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Steve and Heather Mackey on their journey down the Continental Divide. Photo provided.

SARATOGA — In mid-July of 2018 Steve Mackey and his daughter Heather Mackey set out to complete the Great Divide mountain bike route. The trek took two whole months to make it from Jasper, Alberta to the Mexican border in Antelope Wells, N.M. The total route: 3,335 miles according to their bicycle odometers.

The two used a mobile application called Adventure Cycling. It is also a non-profit that put together the Great Divide bike route about 20 years ago, according to Steve Mackey. Mackey says he has had his eye on this route for some time and knew it was something he wanted to do if he had the time. The application showed both Steve and Heather where they were at all times and helped them keep track of their mileage. See Story pg. 35

Aldi has Plans for Wilton WHY JOIN THE Y? SRYMCA: Where Charity Meets Opportunity

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Week of January 11 – January 17, 2019


Pellegrini Events Receives Distinction at Annual Wedding Wire Couples’ Choice Awards SARATOGA SPRINGS — Pellegrini Events was announced a winner of the renowned Wedding Wire Couples’ Choice Awards in Saratoga Springs. Pellegrini Events received the award based on their outstanding experience working with real newlyweds.

Wedding Wire, Inc., a leading global online wedding marketplace, annually celebrates the top wedding professionals on Wedding Wire across more than 20 service categories, from venues and caterers to florists and photographers. These distinguished vendors

exhibit superior professionalism, responsiveness, service, and quality when interacting with the five million monthly consumers who turn to Wedding Wire to help ease their wedding planning process. For more information about Pellegrini Events, visit

Builder Seeks Approval for Unit Additions for Over Two Years

Existing apartments at the Crossing at Northern Pines. Photo provided.

by Marissa Gonzalez Saratoga TODAY

WILTON — For over two years Dave Massaroni of Massaroni Builders has been trying to add 30 multi-family units to the already existing Ridgeview Townhomes and the Crossings at Northern Pines in Wilton. He is still in the conceptual phase. Massaroni is seeking conceptual approval to add similar to what’s already available at the

Crossings at Northern Pines 30, one and two bedroom apartments with rent ranging from $1,200 to $1,400 per month. However there will be a small amount of retail on the first floor and two floors of apartments above it. “It’s not like I’m proposing something different… We have something that is successful, that there is a need for and we want to expand on it,” Massaroni said. “We have the product up. The planning process has been

completely a nightmare,” he added. The Ridgeview Townhomes and Crossings at Northern Pines, are located at 721 Wilton Gansevoort Rd. in Gansevoort. Right now there are 100 units between both properties. Townhomes and apartments range from one to three bedrooms. The proposed development is on 3.8 acres of land. The Town of Wilton was contacted but could not comment at this time.



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SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Washington-SaratogaWarren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES Career and Technical Education (CTE) program will hold an open house at its center from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Jan 17. at the Southern Adirondack Education Center, 1051 Dix Avenue, Hudson Falls. Open house visitors will learn how CTE programs help students

prepare for careers and college through hands-on learning, internships, and partnerships with business and industry. Business and Industry representatives will also be available to discuss the career opportunities that exist in their field. Each open house is free and open to the public. For more information visit

League of Women Voters Accepting Applications for Scholarships SARATOGA COUNTY — The League of Women Voters (LWV) of Saratoga County is accepting applications for High School Juniors residing in Saratoga County to attend Students Inside Albany. Students Inside Albany is a conference sponsored by the Women Voters of New York State. The Conference will be held on May 19 through May 22. It is an intensive four-day training experience designed to immerse

students in the process by which public policy is proposed, enacted and changed in New York State. All conference expenses for the successful candidates will be covered by the LWV of Saratoga County. Applications are due to the LWV Saratoga by Jan. 25 and may be found on the LWV website: For more information contact or call 518-728-5201.

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Brett I. Last named Skidmore’s Chief Human Resources Officer SARATOGA SPRINGS — Brett I. Last, a human resources professional with a background in employment law and experience in higher education, has been named chief human resources officer at Skidmore College. Last will oversee all aspects of human resources across the College, which has more than 1,100 employees. Last will begin his new role Feb. 25 and report to Donna Ng, Skidmore’s vice president for finance and administration and treasurer. Last joins Skidmore from Northampton Community College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, where he served

as executive director of human resources and interim Title IX coordinator. Last formerly held several senior positions, including executive director of human resources at Olympus Corporation of the Americas in Center Valley, Pennsylvania. He also practiced employment and labor law in New Jersey. At Northampton Community College, Last was involved in major human resources initiatives. He helped to improve human resources processes, implemented a leadership development pilot program and negotiated several labor agreements. He also taught the course Human Resources Management.

BOCES Offering New Residential Construction Program for Adults SARATOGA SPRINGS — WSWHE BOCES, in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity of Northern Saratoga, and the Saratoga-Warren-Washington Workforce Development System, has announced a partnership with the Saratoga Builders Association and Curtis Lumber to build a Tiny House. WSWHE BOCES high school level Career and Technical Education and adult students and Habitat volunteers will work in collaboration to complete a fully functional Tiny House, which will be presented to the community during the 2019 Showcase of Homes. The Tiny House will feature the latest in building techniques and products, interiors, as well as high quality furnishings all built by local students and volunteers. The Tiny House build will be part of a 100-hour course, divided into four modules (25 hours each)

that provide an introduction to the various stages of home building. Topics include residential construction codes and regulations, safety, tool usage, materials selection, and various construction techniques. Participants are eligible to receive OSHA certification upon completion of the course. Tuition Assistance may be available for eligible, qualified individuals. Classes will begin on Jan. 22 and are scheduled to run Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning at 5 p.m. and until 7:30 p.m. through June 2019. WSWHE BOCES will hold a program information session on Jan. 16 beginning at 6 p.m. at the Donald Myers Education Center located at 15 Henning Road in Saratoga Springs. To register and reserve a seat for the free information session call 518-581-3716.


Week of January 11 – January 17, 2019

COURT Ricardo P. Cauna, age 34, of Saratoga Springs, pleaded Jan. 2 to attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance, a felony. Sentencing Feb. 27. Michael C. Civitello II, age 22, of Saratoga Springs, pleaded Dec. 21 to attempted criminal possession of marijuana, a felony. Sentencing Feb. 15. Michael C. Civitello, Jr., age 43, of Gansevoort, pleaded Dec. 21 to attempted criminal possession of marijuana, a felony. Sentencing Feb. 15.

POLICE Tony A. Deloatch, age 26, Saratoga Springs, was charged Jan. 4 with criminal trespass third degree/ building or property- misdemeanor. Sean M. Kiernan, age 22, Saratoga Springs, was charged Jan. 4 with driving while intoxicatedmisdemeanor; failed to signal a turn; passed a red traffic signal light; refuse pre-screen test. Kenneth M. Hughes, age 34, Saratoga Springs, was charged Jan. 3 with petit larceny- misdemeanor; criminal tampering in the third degree- misdemeanor. Sean L. Merritt, age 26, Troy, was charged Jan. 3 with registration plate display violation; aggravated unlicensed operation second degree- misdemeanor.

Luke A Phillips, age 23, Saratoga Springs, was charged Jan. 3 with unlawful possession of marijuana; operating unregistered motor vehicle on highway. Zoran N Vukosa, age 58, Corinth, was charged Jan. 2 with assault in the third degree// recklessly- misdemeanor. Roman S Leventhal, age 20, Wurtsboro, was charged Jan. 2 with harassment second degree - physical contact- 2 counts; assault in the second degreefelony; criminal mischief fourth degree/intent damages prop- misdemeanor. James S Sluti, age 35, Glenville, was charged Jan. 2 with criminal contempt first degree- felony; aggravated family offense- felony. David R Bodenstab, age 58, Corinth, was charged Jan. 2 with open container; obstructing governmental administration second- misdemeanor. Jonathan C O’Donnell, Gloversville, was Jan. 2 with assault third degree//intent injury- misdemeanor.

age 23, charged in the physical

Jacob M Hanlin, age 23, Hudson Falls, was charged Jan. 1 with unlawful possession of marijuana; driving while intoxicated- 2nd offensefelony; criminal possession of a controlled substance 7th- misdemeanor.

Matthew D Gregory, age 48, Hudson Falls, was charged Dec. 31 with criminal possession stolen property 5th degree- misdemeanor. Colleen M. Olsen, age 32, of Greenwich, was charged Dec. 28 with grand larceny in the thirddegree, criminal possession of stolen property in the thirddegree – both felonies, and resisting arrest, a misdemeanor. Patricia A Washco, age 63, Albany, was charged Dec. 30 with driving while intoxicated- 2nd offense- felony; fail to keep right- 2 counts; failed to signal a turn - last 100 feet. Monique R Cassidywhelan, age 47, Ballston Spa, was charged Dec. 28 with equipment (rear lights) manufactured after Jan. 1952; failed to stop at stop sign; fail to keep right; driving while intoxicated- misdemeanor; failed to signal a turn - last 100 feet.

Antonio L Lowe, age 32, Ballston Spa, was charged Dec. 28 with criminal possension of a controlled substance 4th felony; criminal possession of a controlled substance 3rd - felony. John T Patterson, age 34, Galway, was charged Dec. 27 with operating a motor vehicle impaired by drugs 1st offense - misdemeanor; crimal possession of a controlled substance 7th- misdemeanor/ 4 counts; unlawful possession of marijuana; driving too slow.

Ryland H Vanpraag, age 25, Melrose, was charged Dec. 23 with driving with intoxicated misdemeanor; failed to stop at stop sign; failed to signal a turn. Grady C Dixson, age 25, Greenwich, was charged Dec. 22 with disorderly conduct; resisting arrest- misdemeanor. Robin C Feigel, age 64, South Glens Falls, was charged Dec. 22 with petit larceny- misdemeanor/ 2 counts.

Patricia A Kane, age 29, Hudson Falls, was charged Dec. 27 with crimal possession of a controlled substance 7thmisdemeanor; fail to signal turn, change lanes, parked.

Dylan R Barber, age 22, Hudson Falls, was charged Dec. 22 with aggravated unlicensed operation 1st degree/under influence- felony; circumvent interlock - court order -operate without device - misdemeanor.

Brandon B Lapi, age 22, Fultonville, was charged Dec. 23 with crinimal impersonation 2nd degree/ public serv- misdemeanor.

Jordon W Charbonneau, age 27, Corinth, was charged Dec. 22 with obstructing governmental administation 2nd - misdemeanor; resisting arrest - misdemeanor.



Week of January 11 – January 17, 2019

Joy M. Conners

Janet Hoffman

Rose Marie Kelley

Shelly Ann Swick

Frank B. Williams

BALLSTON SPA — Joy M. (Carroll) Conners passed away unexpectedly Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. Calling hours were Tuesday, Jan. 8, Burke Funeral Home, North Broadway (518-584-5373). A Mass of Christian Burial was Wednesday, St. Joseph’s Church, Greenfield Center. Burial followed in St. Peter’s Cemetery, West Ave. Visit

FORT WORTH, TX — On Friday, Dec. 28, 2018, God welcomed Janet Hoffman home. Calling hours are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019 followed by a 1 p.m. funeral home service at Burke Funeral Home and burial at St. Peter’s Cemetery, West Ave. Online remembrances may be made at

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Rose Marie Kelley died on Monday January 7, 2019. Calling hours are 4 to 7 p.m., Monday, Jan 14, 2019 at Burke Funeral Home, 628 North Broadway. A funeral home service will be 10 a.m. Tuesday followed by 11:30 a.m. burial, Saratoga National Cemetery, Schuylerville. Visit

BALLSTON SPA — Shelly Ann Swick passed away Jan. 7, 2019. Services will be at the convenience of the family. Donations made to Gateway House of Peace, 479 Rowland St., Ballston Spa, NY 12020. Arrangements under the direction of Burke Funeral Home, North Broadway, Saratoga Springs. Visit

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Honorable Frank B. Williams, 73, of Saratoga Springs, died on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019. Calling hours were Monday, Jan. 7 at Burke Funeral Home, Saratoga Springs, followed by funeral service at St. Peter’s Church and internment on Tuesday, Jan. 8. Visit

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After working for several years in the Niagara Falls and Massena areas, Richard began a career in Consumer Finance, first with Household Finance, and later with Signal Financial Corp, subsidiary of Corestates Financial. In 1967, he relocated with his family to Ballston Spa, to manage the Albany office located at Colonie Center and later Computer Drive. He was active in the Ballston Spa Lions Club, serving as past President, Deputy District Governor, and 20Y2 District News Editor. Upon his retirement in 1992 from Signal Corp. as Assistant Vice President/Senior Manager, he became a driver for Home Delivered Meals, serving clients on the Saratoga Lake/Malta route for 13 years. He began spending winters on Anna Maria Island, FL, and purchased a second home there in 2002 where he enjoyed the company of other retirees playing tennis, biking, welcoming family and friends to enjoy the sun and beautiful beach. In addition to his parents, Richard was predeceased by two brothers, Charles R. Freeman of Sanborn, NY, Russell Freeman, Saratoga Springs and a sister, Virginia Wactor, of Richmond, VA. Survivors include his wife of almost 40 years, Evelyn; three daughters; Holly Jones, (Dennis) of Shelburne VT, Crista Cron (Stefan) of Zurich, Switzerland, and Mary Kurzon

of Albany; two sons; Jeffrey Freeman (Eleanor) of Seattle, WA, Mark Freeman (Chelsea MA) and their mother, Mary C. Freeman, of Albany; two stepsons; Scott Hays (Susan) of Greenfield Center and Timothy Hays (Virginia) of Gansevoort.; 15 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, with a 5th due in May. Relatives and friends gathered to remember him on Tuesday, December 18 at the William J. Burke and Sons Funeral Home, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs (518-5845373). Funeral services were held Wednesday, December 19, at the funeral home followed by burial with military honors at Gerald H. Solomon National Cemetery, Schuylerville. Donations are appreciated by the family to Bugles Across America NFP, c/o Tom Day, Founder, 1824 S. Cuyler Ave., Berwyn IL, 60402-2052, or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or Stjude. org; or a charity of one’s choice. Online remembrances may be made at

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SARATOGA SPRINGS — Richard H. Freeman, 86, passed away on Sunday, December 9, 2018 at home after a valiant battle with lung cancer. Richard was born August 10, 1932, in Clearfield PA, to Charles Freeman and Clara Wise Freeman. He lost his mother at age seven and spent his early years living with various relatives and in foster homes. He told many fascinating stories of growing up during the depression in the coal mining communities of western PA. At the age of 13, Richard left foster care to live with his brother who had just finished his service in the Navy during WWII. In 1951, he followed in his brother’s footsteps and enlisted in the US Navy. He was a tin can sailor, serving aboard the USS Stoddard until his discharge in 1955.

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February Snowshoe Races SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Winterfest 5K Snowshoe Run/Walk will be held on Feb. 3 at 11 a.m. in the Saratoga Spa State Park. Camp Saratoga 8k Snowshoe Race will be held on Feb. 9 at Wilton Wildlife Preserve

and Park at 10:30 a.m. Go to www.saratogastryders. org to download an application or link to online registration at A limited supply of Dion Snowshoes will be available at a $5 rental

charge. Email Laura Clark at to reserve a pair or phone 518-5811278. For information about the entire Dion Snowshoe Series and for snow updates visit www.

Ballston Spa Central School District Enrolling for UPK Program BALLSTON SPA — Ballston Spa Central School District is currently enrolling students for its Universal Prekindergarten Program for the 2019-2020 school year. An eligible child is a child who resides within the school district and who is four years of age on or before December 1, 2019. A child who is age-eligible to attend kindergarten is not eligible for the UPK program. Agencies that provide the Universal Prekindergarten Program for the district are the YMCA Malta Childcare

Center, the Saratoga County Equal Opportunity Center Head Start program at Gordon Creek Elementary School, and the Ballston Area Community Center. •To apply to enroll a child at the YMCA Malta Childcare Center, contact Jenna Graber at 518-583-4342. •To apply to enroll a child at the Saratoga County EOC Head Start program, contact Lina Sanchez at 518-884-7270, ext. 3484. •To apply to enroll a child at the Ballston Area Community Center, contact Kathi Leigh at 518-885-3261, ext. 16.

The National Relocating

The application packet is available on the BSCSD website or through the UPK agencies. The application deadline is January 31. Parents/guardians will be notified in writing at the end of February of placement decisions. 
 For any other questions regarding the program, please contact the Ballston Spa Central School District’s Office of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment at 518-884-7195, ext. 1330. For additional information, visit the district’s Universal Prekindergarten Program webpage via

Relocation sale at The National will run through Jan. 16. Photo provided.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The National by Saratoga National Golf Club located at 385 Broadway is re-locating to a shared space with Saratoga National Golf Shop, located in the clubhouse at 458 Union Ave.

From now until Jan. 16 a moving sale will take 60 percent off items. On Feb. 6 The National will reopen at the 458 Union Ave. location. The National is expected to return to its reinvented downtown location in July 2020.




Week of January 11 – January 17, 2019

Projects Currently Moving Through City Land Use Boards •Station Lane Apartments site plan and special use permit: a proposed project located on approximately 8.42 acres on Station Lane, consisting of two 3-story, 12-unit apartment buildings; and three 2-story row houses along with associated

parking areas. The site is adjacent to the train station on West Avenue and is currently wooded. • Airosmith Mixed-Use Development final site plan review: 6,675 square feet of office use and 2 multi-family residential units, at 318 West Ave.

•Ballston Avenue Townhomes permanent Special Use Permit and final site plan review for the proposed development of 18 townhouse units, roadway and parking surfaces and extension of utilities through the site to service the proposed town homes at 96 - 116 Ballston Ave.

The City Council will hold a Pre-Agenda Meeting 9:30 a.m. at the Recreation Center on Vanderbilt Avenue The City Council will hold a a Full Meeting 7 p.m. at the Saratoga Springs City Center.

THURSDAY, JAN. 17 The Planning Board will hold a Meeting Workshop 5 p.m. at the Recreation Center on Vanderbilt Avenue

Talking About Climate Change: Free Public Event at Adirondack Trust Building on Wednesday SARATOGA SPRINGS — The League of Women Voters Saratoga County along with Sustainable Saratoga will sponsor a public event on climate change from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, in the Community Room of the Adirondack Trust Building, 31 Church St.

Stephen Danna, dean of SUNY Plattsburgh, Queensbury, will speak about climate change proactive solutions, and specifically what individuals and organizations can do to encourage businesses, schools, communities and government to help reverse global warming. Danna was appointed dean

of the SUNY Plattsburgh’s branch campus at Queensbury in 2012. The Long Island native with an interest in biology and marine life secured a degree in oceanography and a stint with the government as an oceanographer. The event is free and open to the public. Entrance is off the top level of the adjacent parking garage.

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SARATOGA SPRINGS — In early 2018, the City Council authorized taking “a first step” to target the arts as a potential economic driver for the local community. Early indications are that the plan is working. “To me, the arts are a huge part of economic development,” said city Finance Commissioner Michele Madigan. “It’s untapped.” To that point, in 2018 the city awarded $14,000 as a one-time economic development grant to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, which the organization put to use by retaining the New York City-based Rebecca Davis Public Relations firm to market the arts and cultural offerings of Saratoga Springs to those living outside the region. The plan was to begin a campaign to reach the “cultural tourist” - explained SPAC President and CEO Elizabeth Sobol – “to market ourselves, to get the message out that Saratoga is one of the most extraordinary cultural destinations in the world.” The “cultural tourist” spends 60 percent more than the leisure tourist, Sobol added. Bloggers and other travel writers were invited to Saratoga Springs, taken for tours of the Tang Museum and Caffe Lena, the Yaddo arts colony, and the mineral springs. They ate

meals downtown and watched events at SPAC. Sobol pointed to a piece recently published in BBC magazine - “one of the most important international publications speaking to the cultural consumer,” she said, that showcased Saratoga Springs as a cultural destination and acted as a positive example of the marketing outreach. Commissioner Madigan calls the investment in the arts as economic driver as “having some skin in the game,” and said that investment could play a role in the large upward trend of sales tax figures in the city in 2018. “We look at the sales tax for last 12 months – and we don’t have the full year of 2018 in yet – but the last 12 months, year-overyear, sales tax is up more than it’s ever been, it’s up 10.1 percent,” Madigan said. The commissioner credited Sobol for also doing a lot to bring SPAC as a collaborator into downtown Saratoga Springs yearround. “There are multiple ways to gauge return on economic development, but it’s very significant, and this (return on investment on arts) is just one way we would measure economic success,” Madigan said. Last month, SPAC announced it will spend $195,000 of a $1.695 million state grant it was awarded by the Regional Economic Development Council Initiative, on a multi-media

marketing campaign slated to launch in 2020. That campaign will complement the public relations campaign that SPAC and the City of Saratoga Springs initiated in 2018 to promote Saratoga as a cultural destination. Last year’s city investment was a one-time economic development grant based on city reserves and an analysis will need to be conducted to determine if an investment in the arts, whether it involves SPAC or another entity, will be made in 2019.

Church Nativity Scene Vandalized; Police Seek Public’s Help SARATOGA SPRINGS — City Police responded to a criminal mischief call on Dec. 30 that reported a Nativity scene on display at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church on Lake Avenue had been vandalized. In an email sent by the church, the specific acts of vandalism were described as the breaking of one figurine and the

desecration with satanic symbols of another. Church Pastor Adam Wiegand did not return a phone call seeking further comment regarding the incident. Police ask anyone with information regarding the act to contact the Saratoga Springs Police Department at 518-584-1800.



Week of January 11 – January 17, 2019

Brewery Headed for 20 Lake Ave. Written & Photographed by Marissa Gonzalez Saratoga TODAY

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The former building for The Saratogian newspaper will now house a new beer hall and coffee house named Walt and Whitman. The new brewery will be located at 20 Lake Ave. at the corner of Maple Ave. in Saratoga Springs. The two-story brick building is undergoing renovations by Bonacio Construction Inc, a general contractor based in Saratoga Springs. According to a Facebook post by the Director of Operations of Whitman Brewing, Shawna Jenks, the brewery is expected to open in June of 2019. The Saratogian left the Lake Ave. location in August of 2017 and moved operations to 7 Wells St. in Saratoga Springs. However, the newspaper was at the 20 Lake location for over 100 years. Developer Frank Parillo bought the one-acre property in 2012 and paid $2.6 million. He still owns it. Parillo also owns the Wilton Travel Plaza truck stop and two marinas on Lake George. He is a partner in the Hampton Inn hotel and High Rock condominium complex in Saratoga Springs and the Saratoga Strike Zone Saratoga.

Saratoga horse statue just inside the building wearing construction hat.

Week of January 11 – January 17, 2019

TOWN OF BALLSTON 247 Scotch Bush Rd.,640,000. Keller Andrea as Co-Trustee sold property Restifo Louis 145 Goode St., 1,200,000. Peter Farrell sold property to Harper Bean Realty 19 Silver Lane, 226,600. Wayne and Theodore and Linda Eckler sold property to James and Leah Rusinko

CHARLTON 1278 Eastern Ave., 380,000. Peter Schrader sold property to Sean Piasecki

CORINTH 15 Hamilton Ave., 111,280. Jonathan and Abigail Sharpe sold property to John and Kelly Grant 117 Fuller Rd., 189,000. Michael and Evelyne Chitty sold property to Nicholas Serenka and Jessica Wetherby 43 Hamilton Ave., 32,000. BCAT 20015 14 ATT sold property to KJT Real Estate LLC.



GREENFIELD 151-153 Spier Falls Rd.,110,000. Charles and Carolyn Pechtel sold property to Joseph and Colleen Weaver 328 Wing Rd., 40,200. Scott Perkins sold property to Mavin Real Estate 25 Daniel Rd., 51,500. Holding sold property to Joseph Eddy 51 Brigham Rd., 225,000. Randy Charboneau and Earl Wright sold property to Property Rd. LLC

MALTA 35 Lake Ridge Rd.,330,000. Rami and Gwendoline Saleh sold property to Reid and Stephanie Burchell 675 Eastline Rd., 181,000. Bank of New York sold property to Irina Polsinelli 241 Van Aernem Rd., 312,000. William and Diane Kultzow sold property to Adam Iacolucci 34 Meadow Rue Place. 260,000. Brandon and Martha Fagan sold property to Laura Tisinger

Sect: Blk: Lot, 225,000. Dawn Finch and Kim Simoli sold property to Charles and Michelle Pita

2 Woodfield Court, 344,375. Michael Group Home sold property to John and Adrienne Megtert

6123 Jockey St., 440,000. Todd and Heather Hogan sold property to John and Nancy Haynes

20 Willis Way, 392,500. Diwaskar Adhikari sold property to Roderick and Nicole Gilmour

71 Ordelia Lane, 345,372. Amedore Farone sold property to Andrew and Bernadine Long 36 May Apple Way, 268,000. Bruce Talbot sold property to Allen and Courtney Osaheni

MILTON 6055 County Farm Rd., 128,000. Pennymac Loan Services sold property to Armando Posada 1257 Armer Rd., 40,000. Darren and Derek Costanzo sold property to Jared and Laurie Haines 10 Columbia Ave., 180,000. Robert and Elizabeth Orzel sold property to Amiteye Properties LLC

TOWN OF SARATOGA 144 Broad St., 125,000. Jerome and Retta Buell sold property to Frederick Baldes 62 Morgans Run, 170,000. Jaclyn Starling sold property to Sarah Hurley 168 Burgoyne Rd., 93,000. Thomas Ruhle sold property to Paula Keller

SARATOGA SPRINGS 55 Tamarack Trail, 110,235.42 Amy Cohen and Jason Lewin sold property to US Bank National Association

64 Tompion Lane, 248,900. Michele Cameron sold property to Lauren Loschiavo 64 North Lane Unit 3A, 885,500. Moore Hall sold property to David Crenshaw 62 Ash St., 180,000. Janet Verdon sold property to 146 Middle Ave LLC 10 Regatta View Dr., 580,000. Christopher and Katy Mahoney sold property to Travis and Catherine Higbee

STILLWATER 2 Hayner Rd., 85,000. James Doyle sold property to Anthony Demarco

11 53 Graves Rd., 90,000. James Butler and Susan Maloney sold property to James and Susan Maloney 1 Fathom Dr.,290,000. Paul Engel and Theresa Grant sold property to Victor Camaj

WILTON 8 Fowler Lane, 164,000. Janice Szot sold property to Julia Eaton 19 Berkeley Way, 538,892. Grove Sonoma sold property to David And Jane Aronson 578 Wilton Gansevoort Rd., 455,000. William Leege sold property to Nicholas and Jill Outterson

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ALDI HAS PLANS FOR WILTON by Marissa Gonzalez Saratoga TODAY

WILTON — At a Nov. 20, 2018 Wilton planning board meeting Aldi Inc. sought permission to build a grocery store located at 14 Lowes Drive with a driveway connection to the existing Lowe’s store in Wilton. Following the meeting a public hearing was held on Dec. 19, 2018. The Aldi grocery store will lie on roughly 2.1 acres of land and will be approximately 19,896 squarefeet of retail space and 434 squarefeet of loading and storage area. The Aldi’s plot is part of a 34-acre subdivision owned by KMDA Development according to Ryan K. Riper, P.E. Director of Planning and Engineering for the town of Wilton. For now, they are naming the remainder of the land the “Wilton

Marketplace” which there are not yet plans for. There are 3 other lots on the Wilton Marketplace parcel. Aldi is lot one. The discount grocer chain has stores in Clifton Park and Ballston Spa, in Saratoga County. Aldi also has more than 1,600 stores across 35 states. Already in the surrounding area, Wilton residents can shop at Walmart and Healthy Living Market at the Wilton Mall. The development of the grocery store will include the creation of a new town road as well. After further development of the site, the new road will connect to Old Gick Road. Current plans include a parking lot that has 93 parking spaces as well. In 2007, Aldi purchased a different plot within the 34 acres for $1.2 million from KMDA.

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Soon Aldi received the site plan approval to build a store on the plot; however the store was never built. In the meantime Aldi and KMDA conducted a land swap in which parcels were transferred so

Aldi could have a bigger piece of land to build their store on. “So Aldi’s will build more inline with the other future development in the retail area,” Riper explains.

Riper says Aldi is still at the preliminary status and will need to come back for final approval, which will likely be in a couple months. He adds that Aldi plans to start construction this year.

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Week of January 11 – January 17, 2019

Saratoga Partnership Launches Circles of Seven Mentorship Program MALTA — The Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership, Saratoga County, NY’s economic development corporation, announced on Jan. 8 the launch of a unique business mentorship program called Circles of Seven (C7), which will connect owners of small- and mediumsized businesses with successful entrepreneurs to share their expertise and support the growth of emerging companies. Protégés are being sought for the C7 mentorship program, through which seven established business leaders will each meet monthly with the six protégés over the course of nine months. Mentors will offer knowledge gained from their experiences in growing their own businesses, while protégés will have an outlet to discuss business challenges, both with mentors and business owners who may be facing similar obstacles. Up-andcoming entrepreneurs will also benefit from the relationships they build with others in their peer groups, the ability to share new ideas and insights, and the potential to explore mutual collaborations.

The initial group of C7 mentors includes Theresa Agresta, Partner, Allegory Studios; Ken Evans, Partner and Director of Finance, Rewire Energy; Bob Mason, Founder and Managing Director, Planetarium; Bob Manasier, Entrepreneur in Residence and New Ventures Manager, Innovate 518; Bruce Toyoma, Vice President, Product Development, BessTech; Shaun Wiggins, President and CEO, Soteryx; and Phil Wilton, Managing Director, Strategic Global Group. There are 42 positions open for protégés from small and medium-sized businesses, which must be in business for at least a year and have fewer than 20 fulltime employees. Participation is open to anyone who owns or has controlling interest in a Saratoga County-based business and is the primary person responsible for its success. Businesses from a variety of industries, from technology and retail to the manufacturing and service sectors, are eligible to take part. To apply or find out more visit news-events/circlesofseven.

BUSINESS BRIEFS 13 Barry J. Bruno Selected as Member of New York Life’s Chairman Council SARATOGA SPRINGS — Barry J. Bruno, co-owner of Bruno and Bruno Financial Services located in Saratoga Springs has been named a member of the 2018 Chairman’s Council of New York Life. Members of the Chairman’s Council rank in the top three percent of New York Life’s elite sales force of more than 12,000 licensed agents in sales achievement. Bruno has been a New York Life agent since 1992, and is associated with New York Life’s Albany General Office in Latham.

Bruno and Bruno Financial Services is not owned or operated by New York Life or its affiliates. Bruno has won numerous awards throughout his career including the New York Life National Quality Award from 1999 until 2001 and is a qualifying member of the Million Dollar Round Table, 1998 through 2018. He has also been a member of both the Capital District and National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors and the Society of Financial Service Professionals every year since 1992.

Barry J. Bruno. Photo provided.

Lemery Greisler, LLC Promotes Meghan Breen to Principal Attorney SARATOGA SPRINGS — Lemery Greisler LLC, a leading Capital Region business law firm with offices in Saratoga Springs, has announced the promotion of Meghan M. Breen, Esq. to Principal Attorney. Breen focuses her practice in the areas of bankruptcy, creditors’ rights, and commercial litigation. In the area of bankruptcy, Ms. Breen represents creditors, trustees and business debtors in Chapter 11, 13 and 7 cases with respect to a full range of issues, including stay relief, Code § 363 sales, and fraudulent conveyance litigation. Breen also represents lending

institutions and private lenders in commercial loan workout solutions, including restructuring and forbearance, and in state court litigation including foreclosure, replevin, and actions on notes and guarantees. Breen is admitted to practice in the State of New York and before the United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of New York and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Ms. Breen is a member of the New York State Bar Association and is a board member of the Capital Region Bankruptcy Bar Association.

Meghan M. Breen. Photo provided.

To contact Meghan Breen email her at mbreen@



Week of January 11 – January 17, 2019

BOCES Camps: Finding Summer Solutions in a classroom in their typical dayto-day experience,” said Van Tassel. In addition to coding skills, BOCES STEM camps explore technological innovations including digital photography, design, and 3D printing to encourage students to create, invent and become the leading thinkers of tomorrow.

by Megin Potter for Saratoga TODAY This year, resolve to encourage your kids’ interests in a useful way. “You don’t have to feel guilty about how much screen time they have when they’re coding and using a skill set that will benefit them in the future,” said Carrie Van Tassel, BOCES Enrichment Resource Center Program Manager. Implemented in 2010 and refined each year since then to best reflect parents’ and students’ interests, the BOCES summer camps immerse students in a series of fun programs that can’t be found anywhere else. “Our instructors are bringing new, interesting technology to students who wouldn’t get to use it

Get Curious Curiosity breeds invention. “It’s futuristic in some ways, but it’s the world they’re living in, in another,” said Van Tassel. One way students look for solutions to today’s problems is by examining the patterns that exist in nature. This biomimicry exploration goes beyond alleviating “summer slide.” It sparks a curiosity in children that will courageously carry them toward a lifetime of learning. BOCES STEM campers go on the nationwide scavenger hunt happening right here when they participate in the camp’s geocaching activities and explore hands-on, the worlds of Adirondack art and survival skills, simple machines, forensics, animation and even fashion design through the unique BOCES STEM and STEAM camp experiences.

Get Active “It’s loud, messy, interactive, project-based fun with an educational experience they’re not going to get anywhere else,” said Van Tassel. Photos provided.

Taught by passionate, certified professionals in a small 15:1 student-to-teacher environment, the day camps are thoughtfully planned out throughout the year and balanced with an eye toward summertime fitness. “It hits a niche that’s really under-represented and gives these kids a place where they really fit in,” she said. Get Cooking BOCES popular Farm-toTable Culinary Camp combines trips to local farms with knowledge from professional chef instructors Bruce Hoffmann and WNYT Channel 13 News “Let’s Eat” contributor Maureen Clancy, about kitchen safety, healthy food choices and local production processes. “It’s a part of life - a life skill - whether you’re going into it as a career or cooking for yourself and your family; food is important to

all of us,” said Hoffmann. Walking around the farms, hearing the farmers’ talks and coming up with creative ideas of what to cook back in the Myers Educational Center kitchen teaches students a chef ’s skill, flexibility and quick decision-making ability, while also introducing them to the world of local foods. “It’s really great to show the students where food comes from…and to hear them say, “Hey, I can do that too,” said Clancy. BOCES weekly camps for grades 3-8 begin in July. STEM halfday camps are $125/week and run from 8:30 a.m.–11:30 p.m. or 12–3 p.m. Full-day camps are $260/week and run from 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m. Culinary Camp is $250/week and is offered 8:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Find more information on Facebook, online at or by emailing Carrie Van Tassel at

Week of January 11 – January 17, 2019


Ballston Spa Girls Learn About STEM Careers at 2018 Summit

Photo provided.

BALLSTON SPA — One hundred seventh grade girls from Ballston Spa Middle School recently participated with girls from throughout the region at the 2018 Girls’ STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Summit hosted by Hudson Valley Community College’s TEC-SMART. The event was hosted by the non-profit Girls Inc. of the Greater Capital Region in collaboration with their partners so female students could learn from women

working in STEM fields about their educational and career paths and what they do. The goal of the summit is to expose middle school-aged girls to positive and engaging STEM-skill experiences and to stimulate curiosity and interest in STEM careers. The keynote address for the event was presented by Dr. Valarie Rapson, Outreach Astronomer from the Dudley Observatory at MiSci Museum, who shared with the students her career path and how they should consider careers

that involve STEM. Attendees also participated in two hands-on workshops in one of the STEM fields, including construction, astronomy, forensics, life science, and decoding music. Ballston Spa Middle School’s participation in the program was made possible by a grant from the Adirondack Trust Company Community Fund. Please contact Diane Irwin, K-12 Science Coordinator at BSCSD, at dirwin@ or 518-884-7150 for additional information.

Saratoga Springs Parent University Programs SARATOGA SPRINGS — Tuesday, January 15: "More than Sad" presented by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention This program will be held in the Maple Avenue Middle School Large Group Instruction room (on the second floor) at 6:30 p.m. "More Than Sad" teaches parents and staff how to recognize signs of depression and other mental health problems, initiate a conversation about mental health with their child, and get help. This is a free program based on funds raised by the Capital Region Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). AFSP’s mission is to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide. Students are invited to attend this program with their parents/guardians. Tuesday, January 22: (snow date of January 23) Screenagers film showing. This

program will be held in the Maple Avenue Middle School Large Group Instruction Room at 6:30 p.m. Screenagers probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including the director's own, and depicts messy struggles, over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through surprising insights from authors and brain scientists, solutions emerge on how we can empower kids to best navigate the digital world. In addition, Skidmore College Assistant Professor Aarathi Prasad, Ph.D will share insight and answer questions about data management and privacy practices when using Internet-connected devices. Students are invited to attend this program with their parents/guardians. Tuesday, February 5: “The New Discipline Plan: How to Gain Control of Your Home”

presented by Dr. Cale. This program will be held at Caroline Street Elementary School at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, February 7: "Mind Your Stress" presented by Laurie Newcomer. Details TBD. Wednesday, February 13: "Escalation: Understanding Signs of Relationship Abuse" presented by Wellspring. Follow a young couple through the very sweet beginnings of their relationship and observe how unhealthy behaviors can escalate into abuse. After watching the short film Escalation, dive into a discussion guided by a trained facilitator about the early warning signs of relationship abuse, what you can do if you witness or experience these warning signs, and what resources are available in your community. This program will be held at the Saratoga Springs High School Library at 6:30 pm.


Library Announces 2019 SaratogaREADS! Selections

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Inspired by the current national conversation about migrants, refugees, and newcomers to the United States, Saratoga Springs Public Library has chosen Exit West, by Mohsin Hamid, as the 2019 SaratogaREADS! selection. A novel about a young couple in a blossoming relationship who are forced to evacuate a besieged Middle Eastern city, Exit West is tinged with magic and grounded in realism. Exploring the themes of love, country, community, and culture, the novwel illuminates the inevitable struggles that arise when people with different worldviews come together in troubled times. Refugee, a novel by Alan Gratz featuring interwoven accounts of flight from three separate

conflicts, on three continents, in three historical periods, is the 2019 SaratogaREADS! Junior Companion selection. The poignant and page-turning stories of Josef, a Jewish boy departing 1930s Nazi Germany; Isabel, fleeing from Cuba in 1994; and Mahmoud, evacuating Syria in 2015, shine a child’s-eye view on the plight of those fleeing oppression and seeking safety and opportunity in a new land. An extensive slate of programs related to this year’s selections will take place at the library and throughout the community this winter. A full schedule of events will be posted on the library library’s website, and at www.



Week of January 11 – January 17, 2019

Red Carpet Winners

at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market Cornbread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce

Lincoln Baths Building at the Spa State Park Saturdays | 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

by Kristin Cleveland for Saratoga TODAY Photos by Pattie Garrett.

Roll out the red carpet! Oscars season is approaching, but you don’t have to wait for the announcement of nominees to bring the stars into your home. Move over Lady Gaga, make room for prize-winning pickles, cheesecakes, yogurts, whisky, milk, mushrooms and more, all available every Saturday at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market. Just over a month ago, at the 21st Annual Rosendale International Pickle Festival, longtime Saratoga Farmers’ Market vendor Puckers Gourmet won two ribbons, placing first in the sweet pickles category and second for pickled vegetables. This past summer, Grandma Apple’s Cheesecakes won the President’s Choice award at Saratoga’s All-America Dessert Festival, and at the 2018 Ballston Spa Chocolate Fest last February, her cheesecakes tied for first place in the Judge’s Choice category and won the Fan Favorite Award.

Gold medal yogurts.

Nettle Meadow award winning cheeses.

Several of the Greek yogurts made by the Argyle Cheese Farmer have taken the gold medal at the New York State Fair in recent years, and their Amazing Grace aged cheese won a silver. Another local dairy, Nettle Meadow Farm, has won multiple awards for its soft cheeses made from combinations of goat, sheep and cow milks. These include a gold medal at the 2016 World Cheese Championship for Nettle Meadow’s Kunik, and a first place award at the 2017 U.S. Cheese Championships for its Briar Summit cheese. At the Great American International Spirits Competition held in May of 2018, Saratoga County’s own Yankee Distillery took medals for its malt, rye, wheat, and bourbon whiskeys. Battenkill Valley Creamery is a recipient of the Highest

Quality Milk in New York State award, and Saratoga Apple was lauded by I Love NY for the cider it makes from a blend of apple varieties. In addition to individual vendors’ awards, the Saratoga Farmers’ Market itself is a winner! In 2016 the market was named the “number one must-visit farmers’ market in New York State” by I Love NY. It has also earned the American Farmland Trust’s award for number one market in New York State and second in the entire country, and it regularly tops polls of regional customers. Best of all, these winners can be enjoyed close-up! Come to the Saratoga Farmers’ Market on Saturdays from 9 am - 1 pm year-round to sample these award-winning pickles, cheeses, cheesecakes, whiskeys and many other tasty local treats.

Puckers Gourmet’s 2018 Rosendale winners

Ready for Battenkill Valley milk!

Sampling cheesecakes.


• 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract

*Ingredients currently available at the farmers’ market

• 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

BREAD PUDDING: • 6 cups cubed cornbread (make your own using dried corn*) • 2 medium sweet potatoes* (4 cups cooked potatoes) • ½ cup plus 2 Tbsp firmly packed light brown sugar, divided

• ½ teaspoon salt • ½ teaspoon freshly grated ground nutmeg TOPPING: • ¼ cup firmly packed light brown sugar • ¼ cup unsalted butter, softened

• 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger

¼ finely chopped pecans

• ½ cup chopped pecans


• 1 cup whole milk*

• 1 cup sugar

• ½ cup heavy cream*

• ½ cup unsalted butter

• 3 large eggs*, lightly beaten

• 1/3 cup heavy cream*

• 1 large egg* yolk

• 2 Tablespoons bourbon*

INSTRUCTIONS: Preheat oven to 200 degrees. 1. For bread pudding: place cornbread cubes on a baking pan. Bake until dry, about 10 minutes. Remove from oven, set aside. 2. Increase oven temperatures to 400 degrees. Prick sweet potatoes with a fork and wrap tightly in foil. Bake until tender, about 50 minutes. Remove from oven, let stand for 10 minutes. 3. Cut sweet potatoes in half lengthwise. Scoop out potato pulp into a medium bowl. Add 2 Tablespoons brown sugar and ginger and mash with a fork. Set aside. 4. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees. 5. In a large bowl, combine cornbread and pecans. Gently fold in mashed sweet potatoes. In a medium bowl, whisk together milk, cream, eggs, egg yolk, vanilla, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg and remaining 1⁄2 cup brown sugar. Pour milk mixture over cornbread mixture and let stand for 10 minutes. 6. Lightly grease 12 (6 oz.) custard cups or ramekins. Pour cornbread mixture into prepared cups. Arrange cups on baking sheet. 7. FOR TOPPING: In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, butter and pecans. Sprinkle mixture on top of bread pudding. Bake for 15 minutes. Rotate pans between lower and upper racks, and bake until golden brown and a wooden pick inserted in center comes clean, about 10 minutes more. Let stand for 5 minutes. 8. FOR SAUCE: In a medium saucepan, heat sugar, butter, and cream until melted. Do not boil. Add bourbon. Drizzle sauce over pudding or serve on the side. Serve warm. Recipe adapted from Bake from Scratch Magazine.



Week of January 11 – January 17, 2019



my Foodie Friends and welcome 2019! One of the definitions of the word Resolution is: a promise to yourself that you will make a serious effort to do something that you should do: He made a resolution to lose weight. (He resolved to lose weight) Her New Year’s resolution (Her promise to do something differently in the New Year) is to exercise regularly. Making New Year’s resolutions and resolving to change and improve yourself and your life is an almost unavoidable part of the transition to a new year. Though it’s a pretty well documented fact that most New Year’s resolutions fail, we keep making them—and we’re not alone. The custom of making New Year’s resolutions is most common in the West, but it happens all over the world. Losing weight, eating healthier, getting fit,

improving our health, or getting back in shape are among the most popular resolutions made every New Years. Unfortunately, this is a resolution that we tend to remake year after year. It can be daunting when your list of New Year’s Resolutions is as long as your holiday shopping list. In addition to the post-holiday slump, not being able to keep your resolutions by February, March or even late January may increase your anxiety. When your holiday decorations are packed up and stored away, the frustration of an unused gym membership or other reminders of failed resolutions can make the later winter months feel hopeless. However, it is important to remember that the New Year isn’t meant to serve as a catalyst for sweeping character changes. It is a time for people to reflect on their past year’s behavior and promise to make positive lifestyle changes. By making your resolutions realistic, there is a greater chance that you will keep them throughout the year, incorporating healthy behavior

into your everyday life. Making healthier food choices can help with improving the quality of your diet. However, regulating the size of food portions is a simple process that can help with weight loss. Weighing out food before it is eaten is a convenient method of controlling portion sizes and is something you can easily do at home with basic kitchen equipment. A digital kitchen scale help with measuring. A pointer to assist with weighing: Weigh out the desired portion size. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a standard portion for most meats and fish is 3 ounces. Look for portion size information on packages and use on-line resources such as to learn about the recommended portion size of other foods. Weigh the food before it has been washed or cooked. Place the plate of food on the scale. The calibrated scale will measure the weight of the food only. Remove or add more of the foods until you reach the required portion. You can remove the plate as many times as

• 1 cup red quinoa

• 2 tablespoons chili powder

• 1 cup green lentils

• ½ tablespoon smoked paprika

• 4 cups vegetable broth

• 2 teaspoons ground cumin

• ½ medium onion, diced

• 1 teaspoon garlic powder

• ½ bell pepper, chopped

• ½ teaspoon salt

• 12 ounces frozen corn

• ½ teaspoon pepper

• 1 14-ounce can diced tomatoes

• Chili pepper salsa and fresh cilantro for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS 1. Place all ingredients into a slow cooker. Stir to combine. 2. Cover with lid and cook on low for 4 to 5 hours. 3. To serve, portion about 1½ cups in a bowl and top with salsa and cilantro. you like provided that you do not press the tally button for a second time. For Food Safety reasons, you need to wash the plate thoroughly with hot water and detergent between weighing different foods. Keeping our Promise to scale down as a part of those New Year’s resolutions can require using the right tools to make it work. Stop by Compliments to the Chef, your neighborhood Kitchen and Cutlery store, located at 33 Railroad Place in Saratoga Springs to select a

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Yields 6 to 8 servings


digital scale to assist with weighing ounces, pounds, fluid ounces, grams, and milliliters. Also, stay in touch so we can compare notes and keep encouraging each other to keep our promise to ourselves. We wish you all a happy, healthy, and fun in the kitchen 2019! Remember my Foodie Friends; “Life Happens in the Kitchen.”

Take Care, John & Paula

Office for the Aging Lunch Program Served at the Saratoga Senior Center TUESDAY








• Open Face Hot Turkey Sandwich • Butternut Squash • Warm Cranberry Crunch

• Chicken with Orange Glaze Sauce • Rice • Sonoma Blend Vegetables • Plum Fruit

• Sloppy Joe Casserole • Peas & Carrots • Cornbread • Yogurt

• Hearty Beef Vegetable Soup • Brussels Sprouts • Warm Buscuit • Peaches

• Italian Stew • Oven Browned Potatoes • Lima Beas • Chocolate Pudding & Whipped Topping

Menu Subject to Change. Coffee, tea and butter are served daily. The suggested contribution is $2/meal. There is a $6 fee for guests under the age of 60. Please make checks payable to: Northeast Dining and Lodging, c/o Saratoga County Office for the Aging, 152 West High Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020




Week of January 11 – January 17, 2019

pursuing peace IN THE NEW YEAR

by Meghan Fritz, LCSW-R

for Saratoga TODAY HAVE YOU EVER been around someone who says how much they hate drama yet they seem to have a ton of it in their life? Whatever it is that we “hate” or resist in life will keep showing up over and over again. People who thrive in drama may be miserable but they stay in it because they know how to do it well. Drama comes in the form of constantly being offended with others, blowing up at the daily stress of life, spreading slander about others and using manipulation to get what you want. If you are someone who is always offended by the actions

of others, then you are a drama seeker. When people act in ways that offend you, it’s not about you, it’s about them. Hurt people hurt people and what people say and do is a reflection of how they feel about themselves. Your relationship with family, friends and coworkers is a reflection of where you are in your heart and spirit. If you constantly judge others and are overly critical, then you are person who judges yourself and suffers from deep rooted insecurity. When we judge someone else it makes us feel better about our own baggage and dysfunction. It’s an attempt to gain power and control and this behavior is rooted deeply in the ego which is driven by fear, control and power. How do we let go of drama and learn to live more peaceful lives? The first thing you have to do is own it. Admit it, drama is kind of exciting. It adds some spice to a boring day. I love nothing more than a good brawl on the Real Housewives. I know its ridiculous television but I am intrigued by all the drama and secretly it makes me feel like I’m much more mature and wise than the housewives. If I dig a

little deeper my ego is a slightly jealous of all the jewels, Botox and amazing closets full of high end clothes. I own it! Once we own our behavior we gain insight on how to change it. If there’s lots of drama in your life OWN IT! The next step is to be conscious of the ways you create drama. If you are stuck in traffic and start banging the steering wheel and cursing, you are creating drama. If the roof has a leak and you immediately start to worry and stress to the point where you are cranky with your spouse and kids; drama. If a friend calls you to bail out of a dinner party because they are sick and you get offended — drama! Drama comes in the form of anything that you allow to steal your peace. Many people create drama over their feelings, “I hate being sad, this is so horrible!” That reaction to your feeling is creating drama. Rather than judge the sadness, recognize that uncomfortable feelings like anger or sadness are our internal GPS system letting us know how we feel. Accept the discomfort of the feeling and the drama will disappear. Treat the uncomfortable feelings with a sense of peace over anxiety and you will feel much more stable and less vulnerable. Recognize that our feelings guide us and give us the insight

Be willing to recognize that living a life with more peace means letting go of the drama seekers. we need to set boundaries with others, make changes and grow in our relationships. Don’t let uncomfortable feelings steal your peace, simply accept the discomfort and work through it. Any other reaction is creating drama and stress. Once you are conscious of how you create drama, make the decision to remove yourself from the company of the drama seekers. You are the company you keep — if most of your friends have lots of drama going on, then that is an indicator that you do as well. Take a good look at who you hang out with. Are your conversations full of gossip and judgment or encouragement and laughter? Do you spend time only talking about surface topics or are you able to go deeper and have interesting conversations with your friends? Any person, place or thing

that keeps you from growing is NOT worth hanging onto in your life. Be willing to recognize that living a life with more peace means letting go of the drama seekers. Drama is a huge energy drainer, and it will always leave you feeling exhausted and confused. Make the choice to let go of a crowd that does not promote peace and growth. Living a life with more peace means guarding your heart from anything that will cause harm. Be vigilant with your purpose to maintain peace at all times. Once you make this decision you will find that you have more energy, more fun and a clearer mind. You will notice that the things you used to love to watch on TV or the people you thought were fun to hang out with are not as interesting. You will notice immediately in social situations who the drama seekers are and who the peace keepers are. Your eyes will be more able to see things clearly from a spiritual perspective. Living in drama and stress drains our energy and makes us physically and emotionally ill. Stop the insanity and make a decision to kick drama out of your life! You will be amazed at how much better you feel and how much better your life becomes with this decision. YOU ARE WORTH IT! Meghan Fritz is a psychotherapist practicing at Sunpointe Health. For more information email:

Week of January 11 – January 17, 2019




Modern Motherhood: there’s always something new

by Katherine Morna Towne

for Saratoga TODAY

“Mothering Boys” I’VE ALWAYS ENJOYED trying to be up on the current mom-and-baby trends—every time I’ve been pregnant and given birth, my weekly “your baby’s development” emails from BabyCenter presented the current medical and scientific thinking and contained ads for the latest musthave pregnancy and baby items, and the members of the pregnancy and parenting discussion boards I frequented (especially when my older boys were babies) kept me up-to-date on everything I needed and wanted to know. I even bought the newest edition of What to Expect When You’re Expecting when I discovered I was pregnant a year ago this month, replacing the edition I’d used since I was pregnant with my oldest, in order to be sure I had the most cutting edge information. One result of trying to be up-to-date is that, every time I’ve been pregnant and given birth, I discovered something *new* from the last time! My older six were all two-ish years apart, yet with each new baby, there were things that had changed since the last. With my youngest being four-and-a-half years younger than his next older brother, the number of changes and new things has seemed astounding. For example, I attended a breastfeeding support group at the hospital a few weeks ago

(awesome resource, by the way; call 518-580-2049 for more information), and lactation consultant and group facilitator Kelly Duheme asked if any of us had heard of a particular new product. Not only did most of the other moms nod with enthusiasm, but it turned out many of them already owned one — and I was still trying to figure out what it was that Kelly had said! (It was a Haakaa — a silicone breastpumpslash-milk collector.) Another product that I’ve seen more and more babies using in Instagram photos in the last couple of years is the walker — a fixture in the homes of 70s and 80s parents (including my parents) but something I never saw in my early motherhood. I’d tried to find one when my oldest was a baby, only to discover they were on most parenting resources’ “banned” lists since 1990 when new safety standards were adopted and stationary exersaucers began to be promoted as a safer option. In fact, as recently as September 2018, the American Academy of Pediatrics has called for a ban on the manufacture and sale of walkers in the U.S. due to the prevalence of walker-related injuries, which makes it extra surprising that I’ve been seeing them more and more. (Interesting note: The sale, importation, and advertisement of walkers — including secondhand walkers sold at garage sales and similar — has been illegal in Canada as of 2004.) In addition to new products, I’m always interested to see what new protocols are in place. I was surprised to discover with my recent pregnancy that the most updated guidelines from the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology on treating gestational diabetes prefer insulin to medication for those moms whose diabetes can’t be controlled by diet alone. That meant no glyburide for me this time, as I’d had to take in one of my other pregnancies, but instead I injected

both short and long-acting insulin each day. When I was in the hospital having the baby, I found out that four centimeters dilated is no longer the definition of being in active labor—now it’s six centimeters. And in January 2017, the National Institutes of Health announced that parents should consider introducing peanut butter to babies as young as four- to six-months of age— much younger than the one-year mark that I’d been advised to follow with my older kids. Other particulars that I found interesting this time around included a much heavier emphasis on the new-ish phrase “fed is best,” as opposed to “breast is best,” which dominated the baby-feeding conversations of my early motherhood. Something that I heard the other day for the first time, which I’ve been able to trace only to this past fall (if my research is correct), is a recommendation against having children wear puffy coats and snowsuits when in a car seat with a harness, in order to have the child secured as snugly as possible, in order to cut down on the possibility of injury and even ejection in the event of a car accident—it’s even preferred to use layered clothing and blankets instead of puffy coats. And on a lighter note, I’m seeing arrows all over baby paraphernalia (clothing, blankets, diaper bags)—each time I’ve had a baby I’ve been interested to see what the current design element is, which I’ve seen used across products and brands; one of my babies had horses and apple trees, one had monkeys, one had puppies, 2018 seems to have been the year of the arrow. I used to get myself pretty worked up over some of this stuff when I was a young mom; it’s refreshing to me that now I can write about it all with very little concern, and even a little humor. What will “they” come up with next? I say that with tremendous respect for the intention of keeping moms and babies

healthier and safer … but also with the perspective of someone who’s been having new babies for fourteen years and has seen opinions and recommendations flare and fade, be reborn and made over and contradict themselves, and that not every freak-out is necessary or lasting. Certainly, do your research, consult your trusted advisers, and

strive to make wise decisions for your babies—and then try to rest easy knowing you’re doing the very best you can.

Kate and her husband have seven sons ages 14, 12, 10, 8, 7, 4, and 4 months. Follow her at www., or email her at



Week of January 11 – January 17, 2019



by Megin Potter for Saratoga TODAY


Photos provided. he Saratoga Regional YMCA is more than just a gym; it’s an entire universe of opportunities.

“In Saratoga, people can exercise and then go into the café for a cup of coffee and some comradery. It’s a beautiful thing and we’re happy to facilitate that. It’s wellness for the spirit, mind and body,” said Saratoga Regional YMCA CEO Andrew Bobbitt. If you haven’t yet explored what its nearly 30,000 members already know, now is the time to take a look at why so many people are enjoying the Saratoga Regional YMCA (SRYMCA).

Here are 10 Reasons Why to Join the Y:

1. CONVENIENT LOCATIONS Originally started 175 years ago in London, there are now YMCAs in 119 countries around the world, with 2,700 locations in just the United States. As part of this large network, the Saratoga Regional YMCA (comprised of five branches located in Saratoga Springs, Wilton, Malta, Corinth and Greenwich) is positioned to have the power to provide unique services to the community. An Association Family Membership allows you to use any of the facilities within the region and a national membership lets you go into a Y anywhere in the country, wherever you live, work or travel.

2. GREAT AMENITIES Like many gyms, the Y has lots of fitness equipment but that’s just the beginning. The Saratoga Springs branch also has an eight-lane indoor swimming pool, a steam room, whirlpool and sauna, indoor track, an extensive outdoor adventure course and cyber café. In Wilton, you’ll find eight indoor tennis courts, a field house, a warm yoga room and a community garden.

Within the region there are playgrounds, student enrichment classes, preschool, babysitting and party packages for the kids. Many sites offer massage. The menu of services include Swedish, deep tissue, chair, pregnancy and hot stone. “We have a progressive staff and an open board that allows us to specialize and offer amenities that are typically thought to be tied to membership at a more expensive club,” said Bobbitt.

3. CLASSES, CLASSES, CLASSES! Reach your wellness goals with a combination of self-directed exercises and instructor-led classes. Membership at the Y lets you take as many classes as you want. “We feel called to do this work. Some of the staff has been with us for three decades. We have our pulse on the heartbeat of the community. There’s an online system to track suggestions. Members tell us their perspectives and we strive to support them on their health path, whatever that journey is,” said Bobbitt.

We have our pulse on the heartbeat of the community.”

He is particularly excited about their newest training classes; the high-energy Les Mills BODYPUMP weight workouts that build strength fast in a fun group setting.

4. FINANCIAL AID. There aren’t too many gyms out there that offer financial aid to help cover the cost of membership and no one is as equipped to do it in the way the Y can. “No one is turned away because of an inability to pay,” said Bobbitt. More than $400,000 a year is awarded in financial assistance helping more than 3,500 people to the health and safety benefits of learning how to swim, the team building skills found in sports and the sense of community that comes from being part of new creative learning activities.

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5. LONG HISTORY Because the Y has been around so long (it was incorporated in Saratoga in 1866) as an organization focused on providing youth development and healthy living resources while maintaining a commitment to social responsibility, they have developed a wisdom and strength that can only come through experience and a dedication to their mission despite the challenges. “We’re not afraid to try and fail. We listen to the community and support them where they’re at. We’ve gone through tough, tough times – some extremely difficult times…We’re in the position to know where to focus our attention and have the ability to meet future needs,” said Bobbitt.

6. SMART PARTNERSHIPS With the opening of the $5 million Malta YMCA facility last year came the opportunity for the Y to work with Saratoga Hospital Medical Group Primary Care – Sports Medicine physician Dr. James Kelley in a unique partnership that can help patients stay healthy and fit while also helping to prevent injuries and illness. This is a partnership that provides a continuum of care that goes beyond what the SRYMCA has offered before. Dr. Kelley has given educational talks, has specific equipment (such as an anti-gravity treadmill and therapeutic pool) and provides physical therapy to his patients.

7. DYNAMIC Technology like the My Zone wireless, wearable, heartrate tracking system in Malta gives members an innovative and rewarding way to monitor their effort as they progress toward their goals. The SRYMCA specialty programs are flexible enough to focus on specific segments of a diverse community. Reaching out to support their military members, offer healthy food options and take part in events including Pedaling for Parkinson’s, Miles for a Mission and LIVESTRONG, among others, ensures that the SRYMCA is practicing their philosophy of being a place “where charity meets opportunity” in exciting ways that leave an impact. “I’ve been touched and inspired through the programming and support possible through things like LIVESTRONG. We can make tomorrow better than today with the resources that we’re blessed to have. It really creates a lot of energy that’s there for all the right reasons,” said Bobbitt.

8. COMMUNITY FUNDED To relieve the burden on governmental assistance funds, the SRYMCA, a non-profit community organization, relies on many volunteers and strives to raise the money for their Financial Aid program through an Annual Scholarship Campaign. Accountability and responsibility must be at the forefront for patrons to donate – and the SRYMCA’s spectacular success at increasing their fundraising contributions by 42 percent is a testament to their dedication to quality. Ramping up to raise an excess of $400,000 in 2019, Bobbitt has developed the 1866 Society

to showcase contributions of $2,500 or more. So far, they’ve been fortunate to get the year off to a great start with a $25,000 donation from the Fort Miller Group, he said.

9. $0 JOIN FEE BY JANUARY 15 Making it even easier to join right now, the SRYMCA is offering a special discount if you signup to become a new member by January 15th. You’ll enjoy a $0 join fee and a savings of up to $50. You can join online or stop by any the SRYMCA branches. For more information, go to

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Saratoga County Office for the Aging Transportation Drivers Needed! RSVP - Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Saratoga County helps recruit volunteers age 55 and over for many organizations throughout Saratoga County. We are currently looking for volunteers to transport people to/ from medical appointments- van,

gas, and directions are provided. We are also looking for drivers to transport hot, nutritious meals to homebound seniors throughout Saratoga County. Schedules with all opportunities are flexible. Please call Billie Jo at 518-884-4110 for more information and details.

Ballston Area Senior Citizens Calendar MILTON COMMUNITY CENTER

310 Northline Road, Ballston Spa • 518-885-4229

Wanted: Folks 55+ to Enjoy BASC Social Activities If you’re over 55, a long-time or new resident in the area and looking to meet “young” seniors, check out the Ballston Area Senior Citizens (BASC.) BASC sponsors many activities at The Milton Community Center located at 310 Northline Road, Ballston Spa. Residents from the Town of Milton, Village of Ballston Spa, Town of Ballston and other area municipalities are welcome to join BASC. Programs and activities include festive dinners, dances, Pickin’ Sessions, bus trips, pot luck luncheons, crafts, movies,

chorus, cards, bingo, billiards, Osteo Busters and Stretch & Fit exercise classes. Over 75 members attend the weekly Thursday pot luck luncheons which are often followed by speakers or other entertainment. Stop in around 11 a.m. any Thursday. Be our guest for your first pot luck lunch and learn more about BASC. Yearly membership fee is $10. Call Barb Broderson, Membership Chair (518-885-4229) or visit our website (ballstonareaseniors. com) for additional information and to view our newsletter.


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Adult and Senior Center of Saratoga Calendar 5 WILLIAMS STREET, SARATOGA SPRINGS 518-584-1621 • SARATOGASENIORCENTER.ORG

January 2019 Events FRIDAYS AT THE CENTER

Every Friday • 1:30 p.m. Every Friday will be a different activity - movie, entertainment, cooking or Social Hour. Serving soup and ice cream from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. $2 each. • Friday, January 11 at 1:30 p.m. Elvis Tribute with Matthew Boyce Matthew is an award-winning Elvis Tribute Artist from Saratoga. Put on your blue suede shoes - come and sing and dance to your favorite Elvis tunes. Snacks provided. $4member/$6 non-member • Friday, January 18 at 1:30 p.m. Free Cooking and Tasting with Siobhan New Year, New You! Small and easy changes to eat healthier. Come and taste quick & easy breakfast ideas. • Friday, January 25 at 1:30-3:30 p.m. - Social Hour Come hang out with old friends and make new ones! Every social hour will have one or more of these activities - live music, pool, ping pong, poker or games. Bring your favorite beverage. Cafe, soup and ice cream available for purchase.


Tuesday, January 15 Tucked away in the village of Round Lake, Lake Ridge is one of the finest Saratoga Springs Restaurants. Enjoy lunch in our bright and sunny Saratoga Room. Chef Scott’s lunch menu offers a wide variety of entrees, salads, sandwiches and burgers. We leave the Center at 11:15am. Pay $5 at sign up. Please bring additional money for lunch.


Thursday, January 24th Explore a self-guided tour of vivid underwater worlds, see and learn about reptiles, feed the stingrays and more. Late lunch following the aquarium at Water’s Edge Lighthouse. We leave the Center at 9:30am. Pay $29 at sign up. Please bring additional money for lunch.

One-Day Bus Trips continued ST PAUL’S CHURCH TOUR, TROY

Tuesday, January 22 Marvel at the beauty of St. Paul’s Church with a guided tour. St. Paul’s is one of only a handful of spaces in the country that can be called a totally integrated Tiffany interior. Lunch following the tour at Moscatiello’s. We leave the Center at 10 a.m. Pay $35 at sign up. Please bring additional money for lunch. Must have a minimum of 8 for trip to go.


Friday, November 30 This annual exhibition presents specially selected creches from around the globe. For 2018, the focus of the exhibition is a group of creches from the British Empire, past and present. In addition, there will be several nativities from Britain’s European neighbor countries. We will stop at the Peppermill Restaurant for lunch on the way. We leave the Center at 11 a.m. Pay $10 at sign up. Please bring an additional $5 for admission and money for lunch.


Tuesday, November 20 • 6:30 p.m. The Skidmore College men’s basketball team led by head coach Joe Burke will face a challenging schedule which features three teams that made the NCAA Tournament last season. These young men attended our Senior Center’s Open house in October to meet and greet members. Let’s go show them our support on November 20 against Hartwick. We leave the Center at 6:30 p.m. Pay $2 at sign up. Please bring an additional money for concession stand.


Do you need help with transportation, respite, home visits, etc.? Please call Jane at 518-584-1621, ext. 206.


Do you have an hour to assist with transportation, friendly visiting, or shopping? Flexible hours and no time commitments! Contact Lisa at 518-584-1621, ext. 210.

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Nutrition & Lifestyle

by Kevy Smith

for Saratoga TODAY With the holiday season coming to an end, many people are anxious to get started on their New Year’s resolutions. Some very common resolutions include bettering one’s health in some form or another. A good way to rejuvenate your health is by eating nutritiously and becoming more active. In fact, even a few simple changes in your diet and lifestyle can have a positive impact on your health—and may prevent a variety of chronic health problems in the future. Start today to make better choices that will fuel and strengthen your body. LIFESTYLE CHANGES • Exercise at least 20 to 30 minutes up to five days a week. High intensity, weighted exercises are better for weight loss, whereas cardio is better for improving cardiovascular health. • Eat out more sparingly. Food preparation methods in restaurants often involve high amounts of fats, sugar and salt. • Brown-bag your lunch to control your fat, salt and sugar intake while adding nutritious fruits, vegetables and grains. • Limit alcohol and quit smoking. Drinking alcohol excessively and/or smoking can hinder your body’s ability to absorb nutrients from your food. • Research shows that smokers suffer from back pain more than nonsmokers do. • Practice mindfulness on a daily basis. This could come in the form of yoga, meditation or journaling.

• Aim to sleep 6 to 8 hours a night. When possible, sleep on your side with a pillow between your legs rather than on your back. DIETARY CHANGES • Eat more raw foods. Fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables always have more natural vitamins and minerals. • Select organically grown foods when possible because they have lower amounts of toxic elements, such as pesticides and heavy metals. • Consume 25 to 35 grams of fiber a day. Whole-grain breads and cereals, beans, nuts and some fruits and vegetables are good sources of fiber. • Be sure to hydrate your body through adequate fluid intake, with water and other beverages that do not contain added sugars or chemicals. Juicy foods, including many fruits and vegetables can also help you meet your fluid requirements. • Limit your sugar intake. Eating/drinking added sugar (i.e., sodas, fruit drinks, desserts, candy, ready-to-eat cereals, etc.) leads to weight gain and obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. Research shows that a good vegetable-based diet as part of a comprehensive health program can help prevent heart disease, cancer and other diseases. If you are considering a vegetarian or vegetable-based diet, keep the following tips in mind:

• Don’t rely on fruits and vegetables at the expense of grains and legumes. Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables to consume a wide range of nutrients. • Tiredness, malaise and anemia can be signs of deficiencies. Have your B12 and iron levels checked at least once a year. • Consume fortified foods or take supplements to obtain the nutrients you no longer get from animal-based products, such as vitamin B12 and vitamin D.

• Before eliminating animal products from the diet, learn to do it right. Children, pregnant and breastfeeding women, and people recovering from illness should consult their health care practitioners before making such a change. As part of their extensive education, chiropractors are trained in nutrition and wellness promotion, and they can offer you dietary counseling as well as lifestyle tips to get you moving

in the right direction. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please call 518587-2064 or visit us online at

Dr. Kevy Smith is a chiropractor in Saratoga Springs providing non-surgical treatment of spinal disorders and sports-related injuries. For more information please visit or call 518-597-2064.




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2019 Economic Forecast

by Stephen Kyne Partner, Sterling Manor Financial

for Saratoga TODAY 2018 was an interesting year in the financial markets, to say the least. Characterized by all-time highs in stock indices, two whipsaw corrections, and a nearly 20 percent decline to cap the year off, the year was anything but boring. So, what happened, and where do we think the economy is headed? First, to be absolutely clear, we do not think a recession is imminent, or even likely for at least another 12-18 months. That may seem contrary to what you are seeing on the news, but the news exists more for ratings than it does to inform; remember, nobody watches the news to see the house that didn’t burn down. The economy is exceedingly strong, and most factors point

to continued strength going into the new year. With quarterly GDP growth in the 3-4 percent real (inflationadjusted) annualized range, it is generally accepted that a portion of this growth could be attributed to the effects of tax cuts, but no serious economist would attribute it all to that factor. We expect growth in 2019 sustainably in the 3 percent range. While that may not seem very high, consider that it is 50 percent higher than the roughly 2 percent annual growth we experienced from 2009-2016. The US economy is strong. US Corporate profits in 2018 saw an increase of roughly 25 percent year-over-year, and we expect profits to continue to grow throughout the new year, though at a more modest 10 percent rate. We fully expect the “trade war” with China to be at least partially resolved early in 2019, with immediate benefits to US businesses. Remember that prior to 2018, China had an average tariff of more than 9 percent, compared to the US’s average 3 percent tariff. While we can debate how best to resolve that disparity, we cannot debate that the disparity needed resolution. Tariffs on American goods are already, quietly, beginning to be lowered substantially (Google “Reuters China Tariff ” for more information). We don’t expect parity, but any reduction of impediments to trade in the world’s

second-largest market will have positive results for the US economy. The Federal Reserve has raised interest rates, as expected, by 1 percent this year. It should be noted that, while the Fed is raising rates, it’s not being done for the traditional reasons. Often, rates are increased to slow an overheating economy, but current increases are aimed at a return to normalcy. In other words, since lowering interest rates is a way for the Fed to jumpstart a slowing economy, if rates were to continue to remain low, and a recession were to begin, the Fed would not have access to its primary tool, so think of the Fed’s current actions as “reloading” for next time. In this way the Fed is not becoming “tight,” it’s simply becoming “lessloose.” We expect the Fed to increase rates once in 2019, as it weighs economic indicators. US unemployment continues at near-record lows, with 1 million more job openings than job seekers. Without the ability to hire additional laborers to increase overall productivity, continue to look for companies to adopt new technology and innovate they way they do business, in order to boost output. This pressure should continue to drive growth in the tech sector, and elsewhere. For the broad US stock indices, we expect growth of better than 10 percent in 2019 (or more, if they end the year much lower). Stock valuations are lower than historical averages, and with profits expected to continue to grow, we see plenty of room to run for US stocks. That being said, expect volatility to be a theme again, as the uncertain political landscape and polarizing news coverage alternatively weigh on, and fuel the markets. We are the first generation of Americans to be energy independent. Our new-found and growing access to cheap, domestic energy will continue to help fuel (pun intended), our growing economy and its influence should not be underestimated. We expect that bonds will continue to lag as interest rates continue to modestly rise. While we do not believe in abandoning diversification in order to chase

profits, it may be wise to utilize cash as a proxy for a portion of your bond allocation until rates find “neutral.” For the rest of the world, we see a mixed bag. China has continued to slow in its rate of growth, and we expect this to continue throughout 2019. The rest of the world has begun to grow impatient with China, as it attempts to become the dominant world economy. As the US-China trade tensions ease, expect more countries to demand better treatment (re: trade and intellectual property) from China, as well. This should put further downward pressure on its economy. Looking to Europe, we expect the UK to be the standout economy, especially as it sorts out its Brexit situation. If nothing else, having its own currency means that it can control monetary policy independently of the rest of Europe. That, coupled with its ability to forge trading partnerships, should give it a leg up, compared to the continental powers. Emerging markets continue to be spotty in their performance, with few winners and many losers this year. Argentina is, once again, on the verge of default and collapse. Venezuela is lost. Russia continues to fight the Cold War, as it attempts to use military might as leverage to replace its waning influence in the energy sector. On a risk adjusted basis, we see more upside, once again, in US markets, than we see in much of the rest of the world. As we start 2019 we expect to be overweight US stocks, and underweight both developed and developing international stocks. Given all the US has working in its favor, we would be hard pressed to justify drastically increasing exposure

internationally. A stable US dollar and a US-China trade deal may be the catalyst international markets need to rebound from their under-performance. With the exception of a major geopolitical event, we expect that 2019 will be a positive for the economy as the bull market continues into its tenth year. Since we do expect continued volatility, be wary of making long-term investment decisions based on short-term movements in the market. Given time, the US markets have an undefeated record of recovering from corrections and recessions. Remember that everything written here is a forward-looking statement, based on our current view of the markets and economy. Any number of domestic or foreign events could drastically alter our outlook. Your exposure to the various equity and bond markets should depend on your need for return, time horizon, and inherent appetite for risk. Be cautious about overextending and be sure to consult with your independent financial advisor to help ensure that any changes in the economy and markets are reflected in your portfolio, and that your portfolio remains reflective of your needs and goals.

Stephen Kyne is a Partner at Sterling Manor Financial, LLC in Saratoga Springs, and Rhinebeck. Securities offered through Cadaret, Grant & Co., Inc. Member FINRA/ SIPC. Advisory services offered through Sterling Manor Financial, LLC, an SEC registered investment advisor or Cadaret Grant & Co., Inc. Sterling Manor Financial and Cadaret, Grant are separate entities.

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Writing the Right Word by Dave Dowling Accuracy in word choice is a key to effective communication. In your daily writing and speaking, try to make sure you use the right word in the right place with the right spelling. By doing so, its effect will affect your communication in a positive way. This quick weekly tip will help you filter the confusion in some of our daily word choices. This Week: Beckon call, Beck and call Beck and call is the correct phrase. The word beck is a shortened form of beckon, which means to make a mute signal or gesture to call someone over. Unlike major newspapers, they don’t have a research team at their beck and call. Dave Dowling is the author of The Wrong Word Dictionary and The Dictionary of Worthless Words. Both books are available from many book retailers, and signed copies can be obtained by contacting Dave at



Fly-in Breakfast The Empire State Aerosciences Museum, located at 250 Rudy Chase Dr. Glenville will be hosting its monthly all you can eat breakfast on Saturday, January 19 from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. Enjoy pancakes, french toast, eggs, sausage, potatoes, juice, coffee, tea and more. At 9:30 a.m. Fred Lee, President and Founder of Professional Training International, a flight school for aircraft owners and ESAM Board Member will speak on the “Serious Confessions of a Traveling Flight Instructor.” Mr. Lee has logged over 35,000 hours. Fly-In if you would like. Pilots: Tower Frequency 121.3; Ground 121.9. Land at Schenectady County Airport and taxi to Richmor Aviation North. Tell them you are going to ESAM. Genealogy and Local History Heritage Hunters of Saratoga County will meet on Saturday, January 19 at 1 p.m. at the Town of Saratoga Town Hall, corner of Rt. 4 and Rt. 29 in Schuylerville. Lisa Dougherty, professional genealogist, will present the program “Your Irish DNA: What do those ethnicity estimates really mean?” Lisa will explain some of the recent DNA updates and how to get the most from your DNA test. Lisa’s website is www.upstatenygenealogy. com. Public is welcome. For information call 518-587-2978. Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner We’d like to invite you to celebrate our 2019 Annual Dinner with an evening of networking and dinner on Thursday, January 24 from 6 9:30 p.m. at the Saratoga Springs City Center, 522 Broadway, Saratoga Springs. We will honor and thank Brian Straughter, of Turf Hotels, Jake’s Help from Heaven, and the 2018 Chair of the Board, for his year of volunteer leadership to the Chamber and our community. In addition to recognizing Mr. Straughter, we will welcome

2019 Chair of the Board, Theresa Agresta, from Allegory Studios and Culture Talk and award Tom Roohan with the Joseph Dalton Community Service Award. Cost is $125 per person. Sponsorship available. For more information, visit Indoor Craft and Garage Sale On Sunday, January 27, 11-3 p.m. the popular Elks Ladies Auxiliary Indoor Craft and Garage Sale will again take place at the Saratoga-Wilton Elks Club off Maple Avenue on Elks Lane. Admission is free with over 40 vendors. Great parking, bargains galore, lunch, books, decorations, household items, sports equipment, hand-made items, clothing, jewelry, party vendors, pet supplies, and just about anything you can imagine may be found here. New vendors are signing up every month. Snow or rain, the sales go on and it is a fun activity the entire family enjoys. Come browse, visit, eat, or just get out of the house with a friend. All proceeds go to our local charities. All markets are held the fourth Sunday of each month: except December, May, June, July, and August. Next sales dates are February 24 and March 24. An 8 foot table and chairs are just $15; call Linda at 518-2895470 for information or to sign up for a table(s). 21st Annual Saratoga Chowderfest Saturday, February 2, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. is Saratoga’s Annual Chowderfest, one of the area’s most highly anticipated events of the year. Family-friendly, fun and utterly delicious, Chowderfest features more than 80 vendors— including Saratoga County’s best restaurants and caterers—who open their doors to the public and serve hot bowls of chowder to event goers. If you’d like to participate in or sponsor Chowderfest, contact Connie or call 518-584-1531. Repair Café Join us Saturday, February 9 from Noon - 3 p.m. at the Saratoga Springs Public Library in the Harry Dutcher Community Room. Sustainable Saratoga and the Saratoga Springs Public Library are hosting another Repair Café. Repair Café is a free

community event with the goals of repairing broken objects to extend their life, keeping things out of landfills, and fostering an appreciation for the art of repairing things. We cannot guarantee we can fix everything, but we are pretty sure you will have a good time interacting with your neighbors. Bring what you can carry (limit of 2 items). You are welcome to actively participate in fixing your item and you must remain present during the repairs. If you are handy and would like to be a repair coach, please email For more information, including more details on what types of things we can likely help you fix, visit projects/zero-waste/repair-cafesaratoga-springs or learn more about the Repair Café Foundation at Lego® Americana Roadshow Some of America’s most famous landmarks are temporarily moving to Crossgates – or at least, their LEGO replicas are. The LEGO Americana Roadshow, presented by MVP Health Care, is a free traveling roadshow stopping at Crossgates on February 9-24, marking its first Upstate New York appearance for the 17-day interactive exhibit. The all-ages event will be open to the public, taking place throughout the upper and lower level of the mall, with a LEGO Play Area, from 10 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. on Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Sundays. Anchoring the festivities are ten large-scale replicas of iconic American buildings, including The White House, U.S. Capitol, The Statue of Liberty, The Liberty Bell, and The Lincoln Memorial. LEGO Brickscapes will be placed throughout Crossgates and will feature an intricate level of detail and creativity in these six themed landscapes, such as Mount Rushmore and Duplo Castle. A LEGO Play Area is presented by MVP Health Care, where people of all ages can build whatever their heart desires. A scavenger hunt and activity map, where guests can answer questions while visiting each landmark and receive a free LEGO Americana collective card pack. For more details please visit www.

Week of January 11 – January 17, 2019 Valentine’s Day Special The Saratoga County Office for the Aging is having a Valentine’s Day Special on Thursday, February 14. Menu is as follows: Chicken Parmesan, pasta with sauce, zucchini and yellow squash, garlic roll, cheesecake with cherry topping and milk and coffee. The Senior Meal program is for people age 60 and over. A one-day reservation is required, by noon, to place a meal order. Lunch is served at noon. No food or drinks can be taken to go. All participants are required to complete an annual registration form and will receive a contribution statement in the mail. Suggested contribution is $2 per meal for those over age 60. There is a $6 fee for guests under 60, payable at the meal site. Senior dining sites are throughout Saratoga County: Ballston SpaDoubleday Woods Apartments, Clifton Park Senior Community Center, Corinth Senior Center, Galway Town Hall, Greenfield Community Center, Hadley Senior Community Center, Halfmoon Senior Center, Malta Community Center, Mechanicville Senior Center, Moreau Community Center, Saratoga Senior Center, Schuylerville Town Hall, Charlton at Ballston Town Hall, Waterford Senior Center, and Edinburg Community Center. Please call the Home Delivered Meals Program at The Office for the Aging for more information at 518-363-4020. Southern Saratoga Art Society Exhibits Artists and members of SSAS will be exhibiting during January and February at various venues throughout the area. Stop in, enjoy the work of these local artists and support art in Southern Saratoga County. Mechanicville Public Library, 190 N. Main Street will feature the works of watercolorist, Jean Skanes. Clifton Park artist, Frank Coletta, will be featured at two different venues, Zion Luthern Church, 153 Nott Terrace, Schenectady for January and Feburary and at the Clifton Park Senior Community Center, 6 Clifton Common Court for the month of January. CatskillHudson Bank, Halmoon Branch will host artist Jane Morrison and the Malta Branch will host artist Allison Croote for the months of January and February 2019.

Volunteer for VITA The Saratoga County EOC is looking for volunteers for its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, which offers free tax help to eligible low and moderate income taxpayers, including filing their taxes electronically without fees. VITA is a program of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals. Last year, Saratoga County EOC helped over 200 families receive nearly $400,000 in state and federal tax refunds during the last tax season. By volunteering, you’ll make a critical difference in the lives of struggling families. We’ll work around your schedule as well as offer a training and orientation. Please email Angelo Calbone, our community services director, at a.calbone@ or visit saratogaeoc. org/volunteer-for-vita. The Saratoga Veterans Chorus Male and female veterans, active, guard and reserve service members are invited to enjoy the camaraderie of a cappella harmony in a relaxed, informal setting. No auditions or public singing required. Instruction by a professional choral director. Free. Every Monday, 7 to 9 p.m., American Legion Post 70, 34 West Ave., Saratoga Springs. Contact Amy Hughes at 518-884-4999 for more information. Seeking Tax Assistance Volunteers TaxAide, the free income tax assistance program sponsored by the AARP Foundation and the IRS, is seeking volunteers for the coming tax season. TaxAide volunteers answer questions, prepare and file returns for low to moderate income taxpayers and seniors from February 1 to April 15 at various sites in the Capital District. One day per week, with flexible schedules. No experience required, computer experience is helpful for tax counseling. Volunteers also needed to greet taxpayers, review documents, confirm appointments by phone, or assist with computer hardware/software matters. Training is provided. Volunteers may be reimbursed for a moderate level of necessary travel expenses. For further information, contact

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charge. All are welcome. For additional information or directions please call the Church at 518-581-0210.


family friendly FRIDAY, JANUARY 11 Special Story Time with a Craft Northshire Bookstore, 424 Broadway, Saratoga Springs 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. | We have partnered with Katrina Trask Nursery School for a special story time once a month. One of the teachers will read a story then make a simple craft with the children. We hope you can join us for this special event.

Fish Fry Fridays Fish Creek Rod and Gun Club, Route 32 South of the Village of Victory | 4:30 - 7 p.m. Fish Fry will continue every Friday through April 19. All are welcome, members and non-members. Menu: Fish Fry, Chicken Fry, Clam Fry, Popcorn Shrimp Fry, Buffalo Shrimp, Chowder, ask about our extras and beverages. You are welcome to eat in at our club house or call ahead for take-out. 518-695-3917.

All You Can Eat Breakfast Ballston Spa Elks Lodge, 10 Hamilton St., Ballston Spa 8 – 11 a.m. | Buffett includes scrambled eggs, French toast, pancakes, sausage, home fries, eggs and omelets to order and a special of sausage, biscuits and gravy. Adults $7, Seniors $6 and children 10 and under $5.

Monthly Breakfast Fish Creek Rod and Gun Club, Route 32 South of the Village of Victory | 8 – 11 a.m. Eggs cooked to order, bacon, sausage, toast (white or wheat), pancakes (regular, blueberry, buckwheat, apple cinnamon), French toast, home fries, orange juice, coffee, tea, jot chocolate. Cost: Adult $8, Child $4. Everyone welcome.

Glass Swap


Racing City Brewing Company, 250 Excelsior Ave., Saratoga Springs, Noon | Pint glasses, wine glasses, growlers, etc. Been collecting logo glassware and growlers? Want to add to your collection? Want to downsize your collection? Bring your glassware and growlers. We’ll provide a table for you to display your items. You may buy, sell, or trade, or just enjoy a glass of beer and admire. No fee to display, free to attend.

Free Lunch

Music for Piano & Cello

Malta Ridge United Methodist Church, 729 Malta Ave. Ext., Malta Ridge | 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch will be served at no

Filene Recital Hall, Skidmore College | 3 p.m. Paul Suits, piano and composer; Eric Bartlett, cello. Chopin.

Introduction and Polonaise brillante in C Major, Op. 65. George Walker. Sonata for cello and piano. Paul Suits. Fantasy. Chopin. Sonata in G minor, Op. 64. For tickets visit www. For questions, please contact us at info.saratogachamberplayers@

MONDAY, JANUARY 14 Open Mic Night Caffe Lena, 47 Phila Street, Saratoga Springs, 7 p.m. All ages, all styles. Originals encouraged but not required. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Two songs or 10 minutes. Sign up is first come, first serve. Free admission. Please leave a $3 donation to nonprofit if you’re able.

Pre-K Nature Discovery Hour Camp Saratoga, Scout Rd., Parking Lot #1, Gansevoort, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. This monthly program is for our youngest explorers (ages 3-6 years old) where we use children’s love of nature to teach simple concepts. Adults are expected to attend. This is an outdoor program so please come dressed for the weather. We will go on a short walk, do a simple nature craft, and have a healthy snack. Registration is required. Free admission. 518-450-0321.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 15 Lake Bonita Hike Moreau Lake State Park, 605 Old Saratoga Rd, Gansevoort 1 – 3 p.m. | This hike has a couple

ups and downs that travel around Lake Bonita. This hike is about 2+ miles and has some beautiful views of the Lake. Keep your eyes peeled and you will see some lovely rock outcroppings and maybe some neat wildlife. Registration is required with 24 hours advanced notice, please call 518-793-0511. Please meet and pay at the park office.

Upcoming Meetings

TUESDAY, JANUARY 15 Friends Meeting Saratoga Spa State Park, Creekside Classroom 3:30 p.m. | Would you like to be more involved in volunteer projects in the park? Join us for a meeting to learn more about what is going on and how you can help. Meetings are the third Tuesday of every month.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16 2019 Winter Storytellers Series

The Town of Greenfield Historical Society Meeting

SUNY Empire State College, 2 Union Ave., Room 126, Saratoga Springs | Noon – 1 p.m. The Academy for Lifelong Learning presents the eleventh annual storytellers series every Wednesday through February 20. January 16 features storyteller Margaret French with “Mostly American.” Sponsored by Prestwick Chase at Saratoga. Free and open to the public. Postponed if Saratoga Springs city schools are closed or delayed. For more information, call the Academy at 518-5872100, ext. 2415 or visit the website

Greenfield Community Center, 25 Wilton Rd., Greenfield Center 7 p.m. | Our speaker will be Teresa Alger. Teresa and her family started their own business, Saratoga Crackers, right in Greenfield, and we will hear the story of how that came about and grew to where it is today. The public is welcome to attend. For more information or questions call 518-583-6171.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16 Olde Saratoga Seniors Meeting


Schuylerville Town Hall, 35 Spring St., Schuylerville Noon | A sandwich luncheon. Dessert and entertainment will be provided. New members always welcome. Call Pat 518338-2329 for information.

Trivia Event Saratoga Tap Room, 26A Congress St., Congress Plaza, Saratoga Springs | 4-6 p.m. Presented by the Academy for Lifelong Learning. Open to the public, $10 per person. Preregistration is required. Please contact the Academy at 518587-2100, ext. 2390 or email

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and one driver, traveled in a southwestern direction on State Route 30 and failed to stop at the intersection with State Route 30A. The limo traveled across the intersection and into a parking lot where it struck a parked 2015 Toyota Highlander. That Highlander then struck and killed two pedestrians standing nearby.

Authorities are analyzing the airbag control module considered the vehicle’s black box - for post-crash data. In total, 20 adults were killed - 18 in the limousine, including the driver, as well as two pedestrians. It is the deadliest crash in the U.S. in nine years. See Story pg. 11

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One person has been charged with criminally negligent homicide and an ongoing “criminal and crash investigation” remains active, authorities say, in the aftermath of a fatal limousine crash in the

town of Schoharie which resulted in the deaths of 20 people. The incident occurred shortly before 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6 at the intersection of State Route 30 and State Route 30-A. According to state police, an investigation at the scene revealed that a 2001 Ford Excursion limousine, carrying 17 passengers

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Peter Yarrow to Juried Fine Art Exhibition for Perform Jan. 11 College Students: Deadline Jan. 26

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SARATOGA SPRINGS —Peter Yarrow, best known for his role in the popular ‘60s folk trio folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary will perform at Caffe Lena 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11 and 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12. Tickets, if they’re still available, are $60 general admission.

The 120˚ Intercollegiate Regional — a juried fine art exhibition for students attending an accredited college or university located within 120 miles of Saratoga Springs, Troy or Glens Falls, is being collaboratively sponsored by LARAC’s Lapham Gallery, Saratoga Arts, and The Arts Center of the Capital Region. Application deadline is Saturday Jan. 26. Eligibility: Students must be currently enrolled at an accredited College or University. Students graduating in December 2018 are still eligible to apply. The student’s College or University must be located within 120 miles of Saratoga Springs, Troy or Glens Falls. Students will need to provide the name of the faculty member at their institution as reference. There is a limit of (6) pieces per artist, and there is a $5 fee per piece submitted.

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There is no restriction as to what mediums can be used. Entries may be 2D or 3D and all forms of multimedia, video, painting, photography, sculpture, etc. are welcome. All video artwork

that is accepted must have proper equipment supplied by the artist. Entries must represent original works of art. Applicants must fill out an entry form. For more information, go to:

“Jazz at the Spring” Showcases the Jeanine Ouderkirk Trio SARATOGA SPRINGS — Jazz at the Spring rings in 2019 with a performance at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31 by the Jeanine Ouderkirk Trio featuring Scott Bassison and Lou Smaldone. Vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, Jeanine Ouderkirk began her musical journey with the study of piano and clarinet. Odenkirk’s passion for jazz and her love of using improvisation led her to hone her skills studying with world renowned vocalist Bobby McFerrin. Using McFerrin’s methods of scat singing and circle singing, she developed her own practice of exploring vocal improvisation and storytelling. Ouderkirk is an alum of Saratoga Springs High School and the Crane School of Music. Pianist Bassinson began classical piano study at the age of 4 at the St. Louis Institute of Music, and later attended Berklee College of Music, and Smaldone is a seasoned bassist and in-demand sideman in the Albany area and beyond. Jazz at the Spring is held the last Thursday of each month at the Spring Street Gallery, 110 Spring St., and is sponsored by Capital District Jazz, Ltd. (CDJ) a not-for-profit organization formed by practitioners and fans who love jazz music. Tickets are $15 and available in advance at: event/4033046. Jeanine Ouderkirk leads trio in Jazz at The Spring performance this month.

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Singer-Songwriter Returns to Stage of Musical Origin on Jan. 18 by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Amanda Platt calls Asheville, North Carolina home these days, but a decade-and-a-half and six albums ago, the then-musical novice would drag her banjo to Caffè Lena on Open Mic night, building a foundation for her life in the arts. Platt, with her band the Honeycutters, returns to the stage of her formative years Jan. 19. “Caffè Lena is where I first learned to perform, the first place I started playing my songs out,” recalls the singer-songwriter, who attended classes at Skidmore College, worked in Ballston Spa and took lessons on playing the banjo from local musicians Trish Miller and John Kirk. “I started playing at the Thursday night Open Mic in the winter of 2005 and I found a real receptive community at Caffè Lena. All the regulars at the Open Mic were very welcoming and kind to me and made me feel that I wasn’t being totally ridiculous to want to write songs and sing them,” Platt says. “It’s really where I started everything, where I had my first real show and where I made a promise to myself that I was just going to keep going.” As a band, the Honeycutters – billed as a country roots group who blended Honky Tonk music with Appalachian folk – have released five albums. Platt also has a solo record to her credit and the band is readying a live album for release in June. The date in Saratoga Springs is sandwiched between tour stops in New Haven, Connecticut and Washington, D.C., and just before the band crosses the Atlantic for shows in Germany and The Netherlands in March. “People are really into American music over there,” says Platt, who grew up on Hastings-on-Hudson. Her father has a musical background. “My Dad used to make music professionally in his twenties. “After he got married, my mom said: you’re going to figure something else out,” says Platt, with a laugh. “He went to law school and became an

Amanda Platt and the Honeycutters will perform at Caffè Lena on Jan. 18.

attorney, but music has stayed in his life, playing weekends.” Her dad lives in nearby Columbia County and may sit in with the band for a few songs at Caffè Lena. The show will also mark Platt’s first return since the café underwent renovations. “I am

excited to come back and see it,” she says. Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters perform at Caffè Lena at 8 p.m. on Friday Jan 18. Tickets are $20 general admission, $18 café members, $10 students and kids.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — PHISH will return to Saratoga Performing Arts Center this summer and stage two performances - July 2 and July 3. Tickets - which range $45 to $90, go on sale Jan. 25. Tickets will be available online at, or Charge By Phone at 1-800-7453000. Note: in an effort to get tickets into the hands of fans and not bots,

Phish is using Ticketmaster Verified Fan® for public on-sales sold via Ticketmaster. For the first two hours of each on-sale, a selection of the best tickets will be available for those who have received codes via Verified Fan®. Registration closes Wednesday, January 23 at 11:59 p.m. For more information, please visit online at verifiedfan.

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Hubbard Hall Announces 2019 Season CAMBRIDGE — Hubbard Hall Center for the Arts and Education has announced its 2019 Winter-Spring Theater Season. • “A Walk in the Woods,” by Lee Blessing, directed by Kirk Jackson and starring Robert Zukerman and David Snider will be staged Friday, Jan. 25-Sunday, Feb. 3. Showtimes: FridaysSaturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. $25 Adults/$10 Students ages 21 and under. Two men, one American and one Soviet, take a series of walks in the woods over the course of a year and struggle to save the world from certain annihilation. Based on a real incident, this compelling and topical play resonates in fresh ways today, as we watch two intelligent and caring negotiators lean into the careful craft of true diplomacy and try to save the world. • “I Am My Own Wife,” by Doug Wright, directed by Trey Morehouse and starring Rylan Morsbach. Friday, March 8 Sunday, March 17. Showtimes: Fridays-Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.

and Sundays at 2 p.m. $25 Adults/$10 Students ages 21 and under. A Pulitzer Prize Winning and Tony Award Winning modern classic based on a true story, I Am My Own Wife portrays the fascinating life of Charlotte von Mahisdorf, born Lothar Berfeide, who remarkably survived both Nazi Germany and Soviet controlled Berlin as a transgender woman. This tour-de-force has actor Rylan Morsbach perform over 30 characters as we follow the many threads that make up Charlotte’s life. • “Annie,” by Strouse, Charnin and Meehan, direction and choreography by Virginia May Edinger. Musical directed by Richard Cherry, voice coaching and stage management by Moe Cossey, assistant directing by Katherine Danforth. Friday, April 5-Sunday, April 14. Showtimes: Fridays-Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. $10 Adults/$5 Students ages 21 and under. This Tony Award-winning smash opened originally on

“A Walk in the Woods” opens the 2019 Winter-Spring season at Hubbard Hall Jan. 25.

“Annie” opens in the Spring on Friday April 5 - 14.

Broadway in 1977 and played for nearly six sold out years. Annie, Daddy Warbucks and a herd of hilarious characters and lovable orphans will win your heart! Produced in collaboration with

Cambridge Central Schools and from the Drama Club which recently brought you The Sound of Music and Fiddler on the Roof, this show will blow you away with all of its heart, soul and song.

The Hubbard Hall Center for the Arts and Education is located at 25 East Main St., Cambridge. For more information, please call 518-677-2495, or visit:

Palace Theatre Announces:

Black History Step Show

CAPITAL REGION — Some of the best step teams from the Capital Region and beyond take part in an afternoon of high energy dance performances, Sun, Feb. 17 at the Palace Theatre, 19 Clinton Ave., Albany. Tickets are $25 (adults) / $20 (students) and on sale via Ticketmaster Charge-by-Phone at 800-745-3000 or online at

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Coming to Caffe Lena: A GENTLEMAN & A MUSIC LEGEND SARATOGA SPRINGS — What can one say about David Amram? He’s played the French horn in the legendary jazz bands of Charles Mingus, Dizzy Gillespie and Lionel Hampton. He created and performed in the first ever Jazz/Poetry readings in late 1950s New York with his friend Jack Kerouac. He worked with Allen Ginsberg in the film “Pull My Daisy,” composed the scores for “Splendor In The Grass,” and “The Manchurian Candidate,” served as the Composer and Music Director for the Lincoln Center Theatre, and was appointed by Leonard Bernstein as the first Composer In Residence for the New York Philharmonic. Locals may recall his recent appearance at SPAC with Willie Nelson at Farm Aid, or his emotionally stirring performance at the Lake George Jazz Festival in September 2001, when in



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David Amram and his French horn shadow, performing at Universal Preservation Hall, Saratoga Springs in 2015. Photo by Thomas Dimopoulos.

the immediate days following 9/11, Amram brought together the T.S. Monk Sextet and Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra for a musical collaboration in Shepard Park that marked, for many, the first public event they attended in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks. Amram’s collaborations in a storied career have included the likes of Arthur Miller and Johnny

Depp, Hunter S. Thompson and Bob Dylan. And topping it off, he IS the nicest guy you could ever meet – a point punctuated by his late friend Jack Kerouac, who for his cheerful disposition. dubbed Amram “Sunny Dave.” Amram will perform Friday, Feb. 1 at Caffe Lena. Tickets are $35 general public, $32 café members, $14.50 students and kids.

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The Golden Traingle That Was New Jersey Horse Racing Photos provided.

... Part One of a Three Part Series ...

Eugene Mori hosting Bob Hope at one of his parties.

by Joseph Raucci

for Saratoga TODAY ALL ROADS LEAD TO NEW YORK In the early 1940’s New York held the title as the most important venue for thoroughbred horse racing in the country. The racing season began in New York at old Jamaica after Hialeah the Queen of American racetracks, ended its forty-day meeting in sunny south Florida. Every March Jamaica opened its doors to throngs of area racing fans hungry for action. Then Aqueduct would host it’s spring meeting before moving on to Belmont Park. This was the jewel of New York’s racing scene. Everything about it was unique. It’s one- and one-half mile circumference dwarfed all other courses. It was so large that a six and a half furlong straightaway ran directly down the infield of the racetrack. Belmont hosted many of the most important races of the year. All the great horses made their way here. It was the place that champions were crowned. Moving north, Yonkers offered a meeting at Empire City Race Track every July. Then Saratoga took center stage hosting four weeks of racing at the mecca of the sport. There, the elite of the racing world would converge on the town. The Wideners, Vanderbilts and Whitneys made it their August home. After the races, the great Lake Houses would greet the gamblers and high society to world class entertainment. Food prepared by famous chefs brought in by the likes of Meyer Lansky fed the guests. The fabulous restaurants turned their attention to gambling after the dining rooms closed. When night approached, high

stakes games of chance became the theme. Money flowed like the champagne that was poured for those who made their way to various gaming tables that the lake houses provided. The short season ended, and it was back to Long Island for the fall racing that saw the great champions vie for Horse of the Year honors. NEW JERSEY ENTERS THE GAME 1937 was a turning point for horse racing along the east coast. In that year Delaware Park opened for business just outside of Wilmington. The track was the brainchild of William DuPont Jr. A member of Delaware’s most prominent family, he spared no expense in building a first class facility that became an immediate success. With its close proximity to Philadelphia and southern New Jersey, it was a natural to draw racing fans from that densely populated area. New Jersey found itself surrounded by states with horse racing venues. With New York to the north and Delaware on its southern border, the time had come for the state to take action. In 1939 the state legislature did just that. A bill was passed to legalize pari-mutuel wagering. Waiting in the wings was a self-made multi-millionaire with a plan that would soon catapult New Jersey horse racing to the forefront of the sport. Eugene Mori was a man of extraordinary vision. He was the son of Italian immigrants who migrated here in the latter nineteenth century. As a young man, he showed the money-making skills that led to his ownership of an automobile sales franchise. Add to that land development successes and movie theatre venues. The elixir for a fortune had been brewed. Mori’s

Amory Haskell in his traditional dinner garb.

eyes were now fixed on becoming New Jersey’s first racetrack owner. He knew how to get things done and used all his business savvy and political connections to procure the permit to get his racetrack built. Mori bought land in Camden. The location was beyond perfect. Only minutes from the Ben Franklin Bridge, Philadelphia’s large population would have easy access to the track. The problem for Mori was a war that was raging across the world. Building materials were in short supply. He was forced to build his new track as a predominantly wooden structure. This would have major consequences decades later. He had the track ready for business in June of 1942. The foundation of the Golden Triangle of New Jersey horse racing had been laid. He named it Garden State Park. Like everything else Mori touched his racetrack was an immediate success. For the next thirty years the track was to rival any in the sport for both attendance and mutuel handle. AMORY HASKELL & HIS DREAM TRACK Amory Haskell can be considered the polar opposite of Gene Mori. While Mori was grinding his way to success, Haskell was to have all the perks of American Royalty. He was born into a wealthy and influential family, a blue blood to the core. He attended the best private schools. He epitomized the Ivy League mold. Princeton University fit him like the tailored suits that he wore. Haskell rose to the top of the business world at the same rate of speed that he did jumping his horses over the hurdles at his majestic estate, Woodland Farms in Red Bank New Jersey. This was Amory Haskell. If Gene Mori was

Programs from the inaugual meetings.

the right man to build a racetrack across from Philadelphia, it makes perfect sense that Amory Haskell was the man to carve out a masterpiece on the Jersey shore. The war ended in 1945. Haskell put his plan into action. This was not going to be just a racetrack. Mr. Haskell had class and style. This would be his envisioning of what a racetrack should be. He oversaw the construction of the facility to its last detail. The finished product was a track that rivaled any in the sport. He named it Monmouth Park. It would not take long to earn the title “The Resort of Racing”. The second of the Golden Triangle tracks opened on June 22, 1946. For decades to come its meeting would challenge any in the country. HOLLYWOOD COMES TO NEW JERSEY If Mori and Haskell were opposites, John Kelly fit somewhere in the middle. Kelly gained a reputation as a sports figure in the early years of the twentieth century. He was a champion in the sport of rowing, an amateur boxer of some repute and excelled at both football and baseball. His rowing skills became quite apparent as he took home no less than three gold medals in the 1920 and 1924 Olympic games. In the mid-twenties he started a brick laying business that grew into a construction empire that made him a very wealthy man. Kelly also had plans on building a racetrack in New Jersey. His eyes were firmly fixed on what was then America’s number one summer destination, Atlantic City. Well, not exactly that. Actually, the track was to occupy land adjacent to the Black

John Kelly with his daughter, Grace, later to become Princess of Monaco.

Horse Pike some ten miles from the shore resort. It made perfect sense. Patrons from Kelly’s hometown of Philadelphia could make the trip in less than an hour. Kelly had the one thing that would separate his track from the other two. He was the father of the beautiful movie actress Grace Kelly. That connection gave him access to the Hollywood crowd. Kelly was partnered with three other investors. The list of lesser stockholders in the company included Bob Hope and Frank Sinatra. Exactly one month after Monmouth began its inaugural meeting, Atlantic City welcomed an opening day crowd of 28,000 on July 22,1946. In attendance along with Kelly’s daughter Grace, were both Sinatra and Hope. Hollywood had come to New Jersey. The Golden Triangle was now complete. Three men of vision from completely different backgrounds were about to shake the New York Racing establishment to its core. Next week we will take a look at the ascent of the Golden Triangle to prominence.

Week of January 11 – January 17, 2019




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continued from front page... The Great Divide mountain bike route follows the Continental Divide hiking trail; it crosses it about 32 times. At some points the crossing spanned 22 miles. Mackey says nearly 80 percent of the route is gravel roads, 10 percent is pavement and 10 percent is single-tracked. Singletrack is a type of mountain biking where the trail is as wide as the bike. Mackey says throughout the whole duration of the trip, he and his daughter saw about 50 people also on the trail. However, many just bike parts of the trail. A lot of days they saw no one. Because they were in such remote areas most of the time, Steve and Heather had to be prepared in case a grizzly bear was present. Steve would have bear spray on Steve and Heather Mackey at the Fairmount Banff Springs Hotel, the traditional start of the route in Alberta.

Heather Mackey on a single track near Seeley, Montana.

Steve and Heather Mackey finish at the Mexican Border in Antelope Wells, NM.

Heather Mackey at the Canadian Rockies.

hand in his fanny pack and Heather would be ready to record.

with many vehicles commuting to a rafting festival.

“We never did see a grizzly, we saw a black bear and we saw the tracks a few times,” Mackey said, although they had friends that did see one.

“All of a sudden a bus went by and they kind of yelled, you know you only got a split second, and they had kayaks sideways that were wider than the bus and one of them cut me in the head. I had helmet on but it knocked me in the brush. They saw that they hit me and they stopped and got out to see if I was okay,” Mackey said.

Most nights they pitched tents and slept at campsites, some had running water and an outhouse other nights they slept just off the bike route. Out of the whole two months only 10 nights were spent in a hotel or motel. “If we were in a little town that had a hotel, we would stay, charge our electrics,buy more food, take showers and stuff, and do laundry,” Mackey said. Throughout the two-months, both Steve and Heather had the adventure of a lifetime that included getting bogged down in impassible mud in New Mexico, where the mud is so bad some bikers abandon their bike. “It’s so sticky that just putting them in the water doesn’t make a difference, you actually had to scrub them to get it off,” Mackey said about the mud stuck to his bike tires.

Everyday the bikers are carrying between 25 and 40 pounds of travel equipment, necessities and non-perishable food. Everyday the bikers are carrying between 25 and 40 pounds of travel equipment, necessities and non-perishable food. “The more calories the better,” Mackey said. Their diet consisted of soda, granola bars, candy, fruit, fruit pies, nuts, macaroni and cheese or spaghetti for dinner and the occasional café stop.

“So it was kind of a minor thing, but at the time quite a surprise,” he added. At the very end of their trip, Steve and Heather had their bikes stolen while at a restaurant in New Mexico. Fortunately the bikes were found. “Heather said she was just happy to get the bikes back and didn’t press charges,” Mackey said. “They were only missing for 15 minutes,” he added. Mackey recommends the trip to anybody who is interested. But he probably will not do this route again; he says it was something on his bucket list. “It’s such a unique opportunity. She’s (Heather) engaged and when you get a full-time job and are married you can’t do this stuff with your good old dad anymore,” he said. On Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. Steve and Heather Mackey will be at the Crandall Public Library in Glens Falls to talk about their journey. The event is part of a monthly program series hosted by the Glens Falls-Saratoga Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club. It is free and open to the public. For more information email Sarah King at

“Soda tastes so good when you’re out there and you’re hot and dry,” Mackey said. Near the Colorado River, Steve was unfortunately hit by a kayak attached to a truck. At this part of the route, he was on a gravel road

Steve and Heather Mackey.



Week of January 11 – January 17, 2019




WINTER SPORTS SEASON SCHEDULE League games and matches this week are as follows:

Basketball FRIDAY, 1/11 ■ Saratoga (Boys) vs. Niskayuna 6:30 p.m. at Niskayuna ■ Saratoga (Girls) vs. Niskayuna 5 p.m. at Niskayuna ■ Schuylerville (Boys) vs. South Glens Falls 7 p.m. at South Glens Falls ■ Ballston Spa (Boys) vs. Mekell Christian 6:30 p.m. at Mekell Christian ■ Spa Catholic (Girls) vs. Tamarac 7:30 p.m. at Spa Catholic ■ Spa Catholic (Boys) vs. Tamarac 7:30 p.m. at Spa Catholic

TUESDAY, 1/15 ■ Saratoga (Boys) vs. Bethlehem 7 p.m. at Bethlehem ■ Saratoga (Girls) vs. Bethlehem 7 p.m. at Saratoga ■ Schuylerville (Boys) vs. Amsterdam 7:30 p.m. at Schuylerville ■ Schuylerville (Girls) vs. Amsterdam 7 p.m. at Amsterdam ■ Ballston Spa (Boys) vs. Albany 7 p.m. at Albany ■ Ballston Spa (Girls) vs. Albany 6 p.m. at Ballston Spa ■ Spa Catholic (Girls) vs. Hoosick Falls 7:30 p.m. at Hoosick Falls

WEDNESDAY 1/16 ■ Spa Catholic (Boys) vs. Hoosick Falls 7:30 p.m. at Spa Catholic

FRIDAY, 1/18


■ Saratoga (Boys) vs. Schenectady 6 p.m. at Schenectady High School

■ Saratoga (Boys) vs. Schenectady 4:15 p.m. at Schenectady

■ Saratoga (Girls) vs. Schenectady 7 p.m. at Saratoga

■ Saratoga (Girls) vs. Schenectady 4:15 p.m. at Schenectady

■ Schuylerville (Boys) vs. Queensbury 7:30 p.m. at Schuylerville

■ Ballston Spa (Boys) vs. Guilderland 4:15 p.m. Ballston Spa

■ Schuylerville (Girls) vs. Queensbury 7:30 p.m. at Queensbury

■ Ballston Spa (Girls) vs. Niskayuna 4:15 p.m. at Niskayuna

■ Ballston Spa (Boys) vs. Guilderland 7 p.m. at Ballston Spa ■ Ballston Spa (Girls) vs. Guilderland 7 p.m. at Guilderland ■ Spa Catholic (Boys) vs. Berlin 7:30 p.m. at Spa Catholic ■ Spa Catholic (Girls) vs. Berlin 7 p.m. at Berlin

Bowling FRIDAY, 1/14 ■ Saratoga (Boys) vs. Bethlehem 4:15 p.m. at Bethlehem ■ Saratoga (Girls) vs. Bethlehem 4:15 at Bethlehem ■ Schuylerville (Boys) vs. Broadalbin-Perth 4:30 p.m. at Shuylerville

TUESDAY, 1/15 ■ Ballston Spa (Boys) vs. Albany 4:15 p.m. at Albany

WEDNESDAY, 1/16 ■ Schuylerville (Boys) vs. Hudson Falls 4:30 p.m. at Hudson Falls

Wrestling WEDNESDAY, 1/16 ■ Saratoga (Boys) vs. Colonie 6 p.m. at Saratoga ■ Schuylerville (Boys) vs. Glens Falls 6 p.m. at Glens Falls ■ Ballston Spa (Boys) vs. Bethlehem 6 p.m. at Bethlehem

Ice Hockey SATURDAY, 1/12 ■ Saratoga (Boys) vs. La Salle 7:15 p.m. at LaSalle ■ Saratoga (Boys) vs. Bethlehem 6:45 p.m. at Saratoga ■ Ballston Spa (Boys) vs. Shenendehowa 7:30 p.m. at Ballston Spa

*All information subject to change due to weather.


Week of January 11 – January 17, 2019



Saratoga Blue Streaks Hockey The Saratoga Blue Streaks played the La Salle Institute Cadets in a game at 6:45 p.m. on January 9 at the Weibel Ice Rink. After three periods of play, the games was tied 1-1 with the Blue Streaks outshooting the Cadets 37 to 16. The Blue Streaks then went on to win 2-1 in overtime.

Goals: La Salle - Jack O’Bryan (1) Saratoga - Devon Wormley (1), Andrew Blanchard (1) Assists: La Salle - Jagger Sessa (1) Saratoga - Sam Jacob (1), Griffin Sarver (1), Rob Maslak (1) Goalies: La Salle - Leo Paul 39 saves Saratoga - Brad Blake 16 saves

Saratoga Regional YMCA/Saratoga Honda Youth Basketball League

Jr. NBA Scores Town of Wilton Recreation Saturday, Jan. 5, 2018


ROTARY JR. DIVISION Cudney’s Launderers 58 v. Village Photo 38 The Cleaners fell behind in the first half but cleaned up their act in the second half to pull away with a 58 to 38 victory over Village Photo. The winners got a game high 14 points from Tom Maurer along with 10 points apiece from Alex Cutler and Jacob Armer. Village Photo got 12 points from Carter Wood, 11 points from Kendrick Herring and Kemari Johnson added 9 points in the loss.

LION’S CLUB SR. DIVISION Synergy Promotions 42 v. Barrelhouse 35 Raloid Tools used a balanced scoring attack led by Ian Fisk and Shane Richardson with 12 points each. Teammates Will Sambrook 9 points, Paul Steves 7 points helped avenge an earlier loss to Barrelhouse and get a 45 to 23 on Sunday. Barrelhouse once again got a big game from Noah Rourke who scored a game high 14 points and Ryan Boyle added 8 points in the defeat.

THUNDER VS. CLIPPERS Thunder-22: Sean Britton-9, Gannon Britton-7 Clippers-18: Bradey Girard-12, Thomas Georgedi’s-4

Saratoga PBA 32 – Pashley Contracting 23 Trey Stanislowsky scored 12 points and teammate Riley Waterhouse contributed 6 points in PBA’s win over Pashley Contractors 32 to 23. This was a defensive battle from beginning to end, neither team could get out to a large lead which kept spectators on the edge of their seats. Connor Johnson had a team high of 9 points while Bryant Savage and Nick Scalo each scored 4 points for Pashley Contracting.

Saratoga Honda 43 – Synergy Promotions 37 Saratoga Honda upset Synergy Promotions and got their first victory of the season by a score of 43 to 37. Nate Siewert exploded for a game high 12 points and along with 9 points apiece from Lucas Welch and Stephen Bebee, 6 points from Noah Joly, Tom Leary and Quinn Frank each had 4 points in the win. Synergy was led by Pat Deschaine and Thomas Kelly who each dropped in 8 points.

SPURS VS. HEAT Spurs-22: Hayden Warren-8, Aiden Grolley-4 Heat-11: Bryce Boordman-6, Ethan Ford-4

MAVS VS. LAKERS Mavs-39: Jude HamiltonJones-11, Landon Lockrow-9 Lakers-25: Nick Humowitz-9, Mia Khazen

BULLS VS. KNICKS Bulls-29: Kihl Kelly-12, Sammy Bagan-6 Knicks-13: Jojo Birnby-5, Liam Collin-6

THUNDER VS. WARRIORS Thunder-22: Carter Reardon-8, Andrew Wells-8 Warriors-16: Jacob Hernandez-6, Aaron Stuart-4

Saratoga Regional YMCA Over 50 Basketball League WEEK SEVEN SCORES - WEDNESDAY, JAN. 2 GAME ONE: Nemer – 71 v. West Side - 58 Nemer outlasted West Side with a 71 to 58 victory. Nemer was led by Phil Fitzpatrick with 32, while Mike Bentley added 16, and Matt Truex had 11. John Mooney had 19 and Kevin Reilly had 18 but it was not enough to overtake West Side. Nemer – 71: Phil Fitzpatrick (32), Mike Bentley (16), Matt Truex (11) West Side – 58: John Mooney (19), Kevin Reilly (18) GAME TWO: Mama Mia’s – 57 v. Gennaro’s – 44 Mama Mia’s proved too much for Gennaro’s winning 57 to 44. Justin Donahue had 17, Mike McMorris had 16 and Mark Sohl at 10 for the winners. Ed Benway led all scorers with 21 while Kay Hussani had 13 for the losing squad. Mama Mia’s – 57: Mike McMorris 16, Mark Sohl (10), Justin Donohue (17). Gennaro’s – 44: Ed Benway (21), Kay Hussani (13)

GAME THREE: Walton’s – 96 v. Post-Time – 43 Walton’s pushed the century mark taking down Post-Time 96 to 43. Bobby Hanson had a league high 49 points, with Pat Reilly adding 20, Joe Twoomey with 16 and Dave Grimmick with 11. Jay Bernardo had 18 points in his league debut with Pat Correa adding 17 for Post-Time. Walton’s – 51: Bobby Hanson (49), Pat Reilly (20), Joe Twoomey (16), Dave Grimmick (11) Post-Time – 41: Jay Bernardo (18), Pat Correa (17) GAME FOUR: D’Andrea’s – 77 v. Village Photo - 74 D’Andreas edged Village Photo at the buzzer with Tom Welch pouring 27 points and Dave Wolf adding 20. Lamont Williams led Village Photo with 24 and Scott Waterhouse and Mike Scanlon each had 18 in a losing effort. D’Andrea’s – 77: TomWelch (27), Dave Wolf (20) Village Photo – 74: Lamont Williams (24), Scott Waterhouse (18), Mike Scanlon (18)

WARRIORS VS. LAKERS Warriors-23: JL Whitman-8, Alex Palmer-4 Lakers-10: Lucas Hammond-4, Ryan Durant-2

BULLS VS. CELTICS Bulls-17: Malcolm Olives-Goodwin-9, Jason Baker-8 Celtics-15: Tommy Driver-8, Lee Lockrow-3


DIVISION 3 WARRIORS VS. CELTICS Warriors-24: Mathew Leonard-7, Landon Penman-6 Celtics-20: Hudson Shaw-7, Lira Bonitatibus-5

THUNDER VS. SPURS Thunder-38: Tyler Weygand-9, Louis Longobardo-14 Spurs-18: Charlie Cola-6, Brayden Elliot-4

HEAT VS. NETS Heat-19: Nicholas Scalo-7, Jackson Howell-4 Nets-7: Bryant Savage-4, Caleb Huchro-2

DIVISION 4 CLIPPERS VS. PACERS Clippers-40: Jacob Aday-13, Raymond Ellis-6 Pacers-28: Josh Smith-6, Brandon Simpson-9

SPURS VS. WARRIORS Spurs-28: Jack Gulik-9, Clayton Wilhem-8 Warriors-16: Joseph Johnson-6, Julian Silvia-Forbes-4

THUNDER VS. CAVS Thunder-37: Myles Hogan-12, Jack Bulman-10 Cavs-23: Jesse Booth-8, Trey Stanislowsky-8

CAVS VS. CELTICS Cavs-13: Brayden Stone-7, Luke Manuel-4 Celtics-2: Jack Geckler-2



Week of January 11 – January 17, 2019


Saratoga Winterfest 5K

PLATTSBURGH — Fleet Feet Sports and Adirondack Coast Events are proud to continue the annual Fleet Feet Frozen 5k Race Series to be held around the region this winter. The race series consists of four different runs from December to March. Runners accrue points for their finish in each race, and at the end of the series one male and one female runner will become the race series champion. The first 75 race series registrants will receive a limited edition Adirondack Coast Events five-year anniversary running t-shirt. Remaining races include: • January 12 - The Snowman Scramble at Peter Blumette Park • February 10 - Frostbite 5K Run at the Rouses Point Fire Station • March 17 - Shamrock Shuffle 5K at Valcour Brewing Company Each race benefits a different charity, including the North Country Food Shelf, the SPCA and CVPH Foundation. Registration fee will be $45 for the remaining three races. Registration can be completed at Runners can register for the series as a whole or for each individual event until the night before. Same day registration will also be available. For inquiries, contact Adirondack Coast Events at

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Winterfest 5K Snowshoe Run/Walk will be held on Sunday, February 3 at 11 a.m. in the Saratoga Spa State Park. Camp Saratoga 8k Snowshoe Race will be held on Saturday, February 9 at Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park at 10:30 a.m. Go to www.saratogastryders. org to download an application or link to online registration at A limited supply of Dion Snowshoes will be available at a $5 rental charge. Email Laura Clark at to reserve a pair or phone 518-581-1278. For information about the entire Dion Snowshoe Series and for snow updates visit

The Ballston Spa Athletic Hall of Fame Requests Nominations for 2019 BALLSTON SPA — The Ballston Spa Athletics Hall of Fame Committee requests nominations for its 2019 induction class. Online nomination forms may be submitted at www.ballstonspaathleticshalloffame. com until January 15. The ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 4 at the Ballston Spa High School auditorium (220 Ballston Avenue). For more information, please visit our website at www.

New Fitness Classes at School of the Arts SARATOGA SPRINGS — Mary Anne Fantauzzi, owner of Total Body Trifecta, will teach two new fitness classes at the School of the Arts at the National Museum of Dance, 99 South Broadway, Saratoga Springs: SOLE SYNTHESIS: Tuesdays 12:15-1 p.m. through February 26. A bare-footed standing fusion of fitness and yoga. All levels welcome. 8 sessions for $68. BEGINNER BARRE AND BALANCE: Wednesdays 2-3 p.m. through February 27. A combination of gentle ballet and body sculpting. 8 sessions for $68. Both classes develop core stabilization, muscular endurance, balance and fluidity. For Registration and more information visit or contact

Adult Sports and Fitness at the Ballston Spa Schools BALLSTON SPA — The Ballston Spa Community Education Program is currently offering two adult sports opportunities from 8-10 p.m. with Co-ed Indoor Soccer held on Mondays and Men’s

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Basketball on Wednesdays. The next 10-week session begins the week of January 2 and requires a $30 fee for district residents. The popular Walk About program continues throughout the winter months and provides a safe, indoor walking course for those interested in a low impact fitness activity. A $15 registration fee is required for this program and non-residents are charged $18 to participate. Walkers may join the program at any time throughout the session. Pre-registration is required and fees are due at the beginning of each course. Those interested may register for courses by mail or in-person at the District Office, 70 Malta Avenue. Additional information regarding any of the courses offered is available online at www.bscsd. org or by calling 518-884-7195, ext. 1329.

Saratoga Recreation Department Happenings • Intro to Basketball: This parent/child class for 3-5-year olds introduces participants to basketball through a variety of engaging games and activities. The program runs through Feb. 9. Visit SaratogaRec. com and click Programs for additional information and to download forms. • Volleyball: Learn the rules and skills necessary to become a successful volleyball player and move into team play. Everyone age 8-14 is invited to join in on the fun through Feb. 13. Visit and click Programs for additional information. • Boxing: Meet at the ring for the Saratoga Springs Recreation Department’s Boxing Clinic that runs through Feb. 12. Everyone age 8-15 is welcome. This clinic introduces participants to proper boxing technique. • Intro to Ice Skating: Learn the basics or build your skills with us! Everyone age 3-Adult is welcome. Contact the Recreation Department at 518-587-3550, ext. 2300 or email recreservations@saratoga-springs. org. Visit and click Programs for additional information and to download forms.

Week of January 11 – January 17, 2019



Video Games Might Become the New Sport of Choice

by Damian Fantauzzi for Saratoga TODAY

There’s a rumor around that video games might become the new sport of choice in the scholastic environment. You read that right, and it’s under serious consideration. Webster’s says: “Sport / noun/ active diversion requiring physical exertion and competition.” I played sports at all levels, elementary school, junior high, high school, college and some professional, and much of it was basketball. Like most boys, I played Little League baseball up through Babe Ruth and some high school. I also experimented with football, golf, track, and all of which were firmly based on the preoccupation of physical performance. My obvious sport of choice was on the hardwoods, which eventually became part of my skill set as a coach. All the sports I played where dominated

by physical attributes, such as running, jumping, strength and athleticism, reinforcing Webster’s definition. My wife, Ann, is involved with teaching the game/sport of chess to teachers and children. She is an officer of the charitable organization: The Giving Circle/ The Giving Circle Africa, which is an astounding story. They sponsor and run two schools in Uganda, which has grown leaps and bounds since its creation seven years ago. They use chess as a teaching tool as well as recreation that includes deaf students in the program. In Uganda, next to soccer, chess is considered a very important sport. It’s part of their love for competition! Video gaming: Called e-sports, is possibly about to become the next high school sport. It seems that some major cities in the past couple of years have had high school e-sports Invitationals. Chicago, for instance, has a VG

city-wide tournament where the top 16 high schools compete against each other for the city trophy and to be crowned the video games’ champion. I read an article by John Keilman, a contact reporter of the Chicago Tribune, from May of 2017, who not only wrote about these games, but he justifies their existence as a scholastic sport. Keilman interviewed a video game coach from a Chicago high school in the township of Burbank, Reavis High School. Their coach, Tony Pape compared the interscholastic video games to NASCAR. Pape said, “They’re sitting in a chair, they’re using controls, same as the kids here. Gaming is not as physically demanding but it’s mentally demanding. It demands (Gaming) a lot of teamwork, coordination and practice. I consider it a sport, absolutely.” Hold on to your hat, there are colleges recruiting this new kind of athlete, the video gamer.

Fortune magazine had an article about athletic scholarships for video gamers. Los Angeles has a collegiate tournament called “League of Legends College Championships.” The article in Fortune, written by Chris Morris, from September 2017, points out that at Robert Morris University in Chicago, there are 80 members of the schools’ e-sports teams, who all get scholarships that cover 70 percent of their annual tuition. In my research I found that there are presently 42 schools of higher education that are members of the newly formed organization, NACE, National Association of Collegiate E-sports. This organization was formed in 2016. It seems that NCAA has expressed interest in adding e-sports to its range of collegiate sports and NACE has expressed that their organization is interested in working with the NCAA. For us novices concerning video games, Google says: League

of Legends is a multiplayer online battle arena with video games developed and published by Riot Games for Microsoft Windows and MacOS. This gaming system was not designed or developed for colleges or high schools only. So, the invitational mentioned above used the League of Legend as its format. The title coined for these gamers is a refreshingly new label, “cyberathletes.” Don’t know who coined that term but it fits the functionality of video gamers. The future of scholastic and collegiate athletics is about to take on a whole different vision of competition, as we begin to redefine the nature of sports. There will be walls to climb and bridges to build, it will become an insert in the future of and the further pioneering of Title IX. I feel that we must give it a chance because, believe me, there will be plenty of support and there might be some resistance.

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