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Bethlehem Year in Review: Bison cause chaos in town

This is part of our annual review of the top stories of 2015.

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Pioneering family honored with historical marker

Following a period of French Huguenot persecution during the 17th century, the family of Omie de LaGrange fled their home country before opting to settle in the Capital District in 1665. Centuries later, his descendants are honoring their patriarch with a historical marker at the family farm in Slingerlands.

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Local festival emphasizes locally grown foods and sustainable growth

Free salads, a week long produce drive and the chance to win a gift certificate to the farmer’s market. Making healthy eating fun is this week’s Farm to You Fest, held across all Bethlehem Central Schools.

Bethlehem Children's School to hold farm-to-table festival

Farm fresh meats and veggies right to your table. At this weekend’s Bethlehem Farm to Table Festival, that happy, leafy-green dream could be a reality for your family.

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The trend of urban farming is growing ever quicker

Third-generation owner Gregory Bennett Jackson celebrated the 100th anniversary of his family’s full-service home remodeling company, Bennett Contracting, Inc., by helping families in Albany’s South End build strong roots. 

Clucking along

Another Slingerlands family will be eating fresh eggs after the town granted approval for them to raise chickens in their backyard.

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Farmers market receives notoriety

Delmar Farmers Market named to best-of list

The Daily Meal has again named the Delmar Farmers Market to their yearly list of the 101 Best Farmers Markets in America.

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Historic barn may align with Rail Trail

Local officials in talks to relocate Hilton Barn within New Scotland

Preserving the Hilton barn through relocation appeared to be an unreachable solution, but tying it to another regional development could be the historic building’s savior.

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Garden club gives grants

Money will enhance outdoor education initiatives

Two local schools will be making outdoor education improvements after receiving funding from the Bethlehem Garden Club.

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A tree’s tale

Mayes family has been providing the town tree for the past five years

For the past five years, Majestic Tree Farm has provided the Town of Bethlehem’s Christmas tree. Nanette Mayes, who owns the tree farm with her husband, believes they were originally contacted about providing the town tree because they had provided the town with wreaths for around a decade.

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Connecting farms with just a click

Cornell Cooperative Extension unveils online ‘Ag Exchange’ service

Finding a buyer for an “Amish modified” New Holland 273 mini baler might not be done easily through traditional advertisements, but a new online service aims to fill that niche.

New Scotland looks in-house for portion of New Salem water project

New Scotland officials are eyeing town employees to complete a portion of the New Salem Water District project after one contract garnered no interest.

Voorheesville loses bid for Rail Trail grant

Village officials to pursue funding options; county sets goal to pave pathway

Voorheesville isn’t receiving funding local officials sought to enhance its end of the Helderberg Hudson Rail Trail, but their vision is still in focus.

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Delmar ranked among top farmers markets

For the second year in a row, Delmar Farmers Market has been selected as one of the top in the nation.

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Altamont Fair a summer tradition

Old favorites and new attractions showcased at weeklong event

Alongside fair food favorites, the Altamont Fair is offering up something new to taste with some local flavor.

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