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The VOICE of Saratoga Racing by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS - For 10 years, Tom Durkin was recognized as the national voice of racing, a thrilling broadcaster who captured the drama and excitement of races like the Triple Crown's Kentucky

Derby, the Preakness and Belmont Stakes. A legend in the sport, Durkin decided to step down from the national stage earlier this year, ending his decade-long contract with NBC sports. But Durkin isn't finished with horse racing just yet. This year he returns to the Saratoga Race Course, Belmont and the Aqueduct to continue calling the races in-house, lending his expertise to the sport he loves once again. "I grew up in Chicago," said Durkin, "and I loved going to the track when I was a kid. I liked the excitement, and I just always wanted to be a race track announcer. It's all I ever really wanted to do, ever since I was about 12 or 13." Durkin steadily developed his skills, honing his broadcasting technique into an art form while studying drama at

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Tom Durkin

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MAMATOGA by Yael Goldman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS – Jenny Witte and Julie Nolan are introducing moms to the kid-friendly side of Saratoga. Their creation is Mamatoga.com, a new online resource for moms like themselves who are always looking for things to do and places to play, shop and eat with their kids in Saratoga Springs. The blog, which launched last week, is inspired by and driven from their experiences as young, hip Saratoga moms. photo by Kallie Day Photography

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Witte, Nolan and their kiddie crew.

Site Selectors Search Saratoga by Yael Goldman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA COUNTY – Four of the 200 reputable American site selectors toured our region this week to learn what Saratoga County can offer major corporations. The site selector is a rare, elusive professional. They travel the globe representing major multinationals, familiarizing themselves with regions and identifying cities that show

potential for their clients’ relocation or expansion projects. By trade, selectors, also called location advisors, are discerning and meticulous; by volition, they steer major economic growth toward an appropriate region. And, as you can imagine, local and state economic agencies vie for their attention. “Depending on how you count them, there is an estimated 12-15,000 economic development corporations

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Jockeys Take On Philadelphia Orchestra in Softball Benefit

photos by MarkBolles.com SARATOGA SPRINGS - Two Spa City mainstays, The Philadelphia Orchestra and Saratoga's famed race jockeys, took

to the diamond Monday, August 1, for a softball match to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockey Fund at the East Side Rec. field.


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Nicolas J. Murtlow, 22, of 980 Murray Rd., Lot 13, Middle Grove, pleaded guilty to charges of first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a class-E felony, and driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor. Murtlow was arrested December 18 in Greenfield and has been sentenced to three days in Saratoga County Jail, five years of probation, fines, surcharges and ignition interlock. Timothy J. Lenzi, 26, of 387 Hudson River Rd., Waterford, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while ability impaired by drugs, a class-E felony. Lenzi was arrested in Clifton Park July 18, 2010. He has been sentenced to one year in Saratoga County Jail. Gerald Darrah, 42, of 4767 Rt. 40, Argyle, pleaded guilty to a charge of fourth-degree grand larceny, a class-E felony. Darrah was arrested February 22 in Wilton for an incident that occurred January 29 and has been sentenced to conditional discharge, including restitution. Anthony C. Mignola, 51, of 82 Shields Rd., Northville, pleaded guilty to a charge of possessing a sexual performance by a child, a class-E felony. Mignola was arrested October 28 in Edinburg for an incident that occurred July 9, 2010. He has been sentenced to three months in

Saratoga County Jail, 10 years of probation and sex offender registration. Jon-Michael Carpenter, 26, of 3 Sunshine Dr., Wilton, pleaded guilty to a charge of thirddegree burglary, a class-D felony. Carpenter was arrested July 14, 2010, in Milton, for an incident that occurred June 6. Carpenter was sentenced August 31, 2010, to interim probation, including drug treatment court. On July 29, 2011, Carpenter admitted to violating the terms of his drug treatment court, and consequently was sentenced to two to four years in New York State Prison. Jacqueline A. Andrews, 51, of 4 Jefferson St., Schenectady, pleaded guilty to a charge of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, a class-E felony. Andrews was arrested May 25 in Clifton Park for an incident that occurred March 18 and is expected to return to court for sentencing September 23. Lenon L. Lester III, 40, of 41 Marwood St., Albany, pleaded guilty to a charge of first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a class-E felony. Lester was arrested February 8 in the town of Waterford and has been sentenced to one year in Saratoga County Jail with credit for time served.

Peter J. McFarlane, 45, of 629 County Rt. 24, Corinth, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated, a class-E felony. McFarlane was arrested August 15 in Corinth and has been sentenced to time served and five years of probation. Ricky C. Guidry, 41, of 14W Harrison St., Saratoga Springs, pleaded guilty to a charge of firstdegree unlawful imprisonment, a class-E felony. Guidry was arrested April 22 in Halfmoon and is scheduled to return to court for sentencing September 26. Nathaniel J. Grady, 27, of 849 Flushing Ave., Apt. 12C, Brooklyn, pleaded guilty to a charge of third-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class-C

felony. Grady was arrested February 23 in Wilton and has been sentenced to three and a half years in New York State Prison and three years of post release supervision. Michael J. Morrill, aka "Fats," 33, of 28 Walter Dr., Saratoga Springs, pleaded guilty to a charge of third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class-C felony. Morrill was arrested in Saratoga Springs June 1, 2010, and is scheduled to return to court for sentencing September 26.

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Paul S. Uhl, 39, of 7 Kellogg Rd., Stillwater, was resentenced August 1 by Judge Jerry J. Scarano to six months in Saratoga County Jail with credit for time served, probation terminated. Uhl was originally convicted May 17, 2007, of driving while intoxicated, a class-E felony, for which he was sentenced to time served and five years of probation.


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WEEK IN REVIEW

New York City Ballet’s 2011 Season at SPAC Shows Gains in Attendance, Ticket Income SARATOGA SPRINGS – A season of stellar programming, a highly successful “Gatsby” Ballet Gala and glowing reviews helped produce a seven percent raise in attendance for New York City Ballet’s Saratoga season and an eight percent increase in ticket income, Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) reported. Attendance for the two week season, which extended from July 5 – 16, is projected to be 36,800. This is up seven percent from last year. Ticket sales for 2011 are projected to be $936,000, which is up eight percent from the previous year.

Upward Trends Continue at Saratoga Race Course SARATOGA SPRINGS Attendance and handle at Saratoga Race Course continue to post increases compared to 2010 through week two (10 racing days), according to The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA).

Attendance for the first 10 days was 201,400, up 1.3 percent from 198,857 in 2010. On-track handle totaled $27,728,174, up 4.5 percent from $26,531,605 last year.

Police Continue to Investigate Recent Sexual Assaults SARATOGA SPRINGS Saratoga Springs Police are investigating two sexual assaults that have occurred within the past two weeks. Both of the assaults occurred late at night in a residential area on the west side of Saratoga Springs. Each attack involved a single female being assaulted from behind by a lone male suspect who has been described as tall and thin wearing a dark colored hoodie and jeans, possibly with long dark hair. No weapons have been displayed during the assaults. The first assault occurred early Sunday morning, July 24, at about 2 a.m. A single female was walking on Waterbury Street near Russell Street when she was attacked from behind. After the attack the suspect took the

victim’s purse and walked away from the area. The victim received medical treatment and was released later that morning from Saratoga Hospital. The second assault occurred Friday, July 29, at about 11:40 p.m. A single female, walking on Clinton Street near Vermont Street, was also attacked from behind. The attack was interrupted by two witnesses, one of whom gave chase for a brief time before the suspect was lost in the area of Clinton and Waterbury Streets. As many as 10 city police officers and investigators conducted extensive searches of the backyards in the area with no trace of the suspect being found. The victim was treated for minor injuries at Saratoga Hospital and was released. The police are continuing to investigate both assaults but are withholding some details of the attacks as an investigative measure. They believe that the attacker in both cases is the same individual and are urging women to take safety precautions, especially late at night and if walking alone. The police are asking any one who may have information regarding these attacks to contact them at (518) 584-1800, on the web at www.saratogapolice.org or anonymously at (518) 584-TIPS (8477).

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Police have increased patrols in the area in an attempt to arrest the suspect.

Major Marijuana Investigation Concludes with Two More Arrests SARATOGA SPRINGS - On Friday, July 29, Saratoga Springs Police announced that in conjunction with the Capital District Drug Enforcement Task Force, an investigation lasting several months had concluded with the arrests of two more individuals, bringing the total number of people arrested on Federal and State drug charges to 10. The investigation began with a routine traffic stop in Saratoga Springs in November, 2010 and the discovery of several pounds of marijuana in a vehicle driven by Christopher Redding, 28, of Massena. That same evening, the execution of a search warrant led to the discovery of information indicating that a large-scale marijuana distribution ring was operating in Saratoga Springs and throughout the Capital Region. Police estimated that 50-75 pounds of marijuana was distributed from Saratoga Springs per week, with similar amounts being distributed through other Capital Region locations. The two individuals arrested on

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Thursday, July 28, were Danielle Bevins, 32, of Plattsburgh and Danny Kelley, 57, of Massena. Both were charged with first-degree criminal sale of marijuana, first-degree criminal possession of marijuana and fourth-degree conspiracy.

Finance Commissioner Ivins Announces New Deputy SARATOGA SPRINGS – On Wednesday, August 3, Saratoga Springs Commissioner of Finance Kenneth Ivins Jr. announced his choice for replacement of Deputy Commissioner Kate Jarosh upon her transition to the private sector. Former Saratoga County Deputy Treasurer Gerald Lundgren will begin as Deputy Commissioner on September 6. "Jerry’s government experience and budgeting knowledge make him a perfect fit for this position," said Commissioner Ivins. “During his tenure at the county, Jerry developed annual budgets, supervised departmental staff and assisted other county departments with financial matters.” Mr. Lundgren began his career with Saratoga County in 1993 at the Department of Social Services as Department Accountant. In 2006, he moved to the Saratoga County Treasurer’s office as Deputy Treasurer. He was responsible for cash management of all county funds, oversight of department staff and development of policies and procedures. "Deputy Jarosh has served our city well for the last two terms and I am sorry to see her go," Commissioner Ivins continued. "She leaves big shoes to fill. I am confident that Jerry will pick up right where she left off and the transition will be seamless.”


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Scott D. Mayberry Ballston Spa, NY- Scott D. Mayberry, 21, died suddenly August 1, 2011. Born in Schenectady on April 3, 1990, Scott is predeceased by his father Norman Mayberry. Scott is survived by his loving mother, Deborah Mayberry (Lawyer) and stepfather, Earl Eaton of Ballston Spa; maternal

grandparents, Gerald and Evelyn Lawyer of Ballston Spa; sisters, Shelley Mayberry (David) of Ballston Spa and Erica Corrigan (Chad) of South Glens Falls; and his beloved niece, Haley Corrigan. Arrangements are under the direction of Tunison Funeral Home at 105 Lake Ave. Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Peter J. Fiorino Saratoga Springs, NY - Peter J. Fiorino, 80, passed away Saturday, July 30, 2011. Born on Feb. 22, 1931, in Mechanicville, NY, he was the son of the late Pietro and Maria Fuschino Fiorino and was the beloved husband of Antonietta (Toni) DiDomenico Fiorino. In addition to his parents, Peter is predeceased by his granddaughter, Isabel S. Fiorino and three brothers, John, Rafael and Anthony Fiorino. Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Antonietta (Toni) DiDomenico Fiorino and his sister, Pauline Colucci; his daughters, Rosamaria (Stephan E.) Rowland, Victoria Fiorino, Madeline Fiorino and Patricia Harrington; his sons, Peter D. (Lorraine) Fiorino,

Anthony J. Fiorino, and John P. Fiorino; his grandchildren, Dominique R. and Stephanie E. Rowland, Nicholas R. and Brittany E. Harrington, Peter M. Fiorino and Anthony D. Fiorino; and many nieces and nephews. A mass of Christian burial was celebrated Thursday at St. Clement’s Church. Burial will be in the family plot at St. Peter’s Cemetery, West Avenue. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Outreach & Social Justice Committee at St. Clement’s Church, 231 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Online remembrances may be made at www.burkefuneralhome.com.

Alfred Leo ("Pete") Dolan Saratoga Springs, NY - Alfred Leo ("Pete") Dolan passed away Wednesday, July 27, 2011. He was 96. Born on Sept. 22, 1914, in New Milford, CT, he was the son of the late James Leo and Jessie Elizabeth (Breaux) Dolan and a former Florida resident. He attended New York University and was a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of World War II. He served as a corporal in the American Theater of Operations and was honorably discharged in 1946. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by three siblings, Frances and twins, Jessie and Paul Dolan. He is survived by several cousins, including Paula A. and her husband

Bill Eaton and family of Edison, NJ, and many warmhearted caring, beloved friends. A mass of Christian burial was celebrated Saturday in the Church of St. Peter. Burial with military honors will be at the family plot in St. Francis Cemetery, Fort HillNew Milford, CT. Arrangements are under the direction of the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing and Cunniff Funeral Homes of 628 North Broadway 518-584-5373. Memorials may be made in Pete's name to the Church of St. Peter, 241 Broadway or to the Wesley Foundation, 131 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Online remembrances may be made at www.burkefuneralhome.com.

OBITUARIES Joseph E. Marks Ballston Spa, NY - Joseph E. Marks, 96, passed away Thursday, July 28, 2011. Born in Mount Vernon, NY, on April 24, 1915, Joe was the son of the late Joseph and Anna Marks and the brother of the late Florence Drenkhan, Charles Marks, Gustav Marks, and Fredrick Marks. He was married to the late Lydia Kelch Marks. Survivors include his devoted wife of 24 years, Doris Carey Marks; sons, Wayne (Cathy Ann) Marks and Ralph Marks; stepdaughters, Bernice (Charles) Reynolds and Dale Carey; stepson, Ronald Carey Sr.; granddaughters, Debra Ann (Michael) Mathey, Abbie Carey; grandson, Ronald Carey Jr.; and a number of

great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. A memorial service was held Wednesday at Saint Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. Private interment will be in Dunning Street Cemetery in Malta. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Saint Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church or to a charity of one’s choice. 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 www.burkefuneralhome.com.

Marion Mastropietro Iacobelli Mechanicville, NY - Marion Mastropietro Iacobelli passed away Monday, August 1, 2011. Born on March 4, 1912, in Mechanicville, she was a lifelong resident and daughter of the late Pasquale and Carmela Antinella Mastropietro. In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by her siblings, Anthony, Nunzio, Charles, Pasquale Jr., Mary Veltri, Ida Mormile, Florence O'Keefe, Carmela Rospo and Dominica Mastropietro. Survivors include her children, Dolores Iacobelli of Mechanicville and Anthony Iacobelli of Stillwater; and several nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews. A reception and wake will be Friday, August 5, at 2:30 p.m. until 4:45 p.m. at All Saints on the Hudson, South (St. Paul), 121 No. Main St., Mechanicville. The funeral will follow at 5:00 p.m. at the Church. Burial will be in the family plot at

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Site Selectors continued from Page 1 in the United States alone, and they all want to get in touch with those 200 that do the bulk of the deals,” said Rob DeRocker, Saratoga Economic Development Corporation consultant. “There is really nothing better than actually getting them to come to the community.” Lucky for us, SEDC persuaded four selectors to visita our region. The group arrived in Saratoga Springs Wednesday evening, July 3, for a two-day familiarization tour that included a trip to Saratoga Race Course, a visit to GlobalFoundries for an overview of the chip manufacturer’s site selection process, as well as tours of GE Imaging, Rensselaer Tech Park, and the SUNY Albany

College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. SEDC partnered with the Center for Economic Growth and Rensselaer County IDA to offer a wider scope of our region and the unique role it plays in the growth of New York’s “Tech Valley,” which is a “tech cluster” that spans 19-counties from Montreal to Manhattan. “We have our territory in Saratoga County, and our job is to promote the assets we have here, but we are showing them some other places in the Capital Region,” said Shelby Schenider, SEDC marketing director and economic development specialist. “Site selectors don’t necessarily see borders the way we tend to; there are other things that are critically important.”

When site selectors visit a region they conduct a quantitative and qualitative evaluation of approximately 100 factors. They look at energy costs, tax landscape, potential incentives, skilled workforce, and even other companies in the area. “The presence of other good, strong companies tends to be attractive to companies; they tend to cluster around each other because of the workforce and supply chain,” Schneider said. Visiting selector Kathy Mussio of Atlast Insight, a location consulting company based in New Jersey, said she was most interested in learning about GlobalFoundries and SUNY Albany’s nanoscale center. “There is a major semiconductor supplier and green tech initiative,” Mussio said. “At Atlas Insight, we have several clients in that space as well as in the green tech space; they are not currently looking in the Albany-Saratoga area, but it’s definitely something we want on our radar.” Like some of the selectors on the local tour, Mussio wants to familiarize herself with our region for future potential projects. DeRocker said one of the visitors was here representing two projects that are already considering the Saratoga area, but the majority of the group came unattached, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Lee Higgins, a location advisor out of Austin, Texas, said the trip is his first visit to the Saratoga Region and it will serve a dual purpose: to gather information for the present and the future. “I don’t have a particular project looking at the area at the moment, but that changes all the time,” Higgins said. “I’m looking forward to seeing what the area has done and is doing to attract new growth.” It’s obvious that GlobalFoundries is playing a big role in attracting site selectors to our region. According to information provided by Jessica Shahda, a GlobalFoundries representative, “the growth that occurs over a broad region when a semiconductor production facility (fab) locates in an area is second to none.” Shahda could not speak for the company’s site selection process, but said the state’s $1.4 billion incentive package was an important factor in GlobalFoundries’ decision. Especially since the global semiconductor marketplace is increasingly competitive as other countries adopt new financial and policy incentives. “The five-year cost of building and operating a state-of-the-art wafer fabrication facility is at least $1 billion higher in the U.S. than in other parts of the world,” Shahda said. High overhead costs may be higher in our country, but they tend to be an even greater burden in New York

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State. For Mussio, who credited our region for its strong “intellectual capital, the availability of skilled labor and, of course, the great research institutions,” said that the cost of doing business in New York could be a deterrent when pitching locations, including Saratoga County, which is considered more reasonable than most of the state. "Unfortunately, New York is a high-cost state for many industries, which works against it. It has a high overall tax burden, high utility costs as well as a sometimes challenging regulatory environment. These are all negatives for a company looking to locate,” she said. But regardless of the site selectors’ inconclusive response to the region, SEDC representatives are confident the familiarization tour will yield positive results, directly or indirectly. The fact is they came. “To get four of those 200 to come at one time is a pretty good achievement,” DeRocker said. “I think it’s a testament to the curiosity they have about Saratoga. It’s also a very nice place to visit this time of year, so I’m sure that factored in.” Visiting Saratoga Race Course was certainly a bonus for Mussio, who is a site selector by trade and an “Equicurean” at heart. She owns a 27-year-old retired racehorse.

Parade and Festival Honor Those Who Serve by Yael Goldman Saratoga TODAY SCHUYLERVILLE - This weekend, residents of Schuylerville will celebrate history and community service the good old-fashioned way: with a parade and two full days of festivities. The annual Turning Point Parade, set for Sunday, August 7 at 1 p.m., is the highlight of what has become a weekend-long celebration of "those who serve." Now in its 17th year, the parade was started in 1994 to commemorate the 1777 Battle of Saratoga, a major turning point in the Revolutionary War. As the celebration grew into a festival, so did its theme. "It's about honoring those who

have served, and that doesn't mean only military," said Byron Peregrim, event chairman. "That's everybody: your fire department, police department, EMTs; we're honoring everyone that serves their community." The sixth annual festival begins Saturday morning, August 6 at Fort Hardy Park, kicking off two days of events, activities and community togetherness, and, of course, building up to the mile-long, old-fashioned parade that hits US-4 Sunday at 1 p.m. The procession begins at the intersection of Pearl and Spring streets and will proceed east on Spring to US-4, then south on US-4, ending near the Schuyler House. “If you haven't seen an old-fashioned parade, you'd better come out," said Peregrim, who has been chairing

the parade for at least 13 years. "It's unbelievable; it’s fun and it’s something different." There are more than 120 units (groups of 1-40 people) marching in the parade - "everything, from old cars to musical units, fire trucks, clowns, and all kinds of floats," he said. This year's Parade Grand Marshall is Village Major John Sherman. "If the weather is nice and it's a beautiful day, those streets will be packed," Peregrim said. "I've seen 3-4,000 people out there." Festivities surrounding the parade will include carnival and pony rides, food, music, vendors, crafters, a community bonfire, an old-fashioned street dance on Saturday evening, and live entertainment on Sunday after the parade. The celebration comes to an end on Sunday evening, August 7, with a grand finale fireworks display. Schuylerville invites the greater Saratoga community to partake in the fun this weekend, and help honor those who serve. For more information about the event, visit www.turningpointparade.com.


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Local Moms continued from Page 1 Mamatoga.com lists events, local stores and restaurants, information about school registration, details about regional activities and mom’s groups, and tons of tips and comments about everywhere to go and everything to do from two moms who have “been there and done that.” For young mothers, especially those who didn’t grow up in the area, finding kid-friendly activities and businesses, and ways connect with other mothers is a challenge. Both Witte and Nolan learned that from experience. Witte is a soon-to-be mother of three (her son Finn is 4, her daughter Leven is 3, and she’s expecting her third child in January), and Nolan has three daughters (6-year-old Celia, 5year-old Madelyn and 3-year-old Mae). Witte, who moved here in 2008 when she was eight months pregnant, said getting connected to the local mom scene was a challenge. “I didn’t really know where to start looking for programs to do with moms and I really didn’t know anybody else,” Witte said. “I found it hard to meet others moms, especially with a newborn. When you’re stuck at home and if you don’t know anybody, it’s kind of isolating.” Julie lived in Saratoga Springs for over a year before having her first daughter. When Celia was born, she felt like she was looking at a whole new city. “I had no idea where to go or what to do,” she said. Having faced similar challenges, relying on word-of-mouth tips about where to go and what to do, the local mothers decided they wanted to make

it easier for other young moms by making the information readily available for them. The idea came to them two weeks ago, when Witte and Nolan were enjoying a day with their children at Moreau beach. “We were talking about how there is no way for moms to learn about things to do. Most of what we know has been found through word of mouth,” Nolan said. “So, we thought: why don’t we put something together so moms can find everything they need in Saratoga?” “We want moms to feel like a part of a community even if they’re home with an infant,” Witte said. “Through Mamatoga.com, they can feel like a part of their community because we are exploring Saratoga for them.” It started off as a listing of places to play, and quickly turned into Mamatoga.com – a comprehensive shopping, dining and workout guide and social network for moms. Their restaurant guide rates local establishments on kid-friendliness. Mamatoga looks at the menu, seating and atmosphere, and checks for necessities like crayons and highchairs to help moms determine the best places to have a meal with their kids. “The restaurants that are not kidfriendly are going to be our date night restaurants,” Witte said. Tips about where to go out to eat can be really helpful for moms, and also for local businesses. Before venturing out into downtown Saratoga, Nolan said she stuck with chain restaurants because she knew they had highchairs and kid’s menus. Now, whenever she discovers a new kidfriendly place to eat, she posts an announcement on Mamatoga.com to let others know it’s an option. “We want the people who live here

7 year-round to visit these local businesses in downtown Saratoga,” Nolan said. Similar tips are posted in a shopping section. Witte and Nolan want moms to know where they buy clothes for their children, and also find something for themself. The goal is to feature new stores, post announcements about sales at boutiques, and offer fashion tips. “I found that even moms who have been here for a while may be overlooking some great little shops,” Witte said, explaining that it’s easy to get in the habit of shopping at one favorite store. “I love Violet’s, but I never went into Closeline, and I found out they have really great stuff.” And there’s more. The website is set up as a community; it’s a place where moms can find interest groups, start new clubs and connect with other local moms. There is advice about where to workout, plus daily themes, fun contests and a “mother of the month” feature. The information is always fresh and easy to find through connections on Facebook and Twitter. Mamatoga.com is quickly becoming

a virtual playground. Young mother Nikki Roche said she has been waiting for something like Mamatoga.com. “It’s absolutely fabulous,” said Roche, who owns Irish Times with her husband Niall. “I don’t have time to do everything and go everywhere, and this site will help mothers like me find out what’s new and where to go.” The best part is that everything about Mamatoga.com is based on experience. Witte and Nolan are reintroducing the city to young mothers one restaurant rating, calendar update and blog post at a time. “We’ve been there, done that, and we’re telling you about it,” Witte said.


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Saratoga TODAY’S Guide to the 2011 racing season at the Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York

• Stakes Races: The Grade 1, $250,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt for older sprinters celebrates its 26th running on an afternoon that will also feature the Grade 2, $150,000 Honorable Miss Handicap sprint for fillies and mares. Both races will be shown on VERSUS from 56 p.m.

THIS WEEK! Friday, August 5: • Rivalry Day: Saratoga Race Course will celebrate one of the oldest rivalries in sports – New York vs. Boston – with the inaugural Rivalry Day. All fans wearing New York or Boston gear will receive $2 off grandstand admission. Former New York Yankees center fielder Mickey “Mick the Quick” Rivers and Boston Red Sox pitcher Dennis “Oil Can” Boyd will headline the day’s activities with an autograph signing session from 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. at the Jockey Silks Room. Fans can peruse a sports card and memorabilia display, and enter to win team merchandise, game tickets and prizes. A time-honored baseball tradition will be adapted for the track with an interactive rendition of

“Take Me Out to the Ballgame” after the seventh race – Thoroughbred racing’s version of the seventh-inning stretch. Fans are invited to stay after the races to enjoy the opener of the three-game series featuring New York and Boston. First pitch is scheduled for just after 7 p.m. and will be supplemented by a post-racing game party at “The Post” and the latest installment of the rivalry on large screen television sets.

Saturday, August 6: • Fasig-Tipton Festival of Racing: (Also Sunday, August 7) The third annual Fasig-Tipton Festival of Racing will return to celebrate the rich partnership between racing and yearling sales with a variety of special events.

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Monday, August 8: The Festival of Racing is part of the lead up to Fasig-Tipton’s pair of yearling auctions at the Humphrey S. Finney Pavilion in Saratoga Springs. The annual festival includes the return of the “Best Turned out Filly” contest, during which a roving photographer will seek out fabulously dressed ladies at the track from noon-2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Families will have the chance to take part in the fun with the “Fasig-Tipton Graduate Trail Scavenger Hunt,” which is free to enter and will be conducted during the races. Maps and entry forms will be available in the Post Parade program and at the clubhouse and grandstand customer service desks. Completed maps must be submitted by the fifth race. The winner will be determined through a random drawing of all correctly completed entries. • Whitney Day: The nation’s top older horses face off in Saratoga’s 84th running of the

Grade 1, $750,000 Whitney Handicap. The blockbuster day of racing will also include the Grade 1, $250,000 Test, a sprint for 3year-old fillies. Both races will be shown on VERSUS from 5-6 p.m. • Guaranteed Saturday Pick 4: NYRA offers a $500,000 Guaranteed Late Pick 4 Saturdays during the Saratoga meet. This is a 50-cent minimum wager in which the bettor must correctly pick the winners of four consecutive races.

Sunday, August 7: • Galloping Grapes: A New York Wine Event: Wine aficionados and Thoroughbred fans will come together for the second annual “Galloping Grapes: A New York Wine Event” at Saratoga Race Course from noon-6 p.m. The event will showcase wineries from across New York State. The first 500 guests will receive a commemorative Saratoga Race Course wine glass with their paid admission. Advance tickets are available for $20; tickets will be available day of the event on track for $25. Advance tickets may be purchased at http://gallopinggrapes.eventbrite.c om. Tickets to the Galloping Grapes wine festival are purchased separately from the cost of admission to Saratoga Race Course. All proceeds benefit the Times Union Hope Fund and Classroom Enrichment Program. • Special National Anthem Performance: NYRA Controller Jelena Alonso will sing the national anthem before the races start at approximately 11:38 a.m. She has performed in theaters across the United States and has also been singing the national anthem for the New York Islanders on Long Island since 1993. She also performed on Belmont Stakes Day.

• Dunkin’ Donuts Mondays: Throughout the 2011 meet, Dunkin’ Donuts customers and racing fans will receive a number of extra perks on Mondays. All fans who present their Dunkin’ Donuts rechargeable card at the track admission gates on Mondays will receive $2 off the price of grandstand admission. • Sixth Annual Chaplaincy Breakfast: NYRA will host the sixth annual Chaplaincy Breakfast at Saratoga Race Course from 8-10 a.m. Held at the “At The Rail Pavilion,” the annual breakfast will feature guest speaker Elliot Walden, president and CEO of WinStar Farm, and an exclusive trunk show of the newest equestrian line from Peacock Alley Fine Linens. Tickets are available for $75; all proceeds benefit the Race Track Chaplaincy of America – New York Division. For more information or tickets, call Nancy Kelly at (518) 226-0609. • Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Select Yearling Sales: Humphrey S. Finney Sales Pavilion, 7 p.m. By reservation only.

Tuesday, August 9: • Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Select Yearling Sales: Humphrey S. Finney Sales Pavilion, 7 p.m. By reservation only.

Wednesday, August 10: • Foxwoods Mardi Gras at the Spa: The French Quarter will descend upon the Spa City as Mardi Gras comes to Saratoga Race Course. Celebrate the purple, green and gold spirit of Bourbon Street with live jazz and zydeco music, traditional New Orleans fare and carnival atmosphere.


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Post Positions for Whitney Invitational PP Horse

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Solis 117 C

Dickey

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Friend Or Foe (NY)

J Lezcano 115

J Kimmel

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Morning Line (KY)

J Velazquez 118

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Tizway (KY)

R Maragh 118

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Mission Impazible (KY) J Castellano 118

T Pletcher 6-1

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Rail Trip (KY)

R Dominguez 117

R Dutrow Jr 12-1

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Headache (KY)

M Mena 116

M Maker

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Rodman (KY)

E Prado 114

M Hushion 20-1

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Apart (KY)

J Leparoux 118

A Stall Jr

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Duke of Mischief (FL)

J Bravo 117

D Fawkes 8-1

The Grade I $750,000 Whitney Invitational Handicap run at 1 1/8 miles—nine furlongs— steps into the sun for its 84th renewal on Saturday, August 6. It is a “Breeders’ Cup Challenge” race, meaning that the winner automatically qualifies for a slot in the Breeders’ Cup Classic in November. Naturally, the main contenders are rounding into form. Trainer Todd Pletcher will saddle Mission Implazible Saturday. The horse fired a bullet 47.80 half-mile work over the Oklahoma Training Track. Not to be outdone was Duke of Mischief, who burned up the dirt with a 46.88 move. It was the fastest of 62 half-mile workouts that day for trainer David Fawkes. “I thought he went excellent,” said trainer David Fawkes. “Really good. He got over the track well. [Rider] Nick [Esler] said it’s probably a good thing we breezed him over the track because he said he was still feeling his way around there a little bit. Everything’s on go right now. He looked like he did it comfortably. He’s coming into this really good.” Duke of Mischief’s most recent race was a second-place effort in the Grade I Stephen Foster at Churchill Downs. In April he won the Charles Town Classic. Giant Oak, another contender, worked five-eighths of a mile for trainer Chris Block, eliciting this

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from his assistant trainer, Arthur Coontz, “He broke off at the pole pretty calm. [Rider] Shaun [Bridgmohan] had him into the bridle. Coming down the lane, Shaun and Giant Oak were going well. When he came back, Shaun said he went well in hand. He has handled this track really well since coming here.” Other horses include Tizway, Apart and Morning Line.

The New York Racing Association president and CEO has a saying that while Saratoga has a way of attracting big stars, it also makes big stars. One horse fits both molds. And his name is Mo, Uncle Mo. Uncle Mo, a 3-year-old son of Indian Charlie, is the resident star of the meet following in the mammoth footprints left by Rachel Alexandra and Curlin over the past four years. Uncle Mo broke his maiden— won his first race—at Saratoga running three-quarters of a mile in a time of 1:09.21, winning by 14 1/2 lengths. This launched Uncle Mo

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Uncle Mo runs around the track for some early morning exercise. into orbit. He would go on to win the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Churchill Downs and later be awarded the Eclipse Award for Top 2-year-old male in 2010. “I usually name horses after fam-

ily members, so everybody thinks I have an Uncle Mo,” said the colt’s owner Michael Repole. “If you’re a real sports enthusiast, ‘Uncle Mo’

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is when you’re starting to have momentum. You know, if you’re down by 21 points and then you cut the lead down to three, you have momentum.” That momentum was critically derailed after a disappointing thirdplace finish in the Grade I Wood Memorial at Aqueduct in April. Uncle Mo had been on the sidelines for more than three months, having just had his first few published workouts at the Oklahoma Training Track. He was the leading contender heading into this year’s renewal of the Kentucky Derby, but that third-place finish in the Wood Memorial raised some flags. Trainer Todd Pletcher, Repole and a team of veterinarians searched for what could be wrong with Uncle Mo. Nobody knew; just that he wasn’t himself, so they scratched him from contention at the Kentucky Derby. Turns out Uncle Mo had a gastrointestinal infection that kept him out of training. He rested at WinStar Farms in Kentucky where

he gained back 100 pounds that he had lost due to the illness. Now, Mo is on the move, with a half-mile, 4-furlong breeze on Thursday, July 28 in 50.49. “It’s a steady progression,” said Pletcher. “We stepped it up to a half today, and I particularly like the way he galloped out. His fitness level is more than I expected it to be. He was into it.” Horses gallop or walk around the barn every morning, but they breeze—a lung-expanding workout with initiative—once a week. Breezing asks more of the horse. In the work tab under a horse’s past performances it might read “h,” for “handily,” meaning he was worked vigorously. Or it could read “b,” meaning the horse “breezed” along well within himself, relaxed. Trainers like to see how a horse finishes a work, often dubbed galloping out. At this point the watch has stopped on the main workout, though it keeps ticking to see how fast the horse travels once the brakes are being applied. When Pletcher said, “He was into it,” it likely meant that Uncle Mo was leaning into the bridle and driving

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ahead with ease. The official work ended, but Uncle Mo galloped out his final furlong in 1:03. The rider tapped on the brakes and Mo still cruised that final furlong in 13 seconds. Trainers also like to see horses clock furlongs or eighth of a mile fragments in 12 seconds per furlong—a 12-clip. So Uncle Mo’s workout was a touch slower than that, an indicator that his fitness is not where it needs to be quite yet. The goal is the 7-furlong Grade I King’s Bishop on the Travers undercard. Look for his workouts to be much swifter in the four weeks leading up August 27. Mike Repole also owns a colt by the great Bernardini (winner of the Jim Dandy and Travers Stakes in 2006) named Stay Thirsty. Stay Thirsty looked brilliant in his win in the Grade II Jim Dandy stakes on July 30. The Jim Dandy is the traditional prep race for the Travers Stakes. For much of the year Stay Thirsty has been in the shadow of Uncle Mo. Now, it seems that the second fiddle is getting to shine. “He gets overshadowed by Mo, and so does every other 3-year-old in the country,” said Repole. “Even on Travers Day, which could be [a great race] for Stay Thirsty, people are going to talk about Uncle Mo being in the King’s Bishop.” Pletcher, normally stoic in his delivery, served this up to reporters, citing some of New


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Uncle Mo York’s premier races. “My feeling is that if he wins the Jim Dandy, Travers, Jockey Club Gold Cup, and Breeders’ Cup Classic, I think they’ll make him 3year-old champion,” said Pletcher with a wry grin. “We have one down, three to go. But obviously it was a breakthrough race yesterday, a race we felt like was potentially there. We were just waiting to see it, and we’re happy that we did.” Stay Thirsty, in this instance, got to ride shotgun instead of the oftfavored Uncle Mo. “We gave him about 100 carrots and we went to see him before Mo, so he was pretty excited about that,” said Repole. “If you would have told me at the beginning of the year, ‘I think Mike is going to get the 3-year-old champion,’ I’d think we’d be talking about Mo instead of having this conversation in August about Stay Thirsty. If another owner owned him and another trainer trained him, we’d be talking about him a lot higher than we talk about him right now.” The day after a big race, reporters flood the barns of the contenders. The effects of a race— unless there is a gash on the horse’s leg—are invisible until the following day. The trainer will feel a horse’s shins for heat—a clear sign of inflammation. They will watch the horses walk and see if he’s limping and to see if he’s eating all his food. The question becomes, “How did he come out of it?” “We’re pleased with the way he’s doing this morning and his energy level is good,” said Pletcher. “A good recovery so far.”

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B.E.S.T. Practices: Serving Those Who Serve Marion E. Altieri

Ricardo Fragoso works hard. As an exercise rider (galopador, in Spanish), he puts in long hours.

Little is understood about the role of galopadores—they are the professionals who may know a horse best. They take mounts for trainers every day—they are those captured on film in the early-morning mist, working out the horses. In Fragoso’s case, he rides beautiful creatures like Malibu Glow every day: he’s the one who feels out the horse. Who knows the steed’s every quirk, every muscle—and who reports to the trainer. The trainer instructs the jockey, integrating the galapador’s insight. The proof of the pudding is in the tasting. Malibu Glow won at Saratoga on July 30, and that victory belonged to everyone in the horse’s community—including Fragoso. His dream is to become a jockey, like his brother, Pablo Fragoso: in all, five of the 13 brothers work here at Saratoga, on the track. Surely this family, among others, is an integral part of the very weft-and-weave of the New York

racing family. Ricardo Fragoso is one of hundreds of track workers who, day-in and day-out, make it happen. At a recent evening at the rec center tent, hundreds of hard-workin’ horsemen and women put down the reins for a couple of hours and dined on good Chinese food. This meal—as many others—was part of the Backstretch Employees Service Team (B.E.S.T.)’s model program, Saratoga Backstretch Appreciation. B.E.S.T., working with philanthropists and locally admired and loved, Marylou Whitney and John Hendrickson, have created an entire summer of events that bless and enrich the lives of those whose every breath is dedicated to the health and welfare of horses. All horses, all the time—and at night, an hour or two of fine dining, movies, Karaoke, BINGO and programs such as “Learn English! Speak Spanish!” Working with local

restaurants and businesses, Hendrickson and Whitney call on their friends, including Saratoga’s own Ron and Michelle Riggi. Mrs. Whitney considers the Riggis’ dedication to the program to be essential: “They give more to this community than…anyone! They’re tireless and completely committed to this program.” Mrs. Riggi commented that she and her husband do it for one key reason: “They look after our horses—they deserve the best. Without them [the backstretch employees]—there’d be no horse racing.” The joy and relaxation, education and encouragement that this program gives to people like Fragoso and his family, cannot be discounted. They and others like Marco Acosto, an assistant trainer, are at the barns at 4:30 every morning. Acosto’s passionate love for horses, and his lifelong vocation of working with them, shows in his conversa-


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Saratoga On-Track Entertainment Performer Day Date W-Sun Each Week Reggie’s Red Hot Feetwarmers F-Sun Each Week New Orleans Jitterbugs Swing Dancers F S Sun M W Th

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Left: Exercise rider Ricardo Fragoso, along with, right: track workers Alex, Marco, Daniel and Goran. tion and manner. He has always worked with horses, and—even though the work can be back-breakingly hard—he cannot imagine doing anything else with his life. Hailing from Lima Peru, Acosto knows no other life but the horseman’s existence. After a long, hot day in the sun—and one must not discount the emotional toll of worrying about the sick horse, the injured horse—after a day like that, it’s a relief to go to the tent on Union Avenue, eat a delicious meal made by one of Saratoga’s best chefs, and commiserate with colleagues. The fact that there’s something every night of the week is nothing short of a miracle: on the nights that meals are served, over 600 people are well-fed in the tent, and another 200 are sent to those who had to stay

back at the barn. Most wedding caterers could not fathom feeding 800 people in one sitting—never mind, many times in one 40-day stretch. Add to that all the other opportunities, every night, staffed by scores of committed B.E.S.T. staff and volunteers—and you have a recipe for unbridled success. When the people who make the horses happy are happy—the work goes more smoothly, and the place runs like a genuine community. Before the introduction of the program, there were one or two disturbances per week in the backstretch—many factors, including boredom, can contribute to this. But since the appreciation program has begun, and with it, the re-introduction of respect for all workers in this environment—there have been only

one or two disturbances per racing season. This is a tremendous change: giving people something to do with their time, and the input that they are respected and appreciated, makes all the difference. If one person realizes that they are truly a valued member of an organization— that organization becomes a genuine community. The Saratoga Race Course program is a model which should be emulated by every racetrack around the country. John Hendrickson noted that this is the only place with a program like this, and that obvi-

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ously—it works. Names like Alex Granda, Dona Berta Quinones, Goran Pavlovic and Daniel Vales may be foreign to many who attend the races and bet on the proverbial Seabiscuit, but those men and Ms. Quiinones are prime examples of people who have brilliance and a vision. They are the first ones to know when a horse is sick, and the last to tuck in the horse at night. They are the front line of defense, the knights who have laid their lives on the line for the horses in their care. Whether galopadores or hotwalkers, grooms or foremen—they are the very backbone of the racing industry. B.E.S.T., Marylou Whitney, John

Hendrickson and the Riggis know this. The workers—they’ve always known this. Now you know it. The next time you meet someone whom you think may work in the back, laying her or his hands on horses every day and prepping them to step onto the track and thrill you to your bones—please thank them, sincerely. And please, if you can take an evening—volunteer to work a night at the B.E.S.T. Backstretch Appreciation Program. Being in the trenches for two hours will change your life forever—promise.


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Sanctuary Spa

Celebrates 5th Anniversary by Yael Goldman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS - Six years ago, Deb Docyk, a registered nurse, wondered why she was spending days meant for pampering and relaxation running from spa to salon. One year later, she did something about it. Docyk opened her one-stop-shop, Sanctuary Spa of Saratoga Springs, at 72 Railroad Place in late August 2006. Now, five years later, she's recognizing her first real milestone the Spa's fifth anniversary, which, for Docyk, means appreciating all the loyal customers who made each year in business a cause for celebration. But it takes more than exceptional customer service to capture a dedicated client and referral base, and Docyk's product speaks for itself. Sanctuary Spa is a medi-spa, a marriage of medical, aesthetic and wellness offerings that are all available in one posh and soothing setting. You can stop in for a relaxing deep tissue massage and a pedicure,

perfect your complexion with permanent makeup, or treat yourself to BOTOX or laser hair reduction, all under the care of Dr. Stanley Docyk. "You can be in a robe and slippers to get BOTOX, and mix in with the people enjoying all the other benefits of the spa," Docyk said. Plus, wellness treatments like hydrotherapy can be enjoyed before or after any service, and guests are always encouraged to take a step back in the relaxation room. The spa boasts "the latest and greatest" treatments including Darphin, a Parisian aeromatic skincare product. Sanctuary is the only location between New York City and Canada that offers it. Of course, the well-known medi-spa also carries a select handful of prominent skincare, makeup and medical lines, and offers treatments for everything from acne to anti-aging. And that barely covers an eighth of what Sanctuary Spa can do. The list of services is extensive and covers a handful of treatments that are preferred by celebrities, like Intraceutical Oxygen Facial (Madonna's favorite), and Velashape cellulite reduction, which was featured on Rachel Ray, Keeping up with the Kardashians and the Today Show. "We are always looking for new innovation," said Liz Harmon, the

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Malta Storage Center to Open This Month by Yael Goldman Saratoga TODAY MALTA - Kelly and Brian Hayes are getting ready to open their new Affordable Storage facility at 2353 Route 9 in Malta. The 36,000 squarefoot building should be ready for tenants by mid-August. Affordable Storage is a three-story climate controlled facility housing 851 units. The units vary in size, the smallest being 5x5 feet and the largest 10x30. "I created this building with my customers in mind," said Kelly, explaining that her people are looking for a clean, safe, convenient place to store their belongings. "I want them to feel comfortable when choosing our company, knowing we care about them and their items." Tenants will use a swipe card to gain entry to the facility, and will have access from 6 a.m. to midnight every day. "They can come as they please," she said. Plus, an on-site office will be staffed from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Kelly explained that there are seemingly endless uses for storage units both personal and professional. "We have a list already of people who want to get in there," she said. "Some of them are selling pharmaceutical reps, contractors, real estate agents, and a lot of them are waiting

for their house to close or are moving to the area." The Route 9 location is convenient for professionals, like a real estate agent, who needs to store items and be able to access them throughout the day. Many people also lease units to store furniture and belongings while in the process of moving. Climate controlled units are ideal for storing furniture, paintings and other valuables that just take up too make space in the home. "To me, this is the perfect place to store," Kelly said. "I think it's a beautiful building that's in a great location, and I don't think there is anything like it around here." The Hayes family also runs storage units in Wilton and Gansevoort that are perpetually full. Over their eight years in the business in the area, Kelly said they have seen a steady demand for affordable storage space, especially in Malta where the service has been lacking. "We saw there was a need there in Malta, especially with the new tech park coming in," she said. "It seems to be an up and coming town." The Malta units are available month-to-month, or can be leased for longer durations as needed. For more information or to inquire about storage space, call (518) 5819123 or visit www.affordableselfstor ageny.com.

spa's marketing manager. "Our goal here at Sanctuary Spa is to stay on top of the ever-changing medical and beauty trends, all the while maintaining the best customer service possible to serve our clients' needs." Docyk is always thinking about her next step, and never stops looking for ways to improve her guests' experience. "I want to make sure our clients are happy and satisfied. As a business owner, customer service is of the upmost importance," Docyk said. "I take it very personally; I want to build personal relationships with clients and be there for the important days in their lives, the happiest and the saddest." Docyk is entirely hands-on; she's at the Spa at least six days a week, and never skips a beat. She pays close attention to her guests, and is known for going well out of her way to accommodate them. For her, the real milestones have Rendering provided been building a strong clientele and finding her "phenomenal staff," and it shows. She's modest about approaching five years in business, and is making a point to direct recognition to the loyal customers who have helped her spa thrive. "Our clientele is like family," Docyk said. A fifth anniversary customer appreciation celebration is in the works for the fall. For more information about Sanctuary Spa of Saratoga Springs, visit www.sanctu MarkBolles.com • Saratoga Today arysaratoga.com or call (518) 587Construction is underway at the Affordable Storage site in Malta. 5219.


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by Yael Goldman Saratoga TODAY BALLSTON SPA - Mangino Buick is thrilled about the new GMC banners catching wind on its 1484 Saratoga Road lot. The local, family-run business was officially appointed a GMC Dealership beginning August 4, following a consolidation agreement with the former Buick-GMC dealership in Mechanicville. Mangino now offers a full line of GMC trucks, SUVs and parts in addition to their current full line of premium Buick cars and crossover vehicles. The Ballston Spa dealer is also an official GMC service facility. "Excited is the understatement of the century," said Ralph Mangino, Jr., who said his family has been trying to get on board with GMC for over 20 years. "We are elated to finally have GMC here; it is just outstanding, absolutely outstanding." Mangino acquired 32 vehicles in the initial transaction this week and will soon be filling its lots with up to 90 new 2011 GMC trucks and SUVS. Pre-owned and certified pre-owned

vehicles will also be thrown into the mix. For Ralph Mangino, Jr., adding the GMC franchise completes the Ballston Spa dealership, which he said has been missing some variety since 2008 when General Motors went bankrupt and got rid of its Pontiac lines. Prior to that, Mangino had been selling Buicks and Pontiacs for 30 years. "We've completed the puzzle with GMC," Mangino said. "We now have more variety and more opportunities; we'll be able to take care of a wider spectrum of customer." The new banners are just a placeholder until an official sign is installed. However, they do signify bigger, better changes to come in the next couple of years. Mangino said his family's operation is on GM's list of sales facilities to receive a complete reconstruction and redesign. The project will break ground by 2013, and the family plans to start working with architects and engineers this fall. "We need more space, and are definitely going to [build] bigger to accommodate the trucks and SUVS

Business Briefs Experienced Broker Returns to Roohan Realty SARATOGA SPRINGS - Roohan Realty is excited to announce that Amy Sutton has returned to its team as a licensed associate broker. Amy spent 15 years as a Realtor with Roohan Realty, and has recently rejoined the team to head the company's commercial services division. She will manage all commercial property sale and lease activities. Amy is a member of the Greater Capital Association of Realtors, New York State Association of Realtors, and the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce. She is involved in the community as a volunteer for Saratoga Hospital and Skidmore College. Amy graduated from Skidmore College and has been married for 30 years to Rod Sutton of Sutton & Tarantino Insurance Agency. They live in Saratoga Springs and have two daughters, Patricia and Katherine. She can be reached at (518) 527-3564 or asutton@roohanrealty.com.

Summer Dining at FasigTipton SARATOGA SPRINGS Mazzone Hospitality will operate the Man o' War restaurant at FasigTipton in August, featuring an à la carte lunch menu, extended dining on sales nights, and post-racing refreshments and entertainment on select dates. "The annual yearling sales are one of the highlights of the Saratoga season and we're thrilled to provide hospitality to horsemen, industry executives and racing fans," said Mazzone Hospitality owner Angelo Mazzone. "Saratoga is the summer

place to be and we're honored to contribute to the experience with great food, atmosphere and live entertainment at historic Fasig-Tipton." Dates for lunch, sales night dining and post-racing refreshments: • August 5 -14: lunch from 11 a.m.2:30 p.m. • August 8-9 (Saratoga Select Yearlings): lunch from 11 a.m. to end of sales • August 13-14 (New York Bred Yearlings): lunch from 11 a.m. to end of sales • August 19-20 (TVG Alabama): light fare, drinks and entertainment after racing at Saratoga Race Course

and more parts," he said. At this point, the GMC acquisition has not called for any new staff members, but Mangino said the construction project will likely bring on a need for additional service technicians. General Motors ranked Mangino as the number one dealer for customer sales and service satisfaction in the Capital Region and the local business is thrilled to continue improving its ability to serve its community with GMC vehicles and service available on-site. Mangino has a long history in its community. The company has been family-owned and operated since 1978, when Ralph Mangino, Sr. bought the local dealership. Today, Mangino's son Ralph, Jr. and daughter Patty oversee the Ballston Spa operation. The family has also owned the Chevrolet dealership on Route 30 in Amsterdam since 2004. It is managed by Mangino's daughter Tina and her husband Mike Coffey. For more information about Mangino Buick-GMC or Mangino Chevrolet, visit www.mangino.com. About GMC: GMC has built trucks since 1902, and is one of the indus• August 26-27 (Travers Stakes): light fare, drinks and entertainment after racing at Saratoga Race Course Named after the legendary racehorse whose only loss in a 20-1 career came at Saratoga Race Course in 1919, The Man o' War restaurant focuses its lunch menu on seasonal food and fresh ingredients. Patrons can enjoy delectable appetizers, salads and sandwiches such as the Radicchio Blue Cheese Panini and New England Lobster Roll. Fasig-Tipton is located on East and Madison avenues in Saratoga Springs, less than a half-mile from Saratoga Race Course. Thoroughbred enthusiasts are drawn to the venue every August for art exhibits and Thoroughbred sales in the Humphrey S. Finney Pavilion.

“August is Huge” at Saratoga Casino SARATOGA SPRINGS - Saratoga Casino and Raceway has teamed up with Billy Fuccillo to give away four Kia Optima's during their "August is Huge" promotion. This August, one car will be given away every Saturday at midnight. The first drawing is Saturday, August 5. The casino's promotion coincides with Fuccillo's annual "Huge-aThon," which kicked off July 30. A hybrid model of the Kia Optima will be given away on August 13 and 27 and a non-hybrid model will be given

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Mangino Buick became a GMC franchise this week. try's healthiest brands. Today GMC is evolving to offer more fuel-efficient trucks and crossovers, including the Terrain smaller SUV and Acadia crossover. The new GMC Sierra Heavy Duty pickups are the most capable and powerful trucks in the market. Innovation and engineering away on the alternate Saturdays. To enter, visitors must be member of the casino's Player Extras Club. Players will be able to earn entries into the drawings all month, starting August first by playing with their Club Card. Membership is free and open to anyone 18 years or older. The four Optimas are currently on display at the casino.

Keller Williams Opens at 38 High Rock SARATOGA SPRINGS - Keller Williams, the newest addition to the 38 High Rock Condominiums, received a warm welcome Tuesday, August 2 during a housewarming gathering hosted by Bette & Cring and Turf Hotels. Keller Williams' new location doubles its former space with 2,730 square feet on the ground floor of 38 High Rock - a unique upscale hotel/condo complex and innovative partnership between builder Bette &

excellence are woven into all GMCs, including the Yukon and Yukon XL and full line of Sierra pickups. Today, GMC is the only manufacturer offering three full-size hybrid trucks. Details on all GMC models are available at www.gmc.com.

Cring and hotel developer and operator Turf Hotels. The realty company is opening with 75 agents serving almost the entire Capital Region area, and plans to add an additional 25 agents by the end of the year. "We've been waiting for this moment to really launch our market center, and we wanted to do it in a world class space," said Janet Besheer, operating principal of Keller Williams Saratoga Springs. "That's how I see 38 High Rock truly world class space run by people who are as honest as the day is long. It's been a true pleasure to do business with people who prioritize integrity the way I do." Keller Williams Saratoga Springs is the second retail tenant of the joint hotel and condominium project. 38 High Rock's first retail partner, Jacob & Anthony's American Grille, opened last summer.


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Durkin Calls Saratoga Races continued from Page 1 St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin. "I was a theater major in college," said Durkin, who indicated that his educational training plays a large role in how he calls races today. "First of all, it teaches you to get up in front of people and talk. It teaches you how to talk distinctly, so you can be understood. And also, when acting in a play, it really helps to develop your creative skills." Creative skills - perhaps not the first requirement that comes to mind as laymen watch what appears to be straight-forward, play-by-play broadcasting. But all the great sports broadcasters, from Howard Cosell to Dick Vitale to, yes, Tom Durkin himself, possess a creative and intellectual spark that lifts their commentary from the mundane to something larger than life, trans-

forming the grandest moment into the sublime, or even historic. Just listen to Durkin calling the Triple Crown's Belmont stakes in 1998, as Real Quiet and Victory Surge pounded toward the finish line. "As they come to the final sixteenth, Kent Desormeaux imploring Real Quiet to hold on! Victory Gallop, a final surge! It's going to be very close! Here's the wire! It's too close to call!!!" he shouts. "Was it Real Quiet or was it Victory Gallop? A picture is worth a thousand words. This photo is worth five million dollars. Oh no! History in the waiting, on hold, till we get that photo finish!" A simple turn of phrase in the heat of the moment, spontaneous and unrehearsed adorned with unbridled excitement - no wonder Durkin is the stuff of racing legends.

"There's narrative, but then there's plot," said Durkin on how he tries to call a race. "Narrative you always have to take care of - so-andso leads and ran the first quarter in 22 seconds flat. That's narrative, just getting the facts out. But then if I add, 'and 22 seconds flat is the fastest half-mile ever run here,' then it becomes plot. You have to develop both, and I think the theatrical training and rhetoric has taught me those facets of the craft." Before the start of the 2011 racing season, Durkin stepped down from his television career with NBC, citing stress and anxiety. "The stress was just something that stuck with me," said Durkin. "I'd wake up thinking about it, go to bed thinking about it and keep on thinking about it when I was asleep. It just got to be too much, and I decided it was better to step down." Durkin is happy with his decision, and said that while stress is inherent in the job, the level of angst is not nearly the same as it was when he was calling the Triple Crown. For now, the broadcaster is more than content to call the races in-house here at the Saratoga Race Track. "I like Saratoga for the same reasons just about everybody else loves Saratoga. It's the best of the best. When you get the best horses, the best jockeys and the best trainers all in one place over a condensed period of time, you're going to have a great product. It's exciting and it's dramatic and it's fun; it's just a blessing to be able to describe them," Durkin said.

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Tom Durkin looks through his binoculars while calling races at the Saratoga Race Track. While Durkin may have hung up his national broadcasting career, the announcer has no plans on leaving in-house race calling any time soon.

"Probably about five more years, that would be my plan," said Durkin. "But," he added, "God laughs at people who make plans."

Fasig-Tipton Gears up for Yearling Sale SARATOGA SPRINGS Celebrating its 91st anniversary, Fasig-Tipton is readying for its Saratoga Yearling Sale Monday, August 8 and August 9, at their 415 East Avenue location in Saratoga Springs. Up for bid are 160 hip-numbered yearlings in what has become the number-one North American yearling sales event for grade one stakes-winners, graded stakes-winners and stakes-winners by percentage of

horses sold. This year, five internationally recognized grade one stars are included in the catalogue, including Kentucky Oaks winner Plum Pretty, English Classic winner Blue Bunting, and Japan's A Shin Forward. "We have eight of the top 10 current leading sires represented and yearlings by most of the top established and young sires you expect to find in this very selective market," said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning. "We will also welcome several new faces to the Spa this year, to join the consignors who, over many years, have helped make Saratoga the great source it is for top-quality racehorses." Last year, a total of 118 horses were sold at the auction, with gross revenue totaling $32,515,000 and the average horse selling for $275,551. But with 42 additional horses of high quality up for bid, this year's sales are likely to topple last season's lofty numbers. To view the 2011 catalogue for the Saratoga Yearling Sale, please visit w w w. f a s i g t i p t o n . c o m / c a t alogues/2011/The-SaratogaSale/The-Saratoga-Sale.asp, or visit the Fasig-Tipton offices to pick up a copy.


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What to do When Your Kids Move Out by Yael Goldman Saratoga TODAY For many families living under one roof, the hunt for extra space is neverending. When a child leaves for college, freeing up a bedroom, many parents jump at the opportunity to rearrange their empty nest. A bedroom can be redesigned for a new use, or the square-footage can be re-distributed to expand other rooms and improve an entire layout. The possibilities are endless; however, while this particular kind of room reinvention project can bring exciting change, it can also throw off a family's household ecosystem. Contractor Dave Bonney and professional organizer ML Healey both agree that when a child moves out of a space and parents move in, the situation always calls for a compassionate planning process that pays special attention to the individual being displaced. Every situation is different - it depends on the person leaving, the remaining family members, the space that becomes available, and, of course, what the homeowner wants or needs. According to ML Healey of Green Martha Professional Organizing, communication is the common denominator for every situation. She always urges families to sit down and have a "dedicated conversation" well before it's time to begin moving out. If a student is heading off to their first year of college, it's typically best to wait a semester or two before reinventing their room. "When a young person leaves home the first time, they don't know what they're going to need and it's a good idea to keep things handy," she said, suggesting that parents wait until Christmas break unless there is a really big push for another use for the space. Plus, keeping the room as it was when the student left can help ease their transition. "It's important because leaving home is a big deal and it can get scary

in the beginning," she said. "It's a comfort to be able to know that in all of this unknown there's stability in where they came from." When a parent is sure the time is appropriate to start making changes, let's say to prepare the room for another child, the first step is to figure out how the vacating child will fit into the new picture- Where will their things go? Where will they sleep when they come home? "If a child is asked to get rid of his or her room, they need know for sure where their things are when they come home; they should not be scattered all over," Healey explained. "Maybe it's closets in the basement, space in the attic, or tubs in the garage." "There must be a place for that student to sleep; maybe it's the guest room or an air mattress in the den," she said. "That's the kind of thing that's worked out beforehand, so there are not any surprises when they come home for the winter break." The next step is about working together to clear everything out systematically. Decide what the student will bring with them in the next chapter of their life, and what is not needed anymore. "This can be part of the whole right of passage or transition; being able to

get serious about what you can let go of," Healey said. In this stage, you will probably find quite a bit of stuff that the student can let go of like books, clothing, sporting equipment, craft materials, old electronics and memorabilia. "Just because these things may no longer be useful, doesn't mean they are trash," Healey said. "Books can go to book sales and libraries, electronics can go to recycling, and clothes can go to younger siblings or thrift shops." With everything organized and a plan set in place, parents can really begin their project, and that's where the fun begins. Dave Bonney, owner of Innovative Home Improvements of Saratoga, has been helping families make better use of their newfound space since he started his business in 1994. He has done everything from adding shelving for a basic sibling swap to rearranging an entire layout. The projects are as simple or as elaborate as the design goal commands. Transforming a room for another person or use, keeping the same square footage and structure, seems to be the most basic way to fill the space. Bonney said that many parents turn their child's room into a home office, media room or workout space.

While bigger changes - like adding a bathroom, building a walk-in closet or expanding the master suite involve a bit of demolition, reconstruction and layout alterations. "It depends on what they want," he said. But what happens if there isn't enough room to do what you want? Many parents have big plans for a small 14x10 bedroom, which is why a project that starts off as a simple room transformation often turns into a complete floor plan reinvention. "The goal is to make a house work to the best of its square footage without adding square footage, so you look at the way the house is laid out," he said. Revisiting the layout creates a variety of new possibilities. Bonney has refinished basements to create another bedroom, freeing up space for a movie room, or, in one case, for a laundry room, bathroom and a pantry upstairs. Sometimes a grandparent with limitations moves in when a child moves out from a second floor bedroom. In one situation like this, Bonney turned a dining room into the grandparent's bedroom and created a new space for

a formal eating area using the square footage that was freed up when the child moved out. Bonney said the key to coming up with a plan that maximizes the usability of living space is having a conversation, asking questions about lifestyle and visualizing how a family lives in their home. And, much like Healey, Bonney encourages families to have their own conversations before making any decisions; they need to establish a plan for the child who is being displaced. “When a kid is going away for a semester and coming home for break, [you] don't want to change things so drastically that they have nowhere to stay," Bonney said. "You can always put a futon or pullout couch somewhere." For more information about Green Martha Professional Organizing, visit www.mlhealey.com or contact ML Healey at (518) 692-9539 or greenmartha@mlhealey.com. For more information about Innovative Home Improvements of Saratoga, located at 26F Congress Street # 255 in Saratoga Springs, call Dave Bonney at (518) 583-0502.


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An All Saratoga Version of a Classic*

BROCCOLI SALAD but in a pleasingly mild way. As they say, “try it… you will like it” guaranteed! (I particularly like it as an accompaniment to grilled steak.)

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Suzanne Voigt Farmers’Market Just as the heat is curtailing many of our favorite salad greens, broccoli crowns have arrived to save the salad lover’s day! Broccoli’s not your favorite veggie? Well this salad may change your mind! The sweet crunch of the fresh broccoli, hint of salty from the bacon, snap from the red onion, and zing from the vinaigrette yogurt dressing will have all your sensory taste buds going wild,

(makes approximately 6 side salad servings) 1 cup plain Argyle Yogurt 1/2 - 1 tsp Ballston Lake Apiary Balsamic Honey Vinaigrette (use sparingly to taste) 1/4 cup or less of farmers’ market honey (again to taste) 1 large head of broccoli 6 to 8 slices cooked M&A Farm bacon, crumbled 1/2 cup chopped red onion 1/2 cup raisins, optional 8 ounces sharp hard cheese (ask Homestead Artisan, Dancing Ewe or Argyle Cheese for one of their great artisan aged cheeses) cut into very small chunks 1/2 cup halved cherry tomatoes

optional Freshly ground black pepper to taste

Directions In a small bowl, combine the yogurt, vinaigrette and honey stirring well and put aside. Take broccoli and cut off stalk below crown and remove any large leaves. Wash broccoli crown thoroughly and cut into bite-size pieces. Place in a large

bowl. Add the crumbled bacon, onion, cheese and raisins and tomato if using. Add yogurt dressing to broccoli mixture and toss gently. *This Saratoga Farmers’ Market salad is a variation on an old classic that relied on a dressing made from processed foods (mayonnaise, white vinaigrette and white sugar)—this version is a lot better tasting and a lot healthier for you!

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Vote for Saratoga as America’s Favorite Farmers’ Market! SARATOGA SPRINGS - Show your pride for Saratoga and its renowned farmers’ market by voting for the market in the ‘America’s Favorite Farmers’ Market Contest’ (a nationwide contest by American Farmland Trust to bring awareness to the bounty of America's farmlands). A vote for the market is a vote for the Saratoga community; a vote for local sustainable living; and a vote for local fresh food and our farmers who produce it. The Saratoga Farmers’ Market was third last year in the vote, and is currently running second to a market in Georgia. The Saratoga Farmers' market hosts over 50 local vendors with products ranging from vegetables, meats and dairy, to crafts, honey, baked goods and more. The market is a 32-year-old destination spot where locals and visitors gather not only to buy fresh food, but to be a part of the experience, meet friends, enjoy music and just feel good. Vote for the Saratoga Farmers’ Market and help tell the nation we are number one! Vote at www.farmland.org/vote. Voting ends August 31. The Saratoga Farmers' Market operates every Wednesday from 3 – 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. -1 p.m. The market is located in the Pavilions at High Rock Park on High Rock Avenue, Saratoga Springs.


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Redbud Development Bringing Life and Style to Your Backyard by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY WILTON - Geff and Karen Redick have worked hard over the last seven years to build Redbud Development, Inc., an innovative and comprehensive landscaping and design firm, into what it is today. “After almost 15 years working for others in the industry, we started our own company out of the basement,” Geff Redick said, “and then we moved to an office up here in Wilton. About a year and a half ago we moved to larger offices across the street.” From humble beginnings, Redbud

Development has made a name for itself in the Albany, Saratoga and Lake George regions as a contractor who puts the needs and desires of the client above all else, designing stunning landscapes and hardscapes that breathe new life into old (and new) properties. “Clients are starting to understand more and more what we’re capable of and what we do,” Redick said. “We look out for the interests of our clients – a major focus of what we do – not only from a design aesthetic, but also from a budget perspective. There’s virtually nothing that Redbud Development and our clients can’t accomplish together.” Redbud Development takes on a


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wide variety of residential landscaping and design jobs, from projects as simple as redesigning an entrance walkway, to full-scale elaborate project management including construction of outdoor kitchens, stone retaining walls, patios, decks, custom fencing, water features, pool projects, complete landscape overhauls and much, much more. Redbud’s belief is that no project is

too big or too small as long as they can be creative. “We’re very diverse, very flexible, and we have a lot of relationships with a number of different professionals,” said Redick. “I think probably the only way to describe our specialty is that we listen to our clients. Each client is different. Everyone has their own individual tastes and desires, and we really

work hard to make sure that we understand what our clients are looking for, and then we help them realize that vision. Our clients benefit from our education, field experience and professional attention to detail.” Currently Redbud Development is in the process of bringing one client’s vision of a modern, beautiful backyard pool area to fruition. “It’s a major renovation. The

existing pool on the site was not designed properly to fit into the site or to fit into the landscape for the homeowner,” said Redick. “So we’re taking out the old pool, putting in a new pool, new patios, new decks, potential modification to a sunroom, re-working the existing septic system so that it works better for the client, new pool sensing equipment, new walls, etcetera.”

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Continued from page 21 “Along with those conceptual designs, we’re working through rough budgets to help the client understand what the potential impact of the project is going to be,” Redick said. “We also present different images of projects that are similar in nature so that they’ll have a better understanding of what the patio or stone wall materials might be. We take it all the way down to the stage where, as we’re actually looking at plant materials, we’ll meet with our clients at the nurseries and handselect what it is they like and avoid what they dislike.” Redbud Development, Inc. offers a free consultation for prospective clients considering a new design or landscaping project. To see samples of the company’s work, or to learn more about Redbud Development, please visit their website at www.redbuddevelopment.com. You may also contact them by phone at (518) 691-0428, or visit their offices at 2 Commerce Park Drive in Wilton.

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Trustedhousesitters.com offers homeowners, potential housesitters a new place to find each other by Arthur Gonick Saratoga TODAY If you have a home that is going to be vacant for a period of time due to vacation travel or other circumstances, it can lead to several concerns. The security of an unoccupied property is certainly an issue. Homeowners with pets need to uproot them and arrange for boarding at a kennel or with a friend. The specter of an unattended emergency – fire, burst pipes, or any number of mishaps can be compounded in an empty home. And who will take care of your plants, garden or lawn? In response to a growing need for property owners to find qualified people to attend to the specific needs of their households while away, a new website – www.trustedhousesitters.com - offers a novel method of allowing qualified housesitters to introduce themselves to homeowners and vice versa. There are, of course, agencies that will place people to take care of a home that will be vacant. You may, however, have limited choices and perhaps might have to pay a large fee to get someone qualified through an agency. The key differences that trustedhousesitters.com purport to offer are the flexibility of your choices and in the amount, if any, of the fee that is paid. They have developed a database of individuals and couples around the globe who have detailed biographical information, which includes references and background checks, experience and expertise in a variety of areas that might be important to someone who needs

an experienced person to take care of their property. Homeowners can list their properties and desired qualifications as well. The site states that it has many qualified individuals that are not looking to charge a fee, but rather are looking for a “comfortable retreat…” while traveling to a different part of the globe. For the housesitter, the rewards of having a domestic situation is not only desirable, but is often a cost-saving way to travel in lieu of renting a hotel or apartment on the road. Both parties can explore the other’s situation and contact each other directly. For Angela Laws, the situation works – both as a housesitter and a homeowner. A native of the United Kingdom, she and her husband are retired. They have a home in Vancouver, British Columbia, and have used trustedhousesitters.com to thoroughly screen five different couples to take care of their home. “Because of the detail of the people’s backgrounds, and the ability to chat with them on Skype, we actually never met any of them until the day they arrived to move in,” she said. “We’ve been very happy with all of them and the fact that they have kept our home safe and secure.” Ms. Laws originally became interested in the whole concept of housesitting a few years ago, and found that it was perfect for “someone like myself who loves animals and travel,” she said. “It’s a career - I don’t get paid, but the rewards are huge!” Angela and her husband are currently housesitting for a family in the Capital Region. “Neither of us has seen this part of the world, and it is perfectly locat-

ed within a three hour drive to places, like Boston and Montreal, and this part of New York is absolutely beautiful.” “I think it can be very rewarding for people with a desire to see another part of the state, or explore the other side of the world!” Angela said. Her recent itinerary is a testament to this. She and her husband have recently sat in houses in the United Kingdom “we had a family Christmas and New Year’s reunion,” Australia and New Zealand among other exotic points of call. Her future plans contain an enviable itinerary that includes California, Nevada and South Africa, which she attributed

to the contacts made on the trustedhousesitters.com site. While it’s important to point out that with any sort of online transfer of information, your mileage may vary and it is important to exercise caution, it is obvious that Angela Laws is enthusiastic about her experiences. She takes pride in the mutually beneficial arrangements that she has derived from the site. “My biggest satisfaction is when my owners have come home and found their place and pets better than before they left,” she said. For more information, visit www.trustedhousesitters.com


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by Sharie FitzGibbon The Stubborn Gardener The renovation continues as I add the smaller plants that I find to be low maintenance and still attractive in the garden. Low-care perennials are ones that do not need regular anything watering, pruning, feeding or spraying. Most have pretty flowers, but they should also have handsome foliage so when they are not flowering, they are still contributing to the beauty of the landscape. One perennial I couldn't manage without is the Hemerocallis, or daylily. Many people think only of the bright orange ditch lilies found along every roadside or the interminable gold-colored 'Stella D'Oro', usually surrounded by a sea of red mulch,

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when they think of daylilies. I have to admit that if these were the only choices available, I would banish them without ceremony from my garden. In the first instance, ditch lilies can actually become an invasive nuisance as they spread enthusiastically by root and seed. In the second instance, well, red mulch really SHOULD be banned; 'Stella' is Ok but much overused. Daylilies actually come in almost every color except blue and true black, and in a variety of sizes, from delicate dwarfs to towering giants. They can go years without division and are untouched by disease in our area. Bloom starts in late June and usually runs through July and into the early part of August. When not in bloom, they do a wonderful impression of a decorative grass.

We are very fortunate to have a wonderful daylily farm in our area. Melanie Mason's North Country Daylilies has an amazing selection of flowers and is not far away in the town of Buskirk. Check out her website at http://www.northcountrydaylilies.com. The farm is open weekends from 10 a.m. -4 p.m. until August 14 and is located at 444 Goosen-Regan Rd., Buskirk. Call for directions - (518) 753-0356. My preference is for plants a little out of the ordinary, ones that not everybody may have seen, and one of my favorites is baptisia (Baptisia australis), also known as false indigo. Baptisia forms a huge mound of bluegreen foliage topped with blue spires of pea-like flowers in the spring, looking a bit like a gigantic lupine. It can get 3 -4 feet tall and 4 -5 feet wide and is quite hardy in our area. While the common variety is blue, other selections have different flower colors. 'Carolina Moonlight' is a lovely pale yellow, while another species, Baptisia alba, has white flowers. There is even one named 'Screaming Yellow' and the name is entirely apt! I added one this year called 'Solar Flare Prairieblues' which has bright yellow flowers that fade to orange. The Prairieblues line also includes some different shades of blue including a rich midnight blue appropriately named 'Midnight Prairieblues.' I have not yet seen this one in person, but I'm told it looks like a large, bushy delphinium. There is also a dwarf form (Baptisia

australis var. minor) which is a bit harder to find, but well worth it if you have limited space, as it only gets around 2-3 feet tall and wide. I've only seen it available in two places, both online - Well Sweep Herb Farm in New Jersey and High Country Gardens in New Mexico. Both companies are ones I've ordered from in the past and been very happy with. Heuchera, or coral bells, is another low-maintenance plant that should grace every garden. Coral bells get tall, airy wands of flowers which range from white to crème to pink to red that last quite a while. Its main attraction, though, is the foliage which comes in an incredible array of colors and patterns. The foliage can be soft gold, pale yellow with a pink underside, purple, red with pink spots, green with a marvelous frost pattern, purple with white veins, peach, dark purple with a pale underside and incredibly ruffled edges, green with white veins and ruffled edges, yellow with pink veins, pale green with a pink underside, silver with purple veins, green with silver ruffled edges, pale green . . . you get the idea! In my garden, most heucheras, also called alum root, can take full sun but are happiest with a little afternoon shade. They don't like excessively dry conditions, so be sure to give them evenly moist soil and a nice mulch. Hostas and ferns make excellent companions in a shadier garden; the contrasts between the leaf types keep the combinations interesting even when none of them are flowering. In sunnier areas, you may want to combine them with iris, perennial geraniums or daylilies.

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Completed patio There are, of course, many, many other low-maintenance perennials out there. Check my blog for more suggestions - http://stubborngardener.blogspot.com/. I'll be featuring other plants, not just perennials, that don't require coddling and fuss every week, in addition to my regular Tenacious Tips Tuesday. One last thing - the patio is finished!! Brad (Signature Surfaces, Inc - http://signaturesurfacesinc.com ) did a fantastic job and we love it. Thanks Brad!


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local briefs Saint Peter’s Academy Class of 1961 50th Reunion. Join us on Friday, September 9, at 6 p.m. at the Starting Gate Bar & Grill, 12 Ballston Avenue, and Saturday, September 10, also at 6 p.m., at The Inn at Saratoga, 231 Broadway. The cost is $55 per person and includes both nights. For more information or reservations, please contact: Kathy LeRoux at (518) 438-1947, kleroux1@nycap.rr.com or Mary Ann Cardillo Fitzgerald at (518) 584-6230, mfitzge2@nycap.rr.com. Open to all our classmates!

Porters Corners Elementary Reunion Did you ever attend Porter Corners School on North Creek Road? If so, join us on Saturday, August 13, for our reunion in the Middle Grove Park Pavilion beginning at noon. Please bring a dish to share, lawn chairs, your own place setting and drinks and photos or memorabilia.

Sizzling Hot Pink Saratoga Hat Luncheon On Friday, August 19, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation’s Luncheon will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Race Course and will cost $150 per person.

Tisha B’Av Service Congregation Shaara Tfille, 84 Weibel Avenue, Saratoga Springs We will commemorate Tisha B’Av with a service on Tuesday, August 9 at 8 a.m. Tisha B’Av is an annual fast day in Judaism to commemorate the destruction of both the First Temple and Second Temple in Jerusalem which occurred about 656 years apart, but on the same Hebrew calendar date. For more information, please call 584-2370 or email at saratogajcc@verizon.net.

Malta Fall Activities The Town of Malta Department of Parks, Recreation and Human Services Fall activities brochure is now available at the Malta Community Center and online at www.malta-town.org. Registration will begin for fall classes and programs on August 1, 2011. Classes, new sports programs and special events are scheduled to begin in September. Please call the Malta Community Center at (518) 899-4411 for more information.

Malta Zoning Board of Appeals Volunteer Opening If you are interested in land use and the future of Malta, the Malta Town Board could use your help. The town

is seeking a qualified candidate to fill a volunteer opening on the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA). The position entails attending regular ZBA meetings to hear and decide appeals and requests for variances. In addition, the ZBA may make site visits or hold workshops throughout the year. New York State Law requires ZBA members to attend at least four hours of training per year related to zoning. Anyone interested in applying for the volunteer position please send a letter of interest and your resume by August 19 to Supervisor Paul J. Sausville, Town of Malta, 2540 Route 9, Malta, New York 12020.

Ballston Spa Alumni Committee Nominations The Ballston Spa school district is accepting nominations for the 2nd Annual Alumni Recognition Event to be held this coming fall. Honorees are recognized in the following categories: Literature and/or Fine and Performing Arts, Science, Education, Technology, Athletics, Community Service or Law and Government. The deadline is September 9, 2011, to nominate a graduate of the Ballston Spa High School who has demonstrated leadership in their field of study or work, made a difference in the lives of others, and/or who cares deeply about their community. Nomination forms can be found on the district website at: www.bscsd.org on the Community Link in the Alumni Information section or at the District Office, 70 Malta Avenue, Ballston Spa. The Alumni Recognition Event will take place during the week of homecoming on October 12 at 6:30 p.m. For more information please contact Courtney Lamport, clamport@bscsd.org or by calling 884-7195, ext.1369.

Bottle Recycling at Saratoga Central Catholic Saratoga Central Catholic High School announced the creation of a Bottle Recycling Program at their school, located at 247 Broadway in Saratoga Springs. The “Green Monster,” as the collection shed has been named, is located in the back parking lot of the school, off of Hamilton Street. Glass, metal, and plastic returnable containers can be deposited through the trap door of the Green Monster. The money raised will go to support the sports teams at Spa Catholic and enhance the experience of the students, alumni, and fans of Spa Catholic sports. For more information on the “Green Monster” or the recycling program, please contact Jean Taylor at (518) 587-7070, extension 108.

25 us on the library lawn on Burlington Avenue in Round Lake on Saturday, August 20 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, August 21 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission and parking are free. On Friday night, August 19 from 4 p.m.-8 p.m. (or dark), we will hold a special preview sale which has an entrance fee of $20.

Saratoga Springs School District Transportation Forms The deadline for submitting transportation change request forms for students needing transportation to an alternate location for daycare or joint custody purposes during 2011-12 is August. 12 Forms received after Aug. 12 will not be processed until after the first week of school. For more information on arranging alternate transportation or to obtain a form, parents can visit the school district website at www.saratogaschools.org/transportationchanges. Information is also available at the students’ school or at the transportation department, which can be reached at (518) 587-4545.

Pre-School Openings Katrina Trask Cooperative Nursery School has limited openings in the 4year-old program for the 2011-12 school year. A cooperative preschool offers parents the rewarding opportunity to actively participate in their child's school day on a regular basis. If you would like more information, contact our registrar at info@ktnurseryschool.org or by phone at (518) 584-8968 or visit our website at www.ktnurseryschool.org.

Academy for Lifelong Learning Offers Gift Certificates Searching for a new, unusual, and lasting birthday, anniversary or retirement gift idea? Gift certificates for the Academy for Lifelong Learning at Saratoga Springs (A.L.L.) are available in any denomination. Whether your interests lie in art, literature, history, theater, current events, the outdoors or a variety of other topics, A.L.L. has something for you! Certificates may be applied toward membership fees in any future term and may be purchased at the Academy office, 111 West Avenue, Saratoga Springs. Or, order by phone at (518) 587-2100, ext. 2415. If you are 50+, be sure to add an Academy gift certificate to your wish list, too! The brochure for the upcoming fall 2011 term, which begins on September 19, is available on our website. You may also contact the A.L.L. office to obtain a copy. To learn more about the Academy, visit our website: www.esc.edu/ALL

Round Lake Library Book Sale

Lottery Tickets for the Troops

Buy books ‘by the inch’ at our annual summer book sale! You’ll find

Books For the Troops and Operation Adopt a Soldier are collecting scratch-off lottery tickets that will

be used to decorate a 6 ft. Christmas tree. The organizations are turning to the public for help by requesting donations of lottery tickets in any denomination to help complete the tree decorating. The tickets should be mailed to Books For Troops, 152 Oak Brook Commons, Clifton Park, NY 12065-2677. Monetary donations by check, payable to Books For Troops and sent to the same address, are also being accepted. The public will be able to further help with this fundraiser by purchasing raffle tickets for the Christmas tree. The tickets, $10 a piece, will be available for purchase starting in August and information on how to purchase them will be forthcoming at www.booksfortroopscp.webs.com and www.operationadoptasoldier.org.

Showcase of Homes Schedule The Saratoga Builders Association and the 2011 Showcase Committee are excited to announce this year’s lschedule for the “Saratoga Style” event being held on two evenings this coming fall. Visitors will not only tour magnificent homes, but will enjoy culinary delights from many popular local restaurants. The Southern chef home tour will kick-off the festivities on Friday, September 16 and the Northern chef home tour will be on the following Friday, September 23. Both events will be from 6-10 p.m. Tickets will be $35 each (limited quantities) and will allow you to attend both Chef evenings and includes a Showcase of Homes ticket. The 2011 Saratoga Showcase of Homes will be presented over three weekends this fall beginning September 17-18, 24-25, and October 1-2. This year’s edition of the area’s premiere home tour will have a record-breaking 19 new homes on display in Saratoga County. Tickets are $20 and will go on sale in midAugust. Proceeds from the Showcase of Homes will benefit Rebuilding Together Saratoga County and Habitat for Humanity of Northern Saratoga, Warren and Washington counties. For more details on the 2011 Showcase of Homes event, please visit www.saratogashowcaseofhomes.com.

Vendors Wanted The Saratoga-Wilton Elks Ladies Auxiliary is looking for flea market vendors for an indoor market to be held once a month at the Lodge, 1 Elks Lane, off Rte.9 Maple Avenue, Saratoga, on Sundays from 11-3:30 p.m. The cost for an 8 foot table space will be $15 each paid in advance. Doors will open to set up at 10 a.m. All merchandise must be cleaned up from your area by 4:30 p.m. and no large garbage left. The dates already planned are September 25, October 23, and November 27, 2011.

Send your local briefs to Kim Beatty at kbeatty@saratogapublishing.com before Monday at 5 p.m. for Friday publication

upcoming town meetings Town of Ballston: Ballston Town Hall 323 Charlton Road • 885-8502 www.townofballstonny.org 8/9: Jenkins Park Advisory Board meeting, 7 p.m. Village of Ballston Spa: 66 Front Street • 885-5711 www.ballstonspany.org 8/8: Board of Trustees meeting, 7:40 p.m. 8/10: Planning Board meeting, 7:30 p.m. Town of Greenfield: 7 Wilton Road • 893-7432 www.townofgreenfield.com 8/9: Planning Board meeting, 7 p.m. 8/11: Town Board meeting, 7:30 p.m. Town of Malta: 2540 Route 9 • 899-2818 www.malta-town.org Town of Milton: 503 Geyser Road • 885-9220 www.townofmiltonny.org 8/10: Planning Board meeting, 7 p.m. City of Saratoga Springs: 474 Broadway • 587-3550 www.saratoga-springs.org 8/8: Planning Board workshop, 5 p.m. 8/10: Planning Board meeting, 7 p.m. Town of Saratoga: 12 Spring Street, Schuylerville 695-3644 www.townofsaratoga.com Village of Schuylerville: 35 Spring Street • 695-3881 www.villageofschuylerville.org 8/9: Board of Water Management, 7 p.m. 8/10: Town Board meeting, 7 p.m. Town of Stillwater: 66 East St., Riverside Mechanicville, NY 12118 www.stillwaterny.org Town of Wilton: 22 Traver Road • 587-1939 www.townofwilton.com Saratoga County Board of Supervisors: 40 McMaster St., # 1 Ballston Spa, NY 12020-1985 (518) 885-2240 www.saratogacountyny.gov 8/8: Planning: IDA meeting, 8 a.m. 8/8: Building and Grounds Committee meeting, 3 p.m. 8/8: Public Health Committee meeting, 4 p.m. 8/9: Public Safety Committee meeting, 3 p.m. 8/9: Social Programs Committee meeting, 3:30 p.m. 8/9: Public Works Committee meeting, 4 p.m. 8/10: Law and Finance Committee meeting, 4 p.m. 8/10: Local Law Public Hearing, 4:45 p.m. 8/10: Board of Supervisors agenda meeting, 5 p.m.


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English Spoken Here Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry St. For those from other countries looking to improve their English. Begins at 9:30 a.m. in the Glasby Room. Open to all.

Saratoga Children’s Theater 64 Hamilton St., Saratoga Springs

“Fiddler on the Roof Jr.” will be performed at 1 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door. For more information, visit www.saratogachildrens theatre.org.

Greenfield Farmers’ Market Middle Grove Town Park, Middle Grove Road From 4 -7 p.m. every Friday, come to buy fresh produce for your weekend grilling.

First Friday in Ballston Spa Visit the village of Ballston Spa from 6-9 p.m. and enjoy special happenings in many of the downtown shops, restaurants and galleries. Live music, art displays and demonstrations, refreshments and featured shop promotions. Free and open to the public.

Saturday, August 6 Ballston Spa Farmers’ Market Fresh produce, flowers, meats, crafts and more! 9 a.m. - noon Saturdays, 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 From 9 a.m.-1 p.m. enjoy Saratoga’s premier market, featuring meats, local produce, eggs, soaps, seasonal

items and more. For more information, call (518) 638-8530.

Big Truck Day Maple Ave Middle School, Saratoga Springs Hosted by the Children’s Museum at Saratoga, Big Truck Day will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (rain date August 13). Come see a wide variety of vehicles, including a hook and ladder fire truck; a CDTA hybrid bus; a yellow school bus; an 18-wheeler with a sleeper cab; a recycling truck; a heavy-duty wrecker; a crane with a 100-foot boom and more. Public safety and public works vehicles will also be represented, including Saratoga Sheriff’s department officer and K9 unit vehicles and a New York State Trooper rollover vehicle demonstration. Throughout the event, drivers will be available to answer questions about the vehicles.

Wetland Ecology Walk Come explore the wetlands at the Neilmann parcel with Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park. We will be meeting us at the Neilmann parking lot on Ruggles Road just south of King Road at 10:30 a.m. for an hour-long exploration. Preregistration for this free program is appreciated. Please come dressed appropriately for the weather and for insects. For more information, please contact the park office at (518) 450-0321 or visit the website at www.wiltonpreserve.org.

Adirondack Shakespeare Company The Little Theater on the Farm, 27 Plum Road, Fort Edward The company’s first original children’s show, “Theseus and the Minotaur,” will begin at 11 a.m. This lively production tells the story of Theseus and his adventures in ancient Greece. Featuring an adapted version of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” this show is a great introduction to Shakespeare for children of all ages. $5 admission for children, with accompanying adult, free. For information about this venue, please visit www.littletheater27.com, or contact Linda at (518) 747-3421.

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2 -3:30 p.m. at the Tang Museum, Skidmore College. For reservations and information, call (518) 580-8080.

First Saturday Arts Night Local galleries and exhibition sites in Saratoga Springs will stay open from 5-8 p.m. for artist’s receptions, performances and other happenings. Visit the website at www.saratoga-arts.org for a listing of participating venues.

Saturday and Sunday Turning Point Parade and Festival Fort Hardy Park, Rte. 29, East of Broad St., Schuylerville The two-day event begins at l p.m. on Saturday in Fort Hardy Park with family events all day. Sunday, the parade steps off promptly at 1 p.m. with the festival resuming after the parade. The parade theme is “Honoring those who Serve.” Another spectacular display of fireworks at 9 p.m. ends the weekend celebration.

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

Summer Stroll Tours begin at 10:30 a.m. Allow 90 minutes for each tour. Cost is $5 per person for members and $8 for non-members. For more information or to make a reservation please call (518) 587-5030 or go to www.saratogapreservation.org. This week’s tour is “The Good Life: North Broadway.” Meet at the NW corner of North Broadway & Van Dam Street.

Saratoga Polo 2 Bloomfield Road, Greenfield Center Matches are played on Fridays and Sundays through Labor Day. Gates open at 4 p.m. with matches beginning at 5:30. General admission is $26 per car load; clubhouse admission is $25 per person. For more information, visit saratogapolo.com.

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Monday, August 8 English Spoken Here Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry St. This class for those learning our language begins at 9:30 a.m. in the Glasby Room. Open to all.

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

Tuesday, August 9 Story Time Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry St. The following programs require no registration, and meet in the Crawshaw Story Room. Toddler Story Time for children ages 24-42 months from 9:30-9:50 a.m., Preschool Story Time for children ages 42 months to 5 years from 10:15-10:45 a.m. Preschool Story/Craft Program for children ages 42 months to 5 years from 2-2:45 p.m.

Salamanders, Turtles and Frogs After we've learned about the many reptilian and amphibious life cycles, we will explore the pond by using our dip nets. Meet by the Pond at Camp Saratoga at 10:30 a.m. for this hour-long activity. Pre-registration for this free program is appreciated. Please come dressed appropriately for the weather and for insects. For more information, please contact the park office at (518) 450-0321 or visit the website at www.wiltonpreserve.org.

Dark Tuesday Lunchtime Concerts Saratoga National Historical Park, Rtes. 4 and 32, Stillwater Sublime music of the 18th century performed by Elizabeth Huntley on the harp and sublime views of the Saratoga Battlefield from the Visitor Center lawn. For more information call (518) 664-9821 ext. 224 or visit www.nps.gov/sara.

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Congress Park Concerts At the war memorial in Congress Park from 7-8:30 p.m. This week Maggie Doherty and Zac Rossi will perform “acoustic pop/rock, old and new, with a youthful twist.”

Wednesday, August 10 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.

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

Humpty Dumpty Ice Cream Concerts

“Six Weeks in Saratoga” Book Signing Author and horse racing authority Brendan O’Meara will be at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame signing his new book, “Six Weeks in Saratoga: How 3-Year-Old Filly Rachel Alexandra Beat the Boys and Became Horse of the Year” from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Wednesday, August 10, and Thursday, August 11. O’Meara will also be on hand Friday, August 12 at the Saratoga Visitors Center from 3 – 5 p.m. to sign copies of his new book. For more information, please visit O’Meara’s website at www.brendanomeara.com, or see this week’s article in Winner’s Circle for a preview of O’Meara’s work.

Thursday, August 11 Ballston Spa Farmers’ Market Fresh produce, flowers, meats, crafts and more! From 3-6 p.m. tonight and 9 a.m. - noon every Saturday at Wiswall Park on Front Street. For more information, call (518) 885-2772.

Concerts in the Park Series

Humpty Dumpty/Saratoga Guitar, 60 West Ave, Saratoga Springs Bring the family for ice cream and enjoy free concerts, featuring local musicians, every Wednesday evening, weather permitting, from 6:30-8 p.m.

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 music.

Racecourse Architecture Lecture

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.

Fasig-Tipton, Humphrey S. Finney Sales Pavilion, 250 East Avenue The final lecture is titled, “The Spa-Saratoga’s Legendary Track” and begins at 7 p.m. Paul Roberts will lecture on his new book of the same title. $10 for Foundation members and $15 for non-members. Seating is limited and while registration is not required, it is suggested. To register, please contact the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation at (518) 587-5030 or email sbosshart@saratoga preservation.org.

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.

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Friday, August 12 Book Reading and Signing Saratoga Springs Area Visitor Center, 297 Broadway Brendan O’Meara will have a reading from his new book at 3 p.m., with book signing until 5 p.m. The program is free and open to the public.

Upcoming Cardboard Boat Race Hudson Crossing Park presents its

Cardboard Boat Race on Saturday, August 13 (rain date Sunday, August 14) at Fort Hardy Park Beach on Route 29 in Schuylerville from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. The first race launches at 1 p.m. Admission is free for spectators. Pre-registration discounts and more information can be found at www.hudsoncrossingpark.org. Racing participants will construct a “human-powered” boat made of corrugated cardboard or 100% recycled materials, that will hold at least one crew member and be “seaworthy” enough to race a short distance on the river. Racers may construct their boats ahead of time or on the morning of the event where materials will be available at the event site for a nominal fee.

18th Century Days Chicken BBQ In conjunction with the 18th Century Days celebration at the Schuyler House, the Old Saratoga Reformed Church in Schuylerville will hold a Chicken BBQ on Sunday, August 14 from 1-4 p.m. or until sold out. To purchase tickets, call (518) 695-6638. Tickets are $9 adults, $5 children ages 5-12. Takeout is available and walk-ins are welcome.

Toast to the Ta-Tas Village Pizzeria, 2727 Rte. 29, Galway Our next wine tasting to benefit the Avon Breast Cancer Walk will be Monday, August 15 at 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact Sandy or Jess at (518) 882-9431.

Thomas the Tank Engine Thomas will visit North Creek on August 27 and 28 and September 3 and 4 from 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. This fun day includes a 25 minute ride on the train, and other children’s activities. Tickets are available by calling Ticketweb at (866) 468-7630, or by visiting www.ticketweb.com/thomas.html or www.sncrr.com. Ticket prices are $18 plus tax and fees for ages 2 and up.

Ongoing Guided Walking Tour: History, Legends, Lore & More Departs from the Saratoga Springs Visitor Center, 297 Broadway at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Learn 200 years of history in this 90 minute tour. $5 per person with children under 12, free.

Charity Trunkshow Tuesday, August 9 by Christina James Saratoga TODAY The always fashionable Natalie Sillery, owner of Saratoga Trunk, is giving Saratogians something to do while the track is closed this Tuesday. A special trunkshow is being held from 1-5 p.m. at the 493 Broadway boutique to benefit the new local nonprofit, Jake’s Help from Heaven. Created in 2011 by Brian and Heather Straughter in memory of their son, Jake, Jake’s Help from Heaven is dedicated to supporting medically-fragile children and their families by providing grants, financial assistance, support groups and outreach programs. The foundation also donates to various forms of research regarding leukodystrophies and other rare disorders. “We started this foundation to keep his [Jake’s] spirit and strength alive and to help the many other individuals who suffer from multiple medical challenges,” said Heather Straughter. “We are so excited about the opportunity to work with Natalie Sillery and Saratoga Trunk!” Sillery is happy to lend her shop to host such a worthwhile event. “Heather and her husband have embraced through Jake the selflessness, kindness and thoughtful understanding of what people go through living with rare or debilitating diseases,” Sillery said. “Their foundation is a lifeline for so many people who get no support from the insurance companies and sometimes just need to know someone out there is in their corner, financially and emotionally.” Tuesday’s trunkshow will introduce the foundation to the community and give residents the chance to have some fun while supporting a good cause! The show promises to be a true social event, enlisting help from some of the area’s most fashionable residents and will feature: • Meet-and-greets with designer Melanie Harris and Carol Bader, milliner and owner of Del Mar Hat Co. • Hourly Raffles • Frenchie Loeb of Frenchie Loeb Jewelry • Nanette Miranda and her "Cowboys and Cocktails" Hat Collection • Erika O'Donnell of Complementos Jewelry • Designer Sunglasses by Family Vision Care Center • Eliza DeRocker, fashion and style editor of Berkshire magazine • Sandals by Kenneth Cole Reaction There will also be light fare and beverages from Cantina, Irish Times, Hatties, Jacob & Anthony's and Crush & Cask! Admission is $25 and goes directly to the foundation. For more information about the show, contact Jake’s Help from Heaven at (518) 306-5665, or Saratoga Trunk at (518) 584-3543. To find out more ways you can help Jake’s Help from Heaven, visit www.jakeshelpfromheaven.org.


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Humpty Dumpty Ice Cream Social Concert Series Every Wednesday On Wednesday evenings, for the rest of the summer, there will be free parking lot concerts featuring a variety of excellent local musicians presented by Saratoga Guitar’s West Avenue store – right by Humpty Dumpty's ice cream stand. It’s a perfect summer combo - the best ice cream and treats in town combined with great music!

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The Wednesday shows run from 6:30-8 p.m. (weather permitting), and the doors will stay open late at Saratoga Guitar, which is located at 60 West avenue, Suite 4. For more information, phone Saratoga Guitar at (518) 581-1604, or just stop over and enjoy the summer fun! - Arthur Gonick

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‘Cirque de la Symphonie’ offers Soaring Experience This Weekend At SPAC! All Photos Provided SARATOGA SPRINGS- ‘Cirque de la Symphonie’ brings the magic of “cirque” to The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Saratoga Season in two different programs - “Magical Tales” (August 5) and “Love and Romance” (August 6). An exciting adaptation of artistic performances widely seen in theaters and arenas, these evenings feature many of the world’s finest aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers, balancers and strongmen, performing uniquely choreographed programs accompanied by the brilliant musicians of The Philadelphia Orchestra. Program details and tickets are available at www.spac.org. During the upcoming final week of The Philadelphia Orchestra’s residency, Superstar soloists, Broadway greats and the Saratoga debuts of jazz musician Branford Marsalis and pianist are highlights:

SARATOGA SPRINGS- The National Museum of Dance, located at 99 South Broadway, will be holding their “Silver Anniversary Gala” on Saturday, August 6, at 7 p.m. Master of Ceremonies will be John James. Chairpersons for the Silver Anniversary Gala are Marylou Whitney and John Hendrickson. Michele Riggi, board president at the National Museum of Dance, is the gala chairwoman. The evening’s guest of honor is Ann-Margret, who will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the museum. Ann-Margret has been nominated twice for an Academy Award and has won five Golden Globes and an Emmy. A display honoring her and her achievements

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Branford Marsalis – Wednesday, August 10 The three-time Grammy® award-winning saxophone superstar joins The Philadelphia Orchestra for a unique evening of classical-meets-jazz. They will perform John Williams’ “Escapades” for saxophone and orchestra, which was originally written for the hit film “Catch Me If You Can” and “Scaramouche” by Darius Milhaud.

Gabriela Montero – Thursday, August 11 Making her SPAC debut will be Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero, known worldwide for her brilliant, technical mastery of classical repertoire, as well as for her trademark improvisational abilities. Montero performed John Williams’ “Air and Simple Gifts” with Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman and Anthony McGill at the inauguration of President Obama.

Ashley Brown, Broadway Star of ‘Mary Poppins’ – Friday, August 12 Broadway stars Ashley Brown, who originated the award-winning role of Mary Poppins on Broadway, and Ryan Silverman, fresh off of Broadway and Vegas performances of “The Phantom of the Opera,” bring their sensational voices and stage presence to a Broadway to Hollywood musical tribute featuring fresh arrangements of music from “Wicked,” “Jersey Boys,” “Ragtime,” “West Side Story” and “Titanic” among others.

Tchaikovsky Spectacular - Saturday, August 13 Tchaikovsky’s magnificent “1812 Overture” is performed with all the splendor and fanfare that only The Philadelphia Orchestra can deliver. A Pre-Show on the lawn features a display of live cannons and a living history military encampment. A fireworks finale ends the season.

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Gala guest of honor Ann-Margaret entertains troops in Vietnam will be exhibited at the Museum. Being awarded for their 25 years of service to the National Museum of Dance and the arts are Marylou Whitney and the Swyer Family, on behalf of Lewis A. Swyer. Marylou Whitney is the co-founder of the Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney Hall of Fame housed at the National Museum of Dance, as well as the founder of the museum itself. Lewis A. Swyer was a co-founder of the National Museum of Dance. After his death, his dream of a living dance studio was completed and bears his name. The Swyer Studios at the museum host the School of the Arts which welcomes over 250 students to many different dance classes.

Guest performers during the evening will include MOMIX, a company of dancer-illusionists known internationally for presenting work of inventiveness and physical beauty, and the American Ballet Theatre, which has presented the finest in classical and contemporary dance on the world’s greatest stages. The Gala helps to maintain the historical Washington Bathhouse in which the museum is housed and allows the museum to continue to keep the art of dance alive and available to everyone. Call (518) 584-2225 or email info@dancemuseum.org for more information on the gala, or visit www.dancemuseum.org.

Ready to “Fiddle” on Friday! MIDDLE GROVE – Hot off the press! Ms. Sandra Foster, owner of Village Pizzeria, proudly displays an advance copy of Wine Spectator magazine, in which her restaurant was awarded the prestigious “Best of Award of Excellence.” The award, known in the industry as the “Two Glass,” was awarded to only 833 establishments in the world, and Village Pizzeria is the only recipient in Saratoga County for 2011. Village Pizzeria is located at 2727 Route 29 in Middle Grove. The Wine Spectator award was based on the robust and delicious depth of their 435 wine selections. Be sure to call Sandy at (518) 8829431 to congratulate her and the staff when making your next reservation. - Arthur Gonick

Saratoga Children’s Theatre will present “Fiddler on the Roof Jr.” on Friday, August 5, at 1 and 7 p.m. The theater is located at St. Peter’s School, 64 Hamilton Street, Saratoga Springs. Photo Provided All tickets are $5 at the door. For more information, call (518) 580-1782. Tevye and his family: Local actors Tyler Loewenstein, Carolyn Shields, Maddy Stillman, Rachel Rochet, Tess Myers, Mary Cummings and Ciara Knott


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SARATOGA SPRINGS – The works of three outstanding artists will be featured in a new exhibit, entitled “in time” at the Arts Center Gallery, 320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs. An opening reception for the works of Tyson Skross, Warren Holzman and Jennifer Nuttall Ash will take place on Saturday, August 6 from 6-8 p.m. and the exhibition will be on display at the gallery until September 24. There is a common theme amongst these three artists - the investigation of the loss and gain of innocence within our social sphere. This imaginative exhibit invites the audience to witness journeys of the past through memories and diverse mediums as the work traverses between conscious and unconscious thought. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Elizabeth Dubben, director of exhibitions at edubben@saratoga-arts.org or (518) 584-4132.

“Music, Models & Mingling” for a great cause at Vapor

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The Adult and Senior Center of Saratoga held their first fundraiser event Thursday, July 28 at Vapor Night Club. Titled “Music, Models & Mingling,” it was well attended by over 250 “mingling” guests and raised over $17,000 for the center, which is located at 5 Williams Street in Saratoga Springs. Aggie Mullaney Boutique of Saratoga Springs and Chanel from Macy’s at Crossgates Mall hosted a fashion show designed by Susan Denoncourt to kick off the night’s program. The event was co-chaired by Elizabeth Macy and Lois Celeste. Ms. Celeste also serves as director of the center. Vapor Night Club hosted the fundraiser as part of their “Party for a Cause” program to support local nonprofit agencies. In addition to supplying the spectacular venue and a DJ, Saratoga Casino and Raceway matched each ticket with an additional $5 donation to the center.

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BALLSTON SPA - The Ballston Spa (International) Film Festival (BSFF) has announced the lineup of films for this year’s festival, which continues this weekend in downtown Ballston Spa. Screenings are at two locations: Ballston Spa High School and Wiswall Park. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets to the park. The festival features both professional and student films from around the world and nearby in the Capital Region. The films in BSFF 2011 feature a span of genres including animation, documentary, drama and comedy. They will be judged by a panel of Hollywood professionals. For the first time, the BSFF will also be screening a feature length film – “Mineville,” which was shot in Essex County, NY, and stars Paul Sorvino, Michael Sorvino and William Sadler in a period piece

about miners fighting for safer work conditions. The festival is free and open to the public. In addition to the screenings, other festival events include fire dancers, an editor’s workshop, discussion panels and “after parties” featuring music by Vesper and Billboard recording artist Patti Rothberg. For more information on the films or the festival, visit bspafilm.com.

Friday, August 5 at 9 p.m. - Wiswall Park “The Gruffalo” “Olivia Explorer” “Montgomery” “Laybabb” “Frog and Buddha” “The Astronaut on the Roof” “Grasshoppers” “The Beauty Inside” “Woodstock” “Phenomena” “Salvacion” “Coming Home” “Oh, Sister”

“Serendipitous” “Chicken Feed” “Fresas” “Mindset” “The Man with the Spying Glass” “Fly” “Communication Revolution” “Terrible Parkour” “The Trampoline” “The Tale of the Dog Chew Toy” “Resume” “The Third Rail” “Blind Date” “Phoenix Tears” “Men of Mamoni” “Ven Dimensional” “El Cortejo” “Seeds of Hope” “Beyond Words”

Saturday, August 6 at 9 p.m. – Wiswall Park “Mirror Image” “The Tale of the Dog Chew Toy” “Seeds of Hope” “The Man with the Spying Glass” “Bad Conscience” “Chicken Feed” “By the Score” “Boom” “Azan: a Call to Prayer”

Play with Poker and Movie Stars! - “All In For Wishes” Charity Poker Tournament Saturday at City Center Benefits Make-A-Wish Foundation® SARATOGA SPRINGS - The Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Northeast New York will bring a little bit of Las Vegas excitement to the Saratoga Springs City Center (522 Broadway) for its second “All In For Wishes” Charity Poker Tournament. World class poker celebrities and Capital Region poker fans will compete in the tournament to be held on Saturday, August 6 beginning at noon. Photos Provided Poker celebrities scheduled to attend include Clifton Park native Matt Scheduled to chip in: Giannetti, who recently earned a seat at the final table in the World Saratoga County native Matt Giannetti, Actress Series of Poker Main Event in November, and Actress/Celebrity Charity Shannon Elizabeth Poker Player Shannon Elizabeth (“American Pie”). This is a “closed-room” event which does not allow for the public to view the tournament, but you certainly can play. There are 250 seats available, starting at a $200 buy-in per person. For reservations or information, call the Make-A-Wish Foundation at (518) 782-4673, or visit www.allinforwishes.org. Tournament contestants will be playing for a prize pool that will include an entry into to the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event in 2012. The event will also feature “Wish Children” and alumni who have been granted wishes by the foundation. Proceeds from the “Texas Hold ‘Em” tournament will benefit the foundation’s wish-granting program. “This tournament is an exciting opportunity for us to raise funds to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. We are grateful to the event organizers, and especially to our professional and amateur poker stars for their support,” said Make-A-Wish Foundation Chief Executive Officer William C. Trigg, III. The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northeast New York serves the 15 counties comprising the 518 area code. The chapter grants nearly 100 wishes each year and has granted more than 1,200 since 1987. For more information about the Make-A-Wish Foundation, visit www.neny.wish.org and discover how you can share the power of a wish®.

Gavin DeGraw at SPAC Tuesday, August 9 SARATOGA SPRINGS – Gavin DeGraw will be at Saratoga Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, August 9, as the special guest of Maroon 5 and Train. His recent single, “Not Over You,” was released on June 7 to uniformly stellar reviews. Entertainment Weekly described it as “a soulful majestic ballad,” and Us Weekly also raved “DeGraw is back with another infectiously plaintive hook on his new single, ‘Not Over You’...until his next full CD ‘Sweeter’ drops on September 6, soak up this sweet ditty.”

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L to R: Michelle Branch; Goo Goo Dolls Photos by Sharon Castro

Collin’s First Concert SARATOGA SPRINGS - The River flowed through SPAC the evening of July 31 with 99.5 The River’s Summer Night Out. With an extra concert ticket in hand, I decided that my 11-yearold son Collin would attend his first rock concert. Upon our arrival, Parachute had already completed their set. Checking in with concert photographer Sharon Castro, she enthusiastically declared their set “awesome.” I was sorry that I missed Parachute. Collin and I took our seats as Michelle Branch was alone on stage singing and playing acoustic guitar. Next, Michelle was joined by some band mates but something was lacking. The guitarists were playing to prerecorded drum loops, various keyboard and background vocal tracks. Michelle mentioned jokingly that her drummer was “in jail,” however, this was intentional as she stated in her blog, “We are not touring with a drummer on this run but I was inspired by the band The Kills to try something new.”

Unimpressed with the Branch performance, Collin and I decided to walk about the SPAC lawn. We reminisced about our many experiences in the treasure that is Spa Park. When Collin was younger, I pulled him around the park in a Radio Flyer wagon. Now, here we were in present time making new memories with Michelle Branch providing the background music. Part of me wished Collin could stay young and we could remain in those moments forever. Alas, Collin is growing more mature by the minute and Barenaked Ladies was about to take the stage. We returned to our seats. My knowledge of Barenaked Ladies did not extend beyond the radio hits; so I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of musicianship in a performance full of whimsy and improvisation. Their rap about the Roosevelt Baths may not be a radio hit, but the ad-lib ditty delighted the audience as did Jim Creeggan’s

amazing stand up bass solo. The group concluded with a medley beginning with the 70’s anthem “Magic” by Pilot then mashed it up with several modern bubblegum pop tunes. This writer’s concert companion, being 30 years younger and much more “in the know,” proved his worth by informing me that the songs included were by Katy Perry, Justin Bieber and the Black Eyed Peas to name a few. At this point the audience was on their feet and wished for more yet BNL had to make way for the night’s headliner, The Goo Goo Dolls. Lights dazzled, and a string of memorable hits had the audience singing and dancing from the start of their set. The Goo Goo Dolls’ newest cuts didn’t impress as well as the standards, however, the tight and energetic performance was just what the audience wanted. I would like to end by extending gratitude to the people at SPAC and LiveNation who made this venue as family-friendly as a rock concert can be. Thank you for making my son’s first concert experiences the best. - Mark Bolles

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Yaddo Mansion will open for Rare Tours in September SARATOGA SPRINGS - The welcome mat will be extended in September as Yaddo opens its doors to the general public for guided tours of the historic Yaddo Mansion and other sites on the private portion of the estate for the first time since 2003. This will be only the fifth time in Yaddo’s history that tours have been offered to the public. Starting in 1926, the mansion and most of the 400-acre Yaddo property has served as living and working quarters for thousands of creative individuals, in accordance with the wishes of the founders, Spencer and Katrina Trask. Except for the Yaddo Gardens, Yaddo is closed to the public to ensure good working conditions for the more than 200 artists who are invited each year to spend two weeks to two months at Yaddo dedicating themselves to their creative efforts. Four two-hour tours will be offered on Sunday, September 18, beginning at 8:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 4 p.m. In addition, on Saturday, September 17, from 4-7 p.m., Yaddo will host an exclusive “Deluxe Tour,” open only to 50 guests and highlighted by a cocktail reception in the West House, the second largest residence on the Yaddo estate. Proceeds from the tours will support Yaddo’s artist residency program and repairs to structures in the Yaddo Gardens. Admission is by advance sale only. Ticket sales are now open and available only online at www.yaddo.org. General tour tickets for September 18 are $40; September 17 “Deluxe Tour” tickets are $200.


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The Adirondacks are Cookin’ Out! On Thursday, July 28, 2011, outstanding regional chefs competed in a trial by campfire at the Adirondack Museum as part of "The Adirondacks are Cookin' Out" event.

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Lowe’s Heroes from Eight Local Stores Update Outdoor Space for Veterans Lowe’s employees from eight stores in the surrounding area volunteered their time and skills to update the outdoor congregation area for veterans living at the Saratoga County Rural Preservation Company in Ballston Spa. Volunteers began their week-long project on Saturday, and will complete projects such as landscaping, building a retaining wall, installing a new storage shed and creating a garden. Excellent work!

Participating chefs pictured from left to right - Kevin Gardner, barVino, North Creek, NY; Denver Grover, Lorenzo's Al Forno at Copperfield Inn, North Creek; Matthew Bolton, Friends Lake Inn, Chestertown; John Vargo Eat 'n Meet Grill, Saranac Lake; and 2011 Campfire Cook-off Winner - Richard Brosseau, Whiteface Club and Resort, Lake Placid. Photograph by Carolyn McGraw.

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

Joe Triofero Presents to the Wesley Community

Greenwich Youth Center Celebrates One Month!

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In its first month, the Greenwich Youth Center has registered over 100 members and during drop-in hours, teens and pre-teens are busy participating in a multitude of available activities ranging from ping-pong to karaoke. 100th member of the Greenwich Youth Center Keisha Wilber (left), with her friend Allysha Bills.

NYRA Awards Scholarships The New York Racing Association awarded $8,000 in scholarships, July 29, at the third annual College Day at Saratoga Race Course. The following students were selected to receive scholarships: Shaina Bass of Russell Sage College; Angela Bernarde of Sage Graduate Schools; Andrew Carr of Skidmore College; Brad Duncan of Cape Fear Community College; Joseph Gelina, Jr. of Hudson Valley Community College; Carly Hoorwitz of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Melissa Imondi of the State University of New York at Albany; Leo Nizzi of Hamilton College; and Tim Vanasdale of Clarkson University. A number of students also went home as the winners of great prizes and giveaways, including a 5-day Western Caribbean cruise from Carnival Cruise Lines.

Joe Triofero’s “Thanks for the Memories” presentation on Tuesday, July 26 at the Wesley Community’s Embury Commons brought smiles and laughter from residents. The presentation was part of the Erwin L. Levine event series and designed to showcase theatrical presentations, musical programs and educational lectures of interest to the senior community.

Madison Pyle Wins Big Truck Day Poster Contest

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The Children’s Museum at Saratoga announced the winner of the Big Truck Day Poster Contest, Madison Pyle of Greenfield Elementary School. Madison, age 6, won the Grand Prize package, and her original artwork will be displayed on all Big Truck Day 2011 posters. Hosted by the Children’s

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Museum at Saratoga, Big Truck Day will be held on August 6 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. For more info on Big Truck Day and other events at the museum, visit www.childrensmuseumatsaratoga.org or call the Children’s Museum at Saratoga at (518) 584-5540.

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33 When the character of a man is not clear to you, look at his friends. Japanese Proverb

Word to know: gainsay: v. to deny

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Movie Review Zookeeper (Directed by Frank Coraci, 2011) Griffin Keyes (Kevin James) is the perfect employee. In addition to being the favorite of all the animals at the Franklin Park Zoo, he’s professional, courteous and well-liked by his co-workers. His dedication was compounded when, five years earlier, he was dumped by his fiancée mid-proposal. But when his fiancée (Leslie Bibb) comes back into his life at his brother’s engagement party, his career soon feels like an albatross around his neck. Fearing the loss of their favorite zookeeper, the animals (voiced by Sylvester Stallone, Nick Nolte, Cher and others) intervene. They reveal the fact that they can speak and then proceed to offer Griffin whatever help they can in winning back his former girlfriend. The attempts and advice vary in detail but what it all amounts to is a slapstick tsunami. It can enhance a storyline when used correctly but the use of it in this film is meant to replace one. It makes for a lot of laughs, but not a lot of originality. Basically, if you’ve seen the commercial, you’ve seen the movie. The kids will enjoy it, you might too, but you’d like it just as much if you waited to rent the DVD. 5.1 out of 10

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ACROSS 1 Pelican State inst. 4 Oration setting 8 Common slogan spot 14 It has many fighters 16 Layette item 17 Means of turning an herb into energy? 19 Chaotic situation 20 Garbage tower 21 Mo. when asters usually flower 22 Stormers of Saruman's fortress, in "The Lord of the Rings" 25 Labor party? 26 Snake's warning 29 Herb lovers' chat organized by Sarah Palin? 35 "The Gods Must Be Crazy" setting 37 Care for 38 Q.E.D. word 39 Synopsis 42 Reclined 43 One putting away groceries 45 Unrestricted 47 Herb eaten with a nightcap? 50 Quaint contraction 51 Negative link 52 "High Voltage" rockers 54 __ dye: methyl orange, e.g. 57 Eagle's tail? 59 Iraqi port 63 Remark on another encounter with an herb? 67 Sign of a page-turner? 68 Secret metaphor 69 Slug relatives 70 Naval backbone? 71 Two before iota DOWN 1 They may be chocolate 2 Phillips of "I, Claudius" 3 __ Minor 4 Discuss business, in a way 5 Starfish appendage 6 Party host's bagful 7 Gig arrangements

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8 In addition 9 Single white male who likes the cold? 10 Norse underworld goddess 11 Goddess with cow's horns 12 Intentionally provoked reaction 13 Fill-in 15 Military wind 18 Wile E. Coyote's supplier 23 Whaling adverb 24 Arab's father 26 Olympic event since 1968 27 John's running mate 28 Like the color of some roofing 30 Goldsmith's "The __ of Wakefield" 31 Break 32 Frank covering 33 Last Supper query 34 Tijuana toddlers 36 "Up and __!"

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40 Swedish group that won the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest 41 Tiny time meas. 44 Decision about issues 46 Flake 48 Lobbies 49 City near Provo 53 Batting __ 54 Puts in 55 Horse Ranch Mountain's national park 56 Gymnast Korbut 58 Computer support? 60 Fill 61 Reaction from a bad crowd? 62 Tolstoy's Karenina 64 Ring of shells, perhaps 65 __ out a living 66 Ball balancer


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Golf Daze Al Mottau McGregor Links Club Championships: Dave Huestis successfully defended his crown in the championship flight. From the back tee his total of 146 on rounds of 7472 gave him a 7-shot advantage over runner-up Kirk Emmons, who shot 74-79 for 153. Other championship flight scores include: T3rd - Calvin Beckwith; 158 T3rd - Jeff Dwornik; 158 5th - Dave Nawrot; 159 First Flight: Champ - Rob Faulkner; 159 T2nd - Al Bucknam; 161 T2nd - Rick Kirkpatrick; 161 T4th - Pat Oles; 163 T4th - Hank Kruchinski; 163 Second Flight: Champ - Joe Albano; 177 2nd - Yippy Caiazzo; 181 T3rd - Lou Verderose; 184 T3rd - P.Grandjacquet; 184 Third Flight: Champ - Les Stuzin; 183 2nd - Jim Lille; 186 3rd - Tom Dillon; 188 4th - Mike Wright; 198 Ladies Member-Guest: First Flight: 1st (Gross) - Ann Twyman, Melinda Bucknam, Roxanne Andrews, Jane Balander; 146

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1st (Net) - Barb Terpening, Beth Todd, Pam O’Brien, Donna Bjork; 119 2nd (Net) - Carol Sheridan, Peg Morris, Janet Singer, Betsy Miklas; 122 Second Flight: 1st (Gross) - Jan Klassovity, Loretta Bauman, Glory Wojdyla, Jess Thompson; 158 1st (Net) - Nancy Platt, Mary Assey, Kathy Nygard, Sue Kormack; 119 2nd (Net) - Liz Grandjacquet, Mary Esposito, Irene Crowley, Kristine Sperry; 121 Third Flight: 1st (Gross) - Oli Williams, Judy Capuano, Ginny Burt, Cherry Lafka; 171 1st (Net) - Dottie Chapman, Claire Brunkhorst, Cheryl Clark, Barb Herbert; 129 2nd (Net) - Tish Garry, Grace Sgembellum, Anne Hartranft, Carole Isgro; 131 The 13th Annual George J. Dennis Memorial Golf Tournament will take place Monday, August 8 to benefit Alzheimer’s research. To reserve a foursome or to learn about sponsorship opportunites, contact Sarah at (518) 867-4999 ext. 304, or by email at sarah.o’higgins@alz.org.

Ballston Spa Country Club Senior League: Mike Iacolucci, Don Gallagher, Bruce Kay, Mike Radzevich; +7 Paul Alexanian, Bob Miskanin, Jerry Woodward; +5 Al Alexander, Jan Holick, Mike Peters, Al Squire; -1 Low Gross: Stan Ziobrowski; 79 Women’s Tournament:

1st - Betsy Drambour, Sue Delanoy, Laura Couch and Chan Lee A-Flight: 1st (Net) - Paula Laime, Janet Higley, Mary Law Powell, Leslie Arakelian B-Flight: 1st (Gross) - Beth Todd, Carol Giachetta, Barbara Terpening, Pam O’Brien 1st (Net) - Roseanne Greenwood, Cindy Levernois, Gail Wayand, Karen Mantas Congratulations to Head Pro Todd Manderson and his playing partner Rick Bronson on their second place finish in the 2011 Senior Junior Pro Championship.

Pioneer Hills Country Club Eastern NY Golf Association: I almost believed that Chuck Connolly of Hiland was unbeatable in NYGA weekly events, but along came Ralph Maru of Van Patten Golf Club, who defeated Connolly by one stroke with a one-under-par 70. Class-A (Gross): 1st - Ralph Maru; 70 2nd - Chuck Connolly; 71 3rd - Dick Gunning; 74 Net: T1st - Al Barclay; 67 T1st - Paul Barclay; 67 3rd - Rocky Couser; 70 Class-B (Gross): 1st - Dave Hillier; 76 2nd - Tom Holmes; 77 T3rd - Corey Tymchyn; 78 T3rd - John Branigan; 78 Net: T1st - Paul Steves; 65 T1st - Rich DeCasparis; 65 T1st - Bob Miskanin; 65 T1st - Bill Williams; 65

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Saratoga Youth Field Hockey Program SARATOGA SPRINGS - The Saratoga Springs Booster Club is starting a youth program beginning the first week in September and running into October. The program is open to youth in grades three through six. Registration is now open. The youth program brochure can be downloaded from the Booster Club's website at www.eteamz.com/Saratogafieldhockey1. For more information please contact Jo-Anne Hostig, Saratoga head field hockey coach, at Tig10@juno.com.

Creative Endeavors Art Center & Gift Shop to Host NYS Boxing Exhibition SARATOGA SPRINGS - Saratoga Bridges' Creative Endeavors Art Center & Gift Shop will host a NYS Boxing Exhibition on August 5-12 at their site located on 49 Front Street in Ballston Spa. The exhibition will feature boxing robes worn by World Champions including Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, George Foreman, Zab Judah, Saad Muhammad, Larry Holmes, Sugar Ray Leonard, Oscar De La Hoya and Jermaine Taylor. Boxing Historian and Saratoga Bridges’ Kevin Schweitzer will be available to answer questions. Hours are August 5: 6 - 9 p.m.; August 6: 8 a.m.-12 p.m.; and August 8-12: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free admission and open to the public. For more information, call (518) 363-0015 ext. 300.

Treewoods: Low Gross: Kirk Rhatigan; 44 Dave Telesky; 45 Low Net: Bob Connolly; 31 Dave Stevens Sr.; 35 Eagle: Clyde Diggers captured an eagle on the par-4 16th hole using a driver and putter. Art Manso joined Diggers when he picked up an eagle on the par-4 10th hole, using a driver and pitching wedge.

Eagle Crest Carl Krause picked up the junior title with a score of 85. Nicholas Rysedorph took the first low-net

spot with a score of 71. Bok D. Pai aced the 6th hole using a 3-iron, his second career hole-in-one. Witnessed by Ely Swartz, Joe Park and John Lee.

Saratoga National Golf Club The American Cancer Society’s Coaches vs. Cancer is gearing up for their fourth annual Teeing Off on Cancer Golf Classic Monday, August 29. For further information, please visit their website, www.teeingoffoncancer.org, or email information@teeingofoncancer.org


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Damian Fantauzzi Little league baseball has come along way! Saratoga has an excellent baseball tradition, and it's rare for a town of Saratoga's size to have two separate leagues for its Little League (LL) program. The east side is known as the American LL, while the west side is the National LL. I was brought up in Mechanicville, where we had a combination of Mechanicville - Stillwater LL, which I believe still exists, and also has a reputation for being rather successful. I can only relate to what I went through as a little boy in Mechanicville, as well as what my son experienced here in Saratoga. My own experience was mixed. As an 8-year-old I was placed on a team made up of other

8-year-olds. At the time it was an experimental league, comprised of four to six teams (although I'm not positive about that - after all, I was 8, and didn't pay attention to what the organization was about). The program, which ran through the 1950s, had the kid's pitching at this level. By no means was I a Mickey Mantle, but I also was never given a chance to show what I could do. I never played, but I never missed a game or a practice (what little practice there was). Still, I found myself a benchwarmer at 8 years old! The coach was a kid who was about 14 years old in 1952 (part of what made the league experimental), but I remember this one particular instance. Of the eight to 10 games we played that season, our team never won a game. I was in the dugout and my team was suffering through another drudging; it was 26-0 and I can remember the coach saying to a friend of his in the dugout, "Fantauzzi hasn't played at all. Do you think I should let him bat?" His friend's response: "He isn't going to help you now!" In the end, I did not get to play in any of the games that season, never even swinging a bat or participating in the heat of competi-

tion. That was the last game of the season, and while I really don't remember any other games, this particular situation is something that pops up in my mind on occasion. I never forgot the tears and the angst that it caused, especially because my Dad came to see me play, which was seldom. I just wanted him to see his kid take a swing. Here is the conclusion to this fable. When I was 12 years old, I was brought up to a "major" league team (I played in the minor league almost my whole little league career, where I was given a chance to play and connected for numerous hits, including homeruns). The reason I moved up was because someone got hurt and couldn't finish the season. The commissioner of the minor league, who was my advocate, told the manager that he was making a mistake by not promoting me to the "big" leagues. He did and I excelled by getting my share of hits, playing an errorless right field for the last 10 games of the season, and to top it off, I was instrumental in helping the team win the championship! In a best of three-game playoff series, I had the good fortune of getting 3 RBIs in the third and final game of the championship, which we

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won 3 - 2 (did I mention I had 3 RBIs?). Every so often I will occasionally hear that kid in my head saying, "He isn't going to help you now!" But all is forgiven - after all, he was only 14! Little League has changed a lot since that time. Now there's TBall, and every kid has to play at all levels. My son, Zack, was a pretty good athlete and played his share of little league - but a situation occurred when he was just 11 years old. Zack was really into soccer, and there were times that he would miss baseball practice because he had a soccer game (he did make his baseball coach aware of his absence and why). His little league coach wasn't pleased, but my son felt it was important to be part of his travel soccer team. His LL coach gave him an ultimatum - asking him to choose between baseball and soccer. So Zack did - he turned in his baseball uniform and put on his shin guards! I feel that kids have to be allowed to experience as many games and sports as they can while in their early years. Sports they have an interest in, sometimes and unfortunately, will have overlapping or simultaneous seasons. A dilemma is created for the young athlete, requiring the player to make a choice. At such an early age, they are put into a nowin situation. Is this necessary,

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and what's the solution? Not sure that I have a definitive answer, but may I suggest (some will say I'm way out in left field on this - but remember, I played right field) an idea that might alleviate these conflicting schedules - with the intent to be accommodating for the kids? Considering all of the little league baseball and travel soccer schedules (including practices), is it possible to have an A/B biweekly option? Something like this could simply work by dividing each week into an "A" and a "B" week, where "A" week baseball plays on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, with soccer playing on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays. The "B" week would be opposite to the "A" schedule, with soccer on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, with baseball on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. During playoffs, some concessions would have to be made, but all of this is just a thought. This might be a way to prevent kids from having to make choices that create unnecessary stress, and allow them to honor their commitments to programs where they want to be active participants! Giving kids a chance to experience other sports during the same season has got to be a win-win situation for the kids, without adults tugging at them to pick a sport. I feel that this has been a big issue for kids to deal with!

Adirondack Trust Allegiance Bowl Honors Buzz Aldrin SARATOGA SPRINGS - The organizing committee for the annual Adirondack Trust Allegiance Bowl announced Apollo 11 astronaut Dr. Buzz Aldrin, pilot of the first manned mission to the Moon, has been named the Honorary Chair of the 2011 Adirondack Trust

Allegiance Bowl. The charity sprint football game will feature one of sport's greatest rivalries; Dr. Aldrin's alma mater, the United States Military Academy at West Point (Army), and the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis (Navy).

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Penn State defeated Navy in a stunning upset during last year’s Allegiance Bowl.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Saratoga Springs and Ballston Spa Pop Warner youth football and cheerleading programs. On July 20, 1969, Dr. Aldrin and Neil Armstrong became the first two humans to set foot on another world. Dr. Aldrin spent 21 hours on the lunar surface with the largest television audience in history, an estimated 600 million people worldwide, watching this unprecedented heroic endeavor. No stranger to the sport of football, Dr. Aldrin played center on the 1946 Montclair (NJ) State High School championship football team, and his love of the sport continues today. "I have seen many Army-Navy football games and know that the 2011 Allegiance Bowl will be an epic contest between two great teams," he said. The Allegiance Bowl Committee extends its heartfelt appreciation to

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Dr. Aldrin for his support of the Adirondack Trust Allegiance Bowl, "America's Premier Sprint Football Event." Sprint football teams from Army and Navy will meet for one of the sport's greatest rivalries in Saratoga Springs on Saturday, September 17, 2011, at the high school football field. Widely regarded as America's premier sprint football event, the Adirondack Trust Allegiance Bowl features varsity teams from the CSFL and benefits local youth pro-

grams. Since its inception, the Allegiance Bowl has raised over $50,000 for local youth charities. The Allegiance Bowl pits varsity CSFL teams against one another in a weight-regulated match-up, where players must weigh in at 172 lbs or less to particiapte. Because of the weight restriction, gameplay is centered around superior speed, agility and athleticism instead of brute force and power. Sprint football has made a name for itself as one of the fastest, most explosive events in football.


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Jockeys Compete in Cook-Off for a Cause by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS - The Stadium Cafe, located at 389 Broadway in Saratoga Springs, is set to hold its first annual fundraising event, the "Taste of Saratoga," Monday, August 15, to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockey Fund (PDJF). Organized by cafe owner Dave Harmon, a $50 ticket allows racing enthusiasts to see famous horse jockeys competing against one another during this one-of-a-kind jockey cook-off. "So far, the four who are definitely cooking right now are Ramon

Dominguez, Javier Castellano, Rajiv Maragh and David Cohen," said Harmon, who expects a total of 15 jockeys to be present at the event. Those attending will be asked to sample each jockey's dish, and to vote for their favorite to determine the winner. Jockeys not participating in the cookoff will head behind the bar to serve drinks and refreshments to patrons. "There will also be several silent auction items up for bid," said Harmon. "Including a few rounds of golf, a night at the Holiday Inn, some pretty neat horse racing photography, a box at the track and more. They're the kind of things that people who are horse racing enthusiasts will really enjoy."

Proceeds from the event will be donated to the PDJF, which works to support jockeys who have been injured during their days on the race track. "I think they need as much support as they can get," said Harmon, who knows many of the jockeys personally. "When one of these guys gets hurt, unless you're one of the top jockeys and you've been able to invest your money right, it's really tough." Only a limited number - 200 tickets - will be sold for the event. To reserve your spot, tickets can be purchased at the Stadium Cafe (at their Broadway or west side locations), or by calling Harmon at (518) 330-7021.

Saratoga Thunder Face Top Opponents at Eastern National Championship Tournament CANTON, OHIOThe Saratoga Thunder 16U softball team traveled to Canton, Ohio last weekend to participate in the team's first ever 16U Eastern National Championship Tournament, a fiercely competitive tournament featuring 32 teams from Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and West Virginia. After two tough losses against Ohio opponents Cincy Storm (210) and the Explosive White (34), the Thunder looked to reboot Friday during their first bracket game against Western Mass Intensity. Intensity was the first team to make it on the scoreboards, scoring one run in the top of the first before Thunder pitcher Colette Carlson fielded a pop-fly, followed by a line-drive double-play to end the inning. On offense, Carlson laid down a bunt to make it on base. A hit by Morgan Cahill followed by an RBI single from Lori Brownell tied the game 1-1. While the Thunder continued to show heart and passion for the rest of the game, a late Intensity surge in the top of the sixth toppled Saratoga, who were defeated 4-3 in the final score. In the final game for Saratoga, a strong defensive showing from Ohio Swarm kept the Thunder at bay. Katherine Silver was the only Thunder member to reach base for her team, breaking up the Swarm

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Lori Brownell takes to the mound during for the Saratoga Thunder in the Eastern National Championship Tournament. pitcher's no-hitter. Saratoga fell 8-0. "Our journey going to Nationals was a once in a lifetime experience," said Thunder coach Kim Carlson. "Having coached these girls for five years, it was nice to finally reach

their goal of making it to Nationals. I'm glad I had the opportunity to take my team to a place that they could feel challenged, a place that they felt like they belonged, and a place where they came together as a team."

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Blue Sky Cycling by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS Saratoga Springs is home to a thriving and ever-growing community of cyclists, enthusiasts and beginners alike who ride together to train for road races, to blaze through the trails atop a mountain bike, or to cruise along with friends and family as they enjoy the exercise and beautiful country side. Whether cyclists ride with the Saratoga Mountain Bike Association, Wheels in Motion, the Saratoga Cycling Club or other groups, a strong sense of community and a love of the sport has brought these groups together for weekly rides, training and camaraderie in what has become a long-time tradition here in Spa City. One such community has sprouted up at the Blue Sky Bicycle shop, where every week riders gather together for beginner rides on Mondays, advanced rides on Tuesdays and women's rides on Wednesdays. "Paradox Bicycles first started the [Tuesday night race-training] tradition," said Mark Bettinger, who helps organize the advanced rides at Blue Sky Bicycles. "It’s a tradition that John Mastrianni started because he was a bicycle racer from Saratoga growing up. I help organize it now, but actually the ride leader is Jamie Clechenko, a son of the ride leader who organized the group 15 years ago." Every Tuesday, the group gathers at Blue Sky Bicycles at 6 p.m. before heading out for a 50 mile ride (time permitting). "We have several courses that we do throughout the summer,"

said Bettinger, who cycles along with 25-35 other riders each week. "Some are big climbs, some are flat courses. So you do a variety of different circuit training, averaging between 20 and 22 mph." Tuesday rides are geared toward riders with solid cycling experience, a "show-'n'-go" affair where those who can keep up ride formation in a pace line at high speeds. "We ask for the group that everybody wears a helmet; everybody needs to know how to ride in a pace line because if you're riding at that speed and you don't know how, it's dangerous not only for that person, but for everybody else in the group," said Bettinger. "So it's definitely an advanced ride, not a beginner's ride." On Wednesdays at 6 p.m., Mark's wife, Julie Rodgers, helps to organize the women's ride for intermediate cyclists out of Blue Sky Bicycles. Featuring a more 'no-woman-left-behind' attitude, the ride is designed to encourage cyclists to hone their riding skills, averaging 40 to 45 mile courses at 17 mph. "I think it all comes down to the fact that people just love to share what they love with others," said Rodgers on the cycling community. "I think, especially with cycling in Saratoga, the riding itself is so good in the area that it's just really easy to be very passionate about it. It's so beautiful and peaceful, good for your physical and mental health, and just that much more fun when you can share it with friends and family." For more information on the weekly rides meeting at Blue Sky Bicycles, please visit www.blueskybicycles.com.

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Cyclists gather at Blue Sky Bicycles shop at 71 Church Street in Saratoga Springs for the weekly advanced road ride.

Matt Secor Wins Second Professional MMA Match by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY ATLANTIC CITY, NJ Professional MMA fighter Matt Secor, member of Spa City Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, defeated Matt Dempsey during the first round of action at the Showboat House of Blues in Atlantic City July 29, submitting his opponent at the 4:47 mark. Secor, now 2-0, fought Dempsey (2-2) in the 170 lbs weight division. Secor began the round with two quick jabs to Dempsey's head, opening a cut below the fighter's right eye from the very first blow. Secor then threw Dempsey to the ground, passed his

guard and unleashed a barrage of punishment. "I really hit this kid with the kitchen sink," said Secor. "Elbows, punches, everything for almost four straight minutes." Battered but not yet defeated, Dempsey managed to rise from the canvas and put Secor back into his guard, until Secor swept out and landed the triangle choke. Dempsey struggled to get loose from Secor's hold, but was unable to reverse the triangle. Secor snapped Dempsey's arm back as he went for the submission, rendering the arm useless as he closed in on the victory. With just 13 seconds left in the first round, Dempsey shouted "tap!" and the referee jumped in to stop the fight.

"I think I'm going to fight again late September, maybe early-mid October," said Secor. "I'm still training, obviously, every single day," he added. "I didn't take a day off."

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