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A Natural Fit

Volume 11  •  Issue 15  •  April 21 – April 27, 2017

Cudney’s New Owner

by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY

Joyce Ure in the Cudney’s plant on Aletta Street. Photo by Larry Goodwin.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — After twenty years of dedicated effort, Joyce Ure is more than ready to take the helm of Cudney’s Cleaners. “I am so thrilled. I’ve known her since she was a teenager,” stated Lynette Whaley, whose father James Cudney started the popular dry-cleaning business in 1952. Ure is “very organized and efficient,” Whaley added. See Cudney’s pg. 18 • (518) 581-2480

A Mother’s Story

by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS – The twins are 13 now, the effort to fulfill their special needs a continuing work-in-progress. “I have to say my boys have some difficult challenges, but they’re hard workers and every day they make progress, every day they learn,” explains the boys’ mother, Kristin Howarth. “It’s not a sprint, but a marathon. You just keep pushing and keep teaching and keep helping them make those milestones.” A little over a decade ago, Howarth and her husband relocated to upstate New York. The twins were

about 18 months old when The Howarths noticed the boys seemed delayed in meeting some of their developmental milestones. “We started a music program with the boys when they were just over a year. We looked around at the group and saw what the other kids were doing and what my kids weren’t,” Howarth recalled. “At around a year old there’s a certain number of words that a typicallydeveloping child will say, that our guys were not saying. It made me ask some questions. It was a significant factor that made us speak out and have discussions with our pediatrician,” Howarth says. See Mother pgs. 12, 13, 16

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Week of April 21 – April 27, 2017

Neighbors: Snippets of Life from Your Community Who: Matt McCabe. Where: Saratoga Guitar, 480 Broadway. Q. When did you first come to Saratoga Springs. A. April of ’94, and I opened the store in June. Q. What’s the biggest change you’ve seen in the city in that time? A. In the last 23 years there have been quite a few changes in the landscape with the high-rises, the condominiums and more storefronts. It’s a city on the move. It’s growing. I don’t think it’s as rampant as some might think. It’s a small city, so the changes are more amplified but the image is there because of the success of downtown. Q. What are you doing today? A. Re-stringing guitars, trying to pay bills. Q. Do you still play guitar and sing on stage? A. I still do with whoever will have me. I play at the Olde Bryan Inn during racing season with some guitar compadres, and throughout the year I do a host of other concerts, benefits and gigs as they arise.

Matt McCabe. Photo by Thomas Dimopoulos.

Q. What brush have you had with fame? A. Being the business this is and with the bands touring through the years, I’ve had the opportunity to meet and attend a lot of concerts, go backstage and meet many of the artists. You get the occasional celebrity coming to town on their own R&R who stumble in. I remember Sam Shepard the actor coming in. He was very nice. Q. What did you want to be when you were a kid? A. A veterinarian. That was all I ever thought of being. That and a baseball player. Everything else happened by accident. Q. You were city Commissioner of Finance for Four Years. Do you miss it? A. I love being able to serve the public, but the vacuum gets filled immediately. When you’re in, you’re in. When you’re out, you’re out. And life fills up, so I have that time to miss it. I certainly look back on it fondly. It was a challenge, but it I did my best and I thoroughly enjoyed working for the people of Saratoga Springs.


Week of April 21 – April 27, 2017

Habitat Prepares for New ReStore Location GLENS FALLS — In celebration of Earth Day on April 22, Habitat for Humanity of Northern Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties will host its first donation drive to collect goods for resale at the affiliate’s soon-to-be-opened Habitat Restore. Ania Macejka, a spokeswoman for Habitat, said the new ReStore is scheduled to open this summer at 1373 Route 9 in the Town of Moreau. The Glens Falls Habitat affiliate will host the donation drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will be accepting goods at two locations: the new ReStore on Route 9 in Moreau and the Knights of Columbus located at 50 Pine Road in Saratoga Springs. Local residents can get a jumpstart on spring-cleaning while supporting the Habitat

mission to help families build a place they call home. Businesses and residents can donate items ranging from appliances, furniture and home goods to cabinets, lighting and building products. Local residents and businesses also can call 518-415-2525 to schedule a pick up for large goods donations. The nonprofit will issue a receipt for the accepted goods during the donation drive. “We are pleased to participate in the celebration of Earth Day by creating an opportunity to recycle unwanted household items and help fund affordable housing at the same time,” said Tammy DiCara, president of the Glens Falls affiliate. The Habitat ReStore relies on donations from individuals and businesses to keep supplies stocked

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and all proceeds generated will be used to help build homes in Saratoga, Warren and Washington counties. Shoppers can find items to use immediately or others that they can ‘up cycle’ to use at a later date.

“Our local affiliate is extremely proud to be opening a ReStore. This is the first of many steps as we grow from building one home per year to three homes per year,” said Adam Feldman,

executive director of the Glens Falls Habitat for Humanity. For more information, or to donate and volunteer, visit or call 518-793-7484.

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Week of April 21 – April 27, 2017

Malta Officials Hear Water Survey Results by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY MALTA — Fewer than 10 percent of Malta’s residents participated in a water survey mailed last year by town officials, who are considering the installation of more water and sewer lines in several parts of town. “We don’t have water out here and it’s something that everybody takes for granted until it happens to them,” said Councilman Craig Warner, chairman of the 11-member committee that has studied the matter since April 2016. “That’s what I found out.” The committee’s four-part mission consists of identifying water needs throughout Malta; accessibility and priority needs, and the associated costs; potential funding methods; and analyzing the grant process to obtain funds.

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At the April 17 Malta Town Board meeting, Warner gave a presentation regarding the water survey. Of more than 13,000 town residents, roughly 600 had responded. “It was a very controlled survey,” Warner said, noting how multiple responses from property owners were not allowed. Warner explained that residents on Knapp Road have significant difficulties drilling wells for water due to excessive shale deposits underground. Malta Supervisor Vincent DeLucia said homeowners in the nearby hamlet of Maltaville, in particular, have been “suffering” without sufficient water “for quite some time.” “There are several places in the town of Malta that need water,” the supervisor said. The current task is to build upon a previous study that

The town offices on Route 9. Photo by Larry Goodwin.

focused on Maltaville, according to Warner. He said a final report should be prepared by June. His committee established six separate “areas” of Malta; the largest includes Round Lake and extends north along the Town of Stillwater border. A majority of respondents live in Area 2, which goes from the southern end of Saratoga Lake west to Route 9. Nearly 475 people rated the town’s water “average, low or very low” quality, the survey results show. A total of 576 people expressed a “desire to migrate to municipal water.” According to DeLucia, there are water and sewer lines

already installed along Route 9 to an apartment complex just south of the Malta Drive-In movie theater. New commercial development all along the Route 9 corridor is adding pressure to extend those lines farther north, he said. In general, DeLucia added, it costs about $1 million per mile to install water and sewer infrastructure. It gets more expensive if rock formations impede progress. Warner indicated that the town received two bids for further study. A bid by the Chazen Companies came in at $13,500, while Delaware Engineering’s bid was $22,320.

The town board has yet to choose the winning bidder to proceed. Warner estimated that the process of selecting contractors and securing the proper funds would be drawn out for another four years. “If you guys can design a better mousetrap, we’re all ears,” stated Councilman Timothy Dunn. He had addressed his comment to Joe Lanaro and another representative of the Chazen Companies. “I’m looking forward to working with the town to move this project forward,” Lanaro responded.

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Week of April 21 – April 27, 2017

COURTS Charles B. “Chip” Locke, 44, of Porters Corners, pleaded guilty on April 12 to third degree grand larceny, a felony, in connection with the theft of funds from the Greenfield Home School Association. Locke served as treasurer for the Greenfield HSA and admitted to stealing approximately $15,070.70, according to Saratoga County District Attorney Karen Heggen. Locke is scheduled to be sentenced on June 8, during which it is anticipated he will be ordered to serve six months in jail and pay back full restitution to the Greenfield HSA during a period of five years of probation. Clifford B. Nichols, 51, of Galway, was sentenced on April 5 to time served and five years of probation, after pleading to felony DWI in connection with an incident that occurred in Milton. Joshua Noll, 28, of Gansevoort, was sentenced to 1-3 years in state prison, after pleading to second degree vehicular assault and felony DWI, in connection with an incident that occurred in Saratoga Springs in August 2016.

POLICE Adam Y. Paul, age 29, of West Hempstead, was charged on April 14 with Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the SecondDegree, Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Third-Degree, and nine Counts Criminal Possession of a Forgery Device – all felonies. The Saratoga County Sheriff ’s office said on April 4 a Sheriff ’s Deputy on patrol came across Paul parked alone in a town parking lot off of Moe Road in Clifton Park. Paul was suspected of sitting in a vehicle reported stolen from the state of Florida. Paul was detained and further investigation revealed numerous credit cards and a credit card reader/writer machine in the vehicle, according to authorities. In conjunction with the U.S. Secret Service, Albany

Office, the credit cards in the vehicle were determined to be forged and contained stolen credit card account information on them. Paul was arraigned and sent to County Jail in lieu of $20,000 cash, or $40,000 bond. The investigation is on-going and additional charges could be filed. Ronnie Carrigan, 34, of Ballston Spa, Charaun Meertins, 30, of Clifton Park, David A. Coonradt, 45, of Saratoga Springs, and Jamar Henriquez, 28, of South Glens Falls, were each charged on April 13 with one felony count of grand larceny, one felony count of welfare fraud, and three felony counts of offering a false instrument for filing. According to the Saratoga County Sheriff ’s office, each of the four individuals allegedly submitted documentation to the Saratoga County Department of Social Services to receive benefits they were not entitled to and that they received, in total, more than $37,000. Abdellah N. Campbell, 20, of Troy, and Tyler R. Conner, 17, of Ballston Lake, were each charged on April 13 with first degree robbery, and second degree assault, both felonies, in connection with an alleged incident that occurred April 10 in the town of Ballston. Campbell and Conner are accused of being among a group of people who chased a 28-year-old man into a parking lot on Route 50 where they punched, kicked, and hit him with a tree branch causing injury, and forcibly took the victim’s boots, according to the Saratoga County Sheriff ’s Department. Campbell and Conner were sent to jail, in lieu of $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 bond, and $8,000 cash bail, or $30,000 bond, respectively. Additional charges are pending for other suspects involved in the incident, according to authorities. Craig M. Guilfoyle, age 31, of Ballston Spa, was charged on April 5 with felony criminal contempt, based on the accusation that he violated an order of protection by appearing at the protected

person’s Malta residence and by telephoning the protected person. He is alleged to have been previously convicted of criminal contempt in the first degree within the preceding five years, resulting in the charge being upgraded to a felony. He was sent to Saratoga County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail, or $20,000 secured bond. Cathleen T. Gorman, 40, and Edward H. Gorman, 53, both of Saratoga Springs, were each charged on April 7 making a punishable false written statement, and obstructing governmental administration – both misdemeanors, in connection with a motor vehicle accident that occurred in Halfmoon on Dec. 24, 2016. It is alleged they had given misinformation about who was driving the vehicle. Karen L. Hickcox, age 37, of Wilton, was charged on April 8 with assault in the second degree. She is alleged to have struck another person with a liquor bottle to the head on March 30 and causing physical injury to that person. The victim was transported to Saratoga Hospital where she was treated and released. Hickcox was released on her own recognizance.

Victor A. Maffetone, age 30, Saratoga Springs, was charged on March 26 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and a vehicle equipment violation. Alexander A. Moniot, age 30, Halfmoon, was charged after being involved in a property damage accident on March 26 with misdemeanor DWI, refusing a pre-screen test, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, passing a red traffic signal light, making an unsafe lane change, operating an unregistered motor vehicle on a highway, no/expired insurance, and speeding. Keana H. Leton, age 39, Schenectady, was charged on March 29 with unlawful possession of marijuana, misdemeanor DWI, and two driving violations. Kalill A. Bostick, age 42, Troy, was charged on March 29 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended registration. Dianne M. Fuller, age 61, Saratoga Springs, was charged on March 29 with menacing in the seconddegree, and criminal possession of a weapon, a felony.

Joshua J. Allen, age 26, Saratoga Springs, was charged on March 29 with criminal mischief, a misdemeanor. Kariann P. Morris, age 46, Charlton, was charged on March 29 with felony grand larceny, and felony burglary. Eustace E. Edey, age 28, Malta, was charged on March 28 with unlawful possession of marijuana, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and speeding. William E. Covell, age 48, Saratoga Springs, was charged on March 28 with two misdemeanor counts of forcible touching. Marissa L. Upton, age 33, Troy, was charged on March 26 with criminal trespass, endangering the welfare of a child, petit larceny, and criminal mischief. All charges are misdemeanors. Dennis H. Maier, age 22, Orlando, Florida, was charged on March 26 with misdemeanor DWI, and two driving violations, following a minor personal injury accident.



OBITUARIES Warren F. “Harry” Bowhall,

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Warren F. “Harry” Bowhall, 89, of Lawrence St. and formerly of Schenectady, departed this life on Monday, April 17, 2017. Born in Amsterdam, he was the son of the late Harry P. and Marion Armitage Bowhall. During the nineteen thirties, he was a boy chorister at St. Ann’s Church in Amsterdam. He was a 1946 graduate of Nott Terrace High School in Schenectady. Following his graduation from high school, Harry served three years in the US Air Force, four years in the Franciscan Order of Friars Minor. He graduated from St. Bonaventure’s University in 1955 and spent his business career with United Airlines in Washington DC. Throughout the years, the North Atlantic was his sea route between the US and the UK. He was equally at home on both sides of the Atlantic. He was an avid bibliophile, an enthusiastic reader and a constant learner. There are no immediate survivors. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Friday April 21, 2017 at 9 a.m. at Kateri Tekakwitha Church, 1803 Union St., Schenectady. A service of Committal to the Deep will be at sea from the Queen Mary 2 in the North Atlantic. To express your sympathy or share a treasured memory,

Kenneth Jensen Jr. SCHENECTADY — Kenneth James Jensen Jr. passed away suddenly at home on Sunday, April 9, 2017. He was 64 years old. Interment with military honors will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, April 28, 2017 at Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery. Online guestbook at www.

Steven Porter SARATOGA SPRINGS — Steven Kenneth Porter, 65, passed away Monday, April 3, 2017. Friends and family will gather to celebrate Steve’s life and legacy at the Saratoga Golf and Polo Club at 12 noon Sunday, April 30. Online remembrances may be made at

Christopher Fiore SARATOGA SPRINGS — Christopher Fiore died Wednesday, April 5, 2017. A Celebration of Life will take place 11 a.m. Sunday, April 23 at Burke Funeral Home, 628 North Broadway. Friends and family are invited to the Fiore home following the celebration of life. Please visit

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Week of April 21 – April 27, 2017

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Justice for Who? You can call me Jane Doe and this is my story… They say love is blind, and for me that was the case. I married too young and trusted too much. But it wasn’t until I became pregnant that the marriage began to deteriorate. Like many of you, I have good days and bad days. Luckily, I always manage to smile through the tough ones, and I cherish the good ones. The first question I was asked after giving birth seemed simple at the time. “Who is the father?” Young and inexperienced I had no idea this information would open Pandora’s Box. They contacted the birth father for insurance information, of which he had none. And so, began an endless cycle of summons and trips to court for Child Support. Fast forward 10 years and I have spent more time at Family Court than I care to remember. I have missed days at work and lost much needed income. Single parents understand better than anyone that every paid day is precious, and you use them wisely. Somehow you have to plan for illness, doctors’ appointments and last minute school closings while still getting to court and keeping your job. I have somehow managed all those tasks and yet received little to no child support. Here’s how it works in Saratoga County Family Court (for me anyway.) You

are summoned to court to decide who is responsible for health insurance. At that point, your child is assigned a law guardian and this is where child support comes into play. I remember the first time my child was awarded $20 a week. I thought wow, that doesn’t even pay for diapers. He (birth father) decided to pay the county directly, and there was no rhyme or reason as to when or how much I would receive. I believe deadbeat parents, whether man or woman, hold all the cards in these situations and they seem to know how to work the system perfectly. My exhusband worked under the table. Therefore, he showed no income and wasn’t able to pay child support. Months would go by and the county would flag that no support had been sent. This resulted in a summons to appear in court. Many times, he was a no-show and they would send out a bench warrant for him to appear in court. This would trigger a new summons for me to appear in court. And so was the cycle for years: - We get summoned. - The court orders for him to pay his child support. - He doesn’t. - A flag goes up. - We get summoned to appear again. - He doesn’t show up. - Bench Warrant. - 6 months with no word from anyone.

Somehow Family Court has allowed this young, strong, healthy man to get away without any repercussions. This brings us to last year. After the same old routine, I decided to call and I couldn’t believe what they said this time. “Oh, with the warrant for his arrest, we don’t actively go out and pick him up. If he does something where he is picked up, then they will arrest him for the child support too.” Another six months goes by and I get a summons to go to court for child support. I find out he was in jail for a felony charge. Now this is the kicker and the reason for this letter. After doing time for his felony, he is let out to be met with the arresting officer for non-payment of child support. They take him to court and he is awarded with a lawyer and sent home. He isn’t sent back to jail until his appearance at family court. He is AWARDED A LAWYER AND SENT HOME! This means I am summoned again and once again lose time at work. The reason for this appearance: To find out if I want to secure a lawyer. WHAT? Why would I want to secure a lawyer again? It does not make any difference. The court will order to pay, no pay, etc... Obviously, I’m thinking support of a child is not important in Saratoga County and justice does not belong to the just...Our Children! Another big lesson I have learned is that sperm doesn’t make you a father. Love, commitment and sacrifice make you a father.

Week of April 21 – April 27, 2017

Easter Bunny Visits East Avenue

Photo by Anne Proulx.

SARATOGA SPRINGS – The Easter Bunny (Bob Murphy of East Avenue) made the rounds at the

home of Susan Kmen, also of East Avenue, to drop off Easter baskets full of goodies to Kmen’s grandkids.

Stretch For a Cause

Rebecca Morris (at left) and Chanel Pavoldi. Photo by Nick Pavoldi.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — For the second year in a row, Bodywork Professionals has chosen Wellspring, an agency working to end relationship and sexual abuse in Saratoga County, as the recipient of donations for its “Try Thai” short-format massage sessions. All money donated by participating clients goes directly to the Wellspring charity. Rebecca Morris, a Thai yoga massage practitioner for the past nine years, will be offering 30-minute sampler sessions at Bodywork’s 11

Spring Street location from 1 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 27 and Thursday, May 25. Since 2005, Bodywork Professionals has provided licensed massage therapy and bodywork services to clients in the Capital Region through its Latham location. Its Saratoga Springs location, adjacent to Congress Park, opened in 2015. For more information, visit To schedule an appointment for a 30-minute Try Thai session, call 518-557-5514.

Congregation Shaara Tfille hosts a Celebration Gala of the 25th Anniversary in their Spiritual Home Judith Ehrenshaft, the President of the Board of Congregation Shaara Tfille and her Co-Chair Deborah Sabin, invite the community to a Gala Celebration of the 25th Anniversary in their Spiritual Home on Sunday, May 7. It will be held in their synagogue, located at 84 Weibel Avenue in Saratoga Springs, at 6:00 p.m. The evening features a catered dinner

by ‘As You Like It’, music provided by DJ Scott E. Hemming from SHE Entertainment, photos by Mark Bolles from Creative Photo and Graphics and a program. Black tie optional, the evening is $100 per person. For more information or to obtain an invitation, please call 518-584-2370 or email


Local Resident Earns Scholarship SCHUYLERVILLE — Austin Luna, a junior at Wesley College in Delaware, received the Theodore A.H. O’Brien Scholarship on March 15 at the college’s Founders Day. This scholarship is awarded to Medical Technology students who have achieved a minimum 3.0 grade-point average. The estate of Col. Theo W. and Mrs. Francis O’Brien established the scholarship in 1978. It is named for Col. O’Brien’s father, who served on the Board of Trustees of the Wilmington Conference Academy in Delaware and whose daughter was a Wesley alumnus. Luna graduated in 2014 from Schuylerville High School. He is majoring at Wesley College in human biology and is considering further study in medical school. Luna is planning a three-week trip to Portugal in May or June to observe doctors there as they practice.

Wesley President Robert E. Clark II (at left) and Austin Luna. Photo provided.



Week of April 21 – April 27, 2017

Make It a Goal to Shop Saratoga

by Todd Shimkus, President of the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce

for Saratoga TODAY We recently hosted a “Meetup” at Anne’s Washington Inn for local, independently owned retailers. These local storeowners and managers came from stores located downtown and out of town. They sell clothing, skis and snowshoes, plants and flowers, beer and winemaking supplies, books, and more.

Getting more people into their stores and shops, they said, is their biggest challenge collectively and individually. The retail industry as a whole is facing significant and growing competition from online retailers. As a nation, we lost nearly 35,000 retail jobs this March after losing 30,000 in February. The National Retail Federation says 1 in 4 jobs in our economy is tied to the retail sector. In many cases, jobs in the retail sector are an entry point into the workforce. We have to help sustain this industry, particularly the local independently owned stores that make our city and surrounding villages unique and healthy places to live and play. We, as consumers, have the power to help. Our shopping habits have been changing for some time but we can choose to pivot yet again. Let’s adapt and make it more of a habit to #ShopSaratoga. Shopping locally can be a positive, fun experience that

makes you feel good and connected to the community. For starters, there is actually a very good chance that if you ask to speak with the owner of a locally owned store in Saratoga that they will actually be there. Imagine really connecting with the owners and managers in the stores you frequent the most. That’s what really builds a healthy community. Many local shops have rewards programs and specials events for local customers. Sign up the next time you are in their store. When you visit a festival downtown for the delicious food, take a break from eating and sample a store or two or more. Looking for a birthday gift? What about a special mother’s or father’s day present? Make it a point to shop in a local

independently owned store. Local retailers offer gift cards and gift certificates. Buy them. Give them as gifts or rewards or to thank someone. Our members at this meet up had some ideas, too, as to what they can do to succeed, grow and thrive. Many are becoming even more engaged in the community, participating in events where they can share their story. Some are collaborating and offering cross-promotions. They are looking at setting up valet services and delivery options. They too have established online stores to serve those who want to shop local just not during normal store hours. They are active in social media building a following. They showcase new products as they arrive.

When you #ShopSaratoga, tell two friends and so on. Tell all of your friends on social media. Share what you bought locally that is unique and where you got it. Local, independently owned stores, shops and restaurants are the lifeblood of our local communities across Saratoga County. Our healthy and vibrant economy is made possible because these places are here and only here. Like everything else we love about living in Saratoga, we cannot take them for granted. So please stop in a local store this week to #ShopSaratoga. Introduce yourself to the owner and tell them Todd from the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce sent you.

Wilton Considers Going Solar by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY WILTON — At the request of town board members, Comptroller Jeffrey Reale is researching the means by which “community solar” arrays can be installed for more energy efficiency in Wilton. “The town is very interested in joining in on a project that is both ‘clean energy’ and can save the town money in the future,” Reale wrote on April 11 to Jeffrey Conrad, president of the advisory firm Solomon Energy.

Town officials are considering the construction of an additional building at their Traver Road complex, so Reale explained in his letter that he “can envision our electricity usage going up considerably over the next two years.” At the monthly Wilton Town Board meeting on April 6, Reale was asked by Councilwoman Joanne Klepetar and Supervisor Arthur Johnson about his previous attempts to study the installation of solar panels on town property. “It’s still worth pursuing,” Reale responded, noting how the size of any solar array must be sufficiently large enough to qualify for state funding. Conrad at Solomon Energy wrote to Reale that the state Public Service Commission “made significant adjustments to the crediting aspects of solar which will once again

make projects financially viable for customers in the state.” Details should be finalized by “late summer or early fall,” added Conrad. Still, once solar panels are installed, some municipalities and even solar companies are “having a hard time” connecting to the electricity grid, Reale said. He cited as an example the Town of Halfmoon, which was awarded a grant in 2014 to install a large solar array at a water-treatment plant but has been unable to supply the electricity generated as originally planned. Halfmoon Supervisor Kevin Tollisen did not return a request for comment. “You’re at the mercy of National Grid,” Reale said. “They don’t connect it to the grid so you can’t take advantage of it.”

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Week of April 21 – April 27, 2017

A Clean Way to Heat and Cool at Skidmore by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — A gentle slope on the campus of Skidmore College—one that leads down to a pond rippled by two fountains—naturally hides the evidence of previous construction. Several years ago, contractor machines had made a mess of it by digging straight down 450 feet to install a field of five-inch-wide pipes, which supply a sophisticated geothermal heating and cooling system at the college. The lush green grass behind the Bernhard Theater building now makes the clean-energy infrastructure impossible to see. Last year, another large geothermal installation was completed on campus after Facilities Services crews had ripped up a portion of the Palamountain parking lot, in preparation for construction of a Center for Integrated Sciences. “Nobody really knows what we’ve been doing here for a long time,” stated Paul Lundberg, the assistant director of Facilities Services. Lundberg is widely considered on campus to be the most enthusiastic promoter of geothermal energy projects. Lundberg is happy to explain how “closed-loop” networks of

pipes circulate famously pure local water for indoor climate control at Skidmore. The goal is to get “the best bang for your buck” in terms of energy consumption, he said. “Geothermal heat pump installations use the constant temperature under the ground’s frost line to renewably heat and cool homes and businesses without producing greenhouse gases on site,” the New York Geothermal Energy Organization (NYGEO) states in a summary of the technology. Lundberg admitted that he was eager to attend the NYGEO conference this week at the Radisson Hotel in Albany. In 2015, the same conference—nicknamed “Geopalooza”— was held at Skidmore College. In 2012, a national academic association recognized Skidmore with an award for the operation of its geothermal energy system. Before giving a brief tour of one of the system’s two main “nodes,” or control rooms, Lundberg had joined an interview with Karen Kellogg and Levi Rogers, who direct and coordinate various activities through Skidmore’s Sustainability Office. Rogers said his office works with “a large group of people on campus” who are united in their support of Skidmore’s environmentally sustainable projects. These include the promotion of

The slope behind Skidmore’s Bernhard Theater under which geothermal pipes were installed. Photo by Larry Goodwin.

solar power, ambitious recycling and composting programs, and the annual maintenance of a thriving community garden on campus. Many students are currently participating in Earth Week activities, which include an off-campus March for Science starting at noon on Saturday in Congress Park and a film screening about the Hudson River on Monday at 7 p.m. in the Emerson Auditorium. Kellogg, Lundberg and Rogers sat down together outside a coffee shop on the second floor of the Case Center, as Skidmore students and faculty were socializing or studying intently nearby. Kellogg explained that, at present, geothermal energy heats and cools nearly 40 percent of the square footage inside all of Skidmore’s buildings. That includes the

Levi Rogers (at left) and Paul Lundberg in one of Skidmore’s geothermal control rooms. Photo by Larry Goodwin.

Arthur Zankel Music Center, Tang Teaching Museum, the Northwoods and Sussman student apartments, and numerous other structures on campus. More geothermal projects are being planned to increase the college’s overall energy efficiency, she said.

Lundberg described how Skidmore’s geothermal system (in scientific terms) is able to store heat energy very efficiently due to a large underground formation of Dolostone, which he called “near perfect for optimum heat exchange.” “We’ve done our homework,” Lundberg added. Rogers pointed out that Skidmore utilizes all of the geothermal power generated on site, which he said eliminates any need for the college to participate in complicated “renewable energy credit” markets. “I really do think that sets us apart from other institutions,” Rogers said. According to John Manning, a spokesman for Earth Sensitive Solutions in Skaneateles, New York, a firm that has partnered with Skidmore to install geothermal pipes, emissions of greenhouse gases are “going to be a growing concern” in the years ahead. Manning said the New York Energy Research and Development Authority is close to finalizing economic incentives that could spur more commercial and residential projects statewide similar to those being completed at Skidmore. “It’s good to see geothermal finally catching on,” Manning said. He called it “the best sustainable way to lower our carbon footprint.”

Week of April 21 – April 27, 2017


Notes From City Hall by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY Workshop Set for Affordable Housing Ordinance A City Council workshop on the much-debated SPA Housing Ordinance will take place at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, May 4 at City Hall, Public Safety Commissioner Chris Mathiesen announced this week. The ordinance, if approved, would have a citywide effect on future development. A New Home for Retired Police Horse Jupiter The council authorized an agreement - at no cost to the city - to allow the transfer of retired police horse Jupiter to police officer Aaron Moore, who will care for “my fellow officer and partner as he transitions into retirement after serving our community.” Jupiter, who is 24, will be transferred to Ballston Lake, “where he will be well taken care of by my wife and

myself,” Moore wrote, in a letter read to the council by Public Safety Commissioner Chris Mathiesen. Council Gives Thumbs-Up to Pitney Meadows Community Farm PUD The council unanimously accepted a SEQRA Determination and approved the proposed Pitney Meadows Community Farm PUD reporting that the project will not have a significant adverse impact on the environment. The PUD, or Planned Unit Development, was sought for the development of a 35,000+ square foot agricultural center at the Pitney Meadows Farm, on West Avenue. The center will sit on a small non-farming portion of the land. Projects slated to begin later this year include the development of the community gardens, the children’s greenhouse, gardens, and some trails and the renovation and repurposing of 11 historic buildings currently on the farm. Last November, the

council approved the $1.165 million city purchase of the development rights of the 166acre Pitney Farm, to ensure the farm land remains a farm in perpetuity. City Approves Purchase of Lands Adjacent to Loughberry Lake The City Council unanimously approved the city’s purchase of two parcels of land, amounting to just over two acres, adjacent to Loughberry Lake. The parcels are just north of state Route 50 and will be purchased from Krista and Jason Tommell for $135,000 in Open Space Bond Funds. As well, $5,000 was

approved for expenses associated with the purchase. Should Loughberry Lake no longer be used as a reservoir in the future, the parcel could potentially serve as a pocket park with access to the waterfront for active or passive recreation. Learn How to Grieve Your Assessment A Grievance Class will be held 5:30 p.m. on May 9 at City Hall, Accounts Commissioner John Franck announced this week. Grievance Day in Saratoga Springs is Tuesday, May 23, 2017. Grievance board members will be hearing grievances

from 9 a.m. – noon; 1 p.m. 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Residents can choose morning, afternoon or evening sessions and must submit completed application and documentation to the Assessment Office in order to be scheduled for a time. Applications will be available after May 1. Upcoming Meetings The Planning Board will hold a workshop at 5 p.m. on Monday, April 24 and a full meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 27 at City Hall. The Zoning Board of Appeals will hold a meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 27 at City Hall.



Week of April 21 – April 27, 2017

Local Mother Initiates Upstate Alliance Continued from front page.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children be screened for general

development using standardized, validated tools at 9, 18, and 24 or 30 months and for autism at 18 and 24 months, or whenever a parent or provider has a concern.

By their first birthday, a child will typically say “mama” and “dada” and voice exclamations like “uh-oh!” as well as trying to repeat words they hear

from their parents, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC’s milestones checklist may be downloaded here: https://www.cdc. gov/ncbddd/actearly/pdf/checklists/all_checklists.pdf. An early intervention therapist was sent to work with the family, visiting the home four days a week over the next six months, after which Gavin and Noah were diagnosed with autism, also called autism spectrum disorder (ASD). “When you do hear it, it’s a blow and all of these things you picture as a parent come crashing down: Will my children ever play sports? Will they have friends and go to the prom? Will they drive? will they get married?” she wondered. “There’s no welcoming committee when your child is diagnosed with autism. No one comes and knocks on your door to say: Here are some things that you can do; Here’s a go-to guide. You basically leave the doctor’s office after that diagnosis and you think: What do I do now?”

The CDC estimates that 1 in 68 children, in multiple communities in the United States, has been identified with autism spectrum disorder - roughly 30 percent higher than estimates previously reported in 2012. The data also show that ASD is almost five times more common among boys than girls. Howarth searched the Internet, but answers were hard to come by a decade ago. “They were diagnosed at just over two years of age and it quickly became pretty obvious to us that there weren’t a lot of resources in our area, short of traveling down to Albany,” she says. “It was a challenge because we live up in Queensbury. We figured, why can’t we create it? So, we did.” Gavin and Noah were the driving force behind the creation of Upstate NY Autism Alliance (UNYAA). The organization provides resources, education, recreation and advocacy services. Continued on page 13.

Special Olympics New York Seeks Volunteers for Summer Games ALBANY — Special Olympics New York, State Summer Games is seeking community members to volunteer during the upcoming 2017 State Summer Games, hosted by Siena College from June 16-18, as well as sponsors to help defray competition costs for athletes participating in this year’s events. The Summer Games are the largest of two annual state games and 5,048 competitive experiences held each year throughout New York. There are 2,000 volunteer opportunities throughout the entire weekend. Support for competitions and events includes set-up and breakdown of sports venues, distribution of lunches, selling merchandise, and helping with the Opening Ceremonies and Olympic Village. Additionally, volunteers are needed to staff the following athletic competitions: Athletics (Track & Field), Aquatics, Basketball, Bowling, Powerlifting, Gymnastics, Tennis and Volleyball.

Individuals are also welcome to participate by cheering the athletes on to victory as ‘FANS in the Stands’ at the Opening Ceremonies and events during the three-day event. During the State Summer Games, more than 1,500 athletes and coaches from across the state will travel to the Capital Region to participate in eight Olympic-style sports. Siena College will serve as the main host and competition site for the events, with support from Hudson Valley Community College, University at Albany, The Sage Colleges, World Class Gymnastics, Latham, and Spare Time Bowling Alley. Members of the surrounding communities interested in volunteering during the State Summer Games can register today by visiting the Special Olympics New York website at For sponsorship opportunities, contact Sarah Martinez at: or 518-936-4468.

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for Parents of a Child with Autism Continued from page 12.

Howarth provides advocacy, program development, consulting and education through the group. “It was a very emotional time and that was also one of the factors in starting the group. We wanted to give children as many opportunities as we could, just like their typically developing peers, because they’re kids first. Autism is secondary.” Howarth’s group is comprised of volunteers who help connect parents with children diagnosed with autism, with resources. “We also provide activities every month so parents can get together with their children and talk to other families and meet other people in their school district - families The twins, Noah and Gavin. Photo provided.

Autism Expo The sixth annual Autism Expo will be held noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 23 at the Saratoga Springs City Center. The event is free and features exhibitors from camps, school programs pre-k through college, technological apps for autism, recreation and therapeutic programs, a bounce house and arts and crafts.

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Local Mother Initiates Upstate Alliance for Parents of a Child with Autism Continued from page 16.

involved in the group, somebody they can feel comfortable talking with,” says Howarth, who adds that she has also accessed valuable services from Saratoga Bridges. “They have some wonderful things that provide services for families such as ours.” UNYAA and Saratoga Bridges are teaming up to co-host this weekend’s Autism Expo at the Saratoga Springs City Center. The family event will feature more than 85 vendors and exhibitors, a variety of activities and games, arts and crafts, and sensory toys for kids. More than 1,000 people are expected to attend Sunday’s expo.

“There’s no welcoming committee when your child is diagnosed with autism. No one comes and knocks on your door to say: Here are some things that you can do; Here’s a go-to guide. You basically leave the doctor’s office after that diagnosis and you think: What do I do now?” “It’s an amazing event under one roof. We have all these resources for families who can talk to different vendors, providers, and people who offer different services for kids in the spectrum,” Howarth says.

ASD is a developmental disability that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. There is often nothing about how people with ASD look that sets them apart

from other people, but people with ASD may communicate, interact, behave, and learn in ways that are different from most other people. The learning, thinking, and problem-solving abilities of people with ASD can range from gifted to severely challenged. Some people with ASD need a lot of help in their daily lives; others need less. “They have to be taught in a different way and broken down into simple steps. People don’t really understand what autism is, but really, it’s just that their brains are wired differently. They don’t learn the way we do, or they may not interpret things the way we do,” Howarth says. All of the causes of ASD are not known. There may be many

different factors that make a child more likely to have ASD, including environmental and genetic factors. “They look typical, but they don’t process information – both incoming and outgoing – so it can be a challenge for them to just pick up those social cues like another child might.” Upstate NY Autism Alliance (UNYAA) is a not-for-profit alliance formed by dedicated parents of children experiencing the affects of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). For more information, go to: http://www.upstatenyautism. org/. Saratoga Bridges has provided programs to people with disabilities and their families for more than 60 years. For more information, go to:

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58 Cypress St., $309,900. Heritage Builders Group LLC sold property to Kathleen and Benjamin Kalesa, Jr.

12 Raspberry Dr., $299,000. Julie Williams sold property to Joseph and Ashly Keating.

12 Eagles Way, $174,900. US Bank Trust (as Trustee) sold property to Evan Fort and Maggie Hoogeveen.

16 Saddlebrook Blvd., $454,549. Legacy Custom Homes LLC sold property to Brenda and John Thomas, Jr.

286 Thimbleberry Rd., $189,000. Martin Salvi sold property to Michael Hegel.


810 Route 50, $175,000. Kirby Burnt Hills Realty LLC sold property to RECKDE LLC.

21 Hillman Loop, $322,719. Farone Amedore LLC sold property to Dean and Sonia Stratis.

37 Sycamore St., $360,000. Claudette Nealy sold property to Alex Varghese and Mary Pladocostante.

GREENFIELD 35 Southwest Pass, $253,000. Ramon Posada sold property to David and Omega Moya. 17 Rebecca Dr., $430,000. Steven and Suzanne Cousineau sold property to Daniel and Young Elinskas. 280 Middle Grove Rd., $335,000. Carol Hopper sold property to Daniel Szot. 25 Russell Rd., $117,500. Metuchen Management Inc. (as Trustee) sold property to Brendan Manny. 32 Pine Robin Rd., $308,897. Cynthia Green sold property to Brian Groski and April Plummer. 279 Spier Falls Rd., 285 Spier Falls Rd., 295, Spier Falls Rd., $180,000. Mitchell Berliner sold property to Equitable Greenfield LLC. 458 Ridge Rd., $355,500. Patrick Lavin sold property to Patrick Boyd and Kathryn Klanderman.

8 Plum Poppy Ct., $170,000. Thomas J. Farone Homebuilders Inc. sold property to Marini Land II Inc. 123 Raylinsky Rd., $218,500. Jerry So sold property to Tyler Lynn and Dennis Hernandez. 1038 Laurel Lane, $250,000. Christopher and Melissa Campion sold property to Pawnee LLC. 4 Tuckaway Meadows, $314,900. Holly Taft sold property to John and Renee Iacovetti.

MILTON 29 Whippletree Rd., $196,900. Scott Crocco sold property to Amanda Rogers. 4 Wyndham Way, $340,000. Jodi Werner sold property to Leon White. 121 White Rd., $34,000. Donald Henderson sold property to Tracy McComb. 40 North High St., $157,500. Paul Drosness sold property to Shannon Gillespie and William McMullen.

517 Crescent Ave., $214,500. Pamela and Jason Vogel sold property to John Seltenreich. 82 Jefferson St., $215,000. Timothy Holloway sold property to Miguel Quinones. 129 Kaydeross Park Rd., $553,847. Joseph Silipigno sold property to Jeri Wiener. 7 Beach Ct., $490,000. Aleph Lifestyles LLC sold property to Michael and Ruth Perkins. 20 Conver Dr., $315,000. Bruce and Beverly VanNess sold property to Logan and Hayley Weast. 3 ½ Cottage Place, $457,500. David Povero and Katherine Lee sold property to Margaret Roohan. 82 Catherine St., $440,000. Denise Donlon sold property to Amit Mahtani and Shalini Sudarsanan. 3 Concord Dr., $210,000. Concord House of Saratoga LLC sold property to Leo Caroll III and Joan McDonough. 6 Derby Dr., $214,200. Dana Worland sold property to Gail Stern. 26 Joshua Dr., $150,000. DGD Holdings LLC sold property to Joseph Shepard, Jr.

STILLWATER 12 Cavalry Course, $245,000. John and Janice McNulty sold

property to Shameen and Heather Robinson. 25 Phillips Rd., $230,000. Joseph Smithy sold property to Charles Pafundi and Abbey Hanehan. 592 NYS Route 9P, $20,000. Christine Bonacorsa, Kristina Chehade, Melanie Platosh and Natalie Maciukenas sold property to Victoria McCarthy. 85 East St., $90,000. Colette Kegg sold property to Janet Rogers. 3 Cambridge Ct., $285,000. Jeffrey Foley sold property to Kaitlin Gattuso. 12 West Central Blvd., $276,000. Aaron and Amy Mengel sold property to Steven Adams.

17 WILTON 39 Traver Rd., $190,000. Karen Grove (as Trustee) sold property to William and Judy Morris. 10 Jessica Trace, $515,000. Nicole Byrne sold property to Michael and Mallory Aquilino. 27 Moonglow Rd., $315,000. Brandon Acres sold property to Andrew Kinne. 22 Cherry Tree Lane, $313,000. Robert and Christine Lange sold property to Robert and Nancy Yarger. 36 Cider Mill Way, $637,083. Smith Bride LLC sold property to Michael, Bonnie, Nicholas and Elizabeth Grolley.



Week of April 21 – April 27, 2017

Cudney’s New Owner a Natural Fit Continued from front page.

On April 14, Ure finalized paperwork at the Adirondack Trust Company that officially makes her the new owner of Cudney’s. Cudney’s, which operates in five locations spread across the city and Wilton, claims a solid reputation as “Saratoga’s ecofriendly dry cleaner.” Ure first met Whaley and started working at the business in 1997. She said Cudney’s customers will notice very little difference in the day-to-day operations. For about 10 years, Ure has basically managed Cudney’s while Whaley focused on her role as director of personnel development at Saratoga Springs High School. Ure lives in Northumberland with her husband Joe and one of their two sons.

Cudney’s employee Priest Franklin at a shirt press machine. Photo by Larry Goodwin.

Whaley said she plans to retire from the school district this summer to spend more time with her family. Ure realized long ago how much customers appreciate the dry cleaning and laundry services provided by Cudney’s. “We’re all

so busy,” she said. “It’s worthwhile and it’s convenient.” With support from 28 employees, including her mother Sandy Pellock, Ure is confident that the laundry needs of 3,000 active customers will be met as professionally as ever. The business invested in computer software, she explained, that tracks each individual clothing item dropped off with bar codes, as well as modern machines that keep the garments moving and maximize employee health and productivity. Cudney’s even purchased machines that bag the final product. Such technology has “made our lives a whole lot easier,” Ure said.

Gatha Fair explains the dry-cleaning “ATM” at the Weibel Avenue Cudney’s. Photo by Larry Goodwin.

The Weibel Avenue location as decorated with wall art by Cudney’s driver Steve Burr. Photo by Larry Goodwin.

“It’s my baby,” offered 42-year Cudney’s employee Nancy Bean, referring to the conveyor machine. “It beats bagging.” In the Cudney’s Weibel Avenue location, Ure said apartment renters in the area find the dry-cleaning “ATM” machine quite convenient whenever employee Gatha Fair locks the main doors. That machine has 24-hour access. Plus, according to Ure, the chemical solvents now used in dry cleaning activities are far safer for the environment than they were years ago. “The thing that I like most is that I do something different every day,” Ure added, noting how it’s not uncommon for her to leave the management duties aside and hop in one of Cudney’s trucks to deliver orders. “We’ve always given back to the community. That’s what keeps me coming to work every day,” Ure said.


Week of April 21 – April 27, 2017

Adirondack Trust Appoints New Board Member

Mary Gavin. Photo provided.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — On April 14, the Adirondack Trust Company announced that it has appointed Mary Gavin to its Board of Directors. Gavin is a Certified Public Accountant and principal of Gavin and LaVigne, Inc., a firm offering capital financing to hospitals and nursing homes. She represents hospitals both locally and nationwide in their financing transactions. In her role as president and CEO, Gavin is responsible for strategic planning and management of client relationships. Gavin also has held fundraising, leadership and board positions with Saratoga Care Foundation, Inc.; Saratoga Hospital; Saratoga Central Catholic School; Flower and Fruit Mission of Saratoga Hospital; Committee on Healthcare Financing; and the Adirondack Trust Co. Community Fund as former chair and Advisory Committee member. For more information, call 518-584-5844 or visit www.

Teach Kids To Save Day SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Adirondack Trust Company is participating in the American

Bankers Association’s Teach Children to Save Day by offering financial education coloring books during the week of Monday, April 24. Community children are asked to visit any Adirondack Trust branch while their parents complete banking transactions. Established by the American Bankers Association (ABA) Foundation in 1997, Teach Children to Save and other education initiatives have reached 8.2 million young people through the commitment of more than 245,000 banker volunteers. The Adirondack Trust Co. offers the following tips for money-savvy parents: Set the example of a responsible money manager by paying bills on time, being a conscientious spender and an active saver; talk openly about money with kids, communicating values and experiences; encourage kids to ask questions and be prepared to answer them; explain the difference between needs and wants, the value of saving and budgeting and the consequences of not doing so; open savings accounts for children so they can learn how to be handson in their money management; let friends and family know about a child’s savings goal; and engage a coalition of support groups to provide youth with the education they need to succeed. The ABA Foundation’s signature initiatives, Teach Children to Save and Get Smart About Credit, bring bankers and students together to enhance financial education.

Free Coffee for Earth Day MALTA — Stewart’s Shops announced that the company will offer free Earth Day coffee to all store customers who bring in travel mugs on Saturday, April

22. Hot tea and hot chocolate also will be free with a travel mug. All year long, Stewart’s customers also can save 10 cents on hot beverages every time they bring in travel mugs to Stewart’s Shops. With a new Stewart’s refillable mug, the first fill is always free.

New Account Manager at PEP

Sara Agan. Photo provided.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Patient Experience Project (PEP), a marketing and communications firm based in Saratoga Springs, announced the addition of Sara Agan to its team. Agan joins PEP as an account manager and is responsible for serving as a liaison between clients and the agency, ensuring that client needs are always met, and providing daily support for PEP’s account leadership team. She has nearly a decade of experience in various marketing roles with such upstate New York companies as TL Cannon Applebee’s, Marley Beverage Company, DeCrescente Distributing Company, and Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Agan earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication and a master’s degree in integrated marketing communications from St. Bonaventure University in upstate New York.

Festival for Health and Wellness SARATOGA SPRINGS — The public is invited to an event that will promote the Saratoga region as a hub for health and wellness. The free, two-day Festival for Change has been scheduled on April 29 and 30. The Saratoga Convention and Tourism Bureau and the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce, in cooperation with I Love NY and Carson Worldwide, will host the event at the Gideon Putnam Resort and Saratoga Spa State Park. The goal of Festival for Change is to get individuals and families active, informed, outdoors, connected with natural health and wellness, and empowered with possibility; and to promote the area as a ‘go-to’ destination for health and wellness. Increasing concerns for affordable healthcare and avoiding illness has brought wellness into the spotlight. As fitness, diet and mental health become important considerations we learn there are more cost-effective and safer ways to achieve health and happiness. Festival visitors can break through traditional dependencies and see beyond a singular view of how to take charge of their own lives, rather than

allowing others to dictate the one-size-fits-all approach. Activities will include: yoga, meditation, fitness, guided tours in the state park of carbonated mineral springs and the only active spouting geysers east of the Mississippi River. There also will be immersive wellness hikes, related presentations and demonstrations, Native American performances and lore, energy healers, guides and intuitives, wellness exhibitors, and a gear-swap area where anyone can bring their outdoor gear and apparel to trade or give away. The festival has been organized along with a Powermastery Retreat. The retreat will run between April 28 and 30 in the Gideon Putnam Resort. Registration is required for this 18-session, multi-workshop boot camp. More than a dozen workshop leaders will guide retreat guests from what is holding them back while equipping them with the tools for breakthrough. The faculty includes Guinness World Record winners, bestselling authors, and mentors in mindfulness. For more information visit the website


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St. Clements School, 231 Lake Ave. & Skidmore College, North Broadway • 518-580-1782

For children who have a passion for the performing arts or would like to try something new, Saratoga Children’s Theatre (SCT) summer camp is a dream come true. Saratoga Children’s Theatre offers performance camps for ages 4-18 years. At SCT we hire dedicated professionals that will enhance your child’s awareness for the arts while enjoying a great summer camp experience! For more information please visit Before and After Care are available for all camps. There will be NO Camp on July 4th.


These stars-to-be will learn to explore their creativity through music, storytelling, movement, and arts. Both fun and educational, we have created our Rising Stars program to provide a warm and nurturing environment, giving campers the opportunity to gain a wonderful introduction to the theatre arts. Camp hours 9am3pm; RISING STAR camps are full day (9am-3pm) and half day (9am-12pm). Full Day Camps: Dr. Seuss July 3-July 7 Christmas in July July 10-July 14 Pirates and Mermaids July 17- July 21 Frozen July 24- July 28 Disney Magic July 31- August 4 Doc McStuffins August 7- August 11 Can’t Stop the Feeling August 14- August 18 Half Day Camps: Under the Sea July 3-July 7 Crazy Animal Fun July 10-July 14 Silly Tea Party July 17- July 21


Campers will learn all aspects of performance, and will have the opportunity to perform in a show at the end of camp and they are open to the public. Campers will perform on stage at St. Clements Auditorium, Saratoga Springs. Camp hours

are 9am-3pm; KIDS camps are 1 or 2 weeks. Aladdin Kids July 3-July 14; Performance July 14 at 11am & 4pm A Mixed-Up Fairytale (Play) July 17- July 28; Performance July 28 at 11am & 4pm A Year with Frog and Toad July 31 - August 11; Performance August 11 at 11am & 4pm On the Radio August 14- August 18; Performance August 18 at 11am & 4pm The above performances are at St. Clement’s School, 231 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs.


Campers will learn all aspects of performance, and will have the opportunity to perform in a show at the end of camp and they are open to the public. Campers will perform on stage at St. Clements Auditorium, Saratoga Springs. Camp hours are 9am-3pm; JUNIOR camps are 1 or 2 weeks. Into the Woods Jr July 3-July 14; Performance July 14 at 1pm & 6pm Glee Camp July 17-July 21; Performance July 21 at 11am & 4pm High School Musical 2 Jr July 24- August 4; Performance August 4 at 1pm & 6pm 3-2-1 Action August 7-August 18; Screening August 18 at 2pm The above performances are at St. Clement’s School, 231 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs.


Campers will learn all aspects of performance, and will have the opportunity to perform 4 performances per camp at Skidmore College JBK Theater. Camp hours are 9am-3pm. Camp will be held at St. Clements School for the first 2 weeks, the third week of camp is at Skidmore College. Oklahoma July 3 - July 22; Performances July 21 & July 22 at 1pm & 7pm Thoroughly Modern Millie July 31 - August 9; Performances August 18 & August 19 at 1pm & 7pm The above performances are at the Janet Kinghorn Bernhard Theater on the Skidmore College Campus.


by Thomas Kika Saratoga TODAY WILTON — Closing out its most recent “Share the Love” charity campaign, New Country Subaru on Route 50 presented a check for $7,388 to local anti-bullying organization, “Act with Respect Always” (AWRA). Headed by former Saratoga Spring tennis coach Rich Johns, AWRA visits schools and encourages students to understand what their peers may be going through and to treat them with respect. This is New Country’s ninth year participating in Subaru’s nationwide Share the Love campaign. In 2013, local dealerships were allowed to choose charities within their own communities to raise money for, alongside other nationally recognized organizations. This year, the other charities included the ASPCA, Meals on Wheels, the Make-a-Wish foundation, and the National Park Foundation. This marks the first year that New Country Subaru chose to raise money for AWRA. Annie Robillard-Esposito, regional representative for Subaru, said that it is up to the specific retailer


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Local Dealership Raises Money for “Act with Respect Always” Photos by Thomas Kika.

New Country Subaru presents a check to AWRA. From left to right behind the check: sales manager Dave Saunders, AWRA president Rich Johns, and AWRA vice president and Saratoga tennis coach Tim O’Brien. Regional Subaru representative Annie Robillard-Esposito stands beside them to the right.

whether or not they work with a charity again for future Share the Love campaigns. “It’s not just to sell cars, and do it for business,” Robillard-Esposito said. “It’s actually to do the right thing for the community.”

The Share the Love event raises money by allowing every customer to choose a charity they wish to donate to, and for each car sold, Subaru of America donates $250. Customers are able to choose multiple charities, so the

Rich Johns (discusses his work with Annie Robillard-Esposito.

Rich Johns signs copies of young adult books that he hands to out to the students that he speaks to.

amount often ends up split however many ways for each charity chosen. This most recent campaign lasted from Nov. 17 to Jan. 3. As part of his work with AWRA, Johns tells people to accept the “1-percent” of others, meaning their outward differences such as appearance and class, and to get to know their “99-percent,” meaning the inner

workings of a person that define them far deeper than tangible traits. “I’m working hard to take away those labels on the 1-percent,” Johns said. “That we should all be accepted for who we are, what we look like, where we live… you are driving a different automobile, but I want to know what’s inside you, and that’s the 99-percent.”

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Schuylerville Honor Society Induction

Schuylerville students at the NHS induction ceremony. Photo courtesy of the Schuylerville Central School District.

SCHUYLERVILLE — The Schuylerville branch of the National Honor Society inducted 45 new members in a ceremony held on April 12. Inductees were chosen based on several criteria,

including scholarship, character, leadership, and community service. Students and other attendees were also treated to words from guest speaker Khamel Abdulai, the director of training and talent

management at Excelsior College and adjunct professor at the College of Saint Rose. For a full list of inductees, see the online version of this brief at

Adirondack Region Junior Achievement Breakfast SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Adirondack branch of Junior Achievement of Northeastern New York will be holding its annual “Building Partners in Junior Achievement” breakfast on April

28, 7:30-9:00 a.m. at the McGregor Links Country Club. Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce President Todd Shimkus will be the event’s featured speaker, with other speakers including Ballard

Road Elementary Principal Michael Huchro, and Ballard Road librarian Katherine O’Donnell. Registration for the event will cost $30. For more information on the event, or to register, go to

Saratoga Schools Universal Pre-Kindergarten SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Springs City School

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

Accepting Dean’s List Submissions If you know of a college student who has recently made their school’s 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

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


Last Week for Dance Alliance 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

Empire State College Announces New Appointment SARATOGA SPRINGS — SUNY Empire State College (ESC) has announced the appointment of David Bejou as the school’s new provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. Bejou has previously served as the dean of the College of Business and Social Sciences for West Virginia State University, and is a tenured professor of marketing. His appointment was the result of a nationwide search conducted by a

New ESC provost David Bejou. Photo courtesy of Empire State College.

committee of student, faculty, and staff. He will begin his new role on July 1.


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Greenfield Elementary School (518) 428-2267

TOWN OF GREENFIELD SUMMER RECREATION PROGRAM Program Information for 2017 Dates: Wed. June 28th – Fri. July 28th Times: 9:00 to 12:00 Monday through Friday (except extended trips) Location: Greenfield Elementary School Cost: $30 for Town Residents Camp Phone: (518) 428-2267 $100 for Non-Residents $5 t-shirt fee Optional field trip fees SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE OPTIONAL FIELD TRIPS Guptills Arena: July 5 (9:30-2:00) Bowling (Grps 1 & 2): July 14 (9:30-12:00) Via Aquarium (Grps 3&4): July 14 (9:30-12:00) County Fair: July 19 (9:15- 3:00) Bowling (Grps 3 & 4): July 21 (9:30-12:00) Via Aquarium (Grps 1&2): July 21 (9:30-12:00) Liberty Ridge: July 26 (9:15-3:00) Youth Day: July 28 (9:00-12:00)

• Ages: 5 through 14 – Children must have completed Kindergarten • Organization: Our program is organized into four smaller groups by grade level. • Group I is for grades 1 & 2 • Group II is for grades 3 & 4 • Group III is for grades 5 & 6 • Group IV is for grades 7 (to age 14) • 15 year olds can apply to be CIT’s • Games, organized activities and arts and crafts are scheduled in these groups. Registration The following forms and fees need to be turned in to the Town Hall by 6/23/17: • Registration Form and Fees (non-refundable). Late registration allowed excluding field trips • Insurance/Emergency Information Form • Immunization Record (obtained from physician). We do not have access to school records. Previous campers need new immunization record • Field Trip Permission/Waiver Form and Fees No field trip registration after 6/23/17 FORMS ARE AVAILABLE AT www. and at the Town Hall

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For Saratoga Farmers’ Market, green goes beyond great vegetables

Sauteed Asian Greens Recipe by Pleasant Valley Farm Serves: 2 to 4

Saturdays, 9 to 1 Lincoln Baths Saratoga Spa State Park by Julia Howard, Market Director

for Saratoga TODAY It’s not easy being green. But as one of our shoppers put it, it’s better for all of us. Camm Epstein arrived at the market to shop on a recent Saturday with a backpack. He filled his pack, and prepared for a one-mile walk home. “It’s good for me and the planet,” he said. As we join the nation in celebrating Earth Day, we recognize that while we are a source of healthy, locally grown food, being green should be more than that. Our customers noted in a survey last year that while they loved the range of local foods that we offer, they wished we could reduce our waste and be more earth-friendly. We took that advice to heart and have launched two initiatives: The first is a compost station. We invite shoppers to bring fruit and vegetable scraps, egg shells, and other easily compostable items from their homes to our

Composting by Pattie Garrett.

compost bin. We also encourage you to deposit any leftovers from foods that you might consume at the market that you don’t plan to take home to eat later. This compost is going to a farm owned by two market volunteers and turned into their compost pile. Nearly 1,000 pounds of new soil that has resulted from these efforts is being put into the Franklin Community Center’s food pantry garden, said volunteer Jim Gupta-Carlson. From leftovers and waste come vegetables for our community. Our second initiative is about recycling. If you’re one of our weekly shoppers, you might be buying cups of coffee, snacking on yogurt cups or cookies, or buying a hot meal to enjoy while listening to our musicians. Consider disposing

of these items’ packaging not in the trash but in bins labeled with recycling signs. The same goes for napkins and other paper items. We hope our market becomes a green collaboration between farmers, shoppers, and the community. As Gupta-Carlson notes, by using baskets and reusable bags and by adapting such healthy habits as walking to the market when feasible, we all can contribute to “the environmental benefit of supporting local food systems and healthy farming practices.” The Saratoga Farmers’ Market will be at its winter location – the Lincoln Baths Building in the Saratoga Spa State Park – for two more Saturdays, 9 a.m.1p.m., before moving outdoors May 3 to High Rock Park.

Basket by Pattie Garrett



* Ingredients can be found at the market

1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet. Add garlic and saute. Do not let it burn. Add mushroom and greens. Toss greens until wilted.

- 1 Tablespoon olive oil - 1 clove garlic minced* - 1 bunch Asian greens* - 4 oz mushrooms*

RECIPE by Pattie Garrett.

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Let’s Do the Twist by John Reardon for Saratoga TODAY Hello my Foodie Friends. Somehow the warmer days and the sunshine make me want to crank up the music, sing and dance. One of mine and Paula’s favorite things to do is to sing in the car. One of the greatest movie scenes of all time occurs in “Wayne’s World” when Wayne, Garth and the crew are driving down the road and offer a stirring rendition of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Part of what makes this scene so hilarious, is that so many of us have done the exact same thing. Whether alone or with friends, there is great joy to be found in singing your heart out — and perhaps even playing a little air guitar — while inhabiting a motor vehicle. Some of life’s greatest memories involve unashamedly singing your favorite song at the top of your lungs with your best friends while sitting in traffic. Who cares if people can see and hear you? I am not sure if anyone recently saw Paula and I singing and dancing (yes, in the car) to Chubby Checker’s 1960’s “Let’s Do the Twist.” It is amazing to reflect on the impact this song had along with “American Bandstand” with Dick Clark had on American culture and the influence it had in changing music (and how we dance) forever. The culinary world has cool tools that “twist” to help you with ease and movement in your day-to-day work. As we go through our kitchens, it is amazing to identify the tools that can “twist” and turn. One tool that has become a favorite is the Zyliss Spiralizer. This is a tool that can help to create perfect ribbons and spirals of

your favorite veggies. Simply insert the vegetable into the top and twist the handle down while applying pressure from the sides. The process will keep your hands and fingers safe from the blades. Both blades store in the bottom compartment for easy space in the drawer. Product comes with a 5-year guarantee and is dishwasher safe. At Compliments to the Chef, we also have a cool tool called “Easi-twist” jar opener that fits a variety of sizes of jars and makes quick work out of breaking seals. The soft rubber inner lining grips lids securely along with having an ergonomic handle. Here is quick and delicious dish to make with a vegetable spiralizer:

Zucchini Noodle and Lemon Ricotta Serves: serves 2 with extra sauce Ingredients - 2-3 large zucchini - 1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, sliced in half - Olive oil, for drizzling - Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper - Hemp seeds and microgreens, for garnish (optional) lemon-macadamia ricotta: - ½ cup raw macadamia nuts, soaked at least 4 hours - ¼ cup raw sunflower seeds, soaked at least 4 hours - ¼ cup hemp seeds - 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice + ½ teaspoon zest - 1 Tablespoon white wine vinegar - 1 Small garlic clove - Handful of fresh herbs - basil, mint, oregano or tarragon - ½ Teaspoon sea salt - ¾ Cup water, more as needed Instructions 1. Drain and rinse your macadamia nuts and sunflower seeds that have been soaking. Add them to a high speed blender with hemp seeds,

lemon juice, lemon zest, white wine vinegar, garlic, herbs, salt and pepper, and water. Add a little olive oil, if necessary, to get your blade moving. 2. Use a spiralizer to cut the zucchini into noodle-sized shapes. 3. Toss zucchini “noodles” with a few spoonfuls of the ricotta, the tomatoes, a drizzle of olive oil and a few pinches of salt and pepper. Serve with extra ricotta on the side. 4. Extra ricotta will keep in the fridge for about 1 day. If it gets a little watery on day 2, give it a stir until it’s cohesive again. Stop by Compliments to the Chef, Saratoga’s true Kitchen essentials store for tools that can help you with your culinary creations. Have fun twisting, shouting, and singing in your kitchens as you use cool tools for cooks. Remember, “Life Happens in the Kitchen.” Take care, John and Paula.

Zyliss Spiralizer


Week of April 21 – April 27, 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. Baha’i Community of Saratoga Springs Saratoga Springs Public Library, Glasby Room Public Meetings 1st Tuesdays, 7p.m. 692-7694, 885-0876 | | 1-800-22UNITE 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: Saturday 10 a.m. Corinth Free Methodist Church   20 Hamilton Ave, Corinth 654-9255; 792-0271 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Corinth United Methodist Church 243 Main Street, Corinth 654-2521 | Services: Sunday 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 21 – April 27, 2017

Worship NorthStar Church 970 Rt. 146, Clifton Park 371-2811 | Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. & 11:15 a.m. Old Saratoga Reformed Church* 48 Pearl St., Schuylerville Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Old Stone Church (American Baptist) 159 Stone Church Road, Ballston Spa 583-1002 | 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. Porter Corners United Methodist Church 512 Allen Road, Porter Corners,NY Service: Sunday 8:45 am Followed by Fellowship Arlene Schmidt, CLM | Handicap accessible 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 8:30 and 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: Saturday 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.; Sunday 8:30 am. St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church 149 Lake Ave, Saratoga Springs 584-0904 | Services: Saturday 5 p.m.; Sundays 8:30 & 11 a.m. St. Peter Lutheran Church 2776 Route 9, Malta | 583-4153 Services: Sunday 8:30 & 10:30 a.m.; Sunday School at 9:15 a.m. St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church 1 Grove Street, Schuylerville 695-3918 | Rev. Donna J. Arnold Services: Sunday 8 & 9 a.m. St. Thomas of Canterbury 242 Grooms Road, Halfmoon | 348-0842 Services: Sunday 10 a.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.) 135 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.

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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. Please volunteer by sending us an email at treetoga6 . We need three types of volunteers: Tree Planters, Tree Hosts and General Event Assistance - To volunteer, or if you have questions, email us by visiting www.sustainablesaratoga. org/treetoga6. Annual Hubbard Hall Perennial Sale If you’d like to support Hubbard Hall and give/get some great perennials for your garden, come to Hubbard Hall on April 29 for our annual perennials sale. Bring freshly dug perennials to donate and begin your shopping at 7 a.m., otherwise stop by and begin shopping at 9 a.m. There will be knowledgeable people on hand to help you make good choices for your particular site and garden needs. These are the best bargains of the season and you help Hubbard Hall keep art and community happening. Hubbard Hall is located at 25 E. Main Street in Cambridge. Spring Kids Bike Giveaway The bike giveaway is sponsored by Bikeatoga. Receive a refurbished bike and helmet at the Bikeatoga Workshop in Saratoga Springs on Saturday, April 29, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., by appointment only. Call 518-290-0065 to schedule an appointment. Arthritis Care Seminar Organized and hosted by the Fraternal Order of Eagles. Everyone is welcome to attend. Dr. Martin S. Farber, MD will be sharing current information in rheumatology and how to deal with arthritis. The seminar will be held at Saratoga Eagles Aerie No. 2586, located at 373 Crescent Ave., Saratoga Springs on Sat. April 29 at 1 p.m.. The doors will open at noon. A light lunch will be served. Please RSVP to Don Yanchunis 518-587-6731.

Spring into Health Day Help kids stay healthy, safe and strong at a free day of fun and information. Events include youth vision screening, how loud is too loud - bring your iPod or listening device to test, healthy eating demonstrations and samples, child seat inspections, and meet a pup in-training to be a guide dog. April 29 from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at The Children’s Museum at Saratoga, located at 69 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs. Reservations for vision screening are appreciated. For more information and to make your vision screening reservation, contact David Lotto 518-584-5440, Sasha’s Run Along the Hudson 5K A new community event will take place in Tallmadge Park in Mechanicville on April 29, at 10 a.m. Sasha’s Run will feature 5K run/walk and kids race. Sasha’s Run was named after Sasha Hudson White, a beautiful baby boy from Mechanicville, who suddenly passed away on Christmas Eve at his home at only 24 days old. His family and friends had decided to honor Sasha by organizing this race and raising funds to help others. 100 percent of proceeds will benefit Ronald McDonald House in Albany. Participants can register for Sasha’s Run online at http://sashasrun. com/ There will also be onsite registration available on the day of the event. For more information contact Olya Prevo‑White at 518728-7707, email: olyaprevo@gmail. com. Goods and Services Auction Join us on Wednesday, April 29 at Universalist Unitarian Congregation, located at 426 Broadway, Saratoga Springs from 7 to 9:30 p.m. for “Sweet Life” Silent and Live Auction. There will be a wide variety of items. Refreshments will be available for purchase. This event is free to attend. Registration encouraged. Please contact by email, 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 at 2 p.m. This benefit is to help raise money for her parents to pay off the medical bills to treat Mya. The price of tickets are $20 (ages 12 and up) included in the price; BBQ chicken dinner, hamburgers and hotdogs available for purchase for children. There will be raffles, a 50/50 drawing and a live auction. All support will be greatly appreciated. Zero K Run Zero K Run promises all of the fun without the run to support the fight against cancer. Non-runners and couch potatoes across the Capital District have an event to call their own with the Great Eastern Zero K event, set for 4 – 8 p.m. on April 30 at the Recovery Sports Grill in Malta. We expect this to be a kind of quirky event that will be a lot of fun and also raise money for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The event has all the aspects of traditional running events, including a group start and trained course marshals. Water stations for hydration during this strenuous event and post-run food will be available. Registration is open at Space is limited to 175. Participants can register individually or coordinate teams. Registration can be made at the Bronze level for $30, where participants get a 0.0 K sticker for their car and a complimentary beer at the after-run party. Both runners and walkers are welcome. Pre-Derby Fundraising Party Experience the Sport of Kings -help to sponsor horses, health and making history to benefit The Learning League and Project Transition for Veterans year-round at local venues through the use of proven sports therapies and technologies concerning spinal cord injuries and PTSD. The event will be held on April 30 from 5 – 8 p.m. at the Gideon Putnam Hotel. Space is limited to the first 80 participants for a personalized experience including a meet and greet with photo-ops. Co-sponsors: Jack Knowlton, Saratoga Stables and Bill Yaiser, Second Chance Sports and The Learning League. For more information call 518-491-0556.

Week of April 21 – April 27, 2017 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.maltaparksrec. com or call 518-899-4411 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. HAHA: Healthy Aging Humorous Aging Lunch and Learn with Dr. Joel Goodman, local founder and director of The Humor Project, on Friday, May 12, 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., at the Holiday Inn, located at 232 Broadway, Saratoga Springs. Admission is $35 ($30 for Academy members) and includes a seated lunch at noon. For registration information and form, please email the Academy at or call the Academy office at 587-2100 x2145. Hosted by The Academy for Lifelong Learning at Saratoga Springs and sponsored by Prestwick Chase.

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. Annual Senior Luncheon Come join the fun Mardi Gras theme luncheon. This event is for seniors age 60 and over. It will be held on Friday, May 19 at the Saratoga Springs City Center located at 522 Broadway, Saratoga Springs. Doors open at 11 a.m. and lunch is served at noon. Menu is bourbon chicken, scalloped potatoes, green bean creole, dinner roll, mini king cake and beverages. No take outs. No animals allowed. We will have live music, door prizes, and a raffle. Tickets are required to attend and will not be sold at the door. Tickets are available now and can be purchased until May 5 at the Office for the Aging for $4 each. We also have several locations with ticket sales available throughout Saratoga County. Please call for details 518-884-4100. 8th Adirondack Greek Festival The 8th Adirondack Greek Festival will be held at St. George Church, 55 Main St., South Glens Falls on July 13 – 15. On Thursday, July 13 from 4 to 8 p.m., we will have gyro and souvlaki to go. On Friday and Saturday, July 14 and 15 from noon to 9 p.m., we will have our full festival with authentic Greek food, pastries, folk dancers, live music, souvenirs, kids’ activities, and church tours. Free admission and parking. OPA! For more information, call Marika at 518-792-8299 or the church at 518-792-2359.

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Week of April 21 – April 27, 2017 followed by a hands-on art activity. Free and open to the public. Reservations are strongly suggested. For reservations and information call 518-580-8080.

Family Friendly Event

Friday, April 21 Dancer Film Screening National Museum of Dance, 99 South Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 7 p.m. Dancer tells the story of Sergei Polunin, the Royal Ballet’s youngest ever Principal Dancer. Plagued with selfdestruction because of his stardom, Polunin walked away from his career, just a few years later, during its peak. Free event, seating is limited. For more information, call 518584-2225.

Saturday, April 22 Annual Garage Sale The Milton Grange, Rock City Falls Rd., Ballston Spa, 8 a.m.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.

Tang Family Saturdays Tang Museum, Skidmore Campus, Saratoga Springs, 2 – 3:30 p.m. Build a Better World: we will look at Nick Cave’s Soundsuit in “If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day: Collections of Claude Simard.” Cave’s sculpture includes many small globes among other objects. Each participant will create a 3-D sculptural collage using world maps as our building material. Suitable for children ages 5 and up with their adult companions. Programs include a brief tour of a current Tang exhibition

Meatloaf and Mac and Cheese Dinner Fundraiser S. Glens Falls United Methodist Church, 15 Maplewood Parkway, S. Glens Falls, 4:30 – 6 p.m. This is the last dinner of the season. The dinner benefits the kitchen fund. Enjoy home-made soups and desserts too. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children 5 – 12 and children under 5 are free. Take-outs and home delivery please call 518-793-1152.

Sunday, April 23 Book Launch Celebration Caffé Lena, 43 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 2 to 4 p.m. All are welcome to join us for refreshments, music, and a book signing. 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: ellieparker@hotmail. com 518-587-6433.

Concert to Honor Dr. David Wasser United Methodist Church, Fifth Ave. & Henning Rd. 3 p.m. The Saratoga Chamber Players return 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. Adults: $20; Seniors: $18; Students: $15; Children are admitted free of charge. Tickets may be purchased on-line or at the door. http://www. event/voice-piano-stringsbeckon.

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Thorobred Toastmasters Saratoga Regional YMCA, 290 West Ave, Saratoga Springs, 6 – 7 p.m. Develop and grow - both personally and professionally. Whether you’re an executive or a stay-at-home parent, a college student or a retiree, you will improve yourself; building skills to express yourself in a variety of situations. You’ll be giving better work presentations; leading meetings - and participating in them - more confidently; speaking more smoothly off the cuff; even handling oneon-one interactions with family, friends and colleagues more positively. Visit us at: http://7379.toastmastersclubs. org/.

Tuesday, April 25 New Saratoga Friends Saratoga Springs Public Library, Susman Room, Saratoga Springs, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. New Saratoga Friends is a social group for baby boomers in the Saratoga area who are interested in making new friends to socialize with. This is not a dating or singles group. Couples and singles are welcome and there is no membership fee. Group members plan social activities based on their interests. For more information contact newsaratogafriends@gmail. com or join our New Saratoga Friends Meetup group at www.

Wednesday, April 26 Care Links Volunteer Open House Burnt Hills Library, 2 Lawmar Lane, Burnt Hills, 10:30 a.m. – Noon 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. Light refreshments will be served. To reserve your place, please call Care Links at 518-3993262.

Cancer Support Group Saratoga Hospital, 211 Church St., Saratoga Springs. Noon – 1 p.m. The cancer support group is a safe container to explore common physical, financial, emotional, cognitive, developmental, familial and spiritual issues. Pierre Zimmerman, who facilitates this group, is a survivor of stage 4 cancer, diagnosed in 2001 and given a few months to live. He has been dedicating a large part of his life since then to supporting people on their journeys with cancer. Call Pierre at 413- 992-7012 to register.

Swiss Steak Dinner Saratoga-Wilton Elks, 1 Elks Lane, Rt. 9, Saratoga Springs, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Soup Dijour, toss salad, baked chicken, swiss steak, mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables, rolls and butter, dessert, coffee and tea. Donation requested: $12 adults, $11. Seniors (62 years) and Military (Active or Retired) with ID card, $8 Children 5-12. Children under 5 Free, $12 All Take-outs. Cash Bar Available. Call 518-5842585 for more information.

The Dark Continent Crandall Library, 251 Glen St., Glens Falls 7 p.m. Neal and Edna Van Dorsten will present “The Dark Continent,” an illustrated slide talk on the wildlife and history of southern Africa. This program is offered by the Southern Adirondack Audubon

Society in partnership with Adirondack Mountain Club. This presentation will include highlights of their flying safari in southern Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana. Wildlife photos will include both common and rare birds and animals. The Van Dorstens will discuss the logistics of the trip, interesting sidelines and problems that may be encountered on a trip like this, as well as the cultural diversity and history of that region. Open to the public.

Saratoga Acoustic Blues Open Mic and Jam Café Lena, 33 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 7:30 p.m. Sign-Up: 7 p.m. Acoustic Jam to follow - All levels of playing welcome. Hosted by: NYS Blues Hall of Fame inductee, Sonny Speed for SABS. Featured Artists: Robin O”Herin – 2013 Boston Flues Finalist, specializes in historically rich, often interactive concerts. Learn more about Robin Come on down to listen and play the Blues. Admission: $5. For more information, call 518-587-6433.

Thursday, April 27 Saratoga Good Scout Dinner Saratoga Springs City Center, 522 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 6 p.m. Scouts will honor Frank Parillo and Larry Gordon with Good Scout Award 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 7p.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@ .

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Week of April 21 – April 27, 2017

Puzzles Across 1 Trellis pieces 6 “Ideas worth spreading” acronym 9 Runs out 14 Eponym of a United Kingdom poetry prize 15 Schooner filler 16 Walking the dog, e.g. 17 *Lost it 19 Storage place 20 Play set 22 Nonpro? 23 Man’s best friend, e.g. 26 Fiona, after Shrek’s kiss 28 Cut deeply 29 “Blues on the Bayou” musician 31 Spanish pronoun 32 Overindulgent outings 34 Stranded messenger 37 Handle 39 Mr. Potato Head piece 40 Front-wheel alignment 42 Unduly 43 Possesses with pride 46 Deflect, with “off” 47 Passes out 49 “The Girls Next Door” co-creator 51 Fictional Indiana town in “Parks and Recreation” 53 Genuine 54 Dust Bowl migrant 55 Release request 58 Summation symbol, in math 60 *Entertained the kids, in a way 64 Moral principle 65 Scar, say 66 Thorny evergreen 67 Occupied, as a desk 68 Museum pieces 69 Vertical Down 1 Its natl. emblem is the cedar tree 2 Every drop 3 20-20, e.g. 4 “What do you think?” 5 What one might have with milk, briefly? 6 Needle 7 Different 8 Road sign image

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See puzzle solution on page 46 9 Email option, for short 10 “Shoot!” 11 *”Bonanza” star 12 Brings (out) 13 Late round 18 Satellite broadcasts 21 Team connection 23 Get rid of 24 Retro diet, to put it mildly 25 *Cottage site in the Beatles’ “When I’m Sixty-Four” 27 Kernel 29 Leadership 30 Hall of Fame pitcher Blyleven 33 Organic fuel 35 Bay Area pro 36 Court rival of Pete 38 Village Voice award

41 Risqué ... and what each answer to a starred clue contains? 44 Law school newbie 45 Drew back 48 Lack of get-up-and-go 50 Hold rapt 51 Puts forward 52 Animal that’s been a Japanese Natural Monument since 1931 53 Quick on the uptake 56 Humorous Bombeck 57 Sewer’s concern 59 Play 61 Natural resource 62 L.A. school 63 LAPD rank

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: Young, Youthful Young means immature or not advanced in age. She is looking after his two young children, ages 2 and 4. Youthful means having attractive qualities of youth. Her youthful exuberance keeps everyone on their toes. 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 21 – April 27, 2017


Skidmore Theater Presentation Revisits a Volatile Time in 1970’s New York by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — By the time the early 1970s rolled around, any promise perceived of a train bound for glory on a fast track to the Aquarian Age had instead become supplanted by a cranky subway car departing a graffiti-stained station with a congregation of misfits aboard. It is these characters of humanity – Rake the hustler, Fick the junkie, Al the alcoholic, and Franny the transvestite prostitute – put on display, in all their grit and glory in the staging of Skidmore Theater’s presentation of “Balm In Gilead.” The play, scripted by Lanford Wilson, premiered Off Off Broadway at La MaMa in 1965 and a generation later re-set to take place in the early 1970s. The geography is uptown Manhattan, the setting an all-night diner where characters drift in and out against a backdrop of booths and swiveling stools that lean on a cheesy, diamond-motif counter topped by metal napkin holders, red and yellow plastic-spout squeeze bottles, and a big, clunky cash register. Under the direction of Phil Soltanoff - a veteran of recent projects staged in Austin, Vancouver, Los Angeles and New York City - the two dozen or so Skidmore College players convincingly convey a scenario with a talented realism that certainly pre-dates the time before their own existence on earth if not their parents, in providing a voyeuristic experience of a collection of characters whose lives are simultaneously humorous and tragic. Sydney Tennant portrays the doe-eyed Darlene - a naïve, newly transplanted New Yorker - with credible splendor, marathon monologuing deep into the night, expressing every single thought that pours from her mind with a blend of childlike innocence and annoying animation. She engages even the most hardened characters seated in the 24-hour diner in a shared humanity, if only for a fleeting moment. When she concludes her soliloquy by saying “Anyway, to make a long story short…” it cracks everyone up, characters and audience alike. In John - the grungy, aprondraped cafe manager portrayed by Jacob Hudson who alternates his time between cooking in the kitchen

Darlene (portrayed by Sydney Tennant) and Ann (Lulu Fairclough-Stewart) on set at Skidmore Theater’s presentation of “Balm In Gilead,” which plays through Sunday. Photo provided.

and showing non-paying customers the door - and Kay, the yellowgarbed waitress played by Anabel Milton who runs around taking coffee orders and wiping down tables – the play depicts a solid foundation of the drab, bleak realities of the working class. It stands in high contrast to the commotion of platinum blonde wigs and wounded blue jeans, hot pants, leather thigh-high boots and fishnet stockings, silver sequined miniskirts and post-hippie fringe in a sleaze-and-glam cacophony that lives somewhere between a New York Dolls concert and a Starsky & Hutch TV show. Lulu Fairclough-Stewart especially shines as the oh-so-bored, scarlet-haired Ann, providing a perfect foil to Darlene’s ramblings, nursing a cigarette and firmly encased in her hard shell of emotional body armor, before heading back into the street, past a shuttered bodega and an alleyway framed by trash, to make her living. Chris Naughton is convincing as well in a lead role as the mustached drug dealer Joe, for whom the naïve Darlene falls. The ensemble as a whole weaves its work like a large orchestra, a series of direct and non-direct actions conveying the mayhem with an authenticity; These student actors bring the scenes to life. An appropriate soundtrack blares out the diner jukebox throughout: Frank Sinatra’s “That’s Life,” Bruce Springsteen’s “Meeting

Across the River,” “Thunder Road,” and “Jungleland,” and “Waltzing Matilda” sung by Tom Waits, that fittingly sprinkles the optimistic hope of escape onto on-the-nod moments of despair. After the final curtain call, the characters return for one more goaround the diner, reminiscent of the dusky cycling at the conclusion of the Rolling Stones documentary “Gimme Shelter,” and which leaves the open question: are we moving on to a grander time in this life, or

being forced to return to our destiny, time and again. Skidmore Theater Presents “Balm In Gilead,” by Lanford Wilson. Director: Phil Soltanoff. Performances at 8 p.m. Friday, April 21 and Saturday, April 22, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 23. Skidmore College: Janet Kinghorn

Bernhard Mainstage. Tickets are $12 adult, $8 students and faculty. After the April 22 performance of Balm in Gilead, the Skidmore Theater Department will host its annual house party. “That 70’s House Party,” is a celebratory event to recognize the department’s achievements this year.

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“Fields of View” Exhibition Opens Saturday SCHUYLERVILLE — A new exhibition of artists whose work was inspired by the natural world around them opens at the Laffer Gallery on Saturday. “Each of the artists in this show thrive in the natural environment,” said Erik Laffer, owner of the gallery, located on Broad Street in Schuylerville. “They are inspired by nature, which is evident by how well their works complement one another.” The exhibition features the work of artists Ann Larsen, James Coe and Virginia McNeice. The opening reception takes place 5-8 p.m. on Saturday, April 22. Larsen is an accomplished oil painter who received the 2014 Award of Excellence at the Paso Robles Invitational, and has been featured as an “Artist to Watch” by Southwest Art Magazine. Coe is an artist with a passion for birds, nature, old barns, and relics of our rural heritage. Growing up in the suburbs of New York City,

he was fascinated early on by the egrets and shorebirds he noticed in nearby salt marshes, and he taught himself to identify the birds he spotted around town. McNeice attended Pratt Institute of Art and has studied at the Art Student’s League, SUNY Albany, Skidmore College and the Vermont Studio Center. McNeice’s work in pastel and oil is inspired by nature, and her primary focus is upon color relationships, contrast and the effect of light at various times of the day. She lives and works on an old farm in Cambridge. “I paint the landscape because I live in a beautiful area of upstate New York,” McNeice said. “When I stand out in a field in front of the woods, a pasture or pond I am stimulated by all the possibilities that present themselves to me – the colors – the light – the dark shapes. It is all so wonderful and full of promise.”

Week of April 21 – April 27, 2017

Kelly’s Angels Seeks Runners And Walkers For Mother-Lovin’ Day 5K SARATOGA SPRINGS — Kelly’s Angels is looking for people eager to exercise and have fun in the name of helping children touched by cancer. The Wilton-based charity is preparing for its popular MotherLovin’ Day 5K Run/Walk, Sunday, May 14 at the Saratoga Spa State Park. Race day registration and packet pickup runs from 7:308:30 a.m. at the Orenda Pavilion. Kelly’s Angels was founded in 2008 by WNYT reporter Mark Mulholland in memory of his wife, Kelly, who passed away in 2007 after a battle with

cancer. Kelly’s Angels provides gifts to children under the age of 18 who have lost a parent or sibling to cancer. The donations, called “Fun Grants,” are as varied as the kids whom Kelly’s Angels serves — from the purchase of a guitar, a night out at a fancy restaurant, to trips to big league games. “We hold this event on Mother’s Day because it honors Kelly as a devoted mother, wife and revered teacher who loved children with all of her heart,” said Kelly’s Angels President Mark Mulholland, in a statement.

Participants are encouraged to register at php?e=892 Cost to register is $25 for individuals. Race day registration is $30. Teams are encouraged to sign up. The annual event begins at 8:45 a.m. with a free Fun Run for kids ages 9 and under, followed by the start of the 5K Run/Walk at 9:15 a.m. Awards will be given to the first and second overall male and female winners as well as first, second and third place male and female winners across eight different age groups.

Saratoga Auto Auction at SPAC in September: Opening reception April 28

SARATOGA SPRINGS — An opening reception of the exhibit “The Gavel: Cars of the Saratoga Auto Auction,” will be held at the Saratoga Automobile Museum on Friday, April 28. The exhibit – which

includes a 1931 Ford Model A Woody to a very rare 1957 Chrysler 300C, will run until September, and culminate in the Saratoga Auto Auction, to take place live on stage at the Saratoga Performing Arts

Center on Sept. 22 – 23. The museum’s 15th annual gala will be held June 10. For more information, go to:

Saratoga County Fair Announces Highlights of Summertime Tradition BALLSTON SPA — The Saratoga County Fair will celebrate its 176th anniversary season this summer with a weeklong fair from July 18 to 23. The event will feature seven entertainment stages, animal displays – from domestic to exotic – live music, food, craft beer and wine vendors and six nights of

competition spotlighting pro rodeo, demo derby, modified tractor, and four-wheel drive truck pulls. The Fairgrounds will feature a new 7,000 square-foot building as the permanent home of the Stewart’s Shops Show Ring, where local dairy and beef farms will compete for cash awards, ribbons, and bragging rights.

For potential exhibitors, information is now available online at and includes specific details on all the 2017 competitive departments, including animals, produce, arts and crafts, antiques, talent show, pageants, and more.

Week of April 21 – April 27, 2017


SPAC-Caffè Lena Initiate Partnership to Stage Concert Series in Saratoga by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — This weekend’s concert by The Orchestra of St. Luke’s will mark the second of six concerts brought to Saratoga Springs this year born of a newly forged partnership between Caffè Lena and the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. The collaboration between the two venues, each which has staged more than a half-century of performances, will encompass jointly curated and presented programs at both venues, with the location varying by season. The Orchestra of St. Lukes, one of Americas foremost chamber orchestras, will make a first-ever appearance in the Capital Region on April 25 in an exclusive performance at Lena’s café. “I was in New York in January talking with some friends over coffee when they mentioned they had this program of baroque chamber music they were doing,” recalled SPAC President and CEO Elizabeth Sobol. “It was written by Bach to be performed at Café Zimmerman - a coffeehouse in Leipzig where all the artists and intellectuals would gather at the time Bach was living there. When I heard it was at a coffeehouse, I thought: Oh my God,

that has got to come to Caffè Lena. It’s a perfect collaboration between SPAC and Caffè Lena.” And while this weekend’s show is sold out, tickets are still available for the third spring program, which will be staged at Caffè Lena May 4 and features Louisville, Kentucky-based folk band Harpeth Rising. Tickets are available at: http://www.brownpapertickets. com/event/2910973. In June, the series shifts to SPAC, where three free Sunday afternoon concerts, one each in June, July, and August will be staged at the new gazebo. “Very soon we’ll be announcing the summer component to the partnership which will include a monthly Caffè Lena Day at SPAC,” Sobol explained. “It’ll be the whole afternoon, from 12 to 5, and families will be able to come and hang and make music a real part of the afternoon in the park.” The three summer concerts are being curated by the café’s executive director, Sarah Craig. “When we sat down and started talking about artists, every band Sarah mentioned to me I flipped over. Everything she mentioned I love,” Sobol said. “I looked for artists that have a huge energy and a rich intensity that can hold up well in an outdoor

environment,” said Craig, adding that the schedule of musicians, when solidified, could number as many as three performers on each of the three days. And while the teaming-up of the two Saratoga Springs powerhouses marks the first official collaboration between the venues, there is a long list of artists – from Bob Dylan to Melanie to Don McLean – who have performed at both, as well as a synergy historically fostered by Lena Spencer, who invited musicians appearing on the SPAC stage to come and perform after-hour concerts at her Phila Street café. With six months under her belt as the new leader at SPAC, Sobol said one goal is creating new ventures while maintaining the venue’s time-honored traditions. “I was being very conservative until I got the lay of the land. I haven’t touched the big resident companies because they’re so important to the DNA of SPAC, but we’ve been making some enhancements – like this Caffè Lena partnership, and within the next couple of weeks we’re going to be announcing all sorts of partnerships with some of our other cultural family members,” Sobol said. “There are so many organizations here, my feeling is the more we all work together the more we raise Saratoga up.“

Avant Jazz at The Tang

Chris Corsano pulls ethereal cries from his drumkit and Joe McPhee breathes characters to life through his saxophone on a night celebrating the creative power of music, poetry and film at the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery on the campus of Skidmore College, April 13, 2017. Photo by Thomas Dimopoulos.

YES Coming to The Capital Region

Rick Wakeman, of YES. Photo: Fred Kuhlman.

ALBANY — The band YES, featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, and Rick Wakeman will perform at the Palace Theatre on Oct. 5. The group’s six-week North American tour kicks off Aug. 26 in California and concludes in Miami in mid- October.

Tickets are $125, $79.75, $69.75, $59.75 & $49.75 and go on sale Friday, April 21 at the Palace Theatre Box Office, located at 19 Clinton Ave. in Albany. Tickets are also available for purchase via Ticketmaster Charge-byPhone at 800-745-3000 or online at

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Week of April 21 – April 27, 2017

“The Foreigner” Professor Louie Comes to The Strand Opens Saturday at HMT

Grammy Award nominated Professor Louie and The Crowmatix will perform at the Strand Theater, 210 Main St, Hudson Falls, on Friday April 21. Tickets are $15 general admission, $12 seniors and students. Photo provided. Charlie Baker (Nick Casey), Froggy LeSueur (Dennis Skiba), Catherine Simms (Nicole Mecca), in “The Foreigner,” which opens Saturday, April 22. Photo: HMT.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Home Made Theater closes their 32nd season with Larry Shue’s comedy “The Foreigner.” The show runs weekends April 22 through May 7 at the Spa Little Theater in the Saratoga Spa State Park. Charlie Baker is a painfully shy Englishman who’s terrified of conversation – with anyone. So, when he’s dropped off at Betty Meeks’ rural Georgia hunting lodge for a few days of peace and quiet, the local inhabitants are told that Charlie can’t speak or understand a word of English. This puts Charlie in the interesting position of overhearing more than he should. “The

Foreigner” humorously barrels along and explodes in a wildly funny climax. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays, April 22, 28, 29 and May 5, 6 at 7:30 p.m. Matinees are Sundays, April 23, 30 and May 7 at 2 p.m. An optional dinner package is available prior to the evening performances and following Sunday matinees at Pennell’s Restaurant for an additional $24 per person plus tax and gratuity. Ticket prices are $27 and $24. Tickets can be purchased online at the HMT web site,, in person during box office hours, or by calling HMT at 518-587-4427.

Public Reception Saturday for New Exhibitions at Tang Museum

Africa Pop Studio, on exhibit at the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery. Photo provided.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College presents “If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day: Collections of Claude Simard,” on view from April 22 through Sept. 24. The exhibition that explores

the collective, resonant, and enduring global web of art through the inquisitive eye of a visionary and fervent collector, artist, and gallerist, and is curated by Tang Dayton Director Ian Berry. Simard was an influential figure within the international art

community and dedicated over 30 years of his life to engaging with and enriching the lives of artists as both muse and patron. His curiosity and drive to collect resulted in a sizable collection of art and objects from across centuries and continents. These objects served as offerings of inspiration for his artist friends, brought attention to contemporary artists operating outside of Western art centers, and represent collecting as an inherently artistic practice in its own right. The exhibition features a large representative selection from Simard’s collection, acquired both abroad and from within the United States. A public reception starts at 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 22 in celebration of the exhibitions on view: If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day: Collections of Claude Simard, Inhabited Landscapes: Bougault’s Algeria, Janine Antoni and Stephen Petronio: Entangle, Liz Collins — Energy Field, and Africa Pop Studio. A Curator’s Tour of the Simard exhibit takes place at noon on Tuesday, April 25. Free and open to the public.

Week of April 21 – April 27, 2017


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Ron and Bill Dixie Land Duo, 7 pm @ Inn at Saratoga — 583.1890

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Buddy Holly Tribute with The Bob Bates Band, 7 pm @ Hudson River Music Hall — 832.3484

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Masters of Nostalgia, 8:30 pm @ One Caroline — 587.2026

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Irish Celtic Session, 7 pm @ The Parting Glass — 583.1916 Touche Amore, Basement, Cities Aviv, 6:30 pm @ Upstate Concert Hall — 371.0012


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1941, Whirlaway, The Triple Crown And The Travers

by Joe Raucci for Saratoga TODAY In the world of sports, 1941 was a year to remember. It was the year that the great Joe DiMaggio, “The Yankee Clipper,” made his assault on the record books as he hit safely in 56 consecutive games. It is a record that will likely never be broken. An interesting anecdote: after going hitless, “The Clipper” went on a 19-game streak. He had hit in a remarkable 75 of 76 games. The baseball Gods had another one up their sleeve

that year. The greatest pure hitter the game has ever seen, Ted Williams, was making his own run at immortality. His year long quest to join the likes of Ty Cobb as one of baseball’s select few to hit for a .400 average would come down to the last day of the season. Williams’ average stood at .400. He could sit out the final day, a doubleheader, and have the mark for the asking. Williams would have no part of it. He played both games, went six for eight and ended up with a .406 average. Here we are seventy-six years later and no one has ever come close to that astonishing number. Boxing too would highlight two of its greatest champions that year. The legendary heavyweight champion Joe Louis met light-heavyweight champion Billy Conn, known as the “Pittsburg Kid,” at a jam-packed Polo Grounds on June 18 of that year. The great Louis had his hands full all night with Conn. So far ahead was Conn that he

could take the championship just by staying clear of Louis for the last three rounds. Conn, quite aware of this, instinctively went for the kill. The bell sounded for round 13 and Billy charged right at Louis. This would turn out to be the biggest mistake of his storied career. Mid-round Louis landed a ferocious shot to the jaw that stunned Conn. He regained his composure and slugged it out with the Champ. Louis put an end to the dream with a flurry of punches that sent Conn reeling to the canvas. One of boxing’s greatest battles had come to an end. An interesting fact: Saratoga native Bob Pastor had bouts with both boxing icons. He went the distance with Louis in their first fight and lasted eleven rounds in their heavyweight title bout. Quite a showing from our own NYU educated pugilist. The Sport of Kings would have their entry in that year of giants. He was a three-year-old chestnut colt whose trademark

long, bushy tail was all that most other thoroughbreds would ever get close enough to see. His name was Whirlaway. Owned and bred by Warren Wright at fabled Calumet Farms; trained by the father-son combo of Ben and Jimmy Jones, who together were responsible for eight Kentucky Derby wins; and, ridden by the incomparable Eddie Arcaro, the greatest jockey of all time by a dozen lengths, Whirlaway had all the credentials needed to thrill racing fans in his unprecedented run at the storied Triple Crown and Travers stakes sweep. Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby was the first destination on his run to glory. Off to a slow start, the highly skilled Arcaro weaved him through some heavy traffic and then stepped on the gas and cruised to an eye opening 8 length victory and a new track record of 2:01.2 for the mile and a quarter. The stage was being set. Two weeks later all roads would lead to Pimlico and the run for the black eyed susans. He went out for a stroll in the park and an easy five length win to notch the Preakness Stakes and a shot at immortality. He then headed to New York for his date with destiny. After an easy win in a prep race a week before the Belmont Stakes, he was fine-tuned for the big event. Only three other entries were listed as starters the day of the Belmont. Arcaro unleashed the colt early on and breezed to a three-length score in the mile and a half classic. Whirlaway had easily taken all three Triple Crown events. He was racing’s fifth winner of the crown. Now the Jones duo made plans for his summer campaign. This would include a van ride up route 9 and a rendezvous at Saratoga with the Travers Stakes and the elusive prize. On Aug. 16, the race was at hand. Only two other trainers had entries in the race. They were there for second and third, money and nothing more. Whirlaway put those two in the rear-view mirror and galloped home a three-length

winner. Whirlaway had done what no other has done before or since that day. He had swept the Triple Crown and the Travers Stakes. How demanding is it? Gallant Fox was the first to find out. He went down to a longshot named Jim Dandy. Next up was the great Affirmed. He too failed in his ill-fated attempt at it. Fresh in our memory, American Pharaoh made his bid three years ago to enter this select club of one. He also could not seal the deal. This year, 1941, will stand out forever as one of greatest seasons in sports history. Unfortunately, “A day that will live in infamy,” Sunday, December 7, 1941 would take center stage as Japanese bombs rained on our Pacific Fleet moored at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. America would now launch a massive effort to win the Second World War. Saratoga went dark during the war years and racing did not return until 1946. Major League Baseball was relegated to a subpar level. Most of the players were needed for more important business. Boxing also sent many of its combatants overseas. It was not until 1946 that Louis would meet Conn in the ring again. Both men had lost their edge. Louis put Conn away but some of the luster was gone. The fight however did leave us with this memorable quote. When asked if Conn had any chance to win the fight, Louis shot back “he can run but he can’t hide.” Whirlaway won back-toback horse of the year honors in 1941 and ‘42. He is a member of racing’s Hall of Fame here on Union Avenue. There he awaits the next TC champion that tries to duplicate his memorable feat. Will it ever happen again? It is possible. Two of the aforementioned came close. In fact, Affirmed actually crossed the finish line first only to be disqualified and placed second to his historic foe Alydar. If or when it does happen you can rest assured that you will be witnessing one superb racehorse, perched at the top of his game, prepared and ready for the challenge that awaits him.

Week of April 21 – April 27, 2017


Oklahoma Training Track Opens for the Season SARATOGA SPRINGS — The storied Oklahoma Training Track, across Union Avenue from the Saratoga Race Course, officially opened for the 2017 racing season on April 17. Prior to the start of competition in July, members of the public can visit the track from 6:00-10:00 a.m.

every day of the week, where they can watch thoroughbreds run as they prepare for the season ahead. Visitors will also be able to visit the Whitney Viewing Stand, which was unveiled in 2013 as pat of the track’s 150th anniversary celebration, from 6:00-10:30 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

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Week of April 21 – April 27, 2017

Saratoga Baseball Claims First-Ever I-87 Cup SARATOGA SPRINGS — Besting rivals Shenendehowa 5-4 in a nonleague game on April 14, the Saratoga Springs High School baseball team walked away with the first ever I-87

Cup. The game, which took place at Shuttleworth Park in Amsterdam, seemed like a dead heat up until the bottom of the eighth inning, when junior Brian Hart hit a solo home run

that led the Blue Streaks to become the inaugural winners of the new championship. The Blue Streaks are next scheduled to take on Mohonasen in an away game on April 24.

Equestricon Partners with Horse Country Photo courtesy of Discover Saratoga.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Organizers of the 57th annual Saratoga Springs Horse Show have announced that preparations have begun for this year’s event, which will also be its 40th and final year on the grounds of Yaddo. The show will begin on May 3, and will run from Wednesday to Sunday of each week until May 21. Racing fans can expect warm-ups and competition

to begin between 7:30-8:00 a.m., and continue until 5:00 p.m. Special events this season will include Breast Cancer Awareness Day on May 11, Veteran’s Appreciation Day on May 20, and special celebrations for the Kentucky Derby and the running of the Preakness on May 6 and May 20, respectively. For more information on the show, go to

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Equestricon has announced a new partnership with Horse Country, a Lexington-based not-for-profit organization that offers racing fans the opportunity to get a behindthe-scenes look at the industry through tours of member farms.

Through this partnership, Horse Country will be bringing eight of its most well-known farms to the convention. Some of the confirmed Horse Country members coming to Equestricon are Claiborne Farm, Darby Dan Farm, Denali Stud, Darley, Hagyard

Equine Medical Institute, Mill Ridge Farm, Pin Oak Stud, Taylor Made Farm, and Winstar Farm. For more information on Horse Country, go to Equestricon will be held in the Saratoga Springs City Center, August 14-15.

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

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

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

Week of April 21 – April 27, 2017


Great Success at the Code Blue Needs You Road Race by Thomas Kika Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Code Blue Saratoga Emergency Shelter’s annual “Blue Needs You” 8K run and expo took off through the streets of Saratoga Springs last weekend, and the results were all that the organization had hoped for. Each year since beginning the 8K run event, Code Blue, a local emergency shelter for the homeless, sets a budget-level for the year going forward with the hope that the funds raised at the event will match or exceed it. This year, the proposed budget was $40,000, which the Blue Needs You event raised almost exactly, according to executive director Michael Finocchi. “We were right on target,” Finocchi said. This budget was up slightly from previous years’ races. Despite raising a larger amount, this year’s run saw fewer runners, 470, compared to last year, though still significantly higher than the first year. Finocchi and others at Code Blue say that this lower attendance may be due to other runs that were being held at the same time. This had not been the case in previous years.

This year’s run started out from High Rock Park in downtown Saratoga Springs. From there, runners took Lake Avenue for a ways, crossing up and down a number of side streets before ending up on East Avenue. From East, the runners went all the way to Excelsior Avenue where they took a right, following the street all the way through a loop it makes near the Residence Inn near the Northway. Coming back down Excelsior, they turned onto Excelsior Spring Avenue briefly, and then turned once more onto the Spring Run Trail. Following this trail all the way back down to East, they once again returned to High Rock where the run concluded. Code Blue is a shelter that provides emergency housing for the homeless during severe winter weather conditions, such as when the temperature drops below freezing or when more than 10-inches of snowfall is predicted. Code Blue also works to transition its residents to more stable living situations, including apartments or rehab services. “It’s very reassuring when you’re down there and you see how many people care about those we help,” Finocchi said.

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Racers make their way through Saratoga side streets in the Code Blue Needs You 8K.

Female winner Faith Demars, 14.

Fingerpaint owner Ed Mitzen.

Male winner Aaron Lozier.



Week of April 21 – April 27, 2017

COMMUNITY SPORTS BULLETIN Earth Day at Camp Saratoga WILTON — The Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park will hold a celebration of Earth Day at Camp Saratoga on April 22. Activities will run from 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., and they will include the following: the Saratoga Stryders Saturday Morning 5K Fun Fitness Run/ Walk at 8:30 a.m., the Family One-Mile Fitness Walk at 9:00 a.m., the Volunteer Habitat Conservation Project at 10:00 a.m., the Pond Exploration Nature Crafts Fire Tower from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., the Nature Scavenger Hunt at 11:00 a.m., and the Wellness Walk at 11:00 a.m. Healthy Living and Stewart’s will be providing healthy snacks for the event. For more information, go to

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

Cantina Fun Run SARATGOA SPRINGS — The Cantina Restaurant will be hosting its yearly Kid’s Fun Run on June 4, from 8-11 a.m. at Congress Park. Kids can choose from either a ¼ mile run or a full mile run, and the top three boys and girls from each course will receive special trophies. Other activities at the event will include face painting, healthy snacks, and live music from 101.3 The Jockey. Money raised at the event will go towards providing pediatric care at Saratoga Hospital’s Emergency Department. For more information about the run, go to www.saratogahospit a l . or g / a b out - u s / e v e nt s / cantina-kids-fun-run.

Baker Trail Hike GANSEVOORT — The Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center will be hosting a hike up the Baker Trail on April 28 starting at 11 a.m. The hike will take participants almost 1.5 miles up, so the Park is encouraging people to bring plenty

of water and energy-rich healthy snacks. Registration is required with 24 hours advanced notice. Anyone interested in taking part should call 518-793-0511.

WILTON — The Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park will be hosting a wellness walk on April 24 at 10:00 a.m. The walk is intended to provide gentle exercise and is geared towards participants at a basic fitness level. For more information on the event’s location and to sign up, call 518-450-0321 or email

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

Recreation Department Spring Soccer

Recreation Department Playground Program

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 www.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Playground Program is a seven-week program for ages 5-12. Physical and mental wellbeing will be promoted through daily recreational activities and socialization to keep childrens’ minds sharp and encourage creativity. Registration concludes 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

Wellness Walk

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 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

Golf League SignUp’s SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Lake Golf Club’s Summer League signups 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 www.saratogalakegolf. com for more information.

Week of April 21 – April 27, 2017


Blue Streaks Athletes College Bound Photos by Thomas Kika

Best friends Daniel Varsames and Michael Moran will both be playing soccer at Utica this fall.

by Thomas Kika Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — A crowd of cheering friends and families filled the bleachers in the Saratoga Springs High School’s blue gym as 14 young athletes embraced their futures. In a special ceremony held on April 12, the Saratoga Springs City School District honored 14 senior athletes as they signed their letters of intent to play inter-collegiate athletics at the universities of their choice in the fall. Athletic director Peter Sheehan addressed the attending crowd – which included other students athletes allowed to attend before their various practices and meets by their coaches – before the actual signings, thanking them for their attendance and congratulating the athletes on their achievements. “We are so very proud of each and every one of you, and of the time and effort you’ve put in to make this day possible,” Sheehan said. The athletes honored at the ceremony were, in the order they were seated at the table from left to right: Sarah Winters, who will play field hockey at Skidmore College; Francesca Mangino, who will

play lacrosse at SUNY Brockport; Cameron Parry, who will play lacrosse at Quinnipiac University; Emily Fischer, who will play lacrosse at Clarkson University; Tucker Pierce, who will play lacrosse at Westminster College; Elizabeth Maguire, who will play soccer at Le Moyne College; Gabe Olsen, who will play soccer at Mount Ida College; Daniel Varsames, who will play soccer at Utica College; Michael Moran, who will also play soccer at Utica College; Autumn Boxley, who will swim at George Mason University; Victoria Breslin, who will swim at Le Moyne College; Morgan Hoffman-Smith, who will swim at Ithaca College; Nick Cavotta, who will run track and field at Winthrop University; and Mary “Mimi” Liebers, who will run track and field at the College of the Holy Cross. Griffin Taylor, who will play lacrosse at SUNY Oneonta, was not present at the ceremony as he was attending a meet at his soon-to-be school, but he was mentioned by Sheehan and was present on the list of athletes at the ceremony. “I just loved the campus as soon as I stepped on campus,” Parry said about her choice of Quinnipiac. “I

The table is set for the graduating athletes to sign on for a bright future.

The college-bound Blue Streaks pose together.

knew that that was the place for me. The coaching staff was just really welcoming, and all the girls on the team were super welcoming, and I just really got a good feel for the team and for the… kind of program that I’d be going to.” “I’m very excited,” Liebers said about attending Holy Cross in the fall. “I’ve always known I wanted to do college sports, and track has been my main sport for five years now. So getting to continue track in college is a dream come true… I wanted a D-1 program, but I particularly liked the Patriot League. And I just loved the school, and I knew I needed to see myself at the school without track, so it all just fell into place.” “I was looking at schools in the south, and I found Winthrop, it has

my major in business and a minor in sports marketing, which is just awesome for me,” Cavotta said about his choice of Winthrop. “It’s a beautiful school. It’s down south, lot of warm weather. Not a huge school, which I like, so I can get some more individual time with my professors. It just has everything I could look for in a college.” “Super proud,” Cavotta’s mother said about her son’s achievement. “I like the school. Like he said, it’s a nice small school, homey, they focus on academics and education, and parent involvement.” Notably, two of the athletes at the ceremony, Varsames and Moran, will be playing the same sport, soccer, at Utica. This is fitting, as they have been close friends for years.

“That’ll help a lot,” Varsames said about attending school with someone he is so familiar with “We both know how each other plays. It’ll help team chemistry, obviously. We’re best friends, so it’ll be fun… [We’ve been playing together since we were] probably like around 10, 12 maybe.” “I think we have an outstanding group of coaches, we have very supportive parents who allow our student athletes to have opportunities, both in-school and outof-school, that kinda give them a chance to compete at the collegiate level,” Sheehan said about the SSCSD athletics program. “I think that’s important to have that year-round commitment and to have those yearround opportunities.”




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