in a January northeaster. It immediately grounded me with the confidence ce that I could deal with the heat! Now that September is upon us, schools will reopen and fall’s beautiful foliage will soon grace our town. Speaking of school, as many of you know, I work in a reading classroom. My students are at-risk adolescent girls with diverse educational and emotional needs. An often important goal for the girls is to incorporate some positive changes in their lifestyle. h i lif t l This requires them to take some risks and risk taking can be scary. I constantly remind the students that it’s very normal to be afraid to take a risk but to not let that stop them from trying…..for only then will they see how far they can really go. I’d like to share with you a story that I’ve written for young audiences and young-at-heart audiences too! It encourages all of us as we journey through life to take a leap of faith and step out of our comfort zones to try something new… be willing to take a chance.

CIRCLE CAT Circle Cat lived in a house that was round. All the furnishings were round in shape including his favorite lounge chair. There was no special reason why everything was round other then he liked it that way and it felt comfortable. In fact, he lived his whole life inside his house…..he never left home. His good friends oftened asked him to come out of his house to play in the meadow but he would not. Although they were disappointed, they accepted him the way he was and always made sure to bring milk and snacks over to his house when visiting him everyday. They even helped him do house repairs and ran errands for him. For this, Circle Cat was very thankful. One afternoon, Paws, Circle Cat’s best friend, came over to his house to play with him. “Hello Circle Cat, how are you doing today?”, asked Paws. “Hi Paws, I’m doing fine and happy to see you.”, said Circle Cat. The two friends spent the rainy afternoon talking and laughing together. They ate lunch and played some games too. “I like rainy days”, said Circle Cat. “Me 26 SEPTEMBER 2010

By late afternoon the rain clouds parted letting through a big burst of yellow sunshine. Suddenly the most beautiful rainbow splashed across the sky. “Circle Cat!”, said Paws very excitedly while looking out the window. “I’ll be right back. I’m going outside to get a better look at the rainbow.” He quickly ran out the door looking up towards the sky. The warm sunshine danced on his face as he frolicked in the yard. He described the colors in the rainbow to Circle Cat who sat lounging on the window sill. Circle Cat got so excited watching and llistening to Paws’ description of the painted ssky that he decided now was the time to try ssomething new. He decided to go outside of his house and join Paws in the backyard. o ““Oh, it is beautiful”, he said. “Nature has given us a gift.” g “Circle Cat”, exclaimed Paws, “Look at you! You came outside of your house.” “Yes, yes I did”, he proudly said. “ It’s nice being outdoors. I like standing in my backyard. You know what Paws, I was scared to come out but I’m so glad I did. I never would have seen this beautiful rainbow or the wonderful fields around us. Circle Cat discovered that by deciding to step out of his comfort zone, he discovered it’s never too late to try new things. He was looking forward to trying new adventures, beginning that afternoon playing in the fields and meadows with Paws. He also decided that tomorrow would be a good day to go shopping for a square shape kitchen table and stop and visit with friends on his way home.

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Canterbury Vet Q: While I can’t wait for my kids to go back to school, my kids are getting the back to school blues. My vet told me this can affect my pets, too! Is this true? As the dog days of summer come to a close, kids will be catching the bus each morning for school. Pet owners themselves may also return to working long days, leaving a lonely dog or cat at home confused by the changing household dynamics. It is important for pet owners to realize that it is not unusual for cats and dogs to go through a funk when everyone heads back to school. The disruption in routine can be more traumatic for some pets versus others. For example, if you own a dog that is a herding breed, the change in pace may be particularly difficult. These breeds tend to think of the children in the house as their “flock” to take care of leaving them feeling lost or bored during their absence. Some of the signs your dog may show if they are having a difficult time acclimating include separation anxiety, destructive behavior, inactivity, depression and even stress-induced diarrhea. Though dogs are sometimes easier to read, cats may display more subtle signs. Signs of emotional depression in cats include changes in vocalization and occasionally behavioral issues like urinating outside the litter box. To try to prevent your dog or cat from experiencing a rough transition period between the summer and fall, there are a few steps you can implement. Most importantly start sooner rather than later. Don’t wait until the first day of school to start a new routine.

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Going back to school unfortunately means exposing your children to ailments like colds, pink eye and the dreaded pediculus humanus capitis, more commonly known as head lice. Head lice affects an estimated ten million people each year in the United States and is most prevalent among children between the ages of three and twelve. Although head lice can occur during any time of the year, the peak times for outbreaks are between August and November. Head lice can be transmitted through direct contact with an infested individual or a contaminated object like a hairbrush, hat or towel.

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Lice can jump and fly from one person to another. Answer: False—Lice do not have wings, and therefore they cannot jump or fly. Their back legs are used only to “glue” themselves to the hair shafts. Lice are spread from personto-person contact or from objects that people share. For this reason, people should not share hairbrushes, combs, hats, towels, or headphones. If someone in my family has lice, we all need to be treated. Answer: False—Unless active lice are spotted on the scalp, the use of medications is not recommended. Overusing medications makes them less effective and can pose problems down the road when someone really needs treatment. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention information indicates that some experts recommend treating family members without seeing active lice only if they share a bed with a family member who does have active lice. If someone in my family has lice, my pet or pets should be treated. Answer: False—Lice require human blood to live. Therefore, human lice cannot survive on pets, and pets do not need to receive treatment. My child cannot go to school or day care if he or she has head lice. Answer: True—Attending school and day care is not allowed when lice are active to avoid further spreading. Most schools require all the nits (eggs) to be removed. Check with your school nurse or day care provider for the specific details about their “no-nits” policy. How do I check for lice? Make sure to check each member of the household for lice or nits using a fine tooth comb and magnifying glass in a well lit area. Using a lice comb is recommended to remove lice and nits (eggs_. Look for nits near the scalp making sure to look at the neck and behind the ears. Nits are small white/yellow specks about the size of poppy seeds that do not move and 30 SEPTEMBER 2010

are stuck to the hair shaft (unless dandruff that can be blown away). Adult lice will move quickly away from bright light so you’ll need to look quickly and closely. Examine small sections of hair at a time. If you’re unsure if what you’re seeing is lice, consult your physician, pharmacist or school nurse for help. What over the counter treatment options are available to treat lice? Several over the counter treatment options for lice are available which contain permethrins and synergized pyrethrins. Both are effective at killing lice and nits having a low risk of adverse effects. It is essential that you follow the directions present on the label for these products; some products go on dry hair while some products need to be applied to wet hair. Some must be repeated after 7-10 days, others require a second application only if active lice are still seen. After use of any of these products, hair should be combed through with a lice comb to remove all the nits. Who should NOT use over the counter treatments for lice? Common over the counter treatments for lice contain permethrins and synergized pyrethrins. Some of these products should not be used in people with known allergies to ragweed, chrysanthemums or pyrethrins. Talk with your doctor if the patient is less than 2 years of age, if the lice infestation is in the eyebrows or eyelids, or if you are pregnant or breast feeding. How do you get rid of lice on inanimate objects? Soaking combs, hairbrushes, and toys in very hot water for at least 10 minutes is recommended. Clothing and bedding should be washed in hot water (130°) and dried in the dryer in the hottest setting available to kill lice and nits. Items that cannot be laundered should be sealed in plastic bags for at least 2 weeks to stop the lice cycle. Carpet and upholstery should be vacuumed on a regular basis. What about alternative therapies for the treatment of lice? The media is full of alternative therapies like dimethicone, mayonnaise, and tea tree oil among many others. These therapies have not been proven effective for lice. How can you protect your child from head lice? The National Pediculosis Association urges families to “screen, detect, remove, protect.” Parents have an important opportunity to curb lice outbreaks before they turn into a larger problem. Resources: National Pediculosis Association at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at index.html References available upon request.

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The site is user-friendly and has a video for determining your size. Their phone support/customer phone is also excellent. They can also be purchased at Fleet Feet Sports (Wolf Road Albany). If you are concerned about or have had foot, ankle, knee or hip pain with running, consult your chiropractor or orthopedist. If you have diabetes,barefoot training might be contraindicated because peripheral neuropathy, a common complication of diabetes, can lead to a loss of protective sesaions in the feet. Also, the fantastic staff at Fleet Feet can analyze your foot strike if you have concerns.

The popular book, Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World has Never Seen about the Tarahumara Indians of Copper Canyon in Mexico by Christopher McDougall has created a surge in interest in training and running barefoot. Martial arts, gymnastics, yoga and kettlebell training are performed barefoot as these practices all require a rootedness and whole body strength that include a person’s feet. If you’re looking to amp up your fitness routine, give barefoot training a try!

A few of the benefits of barefoot training include:

Increase in sensory input. Exercisers more accurately perceive the actual impact forces of the activity, potentially minimizing the injury risk while increasing proprioception – the knowledge of the position and movement body and the ability to react accordingly. (Wharburton 2001)

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Increase in lower leg strength. Hart and Smith (2008) propsed that one of the overlooked benefits of barefoot training is the increase in musculoskeletal power and “Humans are designed to live in groups, explore ideas, and constantly strength in the foot and ankle. learn new skills. Trying to get all this input from one person is like trying to get a full range of vitamins by eating only ice cream.” Barefoot training can be injury protective. Various barefoot sports including martial arts, beach volleyball, diving and board sports have low risk of lower-extremity injury. Gymnastics is the exception owing to the higher risk of ankle injuries during the dismount at the end of some routines. Barefoot running is less fatiguing than running in shoes. Barefoot running leads to lower energy consumption, thus delaying the onset of fatigue. (Divert et al. 2008).

Steps/suggestions for beginning barefoot training: Don’t start with barefoot running. Begin by walking barefoot around your house. Introduce some movement activities on grass (walking, playing games) Adopt a progressive overload approach as you would with any execise training program. Do mulitple short sessions of barefoot training during a regular workout. For the first 2 weeks or more, keep the total of barefoot training time per session to no more than 30 minutes Gradually increase the total time of barefoot training sessions. For variety (always a good thing for overall fitness!) combine indoor and outdoor (grass or sand - not pavement) activites. There are a number of barefoot running alternatives that are designed to only protect your feet from sharp objects (sticks, glass, stones, etc.) with outdoor use. My personal favorite, Vibram Five Fingers ( is something you may have seen people wearing. They’re definitely unusual - not haute couture – and they’re great for water activites too. A friend has even used them in the snow with great results! 36 SEPTEMBER 2010

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Junior ambassador is sharing his story to help raise funds to fight heart disease It’s been a good summer for 13-year-old Reid Hartl of Clifton Park, who got a clean bill of health from his doctors. When Reid was 7 days old, he had heart surgery to repair an interrupted aortic arch and transposition of the arteries. A hole in his heart closed on its own. Although Reid will still have to watch his fat intake, he’s been cleared for all activities. At the Cardiac Kids and team captain luau at Niskayuna’s River Road Park in August, Reid shared his story. Reid has participated in the Heart Walk since he was a small child; he hosts a fundraiser at a local restaurant each fall; and holds a garage sale every summer that benefits the American Heart Association. In honor of his contributions, the American Heart Association has named him Junior Ambassador of the Capital Region Start! Heart Walk. Won’t you consider joining Reid and his family at a Start! Heart Walk this October? You’ll be helping to fight the No. 1 and No. 3 killers in America, heart disease and stroke. Start! Is sponsored nationally by Subway. CDPHP is the Start! Sponsor in the Capital Region. Walmart is the National Red Caps Survivor sponsor.

13-year-old Reid Hartl learns Tahitian dancing at the Cardiac Kids picnic in Niskayuna in August. Reid, who was born with congenital heart disease, is the Junior Ambassador for the Capital Region Start! Heart Walk, set for Saturday, Oct. 16, at The Crossings in Colonie. For information, visit www.

The Capital Region Start! Heart Walk is set for Saturday, Oct. 16, at The Crossings of Colonie. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the walk itself begins at 10 a.m. John D. Bennett, MD, president and CEO of CDPHP, is the volunteer chairman of the walk. Local sponsors are St. Peter’s Cardiac & Vascular Center; NYSUT; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Nigro Companies; BBL Construction Services, CMA Consulting Services and Turner Construction. For information or to register, visit The North Country Start! Heart Walk is set for Saturday, Oct. 23, at the Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the walk starts at 10:45 a.m. Jeff Vukelic, president and COO of Saratoga Eagle, is the volunteer chairman of the walk. Saratoga Eagle Sales and Service and BlueShield of Northeastern New York are the signature sponsors. C.R. Bard and Saratoga Hospital are local sponsors. For information or to register, visit Media sponsors for both walks are FOX23 News, B95.5, Times Union, Spotlight Newspapers and Our Towne Bethlehem.

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Trish’s Pix from Tattered Pages Used Books

Greetings fellow readers… September is here, following one of the hottest summers in memory. This summer a good part of my summer reading, as I mentioned last month, was done between swimming laps at the Elm Street Park Pool. It was here that I read my favorite book of the Summer: “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett. This book has been on the best seller’s list as well as the novel for several “book clubs” for close to a year. I have discussed this book with several bookstore friends over the past year as it never lasted in the store more than 24 hours! But it wasn’t until Mary brought it in and told me that it was a perfect companion piece to my favorite novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird”, that I grabbed it for myself. I was determined to read it before re-selling it in the store. Ironically, I was approached at the pool by a woman while I sat there soaking wet entranced in this tale from the deep South set during the Civil Rights Era. The woman approached me, half-crouched, politely asking me if she could ask me about the book. Thinking that this might lead to a synopsis, or opinion, I was taken back as she asked if she could buy the book from me when I was finished! I looked up at her from my “sand chair”, tilted my sunglasses and proceeded to tell her that…actually… once I was done it would be for sale at Tattered Pages Used Books! She then recognized me! “Trish, will you sell it to me next?” She retrieved a pen and I wrote her name on the bookmark. When finished two days later, I called Sonya to come get the book, I hope she enjoyed it as much as I! The teacher in me, always sees September as the “New Year”…with endless opportunities to learn, make new friends and grow. As a teacher, I always appreciated the opportunity to share experiences and the best of practices with others, whether children, teachers or parents. What I noticed this year was the number of parents and children who truly share their love of reading. One of my favorite mother/daughter duos came in twice in one week because they had read through their books that quickly! They were actively discussing their next choices that they would read together! I love that! From the classics to contemporary fiction, I love hearing families discuss their reading choices. This summer I saw selections from Elin Hildebrand, James Patterson, Jodi Picoult, Nicholas Sparks and Tess Gerritsen head out with teenagers and their Moms! Movies are often the reverse inspiration for reading…that goes for children’s books as well. Lately I have seen chapter book readers turn to some of the following books after seeing a movie, or seeing that a book was coming out as a movie or TV show. Recent interest in “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” by Jeff Kinney, Percyy Jackson books byy Rick Riordan, Cornelia Funke’s


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FINANCIAL FOCU$ gold. But is gold the right choice for you? Actually, many factors are involved in this investment decision —and you’ll want to consider these factors before you invest.

Furthermore, there are specific risks with the different ways of investing in gold. If you bought a gold futures contract (an obligation to buy gold at a predetermined future date and price), you could lose money if gold falls, because you’ll still be obligated to complete your contract at the higher, agreed-upon price. If you purchased gold in the form of coins, bullion or bars, you’d face storage, security, insurance and liquidity issues. You need to do a lot of research before investing in gold mining companies, because some of these companies may still be in the gold-exploring stage — and there’s no guarantee their explorations will lead to profitable discoveries.

Of course, the lure of gold is undeniable. Throughout history, gold has been perceived as having great intrinsic value. And this year, as you may know, gold prices have hit record highs, at well over $1,200 an ounce, as people have sought “shelter” from the stormy financial markets.

Also, even when its price is considerably lower than it is today, gold is still a fairly expensive investment compared to other choices. It can be costly to go into the gold futures market. And you’ll likely have to spend thousands of dollars if you want to buy a bar of gold or even a bunch of coins.

But as an investment possibility, gold has some “scratches” to it. First of all, contrary to what you may believe, gold prices do not always go up; instead, they will fluctuate, sometimes greatly.

Given these drawbacks to investing in gold, what can you do to fight back against market volatility? One of the best ways is to diversify your holdings among a variety of investments suitable for your financial objectives. Market downturns often affect one type of asset class more than another, so if you can spread your dollars among a variety of asset classes, you can help blunt the effects of volatility. Keep in mind, though, that diversification, by itself, cannot guarantee a profit or protect against loss.

Think Twice before Joining the “Gold Rush” In recent months, you may have heard a lot about investing in

In coping with volatility, you’ll also help yourself by taking a longterm view of your investments’ performance. If you look at your investment statement for a given month, you might not like what you see. But holding your investments for the long term may help your portfolio better weather the ups and downs you’ll encounter in the investment world. So try to avoid the allure of gold as a “quick fix” to whatever seems to be ailing the financial markets at a particular time. Other investments may be less glitzy and glamorous than gold, but they can have their own sparkle. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor. Edward Jones, its employees and Financial Advisors do not offer tax or legal advice.




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Seatbelt Basics

Whether you're on your way to soccer practice, your aunt's house, or the science center for a school field trip, you're probably getting there by riding in a car or a school bus. Most kids spend some time in a car or a school bus every day.

Riding in a friend's or relative's car is no excuse to skip the seatbelt. Even if your friend or friend's parents don't wear seatbelts, always wear yours. And don't ever share a seatbelt with a friend — it might look like fun to buckle up as a pair, but you could both get hurt in an accident.

Cars and buses can be great because they're faster than biking, walking, or skateboarding. You'd be pretty late to practice if you didn't get a ride, and it would be hard to get to that soccer game in the next town without a school bus!

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But riding in cars or school buses comes with some responsibility: You need to ride safely. Luckily, it's not hard to do. Keep reading and you'll learn the rules of car and bus safety.

Any kid who weighs between 40 pounds (18.1 kilograms) and 80 pounds (36.3 kilograms) should be in a booster seat. Kids should continue using the booster seat until they are 4 feet, 9 inches tall (1.4 meters) and weigh at least 80 pounds (36.3 kilograms). Once kids reach that height and weight, they can safely ride in a car with just the seatbelt. So check with your parent to make sure you’re big enough to ride safely without a booster!

Seatbelt Basics Whenever you ride in a car, wear your seatbelt every time. No matter how short the trip is — even if it's only around the corner — you still need to buckle up. This is so important because if the car you're riding in gets into an accident, the seatbelt restrains you. (Restrain is a fancy word for holding you back.) Even if the car is moving slowly, you can still get thrown around if you're not wearing your seatbelt. When you get into a car, always buckle up right away. This means locking both the lap and shoulder belts. Some cars have a shoulder belt that comes across your body by itself when the car door shuts, but the lap belt still needs to be locked in place by hand. Other cars have a lap and shoulder belt that are connected as one piece, and the whole thing needs to be locked by hand. Older cars might have two separate belts or no shoulder belt, but just a lap belt. Whichever kind of seatbelt you come across, the directions are the same: Buckle every belt.

If you're wearing a seatbelt correctly: •The lap (lower) part of the belt should be sitting low and tight across the upper part of your hips. It should never go across the upper half of your belly. •The shoulder part of the seatbelt should fit snugly across your chest and shoulder, not under your arm or across your neck or face. Sometimes seatbelts need to be adjusted to fit a kid correctly, so ask an adult to make sure your seatbelt fits right.

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If you’re a kid 8 years or under, you also need a booster seat. Booster seats help you sit up high enough so the shoulder part of seatbelt fits properly across your chest.

Get in the Back Here’s another important safety rule: Sit in the back seat. Kids 12 years old and younger need to be sitting in the back. Period. It’s simply the safest place to be. If the car you’re riding in gets into an accident, you have much less chance of hitting something hard like the windshield if you’re in the back. You also won’t be injured when the airbag inflates rapidly during a crash. If you’re in the back seat with friends or brothers and sisters, everyone needs to keep their seatbelts on and not horse around. It can be hard for the driver to concentrate on driving and see what’s going on outside the car if you’re jumping around back there. Short story: It can be dangerous and everyone could get hurt.

What About Air Bags? You might know a little bit about air bags because many car commercials on TV talk about them. If a car with air bags is in a front-end accident, the bags burst out of the steering wheel and dashboard and — whoosh! — blow up like big balloons. This happens very quickly — in the blink of an eye. Air bags cushion passengers during an accident to keep them from hitting the dashboard or windshield. But even though the bags have saved many adults’ lives, kids 12 years and under should never sit in the front seat of a car that has

air bags. That’s because air bags are made to protect a bigger person’s body, and when they open they can hurt kids. But what if you’re going to ride in someone else’s car and you’re asked to sit in the front seat? First, make sure the adult driver knows the rule: No one age 12 or under in the front. If you have no choice but to sit in the front, follow safety rule #1: Wear your seatbelt! Air bags do not — and should not — take the place of seatbelts. Have an adult help you push your seat all the way back so you’ll be as far away from the air bag as possible. And keep your back against the seat — don’t lean forward or wiggle around.

Busing It The school bus is a little different from a car because in addition to being a careful passenger, you need to think about how to get on and off the bus safely. Whether you ride the bus to school every day or just to field trips or band concerts once in a while, it’s important to follow these rules. When you see the bus driving up, everyone waiting should get into a line. The line should start about five giant steps (or around 10 feet, or 3 meters) from the curb and go back from the street, rather than down the side of the street. Wait until the bus stops and the driver opens the door and says it’s OK to step onto the bus. This is important! The driver is the only one who can really see all the traffic out on the road and make sure that it’s safe for you to get on the bus. (If you must cross the street to board the bus, be sure to wait for the bus to come to a complete stop and for the driver to flash the red lights.)

Rules for Bus Safety As with riding in a car, the best thing to do on the bus is buckle up (if the bus has seatbelts). That’s because it’s just as important to be restrained when you’re on the bus. If the bus is in an accident, the seatbelt will keep you from bouncing all over the place. And play it cool when you’re on the bus: No jumping, running around, or throwing things. This can make it hard for the driver to concentrate, and kids might get hurt. So, a short bus ride later, you arrive at your band concert and you can’t wait to blow that tuba! Not so fast — you have to pay attention as you’re getting off the bus, too. When you step down, hold onto the handrail and be careful that your backpack or book bag doesn’t get caught on the rail or in the door. After you exit the bus, never walk behind it. If you have to walk in front of the bus, walk on the sidewalk next to the bus for at least 10 feet (3 meters), make sure that the driver sees you, then cross. If you drop something as you cross the street, don’t ever bend down to pick it up — the bus driver might not see you. Instead, tell the driver you dropped something. See how easy it is to be a safe passenger? Following these simple rules means you’ll be more protected during a car or bus trip — and have more fun! So pack your bag, buckle up, and get on the road!

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