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B’Spa High is TEC-SMART by Yael Goldman Saratoga TODAY Ballston Spa is adapting a 21st Century learning model to train students for the economy and technologies of tomorrow. A new forward-thinking program was revealed during the Board of Education’s monthly meeting held at the TEC-SMART facility on Wednesday evening. Ballston Spa High School is collaborating with Hudson Valley Community College’s TEC-SMART facility to offer a dual two-year

“Ballston Spa Central School District is ahead of the curve in its efforts to familiarize high school students with clean technologies.”

Olympic Ambitions by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY Apolo Ohno. Amy Peterson. Erin Porter. To those familiar with the world of Olympic speed skating, these names are legends. But before they made a name for themselves on the world stage, they got their start during the US Short Track Junior Speed Skating Championships, which this year take place at the Saratoga Ice Rink beginning January

Re-Creating Recreation -Linda Terricola embraces retirement… by still working! by Arthur Gonick Saratoga TODAY

Dr. Andrew Matonak President, HVCC

program preparing students for emerging careers in clean technologies and sustainable industries. Through this program, students will have the opportunity to earn over 20 credits while using state-of-the-art-resources in their backyard. “This is the next step to make sure our kids are prepared for high education opportunities in the future,” said Ballston Spa Central School District Superintendent Dr. Joseph P. Dragone.

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See Ralston page 7 Katy Ralston practices at the Weibel Ave. Rink.

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Linda Terricola

The announcement towards the end of 2010 that Linda Terricola was retiring after 22 years as the City of Saratoga Springs’ Recreation Director brought about a mixture of expected and deserved accolades combined with a heavy dose of nostalgia. Her “official” retirement date was December 31, 2010. As many know by now, Ms. Terricola is not gone from the scene by any means,

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Community gives back on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY A call to service was issued and the community members of Saratoga

Springs answered! Monday marked the celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, when the city asked its residents to participate in a National Day of Community Service. To the right, pictured at the top: members of Bethesda Church Youth Group help organize the storage pantry at the EOC soup kitchen. Second from the top: Amejo Amyot lends her artistic talent to Gracie as the pair produce a peace crane at the Saratoga Springs Public Library. Second from the bottom: eager citizens learn how they can become more proactive in their community at the Saratoga Springs Public Library. Bottom: A volunteer helps apply a fresh coat of paint at the Shelters of Saratoga.

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James E. Russell, Jr., 29, of 45 Second St., Waterford, pleaded guilty to a charge of second-degree forgery, a class-D felony. Russell was arrested on June 25, 2009 and August 27, 2009 in Waterford, and is scheduled to return to court for sentencing on March 10. Richard A. Bain, Jr., 37, of 4 Anthony Rd., Greenwich, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated, a class-E felony. Bain was arrested in Saratoga Springs on June 18. He was sentenced to six months in the Saratoga County Jail, consecutive to Washington County Jail, and conditions of his discharge include ignition interlock. Derrick L. Brockway, 20, of 1153 Fort Miller Rd., Greenwich, pleaded guilty to a charge of second-degree rape, a class-D felony. Brockway was arrested in Saratoga Springs on August 4 for an incident that occurred on July 28. He has been sentenced to six months in the Saratoga County Jail and ten years of probation. Jodi T. Brooks, 27, of 1 Prospect St., Apt. 3, Mechanicville, pleaded guilty to a charge of third-degree grand larceny, a class-D felony. Brooks was arrested in Stillwater on September 1 for an incident that occurred on May 9. She has been sentenced to five years of probation. Mary G. Gee, 43, of 114A Jackson Ave., Schenectady, pleaded guilty to a charge of fourthdegree grand larceny, a class-E felony. Gee was arrested in the Town of Ballston on May 13 for an incident that occurred on February 3. She has been sentenced to one and a half to three years in the State Prison.

Robert A. Pierpont, Jr., 26, of 1548 Dean St., Niskayuna, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated, a class-E felony. Pierpont was arrested in Malta on August 13 and has been sentenced to five days in the Saratoga County Jail and five years of probation, including ignition interlock.

Edward J. O'Toole, 53, of 150 County Rt. 67, Stillwater, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated, a class-D felony. O'Toole was arrested on March 21 in Stillwater and has been sentenced to one to three years in State Prison and ignition interlock as a condition of discharge.

William D. Pliscofsky, 41, of 206 White Birch Estates, Fort Edwards, was resentenced by Judge Jerry J. Scarano to one year in the Saratoga County Jail, probation terminated, to run consecutive to SCI M-319-2010. Pliscofsky was originally convicted of driving while intoxicated, a class-E felony, on November 24, 2008, when he was sentenced to six months in the Saratoga County Jail and five years of probation. Pliscofsky was resentenced on January 11.

Raheem A. Thomas, 30, of 3560 Olinville Ave., Apt. 4J, Bronx, pleaded guilty to a charge of fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class-C felony. Thomas was arrested in Malta on July 16 and is scheduled to return to court for sentencing on March 7.

William G. Jameson, 53, of 16 Briarfield Rd., Clifton Park, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated, a class-D felony. Jameson was arrested in Moreau on October 13 and has been placed on interim probation to participate in drug treatment court. He is scheduled to return to court for sentencing on March 16.

Efram M. Gruen, 25, of 1722 E. 29th St., Brooklyn, pleaded guilty to a charge of fourth-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class-D felony. Gruen was arrested in Saratoga Springs on June 19 and has been sentenced to time served and five years of probation. Keith J. Older, 38, of 242 Sand Hill Rd., Greenfield, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated, a class-E felony. Older was arrested in Greenfield on October 25 and has been sentenced to five

years of probation. James Halse, 47, was charged with third-degree grand larceny, a class-D felony; and second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, a class-D felony. Halse was arrested by the Ballston Spa Police Department and arraigned in Saratoga County Court on January 7. Michael S. Stephens, 23, of Community Court Motel, Saratoga Springs, was resentenced by Judge Jerry J. Scarano to one to three years of State Prison, probation terminated on January 10. Stephens was originally convicted of thirddegree criminal possession of a


weapon in Saratoga County Court on July 22, where he was sentenced to six months in the Saratoga County Jail and five years of probation. Michael Duffney, 46, of Stillwater, was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated, operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content of .08 percent or greater, and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, all misdemeanors. Duffney was arrested in Mechanicville and processed in the Stillwater Town Court on January 14. He will return to court for sentencing at a later date.



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Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD), co-owner of GlobalFoundries, CEO Dirk Meyer announced his resignation last week. Meyer's unexpected resignation reportedly came after more than a year of disagreements between the CEO and the AMD Board over the company's mobile marketing plan.

County appoints Assistant D.A. Saratoga County District Attorney, James A. Murphy, last week that Paul Pelagalli, Esq. was appointed Assistant District Attorney. Pelagalli was assigned to prosecute vehicle and traffic matters, misdemeanor cases and felonies as well as present cases to the Saratoga County Grand Jury. "Paul is an outstanding lawyer who is ethical, smart and has an excellent sense of fundamental fairness." Murphy said. "He will represent my office extraordinarily well."

Reidy sentenced The Saratoga Springs lawyer responsible for executing a $2.37 million mortgage fraud scam that was uncovered in summer 2009 was sentenced last week to five to 15 years in state prison. Patrick Reidy, 46, of Gansevoort, was convicted of felony

grand larceny in Saratoga County Court on Friday, January 14.

Cronin leaves SOS, new officers elected After eight years of dedicated service, Shelters of Saratoga (SOS) board president, Rebecca Cronin will leave her position to assist other charitable organizations. Kelly Reinhart, former SOS Treasurer, will replace Cronin as Board President. Cronin served as board president from 2007 until 2010 and as vice president in 2006. During her time with SOS, Cronin took an active role in growth and program development, which has allowed the organization to serve a wider population and include those who are at risk for homelessness. A group of new officers were also recently elected to the 2011 board. John Bruggeman was appointed Vice President, Karen Foster is taking over as Secretary, and Stephen Towne is the new Treasurer. SOS will hold its first annual gala, commemorating 20 years of service to the community on April 7, 2011 at Longfellows Restaurant in Saratoga Springs. For more information, call (518) 581-1097 or e-mail

Winter storm slams Saratoga, more snow expected this weekend Tuesday saw the arrival of another major winter storm in the area, forcing every school in the county to


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close, along with numerous businesses and community centers. The National Weather Service reported that as of 7 am Wednesday morning, Saratoga Springs had accumulated 5.5 inches of snow, Ballston Spa received 5.0 inches, Wilton was hit with 5.5 inches, and Malta accumulated 5.3 inches. The snow, which eventually turned into ice and sleet, continued to make driving conditions slick and dangerous for drivers. The National Weather Service is predicting more snow to hit the area at the start of this weekend.

Employee stole $300K from Golub Corp. A Golub Corporation employee allegedly stole $300,000 over the past decade. Executive Secretary, Christina Pagano, 52, pleaded not guilty of stealing from Price Chopper's employee rewards programs on Monday, January 17 in Rotterdam Town Court. Pagano, who was in charge of the employee gift certificate benefit program, was charged with second-degree grand larceny and first-degree falsifying business records. She will reappear in court on Monday, February 14.

State manufacturing activity improves Findings from the latest Empire State Manufacturing Survey that was released Tuesday, January 18, indicate growth in manufacturing activity statewide during December 2010. Activity is up two points from the previous month; however, the index is still four points lower than in 2009. The report assessed surveys of 200 manufacturing CEOs in New York and was compiled by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Unofficial police numbers for 2010 released Lieutenant Gregory Veitch with the Saratoga Springs Police Department has released the first batch of unofficial numbers for police activity in the year 2010. In total, 30,157 calls for service were registered at the department, down from 30,795 during 2009.


However, total arrests were up to 1,139 in 2010 compared to 2009's 1,068 arrests. In 2010, the crimes reported to police broke down in the following categories: Murder/non-negligent manslaughter - 1; rape - 2; robbery - 10; felony assault - 20; burglary - 91; larceny/theft - 505; motor vehicle theft - 9; arson - 1; drug investigations - 148; sex offenses (other than rape) 19; forgery and counterfeiting - 43; prostitution - 0; stolen property - 16; criminal mischief - 305; fraud - 66; misdemeanor assault - 260; and liquor law violations - 36.

Saratoga Arts 2011 Grant Award Winners Saratoga Arts awarded Saratoga Program for Arts Funding (SPAF) project grants to the following local organizations: Corinth Youth Commission ($4,000); Dance Alliance ($3,500); Greenfield Review Literary Center ($3,840); Saratoga Economic Opportunities Council ($2,722); Saratoga Shakespeare Company Inc. ($2,599); Saratoga Springs Public Library ($1,875); Town of Ballston Community Library ($1,850); Town of Day ($1,900); Village of Ballston Spa ($3,814). The following local artists also received grants for specific projects: Daesha Devon Harris, photographer ($2,500); Margo Mensing, mixed media artist ($2,500). Lastly, the following schools received Arts-in-Education grants: Caroline Street Elementary School ($2,500); Charlton Heights Middle School ($3,000); Shatekon Elementary School ($2,840); Shenendehowa High School East ($1,094); South Glens Falls Senior High School ($1,866); St. Clements Regional Catholic School ($1,600).

Leadership Saratoga new board members Dennis Brobston, Dr. Joseph Dragone and Susan Malinowski have joined the Leadership Saratoga Advisory Board, replacing Robert Allen, Matthew Jones and Sue Nolen whose terms on the board have concluded.




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Saratoga Springs City Council Saratoga Reads announces upcoming events by Arthur Gonick Saratoga TODAY Following final public hearings prior to the Saratoga Springs City Council meeting on Tuesday, January 18, the Council unanimously passed two provisions related to zoning ordinances and fees. The first provision was procedural: separating the fee schedule from the ordinance itself so that fees could be passed by Council resolution in the manner that other departmental fees are passed, generally on an annual basis. The second provision was the 2011 fee schedule for the Planning/Economic Development and Building Departments. Some new fees were added, including demolition, roofing permits and permit extensions. This followed an analysis of other New York municipalities to assure that the City’s fees were comparable. The last review of these fees occurred in 2003. Later in the meeting, the Council voted unanimously to accept Summer Lane, near Whitestone Road into the City’s registry of streets following a series of public hearings. An announcement was made that the Recreation Department is taking registrations for several 2nd session winter and spring programs. A community music workshop, which begins on February 7, will be among the new programs offered at the Indoor Recreation Center. Also, another “Kids night out” program will be on Friday, January 28. At the next Council meeting there will be a vote regarding the provisions of a proposed agreement for the Pavilion parking lot (on the corners of Lake Avenue and Pavilion Row). The lot has approximately 55 spaces which are paved and striped. It remains to be determined whether these spaces would be used for open or restricted hour public parking among other details. Mayor Scott Johnson appointed County Supervisor Matthew Veitch to his seat as City representative on the Saratoga Gaming and Raceway Foundation. Supervisor Veitch had previously served as chairperson of the Foundation as representative of the County. The Mayor also announced that the public was invited to the annual State of the City program, which will be at 1 pm on Sunday, January 23 at the Saratoga Springs City Center. This program will occur in a portion of the City Center that has been recently renovated on the second floor. A discussion took place regarding a resolution by the City regarding the

proposed statewide property tax cap, a vote to possibly take place at the next Council meeting. Commissioner of Finance Kenneth Ivins reported that the City had borrowed $5 million as a tax anticipation note for 60 days at a much more favorable rate than budgeted. The interest rate was .5%, and the $4,000 that the City would pay in interest was significantly lower than the $16,000 that had been budgeted. During a discussion regarding an emergency invoice from New York Leak Detection Services (NYLD) for $3,600 to the Department of Public Works (DPW), it was revealed that a leak source on Gilbert Road had been detected, which had caused an extra 300,000 gallons of water to be pumped. Commissioner of Public Works Anthony Scirocco said that DPW anticipates utilizing NYLD’s services for a citywide survey of the water system in the spring. The Council unanimously approved a resolution by Public Safety Commissioner Richard Wirth for the annual renewal of Dr. Timothy Brooks’ contract as City Medical Director. Commissioner Wirth also scheduled a public hearing at 6:50 pm before the next Council meeting on February 1 to possibly amend the capital budget for the purchase of a fire pump truck. Deputy Commissioner Frank Dudla elaborated that this would be to replace one in the City’s fleet that is 19 years old and in need of major repair, actually suffering fire damage itself while in response to a call! In her report on the County’s board meeting earlier that day, County Supervisor Joanne Yepsen noted that an agreement had been reached to rent the property for the new home of Friendship House, at 433 Geyser Road for a period of three years. She also discussed the subject of unfunded State mandates and asked for the Council’s input as this was to be a major topic of discussion during a meeting on February 7 as part of the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) conference. Supervisor Yepsen also noted that funds were being made available at the State level for local governments to study and implement plans for spending and consolidation as part of Governor Cuomo’s “right sizing” transformational plan for the State. County Supervisor Matthew Veitch reported that nearly 4.500 new registrations were logged into the County’s new reverse 911 system data bank, which now can accommodate cell phone numbers and e-mail addresses.

Saratoga Reads is offering a a variety of free interesting events in January designed for adult and young readers. The programs will revolve around the current Saratoga Reads book of choice: The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa. The events will kick off on Sunday, January 23, when Saratoga Reads joins forces with SUNY Empire State College to offer a taste of Japanese culture and a movie at the college's new office building,

113 West Ave., room 137. The activities will begin at 2 pm with a Japanese tea tasting, led by tea expert Kim Stote of SUNY Empire State College and by Doreen Kamen of the Fortunate Cup café. The tasting will be followed by a showing of the movie Proof, starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Anthony Hopkins, which tells the story of a brilliant but mentally disturbed mathematician and the legacy he leaves his daughter. The event will also offer math video clips, informa-

tion on famous mathematicians referred to in The Housekeeper and the Professor, and some brain-teasing math puzzles. The events will continue in February with a two-day benefit at Borders on Broadway in Saratoga Springs during the city's Winterfest weekend, February 5 and 6, and with two evening discussions at the Saratoga Springs Public Library on February 3 and 10. For details about these later events, visit


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21st Century Learning continued from Page 1 Beginning this spring, Ballston Spa juniors can enroll in two college-level courses taught by HVCC instructors at the TEC-SMART facility: Introduction to Wind Power and Photovoltaic Systems Theory and Design.

Just the first of many specialized courses to come, the spring offerings will provide students with the knowledge and skill sets necessary to make informed college and career decisions as they relate to the clean technology field. Introduction to Wind Power will familiarize students with the history,

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basic concepts and terminology of wind energy conversion, turbines and applications. In the Photovoltaic Systems Theory and Design course, students will learn all the basics of solar technology along with its practical installation and operation. Students will also learn about semiconductor operational theory, properties of silicon and semiconductor materials, solar cell manufacturing, to name a few syllabus items. “This is specifically related to green technologies, and that’s the coolest thing about it,” Dr. Carolyn Curtis, HVCC Vice President for Student Affairs, said. “We’re giving high school students the opportunity to investigate some exciting careers that are developing across New York State over the next couple of years.” Sustainable design, exploration of nanotechnology and nanoeconomics will also be incorporated into the college-level curriculum. In their second year, students will benefit from internships with industries and partners located within or affiliated with the Saratoga Technology + Energy Park (STEP) campus. The hope is that the Ballston Spa students will take their specialized knowledge to continue their studies post-graduation in one of HVCC’s many certificate programs. “Hudson Valley is really hoping we are setting up a model. We can create a pipeline of access from junior and senior years of high school to the community college. For those stu-

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Seniors Greg Klusacek and Christian Meier present their investigation of green building materials for their final project in the Ballston Spa Sustainable Design class. dents who want to transfer to a four year school, we have so many transfer agreements. It’s a model that we are hoping is going to catch on across the area,” Curtis said. The college-credit program is only the latest addition to the school district’s innovative curriculum offerings and partnerships. Ballston Spa has been offering a unique Sustainable Design curriculum for students for the past two years, which uses the TEC-SMART facility as a “living lab” one day each week. By examining sustainable building materials, designs and concepts used throughout the HVCC facility, students learn about the benefits and applications of green technologies. Current students presented their final projects before and during the Board of Education meeting, to propose integrating certain green technologies in the District’s plan for the

new elementary school. According to Sustainable Design teacher, Katie Calhoun, the experience of working in the TEC-SMART facility has proven remarkably valuable. “The sustainable design course has really brought these kids to realize what they’re putting in the trash; they’ve had to look at the world as a different place measured in carbon footprints,” Calhoun said. With the marked success of clean technology programs such as these and many more to come, Ballston Spa students will have the knowledge to embrace revolutionary changes in industry and the work place, and are sure to be prepared for their future. “The Ballston Spa Central School District is ahead of the curve in its efforts to familiarize high school students with clean technologies,” Andrew Matonak, president of HVCC, said.



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Ralston sets her sights on 2014 Olympics continued from Page 1 21 through 23. Over 60 short track speed skaters, ages 12 to 18, are slated to take to the ice in this US Speed Skating sanctioned event, sponsored by the Saratoga Winter Club. The races are also being used to select the US Junior World Cup squad, who will compete during the 2011 World Junior Championships later this year in Courmayeur, Italy. “If you look back to this year’s 2010 Olympic team, the skaters were typically a part of the [US Short Track Jr. Speed Skating Championships.] Typically, all the way back to Apolo Ohno, skaters have gone through the road of the US Jr. Championships,” said Paul Ripchik, the Meet Director for the event. “It’s a very good indicator,” Ripchik continued, who believes there will be several skaters present at this weekend’s event that could end up competing at the winter Olympics in 2014. One such skater to keep an eye on, a top contender in the Jr. Speed Skating world, just happens to be a Saratoga Springs high school graduate. “I would say I was about 8 or 9 years old when I first put on a pair of skates,” said Katy Ralston, a Saratoga native who has spent the last year training with Olympic and World team speedskating members in Salt Lake City. “My dad had a pair of those old speed skates and at

the time I was using figure skates. I thought, ‘wow, these skates look kind of crazy, I really want to try them.’ Competitively I started solely focusing on skating after my freshman year in high school,” Ralston said. “Katy is emerging as one of the top sprinters in the US, both as a junior and as a senior speed skater,” said Paul Marchese, the head coach of the Saratoga Springs Speed Skating club for close to ten years. “She’s kind of at the top for the junior rankings at the moment, so this is a big opportunity for her. I think she’s got a lot of potential, and I think she’s just beginning to realize that now as she has an opportunity to train full time.” Ralston, who is only 18, has her sights set on the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia. “I just want to be better and better every competition,” Ralston said. “I just want to keep improving and show people what I can do, and hopefully I can make it to the 2014 Olympics.” Joining Ralston will be local athletes Josh Cummings, Steven Meyer, Katy Toth, David Skoda, Esther Munoz and Andrew Hodor. Hodor, another graduate of Saratoga high school, has traveled a long and sometimes difficult road to get to where he is today. “A few years ago Andrew had a pretty horrific injury and broke his femur at practice,” Marchese said. “He’s got all kinds of pins and rods

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Skaters race around the ice during a practice session.

in his leg. It’s been a pretty tough recovery for him, but in the past season and last year he’s made some great, great improvements, and now he’s actually one of the top long track junior skaters in the country.” The US Short Track Junior Speed Skating Championships begins this Friday, January 21 through Sunday, January 23. Located at the Weibel Avenue Ice Rink at 30 Weibel Ave. in Saratoga Springs (off of Northway Exit 15), the event is free for all to attend. For more information, including racing schedules, please visit the Saratoga Winter Club website at


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Linda Terricola - 22 years as Saratoga Springs Recreation Director continued from Page 1 however. She is staying on “I’m a temp now,” she said, for a period of up to six months in order to help with transitioning a department that is considerably more complex than when she took the reins in April of 1989 as the City’s first full-time Recreation Director. This transition period does allow some time to reflect upon Linda’s impact, assess what her tenure has meant to the City and how all of its citizens have benefitted from her service. For many in this area, she became the embodiment of recreation activities in the City, overseeing its growth in several important areas. Ms. Terricola was the consistent presence and spokesperson for recreation through seven Mayoral administrations, from Ellsworth Jones to Scott Johnson for the last three years. Mayor Johnson’s praise for Ms. Terricola embraced both the philosophy of recreation as a universal enhancement in people’s lives, as well as for her specific accomplishments: “There has been no generational or age limitation to Linda’s focus and vision for recreation citywide,” he said. “Her contribution to

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Eclectic Songs: Linda Terricola with assistants Doug Travins and Paul Tondreau. the realization of our new Rec Center should not be underestimated. Anyone would be hard pressed to find someone else who is as passionate and dedicated to recreation and its many benefits.” Linda has also worked with seven Recreation Commission chairs. Derrick Legall is the current chairperson and in addition to working together with Linda for three years as a colleague, he has a much longer history with her “as a customer” for

over ten years in his capacity as President of the Saratoga Little League: “It’s been a fabulous overall experience,” Mr. Legall said. “Linda and I both share a passion for the betterment of the youth of the community, and there is no employee more dedicated to the City.” You’ll hear the word ‘dedicated’ describing Linda over and over, as often as any other. But what also makes an impression are her teambuilding skills, which, considering the diverse amount of people she has needed to interact with, is certainly a key to her success. Indeed, it was at the opening of the Indoor Recreation center at 15 Vanderbilt Avenue on July 26, 2010, after well over a decade of planning that we got to see Linda in her finest hour. A moment of major achievement, but the large audience on ribbon-cutting night listened to Linda, Mayor Johnson and other speakers take the time to salute all the people in both the public and private sectors, past and present, who helped to get

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Linda Terricola speaking at the opening of Saratoga Springs’ Indoor Recreation Center on July 26, 2010. the job done. An accomplishment such as the Recreation Center opening would be a fitting capstone to any career, and Linda has certainly been quoted often as calling it her “crown jewel.” But focusing on that recent, though important accomplishment might obscure the many other success stories showing how the quality of life has been improved in the City. Consider that during her tenure: - The City built the first municipal skate park in New York State: “I was on the job maybe 2 hours,” Linda said, “when I got a call from Juvenile Aid Officer Karl Mihalek, welcoming me and asking me for help with the skateboarders.” For those who weren’t here, they generally had nowhere to go and congregated in the space that is now occupied in part by the Roohan Building and Putnam Market, as well as zipping along Broadway. Opened in June 1989, the park had the largest ramp in the Northeast amongst its many features. - Two indoor ice rinks were constructed on Weibel Avenue. The Olympic ice rink was built in 1993;

its side-by-side companion, the Vernon rink, opened in 1996. - The Geyser Park Recreation area was planned and opened shortly after Linda began as Director in the fall of 1989. This was the first City-owned outdoor recreation complex. Eventually, lights were installed on the baseball and softball fields. These major projects were supplemented by a long list of expanded programs at these and other facilities. The new Recreation Center alone has a list of over two dozen planned or newly implemented programs alone, ranging from indoor soccer leagues to hip hop dancing. For the future, Ms. Terricola is confident that the City and the Recreation Commission will also continue to implement its plans for development of additional outdoor recreation fields for soccer and lacrosse. The transition time will enable Linda to put a little greater emphasis on her DJ business, Eclectic Songs, and in fact she will be providing the tunes for the Recreation Center’s next “Kid’s Night Out” on Friday, January 28. Eclectic Songs will also be an exhibitor at the next Enchanted Wedding Expo at the Saratoga Springs City Center on February 6. When I asked her about her hobbies, and if she will have more time to pursue them, I expected to hear a long list of sporting activities. She does have plans to learn pickleball, but seemed to be more interested in talking about spending time with her “children”: Siberian husky ‘Toga, and three cats: Kirby, Bear and Catie. “I’m actually a homebody,” Linda said, “people may be surprised, but I’m a big movie buff…give me that and a large-screen TV and I’m good.”



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Anthony P. (“Horse”) DelVecchio, Sr. Saratoga Springs – Anthony P. (“Horse”) DelVecchio, Sr., formerly of Joseph Street, passed away Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011 at Saratoga Hospital. He was 87. Born on Sept. 18, 1923 in Saratoga Springs, he was a son of the late Peter and Therese M. (DeGregorio) DelVecchio and was a lifelong city resident. A graduate of Saratoga Springs High School, he served in the US Army Air Corps and was a veteran of World War II, prior to his honorable discharge in 1945. In earlier years, he worked as a cab driver for Jim and Nick’s (“909”) Taxi in Saratoga Springs and was also employed with the D & H Railroad at their switching station and yards in Mechanicville. A longtime employee of the Saratoga Springs City schools, he retired as a bus driver for the district and also worked as a clerk in the pari-mutuel department at Saratoga Harness Raceway for many years. He enjoyed maintaining meticulous lawn care for the school district and at his own residence. A great baseball spectator, he was an avid

New York Mets and Detroit Tigers fan, yet a disgruntled, dejected and disappointed former NY Giants football fan. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by all eight of his siblings, Joseph, Louise, Dominick, James, John, Albert and Josephine DelVecchio and Elizabeth Verro. Survivors include his wife of over 61 years, Domenica “Mae” (Piroli) DelVecchio, whom he married on June 5, 1949 in Mechanicville; his son, Anthony P. (his wife, Meg) DelVecchio, Jr., of Mechanicville; two daughters, Ann Marie (her husband, Robert) Peck of Lanoka Harbor,


NJ and Kathleen (her husband, John) Bonville of Malta, NY; eight grandchildren, Brittany, Katelyn and Justine Jasper, Robert, Travis and Austin Peck, Lawrence and Stacy DeMarco; two great-grandchildren, Annabella Peck and Rosemary DeMarco; several sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. Relatives and friends gathered in his memory on Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011 at the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing and Cunniff Funeral Home of Saratoga Springs. A Mass of Christian Burial was co-celebrated on Monday, Jan. 17 in the Church of St. Peter by the Very Rev. Dominic S. Ingemie, pastor and the Rev. James A. Ebert. Burial with military honors followed at the family plot in St. Peter’s Cemetery, West Avenue in Saratoga Springs. Memorials may be made in his name to the Alzheimer’s Association, 85 Watervliet Ave., Albany, NY 12206. Online remembrances may be made at www.burkefunera

Beatrice S. Toomey Saratoga Springs – Beatrice S. Toomey died Saturday, January 15, 2011. She was 94. Born in Ballston Lake on October 17, 1916 to Willard and Leila Buell Saunders, she lived all her life in Saratoga County. Mrs. Toomey was predeceased by her parents; her sister, Marie A. Saunders; and her son, John Saunders Toomey. She is survived by her husband of 70 years, George E. Toomey of Saratoga Springs; a daughter, Jane T. Welch (Raymond Goldstein) of San Antonio, TX; and two grand-

daughters, Christiana E. Toomey of Boston, MA and Marissa S. Toomey of Ithaca, NY. Very active in the community, Mrs. Toomey volunteered her time for many years in various civic, political, and educational organizations, taking leadership positions in many of them. She was particularly active in the Saratoga Hospital Guild, of which she was president for a number of years. Mrs. Toomey was very proud of her hometown of Saratoga and participated in a number of organizations dedicated to its beautification and

historic preservation. A memorial service will be conducted at 3 pm today, Friday, January 21, 2011 at the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs (5845373). Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any who wish make a contribution to a charity of their choice. Online remembrances may be made at www.burkefuneral


Jennie Perfetto Parisi

Deerfield Beach, FL – Jennie Perfetto Parisi, formerly of Saratoga Springs, passed away on January 7, 2011 at the age of 89 surrounded by her loving family. Born in Italy, she came to the United States with her mother, Angeline, to join her father in New York City. The family ultimately relocated to Saratoga Springs where she spent her younger years attending #1 school and working at Van Raalte. After her marriage to Joseph, she spent several years in Saratoga, then moved to Florida where she spent her remaining years. Jennie is predeceased by her parents, John and Angeline

Perfetto and her husband Joseph. She is survived by three children, Sara, Michael and John, all of Florida; her sisters Marie (Daisy) Perfetto Bagnoli, Theresa Perfetto Arpei and Phyllis Perfetto Affinito; five grandchildren, Dawn, Jennifer, William, Gene and Matthew; eight greatgrandchildren which includes a set of triplets and a set of twins. On-line remembrances can be made to and Funeral arrangements are under the care of Kraeer-Becker Funeral Home of Deerfield Beach.

Dominic Richard Tringali Saratoga Springs – Dominic Richard Tringali of Tompion Lane died Monday, January 17, 2011 at Albany Medical Center, after a brief illness. He was 83. Born on May 23, 1927, in Brooklyn, he was a son of Salvatore and Anna (Barbarino) Tringali. After service in the United States Army, he graduated from the University of Notre Dame (cum laude) in 1952 and from Fordham School of Law. He married the former Marion Glinane in 1956 and was the father of Rosemarie and Robert. Mr. Tringali and his wife Marion moved to Saratoga Springs in 1997 after his retirement from the insurance industry. Mr. Tringali is survived by his wife, Marion; his daughter and son-in-law, Rosemarie and Stephen Whitlock and his grandchildren Allison, Matthew and Michelle Whitlock of Reston, Virginia; his son and daughter-inlaw, Robert and Julie Tringali of Fredericksburg,

Virginia and his sister Rosemarie Carpitano of Hilton Head, South Carolina. Visitation will begin at 10 am today, Friday, Jan. 21, 2011 at the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing and Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway in Saratoga Springs, followed by a funeral service at 11:45 am at the funeral home. Mr. Tringali will be interred with military honors at 1 pm today at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Rd., Schuylerville. The family requests that donations to Saratoga County Animal Shelter, 6010 County Farm Road, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 be made in lieu of flowers, in recognition of Mr. Tringali’s life-long devotion to his pets. Online remembrances may be made at www.burkefuneral

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local brief Girls Inc. holds 2nd annual “Diamonds in the Rough” Fundraiser On January 21, Girls Incorporated of the Greater Capital Region will be hosting its second annual “Diamonds in the Rough” event through its volunteer arm, The Cornerstone Group. The event will feature live music, door prizes, and a chance to win a three-quarter carat diamond from Hannoush Jewelers. Girls Incorporated is a nonprofit

organization whose mission is to inspire young women to be “strong, smart and bold.” The organization provides research-based, awardwinning after-school programs toward that end for girls ages 5 to 18, inspiring “I can” attitudes to boost confidence and encourage success. “We are thrilled to once again bring together professionals, colleagues, friends and family to enjoy an exciting evening and also provide support for the unique programs provided by Girls, Inc. While we hope

to significantly increase the amount raised this year compared with 2010, we are also excited to tell members in our community more about how Girls Inc. helps young girls achieve their true potential,” said Daniela Bigalli, the Cornerstone Group Chair, in a written statement. The event will be held this Friday in the VIP Upper Level of the Saratoga Gaming and Raceway’s Vapor Night Club, beginning at 6 pm. Other prizes up for grabs at the event include unique golf gifts from the Saratoga Spa Golf Course or

$10,000 for a hole-in-one on the golf simulator. Guests will also be entertained by the New York Players’ musical performance. “Last year’s inaugural event was such a success not only in raising money for our programs, but also for generating awareness about our mission of inspiring all girls to be strong, smart and bold. We are very grateful to our supporters and dedicated group of volunteers for organizing this event, and we look forward to another entertaining evening that brings together the capital dis-

trict community,” the Girls Inc. President and Chief Executive Officer Gail Wilson-Giarratano said in a written statement. Interested parties may purchase tickets for the event online at, or by phone by calling (518) 374-9800. Tickets can also be purchased at the door for $20. Guests must be 21 years or older with a valid picture identification to enter. The Vapor Night Club is located at 342 Jefferson St. in Saratoga Springs.




Friday, January 21, 2011

Local Business News

Save the date!

Rochester company buys Aird Dorrance

by Yael Goldman Saratoga TODAY The 2011 Enchanted Wedding Bridal EXPO is set for Sunday, February 6 at the newly renovated Saratoga Springs City Center from 11 am to 3 pm, and you don't want to miss it. This exciting annual event is free and open to the public. The first 150 brides through the doors will receive a complementary gift bag and a copy of Enchanted Wedding Magazine. Featuring 70 local professionals from all aspects of wedding planning, the EXPO is a great opportunity for soon-to-be married couples, family and friends to conveniently explore what our region has to offer while checking out the newly expanded City Center. "Having all of these wedding vendors available in one location is a wonderful opportunity for any bride," said Chris Vallone Bushee, Saratoga Publishing Bridal Expo Coordinator. Everything from dress shops to photographers, caterers, wedding planners and even reception venues will be onsite to answer questions and provide valuable insight and ideas. The EXPOis truly an experience. Dress shops will have their bridal gowns and wedding clothing on display, some on live models, while restaurants will offer delicious spreads for guests to sample and

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enjoy, and every booth is a beautiful representation of what they have to offer. "It's a happy event for everyone," Bushee said. "The economy hasn't affected love; people are still getting married, maybe on a smaller scale, but this is still an exciting time in any bride's life and we are so honored to be a part of it." The Enchanted Wedding Bridal EXPO is an equally rewarding experience for the vendors taking part. Not only do vendors have the privilege of showcasing their products in this much talked about new space the day of, but their exposure continues year-round through Enchanted Wedding Magazine, the companion piece to the EXPO.


Doubling as a premiere event for the debut of the renovated City Center, returning guests will enjoy a whole new experience in the bright, two-level meeting space, while hosting the EXPO in a smaller area makes the event more approachable to new brides. Enchanted Wedding is available online year round for brides to flip through and connect with vendors at and With many added features and attractions in the works, is becoming an online destination for the Saratoga bride. "It's so rewarding when our vendors contact us after the EXPO to share their experience and update us about all the great contacts they've made and weddings they've participated in," Bushee said. "They love the exposure and we love bringing it to them." If you're a bride-to-be or a local wedding expert looking to get the word out, the Enchanted Wedding Bridal EXPO is not an event to miss! Stop into the Saratoga Springs City Center (522 Broadway) on February 6 and see for yourself - we're sure the experience will have you talking for the rest of the year or from now until your big day. "We are looking forward to the breathtaking views of downtown Saratoga with floor to ceiling windows," Bushee said. "It really adds a whole new element to the EXPO experience." For more information or to register, visit or contact Chris Vallone Bushee by phone at (518) 581-2480, ext. 209 or email at

VP Supply of Rochester announced this week that it has acquired Saratoga County-based home building supply company, Aird Dorrance. According to reports, the state of the economy and reduced market share brought the company's decision to sell. Aird Dorrance sells bath, kitchen, heating, plumbing and flooring supplies, and operates out of three locations: a showroom in Ballston Lake, wholesale/clearance center in Clifton Park and showroom/warehouse in Morrisville. Previous owners Frank and Sheila Dorrance will remain onboard to help manage all three locations. Three administrative employees will also stay with the company, while the rest of Dorrance's 32 staff members will lose their jobs in the acquisition. VP Supply now has ten locations in New York and Pennsylvania.

Warrensburg Stewart's grand opening on Sat. Stewart's Shops is hosting a grand opening celebration at its new Warrensburg shop (located at 3827 Main Street) on Saturday, January 15 from midnight to 1 pm. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at noon on Sunday, January 16 with an icecream eating contest to follow. To compliment the grand opening, Stewart's will make a donation of $1,000 to The Richards Library, Warrensburg Scholarship Association and Warrensburg Volunteer Fire Department.

Roohan Realty announces new hire Roohan Realty announced this week that Cathy Allen, Licensed Sales Associate, has joined the Company. Cathy was most recently with Coldwell Banker Prime Properties, where she was a multi-million dollar producer and recipient of the Platinum Pinnacle Award. Prior to her real estate career, she was VicePresident at Key Bank. She is a graduate of Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Saratoga program, and a member of the National Association of Realtors, Greater Capital Association of Realtors and the New York State Association of Realtors. She can be reached by phone at (518) 587-4500

or by email


New Chamber members in January Saratoga County Chamber welcomes the following new members in January: Albany Devils Sports Entertainment; Emma Brodwin Piano Studio; Robert Davis, LCSW, Traditional and Intuitive Psychotherapy; High Rock Sports & Fitness; Homestead Animal Hospital; International Institute For Human Empowerment, Inc.; Elizabeth M. Keelan, Magazine Subscription Service; The Lofts at Harmony Mills; Lou's Welding; Meliora Family Medicine PLLC; One Big Roof, Holistic Health Center; Tina Pamper, Home and Office Cleaning; Clifford Passen, MD, private practice of general and child psychiatry; Pompa Brothers, Inc.; Peter Riposa, Realty USA; Rte. 67 Country Store and CafĂŠ; The Saratoga Film Forum; Suburban Services Group; True Sales Agency; Wesley Evergreen Adult Day Services. Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association welcomes the following new members in January: Avion Energy Group; Jim Lovett (resident member); Jeanne Obermayer (resident members).

GCBA welcomes new officer, board members The Greenfield Community and Business Association (GCBA), now in its third year of operation, is pleased to announce new members to the Board of Directors, as well as one new officer for 2011. John Bokus, a Greenfield resident and former member of the Board of Directors, has been elected Vice President of the organization. Incoming members to the Board of Directors include Dominique Rowland, Joseph Grono, Paul Van Arnum rejoins the Board in his second term along with Jama Peacock M.D. and Michael Hosier. All will serve a two-year term. Departing Board of Director members include: Joseph Mihalek, Owner, Mihalek's Service Center (3 years served) and James Spiak, Resident Member (2 years served). For more information about GCBA, visit

Correction: In last week's announcement about a new audiology practice in Wilton, the e-mail address for Hearing Care Resources, LLC, was misspelled. Dr. Robin Solomon can be reached via e-mail at RSolomon @Hearing.Pro. For more information about the audiology practice, visit



ANNE’S CORNER 11 the Reform. A True Pilates™ A little Jets Tooth Studio announces “magic!” scholarship recipients fairy club

Friday, January 21, 2010

Anne’s corner

FREE This page is dedicated to you, the families who live, work and play in our great region. It is your opportunity to boast about your kids, announce your engagement or tell people about your accomplishments.

The New York Jets are headed to the AFC Championship Game for the second year in a row!

Eagle Scout ceremony Saratoga-Wilton Elks Lodge #161 was part of an Eagle Scout ceremony recently for Matthew C. Battle of Troop 11 sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and held at Saratoga Springs Public Library. Matthew’s Eagle Scout project was to organize and put together a hardworking group of folks to clean up a section of the Kayaderosseras Creek. Items found and disposed of properly were 84 tires, 2 shopping carts, a 55gallon drum, 70 to 80 feet of miscellaneous steel pipe, a child’s riding toy and over 2,500 pounds of other miscellaneous debris. This project was worked on in accordance with the Cornell Cooperative Extension and the Saratoga County Intermunicipal Stormwater Management Program. Ken Tubbs, Esteemed Leading Knight, honored and recognized Matthew with a framed National Eagle Scout certificate and an American flag. Pictured, left to right, are Ken Tubbs, Matthew Battle, Eileen and Matt Battle, Matthew’s parents. Good job, Matthew!

Reform. A True Pilates™ Studio is excited to announce the first two scholarship recipients for the Dancers Advantage Program. Molly Kimmel and Rebecca Greenbaum are currently seniors at Skidmore College. As scholarship students, Kimmel and Greenbaum will be taking weekly private sessions and mat classes at the Reform studio through the end of May. Reform. A True Pilates™ Studio is again offering two scholarships for the summer (June 1 through August 1, 2011), and two more for the next academic year (September 1, 2011 through May 31, 2012). Scholarships are for high school and college students 14-22 years of age. For further information about scholarships, deadlines, and the Dancers Advantage Discount Program, contact the studio at (518) 871-1315 or, or go to: The studio is located at 18 Division Street,

Helping Homeless Vets Legionnaires and auxiliary members of American Legion Mohawk Post 1450 in Halfmoon recently visited the homeless veterans’ facility in Ballston Spa. Post Commander Jim Valenti and Past Department President Pat Dyer presented checks totaling $2,600 to Director Budd Mazurek. Both the men’s facility and the new Guardian House for female veterans will equally share this gift. Valenti stated, “It gives us great pleasure to aid our fellow veterans in their time of need.” Dyer said, “We appreciate the sacrifices made by the veterans of our country. Our gifts today are in recognition of those sacrifices.” With a big smile, Director Mazurek thanked everyone involved and gave a brief progress report on Guardian House. He said he was happy with the progress but there was still quite a bit of work to do.

Pictured, left to right, are: Pat Rudebush, 4th DP, Charles LaFountain, 1st VC, Bud Taylor, Sgt-atArms, Cmdr. Jim Valenti presenting checks, John Lepine, 3rd VC, Director Budd Mazurek accepting checks and Chaplain Roy Kraus.

Suite 203, Saratoga Springs NY. Molly Kimmel (left) is currently a senior at Skidmore College, studying business and dance. She is from Westchester, New York where she began dancing in the SUNY Purchase production of the Nutcracker at the age of 5. At Skidmore, she has focused on Modern and Ballet technique and has performed under the direction of Ruben Graciani, Debra Fernandez, and Denise Limoli. Upon graduation this May, Molly plans to move to New York City, and begin the auditioning process. Rebecca Greenbaum (right) was born in Brooklyn, NY, and trained at the Joffrey Ballet School. She expects to graduate Skidmore College in the spring with a degree in Dance Performance and double minors in Biology and Exercise science. She plans to move back to New York to persue a career in dance.


Madelyn The tooth fairy club is sponsored by:

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living Jan.

21 - Jan. 28 events Friday, January 21 The Principessa Elena Society Dinner 13 Oak Street, Saratoga Springs. Building fund-raising dinner from 5 to 7 pm. Adults $9, seniors $8 and takeouts $10. For information, call (518) 584-4163.

Saturday, January 22 Saratoga Farmers’Market Division St. School Saratoga’s premier market, featuring meats, local produce, eggs, soaps, seasonal items and more. From 9 am to 1 pm. For more information, call (518) 638-8530.

Saratoga Contradance From 8 to 11 pm, with lesson at 7:30. All dances taught, newcomers welcome. No need to bring your own partner. Wear sneakers or other soft-soled shoes only, please. Adults $10, students $7, children under 15, $6. First Baptist Church, 45 Washington St., Saratoga Springs. For more information, call (518) 885-4430 or visit

Sunday, January 23 Breakfast buffet Son’s of ITAM, 247 Grand Ave, Saratoga Springs From 8 to 11 am. Adults $7, seniors $6 and children under 5 free. All are welcome.

State of the City address Saratoga City Center, 522 Broadway Mayor Scott Johnson invites all to the State of the City address at 1 pm. For more information, contact Therese Connolly at (518) 587-3550, ext. 2520 or email therese.connolly@

Overcome Winter Blahs One Big Roof, Downstreet Marketplace, 454 Broadway, Saratoga Springs From 3 to 5 pm. Free workshop for Hospice employees/volunteers and the public. Workshop presenters are Janet Orzano, Reiki Master Teacher and Practitioner; Lori Mershon, Clinical Nutrition and Reiki; and Mana Behan, Cranio-sacral Therapist/Yoga Teacher. To register for the workshop, call (518) 581-3180, ext 300.

Saratoga Reads film showing Empire State College, 113 West Avenue, Room 137, Saratoga Springs At 2 pm come for an introduction to The Housekeeper and the Professor, with tea tasting of Japanese teas, followed by math games and activities and a showing of the film, Proof, starring Gwyneth Paltrow. Those who have and have not yet read the book are encouraged to attend this free public event. For more information, visit

Monday, January 24 Community Bingo Saratoga-Wilton Elks Club, 1 Elks Lane, Saratoga. An evening of fun for old and young, every Monday evening at 7 pm. Doors open at 4 pm. Refreshments will be available. (518) 584-2585

Saratoga County Honored Deceased Veterans Ceremony The monthly Saratoga County Honored Deceased Veterans

Ceremony, originally scheduled for last week, has been rescheduled for today at 2:30 pm.

Tuesday, January 25 Caregiver support group Evergreen Adult Day Services, 357 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, an affiliation of The Wesley Community in Saratoga Springs, hosts caregiver support from 3 to 4 pm. This group is designed for caregivers, families and friends of people with dementia. For more information or to register, please contact Trudi Cholewinski at (518) 691-1516.

Wednesday, January 26 A.L.L. Lunch and Learn Empire State College, 2 Union Ave, Saratoga Springs Join us to hear North Country storyteller Carol Gregson treating her audience to Latest News from the Adirondacks in the free brown bag lunch and learn series. The program begins at noon in room 126 (the Rotunda) and will be cancelled if Saratoga Springs city schools are closed.

K of C Bingo The Knights of Columbus, Pine Road, Saratoga Community bingo each Wednesday at 7 pm. Doors open at 5 pm. Refreshments will be available. Call (518) 584-8547 for more information.

Old South dinner Saratoga-Wilton Elks Lodge #161, 1 Elks Lane, Route 9, Saratoga Springs. From 4:30 to 7 pm. Complete dinner with soup, salad, entrée, dessert and coffee/tea. Cash bar available. Adults $9, children (ages 5 to 12) $5, under 5 free, seniors and military with ID $8, takeout $10.

Thursday, January 27 Bingo The Jewish Community Center


Friday, January 21, 2011 of Saratoga Springs, 84 Weibel Avenue Doors open at 6 pm with the first game beginning at 7:15. Pull tabs are on sale throughout the evening. The building is wheelchair accessible and has one floor that is non-smoking and another that is smoking. Refreshments for sale and no outside food items are permitted in the building. For more information, call (518) 584-2370.

Equine Seminar Route 67 Country Store and Café at 1958 Amsterdam Rd, Rte. 67 at Harmony Corners. From 7 to 10 pm. Connie G from Helping Hands Equine Massage and Geri White from Barefoot Hoof Care will speak. All are welcome, but pre-registration is encouraged as seating is limited. Please call (518) 882-7347 to register. The cost of the event is $10.00 per person which includes light fare and refreshments.

Friday, January 28 Wiggle & Giggle Children’s Museum at Saratoga, 69 Caroline St From 10 to 11:30 am. Crawl through tunnels, walk the balance beam, roll balls, toss bean bags, and make music with all kinds of instruments. This is a great opportunity to meet new friends and get some exercise!

Limón Dance Company Skidmore College, Arthur Zankel Music Center The performance at 8 pm will feature a new commission by Jonathan Fredrickson, a revival of an early Jirí Kylián piece, “La Cathedrale Engloutie,” and Limón’s 1956 “There is a Time.” For ticket information, call (518) 580-5321 or

Upcoming Round Lake Library Night at the Phantoms


ary 4 at 7:30 pm at the Glens Falls Civic Center. Tickets are $13 for adults and $11 for children. For tickets, contact the library at (518) 899-2285 or Nate Mason at the Phantoms at (518) 480-3355.

Western Hoedown Malta Community Center, 1 Bayberry Dr. On Saturday, February 5 from 7 to 9 pm. Tim Wechgelaer on fiddle and Don Young, caller and guitarist. $10 per person. Preregistration required by January 29. Call the Malta Community Center at (518) 899-4411.

Faith on a Respirator Presbyterian-New England Congregational Church, 24 Circular Street, Saratoga Springs From 12:30 to 2 pm on Sunday, January 30. When you or someone you love is suffering, it can be difficult to have faith in a higher power. Patricia Nugent will help us realize that we are not alone in our confusion during these difficult times. Please RSVP to (518) 584-6091.

Got to Have HATtitude luncheon Longfellows, Rte 9P, Saratoga All women are invited to attend a luncheon Tuesday, February 8 from noon to1:30 pm. The cost is $13. Phyllis Seidel, from “HATtitude,” will show her works and Carol Martin, a retired teacher and artist will speak. For reservations, please call Ellie at (518) 584-3779 or Anita at (518) 5834043 by February 4. Presented by Saratoga Christian Women’s Club.

Videotaping your reflections of Old Saratoga On Tuesday, February 22 at 9:30 am in the Victory Village Hall on Pine Street, Schuylerville, the village historian will videotape your memories and stories of local people, places and events for posterity. For more information, contact

Join the library for a night of hockey action on Friday, Febru-

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Friday, January 21, 2011

local briefs The Waldorf School Open House On January 22 from 10 am to 2 pm at all locations: 62 York Avenue, 212 Lake Avenue, 122 Regent Street, 45 Kaydeross Ave. Join us to meet faculty, staff, and parents.

Preschool fair Saratoga Springs Public Library Community Room, 49 Henry Street, Saratoga Springs Please join us on January 22 from 10 am to noon for the 4th annual Saratoga Springs Area Preschool Fair. This event is a wonderful opportunity to gather information about area preschools and meet teachers and staff. For more information, please call (518) 587-2224 or email admissions@waldorf

Snow Shoe rentals The Wilton Wildlife Preserve has snowshoes available for rental at the health office off the parking area in Camp Saratoga. Free for members, $3 for non-members. The dates and times of availability are January 22, February 5 and 19, and March 5 and 12, from 9 am to 2 pm.

American Red Cross will be on Wednesday, January 26 from noon to 6 pm at The Wesley Community, 131 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs. The blood drive is open to the public. Those interested in donating blood should call the Chamber at (518) 584-3255.

Saratoga Builders Association Please join us for a casual evening of great food, drinks, networking and an English dart tournament. Wednesday, January 26 from 6:30 to 9 pm at the Parting Glass in Saratoga Springs. Members, $25 and non-members, $30. Please contact Barry Potoker at or (518) 366-0946 for reservations.

Meditate for a New Life Access the power to make important changes in our life by recognizing how the way we think shapes our experience of the world, with Buddhist monk Kelsang Wangden. Students $10, seniors $5 per class. Held at Franklin Community Center, 10 Franklin St, Saratoga Springs on Thursdays from 7 to 8:30 pm through February 17. For more information, call (845) 856-9000 or visit

Katrina Trask open house Is your business prepared to face HR and benefits issues in 2011? Saratoga Economic Development Corporation is hosting a free seminar on Tuesday, January 25 at the Holiday Inn in Saratoga Springs. The event will begin at 7:30 am with a full breakfast with the seminar to follow from 8:30 to 8:45 am. As regulations and compliance become a greater challenge to manage, business owners are turning to PEO’s as a possible solution to save their valuable time and resources. At this breakfast seminar, you will learn about strategies and ideas to help you save money while you improve compliance, access valuable expertise, save time for your staff by allowing them to focus on growing your business. You will also learn about a wide range of cost effective benefits to help you attract and retain the people you need to help your business succeed.

Chamber of Commerce Red Cross Blood Drive Saratoga County Chamber’s Saratoga Young Professionals Network blood drive for the

Katrina Trask Cooperative Nursery School will be holding an open house at 24 Circular Street, Saratoga Springs on Wednesday, February 9 from 9 to 11am and from 6 to 7 pm. Registration for three and four-year-old classes for the 20112012 school year are limited. The snow date will be Friday, February 11 from 9 to 11 am. Call (518) 584-8968, visit, or email for more information.

Call For Entries Each year Mimosa Gallery, located at 70c Beekman Street, holds a fundraiser for a different charity. The 2011 fundraiser will benefit Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Saratoga Springs, whose mission “is to help children reach their potential through one-to-one relationships with mentors that have a measurable impact on youth.” The exhibit, “Two By Two” will be a group show featuring work by two artists who are related, i.e. parent/child, spouses, partners, teacher/student, etc. All mediums will be considered. The work submitted by the two artists

13 does not have to be related - one piece from each artist will be displayed together. There is no restriction on size or price. Entries must be submitted for jurying via email or by appointment by February 4. The exhibit will run from March 2 through April 18, 2011. For more information, please contact Rebecca or Michelle at (518) 583-1163 or

Retired teachers meeting The Saratoga Springs Retired Teachers Association will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, February 7 at 12 noon at Longfellows Restaurant, 500 Union Avenue in Saratoga Springs. The group is open to retired educators who taught in and/or live in Saratoga County. For new member information and luncheon reservations, call (518) 587-5356.

Stillwater Free Library news In an effort to serve you better, we are trying to see if these hours are better suited to our community: we are now open Monday through Friday from 12 to 8 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 4 pm. For more information on any of these programs or to suggest something of your own, visit Read around the world: On Monday, January 24 we head down under to discover life in Australia, then on January 31 we head to the

blustery winds and silly penguins of Antarctica. Both are held at 6:30 pm in the library. Planned for upper-elementary aged kids to travel the globe! Origami Club: On Thursday, January 27 at 4 pm – learn to fold the pattern of the day. P.J. Story Time (A Family Literacy Program) on Thursday, January 27 at 6:30 pm. Finding time for story hour at the library is difficult for working parents. Carol designed this fun and fabulous story time with you in mind! Charlie’s Book Club: Friday, February 11 at 7 pm. The Witch of Hebron by James Howard Kuntsler. From our online catalog: “In a postoil America with no electricity, no Internet, dwindling resources, and little civic order, the residents of the small town of Union Grove, New York, must deal with roving bandits and a sinister cult that threatens to shatter the hamlet’s stability.” Regular Book Club: Tuesday, February 15 at 7 pm. The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen. From our online catalog: “Emily Benedict came to Mullaby, North Carolina, hoping to solve at least some of the riddles surrounding her mother’s life. But the moment Emily enters the house where her mother grew up and meets the grandfather she never knew – a reclusive, real-life gentle giant – she realizes that mysteries aren’t solved in Mullaby, they’re a way of life.”

HELPING HANDS Organization

Shelters of Saratoga Mission Shelters of Saratoga strives to ensure that every member of our community has safe and affordable housing. We provide shelter, advocacy and referral services for the homeless and those at risk of homelessness. We develop and maintain a range of affordable housing opportunities and resources for low to moderate income families and individuals. How to Help There are many ways in which you can help. Volunteers help keep the shelter running smoothly by assisting with paperwork, food pick-up and organization, driving clients to appointments, maintenance projects, writing grants, being an advocate for clients… If you are short on time, but want to help, we need donations of towels, washcloths, cleaning supplies, personal care items, slippers, tools, folding chairs and bicycles among other things. Of course, monetary donations are always needed to keep the shelter running. Contact We can be reached by phone at (518) 581-1097 or visit our website at

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Friday, January 21, 2011


Ingenuity inspires project at Galway HS by Yael Goldman Saratoga TODAY

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Eleventh-grader Dylan Topper and his technology teacher, Jered Marcantonio work on an old hot water heater as part of their bioldiesel filtration system.

A group of Galway High School students are “going green” in their classroom. Technology students in Jered Marcantonio's transportation systems recently converted waste vegetable oil (WVO) into biodiesel fuel. The project involved using waste vegetable oil donated by an area restaurant to fuel a 1980 Mercedes 300SD that was found on Craig's List for $500. The students are learning important values; the project is teaching them about “ingenuity, problem solving, ‘reduce-reuse-recycle,’ system analysis, troubleshooting and perseverance.” Marcantonio found the recipe for biodiesel using WVO on and decided it was a valuable project for his students. "I believe we are in an energy revolution," Marcantonio said. “The students today are the ones that are going to see our fuel sources switch. When it goes full scale, there is going to be a demand to supply these resources.” With this in mind, Marcantonio formulated a lesson plan and began explaining to students how biodiesel fuel is created. With the help of a $3000 grant provided by the Galway Community Educational Foundation, the students created a biodiesel processor. Heres how it works: a filtration system separates the food scraps and solid particles. Once the WVO passes through this system, it endures a

“ Their eyes have been opened to an actual fuel source that decreases our dependence on foreign oil and increases our utilization or renewable resources. ” secondary filtration that filters the oil to one micron and heats it in preparation for the biodiesel processor. Inside the processor, methoxide, a mixture of methanol and sodium hydroxide, separates the oil into glycerin and esters. The glycerin is then removed as usable biodiesel fuel. Once the fuel is ready, the class will document how efficiently it works in the Mercedes. According to Marcantonio, the students, who are primarily enrolled in the class for their interest in transportation systems, truly enjoyed working on the Mercedes as well. “They replaced things such as oil cooler lines, vacuum pump, door handles, windows, switches, starter, valve cover gasket and glow plugs,” he said. Marcantonio plans to continue the project with his Production Systems and Energy Systems classes following this semester, and is confident that his students will apply what they’ve learned outside of the classroom. “Their eyes have been opened to an actual fuel source that decreases our dependence on foreign oil and increases our utilization or renewable resources. I actually have a student that is actively looking for a diesel vehicle of his own, and intends to run it on the biodiesel that we are producing in class,” Marcantonio added.

Study Tips! With the SAT this Saturday, January 22, and Regents week and midterms just a few days away, area school districts are teaching students about test prep and the importance of planning ahead. Next week, from Tuesday, January 25 to Friday, January 28 is Regents week for some area high-schoolers. According to Schuylerville High School Guidance Counselor, John Guay, a small percentage of students take the state exams during the January testing period, opening a four-day "window of opportunity" for those not enrolled or scheduled for a mid-term exam: it's the perfect time for students to begin their SAT and ACT test prep, even if the test is months or more than a year away. "Spending just 15 to 30 minutes a week doing practice questions will pay back in big dividends for students in 10th or 11th grade," Guay said. "The key is to try to do some of it every week and not cram; the prolonged short-term prep is a lot more useful and realistic." Guay added that the break is particularly ideal for the juniors who took the PSAT in October and have already received their results. The College Board offers an online resource called "My College Quick Start," which provides personalized feedback for students based on their PSAT performance. By logging on to students can also take practice exams, review for individual sections, and even sign up for a unique feature called "question of the day" that is sent daily via email. "Repetition is better than waiting for the night before for any test SAT, Regents or mid-terms," Kristi Jensen, Ballston Spa High School Principal, said. She encourages students to enroll the district's SAT prep course, which is available for a significantly lower cost than private programs. Schuylerville and many other area districts also offer this valuable program, so be sure to log onto your school's website and find out how to sign up. Guay also offered some advice for students taking the SAT this weekend: arrive at least 15 min. prior to start time, with a calculator, extra sharpened pencils, and your id and entrance ticket. "Make sure to read the questions carefully; be conscious of the time; and go through and complete the ones you are sure of first.” Most importantly, relax: “the world will not crumble if you don't do as well as hoped."



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Friday, January 21, 2011


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BUTTERNUT SQUASH & PEAR SOUP a mug of great soup to warm body and soul. Enjoy. (The recipe has been pared down to serve 6.)

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Recently my husband and I hosted a party for 50 friends and family. While I love to cook, my customary household of two might expand to a max of six, so my recipes were a bit under quantity. Also, this was a special night and I wanted really delicious food. It was time to consult with my good friend, Chef Rocco Verrigini of Schenectady Community College Culinary School. Chef Rocco suggested a squash soup recipe that was different, but sounded divine and was very easy to prepare. Voila! What a great choice. This butternut squash and pear soup was the talk of the party! Thank you, Rocco, for your genius. I do know that the extraordinary success of this soup also lies in the fact that I used all fresh, local ingredients (except the spices and pears) purchased at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market. And for those who think the only squash soup worth eating must include curry as I did, you will find this recipe an amazing surprise. There were many skeptics at first, (I had names on dishes with their contents) but word spread quickly and the soup vanished. It is January. It is cold, and there is nothing better than

2 medium onions, chopped (farm fresh) 3 tablespoons butter 2 1/2 cups chicken broth or vegetable broth (low sodium for both) 1-2 med butternut squashes, pared, seeded and cut into 1” cubes 3 pears, pared and sliced 1-2 teaspoons fresh thyme, snipped 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon white pepper 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander 1 cup Battenkill Creamery cream

Directions 1. In a large Dutch over, sauté onion in butter until tender. Stir in broth, squash, sliced pears, thyme, salt, white pepper, and Coriander. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer until squash is tender, 10 to 15 minutes. 2. Pour about half of the soup into a large food processor and blend/process until smooth. Repeat with remaining soup. Return to Dutch oven; stir in cream. Heat, stirring frequently, until hot. Note: You can garnish servings with some sliced pear and diced pecans for an extra touch. This soup can also be made ahead or leftovers can be frozen and used later.



Friday, January 21, 2011

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Friday, January 21, 2011


Get ready to “CHUG” at by Arthur Gonick Saratoga TODAY There are always so many levels of fun and creativity at Chowderfest, yet the folks at the Saratoga Convention and Tourism Bureau have to be commended for continually coming up with new ideas to keep the event fresh and exciting. For the 2011 edition on Saturday, February 5 (the 13th

Annual) chowder lovers are encouraged to prepare for their savory voyage to sample the wares of over 60 participating restaurants and vendors (the list is continuously being updated at ) and help the event to ‘go green’ by purchasing what will doubtlessly be the latest must-have collectable: The CHUG! “CHUG”: the official Chowderfest mug is a hybrid of the words ‘Chowderfest’ and ‘mug,’ and is a reusable mug/lid/spoon combination item emblazoned with both the Chowderfest and Convention & Tourism Bureau logos. For $5, you can show that environmental friendliness can also be delicious! The CHUGS are expected to be available on Friday, January

28 at the following exclusive Saratoga Springs outlets: • Celtic Treasures, 456 Broadway • Crafters Gallery, 427 Broadway • Crush & Cask Wine & Spirits, 170 South Broadway • Impressions of Saratoga, 368 Broadway • Just Plain Good (Life is Good), 490 Broadway Of course, all the aspects that have made Chowderfest the highlight event of the winter are also returning – from the great variety of tastes for humans and canines alike, t-shirts, contests and more. Many restaurants would probably value an award in one of the various categories more highly than a James Beard, and its a source of pride year-round: Chowderfest 2010 Winners People's Choice Winner: The Parting Glass Best On-Broadway Winner: Cantina Best Off-Broadway Winner: Seven Horse Pub Best Non-Downtown Winner: Longfellows Restaurant Best Newcomer: Seven Horse Pub Best Canine Chowder: Impressions of Saratoga Most Chowder Served: The Parting Glass

Limón Company’s 2011 Skidmore residency features public lecture-demonstration and performance The Limón Dance Company has a long and important history with Skidmore College, having danced and taught during three summer residencies and one during the academic year. The company returned as guest artists again in early January and the 14 dancers’ three-week residency will culminate in a performance at 8 pm on Friday, January 28, in the Arthur Zankel Music Center inside the Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall. Presented by Skidmore’s Dance Department and the Office of the Dean of Special Programs, the program is titled “Masters and the Next Generation,” and will feature “Chrysalis,” a new commission by company member and choreographer Jonathan Fredrickson. Also on the program is José Limón’s “There is a Time,” a 1956 work by the company’s late founder, which was also danced by the company in 2010 on the stage at Saratoga Performing Arts Center. General admission to the Skidmore performance will be $15 or $7 for students. Tickets are available online at “Chrysalis” was developed as a companion work to Limón’s “Emperor Jones,” and will also be restaged at a free public lecturedemonstration by former Limón Company principal dancer and former Assistant Artistic Director Clay Taliaferro, who learned the latter work directly from Limón. This free lecture and demonstration will take place at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, January 25, in the Skidmore Dance Theater.

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Friday, January 21, 2011

Lapham Gallery's “Long Conversations” show opens

Author Siri Hustvedt to visit Skidmore for free lecture and panel discussion

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L to R: MovingCloser by Dan Gottsegen, Spiral Staircase by Mark Schrader Friday, January 21 marks the opening of the Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council’s “Long Conversations Exhibit” at Lapham Gallery with a reception that

evening from 5 to 7 pm. The exhibit runs through February 18. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 3 pm. The exhibit features the works of

SEVERE COLD FORECAST CAUSES CANCELLATION OF OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES AT SARATOGA BATTLEFIELD’S JANUARY 22 FROST FAIRE (From the National Park Service). STILLWATER, NY: Due to the forecast of sub-zero weather with wind chills creating temperatures of -10 degrees (where skin can freeze in less than one minute) for Saturday, January 22 Frost Faire’s outdoor activities planned for the Big Hill (Stop 1) are being cancelled. Plenty of indoor activities are still offered in the park’s visitor center such as tin-piercing, games, contra dancing, 18th century writing and the Stillwater Historian’s exhibit. A small encampment with cannon and musket firings will also take place on the visitor center patio and the 12 noon scavenger hunt will take place in windprotected areas near the visitor center. However, for the safety of park visitors and volunteers there will be no horse-drawn carriage rides, no warm-up tent and no organized tubing at Stop 1. This event is sponsored by the Town of Stillwater and Saratoga National Historical Park. For more information, call the Visitor Center at (518) 664-9821 ext. 224 or visit

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The cannons will still fire, but outdoor Frost Faire activities will be severely limited


four artists: Dan Gottsegen, Clea Hall, Carolyn Favor Kibbe and Mark Schrader. Each artist embraces a documentary approach to their work, seeking to communicate an internal conversation between artist and environment through their lens or paintbrush. This exhibit communicates a visual record of the people, places and things, actualized into a single moment from an influential span of time. Lapham Gallery is located in City Park in Downtown Glens Falls. For more information on the exhibit, call Lapham Gallery at (518) 7981144, ext. 2 or visit

“Memoir vs. Fiction,” a program featuring acclaimed author Siri Hustvedt will occur on Thursday, January 27 at 8 pm in the Surrey Williamson Inn at Skidmore College. Free and open to the public, the program begins with a lecture by Hustvedt, followed by a panel discussion featuring Hustvedt and Skidmore English Department faculty members Robert Boyers, Greg Hrbek and Melora Wolff. Light refreshments will be served. Hustvedt has written three acclaimed novels: The Blindfold, The Enchantment of Lily Dahl, and What I Loved. She is also the author of several memoirs, including last year’s The Shaking Woman: A History of My Nerves, and a number of books and essays. According to the author’s web site, “In 2004, she developed a seizure disorder, the subject of The Shaking

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Siri Hustvedt Woman. This neurological memoir is both a personal account of Hustvedt’s experience as a patient and an exploration of the ambiguities of diagnosis through the lenses of medical history, neurology, psychiatry, psychoanalysis and philosophy.” Contact for more information about the event.




Friday, January 21, 2011

Malta Community Center dances through winter! Beginning February 18, the Spa City Swingers will be teaching adult beginner partner dancing, salsa and progressive swing dance classes at the Malta Community Center, 1 Bayberry Drive, Malta. These dance sessions are on Fridays for 6 weeks. The fees for these classes are $60 for Malta residents, $66 for non-residents and $30 for Malta senior residents. The Center is also featuring a 2hour sampler class for children ages 6 to 9 called Let’s Discover Dance.

It will take place on Wednesday, February 23 from 2 to 4 pm and costs $16 for Malta residents, $18 for non-residents. For details on these and other programs at the Malta Community Center, phone (518) 899-4411.

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The night of 20 fights - amateur boxing returns to Saratoga by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY The Annual Saratoga Boxing show returned to the Holiday Inn in Saratoga Springs on Friday, January 14, for an exciting night of amateur boxing. In total 40 fighters took to the ring over the course of 20 bouts, with the winners earning a spot in the New York State Amateur Championships at Turning Stone Resort and Casino starting February 18. The first bout of the night, Christian Alvaro of Saratoga vs. Chas Baldwin of Springfield was a tough one for Alvaro. Baldwin dominated from the get-go with a relentless offensive onslaught that bloodied up Alvaro's nose early in the first round. In the second round it became clear that Alvaro couldn't keep up with Baldwin, and with the blood really starting to flow he was counted out. Baldwin had his hand raised as the winner. The Barcia brothers, Mike and Joey, who both weighed in at 75 lbs, put on a fantastic show in back-toback bouts against competitors from Champs and Cohoes gyms. Though young (Joey's only 10), there's no doubt these two kids are exciting to watch, and the crowd really got behind both of the brothers in a big way. Each was the aggressor in their respective match-ups, taking the fight

to their opponents and backing them up for most of the bout. "My coach told me that if I work hard I'd win it," Mike Barcia said after winning his fight. "I just try to get in as many punches as I can without getting hit," his brother Joey said after his victory. "I hate losing." The Barcia's may be young, but they should not be overlooked. It'll be fun to watch them grow and mature over the next several years. Another Saratoga fighter, James Garfolo, ended up having a much better night against Brandon Smith (Hudson). Both fighters came out swinging - and a little wild - at the beginning of round one. But after the first minute, Garfolo began to settle in and find his groove, usually getting to his man first and landing some great headshots. In the second round Garfolo used his left to set up a killer overhand right - sometimes that left would miss, but the right rarely did. Smith was given a standing 8 count just before the bell. By the third round Smith was spent, and it was only a matter of time before Garfolo was given the win after the final bell. "You've just got to set your mind to it and focus on the opponent you're fighting against," Garfolo said on his successful strategy. "And my birthday is tomorrow," Garfolo added, who turned17 on January 15. Garfolo is a

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Saratoga’s James Garfolo (left) boxes his way to victory. - Saratoga TODAY

Joey Barcia relative newcomer to the amateur boxing scene here in Saratoga, but already he's boasting an undefeated record of 5-0. The big men for the evening, 200 pounders Daniel Leach with Cus D'Amato and Aaron Black of Precision was an interesting fight to watch, one that in the end favored the taller, faster man, Black. Leach desperately tried to work his way to the inside to reach Black, throwing often and missing more than he should have, while Black held him off with a smart jab more or less all night long. When Leach did manage to get inside he was able to land some powerful shots, but overall the fighter just didn't work as hard as he should have - Saratoga TODAY

Mike Barcia once he got in close. By the end of the fight Leach could do little to stop Black's jab, with Leach's face looking the worse for wear. Black, a judicious and thoughtful fighter, was given the win. For the master's fight, Ontario's Chad Campeau, a southpaw, seemed to puzzle Vermont's Dan Magistrate. Campeau's hand speed and timing were superb, while Magistrate seemed to be looking for the one big shot the entire bout. Unfortunately for Magistrate, his wide sweeping power shots could be seen coming a mile away, and most of the time Campeau was able to avoid them, even scoring a knockdown himself in the second round. While Magistrate continued to

look for that one winning punch to put Campeau away, Campeau was busy winning the fight. In the end the Canadian was named the winner. Tickets are currently on sale for the New York State Amateur Championship fight at Turning Stone, where many from last Friday's fights here in Saratoga are expected to advance. For more information, or to purchase your tickets, you may contact Bob Miller by phone at (518) 236-4153, or Dave Wojcicki at (518) 577-6945.




Friday, January 21, 2011


Community Sports Bulletin Pickleball at the Saratoga Springs Recreation Center Correction: On the back cover of January 14th’s issue of Saratoga TODAY, our caption to accompany our photo of Bill Johnson playing Pickleball read: “Pickleball at East Side Rec.” The caption should have read: “Pickleball at Saratoga Springs Recreation Center,” which is located at 15 Vanderbilt Avenue in Saratoga Springs. Saratoga TODAY regrets this error. For those unfamiliar with Pickleball, you may be surprised to hear that it’s the fastest growing sport in the country. Great for players of all ages and abilities, instructor and USA Pickleball Association ambassador-at-large Bill Johnson will be hosting a clinic on January 29 from 4 to 6 pm, and January 30 from 1 to 3 pm. The clinic is appropriate for all levels of experience and skill to attend. “Pickleball is a court game played on a tennis court,” said Bill Johnson. “The size is identical to a badminton court. It is a game played with a paddle and a wiffleball-like ball, except the ball is a lot more heavy-duty.” Johnson explained that it is his goal to engage both young and old players alike to the

sport, to create a friendly environment where all are welcome and all can stay active. “We try to take the poewr and aggression out of the game so that it will be open to a wide spectrum of participants, all the way from children in the third grade right through 90 plus years old,” Johnson said. Pre-registration is required for the event, to be held at the Saratoga Springs Recreation Center. For seniors who are city residents, there is a fee of $3 to participate, while non-city senior residents will be asked to pay a $4 fee. For non-seniors, city residents are asked to contribute a $5 fee, while non-city residents will be charged $6. To register for the event, please call (518) 587-3550, ext. 2300. On a more regular basis, the Saratoga Recreation Center hosts Pickleball games every Tuesday, 9-11 am; Wednesdays, 9:3011:30 am; Thursdays, 9-11 am, and Sundays, 11 am-1 pm; with another session on Fridays from 9-11 am soon to be announced. Admission is $3 for city residents, $4 for nonresidents.

Varsity Girls Basketball Schedule

Varsity Boys Basketball Schedule

Ballston Spa

Ballston Spa

1/14: at Niskayuna, 21-40 L 1/21: at Colonie, 7pm 1/28: vs. Bethlehem, 7pm

1/14: vs. Niskayuna, 47-55 L 1/21: vs. Colonie, 7pm 1/28: at Bethlehem, 7pm

Burnt Hills - Ballston Lake

Burnt Hills - Ballston Lake

1/14: at Shaker, 26-52 L 1/19: at Bethlehem, 47-54 L 1/21: at Avril Park, 7pm

1/14: vs. Shaker, 51-55 L 1/19: vs. Bethlehem, 55-61 L 1/21: vs. Avril Park, 7pm

Saratoga Springs

Saratoga Springs

1/14: vs. Shenendehowa, 15-73 L 1/18: at Avril Park, postponed 1/21: at Columbia, 7pm

1/14: at Shenendehowa, 49-68 L 1/18: vs. Avril Park, postponed 1/21: vs. Columbia, 7pm



1/14: at Cambridge, 44-60 L 1/18: at Stillwater, postponed 1/21: vs. Hoosick Falls, 7pm

1/14: vs. Cambridge, 57-52 W 1/19: vs. Stillwater, 42-39 W 1/21: at Hoosick Falls, 6pm

South Glens Falls

South Glens Falls

1/13: at Johnstown, 30-43 L 1/21: at Scotia, 7pm 1/22: at Glens Falls, 1pm

1/14: vs. Johnstown, 65-49 W 1/18: vs. Glens Falls, 61-52 W 1/28: at Broadalbin-Perth, 7pm

Saratoga Miss Softball Registration

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Bill Johnson, ambassador-at-large for the USA Pickleball Association, acts as the Pickleball instructor at the Saratoga Springs Recreation Center.

Send your sports stories and briefs to Daniel Schechtman, Sports Editor at sports@saratoga

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Saratoga Miss Softball is now accepting registration for the 2011 season. The second registration day is Saturday, January 29 from 11 am to 3 pm at the Wilton Mall by Dick's Sporting Goods. The last registration day will be held on Sunday, February 13 from 1 to 5 pm at the Holiday Inn on Broadway in Saratoga. The necessary forms can be downloaded from the League website at A copy of the player’s birth certificate must be presented at the time of registration to keep on file. Saratoga Miss Softball League is an instructional recreational league open to girls 5 through 18 years of age in Saratoga Springs, Wilton, Ballston Spa, Milton, Gansevoort, Greenfield, Schuylerville and surrounding areas. The league offer 5 divisions of play: 5-6 TeeBall, 7-8 Mini Minors, 9-10 A Division, 11-13 AA Division and 14-18 AAA Division. For more information about the League, or to download registration forms, visit their website at, or send an email to, or call Stephenie Jones at (518) 587-3711.



Friday, January 21, 2011

Healthy rivalries bring excitment and pride to sport

Damian Fantauzzi When I was in high school in Mechanicville, our arch rival in sports was Saratoga. When you're a kid, you really don't think about where you're going to be 10 to 15 years into the future. Ironically, I became a Blue Streaks' fan by becoming a teacher and coach at Saratoga about 10 years after high school. Saratoga High has grown into a AA school, while Mechanicville has become a class-CC, so that rivalry is now history. Mechanicville is now part of the Colonial Council and

Saratoga is a member of the Suburban Council (after coming from the Foothills Council, where Glens Falls was their main adversary). Now the rivalry is between Shenendehowa and Saratoga, a great tradition dating back to the year 1980, when the Blue Streaks joined the league. Mechanicville and Stillwater make up the big rivalry in Colonial, along with Watervliet, who is their main foe. Rivalries are meant to be a healthy high school, college or professional experience that should create excitement for the big game. It's about supporting your teams, and especially when playing the big rival game, it reinforces the spirit, pride, and love of sport. It's fun and not to be misunderstood as a form of dislike that can be hurtful and deceitful. Lately, during the NFL playoffs, some of the rival coaches and players are taunting and insulting one another. I understand that it is the mental

game that's supposed to give a team some sort of psychological edge. But I feel that there has to be a line as to how far this sort of thing can go. These grown men are supposed to be setting good examples for their fans, especially the younger kids who idolize them. Finally the NFL governing administrators have put a halt to the rants and character defamations that have occurred, saying it is totally misrepresenting the sportsmanship code of the league. Rivalry in sports should be entertaining, good spirited and most of all, fun! When the game is over, players should shake hands and reflect on the game and fun that's been had. Through the rivalry, the fans and players will become part of something special that gives a group of people a single purpose to come together to support their cause. And hopefully, the games become something to remember and cherish, possibly forever!

Zenyatta named 2010 Horse of the Year For the second year in a row, a female horse has won top honors for the 2010 racing season. Zenyatta, who finished her career with a 19-1 record, was awarded the 2010 Eclipse Award for Horse of the Year, following last year’s winner, Rachel Alexandra. The six-year-old mare

joined previous winner, Cigar, as the oldest horse to be awarded the honor. Owners Jerry and Ann Moss accepted the award in Miami Beach on Monday, January 17. Zenyatta was also honored with the 2010 Eclipse Award for Older Female Horse of the Year.


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