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Did You Receive an IRS Notice About Changes to Your Tax Return? CAPITAL DISTRICT The IRS has been sending “math error” notices to taxpayers. The notices list changes the IRS has made to the amount the taxpayers owe in tax or how much they will receive as a refund. If you receive this type of notice, it does not necessarily mean there was a math or computational error on your return. There are time limits to act if you think the notice is incorrect. So far this year, the IRS has sent about 11 million math error notices. This is many times more than in past years. The IRS sent most of these notices to taxpayers who filed a return seeking the Recovery Rebate Credit. Taxpayers claimed this Credit on their tax return if they did not receive the full amount

of the Covid-19 economic stimulus payments they believed they were entitled to. The IRS used these notices to advise taxpayers that it believed they were wrong and that all or part of their Recovery Rebate Credit was not allowed. If you receive a math error notice and do not agree with it, you have sixty days from the date on the notice to contact the IRS and let them know you disagree. The phone number to contact the IRS is provided in the notice. There are still limited things you can do even if you miss the deadline. Some math error notices the IRS sent taxpayers in early 2021 did not have any information about the sixty-day deadline. The IRS is therefore correcting that problem by issuing new math error notices that give the taxpayer a new sixty-day period to object. Please be aware that the notices may not say “math error” on them. If you have questions

about this or other income tax issues, the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York’s Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) may be able to help. The Clinic’s services are free of charge. You can call the LASNNY Legal Line at (833) 628-0087 and ask for our LITC. The Clinic does not generally provide tax preparation services.

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After The Fire’s Monthly Meeting Volunteers Needed SARATOGA COUNTY - Masks And Social Distancing Required After the Fire’s monthly meeting will be Tuesday, September 28th at 7 PM at Hillcrest Fire Department, 145 Pruyn Hill Rd., Mechanicville. After the Fire is a non-profit organization that helps Saratoga County Residents who have suffered a loss due to fire. Families are provided with gift cards, a night’s stay at a participating hotel/motel, Red Cross referral, informational material, emotional support. etc. Meetings are held on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 7PM. Anyone interested in learning more about After the Fire, or becoming a member, may attend a meeting, visit us on Facebook at www. afterthefire.org, or leave a message on voicemail at 518-435-4571.

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GOP ignores Saratoga Springs debate invites Conservative group's leader says League of Women Voters biased ByLINE:  WENDY LIBERATORE

SARATOGA SPRINGS - Only one of the city's seven Republican candidates has responded to the nonprofit's request to participate in voter forums. Co-chair of the League of Women Voters' Voter Services Committee Charlotte Druschel said that with the exception of incumbent Commissioner of Public Works Anthony "Skip" Scirocco, all other Republican candidates have missed her Sept. 9 deadline to schedule forums. The events are an October tradition leading up to November's elections that are meant to educate voters on issues and candidate positions. Thus far, Druschel said she only heard from Scirocco, Democratic and the independent candidates.

"Obviously, this is of concern," Druschel said. "What we tried to do in the forums is have all the candidates who are running there, so they all answer the same questions and the voters can decide. ... If you don't get all the candidates that kind of defeats the purpose." Enthusiasm for the League's forums appeared to diminish after the Upstate Conservative Coalition did some research on the organization's membership, finding that most of its members are Democrats. The UCC shared its research with some people associated with Republicans, and their response, according to UCC Political Director David Buchyn, was "holy mackerel!" "The League of Women Voters claims to be a neutral bipartisan organization," Buchyn said. "They are anything but. Their advocacy for left-wing causes is well-known. Locally, their organization consists of 95-plus percent Democrats. They are not a diverse organization. They

are biased against conservative causes as can be seen by public advocacy." Locally, the Saratoga County League has advocated for charter change in the city. Under the group's current charter, its legislative and executive branches are one. It also hosts voter registration drives and talks on democracy. The League has never endorsed a candidate or a party, Druschel said, Republican Committee Chair Chris Obstarczyk did not respond to a Times Union request for comment on why GOP candidates are balking at forums. Nor did GOP chairs in Malta and Milton, where Druschel has only heard from Democrats and independent candidates who are willing to participate in forums. GOP committee chairs Ted Willette in Malta and David Karpinski in Milton have also not returned phone calls on the matter. The Republican rejection of the league's Please see FORUMS 18

Coalition presses to link bike lanes Organizations ask council to connect as singular network ByLINE:  WENDY LIBERATORE

SARATOGA SPRINGS - There is a sign on Excelsior Avenue that Ed Lindner wants to see removed. "Bike lane ends." But uprooting the sign means the city will have to fulfill the promise of its Complete Streets Plan -- a continuous loop of bike lanes in and around the city. Thus on Tuesday, his group, Bikeatoga, with a coalition of the city's most prominent businesses, organizations and nonprofits, will present a joint resolution to the City Council, asking leaders to commit to making room for the bike lanes within the next three years, linking and expanding the current strips of disjoined byways. "We do have bike lanes, but what we need to do is connect them into a network so we can ride ... and have a safe transportation all along the trip," said Lindner,

who is the advocacy chair of Bikeatoga. "We would like to raise the profile and elevate it in terms of the city's priorities." The yet-to-be realized Complete Streets Plan is something city leaders have discussed since 2012, adopting a formal 202-page outline in 2016. In addition to bike lanes, it includes access to pedestrian walkways, trails and public transportation with an eye toward being compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. It's something, Linder said, many Saratogians want. "Cycling cuts across a lot of communities," Lindner said. "It promotes a healthy lifestyle, so the (Saratoga) hospital and (Saratoga Regional) Y(MCA) want bike lanes to see people out there getting exercise. It's certainly part of the city's sustainability commitment. The (Saratoga Springs Public) library, Sustainable Saratoga, Saratoga PLAN are always looking for ways to make Saratoga a greener city." He also said lanes are key for those who don't have a car and must ride to work or

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COPS, COURTS AND FIRE CALLS Man faces drug and weapon charges ALBANY -- A 29-yearold city man was arrested Thursday on Sherman Street while holding cocaine in both of his hands and carrying a bag with a 9mm pistol in it, city police said Friday. The man was arrested at 10:45 a.m. Thursday in the 200 Block of Sherman Street between Robin Street and North Lake Avenue. The arrest was made following an investigation by detectives from the Albany Police Department's Community Response Unit, police said in a news release. He was charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and seventh-degree possession of a controlled substance. The man was also

arrested on an Albany City Criminal Court bench warrant issued April 23 for failure to appear on previous arrests. He was arraigned in Albany Criminal Court and sent to the Albany County Jail. Kenneth C. Crowe II

Teen charged in July gunfire case ALBANY -- An 18-yearold city man was charged Friday in connection with a shots fired incident in July on Orange Street, police said. The man was charged with first-degree reckless endangerment and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon related to a report of shots fired at 11:40 p.m. July 26 in the vicinity of Orange and Robin streets. Responding officers found evidence consistent with gunshots. No injuries were reported at the time. The suspect was arraigned in Albany City Criminal Court Friday. Kenneth C. Crowe II

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ALBANY -- A man was being treated for a gunshot wound to the leg Friday morning, police said. Staff at Albany Medical Center Hospital called police at 2:20 a.m. after a 46-year-old victim arrived with a gunshot wound to the leg. Police said they determined the man was shot while he was on Quail Street between Bradford and West streets. His injuries are not considered life-threatening. The shooting happened just hours after another man was shot in the leg Thursday night. Officers found a 53-year-old man wounded at 8:30 p.m. in the vicinity of Sherman and Robin streets. Police said the man was treated at the scene by emergency medics and then taken to the Albany Med with "non-life-threatening injuries." Mike Goodwin

An Albany man was arrested in Newburgh Tuesday night after State Police said they found he had cocaine and a stolen, loaded pistol during a traffic stop. A State Police news release said troopers pulled over the 38-year-old man around 10:25 p.m. on I-87 in Newburgh for "multiple vehicle and traffic violations." The troopers established probable cause to search the man's vehicle, which led them to discover approximately 31 grams of cocaine, a Smith and Wesson M&P pistol loaded with seven rounds of ammunition and extra ammunition in a bag, according to the news release. The news release did not say how the troopers were able to establish probable cause. Police said they learned the gun was stolen through further investigation and confirmed it with the Lamar County Sheriff's Office in Barnesville, Ga. Troopers arrested the man and transported him

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Tour Belgium and Holland with Saratoga Arts CAPITAL DISTRICT - In April, just as spring begins, leave your daily routine behind and join Saratoga Arts in an art and history-filled visit to Belgium and Holland April 20-29, 2022. We will stay in Brussels and Amsterdam with excursions to nearby treasures and plan to taste as many gourmet chocolates as ten days permit. We will waffle or way through Belgium, learn about the history and magic of the medieval Belgian tapestries, travel to Bruges, Delft and Amsterdam for romantic waterways, revel in the beauty of the Dutch Masters and Van Gogh, and admire the colorful blooms of the seven million bulb flowers of the Keukenhof Gardens. Give yourself a chance to escape just for a while among the cultural and historical experiences of this small group tour. To receive a detailed itinerary, contact: goedventures@gmail.com.

It’s Always Time to Join Scouts! SARATOGA SPRINGS - Summer may be ending soon, but the Scouting year never ends. From a July Bike Rodeo to racing cars at a January Pinewood Derby, elementary grade Cub Scouts have yearround fun with friends while learning a wide range of skills. Young men and women in our Scouts BSA Troops also enjoy year-round experiences, both indoors and outdoors, throughout their middle school and high school years. We have a number of active Packs and Troops in our area. To learn more about a unit near you, visit beascout.org or contact John Koch (saratogascouter@kochny.com) for more information. Adventure Awaits – start your Scouting journey!

Community Caregivers’ Lunchtime Chat Schedule CAPITAL DISTRICT September 2021 - All are welcome! Please dial-in to hear about interesting topics – it’s free and easy to join! Simply call 518-9926661. Or let us know if you want us to dial you in! Friday, Sept. 24. 1 pm - The Life of Jane Goodall and Her Work to Save the Chimpanzees Tuesday, Sept. 28. 1 pm - The Amazing Adventures of Mark Twain Friday, October 1. 1 pm - Five Rivers Environmental Center: A Local Gem - Carolyn Dunn, Development and Outreach Coordinator And Friends of Five Rivers, Inc.

Capital Region Social Happenings September Concert Series Announced CAPITAL DISTRICT - Email: CapRegSocialHappenings@gmail. com - Facebook: Capital Region Social Happenings -- @CapitalRegionSocial Open to the public at large. CDC & COVID compliant. Masks required on everyone. Inside seating is limited; outside seating is unlimited. $12 pp and that includes beverages and snacks. Plenty of free parking. Handicap accessible. Call 518-452-6883 for more information. Location in Colonie: 435 New Karner Road (Hanover Square Offices and Apts.) at “Hill” door. Friday Night – September 24: EDD T. “The Human Jukebox” CLIFFORD will be performing on our stage. He has been named “The Man of 40 Voices”. He recreates the music that you heard on the jukebox years ago. This is guaranteed to be an enjoyable evening. Performance starts at 7 pm.

Home Made Theater Presents “Almost, Maine” SARATOGA SPRINGS Written by playwright and Tony-Award nominated actor John Cariani, and directed by Michael McDermott, Almost, Maine will have a limited, seven performance engagement at Saratoga Arts, 320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Performances will be September 24, 25, October 1, 2 at 8:00pm and September 26, October 2 and 3 at 2:00pm. Single tickets, plus information and subscriptions to Home Made Theater’s entire 2021-2022 season are available on their website, www.HomeMadeTheater. org, or by calling (518) 587-4427 during regular business hours. For more information about Home Made Theater, you can visit the group’s website, www.HomeMadeTheater.org, the company’s Facebook page, or contact the General Manager, Eric Rudy, at eric@homemadetheater.org.

Home Made Theater Announces a Change of Venue for the 2021 and 2022 Performance Season SARATOGA SPRINGS - Home Made Theater, the popular Saratoga Springs community theater company, announces an exciting change of venue for the 2021-2022 season. Beginning with the upcoming production of Almost, Maine, opening on September 24th, all performances will be held at Saratoga Arts in the Dee Sarno Theater located at 320 Broadway in Saratoga. Home Made Theater has had a long and loyal run at the Spa Little Theater in the State Park. Since the beautiful and historic landmark became its home stage in 1986, Home Made

Theater has performed nearly 200 productions at Spa Little Theater. However, the age of the building presents COVIDera challenges that cannot be overcome in time to ensure that patrons, casts, crew, and volunteers are kept safe. The pandemic has created many obstacles for the arts over the past eighteen months. Pivoting and innovating is critical

to Home Made Theater’s commitment of continuing to bring community theater to the community. While COVID has presented hardships, it has also fostered changes that encourage collaboration and celebration. Home Made Theater will stage five performances in the Dee Sarno Theater at Saratoga Arts between September 24th, 2021, and June 19th, 2022.

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Exclusive Members-Only Tour of Saratoga Race Course Presented by the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation SARATOGA SPRINGS Join the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation on Tuesday, September 24, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. for an exclusive Members-Only Tour of the Saratoga Race Course. Executive Director Samantha Bosshart will lead a tour of the rich history and architecture of not only the front side of the track, but also the backside, the areas not everyone is able to see. Guests will travel by tram, compliments of the New York Racing Association, to see the buildings that the public is most familiar with – the Grandstand, Clubhouse, Saddling Shed, and the 1863 Club – as well as the areas that public

does not often have access to – such as Horse Haven, Millionaire’s Row, and Clare Court – which are not normally included in the Foundation’s walking tour of the track. The Members-Only Tour of the Saratoga Race Course will be limited to 30. Tickets must be purchased in advance and cost $35. If you are not a current member of the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation, one can easily become one. Membership levels start at $35 with increased benefits at higher levels. If you are unable to attend the tour and you want to learn more about the development of the Saratoga Race Course, you can purchase the second edition of “The Spa: Saratoga’s Legendary Race Course” by Paul Roberts and Isabelle Taylor which provides a wonderful overview of the evolution of the track and its architecture with historic images. The book is also available at

the Foundation office at 112 Spring Street, Suite 203 as well as Impressions of Saratoga, Northshire Bookstore, or the National Museum of Racing & Hall of Fame Gift Shop. Purchase tickets, membership if needed, and the book online at www.saratogapreservation.org or by calling (518) 587-5030. This unique opportunity will sell out quickly so do not wait to reserve a seat on the tour.

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The 19th Annual “The Way We Were” Car Show is Back in October! BALLSTON SPA - The Ballston Spa Business & Professional Association (BSBPA) is pleased to announce plans for the 19th Annual “The Way We Were” Car Show to be held Sunday, October 10, 2021 from 9:00 am- 4:00 pm on Front Street in Ballston Spa. The rain date will be October 17. The car show is a judged event and several trophies will be awarded, including Best of Show, Mayor’s Choice, Best Engine, Best Paint, Best Stock, Oldest Vehicle plus the top 3 in specified categories. Judging begins at 9 am with trophies awarded at 3:30 pm. The event is free to spectators. Exhibitors can pre-register by September 30, 2021 for $15 per car or $20 the day of show. All proceeds will benefit BSBPA community activities. Dash plaques will be given to the first 400 cars registered and the first 200 cars registered will receive car show goodie bags. Pre-registration can be completed online at www. ballston.org. A printable, mail in registration form is also available on the website. Sponsorship and vendor opportunities for the event can be found at ballston.org. For more information, contact the Car Show committee at bspacarshow@ ballston.org or the BSBPA at 518 885-2772, info@ ballston.org.


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SARATOGA COUNTY Saratoga County 4-H will be hosting a Fishing Derby for youth of military families on Saturday, September 25th from 10:00am2:00pm The FREE event will take place at the 4-H Training Center on Middleline Rd. in Ballston Spa. Youth participants will receive a free fishing pole, and youth and families will receive tee-shirts. Lunch will also be provided to all participants. “4-H has a long tradition of working with military families. The “Operation Military Kids” program when it existed was a great program. These families sacrifice so much for us, and any little thing that we can do in return for them is special”…said 4-H Issue Leader, Greg Stevens. This event is put on with support from the New York State Conservation Officer Association, Avery’s Trout Hatchery, and Wiggly Worm Bait Supply. Space is limited to 50 youth plus their families. You must pre-register! Please come out and enjoy a day of fishing and fun at the 4-H Training Center. If you have any questions or to register, please contact the 4-H at CCE Saratoga at 518-885-8995.

are scheduled for Thursday, September 30th from noon to 3:00pm and Saturday, October 2nd from noon to 3:00pm with local artist Page Darrow. This program is appropriate for participants older than 13. Workshop size is limited to 12 participants. All supplies will be provided but if you prefer to use your own supplies, you can bring them. This is a free program. Saratoga Arts made this program possible with a Community Arts Grant funded by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Registration is required by September 25th. Space is limited. For more information or to register for the program, please contact the Preserve & Park office at 518450-0321 or via email at info@wiltonpreserve.org. Please provide your name, phone number, email address and the number of people within your party. Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park is a non-profit organization whose mission is to conserve ecological systems and natural settings while providing opportunities for environmental education and outdoor recreation.

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SARATOGA SPRINGS - Tickets are now available to this year’s “Art with Heart & Hope” at Universal Preservation Hall. Now in its third year, “Art with Heart & Hope” is a pop-up exhibition, fundraiser, and celebration of patients and caregivers who channel complex feelings into expressive creations, using their craft to cope with the many challenges of life with illness or disability. “Art with Heart & Hope” combines the healing

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power of art with the equally powerful component of storytelling. Works are displayed alongside written statements from the artists, who share the ways art helps them move beyond their personal battles with illness or disability. It is an evening full of inspiration, awareness, and community partnered with food, drink, live music, and lots of exciting raffles. This year’s major sponsors include Fingerpaint, Times Union, and Vanahian & Associates Financial Planning Inc. The event will take place on Thursday, October 28, 2021 from 5:30 to 8:30 PM at the newly renovated Universal Preservation Hall in Saratoga Springs. Tickets can be purchased online at BeyondMyBattle.org/ tickets for $48 or at the door for $50. All proceeds benefit Beyond My Battle, a Saratoga-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit helping people reduce the stress of serious illness, rare disease, and disability. To learn more about BMB, visit BeyondMyBattle.org.

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Autumn Sunday Strolls SARATOGA SPRINGS - Autumn Sunday Strolls include tours of mail-order houses of the east side on October 3, the return of Pups for Preservation on October 17 where dogs and their humans stroll North Broadway, and the Gut neighborhood on October 24. All Sunday morning tours last approximately 90 minutes and require walking and standing on varied terrain. The cost per tour is $15 for SSPF members and $20 for non-members. Tours are limited to 30 people and tickets must be purchased in advance. Members who have received complimentary Stroll passes should contact the Foundation directly to reserve their ticket. In addition to the Autumn Strolls, the Foundation will be offering bike tours of the Saratoga Spa State Park on Sunday, September 26 and

Saturday, October 9. Bike tours last approximately three hours, attendees must bring or rent their bike, and space is limited. The Foundation is also hosting its popular Twilight Cemetery Tour “Madness, Murder, Untimely Deaths, and Strange Coincidences,” on Thursday, October 21 at 5PM which provides a rare opportunity to get in the spooky Halloween spirit by exploring Greenridge Cemetery at dusk while unearthing tales of Saratoga’s most notable residents and learning about the American rural cemetery movement with tour leader Gloria May. Tickets for the Bike Tours and the Twilight Cemetery Tour are $20 for SSPF Members and $25 for non-members. These tours are brought to you, in part, by 2021 Series Sponsor Putnam Market as well as Autumn Series Sponsors Minich MacGregor Wealth Management and TOGA HERITAGE. For additional

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AROUND YOUR COMMUNITY SARATOGA SPRINGS RECREATION DEPARTMENT

Fall into Fun with the Saratoga Springs Recreation Department

SARATOGA SPRINGS - Various programs will be offered throughout the fall including T-ball/baseball, boxing, field hockey, ice skating lessons, soccer, pickleball, and volleyball. Visit www.SaratogaRec. com and click Programs for complete information and to register. Contact the Recreation Department at (518) 587-3550 x2300 or recreservations@ saratoga-springs.org with questions.

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SARATOGA SPRINGS - The Saratoga Springs ice rinks at 30 Weibel Avenue

are currently offering Open Public, Family Stick, and Family Skate sessions. Visit www.SaratogaRec. com, click Facilities/ Calendars and go to Ice Rinks for the schedule and additional information. Contact the Recreation Department at (518) 5873550 x2300 or recreservations@saratoga-springs. org with questions.

Drop In Sessions at the Saratoga Springs Recreation Center

SARATOGA SPRINGS - The Saratoga Springs Recreation Center at 15 Vanderbilt Avenue is currently offering Open Adult (18+) Basketball, Open Gym, and Pickleball sessions. A City or Non-City Rec Card are required in

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order to participate. Masks are required regardless of vaccination status. Visit www.SaratogaRec.com, and click the basketball for the schedule, information, and to register for your City or Non-City Rec Card. Contact the Recreation Department at (518) 5873550 x2300 or recreservations@saratoga-springs. org with questions.

Racquetball Rentals at the Saratoga Springs Recreation Center

SARATOGA SPRINGS - Reservations for court times can be made through Community Pass. Fees are $5 for City residents with a verified Community Pass account and $8 for all others. Reservations and fees are per person/per hour. Participants must create an account and register for a Rec Card prior to coming. Participants must a racquet, racquetballs, and appropriate footwear. Visit www.SaratogaRec.com and click Programs, Rec Center Drop in Sessions for additional information and to reserve a court. Contact the Recreation Department at (518) 5873550 x2300 or recreservations@saratoga-springs. org with questions.

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SARATOGA SPRINGS - Registration is open for the Saratoga Springs Recreation Department’s Fall/Winter basketball program. Everyone age 3-5 and Grades K-12 are welcome. Visit www. SaratogaRec.com and click Programs for complete information and to register. Contact the Recreation Department at (518) 5873550 x2300 or recreservations@saratoga-springs. org with questions.

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Crossroads Center Catholic Daughters of the Americas, for Children Court McLaughlin #422 Raise Money Announces 2021 for St. Clement’s SNACpack Program “Dare to Be Different Gala” to be Held on October 23 CAPITAL DISTRICT – Tickets are now on sale for Crossroads Center for Children’s 2021, “Dare to Be Different Gala, a night of celebration in support of Crossroads programs for children in the Capital District (or Northeastern New York). This year’s Gala will take place on Saturday, October 23, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Terrace at Waters Edge in Glenville. Each year at the Gala, Crossroads Center for Children chooses to honor someone with the “Connecting the Community Award” in gratitude for their help over the past year, which is always a meaningful and challenging review, as the center truly appreciates the contribution of everyone in the Crossroads community. This year, both Capital District Physicians Health Plan, (CDPHP) and the CAP COM Community Foundation were chosen. “This year, though, we have two honorees, and both were easy selections for their assistance not only to Crossroads but to others in our community” said Young. In fact, that is the nature of this award – “Connecting the Community Award”. Heather Morrison from Spectrum News 9 will serve as Emcee throughout the evening’s presentation again this year, and LeGrande Serras will again serve as live auctioneer. Gem Behind The Mic will add a special song to the festivities. Students come to Crossroads for the applied behavior analysis and specialized services that

SARATOGA SPRINGS - Members of Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court McLaughlin #422 (Saratoga Springs) raised $650 for St. Clement’s SNACpack program. Pictured here is Financial Secretary Jackie Hasbrouck (in white sweater) and Karey Trimmings, the founder and coordinator of SNACpack (Saratoga Nutrition Assistance for Children). The Snacpack program is funded entirely by local donations. In 2016, the average cost of one backpack full of food for a hungry child was $13. That cost has risen significantly since Covid. The Court is honored to support the children of the community. Crossroads provides in the school and clinic. Any school district or county may refer students and the organization has worked with up to 30 school districts and 10 counties surrounding the center, located in Rotterdam. In the 2020-21 school year, Crossroads Center for Children served schoolage children from the following school districts in the greater Capital Region: Greenbush, Fonda Fultonville, Ft. Plaine, Gloversville, Greenville, Guilderland, Hoosic Valley, Menands, Mechanicville, Niskayuna, N. Colonie, Oppenheim-Ephratah, Schenectady, Shenendehowa, Troy, and Watervliet. Preschool students from the following counties were also served: Fulton, Montgomery, Saratoga, Albany, and Schenectady.

All proceeds from this event will bring vital funds and support to Crossroads Center for Children’s programs and services. Find ticket registration, other opportunities to get involved, and more information here : http:// crossroadcenter.org/crossroads-gala-2021/

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HOUSE OF THE WEEK 16 Kings Road, Gansevoort

Photos by Christy B Photography The house was built in 2000 and has Arts and Crafts architectural features.

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his week’s selection is a home in Wilton, in the hamlet of Gansevoort. Built in 2000, the one-floor home has a deep porch inspired by Arts and Crafts style architecture and an open layout inside. There are three bedrooms and two bathrooms in the main house and another bedroom and bathroom in a gest cottage on the 1.42-acre property. The main house has 3,100 square feet of living space. Highlights include a stone fireplace and a screened deck in the back, as well as landscaping replete with LEIGH stonework and perennials. HORNBECK The property also includes an in-ground pool and a garage. HOUSE OF Saratoga Springs schools. THE WEEK Taxes: $5,499. List price: $859,000. Contact listing agent Dona Federico of Select Sotheby’s International Realty at 518-421-6753.

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From top: the screened porch; the living space features a fireplace; the kitchen; At far left: the in-ground pool.

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FORUMS

forums is not countywide. Druschel said the Clifton Park GOP is considering participating in a forum with all of its CONTINUED FROM 3 candidates. She also said some Republicans in Waterford have answered the league's inquiry on forums. Druschel said that the league does its best to ensure that the debates, currently hosted on Zoom, are fair. The questions, from the audience, are screened by the league membership to combine similar questions and eliminate those that attack candidates. Each candidate is given two minutes to introduce themselves, one and a half minutes to answer questions and a one-minute closing statement. Each candidate is also given a red card that can be used once or twice, depending on the number of candidates, to either rebut or elaborate on an answer. "The whole point of the forum is to have a civilized and reasonable presentation of people's ideas," Druschel said. "There is no name calling. We don't allow personal questions either. We try to keep it a reasonable event. We have been quite successful." While most of the Republican candidates have missed the deadline to schedule a forum, she said that the league is willing to still plan forums with candidates who come forward soon. With or without Republicans, she said they will host the forums with Democrats and their independent challengers. Buchyn said he's all for debates, but that the league needs to be transparent about who its members are. "They are anything but unbiased," he said. "They are an elderly white women organization." As for the charge of being biased, Druschel said everyone is. "We all have our opinions on things," Druschel said. "If you want to say having an opinion makes you biased, then yes. "But I like to think we can rise above that and still provide a reasonable forum. We have worked over the years and developed a format that provides everyone with equal opportunity."

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Saratoga Springs Housing Authority have joined the push to make bikeways a priority. "The low-income community is disparately impacted by the inequity of safe transportation options," said Lifeworks Executive Director Jo Anne Hume. "An investment in bike infrastructure is an investment in all our community members, particularly impacting those that ride out of economic necessity." Skidmore College has also united with Bikeatoga, indicating in a letter to city leaders that it has a bike share program in which 600 students participate each academic year, with 200 riders every summer. "Many of our students do not have driver's licenses and they rely on bicycles, walking, and public transportation in order to buy groceries, run errands, and visit local businesses and restaurants," Dean of Faculty Michael Orr wrote. "Investing in bike lanes and signage will make streets safer not only for the Skidmore community but all members of the Saratoga Springs community." Disability advocate Darlene McGraw, who cannot drive and rides a trike, has called frequently for the city to fully implement its Complete Street Plan, too. Commissioner of Finance Michele Madigan, who will include Lindner's presentation on the lanes at Tuesday's meeting, said she cannot predict if the council will agree to Bikeatoga's resolution. However, she believes the council will be receptive. "We have money already allocated for bike lane and Complete Street projects in the capital budget, about $230,000 and another $100,000 was authorized this year in the mayor's capital budget," Madigan wrote. "I've never gone out to bond on these funds. ... Funding is available." Currently the city has bike lanes on

Fish Creek Rod and Gun Club 3D Bow Shooting Course VICTORY - Fish Creek Rod and Gun Club will host a 3D Bow shooting course, on our new course Saturday, October 2 from 10AM – 2PM. Open to the public, all are welcome novice to expert, bring your own bow and equipment ( No Crossbows) . This is a great time to introduce youth

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The bike lane on Excelsior Avenue in Saratoga starts at this intersection with Marion Avenue and ends about a quarter mile down the road on East Avenue.

North Broadway, a portion of Lake Avenue, two blocks of Excelsior Avenue and Geyser Road. Lindner would like to see bike lanes on Union Avenue, stretching from Congress Park to Saratoga Lake, as one of the first to be striped. He said the state Department of Transportation and Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner are assisting to get this done. Ultimately, he said, he will need the backing of the Commissioner of Public Safety Robin Dalton, who is running for mayor, and her successor, as her department drives approval for bike lanes. Dalton said she and her department want to advance Complete Streets "for a greener, safer Saratoga." "We look forward to creating streets designed and operated to enable safe use and support mobility for all users for generations to come," she said. Lindner said the city "needs to move forward" and hopes that the next City Council will be open to the investment. "We will have a new council in January so we will have to work with that council to get things done," Lindner said. "I'm hopeful that we will set a tone on Tuesday, that there will be a general agreement to move forward and that money will be put in the budget in 2022."

to the sport. Cost is $5.00 per course. There will be available for purchase Hot dogs, Burgers, Soda and Water. We are located at 123 Route 32, Schuylerville, NY 12871 ( Look for our Sign).

Soup-to-Go at Simpson UMC ROCK CITY FALLS Simpson United Methodist Church, 1089 Rock City Road, Rock City Falls (.4

miles south of Rt. 29), is hosting a Soup-to-Go and Bake Sale on Saturday, October 9, from 11 a.m. to 3 pm. Choose between a variety of soups and sizes: $6 medium container, $10 large container. Delicious homemade desserts and baked goods will be available at the accompanying bake sale. Any questions please call 518885-4794. (And yes our brown bread sale is coming up in November!!)


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Cerebral Palsy Fundraiser with Betsy and The Byegons SARATOGA/WILTON - Come welcome Autumn with our own fundraiser “Oktoberfest 21,” for Cerebral Palsy, on Friday, October 1, 2021 at the Saratoga-Wilton Elks Lodge from 6-10PM. Put on your dancing shoes and casual attire while movin’ and groovin’ with Betsy and the ByeGons. This band entertains crowds, playing 60,s and 70’s Pop,

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Classic Rock and Country music in Saratoga and the Capital bread and Black Forest cake is included in the ticket price. A cash bar and Fall themed raffle baskets Region. The cost for the evening is $20 per person. Reservations only; call Judy- 518-587-5568 for table seating with your friends. A German meal of pulled pork, red cabbage, sausage/bratwurst, potato salad, pumpernickel will be available for your enjoyment, along with some SURPRISES. Your donations will support services and programs for individ-

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Southern Saratoga Art Society SARATOGA COUNTY SSAS is hosting a free and open to the public demonstration by Award winning artist Lisa David on Monday, September 27, at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. Lisa

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will demonstrate a Fall still life in oils. To register please visit: southernsaratogaartist.com Saratoga Arts made this program possible with a Community Arts Grant funded by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Curtis Lumber’s PetAPalooza Pet Adoption Day! CAPITAL DISTRICT - Whether you currently

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own a pet or are looking to adopt, we invite you to join us for a day of fur and fun at Curtis Lumber’s 11th Annual PetAPalooza Pet Adoption Day! Saturday, October 2, 2021. Meet adoptable animals from local shelters and rescue groups who are eager to meet you, your family, and your current pets at select Curtis Lumber retail store locations. Dogs, Cats, Birds, Rabbits, Horses and more will be available for adoption. (Selection varies per store) Curtis Lumber’s Ballston Spa store will also host Steve Caporizzo’s

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WTEN Pet Connection, Abby’s Lemon-Aide Stand For Animals, Benson’s Pet Center and will also have a 50/50 raffle and food trucks available. Bring your family and your pets and enjoy a great day of pet adoptions, fur and fun! Last year’s event resulted in over 250+ pets finding forever homes! For full details visit www.clpetapalooza or www.facebook.com/clpetapalooza

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Catholic Charities Announces Dates for 2021 Saratoga Festival of Trees Event! SARATOGA SPRINGS - Catholic Charities of Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties invites the local community to mark their calendars for the 26th annual holiday event fundraiser – The Festival of Trees, on Wednesday, December 1 through Sunday, December 5 at the Saratoga Springs City Center. The Festival will showcase beautifully decorated trees, wreaths, centerpieces and other holiday items for purchase, with proceeds benefiting the programs of Catholic Charities in the tri-county region. Because so many hands go into the making of the festival, this year the Catholic Charities organization is extending an early call to the community for tree sponsors, decora-

tors and event volunteers. Each year over 300 volunteers donate their time and talents to ensure the Festival’s success. Their support helps to raise funds to enable services provided to over 5000 individuals each year. The local community has, for 25 years, generously supported this wondrous holiday event, and the staff and Board are once again counting on their assistance to ensure Festival 2021’s success. Founded in 1975, Catholic Charities has provided a wide array of services to tri-county residents regardless of race, creed or lifestyle, with special emphasis on the economically poor and the vulnerable. Details for the year’s Festival will be available in early September. For more information, call 518-587-5000. tJcrcumprTgsHdTnn FQhaAk3DmT35kxzTfzR

Diabetes Support Group Online SARATOGA COUNTY - Cornell Cooperative Extension of Saratoga County will host an informal support group via Zoom for people with diabetes or prediabetes. The program will meet the first Friday of each month, the next meeting is October 1 at noon. Contact Diane Whitten at 518-885-8995, or dwhitten@cornell.edu for more information. There is no fee for the support group. Topics will vary and may be based on the interest of the group. Register in advance for this meeting at: https://cornell.zoom.us/ meeting/register/

History Center Creates Annual Public History Award BALLSTON SPA - The Saratoga County History Center is pleased to

announce the creation of an annual award to be presented to an individual (or organization) in the greater Saratoga region who engages in outstanding work in teaching, writing, cataloging, or preserving history. There are many individuals and associations in the greater Capital District who devote endless hours and dollars to the preservation or dissemination of local, regional, and national histories. Too often, their work goes unnoticed or unrecognized by the general public. The Saratoga County Public History Award seeks to raise awareness of their efforts and provide much-needed positive reinforcement to their selfless work. The Herculean task of preserving the past rests on the tireless shoulders of our many history practitioners, and it is high time we celebrate their achievements. The first annual Public

History Award will be selected by a committee of esteemed professionals, including Ronald Schorpp, social studies department chair at Saratoga Springs High School; Lisa Kissinger, social studies academic administrator for Shenendehowa CSD; Heather Mazurowski, social studies department chair at Ballston Spa High School; Heidi Hill, Historic Site Manager at the Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site; Samantha Bosshart, Executive Director of the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation; and Isobel Connell, trustee of the Saratoga County History Center. The committee will be chaired by Michael Landis, Ph.D., trustee of the Saratoga County History Center. Committee members are pleased to accept nominations from the public. Please send all nominations (with explanation and contact information) to mlandis@brooksidemu-

seum.org. Nominations must be submitted by the end of September 2021. The committee will make a final decision in November, and the award will be presented at a public event at Brookside Museum in December. The Saratoga County History Center is dedicated to preserving and sharing the diverse histories of Saratoga County. In addition to the venerable Brookside Museum, the History Center offers a wide variety of innovative, exciting, and educational programming online, including the popular “Experts Next Door” virtual speaker series. Please visit the website (www. brooksidemuseum.org) and social media accounts (@SaratogaCoHistory) for news and announcements.

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some place a little exotic or off the beaten path? Expand your horizons. AQUARIUS Jan 21/Feb 18 Aquarius, someone at work is putting personal issues in the way of professional responsibilities. Offer your support and see if this makes the situation better for all involved. PISCES – Feb 19/Mar 20 You may need to pinch a few pennies to keep your finances in check, Pisces. Figure out areas where you can save some money.

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