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Volume 6 • Issue 44

On The Brink More Families Facing Financial Disaster, Hiding Struggles From Neighbors and Friends by Michelle Read DeGarmo Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA COUNTY – Through combinations of job loss or reduced hours, and increasing energy bills, interest rates and living expenses, previously secure and comfortable families have found financial instability faster than ever thought possible. Across Saratoga County, there is

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a growing population of middle-class families that are quietly on the verge of homelessness. They are newly impoverished, and they are facing a unique set of challenges. As one local put it, “I don’t know how to be poor.” November is National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Month, a campaign traditionally associated with a low-income population that is grouped together by the perception of what it means to struggle financially. Some consider poverty a lifestyle – one that many on the outside of the low-income bracket feel insulated from by their educational or professional status. But how many of us living in good neighborhoods are a few paychecks away from financial crisis? How many of our neighbors are teetering on the edge of homelessness, or struggling to provide healthy meals for their children? How many are too ashamed to ask for help? In this unstable economy, there’s no solid line. Over the next few weeks I will explore the challenges of

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A Fighting Chance by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS – Six days a week, sometimes seven if he can swing it, 26-year-old Vincent Miranda tightly wraps his hands with tape, slips on a pair of gloves and bangs away at the heavy bag, trading blows with sparring partners and trainer Tyrone Jackson at the Saratoga Boxing Gym off of

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Sustainability – ‘To Go’ Your Home by Yael Goldman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS - If you ask sustainable restaurateur Kim Klopstock what she does to limit her impact on the environment, she'll tell you she does what she can but can "always do better." Klopstock has three aspects to her business: she owns 50 South Restaurant and Bar, located at 2128 Doubleday Avenue, a catering business called Lily and the Rose, and also sells her So Lively Tapenade at the Saratoga Farmers' Market.

With all that's on her plate, she still has time to consider the bigger picture: how every transaction impacts her surroundings. It's called thinking sustainably, a grand notion that, for Klopstock, involves composting food waste, recycling and repurposing, limiting energy consumption, purchasing low-impact products, and working closely with the farmers that put food on her tables. She has fine-tuned her operation to do more with less impact, but

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Saratoga Springs Fall Festival Saturday, October 29 Photos by Kallie Day for

Dog parade winners (and their humans) proudly pose for paparazzi!

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police report Orlando G. Gordon, 46, homeless, was charged with seconddegree burglary, a class-C violent felony. Gordon was arrested March 13 in Saratoga Springs and is expected to return to court at a later date. Michael P. Brymer, 38, of 13 Mountain View Dr., South Glens Falls, was charged with thirddegree grand larceny, a class-D felony; fourth-degree grand larceny, a class-E felony; third-degree criminal possession of stolen property, a class-D felony; and fourthdegree criminal possession of stolen property, a class-E felony. Brymer was arrested July 13 in South Glens Falls and is expected to return to court at a later date. Frank R. Williams, 32, of 6 Mountain Rd., Gansevoort, was charged with two counts of driving while intoxicated, class-E felonies. Williams was arrested June 7 in Moreau and is expected to return to court at a later date. John H. Meyer, 34, of 133 Second St., Waterford, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated, a class-E felony. Meyer was arrested August 21 in Clifton Park and is scheduled to return to court for sentencing December 22. Nicholas J. Alling, 19, of 27 Davenport Estates, Mechanicville, pleaded guilty to a charge of second-degree attempted assault, a class-E felony. Alling was arrested August 5 in Mechanicville for an incident that occurred July 8 and is scheduled to return to court for sentencing December 22.

Archie L. Burr, 36, of 6C4 Vanderbilt Terrace, Saratoga Springs, pleaded guilty to a charge of third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class-C felony. Burr was arrested April 26 in Saratoga Springs and was sentenced to four years in state prison and three years of post release supervision. David M. Adams, 55, of 4 Holly Folly Dr., Malta, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated, a class-E felony. Adams was arrested May 19 in Malta and was sentenced to time served in addition to five years of probation and an ignition interlock device. Douglas R. Bennett Jr., 51, of 37 Hill Farm Est., St. Albans, VT, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated, a class-E felony. Bennett was arrested January 24 in Malta and was sentenced to five days in Saratoga County Jail in addition to five years of probation and an ignition interlock device. Joshua A. Crofut, 29, of 14

Army Dr., Fort Edward, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated, a class-E felony. Crofut was arrested November 18, 2009, in Malta and was sentenced to five years of probation and an ignition interlock device. Ramel T. Gentry, 25, of Yates Village, Schenectady, pleaded guilty to a charge of third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class-C felony. Gentry was arrested in Saratoga Springs for incidents that occurred June 10, June 17 and July 13, 2010, and was sentenced to two years in state prison and three years of post release supervision. Larry M. Ball, 24, of 106 Stormy Ln. Tr., Moreau, was

charged with second-degree assault, a class-D felony. Ball was arrested September 30 in Moreau and is expected to return to court at a later date. Thomas W. Mould, 29, of 116 N. Greenfield Rd., Porter Corners, was charged with second-degree attempted kidnapping, a class-C felony. Mould was arrested September 22 in Wilton and is expected to return to court at a later date. Barry W. Shippee, 52, of 510 Palmer Ave., Corinth, pleaded

guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated, a class-D felony. Shippee was arrested March 20 in Wilton and was sentenced to time served in addition to five years of probation to include drug treatment court.



Chamber Gets Into Halloween Spirit!

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In keeping with the Halloween holiday spirit, presenting the “Primetime Mimes” from the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce! From left to right: Kathleen Lucey, Deb Zeman, Todd Shimkus, Bridget Devaney, Annamaria Bellantoni, Denise Romeo and Linda Toohey. Chamber President Todd Shimkus reported that by mutual agreement “the mimes couldn’t talk to me other than with hand signals or pen on paper. If anyone broke the rule before lunch, the first to do so would buy lunch for everyone else. No one spoke to me.” It’s that kind of attention to detail that makes our chamber the envy of the world. Kudos to all involved!

Mould Indicted; Pleads Not Guilty in Greenfield Attack BALLSTON SPA – On Tuesday, November 1, Thomas W. Mould, 29, of North Greenfield Road in Porter Corners, pled not guilty to multiple charges arising out of an attempted kidnapping at a Stewart’s on Route 9N in Greenfield. The attack on a woman occurred around 11:30 p.m. on September 22, as she was putting gas in her car. The woman fought off her attacker and fled, and Mould was arrested nearby shortly thereafter. Mould was indicted on Wednesday, October 26, and charged with second-degree attempted kidnapping, a felony, third-degree assault and criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation, both misdemeanors. If convicted, he could face up to 15 years in prison for the charges. In Saratoga County Court, Judge Jerry Scarano set bail for Mould at $50,000 cash or $100,000 bond. Mould had been held without bail since his arrest.

Body of Sailor Recovered in Galway Lake GALWAY- The body of a sailor from Saratoga Springs Naval Station was recovered on Monday, October 31, in Galway Lake, at


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around 1 p.m., after being reported missing Sunday night. Jacob Miller, 23, of Kansas City, Kansas, reportedly went swimming in the lake’s waters, which were estimated to be about 40 degrees. When Miller did not respond to a small group of sailors on the shore, help was summoned. Miller’s body was located in about eight feet of water off of Palmer Road, on the west side of Galway Lake. Toxicology reports are pending at this time, although foul play has been ruled out by the state police, who are continuing the investigation. A memorial service for Miller has been scheduled for Monday, November 7, at the Milton Community Center, 310 Northline Road, Ballston Spa.


the Saratoga Springs Police reported that Mr. Cushman was originally from Connecticut and had been in the Saratoga region for several years although he had no permanent address. The statement said that police believe that Mr. Cushman was last seen alive around 8:30 p.m. Friday evening, October 28, near the area where his body was discovered. According to the statement, Mr. Cushman’s death remains under investigation, although foul play is not suspected. An autopsy is pending.

Homeless Man Discovered Dead at Congress Plaza in Saratoga Springs SARATOGA SPRINGS – On Saturday, October 29, Saratoga Springs Police responded to a report of a body found behind the Rent-ACenter in Congress Plaza off of Congress Street just before 10 a.m. The body of Albert Cushman, 56, was discovered by the responding officers near the Rent-A-Center’s rear door. A police statement issued on October 29 by Lt. Greg Veitch of

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Cynthia Gavitt Search for Cynthia Gavitt Continues SARATOGA SPRINGS - State Police are still searching for a missing Saratoga Springs woman. Cynthia Gavitt hasn't be seen or heard from since Friday morning, October 28. Police located her car, a 2004 silver Toyota Camry, on Saturday, October 29, in a parking lot on Canal Road in Halfmoon. Gavitt, 48, is 5'4", 130 lbs., with hazel eyes and brown hair. Anyone with information on Cynthia Gavitt's whereabouts is asked to call state police at (518) 583-7000.



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Malta Thomas' Focus is on OUR Malta Councilwoman Thomas has always kept her vision and focus on working to make Malta better for all residents. Over the years, she's been willing to work hard and has earned our respect, including mine. Not once have I heard Councilwoman Thomas speak to what she can gain or where being a town board member will take her. In fact, her focus is keenly set on Malta, and for her it's always been about our needs, our achievements and our community. She knows that economic growth must be balanced, that high quality services can be performed without increasing our tax burden and that we need a clear plan for the town in order to protect and prosper what we value most in Malta. Tara Thomas' care and passion for the Town of Malta has only benefited us. Please join me in supporting our needs, our values and our community by voting for our Malta Councilwoman Tara Thomas this Election Day, November 8. - Mark D. Hamm, Town of Malta Resident

Hard Work Key To Malta Success Dear Malta Resident: As Malta Supervisor I am pleased to report that the town is in great financial condition. For the sixth consecutive year as supervisor we have a tentative budget with no general town-wide property tax and no highway tax. Through conservative budgeting, we have managed to save $3.2 million as a "rainy day fund" and to help with the future expansion of our highway garage. We have also begun to save for big-ticket capital expenditures such as highway equipment, culvert repair and road improvements. You may be asking "How are we able to modernize our roads, expand our community center, build a new ball field complex and have so many other amenities without a town-wide property tax?" Sales tax receipts account for 47 percent of our revenues with user fees and special district revenues accounting for an additional 27 percent. Mitigation fees collected when new projects are constructed contribute to restricted-use accounts for future roads, open space and recreation. With the help of a talented and highly motivated staff, we have been successful in obtaining grants for remodeling our court building, constructing town roads in the Tech Campus, park development, managing town records and for many more

purposes. We have also been successful in negotiating host community benefits such as the $3 million trust fund for nonprofit organizations and the $1 million for building the Luther Forest ball field complex. Watching our pennies, lean staffing and reliance on volunteers is part of this successful formula. It is no accident that Malta offers a high quality of life without imposing a property tax. It happens because of a lot of hard work by our staff, elected officials and volunteers working together in a culture of conservative budgeting and thoughtful decisionmaking. - Paul J. Sausville, Malta Supervisor

Saratoga Springs Re-Elect Scott Johnson To the Editor: As deputy mayor, I've worked closely with Mayor Johnson over the past four years and I'm proud of his common sense leadership, professionalism, effectiveness and understanding. I'm also proud of the communication and cooperation of the city council, deputies and all city departments and employees. This teamwork has allowed Saratoga Springs to move forward by leaps and bounds on so many important issues. Here are some of our accomplishments to date: 1. Administrative and procedural improvements through modernization, computerization and employee training have allowed our government to operate more efficiently and effectively. 2. Professionalism and civility in our city government meetings and business. 3. Helped to restore VLT funding working with NYS, NYRA and the racing industry. 4. Maintained lean budgets holding the line for four years on the city's operational budget to prevent soaring expenses. 5. Initiated monthly Capital Committee meetings to discuss bonded city projects, monitor funding deadlines, seek out grant monies, as well as make long-term plans for our buildings, lands and large equipment. 6. Successfully negotiated more affordable union contracts. 7. Consolidated employee health insurance to reign in soaring costs for the taxpayer. 8. Helped to facilitate 15 new affordable housing units on Allen Drive. 9. Continue to build and foster government's relationship with NYS, SEDC, Saratoga County, Saratoga Springs City School District, NYRA, CDTA, United 211, City Center Authority, Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Business

Association, Saratoga Convention and Tourism, Special Assessment District, Preservation Foundation. Saratoga Casino and Raceway, Skidmore and Empire Colleges, Franklin Community Center and the many other profit and nonprofit entities throughout our community. 10. First public/private partnership formed to solve the downtown parking need with a downtown parking deck, after decades of study. 11. Completed the Spring Run Trail at no direct cost to the taxpayers. 12. Continuing work toward regaining public access to Saratoga Lake at our Waterfront Park. 13. A comprehensive non-policy update of our entire zoning ordinance is very close to completion - the first in 20 years. Employees, board members and the public will very soon access efficient, clear, up-to-date language. 14. Led the effort to finally build our recreation facility. This affordable center has improved quality of life for our youth, families and senior citizens. 15. Working in collaboration with Skidmore College, Sustainable Saratoga, Shared Access, Healthy Transportation and Safe Routes to School to develop policies to promote complete streets, cleaner and greener air quality, completing our next steps with city inventory and soon the community to further the U.S. Mayors’ Climate Protection Agreement. Under Mayor Johnson's leadership and the current city council, we have achieved success in the face of recession and upheaval. We need to continue to move forward while protecting our assets. I encourage all voters to vote for Mayor Johnson on November 8, 2011, to allow him to continue to provide common sense leadership for our great city. - Shauna M. Sutton, Saratoga Springs

Vote for Wilkes, Mathiesen and Madigan Occupy Wall Street seems to be a protest against the lack - or failure - of political representation, seeking a transition into a genuine democratic constituent process and economic justice. Do we have this problem in Saratoga Springs? 2300 citizens signed a petition to put the proposed revision of the city charter on the ballot. The mayor's response was to hire out-of-town legal council to delay a vote. The mayor and the city council rudely ignore the citizens as they attempt to address the council with their concerns. A recreation center was built with only 54 parking spaces and no showers. These decisions do not seem to be well thought out. Instead of leading and making


decisions, numerous commissions are created to study issues into oblivion. The city council blindly follows the "strong" mayor who fails to follow the current city charter and has instituted a closed door policy in city hall. Freedom of Information Requests of the city council are ignored leading to more lawsuits, most of which are upheld by the courts. We have many fine lawyers in Saratoga Springs, why doesn't the mayor select local lawyers instead of importing lawyers? We should open up the business of this city to the city residents who pay for the "service." On November 8, please go out and exercise your right to vote. Study the capabilities and experiences of Brent Wilkes for mayor, Chris Mathiesen for commissioner of public safety and Michele Madigan for commissioner of finance. I have had the occasion to get to know these three and find them to be intelligent, experienced, thoughtful people who seek to enjoy interacting and listening to the citizens of Saratoga Springs. This is our opportunity to vote and express our opinion. - George Cain, Saratoga Springs

Wilton To My Wilton Friends and Neighbors: For over 40 years I've called the town of Wilton my home. I raised four children here, run our family business here, and have proudly served as a firefighter in this town for over three decades. As a lifelong Republican I have supported the efforts of town leaders such as Bob Gavin, Roy McDonald, Art Johnson and Ray O'Conor as they carefully guided Wilton through a period of significant growth and prosperity. I've applauded their commitment to the community and their fiscally conservative approach to managing town resources. However, despite our past good fortunes, I am concerned about our town's future. Wilton deserves leaders that have shown true dedication to the community and who are interested in only doing what's best for the PEOPLE. Partisan politics are tearing this country apart. Elected officials neglect common sense thinking and the best interest of the people in favor of party loyalty. That way of thinking needs to change and it starts HERE in Wilton. I want to make a difference, but I can't do it alone. That is why I will be supporting Jared Dinsmore for Wilton Town Board. Jared is not a Republican. He's not enrolled in any political party. Despite that difference we both believe that Wilton Town Board members need to


put the best interests of the community first, above any political beliefs or personal interests. Together we will work to ensure that Wilton remains a safe and affordable place for families and seniors to live. We are committed to responsible spending and to keeping Wilton your hometown. On November 8, I ask for your support by voting Lant and Dinsmore for Wilton Town Board. Together, we can make a difference. - John Lant, Town of Wilton

Vote for David Towne Recently a well-publicized case came before Wilton Town Justice John Wood. This is the case of a local woman who allegedly stole over $500,000 from an elderly blind woman in a systematic fashion over a number of years. This case was arraigned before Justice Wood with the recommendation from the Saratoga County District Attorney that bail be set for this woman because he believed that this woman could flee the area and escape justice or incur significant expense in locating her and extraditing her back to the area to stand trial. Judge Wood reacting in an increasingly arrogant fashion that has come to typify his judicial behavior, stated to the effect that this was his courtroom and he alone would decide on whether or not bail was necessary. He, in effect, disregarded the opinion of the district attorney and in a decision that can only be viewed as poor judgment, released the woman. While there is no certainty that the risk of flight will materialize, this is the manner of arrogant disregard for the opinion of the county's top law enforcement official's judgment now applied in the Wilton town courtroom. Wouldn't prudence have been the better course of action? Couldn't our law enforcement representatives demonstrate a more coordinated concern for the safety of the Wilton citizenry? And what about the woman who has been allegedly wronged? Would her faith in our "system" be validated by Judge Wood's over-reaction to a recommendation that stated the seriousness of the allegation and that was meant to give guidance? Could better judgment have been applied rather than the arrogant, "I won't be told how to run my courtroom" attitude that prevailed? This is just an example of why there is a need for change in Wilton. Please vote for David Towne for Wilton Town Justice on Election Day, November 8. - Owen Monroe, Town of Wilton



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Saratoga Springs, NY - Marguerite R. Rasmussen, 94, passed away October 29, 2011. Marguerite was born February 20, 1917, in Hackensack, NJ, to the late Uz and Margaret Ohle. In addition to her parents, Marguerite is predeceased by her husband, T. Howard Rasmussen, and daughters, Margaret O. Rasmussen and Barbara R. Thomas. Marguerite is survived by her granddaughters, Rebecca B. Thomas and Hannah J. Thomas; great-granddaughter, Molly Rose Christopher; and son-in-law, John J. Thomas.

Arrangements are under the direction of the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY, (518) 5845373. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Marguerite’s memory to the Presbyterian New England Congregational Church, 24 Circular St., Saratoga Springs. Online remembrances may be made at

Christine “Chris” C. Pintuff Wilton, NY- Christine “Chris” C. Pintuff, 59, died Thursday, October 27, 2011, after a brief battle with cancer. Born on May 22, 1952, in Northampton, MA, she was the daughter of the late S. Stephen Czerapowicz and Jane Landry Czerapowicz. Survivors include her husband, Jeffrey; son, Stephen (Becky) Pintuff; daughter, Kathleen Pintuff and her boyfriend Cory Straker; sisters Kathleen Connor, Mary Jane Farby and Jill Burlingame; grandchildren, Alex and Aliya Straker; and several

aunts, uncles, cousins and nieces. Family and friends may call from 10 a.m. - noon on Saturday, November 5, 2011, at the Tunison Funeral Home 105 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs. A memorial service will be held at the funeral home with burial to follow at St. Peter’s Cemetery. The Pintuff family requests donations are made in Chris’ memory to Saratoga Hospital Foundation, Online remembrances may be made at

Christopher J. Mega Saratoga Springs, NY Christopher J. Mega, 80, passed away on October 30, 2011. Survivors include his wife, Madelyn; children, Christopher (Barbara,Christian), Jeffrey (Linda), Valerie Raccuia (Joseph) and Jacqueline Fitzgerald (Stephen); and grandchildren, Christopher Raccuia, Jeffrey Mega, Victoria Raccuia, Madeline, Katie and Lauren Fitzgerald. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Wesley Foundation, 131 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 and would be appreciated. Arrangements

are under the direction of the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY, (518) 584-5373. Online remembrances may be made at


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Patricia G. Nichols Saratoga Springs, NY - Patricia G. Nichols. 83, passed away Saturday, October 29, 2011. Born during a blizzard on March 17, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Dudley and Dorothy (Dickinson) Groff. Survivors include her husband of 64 years, Robert G. Nichols, Sr.; daughter, and Beth (Robert) Hesse; granddaughter, Lauren Hesse; sister, Joan Smith; brothers, Jack (Harriet) Groff and Scott (Judy) Groff; as well as many nieces, nephews and dear friends. A funeral service was held Wednesday, November 2, 2011, and interment will be in the family plot in Greenridge Cemetery, Lincoln Ave., Saratoga Springs. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Patricia’s honor to the Center for Disability Services Foundation, 314 South Manning Blvd., Albany,

NY 12208-1794 or to the Wesley Health Care Center Foundation, 131 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Arrangements are under the direction of the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY, (518) 5845373. Online remembrances may be made at

Theresa Marie Morrone Saratoga Springs, NY - Theresa Marie Morrone, 84, passed away on Thursday, October 27, 2011. Born on May 24, 1927, in Saratoga Springs, NY, she was the youngest of seven children to Giovanni and Mariann (Visconti) Colangelo. In addition to her husband, Mario Morrone, Theresa is predeceased by her parents and all six brothers and sisters, Anthony, James, Louis, Louise, Rose and Madeline. She also lost her son, John, in 2006. Survivors include her sons, Joseph, Neil and James; daughter-in-law, Margaret (Costello); grandchildren, Jason, Joshua and Sarah; nephews, Anthony Colangelo, Anthony and Alex Morrone; nieces, Rosemarie Hildebrandt and Lisa DiSario; and her in-laws, Anthony and Gina

Morrone. A funeral service for family and friends was conducted Monday, October 31, 2011, at the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY, (518) 584-5373. Burial will be in the family plot at St. Peter's Cemetery, West Ave., Saratoga Springs. Memorial contributions in Theresa’s name may be made to the Maplewood Manor Patient or Awning Fund in care of Saratoga County Maplewood Manor, 149 Ballston Ave., Ballston Spa, NY 12020. Online remembrances may be made at

Donald I. Lee Saratoga Springs, NY - Donald I. Lee, 84, passed away Sunday, October 30, 2011. Donald is survived by his wife, Rose Jane Lee; sons, Craig, Brian and Kevin; and grandchildren Cheston, Parker and Phoebe. A memorial service celebrating his life will be announced at a later date and in lieu of flowers, the family has requested contributions be made in his memory to the Saratoga Hospital Foundation, 211 Church St., Saratoga Springs or at Arrangements are under the direction of the William J.

Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY, (518) 584-5373. See the complete obituary and make online remembrances at

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The Dance Factory Grows



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SARATOGA SPRINGS - The Scott Varley Group at RealtyUSA, headquartered at 28 Division Street in Saratoga Springs, has added two licensed real estate sales associates to its professional team: Roberta Leon and Joseph J. Borbeau.

SARATOGA SPRINGS -After more than 30 years teaching dance in Saratoga Springs, Dianne Carola is finally breaking down walls, literally. Carola recently added 25 percent more space to The Dance Factory, located at 24 Hamilton Street, by tearing through her studio wall to annex a neighboring office space. The expansion was a big move for Carola, one that was a long time coming. The local dance instructor, who began dancing at age 7 and opened The Dance Factory 34 years ago, currently teaches 57 classes per week, including a class at Galway School District and Lake Avenue Elementary School. Carola also hosts a summer camp. Classes include ballet, hip-hop, tap, jazz, lyrical, African and Zumba, and are geared for ages 2 1/2 years up through high school. Carola has a total of 450 students this year, and that number will only increase before the November cut off, when classes are filled to the brim. At this rate, there's no reason to expect another significant jump before the 2012 season begins next fall. "We've grown even through this bad economy - but we've always grown from year to year; it has never plateaued," Carola said. That's no surprise. The studio is well-known for having a friendly environment that invites young dancers to explore their talents while a dozen or so of their parents hang out as classes are in session. "There's a whole lot more than dance that happens here," she said, pointing to the strong bond between The Dance Factory's families and students. "I notice that the kids who come here grow [their] confidence, physically and mentally." For Carola, who finds sincere joy in connecting with each and every student (yes, all 450 of them), the non-competitive nature of her programs are vital to confidencebuilding. "We focus on the individual achievements; we don't want to pit kids, friends and siblings against one another," she said. The Dance Factory may be competition-free, but that doesn't leave dancers without anything to work toward. Together, they spend 10 months planning and preparing for an enormous production in June; it's the grand finale of their annual lesson program, which mimics the schoolyear schedule.

Nail Salon Opens Downtown SARATOGA SPRINGS - Spring Nails, a full service nail salon, recently opened at 38 High Rock earlier this month. Spring Nails offers a full menu of foot and hand care services, from the standard manicure and pedicure to UV gel nails and Green Tea and Lemon Tree Spa pedicures. Spring Nails owner Yali Milligi is thrilled about the opening. "We look forward to welcoming everyone from professionals to young girls celebrating their princess party birthdays," she said.

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Dianne Carola pictured with students from one of her 57 weekly dance classes. A lot of hard work goes into the production, and Carola treats it like nothing less than a New York City Ballet performance. The sets are flown in from California, and nearly $10,000 is spent on costuming. "The more work that goes into it, the better the end result," she said. "I think the shows leave the kids feeling very happy and proud." Although she admits the expansion allows room for another instructor, and most likely the need for one, Carola isn't ready yet to handoff even one of her student groups. It's important to her to get to know every dancer that steps through The Dance

Factory door. "I am the luckiest lady to have this job. It's amazing," she said. "I work with great kids and great families, and their support shows I'm doing something right." Though Carola credits part of her growth to the economy - "I'm finding that parents are putting their children first," she said - the majority of Dance Factory families point to the sole instructor. Just look at the comments on her website: ( For more information about The Dance Factory, call (518) 587-1455 or email

SARATOGA SPRINGS - Keller Williams Realty Saratoga Springs is participating in a unique industry initiative to fortify brokers' energy and environmental training. The local agency is hosting EcoBroker Green Market Advantage training courses for local agents, regardless of their brokerage affiliation. Courses will cover ENERGY STAR products and financial incentive available to New York consumers, and will also provide information about how to evaluate a building's energy use, water quality and indoor air quality. The EcoBroker Green Market Advantage Class will be held live at the Keller Williams Saratoga Springs's Market Center at 38 High Rock Avenue on November 18. There are two online prerequisites, so register as soon as possible at or by calling (303) 674-7770.

Bank Transfer Day Nov. 5 SARATOGA COUNTY - Saturday, November 5, is Bank Transfer Day, a national grassroots initiative established in response to rising bank fees. County financial institutions, including Corinth-based Hudson River Community Credit Union, encourage local consumers to switch their accounts to a credit union or community bank. Consumers Union, the nonprofit advocacy arm of Consumer Reports, offers tips for transferring your accounts to a new financial institution at




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Registration Begins for Breakers Club at Gavin Park WILTON - Looking for child care during the winter school break December 27 -30? Check out the Breakers Club at Gavin Park! Gavin Park is, once again, offering a school break program and has expanded its registration to include kindergarten through seventh grades. Program hours are 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. The new program fee is $29 per day (3 day minimum) for Wilton residents, ($37 per day, and three-day minimum for non-residents). Enrollment fee includes a light

afternoon snack and drink, as well as gym activities, crafts, movies, bingo and outside fun. Students need to bring their own lunches with drinks. Pre-registration is required and is going on now. Space is limited and registration ends December 13. Don’t miss out! Stop by Gavin Park, or visit online at and click on the Parks & Recreation Dept., and register your child for a full day of fun in the Breakers Club. For additional information, contact (518) 584-9455.

Saratoga Central Catholic Receives School of Distinction Award for Outstanding Scholar/Athletes

College-Bound Athletes Program at Saratoga Springs SARATOGA SPRINGS Saratoga Springs High School is holding a free one-hour seminar for college-bound high school athletes and their parents Thursday, November 10 at 7:30 p.m. The program, "Guiding the College-Bound Athlete," will feature guest speaker Rick Wire of Dynamite Sports, who will help advise students and parents on scholarships, the recruiting process and more. Athletes in grades eight - 12 and their parents are invited to attend.

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Students at Saratoga Central Catholic are presented with the School of Distinction Award by New York State Public High School Athletic Association Assistant Director Robert Stulemaker.

by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS Saratoga Central Catholic was one of only 20 schools in New York State to receive the New York State Public High School Athletic Association's (NYSPHSAA) School of Distinction Award Tuesday, November 1. The

award is given to high schools whose varsity level athletes boast a cumulative average of 90 or better in their academic studies. "It's a big deal for any school," said Jean Taylor, director of development at Saratoga Central Catholic, "and we were one of them." Those pictured above include

Charles Cusano, Andrew Hadeka, Matthew Boyark, Evan Bickford, Cameron Hendrix, Tyler Gereau, Joshua Pikus, coach Alphonse Lambert, principal Steve Lombard, Carol Gurney, Ella Gurney, Meghan McDonough, Mollie Cioffi, coach Maria Izzo, Margot Beach, and NYSPHSAA Director Robert Stulmaker.

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Facing Hardship continued from Page 1 middle-class families that are dealing with these difficult and often stigmatizing issues. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the New York State unemployment rate is currently 8 percent – twice the unemployment rate in 2001. Saratoga County’s unemployment rate is a relatively low 6.1 percent compared to other New York counties and other areas across the country. Yet these statistics do not take into account those whose unemployment benefits have run out, or who remain employed while their hours are reduced and benefits cut. Formerly middle-class people, lost in the gray area of not qualifying for public assistance yet unable to make ends meet, represent a whole new demographic. Many of those affected by the recent economic downturn are unaware of the local resources available to help them through a tough time. Often, they are ashamed to ask for help. Jeff, a 43-year-old computer programmer and Saratoga County resident, recently lost his job due to company layoffs. This is his first experience with not having enough money to meet his family’s basic needs. “I’ve never been rich, but I never thought of myself as poor. We were middle class. My son has nice toys and clothes. We live in a nice house,” he said. “I don’t know what to do, and my biggest fear is other people finding out just how bad it is for us now.” When asked about local resources, Jeff stated “I don’t feel like I should accept help from the community. I used to donate to those places. It’s not about pride exactly, but it’s like I’d have to admit I failed, [and] let my family down. I’m afraid my son will find out we signed him up for reduced price lunches at school. What would he think?” A similar experience has affected Kate, a mid-50s local who was nearing retirement when she was laid off. She and her husband are deeply concerned about the impact their financial trouble will have on their public image. “I’ve worked my whole life, [and have] always paid bills on time. We saved, invested, did all the right things,” she said. Now Kate is finding herself in a “financial no man’s land.” “I don’t qualify for food stamps or other aid, but we can’t make ends meet either. It wasn’t supposed to happen like this,” she said. Kate and her husband have cut expenses like phone and Internet service and deferred maintenance on

their home and cars. Her husband, a small business owner, recently had to reduce his hours due to the poor economy. Despite their troubles, the couple is afraid to seek help from their neighbors. When asked if she would access local assistance, Kate stated “My husband is a professional, and depends on his standing in the community. We can’t let neighbors know we’re financially hurt. It could have a negative impact on his business.” A similar story: County resident Bethany, a 30-year-old mother of three, does not qualify for rental assistance or other benefits, but still finds it difficult to adjust to living on half her former salary. Unemployed since July, her biggest concern is the impact the situation will have on her children. She is behind on her utility bills, and recently cashed in her retirement fund to buy groceries and school clothes for her kids. “I’d go to the food pantry if we absolutely had to, but I’d be afraid someone I know would see me, and I think other people are worse off than we are. They need those services more,” she said. Bethany has been eating dinner at her parents’house almost every night, to cut down on the grocery bill. For these three families, the prospects for recapturing financial stability mimic the dismal job market. These days, unemployment tends to last longer than it did 10 years ago, and many people are out of work for two years despite actively searching for employment. It doesn’t help that the market has drastically changed. Kate recently spent two hours filling out a bank teller application online, only to be informed at the end of the lengthy process that she did not fit the correct “profile” for the position. “What does that even mean?” said Kate. “The job market is totally different now. I have 30 years of work history and a professional degree. She said most jobseekers are using an online application, which makes the process far more challenging. “You can’t walk into a store, make eye contact with a manager, and make an impression,” she said. “It is a demeaning process, very impersonal and discouraging. Being told by a computer that I’m inadequate for a low-paying job is a slap in the face for a college educated professional.” Kate went on to explain how hard it is, in her mid-50s, to compete with younger job seekers. She has lowered her wage expectations and feels like she is starting all over again. Losing financial self-sufficiency can be much like a grieving process.

9 Some may find it difficult to ask for help, especially when they never imagined dealing with their current situation. Feelings of shock, depression or shame can be a real barrier to locating or utilizing local resources. When asked how she is coping, Kate said “You have to have a sense of humor. My retirement fund is gone, and being depressed won’t bring it back.” For people who have never had trouble paying their bills on time, the psychological impact can be debilitating. “I feel a lot of shame,” said Jeff, the computer programmer. “We live in a small town. There is a stigma, like I must have done something to deserve this.” Bethany is also trying to conceal her situation, and is careful about when she asks for help. She recently felt the stigma when it came time to pay for her child’s soccer season. “All the other parents whipped out their checkbooks after practice, and I can’t do that anymore,” she said. So Bethany pretended to be busy with her youngest daughter, stalling until the other parents had left so she could speak privately with the coach about a payment plan. Everyone has been kind and understanding, she said, but she is still ashamed to let the other parents know about her situation. “We live in a town where people have money,” she said. “I don’t want my kids to get picked on or feel left out.” The stress will only increase as the holiday season approaches. Bethany, who used her Christmas Club savings to pay for rent, plans to borrow money from family members and sell her jewelry. She worries about her son, who is old enough to know what is going on, but still wants to dress like his friends. “It’s hard for the kids to understand finances. Kids can be so cruel about not wearing the right clothes or shoes.” Her younger daughters are just happy to have mom home with them. “I love spending more time with my kids, but I feel like such a loser,” Bethany said. “I’ve always been able to support my family and it’s hard to get used to not working.” She is considering signing up for the Empty Stocking Project, which provides anonymous gifts to lowincome families. Both Kate and Jeff share this anxiety. They too admit it will be a lot harder for them to celebrate the holidays this year. Kate and her husband won’t give gifts to each other this year, and plan to scale back other gift giving as well. And Jeff has cancelled his Thanksgiving travel plans. Rather

than visit his family on the West Coast, he will stay home with his wife and son. “We’ll have a Skype Thanksgiving,” Jeff said, “with the laptop at the head of the dining room table.” Michelle Read DeGarmo has worked in the human services field

for 16 years. She currently works with Marvin & Company Community Revitalization, a local consulting firm that helps rural municipalities administer affordable housing programs. Look for DeGarmo’s article in next week’s edition of Saratoga TODAY Newspaper.

Saratoga County Homelessness Awareness Events Each year, the week before Thanksgiving, the National Coalition for the Homeless and the National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness sponsor National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. This year, several local organizations are getting together to put on events to raise awareness and funds for homelessness. Shelters of Saratoga, Saratoga County Housing Alliance and Skidmore College welcome you to participate in any or all of the week’s activities listed below, plus a few month-long events: November 1-15 Food for Fines at the Saratoga Springs Public Library 49 Henry St., Saratoga Springs Throughout November and December Helping the Homeless Makes Cents Community Coin Drive Cans located in participating downtown Saratoga businesses Donations benefit Saratoga County Housing Alliance November 8, 10 a.m. Saratoga County Housing Alliance Monthly Community Meeting Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry St. Email for details.

November 10, 10 a.m. Capital Region Coalition to End Homelessness Awareness Month Press Kick-off The Guardian House, Ballston Spa November 10, 7:30 p.m. Benny Goodman Tribute Benefit Concert The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Call (518) 273-0038 for ticket information November 15, 2-3:30 p.m. Aging and Disability Network Housing Panel Discussion St. Edward the Confessor Church, Clifton Park Topics to be discussed will include: Saratoga County homelessness and housing options for aging and disabled November 16, 6-8:30 p.m. Candlelight Vigil and Movie Night Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs 6-6.30 p.m. Vigil in Case Center walkway 6.30-7 p.m. Refreshments and information tables in lobby of Palamountain Hall 7-8:30 p.m. Movie: “Homeless-The Motel Kids of Orange County”-discussion after For further information, contact Saratoga County Housing Alliance Coordinator Laura R. Weil at (518) 587-3550 ext. 2575.



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Sustainability continued from Page 1 always sees room for improvement. These days, Klopstock is looking at her "take-out" amenities. Her restaurant uses a carefully-selected medley of biodegradable containers and utensils that are not manufactured in the United States, with the exception of a few that are corn-derived. She has spent the past six months searching for a new product that fits three criteria: it must be biodegradable, made in the United States, and inexpensive. So far, she's had no luck. Now, Klopstock is looking to her fellow restaurateurs for brain and buying power. Nearly every restaurant has a take-out aspect of its operation, but not everyone pays more for eco-friendly containers. Klopstock thinks that if they work together to use sustainable 'take-out' containers, kicking Styrofoam and plastic to the curb, the local industry will not only reduce its impact on the environment , but can shift its influence on the market. "We will have buying power as a community. That will be huge," she said. She expects cost to be an issue. Most business owners know why they should recycle and, similarly, why sustainable products are better for the environment, but they may not have the funds or willingness to spend more money on better disposable products. Biodegradable take-out containers, like those found at 50 South, are more expensive than the Styrofoam, plastic and other alternatives. There are certainly obstacles, and Klopstock admits she's likely "a dreamer," but there is a strong local sub-culture that's already in support, and that's a terrific start. For one, Sustainable Saratoga, an organization that advocates for a self-sufficient local marketplace and healthy environment, is looking at Klopstock's initiative as an appropriate launch to a project that's been on the table since last year. According to Celeste Caruso, Sustainable Saratoga co-chair, the group's recycling and composting committee was already looking to survey area restaurants about their recycling, composting and waste disposal habits. "We want to engage the business community not only in recycling, but to educate them about the large

amount of waste that is produced by restaurants. The to-go containers used in restaurants are horrific; it's one of the worst materials to put back into the earth," Caruso said. "This would give us an opportunity to get that project underway." Caruso pointed to a number of local food service entrepreneurs that, like Klopstock, are making sustainability a priority. Rich Frank is an excellent role model. He owns Four Seasons, a small marketplace on the corner of Phila and Putnam, and has taken multiple steps to reduce his impact. The employees at Four Seasons separate waste - they compost, single-stream recycle, and throw very little into the dumpster. Frank said his trash removal bills are very low, and he pays nothing for his composting service (a local farmer picks up the food waste every other day and uses it for pig feed and compost). "When you look at our garbage by weight, 90 percent of it is not going into the landfill," Frank said. "It's great not to throw this stuff in the landfill, but it also saves us money. We get a better rate from our garbage hauler; I'd say we save between 25 and 30 percent." Although Frank admits that even the most eco-friendly to-go container is still a problem because it's disposable, he knows there must be an alternative to what the mainstream uses now. "We all want to eat out, so we have to make it work somehow," he said, suggesting that the city create a standard take-out container that can be re-used at all downtown restaurants. Caruso also commended Kathleen Quartararo of Virgil's Coffee House for her efforts to conserve, compost and reduce waste. For her, thinking sustainably is rational. She supports Klopstock's cause. At this point, Klopstock's plan to launch a new disposable container paradigm is a long way off, but she's getting the word out and getting the gears in motion. "Somebody out there has to be able to help make this happen," she said. "I think anything is possible." Anyone interested in helping Kim Klopstock get her initiative off the ground can reach her at (518) 885-8588 or email her at



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A Better Life Through Boxing continued from Page 1 Weibel Avenue. With each punch thrown the native Puerto Rican is searching, hunting down a dream born of frustration and necessity, a fight that began when, at just 7 years old, he was forced to defend himself on the poor and tough streets of his youth. “The neighborhood where I grew up in Puerto Rico – it was poor. I grew up fighting, you know?” said Miranda, sitting in the back office across from Jack Nichols, director of the Saratoga Youth Boxing Association. “Learning how to fight, learning how to get respect in the street – that’s what I knew growing up. I had to work to stay on a good path, work to do something with my life and to not stay in that type of environment.” Miranda is soft spoken, thoughtful and calm – perhaps surprising to some considering the stereotypes boxers and fighters are often saddled with. But these personality traits are no accident. It’s a byproduct of total commitment and focus,

of complete dedication to achieving his goals. Miranda is seeking to become the first Puerto Rican to take a cruiserweight world title, and come January the 14-1 (8 KOs) fighter will likely have his shot. “Where I come from, we’ve never had a champ,” said Miranda. “We’ve had world champions in the light heavyweights, but we never had a light heavyweight, a cruiserweight and a heavyweight champ. So if I can make that happen someday – man, it’ll be a dream come true. We’re trying to make [a world title fight] happen for January.” Miranda relocated to the Saratoga Region two years ago, leaving behind his home in search of a better life. Jogging down the streets of Troy, shadowboxing his way from corner to corner, a passerby took notice and flagged Miranda down. “This guy stopped me and said, I see you shadowboxing, do you box? He said he had this friend named Tyrone Jackson, the best boxer in Saratoga. He said I’m sure if you can get into his hands, you’ll make it in boxing,” said Miranda.

A couple months later, Jackson and Miranda met together in Saratoga. “When I talked to Vincent, I got a sense that he was going to dedicate himself 100 percent,” said Jackson. “And that’s me. That’s what I would expect of him, and he gives it to me.” Jackson has trained several pro fighters in his day, but Miranda is his first contender for a world title. “It’s a blessing in disguise for me,” said Jackson. “I know we’re going to get there, and I know we’re going to win.” Jackson has helped Miranda sharpen his skills over the last two years, strengthening Miranda’s defense and footwork, teaching him how to use the ring and improve his angles and positioning. It’s an exciting time for both men, each of them looking to improve and learn from past hardships and struggles, growing after each victory and each setback. “I was training to go to Greece for the 2004 Olympics, but I got eliminated in the last round,” said

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Vincent Miranda Miranda, who was named an alternate for the competition. “That was disappointing,” he admits, “but I grew to be hungrier. I had to be in the ring. I knew I had something to show, so I stayed on my feet and kept working hard.” It’s this attitude that carries Miranda as far as he’s come – a desire to be better than his surroundings, never allowing himself to quit and always searching for something great. “Boxing is a passion,” said Miranda. “Coming from where I come from, it’s my way of letting my frustration out, letting my anger out. I think if you hold that inside it can just spin out and hurt you. You see all these people having different lives, you see them being better than you or having some other things you don’t you have. So you’ve got to have that ambition –

that’s how I feel. I’ve seen other people being better than me, living a better lifestyle, and I just wanted to be up there. I wanted to do something to better myself.” Already Miranda is starting to cause a bit of a buzz in the Saratoga community. Mike Phinney, owner of the Phinney Design Group, has already stepped up to sponsor Miranda in his world title bid. For other parties interested in sponsoring this promising young fighter, please contact Tom Zanetti at (518) 583-6320. In the meantime, as Miranda trains for his shot at the world stage, the fighter has one more goal he’d like to accomplish. “We want that shot with those Miller boys,” said Miranda, speaking of one of Albany’s great boxing families. “We want a shot at the New York State Title Fight.”



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Smith’s Orchard Bake Shop Pies: A Family Tradition

by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY CHARLTON – What began as a small-scale mom-and-pop operation in 1992 has turned into a veritable tradition here in the Saratoga region. But don’t be fooled by the success of Smith’s Orchard Bake Shop and the growing popularity of their specialty pies – this family owned and operated bake shop is still just as mom-andpop as you can get. While owner Shelley Smith’s daugther, Kate, works full-time at the buisness, when it comes to the holidays, “it’s everybody,” said Smith. “It’s my brothers, my sisters, my aunt and uncle, my other daughters – everybody comes home to help. Everybody else who works with us are our neighbors and friends.”

Smith’s Orchard has made a name for itself with their large assortment of handmade, specialty baked pies, featuring fillings made only from fresh or frozen fruit (no canned ingredients). From traditional apple pies to apple crumb, pumpkin pies, pecan, apple-cranberry walnut, very-berry pies, pumpkin pecan to homemade mint and more – all of which feature a crust that is hand rolled and hand mixed – there’s something to enjoy for any and all pie-lovers at the bake shop. During the month of November, Smith sells approximately 7,000 pies, most of which find their way to a Thanksgiving Day spread. When the orders really start piling up, Smith has even been known to travel down to the local firehouse to use their ovens to meet the demand.

“We call it mutual aid,” joked Smith. “My husband is a fireman, and they very nicely let me use their oven at the firehouse at times. Last year we even went up to the Cock and Bull Restaurant in Galway, and they loaned us oven space there too.” Part of Smith’s success in the region is due to the care and dedication she and her staff put into making each and every pie they sell. “We make our crusts in small batches fresh every few minutes all day long, as opposed to a processed crust that’s done by machine. Our fillings are all made from fresh or frozen fruit, and several days a week we have a crew of ladies that come in and process and peel all of the apples that are grown here on our farm.” Smith added, “All of our pies are made one at a time; we really pay attention to

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Shelley Smith, family and friends handcraft each and every pie at Smith’s Orchard Bake Shop. the details.” Besides their famous pies, the bake shop also sells local cheese, local honey, handmade ice cream, and beef, pork and eggs raised on their own farm. “We owe a lot to a very supportive public and a very dedicated staff,” said Smith. To secure a Thanksgiving Day pie from Smith’s Orchards, call by November 7 to place your order. The bake shop is located at 4561 Jockey St. in Charlton. Call (518) 882-6598 or visit for more information.

Your Home Table of Contents •Thanksgiving Saratoga-Style pg. 14 •Herbs for Thanksgiving pg. 15 •A Local Thanksgiving pgs. 16-17 •Cranberry Bread pg. 18 •The Bird is the Word pg. 19 •Property Transactions pg. 20 •Real Estate Preview pg. 21 •Do It Yourself pg. 22 •Real Estate Spotlight pgs. 24-25 •One Stop Shop pg. 26 •State Law Requires CO Detectors pg. 27





Thanksgiving Saratoga-Style by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY Give your Thanksgiving Day spread a unique Saratoga Springs feel by including a few of these products from our local businesses.

Baked Goods

The Bread Basket Bakery: 65 Spring St., Saratoga Springs; (518) 587-4233 Saratoga’s The Bread Basket Bakery is featuring an assortment of specialty breads and desserts to perfectly complement your Thanksgiving Day

meal. Stop by the shop to peruse their fine goods (store closes 5 p.m. the Wednesday before Thanksgiving), or place an order by giving them a call (recommended to call in advance). Pumpkin Bread: Baked fresh daily, this simple but tasty addition is sprinkled with a hint of

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cinnamon, and is the Bread Basket’s featured bread from now through Christmas. Great with coffee the morning after the big meal. Caramel Apple Cake: The perfect way to end your Thanksgiving Day meal, this moist yellow batter cake is baked with apple filling and caramel on the inside, with a light drizzling of caramel over the top. Comes in regular or cupcake size. Maple Walnut Cake: An alternative to the Caramel Apple Cake, this delicious desert is made with rich maple butter cream and covered with toasted walnuts. Comes in regular or cupcake size. Turkey Cake/Cupcake: A Bread Basket tradition, have your cake or cupcakes topped with a colorful frosted turkey to give it that special Thanksgiving Day appeal. Sides and Spices

Saratoga Salsa & Spice Company: 398 Broadway, Saratoga Springs; (518) 580-0792 Looking to spice things up this Thanksgiving? Look no further than Saratoga Salsa & Spice Company, providing a wide assortment of spices, salsas and chutney. Stop by the store or order products online at Cranberry Fields Salsa: Made from the company’s very own recipe, this salsa features a fruity, refreshing flavor of cranberry that works as a great substitute for mayonnaise for your turkey sandwiches the week after Thanksgiving. Looking to add it to the day’s meal itself? Try serving as an appetizer with cheddar cheese on a slice of apple. In The Paddock Red Pepper Jelly: Made with sweet red peppers and a touch of capsicum oil, serve as an appetizer over cream cheese or warm brie and a cracker. Saratoga Salsa Bloody Marè Mix: A Saratoga favorite, this non-alcoholic mix has been delighting residents for years with its perfect blend and rich taste. Great before, during and after the meal – or for recovering from the day’s celebrations the morning after! Unique Spices: A relatively new addition to the Saratoga Salsa & Spice family is a robust and rich selection of unique and tasty spices. Among the spices included are Applewood Smoked Sea Salt, Green Peppercorns, Pink Peppercorns, Hickory Smoked Sea Salt and many, many more. Don’t see what you’re looking for?


Have a chat with the person behind the counter, who will be more than willing to see if they can track down the spice to perfectly compliment your meal. Gluten-Free

Saratoga Gluten Free Goods: (518) 681-1707. Products can be found at Four Seasons Natural Foods, Wild Thyme Whole Food & Tea Co., The Meat House and more. For those looking to steer clear of gluten products this year – have no fear! Saratoga Gluten Free Goods will be selling a variety of Thanksgiving Day products across the region to cover your Thanksgiving Day basics. Stuffing Bread: Stuffing, a Thanksgiving Day highlight, is once again a reality for the gluten-free crowd thanks to the good folks at Saratoga Gluten Free Goods. This rosemary bread is seasoned with sage, thyme and, of course, rosemary, and is great for croutons or stuffing. Rosemary Dinner Rolls: The perfect compliment to turkey and stuffing, and delicious when dipped in gravy. A gluten-free dinner roll back and ready for action this Thanksgiving! The Turkey What’s Thanksgiving without a turkey? But in these modern times, no two turkeys are alike. Here are a few of the variations available this Thanksgiving Season. Free-Range Turkeys: Garden of Spices Farm – 49 Clark Mills Rd., Greenwich; (518) 6956801 These turkeys are given 24-hour access to the great outdoors, raised locally in Greenwich. All Natural Organic Turkey: Roma Foods – 222 Washington St., Saratoga Springs; (518) 587-6004 This tasty alternative finds a balance between free-range turkeys, which tend to be a bit more gamey, and your standard turkey dinners. Tender and juicy, these Amish-bred birds are given access to the outdoors (although not 24-hour access) on the farms of Pennsylvania. Call the Roma’s Saratoga location to arrange for delivery from the store’s Latham location. Traditional Turkey: Price Chopper, Hannaford, etc. Head to your local supermarket and browse the many options available. From free-range turkeys to Butterballs, a wide variety of birds of various weights and sizes are yours for the choosing.

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Gobble up this colorful turkey cake and cupcake from The Bread Basket Bakery



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Herbs for Thanksgiving by Sharie FitzGibbon for Saratoga TODAY So here we are midway through fall. The trees have all changed color or dropped their leaves and the first snowfall can’t be far away. The summer garden is but a memory; all the bright, cheerful marigolds and cosmos gone to seed and turned black. It’s time to dig up the tender bulbs of summer, dahlias, cannas and glads, and plant the hardy bulbs of spring, tulips, daffodils and lilies. At this point of the year, I have had enough garden fun for a while. Let things fend for themselves for a few months, while I make plans for next year. One area that will require my attention for a few more weeks is the herb garden. There are still a few hardy plants that I will be able to harvest right up until heavy snow. I could probably continue to gather a few even after the snow, but I’m far too lazy for that! Of the two major holidays in November, Veterans Day and Thanksgiving, only one focuses on food. Since the Thanksgiving feast has traditionally been held in such an inhospitable season, certain herbs, ones that are still thriving, have become associated with it. Sage, thyme and rosemary are three Mediterranean herbs which have long been associated with the American fall feast. Garden Sage, or Salvia offi-

cianalis, is a lovely plant with pale, grayish-green leaves and a strong aroma. I must admit to finding the smell unpleasant, but I’ve known others who love it. To each his own. This common sage matures into a small shrubby plant with gorgeous blue flower spikes in early summer. It is worth growing just for the flowers. After a few years, the whole plant will start to get woody, with fewer and fewer leaves, and should be replaced. Fortunately, cuttings are very easily taken and root quickly. Sage is a staple in stuffing for the turkey, but it is my belief that most people underestimate the strength of the herb and use too much. A light touch is preferred. Other dishes using sage include squash soup, herb biscuits and any pork recipe, as sage reportedly helps with the digestion of greasy foods. If sage is not your herb of choice in the kitchen, there is no reason to exclude it from your garden. There are more kinds of sage, both culinary and ornamental, than you could fit in the average garden and some are bound to suit your plot. One herb grower, Richters Herbs in Ontario, Canada,, lists almost 50 varieties, both culinary and ornamentals. I recommend Berggarten as a good introduction, with both kitchen and decorative value.

Thyme, Thymus vulgaris, is another fall herb used to flavor Thanksgiving fare. Usually it is the second herb for the stuffing, but it can also be used to flavor the ubiquitous turkey soup made the following day, or the steamed carrots and cauliflower that my family likes, or to make lemon-thyme butter for the rolls. There are two forms of thyme to consider for the garden, upright and creeping. If you are growing it primarily as a culinary herb, choose the upright varieties for greater ease of harvesting. Creeping thyme is a wonderful accent plant in the garden to plant next to or even on paths and walkways. They are tough, springy little characters and can handle moderate foot traffic. Nothing smells better than walking across a thyme lawn! Last is rosemary, or Rosmarinus officianalis. This beautiful herb is native to the dry hillsides on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. It has a wonderful pine-like smell and flavor and rich blue flowers in the spring. It also has both upright and creeping varieties. Sadly, it is not

winter-hardy in our region and should be grown in pots and brought inside during the cold months. I over-wintered my rosemary in a semi-heated sun porch for several years. One method of using rosemary at Thanksgiving is to spice up the turkey. Cut small slits in the skin and slip short stems of rosemary between the skin and the breast meat. It’s even better if you also add a little thyme flavored butter. Rosemary can also be added to the stuffing or the dish of rutabagas that seems to only appear at the fall celebration. Thyme and rosemary both come in a bewildering range of varieties. Thyme has many colors and flavors to choose from - golden, green, variegated, silver, lemon, coconut, lavender and rose are just a few. Rosemary also has many choices in shape, if not flavor. Its flowers come in blue, pink and white on plants that may be strongly upright to weeping. To get started, choose a common

one that is easy to find. Lemon thyme, thymus citriodorus, is a charming plant and has excellent flavor. Tuscan Blue rosemary has dark blue flowers and an attractive vertical habit that can get quite large if repotted into a bigger pot annually. All of these herbs are extremely easy to grow, needing only full sun, good drainage and regular to lean soil. They all appreciate a good pruning now and then, whether to shape them in the garden or to harvest them for the kitchen. Unlike some herbs which can be temperamental to dry, these can be preserved quickly and easily in a dark, warm place. Simply spread them out on paper towels, perhaps in a well-ventilated attic or spare room, and in a week or so you’ll have plenty of dried material for the winter.





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A Local Thanksgiving Suzanne Voigt Saratoga Farmers’Market


or my family, Thanksgiving was the annual event when “they all” come from far and wide. My mother was known for her cooking and superb hospitality. The door was thrown wide and siblings, cousins, aunts, uncles and neighbors were all were greeted with the warmth of a wide hug and a glass of hot cider, with the aroma of nutmeg, cider, corn, onion, turkey, pumpkin, spinach and more filled the olfactory sens-

es with anticipatory ecstasy. Our table was traditional, but came from two worlds; New England (maternal side) and deep South (paternal side). This resulted in diversity and abundance. The turkeys (we needed two) were stuffed “northern” and “southern.” Veggies were creamed onions, creamed spinach, string beans, corn and fried brussel sprouts. Filling up the few spaces on the table were dishes of pickles, celery and carrots and plates of corn and pumpkin bread. After a long brisk walk, dessert was waiting — pies ranging from pumpkin and apple to pecan and all topped with homemade ice cream. Needless to say, we didn’t starve! It was a grand time and is now a lasting memory. Our lives have changed and people live miles and even countries apart. My generation has become the moms and dads and

our lifestyles, including Thanksgiving, have changed. Our Thanksgiving is now at my house with the odd 10 or so friends and relatives who live close enough to come. I am a farmer, so our celebration is of our bounty—no more pecan pies— and we now have vegetarians in the mix (so there is only one turkey, stuffed the way I like it). And we are a bit less glutinous—we serve and eat less. However, I think the food we serve is just as—if not more—flavorful and sweet. It is one hundred percent made from local fresh food. I have included a couple family recipes we love, some old, some new. Wherever and whatever you are cooking this Thanksgiving, those of us at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market, wish you a wonderful and delicious Thanksgiving.

Pumpkins are Not Just for Pie: Try this delicious fresh pumpkin soup! The key to this soup is using fresh ingredients—it’s totally worth it. Sweet local onion and carrots, juicy garlic, fresh parsley and, of course, fresh pumpkin meat. The final garnish is using milk and cream. This soup could be a meal in itself, but served in a small soup bowl makes a perfect introduction to a very upscale Thanksgiving dinner. Ingredients: 3 tablespoons butter 1 medium sweet onion, chopped 4 medium carrots, chopped 3 medium ribs celery, chopped 1 clove garlic, minced 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth 1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder, or to taste 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste dash fresh ground black pepper 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, or 2 teaspoons parsley flakes

3 cups mashed fresh pumpkin 2 cups half-and-half or 1 1/2 cups milk and 1/2 cup heavy cream parsley and pumpkin seeds*, for garnish, optional Preparation: In a large saucepan melt butter over medium-low heat. Add chopped vegetables and sauté until just tender. Add garlic and vegetable broth; bring to a simmer. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt, along with the pepper, parsley and pumpkin. Stir in half-and-half or milk and cream until well blended. Working with batches, blend until smooth and pour back into the saucepan. Heat through; taste and add more salt and curry powder as needed. Garnish with parsley and *Styrian pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds. Serves 4-6.

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Raspberry Sauce Fresh Local Raspberry Sauce for Thanksgiving! Forget canned cranberry on your turkey and go for this sauce! Yield: Makes 1 Cup Ingredients: 1 pint fresh raspberries 1/4 cup sugar

2 teaspoons lemon juice (or orange juice)

Preparation: Put all ingredients into a saucepan. Cook and mash/stir with a spoon until the mixture is soft and just begins to boil. Press through a fine sieve or cheesecloth-lined strainer if the seeds bother you. Offer it in gravy dish for pouring over turkey. (Note: if using with dessert, let it cool a bit first.)

Creamed Onions Creamed onions can be made, minus the bread crumbs, one day ahead, covered and put in refrigerator. Take out, make bread crumbs and add right before baking. Ingredients: 2 lbs small white onions, peeled 3/4 teaspoons salt 3 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour 1 cup heavy cream or half-and-half 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg 1 1/2 cups cut up bread to make “fresh bread crumbs”


Stuffed Hubbard Squash

This is the highlight of my vegetarian son’s Thanksgiving! Ingredients: 1 large hubbard squash, thoroughly cleaned 2 cups onions (diced) 2 cups white potatoes (diced) 2 cups sweet potatoes (diced) 2 cups carrots (diced)

Preparation: Blanch onions in a 3-quart pot of boiling water 1 minute, then drain in a colander and transfer to a bowl of cold water to stop cooking. Drain onions. Put onions and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a medium sauce pan and add fresh water, covering onions. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until onions are tender. Drain well in colander and transfer to a buttered 2-quart baking dish. Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 350°F. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a 2-quart saucepan over low heat, then add flour and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add cream in a stream, whisking, and bring to a simmer. Simmer sauce, stirring occasionally, 2 minutes. Stir in pepper, nutmeg and 1/4 teaspoon salt and pour sauce over onions. Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium heat, then add bread crumbs and cook, stirring, until golden (3-5 minutes). Sprinkle toasted crumbs evenly over onions and bake until sauce is bubbling, about 30 minutes.

2 cups celery (diced) 1 cup green bell peppers (diced) 1 cup parsley (chopped, including stems) 1 cup walnuts (pieces) 1 cup apples, skinned, cored and diced 1-1/2 teaspoons cloves (ground) 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup cooked wild or brown rice Preparation: Choose a hubbard squash that can fit in your largest roasting pan. Prepare the hubbard squash by thoroughly washing then finding flat side and roll over to cut out a top (similarly to doing a top of a jack-o’-lantern, only it’s in the middle of the squash, not on an end). The flat side is the side the squash grew on and will be the flat side you put into your large baking pan. After cutting out a top, scoop out seeds and stringy middle. Place prepared squash in greased roasting pan. Set aside. Prepare all the vegetables, walnuts, spices and apples and put in a large microwaveable dish, stir together and add a cup of water. Microwave on high, covered, for 5 minutes. Stir thoroughly and microwave again for another five minutes. Vegetables will be al dente. Preheat oven to 350° F. Mix the cooked rice and vegetable mixture and stuff the squash, replacing the top so it fits snugly. There will most likely be extra stuffing which you should microwave until vegetables are tender to serve as extras. Cover with roasting pan top and put in oven for approximately 1.5 hours. Carefully remove from oven and take “lid” off squash to check for doneness. Squash meat should be bright orange and tender. If not done, continue roasting, until done (shouldn’t take more than another 1/2 hour). Serve on a plate with extra stuffing around sides.





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Cranberry Bread: An Autumn Tradition Photos by

by Mark Bolles for Saratoga TODAY Traditions are most often steeped in the environment from which we live. As school-age youngsters we are taught about the sights, sounds, smells and tastes that we celebrate throughout the seasons. It was autumn when I assisted my kindergarten classmates in the preparation of cranberry bread. Our teacher Mrs.

Jennish shared printed copies of the recipe to bring home. For many years after, when fresh cranberries were in season, my mother baked the bread and it was always enjoyed. At the latter end of my formal education, while attending vocational school, I presented to my culinary class the quick bread that I had helped prepare so many years earlier. It earned an A. Eventually I became a chef and I would often incorporate seasonal

concepts into my culinary creations, however, this cranberry bread recipe was forgotten. More than a dozen autumns passed until my mother mentioned the bread we so often enjoyed while I was growing up. The recipe received in kindergarten was handed back to me. Brought full circle, the cranberry bread and recipe was shared with my son Collin’s kindergarten class. Now, in celebration of autumn traditions, with the assistance of my daughter

Sarah (pictured), I present to you “Cranberry Bread.” Ingredients: 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup sugar 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp salt 1/4 cup soft butter 1 small orange, zested 1 egg, beaten 3/4 cup orange juice 2 1/2 cups fresh cranberries, chopped Instructions: Preheat oven to 350° F. Sift first five ingredients in a mixing bowl. Cut in softened butter. I like to use a potato masher for this. When the mix is somewhat crumbly, zest the orange directly into the mixing bowl taking care to not include

the white of the peel. Continue to work the mix with the masher until uniformly crumbly. In a separate bowl, combine the lightly beaten egg and orange juice then add to the dry ingredients. Combine the ingredients with a stiff spoon until the dry ingredients are evenly combined with the wet. Fold in chopped cranberries being sure not to over mix. Over mixing will result in a pink batter. Bake in a greased and floured bread pan at 350 degrees for about an hour and 10 minutes. The bread is finished when a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Remove from bread pan while still warm but not too hot. Savor Life, Eat Well -Chef Mark

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When Pairing Thanksgiving Wines by Patty Novo for Saratoga TODAY Thanksgiving is here. The most anticipated holiday meal of the year. The holiday most often filled with tales of turkeys in the oven for hours, only to discover that the oven was never turned on, of the local fire department responding to fried turkey disasters, of relatives squabbling over the gobbler. You get the point. And, while I can’t promise to solve any of these dilemmas for you…I CAN promise to guide you to the perfect wines to serve on this day; wines that will please even the most persnickety of guests. In fact, most of my customers seek out my wine pairing advice for any meal; but I notice it especially around Thanksgiving, where the real need to please everyone in the family becomes priority number one. Pairing wine with the myriad of flavors that are traditional to the Thanksgiving meal can be an intimidating task. It need not be. The following are a few of my favorite pairings and picks for every stage of your Thanksgiving Day, to help you take the pressure off yourself and actually enjoy what this special day is all about. • As an aperitif to sip as you are preparing your meal and as your guests begin to arrive and mingle: Pick Prosecco! It’s got all the festive fizz this holiday requires and also serves as a palate cleanser to prepare for the richer dishes to come. Bargain Bottle: Lisabella Proseccofragrant, floral and fun! Boutique Bottle: Mario Batali Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore • To sip with light appetizers and starter salads: A nice zippy sauvignon blanc fits the bill nicely, and is especially good with roast-

ed beet and goat cheese salad with lemon thyme vinaigrette. Bargain Bottle: Sterling Vineyards Organic- absolutely first-class and a fantastic value. Boutique Bottle: St. Supery Sauvignon Blanc- mouthwateringly juicy with lemongrass and herbs…snappy! • To sip with Tom Turkey and all the trimmings: For those who prefer white, I really recommend riesling. It is just such a versatile wine with food and comes in such a wide range of styles. Bargain Bottle: Silver Thread Dry Riesling- a relative newcomer to the Finger Lakes, the former winemaker at Lamoreaux Landing crafts this mouthwatering and delicious example. Boutique Bottle: Trefethen Dry Riesling- crisp and elegant with mineral and apple notes. A favorite. • For those who prefer red, pinot noir is always a great food-friendly choice. But, this year, my motto is “Beaujolais for Turkey Day!” Beaujolais shares many of the qualities that make pinot noir so food fabulous and is always a great price. Many of the best are still under $20! Bargain Bottle: Domaine de la Madone Beaujolais Nouveau- fresh, fruity fun. Boutique Bottle: Henry Fessy Morgon Crus du Beaujolais- a step up on the Beaujolais class scale…this offers ripe fruit with a mouthwatering juiciness. • To sip with vegetarian options: Obviously, this is dependent on exactly what the dish is; however, I have found that the aforementioned sauvignon blancs fare extremely well with savory stuffings and roasted vegetable Napoleon. In addition, I made a delicious butternut squash, leek and

goat cheese lasagna the other evening and Beaujolais is what I sipped! (for the recipe, stop into Crush and Cask, follow us on twitter at crushandcask or like our facebook page). • Finally, what to sip with dessert? There are almost as many dessert options as there are side dishes, so I will stick with the traditional apple and pumpkin pies. And, since Moscatos are the liquid equivalent to the new best thing since sliced bread, why not try one? Bargain Bottle: La Gioioso Moscatopleasantly peachy with a light effervescence. Boutique Bottle: Elio Perrone “Sourgal” Moscato- this is a serious, reference-point Moscato, with an open and expressive nose, generous fruit on the palate and a rich unctuous finish.

Cheers to a Happy Holiday!




Saratoga County Property Transactions Ballston 212 Round Lake Rd., $189,000: Gary Czapski sold property to Henry Schweizer. 25 Chapel Hill Blvd., $305,900: Traditional Builders Ltd. sold property to Cheryl and John Warren Jr. 22 Everson Way, $265,900: Annemarie Adams and Aloysius Rienzo sold property to Ralph Mangino Sr. 11 Lazur Rd., $725,000: Alan and Mary Jean Darby sold property to Christopher and Kelly Cornille. 1323 W. High St., $165,600: Dennis and Judith Dugan sold property to Jennifer and Thomas Brown Jr. 130 Lakehill Rd., $121,363.04: John Arpey, Brian and Kim Evans sold property to RBS Citizens. 405 Goode St., $365,000: Robert and Mary Stoll sold property to Tarl and Melia Gordon. Greenfield 120 Daketown Rd., $236,250: Marjorie Burke sold property to Brandon and Heather Loos. 286 South Greenfield Rd., $290,000: James Fox sold property to Joseph and Anne Colucci. Malta Route 9, $117,450: Thomas and Elizabeth Deveno sold property to Paul and Carrie

Speshock. 18 Lindenwood Drive, $375,500: Frank and Mary Trapani Colby sold property to William and Lynne Solek. 150 Cramer Rd., $155,000: Jeanne Cramer sold property to John and Linda Moran. 490 Route 67, $281,000: Judith and Gardner Taylor sold property to Thomas and Martha Flanagan. 116 Plum Poppy North, $201,000: Andrew and Kristen MacArthur sold property to Nicholas Taylor and Alicia Reagan. 27 Arrowwood Place, $152,000: Virginia Ettori sold property to Frank and Lori Longe. Milton 767 Revolutionary Drive, $279,500: Daniel and Jacqueline DelNegro sold property to Marie Penteck. 6 Back Stop Lane, $293,025: Heflin Builders Inc. sold property to Eric and Keri Barber. 207 Whitetail Ct., $169,791: Samuel and Christina Gonzalez sold property to Bryan Murdaco. 40 N. High St., $135,500: Joseph Stanislowsky sold property to Paul Drosness. 39 Union St., $37,682: Charla Moran sold property to Jason Garcia and Jessie Moran. Saratoga 27 Myers Lane, $149,900: Robert and Deborah



Stickle sold property to Matthew and Jennifer Hall. 135 Duell Rd., $166,000: Max and Susan O’Dell sold property to Deborah Stickle. 772 Route 29, $360,000: Kevin and Barbara VanBuren sold property to Paul and Heidi Jaeckle. 10 Corinne Ct., $445,400: Saratoga Builders LLC sold property to Gary and Carol Pluta. 17 Morgans Run, $161,700: Vincent and Melissa Roddy sold property to Andrew and Jennifer Jennings. Saratoga Springs

184 S. Broadway, $350,000: Gary Downie for Inge Downie Testamentary Trust sold property to Ted Cupp. 3 W. Circular Ct., $188,500: Shirley Tracey sold property to Patricia Walton. 59 Railroad Place Unit 203, $587,500: Joel and Deborah Schaller sold property to Anthony Hynes. 115 Catherine St., $305,000: Patrice Mastrianni sold property to Christopher Hewitt and Sara Schneider Hewitt. 139 Spring St., $740,000: Lisa Bates sold property to Paul and Debra Nicastro. 40 Van Dorn St., $215,000: Alasen Zarndt sold property to David Murphy with David Murphy Revocable Trust. 16 Furlong St., $350,000: Rian and Heather Straughter sold property to Nicholas and Susan Dalessandro.

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72 and 74 Weible Ave., $1,500,000: Ursula Hall of Zuckerman Charitable Remainder Unitrust sold property to Standish LLC. 210 Regent St., $230,000: John Miller sold property to Wendy and Clifford Lawrence Jr. 110 Adams St., $200,000: Geri Freeman sold property to James Costello Jr. 6 Longwood Drive, $361,000: David and Darcy Schontz sold property to Peter Snee and Jane Lambert. 289 W. Circular St., $112,000: Wendy and Walter Welsh sold property to Anthony and Marianne Sandy. Stillwater 64 Jack Halloran Rd., $170,000: Thomas and Elsie Eno sold property to Ryan and Deni Stewart. 21 Kellogg Rd., $147,000: Linda Celeone, Janice Ritter, Susuan Lee, Leonard Kellogg sold property to Jonathan Vartigan. 30 Revere Run, $62,000: Brigadier Estates LLC sold property to DeGraff Bloom Builders Inc. Wilton 9 Heather Drive, $336,000: Patrick and Becky Diggin sold property to Christopher and Jessica Evans. 7 Maple Ct., $480,000: Walter and Margaret Reidy sold property to David and Eileen Hope. 21 Apple Tree Lane, $295,000: Linda and William Doak Jr. sold property to Aron and Jill Johnson.


14 Jessica Trace, $455,000: John and Laura Kelly sold property to N. P. Dodge Jr. 14 Jessica Trace, $455,000: N. P. Dodge Jr. sold property to Edward and Sharon Virag. 3 O’Donnell Way, $345,000: Donald and Linda Peterson sold property to Robert and Marilyn Pacheco. 4 Raceview Drive, $65,000: John Arpey and Shawn Dee sold property to Laura Kyarsgaard 26 Cherry Tree Lane, $302,000: Justin and Heidi Olsen sold property to Kenneth and Christina Blankenship 143 Jones Rd., $100,000: Ronald and Barbara Burgess sold property to Joshua Vincek 69 Rolling Hills Drive, $185,000: John and Carole Timlin sold property to Santa Benton

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Build your dream home/getaway on this pristine land (almost 20 acres) atop a mountain boasting panoramic views of the Great Sacandaga Lake. 10 ft. of private lake access for dock/beach. Property fronts 2 roads. Surveyed: can be divided into 2 lots. So private - live like you're on top of the world. Call agent with questions, and for directions. Be advised: roads to property are unpaved.

Now public water! Large corner lot in development in Wilton, Saratoga Springs Schools, new roof 2011, new vinyl siding 2011 & exterior and interior paint 2011, new carpet 2011 to upstairs & family room, new hot water tank Oct 2011, other improvements, hardwood & laminate flooring, master bedroom with master bathroom, low taxes, a lot of storage space, public water and supplemental point well plus perennials.

GREAT VALUE! So private yet minutes to shopping and I-90! This lovely 4 bedroom 1.5 bath ranch home offers a large eat-in kitchen and formal dining/family room. Really nice hardwoods in the living room & bedrooms plus new chimney liner and new windows throughout. Enjoy the wonderful, peaceful setting with a spacious deck overlooking a generous fully-fenced backyard... beyond that, quiet cornfields as far as you can see.

Kent E Johnson 727-5630

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Wonderful opportunity to live in the village of Ballston Spa. This lovely 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath Victorian boasts period details, hardwood floors and a walk-in pantry. The 2 porches, fenced rear yard and new patio with wonderful gardens make this perfect for entertaining! Valerie Thompson 587.4500

Great Price, 4 BR 2.5 BA Colonial in the heart of Saratoga Springs. This home just needs a great buyer! Move in and enjoy! For more information on this home, please call Tim Mohan, Associate Broker Pinnacle Realty Saratoga LLC 518-892-3852

Lisa McTygue 598-4098



Mint 4 BR, 2.5 BA colonial! HW floors t/o 1st floor & baths, quality maple cabinetry, 9' ceilings on 1st floor, Hubbardton Forge foyer fixture, recessed lighting, oversized windows for natural light, gas heat, C/A, basement & great storage in the garage w/12' ceilings.

Immaculate charmer on a forever-wild lot. Fabulous gardens & landscaping highlight this lovely home. Saratoga schools, 3 BRs plus a full den, 2.5 BAs, 18' x 20' four-season porch, home theatre & professional landscaping for all seasons make it a must see home!

Valerie Thompson 587.4500

Barbara Cassier 587.4500

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Lovely 4 bdrm, 2.5 bath family home on a wonderful family street. Only 7 yrs young, this colonial boast hardwood floors, custom kitchen, family room w/fp, large living room, formal dining room and a great master suite with whirlpool tub and walk-in closet. 3 other spacious bdrms for your growing family. Cozy backyard and Saratoga front porch for those summer nights. $2,000 credit for landscaping Jane W Mehan 587-4500

Not your typical ranch home! Comfortably greet family and friends in this foyer and lead them in to the kitchen, big enough for meals and activities, the adjacent family reunion-sized(set up a table for adults and 1 for the grandkids) dining room can be used it as a family room or the great room w/soaring ceilings and a gas fireplace to cozy up by on cooler days. In warmer months grill the burgers on the stone patio and enjoy them there,on the 2 tiered deck or covered porch. Master suite a true retreat! Patsy Whitney, Broker 518-229-0262



Beautiful, like new, home in a wonderful family neighborhood. Why live in the burbs when you can be close to Broadway, shopping and the HS! Spacious, 4 bdrm, 2.5 baths, colonial w/hardwood floors, granite kitchen w/SS appliances, family room w/fp, large master suite, ceramic tile, big new deck, totally fenced yard, a Saratoga front porch and much much more. This is so much better than new! Jane W Mehan 587-4500

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Rare find! Just shy of an acre w/in walking distance to downtown and all that it has to offer! Plus 2 story, 4 car garage/carriage house restorable or subdivision possibilities. Pre Civil War brick mansion, one of Saratoga's Grand Ladies, totally updated and improved from heating ,airconditioning, bathrooms to roofing. Picture perfect inside and outide nothing to do but invite and accommodate family, friends...and/or your entourage of thoroughbred horse owners, breeders,trainers et al in style and comfort Patsy Whitney, Broker 518-427-9000 office 518-229-0262 cell

Charming 8 year young ranch in a great neighborhood! 3 BRs, 2 full BAs, a lower level w/bath, FR, office & walkout doors to a large back yard. This home boasts open living space w/a cathedral ceiling, maple kitchen & huge custom deck overlooking lovely landscaping.

Barbara Cassier 587.4500


Lovely four BR colonial with updated kitchen and baths located in a quiet country setting. Bright and cheery family room leads to a beautifully landscaped backyard w/ patio. Great kitchen for entertaining with lots of cabinets. Formal dining rm with crown molding, and living rm. New carpeting and flooring, custom lighting, and freshly painted in neutral colors. Workshop. Newer furnace and roof. Large deck, pool, front porch and stamped concrete walk. OPEN HOUSE SUN 11/6 2:30-4:30






140' Unobstructed Lake Front w/dock. Custom 4+ bdrm, 3 full baths, 2 half baths, oversized screened porch, corian & tiled baths, french doors, gourmet kitchen w/granite, 2 stone fp, luxury master suite, 3 zone ht w/generator, in ground salt h2o pool w/jacuzzi. This is a one of a kind rare opportunity to own lake front property on Saratoga Lake. This home has it all! Call today for your private tour.










Ideal in town location. Looking for that in town living experience, The Elms at Saratoga is a 28 lot subdivision located just a few short blocks from all that Saratoga is famous for. Walk to dining, shopping, parks and more then return to your beautiful new historic style home. Custom designs with high end finishes inside and out. Build with Award Winning builder BCI Construction. Model home open Sundays 12:00 - 3:00 and always by appointment. From Congress Park head south on Broadway. Take sharp right onto W. Circular St (at Limoncello Restaurant), 4 blocks to a left onto Elm.

Natalie Amsler 587.4500

Adorable ashley ranch in the quaint neighborhood of Juniper Acres. Private yard backs up to woods, large deck and oversized one car garage with entrance to the finished basement. Great family room or kids play area in basement. Updates to kitchen & bath. Cozy rustic finished den on 2nd level could be 4th bedroom or office. Plenty of storage in this home. Hardwood floors under carpets. Wood burning fp, new garage door & opener, newer windows, updated six panel interior doors. OPEN HOUSE SUN 11/6 12-2pm Lisa McTygue 598-4098



House, garage and barns on over 8 acres. Former egg farm, many possible uses subject to Town of Saratoga approval. Large main barn clean and empty-ready for your endeavors. Over 800 feet of road frontage-easy access for on and off property. Loading dock, plenty of room for storage in the barns. Creek frontage along Fish Creek.

Attention Global Foundry employees!! If you are looking for a great DEAL on a nice home with EZ commute to work, here it is!!! 2480 SQ ft, 4 bed 2.5 bath colonial in the award winning Schuylerville school district! Big yard, wrap porch,deck, 2c garage and much more! just off ext 16. What a VALUE! Make an offer!

Lisa McTygue 598-4098

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Move-in ready by 01/2012! Gorgeous home by awardwinning Waldron Builders in The Links on beautiful McGregor Golf Course. 4 BRs, 2.5 BAs, an open floor plan w/downstairs MBR suite, gourmet kitchen w/FP, vaulted great room, 1st/2nd floor laundry & custom trim package!

1873 French Mansard Victorian on a large city lot~ walk to all historic Saratoga offers! 4-5 BRs, 3 full BAs, oak floors, basement w/finished area, updated electric & plumbing, new copper water supply & sewer line from street, newer water heaters & wrap-around porch.

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diy Enliven YourHome With do It yourself

by Kathryn Weber, Tribune Media Services for Saratoga TODAY Like a burst of vitamin C for your walls, it's hard not to notice orange. It's a color as earthy as it is vibrant. Ranging from the palest peach to deep terracotta tones, orange can be a wonderful shade on the walls, but it's not always an easy color to choose. Like its equally intense cousin, red, orange can easily overwhelm a room, but the fall beckons for this color. Using some restraint and ingenuity, adding orange -whether the shade is warm and welcoming or bright and festive -to your living space will enliven your surroundings.

A LITTLE DAB Fortunately, it doesn't take a big dose of orange to make an impact. Simply changing out placemats, napkins or tablecloths with pumpkin-colored replacements can give your dining room a punch of fall

color. Paired with a rich green, orange is simply magical. Or try re-covering dining room chairs in a deep burnt orange for a fresh look that gives the whole room a lift. Accent pillows, throws or silk flowers in sunset hues can help you easily incorporate orange into your decor.

COLOR PAIRINGS Using another color with orange helps it stand out that much more. A perfect example is the bright indigo blue that's often used with a medium bright orange in Mexico and the Southwestern United States. A dark or muted shade of orange, paired with brown and beige, almost reads as a neutral, yet buoys the neutrals from fading into blandness. Eggplant, deep teal, cornflower blue, red, yellow and pink are all complimentary to orange and look fresh. In neutral rooms, particularly those heavy on beige and rooms with brown or umber undertones, a medium tone of orange looks

trendy, yet calm and relaxing. Remember, if you use a strong orange shade on the wall or in accents, be sure to use it across the room to balance and unify the space. You don't want all that color just standing there by itself looking more like a sore thumb than an integral part of your design. But what if you really love orange and want more than dappled effects?



If you want to use orange but are fearful, give it a test run by painting a single accent wall, and if you like the result, add other walls. Orange doesn't belong everywhere. In the bedroom, it can be too stimulating. In bright, sun-lit rooms orange can be overpower-

ing, but in dining rooms, dark rooms with little direct sunlight, a breakfast room, or interior hallways, this rich hue can really shine. For more information, contact Kathryn Weber through her website,

Using orange on the wall takes daring, but done right, looks fabulous. The difficulty with orange is that it changes with the light. Before committing to a shade, paint a large swatch on the wall so you can see what it looks like at different times of the day. And remember that orange is a color that can appear very bright, so pick a version that's a shade or two deeper than what appeals to you. Once on the wall, it will be much brighter than it appears on the paint chip.

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A Warm, Upscale Home Just Beyond the Green 130 Cobble Hill Drive, Wilton: priced at $598,000

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2 stories, 2,815 square feet on .35 acres 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, 2-car garage, finished basement rec. room by Yael Goldman Saratoga TODAY Situated in the privacy of The Links, a family-friendly neighborhood that abuts McGregor Links Country Club, is 130 Cobble Hill Drive – a warm, classic-style home with tons of space and plenty of appeal. It is everything you could expect from a Waldron Builders home and more. With this exceptional property, Waldron offers you the benefit of customizing your home without the hassle of making every decision from start to finish. The builder is currently in the “framing phase” of construction, which leaves time to style the home to your liking. You can choose interior finishes like molding, flooring, lighting fixtures, cabinetry, and bathroom accessories, as well as landscaping and outdoor features. An interior designer is on-hand to help you select your palette and materials. The possibilities are endless. Otherwise, every inch of this two-story, 2,815-square-foot home has been carefully designed and expertly crafted for function and luxury. The proof is in the details: it’s like 130 Cobble Hill was designed with you in mind. The experience begins at the driveway, where you’ll pull in to view a cultured stone façade with shake-detailed peaks and decorative columns. Step inside and find an open plan that begins at the foyer, flowing through a first floor that features exceptional living spaces: a formal dining room with coffered ceilings and chair rail; a spacious great room with a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace; a large gourmet kitchen with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and a large island; an adjacent walk-in pantry and breakfast nook. Below, a full basement with a finished recreation room offers additional living space. Also on the first floor is a master suite that offers privacy and luxury. The suite is separated from the first-floor living spaces with French doors and a transom-window detail that opens to reveal an expansive bedroom with tray ceiling, leading into a vestibule with a large walk-in closet and stacked washer-dryer, and finally the master bath. The bathroom has been fitted with a soaking tub, shower, “his and hers” sinks, brushed nickel fixtures and a fine column detail. A wrap-around stair leads to the second floor, where space and comfort are tantamount. You’ll find three large second-floor bedrooms with walk-in closets and a shared Jack-and-Jill bathroom with a convenient laundry facility. It’s also important to note that the home has been designed to maximize energy efficiency: all of the mechanical systems are 96 percent efficient, the appliances are ENERGYSTAR certified, plus energy efficient windows have been installed. With so many expertly crafted features and carefully placed amenities, all 130 Cobble Hill needs is you – and it can be ready within 90 days!

About the Builder: Waldron Builders is an award-winning builder based in Saratoga Springs. Company owner Mike Waldron has been in business for 20 years with the motto “dedicated to our customer, dedicated to our craft.” Waldron was a big winner in the 2011 Saratoga Showcase of Homes; he received a handful of awards in the Classic Home category for 31 Brampton Lane in Gansevoort, including Best Master Bath, Best Exterior Design, and People’s Choice.

About this House: Living Spaces: • Great room • Dining room • Finished basement recreation area • Breakfast nook

Details: • Hardwood floors and carpeting • Coffered, tray ceilings • French doors • Vertical, horizontal siding around the exterior • Large windows



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– All That’s Missing is You!

Images Provided To give you a taste of what a Waldron home can look like, here’s a peek inside The Farmhouse at The Links, a neighboring property that was featured in the CRBRA 2009 Parade of Homes. Make 130 Cobble Hill your home and you’ll have an unlimited palette to work with plus an interior designer to guide you. No matter what color scheme, theme or textures you choose, this home is sure to be a beauty. There’s no way it won’t be: Waldron is known for exceptional craftsmanship and fine detail.

Amenities: • Two laundry facilities • Two fireplaces • Three walk-in closets • Large pantry off the kitchen • Jack-and-Jill bathroom • Soaking tub in master bath

The Kitchen: • Granite countertops • Stainless steel appliances • ENERGYSTAR certified • Large island • Plenty of workspace • Custom cabinetry

Outdoor Spaces: • Two porches • Patio • Landscape package available • Shrubbery separates yard from golf course

Neighborhood: Located on a cul-de-sac within The Links neighborhood, abutting McGregor Country Club

School District: Saratoga Springs City School District

Commute: • Five minutes to Wilton Mall and Route 50 shopping area • 10 minutes to downtown Saratoga Springs • Minutes to Luther Forest Technology Campus GlobalFoundries • Less than a half-hour to the Lake George and Adirondack Region • Walking Distance to Dorothy Nolan Elementary School

Tax Information: School tax is $12.05 per $1,000; property tax is $3.58 per $1,000

Speak With a Realtor TODAY: For more information about 130 Cobble Hill Drive, contact Karan Hankinson with Roohan Realty at (518) 587-4500 or on her cell phone at (518) 312-0723. For more information, visit






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One-Stop Shop for Home Services by Yael Goldman Saratoga TODAY MALTA - A-1 Builders and Associates, a group of local businesses that have come together to offer superior service, will host its grand opening celebration at 2639 Route 9 in Malta on Saturday, November 5 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Food and refreshments will be served. A-1 is a one-stop shop for homeowners, offering access to more than 20 vital services offered by prescreened vendors. Three business owners with decades of industry experience are behind the showroom concept: co-owners Dominic Refino (owner of Malta-based D&R Landscaping), Jake Zak (owner of Schuylerville-based E-Z Breathe Ventilation System) and Dean Seelow (owner of Corinth-based Dean's Electrical Service), A-1 Builders and Associates. The range of services available in the Malta showroom is extensive, and includes everything from interior decorating and carpet cleaning to plumbing, roofing and ventilation services.

Dominic Refino, who provides lawn and landscaping services to the Malta community, said the team came together with the goal of making vital services available to homeowners not only in one convenient location but also with the guarantee of reliable and top-quality service. "It's very hard to find reliable contractors that will be there on time and get the job done correctly," Refino said, explaining that homeowners seek contractors they can trust. "We have come together to offer our customers more options," Refino said. In particular, A-1 offers a great, inexpensive service for new home construction. For just $180,000, the group will take on a project, select a team to complete the job and project manage from beginning to end. The homeowner is responsible for the land and the appropriate permitting. "We make it so much easier," Refino said. "Just come tell us about your vision and we take care of the rest. If you don't have the property, we have real estate agents onsite to find it for you." Refino said the conglomerate will

also handle project management, and can take on properties for regular maintenance. Additionally, the A-1 team offers a 24-hour emergency hotline, which is especially helpful in the winter. "We are there 24-7 for whatever might happen - if a pipe bursts, if your basement floods, if you need your driveway cleared," Refino said. There are many benefits to working with any of A-1 vendors, and there are no extra fees attached. Allin-all the group is thrilled to be joining forces in serving their region. "We are very excited to be able to provide more services to the community together," Refino said. Stop by A-1 Builders and Associates this Saturday for the grand opening celebration and learn more about what these local vendors have to offer: Socal Kitchens & Cabinets, D.P. Heating & Cooling, F&C Cleaning, Heavenly Closets & More, Power Clean Pressure Washing, Advanced, Window Cleaning, Classic Interiors, Adirondack Industries Construction, Adirondack, Spray Foam, Longacre Roofing, Lifetime Seamless Gutters,

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Dominic Refino, Jake Zak and Dean Seelow are celebrating the grand opening of A-1 Builders and Associates this weekend. R&Z Painting, Adirondack, Train & Hobby, A&E Sprinkler Systems, E-Z Breathe Ventilation System, Dean's Electrical Service, D&R Lawn & Landscaping, Luther Forest Real Estate. Vendors will be onsite to answer

questions and set up estimates. For more information about the grand opening or about A-1 Builders and Associates, call (518) 477-5331 or (866) 997-8938. For more information about D&R Landscaping, visit

Homeowner’s Fall Checklist: A friendly reminder to help you prepare your home and property for the winter, compliments of the A-1 Builders and Associates Team!  Prepare your snow removal contract and salt delivery service  If you purchase your own salt, make sure to have a plentiful stock in case of emergency  Tune up or service your snow blower  Clear leaves from your roof and gutters  Trim trees or branches that are close to the home  Mow your lawn one last time before the winter to prevent snow mold in the spring  Fertilize your lawn to strengthen grass roots and soil nutrition, make your lawn look greener and healthier in the spring  Make sure to shut off all outside water faucets and sources  Blow air through your sprinkler lines to avoid freezing and cracking  Mark your sprinkler heads with flagged stakes to warn your snow removal service  Fit exposed pipes with insulation sleeves or wrapping to prevent freezing  Check the exterior of your home for cracks and leaks  Replace window screens with glass  Inspect your furnace  Service your backup generators  Service your outdoor hot tub or spa  Wrap your windows with clear plastic to reduce heat loss  Clean your fireplace and check for pests  Put your winter tires back on your car  Check your car's antifreeze levels  Prepare a car snow kit: scraper, extra gloves, blanket, etc.

Your State Law Requires CO Home



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Detectors in the Home

Amanda's Law, which requires a carbon monoxide (CO) detection system in every home, went into effect on February 22, 2010, to protect you from potentially fatal carbon-monoxide poisoning. Make sure you are in compliance. This winter, Saratoga Springs Commissioner of Public Safety Richard Wirth urges homeowners and landlords to protect themselves, their families and tenants by checking their CO detectors to make sure they are in proper working order. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless substance that causes many deaths each year in the United States. It is a highly toxic gas produced by the "incomplete combustion" of fossil fuels. Each year, more than 150 people die due to CO poisoning in their home. The law is named after Amanda Hansen, a 16-year-old from West Seneca, New York, who died in her sleep in January 2009 while sleeping in a friend's basement. Carbon monoxide leaked from a defective boiler. Recognizing that Amanda's death could and should have been prevented, her parents set out to create a law requiring that all homes have proper detection systems for the toxic substance. On February 22, Amanda's Law was signed and put into effect, requiring homes to install CO detectors. Any fuel-fired (gas, oil and wood) appliance can be a source of CO. According to the New York State Department of Housing Preservation and Development website, the major sources of CO in homes and apartments are fossil fuel burning boilers, furnaces, water heaters, fireplaces and parking garages. Carbon monoxide poisoning is so dangerous because it's almost impossible to recognize without a detector, and something as slight as a leaky gas stove in a poorly ventilated room can be hazardous. Furthermore, the threat of CO poisoning increases in the winter, when windows are closed and air flow is minimal. The first sign of CO poisoning is headache and dizziness followed by flulike symptoms.

Affordable Housing Unit at 70 Jefferson Street Opens SARATOGA SPRINGS – After a complete rehabilitation which took 10 weeks and involved complete replacement of plumbing due to burst frozen pipes, as well as other interior renovations, the residence at 70 Jefferson Street officially joined the ranks of affordable housing in Saratoga Springs on Tuesday, November 1. Mayor Scott Johnson was on hand to officially present the keys to the 3-bedroom / 1.5- bath singlefamily home to a working city resident, who will reside in the home with her son. The rehabilitation of the home was overseen by the Saratoga Springs Housing Authority. The project manager noted that many of the funds and labor for the project came from a variety of donations, and through the Section 8 housing subsidy program, the family will be able to rent their new home at an affordable rate.

Make Sure Your Home is Safe: • Have all fuel burning devices (furnaces, boilers, water heaters, space heaters, fireplaces and wood stoves) checked and serviced annually • Make sure gas, oil and coal-burning appliances are properly ventilated • Have your chimney checked and cleaned each year, as carbon monoxide can build up inside a chimney that is blocked by soot and debris • Install a CO detector in the hallway outside of all sleeping areas, which is a state code requirement • Check all detectors monthly and change batteries annually • Never use a gas oven or stove top for heating • Never use charcoal inside a building • Never use a portable generator inside a building or confined space For more information, call your local code official or consult the Consumer Product Safety Commission hotline by calling (800) 638-2772 or visiting


70 Jefferson Street, Saratoga Springs

Photos by Mayor Scott Johnson presents the keys to a renovated single-family affordable home at 70 Jefferson Street in Saratoga Springs.





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Friday, November 4, 2011


local briefs Great Fall Giveaway and Donation Request New Life Fellowship, 51 Old Gick Rd., Saratoga Springs Saturday, November 12, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. receive free lightly-used clothing for adults and children, household goods, shoes, boots, small appliances, toys, books, plus non-perishable food items. To donate to the giveaway, drop items off MondayWednesday, November 7– 9, from 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. and Thursday, November 10, from 9:30 – 7:30 p.m. Items should be in good condition and clean. Food items must be non-perishable. For more information call New Life Fellowship at (518) 580-1810 or email

TIPS Server Training Courses 36 Phila St., Saratoga Springs The Prevention Council will host two TIPS server training workshops in early November. The first course will be on Monday, November 7, from 9 a.m. – noon, and will be tailored for retail and package store employees. The second course will be on Tuesday, November 8, from 3-8 p.m., and will be geared for bar and restaurant staff. Cost is $15 on Monday and $25 on Tuesday. For more information or to register, call (518) 581-1230.

9/11 Memorial Sculpture Public Hearings Saratoga Springs City Hall, 474 Broadway Residents of Saratoga Springs will be able to express their suggestions on the placement of the 9/11 memorial on Wednesday, November, 9 at 7 p.m., and Thursday, November 10, at p.m. The Format will provide time for suggestions on possible sites and the reasoning behind the suggestion. Residents may also email the mayor suggestions to

National Bottle Museum Jan Rutland Show 76 Milton Ave., Ballston Spa From early October to mid-November the National Bottle Museum will host a show of the collected works of late Executive Director Jan Rutland.

22nd Annual Christmas Fair Registration The King’s School, 6087 New York 9N, Hadley The King's School has opened vendor registration for their 22nd annual Christmas

Fair to be held on Saturday, December 3, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Thirty spaces are available to vendors of handcrafted items interested in participating in this highly successful seasonal event! The price for each 8'x8' space is $50 and includes an onsite lunch voucher. Area assignments are given on a first pay basis. Please call The King's School at (518) 654-6230 or register online at

Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce Events Monthly Mixer The Mine, 388 Broadway, Saratoga Springs The Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly networking mixer at on Thursday, November 17 from 56:30 p.m. There will also be a new member orientation from 4-5 p.m. The cost for the Mixer is $5 with reservations and $10 after the reservation deadline. Third Thursday Breakfast Gideon Putnam Resort, 24 Gideon Putnam Rd., Saratoga Spa State Park The Saratoga County Chamber’s Third Thursday Breakfast will be held on Thursday, November 17, from 7:30 – 9a.m. This month’s topic is the recent Saratoga Lip Dub. Cost for this program is $15 with reservations, $20 after the reservation deadline. Reservation deadline for both events is Tuesday, November 15. Please contact the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce at (518) 584-3255 or at to register.

Southern Saratoga County in 2012. All community members are encouraged to bring questions for discussion. Registration is preferred; to register, visit or call (518) 580-2450.

$25 donation, attendees are treated to a 60-minute presentation during which everyone's items will be professionally appraised before the crowd. For more information, please visit

Ballston Spa Central School District Enrolling for UPK Program

State-Approved Defensive Driving Classes

The Ballston Spa Central School District is presently enrolling for its Universal Prekindergarten Program (UPK) for the 2011-12 school year. Only a few openings are left! Agencies that provide the UPK Program for the district are: YMCA Malta Childcare: Amy Wert: (518) 583-4342; EOC Head Start: Kathy Shannon: (518) 884-7270 ext. 360; Newmeadow Saratoga School: Dawn Wheeler: (518) 899-9235; and Ballston Area Community Center: Kathi Leigh: (518) 885-3261.To enroll your preschool child, please call the agencies listed above directly. For any other questions regarding the program, please call the Ballston Spa Central School District’s Office of Pupil Services at (518) 884-7195, extension 1405.

Send Holiday Events to the BSBPA The Ballston Spa Business & Professional Association encourages all local businesses, churches, schools and community groups who have holiday-themed activities happening December 2-4 to contact them with description, date and time of the event to be included in their holiday brochure. Send information to Ellen Mottola at or call the BSBPA at (518) 8852772. Please submit events no later than November 11.

Holiday Shoppe Brookside Museum, 6 Charlton St., Ballston Spa Brookside Museum's annual Holiday Shoppe will open on Saturday, November 12, at 10 a.m. Visit the Holiday Shoppe and find hundreds of locally crafted items and gifts. The Holiday Shoppe is open Monday Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Sunday noon-4 p.m. For more information, visit or call (518) 885-4000.

Discussion on Healthcare Access Clifton Park/Halfmoon Public Library, 475 Moe Rd., Clifton Park On Wednesday, November 9, at 6 p.m. join local health care representatives from Saratoga Hospital and Albany Medical Center in a discussion about the new health care options that will be available in

Saratoga Springs Retired Teachers Association Meeting Longfellows Restaurant, 500 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs Meeting is on Monday, November 7, at noon. Membership is open to retired educators who taught in and/or live in Saratoga County. For new member information and luncheon reservations, please call (518) 587-5356.

Antique Appraiser to Visit Saratoga for UPH Benefit Universal Preservation Hall, 25 Washington St., Saratoga Springs On Saturday, November 5, expert appraiser Douglas Stinson of Boston will visit the Universal Preservation Hall. For a

First Batist Church, 45 Washington St., Saratoga Springs Saturday, November 5, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost is $35 and pre-registration is required. Call Raymond Frankoski at (518) 286-3788 for more information. Reformed Church, 48 Pearl St., Schuylerville Saturday, November 19, from 8:30 a.m. 3:30 p.m. Cost is $30 and pre-registration is required. Call Nick Nichols at (518) 6953548 to register or for more information.

Holiday Season Relaxation 1958 Amsterdam Ave. Ballston Spa Route 67 Country Store and Café is offering an evening of creativity and relaxation on Thursday, November 10 and Thursday, December 8. Attendees will learn how to make their own cards and be able to sample some fresh-dipped chocolates. Questions and RSVPs may be emailed to Visit or call (518) 882-7347 for more information.

2012 American Cancer Society Relay Meeting Residence Inn, Excelsior Ave., Saratoga Springs On Wednesday, November 9, starting with food at 6 p.m. and continuing with the meeting at 6:30 p.m. This is a great time to come and learn about the relay and what we hope to do, and help us make some new plans. For more information or to RSVP, call Marcy at 893-0671 or Nicole at 857-0161.

National Bottle Museum Merchandise Now Available Online Distance will no longer be an obstacle to those wishing to secure everything from oneof-a-kind glass marbles, pendants and earrings to handcrafted glass vases and bowls. Effective, Friday, November 4, a list of select items will be posted on the museum’s website (, accompanied by each item’s price and the related shipping and handling costs. For more information, email or call (518) 885-7589.

upcoming town meetings

Town of Ballston: Ballston Town Hall 323 Charlton Road • 885-8502 11/9: Jenkins Park Advisory Board, 7 p.m. 11/10: Public Hearing-tax/budget, 7:15 p.m. 11/10: Town Board- special, 7:30 p.m. Village of Ballston Spa: 66 Front Street • 885-5711 11/9: Planning Board, 7:30 p.m. Town of Greenfield: 7 Wilton Road • 893-7432 11/8: Planning Board, 7 p.m. 11/10: Town Board, 7:30 p.m. Town of Malta: 2540 Route 9 • 899-2818 11/9: Public Hearing-tax/budet, 6:45 p.m. 11/9: Town Board, 7 p.m. Town of Milton: 503 Geyser Road • 885-9220 11/9: Planning Board, 7 p.m. City of Saratoga Springs: 474 Broadway • 587-3550 11/7: Planning Board workshop, 5 p.m. 11/7: Zoning Board of Appeals, 7 p.m. 11/9: Planning Board meeting, 7 p.m. Town of Saratoga: 12 Spring Street, Schuylerville 695-3644 • 11/10: Town Board, 7 p.m. Village of Schuylerville: 35 Spring Street • 695-3881 11/9: Board of Trustees, 7 p.m. Town of Stillwater: 66 East St., Riverside Mechanicville, NY 12118 11/7: Planning Board, 7 p.m. Town of Wilton: 22 Traver Road 587-1939 • 11/7: Parks & Rec. Commission, 7 p.m. Saratoga County Board of Supervisors 40 McMaster St., # 1 Ballston Spa, NY 12020-1985 (518) 885-2240 11/7: Veterans Committee, 2:30 p.m. 11/7: Equalization & Assessment Committee, 3 p.m. 11/7: Social Programs Committee, 3:30 p.m. 11/7: Legislative & Research Committee, 4 p.m. 11/8: Public Safety Committee, 3 p.m. 11/8: Public Works Committee, 4 p.m. 11/9: Law & Finance Committee, 4 p.m. 11/9: Agenda meeting, 5 p.m.

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4 - Nov. 11 events Friday & Saturday “12 Angry Jurors” SSHS, 1 Blue Streak Blvd., Saratoga Springs Saratoga Springs High School Drama Club presents “12 Angry Jurors,” an Emmy award-winning drama by Reginald Rose, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the door, $6 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens.

Friday, November 4 First Annual Bullying Awareness & Prevention Rally Downtown Ballston Spa In honor of Bullying Awareness Month, a rally will take place from 4-5 p.m. with kids marching from BACC down Milton Avenue. The march will culminate with a rally in front of city hall. For more information about upcoming Bullying Awareness events, contact Jackie Quarters with Community Allies at (518) 583-0280.

Saturday, November 5 Malta Community Center Arts, Crafts and Gift Fair David R. Meager Malta Community Center, 1 Bayberry Dr., Malta The Malta Department of Parks and Recreation will host their annual Arts, Crafts and Gift Fair on Saturday, November 5 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Beautiful handcrafted items made by local artisans will be available for your holiday shopping. Free admission and free parking. Call the center at (518) 899-4411 for additional information.

Saratoga Indoor Farmers’ Market Division Street Elementary School, 220 Division St., Saratoga Springs The market is open from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Ballston Spa Indoor Farmers’ Market 50 West High St., Cornell Cooperative Extension Auditorium

The market will take place from 9 a.m.-noon. This month we are featuring products for your Thanksgiving holiday plans. For information, visit or call (518) 885-2772.

Donny Elvis Show K of C Hall, 50 Pine Rd., Saratoga Springs The Catholic Daughters of the Americas present Donny Elvis on Saturday, November 5. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the show beginning at 7. Tickets are $15 and all proceeds go to the Guardian House in Ballston Spa.

12th Annual Apostolic Fellowship 1425 West High St., Ballston Spa Don’t miss this awesome November 5 fellowship service with Dr. Timothy L. Harper. Rally Service begins at 11 a.m. Email with any questions.

Fall “Down to Earth Concert Series” Ndakinna Education Center, 23 Middle Grove Rd., Greenfield Center Join us at 7:30 p.m., for a show featuring Adirondack storyteller Fran Yardley and musician and songwriter Nancy Walker. Reservations are highly recommended. Admission is $12 adults, $10 students and seniors. For more information, or to make a reservation, call (518) 583-1440 or visit

Sunday, November 6 Elks’ Breakfast Buffet 1 Elks Lane, Route 9, Saratoga Springs Let the Saratoga-Wilton Elks serve you a buffet breakfast Sunday, November 6, from 8:30-11 a.m. Adults, $7; seniors/military with ID, $6; children 5-12, $5; and under 5 eat free. Takeout $8.

Family Sunday Program Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry St., H. Dutcher Community Room Join internationally renowned and Parents Choice Award-winning storytelling duo, The Storycrafters, from 2-3 p.m. for a lively, participatory program of world folktales and songs to celebrate the harvest, colors, sounds and chills of autumn. For more information call (518) 584-7860 opt. 3 or

Benefit Concert St. Peter’s, 241 Broadway, Saratoga Springs A benefit concert for St. Peter's Youth Ministry will be performed by teacher-composer-musician Jeffrey Halstead on Sunday, November 6, at 3 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and free for 18 and under. Donations are graciously accepted.

Mohegan Sun Bus Trip Leaving light pole C-2, Wilton Mall $30 per person with proceeds benefiting Operation Adopt a Soldier. For more information, call Cliff at (518) 587-8010.


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November Brown Bag Lunch detailing Saratoga’s Civil War Collection from noon- 1 p.m. The event is free, open to the public and tea and coffee will be served.

Prestwick Chase Indoor Farmers’ Market

“Psycho Pirate”

Prestwick Chase at Saratoga 100 Saratoga Blvd., Saratoga Springs See a wide variety of local vendors from Saratoga County and surrounding areas offering fresh produce, crafts and other local goods from 3-6 p.m. For more information, visit

Tuesday, November 8 Election Day Turkey Dinner Round Lake United Methodist Church, 34 George Ave., Round Lake There will be two seatings: at 4:30 and 6 p.m. A limited number of takeout dinners will be available between 5:15-5:45 p.m. The menu includes turkey with all the trimmings and homemade pies. Adults $9, children 6-12 $5, children 5 and under free. Call (518) 713-4420 for more information.

Clifton Park Chabad Jewish Film Series Clifton Park- Halfmoon Public Library, 475 Moe Rd. A screening of “Young Abraham”starts at 6 p.m. The animated film depicts young Abraham's quest for truth against all odds, and is filled with adventure, danger and plenty of laughs. This free entertainment is open to the public. For more information, contact Rabbi Yossi at (518) 495-0772 or email

SUNY Adirondack, 640 Bay Rd., Queensbury The SUNY Adirondack Theatre Program will present the world premiere of “Psycho Pirate” November 10-13. Curtain for all performances is 7:30 p.m. General admission is $10, senior citizens and students are $6, SUNY Adirondack alumni $8, SUNY Adirondack students, faculty and staff free with ID. Reservations are not required.

Upcoming Circus Workshops St. Peter’s School, 64 Hamilton St., Saratoga Springs Saturday, November 12, kids can run away and join the circus without packing a suitcase! Veteran Ringling Brothers circus clown Sean Fagan and friends will teach the basic skills of juggling, tumbling, clowning, partner acrobatics, stilt walking and more! Kindergarten through third graders are welcome from 9 a.m.-noon and fourth through eighth graders from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Cost is $35.To register, email Meg Kelly at or call (518) 580-1782.

Baked Ham Dinner Trinity United Methodist Church, Ballard Rd., Wilton Saturday, November 12, from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Menu includes mashed potatoes and gravy, applesauce, vegetables, rolls, assorted desserts and beverages. Cost is donation. Takeouts will be available. The church is handicapped accessible. For information call (518) 584-9107.

Winter Clothing Sale

Wednesday, November 9 Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce’s Women’s Business Group Meeting Franklin Community Center, 10 Franklin St., Saratoga Springs The meeting is from 9-10 a.m., free, open to all women chamber members and limited to 50 reservations due to space limitations. Reservations by Tuesday, November 8, are appreciated. For more information, visit, or call (518) 584-3255.

Thursday, November 10 “Saratoga’s Civil War Collection” Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry St.., Dutcher Community Room To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, Michael Aikey, director of the New York State Military Museum, will present the

Old Stone Church, 159 Stone Church Rd. Ballston Spa Come to the Winter Clothing Sale Saturday, November 12, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Call Ann at (518) 885-4034 for information.

Farm Relief Benefit Wine and Cheese Tasting The Saratoga Winery, 462 Rte 29, Saratoga Springs Milton Grange #685 and Greenfield Grange #807 will hold a wine and cheese tasting on Saturday, November 12 at 7p.m. The event includes tasting a variety of local wines, cheeses and crackers while enjoying local music. Proceeds will be donated to the Schoharie County Community Action Program to help support farmers affected by Hurricane Irene. The cost is $20 per person for those who RSVP in advance or $25 at the door. Tickets are available by contacting Shana at (518) 7443834 or email The public is encouraged to attend.

Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park Nature Programs 80 Scout Rd., Gansevoort On Saturday, November 12, 10-11 a.m., there will be a nature walk leaving from the parking


lot on Route 50 at the Old Gick Farm trailhead to explore trees and their different kinds of seeds. A second program will take place from12 p.m. and will meet on Scout Road near the kiosk in Parking Lot #1. This program will use nature to inspire an art project as kids are guided in crafting their own fall bouquets. For more information or to register for these free programs call (518) 450-0321 or visit

Café Schuyler United Methodist Church, 51 Church St., Schuylerville On Saturday, November 12, from 6-8 p.m., come and enjoy an evening of fun and music provided by local musicians at the First Annual Café Schuyler. Refreshments will be available. For more information, call (518) 695-4901.

Junior National Park Ranger Rally Saratoga National Historical Park, Routes 32 and 4, Stillwater Sunday, November 13, from 1-2:30 p.m. kids age 7 and up can spend time with a national park ranger, make their own tri-corner hat, join a scouting mission in the visitor center and learn why the Battles of Saratoga were so important! For more information, call Megan Stevens at (518) 664-9821 ext.219.

All-You-Can-Eat Brunch VFW, 190 Excelsior Ave., Saratoga Springs On Sunday, November 13, a delicious menu featuring eggs, homefries, breakfast meats, toast, griddle-treats and more will be served from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. $10 adults, $8 seniors and veterans, children 6 and up $5, under 5 are free.

It Was a Dark and Stormy Night St. Peter's Parish Center, 64 Hamilton St., Saratoga Springs Saratoga Catholic Central High School’s Drama Troupe is presenting this Tim Kelly mystery comedy spoof November 17, 18 and 19 at 7 p.m. Admission is $3 for students, $5 adults. For more information, call Pat Douglass at (518) 573-4346.

Author Stuart Bartow Fundraiser Reading SUNY Adirondack, 640 Bay Rd., Queensbury, Scoville Learning Center Auditorium Stuart Bartow, professor of English at SUNY Adirondack, will read from his work at a fundraiser for the Adirondack Community College Foundation on Thursday, November 17, from 12:30-1:50 p.m. The public is invited and admission is free. His books will be on sale at the event with proceeds benefiting the ACC Foundation. For more information on this program, or to make a donation to the foundation, contact (518) 743-2243.

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Movie Review Apollo 18

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ACROSS 1 Some are chocolate 5 Trim 10 1968 self-titled folk album 14 “My body’s achin’ and my time __ hand”: James Taylor lyric 15 “Climb aboard!” 16 Israel’s Iron Lady 19 Former Calif. base 20 “CHiPs” star Erik 21 China’s Chou En-__ 23 See 24-Down 25 “Dogma” star 26 “Assuming I’m right . . .” 28 Places to treat v-fib 31 Not family-friendly 36 Prefix for Caps or Cat 37 Confuses 39 Modem owner’s need: Abbr. 42 Lara Croft portrayer 45 Not very much 47 Hr. related to airspeed 48 Garr of “Mr. Mom” 49 Patient contribution 51 Spanish hors d’oeuvre 55 Driver’s gadget 56 Like many bazaars 59 Synopsis 61 Historic Cold War crossing point 64 Offer as proof 65 Navel variety 66 Dramatic opener 67 Part of AMEX: Abbr. 68 Turn aside 69 Midway game word DOWN 1 Henry Blake’s rank in “M*A*S*H*” 2 Tempe sch. 3 Odd-shaped reef denizen 4 Keep one’s word? 5 Post on Facebook, e.g. 6 Passport issuer? 7 Fitting

It’s 1974 and the world has lost interest in lunar exploration. The government, however, still has plans for the moon. So they send Captain Ben Anderson (Warren Christie), Commander Nate Walker (Lloyd Owen), and Lieutenant Colonel John Grey (Ryan Robbins) to bring those plans to fruition. However, their attempts to do so are impeded by one terrifying unforeseen complication: they are not alone. The found-footage style film is not entirely flawed. There are those who liked The Blair Witch Project and saw it as genius. I wasn’t one of them and I haven’t met anyone who is, but I’m almost positive they exist. And if you’re someone who saw The Blair Witch Project and thought the only way to make it better would be to add aliens, have it take place 20 years earlier and on the moon, no doubt you’ll love this movie. I, on the other hand, saw it as flawed and boring from start to finish and will not be watching it again on cable, home video or any other medium barring some sort of coercion. Say a gun to my head. (4.9/10)

At The Movies With Trey Roohan

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31 Folks who never do any more than they get paid for, never get paid for more than they do. Elbert Hubbard

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11th Edition of “Beatlemore Skidmania” to rock Skidmore’s Zankel Music Center SARATOGA SPRINGS – “Beatlemore Skidmania” is an eclectic tribute to the Beatles staged every year by Skidmore students since 2001. Eighteen groups and individuals will perform shows in the Arthur Zankel Music Center at 8 p.m. Friday, November 11, and 3 p.m. Saturday, November 12. In keeping with tradition, this 11th edition of Skidmania is being organized as a class assignment by six students taking the advanced Beatles seminar taught by Gordon Thompson, professor of music. After two weeks of auditions in which nearly 40 student groups and individual performers tried out, a program spanning the Fab Four’s career has been set (see side box for the complete program). Skidmania is all about finding your own sound and perfecting it – not finding the Beatles’ sound and perfecting it,” said Dan Fisher, one of the six upperclassmen taking Thompson’s seminar. “We wanted a diverse set list with performers who have put their own unique spin on the song of their choice. This year’s Skidmania will offer folk, experimental rock, blues, reggae, indie and more. “The depth of the Skidmore talent pool is extraordinary,” he continued. “That’s why “Skidmania” keeps packing ’em in.” Four of the six students taking Thompson’s seminar auditioned for the show, and three made the final cut. Fisher is one of them, doing a blues-rock version of “Come Together.” The others are Alexander “Xan” Goldberg ’13, who will perform “I Want to Hold Your Hand” with the Bandersnatchers, Skidmore’s men’s a cappella group, and Carolyn Bottelier ’13, who will perform a funk pop version of “Eight Days a Week.” Goldberg, who performed with the Bandersnatchers in the 2009 edition of Skidmania, says he can’t wait to perform again. “This performance will be particularly special for me because I’ve played a role in producing the event. I have a much greater sense as a performer of being part of a larger whole rather than a solitary act.” The concert has a rich history. Amid the events that followed 9/11, it began when several musicians in Thompson’s advanced Beatles class proposed staging a concert at which they would perform the works that they were analyzing. Thompson thought it was a great idea, and helped the students enlist other bands and stage it. Every fall semester since, his students have taken the lead in organizing a concert in which student musicians reinterpret and perform Beatles songs, the more imaginatively the better. The program for each year’s show typically revolves around a theme that’s pegged to a significant anniversary, such as the 40th anniversary of the recording of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” in 2007. Since there are no significant anniversaries this year, Thompson decided to leave the field wide open for this year’s concert. In “Beatles and Beyond,” the performers will have license to freely explore the entire Beatles repertoire plus any works produced after the Fab Four’s break-up in 1970. Last year’s two shows sold out, and tickets to this year’s show are expected to go quickly. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for senior citizens, and $3 for members of the Skidmore community. To buy tickets, call the Zankel Box Office (518) 580-5321, or visit



Bed Fellows "I'm Looking through You" John Barrack (guitar and voice) "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away" Burt's Bees Peter Beiser (rhythm guitar and vocals) Jamie Rigas (lead guitar) Jonathan Harwood (drums) Alex Thompson (bass) "And Your Bird Can Sing" Sonneteers Robin Krosinsky '12, Jenna Borden '12, Emma Pelosi '12, Kathy Sirico '12, Laura Groetzinger '12, Marena Lai '13, Emily Barker '13, Emily Bach '14, Sydney Magruder '14, Caitlin Hoey '14 Grace Hammerstein '14, Missy Matteis '15 "Real Love" Evanston Paul Gladstone, Evan Nathan, Matthew Cost, Peter Oundjian, Ben Matusow, Jeffery Halparson "I've Just Seen a Face" Bo Peep and the Funk Sheep Jonny Ausubel (guitar) Andrew Koehler (keyboard) David Slitzky (drums) Will Sacks (bass and vocals) Brandon Lomuto (trombone) "Octopus's Garden" Mary Leigh and Carolyn Bottelier (guitar and voice) "Eight Days a Week" MOM Joanna Schubert (keyboard and vocals) Kara Clark (vocals) Mark Luehring-Jones (guitar) Will Kencel (bass) Wilson Gibbons (drums) "I'd Have You Any Time" Jeffery Holvorsen (guitar, harmonica and voice) "A Day in the Life" Dam Hot Jam Leo Cancelmo (guitar), Carlo D'Angelis (bass) Matt Rothenberg (drums) "Day Tripper" INTERMISSION Dan Papson Memorial Band Aaron Wallace (tenor sax and dijeridu) Brie Cheese (cello) Sean Healton (electric guitar) Carlo D'Angelis (electric bass guitar) Anthony Princi (drums) "Blue Jay Way" The Bandersnatchers "I Want to Hold Your Hand" Green Mountain Coffee Band "Come Together" Eli Dreyfus and Savannah Lancaster (guitar and voice) "Oh Darling" Helix Ryan Bondell (drums) Noah Ross (bass and vocals) Amir Rivera-Lieberman (guitar and vocals) "Can't Buy Me Love" Bailiwick Brett Hartman (mandolin/ vocals) Colin Manjoney (banjo and vocals) Jane Esterquest (violin ? vocals) Ned Porter (guitar and vocals) Stephen Yell (percussion) "Inner Light" The Artifacts Leo Cancelmo (guitar) Zoe Brecher (drums) Jon Wan (piano) "Across the Universe" The Rust Brothers John Anzalone (bass and vocals) Joel Brown (guitar and vocals) Dave Maswick (guitar and vocals) Gordon Thompson (drums/ vocals) with John Nazarenko (piano) "Handle with Care"

FINALE “All You Need Is Love”

LARAC Hosts 29th Annual Fall Arts and Crafts Festival GLENS FALLS - The Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council (LARAC) will be holding its 29th Annual Fall Arts and Crafts Festival on Saturday, November 5 and Sunday, November vided Image Pro 6, at the Adirondack es n o B e Sports Complex, re T nt n - Vermo a m il G e aka “The Dome.” Jo Deb and located on Sherman Road in Queensbury. The festival is a juried art and craft show. General admission is $4 and children under 12 are admitted free. The festival hours are 10 a.m.5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday. There will also be a bounce house for children while parents shop. Each local, regional and national artist in attendance was selected to exhibit based on originality, quality, execution, presentation and overall fit with the LARAC festival as a community event. An eclectic selection of art and craft mediums will be represented. Also, prices range from a few dollars up to several hundred for each piece. The creating artist is onsite in each booth. For more information, call LARAC at (518) 798-1144. Norma a Image Pro nd Karin vided Cioffi Moon Bro ok Design s




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Holiday Show at Riverfront Studios


Book Signing and Poetry Reading with Author Jay Rogoff On Sunday, November 13, at 3 p.m., the National Museum of Dance will host a poetry reading and book signing with Jay Rogoff. Rogoff is a lecturer in the English department at Skidmore College, a member of the board of directors of Saratoga Shakespeare Company and a dance critic for “The Hopkins Review.” This event is free and open to the public. Rogoff’s fourth book of poems, “The Art of Gravity,” was published by Louisiana State Press in September of this year. The book considers how dancing in all its

All Images Provided Left: Deb Hall - Static; Middle: Frank Vurraro-Winter Mountain Light; Right: Leah McCloskey- Rufus SCHUYLERVILLE- Riverfront Studios, a fine art gallery at 96 Broad Street in Schuylerville, will open their holiday show on Saturday, November 5. They will have an opening reception with music by Ria Curley and her band on Saturday from 5-7 p.m. In the east gallery, new works will be presented by Deb Hall and Leah McCloskey. In the west gallery, a variety of artists including Frank Vurraro will have mixed media works on display. The exhibit will be available to view through December 31. Also, the gallery will have their annual holiday open house on Friday, December 16 from 6-8 p.m.

“The Woodstock Era Experience” at the Egg The late 1960s were a time of turmoil and cultural revolution. The civil rights movement, the Vietnam War, the feminist movement and Nixon's presidency all challenged preconceived, traditional American values and social mores. As Bob Dylan sang at the time, "The times, they are a changin’." The catalysts of the "revolution" were American youth, many on college campuses, and musicians whose message represented their collective voices. In the summer of 1969, a music festival called Woodstock became the immortal symbol of the dreams of a world characterized by peace and love, and our culture was forever changed. On Saturday, November 12, at 7:30 p.m., a show called “The Woodstock Era Experience” relives the glorious Woodstock Festival though multi-media and incredible live performances by some of the Northeast's best singers and musicians, replicating the appearance and music of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Jefferson Airplane, Joe Cocker, Santana, Jethro Tull, The Who and more. For 2 1/2 hours, the audience will be immersed in the sixties again. This show has played to rave reviews throughout the country. Tickets are $35, $30 and $22.50, and on sale now at the EGG Box Office at the Empire State Plaza, by phone at (518) 473-1845 or on the web at

Vermont-based Reggae, Funk and “Groovegrass” Bands Hit Putnam Den SARATOGA SPRINGS –Vermont-based jam band Twiddle will join Jatoba on Friday, November 4 at Putnam Den, 63A Putnam Street in Saratoga Springs. The show begins at 9 p.m. and is open to ages 21 years or older. Admission is $7. For more information, call (518) 584-8066. Both bands have developed a reputation for wowing adoring crowds throughout the Northeast with their explosive energy and extraordinary live performances. Twiddle, a Vermont-based progressive jazz/rock quartet, has developed a strong fan base on both coasts. Their music, described as “three dimensional,” conjures up Coltrane, Ranglin and Zappa, while still embracing the roots of jam-band traditions. Jatoba, a three-piece “groove-grass,” (also described as “bluegrass without boundaries”) outfit from Brattleboro, Vermont, utilizes guitars, banjos and mandolins that proudly declare character, creativity and fun. At times, it’s difficult to believe there are only three members.


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aspects provides access to the secret rhythms of our imaginations and the patterns of our lives, from visionary ballets to lindy-hopping at a drunken party. Rogoff is the winner of the third annual Robert Watson Poetry Award for his chapbook “Twenty Danses Macabre.” Rogoff received a master of arts in creative writing and a doctor of arts at Syracuse University. His first book of poetry, “The Cutoff,” published in 1995, was the winner of the Washington Prize. During the afternoon Rogoff will read selections of poetry from “The Art of Gravity” and will also be available to sign copies of the book. The book will be available to purchase that afternoon at the museum. Refreshments will be served. The National Museum of Dance is located at 99 South Broadway in Saratoga Springs. Current hours are Tuesday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. For more information, visit or call (518) 584-2225.

California Guitar Trio with Special Guest Tony Levin visit Van Dyck

L to R: Tony Levin joins the California Guitar Trio

SCHENECTADY - On Friday, November 11, the Van Dyck Lounge (237 Union Street, Schenectady) will present The California Guitar Trio (CGT) with very special guest bassist Tony Levin (a bassist for Peter Gabriel and King Crimson) for two shows at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $24 day of the shows. For reservations and ticket information, phone (518) 348-7999 or purchase online at The California Guitar Trio is a band of three guitar players founded in 1991. Paul Richards of Salt Photo Provided Lake City, Utah, Bert Lams of Brussels, Belgium, and Hideyo Moriya of Tokyo, Japan, first met in England at one of King Crimson guitarist Robert

Fripp's courses in 1987. Together, their technical wizardry is breathtaking, as is the wide range of instrumental music the group renders...everything from unique originals to dazzling, cleverly-arranged interpretations of jazz, classical and even surf rock music. CGT’s music was featured during the television coverage of the 1998 and 2000 Olympic Games, and on CBS, NBC, CNN and ESPN TV programs. They performed on the 2003 Grammy Awardnominated track “Apollo” on Tony Levin's CD “Pieces of the Sun” and CGT music was sent into outer space as wake-up music for the crew aboard NASA’s Space Shuttle Endeavour.

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Act With Respect Always Attends the New York State Middle School Conference On October 21 and 22, Rich Johns from Act With Respect Always presented at the New York State Middle School Conference with many AWRA student ambassadors working with him as guides. Johns was the keynote speaker during Friday’s activities and participated in a special breakfast session that focused on cyber-bullying.

Sunday, October 2, 2011, Saratoga County American Legions and American Legion Auxiliary held their 4th District Visitation Dinner in honor of Department Commander W. Michael Bowen, Department President Ann Geer and Detachment Commander Greg “Doc” Gibbs. The legion wishes their honored guests a successful year.

The Hawley Foundation for Children Distributes Another $3,450 The Hawley Foundation for Children is proud to announce that it has distributed $3,450, to continue their mission of promoting the health, welfare and education of children in Saratoga County. Money was given to several local organizations including: $825 to The Saratoga Mentoring Program to provide children with snow pants and appropriate foot wear; $875 to Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Services of Saratoga County (DVRC) to provide camp experiences for children in DVRC serves in Saratoga County; $875 to Saratoga County EOC to fund holiday gifts for children they serve through the Head Start Program; and $875 to Franklin Community Center, Inc. to support Project Lift.


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Photo Caption: Skidmore College Students volunteered on Let's Make a Difference Day with Rebuilding Together Saratoga County for the Sears Operation Rebuild Project.

It’s a Girl!

Cyra Stark Friedlander was born to Dr. Morgan Kraft Ward and Jeffrey Alan Friedlander on October 12, 2011, in Dallas, Texas. She weighed 8 lbs. 9 oz. and was 21 inches long. The maternal grandparents are Helen S. Edelman, of Wilton, and Douglas H. Ward, of Saratoga Springs. The paternal grandparents are Gil and Lynn Friedlander, of Dallas. The baby was named to honor her father's brother and her mother's sister. Congratulations on your new arrival!

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The Legacy of Mike Nolan Damian Fantauzzi Mike Nolan was 62 when he passed away on January 29, 2010, just 11 days after his birthday. He was an English teacher at Oliver Winch Junior High School in the South Glens Falls School District for 33 years. He coached boys' and girls' basketball, cross country and track and field for years at South High. Mike was beloved by the many students whose lives he touched during his career as a teacher and coach, and he lived by the motto of, "No Excuses - Do The Work!" I casually knew Mike for years, but really didn't get to know him as well as I did until the last couple of years of his life. In 2009 and early 2010, he and I helped Rich Johns, the coach of girls' varsity basketball at Saratoga Springs High School. Nolan, who graduated from South High two years before Johns, was a very knowledgeable basketball coach. Early in my career I knew Mike through the local high school coaches' fraternity of basketball, cross country and track. Back on February 1, 2010, I stood in line at the Singleton and Healy Funeral Home in Queensbury on an extremely windy and bitter cold day. There

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were so many people there for the calling hours - I'm guessing there had to be over 2,000 or maybe 3,000 people - seriously! I was in line outside for about an hour and a half and inside for another hour and a half before I was able to express my condolences to his wife and family. The funeral home was quite large and I initially thought that maybe there were two separate wakes going on at the same time. I was wrong! There were people of all backgrounds, including former students, former players, colleagues, medical staff and friends. What a tribute to Mike. It was an overwhelming display of love and concern for his family. Who was Mike Nolan, and what were his convictions? Mike was a fighter. Diagnosed with lung cancer in 2005, he was given about six months to live. But he wouldn't have it. Mike researched cancer care hospitals and clinics across the country and found the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, one of the best in the world. When traveling to Houston he would usually travel with his sisters and their husbands, and of course, his wife, Kris. At the Cancer Center he connected to an internationally well known Oncologist, Dr. Edward Kim, who grew to love and respect Coach Nolan. Mike put on his metaphorical boxing gloves, and with the aid of his doctors and support from his family and friends, he began fighting the odds. There were many cheerleaders, his most loving wife, Kristine, his daughter Kari and son Sean, and the dedicated network of family and friends. He was a man of faith and spirituality, and he felt that he was given the

gift of more time thanks to the help of his team of doctors and later, the High Peaks Hospice group. He became a familiar face at the Houston Center and one of the favorites. Besides his wife and kids, there were his three grandchildren, Mae, Maggie and Mac Ryan, Mike's sisters, Patricia Shae and Linda Trasacco and their husbands, and his amazing aunt Jeanne Nolan who all were the voices of encouragement and love. When Mike, Pat and Linda were little, both of their parents, William and Lucille, died during the same calendar year. His aunt Jeanne Nolan took over and dedicated her life to the kids and became their caregiver and surrogate mother. Rich Johns and his wife Karen were good friends with the Nolans. Karen and Kris taught together at the Ballard Road Elementary School in the South Glens Falls School District. Rich and Mike were in high school at the same time but became close friends through their wives' friendship that developed through being colleagues. In 2007, Mike received devastating news that his cancer had spread to his brain. After undergoing whole brain radiation, he returned home to find his support system stronger than ever from his family and friends. Mike and Kris wanted to give back and help others, but were not sure how to do so. In 2008, Rich and Karen Johns proposed that Mike should assemble his network of family and friends for a fundraiser. It was the beginning of an organization that was named "Faith-FamilyFriends," one which became a reality when money was raised through an event at the

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Mike Nolan, English teacher and coach for the South Glens Falls School District for 33 years. Nolan, a non-smoker, passed away from lung cancer in 2010. Queensbury Hotel in November of 2008. It was incredible - hundreds of people gathered in attendance! In the two years of the program's existence, over $50,000 was collected and dedicated to the MD Anderson Cancer Center. In addition, the annual South Glens Falls High School Dance Marathon raised money and donated some of the funds to the MD Anderson Cancer Center Fund in Coach Nolan's name! Note that there is little federal money for lung cancer research due to the misapprehension that lung cancer affects only smokers, but as we know, that's not so. In November of 2009 (the second year of the fund raiser), Dr. Kim, who was so impressed, personally came from Texas to express his thanks. Dr. Kim taught a few biology classes at South High that day, and later attended the fundraiser at the Queensbury Hotel. Knowing Mike in the last few years of his life turned out, for me, to be inspirational. Never did he complain to me or Rich Johns about the way he was feeling, although there were times we could see that he was struggling. Coach Johns and I still talk about

some of the things he would say; they were always positive and motivating. The girls on the team just loved having him around and they appreciated his knowledge of basketball, but more than anything they really admired what he was about. They looked up to him! The Saratoga girls' varsity basketball team attended Coach Nolan's calling hours, as did the varsity girls' basketball team from South Colonie High School (Mike helped his niece, Heather Fiore, who is the head girls’ coach for south Colonie before helping us at Saratoga). On Saturday, November 12, there is a footrace dedicated in Coach Nolan's name, The Mike Nolan 5K Run/Walk in South Glens Falls. Proceeds from the race go to the Mike Nolan Scholarship Fund at South High. Mike Nolan, the person and the coach, is still inspiring us as the fight continues in his memory. He was a man of purpose, integrity and courage! He will be remembered for who he was and for what he stood for. Mike left behind a legacy of "No Excuses - Do The Work" because "it is what it is!" Coach, you are missed!




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Saratoga Girls’ Soccer Spartans Seek Fourth Consecutive Advances to Semifinals Class-A Super Bowl Title by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY BURNT HILLS - The Burnt HillsBallston Lake (BHBL) Spartans steamrolled Troy 38-7 during Friday's, October 28 Section II Class-A semifinal match. The win for the Spartans earned the team its sixth consecutive appearance in the Class-A Super Bowl, a contest the Spartans have won in their last three appearances.

The Spartans (8-1) will enter the Super Bowl against Amsterdam (90), who were the only team this season to defeat BHBL. The teams first met during week two of the season, when Amsterdam forced seven turnovers to win the game 23-7. The two teams will meet once again Saturday, November 5 at Shenedehowa High School. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. The number 15 ranked Spartans dominated the number 4 ranked Troy

team early on, scoring first off a Thomas Ruppel 27-yard touchdown run. Troy would score a touchdown of their own in the first, but the Spartans would score an additional 31 unanswered points to seal the win. The BHBL offense outpaced Troy in total yardage by a 447-247 margin. The Spartans' Daniel Porter, a sophomore, scored three touchdowns for his team, including a 3yard pass, 49-yard run and a 9-yard dash.

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Saratoga goalkeeper Liz Rogan, named Suburban Council’s Player of the Year for the 2011 season.

by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS Another shut out victory for the Saratoga Springs girls' soccer team (13-2-2) has propelled the number one seeded squad into the Section II Class-AA semifinals after defeating Columbia 1-0 in Tuesday's quarterfinal matchup. Saratoga's Cassie Blunt scored the one and only goal of the game roughly six minutes into the first half, capitalizing on a corner kick from teammate Megan Nash. "We took 17 shots compared to their seven shots," said Saratoga coach Adrienne Dannehy. "We had nine corner kicks that day, so that just tells you right there that we were really going strong at them from the very beginning." From there, Saratoga looked to their consistently stellar defensive line and goalkeeper to secure the win, and the backfield did not disappoint. "Liz Rogan, my keeper, has only

allowed seven goals this entire season, and posted another shutout [Tuesday]," said Dannehy. "Rogan and my defensive line, they deserve major, major props for this entire season." Rogan was recently named Player of the Year for the Suburban Council, also earning herself a spot on the First Team All-Stars. Saratoga will advance to the semifinals Friday, November 4, where they will face off against Bethlehem starting at 6:30 p.m. at Schuylerville High School. "Last time we met, we took it to a 0-0 tie with them," said Dannehy. "The girls will definitely be fired up to take them on again. Our game plan is to keep playing hard like we've been playing, keep trying to make our offense strong and to keep shooting." Bethlehem (12-3-2) defeated Niskayuna 4-3 to earn their semifinal berth. The number four ranked Eagles broke a late tie with only three minutes left in regulation to take the win.

SARATOGA SPRINGS Despite a layer of snow and unseasonably cold weather, over 1,600 entries crowded the shores of Saratoga Lake and Fish Creek Saturday, October 29 - Sunday, October 30 to compete along Saratoga’s 2-mile course at the Head of the Fish Regatta. The Saratoga Rowing Association (SRA) took advantage of the home course, taking first place in a number of races over the two-day schedule. Full results from all of the races can be found online at

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Friday, November 4, 2011

Breeders’ Cup 2011 Preview

Brendan O’Meara Saturday marks the 28th renewal of the Breeders' Cup World Championships hosted for the second year in a row at Churchill Downs in Louisville, KY. It is the richest two days of racing in North America with Friday committing its card to the fillies and mares and Saturday playing host to the males. Churchill Downs exhibits 15 championship races for a total of $26 million in purses. The Breeders' Cup marks the Super Bowl of the calendar year with many Eclipse Awards hanging in limbo. Winners of each race typically win the Eclipse Award in their respective divisions as the best of the best go toe to toe. And it all ends with the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic. The Classic is 1 ⁄ miles-10 furlongs-and will crown this year's Horse of the Year with horses like Woodward winner Havre de Grace, Jim Dandy and Travers

winner Stay Thirsty, Kelso winner Uncle Mo, Santa Anita Handicap winner Game On Dude and Jockey Club Gold winner Flat Out. All eyes will lock on Havre de Grace, the lone female taking on a likely field of 13 other male horses. Havre de Grace defeated the boys in the Woodward Stakes at Saratoga on September 3. Her last race in the Grade I Beldame Invitational against her own gender was a laugher. She won by 8 ⁄ lengths and barely drew a breath. The Larry Jones-trained horse will, no doubt, face her toughest test, but on paper, she appears to be the fastest. She is 5-1 on the year with her only loss coming against her rival Blind Luck in the Grade II Delaware Handicap. Havre de Grace will be forwardly placed, and so too will be the heralded-and favored (5-2)Uncle Mo, owned by the charismatic Mike Repole. Uncle Mo won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile last year at this racetrack in impressive fashion. Uncle Mo has had a tough 2010. Over the winter he was the early favorite heading into the Kentucky Derby. Then a liver infection sidelined him for several months. He made his return to racing in the Grade I King's Bishop at Saratoga and lost to Caleb's Posse. Uncle Mo then smashed back against open company-horses of any age or gender-in the Grade II Kelso win-

ning by three lengths over Forego winner Jackson Bend. "Last year, you didn't know what to expect," said Repole. "I'd never had a horse in the Breeders' Cup-I'd never been to a Breeders' Cup." Repole's other horse, Stay Thirsty, spent most of the year in Uncle Mo's shadow. He ran an uninspired Kentucky Derby, but stormed to the head of the 3-yearold division at Saratoga winning the Jim Dandy and Travers. He took a step back finishing third to Flat Out the Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park. "I feel that obviously Mo got all the attention in the beginning of the year," Repole said. "I feel that Thirsty got all the attention after the Jim Dandy and the Travers, but in the Kelso, Mo upstaged him again. I think they've taken turns. To me, if these two horses ran at a mile, it wouldn't be a question -Mo is the better horse. At a mile and a quarter, Stay Thirsty might be the better horse." Which is, of course, the distance they will travel on Saturday. When they saddle up, it will be a vision fulfilled for Repole. "At the beginning of the year, I wanted Mo and Thirsty in the Breeders' Cup Classic," Repole said. "We took weird routes to get there, but at the end of the day, this is exactly what we wanted."

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Havre de Grace rounds the bend earlier this year at the Saratoga Race Course. Havre de Grace will be the lone female competing in Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Classic.


Friday, November 4, 2011 $500,000 Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile Sprint, 4:10 p.m. $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf G2, 4:50 p.m. $1 million Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint G1, 5:30 p.m. $2 million Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies G1, 6:10 p.m. $2 million Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf G1, 6:50 p.m. $2 million Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic G1, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 5, 2011 Opening Ceremonies $500,000 Breeders' Cup Marathon G2, 1:20 p.m. $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf G2, 2:02 p.m. $1.5 million Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Sprint G1, 2:37 p.m. $1 million Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint G2, 3:21 p.m. $1 million Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile G1, 4:01 p.m. $3 million Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Turf G1, 4:45 p.m. $2 million Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile G1, 5:25 p.m. $2 million TVG Breeders' Cup Mile G1, 6:07 p.m. $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic G1, 7:00 p.m.

Stay Thirsty and Uncle Mo have been working well, with Mo fleeter of foot. An interesting horse and story belongs to Rattlesnake Bridge. This colt finished second to Stay Thirsty in the Travers with John Velazquez in the irons, but this time around Rattlesnake Bridge will get a new rider: Calvin Borel. Borel owns Churchill Downs, winning three of the last five Kentucky Derbys and winning the Breeders' Cup Juvenile aboard Street Sense in 2006, also at Churchill Downs. Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin knows he's got the right jock for the track as Borel worked the Tapit colt a five furlongs in 1:00.83. "It was nice to get Calvin here to get a feel for the gray horse because he will ride him Saturday," said McLaughlin. "He's a bit keen, and we want Calvin to take him back like he can do. We hope that he settles toward the rear. Calvin didn't think that would be a problem, so we're glad he worked him." Game On Dude, ridden by Chantel Sutherland, has won at the 10-furlong distance before when he won the controversial

renewal of the Santa Anita Handicap. Sutherland came over hard, bumped her rival down the stretch, but the result held after the inquiry and she became the first female jockey ever to win the race. He comes off a win in the Grade I Goodwood Stakes at Santa Anita for trainer Bob Baffert. The Breeders' Cup Classic is scheduled to go off Saturday at 7 p.m., under the lights.

Four in a Row? Goldikova, the stunning mare who has demolished male competition her entire career, looks to make it four Breeders' Cup Miles in a row Saturday. The 6-year-old drew the rail and will thus wait along the fence before unleashing her lethal turn of foot a furlong away from the wire. Her streak began in 2008 at Santa Anita. She won again in 2009, also at Santa Anita, then romped in 2010 over Churchill's turf course.

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