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Volume 6 • Issue 20 Hungry No More New food pantry established

by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY WILTON – Wilton, the fastest growing community in Saratoga County, is one of only a few remaining municipalities in the United States without a dedicated food pantry to help its residents. But with 461 Wilton families relying on food stamps in 2010, 17 percent of students at Dorothy Nolan and Ballard Road elementary schools enrolled in the free and/or reduced meal programs, and the overall demand for food pantry services in the region up by nearly 50 percent from 2008, the need for a Wilton Food Pantry committed to serving its local residents has perhaps never been greater. “Hunger in Wilton is an issue,” said Wilton Food Pantry President Jared Dinsmore. “There was talk of a food pantry, but no one seemed to be step-

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Fathers for Justice by Yael Goldman Saratoga TODAY BALLSTON SPA – Dressed as superheroes and clad for justice, a group of protestors gathered near the Saratoga County Family Courthouse last weekend with an important message: kids need both of their parents. The newly-formed New York State Chapter of Father’s 4 Justice, an organization that promotes equal parenting rights in the family court system, rallied on Saturday, May 14, in Ballston Spa. Their goal is to influ-

ence social change and push for legislation that encourages non-custodial parents’ involvement and makes breaking-up families a last resort. John Frost, who lives in Stillwater and works as software developer in Saratoga Springs, is a non-custodial parent, a superhero and the chairman of Fathers 4 Justice’s local board. He brought the UK-based organization to New York State after experiencing his own malcontents with the family court system, and realizing he needed to take action if he wanted to see a change.

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Local fathers John Craver, John Frost, Rob Maloy and Doug Smith rally for justice.

From Belmont to Saratoga by Yael Goldman Saratoga TODAY

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SARATOGA SPRINGS – Both Saratoga Springs county supervisors have announced their plans to join Jeremy Edge in the final stretch of his 190-mile walk from Belmont Race Track in Elmont, NY to Saratoga Springs. Supervisors Joanne Yepsen and Matt Veitch intend to show their support by joining Edge somewhere between Albany and Saratoga Springs. Edge, a London-native and thoroughbred racing fan, is walking from race course to race course to raise Photo by money and awareness for two organizations: the

Jeremy Edge will walk the 190 miles from See Wilton page 8 Belmont to Saratoga.

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Friday, May 20, 2011



Fire Tower Finds New Life at Camp Saratoga by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY WILTON - Hundreds of spectators were on hand Saturday, May 14, to dedicate the restored Cornell Hill Fire Tower to its new location at Camp Saratoga in Wilton. The 60 foot tower, which was constructed in 1924, had fallen into disrepair before local officials and residents decided to restore the historic structure. Among those in attendance included Alex Mackay, whose great-

grandfather, Thomas C. Luther, once hosted the old tower at Stillwater's Luther Forest. Mackay, representing the Luther family, presented a plaque to Camp Saratoga during the dedication ceremony.

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Top Left: Boy Scout Troop 24 stands at attention during the dedication ceremony. Bottom Left: Alex Mackay presents a dedication plaque at the base of the tower. Above: The newly refurbished tower stands tall at its new location at Camp Saratoga.




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Joseph R. Herbert, 53, of 244 South Greenfield Rd., #2, Greenfield Ctr., pleaded guilty to a charge of first-degree sexual abuse, a class-D felony. Herbert was arrested June 1 in Greenfield and has been sentenced to seven years in New York State Prison and eight years of post release supervision, concurrent with Warren County. Barry R. Guild, 47, of 130 Allen Rd., Porter Corners, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated, a class-E felony. Build was arrested December 27 in Greenfield and has been sentenced to five years of probation and ignition interlock. Colleen A. Quinn, 33, of 205 Division St., Rear Apt., Saratoga Springs, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated, a class-E felony. Quinn was arrested November 19 in Saratoga Springs and has been sentenced to five days in Saratoga County Jail, five years of probation and ignition interlock. John P. Chalmers, 34, of 191 Fonda Rd., Waterford, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated, a class-E felony. Chalmers was arrested October 31 in Mechanicville and has been sentenced to five days in Saratoga County Jail, five years of probation and ignition interlock. Joseph C. Coon, Jr., 40, of 46 North Main St., Apt. 8, Mechanicville, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while ability impaired by drugs, a class-D felony. Coon was arrested September 12 in Halfmoon and is scheduled to return to court for sentencing July 7.

Linda R. Pasquarell, 30, of 134 ďŹ Clinton St., Saratoga Springs, pleaded guilty to a charge of aggravated driving while intoxicated with a child in the vehicle, a class-E felony. Pasquarell was arrested September 17 in Greenfield and is scheduled to return to court for sentencing July 7. Frank A. Scaglione, Jr., 37, of 833 Rt. 4, Schuylerville, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated, a class-E felony. Scaglione was arrested November 14 in the Town of Wilton and is scheduled to return to court for sentencing July 7. Brigitte E. Koziol, 45, of 6 Legacy Lane, Halfmoon, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated, a class-D felony. Koziol was arrested November 4 in the Town of Halfmoon and has been sentenced to time served and five years of probation to include drug treatment court. Randolph D. Flannery, 47, of 9 Bowman Ave., Round Lake, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated, a class-E felony. Flannery was arrested December 1 in Malta and has been sentenced to time served and five years of probation to include drug treatment court. Rebecca C. Jones, 34, of Curtis St., Gloversville, was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class-A misdemeanor; second-degree criminal use of drug paraphernalia, a

class-A misdemeanor; and petit larceny, a class-A misdemeanor. Jones was arrested May 15 in Saratoga Springs and is expected to return to court at a later date. Samuel M. Yedigaryan, 39, of 29 New Castle Rd., Clifton Park, pleaded guilty to a charge of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class-D felony. Yedigaryan was arrested April 15 in the Town of Halfmoon and has been sentenced to time served and five years of probation. Raymond E. Hunt, 36, of Forest Grove, Clifton Park, pleaded guilty to a charge of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class-B felony. Hunt was arrested January 5, 2011 in Clifton Park for an incident that occurred July 2, 2009. He has been sentenced to three years in New York State Prison and two years of post release supervision. Neil P. Surprenant, 28, of 426 Joseph St., Ballston Spa, pleaded

guilty to a charge of third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class-C felony. Surprenant was arrested November 18 in the Town of Milton for an incident that occurred November 2. He has been sentenced to one and a half years in New York State Prison and one year of post release supervision. Daniel L. Wojtowecz, 30, of 337 Fortsville Rd., Gansevoort, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated, a class-E felony. Wojtowecz was arrested March 26 in the Town of Milton and is scheduled to return to court for sentencing July 11. Anthony Malave, 21, of 759 East 108 St., Brooklyn, pleaded guilty to a charge of third-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class-C felony. Malave was arrested February 3 in Moreau and is expected to return to court for sentencing July 11.


John F. Irvine, 21, of 46 Ballston Ave., Ballston Spa, pleaded guilty to four counts of second-degree burglary, class-C felonies. Irvine was arrested October 3, 27, 28, & 30 in the towns of Greenfield, Malta and Clifton Park. He is expected to return to court for sentencing July 11. Emily M. Balch, 27, of 9 Wellington Dr., Saratoga Springs, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while ability impaired by drugs, a class-D felony. Balch was arrested May 28 in Stillwater and has been sentenced to time served and five years of probation. Jordan A. Jones, 20, of 108 Wooley Rd., Saratoga Springs, pleaded guilty to a charge of third-degree burglary, a class-D felony. Jones was arrested January 28 in Ballston Spa for an incident that occurred January 26. He has been sentenced to time served and five years of probation.



What a Relief! SARATOGA SPRINGS - City officials held a long-awaited ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Congress Park restrooms on Friday, May 13, just in time for the summer season. The men's and women's bathrooms are located in the back of the Arts Council by the Spring Street entrance to the park.

County Deputy Arrested Saratoga County sheriff's deputy James D. Holcomb, 30, of Park Drive, South Glens Falls, was

arrested in Washington County last weekend and charged with second degree menacing and endangering the welfare of a child, two misdemeanors. Halcomb turned in his gun and badge, and will be suspended for 30 days or until the case has been resolved.

County Fair Names Interim General Manager BALLSTON SPA - The Saratoga County Agricultural Society announced this week that Jeff Townsend of Greenfield has been named to serve as the general

Keller Williams Spruces Up SOS

SARATOGA SPRINGS - Keller Williams Realty celebrated their third annual RED Day at Shelters (SOS) of Saratoga on Thursday, May 12. A group of 30 agents and friends volunteered their time and "elbow grease" to help SOS prepare for their 20th anniversary Open House on June 23. RED Day (Renew, Energize and Donate) is an initiative dedicated to celebrating Keller Williams Realty's year-round commitment to improving its communities. Each year on the second Thursday in May, tens of thousands of associates from across the United States and Canada participate in a wide range of projects, devoting their time to renewing and energizing aspects of the neighborhoods in which we serve. The local Keller Williams team scraped and painted fences, planted flower and vegetable gardens, stained decks and steam-cleaned carpets to fulfill their RED Day goals.

manager for the Saratoga County Fair, replacing Kevin Grupe, the 2009-2010 general manager who announced his resignation earlier this month. With the 170th Saratoga County Fair just around the corner, Townsend and his staff will be directing their efforts to make the 2011 fair educational, fun and delicious, said Board President Bill Schwerd. The 2011 Saratoga County Fair dates are July 19 through 24.

Minister $400,000


BALLSTON SPA - Jason LaPierre, a minster at River Church in Kingsbury and former Hudson River Community Credit Union employee, pleaded guilty Monday, May 16 to one county of second-degree grand larceny, a class-C felony, in Saratoga County court. LaPierre stole more than $400,000 from Corinth-based HRCCU over the course of more than four years while employed as the director of marketing. LaPierre was bonded and the bank will be reimbursed by the bonding company for theft by its employee. His guilty plea is conditioned on the imposition of an indeterminate term of from three to nine years in state prison. He awaits sentencing on July 11.

Districts Pass Budgets SARATOGA COUNTY Following county-wide public referendums Tuesday, May 17, residents voted to approve all 12 school districts' proposed 2011-2012 budgets. Here are the numbers (for districts included in our readership):


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Ballston Spa passed its $72.9 million budget, reflecting a 2.5 percent tax levy with a 1.5 percent property tax increase. Residents also approved the following propositions: $928,000 for school vehicle replacement, $50,000 for the public library, and $28,000 for the Ballston Area Recreation Commission. Overall spending from year-to-year will increase by 0.6 percent. Incumbents Frank Townley and current board vice-president Jeanne Obermayer were re-elected to the board. Taxpayers in the Burnt HillsBallston Lake school district voted yes to the board's proposed $54.8 million budget, which meant a tax levy, using $2 million from the district's rainy day fund and cutting 7.4 positions. Residents also passed a proposition to borrow up to $400,000 to purchase four school buses. Board of Education results: Joe Pericone was elected to a three-year term of office with 1,975 votes, John Blowers was elected a three-year term with 1,846 votes, and Patre Kuziak was elected to a three-year term with 1,839 votes. Galway Central Schools passed its $17.2 million budget, with a 4.6 percent tax increase, 20 positions cut and reductions in its BOCES expenditures. Mechanicville City School District's $20 million budget was approved with a 3.6 percent tax increase. Pat Greenhall and Frank Grimaldi were elected to three-year terms on the Board of Education. Saratoga Springs City School District passed its $108,500,005 budget with no increase or tax levy


(2,319 residents voted yes, 659 said no), and approved its bus proposition. Three trustees were elected to threeyear terms on the Board of Education: Mia Pfitzer was re-elected with 2,175 votes, Frank Palumbo was re-elected with 1,871 votes and Charles Locke was elected for his first term with 1,843 votes. Schuylerville voters passed their district’s $30.4 million budget, which reflects a 0.9 percent tax increase in 2011-2012, however, the budget represents a 3.88 percent, or $1.24 million, spending decrease. Board of Education election, incumbent Mike Booth defeated newcomer Veronica Wood by a margin of 440 to 353 to take the one available board seat. South Glens Falls passed its $52.5 million budget using $3.3 million from reserves and with a more than two percent tax increase. Votes also approved a bus proposition, elected Michael Reynolds and William Elder to the Board of Education. Stillwater Central School approved its $21.3 million budget using $1.52 million from its fund and with a 2.52 percent tax increase. Votes also passed proposition to purchase new buses, to create a capital reserve fund of up to $100,000, to repair and reconstruct portions of the high school for no more than $100,000.

Johnson Loses Endorsement


MILTON -Milton Town Supervisor Frank Thompson is under police investigation and has lost his Republican Committee endorsement, following allegations that his wife stole more than $38,000 from an elderly woman. His wife, Deborah C., faces grand larceny charges for allegedly stealing a large sum of money from a resident of the countyrun Maplewood Manor nursing home who was under her care. Thompson has been town supervisor for eight years.



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Pauline Lee Samascott Greenfield, NY - Pauline Lee Samascott, 32, passed away suddenly on Saturday, May 7, 2011. Pauline was born January 25, 1979. She was a loyal employee of Saratoga County for seven years. Pauline is survived by her loving husband of 13 years, Joseph Samascott, and her beautiful 12year-old daughter, Jasmine. In addition to her husband and daughter, Pauline is survived by her father, Timothy J. Formolo of Hillsboro, OR; brothers, Anthony J. Formolo of Saratoga Springs and Michael D. Formolo of Seacliff, NY; grandmother, Pauline Rose Formolo of Iron Mountain, Michigan; her aunt, Sherry Formolo of Hawaii; in-laws John and Patricia Samascott of Rock City Falls; and many extended family members and friends. A celebration of Pauline’s life was held on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 in which guests wore casual attire

including something red, in her memory. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in Pauline’s daughter’s name, “Jasmine Samascott Scholarship Fund” at any TCT Federal Credit Union. Online remembrances may be made at www.burkefuneral

will be at Greenridge Cemetery, Lincoln Ave. Memorial contributions can be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866, or to The American Cancer Society, 260 Osborne Rd., Loudonville, NY 12211. Online remembrances may be made at www.burkefuneral

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James John (Jim) Marshall SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY - James John (Jim) Marshall passed away Wednesday, May 11, 2011 after a long struggle with Kidney disease. He was 84years- old. Born June 15, 1926 in Philadelphia, PA., Jim was the son of Henrietta and William Boyd and brother to only sibling, Marie. He entered the Army Air Corp in 1944 and served as a crew chief on B-17 bombers until 1946. Jim was a devoted husband to his wife of 63 years, Helen; a model father to his son, James Marshall Sr. (Lorraine); and cherished grandfather and great-grandfather. Funeral services were held Monday, May 16, 2011 and Reverend Tony Green officiated.

Locally Owned and Operated 5 Case St., Saratoga Springs,NY 12866 Phone: (518) 581-2480 Fax: (518) 581-2487 In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial donations be made to Saratoga Hospital Foundation Unit D-1, 211 Church Street Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or the Rubin Dialysis Center, 1850 Peoples Avenue, Troy, NY 12181. Online remembrances may be made at www.burkefuneral

Travis M. Benson

Faith Arden Johnson Gansevoort, NY - Faith Arden Johnson, 64, passed away Sunday, May 15, 2011. Faith was born to David and Gladys (Cook) Garrett on September 9, 1946 in Fairfield, Ohio. She married Ronald Johnson and they lived together in Hamilton, Ohio before relocating to Gansevoort, NY in 1991. In addition to her parents and husband, Faith is survived by her children, Shannon (Donald) Ingraham of Hannacroix, NY and Brian (Christina Bliss) Johnson of Syracuse, NY; grandchildren, Garrett Ingraham and Levi Johnson; sister, Diane (Mel) Ruder; brothers, Neil (Maureen) Garrett, and Lowell (Marianna) Garrett; and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes and burial


Ballston Spa, NY - Travis M. Benson, 19, passed away Tuesday, May 17, 2011, at Saratoga Hospital. Born on Aug. 9, 1991, in Saratoga Springs, he was the son of Scott and Alice (Benson) Kilburn. Travis was a devoted dad to his daughter Keira and loved spending time with her, his family and friends. Travis especially loved his Gramma K, and his sister, Jana, was like a second mom to him. He was employed by the Town of Milton Highway Dept. and enjoyed going to work every day. In addition to his parents, grandmother, sister and daughter, Travis is survived by three brothers, Richard Benson, Scott Kilburn II and Kyle Kilburn all of Ballston Spa; nephew Ayden and niece Nadia; several aunts, uncles and cousins. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. today, May 20, 2011, at St. Paul's

Evangelical Lutheran Church, 149 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs by the Rev. Adam C. Wiegand, pastor. Arrangements are under the direction of the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes of 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs (5845373). Online remembrances may be made at www.burkefuneral

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Saratoga Springs City Council SSFD Promotions by Arthur Gonick Saratoga TODAY At the Saratoga Springs City Council meeting Tuesday, May 16, at the invitation of Mayor Scott Johnson, a presentation was given by representatives of theUnited Way 2-1-1 Northeast Region to detail the capabilities of this resource to residents. The 2-1-1 service is a central source of information, providing referral and crisis services for residents who are experiencing an emergency or for people and businesses who are seeking general information about the region. The service is confidential and currently is in operation from Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. The service currently has 179 social service organizations in Saratoga County affiliated with it, and is seeking to have more register. They are also looking for volunteers

to work with them in a variety of capacities. Interested parties may contact them at, phone (518) 694-0473 or just dial 211. The Council unanimously approved a measure by Mayor Johnson to execute a contract with Pinnacle Human Resources to provide HR services for one year. This would fill the vacancy of a City HR Director, and would provide a full scope of duties including training, counseling and discipline to City employees. The notion that this contract would save the City substantial amounts in payroll and fringe benefits was saluted by many of the Commissioners prior to passage. In other Council News: The Council unanimously authorized the Mayor to execute a contract with Novus Engineering to provide professional and technical services. Novus would determine the noise

impact and acoustics related to Siro’s Restaurant’s applications before the Planning Board for a special use permit and site plan revision related to outdoor entertainment. A $10,000 escrow account (to be funded by Siro’s) will be established for this purpose. The Mayor received unanimous approval for his appointment of Cathy Masie to the Ethics Board. The Mayor also appointed Thomas Trapani to the Recreation Commission. The Mayor discussed that planning was beginning for the sesquicentennial (150th anniversary) celebration of thoroughbred racing in Saratoga Springs in 2013. There will be a variety of events, both racing and non-racing (an example cited was a boxing match) that will involve organizations throughout the community including but not limited to the National Museum of Racing and NYRA. These events are envisioned to occur from the spring into the fall on that year, and would be intended to market the City’s assets worldwide. The Mayor also noted that there could be a tie-in between this celebration and one which would occur on the 100th anniversary of Saratoga Springs’ incorporation in 2015. Commissioner of Accounts John Franck announced that assessment grievance day will be next Tuesday, May 24, in the City Council room. The hours for this will be 9 am to noon; 1 to 4:30 pm and 7 to 9 pm. At the end of the meeting, Commissioner Franck also spoke in memory of City resident Lee Weiser and his contributions to the community. In his discussion of City finances, Commissioner of Finance Kenneth Ivins noted that that the first quarter sales tax distribution was 5.8 percent ahead of last year, which he said was right on budget for 2011. Commissioner Ivins noted gasoline taxes as a primary reason for this increase. Commissioner of Public Works Anthony “Skip” Scirocco announced that milling and paving will occur from Tuesday, May 31, through Friday, June 3, on Maple Avenue,

On Tuesday, May 17, Saratoga Springs Commissioner of Public Safety Richard Wirth and Fire Chief Robert Williams conferred promotions to three firefighters at a swearing-in ceremony at City Hall. Peter Shaw was promoted to Assistant Fire Chief; Robert Murphy was promoted to Fire Captain and Brian Moran was promoted to Fire Lieutenant. After Commissioner Wirth administered the oath for their new ranks, each officer was joined by family members who helped pin

new shields on their uniforms. New Assistant Chief Shaw’s shield was pinned by his father, who Chief Williams noted was “the most senior firefighter in Saratoga County.” Commissioner Wirth spoke to a large gathering of friends and family members in the City Council Room, noting that all of these promotions were from within the ranks and that “the pool of candidates was very qualified. There is a great deal to be proud of for everyone gathered here today.” - Arthur Gonick

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Top: Commissioner Wirth administers oath to Fire Lieutenant Brian Moran. Below, L to R: Fire Captain Robert Murphy and Assistant Chief Peter Shaw receive congratulations from family members after they helped pin on their new shields. Henry Street and High Rock Avenue. Commissioner Scirocco also reviewed capital projects that have been completed at the historic Canfield Casino building in Congress Park, which, it was noted, sits at the lowest elevation in the City – making storm drainage and mois-

ture control two top priorities in the completed projects. Commissioner Scirocco also detailed plans for future projects in and around the Casino, including the possibility of replacing the brick area at the front of the building with stamped concrete.



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Local fathers rally, hope for equal parenting rights continued from Page 1 While the problems Frost encountered were only made possible after he and his wife filed for divorce, the most troubling issue revolved around his son Caeden, whom he considers “an innocent bystander.” Caeden suffers from a mitochondrial disease, and was given a “do not resuscitate” (DNR) order when he was 4-years-old. The decision was made without consulting Frost. As a non-custodial parent, meaning he pays child support but his children call his ex-wife’s house their home, Frost felt his legal and natural rights to participate in Caeden’s healthcare had been irrevocably overlooked. After jumping through many hoops, contacting his federal and state representatives, and arguing with case workers, Caeden’s pediatrician and teachers, Frost was able to lift the DNR – the “no hope” order that would have prevented responders from saving his son’s life. But when Frost received the official letter removing the order, he was outraged to find it didn’t place fault on the doctor who disobeyed the law. “It said they revoked it because there [was] some disagreement among the parents,” Frost explained. According to Frost, there was no accountability for the error; it was assumed that the root of the problem was between Frost and his ex-wife. “What effect did that order have on my son? Everybody who worked with him knew he had a DNR, and that certainly affected the way people perceived him,” he said. “He is a normal kid; he is very intelligent and has a very good sense of humor. He did not need a no-hope label.” Frost wonders what would have happened if something occurred while the DNR was still in place, and he knows there are plenty of noncustodial parents with similar experiences. Bill Reynolds, the chapter’s official spokesperson, became involved in Fathers 4 Justice after enduring his own set of family court inequities. He divorced from his ex-wife fourand-a-half years ago, and is now allowed to see his kids during one 24-hour period each week. “I would love to be able to have them full-time, but the courts kind of look at me and laugh when I suggest that, and I think it’s because I’m a dad even though I was a stay-athome dad [prior to the separation],”

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Frost with his son, Caeden. he said. According to Reynolds, a Saratoga Springs native, the inequities in family court are just symptoms of a much larger social issue. “It is the few bad apples that give non-custodial fathers, and mothers, a poor reputation,” Reynolds said. “It’s the dad who hasn’t paid child support in 10 years that gets the headlines, not the father who gets thrown in jail because he loses his job and cannot afford to pay.” In a way, Fathers 4 Justice is working against those “bad apples” as well. Their advocacy and awareness initiatives are as much about fighting for the rights of non-custodial parents as it as about educating and inspiring “dead beats” to get involved in their kids’ lives. Unfortunately, both Frost and Reynolds found that the court restricted their ability to be involved in their child’s lives, even though they were capable and eager to participate. “I guess there is the mindset that [in a divorce situation] one person can be responsible for our children, but that doesn’t take away the fact that both parents have a responsibility,” Reynolds said. “Each parent has a role to play and something to offer their kids. One parent might be better at helping with homework, one parent might be better at teaching them how to cook,” he said.

Frost, Reynolds and their fellow group members, are certain that something has to change, which means getting mothers and fathers involved. “Fathers 4 Justice is not limited to men, its men and women basically looking to reform the courts so that our kids have both parents in their lives,” Reynolds explained. “It just seems that the majority of the noncustodial parents are the dads.” The New York State Chapter has 80 members so far and is quickly growing, especially as more successful events like last weekend’s rally bring attention (and comic relief) to the issue at large. And although he admits wearing a Captain America costume is an unconventional approach, Frost will do whatever it takes to get the word out. “I’m just a dad, a regular guy who is out here trying to get involved in his kids’ lives,” Frost said. “All we want to do is raise awareness and try to get people to think a little bit differently about parenting,” Reynolds said. For more information or to get involved, contact John Frost via phone at (518) 321-9928 or Bill Reynolds via email at You can also connect with Fathers 4 Justice on Facebook.

Job Fair and Business Expo Comes to Gavin Park May 26 by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY WILTON – It’s no secret that finding work in today’s tumultuous economy has been difficult for many. Nationally, the unemployment rate (as reported last April) sits at 8.7 percent. Locally in Saratoga County, the numbers have been better – but not by much. According to the latest available figures, 6.9 percent of county residents are still without work. But good news for job seekers looking to find new work and employment – the Town of Wilton is set to host its first ever Job Fair/Business Expo at the Gavin Park Gym, 10 Lewis Dr., Saratoga Springs, on Thursday, May 26, from 1 to 4:30 pm. “We are happy to be able to put on this event,” said Steve Porto, recreation director at Wilton’s Gavin Park. “It’s a community service where…we hope that we can match a number of people who need a job with an employer who needs workers.” With close to 40 different employers set to attend, Porto indicated that approximately 300 positions will be available for qualified applicants.

Companies seeking employees at the free-to-attend event include Ace Hardware Corp., Adirondack Trust, AIM Services, Inc., C.R. Bard, Inc., Cudney’s Launderers & Dry Cleaners, Espey Mfg. & Electronics Corp., GlobalFoundries, HESS Corp., Home Instead Senior Care, Saratoga Bridges, Saratoga Casino and Raceway, Sears, State Farm Insurance, Stewarts, Target, The Adirondack Trust Company, WSWHE BOCES, Saratoga County EOC, Town of Wilton, the Wilton Food Pantry and more. “There are going to be a lot of really good companies and we’re hoping to get a great reaction from the people who are in need of a job,” said Porto. “It will probably become an annual event,” he added, pending feedback from job seekers and employers at the fair. Those seeking employment are reminded to “dress for success” and to bring plenty of resumes. Admission and parking for the event is free, and light refreshments will be served. For more information or directions to the site, located at 10 Lewis Dr. in Saratoga Springs, please call (518) 584-9455, ext. 201.


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World Trade Center Steel Revealed

Wilton Food Pantry continued from Page 1

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Five pieces of steel from the World Trade Center towers began to be fabricated on Wednesday, May 18. These pieces will be constructed into ‘Tempered By Memory,’ a forward-looking, commemorative work of contemporary art that has been commissioned by Saratoga Arts. The sculpture will be completed and installed for permanent display in front of the Saratoga Springs City Center by September 2011 and donated to the City of Saratoga Springs in an unveiling ceremony on the 10th Anniversary of 9/11. Artist John Van Alstine noted that the final shape is to be determined “by the steel itself…the hope is to create a piece that is poetic and compelling.” Saratoga Arts Executive Director Joel Reed said that the piece will show “the power of art and creativity to envision a better future,” and that ‘Tempered By Memory’ is a project that is community-based with plenty of opportunities to support it. To learn more about the project, visit or phone (518) 584-4132.


ping up to the plate. We wanted to do it properly and create a sustainable organization capable of serving Wilton residents in need.” Dinsmore, along with a dedicated group of Wilton residents, officially incorporated the Wilton Food Pantry (WFP) this past December. Since then, the organization has searched for a location to call its home, one centrally located for Wilton residents to easily reach. After months of searching, the Trinity United Methodist Church of Wilton, at 155 Ballard Road, stepped up to answer the call, offering the pantry a space in the church’s annex. “The church has been instrumental in providing an invaluable location,” said Wilton Food Pantry Vice President Deb Zellan. In an effort to provide much needed relief to local residents, the WFP will be holding a series of fundraisers, food drives and is seeking community volunteers and partners in order to open their doors to the public by July of this year. Pantry board members are currently working to develop a network that will include local growers, retailers, wholesalers and the Regional Food Bank to procure food to help residents, families and their children. “Establishing partnerships with local businesses and organizations is the key to our long-term success,” said Dinsmore.

Prior to the establishment of WFP, one woman, Doris Wilder, worked to assist Wilton residents in need, helping to put food on struggling families’ tables. Wilder, who recently stepped down from her position, has served as an inspiration to WFP, who will be looking to enlist the help of likeminded individuals to volunteer their time and efforts to the organization. “Volunteers will be the backbone of our organization,” said Zellan. Those interested in helping WFP can sign up to volunteer on the pantry’s website at As part of their community-wide call for volunteers, WFP is launching the ‘Plant a Row for the Hungry Campaign’ (PAR), a national program started in 1995 that encourages local gardeners and farmers to plant an extra row of crops in their gardens and donate the harvest. Gardeners can pick up a special PAR row marker and brochure at Hewitt’s, Ellithorpe’s Greenhouses, any of Wilton’s Saratoga National Bank branches, or at the Wilton Town Hall. There are approximately 500 Wilton families in need of supplemental food, according to a needs assessment study conducted last fall by the WFP board, and not all of these families are able to reach the heavily trafficked food pantries at the Saratoga EOC or Franklin Community Center. With community involvement, the new WFP is hoping to “play a vital role in the region by providing relief to our friends and neighbors facing difficult times,” said Dinsmore. The Wilton Food Pantry is seeking additional community partners, volunteers, and donations of shelving, refrigeration units, freezers, non-perishable food items and monetary support. For more information, please visit the new Wilton Food Pantry website at Note: McKinley Griffen Design & Advertising of Wilton is providing the logo, theme & promotional strategy as an on-going pro-bono project for the Wilton Food Pantry.



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Jeremy Edge walks 190 miles for a good cause continued from Page 1 Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund and Anna House, which provides childcare for backstretch workers through the Belmont Childcare Association. He will begin his journey on the Belmont track Sunday, June 12, the day after the stakes race. “There won’t be any racing that day, so I’m hoping a few jockeys will walk with me,” Edge said. From Belmont, Edge and his RV back-up team will travel through Queens, crossing over the 116th Street Bridge straight toward Route 9, which provides a fairly direct route to Saratoga Springs. The goal is to complete the journey in two weeks, walking 15 miles per day at a pace manageable enough for supporters to walk with him along the way. He will spend some nights in the RV, others with friends and in hotels. The plan is to reach Albany by the night of June 22 and arrive in Saratoga Springs late on the 24th. Edge will officially finish Saturday morning, June 25 near, the Saratoga Race Course. The exact location has

not yet been determined. “I look forward to joining my friend Jeremy along the final stretch of the walk and across the finish line together at the Saratoga Race Course,” said Supervisor Joanne Yepsen, who met Edge through Thorofan, a locally-based organization she helped launch. Don’t let his British accent fool you: Edge is a dedicated member of the local community, specifically through thoroughbred racing, who splits his time between London and Saratoga Springs, where he resides three months out the year. He is a lifelong racing fan and former politician. Edge owned a home for 20 years in Newmarket, England, “the British equivalent of Lexington,” and served 12 years in office as a council representative for the Chelsea District of London. Edge has been attending major racing events in the U.S. for years, but first came to Saratoga in 2001 by chance. “I fell upon Saratoga because the racing season here matched up with the council’s recess,” he said. “I only meant to stay four days, but a friend

asked if I would volunteer at a gala to benefit the Belmont Childcare Association, which operates Anna House.” After being “roped-in” to volunteer and falling in love with Saratoga Springs, Jeremy vowed to stay involved during his annual stay in the area, eventually leading to his 190mile mission for two organizations he refers to as “very dear to racing.” However, Edge admits that his original goal was “more ambitious”; he wanted to walk from Lexington, Kentucky, to Belmont, an incredible journey that would require passage through remote areas and offer much risk of injury. He settled with the stretch between Belmont and his “home-base,” Saratoga, where local officials are personally supportive of his goal. There’s even talk of passing a proclamation through the County Board of Supervisors. “Our community is very impressed with Jeremy and his plan to make a 190-mile trek to raise money for Anna's House,” said Yepsen. “Not only is he raising awareness and funding for important

services and support needed for the children of the backstretch workers and the Permanently Disabled Jockey's Fund, but he's giving back to the entire racing industry.” Edge plans to have a fixed schedule put together by next week. Supporters and cheerleaders will be able to map the route and meet up with Edge as he passes through. Those interested in supporting Jeremy’s mission can make general contributions to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund or

Anna House via websites:

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Sponsor-A-Scholar Congratulates Nine College-Bound Seniors, Hosts 3rd Annual Bowling-for-Scholars and Gutterball Bash! SARATOGA SPRINGS - Less than a week after Saratoga SponsorA-Scholar (SSAS) announced that all of its seniors have been accepted to college, the nonprofit organization is hosting its largest fundraising event to ensure its future classes can be just as successful. Saratoga Sponsor-A-Scholar will host its third annual Bowling-ForScholars and Gutterball Bash event at Saratoga Strike Zone on Saturday, May 21. Bowling starts at 11 am and will be half price all day, with all proceeds generously donated by Saratoga Strike Zone to SSAS. Starting at 7 pm, the Gutterball Bash will feature music by 2s Company, food from Hattie's, a cash bar and a silent auction. Admission to the Gutterball Bash is $75 with all proceeds benefiting SSAS. SSAS is a nonprofit organization

that assists academically capable but financially disadvantaged students to excel in high school and attend college. The organization was founded in 2009 and is a collaborative effort by local residents, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs High School and Saratoga Mentoring Program. Each school year, SSAS selects ten sophomore students based on their academic qualifications and financial needs and dedicates up to $10,000 to their enrichment. Support for the scholars includes a $4,000 gift during their last three years of high school for supplies, study skill seminars, tutoring, PSAT and SAT training and testing fees, college visits and attendance at cultural events. An additional $1,500 is given to each scholar for each year they successfully complete in college. All of this year's nine graduating

SSAS seniors have already been accepted to college. One of the seniors, Gabrielle Batista, received a $120,000 four-year Presidential Scholarship to St. Lawrence University. Along with Gabrielle, the following SSAS seniors have also received college acceptance letters: Matthew Degen is attending Potsdam College with on an $8,000 four-year scholarship; Natalia Allyn is attending Sage College; Conor Ahern, Stephanie Charbonea and Kaylee Yager are attending SUNY Adirondack; Jaime Perez and Rebecca have not yet decided which acceptance letter they will respond to. The SSAS seniors also received college acceptance letters from Hartwick College, Wells College, West Virginia University, Wagner College, University of New Haven, Adelphi University, Elmira College, University of Tampa and St. Peter's College. "The SSAS program works," said Jim LaVigne, volunteer executive director. "It makes a tremendous difference in [helping] these young people achieve their dream of attending college." One-hundred percent of the pro-

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Seniors Jaime Perez, Conor Ahern, Kaylee Yager and Gabrielle Batiste are heading to college next year thanks to Saratoga Sponsor-A-Scholar. ceeds from the Bowling for Scholars and Gutterball Bash will help the next group of students make their way to college. All overhead costs are covered by SSAS board members. The bowling facilities are generously donated by Saratoga Strike Zone as is the food for the Gutterball Bash by Hattie's. Media sponsorships, which recognize the major donors and promote the event, are Look TV, Star 101.3 FM and Saratoga TODAY. "Last year, 42 local firms and individuals sponsored a lane for $1,000 each, and we have just started this year's Lane Sponsor campaign," Lavigne said. A $5,000 Event Sponsor category was added to the 2011 event, and the organization has already received four pledges of support. $5,000

Event Sponsors include Adirondack Trust Bank, Fidelity National Title, Price Chopper's Golub Foundation and Edward Swyer of The Swyer Companies. "This program only survives if this event is successful. This is our only fundraising event each year and we have received tremendous support from the community," LaVigne said. "It's a great family fun day and one of the best cocktail parties in Saratoga. If you haven't come before, join us this year. If we have not asked you to support us as an Event or Lane Sponsor it's not because we don't need your support." To learn more about SSAS, the Bowling-for-Scholars event and sponsorship opportunities, visit their or call Jim LaVigne at (518) 587-2472.



Friday, May 20, 2011


Summer Camp Directory Cutting Edge Martial Arts

Cutting Edge Martial Art’s A+ After School and Summer Camp Program is a year- round childcare solution that provides a positive, structured environment for children after school and during the day in the summer. During the school year, we pick up children directly from the local elementary and middle schools, and provide an hour lesson that starts with our “Mat Chat,” a ten minute character education lesson for the day, followed by a full 50 minute martial arts class. Parents have a window between 5 and 5:45 pm to pick up their children while children have the opportunity after class to get their homework started. During the summer, children get all the benefits of our A+ Program, but on a grander scale. We offer nine weeks of full day camps and have no minimum or maximum number of days per week or number of weeks that a student can attend. Each week of camp we have a curriculum of character education lessons, fun games, and a one hour martial arts class every day. We watch a movie in the afternoons twice a week, have a video game

morning on Fridays and take all our campers on an educational outing on Wednesdays and a fun and exciting outing every Friday. Our average camp size is 20-25 students, and we have three full time staff working with our students. Our goal is to provide a familyfriendly and fun environment that feels like a home away from home.

Our students have fun learning skills that can be used every day of their lives, and we try to provide memories that will last a lifetime. For many, our summer camps are a wonderful introduction to martial arts. For more information visit or call (518) 587-5501



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More than 100 community and family members attended Saratoga TODAY’S annual Women of Influence Awards luncheon at Longfellows on Wednesday, May 18, showing their support of the six incredible Saratoga County women pictured above (from left to right): Mary Caroline Powers, Rabbi Linda Motzkin, Sara Mannix, Cindy Munter, Jaime Williams and Michelle Larkin. The 2011 event was a big success, recognizing a record number of women and featuring keynote speaker Dr. Susan Scrimshaw, president of Sage College. Thank you to The Adirondack Trust Company and Russell Sage College, event sponsors, and our readers who showed their support in person at Longfellows and on paper by submitting nominations. Congrats to this year’s nominees - you are truly an inspiration! Saratoga TODAY looks forward to recognizing another fantastic group of women in 2012.

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Friday, May 20, 2011


County Businesses Receive SBA Excellence Awards Four Saratoga County businesses were honored with SBA Small Business Excellence Awards during a ceremony at the Desmond Hotel in Albany on May 9. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the New York Business Development Corporation (NYBDC) hosted the 13th annual luncheon to recognize the achievements of local small businesses. Phinney Design Group, located in Saratoga Springs; The Children's Academy of Malta, located in Mechanicville; World Wide Gas Turbine Products, Inc., located in Clifton Park; and Mechanical Testing, Inc, located in Waterford were among the 45 small businesses in upstate New York to receive this recognition. Small businesses are selected for the Excellence Awards based on their company's longevity, innovation, sales growth, increased employment, ability to overcome adversity and community contributions. Info about our local SBA awardwinners: Mechanical Testing, Inc., which was nominated by KeyBank, N.A., currently facili-

tates all of the testing and balancing work at the $5 billion dollar Global Foundries project. They have successfully worked with many other major construction companies across the country, and have completed more than 3,000 projects including Wal-Mart, Federated Department Stores and Abbot Labs. Owners Eileen and Brian Venn have plans to grow the company into Western New York and Western Massachusetts. Michael Phinney, founder of Phinney Design Group, has over 17 years of experience in architectural design and construction observation services. He is a LEED Accredited Design Professional. Phinney Design Group, which was nominated by Saratoga National Bank & Trust Company, handles a multitude of project types, including custom residential, commercial, resort, retail, community and land planning with a focus on incorporating designs that minimize impact to the natural environment while achieving operational goals. This expertise has allowed the firm to sensibly incorporate "green building" technologies and sustainable design features into a diverse array

of building projects. The Children's Academy of Malta (CAM), which was nominated by The Adirondack Trust Company, provides faith-based education and childcare services to the children in the Capital Region. Owners Melissa Brennan and Rochelle Dinallo share more than 25 years of daycare and educational experience. Located at the entrance to Luther Forest, CAM is well-positioned to meet the needs of the local community. CAM accepts children from six weeks to 12 years and is open 7 am to 6 pm daily, as well as Friday evenings and Saturdays. Their services include childcare, preschool and pre-K, before/after school programs, summer camps and several enrichment classes. World Wide Gas Turbine Products, Inc. (WWGTP, Inc.) is

the premier global provider of General Electric and Westinghouse industrial gas turbine products at a fraction of the Original Equipment Manufacturer's (OEM) cost and often in significantly less time. The primary objective of WWGTP, Inc. is to be the alternative source for gas turbine parts and services that were previously available only

through the OEM. Empire State Certified Development Corporation (ESCDC), which nominated the company for the award, and M&T Bank assisted WWGTP, Inc. by providing SBA financing to relocate to a new 7,000 square-foot facility in Clifton Park in 2009.


Friday, May 20, 2011



The Preakness Stakes Middle Jewel of the TRIPLE CROWN by Marilyn Lane Saratoga TODAY

NBC begins coverage on the Preakness Stakes at 4:30 EST on Saturday. The race is scheduled to go off at 6:18 p.m.

Two weeks ago few people had jockey. winner in 1977. The very next The Preakness is shaping up as year Affirmed bested Alydar in the the ultimate Derby winner, Animal Kingdom on their minds. an interesting contest though three Classics and it seemed that But Graham Motion did not miss a Nehro the Derby runner-up will winning the Triple Crown was beat when his shorter-odds colt, stay on the bench for this one. something to expect, but the years Toby’s Corner, showed signs of Mucho Macho Man ran well in since have proved otherwise. lameness just days before the Run Louisville and gave trainer Kathy Overall 32 horses have been elifor the Roses. He put his game Ritvo a thrill and a classic-placed gible to win the Triple Crown and face on and headed to Louisville horse. He will be a force to be 11 of those have occurred since with an unheralded son of reckoned with in Baltimore. 1978. Our own New York-bred If the Derby favorite Dialed In Funny Cide almost got the job Leroidesanimaux and the rest is history. The talk now is that if wins the Preakness, he’ll enjoy the done in 2003. The Nick ZitoAnimal Kingdom can pull a victo- largest payday ever awarded a trained; Marylou Whitney-owned ry out of the hat in Baltimore, race in North America. To be eli- Birdstone was the spoiler that he’ll be a strong favorite to take gible for the Preakness bonus rainy, cold day at Belmont. the Test of Champions, the money, a horse must have successEveryone will tell you that it’s a fully competed in designated races gut-wrenching heartache to lose Belmont Stakes on June 7. It was a rollercoaster ride head- at tracks owned by MI out in the final leg; clear up until ing into the Derby. John Developments, the parent compa- one has had time to digest just Velazquez had the call on the ny of Gulfstream Park, Santa how great it was to almost get morning-line favorite, Uncle Mo, Anita, and Pimlico. Dialed In is there. Winning any of the three but the two-year old Triple Crown races champ was scratched is a great feat. Each Friday morning one is a careerbecause of an intestinmarker for breeders, al ailment. Johnny V owners, trainers and had to feel like, oh jockeys. And for man, not again. In fans, they are bonan2009 he was scheduled za days. to ride the highly Eighteen horses regarded Derby hopehave completed the ful, Quality Road, but Preakness-Belmont that colt was withDouble. Four of drawn a week before them (Bimelech, the race with a quarter Capot, Native crack. Johnny was the Dancer and Nashua) regular rider of the were real close; Photo Provided Pletcher-trained, redthey all ran second Animal Kingdom hot, 2010 Derby in the Derby. Man favorite Eskendereya o’ War did not start before that brilliant colt suffered a eligible to win a whopping $5.5 in the Derby, but won the career-ending injury just days million in bonus money. He Preakness and the Belmont earned this right by winning both Stakes. before the First Saturday in May. Robby Albarado was named to the Holy Bull and Florida Derby Eleven more horses completed ride Animal Kingdom, but most at Gulfstream. Nick Zito trains the Derby-Belmont Double. unfortunately he sustained a bro- the son of Mineshaft, and Nick There have been so many great ken nose after being thrown and knows the way to the winners’ cir- horses and still only 11 Triple stepped on prior to a race on May cle on big race days. Crown winners. Shackleford, the pacesetter in 4. He took off his mounts on the Todd Pletcher noted last year fifth and sixth and this concerned the Derby, qualifies for a after his first Derby winner, Super Motion and the Team Valor $550,000 bonus via his second- Saver faded in the Preakness International Group (breeders and place finish in the Florida Derby. Stakes that “winning the Triple owners of Animal Kingdom). He might enjoy that the Preakness Crown is the toughest challenge in They could not allow themselves distance is 1/16 mile shorter than sports.” to take a chance on Robby’s con- the Derby. Do I hear a ‘motion’ for a Since the first running of the Kingdom for a crown? I second it, dition and opted to Johnny V. Albeit, it was a confusing way Preakness in 1873 there have been our sport needs it, the fans deserve to win the Kentucky Derby, but eleven to go on to win the it, and this animal is bred to go the with that said this colt deserved to Belmont Stakes and thus the distance. Every connection to this Prior to horse carries a deep commitment win and he appears to be moving Triple Crown. toward the Preakness in great Secretariat’s Triple in 1973, it had to the welfare of horses, and the form. And certainly John been a 25-year drought. Before sustainability of the racing indusVelazquez was long over-due to him you had to go back to Citation try. A crown could not shine any smell the roses, it couldn’t have in 1948. Seattle Slew became the more brilliantly than in their happened to a finer man or better first undefeated Triple Crown hands.




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Suzanne Voigt Farmers’Market

This week there is going to be quite a few fresh roasting chickens available at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market and Jonathan Zehr should be back with his gorgeous mushrooms. Add to these two facts the lingering cool spring and suddenly this southern “fall” recipe came to mind. While it’s a top family pick for a fall evening, due to its apple flavor, Saratoga Apple still has great apples and I am sure some Apple Jelly (or cider) can be found to fulfill the needed ingredients. It’s a delicious way to enjoy fresh chicken—and can be made even more sumptuous and spring-like by roasting it on the grill!

Ingredients 1 cup uncooked, long grain/wild rice mix 3 cups sliced fresh mushrooms 2 medium apples (cooking variety—crisp and tart/sweet, best), cored and chopped 1 cup shredded carrot 1/2 cup thinly sliced onions (try shallots if you prefer) 1/2 tsp ground black pepper large roasting chicken 2-3 tb of apple jelly, melted (or cider, made into a syrup by adding sugar and boiling) Apple wedges

Directions 1. Cook the rice, adding mushrooms, chopped apples, shredded carrot, onions and pepper to the rice as it cooks. Don’t over cook — undercook if anything so stuffing doesn’t become a mushy mess later inside the roasting chicken. 2. Rinse chicken and pat dry. Spoon some of the stuffing loosely into the neck cavity and skewer shut. Lightly spoon the remaining stuffing into the main body cavity and skewer shut. 3. Place the stuffed chicken, breast side up, on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Insert a meat thermometer into the inside thigh muscle being sure not to touch bone.

Roast uncovered, in a 325 degree oven for approximate 2 hours. During the last half hour or so of roasting, brush chicken 2 or 3 times

with melted jelly or cider syrup). The chicken is done when the meat thermometer registers 180 degrees, the meat is no longer pink and the legs move easily in their sockets.

Note: if grilling on a non-rotisserie grill, be sure to place a can of water in the grill to keep it moist and cover the chicken with aluminum


foil until you start to glaze it in the last half hour. Serve with some lightly-buttered steamed or grilled spring asparagus.

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)


Community Corner 18th Annual SUNY

Community corner

Happy First Birthday


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Adirondack Business Day


Look Who’s Turning One

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Happy 7th Birthday Alec Darling

Jackson Gibney will be celebrating his first birthday May 27, 2011! Jackson is the son of Julie & John Gibney of Delray Beach, Florida. He is also the grandson of Joe & Annette Bartol, Wilton, NY, and Tom & Elaine Gibney, Cumberland, RI. Have a great birthday Jackson!

Library Chicks

The winners from left to right are: Collin Price, LinLi Lin, Gabrielle Small, Joseph Gratton, and Alex Lewis. On Monday, May 9th, 24 students from Saratoga Springs High School competed in the 18th Annual SUNY Adirondack Business Day. Over 350 students from 17 area schools participated in the event. Students from Saratoga took first place in Career and Financial Management, second place in Accounting, third

place in Business Math and Career and Financial Management, fourth place in Computer Literacy, and fifth place in Business Math competitions. Award winners in the individual events were: Joseph Gratton, Alex Lewis, LinLi Lin, Collin Price, and Gabrielle Small. Congratulations and excellent work!

Jessica Lussier Receives Outstanding Business Education Award Photo by Mark Bolles

I love you more than the world! Love, Daddy

The Nicastro boys observe the newly hatched chicks while Molly Schneider of Gansevoort plays with a toy chick provided by the library.

Ballston Spa High School’s Jessica Lussier was recently recognized, along with students from 24 area schools, as one of this year’s Outstanding Business Students. This honor was awarded to Jessica for her participation in business education, academic achievement, citizenship and positive attitude. The award is sponsored by the Business and Marketing Educators’Association. We are all very proud of you Jessica!

Sofia Jane Guthrie turns ONE May 27, 2001! Sofia is the daughter of Jim & Jane Guthrie and granddaughter to Duane & Judy Guthrie, Saratoga Springs, and Deb Hoelcher & Thomas Newcomb, Buffalo, NY. Hope you have a wonderful birthday Sofia!


Tooth fairy club

Take a look at this week’s new club members


Logan The tooth fairy club is sponsored by:

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Friday, May 20, 2011

Home & Garden


Earth-Friendly Household Tips Made Easy According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, more than 90 percent of Americans want to protect the environment. Despite the desire to care for the earth, only 33 percent of trash in the U.S. actually gets recycled, and 54 percent gets buried in landfills. With sustainable living becoming more top-of-mind, Ziploc wants to empower families to get involved in recycling efforts. In an effort to offset the amount of product waste that could potentially end up in landfills and motivate families to do their part to protect the environment for future generations, Ziploc has partnered with Recyclebank, the leading sustainable action platform designed to motivate and enable individuals to make a collective impact on the environment. From recycling and reusing everyday kitchenware to being mindful of water and energy usage, families can incorporate these simple, earthfriendly tips into their kitchen routines: -Increase Recycling Efforts Recycle items that you no longer need and participate in community recycling initiatives. Community support for recycling of common and uncommon goods can vary from place to place. In fact, clean and dry Ziploc Brand Sandwich, Freezer and Storage Bags are now accepted at existing in-store recycling bins that accept plastic shopping bags for recycling at approximately 18,000 participating retailers nationwide. -Use "Smart" Kitchen Supplies When buying supplies for your kitchen - whether an appliance, cooking pan or piece of cutlery - choose durable and high quality kitchenware to withstand the test of time. Also, save energy (and potentially reduce your gas bill) by using smaller appliances when cooking small amounts of food. For example, heat water in an electric kettle rather than a teapot on the stove, or cook small or medium sized portions of food in the microwave instead of the regular oven to use less energy. -Store Meals in Reusable and Multi-Purpose Containers When preparing and storing meals for the family, try using Ziploc Brand Containers, which are available in a variety of sizes and shapes. They not only help families stay organized and get more out of meals (and reduce waste) by keeping food fresh, but they are also microwaveable, freezersafe and are perfect for storing leftovers or carrying lunch to work.


amilies everywhere have a new option in recycling. Clean and dry Ziploc Brand Sandwich, Freezer and Storage Bags can now be recycled at existing in-store bins at approximately 18,000 participating retail locations that accept plastic shopping bags for recycling. It's an easy way to protect the environment for future generations. Here is a list of some of the items you can recycle at in-store recycling bins: -Clean and dry Ziploc Brand Bags -Plastic grocery or retail bags -Newspaper bags -Dry-cleaning bags -Bread and produce bags -Toilet paper, napkin and paper-towel wraps -Plastic shipping envelopes -Clean plastic bags labeled #2 or #4

-Conserve Your Household Water Supply For a cold beverage, keep a cool pitcher of water in the fridge instead of letting the tap run until water gets cold. Refill one water glass or reusable bottle throughout the day so there will be fewer items to wash. After eating, don't rinse dishes with water - just scrape off the excess food and load directly into the dishwasher. Tests by Consumer Reports showed that pre-rinsing usually isn't necessary and by skipping it you can save 20 gallons of water per load. Through its partnership with Recyclebank, Ziploc is offering another option to get involved and help the environment by incentivizing families to inspire change.

Together, they are committed to motivate and reward consumers who take sustainable actions. To earn rewards, visit and pledge to recycle Ziploc Brand Bags and packaging. Soon, specially marked packages of the bags will be available for purchase. Simply enter the code from inside the marked packages at and start earning points which can be redeemed for prizes. Learn more about Ziploc and Recyclebank recycling efforts to divert millions of pounds of waste from landfills at -Photo courtesy of Getty Images; content provided by Family Features


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Friday, May 20, 2011


Chip’s Landscaping Helps “Green the Community”

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Kohl’s and Chip’s Landscaping teamed-up to create a sustainable garden bed and water feature at the entrance of National Museum of Dance. SARATOGA SPRINGS – In an effort to help the local community “go green,” the Capital Region Kohl’s Department Stores and Chip’s Landscaping partnered up to create a new sustainable water garden for the National Museum of Dance & Hall of Fame. For the second consecutive year, Chip’s Landscaping served as project leader for The Kohl’s A-Team volunteers and their National GoGreen Community Event, joining together to “Green” a nonprofit organization in the spirit of “Community.” This daylong allvolunteer initiative created a sustainable garden bed and water feature at the entrance of The National Museum of Dance and Hall of Fame. The Go Green initiative supports 2011 Earth Month and National Volunteer Month; Chip’s

Landscaping invited other national and local businesses to partner in the project. These partners included Netafim Irrigation District Sales, Fort Lee, New Jersey; Aquascape INC, St. Charles, Illinois; Bacalupo Trucking, Greenfield; Geyser Road Dunkin Donuts, Milton; and Amore Italy Pizzeria and Deli, Saratoga Springs. All companies donated labor, materials, or refreshments for the day’s build. Combining the talents of local and national businesses and volunteers, the project has provided a visually appealing, sustainable garden reflecting the rich history and mission of the National Museum of Dance and Hall of Fame. “Dance and other art forms often find their inspiration in the movements of color, texture, seasonal change and the water flow reflected

in nature and gardens. Visitors will now be welcomed to the Dance Museum and reminded of this relationship with this dynamic entrance garden,” said Sue Ann DuBois, co-owner of Chips Landscaping. “We hope this garden encourages young children who are exploring dance to appreciate the relationship of nature in movement.” Design of the new feature boasts components that reduce storm water run-off from driveways (that end up in storm water systems and in our waterways) filtering and collecting 500 gallons of rainwater for re-use to sustain the water feature and reducing approximately 75 percent of previous system water use for irrigation of the garden area. The water feature is an Aquascape 2 waterfall pond-less spillway with high-efficiency

pumps, and LED lighting. The Rainwater Harvesting system, Aquascape RainXchange features Aquablox USA made of 100 percent recycled material. A booster pump allows rainwater to be reused in the drip irrigation system. An eco-friendly Aquascape IonGen electronic clarifying system has been installed to provide clear water without the use of chemicals. The newly installed drip irrigation is a high-efficiency, state of the art drip system that saves 30 to 70 percent more water than traditional irrigation systems. It provides deep root watering, instead of topical watering, reducing plant fungal diseases. The new system can also be programmed, so the Museum will no longer have to worry about sprinklers pummeling incoming and outgoing patrons, or be inconvenienced during special events.

All plants selected for the garden are specific to the site characteristics. Shrubs and flowers have been installed with organic-only practices and will provide all-season interest and return every year. The plants, in combination with the water feature, will attract birds and butterflies and a selection of both native and site-specific perennials were included in the design. About Chip’s Landscaping: Chip’s Landscaping is a professional local business specializing in sustainable practices and the creation of “healthy” outdoor living environments. They are nationally certified in water feature design and construction, rainwater harvesting design and construction, as well as state certified in organic property management through the Go-Green New York Yards program.

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If it’s time to think about making some improvements or additions to your home, outside may be the best place to get started.


Exterior additions and improvements are high on homeowner’s lists, according to the Better Homes and Gardens 2011 Consumer

Preference Survey. Among the top ranking features people want in their next homes are decks or patios (84 percent), and low-maintenance exte-

riors (79 percent). When it comes to the top ranking living spaces people want, outdoor grilling or living areas come in at 67 percent. So whether you want to make some improvements for selling your home, or just to enjoy for yourself, the planning experts at Fiberon, makers of innovative composite decking, railing and fencing products, have some tips to help you plan the perfect outdoor oasis. Define the Space. An outdoor room could be the entire yard, or just a small part of it. Think about it having walls, a ceiling and flooring, just like an indoor room. Walls are vertical elements that help define a space, such as hedges, trees, lattice screens, raised garden beds, railings, a gazebo or fence to frame your space. Ceilings provide shelter and shade. Think of awnings, umbrellas and pergolas. Or use what’s naturally there, like the branches of a shade tree. Flooring could be the existing lawn, a mulched pathway or a created floor such as a concrete or flagstone patio, or deck. Decide the Elements. Once you know where your oasis is, it’s time to figure out what needs to go in it. Here are some elements to consider: Decking – A low-maintenance composite deck adds versatility and beauty that you can customize to meet just about any need. And it can pay off, too. Composite deck additions are among the projects that recoup the most of their cost upon home resale, according to the Remodeling Magazine 2009-10 Cost vs. Value Report. When planning a deck, don’t


make the mistake of building one that’s too small. Mark the area you want to use, then put your outdoor furniture in it to see if you have the space you need. Use an online planning tool to explore designs, materials, colors and accessories. Be sure to check on local building codes and permits needed before starting any construction. Fire and Food. Use your outdoor room any time of day by planning a place to cook and eat. An outdoor kitchen can be as simple as a portable grill or as elaborate as your budget will allow. A DIY pizza oven can also be a fun way to enjoy cooking outside. Fireplaces, fire pits and chimneys bring coziness along with great function – and they help extend the outdoor enjoyment in cooler weather. Accessories. Just like an indoor room, outdoor rooms benefit from appropriate accessories. Make sure you plan for them in your budget as well as in your designs. Lighting – Landscape lighting, lanterns, candles or strings of white outdoor lights can all add beautiful ambience. Sound – Add pleasing audio with outdoor stereo sound systems, trickling water features or even just simple wind chimes. Color – Garden art, tablescapes, container plantings and fabric can put colorful finishing touches on your outdoor room. To use a free, online Deck Designer, and to learn more about Fiberon outdoor products, visit -provided by Family Features



Friday, May 20, 2011

Spring Fling Weekend at Schuyler Pond Schuyler Pond Home & Garden Hosts Showcase of Original Folk Art and Décor SARATOGA SPRINGS – Earth Angels and The Art Girls Roadshow will bring the best in design and décor to local collectors and homeowners during the Spring Fling Show at Schuyler Pond Home & Garden, located at 727 Route 29 East in Saratoga Springs. The event is free and open to the public from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday, May 21 and from 11 am to 3 pm on Sunday, May 22. Now in its 10th year, The Art Girls Roadshow is a nationally-touring event that has been recognized and featured by several publications including Country Living and Romantic Homes. The Spring Fling Show is lauded as a “must see” for those who revere the artful home, appreciate handmade craftsmanship, and adore the vintage-look in decorating and collecting. The Art Girls Roadshow is the brainchild of Jen O’Connor, founder and owner of Earth Angels, the allfemale band of artists showcased at and at festive shows and pop-up appearances across the country. Her May event is called the “Spring Fling.” This dynamic group of contemporary female folk artists will converge at Schuyler Pond Home & Garden to share their handmade and artful creations including paintings, pottery, soft sculpture, home décor, wearable art, jewelry, accessories and more. A dozen featured artists will pres-

ent more than 1,000 pieces of original art, jewelry, décor and more in this fabulous setting for festive shopping and the savvy browsers’ enjoyment. Among the artistic talents showcased include: textile and jewelry artist Melody Elizabeth Doyel, painter Jennifer Lanne, watercolorist and soft sculpture artist Krys Kirkpatrick, mixed-media artist Laurie Meseroll, paper mache artist Debbee Thibault, soft sculpture artists Letty Worley and Valerie Weberpal, assemblage artists Cheryl Kuhn, folk doll artist Nicol Sayre, jewelry designer and soft sculpture artist Nicole Bowen among others. Jo Packham, publisher and author of magazines and more than 50 books on crafting and entertaining, will attend as the event’s special guest. Packham will be there to meet with her fans and followers and sign the latest issues of “Where Women Cook” and “Where Women Create” magazines. Saratoga hot fudge maven, Katie Camarro of “Sundae’s Best Hot Fudge” is another special guest. Camarro’s work is the subject of a feature in the current issue of “Where Women Cook.” “We are completely thrilled to be hosting this event at our store,” said Schuyler Pond owner Amanda Crames. For more information, visit or

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Jazz Up Your Ice Cream Celebrations Whether it’s a birthday, graduation, reunion or impromptu gettogether, dressing up sweet scoops of ice cream makes a party easy, fun and creative. From edible ice cream cups, to cones dipped in colorful sprinkles, the entertaining experts at Wilton have big ideas to get you started. One way to wow guests is by making your own, edible, individual ice cream cookie bowls and candy cups to hold those scrumptious scoops. Favorite cookie flavors become cookie bowls with the new Ice

Cream Cookie Bowl Pan. Cookie bowls bake on the outside of the pan using recipes – like the Chocolate Chip Cookie Bowl – specially created for this baking application. A sugar cookie variation is available on Candy cups start with Candy Melts – versatile, creamy and easyto-melt wafers available in a variety of colors and flavors. The melted candy is brushed inside a silicone cup and refrigerated until firm. Then just unmold and fill with ice cream. For foolproof, step-by-step

instructions, visit Even the tried-and-true ice cream cone can get a new look. To jazz up a basic store-bought cone simply dip an inch or two from the top into melted candy. Then dip again, or roll, in colorful, crunchy sprinkles and toppings. For more summer celebration ideas or to purchase toppings, pans, Candy Melts and other supplies, visit

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cups all-purpose flour cup firmly-packed brown sugar 1/3 cup granulated sugar 3/4 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) butter, melted 2 eggs teaspoon vanilla extract 2/3 cup miniature semi-sweet chocolate chips Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray outside of each bowl cavity of Ice Cream Cookie Bowl Pan with vegetable pan spray. In large bowl, combine flour, sugars, baking powder and salt; mix well. In small bowl, whisk together melted butter, eggs and vanilla; add to dry ingredients, mixing well to

form stiff dough. Mix in chocolate chips. Roll out dough on generouslyfloured surface to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut 5-inch round circles from dough. Drape one circle over each cavity of pan, pressing to form smooth surface. Bake 12-14 minutes or until cookie cups are firm and golden brown. Cool pan on cooling rack 5 minutes. Loosen bottom edges of cookies from pan using a small spatula. Carefully remove cookies from pan and cool completely. Wash and dry pan; repeat with remaining dough. Fill cooled cookie bowls with ice cream, pudding or fresh fruit. Makes 12 bowls -provided by Family Features



Friday, May 20, 2011

Go Fish

Fish is both a delicious and nutritious meal option, but one from which home chefs often shy away. In a new series of CanolaInfo recipes and videos, Carla Hall, finalist on “Top Chef” Seasons 5 and 8, answers common questions about fish, including how to properly select and prepare it. “Cooking fish is easy once you know a few tricks,” said Hall, who was voted “Top Chef” Season 8 AllStars Fan Favorite. “A lot of people have fish fears, which is unfortunate because it’s a healthy addition to any diet.” Hall’s CanolaInfo recipes are made with canola oil, which is a good source of omega-3 fat along with the fish. Omega-3 fat may help protect the heart, especially when consumed in place of saturated fat. In fact, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized a qualified health claim for canola oil on its potential to reduce the risk of heart disease. In addition to the recipes here, Hall offers Halibut en Papillote

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(meaning “in parchment” in French) with Roasted Tomato-Artichoke Ragout and Broiled Trout with Lemon Oil and Oven-Grilled Vegetables in her “Go Fish with Canola Oil” recipe collection. For the recipes and step-by-step instructional videos, go to

Grilled Salmon over Lentil Salad with Walnut Vinaigrette Yield: 4 servings Serving size: 1 filet 4 salmon filets (4 ounce portions), skin removed Marinade 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard 2 tablespoons canola oil 2 sprigs fresh tarragon, pulled and roughly chopped 1 clove garlic, minced Lentil Salad 1 cup dry brown or green lentils, rinsed (use 1 1/2 cups canned black bean or small red beans, rinsed, as quick alternative)

2 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed 1 rosemary sprig 1 medium carrot, finely diced 1 celery stalk, finely diced 1/4 cup red onion, very finely diced 1/4 cup parsley, finely chopped 1 tablespoon chopped tarragon Walnut Vinaigrette 2 tablespoons red onion, minced 2 cloves garlic 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 1/4 cup rice or champagne vinegar 1/2 cup canola oil 1/2 cup walnuts, toasted and coarsely chopped 1/4 teaspoon pepper Garnish Lemon wedges In medium bowl, combine mustard, canola oil, tarragon and garlic for marinade. Place salmon in marinade and gently toss until thoroughly coated. Place fish in resealable bag in refrigerator for at least 1 hour. Heat grill to 375°F, when it’s too hot to hold hand above coals for more than 5 seconds. In 5-quart pot, bring 3 cups of water to a boil. Add lentils, garlic cloves and rosemary sprig. Cook lentils until just tender, about 30

minutes. Strain in colander. In plastic bowl or cup with fitted lid, combine red onion, garlic, mustard, vinegar, canola oil, walnuts and pepper. Shake until thoroughly mixed and emulsified. Season with pepper. In large bowl, toss lentils, carrots, celery and red onions together. Stir in enough vinaigrette, about 1/4 cup, to coat lentil mixture, and store rest in refrigerator for up to one week. Toss in fresh parsley and tarragon. Spray grill rack lightly and cautiously with canola oil cooking


spray, then carefully place salmon filets on hot grill 2 inches apart. Cook on each side 3 to 4 minutes at diagonal angle to grill rack for professional-looking grill marks. Remove salmon from grill and serve over lentil salad. Garnish with lemon wedges, if desired. Nutritional Analysis per Serving: Calories, 420; Total Fat, 17 g; Saturated Fat, 1 g; Cholesterol, 60 mg; Sodium, 230 mg; Carbohydrates, 33 g; Fiber, 8 g; Protein, 34 g -provided by Family Features



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How to Fight Insects the Eco-Friendly Way

Photo Provided Skip the bug zapper. Some natural products are effective at repelling pesky insects

Enjoying the outdoors when the weather is pleasant can become bothersome if biting insects are part of the equation. However, not everyone wants to rely on chemical repellents to keep the bugs at bay. There are some greener options that may be adequate for most daily situations., Mosquitoes, biting flies and other insects can be a nuisance when the weather warms. Though many bites create a mild reaction that subsides after a few days, some insects are harbingers of serious diseases. Malaria and West Nile virus are just two of the many maladies that can be hiding inside of the common mosquito. Only female mosquitoes feed on blood and bite their victims. The males feed on plant juices and nectar. Females need blood to feed their eggs and reproduce. When a mosquito bites, she injects chemicals to prevent blood from clotting and reduce pain. Afterward, however, these same chemicals can cause topical irritation. Like mosquitoes, female tabanids, or horse and deer flies, also bite. Most prefer warm seasons and the warmth of daytime, but some species are most active at dawn or dusk. Tabanids bite deep and hard, potentially causing a lot of irritation. Especially in early summer, swarms of small black flies can make life difficult for those who venture outdoors. Again, females of this species bite, but males may hang around and swarm when a female is nearby. Black flies need running water to feed larvae, so they differ in this respect from mosquitoes and other insects that grow from larvae in standing water. Biting occurs during the day and may intensify before a thunderstorm. The standard bug repellent is one that contains the product DEET. It was originally developed in 1946 for military use, but

some have questioned its safety. The EPA says it has been associated with seizures in children, but this claim hasn’t been fully substantiated. Still, many people prefer to look elsewhere for their repellents, preferring natural products. There are oils that can be extracted from different plants and herbs that provide short-term protection against many biting insects. Citronella is one of the more effective natural repellents. It has been used for more than 50 years as an insect and animal repellent. The oil is taken from dried, cultivated grasses. Pure citronella is most effective against bugs, more so than the synthetic varieties used in many candles. Citronella is safe for human use and produces no threat to the environment when used correctly. It is generally applied to the skin and may cause mild irritation if used in abundance. Because some people find the smell of citronella off-putting, it can be mixed with lemongrass oil to minimize the smell. Lemongrass may also be another natural insect repellent. Rosemary and cedar can also be tried as insect repellents. These are two other aromas that bugs find offensive. Individuals who spend time in the yard may want to plant rosemary nearby in garden beds to help repel insects in that respect. Rosemary is also multifunctional, as it is commonly used in cooking. Other safe items to try as insect repellents include: * Sage * Mint * Neem Oil * Bay Leaves * Eucalyptus * Cloves Individuals can experiment with these herbs and oils to produce a product that works for their repellent needs. - MetroCreativeConnection



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local briefs After The Fire Our monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 23, at 7 pm at the Halfmoon Town Hall on Harris Rd. in Halfmoon. New members are always needed and anyone wanting to find out how to help their neighbors in need may attend. After The Fire assists Saratoga County residents who have suffered a loss due to fire. Families are provided with clothing, gift cards, a night’s stay at a participating hotel/motel, Red Cross referral, informational material and emotional support. For more information, please call voicemail at (518) 435-4571 or visit .

Saratoga Independent School Open House An entertaining afternoon of activities for all ages is planned for the dedication of the Saratoga Independent School’s (SIS) new east wing on Sunday, May 22, from 1:30 to 3:30 pm. This event, which is open to the public, will celebrate the Saratoga Independent School and honor the community that has helped it grow. Activities at the dedication will include student-led tours, a sampling of the classroom experience for adults, outdoor games, student performances and a dedication ceremony. Saratoga Independent School is located at 459 Lake Avenue in Saratoga Springs. Call (518) 583-0841 for directions or more information.

Project Lift University Saratoga Springboard and Franklin Community Center announce Project Lift University, a unique fundraiser to benefit Franklin Community Center’s Project Lift. The event will be held at Longfellows in Saratoga Springs on June 23, at 6:30 pm. In the spirit of learning and education, guests are invited to return to their college registration days and “enroll” in exclusive classes taught by local experts. While choosing and signing up for their favorite classes (classes to be held at a later date) guests will enjoy classic college food inspired hors d’oeuvres, drinks and music. Some of the class experiences available include: • Diamonds 101: an extensive and exciting hands-on diamond class with a graduate gemologist from Frank Adams Jewelers. • Porsche Driving Experience 200: spend an afternoon with an

experienced PCA instructor/racer, and take a ride in an original 1956 Porsche Speedster, a one- of- a kind 1956 Porsche go4 Replica (all electric car, 256 HP), 2005 GT3 Cup Car, 2007 Porsche GTS RS, and a 2010 Porsche Boxster. • Hattie’s 300: A private cooking class in your own home with Chef Jasper Alexander. Chef Jasper, Executive Chef at Hattie’s Restaurant and alumnus of the Culinary Institute of America, will be at your service! • Make Your House A Home 400: Beverly Tracy, of Beverly Tracy Home Design and Witt Construction, will share her knowledge of interior design, including techniques, tips and tricks to decorate your home. In a strong showing of support for Franklin Community Center’s Project Lift program, this benefit has garnered attention from local and nationally based companies alike. Heather Bohm – Tallman Photography, Lis Design, Longfellows and Miller Printing, have graciously stepped forward as the lead in-kind sponsors for Project Lift University, generously providing event–specific services in support of Project Lift. Project Lift University is also proud to count locally based D.A. Collins Companies and Finger Paint Marketing among their corporate sponsors. Recognizing the impact Project Lift has on the students it serves and the community at large, nationally recognized Putnam Investments, Russell Investments, Penn Mutual and Janney have also offered their support in the way of corporate sponsorship. The staff and students of Project Lift have been truly humbled by the support offered to them by these businesses. Tickets for this event are available at the $100, $75, and $50 levels and can be purchased by calling Franklin Community Center at (518) 587-9826.

Clothing Sale Old Stone Church, Stone Church Rd. and Rte 29, Ballston Spa Gently worn clothing will be for sale on Friday, May 20, and Saturday, May 21, from 9 am to 3 pm.

Retired Teachers Meeting The Saratoga Springs Retired Teachers Association will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, June 6, at 12 noon at Longfellows Restaurant, 500 Union Avenue in Saratoga Springs. The group is open to retired educators who taught in and/or live in Saratoga

25 County. For new member information and luncheon reservations, call (518) 587-5356.

Prayer Festival St. Paul’s Lutheran Church at 149 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs Let us pray for you! We will be holding a Prayer Festival on May 21; from 8 am until approximately 10 pm. St. Paul’s is collecting prayers of joy, thanks, special events, and new births, as well as prayers of need such as unemployment, illness, and loneliness. We want to hear from you, our community. No names or contact information is needed. Prayer request forms can be found at St. Paul’s Church in the Lobby area. We will have prayer mailboxes in our Narthex (upper Lobby) and by the door of St. Paul’s. Requests can also be sent to The community is invited to stop in and pray with us or we will have somebody available to pray with you. This will not be your typical solemn prayer vigil, come and visit us.

Belmont Stakes Bus Trip The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame is reserving space for its bus trip to the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, June 11. The price for Museum members is $185 and the non-member price is $200. The package includes bus fare, admission to the grandstand and a preferred seat. The bus will leave the Museum parking lot, located at 191 Union Avenue, in Saratoga Springs, at 7 a.m. A short stop will be made on the way down. For more information or to make a reservation, please contact Catherine Maguire at the Museum (518) 584-0400, ext. 117.

Scotia-Glenville Class Reunion The Scotia-Glenville Class of 1976, is planning their 35th class reunion for the weekend of July 15 through 17. The weekend begins at Water’s Edge in Scotia on Friday, and continues throughout the weekend with a picnic Saturday and brunch on Sunday. For more information, please contact Kathleen Haines Handy at or (518) 2532053 or Deborah Kobasa Scuderi at or (518) 423-3114.

TOPS (Take Pounds Off Sensibly) Wesley Health Care Center, Day Activity Room, 133 Lawrence St, Saratoga Springs. TOPS meets

every Thursday at 7 pm with weighins from 5:45 to 6:45.

Saratoga Bridges Seeks Artists Saratoga Bridges’ Creative Endeavors Art Center will be sponsoring “Through My Eyes,” a juried, regional art show from October 6 - October 21, 2011 at their administrative building located at 16 Saratoga Bridges Blvd., in Ballston Spa. Open to all artists with disabilities who live in the Greater Capital Region, Creative Endeavors believes in the importance of art in people’s lives and the transformative power of the creative impulse. To be eligible, artwork must be created after the onset of the disability and within the past three years, be an original piece or limited edition print, be a painting, drawing, collage, mixed media, photograph, print or sculpture, measure 40”x 40” or less and weigh less than 30 lbs. Each artist may submit up to three pieces for consideration. A First Prize of $250, Second Prize of $150 and Third Prize of $100 will be awarded. A Curator’s Award of $50 and People’s Choice Award of $100 will be chosen during the show. Applications can be downloaded at or contact Lena Benvenuto, Art Coordinator, at (518) 363-0015, ext. 305 or

Black and White Party This fun dance party, held at Saratoga Polo Club, 2 Bloomfield Rd, Greenfield, on Friday, June 3, benefits the Double H Ranch. $75 for partner members or $95 for nonmembers. For more information, visit or phone (518) 696-5921, ext. 269.

Luncheon with Congressman Gibson Join the Saratoga Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, June 8, at 11:30 am at the Saratoga Springs City Center for this luncheon with Congressman Gibson, co-hosted with ARCC and Chamber of Southern Saratoga County. Tickets are $25. Please RSVP to the Chamber by calling (518) 584-3255 or visit the Chamber website at

Malta Recreation Please register for all programs by calling (518) 899-4411 Tai Chi in the Park Yang Style One

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upcoming town meetings Town of Ballston: Ballston Town Hall 323 Charlton Road 885-8502 5/25: Planning Board Agenda Meeting, 7 pm 5/25: Planning Board Regular Meeting, 7:30 pm Village of Ballston Spa: 66 Front Street 885-5711 5/23: Board of Trustees Meeting, 7:30 pm Town of Greenfield: 7 Wilton Road 893-7432 Town of Malta: 2540 Route 9 899-2818 5/23: Downtown Zoning special meeting to accept CDTC Grant, 6:30 pm 5/24: Col. Ellsworth Presentation by Town Historian Paul Perreault at the Brookside Museum in Ballston Spa, 7 pm Town of Milton: 503 Geyser Road 885-9220 5/26: Zoning Board Meeting, 7 pm City of Saratoga Springs: 474 Broadway 587-3550 5/23: Planning Board Workshop, 5 pm 5/23: Zoning Board of Appeals, 7 pm 5/24: Design Review Commission Workshop, 5 pm 5/25: Planning Board Meeting, 7 pm Town of Saratoga: 12 Spring Street, Schuylerville 695-3644 5/25: Planning Board Meeting, 7:30 pm Village of Schuylerville: 35 Spring Street 695-3881 Town of Stillwater: 66 East St., Riverside Mechanicville, NY 12118 5/23: Zoning Board Meeting, 7:30 pm Town of Wilton: 22 Traver Road 587-1939 5/26: Zoning Board Meeting, 7 pm Saratoga County Board of Supervisors: 40 McMaster St., # 1Ballston Spa, NY 12020 (518) 885-2240 5/23: Sewer District #1 Commission Meeting, 3 pm 5/26: Board of Supervisors Water Authority Meeting, 2:45 pm


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local briefs continued from pg 25 This course held at the beautiful Shenentaha Creek Park will include stretching, tai-chi form and qigong meditation exercises. Take this class to live a better, calmer, clearer, healthier and more productive life. Class runs from June 15 to July 20, from 5:30 to 6:30 pm and is $43 for Malta residents, $47 for non-residents and $21.50 for Malta Senior Residents.

Call for Vendors The Malta Community Center Crafty Shopper’s Marketplace will take place on Saturday, August 6; from 10 am to 3 pm. vendors of manufactured and handcrafted merchandise are invited to apply for a space at this indoor/ outdoor market at the Malta Community Center on 1 Bayberry Dr. in Malta. Booth fees are $50 for an inside space or $40 for an outside space. Call the Malta Community Center at (518) 8994411 for an application or more information.

Saratoga Springs Recreation Robotics Challenge will be offered July 20 to 24 for students entering grades 9 and 10. The camp will be held at the F. Donald Myers Education Center, at 15 Henning Rd., Saratoga Springs. Tuition for the camp is free, but enrollment is limited and meals and transportation are not included. For more information, contact Scott Draina at (518) 581-1405 or, or visit the website Camp Saradac, for ages 5 to 12, will operate from July 5 through August 19, from 8:45 am to 4:45 pm. Before and after care is available for an additional fee. Activities include swimming trips to Pearless Pool and the beach at Moreau State Park and Build-ABear Workshop. Camp Saradac is located at the Recreation Center, 15 Vanderbilt Ave. For more information, please call (518) 587-3550, ext. 2300. Registration is also in progress for the upcoming Summer Clinics and Programs, including Boys & Girls Basketball; Volleyball; Softball, Am. Legion Baseball, Cheerleading, Girls & Boys Lacrosse, Kinder Skating, Running Program, Soccer, Field Hockey, Track, Pickleball, Skate Park, and Tennis. Please call the Recreation Department Office at (518) 378-7205, ext. 2300.

pm and costs $75. For more information, please visit or call (518) 587-2472.

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servatory Program at Home Made Theater will present ANNIE JR on Friday, May 20, at 7:30 pm, and


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Saturday, May 21, at 1 and 4:30 pm. Adults $10, children ages 12 and under $5. For further information, call Home Made Theater at (518) 587-4427, or visit the website

Once on This Island, A Musical St. Peter’s Annex (behind St. Peter’s Church), Saratoga Springs May 20 and 21 at 7 pm. Adults $7, students and seniors $5. For more information, call (518) 573-4346 or

Friday May 20 Italian Dinner Principessa Elena Society, 13 Oak St. Saratoga Springs Don’t cook tonight, come to this allyou-can-eat dinner from 5 to 7 pm. $9 adults, $8 seniors, $5 children ages 5 to 12, children under 5 are free.

Takeouts are $10.

Friday & Saturday Annie Jr. Spa Little Theater, Saratoga National Park, Saratoga Springs The Youth Con-

honor the community that has helped it grow. Call (518) 583-0841 for directions or more information.

Saturday May 21 Saratoga Outdoor Farmers’ Market High Rock Park, High Rock Avenue, Saratoga Springs Saratoga’s premier market, featuring meats, local produce, eggs, soaps, seasonal items and more. Wednesdays, 3 to 6 pm and Saturdays, 9 am to 1 pm. For more information, call (518) 638-8530.

Ride 4 Autism Horseshoe Inn, Nelson Ave., Saratoga Springs Benefiting the Greater Capital Region chapter of the Autism Society of America, registration for this motorcycle ride begins at 10 am, with a cost of $25 per rider and $15 for the BBQ. For more information, visit

Bowling for Scholars Saratoga Strike Zone, 32 Ballston Ave. Benefiting Saratoga Sponsor-AScholar, this fun day of half-price bowling begins at 11am and goes all day. The cocktail party begins at 7

Sacred Sites Open House Old Saratoga Reformed Church, 48 Pearl St., Schuylerville The church, originally known as the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church, will be open from 11 am to 2 pm for a tour as part of the New York State Landmarks Conservancy’s Sacred Sites open house weekend. For more information, call (518) 695-3479.

Heritage Hunters Town of Saratoga Town Hall, corner of Rtes. 4 and 29, Schuylerville At 1 pm. Stephan Clarke, former Naval Reserve officer and high school English teacher, will talk about “Black Sheep in the Family Barnyard.” Program is free and open to the public. For information, call (518) 587-2978.

Trinity United Methodist Church, 155 Ballard Rd., Wilton At 7 pm, Cross Music Ministries will be here to worship with us. Bring your friends and neighbors.

Monday May 23 English Spoken Here Beginner Class Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry St. Begins at 9:30 am in the Glasby Room. Open to all.

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.

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Tuesday May 24

Breakfast Buffet

The Challenges of Managing a Family in Our Stressful Times

Sons of ITAM, 247 Grand Ave., Saratoga Springs All are welcome for breakfast from 8 to 11 am. Adults $7, seniors $6, children under 5 are free.

Be an Angel for Abbey Maple Ave. Firehouse, Saratoga Springs From 2 to 7 pm, this fun day benefits 2-year-old Abbey Monroe, who is living with severe cerebral palsy. This causes her to need a feeding tube among other things. The day includes a pasta dinner, bouncehouse, Matthew Boyce, (an Elvis tribute artist) and more. Cost is $8 for adults, $5 for children.

New Wing Dedication Saratoga Independent School, 459 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs Independent School’s (SIS) new east wing dedication on Sunday, May 22, from 1:30 to 3:30 pm. This event, which is open to the public, will celebrate the Saratoga Independent School and

Congregation Shaara Tfille, 84 Weibel Avenue, Saratoga Springs. At 7 pm. Our Jewish and secular families have dramatically changed in the last 25 years, which has presented great challenges to the family unit. This program will focus on offering tools to handle stress and other related issues. For more information or to RSVP, contact the Synagogue at (518) 584-2370 or

Colonel Elmer E. Ellsworth Brookside Museum, 6 Charlton St. Ballston Spa At 7 pm. Paul Perreault will be speaking on Col. Elmer E. Ellsworth, a Malta native, and the first Union soldier to die in the Civil War.

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Wednesday May 25 Saratoga Farmers’ Market High Rock Park, High Rock Avenue, Saratoga Springs Saratoga’s premier market, featuring meats, local produce, eggs, soaps, seasonal items and more. Wednesdays, 3 to 6 pm and Saturdays, 9 am to 1 pm. For more information, call (518) 638-8530.

Golf Classic Saratoga Convention & Tourism Bureau’s 2011 Golf Classic is being held at Saratoga National Golf Club from 11 am to 7:30 pm. The entire event is open to Bureau members and non-members! Registration opens at 11 am, shotgun tee-off at 1 pm and concludes with a reception from 6 to 7:30 pm. You can choose to attend the golf portion, the reception only, or both. The tournament will proceed rain or shine unless the course is closed. To register online, go to or call (518) 584-1531.

Memorial Day Parade Beginning at 6:30 pm on North Broadway and proceeding south to Congress Park, where a ceremony honoring our veterans will take place. If your organization is interested in marching, please call Jim Coyne at (518) 584-4737, or call the VFW at (518) 584-9686.

Wonders of Our Wetlands This free program is open to the public at the Crandall Library at 7 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.

Thursday May 26 Toddler Story-time Malta Branch Library, 1 Bayberry Dr. From 10:30 to 11 am, bring your 2 to 3-year-old for this fun time!

munity 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 will be available for purchase. For more information, call (518) 584-2370.

Chamber of Commerce Orientation Vapor Night Club, Jefferson St. Saratoga Springs At the orientation at 4 pm, you’ll receive preferred parking, no admission, a complimentary beverage and you’ll find out what the Chamber can do for you. The mixer begins at 5 pm for networking with other members. $5 with reservation, $10 without. Reserve by Tuesday, May 24, by calling (518) 5843255 or visit the chamber website at

Friday May 27 Hip Hop Night Highway Tabernacle Church, 235 Hudson Ave., Mechanicville This concert at His Way Cafe featuring Bishop the Nemesis begins at 7 pm with free admission. For more information, call (518)664-5367.



Charity Runs Walk for Mental Health Awareness Saratoga Spa State Park, South Broadway, Saratoga Springs Beginning at 11 am on Saturday, May 21, with registration starting at 9 am. For more information, call (518) 580-1064 or visit

SPAC Rock & Run The SPAC Action Council will host this event on Sunday, May 22, in the Saratoga Spa State Park. Pre-registration by May 14 is encouraged. Race application and online registration available at For more information, please call Evie Chabot at (518) 584-9330, ext. 122 or visit

Survive the Farm 5K 11494 St. Rte. 40, Easton If you think you’re tough enough to successfully overcome the 5 kilometers of physically demanding obstacles, we welcome you to join us for the first ever Survive The Farm 5K challenge on Saturday, May 28. Proceeds from the event will go to help fund Operation Adopt a Soldier. Please visit for more information.

Cantina Kids Fun Run Benefiting the Pediatric Emergency Services at Saratoga Hospital, this fun day begins at 9 am on June 5. Go to for more information.

HELPING HANDS Organization

Saratoga Sponsor a Scholar Mission To help financially eligible young men and women in Saratoga Springs complete high school and graduate from college. SSAS provides the young scholars enrolled in the program with mentors, academic tutoring, help with college preparation and financial assistance during college.

D-Day Revisited Holiday Inn Express, 400 Old Loudon Rd. Latham The program on Sunday, June 4, will begin at noon and include guest speakers, a video and a “Where Are They Now” brochure about the D-Day Veterans. This event is for survivors, their family and friends, as well as other veterans and the public. Please respond by Thursday, May 26, by calling (518) 426-0461, 426-4350, 4894020 or 439-9265, or emailing

Dog Appreciation Day VFW, Excelsior Ave. Saratoga Springs On Saturday, June 4, from 11 am to 3 pm, bring your dog to enjoy a day of fun, socializing and shopping the various vendors. Pet adoption clinics will be held as well. For more information, call (518) 885-9029 or 584-4737.

Camp Saratoga 5K Trail Series This series of runs will be held at 6:15 pm on Monday evenings June 27, July 11, July 27, August 8 and August 22. Registration is $5 the day-of. This is a low-key, fun event topped off by light refreshments and unusual raffle prizes. Please bring your own water. Proceeds benefit the Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park and the Jake Fund (a local toddler who is facing multiple leg operations). For more information, call Laura Clark at (518) 581-1278 or email or visit

Firecracker 4 This annual race takes place on July 4. To register visit

How to Help Students are nominated by guidance counselors and ninth grade teachers and selected by a rigorous process that includes an application, recommendations and an interview with students and families. Saratoga Sponsor-A-Scholar depends on the commitment and generosity of its donors. You or your organization can donate to Saratoga Sponsor-A-Scholar at any level. Donations outside of sponsorships may be applied to administrative and program expenses. A $100 gift can provide a graphing calculator. A $1,000 gift can help support a tutoring program. No gift is too small. For those who wish to help more, full sponsorships match a student with a sponsor who contributes $10,000 to that student. Four thousand dollars of the sponsorship pledge covers costs associated with the program activities during high school, including weekly tutoring, AP classes and college prep activities. The remaining $6,000 is paid by Sponsor-A-Scholar directly to the student during college at the rate of $1,500 per year. Contact Our website is and our phone number is (518) 587-2472 or (518) 581-0979.

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Friday, May 20, 2011

Professor Louie & the Crowmatix Saturday, May 21, at 8 pm Hudson River Music Hall 122 Main Street, Hudson Falls Tickets: $15, $12.50 and $8 students (518) 321-2620


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SaratogaArtsFest Center and Gallery Opens on Broadway - Public Invited to Grand Opening on May 23

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Paintings by Takeyce Walter of Round Lake will be on display at the SaratogaArtsFest Center and Gallery. SARATOGA SPRINGS - A sure sign that SaratogaArtsFest is just around the corner is the opening of the festival’s Center and Gallery in downtown Saratoga Springs. As the festival’s headquarters, the Center sells festival admissions packages and merchandise, provides ArtsFest information and exhibits works by featured artists. The fifth annual SaratogaArtsFest is scheduled for June 9 through 12. The downtown headquarters is located at 516 Broadway, near the Saratoga Springs City Center. It opened on Monday, May 16. The public is invited to the grand opening celebration which will take place on Monday, May 23, from 4 to 6 pm.

"The grand opening is an excellent opportunity to mingle with ArtsFest organizers and artists, explore the gallery exhibits, and get more information about the festival events," said Mary Ellen O'Loughlin, executive director of SaratogaArtsFest. "Stop in early to get your ARTSPASS admission package and stay awhile to enjoy the atmosphere." The artists and organizations represented at the May 23 grand opening will include: • Visual artists Ralph Caparulo, Sandra Capecci, and Takeyce Walter, whose work is featured in the exhibition at the Center and Gallery. • Saratoga Arts, whose executive director Joel Reed will be available to discuss his organization’s programs featured during SaratogaArtsFest, including the film and music-oriented Delta Blues Night. Reed will

also answer questions about the “Paint a Colt” project, in which local students designed and painted a fiberglass horse, which will be auctioned off at the June 9 Prelude fundraiser for the ArtsFest. • Joel Brown, chair of the Music Department at Skidmore College and a member of the folkblues-jazz group Triple Play, will be in attendance. Triple Play will be performing at the ArtsFest with jazz icon Dave Brubeck at Skidmore College’s Arthur Zankel Music Center on Friday, June 10. Triple Play will perform their original tunes, as well as Dave Brubeck standards. The required seating tickets for the Triple Play/Brubeck show are expected to sell out (A $5 premium with a festival pass, called ARTSPASS, or $45 without), so music enthusiasts are urged to stop by the ArtsFest Center and Gallery as soon as possible to make this purchase. As an incentive to visit the center, a free cinch bag with the festival logo will be given away with the first 100 ARTSPASS packages to be purchased or picked up. SaratogaArtsFest Admission Packages may be purchased at the center or online at www.SaratogaArtsFest, but admissions materials must be picked up at the center. Anyone who received a 2011 ARTSPASS as a gift, or bought one early at the promotional rate, may bring the ceramic ARTSPASS or certificate to the center to receive a full set of admission materials. The prices for the Admission Packages are adult $35; students (18+ with student ID) $20; military $15; youth (children 5 to 17) $5. Children under age 5 are admitted free.

Blues Legend Joe Louis Walker to Play Parting Glass


Joe Louis Walker Thursday, May 26, at 8 pm The Parting Glass 40-42 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs Tickets: $14 advance / $20 day of show Advance Tickets:

SARATOGA SPRINGS - When New England blues genre show promoter Harp King Productions started looking for an upstate New York town that might support a menu of national-act blues performances, it eyed the Saratoga Springs market as a possibility. After enlisting the advice of local music aficionado Bob Millis (who has brought in national performers including Grace Potter and Tallest Man on Earth), the Parting Glass Pub (40-42 Lake Avenue) was chosen as a host venue for what Harp King hopes is the first of many blues shows. They have booked heavyweight electric guitarist Joe Louis Walker for a show on Thursday, May 26, at 8pm. Tickets are $20 at the door and are discounted to $14 when purchased in advance from the Parting Glass’ website: Regarded as “one of the most heralded blues artists of our time,” Walker is a multiple Grammy and W.C. Handy award winner as well as a past recipient of the Blues Music Association's (BMA) Album of the Year. 2010 was a banner year for the San Francisco native, with a Living Blues Award as Outstanding Musician in addition to three nominations in other BMA categories. In “Between a Rock and the Blues,” the latest in a long string of critically acclaimed albums, Walker pushes the boundaries of the blues, creating a sharp six-string attack that can be likened to a fired-up Robert Cray with a mix of Buddy Guy, while still firmly rooted in his foundation of soul, gospel and R&B. Among the guest musicians on that release is Murali Coryell, a fast-rising blues guitarist in his own right and son of the legendary jazz fusion guitarist Larry Coryell. Murali will be one of the featured band members at the May 26 show as well. “The Parting Glass is a superb performance room with a great personality and sound,” said Harp King's Dave Robbins. “Its legacy is obviously in Irish music, but we decided to add something else to the mix.” So while you shouldn’t expect to see the Parting Glass turn into a branch of the House of Blues, it should be exciting to hear one of the genre’s leading practitioners in this environment, with the prospect of other blues shows here in the future.

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Friday, May 20, 2011

27th Home Made Theater Season to Hit All the High Notes!


25th Anniversary Exhibits are a Summer Highlight at National Museum of Dance

-2011-12 Season Will have Musical, Family, Drama and Comedy Offerings

Home Made Theater (HMT), Saratoga’s resident theater company, has announced their upcoming 2011-12 season programming. At this juncture, the definite dates are still to be established, but the program lineup has been set and there are a lot of exciting things to look forward to! Beginning this October, HMT will begin their season with the classic rock musical “Hair.” The groundbreaking and controversial counter-culture chronicle originally hit Broadway in 1968, and, over 40 years later, won the Tony Award for Best Revival in 2009.

December traditionally brings a “theater for families” offering to HMT’s Spa Little Theater stage. This year’s presentation is “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” based on the books by C.S. Lewis. A popular adaptation has been the film “The Chronicles of Narnia” and Lewis’ book has been translated and published in over 40 languages. The story begins in 1940 during World War II, when the four Pevensie children, Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy, are evacuated from London to escape the Blitz. Eventually the children are named the kings and queens of

Narnia. In February, classic mystery will prevail as the stage adaptation of Agatha Christie’s best-seller “And Then There Were None” is presented and the season ends on a high (and comedic) note as HMT will stage Neil Simon’s “Rumors” in April, 2012. Home Made Theater’s official season brochure will be mailed in July with specific performance dates and times. Call (518) 5874427 or e-mail to be added to their mailing list. - Arthur Gonick

Saratoga Arts Seeks Fine Artists for ‘Art in the Park’ Summer Exhibitions Saratoga Arts is seeking artists for their two summer ‘Art in the Park’ outdoor art exhibitions. On Saturday, July 9, the first ‘Art in the Park’ exhibition will occur in Saratoga Springs’ historic Congress Park from 10 am to 5 pm. The second exhibition will be on Tuesday, August 23 (which is during the annual Travers Festival week), from 10 am to 6 pm. The ‘Art in the Park’ exhibits are open to artists that feature original fine artwork. The deadline for artists to reserve space in Congress Park for either or both events is Friday, June 17.

SARATOGA SPRINGS - The National Museum of Dance (NMD) at 99 South Broadway in Saratoga Springs is currently in their 25th year of celebrating dance and its history and are commemorating the occasion with special 25th Anniversary Celebration Exhibits. The Museum is open from 10 am to 4:30 pm, Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is $6.50 for adults, $5 for seniors and students, $3 for children under 12 and free for children under 3. Also, coming to the Museum by the end of May are two new exhibits: “The American Ballet Theatre (ABT): Then and Now” and “Eleo Pomare: The Man, The Artist, The Maker of Artists.” The ABT exhibit will showcase costumes, photos, programs and memorabilia from the Theatre’s illustrious history. The Eleo Pomare exhibit will celebrate the career of the Columbian-American choreographer whose work is famous for its sociopolitical themes. Other current exhibits include “Postage Paid,” an exploration of dance through international postage stamps, “MJ: A Michael Jackson Tribute,” honoring the most recent C.V. Whitney Hall of Fame inductee and “Dancing with the Stars,” which includes over 50 jawdropping costumes and shoes from the hit reality series. The National Museum of Dance was established in 1986 and is the only museum in the nation dedicated entirely to dance. For other upcoming exhibits and events, please visit the museum's website at

Space is limited for each exhibition and advanced registration is required. For fees and a registration form, go to

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“Toast to the Ta Ta’s” at Village Pizzeria

A festive crowd on a fine evening turned out for the first “Toast to the Ta Ta’s” wine and food tasting event of 2011 on Thursday, May 12, at Village Pizzeria, 2727 Route 29, in Middle Grove. The proceeds of these events go to benefit the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. Owner Sandy Foster and her staff welcomed special guest Laurent De La Gatinais of the Rapitala Winery in Sicily, Italy. Mr. De La Gatinais poured wine throughout the evening to compliment the delicious food and signed bottles for the enthusiasts among the attendees. Other events to benefit the Avon Walk are scheduled at Village Pizzeria on Thursday, June 30, and Monday, August 15. For information or reservations, phone (518) 882-9431. To learn more about the Avon Walk, visit

Van Dyck Presents Maria Muldaur On Saturday, May 21, The Van Dyck Lounge will present Grammy award-nominated blues artist Maria Muldaur and Her Bluesiana Band for two shows at 7:30 and 9:30 pm. Tickets are $18 in advance at the club (237 Union Street, Schenectady) or online at and $22 at the door on the day of the show. For more information, phone (518) 348-7999.


“Upbeat on the Roof” Concert Series Announced One of the great joys of the summer season is the arrival of the Tang Museum’s “Upbeat on the Roof” series at Skidmore College. Beginning with a special show during ArtsFest weekend on June 10, the series will be held each Friday evening beginning July 1 through Labor Day weekend. It’s a great way to begin each summer weekend on several levels. There is a great mix of leading local and regional performers spiced up with some National touring acts that you might not see anywhere nearby. There is also a terrific balance of genres from acoustic songwriters, jazz and more. Then there is the setting. The roof of the Tang Museum provides an unparalleled, refreshing view of the surrounding beautiful Skidmore grounds that is a perfect compliment to the music. If the weather is inclement, the shows go on in a beautiful presentation room inside the Tang. And you can’t beat the price – “Upbeat” shows are free! All shows begin at 7 pm and are open to the public. -Arthur Gonick

2011 Schedule: June 10: Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius & Heard July 1: Sonny & Perley July 8: Melick, Moody & McKrell July 15: Brian Patneaude Quartet July 22: The Blue Olives July 29: Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys August 5: Nancy Walker Trio August 12: Red Hen August 19: Dana & Susan Robinson August 26: The Tichy Boys September 2: Rich Ortiz

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New Country Toyota and Scion’s 1st Annual Art Contest by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS - New Country Toyota and Scion, located at 3002 Rt. 50, Saratoga Springs, is inviting all students attending elementary school in the Saratoga Springs School District to take part in the dealership's first annual art contest. The theme of this year's contest is "What Makes Our World Happy?" Submissions for the contest are being accepted through the end of May. Original artwork of any kind - including drawings, paintings, poems, literature and more will be collected and displayed at the dealership, with five finalists and one grand prize winner to be announced in early June. "We're just trying to spark some creativity in the kids and see what they come up with," said Michael Speranza, sales manager at New Country Toyota and Scion. "There's not one thing that's right, not one thing that's

wrong - it doesn't have to be about cars or car related. It's just a matter of whatever the kids can come up with." Each finalist will be invited back to the dealership for casual fare and an award ceremony after all submissions have been gathered. At the award ceremony, "we're going to unveil a 2011 Sienna Minivan with the grand finalist's artwork printed on the vehicle," said Speranza. The vehicle will then be showcased at the grand prize winner's school until the end of the school year. Each finalist will also receive a savings bond during the ceremony. "It gets the whole community involved," said Speranza. "It's not about selling cars, it's not about getting people to the dealership. We want to give back to the community, and for people to

see that we're here for them, we're supportive of their school, and we're supporting the future." Contestants are invited to drop off their submission to New Country Toyota and Scion, or to

mail their creative piece of art to New Country Toyota, ATTN: Michael Speranza, 3002 Rt. 50, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Electronic submissions may also be sent to For more information, please contact Michael Speranza directly at (518) 584-7272, ext. 157.



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Movie Review Bridesmaids (Directed by Paul Feig; Starring Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph & Rose Byrne 2011) For everyone whose life has hit rock bottom, or so they thought. Annie (played by Kristen Wiigs) is working as a jewelry store clerk after suffering a massive business failure. She is living with two very eccentric fraternal twins, despite being chronically late with the rent. Lillian, her best friend (played by Maya Rudolph) is engaged to a man she’s deeply in love with who makes a great living. As her best friend, Lillian enlists Annie to act as maid of honor at her wedding. It’s at the engagement party where Annie first meets Helen Harris (Rose Byrne). Helen’s husband employs Lillian’s fiancée and has become strangely close to her as a result. The other bridesmaids provide little more than comic relief, while Helen (who plans on the order of a Martha Stewart clone on steroids) is the antagonist intent on usurping Annie’s role as maid of honor and Lillian’s best friend. Given Lillian’s impending

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change of address, it appears this position will be vacant soon enough. During all this, Annie’s romantic life is complicated by a waning entanglement with a man whose interest in her is mainly physical and a relationship with a kind and respectful police officer whom she met thanks to a longbroken taillight. The story isn’t all that interesting and the fact that only the audience sees things from Annie’s point of view is near infuriating, in my opinion. That said, Wiig, Rudolph, Byrne and company are hilarious. Funny, entertaining, and that’s about it. 7.1 out of 10.

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Community Sports Bulletin Wilton Soccer Kicks Off at Gavin Park WILTON - The Saratoga Wilton Youth Soccer Club Recreation Program strapped on its cleats and kicked off the season Saturday, May 14, as dozens of teams took to the turf for their first games of the season.

Men’s and Women’s Tennis Nab Weekly Honors SARATOGA SPRINGS – Four members of the Skidmore College men’s and women’s tennis teams received weekly honors for their performances in the NCAA tournament this past weekend. Women’s tennis sophomore Nataly Mendoza earned Performer of the Week and freshman Molly Nolan took home Rookie of the Week honors after reaching the second round of the NCAA tournament. Mendoza won 6-0, 6-0 at number three singles and 8-0 at number one doubles with Rachel Loeb in the Thoroughbreds 5-0 opening round win over Castleton. Nolan posted a 2-2 record in the two rounds, winning 6-0, 6-0 at number five singles and 8-0 at number two doubles against Castleton. On the men’s side, freshman Oliver Loutsenko was named Co-Performer of the Week and classmate Jimmy Sherpa received Rookie of the Week after the Thoroughbreds tough 5-4 loss in the second round of the NCAA tournament. photos byat Cathy Duffy Loutsenko won 6-0, 6-0 at number two singles and Sherpa won 6-3, 6-2 number six singles and teamed with Spencer Cheng for an 8-6 win at number one doubles.

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SARATOGA SPRINGS - The Saratoga Springs Booster Club is holding a field hockey camp Tuesday, June 28, through Friday, July 1, from 8:00 to 11:30 am daily at Saratoga Springs High School. Registration is now open. The camp brochure can be downloaded from the Booster Club's website at For more information please contact Jo-Anne Hostig, Saratoga head field hockey coach, at

Youth Soccer - Saratoga First Touch QUEENSBURY - The First Touch Futbol Academy (FTFA) U10 boys took home second place in the U12 Division of the Adirondack Mountain Mayhem Tournament held in Queensbury Saturday, May 14. The FTFA tied Niskayuna Rough Riders 1-1, defeated Adirondack SC 5-1, lost to the Clifton Park Yellow Jackets 2-1, and defeated the Saratoga Lightning 1-0. Goal scorers on the day were Aidan Rice (3), Tommy Pendergrass (2), Jared Gregorek & Alex Henderson. The team was coached by Jeff Geller and Keith Simons.

2011 Golf Classic at Saratoga National Golf Club May 25 SARATOGA SPRINGS - Saratoga Convention & Tourism Bureau's 2011 Golf Classic is being held at Saratoga National Golf Club from 11:00 am to 7:30 pm Wednesday, May 25. The entire event is open to Bureau members and non-members. Registration opens at 11:00 am, shotgun tee-off at 1:00 pm, and concludes with a reception featuring awards and prizes from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. You can choose to attend the golf portion, the reception only or both. The tournament will proceed rain or shine, unless the course is closed. The golf format is a four person scramble, including 18 holes of golf, a cart with GPS system, boxed lunch, use of practice facilities, post tournament reception, awards and prizes. The winning foursome will receive a date at the Saratoga Race Course in the Convention Bureau's box. Sponsorship opportunities are available by calling the bureau. Spaces fill quickly and are reserved on a first come, first serve basis. To register for the annual golf classic online, go to or to request a printed invitation, call the Bureau at (518) 584-1531 or e-mail Kathy Price at

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Back left to right: Zach Saddlemire, Aidan Rice, Christian Toma, Michael Lanfear, Ryan Postlethwait, Evan Farr. Front left to right: Jared Gregorek, Alex Laddis, Luke Clark, Jared Everleth, Alex Henderson, Ben Crandall, Brennan Fletcher, Jamie Benton, Tommy Pendergrass




Friday, May 20, 2011

My Basketball Brain

Damian Fantauzzi I have a constantly running basketball brain and I intend to keep it running, so there is no pulling the plug! My computer and iPad are full of drills, offenses, defenses and many of my own creations from years of experience. My mindset is that I can still do the necessary things needed to enhance and develop a basketball program, for any level. In 1968, when I first started

coaching varsity basketball in Schuylerville, it was only for a year because the teacher I replaced in the art department returned from his sabbatical. So I moved to Granville for three years, where teaching secondary art, coaching varsity basketball and tennis was my job description. Eventually, I saw an opening for a Saratoga Springs High School secondary art position, so I applied for the position, finished off my graduate work and was hired. Coaching basketball was not an option, but I knew that I could live without it until the opportunity presented itself! During that first fall, Ray Waldron, who was the Director of Athletics, asked me if I would coach cross country - and that was the beginning of my coaching career at Saratoga. It's funny what happened next. Within a few weeks, the boys' junior varsity basketball job

opened up, and again, Mr. Waldron asked me to coach. I jumped at that opportunity, and within in three years, I became the varsity basketball coach! The summer before starting at Schuylerville, I had the good fortune of meeting Coach Bobby Knight, who at the age of 25 was the head basketball coach at West Point. We met at a basketball camp in Pennsylvania. Coach Knight and I became good friends and I worked his basketball camps for years both at West Point and Indiana. After his move to Indiana University, he offered me a graduate assistant coaching position at the "Hoosiers" University. I seriously considered taking the offer, but decided that the timing didn't seem right for me - oh the choices we make! He respected my decision and we both moved on to prepare for our respective coaching jobs. As fate would have it, it ended up being

the right decision for me because had I accepted the offer, I would not have met my wife, Ann, and had two great children. As the varsity coach at Saratoga High, I felt I needed to have my prospective players involved with basketball during the summer months (AAU programs and teams were unavailable in the Northeast). So with the financial backing of the Saratoga Youth Commission, a summer basketball league and a basketball camp were created at the Lake Avenue Armory. The program thrived, and I was elated. There were 80 to 120 boys involved every summer for about seven years - including boys from St. Peters (Spa Catholic) and, in later years, kids from Ballston Spa. The Youth Commission was co-funded by the county and city, so it was an easy mix with the addition of Ballston Spa. It took many hours to develop the league, form teams and the schedule. The basketball camp mirrored Coach


Knight's camp format because, in my opinion, he had the best instructional methods to teach and reinforce the development of good basketball fundamentals. During the mid 70s this program was one-of-a-kind in Section II, and many local coaches called with questions on how to develop a similar program. It was work, it was fun, and most of all, it kept kids involved with basketball in the off-season. All of the participants were not members of the basketball teams at the high school. These were boys in the community who just wanted to play and were allowed to, which made it more fun! It was good summer recreation; we had shirts and trophies, all of which were financed through a nominal fee paid by each kid (and if they didn't have the money, it was covered anyway). I would do this again, in a heartbeat - if there is a way to get Saratoga Basketball up in the ranks of Section II, my basketball brain is always ready to work!

Over 500 athletes flock to 10th annual Morris Cup BURNT HILLS - Over 500 athletes representing 15 US states, four Canadian provinces, the countries of Barbados, Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Japan, Russia, Slovenia, Sweden and the Ukraine descended upon Burnt Hills High School Saturday, May 14, for the 10th Annual Morris Cup, a Senior Level-E qualifying event for national Judo rankings. The event is hosted annually by the Glenville, NY-based US National Training Center at the Jason Morris Judo Center (JMJC), located at 584 Rt. 50. The Morris Cup is the final leg of the "Zebra Tour," which also includes NYC's Starrett Cup, the Boston-area Pedro's Challenge and Rhode Island's Ocean State International competition. Zebra Tour organizers provide the winners of elite divisions with a $250 purse. If an athlete wins all four events in a given year, they are awarded $1,000 bonus. In 2011, the JMJC's own Kyle Vashkulat earned the $1,000 bonus, joining JMJC clubmate Nick Kossor (2009) as the only athletes to sweep the Zebra Tour in a given year. Vashkulat was

named the "Zebra Tour Champion" for his accomplishments. Vashkulat did so by winning the +100kg weight class as the lightest man in the group, winning at his Alma mater - Burnt Hills High School, from which he graduated three years ago. The JMJC also captured the team title for the third straight year and sixth time overall, winning a total of 19 medals (including seven gold). The surprise of the 2011 Morris Cup was an inspirational showing by Toronto-area Upper Canada Judo, who tied for second with NYC's Combat Sambo in strong showings by dedicated up-andcoming clubs who pushed aside many dojos with longer and deeper resumes. The Morris Cup, named in honor of owner Jason Morris' father (who passed away at the closing ceremonies of the 1992 Olympics after seeing his son win a silver medal), has been one of the east coast's most prestigious events for the last 10 years. Kicking off the function, as they have for the past nine years, were local recording artists "Dan Wos Project," who performed

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Brad Bolen (top) pins JMJC teammate Harrison Hatton on his way to the 66kg title. rock and roll standards along with some of their signature tunes. The Judo action continued non-stop from 10 am until 8 pm across six mats. "The Morris Cup had a long line of sponsors and volunteers who make it all possible. We are very grateful for their support," Tournament Director Jason Morris said at the close of the event. "Just like athletes pursuing a successful career, the tournament director and staff have to do the work and stay the course yearin and year-out to put on a great event like this 10 years running," said four-time Olympian Morris.

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Hatton (right) throws his opponent to win a bronze.




Friday, May 20, 2011


Saratoga Fillies Spring and Summer Girls Ice Hockey National Museum of Racing Announces 2011 Hall of Fame Class Brings Talented Athletes Together on One Team SARATOGA SPRINGS - Trainer including the Breeders' Cup Juvenile by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS - Bob Holmes was driving his daughter Lilly two and a half hours to her ice hockey practice in Vermont, ever the dedicated father, when an inescapable thought crossed his mind. "My daughter and a bunch of other girls used to play out of a team in Vermont, but most of the girls were from Saratoga, so we decided we might as well do something here instead of driving to Vermont for practice every weekend," said Holmes, who has taken it upon himself to create an all-girls ice hockey team here in Saratoga Springs. "Right now, this is the first time we've done something like this out of Saratoga," Holmes added. The Saratoga Fillies were created by Holmes to provide a competitive spring and summer travel program for a 12U AAA team in Saratoga, bringing together the best and most talented girls hockey players in the region to play under one team. The response during last month's tryouts was, to say the least, overwhelming. "We have girls from Vermont, girls from Clifton Park, Saratoga Springs," Holmes said. "We have girls kind of from everywhere." The program, which is less than a month old, hopes to give these young female athletes an outlet to compete, develop their hockey skills and form lasting friendships with their teammates. "Girls hockey is a very small word gets around," said Holmes. "And girls' hockey is different than boys. The girls really make connections, they establish relationships. It's not about playing with me as their coach; it's more like they want to play with their friends." Another difference Holmes noted


The Saratoga Fillies Girls Ice Hockey logo between the girls and the boys' leagues, especially after age 12, simply comes down to the size discrepancy between players. "Most girls play for a youth hockey organization with both boys and girls during the year. But, usually at the bantam level, they're going to be checking one another, and usually at that point there's a significant size discrepancy between the girls." Seven girl athletes from the Saratoga area, formally members of the Saratoga Pee Wee team, have signed on with the Fillies to take part in the inaugural season, including Maggie Conway, Amy Whiteside, Holly Meredith, Megan Klingbeil, Sarah McCoy, Olivia Scolamiero and Lilly Holmes. "All of these girls played this past year for the Saratoga Pee Wee team, and it was a pretty good team," said Holmes. "I think they held their own and contributed and were very successful. So I want these girls to keep on working hard; I want them to get better each game - and I want them to see what some of the best girls' hockey teams out there look like. I want to provide them with an example and say: that's what we want to

be like." Holmes and his team have already had the opportunity to play against a few all-girls teams, including their former team located in Vermont. This weekend, the team will travel to Quebec City for their first tournament, where they will face-off against some of the best girls' 12U AAA hockey teams in the region. "If you want to work hard enough, if you want to dedicate yourself to the sport, you can be as good or better as they are," said Holmes, who hopes playing against a series of great opponents this weekend will help inspire his own team to elevate their level of play. Holmes has come across many challenges while pursing the creation of this team - not the least of which has been scheduling practice time and games for a team whose players are scattered across multiple states. But thanks to contributions from Harrow Sports, Harrison and Burrows Bridge Constructors, Inc., Saratoga Eagle and the Scolamiero Family, the team has found its financial footing to get operations up and running. Local hockey greats like Saratoga High School coach Mike Ricupero, Division I UNH and Cornell graduate Stephanie Holmes and USA Women's Olympic Hockey team member Casey Bellamy have also all agreed to lend a hand and help hone the girls' skills. "My daughter tells Coach [Ricupero,] 'I'm going to be the first girl to play for Saratoga High School hockey.' My own dream is 10 years from now I want to be able to be on a line just playing in an adult league with my daughter and having fun," said Holmes. "I want to develop a love for the game that lasts a lifetime."

Jerry Hollendorfer and the fillies Open Mind, Safely Kept and Sky Beauty have been elected to the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame. The Class of 2011 will be inducted on Friday, August 12, at 10:30 am at the Fasig-Tipton sales pavilion. The ceremony is free and open to the public and will be televised live on HRTV. Hollendorfer, Open Mind, Safely Kept and Sky Beauty were elected in the contemporary category by 183 members of the Hall of Fame's voting panel. The Hall of Fame's Historic Review Committee will announce its selections in early June to complete the Class of 2011. Hollendorfer has been the most successful trainer in Northern California since the mid-1980s. He won the training championship at every major Bay Area meeting from 1986 through 2008, recording 37 straight titles at Bay Meadows and 32 consecutive crowns at Golden Gate Fields. Hollendorfer has also enjoyed considerable success on the Southern California circuit and won a training title at Arlington Park in 2001. In 2010, Hollendorfer won five Grade 1 races: the Kentucky Oaks, Alabama and Las Virgenes with champion Blind Luck; the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile with Dakota Phone; and the Gamely with Tuscan Evening. Hollendorfer ranked fourth in earnings in 2010 with $9,307,328 and third in wins with 286. He was fifth in earnings in 2009 ($7,309,169) and seventh in 2008 ($8,637,578). He was also third in wins in both 2009 (273) and 2008 (282). Hollendorfer won a career-high 308 races in 2004 to finish third in the trainer standings. Hollendorfer has ranked in the top 10 in wins for 24 consecutive years (1987 through 2010) and has been in the top 10 in earnings 12 times in his career. Through 2010, Hollendorfer ranked fourth in all-time victories (5,863) and eighth all-time in earnings ($119,141,280) among North American trainers. His major wins include three runnings of the Kentucky Oaks and scores in the Santa Anita Handicap, Delaware Handicap, Fleur de Lis, Hollywood Futurity and Haskell Invitational. Open Mind (chestnut filly, 1986, by Deputy Minister - Stage Lucky, by Stage Door Johnny), bred in New Jersey by Due Process Stables, won 12 of 19 career starts. Owned by Eugene Klein and trained by D. Wayne Lukas, Open Mind was named Champion 2-Year-Old Filly of 1988 when she won four of six starts,

Fillies. At 3, Open Mind won eight of 11 starts, including the New York Filly Triple Crown (the Acorn, Mother Goose and Coaching Club American Oaks), as well as the Kentucky Oaks and Alabama Stakes. Her victory in the Alabama was her 10th consecutive win, seven of which were Grade 1 races. She repeated as her division champion at 3 and concluded her career with nine graded wins among her 11 stakes victories and earnings of $1,844,372. Safely Kept (bay filly, 1986, by Horatius - Safely Home, by Winning Hit), bred in Maryland by Mr. and Mrs. David Hayden, raced four years, won 24 of 31 starts and accumulated earnings of $2,194,206. Owned by Barry Weisbord and Richard Santulli's Jayeff B. Stable and trained by Alan Goldberg, Safely Kept won four of her five starts as a 2-year-old in 1988 and then took eight of her nine races at age 3 to earn the Eclipse Award as Champion Sprinter. Among her wins during that campaign were the Grade 1 Test Stakes, the Grade 2 Genuine Risk Handicap and the Grade 2 Prioress Stakes. At 4, Safely Kept won eight of 10 races with seven of those victories in stakes events. She defeated a starstudded field in the 1990 Breeders' Cup Sprint. That victory, over stars such as Black Tie Affair and Dayjur, also avenged her only loss from the prior year, as she defeated Dancing Spree by 9ďŹ lengths. Safely Kept concluded her career with five wins in seven starts as a 5year-old in 1991, including her third victory in the Genuine Risk Handicap, Maryland Million Distaff and Garden State Stakes Handicap. Sky Beauty (bay filly, 1990, by Blushing Groom - Maplejinsky, by Nijinsky II), bred in Kentucky by Sugar Maple Farm, won 15 of 21 starts and had purse earnings of $1,336,000 in her four-year career. Owned by Georgia Hoffman and trained by Allen Jerkens, Sky Beauty posted a five-race win streak at age 3 in 1993, which included the New York Filly Triple Crown and the Alabama. At 4, Sky Beauty posted another five-race win streak, including a 10length romp in the Go for Wand. She also added Grade 1 wins in the Hempstead and the Ruffian. Sky Beauty had a brief campaign at 5, adding her second victory in the Vagrancy. Nine of Sky Beauty's 15 wins were in Grade 1 races.




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Saratoga Rowing Association Hosts New York State Rowing Finals Last Weekend by Madeleine Smith Saratoga TODAY It may have been a miserable weekend for some, but New York State crew teams had more important things on their minds than the rain. "As long as the water is fine, it doesn't matter what's coming down from the sky," said Chris Chase, Saratoga Rowing's Head Coach. Teams from Buffalo to Long Island, and many local teams from across the Capital District came to Fish Creek, hosted by the Saratoga Rowing Association, to row for the State Finals last Saturday, May 14, and Sunday, May 15. These 360 athletes competed for the gold, silver or bronze medals and a chance to go to Nationals. National Championships will be held in Camden, New Jersey, at Cooper River State Park, for high school teams, and in Oakridge, Tennessee for the club teams. Local high school teams came up on top in almost every race. Saratoga High School won 12 out of the 38 races they rowed,

getting first in the Boys and Girls Senior 4, Boys and Girls Junior 4, Boys single, Boys and Girls double, and Girls Freshman 8. Niskayuna High School, Shenendehowa High School, Shaker, and Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School took home many titles as well. Although successful, the teams' races did not go as smoothly as they had hoped. At the beginning of the race, Burnt Hills Senior Bridget Rudgers, a member of the Girls 8, had "caught a crab," or the oar got stuck in the water mid-stroke causing the rower to be struck in the face by the oar and pushed backwards. Although first off the start, after this setback their chances of getting any title were slim. "It set us back almost 15 seconds," Rudgers said, "but we made a crazy recovery and ended up with third." The eight girls sprinted the last stretch and exceeded their own expectations. Her teammate, Mary Hall, also a senior at Burnt Hills, went on to discuss the experience, "We weren't going to give up, especially our senior year. I've never been so proud of

my team. We really pulled together even when it seemed like we would fail." We will all have to wait and see how these teams do at the Nationals Championships next weekend, May 26-29. For more detailed results, visit NYS rowing on Facebook or at

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