BETHANY - Next week, the town of Bethany will experience a supernova event when twin constellations Bob and Betsy Bergen, residents for over 30 years, transfer their energies to a retirement community in Massachusetts. Many of their friends and acquaintances foresee the formation of a black hole in the community when they depart.
Balancing their political contributions, one in each party ("We cancel each other's votes," Democrat Betsy often said with a smile), they chaired and participated in community and church committees with humanitarian and civic goals. Betsy, inspired by the Rev. Will Reger, formerly of the First Church of Christ in Bethany, added a Master of Divinity Degree to her geriatric counseling master's and paralegal degree while raising three children.