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by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — From the development of new hotels and the construction of parking garages, to addressing affordable housing issues and the daily recreational activities of year-round residents, most

everything that happens in Saratoga Springs passes through City Hall. Historical significance aside, the 146-year-old brick building on Broadway houses a variety of review commissions and advisory boards, each with their own specialty which feed their recommendations to the See Changes pg. 11



Party Like It’s 1917 Unveiled ATC Invites Public to Stately Building’s 100th Birthday

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Inside TODAY Blotter 5 Obituaries 6 Business 14-15 Education 16-17 Arts and Entertainment 27-30

Sports 35-40 Adirondack Trust Company founder Senator Edgar T. Brackett (left) looks on as the foundation cornerstone is placed in 1916. Photo courtesy of Adirondack Trust Company.

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Saratoga Springs’ Brian Hart soaring. Photo by Complete sports round up pages 35-40.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — One hundred years ago, on a cold January day, the newly constructed marble headquarters of the Adirondack Trust Company opened its doors for the first

time, replacing the smaller building that bank customers had been using since 1902. On Saturday morning, January 7, from 9 to 11 a.m., ATC will be hosting a public reception honoring the stately building’s centennial in the main lobby of See Party pg. 14

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Ray O’Conor at work on his screenplay. Photo by Thomas Dimopoulos. Ray O’Conor, author of the book, “She Called Him Raymond: A True Story of Love, Loss, Faith and Healing,” dons his “smart glasses” at a worktable inside the Saratoga Springs Public Library, where he is flanked by a laptop computer, a pair of three-inch binders and a trusty thermos. “Today I’m working on a section of the screenplay that involves the occasion on which Helen – who is my mother, and one of the two main characters in the story - and Raymond, the aspiring young aviator she meets by chance in New York, are going to her mother’s tenement apartment in Hell’s Kitchen so he can ask for her hand in marriage. “The reason I got the notion to do this is I’ve been doing a lot of reading presentations of the book and almost without exception someone in every audience says, ‘I love the story. I think it would make a great movie.’” O’Conor goes through some notes provided him by his friend Scott McCloud,

a retired former head of the English Department at Ballston Spa High School, and who is one of a dozen or so people who have offered to read through the screenplay and offer suggestions. “I spoke to some people in the film business in Hollywood. No one has optioned the story yet but there was enough interest to encourage me to undertake writing the screenplay. It probably will take a couple of years. I’ve been working on it since about this time last year.” O’Conor is also a multitasker of words and story ideas. “I’m working on another book: the story of the guide who took my friends and I to climb to Mt. Killimanjaro in Tanzania a little more than four years ago. The man has an extraordinary story. His name is Protus Mayunga and he lives in the Catskills now with his wife and his five kids. I’d like to take another trip to Africa with him to visit the town he grew up in. I want to take my time with the story, to make sure it’s done right.”

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MLK Day Events to Take Place Throughout Weekend in Saratoga Springs SARATOGA SPRINGS — A series of public programs to honor and continue the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. will be staged Jan. 13 – 16. This year’s theme is “The Fierce Urgency of Now.” MLK weekend in Saratoga Springs kicks off with an evening of music and spoken word performances at Filene Recital Hall on the campus of Skidmore College starting with a reception at 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 13. The event

reflects on King’s call to action against racial and social injustice and features Scrambled & Company, SHYFT, Carlos Garcia, WoW, Darian Goodin, members of the Soul Rebel Performance Troupe, and others. On Sunday, Jan. 15, a meet and greet with Sharon Leslie Morgan, author of “Gather at the Table: The Healing Journey of a Daughter of Slavery and a Son of the Slave Trade,” will be held at

Northshire Bookstore Saratoga from 11 a.m. to noon; Morgan will offer a presentation and discussion about her mission to help America overcome the trauma of its legacy of slavery and the lingering effects of present-day racism at the Saratoga Springs Public Library from 2 - 4 p.m. On Monday, Jan. 16, Saratoga Springs’ Day of Service will take place from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the library and feature “Trail Blazing Training”

Chowderfest Set for Feb. 4 SARATOGA SPRINGS — An early notice: the city’s major winter festival that is Chowderfest will take place 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4. Downtown visitors will be able to stroll among the event’s many vendors and

participants, sample a threeounce serving of chowder for $1 per cup, and vote for their favorite selections. The Winner Awards Ceremony will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 4 at the Saratoga Springs Heritage Area Visitor Center.

- a workshop to encourage youth in the community to create their own social action project. Registration is required. Call 518-281-9130 to sign up, or email at: youthsquared@yahoo. com. For younger children there will be a storytime and art project. The official observance of MLK Day will be held at the Saratoga Springs Music Hall, 474

Broadway - 3rd floor, from 2 to 4 p.m. The Community Dialogue and Celebration features keynote speaker Sharon Leslie Morgan, emcee Garland Nelson, remarks by Mayor Joanne Yepsen, and performances by Arbor Hill Starlites, Lake Theatre Productions and SHYFT (Saratoga’s Humanitarian Youth for Transformation). The event is free.



New Rite Aid Scheduled for Late Summer SARATOGA SPRINGS — According to a Rite Aid Corporation spokesperson, Rite Aid is expanding and remodeling its existing store “in order to better serve and meet the needs of our customers and patients.” The 15,180 square foot remodeled store is expected to open late summer 2017. To serve customers’ prescription and immunization needs, the store is operating out of a temporary trailer at the location. The temporary trailer also offers an assortment of over-the-counter medicines and everyday items including snacks and beverages. The remodeled store will feature the Company’s Wellness

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The Rite Aid at 90 West Avenue and 242 Washington Street is expanding and remodeling with plans for pharmacy drive-through services. Photo by

Store format. Some features of the Wellness Store include hundreds of new health and wellness products including organic and/ or gluten-free foods, an expanded caregiver and beauty section, allnatural personal care and home care products, drive-through pharmacy lane, fitness and workout

equipment and a bigger wellness magazine and book section. The store also features a private pharmacist consultation room for advanced clinical services and a Wellness Ambassador, a customer service position who serves as a bridge between the front end of the store and the pharmacy.

Newly Minted Senator Sworn In ALBANY — James Tedisco (R,C,I,Reform-Glenville) was sworn in as State Senator to represent the 49th New York State Senate District in a ceremony on Wednesday, January 4 at 11:30 a.m. in the Senate Chamber on the Third Floor of the New York State Capitol in Albany, New York. Tedisco served in the state Assembly for 34 years before winning election as state Senator with about 70 percent of the vote on November 8, 2016. Tedisco will join his incoming freshman Senate colleagues to be sworn in by New York State Court of Appeals Chief Justice Janet DiFiore.

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Left to right: Saratoga County GOP Chair Steve Bulger, NYS Senator Jim Tedisco, and Saratoga County Independence Party Chair Edward Miller at the swearing in ceremony held Jan. 4 in the New York State Senate Chamber in Albany. Photo provided.

He succeeds former Senator Hugh Farley who stepped down last year after 40 years of distinguished service to New York State. Prior to serving in the state Assembly, Tedisco was

a City Councilman in Schenectady and worked for about a decade as a special education teacher, guidance counselor, coach and athletic director.

Senator Kathy Marchione is pictured above (left) taking her oath of office to begin her third term as the State Senator representing the 43rd District. Pictured beside Senator Marchione is her husband, Frank Marchione, who held the family Bible during the swearing-in ceremony. Also pictured (far right) is Rensselaer County Court Judge Debra Young who administered the oath of office for Senator Marchione.

TROY — Senator Kathy Marchione (R,C,I,ReformHalfmoon), took part in a special swearing-in ceremony on New Year’s Day 2017 to begin her new term as the State Senator representing New York’s 43rd Senate District. Marchione was formally sworn-in by RensselaerCounty Court Judge Debra Young. The Rensselaer County Republican Committee, with Rensselaer

County Executive Kathleen M. Jimino serving as Master of Ceremonies, presented the New Year’s Day swearing-in ceremony. Marchione was re-elected in November to a third consecutive two-year term. Marchione was joined by her family, friends, staff and fellow Republican elected officials as she took the oath of office in Troy.

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COURTS Tiffany Almy, 25, of Ballston Spa, pleaded not guilty on Dec. 19 to the felony charges of attempted burglary, and attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance. Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 6. Derrell E. Coppage, 46, of Clifton Park, was sentenced on Dec. 19 to two years in state prison and one year post-release supervision, after pleading to attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance, a felony. Cody M. Dunlavey, 22, of Lake Luzerne, was sentenced on Dec. 19 to five years of probation, after pleading to felony assault, in connection with an incident that took place in Moreau. Deandre B. Abrams, 20, of Clifton Park, was sentenced on Dec. 19 to 2 to 6 years in state prison, after pleading to felony burglary, and felony grand larceny, in connection with an incident that took place in Halfmoon. Abrams was additionally sentenced to up to 4 years in state prison related to a felony charge of attempting to promote prison contraband. Fred G. Jubin, 47, of Lake George, was sentenced to three years in state prison and two years of post-release supervision, after pleading to attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance, a felony. Sarah A. Vedder, 23, of Clifton Park, was sentenced to 1 to 3 years in state prison, in connection with the felony charge of vehicular assault in the second-degree related to an incident in Clifton Park in October 2015.

POLICE Robert J. Place III, 24, and Derek S. Galusha, 23, both of Corinth, were each charged on Dec. 27 with one count felony burglary and one count conspiracy in the fourth degree, in connection with an alleged incident that occurred in the town of Greenfield in October. According to the Saratoga County Sheriff ’s Department, the case remains under investigation and further arrests may be pending. Tyler J. Fribourg, 23, of Saratoga Springs, was charged on Dec. 26 with aggravated unlicensed operation third degree, and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended registration, both misdemeanors, after being involved in a one-car property damage accident. Joseph G. Gutto, 34, of Saratoga Springs, was charged on Dec. 25 with criminal contempt in the first degree, a felony. Benyamil Lind, 21, of Syracuse, was charged on Dec. 24 with criminal trespass in the third degree, a misdemeanor. Joshua A. Izzo, 28, of Albany, was charged on Dec. 24 with felony criminal possession of a controlled substance. Timothy P. Sims, 26, of Malta, was charged on Dec. 23 with assault in the third degree, and criminal tampering, both misdemeanors. Michael K. Emmerson, 39, of Amsterdam, was charged on Dec. 23 with first-degree harassment, and obstructing governmental administration, both misdemeanors. James R. Glover, 43, of Charlotte, North Carolina, was charged

BLOTTER 5 on Dec. 23 with misdemeanor DWI, unlawful possession of marijuana, and a speeding violation, after being involved in a property damage accident involving three cars. Kolin E. Krebs, 20, of Ballston Lake, was charged on Dec. 22 with criminal possession of controlled substance, a felony, and resisting arrest, obstructing governmental administration, and disorderly conduct. Tessa L. Cale, 19, of Greenwich, was charged on Dec. 21 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor, and a vehicle equipment violation. Allen Buchanan, 58, of Schenectady, was charged on Dec. 20 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor, and a vehicle equipment violation. Adam J. Ross, 35, of Greenfield Center, was charged on Dec. 20

with felony DWI as a second offense, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and unreasonable speed, after being involved in a two-car property damage accident. Nathan J. Surprenant, 29, of Saratoga Springs, was charged on Dec. 20 with second-degree harassment. Jordan D. Lewis-Robinson was charged on Dec. 20 with felony grand larceny in connection with an amount that is in excess of $1,000. Justin T. Lowery, age 31, of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, was charged on Dec. 20 with misdemeanor DWI, refusing a

pre-screen test, and two driving violations, after being involved in a single-car accident. Caeden J. Gilhaeny, 18, of Saratoga Springs, was charged on Dec. 17 with reckless endangerment in the first degree, a felony, in connection with an alleged incident that occurred last summer. Gilhaeny is suspected of driving off and dragging a 16-year-old partially in his passenger side window about 500 feet after an argument occurred during a drug transaction, according to the Saratoga County Sheriff ’s Department.



Isabell L. Shaw Ross

Robert J. Coveney

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Isabell L. Shaw Ross was called home on December 28, 2016 to the awaiting arms of her beloved husband, Augustus. Isabell passed away in the comfort of her own home with her beloved cat Lucky by her side. She was a fighter, as stubborn as they came, but she won in the end. She will be missed by her neighbors, who always stopped by to chat as she ‘held court’ on her Andrews Street porch. She is survived by her three children, Carol A. Pulver of Sarasota, FL, her son, Augustus J. Ross III and his wife Diane of Saratoga Springs, her daughter, Barbara Ross-Cassidy and her husband Timothy, also of Saratoga Springs. Her husband Augustus, a brother, John, sister, Jayne, son-in-law, Kenneth, and a grandson-in-law, Levi Jenkins all preceded her in death. She is survived by her two sisters, Joy Shaw Tucker of Texas and Dawn Shaw Vitek of Florida, eight grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank Sara Mattison for always being there in her time of need, and also Community Hospice of Saratoga. Isabell’s Granddaughter, Kyla Jenkins, was always there to brighten her spirits and spending time with her great-grandson, Alex. Calling hours were held on Sunday, January 1, 2017 at the William J. Burke and Son/Bussing and Cunniff Funeral Home at 628 North Broadway in Saratoga Springs. A funeral service was held on Tuesday, January 2; burial followed at St. Peter’s Cemetery, West Avenue in Saratoga Springs. Contributions in Isabell’s name may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga Springs, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

MALTA — Robert J. Coveney, age 79, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, December 24, 2016 at the Grand Canyon National Park. He was born on July 8, 1937 in Ossining, NY, the son of the late Jeramiah Coveney and Caroline Voelker Coveney. Robert graduated from Catholic Central High School in 1954. After graduating he joined the Armed forces in 1956 to serve his country. Robert served in the Navy for four years, the Army for twenty-two years. He completed four tours in Vietnam as a member of special forces and, later, the military police. The military suited his sense of order and his code of loyalty; he was proud to have served. Upon his retirement from the Army, he joined the United States Post Office and worked in several Capital District locations. In later years, his passion was animal welfare. He supported several local animal charities as well as Wolf Haven in Washington State. He loved his animals, Bromley, who died in 2015, the new dog Finn and Venus, the feline. Bob enjoyed bluegrass and Irish traditional music and, despite being technologically adverse, learned to enjoy them on his MP3 player and on his laptop. He and his wife enjoyed traveling. Robert is survived by his beloved wife Susan; son, Joseph Coveney; daughter, Maureen Goldsmith; brotherin-law, Robert Smith and his wife, Ellen “Bat”; four grandchildren, Sean and Megan Goldsmith, Nick and Jake Coveney and three great-grandchildren, Brayden, Austin and Cayson Bennett. He is preceded in death by his parents and his first wife, Madolyn Curtain. Calling hours were held on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at Compassionate Funeral Care, 402 Maple Avenue in Saratoga Springs. Interment with military honors were also held Thursday, January 5, 2017 at the Gerald B.H. Solomon, Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville, NY. In lieu of flowers donations in honor of Robert can be made to Arrangements are under the direction of Compassionate Funeral Care, Inc, 402 Maple Ave., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. If you wish to express your online condolences or view the Obituary, please visit our website at

Mary Seck Wickizer SARATOGA SPRINGS ­— Mary Seck Wickizer died on Monday, January 2, 2017 at Saratoga Hospital in the presence of her family. Mary was a communicant of Our Lady of Sorrows in Vestal, NY and recently of The Church of St. Peter in Saratoga Springs. She was devoted to her Catholic faith and to her family. Mary was born on April 5, 1912 in Sayre, PA and was most recently a resident of the Embury Apartments, Wesley Community. She will be remembered for her joyful spirit and her genuine enthusiasm for all that life had to offer. In addition to her parents and husband, Edward S. Wickizer, she was predeceased by her sisters, Julia Olmstead, Rose Butch and Ann Wolf and her brothers, John, Michael, Andy and Joseph Seck. Survivors include her beloved son Robert (Joyce) Wickizer of Saratoga Springs; grandchildren, Alan (Megan) Wickizer, Chappaqua, NY, Lauren Wickizer (Francesco D’Amico), Ballston Spa, and Linda Jansen, also of Ballston Spa; great-grandchildren, Craig Wickizer, Cheryl Wickizer and Christopher Guerriero. She was the cherished “Aunt Mary” to many nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at the Church of St. Peter in Saratoga Springs on Friday, Jan. 6 at 10 a.m. A prayer service will follow at 11 a.m.

Marilyn Kane-Parker BALLSTON SPA — Marilyn Kane-Parker of Ballston Spa passed away Friday, December 23, 2016 at Saratoga Hospital. She was 61. Born February 20, 1955, in Glens Falls, she was the daughter of Dr. Barry and Carol Kane. She was a graduate of Smithtown High School, where she was editor of the yearbook. She completed her undergraduate studies at SUNY Stony Brook and SUNY Potsdam, where she was a member of Alpha Kappa Phi (AGO). Marilyn went on to study at The University of California San Diego for her masters. For the past 20 plus years, she has been teaching in New York State. She was the beloved art teacher at Saratoga Independent School (SIS) for many years, up until fall of 2016.

Week of January 6 – January 12, 2017 Marilyn is survived by her parents, Dr. Barry and Carol Kane of Fort Mill, SC; her daughter, Adrienne Parker of Saratoga Springs; her son, Ian Parker of Ballston Spa; her brothers, Steven Kane of Queens and Christopher Kane of Fort Mill, SC; her sister, Catherine Lee of Thompson, PA, along with nieces, nephews and many close family friends. Calling hours were held on Friday, December 30, 2016 followed by a memorial service both held at the Round Lake United Methodist Church in Round Lake. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to The Saratoga Arts Center, 320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 in Marilyn’s name.

Robert “Bobby” Johnson GREENWICH — Robert “Bobby” Johnson, 38, passed away December 20, 2016 at Albany Memorial Hospital from Biliary Duct Cancer. He was born October 6, 1978 in Glens Falls and was the son of Richard and Mary Ostrander Johnson of Greenwich. Bobby was a graduate of Greenwich High School Class of 1997 and went on to graduate from Skidmore College in 2001. He was a 4-year starter on the Skidmore Basketball Team and was Captain his senior year. After graduation, he moved to Boston for several years, and was presently employed at Powers Construction in Queensbury. He loved coaching basketball, AAU, and had been the Assistant Basketball Coach at SUNY Adirondack. He was currently working to receive his Personal Trainer Certification. He was predeceased by his infant brother, Billy; grandparents, Judge John L. and Frances Quinn Ostrander, Wesley and Jean Johnson; cousin, Pat Casey; Aunt Margie and Uncle Donald Glastetter. Survivors in addition to his parents include his best friend and sister, Darya Johnson of Greenwich; Aunts and Uncles Gail and Paul Casey, Lauretta Ostrander, El and Den Piatz, Becky and David Howard; cousins, Kevin and Erin Casey, Tristan Howard, Catherine McGrath, Mackenzie and Mike Piatz, Taylor Laspisa; two close second cousins, Donna and Tim Bearor and Sandy Glastetter. The family would like to thank the outstanding staff at Albany Memorial Hospital ICU, Dr. Riuis, Charmaine Miskinis RN, Jen Moore RN, and staff nurse Michelle RN, Director of Unit Valerie Rivituso RN, and the Emergency and Critical Care Staff, also Dr. Richard Hughes in Glens Falls, and Dr. James Puleo of Albany Gastroenterology. A funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorial donations can be made in his memory to the Easton Greenwich Rescue Squad, PO Box 84, Greenwich, NY 12834, Cossayuna Fire Department, 21 Bunker Hill Rd., Cossayuna, NY 12834, or Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8517. Arrangements are under the direction of Flynn Bros. Inc. Funeral Home, 80 Main St., Greenwich, NY 12834. Online remembrances can be made at

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Reading Therapy Dogs Needed SARATOGA SPRINGS — Each week the second grade students get a chance to read with a therapy dog in Mrs. O’Rourke’s classroom at Lake Avenue Elementary. It’s been shown that reading with a pet can increase a student’s confidence and ability to read with accuracy and fluency. Some students say it’s the best part of 2nd grade! Lake Avenue is always looking for new dogs that want to participate in the program and that are certified. You can contact Lynn at or 518-584-3678.

Cameron Jozwiak, the first baby born in 2017 at Saratoga Hospital. Photo provided.

B-Spa Schools Receive Funding

BALLSTON SPA — The Ballston Spa schools were among the community organizations selected to receive funding from the GLOBALFOUNDRIES-Town of Malta Foundation as they announced their awards for 2016. The district was selected to receive $5,500 in funding for the annual Tech Valley Robot Rumble OffSeason Robotics Competition held in the fall. The district’s Middle and High School Technology Department received $5,375 in funding to support the purchase of robotics kits. The Ballston Spa High

School PTSA was also awarded a $3,500 grant to help with the annual After-Prom activities implemented by the parent organization each spring. Grants were also awarded to the Malta Avenue and Gordon Creek Elementary School PTAs, which will each receive a $2,000 grant to provide Arts in Education programs. The High School’s Student Book Club received $1,563 to purchase books and support club activities. The students in the Clean Tech Early College High School also received a grant for $2,500 to

fund a Free Charge with Free Solar Energy project. Best Buddies of New York was awarded $1,000 for the Saratoga County Friendship Project that implements activities in the Middle and High Schools. For more information on GLOBALFOUNDARIES – Town of Malta Foundation, visit gfmaltafoundationorg/home. For more information on school programs, visit the Ballston Spa Central School District website at or call the District Office at 518-884-7195.

Heritage Garden Club Receives Grant SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Heritage Garden Club of Saratoga Springs has received a grant of $1,100 from the Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust for 2017. In announcing the grant, Betsey Sutton, Heritage Garden Club president, thanked the Trust for its gift, and said the funds will be used to support the garden club’s efforts in planting and maintaining three public garden spaces in the city and to organize garden workshops

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for residents of Woodlawn Commons. Established in 1987, the Heritage Garden Club maintains garden spaces at the Visitor Center on South Broadway, the historic Gideon Putnam Burying Ground on Franklin Street and the Garden of Hope at the entrance to the Radiology and Oncology Unit at the Saratoga Hospital. The club also holds an annual plant sale and supports several community projects.

The Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust was founded by the estate of Alfred Z. Solomon, a leader of the fashion industry, horse enthusiast and philanthropist, upon his death in 2004. In his memory, the Trust supports nonprofit cultural and educational programs. For general information on the Heritage Garden Club or to inquire about membership, contact

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The celebration of the New Year has a whole new meaning for the parents of baby boy Cameron Jozwiak. Cameron was the first New Year’s Day baby born in 2017 at Saratoga Hospital, arriving at 11:18 a.m. on Sunday, January 1. Little Cameron – 7 pounds, 13.4 ounces

and 20.75 inches long – is the son of Joanna Jozwiak and Fitzroy Terrelonge of Malta. He has one older brother, Dyvante, who shares grandparents Anna and Joseph Jozwiak, and Kami Young and Donald Terrelonge. Congratulations to the Jozwiak family, and Happy New Year!


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Honor Flight Receives $16k GREENFIELD CENTER — Cornell’s Used Auto Parts of Greenfield Center and Premium Recycled Parts Northeast have donated $16,000 at a check presentation ceremony on Dec. 16 to the Honor Flight Program. Honor Flight began in 2009 and is a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring America’s most senior veterans. Through generous donations, they transport local heroes to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at the memorials, at no cost to the veterans. Top priority is currently given to WWII veterans, along with any veterans who may be terminally ill. Beginning in 2016, Honor Flight began transporting Korean War veterans. When the flight began in 2009, 50 veterans

and guardians traveled together. There were 14 WWII prisoners of war and 5 WWII heroes, including one hero that lost his sight while serving his country. Our veteran heroes aren’t asking for recognition, but they deserve it. This program is a small token of appreciation for those that gave so much. Lieutenant Colonel Michael D. Tagliafierro, Commander, 2nd Battalion 106th Infantry Regiment, pictured above, has 30 years of Service in the Army, Army Reserves and the Army National Guard and is currently serving on active duty with the Domestic Operations section of the New York National Guard Joint Force Headquarters. LTC Tagliafierro has also been deployed for two

Stewart’s Holiday Match Sets New Record CAPTIAL REGION — The 2016 Holiday Match program sets a record for the third consecutive season, raising over $1.85 million for local children’s organizations. From Thanksgiving Day through Christmas Day, Stewart’s customers impressively donated over $926,000 to the program, which is an approximate $56,000 increase over last season. Each individual donation is matched penny for penny by Stewart’s Shops. There are no administrative costs and 100 percent of the funds benefit local, non-profit children’s organizations. “We are impressed by our customers’ generosity season after season. They have joined us in supporting local children’s charities for 30 years now, raising more than $24 million,” said Stewart’s Shops President Gary Dake. “We are giving back to our communities that have given so much to us.” Stewart’s Foundation President Susan Dake added, “The Holiday Match program continues to be extraordinarily successful with the hard work of the Stewart’s partners and the generosity of our customers. Nearly 1,600 children’s organizations received Holiday Match funding from our last campaign.” Children’s charities can apply for funding from the

Holiday Match program through January 31. Organizations can easily fill out an online application at or pick up a paper application at any shop. All groups applying must be locally based, benefit children under 18, and be a qualified, charitable 501c3 organization. A brochure listing charities that received Holiday Match funding last year is available at Funds will be allocated in March. Stewart’s Shops thanks its customers, shop partners and media partners for their support each year.

tours of Iraq. Next to Tagliafierro in the photo is Senior Master Sergeant Louis Okoniewski Jr., Retired Army Air Corps. Enlisted in 1942 and retired in 1974, he served 32 years, which included WW2, Korea and Vietnam. Okoniewski flew 31 missions over Germany, as well as flew over Korea mapping islands and flew 100 refueling missions over Vietnam. Pictured with them is Private First Class Thomas Merrills, who served June 1961 – July 1963 in the Army, and First Sergeant Robert Roxbury, who served Sept. 1963 – Dec. 1993 in the Army. They all hail from The Town of Greenfield. For more information about Cornell’s, visit SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Bank of America Charitable Foundation recently awarded Shelters of Saratoga a grant in the amount of $5,000 to continue their support of the Adult Drop-In Program. The Drop-In is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the agency’s 20 Walworth Street location. It offers a safe, warm and dry environment for street homeless individuals to do laundry, take a shower, get a meal and connect with critical resources. Various other community agencies provide additional support during the Drop-In hours to ensure that individuals utilizing the program receive the full spectrum of services available to them.

The four veterans holding the check for the Honor Flight Program are, from left to right, Lieutenant Colonel Michael D. Tagliafierro, Commander, 2nd Battalion 106th Infantry Regiment; Senior Master Sergeant Louis Okoniewski Jr., Retired Army Air Corps; Army Private First Class Thomas Merrills; and Army First Sergeant Robert Roxbury. Photo provided.

Shelters of Saratoga Receives $5k Grant

Left to right: Jillian Pasco, Vice President of Community Relations, Bank of America; Michael Finocchi, Executive Director; and Deanna Hensley, Drop-In Coordinator, both of Shelters of Saratoga. Photo provided.



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Notes from City Hall by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY

Moody’s Investors Service Upgrades City’s Outstanding Bonds Rating Commissioner of Finance Michele Madigan announced this week that Moody’s Investors Service has upgraded the City’s bond rating on its outstanding bonds from Aa3 to Aa2. The city has $52.5 million in general obligation bonds outstanding. This is comparable to the AA+ awarded by Standard and Poor’s (S&P) for each of the past five years, all during Madigan’s tenure, the commissioner said. The revised rating reflects “the city’s strong fiscal management as evidenced by recent consecutive years of surplus operations, strong reserve levels, conservative budgeting, and consistent operating surpluses,” according to Moody’s. “The city’s healthy financial position will likely remain stable.”

In outlining credit challenges Moody’s noted that the city should look to “additional revenue sources needed to augment eventual elimination of VLT aid”, and noted the city has a “reliance on economically sensitive revenues.”

UDO Advisory Committee Announces Series of Public Meetings at Music Hall The Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) Technical Review Advisory Committee (TRAC) will host a series of meetings, open to the public, at the Saratoga Music Hall through the spring. Similar to City Council meetings – although earlier in the day - the UDO gatherings will take place the first and third Tuesday of the month, beginning on Jan. 17. According to the city, the UDO is a tool which combines traditional zoning and subdivision regulations into one, easy-to-read reference document. It is intended to

eliminate redundant or conflicting code provisions, and help to streamline the review and approval process and clarify the steps and requirements with clear illustrations and language. The city began work on a UDO 12 months ago. The goals of the project are to update existing zoning and subdivision regulations to be in conformance with the newlyadopted Comprehensive Plan; to research and implement new initiatives which would improve the overall sustainability of the city with regards to energy consumption, stormwater management, solar power, walkability and similar measures, and to combine and reformat various development standards into one, single unified document which is easy to read and understand, with improved efficiency and a more streamlined review and approval process. The project is funded by a Cleaner, Greener Communities grant provided by NYSERDA. The TRAC provides the technical input to carry out the continuing, cooperative and comprehensive planning

process for the UDO. Meetings will take place 4 to 6 p.m. on Jan. 17, Feb. 7, Feb. 21, March 7, March 21, April 4 and April 18.

Upcoming Meetings The Zoning Board of Appeals will host a public meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 9 at City Hall. New business to be discussed includes: Subdivision - 58 Fifth Ave. area variance for a two-lot subdivision; Garage - 111 Catherine St. area variance to finish the interior of an existing garage; Residence - 101 North Street, area variance for additions to

an existing single-family residence; Two-Family - 63 Ash St. area variance to construct a detached garage/dwelling unit; Two-Family - 217 Caroline St. area variance for an addition to an existing multi-family residence. Old Business: The Springs Signs - 60 and 74 Weibel Avenue, area variance for additions to two existing freestanding signs. The Saratoga Springs Board of Ethics will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 12 at City Hall. The Planning Board will host a meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 12 at City Hall.

Saratoga PLAN Explores Mud Pond in the Palmertown Conservation Area

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Recently, Saratoga PLAN hosted an opportunity to explore Mud Pond in Moreau Lake State Park with expert naturalist, Jackie Donnelly. A group of 8 hardy outdoor enthusiasts explored the winter evergreen flora of Mud Pond, discovering greenery amid the snow and short days of winter. This was the second in a series of events that aim to bring citizens and experts together to explore the ecosystems of the Palmertown Conservation Area, a natural landscape bordered to the North by the Hudson River, with Routes 9 and 9N to the East and West. Jackie Donnelly teaches evergreen plant identification at Mud Pond in Moreau Lake State Park (event hosted by Saratoga PLAN). Under her expert instruction, the group identified many varieties of evergreen trees, ferns, mosses, and lichens. Abbie Larkin, PLAN’s representative on the walk, tasted wintergreen berries for the first time, while others dug through the snow to find the next specimen for Jackie to identify. Donnelly said she was

“grateful to Saratoga PLAN for preserving diversity” and that she has been “exploring the area for 47 years and can’t believe the diversity in the Palmertown Conservation Area,” which she considers her bailiwick. More of her adventures identifying plants across Saratoga County can be read on her blog, Saratoga Woods and Waterways ( Future events are planned for winter mammal tracking, as well as salamander surveys and bird walks as the weather warms up in the spring. These events offer opportunities for the public to learn about areas within the Palmertown Conservation Area with expert naturalists. The Palmertown exploratory events are supported by funding from New York State’s Conservation Partnership Program for land trusts helping to accomplish New York’s Open Space goals. For more information about Saratoga PLAN, visit or call 518-587-5554.

Week of January 6 – January 12, 2017


Changes for City Government in 2017 Continued from front page.

ultimate governing body that is the City Council. The five-member council – comprised of the mayor and four commissioners are each tasked with overseeing different city departments, as well as sharing equal voting power at the table when deciding how to shape the city’s future. The councilmembers each serve two-year terms, and all five seats will be up in the November 2017 election. Prior to that vote, however, the city’s commission form of governing may face a challenge in a public referendum that could take place as soon as the spring. “We had a vote 12-3 to draft a charter with an alternative form of government,” Bob Turner, chairman of the Charter Review Commission told the City Council this week. “However, we’ll also be making suggestions on changes to the current form.” At least one sitting councilmember is publicly opposed to a springtime referendum. “Having a special election in April is ludicrous. It’s almost like you’re trying to shoehorn this thing in,” DPW Commissioner Anthony “Skip” Scirocco said this week. “If you have special elections midterm, you just don’t get the turnout. Special interest and special groups come out. It would make a lot more sense, to me, to wait and

have that election in November.” The annual State of the City address, during which Mayor Joanne Yepsen will discuss the city’s achievements during the past 12 months and its plans the future, will take place 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28 at the Saratoga Springs City Center. The State of The City address provides a roadmap of the city’s agenda for the new year, as well as offering a glimpse of what may be in the works behind the scenes. It was during the 2015 address that the formation of the arts commission, and the subsequent policies regulating street performers emerged for the first time. “As we move forward in our second century as a city, we must sustain our growth without compromising our city in the country,” Yepsen said in last year’s address. Land Use and environmental protection were among the priorities in the 2016 vision. Building economic opportunities and housing initiatives were the others, and these are sure to continue well into the future. City Land Use Boards The Saratoga Springs Planning Board is a seven-member citizen board appointed by the mayor to 7-year staggered terms. The Planning Board reviews development activities within city boundaries and provides advisory services to the City

Council, Zoning Board of Appeals, and Design Review Commission on various development activity, and meets 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month. This week, Mayor Joanne Yepsen appointed Amy Durland to a one-year term, to fulfill the final year of obligation by board member Howard Pinsley, who resigned due to health reasons. The Saratoga Springs Zoning Board of Appeals is a quasi-judicial seven-member citizen board appointed by the Mayor to 7-year staggered terms. The ZBA reviews requests for waivers from regulations in the zoning ordinance, including Use Variances, Area Variances, and requests for interpretation of the regulations made by the city’s Zoning Enforcement Officer. The Board also makes referrals for advisory opinions on any matter before the Board to the City Council, the Planning Board, and the Design Review Commission. This week, Mayor Joanne Yepsen appointed Cheryl Grey to a 7-year term. The Saratoga Springs Design Review Commission is a 7-member citizen board appointed by the Mayor to 5-year staggered terms. The DRC has jurisdiction over signage and exterior building changes on most properties within the city’s National Register Districts, as well as over signage and exterior building

changes on properties that face the major entrance roads to the city. The Commission also provides advisory services to the City Council, Zoning Board of Appeals, and Planning Board on various development activity. Mayor Appoints Second City Court Judge – Vero In, Doern Out Mayor Joanne Yepsen appointed Francine R. Vero to fill the second position of full-time City Court Judge. Vero, a Democrat, will serve for a period of one year, commencing Jan. 1, 2017. Under a bill signed in 2013 by Gov. Andrew Cuomo that seeks to ease caseloads in overburdened municipal courts, Saratoga Springs maintained its one full-time judge - Democrat Jeffery Wait - who was originally elected to the judgeship in 2008, and transformed its one part-time city judgeship - held by Republican Jim Doern, into a fulltime position. Yepsen recently appointed Wait to fill the first position within City Court, and with the appointment of Vero - a 2006 graduate of Albany Law School and a Senior Counsel with the Harris Beach law firm – Doern’s service to the city as judge has concluded, although he could mount a political challenge for the seat in the fall. The position will be open for

local elective office in the November 2017 vote. John Safford, a Republican mayoral candidate who challenged the Democrat Yepsen in the 2015 election, this week questioned Yepsen’s appointment of Vero over Doern. “I’m very confident and very happy with my choice,” Yepsen responded. “We all need to move on and keep the politics out of it.” In addition to increasing staffing requirements, the state Office of Court Administration also informed the city it would need to modify its existing court space, which sits directly beneath Saratoga Music Hall, to accommodate the second judge -- and that it must do so at its own expense. Last May, the City Council held a special meeting and unanimously backed an option which calls for the conversion of Saratoga Music Hall into courtroom space. The proposed conversion of the hall has been an unpopular one within some residents of the city, who cite its historic construction and its value as a 300seat performance hall. At a public hearing last May, nearly two dozen people spoke for nearly an hour to protest the council’s decision to turn the hall into courtroom space, and an online petition titled “Save the Music Hall!” garnered more than 370 signatures in three weeks. Re-construction of the hall has yet to commence.



Week of January 6 – January 12, 2017

New Year’s Resolution: Volunteer “What’s your New Year’s resolution?” We will all get asked this question over and over in the coming weeks. Instead of offering one of the many typical answers – get a gym membership, eat more vegetables, or lose a few pounds – I would like to suggest to your readers that they step outside their usual lives and comfort zones. How about this for a resolution – research a local community

organization, the programs it offers and the issues it seeks to address and solve. Even better would be to do the research and then volunteer or donate to that organization. Rebuilding Together Saratoga County partners with volunteers to provide critical home repairs and accessibility modifications for low-income Saratoga County homeowners. These services are provided at no cost to the homeowners

and our efforts ensure that the family can live independently in a home that is safe, healthy, warm, and dry. Communities and neighborhoods are stronger when families can remain in their own homes. Rebuilding Together Saratoga County supports these families by providing and coordinating the materials, volunteers, and contractors needed to repair their homes, so they can continue

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to live in their own homes and neighborhoods. Many of our clients have lived in their homes for more than 20 years. Let 2017 be a year of local community action and service. At a time when we see so much hate and divisiveness in the news, let us all seek to understand the challenges that plague our local communities. Let us come together as neighbors and friends to look out for each other and those around

us that are most in need. Let us take action to ensure our community is a place for all to live and thrive. To learn more about Rebuilding Together Saratoga County and the housing issues that County residents face and how you can help, visit or call 518-587-3315. Michelle Larkin Rebuilding Together Saratoga County

Female Judicial Appointment Refreshing Recent articles in national publications have highlighted the underrepresentation of women in judicial positions nationally. So it is refreshing to see that Saratoga Springs Mayor Joanne Yepsen has resisted intense political pressure and named a highly qualified woman to a City Court vacancy. Though some pretend to be horrified that the Democratic mayor actually

appoints Democrats to key positions occasionally, Mayor Yepsen in fact has a wellestablished record of bi-partisanship in her appointments. This particular decision was obviously a tough call. Ignore the critics, Mayor, and keep up the good work. Kenneth Klotz Mayor, City of Saratoga Springs, 2000-2003

Week of January 6 – January 12, 2017

BALLSTON SPA 12 Parkwood Dr., $230,000. Joshua Tavarez sold property to Matthew and Stephanie Church. 1 Harvester Way, Lot 88, $432,400. Legacy Custom Homes LLC sold property to James and Sarah Todt. 42 Woodside Dr., $294,500. Donna Wissenback (Ind and as CoTrustee) and Robert Choquette, Sr. (Ind and as Co-Trustee) sold property to Lori Blatnick.


37 Henry St. #302, $845,000. Rita and Robert Wood, Sr., sold property to Justin Karlitz-Grodin (as Trustee). 154 Clinton St., $321,500. Darlene Robens sold property to Mary Munday-Fahy and John Fahy. 25 Northway Court, $227,500. Sweet Home Saratoga LLC sold property to Mark Elliott. 68 Vista Dr., $438,000. Sandra George sold property to Joanne Yepsen.

15 Cypress St., $371,971. Heritage Builders Group LLC sold property to Colleen and Gregory Harren.

West Ave., $1,780,0000. Pitney Meadow Farm LLC sold property to Pitney Meadows Community Farm Inc.

1443 Route 50, $375,000. Patricia Schmidt sold property to Mourningkill Properties LLC.

9 Heather Lane, $215,000. John and Mary Reese sold property to Elizabeth Gomula and Eric Swoyer.

MALTA 150 Thimbleberry Rd., $79,000. Paul and Paula Fanning sold property to Richard Checca. Raylinski Rd., $340,000. Peter Belmonte, Jr. (Ind and as Co Trustee) and Paul Belmonte (co Trustee) sold property to Performing Assets Strategies LLC. 192 Thimbleberry Rd., $190,000. Paul McClellan (as Trustee) sold property to Peter Buck. 16 Admirals Way, $579,713. Malta Land Company LLC sold property to Jace Bigelow and Amanda Stebbins. 6 Woodfield Ct., $311,825. Michaels Group LLC sold property to Mac McCarthy. 292 Ruhle Rd. South, $270,000. Robert Theiss, Jr. , Steven Theiss and Neil Theiss sold property to Steven and Deborah Fedorczuk. 101 and 102 11th St., $192,500. Adam Newman sold property to Richard and Regina Newman.

SARATOGA SPRINGS 8 Troon Court, $359,900. Michael and Denise Brenahan sold property to Herlinda Madaj and Trisha Miller. 73 Buff Rd., $250,000. Susan Conrad sold property to Kevin and Lauteria Berry. 127 George St., $454,000. Fasig Tipton Company Inc. sold property to Andrew Masters.

16 Pamela Lane, $437,443. Blitman Saratoga LLC sold property to Anthony and Jamie Mastroianni. 142 High Rock Ave., $750,000. Marilyn Kellner (as Trustee) sold property to Ralph and Nina Douglas. 70 Railroad Place Unit 504, $657,600. Jayson Moy (by Agent) sold property to Steven Coons and Taunia Kipp. 7 Ellis Ave. #1, $252,000. Margaret Leonardo sold property to Regina and David Bonacci. 38 High Rock Ave., Unit

4G, $749,991. High Rock Condominiums LLC sold property to Neil Tyrrell.

121 Cobble Hill Dr., $660,000. David and Kathryn Gross sold property to Ashley Murphy.

Kaydeross Ave. West, $116,000. Arthur Braun (as Successor Trustee) sold property to Peter and Jennifer Lopatka.

16 Fairmount Dr., $270,000. Alberto and Jill Rodriguez sold property to Kevin and Tiffany Kelley.

11 Congress Ave., $110,000. Anthony Perrino, Dianne Henderson and Darlene Neville sold property to 11 Congress Ave. LLC

13 Norland Court, $270,000. Jonathan Short sold property to Christina Hill.

10 Stratton St., $649,000. Daniel Szot sold property to Jason and Tricia Reichter. 16 East Ridge, $425,000. James and Connie Meisner sold property to William and Lorraine Fitzsimmons. 506 Grand Ave., $80,000. Expert Inspection LLC sold property to Daphne Dalbey. 103 Wright St., $475,000. Tami Farrow sold property to Saratoga Longshots LLC. 46 Union Ave., $750,000. 46 Union Avenue LLC sold property to Moore Hall LLC. 17 West Harrison St., $310,000. Kevin Holmes (as Trustee) sold property to IDK Properties LLC.

WILTON 120 Louden Rd., $270,000. Gayle and Jurgen Windisch sold property to Sean and Sara Kelly.

115 Ruggles Rd., $285,000. Gabriela Aldrete and Wayne Hittinger sold property to Brian and Keri Markham. 363 Northern Pines Rd., $195,000. New York Community Bank sold property to Brian Dumigan. 11 Craw Lane, $381,120. McPadden Builders LLC sold property to Gail and Edward Decker, Jr.

13 2 Wellington Ct., $140,000. Michael and Harrilyn Beehner sold property to Galarneau Builders Inc. 24 Burnham Rd., $275,000. Judith McCauley sold property to Christopher and Lauren Leuzinger. 6 Rose Terrace, $145,000. Pine Brook Landing LLC sold property to Benjamin and Kathryn Clark. 108 Ruggles Rd., $270,000. Michael and Lori Genaro sold property to Mark McRoberts. 26 Claire Pass, $280,500. Michael Tompkins (by Agent) sold property to Pamela Weber. 444 Northern Pines Rd., $395,000. Cannone Properties LLC sold property to Gary Stone.



Week of January 6 – January 12, 2017

Party Like It’s 1917 Public Invited to Stately Building’s 100th Birthday Continued from front page.

the 473 Broadway location. There will be refreshments and a ceremonial closing of the 2016 time capsule, to be sealed for the next hundred years. The original time capsule was placed in the cornerstone of the marble building

in June 1916, at the beginning of construction, and was opened ceremoniously last summer. The contents of both capsules can be viewed at the reception. ATC Executive Vice President Charles Wait, Jr., grew up in the bank family and has a strong sense of its history.

Photos courtesy of Adirondack Trust Company.

It took three days to uncover the original time capsule last June.

ATC building first opened its doors in 1917.

“I worked counting pennies in the basement when I was 14,” he remembered, “and was a custodian at 16, then a teller at 18.” He left for college and returned in 2009 after receiving his law degree to take on the role of vice president of legal and regulation, and has since been promoted to his current position. “You’ve got both a sense of pride for the bank and community and a sense of awe of all the things that those before you have done and what you have to live up to,” said Wait, Jr. “I feel connected to the community that I grew up in, which is a great feeling.” That connection stretches back a hundred years, back when there was a cage in the middle of the lobby and the teller and bookkeeper sat next to each other. There was no boardroom in those days, according to Wait, Jr., so the board met on the balcony above the lobby. The boardroom was constructed in the 1930s, and now hosts executive and committee meetings, whereas the full board now meets in the Mabee building at 31 Church Street. But overall, the basic layout of the marble-and-brick building has not much changed over the last century. The chandeliers are all original and the vision of ATC Founder Sen. Edgar T. Brackett endures. “A big reason for Saturday’s celebration is to say thank you,” said Wait, Jr. “Thank you to the employees, customers, shareholders, the community, and everyone who has helped make this bank successful.” The bank’s website is The contents of the time capsule can be viewed at http://info.adirondacktrust. com/1916timecapsule.

Week of January 6 – January 12, 2017

Two Join SOS Board

Tony Mangano, MSW

Sister Charla Commins SARATOGA SPRINGS — Shelters of Saratoga (SOS) is pleased to announce the addition of two new members to its Board of Directors, Sister Charla Commins, C.S.J., LCSW-R and Tony Mangano, MSW. Both were instrumental in the formation of SOS 25 years ago, as well as more recently with Code Blue Saratoga, in developing the organization for which to provide services to those impacted by homelessness in the greater Saratoga region. Sister Charla Commins, C.S.J., LCSW-R has served as the Executive Director of Catholic Charities of Saratoga, Warren and Washington

Counties since 1995. Commins has an extensive history of involvement in numerous local non-profit organizations, including: Wellspring, Community Hospice, Saratoga Springs Housing Authority, Saratoga Affordable Housing Group, Inc., Saratoga County Committee on Runaway and Homeless Youth, and Saratoga County Department of Social Services Advisory Committee. Tony Mangano retired from Saratoga County Mental Health Center in 2002 after working for the agency for 30 years; with the last 20 as the Assistant Director. Mangano has volunteered for various local organizations, including Saratoga Center for the Family, Saratoga Springs Lions Club, and Bicycles for Humanity. In addition to serving in an advisory capacity, he has also served as a Code Blue Saratoga shelter volunteer for the past several winters. The mission of Shelters of Saratoga is to provide individuals with safe shelter, support services and sustainable strategies to end homelessness in the Greater Saratoga region. For more information on SOS, visit

County EOC’s New Executive Director SARATOGA COUNTY — Following a regional search and competitive interview process, the Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council, Inc. (EOC) Board of Directors has announced

BUSINESS BRIEFS 15 that Jo Anne Hume has been promoted to the position of Executive Director. Hume started at EOC in January 2012 and had previously served in the capacity of Deputy Director and Director of Finance and Human Resources until recently when she was promoted to Interim, Executive Director. Hume possesses a bachelor’s degree from Boston College and has held a number of senior level positions in both the governmental and private industry sector. Hume and her husband Evan, who is from the Washington D.C. area, reside in Wilton and have three children: Andrew, Christopher and Emily. EOC is planning a series of events and communications to formally introduce Hume to the community in early 2017.

Women in Business Gathering SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Women in Business (SWIB) group will hold their next bi-monthly meeting on Wednesday, January 18 from 5 to 7 p.m. at The National Museum of Racing & Hall of Fame, 191 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs, in the Hall of Fame room. Parking

is available behind the museum, accessed off of Ludlow Street. The SWIB group targets female business leaders in the greater Saratoga Springs area and offers free bi-monthly fellowship opportunities. Wine and light snacks, sponsored by area businesses, will be provided at each gathering, and door prizes will also be awarded. Voluntary cash contributions will be collected at the door in order to help fund future SWIB events. Every SWIB meeting includes a 5-minute presentation by a local woman-led nonprofit organization. The January non-profit spotlight will be on our hosts, The National Museum of Racing & Hall of Fame. Learn more about the organization at To learn more about the Saratoga Women in Business group or to register for the free January 18 networking event, please visit www.saratogawomeninbusiness. com. The registration deadline is Thursday, January 12.

Chamber’s 99th Annual Dinner SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce cordially invites

you to the 99th Annual Dinner on Thursday, January 26, from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at the Saratoga Springs City Center, 522 Broadway. The event will kickoff with a Cocktail Hour, from 6 to 7 p.m. and will be followed by dinner and the program, from 7 to 8:30 and will conclude with a dessert reception, running until 9:30. Tickets are $100. Visit for more information. 2016 Chair of the Board, Matt Jones, Attorney at The Jones Firm, will be recognized for his leadership and recap the successes of this past year. In addition, 2017 Chair, Dave Collins, from D.A. Collins Companies, will be welcomed in, along with the Chamber board, volunteers and 25 year anniversary members being recognized for their support. Sponsorship opportunities are available ranging from $500 to $3,500, which includes admission to the event. If you are interested in having your business name and/or logo displayed for members to see, please contact Keith VanVeghten,, or call 518-584-3255.



Week of January 6 – January 12, 2017

B-Spa International Baccalaureate Info Night BALLSTON SPA — Ballston Spa High School’s International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme will host an IB Information Night on January 11 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the High School Library for interested students and families. In addition to hearing about the IB options available at Ballston Spa High School, both public and private colleges will present on what role IB plays in the college admissions process. Also joining us in the discussion will be current IB students and teachers. Prospective IB students and families are invited to meet the IB team on January 17 from 2:30 to 3:30 pm in the High School Library to discuss IB courses of interest. This forum provides information on both how and what students may explore in the seven courses of study in the IB Programme: Language and Literature, Language Acquisition, Individuals and Societies, Experimental

Sciences, Mathematics, Arts, and the Inner Core. Several current IB students and parents will also be available to share their reflections of the program. Students will also be able to learn more about the program informally at several lunches with IB students in the Guidance Office on January 30 – February 1. Interested students are encouraged to bring their lunch and eat with current IB students while asking what they really want to know about IB from a student’s perspective. June 2016 was the third graduation year of full International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Candidates from Ballston Spa High School. This is a rigorous college-level program for motivated students in the last two years of high school. The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) and Ballston Spa Central School

Early College Information Session

Elementary School Makes a Video

QUEENSBURY — Attention 10th grade students and parents: the SUNY Adirondack Early College Career Academy is holding an Information Session for 10th grade students and parents at its Wilton campus in Gansevoort (696 Route 9) on Monday, Jan. 9 at 6pm in Lecture Hall Room 107. Students in the programs are exposed to the latest technologies used in these industries, earn industry recognized certifications, and participate in work-based learning activities that include job shadowing, being mentored by an industry expert and real-world industry challenge projects. In addition to acquiring job skills and industry knowledge, students also earn college credits toward an Associate Degree in Applied Science, an Associate Degree in Science, or a SUNY Adirondack Certificate. For more information visit website at: http://www. wsw heb o rams. cfm?subpage=654

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Fourth graders at Caroline Street Elementary School participated in the film “How to Unmake a Bully” during the week of Dec 12. During the film residency, Mike Feurstein – referred to by students as “Mr. Mike,”worked with students to write, act, and film a video about bullying. Before creating a video, students learn about the three main characters: the bully, the target and the bystander. After picking a scenario that relates to their class, students film a short video and learn about acting, sound, lighting and many other aspects of filmmaking. The film residency integrated character education with filmmaking to teach students to stand up against bullying. Feurstein has visited many elementary schools with his program “How to Unmake a Bully” as part of Arts In Education programming.

Teaching Empathy to Elementary Students SARATOGA SPRINGS — On December 15, the Saratoga Springs City School District

District are dedicated to developing global citizens and life-long learners who are committed to serving their communities, through intercultural understanding and

 For additional details regarding the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, visit the district website at or

contact the IB Coordinators, Christy Knapp cknapp@bscsd. org or Nicole Stehle nstehle@ in the Ballston Spa High School Guidance Department.

Fourth Graders Raise $650

SCHUYLERVILLE — Schuylerville Elementary School fourth graders helped raise more than $650 for the Cancer

Research Institute in December. Grace Lail, a student in Mr. Whalen’s and Mrs. Endres’ class, had a Christmas wish to raise

$350 for cancer research. The entire fourth grade class helped her surpass her goal and make her wish come true.

held Project Kids Care Day. All six elementary schools gave back to the greater community during school by making and delivering items to over 30 outreach organizations. Some grade levels made or donated

items to organizations while others visited organizations to spread holiday cheer. The elementary school used the opportunity to teach students about empathy. Project Kids Care Day

encouraged students to become aware of others’ feelings and various situations that are different from their own and provided hands-on experiences with a real-world impact for our students.

Week of January 6 – January 12, 2017



Stepping Stars Gymnastics BALLSTON SPA —­ Stepping Star Gymnastics, based in Ballston Spa, sent 7 gymnasts to the World Class Gymnastics Invitational held at Siena College (Loudonville) on December 16-18. Every Stepping Star gymnast placed in the top 6 in the all-around in the level/age group in which they competed. Stepping Star was led by Ava Dallas (Age 13 of Wilton) who placed 1st all-around in the Level 8 ­ Senior Division with a score of 36.050. Ava also placed 1st on the uneven bars (8.825) and 1st on the balance beam (9.1). Fiona Waite (Age 10 of

Saratoga Springs) placed 1st on the balance beam (9.875) in the Level 6 ­Junior B Division. Emily Freeman (Age 11 of Saratoga Springs) placed 1st on the floor exercise (9.55) in the Level 6 ­Senior A Division. The World Class Invitational, now in its fourth year, is hosted by Latham¹s World Class Gymnastics and is a New York State qualifying meet. The event attracted 865 gymnasts from all over the Northeast and is the second largest gymnastics competition in all of New York State. For more info, contact Devon at steppingstarinfo@

Winter Breakers Club at Gavin Park SARATOGA SPRINGS — Looking for something for your children to do over the Winter Break, February 21-24? We have the perfect solution for you! 
 Gavin Park is, once again, offering a school break camp program for children in Kindergarten through 6th grade. Program hours are 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Program fee is $40 per day (3 day minimum) for Wilton residents, ($50 per day, and 3 day minimum for non-residents). Enrollment fee includes supervised games, crafts, movies, bingo & outdoor fun (weather permitting), as well as a light afternoon snack and drink. Children need to bring their own lunches with drinks. Pre-registration is required and is open now for participants in our Afterschool

Program, and all others beginning January 13th through February 10th, or when the programs fills (whichever comes first). Minimum of 8, maximum of 25. Please note, program will not run if minimum is not reached. Registration may be completed online, in person, or via U.S. Mail. Online registrations may be completed by going to departments/parks-and-recreation and selecting the appropriate quick link. In person registrations can be completed at the Gavin Park Office, which is open weekdays from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Payment by check, MasterCard/VISA, or money order is accepted. Any questions, please call 518-584-9455.

Saratoga Springs City School District To Host Vex Robotics Competition On January 7 SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Saturday, Jan. 7, Saratoga Springs City School District will host a VEX Robotics “Starstruck” Competition and Skills Challenge. The event will take place at Maple Avenue

Middle School Starts and opening ceremonies begin at 9 a.m. Over 40 teams from all over New York State will take part in the competition. Admission to the event is free and the community is invited to attend.

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High School Artists Showcased SARATOGA SPRINGS — All are invited to the opening reception of All Stars: An Exhibition of High School Artists on Saturday, January 14 from 3-5 p.m. at The Arts Center Gallery at Saratoga Arts. Art teachers throughout Saratoga, Fulton & Montgomery Counties, representing Amsterdam, Ballston Spa, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, BroadalbinPerth, Johnstown, Mayfield, Northville, Saratoga Springs, Shenendehowa, South Glens

Falls, Stillwater and WaterfordHalfmoon school districts, selected work in all media from their students to exhibit in The Arts Center Gallery. This exhibition provides a unique opportunity for art students to exhibit in a professional gallery setting and gain recognition for their artistic and creative accomplishments. This opportunity helps prepare and motivate young artists to pursue the arts throughout their lives and find

value in creative communities. With the guidance and artistic foundation provided by their teachers, students are able to develop their own voice and make connections across disciplines, while sharing their inspiration with fellow peers and the public. By encouraging younger generations of artists to excel in their creative work, Saratoga Arts fulfills its mission of cultivating, nourishing, and sustaining the arts in all forms.

Johanna Friedman Selected As New Assistant Principal At Saratoga Springs High School SARATOGA SPRINGS — Johanna Friedman, a teacher at Saratoga Springs High School, has been appointed as an assistant principal at Saratoga Springs High School. The appointment is effective January 3. “Johanna Friedman is an experienced teacher and administrator who is wellrespected by colleagues, students and parents. We are fortunate to have a candidate

of Johanna’s caliber to take over a critically important administrative position at the high school,” said Michael Piccirillo, superintendent of schools. Ms. Friedman has spent the past nine years serving as an English teacher at Saratoga Springs High School. Prior to that, she served as an assistant principal at Saratoga Springs High School, an assistant principal at Bethlehem Central High School, and a

teacher at Guilderland High School.
 Ms. Friedman earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Skidmore College in 1996, a master’s degree in secondary English from Union College in 1998, and a school district administrator certification from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in 2001. She holds a permanent certificate from New York State as a school district administrator and as an English teacher.

Week of January 6 – January 12, 2017


House Plants

by Peter Bowden for Saratoga TODAY The days are finally if slowly getting longer. It will only be a couple of months until we can start getting outside to clean up our yards and get our gardens ready for another growing season. Until then, the houseplants in our small but sunny front room get lavished with appreciation and attention. It’s a great place to read and shake off cabin fever. Spring arrives in our front room on any sunny winter day.

This is a time of year when we need flowers so, every once in a while, a plant will follow me home to join the gang. Many are small flowering houseplants that add some cheer to the greenery. One of my favorites for a touch of color is primrose polyanthus. Primrose comes in a wide variety of flower colors from white to dark purple and just about every color in between. Once they finish flowering, snip off the spent blooms. Keep them lightly moist, and in late May or early June, you can transplant them into a part shade flowerbed outdoors. They are hardy to -35° and can easily make it through our winters and return for many years. This makes them especially appealing to a thrifty gardener like me. Another of my favorites is streptocarpus or Cape Primrose. Streptocarpus isn’t a true primrose but is named for the similarity of the puckered leaves to primrose

polyanthus. Streptocarpus is a native of South Africa and isn’t winter hardy here. They flower regularly and can get quite large and live for many years. If you keep your home on the cold side, you can still enjoy flowers if you choose cyclamen. Cyclamen are happiest at temperatures below 70°. The flowers last many weeks. Cyclamen grow from a tuber that stores moisture so avoid overwatering. During summer, you can let your cyclamen go dormant by holding back water. It will lose its leaves for the summer. The tuber will stay alive, and when you start watering again in the fall, it will spring to life once more. Like the amaryllis bulb, cyclamen has a dormant season that’s the opposite


Aloe vera.



of our growing season. Perfect for a houseplant, don’t you think? Another reliable flowering houseplant is the kalanchoe. Kalanchoe’s flowers last a long, long time if you don’t overwater. In the home, kalanchoe needs a sunny south-facing window to thrive. If you move it outside in the summer, it will need a little protection from strong afternoon sun. It isn’t winter hardy here in zone 5 but will flower regularly in a summer bed or patio planter. If you rescue kalanchoe before frost in fall, it will provide more flowers to enjoy inside over winter. I’m lucky to have a room with nice windows that face south. In “light challenged” rooms, you’ll want to seek out plants that can thrive in low light. The two champions for low light are Heartleaf Philodendron and Pothos. Heart leafed Philodendron

and Pothos are both vines, so they are popular in hanging baskets. They can both be attached to a trellis and grown in an upright fashion. Neither needs any direct sun at all and can thrive even across the room from the nearest window. An aloe vera is a plant everyone should have. Not only is it an easy-togrow houseplant but is handy to have in the kitchen. The gel you find inside the thick leaves of aloe vera is useful for treating minor burns as well as other skin problems. Aloe is easy to grow but does prefer a bright window. In my many years in the business, I’ve learned that the #1 way that folks kill their houseplants is by drowning them. Often we’ll put a saucer under a plant to keep water from ruining our floors or furniture. These saucers don’t do the plants any good. If you leave a plant standing in a saucer of water overnight, you just drowned about 30 percent of the roots. Once drowned, those roots are dead forever. The plant’s leaves will start to brown at the tips. Naturally, most folks see these brown tips and think the plant needs MORE water and continue to drown it over and over again, eventually killing the whole plant. Remember, plants “breathe” with their roots as well as their leaves. If air in the soil is constantly displaced with water, they drown. It is much safer to let your houseplants get a little wilty from dryness than keeping them wet all the time. Roots that are a little dehydrated can bounce right back, but drowned roots are dead forever. Enjoy your houseplants but remember to ignore them a bit. Thanks for the read.



Week of January 6 – January 12, 2017

For an Economical and Flavorful Cooking Oil, Try Bacon Grease

Cheddar & Bacon Cornbread Saturdays, 9 to 1 Lincoln Baths Saratoga Spa State Park

for Saratoga TODAY

Pigs at Lewis Waite Farm

Bacon by Pattie Garrett.

Bacon Grease by Pattie Garrett

(usually 45 minutes). Or try warming a tablespoon of bacon grease in a skillet just to bubbling. Then add


* Ingredients can be found at the market

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. 2. Grease or butter a 8 x 8 inch metal baking pan or an 8-9 inch cast iron skillet. 3. Whisk flour, cornmeal, baking powder and soda, and salt in large bowl. Stir in cheese. 4. In a separate bowl, whisk eggs lightly, add buttermilk and melted bacon grease. 5. Add egg mixture to dry ingredients, stir gently until just mixed –less is definitely more here. 6. Transfer batter to prepared pan or skillet. 7. Bake until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, approximately 25-30 minutes.

- 1 cup unbleached flour; try also ½ c. whole wheat + ½ c. unbleached - 1 cup high quality (organic varieties are non-GMO) coarse cornmeal or corn flour - ¼ cup maple syrup or coconut sugar (you can also reduce amount to 2-3 T.)* - 2 tsp baking powder - 1 tsp baking soda - 1 tsp (or less) salt - 1 cup grated or shredded sharp aged cheddar, smoked cheddar, or jalapeno cheese* - 1 cup buttermilk (can substitute a short cup of milk, mix in 1-2 T cider vinegar)* - 2 large eggs* - 4 T melted bacon grease (not hot)*

by Janet Lampman, Lewis Waite Farm

Many of us recall growing up with a container of bacon grease near the kitchen stove. My family did not eat a lot of fried food, but a little dab of the melted bacon grease often offered an economical and flavorful way to fry fresh perch, not to mention eggs and pancakes. Bacon grease from pastured pork is way too flavorful to pitch out. It adds a delicious flavoring to roasted root vegetables, a base for sauteing fresh greens such as kale, and even a smoky sweetness to apples in apple pie. You can get pastured pork from many Saratoga Farmers’ Market vendors including Lewis Waite, Longlesson, and Longview farms. Lewis Waite Farm also offers ground beef, chorizo sausage, and a variety of beef and pork products. The Joy of Cooking recommends clarifying bacon fat before storing it for long-term use. Reheat it slowly in a frying pan and add four to five slices of potato to help absorb unwanted flavors. After the potato has turned brown, strain the fat through cheesecloth into a jar, cover the jar and refrigerate. It will keep up to six months. What are some of my favorite ways of using bacon grease? Try roasting cut up onions, garlic, leeks, potatoes, parsnips, rutabagas, carrots and any other root vegetables and placing them in a baking dish. Drizzle them with two to three teaspoons of warmed-to-liquid bacon grease, sprinkle salt and pepper and perhaps some chopped herbs on top and roast at 350 degrees until fork tender


a bunch of thinly sliced kale or chard leaves. Stir to saute about two minutes and toss in a few well-chopped garlic cloves.

Cover and cook at low heat, and then serve topped with a sprinkling of grated parmesan, asiago, aged smoked gouda or your favorite cheese. You can also add ground beef, chorizo, Cajun andouille or hot sausage sautéed with plenty of onion. Bacon grease is saturated fat, which can be unhealthful in large quantities. But many experts have found that saturated fats in moderation can

support physical and mental longevity. In addition, the use of bacon grease supports sustainable farming because using it ensures that less of the animal goes to waste. Use it moderately and it will go far. Visit the Saratoga Farmers’ Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at the Lincoln Baths Building in the Saratoga Spa State Park.

Week of January 6 – January 12, 2017


A Weighing Matter

by John Reardon for Saratoga TODAY Hello my Foodie Friends! Happy 2017!! Making New Year’s resolutions and resolving to change and improve yourself and your life is an almost unavoidable part of the transition to a new year. Though it’s a pretty well documented fact that most New Year’s resolutions fail, we keep making them—and we’re not alone. The custom of making New Year’s resolutions is most common in the West, but it happens all over the world. Losing weight, eating healthier, getting fit, improving our health, or getting back in shape are among the most popular resolutions made every New Year. Unfortunately, this is a resolution that we tend to remake year after year. It can be daunting when your list of New Year’s Resolutions is as long as your holiday shopping list. In addition to the post-holiday slump, not being able to keep your resolutions by February, March or even late January may increase your anxiety. When your holiday decorations are packed up and

stored away, the frustration of an unused gym membership or other reminders of failed resolutions can make the later winter months feel hopeless. However, it is important to remember that the New Year isn’t meant to serve as a catalyst for sweeping character changes. It is a time for people to reflect on their past year’s behavior and promise to make positive lifestyle changes. By making your resolutions realistic, there is a greater chance that you will keep them throughout the year, incorporating healthy behavior into your everyday life. Making healthier food choices can help

with improving the quality of your diet. However, regulating the size of food portions is a simple process that can help with weight loss. Weighing out food before it is eaten is a convenient method of controlling portion sizes and is something you can easily do at home with basic kitchen equipment. A digital kitchen scale, can help with measuring. A pointer to assist with weighing: Weigh out the desired portion size. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a standard portion for most meats and fish is 3 ounces. Look

for portion size information on packages and use on-line resources such as MyPyramid. gov to learn about the recommended portion size of other foods. Weigh the food before it has been washed or cooked. Place the plate of food on the scale. The calibrated scale will measure the weight of the food only. Remove or add more of the foods until you reach the required portion. You can remove the plate as many times as you like provided that you do not press the tally button for a second time. For hygiene reasons, you need to wash the plate thoroughly with hot water and detergent between weighing different foods. Those New Year’s resolutions can be a “weighing matter.” Stop by the Compliments to the Chef Plaza located at 46 Marion Ave. in Saratoga Springs to select a digital scale to assist with weighing ounces, pounds, fluid ounces, grams, and milliliters. We also carry cool tools for cooks that can

help with your focus on your New Year’s resolutions with cooking. We wish you all a happy, healthy, and fun in the kitchen 2017!! Remember my Foodie Friends; “Life Happens in the Kitchen.”

22 Adirondack Christian Fellowship   8 Mountain Ledge, Wilton 587-0623 | Services: Sunday 8 a.m. & 10 a.m. Adirondack Friends Meeting 27 Saratoga Ave, South Glens Falls 793-3755 | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Assembly of God Faith Chapel 6 Burgoyne St, Schuylerville 695-6069 | Rev. Jason Proctor Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m. Assembly of God Saratoga 118 Woodlawn Ave, Saratoga Springs 584-6081 | Services: Sunday Worship 10 a.m. Bacon Hill Reformed Church* 560 Route 32N, Bacon Hill | 695-3074 Rev. Janet Vincent | Services: Worship service 10 a.m.; Sunday School 10 a.m. Baha’i Community of Saratoga Springs 885-0876; 692-7694 | Ballston Center Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church 58 Charlton Road, Ballston Spa | 885-7312 Services: Sunday Worship, 10:30 a.m. Ballston Spa United Methodist Church 101 Milton Ave, Ballston Spa 885-6886 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Bethesda Episcopal Church* 41 Washington Street, Saratoga Springs | 584-5980 The Very Rev’d Marshall J. Vang Services: Sunday 8:00AM & 10:00AM Calvary Capital District 17 Low Street, Ballston Spa | Pastor Andrew Holt Services: Sunday 10 am | Church of Christ at Clifton Park 7 Old Route 146, Clifton Park 371-6611 | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Christ Community Reformed Church 1010 Route 146, Clifton Park | 371-7654 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Christ Episcopal Church Routes 50 & 67, Ballston Spa | 885-1031 Services: Sunday 8 & 10 a.m. Christian Restoration Ministries Saratoga Senior Center 5 Williams St, Saratoga Springs 796-4323 | Pastor Pat Roach Services: Sunday 10 a.m.; 6:30 p.m. Christian Science Church 107 Circular St, Saratoga Springs 584-0221 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Community Alliance Church 257 Rowland St, Ballston Spa 885-6524 | Services: Morning Worship 10:30 a.m. Congregation Shaara Tfille* 84 Weibel Avenue, Saratoga Springs 584-2370 | Services: Saturday 10 a.m. Corinth Free Methodist Church   20 Hamilton Ave, Corinth 654-9255; 792-0271 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Corinth United Methodist Church 243 Main Street, Corinth 654-2521 | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Cornerstone Community Church 516 Park Ave., Mechanicville | 664-5204 | Pastor Frank Galerie Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Community 2001 Route 9, Round Lake 877-8506 | Services: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 8 & 11 a.m.;

RELIGION Eastern Orthodox — Christ the Savior 349 Eastline Road, Ballston Lake 212-7845 | Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. First Baptist Church of Saratoga Springs 45 Washington St, Saratoga Springs 584-6301 | Services: Sunday 11 a.m. First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa 202 Milton Ave, Ballston Spa 885-8361 | Services: 10:30 a.m. worship, 9 a.m. Sunday School (all ages) First Presbyterian Church of Ballston Spa 22 West High St, Ballston Spa 885-5583 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Full Gospel Tabernacle 207 Redmond Road, Gansevoort 793-2739 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Galway United Methodist Church 2056 East St, Galway | 882-6520 Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. (9 a.m. in July and August) Grace Fellowship Saratoga 165 High Rock Ave, Saratoga | 691-0301 Pastor: Mike Adams Services: Sundays 9 & 11 a.m. Grace Brethren Church* 137 W. Milton Road, Ballston Spa 587-0649 | Rev. Dan Pierce Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Greater Grace Community Church Pastor David Moore | 899-7777 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Greenfield Center Baptist Church 30 Wilton Road, Greenfield Center | 893-7429 Services: Sunday School for all ages - 9:45 a.m.; Church Service - 11 a.m. Highway Tabernacle Church 90 River Road, Mechanicville | 664-4442 Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Hope Church 206 Greenfield Ave, Ballston Spa 885-7442 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Jonesville United Methodist 963 Main St, Clifton Park 877-7332 | Services: Sunday 8:30 & 10:30 a.m. Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Living Springs Community Church 59 Pine Road, Saratoga Springs 584-9112 | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Living Waters Church of God 4330 State Rt. 50, Saratoga Springs 587-0484 | Services: Sundays 10 a.m. Malta Presbyterian Church Dunning Street, Malta 899-5992 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Malta Ridge United Methodist Church 729 Malta Ave. Ext, Malta 581-0210 | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Middle Grove United Methodist Church* 581-2973 | Pastor Bonnie Bates Services: Sunday 9 a.m. Mt. Olivet Baptist Church Corner of Jefferson St. & Crescent St. Saratoga Springs | 584-9441 Rev. Dr. Victor L. Collier, Pastor New Horizon Church 150 Perry Road, Saratoga Springs 587-0711 | Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. New Life Fellowship 51 Old Gick Road, ­­Saratoga Springs 580-1810 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. NorthStar Church Gowana Middle School, Clifton Park

371-2811 | Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. & 11:15 a.m. Old Saratoga Reformed Church* 48 Pearl St., Schuylerville Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Old Stone Church (American Baptist) 159 Stone Church Road, Ballston Spa 583-1002 | Services: Sunday 9 a.m.; Adult Sunday School 9 a.m.; Service 10:30 a.m. Our Lady of Grace Roman Catholic Church* 73 Midline Road, Ballston Lake 399-5713 | Services: Saturday 5 p.m. Sunday 8:15 & 10:15 a.m. Presbyterian-NE Congregational Church 24 Circular St, Saratoga Springs 584-6091 | Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m. Quaker Springs United Methodist Church* 466 Route 32 South, Quaker Springs 695-3101 | Pastor Al Johnson Services: Sunday 9 a.m. River of Hope Fellowship 100 Saratoga Village Blvd, Malta Cmns, Ste. 3 | 881-1505 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Roman Catholic Church of St. Peter 241 Broadway, Saratoga Springs 584-2375 | Services: Saturday 5 p.m.; Sunday 7:30, 9 and 11 a.m. St. Clement’s Roman Catholic Church 231 Lake Ave, Saratoga Springs 584-6122 | Services: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 8, 9:30, 11:15 a.m. and 5 p.m., 1 p.m. Spanish Service St. George’s Episcopal Church 912 Route 146, Clifton Park 371-6351 | Services: Saturday 4:30 p.m.; Sunday 8 & 9:30 a.m. St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church* 3159 Route 9N, Greenfield Center 893-7680 Services: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 10:30 a.m. St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church* 167 Milton Ave, Ballston Spa 885-7411 | Services: Saturday 4 p.m., Sunday 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., Noon. St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church* 771 Route 29, Rock City Falls 893-7680 | Services: Sunday 8:30 am. St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church 149 Lake Ave, Saratoga Springs 584-0904 | Services: Saturday 5 p.m.; Sundays 8:30 & 11 a.m. St. Peter Lutheran Church 2776 Route 9, Malta | 583-4153 Services: Sunday 8:30 & 10:30 a.m.; Sunday School at 9:15 a.m. St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church 1 Grove Street, Schuylerville 695-3918 | Rev. Donna J. Arnold Services: Sunday 8 & 9 a.m. St. Thomas of Canterbury 242 Grooms Road, Halfmoon Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Saratoga Abundant Life Church 2325 Route 50 South, Saratoga Springs 885-5456 | Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m.

Week of January 6 – January 12, 2017 Rts. 32 and 71, Quaker Springs 587-7477; 399-5013 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Saratoga United Methodist Church* Henning Road, Saratoga Springs 584-3720 | Services: Sunday 9:00am and 10:45am Saratoga Seventh-Day Adventist Church 399 Union Ave, Saratoga Springs 882-9384 | Services: Sabbath School: 10 a.m. Worship Service: 11:30 a.m. Schuylerville United Methodist Church* 51 Church St, Schuylerville 695-3101 | Services: Worship at 11am Shenendehowa United Methodist 971 Route 146, Clifton Park 371-7964 Services: Sunday 9 & 10:30 a.m. Simpson United Methodist Church Rock City Road, Rock City Falls 885-4794 Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m. Soul Saving Station for Every Nation Christ Crusaders of America 62 Henry St, Saratoga Springs Services: Sunday 10 a.m. www.SOULSAVINGSTATIONCHURCH.COM Stillwater Christian Fellowship Meeting at Liberty Ridge Farm 29 Bevis Road Schaghticoke, NY 12154 Stillwater United Church (Presbyterian U.S.A.) 747 Hudson Avenue, Stillwater | 664-7984 Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Temple Sinai* 509 Broadway, Saratoga Springs 584-8730 | Shabbat Services: Friday 6 p.m. or 8p.m. (rotating schedule) Saturdays: 10:30a.m. Terra Nova Church* 45 Washington St, Saratoga Springs 833-0504 | Services: Sunday 5:30 p.m. The Salvation Army/ Worship, Service & Community Center 27 Woodlawn Ave, Saratoga Springs 584-1640 Services: Sunday School 10 a.m.; Praise & Worship 11 a.m. Trinity United Methodist Church 155 Ballard Road, Gansevoort 584-9107 | Rev Keith Mann Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Saratoga Springs 624 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs 584-1555 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Unity Church in Albany 21 King Ave., Albany 453-3603 Services: Sunday 9 a.m. & 11 a.m. West Charlton United Presbyterian Church 1331 Sacandaga Road, West Charlton 882-9874 | Rev. Thomas Gregg, Pastor Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Wilton Baptist Church 755 Saratoga Road, Wilton 583-2736 Services: Sunday 11 a.m.

Saratoga Chabad 130 Circular St, Saratoga Springs 526-0773 | Saratoga Friends Meeting (Quaker)

* — Handicap Accessible

Week of January 6 – January 12, 2017




Snowshoe Games Let the games begin! Join us outdoors for an hour of snowshoeing games and activities at the Saratoga Spa State Park on Monday, January 16 at 2 p.m. This program is appropriate for ages 7-12. Snowshoes will be available to rent for $5. This program is free. Space is limited. Please call 518-584-2000 Ext. 116 to register. Kids Open Mic at The Parting Glass Enjoy a Kids Open Mic at the Parting Glass with Rick Bolton on Friday, January 13 at 6 p.m. Disabled American Veterans Meeting The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) MarcelleNolan Chapter 158 will be holding their next meeting on Saturday, January 14, 2017, at 10 a.m. - ? at the Golden Corral Restaurant located at 15 Old Gick Rd. in Saratoga Springs. The chapter will continue to meet on the second Saturday of the month and welcomes new members and those who wish to support Veterans in their community. For more information on DAV/Auxiliary membership, contact the chapter at 518290-3030 or visit The Dr. King Challenge 2017 Dr. Martin Luther King Challenge: An evening of spoken word and performances from local artists reflecting on Dr. King’s call to action against racial and social injustice. Reception and performances by members of Soul Rebel Performance Troupe, WoW, SHYFT, Darian Goodin, Carlos Garcia, Scrambled and Comp., and others. The event will be held at Skidmore College in Filene Hall on Friday, January 13 from 7 – 9 p.m. Donation: $10.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 2017 Day of Service Community Event This event will be held at the Saratoga Springs Public Library on Monday, January 16, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Volunteer opportunities include four projects including a MoonCatcher Project, Thinkpeace “give a hand, lend a hand” art and awareness project), Youth Squared: Trail Blazing Training: registration required by emailing youthsquared@yahoo. com and Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs: knitting and crocheting scarves for the homeless.

p.m. at the Saratoga Springs City Center, 522 Broadway, Saratoga Springs. The event will kick-off with a Cocktail Hour, from 6 to 7 p.m. and will be followed by dinner and the program, from 7 to 8:30 and will conclude with a dessert reception, running until 9:30 p.m. Sponsorship opportunities are available ranging from $500 to $3,500, which includes admission to the event. If you are interested in having your business name and/or logo displayed for members to see, please contact Keith VanVeghten,, or call 518-584-3255.

Pieroghi Sale Christ the Savior parish, located at 349 Eastline Rd., in Ballston Lake, will hold its pieroghi sale on Tuesday, January, 17. Potato/cheese, sauerkraut and Farmer’s cheese pieroghi may be ordered. Also a limited supply of stuffed clams are available. Call 518-363-0001. Please get you orders in as soon as possible. Pick-up is on Tuesday between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

AARP Tax Prep Tax-Aide, a volunteer tax preparation program will be offering free tax preparation and filing of tax returns for low to moderate incomes, with a preference for seniors beginning February 1, 2017 through April 13, 2017 at the Malta Community Center. Appointments are required by calling 518-899-4411. AARP tax prep volunteers will be available, Wednesdays, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and Thursdays, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Please make your appointment after you have received all of your income and tax documents.

New Saratoga Friends New Saratoga Friends is a social group for baby boomers in the Saratoga area who are interested in making new friends to socialize with. This is not a dating or “singles” group! Couples and singles are welcome and there is no membership fee. Group members plan social activities based on their interests. You are welcome to join us in the Dutcher Room at the Saratoga Springs Public Library on Tuesday, January 17, 6:30-7:30 p.m. For more info or questions contact newsaratogafriends@gmail. com or join our New Saratoga Friends Meetup group (go to 99th Annual Dinner The Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce cordially invites you to the 99th Annual Dinner on Thursday, January 26, from 6 to 9:30

The Wizard of Oz The Maple Avenue Middle School Musical Club presents, “The Wizard of Oz” in the Trombley Auditorium at the Maple Avenue Middle School. All tickets are available at the door. Doors open 30 minutes before show time. Show times are on Friday, February 3 and 10, at 7 p.m., Saturday, February 4 and 11 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saratoga’s Chowderfest Saratoga’s Annual Chowderfest, February 4, 2017, is one of the area’s most highly anticipated events of the year. Familyfriendly, fun and utterly delicious, Chowderfest features more than 80 vendors—including Saratoga County’s best restaurants and caterers—who open their doors to the public and

Week of January 6 – January 12, 2017 serve hot bowls of chowder to event goers. Sponsored by Saratoga Convention & Tourism Bureau, the 19-year anniversary of Saratoga Chowderfest starts at approximately 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. and will feature live music, family-friendly activities and, of course, a wide variety of chowders. For more information, visit chowderfest. Saratoga Winterfest and Camp Saratoga Snow Shoe Races The Saratoga Winterfest 5K Snowshoe Run/Walk will be held on Sunday, February 5 at 11 a.m. in the Saratoga Spa State Park. Camp Saratoga 8k Snowshoe Race will be held on Saturday, February 18 at the Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park at 10:30 a.m. Go to to download an application or link to online registration at A limited supply of Dion Snowshoes will be available at a $5 rental charge. Email Laura Clark at laura@saratogastryders. org to reserve a pair or phone 518-581-1278. For information about the entire Dion Snowshoe Series and for snow updates visit www. Annual Moonlight Ski and Snowshoe Join us on February 11, 6 – 9 p.m. at the popular and highly anticipated Annual Moonlight Ski and Snowshoe at Camp Saratoga on Scout Road. Luminaries will glow along 2.5 miles of groomed trails. Along the way you will find fields and forests, warming bonfires, and plenty of hot chocolate! The terrain is suitable for all levels and ages and includes a smaller 1 mile loop. Participants can drop-in anytime during the evening; no registration is needed. Snowshoes and crosscountry skis will be available on a first-come first-serve basis in the I.P. Winter Lodge off of Parking lot #2. The rental fee is $5/ person for non-members. Parking will be directed by WWPP. This

event is weather permitting. Please call or email for more information or if you are interested in volunteering for this event, 518-450-0321; Trip to Turning Stone Casino Old Saratoga Seniors is hosting a trip to Turning Stone Casino on Friday, March 17, 2017. Departure from Saratoga Train Station at 6:15 a.m. or American Legion in Schuylerville at 6:45 a.m. Cost is $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Return to Schuylerville approximately 8 p.m. Make checks payable to Old Saratoga Seniors, PO Box 60, Schuylerville, NY 12871. Deadline for sign up and money due is February 8, 2017. Any questions, please contact Mary at 518-584-7986 If You Can Stand the Heat Become a kitchen helper for the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Saratoga County’s Office for the Aging. If you are over the age of 55, love working with seniors, and enjoy prepping and serving food, then this unique volunteer opportunity is for you. Kitchen helpers assist with meal preparation and serving for the Senior Nutrition Program in locations throughout Saratoga County. Training is provided, hours are flexible, and volunteers can assist Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Please contact Jen Buscema at 518-884-4110 if you are interested in lending a helping hand. Got An Hour? Why not give it back by spending time volunteering in your community? The Saratoga County Office for the Aging is in immediate urgent need of volunteers to help deliver meals to homebound seniors in the following areas: Ballston Spa, Greenfield, Malta, Saratoga, Wilton, and Mechanicville. We are also currently seeking substitute drivers for many communities throughout Saratoga County. Please call Billie Jo or Ashley at 518-363-4020 or 518-363-4033 for details.

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Week of January 6 – January 12, 2017 Department of Motor Vehicle guidelines. Fee $35.00. Bring a friend and fee is $30.00 each. A portion of the fee goes to First Baptist Church. Registration required and can be made by calling Ray Frankoski at 518- 286-3788.

Family Friendly Event

Friday, January 6 Life is Short Saratoga Springs Public Library, Susman Room, 10:30 a.m. – Noon Join librarian Dan Hubbs in our ongoing short story reading and discussion program. Everyone is welcome. For this meeting please read two stories from Best American Short Stories 2016 “The Politics of the Quotidian,” by Caille Millner, and “Williamsburg Bridge,” by John Edgar Wideman. A limited number of copies of the anthology are available on short story shelves in the fiction area of the library. For more events at the library, visit

Saturday, January 7 Open House at the Wilton YMCA 20 Old Gick Rd., Wilton, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Popular YMCA classes open for observation from 9 a.m. to Noon. Try a variety of classes from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Field House activities also available. For more information, visit www.

Defensive Driving Class First Baptist Church, 45 Washington St., Saratoga Springs, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. New York State approved. Save 10 percent on your base auto insurance for the next three years and receive up to 4 points off your driving record according to New York State

The Accidental Pastor Northshire Bookstore, 424 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 7 p.m. An evening with pastor and memoirist Melissa O’Brien, celebrating a collection of essays and photographs chronicling her journey, from her childhood in upstate New York, through accident, divorce, alcoholism, motherhood and midlife dating, all the way to the pulpit of the Pawlet Community Church, the last place she ever thought she would find herself. For more events at Northshire Bookstore visit www.

Sunday, January 8 Monthly Breakfast The Fish Creek Rod and Gun Club, Route 32 south of the village of Victory, 8 – 11 a.m. Eggs cooked to order, bacon, sausage, toast ( white or wheat ), pancakes ( regular, blueberry, buckwheat, apple cinnamon ), French toast, home fries, orange juice, coffee, tea, hot chocolate. Cost: Adults $7, Child $4. Everyone welcome. Breakfast will continue every second Sunday of the year. 518-6953917.

Dharma Meditation with Pierre Zimmerman One Big Roof, Center for Mindful Practices, 538 Maple Avenue, Saratoga Health and Wellness Building, Saratoga Springs, 9-10:15 a.m. Weekly meditation followed by short discussion. All contemplative traditions honored. By donation. For more information call 413992-7012 or visit www.

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Wednesday, January 11

Open House at the Corinth YMCA

2017 Winter Storytellers Series

119 Gabriel Rd., Corinth, 5:30 – 8 p.m. Come try a piloxing class, get a health check, including blood pressures and fitness assessments, and see a presentation by Alzheimer’s Association. For more information, visit www.

SUNY Empire State College, 2 Union Ave., Room 126, Saratoga Springs, Noon – 1 p.m. The Academy for Lifelong Learning presents the ninth annual storytellers series every Wednesday through February 22. January 11 features storytellers Carol and Kent Gregson with “Adirondack Living.” Sponsored by Prestwick Chase at Saratoga. Free and open to the public. Postponed if Saratoga Springs city schools are closed. For more information, call the Academy at 518-587-2100 ext. 2415.

Saratoga Retired Teachers Meeting Longfellows Restaurant, 500 Union Ave. (Rte. 9P), Saratoga Springs, Noon Prospective members call 518-587-5356 for membership information and luncheon reservations. Retired educators who worked in Saratoga County or live in the County are eligible for membership.

Tuesday, January 10 Korean War Veterans Association Lunch (Ch. 60) Ripe Tomato, Junction of Rt. 9 & 9-P, Malta, Noon We will be ordering off the menu. Veterans who served anywhere during the Korean conflict, spouses, widows and friends are all invited to attend. Hosts will be Bob Garland and Lois Fink. For reservations or for further information, please contact Mrs. Fink at 518-886-8790 by January 8. For an application to join the organization, please contact Comm. Roger Calkins at 518-584-3037.

Open House at the Malta YMCA 100 Saratoga Village Blvd., Malta, 5 – 8 p.m. See group fitness classes in action, sample state of the art equipment, and watch physical therapy demonstrations. For more information, visit www.

Baked Chicken and Meatloaf Dinner Saratoga-Wilton Elks Lodge, 1 Elks Lane, Saratoga Springs, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Soup, tossed salad, baked chicken, meatloaf, mashed potatoes, vegetables, rolls and butter, dessert, coffee, tea. Donation requested: $12 adults, $11. Seniors (62 years) and Military (Active or Retired) with ID Card, $8 Children 5-12. Children under 5 Free, $12 All takeouts. Cash bar available. Call (518) 584-2585 for more information.

Storytelling Open Mic in Saratoga Caffė Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 7 p.m. Enjoy a wonderful evening as storytellers from Saratoga and the Capital District share contemporary, personal, and traditional stories. New storytellers are always welcome. January’s featured teller is Lale Davidson, who told stories for 15 years as a member of The Snickering Witches. She is a distinguished professor of writing at SUNY Adirondack, blogger for the Times Union, and awardwinning author. Copies of her book Strange Appetites will be available. Sign-ups

for storytellers at 6:45 p.m. Admission: $5. Coffee or tea $1. For more information visit event website at http://www.caffelena. org/ events-calendar/ ?month=1&&eyear=2017

Summit Steward Program Saratoga Springs Public Library, H. Dutcher Community Room, 7 – 8:30 p.m. On top of the tallest mountains in the Adirondacks there lives a fragile alpine ecosystem. There are 27 rare, threatened, and endangered arctic tundra plants that are specially adapted to harsh mountain weather. The High Peaks Summit Stewardship Program has worked to educate hikers on the importance of protecting alpine vegetation through responsible recreation and conservation. Come hear Adirondack Mountain Club’s Summit Steward Coordinator, Kayla White, on New York’s rarest ecosystem and what you can do to protect it. Free admission.

Thursday, January 12 Spring Overlook Hike Moreau Lake State Park, 10 a.m. – Noon This short, moderate hike has a few steep sections, which will take participants to the top of the Palmertown Range. This overlook presents spectacular views of the Luzerne Mountains and Hudson River. Bring a snack, H2O or a lunch to enjoy at the overlook. Reservations are required with 24 hours advance notice. 518-793-0511.

Full Moon Walk Moreau Lake State Park, 5 – 6:30 p.m. While walking around the lake your guide will point out tracks, dens and perhaps some eagle signs as the sun is setting and the moon is rising. Full moon hikes are $3 per person, please call for reservations 518-793-0511.

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Saratoga First Night: Starting the Year with Song

Better By Morning performing in front of the Saratoga Visitors Center during Saratoga Arts’ First Night 2017 celebration New Year’s Eve. Photo by Gretchen Henninger.

30th Annual Flurry Festival Heads to Saratoga Springs in February Sirsy performing at the Saratoga Springs City Center during Saratoga Arts’ First Night 2017 celebration New Year’s Eve. Photo by Gretchen Henninger.

Image captured during the Flurry Festival in 2016. The festival returns to Saratoga in February.

Snow on the tree branches and fireworks in the midnight sky during Saratoga Arts’ First Night 2017 celebration New Year’s Eve. Photo by Gretchen Henninger.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The best winter weekend for dancers and music lovers of all ages is coming back to the Spa City to celebrate its 30th annual season in February. Featuring more than 400 performers and over 250 events, the 30th annual Flurry festival will take place Feb. 17 – 19 at the

Saratoga Springs City Center and Saratoga Hilton Hotel, with more performances and workshops scheduled at Saratoga Music Hall, Café Lena, The Parting Glass Pub, and the Saratoga Springs Public Library. In addition to a variety of dance styles, including: Tahitian, Flamenco, Bulgarian, African,

Chinese, Irish, Yiddish, Scottish, Greek, Hip Hop, and tap, a series of music instruction workshops, concerts, storytelling, demonstrations and live performances will be featured during the event. Advance tickets are available online until Feb 10. For more information, go to: http://www.

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Caffè Lena Reopens at the Crossroads Where Past and Present Meet

The view from the stage.

Erin Trombley: Bella Lugosi Stamp, on display at Glens Falls City Hall.

GLENS FALLS — A public exhibition of the photography and digital media projects of SUNY Adirondack students is on display at NorthCountryARTS’ 2nd Floor Gallery in Glens Falls City Hall, 42 Ridge Str. during the month of January.

The projects are from both beginning and advanced students enrolled in the Photography and Graphic Arts program at SUNY Adirondack. A reception, which is open to the public, will be held 5-7 p.m. on Jan. 27.

Winter 2017 Children & Teen Acting Classes Start at HMT SARATOGA SPRINGS — Home Made Theater announces winter acting classes for children and teens ages 7-16 starting in January and running into February. All classes are held on Saturdays – Jan. 28 and Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25 at the Spa Little Theater in the Saratoga Spa State Park, and are taught by Marc Christopher. Discovering Theater for students ages 7-8: Students will be encouraged to think on their feet while developing characters from their own imaginations, forming a foundation for future work with scripted material. Discovering Theater meets from 9:30 a.m. -10:30 a.m., and costs $70. Elements of Acting for students ages 9-11: Students will begin the process of developing an acting “technique” in order to begin building characters. Acting

for Teens meets from 10:45 a.m. – noon, and costs $75. Acting for Teens for students ages 12-16: Exploring various methods of acting, students will begin to make choices about what works best for them in the development of an acting technique and approach to character development. Acting for Teens meets from 12:15-1:45 p.m., and costs $80. Registrations are accepted over the phone with a credit card, or by mail with check or credit card. Class size is limited to 12 students, and reservations are accepted in the order they are received. Visit to obtain the winter 2017 class flyer and registration form. Call 518-587-4427 for further information or to receive a flyer by mail.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Following a six-month, $1 million renovation, Caffè Lena – a fixture on the Saratoga Springs music scene since its opening in 1960 – has reopened on Phila Street. The modernized upgrades have been tastefully done and pieces of the café’s past are in evidence everywhere – from the preservation of vintage walls and doors, to new installations celebrating classic café characters such as Mae Banner and Al McKenney. Photos by Thomas Dimopoulos.

A table bears an inscription honoring the late, long-time local music reviewer Mae Banner.

Saratoga Lake Featured on National TV Broadcast This Week SARATOGA — Fishing pros Charlie Ingram and Ray Brazier visited the region in September to film an episode for their TV show, “Fishing University,” on Saratoga Lake. The episode will be broadcast on the Outdoor Channel and the Sportsman Channel this week.

“We loved being in Saratoga and the opportunity to meet and become great friends with so many of the citizens there,” said Debra Talley, vice president of “Fishing University,” in a statement. “Saratoga Lake has been a highly requested area to feature on our show

by the many avid anglers who watch week after week and year after year. “ The show will air on the Outdoor Channel at 7:30 a.m. Friday and 5 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, and on the Sportsman Channel at 8:30 a.m. Sunday and 4:30 a.m. Monday.

Saratoga Central Catholic School Winter Gala to Raise Funds for Technology Upgrades SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Central Catholic School hosts their fourth annual Winter Gala from 6 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28 at the Excelsior Springs Ballroom, 47 Excelsior Ave. The evening will include cocktails followed by a plated dinner, live and silent auctions, and music by Cool Cat Entertainment. Tickets are $100 per person. Proceeds from the event will be used to upgrade technology in all classrooms for all subjects.

The live auction includes a two-night stay at a Boston Marriott Hotel, a long weekend in a house on Martha’s Vineyard, an overnight stay at Whiteface Lodge with four Whiteface lift tickets and an Orlando time share with four Disney Hopper Passes. For sports enthusiasts, there are a pair of Celtic tickets, a pair of Notre Dame tickets, four passport tickets to Olympic sites and a Buffalo Bills authentic-signed helmet and jersey. Other evening features include a 90 bottle “Wine Pull Raffle,” a

“Tower of Diamonds Raffle,” and a “Teacher Wish Wall.” Saratoga Central Catholic School, continuing in the tradition of Saint Peter’s Academy, is a Catholic, coeducational school educating students in grades 6-12. The school was founded in 1862 and is the only Catholic Middle School and High School in Saratoga County. For ticket information for the Winter Gala or to find out how to support the event, email SCCWinterGala@ or call 845-798-2896.

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Chicago, Doobies to Stage Summer Show at SPAC

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Chicago and the Doobie Brothers will stage a show at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center on July 25, during a co-headline

tour that kicks off in California in early June and concludes in Virginia in late July. Chicago is celebrating their 50th anniversary this year. The

band’s documentary film, “Now More Than Ever: The History Of Chicago,” premiered on CNN on New Year’s Day. The two bands have sold more than

150 million records combined. Tickets go on sale Monday, Jan. 9 at 10 a.m., and are $125, $89.50, $59.50, $39.50, and lawn - $25. Tickets will be

available online at LiveNation. com, or Charge by Phone at 1-800745-3000. Tickets subject to applicable fees.


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Putnam Den Hosts Standing Rock Benefit Concert Friday SARATOGA SPRINGS — Putnam Den hosts a Standing Rock benefit concert Friday, Jan. 6, featuring performances by William Hale, Asa Morris & The Mess (“a distorted basement folk band from upstate New York”), Hill Haints (energetic punk songs that throwback “with subtle hints of Bauhaus and Joy Division,” according to The Beacon - the student newspaper at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts), and others. A raffle of various items donated by local businesses will also be held. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, according to show organizers. The tribe, along with thousands of protesters from around the world, have been protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline set to be built by Energy Transfer Partners, citing water

pollution danger and desecration of sacred land as major issues created by the pipeline. Doors

open 8 p.m., show time is 9 p.m. and there is a suggested donation of $10 at the door.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo to Perform at Skidmore SARATOGA SPRINGS — On March 9, Ladysmith Black Mambazo will stage a show at the Zankel Music Center, on the campus of Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs.

Launched into the international spotlight when they sang with Paul Simon on his Graceland album, South Africa’s Ladysmith Black Mambazo

have won five Grammy Awards. Tickets are $49/$44/$39. For ticket information call 518-580-5321 or go to

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saturday, 1/7: The Schmooze, 9 pm @ Bailey’s — 583.6060 Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen, 8 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022

Bad Chaperones, 10 pm @ Caroline St. Pub — 583.9400 Pete Sweeney Quartet, 9 pm @ 9 Maple Avenue — 583.2582 Half Step, 9 pm @ Putnam Den — 584.8066 John Kribs Band, 8 pm @ The Parting Glass — 583.1916

sunday, 1/8: Hot Club of Saratoga, 7 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022

thursday, 1/12: Ballroom Thieves, 7 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022 Tree House, 9:30 pm @ Putnam Den — 584.8066

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41 Concert ticket info 42 “__ to Watch Over Me” 43 Optimistic 46 “Watch it!” 47 Orchestrate 48 Recuperation advice 49 Proceed without preparation 50 Smoked salmon 52 Showed the way 56 Hemingway’s “The Sun Also __” 57 Really enjoy, as praise 58 Allays the fears of 60 Prescription amount 64 Bills coach Ryan 65 Wrath 66 Buddy of Wynken and Blynken

Writing the Right Word by Dave Dowling

Accuracy in word choice is a key to effective communication. In your daily writing and speaking, try to make sure you use the right word in the right place with the right spelling. By doing so, its effect will affect your communication in a positive way. This quick weekly tip will help you filter the confusion in some of our daily word choices. This Week: Imaginary, Imaginative Imaginary means not real. Imaginary friends are typical for kids between ages 3 and 6.. Imaginative means to show an imagination. Jim Henson’s imaginative ability brought joy to many families. Dave Dowling is the author of The Wrong Word Dictionary and The Dictionary of Worthless Words. Both books are available from many book retailers, and signed copies can be obtained by contacting Dave at

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High School Sports Boys Basketball StandingsSuburban Council As of 1/4/16 Blue Division

Suburban Council




Schenectady 8 0 Troy 4 2 Albany 3 3 Averill Park 4 5 Ballston Spa 2 4 CBA 2 4 Mohonasen 1 6 Burnt Hills 1 6

by Scott Alvarez Saratoga TODAY Boys Basketball Twitter @togasportstoday The suburban council is strong. There is no other way to put it. This is nothing new, of course, as the suburban council has always had talented athletes and coaches. Currently both Schenectady and Shenendehowa is on top of their respective divisions. Shenendehowa are led by Luke Hicks who is scoring 24.9 points per game which is good enough for 9th in section 2. While the opponents understand Shenendehowa’s offense runs through Luke, who scores roughly 40 percent of the teams points each night, the Plainsmen have gone undefeated so far this year. You don’t need to look far to find teams knocking on the door for the gray division lead behind Shen. Teams like Saratoga, Shaker, Colonie and Bethlehem all have winning league records. Saratoga sits at 5-2 in league play, which is good for 2nd place.

Saratoga has a big game Friday against Troy after having defeated Queensbury 61-45 behind Adam Andersons 17 points. The blue streaks came out strong in the 2nd half to put away Queensbury. In the blue division we have Schenectady high school and everyone else. The Patriots have gone undefeated to start the year, and with what could possibly be the game of the year coming up January 10 against the Plainsmen, there can be no let up. There is no doubt Schenectady is an athletic deep team who can make noise come sectional time, despite many of their victories coming by a small margin. Troy is the only other team in the blue division with a winning league record and certainly cannot be counted out, having only lost to Schenectady by three points. The rematch between the two leaders is set for February 10. Ballston Spa sits at 2-4 in league play behind leading scorer Josh Hipwell. The scotties have a game Friday against the winless Columbia blue devils.

The Galway team (3-7) which plays in the western athletic conference, have slowed recently after starting the season 2-0 behind their leading scorer, junior guard Thor White. Galway travels Friday for a league contest against 1,000 point scorer Peyton Olsen’s Middleburgh Knights. Glens Falls, led by Joseph Girard III and his 34.4 points per game, is off to an undefeated start. Senior guard Tony Green recently had a big game against Amsterdam, chipping in with an important 14 points to secure the narrow three point victory. Queensbury, which recently lost a non-league matchup against Saratoga, is sitting in second place in the Foothills conference. Schuylerville which is currently third in the Foothills conference, has a chance to make a big move up to 2nd if they are able to knock off Queensbury on Friday. Schuylerville, will need big games from Stratton Sherman and sophomore guard Justin Carte.

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Shenendahowa 6 0 Saratoga Springs 5 2 Bethlehem 4 2 Shaker 4 2 Colonie 4 2 Guilderland 3 3 Niskayuna 2 5 Columbia 0 7

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competitive division. Bethlehem, Colonie and Saratoga have all played terrific basketball so far this year. Bethlehem knocked off Shenendehowa while the Saratoga Blue Streaks played tough competitive games against Shen, Shaker and Columbia led by Catherine Cairns and Kerry Flaherty’s outstanding play. Right now Albany and Troy are deadlocked up on top of the blue division in the Suburban council,with both teams having 4-2 records. Averill Park and

by Scott Alvarez Saratoga TODAY Girls BasketballAround the League

What can you say about the Columbia and Shaker girls’ basketball programs, which have not been said a thousand times? These two behemoths are not set to duel until January 27, however the anticipation is already building. While both teams simply have out of this world players in Sierra “Ce Ce” Mayo (Shaker) and Selena Lott (Columbia), neither team has a lack of depth or talent surrounding their superstars.

Shaker, in addition to Ce Ce Mayo, has Junior guard Shyla Stanford as well as rising extremely hard working sisters Julia and Alexandra (Lexi) Debeatham. Shaker’s only loss on the season was a tough battle with Troy on December 30. On the flip side you have the Blue Devils. Columbia is absolutely loaded with talented, high basketball IQ players who can spread the floor. Seven players on the team have landed threes this year including division 1 talent Grace Heeps. Grace, who cannot only shoot it from Steph Curry range, is also a terrific passer and a natural leader. Lauren Obermayer and Emily Zeyak are terrific

players who can shoot the rock very well. If that was not enough, you now add extremely talented, sophomore sharpshooter Lexi Van Vorst to the mix, and viola, you have an undefeated squad with high expectations. It is clear the Suburban council is an exciting conference this year. Shenendehowa, who is right there with Columbia and Shaker, has suffered only one loss on the season which was to Bethlehem 56-53. Alexandra Tudor and Cameron Tooley led the way in scoring, while the addition of outstanding 6’4 center Catherine Almeida has kept the Plainsmen up near the top of this extremely

Mohonasen are both around .500 on the season with some important games on tap in January. Long time Galway girls basketball coach Deb WIlday has her team playing well yet again with a 6-2 record, with a big home game coming up Friday against Middleburgh. Galway is led by sophomore Ashlyn Oneil and senior Hannah Pawlowski. Glens Falls sits atop the Foothills conference this year; however, Schuylerville,, with a strong start at 6-1 on the season is looking forward to a big year led by Emily Vallee.

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Albany 4 2 Troy 4 2 Averill Park 3 3 Mohonasen 3 4 Ballston Spa 1 6 Schenectady 1 6 Burnt Hills 0 6 Gray Division

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Columbia 6 0 Shaker 7 0 Shenendehowa 5 1 Bethlehem 3 2 Colonie 3 3 Saratoga Springs 4 4 Guilderland 1 4 Niskayuna 1 6

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New Year, New Sport Season, New Hope

by Damian Fantauzzi for Saratoga TODAY In the world of athletics, hope is a significant factor. When an underdog goes into a game before the clock starts, there is always the feeling that they can win, no matter whether the cards are stacked against them. The athletes have done their preparation, both physically and mentally to give them the feeling they are ready to meet their foe. It’s something I, as a coach, felt was a necessity in preparing for a game - making sure they’re ready and prepared to handle what might occur. A new season in any sport can be compared to the New Year, because there is hope in its new beginning. I remember when I took on coaching girls’ varsity basketball at Saratoga, the parents and players seemed encouraged by the possibility of a new start in the development of a bona fide basketball program. At a meet-the-players night, my plan was to give a speech of hope for the future. As I was giving my talk, a feeling came over me that these players and parents wanted to hear about now and not about 2 or 3 years into the future. I knew I couldn’t make promises, because in sports that can be the kiss of death for any coach, but from some of the things I said, I could feel the hope coming from the captive audience, so I did my best to play off of that glimmer. Sports are of particular importance as they convey positive values and perspectives and give hope. Sports support young people in their

personal and athletic development. Hope in sports gives the athletes a feeling that there is always a chance to win. I think there’s even a deeper and truer experience of hope that athletes feel when involved in sports. The hope of making the team, playing in the game, being part of a team, winning the big game, playing a great game, helping the team achieve its goal and many more aspects of hope. The sense of hope found in the New Year, new beginnings, and sports has especially contributed to athletic programs that are meant to combat hate and distrust between warring groups or related conflicts and even programs that are meant to unify people in the fight against disease. The Olympics are the biggest stage for these types of events with a purpose for the good of mankind, because it emulates an international hope of cohesion. The feeling of hope can become the driving force toward curbing hate and bad feelings. There are programs through various organizations that encourage intercity adolescents to play in basketball leagues, to help keep them away from the streets, drugs, violence and gang warfare. There’s a program called “Hope for Hoops” which was designed for breast cancer awareness and fundraising, with hope for a cure. The organization “Coaches Versus Cancer” is another program driven by the hope of funding research for the cure. The African program, “Hoops 4 Hope,” teaches children life skills through sports and mentorship. Basketball and other sports bring people of all races and cultures together in a fun, collaborative, and competitive way. Hoops 4 Hope is a global, not-for-profit organization that has supported youth development throughout southern Africa since 1995. These are but a few programs created with the intentions and goals of bringing people together for a common cause through sports - generally, they are all designed with

the feeling to be hopeful about the future. John Lennon spoke about hope and peace for mankind in his timeless song, “Imagine,” one of my favorites. Its lyrics are filled with hope for

peace for mankind, and really hit home for me. I can just “Imagine” all the people cheering with the “hope” that comes with each game and each sporting event throughout the world. Maybe, just maybe,

mankind can solve its differences and difficulties by playing games instead of fighting wars, and fighting for a cure of terminal diseases. In this New Year, this new beginning, I can imagine that, can you?

Hockey News

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Unbeaten and 9th ranked Hamilton College scored three third-period goals to break open a tight game on the way to 4-1 win over Skidmore College, at the Saratoga Springs City Rink. Thanks in part to the eight power plays, Hamilton had a 40-25 shot advantage. Brandon Kasel had 36 saves for the Thoroughbreds. Charlie

Fennell stopped 24 shots for the Continentals. “We played a very good Hamilton team Monday and they deserve a lot of credit. Hamilton’s physical play wore us down during the second and third periods. Our goaltender, Brandon Kasel, played well and kept us in the game, but we were unable to generate much consistent offense or solve the Hamilton netminder until late in the

third period.” says head coach Rob Hutchinson Skidmore was 0-3 on the power play, while Hamilton was 1-8. The Thoroughbreds host Southern Maine on Friday at 7 p.m. and Daniel Webster on Saturday at 4 p.m.



Week of January 6 – January 12, 2017

COMMUNITY SPORTS BULLETIN BARC Winter Basketball Registration 2017 BALLSTON SPA — Boys and girls in grades third through ninth who reside in the towns of Milton, Malta, or Ballston, or the Village of Ballston Spa are encouraged to sign up for BARC Winter Basketball. Games will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at the

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Learn to Swim BURNT HILLS — Student Learn-to-Swim Classes will continue their winter session starting January 7 and will run through February 18. These fifty-five minute classes will last eight weeks. Children in grades K-6 are grouped by ability within each time period. This year there will be an addition of an advanced level class for students up to age fifteen years old. All participants must pre-register. Anyone looking to register may do so by visiting the school district website at communityswim.

Spartan Junior Girl’s Basketball BURNT HILLS — The Spartan Junior girl’s basketball team is accepting registrants

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for girls in grades second through eighth. This program is run by BHBL Varsity Coach Gestwick, with the help of the girls’ varsity basketball team. Sessions will occur on the Saturdays through February 11 at the Middle School, located at 173 Lake Hill Road in Burnt Hills from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. The cost for each session is $50 Checks should be payable to BH-BL Girls Youth Basketball, and should be brought to the first session. Any questions can be directed to Coach Gestwick at 518-810-6675.

The Anthony Bellai Leadership Award SARATOGA — This award is presented to an athlete who has exhibited extraordinary leadership, commitment and perseverance during their athletic career at Saratoga High School. The scholarship is maintained by the Saratoga Springs City School District. Anyone wishing to donate, checks may be sent to: Saratoga Springs City Schools Attn. Linda Doyle Business Office 3 Blue Streak Boulevard Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 Checks should be made out to Saratoga Springs City Schools and Anthony Bellai Scholarship needs to be noted in the memo of the check.

Winter Breakers Club at Gavin Park Looking for something for your children to do over the Winter Break, February 21-24? We have the perfect solution for you! 
 Gavin Park is, once again, offering a school break camp program for children in Kindergarten through 6th grade. Program hours are 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Program fee is $40 per day (3 day minimum) for Wilton residents, ($50 per day, and 3 day minimum for non-residents). Enrollment fee includes supervised games, crafts, movies, bingo and outdoor fun (weather permitting), as well as a light afternoon snack and drink. Children need to bring their own lunches with drinks. Pre-registration is required and is open now for participants in our Afterschool Program, and all others beginning January 13 through February 10, or when the programs fills (whichever comes first). Minimum of 8, maximum of 25. Please note, program will not run if minimum is not reached. Registration may be completed online, in person, or via U.S. Mail. Online registrations may be completed by going to d e p a r t m e nt s / p a r k s - a n d recreation and selecting

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the appropriate quick link. In person registrations can be completed at the Gavin Park Office, which is open weekdays from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Payment by check, MasterCard/VISA, or money order is accepted. Any questions, please call 518-584-9455.

Open Gym at Gavin Park Monday – Friday 3-5p, November 1 through March 10. Open Gym is free to anyone. Those under 11 years of age must have an adult (18+) present at all times. Basketball shooting only permitted. Maximum capacity is limited to 25 participants. Any questions, please contact the park office at (518) 584-9455.

OVER 30 BASKETBALL DROP IN PROGRAM AT GAVIN PARK Grab your sneakers and get ready for Over-30 Basketball! Designed with the mature, basketballplaying crowd in mind, the Over-30 Basketball Program is for adults, ages 30 and over. This is a drop-in activity which runs Mondays, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. beginning September 26. The weekly fee is $5.00 per person

(cash only), and a maximum of 20 players can participate on any given night. Any questions, please contact the park office at (518) 584-9455.

Zumba Kids Perfect for our younger Zumba fans, Gavin Park is now offering Zumba Kids classes! Zumba Kids features kid-friendly routines based on the wildly popular Latin inspired dance fitness program. Kids 4-12 can be active while jamming out to their favorite music! It’s fitness made fun! Classes will run each Sunday from January 15, through February 19 from 10 a.m.-11a.m.. Cost for Wilton Residents is $45, Saratoga Springs School District Residents is $50, and $60 for all others. Come join the party! Pre-registration is required. (Sorry, no “drop ins” allowed.) Space is limited and registration ends January 12. Don’t miss out….register now! To register, just dance your way down to Gavin Park, or visit us online at parks-and-recreation. Questions may be answered by calling the park office at 518-584-9455.


Week of January 6 – January 12, 2017

Saratoga Stars of the Week

Jack Barton

Edvinas Rupkas

Catherine Cairns

Kerry Flaherty

Ashlyn Oneil

Skidmore College

Skidmore College

Saratoga High School

Saratoga High School

Galway High School

Led Skidmore in a win against RIT with 26 points

Leading the team in scoring as a freshman

2nd on the team in scoring as a sophomore

Outstanding Sophomore leading the golden eagles to a 6-2 record

Scored a goal against Hamilton College

Hannah Pawlowski Galway High School Leading the golden eagles with 12 three-pointers so far this year

Emily Vallee Schuylerville 6th in section 2 in scoring at 19.7 per game

Adam Anderson

AJ Lawton

Saratoga High School

Saratoga High School

Led the blue streaks with 17 points against Queensbury

Leads the team with 15 three-pointers

Volume 11  •  Issue 1

Week of January 6 – January 12, 2017


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