Alysa Russell Honored in Softball – by S. McBride

Alysa Russell, a 2012 graduate of Mechanicville High School now a junior at Utica College, was twice honored last week for her notable achievements in softball at a tournament in Florida.  As the shortstop for the Utica Pioneers, on March 24 she was named Empire 8 Conference Player of the Week, and the following day was honored as the ECAC Upstate Player of the Week.

Alysa, a third year player at Utica, hit for .609 in the tournament, with two home runs among her 14 hits, and also had 5 runs batted in, 7 runs scored and 5 stolen bases.

Read the entire article in the April 2nd edition.

WWII Vet Henry Marcelle Honored – by H. Wessell

BALLSTON SPA, February 24 –  He was born on the Fourth of July, and gave his life for what that date means to millions of, and now 239 years, of Americans.  On this day, he was remembered by  Saratoga County’s program  honoring its Deceased Veterans,  held every month since  1999.
  Henry A.  Marcelle – known as Rocky, as he is called to this day by his family – was born in Mechanicville on that date in 1924. He attended Mechanicville High School; and was Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 34.  He was employed at the West Virginia Pulp and Paper Company, and a member of the Church of the Assumption.

Oscar Brundige WWII Vet Remembered – by H. Wessell

BALLSTON SPA, January 20  – Since August 1999  Saratoga County has recognized over 300 residents who answered the call of duty, in monthly Deceased Veteran memorial ceremonies held by the Board of Supervisors and the County's Veterans Service Agency.

   This month's honoree was Oscar Brundige of the Town of Stillwater.

Read the entire article in the Jan. 29 issue.

Waterford Museum’s 50th Anniversary – by H. Wessell

Also Tuesday, the Board honored the Waterford Museum and Cultural Center at its 50th anniversary. Director Paul Archambault, who began his position in July, spoke and the following is taken from his remarks.\
"What we're celebrating this year is really an historic preservation story. It's not only the founding of a museum, but also of saving a house:" the 1830s Hugh White house, home of a prominent Waterford Citizen, located at 2 Museum Lane, an historic Federal style revival house that is now home to the center.

Read the entire article in the October 16th edition of the Express.

Local Veterans Honored at NYS Senate Veterans Hall of Fame

Local veterans Paul O'Keefe was honored by Senator Kathy Marchione at the NYS Senate Veterans Hall of Fame.

Read the entire article in the Sept. 18th edition of the Express.

Al Lewis Honored at Hoosic Valley School – by C. Barton


Valley Falls-Al Lewis, sponsor chair and longtime volunteer for the Hoosic Valley Athletic Association (HVAA) was surprised with the honor of having his name listed on the 2014 Hoosic Valley Boys State Championship sign that was unveiled at a Valley Cats Game this month. Lewis, has been a longtime officer of the HVAA and a fan of all school and community sports. Lewis has been involved with community sports for 44 years now as a volunteer and has worked with the he HVAA since its start in 1971. “I enjoy all the watching all the sports and seeing the kids get involved”, says Lewis.

Read the entire article in the August 28th issue of the Express.


Claeys & VonFricken Honored at MHS – by Sandy McBride


 Jesalyn Claeys and Leah Von Fricken were honored on Wednesday as the top honor graduates at Mechanicville high School for 2014.  Jesalyn, with a weighted average of 99.137 and a total of 31 college credits already earned, will be the valedictorian.  Leah, whose weighted average is 97.238 and who has earned 10 college credits, has been named salutatorian.

   High school principal Kevin Kolakowski welcomed the gathering, which included the girls’ parents and siblings along with administrators, teachers and friends, saying that “This is the fun part of what we do.  This day has been thirteen years in the making.”

   Dr. Michael McCarthy, Superintendent of Schools, told the girls’ parents, William and Mary Claeys and Ronald and Jacqueline Von Fricken, that their daughters have earned phenomenal averages, and that as parents, they should be very proud.


Read the entire article in the June 12th issue of the Express.

Mechanicville Top Six Students – by S. McBride


MECHANICVILLE - Forty-four Mechanicville Junior/Senior High School students were honored for their academic achievements recently at the annual Top Six Awards Dinner held at the Mechanicville/Stillwater Elks Lodge.  Six students in each of grades 6 through 11 were named the highest academic achievers in their respective grades, while eight seniors, overlapping the Top 6 for all four years of high school, were honored.


Read the entire article in the May 29th issue of the Express.