New Life in Galway, Fall 2018 is online! Print copy is coming!


This is a special edition about two Indian raids in the boundary of the present day Galway School District during the American Revolution: The story of the Gonzalez tragedy in 1782 and the alleged attack of the Scottish settlement here in 1780.

A little sleuthing had to be done to work through a few of the differing details of the accounts of the Gonzales raid, and to ponder why only one account survives of the 1780 raid. Hopefully, by reading these articles you will get a better feel of life in Galway on the New York frontier in the 1780s. The Gonzales story is a fascinating account of death, captivity, and courage.

Though this edition looks at life in Galway from a settler’s perspective, from a Native American’s eyes, the Mohawks and other American Indians of the Five Nations (Six, when the Tuscarora’s were added), a different picture emerges. Over time, they were swindled out of their choice hunting ground. Saratoga County was a paradise of streams and lakes, abundant game and fish, and  mineral waters (healing waters to them) of Saratoga and Ballston Spa.

As you read these accounts, please know this, the American Indian has a special place in my heart. Before coming to Galway as the pastor of the Bible Baptist Church of Galway, I was originally ordained and sent to work with the Seneca and Tuscarora Indians upon graduation from college.

Martha & Hootie

Photo: Martha and Hootie (a Seneca Indian): Martha along with other college classmates helped with a youth ministry in the Summer of 1975 on the reservation. We were going fishing and Martha didn’t want her photo taken in my hip-waders. So, Hootie helped me capture the moment. 🙂

As you read this issue and step back in time, may you identify with others, settler and Indian alike, some of whom lost everything in those turbulent times that brought about the founding of our nation.

Wayne R. Brandow

To go to the issue, please click here 27 – Life in Galway, Fall 2018, Issue Twenty-Seven






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Fall & Winter 2017 Edition is now out!

Dusty and Arlene

The new Life in Galway  is now out featuring Dusty and Arlene Rhodes along with an article upon the Galway Volunteer Fire Company’s Explorer Post, which introduces teens to fire-fighting.  You can read it on-line at 26 – Life in Galway, Fall -Winter 2017, Issue Twenty-Six

Hard copies are presently available at the Post Office, bank, Village Home and Garden, Stewarts (both north and south of the village), the library, the laundry mat, and Justin’s Pizza as well as the Bible Baptist Church of Galway.

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Life in Galway, Summer Issue # 25 is now on line!


A new issue of Life in Galway  is now at the printer and will be out in the Galway Community next week. However, it can be seen on line . Just click here. 25 – Life in Galway, Summer 2017, Issue Twenty-Five

Ted Lovelass the friendly grocer of Galway Market is being featured. Though, Ted closed the market in 2016 due to health issues, he made a significant impact upon our community in the nearly 40 years that he ran Galway Market. It was a family business with his wife, Diane, and their two children, Kevin and Jennifer working alongside Ted, plus a host of others from the Galway community that he employed over the years. In interviewing Ted, I discovered that not only was he in the Lions Club, but he served as president of the Galway chapter.  A great lover of sports, he is now enjoying his grandsons’ passion and skill in playing golf for Galway High School. You are going to enjoy this article!

A second article concerns what I have learned in 40 years of ministry as the Pastor of the Bible Baptist Church of Galway. Now that I’m retired from the Post Office after 30 years working there, and now coming to the milestone of my 40th anniversary of being the pastor of the Baptist Church in Galway, this article provided me with an opportunity to reflect about what I have learned and truly believe about being a pastor, living the Christian life, the Bible, God, myself, and what God has done for us.

If you’d like to find out how this pastor views life, it can’t help but come out in this article. Of course every writer or speaker conveys much about themselves by merely opening their mouth or with every written piece. If you wish to remain an enigma to others, say nothing. If you don’t say a word, nobody knows what you are thinking. As Christ taught, words [spoken or written] are the overflow of a person’s  heart.

I hope you enjoy this issue.



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After a Year’s Break – “Life in Galway” Is Once More in Circulation

Spring in Galway


A lot has changed over the past year. Chuck’s and Galway Market closed, a new firehouse was built, and for a whole year I was not at the keyboard typing out my observations of the good that  see in the people and organizations of Galway.

I had to take a breather to get things ready for retirement. On May 1st, I enjoyed my first day of retirement from the Post Office after 30 years. In once sense, I’m not retired at all. I still am the pastor of the Bible Baptist Church which leaves plenty of work to do and I am going to be able to devote more time to it, which means more time for the community of Galway at large and not just the church.

With Chuck’s and Galway Market closed, I lost two great distribution points for Life in Galway. Copies just flew out of those places! However, other locations have opened up to make it available (Cock n’ Bull, Justin’s Pizza, Village Pizzeria, laundry mat, liquor store next to Justin’s, Galway Town Hall, Early Birds,  and golf course), as well as the old standby’s such as the bank, the Post Office, and Village Home and Garden.

I hope you enjoy this edition. It features two Galway residents, Florence Reedy and Michael Claypool, as well as the proposed new building for the library.

The next issue (# 25 – Summer 2017) should be out in August.

I’m grateful for all the readers who kept asking if they’d ever see a Life in Galway again. Well, here it is!


Wayne R. Brandow, editor and writer

Just click this link.  24 – Life in Galway, Spring 2017, Issue Twenty-Four

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scan0013There will be a western themed VBS at the Bible Baptist Church of Galway, Mon-Fri, Aug 10-14th from 10-11:30 AM each day. (Registration on Monday, at 9:30 AM or on-line below) YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS OUT! To see photos of our past Wetern themed VBS in 2002 click VBS Preview for internet

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New Bible Study in Galway this Summer

Wayne and MarthaWEEK DAY MORNING HOME BIBLE STUDY – Starting, Wednesday, July 15th, 10-11:30 AM

Hosts: Wayne & Martha Brandow at 2076 East Street, Galway, NY. Extra parking at the Baptist Church! For flyer Home Bible Study Flyer – Summer 2015

Mark your calendars and be sure and come!

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Life in Galway’ s 20th Edition, Five Full Years and Still Going Strong!

The Spring 2015 edition of Life in Galway is now online and being distributed through, Galway Market, Chucks, Village Home and Garden,  Galway post Office, the Galway branch of the Ballston Spa National Bank, and the Bible Baptist Church of Galway. There are only 750 copies out there so pick them up while you can.

In this issue: Eva Hoffman, Still young at Heart and Celebrating 100 Years!; Galway Village’s Mayor Hyde (w/ a Country western song about Galway); What Is So Special about Easter?; and Kid’s Round Up (A Western Themed VBS) Coming August 10-14th at the Baptist Church.

To access this issue on line, click “PDF Files of Each issue” on the menu bar and scroll down to Spring 2015.

I hope you enjoy Life in Galway as much as I enjoy writing it.IMG_3131 - Copy

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