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Festa celebrates Schenectady church’s survival

St. Anthony’s heavily damaged in March fire

Marcia Ingles, of Ballston Lake, left, and Linda VanSchaack, of Scotia, right, dance to the Ed Salvo Band during St. Anthony's Festa in Schenectady on Friday, June 20, 2014.
Photographer: Patrick Dodson
Marcia Ingles, of Ballston Lake, left, and Linda VanSchaack, of Scotia, right, dance to the Ed Salvo Band during St. Anthony's Festa in Schenectady on Friday, June 20, 2014.
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“We’re back, and we’re stronger than ever.” Those were the words Elaine Dinardo Williams shouted proudly over the speakers at St. Anthony’s Festa on Friday evening. After the tragic fire that heavily damaged the interior of St. Anthony’s in March, those words couldn’t be truer for the church’s close-knit community. “The fire not only did significant damage to the interior of the church, but it revealed to us other things that need to be reconstructed. ...

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