Rock n’ Derby Coming to Schaghticoke – by C. Barton

Schaghticoke- The Rock’n Derby will soon arrive at the Schaghticoke Fairgrounds for the 2016 inaugural event.  The Rockn’Derby put on by SLP Concerts and GameLoud will be held from Friday, May 20th through Sunday May 22nd.  In addition to three days, three stages and a musical lineup of over 40 of rock music’s greatest bands, the weekend will also host a variety of other activities for event goers.

Article in the 05-12 edition.

Hoosic Valley Celebrates Music in Our Schools Month – by C. Barton

March was Music in our Schools Month and the Hoosic Valley Music Department and students did an incredible job bringing music to the Hoosic Valley Schools and surrounding communities.  It has been proven that there is a valuable link between music education and academic success.  The study of music helps develop language and reasoning, improves memorization skills,  increases coordination and the sense of achievement keeps students engaged throughout their school days.

Read the entire article in the 04/14 edition.

Spring Calendar of Events

Saturday, March 12 at 4:00corned1-710

Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner ($)

MELROSE - The Melrose Methodist Church, 20 Church Street, take outs at 4:30 p m. Cost for adults $10.00, children 4-10 is $5.00.  We are handicap accessible. For more information or reservation call 235-4370


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Café Malta – Irish Style ($)

MALTA -  Malta Community Center, 1 Bayberry Dr. Seats $8.00 advanced; $10.00 after 3/11 or at the door. Coffee and dessert also available for purchase. Contact The Malta Community Center-899-4411 or for advanced tickets.

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Souper Supper ($)

VALLEY FALLS - The Valley Falls United Methodist Church, 16 State Street. Featured will be a wide variety of soups plus bread, muffins, drinks, and dessert for only $7.00 – children under 6 free.  Tickets are available at the door.  The church is handicapped accessible.  For tickets and information, call 541-3039 or 753-6028 or check our website at

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Information Night

SARATOGA SPRINGS - State University of New York Empire State College will hold

information session(s) about its associate and bachelor’s degree programs at its Saratoga location, 111 West Avenue, Saratoga Springs on:  Tuesday, March 15, 2016. For more information, please call 518-783-6203.


Tuesday, March 15 at 11:30

KWVA CH. 60 March Luncheon ($)

SARATOGA - At the Parting Glass Pub - 40 Lake Ave.For reservations and further information, please contact the Nolan's at 893-3379, by March 15th.  Veterans who served in Korea at any time, spouses, widows and friends are all invited to attend.  For an application to join the KWVA or other information, please contact Comm. Roger Calkins at 584-3037.



Thursday, March 17 at 5:30

St. Patrick's Day Dinner ($)
SCHAGHTICOKE - Presbyterian United Church of Schaghticoke, NY
Corned Beef, red potatoes, carrots, cabbage, rolls and cake. Take out only. Serving begins at 5:30 Tickets Liz Baker at 753-0265 to reserve your ticket for $12.00.


Easter BunnyFriday, March 18 from 6-8:00 pm

Dinner with the Easter Bunny

STILLWATER – Stillwater Area Community Center offering children’s activities, crafts, and photos with the Easter Bunny.


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Saturday, March 19 4-7:00 pm

Brooks’ BBQ & Chinese Auction ($)

STILLWATER - Stillwater United’s Fellowship Hall, 747 Hudson Ave. (across from Post Office). Reserve through the church office, 664-7984 or purchase at the door. Eat in or take-out. A Chinese Auction will be held at the same time. The preview of items begins at 3:00 p.m. with a scheduled 7:00 p.m. drawing.Winners do not have to be present at the time of the drawing. Handicap accessible.


Field_Kids_EggsSaturday, March 19 11:00 am

Egg Hunt at the Mechanicville Library

MECHANICVILLE - Mechanicville District Public Library will be hosting an Egg Hunt. Registration is required, so please give us a call at (518) 664-4646.


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Women’s History Month Presentation

STILLWATER – Saratoga National Historical Park. “In Their Own Words: Women in the Revolution,” at the park visitor center.  Located between Rt. 4 and Rt. 32 in the Town of Stillwater, NY. Event snow date: Sunday, March 26.

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A.L.S. Benefit Breakfast ($)

SCHAGHTICOKE - Victor Lodge of Schaghticoke. All the food has been donated so all the income from the breakfast will go to these charities.   The menu will be pancakes, Belgian waffles, Knickerbocker soufflé, bacon, sausage, home fries, eggs, juice and coffee.  Cost is $7.00 but greater donations appreciated.


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Easter Egg Hunt

MALTA - Malta Presbyterian Church, 116 Dunning Street.



G-ClefSunday March 30 at 3:00 pm


MECHANICVILLE - Palm Sunday Cantata. Mechanicville UMC 7 North Main St. Mechanicville. Church office phone # 664-3095 Free


Cracker-Barrel-Roast-Beef-DinnerSaturday, April 9 4-7:00 pm

Roast Beef Dinner ($)

VISCHER FERRY - Amity Reformed Church at 335 Riverview Road. The menu will include roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, carrots, rolls, assorted home made cakes for dessert, coffee and tea. Take out orders will be available from 4pm to 6:30pm. Tickets may be purchased at the door. Information call 371-8237.


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2nd Annual Wine Pull ($)

STILLWATER – Stillwater Area Community Center. Live entertainment, raffles, etc. Tickets available in the Main Office at SACC. 664-2515 ext 10 or 23 for more information.


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Spring Fling Fashion Show ($$)

HALFMOON - Halfmoon American Legion. This is a fundraiser to benefit veterans and community charities supported by the Legion Auxiliary. Tickets maybe purchased at American Legion Post 1450, 275 Grooms Rd., Halfmoon NY.  Deadline for ticket purchases is April 2, 2016.


Summer-Camp-LogoApril 16 & 23 9-12 pm

April 26 & 3 6-8:00 pm

Halfmoon Summer Camp Registration Dates

HALFMOON - Program dates are June 27 through August 5, 2016.  Programs are available for Halfmoon youths, ages 3 –15 .You must provide proof of residency & immunization records to register.  For more information, please see our website at or contact the Recreation Department at 371-7410, ext. 2272.


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Daffodil Brunch ($)

TROY - Friends of Oakwood. Reservations are a must, and limited to 100 people/seating. Sells out fast. Call 1-800-556-6273 for your choice of time: 10:00 am or12:00 noon.   State name, phone, time, # of people. Children under 5 are free but must have reserved seats. Take a stroll among thousands of daffodils or experience a ride through the cemetery in one of Jack Byrne’s antique cars as you view Oakwood’s ornate monuments.



April 15, 16 & 17

Fiddler On The Roof

SCHUYLERVILLE – Schuylerville Community Theater. Rehearsals will be held on Sunday afternoons, Tuesdays and Thursdays evenings.  For additional information or questions, contact Director, William Howard III at  or call 636-8444 or Producer, Lorraine Thompson at or 369-6558 or Bonnie Thomas at or 798-5984.

Sunday, April 17 2:30-4:30 pm

zumbathonZumbathon Benefit

TROY-- Benefit Camp Bravehearts, a not-for-profit oncology camp for women, dedicated to enriching the lives of Cancer Survivors. The fundraiser will take place at Catholic Central High School gymnasium in Troy,


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HECUBA The American Premiere Production ($)

SARATOGA SPRINGS - At the Janet Kinghorn Bernhard Theater on the Skidmore College Campus. Tickets: $12 general admission and $8 for students and senior citizens.?To reserve seats, call the Skidmore Theater Box Office at (518) 580-5439, email or



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Spring Day Trip to the Norman Rockwell Museum and Fort Crailo ($?)

WATERFORD - Waterford Museum & Cultural Center. Lunch will be at Michaels Restaurant in Stockbridge. After lunch, we travel to Fort Crailo State Historic Site in Rensselaer. Return at 4:30pm.  For more information please call Emily Wilson at (518) 237-7122.

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Treasure or Trash? Spring Antique Appraisal Show ($)

MALTA - Malta Community Center featuring Mark Lawson of Mark Lawson Antiques, there is a FEE. Pre-registration by April 18th. Don’t wait as space is limited. Please call 899-4411 for more information.

Hoosic Valley Showcases Musical Talent – by Christine Barton

RENSSELAER COUNTY -On January 29th the All County Winter Festival, hosted by the Rensselaer County School Music Association, was held at Averill Park High School.  In addition to other participating schools throughout Rensselaer County, Hoosic Valley had 22 students selected to participate in various musical ensembles throughout the day’s events.

Read the entire article in the 02/11 edition.

Sunday Nov. 8 at 2:00 pm “Home of the Brave”

On Sunday November 8th at 2:00pm, the Waterford Public Library welcomes the Lost Radio Rounders, for a program called "Home of the Brave : Songs of Soldiers and Sailors" This program features patriotic songs from the Revolutionary War to WWII, honoring our nation's defenders. Admission is free and seating is limited. Please contact the library at 237-0891 for directions or other info.


United Methodist Church Cantata Choir – by S. McBride

   Here in our small town world in the cold and snowy northeast, Christmas is a season of evergreen trees, decorations, bright lights, frenzied shopping, great food, family love and togetherness . . .  and music.

   Ah, music.  Some of the most beautiful music ever written has been written to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ more than 20 centuries ago.  If you are looking for a way to make this Christmas more special, for a chance to hear beautiful music in live performance close to home so you don’t have to navigate crowded interstates to hear it, you might consider coming to the United Methodist Church here in downtown Mechanicville on Sunday afternoon, December 21.  

Read the entire article in the Dec. 18th issue of the Express.

Radiant Peace Tree Lighting – By C. Barton

Schaghticoke-The 2nd annual Radiant Peace Memorial Tree lighting ceremony took place on November 29th at the Schaghticoke Town Hall. Despite the wind and chilling temperatures, crowds of people filled the lawn to participate in the evening’s ceremony and tree lighting, which began at 5pm.  The Radiant Peace Memorial offers people a unique opportunity to decorate a light a memorial tree as a way to  “remember those who can’t be with us this holiday season.” This year, 53 trees, including the large community tree, showcased in the Gazebo, were simultaneously lit following the conclusion of a heartfelt ceremony of music, and poetry which offered a peaceful remembrance of lost loved ones.

Read the entire article in the Dec. 4 issue of the Express.

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Waterford/Halfmoon HS Band Performs at Disney-by Michael Bielawski

Waterford – The Waterford/Halfmoon High School band took take a trip to Florida to play music for tourists and relatives during their February vacation, as they have been doing every other year since 2000.  At the Feb 6 board meeting band director Melvin Byron spoke to the board and The Express about the trip.

The trip is arranged by Disney Youth Services.  “It’s a great thing that they do because it allows groups like ours and a lot of other schools to be able to afford to go down there,” said Mr. Byron.  He thinks it’s a great experience.  “I’ve found Disney fascinating for years but it’s always nice to see it through eyes that have never been there before.”

The entire article is in the March 20th edition of the Express.