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Volume 6 • Issue 25

The Vibe Comes Alive! - 34th Jazz Festival this Weekend by Arthur Gonick Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS - Yes, the positive economic impact on the region is tremendous. And the music, as always, is world-class. But what distinguishes Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival weekend among all the great offerings at Saratoga Performing Arts Center is the unique atmosphere that pervades the grounds.

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Long Overdue by Yael Goldman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS Alice Hargreaves Fay, 89, received three World War II service medals on Monday, June 20, more than 65 years after her discharge from the Army. Rep. Chris Gibson presented her with the • Saratoga Today

World War II vet. Alice Hargreaves Fay

100 Years for Hand Melon

It’s festive. It’s relaxed. It’s a groove. And it’s suitable for everyone in the family. “Once people discover this festival, they return season after season. It becomes a destination they look forward to all year long,” said Marcia J. White, SPAC‘s president and executive director. One of the most celebrated and longest-running jazz events in the world, the Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz

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Major Impact on Major Leagues Local author pushes MLB to provide pensions for hundreds of players by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA COUNTY - After decades of neglecting over 1,000 retired Major League Baseball players access to a pension, local author Douglas J. Gladstone and

his book, “A Bitter Cup of Coffee; How MLB & The Players Association Threw 874 Retirees A Curve,” has helped inspire the MLB to compensate retirees for their service.

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Inside TODAY... Boomerang pgs 17-25 Wilton ParkFest pg 7 City Council pg 8 Summer Reading pg 14 BOCES, BSpa, Schuy. grads pg 15 Skidmore Jazz Institute pg 29

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Dogs & Divas

SARATOGA SPRINGS Michelle Riggi struts down the runway with her fashionable pups Thursday, June 16, during Dogs & Divas, a fundraising benefit for the American Cancer Society. Riggi, an honorary chairwoman for the event, joined dozens of dogs and their owners as they sported the latest fashions from local boutiques for a good cause.




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James R. Archer, 28, of 36 Hollandale, Apt. M, Clifton Park, pleaded guilty to a charge of possessing a sexual performance by a child, a class-E felony. Archer was arrested February 3 in Clifton Park for an incident that occurred December 28. He is expected to return to court for sentencing August 8. Timothy F. Leary, 50, of Greenfield Center, was resentenced June 13 by Judge Jerry J. Scarano to one to three years in New York State Prison, probation terminated. Leary was originally convicted September 25, 2009, of driving while intoxicated, a class-D felony, for which he had been sentenced to four months of weekends in Saratoga County Jail and five years of probation. Deborah J. Curran, aka "Deborah Dalaba," 35, of 36 Seward St., Saratoga Springs, pleaded guilty to a charge of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, a class-D felony. Curran was arrested August 25 in Saratoga Springs for an incident that occurred July 22 and has been sentenced to three years of conditional discharge. Devon J. Robertson, aka "Cash," 23, of 472 2nd Street, Troy, pleaded guilty to a charge of third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class-C felony. Robertson was arrested January 10 in Clifton Park and has been sentenced to three and a half years in New York State Prison and three years of post release supervision. Michael J. Dillard, 25, was resentenced June 14 by Judge Jerry J. Scarano to one to three years in New York State Prison with credit for time served, probation terminated. Dillard was originally convicted April 19, 2010, of third-degree criminal possession of stolen property, for which he had been sentenced to five years of probation. David W. DeVoe, 45, of 9 Center St., Ballston Spa, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated, a class-E felony. DeVoe was arrest-

ed October 19 in Malta and is expected to return to court for sentencing August 8. William P. Heritage, 59, of 185 Paisley Rd., Ballston Spa, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated, a class-E felony. Heritage was arrested July 22, 2010, in the town of Ballston and has been sentenced to five years of probation to include ignition interlock. Jason S. Hartman, 38, of 524 Stanek Rd., Schenectady, pleaded guilty to a charge of first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a class-E felony. Hartman was arrested November 25 in Halfmoon and is expected to return to court for sentencing August 11. Jacob L. Steves, 24, of 1253 Tripoli Rd., Hudson Falls, pleaded guilty to a charge of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class-D violent felony. Steves was arrested October 29 in Clifton Park and has been sentenced to five years of probation. William E. Feltt, 34, of 980 Murray Rd., Lot 3, Middle Grove, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated, a class-E felony. Feltt was arrested April 9 in Milton and is expected to return to court for sentencing August 11. Robert W. Brownell, 21, of 218 Lake Desolation Rd., Greenfield, pleaded guilty to charges of third-

degree rape, a class-E felony, and third-degree assault, also a class-E felony. Brownell was arrested February 18 in Greenfield for incidents that occurred January 11 and February 17. He is expected to return to court for sentencing August 11. Ben D. Lacy, 22, of 26B Sand St., Apt. B, Albany, pleaded guilty to charges of fourth-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class-D felony, and fourth-degree criminal mischief, a class-A misdemeanor. Lacy was arrested March 29, 2010, in Saratoga Springs and has been placed on interim probation to participate in drug treatment court with a deferred sentencing. Samuel A. Serrano-Gonzalez, 27, of 63 Front St., Waterford, was charged with first-degree rape, a class-B violent felony; first-degree sexual abuse, a class-D violent felony; first-degree unlawful imprisonment, a class-E felony; and criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation, a class-A misdemeanor. Serrano-Gonzalez was arrested June 9 in Waterford and is expected to return to court at a later date.




NYRA Unveils 2011 Travers Logo

"Midsummer Derby," the prestigious 1 â „-mile race was first run in 1864, making it the oldest major stakes race in the country for 3-year-olds.

Jeffrey Hampshire is Not a Persistent Felon SARATOGA SPRINGS - The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) unveiled this week the logo for the 142nd running of the Travers Stakes. The 2011 Travers logo features the signature spires of Saratoga Race Course and was designed by Eric Johnston of Art Design Studios ( The 2011 running of the Grade 1, $1 million Travers is scheduled for Saturday, August 27. Known as the

BALLSTON SPA - Saratoga County Judge Jerry J. Scarano ruled on Thursday, June 16 that Jeffrey Hampshire will not be tried as a persistent felon. The conviction could have earned him a life sentence for tampering with evidence in the March 2010 hit-and-run that killed 27-year-old Ryan Rossley. Instead, Hampshire faces a maximum of 2-4 years in prison. The 30-year-old now has three felonies on his record, and was previously acquitted of a murder case.

District Attorney James A. Murphy strongly disagreed with the ruling, stating there was not a "more suitable candidate for persistent felony offender treatment." In a written release, Murphy explained that Hampshire had been incarcerated 80 percent of the time between September 2001 and Thursday's trial, and was on parole for the remaining 20 percent. He added that during this same time period, Hampshire had committed two additional felonies, was charged with three parole violations and one probation violation along with other "bad acts and violent uncharged crimes, some of which are the basis of pending investigations." "We will seek the maximum sentence now that the judge has limited us to 2-4 years," Murphy said.

Reidy Will Pay Over $1.6 Million BALLSTON SPA - Former Saratoga Springs lawyer Patrick M. Reidy will pay back the money he stole from 10 of his clients in a mortgage scam. Saratoga County Judge Jerry J. Scarano on Friday, June 17 ordered the 49-year-old disbarred attorney to pay restitution of $1,694,502.08, which includes a five percent surcharge and reimbursement to the Lawyer's Fund for Client Protection of the State of New York. Reidy was convicted of second degree grand larceny, a class-C


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felony, in January 2011. He was previously sentenced to 515 years in a state correctional facility, and is presently in Marcy Correctional Facility. The restitution amount is to be paid in a lump sum by June 17, 2021, to the Saratoga County Probation Department for the benefit of 10 separate victims.

Toxic Gas Kills Stillwater Teen STILLWATER -Eighteen-year-old Joshua J. Brisbin was poisoned to death in his car Friday evening, June 17. Police responded to a call from the teen's stepfather, Peter Hosel, who found Brisbin unconscious in his car at around 7 p.m. Brisbin was pronounced dead on the scene. According to the Saratoga County Sheriff's Office, Brisbin's death was caused by hydrogen sulfide, a toxic mix of household chemicals. Special units were called to the scene to handle the deadly gas. The first responders - a patrolman from the Stillwater Police Department and sergeant from the Saratoga County Sheriff's Office - were taken to Saratoga Hospital to be treated for exposure. As of press time, police had not commented on whether Brisbin's death is ruled as an accident or suicide.

Annual Whitney Canceled


SARATOGA SPRINGS Philanthropist and socialite Marylou Whitney announced this week that


she will not hold her annual Whitney Gala this year. The gala has been held the night before the running of the Whitney Stakes at Saratoga Race Course for the past 40 years with the exception of two other cancelations, in 2006 and in 2009. According to news reports, Whitney and her husband John Hendrickson plan to focus their attention on events planned for backstretch workers instead the night before the August 5 stakes race.

County Protests



BALLSTON SPA - Saratoga County Supervisors voted on Tuesday, June 21 to enact a local law banning protests within 500 feet of a military funeral or procession for two hours before, during and after the event. The board, and a handful of other New York counties, began discussing the local law in early April, after a Federal Supreme Court Ruling in Snyder v. Phelps determined that protests are protected under the first amendment but that local governments have the right to establish restrictions within reason. Snyder v. Phelps is the case of a deceased Marine's father against Westboro Baptist Church for protesting the military's neutrality toward homosexuality at his son's funeral. The Kansas-based group has staged similar protests across the country, including a demonstration in Albany, which is why counties across New York State began considering or establishing their own restrictions. Violators of the Saratoga County law could be charged with a misdemeanor and fined up to $1,000. An offense could also be worth of a oneyear jail sentence.



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Correction In the June 10 issue, a photo of Mae DelVecchio was published under the headline of Rosemary Miller. We apologize for this error.

Ellen Curcio Saratoga Springs, NY - Ellen Curcio, beloved mother of Linda Woods and son-in-law Tony, passed away on Friday, June 17, 2011. She was 87. Ellen was the only daughter of Henry and Alice Shoffstall Harper. Ellen's family would like to express their gratitude for the loving care provided by the entire staff of Maplewood Manor. A private burial will be held later this month at Lakeside Cemetery in Richfield Springs.

Memorial contributions can be made to Maplewood Manor / Awning Replacement Fund, 149 Ballston Ave., Ballston Spa, NY 12020. Arrangements are under the direction of the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes of 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs (584-5373). Online remembrances may be made at

Norman M. Stephens Milton, NY - Norman M. Stephens, 81, passed away on June 16, 2011. Born on May 27, 1930, in Saratoga Springs, NY, he was the son of the late Frederick and Kathleen (Osborn) Stephens and was a lifelong area resident. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by two brothers and one sister. Survivors include three nieces and one nephew.

Graveside services will be conducted at 10 a.m. today at the family plot in Rock City Falls Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing and Cunniff Funeral Homes of 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 584-5373. Online remembrances may be made at

Joshua James Brisbin Stillwater, NY - Joshua James Brisbin of Saratoga Springs, NY, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, June 17, 2011. Survivors include his mother, Leanne Brisbin; father, Jeff Brisbin; step-father, Peter Hoesel; sisters, Jennifer, Allyson and Alexandra Brisbin; brothers, Jeffrey and Paul Brisbin; stepsisters, Jacqueline and Jessica Hoesel; nieces Kara Brisbin and Laurin Thorud; and his maternal grandparents, Mary and Shlomo Dreymann. A funeral service was conducted

Tuesday, June 21, 2011, at the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 5845373. Memorials may be made in his name to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention of Upstate New York, 31 Wake Robin Rd., Ballston Spa, NY 12020 (518-899-0021). Online remembrances may be made at

OBITUARIES Arthur J. McCann Saratoga Springs, NY - Arthur J. McCann, born November 15, 1926, died peacefully on Tuesday, June 21, 2011. He was the son of the late Arthur P. McCann and Mary Hannon. Arthur was also predeceased by his sisters Eileen Walker, Mary McMartin and Joan Frulla. Survivors include his devoted wife of 56 years, Eileen Guidon McCann; five children, Arthur P. McCann of Liverpool, NY, Brian J. (Kathy) McCann of Niskayuna, Kathleen M. (Joseph) Bango of Wilton, Thomas J. (Christine) McCann of Feura Bush, and Margaret M. (Stephen) Frodey of Clifton Park; and his 16 grandchildren, Kathryn, Kristina, Gregory and Sarah McCann, Brendan, Maura and Aidan McCann, Caitlin, Zachary and Haleigh Bango, Andrew, Timothy and Nicholas McCann and Kevin, Brian and Darrin Frodey. Relatives and friends may call from 4-7 p.m. Monday, June 27, 2011, at the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs (584-5373). A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 28, 2011, at St. Clement's Church, 231 Lake Ave. by the Rev. Francis E. Sullivan, C.Ss.R. Burial will follow in the family plot at St. Patrick's Cemetery, Cambridge. In lieu of flowers, donations in Art’s memory can be made to Saratoga Hospital Foundation, 211 Church Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866; Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), 5817 Old Leeds Road, Irondale, AL 35210; or a charity of your choice. Online remembrances may be made at

Lauren Burke Costello Saratoga Springs, NY - Lauren Burke Costello, 51, passed away Tuesday, June 21, 2011. Born on July 29, 1959, in Winchester, MA, she was the daughter of the late Francis and Hazel Burke. Survivors include her husband of 28 years, John Costello; sons, Adam and Aaron; sister, Maureen McWilliams of Winchester, MA; brothers, Gordon (Topper) Burke of Ft. Collins, CO and Stephen Burke of Mary Esther, FL; and 12 nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to call from 2 -5 p.m. Sunday, June 26, 2011, at the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs (584-5373). A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, June 27, 2011, at the Church of St. Peter,

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Army Nurse Receives Medals continued from Page 1 European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with bronze service star, the World War II Victory Medal, and an Honorable Service lapel pin during a ceremony at her home in the Saratoga Springs Wesley Community. Fay, who received her RN in Englewood, New Jersey, enlisted in the Army in May 1944 as part of a 90nurse unit. During her time in the service, she moved from hospital to hospital, always in uniform, beginning at Fort Dix and then overseas to England, France and Germany. Alice was discharged in March 1946, and was told she had "a few medals coming to her." So Fay returned to her home in Floral Park and her job at Englewood Hospital, and continued her life. She met her husband Joseph, had four children, moved to Niskayuna, and started a career at Glendale Nursing Home in Glenville where she retired as head nurse. A lot happened between then and now - "It's just a case of 1946 compared to 2011," she said.

But although Fay was never busy enough to forget her 18-months in the Army, her missing medals did slip through the cracks. "They didn't mean to not send them, there just was not time to give them out," Fay said. "A lot of people came home and had a couple of medals due." It wasn't until fairly recently that someone went looking for the missing medals. Carl Thurnau, a close friend, contacted Gibson and got the ball rolling. Fay's son E.T., who lives in Niskayuna, said at first his mother was the least excited about the ceremony. "She is very humble and modest about it because in her mind she was just a nurse caring for men who lost limbs and were badly burned," he said, adding that three or four of his mother's high school friends were killed at battle. "To her, they were the real heroes of the war and that's how she always looked at it." But, even though so much time had passed, Fay said she felt special on Monday, and how could she not? • Saratoga Today

Fay celebrates with her family, Rep. Gibson. The 89-year-old nurse, greatgrandmother and now decorated veteran graciously accepted the three medals she almost never received, with her family and friends beside her. In a way, it was worth the wait. "I was incredibly proud - I'm proud of her regardless of this, but it was good to be there, to see that she was recognized," E.T. said. "She is an angel, a sweetheart, and I know she was thinking of those people, of her friends who died in the war."

June 6 marked the 67th anniversary of history's largest land invasion of the German Fortress Europa- marking the beginning of the end of Nazi tyranny on the European continent. Our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Coast Guards were an integral part of that victory and our nation took immense pride in that success, yet it was some 58 years before those heroes were honored with their victory monument in our nation's capitol. Many of those heroic Americans passed on before they would see their memorial. Others today are too physically incapacitated to make the trip. Certainly not a prideful story! Today, we people of the North Country have an opportunity to do what is right-by petitioning those in authority, our representatives, to please consider the following: The new replacement bridge spanning Lake Champlain between our New York State and the State of Vermont is slated for reopening October 9 this fall. With our nation involved in multiple wars, especially the ongoing Global War on Terror, this event


would signal a most appropriate time to honor those who have served, sacrificed and protected ours and the world's freedom over the centuries, THE AMERICAN VETERAN, by naming the new structure "VETERANS MEMORIAL BRIDGE." This is a unique opportunity to show our gratitude to those to whom we owe so much. Many of our greatest generation have passed on already, at the rate of a thousand a day nationwide. The Korean War vets are in their 80s and others in their senior years, so time is of the essence. We owe them our very existence and will never be able to fully repay these fellow Americans who have protected our nation over the centuries. Servicing our veteran community is a labor of love and respect. I ask for your help in this worthy endeavor. Communicate with your neighbors and your representatives (local, state and federal) to implement this worthwhile proposal; it's the right thing to do! THANKSSincerely, Gene Corsale Saratoga Springs, NY 12866



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Wilton Plans 2011 ParkFest

by Yael Goldman Saratoga TODAY WILTON - What began six years ago as a town board decision to host a day of inexpensive entertainment for local families has since turned into a major community celebration that attracts over 10,000 people. Wilton is gearing up for its sixth running of ParkFest, and the list of events, entertainment, contests, activities and vendors is bigger and better than ever. The 2011 Community Day Parkfest is set for Saturday, July 9 from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. at Gavin Park in Wilton. Preparations are underway for an action-packed day with something for everyone. Admission and parking are free, rides are only $1, and the event is held rain or shine. "There is [going to be] a lot packed into one day," said Steve Porto, Wilton's parks and recreation director. "There's something for every age group." Starting with a varied list of activities, Gavin Park will be transformed into a carnival-like venue jam-packed with $1 rides, hands-on challenges and displays. "We have many interactive things, like a petting zoo, rock climbing wall, an exotic animal zoo, and a classic car show," Porto said. Also included are pig races, free face painting and pony rides, a caricature artist, wood sculptor demonstrations, a craft fair, an interesting demonstration by Northeast Search and Rescue, a special kids' tent, and over 50 vendors. "We have over 30 percent more [vendors] than we had last year. It's going to be everything from jewelry to jelly beans," he said. "And we can't forget our food vendors - they'll have

lots of good stuff like pizza, sausage and peppers, and fried dough." Competitions will add an extra element of excitement for participants and onlookers. For starters, the Wilton Rotary is sponsoring its annual 1K and 5K fun runs. The 1K, for runners age 6-13, will start at 11 a.m., and the 5K race, for athletes ages 14 and up, will kick off at noon. Trophies will be given to first-place finishers, awards will go to the top three in each category, and the first 100 runners will receive a t-shirt. The cost to participate is a $7 donation to the Wilton Rotary Club. ParkFest is also featuring a blueberry pie baking contest to benefit the American Cancer Society. There is a $10 entry fee, and the contest is divided into two age groups: 9-15-year-olds and adults 16 and older. The first 10 bakers to pre-register will be provided with blueberries from Winney's

Farm in Schuylerville. Pies must be dropped off between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. They will be judged on appearance, crust (color, taste, texture, moistness), and filling (consistency, taste). Winners will be announced on the main stage at 3 p.m. A sidewalk art gallery contest will take place from 3-5 p.m. for three age groups: 5-8-year-olds, 9-12 year-olds, and artists 13 and older. Participants must register the day of the event between 1 and 3 p.m., as each age group is limited to 10 artists. First and second place prizes will be awarded for "most creative" and "use of color." An old-fashioned Ben 'n Jerry's ice cream eating contest, which Porto said is most popular among teens, will take place at 2 p.m. on the main stage. Prizes and ribbons for the fastest ice cream gobbler will be awarded to participants in three age groups (5-8, 9 -12, 13 and up).

Throughout the day, as families and friends are enjoying the activities and sights, an all new entertainment lineup with be filling the atmosphere with festive music. Free performances include Soul Session, Pete Pashoukos and George Fletcher of the Tequila Mockingbirds, the Zucchini Brothers, and an "Elvis" impersonator. "We have a very spirited group of performers who will play multiple types of music," Porto said. The music will begin mid-after-

noon and continue until dusk, when a spectacular fireworks display will conclude the day-long festivities will a bang. "This [ParkFest] was really meant to be a very inexpensive day of fun, and that's what I think it is," he said. "It's starting to gain some real popularity because it's a lot of fun for not a lot of money." To view the full entertainment and events schedule, visit


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Gaming and Raceway Foundation Names Officers, Sets Key Grant Dates SARATOGA SPRINGS - The Saratoga Gaming and Raceway Foundation selected their 2011 officers at their annual organization meeting held on June 2 at the Saratoga Casino and Raceway offices. The foundation also set the dates for applications and announced the schedule for the grant program in 2011. The grant funds have historically been a combination of funds donated by the Saratoga Casino and Raceway, and the Saratoga Harness Horseman’s Association. The Saratoga County Board of Supervisors administers the grants. The total dollar of available funds for 2011

is $30,000. This is the seventh year of the program, with over $180,000 being awarded to local non-profits to date. The 2011 schedule for applications is as follows: • September 6: Foundation begins accepting applications • October 18: Deadline for applications • November 3: Foundation Board acts on applications Applicants will be notified of the board’s decision before November 15. The Board officers for 2011 are: • Supervisor Matthew E. Veitch-Saratoga Springs, chairman

• Supervisor Thomas N. Wood III -Saratoga and Chairman of the County Board of Supervisors, vice-chairman • Supervisor Willard PeckNorthumberland, secretary • George ‘Skip’ CarlsonSaratoga Gaming and Raceway, treasurer Barry Segel, president of Saratoga Harness Horsepersons Association, Inc., is also a board member of the foundation. For more information about the Saratoga Gaming and Raceway Foundation, please visit the foundation’s website at saratogagamingandraceway


Saratoga Springs City Council by Arthur Gonick Saratoga TODAY Prior to the Saratoga Springs City Council meeting Tuesday, June 21, a public hearing was held about a 4-way stop sign, which had been placed on an emergency basis by the Department of Public Safety, at the intersection of Spring Street and Madison Avenue at Nelson Avenue. Neighborhood resident Patti Hasbrouck expressed support for making the 4-way stop permanent, and this was unanimously approved by the council later in the meeting. The council unanimously approved Mayor Scott Johnson’s motion to approve a contract with Jupiter Services for $8,800. This is for asbestos removal at the former Waterfront restaurant on the site of the city-owned Waterfront Park. Once completed, the restaurant will be razed as part of the site’s development. Commissioner of Accounts John Franck announced that prop-

erty owners who disagreed with their assessment review had until July 31 to file a petition with the county clerk. The procedures and relevant forms for initiating a Small Claims Assessment Review (SCAR) were available on the State Office of Real Property Tax Services website: Commissioner of Finance Ken Ivins announced that Deputy Commissioner Kate Jarosh would be leaving her office on September 5 to take a comptroller’s position with the Bonacio Corporation. All Council members took a moment to acknowledge the fine job Ms. Jarosh has done in her tenure as deputy. Commissioner of Public Works Anthony “Skip” Scirocco reviewed the department’s recent paving and milling activity. The most notable project, widening of Caroline Street with other enhancements, was proceeding ahead of schedule according to the commissioner, with street lamp installation and paving to be completed this week. In addition to his motion on the 4-way stop, Commissioner of Public Safety Richard Wirth received unanimous approval for an annual contract with NYRA for city firefighter personnel and equipment for the 2011 racing season. The city will receive $74,775 for this. Supervisor Joanne Yepsen announced that the County Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted a local law to restrict protests at veteran’s funerals. She noted that Saratoga was one of the first counties in the state to pass this law. Supervisor Matthew Veitch reviewed the major details of a six-month budget report that was issued by Board of Supervisors Chairman Thomas Wood to determine the factors behind the county’s recent shortfall. The major factor cited was a deficit at Maplewood Manor. Supervisor Veitch also announced that aerial photos of properties in Saratoga County were in the process of being updated currently. The previous update was in 2008, and the county has experienced quite a lot of growth since then, he noted.



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New Country Sparks Creativity! by Yael Goldman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS - New Country Toyota and Scion celebrated the top five winners of its first annual community kids' art contest during a ceremony held at the 3002 Route 50 dealership earlier this week. Emma Brewer, a student at Caroline Street Elementary School, took home the grand prize for her one-of-a-kind drawing. Madalyn Rascoe from Dorothy Nolan was second, Madison Snyder from Division Street School placed third, Sophia Olechowski from Division Street School took fourth, and Aileen Klaus of Caroline Street Elementary was the fifth place winner. Elementary school students throughout the area were invited to submit an original piece of artwork that responded to the question "What Makes Our World Happy?" There were no limitations or guidelines, and submissions were not meant to be car related.

Area contestants turned in colorful drawings and paintings, and some entered creative poems. It was a tough decision, but New Country narrowed it down to the top five most inspiring submissions. The winning pieces were printed on vinyl posters and displayed on a 2011 Toyota Siena minivan for the whole community to admire. The young artists were also awarded savings bonds, donated by The Adirondack Trust Company. "This was a great way for us to give back to our community by getting kids involved in the arts," said New Country Sales Manager Mike Speranza. New Country's community presence extends far beyond its parking lot - its customers are everywhere; they're driving around town to pick up groceries and transporting their families to and from school. "We want people to know we are here, that we are their Saratoga dealership," Speranza said. However, Speranza asserted that the first annual art contest was not about car sales; it was about giving

back to the community by sending a positive message that sticks - and not just to the 2011 Siena that was covered in the winning artwork . "These days, kids are not as focused on art; they are on their cell phones or computers; they're playing video games," said Speranza, explaining that the contest was modeled after a competition he entered as a child because it had forced him to be creative. "We wanted to spark some creativity," he said. New Country was so pleased with the community's response that the company is turning the art contest into an annual • Saratoga Today

Pictured top left: Michael Speranza, sales manager, with four of the five contest winners. tradition. "We're looking forward to doing it again, and seeing what the kids come up with next year," he said.

For more information, contact Michael Speranza at (518) 5847272, ext. 157 or at


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Hands Down The Best Melon: 100 Years of Delicious Tradition

John Hand enjoying the tasty job of sampling his famous Hand Melons

All Photos Provided Hand Melon Farm from the air, circa 1950s. Note the older milk delivery truck in foreground.

by Jon Wurtmann for Saratoga TODAY Aaron Allen Hand never got to see the legacy of success that he started with his purchase of a 150acre farm in Greenwich. Retired from business on Long island, Hand moved his family up to the idyllic farmstead in 1909, built another house on the property, then died within the year. His 18-yearold son, Allen Furman Hand, had to step up and help his mother run the farm in order to make an income. Little did he know, he was about to make local history. Allen Hand became a dairy farmer, and was respected for maintaining a fine herd of milking cows. The nascent farm family rebounded from their recent

tragedy and found new success as dairy farmers. In 1925, Allen decided to try a novel new cash crop in the form of cantaloupes, or muskmelons. He planted one acre of melons and waited until October to harvest them. The resulting crop probably benefited from the longer season and cold nights, which produces a sweeter fruit (think ice wine, or late-harvest Zinfandel with explosive sugar traits). In any event, he sold his crop of melons around Saratoga to rave reviews, and the legend began. “Remember that there was no highway system then. We didn’t

ship or truck food very far, so everything was local. And melons, which are more at home in warmer climates, were decidedly exotic,” says John Hand, grandson and current owner of the farm. Allen realized that October presented frost dangers for his melon crop, so he worked hard to develop methods for earlier planting. He developed a hotbed for starting the seedlings that employed electric

heating cables running underground and glass window frames to cover and protect the young plants. He also used waxpaper “hot caps” on the plants to diffuse sunlight and protect against wind and evaporation damage. With these advances his new crop ripened at an earlier harvest time, enabling him to target the Saratoga Race crowd. Among this influential and moneyed cohort of summer people, Hand’s reputation grew even stronger. Realizing the potential in what he had developed, Hand trademarked his signature sweet melon “The Hand Melon” and his farm, “Hand Melon Farm,” in 1937. A bold and

prescient move for the young farmer, he used the simple image of a red hand within a circle as the logo, which has endured to this day. With growing demand for Hand Melons from downstate and outof-state, Hand launched his mailorder business, shipping the fruit packed in bushel baskets (with second-cutting alfalfa hay for padding and protection) via railcar to destinations like New York City, Kentucky and Virginia. Many wealthy and famous people have been on the mailing list, such as Jackie O., Bill Cosby, Yo-Yo Ma, Arthur Ashe, and three presidents, including Eisenhower,



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Allen Hand with his novel hot frames for starting melon seedlings. Heating electrically from beneath and using glass window frames. Allen Hand made the cover of the June 1957 Farming with G.L.F. (Grange League Federation) precursor to Agway

Fellow farmer and New York Governor Thomas Dewey enjoys a slice of heaven with Allen Hand in this autographed 1946 photo Nixon, and George H. W. Bush . To this day, George Herbert Walker Bush receives a carton of Hand Melons every August at his Kennebunkport estate. After World War II, Aaron Allen Hand (known as “AA”) joined his father Allen in the operation of the

farm. He built a third house on the property and raised a family there, including John Hand, who runs the farm today. During those post-war years, the Hands continued their dairy operations and expanded into poultry as well, while growing their melon, corn, asparagus and vegetable business. They were highly regarded for turning this “sandy patch” of Battenkill River Delta alluvial soil into a productive operation. One of their discoveries was that fields that had been formerly planted with alfalfa have deep residual root structures, which act like sponges, holding water for the thirsty melons. Hand Farm continued and thrived through the 50s, 60s and 70s with some setbacks due to competition from new poultry factory farms, and needed infrastructure upgrades to the dairy business that caused the Hands to shut down the milking operation. The farm grew to 400 acres, (today it is 425 acres) and dedicated itself to a wide mix of corn, hay, grain, fruit and vegetable crops. An interesting component to the Hand Farm is that they use several different sales models. They sell wholesale to distributers, retail at their Route 29 farmstand and new

Allen Hand with two workers transferring melon seedlings into plating pots for the field.

Vice President Nixon praised Hand Melons – even as a dyed-in-thestand located at the right to comwool California agricultural S a r a t o g a mercially develop advocate Masonry, and the property in the their pick-yourown strawberry, blueberry, raspberry, tomato, and pepper business is a perennial favorite. “The strawberry crop ripens around June 10, and people come from far and wide to pick their own,” says Hand. Like his father before him, John Hand worked alongside his father after graduating from Cornell. But he soon chafed under the close supervision and moved to Colorado to ski, then Vermont to learn carpentry. His father in declining health, Hand moved back and assumed the reins. Today, he’s running the farm using Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices that reduce the use of chemicals by choosing more tolerant crops, rotating fields, and improving the soil with organic matter. He’s also dramatically improved the irrigation capabilities and uses trickle irrigation wherever practical. He also recycles plastics used in the farm operations wherever possible. In recent years, Hand worked with the Agricultural Stewardship Association to make the farm “Forever Farmland,” eschewing

future. “This is the right decision for the farm and my heirs,” says Hand. Next in line is Zachery Allen Hand, who at 12 is already showing a keen interest in the operation. Today, John Hand and his girlfriend, Terry Kilmer, along with John’s son Zac are looking at ways to farm “smarter, not harder,” quips Hand. One hundred years ago, planted on a whim, Allen Hand’s one acre crop of old-fashioned, sweetfleshed muskmelons became the talk of the town. Today, with an international reputation, and a loyal following, Hand Melon Farm continues its delicious tradition, while expanding into new crops and techniques that reflect a new environmental sensibility. If he could have only seen the fruits of his labors.

President Dwight Eisenhower was a fan of Hand Melons – and pleased with Hand’s support for his agricultural policies

1928 photo of melon transplanting, Allen Hand supervises from the truck.


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Summer Camp Directory

Spotlight: Saratoga Children’s Theatre

For kids who have a passion for performing arts, Saratoga Children’s Theatre summer camp is a dream come true. Saratoga Children’s Theatre offers performance camps which means each camper will be working on a full-fledged production throughout their session. Campers will learn all aspects of performance, and will have the opportunity to perform in two shows at the end of camp: a matinee and an evening show both open to the public. Campers will perform on stage at St. Peter’s Auditorium, Saratoga Springs. Camp hours are 9 a.m.3 p.m. Performance camp is divided into two age groups. Ages 6-9 will participate in one-week camps. These camps will include Disney’s Sleeping Beauty kids; Cinderella kids, Aristocats kids, 101 Dalmatians kids

and Lemonade. These camps will be directed by Megan O’Sullivan, a local elementary school music teacher and assisted by Karey Trimmings, also a local elementary school music teacher. Ages 10-18 will participate in two-week camps. Each camp will practice and perform a different show. These camps include Thoroughly Modern Mille Jr., Cinderella Jr., Fiddler on the Roof Jr., and Once on this Island Jr. These camps will be directed by Michael Lotano, local actor and elementary school music teacher and choreographed by Sarah Sutliff. Saratoga Children’s Theatre also offers a one-week camp at the end of the summer “Master your Audition.” This camp will help your child get ready for fall and winter auditions. These audition workshops have been very popular and sell out quickly. Children at any skill level with an interest in performing arts are welcome to join in on the fun. Saratoga Children’s Theatre Executive Director, Meg Kelly, aims to give each camper the most rewarding and enjoyable camp experience and every camper will get to perform. The Saratoga Children’s Theatre hires professionals to help your child gain the most from their summer camp experience. The cost for a two-week session is $450 and $250 for the one-week session. For more information, visit or call (518) 580-1782.




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Local Business Announcements Adirondack Trust Announces New Hire, Promotion SARATOGA SPRINGS - The Adirondack Trust announced this week the addition of Marc Yrsha as assistant vice president of commercial lending. Sergei Morgoslepov was promoted to the position of assistant vice president, data processing manager of the data processing department. Sergei Morgoslepov joined The Adirondack Trust Company in 2007 as a programming manager.

FingerPaint Wins Communicator Awards SARATOGA SPRINGS FingerPaint Marketing Inc., a fully integrated marketing and advertising agency, recently won 20 Communicator Awards. The Communicator Awards are the leading international award honoring creative excellence in advertising, corporate communications, public relations, and identity work for print, video, interactive and audio.

FingerPaint was recognized for their exceptional work for five local companies: Alimera Sciences, Saratoga Showcase of Homes, Adirondack Trust Community Fund, Park Place, and Spruce Computer Systems.

Contractor Launches Online Seamless Gutter Resource SCHUYLERVILLE - Mountain Top Seamless Gutters announced this week the launch of as a gutter information portal for area homeowners and businesses. With articles added almost every day and an online monthly newsletter of gutter replacement tips, the website is anticipated to quickly become Saratoga Springs' primary resource for residential and commercial gutter replacement. Future plans include educational guides on selecting a gutter replacement company and professional advice from experts in the field. For more information, visit

Longtime employee purchases Meme's Florist CORINTH - Bobbie Tompkins is happy to announce that she has purchased Meme's Florist from Kay Moberg, after 15 years of working as the lead floral designer and manager of the Corinth business. Meme's Florist in Corinth features made-to-order floral arrangements for all occasions, along with houseplants, hanging baskets, gourmet food and fruit baskets, mylar and standard balloons, jewelry and gifts. Meme's Florist also offers a large delivery radius to surrounding areas. A sought -after designer within wedding circles, Tompkins plans to expand her presence in the area and strengthen customer relationships in the Corinth, Saratoga, Glens Falls and Lake George. Meme's Florist is located at 116 Maple Street in Corinth. For more information, call (518) 654-2111 or visit

Hospital Earns Unique Distinction, Recognizes Standout Employees Saratoga Hospital offers exceptional care for Knee, Hip Replacement SARATOGA SPRINGS - Saratoga Hospital is the first and only hospital in the Capital Region to be named a Blue Distinction Center (BDC) for Knee and Hip Replacement by Blue Cross and Blue Shield. Only 540 facilities in the country were recognized, and 23 of them were in New York State. This designation is awarded to hospitals that demonstrate expertise in delivering quality health care, and thereby affirms the personal and high caliber care provided in Saratoga Hospital's new, specialized, 20-bed orthopedic center. The BDC program is designed to help consumers and their doctors make informed choices about where to undergo certain types of procedures. According to a recent survey, 77 percent of physicians say that such designations matter when choosing a hospital. The designation is a validation of the coordinated, personal approach that is a hallmark of Saratoga Hospital and its new orthopedic center. To earn the BDC designation, Saratoga Hospital had to demonstrate

that it provides high-quality comprehensive orthopedic care, as measured by performance against benchmarks in knee and hip replacement.

Saratoga Hospital Awards Service Stars Saratoga Hospital also announced this week that it has named Laura Rivers of Greenfield Center and Nan Till of Saratoga Springs as Service Stars for the months of March and April, respectively. Laura is a medical office assistant at Wilton Medical Arts and has worked at the hospital since March

2007. Nan, who is a senior systems analyst in the Information Services Department, has been with the hospital since September of 1997. The Service Star of the Month program recognizes employees and volunteers who go above and beyond the call of duty to provide great service to our customers. Hospital-wide celebrations were held in their honor. For more information about Saratoga Hospital's Blue Distinction Center (BDC) for Knee and Hip Replacement or the Service Star awards program, visit


Saratoga Casino Parties for Cause SARATOGA SPRINGS- Six charitable organizations from the Capital District have been selected to be a part of Saratoga Casino and Raceway's new philanthropy program, "Party for a Cause." The selected charities will have the use of Vapor Night Club and the house DJ to host a fundraising event, with no rental fees. The parties will take place Thursday nights, beginning July 28 and ending September 1. "We wanted to take a step beyond sponsorships, grants and donations," said Rita Cox, senior vice president of Marketing. "We understand and value the importance of giving back in our community.� All six organizations will sell admission tickets for $5 in advance, and keep 100 percent of the proceeds. Admission will also be collected at the door the night of the event and Saratoga Casino and Raceway will match all tickets sales up to $1,000 for every guest. The doors will open at 8 p.m., and each party is open to the public. Kicking off the series with the only event in July, the Adult and Senior

Center of Saratoga Springs will present "Music, Models and Mingling." This exciting event will begin with a fashion show at 8 p.m. The August events begin with the Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council Inc., which has been selected to hold a benefit for its Latino Community Advocacy Program on August 4. Up next is the Mohawk and Hudson Humane Society, offering their fundraiser "Dog Days of Summer," followed by an event for the Schenectady Free Health Clinic, "Health Hop," on August 18. The month will end with a party presented by The Baptist Health System Foundation. Simplifying Lives for a Cause will conclude the fundraising party series on September 1. "We are looking forward to the opportunity to help these organizations raise much-needed funding through this initiative," Cox said. Saratoga Casino and Raceway is located on Crescent Avenue in Saratoga Springs. For more information, visit


14 Dogs Lend Ears to Young Readers by Yael Goldman Saratoga TODAY

SARATOGA SPRINGS Second-graders at Lake Avenue Elementary School said farewell to their canine book buddies during the third annual Reader Celebration on Monday, June 20. This special occasion marked another successful year of the Dog Therapy program. Sharon Castro • Saratoga Today The unique program is Second-grader Morgan Kane reads designed to improve students' to her new friend Tessa. confidence in their reading skills by pairing them with the most their reading." O'Rourke works regularly with a approachable, attentive and encouraging audience possible: canine group of students who require companions that are licensed "reading interventions’; however, through Therapy Dogs she offers all second-graders the opportunity to read with the dogs. International. Lynn O'Rourke, second grade She said there has been a stigma reading specialist, introduced the associated with the reading room in program when she joined Lake the past, but that has changed since Avenue Elementary three years ago. the dogs were introduced. "The kids love it, and they want She felt it was a great way to focus on an aspect of reading develop- to be in my room," she said. The program is run once per ment that can be difficult to address. "I believe a big part of reading week in small groups, typically development is building self- three or four student-dog pairs at a esteem and confidence," she said. time. O'Rourke said she has "Students that are not afraid to received only positive feedback make mistakes are more willing, in from parents and students, and that the long run, to read. The dogs the program will continue next year. "The dogs love it just as much as obviously don't correct them, and that makes them feel better about the students," she said.


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Library Makes Summer Reading Fun! by Yael Goldman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS - The Saratoga Springs Public Library launched its 2011 summer reading program this week, kicking off a series of fun-filled activities, events and opportunities for area kids and teens to earn prizes through September 6. Continuing a more than 10-year tradition with the new theme "one world, many stories," the summer reading program encourages youngsters to feed their growing minds and use their imaginations while school is out. The program offers age-appropriate suggested reading lists, activities and prizes for two reading groups: one for children ages 3 to sixth grade and a second for middle and high school students. Participants keep track of the books they read on their own or via the library website ( Each time they finish a book, readers will

have the opportunity to lead a discussion with a "book buddy" or library staff member. Fun prizes are awarded after each "report." There are more than 20 prizes to choose from, including boomerangs, sillybandz, and ice cream and bagel coupons. The fun continues with a weekly schedule of fun events and activities. A magic show will kick off the kids' program on Tuesday, June 28 (there will be two showings: one at 11 a.m. and another at 1 p.m.). Other family-oriented events/performances will include a Zucchini Brothers concert, the Puppet People, and Bruce Pelham of the Music Mobile. The library will host story time throughout the summer as well. The list of exciting activities for teen readers includes a jewelry program, a forensic anthropology program, and a video game design lab. "It's a great way to keep kids reading during the summer, and offers them some fun opportunities to get out of the house and talk to their peers," said Jennifer Ogrodowski,

The Librarians Suggest: For elementary readers: • "Love That Dog" by Sharon Creech • "The City of Ember" by Jeanne DuPrau • "The Phantom Tollbooth" by Norton Juster For teens: • "Ender's Game" by Orson Scott Card • "Boneshaker" by Cherie Priest • "Water for Elephants" by Sarah Gruen

youth services department head. All-in-all, the library's summer reading program is a popular way to discover new books, make new friends, and, of course, earn fun prizes. "It's really a great program," she said. "A lot of kids participate; we've had close to 1200 the last couple of years."

SSAS Honors First Grads, Welcomes Next Class Saratoga Sponsor-A-Scholar welcomed the next generation of students during its annual graduation and induction ceremony at the Spa State Park on Saturday, June 18. Camarin Ellis, Rebecca Tibbatts, Ashley Conte, Chandler Hickenbottom, Earlena Felder, Karley Robinson, April Molina, Eric Roth, Tyra Ruggles and Vincent Zhen represent the SSAS class of 2014. These 10 students will be enrolled in SSAS at Saratoga Springs High School as sophomores in the fall. SSAS also celebrated its first graduating class. Eight seniors Conor Ahern, Natalia Allyn, Gabrielle Batista, Stephanie Charboneau, Matt Degen, Rebecca Lorenzo, Jaime Perez and Kaylee Yager - were given laptop computers, donated by SSAS Founding Board Members John and Terri Snow, in recognition of their accomplishments. Saratoga Sponsor-A-Scholar is a not-for-profit organization that helps economically eligible students achieve their dream of attending college. Inductees pictured above from left to right: Camarin Ellis, Rebecca Tibbatts, Ashley Conte, Chandler Hickenbottom, Earlena Felder, Karley Robinson, April Molina and Eric Roth.




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Schuylerville Names Top 10

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Misha D'Andrea, salutatorian Schuylerville Central School District's Class of 2011 finishes a school year marked by high academic achievement and a commitment to community service. The high school named its top 10 graduates this week, including valedictorian Colin Sullivan and salutatorian Misha D'Andrea. Graduates will receive their diplomas on Saturday morning, June 25 during a ceremony at the Saratoga Springs City Center. Colin Sullivan, the son of Toni and James Sullivan of Gansevoort, leads his class with a 99.562 GPA. He has excelled academically, earning top honors like the U.S. Air Force Excellence in Math and Science Award, the Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science Award from the University of Rochester, and the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth State Award. Colin has also stood out as an athlete and a musician, earning

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top honors at New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) competitions, and recognition as a scholar athlete commended in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Colin has also been an active volunteer, giving of his time to Rebuilding Together Saratoga County, Relay for Life, Dollars for Scholars and youth ministries. He plans to attend SUNY Binghamton in the fall, where he will major in engineering. Misha D'Andrea, the daughter of Virginia and Domenic D'Andrea of Schuylerville, is graduating with a 98.087 GPA. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the George Eastman Young Leaders Award, the Senator Joseph L. Bruno Award and recognition as a scholar athlete. Her art and literature has also been chosen for publication in the juried art/literary publication, "Looking Glass." Misha excelled as an athlete on the junior varsity soccer

and varsity tennis teams, and was recognized for her musical talents with NYSSMA music awards. Misha has been an active volunteer in her community, giving of her time to the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, Red Cross blood drives, the Ronald McDonald House and the Youth Festivals at Fort Hardy, as well as volunteering at school functions. She plans to attend St. Michael's College in the fall, where she will double major in business and classics. Also included in the top 10 list are Heather Quirk (97.693 GPA), Sarah Reape (95.663 GPA), Keith Pomakoy (95.513 GPA), Nathaniel Sweet (95.223 GPA), Shannon Young (95.089 GPA), Shawn Lloyd (95.044 GPA), Zachary Reddix (95.004 GPA) and Issey Kobori-Hotchkiss (94.504) Congrats to Schuylerville's class of 2011!

BSpa Celebrates 2011 Grads SARATOGA SPRINGS - The 308 students in Ballston Spa High School's 2011 graduation class walked across the stage at Saratoga Performing Arts Center on Thursday evening, June 23. Among those who received their diplomas were valedictorian Ryan Dorey and salutatorian Sarah Straight. Ryan Dorey is the son of Bill Dorey of Saratoga Springs and Maureen Whalen of Ballston Spa. He is an AP scholar and an honor student, who has made significant contributions to his school and community. Aside from holding lead roles in several school theater productions, Dorey has also distinguished himself as a leader through his involvement in National Honor Society, Best Buddies, Students Helping Students, and as a Student Council delegate. Dorey will attend Hamilton College, where he is majoring in biology. He hopes to earn a career in medicine and one day provide services to individuals in poor nations.

CTE Students Receive Certificates

WSWHE BOCES' F. Donald Myers Education Center held its 2011 completion ceremony on Thursday, June 16 at the Saratoga Springs City Center, honoring the 310 students graduating from Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs. Wearing their home school's colors, the students received certificates for completing two years in CTE programs such as carpentry, nursing, culinary arts, conservation, graphic arts and horticulture at the Saratoga Springs campus. Guidance Award winner Tatyana Rodriguez, a criminal justice student from Galway, was guest speaker. The students receive their official diplomas at their high school graduation ceremonies.

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Sarah Straight

Cosmetology students pose for pictures before the ceremony: (L to R) Britney Rosati of South Glens Falls, Jade Pearce of Ballston Spa, Chloe Vickery of Saratoga Springs, Jessica Castro of South Glens Falls, Rebekah Pennings of Burnt Hills.


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Sarah Straight is the daughter of Richard and Debbie Straight of Ballston Spa. She is an AP scholar and an honor student, as well as an athlete, artist and musician. Straight contributed to her academic community as a member of the National Honor Society and the school band, and through her involvement with the Elementary Homework Club. Her artwork has been displayed in the Saratoga Racing Museum, and her athletic career as gymnast for the YMCA team, of which she is captain, has brought her to several national championships. Straight is also very active in the Youth Ministries at her church. She will attend Cedarville University, where she plans on majoring in graphic design. Congrats to Ballston Spa's class of 2011!


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Author Crusades for Retired MLB Players continued from Page 1 Gladstone, who has a professional background in the New York State Retirement System as an assistant public information officer, first stumbled upon the issue back in 2009, when researching a piece for Baseball Digest. "I was doing a story on the 40th anniversary of the 'Imperfect Game,' the night that Louisville rookie Jimmy Qualls on July 9, 1969, broke up Tom Seaver's bid for a perfect game," said Gladstone. "Seaver got the first 25 outs, and then Jimmy Qualls lined a clean single into left-

center field, and the perfect game was over." The piece was a 'where-are-theynow' story, something Gladstone thought would be simply fun to pursue. In his research he found Seaver had done relatively well for himself since retirement. Qualls, on the other hand, was facing a much different reality. "When I first hooked up with Qualls, he was, like a lot of people in this country, having a difficult time paying the premiums on his health insurance. And in interviewing Jimmy, he just casually, very innocently blurted out that he had a good

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Author Douglas J. Gladstone enjoys a Mets game at Wrigley Field.

career in [MLB], but the one thing he really regretted was that he didn't have a pension," said Gladstone. At first, Gladstone didn't see anything out of the ordinary about Quall's situation. During Quall's tenure, players needed at least four years of service time to be eligible for a pension. Jimmy Qualls, said Gladstone, had maybe a year and a half at best. But after a little research, Gladstone began to realize a problem with MLB policy. Following a lawsuit brought forth by players against the MLB in 1997, retirees who played prior to 1947, (before the pension fund was established, meaning they were not asked to pay union dues), were awarded payments of $10,000 a year. Gladstone also discovered that, after 1980, all MLB players became vested members of a benefit plan after just one day of service. That left thousands of players between 1947, and 1979, union paying members with less than four years of service, the only group not receiving pensions or health benefits from the MLB. "A lot of these guys knew going in that they did not have the four years they needed," said Gladstone. "The problem that gets their gander is when they see that other men who,

strictly speaking…played at a time when they didn't even pay union dues, suddenly are getting benefits. The men who I wrote about are not. It is my position that you can't give benefits to other groups, no matter how well intended you are, when you're not giving the same benefits or more to men who had a contractual employment history with the MLB." After Gladstone gained much publicity and attention for his work, Commissioner Selig of the MLB announced in April that players who retired between January 1, 1947 and January 1, 1980, with no retirement benefits for their service, would receive annual payments of up to $10,000. "Very simply, we felt that this was the right thing to do for these players who contributed to our game's unparalleled history," said Selig. "I am very pleased that we have… [taken] this step." Gladstone, however, is not as enthused. "I’m happy that these men are finally going to receive some type of payment for their time in the game. This was a wrong that should have been righted years ago. But I refer to [the payments] as throwing a dog a bone. It's chump change," said Gladstone. The first problem, as Gladstone sees it, "First, it's up to $10,000 a man. So Jimmy Qualls, because he had a year and a half, is lucky to get, tops, $3,000." Second: the payments are only scheduled to last for the next two years. After that, the fate of these men and their pensions are up in the air. Next: "It won't include health insurance," said Gladstone, "and it doesn't allow for that payment to be passed on to a loved one, a widow, child or designated beneficiary." He added, "Since legally, you can restore these men back into pension coverage

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Gladstone’s book, “A Bitter Cup of Coffee,” can be found in many fine bookstores. You may also purchase it online at - go ahead! Do that! Don't just throw them a bone." When Gladstone first began research for his book, he found 1,400 men in the year 2000 who fell into this benefits-black-hole. In 2003, there were only 1,052 survivors. Now, one year after his book was published, the number is down to 866. "They're dying at a rate of roughly six per month," said Gladstone. Though his tenure was brief, the late Major League Baseball Commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti was known to have said, "On matters of decency, baseball should lead the way." Gladstone, a great admirer of Giamatti, asks whether or not the MLB has lived up to the late commissioner's standards. "I leave it up to others to think and make the call whether or not MLB is truly doing the right thing," said Gladstone.



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Ready, Set, Know-


All About the Boomerang

Stories by Carol Obloy & Marion Renning Saratoga TODAY A boomerang is a flying tool with a curved shape used as a weapon or for sport. As a “boomer,” you can approach the retirement phase of your life as one where you feel you are always on the “battlefield” being bombarded with information, solicitation and new life challenges. Your other choice is to be informed and prepared to play this “sport.” Sometimes

you will come out on top and sometimes you will be totally frustrated, but remember you are the generation that from the beginning has done everything bigger than the generations that preceded you. As your generation ages, it is changing the complexion of our culture and social order into something it has never been before. The coming of the boomers’ retirement age has set off a frenzy of media attention, product promotion and social prediction that has taken on the magnitude of a major act of nature or his-

toric political event. And in fact, that is exactly what this coming of “age” for boomers is turning into, both a historic and political event. Behind all the hype, however, lie the real issues that boomers themselves will be dealing with. So we say: ready, set, know! As soon as you, the boomer, roll into that sixth decade of life, you will begin to be bombarded with information. Some of this information you will find easy to deal with and a good deal of the rest will test your multiple college degrees and your

business acumen to the limits. You will be solicited to purchase long-term health insurance, vacation RV’s, 50 plus housing and Medicare supplement plans. Experts will tell you about new careers and secrets to staying young. Everyone everywhere is going to be vying for your attention and your money. You are changing the term aging in a way that will create a new culture and social order. Members of this generation have far more discretionary dollars to spend, 20 percent more on average in

BOOMERS: How They Will Remain Vital Despite the fact that people born between 1946 and 1964 have been grouped together and labeled “boomers,” they have not all had the same historical experience. A lot of history can occur in 18 years. The early boomers were influenced by Vietnam. Those born after 1955 were influenced by Watergate. Some graduated from college when jobs were plentiful, while boomers graduating in the early 70s faced a recession and 21 percent interest rates. Surprisingly, the boomers of the Vietnam era embraced women’s lib, but those born later are much more family-oriented, according to author Kim Ross. So it is safe to say that not all boomers are cut from the same cloth. It is also a certainty that life after 65 will be very

different for boomers compared to their parents. Life will be longer, due to improved health among older adults, which will translate into older adults being more physically active for decades to come. The bionic woman, Wonder Woman, Jamie Sommers, is as contemporary today with boomers as she was in the 70s. “It’s this mindset of `fix me at any cost, turn back the clock’,” says Dr. Nicholas DiNubile. “The boomers are the first generation trying to stay active in droves on an aging frame and are less willing to use a cane or put up with pain or stiffness as their parents and grandparents did,” according to Dr. Nicholas DiNubile, a suburban Philadelphia surgeon and advisor to several pro athletic groups. “Boomeritis” is what he calls this trend. From 1997

to 2007, the population of 45 doctor. The possibilities to 64-year-olds grew by 36 for staying vital percent, but knee replacements in this group more than with excellent medical services are tripled. As with many endeavors of very good. The the boomers, more is better, medical community the Capital bigger is better and boomers in Region and North have a devil-may-care attitude. “Being active is the Country provides closest thing to the fountain of access to robotic youth, but most people need surgery and multito modify their exercise habits ple rehabilitation because they’re overdoing facilities. Saratoga one sport, not stretching, or Hospital recently doing something else that puts completed a state of their joints at risk,” said Continued on page 18 DiNubile, the “boomeritis”

weekly earnings, than their 30-year-old grandchildren. In the pages that follow, we are going to try to give you a heads-up on how to deal with the new challenges you will face and to provide information that will be valuable. We will also provide some guidance on how to best deal with the experts you encounter along the way. These professionals will become more and more a factor in the decision-making about your health, wealth, lifelong choices and end of life choices. So get ready to manage your boomerang.


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the art Orthopedic Center equipped for joint replacement, custom-fit technology for joint implants, and continuous nerve monitoring systems for spine surgery with onsite rehabilitation. The Cardiac and Vascular Center at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany has been nationally recognized for its unique “true Hybrid Operating Room” - the Artis Zeego multi-access system for surgical angiography. Another innovation at St. Peter’s is the Heart Rhythm Center. Ellis Medicine’s Wright Heart Center provides expert, comprehensive cardiac services, from diagnosis and treatment to surgery and rehabilitation. Ellis is one of three hospitals in the region authorized by the State Department of Health to perform cardiac surgery along with St. Peter’s and Albany Medical Center. According to a U.S. News report, Ellis’ cardiac program was evaluated in a performance study of more than 1,000

hospitals across the county. The report found that Ellis and the other Top 50 hospitals had more cardiac patients survive, with shorter hospital stays, and with fewer complications and readmissions to the hospital. Glens Falls Hospital boasts its new Center for Lung & Chest Surgery. The center has has added new technology for diagnosing and staging lung cancer known as the endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) transbronchial needle aspiration (TBNA) system. Physical well-being isn’t the only area in which boomers have high expectations for living vitally. Boomers have emerged as a new constituency for higher education. They have traditionally valued education and they continue to seek it out in lifelong learning programs sponsored by colleges, advanced degrees and online courses. Boomers enjoy a higher level of education than any generation before them. About 88.8 percent of boomers completed high school, and 28.5 percent

hold a bachelor’s degree or higher, according to census figures. As they face retirement age, boomers will seek education for the purpose of retooling for new careers, part-time work and extra income. Selfimprovement will also drive boomers to seek additional education in the areas of culture, travel, languages and the arts. A study conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics discovered more than 12.4 million people aged 55 or older took “personalinterest courses” during a 12month period in 2004 and 2005. Personal interest courses usually last for about six weeks and are not taken for credit. These courses are designed especially for busy adults; popular personal interest courses include career exploration, nutrition for healthy living, and art or language classes This region is abundant in educational facilitates, cultural programs and museums to meet the desire of boomers

for additional education. Opportunities for auditing classes are available at all local colleges and universities. Older students are welcome into degree programs and continuing education courses. The region is home to Empire State College which houses one of the largest and well-known distance learning programs in the country. The college also sponsors The Academy for Lifelong Learning, a program run by older adult volunteers with classes led by many volunteers who, for the most part, have advanced degrees and many worldly experiences to share. When they are not traveling or learning, boomers may be found exercising. Boomers have embraced all manner of physical activity to keep fit and socialize. They are motivated to exercise to stay in shape in order to keep up with grandchildren and to take adventure vacations. Boomers see exercise as a means to improve health and memory.


When they are not at Curves or dancing through the moves of Zumba and danceX, boomers are riding bicycles, zip-lining, kayaking and crewing with a vengeance. Where at one time fitness centers were underutilized from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., you will now find them filled with boomers in swimming programs or water aerobics, doing Hot Yoga, power-walking on indoor tracks, or using resistance equipment and developing stamina. As boomers head for retirement, it is important to remember that most Americans who fit within the boomer generation have lived through a multitude of social changes, innovations and history: the move to the suburbs; television entertainment; the Cold War; the Civil Rights Movement; Affirmative Action; development of the personal computer and space travel to name a few. All of these events influence the zest and vitality that boomers bring to the challenges of aging.

AUTOMOTIVE: Finding the Right Fit Lately I’d been having a fit about the position of the driver’s headrest in my car. It’s a new car and I couldn’t seem to get it adjusted to satisfy either myself or the diagram in the driver’s manual. So I decided to take my FIT model car to the AAA Northway CarFit program offered monthly here in

Saratoga Springs and surrounding communities. There seemed to be too many “fit” coincidences going on not to do it. CarFit, “Helping Mature Drivers Find Their Perfect Fit,” is a community service program of AAA designed to make a quick, but comprehensive check of how well the driver and his/her vehicle work together. The goal is to improve adult driver safety by being sure the car is properly adjusted for the individual. If you’re a member of the

boomer generation, you may think this is one checkup you can pass up. But think about this, has the print on maps suddenly got so small you’ve been forced to get reading glasses? Does that old knee injury snap, crackle and pop more with the passage of time? And can you still slip in and out of your car seat like a gazelle? As we age, physical changes impact our comfort and effectiveness as drivers. Even car manufacturers, like don’t make cars for old peothe one who used to say “We ple,” have realized that subtle changes in design can make big differences in the safety and ease of the aging driver. Innovations in steering wheel adjustments, larger mirrors, and the placement of dashboard dials, are all responses to the needs of a population that is living longer and driving longer. Right on time for my

appointment, Kelly (the expert fitter) went out to my car with clipboard and twelve-point checklist in hand. Although the car had only eight miles on the odometer, we went through all the steps on her list. Each question and test had a follow-up question. For example IS THE STEERING WHEEL TILTED UP OR Continued on page 19



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DOWN TOO MUCH? was followed by DOES THE DRIVER KNOW HOW TO ADJUST THE STEERING WHEEL? We walked around the car and then I got in and turned it on, sounded the horn, demonstrated that I could comfortably reach the pedals, put on my seatbelt, looked over my shoulder to back up, and then I turned the lights on and tried them in all positions. It’s a good thing I did. It turned out I had been driving in the rain the day before with parking lights on instead of full headlights because I couldn’t see the markings on the light switch through the steering wheel. Kelly soon fixed that and made sure I knew when my headlights were on properly. Kelly didn’t stop there. She got outside the car and stared at me through the windshield. I didn’t know what to do, but she did. She made sure my sight line was three inches above the steering wheel. (Who knew that?) Then she walked around the car testing my blind spots and back up sighting. We made adjustments to the mirrors and the steering wheel until I was comfortable and had the best outside vision possible. Kelly explained that if I had experienced difficulty reaching my seat belt, the gas pedal, or turning my head, there were recommendations for the problems. She gave me a booklet called “Smart Features for Mature Drivers” that covers decreased leg strength or limited knee range of motion, as well as arthritic hands and limited range of back, neck or shoulder motion. Inexpensive assistive devices like large, angled rear and side mirrors, pedal extenders and steering wheel covers are also described in the pamphlet. Although I don’t need


these aids now, it is reassuring to know these solutions are available if and when I do. As the CarFit literature says, “We change as we age in terms of vision, flexibility, strength, range of motion and even size and height.” I can relate to the latter, since I have lost three inches in height over the years and have to sit on a cushion to see properly and comfortably over the steering wheel. Of course, the program also recommends exercise, improving nutrition and regular eye and medical checkups. In addition, automakers are designing vehicles geared to older drivers’ needs and are happy to consult with you when you buy or lease your next car. In less than half an hour, my Fit was fit as a fiddle and I drove off feeling like I had a safer car and am hopefully a better driver on the road because of it. To check out the AAA CarFit program yourself call 1-888-761-6058, X 3410. Appointments required.

As our population ages, drivers often face a new dilemma when they purchase their next car: do I downsize or upsize? Often empty-nesters want a smaller car, especially if they are moving from a large home to a condo or apartment. The family they tote around isn’t as big as it used to be with the kids off to college or starting families of their own. But, oops, in some families the gang quickly grows with the addition of multiple grandchildren. Or perhaps the seniors are retiring and plan to spend half the year in a warm climate. Since there are currently 19.9 million older drivers in the United States and there will be an estimated 40 million by 2020, what to do? We asked Lindsay Karlin,

senior sales representative at Saratoga Honda, what trends he sees among his boomer customers. Of course there is still

the standard four-door sedanowning family, but more and more he reported seeing two emerging groups: those downsizing and those upsizing. The first group is buying smaller cars as their lifestyles change at retirement age. The downsizers should be looking for safety and comfort, along with ease of handling and parking. Good visibility is important, as are features like telescopic steering wheels and easy-to-read dials and indicators inside the car. Take a test drive and be sure to check the turning radius of the vehicle. Try parking and backing up. Continued on page 20


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20 with your sales representative. Mention how many Can you see clearly? Are the people your maximum load mirrors large enough? will be and what you plan to For the frugal shopper, haul besides luggage, say good mileage is often an your mountain bike. important issue to consider Most importantly, with a smaller car. Be sure Lindsay advises anyone to sit in the car, front seat upsizing to check the garage and back, for easy entry and space that will house the exit. Have anyone who will vehicle. He cautions, drive the car sit behind the “Sometimes the garage is steering wheel to see about long enough, but after you sightlines and ease of reach- drive the vehicle in, you ing interior glove boxes, can’t open the doors cup holders and switches. because it is too narrow.” Consider a five-door car Sliding side doors are prob(we used to call them hatch- ably the solution! backs) if you carry a lot of Whether you decide to go “stuff” in your car…even smaller or larger with your skis, snowboards and golf next vehicle, there are a lot clubs will fit in some of the of options to make your smaller cars with transition an advantageous pass-throughs. one. Some special features In addition to the safety to look for to make driving and comfort issues men- more comfortable for older tioned, the upsizer has even drivers of large or small more to think about. Can all vehicles are heated seats, the drivers get in and out of keyless entry, backup cama higher step easily? How eras, voice-activated naviabout sightlines, not just for gation devices and space for driving, but for turning and walkers and scooters. Be backing up a larger vehicle? sure and talk to your sales Lindsay Karlin advises representative about all of sharing a wish list of how the options available to you. you will use the vehicle Continued from page 19


Partnering With Your Health Care Provider Recently two men I know, both in their early 50s, experienced serious medical challenges. Both were blindsided by the experiences because, for a long time, they had been coasting on the vitality of their younger years. Unfortunately for many of us, health issues start to show up in our 50s and 60s and we aren’t prepared for them any more than we were for that first letter from AARP that we found in the mailbox. So we have to face up to the fact that when we hit 50 or 65 we have been using our bodies for that many years…just think about how you would have to take care of a 50-year-old car or a 65year-old vacuum cleaner! Can we do a better job of being ready for the inevitable health challenges all of us face sooner or later? What tests should we be getting? How often? And how do we negotiate our medical

care so it’s a win-win situation for us and for our health care providers? What do we do about the health insurance we have through our jobs that will end with retirement? It has been said: “you are what you eat,” so let’s start with the first important element in the food chain, our teeth. R. Jamie Green, D.D.S. suggests that you think about your dental health well in advance of retirement. “If you have dental insurance through your job,” he says, “you may want to plan ahead for the years when you won’t be covered.” If you need extensive dental restoration, Dr. Green even recommends that you may want to think as far as twenty years ahead, planning in your 50s for the strength and health of the teeth you will want to chew that crust of bread when you are 70. Since the American population is living longer today, and the boomers will predictably live even longer, it’s important to pay attention to gum and tooth health. As we age, teeth become more brittle and our saliva slows and does not keep our mouths as moist as they should ideally be. Even the loss of teeth leaves more work for the ones that are left, so preserving every tooth you can is vital. We all know a great smile is a priceless asset, but even the Tooth Fairy can’t protect us from some of the problems of aging gums, yellowing teeth, halitosis. Your

dental professionals can help you. To maintain your appearance you might want to explore whitening (especially you smokers and red wine drinkers), implants or veneers. As Dr. Green put it, “It’s cheaper than a face lift.” So you’ve reached your boomer years and you are heading off to a new dentist. How do you prepare? If possible, take a written list of all the medications you take (prescription and over-thecounter), your medical history, dental X-rays, and a list of your allergies. Be sure to share with the dentist your fears (injections, X-rays) or health problems (diabetes, vertigo). It is also important to talk to your dentist about ways to increase your comfort level. Dr. Green keeps sunglasses handy (for patients bothered by the overhead lights) along with a neck pillow for patients who have trouble reclining their heads. Remember too that your dentist doesn’t just pay attention to your teeth, but also inspects your gums, tongue, cheeks, the inside of your mouth and even your lips for any signs of trouble. When I asked for some final words of advice from him, Dr. Green said, “Of course have twice yearly cleanings and inspections, floss regularly – especially if you are diabetic or undergoing radiation or chemotherapy treatment.” And finally, “The more you communicate Continued on page 21



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with your dentist, the better the experience will be for both of us.” My next stop was at the office of family practitioner Kenneth Schwartz, M.D. In his recent article on men’s health entitled “Why You Need Routine Physicals” in Saratoga Hospital’s “Access” publication, he focuses by decade on the important tests men need to have. So I stopped by to ask him some specific questions. His first comment to both men and women in the boomer generation was, “don’t be complacent” as the years pass. Many health problems can be silent (asymptomatic), but serious (hypertension) and “things happen at age 40 at an exponential rate, especially if you are a smoker or overweight.” Dr. Schwartz said everyone needs to have a yearly checkup, especially before starting an exercise program when a stress test may be added if indicated. Men in their 40s should have PSA tests for enlarged prostate and prostate cancer screenings. He also recommended a colonoscopy (age 50) and a cardiac risk profile. If there are family histories of heart disease, colon cancer or diabetes, the tests may begin earlier. Dr. Schwartz wants all

women to have a yearly gynecological exam with pap test. Regarding mammograms, he said a baseline mammogram should be taken at age 35, then every other year in the woman’s 40s and yearly after 50. Of course, tests should be more frequent if there is relevant family history or current problems. He also recommended the cardiac risk profile for women. I wasn’t surprised to learn that Dr. Schwartz also wants boomers be sure to have tests for high cholesterol, but I was surprised that he wants patients to tell their primary care provider if the family has a history of depression. Apparently fatigue, a common complaint as we age, can actually mask depression. Much of this information should be gathered at the initial intake meeting with a new physician or at the yearly exam. And of course don’t forget to tell your health care provider your medical history, list of medications (prescription and OTC), allergies and intolerances. Take recent Xrays and reports, perhaps reducing the duplication of costly tests. When I asked how to make the boomer’s visit to the doctor a win-win position for both, Dr. Schwartz said he has a two word motto: “Show Up.” If the patient shows up for the yearly


exam, if the patient shows up for scheduled tests, and if the patient shows up to take prescribed medications at home, the physician can help that boomer move into healthy old age. Finally, Dr. Schwartz said we can’t avoid the health changes of aging, but since “different conditions…tend to crop up at different ages,” it’s important to see your primary care provider on a regular basis because “…a routine physical is one of the smartest steps you can take to protect your health.” Source: Access, Saratoga Hospital Spring & Summer ’11.


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Wrapping Your Head Around Medicare Your health care in retirement undergoes a rite of passage no matter what your socio-economic status, your education or your well-being. This rite of passage will require you to become savvy about health insurance options and to make an honest assessment of your personal health and health care needs. The one option that all retirees must be savvy about is Medicare. It is the one option that kicks in for everyone in some way, shape or manner whatever your ultimate choices may be. You may also have to make decisions about continuing an existing health care plan

provided by a current private or public employer. Continuation, however, may come with restrictions or additional premiums. Unfortunately while we can provide the facts, the choices must be made by you. We can only advise you to become thoroughly educated about all of the options long before you have to sign up. Medicare is a government program that provides health insurance to people 65 years of age or older, people under 65 years of age with certain disabilities, and people who have end-stage renal disease. Medicare is America’s largest health care insurance

program signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson in 1965. There are four basic requirements to qualify for Medicare health insurance: 1. You must be at least 65 years of age 2. You paid for the benefit throughout your career 3.Your government employer paid for the benefit throughout your career 4. If you have a spouse that meets the above requirements If you do not meet these requirements and are 65years-old or older you can receive Medicare coverage by paying for the insurance out-of-pocket. There are also certain illnesses that allow for people that are under 65 to be able to purchase Medicare coverage as well. Once it is determined that you qualify for Medicare, you will need to assess what coverage you should have. There are four plans or parts of care under Medicare: Part A covers inpatient care in hospital, skilled nursing facility, hospice, and home health care. Part B covers doctors' serv-

ices, hospital outpatient care, and home health care, some preventive services to help maintain your health and to keep certain illnesses from getting worse. Part C, often called Medicare Advantage Plans, (such as an HMO or PPO) offers extra coverage such as vision, hearing, dental and/or health and wellness programs. Medicare Advantage Plans, sometimes called “MA Plans,” are offered by private companies approved by Medicare. Part C plans often include Medicare prescription drug coverage (Part D). Part D is a prescription drug option run by Medicareapproved private insurance companies to cover the cost of prescription drugs and may help lower your prescription drug costs and help protect against higher costs in the future. Enrolling in Medicare Part A and Part B occurs automatically if you are 65 years old and receiving Social Security. If you are not receiving Social Security yet, you will need to apply for Medicare Part A and Part B at

the time you apply for Social Security, since automatic enrollment will not occur in this situation. You can avoid a delay in health care coverage by enrolling 90 days before your 65th birthday. The initial enrollment period lasts seven months. Medicare health insurance is not free. The cost will vary based on the type of Medicare Health Plan you have, your income, and other factors. Medicare Part A is free to most Medicare plan recipients who have paid taxes. Medicare Part B requires payment of a monthly premium. This amount is often taken directly out of your Social Security check. An annual deductible is also required to receive this coverage. Medicare Part D also requires payment of a monthly premium and has an annual deductible. Medicare costs for some Medicare health plans may be waived or covered by Social Security for low-income beneficiaries. Please note that Medicare does not cover 100 percent of the cost of health care. Medicare covers approximately 80 percent of healthcare expenses. You could be responsible for covering the remaining 20 percent or you may have a secondary health care insurer who may cover the remaining 20 percent of the costs, according to the terms of the secondary health Continued on page 23



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care policy. Such plans are often called wraparound plans or supplemental plans. Medicare Supplemental Plans do not replace Medicare. If you take out a Medicare Supplemental Plan, you will pay a premium for the insurance coverage. All Medicare Supplemental Plans (also called Medigap Plans) only pay for items that Medicare determines as medically necessary, but will not pay for. A person on Medicare must pay for other items out-of-pocket or through another insurance plan. Medicare Supplemental Plans exist to extend drug, hospital, and outpatient coverage. Supplemental Plans that cover the gaps in the Medicare program for people over the age of 65 apply to Parts A, B and D. Medicare may be your primary payer or your secondary payer. It is important to understand when Medicare is your primary payer and when it is your secondary payer. If it is your primary payer, it will cover more of your costs. If it is your secondary payer, it will only pick up the slack where your insurance company does not cover you. It is possible to have private insurance and Medicare at the same time. You will need to understand the conditions of your private or group insurance policy to determine the best combination for your personal health and financial situation. Your education regarding Medicare and health care in general does not end with the choices you may make today. It will be your personal responsibility to thoroughly understand any new Medicare legislation that will impact the original legislation, its coverage, or administration, to assure that you have the best health care coverage you are willing to pay for. Nothing worth having comes cheaply, as you boomers have come to know.

Wading Through a Sea of Discounts One of the advantages of increasing age is the wave of discounts that start to flow toward the consumer. Most of them have gone unnoticed by the boomer until the traveler, moviegoer or aficionado of national parks suddenly realizes there are savings to be made on tickets, entry fees and cruises just by virtue of being over 55 years of age, or whatever “senior” designation the offerer validates. Some discount offers even start at age 50, 55 or 62. At first, the hardest thing to get used to is the fact that one now qualifies for a discount just because of age. The worst thing is getting the first discount without asking…probably because of gray hair or more than smile wrinkles. It can be disconcerting until the boomer starts to count up the pennies saved! So no one should be self-conscious about accepting or asking for a senior discount.

Sharon O’Brien of suggests, “Make your own senior discounts. When you contact any company, don’t be afraid to ask about….senior discounts that may be available.” At first, the boomer may just notice that the matinee showing of the hottest new movie is only $7.00. Then, an ad comes in the mail for Senior Wednesday celebrating up to 20 percent off to “seniors” at the local department store, one day a month every month. Soon, the word “discount” is permanently attached to the boomer’s antennae. Recently a CBS program entitled Boomers Turning Seniors featured the fact that “discounts abound.” Ken Budd, Executive Editor of AARP The Magazine, urges seniors to take advantage of discounts as a smart move in today’s tight economy. Discounts abound for travel, entertainment, fitness, clothing, museums, Broadway shows (Wednesday mati-

nees), restaurants, auto rentals and even cell phones! The opportunities for gray hair to whittle away cost are everywhere; discounts to seniors can be found at the veterinarian’s and even one online wine dealer! Boomers were born between 1946 and 1964, so the first boomer turns 65 this year. They make up almost a third of the U.S. population and if they are smart, they will all be searching some of the 1,040,000 Internet sites that offer discounts, advice, newsletters and memberships dealing with this topic. Or the boomer may go directly to a source like Amtrak, which has a specific page on its website listing offers to seniors. Other bargains to watch for aren’t actual discounts, but will still bring you savings or even something for free. For example, The Book Bag Shop at the Saratoga Springs Public Library gives away donated magazines

and sells gently used soft and hardcover adult and children’s books, records, videos, DVDs, CDs and audio cassettes at bargain prices. If you join the Academy for Lifelong Learning your membership will entitle you to attend interesting classes and to receive discounts and coupons for local businesses…a recent list included a minimum of 10 percent member discounts to 122 selected restaurants, museums, businesses, retail shops and dozens of other types of establishments in the Saratoga Springs Downtown Business Association. So if you’re a boomer in the right age category, start being aware of the discounts and reductions available all around you and don’t be afraid to hand over your ten at the movies and say “one senior, please.” You can put your change toward some popcorn and malted milk balls.


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BOOMERS: On The Road Again

As students, the boomers traveled all over the world using hostels, backpacks, bicycles and daddy’s plastic. Times were good for the most part and boomers learned to love and embrace the good life. Today, boomers are still traveling. Traveling is not a special vacation for boomers, it’s entertainment. Boomers like exotic destinations, physically challenging travel, and amenities. According to the 2000 U.S. Census, the 50+ boomers represent only 7 percent of the total population, but account for 20 percent of the discretionary income and control 45 percent of the nation’s wealth. Many of them are, or soon will be, “empty-nesters,” which means another $5,000 to $10,000 a year available for discretionary spending. More than 50 percent of them own their homes. They buy more luxury vehicles, travel more, and spend more money in general because they have more money. Preferred Hotel Group conducted a study with Ypartnership and Harrison Group to determine boomer travel patterns. The research was based on interviews with 1,185 boomers, a subset of a larger study of 2,524 active U.S. leisure travelers. The subjects had household incomes of $50,000 or more and had taken at least one

leisure trip requiring overnight accommodations during the past 12 months. The study called this group the “healthiest, wealthiest and most active senior generation.” The study found that boomers spent an average amount of $3,324 annually on leisure travel and expected to spend about the same amount in the coming year. According to the research results, boomers took an average of 3.6 trips in 2009. Twothirds (67 percent) took a trip of five or more nights, often including a Saturday night, while one-third took a midweek trip of up to four nights. Most boomers (73 percent) traveled at least once with a spouse or other adult, and nearly one-third took their grandchildren on a trip. A quarter of them (25 percent) made a journey alone. More than half traveled to visit family or friends, while 38 percent reported taking a family vacation. Another 35 percent took a nature-inspired trip and 18 percent spent time in casinos. Their favorite domestic destinations were California (44 percent), Florida (42 percent), and Hawaii (42 percent), followed by Alaska (34 percent); Arizona, Nevada, and Washington, D.C., (each at 28 percent); and Colorado (27 percent). Almost 30 percent of the

boomers in the survey took international trips. The top destinations were the Caribbean (33 percent) and Europe (28 percent), followed by Mexico (19 percent) and Canada (18 percent). Boomers are having an impact on RV motorhome sales, pushing the number of RV homeowners to record levels. A growing number of boomers are leaving behind their large homes and becoming full-time roadies in their RV’s. Technology is playing a large role in travel plans for boomers. Boomers are using the Internet to make travel plans such as booking flights,

hotel rooms and tour guides. The Internet is also a great resource for customer evaluation of travel destinations, accommodations and restaurants. Travelers are very generous with their time, critiquing the services they have personally used on trips and posting their experiences. Boomers are also interested in the other side of technology when they are traveling. Boomers want to know about the best computer to take along on a trip. They are looking for software to edit photos and to keep travel journals. Some boomers need advice on connecting online and

backing-up information. One recommendation as a resource is “The Ultimate Tech Guide for Travelers,” by Anil Polat. There are any number of iPad apps that will enhance travel from packing tips to currency exchanges. Apple has a travel adapter kit and a camera adapter kit for the iPad as well. If you are a boomer and planning to get on the road again, don’t forget to consider that good old standby AAA. They still book flights, hotels and cars. They provide tour guides and maps and can be found in most cities across the country. Bon voyage!

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way Back… Yes, the boomerang does come back. Despite all the jogging we do, and the bottled water and organic produce we ingest, age is going to come upon us…for some it creeps along and for others it rounds the corner like a steamroller. But take heart boomers; sometimes it’s just plain funny. A couple of years ago, I wanted to get a new passport. I needed a copy of my birth certificate because the one I had was so creased and wrinkled that it was ready for a museum display. Little did I know, I was too. When I wrote to my home state for a certified copy of my entry into the world, I found out that at my age I was no longer entitled to an official birth certificate. All I could get was a genealogy copy without a raised seal – not acceptable according to the passport office. In an instant I had become an artifact! After I stopped saying “darn” and “drat,” I had to laugh. I had become ancient history without even knowing it. So I guess I’ll just have to go to the motor vehicle department and get one of those driver’s licenses that allows you to go to Canada. Watch out Montreal! Seriously, one of the best antidotes to the passage of

years is laughter. Hopefully you can laugh at the silly world around you. Even more importantly, be sure you can laugh at yourself. You no longer have to care what other people think. You can soon officially wear plaid pants with a flowered shirt or athletic socks with sandals. Eventually you will be able to put a poppy on your sunhat and decals on your cane. Don’t let yourself be judged by your cover…by yourself or anyone else. You aren’t your gray hair or creaky knees or glasses or wrinkles. Inside, where it counts, you are the same person that you always were, with just a few more miles on the odometer. Embrace your boomer years and look to those who have taken the path before you as role models. The wonderful singer Barbara Cook, 83, has been starring in a musical program called “You Make Me Feel So Young” at Feinstein’s cabaret in New York City. Dave Brubeck, jazz artist, is about to appear at SPAC in his fourth age. Actress Betty White puts us all to shame at almost 90. What have they all got in common? They keep busy. Do something you love. Start now and the “golden years” will truly be golden.

There are other benefits to the passage of time. Once in awhile a young person will ask your advice and actually take it. Someone will guess your age as younger than you are, especially after a great haircut. You can probably coast on that for days. Furthermore, you get to be the subject of exotic medical tests and the patronizing attentions of people who think that older means dumber and deafer. I recently purchased an item from a very young woman who was an excellent salesperson until at checkout she shouted “Do you have email? Are you on the Internet?” To which I proudly replied, “Yes, and I have a website.” You will also be loved and admired by grandchildren who have no idea what age you are. Ask a random 5-year-old how old his/her 50-year-old grandmother is and he/she will say 100. Or 30. Or 18. So the numbers don’t really matter. What’s in your mind does. Keep active mentally, physically, socially. Contribute to your community. Take a class. Take a walk. Help a neighbor. Comfort a friend. You won’t feel a day over 30, I promise you.



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Mastrianni Scholarship Awards Recipients of the 2011 Mastrianni Scholarship Awards gathered on June 10, at Four Winds Hospital Saratoga, to be honored for their academic accomplishments and to receive their scholarship awards for assistance with their continued education in the mental health field. There were 10 scholarships awarded to the following individuals: Tammy Horan, Ballston Spa; Sade Fowles, Albany; Daniel Breeyear, Fort Edward; Leslie Ives, Gansevoort; Elizabeth Brumagin, Ballston Spa; Mary Beth Palmateer, Greenfield Center; Melissa Angelini, Saratoga Springs; Connie Fisk, Queensbury; Danielle Miller, East Greenbush; and Brianne Sullivan, Gansevoort.

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

Geyser Road Elementary Hosts Flag Day Breakfast

Joseph A. Dolan with granddaughters Kaitlin and Alyssa.

Breakfast is served for those who have served. In celebration of Flag Day, Geyser Road Elementary School hosted a breakfast to honor those who have defended the flag.


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

Joan Gailor’s Beautiful Mix & Match Garden This lovely garden, six years in the making, is one of the many that Saratoga Springs resident Joan Gailor has created. “No matter where I’ve been, I’ve put in a little garden,” Joan explains, “I call this one the ‘Mix & Match’ garden.” The eclectic selection of plants makes for a real visual treat and any passerby will be surprised by the garden’s ever-changing display of color.


Julia Grace Acton Turned 1!

Collin Hitchcock with an army of grandparents (all army vets) Donna and Raymond Hitchcock and Thomas Sawyer.

Julia Grace Acton celebrated her first birthday on May 22. Julia’s parents are Kevin and Anne, and her older brother is Connor. Her grandparents are Gary and Nancy Acton, and Bud and Ellen Barber. Julia’s great-grandmother is Jane Potrikus of Harwich, MA.


*Photos by Mark Bolles

Saratoga Independent School READS for “After The Fire” On June 14, After The Fire Vice President Kathy Hedgeman was presented with 130 books to be given to children in families who have been involved in a fire. Saratoga Independent School students read 165,201 pages as part of their ROAR (Reach Out And Read) Program. In this program, readers earn one cent for every two pages they read and the proceeds are used to purchase books to be donated to an organization. The goal of this donation is to help the affected children to regain some sense of normalcy through the joy of reading. For more information about After The Fire, please visit their website

After The Fire Vice President Kathy Hedgeman with students of Saratoga Independent School's ROAR program and donated books.

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27 Every thought is a seed. If you plant crab apples, don't count on harvesting Golden Delicious. -- Bill Meyer

Words to know: saltation: v. Leaping or dancing.


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Movie Review

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ACROSS 1 Drops a fly, say 5 Web code 9 Patio parties, briefly 13 Fiefdom, e.g. 15 Recitative follower 16 “For sure!” 17 Test 18 “The Case for Public Schools” author 19 Nice head 20 Thoroughbred farm slur? 23 Schubert’s “The __ King” 24 ’70s radical gp. 25 “Eternally nameless” principle 26 Fancy pond swimmer 29 Dairy farm proverb? 33 Words before “Gave proof through the night” 34 It has pedals and stops 35 Tub filler 38 Loses interest 41 European capital 42 Sweat 44 Half a “Star Wars” character 46 Cattle farm commandment? 51 Ruling party 52 “Jane Eyre” star Wasikowska 53 Business __ 54 Valuable Ming 56 Clydesdale farm boast? 60 Drop a line, in a way 62 Some tributes 63 Capital at the foot of Mount Vitosha 64 Shared currency 65 Time to give up 66 Body 67 Things to pick 68 Eating up 69 Part of many a snail’s diet

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (Directed by Rob Marshall, Disney 3D- 2011) Free of his debt to Davy Jones, we join Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) in the process of rescuing a trusted shipmate from the Royal executioners. When that fails, the crown attempts to coerce him DOWN into setting sail for the fabled fountain of youth. 1 Rub out While Jack is in possession of neither ship nor crew, (and the film is without former cast members Broom Hilda Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley who elected to pursue other projects) Sparrow’s captors are under the impression that he has a ship and is presently amassing a crew. Sparrow investigates and discovers someone impersonating him for their own purposes. In fact, it is a woman from his past by the name of Angelica (played by Penelope Cruz). Clearly the story is complicated and the viewer is asked to make many accommodations where plausibility and time are concerned. That said, it’s a well-executed successor to the three previous films, the action is entertaining and the cast is, for the most part, more than adequate. A great time at the movies. 7.1 out of 10. For comments or to contact Trey, email him at

At The Movies With Trey Roohan

Raising Hector

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2 Suck up again 3 Fight in the boonies 4 Rub out 5 SHORTWAVE MEDIUM 6 Car for the pits? 7 Hora part 8 “Ed Wood” Oscar winner 9 Memory unit 10 Microbrewery stock 11 African evergreen whose leaves are chewed as a narcotic 12 Pirate’s pronoun 14 Muscle-contraction protein 21 They articulate with radii 22 Doofus 27 Spoken 28 Money-object connection 30 Man-to-boy address 31 Former Jerry Marcus comic strip

Animal Crackers

32 Dickens’s Edwin 35 City near Provo 36 Neural transmitter 37 Not have enough 39 Mentions 40 One may be skipped 43 Big name in household humor 45 Most curious 47 Denmark’s __ Gardens 48 SDS co-founder Tom 49 Hottie 50 Ready and eager 55 Yodo River city 57 Winged god 58 Out of shape? 59 “Cannery Row” restaurant owner __ Flood 60 Rooks, for example 61 Overseas agreement




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Skidmore Jazz Institute: A Summer Tradition in its 24th Year

- Special program will honor memory of Louis Armstrong



National Museum of Dance Summer Activities

From Left: Skidmore Faculty Member and Artistic Driector Todd Coolman, The Heath Brothers, Ambrose Akinmusire, Linda Oh Photos Provided

SARATOGA SPRINGS - Since its inception in 1987, the Skidmore Jazz Institute has come to be regarded as one of the premier programs in the country. Led by Artistic Director Todd Coolman, the Jazz Institute provides a new generation of musicians an opportunity to perform with and learn from gifted educators and world-class performers. As in previous years, there is a roster of top artists (this year including National Endowment for the Arts jazz master Jimmy Heath) performing with Jazz Institute faculty and students as well as special guests. This summer’s programming will also include a special event honoring the memory of renowned trumpeter Louis Armstrong. Jazz historian Hal Miller, an institute faculty member, will lead a visual appreciation of Louis Armstrong on Wednesday, July 6, the 40th anniversary of the famed musician’s death. The program is part of “Stoptime,” an area-wide celebration featuring musicians, artists and performers celebrating Armstrong’s musical genius. “Stoptime” is the brainchild of artist Margo Mensing, a former Skidmore faculty member. All performances are free and open to the public. They will take place in Arthur Zankel Music Center’s Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall on the Skidmore College campus. The schedule includes: Tuesday, June 28, 8 p.m. - Heath Brothers Quartet. • Acclaimed tenor saxophonist Jimmy Heath and his brother, drummer Tootie Heath, lead this quartet, which also includes Jeb Patton on piano and David Wong on bass. Jimmy Heath received a “Lifetime Achievement in Jazz” award from the Jazz Journalists Association (JJA) at its June 11 awards gala in New York. Thursdays, June 30 and July 7, 8 p.m. - Skidmore Faculty Sextet • Bill Cunliffe (piano), Todd Coolman (bass), Dennis Mackrel (drums), Pat LaBarbera (saxophone), Bobby Shew (trumpet) and Curtis Fuller (trombone). Fridays, July 1 and 8, 1 p.m. - Skidmore Jazz Institute Student Concerts Saturday, July 2, 8 p.m. - Linda Oh Quartet • Rising jazz bassist Linda Oh with David Virelles on piano, Eric McPherson on drums and Joel Frahm, tenor saxophone. Tuesday, July 5, 8 p.m. - Ambrose Akinmusire Quintet • Blue Note recording artist and trumpet player Ambrose Akinmusire was named “Up and Coming Artist of the Year” and “Trumpeter of the Year” by the JJA on June 11. The quintet also includes Walter Smith (tenor saxophone), Sam Harris (piano), Harish Achaean (bass) and Justin Brown (drums). Wednesday, July 6, 4 p.m. - “Louis Armstrong - Music and Image” • Jazz historian Hal Miller will deliver a visual presentation drawn from his prodigious collection of jazz concert and program videos. With a collection now encompassing some 15,000 items, Miller possesses one of the largest private jazz video collections in the world.

Brookside Museum to Get Wylder than Ever! BALLSTON SPA - Brookside Museum, home of the Saratoga County Historical Society, has announced that the popular local band Wylder will perform at the Museum’s 17th Annual Benefit Concert on Friday, July 1 at 8 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the Museum’s education programs,

which serve thousands of children each year. Tickets for the show are $15, $20 on the day of the event. Children 12 and under are free. Since 2006, Wylder has quickly gained acclaim as of one of the area’s premier cover bands and has developed a reputation of consistently pleasing audiences of all sizes and ages. They feature a comprehensive and diverse song list which

includes party favorite genres such as R&B, Motown, disco and contemporary music The grounds will open at 7 p.m. Refreshments and a cash bar will be available. This is an outdoor general-admission concert; attendees are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets. Brookside Museum, a nonprofit organization located at 6 Charlton Street in the historic village of Ballston Spa, inspires community memory by telling the story of Saratoga County through engaging exhibits and interactive programs. For more information on Brookside, visit or call (518) 885-4000.

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School of the Arts all ages dance classes SARATOGA SPRINGS - The National Museum of Dance (NMD) is gearing up for summer with a variety of activities and programs that are suitable for both children and adults: -Book Signing: Next Thursday, June 30, at 4 p.m., the museum will host a lecture and book signing by Alex C. Ewing, son of the great lady of American Ballet, Lucia Chase. Ewing’s book, “Bravura,” is the story of his mother’s forty-plus years of artistic dedication and financial support of what evolved into America’s national ballet company - The American Ballet Theatre. This event is in support of a new exhibit opening Sunday, July 10, called “American Ballet Theatre: Then and Now.” Refreshments will be served at the reception and all museum exhibits will be open and free to the public. - Children’s Activities: The museum has two programs that provide educational, motivating and fun summer activities for children: - The museum has a special membership program for children ages 12 and under. The “Play Pass” allows a year of unlimited access to the Alfred Z. Solomon Children’s Wing for $25. The Alfred Z. Solomon Children’s Wing is an interactive space designed for aspiring dancers and young entertainers. This space houses a video library, reading corner, movement and balance toy and stage area with dozens of costumes and accessories for dressing up. A rotating gallery displaying children’s artwork from the Capital Region is also on display. - This summer, NMD will also offer “For the Love of Dance,” a children’s summer camp led by dance teacher Leslie Kettlewell. This handson educational program is held within the Alfred Z. Solomon Wing and on the museum’s grounds, as weather permits. The program allows for kids to tap into their “inner spirit” and let their creativities flow through supervised activities. “For the Love of Dance” will run for two weeks, July 12 - 15 and July 19 - 22. Classes for children ages 3 - 4 will be held from 9 - 11 a.m., with children ages 5 - 7 following from 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. Enrollment for one child per week is $85 with a discount for multiple children per family. A single class at this program costs $30 per child. To register for either program, phone (518) 584-2225, extension 3001 or email - All Ages Summer Dance Classes: The Museum’s Dance School of the Arts, located in the Swyer dance studio behind the museum, is offering evening summer dance classes for beginner to advanced level dancers who are 7 years of age and older, including adults. The summer session runs from June 28 through August 26 and includes a special four-week session of classes (hip hop, jazz or ballet) for children starting at 7 years of age on Monday’s, July 18 - August 18.) Dance styles offered throughout the summer include: jazz, modern dance, ballet, belly dancing and zumba. A complete schedule, as well as registration information is posted on the school’s website at For further information, contact Raul Martinez, director, at (518) 581-0858 or The National Museum of Dance is located at 99 South Broadway, Saratoga Springs. For more information about the museum and upcoming events, visit




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Michael McDonald

George Wein

Five-time Grammy® Award winner Michael McDonald, whose instantly recognizable voice has earned him fans around the world, and record sales in the tens of millions, headlines this year’s Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival. Performing on the first day of the festival, Saturday, June 25, McDonald will bring his husky, soulful baritone to SPAC’s stage, performing hits he recorded with Steely Dan, the Doobie Brothers and from his successful solo career. McDonald first gained wide attention as a member of Steely Dan, singing backup and playing keyboards onstage. One year after the release of Steely Dan’s “Katy Lied,” McDonald was asked to join the Doobie Brothers. In the years that followed, McDonald and the Doobie Brothers enjoyed tremendous success. McDonald’s writing and lead singing abilities propelled the hits “Taking it to the Streets,” and the Grammy® Award winning song of the year “What a Fool Believes.” After the Doobie Brothers’ first farewell tour, McDonald started working on his own career. He released his first solo album “If that’s what it takes” and won another Grammy® Award for “Yah Mo B There” with James Ingram. In 2010, McDonald teamed up with Donald Fagen and Boz Scaggs for the “Dukes of September Rhythm Revue” tour, which was a huge critical and commercial success. In May, McDonald was awarded an honorary doctorate by the prestigious Berklee College of Music for his achievements in contemporary music and influence on the young musicians of today.

Dee Dee Bridgewater


Saratoga Jazz Festival

SATURDAY, JUNE 25 Amphitheatre Stage Lionel Loueke Trio Ben Allison Band Eliane Elias Jack DeJohnette Group George Wein & The Newport All Stars Dee Dee Bridgewater Michael McDonald


Gazebo Stage Marcus Strickland Hilary Kole Ben Allison Blindfold Test w/ Dan Ouellette Lionel Loueke Trio Steve Cardenas Trio w/ Ben Allison & Rudy Royston



Amphitheatre Stage Pedrito Martinez Group Tia Fuller The Bad Plus Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings “A Night in Treme” – Donald Harrison, Jr. Quintet Sing The Truth! – Angelique Kidjo, Dianne Reeves & Lizz Wright

Gazebo Stage Rebecca Coupe Franks Brian Mitchell Band David Binney Matt Slocum Trio Pedrito Martinez Group

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Hilary Kole

Vocalist and pianist Hilary Kole makes her festival debut Saturday, June 25 on the Gazebo stage in support of last year’s release of her critically acclaimed second album, “You Are There.” A master storyteller who merges cabaret sensibilities, jazz vocal craft, and a slight hint of folk charm, Kole has a voice that jazz critic Don Heckman described as reaching “beyond the usual vocal her gifted hands, they’re transformed into compelling musical short stories….” Kole holds the distinction of being the youngest vocalist to perform in the famed Rainbow Room in New York City.

“A Night In Treme” is a national tour featuring music inspired by the HBO series “Treme,” and will be a featured act at the Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival on Sunday, June 26. Headlined by a true ambassador of New Orleans music, Mardi Gras Indian Chief Donald Harrison Jr. with the Mardi Gras Indians, the tour kicked off on June 10 in San Francisco with a sold out, critically-acclaimed performance. Harrison’s alto saxophone playing is laced with pride and fired with defiance, acceptance and hope. Featuring different artists as the tour travels through the United States, the Saratoga performance of “A Night In Treme” will feature special guest vocalist and percussionist Cyril Neville, of the legendary Neville Brothers clan. There will also be a recorded narration by actor Wendell Pierce on the history of the neighborhood and the struggle to repair and rebuild lives after Hurricane Katrina. The HBO Series “Treme” follows musicians, chefs, Mardi Gras Indians and ordinary New Orleans residents as they try to rebuild their lives, their homes and their unique culture in the aftermath of the 2005 hurricane and levee failure that caused the near-death of an American city.

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Jazz Festival returns to SPAC for 34th time



continued from Page 1 Festival returns for its 34th year at Saratoga Performing Arts Center on Saturday and Sunday, June 25 and 26. In 2011, for the first time, there will be free lawn admission for children age 12 and younger. Other ticket prices are:

Further information is available at Special features and highlights of this year’s festival include: • Dedication of a star on SPAC’s” Walk of Fame” for iconic jazz producer and festival founder George Wein, as well as a performance with the Newport All-Stars • A dynamic lineup of 26 acclaimed artists and ensembles will appear on two stages, including festival debuts by Michael McDonald, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Tia Fuller, Lionel Loueke Trio, Hilary Kole and Pedrito Martinez • “Sing the Truth!” featuring Angelique Kidjo, Dianne Reeves and Lizz Wright in a celebration of the music and civil rights legacies of Miriam Makeba, Abbey Lincoln and Odetta • Dee Dee Bridgewater in her acclaimed tribute to Billie Holiday, “To Billie With Love” • “A Night in Treme: The musical majesty of New Orleans” featuring music inspired by the HBO series “Treme,” which depicts the famous, culturally rich New Orleans neighborhood • Downbeat magazine’s famous “Blindfold Test” featuring jazz bassist Ben Allison participating in a “listening challenge” of jazz music “We are proud that for more than three decades, SPAC has been presenting a jazz festival that is regarded by artists, critics and fans as a first-rate showcase for international jazz stars, legends and the most exciting emerging artists of the genre,” said Ms. White. “We are particularly excited to welcome back our festival founder and friend, the legendary George Wein. As the pioneer and visionary behind hundreds of music events over the past five and a half decades, George Wein is one of the most important figures in the jazz world,” said White. George Wein, world-famous impresario and founder of numerous jazz and music festivals across the United States, founded the Newport Jazz Festival - Saratoga, in 1978. Modeled after his highly successful Newport Jazz Festival, Wein, in his 2002 memoir, “Myself Among Others: A Life in Music,” credited his decision to start a festival in Saratoga as “one of the smartest moves I ever made” remarking that the event, “captured the spirit of the old Newport.” In addition to performances on SPAC’s Amphitheatre and Gazebo stages, the festival features a fine arts and crafts fair, CD signings by artists, a fullservice bar in the Hall of Springs, southern style barbeque and other food vendors and a children’s craft area. Guests may also bring in their own food and beverages, as well as blankets, tents and lawn umbrellas. Parking for the event is free.

Lionel Loueke Praised by his mentor Herbie Hancock as “a musical painter,” guitarist Lionel Loueke has enjoyed a meteoric rise over the past several years. His trio will perform Saturday, June 25 on the Gazebo stage. Originally from the small West African nation of Benin, Loueke combines harmonic sophistication, soaring melody, a deep knowledge of African music, and both conventional and extended guitar techniques to create a warm and evocative sound of his own. Downbeat magazine noted that “Lionel Loueke sings and his music rolls along with a feelgood sense of joy… [he is] a star who will be with us for a long time.”

“Once people discover this festival, they return season after season. It becomes a destination they look forward to all year long.” - Marcia White, President and Executive Director, SPAC

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Friday, June 24, 2011


Strawberry Rhubarb Sauce - amazing on everything from ice cream to pork chops

Suzanne Voigt Farmers’Market Right now is the perfect confluence of crop seasons for this tantalizing sauce that compliments so many different dishes. Rhubarb,

while an early spring tart fruit, is still around as the sweet strawberry season peaks. It’s a tart and sweet love affair. This sauce is easy to make and is perfect to drizzle over Battenkill Creamery ice cream or Argyle Cheese Factory yogurt. Smear it on grilled Lewis Waite pork chops or use as the fruit filling when making a cream cheese Danish for Sunday brunch. This is a very versatile and distinctive sauce that I like to use warm and chunky (not pureed) on ice cream, or cold and smooth on hot-offthe-grill chops. However you use it, your friends and family will love the intoxicating taste of this late spring

sauce. Isn’t it wonderful Mother Nature put these two fruits into the same time frame?

Ingredients 1/2-1 cup sugar, depending on desired tartness 1/3 cup water (or white grape juice) 1/2-1 tsp cinnamon 1 pound rhubarb stalks, cleaned and diced 1 quart strawberries, cleaned, hulled and halved 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice

Directions In a medium to large saucepan combine sugar, water (or grape juice) and cinnamon and heat on medium setting. Stir until sugar dissolves and then add rhubarb and allow to simmer for 15 minutes or until rhubarb is tender. Add strawberries and lemon juice and simmer for 10 minutes more. Allow mixture to cool for about 10 minutes. If desired, take 1-cup batches and puree mixture in blender—adding water if batch seems too thick.

Jazz Up Your Summer Grilling The weather is heating up and that means it’s time to fire up the grill. Whether it’s a graduation celebration or just a simple summer gettogether in the backyard, make sure to bring the fun and flavor of New Orleans to the picnic table. The whole family looks forward to enjoying traditional fare like hot dogs and hamburgers. Amp up the fun and flavors of the grill even more with jambalaya, a new take on group-friendly meals that’s easy to prepare. The traditional New OrleansStyle meal offers an ideal solution for everyone, as it can be customized for each person’s taste preferences and is ready in less than 30 minutes. Start with a large batch of original jambalaya – it’s easy to do with Zatarain’s Jambalaya Mix. Then create a bar of mix-in options for people to select from. Here’s what to include: • Offer up Hillshire Farm Smoked Sausage from the grill, which only take a few minutes to prepare, for a hearty meat-based jambalaya. • Make sure there are lots of vegetables to choose from, like bell peppers, onions, zucchini and eggplant, for a vegetarian option. • Seafood lovers can add in

shrimp or a combo of shrimp, sausage and veggies for the ultimate flavor experience. • Top it all off with a sprinkle of green onions or hot sauce for an extra kick. Now everyone, including the cook, can let the good times roll.

Jambalaya with Smoked Sausage Makes 6 servings Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 30 minutes

1 package Zatarain’s Jambalaya Mix 1 package Hillshire Farm Smoked Sausage Prepare jambalaya mix as directed on package. Meanwhile, place sausage on grill until brown (approx. 12-14 minutes, turning regularly). Cut sausage into desired bite-size pieces and mix into prepared jambalaya. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. - Family Features




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River Rd, Greenwich Improve theater performed with audience participation. $10 adults, $5 students and seniors. Reserve by calling (518) 695-4448.

Saturday, June 25 Gansevoort Farmers’ Market Every other Saturday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Northumberland Town Hall on Catherine St.

Ballston Spa Farmers’ Market Fresh produce, flowers, meats, crafts and more! Saturdays, 9 a.m.noon and Thursdays, from 3-6 p.m. at Wiswall Park, Front Street in Ballston Spa. (518) 885-2772.

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, 3-6 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information, call (518) 638-8530.

Sunday, June 26 Summer Stroll Every Sunday until September 18. Tours begin at 10:30 a.m. Allow 90 minutes for each tour. Tours are rain or shine and cover varied terrain. Cost is $5 per person for members and $8 for non-members. Reservations are encouraged but not necessary. For more information, or to make a reservation please call: (518) 587-5030 or go to Today’s stroll is: Here Lies Saratoga’s Past, Part I: The Greenridge Cemetery Tour guide is Gloria May. Meet at Lincoln Avenue, Sackett Gates.

Improv Theater The Barn at Bassett House, 338

The Sembrich Museum, 4800 Lake Shore Drive, Bolton Landing At 1:30 p.m., teens from Manhattan's Citywide Youth Opera will perform.

Strawberry Festival Schuylerville United Methodist Church, 51 Church St From 2:30-4:30 p.m. enjoy strawberry shortcake and other strawberry favorites.

Family Fun Day


Youth Opera

Saratoga County Fairgrounds, Fairground Rd. The Village of Ballston Spa hosts its annual Free Family Fun Day at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds, from 3-9 p.m. Food, live music, family games and activities for the kids followed by a fireworks display at dusk.

Monday, June 27 The Prestwick Chase Farmers’ Market 100 Saratoga Blvd., Saratoga Springs Every Monday from 3-6 p.m. shop with local vendors offering fresh produce, meats and other local goods. Open to the general public.

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

Tuesday, June 28 Magic by Scott Jameson Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry St. At 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., bring the kids for Scott’s classic magic and juggling routines with a fresh new look choreographed to a broad selection of music styles for audiences of all ages. This is a free program.

Summer Jazz Institute: Heath Brothers Quartet Skidmore, North Broadway, Saratoga Springs Beginning at 8 p.m. in the Arthur Zankel Music Center. For more information, call (518) 580-5599.

Wednesday, June 29

Saturday at Wiswall Park on Front Street. For more information, call (518) 885-2772.

Friday, July 1 Birding Walks

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, 3-6 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information, call (518) 638-8530.

Gospel Jam Little Theater on the Farm, 27 Plum Road, Fort Edward. The Bluebillies are your hosts for this jam beginning at 7 p.m. Everyone is invited to come play, or just listen to, old country, bluegrass, and old-time gospel music. Admission is free. Donations appreciated. For more information call Mel (518) 632-5026.

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

Thursday, June 30 Concerts in the Park Series Wiswall Park, downtown Ballston Spa From 6-8 p.m., bring your blankets, lawn chairs and a picnic and dine al fresco while enjoying the best in local music. This week enjoy the Ballston Spa Community Band with opening act, Sirsy.

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

Ballston Spa Farmers’ Market Fresh produce, flowers, meats, crafts and more! From 3-6 p.m. tonight and 9 a.m. - noon every

Betar Byway, South Glens Falls Free birding walks at the Betar Byway at 9 a.m. Meet at the Gazebo near the parking lot at the end of First street in South Glens Falls. For more information, call (518) 793-1960.

Charity Runs Camp Saratoga 5K Trail Series This series of runs will be held at 6:15 p.m. on Monday evenings June 27, July 11, July 27, August 8 and August 22. Registration is $5 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, email or visit

Firecracker 4 This annual race takes place on July 4 in Saratoga Springs. To


register, visit

Jail House Rock This race, sponsored by Brookside Museum, takes place on Saturday, August 13 at 8:30 a.m. The entry fee is $22 pre-registered (through 8/10/11), $27 (8/11/11 through 8/13/11). Awards are given to the fastest male and female overall; age-group awards are given by 5year categories. To register, visit or, or call the museum at 885-4000. Proceeds from the race benefit Brookside’s education programs, which serve thousands of school children each year.

Tour de Farm Bike-A-Thon Please join ASA and Saratoga P.L.A.N. for the Tour de Farm bikea-thon on Sunday, July 17. The bike tour travels through scenic farmland surrounding Saratoga National Historical Park. Riders can choose between a 15 mile and a 35 mile route. The ride begins and ends at the Hand Melon Farm located at 533 Wilbur Ave Easton, NY 12834. Proceeds from this event will help conserve farmland, natural areas, trail corridors, and historic sites in the Upper Hudson River valley. Riders can register online at ton-ny/tour-de-farm-bikeathon2011.

HELPING HANDS Organization

Organization: Domestic Violence/ Rape Crisis Services of Saratoga County Mission The mission of Domestic Violence Services / Saratoga Rape Crisis program is to help victims find safety, healing and a measure of justice by providing a wide range of services including counseling for adults and children, safe shelter, legal advocacy and preventative education throughout the county.

How to Help The needs of victims of domestic violence, whether in shelters or transitioning from abusive living environments, are many. There are various ways to help. Gift cards from local businesses are needed to help with gas costs for getting to work or school. In many circumstances, these courageous women have left with nothing but the clothes on their backs; therefore, household items are needed for women and their children who are moving into new homes. Some suggestions are alarm clocks, personal care items, furniture, vacuum cleaners, appointment books, kitchen items, light bulbs, first aid kits, household cleaning supplies, towels, and baby items including monitors and port-a-cribs. Please visit our website for more suggestions and ways to help.

Contact To see how you can help, please phone (518) 583-0280 or visit If you need our services, please call domestic violence Hotline at (518) 584-8188. Rape crisis Hotline: (518) 587-2336

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Friday, June 24, 2011


upcoming town meetings Town of Ballston: Ballston Town Hall 323 Charlton Road 885-8502 6/29: Planning Board agenda meeting, 7 p.m. 6/29: Planning Board regular meeting, 7:30 p.m. Village of Ballston Spa: 66 Front Street 885-5711 6/27: Board of Trustees meeting,7:30 p.m. Town of Greenfield: 7 Wilton Road 893-7432 6/28: Planning Board meeting, 7 p.m. Town of Malta: 2540 Route 9 899-2818 6/27: Town Board agenda meeting, 6:30 p.m. 6/28: Town Board workshop on the Midtown Fire Station, 6:30 p.m. Town of Milton: 503 Geyser Road 885-9220 City of Saratoga Springs: 474 Broadway 587-3550 6/28: Design Review Commission workshop, 5 p.m. Town of Saratoga: 12 Spring Street, Schuylerville 695-3644 6/27: Zoning Board of Appeals meeting, 7 p.m. Village of Schuylerville: 35 Spring Street 695-3881 Town of Stillwater: 66 East St., Riverside Mechanicville, NY 12118 6/27: Zoning Board meeting, 7:30 p.m. Town of Wilton: 22 Traver Road 587-1939 Saratoga County Board of Supervisors: 40 McMaster St., # 1 Ballston Spa, NY 12020-1985 (518) 885-2240 6/28: Board of Supervisors Trails Committee meeting, 3 p.m.

local briefs Public Meeting The public is invited to a meeting Monday, June 27, at 11 a.m. in Schuyler Room at the Saratoga Town Hall in Schuylerville, NY. Board members of Historic SaratogaWashington on the Hudson Partnership and consultants from The Saratoga Associates will present information related to the development of the cultural landscape treatment plan and recommendations for a memorial to be located on the site identified as the location where the British Army surrendered to General Horatio Gates on October 17, 1777, an event widely recognized as the turning-point of the Revolutionary War. Project information will be available online following the presentation at There will be a two-week comment period following the presentation. Please send your comments to Brit Basinger, RLA of the Saratoga Associates: Written comments can be provided by mail to the Saratoga Associates, 443 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866, Attention: Brit Basinger. This project is a joint undertaking funded by the American Battlefield Protection Program, Natural Heritage Trust and The Historic Saratoga-Washington on the Hudson Partnership.

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) If you are looking for support in losing weight in a sensible manner, please join us at either of the two meetings listed below: • Wesley Health Care Center, Day Activity Room, 133 Lawrence St, Saratoga Springs- We meet every Thursday at 7 p.m., with weigh-ins from 5:45-6:45. • Trinity United Methodist Church, 155 Ballard Rd. Wilton -We meet every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., with weigh-ins from 5:30-6:30. Annual membership is $26 with monthly dues of $5.

Caregiver Support Group Evergreen Adult Day Services, 357 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, an affiliation of the Wesley Community in Saratoga Springs, hosts a caregiver support group the last Tuesday of each month from 3-4 p.m. This month the group meets on June 28. This group is designed for caregivers, families and friends of people with dementia. For more information, please contact Trudi Cholewinski, at (518) 691-1516.

Angel Food Ministry Angel Food Ministries has no age limit or income limit. We offer balanced nutrition and variety with enough food to assist in feeding a

family of four for a week for only $31. The local order and distribution site is Trinity United Methodist Church, 155 Ballard Road, in Wilton. All food is picked up at the church on the third Saturday of each month between 11:30 a.m. and noon. For more information, contact Tami Stahler at (518) 798-2016 or visit

A.L.L. Fall Brochures Whether you’re interested in theater, art, literature, history, current events, science, languages, the outdoors or a variety of other topics, A.L.L., the Academy for Lifelong Learning at Saratoga Springs, has something for you! Sponsored by SUNY Empire State College, the Academy offers non-credit, academic study groups to mature learners. The fall term starts September 19, with groups meeting Mondays through Thursdays. The A.L.L. fall 2011 brochure and registration form are available at area libraries, through the A.L.L. office, and on the website: Contact A.L.L. at (518) 587-2100, ext. 2415 to request a brochure. Registrations must be received by July 12 to be included in the first draw for study group placement.

Sloppy Kisses Patriotic Pooch Parade Sloppy Kisses is seeking participants for this year’s Patriotic Pooch Parade, which is held in conjunction with Saratoga's annual Fourth of July Parade. The parade this year is on July 4 and begins at 10 a.m. Come out and show your pup’s patriotic spirit by strutting down Broadway adorned in red, white and blue. Register your pup today at either Sloppy Kisses location (493 Broadway, Downtown Saratoga or Clifton Park Center, Clifton Park). The registration fee is $5 with proceeds benefiting Saratoga’s Dog-Friendly Downtown Program. Each pre-registered pup marching in the parade will receive a doggie goodie bag. Registration ends on Friday, July 1. For more information contact Melanie Dallas at (518) 587-2207.

Saratoga Reads Seeks Book Nominations for Year Eight If you are digging into any great books this summer or have titles you highly recommend, Saratoga Reads wants to hear from you. As the community reading program gears up for its eighth year, organizers are seeking nominations for the year’s book of choice. Nominations should be works of prose such as novels, short stories, memoirs, non-fiction works, and biographies. The suggested books must be readily available in paperback and capable of inspiring community participation and dialogue. It is recommended that nominated

books not exceed 400 pages. An online nomination form is available at In addition, a nomination box is located at the Saratoga Springs Public Library. The deadline for nominations is August 19.

Email Basics This course, held on Wednesday, June 29, from 9:30-11:30 a.m., will give students a basic understanding of how email works, including how to create attachments. Students may create a free email account on Yahoo! or Google during class. Please note that we cannot guarantee specific instruction for each individual email service. This is a one-session, hands-on course at the Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry St. Call (518) 5847860, ext. 257 to register, free-ofcharge.

Abner Doubleday Classic Brookside Museum hosts The Abner Doubleday Classic game, held on Sunday, July 10 at Doubleday Field at 1 p.m. Held in Ballston Spa, Abner Doubleday’s hometown, the day will feature players representing the long-standing rivalry between Saratoga Springs and Ballston Spa. The public is invited and concessions will be available at the park. Proceeds from this fundraiser directly support the education programs that Brookside offers to thousands of Capital Region children each year. A reception will also follow directly after the game at Brookside on Charlton Street in Ballston Spa. For more information about the game, call (518) 885-4000 or email

Brookside Digs The Saratoga County Historical Society announces that registrations are now being accepted for “Brookside Digs: An Archeology Experience” at Brookside July 25-29. Students in grades 5-8 (ages 10-14), will dig into local history, uncovering buried artifacts from Brookside’s historic site in Ballston Spa. Your “junior archeologist” will enjoy a weeklong experience, working alongside archeologists from Hartgen Archeological Associates. The cost is $250 per student for this five day camp, and a $50 deposit is due at the time of registration. The program runs from 9 a.m.3 p.m., with pre and post care available (for an additional fee). There is limited space, so sign up now by calling (518) 885-4000 or email

Vacation Bible School Trinity United Methodist Church, 155 Ballard Rd., Wilton Join us for a fun-filled week of bible lessons, games, snacks and friends. Open to children entering Kindergarten through sixth grade, this


camp runs from 9 a.m. - noon July 11-15. To register, please call Megan at (518) 587-5805.

Mini Masters Art Camp Malta Community Center, 1 Bayberry Dr. Children ages 5-9 will learn about famous artists and their work as they become: secret agents making mosaic maps, inventors creating their very own machines, and author/illustrators designing cartoons and/or writing books. Children ages 5-7 must attend with parent. Camp runs July 11-15 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. daily. Malta residents pay $54, and non-residents pay $59. Please register 1 week prior to class by calling (518) 899-4411.

Manufactured Home Replacement Grant Funds Available to Saratoga Residents The town of Saratoga has been awarded a NYS Community Development Block Grant to replace substandard older mobile homes with new Energy Star units at no cost to property owners. Income eligible homeowners residing in the town, including the villages of Schuylerville and Victory are encouraged to apply. Both the mobile home and the land on which it is located must be owned by the grant applicant (mobile homes in parks are not eligible at this time). Program guidelines and applications are available at 12 Spring Street, Suite 103, Schuylerville. Applications can also be downloaded at For more information, please contact Marvin & Company at 518-695-3344.

Saratoga Chamber of Commerce Please register for the following events by calling the Chamber at (518) 584-3255 or visiting • Chamber New Member Breakfast The Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce will hold a New Member Breakfast on Tuesday, June 28, at 28 Clinton Street, Saratoga Springs from 8-9 a.m. This is a great opportunity to receive information regarding the Chamber. There is no cost for new members. Reservations are appreciated. • Young Professionals Network On Wednesday, July 6, from 5-6:30 p.m. at Jacob and Anthony’s, 38 High Rock Ave, connect with colleagues and make new connections. Bring a co-worker that hasn’t participated in one of our YPN events! Reservations by Monday, July 1 are appreciated. • Women's Business Group On Tuesday, July 12, at Springwater Bed and Breakfast, 94 George St., join us from 5-6:30 p.m. for a chance to connect with other women in the area. $10 with reservation.


SPORTS Community Sports Bulletin


Friday, June 24, 2011

Golf Daze

Al Mottau McGregor Links Ladies Member-Member: First Flight: 1st (Gross)- Beth Sciurba & Yvonne Manso, 82 1st (Net) - Ann Twyman & Carol Sheridan, 71.5 2nd (Net) - Betty Bellinger & Linda Bibby, 75 Second Flight: 1st (Gross) - Jenn Stroebel & Sharon Wright, 84 1st (Net) - Paula Barclay & Cheryl Clark, 67 2nd (Net) - Kathy Nygard & Oli Williams, 70

Mechanicville Golf Club Wed. Frog Island League: Low Gross: Heath Dunn, 36 Pat Marra, 36 Michael Serbalik, 36

Saratoga County Amateur

Low Net: Doug Pearl, 29 Ben Schaefer, 30 Chuck Devito Jr., 30 John Serbalik, 30 Women’s Low Gross: Laurie Phelps, 40 Tue. Treewoods: Low Gross: Bob Stevens, 44 Dave Telesky, 44 Low Net: Bob Connolly, 35 Dave Bader, 36 Eagle: Joe Higgins eagled the par 5 fourth hole, driver, 3 wood, wedge Mary Beth Garfinkle eagled the par 4 third hole with her hybrid club

New York Qualifier



Five locals have qualified for the New York State Open at Bethpage Golf Course (Black) on July 19-21. They are: Scott Berliner, of Normanside Country Club Jim Cocca, of Shaker Ridge Country Club Joe Fitzimmons, of Mill Road Acres Golf Course Matt Horton, of Country Club of Troy Joshua Cupp, of Rome Country Club. The two alternates are Ina Breen, of Colonie Golf and Country Club, and Josh Upson, of The Edison Club.

Joe Macaluso shot a 76 Saturday, June 18, bringing his total to 146 to win the open divison of the Saratoga Country Amateur Golf Tournament at Van Patten Golf Club. Bill Paulsen Jr. won the senior division with a score of 145. He shot 74 in his final round to capture the title by four strokes.

Places to Play One of the greatest golf courses in the Northeast can be found at the Saranac Inn Golf and Country Club. The course is having a weekend special July 1-3, 8-10 and 16-17 of two days, one night at $155 a person. Package includes one night’s lodging and two days of 18 holes with cart, continental breakfast and tax. Call (518) 891-1402, or email for further details.

Tournament Time One of the most interesting and fun tournaments of the year will be taking place Tuesday, July 12 at the Eagle Crest Golf Course with their annual Texas Shoot Out. Open to all area golfers, it involves an 18 hole qualifying round with the top 10 qualifiers advancing to the afternoon shoot out, where one golfer is eliminated on each hole. The two golfers remaining will challenge each other for the championship. It’s fun to play in and exciting to watch. For more information, call Eagle Crest at (518) 877-7082.

Summer Classes from Saratoga Rowing Association The Saratoga Rowing Association (SRA) is offering several classes for interested teens this summer. The first class, Summer Sculling, is for children 8-13 years old, and is a great way to start your "on-the-water" experience at SRA. Children must be able to tread water and put on a life jacket while in the water. Learn to Row is for first-time rowers entering 7th grade or above. These 2 week sessions provide children an opportunity to learn about the sport of rowing through participation. While the majority of time is spent on the water, there will also be dry-land training and education about boats and equipment. After completing the session, a child will have learned what it takes to be a competitive rower. Please visit for further details on cost, schedule and registration.

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

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Morris Inducted Into Burnt Hills-Balston Lake High School Athletic Hall of Fame SARATOGA SPRINGS Olympic Judo Silver Medalist and four-time Judo Olympian Jason Morris was inducted into the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School Athletic Hall of Fame in a ceremony at the Holiday Inn in Saratoga Springs Saturday, June 11. Morris, who also owns and operates the Jason Morris Judo Center at 584 Rt. 50 in Glenville, was one of nine athletes inducted in the inaugural class of 2011. While attending Burnt Hills, Morris was a two-time New York State Wrestling Champion, going undefeated (75-0) during his junior and senior years and posting a 98-4 overall record in his three varsity years. Morris also was a two-time section II champion, three-time class-A champion and a High School All-American. Morris went on to Syracuse with a full scholarship, where he became only the second wrestler in Syracuse history to win the NCAA Division 1 National Qualifying Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association Championships (EIWA) as a true freshman, posting a 24-8 overall record. Morris then went 2-2 in the nationals in Iowa City, narrowly missing All-American status as a freshman. Morris earned a silver in the 1989 EIWA's in qualifying for the Nationals (this time in Oklahoma City) where he went on to the take fifth place and earn All-American status in the 167 lbs weight class division. In the fifth place match, Morris defeated three-time All-American, two-time NCAA Finalist and NCAA Champ, Marty Morgan (Minnesota). Overall Morris posted a 63-17 record (17-3 as a sophomore and 22-6 as a junior) at Syracuse before devoting himself full-time to his Judo career.

Abner Doubleday Classic BALLSTON SPA - Brookside Museum, home of the Saratoga County Historical Society, is excited to announce the Abner Doubleday Classic on Sunday, July 10. This new event is held in honor of Saratoga County's long and impressive baseball history. The exhibit, “100 Years of Baseball 1850 -1950,” will be open from July 1 - November 4 at Brookside on Charlton St. in Ballston Spa. The Abner Doubleday Classic game will be held Sunday, July 10, at Doubleday Field at 1 p.m. in Ballston Spa, Abner Doubleday's hometown, and will feature players representing the long-standing rivalry between Saratoga Springs and Ballston Spa. The public is invited and concessions will be available at the park. Proceeds from this fundraiser directly support the educational programs that Brookside offers to thousands of local children each year. A reception will follow directly after the game at Brookside on Charlton St. For more information about the game, call (518) 885-4000, or email




Be Prepared for the Game

Damian Fantauzzi If you are one who likes to play lifetime sports like golf, tennis, pickleball, running or bowling, then you need to get yourself in shape and ready to play. Most of these examples involve different muscle groups and strategies for conditioning. My point: going into a sport or competition, it's essential that you prepare yourself physically as well as mentally. Age has no bias here; no matter how old you are, it is necessary to get your body ready for whatever activity you intend to pursue. If you are a high school athlete, the same goes for you in all sports. To stay fit is a never-ending workout - it's the definition of conditioning. Stay in shape! If you think you don't need to keep your body toned and in good physical condition until it's time to play your sport, you're making a big mistake! This is where injuries begin, from knees to shoulders and down the line. I'm not saying that you have to "go all out" in the offseason. What I'm getting at is that you must keep yourself active with a fairly rigorous routine. Stretching,

jogging and some low impact weight training will keep you healthy and in good condition. You don't have to keep this up everyday, (if you can that's good), but at least every other day is beneficial, especially with weight training. Even younger athletes need to prepare and get physical to play their favorite sport! From Little Miss Softball to Little League Baseball, Pop Warner Football to Biddy Basketball, tennis, soccer, skiing or whatever else kids love to play, it is important for them to condition their bodies for their sports. Kids can hurt themselves just like adults can; with ailments like tennis elbow, throwing injuries, knee problems, shoulder tears and more, all which can result from overuse. They are still growing and are, therefore, more susceptible to longterm physical injuries, so it is important for them to be conditioned for the games they play. Moderation is a good way to stay toned and to be prepared for sports activity. The conditioning gets a little more intense as the season begins, but it's not as hard as it would be if you are not in shape. The greatest benefit is staying healthy as a result of daily or regular physical activity and keeping your body in good working condition. The effort and the discipline you need to stay active must come from your mental psyche - stay focused on your physical wellbeing and your desire to play sports!

Friday, June 24, 2011


Saratoga Kyokushin Shihan James Bruchac Invites Students to Search for the Ultimate Truth

by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY GREENFIELD CENTER Kaicho Farzinzad, a Kyokushin master and 10-time bare knuckle knockdown champion, looked into the eyes of Sensei James Bruchac and called him out in front of the entire class. "Sensei," said Farzinzad, "time to practice what you preach." Thus began Bruchac's grueling challenge, a 30-man kumite - 30 consecutive fights - to earn the rank of Shihan and a fifth-degree black belt in Kyokushin. "Kyokushin means the search for the ultimate truth," said Bruchac. "It was founded by Mas Oyama, who is a legendary karate master who basically trained in various styles of karate, as well as judo, western boxing, Chinese Tรกn Tui and Japanese Jiu-Jitsu. What he did was combine the strongest aspects of all of those styles in the mid-1960s to create Kyokushin." With 30-plus years of martial arts training, Bruchac was ready for the 30-man kumite challenge. After emerging victorious to earn the rank of Shihan, Bruchac returned to the Saratoga region, where last month he opened Saratoga Kyokushin at the Ndakinna Education Center at 23 Middle Grove Rd. in Greenfield

on fighting in real-life situations is key as students pursue the 'ultimate truth.' "In Mas Oyama's history, it talks about him going and retreating to the mountains for over a year to perfect his style. We sit on a 90acre nature preserve, which is great because a lot of Kyokushin is based photos provided by Saratoga Kyokushin on training in the Shihan James Bruchac sparring with Sensei Robert wilderness. We have Cornute during his 30-man kumite. two miles of nature Center. With 800 square feet of space trails, so during some of our classes and access to the 90-acre nature pre- we take people outside, run the trails serve, Bruchac invites parties ages 9 and do some outdoor workouts to and up looking to test the limits of really bring in that aspect of their physical and mental capabilities Kyokushin," said Bruchac. to join his school and train in the art Featuring a strong staff of profesof Kyokushin. sional instructors, Saratoga "Anyone who wishes to train hard Kyokushin is offering five general is welcome to join us," said Bruchac. all-rank classes a week, one brown "We're honoring any of their ranks. and one black belt class a week, and We train a little bit harder and it's not two to three kickboxing/fighter classfor everyone. It does cater to differ- es a week. All classes are full contact, ent physical abilities, but people are bare knuckle style. expected to train up to their best For more information on Saratoga physical ability. Everybody is pushed Kyokushin, please contact the school to their limit in Kyokushin." by phone at (518) 583-9980, or visit Kyokushin is rooted in practical them on the web at application, where a strong emphasis

Saratoga Stampede falters against NYCD Knights by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS - The Saratoga Junior Stampede jumped out to an early lead against the NYCD Knights Tuesday, June 21, but stumbled after a late scoring drive by the Knights toppled Saratoga 11-6. "I thought we came out of the gate

really hot and we were swinging the bats and being really aggressive," said Travis Wilson, manager of the Saratoga Junior Stampede. "But I thought we kind of got flat as the game went on and just fell off." The Junior Stampede photos by โ€ข Saratoga Today brought six batters home in the first two innings to Saratoga Stampede swings for the fence. take a 6-2 lead against NYCD. But around strong pitching, with Ryan the Knights kept pounding away, Flynn, Casey Kerr and Jake Taylor slowly adding runs while strong providing great work from the pitching held the Stampede at bay. mound. The Stampede, who head With the score tied after five innings, into a weekend tournament Friday, the Knights exploded in the sixth, hope to capitalize on their strength adding 5 runs to put Saratoga to bed. with a well rested pitching staff. "Our pitchers were tough last "I feel really confident this weeknight, but we just didn't have it going end. I think we're going to have the our way toward the end of the weapons there to do some damage in game," said Wilson, who indicated the tournament," said Wilson. "The that many of the team's pitchers were team's kind of feeling its way resting after a busy weekend of four through right now. Hopefully we'll games in two days. get into our rhythm real soon and get This year's team has been built rolling through the summer."




Friday, June 24, 2011

The Great Race SARATOGA SPRINGS - The Great Race, America's premier antique car rally, passed through Saratoga’s Automobile Museum Thursday, June 16, on its way from Chattanooga, TN, to the finish line in Bennington, VT. Featuring hundreds of classic and antique cars, the rally is scored not according to speed, but according to how closely each driver and navigator sticks to a

set of precise, time-sensitive instructions. Howard and Doug Sharp, riding in a 1911 Velie H1 Racetype, continued on to Bennington for a first place finish. Jody Knowles and Beth Gentry, in their 1932 Ford Hi-Boy Speedster, took second; Harold and Tim Rutledge in a Ford Model A Pickup came in third.

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Hundreds of classic cars roll through the Saratoga Automobile Museum on their way to Bennington, VT.


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