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Volume 10  •  Issue 36  •  September 11 – September 17, 2015

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Ballston Spa Wal-Mart Approved by Rebecca Davis Saratoga TODAY

Artist’s rendering of proposed Wal-Mart. Graphic provided.

BALLSTON SPA — On Thursday, September 3, the Ballston Town Planning Board gave the final approval for a Wal-Mart store to be built on Route 50, near Route 67. The decision was made unanimously, despite much controversy surrounding the building proposal. The Wal-Mart was first proposed in May 2014. Since then, there have been two public hearings

and numerous meetings where people expressed both positive and negative opinions about the construction. Many feared it would tarnish the small-town atmosphere of the area. Others had concerns about increased traffic and traffic safety. “After review of all the traffic professionals’ estimations, there was adequate reason to approve,” said Tom Johnson, Town of Ballston building inspector, in See Ballston Spa Wal-Mart pg. 10

More Than Just A Great Race! In Its Tenth Year, The Saratoga Palio Has Become A Community Happening by Arthur Gonick Saratoga TODAY

Megan Hogan winning the 2014 Half Marathon, time: 1:14:51; Megan set a new record for women in the Half Marathon ­her first ever - in 2013 with a time of 1:16:35 and broke it in 2014.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — If you wanted to show someone an example of how this community comes together for great causes, and how that commitment grows over time, take them to Downtown Saratoga Springs on the morning of Sunday, September 20. At Ellsworth Jones Place near the City Center just before 8 a.m., they will witness the spectacle of over 2,000 runners, of all ability levels and from all over the region and

nation, taking off on two races – a 5K that sweeps through the city, and a half-marathon (13.1 miles) that cascades through Spa State Park. The races themselves are an achievement – in its tenth year, The Saratoga Palio: Melanie Merola O’Donnell Memorial Race has exponentially grown in its participation (from about 400 runners in 2006). But the real impact comes from the good it does for the community, as well as from the community outward. See More Than Just a Race pgs. 7-8

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Week of September 11 – September 17, 2015

Man on the Street “Where were you on September 11, 2001?”

Giosy Barigazzi, from Modena, Italy.

Alan Dumouchel, from Saratoga Springs.

“I live in Italy, so that’s where I was. We were out to lunch and when we got back to the office, the news came out. We spent all afternoon watching the news, and then I remember rushing home. It may not have affected us the same, but it was shocking for everyone.”

“I was in high school, in my computer class. I just couldn’t believe it, I was so surprised. There was so much smoke, so much fire. The saddest part was that they couldn’t find a lot of people. So many families lost their loved ones that day.”

Emil Remscheid, from Cocoa Beach, Florida Carlee Lobdell, from Middle Grove “I was getting ready for a day of class at UAlbany, when my dad came upstairs and told me. I was taking a class at the time on ArabAmerican relations. It was so strange because in class the night before, we had learned about Osama Bin Ladin and who he was. I felt like I knew more about the history of the attacks than a lot of people I knew.”

“It was a day like today, not a cloud in the sky. My brother and I were building a home together here in Saratoga when my brother says, “Emil, a plane hit the twin towers.” I thought it was a small plane, not a passenger jet, but then more was revealed. I was in disbelief. Our father was actually stranded in Albany for three days because he couldn’t get a flight back to Florida. I was in Manhattan a week after, on a bus back to Florida. The city was still smoldering.”


Week of September 11 – September 17, 2015

A Night to Remember, a Night with Cause

The St. Jude Saratoga Gala SARATOGA SPRINGS — The St. Jude Saratoga Gala, presented by AngioDynamics, was held at Saratoga National Golf Club on September 3. The night of food, drinks and auctions was accompanied by live music performances by Big Sky Country. Special guest performer, Sawyer Fredericks, from NBC’s “The Voice,” was also in attendance, and held a meet and greet with guests. All proceeds from the evening benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Amanda Fountain, Jenna Pearson, Ashley Sweet

Dan Hamilton, Sawyer Fredericks, Andrea Stagg

Honorary guests Stephen Kirtley, Alice Kirtley, Claire Wilber, Tim Wilber

Wendy Herrold, Helen Blake and guest speaker, Rachel Blake Benson

Photos by Francesco D’Amico

Eli Rabinowitz, Kate Otis and AngioDynamics president and CEO, Joseph DeVivo.



Military Appreciation Day

Bell Ringer: World War II veteran Gene Gierka, 91, of Schenectady, NY, rings the bell in the winner’s circle seven times at 17 minutes to post before the day’s second race in honor of Military Appreciation Day at Saratoga Race Course on Wednesday, September 2. The special bell ringing ceremony commemorated the 70th anniversary of VJ Day, which occurred on September 2, 1945, marking the formal surrender of the Japanese Army and the official end of World War II. Photo provided by NYRA.

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Record-Setting Meet Also Boosts Local Nonprofits SARATOGA SPRINGS — The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) concluded its 147th season at Saratoga Race Course highlighted by a record handle of $648,272,805 that reflects a 13.5 percent increase in corresponding all-source wagering activity over last year. The record wagering shattered the previous high from 2012 of $590,187,876 which included international settlements that have yet to be recorded for the 2015 Saratoga meet. On-track handle also set a record of $157,647,599, surpassing the previous high of $150,637,998 in 2012. The 2015 Saratoga season saw a record $19 million in stakes purses, topped by a blockbuster Travers Day on Saturday, August 29, featuring a Triple Crown champion, six Grade 1 races and a Grade 2 for a total of seven graded stakes worth nearly a combined $5.5 million on the afternoon. Total paid attendance for the 2015 Saratoga meet was 1,065,625. NYRA also hosted a total of 40 local nonprofit organizations, schools and PTAs, or the equivalent of one for every day of the meet, at the Community Outreach Booth and Saratoga Pavilion. Additionally, each participating non-profit organization at the Community Outreach Booth was the subject of a full-page profile in the corresponding day’s Post Parade program, and was also highlighted on the video boards throughout the day. NYRA worked with participating non-profits on creative fundraising initiatives throughout the

season, including photo opportunities with championship trophies and autograph sessions with industry stars. NYRA also provided complimentary Saratoga merchandise to the non-profits to make available to fans in return for a minimum suggested donation. On Friday, September 4, a total of five thoroughbred aftercare charities appeared at the Community Outreach Booth as part of their ongoing partnership for the sixth annual Run for the Horses 5K, which was held the following day at the Saratoga Spa State Park. Participants included ACCT Naturally, Heading for Home, Old Friends at Cabin Creek, ReRun, Inc., and the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation. Other non-profit organizations that participated at the Community Outreach Booth during the 2015 season include: Backstretch Education Fund; Backstretch Employee Service Team; Christie’s Heartoberfest; Double H Ranch;; The Giving Circle; Habitat for Humanity; Junior League of Schenectady and Saratoga Counties; Knights of Columbus; Ladies of Charity Saratoga; The Lustgarten Foundation; Opera Saratoga; Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund; Racetrack Chaplaincy of New York; Racing City Chorus; Read Lead Achieve; Saratoga Bridges; Saratoga Economic Opportunity Council, Inc.; Saratoga Rowing Association; Saratoga Senior Center; Saratoga WarHorse; Siena College Athletics; Troy Boys & Girls Club; United Way of the Capital Region; and the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Foundation.

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Week of September 11 – September 17, 2015

CONVICTIONS Anthony F. Lynch, 32, of Rensselaer, pled to the charge of felony driving while intoxicated, on September 3. Sentencing is scheduled for November 2. Ronald E. DeLoriea, 39, no address, was sentenced to 90 days in jail and 5 years probation on the charge of felony bail jumping in the second degree, and 90 days in jail and 5 years probation on the charge of felony criminal possession of a forged instrument in the second degree, September 3. The two sentences will run concurrently. Stephen Vilsaint, 44, of Saratoga Springs, was sentenced to 1 – 3 years in state prison and 3 years conditional discharge, on the charge of felony driving while intoxicated, on September 3. Michael P. Jones, 27, of Halfmoon, pled to the charge of felony driving while intoxicated, on September 3. Sentencing is scheduled for November 2. Jason M. Strainer, of Wilton, was sentenced to 9 months in jail, on the charge of felony criminal possession of marijuana in the third degree, on September 8.

ARRESTS Han Luo, 24, of Jersey City, NJ, was arrested on August 23 and charged with criminal trespass in the third degree. Stephanie Ho-Tran, 25, of Montreal, PQ, was arrested on August 23 and charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree, and a registration

plate display violation. Joshua David Wilcox, 36, of Schaghticoke, was arrested on August 24 and charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the second degree, and passing a red signal light. Damian K. Spring, 26, of Schuylerville, was arrested on August 24 and charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the second degree, and following a motor vehicle too closely. Niels P. Olsen, 59, of Saratoga Springs, was arrested on August 24 and charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the second degree, refusal of a chemical test, failure to signal a turn, and a safety belt violation. Rafael Brito, Jr., 19, of Ballston Spa, was arrested on August 25 and charged with felony rape in the second degree. David J. Osojnak, 47, of Riverhead, was arrested on August 25 and charged with driving while intoxicated, driving with a BAC greater than .08%, and an equipment violation. Jordan T. Stubblebine, 22, of Ballston Spa, was arrested on August 26 and charged with aggravated operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree, expired inspection certificate, and an equipment violation. Alexander R. Gerding, 53, of Wellington, FL, was arrested on August 26 and charged with criminal trespass in the third degree.

BLOTTER 5 Dioshlan J. Suarez-Vega, 18, of Rio Grande, PR, was arrested on August 27 and charged with felony criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, felony criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fourth degree, and 2 counts of criminal trespass in the third degree. Morgan N. Witthorn, 26, of Ballston Spa, was arrested on August 28 and charged with felony driving while intoxicated, felony driving with a BAC greater than .08%, failure to stop at a stop sign, and failure to signal a turn. Jordan Ray Vanbuskirk, 24 of Saratoga Springs, was arrested on August 28 and charged with felony criminal mischief in the third degree. Danielle Rutigliano, 33, of Greenfield, was arrested on August 28 and charged with 2 counts of felony criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, and 2 counts of felony criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree.

Brittany Lee Smith, 20, of Amsterdam, was arrested on August 30 and charged with felony criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, felony criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fourth degree, unlawful possession of marijuana, and an open container law violation. Sade S. Bryant, 29, of Amsterdam, was arrested on August 30 and charged with felony criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, felony criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fourth degree, felony criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree, unlawful possession of marijuana, and an open container law violation. Robert J. Daniels, 42, of Schenectady, was arrested on August 30 and charged with felony criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree. Maurice McKenzie, 38, of Albany, was arrested on August 30 and charged with speeding in a posted zone, driving while

intoxicated, and driving with a BAC more than .08%. Gillian B. Slattery, 41, of Scotia, was arrested on August 31 and charged with driving while intoxicated, operating an unregistered vehicle on a highway, refusal of a pre-screening test, and 2 equipment violations. Ryan Angel Sanchez, 18, was arrested on August 31 and charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree. Leroy M. Waters, 43, was arrested on August 31 and charged with menacing in the second degree, and criminal mischief in the fourth degree. Brian R. Mitchell, 29, was arrested on August 31 and charged with criminal mischief in the fourth degree. Josue L. Diaz, 24, of Saratoga Springs, was arrested on September 1 and charged with felony possessing a sexual performance by a child, and felony promoting a sexual performance by a child.



H. Frank Rhyner

Harriette “Gaile” Mahar

BALLSTON SPA — H. Frank Rhyner bicycled off into the great unknown on September 2, 2015 at home with his best friend, partner and wife of 40 years Deirdre Leland at his side and with the compassionate care of The Community Hospice of Washington and Saratoga Counties. Born August 17, 1923 on a farm in Marcellus, NY, he was the son of Herbert and Frances (Gay) Rhyner. Frank lived in Central New York and attended thirteen different schools, five of which were one room schoolhouses, before graduating from Marcellus High School in 1942. Frank entered the US Army in January 1943 and served until March 1946. He attended a variety of service training programs, which included x-ray technician’s school, aerial gunnery and two years as an aviation cadet. The cadet training included college prep at Penn State, preflight at Santa Ana, CA and primary flying school at Thunderbird Field in Arizona. At the end of World War II, Frank enrolled at Syracuse University where he earned an MS and certification as a school psychologist. His career as a school psychologist included three years in the schools of eastern Delaware County and 17 years in Liverpool Central Schools where he initiated and developed the school psychology program. He moved to the New York State Education Department in 1974 and retired in 1985. He was honored as the New York State School Psychologist of the Year in 1985. Frank was an active and enthusiastic bicyclist and participated in both racing and touring. His bicycle interest started as a Western Union bicycle messenger in Cortland, NY in 1939. He and Deirdre cycled throughout the United States, Europe and New Zealand. They took several bicycle tours across New York State, from Niagara Falls to Niverville along the route of the old Erie Canal. They were accompanied by friends and Mr. Rhyner’s daughters. Frank was a member of the New York State Association of School Psychologists, The Mohawk-Hudson Cycling Club and a life member of the League of American Bicyclists. He was an omnivorous reader and served as a mentor to several children in the Ichabod Crane School District. He was a Democratic Committeeman in the Town of Kinderhook for many years. He also volunteered on several committees for the town government. His wife, Deirdre, and four cherished daughters and their families will carry on his positive spirit and great stories. Joanne and Larry Dayton of Brandt Lake, NY; Kathy Rhyner and Jim Mac Pherson of Santa Ana, CA; Carol and Ira Drescher of Carmel, NY and Francine and Bob Rosenberg of Canandaigua, NY. Surviving also are six grandchildren: Brian Cardinell (Anna), Alison (Robert Tribley), Kathi-Jo and Kolby Rhyner, Sam and Daryn Drescher as well as five great-grandchildren: Hillary, Grant and Brady Cardinell, Gavin and Lauren Tribley. Mr. Rhyner’s body was donated to The Albany Medical College. A private memorial celebration will be held at the family’s convenience. The family requests no flowers and contributions may be made to The League of American Bicyclists , The Columbia Land Conservancy or The Community Hospice of Washington and Saratoga Counties.

BALLSTON SPA — Harriette “Gaile” Green Mahar, age 72, passed away Sunday morning, August 30, 2015. Gaile was born in Saratoga Springs on Nov. 13, 1942, daughter of the late George and Harriett Green. She worked as a bartender and waitress for many establishments in Saratoga Springs. The last 15 years, Gaile worked for Price Chopper Supermarket. She is survived by her ex-husband Laurence “Larry” Mahar Sr. of Craig, MO and her loving son Lawrence “Larry” Mahar, Jr. and his partner Gail Henderson of Saratoga Springs. In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by her daughter, Suzanne Mahar, brothers George and Gilbert Green and a sister Norma Josephine Fitzgerald. In keeping with the wishes of Gaile, there will be no funeral services. Online remembrances may be made at

Mick Kearney

SACANDAGA LAKE — Mick (Michael J.) Kearney, passed away suddenly at the age of 62 in his home on Thursday September 3, 2015. Born on January 24, 1953 in Glens Falls, NY, Mick was the son the late Arthur J. (former mayor of Saratoga Springs) and Phyllis Mosler Kearney. Mick spent his life caring for animals. No matter if they were big or small, wild or domestic, horse or hound, Mick devoted his life to making sure the animals around him were treasured. While he cared for all animals, Mick’s undeniable passion revolved around horses. In 1989, Mick helped build Manhassett Farm, a 150-acre thoroughbred training facility. During his successful horse training career, Mick hand-raised many champion thoroughbreds who raced courses from Saratoga to Belmont. Mick was a proud dedicated father and was his daughter’s biggest fan throughout her running career. In his later years, Mick reveled in his love for all things mechanical, working at Global Foundries as an Operating Engineer and running his own company, Mick’s Excavating and Trucking. He often committed his time to the construction of his own houses, barns, rabbit resorts for his granddaughters, or helping friends and neighbors with their home projects. His impeccable attention to detail was always apparent in his astounding finished work. Mick enjoyed traveling to the island of St. Martin, where he lived for several years. To all those that knew him, Mick had a unique zest for life. As a bit of a jokester, his witty sense of humor and practical jokes brought many laughs to those around him. He will truly be missed but never forgotten by those he laughed with, lived for and loved. In addition to his parents, Mick was predeceased by his sister Arlis. Mick is survived by his daughter, Mesha M. Brewer; his two granddaughters Emma (13) and Ava (8) Brewer; his brother, Arthur M. Kearney; his significant other, Susan Genesi; and his beloved dog, Bailey, who never left his side. Relatives and friends gathered to remember him on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at the William J. Burke and Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes of Saratoga Springs where a funeral service was held by the Rev. Thomas H. Chevalier, pastor. Family and friends shared their remembrances of Mick following the service. Burial was private. Online remembrances may be made at

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Phyllis Marks

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SARATOGA SPRINGS — Phyllis Marks passed away at Saratoga Hospital on Sunday, September 6, 2015 at the age of 91. Phyllis was born in Brooklyn, NY on November 28, 1923, the daughter of the late Frances (Brown) Dorf Freshman and

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Week of September 11 – September 17, 2015 Benjamin Dorf. She attended Nottingham High School and Syracuse University graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1945. Upon graduation, Phyllis worked as an art teacher in the Norwich, NY school system. In 1947 Phyllis moved to New York City where she studied at the Art Students League with Reginald Marsh. She worked at Brooks Costume Company, on the TV show “Songs for Sale” with Steve Allen, and she was the assistant to the Art Director at Seventeen Magazine. She met and married her husband Edward Marks in 1953. They had a wonderful marriage that lasted 57 years. Phyllis and Ed lived in White Plains, NY where Phyllis taught elementary school art and exhibited her work through the Westchester Art Workshop. She retired with her husband to Saratoga Springs where they participated actively in many and various community activities including Temple Sinai and the Academy of Lifelong Learning where Phyllis taught for over 20 years. Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law Bennett and Anne Marks and their children Aaron and Keinan, all of Carlisle, MA; one daughter Judy of Los Angeles and granddogs Chumley and Charlie. A memorial service was held on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes of Saratoga Springs. Shiva Minyan was held at Temple Sinai, 509 Broadway, Saratoga Springs on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, September 8, 9 and 10. Memorials may be made in Phyllis’ honor to Temple Sinai, PO Box 1045, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or to the Academy of Lifelong Learning (A.L.L.) 111 West Avenue, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Stuart Hefter SARATOGA SPRINGS — Stuart Hefter, 74, passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 5¸ 2015 at Saratoga Hospital, surrounded by his wife and children, following a valiant battle with cancer. Stu was born on April 6, 1941 in New York City to the late Irving and Edith Hefter. He graduated from Pace University in 1970 with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. He retired in 2002 as the Director of Tax Audits for the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, after 38 years of dedicated service. Stu was actively involved with the SaraSpa Rod and Gun Club in Greenfield Center serving as Treasurer for eight years. He also volunteered many hours with the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) Program. Stu is survived by his loving wife of 27 years, Barbara; his four children, Steven Hefter (Karen) of Hughesville, MD, Susan Verhaeg (Anthony), Jonathan Hefter (Kathryn) all of Saratoga Springs and Rachel Walts (Andrew) of Stillwater. He is also survived by eight beautiful grandchildren, Alicia Rohde (Timothy), Lauren Alexander, Olivia Hefter, Emily Verhaeg, Alex Verhaeg, Matthew Hefter, June Hefter and Francesca Hefter; his sister, Fran Klein (John) of Wellington, FL; brother-in-law Timothy Shuler (Karen) of Valley Falls and sister-in-law Donna Bonesteel (Lawrence) of Troy as well as many nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends paid their respects on Thursday, September 10, 2015 at the William J. Burke & Sons Funeral Home in Saratoga Springs. Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, September 11, 2015 at the funeral home followed by burial at Greenridge Cemetery, Lincoln Avenue, Saratoga Springs. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly suggests memorial gifts be made to Melwood’s Camp Accomplish, 5606 Dower House Road, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772 or to a charity of one’s choice. The family wishes to thank Dr. Edward Liebers, Dr. Desmond DelGiacco and the Saratoga Hospital ICU nurses Alyssa and Ashlee for their compassionate care of Stu.

Week of September 11 – September 17, 2015


More Than Just A Great Race! In Its Tenth Year, The Saratoga Palio Has Become A Community Happening Continued from front page

Eric MacKnight - 2014 Half Marathon, time: 1:08:14

Louie Dinuzzo - 2014 5K, time: 16:24

The Saratoga Palio is the most significant fundraising effort of The Melanie Foundation. This Saratoga Springs-based foundation was formed in 2006 to honor the life and legacy of Melanie Merola O’Donnell, who passed away at age 33. Melanie lived a life of giving, focusing her career on relieving suffering inflicted by mental illness. As The Saratoga Palio has grown, it has enhanced the ability of the Melanie Foundation to expand its support via scholarships awarded to aspiring mental health practitioners, in recognition of their dedication to community service in a manner that reflects Melanie Merola O’Donnell’s values of compassion, generosity, respect and commitment to others. In 2015, three scholarships will be awarded, including one to Tabitha Dunn of Ballston Lake, who is pursuing doctoral studies at Springfield (MA) College. Other recipients are Stefanie Landau

of Philadelphia, PA, and Melissa Smigelsky of Memphis, TN. But while The Melanie Foundation’s scholarship winners can come from everywhere, their commitment to our local area is consistent. Since 2009, they have designated (see sidebar) a local not-for-profit to receive a portion of the Saratoga Palio’s proceeds. This year’s recipient is The Saratoga Center for the Family. “We not only support the scholarship winners and the local charities,” said The Melanie Foundation’s Scholarship Chair Colleen Sanita, “but also the many runners who set the goal of completing a race like a Half Marathon for the first time, and train for it all summer to run in The Saratoga Palio. This perseverance is another way we keep Melanie’s spirit alive.” The races themselves are the centerpieces of an entire weekend of activities suitable for the entire family. On Saturday, September 19, race Continued on pg. 8

Mesha Brewer - 2014 5K, time: 18:26



More Than Just A Great Race! Continued from pg. 7 / starts on front page.

participants can pick up their registration materials from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hampton Inn (25 Lake Avenue), and everyone can view an exhibition that features vintage Saratoga Palio gear and informational displays from Arbonne, Bondi Band, National Running Center, Saratoga Boot Camp and The Melanie Foundation. Congress Park is much more than just the races’ finish line on Sunday. Interspersed between the 5K and Half Marathon award ceremonies are two heats of a popular Kids Fun Run (registration is that day). This is all followed by a big community celebration, sponsored by Druthers Brewing Company, that has all the elements: food, drink and activities for everyone in the family, plus music by three top area bands: Sugar Pill, High Peaks and The Remainders. Whether you decide to run or cheer, participating in The Saratoga Palio: Melanie Merola O’Donnell Memorial Race in its tenth renewal is something in which everyone in the community can take pride. For more information, to volunteer, or to register for The Saratoga Palio: Melanie Merola O’Donnell Memorial Race on September 20, visit Course maps and itineraries, as well as details of the weekend activities are also available. Online registration ends September 16 at

11:59 p.m. In-person registration and packet pickup will be held on September 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hampton Inn (25 Lake Avenue). There is no race registration on race day; race packets can also be picked up on race day between 6:30-7:30 a.m.

Community Benefit In 2009, The Melanie Foundation began giving back to the community through charitable donations, and as The Saratoga Palio has grown, so have the contributions. This year the foundation will give to the Saratoga Center for the Family. 2009: Saratoga Bridges ­$5,000 2010: Saratoga Hospital ­$6,500 2011: Franklin Community Center $7,500 2012: World’s Window, Inc. ­$7,500 2013: Jake’s Help from Heaven Foundation ­$10,000 2014: Saratoga WarHorse ­$15,000

Week of September 11 – September 17, 2015

Tuesday Deadline for Wilton Plan Comments

by Eli King for Saratoga TODAY

WILTON — September 15 marks the deadline for local residents to comment on the Town of Wilton’s Comprehensive Plan, as the yearlong update process to the 2004 document (which outlines everything from zoning revisions to conservation efforts) draws to a close. A handful of residents who spoke during the Thursday, September 3, public hearing sounded cautiously optimistic about the plan’s recommendations for transportation studies, protecting historic resources, and devising a Conservation Overlay District. Potential changes to zoning and subdivision requirements, however, raised some concerns - both on the revisions themselves, and on the need for open communication between the Board and the community on proposed regulatory changes. Speakers made multiple mentions of the large, multi-use building on Route 9, just north of Northern Pines Road, repeatedly calling it a “monstrosity” and voicing disapproval over allowing similar buildings in Wilton’s future. One speaker asked the Board to “communicate

differently” to increase awareness on the proposed changes, suggesting increased advertising in local media and less reliance on the Town’s website, which residents without Internet cannot access and those with it may not check habitually. According to Town Supervisor Art Johnson, the Comprehensive Plan Committee, appointed last September, has been transparent about the process and made the draft version readily available at, where both the document and the feedback form are visible from the homepage. The majority of recommendations are organized into seven planning areas: Parkhurst Road, Jones/Northern Pines, Wilton-Gansevoort Road, Dimmick Road, Edie Road, Exit 15, and Exit 16 Ballard Road Corridor, a straightforward format that should help the public quickly locate their area(s) of interest before next Tuesday’s deadline. The next step in approving the plan involves acceptance of a Generic Environmental Impact Statement, which was proposed for the next Town Board meeting on October 1 at 7 p.m. in Wilton Town Hall.

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Ballston Spa Wal-Mart Approved Continued from front page regard to the in-depth traffic study conducted last year on Route 67 and Route 50. “After the study there were some changes in the layout as far as retaining vegetation and the look of the building. I’ll review the set of plans to make sure they confirm with NYS building code and required building inspections as it is being constructed.” A spokesperson for Wal-Mart, William Wertz, discussed how the original design was for a larger store. They listened to the community in that regard and revised a plan for a smaller store, though it is still considered a “super center.” The store will feature a full line of groceries, along with general merchandise. Wertz also addressed the concern that the Wal-Mart would detract from smaller, local

businesses. In response, they agreed to place a kiosk at the main entrance to the store, which will be coordinated by the local chamber of commerce. Local business owners can put up fliers and business cards to advertise. This will allow shoppers to see what other local options are available. “Ballston Spa is a thriving and vibrant community, making it a great place to do business and to reside,” said Michelle Burligame, Vice President of the Ballston Spa Business and Professionals Association (BSBPA), speaking on behalf of the entire board. “This is a testament to our local businesses, their owners and our residents. It is their hard work and pride in this community which will allow this area to continue to thrive in the years to come. We hope that Wal-Mart and the

developers will become our partners in these efforts.” The new Wal-Mart store will generate about 300 jobs, including 150 construction jobs. It will also give locals a new, affordable shopping option. “It’s a combination of factors when we look for a new location, but the primary thing is allocation that makes shopping more convenient for our customers. Rather than having to drive too far, they can now shop closer to home,” Wertz continued. Though the final approval was given for the building, the Wal-Mart sign has not yet been approved. It will take roughly a year to build the store once construction begins. The project is predicted to be completed by late 2016 or early 2017. Rendering of Wal-Mart site location. Graphic provided.

Rendering of Wal-Mart facility. Graphic provided.

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Equitas Donates $4,551 to B.E.S.T.

serving clients from Albany to Lake George.

Pink Bows on Broadway

Janet Besheer, broker/owner of Equitas Realty, presents her firm’s $4,551 donation to B.E.S.T. Executive Director, Paul Ruchames. Also celebrating are Mark Bergman, Associate Broker at Equitas (far left) and Nancy Underwood, B.E.S.T.’s Saratoga Site Coordinator (far right).

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Equitas Realty of Saratoga Springs marked the Final Stretch weekend of the thoroughbred racing season by presenting a check for $4,551 to the Backstretch Employee Service Team at Saratoga Race Course. Equitas raised the funds through its equine-themed August fundraiser, which featured local artist Frankie Flores completing one of his prized equine paintings. Since opening the brokerage in Saratoga Springs in 2008, Janet Besheer has grown the company into one of the top real estate brokerages in the entire Greater Capital Region, as recognized in 2015 by the Albany Business Review. With more than $53 million in 2014 sales, Equitas Realty is now the largest independent woman-owned real estate company in the area, with over 40 independent Realtors

SARATOGA SPRINGS —, Inc.’s “Helping Families Cope with Cancer, One Household at a Time” is currently selling pink tribute bows for its 3rd Annual “Pink Bows on Broadway” Campaign. This fundraising effort will give individuals ($50 donation) and businesses ($250 donation) the opportunity to recognize local heroes who have battled cancer or fought alongside someone who has. All bows will be prominently displayed on Broadway in Saratoga Springs October 1 through 31 honoring Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Each bow is accompanied by a tribute card that allows the sponsor to celebrate individual heroes including survivors, lost loved ones, physicians, fundraising warriors, special caregivers, family/friends, and any other person that deserves recognition for their involvement in the war against cancer. All proceeds from the campaign will benefit, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide real help in the home for families undergoing cancer treatment, mainly by the way of meals, cleanings and childcare. All sponsorships must be submitted by September 25. To purchase a bow online, visit https:// Sponsorships may be sent directly to floydwarriors.

BUSINESS BRIEFS 11 com c/o Lisa Morahan 582 Rt. 9P Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Be sure to include your name/ business name, the individual your donation is in honor of, and how you would like your tribute acknowledged on the sponsorship card that accompanies the bow. Additional information may be obtained visiting or sending a request to

Performance Industrial Buys Key Flooring Systems SOUTH GLENS FALLS — Performance Industrial (formerly Americlean), a leading industrial cleaning and painting contractor, is pleased to announce the purchase of Key Flooring Systems, (previously known as Key Equipment) located at 25 Walker Way in Albany,

New York. Key Flooring has been providing seamless resinous and epoxy flooring systems in the region for almost 40 years under the ownership of Michael and Suzanne Kilcullen and has frequently served as a sub-contractor to Performance Industrial. Performance Industrial will continue to operate the Albany location as a satellite office. “We’re excited to welcome the Key Flooring staff to the Performance team, “ said Mark Miller, president, Performance Industrial. “Key Flooring Systems’ installers and management team each have over 20 years of experience and are recognized for expert quality workmanship.” “I am very pleased that the legacy my husband and I built over 40 years in business will be carried on by our long-term customer and friend, Mark Miller, as part of Performance Industrial,”

said Suzanne Kilcullen, owner, Key Flooring Systems. “It’s important to both of us that our staff, including several Kilcullen family members, will continue on as employees through this transition, providing Performance Industrial’s clients with the same quality service they have come to expect.” Performance Industrial will offer the full scope of customized epoxy flooring options Key Flooring has provided in both new and existing facilities; including, warehouses and manufacturing spaces, commercial kitchens, laboratories and clean rooms, supermarkets, healthcare facilities, locker rooms and more. The addition of the Albany location will also enable Performance Industrial to service its industrial cleaning and painting customers in Albany and the surrounding counties quicker and more efficiently.



Week of September 11 – September 17, 2015

ESYO’s New Season Begins with Board Changes CAPITAL REGION — The Empire State Youth Orchestras (ESYO) announced the addition of two directors to its board for the 2015-16 season. Leroy Bynum, Jr., Ph.D., and Derek Delaney were unanimously appointed to the board effective with the start of the 2015-16 season. More than 300 talented youth from the Capital Region of New York and western New England are selected by audition each year for positions in ESYO’s program of high-level music education and performance opportunities for young musicians. Audition applications for certain instruments are currently being accepted. Visit for information. Nearly half of ESYO’s expenses are offset by the generosity of individuals, corporations, foundations and government agencies. This dedicated support is crucial to keeping tuition fees affordable and allowing its orchestras and ensembles to include all talented musicians regardless of financial status. The volunteer board plays a vital role in fundraising. “We are excited to add two exceptional individuals to our board,” said Robert Carreau, newly elected chair of ESYO’s board of directors. “Derek and Leroy bring tremendous experience in education, music and the arts. We’ll continue to strengthen our board with their presence, talents and commitment.” Leroy E. Bynum, Jr., joined the College of St. Rose as Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities in 2014. Dr. Bynum comes to Saint

Derek Delaney. Photo provided.

Rose from Albany State University in Albany, Georgia, where he served as professor of voice and opera for 22 years, Chair of the Fine Arts Department from 1996 to 2006, and from 2006 until June of 2014 as Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities. Bynum holds degrees from the University of Georgia, the University of South Florida and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and has received performance certificates from the Mozart Conservatory in Salzburg, Austria and the Berlin Conservatory in Berlin, Germany, having been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship for vocal study in Germany from 1990-92. Throughout his professional career, Bynum has remained active as a performing artist, appearing in operatic roles, as featured soloist, and in solo recitals throughout the United States, Europe, and South America. Also during this time Bynum has maintained a vibrant voice studio from which numerous

Leroy Bynum, Jr., Ph.D. Photo provided.

students have gone on to launch successful careers as performers and educators. As a respected member of Georgia’s community of voice teachers, in 2013 Bynum was elected president of the State’s chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Bynum is also a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Pi Kappa Lambda, and the Blue Key National Honor Societies. An arts administrator for over fifteen years, Derek Delaney was appointed Artistic Director of the Union College Concert Series in June 2012. He previously served for six years as Executive Director of the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, where he led all aspects of the prominent 12-concert summer festival on the East End of Long Island. Among his many achievements was the creation of the festival’s self-published record label – BCMF Records – distributed through Naxos. Delaney came to Bridgehampton having spent the previous eight years as Assistant Manager of the renowned Marlboro Music Festival (a festival founded by famed pianist Rudolf Serkin and now led by pianist Mitsuko Uchida) and as Development Director of the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society (one of the largest chamber music presenters in the nation) – two diverse organizations working symbiotically toward serving music at the highest level. At both organizations, he worked with the management team and board in all aspects

Robert Carreau. Photo provided.

artistic and operational, collaborating and working with some of the leading musicians of our generation. Delaney began his administrative career at Arts Management Group with William Capone, a respected arts manager for over 30 years. Possessing a deep commitment to chamber music, he often consults with other presenting organizations and artists in furthering their institutional and performance goals. Delaney is a former horn player, having received his bachelor’s degree from The Juilliard School and his master’s degree from Yale University, studying with James Chambers, Ranier DeIntinis and Paul Ingraham. The Board also announced new officers for 2015-16, ESYO’s 37th season: Robert A. Carreau, Chair Nancy Burton, Vice-Chair John Spinelli, Ph.D. Vice-Chair Kevin O’Bryan, Treasurer Michelle Woodley, Secretary Carreau has been a member of ESYO’s board since 2011 and is the Executive Director of The Schenectady Foundation. Burton joined the board in 2014; she currently serves as Artist’s Representative for Peter Leue, Craftsman, after a long career in local and state government. Spinelli has served ESYO since 2011 and is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and

Computer Science at Union College. O’Bryan joined ESYO in 2013; he retired from First Niagara Financial Group as Senior Vice President and Chief Credit Officer in 2013. Woodley, an ESYO alumna, joined the board in 2007 and is currently the Assistant Director of HR for The Housing Trust Fund Corporation - Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery. Well known for its Youth Orchestra’s participation in CBS6’s Melodies of Christmas (benefit concerts for the pediatric cancer program at Albany Medical Center), ESYO has a total of nine performing ensembles that collectively give approximately 30 public performances a year. ESYO reaches out to the community with an annual free concert for senior citizens, concerts for young people, and ESYO’s CHIME, a free music education program for inner-city, low-income youth in Albany and Schenectady. Founded in 1979, ESYO has been recognized as a premier music education/performance program for youth and has received three prestigious ASCAP awards. A not-for-profit organization governed by a volunteer board of directors, ESYO was named Tech Valley Nonprofit Business Council’s Nonprofit Organization of 2013 (for organizations of fewer than 75 employees) in recognition of ESYO’s positive contributions to the vitality of the region. For more information, visit

Week of September 11 – September 17, 2015


SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Washington-Saratoga-WarrenHamilton-Essex Board of Cooperative Educational Services (WSWHE BOCES) is offering a new “Cool Robotics with Clawbot” course this fall as part of Saratoga Springs’ Saturday STEM Academy at Maple Avenue Middle School. The goal of this STEM Academy course is for students to learn the coolness of engineering, robotics, and mechanical systems through hands-on experience. The students will work on an engineering project of building a robot, moving through the design, building, and testing stages. During the building stage, they will learn STEM and robotics principles. At the end of the project, their robots will be tested with different tasks. In the final stage, the students will discover how well their design works and how their preliminary ideas become a reality. For more information, visit

School Fair Invite to Orgs SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Springs City School District (SSCSD) is proud to announce that Parent University will kick off the 2015-16 school year by holding a Parent University Family Day on Saturday, October 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will include a community resource fair, kid’s area, and presentation by internationally known speaker Robert Rivest. Parent University invites organizations to participate in the community resource fair to share services that your organization is able to provide to SSCSD families. Set-up begins at 9 a.m. and resource fair participants are asked to commit to staying for the duration of the event. In addition, while it is fine to provide hand-outs or free items to attendees, organizations must refrain from selling goods or services at the event. To participate, please call 518583-4786 or email m_manny@ by October 1, 2015. Participant tables will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis and will be limited to an estimated 50 tables. More information about the event can be found online at www.


Mechanicville Student Awarded $2,500


Eagle Scout Candidate Pays It Forward

From left to right: Grey Urbahn, Eagle Scout Candidate; Firefighter-Paramedic Chris Stewart; Andrew Green, Saratoga High School senior, Firefighter-EMT Todd Green; and Firefighter-EMT Aaron Dyer. Photo provided.

Left to right: Eric Hanchett, CPHM Director of Administration; Mike Seney, CPHM Director of Operations; Carolyn Corcoran, Mechanicville High School Scholarship Recipient; and Joseph Santiago, CPHM Executive Director. Photo provided.

MECHANICVILLE — The Clifton Park and Halfmoon Emergency Corps (CPHM EMS) recently awarded $7,500 in academic scholarships to a student in each of the CPHM response areas: Clifton Park, Halfmoon and Mechanicville. The scholarships of $2,500 each went to Carolyn Corcoran, a Mechanicville senior, and two Shenendehowa seniors: Emily Williams of Clifton Park; and Meghan Olenyk of Halfmoon. All three students achieved academic excellence and are planning on pursuing a career in the healthcare field. This is the first year that CPHM has offered a scholarship program to Mechanicville, and the third year for Shenendehowa. The Clifton Park and Halfmoon Emergency Corps is a patient-focused emergency medical service organization that has

been providing professional and patient focused healthcare since 1950. As an accredited American Heart Association Training Center, CPHMEMS offers extended Heart Saver education and community outreach programs to the residents of the Towns of Clifton Park, Halfmoon, and the City of Mechanicville. To learn more, visit

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Springs High School senior Grey Urbahn’s Eagle Scout project was recently installed at the Lake Avenue Saratoga Fire Department. Urbahn, who will be 17 in October, had been involved in an accident when he was 11 years old, and received help from the EMTs at the department. He decided to build them a needed EMT case to house stretchers, headrests and other EMT materials as his project in the process to becoming an Eagle Scout this year, as well as to say thanks.

With help from Troop 16 of the Twin Rivers Boy Scouts Council and members of the community, Urbahn designed, fundraised, and implemented the project over the course of a year. Urbahn is also enrolled in the WashingtonSaratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex Board of Cooperative Educational Services (WSWHE BOCES) New Visions Health Careers program, an academically rigorous one-year program for college-bound high school seniors who plan to major in pre-med, chemistry, biology, or other allied health fields.

14 BALLSTON 24 Middleline Rd., $269,000. Ryan and Michelle Kubasiak sold property to Michael Montejano and Andrea Bossone. 40 Lewis St., $117,000. Roger and Julie Rapelje sold property to Roger Rapelje. 215 Goode St., $212,000. John and Helen King sold property to Ronald Whitbeck Jr. 25 Nolan Rd., $249,000. Mathew Begin sold property to Christopher and Amanda Culver. 19 Mann Rd,. $240,000. Charles and Kathleen Koines sold property to James and Kristen Koines and Jonathan Landry. 21 Sherman Way, $369,900. Charles and Elinor Guess sold property to Joseph and Michelle Rispole. 33 Lancaster Ct., $306,988. Traditional Builders LTD sold property to Paul and Brittany Hester. 448 Robert Dr., $278,500. Christopher and Megan Geroux sold property to Paula and Norman Schultheiss.

PROPERTY TRANSACTIONS 3 Winchester Dr., $291,000. Martin and Rosemary O’Brien sold property to Patricia Angerame.

41 Washington Ave., $333,000. Stephen Coccetti sold property to Robert Stout and Audrey Choiniere.

154 Lakehill Rd., $140,000. Lawrence Digesare sold property to Hansen Property Holding LLC.

225 Thimbleberry Rd., $178,900. Shannon Guggisberg sold property to Tom Bakken and Donna Fredericks.

MALTA 1 Avendale Dr., $379,500. Gun Joung sold property to Manolis and Maria Manoli.

1152 Laurel Lane, $244,500. Scott and Ann Fadeley sold property to John Wantuch Jr. and Kellie Romano.

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SARATOGA SPRINGS 4 Cherry Tree Lane, $180,000. ANW Holdings Inc. sold property to Jonathan and Meredith Loeck. 10 Avery St., $530,000. Diane Hickey and Anne Tapio sold property to ANW Holdings Inc. 10 Avery St., $415,000. ANW Holdings Inc. sold property to Darren and Christine Miller.

3 Pennyroyal Rd., $239,800. Cathy Emmerick sold property to Timothy and Jacqueline Cleary.

12 Hunters Run, $377,500. Nancy King-Ingui sold property to Shafaat and Tanjim Ahmed.

89 Trottingham Ct., $198,200. Nicholas Keech sold property to Nikki and Christopher Hudson.

8 Sage Ct., $382,481. Marini Land II Inc. sold property to Soon Loh and Xi Shi.

12 Rockrose Way, $395,000. Donald and Gina Flynt sold property to Christopher Staszak.

191 Church St., $187,000. Chad Perkins (by Ref) sold property to Saratoga Maple LLC.

10 Oak Ave., $116,000. Philip and Frances Nardi sold property to Anthony, Karen and Michael Lucci.

14 Collamer Rd., $255,000. Stephen and Kristine Minogue sold property to Thomas and Tracey Lucas and Owen McCaffrey.

78 Wagon Wheel Trail, $207,000. Carlo Milanese sold property to Tyler Williamson and Kristen Alexander.

185 Arrow Wood Place, $173,000. Golde Lippman sold property to Fay Rees. 2271 Route 9, $206,000. Patrick and Colleen Young sold property to Ryan Young. 27 Admirals Way, $439,317. Malta Land Company LLC sold property to Peter and Erica Pondillo.

Lot 39 Fenlon Lane, $327,864. John Luke Development Co. LLC sold property to William Dorman II and Lisa Festa.

5 Teldridge Dr., $322,905. Nancy Swanson (by Atty) sold property to Robert Carlton and Katharine London.

16 Lindenwood Dr., $364,900. John and Gail Ranis sold property to Donald and Gina Flynt.

120 Division St., $1,375,000. Performing Assets Strategies LLC sold property to Ellsworth Square LLC.

2 Olden Ct., $385,000. Tanya Lehine (by Agent) sold property to Keith and Daniela VanVeghten.

15 Horseshoe Dr., $381,000. Stanley and Norma Krystek sold property to Francis and Kathleen Foti.

20 Lindenwood Dr., $330,000. Daniel and Emily Ward (as Trustees) sold property to Paul Morehouse and Jacqueline Reiniger-Morehouse.

18 St. Charles Place, $250,000. Nancy Saari sold property to Linda Maffei. 35 Friar Tuck Way, $330,000. Bryan and Bhavani Kurtz sold property to Kent McCort and Rose Wood.

13 Aurora Ave. $150,000. Bella Home Builders Inc. sold property to Michele Massiano. 19 Stony Brook Dr., $1,250,000. Jason and Natalie Frierott sold property to Cartus Financial Corporation. 19 Stony Brook Dr., $1,250,000. Cartus Financial Corporation sold property to Robert and Lisa Berls. 76 Trottingham Ct., $258,000. Jason M. and Amy Rogers sold property to Jason P. Rogers. 3 VanRensselaer St., $105,000. Joanne Wildy sold property to DGD Holdings LLC. 5 VanRensselaer St., $170,000. Amanda Wildy sold property to DGD Holdings LLC. 21 Tompion Lane, $260,000. Robert Westervelt sold property to Mary Grueniger. 10 Lamplighter Lane, $169,500. US Bank Trust (as Trustee by Atty) sold property to Joshua Morrison. 6 Longwood Dr., $395,000. Peter Snee and Jane Lambert sold property to Sirva Relocation Credit LLC. 6 Longwood Dr., $395,000. Sirva Relocation Credit LLC sold property to Warren Delollo III and Amanda Jackson.

WILTON 15 Huntington Ct., $567,500. James and Gloria Matthews sold property to Sarah and Stephan Grunow. Edie Rd., $20,000. Brooke Rininger sold property to Kimlee Stewart. 20 Carr Rd., $226,000. Kathleen Wilson and Alvin Watson sold property to Paul Fernandes. 42 Cobble Hill Dr., $415,000. Robert and Patricia Clark sold property to Nathan Bruno. 1 Meghan Ct., $299,000. James and Brenda Beratis sold property to James and My Linh Sullins. 190 Northern Pines Rd., $241,500. Charlene DeFelice sold property to Shannon Smith. 13 Evergreen Dr., $1000. Robert Beck sold property to Go Straight Limited.

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Week of September 11 – September 17, 2015

Hands of a Surgeon, Heart of a Warrior Staunch Ally in the War on Breast Cancer Arrives at Saratoga Hospital by Norra Reyes for Saratoga TODAY

Dr. Patricia Rae Kennedy, M.D., FACS

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Brooklyn-born, Boston-trained, and polished with a generous helping of Midwest cordiality, Dr. Patricia Rae Kennedy, M.D., FACS, offers the right combination of surgical skill and patient care for women facing breast cancer. The fellowship-trained breast surgeon has joined Saratoga Hospital and its Saratoga Regional Medical Group. As the Clinical Director, Kennedy will lead a multidisciplinary breast health program that will coordinate and build upon the hospital’s already strong breast care services. “There are so many components involved to treat breast cancer,” said Kennedy. “Surgical, oncology, plastic surgery – it can be daunting to someone reeling from a new diagnosis. We can coordinate everything for them. We’ll do the heavy lifting through the process so all they have to do is focus on getting well.”

Kennedy has more than a decade of experience as a dedicated breast surgeon. She comes to Saratoga Hospital from Indiana University Health North Hospital, where she launched and led a successful, nationally accredited breast care program. “With her training and experience in building a comprehensive breast health program, Dr. Kennedy complements our exceptional breast care team,” said Angelo Calbone, Saratoga Hospital president and CEO. “With her at the helm, we look forward to enhancing and elevating the coordinated care that we provide.” A graduate of Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania, Kennedy earned her medical degree and completed an internship and residency at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She fulfilled a surgical fellowship in breast disease at Faulkner Breast Centre in Boston and was a surgical fellow in breast disease at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, also in Boston. “Saratoga Hospital has a great patient-centered focus,” said Kennedy, “and is really growing with all the right ideas. It’s the perfect environment for someone who’s a breast specialist to see all the pieces come together for my patients. There’s a really good rehabilitation program here for people following surgery and radiation; survivorship programming; physical therapy…and in future, I’d like to incorporate some complimentary therapies. Acupuncture, for

example, can be helpful with chemotherapy side effects.” Kennedy clearly loves her work, and it shows in her clear, direct language, compassionate voice, and the relaxed confidence of her bearing, garnering instant trust upon meeting her. She did not start out seeking to be a breast cancer surgeon, however. “In high school, I knew I wanted to go into medicine, but I thought I wanted to be Marcus Welby,” laughed Kennedy. “Marcus Welby, M.D.” was a television series that ran 1969-1976, portraying the work of a fictional doctor practicing general medicine. “I went in [to medical school] thinking I would practice family medicine, but then I rotated through surgery and absolutely loved it. I found I have a surgical personality, that I see a problem and want to cut it out.” She worked with a breast surgeon who mentored her toward general surgery and breast surgery. “There were only a handful of breast surgery fellowships in the country in the early ‘90s,” she said. “I could see the need right away.” She noted that much has changed in medicine since she first began. In-patient treatments at the time are now outpatient. Back then, a patient going in for a biopsy had to give signed consent to a mastectomy as well, in case the biopsy was positive for cancer, so the surgeon could take care of it right away. “Patients didn’t know whether or not they’d had a mastectomy until they woke up,” said Kennedy.

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Dr. Kennedy leads Saratoga Hospital’s new multidisciplinary breast health program.

“Imagine that. Waking up to a stranger changing your bandages to find out what happened. In those cases, I would sit with the patient before and after, going in early to change her first bandage myself and sit and talk with her about it.” The attending surgeon at the time found out what she was doing and encouraged her to focus her surgery on breast health, saying they need surgeons who care as much as she does. “Some said I’d be bored focusing only on breast surgery and breast health,” remembered Kennedy. “They thought I’d miss abdomen or other interesting areas of the body, but it has never been boring. I’ve found it to be extraordinarily rewarding. Keep in mind, you’re going through this really horrific journey with someone. Your relationship with her matters. You have to partner with the patient. In the beginning it can be so frightening, and the fact that I’m confident helps us get to the other side.” It is this level of compassion and search for best practices that led Kennedy to become a medical facilitator and serve on the board of trustees for Casting for Recovery, a program that combines breast cancer education and peer support with the therapeutic sport of fly-fishing. Casting for Recovery aims to enhance the quality of life of women with breast cancer through a combination of breast cancer education and peer support at fly-fishing

retreats, which are open to breast cancer survivors of all ages, in all stages of treatment and recovery, and are free to participants. “I’m a better surgeon than a flyfisherman,” laughed Kennedy. “But there’s something so therapeutic about being out in nature, and the



graceful and gentle stretch of the cast is good for the muscles after surgery. It’s meditative, making you stay in the moment. Everything else drops away. Over 70 percent of women at the retreats had never been in a support group. Here they were, among people where they don’t have to explain why their hair is growing back in. There’s this quote that’s always stuck with me about it – that most people fish all their lives and don’t realize that it’s never been about the fish. It’s transformative, a gift.” Kennedy’s empathy is born from years of experience and education, working closely with patients in a manner not unlike her childhood hero, Marcus Welby. She takes seriously the meaning behind the letters FACS (Fellow, American College of Surgeons) that follow her name. It signifies that her education and training, professional qualifications, surgical competence, and ethical conduct have passed a rigorous evaluation, and have been found to be consistent with the high standards established and demanded by the College. “Our breast cancer patients have always had access to some of the finest surgeons in the Capital Region,” said Richard Falivena, MD, chief medical and physician integration officer. “There is a segment of our population that has been traveling outside the community, seeking care by

Saratoga Hospital’s fellowship-trained breast surgeon, Dr. Patricia Kennedy, walks her Labradors, Ginger (left) and Fred.

a dedicated breast surgeon who is fellowship trained in that specialty. Now, those patients can receive that specialty care right here, at Saratoga Hospital.” Kennedy intends to develop a cohesive breast program, tailoring the surgical and non-surgical options for patients utilizing the latest technology and research. “The newest breakthroughs have to do with being able to really tailor the therapy,” she said. “Chemotherapy is not one size fits all. We can now tailor it to the disease so we are not over-treating people.” She says imaging and early detection have greatly improved over the years, and there are so many more options than surgery for women now, including better reconstruction options should a mastectomy be necessary. Kennedy is committed to seeking and incorporating best practices for the patients of the program, not only locally, but nationally as well. “Dr. Kennedy is also a surveyor for the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers,” Falivena said. “We are determined to advance our program to meet the exacting accreditation standards—and we are confident that

Dr. Kennedy has the expertise to help us meet that goal.” As a surveyor, Kennedy has evaluated breast programs around the country to ensure that the standards are met for accreditation. “I want women to receive the best care possible, no matter where they get their care,” said Kennedy. Kennedy has two children, a 14-year-old daughter and an 18-year-old son who is attending Rochester Institute of Technology. She and her family are delighted to settle here. “Saratoga is so charming,” she said. “There’s so much going on. It’s a college town, there’s the track, and the downtown is so vibrant. I remember driving through here once and saying to my husband – there’s a hospital here. Not long after, I found out they were looking for a breast cancer surgeon, and it seems all these things were leading me here.” Kennedy will begin seeing patients on September 14 at Saratoga Medical Park in Malta. There are also plans for an expanded facility in Wilton. For an appointment, call Saratoga Hospital’s HealthSource line at 518-580-2450. No referral is needed.

Dr. Kennedy serves on the board of trustees for Casting for Recovery.

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Week of September 11 – September 17, 2015

Middle-school Milestone

by Kate Towne Sherwin for Saratoga TODAY

My five-year-old is starting Kindergarten this year, and my three-year-old is starting nursery school—two big milestones for my little guys!—but I’m neither worried nor stressed about it for either of them. The school and classrooms and routines are familiar to them from observing their brothers and

tagging along with me to school for their whole lives. The teachers are the same as the ones their brothers have had. It’s clear to me that they’re ready, and I’m very comfortable in the role of Mom of Kindergartener and Preschooler. I’m also comfortable in the role of Mom of Second Grader and Fourth Grader, as my next two older boys will also be walking a path already forged for them by the brother ahead—same classrooms, same teachers, same expectations. I’m excited for them all, and not concerned in the least. The one that’s most on my mind is my biggest boy, who himself is headed for something completely and totally new, both for himself and for us as a family: He’s going to middle school, with its new building and new teachers and new routines and new responsibilities. One of the very first articles I wrote for Saratoga TODAY was about my oldest going to school for the first time. I’ve referred to that piece a few times since, usually in my annual back-to-school column, but this year it has particular poignancy for me because of how similar my thoughts and emotions were back then to how they are now: “Thomas was so excited when I woke him up on his first day of school, much earlier than usual, to eat breakfast. He wore a handsome new sweater with a collared shirt underneath. He [started in January and] had his new school sneakers packed in his Thomas the Tank Engine backpack. I’d labeled all his things the night before — snowpants, hat, gloves, coat, backpack. I had ready the bag of juice and crackers each parent was asked to donate. I reread the preschool “manual” to be sure I knew everything

that was expected of Thomas and me. And I tried to ignore the straining in the hollow of my throat — I wasn’t just sad at the end of the Thomas-is-mybaby-at-home-with-me-everyday era and the beginning of a new stage of my motherhood, but I was sad because I was afraid that he would change and become a new little boy because of school — a new boy in ways I wouldn’t want.

playing on the playground and his teachers and the crackers and juice he’d had for snack … and he didn’t once mention not liking his backpack or sneakers or anything else.

“I hated to think that some of his innocence might be lost at school. You know how kids are — the Thomas the Tank Engine backpack that he’d previously loved and was excited to wear to school might very well become the very thing that some other kids … would tease him about, and he’d come home insisting he hated his Thomas the Tank Engine backpack and would never use it again. Or the new sneakers we’d gotten him just for school might be so very un-cool that he’d come home in tears because of being teased (even though we’d tried so hard to find sensible, not-too-expensive-ortrendy sneakers that would still pass muster as acceptable in the eyes of Thomas’ three-yearold classmates). I was totally shredded by imagining such things happening to him, and I prayed some of the most fervent prayers of my life that we were doing the right thing by sending Thomas to school.

I could have written those words this very day about this middleschool milestone we’re both going through, swapping out “Thomas the Tank Engine backpack” and “crackers and juice” for “big boy backpack” and “big boy snack,” which would likely embarrass him, now that he’s such a big boy, so I won’t. He had a morning-long Orientation at his new school before school officially started, which I was to attend with him, and while he seemed just the normal amount of nervous, I was an absolute wreck—I had trouble sleeping the night before, and couldn’t eat breakfast before we left, so knotted was my stomach. And for what? It’s a community we’re not unfamiliar with, and many of his elementary school classmates will be with him in the new school. I think it’s just the fact that it’s concrete evidence of how short the years are, despite the sometimes unending days. I’m trying to remember that this is the whole point of being a mom—pointing your kids in the right direction and then walking forward, first with them in your arms, then holding their hand and pulling them along, then walking together until they’re ready to plot their own course. But it’s all forward motion, small steps and big steps, passing milestone after milestone, even if encountering a detour or two. There’s no stopping or going back. Until becoming a mom, I didn’t realize growing up was harder on the mom than it is on the child. Whew! On that sobby note, I hope all your back-to-schools have been wonderful and that you’re settling into the new school year well! Kate Towne Sherwin lives in Saratoga Springs with her husband and their sons ages 10, 9, 7, 5, 3, and 1. She can be reached at

“Thankfully, it turned out as well as it possibly could have because Thomas loved school. He loved the other kids, he loved the toys in the classroom, he loved the art projects, he loved

“And yes, I cried that afternoon, too, after he got home from school — with relief, with happiness, and still also with a little sadness that he and I had passed such a huge milestone.”

Week of September 11 – September 17, 2015



Back to School

Preparing Your Family for A Successful Year your child is going to emotionally ingest your attitude and feelings. Take a step back and take the time you need to get things organized for the start of school. Don’t wait until the last minute to get ready as this will cause tension and chaos in your home. Ask for help if you need it and take it one step at a time. Having a calm and practical attitude will help your child feel more secure in the winding down of summer.

by Meghan Lemery Fritz LCSW for Saratoga TODAY Back to school preparation can be stressful not only for children, but for parents. The weeks leading up to the start of a new year can be stressful, anxiety provoking and emotionally draining. The difference between a good transition from summer to the beginning of a new year is preparation. Let’s start this year off from a proactive, clear platform versus a reactive and chaotic one.

Check Your Attitude: If you are a parent who feels overwhelmed and stressed out all the time chances are you are passing this way of coping and handling things on to your children. Often times if you appear stressed about the back to school shopping, summer reading list and the transition from junior high to high school,

Year in Review: Again, it is so important to start the year off from a proactive place rather than reactive. Sit down individually with each of your school age children and review the prior school year. What worked? What changes do you need to make it a better year? New alarm clock? Earlier bed time? Lunches made the night before? Make a plan with your child about the proactive changes you will be making to the New Year. Don’t wait until things fall apart to come up with a plan, do it now and go over the new plan with your family. Recognize that you are helping them develop the skills they need to be able to successfully live on their own when they leave the nest.

Set a Goal: As you review the changes you are going to make for the coming

school year, help your child set a goal. Do they need to work on being more outgoing? Would they like to try a sport or work on getting better grades? Whatever the goal is write it down with your child. Help them make a “mission statement” of intention about the new school year. Writing down your child’s intention helps them to mentally prepare for the year and start out from a place of empowerment and confidence rather than anxiety and stress. Goal setting is a skill that helps children in any stage of life and encourages them to take responsibility for their actions.

Family Meeting: As the school year starts it can often be a very stressful time for families. Different schedules, sports, clubs, play dates, etc., can make for a long and hectic day. Take time at least once a week to sit down and have a pow wow with your family. Let each person talk without interruption about what is upsetting them this week or what went really well. Take the time to check in with each other and make the changes necessary to keep the peace and organization in your home. Don’t wait until things get busy, overwhelming and chaotic. A weekly family meeting helps everyone feel heard and respected. Families that

have dinner together and take time to check in with one another are less likely to have children who struggle with low self esteem, peer pressure and drugs and alcohol. Checking your attitude, reviewing the previous school year, setting goals and having weekly family meetings can all help set the stage for a phenomenal year for you and your family! Wishing you a healthy and happy start of the school year! Meghan Fritz is a psychotherapist practicing in State College, PA. For more information email

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Senior Calendar

Week of September 11 – September 17, 2015

Adult & Senior Center of Saratoga 5 Williams Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 518-584-1621 •

Saratoga Senior Center’s 60th Anniversary! SAVE THE DATE for these fabulous events to help celebrate this milestone!

“The Sunrise Symposium,” Saturday, October 3 at 8:30 am. Enjoy breakfast, documentary ‘Women of 69 Unboxed’ and an engaging panel discussion on senior’s stories. Local author Ray O’Conor will be discussing and signing copies of his book “She Called Him Raymond” -- A True Story of Love, Loss, Faith and Healing during World War II.

The Saratoga Senior Center’s 60 Diamond Anniversary Gala at the Canfield Casino, Thursday, November 12 at 6p.m. Join Honorary Chair and former news correspondent Stone Philips for an evening to celebrate the past, present and future of Saratoga’s Seniors.

More information to come with special ticket pricing for Senior Center members over sixty!

AT THE CENTER! Living Healthy - Chronic Disease Self-Management Program - Begins Sept., 15, 9:30-12:00. A 6-week workshop presented by Office of the Aging. Educate

& empower yourself with techniques to manage ongoing health conditions. Free & open to the public. Free training materials and light refreshments provided. Please sign up. Emergency Preparedness Wed., Sept. 16, 10-12. The Red Cross will give a comprehensive overview on how to prepare for natural and man-made disasters, and how to respond and recover. Free & open to the public. Please sign up. Elder Law - Mon., Sept. 28, 2:00p.m. Presented by Albany Law School Learn about legal services important to seniors, family members and caregivers.

Presentation topics include Wills, Health Care Proxies, Consumer Rights, and Grandparents’ Rights. Q & A after presentation. Free & open to the public. Please sign up.

YOU ARE NOT ALONE! Reminiscing Group Thurs. mornings at 8:30a.m., join friends & fellow members to reminisce about the good old days! Have a cup of joe and hang out!

SUPPORT GROUPS & SERVICES — Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group — Alzheimer’s Activity

Week of September 11 – September 17, 2015

Adult & Senior Center of Saratoga 5 Williams Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 518-584-1621 •

Group for your loved ones

to climb stairs.

— Grief & Loss Support Group

Saratoga North Creek Railway, Tues., Oct. 6, Scenic train ride with dome seating. Spend 3 hours in North Creek shopping, relaxing & dining. Pay $42 at sign up for dome car seating. Bring lunch and spending money. Must be able to climb stairs. Sign up by Sept. 14.

Support groups are held on the 3rd Thurs. of each month from 10:30-12:00. Caregivers can share with others while their loved ones attend the activity group. Free and open to the public. Sign up required for activity group.

SENIORS ON THE GO! Mohonk Mountain House: The Water’s Edge Lighthouse - Tues., Sept. 15, Enjoy a delicious lunch overlooking the scenic Mohawk River. Pay $10 at sign up & bring lunch money. Leave the center at 11:00. The Big E: - Fri. Sept. 18, Now a van trip! Spend the day at New England’s largest fair! Pay $17 van fee at signup. Bring $10 admission, lunch and spending money. Veterans, Active Military and active military families free with ID. Leave at 9a.m. Antique Boat Ride on Lake George - Tues., Sept. 22, by FR Smith & Sons Marina: Tour Lake George in style - in an original l929 Hackercraft or 1929 Garwood. Must be able to step down into boat. Enjoy lunch at the Algonquin, if time permits enjoy a stroll through the quaint town of Bolton. Leave at 10:45 a.m. Pay $35 at sign up, inc. van, boat ride and tip. Bring lunch money. Lake George Steamboat Co. - Fri., Sept. 25, Enjoy lunch and a sightseeing cruise on the Lac du Saint Sacrement. Leave at 10:00, return at 3p.m. Pay $43 at sign up, inc. van, lunch and cruise. Olana - Fri., Oct. 2, Tour the historic mansion of Frederic Church. Lunch at “The Cascades” prior to tour. Pay $25 at sign up, includes van & admission. Bring lunch money. Must be able

Sept. 30, A second bus has been reserved. We must fill the bus in order for it to go. Enjoy a deliciously prepared lunch & culinary talk at the historic Victorian castle in the heart of the Hudson Valley. Stroll, hike or relax on the porch. Member $75/nonmember $95. New York City: Dec. 9, Nothing beats NYC at Christmas time. Catch a show, marvel at all the beautiful window dressings. There is so much to do! Member $30/nonmember $50.


21 TODAY The Academy for Lifelong Learning

111 West Avenue, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 • 518-587-2100 Announces Fall Classes Fall class registration at the Academy for Lifelong Learning (A.L.L.) is now open. Classes start the week of September 14 with the term ending November 12. Look for the Fall Term Class Registration and Membership Application packet in area libraries, the Academy office at 111 West Avenue or on the website at Registration forms are being accepted for open classes through the beginning of the term. Some classes will sell out. Call the Academy office for class availability at (518)587-2100 x2415. Classes are offered Monday through Thursday during the day and cover a wide range of genre including: history, art, travel, media, health, religion, writing and economics.  Volunteer-led classes typically meet for two hours once a week for eight weeks. Most classes are held in SUNY Empire State College classrooms at 111 and 113 West Avenue in Saratoga Springs with several

“on site” offerings at a variety of local outdoor venues. Annual membership is $50 and goes through June 30, 2016. Class fee for the first eight-week class is $50. A selection of classes include: History in Our Saratoga County Towns series, Hinduism & Buddhism, Shakespeare’s Tragedies, Art Up Close day trips, Smiling with the Blues, Fairy Tales & Folk Tales, Precious Water Supply Series, Plagues Through History, News

& Commentary from the Internet, 19th Century Novel, Body, Mind and Spirit, Finish Your Story, Informed Citizen: Education, Battle of Britain, Conscious Aging, Travel, Great Decisions, Photo Workshop, Making Sense of Investing, Painting Lab, Writers Circle, two Speaker Series, Hikes at Moreau State Park, Music, History Art & Science day trips, Hollywood, Using Computers, Asian Studies, The 1960s, Italian, Tang Museum Exhibits, and art classes.

The Wilton Senior Center

18 Traver Road, Gansevoort, NY 12831 • 518-587-6363 Open every Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Attention Wilton Seniors The Wilton Senior Center on Traver Road is celebrating 36 years of community service. On Sept. 16 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. we invite all seniors to join us for a light lunch and cake. Enjoy music and dance by a local group of cloggers. Take the time to see all we offer our seniors and meet new people and old friends. Please join us it’s open to all seniors.

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What do you do if your loved one requires a guardian? How guardians are appointed to help those in need

by Matthew J Dorsey, Esq for Saratoga TODAY If you have a loved one that can no longer handle their personal or financial affairs, what can you do to help them? Hopefully, they have engaged in proper estate planning and have a power of attorney and

health care proxy. With a power of attorney in place, the power of attorney agent can help with their financial affairs. With a health care proxy in place, the health care proxy agent can assist with health care decision making. If there is no power of attorney or health care proxy in place, then what do you do? If the individual is still mentally competent, there is still time to have them execute a power of attorney and health care proxy. If the individual is no longer mentally competent, then you have to bring a petition to be appointed as their guardian. Under Article 81 of the New York State Mental Hygiene Law, a guardianship petition may be brought if a person can no longer manage their personal or property affairs and they don’t understand

their limitations. The person’s limitations must also present a danger to their welfare. In a typical case, an incapacitated elderly person may not understand they can no longer cook safely because they can’t remember to shut off their gas stove, or they might be at a risk of home foreclosure because they can no longer keep track of their mortgage payments. In guardianship parlance, the person who is the subject of the guardianship petition is known as the allegedly incapacitated person (AIP). In such cases, a guardianship petition may be brought seeking the appointment of a guardian of the person and/or property of the AIP. Once the petition is before the court, a judge will appoint a Court Evaluator and potentially an attorney to represent the AIP. The Court Evaluator is usually an attorney who acts as a neutral third party investigating the facts and reporting back to the court. The Court Evaluator

will report whether they think the AIP needs a guardian, and if so, who may be best equipped to take on that responsibility. The attorney for the AIP will similarly investigate the case, but it is their job to advocate solely on behalf of the AIP. Guardianship proceedings can become contested in the event the AIP doesn’t think they need a guardian or if a third party objects to the appointment of the guardianship petitioner. Whether the proceeding is contested or not, the court must hold a hearing to determine if a guardian is necessary and who may be the best choice for the position. In the simplest guardianship proceedings, a loving son or daughter seeks to be appointed as guardian for their mom or dad, the parent consents, and the court makes the appointment. On the other side of the spectrum, guardianship proceedings may involve accusations of mismanagement by prior power of attorney agents

and contests between family members as to who is best suited to act as a guardian. If a petitioner is successful and the AIP has funds, the court will usually direct that the cost of the proceeding be paid from the AIP’s resources. After the guardian is appointed by the court, they will receive a commission from the County Clerk, which acts as their proof of authority. Within 90 days of their commission, the guardian must file an initial report with the Examiner of Guardianship Reports. Every year thereafter, the guardian must file an annual report of their activities during the prior year. These reporting requirements help ensure the guardian performs their responsibilities appropriately. Bringing a petition to be appointed as someone’s guardian should be done with the assistance of an attorney experienced in guardianship law. Having capable counsel on board will ensure your loved one gets the critical help they need. Matthew J. Dorsey, Esq. is of Counsel to O’Connell and Aronowitz, 1 Court Street, Saratoga Springs, NY. Over his eighteen years of practice, he has focused in the areas of elder law, estate planning, and estate administration. Mr. Dorsey can be reached at (518)584-5205,, and

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The First Social Security Recipient

by Stephen Kyne for Saratoga TODAY Social Security is a hot-button topic that many people don’t quite know much about. What we do know, however, makes us worried. We’re constantly hearing that the system is underfunded and, for obvious reasons, that makes us concerned about whether or not it will be there to pay us benefits when the time comes. This is the story of the very first recipient of Social Security retirement benefits. You’ll notice some flaws in the system from the beginning. Miss Ida May Fuller, or “Aunt Ida,” as she was known, was born outside of Ludlow, Vermont on September 6, 1874. She attended school with Calvin Coolidge in Rutland, and would later work as a school teacher and a legal secretary. Ida May lived alone for most of her life, had no children, and never married. On November 4, 1939, at the ripe old age of 65, she had been contributing to the Social Security system for just shy of three years.

While out and about, she stopped by the Rutland Social Security office to find out about possible benefits. “It wasn’t that I expected anything, mind you, but I knew I’d been paying for something called Social Security and I wanted to ask the people in Rutland about it,” Ida is quoted as having said. Her claim was taken by the clerk in Rutland, and transmitted to Washington, D.C. to be certified. On January 31, 1940, Ida May Fuller received check number 00-000-001, in the amount of $22.54. Ida May lived to be 100 years old, dying in 1975, and started collecting benefits at age 65. Over that time, she collected a total of $22,888.92. Her total lifetime contributions to the Social Security system: $24.75! So, here are some take-aways. 1. You’re going to live longer than you expect. When Ida May was born, her life expectancy certainly was not 100 years, and neither was yours. Advancements in medicine and technology mean that you will almost certainly outlive your currentl life expectancy. Are you planning for your income and assets to last that long? Do you think the system can afford to pay recipients a 40-year pension, based on contributions they’ve made for as few as 10 years (the current minimum)? 2. Ida May received far more in benefits than she ever contributed to the Social Security system, and, most likely, so

will you. Ida recouped all of her personal contributions in a little over a month of receiving her benefits. For you, it will take four or five years. Find a copy of your current Social Security statement, and look at page 3. There you will find a tally of your total personal contributions (as well as those contributions your employer made on your behalf – be sure to thank him or her, since that was money from their pocket). How can benefits at this level be sustainable when you recoup your contributions so quickly? The system works by taking money from current workers, and giving it to current recipients. There is no box with your name on it in Washington, D.C., that holds your personal contributions: it’s a cash-in, cashout system. When Social Security began, workers outnumbered recipients 10:1. Today that ratio has shrunk to 3:1. Where is the system going to get the funds to continue to pay you? Low contribution amounts over a limited working life are somehow expected to fund a relatively rich retirement benefit amount for an indefinite lifetime. In many ways, the system has been broken from the beginning. What does this mean for you? While we don’t expect Social Security to disappear, we do expect it to look a little different in the future. It has to, if it is to continue. Higher retirement ages Since the government cannot tell you when to die, the only option

is has for shortening your benefit period is to increase your eligibility age. Like it or not, this is a pretty sure bet. Higher contribution limits – Currently income above $117,000 is not taxed for Social Security purposes. Expect to see that figure continue to increase so that more contributions are available to pay current benefits. Means testing – If you consider that a portion of your Social Security benefits are already taxable if your income is beyond certain limits, then means testing is already

here. Expect benefits to continue to be decreased for those of more substantial means. Be sure to work with your financial advisor to plan a retirement that includes Social Security benefits, whatever those may be, but which supplements those benefits with income from your investments as well. Being proactive will help to ensure you make the most of Social Security, no matter how it may change in the future. Stephen Kyne is a partner at Sterling Manor Financial in Saratoga Springs and Rhinebeck.



Say Cheese! Trish at the Farmers’ Market on Saturdays.” (SFM) What is your favorite book? (DR) “Anything by Ken Follett.”

Saturdays, 9 to 1 Wednesdays, 3 to 6 High Rock Park As part of our new “Meet Your Farmers & Makers” series, here is a Q & A with Dave Randles (DR), of Argyle Cheese Farmer. Keep reading to learn more about Dave, his wife Marge and their incredible cheeses.

(SFM) Where were you born? (DR) “Glens Falls” (SFM) What was the first album you bought? (DR) “Something by The Carpenters.” (SFM) If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be? (DR) “Definitely, Hamburg and Tater Tot Casserole.” (SFM) What is your guilty pleasure (travel, food, recreation, etc.)? (DR) “I don’t really have a guilty pleasure. But I really enjoy working with my friend

(SFM) If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to? (DR) “1970 – College, when I met me wife.” (SFM) What does your perfect day look like? (DR) “A day in the cheese house with no problems.” (SFM) If you could have dinner with anyone (past or present), who would it be? (DR) “My wife.” (SFM) How do you recharge? (DR) “Sleep.” (SFM) If you could have a super power what would it be? (DR) “Unlimited energy would be great!” More on Argyle Cheese Farmer: From its petite-sized, sweet Greek yogurt assortment to the popular savory flavors of its cheese curds, Argyle Cheese Farmer has attracted a sizeable following with its highquality dairy products. Argyle Cheese Farmer began when Dave and Marge Randles decided to

move into the value-added dairy market to achieve greater return for the 50-cow Randles Fairview Farm in Argyle (Washington County), which has operated for more than 150 years. Cheese-maker Marge Randles uses milk produced from their hormone-free herd at the farm to create their high-quality yogurts and artisan cheeses. The Argyle Cheese Farmer display at Saratoga Farmers’ Market typically includes a variety of products: cheese curds, wedges of hard cheese, blocks of feta, cheese spreads, traditional and Greek yogurt, yogurt-based smoothies and cultured buttermilk. The whole milk and Greek yogurt are based on simple ingredients: nonhomogenized milk, five active cultures, and sometimes maple syrup or pure vanilla. In contrast to many supermarket brands, Argyle Cheese Farmer’s yogurt does not contain gelatin, fillers or high-fructose corn syrup. The large jars of yogurt are presented in recyclable, returnable glass containers, which many Market customers faithfully bring back each Saturday when they buy the next jar. Great for kids on the go or adults wanting a pre-portioned amount, they offer a snack-sized collection of Greek yogurt that comes in flavors such as Honey, Chocolate Mousse, Strawberry Rhubarb, Blueberry and Raspberry. Dave and Marge also offer “schmear” which blends the farm’s Quark (a soft cheese similar to cream cheese), with butter, vegetables and spices. Suitable for spreading on crackers or a bagel, Schmear can also be used in place of butter on a baked

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potato, or as a topping for pasta. The farm recommends blending two of its harder cheeses, Mercy and Grace, for gourmet homemade macaroni and cheese. Grace is similar to Gouda; Mercy is a raw milk cheese that combines the sharp flavor of Cheddar with a smooth, creamy texture. Among the farm’s other hard cheeses are Havarti; Caerphilly – a mild, semi-firm cheese with a buttery texture; and Revival, based on a Scottish Cheddar. Recently awarded a regional economic development grant by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Argyle Cheese Farmer has plans to expand their cheese making operation in the former Covidien building on

Route 40 in Argyle, and add 15 employees over the next five years. Currently, the farm sells through area farmers’ markets and retail operations, and can be found at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market, in High Rock Park, every Saturday under the middle pavilion. This weekend, September 12 and 13, their farm is a featured stop on the Washington County Cheese Tour. They’ll be offering tours of the cheese room, discussions with the cheese/yogurt maker, a tasting table, and MORE! For more information about the cheese tour or Argyle Cheese Farmer: visit www. and

Meet the DZ Chefs GALWAY — The second annual “Meet the Chefs” event will take place on Sunday, September 27 at 3 p.m. at DZ Farm, located at 2013 Hermance Rd. in Galway. Chefs from all four DZ restaurants (Chianti Ristorante, Forno Bistro, Pasta Pane and Boca Bistro) will be preparing gourmet foods at the “Chef ’s Serving Table.” There will be wine, beer and spirit tasting stations as well, with the event commencing with a champagne toast. A cash bar is also available.

“Meet the Chefs” will include live music and entertainment, as well as classic lawn games and activities. A fire pit and gourmet s’mores will ring in the first weekend of autumn, as guests watch a peaceful, harvest sunset. Guests are also welcome to leisurely explore the trails that wind through the DZ Farm property. Tickets are $80 and are available by calling 518-583-1142. A portion of the proceeds will go toward the Saratoga WarHorse Foundation. For more information, please visit, under “DZ Farm.”


Week of September 11 – September 17, 2015

Pie in the Sky!

by John Reardon for Saratoga TODAY Hello, my Foodie friends! Want some pie? Well, Paula and I just spent a weekend way up in the Adirondacks visiting her cousin Barbara, husband Andrew and their great dog, Mia! We enjoyed great food, wine, conversation and desserts! Barb and Andrew just celebrated their anniversary and showed off their great cooking skills. One of Barbara’s specialties is pie and we were not disappointed!

One of the ingrediants she used in the pie was an 1/8th of a teaspoon of salt and her husband announced as she added it that his mom used to say that you never really know a person until you’ve shared a pound of salt one shake at a time! That’s a long time! So if you’re thinking about making a pie, a favorite in our store is the Emile Henry Pie Dish. Emile Henry’s Oven Ceramic bakeware and tableware is made in Marcigny France, since 1850, from high fired Burgundy clay. The natural clay is unsurpassed for conducting and retaining heat. Emile Henry’s Oven Ceramic is made with an exclusive process to produce strong and durable ceramic bakeware and tableware for everyday use. — Resistance Against Mechanical Shocks: During everyday use, there are many opportunities to bang a dish or a set of plates. Particularly resistant to shocks, our ceramic is even used in restaurants!

Resistance Against Temperature Changes: A dish or stewpot should be able to withstand wide variations in temperature. Our ceramics allow our products to be taken directly from the freezer to the hot oven (+250°C/500°F).

— Resistance Against Fading Colors: Heat, the dishwasher or sharp instruments will all have an aging effect on a product. Our glazes are particularly resistant to the dishwasher and the most aggressive of detergents. Remember, my Foodie Friends, that: “Life happens in the Kitchen!” Take care, John and Paula

Banana Cream Pie with Graham Cracker Crust Ingredients 1 Tbsp. (1 pkg) unflavored gelatin 6 large egg yolks at room tempature slightly beaten 1 cup half and half 1 cup Baker’s sugar 1/8 teaspoon salt 2 Tbsp. chilled sweet or unsalted butter 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 3 medium-size ripe bananas 1/2 lemon for juice

Directions Temperature: 325 ° F Graham Cracker Crust: Mix crumbs, sugar and butter , press into pie dish, all around bottom and up the sides. Bake at 325 degree oven for 10 - 15 minutes until crumbs are brown around the pie crust edge. Remove from oven, cool to room temperature before adding pie filling.

Pie Filling: In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, gelatin and salt. Combine egg yolks with sugar mixture. Add the half & half and mix thoroughly. Let stand for 1 minute (to allow the gelatin to bloom.) Whipped Cream Cook mixture over low heat, stirring frequently 1 pint heavy cream until mixture just starts to boil. Remove from 4 Tbsp. sugar heat. Add vanilla and butter, mix thoroughly. 1/2 tsp. vanilla Pour in a bowl and chill, stirring every 10 minutes, until mixture thickens and mounds in Graham Cracker Crust the bowl slightly when poured from a spoon. Approx. 30 - 45 min. 1 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs In a bowl, whip together the heavy cream, 2 Tbsp. Baker’s Sugar gradually adding 4 Tbsp. of sugar. When 2 Tbsp. melted unsalted butter the cream starts to thicken add 1/2 tsp. vanilla. Continue to whip until really thick and cream holds it?s form. Fold the whipped cream into the vanilla custard cream. Peel & slice the bananas into 1/4 inch slices and place in a bowl. Squeeze the lemon juice evenly over the bananas. Lightly mix the bananas and lemon so all pieces are coated fully to prevent the bananas from turning black. Cover the bottom of the pastry shell with a layer of banana slices, and add enough filling to cover the bananas. Add another layer with the remaining bananas and cover with the rest of the filling. Refrigerate for 2 hours before serving. Serve with freshly made whipped cream. Are you craving a slice of pie yet?



Youth Dance A Youth Dance for grades 5-7 will be held on Friday, September 18 at the Saratoga Springs Knights of Columbus at 50 Pine Rd. in Saratoga Springs from 6:459:30. Donation is $8. For more information call (518) 584-8547.

2015 Fish Creek Rod and Gun Club Annual Garage Sale The sale will be on Saturday, September 19, 2015, same weekend as the town wide garage sale. The sale will be held at the club house on Route 32 in Victory Mills, NY, 1 ½ miles south of Schuylerville. Open to the public, all vendors and all items are welcome. Tables available or just a spot to set up and sell your items, cost is $20.00 for the day. Food and drinks will be available at the club house. All are welcome to come to sell or buy. For additional information or to reserve your spot contact John at (518) 222-0316.

After the Fire’s Annual Benefit Breakfast After The Fire will hold its 18th annual benefit fundraiser, which will be a breakfast buffet sponsored by the Saratoga-Wilton Elks Lodge #161. The breakfast will be held on Sunday, Sept. 20 from 8:30- 11:00 a.m. at the Elk’s Lodge on Elks Lane in Saratoga Springs. The cost is $8.00 for adults, $7.00 for Senior Citizens & Military (active/ retired with ID), $6.00 for children ages 5-12, under 5 free. Take outs will be available for $8.00, and there will be drawings for raffles and many door prizes. To date, generous donations have been received from Curtis Lumber, WGNA-Townsquare Media, Price Chopper, WalMart, Stewart’s Shops, Target and McDonald’s, with more expected. After the Fire is a non-profit organization that helps residents of Saratoga County who have suffered a loss due to fire. We are comprised totally of volunteers, and exist entirely on donations. After being paged by Fire Control, members

respond to the fire scene, providing familes with personal care items, gift cards, clothing, a night’s stay at a participating hotel/motel, Red Cross referral, informational material, emotional support, etc. Meetings are held at 7 p.m. on the 4th Tues. of Feb., March, Oct. & Nov. at Eagle Matt Lee Fire House in Ballston Spa; April, May, June & Sept. at Halfmoon Town Hall in Halfmoon. For more information on how to become a member or about After the Fire in general, please leave a message at (518) 4354571 or visit

Native Raptors Wildlife rehabilitator Nancy Kimball of North Country Wild Care will present “Raptors of the Adirondacks” on Wednesday, September 23, for a joint monthly program of the Southern Adirondack Audubon Society and Glens Falls-Saratoga Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club. The program will be held in the Community Room on the lower level of Crandall Library in downtown Glens Falls. The program starts at 7 p.m. It is free to the public. Those attending the program are invited to bring a can of pet food or baby food to donate which will help feed the injured and orphaned animals.

barbeque on September 26 from 2 to 6 p.m. The menu includes half a chicken, baked potato, corn on the cob, roll, cole slaw, dessert, cash bar. Cost is $10 take-out or eat in. All Proceeds to Benefit Community and Veterans Projects of the Racing City Rotary Club & VFW Post 420 Men’s Auxiliary. For tickets or more information call Tom or Linda at (518) 584-8211.

Art and Craft Show There will be an art and craft show at the Malta Presbyterian Church located on Dunning Street in Malta on Friday, October 2, from noon to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, October 3, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. If you would like to be a vendor or would like additional information contact Jane Morrison or call (518) 928-2655.

Roast Beef Dinner The Charlton Freehold Presbyterian Church located at 768 Charlton Road, Charlton is having a Roast Beef Dinner on Saturday, October 3 from 4 - 6:30 pm. The cost of the meal is $12 adults, $5 for children 5-10 (free for children under 5). The menu includes Roast Beef, Potatoes, Vegetable, Coleslaw and a variety of pies for dessert.

Free Health Fair

10th Annual Memorial Walk

Simpson United Methodist Church, located at 1089 Rock City Road, Rock City Falls (.4 m south of Rt. 29) is hosting a free Health Fair on September 24 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Representatives from legal aid, hearing, nutrition, hospice, home helper, cancer, and other health services; funeral planning, and more will be available to answer your questions, provide information, brochures, referrals, etc. There will be giveaways and free blood pressure screenings. All in the community are invited to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to visit with so many resources under one roof at the same time. Any questions please call Mary at (518)322-9585.

Angel Names Association (ANA) will hold its 10th Annual Memorial Walk on Saturday, October 10 at the Saratoga State Spa Park in Saratoga Springs. The walk is being held in recognition of National Pregnancy Loss and Infant Death Awareness month. Registration begins at noon and the walk will follow at 1:15 p.m. The day includes children’s activities, light refreshments and prizes. Everyone is welcomed to attend this uplifting, free family event to walk and raise awareness of pregnancy loss and infant death. For additional information, visit or contact Michelle Mosca at

Fourth Annual Autumn Leaves Chicken Barbecue

The Way We Were Car Show

The Racing City Rotary Club and the VFW Post 420 Men’s Auxiliary, located at 190 Excelsior Avenue, Saratoga Springs is sponsoring the

The Ballston Spa Business & Professional Association and Saratoga Automobile Museum are pleased to announce plans for

Week of September 11 – September 17, 2015 the 13th Annual “The Way We Were” Car Show to be held Sunday, October 11 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Front Street in Ballston Spa. The rain date will be October 18. We invite the public to come stroll our historic village, check out the hundreds of cars and trucks on display, and enjoy the music, vendors and downtown businesses. Front Street will be blocked off from Milton Avenue past the Old Iron Springs to accommodate car exhibits and vendors. A new addition to the show this year is the “Kids Zone,” located by the Old Iron Springs, which will feature several free children’s activities. The event is free to spectators. Exhibitors can pre-register by 10/1/15 for $10.00 per car or $15.00 the day of show. All proceeds will benefit BSBPA community activities and the Saratoga Automobile Museum. Pre-registration can be completed online at www. or at

a ca Celebration! Ladies, do the holidays make you want to sing? Do you like to have fun and give back to a worthy cause? Come join us in an “a ca CELEBRATION!” Attend Monday night rehearsals with Saratoga Soundtrack Chorus from October 19 - December 7, 7 - 8:15 p.m. Learn traditional and modern holiday classics in women’s 4-part a capela harmony and be a part of our “ a ca CELEBRATION!” Show December 7 will benefit Code Blue Saratoga. Rehearsals and the show will take place at the Knights of Columbus, 50 Pine Road, Saratoga Springs. Registration and materials fee: $25. Register on-line at or call (518) 747-3823, or email

Save the Date Angelo Mazzone invites you to save the date for the 8th Annual Masquerade Gala on Friday, October 30, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at Prime at Saratoga National Golf Club, Saratoga Springs. Music by The Audio Stars. The gala is benefiting the Capital Region Office of The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, New York Branch. For more information call (518) 812-6833 or (518) 701-4886.

Looking for Volunteers CAPTAIN Youth and Family Services is accepting new adult volunteer applications for its Homework Help, and Family Assistance. We are in need of van drivers at this time. Please visit for the application, or call Mary at (518) 371-1185. CAPTAIN Youth and Family Services is a social service agency located in Clifton Park. CAPTAIN operates a runaway and homeless youth shelter, street outreach services, Teen Talk Helpline, emergency food pantry, family assistance program, and various youth leadership programs. For those with questions about CAPTAIN, please visit our website at Those wishing to speak to a CAPTAIN Representative may also call (518) 371-1185.

Volunteer at the Saratoga Automobile Museum From fun outdoor car shows to the very serious business of curbing distractive driving and keeping our neighbors and children safe, Saratoga Automobile Museum is dedicated to enhancing and improving the quality of life in the Saratoga region and beyond. We have volunteers who give several times a week, once a year, and everything in between. Any and all of their valuable time is greatly appreciated. Expertise is not required, that will come later. Our volunteers range in age from 14 to 98. Saratoga Automobile Museum offers volunteer opportunities in a myriad of areas including Museum docents, administration, collection maintenance, building and grounds, youth programming and more. It is a great place to connect with wonderful and passionate people who share common interests and who want to meet you. In addition to the satisfaction of interacting with and helping tens-of-thousands of visitors a year, our volunteers enjoy recognition events and activities including an all-volunteer lawn show and dinner, road trips to private car collections, a recognition reception with awards for service, discounts on bus trips to the New York Auto Show, and much, much more. If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer, please go to: http:// www.saratogaautomuseum. org/overview/ and fill out an application or contact Jillian at for more details.

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Week of September 11 – September 17, 2015

Family Friendly Event

Friday, September 11 Photographic Exhibit Exposure Saratoga, 67 Davidson Dr., Saratoga Springs, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. To celebrate Exposure Saratoga’s second anniversary we will be holding a member photographic exhibit. The show will be jurored by local photographer Mark Andrew who will award a Best in Show and Honorable Mentions. The exhibit is open to the public and artwork on display will be available for sale. Additional viewing hours will be on Saturday, September 12 from 4 – 8 p.m. Exposure Saratoga is a guild of photographers of all abilities sharing knowledge and resources. For more information, visit http://

Saturday, September 12 Opening of Round Lake Preserve Round Lake Preserve, off of Route 67, Town of Malta, 1 p.m. Saratoga PLAN and the Town of Malta will be hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony. The event is free and open to the public and will begin with brief words from project supporters and leaders and then follow with a ribbon cutting. Participants will have the option to explore the new preserve, view interpretive signage describing the land’s rich ecological values and cultural history, check out the new wetland overlook. Paddlers are encouraged to bring their boats and try the new kayak/canoe launch that leads right into the Anthony Kill where it joins Round Lake. For more information, visit www.saratogaplan. org or call (518) 587-5554.

New York State Approved Defensive Driving Class First Baptist Church, 45 Washington Street, Saratoga Springs, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.


Save 10 percent on your base auto insurance for the next three years and receive up to 4 points off your driving record according to New York State Department of Motor Vehicle guidelines. The fee is $35. Bring a friend and the fee is $30 each. A portion of the fee goes to the First Baptist Church. Registration is required and can be made by calling Ray Frankoski at (518) 286-3788. Class size is limited.

Saratoga TODAY, along with The Saratoga Hilton & Fine Affairs presents the Saratoga Bridal Expo. Runway fashion show will start at 2:45pm and will include attire for the entire bridal party and the guests. For more information, visit

2nd Annual Curtis Lumber Community Day

Saratoga Springs Retired Teachers Meeting

Curtis Lumber, 885 Rt. 67, Ballston Spa, 10a.m. – 2 p.m. Join us as we celebrate our 125th Anniversary of serving our local communities! This free event is open to the whole family and features great vendors, free face painting and a gigantic 70’ bounce house for the kids, a fantastic bake sale, raffles, giveaways and so much more. Participants include the Red Dragon Karate School, Saratoga County Sheriff ’s Department with child safe IDs, Saratoga County Animal Shelter with adoptable pets, 4-H farm animals, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Ballston Spa Pop Warner Football & Cheer, The Ballston Spa Rotary, Double H Ranch, Community Emergency Corps, AAA Northway courtesy child safety seat and car battery checks and more. There will be tons of kid’s activities and fun for the entire family. Our bake sale and raffles benefit JDRF Type 1 Diabetes Research and local fundraising team “Bolus of Sugar.” Rain or Shine. For more information contact Golenne Kortz at (518) 490-1395.

Experience a 1948 Radio Broadcast Grant Cottage Visitor’s Center, 1000 Mt McGregor Rd, Wilton, 3 and 7 p.m. Grant Cottage State Historical Site presents the 1948 radio broadcast of “You Are There, April 9, 1865 Lee and Grant at Appomattox.” The cost is $15. Music selections by the 77th NY Regimental Balladeers. For more information, visit www. or call (518) 584-4353.

Sunday, September 13 Saratoga Bridal Expo The Saratoga Hilton, 534 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, Noon to 3:30 p.m.

Monday, September 14

Longfellows Restaurant, 500 Union Avenue (Rte. 9P), Saratoga Springs, Noon Membership is open to retired educators who taught in or now live in Saratoga County. For membership information, call (518) 587-5356.

Tuesday, September 15 Chronic Disease Self- Management Program Adult and Senior Center of Saratoga, 5 Williams St, Saratoga Springs, 9:30 a.m. – noon Are you living with a chronic condition like arthritis, heart disease, osteoporosis or diabetes? Are you interested in exploring new ways to manage your condition? Through participation in this evidence-based program you can educate and empower yourself with techniques to manage ongoing health conditions. Topics covered will include nutrition, exercise, medication management, dealing with stress and difficult emotions. Free training materials and light refreshments will be provided. If you are interested, please contact Janet Haskell at (518) 884-4110 for information and details on Living Healthy and to register for this class. The sixweek workshop series will be held on Tuesdays. The Saratoga County Office for the Aging and Center for Excellence are teaming together to offer these workshops. For more information call (518) 584-1621.

Raising Dough with the Academy for Lifelong Learning West Side Sports Bar & Grill, 112 Congress St., Saratoga Springs, 5-8 p.m. Join Academy members and friends at the West Side for dinner or takeout and have 20% donated to the Academy for Lifelong Learning at Saratoga

Springs. A $50 West Side gift certificate will be raffled and silent auction items to be bid on include a $200 golf package, $150 wine basket, $200 Children’s Museum party package and $60 Sundaes Best Hot Fudge Sauce package. Proceeds benefit programs at the Academy, a nonprofit membership organization sponsored by SUNY Empire State College providing educational and social activities for seniors. For more information, call Jeff Shinaman at (518) 587-2100 x2390 or visit,

Wednesday, September 16 Open House Wilton Senior Center Lillian Worth Senior Center, 18 Traver Rd, Gansevoort, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Wilton Senior Center is celebrating 36 years of community service. All seniors are invited to join us for a light lunch and cake. Enjoy music and dance by a local group of cloggers. Take the time to see all we offer our seniors and meet new people and old friends. For more information call (518) 256-5160 or email

Open Forge Night with Steve Gurzler Adirondack Folk School, 51 Main St,, Lake Luzerne. 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Steve Gurzler will fire up our forges to both demonstrate the art of blacksmithing and supervise others as they try their hand at the anvil to heat, bend, and create for the first time. This might be just the thing to prompt you to take one of the many blacksmithing classes. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. Donations go towards the materials and expenses and are appreciated. For more information, visit www.

Thursday, September 17 Sixth Annual Arts Attitudes Exhibit & Sale Round Lake Auditorium, 2 Wesley Ave., Round Lake The Malta League of Arts hosts its sixth annual Arts Attitudes Exhibit & Sale, September 17-20. The four-day event highlights a wide range of 40 local and regional artists. The exhibit’s opening night features a wine

reception with live music and a live auction. Tickets are $20. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday the exhibit is free and open to the public. All art work will be for sale to benefit the Malta League of Arts Scholarship Fund. Arts Attitudes’ will exhibit over 40 artists’ work, including paintings, photography, and sculpture. In addition, the show includes a collection from one featured artist. This year’s featured artist is Anne Diggory known for her combination of accurate detail with expressive painting and strong abstract structure. While the majority of her works are inspired by the Adirondacks of New York State, painting locations also include Alaska, Arizona and various seashores as well as her own city of Saratoga Springs. For more information visit http://

Feast of the Fields Saratoga National Golf Club, 458 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs, 5 8:30 p.m. Attendees will recognize local conservation heroes while enjoying the bounty of locallygrown produce prepared by some of Saratoga County’s best chefs. Continuing its ten-year tradition, Feast of the Fields pairs area restaurants and farms, in an effort to promote sustainable agriculture, support the regional economy, and provide greater awareness of conserving area farms and the importance of buying and eating locally-raised food. The evening will also include musical entertainment, a silent auction and a reception honoring local residents who have contributed significantly to the Saratoga region’s quality of life through conservation. Tickets are $85 per person. Space is limited. Proceeds from the event will help to conserve farms, woods, waters, and trails in Saratoga County. Additional information is available online at or by calling (518) 587-5554.

Grilled Chicken Dinner Saratoga Knights of Columbus, 50 Pine Rd., Saratoga Springs, 5 – 7 p.m. The public is invited to a grilled chicken dinner. The dinner will benefit the renovations at the Auriesville Shrine. Cost is $10 adults, $9 seniors, $7 children (6-12) For more information call (518) 584-8547.

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Victoria Pool Holds Annual Labor Day Luncheon

Week of September 11 – September 17, 2015

90th Birthday Celebration and a First-Time Ride on a Motorcycle!

Myrtle Buyce tops off her 90th Birthday celebration with a first time ride on a motorcycle. Rob Griffin assists Myrtle with a ride home after her birthday celebration given by Joan Harris. Congratulations!

Special Treat at Peace Fair SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Sunday, September 20, Jerry Greenfield, founder of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Company, will help kick off Saratoga’s annual Peace Fair at 12 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church on West Circular Street in Saratoga Springs. Local Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop franchisee, Patrick Pipino, will generously donate “Save Our Swirled” flavored ice cream, join Jerry to greet customers and help spread the message of social justice. The Peace Fair is the first of a week’s worth of events in Saratoga, promoting peace at home, in the community and in the world. Programs include art, literature, film, music and participation in global projects. The mayor-proclaimed “Saratoga Peace Week” provides a variety of opportunities to put peace into action. The United Nations observes the International Day of Peace on September 21. “In Saratoga we have extended that to a week,” says Elizabeth Meehan, the Chair of the Saratoga Peace Fair/Peace Week Steering Committee. “We are thrilled to have Jerry make a special appearance at our fair, making our Peace Week extra sweet!” Ben & Jerry’s has been promoting social justice since the company’s inception. In fact, their tag line is “Peace, Love and Ice Cream.” For more information about exhibiting at or attending the Peace Fair and Peace Week, please go to

Toys for Tots Receives Monetary Donations and New, Unwrapped Toys for 2015 Holiday Season Members of the Marine Corps League volunteering with the Capital Region Toys for Tots program gave its toy collection a head start by accepting monetary donations and new, unwrapped toys at the Community Outreach Booth in honor of Military Appreciation Day at Saratoga Race Course on Wednesday, September 2. The Toys for Tots Foundation is a national movement organized by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve to collect new, unwrapped toys to distribute as holiday gifts for less fortunate children.

Save the Victoria Pool Society held its traditional Labor Day luncheon with perfect weather this year! Everybody held hands and jumped into the pool at the end of a spectacular summer. The annual group photo shows how the group has grown over the years!

Free Park Passes for 4th Graders STILLWATER — Saratoga National Historical Park invites all 4th grade students to visit the park for free as part of the White House’s new Every Kid in a Park program. Starting September 1, 4th grade students can now go to to complete an activity and obtain a free annual entry pass to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas, including national parks. Saratoga National Historical Park offers a variety of activities that fourth graders and their family can enjoy, including its annual encampment weekend coming up September 19-20 marking the

238th anniversary of the Battles of Saratoga. To receive their free pass for national parks, fourth graders can visit the Every Kid in a Park website and play a game to access their special Every Kid in a Park pass. Fourth graders and their families can then use this pass for free entry to national parks and other federal public lands and waters across the country from September 1st, 2015 through August 31, 2016. The website also includes fun and engaging learning activities aligned to educational standards, trip planning tools, safety and packing tips and other important and helpful information

for educators and parents. In addition to providing every fourth grader in America a free entry pass for national parks and federal public lands and waters, fourth grade educators, youth group leaders and their students across the country will also participate in the program through field trips and other learning experiences. Saratoga National Historical Park offers plenty of opportunities for 4th grade students and teachers to connect to their local national park, to learn more please visit: education/index.htm

Week of September 11 – September 17, 2015


St. Patrick’s Day in September:

Irish 2000 Music and Arts Festival Glengarry Bhoys. Photo provided.

Friday, September 18 Coors Light Stage Flashpoint – 5:45 p.m. The Fighting Jamesons – 6:35 p.m. Screaming Orphans – 7:55 p.m. Glengarry Bhoys – 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 19 Coors Light Stage Hair of the Dog – 12:30 p.m. Emish – 2:10 p.m. Screaming Orphans – 4 p.m. Shilelagh Law – 5:50 p.m. The Young Dubliners – 7:40 p.m. The Fighting Jamesons – 9:30 p.m.

Timothy J. Nelligan Memorial Stage Flashpoint – 12 p.m. McKrells – 1:30 p.m. Daimh – 3 p.m. The Druids – 5 p.m. Get Up Jack – 7 p.m.

Patricia McSweeney Memorial Stage Triskele – 12 p.m. Shadowland – 1:15 p.m. Rakish Paddy – 2:25 p.m. Frank Jaklitsch – 3:35 p.m. Three Irish Voices – 4:15 p.m. Who’s Your Paddy – 5:05 p.m. Brothers Flynn – 6:10 p.m.

BALLSTON SPA — The 29th annual Irish 2000 Music and Arts Festival is set to take place Friday, September 18 and Saturday, September 19, at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds in Ballston Spa. This Celtic celebration will feature live Irish music, dance performances, and a wide selection of food, beverages and vendors. Children and their families can enjoy Celtic Kids, an area that includes rides, games and a petting zoo. Several schools of Irish dance will be performing at the festival: Farrell School, An Clar School and Boland School. There will also be acts by the Iona Dance Troupe, The Schenectady Pipe Band, Guy and Donna, Damhsa Beatha and magician Jim Snack. Founded by Matt Nelligan and Jim Shaughnessy, the not-forprofit Irish Music and Arts Festival Inc.’s goal is to “preserve, protect and promote Irish history and culture in the 21st century.” Since its establishment, the organization has donated more than $350,000 to local charities, including the Albany Irish-American Center, the

Schenectady Pipe Band. Photo Provided.

Irish-American Heritage Museum, Wounded Warrior Project and the Alzheimer’s Association. On Friday, tickets are $16 advance sale and $20 at the gate. Saturday, tickets are $18 advance sale and $25 at the gate. Tickets can also be purchased for both days for $29,

advanced sale only. Tickets purchased at the gate are cash only. Advanced sale tickets may be purchased online or at Price Chopper Supermarkets. Those who use their AdvantEdge card will get $1 off the ticket price. For more information or to purchase online tickets, please visit



Week of September 11 – September 17, 2015

Grant Cottage Presents Radio Play by Rebecca Davis Saratoga TODAY WILTON — On Saturday, September 12, the U.S. Grant Historic Site will re-enact the November, 1948 CBS radio broadcast of “YOU ARE THERE,” in a special “radio theater” performance at the Visitors Center. This particular broadcast depicted the historic

events that occurred at Appomattox Courthouse on April 9, 1865, where Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant, effectively ending the U.S Civil War. There will be two show times on Saturday, a matinee at 3 p.m. and another at 7 p.m. “YOU ARE THERE” was a radio show that took listeners into the past each week by depicting historical events as though they were

current news broadcasts. A small group of actors and musicians will be supported by on-the-scene reports, music selections, period commercials and sound effects in order to bring the broadcast to life. The play will include personon-the-street type interviews with Union and Confederate Generals. Portrayals include Generals Grant, Lee, Custer, Sheridan, Longstreet, Wise, Porter and others. 1940’s radio memorabilia from the Old Stone Fort Museum Scribner Collection will be on display, including an authentic on-air sign and microphone. Portraying Ulysses S. Grant at the event is Larry Clowers, who has been performing as the general and former president for 20 years, with over 6,000 programs. Clowers’ wife, Constance, is known for her portrayal of Julia Grant. Clowers has been featured on “Good Morning America,” “ABC News World Tonight,” and “Save the Wilderness,” a commercial for the Civil War Trust. According to Hady Finch, the program chair at Grant Cottage, Clowers’s physical presence is uncanny to Grant’s and he is his “spitting image.”

Don Vanhart will be playing the role of General Robert E. Lee. The Clowers and Vanhart will be on the porch of Grant Cottage, prior to the 3 p.m. showing, to do a meet and greet, as well as to discuss the events that transpired at the McLean House parlor back in April of 1865. The 77th NY Regimental Balladeers and Company will be providing music to accompany the radio theater performance. Larry Clowers as Ulysses S. Grant. This band from Windham is Photo Provided. celebrating their twentieth year and over 400 performances. his projects that tell historic stoTheir goal is to preserve and cele- ries. Last year, Quinn directed brate “the songs, tunes, history and the production of “Sunset at Mt. spirit of the Antebellum and Civil McGregor,” which depicted the War period.” This band is based off friendship shared between U.S of the original 77th NY Regimental Grant and Mark Twain, and was band that was formed in 1872 and performed in front of a packed, was made up of military personal standing-room-only audience at from Fulton, Essex and Saratoga the cottage. Tickets to the live radio theater Counties that fought in the U.S play are $15. For more information, Civil War. This radio play is produced please call 518-584-4353 or visit by John Quinn, who is known for

Malta League of Arts Hosting “Arts Attitudes” MALTA — The Malta League of Arts is hosting its sixth annual “Arts Attitudes Exhibit and Sale” from September 17 through 20, at the Round Lake Auditorium in historic Round Lake Village. The fourday event highlights a wide range of 40 local and regional artists. The exhibit’s opening night, Thursday, September 17, will feature a wine reception with live music and a live auction. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday the exhibit is free and open to the public. All art work will be for sale to benefit the Malta League of Arts Scholarship Fund. “Arts Attitudes” will exhibit paintings, photography and sculpture. According to the Malta League of Arts, the response from artists was overwhelming, filling every available space early in the planning process. In addition, the show includes a collection from one featured artist. This year’s featured artist is Anne Diggory, known for her combination of accurate detail with expressive painting and strong abstract structure. While the majority of her works

are inspired by the Adirondacks of New York State, painting locations also include Alaska, Arizona and various seashores, as well as her own city of Saratoga Springs. Diggory’s works have been exhibited at The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls, The Blue Mountain Gallery in New York City and The Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake. She has also been featured in the Adirondack Explorer, Saratoga Living and the photography issue of Adirondack Life. Johanna Turano received the Malta League of Arts $500 scholarship at Ballston Spa High School’s Senior Awards Night in May. She was selected by the art department as a senior student who “demonstrates a passion for the visual arts and one who also exemplifies the characteristics of perseverance and commitment as demonstrated by a creative and competitive portfolio.” Johanna has been accepted to the Bachelor of Fine Arts Program at SUNY New Paltz, majoring in graphic design with a possible photography minor.

Thursday’s opening reception features champagne, hors d’oeuvres and live music. A live auction will take place at 7:45 p.m. Up for bid are Proctors theater tickets, gym memberships, a Florida vacation condo, a NYC apartment weekend rental, tickets to Live with Kelly and Michael in NYC and much more. Tickets for Thursday’s opening and fundraising reception are $20 at the door. Entertainment will be provided by HEARD featuring Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius on keyboards and vocals, Jonathan Greene on woodwinds and Bobby Kendall on bass. “Arts Attitudes” Schedule Thursday, September 17: 6 to 8:30 p.m. (Tickets are $20) Friday, September 18: 3 to 7 p.m. (free admission) Saturday, September 19: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (free admission) Sunday, September 20: 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. (free admission)

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Week of September 11 – September 17, 2015


The Adirondack Balloon Festival Celebrates 40 Years Thursday, September 17: Crandall Park 600 Glen St., Glens Falls

4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Musical performances by Tailspin 5 p.m.

Opening ceremonies

5: 15 p.m.

Flight of up to 20 balloons

6 to 9:30 p.m.

City of Glens Falls Block Party, featuring balloon baskets on display, music, a car show and kid’s activities

Friday, September 18:

Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport 443 Queensbury Ave., Queensbury 3 p.m.

Gates open, craft fair hosted by ZONTA, kid’s activities, food vendors open

5 p.m.

Flight of up to 80 balloons, including special shapes

Saturday, September 19: GLENS FALLS — The Adirondack Balloon Festival is a 4-day event that brings together family activities, food vendors, a craft show, live music and, of course, stunning hot air balloons, for a weekend that is jam packed with amusements everyone can enjoy. The festival will run from Thursday, September 17 through Sunday, September 20, and will take place in both Crandall Park in Glens Fall and at the Floyd

Bennett Memorial Airport in Queensbury (see side bar for event schedule and locations). The festival is free, but donations are accepted. The Adirondack Balloon Festival hosts a yearly balloon photography contest that everyone is welcome to participate in. The limit is three entries per person; images must be in JPEG format, from the 2015 festival and at least 2,000 pixels

wide for horizontal photos and 2,000 pixels tall for vertical photos. Photos can be e-mailed to ADKballoonfestphotos@gmail. com and must include name, address, phone number, e-mail and age. Grand prizes include a hot air balloon ride for two, canvas print of the winning photo, a cruise and lunch for 4 from the Lake George Steamboat Company, and more.

Gaffney’s Hosts McKenney Music Memorial

Al McKenney. Photo provided.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Sunday, September 13, Gaffney’s Restaurant and Bar is hosting a gathering in celebration of the life of Al McKenney, from 1 to 6 p.m. Known as the “Unofficial Mayor of Saratoga Springs,” the much-loved McKenney passed away on August 15. The musical gathering will celebrate McKenney’s involvement in the community and his passion for the local music scene.

Saying that McKenney loved music is a broad understatement. The proud owner of thousands of albums, McKenney’s love and collection of music began growing when he was just a kid. After moving to Saratoga in 1971, he quickly became immersed in the folk music culture of the area. His band “Wildflowers” led him to working with Lena Spencer, the late owner of Caffè Lena. As one of the original board members of Caffè Lena, he helped publicize musical events and helped out wherever he was needed. “He was a mentor to me. He helped me to better understand the musical world,” said Sarah Craig, the director of Caffè Lena. “He would come in and we would talk for like an hour. It was like sitting in a college class about the history

of American music. For me, he brought the music alive.” On September 13, the celebration will include light hors d’oeuvres, drink specials and live music from over a dozen artists, many of whom knew McKenney personally and shared his great love of music. Guests are encouraged to wear purple suspenders, which McKenney was known for wearing. “He was the life of the party, which is how he earned his nickname, ‘Captain Fun,’” said John Baker, the owner of Gaffney’s and a friend of McKenney’s for many years. “Al was certainly a Saratoga character, a genius when it came to music. He was a brilliant guy and a special person.” Gaffney’s is located at 16 Caroline Street in Saratoga Springs. McKenney’s celebration is free to attend, but donations are greatly appreciated.

Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport 443 Queensbury Ave., Queensbury

5 to 11 a.m.

“Big Balloon Breakfast” in the airport hangar ($10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $6 for kids)

5 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Food vendors open, craft fair by ZONTA with over 30 vendors, kid’s activities, bounce houses, rock climbing wall and aircraft display

6:30 a.m.

Flight of up to 100 balloons, including special shapes

10 a.m.

Bike tour of airport sponsored by Warren County Safe and Quality Bicycling Organization

1 to 4:45 p.m.

Musical performances

5 p.m.

Flight of up to 100 balloons, including special shapes

6:15 to 7:45 p.m. Musical performances 8 p.m.

“Lighting Up the Night” airport moon glow featuring 30 balloons (bring a flashlight)

Sunday, September 20:

Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport 443 Queensbury Ave., Queensbury 5 to 11 a.m.

“Big Balloon Breakfast” at airport hangar ($10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $6 for kids)

5 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Food vendors open, craft fair by ZONTA with over 30 vendors, kid’s activities, bounce houses, rock climbing wall and aircraft display

6:30 a.m.

“Walter’s Mass Ascension” Flight of up to 100 balloons and shapes

8 a.m.

Catholic mass in entertainment tent

9 a.m.

Protestant Sunday services in entertainment tent

Crandall Park 600 Glen St., Glens Falls 2 to 5 p.m.

Musical performances

5 p.m.

Launch of over 20 balloons



Week of September 11 – September 17, 2015

week of 9/11-9/17 friday, 9/11:

Noreen Pratt + Dan Sherwin, 6:30 pm

Matt Evans, 9 pm

Consider the Source w/Ampevene, 9:30 pm

Down Hill Strugglers, 8 pm

Forever Young, 8 pm

Rich Thomas, 7 pm

Crossfire, 7 pm

Justin Joyner, 7 pm

Hair of the Dog, 7 pm

Jukebox Night, 10 pm

Steve Candlen, 3 pm

Fresh, 7 pm

DJ Playground, 9 pm

@ Bentley’s — 899.4300

@ Caffè Lena — 583.0022

@ Carney’s Tavern — 952.7177 @ Carson’s Woodside Tavern — 584.9791 @ Caroline St. Pub — 583.9400 @ Crown Grill — 583.1105

Rick Bolton + Jeff Walton, 5 pm @ Gaffney’s — 587.7359

Erin Harkes Band, 9 pm @ Gaffney’s — 587.7359

Out Past 9, 9 pm @ Harvey’s — 583.0003

Jack Meets Jameson, 5:30 pm @ JP Bruno’s — 745.1180

FM, 10:30 pm

@ JP Bruno’s — 745.1180

Just Looking, 9 pm @ Nanola — 587.1300

New Regime, 9 pm

@ 9 Maple Avenue — 583.2582

Jeff Nania Afro.Cuban Ensemble, 9 pm @ One Caroline — 587.2026

Er Go Blu, 6:30 pm

@ Primetime Ultra Lounge — 583.4563

The Otherside w/ Angels on the Fourth, 9 pm @ Putnam Den — 584.8066

Good Sir, 8 pm

@ Ravenswood — 371.8771

Cryin’Out Loud, 7 pm @ The Mill — 899.5253

@ Primetime Ultra Lounge — 583.4563 @ Putnam Den — 584.8066

@ Ravenswood — 371.8771 @ The Mill — 899.5253

@ The Parting Glass — 583.1916 @ The Saratoga Winery — 584.9463 @ Vapor — 581.5775

sunday, 9/13: Robin + Linda Williams, 7 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022

Tribute to Al McKenney, 1 pm @ Gaffney’s — 587.7359

Eric Margan, 6 pm

@ One Caroline — 587.2026

Audiostars, 3 pm @ The Mill — 899.5253

Marcus Ruggiero, 3 pm

@ The Saratoga Winery — 584.9463

tuesday, 9/15: Rich Ortiz, 10 pm

@ Caroline St. Pub — 583.9400

Open Mic with Rick Bolton, 8 pm @ Gaffney’s — 587.7359

Mark Pratt, 5:30 pm

@ Three Vines Bistro — 306.5881

wednesday, 9/16: Songwriter’s Workshop, 7 pm

Knights Revival, 8:30 pm

@ Caffè Lena — 583.0022

Let’s Be Leonard, 6 pm

@ One Caroline — 587.2026

Audiostars, 8 pm

@ Primetime Ultra Lounge — 583.4563

The Rusty Guys, 8 pm

@ The Parting Glass — 583.1916

@ The Rusty Nail — 371.9875

@ The Saratoga Winery — 584.9463 @ Vapor — 581.5775

@ Villago Pizzeria — 280.0381

saturday, 9/12: Darryl Tonemah, 8 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022

Masters of Nostalgia, 8:30 pm Dan Sherwin, 6:30 pm Celtic Session, 7 pm Karaoke, 9 pm

@ The Rusty Nail — 371.9875

thursday, 9/17: Open Mic, 7 pm

Legendary Losers, 8 pm

@ Caffè Lena — 583.0022

Mitch Frasier, 7 pm

@ Carney’s Tavern — 952.7177

Radio Junkies, 10 pm

@ Circus Café — 583.1106

Karaoke, 10 pm

@ Gaffney’s — 587.7359

Folding Money, 9 pm

@ Mouzon House — 226.0014

The Remainders, 9 pm

@ Nanola — 587.1300

Street Talk, 10:30 pm

@ One Caroline — 587.2026

Joe Gitto + Dan Wanczyk Jazz Duo, 6:30 pm

@ Primetime Ultra Lounge — 583.4563

Manic City Radio, 9 pm

@ The Mill — 899.5253

Pat Attanasio Quartet, 9 pm

@ The Parting Glass — 583.1916

Zorn, Muscatello + Zucchini, 9 pm

@ Three Vines Bistro — 306.5881

@ Carney’s Tavern — 952.7177

@ Carson’s Woodside Tavern — 584.9791 @ Caroline St. Pub — 583.9400 @ Circus Café — 583.1106 @ Gaffney’s — 587.7359 @ Harvey’s — 583.0003

@ JP Bruno’s — 745.1180

@ Mouzon House — 226.0014 @ Nanola — 587.1300

@ 9 Maple Avenue — 583.2582 @ One Caroline — 587.2026

Matty Finn, 6 pm Open Mic, 10 pm

Gwen Tracy Duo, 8 pm Hot Club of Saratoga, 7 pm Knot Dead, 8 pm Chris Carey + Mike O’Donnell, 7 pm Er Go Blu, 6:30 pm Joe’s Boys, 7 pm Celtic Session, 7 pm

Mark Pratt, 5:30 pm

Week of September 11 – September 17, 2015


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Village of Schuylerville, Victory and Town of Saratoga are having their Annual Garage Sale. Lots of great stuff for everyone. Mark your calendars for September 19 and 20 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Locations for some of our great sales in Schuylerville: 78 ½ Green St., 15 Mennen Rd., 74 Church St., 188 N. Broad St., 5 Washington St., 61 Pearl St., 3, 5 7 & 8 Hessian Dr., 4 Ranger Rd. Vendors Wanted for October 3, 2015 FALL FESTIVAL at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 2776 Route 9, Malta. (518)583-4153 or festival@

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FUN AND GAMES Week of September 11 – September 17, 2015


Across 1 Sardine cousin 5 “My take is ...” 10 Princess from Amphipolis 14 Iota 15 One-up 16 “Head With Pipe” artist Nolde 17 Watchable, in a way 18 Jar for leafy vegetable storage? 20 2000s World #1 female golfer 22 Nurture 23 Word with cake or break 24 Actor Jackie’s pet fish? 27 “__ Love” (Maroon 5 hit) 29 Smoking, perhaps 30 Half a score 31 1959 novel in whose film version Mary Crane became Marion Crane 33 Giant 36 Rabbit’s friend 37 Opine ... or create four long answers in this puzzle? 41 Literary __ 42 More than hammer home 43 Video game segments 45 Jr.’s jr. 46 Spot for a soak 49 With 60-Down, only South Korean World Golf Hall of Fame inductee 50 Emulate an inveterate swindler? 53 Small songbird 54 Work on a canvas? 56 Unfortunate 57 Vessel with limited space? 61 Bard’s verb 62 “See Dad Run” star 63 Steer snagger 64 Mishmash 65 TripAdvisor alternative 66 “No worries” 67 White side, maybe Down 1 More than peck 2 Head __ 3 Besides 4 Plymouth’s county 5 Org. with a multi-ring logo 6 “No __!”

See puzzle solutions on page 38

See puzzle solution on page 38 7 Whitewater figure 8 Pitcher? 9 Green sage 10 Survey taker, at times 11 Text clarifier 12 Compliment on a course 13 Antacid brand word 19 Old PC monitors 21 Martin’s start? 25 Hollywood glitterati 26 Sambuca flavoring 28 On a sugar high, say 31 Psychologist’s concern 32 Quaker Honey Graham __ 33 Toast, with “a” 34 U.S.-U.K. separator 35 “Truth is more of a stranger than fiction” writer

37 The works 38 Second section of Verdi’s “Requiem” 39 Fit nicely 40 Quarters, e.g. 44 Daffy Duck has one 46 Move on a screen 47 Shakespearean heiress 48 “But I digress ...” 50 Trainee 51 Marine predators 52 Bygone birds 53 Mango tango smoothie server 55 Prefix with cardial 58 Post-spill need 59 __-Aztecan languages 60 See 49-Across

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: Ferment, Foment Ferment refers to commotion or unrest. The contest fermented much excitement from the crowd. Foment means to stir emotions or reactions, not necessarily bad. We do not want to foment any ill feeling. 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 September 11 – September 17, 2015


Tommy Boy Wins With Due Process

by Damian Fantauzzi for Saratoga TODAY The NFL lost its battle over the “Deflategate” scandal with Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady. I don’t think it’s going away too soon, because Roger Goodell and the NFL will appeal the judicial decision. John Dowd, a neutral observer, who as a special counsel conducted MLB’s investigation of Pete Rose, said, “The entire NFL disciplinary process lacks integrity and fairness.” Judge Richard M. Berman ruled that Brady’s four-game suspension by the NFL would be nullified. Brady maintained his innocence, even while the NFL tried to make one of its most popular players a scapegoat in the scandal that the league let grow out of proportion. When Ted Wells’ report came out, it was clear that there was no evidence against Brady. The NFL did not want to admit that, and kept trying to turn Brady into a villain. It took an independent judge who saw it for what it was worth. So, who exactly is Ted Wells? He’s one of the

most successful criminal attorneys in the country. He also has sportsrelated legal experience and was employed by the NFL to investigate “Deflatgate” and Brady. Brady will be on the field and play in the season opener on September 10, against the Pittsburgh Steelers. For now, Brady seems to be off the hook for whatever happened when the Patriots’ footballs were found to be underinflated during the AFC championship game against the Indianapolis Colts (which New England won 45-7). This is great news for the Patriots and their fans. Due to the NFL’s clumsiness in the handling of this debacle, Brady will not miss any games, which is dreadful news for the league and Commissioner Goodell. There is still the possibility that Brady might not be able to play in the Super Bowl this season, if New England makes it, which remains to be seen. A little history about the investigation: Brady’s punishment of a temporary suspension was never able to stand alone, and the NFL never did anything to correct false information leaked to the media. Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft said he believes that the propaganda came from the NFL, which he thinks might have showed that its mind was made up from the beginning. There was a lack of real evidence in the report, based on Wells’ assertions and the NFL’s punishment. It became known as Goodell’s verdict, which really looked bad for him after Judge Berman ruled against the NFL. Addressing Steelers media, Brady said he has a great amount

of respect for Roger Goodell. “I certainly have a great amount of respect for the commissioner and what his job is.” Brady went on to say, “It’s obviously been a long seven months for everybody, but I think now the goal is to focus on what my job is and what I need to go out there and do to help our team win.” What about John Jastremski (equipment assistant) and Jim McNally (officials locker room attendant), also accused in Deflategate? Brady expressed his empathy for the two accused men. “It’s been a very tough situation for everybody. It’s put a lot of stress on everybody’s families,” Brady said in front of his locker before a recent practice to members of the press, “I feel bad that anybody is in the position that we’ve been put in. Hopefully we can just keep learning from life’s experiences, and I certainly feel terrible for them (McNally and Jastremski), that they’re not able to be with us right now.” The Patriots suspended Jastremski and McNally during the NFL’s investigation. Sources said that New England was informed by league officials that if it didn’t suspend the two that the NFL would do so. Both Jastremski and McNally are banned from working for the Patriots, without pay, until the NFL clears them. The story of McNally and Jastremski is interesting. McNally has been with the Patriots’ organization for 32 years in various positions. He started out as a ball boy. For reasons over the past few years, he and Brady are not best of friends. On the other hand, Jastremski and Brady are friendly with one another. The media has been ever present,

Run For the Horses 5K

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Members of the Saratoga Springs Centennial Committee were on hand to recognize the 19th and 15th place finishers in the Run for the Horses 5K with commemorative t-shirts, on Saturday, September 5. Presenting on behalf of the Centennial Committee were Dr. Adam Favro and Kristen Sibilia. The award for 19th place went to Ray Brown with a time of 22:22 and 15th place went to Scott Starr with a time of 21:45. Both runners are from Saratoga Springs.

like Hollywood’s paparazzi, but with no direct contact with either of the two. Both of these men are footstools of the organization; they’ll be missed when someone needs to reach a little higher. Are they the fall guys? Their salaries are pocket change and the press wants to hear their side. The Wells report points in their direction for the deliberate deflation of the footballs. The report also made it clear that McNally and Jastremski were in contact with Tom Brady days after it was learned that the NFL was investigating the allegations. Interesting enough Wells suggested that Brady was “generally aware” of the two’s deflation activities.

How does this stuff happen, and how do two menial employees like Jastremski and McNally have the ability to have any effect on the magnitude of a game like this? If a couple of pounds were deflated from the footballs, why weren’t they checked by the officials before the game started, isn’t that part of their job? If Goodell used the proper channels to investigate this scandal before he pointed his NFL Commissioner’s finger at Brady, and without due process, would Judge Berman have upheld the four-game suspension? This story has many unanswered questions and yet has left another black and blue mark on Commissioner Goodell and the NFL.

Spa Catholic Golfers Continue 3-Year Win Streak SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Central Catholic Boys Golf team registered a victory in their first match of the season on Friday, September 4. The Saints scored a 13-2 victory over Canajoharie to remain undefeated over the last three years. They were led by seniors Drew Welcome with a score of 39, Chloe Ehtier and Colin Bradley, each with a score of 44.



Week of September 11 – September 17, 2015

COMMUNITY SPORTS BULLETIN Saratoga Springs Recreation Department 2015 Fall Tiny T-Ball Program Begins Sept. 16. This introductory program is open to children ages 3-5 and will run from September 16 - October 21, Sign up at the Saratoga Springs Recreation Center at 15 Vanderbilt Avenue Monday ­Friday 9 a.m.5 p.m. Visit for more information. Questions? Contact us 5873550 ext. 2300 or email recreservations@

Tee-off 4 Tata’s! A benefit golf tournament to help support the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer and breast cancer research will take place on Saturday, September 12, at Hales Mills Country Club, 146 Steele Road in Johnstown. The cost to enter is $125 per person, which includes 18-holes of golf, a riding cart, a beer and lunch buffet at Village Pizzeria (2727 Route 29, Middle Grove), and prizes. There will also be raffles and contests for a hole-in-one, longest drive, and closest to the pin. Hole sponsorships are also available at $100, which gets you a sign on the course during the tournament and recognition during the banquet. To enter, or for more information, contact Sandra Foster or Joseph Guerrera at (518) 882-9431.

Register for Saratoga Springs Recreation Department Youth Basketball This program is open to children grades K-12 and will run from November 7, to February 6, 2016. Register before October 4 and receive an Early Bird Discount. Two

Send your sports stories or briefs to Arthur Gonick, Sports Editor at arthur@saratoga

volunteer coaches per team are needed. Registration fee is waived for the child of each coach who registers by October 4. Sign up at the Saratoga Springs Recreation Center at 15 Vanderbilt Avenue Monday­ Friday 9 a.m.-7 p.m. or Saturday noon-4 p.m. Visit or call 587-3550 x2300 for more information.

Register for Introduction to Ice Skating This program is designed to introduce adults and children as young as 3 to the world of ice-skating and to build upon skills already learned. All ages and abilities welcome. Classes will begin on Tuesday, Oct 27 and will be grouped by age and ability. Register before Oct 4 and take advantage of early bird pricing. Early bird registration fee is $50 for Saratoga Springs City residents $70 for non Saratoga Springs City residents. Fees go up $25 after Oct 4. Sign up at 15 Vanderbilt Avenue or Call (518) 587-3550 ext.2300. email or visit for more information.

Town of Malta Fall Activities Brochure Now Available The Town of Malta’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Human Services Fall Activities Brochure is now available on there online registration site: Registration for your favorite activities has started! New classes, sports programs and special events are scheduled to begin in September. Call the Malta Community Center at (518) 8994411 for more information.

Puzzle solutions from pg. 36

Fall Activities at Gavin Park There are a variety of activities available for you: ZUMBA

Ditch the workout and join the PARTY! This Latin inspired workout program is not your typical workout. This workout will get you moving to music, while actually enjoying yourself. Preregistration is required at least one business day prior. No drop-ins allowed. Available now in our air-conditioned gym! (Pre-registration required). Fee per session: Wilton Resident $45 Sara. School Dist. $55 Other $60 Classes are on Mondays 5:45 - 6:45 p.m. Two sessions: 1. Sept. 14 - Oct. 26 (no 10/12) 2. Nov. 2 - Dec. 7


All are welcome to join, regardless of your yoga history, your flexibility, your size/shape, or your age. (Preregistration required). Fee per session: Wilton Resident $45 Sara. School Dist. $55 Other $60 Classes are on Sundays 7:45 - 8:45 a.m. Two sessions: 1. Sept. 13 - Nov. 1 (no 10/11 - 10/18) 2. Nov. 15 - Dec. 20 (no 11/29)


October 12, 2015 - February 6, 2016. Registration deadline September 25.

Co-Ed teams. This league is divided into four divisions: 2nd-3rd grades, 4th- 5th grades, 6th-7th grades and 8th-10th grades. This is a recreational league and beginners are welcome in all divisions. Players must commit to one 60 min. practice M-F (TBA) and one 60 min. game on Saturdays. Season runs Oct. 6 - February 7. Games begin in November. Playoffs run Feb. 1 - 6. Tournament make up day is Feb. 13. We promote equal playing time. Maximum number of participants is 300 (10 players per team). Refund policy: If program cancellation is made prior to program registration end date, there is a $10 cancellation fee. If program cancellation is made after registration closes, no refund will be given. Players must attend a minimum 7 practices and 6 games to participate in the tournament.

Gorilla Sports Soccer

Sundays: October 18 - November 22 (pre-registration required). ​These six-week soccer programs are for children ages 4 to 6. Children learn the fundamentals of the game in a fun-filled, relaxed environment. Two sessions: Gorilla Soccer I Sundays: 10 - 10:45 a.m. This 6-week introductory soccer program is for children ages 4 to 6 who have little or no playing experience. Gorilla Soccer II - Intermediates Sundays: 9 - 9:45 a.m. This 6-week soccer program is for those ready to move on beyond the basics.

You may register for all these programs in person at Gavin Park or online at: For more information, visit or phone (518) 584-9455.

Week of September 11 – September 17, 2015


Women On Target!

GREENFIELD CENTER — The SaraSpa Rod and Gun Club hosted its first “Woman On Target” Clinic on Saturday, September 5. The course, developed by the National Rifle Association, emphasized both the safety and skills needed to properly handle firearms. Over 25 women attended the all-day clinic, which stressed the principles of: -Safe Gun Handling Skills -Ammunition Basics -Fundamentals of Marksmanship -Proper Gun Storage/Cleaning

Attendees were instructed in both classroom and field settings, and engaged in live rifle and shotgun shooting under supervision. Many of the instructors were female; a goal of the club is to eventually have all female instructors teach the course. SaraSpa is planning to have 3-4 clinics per year, with the next one in mid-autumn. For more details, or to register, contact Michele Heiber at For more information about this and other activities at SaraSpa Rod and Gun Club, visit www.

Photos by Francesco D’Amico

High School Soccer Action Heats Up The end-of-summer hot weather did not deter the area’s boys and girls High School Soccer squads from giving it their all in early regular season games.

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Horse Racing Radio Network Broadcasts from EMBRACE THE RACE® Company Store SARATOGA SPRINGS — A big final holiday weekend at Saratoga Race Course was kicked off with a nationwide broadcast of Horse Racing Radio Network’s (HRRN) acclaimed weekly radio show “Equine Forum,” with host Mike Penna, originating from the EMBRACE THE RACE® Company Store at 12 Circular Street, Saratoga Springs on Saturday morning, September 5. “Equine Forum” broadcasts live on Sirius 93 and XM 93. Guests on the show included Trainer Todd Pletcher; Craig Fravel, president of Breeders Cup; Don Little, Jr., Centennial Farms president and owner of Woodward contender Wicked Strong; and Denis Blake, publisher of American Racehorse Magazine. “We constantly strive to bring to life the wide reaching and expansive nature of the horse racing experience. Hosting HRRN is a unique opportunity to help our customers and the community celebrate the sport’s lifestyle,” said President and Founder of EMBRACE THE RACE®, Michael F. DeAnzeris, III.

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Live on the air and broadcasting nationwide from EMBRACE THE RACE® Studios on Circular Street: Centennial Farms president and owner of Woodward contender Wicked Strong Don Little, Jr. with Mike Penna.

EMBRACE THE RACE® Owner Michael F. DeAnzeris, III with Equine Forum Host Mike Penna.

Volume 10  •  Issue 36

See Community Sports Bulletin Pg.38, Soccer Pg. 39.


Week of September 11 – September 17, 2015


See Women on Target Pg. 39.

Blue Streaks Roll!

Dakota Harvey avoided defenders and rumbled for three TD’s as Saratoga Springs HS put on an offensive clinic in their 42-0 opening win vs. Bethlehem. Photo by

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