BALLSTON SPA — A tribute to late Center for HOPE co-founder Doug Lyall, who will be honored during a special remembrance ceremony at New York State Missing Persons Day in Albany on Saturday, April 9, 2016, is but one of the many chapters in a new book by local author Ann Hauprich.
“The Prayer Lines Behind the Bylines” includes never-before-published Lyall family photos taken prior to the still unsolved 1998 disappearance of then-19-year-old youngest daughter Suzanne, as well as a recent portrait of mother Mary Lyall at Suzanne’s Playground in the Town of Milton.
Other chapters reveal stories behind some of the stories written by Hauprich, a 1971 graduate of Ballston Spa High School and a 1976 graduate of Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario, during her four decades as a journalist.
Among the many souls whose lives and legacies are celebrated within the covers of the 134-page limited first edition are retired village educator Stephen Toussaint (“When the student is ready, the teacher will reappear”), St. Mary’s parishioner Josie Uhlinger (“Her prayer line is never too busy to take another call”) and reflections on “The softer side of Andy Rooney.”
The book concludes with a behind-the-scenes look at a forthcoming film project that is based upon the true story of the courageous grandmother of Ballston Spa natives Lora Lee and Tom Ecobelli.
Copies of “The Prayer Lines Behind the Bylines” are available for $15 at O’Brien Pharmacy on Front Street in Ballston Spa. An expanded second edition of the title will follow in the summer of 2016 to be followed later this year by “Mornings With Morley.” Devoted to the late Maurice “Christopher” Morley, in whose name literacy awards are presented annually by the Ballston Spa Central School District, “Mornings With Morley” will also showcase a special salute to VFW Post 358 in Ballston Spa.