HOMETOWN COLUMN: Everyone is welcome

Community Media Group

September 2, 2019

By Gretta Hochsprung

FORT EDWARD — Gayle Smith pointed at the first wooden pew at St. Joseph’s in Fort Edward.

“The first pew, that was the children’s side. The girls’ side and the boys’ side,” said Smith, who has been attending the Catholic Church since birth.

She goes back to before Vatican II, when girls had to cover their heads before walking into church. She would leave school and walk down the hill to attend Stations of the Cross with a Kleenex on her head.

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