Thanksgiving Food Drive – By Sandy McBride






The devastation wrought over the past week by Hurricane Sandy in New York City and coastal areas from the Carolinas to Cape Cod has once again driven home to us how fragile life is and how much we depend on helping hands from our fellow man when Mother Nature or other circumstances throw challenges at us that we cannot overcome alone.

Here in our small town world, it seems that we can always count on our neighbors to reach out their helping hands whenever we need them.  And with Thanksgiving right around the corner, now is the time for all of us to offer whatever help we can provide.


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A Veterans’ Day to Remember by Sandy McBride

Veterans Day, 2012.  What a heritage the United States of America has to celebrate!  On November 11, we recognize and we honor the men and women who have served and who are serving today in our Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard and National Guard.

Our nation has endured wars and military actions at home and abroad for the better part of three centuries, going back to the days before we were actually a nation.  In the face of tyranny, oppression, aggression, insurrection and terrorism, we have always been able to count on our nation’s military forces.  They do the job.  They train, they travel, they sacrifice and they support.


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Mrs. Mary Vaccarella Cavotta – 101

MECHANICVILLE – Mrs. Mary Vaccarella Cavotta, 101, died Tuesday, Nov. 6th at Maplewood Manor, Ballston Spa, following a brief illness.

Born in New York City, June 29, 1911, daughter of the late John and Josephine Cimo Vaccarella moved with her family to Mechanicville when she was 12 years old.  She was a 1930 graduate ofMechanicville High School and a 1933 graduate of St. Mary’s School of Nursing, receiving her Registered Nurses license.  She nursed at St. Mary’s Hospital for 7 years, and then began raising her family.  She assisted her husband’s dental practice in Mechanicville for a number of years.

She was a charter member of the former Sons of Italy Senior Dante Club, was a longtime member of the WIBC bowling league and was a communicant of Assumption-St. Paul Church and the church’s Rosary Altar Society.

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F. David Waters – 61

STILLWATER – F. David Waters, 61, of Dorchester Drive, died Tuesday morning, Nov. 6th at St. Peter’s Hospice, Albany, in the loving company of his family.

Born in Troy, June 22, 1951, son of the late Fred and Elsie Shampine Waters, Dave was a 1969 graduate of Hoosic Valley Central School.

Dave was currently employed by WSWHE Boces in Saratoga Springs for the last 5 years, as the Director of Facilities.  He loved his job and enjoyed going to work everyday.  Previously he was facilities director for the Stillwater Central School District for 10 years, and had also worked for Blanchard Industrial Supply of Troy.


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Saverio D. “Sam” Spano – 65

Saverio D. “Sam” Spano, 65, of River Road, Hemstreet Park, died Saturday morning, Nov. 3rd,  atAlbany Medical Center, after a brief illness.

Born in Watertown, NY, April 13, 1947, he was the son of late Philip and Carmella Amedeo Spano, and was a 1965 graduate of Watertown High School.


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