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Walter Haslam Lewthwaite –Bacteriologist and Patent

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I would like you to meet a fascinating fellow– Walter Haslam Lewthwaite. I came to know him through a single letter he wrote in March 1918 to his brothers, their wives and his nieces and nephews. He mailed this eight-page letter from the post office in Middle Grove to family in Brooklyn. Walter was a patient at the Homestead Sanitarium in the town of Providence – a hospital for tuberculosis patients. The letter was found at a barn sale in the summer of 2023. Because of the thickness of the envelope, it stood out from other greeting cards. This letter introduced me to a very interesting fellow.

Walter begins the correspondence by condensing his response to many letters into a single joint letter. He goes on to explain he has been too busy to reply. He had been “appointed to a very important position at the san (his nickname for the sanitarium) – namely that of bacteriologist and I do the work in the evenings.” William Holmes assists him. They make microscopic specimens of the sputum taken from each of the patients every three or four weeks. They also do a urinalysis for albumin and sugar. He says that he finds the work interesting and a way to pay back the facility for all the care he has received.

Walter receives no compensation for his work. At the time that the letter is written there are 34 patients at the hospital, and it takes two men 8 to 12 evenings to process the specimens. A detailed description of the chemicals used as the specimens are prepared on the glass slides along with small drawings of the slides are included in the letter. Each sample is identified with a number so no names are used. Walter and his assistant had tested themselves and found they had minor infections.

Walter experiences “blue” periods at the sanitarium. The winter weather had been bad and he notes there had been

eleven deaths since the first of January just in his pavilion. Almost all of the women who were at the hospital when he came the previous summer had died. Only one was still alive. He refers to her as “Mother Jones of Mechanicville.” One night the head physician, Doctor Hirst, stated there was a show being performed in East Galway, a few miles away, and two sleighs were provided to take all who wanted to attend. Walter decided not to go because of the physical stress in the cold air. Another patient, Bunny Hunt, called him a “slacker” for refusing to go. But the next day Bunny Hunt was late to rise and soon fell ill, and died before day’s end. He had a severe case of TB and had been deemed as incurable by the doctors.

Walter refused to work on Sundays. He would play hymns on the player pump organ and read aloud from the Bible. The organ was hard to play because the bellows had a leak and was stressful to him. A piano player was soon to be purchased for the facility using funds from a donation left by a woman patient who had died.

Apparently, Walter had been a patient at Saranac before coming to the Homestead Sanitarium. Comparing the two he feels the care he is currently getting is not “proper” and the doctor is more concerned with the looks of the facility rather than the patients’ care. Some of the improvements mentioned are a pool room, smoking room, landscaping, and a recreation area. There had been no improved cases and of the 34 patients eleven deaths had been reported in two months.

Alas, Walter died that fall at the age of 27 at the Homestead Sanitorium. Four years earlier he had been a student at Cornell University in Ithaca and his photograph was included in their yearbook, which captured his short life:

Unquestionably the most popular person in Prep school,

“Ted” came to Cornell to continue his conquest of winning friends. When you know him well, you understand how he does it. He is the kind of student who makes an enviable average without any perceptible effort, always having time for college activities and every chance of a good time.

The 1900 federal census indicates that Walter’s father, George Lewthwaite, born on the Isle of Man in England, was employed at a paper mill in Ballston Spa and the family lived on Prospect Street. His mother’s maiden name was Adelaide Dake of Greenfield. Walter was the youngest of five children. By 1910 the family lived in Greenwich where Walter went to High School before enrolling at Cornell.

Walter’s letter provides an insightful view of life in the Homestead Sanitarium a century ago and gives us a glimpse of Walter’s shortened life. This letter ensures that Walter is not forgotten.

Rachel Clothier is historian for the Town of Corinth, operates the Corinth Museum, and is retired from Crandall Public Library in Glens Falls.

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Walter Haslam Lewthwaite. Photo provided by The Saratoga County History Roundtable.

Folklife Center Presents “Unveiled: A Revolutionary Life – Crystal Eastman”

The Presentation “Unveiled: The Revolutionary Life of Crystal Eastman,” will be held March 25. Photo provided.

GLENS FALLS — As Part of Women’s History Month, the Crandall Public Library and Folklife Center are hosting author and scholar Amy Aronson at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 25.

The presentation will focus on the extraordinary accomplishments of progressive leader, Crystal Eastman, and why she has been a hidden part of women’s history.

Aronson will discuss her book, “Crystal Eastman, A Revolutionary Life,” and why

Eastman, one of the strongest advocates and women’s rights leader is considered the most non-credited despite her pioneering legislation and longlasting political change. Other presenters will address our current ERA status, NY Legislative Bill and the need to vote this year.

Crandall Public Library Folklife Center is located at 251 Glen St., Glens Falls. More information can be found at The event is free and open to the public.

Saratoga County Announces 7th Annual Yellow Ribbon Day Donation Drive Underway

BALLSTON SPA — For U.S. troops serving overseas, getting a care package can be a bright spot amid difficult conditions. To help the local Blue Star Mothers of America fill and ship boxes to deployed military members who call the Capital Region home, Saratoga County Clerk Craig A. Hayner announced the seventh annual Yellow Ribbon Day Donation Drive.

The collection of individual-size personal care items and snack foods will run through April 7 and will be donated to the Blue Star Mothers of America NY-2 to put together and send “Freedom Boxes” to local troops serving abroad.

The donation drive is held in conjunction with the annual celebration of New York State’s Yellow Ribbon Day, which takes place April 9 and is designated as a day to honor active-duty troops and their families.

Donations can include nonperishable items like cookie and

cracker snack packages, microwavable soup cups, fruit snacks, granola bars, and beef jerky, as well as personal care items such as insect repellent wipes, body wash (small), lip balm, puzzle books, and more.

Donated goods can be dropped off at the following locations during regular business hours:

• DMV offices in Saratoga County (located in Ballston Spa, Clifton Park and Wilton)

• Saratoga County Clerk’s Office, 40 McMaster St., Ballston Spa

• Veterans Service Agency, 2144 Doubleday Ave., Suite 15, Ballston Spa

• Saratoga County Hannaford stores

• Various town and village offices in Saratoga County (Call to see if your local municipality has a collection box.)

Monetary donations are also accepted. As a reference, it costs $18 postage to send each

“Freedom Box.” The cost to fill one box is about $45, so a $63 donation covers the cost of filling and sending one box. Checks can be made payable to Blue Star Mothers of America-NY 2 and sent to PO Box 243, Delmar, NY 12054. Write “In honor of Yellow Ribbon Day” in the memo section. To donate through PayPal, go to www. and search “Blue Star Mothers of America-NY2.”

All items collected during the drive will be presented to the Blue Star Mothers during a Yellow Ribbon Day Ceremony at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 9, at the Veterans Memorial, 162 Route 236, Halfmoon.

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Vendor/Craft Show

Held at Rescue Squad

Building located at Route 29 in Schuylerville on Saturday, April 6 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. There will be raffles, concessions, and lots of vendors. Come out to support your local rescue squad. For more information, contact Jennie McReynolds at 518-338-2709.

Community Gardening

If you love to garden but don’t have the space join us at the community garden. If you are new to gardening, there are

Benita Kay Roberts

WILTON — Benita Kay Roberts died March 18. As per the family’s request, there were no calling hours or formal service. Condolences may be shared at www.

many knowledgeable gardeners there who are happy to offer advice. There are 52 raised beds on the Wesley campus, with a mix of Wesley residents, Skidmore community members and residents who grow healthy organic vegetables and beautiful flowers to improve their diet, brighten their lives and make new friends. Monthly gatherings at the garden and a very fun harvest dinner at season’s end. If you would like an application, send an email to

Malta Spotlighter’s Theatre Troupe Auditions

Auditions for the first production of Spotlighter’s Theatre Troupe’s 35th season ‘The Masterpiece’ are April 8 and April 10. Looking for ages 7-adult. There are many roles


Timothy Scott Barber

WILTON — Timothy Scott Barber died March 12. As per the family’s request, there were no calling hours or formal service. The interment was conducted privately at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, 200 Duell Road, Schuylerville, NY 12871. Condolences may be shared at www.

for all ages. ‘The Masterpiece,’ an original musical comedy, is a look back at the 1970s with the audience involved in figuring out the tangled web of characters. Originally written in 1999, this show is being revived for performances on June 22 and 23. Auditions are by appointment only. Contact Elyse Young, Artistic Director at or 518-899-4411 x 305 for additional information, or to set an audition appointment.

Seeking 2024 Sustainability Fair Exhibitors

Sustainable Saratoga and Skidmore College invite sustainability-minded for-profit businesses and non-profit community organizations to apply to be exhibitors at the third annual Saratoga Sustainability Fair. The event will be held at Skidmore College, located at 815 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs on April 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Saratoga Sustainability Fair is an exciting opportunity for community members to discuss sustainability, connect with local sustainable businesses and organizations, and learn about innovative climate solutions and ways to get involved. To apply for your non-profit organization or for-profit sustainable business to participate in the exhibit hall visit sustainablesaratoga. org/projects/saratogasustainability-fair/.

Karen (Bush) Barrett

CLIFTON PARK — Karen (Bush) Barrett died March 19. A funeral service will be held on March 23 at Compassionate Funeral Care in Saratoga Springs, NY. Calling hours are from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. with a celebration of life set for 3:00 p.m. Condolences may be shared at www.

Volunteer Tree Planters Needed

On Saturday, April 27, Sustainable Saratoga’s Urban Forestry Project will hold its 10th year of TREE TOGA planting event, adding an expected 35 shade trees to the urban forest. Volunteer Tree Planters are needed. Volunteers will check in at Pitney Meadows Community Farm at 9:30 a.m. on April 27 and get a lesson in tree planting before heading off in small teams. Once the trees are in the ground, Tree Host homeowners and other volunteers provide the care that is critical to tree survival and the success of Sustainable Saratoga’s mission to preserve and expand Saratoga’s urban forest. To get involved in this family-friendly community event, sign up at

Color Pop!

Saratoga Clay Arts Center presents COLOR POP!, a national juried exhibition of 60 functional and decorative works by 42 clay artists. Juried by prominent potter and artist, Didem Mert, this exhibition features ceramic works that utilize color theory to express thoughts, ideas, and emotions. The exhibition runs through April 27. The Schacht Gallery is open Monday - Saturday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and by appointment. Located at 167 Hayes Rd., Schuylerville. Visit, call 518-581-2529 or email info@

James R. Wimet


James R. Wimet (Jim), 77, died 3/15/2024. He was a loving husband and wonderful dad to his two daughters. The family would like to thank The Community Hospice of Saratoga. Services will be private at a later date. Memorial donations to Tunnel To Towers Foundation (T2T. org). for more information.

23rd Annual Maple in April Festival

An outdoor, one day family-fun event on April 27. A French toast breakfast at the Hadley Senior/ Community Center, 24 Maple St. at 8 a.m., maple sampling, a Backyard Sugar Makers

Tasting Contest, Lil’ sugar dust-off Car, Truck and Vintage Tractor Show at the HadleySmead Park on Stony Creek Rd. Food trucks, craft vendors, music, horse drawn wagon rides, the Roaming Railroad, street performers, Smokey the Bear, turn-your-own wooden wands with the Wizard, Farm Pets and activities for children including games, inflatables, face painting and pony rides. For more information email: or for vendor application.

23rd Annual Golf Classic

Hosted by the Saratoga County Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H Leaders Association. This year’s event will take place on June 1, at Fairways of Halfmoon Golf Course. Join us for a day of friendly competition with fellow golfers, all while supporting a great cause. Sponsorship opportunities range from $1200 to $130, and individual players can join for just $140. To register, visit ccesaratoga. org/4-h-youth-development/4h-annual-golf-classic

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Kathleen M. Callanan, 62, of Saratoga Springs, was sentenced to 1 year in local jail, after pleading to felony grand larceny.

Cassandra R. Barden, 38, homeless, was sentenced to 1-1/2 to 3 years incarceration after pleading to felony attempted assault, charged in Milton.

Ashley Vetrano, 35, of Glens Falls, pleaded to felony robbery, charged in Moreau. Sentencing May 23.

Gabrielle Montanye, 63, of Stillwater, was sentenced to 5 years probation, after pleading to felony attempted identity theft, charged in Ballston Spa.

Daniel J. Koenig, III, 53, of Round Lake, was sentenced to 2 to 4 years incarceration, after pleading to felony criminal mischief, charged in Wilton in 2023.

Dominic Bradfute, 25, of South Glens Falls, pleaded to unlawful surveillance in the second-degree, charged June 2023 in Moreau. Sentencing April 25.

Steven T. Stangle, 41, of Ballston Spa, was sentenced to 1 to 3 years in state prison, after pleading to felony DWI, charged in Clifton Park in 2023.

Eugene R. Lavelle, 35, of Mechanicville, was sentenced to 8 months incarceration, after pleading to failure to register or verify as a sex offender.

Andrew J. Kenyon, 41, of Galway, was sentenced to 2.5 years incarceration and 1 year post-release supervision, after pleading to criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Bradin M. Marble, 33, of South Glens Falls, was sentenced to 2.5 to 5 years in state prison, after pleading to felony burglary, charged in Corinth in 2023.

Michelle P. Donovan, 38, of South Glens Falls, was sentenced to 2 years incarceration and 1 year post-release supervision, after pleading to attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third-degree, charged in Corinth in 2023.

Robert F. Stevenson, 41, of South Glens Falls, was


sentenced to 1-1/2 years incarceration and 1 year post-release supervision, after pleading to criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifthdegree, charged in Moreau in 2023.

Robert Stocklas, Jr., was sentenced to 1 to 3 years incarceration, after pleading to criminal contempt in the first-degree, charged in Mechanicville in 2023.

Alicia L. Marcotte, 35, of Hadley, pleaded to DWAI, charged in Corinth in 2023.

Sentencing May 15.

Zachary Michaels, 29, of Saratoga Springs, pleaded to criminal contempt in the first-degree, charged December 2023 in Saratoga Springs. Sentencing May 15.

John J. Dominy, 53, of Albany, pleaded to grand larceny in the fourth-degree, charged June 2023 in Wilton.

Sentencing May 8.

Justin L. Mayer, 41, of Schuylerville, was sentenced to 1 year incarceration, after pleading to grand larceny in the fourthdegree, charged July 2023 in the town of Saratoga.

Danielle N. Pereira, 34, of Newburgh, was sentenced to 1-1/3 to 4 years in state prison, after pleading to grand larceny in the fourthdegree, charged 2022 in Clifton Park.

Noah Hughes, 34, of Schenectady, pleaded to attempted criminal possession of stolen property in the third-degree, charged February 2023 in Malta.

Sentencing May 2.


On March 13, State Police of Wilton arrested Sandra A. Villafane, 53, of Saratoga Springs, for Endangering the Welfare of an Incompetent or Physically Disabled Person in the firstdegree and Harassment in the second-degree.

On March 13, Chantal A. St. Claire, 37, of Saratoga Springs, was also arrested for Falsifying Business Records in the first-degree, Falsifying Business Records in the second-degree, and Making a Punishable False Written Statement.

On March 2, Troopers responded to a Capital

District Department of Developmental Services Offices (DDSO)

care facility located on Alpine Meadows Road in the Town of Greenfield, for an abuse allegation. It was alleged that an employee of the facility, identified as Villafane, was witnessed striking and causing injury to a non-verbal resident of the facility who is diagnosed with multiple developmental disabilities. Notification was made to the New York State Justice Center, and the facility administration was fully cooperative with the investigation. During the investigation, it was discovered that records were entered by St. Claire into Capital District DDSO business logs showing that the victim had sustained the alleged injury earlier in the day and not as a result of Villafane’s reported abuse. Further investigation revealed that Villafane and St. Claire were communicating regarding the allegations and St. Claire’s actions to falsify business records to conceal evidence of abuse. Villafane was arrested and processed at SP Wilton. St. Claire was arrested in Saratoga Springs, and transported to SP Wilton for processing.

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Community Forum March 27: Physical Activity & Successful Aging in Saratoga Springs


A conversation about the importance of physical activity for seniors and the resources available at Saratoga Hospital and the Saratoga Regional YMCA will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 27 at Saratoga Springs Public Library.

Panelists include Jill VanKuren, CEO Saratoga Hospital, Scott Clark, CEO Saratoga Regional YMCA, Robyn Haberman, AARP New York, Associate State Director for Community

Engagement, and Michael King, Transportation Planner. Owner,

Saratoga Springs seniors looking to stay healthy and active as they grow older will find a wealth of useful information at the free panel discussion.

The event is sponsored by Saratoga Springs’ nonprofit Bikeatoga, will explore the resources available at Saratoga Hospital and the Saratoga Regional YMCA to support seniors who want to stay physically active and independent.


Plagued by Parking

It’s a shame that parking in Saratoga Springs has become an issue once again. Local store owners are spending thousands of dollars to ensure that the “free” parking, that was never free to begin with, never has to be financially fronted by those who are actually using it. This is called a usage fee. With minimal research, we can fully understand that these paved over swathes of land, we feel are owed to us in order to safely and casually store our personal mobility boxes, were never “free” to begin with. They still are not “free.” However, traditionally, the expensive burden required to build and maintain on-street, garage and lot parking has been shared by

Military Veterans Invited to Attend Rehearsals of Saratoga Veterans Chorus March 28

SARATOGA SPRINGS — All military veterans, including current and former active service, Reserve, and Guard service members are invited to learn more about the joy of choral singing in a “no audition,” informal setting.

The Saratoga Veterans Chorus is re-grouping to begin holding rehearsals on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month, with the next rehearsal at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 28 at the American Legion Post 70, 34 West Ave.

There is no cost to participate in any chorus activity. Prior choral experience or ability to read music is not required. Lisa Edele, a retired music educator and choral

director, is the chorus’s volunteer music director.

The chorus’s primary goal is to encourage veterans to enjoy the camaraderie of choral singing in a non-judgmental, supportive environment.

Founded in 2019, the Saratoga Veterans Chorus, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization providing veterans of the United States Armed Forces with competent vocal instruction and diverse singing opportunities. Supported by the Saratoga County Veterans Peer Connection, more information about the chorus can be obtained by contacting program coordinator Erin Cassidy at 518-884-4999 or by email at

the area’s tax payers...despite the fact that many taxpayers do not have motorized vehicles. Furthermore, providing parking “free” to the user parking, results in the lack of available parking when customers ACTUALLY need it most. This fiscal failure has caused you and me to most often drive to the heart of the city and usually disregard walking, bicycling and public transportation as feasible transportation options. Additionally, the prevalence of parking in the city swallows up a huge percentage of the most valuable real estate in the area, without providing a direct economic benefit. If folks are demanding “free” motorized vehicles storage in the heart of the city, why should we stop there? How about some free storage containers for the things that don’t fit in our houses?

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Family Fun Planned for All Faiths At Purim Carnival March 24


Temple Sinai will host its annual fun-filled Community Purim Carnival from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Sunday, March 24 at the Knights of Columbus Hall at 50 Pine Road.

Purim is a holiday celebrating a biblical story about overcoming racism and oppression. It is traditionally celebrated with costume and revelry and has been called “the Jewish Mardi Gras.” It’s the biggest party of the Jewish year. Families and children from the community are welcome to join this program for youngsters of all faiths.

The event will feature more than 15 interactive games and activities, dance parties, a photo-booth, crafts, snacks and carnival games with prizes. A central feature of the Purim holiday is a retelling of the story from a special Hebrew scroll called a megillah- this year’s

telling runs from 9:45-10:15 a.m. The story will be told in English, and will also include many of Temple Sinai’s religious school students reading from the scroll in Hebrew.

Wristbands for unlimited games and activities are $10 each. Popcorn, cotton candy, and beverages will be available for purchase.

For further information on Temple Sinai’s Purim Carnival, contact Sylvia Bloom, Temple Sinai’s Director of Education:, cell: 518-409-1800

Saratoga County Animal Shelter: Adoption Day Saturday

BALLSTON SPA — Saratoga County Animal Shelter will hold a Blooming Bonds Adoption Day Event 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 23 at 6010 County Farm Rd, Ballston Spa.

Those looking to add a furry member to their family are encouraged to attend the special occasion. No appointments are necessary.

The Saratoga County Animal Shelter currently houses 20 dogs, each with their own unique personality, ready to bring happiness to their future families. In addition, there are a diverse range of more than 10 cats, all longing for a loving environment to call their own. There are also six guinea pigs available for adoption.

To ensure a smooth adoption process, potential adopters should fill out the application ahead of time at the Saratoga County Animal Shelter’s website (saratogacountyanimalshelter. com/adopter-profile). This will help shelter staff and volunteers

understand potential adopters’ preferences and match them with the perfect companion.

The Blooming Bonds Adoption Day Event is a familyfriendly event where attendees can spend quality time with the shelter’s furry friends.

To streamline the adoption process during this event, the shelter will accept cash or check payments only. The shelter also

encourages people to bring dog or cat food or cat litter to the event for donation to a local food pantry. Attendees should not bring pets to the event.

Potential adopters are encouraged to visit the Saratoga County Animal Shelter website for a sneak peek of the adoptable animals and their profiles. For more information visit www.

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Meet Gucci. Photo provided. Purim Festival for youngsters of all faiths March 24.

Queen of Saratoga: Marylou Whitney’s Saratoga Home Up For Sale


The 23-room, 120-acre Cady Hill property owned by the late Marylou Whitney, and her husband John Hendrickson is up for sale.

The mansion measures 6,218 square-feet and was built in 1851. It houses 7 bedrooms, 7 full baths, 2 half-baths, 3 covered porches, a wine cellar, five fireplaces, a pool house with a heated pool and gym, as well as

a chapel, tennis courts and rose gardens, among other amenities. Also included are an office building, maintenance building, and two single-family ranch homes.

The property is located at 40 Geyser Road and was listed March 15 by Julie & Co. Realty. The price is $16 million.

In 1926 Cady Hill was purchased by Harry Payne and Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney.

Upon the death of Harry Payne in 1936, Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney purchased the property and Marylou joined him in 1958 as his new bride, according to Julie & Co. Realty.

Marylou Whitney, the Queen of Saratoga, died in 2019 at the age of 93.

For more information about the property, go online to: property/40-geyser-road.

Chamber President: Short-Term Rental Proposal Will Change Dramatically

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce President Todd Shimkus told attendees of an Industry Influencers event on Wednesday morning that Accounts Commissioner Dillon Moran’s proposed short-term rental regulations, which have been the source of controversy, will be “dramatically changed.”

“The fee is coming way down,” Shimkus said, referring to the $1,000 biennial registration fee. “The rules are going to be different for folks that rent for three weeks over the summer or a couple days versus somebody that is an absentee landlord

investing from outside the area.”

Shimkus said he had spoken to Moran on “multiple occasions” about the proposed regulations. “The impact that it likely has going forward is going to be, I think, dramatically different from what the original proposal was looking at,” Shimkus said.

In response to Shimkus’

remarks, the Saratoga Springs Rental Rights Alliance, an advocacy group formed in opposition to the proposed regulations, said via spokesperson Anna Smith that “though Moran has hinted at substantial revisions in the upcoming draft, we eagerly anticipate reviewing the new proposal and remain eager to voice any additional concerns.”

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Cady Hill property. Photo: Marylou Whitney and John Hendrickson in the Winner’s Circle at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 3, 2013 on a day that featured the Whitney Stakes. Photo by Thomas Dimopoulos.

Lake Avenue Students Host Q&A with Congressman Tonko; Library of Congress Books Delivered to School Library


Let the record show: on a late weekday afternoon of an Election Year, when the American tradition of campaign mudslinging will surely rise to present itself once again, decency prevailed in a century-old brick building on Lake Avenue where fifth-grade students assembled in the elementary school library to dialogue with Congressman Paul Tonko.

“Words matter,” the congressman said to the students, arriving on Lake Avenue in a white Jeep SUV to deliver more than three dozen books to the school library, their pages filled with the words carefully selected by authors, he explained.

“Our exercise every day is to choose words that help, and not hurt. Words that lift and don’t pull down, that bring us together and unite, rather than divide. These authors had to painfully work on every word,” Tonko said. “They’re teaching us by their work that words matter, that they’re important and we should choose them deliberately in a kind expression of who we are.”

Lake Avenue Elementary School serves about 400 students, grade K through 5. More than 60 of them gathered upstairs in the library, joined by school Principal Elizabeth Carroll, District Superintendent of Schools Michael Patton, School Resource Officer Aaron Moore and school educators and staff.

“We all have gifts, and your teachers are great friends to you because they allow you to discover what your own gifts are,” Tonko said. “We all have different gifts and the exercise in the classroom is to have you discover, through education, who you are and what gifts you’ve been granted.”

The 40 books delivered are among a stock of duplicate titles that arrived at the Library of Congress which are offered to

members of Congress to bring to educational institutions or organizations that focus on reading.

The Library of Congress, located in Washington, D.C., holds 164 million items on 840 miles of bookshelves that count as the single most comprehensive accumulation of human expression ever assembled, as well as the largest library in the world.

This month’s transport of titles marks Tonko’s 78th delivery of surplus books through the program, with more than 2,500 books valued at over $50,000 delivered to local schools and organizations since 2017.

“What’s your favorite book?” asked one student, whose name is McKinley.

“’Silent Spring,’ by Rachel Parsons, because she ignited the spirit of taking care of the earth,” answered Tonko.

“Who are your inspirations?” asked another.


A student named Olivia asked Tonko to name his favorite thing about being in the House of Representatives.

“I’m able to make changes or develop laws that affect people I may never meet - making life better for everyone,” he replied.

The students were provided a 25-minute Q & A session with the congressman. Their questions ranged from “How did you get started on your career path?” to “What are your greatest accomplishments?”

Successfully passing mental health parity was named by Tonko among his accomplishments, as well as dealing with the issues of mental health and addiction affecting people. “Trying to do legislation that will help people, enable them to survive that struggle to come out of it stronger and to have a good life,” he said.

“How do you manage the most stressful parts of your job?” one student wanted to know.

“Probably by eating ice cream, and enjoying the outdoors. My favorite flavor ice cream? Coffee.”

Tonko thanked the staff for inviting him to the school and the students for paying him their attention. “I also hope you saw me paying attention to you. Paying attention is showing respect. And we need a whole lot of respect. It’s the way to maintain a civil society. We can disagree but we need to be civil,” he said. “If there is any message I can leave with you today, it’s to promote love, kindness and compassion, and don’t use the words that divide and hurt or put down and divide.”

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Photo: Paul Tonko speaking to students and answering their questions at Lake Avenue Elementary School in Saratoga Springs on March 14, 2024. Photo by Thomas Dimopoulos.

Report: Saratoga County Board of Supervisors Monthly Meeting


The Saratoga County Board of Supervisors staged its monthly meeting at the county complex in Ballston Spa on March 19.


•Proclaimed April as “Donate Life Month” In Saratoga County. The Board reported that approximately 8,000 people are currently waiting for an organ transplant across the state, with more than 1,000 waiting for more than five years. An estimated 400 New Yorkers die every year while waiting for an organ transplant. The Board’s resolution encourages county departments and agencies involved in providing information on organ and tissue donations to engage in activities in April that promote awareness of the need for organ and tissue donations in Saratoga County. Anyone 16 years of age or older can register with the NYS Donate Life Registry. In 2023, 3,580 transplants were performed in the state.

•Authorized the execution of an agreement with McFarland Johnson, Inc. of Binghamton, to provide professional services related to property acquisition within Saratoga County Airport’s Runway Protection Zone, at a cost up to $60,540.

•Authorized a $15,000 contract be increased to a cost of up to $35,000 with Hugh G. Burke,

Don’t Be Blinded by the Light: I LOVE NY Eclipse Glasses

Esq. for professional legal services related to FOIL (Freedom Of Information Law) requests involving the District Attorney’s Office. According to the resolution, the District Attorney’s office has a backlog of FOIL requests due to unfilled positions and outside legal assistance is required to timely review, compile and respond to the FOIL requests pending in that office.

•The Board of Supervisors approved the acceptance of $56,377.69 in funding from the New York State Board of Elections for the reimbursement of expenses related to the expansion of early voting. The grant period runs from July 1, 2022 through March 31, 2024.

Due to the anticipated high volume of requests for absentee ballots and early voting ballots, the Saratoga County Board of Elections Department

recommended an outside vendor to print the massive number of absentee ballots expected during the 2024 Presidential Election Year.

Phoenix Graphics, Inc. was awarded the competitive bid for Ballot Preparation and Mailing Services by the Saratoga County Department of Central Services on Jan. 29, 2024, after proposing in their winning bid a charge of $1.95 per package for Absentee Mail Packages and Early Voting Mail Packages - not to exceed the amount of $56,377.69 for 2024.

•Authorized the execution of documents and agreements with New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services’ Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives, for the acceptance of the County Pretrial Services grant in the amount of $415,738. The grant is for the period of April 1, 2023 through March 31, 2024.

ALBANY — Gov. Kathy Hochul this week launched a statewide effort to protect New Yorkers ahead of the Total Solar Eclipse on Monday, April 8. The effort includes statewide distribution of limited-edition I LOVE NY eclipse glasses at 30 locations throughout the state – including New York State Welcome Centers and select service areas along the NYS Thruway.

A limited quantity of the I LOVE NY eclipse glasses became available March 18 at New York State Welcome Centers, select Thruway Rest Stops, and other locations.

Regional locations distributing the glasses include: I-87 Northbound between Exit 17 and 18/ Glens Falls, Capital Region Welcome Center - NYS Thruway (I-87), Northbound between Exits 21B and 21A, Milepost 127/ Hannacroix.

“The total solar eclipse will be a once-in-a-generation experience for our state, and it’s critical that New Yorkers have the tools and information to enjoy it safely,” Gov. Hochul said, in a statement. “From heightening awareness of scams to providing thousands of New Yorkers with eclipse glasses, I’m focused on giving everyone the resources

they need to safely experience this extraordinary event.”

On April 8, a total solar eclipse will encompass the western and northern parts of New York State with the roughly 100mile wide path of totality entering in the southwestern part of the state at just after 3:15 p.m. and departing northern New York just before 3:30 p.m.

Cities and towns within this path include Jamestown, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Watertown, Old Forge, Lake Placid and Plattsburgh. The entire event will last for up to 2 ½ hours, marking the time the sun is first obstructed to the last moments when the moon’s shadow is cast.

The partial phases of the solar eclipse can only be safely observed directly with specialized eclipse glasses or a handheld solar viewer – regular sunglasses are not a safe replacement.

Glasses will be limited to two pairs per person, while supplies last, with a limited amount distributed daily. The glasses were approved by the New York State Department of Health and carry an ISO certification.

For a complete list of locations distributing the glasses, go to: eclipse-2024/glasses/

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I LOVE NY Eclipse Glasses became available March 18. Photo: I Love Screenshot of the webcast of the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors Monthly Meeting that took place March 19.
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MALTA — After more than $2 billion in federal and state investments were awarded to GlobalFoundries, a semiconductor manufacturer headquartered in Malta, the town is continuing to see significant growth, including the addition of new businesses and residential developments.

Most of these recent changes, said Town Supervisor Cynthia Young, are consistent with the town’s stated mission to create an active downtown area filled with amenities. “When I first moved to Malta almost 40 years ago, there were no amenities,” Young said. “I had to leave Malta to get my hair cut, to get my dog groomed, to buy my

groceries; and now all of those things are things that I can do here in Malta.”

The funds sent to GlobalFoundries will be used by the company to both expand its existing facility and build a new microchip fabrication plant. The projects are expected to create more than 10,000 new jobs. Young said that she hoped GlobalFoundries’ expansion would “spur some other businesses to come into the tech park.”

GlobalFoundries isn’t the only tech-focused business making waves in town.

Last week, the Albany Business Review reported that Active Solar Development will build its nearly 13,000-square-foot, $3 million headquarters next to the Albany-Saratoga Speedway in Malta.

As new and expanded businesses bring more jobs to the area, developers are working on increasing the housing supply. Construction is already underway for DeGraff-Bloom Custom Builders’ 25-home development on Dunning St downtown.

Young said that new homes were also being built in the northern part of town near Route 9, and that additional senior housing was being planned.

“I have been somewhat

concerned about the escalating cost of housing in Malta,” Young said. “I’m hoping we can explore some opportunities to offer more modestly priced housing, but so far there’s nothing on the table for that.”

Young also said the town was working to protect some of its rural areas with conservation easements, in an effort to keep quality of life “balanced.”

As Malta continues to grow, Young encourages residents to

contact her with any questions or concerns via phone 518-8993434, or email:

Soleno Plant Coming to Saratoga


Earlier this month, Canadian water management company Soleno announced it will build its first U.S. plant in Saratoga Springs. The $22 million facility is expected to create between 35 and 50 new jobs, the company said. Construction has already begun and should be completed later this year.

“It is with great pride that we announce the establishment of Soleno in the United States. Through this new expansion, thanks to our unique technology and the expertise of our team, we will be able to pursue our mission by offering the most ecological and sustainable solutions for water management,” said Alain Poirier, President of

Soleno, in a statement.

The plant will be built on a 22-acre site on Duplainville Road. It’ll cover more than 45,000 square feet, and an extra 25,000 square feet could be added later.

Soleno manufactures and distributes a wide range of

products for the collecting, conveying, treating, and storing of water for the infrastructure, residential, natural resources, and agricultural sectors. The company specializes in making recycled high-density polyethylene pipes. To learn more about Soleno, visit

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A rendering shows the planned exterior of a Soleno plant in Saratoga Springs. Image via Soleno’s website.



SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Hospital’s new dialysis unit has opened just in time for National Kidney Month. The unit was dedicated in February in honor of Dr. Rachid Daoui, a nephrologist whose journey to Saratoga began in Algeria.

“When I came to [the United States], I had very limited resources,” Dr. Daoui said. “I had to start all over. I was not sure if I would be able to be a doctor here.”

After emigrating, Dr. Daoui learned the English language, completed his residency in internal medicine at Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn, and then began specializing in

kidney disease. He had a number of job offers, but was especially impressed with the people he met in Saratoga. “I felt that from day one, they were just like my family,” Dr. Daoui said.

Dr. Daoui began working at the Saratoga Hospital in 2003. By 2012, he had become chief of the hospital’s nephrology division. When Frank and Colleen Messa made a large contribution towards the construction of a new dialysis unit, they requested it be named in honor of Dr. Daoui.

The unit, which officially opened last month, allows two nurses to give five patients dialysis treatments. During the peak COVID years, nurses were working from 8 a.m. until past midnight, struggling to keep up

with high demands and limited resources. But the Dr. Rachid Daoui Dialysis Unit has changed all that. Dr. Daoui said that patients and nurses “love” the new unit. “They say that it feels quite spacious and welcoming, and they feel that they’re getting treated with dignity and respect in their own private space.”

Of course, it’s best to avoid kidney disease in the first place. Dr. Daoui said some of the most effective ways to keep kidneys healthy include checking blood pressure, maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle, quitting smoking, drinking plenty of fluids, limiting alcohol intake, and medicating diabetes (if necessary). “The best practice is to have a healthy life,” Dr. Daoui said.

Community Woodworking Shop Opens

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Joinery, a community woodworking shop on Caroline Street, had its grand opening last weekend. Visitors toured the new facilities to explore membership options (rates start at $89 per month or $918 per year), get a glimpse of the machinery, and chat with employees. A small display area up front showed off an elegant chair and nightstand. A lumber room in the back was filled with birch, cherry, maple, poplar, walnut, and other woods available for purchase.

Joinery members are given access to the space, their own area for storage, class discounts, and opportunities to sell or showcase their creations. Non-members can also take woodworking classes. “A big part of our mission is to bring people in who otherwise would have no touchpoint for woodworking,” said Executive Director Tori Colarusso in a statement. “There is definitely a need in this region. We have a lot of people who are members who live in an apartment, but have no space to engage in woodworking,

despite having an interest in it.”

“The idea is to create a safe, welcoming place for people to learn and develop skills,” said Founder John Haller. “There is a barrier to getting into woodworking, whether it’s not having the space, tools, or ability.

Saratoga Joinery’s goal is to meet people where they are at, while building a community at the same time.”

To learn more about Saratoga Joinery, stop by their location at 69 Caroline Street, or visit

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Dr. Rachid Daoui poses with Frank and Colleen Messa outside Saratoga Hospital’s new dialysis unit named in his honor. Photo provided by Darlene Olivieri Alvarado. The Saratoga Joinery, a community woodworking shop, opened last weekend at 69 Caroline Street in Saratoga Springs. Photo by Super Source Media.
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Report: Saratoga School District Investigated

“Most, But Not All” Abuse Allegations


An independent investigation stemming from claims of “a toxic culture of alleged abusive coaching” determined that the Saratoga Springs City School District investigated “most, but not all” complaints made about the school’s cross-country and track and field program.

“With several of those complaints or allegations, evidence reviewed by the investigation team suggests that the District’s review did not go far enough and/or the manner in which the District addressed the complaints or allegations lacked follow up or oversight of directives given,” stated the report from the Harris Beach law firm.

In response, Superintendent Dr. Michael Patton said the district would conduct a second review of its athletic programs with assistance from the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference, review its coaches’ policies and practices, and possibly revise its Coaches Handbook. Dr. Patton also said he would recommend policy changes regarding corrective

actions taken against coaches. At a Board of Education meeting on March 14, Board President Tony Krackeler said that “discussions of our athletic program are far from over.”

“The failure to sufficiently and comprehensively investigate and respond to some of the complaints made over the 35-year period reviewed was contrary to the District’s best intentions,” Dr. Patton said in a statement. “We are determined to use the results of this investigation and the report’s findings to make our strong athletic program even better.”

The report seemed to question the district’s decision to re-hire cross-country and track coaches Art and Linda Kranick, stating that “while the District received complaints regarding student athletes across multiple years concerning alleged improper conduct of the Kranicks, the District continued their annual appointment as coaches, even after they had no rights under the CBA to those appointments due to their retirements from teaching.”

But the report also noted that “there were others who took the contrary view and

praised the District’s coaches… especially that of the Kranicks for their successes and positive contributions.”

During public comments at the March 14 board meeting, standout varsity runner Emily Bush spoke in defense of her coaches. “As much as I love this sport, I can tell you all confidently that I would not be doing it if I felt like I was in an abusive environment,” Bush said. “The skills I’ve gained are invaluable and I can’t stress that enough.”

Five parents of current or former Saratoga runners also expressed support for the Kranicks’ program. One of them criticized local news networks for only highlighting negative aspects of the program. Another, Carl Strock, said he sympathized “with those who thought the program was extreme. I thought it was too. You don’t get to be national champions by taking it easy, by having a lot of days off. You get to be national champions by

pushing yourself and by others pushing you.”

The report by Harris Beach was the result of claims of “abusive coaching” in a legal complaint filed in October of last year. 1989 graduate Kristen (Gecewicz) Gunning said that the running program was “a toxic culture of control and abuse of middle and high school girls all in the name of winning.” 1999

graduate Lauren Hogan said that some aspects of the Kranicks’ program “caused immense damage to me both mentally and physically.” An updated version of the legal complaint from October 30 included more than a dozen witnesses who made various claims against the crosscountry and track program. The claims spanned from the 1980s to 2022.

Schuylerville Schools Sound Alarm Over Projected Revenue Loss

Saratoga TODAY

SCHUYLERVILLE — The Schuylerville Central School District (SCSD) is encouraging community members to send letters to local representatives in protest of Governor Kathy Hochul’s executive budget proposal. The district projects it will lose 17.23% of its foundation aid, leading to a 5.71% overall loss in revenue from the previous school year.

A letter template, posted to the SCSD website, states that the district is “frustrated and disappointed that the executive budget proposal reverses years of progress towards full funding of the Foundation Aid formula by eliminating the hold harmless provision for hundreds of school districts and lowering

the inflationary factor.”

The hold harmless provision would ensure that school districts receive at least the same amount of funding next year as they did the previous year. Hochul intends to get rid of the provision.

“Now, more than ever, school districts are responsible for providing a variety of supports, services, and opportunities, in addition to academics, grades K-12,” the letter states.

“We hope you will see that the proposed foundation cuts come at a time when the state should be supporting schools instead of cutting their funding.”

Acting Superintendent James Ducharme participated in a roundtable discussion last month about the loss of foundation aid that included members of the New York State United Teachers

union, Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner, and State Senator James Tedisco.

“What we’re hearing is, we need different pathways, we need different options,” Ducharme told the roundtable attendees.

“The only way for a school district, especially a small school district like us, to create those options is through being properly funded through the state.”

Governor Hochul has argued that large foundation aid increases in recent years were an attempt to compensate for past “disinvestments” in education.

“You may have gotten $5 million in one year to make up for the past, and if I don’t give you $5 million again, you think it’s a cut?” Hochul said in her budget address earlier this month. “I’m still thinking that’s pretty good. That’s still a lot of money.”

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The cover page of a report by the Harris Beach law firm that investigated claims of “abusive coaching” in the Saratoga Springs City School District’s athletic programs.

Ballston Spa Robotics Team Launches Fundraiser

Students Help Transform Former Gas Station Into Green Space

BALLSTON SPA — The Ballston Spa “RoBovines” youth robotics team has earned a chance to compete at the FIRST Robotics Championships in Houston, Texas in April. But they need some extra funds in order to get there.

The team has launched

a GoFundMe to help cover the cost of travel and competing. The registration fee alone is $2,500. The team is seeking $10,000 total in funds. To learn more or to contribute to the cause, visit gofundme. com/f/help-robovines-getto-the-world-championship.


The site of a former gas station at 209 South Broadway will soon transform into a green space, thanks in part to a shed built by local students.

The SoBro Conservancy of Saratoga wanted students to gain experience by building a shed needed for the green space, and contacted the

WSWHE BOCES Career and Technical Education division to assist. In spring 2023, John Coffinger and his construction trades students at the Southern Adirondack Education Center in Hudson Falls signed on as partners for the project and began work on the 8’x12’ shed. Construction was completed in early March. The shed will

house the garden tools, hoses, and the brains of a timed drip irrigation system.

Major funding for the shed construction was provided by the Community Support Program of the Saratoga Springs Rotary Club. In early May, SoBro will plant three large beds full of native, pollinatorfriendly perennials and shrubs.

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SoBro Conservancy Board Members Tom Denny and Carol Godette pose with students in front of a student-built shed. The shed will help transform a former gas station site at 209 South Broadway in Saratoga Springs into a green space. Photo provided by WSWHE BOCES. Ballston Spa Robotics Team. Photo provided.
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Eastline Holdings LLC sold property at 12 Aspen Dr to Shaun Scott for $596,673

SunMark Credit Union sold property at 15 17 & 19 Main St to Landmark Holdings 2023 LLC for $240,000


Gary ONeil sold property at 115 Hollister Dr to Aaron Schips for $345,000


Jeffrey Fuller sold property at 4 Lanie Dr to Jacob Brooks for $221,700

Bernice Moeller sold property at 395 North Creek Rd to Devin Vernon for $270,000


Maureen Weise sold property at 13 Pepperbush Pl to Robert ONeill for $245,000


Robert Murphy sold property at 406 Park Ave to Laroo Management for $268,000

Kyle Woodard sold property at 19-21 Penrose Ave to Laroo Management LLC for $268,000


Ryan Jones sold property at 425 NYS Rt 32 to Brianne Beloyianis for $455,000


William Walker sold property at 8 Ferndell Spring Dr to Robert Harmon for $310,000

Richard Brooks sold property at 24 Lamplighter Ln to Tomaza Huerta for $324,500

Old Firehouse LLC sold property at 557 Broadway to EC 557 Broadway LLC for $450,000

McPadden Builders LLC sold property at 199 Caroline St to James Bradburn for $770,000

Ellsworth Square sold property at 73 Waterview Dr to Vincent Paolozzi for $1,510,759


McPadden Builders LLC sold property at 6 Colleen Ct to Armand Vanderstigchel for $514,000.

Janelle Susco sold property at 326 Louden Rd to Chantrea Maclean for $331,000

Michael Biss sold property at 4243 Rt 50 to Saratoga Group LLC for $800,000

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This beautiful home at 52 Sheffield Rd in Wilton was listed by Valerie Thompson from Roohan Realty and sold for $475,000.


Creating the Perfect Brunch Menu

9:30 A.M. - 1:30 P.M.


Photos by Pattie Garrett unless noted.

Tyou holiday table! Above: Beeswax candles from Ballston Lake Apiaries. Below: Tulips from Lovin’ Mama Farm. Photos provided

his week, we continue to create Easter menus and focus on brunch. The Saratoga Farmers’ Market has everything you need to plan a beautiful and delicious brunch for your guests. Here is a master shopping list to consider as you shop at the market.

Bacon & Sausage: These savory delicacies can be purchased at Grazin’ Acres Farm, Jireh Organics & Livestock of NY, and Long Lesson Farm.

Baked Goods: The farmers’ market is abundant with baked goods, including bread for toast and French toast recipes, bagels, scones, sweetbreads, croissants, muffins, babka, Danishes, and cinnamon buns, among other delicacies. You can explore items at Katie Bakes GF, Kokinda Farm, Night Work Bread, Parchment, Sweet Treats by Jennifer, Argyle Cheese Farmer, and The Bread Butler. Don’t forget jams from Kokinda Farm and assorted peanut butter at Saratoga Peanut Butter to slather on toast!

Beverages: Coffee is always a must; you can find it at Nally Coffee. Saratoga Apple has deliciously sweet apple cider. If you enjoy serving mimosas or breakfast cocktails, visit Slyboro Cider House and Yankee Distillery for local spirits.

Eggs: Eggs can be purchased at Jireh Organics & Livestock of NY, Kokinda Farm, Hepatica Farm, or Squash Villa Farm.

Fruit: Saratoga Apple has fabulous fresh choices direct from cold storage, including fresh apples, dried apples, and applesauce.

Hash browns: Hash browns always make a delicious side dish, and you can purchase locally grown items like onions and greens to bake or fry at Gomez Veggie Ville, Grazin’ Acres Farm, and Lovin’ Mama Farm. At Lovin’ Mama Farm and

Muddy Trail Jerky Co, you can find herbs and spices to add to many dishes, like hash browns.

Honey: Honey is perfect for teas, topping baked goods, or as an alternative sweetener in recipes. You can find these sweet spoonfuls at Ballston Lake Apiaries and Slate Valley Farms.

Pancakes and Waffles: If you’re adding pancakes or waffles to your menu, you can purchase maple syrup at Slate Valley Farms, buttermilk at Argyle Cheese Farmer, and vanilla extract at Muddy Trail Jerky Co.

Parfaits: Parfaits are an excellent addition to a breakfast buffet. Argyle Cheese Farmer has assorted yogurts. Sweet Treats by Jennifer often has freshly made granola.

Festive Decor: Decorate your holiday table with flowers from Halfmoon Harvest and Lovin’ Mama Farm. Ballston Lake Apriaries has decorative egg candles made from pure beeswax.

If you missed our Easter dinner inspirations, visit the news section of our website.

The Saratoga Farmers’ Market will be open on Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. through April at the Wilton Mall Food Court, accessible from the mall entrance across from BJs or the mall interior. Find us online at, where you can sign up for our weekly newsletter and follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

Buttery Breakfast Casserole

YIELDS: 6-8 servings | PREP & COOK TIME: 1 ½ hours, plus 4 hours of overnight chilling


*Ingredients currently available at the farmers’ market

• 1 pound croissants* (about 5 to 7), split in half lengthwise

• 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, more for baking dish

• 1 bunch scallions* (6 to 7), white and light green parts thinly sliced, greens reserved

• ¾ pound sausage*, casings removed

• 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh sage*

• 8 large eggs*

• 3 cups whole milk*

• 1 cup heavy cream

• 8 ounces Gruyère or other smooth-melting, creamy cheese*, grated (2 cups)

• 1 ¼ teaspoons kosher salt

• 1 teaspoon black pepper


1. Heat oven to 500 degrees. Spread croissants on a large baking sheet and toast, cut side up, until golden brown, 5 to 10 minutes (watch carefully to see that they do not burn). Let cool, then tear into large bite-size pieces.

2. In a medium skillet over medium-high heat, warm the olive oil. Add sliced scallions and sausage meat; cook, breaking up meat with a fork until mixture is well browned, about 5 minutes. Stir in sage, and remove from heat.

3. In a large bowl, toss together croissants and sausage mixture. In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, cream, 1 1/2 cups cheese, salt and pepper.

4. Lightly oil a 9- x 13-inch baking dish. Turn croissant mixture into the pan, spreading it out evenly over the bottom. Pour custard into pan, pressing croissants down gently to help absorb the liquid. Cover pan with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.

5. When you’re ready to bake the casserole, heat oven to 350 degrees. Scatter the remaining grated cheese over the top of the casserole. Transfer to oven and bake until casserole is golden brown and firm to the touch, 45 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes. Garnish with sliced scallion tops before serving.

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Hello my Foodie Friends!

Today is our son John IV birthday. To celebrate his birthday, I would like to share a story about traveling with John. I often tell this story each year with our foodie friends – especially during a time when many of us have been traveling to escape the colder temperatures. Back in 2004, going through security at the airport had become a planned task to anticipate when beginning your travels. My son was age twelve and my daughter was nine at the time. I was bound to a wheel

Five Cheese Baked Macaroni and Cheese


• kosher salt 1 1/2 tablespoons or less for salting the pasta water

• 16 oz large elbow macaroni

• 1/2 cup unsalted butter sliced

• 1 large egg lightly beaten

• 1 3/4 cups (1 12-oz can) evaporated milk or whole milk

• 1 1/2 teaspoons granulated garlic



chair having just had surgery on my foot. Security had chosen our family randomly to do a full security check. We all moved to the side and cooperated with the officers who held wands in their hands to check us. My wife, daughter, and I all went through quickly. However, as I glanced to find my son – he was being held

• 1 1/2 teaspoons granulated onion

• 1 tablespoon seasoned salt

• 3/4 teaspoon ground mustard

• 1/2 teaspoon ground paprika

• 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

• 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper optional

1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (177°C). Lightly grease a 9x13x3” casserole dish with melted butter or non-stick cooking spray.

2. Reserve 1/2 cup of each of the shredded cheeses, except for the velveeta (or American). Toss the four cheeses together in a small mixing bowl to combine, then set the bowl aside.

BOIL THE PASTA WATER: (You Can Begin This Before Shredding the Cheeses)

1. In a large 12-quart stockpot, bring a gallon of water up to a vigorous boil over high heat. Once the water begins to boil, add 1 tablespoon of salt (optional) to season the water. Add the elbow macaroni to the boiling water and stir it immediately with a spoon. Boil the macaroni for 10 minutes. When the pasta has finished cooking, drain it in a colander.


1. In a small mixing bowl or 1-quart pitcher, lightly beat the egg with a whisk.

2. Add the evaporated milk, seasoned salt, granulated garlic powder, onion powder, ground mustard, black pepper, and cayenne to the bowl with the egg. Whisk the mixture thoroughly to combine the spices and milk.

• 16 oz (4 cups Velveeta cheese or American cheese, shredded

• 8 oz (2 1/2 cups ) extra sharp cheddar shredded

• 8 oz (2 cups) colby jack shredded

• 8 oz (2 1/2 cups ) smoked gouda (or plain) shredded

• 8 oz (2 1/2 cups) smoked gruyere (or plain) shredded


1. In the same stockpot you used to cook the macaroni, melt the butter over medium heat. Once the butter has melted, use a spoon to stir the drained macaroni into it.

2. Add the evaporated milk mixture to the macaroni and stir to incorporate ingredients.

3. Add the remaining shredded Velveeta, extra sharp cheddar, smoked gouda, smoked gruyere, and colby jack. Stir well to combine the macaroni and cheeses. The cheese won’t melt fully.

4. Pour the mixed macaroni into the prepared casserole dish. Sprinkle the reserved cheese mixture over the macaroni.


1. Tear off a piece of aluminum foil and spray the side that will come into contact with the macaroni with non-stick cooking spray. Cover the dish with the foil and bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes.

2. After 30 minutes, remove the foil from the baking dish and bake the macaroni and cheese for another 25-30 minutes, or until the cheese starts to bubble and brown slightly. Remove the casserole from the oven and allow it to cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Recipe courtesy of by Marta Rivera at

by one of the security officers. We stood watching as the officer placed his wand and tapped on my son’s pocket of his cargo pants. My son reached into his pocket and pulled out a bag of candy. The guard then moved to the other pocket of my son’s pants and tapped on the pocket. My son pulled out another bag of candy. At this point my wife and I looked at each other wondering why our son packed all of this candy – since he never ate it and we rarely had it in the house. The security check was not quite over. The security officer continued to tap all of the pockets in my son’s cargo pants. As you may know –cargo pants have many pockets. My wife and I stood with our mouths open and were laughing each time our son reached into his pockets and pulled out more and more candy!! We could not believe what we saw. The security officer tried not to laugh as we kept proclaiming amazement of what we saw. Once we made it past airport security – our vacation was incredible with many wonderful memories to add to our candy cargo stop. He was able to keep all of the candy he had stashed away like a squirrel. To this day – we are not quite sure why he had that much candy on him,

especially now as an adult with his own career and lives out in San Diego – he is not a big candy eater.

At Compliments to the Chef, your Neighborhood Kitchen and Cutlery store located at 33 Railroad Place, we carry an assortment of culinary tools. For those traveling, bring a special gift for your foodie that may be either back home or who you will be visiting. There is always something someone needs in their culinary arsenal. Visit our cool tool gadget wall, beautiful cutting boards, baking supplies, knives, maybe that non-stick pan that someone needs, or something simple like a wooden spoon, pepper or salt mills, instant read thermometer, or visit our wine and cocktail accessory section. Traveling can be quite an event.

Have fun in your travels and adventures especially when you are bringing children with you. Make magical memories and remember to laugh. To our son John IV; we are so proud of the person you are. You still make us smile and laugh. Happy Birthday. Remember my Foodie Friends; “Life Happens in the Kitchen.”

Take Care, John & Paula

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Fish Fry Friday

Fish Creek Rod and Gun Club, 123 State Route 32, Schuylerville | 4 – 7 p.m.

Every Friday through March

29. Menu: All dinners are served with coleslaw and sauce also your choice of fries or onion rings: fish fry, chicken tenders, clam strips, popcorn shrimp, coconut shrimp w/special dipping sauce, buffalo shrimp. Extras: all previous items plus jalapeno poppers, mozzarella sticks, fried mushrooms, bowl of chowder or quart of chowder, red (Manhattan) or white (New England). Beverages are available. Eat in at our club or call ahead for take-out 518695-3917. All are welcome.

Lenten Fish Fry

Knights of Columbus, 50 Pine Rd., Saratoga Springs 5 – 7 p.m. | Advance call-in orders Wednesday – Friday, noon until 3 p.m. Menu: Fried or baked haddock $15, fried clam strips $12. Each dinner includes French fries, coleslaw, tartar sauce, or cocktail sauce. Macaroni and cheese $5, New England clam chowder (pint $7, quart $13), single orders of French fries $3, dessert $2. Call to place your order 518-5848547. Every Friday through March 29.

6th Annual Clue Murder Mystery Night

Wishing Well, 745 Saratoga Rd., Gansevoort | 6 – 9 p.m.

Join Saratoga Children’s Theatre for our highly anticipated

6th Annual Clue Fundraiser: “And All That Jazz.” Prepare for an evening filled with Jazz, Spirits, and Secrets as we embark on a captivating murder mystery adventure.

Friday, March 22, 6 – 9 p.m. at $100 per person. Whether you’re a seasoned detective or new to mystery, this night is sure to be one to remember. In the spirit of the 1920s, we

encourage all attendees to dress in attire from the era. Let’s transport ourselves back in time for an evening of elegance and intrigue! Please note that this event is strictly for ages 21 and above. To reserve your tickets, visit www. events/

Public Library. Registration is required. Program offered through a Story Quilt Arts & Literary Grant.

31st Annual Northeastern Woodworkers Showcase



Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser

4-H Training Center, 556 Middleline Rd, Ballston Spa 8 – 11 a.m. | Come meet RoBovines, a robotics team of middle and high school students. The team not only designs, builds, and programs robots for competitions, they run the 4-H youth robotics program and a summer STEM camp. All proceeds go to the robotics program and for RoBovines to compete in April in Houston at a World’s Championship to represent upstate NY!

Southern Adirondack Beekeepers Association (SABA) Spring Seminar

HVCC TEC-SMART Facility, 345 Hermes Rd., Malta 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. | “Saving the bees” has been a hot topic lately. SABA has been stewards of honeybees for over 30 years. Join us for a day of great speakers, networking, raffles (including an extractor) and vendors. The conference will feature internationally renowned speakers on various topics of beekeeping. SABA is a nonprofit educational organization providing classes to the public and enrichment activities for school districts. For more information, visit

2024 Annual Easter Bake and Jewelry Sale

St. George Church, 55 Main St. and Second St., South Glens Falls

9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Featuring Syrian, Greek, Romanian,

American foods, and desserts: baklava, fruit pies, sweet breads, cookies, rice pudding, many different pastries, Syrian pita bread, za’atar bread, meat pies, spinach pies, stuffed grape leaves, moussaka, hummus, tabbouleh, Romanian cheesecake, and so much, much more, including a jewelry sale. Cash and credit cards accepted. Free parking and admission. For more information, call the church at 518-792-2359.

Secretariat Birthday Celebration

The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, 191 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Commemorate the birthday of 1973 Triple Crown winner and Hall of Fame member Secretariat with a variety of children’s activities and a special showing of the Disney film Secretariat at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 30. The event and movie is included with the cost of regular Museum admission. Activities include: An “Easter Egg” scavenger hunt through the Museum with a prize, build-your-own trophy, dress up like a real jockey, and color your own silks, designing your own birthday card, raffle for a swag bag of Secretariat goodies. Light refreshments and sweet treats will be served throughout the event. For more information, visit www.

Writing Workshop

The Galway Public Library, 2112 East Street, Galway 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (with a onehour break). A two-day Writing Workshop for adults and older teens. Second session is on Saturday, March 30. Instructor Suzanne Rancourt will use the Amherst Writer’s & Artist’s Expressive Arts Method to help writers of all skill levels/ genres explore fresh ideas through multi-sensory prompts. Participants will share their work and receive feedback. The fee is $20, payable to the Galway

Saratoga Springs City Center, 522 Broadway, Saratoga Springs | 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission is $15, children under 12 free. The show will feature over 500 exhibits of the art of woodworking, including fine furniture, wood sculpture, carvings, musical instruments, toys, turnings, and all things crafted from wood. National and regional vendors, demonstrations, and free lectures on a variety of subjects. Sunday, March 24 is Family Day with a roving magician, and an opportunity for children to build a toy and turn a pen on a lathe. For further information, visit www.

Katie: The Strongest of the Strong

The Children’s Museum at Saratoga, 65 South Broadway, Saratoga Springs | 11 a.m.

Free Family Performance.

Opera Saratoga presents Katie: The Strongest of the Strong by Faye Chiao and Anton Dudley at venues across the Capital Region for children grades K-6. The 45-minute story celebrates women’s strength and confidence through the amazingly theatrical true story of Katie Sandwina, a circus strongwoman who defied cultural expectations and became instrumental in the U.S. suffrage movement. The opera is a wild, funny, musical way for students and families to learn about the importance of equal rights. Register at katie-the-strongest-of-thestrong. Additional performance

Thursday, March 28, 11 a.m., Troy Savings Bank Music Hall.

Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body

Ballston Spa Public Library, 21 Milton Ave., Ballston Spa 11 a.m. | The Alzheimer’s Association will present a talk on the latest research on healthy living for your brain and body. Don’t miss this essential program on such

topics as diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement. Participants will use hands-on tools to help incorporate these recommendations into a usable plan for healthy aging. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Please call 518-885-5022 or stop in to reserve your spot.


Presents Conversations with The Lacks Family

Skidmore College, Gannett Auditorium, 815 N. Broadway, Saratoga Springs | 2 – 3 p.m. In recognition of SaratogaREADS! 20th year, the Saratoga Springs community took a look into our archives and voted to revisit one our previous titles for our 2024 Community Read. By popular vote, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot was chosen. SaratogaREADS! and Skidmore College are thrilled to welcome two members of the Lacks family to Saratoga Springs via Zoom. Henrietta Lacks’s great-granddaughter, Victoria Baptiste and daughter-in-law, Shirley Lacks will join us for a conversation about Henrietta’s legacy. No registration required.

Basket Raffle

Glens Falls Elks Lodge #81, 32 Cronin Rd, Glens Falls

Doors open at 3 p.m.

Drawing at 5 p.m. Admission is $20 and includes 1 sheet of 25 tickets, door prize ticket, food, and fun. Additional tickets 1 Sheet $10, 3 sheets $25 and 10 sheets $50. Proceeds to benefit Elks Major Project, Cerebral Palsy of NY Home Service Program. All are welcome.


Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

Gansevoort Volunteer Firehouse, 1870 Route 32N, Gansevoort | 8 – 11 a.m.

Menu: Eggs cooked to order, omelets, pancakes, hash, French toast, home fries, biscuits, sausage gravy, orange Juice, milk, and coffee. Donations: $12 Adults, $10 Seniors 55+, $10 Military and 1st Responders, $8 Children (age 6 – 12) Free kids under 6.

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Monthly Indoor Craft and Garage Sale

Saratoga Wilton Elks, 1 Elks Lane, Saratoga Springs | 11-3 p.m. Admission is free. Over 40 vendors, great parking, crafts galore, and lunch. Lots of shopping with necklace sets, earrings, body lotions, clothing, as well as household items, knitted, NASCAR, and handmade items, food treats, antiques and vintage items, food treats and just about anything you can imagine. New vendors sign-up every month. A fun activity the entire family enjoys. All proceeds go to local charities. 8’ table and chairs $15; Call Debbie at 518885-6506 or email dozolins@ for information or to sign up for a table(s).

Polish Dance

Saratoga Knights of Columbus #243, 50 Pine Rd., Saratoga Springs | 2 - 6 p.m. Shine your shoes and get ready to dance! $20 per person at the door. Polish food will be available for sale. Bring your dancing partner and have some fun! For questions or reservations, call Rick Schwartzbeck at 518 893-7074.


National Vietnam War Veterans Day

The Empire State Aerosciences Museum is offering free admission for all Vets on Friday, March 29 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Take a tour of our


Exploring the Outdoors in Clifton Park

Clifton Park – Halfmoon Public Library, 475 Moe Rd., Clifton Park | 6:30 p.m. Learn what tools to use to find the “secret” green spaces around town and where you can go on our trails. 518371-8622.


After the Fire Monthly Meeting

Eagle Matt Lee Firehouse, Washington St., Ballston Spa 7 p.m. | A non-profit organization that helps Saratoga County Residents who have suffered a loss due to fire. Families are provided with gift cards, a night’s stay at a participating hotel/motel, Red Cross referral, informational material, emotional support. etc. Anyone interested in learning more about After the Fire, or becoming a member, may attend a meeting, visit us on Facebook at www.afterthefire. org, or leave a message on voicemail at 518-435-4571.

Vietnam era hunter/killer team aircraft: our OH-6A Loach scout helicopter and our newly restored UH-1M gunship. Both aircraft served in the conflict and will be open for you to climb in and inspect. At 1 p.m. a Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin Presentation and Surviving Spouse Pin Presentation. Please email or call 518-376-5353 by Friday, March 24 if you would like to receive a pin. Pilots: Tower Frequency 121.3; Ground




Baby Back Ribs

Dinner Take Out

Saratoga – Wilton Elks Club, 1 Elks Lane, Saratoga Springs 4:30 – 6 p.m. | Take out only. Call Monday or Tuesday between 10 a.m. – Noon to place an order, 518-584-2585. Menu: baby back ribs, baked beans, cold slaw, corn bread. Cost is $15 per dinner. Cash only.

Photography Club

Galway Public Library, Community Room 2112 East Street, Galway | 6 p.m. This month, club member Phil Olivo will be presenting “Signs, Storefronts and Other Mundane Things,” images from his portfolio taken during his trips throughout the United States and across the world. We will also be reviewing photographs submitted to our March Photo Challenge: Fire and Ice. Anyone interested in photography regardless of their level of experience is encouraged to attend these relaxed and friendly gatherings.

121.9. Land at Schenectady County Airport and taxi to Richmor Aviation North. Tell them you are going to ESAM.

Saratoga Veterans Chorus

The chorus meets twice monthly, on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays at American Legion Post 70, 34 West Avenue, Saratoga Springs at 7 p.m. All male and female veterans of the Nation’s Armed Forces are invited to attend to learn more

For more information

contact: Dave Waite at

Physical Activity and Successful Aging in Saratoga Springs: A Community Partnership

Saratoga Springs Public Library, Harry Dutcher Community Room, 49 Henry St., Saratoga Springs | 7 – 8:45 p.m.

A free panel discussion sponsored by Bikeatoga will explore the resources available at Saratoga Hospital and the Saratoga Regional YMCA to support seniors who want to stay physically active and independent.


Opera Saratoga Pasta & Puccini Dinner

The Factory, 20 Prospect St, Ballston Spa | 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

The Opera Saratoga Guild is once again hosting the incredibly popular annual tribute to all things “Pasta & Puccini”. Join Opera Saratoga

about the camaraderie of choral singing in a “no audition,” informal setting where there is never a requirement to sing at any public performance. Professional instruction provided by a retired choral director. For additional information contact Erin Cassidy, Saratoga County Peer Connection program coordinator at 518-884-4999 or by email at ecassidy@

for an evening of delicious Italian food, opera arias, and fun. Tickets: $75 for OS Guild members; $95 for nonGuild members. Tickets and Information at operasaratoga. org/2024-pasta-puccini

Slow Pitch Co-Ed or Men’s Softball Registration

End Zone Sports Bar @ Saratoga Strike Zone, 32 Ballston Ave., Saratoga Springs | 6 – 9 p.m.

Cost is $825 per team. Checks payable to Just for Fun Sports (Venmo or PayPal also). The fee covers team entrance fee for all field fees, softballs, scorebooks, and line up cards, plus other league expenses. Umpire fees are an additional $28 per team/ per game. Co-Ed Leagues are either Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, or Sundays. Men’s League is on Mondays. The 2024 summer league start date is Monday, April 29 –Thursday, May 2. For more information, please contact saratogasoftballleague@gmail. com or saratogacoed.

March at the Tang

The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College invites the public to its March programs, featuring tours, screenings, family programs, and special guests Karen Stevens ’88 and Yvette Molina. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Tang Visitors Services Desk at 518-580-8080 or visit the Tang website at



Writing the Right Word



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Across 1 Shoot the breeze 5 Ladder rung 9 How-to presentations 14 Lacking color 15 Blue-green hue 16 Poetry muse 17 Dance, music, sculpture, etc. 18 Tabula __: blank slate 19 Rolls of fabric 20 Where Clay went to make a ceramic vase? 23 Calligrapher’s tool 24 Selfish shout 25 Where Penny went to deposit money? 30 Verbalize 33 Olympic skater’s leap 34 Herbal beverage 35 Stock unit 37 Boy, in Spanish 38 Speed 41 “Sign me up!” 42 Talks up 44 Golden yrs. fund 45 Verse writer 46 Mornings, briefly 47 Where Viola went to perform with an orchestra? 51 Lose color 52 Cow’s sound 53 Where Dean went to meet with professors and students? 59 Doctor Who player Whittaker 60 Declare 61 Say grace, say 63 Sci-fi visitor 64 Gas holder 65 Quiche ingredients 66 Stately home 67 Laryngitis docs 68 Film spool Down 1 Tax prep pro 2 Triangular stringed instrument 3 Voice above tenor 4 Aerospace employee who assesses new aircraft 5 Force 6 Run like the dickens 7 “Nothing to it!” 8 Blood component 9 Shows to be untrue 10 Wear away 11 Landlocked African nation west of Niger 12 Springfield Elementary bus driver 13 “Help!” letters 21 Number of millimeters in a centimeter 22 Altoids container 25 Father Christmas 26 Widely accepted truth 27 Five-time Wimbledon singles champion Williams 28 Dead __ Scrolls 29 No-frills 30 American __: U.S. territory in the South Pacific 31 Disney mermaid 32 Streisand title role 36 Rap devotee 39 Tuscany three 40 Designates for a specific purpose, as funds 43 Like triangles with unequal sides 48 “__ to Joy”: segment of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony 49 Cancel out 50 Pitcher Seaver who won three Cy Young Awards 51 Swatter’s targets 53 Pepsi or Coke 54 Thor’s father 55 “Dear __ Hansen”: 2017 Best Musical Tony winner 56 Small change 57 Strong desire 58 Poultry herb 59 English muffin topper 62 Monogram of a French fashion house See puzzle solution on page 34 See puzzle solutions on page 34
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.
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opening of the wing is a historic occasion
the hospital
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with or relating to history.
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Dowling is the author of The Wrong Word Dictionary and The
of Worthless
Both books are available from many book retailers, and signed copies can be
Dave at

Easter GUIDE

Easter Sunday: March 31

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Lena Go RoundSongwriter Showcase with Erin Harkes Wednesday

series at Caffe Lena on March 27.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Musician/comedian Erin Harkes continues her songwriters’ series at Caffè Lena on Wednesday, March 27. Doors at 7 p.m.

The monthly showcase, curated and hosted by Harkes, spotlights rising talent who take turns playing their songs and telling stories “in the round,” for

an audience and for each other. Lena Go Round is inspired by the original music that has been the cornerstone of Caffè Lena’s 63 years in operation. The featured songwriters this month are Jacob Shipley, Ryan Leddick and Deb Cavanaugh. For more information, go to:

& Arts

At The Tang: Framing the Flesh Film Series Explores Body Alterations

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College announces Framing the Flesh, a series of four films shown over three nights on March 28, April 4, and April 18 that explore our relationship with our bodies and unconventional bodily alterations.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Abject Anatomy, the screening series is the capstone project by Piper Ingels ’24, the 2023-24 Meg Reitman Jacobs ’63 Endowed Intern at the Tang.


March 28, 7:30 p.m.: Crimes of the Future (2022): Directed by David Cronenberg; starring Viggo Mortensen, Léa Seydoux, and Kristen Stewart.

April 4, 6 p.m.: Double Feature - Eyes Without a Face (1960), Directed by Georges Franju; starring Pierre Brasseur,

Alida Valli, Juliette Mayniel; Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989), Directed by Shin’ya Tsukamoto; starring Tomorô Taguchi, Kei Fujiwara, and Nobu Kanaoka.

April 18, 6 pm: birth/rebirth (2023): Directed by Laura Moss; starring Marin Ireland, Judy Reyes, and A.J. Lister.

Note, the films contain material of a highly sensitive

nature including language, nudity, violence, gore, and disturbing content. The screenings are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Visitors Services Desk at 518-580-8080 or visit the Tang website at The exhibition Abject Anatomy is on view at the Tang through April 21.

Shawn Colvin + KT Tunstall; Lyle Lovett + Lisa Loeb to Perform at UPH

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Universal Preservation Hall has announced Shawn Colvin and KT Tunstall will be coming to the Great Hall for a concert on Friday, April 26. In the 30 years since the release of her debut album, Colvin has released 13 albums, written a critically acclaimed memoir, maintained a non-stop national and international touring schedule, and had her songs featured in major motion pictures. Tunstall is a Scottish musician who entered the music scene with her multiplatinum debut album in 2004, “Eye to the Telescope,” which included hits “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree” and “Suddenly I See.”

Performing at UPH on May 2, is Lyle Lovett and Lisa Loeb. As a singer, composer and actor, Lyle Lovett has broadened the definition of American music in a career that spans 14 albums.

Singer-songwriter, touring musician and philanthropist Lisa

Tickets on sale through the Box Office at Proctors in-person, via phone at 518-346-6204

Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., or visit

Loeb started her career with the platinum-selling hit song “Stay (I Missed You).” A trailblazing independent artist, Loeb was the first pop musician to have a Number 1 single while not signed to a recording contract. She followed the feat with several hit singles and six albums.

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Production still from Crimes of the Future (2022, Canada/Greece/UK, 107 min., digital), courtesy of Neon. Erin Harkes hosts her songwriters’ Photo: Lisa Loeb will perform with Lyle Lovett at Universal Preservation Hall in Saratoga Springs on May 2. Shawn Colvin and KT Tunstall will be at UPH April 26. Photo provided.

Eddies Music Hall of Fame Ceremony March 25 at UPH

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Universal Preservation Hall announces the performance lineup for the 2024 Capital Region Thomas Edison Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on March 25.

The ceremony celebrates the careers of eight individuals with Capital Region ties: the late Jackie Alper, the late Nick Brignola, George Guarino, David Alan Miller, the late Pauline Oliveros, Margie Rosenkranz, Billy Waring and Don Wilcock.

Performing at the event

are folk artists Wanda Fischer and Kate Blain, who will perform works to honor Alper and Rosenkranz, respectively; jazz artists David Calarco, Mike Holober and Rich Syracuse will come together to honor Brignola; and Camtron5000 will perform a song penned by Waring for Kurtis Blow, the first rapper signed to a major record label. The ceremony is open to the public and in addition to musical performances, there will be a social hour, videos on the musical career of

each inductee and acceptance speeches. A plaque honoring each individual will also be unveiled. With this sixth class, the Hall of Fame recognizes the music careers of 40 inductees with local connections.

Tickets are on sale now through the Box Office at Proctors either in-person, via phone at 518-346-6204 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday or online by visiting More information on the Eddies Music Hall of Fame is available at

John Fogerty, George Thorogood at SPAC in June

SARATOGA SPRINGS — John Fogerty, who first grew to international acclaim leading Creedence Clearwater Revival with his songs “Proud Mary,” “Down on the Corner,” “Fortunate Son,” “Bad Moon

Rising,” and “Have You Ever Seen the Rain” - note he’s also the only musician to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, for his song, “Centerfield” - will return to Saratoga Performing Arts Center in June.

Fogerty will headline a show June 12 at SPAC with support provided by George Thorogood and The Destroyers, and Hearty Har - which features two of Fogerty’s sons. Tickets:

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New York on 02/03/2024. Office: Saratoga County. SSNY has been designated as the LLC’s agent upon whom process against it may be served. A copy of process should be mailed to the LLC at: 92 Ashdown Rd Ballston Lake NY 12019. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. 02/16, 02/23, 03/01, 03/08, 03/15, 03/22/2024. 12349


Name of LLC: VAN MACEY PROPERTIES, LLC; Date of filing: 1/19/2024; Office of the LLC: Saratoga Co.; The NY Secretary of State has been designated as the agent upon whom process may be served. NYSS may mail a copy of any process to the LLC at 1500

Hudson Avenue, Stillwater, New York 12170; Purpose of LLC: Any lawful purpose. 02/16, 02/23, 03/01, 03/08, 03/15, 03/22/2024. 12353

Notice of formation of NB VENTURES LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York on 01/02/2024 Office Saratoga County. SSNY has been designated as LLC’s agent upon whom process against it may be served. A copy of process should be mailed to the LLC at: 30 LAKE AVENUE APT 207, SARATOGA SPRINGS NY 12866. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. 02/16, 02/23, 03/01, 03/08, 03/15, 03/22/2024. 12355

Notice of formation of Stump Solutions LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York on 10/31/23 Office: Saratoga County. SSNY has been designated as the LLC’s agent upon whom process against it may be served. A copy of process should be mailed to the LLC at: 210 Oak Ln Ballston Spa, NY 12020. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. 02/16, 02/23, 03/01, 03/08, 03/15, 03/22/2024. 12356

Notice of formation of JM Stewart LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York on 02/07/2024 Office: Saratoga County. SSNY has been designated as the LLC’s agent upon whom process against it may be served. A copy of process should be mailed to the LLC at: 96 Meadowbrook Rd Saratoga Springs NY 12866. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. 02/16, 02/23, 03/01, 03/08, 03/15, 03/22/2024. 12360

Notice of formation of S & Z Real Estate Services, LLC. Articles of Organization filed with New York State Dept. of State on 08/09/2023. The County within this state in which the office of the limited liability company is located in is Saratoga. The Secretary of State is designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. The address to which the Secretary of State shall mail process is to the limited liability company at Law Office of Douglas J Zins, 400 First Avenue Fl 1, Watervliet, NY 12189. Company is organized for any lawful purpose. 02/16, 02/23, 03/01, 03/08, 03/15, 03/22/2024. 12361

Notice of formation of Empire Throwing Club, LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York on 9/13/2023 Office: Saratoga County. SSNY has been designated as the LLC’s agent upon whom process against it may be served. A copy of process should be mailed to the LLC at: 54 State St. Suite 804, Albany, NY 12207. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. 02/16, 02/23, 03/01, 03/08, 03/15, 03/22/2024. 12363


COMPANY. NAME: 150152 Main Street Property, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 2/8/2024. Office location: Saratoga County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, c/o Northern Builders, 150-152 Main Street, South Glens Falls, New York

12803. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. 02/16, 02/23, 03/01, 03/08, 03/15, 03/22/2024. 12365

Notice of Formation of a NY Limited Liability Company.

Name: The Sisters’ Buttery Bites LLC. The Articles of Organization filing date with the Secretary of State (SSNY) was 12/21/2023. Office location: Saratoga County. SSNY has been designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and SSNY shall mail a copy of process to 119 Geyser Rd Saratoga Springs Ny, 12866. Purpose is to engage in any and all business activities permitted under NYS laws. 02/23, 03/01, 03/08, 03/15, 03/22, 03/29/2024. 12377

Notice of Organization of Professional Limited Liability Company. The name of the Professional Limited Liability Company is: INTEGRATIVE PHYSICAL THERAPY WELLNESS, PLLC (hereinafter referred to as the “Company”). The Articles of Organization of the Company were filed with the New York Secretary of State on February 1, 2024. The County within New York State in which the office of the Company is to be located is SARATOGA. The Secretary of State has been designated as agent upon whom process against the Company may be served. The post office address to which the Secretary of State shall mail process is: INTEGRATIVE PHYSICAL THERAPY WELLNESS, PLLC, 1 Barney Road, Suite 120, Clifton Park, NY 12065. The Company’s professional service is Physical Therapy.

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Notice of formation of Core Restore Nutrition and Wellness LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York on 01/16/2024 Office: Saratoga County. SSNY has been designated as the LLC’s agent upon whom process against it may be served. A copy of process should be mailed to the LLC at: 79 Lake Ave Apt 1 Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Purpose: Any lawful purpose. 02/23, 03/01, 03/08, 03/15, 03/22, 03/29/2024. 12392

Notice of formation of 2 Bright Sparks LLC . Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York on 09/15/2023 Office: Saratoga County. United States Corporation Agents, INC has been designated as the LLC’s agent upon whom process against it may be served. A copy of process should be mailed to the LLC at: 7014 13th Avenue, Suite 202, Brooklyn, NY, 11228. Purpose: Residential Electrician. 02/23, 03/01, 03/08, 03/15, 03/22, 03/29/2024. 12409

IMPACT Charters LLC Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/21/23. Office in Saratoga Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Lemery Greisler LLC, 60 Railroad Place, Suite 502, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Purpose: General. 02/23, 03/01, 03/08, 03/15, 03/22, 03/29/2024. 12410

CLASSIFIED CALL 518-581-2480 EXT. 204 It’s where YOU to be. NEED MARKETPLACE CLASSIFIED@SARATOGA PUBLISHING .COM AD SPACE RESERVATION DUE: Monday | 5 p.m. AD COPY DUE: Wednesday | Noon Publication Day: Friday PLACE YOUR CLASSIFIED AD TODAY! PHONE: 518-581-2480 ext. 204 EMAIL: CLASSIFIED@ 2254 Route 50 South Saratoga Springs 30 Week of March 22 – March 28, 2024 LEGALS Notice of Formation of a Domestic Limited Liability Company (LLC) Under Section 206 of The Limited Liability Company Law. The name of the LLC is Saratoga Spa Realty, LLC. The Articles of Organization were filed with the NY Secretary of State on January 22, 2024. The purpose of the LLC is to engage in any lawful act or activity. The office of the LLC is to be located in Saratoga County. The Secretary of State is designated as the agent of the LLC upon whom process against the LLC may be served. The address of which the Secretary of State shall mail a copy of any process against the LLC is 571 Grand Avenue, Saratoga Springs, New York 12866. 02/16, 02/23, 03/01, 03/08, 03/15, 03/22/2024. 12347
of formation of Tiger House Customs LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of

Notice of formation of Herbst and Sons LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York on 03/23/2023 Office: Saratoga County. SSNY has been designated as the LLC’s agent upon whom process against it may be served. A copy of process should be mailed to the LLC at: 20 Outlook Dr S Mechanicville, NY 12118. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. 03/01, 03/08, 03/15, 03/22, 03/29, 04/05/2024. 12425

Notice of formation of Back Home Midwifery PLLC. Articles of Organization filed with New York state Dept. of State on 1/24/24. The County within this state in which the office of the limited liability company is located in is Saratoga. The Secretary of State is designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. The address to which the Secretary of State shall mail process is to the limited liability company at Heidi Back 46 Glenwood Rd. Menands, NY 12204. Company is organized for Midwifery. 03/01, 03/08, 03/15, 03/22, 03/29, 04/05/2024. 12426



Head Trail LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 2/22/2024. Office location: Saratoga County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, 195 Mott Rd. Gansevoort, NY 12831. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. 03/01, 03/08, 03/15, 03/22, 03/29, 04/05/2024. 12427

Notice of Formation

FIGLIOZZI BUILDERS, LLC. Art. of org. filed Secy. of State NY (SSNY) 2/23/24. Off. loc. in Saratoga Co. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to: The LLC, 7 Rosebay Rd., Ballston Spa, NY 12020 Purpose: Any lawful purpose. 03/01, 03/08, 03/15, 03/22, 03/29, 04/05/2024. 12449

Notice is hereby given that a license number, NA-0340-24205633 for beer, cider, liquor and wine has been applied for by the undersigned to sell beer, cider, liquor and wine at retail in a restaurant under the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law at 54 Clifton Country Rd, Clifton Park, NY, Saratoga County for on premises consumption.

Andres Dominguez Ortiz

Sofia’s of Clifton Park, LLC 03/015, 03/22/2024, 12455


203 of the Limited Liability Company Law. Name: Phoenix Prime Properties LLC, Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on February 18, 2024. Office location: Saratoga County. SSNY is designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to:

c/o Scotty Parillo Jr, 1 Second Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Purpose: Any lawful act or activities. 03/01, 03/08, 03/15, 03/22, 03/29, 04/05/2024. 12480

Notice of formation of Elite Fighting Promotions, LLC.

Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York on 02/19/2024 Office: Saratoga County. SSNY has been designated as the LLC’s agent upon whom process against it may be served. A copy of process should be mailed to the LLC at: 3 West Circular Court, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. 03/08, 03/15, 03/22, 03/29, 04/05, 04/12/2024. 12493

Notice of formation of Saratoga Muay Thai, LLC.

Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York on 07/24/2023 Office: Saratoga County. SSNY has been designated as the LLC’s agent upon whom process against it may be served. A copy of process should be mailed to the LLC at: 3 West Circular Court, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. 03/08, 03/15, 03/22, 03/29, 04/05, 04/12/2024. 12494


Notice of formation of SEN’S SOFTWARE CONSULTING

LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York on 10/10/21 Office: Saratoga County. SSNY has been designated as the LLC’s agent upon whom process against it may be served. A copy of process should be mailed to the LLC at: 1E Fulham Rd, Clifton Park, NY, 12065. Purpose: Software Consulting. 03/08, 03/15, 03/22, 03/29, 04/05, 04/12/2024. 12503

Notice of formation of E&B Amusements LLC Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York on 02/23/2024 Office: Saratoga County. SSNY has been designated as the LLC’s agent upon whom process against it may be served. A copy of process should be mailed to the LLC at: 46 Willowbrook Terrace, Halfmoon NY 12065.

Purpose: Any lawful purpose. 03/08, 03/15, 03/22, 03/29, 04/05, 04/12/2024. 12506


LLC. Art. of Org. filed w/ NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 3/5/24. Ofc. Loc.: Saratoga Co. SSNY designated as agent for service of process. SSNY to mail copy of process to LLC at its principal bus. loc., 7 Downton Walk, Saratoga Spgs., NY 12866.

Purpose: Any lawful purpose. 03/08, 03/15, 03/22, 03/29, 04/05, 04/12/2024. 12520

Notice of Formation of 610 Fifth Ave LLC, a Domestic Limited Liability Company (LLC). Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on November 02, 2023. Office location: County of Saratoga. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to: 30 Main Street, Middle Grove NY 12850.

Purpose: any lawful purpose. 03/15, 03/22, 03/29, 04/05, 04/12, 04/19/2024. 12538

Notice of Formation of TSC Empire LLC, a domestic limited liability company (LLC). Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State

of NY (SSNY) on February 29, 2024. Office location: Saratoga County. Principal business location: 129 Van Aernem Rd, Malta, NY 12020. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of any process served against the LLC to TSC Empire LLC, 129 Van Aernem Rd, Malta, NY 12020. Purpose: any lawful activity.

03/15, 03/22, 03/29, 04/05, 04/12, 04/19/2024. 12539

Notice of Formation of Maki Ridge LLC, a domestic limited liability company (LLC). Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of NY (SSNY) on February 29, 2024. Office location: Saratoga County. Principal business location: 129 Van Aernem Rd, Malta, NY 12020. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of any process served against the LLC to Maki Ridge LLC, 129 Van Aernem Rd, Malta, NY 12020. Purpose: any lawful activity. 03/15, 03/22, 03/29, 04/05, 04/12, 04/19/2024. 12540

Notice of Formation of The Relational Life Coach LLC.

Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York SSNY on 06/06/2023

Office Location: Saratoga County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 1440 Central Ave Ste 14 #1052, Albany NY 12205.

Purpose: any lawful activity. 03/15, 03/22, 03/29, 04/05, 04/12, 04/19/2024. 12556

Notice of formation of Lady Jaguar Properties LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York on 12/13/2023

Office: Saratoga County. SSNY has been designated as the LLC’s agent upon whom process against it may be served. A copy of process should be mailed to the LLC at: 133 South Street Glens Falls, NY 12801. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. 03/22, 03/29, 04/05, 04/12, 04/19, 4/26/2024. 12574


The Department of Central Services will receive sealed bids in person or electronically through the Empire State Purchasing Website until 11:00 a.m. Friday, March 29, 2024, at which time bids will be publicly opened and read aloud for Fuel Additive and Maintenance Program, as per specification 24-PWFAMP-49R.

Bid forms and instructions are available at the Department of Central Services, 50 W. High Street, Ballston Spa, NY between 9:00 a.m. & 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday (telephone - 518-885-2210) or at the Empire State Purchasing Group website (www. Saratoga County, through its Department of Central Services, reserves the right to reject parts of any or all bids.


Director of Purchasing Saratoga County 03/22/2024, 12577

NOTICE OF APPLICATION OF AUTHORITY of Riverwalk Lodge LLC. Application of Authority filed with the Secretary of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/09/2024. Office location: Saratoga County. Designated agent: United States Corporation Agents, Inc. is designated as agent upon whom process may be served. Please mail service of process to United State Corporation Agents, Inc. @ 651 North Broad Street, Suite 201, Middletown, DE 19709.

Purpose: Any lawful purpose. 03/22, 03/29, 04/05, 04/12, 04/19, 4/26/2024. 12582

Notice of formation of THE STARTING GATE DAYCARE LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York on 01/08/2024

Office: Saratoga County. SSNY has been designated as the LLC’s agent upon whom process against it may be served. A copy of process should be mailed to the LLC at: 31 ICHABOD LANE, BALLSTON SPA, NY 12020.

Purpose: Any lawful purpose. 03/22, 03/29, 04/05, 04/12, 04/19, 4/26/2024. 12613

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NYRA President on Belmont at Saratoga: “Everybody Wants to be Here”

SARATOGA SPRINGS — New York Racing Association (NYRA) President & CEO David O’Rourke heaped praise on Saratoga Springs at an Industry Influencers event on Wednesday morning hosted by the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce.

O’Rourke said it was a “literal no-brainer” to host the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival at the Saratoga Racecourse.

“Saratoga has been an amazing partner for NYRA and horse racing period,” O’Rourke said. “In terms of Saratoga, since the 16 years I’ve been there, the growth has been phenomenal.”

When asked how people outside New York are reacting to Belmont at Saratoga, O’Rourke

replied that “everybody wants to be here.”

O’Rourke said that ticket sales for Belmont have “obviously gone well” and have attracted people from all over the country. He confirmed that Belmont would only be in Saratoga for two years: 2024 and 2025. In 2026, the new Belmont Park facilities on Long Island, which are currently under construction, should be ready to host racing events.

O’Rourke touched on a few other topics in his conversation with Chamber President Todd Shimkus, including NYRA’s partnership with television broadcaster Fox Sports. O’Rourke said that national coverage of horse racing at Saratoga would likely increase its emphasis on “the lifestyle aspect of Saratoga,” akin to

coverage of Churchill Downs and Louisville during Kentucky Derby broadcasts. “That kind of allows us to really sell the whole package of Saratoga,” O’Rourke said.

In terms of safety issues for the upcoming summer meet, O’Rourke said that NYRA was confident in the track surface last year and is still confident this year. He said the tracks are tested multiple times per day, and that there will be no change in their composition. “They are, every which way you could look at them, some of the best surfaces in the country,” he said.

The Belmont Stakes Racing Festival will be held at the Saratoga Racecourse from June 6 through June 9. Belmont Stakes Day, on June 8, is sold out but some tickets are still available for the remaining three days.

Congressman Tonko Takes Aim at Sports Betting Industry

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Saratoga County’s Congressman is determined to rein in the sports betting industry.

Rep. Paul Tonko unveiled new legislation called the Supporting Affordability and Fairness with Every (S.A.F.E.) Bet Act in a virtual press conference on Tuesday afternoon. “The sports book industry has been operating in a Wild West, largely unregulated environment,” Tonko said. “I don’t get into issues lightly; this industry needs to change and change quickly.”

According to documents provided by Tonko’s office, the SAFE Bet Act would require states that offer sports betting to ensure that operators comply with federal standards in three different categories: advertising, affordability, and artificial intelligence.

The bill would prohibit sportsbook advertising during

live sporting events, broadcast advertising between the hours of 8 a.m. and 10 p.m., advertising that shows its audience how to gamble, and promotions that induce gambling with various types of bonus bets. Operators would no longer be able to accept more than five deposits from one customer in a 24-hour period. Operators would also be required to conduct “affordability checks” before accepting large wagers. The use of artificial intelligence to track gambling habits, offer individualized promotions, and create gambling products would be prohibited.

The SAFE Bet Act would also establish a general nationwide ban on sports betting, but create exceptions for states that acquire an approved application from the Department of Justice.

States that already have sports betting programs would have one year to comply. Betting on amateur sports, with some exceptions for the Olympics,

Paralympics, and college sports, would also be banned.

Last year, Tonko introduced the Betting on Our Futures Act, which would have prohibited online and electronic advertising of sportsbooks. Since then, Tonko said he’s come to believe that the issue of gambling addiction “goes much deeper than just advertising.”

Tonko cited data showing that around 7 million people nationwide either have a problem with gambling or a fullblown addiction. An estimated 20%, or 1.4 million, of those individuals will attempt or have attempted suicide.

In the wake of the 2018 Supreme Court decision to strike down a federal ban on sports betting, Tonko has made several efforts to combat gambling addiction. In addition to the Betting on Our Futures Act, he also wrote a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services advocating that

gambling addiction be covered under the Affordable Care Act.

In 2013, sports betting became legal in New York State, but mobile sports betting didn’t begin until early 2022. Earlier this year, Governor Kathy Hochul announced that the state had collected more than $1.55 billion in taxes on sports wagers. “I look forward to this third year of our successful gaming policies that deliver top tier mobile sports wagering experiences,” Governor Hochul said in a statement. “We will continue to generate revenue that will enrich the lives of New Yorkers, all with important

safeguards in place to help those who need it.”

NYRA Bets, the official betting partner of the New York Racing Association (which operates the Saratoga Racecourse), states on its website that it is “committed to promoting responsible wagering.” NYRA Bets has partnered with the National Council on Problem Gambling and the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services “to address issues of compulsive and pathological gambling and have developed a comprehensive program to ensure account holders wager responsibly.”

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Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce President Todd Shimkus talks with NYRA President & CEO David O'Rourke at a Chamber-hosted Industry Influencers event on Wednesday morning. Photo by Jonathon Norcross. Screenshot of NYRA Bets website Responsible Gaming webpage

Saratoga Swimmers Wrap Up Successful Season


The Saratoga Springs boys’ varsity swim team enjoyed one of its most successful seasons in school history this year, earning top honors among Section 2 competitors at the state meet in Ithaca earlier this month.

“We had a wonderful year with an 8W and 3L season in

the Suburban Council,” Coach Bill Asay told Saratoga TODAY. “All of the boys improved dramatically with their personal best swims at the sectionals.”

Led by Coach Asay, the 200-medley relay at states included John Gregory, Anthony Sanchez, Rob Shontz, and Anderson Baird. This squad broke

Fun And Games

Try Tennis with Saratoga Varsity Coach

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Springs Recreation Department is offering locals a chance to try out tennis with an area expert: high school varsity tennis coach Tim O’Brien.

On Friday, April 12 from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m., the East Side Rec tennis courts will be devoted to those interested in seeing if they might just be the next Serena or Nadal.

Pre-registration is encouraged at www.saratogarec. com. Any questions can be sent via email to recreservations@

More Than 80 Athletes Participate in Judo Event

the school record at

in February. Then at the state meet two weeks later, it broke its own record. They finished 11th overall at states. The 400 freestyle relay also qualified for the state meet, finishing 14th overall.

Blue Streaks individual swimmers also had some strong showings. Sanchez set a school record in the 100 breaststroke at sectionals, then finished 39th in the 200 IM, and 26th in the 100 breaststroke at states. At states, Gregory placed 25th in the 100 butterfly and 28th in the 100 backstroke. Baird finished 18th in the 200 IM, and 18th in the 500 freestyle. Sanchez, Gregory, and Baird all qualified to compete in the finals on the second day of states.

Puzzle Solutions

GLENVILLE — More than 80 athletes from across the Northeast attended the 35th JMJC Open Developmental Event hosted by the Jason Morris Judo Center last weekend.

The event aims to help develop athletes and prepare them for competitions by getting them matches in a more

casual environment. This year’s event featured U.S. Sr. National Champs Ari Berliner, Kell Berliner, Nicole Stout, and Melissa Myers. Burnt Hills 8th graders Rand and Dani Morris also participated. The event is the brainchild of Teri Takemori and four-time Olympian Jason Morris.

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The Saratoga Springs boys’ varsity swim team poses with Coach William Asay. Photo provided by Elizabeth Baird. Burnt Hills 8th grader Dani Morris throws her opponent on her way to a victory at the 35th JMJC Open Developmental Event. Photo by Lou DiGesare/
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Ballston Spa Runners Break More Records


According to Coach Matt Germann, Ballston Spa runners Kala’i Makanani and Gabrielle Bozeth both broke school records for the 200m. The girls team also set a school record for the sprint medley relay.

Earlier this month, Bozeth set her school’s 300-meter dash record with a time of 39.91 at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association’s (NYSPHSAA) indoor track and field championships in Staten Island.

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Coach Matt Germann poses with Ballston Spa girls track and field runners. Photo via @CoachGermann X account.
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