The Express Newspaper – September 11, 2014

Stillwater Gets Second Shot at FEMA Aid – by H. Wessell

OWN OF STILLWATER, August 6 - A meeting of the Town of Stillwater officials and a bevy of state and federal officials related to disaster recovery, as well as aides to congressional representatives, gathered at the Town Hall on Wednesday to revive the effort to get enough funding for a large culvert seriously undermined by Hurricane Sandy.

Read the entire article in the August 14th issue of the Express.

The Express Newspaper – July 3, 2014

This Month in the Civil War: Andersonville – by Sandy McBride

Here in February of 2014, I will step away from my established pattern of “this Month in the Civil War” in order to tell the story of Andersonville.

My interest in the history of Andersonville Prison in Georgia was piqued long ago.  As a teenager, I read the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “Andersonville” by MacKinlay Kantor. My father, noticing the book, commented that his mother had relatives who died there, but that was all he knew. It would be many years before I learned the story of the Blair brothers, Hiram, David and Joseph, great-uncles of my grandmother, Gladys Holden Hosley, and many more years before I would finally be able to make the trip to the site of the prison where David and Joseph died and the cemetery where they are buried.

The entire article is in the January 30th issue of the Express

Sister Bernadette Catellier to Celebrate Her 70th Jubilee – By Sandy McBride

June 8 is a very special day for the All Saints on the Hudson Roman Catholic parish here in our hometown.  On that day, Sister Bernadette Catellier, CSJ, will be honored at a special Mass at 11 a.m.  at the south church on North Main Street in Mechanicville in commemoration of her 70th Jubilee.  Following the Mass, a reception and dinner will be held at the Mechanicville/Stillwater Elks Lodge on Park Avenue.

Sister Bernadette entered the Sisters of St. Joseph Convent at the age of 18 back in 1942 shortly after graduating from Catholic Central High School in Troy.  At that time our nation was heavily engaged in a world-wide war.  In fact, the same year she entered the convent, her two brothers enlisted in the military and went to war, one going into the US Army and the other into the US Navy.

“It was like my mother lost half her family in that one year,” Sister Bernadette says.

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