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LOCAL • INDEPENDENT • FREE Volume 11  •  Issue 13  •  April 7 – April 13, 2017 • (518) 581-2480

New Vision for South Broadway Diner to be Razed at Saratoga Gateway by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY

The Saratoga Diner, when it was the Spa City Diner, July 11, 1983. Photo: City of Saratoga Springs Commercial Property Records.

The southern gateway into the city may appear radically different in the near future if all goes according to plan. A proposal currently under consideration calls for the demolition of the Saratoga Diner - closed in 2012 - and the development of more than

100 workforce housing units in its place on a five-acre parcel of land on South Broadway. Mayor Joanne Yepsen met with a Flordia developer this week who anticipates submitting an application for the proposed plan shortly. The owner of the property, who was not publicly named, first engaged Yepsen in discussions about potential leasing uses for the See Vision pg. 8

Student in Motion: Game, Set, Match: Waldorf Wonder Studies at NYU

Saratoga Tennis Kicks Off with Decisive Win

Featured Stories

City Goes Solar

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Easter Pages

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Inside TODAY Blotter 5 Obituaries 6

by Thomas Kika Saratoga TODAY

Business 10-11

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Most people might balk at the idea of a weekly commute from Ballston Spa to New York City and back, but for one area student and her family, it could not be more exciting. Alexandra Bretz-Aguirre, a freshman student at the Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs, is currently enrolled in New York University’s (NYU) prestigious “Future Filmmakers” workshop, where she currently spends her Saturdays learning the ways of cinema from the university’s

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Education 16-17 Sports 43-47

Weekend Forecast FRIDAY

Waldorf freshman Alexandra BretzAguirre is pursuing her dreams at NYU. Photo courtesy of the Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs and the Bretz-Aguirre family.

faculty of film industry luminaries. Hitting the road on Friday, Bretz-Aguirre and her mother,

See Student pg. 16


49|31 SUNDAY Seungmin Kim competes in ‘Toga Boys Tennis’s first match of the season. Photo by See Game pg. 43



Week of April 7 – April 13, 2017

Neighbors: Snippets of Life from Your Community Who: Maureen Sager. Where: Spring Street Gallery. Q. What’s your day like? A. I wear many hats. I’m executive director of Spring Street Gallery and right now we’re developing a show on birds that will open on April 29. Q. What’s another hat you wear? A. Project director at the Upstate Alliance for the Creative Economy. People tell me about projects they’re working on and we look for ways we think the creative industries can be developed in this region. And we’re finding lots of ways to bring business and arts organizations and parks organizations and others together, and to roll it into a vibrant, economically thriving way to address the creative industries and the arts. Q. How big is the region you oversee as project director? It’s eight counties, as far a south as Columbia and Greene and north to Washington and Warren counties. Q. Do you have a nickname? A. Moe. Everyone calls me Moe. Q. What did you want to be when you were a kid? A. A fashion designer. I had two aunts that went to Fashion institute of Technology and boy, that captured my imagination as I was growing up in New Jersey. I thought that was a very glamorous career. Q. What was your first concert? A. The Jacksons at Nassau Coliseum. I was like 10 years old. My mom wanted to do something exciting for us, so she took us to a Jacksons concert. It was on Easter Sunday. What was really embarrassing: we were in our Easter outfits. It was so bad. I never felt like a bigger dork in my entire life. Q. What’s your favorite brush with fame? A. I used to be in the entertainment industry and so many of my stories about famous people are not good. But, someone who delighted me goes back to my first job in New York, when I worked for a management company for Kiss, the rock band. I saw them regularly at the time, but much, much later - about 13 years later, while I was working for a big record company, I ran into Paul and Gene in the elevator. I was thinking: should I say hi? Ah, they’re never going to remember a girl who worked for them that long ago, but I finally said, ‘Paul and Gene you probably won’t remember me…’ I thought they were going to blow me off, but instead, Gene says: ‘Paul! Look! It’s her!” Ha, they were so sweet about it. They didn’t remember me, of course, but they made good fun out of it, and I thought that’s the kind of famous person that I really appreciate. They were so generous in that moment, to acknowledge me and to give something back, because that’s something in that industry that’s so rarely done. Q. When did you move to Saratoga? A. Twelve years ago. Q. How has the city changed in that time? A. It’s changed a lot. My first couple of years here, I felt that I knew a small subset of people who I’d run into in town. I thought that was just a wonderful way to bring up my kids and raise a family. Now, I’ll sometimes go to an event in Saratoga and I won’t know anyone. And that’s also very exciting in a way, to have groups of people with such varied interests. I think Saratoga benefits from all these varied interests we have.


Week of April 7 – April 13, 2017

More New Homes, Shops on Malta’s Horizon by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY MALTA — A large development called Sage Estates is being proposed for a densely forested area across from the Malta Drive-In movie theater, behind and to the north of the St. Peter Lutheran Church. On April 3, the Malta Town Board discussed the proposal by Cohoes-based Prime Companies to build more than 100 homes

2019, considering his familiarity with the lengthy environmental review and approval processes. The Sage Estates project is being designed in such a way as to attract people who aim to “downsize” in their older years, DeVito said. James Easton, a land-development specialist at Clifton Park-based MJ Engineering and Land Surveying, joined DeVito in making the presentation. As planned, the project “provides a nice community

Anthony Tozzi, Malta’s building and planning coordinator, indicated that the Planning Board—not the town board—has jurisdiction over the matter and would give any final approvals to the Sage Estates subdivision. Water and sewer lines would have to be extended approximately 1,000 feet, but it is unclear if the town or the developers will pay for that extension. The recently completed Steeplechase luxury apart-

The spot on Route 9 where new businesses and homes are proposed. Photo by Larry Goodwin.

of varying sizes, in addition to retail operations along Route 9, on about 75 acres. The residential portion of the project calls for one-, twoand four-family structures. “We’re trying to mix it up,” explained Dean DeVito, a Prime Companies principal and developer of The Hamlet luxury apartment complex in Saratoga Springs. “We’re trying to create a few different price points.” DeVito said he’s owned the land in Malta for nearly 20 years. He estimated that construction would not start until

setting for everybody,” offered Easton. “There’s a lot of green space and a lot of trees that are going to be preserved.” DeVito and Easton had sought input from town board members regarding the commercial frontage aspects, as well as increasing the number of homes specified in the Prime Companies proposal. Councilman John Hartzell expressed his concern that too many residential properties are already being built in Malta. “I would not support increasing the density,” he told DeVito and Easton.

A site plan for Sage Estates on file in Malta. Photo by Larry Goodwin.

ment complex is located on the opposite side of Route 9, while another large development of

townhouses is under construction off Cramer Road roughly one mile south. In other business, the town board approved an amendment for a smaller project and referred it to the planning board for review. According to the resolution, the Park Place Planned Development District would result in nearly 9 acres of “retail, restaurant and commercial uses” about a half-mile

south of the town complex. Steve Wilson, a project manager for Bohler Engineering in Albany, informed town board members that Park Place would add about 80,000 square feet of commercial space to property currently owned by SEFCU. Wilson said he was not sure if the Malta planning board is expected to address the matter at its next meeting on April 20.



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Milton Republicans Center for the Family To Prepare for Change Raise Child Abuse Awareness by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY MILTON — Three candidates have expressed interest in the town supervisor position that will be open in November. At the Milton Town Board meeting on April 5, councilmen Scott Ostrander and Benny Zlotnick both indicated that they will seek an endorsement for supervisor from the town’s Republican Committee at its April 24 meeting. Milton Supervisor Dan Lewza reportedly will not seek reelection to the position in November. Councilwoman Barbara Kerr was the first to announce her intention of seeking support for the Republican endorsement to replace Lewza. Ostrander and Zlotnick recently decided to add their names to the mix. In a statement, Ostrander explains how he has been a patrolman for the Ballston Spa Police Department for 29 years and plans to retire from the force in June. He also has served as a Saratoga County Sheriff ’s deputy, and for

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15 years as president of the local Police Benevolent Association. Ostrander reports that he has partial ownership of “a private security firm” called Saratoga International Group, which employs 30 people. Ostrander asserts that “his knowledge of budgeting, staff development and leadership will bring a new perspective and fresh ideas” to Milton government. Zlotnick has been an active member of the Milton Republican Committee for nearly 20 years. He served on the town Planning Board from 2002 until winning an election for his current seat late in 2015. As a member of the planning board, Zlotnick reviewed several large construction projects on Geyser Road—primarily condominiums and apartment complexes not far from the town offices—that have been welcomed by officials as positive signs of economic growth in Milton. “We have to make sure we don’t go too fast and get in over our heads,” Zlotnick said, when asked to describe his vision for Milton’s future.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Since 1983, the month of April has been designated as Child Abuse Prevention Month across the nation. Locally, Prevent Child Abuse flags will line Broadway downtown as a way of showing support and increasing local awareness. However, the Saratoga Center for the Family is committed to protecting children, preventing abuse, and strengthening families all year long. The center offers a wide variety of services including mental health counseling, victims’ services and advocacy, and educational and preventative programming. One upcoming program is Heel to Heal, a group for teenage girls that utilizes counseling and exercise-based therapy to increase

self-esteem and empowerment. The program begins its sixth season on April 19 and spans 10 weeks, concluding with the group completing a 5K race. “One hundred percent of our participants last year reported a decrease in depression and an increase in self-esteem,” shared Kelly Daugherty, clinical director and creator of the program. “The friendships, mentorship from our volunteers, and simply the act of achieving something they didn’t think they could – all have an incredible impact.” On Thursday, April 27, Saratoga Center for the Family will also hold its annual event, “Celebrating the Power of Hope,” where it recognizes its donors, sponsors, and community partners for their continued support.

This year’s dinner will be held at Longfellows Restaurant, at 500 Union Avenue, from 6 to 9 p.m. It will feature an appearance from WNYT Meteorologist Jason Gough, who is a survivor of abuse. Rebecca Baldwin, executive director of the Center, released a statement praising Gough’s willingness to discuss such a difficult subject. “When someone like Jason makes the brave decision to come forward and share their story, it directly combats the stigmas associated with child abuse and its survivors. He paves the way for those hiding in the shadows to come forward and seek help, and eventually to heal. We are so pleased to have him as a part of our celebration of hope.”

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Week of April 7 – April 13, 2017

COURTS Riley P. Belkevich-Manupella, 21, Clifton Park, was sentenced on March 30 to five years of probation after pleading to felony vehicular assault regarding an incident that occurred in Clifton Park. Tyree T. Saxon, Schenectady, was sentenced on March 30 to 2-1/2 years in state prison and two years of post-release supervision, after pleading to felony criminal sale of a controlled substance. Kenneth R. Boni, 65, of Halfmoon, was sentenced on March 30 to time served and five years of probation, after pleading to felony DWI regarding an incident that occurred in Clifton Park. Craig M. Guifoyle, 31, of Ballston Spa, pleaded on March 30 to felony criminal contempt regarding an incident in Malta. Sentencing is scheduled for May 25. Heaven M. Puleski, 36, of Wyantskill, was sentenced on March 30 to one year in jail, after pleading to felony DWI regarding an incident in Northumberland. Angel M. Rodriguez, 32, of Saratoga Springs, pleaded on March 30 to felony burglary regarding an incident in Saratoga Springs. Sentencing scheduled for March 25.

POLICE The Sheriff’s Office responded to a domestic incident complaint at the Westwood Motel in the Town of Ballston this morning at 3:16 AM. Investigation into the complaint led to the arrest of the following person for Bonnie J. Kent, age 45, Saratoga Springs, was charged on March 20 with second-degree assault, a felony, two misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of

a child, and one misdemeanor count criminal possession of a weapon, and assault in the third degree. Amanda G. Ippoliti, age 23, Mechanicville, was charged on March 19 with misdemeanor DWI, felony aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle under the influence, operating a motor vehicle without a license, and two vehicle equipment violations. Rogerio F. Torres, age 35, of Ballston Spa, was charged March 30 with assault in the second degree, a felony, assault in the third degree, a misdemeanor, menacing, and criminal possession of a weapon, in connection with allegedly stabbing his brother in his hand at a motel in the Town of Ballston. He was arraigned, sent to Saratoga County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail, or $20,000 secured bond, according to the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office. Alicia J.D. Hyman, age 25, Albany, was charged on March 19 with misdemeanor DWI, and improper lane use. Edmond G. Currier, age 63, Corinth, was charged on March 18 with felony DWI as a second offense, felony aggravated DWI, and driving violations. Jenna L. Murray, age 23, Wilton, was charged on March 18 with misdemeanor DWI, driving the wrong way down a one-way street, and unlawful possession of marijuana. Daniel H. Shea, age 47, Saratoga Springs, was charged on March 18 with misdemeanor DWI, and failing to keep right. Adam T. Berlin, age 22, Galway, was charged on March 18 with misdemeanor DWI, refusing a prescreen test, and unreasonable speed, after being involved in a one car accident.

Anthony J. Soprano, age 25, of Queensbury, was charged on March 17 with misdemeanor DWI, refusing a pre-screen test, criminal possession of a controlled substance, and speeding. Richard F. Salluzzo, age 66, Saratoga Springs, was charged with misdemeanor DWI, and improper lane use, after being involved in a one-car accident. Maximilian E. Chambliss, age 21, Altamont, was charged on March 29 with fourthdegree grand larceny, a felony, in connection with an incident that occurred in February in Corinth. It is alleged that Chambliss entered a residence on Farr Road in Corinth and stole numerous firearms including at least two long guns and four handguns. Some of the above stolen firearms have been recovered in the Albany area; however, some still remain missing. The Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office asks that anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of those guns contact them at 518-885-6761. The case remains open as an active investigation and more arrests are expected. Brittanie A. Bonnivier, age 21, Mechanicville, was charged on March 17 with unlawful possession of marijuana, criminal possession of a controlled substance, a vehicle equipment

violation, and speeding. Julian M. Oliver, age 26, Clifton Park, was charged on March 17 with two vehicle violations, and aggravated unlicensed operation, a misdemeanor. Jeremiah J. Hopkins, age 34, Ballston Spa, was charged on March 16 with aggravated unlicensed operation, a misdemeanor, and making an unsafe lane change, after being involved in a property damage accident Matthew S. Ragotskie, age 25, Ballston Spa, was charged with misdemeanor petit larceny.

Lamont C. Washington, age 27, Ballston Spa, was charged on March 12 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor, and a driving violation. Cody K. Kazakoff, age 21, Saratoga Springs, was charged on March 12 with falsely reporting an incident. Ilyssa J. Riley, age 25, Monson, MA was charged on March 12 with misdemeanor DWI, aggravated DWI, and speeding.

Michael J. Furforo, age 46, Gansevoort, was charged with misdemeanor DWI, misdemeanor aggravated DWI, refusing a pre-screen test, and two vehicle equipment violations.

Jacob W. Peek, age 20, Saratoga Springs, was charged on March 12 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, failing to stop at a stop sign, and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Makenzie L. Lesson, age 21, Schuylerville, was charged on March 13 with petit larceny, a misdemeanor.

Devin J. Waite, age 23, Hadley, was charged on March 12 with misdemeanor DWI, and a driving violation.

6 Florence M. Stamm SARATOGA SPRINGS — Florence M. Stamm, 93, passed away peacefully on March 15, 2017. She was born on June 7, 1923 in Youngsville, NC to Norman and Nora Mitchell. Florence was raised in Franklinton, NC and graduated from Franklinton High School at the age of 16. After working at the local 5&10 cent store for several years, she moved to Durham, NC. She began working at Wrights Machinery where she eventually met and in 1955, married William Stamm of Garden City, NY. William was a widower who was left with four children under the age of five. Florence loved and raised his children as her own. Growing up in North Carolina, Florence was raised in the Baptist faith. After moving to Connecticut, Florence and William joined St Paul’s Lutheran Church in Westport. Upon retirement, William and Florence moved to Saratoga Springs, and became members of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. She is predeceased by her parents and sister Ruth Murray, daughter Lorraine Stamm and granddaughter Melinda Lawrence. Florence is survived by her loving husband of 61 years, William Stamm; two daughters Barbara Lawrence (William) of Herndon, VA, and Catherine Goodwin (Frank) of Saratoga Springs; son William Stamm, Jr., of Canton, MA.; brother Robert Mitchell (Betty) of Durham, NC. Grandchildren include Patrick Stamm, Caroline Stamm, Jennifer Braun and Michael Brennan and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held

OBITUARIES/NEWS at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 11 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 149 Lake Avenue in Saratoga Springs. Burial will follow in the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children Hospital, The Shriners Hospital, or Make-A-Wish. Online remembrances may be made at

Gladys E. Johnson SARATOGA SPRINGS — Gladys E. Johnson passed away March 22, 2017. Calling hours will be held 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, April 10, 2017 at Burke Funeral Home, followed by a funeral service. Burial will follow at 12 noon at Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery. Please visit burkefuneralhome. com.

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Marianne E. Caruso Verro SARATOGA SPRINGS — Marianne E. Caruso Verro passed away Wednesday, March 29, 2017. Visitation and funeral services were held at Burke Funeral Home, Saratoga Springs. Burial took place at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, where

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Patricia (Pat) A. Ruggles SARATOGA SPRINGS — Patricia (Pat) A. Ruggles, 92, passed away March 31, 2017. Calling hours 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 9 at Burke Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Monday, April 10 at St. Clement’s Church and burial following at Greenridge Cemetery. Please visit

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Marie Beagle Wait SARATOGA SPRINGS — Marie Beagle Wait, 90, passed away Monday, April 3, 2017. Services took place on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at Burke Funeral Home, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs. Burial will be at a later date. Please visit at

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Lester John Nimsker SARATOGA SPRINGS — Lester John Nimsker, 97, passed away Sunday, April 2, 2017. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, April 8, 2017 at Bethesda Episcopal Church, 41 Washington St. Internment will take place at Saratoga National Cemetery at a later date. Online remembrances may be made at Burke & Bussing Funeral Homes


Week of April 7 – April 13, 2017

Showcase of Homes 2017 Planning for the 2017 Saratoga Showcase of Homes is now underway with sponsorship opportunities available! SARATOGA SPRINGS — The 2017 Saratoga Showcase of Homes Committee is in full swing planning this year’s edition of the area’s premiere new home tour. Now celebrating its 22nd year, this annual community tradition has now contributed over ONE MILLION dollars to our local charities. The 2017 Saratoga Showcase of Homes will be over three spectacular weekends this fall on September 16-17, 23-24 & September 30 - October 1 featuring the region’s finest, awardwinning builders showcasing their new construction. Tickets for this tour will still be only $20. It is shaping up to be an outstanding line-up of magnificent homes on display in Saratoga County from Bella Homes, Belmonte Builders, Bonacio Construction, Heritage Custom Builders, LaFemme Home Builders, Marini Homes, McPadden Builders, Saratoga Builders, VanVeghten Construction, Witt Construction and more to come!

Be a part of our area’s premiere new home tour! The Showcase of Homes Committee has an extensive marketing and promotional campaign in development which includes official media sponsors in newspapers, magazines, online, television, outdoor advertising, and social media. Corporate and media sponsorships are now available and showcase home builder reservations are currently in progress. For a sponsorship opportunities packet or information about entering a new home in the event, please contact Barry Potoker, Executive Director at 518.366.0946 or Proceeds from the 2017 Saratoga Showcase of Homes event will benefit Rebuilding Together Saratoga County and Habitat for Humanity of Northern Saratoga, Warren, and Washington Counties. A total of $70,000 was donated last year. For more details and sponsorship information, please visit www.saratogashowcaseofhomes. com. Follow us this year on our BLOG & FACEBOOK for all the details and updates!

Assembly Town Halls ROUND LAKE — Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner (D-Round Lake) has announced a series of town halls across Saratoga and Washington counties throughout April to discuss her legislative priorities and to hear from constituents. The town hall schedule is as follows: Wednesday, April 12, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Washington County Courthouse, 122 Main St. in Hudson Falls; Thursday, April 13, from 6 to 7 p.m. at Mechanicville Community Center, 6 S. Main St.

in Mechanicville; Monday, April 17, from 3 to 4 p.m. at Embury Cafe, 131 Lawrence St. in Saratoga Springs; Monday, April 17, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Saratoga Springs Public Library, H. Dutcher Room, 49 Henry St.; and Tuesday, April 18, from 6 to 7 p.m. at Greenwich Public Library, 148 Main St. in Greenwich. Constituents who cannot attend these events but would like to meet with Woerner can call 518455-5404 to schedule visits at her Saratoga Springs and Albany offices.

Land Preservation Forum MALTA — The nonprofit group Saratoga Preserving Land and Nature (PLAN) and the Town of Malta invite the public to a free, public “Conversation about Conservation” to take place April 13 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Malta Community Center at 1 Bayberry Drive. Presenters include Maria Trabka, executive director of Saratoga PLAN; Jaime O’Neill, planner for Saratoga County; David Haight, chair

of Malta’s Farmland and Open Space Committee; Audrey Ball, Malta’s director of Parks, Recreation and Human Services; and Anthony Tozzi, the town’s building and planning coordinator. The program is free and open to the public. Maps and handouts will be available. Light refreshments will be served. For more information and to register, contact the Malta Community Center, 518-899-4411.

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City Official Supports New Charter As many may have heard, I have decided not to run for a fourth term as Saratoga Springs Commissioner of Public Safety. Serving on the City Council and overseeing the operations of the police, fire/EMS, code enforcement, parking enforcement and animal control divisions over nearly five and a half years has been a great experience. However, I do believe that self-imposed term limits are a good thing. Such powerful positions ought not be held by one person for too long. Examples of office holders who should have given up their positions after a reasonable time are abundant. I also have to admit that continuing to maintain my professional career in dentistry, while at the same time serving as Commissioner of Public Safety, is tiring. Carrying out these dual roles has actually become progressively more difficult each year, as city government requires more and more attention. Hopefully, this November our citizens will finally acknowledge that it is time for a dramatic change in city government. Responsibility for

the day-to-day management of local government should not be entrusted to five politicians who, by definition, cannot be fully engaged in their roles. Professional management and coordination of all city departments is seriously lacking under the present Commission form of government. The combination of legislative and executive duties that each of the five members of our City Council must take on are often contradictory and should be considered mutually exclusive. Polling of city employees who actually have to work under this system show that overwhelmingly they feel that the present form of government creates inefficiencies and obstacles. It is time to discard the archaic Commission form of government as nearly every other municipality in the country has. Three different groups over the past eleven years have studied the problem and they have each come to this conclusion. The two most recent Charter Reform committees have concluded that a city of our size would best be served by a City Manager

running the daily government activities and a separate legislative body composed of elected citizens whose duties and responsibilities would be much more reasonable than is the case with our present City Council. I have observed that the great majority of our citizens do not know what each member of our present City Council actually does. They don’t understand how the Commission form of government works. It is hard to fathom what they have been basing their decisions on when they went to vote in city elections every two years. It is time for Saratoga Springs to have separation of powers with a legislative body composed of a broad array of residents whose talents and abilities will better guide this great community through the 21st century. Please vote to change the City Charter on November 7. Chris Mathiesen Commissioner of Public Safety Saratoga Springs


Pushing Back I read with horror the article in the 3-24 to 3-30 issue of “Saratoga Today,” “Parents Push Back” article with disrespectful pictures students were invited to download for a teacher’s assignment on WWII. Ashamed of our current City of Saratoga Springs High School Superintendent of Schools and Board to allow such teacher behavior to go unpunished and sending a message that it is okay to

disrespect the President of the United States of America. Action of 1 Tax Payer: I stand with Saratoga Conservative Chicks in protest and will no longer teach at Saratoga Springs Continuing Education in Spring or Fall at the High School after decades of continuous teaching. Barbara Garro Saratoga Springs

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land three or four years ago, according to the mayor. “The owner said, ‘I don’t want to sell, I want to lease. What does the city need?’ I said workforce housing,” Yepsen said. The lease proposal calls for the development of 120 affordable workforce housing units in a mixed-use configuration consisting of residential apartments and retail space. More than 100 of the rental units would be offered to those earning in between 60 and 100 percent of the AMI - a $50,400 to $84,000 range - while 14 units would be offered at a “fairmarket rent” to military veterans. AMI, or the Area Median Income for a family of four in Saratoga County is about $84,000, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Parties involved in the potential transaction anticipate an official deal being in place by late April, or early May.

Stonequist Apartments, where a mixed-income, mixed-use development facing Circular Street could feature as many as 60 to 100 housing units.

Originally known as the Spa City Diner, sections of its more recent incarnation as The Saratoga Diner date back to the late 1940s. It was a oncepopular stopover spot for visiting performers and political dignitaries such as Mario Cuomo, Liza Minelli, Count Basie – who was particular to the beef stew, according to published reports, and singer Tom Jones – a fan of the diner’s spaghetti and meatballs. The Spa City Diner was re-named the Saratoga Diner in 2001. It closed for good in 2012. In an attempt to meet affordable housing needs in Saratoga Springs, the city is also pursuing potential plans for a large development off West Avenue, adjacent to the Saratoga Train station, as well as a project behind the

A public hearing slated to take 10 minutes regarding a plan to site a percentage of “affordable” housing in all new developments across the city, consumed the better part of an hour Tuesday night. The SPA Housing Zoning plan – based on a 2006 ordinance that was never enacted – calls for all new housing developments and apartment complexes across the city to include 10 to 20 percent of the units deemed affordable to people with lower to moderate incomes. The Inclusionary Zoning, or IZ, would target potential renters and homeowners alike. Eleven members of the public as well as those

Public Hearing on Spa Housing Zoning Ordinance Draws Large Crowd

representing area organizations addressed the council during Tuesday’s public hearing. Of those, three said they were in favor of some kind of affordable housing measures, but not the IZ as it currently stands, and six people said they were in favor of the IZ, at least as a starting point to address the city’s housing needs. Public Safety Commissioner Chris Mathiesen had initially hoped the City Council may be able to vote on the measure as soon as May, but following a discussion that raised the concerns of local developers who would build the projects and of the banks that would finance them, members of the City Council expressed that it might be in everyone’s interests to hold one or two special workshops specifically on the topic in the near future, although no date for such a gathering was set.

New Tap Room Coming to Saratoga Springs in June The City Council unanimously approved an Economic Development Revolving Loan Application for R.S. Taylor & Sons Brewery Tap Room. Richard Taylor, who operates a tap room on his 50-acre farm in Washington County, is looking to open a 1,600 square-foot tap room in the Congress Street plaza in June. The type of loan, initially federally funded, is for $75,000, carries a 3 percent interest rate, and calls for assurances that one position of employment is created for every $25,000 borrowed.

Collamer Lot/ East Side EMS Land Deal: “It’s Time To Move On” Nearly four years to the date since Chris Mathiesen first began working on a pair of land transactions that would have the city sell a parking lot adjacent to Broadway’s Collamer Building and subsequently purchase a Union Avenue parcel to build an East Side Fire/EMS station was publicly declared a dead deal

by the public safety commissioner on Tuesday. “It’s time to move on,” said Mathiesen, invoking a sentiment not unlike an emotionally abandoned lover in a relationship gone-wrong. The arrangement had been mired in a lawsuit – in which the city reportedly spent at least $50,000 in legal fees – an investigation by the state Attorney General’s office, and a long period of inactivity. It is believed some type of City Council or legal action may now be necessary to officially nullify the potential deal.

Upcoming The Zoning Boards of Appeals will hold a meeting 7 p.m. Monday, April 10 at City Hall. The Planning Board will hold a workshop 5 p.m. Monday, April 10 and a full meeting 7 p.m. Thursday, April 13 at City Hall. The city’s Affordable Housing Task Force will hold a meeting 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 11 at City Hall.

Library Election and Budget Vote on April 13 On April 13, citizens of the Saratoga Springs School District will elect a library trustee and vote on the 2017-2018 library budget. The election will be held in the Library’s H. Dutcher Community Room from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saratoga Springs School District residents who are registered voters are eligible to vote. A public hearing concerning the budget and an opportunity to meet the trustee candidates will be held 7 p.m. on Monday, April 10 at in the H. Dutcher Community Room. Library Trustees are asking the voters to approve a tax levy of $5,103,600 for FY 2017-2018, which is a 0.5 percent increase from the amount approved for the 2016-17 fiscal year. The library serves the residents of the Saratoga Springs Enlarged City School District. The proposed budget can be found by visiting the library’s website at:


Week of April 7 – April 13, 2017

A New Mayoral Candidate with a Vision for The Future? Not so Fast by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — The mysterious man you may have noticed creeping across the fringes of city neighborhood lawns in the pre-dawn hours last weekend has been identified. “I cooked up an idea that I thought would be a little bit of fun,” admits Todd Shimkus, who in his weekday role serves as president of the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce. “It actually turned into a lot of fun.” Shimkus and city resident Susan Halstead have engaged in a traditional April Fool’s Day duel that dates to Halstead’s time as chamber chairperson. At that time, Halstead contacted board members about a special Executive Session being called to inform them that Shimkus was embezzling funds. “He was on a golf course in Florida and his phone just started blowing up,” Halstead laughed. “April Fool’s Day is her favorite day of the year and

she is ruthless,” said Shimkus, who hatched his plan several weeks ago, by ordering political-style lawn signs to announce Halstead was running for mayor. “I thought adding ‘A Vision for The Future’ was pretty funny,” Shimkus said, referring to the word-play that points to Halstead’s ownership of a local vision center. “I identified friends of hers in the city and at five o’clock in the morning I got up, drove around and put signs in their yards. I didn’t tell anybody what I did and then (on Facebook) pretended to be in Virginia for the day.” Shimkus eventually fessed up, a day later. “She texted me and had a sneaking suspicion that it was me.” In November, city voters will head to the polls to elect a mayor for the next two years. Halstead was asked if she, after all, was considering tossing her hat in to the political ring. “De-fin-ite-ly NOT,” she said with a laugh. “It was a Todd Shimkus April Fool’s Day prank. And he paid me back big-time.”

Some of the “political” signs that local residents woke up to find atop their respective lawns last weekend. Photo by Todd Shimkus.



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A Decade of Fashion, Saratoga Style by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Laura Pileckas cites two main reasons for her decade of success as a women’s fashion retailer in the city: her employees and her customers. “We’ve all kind of grown up here,” Pileckas says of the ladies who helped her build the business since she first opened its doors in April 2007. “We work with good women. We serve good women.” The boutique at 494 Broadway carries products from nearly two dozen designers such as Free People, French Connection, Frye, Seychelles and Susana Monaco, according to a list presented on its website (www. On Saturday, April 8, Pileckas will celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Violet’s of Saratoga—located in the

green Collamer Building—by offering various specials to shoppers all day. Between 6 and 8 p.m., hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served so that customers can mingle among Violet’s clothing racks, handbags and shoes as local acoustic artist Emily Teller offers her distinct guitar rhythms and vocal sound. “Violet’s is one of my favorite places for retail therapy, not just for the merchandise, which is always terrific and refreshed, but for the overall experience,” reports loyal customer Helen Susan Edelman. “Laura and the sales associates are always willing to give candid feedback on whether something looks great, or is best left behind.” At the time Pileckas started her business, gas prices were heading toward $4 per gallon, a housingmarket bubble was bursting, and the country was entering a long recession.

The Violet’s of Saratoga team (from left): Owner Laura Pileckas, Jessica Guerin and Lianne Klopfer. Photo by

Yet the faltering economy of 2007 turned out to be “a good opportunity,” she remembers, because “the only way to go was up from there.” The economy of Saratoga Springs bucked the national trend, so Pileckas and her employees focused on catering to the area’s fashion-conscious ladies. “People truly want to live here, work here and play here,” Pileckas says, noting how the same dynamic supports

a dozen or so other women’s fashion retailers on Broadway. Edelman, a journalist who lives in Wilton, said she strongly believes “that we have to keep our dollars downtown.” She claims to have a mailing list of women in neighboring communities who are curious about sales at Violet’s in particular. Pileckas indicated that her husband, Paul, also has contributed to the success of Violet’s by renovating its retail space three times, utilizing his

own wealth of experience as a local contractor. The couple and their three sons live in Greenfield. In 2010 Pileckas teamed up with Connecticut native Jessica Guerin, who is expecting her first child in June. Together with Lianne Klopfer, a social media maven, and other employees, Pileckas will take on Guerin’s purchasing and managerial duties during her maternity leave. Ashley Gardner, a spokeswoman for Saratoga Historic Properties, offered praise to Pileckas for maintaining an anchor retail outlet on the lower level of the Collamer Building. Pileckas currently occupies about 2,400 square feet of space there. “Violet’s has been a wonderful tenant,” Gardner says. “They have been easy to work with, and an asset to the building as a destination boutique.” Saratoga Historic Properties manages the leases for a halfdozen retail spaces and a café in the Collamer Building, in addition to about 30 office tenants located mostly on the upper floors. The offices range in size between 300 and 3,000 square feet. Through the years Pileckas said she diversified the business by stocking popular shoes, and by routinely determining which fashion products are “demographic specific.” Edelman said she does not “consider shopping for shoes anywhere else.” “Violet’s rocks when it comes to seasonal sales,” she added. “It is so much fun to be able to bring home twice as much fashion for the same price you pay in a spree.”


Week of April 7 – April 13, 2017

Chamber Prepares for ‘Blitz’

Chamber Board Chair Dave Collins at The Lodge on March 29. Photo by

SARATOGA SPRINGS — One hundred volunteers at the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce have formed nine teams that will compete, from April 27 through May 25, in inviting local organizations to join the Chamber during a Membership Blitz. David Collins, of D.A. Collins, who chairs the Chamber’s Board of Directors this year, is leading the effort. Every member of the Chamber Board is participating. On March 29, the volunteers met at The Lodge on Nelson Avenue, operated by the Saratoga Casino Hotel, to learn more about the Chamber and to establish team strategies. For more information about the Chamber’s benefits or to volunteer to help, contact Joe Russell at

Graphic Design Firm Opens in City

Kate Byrne. Photo provided.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Kate Byrne Design, a branding and graphic design studio located at 74 Warren Street, opened for business in early March. Byrne specializes in branding materials and identity systems spanning both digital and

print mediums, including logo design, business stationery, posters, social media and web design. Her work uses visual narratives to create powerful first impressions that instantly communicate with audiences. Byrne’s studio is colocated with the print shop Advantage Press. The partnership allows clients to follow the project development cycle from initial creative concept to final production and provide input throughout the design process. Byrne also specializes in illustration, bridal bouquet portraits, and a wide variety of social correspondence, including wedding invitations, RSVP cards, custom maps, and personal stationery. For more information call 518-573-7254 or visit the website

Adirondack Trust Seeks Grant Applications SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Adirondack Trust Company Community Fund has begun to accept grant applications from eligible nonprofit charities headquartered in the Saratoga, Warren and Washington County areas. The grant window is open from April 1 to September 25. The fund was established in 2009 to build an endowment that acts as a perpetual source of funding for a broad array of nonprofit organizations that improve the quality of life in the community, and to assist them in addressing issues of common concern. The fund also seeks to foster a community spirit of giving by providing donors with unique and flexible ways to manage charitable donations. In 2016, the Community Fund awarded $42,270 in “Lend-a-Hand” grants to 23 local organizations, supporting such diverse programs as veteran’s outreach, mental health services, wildlife education, homelessness prevention, youth services and the arts. Grant information and application forms may be obtained from the Adirondack Trust Company Community Fund website at nonprofits. An independent

advisory committee will announce the recipients in December.

OrthoNY Moves, Expands Hours SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Saturday, April 1, OrthoNY Urgent Care moved from Malta to Saratoga Springs and expanded the hours of operation. The Saratoga office, located at 5 Care Lane, will now offer walk-in, orthopedic care Monday through Friday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. No appointments are necessary. OrthoNY Urgent Care is efficient and cost-effective, eliminating the need for emergency room visits to treat common injuries. When acute care needs are bone and joint specific, it is an optimal choice for sprains, strains, minor fractures and sports injuries. OrthoNY Urgent Care is provided by orthopedic specialists and supported by onsite radiology services. To learn more about OrthoNY Urgent Care, call 518-489-2663, or visit orthony. com.

BSBPA Sets Networking Breakfast BALLSTON SPA — The Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association (BSBPA) will sponsor a Networking Breakfast on Tuesday, April 18, from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at 102 Milton Avenue in Ballston Spa. Avon Products/Team Best will host the event. Owners Darryl and Sherry Best and Heather Couvertier specialize in selling Avon products, including makeup and skin care, fragrances, clothing and shoes. They also offer makeup and skin care classes and consultations, as well as recruit and train women and men to sell Avon products. Cost for the breakfast is $5 with advance reservation. Prepayment can be arranged by visiting the website www.; or send an RSVP to and pay at the door. Non-reserved

walk-ins on April 18 are $10. Business and community members who are not BSBPA members are welcome to

attend. Membership information will be available. To learn more, visit


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Spa Solar Park Set To Energize in June by Taylor Rich for Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Despite a few clouds, the sun was shining on Wednesday afternoon during the Spa Solar Park groundbreaking ceremony at the Weibel Avenue landfill. Upon its completion in a few months, the solar array is going to provide 40 percent of the city government’s electricity needs while also lowering its greenhouse gas emissions. “It’s a win-win situation,” said Harry Moran of Sustainable Saratoga. He explained it is a positive step for the local community as sustainable solutions become increasingly important in the coming years, and that it will also save the city and its residents some money. The project is zero cost to taxpayers. And, it makes great use of the land. “That’s the key to sustainable solutions,” explained Economic Department Liaison Marilyn Smith, who represented U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko at the ceremony. The Congressman is co-chair of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition. The city’s solar initiative has been a long time coming. Local nonprofit grassroots organization Sustainable Saratoga originally brought the Spa Solar Park idea to the City Council in 2012.

City officials at the ceremonial groundbreaking ceremony for the Spa Solar Park on Weibel Avenue on Wednesday, April 5, 2017. Photo by

After successfully obtaining a grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority NY-Sun program, the project was underway. The initiative was delayed when original partner SunEdison went out of business in 2013, but rebounded when the city brought Onyx Renewable Partners on board. Onyx, whose funds are managed by Blackstone Energy Partners, will construct, operate, and maintain general ownership of the solar panels. Finance Commissioner Michele Madigan, who has

sponsored the initiative over the years, expressed the city’s gratitude for the various people and organizations who came together to bring this project to fruition. “It really does take a village,” commented Mayor Joanne Yepsen during the ceremony,

which was attended by representatives from each key player in the initiative’s development. The project comes as the first of a multi-phase plan to make Saratoga a more sustainable city. The next phase will involve community solar, where local

businesses, homeowners, and other members of the community can tap into a shared source of renewable electricity. Construction is expected to be completed in June, and the Spa Solar Park fully energized by late July.



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Student in Motion: Waldorf Wonder Studies at NYU Continued from first page.

HBO top executive Kelly Edwards, one of the program’s celebrated instructors.

Catherine Bretz, stay the night in the city before her lessons, which run from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Following that, they head back home straight away, getting in late on Saturday night. It can be an exhausting process, but it is one that BretzAguirre is happy to undertake if it allows her to follow her dreams. “I like, leave Friday, come back Saturday night,” BretzAguirre said. “But we’re always excited. It’s worth it.” Bretz-Aguirre’s dream to attend NYU began when she was

10-years-old, visiting the city with her mother. After noting the university’s purple flags, she and her mother went to the Tisch School for the Arts and were given a tour. Since then, she was driven to one day attend the school. Frequently, she would browse the university’s online program listings, passing the time and looking for anything that sparked her interest. That spark came when she found the Future Filmmakers program. She was intrigued right away. Bretz-Aguirre’s love for film grew in tandem with a love for photography, both of which were passed down from her father, Oscar Aguirre. She and her family had also always been film buffs, with a particularly affection for the work of director Hal Ashby. She has been practicing her photography since she was 13. Considering this love of film and her desire to attend NYU, the Future Filmmakers program looked like a huge opportunity for her. According to Bretz-Aguirre, the process for applying to the program involved a lot of essay writing. Some of the prompts included “How do you think filmmaking is encouraged in your world,” and other more general ones that were meant to give them a sense of the applicant as a

person. There was also an interview portion that came later on in the process, wherein the interviewers discussed various images and their meanings. Two days later, Bretz-Aguirre saw an email in her inbox with the best news she could have hoped for. “I was screaming,” she said. “I was doing my homework, and I was checking my email, and I saw [the word] ‘accepted.’” Bretz-Aguirre’s parents noted with particular pride how competitive the admission process had seemed. Indeed, she is one of only 14 high school students from the tri-state area accepted into the program, and within that group, she is one out of only two freshmen. In the program, BretzAguirre is learning from some of the brightest talents in the film world. These include the likes of Kelly Edwards, Head of Talent Development at HBO, and Grammy-winning music video director Melina Matsoukas. In one standout lesson, her class was instructed by film editor and frequent Spike Lee collaborator Samuel D. Pollard, who showed the class “Mo’ Better Blues” without sound to show them how the images on their own tell the story. Bretz-Aguirre found this to be particularly illuminating. Lessons began on the first weekend of February. All of the film projects that Bretz-Aguirre and her classmates work on must be silent, so that they can focus on conveying meaning purely through images. The lessons and projects also stress the collaboration at the heart of filmmaking. Her class has worked together with other NYU workshop classes, including the “Future

Dramatic Writers” and “Future Dancers and Dancemakers.” She was immediately fascinated with the tasks given to her on their first project, which involved finding actors and scouting for locations. “It was so interesting,” she said. Moving forward from the 12-week workshop, Bretz-Aguirre plans on continuing to explore filmmaking. She hopes to make a film all on her own someday soon, and she is hoping to establish a film club

at the Waldorf School. And while she stressed that this was not necessarily the only end-goal for her, she said that she could see herself pursuing a career in the film business. “I love it,” her mother Catherine Bretz said. “I love to see her involved with the diversity of the program and the craft.” “We’re amazed at her dedication and focus,” her father Oscar Aguirre said. “It was her initiative that drove this.”

Melina Matsoukas, one of Bretz-Aguirre’s lecturers, received major acclaim last year after directing the video for Beyoncé’s “Formation.”


Week of April 7 – April 13, 2017

Saratoga Schools Universal Pre-Kindergarten SARATOGA SPRINGS – The Saratoga Springs City School District is currently accepting contact information for the Universal Pre-Kindergarten program for the 2017-2018 school year. To be eligible

for the program, children must be four years old on or before Dec. 1, and must reside in the Saratoga Springs City School District. For additional information, go to

Saratoga Springs School Board Budget Presentation SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Springs Board of Education will hold a public disclosure hearing for their proposed budget during a regular meeting of the school board on

May 9. This meeting will be held in the Saratoga Springs High School Meade Auditorium at 7 p.m. For more information on the school budget, go to www.

World Languages Night SARATOGA SPRINGS — On April 12, Saratoga Springs High School will hold a World Languages Night. The event will be held in the cafeteria beginning at 7 p.m. High school students in upper level World and Classical

Language classes will present the event featuring foods, crafts, performances, and more. Admission is free and the community is invited to attend and learn about the many cultures and languages their students study.

Local College Students Named to St. Lawrence Dean’s Lists SARATOGA COUNTY — St. Lawrence University has released the Dean’s List for their Fall 2016 semester. Among the notable scholars that made the cut last semester were two Saratoga County natives: Parker Johnson, class of 2019, pursuing a combined degree in liberal arts and biology, and Hal Starnes III, class of 2017, pursuing a degree in biology.

Saratoga TODAY wishes these students the best of luck with all of their future academic endeavors. If you know of a student who has recently made the Dean’s List and would like them to be featured here in the future, send an email with their information (school, class, degree, etc.) to education editor Thomas Kika at ThomasK@


Saratoga Independent School Elects Two New Trustees SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Independent School (SIS) has announced the addition of two new members to their board of trustees, B. Jason Brooks and Heath Ames. Brooks has previously cofounded and served as a trustee at the KIPP Tech Valley Charter School in Albany, and is currently employed by the Invest in Education Foundation. Ames is the founder and director of marketing at the Cantina Restaurant in Saratoga Springs, and has previously worked in marketing

New trustees Heath Ames (left) and B. Jason Brooks (right). Photos courtesy of the Saratoga Independent School.

with positions at Alibris, Hasbro, and Broderbund Software. Both

Brooks and Ames have children that attend SIS.

Dance Alliance Announces New Scholarship SARATOGA COUNTY — The Dance Alliance of the Capital District-Saratoga Region has announced the Pat and Sven Peterson Dance Scholarship of 2017 which will give up to $700 to assist a student who will be attending a summer dance program. The scholarship is

available for students grade 7 through sophomore year of college and must be current members or join the Dance Alliance to apply. The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of the applicant’s past dance experience and potential to make a contribution to their local dance community

or to the field of dance in general. Preference is given to those who have not recently received a scholarship from the Dance Alliance. The deadline for applications is April 28. Interested students may apply on the Dance Alliance website at


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Week of April 7 – April 13, 2017

New Lambs Usher In Spring at Elihu Farm Family Favorite Lamb Leg with Roasted Potatoes Adapted from recipe by American Lamb

Saturdays, 9 to 1

Makes 12 servings

Lincoln Baths Saratoga Spa State Park

Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 2 ½ hrs

by Mary Pratt for Saratoga TODAY Lambs, lambs and more than 70 new lambs were born on our farm in Easton last month; we call it a lambalanche. As we watch those healthy lambs race through the barnyard, we celebrate our 31st year of raising sheep. When we named our farm, Elihu Farm, we honored Elihu Gifford, a Revolutionary War patriot and the first person on our deed. We began with 43 acres and later added another parcel. Gifford’s cemetery will always look out on fields and pastures, because 108 acres of our land is now protected as Forever Farmland by the Agricultural Stewardship Association. When we bought our farm in 1985 we thought about raising specialty vegetables and small fruits. Then a friend saw our rolling land and said, “You could raise sheep!” We always enjoyed eating lamb, and perhaps our friend’s suggestion was serendipitous: We found a book that the previous owner had left behind, entitled Raising Sheep the Modern Way. We were hooked. We joined the Saratoga Farmers’ Market as vendors

around 2007. These days, we sell eggs, holiday geese, and lamb. The customers at are among our best ever. They’re friendly and knowledgeable, and appreciate our work and the care we give our animals. The quality of our products has always been the top priority, as shown by numerous chefs who have used our products. David Britton and Larry Schepici both took cuts of our lamb to dinners at the James Beard Foundation. Steve Barnes from the Albany Times Union followed one of our lambs from birth to plate. We show our sheep and our wool at fairs and festivals throughout the area, and have won several championships. In addition to

our lamb and eggs, we look forward to making our lovely, soft wool available when the market moves to High Rock Park. For Easter and Passover, we’re taking orders for any cut of fresh lamb through April 11. Customers can pick up their orders in Saratoga Springs on April 14 or at the market on April 15. Call us at 518-744-3947 or e-mail us at The Saratoga Farmers’ Market runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at the Lincoln Baths in Saratoga Spa State Park through April. The first outdoor markets will be 3-6 p.m. Wednesday, May 3, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 6, at High Rock Park.



* Ingredients can be found at the market

1. Coat potatoes with oil and place around edge of roasting pan. Sprinkle potatoes with kosher salt. Place rack in pan and arrange lamb roast on rack. Season lamb with salt and pepper to taste. Roast at 325ºF.

- 6 to 7 pounds lamb leg, trimmed of visible fat* - Salt and pepper to taste - 12 medium red potatoes* - 8 rosemary sprigs* - 2 tablespoons olive oil - 1 tablespoon kosher salt - 1/2 cup apricot jam* - 1 tablespoon mustard seeds - 2 teaspoons dried thyme, crushed

2. Combine jam, mustard seeds and thyme. Halfway through roasting, baste lamb with jam mixture. 3. Roast to desired degree of doneness. When lamb is done, cover and allow to stand for 15 minutes before slicing. Slice and serve with roasted potatoes.


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It’s in the Cargo

by John Reardon for Saratoga TODAY Hello my Foodie Friends! Spring Break is just around the corner for many school students throughout the U.S. Most of the “warmer” parts of the world will be filled with families from all over the world. Although Saratoga is not considered “tropical” it does draw many travelers throughout the year. We enjoy talking to many of our culinary guests and hearing about what can be eventful travels from afar. Most recently, a couple from New Zealand shared a story about their son that brought back memories of a family vacation we had to Disney. Back in 2004, going through security at the airport had become a planned task to anticipate when beginning your travels. My son was 12 and my daughter was 9 at the time. I was bound to a wheelchair having just had surgery on my foot. Security had chosen our family

randomly to do a full security check. We all moved to the side and cooperated with the officers who held wands in their hands to check us. My wife, daughter, and I all went through quickly. However, as I glanced to find my son – he was being held by one of the security officers. We stood watching as the officer placed his wand and tapped on my son’s pocket of his cargo pants. My son reached into his pocket and pulled out a bag of candy. The guard then moved to the other pocket of my son’s pants and tapped on the pocket. My son pulled out another bag of candy. At this point my wife and I looked at each other wondering why my son packed all of this candy – since he never ate it and we rarely had it in the house. The security check was not quite over. The security officer continued to tap all of the pockets in my son’s cargo pants. As you may know – cargo pants have many pockets. My wife and I stood with our mouths open and were laughing each time my son reached into his pockets and pulled out more and more candy!! We could not believe what we saw. The security officer tried not to laugh as we kept proclaiming amazement of what we saw. Once we made it past airport security – our vacation was incredible with many wonderful memories to add to our candy cargo stop.

My son was able to keep all of the candy he had stashed away like a squirrel. To this day – we are not quite sure why he had that much candy on him since he was and is still not a big candy eater. So how does this story tie into the culinary world? Chefs both professional and for those who just enjoy cooking find that storing and carrying their knives to cooking events or various locations can be a task and must be properly done. Chefs love their knives. They

carry them everywhere in knife rolls, which are bags designed to house a whole bunch of very sharp knives in the safest and most discreet way possible. You may not think you need to carry around knives and other kitchen tools. But if you’re planning a blowout barbecue at your summer rental house, or a camping trip that will involve fireside cooking, you should consider getting a knife roll. For many, bringing knives and culinary tools with them to where they are

traveling or cooking is considered precious cargo. Consider a knife bag as a way of assisting with those travels. We welcome our many visitors to Saratoga Springs, and look forward to hearing more of the fun stories that exist in traveling. Stop by Compliments to the Chef to assist with your culinary needs. We carry “cool tools” for the chef on the go. Remember: “Life Happens in the Kitchen.” Take care, John and Paula


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From the Publisher’s Desk . . . An Easter Celebration You can be committed to Church but not committed to Christ, but you cannot be committed to Christ and not committed to church. – Joel Osteen

“I believe in God, I don’t need to go to church.”

by Chad Beatty Saratoga TODAY As we rapidly approach the end of Lent, and Christianity’s most solemn celebration, I invite you to go against the grain of society and proudly live your faith. That could simply mean going to church…or if you’re a regular church goer, it could be inviting someone else to your church. I chose the topic of church attendance because it seems to be one of the more misunderstood topics regarding faith. I hope to address some of the general commentaries about weekly devotion, give people food for thought, and if all goes well, make a difference in someone’s life. Let’s look at some of the common stumbling blocks:

Believing in God is a great starting point; however, the devil also believes in God. Believing in God does not bring you closer to God, anymore than believing in rocket ships brings you closer to the moon. Decide what ‘believing in God’ means to you. If you decide you want to improve your relationship with God, then setting aside time every week to worship Him, with other likeminded people, is a good start. I know for me, that sliver of time every Sunday is some of my best spent time.

“The church is full of hypocrites.” You may be partially right, and this can be a tough stumbling block, but not going to church because of hypocrites is like not going to the gym because it is full of out-ofshape people. You are going for you, not because of other people. Everyone has their own demons they are fighting in this world. And let us

not forget, none of us knows what is in the hearts of others. Throughout the ages, church fathers and theologians have warned against judging others in matters of faith. “Why do you look at the splinter in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?” – Matthew 7:3 Just remember…The church is a hospital for sinners, not a palace for saints. Go get your weekly dose of medicine.

“I am not feeling it.” The call to honor God is about faith, not feelings. Faith is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted, in spite of your changing moods. If people quit every time they weren’t ‘feeling it,’ the world would unravel rather quickly, especially the institution of marriage. As the saying goes, sometimes you have to fake it until you make it. You take the actions of love if you want to experience love, and you take the actions of

faith if you want to experience faith. One must train the habit of faith, and strengthen the will through daily prayer, readings, and church attendance. Life is about choices, and choices have consequences. All of our small daily choices add up to big results, either positive or negative.

“I am a spiritual person.” I am never quite sure what this means, but based on my research, it seems to mean that one is happy with oneself and loves oneself. On the surface that is wonderful because our life is a gift from God. But what we do with it is our gift back to God. Throughout the bible there are numerous scriptural passages addressing the topic of weekly devotion. But on a more pragmatic level, attending church services and reading Christian authors is the prudent thing to do. In all areas of life, wise individuals surround themselves with people who can help them grow in certain

areas. For example if I want to sail around the world, I will read sailing books, take sailing courses and practice sailing. Simply stating “I am a sailor” does not make me a sailor. So if you want to grow in faith, spend time with people who know scripture, have studied history, and have devoted their life to the work of God. In the interest of disclosure, I have to admit that I don’t always feel like going to church. Some Sundays I feel like sleeping late or going out to breakfast. But I can honestly say that I am never disappointed when it is over. I may not always ‘feel it,’ but I have to admit that I have cried more tears of joy, and felt more peace, sitting in those pews, than at any other time in my life. So don’t slip into the trap of seeking man’s approval over God’s. God Bless Chad

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The Floyd Warriors volunteers. Photo provided.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Saturday, March 25, Quad Graphics volunteers helped Floyd Warriors with their annual Project Easter Bunny event. Floyd Warriors is a local nonprofit that helps families coping with cancer. Each year they make Easter

baskets and deliver them to local oncology centers. This year approximately 400 Easter baskets were made and delivered. They do this project because the founder, Lisa Morahan, was going through cancer treatments when her son was a toddler. She

was too sick to make him an Easter basket. For more information visit or contact Matthew Riker and the Quad Graphics Community Connection Team by email at

Week of April 7 – April 13, 2017



Week of April 7 – April 13, 2017

Places of Adirondack Christian Fellowship   8 Mountain Ledge, Wilton 587-0623 | Services: Sunday 8 a.m. & 10 a.m. Adirondack Friends Meeting 27 Saratoga Ave, South Glens Falls 793-3755 | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Assembly of God Faith Chapel 6 Burgoyne St, Schuylerville 695-6069 | Rev. Jason Proctor Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Assembly of God Saratoga 118 Woodlawn Ave, Saratoga Springs 584-6081 | Services: Sunday Worship 10 a.m. Bacon Hill Reformed Church* 560 Route 32N, Bacon Hill | 695-3074 Rev. Janet Vincent | Services: Worship service 10 a.m.; Sunday School 10 a.m. Ballston Center Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church 58 Charlton Road, Ballston Spa | 885-7312 Services: Sunday Worship, 10:30 a.m. Ballston Spa United Methodist Church 101 Milton Ave, Ballston Spa 885-6886 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Bethesda Episcopal Church* 41 Washington Street, Saratoga Springs | 584-5980 The Very Rev’d Marshall J. Vang Services: Sunday 8:00AM & 10:00AM Calvary Capital District 17 Low Street, Ballston Spa | Pastor Andrew Holt Services: Sunday 10 am | Church of Christ at Clifton Park 7 Old Route 146, Clifton Park 371-6611 | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Charlton Freehold Presbyterian Church 768 Charlton Rd., Charlton | Services: Sunday 10 am Phone: 399-4831 Christ Community Reformed Church 1010 Route 146, Clifton Park | 371-7654 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Christ Episcopal Church 15 West High St, Ballston Spa | 885-1031 Services: Sunday 8 & 10 a.m. Christian Restoration Ministries Saratoga Senior Center 5 Williams St, Saratoga Springs 796-4323 | Pastor Pat Roach Services: Sunday 6:30 p.m. Christian Science Church 107 Circular St, Saratoga Springs 584-0221 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m.

Community Alliance Church 257 Rowland St, Ballston Spa 885-6524 | Services: Morning Worship 10:30 a.m. Congregation Shaara Tfille* 84 Weibel Avenue, Saratoga Springs 584-2370 | Services: Sat 10 a.m., Mon and Weds 7:30 a.m. Corinth Free Methodist Church   20 Hamilton Ave, Corinth 654-9255; 792-0271 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Corinth United Methodist Church 243 Main Street, Corinth 654-2521 | Services: Sunday 11 a.m. Cornerstone Community Church 100 Saratoga Village Blvd. #8 Ballston Spa. | 664-5204 | Pastor Frank Galerie Services: Sunday 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Community 2001 Route 9, Round Lake 877-8506 | Services: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 8 & 11 a.m.; Eastern Orthodox — Christ the Savior 349 Eastline Road, Ballston Lake 212-7845 | Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. First Baptist Church of Saratoga Springs 45 Washington St, Saratoga Springs 584-6301 | Services: Sunday 12 noon First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa 202 Milton Ave, Ballston Spa 885-8361 | Services: 10:30 a.m. worship, (9 a.m. in July and August) 9 a.m. Sunday School (all ages) First Presbyterian Church of Ballston Spa 22 West High St, Ballston Spa 885-5583 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Full Gospel Tabernacle 207 Redmond Road, Gansevoort 793-2739 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Galway United Methodist Church 2056 East St, Galway | 882-6520 Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. (9 a.m. in July and August)

Grace Fellowship Saratoga 165 High Rock Ave, Saratoga | 691-0301 Pastor: Mike Adams Services: Sundays 9 & 11 a.m. Greater Grace Community Church 100 Saratoga Village, Building 17, Ballston Spa. Pastor David Moore | 899-7777 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Greenfield Center Baptist Church 30 Wilton Road, Greenfield Center | 893-7429 Services: Sunday School for all ages - 9:45 a.m.; Church Service - 11 a.m. Highway Tabernacle Church 235 Hudson Ave., Mechanicville | 664-4442 Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m., Sunday School 9:30 Hope Church 206 Greenfield Ave, Ballston Spa 885-7442 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Sunday School 9 a.m. Jonesville United Methodist 963 Main St, Clifton Park 877-7332 | Services: Sunday 8:30 & 10:30 a.m. Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Living Springs Free Methodist Church 59 Pine Road, Saratoga Springs 584-1003 | 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 118 Dunning Street, Malta 899-5992 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Malta Ridge United Methodist Church 729 Malta Ave. Ext, Malta 581-0210 | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Middle Grove United Methodist Church* 429 Middle Grove Rd, Middle Grove 581-2973 | Pastor Bonnie Bates Services: Sunday 9 a.m. Mt. Olivet Baptist Church 100 Cresent St. Saratoga Springs | 584-9441 | Services 10 a.m. Rev. Dr. Victor L. Collier New Horizon Church* 150 Perry Road, Saratoga Springs 587-0711 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Pastor Thomas Van McClain New Life Fellowship 51 Old Gick Road, ­­Saratoga Springs 580-1810 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m.


Week of April 7 – April 13, 2017

Worship NorthStar Church 970 Rt. 146, Clifton Park 371-2811 | Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. & 11:15 a.m.

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

Old Saratoga Reformed Church* 48 Pearl St., Schuylerville Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Old Stone Church (American Baptist) 159 Stone Church Road, Ballston Spa 583-1002 | Service 10:30 a.m. Our Lady of Grace Roman Catholic Church* 73 Midline Road, Ballston Lake 399-5713 | Services: Saturday 5:30 p.m. Sunday 10:30 a.m. Presbyterian-NE Congregational Church 24 Circular St, Saratoga Springs 584-6091 | Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m. Quaker Springs United Methodist Church* 466 Route 32, Schylerville 695-3101 | Pastor Ben Lalka Services: Sunday 9 a.m. River of Hope Fellowship 100 Saratoga Village Blvd, Malta Cmns, Ste. 3 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Roman Catholic Church of St. Peter 241 Broadway, Saratoga Springs 584-2375 | Services: Saturday 5 p.m.; Sunday 7:30, 9 and 11 a.m. St. Clement’s Roman Catholic Church* 231 Lake Ave, Saratoga Springs 584-6122 | Services: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 8, 9:30, 11:15 a.m. and 5 p.m., 1 p.m. Spanish Service St. George’s Episcopal Church 912 Route 146, Clifton Park 280-7196 | Services: Saturday 4:30 p.m.; Sunday 8 & 9:30 a.m. St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church* 3159 Route 9N, Greenfield Center 893-7680 Services: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 10:30 a.m. St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church* 167 Milton Ave, Ballston Spa 885-7411 | Services: Saturday 4 p.m., Sunday 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., Noon. St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church* 771 Route 29, Rock City Falls 885-4677 | Services: Sunday 8:30 am.

St. Peter Lutheran Church 2776 Route 9, Malta | 583-4153 Services: Sunday 8:30 & 10:30 a.m.; Sunday School at 9:15 a.m. St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church 1 Grove Street, Schuylerville 695-3918 | Rev. Donna J. Arnold Services: Sunday 8 & 9 a.m. St. Thomas of Canterbury 242 Grooms Road, Halfmoon Rev. John Bassett | 348-0842 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Bible Study: Tuesday 6:30 p.m. Saratoga Abundant Life Church 2 Hutchins Rd. Saratoga Springs 885-5456 | Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. Saratoga Chabad 130 Circular St, Saratoga Springs 526-0773 | Saratoga Friends Meeting (Quaker) 571 Rt32, Quaker Springs 587-7477; 399-5013 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Saratoga United Methodist Church* 175 Fifth Ave, Saratoga Springs 584-3720 | Services: Sunday 9:00am and 10:45am Saratoga Seventh-Day Adventist Church 399 Union Ave, Saratoga Springs 587-6951 | Services: Sabbath School: 10 a.m. Worship Service: 11 a.m. Schuylerville United Methodist Church 51 Church St., Schuylerville 695-3101 | Services: Sunday 11 a.m. Shenendehowa United Methodist 971 Route 146, Clifton Park 371-7964 Services: Sunday 9 & 10:45 a.m. Simpson United Methodist Church 1089 Rock City Road, Rock City Falls 885-4794 Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m.

Soul Saving Station for Every Nation Christ Crusaders of America 62 Henry St, Saratoga Springs Services: Sunday 10 a.m. | 584-3122 www.SOULSAVINGSTATIONCHURCH.COM Stillwater Christian Fellowship Meeting at Liberty Ridge Farm 29 Bevis Road, Schaghticoke, NY 12154 288-8802 | Services 10 a.m. Stillwater United Church (Presbyterian U.S.A.) 747 Hudson Avenue, Stillwater | 664-7984 Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Temple Sinai* 509 Broadway, Saratoga Springs 584-8730 | Shabbat Services: Friday 6 p.m. or 8p.m. (rotating schedule) Saturdays: 10:30a.m. Terra Nova Church* 45 Washington St, Saratoga Springs 833-0504 | Services: Sunday 9 a.m. The Salvation Army/ Worship, Service & Community Center 27 Woodlawn Ave, Saratoga Springs 584-1640 Services: Sunday School 10 a.m.; Praise & Worship 11 a.m. Trinity United Methodist Church 155 Ballard Road, Gansevoort 584-9107 | Rev Keith Mann Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Saratoga Springs 624 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs 584-1555 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Unity Church in Albany 21 King Ave., Albany 453-3603 Services: Sunday 9 a.m. & 11 a.m. | Sunday School: 11 a.m. Summer Services: 9 a.m. West Charlton United Presbyterian Church 1331 Sacandaga Road, West Charlton 882-9874 | Rev. Thomas Gregg Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. | Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Wilton Baptist Church 755 Saratoga Road, Wilton 583-2736 | Services: Sunday 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

* = Wheelchair Accessible


Week of April 7 – April 13, 2017

How to Complete Cost-Effective Renovations

by Megin Potter for Saratoga TODAY Creating a big impact in your home on a modest renovation budget will never go out of style. One of the most desired trends in real estate right now is to do this by building a master suite. Adding extra living space and amenities to the homeowner’s master bedroom and bath are just a few of the recent projects that the experienced team of craftsmen at Harris Incorporated has been working on. They’ve found that what really sets a house apart is in the details. Harris Inc.’s special niche is using highly sought after reclaimed wood to give their projects a one-of-a-kind look. The wood they use has been carefully disassembled and reserved from barns and other time-tested structures, including a Vermont covered bridge. They’ve also used Mushroom Wood, the organically sculpted wood reclaimed from the bedding bins of mushroom growing facilities. Reclaimed wood is used as flooring, ceiling beams, doors and wall treatments. Grown in and harvested from a natural environment, this wood is both durable and strong. Its long history gives it a unique aged appearance and color that would be difficult to mimic with modern materials. “It really adds a lot of warmth and personal character to a home,” said Keith Harris, owner of Harris Inc. He scours the country for antique hardware, and has approximately 100 sets of reclaimed hardware to choose from when building

architectural elements including sliding barn doors. “You really get a pretty good bang for your buck out of it,” he said. Harris built his own house when he was 23 years old. It was the first house he’d ever built but he enjoyed the process so much that he went on to open Harris Incorporated in 1997. While renovating existing homes is the majority of their business, the

crew, which has an average of 27 years’ experience, is also certified aging-in-place builders. “Every project we do, we can add those elements in and look at it from that perspective,” said Harris. This means ensuring that door widths are large enough to accommodate wheelchairs and that the proper safety equipment is installed. They also have done light commercial work, as well. In

2015, they replaced the large roof at The Presbyterian- New England Congregational Church on Circular Street in Saratoga Springs and will be doing some façade work there later this year. Praised for their quality workmanship, Harris said people also appreciate his flexibility and desire to make the entire process as stress-free as possible. “I don’t mind starting right from the ground floor

and when we get into a project, I have no problem making changes,” he said. Offering a free personalized consultation, Harris Inc. endeavors to do those projects that will make your home feel complete. “When they have an idea – call us – the sooner, the better,” said Harris. For more information call 518-260-4898 or go to http://


Week of April 7 – April 13, 2017

Unraveling the Mysteries of Interior Design

by Megin Potter for Saratoga TODAY When shopping for your home, sometimes the only thing harder than finding something you like can be figuring out where to put it. “Especially in the Spring, everyone wants something fresh and new,” said Shelly Walker. As an interior designer and owner of Finishing Touches Home Décor in Wilton, she helps find unique items for your home and also helps you find the best way to arrange them in your space. “I think what people are looking for now is an open concept. They don’t want the space to be chopped up into little rooms,” she said. Light and bright is the theme echoing throughout today’s most desirable designs. The floorplans begin in the kitchens, with their open shelving and quartz countertops, are expanding enjoyment into the living areas decorated with whites, greys, and neutral tones, and are even extending into the outdoors to create comfortable seasonal spaces. “Simpler is more what people are going for,” said Walker. Winner of numerous awards for her design work in the Capital Region Builders and Remodelers Parade of Homes and the Saratoga Builders

Showcase of Homes, she has completed everything from entire home designs, to roomby-room re-stylings, and is currently working on the lobby and public gathering areas in model condominium developments. “I always try to make each of my houses unique. What I’m doing this year is definitely different than last year,” said Walker. One thing that never changes, however is the question that Walker asks each client at the beginning of every consultation: “What do you want the space to be used for, and how do you want it to function?” At times the solution can include something as simple as moving a lamp that is the wrong size for an end table, or removing a sofa that is blocking the flow into a room and replacing it with four chairs, an arrangement more conducive to conversation. “Sometimes when I go into a house, things are placed here and there and all over. People, whether they know it or not, have a certain style that carries through from room to room, and I can definitely find that,” said Walker. New indoor and outdoor furniture and accessories are now coming into the Finishing Touches showroom from Walker’s recent trip to the NY Now wholesale home décor and lifestyle show. The store is

Shelly Walker. Photo provided.

located in a remodeled church that dates back to 1885. While its wide plank flooring and beautiful chandeliers retain its original character, a giant 42” touchscreen television gives customers the modern technology that allows them to browse through a wide selection of special order products. “There are a lot of great, unique things to choose from,” said Walker. Finishing Touches Home Décor is open Wed.-Sat. from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 217 Ballard Road in Wilton. Conveniently located off I-87 (Exit 16) in the former church next to Scotty’s Restaurant, there is plenty of parking available. For more information call 518-584-1490, find them at, or visit

Witt Construction Best Interior Design. Photo provided.

2017 Showcase 9 Burnham Road. Photo provided.

Joseph Street Sunroom. Photo provided.

Outdoor Living. Photo provided.

30 BALLSTON SPA 29 Fruitwood Dr., $231,450. Dale and Denise VanSickle sold property to Mary and Danielle McCaskey. 77 Sweet Rd., $540,000. Stephen and Ryan Krampert sold

PROPERTY TRANSACTIONS property to Joshua and Jennifer Billings and Mark and Rosann englebretson. 128 Church St., $222,500. Laurie and Edwin Hersh sold property to Ryan and Jessica Meade.

CHARLTON 19 Cortland Ave., $179,900. Gary Plasencia, Jr. sold property to Nicollo and Nicole Maddalone.

CLIFTON PARK 22 Haystack Road East, $101,000. Andrew and Deborah MacIntosh (by Ref ) sold property to Richard Solosky. 97 Dubois Lane, $212,000. Frank Alan (by Ref) sold property to Trustco Bank. 15 Stoney Creek Dr., $166,000. Maryann Cornwell sold property to Kathryn Farris. 4 Hampshire Place, $298,000. Roy Satzman and Brita Nelson sold property to Eric McTighe. 7 Kimberly Ct., $10,000. Jason Browe (by Ref ) sold property to Deutsche Bank Trust Company America (as Trustee). 32 Saddle Creek Circle, $790,545. Bridlewood Ridge DBA sold property to Nicholas and Jennifer Bennice.

Week of April 7 – April 13, 2017 45 Balsam Way, $485,248. Heritage Builders Group LLC sold property to Eugene and Maryann Boehringer.

CORINTH 122 Maple St., $95,000. Louis McArthur, Jr. sold property to Jared and Laurie Haines. 118 Walnut St., $148,000. CCD Property Solutions Inc. sold property to Stacy and Michael Behan, Jr.

GREENFIELD 16 Main St./15 Park Ave., $154,000. Kenneth Kohl sold property to Angelo and Erin Spinetta. 211 Daketown Rd., $269,000. Jennifer Bashant (as Trustee) sold property to Steven Shaw. 6, 8 and 15 Humes Rd., $207,000. Casey Cornell sold property to Cartier Construction Co. LLC.


4 Pine Hill Bend, $450,000. Nermina Ibralic sold property to Claire and Dow Weiman.

9 Fairview Rd., $155,000. Nicholas Denno sold property to Sean McCleary.

1858 Hwy 9, $134,802. Fannie Mae sold property to Brittany and Michele Grudecki.

4081 Rockwell St., $125,500. Vance and Anna Plante sold property to Melanie Locke.

7 Westchester Ct., $163,500. Grace Hastings sold property to Justin Berdar.

HALFMOON 2 Generals Way, $197,900. Dana Moraci (as Trustee) sold


Week of April 7 – April 13, 2017 property to Michael Janucik.


55 Dormie Ave., $283,6778. Fairways of Halfmoon LLC sold property to Anthony Antonecchia.

16 Fletcher Ave., $100,000. Kathryn Hills (by Co-Execs) sold property to Alison Minoogian.

3 Gorsline Dr., $454,015. Marini Land II Inc. sold property to Brendan and Kristen Nielsen.

110 Dunning St., $220,000. Capital District Ventures LLC sold property to John and Corrine Price.

6 Bent Grass Dr., $310,000. Sarah Clark sold property to Frank and Mary DeGraw.

81 Snowberry Rd., $156,900. Mark McDonald sold property to Teli Chen.

7 Chester Dr., $409,000. Marini Homes LLC sold property to Gaolong Jin and Qi Wang. Lot 3 Victor Dr., $398,753. Hodorowski Homes LLC sold property to Nicola and Michael Tate, Jr. 10A Pointe West Dr., $256,395. Pointe West Townhomes of Halfmoon LLC sold property to Mohamed Salama. 10 Barn Owl Place, $451,568. Barbara Homes and Development Inc. sold property to Zhou Fang and Danni Chen. 1858 Hwy 9, $134,802. Fannie Mae sold property to Brittany and Michele Grudecki. 26 Upper Newton Rd., $359,900. James and Donna Monroe sold property to Elaine Morcone and Lyle Champagne. 106 Route 236, $95,227. Citimortgage Inc. sold property to Stephen Rousseau and Jonathan Elkind. 4 Spice Mill Blvd., $385,000. Tracy and Ann King sold property to Insoo Jung and Jihyun Im. 9 Horizon Dr., $420,000. Matthew Schwartz and Rachel Leimbach sold property to Sondra and Dylan Sample.

MILTON 10 Conan Run, $50,000. Geyser Road LLC sold property to Joseph Mitchell. 2 Knollwood Hollow, $218,000. Patricia Mabie sold property to Walter and Joan Kopczuk. 331 Northline Rd., $326,400. Basil and Donna Dobush sold property to Michaela Serseloudi. 18 Frederick Lane, $195,000. Adept Real Estate Group LLC sold property to Robert Woodard. 30 Red Coach Trail, $183,685. Debra and William Clabeaux (by Ref) sold property to Christina Trust (DBA).

MOREAU 6 Third St., $45,000. Christina Trust DBA (by Atty) sold property to Jourdan Darrow and Jessica Dupont. 6 Park Dr., $185,000. Andrew and Sandra Chadwick sold property to James Krywy and Darlene Gould.

SARATOGA SPRINGS 38 High Rock Ave., Garage #2. $120,000. High Rock condominiums LLC sold property to Chestnut 1204KR LLC.

52 Winners Circle, $247,000. Kevin and Loretta Crotty sold property to Maria and Christine Pietro. 32 Andrews St., $360,000. Carol Pulver, Augustus Ross III, Barbara RossCassidy sold property to Shafer and Tara Gaston. 43 Central Ave., $470,000. Matthew and Tracey Dooley sold property to Nicholas Magina. 5 Dublin Square Lane, $326,000. Daria Botten sold property to Constance Contompasis. 453 Broadway, $200,000. CNL APF Partners LP sold property to Jays Acquisitions LLC. 289 Jefferson St. Unit 22. $269,900. Brandon Ditty sold property to Christopher Wilson and Shannon McCarthy. 5 Spring St., Unit 302, $322,500. Broadway Spring Corp. sold property to Raymond and Karen Iveson. 24 Joshua Rd., $799,977. DCD Holdings LLC sold property to Eileen Wood and Jeffrey Swick. 64 Sarazen St., Rear, $389,900. Barbara Eaton sold property to John and Susan Colucci. 280 West Circuloar St., $85,000. Adam Siano sold property to DGD Holdings LLC. 6 Southpoint Rd., $625,000. James and Lisa Fogo sold property to Marisa Wolff. 24 Wampum Dr., $228,000. Black Horse Development LLC sold property to

Michael and Heather Steiert.

STILLWATER 991 Hudson Ave., $161,000. Kyle and Victoria MacKenzie sold property to Edwin and Donna Burmaster. 939 Hudson Ave., $158,801. Robert Sedwick (by Ref ) sold property to Beyah Holdings LLC.

31 8 Broughton Lane, $99,292. Nancy Messercola sold property to Shaari Feldman. 19 Native Dancer Lane, $284,000. Gregory and Sally Wilson sold property to Frank and Helen Rosales.

WILTON 3 Heather Dr., $340,000. GRSW Stewart Real Estate Trust sold property to Patricia Brunder.


Week of April 7 – April 13, 2017

Pansies…A Sure Sign of Spring

by Peter Bowden for Saratoga TODAY I love it when the cold loving pansies arrive at the garden center! The name ‘Pansy’ comes from the French word ‘pensee’ which means ‘to think’. In the

Victorian language of flowers, pansies indicate merriment and “thinking of you.” Since their flowers look so much like little faces, it is easy to attribute little personalities to them. They do look merry, don’t they? While there is little hope that you could get a marigold or geranium to survive the many frosts of April, pansies and violas not only survive these cold days of early spring, they actually thrive in the cold. Frost won’t even damage the dainty blossoms of these little tough guys. After a long flower-less winter, pansies will be a welcome sight indeed! In the past, violas and pansies were considered biennials meaning that during the first year of growth from seeds, no flowers

are produced. It is only during the second year that flowers would appear. Plant breeders have now developed pansies that will flower during the first year of growth from seed. They will also survive winter in sheltered locations so you can expect your pansies and violas to put on their show for a couple of years. If you let them go to seed, you may get to enjoy them even longer, although they do cross pollinate so you may get flowers far different from the ones you originally planted.

Pansies are bred from the smaller-flowered violas and tend to revert to the smaller viola flower from generation to generation. I love this kind of little surprise in the garden so some pansies usually follow me home from the garden center every spring. What better way to chase those winter blues away. A cousin of the pansies and violets is the wild violets you may find growing in your lawn. They can be violet in color but also white or even

speckled. A friend gave us a couple of the speckled ones a decade or so ago and now they have spread throughout the lawn mixing with the blue and white ones that were already there...I feel a little bad when I have to mow them but it doesn’t seem to hinder their gradual takeover of the lawn. Make sure to add some pansies to your early spring garden. They’ll keep you smiling for years to come. Thanks for the read.


Week of April 7 – April 13, 2017

Easter Egg Hunt Hop in for our annual Easter Egg Hunt on April 15 at 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. or 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. The event will include a fun make and take craft-time, a special visit from the Easter Bunny, and of course, the egg hunt. Light refreshments will be served. Must register by April 10 for this event at www.maltaparksrec. com or call the Malta Community Center at 518-899-4411. Genealogy and Local History Heritage Hunters of Saratoga County will meet on Saturday, April 15 at 1 p.m. at the Town of Saratoga Town Hall, corner of Rt. 4 and Rt. 29 in Schuylerville. Devin Lander, New York State Historian, will be the program speaker. Devin was previously Executive Director of the Museum Association of New York where he worked with historical organizations throughout the state. In other positions, he has been a project archivist for special collections at SUNY Albany, and a Staff Coordinator for the Historic Hudson–Hoosic Rivers Partnership. He will speak about his current position as NYS Historian, his recent projects and his many goals. Public is welcome. For information call 518-587-2978. Southern Saratoga Artists’ Society The April meeting of SSAS will be held on Monday, April 17, 6:30 p.m. at Clifton Park Senior Community Center and features area watercolorist, Kevin Kuhne. Kevin has taught for many years both watercolor and drawing at South Colonie Adult Education Program. He is a graduate of SUNY New Paltz with a B.S. in Art Education. Kevin displays his paintings throughout the greater capital region and has earned many awards. The public is invited to attend. For more information, visit: Annual Garage Sale The Milton Grange will hold its annual garage sale on April 22 on Rock City Falls Road in Ballston Spa from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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. Please call Tony at 518-584-8550 to make donation arrangements. Book Launch Celebration Join us on Sunday, April 23 from 2 to 4 p.m. for refreshments, music, and book signing. All are welcome at the newly renovated Café Lena located at 43 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 518-587-6433. The book: “Escaping the Lion and the Leopard” - A riveting story, starting in Eritrea, Africa by Ellie Porte Parker - This story has a special relevance to Saratoga Springs as part of it takes place here. Admission is free. For more information, contact: Concert to Honor Dr. David Wasser The Saratoga Chamber Players return to the United Methodist Church, Fifth Avenue & Henning Road on April 23 at 3 p.m. with a program in honor of Dr. David Wasser who retired after almost 30 years of distinguished and varied service to all facets of the organization. The concert will feature the voice of soprano Charlotte Dobbs with songs by Schubert and Shostakovich’s “Seven Romances on Verses by Alexander Blok for soprano, violin, cello and piano. The program also includes Schubert’s Piano Trio in B flat Major, op. 99 with SCP regulars, cellist Eliot Bailen and SCP Artistic Director/violinist Jill Levy, and with pianist Renana Gutman. Adults: $20; Seniors: $18; Students: $15; Children are admitted free of charge. The concert is underwritten by a large group of friends and supporters of David Wasser and by a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency. Tickets may be purchased on-line at http://www. voice-piano-strings-beckon/ or at the door. Havurah Vatik April Event An African Photo-Safari, Tuesday, April 25, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. The Accidental Tourist, you don’t need to leave town to enjoy the African adventure of a lifetime. Dr. Robert Steinberger’s photographs and thrilling stories of encounters

in South Africa, Botswana, and Zimbabwe will delight you. Please RSVP by April 19. Call the Temple Sinai Havurah Vatik reservation line at 518-584-8730, ext. 4. Care Links Volunteer Open House Care Links of Southern Saratoga County recruits volunteers from the community and matches them with seniors who need non-medical assistance. We are in need of assistance in the Ballston, Charlton, Malta area. We have an immediate need for volunteer drivers, as transportation is a critical need for area seniors. We invite anyone who is interested in learning more about this program to join us on Wednesday, April 26 from 10:30 to noon at the Burnt Hills Library located at 2 Lawmar Lane in Burnt Hills. Light refreshments will be served. To reserve your place, please call Care Links at 518-3993262 Scouts to Honor Frank Parillo and Larry Gordon with Good Scout Award The Twin Rivers Council Boy Scouts will hold their Saratoga Good Scout Dinner on April 27 at the Saratoga Springs City Center. This event will honor Larry and Frank for their outstanding community service and demonstration of the Scouting values of character, leadership, and service. The event, which includes a silent auction, starts with a reception at 6 p.m. followed by dinner/program at 7 p.m.. Tickets are $125 per person and can be obtained at http://www.trcscouting. org/Events/SaraGoodScout. Proceeds will support Scouting in the Saratoga area. For more information, contact John Koch at 518-644-4438 or saratogascouter@ . Sustainable Saratoga’s Tree Toga #6 Tree Hosts and Tree Planters Needed. Sustainable Saratoga’s Urban Forestry Project will be planting 35 trees on the morning of Saturday, April 29. Funded by generous donors to Sustainable Saratoga and by the City of Saratoga Springs this semi-annual event is fun for all. Volunteers like you are the key to the success of this annual event. With your help, we Saratogians can grow a green legacy that will benefit our great

33 city for decades to come. Please volunteer by sending us an email at treetoga6 . We need three types of volunteers: Tree Planters - a great family activity. Have fun being part of a spirited horde of tree planters, from about 9:30 a.m. to noon on the morning of Saturday, April 29. Tree Hosts - get a free tree at your house. Volunteer to host a street tree in front of your house. Enjoy nurturing the young tree for the first two years, especially by keeping it watered during hot dry spells. General Event Assistance - Help behind the scenes, to organize for April 29 or to help with registration, etc. at the planting event. To volunteer, or if you have questions, email us by visiting www. Fighting for Mya Fundraiser The American Legion Post 234, located at 23 Pleasant St., Ballston Spa, will host a fundraiser for 15-year-old sophomore, Mya, who was recently diagnosed with stage 4 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. This benefit will take place on April 29, 2017 at 2p.m. All support will be greatly appreciated. Treasure or Trash? Antique expert Mark Lawson of Mark Lawson Antiques and sponsor of Antiques Road Show will be doing an evaluation of your antiques and other items of interest on May 6 at 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Malta Community Center located at One Bayberry Rd. in Malta. Everyone will get to hear the appraisal/evaluation of each interesting item or fantastic finding. Pre-register by April 21 to bring an item to be appraised or come to watch. We are limited to 40 items, so register early. Visit www. or call 518-8994411 for more information. Care Links Fundraiser Hilton Garden Inn, Clifton Park, will be the site for the 13th Annual Luncheon to support Care Links of Southern Saratoga County, on Thursday, May 11. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. to provide time to examine the raffle items with lunch served beginning at 12:30 p.m. Care Links is a program where volunteers are recruited from the community, are trained and matched with seniors who need non- medical assistance. Ticket price is $25

and the menu is Garden Salad, Chicken Francaise with Rice Pilaf Green Beans, Ice Cream topped with strawberries and Coffee or Tea. Tickets may be purchased at Community Human Services (543 Saratoga Road, Glenville), the Clifton Park Town Hall, the Clifton Park Senior Center, the Halfmoon Senior Center, Healthplex Fitness (1673 Route 9, Halfmoon), and the Malta Town Hall. 7th Annual Baskets for Ben Fundraiser Ben’s Fund helps children with need in 32 schools in conjunction with Warren, Washington and Saratoga Counties! Baskets for Ben benefits the Ben Osborn Memorial Fund, a regional non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization which was created in loving memory of our Cpl. Benjamin D. Osborn of Queensbury. Ben was killed during combat operations in Kunar Province, Afghanistan on June 15, 2010 while serving in the United States Army during Operation Enduring Freedom. The benefit will be held on May 12 at the Queensbury Hotel in beautiful downtown Glens Falls. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. The auction begins at 6:30 p.m. For additional information, please contact: William D. Osborn, President, Ben Osborn Memorial Fund, 518-792-4514. All Veterans Volunteers Needed The Saratoga National Cemetery Honor Guard Association provides military burial ceremonies for all branches of service at the Saratoga National Cemetery. We are always looking for veterans to join us, no matter what branch you served in (male or female) you must have been honorably discharged. We will provide our uniform (at no cost) and training. You can choose which day of the week ( MondayFriday ) that you want to be there. For information go to our web site or contact Mark Brockway at reconplt260@, phone 518-2609933 or contact the Cemetery Administration Office located at 200 Duell Road, Schuylerville, NY 12871, Phone 518-581-9128.

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Family Friendly Event

Friday, April 7 Annual Rummage Sale and Soup Sale Charlton Freehold Presbyterian Church, 768 Charlton Rd., Charlton, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. The sale will also take place on Saturday, April 8, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. All proceeds benefit the Deacon’s Fund. There will be many varieties of soups both refrigerated and frozen at $7 per quart. For more information, call 518-399-4831 or email office@

Fish Fry Fridays Fish Creek Rod and Gun Club, Route 32 south of the village of Victory, 4:30 – 7 p.m. Fish Fry Friday will continue each Friday of the month. Menu: fried fish, fried clams, fried chicken tenders, popcorn shrimp, buffalo shrimp, and clam chowder by the bowl or by the quart. Eat in at our club house or to call ahead for take-out 518-695-3917. Everyone is welcome.

Lenten Fish Fry Saratoga Knights of Columbus, 50 Pine Road, 5 – 7 p.m. Every Friday during Lent through April 14. Cost $10 at the door, Takeouts $11. For more information call 518-584-8547.

Tango Fusion’s Open House Newberry Music Hall, 388 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 7 p.m. New student may take one complimentary class. No partner or experience necessary. Beginning at 7 p.m. - All levels Bachata, 8 p.m. Beginner Salsa and Intermediate Salsa. Students may stay after class and dance to a DJ and enjoy drinks and food from the bar. For more information go to www. or call 518932-6447.


Week of April 7 – April 13, 2017

Saturday, April 8

Tang Family Saturdays

Monday, April 10

Food Drive to Benefit Greenfield Food Pantry

Tang Museum, Skidmore Campus, Saratoga Springs, 2 – 3:30 p.m. Pop-up Paper Sculpture - We will learn some simple pop-up techniques, and then make some wild and surprising combinations hidden inside a folder. Free and open to the public. Reservations are strongly suggested by calling 518580-8080.

Take Control of Your Chronic Condition

Stewart’s Shop, Greenfield Center, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Items needed are sugar free items for diabetics, personal care items or toiletries, spices, crackers, or tortillas, soups, canned meats or jerky, socks (assorted sizes), canned fruit (any variety), diapers and diaper rash ointment, baby food and baby care items.

Defensive Driving Class First Baptist Church, 45 Washington St., Saratoga Springs, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. New York State approved. Save 10 percent on your base auto insurance for the next three years and receive up to 4 points off your driving record according to New York State Department of Motor Vehicle guidelines. Fee $35.00. Bring a friend and fee is $30.00 each. A portion of the fee goes to First Baptist Church. Registration required and can be made by calling Ray Frankoski at 518-286-3788.

Easter Craft Fair Fundraiser Knights of Columbus, 50 Pine St., Saratoga Springs, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Lou Gehrig’s Disease Awareness - All proceeds donated to St. Peter’s ALS Regional Center.

Benefit Spaghetti Dinner American Legion, 34 West Ave., Saratoga Springs, 2 – 6 p.m. Gail Holland, a long-time American Legion Auxiliary member, has recently been diagnosed with breast cancer. We are holding this fundraiser to help alleviate some of their financial burden. Donations kindly accepted (make payable to American Legion Auxiliary). There will be raffles, gift baskets and 50/50 drawing. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for ages 3-12 (in advance or at the door).

Concert by Skidmore Community Chorus Zankel Music Center, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, 2 p.m. $8 adults, $5 senior citizens and Skidmore community, free for students and children. For ticket information call 518-5805321 or go to zankel

Notre Dame Visitation Church Annual Spaghetti Dinner American Legion, 6 Clancy St., Schuylerville, 5 p.m. Seatings are 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. and take outs are available. Cost is $12 per person; children 10 & under $6. Please contact Bonnie Merrill at 518-695-3972 or Pat Temple at 518507-6308 for tickets. All proceeds to benefit the renovations of the Notre Dame Visitation Church. Please support us.

The Irresistibility of Historic Preservation Corinth Central School, 105 Oak St., Corinth, 6 p.m. A dynamic presentation by the Executive Director of Adirondack Architectural Heritage, Steven Engelhart, recognized as one of the most effective preservation organizations in the nation. Free.

Ballston Area Senior Monthly Dance Milton Community Center, 310 Northline Rd. Ballston Spa, 7 – 10 p.m. There is a $5.00 entrance fee for non-member. The dance is open to the public and ample free parking. Member are asked to bring a snack to be shared. The Countrymen Band, will be providing the music. Check out our web page, www.

Sunday, April 9 Monthly Breakfast Fish Creek Rod and Gun Club, Route 32 South of the village of Victory, 8 – 11 a.m. Eggs cooked to order, bacon, sausage, toast (white or wheat), pancakes (regular, blueberry, buckwheat, apple cinnamon), French toast, home fries, orange juice, coffee, tea, hot chocolate. Cost: adult $8, child $4. Everyone is welcome. For more information call 518-695-3917.

Milton Community Center, 310 Northline Rd., Ballston Spa, 1 – 1:30 p.m. The Chronic Disease SelfManagement Program is an amazing evidence-based workshop created by Stanford University enabling those living with chronic disease to regain control of their lives. Participants will receive a free book entitled, “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions.” This is a free, lifechanging, 6-week workshop series. Please call Jen Buscema at 518-8844110 for more information and to register for the workshop.

Thorobred Toastmasters Saratoga Regional YMCA, 290 West Ave, Saratoga Springs, 6 – 7 p.m. Develop and grow - both personally and professionally. Join a community of learners, and learn by doing. Whether you’re an executive or stay-at-home parent, a college student or retiree, you will improve yourself; building skills to express yourself in a variety of situations. Give better work presentations; lead meetings - and participating in them - more confidently; speaking more smoothly off the cuff; even handling one-on-one interactions with family, friends and colleagues more positively. Visit us at:

Tuesday, April 11 Lyme Disease Anonymous Queensbury Methodist Church, 460 Aviation Rd., Queensbury, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 12 Step guidelines provide anonymity and a safe place for sharing and encouragement. The meetings will be held the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. Call 518796-5478 for more information.

Hop Into Spring Luncheon Longfellows Restaurant, 500 Union Ave. (Rt. 9P), Saratoga, Noon – 2 p.m.

All women are invited to attend. Cost is $15 inclusive. Our special feature, Suzanne Balet-Haight from Balet Flowers & Design, will discuss new and interesting plants and flowers for spring. Our Speaker, Eileen Banks from Rome, NY will talk about The Wonderful Life and will provide music. Reservations are required by April 6. Please call Ellie at 518-584-3779 or Anita at 518-583-4043 No membership or dues required. Presented by, Saratoga Christian Women’s Club.

Concert: “Saratoga Sings of Art and Inspiration” Tang Museum, Skidmore College Campus, 7 p.m. Opera Saratoga presents a free concert inspired by great artists and works of art. For more information call 518-580-8080.

Wednesday, April 12 Ballston Area Seniors Pickin’ Sessions Milton Community Center, 310 Northline Rd., Ballston Spa, 6:30 9:30 p.m. Free to the public, ample free parking and please bring a snack to be shared. Amateur / professional musicians, Check out our web page, www.

Thursday, April 13 Local Author to Talk about Living with Lyme Disease Round Lake Library, 1 Bayberry Dr., Malta, 6:30 p.m. Helen Brecker will hold a talk based on her new book “Living with Lyme Disease.” Ms. Brecker is a Certified Eden Energy Medicine practitioner and has served as a Teaching Assistant for Donna Eden. Her book is a wonderful reference manual with succinct, cogent explanations geared toward those who do not respond to conventional treatments. If you or someone you know has suffered from Lyme disease, this evening is for you. If you have any questions, please contact the library at 518682-2495.

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Week of April 7 – April 13, 2017

HMT Hosts Spring ’17 Benefit SARATOGA SPRINGS — Home Made Theater, the resident theater company of Saratoga Springs, hosted its annual Spring Benefit on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at the Spa Little Theater in Saratoga Spa State Park.

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The fundraiser included live music, a silent auction, hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, and a scavenger hunt around the theater while interacting with the Skidmore Circus Club and other entertainers.

Johnny Martinez and Diane Lachtrupp.

HMT performers Emma Fuhrmeister, Andrea Burger, Dawn Oesch, Nicole Mecca, Hollie Miller, Steve Singley, Nick Gatzendorfer.

Josh Krushenick and Maureen Sager.

Honorary Chairs Tom and Roberta Stock.

Camille Machiels, Antigone Scaperdas, Jolynn DuBois.

Skidmore Circus Club performers.

Founding HMT General Manager Susan Miller with HMT Production Manager Stacie Barnes.

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Skidmore Art Professor Presents Art Awards

“Time Travel,” by Marian Ross.

GLENS FALLS — NorthCountryARTS will hold a reception and awards ceremony for its annual juried art exhibition, “Visions,” from 5 to 8pm on Saturday, April 8 at the Shirt Factory Gallery, 71 Lawrence St Victoria Palermo, sculptor and art professor at Skidmore

College and juror for the show will present three major awards: Gold - $750, Platinum -$500 and Silver - $250. There were 127 pieces of art submitted to the exhibition and 53 pieces were chosen. Artists from all over New York State applied for this show. The exhibition will run til April 29.

Tang Museum Exhibition pairs Sun Ra's Archives with Contemporary Performances SARATOGA SPRINGS — Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College presents “Art Forms of Dimensions Tomorrow: Sound, Black Study, and the Multidisciplinary Artist,” featuring two nights of performances on April 13 and 14. The program pairs the early art and archives of Sun Ra with contemporary sonic and sound-inspired artworks. Ra, though best known for evoking the outer spaceways in his music, also made key philosophical, poetic, and visual contributions that have inspired movements in Afrofuturism and Afrosurrealism.

The exhibition stems from “Black Studies, Sound, and Technology,” a seminar taught by Professor Adam Tinkle, in which, taking cues from Ra’s boundless intermedia practice, students attend to the aurality of poetry, the wordless speech of improvisation, and the musicality of film. The exhibition culminates in two nights of performance that intermix all these media, featuring spoken, sonic, and visual art by emerging and established legends of the avant-garde. In addition to Sun Ra’s artwork, the exhibition includes work by Tim Rollins and K.O.S., and

Ouattara Watts, and Terry Adkins’s video Flumen Orationis (From the Principalities), 2012, that pairs Jimi Hendrix’s music with Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Why I Am Opposed to the War in Vietnam” speech, which was given 50 years ago on April 4, 1967. Guests artists include Joe McPhee, Chris Corsano, & Ephraim Asili, whose performances start at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 13; and Matana Roberts and Kamau Patton, starting 8 pm Friday, April 14. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, call 518-580-8080 or visit http://tang.

Celebration of Spring in Congress Park Sunday Honors Memory of Saratoga Springs Graduate SARATOGA SPRINGS — A celebration of spring featuring the Easter Bunny and city Mayor Joanne Yepsen will be held April 8 at Congress Park, where Taylor’s Heroes will host an annual “Egg-Stravaganza.” The event features an Easter Egg Hunt, games, a silent auction, face and nail painting, story readings and more. The Carousel will be open, and there will be a separate egg hunt area for those aged 5 and under. The Egg-Stravaganza benefits Taylor’s Heroes, a Saratoga Springs based non-profit offering free programs in fitness and nutrition for kids 8-18 founded in memory of David Taylor Miller, who was killed in June 2010, when a suicide bomber attacked a checkpoint he guarded

at Lar Sholtan village in northeast Afghanistan. He was 19 years old. Taylor’s Heroes is a non-profit organization created in 2011 in memory of the 2009 Saratoga Springs High School graduate. “The whole idea behind the charity is to help children get fit and learn the basics of nutrition while they have a lifetime to enjoy the benefits,” explained Leslie Miller, board president and the mother of Taylor. Miller and a board of advisors came up with a plan of action to help kids and teens establish healthy eating and exercise habits they can carry through their lifetime. The curriculum centers around a free 14-week fitness and nutrition program for children

ages 8 through 18. Participants are given a free membership to the Saratoga Regional YMCA for three months; weekly group personal training; the opportunity to try any two sports; nutrition and cooking classes with their family; a food diary to track daily diet and activity; and an opportunity to win prizes at the completion of the program. Tickets are $10 for children 2-12 years old. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance by visiting event/2495601. Rain date is 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 9. For more information on Taylor’s Heroes, visit, or call (518) 683-8425.

Arts Center Gallery Call for Submissions for 2018 SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Arts Center Gallery at Saratoga Arts is developing its 2018 exhibition season and invites artists working in any medium and individuals interested in submitting curatorial proposals to apply for consideration by an exhibitions review panel.

Artists will be considered for solo, two-person or small group exhibitions in the 2,000 square foot gallery space. Strong preference is given to artworks within a series or concept. Individuals who reside in Saratoga County and the eight surrounding counties are encouraged to apply.

The deadline to submit artworks for review is May 15. For more information about Saratoga Arts, visit www.saratoga-arts. org. For questions about the 2018 Call for Submissions, email: or call 518-584-4132.

Preservation Foundation Seeks Nominees for Recognition SARATOGA SPRINGS — Know a local project that reflects a commitment to preserving, promoting, and reusing historic buildings and landscapes? The Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation is requesting nominations for the 2017 Preservation Recognition Awards.

Projects must be located in the City of Saratoga Springs, but do not have to be located in a historic district. Projects will consider the exterior of private property and interior and exteriors of public spaces. The building or landscape must be 50 years or older, and the award may be given to individuals,

organizations, businesses or municipal representatives. To nominate a project, contact Nicole Babie, Membership & Programs Coordinator, by phone at 518-587- 5030, or email: Nominations must be submitted by Wednesday, April 26.


Week of April 7 – April 13, 2017

Weeklong Celebration of Poetry and the Spoken Word

ALBANY — For the 16th year, Albany Poets will present the Albany Word Fest featuring the poetry and spoken word of upstate New York. This year’s event will take place Monday, April 17 to Saturday, April 22. The annual celebration of National Poetry Month includes featured performances, a regional poetry slam, and the return of the Readings Against the End of the World – a 24-hour open mic. Events take place at a variety of venues across Albany. For

a detailed list, visit: Readings Against the End of the World started in 1984 as a fundraiser for the Albany Peace & Energy Council. The late, great Tom Nattell coordinated the event which took place on weekends around Earth Day. The “Readings Against the End of the World” event will kick off 7 p.m. Friday, April 21 at the Husted Hall Café on the UAbany Downtown campus, and will continue until Saturday, April 22.

“Godfather of British Blues” to perform at Cohoes Music Hall

John Mayall is coming to the Capital Region in June. Photo provided.

COHOES — John Mayall, whose bands have provided a breeding ground for musicians such as Eric Clapton, Peter Green, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac, and Mick Taylor of the Rolling Stones, will perform June 6 at

the Cohoes Music Hall. Tickets are $55, $48 & $42 and are on sale at the Cohoes Music Hall Box Office, 58 Remsen St, at Albany’s Palace Theatre Box Office, by phone at 518-465-4663 or online at

SPAC Annual Rock & Run Returns May 21 SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Performing Arts Center’s annual Rock & Run fundraiser will take place in the Saratoga Spa State Park on Sunday, May 21. The event encompasses a half-marathon, 5K and 10K, with live music performed along the route by local bands. The fundraiser also includes a Kids’ 50-Yard Dash and post-party on the SPAC lawn that is open to the public. Registration is available at “We invite families, runners, walkers and those who just want to enjoy the outdoors and some great music, to join us at SPAC on May 21,” said Elizabeth Sobol, President and CEO of SPAC, in a statement. “This unique event highlights all the best elements of the SPAC experience - live performances, nature, community and connection.” All proceeds raised at the Rock and Run benefit SPAC’s Vivienne Anderson program, an arts education initiative that

provides approximately 300 children each summer, many from disadvantaged backgrounds, with the opportunity to experience a live performance of the New York City Ballet at SPAC. The program is named for the late Vivienne Anderson, a champion of education and the arts who served as chair of SPAC’s volunteer fundraising committee, the Action Council. Bands performing at the Rock and Run include: Cosby Gibson, Diz, Immune Friction, Keller & Cannon, Legendary Losers, Missing Link, Pony in the Pancake, reaLation, The Long Bow Trio, Paradox Saints, OIO – Owls in Orbit, and Crush. Also featured this year is a Celebrity Cruises high-definition mobile cinema. The state-of-the-art, 91-seat cinema will offer guests a 15-minute cinematic experience and refreshments, as they watch a

3-D video of Celebrity’s newest class of ships in nearly a decade. The mobile cinema’s cross-country tour includes stops at many outdoor festivals. Other features of the Rock & Run include: performance/ moisture-wicking shirts for the first 750 pre-registered runners; tickets to SPAC’s Wine & Food Festival for the top male/ female finishers, and classical performances for the top three male and female finishers in each age category; finisher awards for all children participating in the 50 Yard Dash; free, post-race party with live music, refreshments and children’s activities. Advance registration for the event is available at spac. org. Kids’ 50 Yard Dash begins at 7:30 a.m. and participation cost is $5. All other events begin at 8 a.m.: 5K - $25, 10K$35, Half-marathon - $50. Registration fees increase after May 16.

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Flo Rida Leads Summer Jam into SPAC in June SARATOGA SPRINGS — Flo Rida, Sabrina Carpenter, Bebe Rexha, and Daniel Skye will stage a show at the Saratoga Performing arts Center on June 3 as part of FLY 92.3’s Summer

Jam 2017. Additional acts will be announced in the future. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 7 and are $65, $45, $35, $25 – and $20 lawn. Lawn

4-packs are $60 and tickets are available online at, Ticketmaster. com or Charge By Phone at 1-800-745-3000.

week of 4/7-4/13 friday, 4/7: Fennig’s All.Star String Band, 8 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022 Eric McMahon, 7:30/9:30pm @ Comedy Works — 275.6897 Fade to Blues, 8 pm @ Hudson River Music Hall — 832.3484 Mike O’Donnell, 7 pm @ Inn at Saratoga — 583.1890 Steve Lambert Quartet, 9 pm @ 9 Maple Avenue — 583.2582 Bohm Dialogue with Jeanine Ouderkirk, 9 pm @ One Caroline — 587.2026

Hot Club of Saratoga, noon @ The Merry Monk — 584.6665

monday, 4/10: Megan Houde, 6:30 pm @ Brook Tavern — 871.1473 Open Mic Night, 7 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022 Super Dark Collective Monday Series: Candy Ambulance, Frances Dean, 7:30 pm @ One Caroline — 587.2026

Primate Fiasco w/ Barika, 9:30 pm @ Putnam Den — 584.8066

tuesday, 4/11:

John Kribs, 8 pm @ The Parting Glass — 583.1916

Traditional Open Irish Session w/ Drank The Gold, 7 pm @ Inn at Saratoga — 583.1890

saturday, 4/8: Frank Wakefield Band, 8 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022

wednesday, 4/12:

Neal Herr and Friends, CD release party, 7 pm

@ Hudson River Music Hall — 832.3484

Recital: Carol Carroll’s Piano All.Stars, 7 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022

Redneck Soul, 7 pm @ Inn at Saratoga — 583.1890

Hot Club of Saratoga, 7 pm @ Hamlet + Ghost — 450.7287

John LeRoy Trio, 9 pm @ 9 Maple Avenue — 583.2582

Tim Wechgelaer & Chris Carey Acoustic Duo, 7:30 pm @ Inn at Saratoga — 583.1890

The North & South Dakotas with Yard Sale, 9 pm @ One Caroline — 587.2026 Strange Machines w/ Lord Electro, 9 pm @ Putnam Den — 584.8066 Eric McMahon, 7:30/9:30pm @ The Comedy Works — 275.6897 Forthlin Road, 8 pm @ The Parting Glass — 583.1916 Rob Aronstein, 7 pm @ Wishing Well — 584.7640

Masters of Nostalgia, 8:30 pm @ One Caroline — 587.2026 Irish Celtic Session, 7 pm @ The Parting Glass — 583.1916

thursday, 4/13: Dan Navarro and Darden Smith, 7 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022 Open Mic — every Thursday, 10 pm @ Circus Café — 583.1106

sunday, 4/9:

Phil Drum, 6 pm @ Inn at Saratoga — 583.1890

Ari Hest, 7 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022

Hot Club of Saratoga, 7 pm @ Mouzon House — 226.0014

Music for Life, A benefit for North Country Cystic Fibrosis patients, 1 pm @ Hudson River Music Hall — 832.3484

Rodeo Barons, 8 pm @ One Caroline — 587.2026

Jazz Jam Session, 7 pm @ One Caroline — 587.2026

Irish Celtic Session, 7 pm @ The Parting Glass — 583.1916

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Puzzles Across 1 Doorbell sound 5 Radio switch 9 Pop out of the CD player 14 “Young Frankenstein” helper 15 “Deck the Halls” syllables 16 Use crayons 17 “The West Wing” actor Alan 18 Fed. agent 19 Best way to sing 20 Keep in suspense 23 Maker of Fiesta Flats taco shells 24 Gorilla who learned sign language 25 “__ you for real?” 28 Half a Mork-to-Orson farewell 30 Symbol 32 Suffers from 35 Department store fixture 38 Tunnel effect 40 Actor’s prompt 41 “We gotta move!” 42 Shingle securer 47 Roulette bet 48 Like a spoiled child 49 Didn’t need to guess 51 Weekly NBC offering since 1975, briefly 52 Takes notice of 55 Like some country songs 59 It may be affixed to an email ... and, literally, what the last word of 20-, 35- and 42-Across can have 61 Drummer Ringo 64 Sheepish smile 65 First name in bike stunts 66 Japanese verse 67 Tupperware tops 68 Harvest 69 Kentucky Derby racer 70 Sporting weapon 71 Lacking, in Lorraine Down 1 Old way to place a collect call 2 Creepy admirer 3 Signal silently to 4 Sculptured, as an image 5 Kabul native 6 Wee one’s word 7 __ steak

See puzzle solutions on page 44

See puzzle solution on page 44 8 Tropical fruit 9 Political debate topic 10 “Fear of Flying” author Erica 11 Antlered animal 12 Two-time 1500-meter gold medalist Sebastian 13 Give it a whirl 21 “My stars!” 22 Maker of NORDLI furniture 25 Texas tourist spot 26 Fix a green 27 Revise 29 Shoreline protection gp. 31 Discreetly send a dupe email to 32 Chef’s flavorings 33 Oak-to-be 34 Sandbar 36 Lewis Carroll specialty

37 Security issue 39 Time and again, to a bard 43 “Honest!” 44 Kremlin rejection 45 Passionate 46 R-rated, perhaps 50 Thin cookies 53 Sharp-eyed flier 54 Rx, for short 56 Skin lotion brand 57 Collect incrementally 58 Sounds from a kennel 59 Sacred chests 60 Hole up 61 Librarian’s warning 62 Confucian “path” 63 Go public with

Writing the Right Word by Dave Dowling

Accuracy in word choice is a key to effective communication. In your daily writing and speaking, try to make sure you use the right word in the right place with the right spelling. By doing so, its effect will affect your communication in a positive way. This quick weekly tip will help you filter the confusion in some of our daily word choices. This Week: Veracious, Voracious Veracious means completely truthful or accurate. When the veracious child speaks, never doubt her honesty. Voracious means having an insatiable appetite. Since age 10, Tim has been a voracious reader of comics. Among children, the demand for chocolate is voracious. Dave Dowling is the author of The Wrong Word Dictionary and The Dictionary of Worthless Words. Both books are available from many book retailers, and signed copies can be obtained by contacting Dave at


Week of April 7 – April 13, 2017

Game, Set, Match: Saratoga Tennis Kicks Off with Decisive Win Photos by

by Thomas Kika Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — The air was seasonably mild and the afternoon sun was strong when the Saratoga Boys Tennis team’s spring season kicked off. Facing off against the visiting Shaker High School team on April 3, the air of confidence and friendship amongst the Saratoga Springs High School athletes was as relaxed as the weather. As each matchup was announced, the other members cheered and hollered as their teammate made his way to shake hands with his opponent for the day. Coming off last season, this team may have every reason to feel confident and at ease. “We ended up winning the section for the first time in the school’s history [last season],” head coach Tim O’Brien said. “It was a great year last year. We lost some important players from last year’s team, but we also have a lot of seniors this year that are gonna be very experienced.” Amongst these seniors, O’Brien singled out a few that seemed particularly promising going forward into the season. David Romano, who has been playing on Saratoga tennis teams since 8th grade and will

Senior Max Lee faces off against Shaker’s Cameron Germaine.

be attending Brown University next fall, was one of them, defeating Shaker’s Ashatash Valigar in two games, 6-1 and 6-3. Seungmin Kim was another of those seniors, a transfer from Texas a few seasons back, who defeated Niraj Shah in two games, 6-1 on both counts. This first match went decisively in the Blue Streak’s favor, with the Saratoga athletes winning in each of the nine match-ups, six

Senior David Romano dominates the Shaker competition.

singles and three doubles. In all, things look to be going well for another dominant season. Practice began indoors on

Senior Seungmin Kim goes over his opponent 6-1 in two games.

March 13, and have continued indoors for the past few weeks on account of weather. March 30 marked their first outdoor practice.

“It’s exciting to actually be out and enjoying the weather,” O’Brien said. See Full Tennis Results pg.45.



Week of April 7 – April 13, 2017

COMMUNITY SPORTS BULLETIN Ryan’s Run 2017 SARATOGA SPRINGS — The 11th Annual Ryan’s Run 5K will be held on May 20, 2017, at the Saratoga Spa State Park beginning at 9 a.m. The run is hosted by the Ryan Wersten MIOP Foundation, which raises money to support families affected by Malignant Infantile Osteopetrosis (MIOP), and to support the research and development of a cure. Ryan Wersten was the son of co-founders Barbara and Paul Werstern, and after being diagnosed with MIOP shortly after his birth, he passed away at six-months-old. For more information on the event, or to make a donation, go to

Blue Needs You 8K Run SARATOGA SPRINGS — The third annual “Blue Needs You” 8K run, Kids Fun Run, and Race Expo will be held this year on April 15. Proceeds from the event will go to support Code Blue Saratoga, an organization that provides emergency shelter for the homeless in cases of severe weather conditions. For more information on the event, go to

HIITs, Hills, & Hops Classic SARATOGA SPRINGS — Bailey’s Café in Saratoga Springs will be hosting its “HIITs, Hills, & Hops” fitness event on April 8. Attendees will be able to take part

in three back-to-back workouts, a brunch party, and a charity fundraiser for the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. The workouts will start with a “High Intensity (HIIT)” boot camp on the Bailey’s patio, continue with a run/walk that begins and ends at the Phila St. café, and finally conclude with a relaxing yoga session. Fees for entry range from $40 for the full workout experience, to $15 for those just interested in the brunch. Donations of any amount can also be made by those who do not wish to attend the event. For more information, got to www.

Recreation Department Spring Soccer SARATOGA SPRINGS — The recreation department’s 2017 spring soccer program is set to commence soon. The program is open to students in grades Pre K-12, will run from April 22-June 17. Players will be separated by grade and exposed to skill development based on age and skill level. Two volunteer coaches per team are needed at all levels. Sign up at the Saratoga Springs Recreation Center at 15 Vanderbilt Avenue Monday–Friday 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. – 7 p.m., or Sunday 12-6 p.m. For more information or to download forms, go to

Scottie’s Stampede BALLSTON SPA — Ballston Spa Central School District’s 2nd

annual Scottie’s Stampede 5K walk/run for education will be held on May 20 this year, starting at 9 a.m. at the district’s tennis courts on Garrett Road. The goal of the event is to bring students and their families together in physical activity, as well as raising funds for the Ballston Spa Partnership for Innovation in Education Fund. For more information on this event, go to www.

West Mountain Gear Swap QUEENSBURY — The 2nd annual West Mountain Gear Swap will be held on April 15 this year, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Those interested are encouraged to bring their bikes, kayaks, canoes, skis, or any other non-motorized outdoor gear to sell, while others will be able to purchase said items at discounted prices. For more information on this event, go to www.

West Mountain 2017/2018 Passes Discounted QUEENSBURY — Season passes for West Mountain 2017/2018 season are currently on sale, and if avid skiers purchase theirs before April 15 will get a discounted price as part of West Mountain’s Spring Sale. For more information or to purchase your pass, go to

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Recreation Department Playground Program SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Playground Program is a sevenweek program for ages 5-12. Physical and mental wellbeing will be promoted through daily recreational activities and socialization to keep children’s minds sharp and encourage creativity. Registration is March 20-May 15. Sign up at the Saratoga Springs Recreation Center at 15 Vanderbilt Avenue Monday–Friday 9 a.m. – 7p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. or Sunday 12-6 p.m. For additional information or to download forms go to

Recreation Department Drop-In Sessions
 SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Springs Recreation Department offers drop-in sessions in adult basketball, pickleball, racquetball and wallyball. Visit and click on Rec Center calendar for the latest schedule.
For additional information please call 518-587-3550 x2300 or email recreservations@

Recreation Department Zumba Fitness Classes SARATOGA SPRINGS — Teens 16 and up and adults are welcome to join. Session and dropin options are available. Sign up at 15 Vanderbilt Avenue Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. or

Sunday 12 to 6 p.m. For additional information or to download forms go to Contact the Recreation Department at 518-587-3550 x2300 or

Recreation Department Summer Clinics SARATOGA SPRINGS — Registration for 2017 summer clinics and programs at the Saratoga Springs Recreation Center begins April 10. A wide variety of programs will be offered. Early bird registration is from April 10 to June 19. For additional information, go to, or contact the Recreation Department at 518587-3550 x2300.

Golf League Sign-Up’s SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Lake Golf Club’s Summer League signup’s have been announced. Monday Senior League runs May 15-August 28; Tee Times starting at 9 a.m. Limited to 40 players. No golf Memorial Day or 4th of July Weekend. Monday COED League runs May 15-August 28; 5:30 p.m. shotgun each week. Limited to 72 players. No golf Memorial Day or 4th of July Weekend. Tuesday Ladies League runs May 16-August 29; Tee Times starting at 5 p.m. No golf 4th of July Weekend. Call 518-5818492 ext.100 to sign up or visit for more information.


Week of April 7 – April 13, 2017

Barnstorming, Only in America

by Damian Fantauzzi for Saratoga TODAY Back in the day when I was just out of college there were semipro football, basketball and baseball teams that engulfed the surrounding communities. I know there are still some of those programs, but they are few and far between. There are some softball, baseball, and very few, if any, football teams but it’s nothing like it used to be. Since basketball is my passion, let me touch on some of its history. I know there are people out there who can remember a very successful pro/semipro basketball team, the Schaefer

Brewers. The early history of the franchise had a different sponsor, out of Schenectady, the Wedekind Motors. The Brewers were formed during the late sixties through the early part of the seventies and they played locally at different high school gymnasiums, with some opponents of NBA fame. The Brewers’ roster was made up of well known local basketball stars, like All-American and former NY Knick, now retired Schenectady County Supreme Court Judge, Barry Kramer, a Linton High School All-American, who played at NYU, when it was D-1; Bill Telaskey of Albany who played at George Washington University in DC, who also had a brief stint with the Philadelphia 76ers, and was known locally for his success as the high school basketball coach at Christian Brothers Academy of Albany; Dave Bleau, D-3 All-American, originally from Little Falls, NY, and the former high school basketball coach at the now defunct Mount Pleasant High School of Schenectady, who later became Athletic Director at Mohonasen High School before retiring; Joe

Geiger, from Waterford who played at Troy Catholic, CCHS, during the late fifties and early 60s, was a graduate and basketball star from Xavior University, and later the boys’ basketball coach at Troy High School; the late Gary Przybylo, from Linton, now Schenectady High School, started at the University of Michigan; Phil Schoff from St. Johnsville, played at Syracuse and a had a brief stint with the Milwaukee Bucks in the late 60s; and, Armand Reo of Waterford who played for Troy Catholic and who was a teammate of Joe Geiger, Reo starred at Notre Dame in the early 60s. There are more local players with collegiate experience who played for the Brewers, but these were the mainstay of the roster. Some opponents who played against the local pro team included Cazzie Russell, Elvin Hayes, Dave Bing, and Calvin Murphy. Those of us who remember the Brewers and saw them play can also recall the large crowds that they drew. I had a brief stint with the Brewers, but I mainly played for a team out of Greenwich, the Greenwich Legion. We were a

team developed by the then wellknown Greenwich local sports mainstay, Sarge Jennings. Our team consisted of local coaches with a college basketball background. Besides myself, we had Mike Lilac of Stillwater who played for Ithaca College; the late Johnny Travers, who coached at Greenwich and who was a high school standout at Saratoga High; Howard Dewey coached at Hoosick Falls and starred and played college basketball at Castleton State College in Vermont; Ken Slonas, assistant coach at RPI, who later coached at SUNY Oswego; and finally, my friend Jeff Hazard who played for and starred at St Peter’s High School in Saratoga, now Saratoga Catholic. Jeff played his college ball at St. Bonaventure. As a local team we traveled to play various town teams, and especially in tournaments comprised of teams made up of former college players and former local high school stars, which included the Schaefer Brewers. The antiquated term used for this type of travel to play sports/ games is called “Barnstorming,” referring to teams and/or

individuals that, like musicians, travel to various locations, like small towns, to play exhibitions for monetary compensation. Our Greenwich team traveled to Elizabethtown to play in its annual semipro basketball tournament, an event that packed the house. Barnstorming for sporting events has mostly become an extinct scenario, part of a lost history in the American folklore of semipro sports. This was a big piece of our heritage, and unfortunately, much of this has faded. Barnstorming and semipro sports were a big part of American folklore, like in the early history of baseball when towns across the country supported their own local team. I was blessed to have experienced and be part of a vanishing time of our past; it is now indelibly etched into my memory. The days of barnstorming are practically, or possibly, forever gone. It was a time that kept the passion for local sports, and local heroes alive on our nation’s countryside. It’s sad to say that all of that folklore has become particles of an accumulated dust of memories of an era gone by in American history!

Full Tennis Results: Singles: -David Romano (Saratoga, Senior) vs. Ashatash Valigar (Shaker)

Winner: Saratoga, Game 1: 6-1, Game 2: 6-3

-Seungmin Kim (Saratoga, Senior) vs. Niraj Shah (Shaker)

Winner: Saratoga, Game 1: 6-1, Game 2: 6-1

-Nick Grosso (Saratoga, Grade 8) vs. Ryan Parks (Shaker)

Winner: Saratoga, Game 1: 6-0, Game 2: 6-0

-Max Lee (Saratoga, Senior) vs. Cameron Germaine (Shaker)

Winner: Saratoga, Game 1: 6-0, Game 2: 4-6, Game 3: 6-4

-Eddie Towers (Saratoga, Junior) vs. Kevin Luu (Shaker) -Luke DeRizzo (Saratoga, Junior) vs. Noah Massry (Shaker)

Winner: Saratoga, Game 1: 6-3, Game 2: 6-0 Winner: Saratoga, Game 1: 6-1, Game 2: 6-1

Doubles: -Matt Chmiel & David Ackerman (Saratoga, Seniors) vs. Nasiru Kotey & Rahul Akkeem (Shaker)

Winner: Saratoga, Game 1: 6-3, Game 2: 6-1

-Ben Crandall & Max Jackson (Saratoga, Sophomore and Junior respectively) vs. P.K. Kura & Sonny Gajjala

Winner: Saratoga, Game 1: 6-2, Game 3: 6-0

-Pratik Gurung & Matt Hogan (Saratoga, Junior and Freshman respectively) vs. George Tidd & Zavi Uppal

Winner: Saratoga, Game 1: 6-1, Game 2: 6-1

Final: Saratoga, 9-0



NTRA & Equestricon Partner for Giveaway SARATOGA SPRINGS — Equestricon Organizers announced on April 5 that a seat at the 2018 NTRA National Horseplayers Championship (NHC) will be up for grabs in a free handicapping contest open exclusively to Equestricon ticket holders. With the purchase of a “Panel Pass” (starting at $125) or VIP admission to the racing convention, scheduled for August 14-15 in Saratoga Springs, attendees will receive automatic entry into the NHC Equestricon Qualifier Contest on Saturday, August 26. “The only way to enter this new NHC qualifier is to purchase an Equestricon ‘Panel Pass’ or ‘VIP Pass,’ which we expect will keep the field size

relatively limited,” said NTRA Chief Operating Officer and NHC Tournament Director Keith Chamblin. “This is a great opportunity to qualify for Las Vegas while participating in an important fan initiative.” Organizers also announced that with admission to Equestricon, all Panel Pass and VIP ticket holders will also receive a complimentary oneyear membership to the NHC Tour (a $50 value). New NHC Tour members have exclusive access to a series of free member contests throughout the year, beginning this Sunday, April 9, on For more information on this contest or to purchase tickets for the convention, go to

Spa Catholic Baseball Wins Big with Double Victory SARATOGA SPRINGS — The baseball season kicked off in a huge way for the Spa Catholic Saints, as they went over both Mechanicville and Stillwater. Playing a

doubleheader at Veterans Memorial Park, the Saints took down Mechanicville 10-2, and Stillwater 13-0, putting the team in a strong position heading further into the season.

Franklin Community Center Poker Tourney SARATOGA SPRINGS — The DA Collins Companies and Teakwood Builders Incorporated will be sponsoring a $1,000 charity poker tournament that will benefit the Franklin Community Center’s food pantry. The event will be held on April 8 at The Parting Glass pub in downtown Saratoga

Springs, with doors opening at 1 p.m. Players of all skill level are welcome. The winner will take home $500 of the $1,000 cash pool. Attendees are encouraged to make a donation, with $25 being the suggested amount. For more information or to sign up for the event, go to www.

Week of April 7 – April 13, 2017

Miles for a Mission

The packed gym where the Miles for a Mission charity cycling marathon was held. Photo by

WILTON – The Wilton Branch of the Saratoga Regional YMCA filled a gym with stationary bikes and riders this past weekend. Held on April 3 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. saw attendees riding their bikes in a marathon session for a good cause. The cause in question was the Y’s Annual Scholarship Campaign, which provides college funds

to local students in need. This year, 40 riders took part in the event, joined by four instructors in the first hours, and 10 volunteers who helped put thing together. Around $4,000 was raised by the event. Overall, this year’s event was a significant improvement over last, which saw 27 riders participate to raise around

$2,500. In addition, awards were given out to participants for a variety of things, including highest wattage – the prize being a one-year adult YMCA membership – and the most miles – with the prize of a sixmonth membership. For a full story on this event, check out the May 5 edition of “Healthy Saratoga” magazine.

Blue Streaks Hall of Fame SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Springs City School District is now accepting nominees for the 2017 Blue Streaks Hall of Fame, which was established to honor the accomplishments of the district’s

notable athletes, coaches, administrators, and supporters. Nomination forms are available online, and the deadline for nominations is June 20. A committee composed of current and former coaches, high

school administrators, community members, and current and retired athletic directors, will review the nominations. For more information, or to find nomination forms, go to

Equestricon Teams with Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance SARATOGA SPRINGS — The inaugural Equestricon convention has announced a partnership with the Lexington-based Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA), which organizers say will bring 20 accredited aftercare groups from across the country

to the event. Thoroughbred aftercare refers to the practice of retiring, retraining, and relocating horses once their days on the racetrack are over, which has become a preeminent issue in the racing industry, according to TAA. In addition to these groups, the TAA

will present two panels intended educate attendees about aftercare: “Aftercare Pathways” and “Stories: OTTB Successes.” Equestricon will be held on Aug. 14-15 in the Saratoga Springs City Center. For more information on the convention, go to


Week of April 7 – April 13, 2017

Ballston Spa Gymnast Grabs State Gold

‘Toga Girls Lacrosse Scores Win Over Kingston SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Springs Girls Lacrosse team scored a win over Kingston in a non-league game. Competing as the visiting

team at Dietz Stadium, the Blue Streaks dominated in the first half, putting up 11 points against Kingston’s 4. The final score was 17-5. Lindsey Frank

led the team in scoring with 4 goals, with Francesca Mangino, Sylvie Waters, and Katie Wendell all being tied for the second-most with 3 goals each.

Saratoga Athletes Signing Ceremony SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Springs High School will be holding a special “Signing Ceremony” on April 12 at 3:30 p.m. in the school’s

Blue Gym. The event will celebrate the Saratoga athletes that will be signing their commitment forms to play intercollegiate sports at the Division I,

II, or III level. Anyone interested in attending should contact Debbie Hopkins in the school’s athletic office at 5185876690, ext. 33304.

Skidmore Athletics Hall of Fame SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Friends of Skidmore Committee is currently seeking nominations for the Skidmore Athletics Hall of Fame. Nominees should be individuals

Gymnast Ava Dallas stands proud at the State Championships. Photo courtesy of Stepping Star Gymnastics.

BALLSTON SPA — Ava Dallas, 14, of Wilton took home first place in the Level 8 vault event at the New York State Gymnastics Championships, which were held from March 31-April 2. Competing for Ballston Spa’s Stepping Star Gymnastics, Dallas won the state title with a personal best score of 9.55. In addition to the vault, Dallas made the podium on the uneven bars

(third place with a personal best of 9.50) and the floor exercise (fourth place with a score of 9.25). Her 37.20 score in the allaround competition, which was also a personal best, was good for fourth place and qualified Dallas for the all-star team representing New York State at the upcoming Northeast Regional Competition being held in Springfield, MA, from April 22-23.

who have “made outstanding contributions to Skidmore athletics and have helped bring excellence and distinction to the College and its athletic program.” The induction

ceremony will take place on Oct. 7 as part of the school’s Homecoming Weekend. For more information, or to submit a nomination, go to

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