Dorothy Welch 40th Concert – by Sandy McBride

It was indeed a “Grand Night for Singing” on Saturday, May 14 as the Dorothy Welch Choral Society celebrated 40 years of making beautiful music.  A small but appreciative audience was treated to a series of timeless favorites at the Paul N. Luther Auditorium at Mechanicville High School. They led off with the concert’s title song and ended with the John Lennon classic “Imagine”.  Directed by Vern Hellijas, the society’s fifth director who has held that position for 16 years, and accompanied on the piano by Kathy Funaro who has been the group’s accompanist for 17 years, the choir sang a variety of old and not so old tunes to the delight of the audience.

Article in the 05-26 edition.

The Express Newspaper December 10, 2015

The Aura of Mount Rushmore – By S. McBride


   My dear friend Erin Carola Knotek, when she heard that our vacation destination was Mount Rushmore in South Dakota, told me that when she took her grandmother, the late Aggie Ford, to the mountain back in 1988 “She was so excited to see it . . . she was so proud . . . you would have thought she was meeting the presidents themselves.”

   Well, now I’ve been there and I know how Aggie Ford must have felt.

   When people asked where we were going on vacation and I answered “Mount Rushmore”, I got a few quizzical looks and at least two “Whys?”  I know it’s not your typical summer trip, it being 1800 miles from Mechanicville across seven states, but hey, I’ve always wanted to see it.  Why not?

   So we went.  Loaded up the little RV we love so well and headed west.

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