Saratoga Today Newspaper December 03, 2010

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Volume 5 • Issue 48

Racing Ace Sam Place by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY

Sam Place

There was just something about Sam Place – a soft but well spoken, intelligent seventh grader in Art Kranick’s science class that caught the eye of the long-time crosscountry coach at Saratoga Springs High School. Place, who was more interested in becoming a baseball player than a serious cross-country Mark Bolles • Saratoga Today runner, figured at the very least

the running would help him get into shape, and so in eighth grade he agreed to sign on with the freshman cross-country team. “Obviously my husband saw something in him that was worth recruiting,” said Linda Kranick, Art’s wife and co-coach for Saratoga’s cross-country runners, “and he was right.” Place’s story is one of perseverance and hard work, one where nothing comes easy, but where the ends’ rewards are that

See Sam Place page 12

City Council passes 2011 Budget

- 4.45 percent property tax rise by Arthur Gonick Saratoga TODAY After months of negotiations, public hearings and workshops which included cuts in various line items on the last possible day, the Saratoga Springs City Council passed an Amended 2011 budget on Tuesday evening,

B’Spa Teen Takes on Santa Arrives in downtown Saratoga Springs! Big Tobacco by Yael Goldman Saratoga TODAY

See Tobacco Control page 14

See 2011 page 13

Inside TODAY... Black Friday turnout pg 6 First Night pg 7 Business pg 8-9

Samantha Ronca is the first young person in Saratoga County to receive the Outstanding Youth Leadership Award in the history of Tobacco Control Partners of the Southern Adirondacks’ sevenyear community recognition program.

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November 30. The vote was 4-1 in favor of the Amended budget, with Commissioner of Accounts John Franck voting against, which calls for a property tax rise of 4.45 percent.

Education pg 10-11 SPAC pg 14 Pulse pg 22-25 Photo by Mark Bolles

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Friday, December 3, 2010



Ho-Ho-Holy Santa that’s a lot of chocolate! by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY

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A 25 pound chocolate Santa sits on display at Jo-Ann’s Candy House

Twenty-five pounds of chocolate, to be exact! In its 29th holiday season, JoAnn’s Candy house is featuring a twenty-five pound chocolate Santa, on display and up for sale for $185 at their location in the Best Buy Plaza in Wilton. “It’s incredible,” said owner and operator Gene Bruno. “We have people taking pictures with it almost all day long.” The chocolate Santa is mostly hollow, hand-crafted and spun on a chocolate centrifuge to allow for a surprising amount of detail in its construction. “We keep it here as a symbol of the quality of chocolates we offer and can offer in the candy store,” Bruno said, adding “and if it doesn’t sell by Christmas, then we give it away.” Already one lucky Saratoga resident has been struck by the holiday spirit- and one would guess an incredibly festive sugar rush as well. “We’ve sold one already,” Bruno said. “Believe it or not, this is our second one!”




Friday, December 3, 2010

Jessica M. Miller, 27, of 212 Regent St. #4, Saratoga Springs, pleaded guilty to a charge of second-degree assault, a class-D felony. Miller was arrested in Clifton Park on June 26 and has been sentenced to time served and five years of probation to include drug treatment court. Mark Thrasher, 22, of Stone Clover Dr., Saratoga Springs, was charged with two counts of driving while intoxicated. He was arrested in Saratoga Springs on November 27. Christopher R. Pena, 21, of Conifer Dr., Burnt Hills, was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Pena was arrested in Saratoga Springs on November 25. Jared M. Berggren, 21, of Hemlock Ln., Scotia, was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. He was arrested in Saratoga Springs on November 25. Judith Coon, 32, of Mechanicville, was charged with operating a motor vehicle with a suspended registration, a misdemeanor, and operating a motor vehicle without insurance, a violation. Coon was arrested in Stillwater on November 13. She was processed and released to appear in Stillwater Town Court. Christopher P. Kerr, 48, of Vichy Dr., Saratoga Springs, was charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief and endangering the welfare of a child. He was arrested in Saratoga Springs on December 1. Juan E. Alvarez-Lopez, 32, of Vanderbilt Terrace, Saratoga Springs, was charged with second-degree criminal contempt. Alvarez-Lopez was arrested in Saratoga Springs on December 1. Patrick T. Duff, 25, of London Sq., Clifton Park, was charged with disorderly conduct. He was arrested on November 25 in Saratoga Springs. Taylor Jenkins, 19, of Stillwater, was charged with unlawful possession of alcohol while being under 21, a violation. Jenkins was arrested in Stillwater on November 19. Frank E. Labadie, 30, of Oak

St., Saratoga Springs, was charged with third-degree criminal mischief, a class-E felony, and disorderly conduct. Labadie was arrested on November 25 in Saratoga Springs. Taylor J. Diggins, 22, of Circle Dr., Porter Corners, was charged with disorderly conduct. Diggins was arrested on November 28 in Saratoga Springs. Nicholas W. Lewis, 25, of Amsterdam, was charged with disorderly conduct. He was arrested in Saratoga Springs on November 25. Richard Jordan, 46, of Pyramid Pines, Saratoga Springs, was charged unlawful possession of marijuana and criminal possession of a controlled substance. He was arrested in Saratoga Springs on November 24. Bridget M. Minehan, 39, of 3558 Galway Rd., Ballston Spa, pleaded guilty to a charge of fourth-degree grand larceny, a class-E felony. Minehan was arrested in Malta on August 31 for an incident that occurred on July 30. She has been sentenced to time served and five years of probation to include drug treatment court. Nicholas A. Aquino, 32, of South Greenfield Rd., Greenfield Center, was charged with selling

alcohol to a person under 21 years of age. He was arrested in Saratoga Springs on November 30. Renee Lafountain, 24, of Waterford, was arrested on a Saratoga City Court warrent following a motor vehicle stop on Lake Road for a violation. Lafountain was arrested in Stillwater on November 19 before being turned over to the Saratoga Springs Police. Nicholas R. Cassin, 20 of Crescent Rd., Clifton Park, was charged with second-degree criminal impersonation, a misdemeanor. He was arrested in Saratoga Springs on November 28. Nicholas J. Carrol, 21, homeless, was charged with seconddegree burglarly. He was arrested on November 30 in Saratoga Springs. Nicholas Santiago, 27, of Grand Ave., Saratoga Springs, was charged with criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation, a misdemeanor; and endangering the welfare of a child, also a misdemeanor. He was arrested in Saratoga Springs on

November 28. Keith Greattrax, 43, of Stillwater, was arrested for failing to appear in court for a vehicle and traffic misdemeanor. He was arrested on November 18 in Stillwater and turned over to the Stillwater Town Court. Shaun M. Hine, 21, of Stone Church Rd., Ballston Spa, was charged with disorderly conduct, a violation. Hine was arrested in Saratoga Springs on November 28. Alfred A. Evans, 22, of Warren St., Athens, was charged with second-degree harassment. He was arrested in Milton on November 22 and is scheduled to return to court at a later date. Nicholas J. Haines, 22, of Vincek Ln., Saratoga Springs, was charged with disorderly conduct and unlawful possession of marijuana. He was arrested on November 25 in Saratoga Springs.


Thomas P. Casazza, 40, of Phila St., Saratoga Springs, was charged with third-degree assault. He was arrested on November 23 in Saratoga Springs. Sean L. Douglas, 31, of Collamer Dr., Ballston Spa, was charged with disorderly conduct. He was arrested in Saratoga Springs on November 25. Brian L. Mann, 20, of Loughran Dr., Corinth, was charged with second-degree obstruction of governmental administration. He was arrested in Saratoga Springs on November 25. Jason J. Perillo, 32, of Field Stone Dr., Wilton, was charged for driving while intoxicated. He was arrested in Saratoga Springs on November 24.


OBITUARIES Virginia M. Ostrander

Saratoga Springs – Virginia M. Ostrander went home on Tuesday, November 23, 2010 at the age of 93. Born on September 5, 1917 in Jefferson, NY, she was the daughter of the late Burton and Helen Turk Fuller. Virginia and “Pete” moved to Malta in 1943 and opened Pete’s Garage and Virginia’s Cabins running them both for a number of years. She was an avid gardener and very active in her church, Soul Saving Station. In addition to her parents, Virginia was predeceased by her husband Everett “Pete” Ostrander and her brother Burton Fuller. Virginia is survived by her two sons, Terry Ostrander and his wife Arlene of West Charlton, NY, Ronald Ostrander and his wife Sandra of Lafayette, NJ; three grandchildren, Bonnie Frederick and her husband Donald of West Charlton, NY, Darcy Damon and her

husband Rob of Manassas, VA, Torri Koppenal and her husband William of Newton, NJ; seven great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter. Relatives and friends gathered on Friday, November 26, 2010 at the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes of Saratoga Springs. A funeral service followed. The family would like to thank the staff on 2 Springs of Wesley Nursing Home for the love, care and compassion they gave to Virginia and her family. Burial followed at Briggs Cemetery in Ballston Spa. Memorials may be made to The Wesley Foundation, 131 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or the charity of one’s choice. Online remembrances may be made at www.burkefuneral

Sandra A. Welden Saratoga Springs – Sandra A. Welden of Marvin Street passed away Tuesday, November 23, 2010 in the loving arms of her beloved daughter Darcy at Saratoga Hospital. She was 68. Born on November 21, 1942 in Glens Falls, she was the daughter of the late Harry P. and Ruth E. Leonard Dailey. Sandra was a employed as a Mental Health Aide at the Wilton Developmental Center. In addition to her parents, Sandra was predeceased by her husband Joseph W. Welden. Survivors include three children, Darcy (Delroy) Ballentine of Port Charlotte, FL; Elizabeth Krakat and Mark Welden, of Saratoga Springs; her brothers-in-law, George Welden of

Ballston Spa and Frank (Agnes) Welden of Greenfield Center; her sisters-in-law, Marsha Klementowski of Harlem, GA, Mary (William) King of Saratoga Springs, Frances (Charles) Haviland of Wilton and Lucy Welden of Saratoga Springs; 13 grandchildren and 6 greatgrandchildren. There were no calling hours. Burial was private. Arrangements are under the direction of the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes of 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs (5845373). Online remembrances may be made at www.burkefuneral

Helen Peets Petro Saratoga Springs – Helen Peets Petro of Railroad Place passed away Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010 at Saratoga Hospital. She was 80. Born on March 23, 1930 in Rochester, NY, she was the daughter of the late M. Sheldon Peets and Thelma Riley Peets and was also predeceased by her husband, Ernest G. Petro. Survivors include her three sisters, Veronica Spillane, Barbara (Donald) Corp and Karen (George) Kuehn; two nephews, Donald S. Corp and Gary A. Kuehn; her very special cousin, Robert (Loretta) Smith and several great nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends gathered to remember her on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010) at the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing and Cunniff Funeral Homes of Saratoga Springs. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Wednesday in the Church of St. Peter, 241 Broadway, by the Rev. Neil Draves-Arpaia. Burial followed in St. Peter’s Cemetery, West Ave. in Saratoga Springs Donations may be made in her name to a charity of one’s choice. Online remembrances may be made at


Friday, December 3, 2010

Robert (Red) C. Squires

Saratoga Springs – Robert (Red) C. Squires died unexpectedly Saturday evening, November 27, 2010 at his residence. He was 62. Bob was born on February 12, 1948 in Johnstown, NY. He was predeceased by his parents, Esther (Graver) Squires and William Squires. “Red” loved every aspect of the outdoors from fishing, bow hunting, golfing to just being a part of nature itself. His unconditional love for his family and friends was an inspiration to many. He had a zest for life and found joy and amusement in the simplest of moments. His sense of humor was appreciated by everyone who knew him. He was an avid sports fan, particularly hockey, and he was a former semi-pro football player for the Colonials. He could always be seen at hockey games at

the Glens Falls Civic Center with his daughter, Heather. Bob was proudest of his daughter, Heather and her many accomplishments as a young woman, an equestrian trainer and her appreciation for his sense of humor.

High School. She then worked as a medical receptionist for Dr. Cetner, retiring after several years. She enjoyed cooking and spending time with her family. Survivors include her husband Jeff Carpenter, three sons, Charles Leary of Stillwater, Jeff Carpenter and Adam Carpenter of Saratoga Springs, four sib-

Survivors include his beloved and cherished daughter, Heather (Queenie) A. Squires, of Cary, NC; his brothers, Dr. William Squires of Chesterfield, VA; Charles (Charlie) Squires of Rome, NY; Douglas (Pup) of High Point, NC; his sister, Christine Bletsch of Sheffield Village, OH; his loving companion, Jean I. Duffy, and his former spouse, Elizabeth Squires. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Relatives and friends joined the family for a celebration of Red’s life on Wednesday, December 1, 2010 at the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes of Saratoga Springs. Online remembrances may be made at www.burkefuneral

Joan Charlotte (Pohlman) O’Rourke Saratoga Springs – Joan Charlotte (Pohlman) O’Rourke of Ludlow St. passed away Monday, Nov. 29, 2010 at Saratoga Hospital. She was 79. Born on April 9, 1931 in Brooklyn, she was a daughter of the late Eugene M. and Charlotte (Wegener) Pohlman and was a 1948 graduate of Kew-Forest School. A 1952 graduate of Skidmore College, she received her Masters degree from Teachers College at Columbia University in Health and Physical Education in 1956. She was the first girl’s physical education teacher at Voorheesville (NY) Central School for grades K thru 12. A teacher at Adelphi Academy in Brooklyn, she also taught part-time at Skidmore College and for seven years at St. Mary’s Parochial School in Ballston Spa. She helped establish the Schuylerville Youth program and was an avid genealogist for over 20 years and was a proud member of the Heritage Hunters. A president of the

Skidmore College Alumni Club, she served as the acting 1952 class president and currently served as secretary and was chairman for several of her class reunions. A former girl scout leader and assistant 4H leader, she was area chairman for the Girl Scout Council. A former president of the Junior High School PTA and Saratoga Springs High School PTA, she served on the area PTA Board of Directors. Joan was a past president of the Citizen’s Committee for Mental Health and a member of the board of directors of Transitional Services. She ran the Saratoga Day Care Center and was a member of Bethesda Episcopal Church. Joan was a Master Gardener and enjoyed the time she spent in her garden. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by two sons, R. Michael O’Rourke and Gene P. O’Rourke, her husband, Richard G. O’Rourke and a brother, E. Calvin Pohlman. Survivors include her daughters,

Loraine J. O’Rourke-Brown of Saratoga Springs and Donna A. Martin of Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA; five grandchildren, Kip G. O’Rourke-Brown of NYC, Lona C. O’Rourke-Brown of Deerfield Beach, FL, Chad M. O’Rourke-Brown of Saratoga Springs, Amanda N. Martin and Kevin T. Martin, both of Cardiffby- the-Sea, CA; one nephew, Donald E. Pohlman of Glendale, NY and a niece, Linda J. Pohlman Schreck of LaGrangeville, NY. Relatives and friends gathered on Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010 at the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes of Saratoga Springs. The Rev. Thomas T. Parke conducted a funeral service also at the funeral home. Burial will be Friday, Dec. 3, 2010 at the family plot in Greenridge Cemetery, Lincoln Avenue in Saratoga Springs. Online remembrances may be made at www.burkefuneral

Richard E. Sanford, Sr. Gansevoort – Richard E. Sanford, Sr. of Saratoga Road passed away at his residence on Friday, November 26, 2010. He was 65. Born on January 30, 1945 in Saratoga Springs, he was a son of the late Leslie and Dorothy (Snyder) Sanford. He is the husband of Marion (McMaster) Sanford whom he married on November 17, 1962. Mr. Sanford worked as a mechanic and driver for Sanford and Sons Garage. He enjoyed hot cars and

motorcycles and spent a great deal of time riding around with his CB radio and police scanner on Route 9. His greatest joy in life was spending time with his family and his grandchildren. In addition to his wife of 48 years, Marion, he is survived by a daughter, Wendy Sanford of Gansevoort; a son, Richard (Tammy) Sanford, Jr. of Rensselaer; and his eight grandchildren; Crystal, Katie May, Alex, Devon, Cali, Mikayla, Alyssa and Aly.

Janet Carpenter Stillwater – Janet Carpenter of Gronczniak Road passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010 at the home of her sister. She was 51. Born on March 9, 1959 in Saratoga Springs, she was the daughter of the late Frederick and Helen (Evans) Whitney. Janet graduated from Saratoga Springs


lings, Rich Whitney of Wilton, Mike Whitney, Dan Whitney and Sally Doss, all of Stillwater and her very special canine friend Buddy. Relatives and friends may call from 3 to 4:30 pm on Friday, Dec. 3, 2010 at the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North

Relatives and friends may call today, Friday, Dec. 3, 2010 from noon until 1 pm at the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway in Saratoga Springs. A funeral service will follow at 1 pm at the funeral home. Burial will be in the family plot at the Gurn Springs Cemetery, Rt. 9, Gansevoort. Online remembrances may be made at www.burkefuneral

Send your Broadway, Saratoga Springs. Funeral services will follow at 4:30 pm at the funeral home. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family. Online remembrances may be made at www.burkefuneral

obituaries to Anne Proulx at aproulx@saratoga

Beverly Ernst (“Becky”) Coleman Middle Grove – Beverly Ernst (“Becky”) Coleman of Hoffman Road passed away peacefully on Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010 at the residence of her son. She was 84. Born on May 3, 1926 in Saratoga Springs, she was the daughter of the late Joseph Wesley and Elizabeth Ode Ernst. A city native, she graduated from Saratoga Springs High School in the class of 1946 and married the love of her life, Ronald P. Coleman, who predeceased her in 2002. She had worked as a hall monitor and in the attendance office at Saratoga Springs High School for several years and following retirement, spent winters at her condo in Florida. Mrs. Coleman enjoyed cooking, baking and spending time with her family and friends at her home on Locust Grove Road in Greenfield Center and also at Cold Brook Campsites in Gansevoort. In addition to her parents

and husband, she was predeceased by two brothers, Joseph and James Ernst. Survivors include her son, Ronald (Diane) Coleman; her daughter, Suzanne Coleman Howard, one brother, William Ernst; seven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and dear friends. Relatives and friends gathered on Thursday, Dec. 2 at the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing and Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs. Funeral services will be conducted this morning, Friday, Dec. 3, at 10 am at the funeral home by the Rev. Neil Draves-Arpaia. Burial will follow in the family plot in Greenfield Cemetery. Memorials may be made in her name to the American Lung Assoc. of NE New York, 155 Washington Ave., Suite 210, Albany, NY 12210. Online remembrances may be made at

Dorothy (Pug) Louise Papero Gansevoort – Dorothy (Pug) Louise Papero, 84, passed away on Friday, November 26, 2010, at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center. She had been a resident of the Crescent Manor Nursing Facility in Bennington, Vermont, for about ten months. Dorothy was born Dorothy Louise Patterson in Batavia, NY and was one of seven children born to Samuel and Minnie Patterson. She was the widow of Patrick Papero, to whom she was married for 65 years, and is survived by her three sons, Michael Papero of Rensselaer, Edward Papero of Houston, TX, Murray Papero of Ballston Spa, and daughter Patricia Simons of Gansevoort. She is also survived by her five grandchildren, Eileen Papero, Elizabeth Ball, Jillian Simons, Gina Papero, Matthew Papero, and two great-grandchildren, Zoe Tucholski and Aidan Ball. Dorothy was a devoted and loving mother and grandmother. She had many

jobs throughout the years but her favorite was being a school bus driver. She was also an avid antique dealer/collector and spent many happy years in the antique business with her husband Patrick and son Murray. She loved music and was always singing, and also loved reading and reciting poems from her childhood. She was always ready to play a board game or a game of cards with her grandchildren, and they always knew who to go to for ice cream. She will be greatly missed by her family. Services will be at 11am Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010 at the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs. All friends and family are welcome to come and join the celebration of her life. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 85 Watervliet Rd., Albany, NY 12206. Online remembrances may be made at



Friday, December 3, 2010


WEEK IN REVIEW Congressman Gibson makes appointments Twentieth District Congressman Chris Gibson recently added two community members to his staff. Gibson named Mark Westcott, of Queensbury, to the post of Regional Representative, and Clifton Park resident Steve Bulger to the post of District Director.

Area towns pass 2011 budgets The Town of Milton approved its 2011 budget at $7 million without a tax increase; the Town of Moreau set its budget at $7.1 million last week, which includes a $138,000 increase over 2010; the Town of Northumberland took more than $36,000 from its reserves to pass its $1.9 million budget. This figure reflects an $80,000 increase over 2010; in order to pass its 2011 budget earlier this month, the Stillwater Town Board approved tax increases of 4.5 percent.

County home sales still falling According to a Greater Capital Association of Realtors report, Saratoga County single-family home sales were down 26 percent in October, with the median sale at $253,000 (a seven percent increase).

Alleged dog-killer's case adjourned The case against Justin C. Taylor, 30, the Air National Guard Staff Sergeant accused of killing his girlfriend's Chihuahua on October 11, was postponed this week to allow more

Skidmore staff helps local Animal Shelter Jennifer Clark, Skidmore's Secretary to the Director of Alumni Affairs and College Events, recently donated a slew of dog and cat food and litter along with $150 to the Estherville Animal Shelter. The no-kill shelter, which relies on donations and volunteers, was robbed of $600 in October. "I'm sensitive to the fact that people are approached by many charitable organizations this time of year. But when I saw the news about Estherville, I knew these animals needed our help. People often have multiple resources to draw upon for food when in need but for many dogs and cats, the need is less visible to the public and the options are limited," Clark said in an interview with a Skidmore representative. For more information about helping the Estherville Photo provided Animal Shelter or Desiree Palmateer, Alumni Affairs and College adopting a pet, call Events Office, helps colleague Jennifer Clark in (518) 893-7451.

her effort to restock shelves at the Estherville Animal Shelter. time for the Saratoga County District Attorney's office to gather evidence. The case was adjourned until Monday, December 13. Taylor, who allegedly killed the small dog and attempted to conceal its body under his Ballston Spa home, faces assault charges and a felony violation of Buster's Law (New York State's aggravated cruelty to animals legislation). He was scheduled to appear in Ballston Spa Village Court on Monday, November 29. Taylor also faces misdemeanor charges for inflict-

ing injuries on his girlfriend during the same altercation. Correction to last week’s Week in Review (November 24, 2010): The recently demolished Saratoga American Little League concession stand at East Side Rec will be rebuilt for the 2012 season. Tentative plans for the 2011 season include splitting the major and minor fields with separate fences to ensure safety, and regrading the fields using the existing sod, which was previously donated to the league.




Friday, December 3, 2010


Local businesses forecast cheery holiday season by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY

Mark Bolles • Saratoga Today

Downtown Saratoga

There may be some light at the end of the tunnel after all for local business owners in downtown Saratoga Springs. After several years of less-than-stellar Black Friday results, many owners agreed on one thing: "This was one of the best we've ever had," said Impressions of Saratoga owner Marianne Barker.

For Barker, who hosted a progressive sale on Friday (from 6 to 7 am the store ran a 50 percent off sale, from 7 to 8 am a 40 percent off sale, and so on), the results "were very encouraging. I'm really, really anticipating a good holiday. People just seem more comfortable, and they definitely seem to be in a gift giving frame of mind." John Reardon, owner of Compliments to the Chef, was

also extremely pleased with the turnout at his store. "[This year was] definitely a very pleasant change. Anything better than last year is an improvement," Reardon said. "It was one of the best Black Friday's we've ever had." Reardon is cautiously optimistic about the upcoming holiday season, although he doesn't wish to jinx himself. "I think people are starting to

come out of their shells," Reardon said, "and there was a lot of enthusiasm for downtown. I think people in the area still love this downtown, and are coming out to support it. I really think it's a positive upturn." Laura Farrar, owner of Violet's and Stella's along Broadway, guessed she saw "probably a 100 percent increase," over last year's sales and traffic last weekend. "I think the holidays are going to be very busy this year, and I think sales should definitely be up," Farrar said. Other business owners, such as Melanie Dallas of Sloppy Kisses, indicated that numbers were up not just in terms of in store sales, but especially when including the figures from online sales during Cyber Monday. "Cyber Monday for us is huge," Dallas said. "Last year was the first year that we did it, and we didn't know what to expect. I have about 3 dozen orders that came through [on Monday] that are being sent all over. It was a huge, huge day." The strong results from one of America's most popular shopping weekends leaves many business owners in Saratoga Springs feeling optimistic for the holiday month ahead. "I think we're going to do great," said Dallas, who projects she will finish up in sales numbers over last year as long as the month of December continues to go her way. "This store downtown is kind of in a grove right now‌which is really great." Sloppy Kisses is featuring novelty items such as Doggie Gift Baskets, toys and treats for the holiday season. Impressions will be hosting several events throughout December, including Holiday Happy Hour next week, and has sent out mailer coupons that are redeemable throughout the holiday season. Compliments to the Chef is featuring a wide arrange of cookware and utensils, including AllClad pots and pans, Le Creuset and Gustav knives. Check in with Violet's and Stella's throughout the remainder of the holiday season, where continuous sales every week, such as the current 30 percent off sale on winter boots, will be highlighted.




December 3, 2010

15th Annual First Night details announced by Arthur Gonick Saratoga TODAY The details for the event which has grown into the largest First Night celebration in New York State, as well as Upstate New York’s largest New Year’s Eve party – First Night Saratoga – were officially announced on Wednesday, December 1. Presented for the first time by Saratoga Arts, the theme of the 15th annual celebration is “Live Creatively.” The official poster, once again designed by Sharon Bolton of Ambrosino Design, was unveiled, and a performance was given by Holly Hubener who will be one of over 80 First Night entertainers - a lineup drawn from an outstanding mix of talent and that embraces a broad spectrum of music, dance and the visual arts. Over 35 performance locations along Broadway, Lake Avenue and around Empire State College will be utilized during First Night to accommodate the expected 14,000 attendees.

One of the many notable performance ensembles will be “The Singing Anchors,” comprised of television newscaster’s Benita Zahn and Jessica Layton from WNYT and Jerry Gretzinger from WRGB. They will be one of the acts at the Saratoga Springs City Center Main Hall. The complete list of performers is now available online at m. It is also posted on the Saratoga Arts website with descriptions of all performers at . The evening will also feature the always popular and continuously sold-out 5K run on the Skidmore College campus at 5:30 pm, annually attracting 1,000 runners from over 20 states. The celebration will end with the traditional and dazzling Alonzo fireworks display at midnight around Congress Park. Volunteers are still needed to act as both host/hostesses at various venues for a 3-hour shift and for pre-event coordination. Interested

Photos by Mark Bolles • Saratoga Today

Top Left: Sharon Bolton of Ambrosino Design with the 2011 First Night poster Top Right: Saratoga Arts Executive Director Joel Reed Bottom: “The Singing Anchors” (Benita Zahn, Jerry Gretzinger and Jessica Layton) will be performing at the Saratoga Springs City Center Main Hall on First Night 2011

people are encouraged to contact Volunteer Coordinator Maria Panayotou at or by phoning (518) 584-4132. A First Night button admits you to all performance venues, and since there is always the real possibility of them selling out, early purchase is recommended. Buttons are $15 per person (children 5 or younger are free) and are available at Saratoga Arts (320 Broadway),

Saratoga Springs branches of the YMCA, Price Chopper supermarkets throughout the Capital Region, Stewarts Shops in Saratoga County, Adirondack Trust banks and Crafters Gallery (427 Broadway). Buttons may be purchased online at the Saratoga Arts website ( and picked up prior to or on the evening of the event. “First Night in Saratoga has become the foremost winter activi-


ty in Saratoga County, and Saratoga Arts is extremely proud to present a quality, family-based New Year’s Eve event that showcases all the region has to offer, while encouraging a focus on the arts and the community,” commented Joel Reed, Executive Director of Saratoga Arts. “It encourages families to spend this major holiday together in a wholesome, safe and exciting atmosphere that emphasizes communitywide creative engagement and the importance of the arts within a region.”




Ballston Spa certificates available

Friday, December 3, 2010


gift professional for more than three general ledger accounts, training, to the Saratoga Center for the is a Patient Care Coordinator in

Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association is offering gift certificates at all local branches of Ballston Spa National Bank. The certificates can be used in registered vendor locations. For a complete list of participating businesses, visit

Scott Varley Group announces new hires The Scott Varley Group at RealtyUSA recently announced the addition of Nicole K. Burns as Office Administrator and Cynthia J. Ward, Licensed Real Estate Sales Person, to its professional team. Burns, a resident of Saratoga Springs, is in the process of completing her real estate agent license through Manfred Real Estate Learning Center. She graduated from Hartwick College and holds a B.A. in Business Administration. In her spare time Burns likes to run, work out and travel. Ward, a resident of Averill Park, has been a licensed real estate sales

years. She specializes in new construction homes and residential resales. She is also a recent graduate of Leader's Choice, a real estate sales training program, which increases graduating agents with overall real estate knowledge and expertise so they can better assist their clients.

HRCCU announces new hire, promotions Hudson River Community Credit Union recently appointed Jennifer Reiszel as Regional Manager for their Cohoes and Troy branches. She will be responsible for directing bank operations, and ensuring that organization, financial, operation, service and growth standards are met. The company also announced the promotion of Mark Spiak to Head Teller at their new full-service eco-friendly branch located at 40 Leversee Road in Troy, New York. In this position, Spiak will be responsible for scheduling and monitoring daily activities of frontline staff, processing member financial transactions, balancing

directing and evaluating Member Service Representatives (MSR), managing the vault and ATM and handling member's requests. Spiak previously served as a MSR I, MSR II and Assistant Lead Teller in the credit union's Cohoes branch. Vicki Hayes was also recently promoted. She is now serving HRCCU as Information Systems Support Specialist, and is responsible for providing support and training to credit union personnel in the use of office automation products, personal computers, online application systems, user-based peripherals and troubleshooting. Hayes formerly served as a Teller Supervisor in the credit union's 312 Palmer Ave, Corinth, office and has been employed with HRCCU since 2001.

Saratoga National Bank benefits Center for the Family Saratoga National Bank and Trust Company recently donated $5,000 (proceeds from the bank's annual Cross Country Classic 5K)

Family, an agency that serves child and adult survivors of abuse and parents and children with emotional and behavioral counseling needs. "The Saratoga Center for the Family provides critical, lifeline services for many children and families in Saratoga County. We are thrilled to partner with them on this event and glad that we can provide this support," said Raymond O'Conor, Chairman, President and C.E.O. of Saratoga National. The center is also home to the Harriet M. West Child Advocacy Center and is Saratoga County's primary provider of child abuse prevention and treatment services.

Saratoga Hospital Service Star awards Saratoga Hospital recently announced its Service Stars for the months of August and September. Karen, recognized for the month of August, is a Senior Physical Therapist in the Regional Therapy Center and has worked at the Hospital since December 2008. Joyce, recognized for September,

Urgent Care at Wilton Medical Arts and has been with the Hospital since December 2004. The Service Star of the Month program recognizes employees and volunteers who go above and beyond the call of duty to provide great service to our customers. Hospital-wide celebrations were held in their honor.

Saratoga Hospital welcomes new employee Terry Celadon has joined Saratoga Hospital as the Director of Women's Services. Prior to joining Saratoga Hospital, Terry was the Director of Women's Services and Vice President of Patient Care Services at Scotland hospital in Laurinburg, North Carolina. Terry started her career at Glens Falls hospital as the Director where she led the development of the Snuggery. Terry attended Memorial Hospital School of Nursing then completed her BSN degree at Russell Sage College. Terry resides in Queensbury.




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A Passion for Fashion by Yael Goldman Saratoga TODAY Former celebrity hairstylist, Aurelio BiDinost is making his grand entrance into the Saratoga Springs fashion scene. Back from California, where he worked with Universal Studios and reinspired the germane blond look, Aurelio is making Above and Beyond Hair Studio his new creative home base. The salon, located at 6 Franklin Square Suite D, is fittingly named for a mission to go "above and beyond the ordinary salon experience," and that's exactly what Aurelio is known for. During his 25 years in the business (doing everything from making appointments as a 15-year-old salon newbie to designing Kathy Ireland's look) Aurelio learned that there's more to hairstyling than meets the eye. To him, a haircut or color is more than just a look: it can mean a lifestyle change, a confidence booster or a much needed pick-me-up. "People feel good when they look good; they're prepared to achieve and have a better quality of life," he said, emphasizing that a unique, personallytailored design makes all the difference. With this perspective, it's obvious

why Aurelio prefers to engage with his customers before making even the slightest alteration to their appearance. "I want to get to know them - their line of work, their passions, their likes and dislikes - to get a vision and then create it," the stylist explained. "The process is customization; they don't just walk in and get a haircut." Offering free personal consultations, Aurelio takes into account all aspects of a customers personality before analyzing their shape, coloring and facial structure. The goal is to create a fresh, contemporary look that fits the individual so perfectly and naturally they could have been born with it. It's all about enhancing a person's natural features with fashion forwardness in mind. "This is a fashion industry. Changes are made every season; clothes go in and out of fashion and so do hairstyles," Aurelio said. "Stylists are responsible for keeping their customer's looking fresh. A lot of people keep the same look all the time and it doesn't do anything for them. You don't want to look like you walked out of the 80s," he said. One of the best methods for updating and glamorizing a look is a color change, which is Aurelio's strongpoint and true passion. "I feel that once you change your hair color, your skin tone and eye color

Association of Realtors presents big gift to SOS Shelters of Saratoga (SOS) received a gift of $850 from the Saratoga Schenectady Schoharie Association of Realtors. The Association recently held their annual dinner and they chose to present SOS with the proceeds from their silent auction. “SOS deeply appreciates the generosity of the Association,” said SOS Executive Director John Penzer. “It is particularly appropriate as we are just launching our first fundraising Annual Appeal.” During SOS’s most recent audit, it was disclosed that their administra-

tive and overhead costs were only 8percent. Conversely, 92 cents of every dollar donated go directly to provide services to the homeless. SOS is the only adult homeless shelter in Saratoga, Washington, or Warren counties. For the past 19 years, SOS has helped over 500 individuals each year with shelter, food, clothing, employment, transportation assistance and case management. SOS provides a wide breadth of services to the homeless and at-risk homeless. For more information visit

is instantly warmed up; they're brightened," he said. As Above and Beyond Hair Studio specializes in wedding hair and makeup, Aurelio's creative consultation process is ideal for any bride-to-be. He also works exclusively with Mary Martin & Co and meets with brides and bridal parties months before the big day to choose the right look and establish a meticulous plan for achieving it. "A wedding is a once in a lifetime event, and brides want their hair to look amazing for it; they want to look their best, which might require growing their hair out or changing their color so we have to plan ahead," Aurelio explained. All in all, the expert stylist's goal is to enhance his customer's life by augmenting their look. "I feel that I was given the gift of being able to transform people. Have you ever had a really bad day and then you got your hair done and felt great? Well, imagine if you had that state of mind all the time," he said. To set up an appointment with Aurelio, call Above and Beyond Hair Studio at (518) 581-7707. You can also visit for more information.

Mark Bolles • Saratoga Today

Aurielo works his magic at his new Saratoga Springs location in Above and Beyond Hair Studio




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Saratoga County Students impress NASA Waldorf Grad receives highest score in NASA Scholars Program A 2009 graduate of the Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs recently led a team of engineering students in creating a prototype Mars rover at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Michael Maylahn, who grew up in Gansevoort, was one of the 89 students in the country selected to partic-

ipate in the elite program held last month. After completing a rigorous application process, four web-based assignments and maintaining a 94 average, the now Santa Monica College student was awarded the opportunity to work with NASA engineers. For Maylahn, the opportunity to participate in a NASA program was a dream come true:

"Ever since I was little, I've looked up into the night sky and been amazed. We are so small compared to the whole macrocosm of the universe," Maylahn said, describing his personal interest in aerospace engineering. Honored to have been selected for such a prestigious program, Maylahn didn't expect to further impress the NASA engineers. During the three-day onsite event, the 19-year-old whiz-kid worked on a team assignment to design and propose the rover that NASA should send on its next mission to Mars. Maylahn and his group covered all aspects of the design, everything from technical line drawings to forming company infrastructure and budget. The judges’ panel - made up of NASA engineers, astronauts, and scientists - gave Maylahn's team the highest score. Maylahn believes this honor has opened new opportunities for him

that will help him fulfill his dream of running a robotics firm. "I am so grateful that I was blessed with such an opportunity, and I know that this is only the start of a great journey in the field of engineering," he said.

BSpa fifth-graders send project into space After a daunting review process, a team of three Ballston Spa fifth grade scientists made the final cut in the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program. A national review panel selected their experiment proposal titled "Development of Minnow Fish Eggs in Space" to be included on the final flight of the Space Shuttle Endeavour on February 27, 2011. The Milton Terrace South Elementary School team includes Dana Betti, Jordyn Catherall, and Kate Yager. Their teacher advisors are fifth grade instructors Megan Otten and Angelo D'Annibale. Two additional proposals were


selected as Honorable Mention and submitted by High School students Denise Croote and Troy Mackey:"The Effect of Microgravity on Bacterial Reproduction" and the "Effect of Penicillin in Microgravity".Their teacher advisors include Mary Lou Stern and Mary Ellen Kusnierz, both science instructors at the Ballston Spa High School. The three proposals submitted to the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE) were selected by a local review board, including consulting engineers as well as representatives from GLOBALFOUNDRIES and the Children's Museum of Science and Technology. Students in Ballston Spa are simultaneously working to design an emblem representing the community and their participation in this unique opportunity to have a local experiment on the spaceflight. The emblem will fly on a shuttle flight and be returned to the community for display. According to the SSEP, it will "serve as a testament to the efforts of your students -Yael Goldman

WSWHE BOCES offers free daycare program by Yael Goldman Saratoga TODAY The Washington-Saratoga-WarrenHamilton-Essex BOCES is offering free preschool as part of its Early Childhood Education program at the F. Donald Myers Education Center located at 15 Henning Road in Saratoga Springs. Children ages three and five years old are eligible. They must be fully toilet trained, and have all of their immunization records along with an up-to-date physical. Enrollment is limited to 18 children, for each of the two Tuesday and Thursday sessions (from October to May): 8:30 to 10:15 am and noon to 2 pm. Transportation is not provided.

Under the guidance of veteran teacher Cathy Brennan, the preschoolers will work directly with high school students that are studying early childhood education. The program is a win-win for both the high school students and the preschoolers that are enrolled. Brennan's students create and implement lesson plans, assess the preschooler's progress and engage them in hands-on socialization activities. "We're set up as a traditional preschool," Brennan explained. "We have a wide variety of activities available for the children. We have circle time and a library area; we have dramatic play [tools], blocks, table toys, a writing center and an easel, and we

work on an art and a craft every day." While the high schoolers get hands-on experience working with children, the preschoolers and parents benefit as well. With eight students working in the classroom under Brennan's direction, the ratio of instructor to preschooler is one to two. Brennan's "open door policy" makes it easy for parents to track their own child's progress; they can even observe firsthand or watch recordings of each class. The free preschool program is not for kindergarten preparatory, it's for socialization, to give preschoolers practice in working in groups and on group activities, and allow them to get used to being in a classroom setting before they enter kindergarten. "A lot of parents use this as a supplemental program for their kids," Brennan said. Brennan is currently accepting applications for next year's program, and urges to apply as early as possible. The same program is offered at the Southern Adirondack Education Center in Hudson Falls, under the guidance of program director Kathy Pfeiffer. For more information about the program and its availability at either Center, call Cathy Brennan at (518) 581-3647 or Kathy Pfeiffer at 746-3400.



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Districts prepare for new English Regents exam by Yael Goldman Saratoga TODAY The State Education Department has made changes to the traditional Regents examination schedule and format, specifically the Comprehensive English exam. The Comprehensive English Regents is scheduled for Tuesday, January 11, 2011, two weeks before the three-day "break" designated for the rest of the examinations (from Tuesday, January 25 to Friday, January 28). The examination itself has also been altered for the first time since 1999. Previously administered over two days, the Board of Regents developed a new oneday, three-hour test format - and its inauguration is this January.

HVCC to hold instant TECSMART admission day Students can avoid paying their $30 admission fee to Hudson Valley Community College's TECSMART (Training and Education Center for Semiconductor Manufacturing and Alternative and Renewable Technologies) program by attending an instant admission day on Thursday, December 9. Admissions and financial aid counselors will be available to answer questions and guide students through the application process from 3 to 6 pm at the TECSMART facility located at 345 Hermes Road in Malta. Prospective students should bring their academic records (high school, GED or college), and those interested in financial aid should bring their tax returns. For more information, call the admissions office at (518) 629-7309 or e-mail TEC-SMART, HVCC's newest facility, offers workforce training in semiconductor manufacturing, green technologies (including photovoltaic, home energy efficiency, geothermal, alternative fuels and wind energy), as well as business, liberal arts and sciences courses.

SSHS to host Financial Aid Workshop The Saratoga Springs High School Guidance Department is offering a College Financial Aid Workshop at 7 pm on Thursday, December 9, in the Meade (teaching) Auditorium. Beth Post-Lundquist, director of

For some school districts, the change could cause scheduling conflicts and staffing issues, depending on the number of students signed up for the test. However, it seems that the majority of schools in our region will experience only a minor inconvenience. Although Kristi Jensen, Ballston Spa High School Principal, admits that the change came like a "curve ball," she isn't anticipating any major disruptions. She said that the altered test format should only apply to the upcoming mid-year testing period and will affect only 25 students and just a handful of staff members. "During our January test week we are mostly catching kids up who failed the test in June or

missed it for personal reasons," she said. "But there are some school districts that may test all of their juniors during this period ,and for them I would expect this is a nightmare." Ballston Spa High School will use its library and a few adjoining classrooms for test-takers, and should only need to hire one or two substitute teachers, if any at all, to cover for the English instructors who will be proctoring the test. "For everyone else it'll be business as usual," Jensen said. Schuylerville is in a similar situation: the change will not pose any major problems as only a small number of students are taking the test. However, Kim Smithgall, Schuylerville School District rep-

resentative said that missed class time is an item of concern. Since the exam will be administered on a regular school day, students will have to skip class, which is why it was previously scheduled during Regents week. With these disruptions in mind, the state offered an alternative for school districts. "The New York State Education Department districts can elect to close school on January 11, but that would result in all high school students having an additional and unplanned day off of school," Smithgall said. Aside from the formatting and scheduling changes, the Comprehensive English Regents exam is essentially not much different than before. According to the New York

State Union of Teachers website, the exam is based on the same standards and key ideas; it will assess the "commencement level of the 2005 New York State English Language Core Curriculum and will be based on the current English Language Arts Core Performance Indicators, Standards 1 - 3, and the key ideas of listening, reading and writing." Most importantly, it seems like local teachers and administrators are taking the minor disruptions with a grain of salt. "I think myself and other school administrators are just paying very close attentions to what the state is doing so that we can adapt. It's going to be our first time administering the new test and hopefully everything will go smoothly," Jensen said.

financial aid at Skidmore College, will discuss 2011-2012 FAFSA, the Financial Aid Profile, types of financial aid, how financial aid is calculated, and the application process. A question-and-answer period is included at the end of the program. Parents of seniors are strongly encouraged to attend. Other parents planning for the future are also welcome. For further information, contact the Saratoga Springs High School counseling office at (518) 587-6690, ext. 3310.

Springs Public Library, February 3 and February 10. Designed for grades four through six, the sessions will be led by student mentors from Skidmore College and Saratoga Springs High School, under the direction of Skidmore Professor of English Catherine Golden. Youngsters interested in participating should email or sign up in school libraries in Saratoga Springs school district. "While Hugo Cabret is set in France and The Housekeeper and the Professor is set in Japan, both focus on an unlikely friendship that develops among three people, young and old," said Golden. "The trio in each novel divulges secrets and forges a friendship under limited time. In the process, they learn about gears and engineering in the former and math and baseball in the latter, but about the bonds of friendship in both." In addition, Saratoga Reads has created a varied list of junior companion books, from picture books for beginning readers to works for young teens, with themes relating to The Professor and the Housekeeper. The themes explored range from mathematics, baseball, and intergenera-

tional relationships to puzzle solving and Japanese culture. For a full list of the titles and related information, visit

ing an "art gallery" reception from 4 to 6 pm on Wednesday, December 8, in the district's MacFadden Admin-istration Building located at 3 Blue Streak Blvd. on the high school campus. The public is cordially invited to the free event. The show represents a cross-section of artwork by students in the six elementary schools, the Maple Avenue Middle School and the high school. The continuum of artwork highlights a variety of skills and techniques, use of different mediums, reference to various artists and styles, and inclusion of art history. "Hard work and pride of product is apparent in each piece," said Marcia Martin, art department head.

Saratoga Reads selects companion books for young readers Saratoga Reads has announced its choice of junior discussion books and a list of 45 other titles selected to complement the program's book of choice: The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa. The "companion books" list is designed to appeal to a wide range of age groups and to encourage families to read together. The following companion titles were chosen: The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick, a mysterious tale that combines text with some 284 pages of original drawings. Orphan, clock keeper and thief, young Hugo lives a secret life in the walls of a busy Paris train station in the 1930s. When he encounters an eccentric, bookish girl and an old man who runs a toy booth in the station, his life becomes all the more adventurous. The Invention of Hugo Cabret will serve as the basis for two special evening discussions at the Saratoga

Winter Holiday Program at WWPP Join the Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park staff in an afternoon of exploration and creativity on Saturday, December 11 from 2 to 3:30 pm. Children ages six to 12 will learn to use their senses to explore the outdoors during winter by completing a scavenger hunt in Camp Saratoga. Participants will craft holiday gifts from items they found during the hunt. The program will take place at the Park's Camp Saratoga location on Scout Road - meet by the kiosk in the parking lot. Dress for outdoor weather. The rain location will be in the IP Lodge, which is right off the blue trail from the parking lot. This program is free and open to the public For more information, call the Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park at (518) 450-0321.

SS hosts student art gallery reception Selected artwork created by 155 students in the Saratoga Springs City School District will be on display dur-


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Sam Place heads to Nike Cross Nationals continued from Page 1 much sweeter. “I wasn’t too good at it,” Place said, speaking about his first year running with the school. “I was last on the freshman team. But I had a few pretty strong races and a lot of guys on the team encouraged me to keep going. So I ended up quitting baseball and kept on running.” For five years Place continued to train and to practice, putting countless hours and hundreds of miles of pavement behind him – all the while maintaining a 94 average in school, consistently making the honor roll, and actively participating in various community service projects. “Sam has been consistently improving,” said Kranick, who has watched Place grow on and off the race course into his senior year.

“That’s one of the keys to success: just don’t give up.” And Place didn’t give up. After what some might consider a slow start in his freshman year, Place is now one of the top runners for Saratoga Springs. His most recent achievement: coming in first place at the Nike Cross Nationals New York Qualifier, a 5K run (3.1 miles) completed in 15:54. For those of you wondering, that means Place’s average pace works out to about 5:07 per mile. “That was just amazing,” Kranick said. “We’ve been coaching for a long, long time, and I haven’t seen my husband this excited about a race in a while. He was ecstatic at the end of the race. He went running right over to congratulate Sam, and we’re very proud of him. It’s quite an accomplishment.”


Getting ready for Saratoga Festival of Trees!

“I took it on pretty hard,” Place said, who for the last leg of the race battled neck and neck for first. “It was me and one other kid, and we were going back and forth for the last mile. It was really intense. We got to the third mile mark…and we just had an all out sprint to the finish.” With the lactic acid beginning to build-up in his muscles, Place pushed forward, focused solely on the finish line ahead. His legs numb with exhaustion, Place said that he could, “…barely feel them, but I was that close and figured I couldn’t back down now. I wanted to break that tape.” For his first place finish, Place is off to the west coast, where on Saturday, December 4, he will run in the Nike Cross Nationals as the only boy representing Saratoga Springs. “I’m really excited,” Place said. “I’ve heard bits and pieces about [the course]. Usually it’s muddy and there are some hay bales along it, and a few small hills. I know I’m going to go out as hard as I possibly can.” “It’s our kind of run,” coach Kranick said. “It’s wet, it’s muddy, there’s sleet and slush. Never count Sam out of anything. He loves running, and that’s what you need for success in anything – passion for what you do. I think he’s going to go out there and have a great time.” Photos by Mark Bolles • Saratoga Today

(From top): The team from Saratoga Hospital's telemetry unit decorates their tree, a tree decorated for St. Clements school, Tom and Eileen Burns volunteer their time and materials



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2011 Amended Budget passed by Saratoga Springs City Council continued from Page 1 Under the current assessment, a home inside the City with an assessed value of $200,000 will have an annual tax rise of $51.69, to $1,212.80 next year. Had the Council not passed an Amended budget by December 1, under the provisions of the City Charter the original Comprehensive Budget which was presented by the Finance Department in early October would automatically take effect. That budget had called for a property tax

rise of 8.48 percent. The Amended budget had achieved a lower tax increase primarily by adding in revenue from the anticipated closing on the sale of the Lillian’s parking lot on Broadway, a large reduction in health insurance expense where pending rates (revealed after the Comprehensive Budget was compiled) were lower than anticipated, a higher estimate of sales tax revenue due largely to higher gasoline prices and adding in the revenue from the SAFER grant to Public Safety for re-hiring of laid-off

news brief Vautrin sentenced for stabbing husband Just over one year since Mary Jane Vautrin stabbed her husband in his sleep, the Ballston Spa woman was sentenced to nine years in state prison and five years of post-release supervision. Vautrin, who pleaded guilty to the crime committed on November 9, 2009, stabbed her husband, Thomas Vautrin, while he slept before turning the knife on herself in an attempt

to protect herself from charges. Judge Jerry J. Scarano also issued a permanent order of protection for Thomas Vautrin against his estranged wife. According to a press release from the DA's office, Thomas Vautrin spoke during the sentencing of his wife on behalf of himself and the couple's two children, ages six and eleven.

Don’t ForgetSaratoga Restaurant Week Starts Tonight! More than three dozens restaurants throughout Saratoga County are ready to welcome you with a great meal for a great price during the sixth annual S a r a t o g a Restaurant Week, which takes place now through Thursday, December 9. Participating restaurants will offer meal selections priced at $18.19 plus tax and tip, representing the date that Saratoga was “officially” established by the County. There is also an opportunity to enjoy lunch specials for $9.09 plus tax and tip at select restaurants. For other details about Saratoga Restaurant Week, menus, and an updated list of all participating restaurants, please visit or call the Saratoga Convention and Tourism Bureau at (518) 584-1531.

firefighters. The Amended budget also added back in funding for Police Dispatchers (whose responsibilities were to be transferred to the County Sheriff) and one Police Captain’s position, both of which were defunded under the Comprehensive Budget. Earlier on Monday, November 29 the cumulative amendments had narrowed the property tax increase to 4.95 percent; further reductions totaling approximately $94,000 by the next day brought the rate increase down another half-percent. City residents who commented at the meetings this week and at previous budget workshops were nearuniversal in their frustration with the budget process, which often necessitates assumptions about

anticipated revenues which may or may not be realized. This sentiment was echoed by Commissioners even while voting in favor. “Is this a great budget? No,” Commissioner of Finance Ken Ivins stated. The Commissioners and the Mayor noted in their comments prior to voting the amounts that they had cut in their various departments’ budgets which brought the increase down. This did not sway the opinions of several public commenter’s, who found even the smaller increase unacceptable, though many acknowledged the difficult task that the Council faced and instead placed blame on what they characterized as onerous union contracts that lock in over 80 percent of the budget. Mayor Scott Johnson also noted

that if the City won a pending arbitration case regarding switching City unionized employees over to a single healthcare provider the resulting savings could be “essentially the entire tax increase” the Council was voting for Tuesday evening, but that could not be planned on at the time of voting. It was suggested by Commissioner Franck that if the City won this case or if other revenues came in higher than anticipated, a rebate to taxpayers would be in order. Commissioner Franck also suggested that future budget processes should include hearings and workshops by the Council in various neighborhoods to increase the level of public participation in as opposed to holding them all at City Hall.


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Tobacco Control Partners honor 55 community members continued from Page 1 She was among the 55 individuals, businesses, organizations, schools and municipalities from Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties recognized for their commitment to adopting tobacco-free policies and investing in the region’s health. The awards were presented during the 7th Annual Community Recognition Ceremony held on Thursday, December 2 at Longfellows Restaurant in Saratoga Springs. The partnership (comprised of four groups: Tobacco-Free Schools, Glens Falls Hospital Smoking Cessation Center, Southern Adirondack Tobacco-Free Coalition and Reality Check, which Ronca is involved with) honors the people

who advocate for healthy lungs. According to Janine Stuchin, Project Manager of the Southern Adirondack Tobacco-Free Coalition, the partnership has two main goals: to realize a reduction in the youth onset of tobacco, which means fewer smokers picking up the habit in the first place, and an increase in the number of adults who attempt quitting. As a youth advocate, Ronca’s stand-out mission pushes the former. Through her involvement in Reality Check (a youth action program that seeks to “de-glamorize and de-normalize tobacco use and expose the manipulative, deceptive marketing practices of the tobacco industry”), the outstanding activist launched an engaging campaign to teach her peers about the horrors of

smoking. For her, the most effective way to shut out the tobacco industry’s popularity is by making it unpopular to the younger and more impressionable generation. If youth are easily influenced to smoke, then shouldn’t they be similarly compelled not to? Ronca focused on the positive; she gave presentations, spoke at public and school events, and passed around petitions to get her peers involved. “I think we’ve been successful, but we still have a lot more work,” Ronca said, implying that the award provides new found motivation for strengthening her mission. Now, even after she’s graduated from Ballston Spa High School and moved on to her studies at Fulton Montgomery Community College, Ronca remains dedicated to the

cause – so much that Rowland and her associates chose her as the first Outstanding Youth Leadership award recipient. “She has done a wonderful job and has really become a spokesperson for Reality Check,” said Lauren Rowland, Reality Check Regional Director. A large number of Ronca’s fellow community advocates were also recognized at last week’s ceremony – in fact, the partnership handed out a record number of awards. The honorees include Girl Scouts of NENY, Galway Public Library, Children’s Academy of Malta, Moreau State Park, eight medical practices, Town of Ballston Community Library, Saratoga Springs City School District, WSWHE BOCES and Saratoga County Animal Shelter. As for the rest of those recognized, their efforts range from property owners who have instituted

smoke-free grounds to medical practices that now consistently and effectively work with patients who smoke, to school districts that developed comprehensive policies for all visitors and students. “What makes the program so effective is that it integrates all aspects of community: education centers, medical centers and housing…all the places that people work, play and learn. All across the community, people have joined this campaign to reduce the harm of second-hand and first-hand smoke,” Stuchin said. “These people go out on a limb for us,” Rowland said. “People aren’t always so appreciative of tobacco control measures, but these groups take it upon themselves to help.” For more information about Reality Check or to get involved, contact Lauren Rowland at (518) 885-8995.

SPAC breaks even in 2010, announces 2011 program dates On Thursday, December 2, the Saratoga Performing Arts Center's Board of Directors confirmed that the organization will conclude 2010 by operationally breaking even. The board also approved a $7.9 million budget for 2011 and released the dates for the 2011 season and offered some early highlights. "We are grateful to each and every person who contributed to the achievements of the past year. Given the continuing challenges of the economy, we are extremely pleased to be able to report that SPAC will once again end the fiscal year by breaking even operationally," said Marcia J. White, SPAC's President and Executive Director. "We couldn't have done it without the partnership of our Legacy and Heritage Donors, SPAC members, audiences and sponsors - particularly our Title Sponsor, HSBC Bank.” The following program dates and highlights were announced: -Modern Dance, June 9 and August 16: This performance by Lar Lubovitch Dance Company will serve as the kick-off to Saratoga Arts Fest. -Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz

Festival, June 25 and 26: George Wein will be honored with a "star" on SPAC's Walk of Fame and also perform with his acclaimed ensemble, the Newport All-Stars. -New York City Ballet, July 5 16: The Ballet will present a dynamic program of classical and contemporary ballets by Balanchine, Robbins and new choreographers. -The Philadelphia Orchestra, July 27 - August 13: A star-studded program of globally acclaimed guest conductors and soloists will highlight the Orchestra season. -Saratoga Chamber Music Festival, July 26 - August 9: Featuring a special tribute to Festival founder Chantal Juillet who will be honored with a "star" on SPAC's Walk of Fame. Other program news included the announcement that a first-ever cabaret-style program will debut at SPAC's Little Theatre in August. Six performances from August 18 through 27 will feature popular entertainers who perform at noted venues such as The Algonquin, the Carlyle, Lincoln Center and more. The full schedule will be announced in February.

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Elks Lodge welcomes new members The Saratoga-Wilton Elks Lodge # 161 held its annual Visitation Night on Tuesday, November 16. This event was attended by members of other lodges including visits from the New York State Elks’ President, Vice President and District Deputy. A highlight of the evening was the ceremony in which five new members joined Lodge #161. Pictured, left to right in the front row are Mark Winzer, Neil Draves, Ben Nicholson, Lou Yellen and Tom Chapla. Back Row: Officers Mike Cummings (Treasurer), Ken Tubbs (Esteemed Leading Knight), Robert Lounsbury (Exalted Ruler), Tom Klotz (Esteemed Loyal Knight) and Ken Woodcock (Esteemed Lecturing Knight). Congratulations to all of you!


Friday, December 3, 2010



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


Lillibridge retires from Saratoga Springs Public Library On Thursday, October 28, Jan Lillibridge was feted with a gala retirement party in the Harry Dutcher Community Room of the Saratoga Springs Public Library. Jan served as Assistant Manager of the Book Bag Shop in the library for over ten years. She is a founding member of the Friends of the Saratoga Springs Public Library, a not-for-profit community organization dedicated to providing funds and volunteer services that the library itself may be unable to provide. More than forty present and former board members of the library and Friends, book shop volunteers and library staff dropped by to wish Jan well. Pictured are Jan Lillibridge, retiring Assistant Manager of the Book Bag Shop, getting a fond farewell from Ken Bollerud, president of the board of trustees of the Saratoga Springs Public Library, at her recent retirement party.



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Friday, December 3, 2010


Local Gigs Heavy on the Vine; Easy on the Ears Ryan Montbleau Band:

Ryan Montbleau Band With Black Mountain Symphony

Ryan Montbleau has always been Friday, December 10. a favorite act for people here locally, Doors open at 9 pm while continuing to pile up credits Putnam Den and accolades internationally. Since 63A Putnam Street their last appearance at Putnam Den Saratoga Springs in August of 2009, the Band has Tickets: $12 advance / $15 at door teamed up with acclaimed Online: singer/songwriter Martin Sexton who served as producer on their choose.php?lid=48485 September 2010 release “Heavy on Or at Putnam Den – (518) 584-8066 the Vine.” The band accompanied Sexton on his own tour, both opening for him and serving as his backing band on major stops including the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Bonnaroo, Nateva Festival, Ottawa Blues Festival, Gathering of the Vibes and four amphitheater dates opening for Dave Matthews Band. This doesn’t include the Band’s own touring which included the JamCruise, a fourth annual tour of the US Virgin Islands and 40 + domestic stops in support of their new release. Expect the crowd at Putnam Den to greet them like conquering heroes. The new sound that has come out of this latest release is, as usual, hard to define with traditional genre names. JAM-ericana? Maybe, but be assured that this is something special and worth planning for in the midst of your Holiday hysteria. - Arthur Gonick

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Friday, December 3, 2010


Center Crafts Show renews Holiday tradition

Opens at Home Made Theater

Home Made Theater (HMT) will begin their Holiday season by presenting “Ramona Quimby,” based on the book by Beverly Cleary and dramatized by Len Jenkin. The show begins on Friday, December 10 at the Spa Little Theater in the Saratoga Spa State Park. Ramona Quimby, the world’s most lovable third-grader, has entertained and captured the hearts of generations of children with her unpredictable, boisterous and independent nature. Ramona’s life is a mess! Her teacher hates her, her older sister Beezus is a pain, her favorite Aunt Bea could marry a dork, and suddenly Mom is working and Dad is not. Growing up is decidedly NOT easy, but you’ll laugh and cheer Ramona and the Quimbys on as they stick together through it all. The “Ramona” book series was written by Beverley Cleary, the first was written in 1952. Cleary’s books have been published in 15 different languages and have earned many awards. Cleary won a Newbery Honor for Ramona and Her Father (1978) and a Newbery Honor for Ramona Quimby, Age 8 (1982).

The director of “Ramona Quimby” is Robert Whitman, who is making his HMT directing debut. Most recently he directed “Lost in Yonkers” for Theatre Voices, “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” for the New York State Theatre Institute and was producer, writer and director of an original cabaret show titled “There and Back: An Evening of Broadway Songs, Stories and Dreams.” The cast of “Ramona Quimby” includes real life sisters Lucy and Grace Mastrianni as Ramona and Beezus respectively. Rounding out the Quimby family are Kara DiCaterino as Mrs. Quimby and Byron Turner as Mr. Quimby. Also in the cast are Scott Fultz as Hobart, Dorine Phelan as Aunt Bea, Linda Mizeur as Mrs. Kemp, Gavin Bovee as Howie, Egan Mills as Susan and Christina DiCarlo as Mrs. Griggs. Ensemble members include Izabel Cavotta, Maddy Dodd, Molly Egan, Elijah Fultz, Juliana Halpin, Martha Mastrianni, Sam Meade, Francesca Phelan, Kirk Starczewski and Rick Wissler. The design team for “Ramona Quimby” includes scenic designer William E. Fritz, HMT’s technical director Kyle VanSandt as lighting designer, properties designer Jane Parisi, sound designer El Musiko

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L-R: Byron Turner as Mr. Quimby, Lucy Mastrianni as Ramona Quimby, Kara DiCaterino as Mrs. Quimby, and Grace Mastrianni as Beezus Quimby.

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Lucy Mastrianni as Ramona Quimby, Grace Mastrianni as Beezus Quimby. Archivo and costume designer Linda Bertrand. Performances are on Fridays, December 10 and 17 at 7:30 pm, Saturday, December 11, Sundays, December 12 and 19 at 1 pm, and Saturday, December 18 at 1 and 4:30 pm. General admission tickets are $18 for adults and $12 for children age 12 and younger. For reservations, call HMT at (518) 587-4427. Visit for more information.

The Seventh Annual Center Crafts show is a juried fine visual arts and crafts exposition that returns this weekend on Saturday, December 4 from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday, December 5 from 11 am to 4 pm. It is located in the Dee Sarno Theater at the Saratoga Arts Center, 320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs. There will be juried artists exhibiting handmade and “Giftable” works of art that are available for holiday purchases. The exhibitors are some of New England’s top craftspeople working in a variety of media, including hand-made jewelry, fine woven garments, handpainted silks, sculpture, raku pottery, quilts, photography, paintings, metal work and much more. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. For more information visit or call (518) 893-2633

James Brunelle - Raku vessel with pedestal

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Holiday Celebrations throughout the Region Chanukah week events at Jewish Community Center Congregation Shaara Tfille and The Jewish Community Center of Saratoga Springs, located at 84 Weibel Avenue, will be having their family Chanukah celebration on Sunday, December 5. A Chanukah luncheon with latkes (potato pancakes) will take place at 12:30 pm and a ‘Live from the 92nd St. Y’ broadcast of “Shalom Sesame Street” Chanukah episode from Israel will be at 2 pm. • “Shalom Sesame Street” is a new series set on a street in Israel, in a Sesame-created neighborhood with a mix of Israelis, Russian and Ethiopian immigrants, Jews and Arabs, adults and chilPhoto Provided dren living Elaine Stritch alongside a cast of Muppets - including Oscar the Grouch’s Israeli cousin, Moishe Oofnik. The beloved Muppet, Grover, is a visitor to the street in Israel. Through Grover’s experience, viewers young and old will be exposed to the diversity of Israel and Jewish life. The cost for this event, which includes the luncheon and special broadcast are Members: $10 for adults and free for all Hebrew School children. Non-members: Adults $15 and Children $5 (13 and younger).

Schuylerville Holiday Celebrations

• On Monday, December 6 at 8 pm a satellite broadcast of “Live from the 92nd St.Y” will feature Jordan Roth in Conversation with Elaine Stritch. Ms. Stritch’s legendary career began in the 1940’s as Ethel Merman’s stand-in in “Call Me Madam.” She has accumulated a great number of Broadway and West End credits, receiving both a Tony and two Drama Desk Awards. Also, she received a 2007 Emmy Award for her recurring guest role on NBC’s “30 Rock” as well as a 2004 Emmy Award for a broadcast of the Broadway production of “Elaine Stritch at Liberty.” This year, in celebration of Stephen Sondheim’s 80th birthday, she debuted “Elaine Stritch: Singin’ Sondheim...One Song at a Time,” and will shortly return to Broadway in a revival of Sondheim’s “A Little Night Music.” The program is open to the public. Admission is $5 for members, $10 for non-members. Reservations for both events are recommended. To make reservations, call Carole at (518) 584-2370 or

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SCT Gets Ready for the Festival of Trees From L to R - Anna Welfley, Michele Peters, Lorraine Thompson The Schuylerville Community Theater (SCT) and Schuylerville Chamber of Commerce will celebrate the annual Feast of Saint Nicholaas and will hold its inaugural Festival of Trees and Craft Fair on Saturday, December 4 at the Saratoga Town Hall in the village of Schuylerville. More than a dozen artificial trees donated and decorated by local businesses and community groups will be on display and offered for sale. Crafters will have a wide variety of unique holiday items available as well. Raffles will be held throughout the day to benefit the theater's scholarship fund while being entertained by local instrumental and vocal groups to get festival goers in the holiday spirit. The Festival will be held in the

Schuylerville Town Hall on the corner of Routes 29 and 4, from 10 am to 4 pm. Following the Festival there will be the Annual Feast of Saint Nicholaas parade down Broadway, complete with lanterns, horse and buggies and caroling. The parade ends at South Broadway with storytelling and the official lighting of the Village Christmas Tree. For more information, visit the SCT website at or call (518) 695-5480.

Saratoga Soundtrack Chorus at Gavin Park Tree Lighting Fill your hearts with “Holiday Glee” and join Santa, Frosty, Rudolph and all their friends at the Town of Wilton’s Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony at Gavin Park on Friday, December 3. This event is rain or shine, from 6 to 9 pm. The Saratoga Soundtrack Chorus will perform at 7 pm. You will enjoy the sounds of the season in a unique and special way as the Chorus performs their beautiful, four-part, a cappella holiday music. There will be gifts from Santa, refreshments, and some “down home” holiday movies for all to enjoy. For more information, contact the Gavin Park office at (518) 584-9455.

Ballston Spa Holiday Weekend Celebration The Ballston Spa Business & Professional Association is once again sponsoring the annual Festival of Trees during the annual Holiday Weekend Celebration, which will be held on Friday, December 3 through Sunday, December 5 in the gymnasium of St. Mary’s School, located at 40 Thompson Street in the Village of Ballston Spa There will be a wide selection of beautiful holiday decorating and gift items on display and available for sale in a location easily accessed from the Village’s central business district. Local businesses will have decorative items at the Festival and will also be open for holiday shopping at their locations in the village. Hours for the Festival of Trees are: Friday, December 3 from noon to 4 pm and 6 to 9 pm, Saturday, December 4 from 9 am to 5 pm and Sunday, December 5 from 9 am to 1 pm. Admission is $2 per person. Entertainment during the festival includes students from the Capital Region Language Center performing holiday carols in Spanish, French and German on Friday evening at 6 pm and performances by both the Wild Acres Irish Dancers and the St. Mary’s Irish Dancers on Sunday morning at 11 am. In addition, a “Breakfast with Santa” will take place on Saturday morning from 8 am to noon and will include a pancake breakfast provided by the Eagle Matt Lee Fire and Union Companies, also a very special treat for all children attending and a craft table sponsored by McDonald’s of Ballston Spa as well as an opportunity to chat with Santa and Mrs. Claus. The cost for the breakfast is $5 per person and reservations are not necessary. At 1 pm on Saturday, a “Stories of the Season” reading hour for families will take place, featuring read-aloud holiday stories, cookies, milk and a free children’s book sponsored by Red Dragon Karate School. The event will also feature a free 15-minute karate demo and lesson for kids following the story hour. For more information please contact the Association at (518) 885-2772 ( All proceeds from the sale of Festival items will go to support community events and Village beautification. Proceeds from admission fees will go to support the youth programs at St. Mary’s Parish.




Friday, December 3, 2010




Scenes from Saratoga City Ballet’s 2008 performances of “The Nutcracker”

The Saratoga City Ballet Company presents its 18th annual production of “The Nutcracker” Friday through Sunday, December 17, 18 and 19 at the Skidmore College Dance Theater in Saratoga Springs. The holiday favorite will be danced by Saratoga City Ballet company members and younger students from the Ballet’s school. William Otto, a teacher at the school and former soloist with the New York City Ballet, will perform as Herr Drosselmeyer. Highlights of the family favorite production include a magical growing tree, beautiful costumes and new choreography. Performances are at 7 pm on Friday, December 17; 2 and 7 pm on Saturday, December 18; noon and 3 p.m. on Sunday, December 19. Tickets are $18 for adults; $15 for students and seniors; $12 for children 10 and younger. Reservations are required; tickets can be reserved at

Flurry of Free Student Concerts marks the end of the Fall season at Skidmore The Skidmore College Music Department is hosting a wide variety of student concerts that are open to the public at the Zankel Music Center. Admission is free and tickets are not required for entry into the concerts. Skidmore Small Jazz Ensemble Under the coaching of Artists-in-Residence John Nazarenko, Mark Vinci and G e o r g e Muscatello, students in the Skidmore Small Jazz Ensembles will perform at 8 pm on Friday, December 3. These student ensembles perform on and off campus for various events, including shows at Caffé Lena, Falstaff’s, Virgil’s Coffee House, and many community groups. The combos also participate in coaching and master classes by guest artists such as The Bad Plus, Eric Harland and Chris Potter. The repertoire is largely decided by the students and includes jazz, latin, funk and rock-based music. Skidmore Student Composition Concert At 3 pm on Saturday, December 4, the public is invited to hear world premiere compositions by Skidmore students. The concert will feature a wide variety of works and styles from solo piano, jazz combo, string quartet and guitars (electric and acoustic). Seven of Skidmore's top student composers will be featured in this extravaganza of newly written music. Skidmore Jazz Ensemble The Skidmore Jazz Ensemble, led by coach Mark Vinci, performs at 8 pm on Monday, December 6, and will play a mix of standards and more recent tunes. The group will play Grammy Award-winning composer Slide Hampton’s “Foxy,” as well as Ellington’s “C Jam Blues,” and Ella’s rendition of “A tisket a tasket.” This year the jazz ensemble will also perform Radiohead’s “Everything in Its Right Place,” arranged by James Miley. The Radiohead work features a unique chord progression and an odd 10/4 time signature, which is guaranteed to perk the audience’s ears. Skidmore String Ensembles Two string ensembles will perform a classical string repertoire at 7 pm on Wednesday, December 8 in Helen Filene Ladd Hall. The large ensemble will play “String Sonata” by Albinoni, and Tchaikovsky’s “Serenade for Strings.” The chamber ensemble will play selections by Beethoven, Vivaldi and Dvorak.


announces community partner grants Planning is well underway for SaratogaArtsFest 2011, and to give the preparations a boost the festival’s board of directors has awarded seven programming grants to arts partner organizations. The grants, totaling more than $10,000, will assist local organizations in enhancing their performances and events for the fifth annual citywide celebration of the arts, scheduled for June 9 through 12. The grants program is now in its second year of providing programming support. 2011 grant recipients are: Albany Symphony Orchestra, The Children’s Museum at Saratoga, Home Made Theater, Hubbard Hall, Opera Saratoga, Saratoga Chamber Players and Saratoga City Ballet “This grant allows us to expand our performance into a fully staged production, adding elements of staging, costumes, props and scenery,” said Curt Tucker, artistic director of Opera Saratoga. “During an economic time when nothing can be taken for granted, we are thrilled to receive support from SaratogaArtsFest.” Said Lynne Gelber, president of the Saratoga Chamber Players, “The grant we received will help pay for the worldclass musicians who travel to Saratoga to join Artistic Director Jill Levy in a concert of songs and strings. We encourage families to attend the concert as we strive to bring the world of live, professional music to youngsters.” The mission of SaratogaArtsFest is to promote Saratoga Springs as a premier arts destination. The festival is designed to appeal to a wide range of audiences—from the seasoned arts aficionado, to the live-entertainment enthusiast, to families with young children.

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The Academy for Lifelong Learning’s strolling Victorian carolers will entertain shoppers at the Academy’s bookfair at the Wilton Barnes & Noble on December 3. From left: A.L.L. Executive Director Jo-Ellen Unger, Dodi Robinson, Karen York and Carol McCarthy.




Friday, December 3, 2010

Pumpkin Custard (a yummy warm dessert)

Suzanne Voigt Farmers’Market

Hurry! Get one of the last fresh pumpkins at the Farmers’ Market and make yourself one of the most pleasant early winter desserts known to man. The custard is sinfully smooth, delicately spiced and wonderfully aromatic. I recommend eating it while it’s still warm from the oven – it will just say “yummy comfort.” In our house, the favorite way to eat this custard is not immediately following dinner, but a bit later. We actually have a ritual around its presentation. While it’s baking, we light the logs in the fireplace, get in our pajamas, so when we do sit down to spoon this delicate dish into our mouths,

we are curled up on the couch, in front of the fire enjoying each perfect mouthful. It’s a sublime ending to a wintry evening. The custard is light and does well as a before-bed snack. Better still, it’s a sweet snack that actually has some good nutrients in it (beta-carotenes, fiber, vitamin D and calcium). I do prepare the pumpkin puree ahead – I always have some in my freezer, but this recipe really tastes great when the pumpkin has been freshly prepared and not frozen. (I will prepare the puree and hold some in the refrigerator for up to 3 days to use for the custard.) If you do use frozen, be sure to drain the excess water/juice before measuring the puree. This recipe is very easy to make so I hope you find a fresh pumpkin and enjoy a warm wintry evening with this custard. (It is also a great warm snack to welcome your family as they arrive home from outdoor fun or travel.)

Ingredients 1 cup fresh pumpkin puree 1 egg, beaten slightly 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. ground ginger 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon 1/4 tsp. ground cloves 1 tbsp. warm dark rum 1 cup evaporated milk

Directions 1. Preheat oven to 325°F. 2. Heat rum in microwave for 30 seconds until warm. 3. Stir pumpkin, egg, sugar, salt and spices together and then blend in the rum. 4. Stir in milk, then pour mixture into oven-safe

custard cups. 5. Put filled custard cups into a shallow pan with 1 inch of hot water on bottom – and bake in the preheated oven for 40 minutes or until a knife inserted in center of the custard comes out clean. Option: The custard can be garnished with different toppings of choice – fresh whipped cream or broken graham crackers are two favorites.


Local Hot Fudge company featured on THE NIBBLE

Sundaes Best Hot Fudge Sauces were recently featured on THE NIBBLE Great Food Finds, an online gourmet food magazine. The site, which focuses on sourcing the best specialty foods, touts the dessert topping’s seven flavors and particularly the newest flavor, “Chazzy’s Cherry.” “We preferred the Cherry - the flavor of maraschino cherry deftly blended into the fudge sauce. Peanut Butter Hot Fudge is another favorite (PB and chocolate fans will love it), as is the Orange and Mint.” It went on to say, “It’s less common to find a flavored fudge sauce; and with Sundaes Best, there’s a favorite flavor for every palate to give a special lift to everything you serve with it.” Other hot fudge sauces include the Original Dark Chocolate Hot Fudge, Russell’s Landing Raspberry, Howard’s Hazelnut and Jean’s Java. THE NIBBLE also borrowed some “things to do with fudge sauce” ideas from Sundaes Best website including making hot chocolate, milk shakes or mocha coffee, using it for fondue as a dip for fruit and pretzels or as spoon candy by just eating it off a spoon to get your chocolate fix. Sundaes Best is celebrating nine years in business this month and is available in over 450 stores and restaurants across the country, internationally in London and in multiple shops in and around Saratoga Springs. To see the review go to: /11/15/product-sundaes-besthot-fudge-sauce/. THE NIBBLE tastes more than 3,000 products each year to find “the best of the best” specialty foods. For more information on Sundaes Best, call (518) 5844036 or visit




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living or call (518) 885-2772.

to 6 pm. The Firefly Store features natural, handmade and old-fashioned toys.

For the Holidays


3 - Dec. 9 events

Friday, December 3

Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry St. At 2 pm. Listen to stories and sing holiday songs. For ages 4 and older.

Tang Museum Family Saturdays From 2 to 2:30 pm. A brief tour of a current Tang exhibition followed by a hands-on art activity. Free and open to the public. Ages 5 and up with adult. For reservations and information, call (518) 580-8080.

Ballston Spa Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting

St. Nicolaas Day in Schuylerville

The Parade begins at 6:30 pm. Santa lights the village Christmas Tree at Wiswall Park at approximately 7:45 pm.

The day will begin at 10 am with a Festival of Trees, located at the Town of Saratoga Town Hall. When St. Nicolaas arrives at 4:45 pm, he will lead us all on a lantern parade through downtown to light the village tree. There will be carolers, story tellers, goodies and treats along with festival revelers.

Tree Lighting Ceremony at Gavin Park Get into the holiday spirit with Santa, Frosty, Rudolph, and an Elf or two from 6 to 9 pm. We’ll also have the Saratoga Soundtrack Chorus to keep the celebration going with the sounds of the season at 7 pm. Any questions, please contact the park office at (518) 5849455.

Elks of Greenwich Henderson Pizza Night “Henderson Pizza” every Friday night from 5 to 8 pm. Call (518) 692-2061 to place your order. Pick up or eat in. Public is invited.

Saturday, December 4 Saratoga Farmers’ Market Division St. School, 220 Division St., Saratoga Springs. From 9 am to 1 pm. F or more information, call (518) 638-8530.

Holiday Sale Old Saratoga Reformed Church, Schuylerville From 8 am to 2 pm. Gently used Christmas items, raffles, baked goods and more.

Saturday and Sunday Holiday Bazaar & Fashion Show Saratoga Hilton, 534 Broadway The Junior League of Schenectady & Saratoga Counties sponsors this event from 9 am to 5 pm each day. Admission is $5. Complimentary tastings and spa services throughout the weekend, with a fashion show by Saratoga Trunk on Saturday at 1:30 pm.

Firefly Store Sale Ballston Spa Indoor Farmers’ Market Cornell Cooperative Extension, 50 West High Street, Ballston Spa. Over twenty local vendors. For more information, please visit the BSBPA website

The Waldorf School Early Childhood Center, Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs. The dates of the sale will be December 4 from 10 am to 3 pm, December 5 from noon to 3 pm, and December 16 from 3

Sunday, December 5 All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast at the Elks Saratoga-Wilton Elks Lodge #161, 1 Elks Lane, Route 9, Saratoga Springs. Let us do the cooking this morning. From 8:30 to 11 a.m. Adults $7, seniors and military with ID $6, children 5 to 12 $5, under 5 free. Takeouts $8.

Battlefield Open House Ring in the holiday season with live guitar music, book-signings, free refreshments and unique holiday gift ideas from 1 to 4 pm. For more information, please call (518) 664-9821, ext. 224 or visit our website at

Monday, December 6 Community Bingo Saratoga-Wilton Elks Club, 1 Elks Lane, Saratoga. An evening of fun for old and young, every Monday evening at 7 pm. Doors open at 4 pm. Refreshments will be available. (518) 584-2585

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 9:30-11:30 am. Free and open to the public. Register with Literacy NENY at (518) 583-1232.

Retired teachers meeting The Saratoga Springs Retired Teachers Association will hold its monthly meeting at Longfellow’s Restaurant, 500 Union Avenue in Saratoga Springs. The group is open to retired educators who taught in and/or live in Saratoga County. For new member information and luncheon reservations, call (518) 587-5356.

Skidmore Jazz Ensemble Concert

Arthur Zankel Music Center, Ladd Concert Hall At 8 pm. Free admission. For more information, call (518) 580-5321

Jordan Roth in Conversation with Elaine Stritch Congregation Shaara Tfille, 84 Weibel Ave, Saratoga Springs Satellite broadcast ‘Live from the 92nd Street’ at 8 pm. All of the programs are open to the public. Congregation members $5, $10 non-members. Reservations are strongly suggested. The doors open 45 minutes prior to each program broadcast and all attendees must be seated prior to the broadcasts which start exactly at their listed times. Refreshments will be available and no food items are permitted in the building. To make reservations, call Carole at (518) 584-2370 or

Tuesday, December 7 Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals The Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professionals Network will meet from 5 to 7 pm at the Seven Horse Pub, 2nd Floor, 43 Phila Street, Saratoga Springs. The cost is $10. For reservations, please call (518) 584-3255 or email

Pearl Harbor ceremony Earl J. Manning Post 490 of Stillwater is hosting a Pearl Harbor Service, featuring a fivepoint presentation on the Arizona. The ceremony starts at 5 pm and all are welcome to attend. Community members are encouraged to contribute to the Legion’s annual tradition of decorating a Pearl Harbor memorial wreath by bringing an item of their choice. The ceremony will be held at Box 1 Legion Road in Stillwater.


Wednesday, December 8 K of C Bingo

The Knights of Columbus, Pine Road, Saratoga Community bingo each Wednesday at 7 pm. Doors open at 5 pm. Refreshments will be available. Call (518) 5848547 for more information.

Upcoming Youth Dance Dec. 10 Knights of Columbus, 50 Pine Rd, Saratoga Springs The Knights of Columbus monthly youth dance will be on December 10 at 6:45 pm. Students in grades 5 through 7 are welcome. Admission is $8. For more information, call Mike Dagle at (518) 587-2824.

Cookie walk Dec. 11 Malta Presbyterian Church located on Dunning Street in Malta is holding their annual Cookie Walk today beginning at 10 am. Come prepared to fulfill all your cookie needs for the Holidays!

Breakfast with Santa Dec. 12 St. Clements School, Lake Ave, Saratoga Springs From 9 am to noon, enjoy this festive day with Santa. There will be crafts for the kids and decorative tree raffles. $5 per person with pre- payment, $6 per person walk-in. Please call the school at (518) 584-7350 to reserve your spot.

Breakfast with Santa Dec. 12 Malta Ridge Volunteer Fire Company, 5 Hearn Rd, Malta From 8 am to noon, Santa will be spreading holiday cheer. Breakfast is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and children ages 6 to 10, free for children age 5 and younger. On December 18, Santa will be driving through Malta neighborhoods on the Fire Truck from 9 am to noon.

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upcoming town meetings Village of Ballston Spa: 66 Front Street 885-5711 12/8: Planning Board meeting, 7:30 pm Town of Greenfield: 7 Wilton Road 893-7432 12/7: Zoning Board of Appeals meeting, 7:30 pm 12/9: Town Board meeting, 7:30 pm Town of Malta: 2540 Route 9 899-2818 12/6: Town Board meeting, 7 pm 12/7: Zoning Board meeting, 7 pm City of Saratoga Springs: 474 Broadway 587-3550 12/6: Planning Board workshop, 5 pm 12/6: Zoning Board of Appeals workshop, 6:30 pm 12/6: Zoning Board of Appeals meeting, 7 pm 12/7: City Council meeting, 7 pm 12/8: Planning Board meeting, 7 pm Town of Saratoga: 12 Spring Street, Schuylerville 695-3644 12/9: Town Board agenda meeting, 7 pm Village of Schuylerville: 35 Spring Street 695-3881 12/8: Village Board of Trustees meeting, 7 pm Town of Stillwater: 66 East St., Riverside Mechanicville, NY 12118 12/6: Planning Board meeting, 7 pm Town of Wilton: 22 Traver Road 587-1939 12/6: Parks and Recreation Commission meeting, 7 pm

local briefs Chanukah Wonderland Saratoga Chabad will host a “Chanukah Wonderland” store at 516 Broadway featuring Holiday Judaica, Menorahs and Dreidels of all sizes, shapes and colors, as well as a newly constructed walk in “Dreidel House” for youth of all ages... For more information, call Saratoga Chabad at (518) 526-0773 or visit

Saratoga Springs History Museum Wine Raffle The Saratoga Spring History Museum is holding a wine raffle, with tickets at $10 each and the drawing on December 10, at the Holiday Gala in The Canfield Casino. Tickets are on sale in the Museum gift shop, or call (518) 584-6920. For more information, please visit

Saratoga Builders Association Holiday Mixer The Saratoga Builders Association is holding their Annual Holiday Mixer on Tuesday, December 7 from 6 to 8 pm at Saratoga National Golf Club. Members $40, non-members $45. Guests and prospective members always welcome! Contact Barry Potoker, Executive Director, for reservations at (518) 366-0946 or

Free Publishing Information Meeting If you have interest in publishing your own book, come to the Holiday Inn in Saratoga Springs on December 14 at 7 pm. Register by calling the office at (518) 899-2097 or visiting

Stewart’s Holiday Match Starting Thanksgiving Day and going through Christmas Day, Stewart’s will match individual donations made to the Holiday Match program in all 328 Stewart’s Shops in NY and VT. All the money donated goes to charity; there are no administrative costs. Stewart’s gladly accepts funds from groups or businesses, but only matches individual donations. Local children’s organizations can pick up an application throughout the holidays at any Stewart’s Shop or on line at The deadline for submission is January 31, 2011. All groups applying must be locally-based, benefit children under 18, and be a qualified, charitable 501c3 organization.

Christmas Fund The Schuylerville Community

Christmas Fund is in urgent need of new unwrapped toys for children ages newborn to 12. Toys can be dropped off at Byron’s Market on Broad St, or at the rear entrance of Old Saratoga Reformed Church at 48 Pearl St. For more information, call Jennifer Squires at (518) 879-6160.

Defensive Driving Course First Baptist Church, 45 Washington Ave, Saratoga Springs. From 9 am to 3 pm, take this stateapproved course to save 10 percent on your base auto insurance and take points off your record. Fee is only $35.Register by calling Ray Frankoski at (518) 286-3788.

Saratoga Turf Talkers Toastmasters The next meeting of the Saratoga Turf Talkers Toastmasters club will be Tuesday, December 7, from 12:30 to 1:30 pm, at Longfellow’s Hotel and Conference Center, 500 Union Ave. The club meets the first and third Tuesday of every month.The theme for our next meeting is “Setting Goals.”

A.L.L. Barnes and Noble Book Fair The Academy for Lifelong Learning has released the entertainment schedule for its Barnes & Noble Bookfair for Friday, December 3, at the Wilton store: 11 am: story time for ages 2 to 5; 12:30 pm: Kate Dudding and Carol Gregson offer stories for adults; 1 to 4 pm: advice on DVDs to add to your gift list; 3 and 4 pm: A.L.L.’s Victorian Strolling Carolers ; 4:30 pm: Betty Cassidy and Joe Peck tell stories for adults; 7 pm: story time for children ages 3 to 9. For more information, visit the Academy’s web site: Shop in support of the Academy by shopping online at from December 3 - 8 and include the Academy’s Bookfair voucher ID #10248045 on the payment page during checkout.

Shop for Round Lake Library Donate to the Library with, a Yahoo-powered search engine. When you place your order through the website’s GoodShop button, companies like Amazon, Target, Gap, Best Buy, eBay, Macy’s and Barnes & Noble will give you discount coupons and will give a portion of your purchase to the Library. Best of all, it costs you nothing, but gives the Library money to fund new children’s literacy programs and for resources and programs for job-searchers! Just be sure

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Glens Falls Area Celiac-Sprue Support Group – Dec. 7

Acting Exploration

From 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Glens Falls Hospital Auditorium A on the lower level. Program will discuss which overthe-counter medications are glutenfree. Pharmacists Nicole Cates and Ben Rametta will lead the discussion. For more information, contact Jean McLellan, president, at (518) 5846702 or the Nutrition Center of Glens Falls Hospital at (518) 926-2615.

For adults and children ages 10 and older. Through monologues, theater games, pantomime, improvisation and scene work, actors will develop acting techniques. Elyse Young, Malta’s Theater Director, will help each participant work at their level. Course to be held on Wednesday evenings January 5 through February 9 from 6 to 7 pm. $50 for Malta Residents, $55 for non-residents or $25 Malta senior residents. Call (518) 899-441.1

Call for Entries Mimosa Gallery at 70c Beekman Street in Saratoga Springs announces a “Call For Entries” for its 3rd Annual “10”x10” =$100” held January 5 through February 19, 2011. The work can’t be larger than 10”x10” and retail for not more than $100. The artwork must have been completed within a year of submission and should be submitted for consideration via email (mimosagallery or by appointment. Painting, sketch, collage and sculpture are accepted mediums. 2D work must be ready to hang. Submissions must include artist name, address, telephone number and email address. And each submission should include: title, medium, date completed, size and retail price. Entry deadline: December, 15; accepted work must arrive by December 29. Contact Michelle or Rebecca at (518) 5831163.

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 234 Our next meeting will be December 6 at 7 pm. Refreshments will be served. Please pay your 2011 dues. For more information, call Catherine at (518) 885-3369

Holiday Gala at the Lake House The Saratoga Springs History Museum hosts its annual holiday fundraiser from 6:30 to 10:30 pm. Friday, December 10 at the Canfield Casino. And you’re invited! Tickets are $65 in advance and $75 at the door and can be purchased by calling the Saratoga Springs History Museum in the Canfield Casino or by visiting Members receive tickets for $55 and memberships can be purchased for as little as $10. For tickets or more information, call the museum at (518) 584-6920.

Soroptimists looking to fund efforts that help Saratoga County women, girls Soroptimist International of Saratoga County (SISC) is accepting funding requests from organizations that serve the needs of women and girls in Saratoga County. Grants are typically awarded for programmatic, start-up or capital projects. The application deadline is January 31, 2011. Those interested in obtaining a grant application should visit For more information, email Eriko Fujita, Fund Distribution Chair:

HELPING HANDS Organization

Make-A-Wish Foundation How to Help Applebee’s restaurants in Saratoga Springs, Queensbury and the greater capital region are selling tickets for its “Breakfast with Santa” fundraiser, scheduled for Sunday, December 12 from 8 to 10 am. Tickets are $5 and include pancakes, bacon, coffee and juice. Santa Claus will also be joining the festivities. All proceeds will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Northeast New York’s wish-granting program. Mission The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northeast New York serves the 15 counties comprising the 518 area code. The chapter grants 90 to 100 wishes each year and has granted more than 1,125 since 1986.




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Community Sports Bulletin All-Stars named from Saratoga Springs boys soccer team Four players from the Class-AA sectional co-champion Blue Streaks were awarded a spot on this year’s Suburban Council All-Stars First Team. Goalie Aaron Costello, who last year was named Suburban Council and Section Goalkeeper of the year, as well as being selected for Fourth Team All-State, was one of Saratoga’s four seniors to be honored with an All-Star position for First Team. Joining their teammate on the All-Star First team is forward Steve Celeste, and midfielders Morgan Smith and Bret Celeste. Senior Will Johns, a co-captain from this year’s championship team, was awarded a spot on the second team. Eli Sterngass, a junior playing for the Blue Streaks on defense, was named as Aaron Costello a member of the third team.

Varsity Girls Basketball Schedule Ballston Spa 12/7: at Burnt Hills Ballston Lake, 7pm

Burnt Hills - Ballston Lake 12/7: vs. Ballston Spa, 7pm

Saratoga Springs 12/7: vs. Niskayuna, 7pm

Schuylerville 12/1: vs. Emma Willard,

Varsity Boys Basketball Schedule Ballston Spa 12/7: vs Burnt Hills Ballston Lake, 7pm

Burnt Hills - Ballston Lake 12/7: at Ballston Spa, 7pm

Saratoga Springs 12/3: at Glens Falls, 8:15pm

Schuylerville 12/10: at Stillwater, 7pm

12/7: vs. Hudson Falls, 7pm

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South Glens Falls 12/1: vs. Greenwich,

South Glens Falls 12/3 vs. Bainbridge, 7:30pm

12/4: at Horseheads, 1:30pm

Gone Fishin’

Mike Nolan Memorial Run

Ron LaFarr, Jim Loviza, Jim Bolduc and their families have one whale of a tale to tell after returning to Saratoga Springs from their recent trip down in Cabo San Lucus, Mexico. LaFarr and his two sons-in-law, Bolduc and Loviza, chartered a 30-foot boat with a captain and mate for a day of deep-sea fishing off the tip of the Baha Peninsula. Over the course of the outing, the three men hooked six marlins, four that made it onto the boat and two that were lost. Bolduc pulled in the most - two giant fish for the day, while Loviza and LaFarr each pulled in one. But it was LaFarr who managed to pull in the greatest marlin of the day- a nine-foot fish from tip to tale that took over 45 minutes to reel into the boat. To the right, LaFarr, Loviza and Bolduc pose on the docks with their nine-foot prize.

On Saturday, November 27, over 300 participants turned out for the first ever Mike Nolan Memorial Run. Nolan, a longtime teacher and coach at South Glens Falls, passed away earlier this year after being diagnosed with lung cancer as a non-smoker. The run is designed to help raise money for the Mike Nolan Scholarship Fund. Faith Family Friends and Act with Respect Always both acted as sponsors for the event. Above, the South Glens Falls’ girls soccer team, who participated in the race, pose for a picture in the school’s gymnasium.

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Basketball Tryouts Damian Fantauzzi

This past month many students tried out for their school's basketball team. It's a time that can be difficult for the students, their families and the coaches. Certain abilities, attitudes and team skills are needed or looked for. Playing for your school's team can be an important part of your school year, one that can bring many memories- not to mention at least a few life lessons. There are many talents that are

being judged by the coaches. A short list might include: ball handling, passing, shooting, defense, rebounding, conditioning, court awareness and team play. Understanding the game, with all of the different offensive plays, defensive sets and some of the complexities regarding strategies can be difficult to fully grasp, to say the least. Most kids have not developed all of the basketball skills that

may be necessary. It is a game that beckons the athlete to work at his or her game. In any sport it takes hard work, practice, dedication, and desire - and during tryouts there is still no guarantee of making the team. It takes a quality of near excellence and a love for the sport to be an athlete with any efficiency in basketball. The coach, when choosing the team, has to find the best 12 to 15 candidates with a superior understanding of the game, those who show a higher level demonstration of their basketball skills. Unfortunately, not everyone is


chosen. But the important thing here is trying out, and understanding that not being chosen is the nature of athletics. It is not the end of the world for sons, daughters and parents. But that said, I feel it is still important to support your school's team. If you were cut, then now is the perfect time to prepare for the next basketball season. Just remember- Michael Jordan was cut from his junior high team, but as a freshman he made the varsity and went on to be the greatest there ever was!

Skiing Around with Glenn Mottau by Glenn Mottau Saratoga TODAY Isn't this a great world we live in? Two weeks ago I was golfing in Scottsdale, Arizona wearing my very comfortable Bermudas. Last weekend I was in Stratton, Vermont enjoying the very well groomed slopes of Stratton Mountain, bundled up to the point of looking like the Michelin Tire cartoon character. Mobility is wonderful, but it certainly requires some attitude adjustment. It makes you appreciate your body's ability to conform to all kinds of conditions. The intelligent athlete will always prepare his body for any

change in an athletic endeavor. Certain sports demand certain skills. Even though you may have played golf all summer (walking, no cart), it doesn't necessarily mean you are in great shape to ski. Although both sports demand flexibility, skiing requires much more leg strength with flexible tendons that should be stretched before venturing out on the ski trails. Most of us like to think we are in great shape, particularly if we have been active all summer. Maybe so, but any professional trainer will tell you that each sport demands that certain muscle groups need to be developed to prevent injury. Skiing is a more vigorous sport and your lungs will be challenged to their limit. Some pre-season jogging with some short wind-sprints will

serve you well. And don't neglect those stomach muscles - some good old fashioned sit-ups each day could save you from serious muscle pulls. If you don't have the opportunity to work out before heading for the slopes, the best advice I can give you is to take it easy the first few days. Listen to your body. When that lactic acid starts invading your muscles, you will know it's time to call it a day. Now that we have you physically prepared, let's examine your equipment. Faulty or out dated skis, bindings or boots can be more dangerous than not being in tip-top shape. To go out on the slopes with dull or damaged edges is inviting trouble. Edges need to be sharp and burr free to cope with normal Eastern skiing conditions. A professional tune-up at a reliable ski shop will cost between $20 and $45. It should be done at least two or three times a season, and will improve your skiing tremendously. If you are in the market for new equipment, this is a great time to buy. Ski shops have a lot of new equipment and some 2010 products. Last year's equipment will

be limited, but if you can find something that fits your skiing style you can save some money. I would emphasize that you do your shopping at a reliable and established ski s h o p where you will find a knowledgeable staff selling what you need, not what they want to get rid of. My two favorites are the Alpine Ski Shop on Clinton Street and the Sports Page in Glens Falls. I've know both owners, Jack Hay (Alpine) and Gary Higley (Sports Page), for years, and I trust them implicitly. If your skis are over five years old, they are outmoded and should be replaced. Even if they haven't been used very often, they are probably much too long. The new skis are shorter and wider, and much easier to turn. After purchasing new skis, you might opt to use your old bindings. Chances are they are obsolete and your ski shop will not be allowed (by law) to install them.

A good binding will make your skiing much safer and will be the best investment you can make. Now is a good time to upgrade your boots. Modern technology has made the boot safer, warmer and longer lasting with the use of exotic materials that hold your feet securely in the boot. They may look like they're out of the 25th century, but they get the job done. With the Thanksgiving holiday behind us and lots of snow in the mountains, all the major resorts in our area are open. With the combination of natural snow and the miracle of snow making, they are off to a banner year. But don't get too excited. Mother Nature can be cruel. She has done this to us in the past. An early season storm with promises of a great snowy winter - and then she wipes out the Christmas holiday with a warm spell, removing a period when most skiers start their season. She has been nice to us thus far. Let's hope her generosity continues. Good luck in your quest for new and improved ski equipment, and have a great winter!




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Big league lessons for Bantam league hockey Former NHL player gives back to sport as coach for Saratoga Youth Hockey by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY Craig Darby's fascination with hockey began not long after the Town of Colonie native took his first steps. "I had to be about three or four when I started," Darby said. "My dad put a rink in the backyard, so we always had one growing up." Darby, now a father himself and resident of Saratoga Springs, is the coach for the Bantam B league Saratoga Youth Hockey team. But unlike many youth coaches, Darby comes with 15 years of professional experience in the sport, having played with several teams in the AHL and NHL. During the 19931994 season, Darby joined up with the Montreal Canadiens, where he played in their minor league system before being traded. He bounced around from Montreal to Long Island, to Philadelphia (where his team won the Calder Cup) and then back to Montreal, for seven years doing everything in his power to become part of the majors. "[There are] two things that I remember very well," said Darby regarding his professional hockey career. "First, winning the Calder Cup with the Philadelphia Phantoms in 1998. A lot of things happen during the playoffs, and our team was able to overcome those obstacles, and you remember those guys. I'll remember those guys forever. [The second thing I remember very well] is when I was told to find a place in Montreal. Basically them telling me, after going out for six or seven years for the same job and being told to keep trying and to keep going forward, I remember when I was finally told, 'Get a place, you've made it.'" For two seasons Darby was a regular on the Canadiens' ice, finally able to live out the dream he'd worked for almost all his life. Through 154 games he racked up 45 points for his team, by far the most time Darby consistently spent on NHL ice. By 2008, Darby decided it was time to retire from professional hockey, but by no means was it time to abandon the sport altogether. "Basically when I retired, I came

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Craig Darby (top right), coach of Saratoga Bantam B Youth Hockey back from the season and I looked to coach the very next year," Darby said. So Darby signed on with the local youth hockey organization, where he began to coach for the Saratoga Springs Bantam B league. When it comes to giving back to the sport he loves, to coaching young kids just as they themselves begin to develop their own passion for hockey, Darby believes, unequivocally, that coaching youngsters is a duty, something he simply should be doing. "I think I have too much knowledge and excitement for the game not to coach. And it's something I really enjoy doing," he said. "I try to make it fun for the kids, to get them excited about playing hockey." Darby hopes that, considering all of his experience playing in the pros, he's able to pass on his own love of the sport, as well as a few life lessons to the kids he coaches. "One, I want to make sure the kids are having fun," Darby stressed, "and two, I want to make sure that they're improving. If it's a lot or a little bit, just making sure that everybody is having fun and getting better." Winning is fun, Darby said, everybody wants to win. But in order to win, Darby teaches his kids that it takes everyone on the team to pull in the same direction, to work as a team to achieve their goal. "To win you have to do the right things to get there. Can you get

there as an individual? Absolutely not. We're a team, 16 kids out there that want to win just as badly as everybody else, so we've got to work together," Darby said. "When I see our kids smiling out there and having fun and we're winning- that's the ultimate goal." Come out and support the team this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, when Saratoga takes on three different challengers at the Wiebel Avenue Ice Rink in Saratoga Springs.


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