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Volume 6 • Issue 33

We’re in the ‘Money’ by Yael Goldman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS - Most locals would agree that our city is the best, and from an insider's perspective that's to be expected. But elsewhere, experts also agree that Saratoga Springs is a great place to live, in fact, it's the 75th best in the country. Money Magazine's September 2011 issue placed Saratoga Springs at number 75 in its annual listing of the top 100 places to live in America, and the community is boasting with pride.

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Regents Fails the Test by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA COUNTY - With fewer exam opportunities available, high school students will have fewer chances to graduate and obtain diplomas - a new reality many will face this school year after Regents exams typically scheduled during the months of August and January were cut from the calendar. "The [New York State Education] Department (NYSED) just doesn't

“This puts a lot of students in a difficult spot... It's very unfortunate to have to reduce the number of opportunities that students have to take the exam.”

Get the Party Started!

James C. Dawson Member of the Board of Regents

Details on Pages 7-8 See Fewer, Page 18

His Life is a Cabaret! by Arthur Gonick Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS - This is the kind of story that you look forward to writing. Brian Cassier is a 1984 graduate of Saratoga Springs High School. He is a successful musician/producer who has made a fantastic career for himself in the arts. Major cities such as New York City, Los Angeles and beyond dot his professional resume. He is going to be having a homecoming of sorts beginning this Saturday, and the best news of all is that we are all invited! See Brian, Page 17

2011 Festival Begins Saturday Inside TODAY... Obituaries pg 5 Winner’s Circle pgs 7-13 Embrace the Race pg 14 Adaptive Rowing pg 16 City Council pg 17 Wilton Food Pantry pg 18 Back to School pgs 19-24 Calendar pgs 26-27

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Saratoga Arts Celebration pg 29

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Friday, August 19, 2011


Cardboard Boats Float! SCHUYLERVILLE - Defying the laws of physics and mechanical engineering, dozens of homemade rafts, crafts and boats constructed from little more than yards of packing tape, cardboard and paint floated their way down the Hudson River in Schuylerville’s seventh annual Cardboard Boat Race. Far left: A cow-boat grazes before launch. Left: A group of fancy ladies stop for tea on the Hudson. Below: The “General Sea” navigates the hazordous waters. photos by Cathy Duffy for - Saratoga TODAY




Friday, August 19, 2011

David W. Devoe, 46, of 9 Center St., Ballston Spa, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated, a class-E felony. Devoe was arrested October 19 in Malta and has been sentenced to five years of probation. Jason S. Hartman, 38, of 524 Stanek Rd., Schenectady, pleaded guilty to a charge of first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a class-E felony. Hartman was arrested November 25 in Halfmoon and has been sentenced to time served and five years of probation. William E. Feltt, 34, of 980 Murray Rd., Lot 3, Middle Grove, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated, a class-E felony. Feltt was arrested April 9 in Milton and has been sentenced to one year in Saratoga County Jail and three years of ignition interlock as a condition of discharge.

Ramel T. Gentry, aka "Q," 24, of Yates Village, Schenectady, pleaded guilty to a charge of third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class-C felony. Gentry was arrested July 13, 2010, in the town of Ballston for incidents that occurred during the months of June and July, 2010. He is expected to return to court for sentencing October 14.

Waterford and is scheduled to return to court for sentencing October 17.

Micah J. Henzel, 23, of 71 Meadow Rue Place, Malta, pleaded guilty to a charge of third-degree burglary, a class-D felony. Henzel was arrested November 17 in Clifton Park for an incident that occurred October 28 and has been sentenced to six months in Saratoga County Jail, five years of probation and restitution.

Shawntae Paulk, aka "J," 31, of 496 10th St., Troy, was charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class-B felony; third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class-B felony; and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class-A misdemeanor. Paulk was arrested September 3 in Saratoga Springs and is expected to return to court at a later date.

Gary J. Ryan, 40, of 94 Saratoga Ave., Waterford, pleaded guilty to a charge of failing to report an address change within 10 days, a class-E felony. Ryan was arrested April 20 in

Janet L. Buck, 57, of 218 Oak St., Apt. 1, Corinth, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated, a class-E felony. Buck was arrested April 16 in Corinth and has been sentenced to five years of probation and ignition interlock.

Randy A. Manhey, 39, of 145 County Rt. 69, Schuylerville, was charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class-D felony; second-degree criminal possession of marijuana, a classD felony; and unlawful growing of cannabis by an unlicensed person, a class-A misdemeanor. Manhey was arrested June 8 in the town of Saratoga and is expected to return to court at a later date. Kenneth A. Darling, 36, of Greenfield, was charged with two counts of driving while intoxicated, class-E felonies; and firstdegree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a class-E felony. Darling was arrested October 22 in the town of Wilton and is expected to return to court at a later date.




Congressman Gibson, Area Officials Tour Regional Rail Facility WASHINGTON, DC Congressman Chris Gibson (NY20), along with a group of local elected officials, toured the Norfolk Southern-Pan American Intermodal Project in Mechanicville on Wednesday, August 17. This intermodal and automotive facility is a regional rail logistics center for the Capital District. The project will serve existing customers in the region, including major retail, industrial, commercial, and manufacturing groups, as well as prepare the Capital Region for the

expansion of logistics and distribution of goods for years to come. The automotive facility will support the short-term storage of up to 690 vehicles. “As we look to grow our local economy with the addition of new and expanding businesses, it is critical we ensure we have the infrastructure to support the transportation of supplies and finished goods in and out of our area. The investment Norfolk Southern and Pan American Railways are making in this facility will pay dividends in the future as we encourage private sector growth and job creation,” said Congressman Gibson.

Photo Provided L-R: Mayor of Mechanicville Anthony Sylvester, Congressman Chris Gibson, Norfolk Southern Vice President Darrell Wilson, Halfmoon Town Supervisor Mindy Wormuth, New York State Senator Roy McDonald, Stillwater Town Supervisor Ed Kinowski, and Mechanicville City Supervisor Tom Richardson tour the regional rail logistics center.


Friday, August 19, 2011

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SARATOGA SPRINGS – According to the New York Racing Association, Saratoga Race Course attendance through week four (22 days) was 474,254, up 2.0 percent from 465,181 in 2010. On-track handle totaled $66,610,255, up 7.9 percent from $61,705,156 last year.

Kings Ransom Farm Receives Federal Grant

SEDC Urges Participation in Survey SARATOGA COUNTY Stating that public input is “a major factor in Governor Cuomo’s economic development plan,” the Saratoga Economic Development Corporation urged its members and partners on Wednesday, August 17, to participate in the first of a series of public surveys being conducted by the Capital Region Economic Development Council (CREDC). These surveys will assist CREDC in developing a comprehensive plan for the region. Surveys will focus on topics such as economic development infrastructure, business climate, community vitality and quality of life, workforce development and collaborative partnerships. The survey is available at http://capitalregionopenforbusi-

SCHUYLERVILLE - Senator Charles Schumer announced on Wednesday, August 17, that Kings Ransom Farm in Schuylerville will receive a federal grant from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Rural Business Enterprise Grant Program. The $99,000 grant will allow Kings Ransom to purchase and install new milk processing equipment. The farm began operating in the late 1800s, and today is one of the largest dairy producers in Saratoga County. In addition to housing a large quantity of purebred Holstein cows, the farm relaunched King Brothers Dairy in the spring of 2010, which markets the milk produced on their farm directly to homes and grocery stores in Saratoga Springs.

Malta Republicans Removed from Conservative Party Line MALTA- Seven Republican candidates for offices in the Town of Malta were removed from the Conservative Party line for this November’s elections, despite having that party’s endorsement.


The candidates’ Conservative Party petitions were challenged by resident Margaret Dunham, with the basis of the objection being that many of the petition signers wrote “Round Lake” under the “City or Town” field, instead of “Malta.” Enough supporters incorrectly filled out the petitions to cause the number of valid signatures to fall below the county’s minimum standard, thus invalidating the documents. Voters will still be able to cast a vote for the seven candidates, which include incumbent Town Supervisor Paul Sausville and Town Councilpersons Tara Thomas and Peter Klotz, on the Republican Party line.

13-year-old Boy Admits to Accidental Shooting of Nicholas Naumkin BALLSTON SPA- A Wilton boy accused of accidentally shooting and killing 12-year-old Nicholas Naumkin on December 22, 2010, admitted on Thursday, August 11, in Saratoga County Family Court to holding the gun when Naumkin was shot. Under an agreement, equivalent to a Criminal Court plea arrangement, the boy, now 13, can only be referred to as “John Doe,” and neither he nor his parents may be identified. The boy answered questions from Family Court Judge Courtenay Hall and attorney Hugh Burke about the specific details of the accidental shooting as part of the agreement in exchange for a disposition of probation. The final ruling on the disposition of probation will be decided by Judge Hall on September 14.



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Gregory L. Krout Saratoga Springs, NY - Gregory L. Krout, 50, went to be with the Lord Sunday, August 7, 2011, at Saratoga Hospital. Greg is survived by his mother, Katharine; sister, Marcie Lynne; brother, Todd William; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. Greg is predeceased by his father, Leon Krout. A memorial service was held Monday, August 15, 2011, at the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs. Contributions in memory of Greg may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866, Saratoga Hospital, 211 Church St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866, Alplaus United Methodist Church,

Box 1, Alplaus, NY 12008 or Adirondack Save A Stray, 4880 Rt. 9N, Corinth, NY 12822. Online remembrances may be made at

Stuart V. Lewis Saratoga Springs NY - Stuart V. Lewis, 89, passed away Tuesday, August 9, 2011, after a long illness. Stuart was born on December 30, 1921, in Waterville, NY, the ninth of 10 children of the late Hugh and Elena O’Neill Lewis. In addition to his parents, Stuart was predeceased by his wife, Carolyn K. Lewis in 1988; four sisters, Irene Lewis, Margaret Pugh, Nora March and Elizabeth Rogers; four brothers, John, Hubert, Norman, and Edward Lewis, and his loving companion, Lottie Souza. Survivors include his brother, Raymond (Doris) Lewis of Leesburg FL; two sisters-in-law, Edith Mistler of Pilot Hill, CA, and Marjorie Carmichael of Madison; five children, Patricia (Robert) Hamm of Saratoga Springs, Kathleen (Jerry) Russell of Paradise Valley, AZ, Timothy Lewis of St. Johnsville, Michael (Susan)

Lewis of Newark Valley, and Richard (Irmgard) Lewis of Waverly; seven grandchildren, Karen (Kevin) Jones, Shawn (Revita) Lewis, Katherine (Charles) Losito, Zachary Russell, Adam (Alissa) Russell, Christopher Lewis and Alexandra Lewis; five greatgrandchildren, Ryan, Aidan, and Abigail Patricia Jones, and Elena Carolyn and Megan Rose Losito; dozens of nieces and nephews; and his dear friend, Doris Kimmerie. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Saturday, August 13, 2011, in the Church of St. Peter, 241 Broadway, Saratoga Springs. Burial will be in the family plot at St. Bernard's Cemetery, Waterville, NY. Donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, PO Box 50, Memphis, TN, 38101. Online remembrances may be made at

Donald C. Mosley Schuylerville, NY- Donald C. Mosley, 75, passed away Monday, August 15, 2011. Born on June 2, 1936, in Hannacroix, NY, he was the son of Martin and Vera L. (Spence) Mosley. In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by an infant brother, Clifford Mosley and a sister-in-law, Betty Mosley. He is survived by his wife, Marjorie M. Mosley of Saratoga Springs; daughters, Diane Hulka (Kent) of Saratoga Springs and Rose Mosley of White Creek, NY;

brother, Raymond (Maureen) Mosley of Coxsackie, NY; grandchildren, John, Tiffany, Cassidy and Stephen; niece, Sharon Parker of Rome, NY; and nephew, Raymond Mosley Jr. of Kentucky. A Funeral Service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, August 19 at St. Paul’s Evangelical Church, 149 Lake Ave, Saratoga Springs. Rev Adam Wiegand will officiate. Burial will follow at Stanton Hill Cemetery, New Baltimore, NY. The online guestbook is at



John J. Iuliucci Schuylerville, NY - John J. Iuliucci, 75, passed away Tuesday, August 9, 2011. Born on June 3, 1936, in Fort Edward, NY, he was the son of the late Sabatini (Samuel) and Marion Aurelia Iuliucci. In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by his wife, Donna Mulholland Iuliucci; their son, Bryan; three brothers, Thomas, Samuel and Anthony Iuliucci; and one sister, Rose Norton. Survivors include his daughter, Tina Taylor and her husband Lamont of Schuylerville; two brothers, James Iuliucci of Hudson Falls and Angelo Iuliucci of Fort Edward; one sister, Susan (Jerry) Murphy of North Port, FL; his mother-in-law, Mary Allen, and brother-in-law, Dennis Mulholland, both of Saratoga Springs; and many nieces and nephews. Graveside services were held Tuesday, August 16, 2011, in the family plot at St. Peter's Cemetery, West Ave., Saratoga Springs. Arrangements are under the

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Saratoga Springs Earns Spot on National List continued from Page 1 The article describes Saratoga Springs as a town with "tons" of culture, a solid school system, low crime rate, and "lively walkable downtown" that boasts shops, restaurants and nightlife. It cites Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Skidmore College, and at least 20 healing springs as a few amenities that lure visitors. Somehow, Saratoga Race Course went unmentioned, which isn't necessarily a terrible omission. After all, the summer Thoroughbred racing season is only one of the many great attractions to our city.

"I think it speaks to the amenities, attractions, diversity, proximity to gateway cities and opportunities we have here - many of the same attributes we illustrate when marketing Saratoga for national and international conferences and conventions," said Todd Garofano, Saratoga Convention and Tourism president. "Saratoga is a great destination and a great place to live and work." Money Magazine assessed a variety of quality of life factors using statistics from a data services company, census data, and other online resources. They looked at demographics, median family income, housing, education, quality of life, leisure, culture and weather. Saratoga scored above average in the following categories: Average property taxes were

lower in 2010, we have a shorter commute (17.5 minutes vs. 23.3) and a much higher population of walking and biking commuters (9.2 percent compared with 2.6). Saratoga has more ski resorts within 100 miles than most small towns, and spends more money per person on the arts. But while the ranking does draw attention to Saratoga's high-quality amenities, some say 75th isn't high enough. Saratoga Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) is always working to attract new industry to our area, and in doing so markets the region's exceptional quality of life. For Shelby Schneider, SEDC's director of marketing and economic development specialist, getting our name on such a reputable list will certainly bring tons of exposure, "but where we are ranked isn't necessarily all that hot." "I'm not that excited about it. I want to make sure we stay on that list and increase our ranking," she

said. There is a great effort to attract jobs and tech business to Saratoga County, and the new paradigm is that industry follows talent. Schneider explained that quality of life factors, like those highlighted in Money Magazine, are what attract the brightest and best professionals. She said New York State has experienced a "brain drain" over the past few decades and that it's important to get the word out that our region is a great place to live. "It's not just important to us, it's important to companies," Schneider said. "Quality of life is extremely important when you're promoting your business assets." Although specific to Saratoga Springs, Money Magazine's ranking does draw attention to the county, especially since the Spa City is a common synecdoche in descriptions of the surrounding region. "We assume everyone knows how great of a community Saratoga is but you have to get the word out, and

that is part of the economic and community development push," she said. Programs like WMHT's "Our Town: Saratoga Springs," which aired Thursday, August 18, draw the microscope closer, and that's the kind of exposure we need more of. The WMHT special touches on many of the same quality of life features as the Money Magazine study, but does so with people from the community telling their own stories, and not with statistics. Another project in the works will use this same technique. The Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce has hired Modern Mix Marketing to film a "lip dub" marketing video on September 1 that highlights Saratoga using the people who make it such a great place. The video will follow thousands of locals and groups representing community niches as they travel down Broadway lip-synching to a medley of three Train songs (the band's drummer is a Saratoga native). Although Chamber President Todd Shimkus said he doesn't see any real connection between the Money Magazine study and the "lip dub," the video is being put together with the intent to attract new residents and get outsiders excited about what Saratoga has to offer. "This is a really unique way of promoting Saratoga County virally," Shimkus said. "Sometimes the best promoters of a community are the people that make it such a special place." The goal is to create a "real buzz about Saratoga online," and reach 10 million hits: "You never know how many of them will be inspired to move here or visit here," he said, adding that the video could even put Saratoga on a new list of the top "wired," or tech savvy, cities to live in - if there is one. Anyone interested in participating in the video is encouraged to show up at Congress Park at noon on September 1; a group of choreographers will be onsite to teach a simple dance routine. For more information and updates, visit You can view the full Money Magazine list and vote for Saratoga Springs as a "fan favorite town" by going to and clicking the Facebook "like" button for Saratoga Springs.

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Friday, August 19, 2011

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

Travers Festival Gets the Party Started A Week of Fun Leads Up to the Big Race

by Arthur Gonick Saratoga TODAY Now in its 16th year, The Travers Festival will begin this Saturday, August 20, and is composed of a tremendous array of activities - ontrack, downtown and all around the region. Throughout the week, the events are diverse, but they all have the same goal: to get everyone's pulse racing with excitement in anticipation of the highlight of the summer racing season: the 142nd running of the Grade 1, $1 million Travers Stakes, the oldest major stakes race in the country for 3-yearolds on Saturday, August 27. Whether you end up cashing a bet or not, these events listed below guarantee that you'll hit the trifecta of entertainment, food and fun. Let's get the party started!

Saturday, August 20: The festival fun begins on-track with the Grade 1 $500,000 TVG Alabama for 3-year-old fillies at the classic distance of a mile and a quarter. At press time, it is projected that It's Tricky will attempt to become

just the seventh filly in history to sweep the Acorn, Coaching Club American Oaks and the TVG Alabama. Befitting its status, the TVG Alabama will be shown live on the NBC Network beginning at 5 p.m.

Sunday, August 21: Perhaps the most-anticipated giveaway this season is the Saratoga Sports Bag, free with paid admission. The featured race of the day is the Grade 2, $150,000 Woodford Reserve Lake Placid for 3-year-old fillies on the turf.

Sunday, August 21Thursday, August 25: Travers 1864 Restaurant Week Back for its second year, this is an opportunity for regional restaurants (and their patrons) to get in on the fun. Over 40 restaurants participated last year, and the dining options have increased by over 25 percent! At each restaurant, diners have the chance to indulge in a special three-course meal for the prixfixe cost of $18.64 (plus tax and gratuity)… which coincides with the year that the big race began! A

complete list of participating establishments is available at Week.

Monday, August 22: "Riders Up: An Evening of Jockey Karaoke:" From 6-11 p.m., Saratoga jockeys will take the stage at Vapor Night Club at Saratoga Casino and Raceway for an evening of jockey karaoke, dinner and dancing to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF). A surprise celebrity panel will serve as judges on the singing prowess of Saratoga's leading riders, including John Velazquez, Javier Castellano and Ramon Dominguez. Track announcer Tom Durkin will serve as master of ceremonies. Tickets are available for $100, and are available online at Tickets include are a buffet dinner and danc-

ing after the show. A cash bar will be available, making this a 21-and-over event.

Wednesday, August 24: Stewart's Shops Ice Cream Eating Contest: Yummy fun for all ages! Contestants in three categories (kids, teens and adults) will compete to see who can down a pint of Stewart's ice cream. Registration for competitors will take place at noon in front of the Jockey Silks Room on-track. The prize- more ice cream! The lucky winners will receive gift certificates redeemable for their favorite Stewart's flavors.

Thursday, August 25: Ronald McDonald House Charities Fashion Show and Luncheon

7 A fashionable prelude to the racing day which benefits a great cause. At 11 a.m. the "At The Rail" pavilion inside the clubhouse on-track will host the 13th Annual Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of the Capital Region Saratoga Fashion Show. The fashion show and luncheon will feature designer Don O'Neill of THEIA, whose designs have been worn by celebrities including Oprah Winfrey and Carrie Underwood. THEIA fashions are presented locally by Saratoga Trunk. The show will spotlight some of the newest designs from THEIA's fall collection. Tickets for the event begin at $150 and can be purchased by calling Chris Turner at (518) 438-2655 or emailing cturner@rmhcofal "The Travers Celebration" After the races, stick around for the "official" party to welcome the return of the Travers Stakes - the 11th Annual Travers Celebration will have a cocktail party theme called "Moonlight over Saratoga." It takes place at the clubhouse entrance of the race course from 7:30-11 p.m., complete with food stations; elaborate beverage offerings; live music by the New York


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Reggie's Red Hot Feetwarmers New Orleans Jitterbugs Swing Dancers Colleen Pratt Band Captain Squeeze and the Zydeco Moshers Sirsy Upstate Bluegrass Band Tequila Mockingbirds Kevin McKrell Franklin Micare Big Medicine Kevin Maul Band Ernie Williams Blues Band Upstate Bluegrass Band Garland Nelson / Soul Session


Players; and dancing under the stars! Tickets are $175 per person ($125 for young adults under 30), with proceeds benefiting the Backstretch Employee Service Team and the Times Union Hope Fund. To purchase tickets, call (518) 584-6200 x 4233 or visit

Friday, August 26: Battle of the Brews Another tasty 21+ event takes place on-track in the race course backyard beginning at noon, as some of the best microbreweries in the area do battle for your vote. Taste, compare and critique the samplings in categories such as "people's choice," with proceeds benefiting the American Red Cross Adirondack Saratoga Chapter. Your $30 admission includes the beer sampling, light food refreshments, and a commemorative beer glass. Tickets can be purchased in advance

or at the event. For more information, phone (518) 792-6545 or visit Downtown Travers Eve Party It's downtown Saratoga Springs' turn to strut as NYRA and the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce combine forces and invite the whole family to participate in free pre-race revelry from 710 p.m. This is the second year of this downtown party - and the features have been enhanced. They include: - A special "Meet and Greet" and autograph signings with some of Saratoga's jockeys in the parking lot of Saratoga Downtowner Motel, Broadway and Division Street from 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. - Live music performances from strolling track favorites Reggie's Red Hot Feetwarmers, pop music from Mary Leigh & The Fauves and a cappella harmonies from the Racing City Chorus - Family entertainment from Sparkles, the tall juggler; balloons with Mr. and Mrs. Bill; and face painting by PJ Duell all along Broadway. - Collectables: Kids can pick up a "Horse Squishy" collectable, with the Saratoga Race Course logo at Impressions, G. Willikers, Celtic Treasures, The Candy Company, Ben and Jerry's, Plum Dandy, Soave Faire and Zola Kids. For the adults, Travers-themed

Friday, August 19, 2011 Mardi Gras-style beads are the perfect compliment to anyone's revelry. These will be given away at Hattie's, Gaffney's, Lillian's, Circus CafĂŠ, Olde Bryan Inn, Sperry's, Ben and Jerry's and The Parting Glass. Both collectables are free, while supplies last.

Saturday, August 27: Travers Day With all this fun, be sure not to forget about the reason for it all (as if that were likely!) But officially, this is the day of the big one - the 142nd running of the Grade 1, $1 million Travers, bringing racing's top 3-year-olds together to clash in one of the most historic and prized stakes races in the world at the classic distance of a mile and a quarter. For this special day, the gates open early at 7 a.m., with an early first race post-time of 11:35 a.m. In addition to the Travers stakes, the "undercard" is filled with prestigious races that would be features most other days, including the Grade 1 Foxwoods King's Bishop; the Grade 1 Ballerina; the Grade 2 Ballston Spa; and the Grade 3 Victory Ride. Like the TVG Alabama, the Travers Stakes (as well as the King's Bishop) will be broadcast live on NBC beginning at 5 p.m. But our advice is to DVR this one - you've got to be there!

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To Alabama and Beyond Brendan O’Meara The next great race at Saratoga Race Course is the Grade I $500,000 Alabama Stakes Saturday, August 20. The Coaching Club American Oaks winner It's Tricky is the filly to beat at the rigorous distance of 1 ⁄ miles-the longest most fillies will ever run. Owned by Godolphin Racing and trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, It's Tricky worked four furlongs Saturday, August 13 in a swift 48.90. "She worked great and galloped out strong," said McLaughlin of the filly's final serious move before the Alabama. "I think they have her to beat. She's won her last two Grade I's, and we wouldn't trade places with anyone." It's Tricky's rival, Kentucky Oaks winner Plum Pretty, has geared up strongly since her runner-up effort for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert. Baffert indi-

cated that he might opt out of the Alabama given the battle Plum Pretty endured while finishing second to It's Tricky. But after watching her throw down the hammer in a 6-furlong move Wednesday, August 10, he might have changed his mind. "After watching her work today, she deserves a chance," Baffert said. "It's a tough race, but she's speed, so … She looks good." St. John's River, a deep closer, worked five furlongs in 1:02.24 on Friday August 12 for trainer Andrew Leggio. "That's good," Leggio said after St. John's River galloped out strongly. "Nice, easy move. I like what I saw. She did it very easy the first part and picked it up nicely." As the 3-year-old fillies tighten the screws, the 3-year-old colts are doing the same. Just a week from Saturday marks the latest renewal of the Grade I Travers Stakes run at 1 ⁄ miles. Often dubbed the "Mid-Summer Derby," the country's top colts converge onto the Spa. The champion 3-year-old division is up for grabs with the yearending injury to Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom. Since the Derby there have been four

different winners of the most important races for 3-year-olds-or sophomores. The winners of the Grade I Haskell Invitational, Belmont Stakes, Preakness Stakes and Grade II Jim Dandy are all expected-thought not yet definitely-to lock horns August 27. The Preakness winner and Haskell runner-up Shackleford is slated for the Travers and filed in a six-furlong drill for trainer Dale Romans. Under exercise rider Tammy Fox (Romans's wife), Shackleford coasted over the Oklahoma Training Track in 1:14 and galloped out a mile in 1:44. "This was an important work," said trainer Dale Romans, who personally clocked Shackleford galloping out a mile in 1:44. "This was more about endurance. I think he got a lot out of it." Shackleford's 2011 campaign has included the Grade I Florida Derby, the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness, the Belmont Stakes and, most recently, the Haskell Invitational. But, as Fox noted, the tread hasn't worn on Shack's tires. "He worked good," Fox said. "He galloped out good. He felt good underneath me. I just want to

make sure when he jogs off he feels good. He feels the same, soundness wise (as he did during the Triple Crown campaign). His attitude is the same. He's out there playing." With the Travers less than two weeks away, Romans has liked what his Grade I-winning colt has shown. Shackleford's sound of mind and body, according to his trainer. "He's sharp," Romans said. "He's trained very well over this track. He hasn't missed a beat all year. He hasn't missed a work. Nothing has been postponed, which is very rare for a horse that has been through this rigorous a campaign. He didn't come back here drinking a lot of water. All he wants to do is roll around and eat grass." Coil, the colt who beat Shackleford in the Haskell, has been training well at Saratoga for trainer Bob Baffert. Coil's sire,

9 Point Given, won the Travers and Haskell in 2001. Should Baffert opt to run the colt in the Travers, it could be like-father-like-son. "[Coil] is getting better with every race," said Baffert. "For as hard as he ran, I thought it'd knock him out. The groom, Roberto, who took care of Point Given, said he's like his daddy and is going to get stronger with more racing. It was an impressive race. He even 'wowed' me." Belmont Stakes winner and third-place finisher in the Haskell, Ruler On Ice, turned in a smashing workout for trainer Kelly Breen. Ruler On Ice fired a bullet five furlongs over the Monmouth Park oval in 58.80. "Tremendous," trainer Kelly Breen said. "He started out five lengths behind a couple of his stablemates and he finished four in front. He worked as good as a horse could work. It was visually very impressive." As of now, the Travers is not a definite, but a consideration. "We're thinking about that," Breen said. "Everything is up in the air right now."




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Uncle Mo Stays Thirsty for Win by Brendan O’Meara Saratoga TODAY It has been some time since 2010 Champion Juvenile colt Uncle Mo has had a winning effort under his girth. According to trainer Todd Pletcher, Uncle Mo is starting to get his game face on. "He's back in race mode," Pletcher said. "You can see a change in his disposition leading into these works the last couple of times. At the same time, he's been settled. It was another bullet work and he did it well within himself. He galloped out strongly and came back well. We're excited photo provided about where he is at the moment." Stay Thirsty runs the Jim Dandy at the Saratoga Race Course. Uncle Mo fired off a fiveeighths move in 1:00.38 in his scheduled start in the seven fur- Travers Stakes undercard. second-to-last drill before his next long Grade I King's Bishop on the Uncle Mo, owned by Mike Repole, toed the track at just after 6 a.m. on Sunday, August 14 with stablemate and Curlin Stakes winner Turbo Compressor. By the end of the work, Uncle Mo was two lengths ahead of Turbo Compressor. "Right now, he's Uncle Mo and he's perfectly healthy," Pletcher added. "As long as that continues to be the case, then we're confident he'll go over and run his 'A' race." After being diagnosed with a rare liver disorder that subsequently led to his being scratched from the Kentucky Derby, Uncle Mo has steadily regained his strength. Pletcher acknowledged that his champion colt is in for a tough test. "When you are looking at a horse who has accomplished as much as he has, you're not going to find an easy race to come back in. The first start of his life he ran an enormous race here at Saratoga and we would expect him to run a big race first time back." Jim Dandy winner Stay Thirsty, the Bernardini-colt also owned by Repole, worked a half-mile in 51.98 as he readies for the Grade I Travers Stakes on August 27. "He went a tick slower than we set out to do, but I felt better after seeing a group of horses work," said Pletcher. "The track was definitely on the slow side. We were looking for a maintenance-half, and we'll come back and do something a little more serious with him next week."

Friday, August 19, 2011



Another Side of Sam the Bugler

Marilyn Lane When Sam Grossman was asked how he became the track bugler, he gestured toward the horses and candidly retorted, "Music is in my pedigree, just as racing is in theirs. My mother was a trumpet player in jazz bands in NYC during the 40s. My twin brother, Irving, plays professionally for the David Berger

Big Band and Max Weinberg in the city. His talent makes mine pale." There's something to be said about that, for Sam the Bugler is himself a very accomplished, classically trained musician. On the distaff side of the Grossman siblings you'll find a highly accomplished violin player. "Yes," Sam proudly acclaimed, "My sister is musical too. She has both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from Julliard. She married a Harvard/Yale guy and gratefully brought a much-needed psychiatrist into the family." New York racing fans are lucky to have Sam on the scene. He's an entertainer through and through.

His 16-second “Call to the Post” is just the start of his performance.

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Sam the Bugler

From there he heads into the stands, horn in hand, accompanied with a repertoire developed from playing professionally since 1971. He'll find interesting spectators, key in on something they like and play a favorite tune. Many a day at the races have been made more memorable for members of his personal audiences. Until NYRA recruited Sam from C.W. Post College, the dedicated musician had never stepped foot on a racetrack. He admittedly is still

11 not interested in handicapping. He said, "I may be the worst handicapper in the whole NYRA organization. What I love is the vibrancy that surrounds racing." Sam's main hobby outside of music is chess. He said, "I love its challenges. Here at the track I sometimes engage jockeys in a match." He laughed as he said, "Jorge Chavez is a really great jockey and his competitive nature is equally apparent at the chess board." Sam frowned when adding,

12 "Ramon Dominquez just started playing. He's only been at it about six months and he's amazing. I mean - he is freaky good at it." Sam's a New York guy, born and raised on Long Island. As NYRA's bugler, he's the man on the horn for nearly every one of the 250-day racing schedule. He's played at several Breeders' Cups during his 19-year career, and for the past several years he's been the guest bugler at the Preakness Stakes. When asked more about his Saratoga experience, Sam responded, "What's not to like? The place is filled with pretty girls dressed in stunning fashion." He continued, "I earn the privilege to be here.

winner’s February days at Aqueduct are not so celebratory. But soon Aqueduct will have VLTs and that scene will change." During the day, Sam Grossman is all about being Sam the Bugler. At night, he gigs professionally. In Saratoga he performs with Professor Frank Chase on the piano. The duo entertains at Jacob and Anthony's Restaurant. They're there Thursday and Saturday nights from 8 - 11 p.m. Don't miss the opportunity to see and hear just how far that musical pedigree runs. Sam's like a good horse - he runs well on any kind of surface. In 2009, he started the ball rolling on what has developed into a growing art project. He had generously offered his time to a benefit for racing-related charities. He was there with his trumpet and was set on fire with creative energy when Blanche Smith began to sing. They played improvisation to musical paintings by Boguslaw Lustyk. Before the evening was over, Sam inspired Lustyk to think about creating a painting of “Call to the Post.” It


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“Call to the Post,” by Frankie Flores and Boguslaw Lustyk. took the artist a couple of years to finally come up with a composition he liked. Next came a collaboration with Frankie Flores. Frankie had

done a portrait painting of Sam in '09, and with the help of a graphic artist the two renowned painters combined their work. They unveiled prints of their collaborative effort at an art reception at Flores Fine Art Gallery on August 5. The “Call to the Post” prints were a hit, and Sam's vigorous tunes brought further inspiration to the painters. Last Saturday, Winchester pounded down the stretch to win the Sword Dancer. On the same afternoon, Lustyk and Flores busily painted another stunning produc-

tion behind the grandstand. It is poetry in motion to watch these two masters work side by side. They push boundaries much like jockeys plying for position. The result is powerful art, a celebration of horses and beauty fueled by consummate understanding of balance, color and movement. When suddenly you hear music, the picture is complete. Sam has found his way. Chess, music, great racing and art-where else but Saratoga can you find such high levels of that combination?

Friday, August 19, 2011



Equine Exhibit Captures the Bold and the Beautiful by Marilyn Lane Saratoga TODAY From cave paintings to digital photography, horses are one of the most frequently depicted of all animals in art. No finer example of equestrian art can be found than at the joint photo exhibit of Sharon Castro and Barry Bornstein, on display at Aimie's in Glens Falls. With diverse and varied backgrounds, the only things these artists share in common are talent and a preference to photograph horses. Barry Bornstein was born and raised in Boston and never came close to a horse until reuniting with a friend at a University of New Hampshire alumni affair. Sharon Castro discovered horses at an early age - they became 'it' for her from the get-go. Barry's friend, Valerie, had been a show horse competitor at the highest levels in her youth. Sharon moved to Ocala

Photography by Sharon Castro

in her late-teen years to make racehorses her full-time vocation. During their courtship, Valerie gifted Barry riding lessons. He took to it like a chicken to water. When he was asked to pick up the pace he looked to his instructor for more clues. He was told to 'cluck' to his mount. He took the instruction literally, calling out cluck, cluck, and cluck. Valerie married him anyway, and Barry continued on a successful career path as a CEO for various notfor-profit organizations. But most of his spare time was spent perfecting his photography skills. In the early 90s, a position brought Barry to the Saratoga area. He and Val settled into a home a sprint's distance from Saratoga Race Course. Show horses and riding lessons had failed to snare the man's interest, but he was soon made smitten with the beauty of this historic racecourse and its noble thoroughbreds. His photog-

raphy is a departure from the usual. Their composition is extremely interesting and arrestingly beautiful. Sharon became a top-notch exercise rider, taking the likes of Cigar out for morning runs. She served her time as an assistant trainer and gradually moved from hands-on horses at the track to photographing her favorite equine subjects. Barry and his wife now split their time between Saratoga and Aiken, SC. He is the official photographer for the Aiken Training Center and a partner on horses in a small syndicate group. Sharon married an equally committed horseperson, veterinarian Luis Castro. Her art is both subtle and strong at the same time. Somehow she manages to catch in photos things usually left to the imagination. Her works take you from the polo fields


to the grazing fields and onto several tracks in the changing seasons. Luis and Sharon split their time between Saratoga and Florida. Sharon is active in equine rescue, further busies herself with her beloved dogs and always makes time for Disco, an ex-racer from Phil Serpe's barn. This exhibit is a must-see for any lover of art or horses. If you enjoy both - you've hit the pick-six. Find the exhibit at Aimie's, 190 Glen St. in Glens Falls. The exhibit is open daily from 5 - 9 p.m. and runs through September 4. Visit:

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BUSINESS Thoroughbred Fans Embrace the Race Friday, August 19, 2011


by Yael Goldman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS Thoroughbred racing fans are undoubtedly loyal and enthusiastic we're reminded of that fact every July when the city fills to the brim with daytime track-goers and seasonal residents that "embrace the race." But this loyalty is not limited to the fans that head to the grandstands; it includes trainers, horse owners, backstretch workers, handicappers and everyone else with a stake in the sport. With horse racing's unique, widespread fan base in mind, Mike DeAnzeris created an all-fans-inclusive clothing and accessories line that applauds this shared passion and the horse racing lifestyle. It's called Embrace the Race. "All those fans share a common bond that is undeniable; they're passionate about the game and way of life, and we want to give them something that says racing, that singular

thing that says I love this sport," DeAnzeris said. So, the Saratoga Springs resident matched "Embrace the Race," a catchy phrase he caught himself using in an email, with a simple iconic logo that connects fans in a "classy, cool way" much like how Ralph Lauren Polo speaks to Polo enthusiasts and Nautica to sailors. The brand launched in August 2010, when the fate of racing seemed dismal and unclear, and when DeAnzeris, a horse owner, saw no better time to rally fans together. "Things weren't great, but that passion was still there," DeAnzeris said, explaining how he took the "optimistic route" by finding inspiration in horse racing's loyal fans. Embrace the Race products are understated; they're designed with what DeAnzeris calls a "less is more approach." You'll find the symbol carefully placed on T-shirts, golf shirts, jackets and hats, among other clothing items for men, women and kids. A line of accessories that

includes coffee mugs, tote bags, flags and banners also carries the theme. The local company, which distributes from 80 Henry Street in Saratoga Springs and warehouses at Unlimited Potential, recently unveiled its new "paddock collection" just in time for the first anniversary. Paddock pieces boast the icon itself, separate from the "Embrace the Race" name. Embrace the Race also does custom branding and has already personalized apparel for a handful of stables. The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame's tour guides at Saratoga Race Course are outfitted with custom caps, featuring both the museum's logo and the sleek Embrace the Race logo on either side. It makes sense that DeAnzeris, a loyal fan and industry cheerleader, sponsored Jeremy Edge's 190-mile walk from Belmont to Saratoga Springs to raise money for two charitable organizations. The "walking Brit" showed outrageous passion for horse racing, and DeAnzeris knows


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As the “apparel for the horse racing lifestyle,� Embrace the Race celebrates the thrill, allure and style of the sport, so fans can wear their passion without saying anything at all. that kind of spirit is what keeps the sport alive. The horse racing industry is looking to expand interest in the sport - to capture new fans and re-captivate the diehards, and DeAnzeris identifies with that motivation. "The best ambassadors to a sport are the people who already follow it," he said, explaining that fans who wear the icon show their pride and strike conversations. "It gives [them] a platform to share their passion." For more information about Embrace the Race, visit or call (518) 580-4500. You can purchase Embrace the Race clothing and accessories at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame gift shop. The complete collection is available online. A special online "Celebration of Racing Promotion" also commemorates the milestone. The first 1,000 people who sign up for the company's e-newsletter will be entered into prize drawings. Three lucky winners will receive a $100 Embrace the Race gift card and 10 will earn a $25 certificate.

Trash Can Ads Promote Ballston Spa by Yael Goldman Saratoga TODAY BALLSTON SPA - The Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association (BSBPA) is turning trash into treasure, or at least a gem of a way to promote its local businesses. The association recently replaced 10 outdated trash receptacles with "Euro Cans," unique, easy to empty trash containers that double as sidewalk billboards. Unlike the traditional wood bins the BSBPA installed over 10 years ago, these modern cans have four removable panels that businesses can print their names, addresses and logos on. Originally, the BSBPA purchased the cans with the intention of offering its members the opportunity to use the receptacle outside of their business in place of a sandwich board, which would eliminate some congestion on the sidewalks while also replacing the village's weathered, outdated cans. "But we found that [business owners] are actually using them for advertisement away from their business. Members place them to draw people into their business," said Tina Mangino-Coffey, BSBPA board member. The association immediately soldout of its first order and is open to purchasing more if there is a need.

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BSBPA board members Cliff Baum and Eric Seplowitz show off three of the new receptacles. She said the trash can ads can be traded in and out, and there is a onetime charge for the sponsorship, which covers the cost of the graphic design work. "If members want to change their artwork they are able to do so," Mangino-Coffey said. "The association itself will be advertising some of our events, so our ad will change throughout the season as our events change." The concept is popular on college campuses, but Ballston Spa is the first village to use Euro Cans as a way to promote its downtown business district. Mangino-Coffey said the idea was so unique that Euro Cans creator Terry Netterfield is planning to shoot his company commercial in Ballston Spa at Wiswall Park. "It's a really neat design," she said.

A view from Front Street For more information about Euro Cans or to inquire about purchasing a panel in downtown Ballston Spa, contact Tina Mangino-Coffey with the BSBPA at




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Fashionable Hats to Wear Again and Again by Yael Goldman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS - Hats are always in style, and, like most women's fashion statements, are best worn just once. But for social trendsetters, regularly striking the balance between perfect outfit and perfectly paired hat can be a bit too expensive. Fortunately, one Saratoga Springs business woman and fashionista has found the perfect way to keep up. She makes her own. Joyce Locks introduced a new affordable and creative hat-making concept this summer; it's called HatSationa!, and it's the solution for every track-going, gala-going woman. She hosts "hat parties" in her Union Avenue home, where she pro-

vides all the bling, bows, silks and other adornments needed to dress up a "base hat" to match any outfit. "I have over 400 adornments for hats - scarves, brooches, flowers all right there," Locks said. Her guests pick their base from a variety of shapes, sizes, colors and frames, and adorn them right then and there. Locks teaches them how to turn a silk scarf into a dainty trim, or turn a regular brooch into the eyecatching sparkle that holds it all together, all while enjoying each other's company and themselves. "My basic concept is to be affordable and make women happy," she said. "I think women don't accessorize because it gets expensive you buy the dress, then the shoes, and it is bad enough you have to get a pocketbook, but to do jewelry and a hat too? It's just over the top."

Local Business Briefs Bureau Launches Mobile Website SARATOGA SPRINGS - The Saratoga Convention and Tourism Bureau (SCTB) recently launched its mobile website, The new mobile website, which is linked to the bureau's existing website, provides information about bureau members and local attractions, with an events calendar, a local search bar and social networking links. Tourists and event attendees can access the mobile website through any mobile device or smartphone in advance of and during special events, conventions, meetings, group tours or sports events in the Saratoga area. The micro-site is easily navigable and mirrors the bureau's traditional website ( The mobile site also yields benefits for bureau members through full business listings that include name, contact information, description, thumbnail photo/logo, Google map location and a "click to call" button. Phase two of this project will allow members to post coupons and spe-

cials on the site as well. "One of the neat features of this will be that visitors can click on a QR code on welcome posters placed in restaurant and shop windows throughout downtown for their group and be brought directly to our mobile site," said Bureau President Todd Garofano. "It's a quick, informative and attractive tool that will serve our visitors and members alike!" The project was developed by mobiManage and in collaboration with Mae Communications, a local web and brand development firm based in Greenwich.

FingerPaint Welcomes New Staff Member SARATOGA SPRINGS FingerPaint Marketing, Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of Donna Lama to its company's growing staff. In her new role, Lama's responsibilities include the production and delivery of creative output across all projects. She directs and implements art studio procedures and workflow as well as oversees FingerPaint's digital infrastructure.

Aside from the fact that a custommade HatSationa! creation costs far less than a store-bought chapeau, women can mix, match and reuse the materials at home to make new designs. A base hat can become a beach hat on dark Tuesday, or the next blank canvas for an occasionspecific creation. The possibilities are endless and for Erin Sandman, one of Locks' guests, that is just what makes HatSationa! so cost effective. "I can have a base hat and accent it in multiple ways," she said. "I can buy one hat and have it adorned with so many different scarves and pins, so it's not like I have to make that $400 investment for every outfit I have." As someone who frequently visits the track, being able to maintain a fresh appearance without having to

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Locks shows off her HatSationa! creations at her most recent hat party. spend a lot of money is key, and it doesn't hurt that the parties are just as much fun as they are practical. "It's super fun, cost-effective and makes me feel like a girl," she said. "Her evenings are just fabulous and

fun and something every girl should make time to experience." To learn more about HatSationa! or find out about Locks' next party, call (518) 587-1022 or email


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Adaptive Program Welcomes ‘New’Athletes by Yael Goldman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS Fourteen-year-old Lindsie Gadomski never thought she could be a rower or any other kind of athlete.

Born 23 weeks premature, weighing just 1 lb. 12 oz, with cerebral palsy and low vision, Lindsie has grown up with forearm crutches and with the understanding that sports were out of the question. But the soon-to-be Maple Avenue eighth-grader recently discovered that

she can shed her crutches and row. "Whenever I went out on my boat with my parents, I would see people rowing and I always wanted to try it, but I didn't think I would be able to," Lindsie said. "It looked so challenging." She is one of seven locals that have already signed up for Saratoga Rowing Association's (SRA) new adaptive program for individuals with physical and cognitive disabilities and visual impairment. Last week, SRA received a $4,200 Quality of Life Grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation to fund special equipment for its new "Saratoga Rowing for All" program that starts next week. The club purchased a basic double rowing shell and a variety of fittings to accommodate different needs and levels of mobility. Other equipment, like special gloves for gripping the oars, has been provided through private donations. "We are hoping to reach out to those who might have thought that this sport was not available to them," said Eric Catalano, SRA's executive coach. "From our perspective, we're for promoting the sport of rowing across all age groups and now we're thrilled to be able to do that across all abilities as well." SRA introduced the concept to the community in July at an open house event, when Lindsie hopped in a rowing shell for the first time, got a feel for the water, and became immediate-

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Lindsie familiarizes herself with an adaptive rowing shell during SRA’s open house event. ly hooked. "Once I got out there I knew I found the one thing that I want to continue doing throughout my life," she said, explaining that she's already looking forward to rowing in high school. The club has long range plans for its adaptive rowing program, and for Lindsie. "Any of our local athletes will have opportunity to compete here at our home regattas," Catalano said. The team hosts a handful of major events each year, including the Tail of the Fish, Head of the Fish, Schuylerskiff, and the New York State Championships in the spring, all of which draw thousands of rowers. With the addition of adaptive events, the number of competitors will surely increase, not necessarily by a large margin, but enough to attract a whole new field of athletes.

"There are other opportunities around the country at varying levels all the way up to training for the U.S. rowing team," Catalano said. So, there is opportunity beyond Saratoga, we are just exited to provide the first step." Lindsie is looking forward to next week when she'll get back on the water and start training as a member of SRA's nationally recognized team, and she encourages anyone else with a disability to join her. "At first I thought a handicapped person couldn't to this, but they can and should," she said. "If there is someone who has my disability who wants to [row] they should go for it." The deadline to sign up for "Saratoga Rowing for All" is Monday, August 22. For more information, visit

Upcoming 9/11 Remembrance Ceremonies Supervisors Encourage Participation in Sept. 11th Commemoration BALLSTON SPA - In September, Saratoga County will join the rest of our nation in remembering the sad events of September 11, 2001. As part of this remembrance, County Board of Supervisors Chairman Thomas N. Wood III is inviting Saratoga County community and religious organizations, residents, visitors and businesses to participate in a countywide moment of silence and memorial bell ringing on the morning of Sunday, September 11, 2011. The idea has been met with much support with two communities, Clifton Park and Stillwater, planning town-sponsored commemorative events. Community and religious organizations are invited to mark a 30-second moment of silence followed by a bell ringing at 8:46 a.m. on

September 11th. The suggested bell ringing is five phrases of five rings each, which, when multiplied together, this number closely represents the number of lives lost as a result of the tragic events 10 years ago. Organizations can develop separate activities around the memorial if they choose, and invite the community to participate as they see fit. Individual businesses and residents are also invited to participate in the commemoration by proudly displaying the flags, yellow ribbons and other patriotic items in support of our great nation. Supervisor Mary Ann Johnson said, "Immediately following the 9/11 attack, our country showed great patriotism and support. Today we need to look back and remember and reflect on the horrific events that occurred on 9/11 and we need to renew that spirit of service and sense of common purpose that makes us who we are."

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SARATOGA SPRINGS- The third annual Remembrance Day ceremony will be held Sunday, September 11 at the War Memorial in Congress Park. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. and will include an opening address from Mayor Scott T. Johnson, as well as Color Guard and local police and fire department representatives. First Sergeant Tony Straus will be the event’s main speaker and he will lead a ceremonial wreath presentation honoring fallen military. An additional wreath will be presented by Karen and Frank Tatum, children of Diane Parsons, honoring those who perished during the 9/11 attacks. Invocation and Benediction will be given by Rabbi Dr. Kenneth S. Blatt and there will be a ceremonial flag raising and rifle salute, as well as the performance of patriotic songs.



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Brian Cassier Brings Cabaret Show Home continued from Page 1 Brian will be co-producing three cabaret shows – a total of six performances starting this Saturday at SPAC’s Spa Little Theater. Each of the three shows has a matinee and evening performance scheduled (see side box). These shows feature the “Crown Prince of Cabaret Music,” Steve Ross, applying his vocal and piano styling’s to the songs of artists that comprise that well-known and popular “Great American Songbook”artists such as Cole Porter, Stephen Sondheim and Noel Coward. These productions re-create a show that has been wildly popular at New York City’s Algonquin Hotel and venues around the globe for years. But this cabaret series will be making its debut at SPAC this week, in a setting that has extra-special significance for Brian. “I’ve performed with Lake George Opera (now Opera Saratoga) as a double bassist since 1996,” he said. “The Spa Little Theater is a fantastic setting. One of the reasons I pushed so hard to bring this project to Saratoga is because it would be performed at this venue.” “It’s a pleasure to present affordable cabaret here,” Brian added. “This is the same show you see in New York, London, or Tokyo – but at about one-third of the cost. SPAC presents all genres of music from classical to rock, and yet this type of music, despite being so popular, hasn’t had a regular platform here.” Brian’s love of the cabaret experience is infectious. “It’s timeless – 20 to 80-year-olds all love “Great American Songbook” music…and when it’s performed by Steve Ross, the preeminent performer of this music today…put it this way, he’s the person that performers like Liza Minnelli come to see!” Brian himself has built up an impressive set of credentials, both as a performer who shared the stage with artists like Placido Domingo, as a music coordinator, and now co-producer with a division of Legeti

Artists, LLC which has production credits worldwide. “I came up with the idea of producing the ‘Algonquin’ shows for SPAC and (Peter) Legeti let me run with the idea,” he said. In addition to producing, Brian will be a performer on one of the three distinct shows that will be presented (“Rhythm and Romance”). This show examines the elements behind those two essential aspects of a beloved song - rhythm and romance through the viewpoint of several “songbook” artists. The second show is a tribute to the singing and playing (but non-dancing) talents of Fred Astaire (“Puttin’ on the Ritz”) and the third is an exploration of the funny and somewhat spicy songs of Cole Porter (“Ridin’ High”). The collaboration between Brian and Steve Ross began with one of those “lightning in a bottle” moments nearly 20 years ago. “Steve was due to play a Fred Astaire tribute show in the Hamptons, but the regular bassist got sick and I got called to sit in,” Brian recalled. “I left thinking ‘this is just going to be another gig’ but there was something about the music, and the way Steve performed it, which started my love and respect for cabaret.” It grew to be a favorite genre, “go to” music that he kept returning to over and again. For Brian, the best recommendation he gives about the music is “for the emotions that these lyrics generate…we all have our favorite songs, the ones we all enjoy hearing again, particularly when they are performed so well,” he said. “But for me, I enjoy hearing that people have heard something at these shows for the first time and had it grab them – discovering a new favorite is a special treasured moment.” “And that’s what Steve does so well. He finds songs that even the composers have forgotten!” Brian Cassier is obviously blessed with a large reservoir of talent, but he is mindful that even the greatest talent must be nurtured in the right environment to fully blossom. “David (Hyde Pierce – a classmate and colleague) stopped by one of the ‘Algonquin’ shows recently. So we naturally got to

"Live from the Algonquin” at SPAC- Spa Little Theater Sat., August 20, 8 p.m. "Puttin' on the Ritz" Sun., August 21, 2:15 p.m. "Ridin' High" Tues., August 23, 2:15 p.m. "Puttin' on the Ritz" Tues., August 23, 8 p.m. "Ridin' High" Wed., August 24, 8 p.m. "Rhythm and Romance" Thurs., August 25, 2:15 p.m. "Rhythm and Romance" Tickets: $30-55

reminiscing about home. One of the themes we kept returning to was how well-run the music and art department was at Saratoga Springs High School. We both realized how fortunate we were to have the faculty there be so accomplished and interested in developing young talent.” Brian said. He particularly cited Jeff Vredenberg, who ran the music theory department, as especially helpful. He also praised the music departments at the other schools he attended: Caroline Street Elementary and Dorothy Nolan Middle Schools. Brian tries to give back himself, returning to Saratoga Springs to give master classes whenever possible. “We both also felt grateful to have so many world-class performance groups come through Saratoga Springs each year for us to see and draw inspiration from,” he said. Here’s hoping that Brian Cassier’s return will lead to the establishment of cabaret performances as an annual event at SPAC alongside ballet and orchestra. As much pure enjoyment that these shows promise, the best reason to root for this to happen is so there will be another way to inspire the next generation of artists who trace their origins to Saratoga Springs.

Saratoga Springs City Council by Arthur Gonick Saratoga TODAY The Saratoga Springs City Council meeting on Tuesday, August 16 had a SRO audience gallery and was dominated by an extended public comment period. All but one of the 26 people who stepped up to the microphone were there to register an opinion about the “Tempered by Memory” sculpture, which has been forged from steel recovered from the fallen World Trade Center towers. At one time, this sculpture was to be placed in front of the Saratoga Springs City Center in time to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. After it was discovered that the scope of the project made placement there unviable, an alternate location on the front lawn of the Saratoga Springs Visitor Center had been proposed. The citizens who spoke ventured a wide range of opinions, some extolling the structure’s artistic merits, others expressing concern for the safety issues entailed in the design. Some commented that it was important to make a decision and get the structure placed in time for the 10th anniversary (one noting that “on 9/11, our actions need not be tempered by the memory of endless debate,”) while others urged that the mayor appoint a committee to study more locations in the city to assure that the sculpture’s permanent home was the best available. Amidst all the opinions, the council members had the important, yet unenviable task of ultimately deciding what will be done with “Tempered by Memory” and where it will be located. A vote on this subject was not on the agenda, but a discussion was, and out of this a consensus was reached on some items that advanced the process. Mayor Scott Johnson and all the Commissioners agreed that the sculpture was a community asset (the mayor called it “riveting”) that should be prominently placed somewhere in

the heart of the city, not relegated to the outskirts or a side street. While the council decided that a ceremony next September 11 to accept the sculpture and temporarily bring it into the city for public viewing was appropriate, the consensus was that the 10th anniversary deadline could not dictate the timetable for permanent placement. Both Commissioner of Accounts John Franck and Commissioner of Public Safety Anthony Scirocco mentioned looking into a Congress Park location. And so, a decision was made to form a committee, but one that would have a tight timetable to review locations and come up with the recommendations. Mayor Johnson asked each Commissioner to come up with two nominees by the end of the week, for a committee that he hoped would represent a broad cross section of the community. In other council news: The Mayor, as chair of the city’s Capital Program Committee, presented the Capital Program Proposal for 2012-2017. For 2012, a total of 17 projects were identified and prioritized. The total proposed increase in the debt limit is $4,290,188, with an additional $1,275,000 in projects funded by the water fund, bringing the total for bonded projects to $5,565,188. This is a significant increase from the past two years, primarily due to the new Woodlawn Avenue parking deck - $2,582,000 was proposed to be bonded for that item alone. In reviewing that item, the mayor noted that the parking deck was a historic “bipartisan public/private partnership” that has a $750,000 contribution from Saratoga Springs’ Special Assessment District, as well as a pending contribution of $250,000 from an additional, non-city government source, thereby significantly lowering the total that the city will need to bond for this purpose.


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Fewer Exams, Wilton Food Pantry Opens Fewer Opportunities Doors on Ballard Road continued from Page 1 have enough money," said Regent James C. Dawson, who oversees Judicial District IV, including the counties of Saratoga, Washington, Warren, Schenectady and more with the Board of Regents. "We had asked for the funds repeatedly from the state legislature as part of our annual allocation, but it just did not come through. We just didn't have any place to turn to to finance that." Facing a budget gap of $15 million, NYSED chose to eliminate the Algebra 2/Trigonometry tests in August, along with the chemistry exams. In addition, the entire cataloge of exams offered in January has been removed from the calendar to close the gap. Students require a passing grade of 65 or higher on five of the Regents exams to obtain a diploma; a minimum grade of 90 is required for an advanced degree. "This puts a lot of students in a difficult spot," said Dawson. "I think we have to recognize that not all students proceed through the system at the same speed. Some students need to take exams over again, some students need extended time before they kick the exam. Having three opportunities a year is much better than forcing them into a kind of one-size-fits-all approach, where they all have to take the exam once during the year." He added, "It's very unfortunate to have to reduce the number of opportunities that students have to take the exam." While all students will be affected by the recent change, two distinct groups are likely to be hit the hardest by the amended schedule: those seeking an additional opportunity to pass a test on which they underperformed, and those students hoping to earn an advanced Regents diploma. The former group will have fewer opportunities to obtain a passing mark to graduate high school, while the latter group will be afforded fewer chances to secure an advanced degree, which provides a substantial benefit to those seeking employment or admission to college.

But the problem runs even deeper. If a student were to fail the Algebra 2/Trigonometry Regents Exam following the end of instruction in June, that student would be forced to wait another 12 months one full year after the completion of the class, before another opportunity would come around. Finding themselves removed from the material for such an extended period of time, students will be asked to accomplish more with less, their fate and hopes of graduation hanging in the balance. While private individuals and groups, including New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, have pushed to raise funds to reinstate the January 2012 exams, the longterm future of the amended Regents schedule isn't likely to change anytime soon. "I don't think there's anybody in the state that knows what's going to happen with regard to even the 2012 budget," said Dawson. "I think it's fair to say we'll be in the same place next year that we're in this year if the state doesn't come up with the funding." Eventually, said Dawson, the goal is to provide students an opportunity to take all of their exams online, scheduling individual tests on demand and as needed. "In the ultimate, ideal world, students should be able to log in online and take the exam on demand when they want to," said Dawson. "We're not there yet. I think testing in general is going to move in that direction, at least at the high school level and up. However, in the interim - and it may be five or 10 years before we do that, at least offering the exams three times a year as we traditionally have makes the most sense." But when exams will again be offered in January, June and August, instead of only once during the month of June, remains the biggest question on these standardized tests.

by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY WILTON - Following nine months of careful research, food drives, fundraisers and heavy community involvement, the Wilton Food Pantry (WFP) celebrated the opening of its new location at the Trinity United Methodist Church at 155 Ballard Road in Wilton with a grand "can opening" ceremony. "When we got together and talked about it, we said this is for the community and has to be done by the community. The response has been tremendous," said WFP Board President Jared Dinsmore, adding, "The response has been inspiring." Open Wednesdays from 6 - 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. noon, the food pantry will be helping to serve the community in this tumultuous economic climate, one that has placed more demand on pantries such as this as neighbors and families struggle to put food on the table. "There has been a 50 percent rise in families being served at local food pantries in Saratoga County since 2008," said Dinsmore, noting that 17 percent of children attending Dorothy Nolan Elementary School are enrolled in the free and/or reduced lunch programs. During the year of 2010, 461 Wilton families alone were forced to enroll in the Suppl emental Nutrition Assistance Program simply to make ends meet - clear signs that a need for an organization such as the WFP was needed in the community. "We were looking for a way to be some help in the community, and this was the perfect fit," said Trinity United Methodist Church Pastor Gail Falsetti. "We had this great central location, so we thought the [WFP] would be wonderful to have here. People really stepped up to the plate." Distinguished guests, including Assemblyman Tony Jordon, State Sen. Roy McDonald, Wilton Supervisor Arthur Johnson and more attended the opening ceremony Tuesday, August 16, to welcome the WFP to its new home. "Research shows that hundreds of families are in need of food and assistance in Wilton," said Johnson,

photos by Daniel Schechtman - Saratoga TODAY

President Jared Dinsmore scans the shelves at the Wilton Food Pantry.

photo by Daniel Schechtman - Saratoga TODAY

From left to right: Assemblyman Tony Jordan, State Sen. Roy McDonald, Wilton Supervisor Arthur Johnson, Dave Hoffman, WFP President Jared Dinsmore, Doris Wilder, Julie Hoxsie, WFP Vice President Deborah Zellan and Pastor Gail Falsetti at the WFP “can opening� ceremony. "and in light of this economy, that need is going to grow." The need is clear. After opening its doors for the first time earlier this summer, a total of 261 meals were provided to local families after only the first two hours. For families considering a visit to the WFP, Dinsmore noted that all information will be kept strictly confidential - that the experience is more like asking a neighbor for a cup of sugar or visiting your local grocer. "We try to make this a dignified experience," said Dinsmore. "We try to make you comfortable, to feel like you're going to just a regular grocery store." "This is Wilton, and we are a

community that cares," added WFP Board Member Dennis Towers. "Maybe the rest of the world has forgotten what real communities are, but we will not let Wilton forget. Wilton does not forget." The WFP is still seeking additional volunteers to donate their time, as well as monetary donations, non-perishable food item donations, and the donation of commercial grade freezers and refrigerators. For more information on the WFP, to make a donation or to see how you can get involved, visit their website at, or call (518) 838-9978.

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Plan for Success: Set Up Your Study Space by Yael Goldman Saratoga TODAY It's that time of summer, when the first day of school is just a few weeks away and vacation freedom starts losing its charm, even stirring excitement in some students. In many families, outfitting for a new year is a tradition. There's back to school clothes shopping (which for me was the best kind), trips to pick out new notebooks and highlighters, visits to the hairdresser or barber, and, of course, new sneakers. But the preparation shouldn't stop at what you’re going to wear or fill your backpack with. Homework, tests and plenty of assignments are ahead. It may pain you to think prudently, to risk spoiling the last stretch of summer with thoughts of deadlines and Scantron sheets, but the truth is it's coming, so you might as well be prepared. Now is the perfect time to start planning your study area - the designated place where you can most effectively get your work done and absorb as much information as possible before a big exam. First and foremost, find a space with the fewest distractions and remember to turn off all those easily concealed gadgets that draw your attention - cell phones, iPods, iPads, etc. According to Cassandra Luthringer, Schuylerville Central School District

counselor, avoiding the majority of common distractions is easy. "It can be everything from TV to radio to your bedroom and bed," she explained. "Most people who have a desk in their house also have a computer, and we find kids are not studying, but surfing the Internet or Facebook and doing everything they shouldn't be doing." Oftentimes, a student's homework will involve researching online or typing a paper, which makes it hard to avoid the computer altogether. Luthringer said parents should set up the computer in a living room or space that's fairly open, so they can walk by and check to make sure the student is staying on task. Siblings and a family's day-to-day activity can also count as distractions. For most students, the where and how of creating a study area really depends on their family. Some homes may be large enough to accommodate a quiet office or a private bedroom, but if you have a large family with multiple siblings, finding a distraction-free zone is difficult. Dawn DiLorenzo, interior expert and owner of Locust Grove Designs, said that choosing the right space depends on a student's learning style as much as their family's schedule, dynamic and living space. "Some people don't have big houses, so maybe they study in the dining

room or kitchen, where they have access to mom and dad; wherever works, every house is different," she said. If family members are coming from and going to activities, and you are sharing a home workspace, then set up a routine. Find out when you can have the space to yourself, or set aside "quiet time" when everyone can study together. For DiLorenzo, space, organization, lighting and color are also important things to consider when designating your productive place. "For me, one of the most important things is quietness; that's why libraries are so quiet," she said. Consider the library atmosphere and what elements, or lack of, make their work stations so conducive to productivity. For starters they are typically well-lit, slightly rigid and clean as a slate. There are no glaring distractions, and that right there is the key. "You want a nice desk or table that's organized and neat. Consider the lighting; you want to be able to see what you're looking at without really harsh overheads," she said. Use task lighting or a "daylight type of bulb." And as far as space is concerned, most students don't work well when

they are too comfortable or reposed, which eliminates cushy couches and beds. Clutter can be very distracting. Make sure your books and papers are organized, and keep implements like pens, paperclips and calculators handy but out of the way. "It's about having everything within reach, you don't want to be getting up every few minutes," DiLorenzo said. Luthringer also emphasized the importance of keeping your utensils organized and available. She said that getting up to find things like pens, notebooks and crayons is a big distraction, and recommends keeping everything together so it is easily found and moved from place to place. "Use a little Rubbermaid tub or caddy, so all you have to do is pick it up and take it with you to your study space," Luthringer said. You should also designate a singular place to keep all your notes and resources, that way you know where everything is when it's time to hit the books and are less likely to misplace something or leave an important assignment behind when you head to school. "Find one place somewhere [near your study area], maybe a cupboard


or a study corral," Luthringer said. With the bare minimum taken care of (place and organization), you can plan beyond the basics and add personal touches to make your space more inviting. "The most fun part of a good study space is color," DiLorenzo said, explaining how certain hues can be calming and thought provoking. "Yellow is considered a good color for memory, so throw in some pretty yellow accents, and neutrals can promote concentration and good decisionmaking." The possibilities are endless. You can enclose your space with a room divider or hang floor-to-ceiling curtains, or choose colorful organizers like pen holders, bins, shelves and bulletin boards. Do whatever it takes to make your designated area enjoyable, but don't forget that you're there to study! After all, doing your homework fully focused and distraction-free makes you far more efficient and takes a lot less time. For more tips, contact Dawn DiLorenzo of Locust Grove Designs by phone at (518) 222-9551 or via email at


Friday, August 19, 2011



Back to School

Off to a Great Start:

Healthy Breakfast Ideas for Kids

Laura Hunter If you're a parent of young kids, you don't need me to tell you that most kids love to eat junk for breakfast. And by junk, I mean the things most of us adults still crave: Pop-Tarts, Toaster Strudels, and a plethora of colorful, sugary cereals that transform the milk remnants of our cereal bowls into works of art. Ok, stop drooling. We can all list many appealing attributes of these sugar-charged wonders, especially their convenience when you're pressed for time in the morning. Being HEALTHY, however, doesn't fit the bill-and making sure that your child has a nutritious breakfast in the morning before he or she steps on the school bus should be an essential part of your morning routine! Several studies have indicated that regularly eating breakfast has a positive impact on a child's health, academic performance, and well-being. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) cites that chil-

dren who regularly consume breakfast have been found to be more likely at a healthy weight. In addition, research shows that a healthy breakfast can help ensure a child consumes adequate amounts of critical nutrients for growth and development, such as: fiber, protein, B vitamins, vitamin A, vitamin D, calcium, iron, and zinc. Adding more bang to morning bites, eating breakfast has been shown to have a positive effect on standardized test scores in addition to enhancing memory, attention and cognition. Fortunately, preparing a healthy breakfast for your children requires minimal time or effort. The most important aspect to keep in mind when choosing the right foods to include in your child's breakfast is aiming for a well-balanced meal that includes items such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, dairy, and healthy fats. Going by the USDA's MyPlate, aim for half of your child's meal to be composed of fruits and vegetables, with the two remaining quarters coming each from lean protein and (preferably) whole grains. This may seem like a lot-but you don't have to pile EVERYTHING onto your child's breakfast plate. Select a combination of foods that will nourish your child with a meal that contains adequate amounts of protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fats to jumpstart their morning.

Fruit: Select whole fruits, like oranges, berries, melon, and bananasas opposed to sugar-sweetened fruit juices or syrup-laden canned fruit. To save time and perhaps reduce the risk of spoilage, opt for equally unsweetened nutritious frozen fruit. Vegetables: While vegetables may seem like an unconventional (or even unwelcome) addition to the breakfast plate, they are a great way to incorporate belly-filling fiber and an abundance of vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals. Add baby spinach, mushrooms, or broccoli slaw to a veggie omelet or frittata. Throwing chopped tomatoes and cucumbers into a hummus and whole-wheat pita breakfast sandwich also makes for a colorful treat! Whole Grains: Hot or cold whole grain breakfast cereals can certainly be healthy breakfast staples-but don't let the health-halo claims plastered across the boxes of many "kid-friendly" cereals mislead you. Many kid's cereals are packed with sky-high amounts of added sugars, which can act as a bully toward your child's health! My number one choice for a high-fiber, low-sugar, ready-to-eat whole grain cereal is regular Cheerios, which offers the added bonus of being fortified with iron. Whole wheat minibagels or English muffins are also great grain options! Protein and Dairy: Healthy and fast protein options for breakfast include hard-boiled eggs, plain or low-sugar flavored yogurt, fat-free and reduced-fat milk, and tofu. Eating dairy or dairy substitutes can also help your child meet their daily calcium requirements. Natural nut butters, like almond and peanut butters, also serve as an excellent source of protein, fiber, and essential healthy fats! Laura Hunter is honored to be contributing to the Saratoga TODAY's Back to School section. A resident of Saratoga County and a 2005 Shenendehowa High School grad, Laura is currently obtaining her master’s in public health at SUNY Albany as well as her master’s in nutrition at Russell Sage College in order to become a registered dietitian. Her interests in public health and nutrition include food toxicology, childhood obesity prevention, sports nutrition, as well as chronic disease management and prevention.



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Back to School A Few Quick and Healthy Ideas: That's a Wrap - 1 6-inch whole wheat flour tortilla - 1 scrambled egg or 1/2 cup egg substitute - 1 Tbls - 1⁄4 cup reducedfat shredded cheese - 2 Tbls Salsa - 1/2 cup chopped lettuce or spinach - Optional: 1/2 orange, sliced, 1 small apple

Parfait-Your-Way - 6 oz. fat-free plain or vanilla Greek yogurt - 3/4 cup Cheerios or Nature's Path Gluten Free Whole O's - 1/2 cup frozen mixed berries, thawed. - 1 Tbls slivered almonds or chopped walnuts

PB N' Banana Sandwich - 1 whole wheat mini bagel - 1 Tbls natural peanut or almond butter - 1/2 banana, sliced - optional: 1 cup skim milk or 1/2 cup low-fat cottage cheese

Feeding Growing Minds The Health Benefits of Serving Your Kids Breakfast • Improved memory, attention span, and problem-solving skills • Possible improvement in math, reading, and standardized test scores • May help in maintaining a healthy weight • Higher likelihood of obtaining recommended levels of critical nutrients (Provided by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service)

Breakfast on-the-go! - 1 Kashi TLC Chewy Granola Bar - 1 piece of portable fruit (apple, orange, banana, pear, etc.) - 1 peeled hard-boiled egg OR 1reduced-fat string cheese

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Friday, August 19, 2011



Back to School

Back to School Eye Examinations by Susan Haltstead ABOC, FNAO We send our children back to school equipped with notebooks, new pen sets, new clothes, stylish backpacks and an admonishment to study hard. Yet, unknowingly, we often neglect one of the most

important tools of success: Good vision! According to the Better Vision Institute, one in four children who entered kindergarten in the United States last year are suffering from an undiagnosed vision disorder. Nearly 80 percent of learning is processed through your child’s

vision system. Undiscovered vision problems can result in learning difficulties and an inability to attend to and respond to teacher instruction. It is well-known that farsightedness, nearsightedness and astigmatism relate directly to classroom performance. Many parents are unaware that the efficiency of their child’s vision system is also a major contributor to their ability to learn at near range. Eyes that don’t move smoothly together while reading make it very difficult for a child to stay focused on what they are attempting to read. A child with poor vision skills is often overwhelmed from their very first day of school. Chances are you are relying on the school nurse or your pediatric office to use the “Big E” eye chart to find your child’s vision problems. But did you know that those screenings only detect 20 to 30 percent of vision problems in children? Your child can pass the screening and still have an undiagnosed vision problem that interferes with their ability to learn. Eye examinations should be scheduled annually for children from kindergarten through senior year. Your child’s eyes change rapidly during the early years and vision changes continue throughout their school years and often accompany growth spurts. The American Optometric Association recommends that children receive their

first examination by 6 months of age and at age 3, prior to entering preschool programs. Yearly examinations are recommended for all school-aged children. Signs and symptoms to be on the lookout for include: -Holding reading material very close to the eyes -Short attention span, daydreaming while working -Drop in athletic or scholastic performance -Frequent squinting or eye rubbing -Poor eye/hand coordination -Avoidance of close work -Complaints of headaches, double vision, blur or eye fatigue Tips on Scheduling Your Child’s First Eye Examination Not all eye doctors are equipped to test infants, so it is important to inquire when scheduling your baby’s first exam as to whether or not they accept infants as patients. Often special preferential looking paddles are used to determine visual acuities, also tested are pupil responses, and your baby’s ability to fixate and follow. Eye Testing for Preschool Children Many parents are surprised to learn that their preschool-aged children do not have to know their letters in order to undergo a comprehensive vision exam, even when they are too young or too shy to verbalize. Some tests commonly administered to preschool children specifically include: LEA Symbols for young children are similar to regular eye tests using charts with letters, except that special symbols in these tests include an apple, house, square and circle. Retinoscopy is a test that involves shining a light into the eye to observe the reflection from the back of the eye (retina) where images reach light sensitive cells. This test helps the eye doctor to determine your child’s need for a prescription. Random dot stereopsis uses dot patterns to measure how each eye sees in relation to the other eye. A thorough look inside the child’s eye is done to check for any signs of eye disease. School-aged Children Obviously as your child ages and is a more active participant during examination, the exams more closely resemble an adult vision examination. Still, there are differences in regards to additional testing that is done to check their eye alignment (misalignment is known as strabismus), convergence insuf-

ficiency (the eye’s ability to pull inward to focus at near range), focusing (accommodation), color vision and depth perception testing. Older children will also receive an eye health assessment through an examination of the child’s eyelids and lid margins, looking for shape irregularity and discharge on the lashes or lid margins. The doctor may turn lower lids inside out (evert) to look for abnormal or infected eyelash follicles, bumps (papillae), discharge and swelling (edema). Your eye doctor will likely also examine the cornea, iris and lens to look for cloudiness (opacities) or other irregularities. Vision Examination and Your Child’s School Performance Remember that appropriate vision examinations at an early age and on a consistent basis thereafter are vital components to your child’s ability to learn and therefore their academic performance. A child who experiences difficulty seeing the blackboard, reading a book, or while on the computer can become easily frustrated—leading to poor performance in school. Many children’s vision problems must be detected early in order to be treated effectively. Children’s Eyewear In the event that your eye doctor determines your baby, child or teen needs corrective eyewear, you’ll be glad to know that there have never been more choices in colorful, fun, durable frames than there are today. Frame lines such as Vera Bradley, Harry Potter, Barbie, Nike, Disney, and more—offer children friendly frames with superior fit and styles that kids will love to wear. Lenses should always be manufactured from polycarbonate due to its impact-resistant safety features. Children who want contact lenses can be fitted at an earlier age than ever before due to the introduction of disposable and affordable daily wear contact lenses. The lenses are worn one time and discarded, virtually eliminating eye infection complications that previously arose as a result of poor cleaning compliance regimens in children and teens. Call your eye doctor today to schedule your child’s back to school vision examination. By ensuring that your children are free of vision problems, you will give them the best chance to perform to their fullest potential! Susan Halstead is a nationally and NYS licensed optician at Family Vision Care Center, 205 Lake Avenue in Saratoga Springs. Susan may be reached for questions or follow up at (518)584-6111 or



Friday, August 19, 2011


Back to School

Back to School: Preparing Your Family For A Successful Year!

Meghan D. Lemery LCSW-R


ack to school preparation can be stressful not only for children but for parents as well. The weeks leading up to the start of a new year can be stressful, anxiety provoking and emotionally draining. The difference between a good transition from summer to the beginning of a new year is preparation. Let's start this year off from a proactive, clear platform versus a reactive and chaotic one. Check Your Attitude If you are a parent who feels overwhelmed and stressed out all

the time, chances are you are passing this way of coping and handling things on to your children. If you appear stressed about the back to school shopping, summer reading list and the transition from junior high to high school, your child is going to emotionally ingest your attitude and feelings. Take a step back and take the time you need to get things organized for the start of school. Don't wait until the last minute to get ready as this will cause tension and chaos in your home. Ask for help if you need it and take it one step at a time. Having a calm and practical attitude will help your child feel more secure in the winding down of summer. Year in Review Again, it is so important to start the year off from a proactive place rather than reactive. Sit down individually with each of your school age children and review the prior school year. What worked? What changes do you need to make it a better year? New alarm clock? Earlier bed time? Lunches made the night before? Make a plan with your

“Checking your attitude, reviewing the previous school year, setting goals and having weekly family meetings can all help set the stage for a phenomenal year for you and your family!”

child about the proactive changes you will be making to the new year. Don't wait until things fall apart to come up with a plan, do it now and go over the new plan with your family. Set a Goal As you review the changes you are going to make for the coming school year, help your child set a

goal. Do they need to work on being more outgoing? Would they like to try a sport or work on getting better grades? Whatever the goal is, write it down with your child. Help them make a "mission statement" of intention about the new year. For example: It is my intention that this year I would like to participate in the drama club and work on improving my math grade. I intend to get extra help in the math lab once a week after school. Writing down your child's intention helps them to mentally prepare for the year and start out from a place of empowerment and confidence rather than anxiety and stress. Goal-setting is a skill that helps children in any stage of life and encourages them to take responsibility for their actions. Family Meeting As the school year starts it can often be a very stressful time for families. Different schedules, sports, clubs, play dates, etc can make for a long and hectic day. Take time at least once a week to sit down and have a powwow with your fam-

ily. Let each person talk without interruption about what is upsetting them this week or what went really well. Take the time to check in with each other and make the changes necessary to keep the peace and organization in your home. Don't wait until things get busy, overwhelming and chaotic. A weekly family meeting helps everyone feel heard and respected. Families that have dinner together and take time to check in with one another are less likely to have children who struggle with low self esteem, peer pressure and drugs and alcohol. Checking your attitude, reviewing the previous school year, setting goals and having weekly family meetings can all help set the stage for a phenomenal year for you and your family! Wishing you a healthy and happy start of the school year! Ms. Lemery is a psychotherapist practicing in Glens Falls and Saratoga Springs, NY. For more information or to purchase her first novel, "Please Pass the Barbie Shoes," visit

Ballston Spa Receives Smart Scholars Grant, Saratoga Joins High-Tech Partnership MALTA - Ballston Spa Central School District was recently awarded a $167,394 Smart Scholars Early College High School Grant through the State Dducation Department to support its new Clean Technologies & Sustainable Industries Program. Launched in January 2011 exclusively for Ballston Spa high-schoolers, the "Clean Technologies and Sustainable Industries Program” prepares students for their postgraduation education and/or careers, and offers a jump-start on an associate degree through HVCC. The program is offered at Hudson Valley Community College's (HVCC) Training and Education Center for Semiconductor Manufacturing and Alternative and Renewable Technologies (TECSMART) facility, and offers area students the opportunity to earn

their high school diploma with more than 20 college credits. DesignED for students entering their junior year, coursework focuses on the emerging careers in clean technologies and the related sustainable industries. Students will attend halfday sessions at the TEC-SMART facility and the other half of the day at their high school. Second-year coursework will include the opportunity for internships in the industries and partners located in, or affiliated with, the Saratoga Technology + Energy Park campus. "This program is ahead of the curve in its efforts to familiarize high school students with clean technologies, and now has additional support from the State Education Department," said Andrew Matonak, HVCC president. "We're excited about this new partnership

and will continue to develop programs that reach high school students throughout the region." Beginning this fall, the high-tech curriculum is open to Saratoga Springs High School students as well. Together, students from both schools will attend half-day sessions at the TEC-SMART facility, sharing their classrooms with HVCC students, and gain real-world experience through internships with industry partners. "As more high school students become interested in the high-technology careers that will dominate the 21st Century industry landscape, TEC-SMART will provide them the initial educational experience and college credits that will be vital to the decisions they make about their futures," Matonak said. For additional information, visit

the respective school district's website at or


Friday, August 19, 2011


Back to School

Smartpen in the Classroom This school year’s “must have” item for returning students may be the smartpen, a cool gadget that can be justified to parents for all the learning benefits and applications its technology contains. In 2005, Jim Marggraff, inventor of the LeapPad Learning System, left Leapfrog to form Livescribe. This led to the development of the smartpen, and its special paper-based computing platform. While Livescribe developed the first smartpen, other manufacturers, such as Logitech, DigiMemo and IOGear, have now entered the arena. All of these are available at major electronic stores (such as Best Buy) and online outlets (such as Amazon). Livescribe sells two versions of its smartpen: the Pulse and the Echo. The Pulse, released in March 2008, is available with either 2 or 4 Gigabytes of flash storage. Even the 2 GB model packs a lot of data: it holds about 200 hours of audio depending on recording quality settings. The Echo, released in July 2010, comes with either 4 or 8 GB of memory. Imagine how many lessons and lectures can be recorded with that much storage space! A smartpen has the basic look of a ballpoint pen, but hidden within its core are an embedded computer, complete with digital audio recording microphone and speaker. When combined with special ink and dot reading paper, smartpens actually enable you to record both the notes you write and audio (from a teacher or lecturer) simultaneously. It will then synchro-


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nize them on a computer (both PC and Mac interfaces are available) for later playback. Simply tapping on the words at some portion of the written notes replays the companion audio and enables users to review, study and learn at their individualized rates. A built-in optical LED display allows you access to a wide range of applications. A smartpen can be a calculator, a translator and an email facilitator. The benefits to businesses have been readily apparent since the smartpen’s inception. For instance, law firms have been using smartpens for client interviews and depositions. So, in theory a smartpen can insure that a student never misses a class, as a teacher, aide or student could take the notes and record the lecture. By uploading the notes to the computer or sharing them through email, another student can have access to the complete lesson with notes even if he or she is away from the classroom. The lessons can also be stored and reviewed later as an aid for exam study. Moreover, it has been shown as a helpful tool for note sharing between students, teachers and parents, and is easy to do so as people now share and comment on photos on Facebook and other websites. With many classes having online blogs, the smartpen will only serve to make contributing and collaborating easier. As such, it can be a valuable device in the classroom that should be showing up in students’ backpacks for years to come. -by Arthur Gonick

SIS Appoints New Director

South Glens Falls Orientations

Saratoga Independent School (SIS), located at 459 Lake Avenue in Saratoga Springs, has appointed Melissa Verga its new school director. Verga will work daily with faculty and families to lead the school's operations, development, marketing and recruitment. Additionally, she will oversee all administrative operations and staff. Verga will lead SIS as the school expands into their new East Wing. Director of Education Felice Karlitz will continue managing the school's educational programming and curriculum development.

Kindergarten Parent Information Evening: Monday, August 22 at Ballard Road Elementary at 6:30 p.m. Open Visitation at Oliver Winch Middle School: Weekdays from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Tour for 7th and 8th Grade Transfers: Monday, August 29 at Oliver Winch Middle School from 10-11 a.m. Freshmen Orientation: Monday, August 29 at 6 p.m. at the high school 6th Grade Orientation Evening: Tuesday, August 30 from 6-7 p.m. at Oliver Winch Middle School Principal's Tour and Ice Cream Social: Wednesday, August 31 from 1-2 p.m. at Oliver Winch Middle School

Ballston Spa Orientations, Events Schuylerville Orientations, Events Kindergarten Open House Schuylerville Elementary School has scheduled an open house for incoming kindergartners on Tuesday, September 6 from 5-6 p.m. Jr.-Sr. High School Open House Two programs are taking place to help Schuylerville 7th-graders ease into their new environment at the Jr.-Sr. High School: a 7th-grade orientation on Wednesday, August 31 and a 7th-grade open house on Tuesday, September 6.

Saratoga Springs Orientation Ninth Grade and New Student Orientation Thursday, September 1, 6 p.m. at Saratoga Springs High School

Kindergarten Orientation Parents will receive information directly from their elementary school, but can anticipate visiting classrooms, informal visits with staff and practice bus rides. Milton Terrace North Monday, August 29, from 9-10:30 a.m. Wood Road Tuesday, August 30, from 9-10:30 a.m. Milton Terrace South Wednesday, August 31, from 9-11 a.m. Malta Avenue Wednesday, August 31, from 9-11 a.m. Sixth Grade and New Student Orientation Wednesday, August 31, 6:30 or 7:00 p.m. at Ballston Spa Middle School. 6:30 pm, students on the 6A and 6B teams should attend the opening session in the auditorium. 7:00 pm, students on the 6C team AND any 7th or 8th grade student new to the district should attend, and start at the auditorium. Ninth Grade and New Student Orientation Friday, September 2, 9-11:30 a.m. at Ballston Spa High School

Saratoga Sponsor-A-Scholar Seeks Volunteer Mentors

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Saratoga Sponsor-A-Scholar (SSAS), a not-for-profit organization in Saratoga Springs, is seeking volunteer mentors for Saratoga Springs High School students enrolled in the program. The organization, whose goal is to help academically motivated, financially disadvantaged students complete high school and graduate from college, recently inducted its fourth class of 10 scholars who will be enrolled as sophomores at the high school this fall. Mentors are a key component of the program, which also offers after-school academic tutoring and skill building, college preparation activities, cultural activities and financial incentives. An SSAS mentor is a supportive adult who serves as a role model, friend and guide to a college-bound student. Each mentor is matched with an individual SSAS student and is asked to commit to at least a four-year relationship with that student, beginning in 10th grade and continuing through the first critical year of college. Mentors must be college graduates, agree to meet with their student at least once a month and stay in touch by phone or email more often. All mentor applicants are required to go through a standard criminal background check, screening and interview. Mentors and students will be matched in the fall of 2011. If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please call Pat Titterton at 518-339-9474 or email to receive an SSAS mentor application. Saratoga Sponsor-A-Scholar is a federally-recognized, not-for-profit human services agency established to help economically underprivileged young men and women at Saratoga Springs High School complete high school and graduate from college. For more information on Saratoga Sponsor-A-Scholar, call Jim LaVigne, acting executive director, at 518-587-2472, email or visit



Friday, August 19, 2011


local briefs Round Lake Library Book Sale Buy books ‘by the inch’ at our annual summer book sale! You’ll find 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.

Bag Sale Second Hand Rose Thrift Shop on Broad St. in Schuylerville will have a one-day $1 bag sale on Saturday, August 20. Backpacks, travel bags and suitcases are on sale. For more information, please call the shop at (518) 695-4640.

Fall-Ball The Greenfield Yellowjackets Baseball Organization is looking for players in the 17U & 18U age groups for the upcoming 2011 FallBall Season which will start in September. The team will play in the competitive Eastern New York Travel Baseball League. Games will be played on weekends. There will be a practice on Sunday, August 21 from 10 a.m. – noon at Geyser Park. If interested in this opportunity, please respond with your son's intention to or call Donnie Bullard (518) 226-4865 or 858-6353.

Hennig Property Opens On Saturday, August 20, Saratoga P.L.A.N. will officially open the 606 acre Hennig Preserve in the town of Providence. P.L.A.N. will host a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. followed by refreshments and a hike along the trail. The public is invited to join representatives to get a firsthand look at the preserve. Saratoga P.L.A.N. will manage the property as a natural area for native forest and wetland flora and fauna. It will be open to the public for passive recreation such as hiking and walking, crosscountry skiing, snowshoeing, and nature study. For more information on land conservation easements or

directions to all P.L.A.N. public preserves, contact Saratoga P.L.A.N. at (518) 587-5554 or visit

Free Rabies Vaccinations 4-H Training Center, 556 Middleline Rd., Ballston Spa Free rabies vaccination clinic for dogs, cats and domestic ferrets on Tuesday, August 23. Cats must be in carriers and are scheduled for 78 p.m.; dogs must be on leashes and are scheduled from 8-9 p.m.; Domestic ferrets must be in cages or carriers and are scheduled from 7-9 p.m. Vaccination certificates are written for one year. If a previous vaccination certificate is shown, a 3-year certificate will be issued. For more information, please contact the Animal Shelter at (518) 885-4113.

Saratoga Sponsor-AScholar Saratoga Sponsor-A-Scholar (SSAS), a nonprofit organization in Saratoga Springs, is seeking volunteer mentors for Saratoga Springs High School students enrolled in the program. The organization, whose goal is to help academically motivated, financially disadvantaged students complete high school and graduate from college, recently inducted its fourth class of 10 scholars who will be enrolled as sophomores at the high school this fall. Mentors are a key component of the program, which also offers after-school academic tutoring and skill building, college preparation activities, cultural activities and financial incentives. An SSAS mentor is a supportive adult who serves as a role model, friend and guide to a college-bound student. Each mentor is matched with an individual SSAS student and is asked to commit to at least a fouryear relationship with that student, beginning in 10th grade and continuing through the first critical year of college. Mentors must be college graduates, agree to meet with their student at least once a month and stay in touch by phone or email

more often. All mentor applicants are required to go through a standard criminal background check, screening and interview. Mentors and students will be matched in the fall of 2011. If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please call Pat Titterton at (518) 339-9474 or email to receive an SSAS mentor application.

being held at Shenantaha Creek Park off of Eastline Road in Malta on Saturday, September 17, rain date September 18. No fee to enter. This year’s theme is “Once Upon A Time Scarecrow.” Entry forms are available at the Malta Community Center, 1 Bayberry Drive, Malta or by visiting For more information call (518) 899-4411.

Saint Peter’s Academy Class of 1961 50th Reunion.

Call for Vendors

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 or email or Mary Ann Cardillo Fitzgerald at (518) 5846230 or email Open to all our classmates, whether you were with us for one year or every year. We would love to have you join us.

Read to Quinn Visit the Children’s Room at Saratoga Springs Public Library to have your child read a book to Quinn, the library’s Tail Waggin' Tutor from 11-noon on August 23, and 30 in the Crawshaw Story Room. Quinn is a Newfoundland who is a certified reading dog through Therapy Dogs International; he will lie quietly and listen so your child can relax and practice the skill of reading aloud. To register, call (518) 5847860, ext. 3 on the day your child would like to read to Quinn.

Scarecrow Decorating Contest Attention all area scarecrow artists who are looking for a challenge. The Malta Department of Parks and Recreation will be holding their annual Scarecrow Decorating Contest during the Malta Community Day celebration

The Malta Department of Parks and Recreation Community Center Arts, Crafts, and Gifts Fair will be on Saturday, November 5 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Crafters and artisans of handmade items are invited to apply to this juried show to be held indoors, at the Malta Community Center on Bayberry Drive in Malta. Booth fees are $50 until August 31 and $60 thereafter. Call the Malta Community Center at (518) 8994411 or visit for a show application.

Emeritus at Landing of Queensbury Free Rent Sweepstakes! Take a tour and win a chance of a year’s free room and board If you’re longing to hear, “Relax…the rent is on us,” this may be your chance! Emeritus at Landing of Queensbury, an assisted living and memory care community, is launching a company-wide Free-Rent Sweepstakes. The prize? One lucky winner will receive free room and board for a loved one at the community for an entire year. Entering is easy. Just take a tour of Emeritus at Landing of Queensbury, or any one of the 482 Emeritus Senior Living Communities, between July 1 and Aug. 31 for a chance to win. The winner will be announced after Monday, Sept. 5. Emeritus at Landing of Queensbury is located at 27 Woodvale Road, Queensbury, NY. To arrange a tour, and enter the sweepstakes, please contact: Bonnie Thomas or Polly Karling at (518) 793-5556.

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upcoming town meetings Town of Ballston: Ballston Town Hall 323 Charlton Road 885-8502 Village of Ballston Spa: 66 Front Street 885-5711 8/22: Board of Trustees meeting, 7:30 p.m. 8/24: Zoning Board of Appeals meeting, 7:30 p.m. Town of Greenfield: 7 Wilton Road 893-7432 Town of Malta: 2540 Route 9 899-2818 Town of Milton: 503 Geyser Road 885-9220 8/25: Zoning Board meeting, 7 p.m. City of Saratoga Springs: 474 Broadway 587-3550 Town of Saratoga: 12 Spring Street, Schuylerville 695-3644 8/22: Zoning Board of Appeals meeting, 7 p.m. 8/24: Planning Board meeting, 7:30 p.m. Village of Schuylerville: 35 Spring Street 695-3881 Town of Stillwater: 66 East St., Riverside Mechanicville, NY 12118 Town of Wilton: 22 Traver Road 587-1939 8/25: Zoning Board meeting, 7 p.m. Saratoga County Board of Supervisors: 40 McMaster St., # 1 Ballston Spa, NY 12020-1985 (518) 885-2240 8/25: Water Authority meeting, 2:45 p.m.



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19 -aug. 26 events Friday, August 19 Saratoga Children’s Theatre 64 Hamilton St., Saratoga Springs “Once on This Island Jr.” will be performed at 1 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door. For more information, visit www.saratoga

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.

All-You-Can-Eat Dinner The Principessa Elena Society, 13 Oak Street, Saratoga Springs From 5 - 7 p.m. Seniors $8, adults $9 and take-outs $10. For information call (518) 584-4163.

Honoring the Divine Feminine Bassett House on the Hudson, 338 River Rd., Greenwich From 6:30- 9 p.m. join us for Dances of Universal Peace. Admission is $10 or $5 for students. For more information, call (518) 695-4448.

Saturday, August 20 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.

Sunday, August 21 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, take-out $8.

Rotary Breakfast 4th Annual Galway Wings N’Wheels Galway Airport, on Perth Road in West Galway Over 150 classic show vehicles, motorcycles, hot rods, and fire engines, along with nearly 100 planes will be on display from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Spectators are free, and parking is $5. For more information, visit or call (518) 842-4349.

Peach Festival Stillwater United Church, 747 Hudson Avenue From 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. There will be sliced, fresh peaches, Greenwich Ice Cream Man’s vanilla ice cream, peach pies by the slice or whole and even peach drinks! The church’s annual 5K Run/Walk will be held the same morning at 9 a.m. For further information, call (518) 664-7984 or visit

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

70’s & 80’s Musical Variety Show Little Theater on the Farm, 27 Plum Road, Fort Edward Beginning at 7 p.m. with $5 admission. For more information, visit:

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

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

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 This week’s tour is “Trackside: Racing in Saratoga” and meets at the SE corner of Nelson and Union avenues.

Shalom Festival Congress Park, Saratoga Springs This festival from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., offers Jewish music, kosher food, art and entertainment for young and old, fun for the whole family. For more information, contact Rabbi Abba at (518) 526-0773, or

Catwalk for Kidneys Gideon Putnam, Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs This fashion show benefits the Northeast Kidney Foundation. Tickets are $45 for brunch; $35 for those under 30; $400 for a runway table of eight (limited); and $325


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for a regular table of eight. For more information call (518) 5337881 or email Tickets can be purchased at

Chicken Barbecue Gurtler Bros. VFW Post 420, 190 Excelsior Ave., Saratoga Springs Come from 1-5 p.m. for this delicious dinner with chicken, potato, corn and chowder. Beverages will be available for purchase. Advance tickets $10 or $12 at the door. For more information, call (518) 584-9686.


Tuesday, August 23 Art Explorations for Kids Wilton Wildlife Preserve “Parts of a Flower” is the theme today at 10:30 a.m. at the picnic table pavilion near the dining hall at Camp Saratoga. We will uncover the beauty behind flowers and will dissect a flower to understand its parts and create a version of a flower using creative crafts. For more information, or to register, please contact the park office at (518) 450-0321 or visit the website at

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

Dark Tuesday Lunchtime Concerts Saratoga National Historical Park, Rtes. 4 and 32, Stillwater Enjoy the music of Fort Ticonderoga Fife and Drum Corps from noon-1 p.m. For more information call (518) 664-9821 ext. 224 or visit

Knitting in the Park

Monday, August 22 Washington County Fair Monday, August 22Sunday, August 28 Rte. 29, Greenwich For over a century the Washington County Fair has been an important part of our community, our youth and our future. The fair brings together the best of everything, entertainment, 4-H displays, food, music, great rides and more animals than anywhere else. For the price of an adult admission of $10, kids under 14 are free - you get free parking, free parking and access to all the grandstand entertainment - over 40 shows and judged events happening daily. For more information, visit

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.

Congress Park, Saratoga Springs Join us from noon – 4 p.m. by the chess tables for an afternoon of knitting. Bring a chair and refreshments.

Congress Park Concert E’Town Express will perform at the war memorial in Congress Park, Saratoga Springs from 7-8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, August 24 Around the World Party Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry St. Drop in anytime from 10:30 a.m. – noon in the Children’s Room for international crafts, and games. For ages 3 and older.

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.




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A Taste of Italy Dinner Saratoga- Wilton Elks Lodge #161, 1 Elks Lane, Route 9, Saratoga Springs. From 4:30-7 p.m. Complete dinner with 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, take-out $10.

Humpty Dumpty Ice Cream Concerts 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.

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

Thursday, August 25 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 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.

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

more information, call (518) 584-2370.

Friday, August 26 Guided Early Morning History Walk Saratoga Historic Battlefield, Rtes. 4 and 32, Schuylerville From 9 – 11 a.m. join park volunteers Dick Farrell and Ray Palmer. Participants should be able to walk 2 miles over uneven terrain and are encouraged to bring drinking water and insect repellant. For more information, call (518) 664-9821, ext. 224 or visit

Saratoga Children’s Theatre 64 Hamilton St., Saratoga Springs “101 Dalmatians Kids” will be performed at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door. For more information, visit www.saratoga

Kidz Theater Maplewood Manor, 149 Ballston Avenue, Ballston Spa At 2 p.m., Kidz Theater will present the musical theater concert, "Broadway Through the Ages,” which includes popular Broadway tunes from the 1930s through today. For more information, contact Laura Vigneau at (518) 885-2288, ext. 4562.

Upcoming Guided Kayak Tour on Fish Creek Grangerville to Victory Mills, (Hayes Rd. to Mennen Rd.) On Saturday, September 3 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. with optional visit to the Schuyler House afterward. We’ll paddle leisurely through this bayou-like area, stop at the Saratoga Rod and Gun Club easement for lunch, and take out before rapids in Victory Mills. We will also discuss the importance of the area during the Revolutionary War and take an optional group trip to the Historic

Schuyler House (or the Corbett site) afterward. For reservations, contact Stewardship Director Andy Fyfe at andy@saratogaplan.

Feast of the Fields Feast of the Fields takes place Thursday, September 15, from 58:30 p.m. at Saratoga National Golf Club to benefit Saratoga P.L.A.N. Attendees will enjoy the bounty of locally-grown produce prepared by some of Saratoga County’s best chefs. The evening will also include musical entertainment, a silent auction and recognition of local conservation heroes. Tickets are $75 each. Proceeds from the event will help to conserve farmland, natural areas, trail corridors and historic places in Saratoga County. Additional information is available online at or by calling (518) 587-5554.

Tea Party Senior Center of Saratoga 5 Williams St. Join us for an afternoon Tea Party on Tuesday, August 30 from 1-3 p.m. Enjoy teas, lemonade, finger sandwiches and traditional desserts. Tim Wechgelaer will perform on violin to set the atmosphere as guests dine on delicacies from the Hungry Spot Cafe. Hollis Palmer will share tea party etiquette and tales of Victorian Tea. Jean Barnowski and Ruth Ann Parent will be displaying their collections of antique hat pins and perfume bottles. This event is open to members, guests and grandchildren. Tickets are $10 and advance purchase is required. For more information, call (518) 584-1621.

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.

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HELPING HANDS Making Lemonade out of Lemons: McCarthy Family Raises Funds for Cancer Cure by Christina James Saratoga TODAY Peter and Paige McCarthy, along with their sons Brian and Matt, are commemorating lost family member Kriss Lawless Damon through their work with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF). The Saratoga Springs family will honor Kriss’s legacy by hosting lemonade stand fundraisers Thursday, August 25, from 2-7 p.m. and Friday, August 26, from 4-9 p.m. ALSF was created by cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott in 2000. The then 4-year-old Alex held a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for cancer. Since that first stand, her vision has evolved into a national fundraising movement, and ALSF has now raised more than $45 million, funding over 200 research projects nationally. Paige McCarthy was inspired to get involved with ALSF after she lost her sister, Kriss, to cancer seven years ago. She began looking for opportunities for her family to make a difference, and after purchasing a bottle of Alex’s Lemonade at the local market, she decided that hosting a lemonade stand was the perfect chance for them to do just that. “I stumbled across Alex's Lemonade Stand and I knew that I had found a way not only to honor Kriss, but also to teach my children the importance of giving back- by having a stand every year,” said Paige. There will be two stands to help support ALSF this upcoming week, but if you are unable to make a contribution in person, you can still donate online. Visit the McCarthy’s donation page: and make an online donation.


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Extra! Extra! High School Students wanted for Motion Picture! More than 500 high school sophomores, juniors and seniors are needed as extras on Thursday and Friday, August 25 - 26 when a crew filming the movie “The Place Beyond the Pines” with Bradley Cooper, Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes will be shooting a crowd scene in the Schenectady High School cafeteria. Extras Coordinator Sean Powers says the shoot will take five to six hours. He stresses that students will not be paid and you must sign up in advance via email to be included. Interested students should email

Mr. Powers at with the subject line “High School Casting,” and provide their name, date of birth, address and phone. No experience is needed. Please note that students who are under the age of 18 must also fill out and bring with them a New York Child Performer Permit form (downloadable at ) signed by their parents. Every student must also bring identification to the shoot.

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9 maple avenue 9 maple avenue 587-7759 F- 19 Jon LeRoy Trio S- 20 Jon LeRoy Trio F- 26 New Regime S- 27 Arch Stanton Group

bailey's 40 putnam street 583-6060 F- 19 High Peaks S- 20 Four Down Sun- 21 Frankie Lessard Th- 25 Ryan Jenson

bentley's parade ground village, malta 899-4300 F- 19 Vivid F- 26 "343"

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bullpen tavern 9-11 caroline street 583-9400 Tues- Rich Ortiz and Friends Thurs- Uncle Geno Ortiz

caffe` lena 47 phila street 583-0022 F- 19 Bill Staines

circus café 392 broadway 583-1106 S- 20 Karaoke Sun- Trivia Mania Th - Open Mic

S- 20 Mary Fahl Sun- 21 Jeanne O'Connor & the New Std. W- 24 Eastbound Jesus Th 25 Janis Ian

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city tavern 21 caroline street 581-3230 F/S - Live Music

coffee planet 100 milton avenue, ballston spa 884-9913 F- Sept 2 Dan Berggren & Ed Lowman

gaffney's 16 caroline street 587-7359 F- 19 Rick Bolton & Jeff Walton/ Sugar Pill S- 20 Acoustic Circus Sun- 21 Justin Joyner & Matt Pirog M- 22 Mikki Bakken Tues- Open Mic W- 24 Street Corner Holler Th- 25 Chris O'Leary Band

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gallery @ scallions restaurant 44 lake avenue 584-0192 F- 19 Matt McCabe F- 26 Matt McCabe

grey gelding 423 broadway 584-0957 F- 19 Seth Warden S- 20 CTB Band Sun- 21 Rich Thomas Tues- 23 Jeff Brisbin

horseshoe inn 1 Gridley Street 587-4909 F- 19 Audiostars S- 20 Blue Hand Luke Sun- 21 Rich Ortiz M- 22 Jeff Walton W- 24 Dirt Cheap Th- 25 Even the Odd

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ice house 70 putnam street 581-7846 F- 19 Marcus Ruggiero/ Rat Tail Jimmy S- 20 Gravity Sun- 21 Lyl Harper W- 24 Robanic Th- 25 Children at Play

irish times 14 phila street 583-0003 F- 19 Kitchen Party S- 20 Cryin' Out Loud W- 24 Seth Warden Band Th- 25 Justin Joyner & Matt Pirog F- 26 Cleenstreet S- 27 Gravity

johnny luc's 30 caroline street 858-0477 F- 19 Franklin Micare Duo M and W- Al Bruno Tues- What Is It Th- DJ Playground F- 26 Maximus S- 27 Working Class

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jonesville store 989 main street, clifton park 877-0507 S- 20 John Birchler Sun- 21 David Kraai & Amy Laber S- 27 Rick Rourke & Larry Clyman

j p bruno's bar & grill 30 south street, glens falls 745-1180 F- 19 Forgetting Mikey/ Funk Evolution S- 20 Vibratones F- 26 Dust Patriots / Groove Therapy S- 27 Kings English

max london's restaurant & bar 466 broadway 587-3535 F- 19 Tequila Mockingbirds S- 20 Dave Berger Quartet feat Brian Patneaude, Dave Payette S- 27 Dave Berger Quartet feat Travis Sullivan, George Muscatello

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metro 17 maple avenue 226-0126 F- 19 Skippy + the Pistons S- 20 Voodoo Lilly Rock Band W- 24 Franklin Micare Duo Th- 25 Jill Hughes w. Body + Soul F- 26 The Schmooze S- 27 Heart and Soul

olde bryan inn 123 maple avenue 587-2990 F- Al & Kathy Bain S- 20 Zak + Maggie Th- Matt McCabe & Rick Bolton

one caroline 1 caroline street 587-0026 F- 19 Nat Phipps Trio S- 20 Lee Shaw Trio Sun- Art Mozeik M- Chris Carey Tues- Art Mozeik W- Masters of Nostalgia Th- Chris Kyle / Larry Clyman

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the paddock lounge 6 caroline street 330-2426 F- 19 The Schmooze S- 20 The Audiostars Th- 25 Grand Central Station F- 26 Gravity S- 27 Crossfire

parting glass 40-42 lake avenue 583-1916 F- 19 Big Medicine S- 20 Dirty Mulvaneys Sun- 21 Jeff Strange W- 24 Audiostars Th- 25 Seth Warden Band F- 26 Prodigals S- 27 Hair of the Dog

pinhead susan's 38-40 north broadway, schenectady 346-6431 F- 26 The Rogues

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"primelive ultra lounge" saratoga national golf club 458 union avenue 583-4563 F- 19 Gary Deluke S- 20 Out of the box Tues - 23 Larry Hooker W- 24 Soul Session Band Th- 25 Al Santoro

putnam den 63a putnam street 584-8066 F- 19 Kip's Foamin' B-day Bash w. Special Guests S- 20 Rustic Overtones / Folkadelics Sun- 21 Sirsy M- 22 Metal Mondays W- 24 Stone Revival Band Th- 25 Council Fire

ravenswood pub 1021 route 146, clifton park 371-8771 F- 19 Emerald Dawn S- 20 Franklin Micare Duo F- 26 Jeff Strange S- 27 Kevin McKrell

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saratoga marketplace 454 broadway "Saturday Afternoon Serenades"

siro's 168 lincoln ave 584-4030 F- 19 Stardust S- 20 Total Soul Sun- 21 Bluz House Rockers M- 22 Gary Brooks Band W- 24 Betsy and the Bygones Th- 25 Big Shot - Billy Joel Tribute Band

stockade inn 1 N Church Street, schenectady 346-3400 F- 19 Brian Patneaude Trio Th- 25 Pat DiCesare Trio F- 26 Tim Coakley Trio

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the springwater inn 139 union ave 584-5051 W- Jeff Walton

the wine bar 417 Broadway 584-8777 S- Neil Brown

vapor saratoga casino & raceway 581-5772 F- 19 Refrigerators S- 20 The Accents Th- 25 Party for a Cause F- 26 Club Crush w. DJ Mike Morgan S- 27 Total Soul




Friday, August 19, 2011

Saratoga Arts Celebration Returns this Weekend The Saratoga Arts Celebration at the National Museum of Dance is a premier arts festival that is returning for its third year. It takes place on Saturday and Sunday, August 20 and 21, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., on the great lawn of the National Museum of Dance at 99 South Broadway in Saratoga Springs. The festival is a juried event featuring more than 100 artists selected locally, across the country and Canada. Their paintings, photography, drawings, prints, sculptures, mixed media, jewelry, ceramics, fiber, metal and glass pieces are all originals and are available for collecting. The festival includes live music and dance performances both days, as well as a variety of fun educational family activities and food choices, including local favorites “Saratoga Awesome Dogs.” Festival admission is free. This includes free admission to the National Museum of Dance and free parking. The event will happen rain or shine – exhibitions move inside the museum if necessary. Whether inside or outside, the museum setting provides a perfect compliment

to the original works of art. Sue Brown Gordon is the festival director who now makes her home in Saratoga County, and has over 20 years experience coordinating juried fine art festivals at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT. “I am so excited to share these amazing artists with our community. Many of these exhibitors are national awardwinning artists who have received top honors in some of the most prestigious shows in the country,” Gordon said “This festival is also an exciting open house for the Dance Museum. This is a wonderful opportunity for people to visit the museum’s new exhibits while enjoying a beautiful fine art show.” For more information, visit

Saratoga Arts Celebration Performances and activities Saturday and Sunday, August 20 -21 - Children's art projects with materials provided by A.C. Moore all weekend - Al’s Drum Circle – 10:30 a.m.-noon (both days) - Ubuntu Band – Jazz and pop standards – 1-3 p.m. (both days) - Insight Dance Company - Contemporary Modern Ballet – Performing both days intermittently through both afternoons

Artist Images Provided





Friday, August 19, 2011

An In-town Island Getaway! Photo Provided

Local thespians Gabrielle Vuillaume, Michael Darby, Phoebe Reuther and Elaina Brown.

Saratoga Children’s Theatre invites you to enjoy their presentation of “Once on this Island Jr.” on Friday, August 19, at 1 and 7 p.m. This is a production which is part of the theatre’s summer camp series. They will also be staging “101 Dalmatians Kids” on Friday, August 26. SCT’s theater is located at St. Peter’s School, 64 Hamilton Street, Saratoga Springs. All tickets are $5 at the door. For more information, call (518) 580-1782 or visit


Say Shalom this Sunday! The eighth annual Shalom Festival will take place this Sunday, August 21, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Congress Park in Saratoga Springs. Celebrate Jewish culture with music, kosher food, art and entertainment for the entire family, including jugglers and face painters. A special attraction is musician Yoel Sharabi. A native Israeli, Yoel sings in a variety of languages and styles. He is also famous for simultaneously playing two flutes in perfect harmony. Attendees can also help to create their personal “Shofar” – a ram’s horn that is traditionally blown at important points during the Jewish High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Instruction on blowing the Shofar sounds will be offered. Kosher hotdogs, falafel, snacks and cold drinks will be sold, as well as healthy, delicious fresh-picked produce by Saratoga area farmers. Admission to the festival is free. For more information, call Rabbi Abba at (518) 526-0773 or visit

Saratoga RMHC Fashion Show at Race Course August 25th

Photos Provided Fashions from THEIA’s fall collection will be featured The 13th Annual Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of the Capital Region Saratoga Fashion Show will take place on Thursday, August 25, at 11 a.m. in the “At the Rail Pavilion” inside the clubhouse of historic Saratoga Race Course. Don O’Neill, whose design for THEIA is featured in the September issue of O, The Oprah Magazine, will be in Saratoga Springs as the featured designer at the fashion show. The show spotlights some of the newest designs from THEIA’s fall collection, and will give attendees the opportunity to meet Designer Don O’Neill Mr. O’Neill. His designs have been worn by celebrities including Oprah Winfrey, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Angela Bassett and Emmy Rossum. THEIA fashions are presented locally by Saratoga Trunk. Purchase your tickets (starting at $150 per person) to RMHC’s Saratoga Fashion Show by calling Chris Turner at (518) 438-2655 or emailing Ticket purchases will help RMHC continue to maintain their pledge to never turn away a family for an inability to pay for services.




Friday, August 19, 2011

An In-town Island Getaway! Photo Provided

Local thespians Gabrielle Vuillaume, Michael Darby, Phoebe Reuther and Elaina Brown.

Saratoga Children’s Theatre invites you to enjoy their presentation of “Once on this Island Jr.” on Friday, August 19, at 1 and 7 p.m. This is a production which is part of the theatre’s summer camp series. They will also be staging “101 Dalmatians Kids” on Friday, August 26. SCT’s theater is located at St. Peter’s School, 64 Hamilton Street, Saratoga Springs. All tickets are $5 at the door. For more information, call (518) 580-1782 or visit


Say Shalom this Sunday! The eighth annual Shalom Festival will take place this Sunday, August 21, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Congress Park in Saratoga Springs. Celebrate Jewish culture with music, kosher food, art and entertainment for the entire family, including jugglers and face painters. A special attraction is musician Yoel Sharabi. A native Israeli, Yoel sings in a variety of languages and styles. He is also famous for simultaneously playing two flutes in perfect harmony. Attendees can also help to create their personal “Shofar” – a ram’s horn that is traditionally blown at important points during the Jewish High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Instruction on blowing the Shofar sounds will be offered. Kosher hotdogs, falafel, snacks and cold drinks will be sold, as well as healthy, delicious fresh-picked produce by Saratoga area farmers. Admission to the festival is free. For more information, call Rabbi Abba at (518) 526-0773 or visit

Saratoga RMHC Fashion Show at Race Course August 25th

Photos Provided Fashions from THEIA’s fall collection will be featured The 13th Annual Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of the Capital Region Saratoga Fashion Show will take place on Thursday, August 25, at 11 a.m. in the “At the Rail Pavilion” inside the clubhouse of historic Saratoga Race Course. Don O’Neill, whose design for THEIA is featured in the September issue of O, The Oprah Magazine, will be in Saratoga Springs as the featured designer at the fashion show. The show spotlights some of the newest designs from THEIA’s fall collection, and will give attendees the opportunity to meet Designer Don O’Neill Mr. O’Neill. His designs have been worn by celebrities including Oprah Winfrey, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Angela Bassett and Emmy Rossum. THEIA fashions are presented locally by Saratoga Trunk. Purchase your tickets (starting at $150 per person) to RMHC’s Saratoga Fashion Show by calling Chris Turner at (518) 438-2655 or emailing Ticket purchases will help RMHC continue to maintain their pledge to never turn away a family for an inability to pay for services.



Friday, August 19, 2011




Community Cor ner

SPA Racing History Lectures a Success The Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation (SSPF) held the last of three NYRA sponsored lectures on Race Course Architecture with speaker Paul Roberts. Roberts, of Turnberry Consulting, London, is currently serving as the Strategic Development Advisor to NYRA. The final lecture, on the history of the Saratoga Race Course, was held at the Humphrey S. Phinney Sales Pavilion at Fasig-Tipton and was attended by almost 200 people. Roberts spoke on the changing environment at the Saratoga Race Course through its 150 years of racing. The lecture was followed by a question and answer period and then a book signing. Proceeds from the evening’s sales of Roberts’ book, “The Spa: Saratoga’s Legendary Track,” benefited the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation and will continue to be available for sale at the SSPF offices or at their online bookshop. Visit to order a copy of the book or other track-related merchandise.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Bradley Sisters Donate Their Birthday Presents to the Pediatric Unit Bella Bradley, 6, and her sister Gracelin Bradley, 3, recently donated their birthday gifts to the children in pediatrics at Saratoga Hospital. After watching a national children’s telethon on television, Bella decided she wanted to do something special for the children in her community. They presented their gifts to the nurses of the pediatric unit.

LtoR Back row: Ian Bradley, holding Gracelin Bradley; Karen Schaak, Kim Winne, Britany Sullivan,Megan Donatelli Front row: Bella Bradley, Joan Burrall and Vickie Smith

Photo, L-R, CEO & President of NYRA Charlie Hayward, SSPF Executive Director Samantha Bosshart, and Paul Roberts, a principal at Turnberry Consulting, London & NYRA advisor.

PJ’s BAR-B-QSA to Honor Former Employees with Award Program



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


Ballston Spa Students Donate to Animal Shelter Mrs. Greene’s and Mrs. Nicolaus’s Kindergarten classes at Milton Terrace Elementary School collected food and toys for the Saratoga County Animal Shelter. They presented their donations to animal shelter employee Ryan Dreher at the end of the school year.

PJ’s BAR-B-QSA has created an award program in honor of two very special employees: the late Jean Blanchard and the late Robin Williams. The Blanchard/Williams Food Service Award was established in honor of their loyalty and service and will be given in 2012 to a Saratoga Springs High School senior, GED graduate, Pro Start Student or freshman who is enrolling in a restaurant or food service related program.

Natalie The tooth fairy club is sponsored by:

It’s a Girl! Timothy and Colleen Yates are proud to announce the birth of their daughter Fiona Charlotte Yates. Fiona was born August 6 at Saratoga Hospital. She weighed 8 lbs. 3.4 ounces and measured 20 inches. Proud grandparents are Mike and Anne Corcoran of Wilton and Tony and Jill Yates of Gansevoort. Congratulations to the Yates family!

659 Saratoga Rd. Gansevoort, NY 12831 (518) 226-6010


TODAY Friday, August 19, 2011



Provencal Summer Squash and Potato Gratin

Suzanne Voigt Farmers’Market

The peak of the summer growing season is here and this dish provides a wonderful way to showcase summer vegetables. It is based on a traditional baked, layered vegetable dish from Provence, France, called a tian. (Tian calls for just herbs and layers of vegetables omitting bread crumbs and cheese of a gratin.) Here I follow the tian, omitting the heaviness and extra carbs of breadcrumbs in a traditional gratin, but adding a small amount of cheese. This method really allows the focus to be on the fresh vegetables. This is a versatile dish where different herbs can be swapped out for one another and additional favorite veggies can be added to the mix. (Try swapping rosemary for thyme or oregano and adding eggplant or diced tomatoes to the dish.) The best part is this dish is simple and easy to make--and if the temperature is such that baking is out of the question, throw it on the grill in a dish or in tinfoil and let the veggies cook there! That is how I like to do it and it makes for easy clean up. Ingredients Cooking spray 1 medium yellow summer squash 1 medium zucchini 1 medium yellow thin skinned potato, scrubbed and thinly sliced 1/4 small sweet onion, such as Vidalia, thinly sliced 1-2 garlic clove crushed Kosher salt and freshly groundblack pepper Fresh oregano leaves, crushed (approximately 2 tsp) 1 tablespoon olive oil 1/4 cup freshly grated sharp cheese of choice, traditionally Manchego or Gruyere cheese is used. Directions 1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F, or start grill. Lightly

mist a shallow 2-quart baking or gratin dish (or tinfoil) with cooking spray. 2. Place thin slices of the squash, zucchini, potato and onion in a shingle style over the entire bo tom surface of baking dish. Add the crushed garlic over top. 3. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with the oregano leaves and drizzle with olive oil. Cover with foil and bake until the pottoes are tender, 30 to 35 minutes (less if using the grill). 4. Remove the foil, or open the top of tinfoil; sprinkle with the cheese. Bake until the cheese is browned and most of the liquid has evaporated, 30- 45 minutes more. Let stand at least 10 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature. This dish goes great with a variety of grilled meats or fish.

Vote for Saratoga as America’s Favorite Farmers’ Market! SARATOGA SPRINGS - Show your pride for Saratoga and its renowned Saratoga 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 voting, 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, meeting friends, enjoying music and just feeling good. Vote for the Saratoga Farmers’ Market and help tell the nation we are number one! Vote at 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.


Friday, August 19, 2011





"Do not walk through time without leaving worthy evidence of your passage." Pope John XXIII

Words to know: bombastic: adj. Pompous. See puzzle solutions on page 36

Crossword See puzzle solution on page 36


See puzzle solution on page 36

Movie Review Cowboys & Aliens

At The Movies With Trey Roohan

We enter the story by finding a man (Daniel Craig) unconscious in the desert. He awakes with no memory and discovers a strange device on his arm that, despite numerous efforts, he can’t remove. Before he’s made any real assessment of his situation, he’s discovered by three men who believe he’ll bring them a windfall when they turn him over to the authorities. But, despite his memory loss, he makes short work of his would-be captors and moves on. Victorious but still with no

ACROSS 1 Espresso concoction 6 Pile 10 With 13-Across, coming-out phrase? 13 See 10-Across 14 Surprisingly, the Rays don't play there 15 Something to pick 16 Dairy food for a haunted house? 18 “CSI" proof 19 Campfire whopper 20 Mer flow 21 More revolting 23 Boxed Brie? 26 Showerhead, maybe 29 Georgetown athlete 30 Outlet store abbr. 31 Thwart the re-election bid of 34 Sask. neighbor 38 With 41-Across, pancake-flavored drink? 40 Priest's vestment 41 See 38-Across 42 Drifting, maybe 43 Pedicure stone 45 Parliament vote 46 Literary __ 48 Runs the show 50 Snacks for an all-nighter? 55 Goldbricks 56 App with a Buddy List 57 __ vez: Spaniard's “again" 61 Flee 62 Dinner dish decorated for a king? 65 Sugar suffix 66 Filled a hold with 67 Western 68 Kitten's cry 69 Checked out 70 Set of principles DOWN 1 Like some lingerie 2 Uttar Pradesh tourist city 3 Stratum 4 Medium state? 5 Bugler with horns 6 With “The," city with a lake called the Hofvijver at its center

7 It has six toes 8 Fuzzy fruit 9 Weather forecast word 10 Sundance entry, usually 11 Pitchfork parts 12 Gape 14 Perfectly 17 Be homesick (for) 22 Name that means “cool breeze" in Hawaiian 24 Casanova 25 Abu __ 26 Flaky mineral 27 Boots an easy grounder 28 Arbor Day planting 32 Spa offering 33 Popular street name 35 “Correct answer" sound 36 “... Prince Albert in __?"

town is attacked by mysterious creatures first referred to as demons but that are, of course, aliens. Hence the title. I was as wary as anyone when I saw the title of this film. I expected a farce with a poorly written script and star-studded cast. While the cast is chock-full of familiar faces (Olivia Wilde, Keith Carradine, Sam Rockwell and others) the film is engrossing, well-written, and easily one of the better films based on a comic book that I’ve seen in some time. 8.0 out of 10

Broom Hilda

memory. His wandering brings him to the nearby town of Absolution. Its inhabitants are nowhere to be seen until the local preacher (Clancy Brown) discovers him and offers to stitch the wound he (Craig) discovered when he awoke. Unfortunately, they are interrupted when Percy Dolarhyde (Paul Dano), son of the town’s benefactor and all-around miscreant, causes a commotion and accidentally kills a Marshall and (Craig) subdues him. As a result, he’s identified and arrested for crimes he’s previously committed. Our amnesiac’s name is Jake Lonergan and before being transferred, the

Gasoline Alley

37 Ring jinglers 39 Conceals sneakily 41 Boo bird's call 43 Depict 44 Cupcake filling 47 Emotionally unavailable type 49 Weather map line 50 Drive insert 51 Stir 52 One of Nixon's vices? 53 Made like a crow 54 Good-hearted 58 Spot for un chapeau 59 Lou of The Velvet Underground 60 __-Cuban music 63 William Browne's "Awake, faire Muse," e.g. 64 Sawbones

Animal Crackers




Friday, August 19, 2011


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GARAGE SALE NU2U SALE- Fri. & Sat. 8/19 & 8/20, 9-3 Rain or Shine. 1 Location. Rt 50N 7 miles from Wilton Mall to Putnam Rd. (Airway Meadows Golf ) to Shelly Park. Something for everyone. This sale is a MUST! Sale! Sat 8/20 & Sun 8/21, 9 - 3 pm 32 Old Schuylerville Rd, Saratoga Fireplace, lamps, household goods, books, TVs, vintage purses, linens, stuffed animals, CDs, furn, cot, exc. bicycle + much more! Damascus Drive Streetwide garage sale in Wilton; Friday and Saturday August 19 and 20 from 9-3. 6+ houses. Lots of variety including furniture, clothes, baby items, toys, dirt bike, household, perennials and lots more! Directions: Northern Pines Rd. to Traver Rd. Right onto Fairmount Dr, right on Whirlaway then right on Damascus.


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Move In Condition! 2BR/2BA. Perfect for first time home buyer or looking to down size! Large deck & back yard. Partially finished basement. Roof 5 years old. Sartaoga Country Estates offers basketball & tennis courts. Live maintenance free with easy access to I87 and shopping! Linda Perry 518-248-8365

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4BE/2.5BA Colonial in Desirable location & low taxes in the Saratoga Springs School District perfect for the first time home buyer.

Gleaming new hardwood floors, a new kitchen with ceramic tile floor, 4 spacious bedrooms, family room with ceramic tile, central a/c, a large deck, quiet street and private backyard make this home a must see! Located close to downtown Saratoga, the high school, the Y and all the great things Saratoga has to offer. Just add your own touches and make this house your home today! Jennifer R Johnson (518) 588-1392•



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SPORTS Community Sports Bulletin Friday, August 19, 2011

Golf Daze with Al Mottau

Al Mottau Saratoga Course



Saratoga Lake Golf Club is happy to announce a number of great shots on the golf course during recent play. Beginning Tuesday, August 9, Joe Masterson finished up hole #2, a 536-yard par 5 with an Eagle. Masterson took his first shot with a 3 wood, second with a 5 wood and chipped in for the Eagle. On the same day, Jerry Eddy finished out hole #7, a 463-yard par 5 with an Eagle of his own. He took his first shot with a driver, his second with a 5 wood and made a putt for the Eagle. On the following day, Wednesday, August 10, Jeff Dinardo of Malta aced the 135-yard hole #3. Jeff shot his hole-in-one with a 9 iron. Congratulations to Joe, Jerry and Jeff.

Mechanicville Golf Club End Zone: Low Gross: Tim Sheehan, 36 Clyde Driggers, 36

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

Joe DeChiro, 37 Low Net: Jim Kenyon, 31 Jim Sullivan, 32 Joe Higgins, 32 Frog Island: Low Gross: Chuck Devito Jr., 38 Mike Serbalik, 38 Low Net: Rich Ciulla, 31 John Ciulla Jr., 31 Women’s Low Gross: Laurie Phelps, 42 Treewoods: Low Gross: Doug Jensen, 39 Dave Telesky, 40 Low Net: Kevin Gordon, 34 Dave Stevens, 40

Ballston Spa Country Club Seniors: 1st - Ken Bowler, Bob Miskanin, Mike Peters, Bob Ricketts; +13 2nd - Jan Holick, Al Squire, Jerry Woodard; +1 3rd - Ed Albrecht, Bob Albrecht, Ron Roberts, Rocky Roberts; +1 Low Gross: Bob Miskanin, 79 The Ballston Spa Education Foundation is holding its 13th annual golf tournament Monday, August 29, with a noon registration and 1 p.m. shotgun start. Fee is $125 for individuals and $400 for foursomes, and includes a dinner at 6 p.m., a putting contest and prizes. For more information or to register, please visit w w w. b a l l s t o n s p a e d u c a t i o n

Van Pattens Golf Club Derek Moss aced the 135yard #15 hole with a 9 iron during Fab 8 league play. Brad VanAuken also holed out on the #15 hole with a 4 iron during play with the Country Knolls West league.

Eastern NY Golf Association Congratulations to Van Patten’s Ralph Marv on his winning the class-A division of their weekly NYGA tourney held at Kingswood. Marv shot a one-over-par, 73. Ditto to Jim Carrigan of McGregor Links, who won the class-B division with a gross score of 80.


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 youths in grades third through sixth. Registration is now open. The youth program brochure can be downloaded from the Booster Club's website at For more information please contact Jo-Anne Hostig, Saratoga head field hockey coach at

Lake George Triathlon Festival LAKE GEORGE - Two days of triathlons are slated to begin September 3-4 in Lake George during the first ever Lake George Triathlon Festival. The sixth annual Lake George Triathlon will kick things off Saturday, September 3, with a .9 mile swim, a 24.8 mile bike ride and a 6.2 mile run. The first annual Big George Triathlon follows Sunday, September 4, with a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike ride and 13.1 mile run. For further details or to register for the events, please visit


Former standout Elise Britt tabbed as assistant field hockey coach

Alexander Kinkaid of Ballston Lake shot a threeover-par, 74, and won a matching of cards over Victor Fox of Delmar to capture the boys’ 1618 divison of the Northeastern New York PGA Junior Golf Championship at the Glens Falls Country Club. Jeff Palmerino of Glenmont posted a 76 to secure the boys’ 13-15 age division. Bailey Cocca of Latham shot a 77 to win the girls’ 16-19 division. Mariah Davenport of Rensselear led the pack in the girls’ 13-15 division with a score of 98.

SARATOGA SPRINGS – Skidmore College field hockey coach Beth Hallenbeck has added former player and All-American Elise Britt to her coaching staff for the 2011 season. Britt, a 2009 NFHCA All-American, returns to Skidmore after a decorated career in which she was a two-year captain, earned AllLiberty League honors three times and was named to the Liberty League All-Academic Team all four years. She finished her career as a Thoroughbred with 51 goals and 11 assists for 113 career points, highlighted by her league leading 22 goals during her senior season. Britt spent the past year playing in Australia and also served as an assistant coach on the Saratoga Springs High School varsity women’s lacrosse team. “The Skidmore field hockey team is excited to welcome back Saratoga native and All-American Elise Britt in her new role as assistant coach,” said Hallenbeck. “Elise’s experience as a successful student-athlete at Skidmore, combined with her legendary work ethic, dedication and team spirit will help to inspire the 2011 squad to continued excellence.” The Thoroughbreds open their 2011 campaign on September 1, when they travel to Castelton for a 7 p.m. start.

NENY PGA Junior Championship

puzzle solutions from pg. 34




Friday, August 19, 2011

We’re Still Standing!

Damian Fantauzzi Ok Yankee fans, were you as upset as I was when Joe Girardi benched Jorge Posada? As much of a Yankee as Derek Jeter is, so is Jorge! So what does this mean for the switch hitting all-star catcher? It seems that his fielding position may be something of the past, now that Francisco Cervelli

and Russell Martin share duties behind the plate. I feel that Jorge has a lot to give the Bombers as a designated hitter, especially considering that there aren't many good switch hitters in the MLB anymore. Rumor has it that Jorge and Joey G. are not too fond of one another, but the biggest problem for Jorge is that he hasn't been hitting the ball. Age is creeping up on Posada; he is the second oldest Yankee just behind Mariano Rivera, and this month Jorge turns 40 years old (his birthday was just this past Wednesday, August 17). But hold on, don't throw sand on the Yankee veteran just yet. Last Saturday Jorge hit a grand slam (number 10 in his career) along with a bases loaded single for a total of 6 RBIs in a 92 win over Tampa Bay. He was 3

for 5 on the day and demonstrated to his fans that he isn't washed up, that he can still swing a bat. This article isn't just about Mr. Posada, but a larger story about age. Just how old do you have to be before you're considered… old? The Chinese look to older generations with deference and respect. They value their experience and knowledge and revere them for what they have to offer to their society. In American society, aging athletes, and even seniors in their everyday life, are generally treated like used furniture. We all have experienced some sort of bias related to our age. The fact of the matter is, there are some things that an athlete can no longer physically do because their older body parts aren't what they use to be. But for these athletes, their usefulness

Local Athletes Headed to Judo World Championships GLENVILLE - Five athletes from the Glenville based Jason Morris Judo Center (JMJC) will be heading to the 28th World Judo Championships in Paris, France. Brad Bolen, 22, Nick Kossor, 25, Natalie Lafon, 30, Kyle Vashkulat, 21, and Angela Woosley, along with their coach, Jason Morris, will leave Sunday, August 20. The competition is held August 23-28. Bolen, Kossor and Vashkulat will be competing in their second straight worlds, while Lafon and Woosley will be making their debut. Bolen (66kg), Kossor (60kg) and Woosley (48kg) will lead off the JMJC athletes as they compete during the first day, August 23. Lafon (52kg) will highlight day two, August 24. Vashkulat

lies in their experience, in the knowledge that a veteran carries and can offer to younger players. Putting all of that knowledge and experience away up on a shelf is a disservice to everyone and a wasted resource that can be extremely valuable! Look at the winningest quarterback in NFL history: Brett Favre. He can still throw the football with great accuracy, and up until just recently, there were still some teams expressing an interest in him. In his early 40s, he has finally decided to call it quits. Not an easy decision, by any means, for an athlete or coach (coaching lacks the physical necessity and the athletic skills that sports require, but there is still the expertise and knowledge needed, where there is no substitute). But the toughest part for a sports figure is letting go. For me, this is easy to understand, especially after being both


a player and a coach. Even though I still have a lot to offer as a coach, I understand that I am where I am today because my age has become a barrier for me, rather than a reflection of my worth and knowledge. But I can still shoot a 20 foot jump shot with pretty good results, and if you want to break a press, I can show you how to do that! This country still has a lot to learn about aging people - we still can give a lot to society, especially with the experience and knowhow that comes with the package! I give Joe Girardi credit for giving Jorge another chance. After all, look at what he did - a grand slam and 6 RBIs. But my message is: if we pre-baby boomers and baby boomers are given a chance to show that we still have something to give, it could be a win-win for everyone! Try us!

Jr. NBA at Gavin Park Correction WILTON - Adjustments and corrections have been made to the registration dates, schedule and fees associated with the Jr. NBA program at Gavin Park in Wilton. The following information has been revised: Basketball registration for non-residents will begin Monday, September 12. Placement dates are October 11 through October 14. Registration fees have been amended as follows: · Wilton residents = $100 · Non-residents Saratoga Springs City School District = $150 · All other non-residents = $165 For more information, please call (518) 584-9455.

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From left to right: Nick Kossor, Jason Morris, Angela Woosley, Natalie Lafon, Kyle Vashkulat & Brad Bolen (100kg) will anchor the JMJC gang as he competes on day five, August 27.

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Nick Kossor, dressed in white, takes down his opponent.

All athletes are vying for valuable ranking points to move up on the International Judo Federation (IJF) ranking list, which is used to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. The JMJC has qualified 16 total athletes for the worlds in its 10 year history, now held annually (the worlds were previously held every two years). JMJC head man, Jason Morris, has competed in five worlds, placing in the top 10 each time. He has reached the medal rounds three times, taking a bronze and two fifth places. He took seventh and ninth place during his other two appearances. You can follow the worlds draw sheets and the athletes progress on

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Kayla Szekely Named Player of the Year

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Wilton Rebels Close Out Sucessful Summer Season

by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY GANSEVOORT Kayla Szekely continues to tear up the competition, earning 2011 NENY Junior PGA Tour Player of the Year honors in the girls' 13-15 age division. Szekely, who has only golfed for two years, followed last year's successful run through the Junior PGA circuit (when she won five out of six tournaments played) with eight wins over 14 tournaments and one injury withdrawal, when she strained her bicep. Szekely competed at the Glens Falls Country Club during the NENY Junior Tour Series PGA Championship, where she finished second by only one shot. With coach Brian Rhodes train-

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Kayla Szekely ing Szekely every step of the way, Szekely indicated that she's extremely grateful to have been able to play on the Junior Tour, and is already looking forward to next year's event. "It's a challenge," said Szekely, "but it's the only place I'd want to be."

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Team members bottom left to right: Max Jackson, Quinn Leffler, Matt Myers, George Kirshe, Rece McClements. Back row left to right: Coach Jackson, Kaden Learch, Kyle Hennessey, Jake Hart,Terel Tillman, Ben Mason, Lee Gnau and Coach McClements. The Wilton Rebels 10U Cal Ripkin baseball team finished off their summer season with a 27-1 record. Along the way they won the Dan Duquette Sports Academy Tournament of Champions in Massachucetts, the Ray Chandler Tournament of Champions in Lake George, and the Great Escape Tournament in Queensbury.

Saratoga Springs Kicks Off Varsity Football Season by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS - On a chilly, wet Monday morning, new and returning players donned jerseys and helmets and took to the fields for the first time at Saratoga Springs High School for the opening workout of the 20112012 varsity Blue Streak football

season. Led by fifth-year coach Terry Jones, the Blue Streaks return after last year's 5-4 season with renewed vigor and purpose, looking to many new and young players to pick up the slack and step into leadership roles left vacant by graduating seniors. With only eight starters returning to the squad this season

(three on offense, five on defense), this year's team looks to Brett Merriman to lead the squad as the new starting quarterback, filling the role of two-year starter and recent graduate, Luke Fauler. Merriman will be joined on offense by returning running back Jess Spencer and senior linebacker Dan Rittenhouse. The team gathered momentum during the week, meeting on Wednesday and Saturday as they gear up for their first scrimmage August 27 against CBA. Saratoga will officially begin the 2011-2012 season Friday, September 2, when they travel to Albany for their opening game. The Blue Streaks return to Saratoga Friday, September 9, when they will play their first home game against Bethlehem.

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