Saratoga Today - March 2nd

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Volume 7 • Issue 9

1.7 Billion Trees Paint The Town and Growing by Andrew Marshall Saratoga TODAY

by Yael Goldman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS – The Saratoga Tree Nursery’s annual spring seedling sale is underway, and the 250-acre site is buzzing with activity as a small team prepares to distribute more than 1.2 million trees for conservation plantings.

That might sound like a lot, but the nursery’s six full-time staffers are used to it. On any given day, they tend to 5 million seedlings and more than 50 native species at two sites on Routes 9 and 50. Since 1911, when the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

SARATOGA SPRINGS – The month of March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness month, and to help raise awareness some of Saratoga Springs’ downtown streets and businesses might be looking a little blue - literally. The Cancer Services Program of Saratoga County, in conjunction with Saratoga Hospital, is coordinating a campaign called Main Streets Go Blue (MSGB.) MSGB is a month-long awareness campaign encouraging people to stay proactive in their health, while bringing attention to the threat of colorectal cancer.

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It Takes a Community by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY • Saratoga TODAY The staff at the Saratoga Nursery takes a break from preparation for the spring seedling sale. Pictured left to right: Susannah Hand, Breyton Pendell, Mike Echtner, David Lee and Brian Phillips.

SARATOGA SPRINGS – As public schools across New York State begin their preliminary budgetary planning, private schools are quietly struggling to survive in a down economy. While private schools do receive a small portion of state funding for mandated programs (typically under 5 percent of the total budget), a majority of the

budget is made through tuition and fundraising. But in a down economy, these dollars are all but certain. “A challenge for all of our parents here is paying tuition because the economy is going to affect everyone,” said Jane Kromm, principal of St. Clement’s Regional Catholic School. “Parents are paying school taxes already, but they’re choosing to send their children here, so that’s another tuition that they’re paying.”

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From Saratoga, With Love

It didn’t take a golden eye to find fun February 25 at Saratoga Performing Arts Center’s Winter Ball fundraiser, as the night’s theme was “BOND: Shaken Not Stirred.” The area’s aspiring secret agents and

damsels-in-distress came out to a Casino Royale-inspired decorum that transformed the Hall of Springs into a scene fit for 007 himself. The event featured traditional casino games such as roulette and black-

jack. On the dance floor, The Accents kept the groove going until partygoers thought they would die another day. Our cameras were snapping all night long…for your eyes only.

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George B. Clark, 52, of 2865 Route 9, Apt. 120, Malta, pleaded guilty to a charge of second-degree rape, a class-D felony. Clark was arrested August 20 in Saratoga and is scheduled to return to court for sentencing May 7. Timothy H. Arenas, 46, of 1000 Mountain Rd., Gansevoort, pleaded guilty to a charge of first-degree attempted promoting of prison contraband, a class-E felony. Arenas was arrested December 5 in Moreau and is scheduled to return to court for sentencing April 23. Kevin M. Harrington, 31, of 139 Elm St., Apt. 1, Saratoga Springs, pleaded guilty to a charge of firstdegree criminal contempt, a class-E felony. Harrington was arrested October 16 in Saratoga Springs and was sentenced to time served and five years of probation. Michael G. Brown, 43, of 1749 Albany St., Schenectady, has been charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class-B felony and fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class-C felony. Brown was arrested January 19 in Saratoga and is expected to return to court at a later date. Zulfiqar A. Zulfi, aka Rodger, 45, of 1 Jamison Drive, Clifton Park, was charged with multiple offenses including two counts of fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class-D felony; three counts of fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class-D felony; and three counts of seventhdegree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor. Zulfi was arrested November 13 in Malta for incidents that occurred

September 1, November 3 and November 13 and is expected to return to court at a later date. Kody L. Dean, 25, of 3 Third Ave., Hudson Falls, has been charged with multiple offenses including two counts of first-degree course of sexual conduct against a child, a class-B felony; three counts of first-degree course of sexual conduct against a child, a class-B felony; and four counts of seconddegree rape, a class-D felony. Dean was arrested August 16 in Moreau for incidents that occurred May September 2003; May -September 2004; May -September 2005; May September 2006; May-September 2007; and August-September 2008. Dean is expected to return to court at a later. Thomas Mould, 29, of 116 North Greenfield Rd., Porter Corners, has been charged with second-degree burglary, a class-C felony. Mould was arrested November 2 in Stillwater for an incident that occurred December 15, 2010, and is expected to return to court at a later date.

Bradford C. Bayer, 25, of 324 Maple Ave., Ballston Spa, was resentenced February 27 by Judge Jerry Scarano to one year in Saratoga County Jail with credit for time served and probation terminated. Bayer was originally convicted September 29, 2011, for seconddegree attempted criminal sale of marijuana, a class-E felony, for which he was sentenced to five years of probation. Julio Romero, aka “Black,” 30, of 14 Eastview Dr., #3, Watervliet, has been charged with multiple offenses including third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class-B felony; third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class-B felony; and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class-D felony. Romero was arrested July 19 in Halfmoon and is expected to return to court at a later date. Richard E. O’Hara III, 35, of 2 Townsend Rd., Hartford, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree grand larceny, a class-E felony. O’Hara was arrested September 18 in Providence

for incidents that occurred April 6, 2009, through August 9, 2009; December 28, 2009, through February, 14, 2010; and March 29, 2010, through October 19, 2010. O’Hara is scheduled to return to court for sentencing April 24.




Teen Indicted on Role in Fatal Accident

Malta Fireman Pleads Guilty to DWAI

Phish To Play Three Nights at SPAC

BALLSTON SPA - The driver in the early January crash that claimed the life of a Ballston Spa teenager has been indicted on a litany of charges including felony second-degree manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide. Brian A. Vecchio, 18, of Brookline Road in Ballston also faces felony first-degree reckless endangerment, a separate seconddegree reckless endangerment charge, as well as other misdemeanors and traffic violations. The charges are the result of a single-car accident on January 7, when he allegedly lost control of a Chevrolet Silverardo attempting to pass another driver in a nopassing zone at a winding stretch of Barkersville Road in Providence. Vecchio’s passenger was 17-year-old Noelle Johnson, who was rushed to the hospital following the accident, but eventually would succumb to the injuries she sustained. The manslaughter charge Vecchio currently faces could carry a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison if convicted. Officials say alcohol was not a factor in the crash. Vecchio is expected to plead not guilty to the charges.

MALTA – Following his arrest on DWI charges while driving a fire department vehicle, Assistant Chief Michael F. Minervini pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of driving while ability impaired (DWAI) in Glenville Town Court February 28. Minervini, 40, of Ballston Spa, has been suspended from the department indefinitely, and his access to department vehicles prohibited. His future with the department will be determined at Malta Ridge Volunteer Fire Company’s next membership meeting March 13. Possible outcomes could mean his continued suspension, or even dismissal from the department. Minervini is alleged to have crossed the center lane on Freeman’s Bridge Road on his way home from Schenectady, striking an oncoming vehicle before fleeing the scene. When Glenville Police caught up with Minervini, a breathalyzer test was administered. Minervini’s blood-alcohol content was shown to be .13 percent, well above the legal limit of .08 percent. The vehicle Minervini was driving sustained minimal damage, and no one was injured in the accident.

SARATOGA SPRINGS - The popular jam band Phish has announced plans to play three shows this summer at Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) over the weekend of July 6-8. The band’s summer tour will kickoff in Worcester, Mass., June 7, and will headline at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts festival in Tennessee before heading back north. Tickets will go on sale March 16 beginning at noon. Amphitheatre seats are $60, while lawn seats will be $45. For more information about Phish’s summer concert tour, visit the band’s website


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Winter Wonderland

Saratoga, Belmont Purses Expected to Go Up SARATOGA SPRINGS – Thanks to the boost in revenue generated by the casino at Aqueduct Park, stakes purses for races at Saratoga Race Course and Belmont Park are expected to go up. Stakes throughout the 40day meet in Saratoga are expected to jump 27 percent or $2.85 million to a total of $13.35 million in 2012. The 56-day meet at Belmont Park should see a 26.6 percent increase of $1.9 million to bring the total up to $9.05 million. This announcement was made by the New York Racing Association (NYRA) February 29. NYRA purse increases have led to a

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Look Out Below! - Rhyann and Brent Subcliff know how to make the best of the snowy weather. An overnight snowstorm led to many area schools declaring a snow day March 1, which there haven’t been many of this season. This leaves plenty of free time for a favorite winter pasttime, sledding. demand for New York-bred horses, which has sparked a revival in the state’s breeding industry. Breeders from different states are sending their quality horses to New York, while several breeding ranches have been reopened.

Saratoga County Farm Agency Likely to Close BALLSTON SPA – Despite the protests of nearly 100 farmers from Saratoga County over the proposed closure of the Ballston Spa Farm Service Agency location, the plan appears likely to move forward. Farmers from the western side of Saratoga County were hoping to stop the consolidation of the Greenwich

office with the Ballston Spa location, citing the inconvenience of access. The United States Department of Agriculture has plans to close 131 FSA offices nationwide, including four in New York State. The FSA provides support for farmers by way of federal grants and loans. The Ballston Spa office has distributed more than $15.5 million since it was opened in 1995. Offices targeted for closure were designated to be within 20 miles of another office and employ less than three people. United States Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack addressed Congress on February 27, announcing their intention to follow through with the office closures.



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Steven J. Brahm Wilton, NY- Steven J. Brahm, 60, died Monday, February 20, 2012, after a long illness. Steve was born in Brooklyn to the late Anthony and Brigida (Sala) Brahm. In addition to his parents, Steve was predeceased by his stepmother, Mary (Errante) Brahm; siblings, Anthony and Georgia (Errante) Radebolt; godfather, Melvin-Uncle Frank Klingenback; and cousin, Kathleen Klingenback. Steve is survived by his sons, Joseph (Jara) and Anthony (Glenda); daughter, Madison;

grandchildren Keiko and a soonto-be-born grandson; brothers, Louis Brahm, Salvatore (Ruthann) Errante and Nicholas (Nanette) Errante; sisters, Maryann Frazer, Marie Brahm and Linda (John) Blaney; and former wife, Sharon Dow-Donnelly. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 3,2012, at Wilton Funeral Home, 395 Ballard Rd., Wilton. Donations in Steve’s name may be made to The Sight Society of Northeastern New York, Lions Eye Bank at Albany, 35 Hackett Blvd., Albany, NY 12208.

Barbara K. Hannon Malta, NY - Barbara K. Hannon passed away peacefully Thursday, February 23, 2012. Born March 12, 1933, in Brooklyn, NY, she was the daughter of the late William and Mae Kenworthy. In addition to her parents, Barbara is predeceased by her husband, Thomas Hannon. Survivors include her brothers, Bryan and Judson Kenworthy; children, Maureen (Andrew) Scala, Michael Hannon, Mary Hannon, Marty Hannon, Meg (Robert) Falco and Mark (Maria) Hannon; 10 grandchildren, Courtney, Mathew, Danielle, Brandy, Ashley, Nicholas, Ryan, Patrick, Katherine and Thomas; eight great-grandchildren,Trinity,

Athena, Bella, Graham, Caeli, Mason, Noah and Eva; and several nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Tuesday, February 28, 2012. Donations may be made in Barbara’s name to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Arrangements are under the direction of the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, (518) 584-5373. Online remembrances may be made at

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OBITUARIES Sandra “Sandy” Mineconzo Wilson Greenfield, NY – Sandra “Sandy” Mineconzo Wilson, 66, passed away Thursday, February 23, 2012. Born August 15, 1945, in Saratoga Springs, she was the daughter of the late Paul Mineconzo and Catherine DeMatteo Van Denburgh. In addition to her parents, Sandy is predeceased by her husband, Floyd E. (Clocker) Wilson. Survivors include her sons, Philip (Stacy) and Scott (James Ellis) Olszewski; stepchildren, Floyd E. (Nikki) Wilson, Jr. and Tracie (Randy) Shattuck; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; her sister, Faith (John) Hagglund; sisters-in-law, Anne

Boyar and Dottie (John) Hunter; brothers-in-law, George (Butch) Wilson and Robert Wilson; as well as many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services were conducted Thursday, March 1, 2012. Burial will be at the family plot at Greenridge Cemetery, Lincoln Ave., Saratoga Springs. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Saratoga County Animal Shelter, 6010 County Farm Rd., Ballston Spa, NY 12020. Online remembrances may be made at

CAPTAIN: Celebrating 35 Years of Enhancing Saratoga County by Christina James Saratoga TODAY It was 35 years ago, in 1977, when a group of dedicated and socially-conscious parents decided it was time to band together and become the catalyst for change they wished to see in their community. Establishing a movement they dubbed “CAPTAIN” (Community Action for Parents, Teens And Interested Neighbors), it wasn’t long before their efforts transformed into one of the county’s most successful and respected grassroots organizations. Today, CAPTAIN Youth and Family Services offers a variety of outreach programs, including adolescent help lines, a runaway and homeless emergency youth shelter, family assistance, after-school programming and homework help, employment readiness training, an emergency food pantry, and a next-to-new clothing store. Their volunteer-driven efforts have made a vast difference in the local community. “We have been giving people a hand up since 1977,” said CAPTAIN’s Executive Director Sue Malinowski. “We pride ourselves on treating everyone with dignity and respect and helping those who have fallen on hard times to get back on their feet and become self-sufficient.” With the struggling economy and extremely competitive job market, more and more Saratoga County residents are requiring a helping hand- but not a hand out. To CAPTAIN, returning an individual’s autonomy is crucial. “The vast majority of our clients are people who never thought they would need assistance but have found themselves in circumstances where they are struggling due to an unexpected life event that has knocked them down,” said Malinowski. “Our programs keep youth and families housed, clothed and fed while they focus on issues such as schooling, job training and work experience so they can sustain themselves in the long term.” Administering and maintaining CAPTAIN’s community assistance initiatives, as well as its education and prevention-based programs is no easy task. As local need increases, funding opportunities and

individual donations wane. It is now more than ever that CAPTAIN needs community support! Due to its expanse of programming, there are countless opportunities for volunteering and non-monetary donations. Individuals looking to help can do everything from providing after-school homework assistance to supervising the Teen Talk Helpline. CAPTAIN also needs both volunteers to man, and food/personal hygiene items to fill, their emergency food pantry. Donations of gas cards, clothing, toiletries and cleaning supplies are also welcomed- and if you’re looking for a fun night out- you can attend one of CAPTAIN’s fundraising events. “Our next big event is our 35th anniversary party, ‘Sail Into Spring,’” Malinowski said. “There will be great food from Mazzone Hospitality, dancing to the tunes of DJ Paul Malo, hilarious entertainment from a local improv group, some great raffles, and a giant birthday cake to celebrate our 35th anniversary.” The event, taking place Saturday, March 10, is a great opportunity to support CAPTAIN and have a lot of fun. The cocktail-casual gala event at the Hilton Garden Inn in Clifton Park will kickoff at 6:30 p.m. and go until midnight. Tickets are $60 per person or $110 per couple and are available online or by calling (518) 371-1185. If you are unable to attend the event, but want to make a donation, fill out and mail in the form below or visit CAPTAIN’s website at “We are very grateful to the community of generous individuals, businesses, faith communities and foundations that have allowed CAPTAIN to lift people up and build brighter futures throughout Saratoga County for 35 years,” Malinowski said. For more information on what CAPTAIN does for your community, visit their website and watch their “making a difference” video; it features actual community members CAPTAIN programs have assisted.




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Saratoga Goes Blue for Cancer Awareness continued from Page 1 Throughout March, the sidewalks along Broadway and Church Street in front of Saratoga Hospital will be (temporarily) painted blue. Participating businesses are encouraged to paint their shop windows blue, hang blue lights or ribbons, or offer a blue item or discount as a way to raise awareness themselves. In coordination with the event’s kickoff, March 2 has been designated as the national “dress in blue” day. The Cancer Services Program encourages everyone to get involved and help spread the message of preventative screening. MSGB was modeled after the Colon Cancer Alliance’s national awareness program, Cities Go Blue. The campaign’s coordinator, Tasha Ostapczuk, hopes to raise awareness for what Cancer Services Program of Saratoga County provides for the community, while promoting a campaign designed to encourage an active role in one’s health. “What we do is screen for breast, cervical and colorectal cancers in men and women who are without

“Cancer screening saves lives, and early detection is the best prevention.” Tasha Ostapczuk campaign coordinator

health insurance,” explained Ostapczuk. “We want to get more men and women over 50 aware that if they aren’t insured, they can be screened. Cancer screening saves lives, and early detection is the best prevention.” The Cancer Services Program of Saratoga County is funded through grants organized by the New York State Department of Health. It’s through those grants that the program is able to provide screenings to the uninsured. Cancer is a touchy subject, and Ostapczuk realizes the hesitancy some might have concerning a colorectal exam. “I tell people all the time, you

wouldn’t buy a car and not change the oil because the engine would seize. So why would you walk around and not have your body checked? You don’t want your ‘engine’ to seize,” said Ostapczuk. The reservations some might have over the screening processes led to the development of what’s called a FIT kit. FIT kits are a home-based, private procedure that allows the screening process to take place, without any invasive visits to a doctor. A FIT kit can determine whether continued treatment is necessary, while remaining as private as possible. Though the chosen color for the event, blue, is generally thought of as a masculine color, the risk of colorectal cancer affects both men and women, and the Cancer Service Program encourages everyone to get screened. “If you have health insurance, talk to your doctor. If you’re 50 years old, man or woman,” explains Ostapczuk. “They’ll likely discuss family history, diet, anything concerning your health, but there is no reason you cannot be screened.” Those concerned about their risk of colorectal cancer who do not

have health insurance can be screened by the Cancer Services Program. What you may not know, is that should something be found during that screening, the program intends to stand by you through the entire process. “We will pay for treatment for someone who is diagnosed through our program,” said Ostapczuk. “We

hear people saying ‘You’ll screen me for free, but what if I am actually diagnosed?’ We can enroll them in the Medicaid Cancer Treatment Program.” If you’re looking to get involved, or are a business who would like to officially participate, contact the Cancer Services Program of Saratoga County at (518) 580-2078.

Maple Days

THURMAN - Get your flapjacks and griddle cakes ready, because it's almost time for Thurman Maple Days. The first of three weekends of syrup and other maple confections are scheduled to begin March 10. Each weekend offers a tour of a different area maple operation, including Adirondack Gold Maple, Toad Hill Maple and Valley Road Maple. Expect plenty of samples and great shopping from an expanded line of maple treats. The annual Maple Sugar Party will take place March 10 and starts at 4 p.m. Hod Ovitt and the Warren County Ramblers will be playing, and guests can enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet. Tickets will be available at the door and are $10 for adults, $5 for children 6-11 and children 5 and under are free. Proceeds from ticket sales will go to benefit the American Cancer Society. The Maple Sugar Party has been raising money for the American Cancer Society for

photo provided 53 years. The weather this winter has been a bit unusual, leading to concern over its effect on this season's sap. Most maple producers believe that as long as it continues to drop below freezing at night, and rise above 32 degrees during the day, that production should remain unaffected. “Warm weather can have an impact on the tree's metabolism and the sap's sugar content,” said Randy Galusha of Toad Hill Maple. “Low sugar content requires more boiling to produce a gallon of syrup and more boiling leads to darker syrup.” While the syrup may be darker, Galusha says the sugar content is meeting its average, and that they're expecting a big crowd for Thurman Maple Days. For more information about Thurman Maple Days, visit




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Private Schools Use Alternative Measures to Tackle Budgets continued from Page 1 Parents who send their children to private school are still required to pay public school taxes, even though their child will not directly benefit from said money. To address the issue, some have pushed for the state to consider school vouchers, which would allow parents to redirect those funds away from public schools and back into the private school their child attends. While a

pilot program was created for vouchers in New York City, the program has yet to spread elsewhere in upstate New York. “There’s always a worry when the economy is the way it is. We depend on our tuition and we hope that parents can pay our tuition, but families are going through difficult situations and some people are being laid off,” said Kromm. While larger districts are struggling to close massive budget gaps –

Museum of Racing Announces 18th Annual “Horsing Around with the Arts” Contest Winners

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame held its 18th annual “Horsing Around with the Arts” reception for students in grades three through seven Friday, February 24, and announced the show’s young winners following the event. The artwork will be on display in the museum’s von Stade Gallery through March 20.

The winners include: • Grade 3: Demetra Zorbas, 1st; Emma Harriman, 2nd; Abigail Fisher, 3rd; honorable mention: Kamdyn Bashant and Gannon Kenney • Grade 4: Hailey Mitchell, 1st; Grace O’Reilly, 2nd; Clayton Greenm 3rd; honorable mention: Jacob de John and Luke Apy • Grade 5: Isabelle Maitano, 1st; Benjamin Caliguri, 2nd; Jenna Owens, 3rd; honorable mention: Cora Payne and Madeline Bielefeld • Grade 6: Tessa Camp, 1st; Nathan Bidwell, 2nd; Samuel LaPell, 3rd; honorable mention: Hannah Farrell • Grade 7: Lindy Burch Durkee, 1st; Jonathan Allen, 2nd; Kailey Jensen, 3rd; honorable mention: Abigail Sickle • Best Racing Image (pictured above): Olivia Faul, grade 5, St. Mary’s School, Ballston Spa

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake is staring down a roughly $2 million deficit – St. Clement’s budget of $1.75 million seems almost quaint. The difference, of course, is that St. Clement’s gathers its funding from a much smaller pool of resources and without the benefit of large sums of state aid. In fact, last year St. Clement’s received only 86.7 percent of the state aid they were entitled to, forcing the school to make up thousands of dollars in revenue through other means. Still, said Kromm, St. Clement’s always seems to find a way through the difficult times, thanks in large part to a small but strong community passionate about its educational institution. “Because we’re small, I think we’re very family oriented. We have parents who volunteer their time and

help with things like our hot lunch program. We also try to maintain contact with our alumni who leave,” said Kromm, adding, “I think it’s rare to have an alumni association for an elementary school.” Along with generous support from this small community during major fundraisers (the second largest source of revenue for private schools after tuition), generous alumni and parents of former and current students come together time and again to overcome any budget gap. Parents have donated iPads for students to use in the classrooms; alumni bring cultural arts programs and make extracurricular activities possible; and all parties volunteer their time during major fundraising events, such as the Race for Education fundraiser. Because of their support, St.

Clement’s has yet to cut programs such as art or foreign language – options some public schools must consider to close their own budget gaps. St. Clement’s is also fortunate to have a pool of money for financial aid, which helps pay for student tuition if parents are struggling to make ends meet. While the money isn’t inexhaustible, for now it’s there as a way to reinforce St. Clement’s communal strength. “As a principal, there are nights I lose sleep over certain things. Sometimes I worry: will this fundraiser make as much as it can?” said Kromm. “But there’s always something. ‘Faith and Family’ is our motto here. I mean, we realize all the hard numbers – they’re reality – but somehow our community always makes it work.”



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Local Ski Teams Win State Championships by Andrew Marshall Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS – For the first time in the school’s history, the Saratoga Springs boys’ Alpine ski team were crowned state champions at the conclusion of their meet at Whiteface Mountain February 28. Saratoga Springs had finished second in New York State six of the last seven years, before finally breaking through to win its very first championship. The girls’ team title was also

awarded February 28, and was won by the team representing Burnt Hills-Ballston Spa. This is the second consecutive state championship for the Burnt Hills-Ballston Spa team. The victories mark the first time that both state champions are representatives of Section II athletics. The two-day meet saw 120 student-athletes from all over New York State competing for both individual and team championships. Saratoga qualified by winning the Section II championship on

February 14 at Gore Mountain. “It was a total team effort, every member of our team played a role in winning this,” said Saratoga head coach Scott Singer. Saratoga was paced by a pair of fifth-place finishes from senior Dan Rittenhouse, finishing the giant slalom in 1:45.59 and the slalom in 1:31.68. “[Dan] really set the tone for us early on,” said Singer. “It’s a fond farewell for him as a senior,” he continued. Though the entire team performed well, it was Rittenhouse’s performances that propelled Saratoga Springs to a state title. Of the 78 total points awarded during the team competition, 40 were the result of Rittenhouse alone. His performance qualified him to ski in the Eastern Regional Championships in Attitash, New Hampshire. Also competing for Saratoga was

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BEST IN SHOW - (from left to right) Ian Hauser, Dan Rittenhouse and Kieran Mottau show off their championship plaque. Ian Hauser, who finished 15th in the giant slalom with a time of 1:47.48. Freshman Kieran Mottau finished 20th in the slalom event but fell during the giant slalom and was disqualified from finishing his run. “Kieran hiked down after he fell,

Bowling Fundraiser for YMCA’s Reach Out for Youth Program On Sunday, March 4, H&R Block will host a fundraiser for the local YMCA’s Reach Out For Youth campaign at the Spare Time Family Bowling Center in Clifton Park, NY. The public is invited to attend from 4–6 p.m. to participate in this a fun-filled evening of bowling. Admission is a $10 donation per person with all proceeds benefiting the YMCA. The YMCA Reach Out For Youth campaign provides scholarships to local children and families in underserved communities so that they have access to YMCA programs, such as aquatics and day camps, regardless of their financial situation. The Spare Time Family Bowling Center is located at 1668 Half Moon Parkway (Route 9), Clifton Park. For more information, call (518) 371-4000.

but if he hadn’t have done that, we would not have won the team title,” said Singer. Dierdre Howard also competed during the meet representing Section II as a wildcard, finishing 21st in the slalom and 14th in the giant slalom. The continued success of the team finally paid off in the form of a longawaited state championship, which Singer thinks is due in part to their geographic advantage. “Of the two main sections that have dominated states, Sections V and II, our location gives a definite advantage,” said Singer. “A lot of these kids ski and race on the weekend and they’re racing on all different mountains across the state, but we’re close in proximity to a lot of the bigger mountains.” For the Burnt Hills-Ballston Spa girls’ championship team, it was a return to the medal podium for a second year in a row. Demi Feder was named the combined overall individual champion for the meet and posted a 1:51.42 in the slalom to place fourth. Taylor Manderson finished fifth in the slalom, posting a time of 1:49.13. She followed that performance with a sixth-place finish in the giant slalom. Despite finishing in 22nd place in the slalom the day before, Rebecca Stodgell clocked a time of 1:51.42 to finish the giant slalom in fifth.


BUSINESS Buy Local Campaign Takes Off TODAY

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by Yael Goldman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA COUNTY – The unique rewards program introduced by Local Living In last year has quickly gained momentum, so much so that the Chamber of Southern Saratoga County has partnered with the Ballston Spa-based business to promote its “ T h i n k . B u y. L o c a l ” initiative. Launched by Juergen Klingenberg of Hound Dog Graphics, Local Living In is a buylocal marketing strategy that connects small businesses between Albany and Lake George with the consumers in their community through an easy-to-use rewards program. “This active program rewards local consumers for using local businesses,” Juergen said. Here’s how it works: Consumers sign up to receive a BuyLocal card, which they can present at participating local businesses to receive special discounts and promotions. In addition, the Local Living In website ( provides 24/7 access to information about local businesses along with updates about promotions, events and deals. The website is divided into communities, including Malta, Saratoga, Ballston Spa and Clifton

Park, among others. Last month, the nearly 1,000 members of the Chamber of Southern Saratoga County plugged into this valuable network, giving the consumers in their community a way to actively participate in the Buy.Think.Local campaign. “In the past, we had challenges with a rewards card program, and [Local Living In] really seems to have successfully done it,” said Loretta Rigney, vice president of the Chamber of Southern Saratoga County. “By partnering with them we can get those reward cards into people’s hands and also offer an additional member benefit. It’s a win-win for both of us.” Both organizations share the same goal: to educate consumers about the importance of keeping local dollars local and, in turn, encourage them to support the businesses in their community. “There is a very strong benefit from buying from local merchants wherever and whenever possible. Your sales tax dollars contribute to safer streets, cleaner sidewalks, emergency services, and numerous other benefits,” said Rigney. “By thinking and buying locally we are all contributing to the success of our own community and the wellbeing of our neighbors, family and friends." Now, when southern Saratoga

County businesses sign up with the chamber, they will automatically become a part of Local Living In. For participating business owners, the Local Living In website is a convenient and effective way to inform consumers about the services they offer and the contributions they make to their community. In addition, the Local Living In strategy extends to print and local media outlets through an advertising co-op that exponentially increases exposure and brand awareness. Klingenberg and his team work one-on-one with participating businesses to establish an individual marketing/outreach strategy that works for them. This tailor-fit program is part of the larger Local Living In network, which Klingenberg aggressively draws attention to. This weekend, the Local Living In team will be at the Rotary Home and Garden Show at the Saratoga Springs City Center. Present your BuyLocal discount card upon entry, and receive $1 off your admission. (See pages 16-18 for details about the event.) And, in the next few weeks, look out for the Local

Living In smartcar. According to Klingenberg, the partnership has already proved successful. He hopes to work with other area chambers to boost “buy local” campaigns throughout the region. “The campaign has really taken off,” Klingenberg said. “In the last month we have seen an increase in traffic to not only the website, but in the number of people requesting the BuyLocal cards.” For more information about Local Living In, visit To


Use Your Local Living In rewards card to receive great discounts and support local businesses. obtain a BuyLocal rewards card, contact Beth Normandin, director of sales, at (518) 795-6500.



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500 Guests Fill City Center for 2012 Enchanted Wedding Expo Saratoga TODAY Makes $2,191 Donation to Community Fund SARATOGA SPRINGS – The 2012 Enchanted Wedding Expo was a hit! More than 250 brides and a total of 500 guests filled the Saratoga Springs City Center Sunday, February 26, to connect with nearly 100 of the region’s top wedding professionals at Saratoga TODAY’s annual wedding expo. “This year’s show was a tremendous success,” said Chad Beatty, owner and publisher of Saratoga TODAY newspaper. “The feeling in the city center was electric. It was buzzing with activity.” For the first time in the event’s

five-year history, Saratoga TODAY collected admission at the door to fundraise for the Adirondack Trust Company Community Fund, a general fund that provides grants to local nonprofits and charitable organizations. Saratoga Today will present a $2,191 contribution next week. “We are thrilled to be able to make this donation to our community through the community fund,” said Beatty. Held each February at the Saratoga Springs City Center, the Enchanted Wedding Expo is a convenient way for brides to connect with top local professionals and find inspiration for their big day.

Enchanted Wedding magazine, offered as a companion piece to the expo, is a must-read for local brides – especially those that missed Sunday’s event! The100page glossy magazine, which is available online, is filled with local stories, tips and inspiration for planning your wedding in the Saratoga-Adirondack region. For more information about Saratoga TODAY’s Enchanted Wedding Expo or to flip through the magazine, visit m/enchantedwedding. For more information about the Adirondack Trust Company Community Fund, visit

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Summer Camp Directory

This Week’s Spotlight

Wilton Recreation Camp Wilton Recreation offers a full-day summer camp program for children in grades one through nine. With available pre-camp and post-camp care, working parents can ensure their children are having fun in a safe environment before and after the camp’s regular 9 am to 3 pm hours. Parents who register their children for before and after camp care can drop off their children prior to camp opening at 8:30 am and can pick them up at 5:30 pm Bussing is available for Wilton residents who register for regular camp hours (9 am to 3 pm). Wilton Recreation Camp offers a full schedule of daily onsite activities, themed events, and exciting trips for kids who register for off-site adventures. Daily on-site activities include arts and crafts, sports, playground fun, and other organized group games. This year’s scheduled field trips include: Million Dollar Beach in Lake George, Saratoga County Fair, bowling, white water rafting, and at least two swimming days per week at nearby pools and beaches. The Summer 2012 camp will open on June 26 and run until August 10. Registration begins March 12 at Gavin Park and will close on June 13. As there are only 300 spaces available, be sure to mark your calendar! Camp registration forms are available online at http://www.townof, or can be picked up, weekdays, at Gavin Park 9 am to 5 pm. For any other questions, please call the park office at (518) 584-9455.



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B’Spa Photography Students Show Off Work at Brookside Museum

A New Twist on “Girls’ Night Out” SCHUYLERVILLE - Schuylerville Jr.-Sr. High School’s upcoming “Girls’ Night Out” will be an opportunity for girls in grades 9-12 to focus on healthy lifestyles during a fun-filled evening. More than 120 students have already signed up to attend the event, which takes place Friday, March 2, from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. in the Schuylerville Jr.-Sr. High School cafeteria. “Girls’ Night Out evolved from a desire to introduce healthier lifestyles to our high school students and to boost selfesteem, confidence and camaraderie,” explained Heather Culnan, Schuylerville Jr.-Sr. High School assistant principal. Schuylerville girls attending will participate in a Zumba class, as well as learn about skin care, hair care and healthy snacks. There will be door prizes and each student will receive a gift bag full of goodies. Female district staff members have also been invited to attend. For more information, call Culnan at (518) 695-3255, ext. 2265.

South High Marathon Dance set for 35th Annual Celebration March 2-3 SOUTH GLENS FALLS It’s one of the biggest fundraisers of the year at South Glens Falls High School - and certainly the most fun. Beginning Friday, March 2, approximately 80 percent of the school’s population will kick off their Sunday shoes and dance for as long as they can during the South High Marathon Dance, where the school hopes to top last year’s fundraising total of $326,000. The dance, which begins Friday at 7 p.m. and continues well into Saturday, has a long history of bringing the community together to support family, friends and neighbors. Having raised over $2.75 million for 208 beneficiaries in its 34-year history, South Glens Falls will again take to the dance floor to help over 35 local individuals and organizations in 2012. While each of the 800 participating students is required to collect a minimum of $125, a majority of the money is raised and collected during the dance itself. Money is raised through the Kipper’s Clippers’ annual cut-a-thon, a 50/50 raffle, sales at the concession stand, and live and silent auctions taking place over the two-day period. To learn more about the South High Dance Marathon, visit

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BALLSTON SPA - Ballston Spa High School students have caught the shutter-bug, photographing dozens of Ballston Spa landmarks now on display at the Brookside Museum through April 27, 2012. The project was inspired by Susan Masto, a photography teacher at the Ballston Spa High School, who challenged her students to photograph the Village of Ballston Spa. This project not only helped the students develop their photography skills, but it also served to document the village as it appeared in 2011. Brookside’s curator, Kathleen Coleman, collaborated on the project to create an exhibit that will be showcased

Empire State College VP to Oversee Office of Enrollment Managment and Student Services SARATOGA SPRINGS - Mitch Nesler, vice president of the SUNY Empire State College’s Center for Planning and Institutional Effectiveness, will begin overseeing the operations of the Office of Enrollment Management and Student Services effective March 15. Since the resignation of Evelyn Buchanan last summer as vice president of the Office of External Affairs, the college has been holding off on the process to identify a replacement. At that time, Vice President Hugh Hammett agreed to step back into a leadership role in external affairs as well as continue in the vice president position for enrollment management and student services.

Photo by Linda Danison of Ballston Spa High School from March 2 until the end of April. Each of Ms. Masto’s students will display one of their photographs in the exhibit. In 2001, the museum hosted a similar exhibition, and Brookside will present some of those

images to allow a comparison of the changes that the village has experienced over the past decade. In addition, historic photographs of the village from the collection will be a part of this exhibit.



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Tree Nursery’s Spring Sale Underway continued from Page 1 (NYSDEC) opened the nursery, more than 1.7 billion trees have been grown right here in our backyard. “A lot of local people don’t even know this is here in Saratoga,” said nursery manager David Lee. “I think it’s important that they realize the state offers this service; that [we are] supplying local seed source and planting material for conservation purposes.” During the annual spring seedling sale, the nursery sells inexpensive bundles of hardwood, conifer and shrub plants to private and public landowners. Orders are accepted between early January and mid-May, and the minimum purchase is between 25 and 100 seedlings, depending on the species. The nursery doesn’t compete with area businesses, as seedlings are not distributed for ornamental use. Rather, the small trees are supplied for conservational use, site restoration, wetland buffer planting, watershed protection and Christmas tree production, among a variety of other purposes. “We give landowners a low-cost choice for reforesting and conserving their land,” Lee explained. “We don’t sell to nurseries and homeowners must sign an agreement that they won’t remove the root system.” The nursery also sponsors a school seedling program that pro-

vides area districts with free stock. Nonprofits are also eligible. As the only remaining state-run tree nursery, NYSDEC’s Saratoga operation is also responsible for preserving the genetics of New York’s forests. The nursery is home to one of the largest seed factories in the northeast. The plant, referred to as the extractory, prepares seeds for future planting. Inside the facility, a cooler contains hundreds of carefully labeled jars that preserve the seeds of more than 50 native species, including ash varieties that are threatened by the Emerald Ash Borer. With spring just a few weeks away, Lee and his staff are eager to hit the fields and begin filling orders from thousands of landowners across the state. However, Lee is certainly thankful for the late snowstorm that hit this week.

About the Seedling Sale • Saratoga TODAY

Top left: Senior technician Breyton Pendell explains how seeds are extracted from a pinecone. Above: the nursery freezer houses seeds of more than 50 species native to New York. Unseasonably warm temperatures forced many of the species into early germination, and without a thick layer of snow to protect the crop from frost and high winds, many of the seedlings were damaged or killed. “In some areas we lost over 50 percent,” Lee said. “When Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate, some

species may be in shorter supply.” But after this week’s heavy snowfall, the outlook for the 2012 spring crop is looking up. Seedlings that began to sprout prematurely will be insulated from the snow and remain dormant until spring is here to stay. In the meantime, Lee and his team are staying busy processing seed in the extractory to prepare for future plantings.

For Public and Private Landowners The program provides lowcost, native planting materials from New York sources to encourage landowners to enhance the state's environment for future generations. Landowners can get planting advice from their nearest DEC forestry office or private forestry consultant. The 2012 tree and shrub brochure can be found on the DEC's website or by calling the Saratoga Tree Nursery at (518) 581-1439. For Schools Schools across New York can receive free seedlings for spring planting through the DEC School Seedling Program which provides 50 tree seedlings or a mixed packet of 30 wildlife shrubs to any public or private school that would like to participate. The seedlings can be planted on school grounds or other community spaces. Teachers and students are encouraged to plan the project ahead of time by discussing the value trees contribute to the environment and to determine the objectives of tree planting. To participate, schools should download an application from DEC's website, contact the Saratoga Tree Nursery at (518) 581-1439 or contact the nearest DEC regional forestry office to request a "School Seedlings" brochure. Applications must be received at the nursery by April 15, 2012.



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Home Consider Stonework for Your Backyard


Need a Quick Room Makeover? Look to Lighting Solutions

by Andrew Marshall Saratoga TODAY The closer we get to spring, the more you should be thinking about those projects you said you’d “get around to next year.” Well next year is upon is, and if you’re thinking of having any masonry work done to complement your landscaping, you should start thinking about what you’d like and what you want it made out of. Weather permitting, you or a hired mason of your choosing can start construction as early as April. This is of course with a bit of homework to do during March, so starting early can help you get a jump on the upcoming season. First, determine what you’d like to have built. An obvious use for stone would be to build a fire pit. While temporary outdoor fireplaces exist, they’re made of metal and can wear down or rust from the elements. Stone fire pits are much more permanent, and would ideally last longer than the builder should need it. Fire pits are commonly made from retaining wall blocks, which are particularly dense concrete blocks that can contain temperatures hot enough to withstand fire. “A fire pit is a desirable option when considering an outdoor stone patio, and has been for the last three

or four years,” said Tim Webb, owner of Saratoga Masonry Supply. The Webb family started their masonry business back in 1980, supplying basics from concrete block, mortars, clay face brick and other specialized masonry supplies. One thing Saratoga Masonry Supply offers are “fire pit kits” that include all the materials necessary to build your backyard’s new centerpiece. It is important to be aware of the laws in your local municipality when considering the addition of a fire pit for your backyard. Be sure to check with your local law enforcement agency and make sure you’re allowed to build fires on your property before constructing. While a fire pit is a nice feature to any backyard, sometimes the work isn’t necessarily about leisure time. When building a retaining wall, the

first thing you must consider is the height. The particular height of the retaining wall will determine what you can or cannot do. A garden wall is not legally allowed to exceed 24”, and it shouldn’t be used for retaining anything larger. Building anything taller could require a building permit, so again, be sure to check with your town’s guidelines before construction. Of course, you may be considering stonework for a driveway, a walkway, a patio, sidewalk, or even around the coping of your in-ground pool. Saratoga Masonry Supply suggests using paving brick as a way to make your particular project stand out. “There really are countless options when considering using paving brick for your backyard,” said Webb. “There’s close to 30 different shapes and sizes I can think of, and maybe a half dozen colors you could choose.” For more information about Saratoga Masonry Supply, visit them at the Rotary Home and Garden Show beginning March 2 at the Saratoga Springs City Center.

Ever wonder how designers make the rooms you see in magazines or on decorating shows look so good? It doesn’t always depend on paint colors or fabric choices. From fresh and airy, to intimate and cozy – and everything in between – lighting sets the tone of a room and should be an integral part of its design and layout. And you can make dramatic changes by doing something as easy as switching out a light bulb. So if you want to give a room a makeover, or just freshen it up a bit, use these tips from the lighting pros at SYLVANIA to brighten things up. Types of Lighting Not only does a good lighting plan make a room more inviting, it also makes it more functional. To create a good lighting plan, you’ll need different kinds of light: • Ambient – Provides overall illumination and a comfortable level of brightness, allowing people to see and move around safely and easily. • Task – Helps you perform a specific activity, such as reading or playing games, by concentrating light in a particular place. • Accent – Sets the mood and highlights certain areas and objects, such as paintings, walls and collectibles. • Decorative – Fixtures become an element of the space themselves, such as chandeliers or pendants. The type of light bulbs you use matter as well. Due to the EISA Act of 2007, traditional incandescent light bulbs will eventually be phased out; however, there are several energyefficient options, ranging from CFLs to halogen or LED light bulbs. No matter what room you’re looking to improve, there is an energy-efficient light option that will be a perfect fit. Dining Room • Using dimmers and layering with light gives you flexibility for different occasions. • For an elegant look, blend low levels of light sources throughout the room. • When installing light over the dining room table, be careful not to create shadows on the faces of your guests. Placing additional light sources elsewhere in the room helps to balance the light. • Use adjustable accent lamps with SYLVANIA halogen bulbs to highlight plants, artwork or special furniture pieces. These bulbs are fully dimmable and use between 22 and 33 percent less energy than standard incandescent bulbs. Living Room • For general lighting, use fixtures with a dimmer. The light source is concealed, and with dimming capabilities you can change the lighting of the room for various activities from reading to movie watching. A good choice for these fixtures would be the SYLVANIA Ultra A-Line 12-watt LED bulbs. They’re the brightest replacement for the typical 60-watt incandescent bulbs, while using 80 percent less energy. They also last 25 times longer. • Wall sconces and floor lamps are good sources of task lighting for reading or playing games, while track fixtures can be used to highlight artwork or unique wall treatments such as wall washing or glazing. • Place light sources at various heights within the room to add visual interest. • Use translucent shades on table lamps to contribute to the ambient light level. Bedrooms • General lighting can be provided by ceiling fixtures, chandeliers, fan lights, recessed downlights or wall sconces that use halogen or LED bulbs. • Use a floor-mounted directional fixture to project light through plants from the floor to soften a room with interesting shadows. Place the light behind a large plant or indoor tree and aim it through the leaves toward the ceiling. • Use a low-wattage energy-efficient bulb to brighten up the closet. These bulbs have a long life and offer energy-efficiency and quality color. • Provide light for reading by choosing swing-arm or flexible bedside lamps. For more lighting tips and information about energy-efficient bulbs, visit or -Provided by Family Features





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Saratoga Springs Rotary Club’s Home and Garden Show Features Latest and Greatest March 2-4 by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS – The city center plays host to the Saratoga Springs Rotary Club Home and Garden Show beginning Friday, March 2 through Sunday, March 4, giving attendees a chance to preview the latest and greatest in home and garden trends just ahead of the spring season. “The show will feature over 120 exhibitors in home and garden related services,” said Deborah Czech, chair of the marketing committee for the Rotary Club Home and Garden Show. “It’s a nice way to see who’s who in the local business community, and to find valuable services for your home inside and out.”

A wide range of services will be represented at the home show, covering everything from windows to roofers, insulation installers for your attic as well as experts versed in refinishing a basement. Outdoor landscape specialists will also be on hand, as well as stone pavers and hardscape artists. Also on hand will be the Saratoga Preservation Foundation, which “has put together several exhibitors as part of their Restoration Corner,” said Czech. “This is a group of exhibitors that specialize in services for people with older homes.” At the Restoration Corner, local builders, architects, stone quarries, painters and other specialists are available to speak with attendees about historic homes or older properties, and can help them

draft a plan for restoration work. Other exhibitors set to attend include Adirondack Appliance, Allerdice Building Supply, Brookside Nursery, Capitol District Supply Company, Curtis Lumber Co., Granite and Marble Works, Inc., Green Conscience Home and Garden, North Country Water Systems, Redbud Development, Inc. and more. Show hours begin Friday from 5 – 9 p.m. and continue Saturday, from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sunday, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. General admission for adults is $6; children 5-12 are $1, and children 5 and under are free. The show also acts as one of the major fundraisers for the Rotary Club, which donates proceeds back into the community through local nonprofits and youth scholarships. Known to raise over $100,000 annually during the show, last year the Rotary Club donated $14,800 in funding to CAPTAIN Youth and Family Services in Malta; $7,000 to Franklin Community Center; and more than $24,000 in additional contributions to the Little League organization, Rebuilding Together, Shelters of Saratoga, and Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Services. In addition to local nonprofits, the Rotary Club also uses the funds to support local youth scholarships. In 2011, the Rotary Club donated $48,000 in scholar-

ship money to 14 area high school seniors pursuing a post-secondary educat i o n . Individual scholarships range from a base of $1,500 to the high mark set by the Presidential Scholarship, which provides $16,000 over four years to one graduating senior. New to the Home and Garden Show this year is the March 3rd event, “Summer Fun – Stay and Play Showcase,” which makes its inaugural debut thanks to a close partnership with the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce. “The ‘Summer Fun – Stay and Play Showcase’ is a vacation show that we’re presenting with the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce for Saturday. We believe this addition will round out the experience of our home show, which isn't just about our homes but about our hometown that we and our neighbors enjoy,” said Charlie Wheeler, show chair for the Home and Garden Show. The new addition will feature over 30 regional summer hot spots and events, including SaratogaArtsFest, Super Bounce,

Stock Studios, Sundaes Best Hot Fudge Sauce, and the Lake George Steamboat Company. “We’re also working with the Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Business Association (DBA) on a dinner show promotion,” said Wheeler. “We want to make it easy for people to enjoy dinner after work and then come over to the show.” To that end, the Rotary Club and the DBA have partnered to provide a dinner/show special, where adults can receive a $5 discount by showing a dinner receipt from a downtown Saratoga Springs restaurant dated between February 27 and March 2. The discount can be applied on up to two adult admissions, reducing the entrance fee to $1 per adult. Once inside, attendees will also have a chance to win hourly door prizes. This year, one lucky winner will get to walk home with the grand prize – a Samsung 46-inch LCD flat-panel HDTV. “The Home and Garden Show brings our whole community together, making it easy for consumers to talk to providers of home products and services and helping our local businesses to reach their customers efficiently,” said Wheeler. To see for yourself what the Saratoga Springs Rotary Club Home and Garden Show has to offer, check it out at the city center this weekend, March 2-4. To learn more about the event, visit


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Property Transactions

Ballston 10 Carriage Run, $70,000: Old Westwind Farm LLC sold property to David and Nancy Mesh. 3 St. Patrick Place, $319,205: Traditional Builders LTD sold property to Melvin Lee Wei Heng and Pek Sze Lat. 146 Round Lake Rd., $152,000: Paul and Theresa Hansen sold property to Christopher Wills. Clifton Park 65 Westchester Drive, $164,650: Paul Scutieri sold property to John Meyer.

10 Huckleberry Lane, $219,000: Edward Day and Daniel Day sold property to Jennifer MacDowell. Greenfield Bump Hill Rd., Lot 3, $71,000: Casey Cornell sold property to Lincoln Kilbourne. 93 Brigham Rd., $188,000: Scott Masse and Kristin Hinkle sold property to Jesse Cook and John Cook. 60 King Rd., $194,000: Richard and Tara Savage Nimmo sold property to Leslie and Christopher Clairmont.

10 Cheviot Court, $420,000: Jarek and Sandra Mlodzinski sold property to Thomas and Laura Regan.

Malta 3 Marion Ave., $260,000: Steven and Marie Bacalles sold property to Thomas and Carla Metz.

28 Wishing Well Lane, $328,000: Elizabeth Jarrett sold property to Hong Yu.

118 Ruhle Rd., $82,000: Bernard and Kara Durfee sold property to Terra Firm LLC.

8 Wall St., Unit 126, $273,900: Clifton Park Senior Living LLC sold property to Michael and Susan Getman.

Milton 280 Meadowlark Drive, $231,600: Jonathan and Heather Martin sold property to Dean Wadland.

10 Bear Brook Court, $565,000: Hilton and Carolyn Nicholson sold property to Stephen Trippe. 25 Chesterworth Way, $349,848: Amedore Group Inc. sold property to Srinivasa and Rama Gonuguntla. 2 Temple Hills, $365,000: Nicholas and Marisa Parrotta sold property to Gregory and Jennifer Carbone Cooper. 29 Grissom Drive, $213,500: Thomas Regan sold property to Collin and Lara Hitchcock.

18 River Rock Drive, $245,000: Johnathan and Erin Wilkinson sold property to Mark and Patricia Beaulieu. 944 Macarthur Drive, $406, 125: TRA TOM Development Inc. sold property to Gregg and Susan Miller. Saratoga 43 Myers Lane, $145,000: FE Saratoga Inc. sold property to Andras and Heather Janik.



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Saratoga Springs 4 Victoria Lane, $412,500: Lawrence and Janet Levine sold property to Carlton and Terry Debrule. 125 Grand Ave., $320,000: Richard and Patricia Fenton sold property to Maureen Curtin. 12 Talford Place, $372,500: Mark, Christopher, Joli, Monica and Gregory Yuknek sold property to Joli Yuknek. 63 Jackson St., $200,000: Thomas and Marie Drake and the Thomas J. Drake and Marie J. Drake Family Trust sold property to Brian Spearman. 10 Carriage House Lane, $732,000: Donna Hassler and Lee Weiser sold property to Renee Birnbaum. 13 Thoroughbred Drive, $400,000: Michael Cudahy sold property to Richard Rosenberg and the Michael Dubb and Lee Dubb Children Trust. 93 Kaydeross Park Rd., $360,000: David and Claudia Pesino sold property to John Frederick Crowe. 290 Lake Ave., $200,000: Thomas and Helen Rhodes sold property to John and Bethanne Conley. Stillwater 8 Pine Ridge Rd., $224,000: Luther


and Judith Bierbaum sold property to Peter Foresman and Jennifer Kaler.

Wilton 32 Burnham Rd., $284,000: Dale and Lou Ann McQuiston sold property to Jeffrey and Stephanie Marcinko. 28 Suffolk Lane, $231,000: Joseph and Marion Eagan sold property to Cortney Alexis Maurer. 16 Seymour Drive, $300,000: William Malenbaum and Erin Vestal sold property to Sylvia Koller.







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Build Your Dream Home in a Dream Location The Elms at Saratoga: Custom Homes Starting in the mid-$500,000s It’s Your Home design it for your lifestyle. Let BCI Construction build the distinctive living space you can’t find anywhere else.

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by Yael Goldman Saratoga TODAY The Elms at Saratoga is our city’s best-kept secret. Nestled between the Beekman Arts District and Railroad Run in Saratoga Springs, this expertly designed west-side neighborhood is one of the only remaining downtown developments with room to grow. Lined with wide sidewalks, street lamps and welcoming stoops, this pocket community signifies a return to the charming hometown neighborhoods our parents grew up in – it’s a place where emptynesters can find peace and quiet, youngsters a quick walk to school, and parents a carefree, even carfree lifestyle (at least on the weekends!). Your home is your comfort zone, and that feeling shouldn’t end outside your front door. This notion is the hallmark of The Elms at Saratoga and awardwinning builder BCI Construction. At The Elms, BCI employs only the finest appointments inside and out, to not only draw from Saratoga’s unique charm but also establish a warm atmosphere and upscale aesthetic that residents can appreciate from every vantage point the sidewalk affords. The builder works one-on-one with each homeowner to design their dream home in this ideal setting. You can choose form a variety of façades and flexible floor plans that can be altered to fit any taste and lifestyle. Or you can start from scratch for an all-custom design. The highly-skilled and oft-revered team at BCI will do whatever it takes to turn your vision into a reality. Plus, a personal design coordinator will help you select every-

thing from paint color to furnishings. What’s more, residents enjoy the benefits of an upscale Saratogastyle setting with condo-style living. The homes are built on small, manageable lots with impeccable landscaping, so you can bid farewell to the lawnmower and enjoy your weekends sipping coffee on the back patio or strolling from your doorstep to Broadway. With a less than two-mile walk to downtown, SPAC, the grocery store and the YMCA, the location is almost as appealing as the architecture. Stop by the model home, 111 Elm Street, on Sunday between noon and 3 p.m. for an open house event, and learn more about the possibilities! The Elm Street model home is available for purchase.

About the Neighborhood: The Elms at Saratoga is a 28-plot community conveniently located on the west side of Saratoga Springs within two miles of everything! Designed for a Saratoga lifestyle, this distinctive neighborhood is perfect for individuals and families at all stages of life.



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About the Builder: BCI Construction is an Albany-based contractor known for quality and innovation. The Elms model was the 2010 Showcase Winner for Best Interior Floor Plan, Kitchen and Exterior Design in the Executive Homes category.


Sample Floor Plan: The Hickory This is just one of many floor plan options - plus, don’t forget you can custom design your own! The Hickory features an expansive great room with cathedral ceiling and gas fireplace, a gourmet kitchen with breakfast nook, and a large second-floor master suite with his and hers closets. Many aspects of this design are customizable.

About The Elms at Saratoga: Every detail is an amenity at The Elms, and there’s an endless supply to choose from! We’ve narrowed down a list of popular upscale features to offer you a taste of the possibilities.

Exterior Features: Hardi Plank fiber cement siding Architectural shingles Concrete walkway to entry from sidewalk and driveway Front porch entry Landscape package

Interior Features: 10-foot ceilings on the first floor 8-foot raised panel doors Crown molding Chair rail in dining room Carpet in bedrooms

Amenities: Walk-in closets Gas fireplace with custom mantle Security system “Silent floor” engineered floor framing system New Home Warranty Fire detection system Foundation drainage system

The Kitchen: Crown molding on all cabinets Custom granite countertop Eat-in kitchen island Stainless steel appliances Stainless undermount sink

Bath Features: Master Suite -Soaking tub -Separate shower -Double-bowl vanity

Main Bath -Single-bowl vanity -Ceramic tile flooring -Tub with tile surround

Energy Features: -High-efficiency heating and cooling -Low-E series glass in exterior windows

School District: Saratoga Springs City School District

Sewer/Water/Gas: Public water, sewer and natural gas

Commute: By car: The Elms at Saratoga is conveniently located between Northway exits 13N and 14, just 15 minutes from the Luther Forest Technology Campus and 30 minutes from Albany. By foot: Residents of this exceptional west-side neighborhood can enjoy a less than two-mile walk to the grocery store, Broadway, SPAC and the Saratoga Springs Amtrak train station, among many other destinations.

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Directions to 111 Elm Street:

For more information about The Elms at Saratoga or 111 Elm Street, contact Natalie Amsler at (518) 366-2495 or You can also visit

From North or South Broadway, take West Circular Street for 0.3 miles and turn left onto Elm Street. The model home is located on the corner of Fowler and Elm streets. Note: Fowler Street has been re-named Persimmons Place, but the change has not yet been noted on unaffiliated websites.




Friday, March 2, 2012

March 3: What if...Day

Suzanne Voigt Farmers’ Market I’m sure I am not the only person who searches out the humorous or ludicrous on Google, and while recently doing so, I fell across a very interesting bit of information. Apparently, March 3 is “What if Cats and Dogs had Opposable Thumbs Day.” This day is a day to be thankful that our furry companions don’t have opposable thumbs! The explanation goes on to say: “Just imagine if Fluffy or Fido had the ability to open their own cans, turn on the oven; the ability to take and hide your car keys or lock the door behind you and so on!” Wow, just imagine… What would my Fido reach for in my pantry? Certainly not the vineriped Sushan tomatoes or the butternut squash (one would be too juicy and the other too hard to get to the meat). I already know he loves Kilpatrick carrots and sliced kohlrabi—they are so sweet and crunchy.

The Saratoga Apple Honey Crisp apples might be the first to go, though it would be a tossup between the apples and Arglye Cheese curds. I would definitely have to padlock Ms. London’s pastry and the pizza from West Village Market (those crusts are to drool for, according to Fido). Come to think of it, with opposable thumbs, Fido would probably head straight to the freezer and pull out some stew for dinner and quiche for breakfast. Would he know enough to let them thaw first? Probably not, as he never needs his soup bones thawed from M&A or Lewis Waite Farms. I could let him try a leg of lamb or goat, but then he might start getting ideas and start bothering my neighbors goats and sheep- Oh my goodness, he could open pasture gates with opposable thumbs! The more I think about the farmers’ market cornucopia that would be before my dear canine housemate’s paws, should he grow thumbs, the more I can see the sense in celebrating this March 3 “holiday.” Yes, let’s be grateful our furry friends don’t have opposable thumbs! Let’s move on to human dexterity and cook up a nice yummy fresh local dish and enjoy. Maybe, just maybe, I will let my furry friends lick the plates.

Super Charged Spaghetti 1 lb grass-fed ground beef 1 lb Brookside Farm

Kielbasa, sliced 1 yellow onion Handful of Zehr Shitake Mushrooms, sliced 2-3 garlic cloves, diced 4 Susahn Hydropnic Tomatoes, diced 30 oz of plain tomato sauce 12 oz of tomato puree tbsp. fresh basil, chopped finely 2-3 tsp oregano 2 tsp parsley Red pepper flakes (to taste) Cooked pasta, of choice Longview Farm Parmesan and/or Argyle Cheese Factory Mozzarella, shredded

Directions In a large deep-frying pan, lightly coated with olive oil, brown burger, remove from pan and set aside. In the same frying pan, brown the sliced kielbasa, adding the diced onions, mushrooms, garlic and lastly, the tomatoes. Cook until onions are glistening and tomatoes are heated through. Add the browned burger back to the kielbasa mixture then add the remaining ingredients (tomato sauce, puree, basil, oregano, parsley and red pepper). Stir and let mixture simmer. Check flavor and add spices according to personal taste. While the sauce simmers, cook your pasta. When the pasta is al dente, serve into serving dishes and ladle sauce over top. Top with shredded cheese. (And, if you don’t make it too supercharged, Fido will be glad to clean the bowls.)


Morroccan tagine

John Reardon Compliments to the Chef Hello my foodie friends! We are going to talk about the Morroccan tagine this week. Many moons ago, when my daughter was 8 and my son was 10, my wife and I took the family to Disney World where we had dinner at Restaurant Marrakesh in the Morroccan Pavilion. The kids had couscous (they wanted hot dogs) and Paula and I shared Lamb Tagine. I think they are serving Mogador Fish Tagine right now. Anyway, it was delicious! We were so impressed with this meal – it was so full of flavor and just melted in your mouth, that shortly after our trip I began selling tagines in my store! The word tagine refers to both the contents and the container. A Tagine is a dish made from glazed clay that has a lid like a pointed hat to allow steam to circulate inside, creating a fall-off-the-bone moist dish. All recipes cooked inside this type of dish are also called Tagine. There are a great number of recipes; the most prestigious is the Lamb Tagine with dried prunes and almonds (recipe included!), which is representative of Moroccan cooking in its mix of sweet and sour. You can also find recipes for tagines with figs or dried apricots, onions and almonds, sweet potatoes and dried raisins. Tagines can also be made with lamb, chicken, beef, pigeon or even fish. Many herbs and spices are used in the tagine: ginger, cinnamon, parsley, as well as coriander/ cilantro or Arabic parsley. The fresh leaves are added at the end of the cooking in order to keep the full flavor of aniseed. There are many Tagine recipes, but Morroccan cooking leaves a lot to instinct, so let your imagination guide you and create your own Tagine! By the way, Johnny and Aubrey still love couscous to this day. My favorite tagine is made by Emile Henry, and it can be used on the stovetop or in the oven. Remember “Life Happens in the Kitchen.” Take Care, John

Here’s a great recipe to try in your tagine: Lamb Tagine with Dried Prunes and Almonds Ingredients 2.5 lb lamb shoulder, cut into pieces 1 lb dried prunes 2 cups whole almonds 2 tablespoons sesame seeds 4 hard-boiled eggs 3 chopped onions 4 garlic cloves, minced 2 teaspoons cinnamon 4 sticks cinnamon 1 teaspoon ginger (fresh or dried) 1 teaspoon cumin 1 teaspoon flat parsley, chopped 1/2 teaspoon saffron 1 teaspoon coriander or chopped cilantro 4 tablespoons groundnut peanut oil 1 tablespoon butter 4 tablespoons caster sugar Pinch of salt and pepper Instructions - Serves six In a hot tagine, fry lamb in the oil and butter, adding the onions, garlic, half the powdered cinnamon, ginger, saffron, cumin, parsley, salt and pepper, and coriander or cilantro. When the meat is golden, add three glasses of water, cover and cook for 45 minutes. Add a little water during the cooking process if necessary. Stir regularly. During this time, fry the sesame seeds in a pan without any oil. Then, cook the almonds in boiling water for 15 minutes, take off the outer skin layer and fry them in a little oil until golden. After 30 minutes, take a little sauce from the tagine and put it in a saucepan. Then add the dried prunes, the rest of the powdered cinnamon, cinnamon sticks, sugar and a pinch of salt. Cover and cook for 15 minutes. Drain the prunes and remove the sticks of cinnamon. Once the meat is cooked and the sauce has reduced, add the prunes and sprinkle the sesame seeds and almonds over the top. Cut the boiled eggs in half and arrange them around the edge. Serve directly from the tagine at the table with rice our couscous.



Friday, March 2, 2012



Iris, Flower of the Rainbow by Sharie FitzGibbon for Saratoga TODAY Now that winter has lifted its icy grip, the snow and ice have melted and the temperatures have risen above zero . . . oh, wait a minute. We didn’t suffer through any of that this winter, did we? In fact, this winter has been downright mild. There are some people (me! me!) who probably feel this is the proper way to go through winter. My sympathies to the rest of you who enjoy skiing, snowboarding and freezing your butts off. Truly. I suspect I won’t be feeling so smug when the time comes to start uncovering the garden and getting down to work. Our lack of traditional winter may have cost me, and others, some prize plants. Many garden plants suffer without consistent freezing temperatures and snow cover in the winter. The repeated cycles of freezing and thawing can heave plants right out of the ground. I am especially worried about my irises. I have a modest collection of German, or bearded, iris which are my pride and joy in the spring. Please don’t laugh when I categorize my collection as a modest one even though I have over 80 varieties; I once worked with a fine gentleman who collected iris and his “modest” collection numbered in the thousands. Irises are a bit like potato chips; one is never enough. German iris, I have found, are especially vulnerable to heaving due to their peculiar planting requirements. This type of iris grows from a large, white root called a rhizome with smaller roots on the sides. To plant it properly, you should leave the top of the rhizome exposed, while covering the smaller side roots completely. This prevents the rhizome from rotting, which deeply-planted irises are prone to. Unfortunately, this shallow planting can lead to heaving. Now is a good time to check on them and reset any that are not firmly anchored. Once the beds have dried up enough to work in, you’ll want to clean up the individual clumps and make sure no disease has taken hold over the winter. Remove all dead leaves and last year’s flower stalks. This dead plant material can harbor unwanted pests and it’s best to bag it up and send it off with the

garbage man. A hot compost pile will destroy most pests and pathogens so that is also an option. During the growing season, there are three particular problems with irises that everybody runs into eventually. The first is the iris borer, a caterpillar with a taste for iris roots. The borers are horrid things, getting up to two inches long and being vaguely pink in color. When you are doing your cleanup in the spring, feel the exposed portion of the rhizome for hollow areas. These can indicate borer tunnels and any affected plant should be dug up so the borer can be removed. Fortunately, once you have removed the beast, provided the damage is not too severe, the iris should recover. Make sure you scrape out all of the munched-up root bits and caterpillar poop to prevent rot from setting in; a spoon or butter knife works well for this. Once replanted, keep an eye on the plant and give it a little extra TLC for the season. The other two problems are diseases. The first is bacterial rot, which often develops as a result of uncontrolled borer infestations or other damage to the rhizome. While the infection usually starts in the root and is hard to see, it quickly

starts to run up the leaves in wet, mushy streaks. Your plants will look sickly and the leaves will fall over. Once you get close enough to see it, you will notice a really wretched smell. Trust me, you won’t miss it. Sadly, the only thing you can do is dig the entire clump up, salvage the rhizomes that are not yet involved and destroy the remaining plant. It is a good idea to dip the still healthy parts in a mild bleach solution to kill any remaining bacteria. Keep a close eye on the replanted fans and destroy them if they show signs of the disease returning. Lastly, irises are often afflicted with leaf spot. The leaves will develop small, brown spots with water-soaked edges. This is rarely more than a cosmetic problem and can be ignored unless a large portion of the leaf becomes involved, in which case the leaf should be trimmed off. It is most common during damp, cool weather. With all those troubles, you may question whether irises are worth growing at all. Allow me to reassure you that they are. Nothing is more magnificent than a perfect iris flower, with its vivid colors and sweet fragrance. They come in every color of the rainbow except green and can be worked into any garden scheme. If size is an issue, and the tall varieties can get quite large, they also come in dwarf and intermediate sizes. There are even irises which will re-bloom later in the season! Check out the American Iris Society ( for pictures of all the varieties available and more information about growing them. In addition to the German iris, they have information about Japanese, Siberian and iris and many of the different species. There’s bound to be an iris to suit you and your garden!


DIY: Is a Messy Closet Getting the Best of You? Make these simple changes and get organized! By Kathryn Weber, Tribune Media Services If you've ever wandered into the closet and couldn't find something to wear, the problem might not be your wardrobe. When your closet is disorganized, it's easy to lose clothes or have difficulty finding items that work together. Investing just a small amount of time in re-ordering your clothes and accessories will pay off every morning! Like with Like Tempting as it may be to organize by color, grouping like items by style and use is more efficient. While it might seem logical to hang all pants together, it's best to group the pants you wear most and move the ones you wear least to another part of the closet. Grouping clothing by the way it’s worn, such as casual or work, can also help you get dressed faster in the morning. This technique also makes putting clothes away faster. It's especially useful for seasonal clothing; stashing all your big chunky sweaters together means the one you're looking for won't get pushed back out of sight. Shelve It Closet shelves are seldom used for clothing, but if you wear jeans and T-shirts a lot, why not take advantage of shelves to stack both in plain view? This will help you find a pair of jeans faster and put them away more easily, too. And if items of clothing keep getting lost in your dresser drawers, turn your closet shelves into minidrawers. Line them with baskets or clear bins so you can see everything easily. Another option is to install shallow drawers on closet shelves that pull all the way out. Hook Up To make getting dressed quick and easy, add plenty of hooks in the closet. Hooks allow for the quick hang-up of sweaty workout clothes and let the items dry out rather than moldering in a wet mess on the floor or in laundry hamper. Hooks can also hold belts, ties, handbags, or necklaces and make packing for a trip more convenient. Be sure to select hooks with a large arm to give you the most holding and storage power. Neatness Counts When a closet is organized and neat, you're more likely to keep it that way. Invest in a closet-organizing system and sets of the same type of hanger. Places items you rarely use in bins on high shelves. Don't be afraid to move furniture into the closet. Invest in rolling drawer units or inexpensive kit furniture to create closet storage. Label all storage boxes and use shelf dividers for items like sweaters, shirts or handbags. (For more information, contact Kathryn Weber through her website at


26 upcoming town meetings Town of Ballston: Ballston Town Hall 323 Charlton Road 885-8502 3/6: Empire State Development, 10 a.m. 3/6: Board of Health, 6:45 p.m. 3/6: Town Board, 7:30 p.m. Village of Ballston Spa: 66 Front Street 885-5711 Town of Greenfield: 7 Wilton Road 893-7432 3/6: Zoning Board of Appeals, 7:30 p.m. 3/8: Town Board, 7:30 p.m. Town of Malta: 2540 Route 9 899-2818 3/5: Town Board, 7 p.m. Town of Milton: 503 Geyser Road 885-9220 City of Saratoga Springs: 474 Broadway 587-3550 3/5: Zoning Board of Appeals, 7 p.m. 3/6: City Council, 7 p.m. 3/7: Design Review Commission, 7 p.m. Town of Saratoga: 12 Spring Street, Schuylerville 695-3644 Village of Schuylerville: 35 Spring Street 695-3881 3/7: Board of Water Management, 7 p.m. Town of Stillwater: 66 East St., Riverside Mechanicville, NY 3/5: Planning Board, 7 p.m. Town of Wilton: 22 Traver Road 587-1939 3/5: Park & Rec., 7 p.m. Saratoga County Board of Supervisors: 40 McMaster St., # 1 Ballston Spa, NY (518) 885-2240 3/5: Equalization & Assessment Committee, 3 p.m. 3/5: Veterans Committee, 3:30 p.m. 3/5: Legislative & Research Committee, 4 p.m. 3/7: Personnel & Insurance Committee, 3 p.m. 3/7: Economic Development Committee, 4 p.m. 3/8: Technology Committee, 4 p.m.

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Friday, March 2, 2012

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New York’s Maple Weekend

New York State will celebrate its 17th annual Maple Weekend March 17-18 and March 2425 at more than 140 locations across the state. From 10 a.m.-4 p.m. each day, maple syrup producers invite the public to learn about the syrup-making process. At this free-admission event, organized by the New York State Maple Producers Association visitors will also have the opportunity to taste and purchase maple products. In conjunction with Maple Weekend, several locations will host all-you-can-eat pancake breakfasts and a variety of other familyoriented activities. For more information, visit or

Saratoga Springs Community Development Block Grant Entitlement Funds Saratoga Springs has received the Annual Community Assessment Report from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on its Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) for the 2010 program year (July 2010 – June 2011). The report is available at the Office of Planning and Economic Development, City Hall – Room 10, 474 Broadway, Saratoga Springs; the Saratoga Springs Public Library; the Saratoga Springs Housing Authority; and online at For additional information, contact the Saratoga Springs Office of Community Development at (518) 587-3550, ext. 2575.

Imagination Arts Workshops Malta Community Center Kids ages 5-7 are invited on the second Thursday of every month to partake in an artbased workshop. March 8 will be yarn crafts, April 12 will be felt art, and May 10 will be impressionism. Malta resident fee is $6 per class, and non-resident fee is $7 per class. Pre-registration is needed one week prior to class, which runs from 4:30-5:15 p.m. Call (518) 899-4411 for more information.

Leadership Saratoga Seminar Saratoga Springs Holiday Inn A seminar on how to recruit and develop a successful and effective board of directors is being sponsored by the Saratoga County Chamber’s Leadership Saratoga Alumni Association. The seminar will be held Tuesday, March 6 from 8-10 a.m. A full breakfast will be provided. Cost is $30 per person. Reservations with advance payment are necessary and can be made by going online to

March 3 Moonlight Ski and Snowshoe Cancelled The Moonlight Ski and Snowshoe event scheduled for March 3 at Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park has been cancelled. This win-

ter’s lack of snowfall has resulted in icy and hazardous trail conditions. For more information, call the park office at (518) 450-0321 or visit

contact the nearest DEC regional forestry office to request a "School Seedlings" brochure. Applications must be received at the nursery by April 15, 2012.

Freihofer’s Run for Women Second Annual Training Challenge

Saratoga County Restaurant Week

Capital Region women eager to get in shape, make new friends and participate in the 34th annual Freihofer’s Run for Women on Saturday, June 2, in downtown Albany are invited to take part in the Freihofer’s Training Challenge set to begin Monday, March 19 at The Crossings of Colonie. The 10-week training program offers a beginner’s portion for those new to running and an intermediate course for those who completed last year's challenge or want a more advanced workout. For more information or to register, visit or call (518) 273-5552.

Join the Rotary Club of Ballston Spa Are you looking for ways to share your management skills with the local community? Do you have an interest in supporting international projects? Would you like to help today’s youth develop leadership skills? The Ballston Spa Rotary Club now meets for breakfast Wednesday mornings at 7:15 a.m. at the DLine Pub. The first few meetings will be educational and will focus on explaining what Rotary is. The club will also continue to meet at The Factory restaurant at 12:15 p.m. on Tuesdays. All meetings last about an hour, feature a speaker and include a meal. For more information, email

DEC'S Saratoga Tree Nursery’s Seedling Sale and Giveaway More than 50 species of trees and shrubs are now available to schools and public and private landowners at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's (DEC) Saratoga Tree Nursery. The Saratoga Tree Nursery provides trees for erosion control, wildlife habitat, reforestation and other uses. • Public & Private Landowners The program provides low-cost, native planting materials from New York sources to encourage landowners to enhance the state's environment for future generations. Landowners can get planting advice from their nearest DEC forestry office or private forestry consultant. The 2012 tree and shrub brochure can be found on the DEC's website or by calling the Saratoga Tree Nursery at (518) 581-1439. • Schools Schools across New York can receive free seedlings for spring planting through the DEC School Seedling Program which provides 50 tree seedlings or a mixed packet of 30 wildlife shrubs to any public or private school that would like to participate. The seedlings can be planted on school grounds or other community spaces. Teachers and students are encouraged to plan the project ahead of time by discussing the value trees contribute to the environment and to determine the objectives of tree planting. To participate, schools should download an application from DEC's website, contact the Saratoga Tree Nursery at (518) 581-1439 or

The third annual Saratoga County Restaurant Week is taking place March 16-25 with 40 restaurants offering three-course fixed-priced dinners for $20.12. Participating Restaurants include: Bentley’s Tavern, Bookmakers Restaurant at Holiday Inn, Chianti Il Ristorante, Cliff’s Country Inn, Fifty South, Gaffney’s, Hattie’s, Il Forno Bistro, Jacob & Anthony’s American Grille, Lake Ridge Restaurant, Leon’s Mexican Restaurant, Lillian’s Restaurant, Limoncello Ristorante, Longfellows, Maestro’s, Matt’s Cape House, Max London’s Restaurant & Bar, Nove Italian Restaurant, Olde Bryan Inn, One Caroline Street Bistro, Pasta Pane, Phila Fusion, Power’s Irish Pub, Prime at Saratoga National, Putnam’s at The Gideon Putnam, Ravenous, Sabina’s Wood Fired Restaurant, Salty’s Pub & Bistro, Scallions Restaurant, Sushi Thai at the Park, Sushi Thai Garden Restaurant, The Jonesville Store, The Parting Glass, The Ripe Tomato, The Springs at the Saratoga Hilton, The Wine Bar, Tiznow Restaurant, Twenty 8 Tables, Wheatfields Bistro & Wine Bar and Wheatfields Restaurant & Bar. The $20.12 menus are available at

Malta’s Spotlighter’s Theater Troupe Auditions Spotlighter’s Theatre Troupe is producing “Wagon Wheels West” with performances slated for June 8 and 10. Auditions are scheduled for March 25 and 26, and are by appointment only. For additional information, contact Elyse Young, at (518) 899-4411, ext.305 or at

Drop off Clothing Donations to Cudney’s Drop off your gently-used, in-season clothing Saturday, March 3 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at all Cudney’s locations in Saratoga and Wilton. The clothing will then be sorted, cleaned and donated to Franklin Community Center.

Franklin Community Center Needs Volunteers! Franklin Community Center needs reliable volunteers to help operate their "free store" at 101 Washington Street, Tuesdays from 9 a.m.1 p.m. and Thursdays from 10:45 a.m.-2 p.m. Volunteers will help collect, fold and sort clothing and maintain order while people utilize this essential service. Volunteers must be comfortable working with people in a diverse environment. If interested, please email Bo at

10-Mile March for Parental Rights A “March in March” for parental rights is taking place March 24 at 9 a.m. Beginning at the regional office of children and family services in Rensselaer and ending at Senator Roy McDonald’s district office in Troy. Participants are asked to meet at 8:30 a.m. An inclement weather date has been set for Saturday, April 7. Petitions will be dropped off at Senator Roy McDonald's office regarding parental rights.


This march is also to bring awareness to the shortcomings of Child Protective Services and Family Court. All activists are welcome to attend. For more information, contact Fathers 4 Justice’s president, Jack Frost, at

NYCB Children’s Auditions National Museum of Dance, 99 S. Broadway, Saratoga Springs New York City Ballet (NYCB) will conduct auditions for children’s roles in the ballets “Firebird” and “Romeo & Juliet” Sunday, March 18. The auditions will commence at 2 p.m. A copy of the application is available at Any questions about the auditions must be asked on the day of the audition. Children are needed for the following roles: five boys for “Romeo & Juliet” with at least three years ballet experience as well as 14 girls, six flag bearers, and two little cape bearers with one-two years of ballet experience for “Firebird.” Visit for ticket information and performance dates.

Genealogy 101 Registration Begins Brookside Museum, 6 Charlton St., Ballston Spa Genealogy 101 will be held Thursdays, April 12, 19, and 26 from 1-3 p.m. Tracing your family can be an immensely rewarding experience. The cost is $45 per person. Pre-registration is required by April 9 for this popular class. Contact Anne Clothier at (518) 885-4000 or at for more information or to register.

Craft/Garage Sale Vendors Needed 1 Elks Lane, Saratoga The Saratoga-Wilton Elks Ladies Auxiliary is looking for market vendors for an indoor market to be held once a month, Sundays from 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The cost for an 8-foot table space is $15 paid in advance. Doors open for setup at 9:30 a.m. The next craft/garage sale is March 11. For an application or more information, call Linda at (518) 289-5470.

Donations Needed Garage Sale


Milton Grange #685 will hold their annual garage sale Saturday, March 31 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. on Rock City Road in Ballston Spa. Donations of used household items (excluding clothing and electronics) are needed for the sale. Proceeds from the garage sale are used to support programs in the community including the ECHO Food Pantry and vegetable plants for Head Start students. Call (518) 8856810 to make donation arrangements.

Affordable Course



CAPTAIN Youth and Family Services, 5 Municipal Plaza, Suite 3.Clifton Park CAPTAIN is proud to offer SAT Prep! The course runs March 12, 15, 19, 22, 26 and 29 from 7-9 p.m. Scholarships will be available for students in need. The course fee is $179. For more information, call Larry Silverman at (518) 469-0259.




Friday, March 2, 2012


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events Friday-Sunday Saratoga Rotary Home & Garden Show Saratoga Springs City Center, 522 Broadway Come spring into spring shopping local vendors! Open Friday 5-9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults, $1 for kids ages 5-12 and under 5 get in free. For more information, call (518) 242-0506.

Friday, March 2 LARAC’s Annual Potluck Dinner City Park, Lapham Gallery, Glens Falls LARAC’s potluck is taking place from 6-8 p.m. Bring a dish to share at 6 p.m. or just come at 7 to enjoy guest speaker Peter Russom. This event is free and open to the public; reservations are appreciated but not required. For more information, call (518) 798-1144, ext. 2.

Saturday, March 3

raffle tickets. All sponsors are acknowledged in the gala’s program. For more information on attending, sponsoring or donating, visit

Saratoga Reads Book Fair Barnes & Noble, Route 50, Wilton A day filled with family fun including a scavenger hunt, science activities and story-time from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Book signing by award-wining author Steve Sheinkin. For more information, call (518) 580-5744 or visit

Beer and Burgers Saratoga Automobile Museum, Spa State Park The third annual Beer and Burgers event, the premier winter fundraiser for the Saratoga Automobile Museum's education program, is taking place from 6-9 p.m. Growing each year and consistently a sell-out, tickets are priced at $35 per person. In addition to burgers, beer and sides, there will be live music and vegetarian options. Visit for more information or to purchase tickets.

Parents Without Partners Meeting Shenedehowa Adult Community Center, Clifton Commons Parents Without Partners (PWP) meets at 6:45 p.m. for our Singles’ Orientation and Open House. Meet other singles from the Capital District, Saratoga and surrounding areas. Children’s activities are subsidized through chapter funds. Learn more at or by calling (518) 348-2062.

James Gate Band and Irish dancing by The Wild Irish Acres Dancers. Suggested Admission is $5 per person or $15 per family. All proceeds help support the Stillwater Free Library. For more information, email sflfriends@gmail.comor or call the library at (518) 664-6255.

Saratoga Reads Movie Matinee Skidmore College, Palamountain Hall, Gannett & Davis Auditoriums, Saratoga Springs Two films are being shown, one for kids and one for adults from 2-4 p.m. Adults will view “Extraordinary Measures” starring Harrison Ford and youngsters will watch “Marie Curie: More Than Meets the Eye,” and “Louis Pasteur” from the Animated Hero Classic series. Parents are welcome to sign-in children (kindergarten and older) and then view their movie in a neighboring auditorium, but are asked not to leave the premises. Free and open to the public. For more information, call (518) 580-5744 or visit

Bowl For Kid's Sake Saratoga Strike Zone, Saratoga Springs Sponsor a bowler from Team Saratoga JCI at or come join the fun from 2-4 p.m. Proceeds benefit Big Brothers, Big Sisters of the Capital Region.

Free Community Forum with Poet Jay Rogoff National Museum of Dance, 99 S. Broadway, Saratoga Springs Join a panel discussion about the creation of “Saratoga Dances II” from 2:45-3:45 p.m., followed by silent auction of New York City Ballet items.

Big Heart Gala Van Patten Golf Course, Clifton Park St. Mary’s School of Ballston Spa will be hosting its Fourth Annual Big Heart Gala. This is a fabulous evening featuring fine dining, music, dancing, live and silent auctions, and raffles. All proceeds benefit the school. There are many ways to support the Big Heart Gala: sponsoring, donating auction items, attending the gala and/or purchasing

Sunday, March 4 Ceili Fundraiser Stillwater Community Center, 19 Palmer St. The Friends of the Stillwater Free Library are holding a Ceili Fundraiser from 3-5 p.m. This family-friendly event is a celebration of Irish music and dance, featuring the music of the St.

Worship @6 Trinity United Methodist Church, Ballard Rd., Wilton A new contemporary worship service starting at 6 p.m. Come as you are!

Elks’ Breakfast Buffet 1 Elks Lane, Route 9, Saratoga Springs Let the Saratoga-Wilton Elks serve you a buffet breakfast from

8:30-11 a.m. Adults $7, seniors/military with ID $6, children 5-12 $5, under 5 free, takeouts $8.

The Bump Club Virgil's House, 86 Henry St, Saratoga Springs The baby gurus of Binx, a baby planning service, bring you The Bump Club. A free social group for expecting mamas held the first Sunday of every month at 2 p.m. For more information, visit

Monday, March 5 Saratoga Springs Retired Teachers Association Meeting Longfellows Restaurant, 500 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs Meeting is at noon. Membership is open to retired educators who taught in and/or live in Saratoga County. For new member information and luncheon reservations, call (518) 587-5356.

Trout Unlimited Monthly Meeting Series Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry St., H. Dutcher Room Trout Unlimited’s monthly meeting starts at 7 p.m. and is open to all supporters and enthusiasts of cold water fisheries. For more information, call (518) 893-2228.

Wednesday, March 7 Olde Saratoga Seniors Meeting Saratoga Town Hall, Schuylerville The Olde Saratoga Seniors will meet at noon for a potluck luncheon followed by a business meeting. Guests are always welcome. For more information, call Jim Young at (518) 747-9213.

General Meeting of JCI Saratoga Springs (Jaycees) Circus Cafe, 392 Broadway, Saratoga Springs Junior Chamber International of Saratoga Springs will hold its monthly membership meeting starting at 7:30 p.m. If you are


between the ages of 18 and 40 and want to create positive change within your community, please attend this meeting. For more information, visit .

Thursday, March 8 NARFE Meeting Sammy D’s Café, Adirondack Factory Outlet Mall, Lake George The Adirondack chapter of the National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) will meet at 12:30 p.m. This will be the first chapter meeting after the winter break. Members must unite and help plan the future. For more information and to RSVP, call Laurie Bruce at (518) 532-7101.

Upcoming Adirondack Sports & Fitness Summer Expo Saratoga Springs City Center, 522 Broadway Capital Region residents eager to get into shape, save money on clothing and gear, and find everything you need for summer sports are invited to attend the seventh annual Adirondack Sports & Fitness Summer Expo March 10-11 at the Saratoga Springs City Center. The expo runs Saturday, March 10 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, March 11 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and admission is free.

Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner Trinity United Methodist Church, Ballard Rd., Wilton On Saturday, March 10 from 3:30-6:30 p.m. enjoy potatoes, vegetables, corned beef, cabbage and more! Cost is by donation and takeouts are available.

Free Soup & Sandwich Lunch Malta Ridge United Methodist church, 729 Malta Ave. Ext. Enjoy a free lunch Saturday, March 10, from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., weather permitting. There will be two homemade soups, sandwiches, beverages and desserts available.

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Friday, March 2, 2012

Randy Brecker Comes to the Van Dyck SCHENECTADY - You may not recognize the name Randy Brecker, but you almost certainly have heard him play. A master trumpet and flugelhorn performer, Brecker has appeared on albums alongside James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen, ParliamentFunkadelic, Frank Sinatra, Steely Dan, David Sanborn, Jaco Pastorius, Horace Silver and Frank Zappa, as well as the genre-defining jazz-rock group the Brecker Brothers. Brecker brings his unique blend of jazz, R&B and rock to the Van Dyck Saturday, March 3, where he will be joined on stage by bassist John Menegon, drummer David Calarco and guitarist Matt Finck, along with special guest Ada Rovatti on saxophone. Tickets are on sale for $22 in

Local Gigs Week of 3/2-3/9

•Wild Adriatic, Capital Zen, 9 pm

•Pete Sweeney Quartet, 9 pm

•Randy Brecker, 7 pm

•Rob Pulsifer, 9 pm @ bailey’s - 583.6060

•Radio Junkies, 9 pm @ bentley’s - 899.4300

•Long Time Courting, 8 pm @ caffè lena - 583.0022

Randy Brecker advance, and $25 at the door. To learn more, visit or call (518) 348-7999 to secure your ticket now.

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Friday, 3.2: @ 9 maple avenue - 587.7759

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•John Eisenhart @ gaffney’s - 587.7359

•Marcus Ruggiero, 8:30 pm @ irish times - 583.0003

•Crispy Critters, 6 pm, Vivd, 10:30 pm @ jp bruno’s - 745.1180

•Jeff Strange, 9 pm @ the mill - 899.5253

•Big Medicine, 9 pm @ parting glass - 583.1916

•Just Nate, 6:30 pm @ primelive ultra lounge - 583.4563

•Magic Hat Presents: Maaze @ putnam den - 584.8066

•Grand Central Station, 8 pm @ vapor - 581.5772

@ putnam den - 584.8066 @ van dyck - 348.7999

•DVDJ Dread w/ DVDJ Crush 9 pm @ vapor - 581.5772

Sunday, 3.4: •Small Jazz Ensembles, 7 pm @ caffè lena - 583.0022

•Maxim Pakhomov @ hudson river music hall - 832.3484

Thursday, 3.8: •Erin Harkes & Blaze @ gaffney’s - 587.7359

•Rich Ortiz, 6:30 pm @ primelive ultra lounge - 583.4563

Friday, 3.9.: •Jonathan Lorentz Quartet, 9 pm @ 9 maple avenue - 587.7759

•Ryan Jenson, 9 pm @ bailey’s - 583.6060

•Yellow Dog, 9 pm @ bentley’s - 899.4300

Saturday, 3.3:

•Brother Sun, 8 pm

•Jim Wilson Quartet, 9 pm

•Frankie Lessard Duo

@ 9 maple avenue - 587.7759

•High Peeks Trio, 9 pm @ bailey’s - 583.6060

•Sugar Pill, 9 pm @ bentley’s - 899.4300

•Garnet Rogers, 8 pm @ caffè lena - 583.0022

•Rick Bolton & The Dwyer Sisters @ gaffney’s - 587.7359

•Neversink, 9:30 pm @ irish times - 583.0003

•Chris Dukes Band, 10:30 pm @ jp bruno’s - 745.1180

•Emish, 9 pm @ parting glass - 583.1916

•Audiostars, 8:30 pm

@ primelive ultra lounge - 583.4563

@ caffè lena - 583.0022 @ gaffney’s - 587.7359

•Pat Kane Band, 8:30 pm @ irish times - 583.0003

•The Bodells, 6 pm @ jp bruno’s - 745.1180

•Nate, 9 pm

@ the mill - 899.5253

Open Mics: •Tue. w/Pete Pashoukos @ gaffney’s - 587.7359

•Wed. Open Mic @ putnam den - 584.8066

•Thur. Open Mic, 7 pm @ caffè lena - 583.0022

•Thur. Open Mic, 10 pm @ circus café - 583.1106



Friday, March 2, 2012

On Deck Art Show to Raise Money for Saratoga Skatepark by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS Saratoga skateboarders won a huge victory in November of 2011, when the skate bowl at the East Side Recreation Park was unearthed and reopened to the public - but the battle doesn’t end there. Although in relatively good condition for being buried under truckloads of dirt and mud for several years, the bowl still requires basic maintenance and upkeep, and funding for that isn’t coming from the city of Saratoga Springs. Enter Charlie Samuels, the self-described “50-year-old skateboarder” who led the charge to unearth Saratoga’s skate bowl. In an effort to raise funds to maintain and repair the skatepark, Samuels helped to organize the On Deck Skateboard Art Show, coming to the Springs Street Gallery at 110 Spring Street Saturday, March 3 from 5 8 p.m. “We’re putting together an art show that will keep this awareness going,” said Samuels, who is working with curator Belinda Colon at the Spring Street Gallery to host the show. “It’s going to be a big extravaganza with almost 50 artists and all original work. The artists were all given blank skate decks to work with, and the only restriction is that what they bring to the show has to fit through the door.” The art show will feature a silent auction, live music by Matthew Carefully, a raffle, refreshments and more, all in an effort to raise funds for the Saratoga skatepark. “We had a victory at the skatepark last year,” said Samuels on the unearthing of the skate bowl, “so I feel responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of the bowl afterwards, and I want to keep the momentum and good energy going.” Fortunately, Samuels noted, the skate bowl and park are all in relatively good condition and shouldn’t require a huge amount

of money to keep things running. “That’s one of the great things about cement,” said Samuels. “Incidentally the bowl was not damaged by the city at all - just wear and tear, contrary to what other newspapers have published. Compared to a football field, which takes thousands of dollars per year to maintain, this should cost only hundreds of dollars a year, at the most.” But the On Deck art show is only the first of several events planned to help raise money for the skatepark. A yoga benefit held March 10 at 2 p.m. at the Spring Street Gallery will also be held to raise funds. Samuels also plans to show a trailer and teaser from his upcoming feature length documentary, “Virgin Blacktop,” about a 1970’s skateboard team from Nyack, NY, Thursday, March 29 at the gallery. Other events in the future will include a skatejam, free skateboard classes to groms and a pool contest with a visiting New York City pro skateboarder. Funds raised during the various events will go directly to supporting the skatepark, and will not be funneled through the city first. “Skateboarding is accessible, affordable and a wonderful sport for individuals and groups alike,” said Samuels. “It’s more of a creative, artistic endeavor using your body. In skateboarding you can do what you want, and because of that it attracts creative individuals who are all part of this big, creative community.” It’s that community that Samuels hopes to mobilize to support the skatepark now that the bowl has finally been unearthed. “Eventually, we’d like to even expand that park or maybe start another one,” said Samuels. To learn more about the On Deck Skateboard Art Show, or to learn more about upcoming events and developments at the skatepark, check out the organization’s Facebook page at park.






Friday, March 2, 2012

Saxophonist Brian Patneaude Releases Fifth CD: “All Around Us”

ALBANY - Known as one of the busiest jazz musicians in the Capital Region, saxophonist Brian Patneaude celebrates the release of his fifth CD this weekend, “All Around Us.” Patneaude will unveil his CD with a performance at the Picotte Recital Hall, Massry Center for the Arts in Albany Saturday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m. “With this album I wanted to

document a group of compositions and arrangements that were inspired by various people, places and events over the past few years,” said Patneaude. “Every song has a story behind it.” Tickets for the release party are $10 and are available online at or by calling (518) 337-4871. ~ by Daniel Schechtman



“THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA” CAMBRIDGE - Following an opening night performance Thursday, March 1, the Theater Company at Hubbard Hall will showcase 12 additional performances of Tennessee Williams’ “The Night of the Iguana,” through March 25, featuring an outstanding cast directed by John Hadden, artistic director of the company. Made famous by the 1964 Richard Burton-Ava Gardner film, Hubbard Hall’s “The Night of the Iguana,” features several returning favorites of the Theater Company cast, including Doug Ryan as Shannon, Christine Decker as Maxine, Stephanie Moffat-Hynds as Hannah, Richard Howe as Nonno and Kim Johnson Turner as Fellowes. The play follows the story of disgraced clergyman Lawrence T. Shannon, barred from his church for heresy and fornication. On the verge of a nervous breakdown, Shannon leads a busload of women tourists to a dilapidated resort hotel in Mexico, where he seeks refuge with old friends and owners Fred and Maxine Faulk.

But upon his arrival, Shannon learns For a schedule of performances that Fred is dead, leaving Maxine as or to purchase your ticket, visit his only avenue for salvation. or call During his tour, gone horribly (518) 677-2495. wrong, Shannon becomes entangled with an underaged member of his party, prompting the girl’s protector, Miss. Fellows, to commit blackmail against the struggling man of the cloth. What happens next? Visit Hubbard Hall to find out! Tickets are $18 for subscribers, $20 for Hubbard Hall members, $24 for nonmembers and photo provided $15 for The Hubbard Hall cast performs “The Night of the students. Iguana.”

Home Made Theater and The McKrells Present “A Pre-St. Patrick’s Day Concert” SARATOGA SPRINGS Home Made Theater (HMT) and The McKrells are ready to host an evening of pre- St. Patty’s revelry, dance and music Friday, March 9 beginning at 7:30 p.m. This festive Irish evening will showcase musical entertainment suitable for all ages for a reunion of Kevin McKrell and Banjo Champion Chris Leske. For 15 years, Kevin McKrell and Chris Leske were the force behind the internationally renowned Celtic Bluegrass band, The McKrells. Leske, with his driving melodic banjo style, and McKrell with his commanding stage presence and voice, together formed a unique sound that became known as Celtic Bluegrass. Throughout the 1990s

and early 2000s, they performed at the top folk, bluegrass and Celtic festivals and venues throughout the United States, Canada and Ireland, including Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Winterhawk Bluegrass Festival, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and Milwaukee Irish Festival. Joining McKrell and Leske on stage will be Kate McKrell: vocals/guitar/bodhran; Doug Moody: vocals/fiddle; Seth Warden: guitar/vocals. Come for the pre- St. Patrick’s Day celebration! All tickets are $15 and seating is by general admission. For purchasing tickets and more information, visit or call the Home Made Theater box office at (518) 587-4427.




Friday, March 2, 2012

SARATOGA SPRINGS - The Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival, one of the most celebrated and longest-running jazz events in the world, will celebrate its landmark 35th Anniversary at Saratoga Performing Arts Center, June 30 and July 1, with a dazzling lineup of more than 20 top artists and ensembles on two stages. Festival headliners include: DIANA KRALL ~ The Grammy® Award-winning, multi-platinum selling pianist and vocalist brings her sultry contralto vocals to this year’s Festival. CHRIS BOTTI ~ The jazz/pop trumpeter is the largest selling jazz instrumental artist in the United States, with four #1 Jazz Albums, as well as multiple Gold, Platinum & Grammy® Awards. ESPERANZA SPALDING ~ The young bassist and singer who made history last year by becoming the first-ever jazz musician to win the Grammy® Award for Best New Artist, brings her wildly anticipated “Radio Music Society” tour to SPAC’s jazz festival. TROMBONE SHORTY ~ Called the “Jimi Hendrix of the Trombone,” Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews and his band Orleans Avenue bring their “Supafunkrock” sound – a combination of New Orleans funk, rock, R&B and hip hop to this first-time appearance at the festival. CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE ~ The Grammy® Award winning bassist extraordinaire who has performed and recorded with numerous legends including Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Wynton Marsalis and Sting among others, takes the stage with his ensemble Inside Straight. ~ MACEO PARKER Venerated saxophone master and longtime sideman to soul/funk icons James Brown and George


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Esperanza Spalding, jass bassist and vocalist, became the first-ever jazz musician to take home a Grammy for Best New Artist. She comes to SPAC this summer during her Radio Music Society tour during SPAC’s jazz festival. photo provided

Diana Krall Clinton will showcase his powerful funk music sound for audiences. ARTURO O’FARRILL ~ Pianist, composer and leader of the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, now in residence at New York’s famed Birdland and Symphony Space, bring their vibrant brand of Latin and Afro Cuban Jazz to the festival as they celebrate a milestone 10th Anniversary season. Other celebrated artists include Hiromi, The Yellowjackets, Michel Camilo, Mingus Big Band, Mario Abney, Trio of Oz featuring Omar Hakim and Rachel Z, Catherine Russell, Sachal Vasandani, Pedrito

Martinez, Steve Kroon Sextet, Edmar Castaneda, Jeremy Pelt Quintet and Sarah Morrow. Tickets for the 35th Annual Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival are on sale online now for SPAC members; online sales to the public start March 12. Visit for ticket purchases and more information.


Community Corner Kimberly Lambert Begins National


Friday, March 2, 2012

Katherine L. Bedard Named to Dean’s List Katherine L. Bedard of Saratoga Springs was recently recognized for her excellent academic performance this past semester at the Rochester Institute of Technology and was placed on the college’s dean’s list. Katherine is a thirdyear student in RIT’s College of Imagine Arts and Sciences and is studying new media print and publishing. She is the daughter of proud parents, Evelyn and Raymond Bedard, and a Saratoga Central Catholic graduate. Congratulations, Kathy!

Ballston Spa Robotics Team Creates Robot for Competition Over 20 Ballston Spa High School students from the FIRST Robotics Team 3044 are busy designing and building a robot for this year’s Finger Lakes FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Regional Competition at Rochester Institute of Technology in early March. Since last fall, students and engineering mentors have worked together to learn basic engineering principles applicable to robots.

Mardi Gras Ball a Success! Hattie's 11th Annual Mardi Gras Ball raised $26,000 for Saratoga Sponsor-A-Scholar! Thank you to Hattie's Beth and Jasper Alexander and the Mardi Gras Committee.

Junior Chamber Position Kimberly Lambert started her role as National Vice President of the United States Junior Chamber (Jaycees) beginning January 1, 2012. She will represent the states of Iowa, North Dakota, Hawaii, Indiana, New Jersey and Vermont. Lambert joined the JCI Saratoga Springs organization in September 2005 and was on the National Awards Committee with the United States Junior Chamber, focusing on public speaking and debate competitions. For her leadership efforts, Miss Lambert was awarded the Ken Tarler Memorial Governorship. Kim received her bachelor’s degree from RIT in environmental management and technology. Junior Chamber International is a worldwide organization that provides development opportunities that empower young people, ages 18-40, to create positive change within themselves and their own communities.



Tooth fairy club Take a look at this week’s new club members

Saratoga Springs High School Poetry Champions High school senior Gretchen Herrick will progress to the March 23 state-level Poetry Out Loud contest after placing second February 15 in a regional competition in Albany. She and senior Max Beyer, right, were the winners in the high school’s competition. Poetry Out Loud is a national program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry as they memorize and perform notable poems in a series of competitions that begin in the classroom and culminate with national championships in Washington, D.C.


Harry Sears Makes Eagle Scout On Sunday, February 26, a lot of hard work and dedication paid off for Saratoga Central Catholic High School graduate Harry Sears. During a ceremony at the VFW lodge in Saratoga Springs, Harry was officially awarded Eagle Scout status. For his Eagle project, Harry planned, lined and Harry’s parents, Thomas and Carol Sears, Harry re-paved an outside bas- and Saratoga-Wilton Elks Lodge Leading ketball court. Two new Knight, Thomas Klotz poles with nets and rims were also installed. The court is already becoming a big part of the local youths’ activities.

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33 If a dog jumps in your lap, it is because he is fond of you; but if a cat does the same thing, it is because your lap is warmer. Alfred North Whitehead

Words to know: staid (adj.) sedate, serious, self-restrained.


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ACROSS 1 Stands 7 Load in a basket 11 Label 14 Busts 15 Potent introduction? 16 Nabokov novel 17 Source of mints, at times 19 With “on” and 59-Across, a hint to the theme hidden in three places in this puzzle 20 7-Across destination, eventually 21 New York City’s __ River 22 Chowderhead 23 They often accompany stretches 25 “I Loves You, Porgy” and others 26 House on TV, e.g. 30 Poker star Hansen 31 River from the Cantabrian Mountains 32 Invasion leaders of the ’60s 39 It prohibits illegal search and seizure 41 The recent past 42 Huit + trois 43 __-Aztecan languages 44 Buyer, in legal usage 46 Love 49 Roundup need 52 Zoom 53 Sub 54 Once and again 59 See 19-Across 60 Subject of a 1922 archaeological discovery 62 Santa __ winds 63 One who often doesn’t pick up? 64 Some chickens 65 Craving 66 Show closers, perhaps 67 Balmoral attraction DOWN 1 Start of a tots’ song 2 1922 physics Nobelist 3 “__, old chap!” 4 Taj Mahal topper 5 Developmental stage 6 Prescott-to-Tempe dir. 7 Smith attendee 8 Round up 9 Hissy fit 10 Went underground 11 Attraction near U.S. 395 12 Go with the flow

Movie Review

Like Crazy

What if the one person you loved more than anyone was no longer allowed in the country? How do you maintain a relationship with limited financial resources and nine time-zones between you? Just before graduating from college in Los Angeles, Jacob (played by Anton Yelchin) meets and falls in love with Anna (played by Felicity Jones), an exchange student from London. Her student visa is about to expire, but rather than leave as she is required to, Anna (Jones) elects to spend the summer with Jacob (Yelchin) and returns home only to attend a family function. When she flies back to LA, she is detained at the airport for violating immigration law, sent home, and told she will no longer be allowed to enter the United States at any time for any reason. The couple’s relations strain as the obstacles to communication become more and more insurmountable. Over time, Jacob’s resolve weakens and he

At The Movies With Trey Roohan

Raising Hector

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40 Head of Québec 45 Lepidopterous opponent of Godzilla 46 Orderly grouping 47 “Tell It to My Heart” singer Taylor 48 Expanse with crests 49 Reveal 50 Most Syrians 51 Cain was the first 53 Dance with flowing gestures 55 Distance 56 “__ a man with seven wives” 57 Forearm exercise 58 Start of Massachusetts’s motto 60 Medicine amt. 61 “Original, crispy or grilled?” co.

begins a relationship with a co-worker, albeit with Anna’s blessing that she later retracts. As a small, independent film, it took a great deal of time for Like Crazy to arrive in a local venue and even with less-than-stellar reviews from the majority of critics, I was anxious to see it. I should’ve been better prepared for the continuous agony and discomfort the story and its characters brought. There are worse films out there, without question. But there was so much promise and it just didn’t come into being. (6.2/10) For comments and questions, contact me at

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Adirondack Christian Fellowship 8 Mountain Ledge, Wilton 587-0623; Services: Sunday 8 a.m. & 10 a.m.

Adirondack Friends Meeting 27 Saratoga Ave., S. Glens Falls 793-3755, AdirondackFM@; Regina Baird Haag, pastoral minister Services: 10:30 a.m. Sunday The Alliance Church 257 Rowland St., Ballston Spa 885-6524 Services: Morning Worship 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., coffee served at 9:45 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. All are welcome. Handicapped accessible Baha’i Community of Saratoga Springs 584-9679; 692-7694; Ballston Center Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church 58 Charlton Road, Ballston Spa 885-7312; Services: Sunday Worship Service, 10:30 a.m.

each month 7:30 p.m. Handicapped Accessible

Corinth Free Methodist Church 20 Hamilton Ave. 654-9255; 792-0271 Services: Sunday at 10 a.m. Corinth United Methodist Church 243 Main Street 654-2521; Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Cornerstone Community Church Malta Commons 899-7001; Associate Pastor Paul Shepherd Services: Sundays at 10:30 a.m. Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Community 2001 Route 9 Round Lake 877-8506, Services: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 8:30 & 10:30 a.m.; Weekday Masses: Monday-Friday 9 a.m. Eastern Orthodox Christ the Savior 349 Eastline Road, Ballston Spa 786-3100; Services: Sunday: 9:15 a.m. First Baptist Church of Saratoga Springs 45 Washington St. 584-6301 Services: Sunday: 11 a.m. First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa 202 Milton Ave. (Rt. 50) 885-8361; Services: 10:15 a.m.


Friday, March 2, 2012 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Jonesville United Methodist 963 Main St., Clifton Park 877-7332 Services: Sunday 8:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.; Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Living Springs Community Church 59 Pine Rd., 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. 581-0210 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Middle Grove United Methodist Church 581-2973 Pastor Bonnie Bates Services: Sunday 9 a.m. Handicapped accessible New Horizon Church 150 Perry Road, Saratoga Springs 587-0711 Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m.

First Presbyterian Church of Ballston Spa 22 West High St. 885-5583 Services: Sunday at 10 a.m.

New Life Fellowship 51 Old Gick Rd., Saratoga Springs 580-1810; Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m.-noon Childcare is available at all services.

Full Gospel Tabernacle 207 Redmond Road, Gansevoort 793-2739 Services: Sunday 10 a.m.; Bible Study: Thursday 6:30 p.m.

NorthStar Church Shenendehowa High School West Auditorium, Clifton Park 371-2811; Services: Sunday 10 a.m.

Church of Christ at Clifton Park 7 Old Route 146 371-6611; cliftonparkchurch Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m.

Grace Brethren Church 137 W. Milton Rd., Ballston Spa 587-0649 Rev. Dan Pierce Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Handicapped accessible.

Old Saratoga Reformed Church 48 Pearl St., Schuylerville oldsaratogareformed Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Handicapped accessible.

Christ Community Reformed Church 1010 Route 146, Clifton Park 371-7654; Services: Sundays 10 a.m.

Grace Community Church of Malta Services: Wednesday 7:30 p.m.-Good Times Restaurant, Lake Rd., 2nd Floor; Friday 7:30 p.m.-Saratoga Chapel, Eastline & Lake Rds.; Sunday 10 a.m.-Comfort Suites, Clifton Park

Christ Episcopal Church Routes 50 & 67, Ballston Spa 885-1031 Services: Sunday 8 & 10 a.m.

Greater Grace Community Church 43 Round Lake Rd. Ballston Lake (Malta Mall) 899-7777; Pastor David Moore Services: Sunday 10 a.m.

Old Stone Church (American Baptist) 159 Stone Church Rd., Ballston Spa 583-1002 Services: Sunday: 9 a.m. Adult Sunday School; 10:30 a.m. Service; 11:45 a.m. Coffee & Fellowship in Living Stone Hall; Wednesday: noon potluck luncheon; 1 p.m. choir rehearsal; 2 p.m. Bible Study Group

Ballston Spa United Methodist Church 101 Milton Ave. 885-6886 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Bethesda Episcopal Church 41 Washington St., Saratoga Springs 584-5980 Services: Sunday 6:30, 8 & 10 a.m.

Congregation Shaara Tfille 84 Weibel Avenue, Saratoga Springs 584-2370; Services: Saturday 9:30 a.m., Monday & Thursday 7:30 a.m., third Friday

Highway Tabernacle Church 90 River Rd., Mechanicville 664-4442 Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Hope Church 206 Greenfield Ave., Ballston Spa 885-7442

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 695-3101; Pastor Jim Knapp

Services: Sunday 9 a.m. Handicapped accessible. River of Hope Fellowship 100 Saratoga Village Blvd. Malta Cmns., Ste. 3, Malta 881-1505; Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Roman Catholic Church of St. Peter 241 Broadway, Saratoga Springs 584-2375 Services: Eucharistic Celebrations: Saturday 5 p.m.; Sunday 7:30, 9 & 11 a.m. St. Clement’s Roman Catholic Church 231 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs Contact: 584-6122. Services: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 8, 9:30, 11:15 a.m. & 5 p.m. 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;; St.JosephsChurch Services: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 10:30 a.m. Handicapped accessible 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. Handicapped accessible St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church 771 Route 29, Rock City Falls 893-7680;;


Quaker Springs 587-7477; 399-5013 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Saratoga United Methodist Church Henning Rd., Saratoga Springs 584-3720; Services: Sunday 9 & 10:45 a.m. Handicapped accessible. Saratoga Seventh-Day Adventist Church 399 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs 882-9384; Services: Sabbath School: 10 a.m. Worship Service: 11:30 a.m. Shenendehowa United Methodist 971 Route 146, Clifton Park 371-7964 Services: Sunday 7:45, 9 & 10:45 a.m.; Acts II Contempory 10:45 a.m. Simpson United Methodist Church Rock City Rd., 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 584-3122 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. Temple Sinai 509 Broadway, Saratoga Springs 584-8730 Services: Friday 8 p.m. Handicapped accessible The Salvation Army Worship, Service & Community Center 27 Woodlawn Ave., Saratoga Springs 584-1640; Mail-P.O. Box 652 Captain Aaron A. Boone, Sr. Captain Amber S. Boone Commanding Officers/Ministers Services: Sunday School 10 a.m.; Praise & Worship 11 a.m.;

St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church 149 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs 584-0904 Services: Saturday 5 p.m. with Holy Communion. Sundays 8:30 & 11 a.m. with Holy Communion.

Trinity United Methodist Church 155 Ballard Rd., Gansevoort 584-9107; Rev. Gail Falsetti-Pastor Services: Sunday 10 a.m.

St. Peter Lutheran Church 2776 Route 9, Malta 583-4153 Services: Sunday mornings 8:30 & 10:30 a.m.

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Saratoga Springs 624 North Broadway 584-1555; Services: 10 a.m. Religious education and nursery care at the 10 a.m. service each Sunday.

St. Thomas of Canterbury 242 Grooms Rd., Halfmoon Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Saratoga Abundant Life Church 2325 Route 50 South, Saratoga Springs 885-5456; Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. Saratoga Chabad 130 Circular St., Saratoga Springs 526-0773;; Saratoga Friends Meeting (Quaker) Rts. 32 and 71,

Unity Church in Albany 21 King Ave. 453-3603: Services: Sunday 9 a.m. & 11 a.m. West Charlton United Presbyterian Church 1331 Sacandaga Rd. 882-9874; Rev. Thomas Gregg, Pastor Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Wilton Baptist Church 755 Saratoga Rd, Wilton 583-2736;; Services: Sunday Service 11 a.m.




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Friday, March 2, 2012


Community Sports Bulletin Saratoga Rowing Association Visits Orlando Photo Provided

Squirts Hockey Team Wins Tech Valley Championship Photo Provided

The Saratoga Youth Hockey Squirt A team captured the Tech Valley Hockey League Championship February 26, beating Bethlehem 3-1 in the championship game. The Squirt A team will compete in the 2012 Squirt Tier II New York State Championships to be held March 2-4 at the Niagara University Dwyer Arena. This championship features the top eight teams at this level in the state.

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While it may still be cold in this part of the country, the modified and freshman level teams from the Saratoga Rowing Association took some time to escape down to Orlando, Florida, over their February break. The seventh, eighth and ninth grade students were able to train on the water in the warmer climate which, according to the Saratoga Rowing executive director Eric Catalano, featured record highs. Though they went to train, the team still found some time to have fun by taking trips to Universal Studios and Cocoa Beach. The next big regatta hosted by the Saratoga Rowing Association is scheduled to begin April 27.

Kings (and Jimmer) Not Leaving Sacramento As Jimmer Fredette adjusts to his first full season in the National Basketball Association, one thing he won’t have to worry about is his team relocating after the season. Jimmer’s team, the Sacramento Kings, have announced plans to remain in Sacramento. The team’s owners, Joe and Gavin Maloof, had been meeting with NBA Commissioner David Stern over the All-Star break weekend to work on a deal that would keep the team in the California state capital. The deadline to broker a deal to stay in Sacramento was March 1. While the terms of the agreement are still being finalized, the team will be

staying put for the long term and expect to have a new arena built – a major sticking point in the team’s willingness to stay in Sacramento. The Kings were allegedly being pursued by different cities such as Anaheim or Seattle to relocate but had maintained a preference to remain where they were. Sacramento’s mayor and former NBA player Kevin Johnson said he felt very confident in the city’s ability to do their part to keep the Kings from leaving. This means when Fredette and the rest of the league get back to work following the All-Star break, they can worry about more pressing matters, like the Kings’ 12-22 record.




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Schuylerville Basketball Seasons End In Stereo Both varsity programs eliminated during Section II quarterfinals by Andrew Marshall Saratoga TODAY RENSSELAER – Though the book has now closed on the Schuylerville boys’ varsity basketball season, they certainly didn’t go down without a fight. Number-two ranked Mekeel Christian Academy defeated number-seven Schuylerville 5751 in overtime February 24, during their Class B quarterfinal game at Rensellaer High School. Schuylerville was down three in the closing seconds until a Chuck Corsetti threepointer with four seconds left on the clock forced the game into overtime. It’s a disappointing end for a Black Horses team who used a 13-2 run to start the second half to take a six-point lead, their largest of the game. Shane Lyon paced Schuylerville with 17 points and both Dan and Kyle Waldron scored 12 points apiece. Corsetti had just seven

points, but none bigger than the big shot he took to tie the game at 46-46 at the end of regulation. This came just nine seconds after Courtney Penson had hit a threepoint attempt to break the 43-43 deadlock with 13.6 left on the clock. After a sparking defensive performance propelled the Black Horses to the next round of the sectional tournament in their win over Hudson, a bigger test awaited them in the form of Mekeel Christian Academy’s leading scorer, Collin Stewart. In the 19 games prior to the matchup with Schuylerville, Stewart averaged 30 points a game, including a season-high 47 against Fort Plain in mid-February. Schuylerville was able to hold him under his season average, though not by very much. Stewart was relatively quiet in the first half, only scoring eight points before intermission. He would round into form following the break, scoring 20 points in

the second half to lead all scorers with 28 points. Stewart was there for Mekeel when they needed him at the start of the overtime period. Stewart made his first shot and a free throw, the result of a Schuylerville technical foul, to go back up by three. They would not surrender the lead again, outscoring Schuylerville 11-5 in the overtime period. Schuylerville’s slow start may have come back to haunt them, as the team only managed four points in the opening quarter and just 17 before the half. Both teams were lights out from the free throw line, combining to make all 24 free throws taken in the game, though 19 of which were taken by Mekeel Christian. They would not get to enjoy their defeat of Schuylerville for very long before ending up on the losing side themselves, as the Lions

fell to Cohoes on February 27 by the score of 71-57.

Over on the girls’ side, the deck was stacked against Schuylerville February 25, as the shorthanded Black Horses were defeated by the Cohoes Tigers

49-37 in their Class B quarterfinal game. Brianna Miller led Schuylerville with 13 points, and Katelyn Fane and Nicole DeMarco both scored 10. The game was played at Tamarac High School, in Clums Corners. Schuylerville was playing without three team members who were away on a school trip, including the team’s third leading scorer, senior guard Ally Liptak. Though the team would eventually lose by 12, it was much closer throughout the game, only trailing Cohoes by two points at the half, 20-18. Just like their counterparts on the boys’ team did during their first quarter, the girls only managed to score four points in the third quarter. Cohoes would go up 11 points to end the quarter and kept up their pace during a high-scoring fourth quarter to seal the victory. Sarah McDonald led Cohoes with 16 points, and Roxanne Gibbs added 10 of her own.

Local Judo Fighters Win Their Share of Medals Athletes from the Jason Morris Judo Center (JMJC) in Glenville were successful during the Men’s World Cup in Prague, and the Pedro’s Challenge in Wakefield, Mass. Burnt Hills graduate Kyle Vashkulat defeated Christian Schmidt of Argentina, and then Clement Delvert of France before losing to eventual bronze medalist Rafal Filek of Poland to finish ninth at the Prague World Cup in the 100-kilogram division. This was Vashkulat’s second ninth-place finish during his four-tournament-long European tour. Burnt Hills graduate Nick Kossor dropped his first bout in Prague to eventual fifthplace finisher, Ervand Mgdsyan of Russia and was eliminated in the extremely competitive 60-kilogram division. Brad Bolen lost his opening match in Prague to Andriy Burdun of Ukraine and was eliminated from the

66-kilogram division. The 66kilogram weight class was the deepest of the whole tournament, featuring 74 competitors. While their JMJC teammates were finishing up the European tour, Burnt Hills graduate Hannah Martin and Cammi Kaichi looked impressive in capturing the second leg of the four-tournament Zebra tour, claiming a gold medal at the Pedro’s Challenge. Martin went 4-0 to take the 63-kilogram title and collect the $250 first prize. Martin, who also

won the first leg of the Zebra tour, is still eligible for the $1000 bonus for winning all four Zebra tour events with the Ocean States March 17 and JMJC’s own Morris Cup XI scheduled to take place June 2. Among Martin’s wins were two big ones over top-ranked Canadian Stephanie Tremblay, who had beaten Martin in their previous two meetings. Martin improved to 7-3 in her career against Tremblay. Kaichi continued to impress winning the 52kilogram gold medal and kept her hopes alive to grab the $1000 Zebra Tour bonus. Eleven-yearold Kiernan Shanahan picked up a gold medal of his own, winning the 11-12 age group, while Tony Sangimino took a very hard fought silver medal performance in the 81-kilogram division. Pete Stanley picked up a silver medal in the 100-kilogram novice division, while JMJC newcomer Joe Martinez won a very spirited bronze medal in the 17-19 age group to round out the JMJC medal count.

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TO THE VICTORS GO THE NOVELTY CHECKS Hannah Martin (left) and Cammi Kaichi (right) show off the medals they won after the second leg of the Zebra Tour, not to mention their $250 first-prize checks.


SPORTS A Lin-derella Story

Damian Fantauzzi The unlikely “Cinderella” story of Jeremy Lin has been the best publicity the National Basketball Association has had since Michael Jordan. Lin’s story is what dreams are made of in the world of professional sports. He came out of the blue to rise to stardom and what a gift he is for the NBA and their fans. The league could not have asked for a better time for this phenomenon to realize his potential. The NBA has come under a lot of scrutiny in the past couple of decades due to the perceived greediness of its highly-paid athletes and billionaire owners. The recent lockout from this past offseason didn’t do much to change that perception. The story of Jeremy Lin is all about dreams that can come true. Having played collegiately at Harvard before going undrafted, and being cut from two teams this season alone before landing in New York, Lin is proof that if a person wants something bad enough that it can achieved. If you ever watched “American Idol,” you witness the angst that the contestants go through in the pursuit to fulfill their dreams of stardom. Theirs is a painful quest that we all can relate to by understanding the process of their journey. The saying “many are called but few are chosen,” is

a perfect explanation of what the show is all about. As an observer and now a fan of this program, I can feel the lows and highs, the good and bad and most of all the heartbreak that these people experience. Jeremy Lin is in some ways like the contestant who was cut from American Idol in the past, but has returned and is back in the pursuit of his dream. In Lin’s case, that would be to play professional basketball. The metaphorical judges, the New York Knicks, gave him the opportunity to exhibit his previously unnoticed talent. Originally those who doubted him, like some Division I colleges and other NBA teams, obviously didn’t properly assess his skills and they missed something obvious - he’s pretty darn good! Most of us aspire to simply be given the chance to achieve their dreams. Of course, it isn’t always that easy. As a basketball coach, I have had to make cuts during tryouts - something I hated doing but knew had to be done. There were circumstances where I probably could have kept a kid that I cut. I can say that it wasn’t personal, but it was something that had to be done. In the Jeremy Lin story, this guy had a talent that the many who had to judge his ability did not notice. Maybe it was because he is from Asian descent, which is uncommon for basketball at its highest levels. Sometimes certain misconceptions of people’s ethnic background unfairly become barriers or roadblocks for individuals. Obviously this is an injustice of the American sociological structure that goes on every day. It’s like the rich are rich, and the poor are poor and that will never change. Well, not if you ask me. It shouldn’t make a difference what anyone’s background is ethnically, financially or any other

predisposition in their lives. We are all part of the big picture – humanity. It’s like politics; you might be a Conservative, a Liberal or an Independent. Now that we’re in the 21st century, it’s time to get over the fact that not everyone thinks, believes or looks the way you do. This is the honest reality of life. We all have had inspirations to excel at something we love doing, whether it’s in entertainment, sports or another form of art. The reality is that we all can’t reach or achieve those goals in our lives but we must keep trying until a different opportunity crosses our path. As I was growing up, my own story of struggle as a basketball player and as a student is an example that I can relate to. There are so many stories out there that we all can associate ourselves with. I think the Jeremy Lin story is so popular because we’d like to imagine ourselves as the unlikely hero who excels against modern convention. Jeremy Lin has become the epitome of what a professional athlete should represent. His humbleness and expression of gratefulness that he has displayed has evolved into a role model for the young kids who dream of playing professional basketball. He is the poster-child for the modern NBA athlete. Lin has been able to turn an opportunity into a real-life fairy tale about accomplishment. He is achieving success because he did not give up on himself when others might have. We are all fans of the circumstances that have catapulted him into the limelight of professional basketball. This is what dreams are made of. Metaphorically, he has made another game-ending shot, for the win and a fantastic victory for all of us because it makes our dreams seem achievable too.


Friday, March 2, 2012


Blue Streaks Hockey Set for State Quarterfinals

by Andrew Marshall Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS - For the third consecutive year the Saratoga Springs Blue Streaks ice hockey team were crowned Section II champions. The team, which is currently ranked seventh in New York State, disposed of familiar rival Shenendehowa on February 23 by the score of 5-1. The game was played at Messa Rink, located on the campus of Union College. Saratoga Springs senior goaltender Ryan Bourgeois made 36 saves during the game, with 30 of those coming in the last two periods as the Plainsmen kept shooting to save their season. Saratoga struck early, with goals from Nick Winters and Mike Layman within the first seven minutes of the game. The Streaks carried their 2-0 lead into the second period, until Shenendehowa’s Brandon Mortka scored at the 3:33 mark to cut the lead to one. Shenendehowa’s momentum would be extremely short lived, as just 24 seconds later Mike Layman would score and put the Saratoga Springs back up by one. It was the closest the Plainsmen would get all night to the growing Blue Streaks lead. The third period saw Nick Winters score his second goal of

the night on a Saratoga power play, and Brett Merriman added another goal to seal the victory. Section II scoring leader Alex Luse did not score a point during the championship game. It is a rewarding end to a season that didn’t start as the team had hoped. Head coach Dave Torres was starting his first season at the helm for Saratoga, having only been introduced as late as November 2011. The team initially struggled with the change, embarking on a season-worst three game losing streak during December. The team bounced back as the calendar changed to 2012 and finished as the Division 1 regular season champions. Their road through the sectional playoffs included a blowout win over LaSalle and an overtime victory over rival Christian Brothers Academy before their matchup with Shenendehowa. Their record currently stands at 176. Saratoga Springs’ next obstacle is their NYSPHSAA quarterfinal game against the Massena Red Raiders, the winners of the Section X Division 1 tournament. Massena is currently ranked fourth in New York State, and defeated Thousand Island by a score of 4-0 in their sectional final. The game will be played March 3 on the Blue Streaks’ home ice, the Weibel Avenue Rink located in Saratoga Springs, at 3 p.m.


SPORTS 39 Watervliet Defeats Stillwater, 75-40 TODAY

Friday, March 2, 2012

Warriors come up short in semi-finals of the Section II Championship by Andrew Marshall Saratoga TODAY GLENS FALLS – Being named the top seed in a sectional basketball tournament doesn’t happen by accident. On February 27, Watervliet showed the high school basketball fans of the Capital Region exactly why they were the top dog in this year’s Section II Class B playoffs, dismantling the fourth-ranked Stillwater Warriors 70-35 during their semi-final matchup at the Glens Falls Civic Center. Watervliet was dominant in their performance, with their senior standout Antoine Johnson having a game for the ages scoring 31 points and pulling down 18 total rebounds, including 14 offensive boards. For Stillwater, Brett Smith led the team with 11 points and Ryan DeCota also managed 10 points. The team had eight different players score a point, and shot just under 43 percent from

the field, but it wouldn’t be nearly enough to stop the Watervliet charge. The Cannoneers led by 26 points at halftime and outscored Stillwater in all four quarters. The rebounding totals certainly didn’t bode well for Stillwater either, as Watervliet managed a 41-30 advantage in total rebounds. More importantly, Watervliet’s 25 offensive rebounds were more than the 21 Stillwater managed on the defensive end. Stillwater finishes the year with a 16-5 overall record, making their first appearance in the Section II championship game in their last three seasons. Watervliet advances to play in the Section II Class B championship March 2, also at the Glens Falls Civic Center. Their opponent will be the Cohoes Tigers, who defeated the Mekeel Christian Academy Lions February 27 in their semi-final matchup.

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TRIANGLE OFFENSE - Shawn McNeil (33) looks to feed the ball inside to Ryan DeCota (40) past Watervliet’s Griffin Kelly in the early going of Stillwater’s Section II Class B semifinal matchup with the Watervliet Cannoneers. The game was played at the Glens Falls Civic Center.

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