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Shopping for an Education by Yael Goldman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA COUNTY - For GlobalFoundries families relocating to the area, education is a deal maker or breaker. As the competition heats up, area districts and private schools have been working with GlobalFoundries to accomodate the diverse educational needs of domestic and international families. So far, 300 employees are onsite and that number is expected reach 900 by the end of the year.

“We all have children from international backgrounds – there are a lot of people coming onboard with many different experiences and education requirements.”

Seeds to be planted for Greenfield community garden Public invited to participate in development by Arthur Gonick Saratoga TODAY GREENFIELD CENTER Town of Greenfield residents and the general public are invited to a series of informational and organization meetings for the purpose of developing a commu-

nity garden that would serve its residents and benefit a variety of social service and educational institutions. The next meeting will take place next Thursday, February 17 at 7 pm at Type Techniques, 4409 Route 9N in Greenfield Center. Greenfield Center resident Doreen Emery began this idea by writing an

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Mike Daly GlobalFoundrie employee

Travis Bullard, GlobalFoundries spokesman, said that GlobalFoundries is looking to attract the top talent, which means incentivizing international and out-of-state workers to make the move. The company provides a number of resources to assist families in all aspects of their relocation, placing specific emphasis on education. Helping families search for and choose the right school means accommodating individual needs; a student’s age, grade level, language requirements, pervious learning environment, post-graduation aspirations, and special needs are all important factors.

See GlobalFoundries, Page 8

email to Dr. Jama Peacock, of Greenfield Country Medicine, about the potential virtues that a community garden could bring to the area. Dr. Peacock has a strong interest in child obesity and nutrition issues, according to Ms.

See Greenfield, Page 13

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Construction of the new Railroad Place complex in downtown Saratoga Springs begins next week. See Railroad Place, Page 11

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A Valenotwinne Smackd



by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY

Which will prevail? Love, lust or a serious stomachache? That's the question The Candy Co. of Saratoga is asking its patrons when Cupid, Sinfully Sweetness, and Dip-a-licious JJ (a giant chocolate covered strawberry) face off in the sweetest Valentine themed competition Saratoga Springs has to offer. Located at 5 Washington St. in Saratoga Springs, the trio will battle it out Friday, February 11 at 1 pm to see who can finish off their plate of chocolate covered pretzels, chocolate truffles and chocolate covered strawberries the fastest. Whoever devours the delectable sweets first, wins. "I just think this is all so sweet and lovely, I can't wait to participate," said Cupid, who is pictured in white on the far right. Not all the contestants are so kind to the competition, however.

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Dip-a-liciouss JJ, Sinfully Sweetness and Cupid face off in a Valentine Smackdown at The Candy Co. of Saratoga. "Cupid, cram it," said Sinfully Sweetness, who is pictured in the center. "I am going to win. No one beats a woman in an eating

contest when it comes to chocolate!" Setting himself above the fray is Dip-a-liciouss JJ (pictured on the far left), who has a few other pressing concerns about Friday's smackdown. "I don't care who wins, I just hope I fit through the door," Dipa-liciouss JJ said. Regardless of who is named the Smackdown Champion of 2011, spectators at the Candy Co. of Saratoga will be treated to some of the candy shop's homemade goodies, reason alone to witness the sugary mayhem. For more information, please contact The Candy Co. of Saratoga at (518) 580-0499.




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Emily R. Lafalladi, 26, of Vanderbilt Terrace, Saratoga Springs, was charged with petit larceny, a misdemeanor. Lafalladi was arrested February 5 in Saratoga Springs. William Wheeler, 30, of Mechanicville, was charged with violating a condition of sentencing by failing to perform community service for a prior conviction. Wheeler was arrested January 20 and is scheduled to return to court at a later date. John Gonzalez, 27, of Hudson Ave., Glens Falls, was charged with driving while intoxicated, driving with a blood alcohol content greater than .08 percent and aggravated driving while intoxicated. Gonzalez was arrested February 7 in Saratoga Springs. Timothy L. Butler, 27, of Latham Ridge Rd., Latham, was charged with driving while intoxicated, driving with a blood alcohol content greater than .08 percent and aggravated driving while intoxicated. Butler was arrested February 6 in Saratoga Springs. Jeannine Steckler, 53, of Stillwater, was charged with harassment, a violation. Steckler was arrested February 7 in Stillwater and is scheduled to return to court at a later date. Shaun M. Hine, 22, of 315 Stone Church Rd., Milton, was charged with second-degree criminal mischief, a class-D felony; third-degree criminal mischief, a class-E felony; sec-

ond-degree reckless endangerment, a class-A misdemeanor; and discharging a weapon within 500 feet of a dwelling, a class-A misdemeanor. Hine was arrested February 7 in Milton and remanded to the Saratoga County Jail on $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond. Tammy Welch, 36, of Stillwater, was charged with aggravated harassment, a misdemeanor. Welch was arrested February 5 in Stillwater and transported to the Saratoga County Jail with a $1,000 bail bond. Seth D. Reid, 21, of Adirondack Circle, Gansevoort, was charged with two counts of fourth-degree sale of marijuana, a misdemeanor. Reid was arrested February 7 in Saratoga Springs. Verdonna L. Snyder, 29, of Old Gick Rd., Saratoga Springs, was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated and driving with a blood alcohol con-

tent greater than .08 percent. Snyder was arrested February 5 in Saratoga Springs. James Berry, 29, of Schuylerville, was charged with operating a motor vehicle with a suspended registration, a misdemeanor; aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor; and operating without insurance, a violation. Berry was arrested January 23 in Stillwater and is scheduled to return to court at a later date. Monique S. Boulet-O'Malley, 41, of Daniels Rd., Saratoga Springs, was charged with second-degree criminal contempt. Boulet-O'Malley was arrested February 8 for an incident that occurred on December 22. Nicholas Awilow, 30, of Schuylerville, was charged with operating a motor vehicle with a suspended registration, a misdemeanor; and operating a motor vehicle without insurance, a violation. Awilow was arrested January 21 in Stillwater and is

scheduled to return to court at a later date. Daniel J. Smith, 45, of Hoosick St., Troy, was charged with third degree unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and driving while intoxicated. Smith was arrested February 6 in Saratoga Springs. Heather Davis, 20, of Mechanicville, was charged with petit larceny, a misdemeanor. Davis was arrested January 18 in Stillwater. Steven Carpenter, 23, of Mechanicville, was charged with petit larceny, a misdemeanor. Carpenter was arrested January 18 in Stillwater.


Robert E. McDonough, 43, of Elizabeth La., Saratoga Springs, was charged with two counts of fourth-degree criminal mischief, class-A misdemeanors; and thirddegree assault, also a class-A misdemeanor. McDonough was arrested on February 9 in Saratoga Springs. Walter B. Williams, 59, of Bacon St., Glens Falls, was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor. Williams was arrested on February 8 in Saratoga Springs, and is scheduled to return to court at a later date.


WEEK IN REVIEW Malta tax receiver retires

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Sylvia Sievers retired from her longtime position as Malta tax receiver last month. The Town Board approved a resolution, which is still subject to voter approval, to remove the position from the budget and consolidate tax-related operations by creating the Office of Town Clerk. Collection duties would be transferred to Flo Sickels, Malta town clerk, Deputy Tax Receiver Kevin McClune and Deputy Town Clerk Linda Duprey. The consolidation would streamline operations and yield taxpayer savings of approximately $8,800 per year. The public referendum will take place on March 16 from noon to 9 pm at Malta Town Hall.

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Heavy snow causes roof damage, collapses The barn that collapsed on Kings Ransom Farm in Northumberland last Friday, February 4, killed nearly 100 cows, and it wasn't the only heavy snow-related incident this week. Wilburholm Farms in Greenwich experienced two similar collapses over the weekend, both

occurring within 12 hours. Two cows were killed. Another incident damaged the domed playing field at Adirondack Sports Complex in Queensbury last week. The dome reportedly sagged under the weight of heavy snow and ice. No one was injured. Lastly, the roof of a Saratoga County storage facility in Northumblerand collapsed under the weight of snow and ice on Tuesday, February 8. Although no one was injured, an antique sheriff car along with highway equipment items were damaged.

Contracts extended, salary increases for city school district employees The Saratoga Springs Board of Education and the Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) approved a two-year contract extension covering 535 non-teaching employees in the Saratoga Springs City School District on Tuesday, February 8. The extension is valid through June 30, 2013. "The CSEA worked collaboratively with the district to reach a reasonable agreement in challenging fiscal


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times," said Dr. Janice White, superintendent of schools. "CSEA members play essential roles in keeping the district well maintained, providing necessary services to students, and supporting office operations." The agreement extends most elements of the existing five-year contract that would have expired on June 30, 2011, and adds the following: a 1.5 percent salary increase effective July 1, and a 1.5 percent salary increase effective July 1, 2012; a 0.25 percent increase to the career increment based on longevity for employees who have worked for the district for at least five years, effective July 1.

Saratoga man involved in illegal gambling scheme A Saratoga Springs resident was convicted in Saratoga City Court on Wednesday, February 9 for his involvement in an off-shore gambling conspiracy scheme. Michael J. Morrissey, 47, was convicted of fifthdegree conspiracy, a class-A misdemeanor, and fourth-degree money laundering, a class-E felony. Morrissey forfeited $25,000 cash in illegal gambling proceeds. Morrissey was originally charged with fourth-degree money launderings in January 2009 based on allegations that he knowingly possessed three certified bank checks from Banco Popular, a Mexican Bank with international branches in Florida, made payable to a fictitious investment company totaling $10,500. The checks represented the proceeds of illegal gambling profits that he had transmitted to a third person in Florida in an effort to conceal the source of the money. Florida authorities are continuing their portion of that investigation. Morrissey was part of a larger gam-


bling operation involving an offshore betting scheme in which sports bettors would wager on professional football and baseball games by calling an international phone number and receiving an account and pin number from Morrissey, who acted as an "agent" to the off-shore enterprise. The customers recruited by Morrissey would then use those access numbers to place bets via an "online" gambling web site. Morrissey was paid a cut of the money he collected from the losing wagers and vigorish (the percentage of the winnings that the bookie keeps) while the remainder was sent to the off-shore enterprise. Peter Rufer of Schenectady was also arrested for his involvement as a lower level bookmaker. The State Police investigation remains ongoing and active. The investigation continues in Saratoga, Warren, Schenectady, Albany and Montgomery Counties, by a network of federal, state and local law enforcement officials who are collaborating on this multi-state investigation. The investigation also extends to Las Vegas, Nevada, Florida, and the nation of Costa Rica.

NYRA revenue grows after OTB demise According to documents filed with the state Racing and Wagering Board, the New York Racing Association (NYRA) reported a 76 percent increase in total handle for a one month period following the collapse of New York City Off Track Betting Corporation (NYCOTB.) For the period from Dec. 16, 2010 to Jan. 15, 2011 NYRA handle increased by $11 million compared to the same period the previous year. The increase has been attributed to an increase in on track wagering for live racing at Aqueduct, wagering on simulcast races from other tracks such as Gulfstream in Florida and increased money wagered through NYRA's telephone and online accounts. After facing uncertainty about the 2010 meet into the late spring, NYRA has already confirmed that the 2011 Saratoga racecourse meet will take place this summer.



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Saratoga County Deceased Veteran of the Month Saratoga County’s Honor a Deceased Veteran of the Month is planning to honor two brothers from Schuylerville on Tuesday, February 15, 2011 at 2:30 pm in the Supervisor’s Meeting Room of the County Building at 40 McMaster Street in Ballston Spa. The public is invited to attend this ceremony and the reception that will follow.

William F. Carey William F. Carey was a US Army Air Force Corporal who served with the 8th Air Force in the European Theater of Operations from 1942 to 1945. He earned 6 Battle Stars for air campaigns over Northern France and Central Europe and also earned the Presidential Unit Citation. Mr. Carey retired from the NYS Dept. of Transportation after 30 years of service. He was a 2001 Honorary Graduate of Schuylerville High School. He served on many local committees including the Village of Schuylerville, American Legion, Greenwich VFW Post 7291 and was an honor guard at the Saratoga National Cemetery.

James E. Carey James E. Carey, Sr. was a Staff Sergeant in the US Army during WWII. He served from 1941 to 1945 in the South Pacific and Philippine Islands and in New Guinea with the 78th Airdrome Squadron. He received the American Defense Service medal, WWII Victory medal and a Good Conduct medal. For fourteen years he served as the Mayor of the Village of Schuylerville. He was a member of the VFW, Elks, Knights of Columbus and the Saratoga County Democratic Committee.

Mary J. Byrne Saratoga Springs – Mary J. Byrne passed away Sunday, February 6, 2011 at Saratoga Hospital. She was 96. Born on June 7, 1914 in Saratoga Springs, she was the daughter of the late Albert and Hilda Butler Platt. A lifelong resident of Saratoga Springs, Mary was a graduate of Saratoga Springs High School and worked for many years as a clerk at Skidmore College prior to her retirement. Mary’s father, Albert Platt, was a former organist and choir master at Bethesda Episcopal Church for many years. Mary treasured time spent with her family and for many years she enjoyed going to the family camp at Sacandaga Lake with her nephew, Tom. She has enjoyed several close friendships and shared the company of her friends in the neighborhood that has been her home for the past 60 years. An avid reader, she was always able to tell a story of days long gone by, even contributing to The Story of Saratoga County, with her short story entitled Old Saratoga Springs, published in 2009. In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by one sister, Dorothy Martin, her brother Ronald B. Platt and her close nephew, Thomas Martin.

Survivors include her sister-in-law, Betty Platt; one nephew, Jeffrey Platt and his fiancé Alice Richmond of Moreau; one niece, Rebecca Ann Durand of Rotterdam and one great niece, Jennifer Anne Platt and her husband Michael Wagner of Ballston Spa. Relatives and friends gathered in her memory Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011 at the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes of Saratoga Springs. A funeral service was held at the funeral home by the Rev’d Canon Thomas T. Parke, rector. Burial will be in the family plot at Greenridge Cemetery, Lincoln Avenue in the spring. The family would like to extend special thanks to the staff of Saratoga Hospital and Wesley Health Care Center for all of their care and support. Memorials may be made in her name to the Saratoga Hospital Foundation, 211 Church Street or The Wesley Foundation, 131 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, New York 12866. Online remembrances may be made at www.burkefuneral

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Saratoga Springs – Colleen R. Ernst of Washington Street passed away Monday, Feb. 7, 2011 at Saratoga Hospital. She was 83. Born on Nov. 4, 1927 in Gloversville, she was the daughter of the late Richard and Bessie (Sample) Ore and had worked as a seamstress at VanRaalte & Company for several years. She enjoyed Bingo every week, plants, John Deere tractors and traveling the world over. In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by her husband, Victor Ernst and a daughter, Yvonne Fortune. Survivors include her sisters, Phyllis Ferguson of Georgia and Louise Burton of Florida; her son, Donald Ernst of Saratoga Springs; her daughters, Katherine (Ed) Patterson of Saratoga Springs and Kathleen (Ted) Doubleday of Denver; grandchildren Allison Ernst


of Saratoga Springs, Kate Ernst of California, Teddy, Camille and Alicia; great-grandchildren, Jacob and Ayden and her sister-in-law and dear friend, Arlene (Gilbert) Pettys. Friends and relatives gathered to remember her Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011 at the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes of Saratoga Springs. Funeral services will be conducted this morning, Friday. Feb. 11 at 10 am at the funeral home. Burial will be in Gurn Springs Cemetery in Wilton. Memorials may be made in her name to the American Cancer Society. A special and sincere thank you to the entire staff at Saratoga Hospital and to Dr. Gregory Tullou and staff. Online remembrances may be made at www.burkefuneral

Evelyn I. (Birkenmeyer) Ketchum Saratoga Springs – Evelyn I. Ketchum (nee Birkenmeyer) passed away Saturday, January 22, 2011 at Wesley Health Care Center. She was 80. Born on May 1, 1930 in North Tonawanda, NY, she was the daughter of Julia I. Dolak Birkenmeyer Cline and the late Joseph Birkenmeyer. Evelyn was raised in Saratoga Springs and graduated from

St. Peter’s Academy in 1948. She worked for General Electric and New York Telephone companies. She married Richard M. Ketchum in 1951, and after 56 years of marriage, he predeceased her in 2007. Survivors in addition to her mother Julia, 99, of Jackson, NJ, include her sister Marlene O’Toole and her husband John of Freehold, NJ; four nieces, one nephew, two great-nieces

and three great-nephews. Evelyn was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by her family. There were no calling hours. Funeral arrangements were private and under the direction of the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes of Saratoga Springs. Online remembrances may be made at www.burkefuneral

Virginia Lois Walker Bruce Saratoga Springs – Virginia Lois Walker Bruce of Van Dorn Street passed away peacefully Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011 at Saratoga Hospital. She was 83. Born on Feb. 4, 1928 in Roncerverte, WV, she was one of nine children of Ada Grace and Lemuel Walker. Though she faced tremendous hardship growing up in the poverty of Appalachia, she graduated at the top of her high school class and later became a registered nurse, graduating from Adirondack Community College, while raising her two children. She worked for several local doctors, at Saratoga Hospital and finally at the Wesley Health Care Center as a nursing supervisor into her eighties. In 1992, she received the New York State Legislature’s Nurse of Distinction Award. The consummate caretaker and caregiver, her greatest passion was her family and her love was boundless. Her unique combination of intelligence, wit, grace, strength, and Southern charm caused all who knew her to love her. Besides being a devoted mother,

grandmother, sister and friend, she was a voracious reader, a Sweet Adeline’s singer, an Arthur Murray ballroom dancer and most recently, a prolific writer of short stories that reflected her trying times growing up in the hills of West Virginia. Virginia leaves behind her son, Robert “Robby” Bruce and his wife Jo-Ann White; her daughter, Lauren “Genny” Bruce; grandson, Collin Bruce; granddaughters, Erin and Haley Bruce; stepgrandson, Collin White; step-granddaughter, Abbey White; eight siblings, Beulah of Jersey Shore, PA, Juanita of Youngtown, AZ, Jeane of Nicholasville, KY, Edward of Monroe, NJ, Henry of Charlottesville,

VA, Anna Mae of Ocala, FL, James of Warrenton, VA, Helen of Lexington, KY; her former husband Wallace “Lofty” Bruce and many nieces and nephews. At Virginia’s request, there were no calling hours. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011 in The Church of St. Peter in Saratoga Springs by the Rev. Matthew B. Wetsel, associate pastor. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Services of Saratoga, 480 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. The family would like to thank the local Hospice staff as well as the nurses at Saratoga Hospital for their exceptional care and compassion. Arrangements are under the direction of the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes of 628 North Broadway (5845373). Online remembrances may be made at www.burkefuneral




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Popular Restaurant Debuts in Saratoga by Yael Goldman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS - Pairing a restaurant opening with Chowderfest and Super Bowl Sunday is a recipe for success. Dango Fitzgerald's Irish Pub Steakhouse & Sports Bar opened at 38 Caroline Street just in time for the big weekend and the community response was overwhelming and owner David Johnson is thrilled. Fitzgerald's is the fifth restaurant in the Dango family, but the first to open in Saratoga Springs. Johnson is the fourth-generation owner of Fitzgerald's. His greatgrandfather opened the original restaurant at 156 Maple Street in Glens Falls in 1888 and ownership was passed on to his great uncle. When his father, famously nicknamed Dango, reopened and took over in 1970, the restaurant was unofficially renamed. After many years working under

his father's wing, Johnson purchased Fitzgerald's in 2002 and has since transformed the Glens Falls eatery into a phenomenon called Dango's Inc. that includes: Dango's Dugout on Main Street in South Glens Falls; Abbotts Restaurant on Main Street in South Glens Falls, Fitzgerald's off Northway Exit 17, and now Dango Fitzgerald's in Saratoga. He also co-owns the Irish Pub, Casino Lounge and Irish Pizza on South Street in Glens Falls through a separate partnership. "We've been anxious to get down here for a while, and when the space opened up, we knew it was the right fit," Johnson said. Much like the other restaurants, Dango Fitzgerald's features an extensive menu, enormous flat screens and five-cent wing Tuesdays. The menu includes everything from hand-tossed pizza and wings to soups, salads, and seafood dishes: "We're also well known for our steaks, filet mignon, sauté dishes, • Saratoga Today

Amiie Benett serves a beer in front of Dango’s infamous flat screens. sandwiches and wraps," Johnson said, explaining that the Saratoga menu offerings stay true to the original Dango's and is open for late night eating. Johnson will commemorate the official Dango Fitzgerald's grand opening in March with a week-long • Saratoga Today

Dango Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub Steakhouse & Sports Bar is now open on Caroline St.

celebration leading up to St. Patrick's Day. "We'll have promotions and entertainment, give-aways and tons of specials with an Irish theme," Johnson said. With the grand opening celebra-

tion to look forward to and a successful first weekend behind him, Johnson seems content and excited about his Saratoga Springs debut. "We've been very well received and [are] thankful for the warm welcome from everybody here in Saratoga."

Animal Care Center opens in Greenfield Integrative medicine is now available for cats and dogs at Dr. Frank Akawi's Greenfield Animal Hospital located at 3100 Route 9N in Greenfield Center. The new business, which opened this week, offers a full range of veterinary services, combining proven Western medical and surgical treatments with long-honored Eastern approaches to health care. Dr. Akawi is well known for his previous associations with Upstate Animal Medical Center in Saratoga Springs and Banfield Pet Hospital in Wilton, and his ongoing work with Mahogany Ridge Dog

Training Center in Malta. At the Greenfield hospital, Dr. Akawi will work toward injury and disease prevention as well as healing animals through complementary techniques, from vaccinations and X-rays to acupuncture and herbs, blending modern and traditional approaches for the best outcome in specific situations as well as whole-animal, life-long wellness. The new medical facility will use the most current treatments to manage a wide range of health problems, including arthritis, disc dis-

ease, hip dysplasia, cancer, kidney disease, hepatitis, neurological problems, irritable bowel disease, dermatitis, chronic ear infections, immune diseases, hypothyroid and hyperthyroid disease, Cushings disease, as well as provide routine wellness maintenance services. A native Jordanian, Akawi has been in the United States for more than two decades. He speaks four major world languages and 22 Middle Eastern dialects. Akawi studied animal science as an undergraduate in Baghdad, and then, in the United States, earned a master’s in reproductive physiology; an MBA; a Ph.D. in pet health management; and a veterinary degree from Ross University. He landed in the Saratoga Springs region serendipitously in 1999, in response to an ad in a professional journal seeking a veterinarian. Akawi emphasizes that his approach is integrative because Western tools and equipment are far superior for diagnosing disease immediately, and that they are quicker and better in an emergency, whereas Eastern medicine requires patience and time and is built around a careful physical exam,

including touching, smelling and a through feeling of the animal, assessments Akawi performs regardless of whether he plans a traditional or non-traditional approach to treatment. Acupuncture attends to all aspects of a being: emotions, mind, and spirit, explains Akawi, “that is, the cosmic ‘qi’--the air we breathe that distributes through our bodies and that we need to stay nourished, vibrant, active and healthy. Any disruption of qi results in disease. Imagine a freeway. There's an accident near an exit and everything has to be rerouted. When you free the qi, it opens the stagnation.” “I will never have a 100 percent western or Eastern practice,” says Akawi, who has traveled to China

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Dr. Akawi offers a unique approach to veterinary care 10 times to learn about Eastern techniques first hand where they originated after becoming frustrated with the limits of Western medicine. “You need both. About 20 percent of my patients try acupuncture and some come from as far away as New Jersey and Plattsburgh to do it. On the other hand, some people laugh at me when I mention it. I try not to judge. I educate. I know it's complicated and people need time to think about it.” For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (518) 893-6228.




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Business Briefs With contributions from Hudson Roohan Realty welcomes River Community Credit Union, Sage Cerone Roohan Realty announced this week that Sage Cerone has joined its growing staff as a newly licensed sales associate. Sage brings years of knowledge of the Saratoga Springs market to Roohan Realty and her clients. While working at Pennell's, a well known and highly regarded local family restaurant, Sage interacted with the community along with the many summer visitors. Upon completion of two years at the College of Charleston, Sage decided to pursue a career in the real estate profession. Roohan Realty was a natural fit for her talents and will allow her to develop her real estate skills and area connections. Sage can be reached at (518) 587-4500, ext. 135, by cell at (518) 258-2446, or via email at

Cavalier joins nfrastructure's board of directors nfrastructure announced the addition of John C. Cavalier to its board of directors this week. He is the former chairman and CEO of MapInfo Corporation and cofounder of Tech Valley High School. "John's insight, business acumen, vision and leadership will be pivotal in launching nfrastructure to the next level. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that complements our established team and we're honored to have him with us," said Daniel T. Pickett, chairman and CEO.

Local business experiences growth Ambiance Systems, an electronic integration company located in Clifton Park, announced this week that it has welcomed Mark Pettograsso to its staff. Pettograsso is the former owner of SmartHome Theater in Albany. "Mark ran a great company in Albany, and we are fortunate to have this experience and expertise with us now on our team," said Marc Leidig, CEO of Ambiance Systems.

Area credit unions raise money for kids at regional hospitals Thanks to the generosity of members from three regional credit unions, pediatric patients will be more comfortable during their time at Glens Falls Hospital, Saratoga Care, Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital and Seton Health/St. Mary's Hospital.

Saratoga's Community Federal Credit Union, and TCT Federal Credit Union, the 2010 Credit Union Care for Kids Campaign (Southern Chapter) raised $8,172 to help support the following pediatric services: DVD players and a Ninento Wii with games for children to enjoy at Glens Falls Hospital; pediatric care at Saratoga hospital's free clinic scheduled to open in 2013; a pediatric AED at Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital; and educational toys and activities for children to enjoy in the waiting rooms at Seton Health's new Clifton Park Pediatric Center. Since the program began in 1998, Southern Chapter credit unions have donated a total of $118,498 to benefit area pediatric programs.

Web development company opens Broadway office Web Instinct announced last week that it has moved into its new location at 444 Broadway, Suite 301, in Saratoga Springs. As stated on the company's website: "This move expands our ability to serve our existing client base as well as meet the growing demand for our services from businesses around the Capital Region." The company invites the public to check out its new space and learn about its services during an open house event on Thursday, March 3 from 3 to 7 pm. For more information about Web Instinct or the open house, call (518) 636-6959 or visit

Wilton Target to expand The Wilton Target, located at 3031 Rt. 50, is in the midst of its three-month long remodel that will add fresh produce, meats and baked goods to its store selection. "We are really excited about it," said Kirsten, the executive team leader of the remodeling project at Target. Kirsten declined to give her last name, citing company policy. The addition of this new section will transform the Wilton Target into a Target "P Fresh" store, whose layout has become standardized nationwide. "Our store is ten years old," said Kirsten, "so in addition to adding the grocery section, we're trying to remodel the store to make it easier for our guests to get around." Target is staying open for the duration of the remodel, which is set to be completed on March 27.


Rockabella moves to Lake Ave, new boutique opens on Broadway by Yael Goldman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS - A popular downtown Saratoga Springs boutique is celebrating its fifth anniversary with some big changes. Rockabella recently made the move from its original 441 Broadway location to 10 Lake Avenue. Owner Jackie Szurek, who opened Rockabella in February 2007, said the newer location allows her to better meet the demands of her customers as the business moves forward. With more space, a fourth dressing room and an offBroadway storefront, Szurek said she can really hone in on her niche: proms, social occasions and now weddings. Rockabella reopened this week with bridesmaid dresses on the racks from four lines: Lazaro, After Six by Dessy, Watters & Watters, WTWO. "This is something new for the new location, Szurek said. "I was getting so many requests from customers to carry fun, stylish and affordable bridesmaids dresses and now I do." Although Szurek is reaching out to a new demographic, Rockabella is in no way turning into an exclusive bridal-wear boutique. The shop will still carry a variety of fun, casual dresses, skirts and tops for any occasion, but will sell fewer heavy sweaters and jeans. "Rockabella is still going to be a funky boutique; this is just the next step for us in fulfilling our customers’ needs," she said. "I'm really excited about it." Szurek invites everyone to stop in and check out the new Rockabella, and said to stay tuned for details about a fifth anniversary and grand re-opening celebrations in the coming months. Piper, a new girls’ boutique owned by Alessandra Bange-Hall, will take over the 441 Broadway (Suite B) space. To officially open at the end of the month, Piper will offer stylish clothing and handbags with urban flair. For more information about Rockabella boutique, call (518) 581-8386. • Saratoga Today

Jackie Szurek is excited about celebrating the grand re-opening of her popular boutique. • Saratoga Today

Rockabella is now located at 10 Lake Avenue.


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GlobalFoundries families relocate continued from Page 1 “We’re recruiting people from all over the United States and the world, experienced semiconductor engineers from Europe and Asia whose kids may not be proficient in English or may not have had the same type of educational background or one that’s equivalent,” Bullard said. The goal is to educate families about their options and help them “shop around.”

With a great number of school districts and private programs to choose from, there’s something for everyone – it’s all about finding the right fit. Over the past year-and-a-half, Laurel Logan-King, Ballston Spa Central School District coordinator of counseling K-12, has worked with dozens of families. She said the best way to educate them about the district is to get a better understanding of where they are coming from. “One of the main concerns is what

happens if they were to transfer back in three or four years. Would their program of study here align with their program of study back home?” The same concerns apply to parents moving their children from other areas of the U.S., as every state has its own graduation requirements. Ballston Spa Central School District is currently in the process of applying for the International Baccalaureate (IB) program, which is a highly attractive feature to parents relocating from out of the

country. “The IB program is a standard curriculum, so when kids come from other countries, they know what courses to take and they have what they need,” Logan-King explained. “When parents come here that’s what they’re looking for.” The application process is lengthy and involved as the program is both rigorous and competitive. However, Ballston Spa has already surmounted the first hurdle and is in the process of “digging deeper into the curriculum” to come up with stronger course descriptions that meet IB’s higher level requirements. The fact that the district is hopeful of offering the international curriculum, although not yet approved, has proved a valuable selling point for incoming families. The “shopping” experience was much easier than anticipated for Mike Daly and his wife Annette, who moved their two sons from Singapore to Ballston Spa in August 2010. Natives of Scotland, the Dalys had been living in Singapore for 11 years, where their daughter and two sons were enrolled in a British International School – an educational system that Annette describes as “completely opposite” from what we offer here. While her daughter remains in Scotland as she finishes her International Baccalaureate diploma, the boys were young enough to enroll in the American system without compromising their entire background. “My main concern was that the school systems were going to be too far apart and that the boys wouldn’t be able to fit in,” she said. “The subjects and levels are different, and the exams and materials are loads apart.” Although the family has been in Ballston Spa since August 2010, Mike, who transferred into a management position, arrived much earlier and took advantage of the help GlobalFoundries had to offer. Mike began the process by reaching out to the districts and arranging to meet with guidance counselors and teachers to find out what they had to offer his children. After visiting several schools in the area, the Dalys decided that Ballston Spa was the best fit, citing the potential IB program as an important factor. Ballston Spa isn’t the only district welcoming GlobalFoundries families. Schuylerville has been a popular choice for families relocating from within the country, with a handful of students already enrolled.


In meeting with families and giving tours over the past year, John Guay, high school guidance counselor, has noticed that Schuylerville is appealing to families looking for a smaller, tight-knit student community. With comparatively small class sizes (130-140 students on average) and a two building system (elementary and Jr.-Sr. High School), Schuylerville is considered a niche. “We don’t have that middle school, we have K- 6 and then 7-12, and that’s unique about us,” Guay said, explaining how the setup is comforting to parents enrolling multiple children. “One family had a student in seventh grade and another in ninth and they were so happy to hear they would be in the same building,” he said. Schuylerville High School also has a nine-period day as opposed to block scheduling, which Guay said has been an item of interest to some families. Aside from the varied public school offerings, Saratoga County is also home to many private schools, many of which have catered to GlobalFoundries families’ inquiries. For example, Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs has observed a growing interest among international families relocating for GlobalFoundries and has already welcomed a few new students. “Waldorf School speaks to a global awareness because it is an international school, and I think that speaks to GlobalFoundries families,” said Anne Maguire, Waldorf enrollment specialist. As part of an international education network, the local Waldorf school can provide an opportunity for some students to make a simple transfer. All in all, GlobalFoundries and area schools are working together to help families choose the right fit and ensure that students experience a smooth transition. And with new students entering the local education community and many more expected to arrive over the next year, the impact of GlobalFoundries is only expected to grow. “This region is becoming a major location for tech companies. I think as more and more foks come into the area, you’ll start to see the local schools customizing their curriculum to match the science, technology and engineering disciplines [arriving],” Bullard said.



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Higgens-Benton Engagement




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

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.

We’re engaged!

Peter and JoAnne Higgens of Wales, Massachusetts, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Pearl Iris Higgens, to Thomas Joseph Benton, both of Albany, NY. The future bridegroom is the son of Lewis and Linda Benton of Saratoga Springs. Ms. Higgens, an alumna of Skidmore College, is affiliated with the Palace Performing Arts Center

in Albany. She received a master’s degree from Simons Graduate School of Arts in Boston, MA. Mr. Benton is an alumnus of Saratoga High School and attended Adirondack Community College. He is an operating engineer with Callahan Industries, also in Albany. A May 14, 2011 wedding is planned at The Bennington Museum in Bennington, VT.

Retired teacher and coach visits Maple Avenue Middle School

Miss Colleen Ann Donahue and Mr. Scott F. Ryan, both of Queensbury, NY, have announced their engagement. Miss Donahue is the daughter of the late James Joseph Donahue, Jr., and the late Evelyn Roth Lombardi. Mr. Ryan is the son of Lois Jane Ryan of Queensbury and the late Martin Joseph Ryan. Miss Donahue is a graduate of Brentwood Sonderling High School in Brentwood, NY, and Ultrasound Diagnostics Associates in New York City. She is a cardiac sonographer for Saratoga Cardiology Associates in Saratoga Springs. Mr. Ryan is a graduate of Glens Falls High School and Mildred Elley Business College in Latham. He is a New York territory sales representative for Signature Marketing based in Chicago, Illinois. A wedding date in October of 2011 has been selected. Congratulations!

Rich Johns, a retired teacher and coach from Maple Avenue Middle School, recently visited Mrs. Dahlstrom’s 8th grade Social Studies Class at Maple Avenue School and presented the class with an Act With Respect Always banner.



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Saratoga Casino and Raceway helps celebrate milestone birthday Saratoga Casino and Raceway helps celebrate milestone birthday Jean from Ballston Lake celebrated her 102nd birthday recently at her favorite place to play… Saratoga Casino and Raceway! Congratulations, Jean!


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The 2011 Enchanted Wedding Bridal EXPO was a hit! “With over 300 future brides and 71 premiere vendors at this year’s event, everyone went away happy,” Publisher Chad Beatty said. “When we can become a bridge between local residents and the local business community, it is a win/win for everyone involved, and it is why we do what we do.” Be sure to check out for year-round bridal tips and information. With many exciting features in the works, we look forward to helping you create the enchanted wedding of your dreams.




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Railroad Place project begins next week by Yael Goldman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS – Bonacio Construction will begin its long-awaited downtown Saratoga Springs grocery store/apartment complex project next week. Plans call for a six-story, 196,000square-foot building on Railroad Place that will include more than 100

apartments, a new Price Chopper and a 185-space parking garage. The new structure will be placed at the south end of the lot (on the corner of Railroad Place and Division Street), allowing for the existing Price Chopper to remain open during construction. According to the builder’s original proposal, the design is “architecturally sensitive” to Saratoga and its

surroundings. Construction is expected to take a year to complete, at which time Price Chopper will move into a 25,000 square-foot space on the first floor of the complex. A new tenant for the existing space has not yet been identified. According to Bonacio, Feigenbaum Cleaners is also moving into the first floor of the building,

Malta medical facility moves forward by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY MALTA – Saratoga Hospital and Albany Medical Center filed a certificate of need with the New York State Department of Health (DOH) Monday, February 7, as the hospitals move forward in a joint effort to open a new medical facility off Northway Exit 12 in Malta. “A certificate of need is a part of a regulatory process that exists within the State of New York. We have to file for review to receive approval for a certificate before we can implement the program,” said Saratoga Hospital CEO and President, Angelo Calbone. “It can be a lengthy, very detailed process,” Calbone continued, adding that the review process could take as long as six months at the DOH. Calbone indicated that both Saratoga Hospital and Albany Med will work closely with the state over the next several months, answering their questions and making clarifications in a process that Calbone predicts ultimately will win the state’s approval.

The partnership between Albany Med and Saratoga Hospital will yield many benefits to both organizations, and hopefully to the residents of Saratoga County as well. “Our partnership with Albany Med, we believe, will give us a lot of credibility in the community that in the past never really looked to us for services,” Calbone said, indicating specifically the southern part of Saratoga County. “Our sense about this is that a center that is staffed with Albany Med ER physicians (with connectivity to Albany Med specialists that don’t exist in Saratoga County), combined with the sense that you’re still in your own community with people caring for you from your own backyard is going to be very attractive and get people comfortable using this facility.” The facility, which will provide extensive urgent care services staffed by emergency trained physicians, still has several hurdles to overcome before construction on the project can begin. “We’re working on those right now,” Calbone said. “We’re working

David Towne Retires Wilton resident David Towne retired as an Investigator after 32 years with the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department at the end of December. On January 22, David’s career was celebrated by family and friends at the Wilton Elks Club. Among those in attendance were Senator Roy McDonald, Wilton Town Supervisor Art Johnson, City of Saratoga Springs District Attorney James Murphy, Saratoga County Sheriff James D. Bowen and New York State Police Senior Investigator Mike Cuomo; all of whom shared stories that detailed David’s many accomplishments. David’s brother, Stephen Towne, entertained the crowd with humorous stories of David’s youth. Also in a more serious note, Stephen spoke of the family’s pride in their brother’s success as an Investigator, and particularly noted hearing from David’s colleagues that he was known as a serious Investigator who also had a compassionate and empathetic personality. David will remain an active citizen in our community, continuing to coach youth athletics as he has for nearly 25 years. He will also be working as a professional Realtor for Roohan Realty. David resides in Wilton with his wife Mary Ellen, and their four children: Roblee, Carly, Devin and Jillian. Congratulations David!

on refining the building design, understanding how we would construct the building and going through other final designs and [the bidding process]. We’re also beginning to think about what kinds of systems we will need in place at the center, such as IT systems, billing, etc.” The hope, said Calbone, is that when approval for the certificate of need is granted, work on other phases of the project will already be several months down the road, which in the end should expedite the site’s progress.

leaving a single 1,500-square-foot commercial space still available for lease. “It’s ideal for anybody looking to open a business in an urban area,” he said. As for the other five stories, Bonacio will construct 124 apartments ranging in size that will be priced at $1,500 to $2,000 a month. Although the residential spaces will not be move-in ready for another 12 to 13 months, Bonacio said the

waiting list has surpassed 200 names. “Interest in the complex is very diverse at this point,” he said. “People from all over the place – some involved with GlobalFoundries; some local.” Construction begins nearly 18 months after the project was announced. “The community is very excited,” Bonacio said. “A lot of people have called or stopped into the office and thanked us.”


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Another Record-breaking Chowderfest!

The 13th annual Saratoga Chowderfest (part of the 14th annual Winterfest Weekend) set records for attendance, cups of chowder served and participating chowder outlets, bringing in new and first-time Chowderfest contestants. The Saratoga Convention and Tourism Bureau’s Chowderfest results:

A Record! 73 outlets (up from 56 last year) A Record! 70,302 servings of chowder from 11 am to 4 pm (55,852 last year) A Record! Over 14,000 people on the streets (up from 11,000 last year) Large crowd for the Chow-down contest between Dawgdom, Impressions of Saratoga and Sloppy Kisses. Celebrity judge Chase

(Mayor Johnson’s dog) chose the winner. Congratulations to Dawgdom who won for the second year in a row! A Record! Approximately 2,000 tee shirts were distributed

2011 Chowderfest Winners: Best On-Broadway: Cantina Best Off-Broadway: Seven Horse Pub

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Best Non-Downtown: Longfellows Restaurant Best Newcomer: American Culinary Foundation Best Canine Chowder: Dawgdom Most Chowder Served: The Parting Glass People’s Choice: The Parting Glass




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to the editor Saratoga Citizen's Financial Disclosure Report filed late with the New York State Board of Elections covering the period from July 2010 to January 2011 raises more questions than it answers. While it lists five itemized expenditures which total $6,598.59, including $6,000 for legal expenses, it fails to account for $93,401.41 based on Pat Kane's statement that they had incurred $100,000 in legal expenses in their attempt to place their proposal to replace our Commission form of government with a City Manager on the ballot. NYS Election law also requires the filing of Schedule D to report In Kind (non-monetary) contributions and Schedule N to report outstanding liabilities or loans which might account for the $93,401.41 discrepancy. Saratoga Citizen did not file schedule D or N. During the past six months, the leadership of Saratoga Citizens, Inc. have portrayed themselves as professionals with considerable expertise in efficiency of governmental operation. Yet they have failed to produce any meaningful fiscal impact statement requested by the city council, and they have been delinquent meeting the simple filing disclosure schedules required by state law in an honest and timely manner. Can one conclude then that Pat Kane's $100,000 figure for legal expenses was an exaggeration or a deception? Should Brent Wilkes feeble admission that "they had been billed but he really didn't know the specific numbers" be accepted as an excuse for not filing Schedule N to report outstanding liabilities as required by state law? Saratogians and SUCCESS question whether this is the kind of expertise to be entrusted with the handling of the city's services and $40 million budget. Remigia Foy, Chair SUCCESS (518) 58402528


Greenfield community garden planned continued from Page 1 Emery, and responded very positively. Ms. Emery is a member of the Greenfield Lions whose membership has already donated to the local food pantry. She and fellow Lion Sherie Grinter were also encouraged by the reaction they received from presentations to the Lions Club and also to the Greenfield Community Business Association. Subsequent meetings are scheduled every other week. Meetings on March 3 and 17 will be at Ms. Emery’s home at 346 Grange Road, Greenfield Center. Eventually, as the membership grows, the hope is to move meetings to the Greenfield Community Center. There are many goals behind the ambitious project, which is still in its infancy. Ms. Grinter

Malta Town Board Meeting by Yael Goldman Saratoga TODAY MALTA - Outdoor recreation related projects were a big topic at the Monday, February 7 Malta Town Board meeting.

The following public hearings were set for March 7: Exit 13 PDD amendment for Saratoga Nissan at 6:40 pm Downtown plan at 6:45 pm

Wilton Town Board Meeting by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY WILTON – The Wilton Town Board met for their monthly meeting on Thursday, February 3, where the child care program at Gavin Park was the main order of business. Steve Porto, the director for the Parks and Recreation department located at Gavin Park, made his case

noted that the primary virtue is as a family project where diverse members of the community work together to learn about gardening techniques, as well as the merits of nutrition and wholesome food grown locally. “This is a long-term project with many benefits,” Ms. Emery said, “overall good health for our community is what is driving this.” Eventually, the hope is that the excess food grown could be donated to low-income families and the local food pantry. “It would be terrific to see this happen,” said Virginia Vradenburg, a volunteer at the Greenfield Food Pantry, “fresh vegetables are our biggest need. This could help so many families that we serve.” Ms. Emery would like to involve Greenfield Elementary School, where a small garden now exists, to further the education of school children in nutrition and gardening. The

potential exists for other communities to benefit as well, as the produce might be distributed to other service organizations and families through the region. However, there are many steps that remain to realize the goal of the community garden in Greenfield and a great need for the expertise of people with a variety of interests in a project like this. A small but enthusiastic core of volunteers is reaching out to anyone with a desire to pitch in to help their garden grow. “We want to get as many people involved in this as possible,” Ms. Emery said. Ms. Grinter noted that grant writing expertise is something that would be appreciated, but also said that everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate. Ms. Emery said that at this point the next great step is to locate a site in the area for the garden, with the hope that it can begin operating this

year. She is in the process of surveying a few potential sites, with possibilities that a property owner with excess vacant land could donate or extend a lease agreement for the community to begin planting. The only requirements that Ms. Emery noted were “a six-hour sunlight window and a water source.” The actual size and other components of the garden are not defined at this point, but the enthusiasm and commitment of a small group of residents gives many reasons to be optimistic that, once established, the Greenfield community garden will develop into a cherished asset that would grow – naturally. - The public is invited to attend the organizing meetings and share their ideas. For further information call Doreen Emery at (518) 258-0481 or Sherie Grinter at (518) 893-6220.

Amendment to Chapter 162 vehicle and traffic fees at 6:55. (This provision would increase fines for parking vehicles on town roads, obstructing snow removal, from $10 to $100.) The board voted to move forward on the conceptual plan for POD 18, a sports field development project within a 34-acre plot of land on the Luther Forest Technology Campus. GlobalFoundries is funding the project, allowing a $2.3 million budget for the Town of Malta. Prior to setting the date for the downtown plan public hearing, Malta Supervisor Paul Sausville

expressed his concerns that the town is moving too quickly. He said there are many questions and safety issues that still need to be addressed, including pedestrian safety crossing Route 9 and build outs being too high. According to Sausville, the build outs permitted in the proposal could be compared with “14 Clifton Country Malls” or “30 Ellsworth Commons” on Route 9. He also expressed concerns regarding environmental impact, and suggested that the board hold more workshops and comb through the details, urging them to move slowly on the matter.

“We need to think of the residents,” he said. The board also passed a resolution to send a legislative request for authorizing a trust fund that would secure annual contributions to fund post-employment healthcare, making the monies unavailable for other uses. State authorization is required. The decision was made following a presentation of Malta healthcare coverage and post-employment hospitalization budget that was given prior to the Board’s official meeting. According to Bob Webb of USE Consulting, the town is behind by a $580,000 yearly contribution.

before the board to allow the program to obtain a New York State license. “We wanted to get New York State licensed because if we do, we can draw from other schools within the school district,” Porto said. As the law currently stands, school busses are associated with certain zones within the school district, and the busses are not allowed to leave these zones unless certain criteria are met. “We get most of our kids from Dorothy Nolan,” Porto explained, “but if I wanted to get kids from Lake

Avenue Elementary – in order for the school bus department to bus them from Lake Avenue, we would have to be New York State licensed.” The child care program at Gavin Park has been running now for 28 years, is certified by the New York State Health Department, and has ample space to increase the number of kids brought into its after school care program, Porto argued. After hearing his case, the Town Board unanimously approved to move forward on the project. “The next step is to finish the

licensing process, including some paperwork and meeting some of the requirements that the state has,” Porto said. The hope is to have the New York State license for the child care program by September for the beginning of the new school year. Also on the agenda was the approval of an alternate member for the town’s zoning board, as well as a lot line adjustment at Ridgeview Commons for G&R construction, which received unanimous approval from the board.


FOOD It’s all about eating heart-healthy! Friday, February 11, 2011


Suzanne Voigt Farmers’Market

This coming week is all about hearts and while we might want a heart “all a flutter” when we are talking Cupid’s arrows, we want to avoid a heart with a flutter! Any cardiologists will tell you the best way to avoid heart problems is to adopt an active life style and eat “heart-


healthy.” And what is “hearthealthy?” Many will tell you it’s all about eating lots of omega 3’s (fish) and oatmeal, but this is only partly correct – and a bit boring, not to mention totally not fresh, if you live in upstate NY. For those who desire more variety in their diet AND think eating local fresh produce is a good thing, the American Heart Association, Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic couldn’t agree more. They recommend a diet that feeds mind, body and heart. High on the list is a diet loaded with whole foods where everything is in its natural form, as it comes from the ground, the less processed the better, the fresher, even better! Needless to say this makes Farmers’ Markets ideal for the heart-conscious con-

sumers. Fresh fruits and vegetables abound at the markets and provide the cornerstone for a heart-healthy diet because they help wipe out free radicals in the bloodstream, protecting blood vessels. Market products are grown with minimal chemicals or additives (if any) making the dairy and meat, vegetables and fruit as healthy as food should be. Whole grain breads, sweet potatoes, acorn squash and spinach – all in the top 20 most desired heart-healthy foods (according to the American Heart Association and the Cleveland Clinic) – are found, right now, fresh, at your local farmers’ market. So, if you want to make a heart jump, but not flutter or stop, impress your loved one with a heart-healthy menu of the freshest, finest, straight-fromthe-ground, unprocessed and totally delicious farmers’ market products. Heart-Healthy Valentine Menu – all local, all fresh from the Saratoga Farmers’ Market Appetizer: fresh spinach salad

with walnuts lightly sprinkled with goat cheese and tossed in a blueberry honey balsamic vinaigrette Side Dish: acorn squash baked with a dollop of maple syrup or honey Main Dish: Curried Pork Tenderloin in Apple Cider

Ingredients (serves 6) 16 ounces pork tenderloin, cut into 6 pieces 1 1/2 tablespoons curry powder 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 2 medium yellow onions, chopped (about 2 cups) 2 cups apple cider, divided 1 tart apple, peeled, seeded and chopped into chunks 1 tablespoon cornstarch

Directions 1. Season the pork tenderloin with curry powder and let stand for 15 minutes. 2. In a large, heavy skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the tenderloin and cook, turn-

ing once, until browned on both sides, about 5 to 10 minutes. Remove the meat from the skillet and set aside. 3. Add the onions to skillet and sauté until soft and golden. Add 1 1/2 cups of the apple cider; reduce the heat and simmer until the liquid is half the volume. Add the chopped apple, cornstarch and the remaining 1/2 cup apple cider. Stir and simmer while the sauce thickens, about 2 minutes. 4. Return the tenderloin to the skillet and simmer for the final 5 minutes. Serve immediately pouring the thickened sauce over the tenderloins. Beverage and Dessert: Red wine and dark chocolate (both taken in moderation) are heart healthy! HAPPY VALENTINES DAY FROM THE SARATOGA FARMERS’ MARKET! Nutritional Analysis of Main Dish (Pork Tenderloin) (per serving) Calories 243 Cholesterol 70 mg Protein 24 g Sodium 48 mg Carbohydrate 19 g Fiber 2g Total fat 8g Potassium 410 mg Saturated fat 2g Calcium 34 mg Monounsaturated fat 4g


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A special supplement to Saratoga TODAY

Making every day Valentine’s Day – Tapping into the Transformative Power of: LOVE

Meghan D. Lemery LCSW-R Valentine’s Day really annoys me. It’s not that I am a cynic about love, rather, I am a hopeless romantic who loves everything about love including the pink hearts, cheesy cards and silly looking red bears holding up signs that say “BE MINE” and “FOREVER YOURS.” I say, bring it on, the more love the better! Let’s blow Love right out of the water! But why one day a year? One day to celebrate love and pay attention to the one you adore???? One day, twenty four hours and 1,440 minutes (Anyone else singing the chorus from RENT?) to cram in all the love you can and make up for a year of sitting on your tookus and taking your relationship for granted????? Okay here it is: I think people have become shockingly lazy when it comes to keeping the love alive in their relationships. Day after day I work with couples who come in at the 11th hour waiting for me to save their marriage or give them the magic formula to bring back the spark. When I ask how often they take time together as a couple (let me be clear, this means without children or conversations about finances, leaky roofs or the broken snowblower), the typical response is this “Are you kidding?? We don’t have time for that! There

is too much to do and take care of for date night. You try living our life and let us know about date night” This is usually when the couple join together in shared animosity for me and decide I am delusional. And Volia, it is the same scenario each time. Marriage. Children. Work. Stress. Schedule. More Stress. More Work. Strangers. Time of death, usually ten to fifteen years depending on the couple. WAKE UP PEOPLE! Don’t wait until Valentine’s Day to make time for romance and love. Celebrate your love daily and watch what happens. I am going to ask you to take the LOVE CHALLENGE and do one thing a day to nurture your relationship. If you are not in a romantic relationship, you can do this exercise by nurturing your own precious heart and soul. The Love Challenge is this, take the time at the end of each day to look into the eyes of the one you adore (or yourself!) and tell them one thing you appreciate about them. This means without the distraction of the phone, TV, computer, pets, video games or children. Too often the day-to-day business leaves us looking into the eyes of the one we adore and letting them know the garbage needs to be taken out or the

milk is sour. SNORESVILLE, USA, population YOU. Relationships can become stale and stagnant. Don’t make your relationship all about business. Kick it up a notch and let the fire between you burn instead of smolder. Taking the time to appreciate one another (or ourselves) daily has the power to transform your relationship. When we feel appreciated and accepted we feel more motivated, secure, lighter and inspired. Love gives us the power to do better and stand taller. Why celebrate love one day a year when you can celebrate it every day of the year!!!!! Listen closely, the secret is THERE IS NO SECRET! It takes a daily effort and commitment to keep your relationship alive, healthy and interesting. This Valentine’s Day take the love challenge to acknowledge your partner or yourself daily with praise and adoration. This daily dose of LOVE can be taken at bedtime with or without food. Side effects are: Peace, Passion, Joy, Increased MoJo and an abundance of love. Take the love challenge. I DARE YOU! Let me know how this works for you! Wishing you an abundance of Love this Valentine’s Day and EVERY DAY!

Ms. Lemery is a psychotherapist practicing in Saratoga Springs and Queensbury. Stay tuned for the publication of her first novel, out this spring titled, “Please Pass the

Barbie Shoes,” a hilarious, heartwarming story that will leave you feeling inspired and empowered. Ms. Lemery can be reached at

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True love Kate Towne Sherwin Saratoga SAHM I think it’s fair to say intimacy tends to mean a certain thing to most people, especially around Valentine’s Day, but a different kind of intimacy is what I had in mind recently as a small bottom waggled at me impatiently, waiting to be cleaned after using the potty, while another boy yelled from another bathroom that he, too, was done and needed to be helped with cleaning himself.

Here in the intimacy of our family, and in all other families I would imagine, especially those with very young children, bodies and their parts are rarely private things. What with diaper changes and potty training and bath time and breastfeeding and little ones who charge into the bathroom while I’m in the shower yelling, “I need Mama!” and then fling the shower curtain aside with gusto and a huge smile that clearly says, “I know you’re so happy to see me, Mom!” it sometimes seems very Garden of Eden-ish around here. I remember thinking I’d really come up with something good when I instituted the rule that we only talk about potty things in the bathroom. That way, I figured, I wasn’t stifling anyone’s need to ask real questions about real issues involving private things, and at the same time I was teaching that there is a time and a place for everything, and let’s be appropriate and gentlemanly please. Somehow, even though we’re still constantly reminding, “We only talk

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Brotherly love about that in the bathroom!” such topics continue to be snickered at during meals, during play, during movies, during church. The questions needing to be answered and the conversations needing to be had about bodily functions and privacy and modesty and personal space and why one should “remember, you must never touch a lady like that!” are, I have to admit, one of the more interesting parts of being a mom to me. I actually kind of love when I can help my boys understand better the beauty and wonder with which we were all made, and the respect and dignity all bodies deserve. But there’s more than that too, in regards to intimacy: As I write this, Johnny is sitting on my lap, having sought me out in a moment of anguish over it not yet being his turn with a certain toy; now calmed, he rests his head on my shoulder and sighs and rubs the hem of my shirt absentmindedly between his fingers — being so familiar with another and knowing where to find comfort and unqualified, unconditional love is a very intimate thing. As is being accepted for just who you are. I’ve often thought, in darker moments, how little the boys realize how very unlovable they make themselves sometimes and how very blessed they are that I love them as I do, in spite of their difficult parts. But of course the same goes for me — I am no model of an easy-to-love person, and the ones I love the most see my very worst sides, often, and still keep me and

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It's always fun and crazy here! love me and seek me out, for their own comfort yes, but even sometimes just for my company. Like in the peaceful quiet of the early morning, when I’m nursing the baby in bed, it is not uncommon for a certain small boy to walk sleepily into our bedroom, climb up next to his dad and sit cross-legged and tufty-haired to tell us about the dreams he had last night. It never seems to matter that I’m unshowered, that my teeth are unbrushed, that I’m feeling appealing and attractive to no one. These small moments are each treasures, and this way of being with each other, stripped down to just what we are, in trust and love, is such a healthy, happy, and wholesome way to live. I don’t think it’s crazy to think that the sharing and caring of bodies and selves here, now, in this context of love and commitment and

responsibility, will help teach and reinforce for our sons that such intimacy, precious and vulnerable as it is, is always and only safest within the context of a conscious and committed decision to love another, to give oneself sincerely for another, desiring only the good of the beloved. At least, that’s my fervent and lofty hope, as I clean and care for these little bodies and bottoms that I know better than my own. Here, where seemingly nothing is sacred, everything is. Kate Towne Sherwin is a stay-athome mom (SAHM) living in Saratoga Springs with her husband, Steve, and their sons Thomas (6), Gabriel (4), John Dominic (2), and Xavier (11 months). She can be reached at sksherwin@



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Chocolate Raspberry Surprise

by Jodie Fitz for Saratoga TODAY It’s February, and with February we automatically think about Valentines. When you’re a parent and you think Valentines, you consequentially think classroom party. And, if you did think classroom party, then you’re probably wondering ‘what should I make this year?’ Well, if you’ve signed up for the Sweet Treat, cupcakes might be a quick and simple solution. You can grab a boxed mix and be ready to bake with just a few easy steps. However, I love when you can take a couple of additional steps that don’t complicate the process too much, but allow for a little extra surprise, thus yielding a Thumbs Up Response. One of those recipes is my Chocolate Raspberry Surprise Cupcakes. They are fun to make with kids, because before you put them into the oven you can’t see the marshmallow, but as it bakes it expands and pops through the surface, which makes them extra inviting. They’re not only fun to look at, but with every bite there’s a little surprise that might taste complicated, but was really very simple; the perfect solution for any busy schedule.

1 boxed cake mix, chocolate 1/2 cup Price Chopper all purpose flour Price Chopper seedless raspberry preserves Marshmallow Fluff Mini Marshmallows Cupcake liners (Makes 24 cupcakes) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prepare the chocolate cake batter as directed on the package. Add in the 1/2 cup of flour and mix thoroughly. Place the cupcake liners in the cupcake tins and add a layer of chocolate cake batter filling the liner a third full. Then insert one teaspoon of raspberry preserve followed by one tablespoon of marshmallow fluff on top of the cake batter. Cover the marshmallow fluff and preserves with a final layer of cake batter filling the cupcake liner three quarters full. Bake the cupcakes for approximately 25 minutes. Let the cupcakes cool. Top each of the cupcakes with a half teaspoon of raspberry preserves and then decorate with a mini marshmallow. Note: If you have signed up for fruits, vegetables or cookie classroom treats, simply peek at the Price Chopper Kids Cooking Club website by visiting or visit my blog at for other quick and easy ideas.


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Making Math Rock! St. Clement's is teaching students that math rocks! The local Catholic School is working on a program called "Making Math Rock!" that uses music to enrich the math curriculum for first and second grade students. Set to take place in March using a $1,600 Saratoga County Arts Council grant, the school will bring renowned local singer/songwriter and educator, Brian Chevalier into the classroom to work with students on creating their own one-of-a-kind pieces. Students will create rhythms and rhymes by applying the mathematical vocabulary and concepts in their cur-

riculum. "Studies have proven that math and music are very closely linked together," said second grade teacher Louise Gionet. "By creating the song lyrics and the musical components as well, the students will make connections and better understand math concepts that can sometimes be abstract." Through their collaboration with Chevalier, first graders will learn about addition, subtraction and the value of zero, while the second graders tackle word problems, money place values and telling time. Once the students have written their songs, St. Clement's tech teach-


ers will get involved by using computers to track the students' vocals and synch them with Chevalier's recordings. The finished product will be available for use in the classroom. This week-long program will culminate with a school performance, giving the first and second grade students the opportunity to show off their compositions. "It's a great way to stimulate their interest," Gionet said. "We're really excited." For more information about Brian Chevalier's work, visit -by Yael Goldman

Saratoga schools to pre-reg- the child will attend. Parents who did District Advancement will host a not receive forms are asked to contact fundraiser at the Sunset CafĂŠ in the ister kindergartners In preparation for kindergarten screening in March and April, the Saratoga Springs City Schools are pre-registering all students who will start kindergarten in September 2011. Children who will be five years of age on or before December 1, 2011, are eligible to attend kindergarten during the 2011-2012 school year. Pre-kindergarten census forms, which will be sent home with elementary and pre-school students February 4, should be completed and returned by February 28 to the school

one of the elementary schools listed below by February 18 with the child's name, address, phone number, date of birth and gender. Parents of pre-registered children will be mailed invitations to attend a parent orientation meeting in March or April and to set up specific appointments for kindergarten registration and screening.

Ballston Spa to host fundraiser The Ballston Spa CSD's Office of

Village of Ballston Spa on Tuesday, March 1. The "Partnership for Innovation in Education Fund" supports programs and initiatives in the district beyond the regular budget, including S.T.E.M. enrichment activities, the Sponsor-a-Scholar program, Fine and Performing Arts events as well as the Alumni Network. The Sunset CafĂŠ will donate 10 percent of the dinner proceeds directly to the Ballston Spa Partnership for Innovation in Education Fund.



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Vision “101”- Q&A Susan Halstead ABOC, FNAO

Q. When does my child need an eye exam with an eye doctor? A. The answer to this surprises many parents. The first exam should

be with a doctor who treats infants between 6-12 months of age. Ask your eye doctor if they are equipped to examine infants and if not, to refer you to someone who is. The next visit should be at age 3 and definitely again prior to kindergarten. This is because your eye doctor will be able to test your child’s vision at both near and distant ranges-unlike your pediatrician and the school screenings which only check distance vision. Since 80 percent of learning occurs at near range, it is critical to make sure that your child is functioning well at near and far. The earlier the defi-

ciencies are found the more likely they are to be corrected. Enabling your child to start school with a fully functional vision system gives them a learning advantage.

Q. I just started noticing a spot floating in my field of vision—it’s just in one eye and it seems to be more visible when I look toward a light or the sun. Is this a concern? A. Any sudden change in vision is worth a trip to the eye doctor. All too often patients wait until symptoms increase before calling their eye doctor. Floaters can be the sign of a retinal detachment, a condition which require immediate treatment for the best results. They can also be innocuous—but a dilated exam with your eye doctor should be scheduled ASAP to determine the diagnosis.

Q. What is an “eye emergency?” A. As mentioned above, any sudden changes in vision should be reported to your eye doctor sooner rather than later! Other concerns in addition to “floaters” are experiencing a veiled curtain effect, light flashes, eye pain, discharge,

swelling or redness. Contact lens wearers need to be especially vigilant with regards to infection and redness—these conditions left untreated can lead to serious eye ulcers and require a permanent discontinuance of contact lens wear and permanent loss of vision.

Q. My parent was recently diagnosed with glaucoma. What does that mean for me? A. Family history of glaucoma means you are at a greater risk of developing glaucoma than a patient without a family history. Your eye doctor will likely want to do a “glaucoma work-up.” This means that your eyes will likely be dilated so that the doctor can get a detailed look at your retina and optic nerves. They will likely photo-document them while they are dilated and may have you return for additional testing to check your visual fields for possible loss and corneal thickness to verify actual intra-ocular eye pressures and a laser scan of the retina. This type of base line testing is a smart way to stay on top of your eye health care and ensure treatment before any vision loss need occur. Glaucoma is the leading cause of PREVENTABLE blindness in the United States. Get yearly eye exams and you need never worry about losing vision to glaucoma!

Q. No one in my family has had glaucoma, only cataracts. How do I assess my risk levels for developing either? A. Cataracts are very different than glaucoma. Cataracts are a gradual clouding of the lens in your eye. Diet, smoking, medications, ageing, etc. affect the development of cataracts. Most people will develop cataracts in their lifetime. When a cataract has progressed significantly, the lens is removed surgically and an implant can restore vision to 20/20 a large percentage of the time. Glaucoma presents no signs or symptoms until irrevocable vision loss has occurred. All patients should obtain yearly eye examinations to assess their eye health.

Q. I am seeing fine. Why do I need an eye exam yearly?

A.As mentioned in the previous answer, some eye diseases progress resulting in lost vision with no signs or symptoms until it is too late to restore. Seeing well is NOT an indicator of good eye health! Yearly exams give your eye doctor a significant amount of overall health information in addition to your eye health. Diseases such as diabetes, tumors, high cholesterol and hypertension are visible to your doctor during a comprehensive eye health exam.

Q. How old should my child be before trying to wear contact lenses? A. We prefer the child be around the age of 11 years old. Since a contact lens is a foreign body in your eye it is important to be willing to take on the responsibility for insertion, removal, cleaning and disposing of the lenses. Problems arise if lenses are not cared for properly and if they are overworn. If your doctor sees an indication of contact lens overwear in your child, he or she will require them to discontinue wearing contact lenses until they can demonstrate the proper maturity level to be compliant wearers. Contacts are great for kids who play sports because it increases their peripheral vision. Most new wearers are fit to Daily Disposables to ensure they put in fresh, clean lenses every day. These lenses have become surprisingly affordable as the demand has increased, and they are now made by each of the major contact lens manufacturers.

Q. What about contact lenses for people who need bifocals or multifocals? A. As the baby boomer population has increased so too has the demand for great multifocal and progressive contact lenses. The options have never been better. Progressive lenses that correct for astigmatism are also available. The fitting of these lenses often means more than one visit to your doctor, but the results are overwhelmingly worth it for most of our patients. Have all of YOUR family members had their annual eye health examination? Schedule one today to ensure their healthy vision for tomorrow!



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Heart Disease Injury and Prevention by Tracy Sherman, MS PT for Saratoga TODAY February is American Heart Month! In honor of this month’s tribute to this oh so vital organ, here is a brief note on heart disease injury and prevention. Coronary heart disease continues to be the leading cause of death among men and women each year, frequently appearing as a heart attack. The statistics are scary. The average age for a first heart attack in men is 66 years, and almost half the men who have a heart attack under 65 will die within 8 years. For women, heart disease will claim more lives than the next four causes of death combined, including all forms of cancer. Awareness and reduction of the potential risk factors, as well as knowing the actual signs and symptoms of a heart attack are crucial. These can significantly impact a survivor’s outcome. Risk factors associated with heart disease include arrhythmia, peripheral artery disease (PAD), high cholesterol, high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, tobacco use, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and secondhand smoke. Of course a coronary event can be sudden and intense as we see on TV, but most often they start slow and mild, with sometimes confusing signs.

Commons signs of a heart attack are: • Chest discomfort. Some heart attacks present with central chest pain that can last more than a few minutes, or resolve and return. It has been described as pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain. Many times, people will mistake their signs for “indigestion.” • Upper body discomfort in one or both arms, neck, jaw, the back or stomach • Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort • Cold sweat, nausea, lightheadedness The good news is that there are a number of things that can be done in the way of heart disease prevention and intervention. A healthy diet and regular physical exercise are your best weapons to help combat heart disease.

Recommended changes to your diet include: • Eating lean meats and poultry • Using low-fat dairy products • Reduce foods containing partially hydrogenated vegetable oils • Cut back on foods high in dietary cholesterol • Limit foods/beverages with added sugars • Purchase foods lower in salt/sodium. Additionally, physical activity in your daily life is a crucial step in preventing or controlling heart disease. It’s important for every patient to seek a skilled medical practitioner before beginning any exercise program. Patients with known coronary

artery disease will require a complete medical history, physical examination and graded exercise test. A doctor or physical therapist can then prescribe the appropriate exercise program based on the four main components of exercise: mode, frequency, duration and intensity of exercise. Research on Coronary Artery Disease indicates that those who engaged in intensive lifestyle changes with regard to diet, regular cardiovascular exercise, stress management, and other social indicators (smoking), demonstrated an actual reversal of coronary heart disease. The benefits of engaging in regular cardiovascular exercise include enhanced functional capacity, reductions in myocardial ischemia (angina), improvements in blood choles-

terol, weight and blood pressure control, improved blood glucose tolerance for diabetic patients, cigarette smoking cessation and improved overall psychological functioning. If you believe that you are at risk for coronary heart disease, consult your physician. They will be able to best assess your current functional level and recommend a facility to meet your needs. For more information on heart disease, visit CDC’s

Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention and/or the American Heart Association. Tracy Sherman, MS PT is a New York State Licensed Physical Therapist at LaMarco Physical Therapy, 417 Geyser Road in Ballston Spa and 30 Gick Road in Saratoga Springs. For questions or follow-up, contact Tracy at (518) 587-3256 or online at

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ft Ask the Financial Advisor by Stephen Kyne for Saratoga TODAY

by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY

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Why should I worry about long-term care insurance, if Medicaid will pay for those expenses? That’s a great question. It is important to understand that Medicaid is a social welfare program. As a social welfare program, the only way you can receive benefits is by impoverishing yourself. Planning for Medicaid to pick up your longterm care expenses may be an option if you are single, and have no desire to leave assets to any heirs or charities after your death. It can also be the best option, assuming you have taken all of the necessary steps to establish an effective trust or gifting strategy, with the understanding that Congress may change the laws and derail your plan at any time. Many people understand that if they were required to impoverish themselves to qualify for Medicaid benefits, they would be leaving a spouse or significant other at a considerable disadvantage financially. Consider the case of Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Mr. Smith is 70 years old, and Mrs. Smith is 66 years old. Mrs. Smith will likely live to

New and improved Senior Center of Saratoga offers wide array of activities

be about four years older than Mr. Smith, so let’s consider that their effective age difference is not four years, but actually about eight years (their age difference + life expectancy difference). If Mr. Smith requires care, and the Smiths are forced to impoverish themselves so that Medicaid will pay for the expense, Mrs. Smith will spend the rest of her days living on the limited assets Medicaid allowed her to keep. If the Smiths had any plans to leave assets to their children, there certainly wouldn’t be much left to go around. The moral is that making yourself poor is not a great way to pay for care. Long-term care insurance is a way to transfer the cost of care to a private insurance company.

Currently, the average cost for longterm care in this part of the state is about $300/day, which amounts to about $110,000 each year! How many years would you need to pay for care out-of-pocket before you would be poor enough for Medicaid to start picking up the bill? Would your spouse be able to survive on the assets Medicaid allows them to keep? Would you rather see your children or grandchildren inherit the assets you would be forced to turn over to the nursing home? If you answer these questions honestly, you will know whether you should investigate how long-term care insurance can help provide for your care while protecting your assets. When researching long-term care insurance, you may want to consult the New York State Partnership for Long-Term Care at You should also consult an independent agent who can help you find the best policy to suit your needs. At Sterling Manor Financial, we are independent of any insurance company, meaning we are able to represent several carriers in order to match our clients with the carriers that have the best rates and benefits based on their individual situation. Stephen Kyne is a partner at Sterling Manor Financial in Saratoga Springs. He can be reached by calling (518) 583-4040.

Thanks to the work of the Saratoga Senior Center's Board, their new Director, Lois Celeste, and dozens of community volunteers, the Senior Center of Saratoga has transformed into the "Saratoga Senior Place to Be." New paint, carpeting, computers, employees and volunteers have given new life to the center, which is now open for longer hours - rain, sun or snow. As part of the center's efforts to reaffirm its dedication to seniors, Skidmore College's Social Work Department has supplied students to provide computer assistance to seniors at the new computer stations, as well as program development, additional staff at the reception desk, a new Wii Bowling Program and a full-time student intern for the semester. Along with its new look, the Senior Center of Saratoga has also put together a wide range of activities for senior residents to enjoy over the next month. To participate in any of the following events, you must register by calling the Senior Center at (518) 584-1621. To get the ball rolling, the center is hosting a free class every Friday from 10:30 to noon during the month of February to teach participants how to perfect the art of storytelling. Led by Margaret French and Betty Cassidy, students will learn how to craft a well-told story as they share their tales with their fellow classmates. While the first of the center's ceramics classes has already taken place, featured artist Sandy Schwartz will be on hand Friday, February 11th from 10 am to noon. Schwartz will provide students with fundamental hand-building instructions on how to create a 2-handled bowl. The class will

continue to meet for the following two Fridays of the month, where students will add the finishing touches to their creations. Cost is $10 for all four classes, and no previous experience is necessary to partake. For the art enthusiasts among you, Skidmore College's museum educator, Karen McEachen, will be hosting a 2-part program inspired by the Tang Museum's current installation, "Environment in Contemporary African Art." Beginning February 17 at 10:30 am, McEachen will lead a group from the Senior Center to the Tang Museum for a twohour guided tour. The following week, February 24, participants are invited to work on their own related art project at the Senior Center from 11 am to noon. Total cost for the program is $5. Beginning Friday, February 18 and running through March 25, seniors are invited to attend "Gentle Yoga" classes, led by instructor Lynn Murphy. Designed especially for seniors, the classes will be held every Friday from 9 to 10 am. Participants will be instructed on basic yoga stretching and breathing techniques for a relaxing experience. Students are advised to bring comfortable clothing and a towel. On Tuesday, February 22 from 5:30 to 7 pm, Chef Lou Maggiore from Longfellow's Restaurant will be the guest chef at the Saratoga Senior Center for the monthly dinner. Tickets are $10 per person, or $15 per couple, and will also feature live entertainment. Cosponsored by Skidmore College, the seating for this event is limited, so please call the Senior Center in advance to reserve your spot. Registration for all of the programs listed above is required. To do so, please contact the Senior Center of Saratoga by phone at (518) 584-1621.



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Lose 20 pounds in four weeks! by Yael Goldman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS - If you ask diet specialist Jackie Seitz how adopting the right mindset is prerequisite to losing weight, she’ll tell you it’s simple: “Nothing tastes as good as thin feels.” This motto is a key component of the recently reintroduced Weight No More diet program offered at the new 45 Park Place office in Saratoga Springs. Together, Jackie and her business partner Kevin Lynch offer a weight loss program that is personal and simple: it’s about eating right, making the right choices and establishing healthy habits to lose weight and enjoy keeping it off. Returning from a stint working in the restaurant business, Jackie is picking up where she left off and continuing her more than 23 years of diet counseling experience. She and Kevin, who is also experienced in food service, both share incredible weight-loss success stories of their own. The pair knows that eating right is habitual and that losing weight requires lifestyle changes. For the Weight No More team, the best example is their own; how working in local restaurants supported their unhealthy habits and inspired them to do something about it. Making lifestyle changes and giving one another the necessary support, helped Kevin shed 26 pounds and helped Jackie lose 38. Now, through the Weight No More program, Kevin and Jackie are reaching out to help other people do the same. They’re combating poor habits and encouraging positive changes that are easy to make because the plan and resources are local. Learning to eat right starts in the grocery store and is applied in the kitchen. The program begins with a twoweek detoxification (no alcohol) and encourages a high protein, low carb, low fat menu that is prepared at home using regular grocery storebought ingredients, which means eliminating those problematic comfort and fast foods. “You don’t have to purchase prepackaged food like other programs require,” Kevin said. “We’re asking you to read labels, and become

aware of what and how much you’re eating by cooking your own food.” With weekly weigh-ins and Jackie’s one-on-one counseling sessions, weight-loss hopefuls are able to stay on track and feel good about it. “You can’t do this on your own,” Jackie said. “You need to be held accountable. That’s what works.” Jackie explained how good it feels to step on the scale each week and see that you’ve made progress: “To me, five pounds is as big as 50! It feels so good.” Exercise only enhances individual results. Jackie and Kevin encourage their team members to pick up new recreational activities and find fun ways to break a sweat. It can be as simple as going for a walk or playing frisbee with your family. “Whatever works for you,” Kevin said. Once dieters reach their goal, they begin to slowly reintroduce the “forbidden” foods back into their diet, but in the right proportions – “The way you’re supposed to,” Jackie said. Aside from these simple, yet effective, homemade “tips,” the success of the Weight No More program is also attributed to the unique community that it’s created. Not only have local doctors endorsed the program, but the chefs at many of

your favorite Saratoga Springs restaurants are getting involved as well. The goal of the “community” element is to create as many motivators and resources as possible. Jackie and Kevin are currently in the process of introducing special Weight No More menu items at a handful of downtown eateries. With the Weight No More stamp of approval on menus across town, dieters can still enjoy going out to eat and supporting their local restaurants while staying on track with vivid reminders about making healthy choices. A “Weight Loss Star of the Week” program engages participants and is added motivation to lose weight. Each week, the biggest loser will be awarded a special body image enhancing treat, such as a day at the spa or the salon. Other unique features include a Weight No More cookbook with recipes provided by l o c a l chefs and successful t e a m members, as well as

“Think Thin” seminars for parents in area school districts. These resources will help support Weight No More clients outside of their office visits, and will hopefully extend the “eat healthy” message to all members of the local community. “Losing weight is about changing your whole mentality; it’s all about awareness,” Kevin said. “Our hope is that when you reach your goal, you will have also learned the right habits,” Jackie said. “You’ll cut down your portions, and really think about what you’re putting into your body.” With the continued support of the Weight No More community, Jackie and Kevin’s clients have a myriad of available resources to maintain their new figure. The goal is to lose 20 pounds in f o u r

ft weeks. But you don’t have to be 20 pounds overweight to participate. No matter what you’re goal is, Weight No More guarantees that you’ll lose as many inches as you do pounds by sticking with the program. And it doesn’t hurt that both Jackie and Kevin know what their clients are going through – they are approachable and passionate encouragers because they’re on the same team. “We are dieting too, so Weight No More is like a big family,” Jackie said. “We work together, provide encouragement and talk about what we’re going through.” “We’re passionate about what we’re doing,” Kevin said. “We want people to be successful.” For more information about Weight No More or to sign up for a free consultation, call Jackie Seitz at (518) 210-6508 or Kevin Lynch at (518) 320-2948.




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11 - Feb. 18 events Saturday, February 12 Saratoga Farmers’ Market Division St. School Saratoga’s premier market, featuring meats, local produce, eggs, soaps, seasonal items and more. From 9 am to 1 pm. For more information, call (518) 638-8530.

Tang Museum Family Saturdays 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) 5808080.

Fundraiser dinner to benefit Ramsey family On January 31, the Ramsey Family (Mom, Dad, 2-year old girl & 2 mo. old boy) of Sherman Rd. in Ballston Spa lost their home and all of their possessions to a fire. They are currently living in a motel, while their 3 dogs are staying with a relative. A fundraiser pasta dinner, to be hosted by Eagle Matt Lee and Union Fire Departments, After the Fire, and the Ballston Spa Business & Professional Association, will be held today, Sat., Feb. 12 at the Ballston Spa Elk’s Club at 10 Hamilton St., (corner of Milton Ave.) from 4 to 7 pm. The dinner will consist of salad, pasta & meatballs, bread & butter & beverage; cost is $10 per person, or $20 for a family of four or more. Take outs will be available. Monetary donations may be sent to any Sunmark location for “The Ramsey Fire Fund” or will be accepted during the dinner. Please come out to support this worthy cause and meet the Ramsey family. For further information, please call (518) 885-5711.

HELPING HANDS Organization

Project Linus Mission Project Linus is comprised of hundreds of local chapters and thousands of volunteers across the United States. Each volunteer and local chapter all work together to help us achieve our mission statement, which states: First, it is our mission to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers.” Second, it is our mission to provide a rewarding and fun service opportunity for interested individuals and groups in local communities, for the benefit of children.

How to Help We are always in need of your help to assist us in fulfilling our mission. Some ways include: donate home-made blankets by becoming a “blanketeer,” give of your time at a local chapter (or open your own chapter), make tax-deductible donations to our national organization, and help us earn funds while you shop many popular websites and/or perform Internet searches.

Contact Visit, or call JoAnne at (518) 233-7247, or email

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“Elvis” benefit 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.

Skidmore College, North Broadway, Saratoga Springs Sheldon Solomon, professor of psychology at Skidmore College, will deliver the lecture at 5 pm in Gannett Auditorium. For more information, call (518) 580-5102.

Peaceful Mind, Peaceful World Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry Street. Buddhist monk Kelsang Wangden, speaks at 7 pm. All are welcome.

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.

Monday, February 14

Thursday, February 17

Family story night

Ham Dinner

Malta Branch Library, 1 Bayberry Dr, Malta. With working parents in mind, this story hour begins at 6:45 pm. Enjoy a story and craft with your child. All ages welcome.

Stillwater United Presbyterian Church, 747 Hudson Ave., Stillwater. Family-style ham dinner from 5 to 6:30 pm. $10 adults, $5 children 5 to 10 years of age, and free for those under 5. To reserve tickets, call (518) 664-7984 or purchase at the door. Take-outs available. Handicapped accessible. Church is located between the Blockhouse and the bridge.

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

Tuesday, February 15 Saratoga Turf Talkers Toastmasters Longfellows Inn, 500 Union Ave Saratoga Turf Talkers meet from 12:30 to 1:30 pm to practice communication and leadership skills, offer each other feedback and support, and have fun together. Our meetings are free and guests are welcome. For more information,

Friday, February 18 Italian dinner

Gurtler Bros. VFW Post 420, 190 Excelsior Ave., Saratoga Springs. Join us in this delicious breakfast buffet from 8 to 11 a.m. Adults $6, seniors and military $5, children (ages 5 to 12) $5. Take-out available. For more information, call (518) 584-9686.

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. For more information, please visit


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.

Principessa Elena Society, 11-13 Oak St, Saratoga Springs From 5 to 7 pm, enjoy this delicious all-you-can-eat dinner. Adults $9, seniors $8, children 5 to 12 $5, under 5 free and take-outs $10. For more information, call (518) 584-4163.

Upcoming The Heritage Hunters The next meeting will be on February 19 at 1 pm at the Town of Saratoga Town Hall.

Junior Ranger Day Saratoga National Historical Park, located on Routes 32 and 4 in Stillwater, invites kids between 5 and 12 years old to a special day on Sunday, February 20 from 1 to 4 pm. Kids get to enjoy fun indoor activities, earn a badge and win a gift! The program is free, but reservations are required by calling Ranger Megan Stevens at (518) 664-9821, ext. 219 or emailing at by February 12.

“Climate Change in the Adirondacks,” a lecture by Jerry Jenkins. Empire State College, 2 Union Ave., Room 126, Saratoga Springs Tuesday, Feb. 22. The lecture begins at 7 pm followed by Q & A. Come learn about this critical issue affecting our region, and what local groups and institutions are doing to work towards solutions. The event is free and open to the public. RSVP (requested, though not required), to Susan McFadden, or (518) 587-2100, ext. 2949. For more information or in case of inclement weather, visit or

“Souper” supper Old Saratoga Reformed Church, 48 Pearl St, Schuylerville. On Saturday, February 19, from 4 to 6 pm, enjoy bottomless bowls of soup with bread, salad and dessert. Adults $6, children ages 5 to 10 $3, under 5 free. Reservations appreciated, but walk-ins are welcome. Call (518) 695-6638.

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local briefs Sweetheart of a book sale Round Lake Library’s annual book sale is back. This year it will be held in the Shops of Malta on Friday and Saturday, February 18 and 19 from 9 am to 8 pm, and Sunday, February 20 from 11 am to 4 pm. There will be a special preview night on Thursday February 17 from 4 to 8 pm for a $20 entrance fee for this night only. Donations for the sale will be accepted on Tuesday and Wednesday, February 15 and 16 at the sale location from noon to 7 pm. For more information, please visit

Angel Food Ministry Angel Food Ministries has no age limit or income limit. We offer balanced nutrition and variety with enough food to assist in feeding a family of four for a week for only $31.00; ten perfectly seasoned, nutritionally balanced, fully cooked meals - just heat & serve! Visit www.angelfood The local order and distribution site is Trinity UMC, 155 Ballard Road, Exit 16 in Wilton. All food is picked up at the church on the 3rd Saturday of each month between 11:30 am and noon. For more information, contact Tami Stahler at (518) 798-2106.

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.

Tax Assistance Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry St. Free tax help will again be offered by the volunteers of VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) on Saturday and Sunday afternoons throughout the tax season. Help is on a first come, first serve basis, limited to 25 people per day. Numbered tickets are necessary and are available when library opens on the respective day of service. VITA help is available to low and middle income citizens (less than $49,000) at no cost. Please bring social security cards and other necessary documentation.

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

A.L.L. course on Battle of Saratoga The Academy for Lifelong Learning at Saratoga Springs (A.L.L.) will offer Battle of the Millennium, a six-week study group focused on the Battle of Saratoga and life during the American Revolution led by park rangers at the Saratoga Battlefield. A.L.L. is sponsored by SUNY Empire State College and affiliated with the Elderhostel Institute Network. For information, visit the web site at or call the A.L.L. office at (518) 587-2100, ext. 2415.

Stepmother support group A support group for women who are married to, engaged to or dating men with children from a previous relationship. Join other women to share ideas, learn about resources and encourage each other with understanding and compassion. Meet every third Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm at Virgil’s House, 86 Henry St. The next meeting is February 15. For more information, contact saratoga

Caregiver support group Evergreen Adult Day Services, 357 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, an affiliation of The Wesley Community in Saratoga Springs, hosts a Caregiver Support Group the last Tuesday of each month from 3 to 4 pm. This month the groups meet on February 22. This group is designed for caregivers, families and friends of people with dementia. For more information, please contact Trudi Cholewinski, at (518) 691-1516.

Parkinson’s support group We will meet at Woodlawn Commons in Saratoga Springs on Monday, February 21 at 2 pm. This meeting is open to anyone with Parkinson’s disease, family members and friends. For more information, call Joyce Garlock at (518) 885-6427 or Dorothy Clark at (518) 584-3894.

Saratoga Springs recreation schedules Fees may apply to the following activities. For more information, call the office at (518) 587-3550. Weibel ice rink 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

27 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 Saratoga Springs Recreation Center, 15 Vanderbilt Avenue 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) 587-3550, 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. 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.

Town of Wilton Recreation at Gavin Park After school program Offered to students from Saratoga Springs City School District from now through the last day of school from 3:30 to 6 pm (Monday through Friday). The program is available to students in Kindergarten through fifth grade and includes bussing directly from the school to Gavin Park.

Organized group activities to include: sports, movies, arts and crafts, bowling, miniature golf, homework time, and a snack is included. For more information or to sign up, call the park office at (518) 584-9455, ext. 202 or 206.

Saratoga Springs Public Library 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 and create your own games. The dates are Thursdays February 17, March 17, and April 21. Open to students in grades 6 through 12.

Malta Recreation Center 1 Bayberry Dr. Malta, “Theater Discovery!” 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. 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) 899-4411.

Malta Spring Golf Show Malta Community Center, 1 Bayberry Dr. The Malta Spring Golf Show will be held on Saturday, March 5 from 9 am to 3 pm. Held in the Gymnasium, attendees can win door prizes, attend seminars, get swing analysis, and get club demonstrations. We will have discount offers for the upcoming season, tips and tricks from golf professionals, and you can even register for a Golf Vacation Package! For information, please call (518) 899-4411. Vendor opportunities still available.

Spring antique appraisal show Join us at the Malta Community Center for a fun and informative event featuring Mark Lawson of Mark Lawson Antiques as he educates us on the world of antiques and performs appraisals. This special event will take place on Saturday, April 30 from 10 am to noon. Admission for Malta residents with one appraisal item is $7 with non-residents paying $8. General admission for Malta residents is $2 and non-residents $3. Pre-registration is being accepted now. Don’t wait as space is limited. Please call (518) 899-4411 for more information.

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upcoming town meetings Town of Ballston: Ballston Town Hall 323 Charlton Road 885-8502 2/16: Parks and Recreation Committee meeting, 7:30 pm 2/17: Farmland Protection Committee meeting, 7 pm Village of Ballston Spa: 66 Front Street 885-5711 Town of Greenfield: 7 Wilton Road 893-7432 2/17: Environmental Commission meeting, 7 pm Town of Malta: 2540 Route 9 899-2818 2/14: Historic Preservation Review Commission workshop, 7 pm Town of Milton: 503 Geyser Road 885-9220 City of Saratoga Springs: 474 Broadway 587-3550 2/15: Ethics Board meeting, 5:30 pm 2/16: Design Review Commission meeting, 7 pm Town of Saratoga: 12 Spring Street, Schuylerville 695-3644 Village of Schuylerville: 35 Spring Street 695-3881 Town of Stillwater: 66 East St., Riverside Mechanicville, NY 12118 2/17: Town Board meeting, 7 pm Town of Wilton: 22 Traver Road 587-1939 2/16: Planning Board meeting, 6:30 pm




Friday, February 11, 2011

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Saturday, February 12 Saratoga Springs City Center

This annual gala to salute the hospitality community is an evening of live dance music by The Audiostars, four food stations, tons of complimentary hors d'oeuvres, and a ‘billion calorie’ late evening dessert buffet. New this year will be a bar featuring craft beers, as well as the ever popular sparkling martini bar. It all takes place at the newly

expanded Saratoga Springs City Center at 522 Broadway on Saturday, February 12 starting with a 6:30 pm cocktail party. Proceeds of the ball will benefit Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Services of Saratoga County. Tickets to the semiformal gala are $50 per person. No sales at the door. Call (518) 583-0280 to reserve your tickets. - Arthur Gonick

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2011 Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival lineup announced

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- Festival Founder and NEA Jazz Master George Wein to perform and receive “Walk of Fame” star The Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival, one of the most celebrated and longest-running jazz events in the world, will marks its 34th year at Saratoga Performing Arts Center on Saturday and Sunday, June 25 and 26. Ticket sales for the festival begin with an online pre-sale for SPAC members on February 24; online sales to the public will begin March 24. In 2011 for the first time there will be free lawn admission for children age 12 and younger. Other ticket prices are:

Further information is available at Special features and highlights of this year’s Festival include: • Dedication of a star in SPAC’s” Walk of Fame” for iconic jazz producer and festival founder George Wein, as well as a performance with the Newport all-stars • A dynamic lineup of more than 20 acclaimed artists and ensembles will appear on two stages, including festival debuts by Michael McDonald, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Tia Fuller, Lionel Loueke Trio, Hilary Kole and Pedrito Martinez • Sing the Truth! featuring Angelique Kidjo, Dianne Reeves and Lizz Wright in a celebration of the music and civil rights legacies of Miriam Makeba, Abbey Lincoln and Odetta • Dee Dee Bridgewater in her acclaimed tribute to Billie Holiday, “To Billie With Love” • A Night in Treme: The musical majesty of New Orleans featuring music inspired by the HBO series “Treme,” which depicts the famous, culturally rich New Orleans neighborhood • Downbeat magazine’s famous “Blindfold Test” featuring jazz bassist Ben Allison participating in a “listening challenge” of jazz music “We are proud that for more than three decades, SPAC has been presenting a jazz festival that is regarded by artists, critics and fans as a first-rate showcase for international jazz stars, legends and the most exciting emerging artists of the genre,” said Marcia J. White, SPAC‘s president and executive director. “We are particularly excited to welcome back our Festival Founder and friend, the legendary George Wein. As the pioneer and visionary behind hundreds of music events over the past five and a half decades, George Wein is one of the most important figures in the jazz world,” said White. George Wein, world-famous impresario and founder of numerous jazz and music festivals across the U.S., founded the Newport Jazz Festival Saratoga, in 1978. Modeled after his highly successful Newport Jazz Festival, Wein, in his 2002 memoir, Myself Among Others: A Life in Music, credited his decision to start a festival in Saratoga as “one of the smartest moves I ever made” remarking that the event, “captured the spirit of the old Newport.” In addition to performances on SPAC’s Amphitheatre and Gazebo stages, the festival features a fine arts and crafts fair, CD signings by artists, a fullservice bar in the Hall of Springs, southern style barbeque and other food vendors and a children’s craft area. Guests may also bring in their own food and beverages, as well as blankets, tents and lawn umbrellas. Parking for the event is free. “Once people discover this festival, they return season after season. It becomes a destination they look forward to all year long,” said White.

George Wein

Michael McDonald

Eliane Elias

Angelique Kidjo

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings


Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival Artists: Saturday, June 25 Amphitheatre • Michael McDonald • Dee Dee Bridgewater – “To Billie with Love” • George Wein and the Newport All Stars featuring Howard Alden, Lew Tabackin, Anat Cohen, Randy Brecker, Peter Washington and Lewis Nash • Jack DeJohnette Group with Rudresh Mahanthappa, Dave Fiuczynski, George Colligan and Jerome Harris • Eliane Elias • Ben Allison Band • Lionel Loueke Trio Gazebo • Hilary Kole • “DownBeat Magazine Blindfold Test” with Dan Ouellette featuring bassist Ben Allison • Lionel Loueke Trio • Steve Cardenas Trio with Ben Allison and Rudy Royston • Marcus Strickland Quartet Sunday, June 26 Amphitheatre • Sing the Truth! featuring Angelique Kidjo, Dianne Reeves and Lizz Wright • A Night in Treme: The musical majesty of New Orleans with Donald Harrison Jr. • Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings • The Bad Plus • Tia Fuller Quartet • Pedrito Martinez Group Gazebo • David Binney • Matt Slocum • Brian Mitchell Band • Pedrito Martinez Group • Rebecca Coupe Franks




Friday, February 11, 2011


Chestnut Brass Company to perform at Zankel - Part of music center’s chamber series Photo Provided Chestnut Brass Company

Even if you can’t tell a sacbut from a piccolo trumpet, you’ll find plenty to enjoy in the upcoming performance by the Grammy-winning Chestnut Brass Company (CBC). The concert is scheduled at 8 pm Friday, February 11, in the Arthur Zankel Music Center’s Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall. General admission is $15. Tickets are available online at “Bold” and “brassy” are among the adjectives used to describe this quintet, which specializes in the use of ancient and historic brass instruments. CBC has been at the forefront of period instrument revival, offering enormous variety in both instrumentation and in innovative programs.At Skidmore, CBC will perform a program titled “American Voices,” including arrangements of traditional tunes and pieces by Irving Berlin and Duke Ellington; Renaissance brass music performed on reproductions of historical instruments; contemporary works by Steve Rouse and Keven McKee; and American brass band music originally performed from 1830 to the 1860’s. Ensemble musicians are Bruce Barrie, Marian Hesse, Jay Krush, John Charles Thomas and Larry Zimmerman. "Chestnut Brass Company's program embraces the full historical development and expressive utilization of brass instruments,” explained Jan Vinci, senior artist-in-residence of Skidmore’s music department and faculty sponsor for this residency.

All screenings are held at the Dee Sarno Theater in the Saratoga Arts Center, Broadway at Spring Street, Saratoga Springs. Visit or call (518) 584-FILM. Tickets are $7 and $5 for members and students

Night Catches Us It is 1976. Marcus (Anthony Mackie), after being mysteriously absent for several years, returns to the race-driven Philadelphia neighborhood

where he came of age. His return raises suspicion among his family and former neighbors, but he is welcomed by his old friend Patricia (Kerry Washington) and her daughter. However, Marcus quickly finds himself at odds with Black Power movement he once embraced and their members who suspect he orchestrated the slaying of a former comrade. As it happens, Marcus must carefully guard a secret that could shatter everyone’s beliefs as he rediscovers his forbidden passion for Patricia.



Friday, February 11, 2011

Luzerne Music Center presents rising stars at Skidmore winter benefit

LMC Artistic Director Elizabeth Pitcairn Luzerne Music Center (LMC) will present “Building Young Artists and Audiences of the Future: A Benefit for the LMC Scholarship Fund” Saturday, February 19 at 5 pm The event will be in honor of Philly Dake, who has been the leading benefactor of LMC’s Scholarship Fund and Chamber Music Festival for over 30 years. It will include a concert and silent auction at Skidmore’s Arthur Zankel Music Center followed by a dinner gala at the Surrey Williamson Inn. The concert will present LMC’s newly appointed Artistic Director, Elizabeth Pitcairn, solo violinist with Executive Director Toby Blumenthal, pianist, faculty member Cynthia Elise Tobey, pianist and ‘Rising Star’alumni and students. Among the evening’s ‘Rising Stars’ are: • Ryan Reilly, age 19, of Delmar, piano, a freshman at Juilliard who attended LMC for five consecutive summers, playing Liszt's "Mephisto Waltz” • Ian Nolan, a senior at Corinth HS, piano, who has just completed his sixth summer at Luzerne • Lavi Ben-Dor, a 14-year-old flutist and piccolo player from the Philadelphia area who has spent the last two summers at Luzerne • Zlatomir Fung, age 12, cellist, the youngest musician to be accepted in the Greater Boston Youth Orchestra, playing the first movement of the Saint-Saens Cello Concerto • Sarah and Matthew Scanlon, 11year-old twins from Connecticut who play cello and violin respectively. They are joined by Toby Blumenthal in a performance of the third movement of the Haydn Trio in G Major, followed by Sarah in a solo accompanied by Cynthia Elise Tobey. The program includes Elizabeth Pitcairn and Toby Blumenthal per-

forming Vivaldi's "Spring" from the "Four Seasons," the Allegro movement of the Beethoven F Major Sonata Opus 24 ("Spring"), Vitorrio Monti's "Czardaz,” and Gershwin's "It Ain't Necessarily So" from "Porgy and Bess.” The dinner gala will feature music by the John Nazarenko Trio. Mr. Nazarenko is a member of Skidmore College faculty and Director of Luzerne Music Center’s Jazz Program. Ticket prices for the benefit concert are $50 per adult and $10 per student. Tickets for the benefit concert and dinner gala are $250 per person. Half of the concert and dinner gala ticket price is tax-deductible. For further information, reservations and tickets, contact or (877) 267-8919. Founded in 1980 by the late Philadelphia Orchestra cellist Bert Phillips and his wife Toby Blumenthal, Luzerne Music Center is a summer music camp and performing arts center in the Adirondacks where Philadelphia Orchestra members perform and teach. The Center serves 180 talented and deserving music students, ages 10 to 18 every year and devotes 20 percent of its annual budget to student scholarships.

PULSE Jazz artist Eric Harland returns February 16 and 17

Magnetic drummer Eric Harland returns to Skidmore College for a two-day Filene Concert Series residency Wednesday and Thursday, February 16 and 17. A concert in the Arthur Zankel Music Center Thursday, February 17 at 8 pm will cap the residency. General admission for the concert is $12; $5 for students. Tickets are available online at Harland has performed at Skidmore several times in the past five years. An outstanding ensemble will be present with Harland on February 17: Taylor Eigsti, piano; Julian Lage, guitar; Harish Raghavan, bass; Chris Potter, saxophone; and Becca Stevens, vocals. Harland has played with jazz greats ranging from McCoy Tyner to Zakir Hussain. Having played on 18 film scores, he is a master of emotional segues, crafting a story that fully comes to life only in live performance. A Houston, Texas, native, Harland began his professional career as he finished his studies at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Trumpet great Wynton Marsalis “discovered” Harland during a high school workshop, and encouraged him to study in New York City. Harland attended Manhattan School of Music on a full scholarship, and then went on to study theology at Houston Baptist University (College of Biblical Studies), becoming an ordained minister. Pianist John Nazarenko of Skidmore’s jazz faculty said student combos will take part in a master class with the professionals. The master class is free and open for the public to watch from 4 to 6 pm Wednesday, February 16 in Zankel Center’s Room 117. “We’re tremendously pleased to be able to have our students learn directly from such talented and accomplished musicians,” Nazarenko said.




Friday, February 11, 2011


Mardi Gras Canfield Casino Saturday, February 5 to benefit Saratoga Bridges

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Friday, February 11, 2011

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Community Sports Bulletin Skidmore hosts National Girls and Women in Sports Day SARATOGA SPRINGS - On Saturday, February 5, Skidmore College hosted its 5th annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) to celebrate and raise awarness of women’s athletics and their contributions to sports. Girls from grades three through eight were invited to attend a day full of sports clinics, including field hockey, soccer, lacrosse, basketball and more. The clinics were part of an effort to expose the girls at a young age to the many sporting options availble to them. Skidmore hoped to encourage the girls’ participation in sports as they celebrated the 39th year of Title IX, as well as the 25th year of NGWSD. As part of the celebration, the girls were invited to attend the Skidmore women’s basketball game, free of charge, where they were treated to a 56-49 win from the Lady Thoroughbreds against William Smith College.

Varsity Girls Basketball Schedule

Varsity Boys Basketball Schedule

Ballston Spa

Ballston Spa

2/04: vs. Saratoga Springs, 44-49 L 2/07: vs. Burnt Hills, 33-43 L 2/11: at Shaker, 7pm

2/04: at Saratoga Springs, 52-59 L 2/08: vs. Shenendehowa, 34-74 L 2/11: vs. Shaker, 7pm

Burnt Hills - Ballston Lake

Burnt Hills - Ballston Lake

2/04: vs. Shenendehowa, 35-39 L 2/07: at Ballston Spa, 43-33 W 2/11: at Saratoga Springs, 7pm

2/04: at Shenendehowa, 56-64 L 2/11: vs. Saratoga Springs, 7pm 2/15: at Shaker, 7pm

Saratoga Springs

Saratoga Springs

2/04: at Ballston Spa, 49-44 W 2/07: at Niskayuna, 30-40 L 2/11: vs. Burnt Hills, 7pm

2/04: vs. Ballston Spa, 59-52 W 2/07: vs. Niskayuna, 56-51 W 2/11: at Burnt Hills, 7pm



2/04: vs. Granville, 57-32 W 2/05: at Emma Willard, 44-12 W 2/11: vs. Cambridge, 7pm

2/07: at Hoosick Falls, 45-42 W 2/09: vs. Hoosic Valley, 66-42 W 2/11: at Cambridge, 6pm

South Glens Falls

South Glens Falls

2/04: at Gloversville, 2/08: at Queensbury, 41-47 L 2/11: vs. Johnstown, 7pm

2/03: vs. Gloversville, 54-48 W 2/07: vs. Queensbury, 65-59 W 2/10: at Johnstown, 7pm

Adirondack Phantoms win shutout

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GLENS FALLS - On February 5, the Adirondack Phantoms took on the Hamilton Bulldogs at Hamilton, where the Phantoms emerged victorious with a 4-0 win. Denis Hamel recorded the Adirondack Phantoms second hat trick in eight days while Mike Testwuide scored on his 24th birthday to defeat the Bulldogs for the first time in eight tries over the past two seasons. Michael Leighton made 20 saves to earn his 30th career AHL shutout and third win this season. It was Leighton's first shutout in the AHL since March 21, 2008 as a member of the Albany River Rats when he made 35 saves against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Adirondack went 0-for-4 on the power play and 2-for-2 on the penalty kill. For their next game, the Adirondack Phantoms head to Barre/Scranton on February 12, 7:05 pm, followed by a home game on Sunday at the Glens Falls Civic Center against Binghamton at 5:00 pm.


Friday, February 11, 2011


Gavin Park to host Jr. NBA Robin Stacey Tournament

Cantina’s helps raise $3,000 for East Side Rec. Field


by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY WILTON - The Wilton Recreation Center at Gavin Park offers many programs and facilities to area residents - indoor batting and pitching cages, Pickleball games, the parent/tot program, Gorilla soccer and basketball for youngsters, an over 30 men's basketball league and much, much more. But this Saturday it's the Jr. NBA that's taking center stage at Gavin Park, which after a week of playoffs will be hosting the finals during the Robin Stacey Tournament from 8 am to 2 pm February 12. "We're very excited about this weekend with the finals going on," said Steve Porto, Gavin Park's director in his eighth year. "This is a big program for us, usually 300 plus kids play [in the Jr. NBA]. We get a couple hundred people in attendance for every playoff game, and actually the town supervisor is coming to hand out awards around 3:00 pm, when we give out the Robin Stacey award." The Robin Stacey Memorial Award was created to remember the contributions of a lifelong resident in the area, Robin Ray Stacey, whose life was cut much too short following tragic circumstances. A graduate from Saratoga Springs high school in 1981, Stacey was drafted straight away to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Later Stacey then became a member of the U.S. Army, before returning to his hometown in Wilton. There, Stacey spent countless hours volunteering with the YMCA, the Wilton Recreation Center, the high school's gymnastics club and the Wilton Little League. "Robin Stacey was a coach of ours," Porto said. "He was a class gentleman who used to help with some of our programs. He really had a great rapport with the kids. We've chosen to remember him in this way." Following in his brother's footsteps, Ty Stacey joined Wilton's Jr. NBA league as an assistant coach after Robin passed away, eventually

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The Jr. NBA playoffs at the Wilton Rec. Center earning a spot as a head coach himself. Like his brother, Robin, Ty shares a similar passion for recreational youth sports, and in this way strives to give back to his community. "The program here is wonderful because they are focused on how you play the game rather than who's going to win the game," Stacey said. "They really emphasize the skills and development, and teach kids how to play together as a team." At the end of the tournament this Saturday, one athlete will be awarded the Robin Stacey Memorial Award. Selection of the winner is based on the player's attitude and effort, leadership skills, dedication and enthusiasm, sportsmanship, teamwork, and generosity to both teammates and opponents. "It's great that the Jr. NBA staff recognized [Robin's] personality and his contributions to the program, not just for the Jr. NBA, but during baseball as an umpire as well. It's a wonderful feeling that he's recognized by them," Stacey said. The Stacey family has a long history in the Town of Wilton for supporting youth recreational sports and giving back to their community. "My mother was the first female president of the All Sports Booster Club at the Saratoga Springs high school," Stacey said. "Both my moth-

er and my father were involved in that for 20 years or so." Stacey's mother passed away when Ty was only 19 years-old. As a way to honor her memory, Ty's father and the rest of the family formed the Stacey Family Youth Foundation. "Unfortunately when my brother passed away," said Ty Stacey, "it gave us another reason to ask: what can we give back to the community that we all benefited from? How can we keep up the family mission of staying involved and helping out the youth?" To that end, the Stacey Family Youth Foundation is holding its first ever 3-on-3 boys basketball tournament March 5. Each team, with a maximum of five players, allows for, "the kids [to] run themselves on their teams, and kind of take charge a little bit," Stacey said. The tournament is designed to raise funds for the Stacey Family Youth Foundation so it can continue to provide support for youth recreation here in the region. The registration deadline for teams wishing to participate is February 18. You may download a registration form at www.saratoga

SARATOGA SPRINGS - As part of Saratoga Little League's push to raise enough money to reconstruct a new concession stand at the East Side Rec. Field, the organization was able to raise $3,000 on Thursday, February 3 during their fundraising night at Cantina's restaurant on Broadway in Saratoga Springs. "I think the night was a great success thanks to the generous donations for the silent auction and the incredible owners of the Cantina Jeff and Heath Ames and their staff," said Susan Brienza Gordon, the Fundraising Chair for the Building More Than Fields Project with the Saratoga American Little League organization. Besides donating a portion of the night’s proceeds to the cause, Cantina's also allowed the organization to hold a silent auction, which featured items such as a weekend in Killington, VT, a round of golf for two at Saratoga National


Golf Course, a full day boat rental from Saratoga Boatworks, Boston Red Sox baseball game tickets, New York Knicks basketball game tickets and additional assorted baseball paraphernalia. "It was actually really successful," said Ashley Freeman, manager for Cantina's. "The silent auction went over really well, and the kids were having a lot of fun. I'd say there were probably 150 to 200 people who came." While the night was a huge success, Gordon indicated that the organization still has a ways to go before it meets its goal and can begin construction on the new concession stand. "Our fundraising efforts are in their infancy stages and the season is around the corner," Gordon said. "People can donate by going to http://www.saratogalittleleague.or g/ or mailing a check payable to SALL to Jennifer Naperski, 25 Vista Drive, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866."

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Tyler Zieker gives two enthusiastic thumbs up to the Cantina, who hosted a fundraiser to benefit The East Side Rec. Center and Saratoga American Little Leauge on Thursday, February 3.




Friday, February 11, 2011


Emotions and Intensity Saratoga shuts-out Shen

Damian Fantauzzi After watching last Sunday's Super Bowl and the emotions and intensity that it generates in those athletes who play, it makes one realize that there is a direct correlation to what the players are feeling and their performance. I feel that Green Bay had an emotional edge over the Steelers, but not because that they wanted it more Pittsburgh wanted it just as much. If you read about the half-time talk that Charles Woodson gave after his game ending injury, you would understand the reason why the Packers had a slight emotional edge. He gave his teammates an additional reason to play with their hearts and, I must say, to bring home a win "for the Gipper." There is something to be said about the burning fire of intensity that is associated with the desire to succeed. I can't define the differences between intensity and emotion, especially when it comes to athletics, but there are specific

feelings that are identified differently as a fan, a player and finally as a coach. I have experienced these emotions at all three levels and I can see that there are different human effects, as well as postures, that relate to the loyalty of the fans, players and coaches. Just that little emotional speech that Woodson gave at half-time could have been the deciding factor that gave Green Bay enough intensity to become the 2011 Super Bowl Champions. Football is a game, first and foremost, of desire, and that desire helps to fuel the players' skills, elevating their play to a higher level. Without the intensity of emotions, football would not have the appeal that it has to the fans. After all, the fans make the sport, and the sport makes the fans. Realistically, you can't take the intensity of the followers out of the game because without their love for their teams, sports would lose a lot of its appeal. As a coach, player and a fan I have had these emotions brought on by the game's intensity, and these are the emotions that flow through my veins. It is the fuel that keeps my heart pumping and feeds my hunger for more. Bring on March Madness, the Super Bowl of college basketball, no time for digestion of the NFL's finale, we must move in the next direction - give me more!

rival in 2-0 victory by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS - The Saratoga-Shenendehowa high school rivalry was put on ice after last week's winter snow storms delayed their highly anticipated rematch on February 1, but both teams came to the rink with a lot to prove during the rescheduled match-up Monday, February 7. For Saratoga, ranked 4th in the State by the New York State Sportswriters Association, the team was determined to show that last year's run through the playoffs was no fluke. For Shenendehowa, who lost to Saratoga 3-2 on

December 22, the 5th ranked Plainsmen saw the opportunity to avenge their earlier loss and prove that they are once again playoff contenders. But for three periods the Shenendehowa offense was frustrated by the fantastic work of goalie Tyler Ellor for Saratoga, who posted a 23-save shutout, denying the Plainsmen at every turn. Thanks to the work of Saratoga's Brendon Wormley and Alex Luse, who both scored goals within 58 seconds of each other as time in the second period was running down, Saratoga emerged the victors, final score 2-0. With their latest victory,

Saratoga improves to 16-2-1 overall and 12-1-1 in the Capital District High School Hockey League (CDHSHL), taking the first place position with 17 points. Shenedehowa dropped to 13-4-1 overall, 9-2 in the CDHSHL, totaling 16 points to place just behind Saratoga at second. While this may be the last time during the regular season that these two teams meet up, don't expect this to be the last you hear of the rivalry this year. Chances are we have only witnessed the precursor to what seems destined to be a postseason rematch between two tough competitors on the way to the section championships.

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The Saratoga hockey team celebrates from the bench as time winds down during their 2-0 victory against Shenendehowa.



Friday, February 11, 2011

Saratoga Winterfest draws record crowd to 5K snowshoe race by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS On Sunday, February 6, a crowd of 204 snowshoe runners gathered at the Spa State Park for the 12th annual 5K Winterfest Race. "We had our largest pre-registration ever for the event, 162 snowshoe runners," said Jeff Clark, who is the co-race director along with his wife, Laura. "We were very, very fortunate because of the snow," Clark said. "Even with the rain the day before, we had a half inch to an inch of fresh snow on top of it. So the trees were kind of sparkling green and white, frosted with snow. All the evergreens looked delightful." The course, which is nearly identical to the course run by the Saratoga high school cross country team, hosted seasoned pros and newcomers alike as they cut their way through Spa State Park's beautiful scenery. "Our mix [of athletes] is very eclectic," Clark said. "We have guys who are running on the US

Mountain Running team who compete in the Alps and Dolomite mountains in Italy, and we have people who are snowshoeing for the first time." Coming in first place with a time of 24:07 was Tim Van Orden of Bennington, VT, who is a member of the US Mountain Running team. Second place went to Dave Dunham, Bradford, MA, with a time of 24:32; and third place was awarded to Tim Mahoney of Holyoke, MA, with a

time of 24:37. On Sunday, February 12, Camp Saratoga located at the Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park is hosting another snowshoe racing event, this time featuring an 8K run where the top seven finishers in each age bracket will qualify for the National Snowshoe Championship in Wisconsin. To register online, please visit for a link to

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Tim Van Orden is the first racer to cross the finish line.



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