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Weddings, engagements and anniversaries

Posted January 24, 2009
Engagement: Lake and Early

Dennis and Kathleen Lake of Clifton Park announce the engagement of their daughter, Casey Lake to, Benjamin Early, son of Thomas Early and Dor- een Salse of Clifton Park.
The future bride is a graduate of Shenendehowa Central School and the College of Saint Rose, where she received her bachelor’s degree in education and her master’s degree in literacy. She is a special education teacher at Shenendehowa Central School, Clifton Park.
Her fiance is a graduate of Shenendehowa Central Schools and McGill University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in biology. He received his master’s degree in education from the University at Albany. He is a science teacher at Scotia-Glenville Central Schools.
A May 2009 wedding is planned.

Romanowski- Henderson
Engagement: Romanowski and Henderson

David and Joanne Roman-owski of Rotterdam announce the engagement of their daughter, Jill Romanowski, to Michael Henderson, son of Edward Henderson of Scotia and the late Mary Ellen Henderson.
Jill is employed by Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory. Michael is employed by National Grid.
A June 2009 wedding is planned.

Engagement: Mastriani and Cavaretta

Ronald and Barbara Mastriani of Guilderland announce the engagement of their daughter Andrea Lynn Mastriani, to Jeremy Thomas Cavaretta, son of Leonard and Carol Cavaretta of Frankfort, NY. Andrea is also the granddaughter of Joseph and Gilda Giordano.
The future bride is a graduate of Guilderland Central High School and SUNY Oneonta, where she received a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and dietetics. She is a registered dietician and a pharmaceutical sales representative for Axcan Pharma US.
Her fiance is a graduate of Frankfort-Schuyler High School and Mohawk Valley Community College. He is master at arms (surface warfare specialist) in the U.S. Navy, currently stationed in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba with the Navy Expeditionary Guard Battalion. He has been in the Navy since July 2001, stationed overseas in Italy for three years and then deployed to the Middle East for Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was a member of the Visit Board Search and Seizure Team, working with special operations teams and Coast Guard boarding ships in the Mediterranean Sea, stationed at the Navy Satellite Station in Prospect Harbor, ME for three years. He mentors lower ranking petty officers, is a line coach for small arms weapons and assists in training sailors for close quarter combat. He also competed in MMA (mixed martial arts) tournaments in the U.S. and overseas.
A September 2009 wedding is planned.

Richard T. Pitts Amelia L. Bowe
Wedding: Pitts

Amelia L. Bowe and Richard T. Pitts were married September 27, 2008 at St. Mary’s Church, Ballston Spa. Father Thomas J. Kelly officiated. A reception followed at the Saratoga National Golf Club.
The bride is the daughter of Coral M. Bowe of Ballston Spa and the late Robert J. Bowe. The groom is the son of Jonathan and Kathleen Pitts of West Henrietta, NY.
Matron of honor was Kristy Moloney. Bridesmaids were Andrea Fanos and Kristin Healy.
Best men were AJ DeSantis and John Foley. Usher was Jeremy Paris.
Amelia is a graduate of Sar-atoga Central Catholic High School and the University of New Hampshire. She is a quality specialist with Aflac New York, Albany.
Her husband is a graduate of Rush-Henrietta High School and St. Bonaventure University. He is a compliance product coordinator at InfoEd International Inc., Albany.
The couple took a honeymoon trip to St. Lucia. They reside in Albany.

Kevin Nesburg Pamela Carpentier
Wedding: Nesburg

Pamela Carpentier and Kevin Nesburg were married September 27, 2008 at St. Joseph’s Church, Scotia. Father Peter Russo officiated. A reception followed at Glen Sanders Mansion, Scotia.
Bridesmaids were Megan Carpentier, Stacey Hess and Jena Pitman. Ushers were Steven Lucas, Sunny Reyna and Andrew Schook.
The bride is a graduate of Drew University, where she received her bachelor’s degree and Northwestern University, where she earned her PhD. She is a post doctoral scholar at Stanford University.
Her fiance is a graduate of Kalamazoo College. He is a consultant with OWP/P Architects in Chicago.
The couple took a wedding trip to Italy. They reside in Palo Alto, CA.

Robert Willey Amanda Balasco
Wedding: Willey

Amanda Christine Balasco and Robert George Willey were married June 28, 2008 at St. Patrick’s Church, Watervliet. Father Edward Diemeke officiated. A reception followed at Franklin Terrace Ballroom, Troy.
The bride is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. John Silvernail of Columbiaville, NY and Douglas A. Balasco of Schenectady. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Willey of Colonie.
Maid of honor was Tara Zander. Bridesmaids were Rachel Balasco, Sara Smith, Hillary Freedman, Tiffany Kelly and Tawny Wagner. Flowergirl was Liza Johnson.
Best man was Christopher Johnson. Groomsmen were Keith Taylor, William Silverman, James Chambers, Jason Horth and James Willey. Ringbearers were Thomas and Russell Silvernail.
The bride is a graduate of SUNY Oneonta. She is a membership coordinator for the New York State Restaurant Association.
Her husband is a graduate of the College of Saint Rose. He is a security instructor/assistant supervisor at SUNY Albany.
The couple took a wedding trip to the Island of Turks and Caicos in the Caribbean. They reside in Latham.

Marilyn and Donald West 60th Anniversary
Anniversary: West

Marilyn and Donald West of Guilderland, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on November 8 with a dinner party at the Stadium Golf Course in Schenectady.
They were married November 7, 1948 in St. Bernard’s Church in Cohoes.
The party was given by their children, Cindy (Lou) Caru-sone of Rotterdam, Wendy (Doug) St. Andrews of Mariaville and Janet West of Colonie. Pictures and movies were taken by family friend, Steve Forsthoffer.
The Wests are grandparents of Michelle (Mark) Gursky of San Francisco and Karen (Paul) Sokolowski of Rotterdam. They are also great-grandparents of twins, Kylie and Colin Gursky.
Donald, an Army Air Force veteran, was a metalurgical specialist at General Electric Co. for 37 years until he retired in 1988. He is a lifetime member of the Rotterdam Elks Club. Don plays golf every day and enjoys shopping and spending time with family and friends.
Marilyn, the former Marilyn Connery, retired from the pension office at General Electric Co. in 1992. She teaches exercise class at the Glenville Senior Center, was membership coordinator of the Leisure Club in Scotia and enjoys reading, working with plastic canvas and scrapbooking.

William and Helen Cameron 50th Anniversary
Anniversary: Cameron

William and Helen Cameron of Rotterdam recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on November 22 with a dinner dance attended by family and friends at the Rotterdam Elks Lodge. The party was given by their children and grandchildren.
The couple were married on November 27, 1958 at St. Adalbert’s Church, Schenectady.
Their 50th anniversary was recognized and blessed at a Mass at St. Joseph’s Church by Father Michael Hogan.
The former Helen Bobowski graduated from Scotia High School. She was an administrative assistant at GE Global Research Laboratory, retiring in 1993. Helen enjoys traveling, cooking, and her grandchildren.
Her husband is a graduate of St. Joseph’s Academy and Siena College. He served in the U.S. Navy. William was a personnel staffing specialist at Watervliet Arsenal, retiring in 1988. He enjoys traveling, gardening and spending time with his family.
Their children are Laurie Lostritto, Jane Sanderson, and Mary Rose Waters, all of Rotterdam. They have seven grandchildren, Marisa Lostritto, Christian Lostritto, Alexandra Sanderson, Angelique Sanderson, William Sanderson, Blake Waters, and Elaina Waters.


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