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Residents recall tornado that ripped through region 15 years ago today

Ed Hildreth gestures as he describes the late May afternoon in 1998 when a tornado swept through Mechanicville. Hildreth's restaurant was damaged and several houses and buildings were destroyed or heavily damaged.
Ed Hildreth gestures as he describes the late May afternoon in 1998 when a tornado swept through Mechanicville. Hildreth's restaurant was damaged and several houses and buildings were destroyed or heavily damaged.
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Steaks, sandwiches and salads were on the menu at Hildreth’s in Mechanicville on May 31, 1998. The special of the day was a tornado. “It was a busy Sunday afternoon,” said Ed Hildreth, who operates the landmark restaurant on North Main Street with his brother Pat. “Our steak broiler is on the back part of the kitchen, it’s all enclosed in glass. “As the storm was coming, I thought, ‘We’re really going to get a ...

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