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High-End Housing Market Thaws by Yael Goldman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS - With all its uniqueness and appeal, Saratoga Springs’ housing market may be the city’s greatest deviation from the norm. While the National Association of

Home Builders announced this week that builder confidence in the market continues to fall nationwide, local experts are optimistic that high-end residential construction is picking up in Saratoga Springs. Area builders are seeing promising signs for a more balanced 2011, and the turnover can be an indicator for other market aspects as well, specifi-

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Exit 16’s Economic Impact Ballard Road has potential to attract 17,785 new jobs by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY

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WILTON – The Capital District Transportation Committee (CDTC) and the Town of Wilton have teamed up with consultants from Barton & Loguidice to conduct a linkage study along Ballard Road, aimed at determining the most effective way to foster economic growth and development between

the Northway Exit 16 Bridge and Route 9. Ballard Road off of Exit 16 in Wilton has several shops and businesses already situated in the area – the distribution centers for Ace Hardware and Target being two of the largest operations. But so far the land is largely open and unused,

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Wood Road Elementary Survivor Tournament by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY BALLSTON SPA - Wood Road Elementary held its annual Survivor Tournament Tuesday, February 15, featuring a spirited round of dodge ball with the school’s students and staff. As the action heated up, even school Principal Dave Blanchard couldn’t help but join in the fun at the Milton Terrace North Gymnasium. Cheering her classmates on from the sidelines was Hannah Hughes, who while unable to participate due to challenges with leukemia, used Skype to take part in the activities.

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Second grader Hannah Hughes, unable to join the tournament due to challenges with leukemia, cheers for friends on the sideline via Skype.

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Adam Johnson, 27, of Lancaster Place, Ballston Spa, was charged with driving while intoxicated and having a blood alcohol content greater than .08 percent. Johnson was arrested February 13 in Saratoga Springs. Tammy Welch, 36, of Stillwater was charged with harassment, a violation, following an incident at the Stillwater Central School. Welch was arrested February 5 in Stillwater and transported to Saratoga County Jail with a $1,000.00 bail bond. Darlene M. Bush, 36, of Weibel Ave., Wilton, was charged with driving while intoxicated, driving with ability impaired by drugs, resisting arrest and second-degree obstructing governmental justice. Bush was arrested February 3 in Wilton and will return to the Wilton Town Court on February 15. Ryan Barber, 23, of Saratoga Springs, was charged with operating a motor vehicle with a suspended registration, a misdemeanor. Barber was arrested February 12 in Stillwater and is expected to return to court at a later date. Jason C. Voland, 28, of Pyramid Pines Estates, was charged with third-degree criminal mischief, a class-E felony. Voland was arrested February 15 in Saratoga Springs.

Jonathan M. Davis, 23, of Rt. 372, Cambridge, was charged with driving while intoxicated and driving with a blood alcohol content of .08 percent or greater. Davis was arrested February 12 in Saratoga Springs. Ariel D. Parsons, 41, of North Point Apartments, Clifton Park, was charged with third-degree grand larceny, a class-D felony. Parsons was arrested January 23 in Halfmoon and is expected to return to court at a later date. Michael Aiken, 43, of Saratoga Springs, was charged with aggravated harassment, a misdemeanor. Aiken was arrested February 10 in Saratoga Springs. He was later transported to the Saratoga County Jail with a $1,000 bail bond. James J. Garafalo, 17, of Woodlawn Ave., Saratoga Springs, was charged with thirddegree assault, a class-A misdemeanor; and fourth-degree criminal mischief, also a class-A misdemeanor. Garafalo was arrested February 3 in Saratoga Springs. Sarah Whitney, 27, of Victory Mills, was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor. Whitney was arrested February 12 in Stillwater and is expected to return to court at a later date. Duane J. O'Dell, 47, of Lincoln Ave., Saratoga Springs, was charged with disorderly con-

duct, a violation. O'Dell was arrested February 11 in Saratoga Springs. Cody C. Serviss, 17, of Walnut St., Corinth, was charged with sexual misconduct, a misdemeanor, and possessing a sexual performance by a child, a class-E felony. Serviss was arrested February 10 in Corinth and remanded to the Saratoga County Jail on $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond. Tyler MacDonald, 28, of Walnut St., Corinth, was charged with third-degree assault, a classA misdemeanor. MacDonald was arrested on February 12 in Corinth and is expected to return

to court at a later date. Tyler G. Ogden, 26, of Porter Corners, was charged with second-degree criminal contempt of court, a class-A misdemeanor. Ogden was arrested February 13 in Saratoga Springs. Kyle A. Loya, 18, of Rock City Rd., Ballston Spa, was charged with third-degree burglary, a class-D felony. Loya was arrested on February 9 in the Town of Milton. Shawn M. Pettit, 18, of Lake Rd., Galway, was charged with third-degree burglary, a class-D felony. Pettit was arrested on February 9 in the Town of Milton.


Benjamin C. Sutch, 18, of East High St., Ballston Spa, was charged with third-degree burglary, a class-D felony. Sutch was arrested on February 9 in the Town of Milton. Adam C. Winnie, 21, of Providence St., Albany, was charged with second-degree criminal contempt, a misdemeanor. Winnie was arrested February 14 in Saratoga Springs. Cynthia V. Diaz, 31, of East 6th Rd., Broad Channel, was charged with second-degree harassment, a violation. Diaz was arrested February 12 in Saratoga Springs.


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SARATOGA SPRINGS - The 10th annual Hattie’s Madi Gras Ball benefit for Saratoga Bridges raised more than $30,000. Held Saturday, February 5, at the Canfield Casino during the whirlwind Winterfest weekend celebration, the proceeds from the “big hit” fundraiser will help support the organization’s family support programs. Pictured above: the Hattie’s crew enjoys the celebration to benefit Saratoga Bridges.

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New clues in 1986 missing person case SARATOGA SPRINGS - City police investigators along with

members of the New York State Police Major Crimes Unit have recently been conducting interviews related to the April 29, 1986 disappearance of 13-year-old Tammie


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McCormick. Tammie was reported missing by family members when she failed to return home from school. She was last seen at her home in Geyser Crest on the morning of her disappearance. City Police re-opened the investigation last year and during the past several months have developed several new leads. Police do have a person of interest in Tammie's disappearance but are declining to name the individual publicly so as not to jeopardize the investigation. Police have been in contact with Tammie McCormick's family during the past several months regarding the status of the investigation. Investigators are continuing to conduct interviews and follow up on leads in the case and ask anyone who may have information regarding this investigation to contact them at (518) 584-1800 or anonymously at 584-TIPS (584-8477) or at

Police investigating assault on Canadian firefighters SARATOGA SPRINGS - At about 3:30 am Saturday, February 12 a Saratoga Springs Police Officer on routine patrol observed a disturbance at the intersection of Lake Avenue and Henry Street. The officer found a 34-year-old male victim, unconscious in the middle of the road several lacerations to his head that required multiple stitches to close the wound. He has since been released from the hospital. Police reported the victim and a friend, both firefighters in Ontario, Canada, were in Saratoga Springs for a Fallen Firefighters Convention, made contact with a female operator and female passenger of a mini van. While the mini van was stopped in the intersection the passenger doors slid open and at


least two subjects got out and began fighting with the victim and his friend. The victim received the injury to his head before losing consciousness. Police located the minivan they believe was involved later in the day at a private residence in the Town of Wilton. City Court Judge Jeffrey Wait signed a search warrant and police are of examining the vehicle for physical evidence. Police have identified at least two suspects in this incident, and are withholding the names of the suspects and victims. The investigation is still ongoing. Police are asking anyone who may have information regarding this incident to contact them at (518) 584-1800 or anonymously at the Police Department's website, or the Crime Tip Line at (518) 584-TIPS (584-8477).

County Board names new department heads BALLSTON SPA - The Saratoga County Board of Supervisors announced three new department heads that will take the place of 2010 retirees during their Tuesdsay, February 15 meeting. Hans Lehr will serve as the director of mental health services, Lisa Scaccia was appointed employment and training program director, and Catherine Shrome was named director of purchasing.

Arpei resigns following allegations of misconduct SARATOGA SPRINGS Saratoga Springs City Police Officer Patrick Arpei resigned Tuesday, February 15 amid allegations of misconduct. Arpei, 28, has been with the Saratoga Springs Police Department since 2007. Arpei was charged last July with fourth-degree stalking, a misdemeanor. His case was adjourned in contemplation of dismissal on November 23, meaning it will be dismissed in May provided the officer complies with several court orders, which include one year of counseling, six months of court supervision, that he comply with a five-year restraining order and that he pay for the victim's attorney in that case. In addition to the charge against him, the victim earlier took Arpei to Family Court where she won her case to have a five-year restraining order issued against him and Arpei was temporarily suspended from the police department.



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American Legion Ceremony Earl J. Manning American Legion Post 490 invites the community to attend a special ceremony honoring four chaplains who gave their lives in World War II. The event will take place on Sunday, February 27 at 1:30 pm at the Stillwater Community Center located at 19 Palmer Avenue. Members of the American Legion post will honor the four United States Army chaplains who gave their lives to save soldiers during the sinking of the USAT Dorchester, which was “torpedoed by Nazis” during WWII. “They helped other soldiers board the lifeboats and gave up their own lifejackets when the supply ran out,” Post Historian Phil Kellaruso explained. “The chaplains joined arms and prayers, and sang hymns as they went down with the ship.” Although none of the four are area natives, the chaplains (George L. Fox, Alexander D. Goode, Clark V. Polling, John P. Washington) will be honored as local heroes for their actions. “There are lessons to be learned from their actions. They did something really special, and you can only imagine how many others did the same thing on the combat field to save a brother,” Kellaruso said, adding that a stained-glass window was installed in the Pentagon to memorialize them. Two ministers, a catholic priest and a rabbi will participate in the ceremony, recognizing and representing each of the individual chaplains. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information, call the Earl J. Manning American Legion Post 490 at (518) 664-8037.

Ethel R. Yurcik Saratoga Springs – Ethel R. Yurcik, formerly of Watkin Apts., passed away Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011 at the Wesley Health Care Center on Lawrence Street. She was 92. Born on Oct. 7, 1918 in Wilton, she was a daughter of the late Stephen and Genevieve (Greglik) Yurcik and was a lifelong area resident. A graduate of Saratoga Springs High School, she had worked for many years as a sewing machine operator at VanRaalte & Company. Ethel spent many years serving as a volunteer for the United Way, the Meals On Wheels program and at many area blood banks for the American Red Cross, serving refreshments and working the registration desk. In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by her siblings,

Mary S. Beach, Martin, John and Paul P. Yurcik. Survivors include her niece and nephew, Theresa Rappa of Levittown, NY and John Yurcik of Porter Corners. Graveside services will be conducted in the spring at the family plot in St. Peter’s Cemetery, West Avenue. There were no calling hours. Memorials may be made in her name to the Wesley Foundation, 131 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Arrangements are under the direction of the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing and Cunniff Funeral Homes of 628 North Broadway (584-5373). Online remembrances may be made at www.burkefuneral

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Greenfield Center – Mildred P. Tkacheff passed away Wednesday, February 9, 2011 at Saratoga Hospital. Born Mildred Pagach, she was a lifelong resident of Greenfield Center. Mildred, a first generation American, was born in Greenfield Center on March 6, 1923 to the late Charles and Kristina Pagach, immigrants from Slovakia. A graduate of Saratoga Springs High School, she worked for numerous local businesses that included the G.F. Harvey Pharmaceutical Company where she met her husband-to-be. As the children left the nest, she worked for a short period of time in the business office for Denby’s. A devoted wife and loving mother, she was a great cook and baker that carried on the traditions of eastern

European meals that she learned from her mother and passed on to her children. A creative artist, her home is decorated with many examples of her expertise in ceramics, cross-stitch, needlepoint and crochet. A keeper of a “green thumb,” she enjoyed many hours in her garden tending to her vegetables and flowers. An avid traveler, she and her husband vacationed throughout the Caribbean. Also she never missed a single game of her beloved New York Yankees, even while she was hospitalized. Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Joseph Tkacheff, Jr. of Greenfield Center and two sons, Joseph Tkacheff and wife Cata of Ballston Lake, and Jeffrey Tkacheff and wife Jennifer of Lorton, VA. She was predeceased by her brother and sisters, Helen Smith, Christina

Bohus, Steven Pagach, Annie Burns, Caroline Atwell and Elizabeth Eddy. There was no visitation. A memorial service was held Tuesday, February 15, 2011 in St Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Saratoga Springs. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any donations be made to St Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 149 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 in Mildred’s memory or to any charity of their choice. Arrangements are under the direction of the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing and Cunniff Funeral Homes of Saratoga Springs. Online remembrances may be made at www.burkefuneral

Emily Florence Preston Saratoga Springs – Emily Florence Preston passed away peacefully on Monday, February 14, 2011, at Saratoga Hospital. She was 90. Emily was born on July 21, 1920 in Westfield, New Jersey. She was the daughter of Charles Wesley Preston and Florence Martin Preston. As a young woman, Emily worked in an office in Manhattan and then spent many years at home in Westfield and later in Schenectady, caring for her aging parents, volunteering in church and the community and providing child care for friends and family members. Emily enjoyed traveling, especially in England and around the New England states. She lived on Cape Cod for several years and enjoyed walks on the beach, antiquing and exploring the history and landscape. Emily moved from the Cape to Saratoga Springs in 1989, where she made many friends in Watkin Apartments and later in Wesley, volunteered at local muse-

ums and delivered meals to shut-ins, played bridge with the Wilton Seniors, knitted beautiful garments for family and friends, and continued to cheer for her favorite sports teams: Princeton University football, the New York Giants and the Boston Red Sox. Emily was devoted to her family and was a constant source of love, good humor, fun and selfless support. She leaves behind her sister, Jane Preston White and husband Robert F. White of Sarasota, Florida; her niece Susan White Dahne and husband William F. Dahne of Sarasota; and niece Nancy White Martinez and husband James P. Martinez of Saratoga Springs. Emily’s grand-nephews, Christopher White Martinez and Tyler Preston Martinez, were the light of her life and she of theirs. Emily told them stories of the family’s history and of growing up during the Great Depression and World War

II, and stories of life in a senior citizen apartment building. From her they learned what a difference a love-filled family and community can make during hard times as well as good times. Emily leaves behind many people to whom she was a confidante and source of love and friendship. At her request, there will be no memorial service. She would want to be remembered with love. Think of her when someone brightens your day with a smile, bakes a custard when you’re feeling down or just sits with you and listens with compassion. Emily’s family wants to extend a special thanks to the staff at Wesley Health Care Center where she spent the last 11 months surrounded by the most compassionate and knowledgeable caregivers. Memorials may be made in Emily’s name to The Wesley Foundation, 131 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, New York, 12866.

Kimberly A. Hebert Saratoga Springs – Kimberly A. Hebert died suddenly Friday, February 11, 2011. She was 28. She was born January 12, 1983 in Saratoga Springs, the daughter of George and Arlene Hebert. Kim was employed as a nurse for the practice of K Plastic Surgery and The Glen Eddy Terrace. She graduated from Saratoga High School in 2001, continuing her education in nursing as a graduate of BOCES practical nursing program. She worked for a few years in Saratoga Hospital, finding her true calling as a caregiver to others. Everyone who knew Kim was touched by her sweet personality, her kindness and affection for all, and her positive outlook on life. Her warmth, sincerity, and love for others had no boundaries. She is survived by her parents and

loving brother Buzz, grandparents Henry and Doreen Nieber of Glenville, George and Dolores Hebert of Schenectady, her aunt Coleen Churchill of Albany, and uncles Henry Nieber and Mark Hebert of Albany, cousins and best friends, Casey Hotaling, Dan Churchill, Faith and Kari Nieber, Ryann and “B” Hotaling. In addition to her family, Kim leaves behind

many loving friends who will miss her deeply. Relatives and friends gathered to remember her Tuesday, February 15, 2011 at the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes of Saratoga Springs. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Wednesday, Feb. 16 in St. Mary’s Church, 167 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa. Burial was private. Donations may be made to the Urology Department, Children’s Hospital, 300 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA 02115 or Northeastern New York Arthritis Foundation, 1717 Central Avenue, Suite 105 Albany, NY 12205 Online remembrances may be made at www.burkefuneral


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Robert B. Gregory Galway – Robert B. Gregory, 59, passed away February 9, 2011 at home after a year-long courageous battle with cancer. He was the son of the late Robert Gregory of Delmar and Joan Lovely Bunnell of Porter Corners and brother of the late David Gregory of Clifton Park. He is survived by his wife Lynn of 39 years, two sons, Jeff of Galway, Jason and wife Karen of Malta, two grandsons Michael Thomas and Dylan Robert of Galway. Four siblings Deborah (Stephen) Gaetano of Clifton Park, Brian (Theresa) Gregory of Galway, Sandra Ackert of Selkirk and Kathy (Bill) Taylor of

Georgia, several nieces and nephews and his loyal four-legged companion Brady. He worked many years as a ‘petroleum distribution technician’ at Mark’s Automotive in Clifton Park. He will be greatly missed for his quick wit and his unique ability to

make us laugh. A gathering of family and friends took place Saturday, Feb 12, 2011 at the William J Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes in Saratoga Springs. A funeral service followed at the funeral home. The family would like to thank Community Hospice of Saratoga for their wonderful care, with a special thank you to his nurse Joyce. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Online remembrances may be made at www.burkefuneral

Happy 220th Birthday Saratoga County! by Lauren Roberts, Saratoga County Historian for Saratoga TODAY On February 7, 1791 the legislature of the State of New York passed a law stating “…all that part of the said county of Albany, which is bounded easterly by the west bounds of the said county of Rensselaer and the county of Washington, southerly by the middle of the most northerly branch of the Mohawk River, and the middle of the said river and the town of Schenectady, westerly by the county of Montgomery, and northerly by the county of Washington, shall be one separate and distinct county, and be called and known by the name of Saratoga.” Two hundred and twenty years later, the county is home to approximately 220,000 people living in 19 towns, 2 cities and 9 villages. At the time of creation, Saratoga County was made up of just four towns; Ballstown (now Ballston), Halfmoon, Saratoga and Stillwater. Each town elected one supervisor to represent them; Beriah Palmer for Ballstown, Benjamin Rosekrans for Halfmoon, John B. Schuyler for Saratoga and Elias Palmer for Stillwater. The very first meeting of the Board of Supervisors was held on the last Tuesday of May at Mead’s Tavern in Stillwater.

Being that only three of the four supervisors were present, they decided to adjourn the meeting until the next morning. The next day the board met at 10 am, but upon noting that Beriah Palmer was still absent, they adjourned again. Finally on June 2, two days late, Beriah Palmer of Ballstown arrived in Stillwater to attend the meeting. It was decided that Palmer, despite his lack of punctuality, would be moderator of the board. The next order of business was appointing a clerk, Cornelius Vandenbergh, and a treasurer, Guest Van Schoonhoven, to the board. After these appointments were made, the rest of the business consisted of paying accounts and levying taxes. The record shows the county was paying for services such as taking the census, working at elections, laying out roads, making tax lists, killing wolves (by offering a bounty for wolves, the county hoped to get the wolf population under control), overseeing the poor, attending trials, surveyor’s work and constables. After the accounts were settled, the board agreed that they would adjourn and plan to meet again on the first Tuesday in September back at Mead’s Tavern in Stillwater. Over the course of 220 years, many things have changed in county government. The Saratoga County Board of Supervisors meets once a month rather than only twice a year. The board consists of 23 supervisors, a far cry from the 4 present at the first meeting. The

board meets in a modern legislative chamber within a structure built expressly for the purpose of governing the county, a vastly different atmosphere from Mead’s Tavern. Meetings take place in the county seat of Ballston Spa, not Stillwater. While at times it may seem that modern board meetings are a bit lengthy, they certainly do not compare to the three-day long meeting experienced in 1791. In the year 1991, on the county’s 200th birthday, the Saratoga County Bicentennial Commission planned events throughout the year to commemorate the anniversary. Some people may remember the event at Canfield Casino where supervisors reenacted the first board meeting and an 18th century fashion show was held. There was an essay contest for local students, a bicentennial calendar, a Heritage Day held at SPAC, a parade, and finally, the Bicentennial Gala Ball held at the Saratoga Springs City Center. These events brought pride to the citizens of Saratoga County and highlighted how far we had come in the last 200 years. Now, 20 years later, the county is still making progress in its reputation as a wonderful place to live, work and vacation. Happy Birthday to you Saratoga County, and may the next 220 years be as memorable as the first!

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Saratoga Shakespeare Company launches first annual “Brush Up Your Shakespeare” Series Saratoga Shakespeare Company is happy to announce the beginning of a new tradition: a “Brush Up Your Shakespeare” series. “This is our opportunity to give back to the community who has been so generous to us over the past 10 years!” said Jay Rogoff, Saratoga Shakespeare Company’s president and dramaturge. “Without the support of our community there would be no Saratoga Shakespeare Company or free professional productions of the Bard’s work each summer in Congress Park.” The series kicks off during winter break and the first event is for all on school vacation. All events take place at the Saratoga Springs Public Library and are free.

FEBRUARY 24 at 11 am Children’s Series A Midsummer Night’s Dream Children are invited to take part in retelling one of Shakespeare’s most hilarious and magical comedies as Company members lead them on a fantastical journey through the play. Costume pieces, movement, props and storytelling will all be woven together to create a wonderful way to spend a day of vacation with the Bard.

MARCH 22 at 7 pm Shakespeare in Hollywood by Ken Ludwig Lights, Camera, Shakespeare! It’s 1934 and Shakespeare’s most famous fairies, Oberon and Puck, have magically materialized on the Warner Bros. Hollywood set of Max Reinhardt’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Instantly smitten by the glitz and glamour of show biz, the two are ushered onto the silver screen to play (who else?) themselves. The mischievous magic of moviedom sparkles in this hilarious comic romp.

APRIL 7 at 7 pm Happy 447th to the Bard (4/23)! Love’s Fire by Eric Bogosian, Marsha Norman, Tony Kushner Seven sonnets by Shakespeare, newly envisioned for the stage, in one-act plays by 7 brilliantly gifted contemporary playwrights. These 7 plays, each paired with the sonnet that inspired it, are startling not only in the variety of their mood, content, and setting, but also in their unusual interpretation.

MAY 24 at 7 pm The Combat Scenes! “Fight till the last gasp!” Saratoga Shakespeare Company’s artistic director and professional fight choreographer, William Finlay, leads a workshop in various stage combat techniques and applies them to scenes from Shakespeare.

JUNE 14 at 7 pm The Merchant of Venice Scenes and Discussion Hosted by Saratoga Shakespeare Company’s president and dramaturge, Jay Rogoff leads a discussion about some of the relevant issues of The Merchant of Venice along with members of the Company who preview some scenes from one of Shakespeare’s most thrilling and controversial plays. This summer The Merchant of Venice will be performed on the Alfred Z. Solomon Stage in historic Congress Park on Tuesday through Saturday, July 12-16 and July 1923 at 6 pm and Sundays July 17 and 24 at 3 pm. As always, performances are free, and Congress Park is entirely accessible. To support the vision and mission of Saratoga Shakespeare Company, contact William Finlay at (518) 209-5514 or by e-mail at



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Saratoga Springs City Council by Arthur Gonick Saratoga TODAY A full gallery in the City Council room at the Tuesday, February 15 meeting had the issue of potential City Charter change on its mind, as a dozen citizens conveyed their thoughts both for and against the initiative by Saratoga Citizen during the public comment period. On Mayor Scott Johnson’s agenda was a discussion/vote item to file a notice of appeal in the case which was decided against the City by Judge Thomas Nolan. In a split 3-2 vote, the Council voted to approve that motion, which kept open the option of an appeal as distinguished from an actual appeal itself. Had the Council not voted to do this, its right to appeal the decision would have expired on Thursday, February 17. Joining the Mayor in support of the measure were Commissioner of Public Safety Richard Wirth and Commissioner of Public Works Anthony Scirocco. Voting against were Commissioner of Accounts John Franck and Commissioner of Finance Kenneth Ivins. In the discussion preceding the vote, the Mayor cited two possible grounds for appeal. He expressed centered on the fact that the City was denied an evidentiary hearing about the validity of Saratoga Citizen’s petition signatures, as well as the fact that Judge Nolan ruled that a fiscal note was not required to be submitted with the filing. The Mayor stated that this had state wide implications for municipalities, as well as for possible charter change movements in Saratoga Springs in the future. “This may not be the popular choice,” the Mayor stated, “but the City has an obligation to examine the validity” of Judge Nolan’s ruling. During the Mayor’s remarks, a few outbursts from the public in the Council gallery occurred, causing Mayor Johnson to rule the people who spoke out of order.

Commissioner Franck stated that he was voting against the provision as the general election was only eight months away and that he did not want to delay the process. He felt that it was reasonable to assume that the Mayor will eventually appoint a Charter Review Commission. The expenditure of legal fees on this matter by the City (which Franck emphasized was, in fact, $28,000 and not a higher number as some had alleged) was justified to this point. “We were going to get sued anyway no matter which way we went” on either challenging or certifying Saratoga Citizen’s petition, but that further legal expenses were not defensible. The Mayor still has the option of appointing a review commission. The Council may also vote to put a review commission together; however, its output would be placed on a ballot as an alternative to Saratoga Citizen’s charter change proposal. If the Mayor appoints a review commission, it would trump Saratoga Citizen’s proposed government change to a Council-manager form from the current Commissioner City government.

In other Council News: - Following a public hearing, the Council unanimously voted to amend the City’s 2011 Capital Project budget to add the purchase of a fire truck to replace one that had been damaged, as well as to make remediation to the City’s Public Works garage as a result of a consent order from the State Department of Environmental Conservation. While these two projects added almost $500,000 to the Capital Budget, they were partially offset by cuts to other programs that were previously approved – the net result was an additional $100,200 added to the projects to be bonded. It was emphasized that the Canfield Casino rehabilitation project, which had received a large cut, would still occur and would be able use funds that were accrued to the project in previous years.

- The Mayor re-appointed Dora Lee Stanley to a third term on the City recreation commission, and added an item to his agenda that saluted Assistant City Attorney Tony Izzo for 25 years of service to the City. - Supervisor Joanne Yepsen reported a large increase in both claims and savings to Saratoga County residents using the Pro-Act discount prescription card, which is available to all County residents at no charge. From the period of January 2010 to January 2011, total claims increased from 1,705 to 2,671, with corresponding savings to residents increasing from $47,800 to approximately $111,000. She expressed concern about the potential loss of Community Development Block Grant money to the City because of Federal Government cuts; these monies provide about $400,000 annually for notfor-profit and social service organizations in the City. Ms. Yepsen urged that a resolution come from the Council to express concern regarding the potential loss of these funds.



Car overturns in fatal Kayderosseras Creek accident 29-year-old Middle Grove woman pronounced dead by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY Jacqueline A. Dowen, 29, of 470 Sodeman Road, Middle Grove, was pronounced dead after a fatal one car accident during the early hours of Thursday morning, February 17. Dowen was discovered around 4:30 am in Milton off of Lewis Road, where her car appeared to have flipped over and landed in the Kayderosseras Creek. Officials from the Rock City Falls fire department and the sheriff's department responded to the scene and removed Dowen from the vehicle. Officials also discovered a dog in the car, deceased. Dowen was transported by Ballston Spa Community EMS personnel to the Saratoga Hospital. She was pronounced dead upon arrival. Police indicate that the accident occurred when Dowen failed to stay in her lane, although the cause is still unknown. An autopsy was performed later in the afternoon on Thursday, with the accident categorized as still being under investigation pending the toxicology results.


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Ballard Road: potential for 17,785 jobs along corridor continued from Page 1 and its proximity to Luther Forest, interstate access and existing utilities make in an attractive area for further commercial development. “It’s about as shovel-ready as you can get,” said Wilton Town Supervisor Arthur Johnson. “Sewer, water, power and cable is already there; zoning is in place for multiple uses; and there is a lot of vacant land available of different sizes and uses. So I think it’s prime for development.” Unlike the commercial hub off of Exit 15, which features multiple shopping centers packed with retail giants, restaurants and the like, Johnson indicated that he’s hoping for a different kind of economic growth along Ballard Road. “The Exit 16 division has always been [intended for] light industrial, office and manufacturing uses,” Johnson said. “We’re not looking for heavy commercial types of businesses in there (and that’s all

“It’s about as shovel-ready as you can get... The whole intent and importance here is job creation.” Arthur Johnson Wilton Town Supervisor

controlled by zoning), or for any residential development. Light manufacturing and industrial would be ideal; the whole intent and importance here is job creation.” As part of the linkage study, consultants will assess everything from potential sites and their room for growth, access management, the adjustment of traffic patterns and (possibly) road construction in anticipation of heavier usage, and

even the feasibility of developing a Park & Ride public transportation system for the area. “As part of the study we’ll be taking a look at, in a very general way, what the Wilton Global Job Development Corporation (WGJDC) reviewed in their “Blueprint for Economic and Job Growth” in terms of estimating commercial development,” said Sandra Misiewicz, a Senior Transportation Planner with CDTC. In August of 2009, the WGJDC released it’s report entitled “Blueprint for Economic and Job Growth,” a study which looked at areas along Exit 15 and Exit 16 that were prime for further development. In its study, the WGJDC concluded that along Exit 16 were 50 parcels of land totaling 360 acres with full development potential, as

well as an additional 17 parcels with 359 acres of space available for partial development. In full, it is estimated that there is 14,646,766 square feet of land with development potential in the area, which still allows for 2,197,015 square feet of open space, roughly 15 percent of the land. According to the study, which can be found online in its entirety at documents/BlueprintforEconomic andJobGrowthFinal103009ReducedFile.pdf, it estimates that (depending on if the space is used by a retail, office, or industrial operation) between 8,137 and 17,785 jobs could be created along Ballard Road if the area is developed, accounting for total annual wages from as little as $194.2 million to a staggering $913.6 million. But none of this can, or will, happen overnight. “We’ve seen through our program several communities that are now implementing a number of projects from their linkage studies, but it takes time to run through the process and find the funding for the different concepts and their implementation,” said Misiewicz. As for the length of the study itself, which is scheduled to begin sometime in early March, “typically they take about eight months to a year to complete, but this project is a little smaller, so I would say closer to

eight months,” Misiewicz said. Funding for a project such as this, especially considering the health of the greater U.S. economy, can sometimes be tricky to find, Misiewicz indicated, but Ballard Road has a few things going for it that may end up working in its favor. First, utilities and zoning laws are already in place, which lowers the initial cost and shortens the timeline for businesses looking to develop along the corridor. Second, because Ballard Road is technically a county road, it may be eligible for county, and even federal assistance as it’s developed. “In the past we’ve been able to finance things like sidewalks through federal funds, and since [Ballard Road] is a county-owned road, the county might be able to assist in some manner. The Department of Transportation can assist with issues regarding the bridge over the Northway itself since they’re the owner of that. So there are definitely some different options available to the community,” Misiewicz said, adding, “most of these programs need some sort of local cash-match of some kind, however, so there will be some contribution on the part of the town.” Supervisor Johnson is hoping that the Town of Wilton’s track record of having zero property taxes over the last 29 years will help to draw businesses to the region, something he sees as a great incentive for potential development. “We’ve had 29 years of no property taxes, which is a big draw here and encourages growth. And when I say growth, it’s got to be quality growth – a well-planned, sensible growth,” Johnson said. “We rely primarily on sales tax, so as the town grows, our percentage of sales tax grows – another reason for wanting growth. It is a tremendous financial advantage to the town, which allows us to not only have no taxes, but to provide amenities that are important to people,” such as the bevy of programs run through the Wilton Recreation Center at Gavin Park, the upkeep and maintenance of the Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park, and other additional programs and services residents have come to rely on. “All of that adds to a greater quality of life,” said Johnson, “and that’s what brings people here.”



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High-end construction

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Snyder Builders’ Oak Ridge neighborhood project stands the test of a down economy. continued from Page 1 wallets are more flexible, the need for new housing is often less urgent, and many are seeking second or third homes. When the market slows down and mortgage rates plunge, these buyers take a back seat. “It’s not always a price sensitive issue, so when the economy comes back the interest picks up after being kind of stagnant,” Moore said. Despite the period of inactivity, it seems the high-end sector is more resilient simply because supply and demand retains a different balance in upper-end residential new construction. “There are generally not a lot of pre-built homes, especially not in new construction because people want to customize them,” Moore said. “If you have a million or two million dollars to buy a home, you want to build it the way you see fit.” Unlike the expansive “mcmansion” subdivisions that were popular in the late 80s and 90s, these neighborhoods won’t have five to ten houses available while construction is underway. Oak Ridge, Snyder Builder’s new high-end project off of Meadowbrook Road that has generated quite a bit of buyer interest over the past five months, exemplifies how the industry is trending away from mcmansionville and how supply is more fit for demand. The “traditional neighborhood design” project is in its first phase with six houses currently under construction – and they’re already spoken for. According to Jeff and Joe Snyder, the residents will be living in their homes year-round. When complete, Oak Ridge will contain 113 houses and, although the neighborhood is far from finished, the builders are confident that buyer interest will continue to grow. Jeff Snyder said that buyer interest will remain strong not only because

they’re dealing in the high-end market, but because Oak Ridge was designed to retain its appeal. Built to look and feel 100 years old in Saratoga’s historic character, the homes are smaller and more functional; they’re filled with useable space and placed on manageable lots. With deep sidewalks, nature trails, parks and various neighborhood centers across the 130-acre site, homeowners have the advantage of enjoying nature and recreational space without all the hard work to maintain it. “This is the concept that everyone is going toward,” Jeff explained. A return to the traditional home and neighborhood may be the next big thing in new construction, but it’s hardly considered just a trend. “The homes are always desirable because they are traditional. The architecture is timeless,” said Joe Snyder, explaining how it doesn’t hurt that Saratoga Springs is well regarded as an “attractive place to live.” With finite space for new residential housing developments within the city limits and Saratoga Springs’ unwavering appeal, increased activity in the high-end market brings hope that existing and mid-level home sales will subsequently pick up as well.

9 The economy certainly impacts buyer interest; however the market typically fluctuates, and the most recent ups-and-downs compared with historically cyclical activity may also point to a continued positive trend. The colder months of the year are historically slower in any economy, and area industry members are optimistic that the end of 2010 into the winter of 2011 will prove no different. “This time of year should be the start of a pick up,” Moore said. “Generally, our market runs in cycles, with more activity starting to occur around March and April, with the height around May, into June and early July.” With tourist season influx during the second half of the summer, Moore explained that the activity slows down a bit in the area, as many people are renting for the season or are focused on enjoying the warm weather. The next wave of increased activity occurs in September and into the beginning of winter, when things will slow down again. Regardless of whether the economy or regular ups-and-downs are to blame, the market is trending upward and buyers are starting to move after a long period of sitting on the fence. Natalie Amsler, BCI Construction representative and Roohan Realty associate broker, has been in the new construction sector for over a decade and she too has witnessed this positive trend. She said that interest in the Elms at Saratoga, BCI’s new high-end neighborhood project on the West side, has experienced more inquiries and greater traffic volume during open houses over the past few months. “I just think people are getting tired of waiting around. People had put things on hold for a while, and now they’re coming to the realization that things are turning around,” Amsler said.

Final chapter for downtown Borders - Business leaders optimistic that prime location will not be vacant for very long. SARATOGA SPRINGS - After filing Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Wednesday, Borders will be closing its Saratoga Springs location, according to a list of nationwide store closings published by the Wall Street Journal. The store, on the corner of Broadway and Division Street, is in the heart of downtown Saratoga Springs. This location has been identified as one of 200 “underperforming” stores nationwide that will be shutting down as the company tries to stay afloat. Borders has occupied the 25,000 square-foot building for over a decade. “I don’t think we’ll be waiting long to find the right replacement,” commented Todd Shimkus, President of the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce. “The property is designed to be flexible in accommodating single or multiple tenants; its location and the inclusion of parking behind the building make it ideal.” “I view this as a unique opportunity to find an exciting, new and dare I say ‘cool’ business to locate, and make the location a destination that will drive even more traffic downtown than before,” Shimkus said. Expressing that Borders’ recent troubles are not reflective of the economic climate downtown, he noted “at the end of the day, Borders has made decisions that have put themselves behind everywhere in a very challenging industry. I am confident that the property owner (Myron M. Hunt, Inc.) is very capable of marketing this property.” Similar thoughts were expressed by Tim Holmes, Vice President of the Saratoga Springs Downtown Business Association. “While we are always disappointed to lose a large tenant on Broadway, it is ultimately a Borders performance issue rather than a Saratoga one.” Pointing to new developments such as the recent groundbreaking of the Bonacio project on Railroad Place, and existing businesses that are thriving such as Uncommon Grounds, Holmes said “we have a lot of great things coming downtown. Our downtown has proven to be resilient, and we have plenty of great independent business minds here that contribute to downtown’s overall prosperity.” - Arthur Gonick



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


We’re engaged! Chrissy Rotchford, pictured here with her mother Margie Rotchford, celebrated her 17th Birthday Party at Mine Nightclub in Saratoga Springs on Saturday, February 12. In lieu of gifts, Chrissy asked her guests for donations to Medical Missions for Children. There were over 65 teenagers at the party, most were her fellow students at Schuylerville’s Jr./Sr. High School, and they donated a total of $696. Chrissy wore a dress from Rockabella and enjoyed delicious “Mocktails” and sodas provided by Mine.

Mrs. Sonia Harder of Lake Luzerne is pleased to announce the engagement of her daughter, Lisa Alden of Saratoga Springs to Walter Sparks, also of Saratoga Springs, son of Ms. Rita Sparks of Schenectady. Miss Alden is a full-time real estate agent and sales and training manager at Toran Lake Country Realty and the owner of FACES of ny. Mr. Sparks is a retired NYS Trooper and is a District Coordinator for AFLAC. A wedding date of June 18, 2011 has been selected. Congratulations to both of you!



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Saratoga P.L.A.N. develops Coldbrook Preserve by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY NORTHUMBERLAND – Saratoga P.L.A.N. is in the process of developing a recently purchased 63acre parcel of land off of Homestead Road in Northumberland into its newest nature preserve.

The Coldbrook Preserve connects to land owned by the Nature Conservancy, Saratoga County Forest, and the Wilton Wildlife Preserve, and is the site of one of the area’s picturesque wetlands. “The Coldbrook was dammed up by beavers a number of years ago,

DMV instates two-point penalty for using cell phone while driving ALBANY - Officials at the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) have announced that the Department will impose two points on the driving records of those who have been found guilty of driving while using a cell phone for offenses committed on or after February 16, 2011. Previously, no points were assigned for talking on a cell phone although two points are assigned for texting while driving violations. The new regulation will align the point penalty for both violations. “Distracted driving is one of the most serious dangers on our roadways today,” said DMV Executive Deputy Commissioner J. David Sampson. “By strengthening the current law, our hope is that motorists will become even more aware of the potential consequences of their actions if they use a cell phone while driving.” “I am in total support of the change,” commented Saratoga Springs Commissioner of Public Safety Richard Wirth, “and am glad that the DMV took this step. In my opinion, when people drive a vehicle, it deserves their wholehearted attention, in order to maximize their own safety as well as others around them.” In November 2001, New York became the first in the nation to adopt a state-wide ban on handheld cell phone use while driving and established a fine for the violation of up to $100. In November 2009, a law eliminating the use of portable electronic devices for texting while driving took effect, a violation that currently has two points attached to it along with a $150 fine. In New York State, driver distraction is a contributing factor in at least one out of five crashes. Each year over 300,000 tickets are issued statewide for cell phone violations. In 2009, nearly 5,500 people died nationwide in crashes involving a distracted or inattentive driver and more than 440,000 were injured. The change was made possible by a change in the DMV Commissioner Regulations (15 NYCRR 131). The Department received no public comments on this change that was posted in the State Register. For more information on this topic and other highway safety issues, visit

and the dam created this big opening, a big wet meadow with a lot of different dragonflies and some woody species,” said Maria Trabka, executive director at Saratoga P.L.A.N. (Preserving Land And Nature). “It’s really just beautiful wetlands,” she added. The property, which will provide a sanctuary for two rare species of turtles (Blanding and Spotted Turtles), is being developed for residents to hike, snowshoe and cross-country ski. “We’ve flagged off part of the trail

now,” Trabka said, who indicated that there are plans in the works to connect the Coldbrook Preserve trails to trails located on the Nature Conservancy, Wilton Wildlife Preserve, and possibly even the Kalbus-Perry County Forest to the south. “All of a sudden, our 63-acre preserve trail becomes a part of a much larger trail system,” Trabka said. Saratoga P.L.A.N. is currently looking for volunteers in the community to help them develop and main-

tain their newest acquisition. “There will be work days to put in the trails, or clearing whatever has to be cleared,” Trabka said. “And then once the preserve has opened, we will be looking for volunteers to help with the ongoing care of the preserve.” Interested parties who wish to lend a hand are directed to speak with the Stewardship Director, Andy Fyfe, with Saratoga P.L.A.N. Fyfe can be reached by phone at (518) 587-5554, or by email at


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LEGACY Chad Beatty Publisher On my way into work today I had a life and death revelation that shed light on my very existence. Although the event that caused it was nothing other than ordinary, the insight garnered from it was extraordinary. In a nutshell, here it is: I am driving down 29 doing about 50 mph on my way into work. Daydreaming my morning away I notice a tractor trailer heading in the opposite direction. The driver of the big rig is assumedly doing the same

thing as me and traveling at about the same speed. As our lives crossed paths for that split second in time, I felt nothing more than the breeze created by the power of the steel behemoth. At that second I realized that every day we come feet from certain death. The mere flinch of a muscle or mechanical failure could have sent us colliding into each other leaving a pile of twisted steel and carnage. My next series of thoughts centered on the meaning of my life and the legacy I would leave behind if I had just passed from this world into the next. Some of the simple yet important questions that I pondered were: • Was I kind to people yesterday? • How will my son remember me? • Do I do enough to positively influence people's lives? • Did I use my God-given

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Letter to the Editor talents to their fullest? • Have I done anything over the past week to help anyone? • Do I 'walk the walk' or just 'talk the talk?' Although I don't plan to share my specific answers with the entire world, I can say that I was pleasantly surprised in some instances and realized that I had much work to do in other areas. The result of this self analysis… I have decided to attempt, on a daily basis, to think about at least one of these questions and put it into action. I realize that it is much easier to write about this subject than it is to actually put it into action, but perhaps if I can take more positive actions each week, even if just a little, I will make someone's life just a little better. Now imagine what our community would be like if we all did this. I am asking all of you to do something. I want to hear the positive stories out there of good people doing good work. Send them in to us and we will publish them on the 'Letters to the Editor' page. Your submission doesn't have to be long, it doesn't have to be well written, and you don't have to mention names if you choose not to. Let's get the ball rolling and see where this goes. Good luck and I look forward to hearing from you.

February 9, 2011 To Saratoga Today: Recently I read Judge Nolan’s decision on the Saratoga Citizen’s charter petition and I concluded that the city council was poorly served by the law firm which represented it in this case. The law firm’s arguments for the city were all ruled invalid. In ruling in favor of Saratoga Citizen, Inc. Judge Nolan rejected all three of the city’s main contentions. First, Judge Nolan stated that, contrary to the city clerk’s contention, the petitions were not securely fastened. The judge said the fastening of the 87 sheets of petitions was not “fatal to a petition absent evidence of fraud,” Saratoga Citizen was able to convince the court that there was no fraud. Furthermore, the judge pointed out that the city clerk’s office had not given the Saratoga Citizen, Inc. notice of non-compliance so that they might comply with the binding requirements. By this omission the city had effectively waived its right to invalidate the petitions on the grounds that they were not “securely fastened.” Second, Judge Nolan rejected by the city’s contention that the petitions were out of compliance with the statute. (Municipal Home Rule Law section 37, subsection 11) because the petitioners did not include a fiscal note. The Judge pointed out that a referendum on a local law advocating a reorganization of government funding by the normal budgeting process, does not require a fiscal note. Arguments

over the costs can and should be raised in the electoral process but the lack of a fiscal note is not a reason to keep the proposal from going to a referendum of the voters. Why the law firm failed to warn the city that the fiscal note argument was not consistent with the statute is surprising to me. I am not a lawyer but I read the Municipal Law section and understood that that a fiscal note was not required. Finally, Judge Nolan upheld the Saratoga Citizen, Inc.’s case and ruled that there were 1227 valid signatures on the petitions submitted to the city. The city sought to disqualify signatures on eleven petition sheets. Upon examination by the court, the petition carriers were able to satisfy the court that there was no fraud and that the 167 signatures on the eleven sheets were signatures of duly registered voters of the city, and that 43 more disputed signatures were residents listed in the 2009 city voter registration records. In all, the court found that there were more than enough valid signatures to satisfy the statute. Now that the Saratoga Citizen, Inc has prevailed in its case, it is time for the city to seek the help of the Office of Local Government in the New York State Department of State. This office has the expertise to help the city council determine the appropriate time to place the charter proposal on the ballot at no additional cost to the city taxpayers. I urge the city to work with the Department of State’s Office of Local Government to arrange for a referendum on the Saratoga Citizen, Inc.’s petitions. Over twelve hundred Saratoga Springs citizens asked the council to do this last August. Sincerely, Margie H Van Meter 175 Washington Saratoga Springs, N Y 12866 (518) 587-1545




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Community Fund promotes giving back by Yael Goldman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS - As the spirit of giving grows within our community, The Adirondack Trust Company is making it easier to support local charities. The recently launched Adirondack Trust Company Community Fund is a non-profit charitable organization that provides a unique vehicle for philanthropic supporters. Set up as a "perpetual source" for community support, the fund establishes a link between donors and area charities that is independent of the bank. The Adirondack Trust Company serves as the fund's trustee and administrator, while an advisory committee is responsible for accepting grant requests and allocating donations. The committee is comprised of six members serving a rotating term that were selected for their own philanthropic spirit: Committee Chair, Joan Taylor, DV, Stepwise Farm; Mary C. Gavin, CPA, Tyll & LaVigne, Inc.; David Meager, consultant, Adirondack Trust Insurance; S. Scott Perkins, attorney; David H. Porter, professor, Skidmore College; Charles V. Wait, CEO, the Adirondack Trust Company. "Our purpose in creating the community fund was to help individuals channel their charitable giving and provide them with a way to give back to the community," said Committee Chair Joan Taylor, a local commercial thoroughbred breeder that is enthusiastic about giving back to the community. For Taylor, active citizenship and philanthropy have contributed to the area's quality of life and the community fund was set up to encourage that continued tradition - which is increasingly important in a down economy. "This fund is really meant to establish a long-term source of community activism and support of worthy charities in our area," she said. “With the challenges we face in this economy and unrest over horse racing, [the fund] has huge potential.� What makes the community fund so unique is that donors have two options for their contributions: the general fund and donor advised fund.

The general fund is, essentially, the community's charitable bank account. The fund benefits local non-profits and accepts taxdeductible donations from anyone and of any amount. The money is allocated by the advisory committee, which will review grant requests from various charities within the region. Established for contributions of $20,000 or more, the donor advised fund is a unique way for individuals to create their own charitable account within the general fund. Donors will not only receive a tax deduction for their donation, but they will retain their ability to make recommendations as to where they want the money to go and how long they want it to last. According to John Fullerton, administrator of the Adirondack Trust Company Community Fund, this option is suitable for someone who is coming into a large amount of money and has a charitable intent. "For example, someone who is selling a business and will probably have high taxes for that given year," he explained. "They may put some of those sale proceeds [into the fund], get a tax deduction for it, and yet they don't have to give it all out that year." As an easy and flexible vehicle for individuals and business owners to support area charities, the fund continues a community culture of giving. "We are committed to providing a resource for the community that shows being charitable is uncomplicated and fulfilling," Taylor said. "The spirit of giving in our region is alive and well, and our mission is to make iT easy for those who give, to help others." The committee is still fine-tuning the details of the grant request responsibilities, and is currently developing a process for communication with charities. However, the non-profit is accepting contributions. So far, the general fund holds $500,000, and the hope is that it will continue to grow and allow the committee to approve more significant distributions to charities in need. "The bank has a very strong and long history of trying to help out the community and many charities in the process," Fullerton said.


Local Business News Roohan Realty welcomes new associate broker Roohan Realty announced this week that Natalie Amsler has joined its team as a licensed associate broker. She is affiliated with BCI Construction, Inc., the award-winning builder of the "Elms at Saratoga" community. The Elms at Saratoga is nestled in an established West Side neighborhood in the City of Saratoga Springs with 24 lots available. Natalie serves as the sales and site coordinator for the development. Natalie has specialized in new construction for the past 10 years and is committed to excellence, honesty and integrity. "I am able to offer homeowners a deep comprehensive understanding of the design and build process as well as the demonstrated ability to provide ongoing support," Amsler said. "Purchasers will enjoy a continuous personal relationship with me from the moment of introduction to closing and beyond." Natalie can be reached by phone at (518) 587-4500, ext. 108 or via email at namsler@theelm

HRCCU tax announcement For tax year 2010, Hudson River Community Credit Union (HRCCU) is helping make taxes easy for its members by offering TurboTax Online at a discounted price via its website and virtual branch online banking service. Members can download the free 1040EZ edition of Turbo Tax or choose from the Deluxe, Premier or Home and Business versions (for an additional fee). The site also features tax calculators, tips, online support and how-to videos. "By offering TurboTax Online, we provide a valuable benefit to our members at tax time," HRCCU CEO Susan Commanda said. "We want to make sure members have an easy, fast and accurate way to get their maximum refund possible at tax time and TurboTax does that." This year, TurboTax automatically transfers more essential tax information into tax returns

for greater ease and accuracy. Customized guidance, recommendations and answers give members the confidence that their taxes are done right. For more information, visit

Email service provider welcomes heralded IT expert to its staff Thoughtbus, a cloud services provider specializing in communication and collaboration capabilities, announced this week that Steven Valente is the company's new computer systems manager. Valente is an 18-year veteran of the IT industry who excels at implementing and managing small to large IT infrastructure. Prior to joining Thoughtbus, Valente worked with Perdue, Inc., where he designed and integrated new systems technology and developed systems automation tools/scripts and integrated enterprise centric technologies. As a Microsoft certified systems engineer, Valente has extensive global enterprise experience, which has empowered him to specialize in renovating technology road maps and best practices for Fortune 500 companies with very diverse and complex infrastructures. As Thoughtbus' computer systems manager, he will manage the infrastructure that powers the company's premier hosted Exchange 2010 and SharePoint 2010 services. "With significant experience in his field, Steve will undoubtedly help Thoughtbus execute our aggressive growth strategies," said Geoff Citron, CEO of Thoughtbus.

Planning underway for the 2011 Showcase of Homes The area's premier new home tour will continue its famed tradition in 2011 with the 16th rendition

of the Showcase of Homes. Planning is in full swing, as the 2011 Showcase of Homes Committee prepares for three spectacular weekends of tours and unique festivities, featuring the region's finest, award-winning builders. A must-attend fall event, the 2011 Showcase of Homes will kick off with Chef's "Saratoga Style" on Friday, September 16, and will continue over the following weekends: September 17-18, September 24-25 and October 1-2. Tickets will be $20. Proceeds from the 2011 Showcase of Homes will benefit Rebuilding Together Saratoga County ( and Habitat for Humanity of Northern Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties ( Since its inception, this annual community event has contributed over $650,000 to local charities. For more information or to become a sponsor for the area's premiere new home tour, contact Barry Potoker, executive director, by phone at (518) 3660946 or by email For more details on the 2011 Showcase of Homes event, visit




Friday, February 18, 2011


High school, adult students learn career skills by Yael Goldman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS - After spending just a few hours in Jeff Rescott's HVAC/R classroom at the Myer's Center in Saratoga Springs, it's clear that no two days or students are alike. Students of all ages enroll in the program to learn about heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC/R), and gain valuable work experience. Through a hands-on curriculum that integrates math and English Language requirements, students learn everything from electrical safety codes to installing the latest plumbing technology. They build life-like bathrooms in the classroom, work with water

pipes, learn trade-related carpentry and experiment with many aspects of heating and cooling. The HVAC/R is one of the strongest in the Career and Technical Education program. A high percentage of both high school and adult students who graduate will find work in a related trade or go on to expand their knowledge by enrolling in two and four-year programs. With all of these benefits, it's no surprise that the program is growing in popularity. According to Rescott, who received his own HVAC/R training at the BOCES center, enrollment in the program has been steadily increasing over the past ten years. "When I first started, we had 20 students; now we have

60," he said. And with a recently awarded national accreditation, Rescott's rigorous and widely-applied curriculum has yet another appeal. Last summer, the HVAC/R program earned a national five-year accreditation from HVAC Excellence, giving Rescott's graduates a strong edge up on their competition when they enter the workforce. "I'm here to get kids aligned with this trade, and get them ready to go out into the field," Rescott said. The curriculum is built upon HVAC Excellence's rigorous standards and requirements to improve students' competency and skill-level. At the end of the two-year program, students take a challenging three-day exam to receive their certification. "I believe this accreditation confirms the rigor of our program and is an indication of the steps we are willing to take to prepare our students for industry," said Douglas Leavens, director of Career and Technical Education. "We are also pleased with our contribution to an industry that has grown in importance as our region and state turns towards an energy-efficient economy." For Brie O'Keefe, a junior from Schuylerville Central School

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Jeff Rescott works with student Jeremy Vanier in the HVAC/R program at the Myers Center in Saratoga Springs. District, the two-year program at the Myer's Center is just a stepping stone. After graduation, she plans on enrolling in the fouryear program at Hudson Valley Community College and become certified as a technician, so she can move to Florida and work on air conditioners. "They will always need AC down there," she said. As a 41-year-old student in the program, John Sperry is also looking to jump start his career in heating and cooling. As a long-

time welder, he's excited about the change of pace and thankful that Rescott's program affords him the opportunity to do so. "Everything I learn in this program will help me get my foot in the door," he said. Sperry doesn't mind sharing the classroom with younger students; in fact, he's happy to be a positive example for them. "It shows them that you can always go back to school and learn new things," he said.

Saratoga Springs students are “too cool for drugs” D.A.R.E. may be gone, but drug abuse resistance education is still alive and well in the Saratoga

Springs City School District. Fifth graders in two of the six elementary schools began an intensive, science-based curriculum called, Too Good for Drugs, in early February. Students in the district's four remaining elementary schools will start the curriculum later this year. "So far the response from stu-

dents and teachers has been really good," said the Prevention Council's Director of School-Based Prevention, Pat Marin. "The principals have mentioned that they've received positive feedback from parents about the interactive parent/child worksheets, too." The program's eight sessions are taught over the course of roughly three weeks, with 5th grade teachers and trained Prevention Council staff sharing teaching duties. Prevention Council educators teach four lessons, concentrating on topics relating to alcohol and tobacco, peer pressure refusal strategies, and goal setting. Lessons also cover topics such as communication skills and decision making, along with a variety of fun, interactive games that reinforce the lessons taught throughout the three-week time frame. For more information, visit




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m o Corner o r s s a l C Saratoga Springs High School to hold Junior/ Parent Night The Guidance Department at Saratoga Springs High School will sponsor a program on the college admissions process for juniors and their parents starting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 3, at the school. Parents and students will have the opportunity to attend three different workshops in the following areas: Getting Started in the College Admissions Process; Introduction to Financial Aid and Scholarships; The Transcript Review Process; Choosing a Career/Transfer Program at a TwoYear College; College Athletics: An Introduction to the Eligibility and Recruitment Process for the NCAA; Beyond the Transcript: The Importance of the College Essay, Resume, and Interview in the Admissions Process; and Transitioning from High School to College: A Guide for Students with Disabilities. Representatives from Siena College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, SUNY Albany, Skidmore College, The College of St. Rose, SUNY Adirondack, and Hudson Valley Community College will participate in the workshops.

Myers students collect donations for fire victims The Employment Preparation students at the F. Donald Myers Education Center are gathering food, money, grocery and department store gift certificates and furniture for the Ramsey family, Ballston Spa residents whose home was consumed by fire earlier this year. The family of four, including twoyear-old Ashlynn and four-month old Joshua, is in need of baby items, Enfamil infant formula, baby cereal,

fruits and vegetables. The family is also seeking meals and snacks for themselves and Ashlynn who loves French fries, chicken nuggets, and boxed macaroni and cheese. The family is currently crammed into a small Saratoga Springs motel room with one bed. They need money to pay for their stay as they will not collect a settlement from fire insurance as they were renters. They are also seeking furniture for a home they are currently hoping to purchase in Greenfield Center. Myers teacher Joel Hoskins, who is heading the effort to collect donations, said the work is important for his students as they learn the importance of giving. "They learn about community service," said Mr. Hoskins. "There are people out there who are less fortunate. They learn how to give and how good it feels to give." Donations can be made directly to Mr. Hoskins, who can be reached at (518) 581-1303 or Please contact him to make arrangements to have the donations picked up over the weekend or during the school winter recess from Monday to Friday, February 21 to 25.

High School, Saratoga Lions Club sponsor Respect Award Saratoga Springs High School announced this week that its faculty and staff, along with the ParentTeacher-Student Organization, will be collaborating with the Saratoga Lions Club for the fourth year of the Respect Award. The award recognizes high school students for the 2010-2011 academic year who have earned the respect of their teachers, parents, friends, others, and most importantly, themselves. Students interested in applying may pick up applications in any of the high school

administrative offices. Applicants are required to gather recommendations from adults and peers as well as a complete writing task due by April 8.

Saratoga Bridges gears up for DDAM Saratoga Bridges joins a network of 700+ The Arc's chapters across the nation to salute March as Developmental Disability Awareness Month (DDAM). DDAM commemorates the progress self-advocates, families and volunteers have made toward improving the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Nearly a quarter century ago, President Ronald Reagan officially proclaimed March as DDAM to bring intellectual and developmental disabilities to the forefront, to underscore the pride and promise this group has in achieving their dreams, to generate renewed respect for them and to educate the public of issues that still face this constituency and their families.

Students invited to participate in essay contest The Addictions Care Center of Albany (ACCA) is excited to announce the first ever Northeast Family Chocolate Festival Essay Contest. Sponsored by Stewart’s Shops, the contest will run during the month of February and is open to

Capital Region students in grades 6 – 8. Based upon key messages emphasized through ACCA’s prevention programming, the contest theme is “Know When to Say No.” Students are asked to describe a time when they faced peer pressure and how they overcame the situation. How did they “know when to say no”? What advice can they give to other kids

who may face the same issue? The deadline for the contest is Monday, February 28, 2011. A panel of judges will select the top three essays according to creativity, originality and relationship to the contest theme. Interested participants may obtain an entry form online at or by calling (518) 465-5829.




Friday, February 18, 2011

“April Showers” Luncheon

Abby and Emmylou

Jill Sweet Wiskers and Tales Before we turn to the story of this week’s column, I want to thank all of the readers who sent me cards and e-mails about Vida. It is so nice to hear from others who have faced the same heartbreak or will soon face it. As much as it hurts when you must say good-bye to an animal, having them give you unconditional love for as long as you’ve had them makes it all worth it. They give us so much. They can teach us so much. They are so much more than “just a pet.” I have often argued that a pet can teach young people responsibility. They learn that a pet depends on them for food, shelter, regular exercise and affection. If they act

responsibly by conscientiously caring for the domesticated animal, they earn loyalty, companionship and unconditional love from that pet. Recently, I read an essay about such a relationship between an eleventh grade Saratoga High School student named Abby and a little beagle named Emmylou. Abby was hired to take care of Emmylou when the dog’s owners (Bill and Colette Fox) periodically took short trips out of town. The essay was nicely written and told a moving story about Abby’s care of Emmylou. I asked Abby if I could print her story here and she agreed. Enjoy this delightful tale told in first person, reflecting Abby’s perspectives on Emmylou and being a young dog sitter: I first met Emmylou the Beagle when I was twelve years old. Her owners hired me to care of her while they went out of town. Emmylou’s owners are major folk music fans, thus Emmy was named for singer-songwriter Emmylou Harris. Their love of folk festivals is the reason that Emmy and I got to be such good friends, as they often traveled to music events. From the start, Emmy and I hit it


off. She was a classic 13-inch beagle. Whenever I showed up, she was happy to see me. Our relationship was based on two essential elements for dog happiness: food and walks. As the person responsible for her care in her owners’ absence, I tried hard to never let her down. Looking back six years later, I realize that caring for Emmy taught me a lot. I watched her in all seasons of the year, and her custom was always to sniff thoroughly each blade of grass, each pebble and each leaf that she encountered. Nothing was too small or too boring for Emmy to investigate. Although our routine rarely changed, Emmy was always excited to go out, and grunted happily as I put on her collar and leash. Her tail wagged like a metronome as she marched briskly ahead of me. Our walks started at her house, past the playground to the elementary school a block away. Each outing was a chance to explore and consume: a candy wrapper, a half-eaten slice of pizza, some French fries, a melted ice cream cone. Emmy was not particular. She saw this as a wonderful opportunity to expand her palate. I waited as she investigated. I shouldn’t have been too surprised by this, however. As scent hounds, beagles are programmed to always follow their noses. This fact was made clear to me in the Emmy “owner’s manual,” titled “Living with Emmylou,” which her family gave to me prior to the first time I took care of her. Also in this homemade booklet was the warning to make sure Emmy was never outside without a leash. Another caveat concerned Emmy’s diet. She was only to eat dog food, absolutely no people food. Obviously Emmy never read the booklet because she always seemed to get into something right



Saturday, April 2, 2011 / Noon – 4:00 p.m. Lunch served promptly at 12:45 pm Hyatt Place (Exit 12/Northway), 20 State Farm Place, Malta, NY 12020


*** This event is being catered by Longfellows *** Entrée Choices:

(1) Hot Roast Beef Dinner (2) Blue Fish Rockefeller (w/fresh spinach, mushrooms, chopped bacon and Anisette) (3) Lemon Chicken François (egg-batter dipped and pan seared w/light lemon garlic veloute) (4) Vegetarian selections & dietary requests are available w/prior notice

Baby green salad with your choice of dressing and fresh rolls with creamy butter Dessert and non-alcoholic beverages included There will also be a cash bar available. Price: $30.00 per person, includes 1 Bingo card! Checks payable to: Estherville Animal Shelter - c/o Barb Kerker 1556 Division St., West Charlton, NY 12020 For reservations, please contact Barb Kerker on or before March 19 at (518) 882-5562 or 50/50 Raffle

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before her family was scheduled to leave. One time she ate half a pizza, another time, a large quantity of salad dressing. It was never clear how Emmy obtained such contraband, but the end result was often the same: a slightly sick dog whose owners were far away. She always recovered. Although I was quite young when I began to take care of Emmy, I tried to be responsible. Taking care of her on a school day required that I get up an hour earlier in order to have enough time to feed her, take her on a walk (and wait as she took her sweet time), before leaving for school. At night, I had to finish all my homework so I could feed her and take her on a late-night walk without losing too much sleep. The next day, I would get up and do it all again. One morning, Emmy tried to escape from the house as I was opening the door. I dove off the top step of the porch to stop her from getting away. She seemed fine with me reasserting authority. During the summer, the kids at the playground would always try to pet her and get her attention. The neighbors sitting out on their porch-

es would inquire as to how she was. She never seemed to acknowledge her fan club, but I know she appreciated the attention. To a select group of people, myself included, she was unreserved in her affection. One day, I mistakenly thought I had to go and feed her dinner. When I got to her house, I noticed that her owners were home. I went in to the kitchen to get her food ready, and to her owners’ surprise, she was leaping with joy at the sight of me. I thought my relationship with Emmy was going to end this year, as I am getting ready to go to college. I was right, but sadly, the circumstances are not what I anticipated. Emmy died in early November following a sudden illness. I’m sad to think that I will never again drive by her house and see her sitting in the bay window in her living room, looking at her yard and the busy street beyond. I miss her already, but I am grateful to Emmy for the patience and responsibility she taught me, and for the friendship we shared. She was a great little dog. Abby Wise, Saratoga High School



Friday, February 18, 2011

Words to know: taciturn: adj. Quiet



19 Self discipline is when your conscience tells you to do something and you don't talk back.


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ACROSS 1 Timeworn observation 6 “Pronto!” 10 Party person 14 Paganini’s birthplace 15 One of an historic seagoing trio 16 Not deceived by 17 Los __: city near San Jose 18 Presidential putdown? 20 1926 channel swimmer 22 Bernardo’s girl in “West Side Story” 23 Presidential advisers? 26 Trademark cousins 27 Trains on supports 28 “Discreet Music” composer 29 Movie beekeeper 30 People person? 32 Presidential ATM sign? 39 “Contact” author 40 “Uh-uh” 41 Ex-Saudi ruler __ Saud 44 Managed 45 Onetime California gubernatorial candidate Huffington 48 Presidential university? 51 Biblical words before and after “for” 52 Title subject of a G.B. Shaw play 53 Presidential belt-tightening? 56 Blitz attachment 59 Prefix with “Language” in a 1993 comedy best-seller 60 Gaston’s god 61 Perform penance 62 Scraps 63 U. of Maryland athlete 64 Streisand title role DOWN 1 Turkish honorific 2 Wilmington’s st. 3 Lover of armies? 4 Acts of kindness 5 Enter cautiously

Top Video Rentals 1. Red 2. Parnormal Activity 2 3. Machete 4. Takers 5. The Social Network 6. Despicable Me Raising Hector

-W. K. Hope

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6 Americans in Paris, e.g. 7 Femme fatale 8 Book collector’s suffix 9 Put down in writing? 10 Mubarak of Egypt 11 Surfing without a board, maybe 12 New York’s __ Island 13 T in a sandwich 19 Typewriter feature 21 Queue after Q 23 Opposite of bueno 24 Psychic couple? 25 “That’s __ ask” 26 Sta-__: fabric softener 30 Hoodwink 31 Ruling family name in 19th-century Europe 33 Connecticut coastal town near Stamford

Broom Hilda 7. The American 8. You Again 9. Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps 10. The Town

Animal Crackers

34 “Yikes!” 35 Qualm 36 Like some workers in an open shop 37 HMO employees 38 Thumbs-up vote 41 Response to a doubting Thomas 42 More scrawny 43 Prohibitive door sign 45 Misbehaves 46 British rule in India 47 Post-fall reassurance 49 Interpol headquarters 50 Glyceride, e.g. 54 Setting on the Mississippi: Abbr. 55 A lost driver may hang one, briefly 57 M.D.’s specialty 58 Styling stuff



living Feb.

18 - Feb. 24 events Weekend-Long

Gansevoort Farmers’ Market

Every other Saturday, 11 am to 1 pm at the Northumberland Town Hall on Catherine Street. Next market scheduled for March 5.

Tang Museum family day 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 at Skidmore College. For reservations and information, call (518) 580-8080.

Sweetheart of a book sale

“Souper” supper

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. For more information, please visit

Old Saratoga Reformed Church, 48 Pearl St, Schuylerville. 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.

eat breakfast this morning from 8:30 to 11 am at the Senior Citizen’s Center at 5 Williams Street. Tickets are $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and children 5 to 12 years of age. Complete menu!

Greenwich Elks buffet breakfast Rte 40 S, Bulson Road, 1/4 mile south of Rte. 29 East, Greenwich From 9 to 11:30 am on the third Sunday of each month, let us do the cooking for you with a complete buffet. Adults $6, seniors $5, children $4.

Winter chicken barbecue Gurtler Bros. VFW Post 420, 190 Excelsior Ave., Saratoga Springs Come from 1 to 5 pm for this delicious dinner with chicken, potato, clam chowder, and more. $10 Donation. Snow date will be February 27.

Monday, February 21

Dance Flurry

Dance on Ice

Origami for teens

Saratoga Hilton and City Center, 534 Broadway. This weekend long event begins Friday and continues through Sunday. Over 300 performers, workshops, singing and more For more information, visit

Weibel Ave Ice Rink, Saratoga Springs. From 6 to 8 pm, dance on ice will have music for kids to dance to while they skate. This is a supervised event and drinks and snacks will be available. $7 per child, $4 skate rental. For info, email

Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry St. For students in grades 6 through 12. Sensei Dan will show you how to make some very trickylooking origami projects that are actually quite easy! Registration required by calling (518) 584-7860, ext. 239.

Saratoga Integrative Medicine Education Network film

Community bingo

Friday, February 18 Italian dinner 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.

Saturday, February 19 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. PLUS Red Confetti Studio will be at the market this week, displaying children’s pictures of cows in memory of the King Dairy Farm cows that perished when the farm’s barn roof collapsed.

Saratoga Arts Center, 320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs. Documentary, “Something Unknown…is Doing We Don’t Know What,” will be shown at 7:30 pm. Admission for the film is $15.

Sunday, February 20 All-You-Can-Eat breakfast Saratoga-Wilton Elks Lodge #161, 1 Elks Lane, Route 9, Saratoga Springs. Let us do the cooking this morning with a delicious breakfast, even offering Eggs Benedict! From 8:30 to 11 am. Adults $7, seniors and military with ID $6, children (ages 5 to 12) $5, under 5 free, takeout $8.

Rotary breakfast Saratoga’s own Racing City Rotary presents their monthly all-you-can-

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

Skidmore cello concert Arthur Zankel Music Center, North Broadway, Saratoga Springs This free concert begins at 7:30 pm. For more information, call (518) 580-5321 or visit

Tuesday, February 22 “Climate Change in the Adirondacks,” a lecture by Jerry Jenkins. Empire State College, 2 Union Ave., Room 126, Saratoga Springs. The lecture begins at 7 pm followed by Q & A. The event is free and open to the public. RSVP


Friday, February 18, 2011 (requested, though not required), to Susan McFadden, or (518) 587-2100, ext. 2949. For more information or in case of inclement weather, visit or

Wednesday, February 23 Saratoga Reads! art program for kids Tang Museum, Skidmore College, North Broadway, Saratoga Springs From 10:30 am to noon, this is a hands-on children’s art program inspired by the Saratoga Reads! Junior companion book, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, by Brian Selznick. Appropriate for children ages 6 and up, and is free and open to the public. Space is limited and reservations are highly recommended. Please call the Tang at (518) 580-8080 to register.

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

Adventures in Madagascar Crandall Public Library, 251 Glen Street, Glens Falls. At 7 pm, Joyce Miller will present this free photographic slide show. For more information, visit or call Pat at (518) 792-6846.

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) 5848547 for more information.

Edwin M. Moseley faculty research lecture Skidmore College, North Broadway, Saratoga Springs At 8 pm in the Gannett Auditorium. Alice Dean, a professor of mathematics and this year’s Moseley Lecturer, will discuss her research titled “Layers, Lines and Boxes: Some Mathematical Puzzles and Pearls.” Selection as Moseley


Lecturer is the highest honor the Skidmore faculty can confer upon a colleague. For more information, call (518) 580-5741.

Thursday, February 24 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. Wheelchair accessible and has one floor that is nonsmoking and another that is smoking. Refreshments for sale/no outside food items are permitted in the building please. For more information, call (518) 584-2370.

Upcoming Roast Beef dinner February 26 Saratoga United Methodist Church, Henning and 5th Ave From 4 to 6:30 pm, enjoy this delicious dinner with homemade pies for dessert! Adults $9, children and seniors $7. Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling (518) 584-3720, ext. 17.

Ceilidh fundraiser The Friends of the Stillwater Free Library will be holding a Ceilidh Fundraiser on Sunday, March 6 from 3 to 6 pm at the Stillwater Area Community Center, 19 Palmer Street, Stillwater. The family-friendly event is a celebration of Irish music and dance. Admission is $5 per person or $15 per family. All proceeds help the Friends support the Stillwater Free Library. For more information, email or call the Library at (518) 664-6255.

Saratoga Reads “books and brunch” Saratoga Reads will join forces with Sperry’s Restaurant on Caroline St. for a “books and brunch” event on Sunday, March 6, 11 am to 2 pm. Will include special food and drink items based on the themes of The Housekeeper and the Professor, as well as fun activities, raffles, and more. A portion of the day’s proceeds will go to support Saratoga Reads and its community programming. For reservations, call Sperry’s at (518) 5849618. For more information go to

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Friday, February 18, 2011

local briefs Adirondack Night Silent and Live Auction On Friday, March 4 from 6 to 10 pm, this event supports the financial assistance programs and operating costs of the Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs. Cost is $40 per person, $75 per couple or $350 for a group of 10. To register, visit

Book sale The Book Bag Shop, located in the Saratoga Springs Public Library at 49 Henry St., will hold a 50% off sale on all items in the shop from Sunday, February 20 through Sunday, February 27 during regular shop hours. For more information, visit

National Park volunteer opportunities Saratoga National Historical Park needs you! We are preparing for the 2011 season and are looking for enthusiastic and dedicated individuals to assist as Volunteers in Parks (VIPs) in several areas. As a volunteer at Saratoga Battlefield you will receive training and a uniform, plus you’ll get to work in a beautiful environment with knowledgeable and friendly rangers. For more information, please call the Saratoga National Historical Park volunteer coordinator at (518) 664-9821, ext. 225. The following positions are available: Schuyler House guides – provide 35-minute guided tours of historic Philip. Schuyler House in Schuylerville. Visitor information specialists – greet visitors and provide basic site orientation to the battlefield. Battlefield interpreters – stationed at Neilson House to provide historical information to visitors touring the battlefield Bookstore sales associate – assisting visitors with suggestions for book or gift purchases, operating computer-based sales system Musket corps – participate in living history programs through demonstrations of 18th century soldiers’ musket drilling, firing, marching and maneuvering. Special event volunteers – help during large events

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 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) 587-8224.

Boston Flower and Garden Show trip The Senior Citizens Center of Saratoga Springs and the Saratoga Casino and Raceway are sponsoring a bus trip to the Boston Flower and Garden Show at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston on Wednesday, March 16. This exciting trip is offered at a great value and seating is limited. For Senior Center members, the price is $45 including transportation and admission to the show. The non-member price is $60. The tour bus leaves the center, located at 5 Williams Street in Saratoga, promptly at 8 am and returns between 9 and 9:30 pm. The bus will also visit Quincy Market. A “transportation only” package is also available for those not wishing to attend the show. For details, membership information and reservations, call the center at (518) 5841621.

Old Saratoga Seniors trip We’ll be traveling to Hawley, PA on Thursday, March 17 for a St Patrick’s Festival lunch and show at Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Banquet Center. The cost is $37. The bus will pick up at the Saratoga train station on West Ave. at 6:30 am and at the American Legion on Clancy St in Schuylerville at 7 am. Return time is estimated at 8 pm. For more information, call Mary LaMora at (518) 584-7986.

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 on Tuesday, February 22 from 3 to 4 pm. This group is designed for caregivers, families and friends of people with dementia. For more information or to register, please contact Trudi Cholewinski at (518) 6911516.

Recreation Programs February Vacation at the Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park The kids are out of school, and

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21 there is no better time to get outside! During the school vacation, Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park will have daily programs geared toward reconnecting children with nature. All programs start at 10 am. For additional information, please call the Park office at (518) 450-0321, ext. 92 or email Pre-registration is always appreciated. For up-to-date trail conditions or program information, please visit the Preserve & Park’s website at Monday February 21: Alpine Ski shop will be at the Preserve & Park. They will have sets of cross-country skis available in adult and kids’ sizes to try free of charge on a first- come, first-served basis. There will also be snowshoes for rent at $3.00 a pair (free for members of Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park). Volunteers will be on hand to provide pointers. Equipment will be available from 10 am to 1 pm at the small building at the end of Parking Lot #1 at the Camp Saratoga location on Scout Road. Tuesday February 22: There will be a 1-hour program for participants to make crafts with natural material collected during a short hike. For this program, please meet at the Winter Lodge located just past the kiosk along the blue trail that leaves from Parking Lot #1 at the Camp Saratoga location on Scout Road. Wednesday February 23: We’ll have a movie morning, featuring the classic Dr. Seuss film, The Lorax. This will take place at the Park Office at 80 Scout Road. Thursday February 24: Cocoa and cookies are the perfect accompaniment to nature stories that will be read by Lois Streit, previous host of WMHT’s “Short Takes.” This program will take place at the Park Office at 80 Scout Road. Friday February 25: This guided

nature hike is geared towards families with school-aged children. The focus will be signs of animals in winter. For this program, please meet at the kiosk along the blue trail that leaves from Parking Lot #1 at the Camp Saratoga location on Scout Road.

Malta Recreation Center 1 Bayberry Dr. Malta. 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. Please call (518) 899-4411 for more information.

Toddler Time This class is for the preschool child ages 15 to 36 months and their parent or caregiver. This class will meet Tuesday mornings for six weeks starting March 1. Malta resident fee $42, non-resident fee $46. Call (518) 899-4411 for more information on how to register.

Making Music A fun music and movement class for children 18 months to 4 years old to attend with their parent or caregiver. Children participate at their own developmental level and class will include a story, craft and snack. This class will meet Wednesday mornings for six weeks starting March 2. Malta resident fee $42, non-resident fee $46. Call (518) 899-4411 for more information on how to register.

HELPING HANDS Organization

American Red Cross Mission Since its founding in 1881 by visionary leader Clara Barton, the American Red Cross has been the nation's premier emergency response organization. As part of a worldwide movement that offers neutral humanitarian care to the victims of war, the American Red Cross distinguishes itself by also aiding victims of devastating natural disasters. Over the years, the organization has expanded its services, always with the aim of preventing and relieving suffering. Today, in addition to domestic disaster relief, the American Red Cross offers compassionate services in five other areas: community services that help the needy; support and comfort for military members and their families; the collection, processing and distribution of lifesaving blood and blood products; educational programs that promote health and safety; and international relief and development programs.

How to Help We are always looking for volunteers to help in various capacities including: Disaster Action Team (DAT) Members - This team responds to local fires in the following counties: Warren, Washington, Saratoga, Hamilton and Southern Essex Training Required: Introduction to Disaster and the Chapter DAT workshop

upcoming town meetings Town of Ballston: Ballston Town Hall 323 Charlton Road 885-8502 2/22: Public hearing on Grievance Day date change, 7:20 pm 2/22: Town Board special, agenda mtg, 7:30 pm 2/23: Planning Board agenda mtg, 7 pm 2/23: Planning Board mtg, 7:30 pm Village of Ballston Spa: 66 Front Street 885-5711 Town of Greenfield: 7 Wilton Road 893-7432 2/22: Planning Board mtg, 7 pm Town of Malta: 2540 Route 9 899-2818 Town of Milton: 503 Geyser Road 885-9220 2/24: Zoning Board mtg, 7 pm City of Saratoga Springs: 474 Broadway 587-3550 2/22: Design Review Commission workshop, 5 pm 2/22: Planning Board workshop, 5 pm 2/23: Planning Board mtg, 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 2/21: Planning Board mtg, 7 pm Town of Wilton: 22 Traver Road 587-1939 2/24: Zoning Board mtg, 7 pm


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Friday, February 18, 2011

A Major Flurry of Activity - 24th annual Flurry Festival sets the rhythm this weekend. by Arthur Gonick Saratoga TODAY If you have any interest at all in music, people, fun and diversity, it is highly urged that you make a point to spend time at the 24th Flurry Festival this weekend, where you can choose from over 400 performers at no less than 250 events and be part of a community of over 5000 people. It brings a welcome blast of wintertime energy and liveliness (not to mention a boost of economic oomph) to downtown Saratoga Springs, where the Festival has called home since 1997. Within the event you will find swing and square dances, contradance exhibitions, concerts and programs that are designed for the total beginner through the experienced participant. There are special offerings geared toward entire families, for teens and for children. It is spread out all weekend among six venues with several performances engaged at many rooms at once at the festival headquarters (City Center/Saratoga Hilton). Also, nearcontinuous activity also takes place in the Saratoga Music Hall, Temple Sinai, The Parting Glass and Caffé Lena. The official name of the Festival was changed in recent years to “The Flurry: A Festival of Traditional Dancing and Music” from its former title “The Dance Flurry” to more accurately reflect its programming. So let it be known that this festival is dance, but so much more: you can receive instrument instructions, participate in singing programs, or you can just listen and marvel. And marvel you will, at a cavalcade of artists celebrating music and dance from England, Scotland, Ireland and Scandinavia. Also to music and gyrating rhythms that have Latin, African and Middle Eastern roots, as well as several permutations of Cajun, Zydeco and other genres spawned here in the USA. Calling the Flurry ‘something for everyone’ is damning with faint praise. This is nothing less than a triumphant tribute to the joy of movement, the richness of cultural communication through music and the sheer energy of involved expression. As an observer or participant, novice or devotee, you are sure to

find several things that interest and delight you. A festival of this magnitude is spread out over three days (Friday – Sunday, February 18, 19 and 20) with shuttle buses available to take people from site to site without missing a beat. We urge everyone to refer to the Flurry website ( for the complete programming lineup, or to the many brochures that are available throughout town by now. The entire schedule is so crammed with both diversity and content that it resembles your basic Tokyo subway car at rush hour! While dancing shoes are recommended at some sites, sturdy nonworn athletic shoes are also acceptable at several locations. Perhaps some people have shied away from this event in the past because they were worried about being intimidated by the expertise of the attendees. While the talent level of many people who attend The Flurry is quite prodigious, please rest assured that the organizers and attendees have gone to great lengths to create and foster a community vibe where all are welcome. There are also several beginner (‘Dance 101’) classes dotting the schedule. And anyway, remember: no one is really looking at you. Once you give it a try, though, I bet you won’t be able to keep still.

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Friday, February 18, 2011


And the winner is… you! Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad hits Putnam Den before US tour Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad (GPGDS) has played 500 shows in the past three years, touring relentlessly and developing a widespread grassroots following. The group has performed at premier venues and festivals across the country, showcasing their tight musicianship and dynamic live show experience. They embark on another massive nationwide tour beginning March 1; but first will stop by Putnam Den on February 25 for a showcase of their latest roots reggae material. They are also in the studio recording a new album. "The reality of this band is that

we're always evolving - musically, spiritually, and within our own circle," says GPGDS bassist James Searl. For more information about the band, visit

Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad Friday, February 25 Doors at 8 pm Tickets: $10 (Age 21+) / $15 (18-20) Putnam Den 63A Putnam St Saratoga Springs, NY12866 518-584-8066

The Saratoga Film Forum requests the pleasure of your company at its 18th annual Oscar night, which will take place on Sunday, February 27 at the Prime Restaurant at Saratoga National Golf Club, Saratoga Springs. This is the Film Forum’s largest fundraiser of the year, and you can watch all the envelopes open in grand style. Cocktail hour is from 7 to 8 pm, with a supper buffet from 8 to 9:30 pm. A silent auction will occur throughout the evening, and the Hollywood proceedings are viewable on large screens. Cocktail attire for the event is requested. Tickets are $75 per person. Reservations can be made by calling (518) 584-3456 or online at

ST. MARY’S SCHOOL’S THIRD ANNUAL BIG HEART GALA! St. Mary’s School is known as “a small school with a big heart” and they invite you to their 3rd annual Big Heart Gala, which will be held on February 26 at The Vista located at Van Patten Golf Course, 924 Main Street in Clifton Park, from 6 to 11 pm. The Gala is a glitzy night with dining, music by the TS Ensemble, dancing, live and silent auctions, raffles and fun! It brings together local business owners, parents and community mem-

bers who all share something in common - support for St. Mary’s education and the local community. St. Mary’s School is proud of their faith-based curriculum and focus on Christian core values throughout their grade K through 5 School. Emphasizing academic excellence, they also stress the importance of good citizenship, personal responsibility and stewardship enabling their students to fulfill their future roles as commit-

ted citizens, productive employees and effective leaders. The generosity of the attendees, sponsors and donors to The Big Heart Gala enable St. Mary’s to keep their tuition affordable and provide a quality education for all students. Tickets are $125 each and $50 of each ticket is a tax-deductible contribution. For more information and reservations,visit, or contact Lisa Donovan at bigheartgala@ or (518) 885-3224. St. Mary’s School is located at 40 Thompson Street in Ballston Spa.


TODAY Friday, February 18, 2011 New exhibition, Victorian tea at Brookside Museum

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‘The Falls’ by Nancy McGrath Brookside Museum, located at 6 Charlton Street in the historic Village of Ballston Spa, announces that the fine art exhibit, “Journey Through Rock City Falls,” featuring the works of local artist Nancy McGrath, will be displayed through April 30. Ms.McGrath, of Rock City Falls, is a ‘plein air’ artist who is deeply attracted to the natural beauty of the area. McGrath’s work represents a journey that explores not just the natural landscape but also the strong industrial history that the community is based on. “Journey Through Rock City Falls” will be on display in Brookside’s Long Room during regular hours.

Also, the Museum would like to invite local children to a Victorian Tea Party during Winter Recess on Thursday, February 24. Sue McLane, the Victorian Lady, will guide children through a fun and informative celebration of Victorian culture, clothing, manners and pastimes. The children will also plan, prepare and enjoy a tea party. Games and craft activities are also included. Two sessions will be held on February 24, from 10 am to noon and 1 to 3 pm. The fee for the tea party is $7.50 per child and is designed for children ages 5 to 12. Pre-registration is required and limited to 15 children in each session. Contact Linda Gorham to register at Brookside Museum is the home of the Saratoga County Historical Society. Their mission is to inspire community memory by telling the story of Saratoga through engaging exhibits and interactive programs. For more information on Brookside, visit or call (518) 885-4000.


The legendary band Blood, Sweat and Tears came to Ballston Spa High School on Tuesday, February 15 to perform at a benefit concert in support of the Arts in the Ballston Spa Central School District.

Johnny Cash tribute/birthday bash! “The Man in Black” would be 79 on February 26. To commemorate his birthday, Harold Ford & The Cash Band will once again perform a tribute concert on Saturday, February 26 at The Egg at the Empire State Plaza in Albany, “The Spirit of Johnny Cash” is a concert to honor Johnny and his lifelong dedication to music. The band showcases the talents of Harold Ford who possesses an eerie unmistakable resemblance in looks, sound and phrasing to Mr. Cash and will perform many of his well-known songs. Harold Ford is accompanied by The Cash Band, a highly accomplished group of musicians featuring Sten Isachsen on lead guitar and Laura Lucy, who embodies June Carter with her lighthearted playful nature. The locallybased group has enjoyed a recent run of well-received shows that have amazed audiences throughout the US and Canada. For this birthday tribute show, dressing in black attire is requested. Photo Provided

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The show begins at 8 pm on February 26. Tickets are $28 and may be purchased online at, or by phone at (518) 473-1845. The Egg box office is also open Monday through Friday from 10 am to 3 pm.

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Friday, February 18, 2011


Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Fricassee

Suzanne Voigt Farmers’Market

Every so often a great chef will produce a cookbook that works for the less talented cooks of the world. Andrew Carmellini, prize-winning chef of the renowned New York City Italian restaurant Locanda Verde, is such a chef. Andrew wrote Urban Italian when he was between restaurants and gave us mortals in the kitchen in-roads into producing exquisite Italian dishes in our homes. Now he is about to produce an American-inspired cookbook called American Flavor as he opens a new NYC restaurant, The Dutch. His new recipes are derived from traveling the United States and taking the best from each region and improvising them into even better culinary creations. Recently he shared some of these American-inspired recipes. One caught my eye as a perfect use of some of our local farmers’ best products currently available at the winter Saratoga Farmers’ Market.

Using a fresh local chicken, just harvested shitake mushrooms and the truly sublime Argyle Cheese Factory’s Greek yogurt, this version of Chicken Fricassee just melts in the mouth. The flavors are delicately present, but melt together beautifully in the rich creamy sauce. It’s truly yummy. Served over rice with a fine glass of wine, it makes a more than enjoyable Saturday night dinner in winter. Best of all, it doesn’t take hours and an award- winning chef to make!

Ingredients One 31⁄2 lb fresh roasting chicken, cut into 8 pieces Salt and ground pepper 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 large local yellow onion, finely chopped 1 ⁄2 lb. Zehra shitake mushrooms, stems discarded, caps diced 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 2 bay leaves 1 tbsp chopped thyme 1 cup dry white wine 2 cups low sodium chicken stock 1 ⁄3 cup sour cream 1 ⁄3 cup plain Argyle Cheese Factory Greek Yogurt 1 ⁄2 cup celery leaves (I substituted fresh shredded spinach)

Directions 1. Preheat oven to 425. Generally season chicken pieces with salt and

pepper. Arrange pieces, skin side up, on a lightly greased baking dish. Roast on the center rack for about 45 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and skin crisp. 2. While chicken is roasting, heat olive oil in a deep skillet and add onion, sautéing until soft. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring, until lightly browned. Add thyme and bay leaves and garlic and stir in for about one minute. Add the wine and continue to cook until evaporated, scraping up any browned bits that occur – cook for approximately 5 minutes. Then add the chicken stock and

reduce heat and simmer until reduced by half (about 15 minutes). Remove from heat and stir in sour cream and yogurt. Discard bay leaves. 3. Return skillet to heat and add the roasted chicken, skin side up, to the sauce in the skillet and simmer until heated completely. Stir in celery leaves (or shredded fresh spinach). 4. Put chicken on plates with rice and spoon sauce over top. Serve immediately. The Saratoga Farmers’ Market Winter Market is open on Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm at Division Street Elementary School.

‘Spice Up Your Life’ Luncheon All women are invited to attend a luncheon presented by Saratoga Christian Women’s Club on Tuesday, March 8 from noon to 1:30 pm at Longfellows Restaurant, Rt. 9P in Saratoga Springs. The cost is $13. The featured presentation is by Barbara Devlin of Santa’s Attic & Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen. Barbara will give tips on how use spices, herbal blends and dips to enhance any meal. The speaker, Helen Walton from Spencerport, will talk about being widowed at age 31 with 4 young children and how to move from anger to love. For reservations, please call Ellie at (518) 584-3779 or Anita at (518) 5834043 by March 4. No membership or dues are required.




Friday, February 18, 2011

Places of Worship Please contact Robin Mitchell for any copy changes: 581-2480 x 208

Adirondack Christian Fellowship 8 Mountain Ledge, Wilton Contact: (518) 587-0623; Services: Sunday 8AM & 10 AM

The Alliance Church 257 Rowland St., Ballston Spa Contact: 885-6524. Services: Morning worship 10:30

Assembly of God Faith Chapel Rev. Jason Proctor 6 Burgoyne St., Schuylerville Contact: 695-6069 Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m.

Baha’i Community of Saratoga Springs Contact: 584-9679; 692-7694;

Ballston Center Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church 58 Charlton Road, Ballston Spa Contact: 885-7312; www.ballstoncenter Services: Sunday Worship service, 10:30am.

Ballston Spa United Methodist Church 101 Milton Ave. Contact: 885-6886. Services: Sunday 10:00 a.m.

Bethesda Episcopal Church 41 Washington St., Saratoga Springs Contact: 584-5980. Services: Sunday, 6:30, 8, 10 a.m.

Church of Christ at Clifton Park 7 Old Route 146, Clifton Park Contact: 371-6611, www.cliftonparkchurch Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m.

Christ Community Reformed Church 1010 Route 146, Clifton Park Contact: 371-7654; Services: Sundays 9:15 & 11 a.m.

Christ Episcopal Church Corner of Routes 50 and 67, Ballston Spa Contact: 885-1031. Services: Sunday 8, 10 a.m.

Congregation Shaara Tfille 84 Weibel Avenue, Saratoga Springs Contact: 584-2370. Services: Saturday 9:00 a.m.; 3rd Friday 7:30 pm. Handicapped Accessible

Corinth Free Methodist Church 8 Mountain Ledge, Wilton Contact: (518) 587-0623; Services: Sunday 8AM & 10 AM

Corinth United Methodist Church 243 Main Street, Corinth Contact: 654-2521; Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m.

Eastern Orthodox Christ the Savior 349 Eastline Road, Ballston Spa Contact: 786-3100; Services: Sunday: 9:15 a.m.

First Baptist Church 45 Washington St., Saratoga Springs Contact: 584-6301. Services: Sunday: 11:00 a.m.

First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa 202 Milton Ave. (Rt. 50), Ballston Spa Contact: 885-8361; Services: 10:15 a.m.

First Presbyterian Church of Ballston Spa 22 West High Street Ballston Spa, NY Contact: 885-5583 Services: Sunday at 10:00 a.m.

Grace Brethren Church Rev. Dan Pierce 137 W. Milton Road, Ballston Spa Contact: 587- 0649 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Handicapped accessible.

Living Waters Church of God 4330 State Rt. 50, Saratoga Springs Contact: 587-0484; Services: Sundays 10 a.m.

Malta Presbyterian Church Dunning Street, Malta Contact: 899-5992. Services: Sunday 10 a.m.

Malta Ridge United Methodist Church 729 Malta Avenue Ext., Malta Contact: 581-0210. Services: Sunday 10 a.m.

Middle Grove United Methodist Church Pastor Bonnie Bates 429 Middle Grove Rd., Middle Grove Contact: 518-581-2973 Services: Sunday 9:00 a.m. Handicapped accessible

New Horizon Church 150 Perry Road, Saratoga Springs Contact: 587-0711. Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m.

NorthStar Church Shenendehowa High School, West Auditorium, Clifton Park Contact: 371-2811; Services: Sunday: 10 a.m.

Old Saratoga Reformed Church 48 Pearl St., Schuylerville Contact: Services: Sunday at 10:30am. Handicapped accessable.

Greater Grace Community Church

PresbyterianNE Congregational Church

Pastor David Moore 43 Round Lake Rd. Ballston Lake (Malta Mall) Contact: 899-7777; Services: Sunday 10 a.m.

24 Circular St., Saratoga Springs Contact: 584-6091; Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m.

Highway Tabernacle Church 90 River Road, Mechanicville Contact: 664- 4442. Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m.

Hope Church 206 Greenfield Avenue, Ballston Spa Contact: 885-7442. Services: Sunday 10 a.m.

Jonesville United Methodist 963 Main St., Clifton Park Contact: 877-7332. Services: Sunday 8:30 a.m. & 10:30 a..m. Sunday School 9:30 a.m.

Living Springs Community Church 59 Pine Road, Saratoga Springs Contact: 584- 9112. Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m.

Quaker Springs United Methodist Church Pastor Jim Knapp 466 Route 32 South, Quaker Springs Contact: 695-3101; Services: Sundays 9 a.m. Handicapped accessible.

River of Hope Fellowship 100 Saratoga Village Blvd. Malta Commons, Suite 3 Malta, NY 12020 Contact: 881-1505; Services: Sunday 10:00 a.m.

Roman Catholic Church of St. Peter 241 Broadway, Saratoga Springs Contact: 584-2375. Services: Eucharistic Celebrations: Saturday 5 p.m.; Sunday 7:30, 9 and 11 a.m.

St. Clement’s Roman Catholic Church 231 Lake Avenue,

Saratoga Springs Contact: 584-6122. Services: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 8, 9:30, 11:15 a.m. and 5 p.m.

St. George's Episcopal Church 912 Route 146, Clifton Park Contact: 371-6351; Services: Saturday at 4:30pm, Sunday at 8 & 9:30am

St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church 3159 Route 9N, Greenfield Center Contact: (518) 893-7680;; St.JosephsChurch Services: Saturday 4:00 p.m.; Sunday 10:30 a.m. Handicapped accessible.

St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church 771 Route 29, Rock City Falls Contact: (518) 893-7680;; St.JosephsChurch Services: Sunday Mass 8:30 a.m.

St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church 149 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs Contact: 584-0904. Services: Saturday evening at 5 p.m. with Holy Communion. Sundays at 8:30 and 11 a.m. with Holy Communion.

St. Peter Lutheran Church 2776 Route 9, Malta Contact: 583-4153 Services: Sunday mornings 8:30 and 10:30.

St. Thomas of Canterbury 242 Grooms Road, Halfmoon Contact: Service: Sunday at 10am

Saratoga Abundant Life Church 2325 Route 50 South, Saratoga Springs Contact: 885-5456; Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m.

Saratoga Chabad 130 Circular St., Saratoga Springs Contact: 526-0773;

Saratoga Friends Meeting (Quaker) Corner of Routes 32 and 71, Quaker Springs Contact: 587-7477; 399-5013. Services: Sunday 10 a.m.

Saratoga Independent Church New Location: Knights of Colombus Pine Rd., Saratoga Springs


Contact: 306-4652; Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. Food Pantry Tuesday 9-11 @ KoC

Saratoga United Methodist Church Henning Road at Fifth Avenue, Saratoga Springs Contact: 584-3720; Services: Sunday 9 and 10:45 a.m. Handicapped accessible.

Shenendehowa United Methodist 971 Route 146, Clifton Park Contact: 371-7964. Services: Sunday 7:45, 9 and 10:45 a.m.; Acts II Contempory 10:45 a.m.

Simpson United Methodist Church Rock City Road, Rock City Falls Contact: 885-4794. Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m.

Soul Saving Station for Every Nation Christ Crusaders of America 62 Henry Street, Saratoga Springs Contact: 584-3122 Services: Sunday 10am & 6:30 pm

Temple Sinai 509 Broadway, Saratoga Springs Contact: 584-8730. Services: Friday 8 p.m. Handicapped accessible

Trinity United Methodist Church Rev. Gail Falsetti-Pastor 155 Ballard Rd., Gansevoort Contact: 584-9107; Service: Sunday 10:00 a.m.

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Saratoga Springs 624 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs Contact: 584-1555; Services: 10 am Religious education and nursery care at the 10 am service each Sunday

Unity Church in Albany 21 King Avenue, Albany Contact: (518) 453-3603: Services: Sunday, 9 am and 11 am

West Charlton United Presbyterian Church Rev. Thomas Gregg, Pastor 1331 Sacandaga Rd., West Charlton Contact: 882-9874; Services: Sunday 10:30

Wilton Baptist Church 755 Saratoga Rd, Wilton Contact: 518-583-2736;; Services: Sunday Service 11 a.m.




Friday, February 18, 2011


Community Sports Bulletin Stephen Pucello presented with Robin Stacey Memorial Award after Wilton Recreation’s Jr. NBA finals WILTON - Each year one player with the Wilton Recreation's Jr. NBA program is awarded the Robin Stacey Memorial Award, honoring that player's attitude on and off the court, their effort, leadership, dedication, sportsmanship and teamwork. This year, the award was presented to Stephen Pucello on Saturday, February 12, following the conclusion of the Jr. NBA finals. In addition to being awarded the handsome trophy, Pucello will also be recognized for his achievement by having his name mounted on the Robin Stacey Perpetual Plaque, displayed in the lobby at Gavin Park. Following a week-long series of playoff games beginning on February 7, the Jr. NBA's Heat earned the league's top spot, progressing all the way through the finals and becoming the number one team in the league. Congratulations to both Pucello and the photos by - Saratoga TODAY Heat for their outstanding achievements this Stephen Pucello holds the 2011 Robin season!

Varsity Girls Basketball Schedule

Varsity Boys Basketball Schedule

Ballston Spa

Ballston Spa

2/08: vs. Shenendehowa, 31-61 L 2/11: at Shaker, 53-76 L 2/15: vs. Niskayuna, 31-47 L

2/08: vs. Shenendehowa, 34-74 L 2/11: vs. Shaker, 56-66 L 2/15: at Niskayuna, 63-69 L

Burnt Hills - Ballston Lake

Burnt Hills - Ballston Lake

2/08: vs. Niskayuna, 41-46 L 2/11: at Saratoga Springs, 34-46 L 2/15: vs. Shaker, 26-48 L

2/04: at Shenendehowa, 56-64 L 2/11: vs. Saratoga Springs, 49-48 W 2/15: at Shaker, 35-49 L

Saratoga Springs

Saratoga Springs

2/08: vs. Shaker, 42-57 L 2/11: vs. Burnt Hills, 46-34 W 2/15: at Shenendehowa, 31-48 L

2/11: at Burnt Hills, 48-49 L 2/14: vs. Averill Park, 47-44 W 2/15: vs. Shenendehowa, 39-58 L



2/08: at Hoosic Valley, 31-55 L 2/11: vs. Cambridge, 35-51 L 2/14: at Hoosick Falls, 32-41 L

2/11: at Cambridge, 47-35 W 2/14: at Tamarac, 63-41 W 2/15: at Cohoes, 43-49 L

South Glens Falls

South Glens Falls

2/08: at Queensbury, 41-47 L 2/11: vs. Johnstown, 40-49 L

2/03: vs. Gloversville, 54-48 W 2/07: vs. Queensbury, 65-59 W 2/10: at Johnstown, 51-58 L

Stacey Memorial Award

Section II pairings for basketball playoffs announced The schedule for the varsity boys and girls basketball playoffs have been announced. Here are some of the local teams you can expect to see in this week’s opening rounds:

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The Heat are number one after coming out on top during the Jr. NBA finals.

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

puzzle solutions from pg. 19

Varsity Girls:

Varsity Boys:

2/22: Hudson Falls at South Glens Falls, 6 pm 2/22: Schuylerville at Ravena, 6 pm 2/22: Saratoga at Catholic Central, 6 pm 2/25: Averill Park vs. Burnt Hills at Scotia, 6 pm

2/22: Saratoga at CBA, 7 pm 2/23: Burnt Hills at Glens Falls, 7 pm 2/23: Schalmont at South Glens Falls, 7 pm 2/26: Saratoga Catholic vs. Schuylerville, 1 pm




Friday, February 18, 2011

The demands of high school wrestling

Damian Fantauzzi One of the most demanding sports in high school athletics is wrestling. It's not at all what you see on television with professional wrestling in the WWE. Pro wrestling is pretty much just a show, and if they really did the things that they do to one another during the matches, it could have fatal consequences.

High school and college wrestling is a sport that is extremely demanding of the athlete. Many student athletes can participate because of the fifteen different weight classes that exist, from 96 pounds all the way up to 285 pounds. I don't intend to get into the specifics of the sport because it can be complicated. My focus here is to make people aware of the work and sacrifices that these athletes must endure to be able to simply participate in the sport. Probably the most important aspect of the sport is making weight, which means the 96 pounder must maintain that status or move up into a higher weight class. The opposite scenario is true for a wrestler who is in a higher

weight class and would move down a class either by choice or necessity. Usually, the athlete has the need to consider maintaining his weight to participate at his current weight class. There are certain benefits for an athlete when moving between weight classes, but there are dangers associated with the move as well. For example, if a bigger wrestler can get his weight down in time for a match and compete in a lower weight class, he may have the advantage over his naturally smaller opponent in both strength and size. But if a smaller wrestler puts on additional pounds, he may find himself suddenly thrust into a higher weight class, with bigger and stronger opponents than he is used to.

Therefore, the athlete must watch what they're eating and drinking in conjunction with sticking to a running regimen to maintain their weight. Like any other sport, strength training is also essential, accomplished in part by working in the weight room. But, and I have to stress this again, the most important aspect of all for the wrestler is maintaining their weight, which is why before each match the individual wrestlers have to do a weigh-in to see if they are qualified for their position. If they can't make the weight they were required to meet for the match, well, then the athlete simply can't compete. When I was coaching basketball at Saratoga high school, during practice I would occasionally


point out to my players how hard the wrestlers had to work to prepare for their sport. Not only did these kids have to maintain their weight, stamina, strength, and endurance, but they also had to work at the required skills that are essential for the sport. The student athlete who wrestles must make the sacrifice of not having a normal life and daily routine similar to most of his or her high school peers because of their commitment and devotion to the demands of their sport. I admire the work ethic that these teenage athletes have to develop to become wrestlers, and these kids really deserve the utmost respect and praise for what they do. Wrestling is a sport that can help these student athletes because it teaches them to focus and to develop a good work ethic, both valuable skills that will prepare them for their future.

South Glens Falls, Shenendehowa, big local winners at Section II Wrestling Championships by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY GLENS FALLS - The Glens Falls Civic Center played host to the Section II Wrestling Championships Saturday, February 12, with Shenendehowa and South Glens Falls athletes bringing home championship titles to the local region. The Shenendehowa senior wrestling team performed the strongest at the championships, with Max Miller (125), Nick Kelley (130), Tony Fusco (189), Mike Almaviva (215) and Cole Lampman (285) each winning a title in their respective weight divisions. South Glen Falls' Stephen Lampley (160) prevailed over Ballston Spa's Toby Barnes in their final match-up, registering the only title win for Saratoga County with a 7-4 decision. Lampley and Barnes tussled for a scoreless first period before Barnes registered the first point with an escape roughly four and a half minutes into the match. In fact, it wasn't until almost nine minutes in that Lampley came alive, scoring several takedowns in the late-goings. But those takedowns were all Lampley needed, and for his efforts he was awarded the section II title. Also appearing in the finals

from local high schools were Dominic Inzana (SS), Joey Butler (BH-BL), Bill Cook (BSpa) and Landon Moore (SS). Dominic Inzana fought against Shawn Berman from Albany in the 96 lbs weight class division. The eighth grade Inzana fought hard, but was taken down and pinned to the mat at 1:20 in the first period. Bill Cook of Ballston Spa took to the mat against Shenendehowa's

Mike Almaviva in the 215 lbs weight division. Though it proved to be a tough match-up for both wrestlers, Almaviva was given the close 1-0 decision win. Saratoga's Landon Moore (285) also wrestled against a Shen athlete, Cole Lampman. Lampman, who faced Moore a week ago during his 5-1 victory, defeated Moore again in the finals with a 6-3 decision.

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Chris Ohnsman (BSpa) wrestles with T.J. Baldwin (Qby) during the Division I semifinals.

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Bill Cook (BSpa) earns a place in the finals after defeating Isaiah Earing (Schdy).




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Three Schuylerville female athletes sign letters of intent with Division I universities by Kim Smithgall SCHUYLERVILLE - Three Schuylerville female athletesCourtney Pierce, Sarah Palmer and Samantha Watson-signed letters of intent to attend Division I universities in the fall. Courtney plans to attend Niagara University, where she will play soccer and lacrosse. Sarah signed a letter of intent for Penn State University, while Samantha plans to attend Oral Roberts University; both girls will be part of their colleges' track teams. All three students have excelled in athletics at Schuylerville. Pierce has been involved in three different sports at Schuylerville - soccer, lacrosse and basketball. Among her accomplishments, Pierce scored more than 100 goals in lacrosse during her sophomore year, and year after year was a high-scorer in soccer every season. Palmer has been a standout in track, and is currently ranked number two in the country in high jump. Watson found her niche in longdistance running, capturing three class-C cross-country titles for the Black Horses team. The athletes are excited about the next step in their educational and athletic futures. "When I went on an overnight trip to Niagara University, I fell in love

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Schuylerville athletes (left to right) Courtney Pierce, Sarah Palmer and Samantha Watson sign letters of intent to attend Division I schools in the fall. with it immediately," Pierce said. "I want to go there and make a good contribution to the teams." Palmer had a similar reaction when she visited Penn State. "I was introduced to the college in my junior year and went back for an official visit in 2010. We went to a Penn State football game with 100,000 fans there. That's what I was really looking for; I fell in love with the bigger schools," she commented, adding, "I really like the track coach and I'm looking forward to the team helping me to improve." Watson also feels her choice of Oral Roberts University is a good fit. "It's exactly what I was looking for. The campus is great and I wanted a Christian college," she said. "The university has a great track team and I'm hoping I can help them out and also get my times down a lot." The girls' coaches stood proudly behind them as they signed the letters of intent, later commenting on their skills and attributes. "Courtney has been great for our athletic program at Schuylerville," said soccer coach David Mehan. "She has a great work ethic, she's openminded and she has excellent leader-

ship qualities. We're extremely proud of her." Erin Lloyd, Pierce's lacrosse coach, mirrored Mehan's comments. "Courtney is one of the best athletes I've ever seen. She's very dedicated and is committed to teamwork." Track coach Glenn Wolin spoke with pride about Palmer and Watson. "Sarah was jumping five feet in seventh grade, which is unbelievable for a seventh-grader," he said. "I knew [college offers] were coming for Sarah. It was just a matter of which school. Penn State seems like a good fit for her." Wolin then looked over at soccer coach David Mehan and joked that he was able to whisk Watson away from her first sport. "Samantha started out as a soccer player, but luckily for us, she moved to track. She's a phenomenal talent and I'm looking forward to seeing what she can do when she stays healthy," Wolin commented. "Both girls have been a tremendous part of our track program at Schuylerville." In an interesting twist of fate, all three of the Schuylerville athletes signing letters of intent live in the same neighborhood. "We all live in the same development. Sarah and I grew up together and now we get to sign together," Pierce said. "It's a nice feeling." -Next week: Saratoga TODAY looks at students from other local high schools as they sign letters of intent with Division I universities.


Saratoga-Wilton U14 boys soccer team scouting for spring players WILTON - Two travel soccer teams based out of Gavin Park in Wilton are looking to recruit additional players for the boys’ U14 division for the spring season. Peter MacDonald, who coaches both the Saratoga Rangers and the Saratoga Celtics, is looking to recruit roughly six additional players to be divided between the two teams. “I’m looking for players who have a couple years of soccer experience,” said MacDonald, who indicated that the teams would be a great fit for kids already familiar with the sport of soccer and willing to do a bit of traveling around the Capital District with the team. The team is looking for boys who have turned at least 12 years of age by August 31, 2010, but who are still under the age of 14 prior to the above date. “We play within the Capital District Youth Soccer League (CDYSL), so the games that we

play are almost always in the Capital Region,” MacDonald said. The season includes ten games in total, five played at the teams’ home base at Gavin Park, the remaining five played in and around the local region. MacDonald indicated that registration fees to join the league are minimal, and include the cost of a uniform. The program promises to provide strong training and coaching in a serious but fun learning environment, focused on both individual and team growth. Interested parties are directed to contact MacDonald by email at, or by phone at (518) 926-8822. “This isn’t a tryout,” MacDonald added. “The idea is for [the players] to get in touch and come practice with us. If it’s a good fit for everyone, then we’ll work to find a place for them on the team.”

Ice hockey: Saratoga, Shen advance in section II playoffs by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS - The number two seeded Bluestreaks and number one seeded Plainsmen have moved one step closer to meeting up with each other on the way to the section II championship title. Saratoga Springs absolutely dominated their opponent, Mohonasen-Guilderland Tuesday, February 15, scoring 11 goals on offense while completely shutting down the Dutch Warriors, who were scoreless for the evening. Saratoga's Dan Going and Mike Layman each registered three goals apiece in the first two periods, while goalie Tyler Ellor con-

tributed with two saves and teammate Ryan Bourgeois pitched in at goal with six saves. Jamie Bartoszek, Alex Luse, Brandon Wormly, Jimmy Murray and Chris Valenze each contributed an additional goal for Saratoga in the win. Meanwhile, Saratoga rival Shenendehowa defeated LaSalle in their quarterfinal match-up with a decisive 7-2 victory. The Plainsmen scored all seven goals without their leading scorer, Matt Dempsey, who sat out the game due to injury. Dempsey is expected to rejoin the team for their semi-final match this Saturday. Saratoga, who is ranked fourth in the state, has faced the fifth-ranked Shen team twice during the regular season, each time emerging the victor. Shenendehowa earned the division's top seed, however, after beating out Saratoga by one point in the standings at the end of regular season play. Saratoga is gearing up for their semi-final game this Saturday, February 19, when they face-off against Bethlehem beginning at 6:45 pm at the Weibel Ave. Ice Rink.




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Varsity cheer squads dazzle at Bluestreak Cup Championship by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS - On Saturday, February 12, over 72 cheer squads from across the region gathered at Saratoga Springs high school to compete in the Bluestreak Cup Championship. "The event went very, very well," said Eunique Priest, who coaches the varsity squad at Saratoga Springs. "We really wanted to give parents and friends the best performance we

could." The Guilderland varsity squad was named the grand champions for their performance. Saratoga performed their routine along to musical selections from the Broadway show, Hairspray. Because they were hosting the event, Saratoga performed but did not compete. Watch out for Saratoga on March 5 at Columbia high school, when they will be competing against other Suburban Council schools in a headto-head cheering extravaganza.

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The Saratoga Springs Varsity Cheer squad

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The Ballston Spa Varsity Cheer squad

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