Fireball Run to Visit Our Area

CLIFTON PARK -, April 6, 2016:  Fireball Run, a world-famous television and internet streaming series, will be crossing New York State in late September, passing through southern Saratoga County on September 29/30, 2016.   Welcome events are planned in Ballston Spa and Clifton Park as 40 competing teams vie for top honors in solving clues, engaging with historic artifacts and meeting significant figures in our region and nation’s history.  Contestants also aid in the search for America’s missing children, and to date 48 children have been found in part by their efforts.

Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning – by Mario Vittone

   The new captain jumped from the cockpit, fully dressed, and sprinted through the water. A former lifeguard, he kept his eyes on his victim as he headed straight for the owners who were swimming between their anchored sport fisher and the beach. “I think he thinks you’re drowning,” the husband said to his wife. They had been splashing each other and she had screamed but now they were just standing, neck-deep on the sand bar. “We’re fine, what is he doing?” she asked, a little annoyed. “We’re fine!” the husband yelled, waving him off, but his captain kept swimming hard. “Move!” he barked as he sprinted between the stunned owners. Directly behind them, not ten feet away, their nine-year-old daughter was drowning. Safely above the surface in the arms of the captain, she burst into tears, “Daddy!”

Read the entire article in the May 28th edition.

SACC Offers Disaster Preparedness for Children – by J. Dugan

The Stillwater Area Community Center is partnering with the American Red Cross to host a special disaster preparedness class for children at 6pm on March 24. The Pillowcase Project is designed to help teach children what to do in the event of an emergency and focuses on helping them to prepare emergency pillowcases with supplies. Each child will also leave the program with a pillowcase courtesy of the American Red Cross. Registration is required and the program fee is $5 per child.

The entire article is in the March 19th issue.

Christmas on the Farm – by S. McBride

   Tom and I have celebrated more than fifty Christmases together.  Most were joyous, happy and festive, some were sad and heart-wrenching, some were trying in various ways.  But we love Christmas.  The reason, the traditions, the celebrations are always there, memories lingering in each ornament, each decoration, each saved Christmas message from years past, each photograph of our growing family together at Christmas.

Read the entire article in the December 25th issue.

Rotary Provides 90 Winter Coats – By Tom Mahoney

The Elvis Patsy Cline concert raised enough money so that the Mechanicville Rotary Club was able to provide over 90 coats to needy school children. Every needy child in Hoosic Valley, Mechanicville, Stillwater, and Waterford school will have a coat for this winter. Harriet Noble Mechanicville Rotary President pointed out "It's  really 90 + families that are impacted '96 not only will the children be healthier, can go to school when it's cold but the parents can now concentrate on other needs they have.

Read the entire article in the Nov. 27th issue of the Express.

Finding the Right Pre-School – by Jennifer Dugan


Preschool registration is already in full swing for next year as the regular school year starts to wind down. With so many options available, parents may be asking themselves what exactly they should be looking for when choosing the best preschool for their little one.

I still remember meeting the registrar of the preschool that both of my children went on to attend. I was hugely pregnant with my daughter at the time, which added a whole other element of “fun” to the process! As a first time mom, soon to be mom of two, I agonized over the preschool decision. I was determined to find the “perfect” preschool, the one that would ensure life-long success and guarantee my son’s future acceptance into Ivy League schools- and it had to all happen in a fun, nurturing, positive environment, of course. No pressure there!


Read the entire article in the May 8th issue of the Express.

Easter EggStravaganza – by Melissa LeMay

HALFMOON – On Saturday March 29th The Halfmoon Celebrations Committee held their first and hopefully annual Easter “Egg” Stravaganza at The Halfmoon Town Hall. It was a beautiful spring day to be out petting some friendly rabbits, goats, lambs and getting a pony ride. Inside the hall there were plenty of activities to keep the kids happy and get them in the Easter spirit. Young and old enjoyed holding and petting 2 day old baby chicks

Entire article and photos in the April 3 issue of the Express.

Coasters for Hope – by Tom Mahoney

MECHANICVILLE DECEMBER 12-  Suzanne Lyall, a Univerity of Albany student, has been missing since 1998. Her parents have not given up hope. they have tried to get the word out about Suzanne and other missing children. The Lyalls were instrumental in putting the faces and names of missing children on the playing cards distributed in the NYS prison system. Their hope was that a prisoner might recognize one of the missing children.

The entire article is in the Dec. 19 issue of the Express.