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The Hawley Foundation for Children announces $100,000 available for Community Grants and Camp Awards SARATOGA COUNTY - The Hawley Foundation for Children is now accepting funding requests from local organizations that serve the needs and improve the lives of children in Saratoga County. In 2018, The Hawley Foundation awarded a total of $86,920 in Community Grants and Camp Awards to the following organizations: AIM Services, Ballston Area Community Center, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Camp Saradac - Saratoga Springs Recreation Dept, CAPTAIN Community

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Saratoga County EOC Offers Free Income Tax Assistance SARATOGA COUNTY - Trained, IRS-certified volunteers are ready to help eligible families file their taxes for free through the beginning of April at Saratoga County EOC. EOC is a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program site. Volunteers are trained and IRS-certified to help

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Home Made Theater 2019 Spring Benefit SARATOGA SPRINGS - Home Made Theater, the resident theater company of Saratoga Springs, will host their Annual Spring Benefit on Saturday, March 23rd at the Spa Little Theater in Saratoga Spa State Park. This year’s theme is “Dancing Through the Decades.” HMT invites you to a fun, flashback-filled night of food and entertainment. The fundraiser begins at 7:00 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails by Longfellows. The Spa Little Theater will be transformed into decade-themed spaces, including a 20s speakeasy, a 30s & 40s dance hall, a 50s malt shop, and a 60s, 70s,

and 80s dance floor on the stage. Plus, entertainment featuring some favorite characters from HMT’s 34 seasons. Costumes from your favorite decade are encouraged, but not required. Tickets are $75, or $40 for anyone under 40 years old. To receive a benefit invitation call HMT at 518587-4427. Reservations are limited. RSVP deadline is March 11th. To view the invitation, go to www.

The Community Hospice Serving Saratoga and Washington Counties Announces Volunteer Recruitment SARATOGA/WASHINGTON COUNTIES - The Community Hospice serving Saratoga and Washington Counties are in need of volunteers who are available to make friendly visits and to provide emotional support to Hospice patients and their families. Information sessions will be held on Monday, March 25th at 1:00 p.m. at 179 Lawrence St. Saratoga Springs, NY AND on Wednesday, March 27th at 1:00 p.m. at the Greenwich Library, 148 Main St., Greenwich, NY. A required 25-hour volunteer training will be provided at the beginning of May. Please call 518581-0800 to register.

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The big deal that clicked Area's experience echoed Amazon flap, with vastly different results ByLINE:  LARRY RULISON

MALTA - In many ways, the incentive deal that New York state offered to Amazon to build a headquarters in Long Island City was nearly identical to the package of cash and tax breaks offered to Advanced Micro Devices 12 years ago to build a computer chip factory in Saratoga County. In fact, with Amazon expected to hire 25,000 people in Queens with an average salary of $150,000, the $1.7 billion in grants and tax breaks offered by the state was a relative steal. After all, until the deal with Amazon was announced in August, the largest corporate incentive deal ever offered in New York state had been the $1.2 billion package promised to Advanced Micro Devices in 2006 to build a $3.2 billion computer chip factory at the Luther Forest Technology Campus in Malta. The AMD deal, critics wailed at the time, equated to about $1 million per job. The

Amazon deal on the other hand, was valued at $68,000 per job, about six months' pay for the workers Amazon expected to hire. Jon "Jack" Kelley, one of the key local economic development players who helped bring AMD to Saratoga County, said he was thrilled when the Amazon deal was announced back in November and had surpassed the AMD deal as the largest and perhaps most significant in state history. "I was more than happy to give up that title," said Kelley, who is now director of economic development for Prime Cos. "And I'd be glad to give it up again. Next time, let's go get it done." But no one can dispute that the AMD deal provided one of the best returns on investment for any economic development deal in recent state history -- something that will only be a 'what if' question surrounding the Amazon deal. Under the terms of the state's 2006 deal with AMD, the chip maker promised to create 1,205

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GlobalFoundries computer chip factory in Malta. The company more than doubled the announced number of potential jobs promised 12 years ago.

jobs with an average salary of $60,000. As it turned out, the AMD deal ended up being an unqualified success for the state, with more than double the number of jobs created and four times the expected capital investment. One key ingredient that helped make it a success was when AMD spun its manufacturing operations into a new company called GlobalFoundries that was infused with billions of dollars from the oil-rich emirate of Abu Dhabi. Please see AMAZON 6

Weilbaker earns shot at fourth state title move. "And I'm not really that good at sprinting," he said after winning the 3,200-meter race during the Section II qualifying meet on Sunday at SEFCU Arena on the UAlbany campus. This weekend, Weilbaker heads to Staten Island where he will compete for his fourth state championship in four track seasons. He won an outdoor and indoor 3,200-meter title last year, and a 5k cross country championship

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AROUND YOUR COMMUNITY MOREAU PARK EVENTS Mud Pond Hike at Moreau Lake State Park GANSEVOORT March 4, 2019. 1:00p.m.3:00p.m. This is a pretty flat hike. We will start off on the nature trail and head out to Mud Pond. There we will see some beaver lodges and maybe some other fun wildlife. This hike is easier, at about 3 miles round trip. Reservations are necessary with 24 hours advanced notice,

please call 518-793-0511. Fees apply. We will meet at the park office. Rating: Beginner.

Lake Bonita Hike at Moreau Lake State Park GANSEVOORT - March 5, 2019. 12:00p.m.3:00p.m. This hike has a couple ups and downs that travel around Lake Bonita. This hike is about 2+ miles and has some beautiful views of the Lake. Keep

your eyes peeled and you will see some lovely rock outcroppings and maybe some neat wildlife. Registration is required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please meet and pay at the park office. Rating: Beginner

High Rock Trail at Moreau Lake State Park GANSEVOORT March 6, 2019. 9:30a.m.-

1:30p.m. Join a park educator on this new trail. This hike will be a long one at about 6+ miles. This trail connects the Lake Ann trail to the Eastern Ridge trail. We will park in the Lake Bonita Parking lot and hike over to Lake Ann. From there we will get on the brand new High Rock trail over to the Eastern Ridge trail. We will make this a loop and head back towards the Lake Ann trail from the Eastern Ridge and take that back to Bonita, back to the parking lot. This hike isn’t too steep, however it is quite long. Please call the park

SARATOGA SPRINGS RECREATION Saratoga Springs Recreation Dept. Soccer Program SARATOGA SPRINGS Reach your goals with the Saratoga Springs Recreation Department’s Soccer program. New Adult Soccer League! Little Kickers, Big Kickers, and Soccer Leagues will run April 27-June 22. The Adult Soccer League will be held Saturdays April 27-June 22; Little Kickers is a parent/child activity that teaches soccer basics; Big Kickers reinforces skills and introduces participants to games. League play is separated into grade appropriate divisions. The Adult Soccer League is informal, but will follow FIFA laws. Visit and click Programs for additional information and to download forms. Contact the Recreation Department at (518) 587-3550 x2300 or email recreservations@ with questions.

Saratoga Springs Recreation Boxing SARATOGA SPRINGS - New Adult Boxing Clinic! Meet at the ring for the Saratoga Springs Recreation Department’s Boxing Clinic. The Youth Boxing Clinic for ages 8-15 will be March 6-April 10. The Adult Boxing Clinic for ages 18+ will be March 8-April 12. This clinic introduces participants to proper boxing technique. Visit and click Programs for additional information and to download forms. Contact the Recreation Department at (518) 587-3550 x2300 or email recreservations@saratoga-springs. org with questions.

Swing for the Fences with the Saratoga Springs Recreation Dept. SARATOGA SPRINGS - Everyone in Grades K-7 are welcome to join the Jr. Sluggers Clinic March 5-April 9. Learn the necessary skills in order

to be ready for the upcoming baseball season. Visit and click Programs for additional information and to download forms. Contact the Recreation Department at (518) 587-3550 x2300 or email recreservations@ with questions.

Saratoga Springs Recreation Dept. Tiny T-Ball Clinic SARATOGA SPRINGS - Learn baseball basics at the Tiny T-Ball Clinic, March 6-April 10. Everyone age 3-5 is welcome to participate. Visit and click Programs for additional information and to download forms. Contact the Recreation Department at (518) 587-3550 x2300 or email recreservations@ with questions.

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Camp Saradac Registration to Begin SARATOGA SPRINGS - New location! St. Clement’s School. Mark your calendars for another summer of fun at Camp Saradac! For over 70 years Camp Saradac has offered exciting field trips, creative recreational and educational programs, and intriguing arts & crafts. This summer there will also be daily trips to the East Side Rec to take advantage of the wide open outdoor spaces, playgrounds, and interactive spray fountain. Everyone

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Knee High Naturalist GANSEVOORT - March 7, 2019. 10:00a.m. AND 2:00p.m. This class is intended for children ages 1-6 and their parents/ guardians along with any siblings. We will read a short story or two based on the outdoors and then age 5-12 is welcome. Registration for City residents begins February 25th. Registration for all begins March 18th. See you this summer! Saratoga Springs Recreation Department. Contact the Recreation Department at (518) 587-3550 x2300 or email recreservations@ with questions.

go for a short hike hoping to see some cool wildlife. Registration is necessary with 24-hour advanced notice, please call 518-7930511. Please stop at the office first to pay for the event. Each child costs $1.


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Search And Rescue Volunteers Needed CAPITAL DISTRICT The Tri-State Emergency Team is recruiting volunteers to provide wildland and underwater searches within a 100 mile radius of Waterrford, NY. This includes all aspects of field and underwater search. The Tri-State Emergency Team responds when requested by NYS Forest Rangers and other Police Agencies throughout New York State, Western Vermont and Massachesettes. We are looking for certified scuba divers, experienced boat handlers, and people who enjoy hiking and the outdoors in general who wish to help people in need. The team will provide training and complete support as needed. Our headquarters is located in Waterford. Applicants need not live in Waterford to volunteer. If interested, please call 518-237-6744 or visit our website at


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Looking to diversify its economy to make it sustainable into the future, the government of Abu Dhabi has been extremely patient with its investment in GlobalFoundries, taking a long-range view that would require tens of billions of dollars in capital to succeed. As a result, GlobalFoundries didn't just beat its job creation and capital investment obligations with New York state -- it obliterated them. Since breaking ground at the Luther Forest Technology Campus in Malta in 2008, GlobalFoundries has spent $12 billion building -- and expanding -- what it now calls its Fab 8 campus. Employment at the 1.3 million-square-foot facility today is 3,000, more than double its original promise, although layoffs last year reduced that from a high water mark of about 3,500. And the average salary of workers at Fab 8 is $92,000 -- more than 50 percent higher than what had been touted back in 2006. The total amount of state subsidies that GlobalFoundries reaped from the state over a 10-year period has actually been closer to about $1.7 billion, which includes benefits earned through the Saratoga County Industrial Development Agency, which provides sales tax exemptions on the purchase of manufacturing equipment and construction materials. Similarly, the Amazon deal would have also been much larger than just the state's $1.7 billion offer. Amazon could have earned another $1.3 billion in tax breaks under two New York City incentive programs if it reached its job-creation and investment goals.

Net gain seen Multiple studies of the GlobalFoundries deal have come to the conclusion that New York and local communities have experienced a net gain on the mega-deal in terms of jobs and tax generation, despite the subsidies. Charles Wessner, a Georgetown University professor who has studied the GlobalFoundries deal and New York's semiconductor industry strategy, says that each job created at Fab 8 has an indirect effect of creating other jobs -- the so-called multiplier effect. One of the most respected models of the multiplier effect was created by University of California at Berkeley economist Enrico Moretti, who found that for every innovation job created, there are five additional jobs created in other sectors of the local economy. Using the Moretti model, Wessner says it's safe to say that Fab 8 has created 17,000 additional local jobs, from real estate agents to day care workers and convenience store clerks. Wessner cited the success of New York's investment in Fab 8 at an international development conference held in Seville, Spain back in September. He said the $360 million payroll at Fab 8 had a ripple effect throughout the Capital Region economy. "If you look at the multiplier, there is a lot of jobs created," Wessner said. "Why? Because there's a lot of money being paid to high-tech employees." Wessner's research also found that Fab 8 generated $992 million in state tax receipts between 2010 and 2016, when the annual total reached $257 million. Local tax payments and fees also reached $85 million during that period. Marty Vanags, president of the Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership,

says it's the steady, lucrative paychecks high-tech workers earn that are the hallmark of successful deals more than anything else. That income gets recirculated back into the local economy in the form of demand for new services and pumps sales tax and other revenue into the economy that creates what Vanags calls a higher "quality of place" that in turn attracts other businesses to move to the area and leads to new business startups. "The biggest impact is the impact that wage provides," Vanags said. "I call it the economic development circle of life." Continuing aftermath On Valentine's Day, Amazon made it official that it wasn't going to be participating in the circle of life in Queens, citing opposition by a small number of political leaders and activists. "For Amazon, the commitment to build a new headquarters requires positive, collaborative relationships with state and local elected officials who will be supportive over the long-term," Amazon said in its statement announcing it was terminating the deal on Feb. 14. "While polls show that 70 percent of New Yorkers support our plans and investment, a number of state and local politicians have made it clear that they oppose our presence and will not work with us to build the type of relationships that are required to go forward with the project we and many others envisioned in Long Island City." It's difficult to quantify what the long-term fallout will be for both the state and Amazon. In many ways, the collapse of the deal so early and quickly has been worse than any downside risks the deal posed to the state. New York officials said the Amazon deal, which

offered up to $3 billion in state and city subsidies, would have generated $27.5 billion in new tax revenue over a 25-year period, a nine-to-one return on the combined state and city incentive package. And the overall economic impact over that period would have been $186 billion, city and state officials said, a huge opportunity lost for the entire state, not just New York City, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. "Bringing Amazon to New York diversified our economy away from real estate and Wall Street, further cementing our status as an emerging center for tech and was an extraordinary economic win not just for Queens and New York City, but for the entire region, from Long Island to Albany's nanotech center," Cuomo said after Amazon delivered the bad news. Kelley, who worked for the Saratoga Economic Development Corp. when he helped lure AMD to New York, says the failure of the Amazon deal to transpire "really puts a black eye" on the state's business image. Kelley doesn't think it's just a political failure but also signals that perhaps Amazon's frenzied site selection process, in which more than 200 cities showered Amazon with lavish incentive deals and praise, may not have been as effective as it seemed. "I find Amazon to be at fault as much as New York state," Kelley said. "There should be some heads that roll at Amazon. It turned out to be a flawed approach. Maybe we made it look a little too easy." Kelley believes the difference between the success of the AMD deal and the failure of the Amazon deal lies in the years that he and countless others spent getting to learn about the computer chip industry and helping local communities get comfortable with the idea of having a chip fab in their

backyard. Hundreds of meetings were held over many years just to solidify local support even before any agreement with AMD. And SEDC officials had learned that they had to lay the groundwork for community support long before seeking a tenant after watching residents in North Greenbush reject plans to bring a computer chip manufacturer to the Rensselaer Technology Park back in 1999. Kelley and others learned that everyone

from local town supervisors to fire chiefs and homeowner associations had to be on board with the idea even before it became a reality. "We had the support of the community and elected officials," Kelley said. "It was at the lowest levels. That's really where economic development takes place. A lot of people think this just happened. It didn't." lrulison@timesunion­-. com - 518-454-5504 @larryrulison

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On Sunday, Weilbaker ran the 3,200 meters in 9:24, not close to the personal best of 8:59 he ran last year, and the 9:07 he ran earlier this season at the Freedom Games is the eighth-best time in the country for 2019. It is the fastest time of any runner in New York state this year. SEFCU Arena, though, notoriously produces slow times, said Saratoga distance coach Shane Zanetti. "The track here is a little tighter, and the turns are a little tighter. The times will be much faster next week," he said. "In Staten Island, the track is longer and the turns are banked slightly, so they will run faster next week than they did this week. But, all the kids do compete on the same track." Weilbaker said he won't change his routine much over the next few days heading into the state meet and that includes getting enough sleep and eating right.

"I need eight hours of sleep and I just don't feel right if I get seven. And I'm not a vegan but I do try to stay away from processed foods." he said. "Today was all about qualifying, which I did, but next week I will focus more and leave it all on the track." Zanetti said Weilbaker trains by running between 60 and 70 miles a week and "responds well to distance training." "He has been a great asset for our program," Zanetti said of Weilbaker, who will be running track at Georgetown University in the fall. "He is a silent leader and leads by example. New York is very competitive, and if you are competitive in New York, you are going to be competitive nationally. Our long distance runners are just that good." On Sunday, Weilbaker led from the starting gun to the finish line, often checking over his shoulder to see where the other runners were. "I like running out front because you get to control the race," he said.


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Hudson-Mohawk Search & Rescue is Looking for Volunteers to Join our Team

The days continue to grow with the sun rising earlier and earlier and setting later and later now. It’s funny how this lengenthing daylight stuff works. At first the sun still comes up at the same time in the morning but it starts setting a bit later each day. After a couple of months of this, the sun finally starts to rise earlier in the morning; adding length to the days at both ends. Then, Late Winter sunrise. after June 21st, the sun starts coming up later for a while before the evenings begin to shrink. Modern humans are often amazed by how the plants and animals time the various phases of their yearly cycles without the benefit of clocks or calendars. When you take into account all the clues that the sun, moon and climate provide them, its not amazing at all. What is amazing is how thoroughly modern humans have insulated Hibiscus. themselves from the natural world that we barely notice these annual benchmarks at all. It’s a good thing that the plants and animals are still in touch with things or we’d all be very hungry indeed! I was asked recently about a problem someone was having with her tropical hibiscus. It was purchased in mid-summer. At that time it was covered with beautiful flowers and continued to flower right into October. When it was brought inside the flowers stopped coming and eventually the leaves started to fall off. The owner claimed that she was still watering it the same and had fed it regularly but, at this point, it had lost nearly all of its leaves. Flower buds would still appear but would fall off before they opened. What went wrong? Although the tropical hibiscus in question is a tropical plant, it still responds to the shorter days of winter this far north. During the warm days of summer it will perform as vigorously as it would in Hawaii. In summer, it will need food every other week and may need to be watered two or three times a week since this is a time of heavy growth. As the daylight dwindles, and especially when the hibiscus is brought into the house, it will enter a dormant or resting phase. This dormant phase isn’t as radical as that of the trees outside but, it will result in some leaf drop and diminished flowering. When the hibiscus is brought inside, feeding should be discontinued and watering cut to a minimum. The owner of the hibiscus in question failed to cut back on the water and continued to feed it. I told her to let it dry out longer and water only enough to keep it alive; possibly as little as once every two weeks. The hibiscus shouldm\n’t be fed at all until signs of new growth appear in response to longer days; generally sometime in March. Even then dilute the food to ¼ strength until it goes back outside for the summer. Thanks for the read.

CAPITAL DISTRICT If you enjoy being outdoors in the wilderness, working with others to help people, follow directions well and have a willingness to learn, then our SAR team might be for you! Prior knowledge is helpful, but definitely not required as we provide the training. Check out our website at: for more information.

The Mother Teresa Cancer Awareness Fund Gala SARATOGA SPRINGS The Mother Teresa Cancer Awareness Fund will be hosting a gala on March 22, 2019 at Longfellows In Saratoga, from 7pm - 10pm. This non profit was founded by a cancer survivor in order to provide financial assistance to others who are diagnosed with cancer. Tickets can be purchased online at Eventbrite or on the MTCAF Facebook page; the event is listed under A Night of Hope Under the Stars. There will be a live auction, led by LeGrande Serra, a silent auction, raffles, and so much more. Music will be provided by Nick from Maddalone Entertainment, who will also be your host for the evening. Hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be available for your enjoyment. Donations for the raffles are still being accepted, and are very much appreciated. If you have any questions, please contact Linda Mackanesi at 518 222-3129.

Call for Artists BALLSTON SPA Submit your work for the inaugural juried show of the Ballston Spa Public Li-

brary’s “Art in the Library” Exhibit Series, “A Road Less Traveled: Landscapes Through Life” Artists, in and around Ballston Spa, are welcome to enter. This is a juried show of 2 dimensional work, including: oil and acrylic paintings, watercolors, drawings and works on paper and mixed media. Photography and digital imagery are not being accepted into this show. All works must be framed. Works on paper must be under glass or plexiglass. No works over 24 inches by 32 inches in size. All works must have age appropriate, family friendly imagery. No exceptions. There’s no entry fee. Works must be for sale and 25% of sale price will go to the library. Prizes: Grand Prize $200; 1st Place Oil/Acrylic Painting - $150; 1st Place Works on Paper - $150; 2nd Place Any Medium - $100; 3rd Place Any Medium$50. Calendar: Submission Deadline - March 29th; Notification - April 16th; Drop off May 7-11th, 10am5pm; Reception May 18th, 1pm-3pm; Show Ends/Pick up artwork - June 18th. Applications can be found at BSPL.SALS.EDU For more information email BSPL12020@gmail. com or call the Ballston Spa Public Library, 21 Milton Ave., Ballston Spa, NY, 12020.

Vocal Scholarship Competition CAPITAL DISTRICT The Burnt Hills Oratorio Society (BHOS) under the direction of Dr. William Jon Gray, will hold its 22nd annual vocal scholarship competition for high school seniors. Two scholarships will be awarded to the top two competitors along with an opportunity to sing in a BHOS concert. Applicants need not plan a career in music, but the scholarships are intended to facilitate the continued

study of singing in college. This year’s audition will be held on Sunday, March 31 at the Calvary Episcopal Church in Burnt Hills. Details and applications can be found a award/ The deadline for applicants is March 1.

AARP/Taxaide Services SARATOGA COUNTY - The AARP TaxAide program will be providing free tax preparation services for low and moderate income residents in Saratoga, Washington and Warren Counties. The AARP/TaxAide program is sponsored by the AARP Foundation in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service-IRS. AARP/ TaxAide counselors are volunteers who are trained in state and federal tax regulations, and are certified by the IRS to provide tax preparation services. Tax preparation services will be available through April 15. To find the location nearest you, go to findtaxhelp. Then call the listed phone number to schedule an appointment. If you do not have access to the internet, call 1-888227-7669 for assistance.

Vendors Needed for Spring Into Summer Malta Marketplace CAPITAL DISTRICT - The Malta Department of Parks and Recreation is announcing the date for their Spring Into Summer Malta Marketplace as Saturday, June 1, 2019 from 9:00am3:00pm. Vendors selling art, handcrafts, seasonal products and more are being sought for this lovely indoor/ outdoor market at the Malta Community Center, 1 Bayberry Drive in Malta. Outdoor space fee is $40 each and indoor space fee is $50 each . Call 518-899-4411 or visit www. for a show application.

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