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Volume 6 • Issue 14

Dancing with the NYCB Stars!

Honor & Disrespect by Yael Goldman Saratoga TODAY

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Saratoga County children to perform at SPAC this summer. See page 29.

SARATOGA COUNTY – County officials may adopt a local law that would restrict protests at military funerals in response to a recent federal Supreme Court ruling that has inspired similar moves state-wide. In Snyder v. Phelps, the case of a deceased marine’s father against

MALTA - Allerdice is preparing to open Ace Hardware's premier community store on Route 9 in Malta. With hopes of welcoming customers by April 15, the Saratogabased company is putting the finishing touches on the newest addition to its family: a 20,000-squarefoot home essentials store under nationally-recognized Ace

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Another Ace for Allerdice by Yael Goldman Saratoga TODAY

Westboro Baptist Church for protesting the military’s neutrality toward homosexuality at his son’s funeral, ruled that such protests are protected under the first amendment, but also declared that local governments have the right to establish restrictions within reason. The Kansas-based group has

Hardware. Once open, Allerdice will add approximately 14 jobs to the area. The hardware store is located at 2570 Route 9 in a former recreational vehicle showroom, ideally positioned in the high-traffic center of Malta's growing economy and with plenty of parking. "This is a premier location for ACE," said Ace regional manager Cory McDermott, citing geography and Allerdice's exceptional reputation.

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Michael J. Torturo, III, 26, of 984 Main St., Clifton Park, pleaded guilty to a charge of failing to report an address change within ten days, a class-E felony. Torturo was arrested December 28 in Halfmoon for an incident that occurred November 11. He will return to court for sentencing May 26. James M. Bowman, 50, of 98 Van Dam St., Saratoga Springs, pleaded guilty to a charge of possessing a sexual performance by a child, a class-E felony. Bowman was arrested April 19 in Saratoga Springs for an incident that occurred February 17 and will return to court for sentencing May 26. Michael D. Compton, 48, of 443 Englehart Rd., Ballston Spa, was resentenced March 30 by Judge Jerry J. Scarano to time served and continued probation. Compton was originally convicted January 15, 2009 of driving while intoxicated, a class-E felony, for which he was sentenced to time served and five years of probation. Brian R. Felker, 27, of 2177 Central Ave., Colonie, was resentenced March 30 by Judge Jerry J. Scarano to one year in state prison and one year of post release supervision with credit for time served, probation terminated. Felker was originally convicted May 30, 2008 of fifth-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class-E felony. He was originally sentenced to time served and five years of probation. Corey A. Merrill, 23, of 1203 Lot 24, Porter Corners, pleaded guilty to a charge of possessing a sexual performance by a child, a class-E felony. Merrill was

arrested September 13 in Greenfield for an incident that occurred April 15. He has been sentenced to six months in the Saratoga County Jail and ten years of probation. Ryan C. Warner, 29, of 900 Rock City Rd., Ballston Spa, pleaded guilty to a charge of thirddegree burglary, a class-D felony. Warner was arrested November 5 in Saratoga Springs for an incident that occurred July 23. He has been sentenced to one and a half to three years in state prison. Peter Engelmann, 44, of 4251 Jockey St., Charlton, was charged with two counts of driving while intoxicated, class-E felonies, and first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a class-E felony. Engelmann was arrested October 6 in the Town of Charlton. Joshua B. Arnold, 23, of 231 Main St., Corinth, pleaded guilty to a charge of fifth-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class-E felony. Arnold was arrested April 20 in Saratoga Springs for an incident that occurred March 2. He has been sentenced to six months in

the Saratoga County Jail and five years of probation. Christina M. Brown, 59, of 6 Schuyler Dr., Saratoga Springs, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated, a class-E felony. Brown was arrested March 27 in Wilton and has been sentenced to five years of probation. Paul M. Backus, 21, of 201 Verbeck Lane, Clifton Park, pleaded guilty to a charge of first-degree sexual abuse, a class-D felony. Backus was arrested February 4 in Clifton Park for an incident that occurred January 14 and will return to court for sentencing May 23. Bruce E. Rose, 33, of 3523 Galway Rd., Ballston Spa, pleaded guilty to a charge of third-degree criminal sale of marijuana, a classE felony. Rose was arrested September 3 in Saratoga Springs for an incident that occurred May 21, 2009. Rose was previously convicted March 6, 2008 of driving while intoxicated, a class-E felony, for which he was sentenced to five days in the Saratoga County Jail and five years of probation, to include ignition interlock. He was

resentenced March 28 by Judge Jerry J. Scarano to one year in prison, probation terminated, to run concurrently with his state prison sentence. Brandon S. Randolph, 22, of 2049 Maple Ave., Charlton, pleaded guilty to a charge of thirddegree attempted burglary, a classE felony. Randolph was arrested October 26 in Charlton and will return to court for sentencing May 27. Heather L. Decesare, 30, of 1806 Huntridge Dr., Clifton Park, pleaded guilty to a charge of second-degree burglary, a class-C felony. Decesare was arrested


August 17 in the Town of Hadley for an incident that occured August 15. She will return to court for sentencing May 27. Andrew J. Gardner, 32, of 34 Quail Ct., Wilton, was resentenced by Judge Jerry J. Scarano to one year at the Saratoga County Jail with credit for time served, probation terminated; consecutive with a one year jail sentence out of the City of Saratoga Springs. Gardner was originally convicted November 12, 2009 of driving while intoxicated, a class-E felony, for which he had been sentenced to five days in the Saratoga County Jail and five years of probation.



Racing and Wagering Board permanently bars Paragallo ALBANY - The New York State Racing and Wagering Board unanimously agreed last Thursday, March 31, to permanently bar former thoroughbred racing licensee Ernest Paragallo from entering any New York race tracks and prohibited him from ever acquiring a racing license again in the state. The Board's action came on the same day that the Appellate Division of the State Supreme Court rejected Paragallo's appeal of his May 18, 2010 conviction in Greene County Court on 33 counts of cruelty to animals. That conviction grew out of an August 2009 indictment against Paragallo on numerous misdemeanor violations of state Agriculture and Markets Law after State Police and the ColumbiaGreene Humane Society found many horses emaciated and with skin infections during a raid at Center Brook Farm. Board Member Charlie Diamond called Paragallo's neglect for the

horses "reprehensible" and suggested that New York lawmakers consider making equine abuse a felony crime in the state.

Mihalek pushes off surrender date BALLSTON SPA - Saratoga County Court Judge Courtenay W. Hall postponed on Monday, April 4 convicted felon Frank Mihalek's six-month jail sentence for at least one month while he recovers from shoulder surgery. The "medical necessity" hearing was brought to the court Monday morning to determine whether or not Mihalek should have his rotator cuff surgery prior to beginning his scheduled incarceration later that day. Mihalek claims he fell on March 11 at his Greenfield residence. He submitted a written letter from Dr. Andrew Gerdeman, of Capital Region Orthopedics, 1367 Washington Avenue in Albany stating that: "Frank Mihalek is a patient under my care and it is medically necessary for him to have surgery on his right shoulder scheduled on April 15

to prevent further damage or loss of use." District Attorney Murphy said in a written release prior to Monday's hearing: "We strongly object as this type of surgery is typically elective and certainly not life-threatening. This appears to be yet another attempt by a convicted felon to delay his inevitable incarceration.�

Restored VLT aid is a win for Saratoga taxpayers SARATOGA COUNTY Assemblyman Jim Tedisco commented on the recently approved legislation that will restore Video Lottery Terminal (VLT) aid to the city of Saratoga Springs and Saratoga County. Saratoga will receive $1.5 million and Saratoga County will receive $498,000 - about 45 percent of the VLT funding it received in 2008 before it was eliminated. Tedisco also noted that the old formula had caused Saratoga County to lose 100 percent of its VLT aid. This equated to a loss of $4.4 million to the Communities and County of Saratoga, of which $3.3 million had been previously allocated to the City of Saratoga Springs. In contrast, Genesee, Ontario, and Tioga counties lost 50 percent of their VLT aid under the


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new formula, while Erie, Sullivan and Oneida counties, as well as the City of Yonkers did not lose any VLT aid.

One death in Saratoga Springs fire SARATOGA SPRINGS - A weekend fire, which investigators say was caused by a lit candle, took the life of 56-year-old Margaret Murphy. The fire occurred early Saturday morning, April, 2, at 95 Congress Street in Saratoga Springs. Murphy, was critically injured and sent to Albany Medical Center, where she died from complications at 8 pm Monday night, April 4.

Betor announces retirement SARATOGA SPRINGS Assistant Chief John Betor of the Saratoga Springs Fire Department announced this week that he will retire after 23 years of service. Betor joined the department in1989 as a firefighter and earned multiple promotions during his tenure. "John was a very capable and dedicated leader for the fire department, he will surely be missed," said Commissioner of Public Safety Richard Wirth. Along with his firefighting duties, Betor served his country as a member of the National Guard serving one tour in Iraq. He recently retired


at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. John responded to and helped manage emergency crews at disasters such as the World Trade Center, Mechanicville tornado and the upstate ice storm. He is also credited with the successful application and receipt of $1.2 million in federal grants, including the most recent $663,000 SAFER grant. In his parting statement to the men and women of the Saratoga Springs Fire Department, John said: "If there is one piece of advice I'd like to leave the members of the department it is that the most difficult part of our job is to not become complacent. Of all the difficult training and real world events I experienced - whether it was entering a burning building or traveling the roads of Iraq - the most difficult task of all is to remain vigilant and prepared to address the reality of what we have been trained to do. Treat every call as if your life depends on it because one day it will. I have read more serious incident reports that begin with the phrase 'on a routine mission' and end with 'this tragedy could have been avoided' than I care to count."

Correction: Last week in the article "Spreading the wealth," Saratoga TODAY published a list of the area's top employers and the approximate number of employees working for them. For Saratoga Springs Hospital, we listed the number of employees as 900, when in fact the number is closer to 1,700. As the list was only a sample of some of the employers in the region, Saratoga TODAY regrets any other omissions and/or errors with our findings.




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KeyBank, Stewarts, and the Community Foundation join the effort to end domestic violence in Saratoga County Domestic violence happens more often than we'd like to think. One in four women and one in six men experiences domestic violence at some point in his or her lifetime; almost all of us know someone who has felt trapped by someone they love. Domestic violence damages our relationships, handicaps our workplaces and weakens our communities. But it doesn't have to be that way. Three local organizations, the KeyBank Foundation, Stewarts, and the Community Foundation have joined Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Services (DVRC) in the effort to end domestic violence in Saratoga County. Through the support of these generous local business and community organizations, DVRC is better able to meet the growing need for victim services and increase awareness across the county regarding the prevalence and impact of domestic violence in our communities. Through their $5,000 gift, the KeyBank Foundation is helping by supporting Project Hope and Power, a financial literacy workshop series teaching victims of abuse the financial, legal and life skills that will enable them to become financially secure and independent. The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region's Standish Family Fund has donated a $4,000 grant, which helps DVRC provide intensive and individualized case management to victims and their families including needs assessment, budgeting, accessing housing, job skills training, health care, child care and transportation. Stewart's is helping through their Holiday Match program by donating $5,000 to DVRC in support of the children served across Saratoga County. DVRC of Saratoga County provides crisis intervention via hotline, emergency shelter, sexual assault forensic examinations, pet fostering, and support services including counseling, legal advocacy, comprehensive case management, support groups and specialized youth services to over 1,000 clients per year. All services are free of charge. For further information, please call (518) 583-0280.

To view the full-text version of the obituaries printed on this page, visit the archive section of It is the policy of Saratoga TODAY to publish obituaries as a service to our readers. Please send your obituaries to Anne Proulx at

Elizabeth Tatiana Cornelius Saratoga Springs – Elizabeth Tatiana Cornelius, 20, passed away suddenly on March 29, 2011. Elizabeth is the daughter of William and Karen (Carmody) Cornelius and the sister of Jillian C. Cornelius all of Saratoga Springs. Born in Rochester on March 27, 1991, Elizabeth moved to the area with her family and was a 2009 graduate of Saratoga Springs High School. Calling hours were held on Sunday, April 3 and again on Monday morning, April 4 for a service to celebrate everything about her at the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes in Saratoga Springs. In lieu of flowers, her family has established a foundation in her name

which will support charitable endeavors that were dear to her. Contributions may be made to the Elizabeth T. Cornelius Foundation, c/o First New York Federal Credit Union, 424 Maple Avenue, Saratoga Springs, New York 12866. Online remembrances may be made at www.burkefuneral

Bryan L. King Saratoga Springs – Bryan L. King of Maple Avenue passed away Saturday, March 19, 2011 at Saratoga Hospital with his family by his side. He was the son of the late Alice Rose Westfall. He was 58. He was born on March 9, 1953 in Albany and was a 1970 graduate of Philip Schuyler High School in Albany. Calling hours were held Tuesday, March 22 at the Compassionate Funeral Care, Inc., 402 Maple Avenue, Saratoga Springs. Members of the Greenfield Fire Companies and members of Saratoga Springs Elks Lodge # 161 conducted a Lodge of Sorrow also on Tuesday at the funeral home. A Celebration of Bryan’s Life was held Wednesday, March 23 at Compassionate Funeral Care in Saratoga Springs. Department Honors were provided by the Greenfield Fire Companies and

Department Chaplain Carol Miller officiated. Following the service, a reception was held at the Maple Avenue Fire Department. A private burial will be at the family plot at the Maplewood Cemetery in Saratoga Springs at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family would like to have Memorial donations be made to either the Maple Avenue Fire Department, 613 Maple Avenue, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or to Wilton Emergency Squad, 1 Harran Lane, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.


Catherine A. Gratton

Saratoga Springs – Catherine A. Gratton, 93, was called to be with the Lord on Sunday, April 3, 2011. She passed away unexpectedly in her home that she loved. Born May 8, 1917 in Saratoga Springs, she was predeceased by her husband George W. Gratton and her son George, Jr. Relatives and friends gathered in her name Wednesday, April 6, 2011 at the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes of Saratoga Springs, A Mass of Christian Burial was cel-

ebrated Thursday, April 7, 2011 at St. Clement’s Church, 231 Lake Avenue in Saratoga Springs by the Rev. Neil Draves-Arpaia. Burial followed in the family plot at St. Peter’s Cemetery, West Ave. Donations may be made to the Community Emergency Corp., 78 Thompson St., Ballston Spa, NY 12020 or to the Salvation Army, 27 Woodlawn Ave., Saratoga Spring, NY 12866. Online remembrances may be made at www.burkefuneral

Loretta R. Sharp Saratoga Springs – Loretta R. Sharp of Wesley Health Center died peacefully Monday, March 28, 2011. She was 89 years old. Born on November 11, 1921, in Lincoln, Nebraska, she was the daughter of the late Lev B. Sharp and Ruth E. Sharp.

Mrs. Sharpe moved to the Saratoga Springs area in 1976. She was a Hospice volunteer and in her free time she enjoyed bird watching and traveling. Survivors include her dear friend Virginia Earles of Saratoga Springs and her cousins Doris Goin, Grace Maline and Joan Sharp.

Linda Moran Saratoga Springs – Linda Moran of Vanderbilt Avenue passed away at her home, Thursday, March 31, 2011 after a courageous battle with cancer with her son Justin and sister Nancy by her side. Born on August 22, 1955 in Saratoga Springs, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Margie Gurtler Cummings Relatives and friends gathered to remember her Monday, April 4, 2011 at the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes of Saratoga Springs, followed by a funeral service. Burial will be at the family plot in Greenridge Cemetery, Lincoln

Avenue in the spring. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in her name to the Community Hospice of Saratoga Springs, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, New York 12866 Online remembrances may be made at www.burkefuneral




Phoenix Shipping and Office Services opens in Ballston Spa BALLSTON SPA - Ballston and bill pay services to her already Supervisor Patti Southworth and extensive list of services. Sansiveri and her team are excitMayor John Romano helped kick off the grand-opening celebration ed to wow customers with excepof Phoenix Shipping and Office tional service: "we'll do anything Services during a ribbon-cutting we can to provide for them," she said. ceremony Saturday, April 2. "I am bringing services to Owner Dian Sansiveri opened the new office center at 1487 Ballston that we don't have," Saratoga Road in Ballston Spa to Sansiveri said. "We are trying to provide a much-needed service to keep business local." Phoenix Shipping and Office her fellow community members. "We offer mailbox services, Services is open Monday through copies (black and white and color), Friday from 8 am to 5:30 pm and binding, laminating - we pretty from 9 am to 2 pm on Saturday. For much have everything you need all more information, call all (518) in one location," Sansiveri said. "I 490-2076. To reach Robert Hogan live in Ballston and whenever I of Excelsior Exchange, call (518) needed to ship something or make 288-8042. Visit www.phoenixshipcopies, I had to go to Saratoga - I knew this was something we need-by Yael Goldman ed here." Another unique offering is eBay sales assistance. Robert Hogan of Excelsior Exchange is partnering with Phoenix to help customers sell their unwanted items on eBay. In the future, • Saratoga Today Sansiveri plans to A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on add Western Union

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New Family-Oriented Dental Practice Welcomes Patients WILTON - Lyons and Mulder Family Dentistry began seeing patients at their beautiful new office at 550 Maple Avenue in Saratoga last Monday, and they couldn't be any more excited about bringing their services to the local community. With families of their own, Dr. Megan Lyons and Dr. Jessica Mulder have both a personal and professional interest in providing the best care in a relaxing, comfortable setting that is welcoming even for a child experiencing their first dental visit. "We try to keep everything family-oriented [with] a friendly approach to dental care," Dr. Lyons said. "The key is to get kids in here as early as possible, before they have a fear of the dentist and develop dental problems." Open Monday through Thursday from 8 am to 5 pm, the experienced female dentists pro-

vide friendly and "gentle" care in their new state-of-the-art facility. With all the latest technology on the market, their three operatories are designed for an exceptional level of care. "Everything is new and high tech," Dr. Mulder said, explaining how using equipment like digital X-rays, which emit a lower level of radiation, enhances the patient's experience. Aside from offering the best care in their office, the team is aimed at improving their patient's overall dental health - which means educating parents and kids about everyday steps to preventing problems. "We focus on their health, which means prevention, especially for kids," Dr. Mulder said. About the doctors: prior to forming their partnership, the two female dentists worked as associate dentists in a Queensbury office. Dr. Lyons, who grew up in Queensbury, attended Hope College in Michigan and went on to dental school at SUNY

Local company news: SCORE seeks volunteers SARATOGA SPRINGS - SCORE, the local chapter of a national organization that provides free advising services for business owners, is seeking volunteers to join its knowledgeable team and meet the demands of the growing business community. SCORE is looking for experienced professionals with two specific backgrounds: 1.) individuals who have a "real perspective" on what Bill

Edwards, regional director, calls "the restaurant field and main street Broadway," and are knowledgeable on the manufacturing and profitability aspects of running these businesses; 2.) The all-volunteer team is seeking qualified individuals with a financial or accounting background. Those interested in giving back to the local business community by becoming a member of the prestigious SCORE team, should mail their

Stonybrook. She completed her residency at the VA Hospital on Long Island and spent her first years as a dentist working in Westchester County before moving back to the area. Dr. Mulder is originally from St. Louis. She attended Keyon College in Ohio and got her feet wet in the field after graduation while working for her dad in his orthodontic practice. Dr. Mulder enrolled in dental school at the University of Missouri Kansas City, where she met her husband, and completed her residency in the Bronx at Lincoln Medical. "This is our first venture on our own, and we're very excited," Dr. Lyons said. For more information about Lyons and Mulder Family Dentistry or to set up an appointment, call (518) 450-1046 or e-mail - by Yael Goldman resume to one of two locations with an attention to SCORE: Saratoga Chamber of Commerce, 28 Clinton Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866; Saratoga Economic Development Corporation (SEDC), 28 Clinton Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Blairhouse Interiors Group to host JDRF benefit SARATOGA SPRINGS Blairhouse Interiors Group will host a Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) fundraising event at their new Saratoga Springs location in Park Place at 272 Broadway. For one special evening, the studio will be transformed into "The Gallery at Blairhouse" on Thursday, April 28 from 5 to 9 pm. The reception will feature original oils, watercolors, etchings, photographs and more. Sip champagne, enjoy hors d'oeuvres, and find that must-have piece of fine art, all while supporting a very worthy cause. One hundred percent of the net proceeds from each purchase will go directly to the JDRF. It is the goal of JDRF to accelerate the progress of research to cure diabetes and its complications. Their dedication to this cause has led them to award more money for diabetes research than any other charitable organization. Please come and support their progress towards a cure. For additional information or to make a reservation, contact Susan FarrellMelick at (518) 786-7800 or visit




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AGGIE Mullaney to open this weekend by Yael Goldman Saratoga TODAY A popular Broadway boutique is celebrating a new beginning in the spirit of spring. It's not plain AGGIE anymore: the upscale fashion spot has been reinvented as AGGIE Mullaney and revived with a new look and its original crew to be revealed Saturday, April 9. Owner Aggie Mullaney, who opened the boutique 27 years ago with her mother Marylou, will unveil some big changes to her Downstreet Marketplace storefront this weekend. Not only is her mother back from retirement and longtime friend Nanci St. John returning as manager, but AGGIE Mullaney is also introducing new designers and making high-fashion samples a permanent fixture. "It's a new beginning for us," said Aggie, who refers to the change as a re-launch and not a re-opening

because of the store's nearly 30-year tradition. The boutique underwent a major interior design change in just a few weeks and Aggie is eager to show off her new look, which includes fine details like custom cabinetry, new ebony floors, and a redesigned floor plan that accommodates the sample closet in the back. "It's a whole new space," she said. "I think people are going to find it's a little out of the ordinary for Saratoga, and hopefully they enjoy it." AGGIE Mullaney will showcase fresh names like Halston, Helmut Lang, Parker, Genetic, Rag and Bone, and Theory in the new space, alongside familiar designer labels like Mickage, JBrand, Vera Wang, James Perse, 291 and Fleurt that have become a part of the store’s tradition. A most unique addition to this high-fashion mix is the sample collection, which Aggie is excited to make a permanent component of her • Saratoga Today

The AGGIE Mullaney crew: Aggie, Marylou and Nanci.

“B. Spa, B. There” BALLSTON SPA - The Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association announced its 2011 marketing and promotion campaign, "B. Spa B. There." The campaign will promote the growing village's unique shops, restaurants and galleries as well as the attractions and events held during the spring and summer months, including free outdoor concerts and movies. In conjunction with this promotion, BSBPA is organizing an interactive "Art in Public Places" event featuring a "map marker" sponsorship and contest. The BSBPA will offer large map markers to businesses, organizations, individuals and families to decorate. Each map marker will be tagged with a QR code, which is similar to a bar code - so people with smart phones can scan them and link to a

site featuring a photo and information about the marker and its creators. Marker sponsorships are $50, and sponsors may choose to decorate the marker themselves, or sponsor one for someone else. All proceeds will go to support local activities. Join the BSBPA on Wednesday, April 13, from 5:30 to 7 pm at Fifty South, 2128 Route 50, for the kickoff of the program and to see some sample markers. A sample marker is on display at Coffee Planet. The markers will be available to order by April 13. For more information or to obtain a form, visit or contact Eric Seplowitz at, Daniel DeFabio at or Ellen Mottola at the BSBPA office, (518) 885-2772 or

boutique. Aggie, who has been working with big city designers from afar for more than 25 years, is using her extensive experience and connections in the New York fashion industry to bring one-of-a-kind pieces to Saratoga. The hidden appeal is the sample sale price! But with all these changes, there remains one thing that AGGIE Mullaney shoppers can always count

on: a friendly, comfortable environment that puts the customer in first place. "There's one tradition I really want to continue, and that's making sure the store is a gathering place," Aggie said. "It's one thing to have great clothing, but another to have a comfortable environment that people enjoy coming to - that's just as important." Re-launched, refreshed - whatever

the trendy Saratoga native labels her next phase, you can bet it will mark another stylish milestone in AGGIE Mullaney history. You're Invited: The AGGIE Mullaney ladies will be serving light refreshments during the re-launch event on Saturday at 454 Broadway, which is taking place during the Downstreet Marketplace's first Saturday Afternoon Music Series performance.




Stillwater Festival of Foods boosts educational offerings STILLWATER The Stillwater Educational Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing opportunities for students, held its annual Festival of Foods fundraising event on Monday evening, April 4 in the middle school cafeteria. Twenty local Photo provided restaurants volunteered their A top chef from Prime at time and tasty dishes for a night of fun and philanthropy that Saratoga National offers a helped raise over $5,500 for savory treat at the Festival of education. More than 200 com- Foods. munity members attended the festival, which raised more than $1,500 than last year's event. The foundation will use this money to fulfill education-related grant requests. According to foundation volunteer Cindy Quade, the money will be used to provide resources and programs for students that are not a part of the regular school budget like whiteboards, which the foundation put in classrooms throughout the district a few years ago. Other examples of how the educational foundation is boosting Stillwater's curriculum include a recently-instated music program for sixth through 12th graders, and IPads which were given to first graders last month. For more information about the Stillwater Educational Foundation, visit or e-mail Cindy Quade at

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m o o r s s Corner a Cl Students send colorful wishes to friends in Japan SARATOGA SPRINGS - Waldorf Saratoga students are diligently creating 1,000 origami paper cranes to send to their friends the Wantanabes, a former Waldorf family that moved back to Japan just two weeks before the earthquake and tsunami. Thankfully the Wantanabes are safe; however, their friends and family in nearby areas were not as fortunate. According to Japanese folklore, anyone who folds 1,000 cranes will have a wish granted. The Walfdorf community wishes them well. The school-wide effort was launched in March, and began in Astrea Ravenstar's first grade class. Pictured to the right: students representing first through 12th grade classes gather after school on Wednesday to finish the last 400 cranes.

Criminal justice students give back to their community Nine criminal justice students from the WSWHE BOCES F. Donald Myers Education Center spent Saturday, April 2 promoting a healthy lifestyle at the Geyser Road Elementary School fair. The students volunteered to provide traffic control, fingerprints for children, and demonstrate field sobriety tests using “drunk goggles” during the school’s annual educational event. All proceeds from the fair will go toward the purchase of outdoor fitness equipment for the school playground. Thank you to the following

volunteers: Cody Barss of Corinth, Alissa Mastropietro of Stillwater, James McCambridge of Saratoga Springs, Aleah Rocco of Saratoga Springs, Nicole Snyder of Saratoga Springs, Jayson Teeling of Mechanicville, Merton Tyrel of Ballston Spa, Rachel West of Saratoga Springs, Parker Wilson of Saratoga Springs.

Senior models wanted Image Photo & Events is looking for 2012 High School Seniors from various schools in the area to model for their new senior portrait brochure. Models will receive a complimentary senior portrait session, images for Facebook, special model offers and credits. The deadline to apply is April 13. Additional information and application forms can be found at www. Call (518) for further 584-0049 information.

Jeopardy tournament engages students More than 30 teams of Ballston Spa Middle School students recently put their knowledge to the test in an exciting Jeopardy Tournament, featuring curriculum content. Congrats to the top teams from each grade level: eighth-graders George Stack and Matt Bell; sev-

enth-graders Eli Bashant, Diarmuid Gregory and Graem DeLong; and sixth-graders Joshua Keating and Drake McDonough. The winners won a limousine ride to Pizza Works for lunch and to Stewart's for dessert, followed by a ride around town before returning to school. The Ballston Spa Middle School Parent Teacher Association sponsored the event under the leadership of Mr. Ryan Mazierski, a seventh grade social studies teacher.

Waldorf alumnus is a Fulbright Scholar Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs announced this week that class of 2002 graduate, Leif Weatherby has been awarded a prestigious, highly-competitive Fulbright Research Grant for the 2011-2012 school year to study in Berlin, Germany. Leif is the son of Abigail Reid and Bruce Weatherby. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University and is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is researching German philosophy and literature, and writing his dissertation: "Metaphysical Organs from Herder to Marx." The Fullbright grant recipient lectures and participates in conferences and workshops all over the United States. He intends to become a German and/or philosophy professor, and has already begun teaching upper-level courses at the University of Pennsylvania.



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Summer Camp Directory This Week’s Spotlight Saratoga Independent School Saratoga Independent School hosts a variety of summer programs split into two age groups: three to eight year-olds and seven to 14 year-olds. The weeklong programs run from July 5 to August 19. Saratoga Independent School summer programs are staffed largely by their own teachers, so parents can rest assured their kids are supervised in a safe environment with experienced teachers who are knowledgeable about child development and hands-on programming. For the younger group, weekly themed programs run from 9 a.m. to noon (early drop-off at 8:30 available). The staff-tocamper ratio is one to six for children ages three and four and one to ten for children ages five to eight. Themed programs include: “Cooking with Curiosity,” “Hawaiian Hullabaloo,” “Hands-On Science Fun!,” “Holiday-A-

Day,” “Good Versus Evil: Imaginations Run Wild,” “Dinosaur Discovery,” “In the Jungle, the Mighty Jungle!.” Activities take place both indoors and outdoors. The selection of enrichment programs for older children is even more extensive this year than in the past. Some programs will take place in the mornings; others in the afternoon. Age ranges will vary depending on the subject matter. These specialty programs give children an opportunity to develop new interests and expand on existing

skills. Programs include: “Cartooning and More,” “Improvisation,” “Knitting,” “Open Art Studio,” “You Can Do Magic,” “Get Up and Dance,” “Roaring into Robots: What’s Next?,” “Art in the Ancient World,” “Mad Science,” “Computer Video Game Creation,” “Advanced Robot Challenges,” and “Art-Math Connection.” Registration has already begun and the programs fill up quickly so visit for more information and to secure a space for your child!





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

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Ballston Spa Middle School students compete in math contest The students in Ballston Spa Middle School's seventh grade enhanced math classes recently participated in The Mathematics League Math Contest. The top five finishers for BSMS were Ben Wolf, Mia Sager, Stephen Clarke, Eli Bashant and Noah Cowit (pictured left to right). Mia Sager finished with the top score: she answered 26 of 35 challenging and diverse questions correctly, and was awarded a graphing calculator for her accomplishment. Over one million students from

After the Fire welcomes new member At After the Fire's March 22, 2011 meeting, an application for membership was received from Donna Hagadorn of Stillwater. Donna was encouraged to join by her friend and current member Cindy Aloisi; Donna’s husband is a volunteer firefighter with the Arvin Hart Fire Dept. Donna's application was reviewed by the active members, received unanimous approval, and Donna was welcomed as After the Fire's newest member. Congratulations, Donna! After the Fire is a non-profit organization, comprised entirely of volunteers, that helps Saratoga County residents who have suf-


fered a loss due to fire. Upon being paged by Fire Control, members respond to the fires scene, providing family members with personal care items, gift cards, a night's stay at a participating hotel/motel, Red Cross referral, informational material, emotional support - whatever is needed to help the family through an extremely traumatic situation. New members are always needed, and in addition to fire scene response, there are other areas to which you can donate any amount of time you can spare. For information on how you can help your neighbors in need, call (518) 4354571 or visit .



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

the United States and Canada participate in Math League Contests each year. The goal of the contest was to

increase student interest and confidence in mathematics through solving worthwhile problems.

Mother and daughter to chair 2011 Go Red for Women Luncheon Jane and Mona Golub will host day of inspiration, education and empowerment Albany, New York – The American Heart Association is pleased to announce that Jane and Mona Golub are the cochairs of the seventh annual Go Red for Women Luncheon, the signature event that fights the No. 1 killer of women in America, heart disease. The Go Red for Women Luncheon will take place on Wednesday, May 18, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Troy, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


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“I love having this opportunity to work side-by-side with my mother,” Mona Golub, vice president of public relations and consumer & marketing services for Price Chopper, said. “We serve on different boards and on event committees, and have always supported each others’ causes, but working together on an event doesn’t happen very often.”

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SEDC drives county development, stability by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA COUNTY - "It all starts with a conversation," said Shelby Schneider, the director of marketing and economic development specialist with Saratoga Economic Development Corporation (SEDC). For companies big and small looking to bring their business to Saratoga County, SEDC is typically the first point of contact - an organization tasked with providing help and guidance to businesses just starting out, or assisting existing businesses already established in the area. "Our mission is to create jobs in the county, grow the tax base, and make this a better place to live," said Jim Angus, vice president of community economic development with SEDC. "We work with everybody big and small - from the largest companies in the country to the guy who wants to start a little business somewhere." One such large company is none other than GlobalFoundries, a huge player in the semiconductor industry that SEDC and its partners were instrumental in attracting to the

region. The story goes back decades, where long-term planning paired with a clear end-goal came together to make Saratoga County the most attractive site in the world for this international giant. "I think back in 1978, the county had lost about 12,000 jobs and they needed to stop the bleeding and keep the community from being solely reliant on being a tourism destination," said Schneider. In an effort to diversify Saratoga's economy and create a more sustainable community, SEDC worked with its partners to attract companies in the early 80's like the Ball Metal Beverage Container in Grande Industrial Park, as well as Quad Graphics. As the market shifted in the 90's and early 2000's, SEDC brought in huge distribution centers such as the Target and Ace Hardware warehouses in Wilton, as well as attracting State Farm Insurance to build their regional headquarters in Malta. But still, SEDC believed Saratoga County's true economic potential lay ahead. "In the late 90's, the state was really going through a replanning process, trying to understand what

was going to be the next big driver of the national and global economy," said Schneider. The answer: semiconductor manufacturing. "That's why SEDC back in 2000 came up with the concept of developing the Luther Forest Technology Campus, which was about 1,400 acres of land that had been untouched since the 1940's when it was originally preserved to be a rocket testing site." For years SEDC worked to rezone the campus for semiconductor manufacturing, gaining the approval from both the Town of Stillwater and Malta and ensuring much of the infrastructure was already in place to make the site as "shovel ready-light" as possible before embarking on a worldwide marketing campaign. The gambit, of course, looks to have paid off in spades. But SEDC isn't just in the business of helping giants like GlobalFoundries. Together with their partners at the Industrial Development Agency, SCORE, SUNY Albany, the Chamber of Commerce, Convention and Tourism Bureau, the Small Business Development Center and more,

SEDC provides free assistance and guidance to those looking to start or bolster an existing business in Saratoga County. "When I took the job at Unlimited Potential, we were in a building that really wasn’t working out for us," said Brien Hollowood, executive director at Unlimited Potential. “Through SEDC and Sonny Bonacio we were able to...find a spot here over in the Grande Industrial Park, and they were able to advise us on the planning and zoning issues as we moved through the process to get this building built.” The relationships and networking opportunities Unlimited Potential has made through SEDC, Hollowood added, have been instrumental to the company’s further growth and success in the region. For years SEDC has worked quietly from behind the scenes, helping to create a sustainable and diverse Saratoga economy. "I think of their partnership with groups like Sustainable Saratoga, and how we can keep businesses here flourishing and expanding and depending on one another," said Saratoga County Supervisor Joanne Yepsen. "So I think keeping SEDC focused on supporting our local farmers, businesses, small businesses as

well as the GlobalFoundries of the world will be a very good role for SEDC in the future." Todd Garofano, president of the Saratoga Convention and Tourism Bureau, added “While a huge amount of time and effort has gone into the semiconductor industry...SEDC is looking at other industries and companies that would be a logical fit for our business landscape for the long term. SEDC has a very, very important role in the future success of Saratoga.” The future - it's something SEDC always seems to have its eye on. Not content to rely simply on the business GlobalFoundries is sure to create, the organization has already begun to consider the next big driver of the global economy. "Photovoltaics is one of a few, but probably high on the list,” said Angus. “The solar panels and the need for green infrastructure is kind of a driving factor in the area. So now we are doing some of the things we did ten years ago for the semiconductor industry. We're not focusing all of our eggs in one basket.” For free assistance with your business, please contact SEDC by phone at (518) 587-0945, or visit them on the web at


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Allerdice to open in Malta this month continued from Page 1 For owner Wally Allerdice, opening the Malta store with a residential focus is an ideal way to meet the needs of a growing community. The store will be homeowner-oriented, as opposed to Allerdice's flagship on Walworth Street in Saratoga Springs which serves primarily commercial demands, said Milton and Malta store manager Jon Swick. Wally and his loyal team, which also includes his son Wallace III (operations manager) and wife Sue, are positioning Malta as a one-stopshop with all the homeowner essentials: tools, paint, plumbing and electrical supplies, a large lawn and garden department with live season-

Ben & Jerry’s free cone day to benefit Adirondack Save-A-Stray SARATOGA SPRINGS - Next Tuesday, April 12 is “free cone day” at Saratoga’s Ben & Jerry’s at 34 Phila Street. The store will be open from noon to 8 pm and in the spirit of giving, Ben & Jerry’s has opened its doors to benefit Adirondack Save-A-Stray, the region’s not-for-

al plants provided by Dehn's Flowers, and a selection of outdoor necessities like pool supplies, patio furniture and Weber grills, and, of course, a gift section much like Accents in Saratoga Springs. Many services are to be offered under the new Allerdice roof, including key and glass cutting, screen repair and equipment rental. Allerdice Rent-all will have an assortment of small-job items on site. With the 221 West Circular and 30 Storage Lane Party Rental stores just a few Northway exits away in Saratoga Springs, TR Pennell and Keith Potter, co-managers of Allerdice's rental division, can make arrangements for any home improvement or party equipment to be delivered. "Most of it will be cash and carry profit no kill animal shelter. “We reached out to them because it’s a great organization,” Ben & Jerry’s owner Patrick Pipino said. “Because of the good work they do, we extended them a ‘no frills’ offer, where we expect nothing in return, to participate and spread awareness to the estimated 8 to 10,000 people that will visit us on Tuesday. We encourage people to learn more

for smaller equipment, but delivery is available," Potter said. "You can make a request in Malta and, even if we cannot handle the reservation right there on site, it will be taken care of before you leave." As a co-op with Ace Hardware, an international supplier with a warehouse off of Ballard Road in Wilton, Allerdice customers will enjoy the convenience of a major company's selection with all the benefits of supporting a locallyowned business. "The Ace warehouse that services all of New England is just two exits away, and because of our affiliation we can get customers anything they want - they can have it in a matter of hours," Wally said. Access to the warehouse, which McDermott said houses 70,000 about Adirondack Save-A-Stray and donate what they can.” In addition to accepting donations, Adirondack Save-A-Stray will have information about their adoption clinic and the other important work they do, including educational material about spaying and neutering, volunteer opportunities and available pets for adoption.

products at any given time, is just one of the reasons why Allerdice is prepared to offer the best in customer service. "Good employees who can help a customer through a project are the key," Wally said, explaining that someone should be able to come into his store and have their questions answered, even if they aren't making a purchase. It's also important to note that Allerdice is dog-friendly; customers are allowed to shop with their pets. According to McDermott, this community-centered focus dovetails the national company's award-winning customer service model. And, in a time when locally-owned hardware stores are disappearing, Allerdice is growing largely because of its support. "I've had people come to us from Greenwich, Cambridge and Amsterdam because they want to support local business," Wally said. "We have a lot of loyal customers." "The Allerdice name is a brand in itself and that complements Ace just as much as Ace complements Allerdice. It's a mutual benefit," McDermott said. A grand opening celebration is planned for May 14 and 15. Allerdice will be offering many specials that will be announced as the weekend approaches. For more information, visit or call (518) 584-5533.


Saratoga Cranes for Japan fundraiser Saturday SARATOGA SPRINGS - The public is invited to join the children of Saratoga Springs this Saturday, April 9 from 11 am to 5 pm at the Saratoga Arts Council, 320 Broadway and participate in a fundraising event for disaster relief efforts in Japan. During the public comment period at the Tuesday, April 5 Saratoga Springs City Council meeting, 12 year-old student Katya Leidig from Maple Avenue Middle School displayed an origami crane and spoke about an ancient Japanese legend which promised that by folding 1,000 cranes, a wish of long life and recovery will be granted. On Saturday, the children of Saratoga Springs will send such a wish and support of relief efforts to the Japanese people by folding 1,000 cranes and accepting donations, 100 percent of which will go Red Cross relief efforts in Japan. The public may participate by donating at least $10 per crane and folding it in support. The goal of Saturday’s effort is to accept $10,000 in donations. The 1,000 cranes will then be sent to Japan to aid in their relief efforts as well as to show support for the Japanese people in their time of need. Donations for this effort can also be made online securely at forjapan/.



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Supporting our troops continued from Page 1 staged protests across the country, including a demonstration in Albany, which is why counties across New York State are either considering or establishing their own restrictions like those enforced last year in Nassau and Suffolk. The Saratoga county veteran’s committee made the decision to investigate establishing a local limit during its Monday, April 4 meeting. Other local counties in the process are Essex, Monroe, Onondaga, Oswego, Rockland, Rensselaer and Warren, which is preparing to pass a local law next month. Saratoga officials are looking into

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It’s Fish stocking time!

S A R AT O G A S P R I N G S Children and families are invited to help the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation stock Geyser Creek with trout at the Saratoga Spa State Park. The fun begins at 11 am Wednesday, April 20. In addition, there will be other activities including fly fishing demonstrations, exhibits from local organizations, crafts and live music by Rich Ortiz. Come early and bring a bucket! Free activity; food and drinks will be provided by the Friends of Saratoga Spa State Park.

the law as a preventative measure in the event that Westboro or any other group should decide to exercise their freedom of speech near a military funeral. “They need to get something started before it does happen, and before it gets out of hand,” said Carol Hotaling, a local woman known as ‘the yellow-ribbon lady’ for her efforts to raise support for the troops. Taking preventative action is important because the problem could arise anywhere. Veterans committee chairwoman Mary Ann Johnson pointed to Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, the federally regulated mil-

Greenfield Community Garden organizing meetings GREENFIELD - With spring finally arriving in the Northeast, the public is invited to attend meetings of the Community Greenfield Garden on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 7 pm. The next meeting will be April 20. All meetings take place at The Greenfield Community Center, Wilton Road, Greenfield Center, next to Town Hall. Residency in the Town of Greenfield is not required, but a desire to participate and lend a hand to develop a family, fun atmosphere is! People with expertise or a desire to learn about farming, plowing or planting are all welcome. For more information, contact Doreen Emery at (518) 258-0481.

itary ground located in Schuylerville, as a specific reason why a local law could be important. “We have a lot of military funerals here because of the national cemetery,” she said. Under federal law, protesters are forbidden from exercising their freedom of speech within 300 feet of a national cemetery’s entrance for an hour before and after a funeral service. But then there is the concern with private cemeteries, ceremony locations and processions that would not be fully covered under the federal law. However, an existing state law prohibits protestors from demonstrating within 100 feet of a funeral procession, which Johnson said should “not be an allowable distance.” “Not every serviceperson is buried at Saratoga National, and they should have the same protection as any person that has a military funeral,” Johnson said. If the committee votes to move forward, the local law could be up for public hearing by next month; however, county officials say there is still quite a bit of research to be done. One topic of discussion is potential negative outcomes that could arise from passing the legislation. Town of Ballston Supervisor Patti Southworth, who is not a member of the veteran’s committee, commented that passing a law may actually draw more attention to the problem. “It may cause more protest,” she said. Also, if the county does move forward, officials would have to deter-

mine what distance is appropriate. “It’s not about banning protests; we’re just saying that if you’re going to protest there are rules: you are not allowed to interrupt the funeral of someone giving up their life, really so someone can [have the right to] protest,” Johnson said. Whether or not a local law is passed, county efforts to investigate the matter demonstrate a certain level of respect for both servicepersons and the first amendment. “We support our veterans and we support the families who have lost their loved ones in the battle for the freedoms we all enjoy,” Johnson said. “We are not against the first amendment; we just feel that there is a time and a place [for protest].” And while government officials consider when and where protest is appropriate, Carol Hotaling, the yellow ribbon lady, is busy lobbying Washington for April 9 to become a national day for honoring and respecting the troops. She was already successful in obtaining state recognition of April 9 as yellow ribbon day. Hotaling is hosting this year’s local

celebration Saturday, April 9 from 11 am to 1 pm at the Saratoga-Wilton Elks Lodge, located at 1 Elks Lane in Saratoga Springs. The community is invited to attend and enjoy a full program of music, entertainment and military presentations. “People need to take more time for our military and their families, and not only at funerals,” Hotaling said. “They should be doing something special for them at all times. People have no idea what these families go through unless they have a member of their own.”


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All in the von Trapp family! - Schuylerville Community Theater cultivates family togetherness by providing roles for all generations

by Arthur Gonick Saratoga TODAY SCHUYLERVILLE - This weekend’s production of ‘The Sound of Music’ by the Schuylerville Community Theater (SCT) is more than an enjoyable viewing experience for the audience. The cast offers several examples of entire families that have been cast in roles that allow them to share a creative outlet together – on stage. According to Director Patrick Doyle, the economic times have helped to foster the phenomenon where family togetherness is a happy by-product. “Families are

seeking a meaningful outlet for creativity that doesn’t present economic challenges. It is a luxury for an entire family to share in the excitement of being in a live theater production.” Also, with “public schools realizing cuts in music and theater programs, the role of the community theater becomes increasingly more important – it provides technical, production, directing and acting opportunities for people of all ages and interests,” Mr. Doyle said. The SCT production of “The Sound of Music” will have over fifty local performers on stage and many more behind the scenes. Donna Dodd-Thomas has been one of the key people who have observed this family phenomenon develop. She has been a member of SCT’s Board of Directors since it began in 1980, serving also as its

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Above: The von Trapp Family Singers. Front to back: Anna Belden (Gretl), Allison Hillebrandt (Brigitta), Collin MacKenzie (Kurt), Jessie Rose MacKenzie (Louisa), Connor Olney as (Friedrich), Jillian Reilly ( Liesl), Heather Johnson (Maria Rainer), Jim Chaffin (Captain Georg von Trapp). Missing: Lillian Butler (Marta). Below: Nuns of Nonnberg Abbey. Center: Cindy Boyka (Mother Abbess). L to R: Donna Hillebrandt (Sister Berthe), Aimee McMaster (Sister Sophia), Deana Tracy (Sister Margaretta). President. “SCT has focused on providing a family experience to our community since its inception,” Ms. Dodd-Thomas said. “Being involved in a theater production is an extremely rewarding and exhilarating endeavor. You can feel the excitement amongst the cast as we near opening night. We have been very fortunate during this production to welcome several family units.” Ms. Dodd-Thomas cited several examples of local families that are participating in this weekend’s production. Among them are: - Donna and Bill Hillebrandt of Gansevoort are sharing “The Sound of Music” experience with their 9year-old daughter Allison, a student at Ballard Road Elementary School. Donna was cast as Sister Berthe and Allison plays Brigitta von Trapp. Bill shies away from the spotlight preferring to offer his technical talents with sound and set construc-

tion. Donna remarks, “We keep trying to get him in costume and on stage, but, he thinks it’s better left to us girls. He’s afraid the costumers would put him in a pair of tights.” “Community theater,” adds Ms. Hillebrandt, “gives our family the opportunity to work together on an artistic collaboration. It offers multiple levels of involvement and an entire family can participate in any number of aspects. The emphasis at Schuylerville Community Theater is the family experience.” - Richard Butler is the show’s musical director. A band and chorus teacher at Salem Central School, the cast includes three of his children. Stephen, a junior at Salem Central, plays the role of Rolf Gruber. Rebecca, 13, is a nun and member of the children’s chorus while Lillian, 8, is cast as Marta von Trapp. “The Sound of Music is a wonderful family experience, on the

Schuylerville Community Theater ‘The Sound of Music’ Schuylerville High School, Route 29, Schuylerville Friday – Saturday, April 8 – 9 at 7:30 pm Sunday, April 10 at 2 pm Tickets: $20 adults, $18 Students/Seniors, $12 ages 12 and younger Box Office: (518) 695-5480

stage or in the audience.” Mr. Butler said. “We’re all looking forward to opening night.” - The MacKenzie family of Argyle moved from California last June and is enjoying the thrill of their first community theater experience as a family. Jessie Rose, 12, and Collin, 10, are performing as two of the von Trapp children, Louisa and Kurt. Little sister Sugar, 8, is a member of the children’s chorus while mom Joy plays the principal role of Elsa Schraeder. “Schuylerville Community Theater is a new family adventure,” Joy MacKenzie related, “The people have been so welcoming to us. There is wonderful artistic energy and fabulous talent here.” “The bonus is that I am able to perform and share this rich theatrical experience with my children,” Joy said. “We are making treasured family memories.”


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TODAY Postpartum Pilates at Reform. A True Pilates Studio by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS - Nine months of carrying a child, not to mention the birth itself, can take its toll on a mother's body. Perhaps that's an understatement. Allow Meghan Del Prete, owner of Reform. A True Pilates Studio, to explain some of the common side effects of pregnancy: "When you are pregnant, there's a hormone in your body that makes your ligaments relax. Your joints become looser. Your center of balance changes - it shifts backwards because you're carrying yourself in a whole different way. After you have the baby, a lot of women have trouble with pelvic floor weakness, or the muscles that hold your bladder and internal organs up. Sometimes they're very weak, and people have trouble with incontinence or other fun things like that." Other fun things also include muscles like the abdominals, which not only stretch considerably during pregnancy, "but for many women they literally split in half," said Del Prete. "So it's really important when you first start exercising that you are conscious of pulling them back

together, because it doesn't just happen automatically, unfortunately." While getting yourself back in shape after a pregnancy may not be automatic, Del Prete is now offering a postpartum Pilates workshop on the first Saturday of every month from her studio at 18 Division Street Suite 203 in Saratoga Springs, to help start mothers down the right path. "We've had a lot of clients in the past year or two who have just had babies," said Del Prete. "I just had a baby ten months ago myself, and that's what got me started thinking about how I could incorporate this into my classes. It's the perfect kind of body work to get your body back." Christen Gowan, who has attended Del Prete's classes for years, was one such client who, after her pregnancy, found Pilates to be a great way for her to get back in shape - both physically and mentally. "The best part for me was not only the physical aspects of it, but also the mental. Making yourself feel normal again," said Gowan. "You feel like your body gets all out of whack during your pregnancy, so this is a really great way to find your center again."

Pilates works to help women regain their sense of self after a pregnancy, correcting postural issues, rebuilding core strength, providing a much needed energy boost, minimizing depression and promoting an accelerated healing process. "Things just feel very different after you've had a baby," said Del Prete, "so just getting your strength back is so important." The postpartum classes designed for both absolute newcomers to Pilates and those with a bit more experience - aim to provide women with an understanding of what muscles to target in

their bodies, how to modify their exercises to reach those muscles, and which exercises to avoid as the body continues to recover. After that, Del Prete said she will work on a case by case basis to "give them a recommendation going forward. Are they ready to just join a mat class? Should they do some more work one-on-one? Everyone has very specific needs, so I try to figure out what's best for them, depending on what they're looking for." The postpartum Pilates workshops begin May 1 and will be held on the first Saturday of every following month. Classes are one hour long, and will run $15 a session. For more information on the classes, or to learn more about Reform. A True Pilates Studio, you can reach Del Prete by phone at (518) 871-1315, or by email at

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Members practice their Pilates at Reform. A True Pilates Studio.

A special supplement to Saratoga TODAY

Saratoga physicians help stop "Silent Killer" with free health screenings SARATOGA SPRINGS Time for a spring checkup? Saratoga Springs physicians are teaming up with a national awareness campaign to help stop a “silent killer” by offering free ultrasound screenings for those 60 years of age and older to detect a deadly vascular condition known as abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA, pronounced “triple A”). AAA is the third leading cause of sudden death in men over 60 – and surprisingly, more than 70 percent of at-risk individuals have never heard of the disease. AAA, which is a blood-filled bulge or ballooning of a weakened area of the abdominal aorta – is a potentially life-threatening condition if left untreated. Today, about one million people are walking around with AAA undiagnosed. If left undetected, only 10 to 25 percent of people will survive. Fortunately a simple ultrasound screening can detect it before it’s too late. The Vascular Group will join the Find the AAAnswers national AAA awareness campaign Saturday, April 23 from 9 am - 1 pm for free screenings. Screenings will take place on the second floor of the Vascular Group’s building, located at 377 Church St. in Saratoga Springs. Screenings are by appointment only. Please contact the organization to schedule your screening by calling (518) 792-7122.

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“I hate my life” Meghan D. Lemery LCSW-R A few weeks ago I had the privilege of holding a workshop on the power of self- confidence and acceptance for teenage girls. “You Are What You Think” is a workshop I designed to help young ladies learn to trade the voice of self-doubt and abuse for self- confidence, love and acceptance. During our time together I asked the ladies to write down their questions, concerns, or self-defeating thoughts that may be causing depression and anxiety. Here are the thoughts and concerns the average teenage girl faces each day she enters the hallway of her school: How come boys don’t like me? Would if I like girls? I hate my acne. I hate my family. I am disgusting. How can you have a social life if you don’t drink or believe in sex

before marriage? Why do people make such a big deal about being different? How do you help a suicidal friend? How do you make yourself feel loved? Does it ever get better? I will never live up to my parent’s expectations. As I read through the questions and began to address some of the issues, my heart felt heavy. How can we help our young women face the stress of high school and survive the path of adolescence and identity development? How can we keep our teens healthy and provide a safe environment for them to confide in us? First and foremost, it is essential to keep the lines of communication open and be aware of the serious issues our teens face on a daily basis. Here are a few tips to help you set the stage of unconditional love and acceptance for your teen. This setting will always lead to an open, honest discussion that will leave you and your teen feeling lighter and more bonded. Connect In order to share our deepest secrets and insecurities with another person, we need to feel connected, respected and accepted. Make sure that you take time at LEAST once a


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ft How To Understand and Connect with Your Teenager

week to check in one-on-one with your teenager. Take some time to spend with your adolescent and connect to their world. Whether it is doing an activity they love, listening to their favorite song with them, or simply taking a walk in the sunshine, connect with your teen according to their level and interests. Allow them to teach you about their interests and hobbies. Often teens feel their parents or the adults in their lives don’t have a clue about their interests or passions. If your teen has a quirky fashion sense that makes you uncomfortable, take time to ask them about what inspires them to dress the way the do, or listen to the music they like. The quickest way to shut your teen down and close the door on communication is to criticize and judge before you explore the reasons behind the behavior. Taking the time to connect to your teen and take an interest in their passion lets them know you are interested in their life and care about what they have to say. The more you take the time to connect to your teenager, the more likely they will be to confide in you. Zip it The biggest complaint I hear working with teenagers is this, “My parents don’t listen to me, they don’t get it, they ALWAYS lecture me and I feel like they don’t understand me at all!” I know that you have your teen’s best interest at heart, but before you begin your power point presentation on the importance of morals, values, academic success and appropriate clothing, take a deep breath and zip it. Give your teen the space to open up to you and share their concerns and stressors. Offer an emotional space of acceptance and non-judgmental listening. Even if you don’t agree with their thoughts, active listening communicates to your teen that you respect them. Your teen is much more likely to open up to you if they know that they will not be judged for their thoughts. Resist the temptation to interrupt, judge or lecture before hearing what your teen has to say. Simply zipping your mouth shut opens the door to deeper communication and lets your

teen know you care and respect what they have to say. Resist the urge to minimize A pimple, bad hair day, break-up or friend drama is as important to your teen as paying your mortgage on time and having a job. Resist the urge to minimize your teen’s frustrations or concerns over the “Worst Frizz Hair Ever.” Rather, offer concrete positive solutions and use a little humor to help them redirect their negative thoughts. The worst thing you can do is tell your teen their feelings are no big deal. This makes them feel more isolated and stressed. Offer compassion, understanding, a hug and a high quality de-frizz hair product. Step back If your teen is going down the wrong path and you are concerned about their choices, sit down to explore their thoughts on their behavior. Simply asking, “What do you think about what’s going on right now?” or “How do you feel about yourself when you spend time with that new friend with the purple hair and tattoos?” opens the door for a productive discussion rather than a heated argument. Give your teen some room to sort

out their feelings as you explore the negative behavior that’s going on. Taking a step back gives your teen the opportunity to come to their own conclusions on their behavior, as well as be accountable for their choices. Stepping back gives your teen the opportunity to dig deep and practice exploring their thoughts and behaviors in a deeper, healthier way. Our teens need to know they have an adult in their life that will provide a safe emotional place where they can dump out their fears and deepest insecurities. Be a safe haven for your teen and watch how much more they will open up to you. And if all else fails, take them to the mall! Wishing you healthy, rich relationships with all the teenagers in your life! Ms. Lemery is a psychotherapist practicing in Saratoga Springs and Queensbury. Stay tuned for the publication of her first novel titled, Please Pass the Barbie Shoes. This is a heartwarming story that will leave you feeling empowered, inspired and adored! Reach Meghan at



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Spring Clean-up Safety Tips by James Markwica, MS PT For Saratoga TODAY It seems like only last week we were engaged in the tasks of autumn, picking up leaves and preparing our yards for the long winter ahead. Regardless of how well you may have done in the fall, and no matter how many hours you may have logged in that yard, yep, you’re going to do it all over again. Spring cleanup! Ugh! Undoubtedly, regardless of your fitness level, you will likely be sore and fatigued from the weekend of spring clean-up ahead. Preparation, injury prevention and using your head are the keys to having a productive weekend in the yard while not moving through the following week in serious pain. Injuries resulting from overexertion while lifting, pushing and pulling, are among the most frequent types of injury in the home. These kinds of injuries, along with accidental slips, trips and falls can result in sprains, strains, hernias and lower back pain. In order to avoid these common injuries, preparation for your tasks and planning for safety is most useful. Here are some useful tips that may allow you to complete your chore of spring clean-up in conjunction with good aerobic and safe activity: • Warm-up before yard work: Gardening and yard work forces you to use virtually every muscle in the human body. Always begin with some trunk forward and backward bending, arm circles and gentle leg stretching. Walk for a few minutes to promote circulation. 10 minutes of total warm-up should be sufficient to prevent strains and soreness later. • Maintain ‘Good Posture.’ Try to keep a wide BoS (Base of Support) while you stand still and move

around during raking. Hold the rake near the end with one hand, and about two-thirds down with the other hand. By standing up straight and moving your arms together with proper spacing your body will be in a mechanical adventitious position while pushing and pulling leaves. Make it easier for yourself to move the piles. • Avoid Twisting. Use your legs to shift your weight side-to-side instead while raking, thatching or bending to pick up twigs, sticks and leaves. • Lift heavy loads properly. Always bend your knees and use your legs to lift your body up. Use large muscle groups to lower your body towards the ground by hinging at the knees. Instead of reaching forward to move a heavy object, walk to it, get close and lift it straight up off the ground by bending your knees and keeping your spine upright. Don’t lift with your back. • Avoid bending over if possible. Kneeling is always better than bending over for long periods. Try knee pads to protect your knees from dirt or soreness. If you’re weeding, try sitting on a bucket to keep your body at an angle to support your back. If you’re shoveling, place the tool directly in front of you, parallel to your hip bones. • Be Smart. Work in the yard when it is dry whenever possible. Don’t overfill bags or tarps. Use a wheelbarrow to move heavy bags to other areas of the yard if you cannot easily drag them. • Wear proper shoes with skid resistant soles if possible to ensure good footing on uneven ground. • Pace and Hydrate as needed, take rest breaks every half-hour or so, and stretch any muscles that seem to be tightening up as you work. Pace yourself and do what you can without overdoing it. There is always

tomorrow. • Cool down. When you’re finished working, do some more stretching to help relax tense muscles. You can even take a hot bath. • Don’t overdo it: Avoid straining muscles by rotating tasks to avoid repetitive movements. After 15 minutes of raking, change to pruning or mowing. Space out gardening tasks over several days. Finally, listen to your body. Soreness is common following typical yard work. But the soreness you feel should go away about 24-48 hours after your workout. If you notice any of the following symptoms, and they don’t go away, see your doctor: lightheadedness, shortness of breath, sudden, severe headache, excess sweating that’s out of proportion to your level of exertion, chest or stomach pain. Poor physical condition, poor posture, lack of exercise, and excessive body weight contribute to the num-

ber and severity of sprains and strains. So do your best to take good care of yourself throughout the year. Prevention of an injury is much easier than repairing one. Listen to your body! Stop if you feel pain and consult your physician if necessary. Now take it inside and get to those windows…..Ugh!


James Markwica, MS PT is a New York State Licensed Physical Therapist at LaMarco Physical Therapy, 417 Geyser Road in Ballston Spa and 30 Gick Road in Saratoga Springs. For questions or follow-up, contact James at 587-3256 or online at

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Wilton Seniors are on the go! Many fun, exciting trips planned this spring Lillian Worth Senior Center 18 Traver Road, Gansevoort To sign up for any of the fun-filled trips listed below, contact the Wilton Seniors on Tuesday or Thursday at (518) 587-6363 or call Kay Lant at (518) 584-6796.

A Tribute to Patsy Cline at The Delaney House in Holyoke, Massachusets: This thrilling day-trip is scheduled for Wednesday, April 20. The group will depart from Wilton Seniors Center at 9 am and pick up Saratoga seniors at 9:15. The itinerary plans for 11:30 am arrival at Delaney House in Holyoke with a delicious lunch served immediately. The show begins at 1:30 pm. A Tribute to Patsy Cline "Walking After Midnight," features Janice

Dee who looks and sounds just like Patsy. The group will return to Saratoga at 6:15 pm and Wilton at 6:30. The cost to participate is $46 for members and $56 for nonmembers.

Trip to Mohonk Mountain House: This fun day trip to Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz is scheduled for Monday, May 23. The group will depart at 7:30 am from Wilton Seniors and will pick up Saratoga seniors at 7:45 am. The group will return to Saratoga at 6:30 pm and to the Wilton Seniors Center at 6:45 pm. The cost to participate is $57 for Wilton residents and $67 for non-residents. Reservations are required.

Road trip to Ocean City, Maryland: This four-day and three-night journey is scheduled for September 6 through 9. It includes a trip to

Buffalo Farm, a carriage ride with Clydesdale horses, a visit to Assateague Island and a museum to view an electric car collection, and Ocean City's famous boardwalk to tour the Life-Saving Museum, which is housed in a refurbished Coast Guard Station, the aquarium, Dover Downs Casino and many other exciting attractions, including a Jamboree family-style variety show. The package includes three breakfasts and two dinners. Travelers are responsible for their own lunches. The rates are as follows: single is $641, insurance is an extra $57.60; double is $520 per person, + $38.40 for insurance; triple is $486 per person, + $38.50 for insurance; quad is $467 per person, + $38.40 for insurance. A $50 deposit is required. Checks should be written out to Wilton Seniors with a separate check for insurance made out to Upstate Tours.

Spring Dance Sampler Series SARATOGA SPRINGS - Dancing through Time, a program partnership with the Capital Region Dance Alliance and the National Museum of Dance School of the Arts, is offering an eight-week dance sampler series on Thursdays for active seniors (over 50), from 1 to 2:30 pm. Each class is taught by a different instructor, providing an exciting variety of dance styles. Included in the spring series are classes in Zumba, Afro-Caribbean, Soft Shoe, Greek and Broadway Jazz. No special equipment is required; participants dance in socks or soft shoes and in clothing that allows for easy movement. Make checks payable to The Dance Alliance and mail to the DTT coordinator: Libby SmithHolmes, 3 Collins Terrace, Saratoga Springs NY 12866; or bring a check to the first class the participant attends. For further information, contact the Dancing Through Time Coordinator, Libby Smith-Holmes, at (518) 587-9499, or e-mail her at: For class details and a registration form, visit Classes take place at the School of the Arts, situated behind the National Museum of Dance, 99 South Broadway, Saratoga Springs. For further information, contact the Dancing Through Time Coordinator, Libby Smith-Holmes, at (518) 587-9499, or e-mail her at:

Class Schedule April 14: Artist and dancer Francelise Dawkins returns with Calabash, an energetic Caribbeanflavored style based on African dance traditions. April 21: Anny DeGange brings a lyrical blend of dance styles from her rich background in ballet, modern and Broadway. April 28: Plunge into Zumba, a lively fitness exercise with dance choreography to Latin rhythms, taught by Laurie Zabele Cawley. May 5: Marcus Rogers of Union College's Dance Department leads a class in his energetic jazz style. May 12: Combining the graceful moves of tai chi with the strength of Chinese martial arts, Sandra Balint returns with her popular, creative style. May 19: Tina Baird will include some history, video footage, song and tap as we learn the Copasetics song and the Cole Stroll by Charles "Honi" Coles, a member of the Copasetics Club. May 26: Leslie Kettlewell shares her fascination with the popular dances of the '50s, '60s and '70s, some of which we may remember!



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Senior Center of Saratoga Springs Plans Grand Re-Opening Celebration 5 Williams Street (518) 584-1621 Come and see the newly renovated Senior Center and try a variety of exciting activities during the all-day open house event Saturday, April 9 from 10 am to 4 pm. The Hungry Spot CafĂŠ will be sponsoring a home-made soup sale from 11 am for $3 per bowl while supplies last. All activities will be free and open to the public. The following activities are planned throughout the day: Cooking 10 am: Cooking class with the Hungry Spot Cafe "The Art of Soupmaking" Creative Arts 10 am: Origami 11 am: Stained glass Noon: Adventures in art 1-3 pm: Ceramics 2-3: Card making and creative writing Health and Fitness 10 am: Gentle Yoga 11 am: Movement Noon: Chair massage 1 pm: Osteo Presentations 10 am: Saratoga Physical Therapy, "Spring Forward to Good Health" 11 am: Legal info with Albany Law, nutrition and food with Eat Smart NY Games and Social Activities 10 am: knitting and crocheting Noon: Mahjong & Rummy Cube Noon-2 pm: Wii golf and bowling Noon-2 pm: Bingo with prizes 1-3 pm: Bridge 2-3 pm: Trivia for seniors Educational Free Computer Training Classes all day in the new Alfred Z. Solomon Computer Lab The Center also hosts fun events and activities throughout the month.

Upcoming Events: Prom: Saratoga's first "Senior" Senior Prom will be held at the Senior Center on Saturday, April 30, from 6:30 to 9 pm. Dance to the classic sounds of the 1950s and '60s. Hors d'ouervres, desserts and beverages will be served. Semi-formal attire is optional. Tickets sold in advance: $5 per person for members

and $10 for non-members. This prom is for adults and seniors only, and is sponsored by the Saratoga Springs High School Key Club. Monthly Dinner: The Holiday Inn & Bookmakers will be the featured restaurant at the Saratoga Senior Center's Monthly Dinner on Tuesday, April 26 from 5:30 to 7 pm. Tickets are $10 per person or $15 per couple. The evening will also feature live entertainment. Tickets are limited to center members. Movie Night: Come to the center for movie night Tuesday, April 12, which will feature "It's Complicated," 2009, starring Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin on the big screen! Tuesday, April 19 will feature the musical, "American in Paris" originally released in 1951, starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron. Show time is 6 pm for both showings and snacks are provided. The cost is $2 for members and $4 for non-members. Call to sign up. Pay at the door. Pool League: Members can play 8-Ball on the center's full-size pool table with the seniors' pool league on Mondays, from 1 to 3 pm. Call (518) 584-1621 to set up your team. Summer Walking Club: Enjoy the health benefits of walking. The center is starting a summer walking club. Join the group that fits your abilities. Mondays: Beginner level

from 11 am to noon; Fridays: Intermediate Level: from 11am TO noon. Sign up in advance. A Trip to the Big Apple: The center is sponsoring a bus trip to New York City on Monday, June 6. The trip will include a guided tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and St. Patrick's Cathedral. The cost to participate is $45 for members and $60 for non-members. Visit the center at 5 Williams Street or call (518) 584-1621 for details.


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A time and a season for everything

Kate Towne Sherwin Saratoga SAHM For my Gabe, that ancient wisdom “there is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven” means that such times and seasons happen exactly when they’re supposed to. For example, he said to me recently, “Mom, my teacher said that Monday is the first day of spring!”

“That’s right, it is,” I agreed. “Yes!” he exclaimed, as if he’d just hit a home run, and off he ran, happily. A few days later, as he was going to bed, he said to me excitedly, “Tomorrow’s the first day of spring!” “You’re right!” I agreed, then realized what he was getting at. “But Gabe, just because tomorrow’s the first day of spring doesn’t mean it’s going to be warm and sunny and all the snow will be gone,” I told him. “Uh huh!” he said defiantly. Oh dear. I should have known he had assumed all traces of winter would have been warmed away overnight, after the way he reacted when Xavier turned one. On that morning, Gabe had been the first one up, and he’d come bounding into our

bedroom excitedly. “Today’s Xave’s birthday!” he’d said, his face alight. “We know!” we’d said, so pleased that he was happy for his baby brother, not realizing what was really in his head until he asked, with the same excitement, “What does he look like?” “What does he look like?” I repeated, baffled. “Just the same as he did yesterday.” “But he’s one,” he explained, as if I wasn’t understanding. “Oh Gabe,” I said. “Just because he’s one doesn’t mean he looks different.” Gabe thought about this for half a second, then asked, “Can he talk?” “No, silly!” “Can he walk?” “No! He will soon, but not yet!” “But he’s ooonnneee!” he emphasized again, and only when he came with me to get Xave up and saw the same non-walking non-talking baby brother he’d had the day before did he believe me that Xave hadn’t changed overnight. It’s taken a bit longer for the reality of winter-weather-in-spring to sink in though. Just a few days ago he was pouting all the way home after we picked Thomas up from school, and when I asked him what the matter was he said, with his bottom lip put out, “It’s supposed to be spring.” I hate to tell him, but as we all know, grappling with what’s-actual-


Friday, April 8, 2011 ly-happening when it doesn’t match up with what’s-supposed-to-be is not just confined to childhood. As a new mother, I’d had certain ideas about when and how certain things were supposed to happen, from first smiles to first teeth, breastfeeding and weaning, naptime sleeping and nighttime sleeping—you name it, I’d found some expert or guideline or rule that told me just what to expect. And then when things didn’t work out the way they were “supposed” to, I’d fret and worry and expend a lot of mental and emotional energy wondering what was wrong with the baby, or what was wrong with me. As time’s gone on, however, I’ve been able to see how different each of my children is, and how they’re turning out to be great little people, despite all the mistakes I’m sure I’ve made and all the ways they haven’t done or grown as I expected. My two-and-a-half-year-old, Johnny, has recently provided a great example: he only just started sleeping through the night regularly and reliably about a month ago. Mind you, John has two older brothers who have always been great sleepers, and he has a mother who has always worked really hard to encourage nighttime sleeping from the earliest age possible. Even little Xavier started sleeping through the night long before his big brother John. But Johnny’s just his own funny little man, working on his own timetable, just like each of his brothers have done in different areas of


their own development. Perhaps it’s not as big a deal to any of you, but if my older boys had been nearly three and not yet sleeping through the night, I’m pretty sure I’d have thought there was something catastrophically wrong with the child, for not sleeping, or with me, for not knowing how to make it happen. As it was, I found myself far less worried than I might have been with his older brothers, and I was even able to appreciate how very sweet it was that sometimes all John needed to go back to sleep was for me to smooth his hair, or to “Sit with me, Mama.” This past weekend, Gabe and his brothers spent half their waking hours out in the yard, in the sun and the breeze and the mud. Gabe finally had his spring, and I knew the fresh air would only enhance John’s newly acquired sleeping-through-the-night skills. The joyful mood in the house at the beautiful weather mirrored the feeling of lightness and peace I always have when I’ve just emerged from some difficult season in my own life and motherhood. On this side of it, it’s so much easier to see that, as the “time and season for everything” writer pointed out, everything is made “beautiful in its time.” Kate Towne Sherwin is a stay-athome mom (SAHM) living in Saratoga Springs with her husband, Steve, and their sons Thomas (6), Gabriel (4), John Dominic (2), and Xavier (1). She can be reached at



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Springing into the Kitchen by Jodie Fitz for Saratoga TODAY When I was little my grandmother absolutely loved the holidays and her enthusiasm, planning and creativity certainly made in impact on the way I approach each holiday. She thoroughly enjoyed spending hours planning, baking and implementing her ideas and I used to love to be a part of the process. At Easter she often hard-boiled dozens of eggs and had them hidden throughout the yard with a special surprise for each of her grandchildren to find. My grandmother almost always served the same desserts for her holiday feasts and at Easter you typically found the Italian Easter pie, cheese cake (there was no holiday without), cookies and ALWAYS a Lamb Cake for her grandchildren. The lamb cake was a vanilla cake in the shape of a sitting lamb frosted and covered with coconut. Around the bottom she would sprinkle green dyed coconut so that the lamb appeared to be sitting in grass with assorted jelly beans spread throughout. Although I too approach the holidays with hours of planning, baking and implementing my ideas just like my grandmother, I have found that my dessert table is anything but the same each year. I love to use each holiday as an opportunity to experiment, introduce new tastes and find new recipes to share. Fruit Filled Meringue will be one of my featured

holiday recipes at our Easter feast. It’s a delicious and decorative addition to any dessert table that boasts a lighter, spring taste.

Fruit Filled Meringue Meringue Shell 1 cup light brown sugar 3 egg whites 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract Step 1: Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Step 2: Draw approximately an eight inch cm circle on a sheet of parchment baking paper with a permanent marker on one side and then flip it over so that you can see the line, but will use the clean side. Step 3: Spread the brown sugar on to a non-stick baking sheet and dry in the oven for 8 - 10 minutes. Run the sugar through a mini chopper or food processor to break it apart and granulate it, removing the lumps. Step 4: With an electric mixer, whip the egg whites until they are stiff. Add the brown sugar one tablespoon at a time continuing to mix after each addition. Add in the vanilla extract. Step 5: Spoon the meringue around the circle, keeping the center hollow. Bake for 45 minutes and then turn off the oven & open the door slightly to let the meringue cool. Note: The meringue can be made the night before.

Filling: 12 oz. frozen berries (thawed) 1 1/4 cup whipping cream 3 tablespoons confectioner’s sugar Step 1: Whip the cream and confectioner’s sugar together until it is stiff. Step 2: Simply spoon the cream in to the center and top with the berries & serve. Note: Don’t fill the meringue until you are ready to serve. The meringue does break down over a prolonged period of time with the cream and juices from the berries.

New Car Seat Guidelines for Parents New advice from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) will change the way many parents buckle up their children for a drive. In a new policy published in the April 2011 issue of Pediatrics, the academy advises parents to keep their toddlers in rear-facing car seats until age two or until they reach the maximum height and weight for their seat. It also advises that most children will need to ride in a belt-positioning booster seat until they have reached 4 feet 9 inches tall and are between eight and 12 years of age. The previous policy, from 2002, advised that it is safest for infants and toddlers to ride rear-facing up to the limits of the car seat, but it also cited age 12 months and 20 pounds as a minimum. As a result, many parents turned the seat to face the front of the car when their child celebrated his or her first birthday. "Parents often look forward to transitioning from one stage to the next, but these transitions should generally be delayed until they're necessary, when the child fully outgrows the limits for his or her current stage," said Dennis Durbin, MD, FAAP, lead author of the poli-

cy statement and accompanying technical report that announced the new recommendations. New research has found children are safer in rear-facing car seats. A 2007 study in the journal Injury Prevention showed that children under age two are 75 percent less likely to die or be severely injured in a crash if they are riding rear-facing. "A rear-facing child safety seat does a better job of supporting the head, neck and spine of infants and toddlers in a crash, because it distributes the force of the collision over the entire body," Dr. Durbin said. "For larger children, a forward-facing seat with a harness is safer than a booster, and a belt-positioning booster seat provides better protection than a seat belt alone until the seat belt fits correctly." The academy also advises that children should ride in the rear of a vehicle until they are 13 years old. For more information, visit the American Academy of Pediatrics website: A car seat guide for parents is available at

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Ask the Financial Advisor by Stephen Kyne Saratoga TODAY Sometimes it’s important to take a step back, breathe, and remember that money is only a tool. Money is a resource that you use to help enable you to achieve your goals, to provide for your family, and to support your lifestyle. Imagine your financial life as a machine. Investments, insurance, and strategies are just cogs in your financial machine. When they’re properly aligned and working together, they help to propel you

toward your goals, or protect you from the unexpected. Because people are professionals at doing something other than managing their finances, they are forced to take an ad hoc approach to assembling their financial machine and, over time, it can evolve into something Rube Goldberg would be proud of. The role of a financial advisor is to help you make sense of your financial life, starting with your goals. By understanding what you are trying to achieve, we can begin to redesign

your financial machine. You may already have a lot of the necessary components, and we can realign and supplement them to help move you forward. Your goals are unique, and there is no “one size fits all” approach to financial planning, so your financial machine will be an original. By understanding how much income you need from your investments, we can design a portfolio tailored to meet that need. Is your current portfolio too aggressive, or maybe it’s not aggressive enough?


Friday, April 8, 2011 How hard is this part of your financial machine working? If cash is the fuel your financial machine runs on, and we consider that inflation will roughly double your expenses over the course of about twenty years, is your financial machine going to have enough fuel to make it over the finish line? Ideally your portfolio is a perpetual motion machine, generating enough fuel each year to keep running. That kind of performance, however, requires regular maintenance. If you pass away tomorrow, would someone be impacted financially? If you pass away in twenty years, will the financial impact be the same? Using a permanent form of life insurance to meet a temporary need may be a significant misalignment in your financial machine, causing you to spend more on premiums than you may need to. You may be wasting fuel. Think about your estate plan. When you die, is there anyone you would like to see inherit your assets,


more than the government? If the answer is yes, and you don’t have a plan to protect your assets from longterm care expenses, then your estate plan is broken, and needs some attention. A long-term care strategy can help ensure that your financial machine isn’t stripped down and sold for parts. Consider your own financial machine. Maybe it isn’t a 1976 Ford Pinto, but is it a finely tuned, high performance machine you’d be confident riding into the future? Don’t let procrastination keep you from making improvements to your finances. Working with an independent financial advisor will help to make sure your finances are aligned to your goals and working as efficiently as possible to help you achieve them. Stephen Kyne is a partner at Sterling Manor Financial, an independent financial planning firm based in Saratoga Springs. He can be contacted by calling (518) 583-4040.




Friday, April 8, 2011

The animal rescue season is upon us

Whiskers and Tales This year, I think we can all agree, felt like spring would never come. Nonetheless for animal lovers, upcoming spring events have started to fill our calendars. Although it was still cool and pretty cloudy, I attended my first annual animal fundraiser on April 2. The occasion to which I am referring was the “April Showers” luncheon to benefit the Estherville Animal Shelter of Greenfield, NY. In my mind this event marked the beginning of the animal rescue season for 2011. It stood for all the homeless animals waiting to be adopted and the many dedicated people who care for them, including veterinarians, dog walkers, groomers and volunteers willing to do whatever is needed. Volunteers Barbara Kerker, Angel Mainhardt and Joseph Mainhardt organized the fundraiser for Estherville. It was held at the Hyatt Place in Malta with Longfellows catering the sit-down luncheon. Fifty-six people attended this fundraiser for our area’s only no-kill shelter. In addition to the tasty lunch, there was a 50/50 raffle where the winner immediately turned her prize money back over to Estherville, there was a raffle for a variety of gifts donated by local businesses, plus there was a bingo game with more donated prizes. We all sat at circular tables for eight and at my table we had lively conversations while getting to know each other. Naturally there was lots of talk about the animals in our lives, past and present. Our table was a particularly lucky one with most of us winning something. My dedicated service dog, Moses, sat under the table quietly by me. Occasionally his head would pop up for a quick look to see what the wonderful aromas were all about. Throughout the afternoon he received lots of attention and a few people asked if he could sample some specially baked dog cookies. I couldn’t say no. Later this month on April 30, Moses and I will be attending two

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

Austin is an adult male (neutered) Domestic Shorthaired (DSH) kitty who was brought to the shelter because his owner couldn’t keep him anymore. He is not declawed, is litter-trained, good with children, dogs and other cats. He is a very handsome boy!

Jill Sweet

more important spring events for animals. At 10:30 am HOPE (Homes for Orphaned Pets Exist) will be holding their 8th annual Walk for the Animals. This year they will be joining The Giving Circle’s Mardi Gras Parade and Festival. All dog walkers must register at the CVS parking lot on Congress Street by 10:30. There will be a $20 registration fee. HOPE asks that participants bring only friendly dogs that are up-to-date on vaccinations. The dogs must be kept on a short leash and participants need to be prepared to pick up any waste along the way. All participants are encouraged to get family and friends to sponsor them with pledges. This way the dog walk will generate donations for HOPE’s new low cost spay/neuter clinic. This clinic can only help with the overpopulation problem in cats and dogs. The spring season is particularly overpopulated with kittens because too many cats are not spayed or neutered. Every spring shelters become overrun with kittens even though there are plenty of beautiful adult cats already in need of forever homes. After the HOPE walk and a stop home for a quick little “cat” nap,

Moses and I plan to attend another important event in support of animals. This one is a dinner and silent auction, 4-8 pm April 30, at the Gideon Putnam to benefit North Country Wild Care (NCWC). This is a local organization dedicated to care for orphaned and injured wildlife with the goal of releasing them back into the wild. NCWC is made up of a group of licensed wildlife rehabilitators and their supporters. They network with other rehabbers, educate the public, and organize volunteers for their Wildlife Emergency Hotline – (518) 964-6740. They have been around for ten years helping owls, eagles, hawks, rabbits, raccoons, foxes and many other critters found with injuries from automobiles, toxic spills, or encounters with domesticated dogs and cats. NCWC also produces an informative newsletter that is full of important advice for people who think they have come across an injured animal. To attend the NCWC Spring Fundraiser on April 30 at the Gideon Putnam, contact Julie Lafountain at (518) 885-8969. RSVP by April 9 and tickets are $38 per person; after April 9, tickets are $40 per person.


Muffy is an adult female Lhasa Apso doggie who was found as a stray on Rt. 9N in Corinth. She is looking for a forever home.

Percy is a neutered male DSH kitty who was found as a stray.

C.T. is an adult male Rottweiler/Husky mix who was brought to the shelter because his owners couldn’t care for him anymore. He is housebroken, good with children and other doggies – however, it isn’t known how he is with kitties.

Cinderella is a one-year-old DSH spayed female kitty that was brought to the shelter because someone in her family had allergies. She is not declawed, is littertrained, and is good with kids, dogs and other cats.

Thumper is an awfully nice adult female rabbit – but she doesn’t like to be picked up!

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8 - april15 events Saturday April 9 Saratoga Farmers’ Market Division St. School Saratoga’s premier market, featuring meats, local produce, eggs, soaps, seasonal items and more. From 9 am to 1 pm. For more information, call (518) 638-8530.

Tang Museum family day Children ages 5 and up with an adult can enjoy a brief tour of a current Tang exhibition followed by a hands-on art activity. Free and open to the public. From 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Tang Museum, Skidmore College. For reservations and information, call (518) 580-8080.

Roast Turkey Dinner Trinity United Methodist Church, 155 Ballard Rd., Wilton From 3:30 to 6:30 pm, come to a ready-made dinner for the family, complete with dessert. The cost is by donation. For more information, call (518) 584-9107.

Souper Supper Old Stone Church, 159 Stone Church Rd, and Rte 29, Saratoga Springs From 5 to 7 pm. $10 will get you a choice of a soup (with refill) and a sandwich, dessert and beverage. For more information, call Florence at (518) 885-7724.

Saturday and Sunday Upstate New York’s First Car Motorcycle Exposition

designed for girls ages 5-12. Preregistration is required. Call (518) 885-4000 or email

Free Play Reading

Redline Motorsports, Broadway Choppers, and 25 other vendors will on display at the Wilton Mall. Admission is $5. For more information, call Gerald Linen at (518) 2371884 or, or Bill Schroeder at or (518) 664-7466, or visit

Sunday April 10

Monday April 11

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

Community bingo

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

Vendorfest to benefit Relay for Life Team C & R will host Spring Vendorfest from noon to 4 pm at the Saratoga-Wilton Elks. Vendors include: Madison Handbags, PartyLite, Pampered Chef, Paul & June’s Creations, Lia Sophia and Close to My Heart. $2 admission.

Victorian Tea Party Brookside Museum, 6 Charlton St. Ballston Spa We invite Mothers and daughters ages 5 to 12 to join us for a celebration of Victorian Culture from 1 to 3 pm. Hands-on activities are included. The cost is $20 per couple,

Thursday April 14 Bingo

Homemade Theater, Saratoga State Park, South Broadway At 3 pm the play reading will be Angels In America Part 2, written by Tony Kushner directed by JJ Buechner. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, see the HMT web site,, or call the HMT office at (518) 587-4427.

Malta Ridge Fire Dept. 5 Hearn Rd., Malta The Easter Bunny will be in attendance at this pancake breakfast from 8 am to noon. Adults $6, seniors and children ages 6 to 10 are $4, children 5 and under are free. For more information, visit

Friday, April 8, 2011

The Jewish Community Center of Saratoga Springs, 84 Weibel Avenue Doors open at 6 pm with the first game beginning at 7:15. The building is wheelchair accessible and has smoking and non-smoking sections. Refreshments for sale. For more information, call (518) 584-2370.

Friday April 15 Saratoga-Wilton Elks Club, 1 Elks Lane, Saratoga. An evening of fun for old and young, every Monday evening at 7 pm. Doors open at 4 pm. Refreshments will be available. (518) 584-2585.

Tuesday April 12

Romeo and Juliet Skidmore College, North Broadway, Saratoga Springs Friday, April 15 and Saturday, April 16 at 8 pm and Sunday, April 17 at 2 pm in Bernhard Theater. $12 general admission, $8 students and senior citizens. For information, call (518) 580-5439.


Autism Awareness

Southern Adirondack Audubon Society

Skidmore College, North Broadway, Saratoga Springs Held at 5 pm in Room 201 of Palamountain Hall, this free event, open to the public, features a panel discussion on communication, sensory, and behavioral supports and various treatment methods aimed toward assisting persons with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Bog Meadow trail, Saratoga Springs On Saturday, April 16 at 8 am, join Rich Speidel in search of spring birds on the Bog Meadow trail, which includes an extensive boardwalk system through wetland communities: open marsh, wet meadow and forested wetland. Call Rich at (518) 623-2587 to register.

Wednesday April 13 K of C bingo The Knights of Columbus, Pine Road, Saratoga Community bingo each Wednesday at 7 pm. Doors open at 5 pm. Refreshments will be available. Call (518) 584-8547 for more information.

Donny Elvis Saturday, April 16 Knights of Columbus Hall, intersection of Rte. 29 and Pine Rd., Saratoga Springs Presented by the Catholic Daughters of the Americas. Doors open at 4:30 pm, dinner served at 5:30, and the show begins at 7 pm. Tickets are $25 and can be reserved by calling Anne at (518) 885-0663, June at (518) 584-9045, Shirley at (518) 584-7626 or the Knights Hall at (518) 584-8547.


and Pine Rd., Saratoga Springs On Sunday, April 17 from 2 to 6 pm, bring the family for dancing and great food. Admission is $15. For tickets, contact Steve and Cathy Coblish at (518) 899-3061 or e-mail

Clarinet class and recital Saratoga Arts Center, 320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs Cole’s Woodwind Shop hosts this day on Saturday, April 16 at 4 pm. Ricardo Morales, principal clarinetist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, will give a brief recital at the end of the class. The event is free to all clarinet players, clarinet students and teachers. Participants are encouraged to bring their clarinet. Space is limited and reservations are required by calling (518) 450-0333.

Contemporary Seder Congregation Shaara Tfille, 84 Weibel Ave., Saratoga Springs The community is welcome to join us for the Contemporary Passover Seder on Tuesday, April 19. The Seder will begin promptly at 6 pm. Adults $36 for members or $40 for non-members, children under 12 are $12 for members or $15 for non-members. servations must be received by 4/12 at 584-2370 or Reservations must be received by April 12. For more information or to RSVP, call (518) 584-2370 or

Great Schuylerville Egg Hunt Held at the Schuylerville High School practice field on Saturday, April 23, this is a not-to-be-missed event; 4 years and under at 11 am, grades K to 2 at 11:15 and grades 3 to 6 at 11:30 am. For more information, call (518) 695-6069.

Easter Egg Hunt Milton Community Center, Northline Rd. From noon to 3 pm on Sunday, April 17, bring the kids for this free egg hunt. To have your event listed, contact Kim Beatty at before Monday at 5 pm for Friday publication.

Polka benefit Knights of Columbus Hall, intersection of Rte. 29

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Friday, April 8, 2011

local briefs Vaughn Vision Grand Opening on Saturday April 9 Located at 170 S. Broadway, Saratoga Springs. Stop in for refreshments, door prizes and 40 percent off all frames! Burgoyne’s Gold- A Murder Mystery Canceled

Recreation Programs

Saratoga Springs Recreation

Benefitting Saratoga Central Catholic High School, on April 10 at the high school, 247 Broadway. $10 for a chicken dinner, $12 for a Rib dinner. Take-out or eat in. Pre-order or walk in. For more information, call (518) 587-7070.

Malta Recreation Center 1 Bayberry Dr. Malta For information on all programs, please call the Community Center at (518) 899-4411 or visit Camp Malta Registration has begun for the Malta Community Center’s full day summer camp – “Camp Malta.” The camp will run from July 5 through August 26 weekdays 9 am to 4 pm. The weekly fee is $120 for Malta residents and $132 for non-residents. Extended morning and afternoon care is available for an additional fee. Registration deadline is June 6. Spring Break Basketball Camp The Malta Community Center will be offering a 4-day basketball camp with skills, games, contests and tshirts for boys and girls ages 8 to 12 during April spring break. The session is Monday April 18 through Thursday April 21 from 9 am to noon and costs $80 for Malta residents, and $88 for non-residents. Registration is needed by April 13. Creative Discovery-Learning Through The Arts Preschoolers ages 2 1/2 to 5 may join this program combining arts and sciences. On April 25 the theme is “Celebrate Spring”- butterflies and other flying creatures and on May 23 the theme is “Beach Blanket Fun”sand, sun, crabs and fish. Both programs are from 4:30 to 5:15 pm. Sign up for one class or for both. $8 for Malta Residents and $9 for non-residents.

The Saratoga Springs Recreation Center, 14 Vanderbilt Avenue. T’ai Chi Beginning Friday, April 8 at 11 am, join Gina Grillo who will teach the beginners 4-week introductory class, geared towards, yet not limited to seniors. Please call Gina at (518) 692-3357, to request a brochure and further information. Universal Pre-K The Saratoga Springs City School District anticipates funding a Universal Pre-Kindergarten program for the 2011-2012 school year. We are currently accepting names of children who will turn 4 on or before December 1, 2011, and who reside in our school district. For additional information, please visit our website at: If you do not have computer access, please contact the Office of the Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education at (518) 5834474. Request for Proposals The Saratoga Springs City School District is accepting Requests for Proposals from area preschool providers for Universal PreKindergarten funding for the 20112012 school year. This is a competitive process. If interested in more information or an application, please contact the Office of the Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education, at (518) 583-4474.

Fire Dept. Open House

The Adirondack School 5158 County Route 113, Greenwich, NY From 2 to 5 pm on Sunday, April 10, come enjoy a tour of the campus, meet the students and faculty. Call (518) 695-5694, for further information.

The Ballston Spa Fire Department is holding an open house on Saturday, April 9 from 10 am to 2 pm and Sunday April 10 from noon to 4 pm. Come learn about what it takes to be a volunteer firefighter in our community. Throughout the day, the Ballston Spa Fire Department companies will conduct tours of the station and firefighter apparatus, discuss the requirements to be a volunteer, as well as conduct demonstrations and answer questions. Volunteer positions are available for Firefighter, Fire Police, Junior Firefighter, Explorer Firefighter, and Marching Band. Becoming a volunteer firefighter means being part of a team that fights fires, saves lives, conducts rescues, assists with fire prevention, administers first aid and helps the community. For more information, call Don van Apeldoorn at (518) 885-6261 or Chip Lund at (518) 885-7121.

Clothing Give Away

Choral Festival seeks singers

Ballston Center Associate Reformed Church, 58 Charlton Rd., on the corner of Charlton and Middleline Rds., Ballston Spa. Free clothing will be given away on Saturday, April 16 from 10 am to 1 pm. Families needing clothing can come to get clothing and shoes for men, women, and children. All are welcome! For more information, please call (518) 885-7312.

The Saratoga Choral Festival seeks experienced choral singers with good sight-reading and vocal abilities for its eleventh season. Singers will meet for rehearsals over a three-week period in Saratoga Springs beginning Tuesday, July 5, and will present the moving Bloch Sacred Service for chorus and organ and The Golden Door, a work for chorus and orchestra by Ron Perera at the Spa Little Theater on Sunday, July 24, at 3 pm. For further information or registration, the Festival website address is One may also register through the email address satbchoir Our phone number is (518)-791-0185. Registration deadline is June 1.

The show scheduled for April 9 has been canceled due to a terminal illness in the family of the producer. Tickets sold will be reimbursed. Old Saratoga Seniors Join us for a trip to Turning Stone Casino on Thursday, May 12. This is a bonus trip with $20 bingo, $25 free play and $5 meal. The cost is $11 for members and $16 for non-members. For more information, call Mary LaMora at (518) 584-7986. The Adirondack School Open House Sunday

Earth Week Saratoga National Historical Park, on Routes 32 and 4 in Stillwater and Hudson Crossing Park, located at Lock 5 in Schuylerville, celebrate Earth Week with a series of events between April 15 and 22 at both locations. From April 15 to 17, the National Historical Park will hold a Recycled Art Show. On April 17, Hudson Crossing Park will host a Canal Clean Sweep from 9 am to 3 pm. On April 20, the National Historical Park will offer an Armchair Tour of the Champlain Canal Way Trail from 7 to 8 pm. On April 22, Hudson Crossing Park will sponsor an Electronics Recycling Day from 2 to 7 pm and the National Historical Park will have Eco-Day with green energy ideas and live music from 11 am to 3 pm. For more information on these programs, please call Gina Johnson at (518) 664-9821 or email her at or Marlene Bissell at or (518) 859-1462.


Brooks House of BBQ Fundraiser

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. Visit The local order and distribution site is Trinity United Methodist Church, 155 Ballard Road, 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.

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HELPING HANDS Organization

Fresh Air Fund Mission Since 1877, The Fresh Air Fund, a not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer experiences in the country to more than 1.7 million New York City children from disadvantaged communities. Each year, thousands of children visit volunteer host families in 13 states and Canada through the Friendly Town Program or attend Fresh Air Fund camps. How to Help Through our Friendly Town program, you may host a child from the city in your home for 10 to 14 days. The Fresh Air Fund provides transportation for children to and from Friendly Towns and arranges for payment of any medical expenses for children without insurance. The Fund also provides liability insurance for hosts and committee volunteers. Families receive no pay for hosting, but the personal reward for the families involved is more than enough. If you cannot host a child, you may donate monetarily. It costs approximately $920 per child for a visit with a host family, so donations are always appreciated. Contact The local contact for hosting a child is Patty LeRoy, who may be contacted at (518) 885-9505 or you may contact the New York city offices at (800) 367-0003 or visit www.freshair.og.

upcoming town meetings Town of Ballston: Ballston Town Hall 323 Charlton Road 885-8502 4/12: Jenkins Park Advisory Board meeting, 7 pm Village of Ballston Spa: 66 Front Street 885-5711 4/11: Board of Trustees meeting, 7:30 pm 4/13: Planning Board meeting, 7:30 pm Town of Greenfield: 7 Wilton Road 893-7432 4/14: Town Board meeting, 7 pm Town of Malta: 2540 Route 9 899-2818 4/11: Historic Preservation Review Commission workshop meeting, 7 pm Town of Milton: 503 Geyser Road 885-9220 4/13: Planning Board meeting, 7 pm City of Saratoga Springs: 474 Broadway 587-3550 4/11: Planning Board workshop, 5 pm 4/11: Zoning Board of Appeals workshop, 6:30 pm 4/11: Zoning Board of Appeals meeting, 7 pm 4/12: Design Review Commission workshop, 5 pm 4/13: Planning Board meeting, 7 pm Town of Saratoga: 12 Spring Street, Schuylerville 695-3644 Village of Schuylerville: 35 Spring Street 695-3881 4/12: Board of Water Management meeting, 7 pm 4/13: Board of Trustees meeting, 7 pm Town of Stillwater: 66 East St., Riverside Mechanicville, NY 12118 Town of Wilton: 22 Traver Road 587-1939 Saratoga County Board of Supervisors 40 McMaster St., # 1 Ballston Spa, NY 12020-1985 (518) 885-2240 4/11: Buildings and Grounds meeting, 3 pm 4/11: Public Health meeting, 4 pm 4/12: Public Safety meeting, 3 pm 4/12: Social Programs meeting, 3:30 pm 4/12: Public Works meeting, 4 pm 4/13: Law and Finance meeting, 4 pm




Bet on Morning Line Favorite. -Dave Matthews tribute band makes Saratoga debut at Irish Times

Friday, April 8, 2011


Local Gigs

Morning Line Favorite has spent much of the last six years just doing what they love to do: play music for people. The band will be doing just that when it plays their first-ever Saratoga Springs show on Saturday, April 9 at Irish Times, 14 Phila Street in Saratoga Springs. The show begins at 9:30 pm. The band got its start in early 2005 when front man Tim Staples and guitarist Adam VanDervoort began playing acoustic shows together. In 2006, Adam and Tim brought on Kevin Mason to play saxophone and a young prodigy, Aaron Drescher, to play drums. In 2009, Brandon Hall joined on to play bass guitar, rounding up the band’s current lineup. Throughout the last couple of years, Morning Line Favorite has steadily drawn bigger and bigger crowds. They have gone from playing for a small group of friends just a few years ago, to having lines out the door at over 50 bars, clubs and college venues. Their playlist is heavily laced with songs from the Dave Matthews Band to an eclectic mix that covers modern pop hits of groups like Coldplay and Kings of Leon. The band often incorporates their own take on these popular groups’ tunes with improvisation featuring extensive solos from Drescher, Mason and VanDervoort. They enjoy doing diverse shows to cover ite Favor e n i all audience’s tastes, but at the end of L rning ish Times the day their respect and love for Mo Ir eet ila Str Dave Matthews Band music is what 14 Ph Springs m ga prevails. And no one in the audience Sarato l 9 at 9:30 p i m r o p c . A a , ay og appears to be displeased with that Saturd htimessarat 03 iris choice. www. 18) 583-00 5 ( - Arthur Gonick

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Friday, April 8, 2011

Saratoga County children chosen to dance with New York City Ballet at SPAC this July


Nacre Dance Company to feature many guest artists at UPH Photos by "Dance Energies:" A rehearsal Sunday, April 3 at UPH led by Director Donna Emerson, a former May O'Donnell company member and dancers Clint Martin, Tim Kochka, Aaron Nichols and Julia Kool

Lawrence White Photo ©2011 Saratoga County children will dance with NY City Ballet this summer at SPAC. Back row, from left: Elizabeth Claire Usack, Gwenda Law, Emily Lewis, Halie Maple, Hannah Valiquette, Hannah Hanson, Mahogany Akita, Alison Genevich, Molly Genevich. Front row, from left: Emily Heym, Lilah DuBoff, Samantha Whitman, Gianna Papa, Grace Goodell (not pictured, William Halm).

Saratoga Springs – A number of Saratoga County children successfully auditioned to dance with the New York City Ballet during its Saratoga Performing Arts Center season, July 5 to 16. The young dancers were among 34 Capital Region children chosen by NYCB’s Children’s Ballet Mistress Garielle Whittle and Assistant Ballet Mistress Dena Abergel after an extensive audition process that included tryouts by approximately 150 dancers. Saratoga County children who were selected include: Mahogany Akita, Lilah DuBoff, Alison Genevich, Molly Genevich and Grace Goodell, (Saratoga Springs); William Halm, Samantha Whitman (Burnt Hills); Hannah Hanson, Hannah Valiquette (Clifton Park); Emily Heym, Elizabeth Claire Usack, (Gansevoort); Gwenda Law (Charlton); Emily Lewis (Ballston Spa); Halie Maple (Halfmoon) and Gianna Papa (Ballston Lake). "We are thrilled to be bringing our region’s young talent to the SPAC Amphitheatre stage this season. This is a dream come true for these children who will have the opportunity to dance alongside New York City Ballet stars on a stage that has showcased the finest artists in the world,” said Marcia J. White, SPAC’s President and Executive Director of SPAC. The auditions were to fill roles in Peter Martins’ The Magic Flute and Jerome Robbins’ Circus Polka. The Magic Flute will be performed at SPAC on four dates: July 6, 7, 9 and 16. The Magic Flute returns to SPAC’s stage this season after an absence of nearly three decades. Circus Polka will be performed on July 12, 15 and 16. Tickets for all NYCB performances are on sale now at

SARATOGA SPRINGS – Nacre Dance Company will present “Dance in a new light,” a spring repertory concert at Universal Preservation Hall (UPH), 25 Washington Street in Saratoga Springs on April 8 and 9 at 8 pm and April 10 at 2 pm. Partial proceeds from the concert will benefit the restoration project at UPH. Tickets are $15 for students and seniors; $20 for general admission and can be purchased at For information on the concert, please call Nacre at (518) 435-0510. Nacre’s concert features Doris Humphrey’s “Passacaglia and fugue” and will be restaged by former Limon company dancer Paul Dennis. The program also includes other memorable works of American modern dance such as Isadora Duncan’s classic “Southern roses” and excerpts from May O’Donnell’s (former Martha Graham dancer) 1959 “Dance energies” set to music from O’Donnell’s husband Ray Greene. Joining Nacre for “Dance energies” are visiting dancers Aaron Nichols (New York Theatre Ballet), Tim Kochka (Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company) and Clint Martin (TAKE Dance). To complete the program, Nacre will perform a piece created by 2011 guest choreographer and Skidmore alumnus Caitlin Trainor.

Reggie’s Red Hot Feetwarmers - now performing in China! Reggie’s Red Hot Feetwarmers have accepted an extended 3-month booking in the exciting world capital of Shanghai, China at the House of Blues and Jazz. The Feetwarmers are the popular Dixieland “House Band” at the Saratoga Racecourse for the past 25 years. Most venues in Shanghai

don’t make it past their first anniversary, but the House of Blues and Jazz has proven itself to be one of the few exceptions to the rule as it turned 15 last November. Since 1995, it’s been a second living room for those who are hungry for quality live music and a home for blues and jazz musicians from all over the world.

Reggie’s Red Hot Feetwarmers’ engagement will run from April 5 through June 26, six nights a week. They should be in extremely tight form upon their return to perform for you at the Racecourse in 2011. Congratulations! - Arthur Gonick




Friday, April 8, 2011

Battle of the Bands returns to kick off SPAC season June 3

Spring Street Gallery exhibit celebrates Farmers’ Market “Farm to Market” is an exhibition of pastel works by local artist Carolyn Justice which celebrates the essence of our local farmers’ market. An opening reception Friday, April 8 from 6 to 8 pm at the Spring Street Gallery, 110 Spring Street in Saratoga Springs will feature locally grown specialties provided by the farmers, regional wine and a live music performance by Dan Berggren, who has released over a dozen albums of fresh, acoustic folk that has its roots in the Adirondacks. The reception is free and open to the public, and Ms. Justice’s exhibit will be on display at the Gallery through June 2. Regarding her works, Ms. Justice notes “With the pace of daily life stepping up, our spirits long to be refreshed by the quiet of the countryside. I get inspiration from the farm animals that stare back at us with curiosity, the farmer who shares his bounty with us and the wonderful displays at the local farmers’ market. I am hopeful that my work will inspire an appreciation for the open space, healthy fresh produce and the dignity of farm life.” For more information, contact Ardie Pierce at (518) 495-9698. Regular hours at the Spring Street Gallery are Monday through Friday, 10 am to 4 pm or by appointment.


- Local Bands Invited to Submit YouTube Auditions by April 24

Saratoga Springs - Saratoga Performing Arts Center’s second annual Battle of the Bands, presented by WEQX and The Recording Company, will take place Friday, June 3 at the Spa Little Theatre. Bands who would like to apply should submit YouTube video auditions and the online entry form by April 24 to Ten bands will be selected as finalists to perform in front of a live audience and a panel of celebrity judges, including WEQX host Jason Irwin, for the chance to win a prize package valued at over $5,000. The package includes a professionally produced music video by Modern Mix Studios, professionally recorded EP at The Recording Company and airplay on WEQX.

“We are excited to bring this wildly popular event back to SPAC for our 2011 season. This is a tremendous opportunity for us to showcase the impressive talent in our region’s music community and to engage new audiences in our season. Last year, approximately 7,000 people participated in some way, from the contestant bands, to the online voters, to the event audience. It was a great beginning to our season,” said Marcia J. White, SPAC’s President and Executive Director. “For the artists, Battle of the Bands represents an opportunity to stand on the same stage where music legends have performed. We are looking forward to seeing who will fill those shoes," she added. The top finishers of last year’s Battle of the Bands were the classicalinspired rock band Vesper, which took first place, followed by hip hoppop-soul group Mirk and the New Familiars and hard-rockers Orchard. Details of the competition are as follows: • Contestants must submit a YouTube audition video and online entry form at by 11:59 pm EST Sunday, April 24. • Wednesday, April 27 and Thursday, April 28, the public will have the opportunity to view the audi-

Photo Provided Vesper, the 2010 winner of Battle of the Bands tion videos at and vote for their favorite band. The other nine finalists will be chosen by a SPAC selection committee. Ten finalists will be announced April 29. • The ten finalists will have 10 minutes to perform for a live audience and a panel of celebrity judges on June 3 at the Spa Little Theatre. The event is run “American Idol” style with three celebrity judges rating the performance of each band following their time slot. • Bands will be evaluated and a winner chosen based on a formula that weights audience response at 60 percent and judges’ evaluations at 40 percent. More information is available at

Moonalice defies modern music business model

Moonalice is a band of hippie musicians from California with no label, no manager, no publicist but lots of fans. They will be rolling down to Putnam Den (63A Putnam Street, Saratoga Springs) to perform with Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds Friday, April 8. Admission to the show is $7. Moonalice is one of the pioneers in utilizing ‘Twittercast’ concerts to spread their music. These are free live or archived broadcasts to fans over social networks. The band’s second album, “Free,” is available only over the web and, like the title, available at no charge. The first single from that album, "its 4:20 somewhere," has been downloaded more than 750,000 times. While they have released some conventional EP’s recently that are available for sale, it’s obvious that this isn’t the driving force behind their music. Guitar / bassist Chubby Wombat notes, “Our fans like free music, so we’re not expecting to sell many CDs. If we’re wrong, we’ll have to hire an accountant.” Here’s wishing them well, although I’m at a loss as to how “well” is actually defined in this case. - Arthur Gonick



Friday, April 8, 2011

“Swan Lake” to combine dance and music for first time at Zankel Music Center Principal dancers Gaia Waisbrod '11 and Jacob Goodhart '12 with Filene Scholar Hanna Tonegawa '11 S A R AT O G A SPRINGS S k i d m o r e College’s dance and music departments will collaborate in April to fill the stage and orchestra pit of the Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall in the Arthur Zankel Music Center with the magic and romance of Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake.” Thirty student dancers and one professional dancer will present the second act of the famous ballet to music played by the Skidmore College Orchestra under the direction of Anthony Holland, associate professor of music. Performances will be at 8 pm Friday and Saturday, April 15 and April 16. General admission is $12 for adults, $5 for students. Tickets are available at Also, the Zankel Music Center box office will sell tickets for this event from noon to 2 pm Thursday, April 14 and noon to 3 pm Friday, April 15. A story ballet, “Swan Lake” is about the enchanted swan queen, Odette, and young Prince Siegfried, who falls in love with her. Odette and the other swans were once beautiful women, but are under the spell of an evil sorcerer, Baron von Rothbart. Tchaikovsky composed the music for the ballet in 1875 and it soon became one of the best-known ballets in history. George Balanchine choreographed his version of “Swan Lake” in 1952 for the New York City Ballet. This event will mark the first major use of the Ladd Hall orchestra pit for a joint production between the dance and music departments at Skidmore. The Ladd Concert Hall stage was designed to accommodate a traditional orchestra pit about 12 feet below stage level by removing the first three rows of audience seating. Skidmore Associate Professor of Dance Denise Warner Limoli danced the full-length “Swan Lake” numerous times herself when she was with American Ballet Theatre. She noted that scenery isn’t necessary because of the gorgeous windows that soar behind the stage. “We’ll just mask the windows a bit, and light the trees outside the windows from behind,” she said. “That will afford us every inch of the stage.” Dancing the role of Odette, Queen of the Swans, will be Gaia Waisbrod ’11. Jacob Goodhart ’12 will dance Prince Siegfried and David Otto, a former New York City Ballet dancer and director of the Saratoga Ballet Academy, will dance the role of Baron von Rothbart. Student violinist Hanna Tonegawa ’11 will perform the solo Pas de Deux music with the orchestra.

31 PULSE Comedy comes to SUNY Adirondack QUEENSBURY – Comedy Central’s “Comedy on Campus Tour” will visit SUNY Adirondack’s Bay Road, Queensbury Campus on Friday, April 15 at 7 pm. The show will feature stand-up comics Nick Thune, Anthony Jeselnik and Julian McCullough: - Nick Thune has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and has had his own Comedy Central special. Comedy Central has also produced “iThunes” and “Nick’s BIG Show,” two series of short films for the Internet. - Anthony Jeselnik is a writer and performer who has appeared on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Last Call with Carson Daly and on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend. - Julian McCullough serves as the warm-up comedian for “The Colbert Report” on Comedy Central. His Comedy Central special aired in March, and he also took first place in the 2008 New York City Comedy Festival. Advance tickets are $10 for SUNY Adirondack students, $15 for SUNY Adirondack faculty and staff and $20 for all others. Admission is $25 per person the night of the show. Tickets are available at SUNY Adirondack’s Wilton Campus Center. For more information, call the SUNY Adirondack Student Activities Office at (518) 743-2251.

‘Live from 92nd Street Y’ broadcast to feature Shirley MacLaine Oscar, Emmy and Golden Globe winner Shirley MacLaine will be the featured guest on a satellite broadcast of ‘Live from the 92nd Street Y’ which will be aired at Congregation Shaara Tfille, 84 Weibel Avenue in Saratoga Springs Monday, April 11 at 8 pm. Ms. MacLaine is also the author of ten international best sellers. Her latest is “I’m Over All That (And Other Confessions).” The “Live from the 92nd Street Y” program broadcasts lectures, interviews and readings from internationally recognized political figures, entertainers and authors to community organizations and provides an opportunity for viewers to take part in discussions with some of the world’s most fascinating people. The broadcast is open to the public. Tickets are $10. For more information or to make reservations, call Carole at (518) 584-2370 or

Pianist Steven Graff to perform classical program at the Hudson River Music Hall The Hudson River Music Hall will host New York City pianist and Steinway Artist Steven Graff on Saturday, April 9 at 7 pm. The program will include performances of Bach’s Tocatta in c minor, Chopin’s Polonaise in Ab Major and a world premiere by composer John Carbon. Mr. Carbon will also attend the performance. Since his concerto debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, with whom he has appeared nine times, Steven Graff has been the recipient of numerous distinguished awards and glowing critical praise. Graff has performed at Carnegie Hall, and his performances have been broadcast on New York radio stations WQXR and

WNCN, and Chicago's WFMT. The Hudson River music hall is located in the historic former

Washington County Courthouse at 122 Main Street in Hudson Falls. Tickets are $12.50 for the floor, $15 for the balcony and $8 for students. For tickets and information, call (518) 747-0778.




Friday, April 8, 2011


Local Sweet Lamb perfect for your celebrations!

Suzanne Voigt Farmers’Market Elihu Farm, a vendor at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market, is now advertising fresh lamb (pre-ordered)

for your Passover and Easter celebrations. Mary and Bob Pratt, owners of the bucolic farm in Easton, NY, take great pride in hand-raising their lambs using the most responsible and sustainable methods possible. Equally important is their desire to produce the finest lamb meat (and mutton) in the area and I think they have succeeded. This week’s recipe is of French origin, but it is a wonderful way to experience grown-inAmerica, Elihu lamb. All you do is put a leg of lamb in a roasting pan with cut-up tomatoes (fresh and local from Sushan Hydroponic Farm), sweet local onions, rich fresh garlic, rosemary—and then pour sweet Ballston Lake Apiary honey over it to caramelize the lamb and tomatoes while they roast. Everything cooks in one pan and a few hours later the most succulent roast lamb is on your table! Use the pan juices for sauce and serve with roasted or mashed potatoes on the side. This is a dish definitely worthy of a celebration!

Ingredients (serves 6-8)

1 (6- to 7-pound) bone-in leg of lamb, trimmed and tied 1/2 cup Dijon mustard 3 tablespoons chopped garlic (9-12 cloves), divided 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary leaves (or dried) 2 tbsp red wine vinegar Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 3 pounds tomatoes, cored and 1-inch diced 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil 1/2 cup Ballston Lake honey, divided 1 large onion, sliced 4 sprigs fresh thyme (2 tsp dried) 2 sprigs fresh rosemary (1 tsp dried)

Directions 1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. 2. Put mustard, 2 tbsp of garlic, rosemary, and wine/vinegar, 2 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper in a food processor and blend into a paste. Place the leg of lamb in a roasting pan fat side up and spread the herb paste on the lamb. 3. In a bowl toss together the

diced tomatoes, olive oil, 1/4 cup of honey, onion, remaining 1 tbsp garlic, 3 tsp salt, and 2 teaspoons pepper. Pour the tomato mixture around the lamb and tuck in the thyme and rosemary sprigs. (If you have to use dry thyme and rosemary, sprinkle over top). Drizzle the lamb with the remaining 1/4 cup of honey. 4. Roast for 20 minutes at 450 and then turn the heat down to 350

degrees and roast for another 1 to 1 1/4 hours or until a meat thermometer registers 135 degrees for medium-rare. Place the lamb on a cutting board, cover with aluminum foil, and allow to rest for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, return the roasted tomatoes to the oven to keep warm. Slice the lamb, arrange on a platter, and serve with the tomatoes and pan juices spooned on top.



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34 Words to know: moppet: n., a young child, especially a girl.



Don't make use of another's mouth unless it has been lent to you.


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ACROSS 1 Chuck E. Cheese’s order 6 Disaster response gp. 10 Eric the Red’s birth year, roughly 13 Lets go 14 Conscious 15 “A likely story!” 16 Celtic quaffs? 18 Old cereal box letters 19 __-Caps 20 Anderson of Jethro Tull 21 Pyle portrayer 23 Composer Stravinsky 25 Words of affection from Luigi 26 Club ingredient 28 Astronaut Grissom 29 Seed alternative 30 Caribbean baby animal? 32 Impudent 34 Senescent 35 Refinery input 36 Escape to Vegas, maybe 37 “__ life!” 38 Arabian guy? 40 Withdrawal concern 41 911 response initials 42 Hardly local 43 ’70s TV cop played by Robert Blake 45 Assorted: Abbr. 46 Farewells overseas 47 Dinghy thingy 48 Electrical sound 51 Lighting brand 52 East Asian “pet”? 56 “__ you nuts?” 57 Matching 58 Agony and ecstasy 59 Dorm agts. 60 640 acres: Abbr. 61 Opposite of lanky DOWN 1 Cpl.’s subordinates

Top Video Rentals 1. The Tourist 2. Due Date 3. Love & Other Drugs 4. 127 Hours 5. The Fighter

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Belgian Proverb

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2 “__ (So Far Away)”: 1982 hit for A Flock of Seagulls 3 Reset 4 Letter from London 5 “__ was saying ...” 6 McGregor of “The Men Who Stare at Goats” 7 Feb. sentiment 8 Circus sites 9 French Oscar 10 Y for men only? 11 Iberian bridge? 12 Capital ENE of Kathmandu 14 Way out yonder 17 Shrek’s love 22 Like much Hawaiian lava 23 Complaint while groping 24 Some Chinese restaurant decor 25 Dice and ice, often

Broom Hilda 6. How Do You Know 7. The Switch 8. Tangled 9. Unstoppable 10. Stone

Animal Crackers

26 Mesopotamian savings plan? 27 Earhart et al. 28 Spiritual leaders 30 It may be tipped 31 One commonly follows “said” 32 Naval acronym 33 Japanese dough 39 Stone monument 41 And those following, in footnotes 43 King with a trunk 44 Old TV parts 45 Knight’s protection 47 Ventura County resort 48 Contemporary of Mao 49 Operatic slave 50 It’s behind us 53 Elemental suffix 54 MLB execs 55 Chantilly crower



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Places of Worship Please contact Robin Mitchell for any copy changes: (518) 581-2480x 208 rmitchell@ 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. Bacon Hill Reformed Church 560 Route 32N Bacon Hill, NY Office phone: 695-3074 Rev. Janet Vincent Worship service 10 a.m. Sunday School 10 a.m. All are welcome. 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.

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.

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

Greater Grace Community Church Pastor David Moore 43 Round Lake Rd. Ballston Lake (Malta Mall) Contact: 899-7777; Services: Sunday 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.

Highway Tabernacle Church 90 River Road, Mechanicville Contact: 664- 4442. 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.

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. 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. New Life Fellowship 51 Old Gick Road, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 Contact: 518-580-1810; Services: Sunday 10:30am - 12:00pm Childcare is available at all services. 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. Old Stone Church 159 Stone Church Road Ballston Spa, NY Contact: 518-583-1002 Adult Sunday School 9:00 am Service at 10:30 am PresbyterianNE Congregational Church 24 Circular St., Saratoga Springs Contact: 584-6091; Services: Sunday 10:45 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;

RELIGION www.riverofhope Services: Sunday 10:00 a.m.

Contact: 587-7477; 399-5013. Services: Sunday 10 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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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, April 8, 2011


Community Sports Bulletin Saratoga Catholic grad Tim Stauffer starts opening day for Padres

Liberty League tabs nine Skidmore student-athletes son and classmate Rob Rubenstein was named Co-Performer of the Week. Laracuente improved to 4-0 after a complete game one-hitter against Vassar. He struck out nine and walked just one, lowering his ERA to 0.60 on the season. Rubenstein went 11-for-19 (.579) in five games this week with eight RBIs and a .780 slugging percentage. The Thoroughbreds are 10-5 overall and 2-3 in league play. Women's lacrosse senior Lindsay Stavola earned CoOffensive Performer of the Week honors for the third time this season. Stavola posted 14 points on seven goals and seven assists, highlighted by a three goal, five assist performance in a win at Vassar. Skidmore's record now stands at 5-2 overall and 1-1 in the Liberty League. Softball junior Christina Gargiso was named Co-Performer of the Week during a 3-1 week for the Thoroughbreds. She went 8for-15 (.553) at the plate with a double, homerun, four RBIs and

five runs scored. She had two perfect games at the plate, going 4for-4 against Utica and 3-for-3 against Castleton. The Thoroughbreds improved to 5-9. Women's tennis freshman Melissa Hirsch earned Rookie of the Week honors after posting a 31 record against TCNJ and Wellesley. She went 2-0 at number two singles and teamed up with classmate Molly Nolan for an 8-4 win over Wellesley and a close 97 loss against TCNJ. Women's tennis hosts Williams on April 16. Skidmore College golfers Ryan Lloyd and Scott Pinder were also honored for their performances at the Concordia College Spring Fling. Lloyd was named Performer of the Week and Pinder earned Co-Rookie of the Week honors after the pair helped lead the Thoroughbreds to a first place finish. Lloyd took home individual honors, winning by two strokes with a one-under 71. Pinder finished tied for second, shooting a one-over 73.

ST. LOUIS - Tim Stauffer, star pitcher and alumnus of Saratoga Catholic was given his moment to shine for the San Diego Padres in the first opening day game of his career. Stauffer allowed nine hits and two runs during his six innings of play against the St. Louis Cardinals. He Photo provided recorded two strikeouts and Tim Stauffer one walk. Stauffer was called upon Stauffer struggled early against unexpectedly to start the the Giants, allowing three runs in season for the Padres, step- the first inning. ping in for the injured Mat Before he was relieved early in Latos. the fifth inning, Stauffer allowed Stauffer earned the no- four runs on eight hits with two decision for a game in walks and one strikeout. which the Padres captured The performance goes down as the win, 5-3. a loss for Stauffer as the Padres Stauffer retook the struggled to produce on offense, mound on Wednesday, with the Giants winning 8-4. April 6 at home against the Stauffer’s ERA after his first San Francisco Giants. two games sits at 5.06. photos provided

SARATOGA SPRINGS - The Liberty League announced that seven Skidmore College studentathletes were recognized with weekly awards for their performances during the past week. Men's lacrosse sophomore Mike Holden was named Co-Offensive Performer of the Week and senior Jacques Ward earned CoDefensive Performer of the Week honors after a 2-0 week for the 13th-ranked Thoroughbreds. Holden had seven goals on the week, scoring a game-high five goals in a 16-10 win at St. Lawrence and two in an 11-9 win over No. 8 RPI. Ward finished the week with 13 ground balls, nine caused turnovers and two goals. Against RPI, he had two goals off turnovers to go along with seven ground balls and six turnovers. Skidmore is now 8-1 overall and 2-0 in the league: they host Middlebury on April 12. Senior pitcher Nick Laracuente picked up Co-Pitcher of the Week honors for the third time this sea-

From left to right, top row: Mike Holden, Jacques Ward, Nick Laracuente, Rob Rubenstein. Bottom row: Lindsay Stavola, Christina Gargiso,Melissa Hirsch, Ryan Loyld. Not pictured: Scott Pinder

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

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Gliding Stars ready for ice show Saturday, April 9 SARATOGA SPRINGS Come to the Weibel Avenue Ice Rink in Saratoga Springs this Saturday, April 9, as Gliding Stars take to the ice to perform from 12:30 to 1:30 pm. Supported by the Saratoga Springs Lions Club, Gliding Stars is an ice skating organization for blind and/or physically handicapped youth and young

adults, with a total of seven chapters across the nation. Saratoga Springs is the longest standing chapter in the country. After months of hard work and dedication, these young athletes are set to perform a fully choreographed, musically orchestrated and costumed show for friends, family, and members of the public to enjoy.




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Saratoga girls varsity lacrosse Health fair a hit at stuns Ballston Spa in 12-6 win Geyser Elementary by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS - Last Saturday was not only the Saratoga Springs girls varsity lacrosse team's first win of the season (and against another Suburban Council opponent, Ballston Spa), it also proved to be a huge confidence booster for a team that, up through the present, has been unable to practice on its home turf due to the weather. "We've not been able to practice in the big space...because currently none of our fields are

operating," said coach Sue Hoffman, "so our games have turned into our transition practices." But while the team may be feeling caged up as they wait for home field to thaw, the Streaks turned that pent-up energy into a scoring bonanza , unleashing 12 points to the Scotties' six. "You always want that first 'W' under the column," said Hoffman. "It just builds confidence." Saratoga (1-2, 1-1) was led by captain Julia Sirianni, who scored five goals for the Streaks. "Julia Sirianni was really a

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Saratoga makes a move against Ballston Spa.

shining star," said Hoffman. "She shot five for six, contributing five of the 12 goals." Teammate and junior Caroline Crandall contributed two goals and two assists to her team's effort - a huge step for Crandall who's back on the team after being forced to spend last year on the sidelines. "Caroline had been injured last year with a pretty significant knee injury," said Hoffman, "so she had missed a whole season of lacrosse. So I think this was really when Caroline started to shine. To not only have scored two of the goals, but to be such an accurate feeder with two assists - she was great." Isabella Wager pitched in with another two goals for Saratoga in a team effort where "everybody had a chance to basically play equal time, which was really kind of fun," said Hoffman. Samantha Schmitt led the scoring for Ballston Spa (0-2, 0-2), registering four of the Scottie's six total points. Each of Schmitt's goals were unassisted. Saratoga traveled down to Latham to face Shaker Thursday, April 7. Their next home game is scheduled to take place Tuesday, April 12 against Guilderland but due to complications with the playing field, the game's time or location could change. Ballston Spa is scheduled to face off against Columbia next Tuesday, April 12 at home.

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Logan Wallaber stops a goal for the Scotties.

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Kids get active at the Geyser Road Elementary Health Fair.

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Left: Jeff Melander from Red Dragon Karate gives a demonstration, while right: Betsy Cannon from the YMCA runs a Yoga class.

Men's lacrosse moves up to No. 13 in USILA poll SARATOGA SPRINGS - The Skidmore College men's lacrosse team moved up six spots to No. 13 in this week's USILA Division III Coaches Poll. The ranking is the highest in program history; the previous was 14th in 2005. The Thoroughbreds have won six straight games and now boast an 8-1 overall record and are 2-0 in Liberty League play after a pair of wins over No. 15 Rensselaer and St. Lawrence. Skidmore posted an 11-9 win over the RPI Engineers (who were ranked 8th at the time) on Wednesday for its second win over a top-10 team this season. Skidmore went on the road to

pick up a 16-10 win at St. Lawrence on Saturday. Sophomore Mike Holden leads the team with 18 goals and 21 points, while senior Ben Cornell and sophomore Mike Perlow each have 16 goals and 20 points. Junior goalie Connor Dowling is 6-0 on the year, posting a 6.82 goals against average and a .609 save percentage. Tufts remains at the top of the poll, followed by Salisbury and Stevenson as the top three remained the same. The Thoroughbreds return to action on April 12, when they host No. 7 Middlebury.




War Games! Damian Fantauzzi My wife, Ann, and I were having a conversation about what sports could do for the world if athletics were used as a substitute for fighting wars. What would happen if you could take a sporting event and have it take the place of a battle or war in order to solve differences between two sides? We almost do that with the Olympics every two years, with the summer and winter games alternating. The World Cup with soccer and World Games are played every couple of years with different sporting events. But that's not what Ann and I were really referring to. We feel that many lives might be spared with the use of athletic competition. Countries that do not see eye to eye politically, culturally, or religiously who need to vent their resentment could potentially due so through sport. Think about it, don't we use military analogies in athletics? Analogies that relate to the games and athletes like: in the heat of the battle; referring to the players as warriors; comparing the coach to a field general; the captain of the team; the ball park or

gymnasium as the field of battle; moving in for the kill - to name only a few. Using athletic contests as a substitute for war has one obvious and favorable attribute - no casualties. No troops would be lost in the heat of the battle, and if you lose the game, there is always the chance of a rematch. No need for Purple Hearts or other military decorations, just trophies to honor the heroes who have numbers on their uniforms - not dog tags. Maybe paintball games are another answer when choosing a form of competition. Playing games of football, soccer, hockey, basketball and the many other different sports could be used to solve political unrest in the world. Will the best team win? Not always! But there will always be another chance to return to the battlefield for another game. What do you think? With this idea, maybe I could make a run at the next presidential election. Having the experience of a warrior and field general and running on the platform of "sports are peacetime's answer to war!" could just make me a viable candidate!

Friday, April 8, 2011


Tenandeho Whitewater Derby celebrates 38th year by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY MECHANICVILLE - Hundreds of spectators gathered along the Tenandeho Creek Sunday, April 2 to cheer on kayaks, canoes and "anything that floats" vessels during the 38th annual Tenandeho Whitewater Derby. A total of 50 participants signed up to take on the creek's swiftmoving rapids along the four and a half mile course ending at the mouth of the Hudson River. Categories for participants broke down into several divisions: men's short kayaks, men's long kayaks, covered kayaks, women's kayak, over/under (comprising of teams of two with one member over 16, the other under 16), open canoe one person, open canoe two person, open canoe short canoe, two man kayaks and "anything that floats" vessels. The latter category saw several rather creative entries into the competition, including one man dressed in a pig suit riding an inflatable frog, a trio of Santa Clauses tossing presents and candy to the crowd, and a "Back to the Future" style Delorean that floated down the creek piece by piece thanks to the choppy water. Coming in with a time of 50:08 were Bob and Daniel Morris, a father and son team entering the race for a second time as a duo.

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No. 27, Bob Baniak, navigates his long kayak down the creek. Baniak went on to finish with the fastest time of the day. "I'm part of the committee here, so I've been doing this since 1989," said father Bob Morris. "This is Daniel's second year running." With the water roughly six inches lower than is typical for the season, many participants found their boats scraping the rocks along the bottom of the creek - especially nearing the finish line. "This last part here was kind of tough," said Daniel Morris. "It was a little low, but we made it through just fine," added his father. Coming in with the fastest time of the day was Bob Baniak, who finished in his long kayak with a time of 39:48.

Joe Pickett finished first in the men's short kayak division with a time of 44:46. James Underwood, the only participant in the covered kayak category, finished with a time of 43:00. The first open canoe to finish the race was the two man team Patenaude and Kurowski with a time of 44:11, followed by Whiting and Whiting in their short canoe at 46:10 and one man open canoe navigator Simeon Hughson at 48:55. Weekes and Weekes finished first in the over/under category at 49:18. Two man kayak team Brabetz and Paley were the only entry in their category, finishing at 47:12.

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Kayaks begin the first leg of the Whitewater Derby race.




Friday, April 8, 2011


Adirondack Sports & Fitness Summer Expo at City Center on April 16-17 SARATOGA SPRINGS - It's never too early to start thinking summer! The sixth annual Adirondack Sports & Fitness Summer Expo will return to the Saratoga Springs City Center on Saturday and Sunday, April 16-17, with a huge selection of exhibitors plus sales, exciting demos, seminars and family activities to entertain the expected 6,000 attendees. The Summer Expo offers 100 exhibitors - including 25 new vendors - with a selection of outdoor gear, services and expert advice. Exhibitors, retailers, professionals and organizations from outdoor recreation, healthy living and summer travel will be on hand, featuring everything from running, biking, kayaking, hiking, triathlon, health/fitness, clothing, gear, outdoor getaways, events and races. There will be a nice mix of retailers and organizations selling and marketing their products and services, including Mountainman Outdoors, The Mountain Goat, Lake George Kayak and High Peaks Cyclery. And just about every outdoor sports and recreation club in the area will be represented, including Adirondack Mountain Club, Hudson-Mohawk Road Runners Club, Mohawk-Hudson Cycling Club, Saratoga Triathlon Club and many more. On-water demos will take place all weekend in the 20-by-30 foot pool, featuring kayaking, canoeing, whitewater paddling, fly-fishing, and the fast-growing sport of SUP (stand up paddling). The clinics will be led by Adirondack Mountain Club members and other regional experts. Climb Time will be there with their 25-foot rock wall to challenge adults and children - and provide a unique view of the show. New this year, mountain bike and unicycle trials and stunts will be performed throughout the weekend by Sam Perkins of Lake Placid and Taylor Wright-Sanson of Saratoga Springs. Both riders will be representing the Whiteface Mountain Bike Park. Taylor, a pro-unicyclist, has been unicycling for six years. He took home a gold medal at Canada's national unicycle competition in the expert category. For the past five summers Taylor has toured with Circus Smirkus, the awardwinning international circus. He is currently studying at Wheaton

College in Massachusetts. Taylor is one of five known people to consistently land a back flip off of his unicycle. The Raptor Fest booth will give attendees a chance to meet some of the owls, hawks and falcons native to the Washington County grasslands. Educators from North Country Wild Care will be there both days to answer questions about their live birds of prey and wildlife rehabilitation. A variety of seminars will be led by Adirondack Sports & Fitness magazine contributing writers and regional experts. Topics will include ChiRunning to Improve Performance; High-Performance Bicycle Fit; Executing Phenomenal Triathlon Transitions; hiking the Northville-Placid Trail; and What's New in Paddling and SUP. A new presenter is this month's Athlete Profile, Kevin Crossman of South Glens Falls, elite triathlete and local

coach, who will be presenting his seminar on transitions and training for sprint to Ironman events. The Summer Expo takes place on Saturday-Sunday April 16 and 17 at the Saratoga Springs City Center. Admission is $5 and free for 18 and under. Hours are Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm and Sunday from 10 am until 5 pm. Adirondack Sports & Fitness magazine, based in Clifton Park, is a free distribution publication with a monthly circulation of 20,000 copies, since 2000. Run by husband-wife team, Darryl and Mona Caron, the magazine covers individual aerobic sports, fitness and travel, it is the Capital-Adirondack region's guide for outdoor sports and fitness enthusiasts. For more information on the event, please call (518) 8778788, email, visit, or go to

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Pro-unicyclist Taylor Wright-Sanson

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The city center plays host to the Adirondack Sports & Fitness Summer Expo April 16-17

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