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“A call not unheeded” Military Museum to chronicle 19th century New York Militia, National Guard by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS - Chief Curator Courtney Burns with the New York State Military Museum and Veterans Research Center has been pursuing his latest project for over three years. But after countless

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New York troops cross a railroad line in Mexico during the Mexican War.

Tragedy at King Dairy by Yael Goldman Saratoga TODAY

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Barn collapses under weight of snow.

SCHUYLERVILLE - The heavy winter storm that failed to live up to its expectations brought tragedy to a local farm. A barn collapsed on Kings Ransom Farm Wednesday evening, February 2, killing 70 cows and injuring many more. The farm, located on King Road in Schuylerville, is the centuryold home of King Dairy, a well-

known family-run operation. As workers were getting ready to leave, the typical evening farm turned into an emergency situation when the barn roof caved in under the weight of the snow at 6:30 pm. Wilton, Schuylerville and Gansevoort fire departments were immediately called to the scene, and it didn't take much longer for community members to arrive ready to help. "There were easily 200 to 300 people - neighbors, veterans and members of the farm community were

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Singing Valentines!

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Racing City Chorus members Dick Sears, Sam Taylor, George Wallace and Lou Fisher deliver a singing valentine to Kristen Gilbank during last years chorus' fundraiser. Members of the Racing City Chorus will press their tuxedos, shine their shoes, and call the local chocolatier (Saratoga Sweets) and florist (Posie Peddler) as they prepare for their annual Singing Valentines fundraiser! The group will once again travel around Albany, Schenectady,

Saratoga, Warren, Washington and Rensselaer counties, stopping into offices, nursing homes, hospitals, restaurants and homes to deliver sweet surprises Valentines' weekend. They will deliver a long-stemmed red rose, a sampler of chocolates, a personalized Valentine card, and will sing two love songs. This funfilled Valentine gift starts at $49.95 and can be enhanced to a dozen roses, or a full pound of chocolates, or both for an extra charge. To have a Singing Valentine

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Richard W. Gross, 55, of 1422 Saratoga Rd., Ballston Spa, pleaded guilty to a charge of attempted menacing of a police officer, a class-E felony. Gross was arrested in the Town of Ballston September 7 for an incident that occurred September 6. He was sentenced to six months in the Saratoga County Jail and five years of probation. Robert J. Hulett, Jr., 54, of 17 Walker Ave., Troy, pleaded guilty to a charge of second-degree burglary, a class-C felony. Hulett was arrested May 5 in Clifton Park, and is expected to return to court for sentencing March 11. Jason Waite, 28, of 885 Middleline Rd., Ballston Spa, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated, a class-E felony. Waite was arrested January 29, 2010, in Greenfield, and is expected to return to court for sentencing March 24. Justin R. Winters, 26, of 720 4th Ave., Watervliet, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated, a class-E felony. Winters was arrested October 14 in Halfmoon and is expected to return to court for sentencing March 24. Stephen J. Parker, 32, of 5035 Fairground Ave., Ballston Spa, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated, a class-D felony. Parker was arrested June 29 in Saratoga Springs and is expected to return to court for sentencing March 24. John T. Galvagni, 22, of 314 Louden Rd., Wilton, was resen-

tenced February 1 by Judge Jerry J. Scarano to one to three years of state prison, credit for time served, probation terminated. Galvagni was originally convicted of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, a class-E felony on June 28, when he was sentenced to time served and five years of probation. Corey A. Merril, 23, of 1203 Lot 24, Porters Corner, pleaded guilty to a charge of possessing a sexual performance by a child, a class-E felony. Merrill was arrested September 13 in Greenfield for an incident that occurred April 15. He is scheduled to return to court for sentencing March 29. Joshua B. Arnold, 23, of 231 Main St., Corinth, pleaded guilty to a charge of fifth-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class-E felony. Arnold was arrested April 20 in Saratoga Springs for an incident that occurred March 2. He is scheduled to return to court for sentencing March 28. George H. Lown, 45, of 1115 Rock City Rd., Milton, pleaded guilty to a charge of menacing a

police officer/peace officer, a class-D felony. Lown was arrested July 13 in Milton for an incident that occurred July 12. He was sentenced to two years in state prison and three years of post release supervision. Ryan C. Warner, 29, of 900 Rock City Rd., Ballston Spa, pleaded guilty to a charge of third-degree burglary, a class-D felony. Warner was arrested November 5 in Saratoga Springs for an incident that occurred July 23. He is scheduled to return to court for sentencing March 28. Brian K. Killion, 28, of 900 Rock City Rd., Ballston Spa, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated, a class-D felony. Killion was arrested February 27 in the Town of Ballston and has been sentenced to time served, five years of probation, drug treatment court and ignition interlock. Bruce E. Rose, 33, of 3523 Galway Rd., Ballston Spa, pleaded guilty to a charge of thirddegree criminal sale of marijuana, a class-E felony. Rose was arrested September 3, 2010 in Saratoga Springs for an incident

that occurred May 21, 2009. He is expected to return to court at a later date for sentencing. Christina M. Brown, 59, of 6 Schuyler Dr., Saratoga Springs, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated, a class-E felony. Brown was arrested March 27 in Wilton and is expected to return to court for sentencing March 28. Jason Foster, 47, of 366 Louden Rd., Saratoga Springs, pleaded guilty to a charge of failing to report an address change within ten days, a class-E felony. Foster was arrested August 10 in Greenfield for an incident that occurred July 30. He has been sentenced to ten weekends in the Saratoga County Jail. Justin M. Dingman, 27, of 980 PO Box 31, Porter Corners, pleaded guilty to a charge of third-degree robbery, a class-D


felony. Dingman was arrested July 20 in Saratoga Springs and has been sentenced to two to six years in state prison. Gregory M. Shorter, 33, of 283 South Main St., Mechanicville, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated, a class-D felony. Shorter was arrested August 10 in Stillwater and has been sentenced to time served, five years of probation, drug treatment court and ignition interlock. Brian J. Forster, Jr., 22, of 842 Salem Dr., Ballston Spa, was resentenced February 1 by Judge Jerry J. Scarano to nine months in the Saratoga County Jail, credit for time served, probation terminated. Forster was originally convicted of driving while intoxicated, a class-E felony on June 14, where he was sentenced to time served and five years of probation.


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Congressman Chris Gibson, New York State 20th District, has been appointed to the policy committee for the 112th Congress. Members are appointed to the committee with the charge of developing forward thinking and principled policy solutions to issues before the House of

Representatives. Congressman Gibson served for 24 years in the United States Army, achieving the rank of Colonel. He holds a Masters in Public Administration and Ph.D in Government from Cornell University. He is also the author of Securing the State, a book on national security decision-making published in 2008, taught American Politics at the United States Military Academy at West Point, served as a Congressional Fellow, and completed a Hoover National Security Affairs Fellowship at Stanford University.

Construction of women veteran's shelter can begin Plans for Guardian House, the homeless female veteran shelter to be constructed on Route 50 in Ballston Spa, were approved Thursday, January 27 during the Ballston Planning Board meeting. Saratoga County Rural Preservation Company, which


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launched the grass root effort to establish the women veteran's transitory shelter, is now ready to begin transforming the existing home located at the intersection of Outlet and Charlton roads into a 12-bed shelter.

Contractor admits to stealing more than $50,000 from elderly John D. Pratt, 43, of Ballston Spa, admitted to defrauding vulnerable elderly customers in a more than $50,000 scheme. The local contractor pleaded guilty in Saratoga County Court Friday, January 23 to the crimes of second degree grand larceny, a class-C felony, scheme to defraud a vulnerable elderly person, a class-E felony, and fourth degree grand larceny, a class-E felony. The defendant's plea was in full satisfaction of six separate investigations. State Police received complaints from older homeowners and relatives of victims about large amounts of money being paid to Pratt with-


out any work being performed and his overcharging for the little work he did. In some cases, Pratt would use the victim's credit card to purchase supplies for himself. His crimes also included failure to pay New York State income or sales tax. "The defendant admitted in open court that he stole property in excess of $50,000 and that it was part of a scheme to take advantage of vulnerable elderly victims," said District Attorney James A. Murphy, III. Sentencing is scheduled for March 25. Pratt faces a four to eight year term in state prison along with a separate term of 1-1/2 to three years. The county court will issue orders of protection along with orders to pay five elderly victims approximately $300,000 restitution within the next ten years.

Former Elk's felony case adjourned Frank Mihalek, the former Saratoga-Wilton Elks Lodge secretary accused of stealing $135,000 from the organization, will be sentenced in Saratoga County Court on Thursday, February 17. "Mihalek was convicted of a felony, will serve jail time, has been barred from the Elks Club, and will receive five years of probationary supervision," said County District Attorney James A. Murphy, III. When Mihalek pleaded guilty to a first-degree charge of falsifying business records in October 2010, he was set to pay restitution no less than $35,000. At the time of the guilty plea, restitution was set to allow for a higher amount consistent with proof. The case, which was originally scheduled for Tuesday, January 18, was adjourned last week when reports from the continued investigation indicated that Mihalek stole $135,000. A restitution hearing on Thursday, February 3 (after press time), decided how much money Mihalek is responsible to pay back.

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County saves $1 million

Thanks to a New York State early retirement incentive program, Saratoga County officials were able to save $1 million in the budget. The County Personnel and Insurance Committee announced Wednesday, February 2, that it was able to save $500,000 by eliminating positions left vacant after 91 people took advantage of the incentive program in December 2010 and an additional $500,000 through reorganization and restructuring.

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Roland C. Elsey Saratoga Springs – Roland C. Elsey, a former resident of Highpointe Senior Apartments in Malta, died Sunday, January 23, 2011 at the Wesley Health Care Center surrounded by his family. He was 78. Born on Dec. 14, 1932 in Chicago, Illinois, he resided there until joining the US Air Force. Following service to his country, he settled in Saratoga Springs. An outstanding auto mechanic, he was service manager for Topper Pontiac on South Broadway for over two decades prior to his retirement. Upon retiring, he and his wife Peggy moved to Florida for five years where he worked at Disney World in Orlando, a job he loved. Missing their children and grandchildren, they moved back to the Saratoga area in 2002. He enjoyed many hobbies, including golf, gardening, playing poker and having coffee every day with his friends at McDonald’s in Malta. A talented woodworker and craftsman, he made many projects that will be passed on for many g e n e r a t i o n s .


Remembered by all for his kind and generous nature, his warm heart and his ambition to always make himself available to lend a helping hand to others, he will be missed by all. Survivors include his wife, Peggy Elsey; eight children; Joyce Elsey, Lynn Howard (George), Michelle Payette, Robert Boege, Maureen Brown (Tony), Laurie Kyne ( Mike), Kathie Kuznia (Chris) and George Boege (Kim); 17 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; one brother, Allen Elsey (Ann) of Illinois and many nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends gathered to remember him Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011 at the William J. Burke and Sons/Bussing and Cunniff Funeral Homes of Saratoga Springs. A funeral was conducted Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011 at the Burke Funeral Home, followed by burial with military honors at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road in Schuylerville. Memorials may be made in his name to a charity of one’s choice.

Helen Dymond Conley Saratoga Springs – Helen Dymond Conley died Tuesday, January 25, 2011, with her loving family at her side. She was 93. Born on Feb. 2, 1917 in Ballston Spa, she was the daughter of the late Walter and Nellie Dymond of Ballston Spa and was a graduate of Ballston Spa High School. She married James Powers Conley in 1940 and they were lifelong residents of Saratoga Springs. In her earlier years, Helen worked at The Tannery of Ballston Spa and later at E.D. Starbuck’s Department Store on Broadway in Saratoga Springs. A member of the United Methodist Church of Saratoga Springs, she was a member of the Wilton Senior Center. She enjoyed playing golf and loved her “GabClub” and craft club, along with played bridge her whole life. Both she and James loved dancing and traveling. Helen and her sister were avid fans of the thoroughbred horses at the Saratoga Race Course and enjoyed going to the Racino. In addition to her parents, she was pre-

deceased by her husband, who died Aug. 23, 1991. Survivors include her special sister, Doris Beach of Dayton, TN; her son, James (Diane) Conley and her daughter, Carole (Dick) Murtha of Saratoga Springs; her grandsons, Michael (Rita) Conley of N. Tustin, CA, Leonard of Rotterdam, Bryan of Johnstown, Cody (Carissa) of Gansevoort and Buddy (Meghan) of Ruby, NY; her great-grandchildren, Sean, Marissa, Desiray, Annika and Cora and two nieces, Torri Treubel and Nancy Weichman of Dayton, TN. Relatives and friends gathered to remember her Monday, January 31, 2011 at the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing and Cunniff Funeral Homes of Saratoga Springs. A funeral service was held immediately following at the Burke Funeral Home by the Rev. Dr. Brolin C. Parker, pastor of the United Methodist Church. Interment followed at Ballston Spa Cemetery. Online remembrances may be made at


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James Joseph “Jimmy” Colamaria, Sr. Saratoga Springs – James Joseph “Jimmy” Colamaria, Sr., formerly of Eureka Avenue, passed away peacefully Friday, Jan. 28, 2011 at the Wesley Health Care Center. He was 94. Born on September 3, 1916 in Saratoga Springs, he was the son of the late Thomas J. and Angelina DiRienzo Colamaria and the brother of five loving sisters. He attended Saint Peters Academy and later served in the US Army Air Corps as a flight technician on the B-29 Liberator aircraft from 1942 to 1945, during World War II. Upon his return, he met and fell in love with the former Florence Barbieri, the love of his life; they were married on Nov. 24, 1946 in Schenectady. Jim served as head chef and manager at the family-owned business, Colamaria’s Restaurant until its closing in 1975. In the years to follow, he worked as a successful realtor at Ginocchi Realty. His core values of honesty and integrity served him well in becoming an acknowledged salesman working at Welgan Oldsmobile and Cadillac and then

Natale’s Oldsmobile/ Cadillac dealerships, both on South Broadway. Upon retirement, he spent quality time with his family, friends and his loving wife of fifty two years. She predeceased him on July 14, 1998, as well as his parents and two sisters, Anne Mackay and Lillian Palmetto. A life member of Saratoga-Wilton B.P.O. Elks Lodge 161 since 1949, he was recently honored at their Old Timers Night. He was an honorary life member of Saratoga Council 246 Knights of Columbus Third Degree, having joined in 1940 and was a life member of Saratoga Assembly 745 K of C Fourth Degree. Jim was a member of Dominick-Smaldone Post 35 ITAM, the Principessa Elena Society and a former member of Gurtler Bros. Post 420 Veterans of Foreign Wars. A longtime member of Saint Clement’s Roman Catholic Church, he had served as an usher at weekend liturgies and also volunteered at the local soup kitchen. For many years, he was often seen on Broadway socializing and enjoying the company of his friends. He enjoyed puttering in his workshop, yard work, dancing, golfing, humor and his daily

Manhattan cocktail. Survivors include his three children, Jay (Tina) Colamaria of Saratoga Springs, Tom (Lori) Colamaria of Woodland Hills, CA and Clare Colamaria of Saratoga Springs; five grandchildren, Nicole, T. Jay, Elle, Hunter and Jonnika; three sisters, Vicky Shea, Nettie Cummings and Marie McManus and many loving nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends called Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011 at the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing and Cunniff Funeral Homes of Saratoga Springs. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Monday in St. Clement’s Church, 231 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs, by the Rev. Francis E. Sullivan, C.Ss.R., associate pastor. Burial with military honors followed at the family plot in St. Peter’s Cemetery, West Avenue in Saratoga Springs. A special thanks to the devoted and caring staff of 4 Victoria and 4 Springs at Wesley Health Care Center. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Saratoga EOC Soup Kitchen. Online remembrances may be made at

Sylvia J. Yule Saratoga Springs – Sylvia J. Yule passed away Monday January 31, 2011 at Saratoga Hospital. She was 68. Born on May 31, 1942 in Ogdensburg, NY, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Frances Schurrah Getman. Sylvia attended Ogdensburg Free Academy and SUNY Plattsburgh, graduated in 1964 with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. She loved crafting, gardening, spending time in the Adirondacks, cuddling with her cat Cali and caring for her African Violets. Sylvia devoted her life to her children, grandchildren and husband. She enjoyed the love and friendship of her many neighbors from Moore Avenue and her friends at the United Methodist Church. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her son Philip Todd

Yule, daughter-in-law Kathleen Kezyma Yule and granddaughter Meghan Yule. Survivors include her husband of 45 years, David Yule of Saratoga Springs; their children, David Robert Yule of Albany, Jeffrey Yule and his wife Patti of Schuylerville, Elizabeth Clark and her husband Casey of Queensbury; one sister, Susan Wille and her husband Raymond of Windsor, CT.; one brother-in-law Richard Yule of

Rochester, NY; six grandchildren, Adam, Courtney, Patrick, Sarah, Madelyn and Meredith; nieces, Kelly George and Amy Cameron, and nephew Bryan Willie. Relatives and friends may call today, Friday, Feb. 4, 2011 from 5 to 8 pm at the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway in Saratoga Springs. Funeral services will be conducted at 10 am Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Greenridge Cemetery in the spring. Memorials may be made in her name to Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Capital Region, Inc., 139 South Lake Avenue, Albany, NY 2208. Online remembrances may be made at

Carl L. (“Bunky”) Baldwin, Sr. Saratoga Springs – Carl L. (“Bunky”) Baldwin, Sr., of Barcelona Drive in Pyramid Pines, passed away Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011 at Saratoga Hospital. He was 77. Born on Aug. 17, 1933 in Brooklyn, NY, he was a son of the late Foster A. and Ruth Washburn Baldwin and resided in Saratoga Springs most of his life. A 1951 graduate of Saratoga Springs High School where he participated in baseball and football, he was a US Army veteran stationed in Germany. He graduated on the dean’s list from Hobart College in Geneva, NY, where he received his bachelor’s degree. A 1959 graduate of the Simmons School of Embalming

and Mortuary Science, he was a New York State licensed funeral director for 40 years. Long associated with the Bussing and Cunniff Funeral Home in Saratoga Springs, he was the firm’s licensed manager for several years and a former member of both the NYS Funeral Directors and the Adirondack Funeral Directors associations as well as the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce. An avid bridge player and bowler, he was a member of several area bowling leagues and had scored a perfect 300 game at Saratoga Bowl. An active member and former officer of the Saratoga Lake Association, he had been a member of the Saratoga Springs Jaycees. A longtime member and past president of the

Saratoga Springs Rotary Club, he volunteered for many of their worthwhile projects, including serving as chairman of the annual Rotary Home Show in Saratoga Springs for many years. He was a member of the Bethesda Episcopal Church and was a member of the church choir.

He was predeceased by his parents and one sister, Margaret Schirelli. Survivors include his former wife, Diane (Duval) Baldwin of Saratoga Springs; eight children, Deborah (Robert) McCarthy of Saratoga Springs, Theresa (Anthony) Auci of Littlestown, PA, Mary (John) Stevens of Saratoga Springs, Lori (Jack) Norton of Saratoga Lake, Carl L. Baldwin, Jr., of Corinth, Michael (Evy) Baldwin of Virginia Beach, VA, David (Michelle) Baldwin of West Chester, PA and James (Bonnie) Baldwin of Saratoga Springs; 23 grandchildren, 16 greatgrandchildren; two sisters, Jackie (Joel) Lupo of NJ and Constance Reed of Colorado Springs, CO; three brothers, Donald (Joanne) Baldwin of NJ, Foster

Alexander (Helen) Baldwin of Long Island and William (Rosie) Baldwin of FL and several nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends gathered to remember him Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011 at the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing and Cunniff Funeral Homes of Saratoga Springs. Services were conducted Thursday, Feb. 3 at the funeral home by the Rev’d Canon Thomas T. Parke, rector of Bethesda Episcopal Church. Burial with military honors will be held in the spring. Memorials may be made in his name to a charity of one’s choice. Online remembrances may be made at




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Congressman Gibson pushes for “all-of-theabove” energy strategy Hopes to bring nuclear power plant to Saratoga region

by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS - A multi-billion dollar project that could conceivably take decades to complete is only the beginning to what newly elected U.S. Representative Chris Gibson, RKinderhook, has made a priority for Upstate New York's 20th district. "I am a believer in implementation of an all-of-the-above energy strategy," Gibson said, who is putting together a bipartisan energy advisory panel to discus the topic. "We've been talking about this since the Nixon administration, and not only have we not made progress, we've absolutely taken a step backwards. We actually get more energy from international sources than we get from domestic sources right now. We need to improve that over time, and I believe we can," Gibson said. For Gibson, renewable energy solutions, including wind power, hydro electricity, geothermal and bio pellets are all viable options, and ones that he believes should be pur-

sued vigorously. Also in Gibson's proposal - the idea to bring a nuclear power plant to the 20th district. "Currently coal provides most of the electricity in this country, and natural gas ranks second," said John Moens, Industry Specialist with the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). The EIA is an independent statistics and analysis organization based out of Washington D.C. "One of the concerns about fossil fuels," said Moens, "is global warming. It releases carbon dioxide, which allegedly heats up the atmosphere. Nuclear power is a clean burning fuel in that it does not have sulfur dioxide emissions, nitrous oxide emissions or carbon dioxide." Gibson agrees that one of the benefits to having a nuclear power plant in the area is that the technology is essentially green, but the congressman sees other far reaching benefits as well. "When you increase the supply [of electricity] you drive down price. So I believe this will be a major driver to our economy," said Gibson. "When small businesses are paying less for electricity, when families are paying less because we have a greater supply of it, now Americans have more in their pocket for consumption, and business has more in their bottom line for recapitalization, expansion and growing jobs." But while Gibson insists that nuclear power is clean energy, there are still many who have raised their own concerns, especially when it comes to storing nuclear waste, as well as the side effects of running such a plant. Nuclear power plants, by their very nature, need to be built adjacent to large bodies of water. The water is drawn into the plant and then released back into the source. As a byproduct, the water temperatures tend to rise by several degrees,

native animal life is in danger of getting sucked into the plant, and generally there is a rise in fish kill levels. "I think it's important to note that we're not talking about your father's nuclear power plant here," said Gibson. "We're talking about 21st century state-of-the-art. That includes the latest research and development; it includes nanotechnology that is being worked on at the College of Nanoscale; and let's also remember that we've had some breakthroughs in research and development in technologies for cooling [water]." Another concern regarding a large scale plant such as this has to do with its cost. Typically similar projects run anywhere from 4 to 6 billion dollars to construct. But the preponderance of the cost will be borne by the private sector, not the public sector - although the 2005 Energy Act from the federal government provides investment tax credits and loan guarantees to help things along. "As you might imagine, [nuclear power plants] cost more than fossil plants, and they take longer to build," said Moens. But Moens also pointed out, "If you look at our monthly energy review, you'll see that nuclear power plants run at a capacity factor of about 92.1 percent." The capacity factor is a measurement that determines how efficient a particular plant is at churning out electricity. "Coal would come in second at about 75 percent capacity factor." He added, "[We have a photo] of someone holding a little pellet between their thumb and forefinger. That little uranium pellet provides as much power as a unit train full of coal." Gibson stressed that nuclear power is only a part of his “all-ofthe-above” energy solution, but in his eye is a key component to revitalizing a struggling Upstate New York economy.


Saratoga Springs City Council by Arthur Gonick Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS - The Tuesday, February 1 City Council meeting began with a presentation by Finance Director Christine Gillmett-Brown about the City’s reserve fund for various dedicated projects. A total of about $1.5 million is in this fund currently. Monies in this fund are to be used for specific projects and not to balance the general budget. There was a discussion about procedures in which money in a fund might be re-purposed, for instance in the case of extra funds from the recently completed Spring Run trail. Ms. Brown intended to discuss this matter with City Attorney Joe Scala. Mayor Scott Johnson scheduled a public hearing before the next Council meeting at 6:50 pm on February 15 about amending the City’s 2011 capital budget to include approximately $500,000 in new items including replacement of a City fire truck for $305,000 and remedial work to the City’s DPW garage under a consent order from the State Department of Environmental Conservation. After meeting with the capital program committee, the Mayor said that by delaying or cutting some projects that were already scheduled such as the Canfield Casino renovation, an additional $100,200 in new bonding would be required. Other public hearings were scheduled for zoning amendments for Saratoga Hospital and Saratoga Golf and Polo Club, and for water and sewer rates. Commissioner of Accounts John Franck led a discussion to lower the City’s bonding limit back to 1 percent. The limit had been raised to 2 percent in 2006, but Franck, who dissented at that time, said that a 1 percent limit would still allow the City to bond about $11 million, which he felt was more than sufficient. Water and sewer projects have a separate revenue stream and budget and are not included in this limit.

This measure appeared to have support among the Council members, with Mayor Johnson stating that he would like any future increases in the limit voted on by public referendum as opposed to Council vote. The Council unanimously approved Commissioner Franck’s re-appointment of David Morency to the Board of Assessment for another five-year term. Commissioner of Public Safety Richard Wirth re-appointed Dr. Paul Okosky as the City’s public health officer for 2011. The Council also unanimously to accept the third and final year of the Impact grant to Public Safety – an interagency initiative that helps with extra costs that are incurred due to population growth in the City during the summer; and authorized the Mayor to sign an agreement with a National Incident Management System (NIMS) that will enable Public Safety to reference plans from the Federal government and other agencies for the purpose of updating its plans for medical, traffic and other emergencies. Supervisor Joanne Yepsen announced that the County’s Office of Public Health had scheduled two free flu and pneumonia vaccine clinics for County residents. The clinics are scheduled for: Friday, February 22 1 – 3 pm Corinth Senior Center 22 Hamilton Avenue Corinth, NY 12822 Friday, February 25 1 – 3 pm Shenendehowa Senior Center 6 Clifton Commons Court Clifton Park, NY 12065 Appointments are required and can be made online: /saratoga or by calling the Public Health office at (518) 584-7460. Further details are on the County website:



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King Dairy continued from Page 1 here helping us," Jan King said. Teams of volunteers worked together to save the cows that were trapped under the downed roof and in their stalls. "It was a very large group effort; everyone worked together to remove the roof and clear the way so we could get to the cattle and treat them," veterinarian Emilie Blough, of Battenkill Veterinarian Bovine, said. She and two of her co-workers handled triage until late in the night, at which point many cattle were still in need of evaluation. With the help of community volunteers, the King family and its staff were able to move the animals to neighboring farms and create makeshift corrals to keep the remaining cows safe while the damage was assessed. "It was remarkable that so many people from the agricultural and local community turned out to help. That says a lot about the nature of farmers; you never know when it could be you in that situation," Blough said. The Kings caught a few hours of sleep before returning to the scene of the disaster on Thursday morning. According to Lou Anne King, the family had no reason to believe their barn would collapse, especially since the projected record-breaking storm that hit the Capital Region proved to be far less severe than anticipated. According to Jan, the structure was only seven years old, although it had been built in sections. "Of course we didn't expect this to happen; it's a shock, a tragedy," Lou Anne said. Rumor has it in the agricultural community that this winter has been hard on barns. Blough said that her clients have been reporting similar incidents due to the frequent heavy snowstorms and few breaks in between them. "It's a hazard," she said. "The Kings will bounce back; they're dairy farmers and dairy farmers are very resilient and they have a lot of community support," Blough said. -For tips on avoiding roof damage due to snow, see pg 18.


An Afternoon with Mika Brzezinski by Marquita Rhodes for Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS - If you were out and about last Saturday morning, you might have seen Mika Brzezinski, Co-host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe Show, jogging through the streets of downtown Saratoga Springs. Hiding behind a huge pair of sunglasses, Brzezinkski slipped out of the hotel to get in a run and to soak up some Saratoga charm. Brzezinski was in town as the keynote speaker for Soroptimist International of Saratoga County’s annual Cabin Fever luncheon held at the Holiday Inn. Speaking to a sold-out crowd, she shared stories of growing up in the Brzezinski household where her mother, Emilie Brzezinski was a celebrated artist and her father, Zbigniew Brzezinski, was National Security Advisor during the Carter Administration. Memories Brzezinski shared included: - Her mother struggling to get her and her two brothers cleaned up and dragged to the White House to attend yet another event; - Meeting Pope John Paul II, and watching her mother drill the Pope over dinner about birth control and the role of women in the church; and - Swimming with Amy Carter and being joined in the pool by her father, wearing a speedo. One of the most memorable stories occurred at their home in McClean, Virginia where they entertained dignitaries. Her very down-to-earth mother had come across a deer that had been hit laying on the side of the road and decided to serve the roadkill to their honored guests. When asked where she had found such tender venison, her mother piped right up and explained her good fortune in finding the meal on the side of the road. Brzezinski remembers the silence that followed that statement and that one

socialite even spit out her food. To this day, her mother doesn’t understand why the guests were upset. Brzezinski also spoke about her media career and the philosophy behind developing the Morning Joe Show. Leaving traditional programming to the side, the show moved forward with the unorthodox belief that audiences were interested in a political news program that allowed guests and experts to speak for extended periods of time. Mika, Joe and Willie go on air each weekday for three hours of unscripted live television inviting all opinions to the table for lively intelligent discourse that remains civil. The MSNBC program delivers top ratings on an annual operating budget of $900,000 and a staff of ten. One idea has been the driving force behind The Morning Joe Show. Simply, would this be a show that the late Tim Russert would want to watch? They got their answer during the Iowa caucuses, when Tim Russert showed up at the coffee shop they were filming from and asked if he could go on air with them. Today, the Morning Joe Show continues to use the litmus test of “an audience of one” to cultivate the integrity and future of the show. When asked if Sarah Palin might be invited to come on the show, Brzezinski stated that being a guest on the Morning Joe Show legitimizes people on a national stage. Brzezinski did not think the show would choose to validate Palin as a political figure. Joanne Yepsen, County Supervisor for Saratoga Springs, who attended the luncheon with her daughter Emma, said that the event “was wonderfully inspiring on many levels. Being a mother, an official and business owner, I felt affirmed when listening to Mika relate to many aspects to my life. It’s what makes us who we are - and it’s good for the world and our family to see women representing themselves in that way. Individuality

is what we each have to offer.” Photo Provided During an impromtu auction at the Soroptimist event, Mika took to the microphone and sold the promotional event banner she had signed. The winner, Saratoga resident Mary Flaherty, asked that the piece be given to Joe Scarbourgh on the Morning Joe Show the following Monday, January 31. Brzezinski followed through on her promise and presented Joe with international organization with 95,000 the banner which read “It’s now the members in 120 countries and territoMorning Mika Show” and spoke ries. Soroptmist is a volunteer service briefly about her experience with the organization for professional women Soroptimist club in Saratoga Springs working to improve the lives of and about her run through the “incred- women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world. On a ibly beautiful city.” WNYT Channel 13’s Elaine global stage, Soroptimist uses its Houston, who introduced Mika at the international voice and official status event, said that “being around with the United Nations to advocate Soroptimists is about being in the on behalf of women’s issues. The Cabin Fever luncheon, one of presence of women who are changing the world. If you don’t know who the two annual fundraisers organized by Soroptimist are - know simply that SISC, assists in funding local service they are not only changing the lives of projects and non-profit organizations others, they are changing life for serving the needs of women and youth in Saratoga County. For more themselves.” Soroptimist International of information about SISC or to Saratoga County (SISC) is part of an become a member please visit


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Military Museum higlights New York Militia continued from Page 1 additional years of research, dedication and hours upon hours of work, Burns' vision is on the verge of realization at the state's Military Museum, located at 61 Lake Avenue in Saratoga Springs. "Essentially [the exhibit] is an overview of the militia and the National Guard. So the title is, 'A Call Not Unheeded: New York's Militia and National Guard from 1792-1916.'" said Burns. The exhibit, which Burns and his coworkers hope to unveil to the public in early spring of this year, will feature the many contributions made by New Yorkers, the New York Militia and National Guard throughout the 19th century, focusing on (but not restricted to) conflicts such as the War of 1812, the Mexican War, the Civil War and the Spanish American War. "New York had the largest militia in the country throughout the 19th century," said Burns. "As a matter of fact, at the time of the Civil War, New York State had more forces active than the forces fighting federally under the United States. The New York National Guard had about 19,000 members in the 1860s. The US Army was maybe only 14,000."

New York boasted one of the largest, most organized active militia forces in the entire country during this period in history. With the exhibit, Burns is hoping to introduce viewers to their rich history while trying to trace the militia's lineage from its early days to later serving as a part of the National Guard. One artifact on display that both Burns and Director Michael Aikey are excited to show the public is a carronade - a short, cast iron cannon used on naval vessels - that was recovered by New York State's 71st Militia during the Dead Rabbit Riots of 1857. "The movie, ‘Gangs of New York’ was sort of a composite of several historic events. One of them in particular was the Draft Riot of 1863, but they also added in a little bit of the Dead Rabbit Riots," said Aikey. "The Dead Rabbits were a New York City gang, and every once in a while - boys will be boys they decided to raise hell and riot. There was a fair amount of gang warfare in the southern part of New York City. This one Dead Rabbit riot broke out, and the 71st New York State Militia was called out. As they were marching down the streets of New York City with bayonets fixed, on a wagon in the street was this

carronade manned by some rioters, fully loaded, armed and ready to shoot. But as the 71st came down the street with bayonets fixed, I believe at that point the rioters quickly reassessed their career options and decided this was the wrong place to be at the wrong time. And we have this carronade documented, captured by the 71st. It's been with the state's collection ever since the 1850s." Burns, Aikey and crew have many more rare artifacts, photos and historic tales slated to appear in the exhibit, each with a storied and interesting past. But what is perhaps most impressive about the endeavor, military memorabilia aside, is the fact that the museum is putting everything together without financial backing. "We don't actually have a budget for this, so we're doing all the construction ourselves," Burns admitted. It's unquestionably a labor of love for those who work at the museum, an extremely knowledgeable and friendly staff whose enthusiasm for their work shows in everything they do. Piece by piece the staff is preparing the exhibit, not only arranging the artifacts and telling their tales, but actually constructing the physical display cases, sawing and painting them to specification. "We just want to make this material available to the public," Burns said. "If you want to understand why we are the way we are, come over and take a look into it."

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A parade marches through the streets of Troy, New York.

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This carronade was recovered by the 71st NYS Militia during the Dead Rabbit Riots.

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Officers of various NYS Militia regiments gather at a dinner party. Because the officers were from different units, each wore a uniform unique to their own regiment.



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It’s a boy!


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.

Joe and Elena Marosek of Ballston Spa welcomed a son, Ermis Joseph, on Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at Saratoga Hospital. Ermis weighed 7 pounds 6 ounces and was 21 inches long. He joins big sister Aliki Gloria Marosek at home. His maternal grandparents are Kypros and Avgi Kyprianou of Nicosia, Cyprus. His paternal grandparents are James and Margaret Marosek of Herkimer, NY. Congratulations to all of you!

Roohan Goes Red!

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



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The tooth fairy club is sponsored by: The agents and staff at Roohan Realty in Saratoga Springs commemorate “Go Red for Women” day at the office Tuesday, Feb. 1. This Friday, Feb. 4 is the American Heart Association’s National Wear Red Day. Go Red for Women celebrates the energy, passion and power we have as women to band together to wipe out heart disease and stroke.

Keefe-Hilder Engagement Miss April Ann Keefe of Saratoga Springs and Mr. Christopher Michael Hilder of Lake George have announced their engagement. Miss Keefe is the daughter of Deborah Wright of Saratoga Springs and the late Todd Keefe. Mr. Hilder is the son of Mary Ann Hilder of Lake George. Miss Keefe’s son, Hunter, is pictured here, along with his Mom and future Step-Dad. Miss Keefe is a graduate of South Glens Falls Senior High School; she is employed at C.R. Bard. Mr. Hilder graduated from Lake George Senior High School; he is employed at Ace Warehouse. A wedding date of April 14, 2010 has been selected.

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Morett-Fordrung engagement Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Morett of Saratoga Springs are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Arvilla Mae Morett to Kyle Patrick Fordrung, son of George and Kathy Fordrung and Karen Kotchie. Miss Morett is a graduate of Saratoga Springs High School and Cazenovia College. She is a graphic designer. Mr. Fordrung is a graduate of Queensbury High School and SUNY Fredonia. He is pursuing a career in the film industry The couple will be married in July of this year.


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Saratoga Hilton

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Eclectic Songs


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The First 150 Brides through the doors receive a Free Gift Bag with goodies from:


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George Baking Co.

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Chowderfest: Saratoga’s Soup-er bowl! - The tastiest day of winter is bigger than ever by Arthur Gonick Saratoga TODAY S A R AT O G A S P R I N G S Chowderfest is a success story that just gets bigger and better each year. The 13th Annual edition occurs this Saturday, February 5 from 11 am to 4 pm and promises to have all the aspects that you have come to know and love, with some new locations and promotions thrown in for “spice in the soup,” if you will. Below are just a few of the reasons that this event has become THE highpoint of the winter season in Saratoga Springs. It’s truly getting to the point where it will be easier to list the number of places that don’t make chowder on Saturday! So feel free to sample liberally, and like mom says, bundle up! - It’s the beginning of the end. Unlike that erratic rodent in Pennsylvania, our Chowderfest is a signpost that denotes the official halfway point of winter. Even if we get our usual ‘unusual’ April snowstorm, you can almost see spring from here. - Nearly everyone gets into the act. This is one event where the whole town participates, and quite a few from just out of downtown find a one-day outpost to dazzle you with their fare… the Convention and Tourism Bureau has proudly reported that there are a record number of participants again this year, bringing the 2011 total to an amazing 72! See the side box for a complete participant list, but suffice to say you can’t go more than one door without some chowder brewing. - The restaurants care. You’ll hear a lot of PC statements from chefs and restaurant owners about how events like this are “good for everyone,” etc. and that is certainly true. But an award in any category in this event is a source of pride for the entire roster of a restaurant for the entire year and a big feather in the cap of any chef responsible for a winning recipe. Chowderfest ballot results are more eagerly anticipated by the hospitality people than Presidential elec-

tion results. This leads to… - It’s your vote that counts. Not to go all proletarian on you readers, but how often do you get a chance to make this kind of impact? We’ve got a ton of big-ticket fundraisers and swanky formal events on the schedule. Anyone with a buck and a ballot can make a difference here. - Dog-friendly! For the 4th year in a row, canine opinion counts too! In fact, they have it easier than the humans who have to traipse all over to get their chowder-fix. Everything for man/woman’s best friend is centralized at the Saratoga Downtowner, where there will be a “Dog Chow Down” contest, which is judged by a VIP connoisseur of the canine variety. It IS a dog’s life. Woof! - As big as it is, its part of something bigger. Chowderfest is one (admittedly huge, but just one) event that takes place as part of the 14th Annual Winterfest weekend from February 4 - 6. See the side box for several fun outdoor and indoor events, many of which are free! - Great souvenirs! After sampling at least 5 chowders, bring your completed ballot to the Visitor Center or Arts Center. For an additional $7, a highly prized long-sleeve t-shirt with the 2011 Chowderfest logo is yours! Of course, with 70+ options, stopping at 5 chowders may not be an option to several of you… - Great souvenirs! (part 2) – New for 2011 is the “CHUG” – a re-usable keepsake Chowderfest mug complete with lid and spoon. So now you can have your environmental-awareness and eat it too! “CHUG’s” are available for $5 while supplies last at: - 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) Store, 490 Broadway - Good Taste Counts. Oh, by the way, it’s all delicious! Enjoy, and congratulations to the 2011 winners in advance.

Dog Chowder! Coming back for the fourth year in a row will be the "Dog Chow Down!" Starting at 1 p.m. at the Saratoga Downtowner Motel, a contest between the stores participating in making dog chowder will compete to win the "Best Canine Chowder" award. - Dawgdom - Impressions of Saratoga - Sloppy Kisses of Saratoga

Winterfest Events The 13th Annual Chowderfest is the centerpiece event of Winterfest weekend (itself in its 14th year), but it is only one of a whole array of indoor and outdoor activities going on. Here are some other great Winterfest weekend events: • Friday, February 4, 6 - 8:30 pm Candlelight Ski and Snowshoe at Saratoga Spa State Park - Families are invited to enjoy an evening at Saratoga Spa State Park’s free candlelight ski and snowshoe event. In addition to a one-mile candlelit loop, the park will be offering ice skating and hot food and drinks. Snowshoes will be available to rent. This event will take place at the Warming Hut. Call Alli Schweizer at (518) 584-2000, ext. 116 for more information. • Friday, February 4, 6- 8 pm Winterfest Wine Tasting at Holiday Inn of Saratoga Springs, 232 Broadway - Sample a selection of delicious yet affordable wine varietals paired with a display of savory hors d'oeuvres. All proceeds will benefit the Mollie Wilmot Radiation Oncology Center at Saratoga Hospital and the Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Services of Saratoga. $10 Admission • Saturday, February 5, 11 am - 2 pm "Build a Snowman" contest at Prestwick Chase at Saratoga, 100 Saratoga Boulevard - Ice sculptures, Participants in Chowderfest: A record 72 different participants are on the 2011 ballot, including three your dog can enjoy! 1. American Culinary Federation serving at Saratoga City Center 522 Broadway 2. Bailey’s Café 37 Phila Street 3. Ben & Jerry’s 34 Phila Street 4. Black Diamond Caterer’s 44 Phila Street 5. Bookmaker’s at the Holiday Inn 232 Broadway 6. Bread Basket Bakery 65 Spring Street 7. Brindisi’s Restaurant & Bar 390 Broadway 8. Brunswick Bed & Breakfast 143 Union Avenue 9. Caffé Lena 47 Phila Street 10. Cantina 430 Broadway 11. Chianti Il Ristorante The Lofts @ 18 Division Street 12. Circus Café 392 Broadway 13. Compton’s Restaurant 457 Broadway 14. Cupcake Lab/Isabel’s Bistro 517 Broadway, Suite 205 15. Dango’s 38 Caroline Street 16. Dawgdom (Doggie Chowder) 441A Broadway 17. Esperanto 4 Caroline Street 18. Fifty South / Kim Klopstock’s Lily & the Rose serving at Saratoga City Center, 522 Broadway 19. Finish Line Restaurant & Bar 2961 Route 9 20. Forno Bistro 541 Broadway 21. Four Seasons Natural Food Store & Cafe 33 Phila Street 22. Gaffney’s Restaurant 16 Caroline Street 23. Great Bay Seafood Restaurant serving at Saratoga Downtowner 413 Broadway 24. Grey Gelding Bistro 423 Broadway

master balloon artists, musical entertainment, dog sled demonstrations, caricatures and face painting. All events are free of charge. • Saturday, February 5, 11 am - 4 pm Children’s Activity Table at Saratoga Springs City Center - Make your own animal tracks. Join Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park to learn about animals in the winter. Free of charge. • Saturday, February 5, 10 am - 6 pm and Sunday, February 6, 11 am - 6 pm ‘Saratoga Reads!’ at Borders Books, 365 Broadway - "Share a Reading Memory" - An on-going community memory exhibit. Celebrate the community's book of choice The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa. Participate in an on-going community exhibit that includes residents' favorite reading memories. Share your own experiences and help support ‘Saratoga Reads!’ by shopping using a Benefit Day voucher, which is available in-store. Free of charge. • Sunday, February 6, Noon - 4 pm Activities at Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park, Scout Road at Camp Saratoga parking lot #1 (lot #2 for overflow) – Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Enjoy Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park’s 2.5 miles of groomed trails and then warm up by a roaring bonfire with a cup of cocoa. Activities are free; snowshoes are available for rent at $3/pair. For more information, visit

25. Hattie’s Restaurant 45 Phila Street 26. High Rock Sports & Fitness 165 High Rock 27. Horseshoe Inn Bar & Grill serving at the Bullpen 9-11 Caroline Street 28. Icehouse Tavern 70 Putnam Street 29. Impressions (Doggie Chowder) 368 Broadway 30. Irish Times Pub & Restaurant 14 Phila Street 31. Jacob & Anthony’s American Grill 38 High Rock 32. Johnny Luc’s 30 Caroline Street 33. Kings Brother Dairy serving at Tin & Lint 2 Caroline Street 34. Legend’s Cafe 102 Congress Street 35. Lillian’s Restaurant 408 Broadway 36. Local Pub & Teahouse 142 Grand Avenue 37. Longfellows Restaurant 500 Union Avenue 38. Maestro’s serving on the porch of the VanDam Hotel 353 Broadway 39. Max London’s Restaurant & Bar 466 Broadway 40. Meat House serving at Saratoga City Center 522 Broadway 41. Olde Bryan Inn 123 Maple Avenue 42. Olde Saratoga Brewing Co. 131 Excelsior Avenue 43. One Caroline Street Bistro 1 Caroline Street 44. Pacific Grill 63 Putnam Street 45. Panza’s Restaurant serving at Saratoga City Center 522 Broadway 46. Parting Glass 40-42 Lake Avenue 47. Peabody’s Sports Bar & Grille 39 Phila Street 48. Phila Fusion 54 Phila Street 49. Pizza on Broadway 384 Broadway 50. Plum Dandy 419 Broadway 51. Prestwick Chase serving at Creative Sparks 42 Phila Street 52. Prime at Saratoga National Golf Club 458 Union Avenue

53. Primo’s at The Inn at Saratoga 231 Broadway 54. Putnam’s at Gideon Putnam Resort serving at Saratoga City Center 522 Broadway 55. Saratoga City Tavern 19 & 21 Caroline Street 56. Saratoga Hospital Foundation serving at Saratoga City Center 522 Broadway 57. Saratoga Specialties serving at Saratoga City Center 522 Broadway 58. Scallions 44 Lake Avenue 59. Seven Horse Pub 43 Phila Street 60. Sloppy Kisses (Doggie Chowder) 493 Broadway 61. SOUPerlative serving at Ben & Jerry’s parking lot 34 Phila Street 62. Sperry’s 30? Caroline Street 63. Stadium Café 389 Broadway 64. Sushi Thai Garden 44-46 Phila Street 65. TIZNOW Restaurant 84 Henry Street 66. Union Grille at Saratoga Hilton 534 Broadway 67. Universal Preservation Hall/ Classe Catering serving at 38 High Rock Condominium Office, 425 Broadway 68. West Side Stadium Café 112 Congress Street 69. Wheatfields Bistro & Wine Bar 54 Crossing Blvd, Clifton Park 70. Wheatfields Restaurant & Bar 440 Broadway 71. Wine Bar 417 Broadway 72. Wishing Well Restaurant serving at Saratoga City Center 522 Broadway Download your own ballot derFest/images/Chowderfest11BALLOT.pdf or pick up at participating locations.


BUSINESS Something Bleu celebrates 30 years Friday, February 4, 2011


by Yael Goldman Saratoga TODAY Saratoga Springs - For Denise Eliopulos, celebrating 30 years in business means paying tribute to the staff, friends and customers turned family members that made her dream come true. Her salon, Something Bleu Bridal, which is located in the historic Grant Plaza at 75 Woodlawn Ave in Saratoga Springs, is an award-winning boutique with quite the reputation. The wedding gown store was recently recognized by The Knot magazine as a top boutique for the fourth consecutive year, named the 2011 “Best Dress Salon in Upstate New York.”

This boutique is more than just a go-to for local brides-to-be; women travel from all over the country, even the world, to peruse the elegant dresses and become a part of the Something Bleu tradition. With all of her boutique’s success, you would assume that Denise was born with a passion for wedding gowns. Her business began in 1981 with Bird of Paradise, an eclectic women’s boutique on Broadway named after its tropical inspirations. Denise’s bold passion for adventure and animals brought an atmosphere ripe with character. With unique clothing and accessories on the shelves, friendly parrots and pets manning the floor, Denise’s first shop was an overnight success and somewhat of a local attraction.

It wasn’t until Denise began her own true love story and embarked on her search for the perfect dress, that she even considered adding bridal gowns to her repertoire. But the romance surrounding the dress pushed her in love all over again, and a new passion was born. Soon enough, she was opening a bridal gown boutique right next to Bird of Paradise. Fittingly named Immortal Beloved, the new Broadway salon welcomed new brides-to-be and their eternal love stories. With each gown carefully selected for its remarkable beauty and affordability, Denise traveled far and wide for her merchandise. A trip to France connected her with the first Immortal Beloved gowns: Cymbeline from Paris, a unique line created within its own “fairytale.” Denise brought more designers on board and her boutique took off. Before she knew it, she was celebrating her 25th Anniversary and running out of room in the small salon. It was time, once again, for reinvention. Denise envisioned an open, comforting and romantic atmosphere for her gowns to shine and her brides to glow in them. The search for her perfect location ended when Denise toured the newly renovated space in Grant Plaza. With all the stained glass windows, elegant woodwork and incredible history, the Victorian ballroom was the perfect space for this vision. And reinventing her business meant changing its name. Always in love with love itself, Denise realized how her passion is in the individual stories told and personal connections made between brides and their dresses. The name Something Bleu identified with a memorable part of the wedding experience.


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Something Bleu Bridal celebrate 30 years of romance. “I’ve always loved that old English rhyme – something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. It just fit,” she said. “Our brides tie us into their wedding with this tradition. When they’re in the salon they talk about what their ‘somethings’ will be.” The atmosphere of the Something Bleu salon was designed to feel comfortable, welcoming and romantic; to embrace brides-to-be, their mothers and bridal parties. “It’s all about that feeling. We make the experience personal and honor each woman for her special day alone,” she said. To further enhance the Something Bleu experience, Denise brought Bird of Paradise to the same location as a companion boutique to her bridal salon. She refocused her product line and turned the original boutique into a fashionable salon for mothers of the bride, bridesmaids and guests to take part. “If you’re a mother of the bride and you don’t want to look like one, come

to me!” she adding, pointing to the racks of classy and contemporary gowns just waiting to be tried on. In this fairytale-like setting, brides are pampered, de-stressed and comforted knowing they are in the hands of Denise and her loyal staff. They are meticulous from beginning to end. “Each bride becomes a part of our family,” she said, explaining why every bride is treated with such care and compassion: the family grows with each new bride to try on a Something Bleu gown. “Communication is key. We let our brides know everything up front and remind them of all the details along the way,” she said. Humbled by her success, Denise is graciously celebrating the anniversary with the brides, staff, friends and family she is holds responsible for keeping Something Bleu alive. “I am just so thankful for my staff, seamstresses and landlord; for the friends and ladies of Saratoga who have let me dress them for their fundraisers and wonderful social events, and to each and every bride that has given us the honor of helping them choose their wedding dress,” she said. Denise is kicking off her year-long 30th anniversary celebration this Sunday, February 6 at the Enchanted Wedding Bridal Expo, held in the Saratoga Springs City Center. Each bride and mother of the bride can stop at her booth and register for a free tryon in the month of February or March and will be entered in a drawing for a 30-percent-off coupon. To learn about more 30th anniversary special promotions at Something Bleu Bridal, visit




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Local Business News: awards, officials, new staff members Service Stars awarded at Saratoga Hospital Saratoga Hospital has named Deb Price of Saratoga Springs and Don Clary of Middle Grove as its "Service Stars" for the months of October and November, respectively. Deb is a registered nurse in the Emergency Department and has worked at the hospital since September 1987. Don, who works in environmental services, has been with Saratoga Hospital since July 2008. The Service Star of the Month program recognizes employees and volunteers who go above and beyond the call of duty to provide great service. Hospital-wide celebrations were held in their honor.

SEDC welcomes Ken Adams Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that he has selected Kenneth Adams, the current head of The Business Council of New York State, to run the state's economic development agency, succeeding Dennis Mullen. Adams, 50, has been nominated to serve as president and CEO of Empire State Development Corp. He was also nominated to be commissioner of the Department of Economic Development. "With Ken Adams as president and CEO, the Empire State Development Corporation will fuel New Yorkbased innovation and create jobs at home while helping to transform the state into a world-class center for business and new ideas," Governor Cuomo said. "As I said in my State of the State address, we need a strong voice to help say that New York is 'open for business.' A fast growing and forward-thinking economy begins with changing the state's business climate to attract and maintain cutting-edge companies. Ken is clearly the right person at the right time for New York, and I thank him for agreeing to serve the people of the state."

Morrisey joins nfrastructure nfrastructure named Bill Morrissey to the newly created position of senior managing director of business development. Morrissey brings 26 years of sales and marketing experience, including 20 years in management positions with nfrastructure. He served nfrastructure as the executive vice president of sales from 2004-2007. Morrissey's other experience includes 20 years at IBM and five as

a captain in the United States Air Force as a missile combat crew commander. In December 2010, nfrastructure relocated its research and development and workforce education operations from its Clifton Park headquarters to a new, 6,600 square-foot, stateof-the-art "innovation center" located in the Saratoga Technology + Energy Park (STEP) in Malta. STEP is owned and operated by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). "Bill Morrissey's impressive track record of developing partner and customer relationships makes him an ideal fit for the new position we've created," said chairman and CEO, Daniel T. Pickett. "Bill has worked extensively in both the public and private sectors and brings the leadership skills, experience and discipline we require to grow to the next level."

SBA 2011 officers The Saratoga Builders Association, Inc. announced its slate of officers for 2011. President: Tony Verhaeg, Verhaeg Building & Remodeling, Inc.; First Vice President: Jesse Boucher, Kodiak Construction, Inc.; Second Vice President: Doug Ford, Curtis Lumber Co., Inc.; Treasurer: Jeff Pietrosanto, Pietrosanto Insurance Agency; Secretary: Mark Johnson, iLevel by Weyerhaeuser. The other Directors on the SBA Board include: Sonny Bonacio, Bonacio Construction, Inc.; David Carroll, Northeast Government Consulting, LLC; Dave DePaulo, Bella Home Builders; Matt Parenteau, Matt Parenteau Builders, Inc.; Alec Stephens, SAS Builders, Inc.; and John Witt, Witt Construction, Inc.

Scott Varley Group grows The Scott Varley Group at RealtyUSA, based out of Saratoga Springs, announces the addition of Maria Barr and Brenda Warchol, both licensed real estate sssociates, to its professional team. “We are proud to add Maria and Brenda to our growing team of real estate professionals,” said Scott Varley, president of The Scott Varley Group. “Both Maria and Brenda bring experience and knowledge of residential sales within the Capital Region and I am looking forward to the positive contributions they will make to our professional group.”

Wilber National Bank to open new financial service center in Malta Wilber National Bank announced last week that it will commence operations in its new financial service center located in Highpointe at Malta. As a result of success during the past three years, Wilber National Bank has outgrown its present facilities and will be relocating a portion of its Capital District operations to the new class-A building in Malta. The new facility will accommodate a staff of up to 40 employees, with positions likely filled within 2011. "This strategic move represents the bank's continued dedication to expansion in the Capital Region", said Regional President Robert A. Hayes. Wilber National Bank first entered the Capital District in March of 2007 with the acquisition of Provantage Funding Corporation. One year later, Wilber opened a full service retail branch on Route 9 in Halfmoon, to support its regional banking activities. The Malta financial services center will principally support commercial and residential lending as well as business and wealth management services.

"Our bank is poised for strategic growth, and we look forward to being a part of the transformation that is occurring in Malta," Hayes said. For more information, visit

Saratoga Bridges announces new board member Saratoga Bridges elected Kara I. Lais, from Saratoga Springs, to its foundation board. Lais will join a group of distinguished and dedicated individuals who ensure that the agency is able to raise necessary operating funds for programs, capital and special projects that are not sufficiently supported by state or federal dollars; establish an endowment to insure the availability of future services; and exercise fiduci-

ary responsibility for Foundation assets.

Franklin Community Center announces new hire Franklin Community Center recently announced that Bo Goliber was hired to fill the position of coordinator of development and volunteers. Bo is a returning staff member and comes to the center after four years of being a stay-at-home mom, during which time she stayed active as a member of the Board of Directors. Bo was employed in a similar position at FCC from 20042007 and is thrilled to be back at the Center, once again, making a difference on a daily basis.



Classroom Corner New principal at Greenfield Elementary Tina Davis is leaving her position as assistant principal of the Dorothy Nolan Elementary School to become the new principal for Greenfield Elementary School. She is replacing Michael Hewitt, who retires February 28 after more than two decades of progress and accolades as principal. Mrs. Davis joined the City School District in 2002 as a teacher at the Caroline Street Elementary school. In 2006, she worked for the Washington-Saratoga-WarrenHamilton-Essex BOCES as coordinator for curriculum and instruction until her August 2006 appointment as Dorothy Nolan assistant principal. "I am confident that Mr. Hewitt's outstanding legacy of professionalism, commitment and leadership will continue with Mrs. Davis as the principal," said Dr. Janice

White, superintendent of Saratoga Springs Schools. Since first assuming the role of Greenfield Elementary School principal in 1990, Hewitt lead the school to recognition as a national Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. He helped develop a school-wide annual Author's Day celebrating student writing, as well as building modernization projects. In 2002, he was honored by the Saratoga Springs Rotary Foundation with an award for community leadership. In his retirement, Hewitt is looking forward to pursuing personal projects and spending more time with his family.

Ballston Spa team wins computer design award A team of Ballston Spa Middle School students recently won the Best Computer Design City 2011 award in the Future City Competition held at Hudson Valley Community College. Meghan Meyers (6th grade), Rebekah LeRoy (7th grade) and Anna Zink (7th grade), Zachary Douglas

(7th grade) and Brad Hefferman (7th grade) presented their winning "Eco City" design, which topped projects from 20 other school districts. The Ballston Spa team was coordinated by David Zink from Phillips Healthcare MRI, who served as the engineering mentor for the team and Ballston Spa Science Coordinator Diane Irwin, who was the advisor for the team.

Elementary School receives character education award Ballston Spa's Malta Avenue Elementary School was selected as an "Emerging School of Character" by the Academy for Character Education at the Sage Colleges in recognition of their efforts to implement a comprehensive character education program. The program merges character education and anti-bullying initiatives, providing for a caring learning environment. Character education has been an ongoing effort for several years at Malta Ave. "Our school has focused on building community during the past three years and specifically on the positive aspects of student behavior and interactions," said Principal Sharon D'Agostino. A special awards ceremony will take place on April 6, 2011 in Troy to honor "schools with character" from throughout the region.


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Upcoming Lecture Series Learning is for everyone in Galway Central School District Galway Central School District is accepting course registrations for its newly-created continuing education program called Learning is for Everyone (LIFE). Course offerings cover a wide range of topics, including computers, job hunting, knitting, music and literacy, painting, rubber stamping and guiding caregivers through the transition to alternate level of care. Registration is open to all residents of the Galway Central School District, including high school students with the consent of Trent Clay, director of curriculum and instruction. Some classes may be designated for children younger than high school. Non-residents will be accepted with a cost differential of $3 per course. All classes are filled on a "first come, first serve" basis. Applications are accepted until March 21. Detailed course descriptions will be inserted in the February newsletter, available on the Galway Central School District website: If interested, please contact Mr. Clay via phone at (518) 882-1291, ext. 3245 or via email at

Hudson Valley Community College is hosting Voices, a series of interesting lectures that are free and open to the public. The 50minute lectures run from February 2 until April 6 in the college's Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium. Below is a list of the February and March lectures: - Sixty-five Years and Counting: Are we over Hiroshima? Will we ever be? Wednesday, February 16 at noon Professor John Kares Smith and Alok Kumar from SUNY Oswego share a brief history of Hiroshima with an account of its destruction and the world re-created there after the August 6 , 1945 nuclear blast. - Framing and Reframing Reaganomics Wednesday, February 23 at 1 pm Khalid R. Mehtabdin, Ph.D., an associate professor of economics at the College of St. Rose and a specialist in Reaganomics, presents his newly developed strategy to strengthen the U.S. economy. - The Real State of Art Wednesday, March 2 at noon Abstract painter George Hofmann discusses popular misconceptions in the art world concerning money, prestige and fame. - People as Commodities: The Growth of Economic, Genetic and Sexual Exploitation in America Thursday, March 17 at 11 am Susan Beaver Thompson, managing editor of, addresses the myth that slavery has ended in America. For more information or to view the full spring lecture series schedule, visit or call (518) 629-7336.

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BEAUTIFUL & HEALTHY KITCHEN CABINETS by Sophie Castro & Karen Totino Saratoga TODAY Because environmentally friendly has become as important as looking good, green kitchens are now on the forefront. By the end of this article you will see that ecofriendly kitchen cabinets are a must for the conscientious consumer. But what does ‘green’ mean, and what do green kitchens look like? Green building refers to construction and renovation practices that use natural resources wisely in order to prevent damage to the environment and our physical health. Depending on the extent of your renovation, this may include improving theinsulation you have in the walls, upgrading your water heater and appliances, or you may simply be changing your finishes. When it comes to kitchens we need to consider our indoor environment. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Americans spend about 90 percent

or more of their time indoors. For most of us, a large chunk of this time is spent in our kitchen – this is where everyone gathers, where we prepare food and where children do their homework. Also according to the EPA, indoor air can be two to five times more polluted than outdoor air. There are many factors that contribute to polluted indoor air quality, traditional building materials being one. Let’s take a closer look at conventional kitchen cabinets. They are constructed with plywood and particle boards, bound together with glues that contain ureaformaldehyde. They are then finished with paints and stains that emit Volatile Organic Compounds – this is what you smell when the cabinets are brand new. Formaldehyde and VOC’s are cancer causing and can worsen existing conditions such as asthma or allergies. Green cabinet boxes on the other hand are made with a non-toxic soybased adhesive; they are formalde-

hyde-free and therefore will not offgas. In addition, you can find wood doors that are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), which means the wood has been harvested from a sustainably managed forest. The finishes on the cabinet are also important. To be labeled ‘green’, paints and stains need to be water-based – the ones that are not contain solvents or oil, which will release polluting hydrocarbons into the air - not only in your own kitchen but also when they are disposed of in the landfill. Like the FSC, GreenGuard Environmental Institute is an independent third party that certifies a product’s impact on indoor air quality. It is important to look for GreenGuard certification when possible.

The other essential components of a kitchen are its countertops, which are another source of toxic emissions. That’s where food is handled and where we eat most of the time. Why not choose countertop materials made with recycled elements such as paper, glass, quartz, cork, concrete, or bamboo that are also non-toxic? Even though plastic laminates, such as Formica, do not off-gas after they’ve been installed, they are a synthetic material that contains melamine, which will not biodegrade in the landfill either. They are also usually installed over particle board that will release harmful compounds into the air. Another popular countertop is granite. Often people think of it as a

green option since it is found in nature. However, it is not renewable and requires huge resources to harvest and transport. Non-toxic and green does not mean compromising esthetic and style, nor comfort. Choosing natural and sustainably made cabinets is a worthwhile investment for your health and well-being. Karen Totino & Sophie Castro own Green Conscience Home & Garden, 33 Church Street in Saratoga Springs. Green Conscience is a retail showroom that offers a variety of non-toxic and eco-friendly home improvement supplies. (518) 3065196 – email:



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Protecting your home from winter damage by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS - If Groundhog's Day this past Wednesday managed to slip by without your notice, it may be because the poor little bugger couldn't be bothered to dig himself out from under the foot of snow the area received from the latest batch of winter storms. Yes, winter is here to stay, shadow or no, for the better part of the next few months.

And here in Upstate New York, winter doesn't just mean cold, nay, freezing temperatures. It means snow. Lots of snow. For homeowners, all that snow accumulation can lead to some nasty problems if it's allowed to build up on top of the home's roof. "They can get leaks in the house, drywall damage, roof and porch overhangs can collapse; we've even had reports of exterior decks collapsing," said Quinn Mulholland, owner of Mulholland Enterprises, LLC. And that's only the tip of the iceberg. Water damage from leaking roofs can lead to ruined hardwood flooring, carpeting and electronics. Structural damages can be even greater; the roof or sections of the roof may collapse or settle, and the exterior walls of the home can be pushed outwards, causing further structural weaknesses. As winter carries on, homeowners should make it a habit to regularly scan the roof of their home for snow buildup. A few inches, of course, is less likely to do much damage. But as heavy ice and snow continues to collect, there are certain signs homeowners should be aware of to prevent potentially costly damages. "You can check the trusses or rafters in the attic or uppermost floor and look for signs of crack-

ing, twisting, and sagging. If you notice any sags, anything that could compromise the roof’s integrity, you should get the [snow buildup] off." Mulholland said. Getting the snow off your roof is possible, providing you have the right tools, but the endeavor is not without its hazards. Roof rakes can be purchased at many hardware stores, which can help remove snow from the edges of the roof, allowing water to run off with a bit more ease. But falling icicles can cause serious injury, not to mention what might happen if the roof rake were to connect with your power lines. For serious snow buildup, fully insured companies like Mulholland Enterprises can safely clean off your roof without putting your health or home at risk. "We have special equipment to safely be up on roofs," Mulholland said, indicating that the company prefers to use ropes and rappeling equipment in many situations instead of less safe and sturdy ladders. "We remove the snow off roofs, move the ice off the eaves, and we're happy to remove the snow from the sidewalks after the roofs are shoveled, of course," Mulholland said. To contact the experienced professionals at Mulholland Enterprises, LLC, please call (518) 893-2165 for further details.



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Considering a ‘fixer-upper’ home? - Here are some tips to maximize your purchase power by Arthur Gonick Saratoga TODAY According to Scott Varley, president of The Scott Varley Group ( of Saratoga Springs, there are several things you should consider before you purchase a home that is considered a ‘fixer-upper,’ and one that you do not plan to “flip,” or re-sell almost immediately. Don’t be lured in by the seemingly low purchase price until you have done your homework.

Tip #1 Is the price of the fixer-upper home the right value before any needed repairs? Take into consideration the cost of all needed repairs, after market value, and don’t over pay. An independent inspection should cost about $500 and it is the insurance policy you have against any surprise circumstances. After this you are best able to negotiate the sale price and make sure you get the right price for a home’s value.

Tip #2 Budget for any unforeseen repairs. It’s recommended that you maintain a ‘buffer fund’ for any repairs that may pop-up unexpectedly. A good rule of thumb is to factor in about 10 to 15 percent of the eventual purchase price for this.

Tip #3 Borrow the money for needed repairs; put down a low down payment. With lending interest rates

historically low it does not make sense to use your own cash for repairs, or to put down a large down payment. Also, look into rehab loans verses conventional loans to possibly save additional money.

Tip #4 If you can’t do all the repairs yourself, the time to locate affordable laborers is before you buy. In this economy, many are seeking work. However, it’s extremely important to thoroughly research

the credentials of anybody you hire. Ask for references and call them, and make sure all workers are insured and/or certified in their trade. Another consideration is that repair raw materials/supplies are less expensive now than they have been in years.

Tip #5 Make all repairs of high quality. It is not recommended to use low quality materials or craftsmanship when making needed repairs as you are more apt to get your money back when selling the house (say in 5-10 years) if you do only high quality repairs. “Cheap” repairs will hurt you in the long run in the value of your home. Mr. Varley also notes that there is an abundance of foreclosure and short-sell homes currently available on the market, more so than there has been in decades. Therefore, the time to buy a home, fixer-upper or not, is now. If a buyer waits for the market to improve, lenders will be looking to raise interest rates, and a one percent rise in rates efafectively raises the overall cost of your mortgage by 11 percent! Seize the unique market opportunity that exists today to your advantage. For more information, contact Scott Varley at (518) 583-SCOT (7268) or



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Home/ResidenceRelated Tax Changes Homeowners should be aware of some tax changes when filing their return for the 2010 tax year: A) First time homebuyer credits: For most taxpayers, 2010 is the final year to claim the first-time homebuyer credit. In order to claim this credit for a main home purchased in 2010, taxpayers must have purchased their home either: Before May 1, 2010, or After April 30, 2010, and before September 1, 2010, and entered into a binding contract before May 1, 2010 to purchase the property before July 1, 2010. Additional time to purchase a firsttime home and qualify for the credit has been extended to members of the uniformed services or Foreign Service and employees of the intelligence community serving outside the United States. They may claim the credit for a main home purchased in the United States only: Before May 1, 2011, or After April 30, 2011, and before July 1, 2011, and entered into a binding contract before May 1, 2011, to purchase the property before July 1, 2011. Repaying credits: If you claimed the credit for a home purchased in 2008 and you owned and used the home as your main home during all of 2010, you must begin repaying that credit with your 2010 tax return. The minimum payment is 1/15 of the original credit received. For further details about claiming and repaying credits, visit

cle/0,,id=204671,00.html B) Gain from sale or exchange from of a main home: Gain from a sale or exchange of a main home is no longer excludable from income if some portion of the period after 2008 can be allocable to periods of nonqualified use. Generally, this nonqualified use means a period where you nor your spouse (or your former spouse) used the property as a main home. To figure the portion of the gain that is allocated to a period of nonqualified use, multiply the gain by the following fraction: {Total nonqualified use during period of ownership after 2008 / total period of ownership} There are some exceptions for temporary absences due to unforeseen circumstances from change of employment or health conditions, as well as allowances for uniformed or foreign service. Also, if you or your spouse is an employee, volunteer, or volunteer leader of the Peace Corps and you sell your main home, you may be able to exclude the gain from income even if you did not live in it for 2 years during the 5-year period ending on the date of sale. Similar benefits apply to members of the uniformed services, Foreign Service, or employees of the intelligence community. See,,id=210620,00.html for additional details.

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Game Day eats: just a phone call away! by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY If you don’t consider yourself a home chef and don’t want to risk having your game-day crowd walk out because you couldn’t do justice to Yael’s family recipes (see page 23,) there is a tried-and-true alternative: pick up the phone and order in your favorite munchies from some of Saratoga’s favorite purveyors!

Here are the details from an informal survey of what some popular places have going on for the big game. But note that while most places will try to do their best to accommodate last-minute impulse calls, a good idea is to have your ‘game plan’ ready early. Everyone will appreciate the results of your preparedness.

Wings over Saratoga (518) 584-8200 Owner Carole Nielsen advises: “We are so busy on Super Bowl Sunday that we have to have some restrictions. It’s our busiest day of the year- 2 or 3 times more than any other day. So we eliminate some items and stick to what people want: wings! We don’t do any sandwiches, salads, wraps or cheese sauce.” “Our system can handle quite a bit, but at peak times it will get backed up. So for the last couple of years, by the time Super Bowl comes, we tell our customers to

order early for the Super Bowl. If they start placing their orders between 2 and 6 pm, we do our best, but there might be a delay. The main thing is to get orders in earlier to get the times they want so they don’t get shut out.” “If you want to feed a big party, our ‘Aircraft Carrier’ meal is by far the best way to go. In that package you get 60 bone-in wings, 6 pounds of boneless wings, 2 full racks of ribs, 2 large fries, 2 large onion rings and 3 liters of soda. It goes for $109.99.”

D’Andrea’s Pizza (518) 584-3632 Owner Rory Wilson said: “We have several specials on Sunday. For wings, you can get 50 for $25.99 or 100 for $48.99. We have a lot of combination deals – for instance a large 8-cut pizza with a dozen wings and a 2-liter soda for $18.99. For larger appetites we have 12-and 24-cut pies and all the items

on our regular menu are available. Some of the more popular things people have been ordering include buffalo chicken salads and prime rib subs. “As far as ordering I would recommend that the sooner they can call the better. People have been calling already, and while we’ll definitely take new orders on Sunday it can certainly be a wait.”

on time, and the wait is never too long.” “We have a bunch of special items and platters, and a special combination order includes a 24-cut pizza, 50 wings and a 2-liter soda for $44. There are also popular platters of Swedish meatballs and baconwrapped scallops, pizza rolls and subs by the foot, and that’s just the beginning. If you call us we’ll go over the full menu of options.”

Spring Street Deli (518) 584- 0994

Gaffney’s (518) 587-7359

Owner Anthony Gargano sounded confident about the big day: “We’ve been doing it for 15 years, so whatever anybody wants, we can do. Delivery, pickups or dine here, we get it all. We can do anything anybody wants at any given time, since we put extra staff members on all that day. Calling in early is always recommended, but generally we’re real good at getting food there

Kevin Myers, head chef, said that the full-service restaurant has great dine-in and pickup options: “on Sunday anyone can order anything for take out that’s on our menu. We have a variety of platters and a 50wing bucket is $25. There are, of course, also a number of drink specials for people who watch the big game here.”


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by Yael Goldman

Saratoga TODAY Super Bowl Sunday is a big deal in my family. Each year, as my Father relives 1969 vicariously through whichever team plays surrogate for the Jets, we do what most families do on any couch-spent day: we eat. There's no real traditional menu for us Goldmans. My Mom is an experimenter, so we rarely eat the same meal twice. But there are few yummy dishes that have proved hearty companions for a full day of football enthusiasm and noshing. Fortunately, I was able to convince my Mother to share a few of her favorites - a sampling of cultural palettes:

ground beef. Roll the mixture into balls of desired size. Fill large pot with tomato sauce and add the meatballs; cover the pot and cook on low for about an hour. Cut rolls in half length-wise, scoop out a little bit of the center, and toast in the oven. Place fullycooked meatballs on the roll and add whatever you like! Some people enjoy mozzarella cheese and/or

parmesan, but I like them plain.

Falafel with hummus: If you haven't had this delicious Mediterranean sandwich before, you're in for a treat!


Meatball subs: These are pretty easy to make, and they taste delicious! What you'll need: 2 pounds of ground beef 1 large egg 2 or 3 cloves garlic (depending on preference) 1 onion 2 jars of tomato sauce Bread crumbs fi tbsp Italian seasoning fi tsp Salt fi tsp Pepper Serve with small sub rolls from your favorite local bakery

Directions: Put the meat in a large bowl. Finely chop the onion; press or mince the garlic; whisk the egg; combine onion, garlic and egg along with salt, pepper, Italian seasoning and bread crumbs and mix with

2 cups garbanzo beans 2 cloves of garlic, minced ⁄ cup of bread crumbs 1 egg, beaten fi tsp of salt fi tsp of cumin ⁄ tsp black pepper ⁄ tsp turmeric ⁄ tsp coriander 1 tbsp minced parsley 1/8 tsp of cayenne pepper 1 cup all purpose flour

Serve with: Pita bread Chopped tomato Sliced cucumber Lettuce

sprouts Sour cream

Directions: If you have a food processor, this will be easy! Otherwise, prepare to mash (it's a bit more tedious but at least you'll burn a few calories and feel less guilty). Put the garbanzo beans through the food processor until they are m o s t l y mashed. Add the rest of the ingredients and process until the mixture is even. Place the mixture in a bowl and chill it in the fridge for a half hour. Roll the dough into small balls; roll the balls in flour and deep fry them until they are golden brown. Serve in pita with hummus, chopped tomato, sprouts and cucumber. Some people like to add sour cream and eat the falafel like a taco.

Hummus: 1 can of chickpeas 2 cloves of garlic fi tsp of salt a splash of soy sauce 1 tbsp of lemon juice fi cup of tahini Couple shakes Black pepper a dash of cayenne 1 small onion or fi of medium a tsp of cumin Directions: Drain and pour the garbanzo beans into the food processor, setting aside the brine in a small bowl. Throw in the rest of the ingredients. Grind the chick peas and spices until it's an even, peanut butter consistency. If the hummus is too dry or thick, add the garbanzo bean brine

to taste.

Guacamole: 2 ripe avocados 2 hard-boiled eggs 2 or 3 cloves of garlic a few shakes of salt 1 tsp cumin 1 tbsp cilantro, chopped 1 small onion, chopped 1 tsp lime juice 1/2 tsp chili powder 2 tbsp mayonnaise 1 medium tomato, chopped

Serve with: Tortilla chips or pita


Directions: Place all of the ingredients in a food processor and pulse for a few seconds. You do not want to pulverize into a liquid. Place mixture in a medium size bowl and add chopped tomato and mix. Adjust to taste. Cover bowl and chill in fridge until you're ready to serve guacamole. "Good luck and enjoy!" My Mom is especially concerned with your enjoying her falafel, so please send me your comments ( and let us know what you think! Photos provided.




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Whiskers and Tales

Animals Available

In Memory of Vida (1988 – 2011)

at the Saratoga County Animal Shelter for adoption. For More Information Call (518) 885-4113.

Chief is an adult neutered male Labrador retriever who was brought into the shelter because his owner passed away and there was no one to care for him. He is a sweet boy!

Jill Sweet Wiskers and Tales Those of you who have read my column since the beginning know about my first service dog, Vida. I named her Vida (pronounced VEEDA) because it means “life” in Spanish and she brought me a new approach to life after I had become increasingly affected by Multiple Sclerosis. That was eleven years ago and Vida has been there to help me ever since. When she reached 12 years old, I retired her from service dog duties, but she stayed with me as a pet. My new service dog, Moses, took over her work and the two of them along with our two cats, Sully and Magic, became our family. At 13 years old Vida’s black fur was grey around her muzzle but she still loved meal times and she always was eager to go for a slow afternoon walk with my husband, Steve or with me in my wheelchair. Once in a while when I would drop a glove, she would pick it up for me like she did in her earlier years. She never forgot things I taught her, but she began to suffer from a bit of doggy dementia and arthritis. The dementia resulted in her occasionally getting confused about where she was or what she was doing. For example, she would go outside and become lost about how to get off the deck and onto the lawn or vice versa. Further, the arthritis progressed until it was hard for her to get up from a down position, and it became clear that she was in some pain. One of the hardest moments for any dog or cat lover is when making the decision to humanely help a pet pass. Thankfully, Vida made this relatively easy for me. One day she was out for her walk in the State Park with Steve, and the next morn-

Vida ing she simply could not get up at all. She refused to eat anything and she calmly looked at me in a way that said she was ready. I called our vet and we took her right over. The doctor checked her over carefully. All four of her legs and her tail were nearly motionless. It was clear to all of us that it was time to say goodbye to Vida. Her passing was peaceful and sweet. She was calm and even seemed grateful. I cried some, but I knew she had lived a good life and she had been devoted to me through good times and bad. She was a very good girl, and we will miss her presence for years to come. When I think back on her life with me I remember how Vida would come to class when I taught anthropology at Skidmore College. She would sit beside me as I lectured. At some point she would slide down, rest her chin on her paws, and close her eyes. A little bit later she would start to softly snore. This would


cause the students to laugh and some would quietly whisper to each other that they also felt like napping. I would take all this as a not-so-subtle hint the lecture was getting boring. Sometimes, rather than snore, Vida would just let out a groan and that also would break up the class. Once class was over and a few students crowded around me to ask about an assignment or a point they did not understand in the reading, Vida would quietly leave the room with the other students. She would move with the crowd out of the building and over to the dining hall, following the smell of the hamburgers cooking. Like most labs, she was always hungry. When Skidmore’s President Philip Glotzbach took office in 2003, Vida and I stood in line to meet him. He shook my hand and then asked if he could give Vida a pat on her head. I said sure and just as he reached down a reporter snapped a picture. It was a wonderful moment caught on film. My academic department had it blown up to poster size and hung it in the department office. Vida had become something of a Sociology, Anthropology

Grace is an adult female Collie mix who was found in the Hanns Creek Road area of Providence.

Vanilla is an adult female Labrador mix that was found in the Sand Hill Road area of Greenfield.

Preston is a three-year-old male Pekingese mix; he is housebroken, good with kids, dogs and kitties. He was surrendered because his owner had no time to care for him.

Moe is an adult neutered hound mix. Not much information about this doggie.

Mumsy is an adult spayed female DSH kitty who came to the shelter as a stray.

Dizzy & Lou – kitty sibling love! As you can see from this picture, these 10month-old neutered male brothers would LOVE to have a home together. They are both very sweet and playful and oh so purrrfect! For information about H.O.P.E. and our animals looking for homes, please visit us online at and Social Work mascot with that photograph. Vida flew with me to California several times and once to Chicago. She also went with Steve and me on car trips throughout New England. She was a good traveler and had been quick to learn how to walk by my wheelchair without getting too close, lagging behind or moving out too far in front. She knew to stay right by my left side. Vida was the first dog I successfully trained with the help of professional dog trainer, Michelle Dudley of Glens Falls’ Top Dog. Vida was also the first dog I could take everywhere with me. Spending that much time with a dog teaches one how to read the dog’s every need and the dog in turn learns how to anticipate a handler’s

every move. The evening after we said our good-byes to Vida, Moses looked for her all over the house. They never were very chummy because Vida did not want to play with the younger Moses, but he respected her and seemed to help her when she would become confused or fearful of going out. He would lead the way, and she would follow his more confidant strides. In closing, if there is an afterlife, I know Vida will be waiting patiently for me to come give her a biscuit, a hug, and take her for a run. It will be a run without the aches and pains of old age or the confusion from dementia; and for me, it will be a run without the need of a wheelchair!


FOOD Farmers’ Market this Saturday is all about Super Chowder Fest!


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Chowder aficionados around the capital region are anxiously awaiting Saratoga Springs’ annual Chowder Fest to be held this Saturday. Those of us at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market, while we cannot officially participate due to time constraints, support the spirit of this event by offering prefest chowder samples to our clients. This year we will be having a Super Chowder Fest! Our vendors will be showcasing for our clients, not one, but multiple varieties of their homemade chowders. We consider our pre-event a way to whet the chowder fans’ appetites with fabulous free chowder samples featuring super fresh, super local ingredients. There is going to be Vegan Chowder, Chicken-Corn Chowder, Chorizo Chowder, Mushroom Potato Vegetarian Chowder and more. One super chowder that I am sure is going to be a big hit is a Corn-Sunflower Cheese Chowder made by Longview Farm’s owner, Liza Porter. Liza is kind enough to share the recipe for this totally yummy chowder. (BTW, our chowder samples are limited so when they run out, they run out. Better come early to find your favorite super farm fresh chowder!)

Homestead Artisan’s Corn and Saratoga Sunflower Cheese Chowder Adapted from the Vegetarian Epicure by Anna Thomas, 1972 3 slices of bacon, fried, drained and crumbled up 1 large potato, diced 2 cups boiling salted water 1 bay leaf 1/4 tsp. dried sage (1 tsp fresh) 1/2 tsp. cumin seeds, coarsely ground and lightly toasted 3 tbsp. butter, or you can use bacon fat 1 large onion, finely chopped

3 tbsp. flour 1 10-12 oz. can of corn (can use fresh corn in season) chopped parsley 1/4 tsp. nutmeg Salt and pepper 1 1/4 cups crème fraîche 1 1/2 cups (about 6 oz.) Saratoga Sunflower cheese 4 to 5 tbsp. dry white wine

Boil the potato in the salted water with the bay leaf until just barely tender, about 15 to 20 minutes. Melt the butter in a saucepan and sauté the chopped onion, cumin seeds and sage in it until the onions are soft. Sprinkle the flour over the onions and mix well. Add the potato water and stir until it is thoroughly incorporated and start-

ing to bubble. Pour this sauce into the potatoes and stir in half the crumbled bacon, the chopped parsley, and the rest of the seasonings. Bring to the simmer; maintain the simmer for about 10 minutes. Take it off the heat and stir in the wine, then the cream and cheese. Heat gently and stir until the cheese is completely melted, correct the sea-

soning, and serve, garnishing the bowls with the rest of the crumbled bacon. The Saratoga Farmers’ Market (winter) operates on Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm at the Division Street Elementary School in Saratoga Springs. Plenty of fresh local products, live music to shop by and free parking.




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insurance and take points off your record. Fee is only $40, with a portion going to the First Baptist Church. Register by calling Ray Frankoski at (518) 2863788.

From 2 to 3 pm, bring the family to enjoy the toe-tapping tunes of Peter, Paul and George.

Tang Museum Family Saturdays

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Suitable for children ages 5 and up with their adult companions. Programs include a brief tour of a current Tang exhibition followed by a hands-on art activity. Free and open to the public. Reservations are strongly suggested. From 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Tang Museum Skidmore College. For reservations and information, call (518) 580-8080.

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events Visit the village of Ballston Spa from 6 to 9 pm and enjoy special happenings in many of the downtown shops, restaurants and galleries. Live music, art displays and demonstrations, refreshments and featured shop promotions. Free and open to the public.

Saturday, February 5 Ballston Spa Farmers’ Market Cornell Cooperative Extension auditorium, 50 West High Street, Ballston Spa. From 9 am to noon. Over twenty local vendors featuring a large variety of items. For more information, visit the BSBPA website or call (518) 885-2772.

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) 6388530.

Defensive Driving Course First Baptist Church, 45 Washington Ave, Saratoga Springs. From 9 am to 3 pm, take this state approved course to save 10% on your base auto

Galway High School Auditorium, Route 147, Galway. The Cabin Fever Song Fest, sponsored by the Galway Lions Club, will be held at 7 pm. Advance sale tickets for $15 can be purchased by calling (518) 842-2994 or visit Tickets purchased at the door will be $18. There is no reserved seating; doors open at 6:15 pm.

First Saturday arts night On the first Saturday of each month, local galleries and exhibition sites in Saratoga Springs will stay open from 5 to 8 pm for artist’s receptions, performances and other happenings as part of the First Saturday arts night. Visit the website at for a listing of participating venues.

Sunday, February 6 All-You-Can-Eat breakfast Saratoga-Wilton Elks Lodge #161, 1 Elks Lane, Route 9, Saratoga Springs. Let us do the cooking this morning with a delicious breakfast, even offering Eggs Benedict! From 8:30 to 11 am. Adults $7, seniors and military with ID $6, children (ages 5 to 12) $5, under 5 free, takeout $8.

Family dance Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry St.

Monday, February 7 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

Tuesday, February 8 Three seasons of outrageous color from perennials Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry St. At noon join us to hear Kerry Mendez offer her gardening expertise. Discover spectacular perennials for sun and shade that will brighten your landscape spring through fall. Held in the Dutcher Community Room. Free and open to the public.

Blood drive Trinity United Methodist Church, 155 Ballard Rd, Wilton From 1 to 6 pm, please call 1800-733-2767 to schedule your appointment to save a life.

How to pay for college without going broke Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry St. At 6:30 pm. Pierce Mahar of Educational Funding Specialists explains how to make college affordable by developing a financial plan, increasing tax deductions, maximizing financial aid and negotiating awards. For parents of younger, as well as older, children. Register in the Children’s Room or by calling (518) 584-7860, option 3. Held in the Susman Room.

Wednesday, February 9 Taste of Italy Dinner Saratoga-Wilton Elks Lodge #161, 1 Elks Lane, Route 9, Saratoga Springs.

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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.

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.

Thursday, February 10 Bingo The Jewish Community Center 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) 5842370.

Saratoga Reads Event Higher Grounds Café, Saratoga Springs Library, 49 Henry St. At 6:45 pm, Saratoga Reads will offer an open discussion of this year’s book of choice, The Housekeeper and the Professor, by Yoko Agawa. For more information, call (518) 580-5744. Free and open to the public.

Friday, February 11 Networking Luncheon Courtyard by Marriott, 11 Excelsior Ave, Saratoga Springs. This chamber of commerce event held from 11:30 am to 1 pm is a great way to meet new contacts and is much more interesting than leftovers at your desk! Please reserve by 5 pm February 9 by calling (518) 5843255. $15 with reservations, $20 after the reservation deadline.


Upcoming Sweetheart Dinner-Dance February 12 The Saratoga-Wilton Elks Auxiliary is sponsoring their yearly Sweetheart Dinner-Dance on Saturday, February 12 at the Elks Lodge at 1 Elks Lane in Saratoga. Dancing with 5 Karat Gold will be from 8 to 11:30 pm, with appetizers and dinner starting at 6 pm. Cash bar will be available. Reservations are required and the tickets are $25 per person. Call Corrine at (518) 584-3468 to make reservations. Deadline for reservations is Tuesday, February 8.

Victorian Tea Party for kids Brookside Museum, 6 Charlton Street, Ballston Spa All children are invited to a Victorian Tea Party on Thursday, February 24. Sue McLane will guide the kids through a celebration of Victorian culture, learning about clothing, manners and pastimes. Games and craft activities will also be included. You may choose from one of two sessions; 10 am to noon or 1 to 3 pm. The fee for the tea party is $7.50 per child and is designed for children ages 5-12. Pre-registration is required. Contact Linda by email at

Black History Month Sunday, February 13 Saratoga National Historical Park, Battlefield Visitors Center, Stillwater. At 1:30 pm, Park Ranger Eric Schnitzer discusses the significance of the African American men in the Revolution.

American Cancer Society “Elvis”Benefit February 13 Finish Line Restaurant and Bar, 2961 Rt. 9, Malta On Sunday, February 13 from 3 to 7 pm, Joe Ramsey will be sure to entertain as he comes alive as Elvis. Tickets are $15 and available at the door. For information or reservations, call (518) 745-7821.

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local briefs Korean War Era veterans Interested in meeting other “Forgotten War “veterans? The Adirondack Chapter of KWVA holds a social each month. The next lunch will be at the Marriott Courtyard at 11 Excelsior Ave, Saratoga Springs at noon on Thursday, February 10. Reservations for this $16 buffet (inclusive) must be made by February 6. For more information and to reserve your spot, phone Commander Ray Waldron at (518) 584-4362 or email

Craft Fair crafters wanted B.P.O.E Auxiliary of Greenwich is sponsoring a spring craft fair on Saturday, March 12 from 9 am to 2 pm. Crafters are needed. The cost is $25 per space. Call Donna at (518) 692-2347 or Amber at (518) 5878224.

Snowshoe 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 February 5 and 19, and March 5 and 12, from 9 am to 2 pm.

Boston Flower and Garden Show trip The Senior Citizens Center of Saratoga Springs and the Saratoga Casino and Raceway are sponsoring a bus trip to the Boston Flower and Garden Show at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston on Wednesday, March 16. This exciting trip is offered at a great value and seating is limited. For Senior Center members, the price is $45 including transportation and admission to the show. The non-member price is $60. The tour bus leaves the center, located at 5 Williams Street in Saratoga, promptly at 8 am and returns between 9 and 9:30 pm. The bus will also visit Quincy Market. A “transportation only” package is also available for those not wishing to attend the show. For details, membership information and reservations, call the center at (518) 584-1621.

Heart-Centered Connections seminar for women Join us on March 26 for a motivating and inspirational day. Hear from speakers who will help you feel good and aligned with who you really are! Re-assess what you should be doing with your life that will bring you the

most fulfillment on all levels, and at the same time enable you to serve others. For more information, please visit

Old Saratoga Seniors trip We’ll be traveling to Hawley, PA on Thursday, March 17 for a St Patrick’s Festival lunch and show at Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Banquet Center. The cost is $37. The bus will pick up at the Saratoga train station on West Ave. at 6:30 am and at the American Legion on Clancy St in Schuylerville at 7 am. Return time is estimated at 8 pm. For more information, call Mary LaMora at (518) 5847986.

Equine seminar Upstate Equine Medical Center and Nutrena Feeds are hosting an educational seminar on Equine Nutrition. The seminar will take place on Thursday, February 10 at 7 pm at Upstate Equine Medical Center at 362 Rugg Road in Schuylerville. Guest speaker Richard Kennedy, of Nutrena Feeds, will present “What is in your feed”: How to read and understand a feed tag and hay sample. George Peters of Win$um Ranch will also be speaking, and the topic to be covered is “Equine Behavior and Instincts”: How to get the most out of the relationship between you and your horse. Please RSVP via phone (518) 695-3744, fax (518) 695-3465, email or to Upstate Equine Medical Center’s Facebook page by February 7.

American Legion The next American Legion Auxiliary Unit 234 meeting will be Monday, Feb. 7; at 7 pm. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call Catherine Gratton at (518) 885-3369.

Saratoga Springs Recreation Schedules Fees may apply to the following activities. For more information, call the office at (518) 587-3550. Weibel Ice Rink Monday, February 7 Open Adult Figure from 7:30 to 9 am Wednesday, February 9 Open Adult Figure from 8 to 10 am Friday, February 11 Open Adult Figure from 7:30 to 10 am and Open Adult Hockey from 9:30 to 11 pm. Saturday, February 12 Open Public Skate from 1:30 to 3:30 pm Sunday, February 13 Family Skate from 12 to 1:30 pm and Open Public from 1:30 to 3:30 pm

27 Saratoga Springs Recreation Center, 15 Vanderbilt Avenue Monday, February 7 Open gym from 3 to 5:30 pm and Game Room from 3 to 7 pm. Tuesday, February 8 Pickleball from 9 to 11am, Open Gym from 3 to 5:30 pm and Game Room from 3 to 7 pm. Wednesday, February 9 Open Gym from 3 to 5:30 pm and Game Room from 3 to 7 pm. Thursday, February 10 Open Gym from 3 to 5:30 pm and Game Room from 3 to 7 pm. Friday, February 11 Open Gym from 3 to 5:30 pm, Game Room from 3 to 7 pm and FTFA Soccer from 6 to 7 pm. Saturday, February 12 Game Room from 11 am to 7 pm and HOOPS FOR HOPE from 10 am to 2 pm. Sunday, February 13 Pickleball from 11 am to 1 pm, Game Room from 1 to 6 pm and Open Gym from 1 to 3 pm. Recreation Center Programs Registration hours for all programs are Monday through Friday from 8 am to 8 pm, Saturday from 8 am to 7 pm and Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm. For further information, contact the Recreation Department at (518) 5873550, ext. 2300. Music Workshop Come to the Recreation Center and learn all the aspects of music-making and production. You will learn how to play the guitar, bass, drums and keyboard. The ages are 6-99 + years old. Saratoga Guitar will be providing the instruments and the instructor will be Juan Calzada. Registration fees are $70 for city residents, $90 for noncity residents and $35 for seniors. Session 1 is on Saturdays from 2 to 4 pm from February 7 through April 18. Session 2 is on Mondays from 4 to 6 pm from February 12 to April 16. Golf World Learn how to improve your golf swing with Terry Minsch, owner of Gold World Driving Range and Charles Veeder, owner of GV Golf.

The course is being held on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8 pm beginning on February 9 through March 9. Registration fees are $70 for city residents, $90 for non-city residents and $35 for seniors. Junior Sluggers Baseball Clinic This clinic, taught by John Hart, will teach children ages 7 to 9 the fundamentals of hitting, throwing, catching and fielding. This clinic will be held on Saturdays from 4:30 to 7 pm, beginning on February 12 through March 12. Registration fees are $70 for city residents and $90 for non-city residents.

Saratoga Springs Public Library Events Video game design lab for students, Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry St. A new group for gamers who want to create their own games is back! Once a month we’ll meet in the computer lab on the second floor at 7 pm and experiment with different game creations software, have guest speakers from the industry, and have plenty of unstructured time to experiment & create your own games. The Winter Game Design Lab dates are Thursdays February 17, March 17, and April 21. Open to students in grades 6 through 12.

Theater Discovery! Malta Recreation Center, 1 Bayberry Dr. Malta. Participants ages 5-12, come discover different aspects of theater each week while working on a short presentation for invited guests during the last class. Students will be introduced to script writing, character ideas, acting techniques, theater games, costumes, scenery, lighting and sound effects. Held on Thursday afternoons from 2 to 3 pm for 8 weeks starting February 17. The cost is $66 for Malta residents and $72 for non-residents. Pre-registration is required! Call (518) 8994411. Only 12 openings. Don’t delay!

HELPING HANDS Organization

Literacy New York Mission To establish and support adult literacy services in communities across New York State. Our Vision: Every New Yorker is Literate.

How to Help We welcome volunteers to contribute their time and talents in a variety of ways. Especially needed right now are math and GED tutors, as well as basic literacy tutors. We offer all the training and support you need to help make a difference in someone’s life.

Contact Please call Maria at (518) 583-1232 or visit our website at

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upcoming town meetings Town of Ballston: Ballston Town Hall 323 Charlton Road 885-8502 2/8: Jenkins Park Advisory Board, 7 pm Village of Ballston Spa: 66 Front Street 885-5711 2/9: Planning Board meeting, 7:30 pm Town of Greenfield: 7 Wilton Road 893-7432 2/8: Planning Board meeting, 7 pm 2/10: Town Board meeting, 7:30 pm Town of Malta: 2540 Route 9 899-2818 2/7: Town Board meeting, 7 pm Town of Milton: 503 Geyser Road 885-9220 2/9: Planning Board meeting, 7 pm City of Saratoga Springs: 474 Broadway 587-3550 2/7: Planning Board workshop, 5 pm 2/7: Zoning Board of Appeals workshop, 6:30 pm 2/7: Zoning Board of Appeals meeting, 7 pm 2/8: Design Review Commission workshop, 5 pm 2/9: Planning Board meeting, 7 pm Town of Saratoga: 12 Spring Street, Schuylerville 695-3644 Village of Schuylerville: 35 Spring Street 695-3881 2/8: Board of Water Management meeting, 7 pm 2/9: Board of Trustees meeting, 7 pm Town of Stillwater: 66 East St., Riverside Mechanicville, NY 12118 2/7: Planning Board meeting, 7 pm Town of Wilton: 22 Traver Road 587-1939 2/7: Parks and Recreation Commission meeting, 7 pm




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“CAFÉ MALTA” wants YOU! (and your talent) The Town of Malta is looking for top notch local musicians, vocalists, dancers and other variety acts for “CAFÉ MALTA”, to be presented at the Malta Community Center, 1 Bayberry Drive, Malta on Saturday, March 12.

Auditions are being scheduled for Saturday, February 12 or Sunday, February 13. Call Elyse Young, artistic director, at (518) 899-4411, ext.305 or email at for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Ramolo visits Caffé Toronto indie-roots artist Andrea Ramolo is stopping in Saratoga Springs as she sweeps through central and eastern USA. Since releasing her debut album “Thank you for the ride” in October of 2008, she’s become known as a “tireless road warrior” having performed more than 300 shows in the past two years. She’s been called the antidote to too much Joni Mitchell, a tougher Dolly Parton, a sexier Janis Joplin, but Ramolo has a sound that is all her own. Drawing stories from her travels, loves, and losses, her songs are oozing with vulnerability. Beautifully woven narratives and raw delivery pull you in, force you to smile, break your heart and mend it all over again while leaving you biting your lip and wanting more. Andrea and her one-man band, Jason Skiendziel (upright/electric basses, mandolin, banjo and percussion) are playing this Saturday,

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Andrea Ramolo February 5 at 8 pm at Caffé Lena, 47 Phila Street. They are opening for Angel Band. Tickets are $18 in advance / $20 at the door. Visit for more information.

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Invest in Community Art Tempered By Memory is a forward-looking, progressive piece of contemporary sculpture that has origins in WTC (World Trade Center) steel. Saratoga Arts is commissioning the creative team of John van Alstine and Noah Savett to build this art piece. The public is invited to both spread the word and help to construct a work of contemporary art in Saratoga Springs. Consider being a part of this monumental project for our region.

Learn more about this the Tempered By Memory project by This sculpture will be completed and is scheduled to be unveiled on September 11, 2011. The public can help to build this unique commemorative artwork that is already gaining national attention. Tempered By Memory will be built on a foundation of our community’s support. Many contractors and arts professionals have already

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The Musical Club at the Maple Avenue Middle School will present performances of the musical “Beauty and the Beast.” Shows are at 7 pm Friday, February 4, 1 and 7 pm Saturday, February 5, 7 pm Friday, February 11, and 1 and 7 pm Saturday, February 12. The show features more than 100 students in grades six, seven and eight. Tickets, available at the door, are priced at $5 each. Tickets can also be pre-ordered by calling or texting Lisa Capasso at (518) 281-0397. The public is cordially invited to attend.

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Dress rehearsals at Maple Avenue Middle School for “Beauty and the Beast”

pledged to donate their talent, services, and equipment, offering about half of the $130,000 the project is anticipated to cost. But approximately $75,000 in private contributions still needs to be raised to make it happen. Tempered By Memory will build on the community’s collective memory. It is about being reflective of the past, yet aspiring towards a positive future through the creative reuse of material. Each contributor to Tempered By Memory will be acknowledged at The Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, and every donation is tax-


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Tempered By Memory deductible. For any questions about the project or about donating, please call Elizabeth Dubben, project manager at Saratoga Arts (518) 584-4132.

You may also donate online through paypal. Please follow this link to the Saratoga Arts website:




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Just in time for Valentine! - The Matchmaker opens at HMT

Photos Provided Left: Ermengarde, Ambrose & Dolly Right: Cornelius, Molloy, Minnie & Barnaby Home Made Theater (HMT) continues its 26th season with Thornton Wilder’s The Matchmaker at the Spa Little Theater in the Saratoga Spa State Park. The show runs weekends from February 11 through February 27. Thornton Wilder's smart, rollicking comedy focuses on a rich businessman who employs a matchmaker to find him a wife, not realizing this wily lady is herself looking for a mate. This is the play upon which the award-winning musical “Hello Dolly” is based. The Matchmaker is a spirited, life-affirming romp, filled with witty characters in search of love and adventure involving hilarious complications, secret rendezvous, separated lovers, and daring acts that lead to everyone finding a perfect match. The director of The Matchmaker is Alma Becker. Ms. Becker has directed numerous HMT productions including Noises Off, How to Succeed in Business…, Our Town and Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp. The cast of The Matchmaker includes Winnie Bowen as Mrs.

Dolly Levi, Steven Marshall as Mr. Vandergelder, Jennifer Lyda as Mrs. Molloy, Stephen Henel as Cornelius, Jessica Weiss as Ermengarde, Nicholas Casey as Amberose, Rachel Small as Minnie Fay, Zack Bissell as Barnaby, Robin Leary as Miss Van Huysen, Dale McKim as Joe Scanlon, Rick Wissler as Malachi. Also in the cast are Kara DiCaterino, Hank Boland, Bill Eckert and Robin Wissler. The artistic team for The Matchmaker includes scenic designer Dale Conklin, sound designer KC Conway, properties designer Mary Fran Hughes, lighting designer Kyle VanSandt and costume designer Dianne O’Neill Filer. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm, February 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 and 26. Matinees are on Sundays at 2 pm February 20 and 27. An optional dinner or brunch package is available at the Gideon Putnam, for an additional $24 per person plus tax and gratuity. Ticket prices are $23 and $26. For reservations or further information, call HMT at (518) 587-4427 or visit

Art in Public Places February exhibitions Saratoga Arts established the Art in Public Places program to provide area artists an opportunity to display and sell their artwork in exhibition sites throughout the county, and to give the public a chance to encounter excellent art without having to make a special trip to a gallery. Artists wishing to participate in the Art in Public Places Program may do so by becoming a Saratoga Arts member. Call (518) 584-4132 for details. Exhibition hours vary; call the contact number for more information.

February Exhibitions Saratoga Arts Member’s Hall 320 Broadway, (518) 584-4132 Black Design Lines, Ink drawings by Mary Ellen Lincourt Shenendehowa Adult Community Center 6 Clifton Common Court, Clifton Park, (518) 383-1343 Artwork by Myra Vanden Berg

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New show at Skidmore’s Tang Museum to probe environmental issues through African Art Responses to urban, natural, and economic environments by contemporary African artists will be on view in a new thought-provoking exhibition at the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College. The show, titled Environment and Object— Recent African Art, opens Saturday, February 5, and will run through July 31. The public is invited to a reception the opening day beginning at 6 pm. From appropriated waste materials turned into site-specific installations and sculptures, to eerily compelling photographs of ravaged and degraded environments, the exhibition will include works of art that scrutinize human-made environmental disasters, natural resource problems, deforestation and other ecological issues. Other artists in the show take a less directly political approach regarding their environments, using found objects and abandoned junk to create both visually compelling and intellectually challenging art works. The show will present the work of Africans living and working around the globe, including internationally recognized artists Yinka Shonibare, El Anatsui, Viyé Diba, Barthélémy Toguo, and Zwelethu Mthethwa, as well as emerging artists gaining a rep-

utation outside of Africa, such as Bright Ugochukwu Eke, Lara Baladi and Nnenna Okore. The exhibition is co-curated by Lisa Aronson, associate professor of art history at Skidmore, who specializes in African art history and John Weber, Dayton Director of the Tang. Bright Ugochukwu Eke, a Nigerian artist working frequently in the U.S., often explores humans’ negative impact on the environment. Eke will be an artist-in-residence at the Tang Museum, where he will work with four Skidmore studio art majors to create a site-specific installation incorporating plastic water and soda bottles. Known for his elegant architectural works, Eke often creates installations made through the accumulation of hundreds of identical, discarded objects, in order to focus attention on the “earth-human connection.” Viyé Diba of Senegal, who creates painting, sculpture and mixed media installations incorporating objects and photographs, will also be an artist-in-residence at the Tang. In addition to artists employing found objects, a number of artists in the exhibition will comment on political and environmental situations on the continent through photographic works. The Tang Museum’s website ( will feature extensive material about Environment and Object as the exhibition unfolds, including slide shows

of the works on view, a special interactive feature providing historical background and quotes from the artists, video of public programs and interviews with artists and others, and panoramic views of the exhibition itself. Site visitors are encouraged to check back regularly over the course of the exhibition as new materials are added. Additional spring programs related to Environment and Object

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Artist Bright Ugochukwu Eke working with Skidmore studio art majors to create a site-specific installation incorporating thousands of discarded plastic water and soda bottles.

Yinka Shonibare, MBE Black Gold I, 2006 Acrylic paint on Dutch wax printed cotton canvas Photograph by Franko Khoury

Saturday, February 5 5 pm - Dunkerley Dialogue featuring artists Viyé Diba, Bright Eke, and Barthélémy Toguo and art historian/curator Chika Okeke-Agulu of Princeton University, moderated by exhibition co-curators Lisa Aronson and John Weber 6 - 7:30 pm -Reception for the Tang Museum’s spring exhibitions. Free and open to the public, with refreshments.

George Osodi - Oil Spill Near Farm Land Ogoni, 2007 Digital inkjet print

Tuesday, February 8 Noon - Exhibition tour with curators Lisa Aronson, Skidmore art history, and John Weber, Tang Dayton Director

Tuesday, March 1 7 pm - Dunkerley Dialogue with artist Lara Baladi

Thursday, March 3 7 pm - Film showing of Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai (2008) with co-director Lisa Merton.

Romuald Hazoumé- Claudia Maigre, 2005 Plastic can, synthetic and cotton thread

Lara Baladi Hope, 2010 Artist’s book and CD


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Words to know: Pule: v, to whine, whimper or fret.



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Community Sports Bulletin Saratoga Bantam B Youth Hockey dominates in Skaneateles Battle of the Bantams tournament

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Saratoga Bantam B Youth Hockey hoist their tournament trophies The Saratoga Bantam B Youth Hockey team dominated the competition during last weekend's Skaneateles Battle of the Bantams tournament in Skaneateles, NY. Over five tournament games, Saratoga outscored their opponents 40 goals to 1, including four shut-out games. The team started the weekend with a 13-1 win on Friday against Monroe County, thanks in part to Gunner Conway's hat trick. On Saturday Kyle Darby led the scoring with a hat trick of his own against Skaneateles, who Saratoga defeated 5-0. The same day the team also defeated Whitestone, 7-0. On Sunday the team faced off against Lysander, winning 5-0, before emerging victorious during the championship game against Camillus, 5-0.

Varsity Girls Basketball Schedule

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Ballston Spa

Ballston Spa

1/28: vs. Bethlehem, 32-54 L 2/04: vs. Saratoga Springs, 7pm 2/07: vs. Burnt Hills, 7pm

1/28: at Bethlehem, 39-59 L 2/04: at Saratoga Springs, 7pm 2/08: vs. Shenendehowa, 7pm

Burnt Hills - Ballston Lake

Burnt Hills - Ballston Lake

1/28: vs. Guilderland, 28-25 W 2/04: vs. Shenendehowa, 7pm 2/08: vs. Niskayuna, 7pm

1/28: at Guilderland, 7pm 2/04: at Shenendehowa, 7pm 2/08: at Niskayuna, 7pm

Saratoga Springs

Saratoga Springs

1/28: vs. Colonie, 31-66 L 2/04: at Ballston Spa, 7pm 2/08: vs. Shaker, 7pm

1/21: vs. Columbia, 63-54 W 1/28: at Colonie, 7pm 2/01: vs. Niskayuna, 7pm



1/28: at Greenwich, 58-39 L 2/04: vs. Granville, 7pm 2/05: at Emma Willard, 3pm

1/28: vs. Greenwich, 42-44 L 1/31: vs. Granville, 44-25 W 2/04: at Granville, 6pm

South Glens Falls

South Glens Falls

1/28: vs. Broadalbin-Perth, 36-34 W 2/04: at Gloversville, 7pm 2/08: at Queensbury, 7pm

1/28: at Broadalbin-Perth, 52-64 L 1/31: at Hudson Falls, 57-59 L 2/07: vs. Queensbury, 7pm

Jason Morris Judo Center Wins 12 Medals

Liberty League Honors

Athletes from the Jason Morris Judo Center (JMJC) won a total of 13 medals, including 6 gold, at the 18th annual Starrett Cup Judo championships. This competition is the first of four on the Zebra Tour, the next being the Pedro's Challenge in Wakefield, MA on February 20, followed by the Ocean State's competition in Providence, RI, March 20. The tour ends with the JMJC's own Morris Cup Saturday, May 14 at Burnt Hills High School. Kyle Vashkulat (20) led the JMJC winning a gold in the +100kg division to win the $250 prize money. Natalie Lafon looked sharp capturing gold at 52kg, while Andrea Madgett (20) took silver. Ethan Stanley (24) continues to improve making it all the way to the final in +100kg, losing to teammate Vashkulat. Stanley went on to the win a gold in the +100kg novice division as well. Burnt Hills sophomore, Jack Hatton (15), captured a gold in the 15-16 age 66kg division, while Alexa Michaelson (8), won gold in the 7-8 age 27kg weight class. Hannah Martin (22) picked up a silver in 63kg including two dominate wins over US #1 Janine Nakao. Kiernan Shanahan (10) continued his good play and won a silver in the 9-10yrs. 37kg division. Pete Stanley (25) won a silver in the 100kg novice division and Muffa Hermansson added a silver in the 57kg category. Brice Rudat grabbed a bronze in the 90kg novices and placed 5th in the 90kg elite division as well. Caitlyn Roig (10) won a bronze in the 9-10kg 37kg division to close out the JMJC's medal count.

Skidmore college men's basketball junior, Brian Lowry, and women's basketball junior, Christina Gargiso, each earned Liberty League Co-Performer of the Week, as announced by the league on Monday. Lowry came off the bench to lead the Thoroughbreds in scoring in back-to-back games. On Friday, he scored 14 on 4-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc and came back on Saturday to score 19, highlighted by an 8-for-8 performance from the line. Skidmore is 11-7 overall and 5-2 in the league this season. Gargiso scored a season-high 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting from the floor in Friday's 68-62 win over Vassar and on Saturday, she tallied 15 points on five three-pointers in a 74-59 loss to RPI. The Thoroughbreds are 8-9 overall and photo provided photo provided 4-3 in the Liberty League. Brian Lowry Christina Gargiso

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Running 50,000 miles for food Local man reaches lifelong goal to run 50,000 miles to benefit area food pantries by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS - Larry Pohl sits in Uncommon Grounds over a small cup of coffee in Saratoga Springs. "You know, it's getting to be a long time since 1977," Pohl says. Thirty-four years, to be exact, back when Pohl was only 26 years old. "I was a lot younger and a lot skinnier back then," says Pohl, now in his early 60s. Pohl, a retired mathematics teacher at Schoharie high school, started running regularly in 1977, keeping a journal of how far he ran and noting any strange aches or pains along the way. "It was somewhere around the 5,000 mile point where I set 10,000 miles as a goal, because it was a nice round number, and also, supposedly, it's the distance around the earth through the poles. I thought that was kind of quirky," Pohl says. It took Pohl several years to reach the 10,000 mile mark, averaging 30 to 40 miles per week. But by January of 1986, when Pohl did reach 10,000 miles, he decided to up the ante. "I said, well, let's try to go around the earth along the equator. That's 25,000 miles. So I did that," says Pohl, who reached the mark in August of 1995. Still, Pohl was not content. Always in the back of his mind, Pohl says he had set a longtime goal of 50,000 miles. With half the distance already behind him, Pohl began his journey, step by step, for the next 15 years. Sitting in the coffee shop in a blue windbreaker on Monday, January 31, 2011, Pohl found himself only 9.8 miles shy of the 50,000 mile mark. "I think I always had 50,000 miles as a long term goal. But it was, you know... you don't want to think about being that old, or that far into the future. I'm somewhat surprised that I'm almost there now. But you know, I've been chasing this thing for 34 years. I really don't know what it's going to feel like when I finally make it," Pohl says. Running 50,000 miles - it's an accomplishment in and of itself,

one that many will never come near. But in 2010, Pohl decided to take his endeavor one step further. Always one to work with charity organizations and food pantries (Pohl regularly donates food to the pantry at the Franklin Community Center), he approached The Food Pantries for the Capital District, Inc. with the idea of trying to raise $50,000 to match his 50,000 miles. "When Mr. Pohl approached me with his idea of matching 50,000 miles with $50,000, I thought wow, that could feed thousands of people," said Benji Fox, the executive director of The Food Pantries for the Capital District, Inc. The Food Pantries is a local voice for the hungry, and accomplishes this mission by supporting over 50 food pantries throughout the capital district. Fox calculated that if Pohl is able to get the community behind him and reach his goal of $50,000, the pantry would be able to buy over 312,000 pounds of food, which could feed as many as 20,000 people. "Whenever I go to the store, I always try to pick up another item and I put it in the corner of my kitchen. When that pile grows to a box's worth, I bring it over here to the Franklin Community Center. And it's a good thing, and you feel like you're doing something good," Pohl says. "And so it just kind of hit me. I'm not being overly dramatic here, but there are people who everyday wake up and they don't have anything. My biggest problem is, gee, is Stewart's open now, or do I have to go to another place? So I said, you know, whether it's meant to be or what, this just seems like a good fit," says Pohl on teaming up with Fox and The Food Pantries. To learn more about how you can donate to "Larry's 50K for Food," you may visit Checks to The Food Pantries Incorporated can also be sent to 32 Essex St., Albany NY 12206, with "Larry's 50K for Food" written in the memo box. Interested parties may also contact the organization by phone a t (518) 458-1167. "While I am very proud of my personal accomplishments, I also realize that I have been blessed

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Larry Pohl runs through Congress Park on his way to 50,000 miles. with overall good health and good fortune," Pohl says. "For this reason, I wanted this event to also be about helping others during these difficult economic times. I really don't want -" Pohl pauses for a moment. "I know this is about me, but I really want it to be about people giving a donation and offering their support for the community on my behalf." With only 9.8 miles left to go, Pohl can't help but think what comes next. After all, he's already

run around the distance of the Earth's equator. Twice. Where to from there? "I tell people that if I keep running at the same pace I'm running now, I would reach the moon when I'm 168 years old," says Pohl, "and then I'll have a party." He laughs. "I'm certainly going to keep doing charity work, and I'll certainly keep running," Pohl says, although he admits that he may let up on the latter just a bit. On Monday morning, Pohl was

fighting back the onset of a mild cold. But with 34 years of running behind him, never once suffering from sickness or injury that kept him from completing his goal, a runny nose was the least of his worries. The next day Pohl typed out this message: "I am writing to let you know that I "officially" hit the 50,000 mile mark today. I now have run 50,003 miles!" That's right. 50,000 miles, plus another 3 for good measure.

Local hockey teams fare well in latest state rankings While the much anticipated hockey match between Saratoga Springs and Shenedehowa may have been delayed due to this week’s winter weather, the two teams both have something to brag about in the lead up to their rescheduled February 7 game. Saratoga, however, may have a bit more to boast about over their Shen rivals. In the latest statewide rankings released by the New York State Sportswriters Association, several area teams were named as top contenders. In Division I, Saratoga Springs (15-2-0) ranked fourth statewide, just ahead of Shenedehowa (12The 2010-2011 Saratoga Springs Blue Streaks 3-1) who ranked fifth.

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Friday, February 4, 2011

Jimmer Fredette - OMG!

Damian Fantauzzi There has been some great coverage on the internet about Glens Falls native, Jimmer Fredette, of Brigham Young University, who is the men's leading scorer in

NCAA Division I basketball. I read some of the blogs that were posted relating to Jimmer and his accomplishments. I couldn't help but wonder why people have to compare players, because it seems no matter what the comparisons are, there will always be pros and cons. Here is my take on Jimmer Fredette: I think that he is one of the purest shooters that I have seen in college basketball. I have worked at many basketball camps where I taught shooting techniques and even have my own shooting clinic, as well as a regu-

For, fishing enthusiasts who can t stand the cold... SARATOGA SPRINGS - The Adirondack Chapter Trout Unlimited club is proud to announce that it will be showcasing the movie, “Drift,” a fly fishing movie by Confluence Films at the Saratoga Springs Public Library. The general public is welcomed to attend the event during the February meeting of Trout Unlimited. Expect a brief Chapter annoucement before the start of the film. The meeting and film will begin at 7 pm Monday, February 7, and is free to attend.

“Drift” features Spey casters John and Amy Hazel, who travel from Belize to the Bahamas, all the way to Kashmir, India, as well as fishing legends Brian O’Keefe, Ian Davis and Keith Paar, R.A. Beattie, Adam Barker, Tommy Knight, Jordan Gage, Robert Boyce, Robert Eddins, The Garbutt Brothers, the "Godfather of Bonefishing" Charlie Smith, Travis Smith and Jon Steihl. Visit: films.php to view a trailer for the movie.

lar basketball camp. Over the course of my coaching career I have seen many a great shooter, and they usually are the most fundamentally skilled individuals. I am a believer that with the proper teaching of the fundamentals, an athlete can learn to have an accurate shot. Jimmer, well, he is an outstanding player who is as good a jump shooter as anyone I have seen or coached in my career. He has great body control and ball-handling skills, and even though he may be lacking speed, he makes up for it with his quickness. And in basketball, quick-

ness will always win over speed. Jimmer just didn't wake up one morning and decide that he was going to be an exceptional basketball player. Knowing what he had to do to be as good as he is it gives me an appreciation for his talent. To be that good, he obviously worked many long hours at perfecting the skills that are demanded by the sport of basketball. To strive for perfection is a goal that is actually an effort, one that never can be achieved because, realistically, there is no end! Basketball is the type of sport that dictates to the individual the need to put in the time required to be competitive and to be able to exhibit talent. The athlete must have the dedication and


desire to work at his or her game all year round. It is obvious to me that Jimmer Fredette's heart and soul have been inundated by the game of basketball - unmistakably true! Do not sell this young man short because you don't think he is as good as some other player. He is truly outstanding and will be going into the NBA next fall, and I feel that he will do what he has to do to prepare himself for that level. I love to watch him play, and when he shoots it's like watching a loop of a video - the same repeated fundamentals of his shot! Keep shooting Jimmer you're one of the best I have ever seen!

Hoops for Hope’s 8th annual fundraiser Saratoga Springs and the surrounding communities are getting ready for the 8th Annual Hoops for Hope Free-Throw Competition to benefit cancer patients and their families. The Hoops for hope event has raised almost $60,000 over the past 7 years, and Chairperson Ron Poppel, anticipates another great year. "The support and sponsorship for this year's event has been simply outstanding. It is truly wonderful to see the community step up to help those in need." This year's program proceeds will be distributed to the American Cancer Society, Cindy's Comfort Camp, the Roger Kiley Memorial Fund, and the Lynn Schumann Family Fund, with a vast majority of proceeds going to help people in the greater Saratoga Springs area. The 8th Annual Hoops for Hope Free Throw Challenge is an exciting and empowering way for young people to raise awareness and funds in the fight against cancer. Boys and girls age 7-18 are invited to "go to the line for the cure." For three hours, the gymnasium at the Saratoga Springs

Recreation Center will be alive with bouncing balls, excited kids, enthusiastic parents and hardworking volunteers. Elementary, middle, and high school boys and girls get three turns at the line to score the most baskets against the clock.

The program also includes a popular half-court competition. In addition, due to the large number of requests last year, a new category of 'kids'19 and older can also participate. Everyone is rewarded for their efforts with opportunities to win an X-Box 360 or a 19" HDTV, generously donated by Mr. & Mrs. George Parker and the Parker Family. There will also be a large selection of raffle items with drawings at the end of the day. Businesses and individuals who wish to show their support can go to for details.



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Schuylerville routs Granville in 44-25 win by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY SCHUYLERVILLE - After one of the most lopsided first halves you're likely to see all season, the Schuylerville boys varsity basketball team went on to defeat Granville 44-25, after opening the game with a 23-4 lead before halftime. The Horses are hot on the trail of first place Hoosick Falls (8-1) in the Wasaren League after improving to 7-1. Schuylerville is currently 8-4 overall for the season. The loss dropped Granville down to 3-7 in the league, 5-9 overall. Shane Lyon led the scoring for the Horses, coming up with 14 points for the game. Evan Denisoff, Kyle Waldron and Claeton Corsetti rounded out the scoring with 8, 7 and 6 points, respectively. Jared Beattie led Granville with 18 points. Granville's only other baskets for the night came from 2 sets of free-throws and one shot scored from beyond the arc. Although Schuylerville began the season with a pair of losses to Broadalbin-Perth and Cohoes (both non-conference games), the team has recovered remarkably. Since that time, the Horses have

gone on to win 8 of their last 10 games, averaging a 10 point spread in each victorious game. Granville will have a chance to avenge their loss on their home turf Friday, February 4 at 6 pm as they face off once again against a Schuylerville team that looks better and better as the season progresses.

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Schuylerville had a lot to cheer about Monday after their victory over Granville.

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Larry Pohl runs 50,000 miles over 34 years. Now this Albany native is trying to raise $50,000 for local food pantries. See page 37 for details.

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