Looking Back on 2014 – by S. McBride

I am in my 9th year of writing feature stories and personal interest articles for the Express, the newspaper that has for many more years than that presented the history, the events, the happenings and the activities of the people who make our small town world what it is.  I now have nearly 700 of those stories logged in my book, and I never cease to marvel at and appreciate the good people and the good happenings which provide me with the stories I have been privileged to share with Express readers.

Read Sandy's entire article in the January 1st edition of the Express.

A Veterans’ Day to Remember by Sandy McBride

Veterans Day, 2012.  What a heritage the United States of America has to celebrate!  On November 11, we recognize and we honor the men and women who have served and who are serving today in our Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard and National Guard.

Our nation has endured wars and military actions at home and abroad for the better part of three centuries, going back to the days before we were actually a nation.  In the face of tyranny, oppression, aggression, insurrection and terrorism, we have always been able to count on our nation’s military forces.  They do the job.  They train, they travel, they sacrifice and they support.


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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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