Saratoga Today October 8th, 2010

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Volume 5 • Issue 40

‘Life is Good’ for Write-in Candidate Saratoga Springs business owner runs for Governor

by Yael Goldman Saratoga TODAY

Saratoga Today

John Nemjo

John Nemjo, who owns the Life is Good store on Broadway in Saratoga Springs, is running for New York State Governor as a write-in candidate for the November 2 election. The non-partisan gubernatorial candidate is running with the motto “I can’t do worse,” and is

financing his own campaign to show that he represents the average citizen; the person who can’t afford to “throw tens of thousands of dollars at politics.” “The goal is to support the individual; the common person; the Fred Flintstones who have a job and basic needs; the people that are happy with what they have and just want the govern-

Perfect 10! by Arthur Gonick Saratoga TODAY Skidmore College’s world-class museum, The Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery will be celebrating its 10th Anniversary on the ‘Symmetrical Sunday’ this weekend, 10/10/10. To commemorate the occasion, the Museum has planned a full day of free public activities that are designed to appeal to a wide range of age groups and interests, called “10 hours of Tang.” Not surprisingly, Sunday’s kick-off time is… 10 am!

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ment to treat them fairly by making decisions that are beneficial to the people,” he said. For Nemjo, representing the common voice, and creating solutions to the state’s major dilemmas means taking a somewhat apolitical approach. “We need to work together

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Animal Shelter Robbed by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY The Estherville Animal Shelter is reeling in the wake of a theft that robbed the family-run animal shelter of over $600 in cash, donation checks and important documents. “We do know that it happened between 5 pm Saturday night and 8 am Sunday morning,” Tracy Palmateer said, whose office the

Skidmore’s See Estherville Shelter page 12 Tang Museum celebrates 10th Anniversary on 10/10/10 with Inside TODAY... full day of free Your Home Insert 1-16B activities Malta, Wilton Town Board pg 5

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by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY Saratoga Spa State Park celebrated a day of family fun, excitment and healthy living last Saturday, October 2 at “The Hoopla,” an event aimed to reconnect children and their parents with the simple wonders of nature. Hundreds of community members turned up for The Hoopla’s first ever celebration, taking advantage of the wonderful music, games, workshops, food and more.

The Hoopla was made possible by by Saratoga Spa State Park, Children & Nature Saratoga, the Waldorf School, Four Seasons Natural Foods and One Roof, with event organizer Ardie Pierce leading the way. Designed to be fun and educational (without being heavy handed) The Hoopla sought to help families make healthy choices, to remind the community about the importance of simple living, and to highlight the area’s unique natural resources.

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Lawrence C. Wolfe, 22, of 1931 State Rt. 4, Fort Edward, pleaded guilty to the charge of seconddegree criminal possession of a forged instrument, a class-D felony. He was arrested on February 9 in Halfmoon. Wolfe has been sentenced to time served and five years probation, including drug treatment court. Gerard J. King, III, 27, of 29 Glenn Street, Ballston Spa, pleaded guilty to the charge of third-degree grand larceny, a class-D felony. King was arrested in Stillwater on August 7 for an incident which occured on May 9. He has been sentenced to one to three years in state prison, concurrent with indictment M-292-2009. Tyler Daly, 20, of 244 Lamplighter Acres, Fort Edward, pleaded guilty to the charge of firstdegree sexual abuse, a class-D felony. Daly was arrested in Moreau on February 1 for incidents which occured from July 2009 through August 2009. He is scheduled to return to court on January 6 for sentencing. John J. Batease, 32, of Bldg. 46 Ferry St., Schuylerville, pleaded guilty to the charge of fourth-degree grand larceny, a class-E felony. He was arrested in Saratoga on November 28, 2009 for an incident which occurred on September 14, 2009. Batease has been sentenced to one year in the Saratoga County Jail, concurrent with Schenectady County. Christopher J. White, 25, of 41 Blinn St., Whitehall, pleaded guilty to the charge of first-degree attempted sexual abuse, a class-E felony. White was arrested in Moreau on May 3 for an incident which occured in July of 2009. He has been sentenced to time served and 10 years probation. Greg M. Hermonstyne, 32, of 2285 Rt. 9, Malta, pleaded guilty to a charge of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class-B felony. He was arrested on February 10 in Malta for an incident which occurred on February 4, and has been sentenced to three and one-half years in State Prison, as well as two years of post release supervision. Angelo L. Rivera, 24, address unknown, pleaded guilty to a charge of third-degree attempted criminal

sale of a controlled substance, a class-C felony. He was arrested on December 17 in Moreau and sentenced to two and one-half years in State Prison, with three years of post release supervision. Andrew L. Greschak, 33, of 7B Sylvan Trail, Ballston Lake, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated, a class-E felony. He was arrested on June 14 in Clifton Park and will return to court for sentencing on December 2. Matthew Hart, 27, of 1 South Park Street, Apt. 2B, Cambridge, NY, pleaded guilty to a charge of second-degree criminal sexual acts, a class-D felony. Hart was arrested in Northumberland on March 28 for an incident which occurred on March 27. He was sentenced to three years in State Prison, as well as five years of post release supervision. Ronald Towers, 55, of 479 Fortsville Rd., Apt. 3, Gansevoort, pleaded guilty to a charge of failure

to report an address change within ten days, a class-E felony. He was arrested on January 1 in Wilton for an incident which occured on December 24. Towers has been sentenced to 30 days at the Saratoga County Jail. Shannon M. Wait, 36, of 9 Hemlock Dr., Greenfield, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated, a class-E felony. She was arrested in Greenfield on July 16 and has been sentenced to time served, five years probation, and ignition interlock. John M. Scensny, 42, of 65 Edmund Dr., Ballston Spa, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated, a class-E felony. Scensny was arrested on July 2 in Malta and was sentenced to time served plus five years of probation. Steven A. Ortiz, 32, of 3 Yandell Yard, Gansevoort, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated, a class-E felony. He was arrested on May 29 in Saratoga Springs and

sentenced to time served, five years of probation, and ignition interlock. James E. Russell, Jr., 29, of 45 Second St., Waterford, pleaded guilty to the charges of second-degree forgery, a class-D felony; second-degree criminal impersonation, a class-A misdemeanor; and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class-A misdemeanor. Russell was arrested on August 27, 2009 in Waterford for events which took place on June 25,2009. Matthew P. McDonald, 29, of 7310 Bennington Dr., Knoxville, TN, pleaded guilty to the charges of firstdegree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a class-E felony; and driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor. He was arrested on May 1 in Clifton Park and has been sentenced to five years of probation.


Christian G. Gimenez, 29, of 96 Read Park Rd., Lake Luzerne, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated, a class-E felony. Gimenez was arrested in Saratoga Springs on March 6 and sentenced to time served, five years of probation, and ignition interlock. Shawn E. Bouchard, 28, of 11 Arbor Ave., Mechanicville, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated, a class-E felony. He was arrested in Clifton Park on March 17 and has been sentenced to 60 days in Saratoga County Jail and five years probation.


OBITUARIES Barbara A. Eggleston

Saratoga Springs – Barbara A. Eggleston of Fifth Avenue passed away Monday, Sept. 27, 2010 at her residence. She was 65. Born on March 10, 1945 in Saratoga Springs, she was the daughter of the late John D. and Beulah Mae Hack Stevens. She worked as a clerk for the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance for six years and was the cafeteria cashier at the Dorothy Nolan Elementary School. Barbara retired after 18 and a half years of service from Skidmore College where she was a cashier in the campus bookstore. She was noted for adopting students and treating them to cookies and cinnamon swirl coffee cake when they were far from home. Many of these students continued to maintain a relationship with Barbara until her death. She loved to go on weekend excursions with her aunts Ruth and Eleanor Stevens. Barbara enjoyed going on nature walks, loved all animals and was well known for her wit and sense of humor. She will be remembered for

her big heart and generous nature and her true passion in life, babysitting for all of her special children in the Saratoga Springs area. Survivors include her son, Chad Eggleston and his partner Diane Powers of Galway, one brother, William F. Stevens and his wife Roberta of South Glens Falls and one sister, Nancy, wife of the late Walter Britten of Pittsfield, MA and several nieces and nephews. Graveside services were conducted by the Reverend Joseph P. Kubish on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010 at St. Peter’s Cemetery in Saratoga Springs. There were no calling hours. Arrangements are under the direction of the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes of Saratoga Springs. Memorials may be made in her name to the SPCA of Upstate New York, PO Box 171, Hudson Falls, NY 12839-0171. Online remembrances may be made at www.burkefuneral

Brenda L. (Peck) Pratt Saratoga Springs – Brenda L. (Peck) Pratt of Maple Avenue passed away on Saturday, October 2, 2010 at Saratoga Hospital. She was 64. Born in Saratoga Springs on May 31, 1946 she was the daughter of the late Derwin T. and Gladys (Folts) Peck. She is the wife of Donald L. Pratt, Sr., whom she married on July 4, 1964 in Saratoga Springs. Brenda was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister. She loved animals, especially her beloved pets. She was formerly employed at Fasig/Tipton Company, Inc., on East Avenue in Saratoga Springs. Survivors in addition to her loving husband Don include her son, Derwin (Darlene) Pratt of Greenfield, a daughter, Tammie Zlotnick of Ballston Spa and a stepson Donald L. Pratt, Jr. of Saratoga Springs. Her sister, Linda (Michael) Aud of Gales Ferry, CT and her brother Donald (Phyllis) Peck of CA., three grand-

children, William Pratt, Zoe and Regan Zlotnick, one great-grandd a u g h t e r Madalynn Pratt as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a brother, Walter Folts, a sister Beverly Uline and a stepson Edward Pratt. Relatives and friends gathered on Tuesday, October 5 at the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes of Saratoga Springs. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, October 6, 2010 at the funeral home. Burial followed in the family plot in Maplewood Cemetery, Weibel Ave., Saratoga Springs. Memorials may be made in her name to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Saratoga Springs, C/O East Side Rec., 266 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Online remembrances may be made at www.burkefuneral

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Donald (D.A.) Agnew Collins

Saratoga Springs – Donald (D.A.) Agnew Collins of South Collins Terrace, founder of D.A. Collins Construction, passed away Friday, Oct. 1, 2010 at his residence. He was 93. Born on June 27, 1917 in Mechanicville, he was a son of the late Harvey Randall and Jennette (Martin) Collins, he was a 1935 graduate of Mechanicville High School. He received his degree in civil engineering from Union College in 1941 and later earned his professional engineering license. While working for Turner Bros. Construction at the Rome, NYAir Force Base, he met his future wife. Following completion of the air base, he enlisted as an officer (“by an act of Congress”) in the US Navy as a lieutenant in the Construction Corps., known as the Sea Bees, having served in the Aleutian Islands and Okinawa. His loyalty and love was first to his family, yet a close second was to become his company. The D.A. Collins Construction Company, Inc., was established in 1948 in a backroom behind the kitchen at 46 Green Street in Mechanicville and began with its first job being dam repairs in Wells, NY. His sole piece of equipment was a combination pickup/rack truck. His wife Betty kept the books, and as the early years weren’t lucrative, every penny had to be watched, a habit he knew well from the Great Depression. Early projects included Central Avenue and the Housing project in Mechanicville and bridges in the Adirondacks, where concrete was flown in by helicopter in 1948-49. D.A. Collins also constructed many cross-town roads and bridges in Albany, Schenectady and Troy, numerous sections of the NYS Thruway and Adirondack Northway, including the first section, the Glens Falls bypass. Collins’ expertise was difficult bridges and

where he excelled the most was at the Schenectady Gateway and Congress Street Bridge in Troy. There were few times that he was the sole bidder; an example of this was the largest job in upstate NY of its time, a 35-milliondollar project, the Lark Dove arterial, a four level directional interchange in Albany. Ten years later in 1958, he completed the Northway’s twin bridges and it won design awards for that year, which of course was done by the state of New York. He later developed Birch Run in Saratoga Springs, the first condominium complex in this area of the state, originally meeting great opposition from the public. The corporation consists of companies including Kubricky Construction, Pallette Stone and Jointa-Galusha. A charter member of the Saratoga County Planning Board since its inception, he was a past president of the Mechanicville Country Club. He was a volunteer member of the D.E. La Dow Steamer & Hose Company #2 in Mechanicville, the Lake Placid Club, a director of the Royal Palm Yacht & Country Club, holding the position of Rear Admiral in Boca Raton, FL, Woolferts Roost Country Club and the Saratoga Golf and Polo Club. He was a member of the Associated General Contractors NYS Assoc. of General Contractors and a past member of the State Bank Advisory Board. He was a member of

the Saratoga Springs United Methodist Church for over 25 years and a former member of the United Methodist Church for over 60 years. He started as a Free and Accepted Mason of the State of New York. In 1949, having been raised to Sublime degree of Master Mason and he rose to become a “Jester.” The owner of Halfmoon Stables for harness horses, he owned two prominent horses; Lehi Rainbow was Horse of the Year at Saratoga Raceway and Jackhammer was a NY Sire stakes horse. He loved playing golf and gin rummy. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Betty (Shaver) Collins, who died March 18, 2006; one granddaughter, Michal Longe Matthews and his siblings, Pauline Wygant, Lillian, Louise, William, Edward, Robert and Lewis Collins, Edna Russom and Alys Sibley. Survivors include his children, Barbara Longe of Clearwater, FL and Donald and Karen Collins of Saratoga Springs; his grandchildren, Kara, Daniel, Kristy and David Collins and 4 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Services were conducted on Monday, Oct. 4 at the Saratoga Springs United Methodist Church, 175 Fifth Avenue at Henning Road in Saratoga Springs. Burial with military honors followed at the family plot in Hudson View Cemetery in Mechanicville. Arrangements are under the direction of the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes of 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs. Memorials may be made in his name to the D.A. Collins Endowment Fund for Cystic Fibrosis, 423A New Karner Rd., #3, Albany, NY 122055801. Online remembrances may be made at www.burkefuneral

Nicholas Jordan Dickerson Saratoga Springs – Nicholas Jordan Dickerson, a resident of Morrisville, NC, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010 at Duke University Hospital in Durham, NC, following a long battle with cancer. He was 30. Born on March 15, 1980 in Glens Falls, he was the son of Susan (Vladyka) and Terry Dickerson of Raleigh, NC. Nick was a graduate of Saratoga Springs High School, where he played soccer and later continued his education at Hudson Valley Community College. An avid outdoorsman who loved hiking the Adirondack Mountains, hunting and fishing, he loved golf as much as he loved the NY Giants and Boston Red

Sox. Employed as a construction assistant superintendant for Shelco Inc. in Raleigh, he was a communicant of St. Clement’s Roman Catholic Church in Saratoga Springs. In addition to his parents, survivors include one brother, Nathan Dickerson and his girlfriend, Shannon Phillips of Corinth, one sister, Noelle Dickerson of Raleigh, NC; one nephew, Alexander Dickerson; his maternal grandparents, Audrey and Richard Vladyka Sr. of North Granville, NY; his paternal grandparents, Eleanor and Allen Dickerson of Elizabethtown, NY; several aunts, uncles, cousins and his girlfriend, Sara Conover of Morrisville, NC.

Friends and relatives called on Monday, Oct. 4, 2010 at the William J Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes of Saratoga Springs. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Tuesday, Oct. 5 at St. Clement’s Church in Saratoga Springs. Burial followed at St. Peter’s Cemetery, West Avenue in Saratoga Springs. Memorials may be made in his name to the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center, Attn: Ellen Stainback, DUMC Box 3624, Durham, NC 27710. Online remembrances may be made at www.burkefuneral



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Malta may see $1.60 tax increase Wilton Proposes Budget by Yael Goldman Saratoga TODAY Ballston Spa school district residents will see a slight tax increase in 2015. Representatives from the Ballston Spa Central School District gave a presentation detailing the facilities improvement plan during the Malta Town Board meeting on Monday, October 4. A referendum for Phase 1 of the facilities improvements is scheduled for October 19. Stuart Williams, Board of Education member, explained how the proposed project would impact taxpayers. District residents will see a tax increase of $1.60 per year starting in 2015 to pay for the $49.3 million improvement project (this amount represents the increase for homes assessed at $220,000, and is being used as the average net tax impact). The plan includes extensive repairs at Malta Avenue Elementary and repairs, construction of partitioned classrooms and construction of a new bus loop at Milton Terrace North. The plan also involves a total replacement of Milton Terrace South to be constructed on the existing Wood Road Complex to the east of the existing building. Extensive repairs are also proposed for Ballston Spa Middle School.

According to Williams, Phase 1 addresses current needs and not anticipated enrollment growth in the area. Other meeting items included: The Board granted a two-year extension for the Three Silos single family housing development construction project. A company representative said Three Silos is awaiting agency approval and would like an extra year to wait out the "dull" housing market. In old business, the Town Board set the date for two public hearings prior to the November 3 meeting regarding dog population control laws and the Hannaford development project at Country Knolls. A meditation garden construction project was also approved. Proposed demolition and remediation of Michalko House proved to be the most contentious issue on the budget. The original plan was to vote for accepting or rejecting bids. The Town received two bids for the demolition project, one of which the Board voted to reject for three major reasons: the company demanded more money after submitting their original proposal, is not licensed to do business in New York and had poor references. If the Board passed a resolution to accept the second bidder, it would cost the town $31,000. Councilwomen Tara Thomas

and Maggi Ruisi both opposed moving forward with the project in general, claiming that expenditure is unnecessary when plans for the Round Lake Baseball field (Pot 18) and Shenantaha Creek Park are already in the works. "We have to stick to our guns and our priorities," Thomas said. "I can't support spending $31,000 when we're already going to be dipping into our rainy day fund." "I don't see why we have to rush it. I don't think it's the time. I know I'm getting used to the million dollar figures, but $31,000 still sounds like a lot to me," Ruisi said. Supervisor Paul Sausville and Councilman John Hartzell both supported the project. The next Town Board meeting is scheduled for November 3.

by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY The good news: for the 29th consecutive year, Wilton residents will not be asked to pay any town taxes in the proposed budget for 2011. The bad news: revenue sources have brought in less funding, expenses to maintain operations have risen, no funding exists for capital or building projects, and other costs such as health insurance and employee benefits have skyrocketed. "As much as I wanted to submit a balanced budget, I just couldn't do it," Wilton Supervisor Arthur Johnson said during the Monday, October 4 town board meeting. "Revenues are flat and expenses are continuing to rise." The proposed budget for 2011 totaled up to $6,885,045, a six percent increase over last year's budget. While sales tax and other non-prop-

erty taxes collected by the town are projected to rise nearly 10 percent over the previous year, the amount collected in mortgage tax is expected to drop by 50 percent - a troubling figure for town governments who rely heavily on these two sources for income. The largest spending increases are expected to come in the form of health care costs, where the town is projecting a 20 percent jump in spending, and in employee benefits a 40 percent increase that is mostly dictated by the state government, and therefore an area in which the town has little say. Two budget workshops have been scheduled for October 22 and October 28, both of which start at 8 am and are open to the public. The final version of the budget is set to appear at a public hearing on November 4, where board members will be asked to vote on its implementation.



School District Website wins State Excellence Award by Yael Goldman Saratoga TODAY Schuylerville knows that parents, district residents - even students want to stay connected with the classroom, and that a state-of-the-art website is just the way to keep the community informed. Schuylerville Central School District's website recently received an excellence award from the New York School Public Relations Association (NYSPRA) for outstanding achievement in educational communications. Only 14 districts in the state were recognized. School calendars, district news, morning announcements and lunch menus are readily available and easy to find on Schuylerville's website. Parents can print out forms, check deadlines, and fill in the blanks if their child forgets to report all the details. "I wasn't surprised at all to hear the website won an award. It's just great. I use it every single day to find out everything I need to know as a parent, and it's so easy to navigate," Melissa Senecal, mother of two Schuylerville students, said. Designed with the community in mind, Schuylerville's website is userfriendly, informative and consistently updated, and is a vital resource for parents, community members and


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Classroom Waldorf School to host Autumn Festival

students within the school district. The website was designed in conjunction with Capital Region BOCES through a program that provides communication services to area districts. Kim Smithgall, SCSD Communications Specialist spearheaded the project, working with BOCES teammates Ken Petersen and Bonnie Minick to create a visually appealing and user-friendly website. The School Board and administration were instrumental in the conceptualization; speaking with parents and students and analyzing data to ensure the site's many layers met its user's needs. Jim Burkett, School Board member and Schuylerville parent, couldn't be happier with how the website turned out; he checks it twice a day. "At just a glance I am reminded of all the things that are available and affecting my kids,"Burkett said. Even before NYSPRA recognized

the district, Smithgall knew the website was accolade worthy. "When we first launched the site everyone was really excited about it because it's so user- friendly; a few parents have called to give a thumbs up," she said. The District plans to continue improving the site to further connect parents and the community with the classroom. New features like podcasts are in the works. "It just goes to show how good the school is," Senecal said. "The website makes sure the parents and community is aware of what's going on." "Kim Smithgall, who worked in concert with Capital District BOCES, is an extreme talent and we are very fortunate to have her on our staff. We have a leading website, and other districts should follow it." To learn more about what's happening in Schuylerville schools, visit

The Autumn Festival is set for October 16, from 11 am to 3 pm at 62 York Avenue. The event will feature sheep shearing, alpacas, cider pressing, weaving, butter making, live music, face painting, pumpkin carving, storytelling, handmade and natural toys at The Firefly School Store, homemade food at The Waldorf Cafe and much more. Admission is $3 per person and $15 for families of five or more.

BACC teen club The Ballston Area Community Center's new teen club ROCK (Relationships Outreach Community Kids), will have its first meeting on Thursday, October 21 at 7 pm. Refreshments will be served. The ROCK club is a wonderful opportunity for youth ages 12 to 18 to develop leadership skills and have a great time working with other teens in the community. Club members will work together within the BACC and the local community to learn about fundraising, leadership and communication. The BACC is located at 20 Malta Avenue in Ballston Spa. Contact Mike at (518) 885-3261, extension 17 or

SGF hosts College Planning Workshop South Glens Falls High School Guidance Department is hosting a College Planning Workshop on Wednesday, October 13 from 6 to 8 pm for all interested junior and senior parents and students. The format of the program will allow parents and students to select three informational workshop sessions on college admissions, financial aid, transfer opportunities, the SUNY system and the SATs. Representatives from Siena College, SUNY Albany, Skidmore College, SUNY Adirondack and Capital District Consulting will lead the individual sessions.

BSCSD: Remember to vote on October 19! The Ballston Spa Board of Education is hosting a public referendum on a Facilities Improvement Project, Phase 1, on Tuesday, October 19. The following voting booths will be open from 7 am to 9 pm: Ballston Spa High School Library (for Charlton, Ballston and Milton residents), Malta Town Hall (for Malta residents). Detailed information about the plan, including specific work at the schools, tax impact and drawings of the proposed work is available on the district website at


Corner Saratoga Reads top 5 The public can vote for the book of choice until October 31; the winner will be announced on November 12. The following titles are the top five contenders: Non-fiction: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer; No Impact Man by Colin Beavan; Fiction: Await Your Reply by Dan Chaon; Little Bee by Chris Cleave; and The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa Votes can be cast online at, at Saratoga Springs Public Library, Barnes & Noble in Wilton, Borders in Saratoga Springs, Wesley Health Care Center, Prestwick Chase Senior Community, the Skidmore Shop and the Saratoga Springs High School Library.

Healthcare Career Discovery Night at BSHS Ballston Spa Central School District in collaboration with Saratoga Hospital is hosting a Healthcare Career Discovery Fair on Tuesday, October 19 from 5:30 to 8pmat the Ballston Spa High School. Interested Middle and High School students andarents, are invited and encouraged to attend. This event will give students an opportunity to speak firsthand with professionals from throughout the healthcare industry. Saratoga Hospital staff members and college representatives will share information.Call the Guidance Dept. at (518) 884-7150 for more information or visit

Saratoga Springs honors 25-year employees Saratoga Springs City School District recognized 18 employees for 25 years of service during a special reception at the high school on September 30. The following employees were honored: Clarence Covell, custodian; Beth Gabelman, school psychologist; Nancy Hoover, elementary teacher; Margaret Hopkins, English teacher; Susan Jablonski, elementary teacher; Salli LoDato, teacher; Deryl Loviza, teacher aide; Marcia Martin, high school, art department head; Debra Mattison, elementary, reading teacher; Ron Morris, special education teacher; Beth Morris, family and consumer science teacher; Patricia Priest, clerk; Peter Ratti, custodian; Susan Saxton, special education teacher; Catherine Stephen, science teacher; Patricia Subcliff, bus driver; Donald Woodward, custodian; and Andrew York, math teacher.



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Body found in State Park is Eleanor Adams The search for Eleanor "Ellie Adams" officially came to an end on Thursday evening, September 31, when an autopsy revealed that the human remains found in Spa State Park earlier that week were, in fact, the missing 69-year-old woman. The investigation continues, as the autopsy revealed no cause of death. Adams went missing from her Embury Apartment in Saratoga Springs on Sunday, September 12. A hiker came across her body in a wooded area at the southern edge of Saratoga Spa State Park off of Route 50 on Wednesday, September 29. "On behalf of The Wesley Community, I extend my deepest sympathies and condolences to Eleanor's family and friends. During her time at Embury Apartments, Ellie quickly became a beloved part of our community and was cared for deeply by our staff and her neighbors. She will be missed by all and our thoughts and prayers are with Ellie's family during this difficult time," J. Brian Nealon, CEO of The Wesley Community, said.

Saratoga County Animal Shelter opens After a year of construction, the new Saratoga County Animal Shelter in Ballston Spa officially opened on Saturday, October 2. The $5.27 million project improved on the former shelter, which was a mere 9,000 square feet. The new facility is 24,000 square-feet and offers separate sections for cats and dogs.

Guardian House receives Federal VA grant The Guardian House, the first transitional home for homeless women veterans in New York State, will officially become a reality. After two years of raising money and awareness, Saratoga County Supervisor and Guardian House founder Joanne Yepsen announced that the Federal VA has confirmed that the Rural Preservation Company (RPC) of Saratoga County will be in receipt of $212,000. The grant money, on top of the $140,000 raised through grass roots support, will allow the foundation to purchase its house in Ballston Spa, and begin renovations for the 11-bed facility. "Not only will the Guardian


House provide them a home, but full services and support systems that will allow them to make the transition successfully back into civilian life. I am pleased that Empire State College is partnering with us to provide education and training for our Guardian House residents," Supervisor Yepsen said. Women represent 14 percent of the military population, and an estimated 68,000 women veterans reside in New York State, the fourth largest population in the country. Out of those women, the Veteran's Association estimates that one out of every 16 is homeless. "The Guardian House will hopefully be a model for many other communities throughout our state. A home exclusively for women veterans will allow them to feel comfortable in the transition. It is extremely important to serve those who have served our country proudly," Yepsen adds.

Wine & Food and Fall Ferrari Festival sets fundraising record Saratoga Performing Arts Center's Board of Directors announced that the 2010 Wine & Food and Fall Ferrari Festival generated a record $250,000, which represents an 88 percent increase over 2009. Proceeds from the event will help underwrite educational programming at SPAC and the Saratoga Automobile Museum. This year's festival introduced two new events, the "After Party Aperitivo" hosted by SPAC's Junior Committee and the "Italian Sparkling Jazz Brunch." Both sold out events contributed to the revenue boost, along with ideal weather on the day of the main event, the Grant Tasting and Ferrari

Concours. "Of course, at the heart of this achievement - and every achievement at SPAC - is the support of our guests. We thank them for joining us in record numbers this year to not only enjoy this signature event, but to raise funds for SPAC's educational program," Marcia J. White, SPAC's President and Executive Director, said. The Board also announced that SPAC is projected to finish the year by operationally breaking even for the sixth consecutive year. "With the momentum of our 2010 season still incredibly strong, there is no better time to engage new members and expand the base of support that is essential to SPAC's future," White said.

City drug investigation ends with two arrests Saratoga Springs City Police Department arrested two individuals on drug-related charges on Wednesday, October 6 after a month-long investigation. Jesse J. Smith, 27 of Raymons Street in Schenectady and Sharena M. Brandow, 25, of Swan Street in Schenectady. The investigation began in early September, when the City became suspicious about drug dealing at an east side residence located on Park Place. Police allege that on October 6 Brandow and Smith were traveling from Schenectady after Smith soldan undisclosed quantity of crack cocaine. Police stopped the vehicle, which Brandow was driving, and arrested Smith. Brandow provided police with false information regarding her date of birth. At the time, a two-year-old child was in

the car and was not wearing a seat belt. Smith is charged with three counts of third degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, all class-B felonies, as well as one count of fifth degree criminal possession of


a controlled substance, a class-D felony, and endangering the welfare of a child, a class-A misdemeanor. Brandow is charged with false impersonation, a class-B misdemeanor, endangering the welfare of a child, a class-A misdemeanor, and several traffic violations.

Pumpkin Weight Guessing Contest Michele Riggi’s annual Halloween extravaganza kicked off this week with the traditional pumpkin weight guessing contest. Community members are invited to come see the giant pumpkin on display in front of her North Broadway home (on the corner of Greenfield Avenue) and submit their best guess as to how much it weighs. The winning estimator will recieve a free, full-year family membership to the Saratoga Springs YMCA.




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Destination Train Station by Yael Goldman Saratoga TODAY After a five-year vacancy, a new café is finally opening at the Saratoga Train Station. Destination Train Station, a café and local gift shop, is hosting its grand opening on Friday, October 15 at 26 Station Way in Saratoga Springs and the public is encouraged to attend. Focus on Humanity, a local nonprofit that provides disaster relief to community members in need, has turned the empty space into a full service café and novelty shop that will feature local artists and sell "all things Saratoga County." According to Lady Myah Brown, President of Focus on Humanity, Destination Train Station will be staffed with volunteers, so anyone interested in donating their time to Focus on Humanity is welcome to apply. The gift shop will give local artists an outlet for displaying their work, which will be accepted on consignment. Lawrence Bailey, a local artist whose work is featured throughout the train station for the next two months, is currently displaying Saratoga themed photographs in the café. The café will serve a full breakfast and lunch menu, daily. The early

Photos by Mark Bolles • Saratoga Today

A new cafe is opening at the Saratoga Train Station morning menu includes fresh brewed coffee, bagels, donuts, muffins, fruit, boiled eggs and toast; the mid-day menu will include a variety of deli sandwiches with a selection of breads, fresh fruits, homemade cakes and pies. A special weekend menu will include brunch items, varying week to week; bacon and sausage skillet bowls, sirloin chili, homemade cornbread and fresh stews are on the list. Free Wi-Fi is available onsite. If all goes well, Brown hopes to hire a paid staff. "We hope it will be profitable for Focus on Humanity and, of course, the community," she said. "It would be wonderful if we could hire people to work here and provide someone with employment." The station is well-known for its aesthetic appeal, and has been a pop-

ular venue for weddings, parties and fundraising events, so Brown is confident in her choice of location. Destination Train Station's hours of operation will coincide with the train schedule; opening at 7 am during the week and 10 am on the weekend, and will close daily at 7 pm. "We're here at this beautiful and serene location," she said. "We'd like very much for people to come out and have a cup of coffee, relax and watch the trains come in." The café phone number is (518) 306-6560. For more information about Focus on Humanity, visit


Local Business Bulletin New Chamber members in October Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce welcomed the following new members in October: Applied Label & Printing; Avion Energy Northeast; Beebie Printing & Art Agency; Blue Smoke & Shake Shack at Saratoga Race Track; Capital District Child Care Council; Classe Catering, Ltd.; Foothills Tree Service; The Free George; Happy Valley Painters; Horsin' Around Trolley Tours; Invisible Fence of Northern NY; Life Work Coaching; Mae Communications; Marshall & Sterling Upstate; Nevins Woodworking; Northco Products, Inc.; Rapid Development Solutions; Sipperly Contracting, Inc.; Sports Signup; Workforce Compliance Associates; Zack's Sports, Inc.

Bonacio welcomes Blairhouse Bonacio Construction welcomed Blairhouse Interiors Group to Park Place Condominiums, located at 262 Broadway in Saratoga Springs, this week. For further information about Park Place Condominiums or to schedule a tour, call Julie Bonacio at (518) 701-5080.

Hatties construction Hattie's Restaurant, located at 45 Phila Street in Saratoga Springs, is moving forward on construction for its Wilton eatery, Hattie's Chicken Shack. Bonacio Construction is working on a 65 to 75 seat build-out with a fresh spin at the 3057 Route 50 location. Although the new eatery will stay true to Hattie's downtown

roots, the Chicken Shack will introduce a 'fast-casual' concept: a focused menu with food cooked-to-order and minimal table service, featuring all the traditional track favorites and, of course, Hattie's famous fried chicken. Hatties Chicken Shack will be open 7 days a week from 11 am to 9 pm.

Surgeon receives board certification A member of the Northeast Orthopaedics team, William Montgomery, MD, passed the 2010 examination of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Inc. In achieving this specialized credential, Dr. Montgomery has fulfilled stringent ABOS requirements. He is also a major in the US Army Reserve Medical Corps, and recently returned from a deployment as the sole orthopedic surgeon at the 325th Combat Support Hospital in Tikrit, Iraq, where he performed over 100 life and limb saving surgeries.

New affordable housing units to break ground Saratoga Affordable Housing Group, Inc., a not-for-profit arm of the Saratoga Springs Public Housing Authority, is holding a ground-breaking ceremony on October 15 at 11 am for 15 new affordable housing units on Allen Drive. The new apartments will be available to people who live and work in Saratoga Springs, and earn less than 60 percent of the median income in the City. The ceremony will be at 36-38 Allen Drive. Contact the Housing Authority at (518) 5846600 for further information.

Dine at Chianti on the 12th and support Saratoga's heritage! On Tuesday, October 12 Chianti II Ristorante (18 Division Street) will benefit the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation by giving its patrons the option of donating 30 percent of their dinner bill to the Foundation. Twelve, Chianti's fundraising initiative in support of local non-profits, benefits a different organization on the twelfth of every month. The Foundation is honored to be Chianti's October organization. For more information, call the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation at (518) 587-5030.

Promotion at HRCCU Hudson River Community Credit Union announced the promotion of Cathy Straight to Vice President of Financial Services. She had served as the credit union's Assistant Vice President of Financial Services, and has been with HRCCU for 33 years.


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Tang Turns 10 on 10/10/10 “10 Hours of Tang” Activity Schedule: Sunday, 10/10/10 10 am to 8 pm • Scavenger Hunt 10 am to 6 pm. The clues at each exhibit will entice you to explore them from different perspectives. • Films - 11 am, 1 and 3 pm Special films with themes of jewels, thievery and museums • Music Schedule: - 2 pm - Pulse! A dynamic “found-object” percussion group - 2:30 pm - Red Hen, presenting roots-based music with a Celtic/ bluegrass twist - 3:30 pm - Sonneteers and Drastic Measures a cappella groups 6:30 pm - Skidmore student jazz ensemble • Curators Tours: 12:30 pm - Suzanne Bocanegra: I Write the Songs and Paula Hayes: Understory 4:30 pm - The Jewel Thief • Family Art Activity 1 to 4 pm ‘Decorate for the Decade’ participant/artists 5 years and older are invited to share your vision of what “10” should look like. This is a drop-in activity, with no advance reservation necessary. • Artist’s Panel - 5:30 pm Artists respond to and discuss The Jewel Thief exhibit • Closing Reception 6:30 to 7:30 pm Hors d’oeuvres served with music by Skidmore student jazz ensemble

Meet the Candidates

continued from Page 1 The League of Women Voters is sponsoring a series of Meet the Candidate programs across Saratoga County that are open to the public. Here's the schedule: 10/12: Meet the Candidates for New York State 44th Senate (Hugh Farley and Susan Savage) and 110th Assembly (James Tedisco and BK Keramati) Districts at the Maple Ave Middle School Auditorium at 7 pm. 515 Maple Avenue in Saratoga Springs 10/13: Meet the Candidates for New York State 43rd Senate District (Roy McDonald and Joanne Yepsen) and Saratoga County Family Court Judges (Robert A. Rybak and Jennifer Jensen Bergan) at the Malta Community Center at 7 pm. 1 Bayberry Drive in Malta Photo Provided

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Above: Image of a current Tang exhibition. “The Jewel Thief” features works by more than 60 contemporary artists. It is on display until Feb. 27, 2011. The event features samples from the broad range of activities that have characterized the Tang Museum’s eclectic teaching mission: included are exhibitions, music, films, curator’s tours, a scavenger hunt, handson art activity and a panel discussion. Admission to the all the day’s activities are free and open to the public from 10 am to 8 pm. “We’re definitely hoping that most of the participants will rate the event as a ‘10’,” said John Weber, Dayton Director of the Tang Museum. “We had fun planning this special day, and we think the community will find it enjoyable and educational.” Throughout the day, the Tang’s four exhibitions plus a sound installation in the elevator will showcase their novel and progressive approaches to art. These are outstanding examples of the Museum’s ongoing tradition of inviting dialogue and breaking down barriers. Current exhibitions include: - The Jewel Thief combining works by more than 60 contemporary artists with eccentric arrangements and spectacular installation architecture to explore new ways to think about and experience abstract art. The diverse range of artwork includes painting, sculpture, textiles, wallpaper, chandeliers, drawing and photography. - Eye Rhymes introduces viewers to

10/21: Meet the Candidates for the New York State 109th Assembly District (Bob Reilly and Jennifer A. Whalen) during a breakfast program at the Colonie Chamber at 7:30 pm. The cost to attend is $15. Pre-register at or by calling (518) 785-6995. 997 New Loudon Road (Route 9) in Latham

the intersections of text and image. Viewers are challenged to question how a message is formulated by the way our senses are massaged or manipulated. - Suzanne Bocanegra: I Write the Songs features a range of work by this New York-based artist, including wall works, sound and video installations, and a new work that combines live dance and recorded sound. - Paula Hayes: Understory Paula Hayes’s living art intimately connects people with the natural environment. Both living sculptures and miniecosystems, her works forge new relationships among artwork, owner, and the natural and human environment. The day’s schedule features the chance to enjoy a wide variety of additional activities keyed into the exhibitions. See the side box for a complete schedule, and for more information about 10th anniversary activities and upcoming exhibitions at the Tang, visit w w w. s k i d m o r e . e d u / t a n g or call (518) 580-8080.

stats! In its first decade, the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery has: • welcomed over 300,000 visitors • hosted over 30,000 school children from the region • mounted over 75 exhibitions

10/19: Meet the Candidate for the 20th Congressional District (Scott Murphy and Christopher P. Gibson) at the Queensbury High School Auditorium at 7 pm. 409 Aviation Road in Queensbury

• hosted over 300 family programs • held over 125 musical performances and dozens of lectures (“Dunkerley Dialogs”) • Source: Susi Kerr, Senior Tang Museum Educator

10/25: Meet the Candidates for the New York State 109th Assembly District (Bob Reilly and Jennifer A. Whalen) and Saratoga County Family Court Judges (Jennifer Jensen Bergan and Robert A. Rybak) at Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library at 6:45 pm. 475 Moe Road in Clifton Park 11/2: Don't forget to vote at your registered location between 6 am and 9 pm!

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Realtor’s Choice Award All Photos by Randall Perry Photography

Bella Home Builders 7 Sophia-Marie Lane, Angelina Estates, Malta

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Showcase Returns! by Yael Goldman Saratoga TODAY With more homes than ever before and the start of a new tasty tradition, the Saratoga Showcase of Homes came back with a bang in 2010. Hosted by the Saratoga Builder’s Association, The Showcase of Homes celebrates the county’s premiere homes built by some of the Capital Region’s finest builders each year. The event was put on a one-year hold in 2009 due to the economic downturn, which is why the SBA and event committee made sure this year’s Showcase was bigger and better than ever. The 15th Showcase opened with “Saratoga Style,” bringing the area’s top chefs into the year’s most exquisite kitchens, and featured 16 exceptional homes over three exciting tour weekends. “We kicked off with a new twist – a chef’s night on Friday, September 17

in 13 of the homes – and I think everybody enjoyed it, great twist,” Barry Potoker, Showcase of Homes Executive Director, said. It added a new way to enjoy an evening out touring homes, and we hope to do it next year as well.” Other added elements in 2010 included a judging category for condominiums and a new website, which made it much easier for event goers to purchase their tickets and learn about the builders. This year’s event featured the work of Amedore Homes, BCI Construction, Bella Home Builders, Bette & Cring, Belmonte Builders, Bonacio Construction, Camelot Associates Corporation, Cicero Builders, Saratoga Builders, SAS Builders, Sustainable Designs, Terrace Homebuilders, Toll Brothers, Waldron Builders and Witt Construction. The homes were located in Saratoga Springs, Greenfield Center, Malta, Moreau, Ballston Spa,

Halfmoon and Wilton. “They’re all fine, award-winning builders who live and work in this community, and they each have such a unique style: that’s what makes the Showcase so exciting,” he said. Each home was uniquely dressed with high-quality furnishings and fixtures from some of the area’s top suppliers and designers, and highlighted the latest techniques and designs. The showcase event gave our region’s most talented builders the chance to show off their work and the community a chance to enjoy it. “People love to walk through the homes and see the many different styles; it really brings the community together,” Potoker said. Aside from providing three straight weekends of entertainment, the showcase supports two local non-profit organizations that give back in a vital way. Rebuilding Together Saratoga County and the local Habitat for

Humanity Chapter are the sole beneficiaries from the Showcase Event. All proceeds from ticket sales are donated directly to these charitable organizations. From the gorgeous, upscale houses featured in the event to the community members that may not have a home at all, the Showcase of Homes supports both ends of the spectrum. “We are so grateful that the builders and Showcase Committee use this fabulous event as a way to give back by helping two non-profits that serve a large portion of society,” Michelle Larking, Rebuilding Together Saratoga County founder said. “The builders feel strongly about what we do, and recognize that there are folks in the area struggling with their homes.” According to Larkin, over 300 community members helped out over the three weekends, volunteering at 11 out of the 16 homes on behalf of Rebuilding Together. As a beneficiary of the past six Showcases, Rebuilding Together Saratoga County has received $134,000 since 2004, including an additional $10,000 in donations directly from the Saratoga Builders


Association. “For the volunteers who feel they don’t have the skills to contribute on a worksite, this was their way of helping out,” she said. “Not only did everyone who attended the showcase have a great time, but they were also supporting housing in the area. It really was a win-win for everyone.” Although the final numbers were not in as this issue went to press, Lisa Stoll who co-chaired the committee with John Witt, said the event was extremely successful and well attended, especially with the extra features. “It was absolutely a success; we had tremendous amounts of activity in the homes,” Stoll said. Saratoga Builders Association and the Showcase of Homes Committee are already looking forward to planning next year’s event. “When the fall comes around, everyone marks their calendars to go to the Showcase of Homes,” Potoker said. “We hope to introduce a few new things next year; we want to keep it fresh and exciting.” More information about the Saratoga Showcase of Homes can be found at



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Showcase of Homes 2010 Winners Classic Homes Category Homes at $549,000 or under • Runner Up - Landscaping Waldron Builders LP Enterprises • Winner - Landscaping Camelot Associates Evergreen Landscaping • Runner Up - Workmanship Saratoga Builders • Winner - Workmanship Waldron Builders • Winner - Master Bath TIE: Amedore Homes and Camelot Associates • Runner Up - Exterior Design Waldron Builders • Winner - Exterior Design Saratoga Builders • Runner Up Interior Decorating Saratoga Builders Dreamhouse Furniture and Window Wear Etc. • Winner - Interior Decorating Amedore Homes Peter Amedore • Runner Up - Kitchen Camelot Associates Paul Perry Kitchens • Winner - Kitchen

Amedore Homes Builder's Kitchens • Runner Up Interior Floor Plan Waldron Builders • Winner - Interior Floor Plan Amedore Homes

Executive Homes Category Homes at $550,000 $999,000 • Runner Up - Landscaping Belmonte Builders Blue Spruce Landscaping • Winner - Landscaping Waldron Builders LP Enterprises • Runner Up - Workmanship Belmonte Builders • Winner - Workmanship Waldron Builders • Runner Up - Master Bath Toll Brothers • Winner - Master Bath Waldron Builders • Runner Up - Exterior Design SAS Builders • Winner - Exterior Design BCI Construction • Runner Up Interior Decorating BCI Construction Natalie Amsler

• Winner - Interior Decorating Belmonte Builders Plum & Crimson Fine Interiors • Runner Up - Kitchen Belmonte Builders Paul Perry Kitchens • Winner - Kitchen BCI Construction Builder's Kitchens • Runner Up Interior Floor Plan Waldron Builders • Winner - Interior Floor Plan BCI Construction

Condominium Category • Runner Up - Workmanship Terrace Homebuilders • Winner - Workmanship Bonacio Construction • Runner Up - Master Bath Bonacio Construction • Winner - Master Bath Terrace Homebuilders • Runner Up - Exterior Design Terrace Homebuilders • Winner - Exterior Design Bonacio Construction • Runner Up Interior Decorating Bonacio Construction Robin Fusco • Winner - Interior Decorating Bette & Cring Construction -

Saratoga Signature Interiors • Runner Up - Kitchen Bonacio Construction Signature Cabinet Group • Winner - Kitchen Terrace Homebuilders Zarrillo's Custom Kitchen Designs • Runner Up Interior Floor Plan Bonacio Construction • Winner - Interior Floor Plan Bette & Cring Construction

Luxury Homes Category Homes at $1,000,000 plus • Winner - Landscaping Bella Home Builders • Winner - Workmanship Bella Home Builders • Winner - Master Bath

Bella Home Builders • Winner - Exterior Design Bella Home Builders • Winner - Interior Decorating Bella Home Builders Karan Hankinson Interiors and Saratoga Signature Interiors • Winner - Kitchen Bella Home Builders • Winner - Interior Floor Plan Bella Home Builders

Realtor's Choice Award goes to: Bella Home Builders The People's Choice Award will be voted on by the public who supports this event by purchasing tickets and taking the tour over the next three weekends. The winner will be announced in late October.



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Waldron Builders

121 Cobble Hill Drive,The Links,Wilton 37 Brampton Lane, Brampton Woods, Gansevoort

Classic Home: Best Workmanship, Runner-Up Landscaping, Exterior Design, Executive Home: Best Landscaping, Master Bath, Runner-Up: Floor Plan

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Bonacio Construction 268 Broadway, Park Place Condominiums, Saratoga Springs

Condominium: Best - Workmanship, Exterior Design Runner-Up Master Bath, Interior Decorating, Kitchen, Interior Floor Plan



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Cicero Builder Developer 13 Kaleen Drive, Kaleen Manor, Ballston Spa

Saratoga Builders 2 Ashleigh Lane, Schuyler Pointe, Saratoga Springs

SAS Builders

11 Moss Creek Road, The Point at Moss Creek, Middlegrove

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BCI Construction

Belmonte Builders

Lot 14,The Elms at Saratoga, Saratoga Springs

26 Hidden Farm Lane, Harvest Bend, Halfmoon

Camelot Associates 9 Kadnorida Drive, Palmerton Heights, Moreau




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Witt Construction 15 Saratoga Farm Road, Malta

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Sustainable Designs 3 Larkspur Court, Greenfield Center

Terrace Homebuilders 54 Phila Street Condominiums, Saratoga Springs

Toll Brothers 72 Stone Crest Drive, Halfmoon



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2010 Phinney Design Group Tour of Homes This Weekend Benefit for Saratoga Springs’ Universal Preservation Hall by Arthur Gonick Saratoga TODAY The third annual Phinney Design Group Tour of Homes which benefits the restoration of the Universal Preservation Hall (UPH), Saratoga’s Historic Center for Arts, Events and Community, will take place Saturday, October 16 and Sunday, October 17 from 12 noon to 5 pm. Universal Preservation Hall is dedicated to rescuing, restoring and adapting the existing historic building at 25 Washington Street in Saratoga Springs, transforming it into a vibrant performing arts venue for Saratoga Springs and the greater Capital District and restoring the Universal Baptist Congregation’s separate worship space. This year’s tour features a selfguided tour of five custom homes designed by Phinney Design Group in the City of Saratoga Springs and Town of Greenfield: • 14 Talford Place, Saratoga Springs • 13 Thomas Street, Saratoga Springs • 5 Moss Creek Road, Greenfield • 6 Maddy Groves Road, Greenfield Center • 1 Maddy Groves Road, Greenfield Center

All tickets include an invitation to a cocktail party catered by Classe Catering, hosted at UPH on Sunday from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. “We developed the Tour of Homes to reach out to our clients, friends and the public and raise awareness about the evolution of UPH,” commented Mike Phinney, owner of the Phinney Design Group and UPH Board Member. “There has been a significant amount of progress structurally with the building that has been made in the seven years I have been on their Board, yet I would estimate that about half of the people who participate in the Tour of Homes have not yet seen the inside of UPH - so this is a perfect opportunity. We are now at the point where every dollar raised is going to the finished product, and areas that people can actually see like the new plaza entrance.” Tickets for the Tour of Homes are $35; sales are tax deductable and 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit UPH. To purchase tickets, visit www.universalpreservationhall.or g or call Phinney Design Group at (518) 587-7120. For more information, please visit



14 Talford Place, Saratoga Springs


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13 "I hated every minute of training, but I said, Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.''


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ACROSS 1 Mother of Horus 5 Cheap reads 10 Divulge 14 1959 British Motor Corp. debut 15 Last Olds 16 Ostrich cousins 17 Routing abbr. 18 Subordinate to 19 Give off 20 Milton Hershey, e.g.? 23 MPG rating agency 24 Millennium-ending year 25 E. African nation 28 Fictional tree shepherd 30 Place to see an Audi 34 A.L. player whose team logo includes an Uncle Sam hat 37 Got in on a deal 38 Form often requiring an SSN 39 Extra, and this puzzle’s title 42 Master: Abbr. 43 Buck parts 45 Improve one’s bargaining power, in a way 47 Radar user 50 “Star Trek” sequel, briefly 51 St. crosser, on signs 52 Yahtzee score sheet row 54 Suffix with ranch 56 Segundo matrimonio result, maybe? 62 Imitation 63 Playgroup reminder 64 Reference work, usually 65 Curly coif 66 Austrian dessert 67 Thought 68 “It’s __ fun” 69 Malibu, for one 70 Word avoided by optimists DOWN 1 Apple variety 2 Jedi nemesis

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Broom Hilda 6. Letters To Juliet 7. Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue 8. Legendary 9. The Killer Inside Me 10. The Back-Up Plan

Animal Crackers

35 Ancient Germanic singer? 36 http://mit.__ 40 Man. and Minn. neighbor 41 What an apostrophe may stand for, in dates 44 Reinterpret, in a way 46 Brute 48 Is 49 Work on hooves 53 Pottery piece 55 Sight-related 56 Protected 57 Not corrupted 58 Madrid miss: Abbr. 59 Club __ 60 Comet, to some 61 Tidy 62 “Cool!”



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Alcoholics Anonymous Saratoga Springs (518) 587-0407 Alzheimer’s Association Glens Falls (518) 793-5863 Gamblers Anonymous Saratoga/Albany (518) 292-0414

at Saratoga Farmer’s Market Suzanne Voigt is on a much-deserved vacation. Her recipe column will return next week. Photos by Mark Bolles

Narcotics Anonymous Saratoga/Albany (518) 448-6350 Overeaters Anonymous Saratoga Springs (518) 584-8730 Sexaholics Anonymous Saratoga Springs (518) 964-6292 AIDS Council of Northeastern New York Glens Falls (518) 743-0703 Shelters of Saratoga Saratoga Springs (518) 587-1097 Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis of Saratoga County Saratoga Springs (518) 583-0280 Hotline 584-8188

Nate Goldsmith Honored at Seven Horse Pub On Saturday, October 2 Phila Street’s legendary proprietor Nate Goldsmith was honored at the site of his original Luncheonette and Delicatessen – the Seven Horse Pub. Nate was presented with an original caricature by artist Sy Wallick, as well as a cake to commemorate his recent 95th birthday. Congratulations, Nate!

Saratoga Center for the Family All aspects of family counseling Saratoga Springs (518) 587-8008 Saratoga County Alcoholism Services Saratoga Springs (518) 587-8800

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In this vintage photo, Nate sits outside of the Goldsmith Luncheonette and Delicatessen

Seven Horse pub owner Joe Mack pictured with Goldsmith family presents as a gift a vintage caricature of Nate Goldsmith. (L-R) Joe Mack, Jonathan Fishbein (son in law of Nate Goldsmith), daughter Paula, Nate Goldsmith, grandaughter Lia, wife Roslyn

St. Peter’s Addiction Recovery Center Ballston Spa (518) 885-6884 Franklin Community Center Food Pantry & Free Furniture Program (518) 587-9826 101 Washington Street (Food Pantry Mon-Fri, 8 am4 pm; free clothing/furnature Wed, Thurs, & Fri, 11 am-2 pm)

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Nate Goldsmith recently celebrated birthday 95 and was honored with a cake.

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The Seven Horse Pub at 43 Phila Street



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Fall is in the Air


Animals Available at the Saratoga County Animal Shelter for adoption. For More Information Call (518) 885-4113.

Jill Sweet

Chilli is an adult female pitbull mix that was found as a stray in the Squire Park Apartment complex in Halfmoon.

Spot is a one-year-old rat – with personality! His owner recently moved and couldn’t take Spot with him.

Andy is an adult male PomeranianSpitz mix. He was found as a stray in Greenfield.

Marissa is an adult female Pyrenees mix that was found on Wilton Mountain Road.

Miko is an adult female shepherd mix. She is housebroken, is good with other dogs; it isn’t known how she gets along with cats or children. She has some separation anxiety issues – she needs to be crated when left alone.

Missy is a two-year-old female Lab/Doberman mix. She is housebroken, good with children, cats and other dogs. She was brought to the shelter because her owners couldn’t afford to care for her any longer.

WHISKERS AND TALES I woke up this morning with the warm fall sun pouring in from my large south facing bedroom windows. As usual Moses was asleep by my side (Vida never cared for sleeping on my bed), but this morning Moses lay half asleep on his back with his legs shamelessly flopped out on both sides and the sun warming his belly. I rubbed his tummy and the sun had made his black fur warm to the touch. He moaned with pleasure. It was going to be another beautiful fall day. Yesterday Moses and I went to the “moving of the animals” from the old to the new shelter. It was really exciting to see the employees and the volunteers first walking the dogs (most helpers were actually being dragged along by the dog) to their new home on the canine side of the new shelter. Next the helpers got all the cats and kittens in carriers and transported them to the feline side of the new shelter. Friends of the Saratoga County Animal Shelter were there with refreshments for all the helpers. It was a beautiful new day for our county shelter. One of the best things about being retired from teaching is the fall season. I always loved the cool crisp air, blue skies, and turning leaves but I could never fully enjoy it because fall also meant that classes were starting. So my excitement about fall was always tempered with nervousness in the pit of my stomach (this feeling probably goes back to my early first days of elementary school). As a professor, that nervous feeling did not lift for me until late October when I began to know my students better and my classes took on a flow of their own. By then, however, fall is almost over and the grey cold days of November are near. Now as a retiree, however, I can fully experience fall without stage fright and do it with my dogs at my side.

Both Vida and Moses can take much longer walks with me in the fall. Vida, my old girl, especially finds fall an easier time to walk because the heat and humidity are gone. Moses, my young athlete, really loves to run even harder in the fall. He lopes beside my cranked up motorized wheelchair with his ears flopping in the wind, his mouth open and his long tongue hanging out one side. When he shoots me a glance, I swear he looks like he is smiling. The fall is also when I take the dogs for their last times in our favorite pond. Vida loves to wade along the shoreline, while Moses pines for my husband, Steve or my friend Sandy or me to throw a stick out into the middle of the pond so he can leap off the bank and belly flop in the water, making a big splash every time. Then he swims in search of the stick, listening to our cheers when he gets closer to it. Next he grabs it before bringing it back to shore. When he climbs up the bank he invariably shakes off all the water, drenching Steve or Sandy in the process. I keep my distance so the wheelchair stays relatively dry. Fall is also a favorite season because every October my friend Sandy, as president of Friends of the Saratoga County Animal Shelter (FSCAS), and the membership prepares to host our biggest fundraiser of the year. It is especially exciting

this year because it marked the opening of our beautiful new county animal shelter. The event took place on October 7. It was a wonderful gathering of animal-lovers and supporters of the county shelter. There was a silent auction, good food, and great conversation, all taking place at the elegant Saratoga National Golf Club and Prime Restaurant. I must admit that while I took some time off from writing my Whiskers and Tales column so I could get started on my book project, I really missed working on the column. Nevertheless, the break gave me time to do some research for my novel. I ran into one regular reader at the drugstore, and after she kindly told me she missed reading Whiskers and Tales every Friday, she asked if I had finished my novel yet. I gulped at the thought and realized that this must be why they say you should never tell anyone you are working on a novel. Unless you are an author that regularly makes the New York Times Best Seller List and you have a whole team of research and writing assistants, writing a novel takes lots of time. I will be lucky if mine is complete five years from now. But it just doesn’t matter how long it takes because I am retired and it is a lovely fall day! Please Spay and Neuter Your Pets Because No Kill Begins With No Birth


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Estherville Shelter Robbed continued from Page 1 money and paperwork were stolen from. The theft, which is believed to have taken place sometime on October 3 or 4, came just days after the animal shelter had completed a fundraising drive, where they collected and traded in aluminum cans and scrap metal for a return of $200. “Every dollar counts with us, so that really hit us hard,” Palmateer said. Among the items reported missing after the theft included a bundle of mail, envelopes with donations of the day, checks written out to Estherville, and even the money collected in the shelter’s donation jar. No animals or property were damaged during the robbery. Police have been contacted, but so far there are no leads in the case. “We’re asking if anybody has any information to contact our website, or our shelter phone, and we will not give any of your information out. Or you can contact the sheriff’s department.” The Estherville Animal Shelter can be reached by email at or you can visit their website at, where they are also collecting donations. Estherville can also be reached by phone at (518) 893-7451. To contact the Saratoga Springs Sheriff’s Department, please dial (518) 584-1800 if you have any information.


City Council: 8.48 Percent Property Tax Hike for 2011 Budget Proposed by Arthur Gonick Saratoga TODAY At the Saratoga Springs City Council meeting on Tuesday, October 5, Commissioner of Finance Kenneth Ivins made a presentation on the 2011 City Comprehensive Budget and called for an 8.48 percent rise in property taxes as one measure to close a gap of over $3.7 million dollars. An property tax increase of 8.48 percent would mean an increased tax bill of just under $100 (see chart) to a homeowner with an assessed home value of $200,000, and is projected to narrow the budget gap by about $1.5 million dollars. The entire budget presentation is online on the City of Saratoga Springs’ website: In addition to the property tax increase to balance the 2011 budget at nearly $35.5 million, Commissioner Ivins also proposed a variety of measures that included shifting the nine City Police Dispatchers to the County Sheriff, which, he projected, would save about $500,000. He also proposed a 10 percent increase in Recreation department fees and un-funding a Police Captain position. Among other measures to cut costs and enhance revenues were

cutting a $40,000 snow removal truck from budget requests, about $440,000 in non-personnel costs as well as $100,000 in Highway Labor were cut and a request for a Department of Public Works Facility Manager was pulled. The primary reasons for the shortfall cited by Ivins included almost $3 million in increased personnel costs including over $1 million in retirement costs and an increase that is projected to be 15 percent in health insurance costs. One of the budget objectives cited in the presentation was to “keep taxes as low as possible while cutting the least amount of services.” The shifting of Police Dispatcher responsibility measure may prove to be one point of contention as Police Chief Christopher Cole noted that these personnel also perform data entry functions. This might entail taking Patrol Officers off the street to accomplish these tasks. The issue of raising sales tax was discussed but not pursued in this budget proposal. According to Ivins, a half-percent increase would go a long way towards closing the budget gap, yet as it required State Government approval it was uncertain when or if that would be

Source: City of Saratoga Springs Finance Department 2011 Comprehensive Budget Presentation - October 5, 2010

forthcoming. A series of public hearings and workshops were set. They are scheduled for the City Council Meeting room on: • Tuesday, October 19 at 6:15 pm, • Thursday, October 28 at 1pm and • Tuesday, November 16 at 6:30 pm The Council has between November 1 and November 30 to vote on this or an amended budget. By City Charter, if no budget is approved before December 1, the Comprehensive Budget presented on Tuesday is automatically adopted for 2011.



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Saratoga Springs business owner runs for Governor continued from Page 1

“I can’t do worse.” John Nemjo Campaign motto

to make positive changes. There is a lot of emotion out there in some of these political campaigns, and that’s just not healthy for society,” he said. “We have to have more leaders out there who don’t have career ties to our political leaders.” Nemjo is capturing support mainly by word of mouth, and through business contacts which span a good portion of the Capital Region and surrounding areas. Nemjo lives in Troy with his wife and two children, and is well-known as a successful businessman. He owns and operates four outdoor supply shops in Old Forge, along with the store in downtown Saratoga Springs, and employs a large group of New York State residents. As a non-affiliated last minute candidate, he won’t appear on the ballot; his supporters will have to literally write his name to cast their

letter to the editor Dear Editor, On behalf of the Village of Ballston Spa, I would like to encourage all voters to support the upcoming public vote on the facilities improvement referendum for the Ballston Spa Central School District. The district's Facilities Planning Team spent over nine months examining the school facilities and developing the recommendations for the master plan. The Board of Education was very proactive in securing input from many people throughout the community, and I sincerely believe that their current phase I proposal is in the best interests of the residents in the school district. I have requested, along with residents of the village and other supporters, that the school district keep a viable elementary school in the village. Specifically, I appealed to the Board of Education in August 2010 to maintain and improve the district's Malta Avenue School building as a viable elementary school. The benefit to our village is immeasurable, and we appreciate the Board's plan to now make improvements to the building and also to finally be fully accessible and ADA compliant. The funding for the current project, as well as future building improvements, will be provided by a combination of local and state sources. As we continue to grow as a district, our building aid will decrease based on current state formulas, and we will

pay more from the local tax base for building projects. The projected costs of the project are minimal and as a result of retiring existing debt from past projects, the net tax impact on the average home assessed at $220,000 is estimated to be an average of $1.60 per year starting in 2015. The timing is right to approve this project now. As a BSCSD graduate, I can honestly support the proposal put forth for voter approval at this time. It is a good project for the students and provides the school buildings they need as they prepare for the future. I attended some of the buildings that need renovations and improvements and some simply need renovations. Please take a moment to read the information provided by the district, attend a community presentation, check the district's website for additional information, on the facilities planning pages at, and plan to vote positively on October 19, 2010. Lastly, please join me in expressing gratitude to the members of our district's Board of Education for listening to their constituents and their dedication to serving. Please remember to vote on October 19th and support our school district. Sincerely, John Romano 28 Middlebrook Avenue Ballston Spa, NY 12020 885-8137

vote. Nemjo has a master’s degree in green ecology from Rutgers University, and taught at the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind for seven years before starting his businesses in Upstate New York. The write-in candidate believes his campaign is strengthened by the fact that he has no prior experience holding a political office. “I think people are generally

frustrated with government, not just in New York but around the country. They see a struggling economy and other problems in the system. They are frustrated with our current leaders,” he said. “People wonder whether decisions are being made on their behalf, or in the best interest of the corporations funding the major campaigns.” Although Nemjo’s ultimate goal is to rally enough public support to

take office, getting a late start as an unknown candidate presents quite a few challenges for his campaign. “I guess the [realistic] goal would be to receive 50,000 votes so that four years from now we would actually appear on the ballot,” he said. For more information about John Nemjo’s campaign, visit his website:


Friday, October 8, 2010


local briefs 2011 Relay for Life Idea Meeting People are needed to start planning the 2011 Relay in Saratoga in June 2011. We will meet Wednesday, October 13, 2010, at the Residence Inn on Excelsior Avenue starting with food at 6 pm and continuing with the meeting at 6:30 pm. There are many ways to help with the Relay planning activities, joining a team, getting donations, helping at the Relay putting in whatever time you can, or just help us with suggestions. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. For more information or to RSVP, call Marcy at (518) 893-0671 or Nicole at (518) 857-0161.

Saratoga Soundtrack Chorus needs singers! Saratoga Soundtrack Chorus is looking for female singers to take part in a series of rehearsals ending in a women’s four-part a cappella holiday performance to benefit the Franklin Community Center of Saratoga. Musical selections will include a cappella arrangements of both traditional and modern holiday classics such as “Christmas Time is Here” from the Peanuts Christmas album and “Mary, Did you Know?” Rehearsal will be held each Monday night from October 18 through December 6 from 7 to 9 pm. The registration and materials fee for chorus participation is $20. The performance,

titled “Holiday Glee” will be held Sunday, Dec. 12 at 2 pm. A donation of non-perishable food or personal care items to be donated to the Franklin Community Center is suggested. Rehearsals and performance will be held at the United Methodist Church located on the corner of Fifth Ave and Henning Rd in Saratoga. For more information: www.sara, contact Kim Grieco at (518) 584-9653 or email Registration deadline: October 13th

in Praise of Women and the Bustles & Lace: A Century of New York Fashion exhibit, which features Victorian clothing from the museum’s renowned collection. Cost is $60. Lunch in the museum’s café and entrance to the Farmer’s Museum is also included. The bus will leave the SPAC patrons’ parking lot behind the Saratoga Automobile Museum at 8 am and return at 6 pm. For more information, contact Pat Hart at (518) 238-0313 or

Salvation Army Christmas Assistance

Revolutionary War Ancestor Research Program

Applications will be taken for Christmas assistance at the Salvation Army, 27 Woodlawn Ave, Saratoga Springs on the following dates only: Oct. 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 25, 26, 27, 28, and 29 from 10 am to noon and 4 to 6 pm, and Oct. 30 from 10 am to 3 pm. Please bring the following information with you: Identification, Social Security Cards for all listed members of the household, birth certificates for all children, proof of income, proof of expenses, and proof of address. For more information, please call (518) 584-1640.

Do you have an ancestor who served in the 1777 Battles of Saratoga? Saratoga National Historical Park, in partnership with Heritage Hunters of Saratoga County, announces that starting on Thursday, October 14, a free computer-based, accessible research tool, ‘Participants at the Battles of Saratoga,’ will be available in the park’s visitor center, open daily from 9 am to 5 pm. The information is also on their website:, but now will be readily available for any of the 150,000 visitors who annually visit Saratoga National Historical Park and wish to investigate their ancestor’s service here.

A.L.L. Fall Foliage Trip The Academy for Lifelong Learning (A.L.L.) is sponsoring a fall foliage trip to Cooperstown on Friday, October 15 to visit the Fennimore Art Museum. The group will view the John Singer Sargent exhibit Portraits

Community Hospice Touched by an Angel celebration Join your family and friends at the Museum of Dance on Oct. 21 from 6 to 9 pm to benefit The Community Hospice programs and services. The dress is casually elegant attire, and the tickets are $70 each. Call (518) 5819727, ext. 211 to request an invitation.

The Ballston Spa Business & Professional Association An Oktoberfest-themed Midweek Mixer will be held on Wednesday, October 13, from 5:30 to 7 pm at The Pressroom, 35 Bath Street in Ballston Spa. Light fare and beverages. Cost is $10 at the door. A Networking Breakfast will be held Tuesday, October 19 from 7:30-8:30 am at Mango Tree Imports, 12 Washington Street in Saratoga Springs. Cost is $5 with advance reservation or $10 that morning. Business and community members are welcome; you do not need to be a BSBPA member to attend either of these events. For more information, contact Ellen at (518) 8852772 or

The Saratoga County Society for the Detection of Horse Thieves Turkey Dinner On Saturday, October 23, at the Galway United Methodist Church, Route 147, in Galway. Seating starts at 11:30 am with dinner served promptly at noon. Cost is $13.00 per person, cash or check made payable to Galway United Methodist Church. Advance telephone reservations are required for the dinner by October 18, please call Beth Clute at (518) 882-6972 or Kathleen DeWitt at (518) 883-6550 or email

Craft Fair Vendors Needed Court Stella Maris #396 CDA of Schuylerville is holding a Craft Fair at the Notre Dame Visitation Church on Pearl St. on Oct. 23 from 9 am to 2 pm. Crafters are still being accepted. Table price is $25. Call (518) 6953950 for more information.

Living With Both Sides of Your Brain Dr. Donna Brent, a professor at Skidmore, will present this program at 7:30 pm at Beukendaal Hall, Schonowee Ave, Scotia. Sponsored by New Growth Fellowship, this is open to the public. A donation of $8 per person is requested. For more information, call Dr. Henry Mosteller at (518) 399-9347 or Karen Kennedy at (518) 699-0644.

Katrina Trask Fall Consignment Sale The Katrina Trask Cooperative Nursery School in Saratoga Springs will be holding its fall children’s consignment sale on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 15 & 16 at the American Legion, 34 West Ave, Saratoga Springs. Friday hours are from 3 to 8 pm, and Saturday’s half price sale is from 9 am to 1 pm. For more information: email to or visit Katrina Trask Cooperative Nursery School is a non-profit organization at 24 Circular Street, Saratoga Springs.


upcoming town meetings Town of Ballston: Ballston Town Hall 323 Charlton Road 885-8502 10/12: Jenkins Park Advisory Board, 7 pm Village of Ballston Spa: 66 Front Street 885-5711 10/11: Board of Trustees meeting, 7:30 pm 10/13: Planning Board meeting, 7:30 pm Town of Greenfield: 7 Wilton Road 893-7432 10/12: Planning Board meeting, 7 pm 10/14: Town Board meeting, 7:30 pm Town of Malta: 2540 Route 9 899-2818 10/11: Historic Preservation Review Commission, 7 pm 10/13: Town Board budget workshop, 7 pm Town of Milton: 503 Geyser Road 885-9220 10/13: Planning Board meeting, 7 pm City of Saratoga Springs: 474 Broadway 587-3550 10/11: Planning Board workshop, 5 pm 10/12: Design Review Commission workshop, 5 pm 10/13: Planning Board meeting, 7 pm

Fly Fishing Clinic October 16

Town of Saratoga: 12 Spring Street, Schuylerville 695-3644 10/13: Town Board meeting, 7 pm

Saratoga Spa State Park – From noon to 2 pm. Join Capital District Fly Fishers’ Paul Sinicki for a two-hour fly fishing clinic on Geyser Creek. Subjects covered will include fly tying and casting. This event is weather dependent. Registration is required. Please call (518) 584-2000, ext. 116.

Village of Schuylerville: 35 Spring Street 695-3881 10/12: Board of Water Management meeting, 7 pm 10/13: Board of Trustees meeting, 7 pm

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Town of Wilton: 22 Traver Road 587-1939




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more information about this event, please contact the museum at (518) 584-5540.

$5/children ages 5-12. Take out available. Gurtler Bros. VFW Post 420, 190 Excelsior Ave , Saratoga

Roast Turkey Dinner


8 - Oct. 15 events Friday, October 8 Saratoga Film Forum Arts Center, 320 Broadway – The Kids are Alright will be showing at 7:30 pm. General admission $7, members $5, and students with ID $5

Friday and Saturday Operation Adopt a Soldier at Schuyler Farms Route 29 in Schuylerville – Operation Adopt a Soldier will benefit a portion of the proceeds for these two days. Petting Zoo, Bounce House, refreshments, Haunted Hay Ride, Haunted Corn Maze and more.

Saturday, October 9 Saratoga Springs Farmers’ Market Saratoga’s premier market, featuring meats, local produce, eggs, soaps, seasonal items and more. Wednesdays, 3 to 6 pm, Saturdays, 9 am to 1 pm. High Rock Park, High Rock Avenue, Saratoga

Smoke Bus Simulator The Children’s Museum at Saratoga, 69 Caroline St. – From 1 to 4 pm. Free. Kids will learn about heat detection and fire hazards as they practice safely exiting a smoky building with the help of local firefighters. For

Trinity United Methodist Church, 155 Ballard Rd, Wilton – Serving hours are 3 to 6 pm. Costs are by donation. Takeouts available; the church is handicapped accessible. For info, (518) 584-9107.

Saturday and Sunday Saratoga Gourmet Foods Sampling Impressions of Saratoga, 368 Broadway – from 11 am to 4 pm each day, rain or shine. Free samples of locally made food products.

British Encampment at Saratoga National Historical Park

Greenfield Grange Breakfast Grange Hall, Grange Rd, off 9N in Greenfield – from 8 to 11:30 am. A complete menu with special featured items. $6/adults and $5/seniors. Open to the public. For more info, call (518) 584-9078.

River Boat Cruise Champlain Canal Lock 5, off US Route 4, just north of Schuylerville – Enjoy the colors of autumn and help support Hudson Crossing Park from noon to 2 pm. Tickets are $17. For more information, call Mike McLaughlin at (518) 932-2219.

Hudson Crossing Park’s 10:10:10 Event

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

English Spoken Here Beginner Class Saratoga Springs Public Library 49 Henry St. – A class for adults from other countries to improve their spoken English. Held from 9:30 to 11:30 am. Free and open to the public. Register with Literacy NENY (518) 583-1232.

Wednesday, October 13 Preschool Program at the National Museum of Racing

Saratoga National Historical Park, between US Route 4 and NY Route 32, Stillwater From 9 am to 4 pm. His Majesty’s 24th Regiment of Foot in America will be at Stop 6 (both days) re-enacting camp life of 230 years ago. For more information, please call the Information Desk at (518) 6649821, ext. 224.

From 2 to 6 pm, come to Hudson Crossing Park at Lock 5 in Northumberland, and join in the world-wide 10:10:10 Global Work Party ( – green gardening, climate solution activities and eco-fashion show.

National Museum of Racing, 191 Union Ave. in Saratoga Springs – Wednesdays from 10 to 11 am for children ages 3-5 and their parents. Advance reservations are required and children must have proof of immunizations. Please call (518) 584-0400, ext. 11.

Monday, October 11

Saratoga Springs Farmers’ Market

Shakespeare Theater

Malta Branch Library will be closed today.

Little Theater on the Farm, Fort Edward The comedy “All’s Well That Ends Well” Saturday at 2 and 8 pm and Sunday at 2 pm. Admission is $10, seniors and students $8. For more information and directions, visit Reservations at (518) 747-4418

Sunday, October 10 Breakfast Buffet at the VFW All-you-can-eat breakfast buffet from 8 to 11 am every 2nd Sunday of each month. $6/adults, $5/seniors & military,

Reconnecting with Nature: A Program for Parents and Children Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry St. – From 10 to 11:30 am, meet Ardie Pierce of Children and Nature Saratoga for a walk to Congress Park for a nature scavenger hunt. Return to the library to assemble a beautiful nature mobile using these items. For children ages 3-8. Register in the Children’s Room or by calling (518) 5847860, choose option 3.

Saratoga’s premier market, featuring meats, local produce, eggs, soaps, seasonal items and more. Wednesdays, 3 to 6 pm, Saturdays, 9 am to 1 pm. High Rock Park, High Rock Avenue, Saratoga.

Roast Pork and Meatloaf Dinner Saratoga-Wilton Elks Lodge #161, 1 Elks Lane, Route 9, Saratoga Springs – 4:30 to 7 pm. Complete dinner with soup, salad, entrée, dessert and coffee/tea. Cash bar available. Adults- $9, children 5-12 are $5, under 5 free. Seniors and military are $8. Takeout available for $10.


Thursday, October 14 October Brown Bag Lunch Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry St. – From noon to 1 pm. October’s Brown Bag, entitled “East of Detroit” will be presented by Alan Edstrom in the Dutcher Community Room.

Book Club Malta Branch Library, 1 Bayberry Dr. At 11 am, come for a discussion of Midwives, a novel by Chris Bohjalian.

Toddler Story Time Malta Branch Library, 1 Bayberry Dr. – at 11:15 am, for ages 2-3, story and craft.

Lecture: “Empire of Illusion” Gannett Auditorium, Skidmore College – 7 pm. Chris Hedges, author of War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning (2002) and Empire of Illusion: the End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle (2009). For more information, call (518) 5808340.

Friday, October 15 American Movie Club Round Lake Library, Clark House, 31 Wesley Ave. in Round Lake; - 5:30 pm, Pot Luck Supper and a viewing of the movie Elmer Gantry. Bring a dish to share—we’ll supply the drinks, plates, and utensils.

Hike with your Dog Saratoga Spa State Park – at 5:30 pm. Join the park naturalist for a moderate, two-mile hike through forests and fields and along Geyser Creek. Dogs must be leashed. This program costs $3 per person or $5 per family. Registration is required. Please call (518) 584-2000, ext. 116 to register.

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Friday, October 8, 2010

“Babs” and “Blue Eyes” Unite this Sunday

America’s two greatest singing icons, Barbra Streisand and Frank Sinatra, never had the opportunity to share the same stage, until now. Direct from Las Vegas, Sebastian Anzaldo and Sharon Owens bring the “Concert that Never Was” to the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall at 32 Second Street in Troy, on Sunday, October 10 at 3:00 pm.

Opening the show is local hero Al Bruno, the area’s own Neil Diamond. Al has been the region’s leading night club entertainer for decades, singing songs that recall the days and feel of both Sinatra and Diamond. Tickets are $30 and are on sale at The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall by phone (518) 273-0038 or on the web at

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The “25th” opens HMT’s 26th! Home Made Theater (HMT) opens their 26th season with the Tony Award winning musical “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” at the Spa Little Theater in the Saratoga Spa State Park. The show runs weekends from October 15 through 31. “Spelling Bee” is a hilarious tale of six adolescent overachieving outsiders (all played by adults) who are vying to win the locally prestigious contest. These quirky yet charming characters detail the larger angst they face as they struggle to both stand out and fit in at the same time. The competition is both with each other and with members of the audience, four of whom are recruited to partic-

ipate as ‘guest spellers’ on stage before every show! This is administered by grown-ups who have barely escaped childhood themselves! The competitors eventually learn that winning isn’t everything and that losing doesn’t necessarily make you a loser. The director of “Spelling Bee” is Michael Mensching who is making his directing debut at HMT. The artistic team for “Spelling Bee” includes musical director Valerie Lord, choreographer Melissa Lacjian, scenic designer Mary Fran Hughes, properties designer Jane Parisi, lighting designer David Yergan, sound design by Barry Streifert and costume designer Dianne O’Neill Filer. The cast of “Spelling Bee” includes many veteran HMT actors including Patrick Doyle as William

Barfee, Kathleen Dunham as Marcy Park, Nik Gatzendorfer as Leaf Coneybear, Daryl Hirschfield as Mitch Mahoney, Karen Kolterman as Rona Lisa Peretti, Hollie Miller as Olive Ostrovsky, and Dawn Oesch as Logainne Schwartandgrubenniere. The cast also includes Nick Abounader as Chip Tolentino and Jeffery Hocking as Vice Principal Panch making their debut on the Home Made Theatre Stage. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm. There are also 2 pm Sunday matinees on October 24 and 31. Ticket prices are $26 and $29. An optional dinner package is available at Lillian’s Restaurant prior to evening performances for an additional $23 per person plus tax and gratuity. For reservations or information, call HMT at (518) 5874427 or visit

Grant Cottage celebrates Autumn Festival

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Grant Cottage overlook On Sunday, October 10 from 1 to 3 pm the Friends of Ulysses S. Grant Cottage will celebrate the end of the successful summer season with their traditional Autumn Festival. The event includes live music, period reenactments, complimentary cider and donuts, a bake sale, and a kids’ coloring contest. Event admission of $5 (students and seniors $4, children ages 6 and under free) includes a tour of the historic Cottage where President Grant spent his final days and access to the Overlook, which provides one of the most splendid views in the area and is especially scenic in its full autumn glory. Grant Cottage is located just 7 miles north of Saratoga Springs, off exit 16 of the Northway. Head west on Ballard Road (County Route 33) to the intersection at Route 9. Proceed straight through the intersection onto Corinth Mountain Road (County Route 101). Take the first right and follow the signs up the mountain to Grant Cottage. For more information, contact Becky Codner, Member of the Friends of Ulysses S. Grant Cottage Board of Trustees at (518) 3010325 or The Friends of Ulysses S. Grant Cottage is a private, not-for-profit membership organization that is dedicated to educate and inspire the widest possible audience about the compelling and uniquely American story of the Grant Cottage New York State Historical Site.

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Nik Gatzendorfer, Daryl Hirschfeld, Patrick Doyle Front row: Dawn Oesch, Kathleen Dunham, Hollie Miller





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Max Weinberg Big Band: Timeless Music for a Great Cause

(L-C):The October 15 Max Weinberg Big Band show’s proceeds will benefit Universal Preservation Hall. (R):Back in the Day: Max Weinberg backs Bruce Springsteen

Author David Garrard Lowe to discuss iconic actress Sarah Bernhardt at SPAC Fundraiser on Wednesday, October 13 From backing “the Boss” to being a Band Boss, Max Weinberg has been all about excellence at the pinnacle of the music industry for decades. Whatever he has been associated with has been a world-class endeavor. One of his signature phrases (“look sharp-play sharp”) sums up his posture towards presenting music, and we all have been enriched by the experience.

Max Weinberg Big Band Friday, October 15, 8 pm Universal Preservation Hall 25 Washington Street, Saratoga Springs Tickets: $ 48 Available at Saratoga Guitar 438 Broadway or Information: (518) 584-2627

Phase three of Max Weinberg’s plan for world music domination is now in full “swing” as he and his Big Band visit Universal Preservation Hall (UPH) at 8 pm on Friday, October 15. Tickets are $48 and proceeds will go to UPH’s ongoing renovation and revival. They are on sale at Saratoga Guitar, 438 Broadway in Saratoga Springs (518) 581-1604, and online at The Max Weinberg Big Band is the next chapter in a storied career in which for 36 years Max performed and recorded with Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band. During this time he also was in demand by leading luminaries of the music world including Paul McCartney, Sting, Tom Jones, Ringo Starr, Bob Dylan, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Bono, Levon Helm and the Band.

Amazingly enough, this might not be his most impressive credential! Max also sports 17 years on network television as the leader of “The Max Weinberg 7” on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” and “Max Weinberg and The Tonight Show Band,” merely touted by the Washington Post as “the best band in late night television.” The Big Band which will visit UPH is a bold, swinging 15-piece aggregation that pays tribute and continues the traditions established by legends who are Weinberg’s musical heroes - including Frank Sinatra, Count Basie, Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa, Doc Severinsen and Maynard Ferguson. All this for a great cause, as proceeds from the event go to the revitalization of hosting venue Universal Preservation Hall as it continues its drive to further develop and sustain a unique and exciting performing arts venue, historic building and community asset. Add it all up and the total is: Must see. - Arthur Gonick

Saratoga Performing Arts Center’s Action Council will host a fundraiser featuring a presentation on the legendary life and career of Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923) by David Garrard Lowe, well-known lecturer, cultural historian and author. The French stage and early film actress, referred to as “the most famous actress the world has ever known,” had one of the most extraordinary careers in the history of the theatre. Lowe will explore Bernhardt’s rise to stardom at the lecture on Wednesday, October 13 at 10:30 am in the Spa Little Theater. David Garrard Lowe is the author of several books including Beaux Arts New York, Art Deco New York, Lost Chicago and Stanford White’s New York edited by Jackie KennedyOnassis and described as her “favorite book.” Sarah Bernhardt, a French stage and early film actress, was one of the first world-wide celebrities. The actress studied drama in Paris and began performing on the stage in the early 1860s. She soon became known for her charismatic, sensual and highly melodramatic performances in classical plays such as Ruy Blas (1872) and Phedre (1874). Bernhardt began touring internationally in 1880, travelling in special luxury railway cars and appearing in cities across Europe and the United States. She was also famous for her flamboyant personal life. She toured America nine times through 1916. The schedule for the October 13 event is as follows: 10:00 am. – Continental Breakfast, Spa Little Theatre 10:30 am – Lecture by David Garrard Lowe, Spa Little Theatre 11:45 am – Luncheon and boutique shopping, Hall of Springs Admission to all events is $75. Guests will have an opportunity to shop during the luncheon at a mini-boutique of fine accessories, gifts, apparel and cosmetics. Proceeds from the fundraiser will support education programs at SPAC. Tickets may be purchased at or by contacting Alyssa McClenning at (518) 584-9330 ext. 121 or


PULSE 19 “Fuego!” = volcanic eruption of dance with soul Friday, October 8, 2010

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Tango Fusion Dance Company and Soul Session In what promises to be a stunning emotion-evoking display of worldclass talent, two leading ensembles of the Capital-Saratoga arts scene will combine forces to present a special program entitled “Fuego: An Emotive World Dance Show with Soul!” The program has been specially crafted with dynamic selections from a broad musical spectrum including songs by Pink Floyd, Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye and Etta James with specific arrangements and custom choreography designed to dazzle and delight. This should not come as a surprise to anyone familiar with the featured performers, as for years they have been acquiring accolades and credentials that have put them in the elite of their respective disciplines:

• Tango Fusion Dance Company, co-directed by Diane Lachtrupp and husband Johnny Martinez, synthesizes Latin dance, Argentine tango, ballet, jazz, modern dance and theater by combining the styles and backgrounds of the company’s dancers. This mix creates fun, passionate, innovative movement that is both beautiful and evocative of Tango’s cultural origins. Their performance credits have spanned the globe, and include the American Theater for Actors in Manhattan, which earned them rave notices in the New York Times as well as the Fifth Annual Tango Congress in Argentina. Visit their website at • Soul Session, led by soulist

Garland Nelson, has been a fan favorite ever since its formulation. Adding to their trophy case of honors was the designation to open for R&B superstars ‘Boyz to Men’ earlier this year. Their website ( captures the vibe perfectly: “Founded on the belief that soul music is God’s multicultural lifeline, Soul Session heightens our organic humanity by making the audience the center of attention through call and response, dance and praise.” “People can expect to experience great 70’s and 80’s music, with concert dancing to unexpected songs like ‘Papa was a Rolling Stone,’” said Tango Fusion co-director Diane Lachtrupp. “The audience interaction and participation elements are going to yield a joyous atmosphere. Garland and Soul Session are fantastic arrangers, and a highlight for me is when I get to dance with both my husband (Johnny Martinez) and Garland to Michael Jackson’s ballad ‘Whatever Happens.’” Garland Nelson was similarly excited about the lineup. “It’s always a blessing to be able to affiliate with the best, and that’s what you have in Tango Fusion. We had worked together once before last May, and it was an incredible experience for both the performers and audience. This time I am completely energized about presenting a new program in a con-

SararogaArtsFest announces new leaders SaratogaArtsFest is marily focused on organipleased to announce the zational strategic planappointment of an execuning and implementation. tive director and four new She has worked as an members to its board of independent consultant directors. and in key management Mary Ellen O’Loughlin, positions at Empire Blue of Wilton, has been named Cross and Blue Shield. the organization’s executive She is actively engaged director. In her new posiin community activities, Mary Ellen tion, she will work with the O’Loughlin recently having served as ArtsFest board, community a consultant to and memorganizations, and local volunteers ber of the Saratoga Independent to organize and sustain the annual School board of trustees. arts celebration. Among her key Also joining SaratogaArtsFest are responsibilities will be the imple- four new appointees to the board of mentation of the strategic plan for directors: SaratogaArtsFest. Amy Bloom, associate director of Ms. O’Loughlin joined the Ethics across the Curriculum SaratogaArtsFest in September Program at Union College, of 2009 as promotions manager and Saratoga Springs later served as a consultant to the Lynne Gelber, chair of the board, board in strategic planning. Saratoga Chamber Players; professor Ms. O’Loughlin has more than emerita of French, Skidmore 20 years of leadership and man- College, of Saratoga Springs agement experience in non-profit Jeffrey Segrave, dean of Special and for-profit environments, pri- Programs at Skidmore College, of

Wilton Natalie I. Wait, associate with the law firm of Lemery Greisler LLC, of Wilton “As SaratogaArtsFest enters its fifth year, these experienced professionals with diverse backgrounds bring important skills and ideas to move us ahead,” said Marie Glotzbach, President of the



Tango Fusion Dance Company and Soul Session Sunday, October 17, 2 and 7 pm Charles R. Wood Theater, 207 Glen Street, Glens Falls Tickets: $28 (students 18 and younger - $19) Information and reservations at or (518) 874-0800

trolled theater environment like the Wood – with the ability to coordinate the lighting, sound and staging. The audience will be treated to a Broadway quality atmosphere in every respect. It’s going to be explosive!” he said. “We received a tremendous amount of support from the community and our sponsors to maintain a professional presentation from rehearsal through performance time,” Garland continued. “We couldn’t have done this without Nacre Dance, Arthur Murray Studios, Bailey Sound Systems, Niki Rossi Photography, Al Woodard Films and McDonald Public Relations.” Rounding out the extremely balanced program will be an appearance by youth ensemble the Lake Avenue Swing Kids, performing the showstopper signature piece, ‘Zoot Suit Riot.’ Other highlights include a Design Your Own Dance segment and a free salsa class for audience members during intermission.

SaratogaArtsFest board of directors. SaratogaArtsFest, held annually in mid-June, is a citywide celebration of the arts spanning music, dance, visual art, film, theatre, and literary art. SaratogaArtsFest 2011 will run from June 9 to 12. For more information,visit

Tickets are $28 (students 18 and younger are $19) and can be purchased online at and by phone at (518) 874-0800. - Arthur Gonick



Anne’s corner

Saratoga JV Girls Soccer gives $$$ to Hospice

Friday, October 8, 2010



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

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On Wednesday, September 22, the Saratoga Junior Varsity Girls’ Soccer team made a $170 donation to Hospice by receiving blue hair extensions at Simplicity Salon. Thank you, Simplicity Salon and JV girls for your generous donation to Build a Home for Hospice!

YMCA Preschoolers Learn About Cooking Healthy

Grace, age 7

Grace C, age 7


Ryan, age 7

ASA gives back!

Jodie Fitz, the creator and personality of the Price Chopper Kids Cooking Club, is shown here with YMCA of Saratoga preschoolers making and enjoying a healthy “Suns Up” Smoothie. The Y preschoolers learned that cooking and trying healthy foods can be fun and delicious.

The tooth fairy club is sponsored by:

The Adirondack Sportsman’s Alliance recently held their annual Pig Roast/Barbeque in Wilton and over 80 people attended. Altogether they collected and delivered a truckload of items. Pictured left to right are ASA officers Rob Mancini, Jeff Mancini, Richard Besthoff and Mickey Surinno.

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Ballston Spa Homecoming & Community Spirit Week The Ballston Spa Central School District and the Village of Ballston Spa are combining efforts to celebrate school and community pride during the district’s annual Homecoming Week. Various activities will be held throughout the schools, the businesses and the communities in the Ballston Spa Central School District the week of October 12 - 16, 2010. Please contact Courtney Lamport, at or call 884-7195 x1369, for more information or if you plan on attending the event. The annual Homecoming Football Game will be held against Niskayuna High School on Friday evening, October 15, 2010 at 7:00 pm at the football stadium on Garrett Road. The current High School students will also attend their Homecoming Dance on Saturday evening, October 16, 2010. Please contact the High School for more information at 884-7150 or check the website at

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Penn Sinks Navy by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY Those hoping for an exciting match-up at the sixth annual Adirondack Trust Allegiance Bowl at Saratoga Springs High School certainly had little to be disappointed about. After the dust had settled from last Saturday's charity Collegiate Sprint Football game, it was the underdog, University of Pennsylvania (3-0) who emerged victorious over Navy (2-1), shutting down Navy's offense in the second half and outscoring their opponent 24-14 to win the game. The win for Penn was its first victory in 10 matches against Navy, who were able to capitalize

on four turnovers committed by the Navy offense - including a fumble by Navy quarterback Tyler Terronez in their own end zone. The fumble was recovered by Penn's Matt Cuccinello for a touchdown in the fourth quarter, effectively sealing Navy's fate. The loss for Navy was the team's first in 25 games, a win streak spanning three seasons. Honored with the Ken Kunken Most Valuable Player award was Penn's running back Mike Bagnoli, who finished the night with 104-yards, including a fiveyard rush for a touchdown on Penn's opening drive. Bagnoli is 59-yards shy of becoming the 5th Penn Player with 2,000 career rushing yards.


Huge upset snaps Navy’s 25 game winning streak

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Running back Mike Bagnoli stiff-arms the Navy defense during the Adirondack Trust Allegiance Bowl. Bagnoli finished the day with 104-yards rushing.

On Pace to Race: Injury Prevention for Marathon Runners With just days until Chicago's popular marathon on Sunday, October 10, 45,000 marathon runners from all 50 states and more than 100 countries will turn corners and pick up their pace for the big race in October. Locally, the area will host a series of 5K runs through October, including the Burnt Hills Rotary Apple Run and Walk 5K on October 9; Falling Leaves 5K Run in Ballston Spa on October 9; the Saratoga National Bank Cross Country Classic on October 17; and the Great Pumkin Challenge hosted by Saratoga Bridges on October 23. But whether training for a 26.2-mile race or a 5K, it's important to take the proper precautions and keep your body in tow to prevent injury before, during and after the race. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) urges runners to follow a running regimen that suits their activity-level and to not overlook aches and pains, no matter how minor they may seem. "Completing a marathon is a huge

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accomplishment, but what many people don't realize is that just getting to the starting line is half the battle," said Ron Noy, MD. "Many common overuse injuries, such as tendonitis, shin splints and stress fractures, which take runners out of the race, can be prevented. Have at least a year of consistent running under your belt before beginning marathon training and then find a progressive program that matches your skill level." In 2009, more than 165,000 people were treated in hospitals, doctor's offices and emergency rooms for running injuries, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Preparing for a race means high mileage, and high mileage means runners are spending more time on their feet and out in the sun than ever before, making them vulnerable to a number of injuries. The AAOS wants to help these athletes get to the finish line safely and offers the following training and injury prevention tips: Throw out old athletic shoes. After

250-500 miles of use, 60 percent of a shoe's shock absorption is lost. Take the time to warm up. A good warm up prepares your body for more intense activity. It gets your blood flowing, raises your muscle temperature, and increases your breathing rate. Avoid doing too much, too soon. Planning a progressive running program that also includes stretching, warm-ups and cool-downs will help prevent injuries. A running group is another option that allows runners to follow a program that will gently build up mileage, and do so at a realistic pace. Keep in mind to gradually increase your mileage, no more than 10 percent per week and allow yourself at least one day off each week. In high altitudes, runners should gradually acclimate themselves to lower oxygen levels, by slow, steady increases in speed and distance. During hot weather, running should be scheduled in the early morning or evening hours, to avoid heat exhaustion. Keep hydrated and

wear at least SPF 15 sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat with a visor to help stay cool. In cool weather, you are less likely to get chilled if you run into the wind when you start running and run with the wind at the finish. Make sure you have access to water on your route. You can lose between six and 12 ounces of fluid for every 20 minutes of running. For every pound lost, drink one pint of

fluid. Just as a warm up prepares your body for exercise, an effective cool down gives your body time to recover. Once you are breathing easily, stretch while your muscles are still warm. Rest days are just as important as training days. Give your muscles the time they need to rest and rebuild each week to avoid overuse injuries.




Friday, October 8, 2010


Community Sports Bulletin Liberty League honors six Thoroughbreds On Monday, the Liberty League announced that six Skidmore student-athletes received recognition for performances during the past week. Men's tennis freshman Oliver Loutsenko earned Rookie of the Week honors after reaching the semifinals of the USTA/ITA Northeast Regional Championship. He beat second seed Ben Guzick of Vassar 2-6, 6-2, 6-0 in the round of 16 and 5-8 seed Chris Rosensteel of Stevens, 7-5, 3-6, 7-5 in the quarterfinals. The Thoroughbreds are at the Wallach Invitational at Bates, October 9 and 10. Women's soccer goalie Meghan Sleezer was named Defensive Performer of the Week and freshman Christine Bellotti picked up Co-Rookie of the Week honors in a 2-0 week for Skidmore. Sleezer made seven saves in a 1-0 shutout at #25 Amherst and had two saves and allowed 0 goals in 45 minutes of a 6-1 win over Utica. Bellotti scored the game-winning goal in the win at Amherst; the goal was her fourth of the season. The Thoroughbreds host St. Lawrence on Oct. 8 at 4 pm. Field hockey goalie Liz Catinella received Defensive Performer of the Week after a pair of 3-0 wins this past week for #10 Skidmore. She made seven saves in a shutout of #13 Middlebury and allowed no goals and made two saves in 65:09 at Utica. The Thoroughbreds are at Vassar on October 8. Women's tennis freshman Melissa Hirsch (Alamo, Calif.) posted a 4-0 record this week and was named Rookie of the Week. Hirsch won 6-3, 6-3 at #3 singles and 8-4 at #3 doubles in a 6-3 win at UAlbany and earned a 6-3, 6-0 win at #1 singles and an 81 victory at #1 doubles in a 9-0 win at Union. Skidmore is at Middlebury for the Gail Smith Doubles Tournament on October 9. Volleyball senior Meredith Palmer was named Performer of the Week after being named to the Red Dragon Invitational AllTournament Team. Palmer led the Thoroughbreds with 55 kills and 15 blocks in four matches this weekend. Skidmore is at Union for the Liberty Preview Tournament this weekend.

Varsity Football Schedule Ballston Spa 10/1: vs. Guilderland, 35-31 10/8: at CBA, 7 pm

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake 10/1: vs. Glens Falls, 42-6 10/9: vs. Amsterdam, 2 pm

Saratoga Springs 10/1: vs. Troy, 12-33 10/8: at Bethlehem 7pm

Schuylerville 10/2: vs. Hudson Falls, 15-32 10/8: at Johnstown, 7 pm

South Glens Falls 10/1: vs. Gloversville, 13-21 10/9: vs. Glens Falls, 1:30 pm

Saratoga Pop Warner Football Weekend Game Results Junior Midget won against Greene County 27-12 Pee Wee lost against Ravena 14-13 Junior Pee Wee won against Ballston Spa 6-0 Saratoga Pop Warner would also like to take this opportunity to extend a special thank you to future hall of fame coach and part-time Saratoga Resident Bill Parcels for his genorous donation to the organization. It is support from community members like these, and the continued support from sponsors such as Stadium Cafe, Walton’s Sport Shop, Allerdice, and many more that make this wonderful organization possible.

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Ryan DiGiuseppe scores the winning touchdown for Saratoga in the Junior Pee Wee game against Ballston Spa.

Phantoms Preseason Opener Provides Exciting Action The Adirondack Phantoms opened the 2010-11 season with a preseason thriller against the Albany Devils in a 2-1 overtime loss at the Glens Falls Civic Center. Some terrific saves on both ends by Adirondack's Brian Stewart and Albany's Jeff Frazee highlighted the evening along with a few fights and shoving matches. The buzz and excitement in the air was noticeable for the beginning of hockey in the North Country, as the fans got their first look at the new and exciting Phantoms players, as well as some popular returning favorites. The 6'4" Stewart used his long legs to make several fine saves. Stewart went the distance and allowed a breakaway goal to the Devils' David McIntyre 4:29 into overtime on the deciding tally. Stewart played three games with the Phantoms late last season after

completing his collegiate career at Northern Michigan University. Luke Pither scored at 1:06 into the 3rd period to give the Phantoms the initial 1-0 lead. Pither is a speedy and exciting rookie out of Barrie in the Ontario Hockey League where he racked up 36 goals and 94 points. He finished third in that league in scoring, trailing only the top two picks in the 2010 draft, Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin. Pither had several other chances, including one that almost won it for the home team just a minute before McIntyre's breakaway. Pither's goal was assisted by veteran Dan Jancevski, who played for Texas last year and wore the "C" on his jersey, and rookie Cullen Eddy out of Mercyhurst College. Garrett Klotz of Adirondack and Harry Young of Albany dropped the gloves midway through the first

period for a lengthy grapple. It was the first of many altercations in the evening as both sides seemed to establish a healthy animosity towards each other in the first of 14 total encounters this year (including two preseason games). It seems likely that future Adirondack vs. Albany match-ups will show similar physicality. Phantoms rookie Zac Rinaldo took a five minute fighting major and a couple of minors and picked up where he left off in his Canadian Major Junior career, where he led the OHL in penalty minutes in back to back seasons. The Phantoms and Flyers will continue making roster moves over the weekend and into the beginning of next week. The Phantoms open the regular season on Friday, October 8 at the Binghamton Senators and then will be the visitors for Albany's home

opener on Saturday, October 9. Adirondack's first home games of the 2010-11 regular season will be Friday, October 15 and Saturday, October 16. The first 5000 fans on opening night will receive Phantoms magnet schedules, courtesy of Potvin & Potvin Family Dentistry.

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


SPORTS Athlete of the Week: Matt Secor TODAY

Friday, October 8, 2010


A Warrior with Heart by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY There are tangible indicators one can use to measure the greatness of a fighter - their speed, their power and agility, or how many wins and losses they may have racked up. But these skill sets (while important) are not all that make up a fighter, and it is often the intangible - that which cannot be seen or measured which outweighs all else, separating the sublime from the mediocre. Ask a fighter what makes them a success and anyone worth their salt will give you one answer: desire. The desire to win, no matter what obstacle stares them down, the drive and the focus to overcome all in their path and, in the end, the need to become the absolute best. No exceptions. Matt Secor has the desire, and anyone keeping tabs on the 23year-old as he climbs his way up through the Mixed Martial Arts and Jiu-Jitsu world can't help but be impressed by his single-minded focus.

"He's laser focused, he's determined, and he has drive," Chad Beatty, Secor's Head Instructor at Spa City Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu said. "He lives, breaths and eats JiuJitsu. He embodies the warrior mentality." Secor is coming off of a spectacular performance from the October 2 Manhattan Pan American Games of Jiu-Jitsu, where he not only took home the gold medal in his division, but did so after defeating all five of his opponents without a single point being scored against him. Out of the five matches, three of them ended in a submission (the longest round lasting just under two and a half minutes), the rest ending in shutouts. "The first thing I do when I walk into a Jiu-Jitsu tournament is I don't think about losing at all. I don't ever have a negative attitude. I always have a positive attitude, because if you do, positive things will happen," Secor said. "I want to be the best." Secor, who has recorded six wins and zero losses in his Mixed Martial Arts fights, keeps to an

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Matt Secor (right) trains with fellow gold medalist James Fallas (left) at Spa City Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

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Matt Secor (second from left) stands above the rest after winning the gold medal for his performance at Manhattan’s Pan American Games of Jiu-Jitsu on October 2. intense training schedule week in and week out, averaging five to six hours in the gym a day, six days a week. "He keeps pushing himself," Head Instructor Beatty said. "One of his role models is Dan Gable, one of the best wrestlers this planet has ever seen. Dan Gable's motto when he left practice was to be so physically exhausted, he wasn’t able to walk out on his own. People would have to carry him out he trained so hard. Matt trains according to that. He pushes himself to the limit." Secor arrived at Spa City Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with a solid background in wrestling two and a half years ago, hoping to improve his technical skills. "I wanted to build my house, and for my foundation I wanted to have my ground game," Secor said. "You've got to have a solid foundation, and then you build up. I felt like my wrestling could dictate where I wanted to bring the fight. I wanted submissions,

so I pursued Jiu-Jitsu." Over the last two years, "[Secor's] Jiu-Jitsu levels…have soared to new heights. He's matured as a man, and as a human being," Beatty said. As proof of his growth and maturity, Secor has even begun teaching classes and helping out other students at Spa City. "I love helping people," Secor said. "I think that's awesome. I'm really not that good at teaching yet - I don't know how to tell someone how my body moves, but I think it's something that's going to come with time." In two weeks Secor will fly down to Miami for the Miami Open, a huge tournament in the sport. Two weeks after that he flies to California for his first World Championship match, followed by the Renzo Gracie Invitational and then the Abu Dhabi Trials. It's a jam-packed schedule filled with high-profile fights, and yet Secor has maintained his focus, refusing to bend

to the pressure most men would buckle under. In the end, for Secor, it all comes down to one thing: "I love to fight," Secor said. "I've always just felt like it was the thing to do. To settle a conversation, to solve an argument - you fought, and then shook hands after. Because that's what men do." Technically speaking, Head Instructor Beatty said that Secor still has room to grow and develop in the sport. But looking towards the future, Beatty is confident in Secor's abilities. "World Champion at blue belt, purple belt, brown belt and black belt," Beatty predicted. "Going forward his positions will get tighter, his transitions will become more fluid, and he will begin to think a few moves ahead of his opponents." And as for Secor's opponents, the young fighter has but two words for them "Good luck."

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