The June 22, 2017 Express Newspaper

The Express Newspaper – July 7, 2016

This Month in the Civil War: February 1864 – by S. McBride

For the rebellious Confederate States of America, the fortunes of war had taken a nosedive. Savannah had fallen.  So had Atlanta and Nashville. With the defeat at Fort Fisher on the North Carolina coast, the port of Wilmington was embattled.  Petersburg was under siege.  The Shenandoah Valley was in ruins. The Union controlled the Mississippi River. Rebel soldiers were deserting by the hundreds.

The entire article is in the February 19 edition.

Val’s Sporting Goods Relocates – by Sandy McBride

In spite of a cold December drizzle, Val’s Sporting Goods enjoyed a well-attended Grand Opening on Saturday in its new location at 42 Hudson Avenue in the former DeCrescente Distributors Fitness Center, an expansive building overlooking the Hudson River.  Owned and operated by Val Serbalik’s grandson Josh Phelps for the past seven years, Val’s will celebrate its 70th anniversary in 2015.

Read the entire article in the Dec. 11th issue of the Express.

This Month in the Civil War: Sherman Moves to Georgia – By S. McBride


  “Mine eyes have beheld the Promised Land!”

   So wrote Major James Connolly of the 123rd Illinois Infantry to his wife, describing the arrival of Union forces on a high bluff overlooking the second-most important city in the Confederate States of America – Atlanta, Georgia - in mid-July of 1864.

   The Union soldiers, on seeing the city, gave voice to a cheer that Major Connolly supposed might have been heard all the way to Atlanta.  Within moments, he said, Generals William T. Sherman and George Thomas had joined them on the overlook, gazing southward across the Chattahoochee River at the city in the distance.  Atlanta was a strategic city, a rail hub with foundries, factories, munitions plants and supply depots all very vital to the survival of the Confederacy. Its importance to the rebellious south could not be overstated, and the Confederates had encircled it with elaborate fortifications.


Read the entire article in the July 10th issue of the Express.