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Volume 6 • Issue 15

Ready, Set, Recycle! by Yael Goldman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA COUNTY Although we should respect and preserve our environment yearround, Earth Day is a wonderful opportunity to jump-start a personal green initiative. Earth Day is April 22, but many local organizations are planning week-long celebrations, some beginning this

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Friday, April 15, which means you have plenty of opportunities to do your part. It doesn't take much to show Earth Day pride, and every little contribution makes a big difference. So why not make 2011

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Fashion for Philanthropy ‘Roses of the Field’ Sunday, May 1 by Arthur Gonick Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS - For the fashion-conscious and/or those with a social conscience, this is the event for you! With a dozen years of putting on world-class fashion shows that have grown to become favorite events of the Saratoga Race Course season,

Saratoga Trunk is adding a spring happening - timed to enable you to be fashionable for Triple Crown race parties, and an opportunity for attendees to extend additional aid to Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of the Greater Capital Region and the important work they do on behalf of local families during what is often the most dire circumstances they will face.

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Big Consequences for Small Districts Students rally for education in Galway by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY GALWAY - Well over 100 students, parents and staff members stood outside the Galway High School's main entrance Thursday, April 7, holding signs and banners in hopes of saving many of the district's arts, music, sports, enrichment, and technology programs

from cuts and reductions as the school board met to discuss the district's budget. Schools across the state are facing a difficult financial outlook, with a reduction in state aid cutting millions of dollars in some cases to a single district. While some districts have fared better than others in

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Inside TODAY... Obituaries pg 5 Wilton Town Board pg 6 Jakes Help From Heaven pg 7 Sangwych opens pg 9 Free Cone Day photos pg 12 Inserts: Hoffman’s, Schuylerville Insurance Agency

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Gliding Stars shine bright at Weibel Ave. ice rink by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY

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SARATOGA SPRINGS - After months of hard work, practice and dedication, Gliding Stars put on a stellar performance at the Weibel Avenue Ice Rink Saturday, April 9, delighting spectators with their choreographed routines and dazzling costumes. Supported by the Saratoga Springs Lions Club, Gliding Stars is

a program for handicapped and/or blind youths and young adults that provides participants the opportunity to perform an ice show in front of their family members and friends. Gliding Stars, a not-for-profit organization, would like to thank the Lions Club, Girl Scouts, the Saratoga Springs Figure Skating Club and all those in the community who volunteered their time and support to help make Saturday’s show a reality.

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Contributing Writers Marion E. Altieri

Meghan D. Lemery

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Jill Sweet

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Top left: A Gliding Star takes to the ice to perform “Snow White.” Top right: Mimi Liebers from the Saratoga Springs Figure Skating Club performs her routine. Bottom: Multiple stars join in the act for “Rock Around the Clock.”




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Eustace E. Edey, aka "Buck," 22, of Bridgewater Apts., Bldg. K, Ballston Spa, pleaded guilty to a charge of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class-C felony. Edey was arrested December 15 in the Town of Ballston and will return to court for sentencing June 3. Brian S. James, 24, of 11286 Bergen St., Brooklyn, pleaded guilty to a charge of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class-B felony. James was arrested November 2 in the Town of Moreau and will return to court for sentencing June 3. Kendra L. Freeman, 28, pleaded guilty to a charge of third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class-C felony. Freeman was arrested in Saratoga Springs and will return to court for sentencing June 3. Linda A. Thomas, 63, of 4736 Consaul Rd., Amsterdam, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated, a class-D felony. Thomas was arrested June 6 in Malta. She was sentenced March 7 to six months in the Saratoga County Jail and five years of probation, but on April 7 was resentenced to one year in the Saratoga County Jail with condition of discharge to include ignition interlock for 30 months. Michael J. Zaccaria, 21, of 7088 Suzanne Lane, Schenectady, pleaded guilty to a charge of second-degree attempted rape, a class-E felony. Zaccaria was arrested November 6 in Wilton for an incident that occurred October 2, 2009 and has been sentenced to six months in the Saratoga County Jail. Justin Sherman, 26, of 755 Rt.

29, Rock City Falls, was resentenced by Judge Jerry J. Scarano to time served and continued probation. Sherman was originally convicted January 21, 2009 of third-degree rape, a class-E felony, for which he had been sentenced to six months in the Saratoga County Jail and ten years of probation. Paul E. Steinborn, 50, of 34 Center St., Ballston Spa, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated, a class-E felony. Steinborn was arrested September 24 in Malta and is scheduled to return to court for sentencing June 2. Paul E. Turnbull, 44, residing at the Budget Inn, Malta, pleaded guilty to a charge of possessing a sexual performance by a child, a class-E felony. Turnbull was arrested November 27 in Malta and is scheduled to return to court for sentencing June 2. Sophia B. Tarte, 43, of 1190 Rt. 295, Apt. 293, East Chatham, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated, a class-D felony. Tarte was arrested February 15 in Halfmoon and is scheduled to return to court for

sentencing June 2. Peter Engelmann, 44, of 4251 Jockey St., Charlton, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated, a class-E felony. Engelmann was arrested October 6 in the Town of Charlton and is scheduled to return to court for sentencing June 2. Timothy J. Lawrence, 47, of 6 Astoria Ave., South Glens Falls, was resentenced March 22 by Judge Jerry J. Scarano to time served and continued probation with driving privileges removed by order of the court. Lawrence was originally convicted June 11, 2009 of driving while intoxicated, a class-D felony, for which he had been sentenced to time served and five years of probation to include drug treatment court. David A Myers, III, 29, of 75 Coleman Ave., Hudson Falls, was charged with first-degree sexual abuse, a class-D felony, and second-degree criminal contempt, a class-A misdemeanor. Myers was arrested August 8 and October 5 in the Town of Wilton.

Joseph C. Neaton, 48, of County Rt. 46, Fort Edward, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated, a class-D felony. Neaton was arrested September 27 in Saratoga Springs and is scheduled to return to court for sentencing June 6. Craig C. Brown, 35, of 1355 West River Rd., Gansevoort, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated, a class-E felony. Brown was arrested September 6 in Northumberland and is scheduled to return to court for sentencing June 6. Robert A. Tague, 46, of 58 Towpath Lane, Waterford, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated, a class-E felony. Tague was arrested October 8 in Waterford. He has been placed on interim probation


to participate in drug treatment court and is scheduled to return to court for sentencing June 8. Kimberly A. Fiorentino, 23, of 6109 Sentinel Rd., A3, Lake Placid, pleaded guilty to a charge of third-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class-C felony. Fiorentino was arrested February 20 in Malta and is scheduled to return court for sentencing June 6. Everett R. Bishop, II, 38, of 329 Atomic Project Rd., Ballston Spa, pleaded guilty to a charge of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, a class-E felony. Bishop was arrested October 30 in Wilton for an incident that occurred October 12. He is scheduled to return to court for sentencing June 6.



County Waste now under out-of-state ownership SARATOGA COUNTY - A California-based company announced last week that it will be taking over County Waste. Waste Connections Inc. purchased Hudson Valley Waste Holding, Inc., the parent company to County Waste.

SEDC welcomes Pakistani diplomat SARATOGA SPRINGS - Consul General of Pakistan Faquir S. Asif Hussai got a taste of Saratoga County's business environment on Thursday, April 7. Saratoga Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) welcomed the Pakistani diplomat with a presentation in Saratoga Springs. Consul General Asif met with federal and state representatives and business and community leaders to investigate potential opportunities for cooperation between the county and Pakistan's growing tech industry.

Lost hiker rescued from state park SARATOGA SPRINGS - State Park Police and city emergency responders rescued a hiker who was lost in Saratoga Spa State Park Monday, April 11. Thomas D. Hummel, 66, of Canandaigua, called 911 that morning to report that he got lost Sunday afternoon while walking

in the park and had spent the night by himself. Hummel was found near Kaydeross Creek. He was airlifted from swampy grounds via helicopter and brought to safety.

nationwide slated for closure in a corporate release posted in February. A new tenent for the 23,000-square foot, 395Broadway space has not yet been named.

Two injured in fire

Race track season passes on sale

SARATOGA SPRINGS - A fire that broke out early Monday morning, April 11, at Vanderbilt Terrace sent two women to the hospital. Debbie Latalladi, 46, and Emily Latalladi, 26, were sent to Saratoga Hospital where they were treated for minor injuries.

Public opinion poll investigates marriage equality ALBANY - A non-partisan poll released Monday, April 11 shows that public opinion continues to trend toward marriage equality in New York State with a record high of 58 percent support and a record low of 36 percent opposition. The study comes from the non-partisan Siena Research Institute. The previous Siena Research Institute Poll of January 2011 found 57 percent of New Yorkers support marriage for same-sex couples with 38 percent opposed.

Borders officially closes SARATOGA SPRINGS - After nearly two months of clearance sales, Borders Books and Music Store on Broadway officially closed its doors on Tuesday, April 12. The Saratoga store was one of the 200 locations

New York Racing Association (NYRA) announced Wednesday, April 13 that season passes are available. The passes are valid for admission to Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course. Customers can order a season pass by mailing a request to: Season Pass Sales, New York Racing Association, P.O. Box 950003815, Philadelphia, PA 19195-0001 Passes can also be purchased on-track.

Finance Commissioner Ivins seeks input from public for VLT fund usage SARATOGA SPRINGS – In anticipation of Video Lottery Terminal (VLT) aid to municipalities’ funds returning to Saratoga Springs, Commissioner of Finance Kenneth Ivins, Jr. is seeking public input on how the City Council should allocate the money. VLT aid was initially allocated to Saratoga Springs and Saratoga County in 2007. In the 2009 State budget, the City and County were completely removed from the VLT

Clarification: In the article “SEDC drives county development, stability” which ran April 8, it was stated that the company Unlimited Potential (UP) has made many positive relationships through working with SEDC. Those relationships also include working with Munter Enterprises, who helped UP find their lot, obtain the necessary approvals and build their new facility.


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aid formula. This year, the funds were restored at 45 percent of 2008 levels and Saratoga Springs is included once again. These funds must defray local costs associated with a video lottery gaming facility, and/or minimize or reduce real property taxes.


Submit written suggestions to the Department of Finance at Saratoga Springs City Hall, 474 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 by April 29 to be included in the City Council’s discussions.

Saratoga County Deceased Veterans of the Month Gerald E. Morris Gerald E. Morris from the Town of Halfmoon served in the US Army as a 1st Sergeant in the 763rd Tank Battalion from June 11, 1941 to September 25, 1945. He participated in the Battles of Okinawa and Philippines. Mr. Morris was employed by the Town of Halfmoon Highway Department as a general contractor for 31 years. He is survived by his wife Norma Devoe Morris, a daughter, Nancy Morris and his niece Beverly Emerick. A memorial program will be held in Mr. Morris’s honor on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 2:15 pm in the Supervisor’s Meeting Room of the County Building at 40 McMaster Street in Ballston Spa. The public is invited to attend this ceremony and the reception that will follow.

Frederick B. Chase Frederick B. Chase from the Town of Halfmoon served in the 106th Infantry Division in World War II from March 16, 1944 to November 23, 1945 as a corporal. He was captured at the Battle of the Bulge and was a prisoner of war from December 16, 1944 to the end of the war. He was awarded 3 Battle Stars. Mr. Chase was employed by the NYS Dormitory Authority for 20 years as project manager. Survivors include his wife Agnes Cowles Chase and his daughter, Beverly J. Emerick. A memorial program will be held in Mr. Chase’s memory on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 2:15 pm in the Supervisor’s Meeting Room of the County Building at 40 McMaster Street in Ballston Spa. The public is invited to attend this ceremony and the reception that will follow.



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Earl B. (Pete) Reynolds Greenfield Center – Earl B. (Pete) Reynolds of Brigham Road passed to God’s Eternal Home on Wednesday April 6, 2011 surrounded by his family at Glens Falls Hospital. He was 90 years old. He was born on April 24, 1920, in Porter Corners. Earl proudly served his country in the United States Army during WWII in both Hawaii and Japan. Family and friends gathered to memorialize him Sunday, April 10, 2011 at the Tunison Funeral Home 105 Lake Avenue in Saratoga Springs. Funeral services were at the funeral home on Monday, April 12, 2011. The family would like to extend a special thanks to the doctors and nurses on the “D” Floor at Saratoga Hospital and the nurses on the 3rd floor at the Glens Falls Hospital for their care of Pete. Also a special thanks to his good friend Debbie Burwell and Dr. Pitkin and Dr. Singh at the wound care center.

Bessie A. Stevens Saratoga Springs – Bessie A. Stevens of West Circular Street passed away Monday, April 4, 2011 at the Wesley Health Care Center on Lawrence St. She was 86. Born on Oct. 15, 1924 in Saratoga Springs, she was the daughter of the late George H. and Bessie (Farrington) Stevens, was a lifelong area resident and a graduate of Saratoga Springs High School. Relatives and friends gathered Monday, April 11, 2011 at the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes of Saratoga Springs.


A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Monday, April 11, 2011 in the Church of St. Peter, 241 Broadway in Saratoga Springs by the Very Rev. Dominic S. Ingemie, pastor. Burial followed in the family plot at St. Peter’s Cemetery, West Avenue in Saratoga Springs. Memorials may be made to the Wesley Foundation, 131 Lawrence St. , Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Online remembrances may be made at www.burkefuneral

Theodore A. Demske Ballston Lake – Theodore A. Demske of Middleline Road passed away Wednesday, April 6, 2011, at Ellis Hospital. He was 65. Born on June 29, 1945 in Brooklyn, NY, he was a son of the late Arthur Demske and Frances (Demske) Cislo and was a graduate of Watervliet-Shaker High School Friends and relatives called Monday, April 11, 2011 at the

Military Museum opens concentration camp traveling exhibit SARATOGA SPRINGS - The New York Military History Museum and Veterans Research Center has unveiled a new temporary exhibit as WWII veterans prepare to commemorate the 66th anniversary of the liberation of the notorious Nazi Concentration Camp Dachau in late April, 1945. The traveling exhibit, "Names Instead of Numbers" displays biographies from the Dachau Remembrance Book Project. The exhibit features photographs from Dachau concentration camp. The exhibit will be open to the public at the Military Museum through May 1, which is Holocaust Remembrance Day in the State of Israel and for Jewish people around the world. "It is easy to allow the numbers to obscure the incomprehensibly huge personal tragedy the Holocaust left in its wake," said Sabine Gerhardus, project leader and Remembrance Book volunteer. "This project has allowed us so far to display the stories of 130 victims, both in the camp and after their liberation." "The "Names Instead of Numbers" exhibit is a terrific example of the partnerships formed by the Military Museum," said Michael Aikey, Museum Director. "It gives us the opportunity to bring in temporary exhibits that we might otherwise never provide to the community." The exhibit comes to New York and the state Military History Museum and Veterans Research Center through its historical ties to the New York Army National Guard's 42nd Infantry Division, with its headquarters in nearby Troy. Soldiers from the "Rainbow" Division were part of the U.S. Seventh Army liberation of some 33,000 prisoners at Dachau. Assistant division commander Brig. Gen. Henning Linden arranged for the surrender of the camp on April 29, 1945. "Beyond the historical ties to the Soldiers of the 42nd Infantry Division, this exhibit also highlights the WWII service that so many New Yorkers had putting an end to the Holocaust," said Aikey. The New York State Military museum, 81 Lake Avenue in Saratoga Springs, is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 10 am until 4 pm, except Sundays when the museum opens at noon. The museum is closed every Monday.

William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing and Cunniff Funeral Homes of Saratoga Springs. Funeral services were conducted immediately following at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made in his name to the Ballston Lake Emergency Squad, P.O. Box 1005, Ballston Lake, NY 12019. Online remembrances may be made at www.burkefuneral

Shirl T. Reinhart Saratoga Springs – Shirl T. Reinhart, 86, died at home on Monday, April 11, 2011. Born in Elmira, NY on September 10, 1924, he was the son of the late David L. and Rose (Nonenmacher) Reinhart. Shirl’s life will be celebrated today, Friday, April 15 at 2 pm at the Saratoga Springs United Methodist Church at Fifth Avenue and Henning Road. Arrangements are under the direction of the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes of 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs (584-5373). The Reinhart family expresses its deep appreciation to Drs. Capello, Flanagan, and Mastrianni and to Hospice staff members, particularly Dixie and Karen, for their thoughtful and expert care. Contributions in Shirl’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 260 Osborne Rd., Loudonville, NY 12211 or to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Online remembrances may be made at www.burkefuneral


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Robert Bomparte Durden Ballston Spa – Robert Bomparte Durden passed away Sunday, April 10, 2011. He was 72. Born on October 18, 1938 in Fort Smith, AK, he was the son of the late Harmon Asa and Hilda Bomparte Durden. Robert grew up in Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma. Relatives and friends gathered to remember him Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral

Homes of Saratoga Springs. Private services were held for the family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866; Home Made Theater, P.O. Box 1182, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or a charity of one’s choice. Online remembrances may be made at www.burkefuneral

Andrew “Drew” E. Farrell Saratoga Springs – Andrew “Drew” E. Farrell of Nelson Avenue passed away Wednesday evening, April 6, 2011, at Saratoga Hospital. He was 67. Born on Dec. 27, 1943 in Queens, NY, he was the son of the late Andrew Cogan Farrell and Elizabeth (McLaughlin) Farrell. He grew up in Woodside, NY and resided in Connecticut for 25 years There were no calling hours. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Tuesday, April 12, 2011 in St. Clement’s Church, 231 Lake Avenue in Saratoga Springs by the Rev. Francis E. Sullivan, C.Ss.R. Committal was private. As Drew wished, following the Mass and throughout the day and early

evening, friends gathered at the Farrell home at 138 Nelson Avenue to share memories of Drew and to celebrate his life. Members of the Knights of Columbus served as an honorary escort at the funeral Mass. In lieu of flowers, kindly make donations to the Knights of Columbus, 50 Pine Rd., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 toward a scholarship to be established in Drew’s name. Arrangements are under the direction of the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes of Saratoga Springs. Online remembrances may be made at www.burkefuneral

Nancy U. Waring Ballston Spa – Nancy U. Waring of Ballston Spa died on Saturday April 09, 2011 after a sudden and brief battle with cancer. She was 67. Born on September 15, 1943, in San Antonio TX, she was the daughter of the late Col. Robert L. Utley and Helen Dashiell Utley. A memorial service was held Friday, April 8, 2011 at the Bethesda

Episcopal Church in Saratoga Springs. Memorial donations may be made in her name to the American Cancer Society, 959 State Route 9, Queensbury, NY 12804 Arrangements are under the direction of the Tunison Funeral Home 105 Lake Avenue in Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.




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Wilton Town Board: by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY WILTON - The Wilton Town Board met for their monthly meeting Monday, April 11 to hear the quarterly report from the director of the Parks and Recreation Department, to discuss the possibility of putting up a memorial sign for the late Nicholas Naumkin, to consider how to deal with ailing equipment in the Highway Department, and other town business. Steve Porto, director of the Parks and Recreation Department, presented an upbeat report highlighting the department's varied programs, the growth Gavin Park and its facilities have seen over the last six to seven years, and revealed the department's rather positive financial standing when compared to 2010. "Comparing 2004 to 2010, we more than tripled our events and programs," said Porto. "We went from three baseball fields to six, now seven when we complete the Tball field. We went from three athletic fields to seven athletic fields

and two modified fields. We doubled the size of our playground." Despite all of this growth - and what is mentioned above is really only the tip of the iceberg, Porto noted that compared to the national average regarding the cost per capita for recreation operations, estimated at $66, it has cost Wilton only $22 per capita. Revenue for the department is also up considerably compared to a similar time span last year. Last year revenue sat at $49,922.26. This year, with only one additional business day, the department's revenue is $62,205.34 - a whopping 24 percent increase. "We're also considering as a community service a Wilton Job Fair and Business Expo on May 26 from 1 to 4 pm at Gavin Park," said Porto. The department is currently seeking the commitment of additional businesses and employers to make the job fair a reality. After the conclusion of Porto's presentation, the Town Board moved on to other matters, including discussions regarding a memori-

al sign for the late Nicholas Naumkin. Naumkin was the 12 year-old boy who was killed late last year in Wilton when he was accidentally shot by a friend while playing with a firearm. "Obviously this has been a very traumatic experience for the family and the neighborhood over on Knollwood Drive," said Deputy Supervisor Raymond O'Conor. "Some of [Naumkin's] neighbors starting talking about some way that they could help soften the blow and pain of the family and help to memorialize Nicholas." After discussing the matter with the Knollwood residents, it has been proposed that a modest memorial sign in honor of Nicholas be placed near the entrance of the development. Although there was some concern expressed by a board member that allowing a memorial sign in this case would open the floodgates for other requests of a similarly tragic nature, it was largely thought to be something worth pursuing. The Town will look into the matter further before taking any action.


Ballston Spa rail line project moves forward Federal government grants $3.3 million BALLSTON SPA - A combination of federal and state funding will help create a second railroad line between Ballston Spa and Saratoga Springs. The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has been working collaboratively with states to move grants from “award to obligation,� ensuring high-speed intercity passenger rail projects can get underway and put American people to work. More than $300 million was invested and released to states last week, including a significant contribution to a rail line project in Ballston Spa. United States Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced on Friday, April 8 the federal government's most recent contribution to advance New York State's highspeed intercity passenger rail program last week: A $3.3 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant for a project that will ensure reliability and faster travel times between Ballston Spa and Saratoga Springs. New York State will begin construction this spring on a two-mile mainline track used by Amtrak's Adirondack and Ethan Allen Express services near Ballston Spa. The goal is to improve traffic flow and alleviate congestion due to increased ridership over the past year. Both of these services saw an

increase in ridership in 2010, and the second mainline track will relieve significant congestion near the Saratoga train station and a major freight classification yard. "New York is committed to moving forward with high-speed rail, and these federal resources are an important step in that direction," said Governor Andrew Cuomo. "This project will help alleviate the frustrating delays near Ballston Spa that riders of Amtrak's Vermont and Adirondack-bound trains have endured for too long." The existing congestion requires Amtrak trains to wait up to 30 minutes for the track to clear. "Adding rail capacity is an integral part of our high-speed intercity passenger rail program, and it creates win-win situations for passengers and the freight railroads," said Federal Railroad Administrator Joseph C. Szabo. "Both Amtrak and the freight railroads in Upstate New York will benefit by eliminating this choke point." The New York Department of Transportation is contributing $3.5 million for this project, which has also signed a service outcome agreement with Canadian Pacific Railway. To date, more than $5.3 billion has been obligated to states under the Federal Railroad Administration's High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail Program.



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Jake’s Help From Heaven by Yael Goldman Saratoga TODAY The Straughters recently launched Jake's Help From Heaven, a nonprofit to help individuals like their "medically fragile" five-year-old son Jake, who passed away in December. Jake endured his first seizure at eight months old, thus beginning a very complicated life with multiple illnesses and disabilities. He battled epilepsy, liver disease, osteopenia, femur fractures, and hip dislocation among other painful injuries. Despite his handicaps, Jake demonstrated remarkable perseverance and inspired his family to take action. "He was so resilient and strong; he taught us about bravery and handling the card you're dealt with grace," Heather said. Heather brought awareness to the Capital Region through the Stroll for Epilepsy in Saratoga Springs, which raised $55,000 in its inaugural year and more than $60,000 in 2010 to fund research and awareness for a disorder that little is known about. The goal was to educate the community and help researchers find answers for parents like Heather and Brian who never received an official diagnosis for Jake's illness, although at the time of his death it was thought that he had a type of leukodystrophy, a group of disorders characterized by progressive degeneration of the white matter of the brain. With Jake is no longer with them, the Straughters have shifted gears: they are helping individuals and families that cannot wait for advances in medicine because they require treatment now. Through their experiences - countless trips to and from Boston, 117-day hospital stays, purchasing expensive equipment and medications, surviving fear and working for advocacy the Straughters realized they now have a valuable resource to share with parents and individuals in similar situations. Through the foundation, and in Jake's memory, the Straughters are helping others afford the astronomi-

cal cost of living with a debilitating condition. "Life with a medically complicated child is not easy," she said. Brian and Heather explained that Jake had to see specialists and, like many other children with a rare complication, that meant traveling great distances for treatment - often times unexpectedly. "For a medically fragile child, something like an ear infection becomes very scary," Heather said, explaining that Jake saw a pediatrician in Saratoga, but was often deferred to a team of specialists at Mass General. What's more, a trip to Boston for a doctor's visit is not a just three-hour drive for a child like Jake: "It's a difficult journey." Jake needed time to recover from the drive before seeing his physicians, and, similarly, couldn't get right back in the car after his appointment. "One doctor visit could mean two days in a hotel," she said. "We know it's very cost-prohibitive. We want to help cover those costs so that travel is affordable, so that kids can get a second opinion," she said. The foundation will reimburse families for the cost of their journey: the hotel stays, gas and up to $30 a day for other expenses. Grants are also available for prescriptions, which can have an "astronomical" price tag, Heather said. An equipment exchange goes hand-in-hand with the grant program and the foundation's mission to help individuals afford care. Brian explained that Jake needed specialized medical equipment unique items like his sophisticated car seat, video monitor, stander and chair, which were extremely expensive. The Straughters have made Jake's equipment available for other children to use as long they need it. Once returned to the foundation, the equipment will be inspected and reassigned. The goal is to gather more equipment through donations and establish an "equipment clearing house," to help families all over the capital region.

Although the Straughters originally planned the foundation with the intent to help children, they realized that adults should also be able to apply for help from Jake. "We thought Jake would be with us for a long time, that we would always be taking care of him," she said. "It was unlikely that he would be independent, which is why our outreach quickly turned from children to anyone with an illness that affects their ability to live life independently." Through the foundation's grant program, Jake, who was known as a strong vibrant boy, is giving his family the inspiration and ability to help others endure similar struggles. They are offering this assistance to individuals living within a 100-mile radius of Saratoga Springs. And, with Jake's Help From Heaven already accepting grant applications and supplying equipment, the Straugthers have successfully begun their second journey with Jake. They're picturing him in a happier place, free from the restrictions that made his short life so difficult. His older brother Ethan said it best: "He's not having any more seizures." Get involved: Jake's Help From Heaven is hosting a full day of family fun and fundraising on Sunday, May 1 in Saratoga Springs. Community members can enjoy two hours of bowling and family fun at Saratoga Strike Zone, beginning at 1:30. For $20 per person, participants

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The Straughter family (Heather, Jake, Brian and Ethan) together for Easter in 2010. can enjoy ballocity, bumper cars, four tokens for the arcade, two slices of pizza and soda, plus raffles, face painting and much more! An earlier bowling event, which is already sold out, begins at 11 am. Families can also enjoy a delicious meal at Jacob and Anthony's to benefit Jake's Help From Heaven throughout the day. Participants must present their server with a coupon (available at, and a portion of their bill will immediately go toward the Straughters’ cause. For more information, visit




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Local Company News: Stewart's gives employees with extra rasie

HRCCU earns five-star rating

SARATOGA SPRINGS - Over 3500 Stewart's Shops hourly employees will soon receive an extra 25 cent an hour, above any normal pay raises. "This $1.25 million investment is in appreciation of our partners who, as owners, care about giving quality, service and value to our customers," said Stewart's Shops President Gary Dake. The local company is giving employees the extra boost in response to rising food and fuel costs; consumers are spending 20 to 100 percent more on commodities like oil, wheat, corn and coffee. "This 25-cent an hour [raise] doesn't solve everything, but we are fortunate to be in a position to help," said Dake. Many partners also recently received their profit sharing statements, detailing their share this year's $12 million contribution and over five percent growth of the plan balance. The profit sharing plan is funded 100 percent by the company. There are 2,900 participants, who own one-third of the company.

CORINTH - Hudson River Community Credit Union (HRCCU) announced this week that it was recognized as a five-star Superior Credit Union by BauerFinancial, Inc., the nation's bank and credit union rating firm. Earning this highest rating for strength and stability, Susan Commanda, CEO, and the entire team at HRCCU excel in areas of capital adequacy, delinquent loan levels and profitability to name just a few. They have done so for 65 consecutive quarters.

Service Stars awarded at Saratoga Hospital SARATOGA SPRINGS - Saratoga Hospital recently named Lori Evans of Ballston Spa and John Winnek of Gansevoort as Service Stars for the months of January and February, respectively. Lori is a systems analyst in the emergency department and has worked at the Hospital since June 1990. John, who is the retail manager in food and nutrition services, has been with the Hospital since October 2008.


Saratoga Consignment Studio moves to South Broadway! SARATOGA SPRINGS Saratoga Consignment Studio (SCS) is welcoming customers at its new 3306 South Broadway showroom in Saratoga Springs. Business owners Bonnie and Michael Grolley first opened their furniture and home dĂŠcor consignment studio at 20 Prospect Street in Ballston Spa three years ago, and quickly found themselves outgrowing the space. "Although we had 4,000 square feet of showroom space, we were turning away consignors and that was not something we wanted to do," Bonnie said. "That being said, we found the perfect location in Saratoga; it is more than twice the size and we are already filling it." Their new showroom offers more than 8,000 square feet of sales space and plenty of room to grow; it's the perfect location for the Grolleys to showcase their quality, gently used furnishings alongside locally-made artwork. As a consignment studio, SCS already boasts a unique selection.

But with artisan-made furnishings, or what Michael calls "local flair," added to the mix, customers are certain to enjoy a one-of-a-kind shopping experience. The Grolleys credit part of their success to the economy, which has brought more attention to the consignment business. "It just makes sense: we offer quality furniture at reasonable prices," Michael said. Their new location is another contributing factor. "Business has been excellent. We have only been here for two weeks, and our daily traffic has already increased threefold," he added. "It's been very, very exciting." "We are really encouraged by the response we've been getting from the public," Bonnie said. "It's overwhelming‌ in a good way!" Saratoga Consignment Studio is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm (until 7 pm Thursday) and Sunday from noon to 4 pm. For more information, visit or call (518) 450-1363. - by Yael Goldman




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Order a Sandwich...Brooklyn-Style! by Yael Goldman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS - A unique sandwich shop is the newest addition to the downtown dining scene. Owner Ron Farber is bringing a taste of his favorite borough to Spa City with Sangwych, a Brooklynese sandwich shop that opened last week replacing 8 Tables at 68 Putnam Street. The menu has character: "This isn't a deli," said general manager Ron Meyer. "You can't come in here and get just a turkey sandwich." Sangwych offers 20 Italian-style (almost Godfather inspired) sandwiches with names to seal the deal, exciting salads, house-made soups and the perfect selection of desserts (all anyone needs: a canoli, and a black and white cookie). And it's all made from scratch by Todd Unkefer, an executive chef that cooks by the proverb "there's not enough garlic in garlic." Farber, who opened Sangwych after relocating 8 Tables as 28 Tables just up the street, knew a specialty sandwich joint was just what Saratoga needed. Going back to his Brooklyn roots, Farber picked a selection of old neighborhood favorites that you wouldn't feel right ordering without the appropriate accent and attitude. A sangwych is "like a sandwich, but better." Here are a few examples to prove it: The Tony D.: a House-made ground chicken burger, brie, oven roasted tomatoes with house mustard aioli or garlic aioli on a roll The Avenue L: a roasted chicken • Saratoga Today

Executive chef Todd Unkefer and general manager John Meyer invite you to try a one-of-a-kind sangwych. salad sangwych with brie, lettuce, tomato, roasted red pepper mayo on country bread The Grateful Veggie Jerry G: a grilled eggplant Italian-style sub with oven roasted tomatoes and peppers, grilled onion and baby spinach with house aioli • Saratoga Today

A colorful chalkboard menu welcomes hungry guests.

Contraflicked: a chicken parm Italian-style sub with sliced meatball, sausage, peppers and onions "Apparently this is what you get in Brooklyn," Meyer said. Sangwych is open from 11 am to 9 pm Monday through Thursday, 11 am to 2 am Friday and Saturday, and

will be closed on Sundays with the exception of track season. You can dine in or order your sangwych to go. The shop also offers picnic baskets and delivers locally by bike. For more information, call (518) 580-9800 or stop in to 68 Putnam Street in Saratoga Springs.


New banquet hall, meeting facility expansion at Marriot SARATOGA SPRINGS Equinox Companies and BBL Hospitality have broken ground on a new meeting and banquet facility adjacent to the Marriot Courtyard on Excelsior Avenue in Saratoga Springs. The classic, yet sophisticated, facility is scheduled to be complete by September1, and will total 4,300 square-feet to accommodate up to 300 people. Designed to suit the meeting planner's needs, the room can be easily divided in half for breakout meetings and multiple room sets. A variety of menu choices will be available to serve many events and special occasions, including weddings, Bat/Bar Mitzvahs, fundraisers and meetings. "I am extremely excited to bring what I perceive to be a much needed new, multi-use social facility to the Saratoga area," said Eric King, president of Equinox Companies.




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Order a Sandwich...Brooklyn-Style! by Yael Goldman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS - A unique sandwich shop is the newest addition to the downtown dining scene. Owner Ron Farber is bringing a taste of his favorite borough to Spa City with Sangwych, a Brooklynese sandwich shop that opened last week replacing 8 Tables at 68 Putnam Street. The menu has character: "This isn't a deli," said general manager Ron Meyer. "You can't come in here and get just a turkey sandwich." Sangwych offers 20 Italian-style (almost Godfather inspired) sandwiches with names to seal the deal, exciting salads, house-made soups and the perfect selection of desserts (all anyone needs: a canoli, and a black and white cookie). And it's all made from scratch by Todd Unkefer, an executive chef that cooks by the proverb "there's not enough garlic in garlic." Farber, who opened Sangwych after relocating 8 Tables as 28 Tables just up the street, knew a specialty sandwich joint was just what Saratoga needed. Going back to his Brooklyn roots, Farber picked a selection of old neighborhood favorites that you wouldn't feel right ordering without the appropriate accent and attitude. A sangwych is "like a sandwich, but better." Here are a few examples to prove it: The Tony D.: a House-made ground chicken burger, brie, oven roasted tomatoes with house mustard aioli or garlic aioli on a roll The Avenue L: a roasted chicken • Saratoga Today

Executive chef Todd Unkefer and general manager John Meyer invite you to try a one-of-a-kind • Saratoga Today sangwych. A colorful chalkboard menu welcomes hungry guests. salad sangwych with brie, lettuce, tomato, roasted red pepper mayo on country bread The Grateful Veggie Jerry G: a grilled eggplant Italian-style sub with oven roasted tomatoes and peppers, grilled onion and baby spinach with house aioli

Contraflicked: a chicken parm Italian-style sub with sliced meatball, sausage, peppers and onions "Apparently this is what you get in Brooklyn," Meyer said. Sangwych is open from 11 am to 9 pm Monday through Thursday, 11 am to 2 am Friday and Saturday, and

will be closed on Sundays with the exception of track season. You can dine in or order your sangwych to go. The shop also offers picnic baskets and delivers locally by bike. For more information, call (518) 580-9800 or stop in to 68 Putnam Street in Saratoga Springs.


New banquet hall, meeting facility expansion at Marriot SARATOGA SPRINGS Equinox Companies and BBL Hospitality have broken ground on a new meeting and banquet facility adjacent to the Marriot Courtyard on Excelsior Avenue in Saratoga Springs. The classic, yet sophisticated, facility is scheduled to be complete by September1, and will total 4,300 square-feet to accommodate up to 300 people. Designed to suit the meeting planner's needs, the room can be easily divided in half for breakout meetings and multiple room sets. A variety of menu choices will be available to serve many events and special occasions, including weddings, Bat/Bar Mitzvahs, fundraisers and meetings. "I am extremely excited to bring what I perceive to be a much needed new, multi-use social facility to the Saratoga area," said Eric King, president of Equinox Companies.





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Family Fun at Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day! Thousands of ice cream lovers and animal enthusiasts enjoyed "free cone day" on Tuesday, April 12 at Saratoga's Ben & Jerry's. The annual spring event doubled as a benefit for Adirondack Save-A-Stray, the region's not-for-profit no-kill animal shelter. According to Kathryn, assistant manager at Ben & Jerry's, “free cone day” was a success: “We were scooping non-stop from noon to 8 pm, and the line was always at least around to the corner!” she said. Adirondack Save-A-Stray representatives were also stunned by the community’s response. Ben & Jerry’s matched all donations.

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Above: Mrs. Ferguson’s second grade class at Lake Avenue Elementary School enjoy their free cones. Below: The Rodgers family of Wilton make it a family affair; Ben & Jerry’s Saratoga employees were scooping and smiling from noon to 8 pm on April 12.



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Students rally at Galway continued from Page 1 trying to make up the gap, each is unique in terms of not only their ability to handle the crisis, but in the methods they use to resolve it. For bigger districts like Saratoga Springs, a $108.5 million proposed budget for 2011-2012 has avoided an increase over last year's budget, maintained the district's tax levy and done so without any layoffs among the staff. But to accomplish this, Saratoga dipped into its fund balance, taking out $7.1 million to make up the shortfall. In Ballston Spa, another fairly well-sized district, a proposed budget of approximately $72.9 million was recently approved by the school board. In Ballston Spa's budget, class sizes and programming will remain unaffected, but to do so meant that the district was forced to eliminate 33 staff positions, including 28 members of the teaching staff. A 2.5 percent increase in the tax levy was also required to make the numbers work. In both the larger and middlesized districts, the reduction of state aid compounded by other financial hardships has undoubtedly left an impact. But in smaller districts like Galway, whose proposed budget is only approximately $17.2 million, the cuts are felt even harder. "Unfortunately because we're small, we rely very heavily on state aid," said Kimberly Labelle, the superintendent for Galway Central School District. "We had a huge hit this year. We were cut by a little over $700,000 in aid from last year." One concerned parent at the rally also noted that, in a small district like Galway, "when you talk about eliminating one position in the business department - in a small school like this, that one teacher is the

entire department - so you completely lose that discipline." That reduction in state aid has put many programs and staff members on the chopping block, assets to the district that many of the students gathered around the high school to rally for last Thursday. The rally, organized largely by students in the elementary school and middle school, enlisted the help of their classmates and teachers to spread the word throughout the district in an effort to let the school board know what was important to them. "The school is cutting everything that's important to me, all the classes that I look forward to during the day. So I didn't want that to happen," said Hannah T., one of the students who helped to organize the rally. "We wanted a creative way to show the board what we wanted, so we thought of this rally. All we really did was get little slips of paper that said that, and we handed them out and they spread the word really well. The middle school and high school teachers were really helpful too." "We used to have a lot of the better programs and stuff, but now if we go through with these cuts, we're just going to be a smaller-sized district with not a lot of opportunities," said student Tyler G. "How are we supposed to compete with China and all the other countries that are having all of these great technological backgrounds from kindergarten up? We need to keep something that will help us compete on the world stage," he added. Between teaching and support staff, the district is in the unfortunate position of having to propose an elimination or reduction of over 20 different positions. In terms of programming, BOCES programs such as Young Scholars, Technology

Letter to the Editor:

“The school is cutting everything that's important to me, all the classes that I look forward to during the day. � Hannah T. Student

Support, Science Kits, Energy Education, Speech Improvement, Global Connect and more are being reduced or eliminated. For sports, modified teams in the 7th and 8th grade are being consolidated into one; the wrestling program will be merged with the Broadalbin district; and the elimination of JV sports is being considered as a cost-saving measure. For some parents at the rally, the reduction or elimination of these programs has forced them to reconsider where to send their children next year. "I think they're in a really tough situation right now. I don't think they want to cut art, that they want to cut enrichment or music. But they're out of money. [If these programs are cut, I'll] possibly look into an alternative place to have my child educated," said one concerned parent who asked not to be identified. "We need to see what happens when the budget is said and done," she added. "We'll see."

Dear Editor, As the Commissioner of Public Safety in Saratoga Springs, it is my job to oversee the department that ensures the safety and well-being the city's residents. That's why I am urging Congress to support and fully fund a project that will protect our nation and members of the military - the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Providing our military with the most technologically advanced tools not only ensures their safety, but helps keep our nation safe. The F-35 would replace an aging fleet of planes that is decades old. Cuts to the program may hamper our ability to protect our nation and would waste the sub-

stantial sums of money that have already been invested. On top of strengthening national security, the project has a great economic benefit to our state one that has fallen on difficult times. The F-35 program supports nearly 4,400 direct and indirect jobs in New York State and has a $320 million impact on its economy. Nationwide the program provides 127,000 direct and indirect jobs. I strongly urge Congress to commit to fully funding the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program. Sincerely, Richard Wirth Commissioner of Public Safety Saratoga Springs


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Easy, fun ways to celebrate Earth Day continued from Page 1 your year to go green? For starters, April may already have you in a spring cleaning frenzy, and recycling is an easy way to green your routine, especially with regulations like the new Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act in New York, which went into effect on April 1. Under this law, manufacturers who sell equipment in New York are required to establish and maintain a free and convenient acceptance program for consumers to recycle their electronic waste. With Department of Environmental Conservation oversight, this regulation ensures

that state residents are able to responsibly recycle their electronic waste. So far, the DEC has certified almost 70 manufacturers' programs. Here's why this law is so important: Electronic waste - which includes everything from televisions, cell phones, printers, monitors, electronic game consoles, digital music players, small-scale servers, computer peripherals and many other electronic items used at home and at work - contains hazardous elements and compounds like lead, mercury and cadmium. When released into the environment, these toxins are absorbed into the earth and have the

Simple ways to celebrate Earth Day: • hang-dry your laundry outside (your clothes will smell naturally fresh and your whites will be brighter than ever!) • beautify your garden by planting flowers and composting soil • turn down your faucet when washing the dishes • use eco-friendly, natural products to clean your home For more Earth Day tips, visit

potential to wreak havoc on our food and water supply. "This new program will prevent millions of pounds of electronic waste from entering New York's limited landfills," said Assemblyman Bob Sweeney, chair of the assembly's environmental conservation committee. With this in mind, Saratoga National Historical Park and Hudson Crossing Park have included an electronics recycling event to their Earth Week celebration schedule: Community members are encouraged to bring their unwanted e-waste to Hudson Crossing Park Play Garden on Friday, April 22 between 2 and 7 pm. Although New Yorkers are not currently required to properly recycle their e-waste, now is the time to get into the habit. Starting in January 2012, state law will prohibit businesses and municipalities disposing of e-waste. By January 1, 2015, the regulation will extend to all individuals and households. Recycling is just one way to do your part on Earth Day, but promoting environmental preservation is more than a once-a-year commitment, which is why many Earth Day/Week celebrations focus on getting children outdoors. Studies show that children who experience nature understand and appreciate their surroundings. By instilling earth-friendly values in children, we are preparing the next generation of recyclers and go-greeners, and are hopefully inspiring them to establish

a lifestyle that incorporates the Earth Day mission year-round. Coincidentally, 2011 spring break coincides with Earth Week for many area school districts, and you can be sure that local organizations and natural parks are prepared!

Nature Preserve Passports Saratoga P.L.A.N. is motivating kids to spend their free time outside, exploring public nature preserve with their new Nature Preserve Passport program Monday, April 18 through Friday, April 22. With the help of area schools and scout troops, the organization is providing pocket-sized "passports" that provide a special area for children to stamp when they visit participating sites. The stamps are located in hidden boxes at each of the eight preserves. Children must follow posted clues and, much like treasure hunters, act like keen observers to earn their stamps. The eight participating public nature preserves include: • Ballston Creek Preserve, 409 East Line Road in Ballston • Bog Meadow Trail, Route 29 in Saratoga Springs • Kayaderosseras Creek Preserve, Parkhurst Road in Wilton • Lake Lonely Trail, 458 Union Avenue in Saratoga Springs • Levine Preserve, Centerline Road in Providence • Dr. Orra Phelps Preserve, Parkhurst Road in Wilton • Tanner Road (Woodcock) Preserve, Tanner Road in Clifton Park

• Galway preserve, 2519 Crane Road in Galway Participants who stamp five out of the eight spaces in their passport will receive a Saratoga P.L.A.N. t-shirt.

Earth Week at Saratoga National Historical Park, Hudson Crossing Park Friday, April 15 • Recycled Art Show set up at SNHP visitor center: 9 am to 2 pm • Recycled Art Show reception at SNHP: 7 pm to 9 pm • "Our Carbon Footprint," Skidmore Intern Exhibit: all day Saturday, April 16 • Recycled Art Show at SNHP visitor center: 9 am to 5 pm • "Our Carbon Footprint," Skidmore Intern Exhibit: all day Sunday, April 17 • Canal Clean-Sweep at Hudson Crossing Park Play Garden: 9 am to 3 pm • Recycled Art Show at SNHP visitor center: 9 am to 5 pm • "Our Carbon Footprint," Skidmore Intern Exhibit: 9 am to 5 pm • Recycled Art Show Awards: 5 pm Wednesday, April 20 • Armchair Tour of the Champlain Canalway Trail at SNHP: 7 to 8 pm Friday, April 22 EARTH DAY • Electronics Recycling at Hudson Crossing Park Play Garden: 2 to 7 pm • "Our Carbon Footprint," Skidmore Intern Exhibit: 2 to 7 pm



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continued from Page 1 Saturday, April 23 • Eco-day at SNHP: 11 am to 3 pm This all-day event will feature demonstrations and exhibits about our carbon footprint, presented by Skidmore College interns; songs of nature and land with Linda Russell, who will highlight our relationship with the environment from the colonial era to the present. Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park is participating in Eco-Day. For more information about the Earth Week Celebration events listed above, call (518) 859-1462 or visit

Enjoy the outdoors at Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park is also hosting a variety of funfilled outdoor activities during spring break and Earth Week. All of the programs listed below will take place rain or shine, unless it is thundering and/or lightening. Participants should dress for adventure (weather and insects). Pre-registration is not required, but is appreciated: call the park office at (518) 450-0321.

Saturday, April 16: Forest and Meadow Walk Enjoy this mile-long guided walk through the fields and forests of Camp Saratoga and learn about the park wildlife, including the endangered Karner blue butterfly. The walk is from 1 to 2 pm, beginning at the kiosk in parking lot # 1 on Scout Road. Monday, April 18: Forest and Wetland Walk Explore one of the less frequented trails in the preserve and discover the hidden wetlands. The walk departs at 10:30 am from the Neilmann parking lot on Ruggles Road (just south of King Road). Tuesday, April 19: Drop-in Nature Craft Activity Station Families are encouraged to drop by the picnic tables by Delegan Pond, which is across from parking lot # 1 on Scout Road, and put their creativity to the test! The craft center will be open from 10 am to noon. The park office at 80 Scout Road is the rain site. Wednesday, April 20: Fish Release Day at Saratoga Spa State Park Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park is one of the many community organizations participating in the

15 fish stocking event at the State park at the Geyser Creek picnic area from 11 am to 2 pm. Thursday, April 21: Edie Road Nature Walk Participants will get to travel the new Saratoga County trails off of Edie Road. This will be the first formal program to take place at this site. Meet the hike leader at the parking lot just south of Scout Road on Edie Road at 10:30 am. Friday, April 22: Habitat Helpers celebrate Earth Day! The preserve and park is holding a volunteer opportunity. At 10 am, volunteers will be able to help prepare the new Karner blue butterfly habitat for spring planting at Camp Saratoga. Meet at parking lot # 1 on Scout Road Family Earth Day Festival Monday, April 18 at the Children's Museum from 1 to 3 pm The event is free with museum admission. Enjoy a fun-filled day of Earth Day-themed crafts, games and outdoor activities. These are just a few of many Earth Day/Week activities planned in our area. Contact your local municipality and find out what's happening in your community!

What you need to know about electronics recycling: Why electronics recycling is so important: - E-waste contains toxic substances like lead, mercury, chromium and cadmium that can damage our food and water supplies when improperly disposed

How you can benefit from the new recycling law: - You can get rid of unwanted electronic items free of charge through manufacturer acceptance programs -Manufacturers must provide you with details about their electronic waste take-back program on their website, including how they will take back their products, locations where electronic waste can be recycled for free, or how to ship back equipment free of cost. -You will be provided with information on how to recycle new covered electronic items that you purchase in the product manual or separately. -You can recycle unwanted electronic items when purchasing new equipment of the same type. For example, you can recycle an old computer when buying a new computer, even if it's a different brand. For more information about the hazards of e-waste or to locate a certified acceptance program near you, visit the state Department of Environmental Conservation's website at chemical/8788.html. To view the list of certified manufacturers enforcing e-waste programs, visit and click on "The list of New York State Registered Covered Electronic Equipment Manufacturers and their Brand(s) (PDF)" under "Recent Additions to The Website."




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Saratoga Cranes for Japan SARATOGA SPRINGS – The children of Saratoga Springs gathered at the Saratoga Arts Saturday afternoon, April 9 to send such a wish and support of relief efforts to the Japanese people by folding origami cranes and accepting donations, 100 percent of which will go Red Cross relief efforts in Japan. They were supported in this effort by many residents from inside the City and nearby areas. Donations for this effort can still be made online securely at esforjapan/.

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Above: Katya Leidig teaches WNYT’s Dan Bazile the finer points; Below Left: Public Safety Commissioner Richard Wirth receives expert instruction from Sophie Leidig. Below: Dexter Pardon.


Skidmore offers North Woods tours SARATOGA SPRINGS Skidmore College will offer two guided tours of its North Woods on Saturday, April 16. The walks are part of the college's series of North Woods Stewardship Days, designed to increase public awareness of the 250-acre wooded property north of the main campus. The first tour is geared to families and children. It will begin at 10 am, departing from the Palamountain Hall lobby, and will be led by Kim Marsella, coordinator of Skidmore's Environmental Studies Program. This walk will explore such topics as geology, animal and plant life, invasive species, and care of the environment. Participating children must be accompanied by an adult. "We can't overemphasize the positive impact of getting children outside and engaged in the natural world. We know it is not only good for their health but also for the health and stewardship of the planet," Marsella said. The second tour of the day, "The History of the North Woods," will run from 1 to 3:30 pm. Led by Robert Jones, associate professor of economics at Skidmore, the walk will follow

some of the area's historic carriage trails. The tour will begin with a brief historical overview from 1 to 1:30 pm in Skidmore's Bolton Hall, room 280. The guided walk will leave at approximately 1:30 pm from the lobby of Palamountain Hall. Also scheduled for the weekend is a program of trail clean-up and inspection. The work will be carried out by community volunteers rallied with help from local resident Ken Ivins, the commissioner of finance for Saratoga Springs, in collaboration with the Sustainable Skidmore initiative and the college's Environmental Studies Program. Skidmore's North Woods are home to numerous native species, including migrating songbirds and 33 types of ferns. With southern oak, hickory, and northern hardwoods as well as ponds and marshes, the woods support a biologically diverse animal and plant population that is important to faculty and student research. Much of the area is available for public use. For maps of North Woods and general information, visit



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“Roses of the Field” : A fashionable event for an excellent cause! continued from Page 1 "Roses of the Field" is a spring fashion sneak-peak and champagne 'bruncheon' that will occur on Sunday, May 1 from noon to 3 pm inside the Hall of Springs at Spa State Park. Tickets are $75; reservations and are available by contacting Chris Turner at (518) 438-2655 or c t u r n e r @ r m h c o f a l b a n y. o r g . Additional information is available at Saratoga Trunk owner Natalie Sillery said, "the Kentucky Derby, or 'Run for the Roses' on May 7, inspired me to theme our first Spring event as 'Roses of the Field.' Just as the Derby's field of thoroughbreds are all winners in their own way, so too are YOU - as a supporter of Ronald McDonald House." All the elements that make a great runway fashion event and a dazzling afternoon of shopping are in place, as you might expect: "Attendees will have the opportunity to meet our special guests, internationallyrenowned designers Don O'Neill of THEIA and Daniel Denefrio from Kenneth Cole footwear who are among those scheduled to be in attendance," Natalie said, "with opportunities to purchase from their spring fashion lines as well as other designers in the areas of fashion headwear, jewelry and art." The list is long and prestigious, a collection frankly not often seen outside of world fashion capitals. In particular, Don O'Neill's star is in ascendancy: recently he was one of only five designers who were invited to submit on behalf of one Ms. Kate Middleton and her upcoming nuptials. Enough said. But one cannot say enough about the importance that Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Greater Capital Region plays in the lives of local children who are critically ill and their families. According to Executive Director Jeffrey Yule, Ronald McDonald House's physical location in Albany close to the Children's Hospital at Albany Medical Center sometimes leads to some misperceptions that it focuses on that local market. Rather, he noted, "we exist to serve families who have to travel at least 25 miles and historically, we have found that historically, more than 20 percent of our client families come from the greater Saratoga region." Mr. Yule is a resident of Saratoga County who also has the unique perspective of

being a Ronald McDonald House family - having stayed there when both his children were born. Mr. Yule also provided these statistics about local beneficiaries: - In 2010, 56 families from the Greater Saratoga Region stayed at the Albany Ronald McDonald House for a total of 560 nights. - RMHC spent over $44,800 to house and feed these families. - RMHC saved these families over $70,000 in hotel, food and travel expenses. - The 56 families were able to spend an extra 2,240 hours bedside with their child (by not having to travel to and from the hospital or doing other household activities). In addition to overnight stays at the house for families, a Ronald McDonald family room is also set up at Albany Medical Center, just steps away from a pediatric or intensive care unit. "When families walk into our Ronald McDonald Family Room in the Children's Hospital at Albany Medical Center, we want them to forget they're in a hospital," Mr. Yule noted. The family room offers parents a place to rest just moments away from their sick child. "Each year, over 8,000 guests sign our guestbook. Hospital discharge records show that 20 percent (1,600) of these visits are made by families from the Saratoga Region. Over 200 children from the Greater Saratoga Region were able to have mom and dad just a few steps away while they were being treated at Albany Medical Center thanks to our Ronald McDonald House Family Room. They were more comfortable, more hopeful and healed quicker because their parents were close by." Samples of testimonials provided by RMHC of the Greater Capital Region from local families who have benefitted from these resources are also eye-opening. They became members of a volunteer committee to raise further funds: Leisha Arbogast - "My son Gennarro was born in 1989 with severe cardiac complications. This May he will undergo his eleventh surgery. The love and support of the Ronald McDonald House of Albany helped to soften moments in my life where I wondered if my son would have the same opportunities as other children. I cherish the moments that I spent with other families in crisis who were also caring for their seriously-ill child, and time spent with

Ronald McDonald House volunteers still brings a sense of comfort that is indescribable. I can never repay the selfless volunteers for their undying support, incredible meals and selfless acts of love and empathy." Holly Klingenberg - "In 2007, my 19-month-old daughter, Teagan, was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. This was a complete devastation to our family. It also was the beginning of a course of lengthy inpatient stays at Albany Medical Center. I stayed at AMC every night and my husband drove back and forth daily from our home in Saratoga. The Ronald McDonald house was a welcome respite for us. The RMH provided us with much needed emotional support from the other families we met and the special care of the excellent RMH staff." Alphonse and JoAnn Lambert "We stayed at the Ronald McDonald House during the time our son Aiden was born in 2003. Aiden was born at 28 weeks and weighed just 1 lb., 7 oz. We will never ever forget the love and support that RMH gave us during the most difficult time of our lives." (Ms. Lambert is a RMHC board member.) Danielle McCormick - "Our son Ryan was diagnosed with Neruoblastoma at the age of ten months. The Ronald McDonald House became our safe haven. It became our second home, and was a positive experience during a most difficult, life-changing and heartwrenching time in our lives. We will be forever grateful." Indeed, "Roses of the Field" is one of the events where you have an opportunity to have an enjoyable afternoon while at the same time benefitting a wonderful organization that directly impacts the lives of our community's neighbors.

Photos by Above: THEIA fashion Right: THEIA designer Don O’Neill Below: Natalie Sillery and models at Saratoga Race Course Fashion Show.


HELP Directory

Alcoholics Anonymous Saratoga Springs (518) 587-0407 Alzheimer’s Association Glens Falls (518) 793-5863 Gamblers Anonymous Saratoga/Albany (518) 292-0414 Narcotics Anonymous Saratoga/Albany (518) 448-6350 Overeaters Anonymous Saratoga Springs (518) 584-8730 Sexaholics Anonymous Saratoga Springs (518) 964-6292 AIDS Council of Northeastern New York Glens Falls (518) 743-0703 Shelters of Saratoga Saratoga Springs (518) 587-1097

Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis of Saratoga County Saratoga Springs (518) 583-0280 Hotline 584-8188 Saratoga Center for the Family All aspects of family counseling Saratoga Springs (518) 587-8008 Saratoga County Alcoholism Services Saratoga Springs (518) 587-8800 St. Peter’s Addiction Recovery Center Ballston Spa (518) 885-6884 Franklin Community Center Food Pantry & Free Furniture Program (518) 587-9826 101 Washington Street (Food Pantry Mon-Fri, 8 am4 pm; free clothing/furnature Wed, Thurs, & Fri, 11 am-2 pm)


EDUCATION Spring Scenery

More teams, schools act with respect Act With Respect Always, the local program that promotes character and leadership education to prepare youth for a life of social responsibility, announced this week the addition of new members. The following coaches, teams and schools have pledged to "act with respect always": Coach Tim O'Brien and Saratoga Springs tennis; coach Laura Cuthbertson and Saratoga Springs softball; coach Jim Neal and Niskayuna tennis; Adirondack Volleyball; coach Steve Smith and Bethlehem Central tennis, Phonsey Lambert and Saratoga Central Catholic athletics, Port Jefferson Athletics; Miller Place athletics; Potsdam athletics and Edwards Knox athletics. For more information about Act With Respect Always or to contact Rich Johns, visit

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SARATOGA SPRINGS - Students in Mrs. Pipino's third grade class at Caroline Street Elementary School are welcoming spring and brightening the downtown view. The students decorated the Phila Street-facing windows at Impressions of Saratoga with butterfly and caterpillar creations to celebrate the arrival of spring. Looking forward to warmer weather, Impressions owner Marianne Barker, who is known for her festive window displays, decided to fill her storefront with student artwork during a decoration brainstorming session over the winter. Owner Marianne Barker, who is known for her festive window displays, approached Mrs. Pipino, a former Impressions employee, and invited her third grade students to create a window display celebrating the arrival of spring. The result was a colorful, seasonal display across the five windows facing Phila Street that will be available for the community to enjoy until the end of April. Each student will receive a special gift from Impressions.


GALWAY - Galway Central School District was one of 112 districts and Board of Cooperative Educational Services in the state to receive the 2011 School Safety Excellence Award from the Utica National Insurance Group. The District received a certificate and a $500 award from the insurance company to commemorate its safety efforts. Utica National officials presented the award at its 31st annual school safety seminar, one of seven held in New York State. "It is with great pleasure that we recognize those schools that not only take safety to heart, but go above and beyond to provide a safe, healthy and focused culture for learning," said program initiator and Utica National representative James Kristoff. Utica National's School Safety Excellence Awards help participat-

ing schools enhance their overall safety through measurable assessment. The program evaluates districts from top to bottom - looking at everything from playground safety to indoor air quality with specific, quantifiable data-gathering surveys. The awards program has three levels (titanium, platinum, and gold) in which schools can earn a meritorious distinction by meeting specific criteria.

SUNY ESC students receive Chancellor Awards SARATOGA SPRINGS - Five State University of New York Empire State College adult learners were among those honored with the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence during a ceremony at the Empire State Plaza last week. SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher presented the following adult learners with this prestigious award: Solomon Blaylock,

Nechama Horowitz, Humberto Restrepo, Zuzana ˇt?panovskå and Brian F. Zeidner. Chancellor Zimpher honored more than 300 college students from SUNY campuses throughout the state, presenting 249 with the 2011 Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence. "The students we honor today have excelled academically and taken advantage of what SUNY has to offer in and outside the classroom," said Chancellor Zimpher. "These students are proven leaders, athletes, artists, community servants and much more. They represent the future of our state and are perfect examples of The Power of SUNY." President Davis also pointed out that this year's recipients are a product of the different modes of learning at the college, face-to-face and online, and reflect the social and geographic diversity of the college's adult learners.

Ballston Spa elementary school receives character education award BALLSTON SPA - Ballston Spa's Malta Avenue Elementary School was recently presented with the "Emerging School of Character" award from the Academy for Character Education at The Sage Colleges. Dr. Philip Fusco, assistant director of the Academy for Character Education, presented the award to Malta Avenue School Principal Sharon D'Agostino during the annual awards ceremony in Troy. Malta Avenue was one of four schools in the state honored for its efforts to implement a comprehensive program that merges character education and anti-bullying initiatives, providing for a caring learning environment. "Our school has focused on building community during the past three years and specifically on the positive aspects of student behavior and interactions," said Principal D'Agostino. "This award serves as a public acknowledgement of the hard work

Malta Avenue and district staff members gather with Mel Horowitz, chairman of the Sage Colleges Champions of Character Committee, and Principal Sharon D'Agostino as they receive the "Emerging School of Character" award. of all the members of the Character Education committee, all staff and students." Character education has been a priority for the elementary school for several years. The students currently participate in monthly meetings focusing on different themes of character education (which are led by different classes each month). They develop friend-

ship posters and implement community service projects as part of their character education in the elementary school. Sponsored by The Academy for Character Education at The Sage Colleges and the Character Education Partnership, the New York State Schools of Character (NYSSOC) awards program recognizes schools or districts that demonstrate outstanding school climate and academic performance.



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Summer Camp Directory This Week’s Spotlight YMCA Camp Chingachgook YMCA Camp Chingachgook, located on beautiful Lake George, has three camping options: overnight camp, day camp, and adventure trips. Summer sleepaway camp is the experience of a lifetime. The camp is divided into junior and senior boys' and girls' units; junior campers between the ages of seven and 12 and senior campers are 13 to 15 years old. All Chingachgook counselors go through extensive training and preparation prior to the beginning of the first session. Campers enjoy a full schedule of skill classes, which they can choose on their own, and special events and programs: sailing, swimming, water skiing, kayaking, canoeing, nature, arts, outdoor living skills, theater, newspaper, riflery, archery, dance, guitar, outdoor cooking, sports zone, woodworking, softball, soccer, tennis, photography, high ropes, mountain biking, and rock climbing. Each camper's daily schedule includes four skill classes and cabin, unit, or all-camp activities.

Two-week camp sessions at Chingachgook feature a three-day hike, where campers get out and experience the wilderness and overnight camping in small groups. Chingachgook also offers a variety of adventure trips for teens and tweens looking to explore unique destinations and experience a whole new level of fun and challenges. Trip length varies from 5 days to several weeks, and include backpacking, sailing, kayaking, boat building, rock climbing, canoeing, community service, white-water rafting, bicycle touring, and mountain biking. Adventure campers benefit from activities with smaller,

coed groups of 10 or less. Day Camp at Chingachgook is a fun option for children 5 to 10 years old. Campers enjoy a full day of fun activities from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Day Camp program is divided into eight one-week segments with the first session starting June 27. Chingachgook, a branch of the Capital District YMCA, is offering tiered pricing this summer to help families provide their children the life-changing experience of living in a cooperative community, on a mountainside and lake shore, with kids who will become their life-long

friends. Spaces are limited at Chingachgook, so be sure to sign up as soon as possible! For more information, to sign up for a tour, or to register for camp, visit or call (518) 656-9462.


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Easter Leg of Lamb Servings: 4 to 6 Total Time: 2 1/4 - 2 1/2 hours Ingredients • 6 - 7 pound leg of lamb • 3 or 4 garlic cloves • 2 Tbsp red wine • 3 Tbsp of Herbs de Provence • Zest of 1 orange very finely diced • 2/3 cup beef broth • Olive oil • 2 Tbsp butter • Kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper Instructions 1. Preheat oven to 425° F. Pat the leg of lamb dry with paper towel. Cut 2 or 3 of the garlic cloves into 10 to 12 slivers, then with the tip of the knife, cut 10 to 12 slits into the

lamb and insert the garlic slivers. Rub lamb with oil, season with salt and pepper; sprinkle with Herbs de Provence and orange zest. 2. Set the lamb on a rack in a shallow roasting pan and put in the oven. After 15 minutes, reduce heat to 350° F; continue to roast for 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 hours (about 18 minutes per pound) or until a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the meat registers 130 to 135° F for medium rare. 3. Transfer the roast to a board and stand loosely covered with aluminum foil, for 10 to 15 minutes. Skim off the fat from the cooking juices, then add the wine and broth to the roasting pan. Boil over medium heat, stirring and scraping the base of the pan, until slightly reduced. Strain into a warm gravy bowl.

Cannellini Bean Salad Servings: 4 to 6 Total Time: 10 minutes Ingredients • 2 large tomatoes, cored, seeded and diced • 1/2 small red onion, minced • 1 large garlic clove, minced • 3 Tbsp of fresh basil, chopped • 2 Tbsp of fresh parsley, chopped • 4 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil • 2 cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed • 2 tsp sherry vinegar, or to taste • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper Instructions 1. To make the bean salad, drain beans. Put the beans in bowl and add the tomato, red onion, garlic, basil, parsley, olive oil and vinegar. Stir gently, then season to taste with salt and pepper. 2. Serve with the Easter Leg of Lamb recipe.

Tangerine-Jalapeño Glazed Ham Servings: 4 to 6 Total Time: 2 1/2 - 2 3/4 hours Ingredients • (1) 7 lb bone-in, smoked ham • 1 cup chicken stock • 20 whole cloves • (1) 10 oz. jar jalapeño jelly • 1 cup tangerine juice • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice • 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard • 1/4 tsp cinnamon • 1/4 tsp ground ginger Instructions 1. Preheat the oven to 325° F. Place the ham in a large roasting pan and add chicken stock. Stud the ham all over with the cloves.

2. In a medium sauce pan bring the jalapeño jelly, tangerine juice and lemon juice to a boil. Simmer over moderate heat until slightly thickened, 10 minutes. Whisk in mustard, cinnamon and ginger and simmer until reduced to about 1 1/4 cups, about 5 minutes. 3. Drizzle half the glaze over the ham and cover with foil. Roast for 1 1/2 hours, basting frequently, until an instant read thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the ham registers 125° F. Remove foil and brush on remaining glaze. Roast for 30 minutes longer or until the top is lightly caramelized. 4. Transfer to serving platter. Discard the cloves. Pour pan juices into a bowl and serve with ham.



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Friday, April 15, 2011


Peta de Spinoche (Matzah Spinach Pie) spring leeks and fresh local shitake mushrooms should satisfy the locavore’s spring least until other spring delicacies arrive and more celebrations occur.

Ingredients - serves 6-8

Suzanne Voigt Farmers’Market Winter has finally broken its hold on Upstate and with it arrives Spring—a season to celebrate. For local food aficionados, early spring is a teaser— their palates salivating for a new season of garden bounty that is tantalizingly close, but not quite yet here. Peta de Spinoche is a wonderful way to quench the palate with spring delights and to celebrate life. This is a centuries old recipe derived from the food traditions of the Sepharic Jews in the Ottoman Empire (Turkey and Greece primarily). Fresh spinach, farmers’ market cheese and eggs,

Olive oil Leeks, chopped 1/4 cup chopped shitake mushrooms 2 cloves garlic, chopped 10-15 oz of fresh spinach, chopped 1/2 tsp oregano salt and pepper to taste 1 tsp lemon juice 1 cup Longview Farm feta 3 cups farmers’ market cheese of choice (cheddar type) 4 eggs beaten 10 oz box of matzah (or filo dough can be substituted)

Directions 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease 13x9 baking pan. Soak Matzah until pliable and drain. 2. Sauté chopped leeks and

mushrooms in olive oil until onion is just transparent. Add garlic and sauté a few more minutes. Continue adding chopped spinach, oregano, salt and pepper and lemon juice—sautéing until all the ingredients are mixed and heated

through. Remove from heat 3. Line greased baking pan with half the Matzah. 4. In a bowl beat eggs and cheeses together. Add sautéed spinach mixture and pour everything into the Matzah lined baking

pan. Top with the remaining Matzah and sprinkle top with chopped nuts (if desired—walnuts or pecans). 5. Bake in preheated oven for approximately 1 hour or until filling has set.



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23 “Our words can cut or comfort, hinder or help, harass or heal, injure or inspire… Each time we speak we deliver our own state of the heart address."


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ACROSS 1 Fantasy author and forensic pathologist? 9 Jah worshipers 15 Reason for a pass 16 Strike caller 17 German shepherd 18 Some special forces headgear 19 It merged with Kmart in 2005 20 Hairy 21 High sch. VIPs 22 Behaviorist and teen confidant? 27 At first blush 30 Teen follower? 31 Infer 32 Indeed 33 Huckster and school supporter? 38 Toon dynamo, familiarly 41 Inspiration for the Frisbee 45 Lieu 48 Time, for one 49 British novelist and medic? 51 CD-__ 52 Droid in every “Star Wars” film 53 Sweet cake that’s an Easter tradition in Eastern Europe 55 Spots 57 University of Cincinnati team 60 Gangster’s gun, in old-timey slang 61 Permits 62 Most people 63 Children’s author and roadside helper? DOWN 1 Thing that endures 2 Port of SW Italy 3 “That’s just wrong” 4 “That way madness lies” speaker 5 Tolkien’s Skinbark and Leaflock, e.g. 6 China’s Northern __ Dynasty, 386534 AD 7 First of the Maj. Prophets 8 Three-part fig. 9 Creator of a popular six-color puz-

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

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40 Fraternity founded at New York University in 1847 42 Hoops embarrassment 43 Caught one’s breath 44 As one 46 Lesotho’s home 47 Spoil rotten 48 Brit. military award 50 Lover’s gift 53 Boater’s edge 54 When Tony sings “Maria” 55 Time often named 56 Under-the-sink brand 57 Arthur of “All in the Family” 58 Spain’s Queen Victoria Eugenia, familiarly 59 __ snail’s pace



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. Bethesda Episcopal Church 41 Washington St., Saratoga Springs Contact: 584-5980.

Services: Sunday, 6:30, 8, 10 a.m.

Church of Christ at Clifton Park 7 Old Route 146, Clifton Park Contact: 371-6611, www.cliftonparkchurch Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Christ Community Reformed Church 1010 Route 146, Clifton Park Contact: 371-7654; Services: Sundays 9:15 & 11 a.m. Christ Episcopal Church Corner of Routes 50 and 67, Ballston Spa Contact: 885-1031. Services: Sunday 8, 10 a.m. Congregation Shaara Tfille 84 Weibel Avenue, Saratoga Springs Contact: 584-2370. Services: Saturday 9:00 a.m.; 3rd Friday 7:30 pm. Handicapped Accessible Corinth Free Methodist Church 8 Mountain Ledge, Wilton Contact: (518) 587-0623; Services: Sunday 8AM & 10 AM Corinth United Methodist Church 243 Main Street, Corinth Contact: 654-2521; Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Eastern Orthodox Christ the Savior 349 Eastline Road, Ballston Spa Contact: 786-3100; Services: Sunday: 9:15 a.m. First Baptist Church 45 Washington St., Saratoga Springs Contact: 584-6301. Services: Sunday: 11:00 a.m. First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa 202 Milton Ave. (Rt. 50), Ballston Spa Contact: 885-8361;


Friday, April 15, 2011 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. Greater Grace Community Church Pastor David Moore 43 Round Lake Rd. Ballston Lake (Malta Mall) Contact: 899-7777; Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Highway Tabernacle Church 90 River Road, Mechanicville Contact: 664- 4442. Services: Sunday 10:30 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; http://www.newlifeinsaratoga.or g. Services: Sunday 10:30am 12:00pm Childcare is available at all services.

TODAY 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; www.riverofhope Services: Sunday 10:00 a.m. Roman Catholic Church of St. Peter 241 Broadway, Saratoga Springs Contact: 584-2375. Services: Eucharistic Celebrations: Saturday 5 p.m.; Sunday 7:30, 9 and 11 a.m. St. Clement’s Roman Catholic Church 231 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs Contact: 584-6122. Services: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 8, 9:30, 11:15 a.m. and 5 p.m.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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;

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.



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Services: Saturday evening at 5 p.m. with Holy Communion. Sundays at 8:30 and 11 a.m. with Holy Communion. St. Peter Lutheran Church 2776 Route 9, Malta Contact: 583-4153 Services: Sunday mornings 8:30 and 10:30. St. Thomas of Canterbury 242 Grooms Road, Halfmoon Contact: Service: Sunday at 10am Saratoga Abundant Life Church 2325 Route 50 South, Saratoga Springs Contact: 885-5456; Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. Saratoga Chabad 130 Circular St., Saratoga Springs Contact: 526-0773; Saratoga Friends Meeting (Quaker) Corner of Routes 32 and 71, Quaker Springs Contact: 587-7477; 399-5013. Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Saratoga Independent Church New Location: Knights of Colombus Pine Rd., Saratoga Springs Contact: 306-4652; Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. Food Pantry Tuesday 9-11 @ KoC Saratoga United Methodist Church Henning Road at Fifth Avenue, Saratoga Springs Contact: 584-3720; Services: Sunday 9 and 10:45 a.m. Handicapped accessible. Shenendehowa United Methodist 971 Route 146, Clifton Park Contact: 371-7964. Services: Sunday 7:45, 9 and 10:45 a.m.; Acts II Contempory 10:45 a.m.

Simpson United Methodist Church Rock City Road, Rock City Falls Contact: 885-4794. Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m. Soul Saving Station for Every Nation Christ Crusaders of America 62 Henry Street, Saratoga Springs Contact: 584-3122 Services: Sunday 10am & 6:30 pm Temple Sinai 509 Broadway, Saratoga Springs Contact: 584-8730. Services: Friday 8 p.m. Handicapped accessible Trinity United Methodist Church Rev. Gail Falsetti-Pastor 155 Ballard Rd., Gansevoort Contact: 584-9107; Service: Sunday 10:00 a.m. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Saratoga Springs 624 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs Contact: 584-1555; Services: 10 am Religious education and nursery care at the 10 am service each Sunday Unity Church in Albany 21 King Avenue, Albany Contact: (518) 453-3603: Services: Sunday, 9 am and 11 am West Charlton United Presbyterian Church Rev. Thomas Gregg, Pastor 1331 Sacandaga Rd., West Charlton Contact: 882-9874; Services: Sunday 10:30 Wilton Baptist Church 755 Saratoga Rd, Wilton Contact: 518-583-2736;; Services: Sunday Service 11 a.m.

Worship Directory





living april

15 - april22

events Friday April 15 Lenten supper

The Knights of Columbus Hall, Pine Rd. and Rte. 29, Saratoga Springs Beginning at 4:30 pm, the menu includes broiled, baked or fried fish, with sides and desserts. Prices vary with selection. For more information, call (518) 584-8547. A Good Friday Lenten supper will be offered on April 22 as well.

Principessa Elena Society 13 Oak St., Saratoga Springs Our monthly all-you-can-eat dinner from 5 to 7 pm features Italian Wedding Soup, Ziti, and more. Adults $9, seniors $8, children $5 and takeouts $10. For information, call (518) 584-4163.

The Hudson River Shakespeare Company Little Theater on the Farm, 27 Plum Road, Fort Edward Patrick Hamilton’s “Angel Street” will be presented on Friday, April 15 and Saturday, April 16 and Sunday, April 17. For reservations, call (518)

747-4418, or visit, for more information.

Saturday April 16

Gansevoort Farmers’ Market Every other Saturday, 11 am to 1 pm at the Northumberland Town Hall on Catherine St.

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.

Heritage Hunters Town of Saratoga Town Hall, corner of Rt. 4 and Rt. 29, Schuylerville At 1 pm. Mark Phillips of the Burke/Bussing and Cunniff Funeral Homes will speak to genealogy researchers on the topic “What You Can Learn from Funeral Home Directors and Records.” Program is free and open to the public. For information, call (518) 587-2978.

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.

“Burn the Winter Witch” bonfire Barn at Bassett House, 338 River

HELPING HANDS Organization

Rebuilding Together Saratoga County Mission Rebuilding Together Saratoga County is a volunteer-driven, nonprofit organization that brings communities and volunteers together to make repairs to the homes of low income property owners, particularly the elderly and disabled allowing them to live in warmth, safety and independence while respecting their dignity. There is never a cost to the homeowner. How to Help There are many ways for those ages 14 and over to help. They include being a project volunteer, photographer, safety coordinator, homeowner companion or a fundraiser. Volunteers are welcome at any skill level. We need skilled tradesmen who have expertise in a specific area. We need unskilled volunteers to help with painting, cleaning, landscaping or other odd jobs at a home. For those who are not handy around the house, we need volunteers to donate and/or prepare meals for those who are working on the homes. There is also office work, and the outreach committee for those who are better in that capacity. For more ways to help, please visit our website at Please call (518) 695-3315 to find out more about donating your time or gifts in kind. You may also visit our website at


Rd., Greenwich This tradition honors each change of season with lively music-making. Gather from 3 to 6 pm for performances by local musicians followed by an old fashioned sing-along around the piano. As always, guests are invited to bring their own instruments and music to share. Adults $10, students and seniors $5. No reservations needed. For more information, call (518) 6954448.

Clarinet class and recital Saratoga Arts Center, 320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs Cole’s Woodwind Shop hosts this day 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.

Donny Elvis 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.

Sunday April 17 Breakfast at the Elks Saratoga-Wilton Elks Lodge #161, 1 Elks Lane, Route 9, Saratoga Springs; let us do the cooking this morning with a delicious breakfast, even offering Eggs Benedict! From 8:30 to 11 am. Adults $7, seniors and military with ID $6, children (ages 5 to 12) $5, under 5 free, takeout $8.

Rotary breakfast Saratoga’s own Racing City Rotary presents their monthly all-you-caneat breakfast this morning from 8:30 to 11 a.m. at the Senior Citizen’s Center at 5 Williams Street. Tickets are $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and children 5 to 12 years of age. Complete menu!

Greenwich Elks buffet breakfast Rte 40 S, Greenwich From 8:30 to 11 am on the third Sunday of each month, let us do the cooking for you with a complete buffet. Adults $6, seniors $5, children $4.

Easter Egg hunt Milton Community Center, Northline Rd., Ballston Spa


Friday, April 15, 2011 From 2 to 4 pm, for children through grade 5. Free, but please bring a canned good for the local food pantry. For more information, email Erica Miller at

Polka benefit Knights of Columbus Hall, intersection of Rte. 29 and Pine Rd., Saratoga Springs 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) 8993061 or e-mail


Wednesday April 20 Fish release day Bring the kids to this popular event at Saratoga Spa State Park at the Geyser Creek picnic area from 11 am to 2 pm.

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

Monday April 18 Thursday Forest and wetland walk April 21 Wilton Wildlife Preserve, Wilton This is an opportunity to explore one of the lesser known trails of the Preserve & Park and to discover the hidden wetlands at the Neilmann parcel. This walk will leave from the Neilmann parking lot on Ruggles Road just south of King Road at 10:30 am. To register, call (518) 4500321.

Round Lake history Malta Branch Library, 1 Bayberry Dr. Malta At 3 pm, come learn the fascinating history of Round Lake. Free

Community Passover Seder Saratoga Chabad, 130 Circular St., Saratoga Springs At 8 pm. Enjoy Matzah, the Food of Faith, Food of Healing. Kindly RSVP to (518) 526-0773 or (518) 495-0772 or

Community bingo Saratoga-Wilton Elks Club, 1 Elks Lane, Saratoga. An evening of fun for old and young, every Monday evening at 7 pm. Doors open at 4 pm. Refreshments will be available. (518) 5842585.

Tuesday April 19 Nature craft Wilton Wildlife Preserve This drop-in activity station will be set up between 10 am and noon on the picnic tables by Delegan Pond which is across from parking lot #1 on Scout Road. The rain site will be at the Park Office located at 80 Scout Road.

Community Passover Seder Saratoga Chabad, 130 Circular St., Saratoga Springs At 8 pm. Enjoy Matzah, the Food of Faith, Food of Healing. Kindly RSVP to (518) 526-0773 or (518) 495-0772 or


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) 5842370.


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.

DanceFlurry, Saratoga contradance. On Saturday, April 23. Contras, squares, and couples dances from 8 to 11 pm, with beginners lesson at 7:30. All dances taught, newcomers welcome. No need to bring your own partner. Wear sneakers or other soft-soled shoes only, please. Adults $10, students $7, children under 15, $6. First Baptist Church, 45 Washington St., Saratoga Springs. For more information, call (518) 885-4430 or

Mistrial: the Easter case Free Spirit Fellowship, 1424 W. High St., Ballston Spa An inspirational play that will be performed Sunday, April 24 at 10:30 am. For more information, call (518) 885-3149.

Passover family fun day Saratoga Chabad, 130 Circular St., Saratoga Springs Join Joey D. for a family fun day on Sunday, April 24, from 10 am to noon. RSVP to or (518) 526-0773.

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local briefs Saratoga Turf Talkers Toastmasters Longfellows Inn, 500 Union Ave., Saratoga Join us from 12:30 to 1:30 pm on Tuesday, April 19 to practice communication and leadership skills, offer feedback and support and have fun together. Our meetings are free and guests are welcome. For more information, please call Mary Alice at (518) 884-2806 or visit our website:

Free Rabies Vaccinations 4-H Training Center, 556 Middleline Rd., Ballston Spa Saratoga County’s Animal Shelter and Public Health Nursing Service are sponsoring a free rabies vaccination clinic for dogs, cats and domestic ferrets on Tuesday, April 19. Cats must be in a carrier and are scheduled for 7 to 8 pm; dogs must be on leashes and are scheduled from 8 to 9 pm; Domestic ferrets must be in a cage or carrier and are scheduled from 7 to 9 pm. Vaccination certificates are written for one year. If a previous vaccination certificate is shown, a 3-year certificate will be issued. For more information, please contact the Animal Shelter at (518) 885-4113.

Green Living course The Academy for Lifelong Learning at Saratoga Springs (A.L.L.) will offer Green Living, a four-week study group focused on recognizing the need to adapt our lifestyles to create a more balanced, healthy, and sustainable life. The study group will be led by Karen Totino, owner of Green Conscience Home & Garden, who has a history of caring about environmental issues starting with her own family and neighborhood. This group will meet on Thursdays from 2 to 4 pm on May 5 through May 26 at Empire State College, 111 West Avenue, Saratoga Springs. For information or to receive a brochure and membership application, visit the web site at or call the A.L.L. office at (518) 587-2100, ext. 2415.

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.

Clothing Give Away 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.

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.

Milton Grange Thank You A big thank you to all those who donated items and those who came to shop at the Milton Grange annual garage sale. The garage sale is our annual fundraiser and hopefully a community service. Sale items are not priced and are offered for reasonable costs or whatever the buyer can afford. Items remaining after the sale are donated to other outreach organizations such as Noah’s Attic. Stuffed animals that remained “homeless” were gladly accepted by animals at the Saratoga County Animal Shelter.

Nature Preserve Passport Program In an effort to encourage families to explore the public nature preserves throughout the county, P.L.A.N. is providing pocket-sized passports to children throughout the county. The Preserve Passports include descriptions, driving directions, and an area for children to stamp as they visit each preserve. The stamps are located at each preserve in hidden “letterboxes” and can be located by following posted clues at each preserve. Once a child completes 5 out of 8 stamps, they will receive a Saratoga P.L.A.N. T-shirt in recognition of their accomplishment. Following the clues is like a treasure hunt; passport seekers will need to be keen observers of nature to find the letterboxes. Clues for each site can be downloaded from Saratoga P.L.A.N.’s website: Saratoga P.L.A.N.’s eight public nature preserves include: Ballston Creek Preserve, 409 East Line Road in Ballston, Bog Meadow Trail, Route 29 in Saratoga Springs, Kayaderosseras Creek Preserve, West Milton Road in Milton, Lake Lonely Trail, 458 Union Avenue in Saratoga Springs, Levine Preserve, Centerline Road in Providence, Dr. Orra Phelps Preserve, Parkhurst Road in Wilton,

Tanner Road (Woodcock) Preserve, Tanner Road in Clifton Park and Galway Preserve, 2519 Crane Road in Galway.

The Rhythm Room Tap Dance Space Offering an 8-week session in tap and jazz dance classes for teens and adults. Tuesdays, April 26 through June 14 from 4:30 to 5:45 pm is Advanced Beginner Tap, and 5:45 to 7 pm is Intermediate/Advanced Jazz Thursdays, April 28 through June 16 from 5 to 6:30 pm is Advanced Tap, and 6:30-7:45 pm is Intermediate Advanced Jazz Cost per 75 min. class is $135 and $150 for 90 min. Advanced Tap. Space is limited to 6 students per class, and registration is needed to secure a spot. For further information or to register, contact Tina Baird at (518) 581-1791.

Recreation Programs Malta Recreation Center 1 Bayberry Dr. Malta For information on all programs, please call the Community Center at (518) 899-4411 or visit

Zumba Gold Join us on Tuesday mornings for a fun and energetic Latin-based dance/exercise class featuring Salsa, Flamenco, Merengue and Cumbia rhythms. Older exercisers from beginner to advanced will enjoy the benefits from a Zumba Gold class. Class is from 9 to 10 am for 6 weeks starting April 26. Fee for Malta residents is $56, $62 for non- residents and $28 for Malta Senior residents.

Summer Enrichment available for Ballston Spa students The Ballston Spa Central School District is offering a variety of summer camp enrichment experiences. Enrichment classes will be held during July and August, are open to Ballston Spa students and are filled on a first come, first served basis. Further information and an online application are available on the district website at Gateway Academy for middle school students is a one-week, full day camp focusing on early engineering skills. Held July 18 to 22, this camp is supported by a Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) Education Foundation grant. This camp is available for incoming 6, 7 and 8 grade students and there is a $10 fee. Video Game Design for middle and high school students will be offered for two week-long sessions, one in video character design (July 11-15) and one in video world design (July 18-22). These programs are

available to all incoming 6th to 12th grade students. Scholarship funding from Mildred Elley allows us to offer the program to only BSCSD students for an $85 fee per session. StarTalk Summer Language Immersion and Culture Program teaching students Chinese, is for students entering grades 1 to 12. Offered by WSWHE BOCES, the program is scheduled for July 2 to 29, from 9 am to 2 pm and is hosted at Lake Avenue Elementary School in Saratoga Springs. This grant-supported program costs $100 and registration ends May 13. A LEGO Robotics Academy program, in conjunction with RPI, will be held August 8 to 19. The first program is a half day Junior LEGO Robotics morning program for incoming grade 3 to 5 students who did not participate in last summer’s elementary LEGO Robotics program. The LEGO Robotics program will be held in the afternoon for incoming grade 6 to 8 students or incoming grade 5 students who participated in the elementary program last summer. There is a $350 fee for each of these program offerings.

Saratoga Springs Recreation The Saratoga Springs Recreation Center, 14 Vanderbilt Avenue. 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) 583-4474. 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.

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upcoming town meetings Town of Ballston: Ballston Town Hall 323 Charlton Road 885-8502 Village of Ballston Spa: 66 Front Street 885-5711 Town of Greenfield: 7 Wilton Road 893-7432 4/21: Environmental Commission meeting, 7 pm Town of Malta: 2540 Route 9 899-2818 Town of Milton: 503 Geyser Road 885-9220 City of Saratoga Springs: 474 Broadway 587-3550 4/19: City Council meeting, 7 pm 4/20: Design Review Commission meeting, 7 pm Town of Saratoga: 12 Spring Street, Schuylerville 695-3644 Village of Schuylerville: 35 Spring Street 695-3881 4/18: Planning Board meeting, 6:30 pm Town of Stillwater: 66 East St., Riverside Mechanicville, NY 12118 4/18: Planning Board meeting, 7 pm 4/21: Town Board meeting, 7 pm Town of Wilton: 22 Traver Road 587-1939 4/20: Planning Board meeting, 6:30 pm Saratoga County Board of Supervisors 40 McMaster St., # 1 Ballston Spa, NY 12020-1985 (518) 885-2240 4/19: Board meeting, 4 pm 4/21: Planning Board meeting, 4 pm




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UPH stepping up summer offerings - High profile concerts and musical announced SARATOGA SPRINGS - Universal Preservation Hall, 25 Washington Street in Saratoga Springs has announced an impressive slate of summer programming for 2011 in conjunction with Andrew Meader of Applause Factory. The concert series begins with acoustic original performers Jeffrey Gaines and Amy Speace Wednesday, June 1. It continues with awardwinning songwriter Lisa Loeb (July 27) and original Woodstock performer John Sebastian (July 29). Also, for two weeks in August, the world’s first “wine-tasting musical,” “Wine Lovers,” will be in residence. Detailed descriptions of the summer events appear below. All shows are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased by phone at 1-800-838-3006 or online at "Our hope is that by presenting high profile events and concerts, we will re-ignite the momentum to raise the funds to complete the buildPhoto Provided ing." says Teddy Foster, current President of the UPH Board of Directors. For the last ten years, a dedicated group of volunteers and John Sebastian - July 29 community leaders have been working to renovate UPH. Their work has helped to transform the space into an active performing arts center and to expand the Hall's uses beyond occasional events and weddings. Building upgrades are ongoing and a $1.6 million fund-raising goal has been identified to complete the renovations of the once-condemned building. Events - Jeffrey Gaines with Amy Speace - Wednesday, June 1, 8 pm Since Jeffrey Gaines' self-titled debut was released, this expressive and dynamic singer, guitarist, and songwriter has been heralded for his soul-searching confessional lyrics and his powerful live performances. His accolades include Emmy nominations, POLLSTAR'S best live solo artist, and world-wide theatre, club and arena tours. Joining Jeffrey Gaines in this intimate acoustic evening is Amy Speace. Just a moment's exposure to Amy Speace's intimate yet powerful voice and timeless arrangements, and her roster position on Judy Collins's Wildflower Records makes perfect sense. - Lisa Loeb – Wednesday, July 27. Family show at 4 pm, acoustic show at 8 pm Grammy®-nominated singer/songwriter Lisa Loeb started her career with the platinum-selling Number 1 hit song "Stay (I Missed You)" from the film Reality Bites. To this day, she is still the only artist to have a Number 1 single while not signed to a recording contract. Loeb continues to grow as an artist and to push herself and her career forward with a creative zeal and an inner drive not often seen. After her recent marriage and becoming a mom in 2010, she is currently working on "Camp Kappawanna," a children's musical inspired by her CD Camp Lisa (with music and lyrics written by Lisa Loeb, Michelle Lewis and Dan Petty). Also, Lisa is writing songs for another studio CD aimed at her "grown-up" audience. In March 2011, the girl with the cat-eye glasses launched the release of her own line of eyewear! - John Sebastian – Friday, July 29 at 8 pm Since the 1960’s, the contributions of John Sebastian have become a permanent part of our American musical fabric. His group The Lovin' Spoonful played a major role in the mid-'60s rock revolution, but what leader, singer and songwriter Sebastian had in mind was actually a counter-revolution. "We were grateful to the Beatles for reminding us about our rock and roll roots," John explains, "but we wanted to cut out the English middlemen, so to speak, and get down to making this new music as an 'American' band." - “Wine Lovers” – Tuesday, August 9 – Sunday, August 21 Photo Provided “Wine Lovers” is the world's first Lisa Loeb - July 27 wine-tasting musical. Over the course of the show, audience members enjoy a tasting of six delightful wines with the cast. “Wine Lovers” tells the story of two mismatched students, lovable painter Brian Scott and know-it-all businesswoman Katherine Reese, attending a wine class led by an effervescent teacher, Charles Thompson, whose goal in life is to take the mystery out of wine. Over the course of 70 minutes, Brian, Katherine and the audience learn all about reds, whites, screw caps, Zinfandel's...and a little about love.


Big Wednesday at Putnam Den! - Rusted Root show, free afternoon patio party highlights day of music OK, next Wednesday is 4.20 everywhere, but it appears that the big 4.20 news this year locally is at Putnam Den, 63A Putnam Street in Saratoga Springs. They have pulled off quite a booking coup, landing multi-platinum rock act Rusted Root – a group that normally plays venues that are arenasized or larger – with previous bookings at large outdoor festivals such as Woodstock ’99 and Bonaroo based on their successful single “Send me on my way” among other favorites . The opening act is the Boston-based Adam Ezra Group.

Tickets for the 9 pm (21+) show are $25, and are available via choose.php?a=1&lid=52292&eid =60044 or at the club itself. To commemorate the occasion, an afternoon pre-show / welcome to spring outdoor concert will commence at, you guessed it – 4:20 pm. The afternoon show is free (21+ also) and will feature performances by the High Peaks Band, Carley Tanchon, Jamie Kent and the Options, Mary Leigh and the Fauves and the Stone Revival Band - which features .moe drummer Vinnie Amico. - Arthur Gonick




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Romeo meets Tango! Photo by Matthew Cohen

A Bare Necessity for your child’s spring break!

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Charles Fitz-Gerald as William Chumley, Ron DeLucia as Elwood P. Dowd

-Saratoga Children’s Theater to feature “Jungle Book Kids” April 18-22

26th HMT season closes with “Harvey” Giancarlo Osaben '11 and Christine Pardos '14 SARATOGA SPRINGS –The Skidmore College Department of Theater is presenting Romeo and Juliet with a twist. Shakespeare’s classic tale of forbidden love, feuds and revenge will be viewed through the power and passion of the tango world of Buenos Aires. Director Larry Opitz notes “I’ve wanted to direct a production of Romeo and Juliet for some time. Years ago when I was working in Buenos Aires, I became intrigued with both the city and the world of tango, and I’ve always thought that this was a perfect setting for Shakespeare’s remarkable tale of love and revenge. Tango is capable

of capturing the emotions like no other dance can. We are having a terrific time, and we can’t wait to share our work with an audience.” Performances are Friday Saturday, April 15 and 16 at 8 pm; Sunday, April 17 at 2 pm and Thursday – Saturday, April 21 -23 at 8 pm in the Mainstage of the Bernhard Theater on the Skidmore College campus. General admission tickets are $12, $8 for students and seniors. For reservations or information, call the Skidmore Theater Box Office at (518) 580-5439 or email

A great way for your aspiring performer, ages 6 to 15, to spend their spring break in a fun and wholesome activity is for them to join Mowgli, Baloo, King Louie and the gang as they swing their way through madcap adventures and thwart the ferocious tiger, Shere Khan! In other words, participate in Saratoga Children’s Theater’s production of the Disney Classic – “Jungle Book Kids.” A tuition fee of $250 will confirm a student’s place in the cast. All sessions are held at the St. Peters School, 64 Hamilton Street in Saratoga Springs. On Monday, April 18 at 9 am, auditions for specific roles will take place for Michael Lotano, Director and Megan O’Sullivan, Musical Director. After roles are cast, the rehearsals will occur each day from 9 am to 4 pm, culminating in a Friday, April 22 performance at 2 pm that is open to the public. Registration forms are online at For more information, phone (518) 580-1782. - Arthur Gonick

SARATOGA SPRINGS – Wrapping up their 26th season, Home Made Theater presents Mary Chase’s Pulitzer Prize winning comedy “Harvey” at the Spa Little Theater in the Saratoga Spa State Park. The show runs on weekends from April 22 through May 8. The comedy centers on the life of Elwood P. Dowd, who is a gentle soul - kind hearted and loving. He has only one imperfection – his invisible six foot-tall rabbit companion known as Harvey. His family convinces Elwood to commit himself to a sanitarium. But that is just the beginning of the lunacy – with multiple mistaken identities, lots of laughs and of course a six-foot rabbit that only some people actually see is on the loose! The question is: will you see Harvey? The director of “Harvey” is Steve Coats who has directed numerous HMT productions. The cast includes Ron DeLucia as Elwood P. Dowd, Robin Leary as Veta Simmons, Jessica Weiss as Myrtle Mae Simmons, Peter Burleigh as Lyman Sanderson, Dianne O’Neill-Filer as Ethel Chauvenet, Charles Fitz-Gerald as William Chumley, Anne Record as Betty Chumley, Amanda Martini-Hughes as Ruth Kelly, Brian Christiansen as Duane Wilson, Rick Wissler as Judge Omar Gaffney and Tim Christensen as Lofgren.The artistic team includes scenic designer Duncan Morrison, lighting designer Kyle VanSandt, costume designer Jenn Dugan, sound designer El Musiko Archivo and properties designer Jane Parisi. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays, April 22, 23, 29 and 30 at 8 pm. Matinees are Sundays May 1 and 8 at 2 pm.Ticket prices are $23 and $26. For reservations or further information, call HMT at (518) 587-4427 or visit An optional dinner package is available at Bookmakers Restaurant at the Holiday Inn prior to the evening performances or following the matinee performance for an additional $21 per Photo Provided person which includes Robin Leary as Veta Simmons, Jessica Weiss tax and gratuity.

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SAVOY to feature 50’s retro / rockabilly music

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The Lustre Kings

An event celebrating 50’s and rockabilly music will occur at the Saratoga Music Hall, Broadway, Saratoga Springs Saturday, April 16, from 7:30-11:30 pm. This event is part of the Diamond Dance series, an affiliate dance of the Dance Flurry. The event will feature the Lustre Kings, a band known internationally for their retro sound. The band will be returning from a recent national tour. "I love playing the Diamond Dance, there is a lot of energy that feeds the band," said Lustre Kings front man Mark Gamsjager. "I've always been a fan of Rockabilly, and The Lustre Kings always come through," said event coordinator Dave Wolf. While the band plays their own work, they also include several vintage favorites. Wolf noted that their version of "Sleepwalk," by Johnny and Santo is unparalleled. While the coordinators are encouraging rockabilly attire and 50's clothing for this event, any style is welcome. Vintage clothing will also be on sale that evening. The admission is $15 and includes a free swing dance lesson at 7:30 pm. For more information about this event, contact the Saratoga SAVOY at (518) 587-5132.

NYCB principal clarinetist to perform at Skidmore SARATOGA SPRINGS - Clarinetist Steven D. Hartman makes his Skidmore College performance debut this month, but he has a quarter century of performances behind him as a member of the New York City Ballet (NYCB) Orchestra, and performed with the ballet at Saratoga Performing Arts Center for all but two summer seasons during that time. Hartman will play in recital at 3 pm Sunday, April 17, in the Arthur Zankel Music Center, Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall, presenting a program that includes music by Brahms, Finzi and Jeanjean. Collaborating with Hartman in the matinee performance will be pianist Susan Walters and Skidmore clarinet instructor Susan Martula. General admission for the concert is $12, $5 for students. Tickets are available at for the event also will be available at the Zankel box office from noon to 3 pm Friday, April 15. Hartman and Walters also will present a master class at 6 pm Sunday, April 17, in Zankel room 117. Principal clarinet for the NYCB Orchestra for the past two years, Hartman is also associate principal clarinet of the New York City Opera Orchestra, principal clarinetist for the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Opera Orchestra of New York and the New York Scandia Photo Provided Symphony and a member of Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra. Steven D. Hartman

SPAC to go Furthur than ever LiveNation has announced that Furthur, featuring Grateful Dead legends Phil Lesh and Bob Weir, will play at SPAC this summer on Tuesday, July 19. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 15 at 10 am – that means today! – and are priced at $69.50, $49.50, $39.50 and $25 for lawn seats. They are available by phone at (800)745-3000 or online at




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Costellos married 60 years!

Annual Walk for Animals HOPE”S 8th Annual Walk for the Animals is joining the Saratoga Mardi Gras Parade and Festival!!! Please join us in the CVS parking lot in Congress Plaza on Congress Street on Saturday, April 30 from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm – What Fun!! Registration at 10:30. For each $20 registration fee, you will receive a HOPE t-shirt and goodies for you and your dog, including beads and a mask. All walking dogs must be up-to-date on vaccinations. You also may walk without a dog. Feel free to dress up Mardi Gras style – you and your dog! Prizes will be awarded!! We will have a photographer on hand to photograph you and your family or friends (2 or 4-legged). Visit H.O.P.E. online to download your pledge form! www.hopeanimal

Jane and Mark Costello of Saratoga Springs are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary on Thursday, April 21, 2011. They were married at St. Boniface Church in Sea Cliff, Long Island, New York. Jane was a RN and worked at Saratoga Hospital and then at Four Winds Hospital. Mark was a Navy Seabee from 1950 to 1952. He then went on to work for NYRA and was the Resident Manager of Saratoga Race Track from 1968 to 1978. The couple has 7 children, 7 grandchildren and a great-grandson! Congratulations to you both!


Friday, April 15, 2011

A Night with the Dog Whisperer

Cesar Millan, National Geographic Channel's "Dog Whisperer," recently graced Capital Region dog owners with a seminar and special appearance at the Palace Theatre in Albany - and what better way to wrap up the occasion than a four-hour dinner with Chihuahua-lover Michele Riggi and her



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Eileen, Janine, Cesar, Michele, Dr. Joy Lucas and Junior!

entourage? Following Cesar's on-stage appearance, the highly sought-after dog rehabilitation specialist and New York Times Bestseller enjoyed dinner at Jack's Oyster House with Michele, her best friend Eileen Guarino, and the posh pups' veterinarian Dr. Joy Lucas and trainer Janine Lazarus. Of course, Cesar's dog Junior was guest of honor. Michele described her experience with Cesar, nicknamed the "Dr. Phil for Dogs," like a fairytale: "After dinner, when we brought him back to his hotel, we all pinched ourselves and said 'did that really just happen?" Michele beamed. "He was delightful." The group enjoyed dinner, sharing personal pet stories and pouring over Millan's expert advice. "He's had so many experiences with all types of dogs. His knowledge and expertise is very enlightening to someone like myself who has 36 dogs," she said, adding that she is cur-

rently nursing ten rescue Chihuahuas, two of which are "problem dogs." Riggi, an outward dog enthusiast, is working on a pet project of her own. Her fundraising book Posh Palazzo Pups, which features 24 of her 36 pampered pooches, recently earned a spot on Onehundred percent of the book sales go toward her 24-hour animal hospital initiative. The local celebrity is also planning two dog-friendly events: - Chihuahua Fiesta Play Day at Palazzo Riggi on June 11 from 1 to 5 pm. Tickets are $75 at the door. All proceeds will go toward the National Museum of Dance Silver (25th) Anniversary Year. For more information, call (518) 583-4935. - Dogs and Divas, an American Cancer Society benefit luncheon, at Saratoga National Golf Club on June 16 from 11 am to 3 pm. The event will include a fashion show and boutique shopping. Call (518) 454-4019 for more information.


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Garden and Life Renovations by Sharie FitzGibbon for Saratoga TODAY My husband and I are starting an extensive garden renovation this summer, as described in the following article. This will be the first in a series of essays that will follow our progress over the course of the season. I hope you enjoy reading about our trials and tribulations and the occasional triumph! Feel free to contact me at One of the greatest joys in my life is getting up on fine summer mornings, loading the wheelbarrow with shovels and rakes and spending the day whirling around the garden like a mad dervish. Some days the work is light; other times, the shovel is out and the dirt is flying. It has been brought to my attention, however, that my habit of putting in 10 hour days amongst the greenery may be coming to an end. When we bought our home in 2001, we had a little over an acre of bare land. Over the course of 7 years, we built a new bed each year and each year the bed got bigger. But even after those years of expansion, at the beginning of the summer of 2008, we had barely a quarter of the acre converted to garden beds. It was obviously time to get serious. That was a banner year in our garden expansion. We hired a contractor to clear out the northwest side of our property which was overgrown with sumac, poplar trees and bittersweet vines. There was also a fire pit to be removed, made of 2 layers of cement traffic dividers in which we could have roasted a bison. By the time it was finished, it was too late in the year to plant green things. Instead, we spent what little was left of the season planning out the space. We agreed a patio in the shade was a must as the existing patio next to the house had no shade at all. A veggie garden, herb plot and assorted flower beds were designed. Garden catalogs were

amassed. The list of plants I ordered during the winter of 2008 - 2009 was . . . impressive. In the spring of 2009, we hired Brad Capelli of Signature Surfaces Inc. to install the patio. He did an awesome job - in less than 2 weeks, we had a gorgeous round patio, 25 feet across, complete with a (small) fire pit. You can see a picture of it on his website at While the patio was being installed, I got down to work, laying out the new beds I had designed the previous fall and tilling up the compacted sub-soil. My darling spouse, Brian, made himself useful hauling wheelbarrows of dirt to each bed as I finished it. If you have such a spouse, treasure him (or her). With the beds completed, the planting commenced. A dawn redwood sapling and 4 fruit trees went in first, followed by a few flowering shrubs and lastly the perennials and herbs. We barely got the last of the perennials in before the season ended. That was the year I developed serious back pain towards the end of the season. While it seemed normal to me to have some pain, what with all the bending and lifting, this pain did not go away when I stopped working as it had in years past. During the summer of 2010, my back pain increased to the point I could only work a few hours before I had to quit. Tests showed a spine with shifted bones, a bulging disc and arthritis. Cortisone shots helped some but the only real solution was surgery which no one wanted to do, least of all me. So, I muddled along that summer, taking things slowly and only working in the new section. Weeding and mulching were the only activities I could manage for

any length of time. Any digging was accomplished by Brian, as was the rock moving. By the end of the summer, despite mutinous joints, the new section looked fantastic. The other gardens, the ones we spent 7 years building? Well, I essentially abandoned them during the 2 summers we were working on the new section. Once my back rebelled, I had no extra endurance to give them the attention they needed; no pruning, no weeding, and no mulch. They look awful. One mistake we made was leaving grass paths between the old beds when we originally built them. They looked great at first, but they require a lot of maintenance and, with the recent neglect, grass has crept several feet into the beds. Other things I planted have gotten completely out of control. Bee balm, for example, is not meant to go 3 years without division and has overrun half of a bed. And let's not even talk about the weeds. It is difficult to admit that, barely midway through my life, I cannot physically keep up anymore. I have no intention of giving up my garden but now I must figure out better ways of managing. Which plants are the most work and must be removed? How can I reduce maintenance chores, especially those requiring heavy lifting or shoveling? How can I keep my favorite hobby from crippling me in the years to come? I will have to redesign major portions of the garden. High maintenance plants will have to be removed, which means saying goodbye to many of my roses and some rampant perennials. Some paths need to be widened and others removed. Low maintenance shrubs and trees need to be added. Mulch will be needed in heroic portions. Much of this work will require

Photo by Brian FitzGibbon

assistance. I have talked to Brad and offered him the job. A younger, stronger back and a few destructive machines should make quite a dent in my To Do list. With luck, I'll

have my garden back under control and in a more manageable form by next fall. It will definitely be worth whatever it costs, whether in time, money or an achy back.


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Community Sports Bulletin Six Skidmore student-athletes pick up weekly honors from Liberty League 18-year-old program record with nine goals in a 15-9 win at Clarkson. On the week, she tallied 11 goals, five assists, four ground balls and two draw controls. Skidmore is now 7-3 on the season and 3-2 in the league. Softball junior pitcher Sam Crose was named Pitcher of the Week and freshman Katie Sorochka earned Co-Rookie of the Week honors during a 4-0 week for the Thoroughbreds. Crose tossed 12 innings, posting a 2-0 record while not allowing an earned run. She allowed just five hits, walking just one and striking out 18, including a five-inning, 11 strikeout performance against Green Mountain in which she allowed no hits. Sorochka tossed her first career no-hitter in a 5-0 win at Sage on Tuesday. She had five strikeouts and

improved to 2-1 on the season. The Thoroughbreds are now 9-9. Men’s tennis freshman Oliver Loutsenko earned Co-Rookie of the Week honors after posting a perfect 4-0 record against a pair of regionally ranked teams. He picked up a pair of wins against St. Lawrence and TCNJ at number two singles and teamed with Alex Fromson to go 2-0 at number three doubles. Men’s tennis hosts Williams on April 20. Sophomore golfer Anthony Dilisio was named Performer of the Week after finishing third at the NYU/Manhattanville Spring Invite. Dilisio shot a 72-74-146, one stroke behind first, to help lead the Thoroughbreds to a 28stroke victory in the 10 team event. Skidmore returns to action at the Kravetz Invitational on April 16. photos provided

SARATOGA SPRINGS – The Liberty League has announced that six Skidmore College student-athletes received weekly awards for their performances during the past week. Senior pitcher Nick Laracuente picked up CoPitcher of the Week honors for the fourth time this season after earning his second complete game shutout of the season. Laracuente improved to 5-0 after a complete game four-hitter at St. Joseph’s (LI). He lowered his season ERA to 0.49, while extending his scoreless innings streak to 16.2. The Thoroughbreds are 13-5 overall. Women’s lacrosse senior Lindsay Stavola was named CoOffensive Performer of the Week for the fourth time this season. During a 2-1 week for the Thoroughbreds, she tied an

JMJC warms up for main event

From left to right, top row: Nick Laracuente, Lindsay Stavola, Sam Crose Bottom row: Katie Sorochka, Oliver Loutsenko, Anthony Dilisio

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Keirnan Shanahan from Clifton Park throws Trent Svingala at the Jason Morris Judo Center's (JMJC) tournament April 10, 2011. Over 75 athletes from all over the capital region gathered for the JMJC Open 7. This event was intended to be a warm-up for local athletes as they get ready for the 10th annual Morris Cup, held at the Burnt Hills High School May 14, 2011, hosted by the JMJC. The event is expected to draw over 550 athletes from all over the east coast and Canada.

Saratoga Little Miss Softball League extends registration SARATOGA SPRINGS - For girls ages 14-18 looking to join Saratoga’s Little Miss Softball league, there’s some good news registration has been extended until April 20. The AAA division is waiving the late fee and directing interested parties to register through the organization’s website, Cost for registration is $60, plus a separate check for $45 (concession stand), both of which can be made payable to Saratoga Miss Softball. Please contact Stephenie Jones at for further details and information.




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Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake baseball falls short against Columbia by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY BURNT HILLS - Clouds loomed for much of the day over the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake athletic field, threatening to cancel the Wednesday, April 13 baseball game between the Spartans and the Columbia High School Blue Devils. But the rain held off - at least for a little while - long enough to get in five full innings of play before foul weather rolled in and the game was put to an early end. Unfortunately for the Spartans, however, the end didn't come soon enough. The final fifth inning proved to be one too many for the Spartans, as Columbia came back from behind with three runs in the top of the fifth to win the game, 5-4. Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake led the Blue Devils for much of Wednesday's game, jumping out to an early 1-0 lead after the first inning. The Spartans added two runs in the second to extend their lead 3-0 before the Blue Devils answered back at the top of the third, closing the gap to 3-2. All was looking well for the Spartans, who added another run in the bottom of the fourth to make it a 4-2 game. But all of that changed at the top of the fifth and final inning. Led by Tyler Hart, who registered three hits on the day for Columbia, the Blue Devils surged to make it a three run inning, overcoming the Spartans to take the lead for the first time, 5-4. The Spartans failed to answer Columbia's rally in the bottom of the fifth, and with the rain steadily pelting the players and the field, the Spartans never had another chance to rally themselves. Keaton Flint led the Spartan offense with a double and a triple, followed by Rob Knightes, who registered two singles along with two RBIs. Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake fell to 1-3 overall, 1-2 in league play in the Suburban Council match-up. Columbia, meanwhile, improved to 2-1 overall and 2-1 in league play. The Spartans will face Shenendehowa at home next Monday, April 18.

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A Columbia runner is thrown out at first.

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The Spartans found early success from the mound against Columbia.


YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day aims to get families moving SARATOGA SPRINGS – On organization working to strengthSaturday, April 16, the Saratoga en communities through healthy Regional YMCA is encouraging living, the Y holds Healthy Kids all kids and parents in the commu- Day to teach healthy habits to nity to come to the Y for a play youngsters and inspire a lifetime date, featuring a myriad of activi- love of physical activity. At a time ties designed to encourage fami- when one in three children in the lies to be active every day. It’s all United States are overweight or part of the YMCA’s Healthy Kids obese (according to the Centers Day – the nation’s largest health for Disease Control and day for families. This free event Prevention), developing healthier will take place at the Saratoga habits that include increased physSprings Branch located at 290 ical activity is more important West Ave. from 10 am until 2 pm. than ever. All are welcomed to attend. For more information, please There will be plenty of games, contact the Saratoga Springs including the Bounce Houses, Branch at (518) 583-9622 or face painting, a photo booth, a visit the Y’s website at rock climbing wall, demonstra- tions by the Y, local businesses, organizations and healthy snacks. In addition, the first 200 kids in attendance will receive a free Healthy Kids Day t-shirt. “At the Saratoga Regional YMCA, we know that parents struggle to find the time to incorporate more active play and healthier habits into their kids’ daily routine,” says Jim Letts, CEO of the Saratoga Regional YMCA. “Doing so doesn’t have to require extra money or resources. It’s as simple as making a play date with your kids, with two key requirements – be active and have Photo provided fun!” Healthy Kids Day at the YMCA As a leading nonprofit




Getting Stronger

Damian Fantauzzi Today, in the world of sports, the trend is to develop the overall strength of the athlete. Going back 25 to 30, years it used to be considered taboo to train with weights during the season, with few exceptions. Not anymore! There have been numerous studies done on the subject of lifting weights, which has evolved as a necessity to maximize performance. The sports that are known for finesse used to reject the idea of in-season weight training, such as: basketball, tennis, track and dance - which are all athletic skilled based. The general direction of training in athletics, which has now evolved from the physiological study of muscle mechanics as related to the human anatomy to weight training, has become a very important tool. The activity of movement, through strength training, can now maximize athletic performance in sports (not to be confused with "body building," which is a whole different aspect of training, with the use of heavier weights and spending more hours per diem to develop bulkier muscles).

Let me carry this a little further - all of us can achieve better health and benefit from training with weights. More and more physical therapists are using weight lifting as a means to improve their clients' physical well being. With this therapy, age has no limits, the amount of poundage used is adjusted to each individual's needs and physical capabilities, and the best part of this remedial training is that it can rectify or improve one's health. It's not about how heavy the weights are, but the number of times a particular exercise is repeated called reps - and the intervals used in the workout -called sets - in order to maximize the training method. My advice is if you have the desire to develop a training routine, you might want to join a gym, the YMCA or see a physical therapist/trainer (PT) to make sure you don't hurt yourself! Do not use this training without the knowledge of what to do! Taking any type of supplement enhancement (like steroids) is not a smart idea because of the danger of health risks that will result from use. Vitamin supplements are good, especially a B-Complex, but these nutrients should be taken with plenty of water and food not on an empty stomach - with the best time being breakfast. There is no substitute for hard work, breaking a sweat and increasing your heart rate with exercise - and using weights in moderation can initially be a good start. As for people like me, it helps to keep that aging gene at bay!

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“Wanna Fight?” at Knights of Columbus by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS Featuring 22 different bouts split between boxing, jiu-jitsu, san-da, kickboxing and more, fans of combat sports will have plenty to cheer about next Saturday, April 23 as Wild Child Productions and bring together a jam-packed fight night at Saratoga's Knights of Columbus. Located at 50 Pine Rd. in Saratoga Springs, the event begins at 7 pm. Ringside tickets will run $40, reserved seating $30 and general admission $25. Contact Dave by phone at (518) 480-4728, or by email at to arrange for tickets. Fighting out of the Prospect Street Gym in Fort Edward will be Nick Mancuso, facing off against Marshall King in the 165 lb. title fight. Mancuso is coming off of his New York State championship victory with a second round KO at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino. "Nick's been with us for about three years now," said Dave Archambault, who trains Mancuso at the Prospect Street Gym. "We call him the Hitman. He's without a doubt going to be a pro fighter." Also stepping into the ring for a title bout will be Zach Bapp as he tries to put down the boisterous Joe Howard. The night will also feature a series of grappling matches, including

Dillon Wade from Spa City Jiu-Jitsu against Cody Zappone in the 160 lb. weight division. A six-man tournament in the 145 lb. weight division for the American Kickboxing Federation Championship is also

slated for the night's entertainment. Fight fans looking for some solid entertainment on a Saturday night? Look no further than the Knights of Columbus, Saturday, April 23 beginning at 7pm.

The Saratoga Convention and Tourism Bureau's Annual Golf Classic looking for sponsors SARATOGA SPRINGS - The Saratoga National Golf Club and Saratoga Convention and Tourism Bureau is pleased to announce the return of its annual Golf Classic, to take place May 25, 2011. Registration for the event will begin at 11 am, followed by lunch at 11:45 and a 1 pm Shotgun Tee-Off. A reception with awards and prizes will be held afterwards from 6 to 7:30 pm. The event is currently inviting community members and interested parties to consider sponsoring the event by committing to one of the following opportunities: Eagle Sponsor - a $1,000 investment that includes four golf admissions, recognition in all media and at the award ceremony; also includes promotional material in gift bags. Birdie Sponsor - a $500 investment

including two golf admissions, recognition in all media and at the award ceremony; also includes promotional material in gift bags. Pro Sponsor - a $300 investment including one golf admission, recognition in all media and at the award ceremony; also includes promotional material in gift bags. Lunch Sponsor - a $500 investment that includes recognition in all promo material and at the award ceremony; also the inclusion of promotional material in gift bags. Awards Reception Sponsor - a $500 investment that includes recognition in all promotional material and at the award ceremony; also the inclusion of promotional material in gift bags. Bag Drop - a $200 investment with sponsorship signage and gift bag of

promotional materials. Closest to the pin - a $150 investment that includes the promotional materials in the gift bag. Men’s Longest Drive - a $150 investment with sponsorship signage and a gift bag of promotional material. Women’s Longest Drive - a $150 investment with sponsorship signage and a gift bag of promotional material. Tee Signs - a $100 investment per sign that includes the promotional materials in the gift bag. If you would like to become a sponsor, donate a gift for the door prize drawing or find out more about the Saratoga Convention & Tourism Bureau, please contact Todd Garofano at (518) 584-1531 or by email at



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Donkey Basketball helps seniors reach the “Big Dance�



by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY STILLWATER - On Friday, April 8, over 325 spectators, four basketball teams and eight donkeys packed the Stillwater gymnasium for a spirited game of Donkey Basketball - part of the senior class's effort to raise money for their senior prom dance later this year. The rules for Donkey Basketball are simple: to move down the court you may either ride the donkey or guide it with the reins while dribbling. But to pass or shoot the ball, the player must be sitting on the donkey's back. Kim Jerard, a teacher and the senior class advisor at Stillwater, indicated that an estimated $1,500 was raised for the senior class from the event.

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This donkey is more of a spectator.

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These donkeys love playing basketball.

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