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TOAttention all true crime fans! Join us on April 13 for a unique virtual chat with Dr. Christina Lane, Program Director of the Cold Case Analysis Center at the College of Saint Rose.

The only center of its kind in New York State and one of only six nationally, the Cold Case Analysis Center (CCAC) allows selected students from undergraduate programs in criminal justice, behavior and law, science forensics and forensic psychology work on real unsolved cases. , addressing a growing problem in the criminal justice system.

Interns in the program are currently working on unsolved homicide and missing person cases. These cases go back decades – the focus is to raise awareness and keep these stories alive. Participating students also see the human side of the cold case problem by working with local nonprofit agencies on fundraising events related to the problem.

The Cold Case Analysis Center, in partnership with WGY and iHeartRadio, has been featured on the investigative podcast Upstate Unsolved, which goes beyond the headlines of upstate New York’s unsolved crimes.

More recently, the CCAC has taken up the missing case of Jaliek Rainwalker. On November 2, 2007, Jaliek, at age 12, disappeared from his residence in Greenwich, New York. In 2012, the case was upgraded from “missing child” to “probable child homicide.”

Cold Case Discussion with Dr. Christina Lane is taking place via Zoom on Wednesday, April 13 at 7 p.m. Registration required. Visit to sign up.

foot paths

Author and hiking enthusiast Alan Via returns to the library on Wednesday, April 27, for an in-person discussion of his book “Doghiker: Great Hikes with Dogs.” A book sale and signing will begin at 6:30 pm and the regular program will begin at 7 pm An opportunity to ask questions will follow, along with additional time for a book signing.

Much more than a guide that shows readers great places to hike with their canine companions in upstate New York, “Doghiker” is an instruction manual and toolkit for dog owners. A lifelong dog owner, Via is a strong advocate for responsible ownership and offers guidance on selecting a canine walking companion, training, safety, proper gear, canine first aid, and how to keep your dog fit and healthy.

Covering the Adirondacks through the Catskills and areas in between, your guide includes 77 beautiful hikes that are great for dogs. Each hike has a custom topographic map showing parking areas, trails, overlooks, water sources, and other points of interest. Included is all the information readers need to easily assess which walks are best for them and their canine companions as they get out and explore the great outdoors.

Via is a resident of the Slingerlands, Winter 46er and has also written the hiking guide “The Catskill 67: A Hiker’s Guide to the Catskill 100 Highest Peaks Under 3,000 Feet.” He has traveled extensively throughout the United States and Canada.

Space is limited. Visit to sign up.

Recycling event for residents.

The Bethlehem Central School District Green Team, Delmar Farmers Market, and Grassroot Givers have teamed up to host a Spring Recycle Fest on Saturday, April 9, from 10 am to 1 pm at Elm Avenue Park in Bethlehem.

Stop by for secure document shredding and recycling for books, textiles, bikes and more. Visit for more information.

test at home

Do you have colds? It’s allergy season and some of those symptoms may resemble those of a COVID-19 infection. A simple home test can give you peace of mind. Pick up a free COVID-19 test kit at the library while supplies last. Kits are available through Albany County and the City of Bethlehem, NY Office of Emergency Management. Stop by the library and request one at the information desk or request one for curbside pickup. For more information, call us at (518) 439-9314 or email [email protected]

—Kristen Roberts

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