Dine To Donate! – H.O.P.E.

Sunday, May 18th, H.O.P.E. (Homes for Orphaned Pets Exist) will be holding "a tasty way to donate" fund raiser at the UNO Chicago Grill located at 3008 Route 50 in Saratoga Springs! Please present this coupon to your server and H.O.P.E. will receive 20% of the bill as a donation! This coupon can be used for dining in or take out. It's never been easier! You must present the coupon in order for H.O.P.E. to qualify for the donation. Join UNO and H.O.P.E. for a delicious night out and thanks again for taking the time to help our homeless and needy animal friends! www.hopeanimalrescue.org

“Not Just About Her” – Bailey Wind Has a Message to Get Out

Editor's Note:  Bailey Wind will be at the Mechanicville High School Wednesday May 14th at 12:00 Noon

by Harold Wessell

MECHANICVILLE, This Wednesday: Bailey Wind has a message to everyone, especially fellow young people, that she's been delivering in compelling personal testimonies, this summer, just home from her first year of college ñ one that two friends will never have.

It's about bad choices young people can make, and that they need to think about, and act about. It's about most of all how drinking or using drugs while driving, or texting while driving, are deadly.

All three of those are what authorities found Dennis Drue to have been doing when in December 2012 on the Northway he collided with a Ford Escort Bailey and three friends were riding in ñ two couples turning from a school game, three from Shenendehowa High School and she from Shaker ñ killing the dates of her and Matthew Hardy. Driver of their vehicle Christopher Stewart and Deanna Rivers were pronounced dead at the scene.

The Express spoke on Sunday with Dawn Wind, Bailey's mother, who spoke with obvious and articulate pride of how her daughter's several presentations she is making in schools this month. Despite all the news attention over an agonizing couple years for everyone affected, she wants to make sure they know: It's not about her.


This Wednesday at noon, after a morning talk at Burnt Hills High school, Bailey was escorted by Deputy Sheriff Kenneth Cooper Saratoga Sheriff Michael Zurlo's full time liaison to County schools to a similar presentation Wednesday May 14th noon at Mechanicville High School.

She goes next to Corinth this Thursday.

She wants to keep the focus on the program, not herself, her mother stressed. To assure that that priority would be clear, the two preferred that Dawn speak for her at that point, as she explained: "She does not want it to be about her, but throughout this effort she wants it to be why she is doing it, and the whole program" going on, at the same time, of the Sheriff's annual extra patrols and other pro-active attention-raising efforts during prom season. "To make sure the kids are safe," Zurlo expressed as his ultimate goal.

Bailey and they are working alongside one another, to raise the awareness and the courage of young people not to give in to what is getting harder and harder to resist ñ for kids AND adults locally (as illustrated in a recent series on heroin in this newspaper).

Reiterated Ms. Wind about Bailey's parallel effort, even more that on prom safety, it's about "making the right choices, and trying to get kids to think before they get behind the wheel." The purpose is to try to get to as many kids as she can, and let them understand how important it is not to drink and drive, not to do drugs and drive, not to text ñ "and the effect it's going to have on not only the person that they hit, but themselves, and their family."

Moreover, in these presentations, as part of calling on her peers to internalize that importance, "she also reveals in part of her speech some things that she went through while she was trapped in the truck," waiting to be rescued ñ there with two friends soon if not already to be declared deceased; insights into that time "that have not been made public knowledge, to get the young people kind of a sense of what she went through as a survivor." It is something very internal, that has not been out-there, she stressed. She spoke about it [publicly] for the first time last week; "and just how important it is for them to make the right decisions, and how badly it's going to affect them" if they do not.

Besides trying to reach as many kids as she can, adds her mom, she is doing all she is doing not only in honor of the four who were in that truck that night; "but in honor of every single person that has been affected, by that other driver ñ and to let them know that it's not cool to drink and drive; and that yes, she understands that teenagers can make bad choices; "but this kind of choice is something that you cannot reverse... It's a persuasive speech, about how [impaired driving] can ruin lives, not just the person's lives that they hit, but their own; and the community's."

"It's very powerful... Everybody in the audience was crying. It is very, very powerful."

The Express will cover Bailey's talk, and report further in next week's website and print edition.









Off and Running!

Halfmoon Councilwoman Daphne Jordan to kickoff her 2014 campaign at Hayner’s Ice Cream Hall of Fame in Halfmoon this Thursday at 10:30 a.m.

Halfmoon, NY – Joined by family, friends, supporters and state and local elected officials, Halfmoon Councilwoman Daphne Jordan (R-Halfmoon) will hold her 2014 campaign kickoff this Thursday, May 8, at Hayner’s Ice Cream Hall of Fame in Halfmoon at 10:30 a.m. Media are invited to attend the campaign kickoff.

Who: Halfmoon Councilwoman Daphne Jordan (R-Halfmoon) NYS Senator Kathy Marchione (R,C-Halfmoon), NYS Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R,C,I-Glenville), Saratoga County Clerk Craig Hayner (R-Halfmoon), Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo, Saratoga County District Attorney Jim Murphy, Halfmoon Town Supervisor Kevin Tollisen (R- Halfmoon), Halfmoon Town Council members, Saratoga County Republican Chairman John Herrick

What: 2014 campaign kickoff announcement

Where: Hayner's Ice Cream Hall of Fame, 148 Route 236, Halfmoon, NY 12065

When: Thursday, May 8, at 10:30 a.m.

Contact: Halfmoon Councilwoman Jordan (518) 894-0161 jordan4halfmoon@gmail.com

Annual Basketball Fundraiser – Friday May 2 at 6:00 pm

Annual Basketball Fundraising Event Sponsored by All Saints on the Hudson Youth Council
Friday, May 2 at Mechanicville High School Gymnasium at 6:00 pm.
Mechanicville Alumni vs Stillwater Alumni
Mechanicville Faculty vs Stillwater Faculty
Proceeds from this year’s event will be given to
Donna Perkins
Mechanicville resident and former teacher’s aide
Elizabeth Close
Stillwater teacher
Both women are courageously battling lymphoma
There will be a snack bar, raffles, 50/50 and great fun!
Please contact Ann Gaetano for information at 466-1459.

Marchione to Hold Community Forum – April 23

Senator Kathy Marchione to hold community forum on heroin and opioid addiction on Wednesday, April 23, from 9 a.m. to noon, at Hudson Valley Community College’s BulmerTelecommunications Center (BTC) Auditorium

Senator Kathy Marchione and Task Force Chair Senator Phil Boyle, representatives from local enforcement, addiction/treatment, educators and elected officials.

Joint Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction Community Forum (free light refreshments will be provided)

Wednesday, April 23, from 9 a.m. to noon

Hudson Valley Community College’s (HVCC) Bulmer Telecommunications Center (BTC) Auditorium, 80 Vandenburgh Ave, Troy, NY 12180

Heroin and opioid abuse is on the rise in New York State and across much of the northeastern United States, leading to a rise in drug overdoses and deaths


Town of Malta Town Board Meeting Change


Please note the Monday, May 26, 2014 Malta Town Board Agenda meeting has been changed toWednesday, May 28, 2014 at 6:30pm, due to the Memorial Day holiday.

This meeting is open to the public and will be held in the Malta Town Hall, 2540 Route 9.