Edward Francis Hinchey — 85

STILLWATER – Edward Francis Hinchey, 85, died Sunday, Oct. 21st at Samaritan Hospital, Troy, after a short illness.

Born in the Riverside hamlet of the Town of Stillwater, he and family moved to Pruyn Hill and attended Mechanicville Schools.




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Dorothy “Dottie” Heslin – 67

MECHANICVILLE – Dorothy “Dottie” Heslin, former resident of Hemstreet Park, died Wednesday, Oct. 17th, on her 67th birthday, in Pine Bluff, Arkansas after a brief illness.

The daughter of the late Raymond and Shirley Neaton Heslin, she was a 1963 graduate of Mechanicville High School.  She moved south many years ago, and came north several times over the years.

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Stillwater Central School/PTA and Regional Food Bank Team Up

STILLWATER-- Stillwater Central School District is teaming up with the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York to start a new BackPack Program this fall. The program is designed to provide 30 qualifying Stillwater students with backpacks filled with nutritious food each week. The district is seeking financial and/or food donations through the Regional Food Bank and volunteers to help pack and transport the backpacks.

   The bags will be packed each week by volunteers and discreetly distributed to participating children every Friday afternoon. One hundred percent of the donations go toward buying food for Stillwater students.

How can I help?

To make a monetary donation, go directly to the Regional Food Bank's website at http://www.rfbneny.com to donate. Please be sure to indicate that you would like the funds to be directed to the "Stillwater BackPack Program."

If you're interested in volunteering your time to pack or transport the backpacks, please contact PTA Co-President Kiki Wagner at kikimwagner@gmail.com.  The BackPack program was started in 2007 and is now available at 30 schools in 10 counties throughout upstate NY. The program serves more than 600 students a week.


MACSC “Friendraiser” a Success

 They called it a “Friendraiser”, and it was truly a gathering of friends when the staff and Board of Directors of the Mechanicville Area Community Services Center hosted a get-together at the Italian Fraternal Hall on Friday evening to introduce their new volunteer initiative which Board President Sam Carabis says is being called “Friends of the Community Center”.

The initiative is calling on members of the community to sign on as volunteers and give whatever time and effort they can to help out the staff with the many excellent programs and events the center provides for the people of the Greater Mechanicville community throughout the year. Help is always needed for such happenings as holiday food and gift distribution, the Firecracker Run, Locker Stockers, the Community tree lighting, community dinners and other special events throughout the year.

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South Street Project Slowed

By Harold Wessell

MECHANICVILLE, Oct. 10 – The South Street Hill road project had become about ten days behind schedule at the time of last week's City Council meeting.

Accounts Commissioner Mark Seber, talking later with the Express said he had attended a construction meeting earlier the day of the meeting; and was told that the project was, overall,  going well but has lost some time because the wall work itself is not moving at the expected pace. Mayor Anthony Sylvester said a reason for project delays was that some of the stones were late getting in. "They were hoping do a hundred stones a day, but only been able to do about 70-80 a day. It’s a lot more work. The stones are heavier, but they've been moving them up."

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Sacred Land in Waterford Returned to Mohawk Hands


By Colleen Farrar
WATERFORD - A strip of land of about 100 acres on the Waterford shore of the Mohawk River around the Cohoes Falls were returned to the Iroquois Confederacy by the Brookfield Power Company, which originally owned both sides of the general area to support their hydroelectric power plant. The land was officially handed over on Saturday, October 6th, in a public ceremony held at the Cohoes Music Hall.
Cohoes Falls is one of the four holiest places to the Iroquois, as the spot where the Peacemaker, founder of the Confederacy, first arrived to the Mohawks. He had travelled across the waterfalls from the Onondagas, who he successfully convinced to join an alliance; but the Mohawks needed more convincing. The Peacemaker climbed a tall tree near the waterfall and asked them to chop the tree down. The tree disappeared, and the Peacemaker with it, ninety feet above the rushing water. He was found on the rivrbank the next morning, unharmed, as proof of a divine mission.

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A Rare Look Back at World War II

By Sandy McBride

When three rare World War II aircraft from the Wings of Freedom Tour flew into the Schenectady County Airport in Glenville last week, it was a once-in-a-lifetime chance for the average citizen to see up close and personal historic planes which played such a vital role in saving our world nearly 70 years ago.  A Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber, a B-24 Liberator heavy bomber and a P-51 Mustang were on the tarmac adjacent to the Empire State Aerosciences Museum and open for inspection by visitors.

These storied planes highlighted a three-day event which featured tours of the museum itself, a craft show, book sale and some great food on a cold and dreary day.  Visitors were able to board the two bombers to get just a little bit of perspective as to what those Army Air Corps crews had to endure while fighting to bring an end to the Nazi threat which had a stranglehold on all of Europe at the time.
Being the history buffs we are, Tom and I could not pass up the opportunity to see those planes, so we braved threatening rain and the late morning chill to join hundreds of other folks who also chose to avail themselves of this rare chance to see these aircraft.

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City Parking Amnesty, Then Enforcement

By Harold Wessell

MECHANICVILLE, October 3 – City officials announced on October 3 plans to offer a temporary, partial amnesty to scofflaws with long-outstanding parking tickets issued in the City.

At the City Council's first meeting of the month, Chief of Police Joseph Waldron outlined the program, which he had in recent weeks been discussing with Mayor Anthony Sylvester.
The amnesty, which will be in effect only during this November and December, would consist in forgiving – for those with tickets who respond – the accrued late fees, not the original fines.

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Peter Verdicchio – 89

Peter Verdicchio, 89, of Tinton Falls, NJ, formerly of Closter, NJ, passed away on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at home.  Born in Mechanicsville, NY, he lived in Palm Beach Gardens, FL prior to moving to Tinton Falls in 2002. He worked as a National Sales Manager for Westvaco Paper Company, NY, prior to his retirement.



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Mrs. Frances Cary Farina – 83

MECHANICVILLE – Mrs. Frances Cary Farina, 83, of Pawling Ave., Pruyn Hill, died Tuesday evening, Oct. 16th, at home, in the loving company of her family.

Born in Johnsonville, July 6, 1929, she was daughter of the late Rennie and Pearl Thurber Cary, Sr.  Franceslived in Mechanicville all her married life.

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