The Express Newspaper August 11, 2016

Brown’s Beach Re-Opens – by H. Wessell

SARATOGA LAKE, May 28 ñ The parking lot at Brown's Beach was full by late morning Saturday and all day, said Stillwater Supervisor Ed Kinowski, as the redeveloped longtime popular spot for families began its second season.   And at that, celebrants were undaunted even with the day's record-high temperatures. Kinowski reported the Saturday attendance at 724.

Article in the June 9 edition.

Bicentennial of the Battle of Plattsburgh – by Chris Kelly


I will take a week off from Schaghticoke mill history to remind us all that 200 years ago at this time of year, New York State was being invaded by a large British Army via Lake Champlain. I was reminded of this because recently I heard an NPR radio broadcast recreating the invasion of Washington, D.C. two hundred years ago in August. The British Army, fresh from beating Napoleon at Waterloo, marched into Washington and burned the White House and Capitol buildings.


More to Crum than the “Saratoga Chip” – by H. Wessell

Moon's Lake House, which stood (and repeatedly burned down) not far from the outlet of Saratoga Lake, is reputed by urban legend to have been the birthplace of the potato chip, and chef George Crum its "father" ... or at least its discoverer.

The hotel was built by Cary Moon in 1853 and became particularly popular in Saratoga Springs social life. Initially Catherine "Aunt Kate" Weeks and her brother George Crum shared the cooking duties. George was head chef but after some years left, eventually starting his own restaurant, Crum's Place, in the hamlet known as Malta Ridge, near the other end of the lake.

Read the entire article in the May 29th issue of the Express.