Saratoga TODAY March 29 - April 4, 2024

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New York’s Expanded Move Over Law in Effect

ALBANY — Effective

March 27, New York’s expanded Move Over Law stipulates that drivers will be required to take precautions, including slowing down and moving over, to avoid a crash with ALL vehicles stopped along the roadway.

In 2010, New York State implemented the Move Over Law to prevent collisions with emergency vehicles that were stopped on the roadway. The law has since been expanded several times to also cover hazard vehicles, highway worker vehicles, and tow trucks. In 2023, Gov. Kathy Hochul signed a bill to further strengthen the law by including this protection for all vehicles stopped on the roadway.

“If you see that you are approaching a disabled vehicle, slow down and move over as best you can to give them some space,”

Hochul said in a statement.

From 2016 to 2020, 37 individuals were killed outside disabled vehicles in New York. Nationally, nearly 300 drivers are struck and killed roadside every year. The Move Over Law was enacted to prevent those tragedies and make New York’s roadways safer for all.

Under the law, when a driver is approaching a vehicle stopped along either shoulder

of the road, they should: change into a lane not immediately adjacent to the vehicle, or slow down to a reasonable speed if unable to safely make a lane change.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, all 50 states have “Move Over” laws to protect law enforcement officers and other first responders, yet one-third of Americans are not aware of these laws.

HEAP Deadline Extended to April 12

ALBANY — Gov. Kathy Hochul on March 18 announced the availability of additional home heating assistance to help low- and middle-income New Yorkers who are struggling to pay their energy bills, are in danger of running out of heating fuel or having their utility service shut off.

The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) has extended the deadline for Regular and Emergency HEAP applications to April 12 and is now accepting applications for a second emergency benefit from eligible New Yorkers who have used up their regular and first emergency benefits.

HEAP, which is overseen by the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, is federally funded and can help eligible New Yorkers heat and cool their homes. Normally, eligible households can receive one Regular HEAP benefit each winter and could also be eligible for a single Emergency HEAP benefit if they face an energy crisis. Those that have already received a regular and emergency benefit this winter will be able to apply for an

additional emergency benefit, if they are facing a utility shut off or are running out of heating fuel and cannot afford to replenish it.

Eligible homeowners and renters may receive up to $976 in heating assistance, depending on their income, household size, how they heat their home, and if the household contains a vulnerable member. A family of four may have a maximum gross monthly income of $5,838, or an annual gross income of $70,059 and still qualify for benefits.

Applications for assistance are accepted at local

departments of social services. The Saratoga County Department of Social Services is located at 152 West High St., in Ballston Spa. Phone 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. weekdays at: 518-884-4146. Additionally, older adults needing assistance with HEAP applications can contact the Saratoga County Office for the Aging at that same address, telephone: 518-884-4100.

The deadline for the Regular, Emergency, and second Emergency benefit is April 12. Assistance is provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Initially enacted to prevent collisions with emergency vehicles stopped on the roadway, drivers are now required to take precautions to avoid a crash with all vehicles stopped along the roadway. Photo:

William Anthony Massad Jr.

GLENS FALLS — William (Bill) Anthony Massad Jr., 90, passed away March 25, 2024.

Burial with military honors will be Friday, March 29 at 10:30 a.m. in the G. B. H.

Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of William J. Burke & Sons, 628 N. Broadway, Saratoga Springs.

Irene Bills

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Irene Bills, 90, peacefully passed away with family by her side on March 23, 2024. She was born March 21, 1934. Burial will be in the Spring. Memorial donations to the Pine Grove Community Church - 59 Pine Road, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Please visit www.

James Anthony Birch, Sr.

CORINTH — James Anthony Birch, Sr., died March 22. Calling hours were held 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. on March 27 at Compassionate Funeral Care followed by a graveside service at St. Peter’s Cemetery, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. For online condolences, visit www.


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Seeing Crafters and Vendors

The Charlton Freehold Presbyterian Church seeks crafters and vendors for its Spring Festival to be held May 11, from 10 am to 3 pm, at 768 Charlton Rd. For information or an application, email: or call 518-399-4831.

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 the beautiful Fairways of Halfmoon Golf Course. We invite you to join us for a day of friendly

Dominic J. Lambert

CORINTH — Dominic J. Lambert (Dee) 75 passed away the afternoon of March 24, 2024. At the family’s request there will be no calling hours or service at this time. For online condolences, visit www.

competition and camaraderie with fellow golfers, all while supporting a great cause. Sponsorship opportunities range from $1200 to $130, and individual players can join for just $140. Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity to network, have fun, and make a difference in your community. To register, visit

Mostly Modern Festival

Returning to Saratoga for its fifth season from June 6 – 21, at the Arthur Zankel Music Center on the Skidmore College campus. There are 11 orchestral, vocal, and chamber concerts by festival and guest ensembles of mostly new music. The festival also hosts the Mostly Modern Festival Institute, a three-week intensive with a distinguished 50-member faculty for up to 30 composers and 100 instrumentalists, vocalists, and conductors. The festival’s brand-new dramatic vocal works initiative celebrates

living composers, librettists, and singers and is creativitydriven and composer-forward. Audiences will witness riveting world premieres in each concert, written by upcoming and professional innovative composers. For concert and ticket details, visit concerts

Craft Fair at Brookside Museum –Vendors Wanted!

The Saratoga County History Center is seeking vendors of handmade crafts, antiques, and farm products for the annual craft fair on Saturday, June 22, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. No massproduced or commercially made items will be permitted. Spaces are available outdoors, with limited spaces available indoors. This is a rain or shine event. Visit event/2024-craft-antique-fair/ for more information, or contact Beth Silvestri at bsilvestri@

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FRIDAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY 4/1 4/2 4/3 3/29 • Breaded Fish • Tartar Sauce Home fries • Stewed Tomatoes • Fresh Orange Menu Subject To Change. Coffee, Tea and Butter are served daily at sites. The suggested contribution is $2 per meal. There is a $8 fee for guests under the age of 60. Please make checks payable to: Saratoga County Treasurer, c/o Saratoga County Office for the Aging, 152 West High Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020
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The New York State Police announced that it issued 5,576 tickets during this year’s St. Patrick’s Day enforcement initiative. The campaign began on Friday, March 15, and continued until Sunday, March 17. During the campaign, funded by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, State Police utilized sobriety checkpoints, additional DWI patrols, and underage drinking and sales to minors detail. State Police also ticketed distracted drivers who use handheld electronic devices. State Troopers arrested 132 people for DWI and investigated 199 crashes, which resulted in 25 people being injured and no fatalities. As part of the enforcement, Troopers also targeted speeding and aggressive drivers across the State.

Total tickets issued included:

Speeding - 1,788; Distracted Driving – 124, Seatbelt violations – 201; Move Over Law – 44. During last year’s

St. Patrick’s Day enforcement period, the State Police issued 9,106 tickets and arrested 196 people for DWI. Specifically in the Capital Region Troop designation, 107 total tickets were issued.



On March 16, at approximately 10:30 a.m., members of the Saratoga Springs Police Department Patrol Division observed the Woodlawn Avenue public parking garage when they observed two individuals enter the vestibule and begin to allegedly engage in the smoking of an illegal substance. After speaking with those involved, a subject identified as 43-year-old Schenectady resident Derek Labutta was detained and arrested for illegally possessing a loaded firearm and numerous narcotics violations. Labutta was arraigned in City Court and held pending a future court date.

Two days later, Labutta was


pronounced dead at the Saratoga County Correctional Facility. The Sheriff’s Office reported it was investigating the death of an incarcerated person that was reported at 7:12 p.m. on March 18. Labutta had been found alone in his cell and lifesaving measures were unsuccessful, according to the county Sheriff’s Office. The investigation is ongoing, and the New York State Attorney General’s Office of Special Investigation exercised its jurisdiction due to the death of a person in a jail.

Man Charged with Falsely Reporting an Incident, Saratoga Hospital Evacuated After Bomb Threat: A 31-year-old man was charged with falsely reporting an incident, a felony, in connection with an alleged bomb threat at Saratoga Hospital on March 21.

At approximately 8 a.m. on March 21, the Saratoga Springs Police Department was contacted by Saratoga Hospital Staff regarding statements made by someone treated

and released by the hospital allegedly claiming to be in possession of bomb while in the Emergency Department. Saratoga Hospital began to evacuate the Emergency Department and Patrol Division members responded to the hospital and located the person suspected of making the threat, according to police.

After a sweep by an explosive detection canine team, it was determined that the suspect did not possess a bomb.

The suspect, Jonathan Gardner, of Schenectady, was arrested and taken to the police department for processing and charged with Falsely Reporting an Incident in the second-degree. Gardner was processed and arraigned in City Court and held pending a future court appearance and $500 cash bail, $2,500 partial bond, or $5,000 bond.


Tiffany M. Salak, 35, of Saratoga Springs, pleaded

March 15 to criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth-degree, a felony, charged July 2023 in Saratoga Springs. Sentencing May 17.

Ryan T. Matatall, 39, of Gansevoort, pleaded March 15 to driving while ability impaired by drugs, a felony, charged October 2023 in Clifton Park. Sentencing May 17.

Michael A. Rouse, 25, of Troy, pleaded March 18 to criminal possession of a firearm, a felony, charged April 2023 in Waterford. Sentencing May 28.

Matthew J. Gifford, 30, of Saratoga Springs, pleaded March 18 to felony DWI, charged February 2024 in Saratoga Springs. Sentencing May 20.

William A. Perry, 44, of Mechanicville, was sentenced March 20 to 5 years’ probation, after pleading to felony DWI, charged June 2022 in Saratoga Springs.

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Free Dental, Vision and Medical Services Clinic April 6-7


Remote Area Medical – a major nonprofit provider of pop-up clinics delivering free, quality dental, vision and medical care to those in need – will hold a free, two-day clinic on April 6-at the Hudson Falls High School, located at 80 E. Labarge St. Clinic doors open at 6 a.m. All RAM services are free, and no ID is required. Free dental, vision and medical services will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Sunday’s clinic operations will be an abbreviated day, so patients are advised to arrive as early as possible. The patient parking lot will open no later than 11:59 p.m. on Friday night, April 5, and remain open for the duration of the clinic. Once in the parking lot, additional information regarding clinic-opening processes and next steps will be provided. Due to time constraints, patients should be prepared to choose between DENTAL and VISION services.

Medical services are offered, in addition to dental or vision services, free to every patient attending the clinic.

For more information, to donate or to volunteer, please visit or call 865-579-1530. Patients may also visit the Facebook Event for this clinic at https://

Services available at the free RAM clinic include dental cleanings, dental fillings, dental extractions, dental Xrays, eye exams, eye health exams, eyeglass prescriptions, eyeglasses made onsite, women’s health exams and general medical exams.

Founded in 1985, RAM has treated more than 940,000 individuals with $200.2 million worth of free healthcare services through 2023. Since its foundation, more than 212,000 volunteers – comprised of licensed dental, vision, medical and veterinary professionals, as well as general support staff – have supported RAM’s mission.

NYS Yellow Ribbon Day

HALFMOON — Everyone

is invited to the annual Yellow Ribbon Day on Tuesday, April 9, at 11 a.m. The celebration will take place at the Veterans Memorial in Halfmoon: 162 Rte. 236.

D onations will be


collected for NY 2 Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc. Donations will be used to send Freedom Boxes to our deployed troops.

For questions contact Blue Star Mother, Donna Abrared at:

Public Media Announces April 1 Premier of ‘Opioids in NY: Stories and Solutions’ Examining New York’s Opioid Epidemic

ALBANY — WMHT Public Media, a multichannel public communications organization serving Eastern New York and Western New England, announced the premier of an original one-hour program examining one of New York’s most pressing issues: the opioid epidemic.

Opioids in NY: Stories and Solutions, presented across multiple media platforms and available to public broadcasting partners statewide, explores the addiction and overdose crisis that has devastated families and communities across the state.

Opioids in NY: Stories and Solutions will debut on Monday, April 1 at 10 p.m. on WMHT and online at wmht. org/opioids, with rebroadcasts on Wednesday, April 3 at 5 p.m. and Thursday, April 4 at 4 a.m.

Hosted by Rachel Breidster, the program includes

conversations with New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS) Commissioner Dr. Chinazo Cunningham, law enforcement personnel, certified recovery peer advocates, and individuals currently in recovery.

In addition, 10 individual video segments are now available online, along with links to local and regional substance use programs and resources. These reports, produced by WMHT over the past year as part of a multi-platform series, feature a collection of stories on New York’s approach to fighting the scourge of opioid addiction. They highlight the people and organizations on the front lines of preventing overdoses and supporting recovery from substance use.

For more information on Opioids in NY: Stories and Solutions, visit

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Remote Area Medical (RAM) will offer dental, vision and medical care April 6-7 in Hudson Falls.

Vischer Ferry Film to Focus on Erie Canal Era Village


The Saratoga County History Center will premiere its newest film – Vischer Ferry, a Forgotten Crossroads, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 11 at Brookside Museum in Ballston Spa.

On April 25 at 7 p.m. the film will be available for viewing at the Vischer Ferry Firehouse, 360 Riverview Road and a third showing is set for May 5 at 1 p.m. at Grooms Tavern, 290 Sugar Hill Road in Clifton Park.

This third in a series of Forgotten Crossroads films created by the History Center highlights Vischer Ferry, a quaint village along the original path of the Erie Canal in the southern section of the Town of Clifton Park. Originally established by Dutch settlers long before the American Revolution, it grew

into a bustling community of families whose economic livelihood was tied to the canal.

“The importance of Vischer Ferry during the 19th century is still evident today” said Jim Richmond, film director, in a statement. “Its streets are lined with Greek Revival homes, that gives the village a unique look back at a bygone era.”

As with the History Center’s previous films on Rock City Falls and Bacon Hill, the story of this crossroads is captured through interviews with three generations of local residents, who shared their proud history and memories as well as their plans for the future.

Registration for the events at Brookside Museum and the Vischer Ferry Fire House can be made at events/2024-04/.

Vietnam War Commemoration Ceremony: Registration Open Until April 7


The Friends of the New York State Military Museum, in conjunction with the Capital District of New York Chapter of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA), will be conducting a 50th Vietnam War Commemoration ceremony at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 11, 2024, at the Saratoga-Wilton Elks Lodge - 1 Elks Lane, Saratoga Springs. Doors open at 6 p.m., check in no later than 6:50 p.m.

The event will recognize and honor the service of Vietnam War era veterans who served in the military during the period of Nov. 1, 1955

through May 15, 1975 and have time on active duty even if only for training. All branches of the service qualify. The event is free and open to the public.

Veterans who register will receive a Vietnam War era lapel pin issued by the United States Department of Defense as part of its 50th Anniversary Vietnam War Commemoration, a multiyear program to thank and honor Vietnam veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice.

A Surviving Spouse pin will also be issued to the spouse of a deceased veteran who served on active duty in the United States Armed Forces at any time during

the period noted regardless of location. Veterans and Surviving Spouses may register for the event by contacting CSM(R) Bob Van Pelt at 518-210-2868 or email at Registration must be completed by April 7. Provide your name, dates of service and name of spouse/family/guest you will bring. Each Vietnam War Era Veteran will be recognized and presented with the lapel pin and have an opportunity to say a few words. Refreshments will be served. Prior pin awardees are welcome to attend and make remarks. Everyone attending must register.

Free Virtual Program on Historic Preservation Kicks-Off New Series on April 2


A free virtual program, “Lunch & Learn: Preservation Basics,” will be presented by the city of Saratoga Springs in partnership with the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation, at Noon on Tuesday, April 2.

In this first program of a series, Samantha Bosshartthe Executive Director of the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation - will provide a brief history of the historic

preservation movement, address common misconceptions of historic preservation, and highlight various architectural styles throughout the Capital Region. She will also review the findings of “Saratoga Springs: Enhancing the Values through Historic Preservation,” an economic impact study completed by PlaceEconomics for the city of Saratoga Springs. This report demonstrates the economic value of historic preservation.

This virtual program, as well as future programs in this series, are to augment land use board members’ knowledge and expertise concerning historic preservation and count towards the annual training required for Certified Local Government members throughout New York State. To learn more and register for this program and future programs, visit: www. or call 518-587-5030.

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Vischer Ferry, Greek Revival home, circa 1900. Photo provided.

City Pushes for Increase in State AIM Funding


Each year, the state sends funding to cities, towns and villages as part of its Aid and Incentives for Municipalities (AIM) program. The amounts sent have largely stayed stagnant for more than a decade, however, and now some municipalities –Saratoga Springs among them –are appealing to the governor to increase those annual payments.

“In Saratoga Springs, aside from changes for two years during the pandemic, this aid has remained flat for over a decade. Effectively, this is a budget

cut for our city,” city Finance Commissioner Minita Sanghvi said this week.

in 2013 AIM funding to Saratoga Springs was 4.25% of the city budget, but by its 2024 comparison it measured only 2.7%, said Sanghvi, noting a March 5 city resolution unanimously approved by the council that calls upon legislators and the governor to increase in AIM funding from New York State. Legislators have since picked up the baton.

In addition to proposing an overall $210 million increase in AIM funding, the New York State Senate recommended the establishing of an AIM Redesign Task Force. The Assembly

proposed a $100 million overall increase in AIM funds.

“The Senate and the Assembly have come up with their budgets and have added AIM funding in there for all of us,” Sanghvi said. “Of course this is not the final budget, so, I applaud the efforts of the New York State legislature to increase our AIM funding and I hope the governor’s office budget will match New York State legislature’s commitment to the New York State municipalities. “

According to the state, AIM payments to the city of Saratoga Springs in 2023 were just under $1.65 million. Comparative to geography, Albany received just

Pump-It-Up for Heat Pumps: Town of Saratoga Launches Campaign


3, the Town of Saratoga will offer the first of several in-depth programs related to heat pump technology, energy efficiency, and potential savings HVAC and heat pump water heaters can provide households.

The program will be in conjunction with the Olde Saratoga Seniors April 3 luncheon, noon – 2 p.m., at Town of Saratoga Town Hall, 12 Spring St.,

Schuylerville. The presentation will begin at 12:45 p.m.

Leading the program will be Christina Bohnsack, Program Manager of HeatSmart Capital Region; Haley Balcanoff, Sustainability Planner - Capital District Regional Planning Commission (CDRPC), Outreach Coordinator - NYSERDA Clean Energy Communities; and Lesley Cutting, Saratoga County Capital Region Clean Energy Hub


The Town of Saratoga’s Heat Pump Campaign is part of the NYSERDA Clean Energy Communities (CEC) program. The Town of Saratoga kicked off its Clean Energy Communities Heat Pump Campaign at the Olde Saratoga Seniors bimonthly luncheon on March 20.

For more information email TOSCleanEnergy@gmail. com or text 518-430-7600.

over $12.6 million, Cohoes $2.7 million, Glens Falls $1.6 million, and Mechanicville $662,000.

AIM is provided to all of New York’s cities, towns and villages, outside of New York City.

Elsewhere in Saratoga County, town data shows the town of Clifton Park received just over $98,000, Ballston $49,000, Malta $25,000, Saratoga $31,000, and Wilton $25,000

(all umbers rounded off).

For a spreadsheet of amounts received by all cities, towns and villages, go to: local-government/data/aid-andincentives-municipalities-aim.

When Gov. Hochul released her Executive Budget proposal in January for the State fiscal year 2024-2025, the proposal held AIM funding for cities and villages at previous year’s levels.

Ballston Spa Floats

$7.3 Million Tentative Budget For 2025

BALLSTON SPA — Village of Ballston Spa Mayor Frank Rossi, Jr. this week released his Fiscal Year 2025 Tentative Budget for the budget year starting on June 1, 2024.

The budget, representing the balancing of over $7.37 million -(up from $6.80 million appropriated for FY24.

Rossi, in a statement, said the budget reflects a healthy balance of fiscal conservatism while continuing popular programs and placing accented emphasis on infrastructure repairs, enhancements and maintenance.

Highlights of the Tentative Budget include: a raise of taxes by an amount equal to the State’s allowable Tax Cap for FY25; Increases by at least 2% for most salaries and wages of Village staff members, excepting those for Trustees and the Mayor, and funding for business promotion, continued focus on arts and community events, continuation of building improvements, revitalization of parks, and funding of improved sidewalk reimbursements.

Water rates and sewer rates will continue to rise in a

respectful manner to help fund major infrastructure repairs and maintenance, including the $1.25 million of proposed debt related to the village’s three water towers and their maintenance over the next 30 years, Rossi said.

The Village of Ballston Spa is permitted to increase its tax levy by about 5.33% to stay within the State’s allowable tax cap, according to the mayor.

Village property owners whose properties are located in the Town of Ballston would see their tax rate increase by 2.44%, while Village property owners whose properties are located the Town of Milton would see their tax rate increase by 3.66%, Rossi said. “These increases average out over two years to less than 3% per year for all property owners, even despite the challenges I outlined throughout the Budget Summary.”

A public hearing for the Village’s FY25 Budget is anticipated to be scheduled to take place April 8. For information about the meeting as well as the tentative budget, go to:

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Three months into his regime as the city’s new mayor, John Safford announced that he – as the mayor before him and the mayor before that had done – was seeking solutions to a question that has remained unresolved for several years: What can be done to combat homelessness in the community?

“I’ve started to pull together various providers and stakeholders with mutual concern over the unhoused population,” said the mayor, identifying local agencies RISE, SOS, and Healing Springs, as well as members of the county as attendants of the Saratoga Homeless Strategy meeting.

“This meeting was all about getting these folks talking again. My main focus is bringing the county together with the city, stakeholders that haven’t been talking lately, and getting them in the same room,” said Safford, specifying that he has no current plans to form an official committee, although he intends other members of the council to be involved in some way.

“My goal is effective zero. I want to have plans in place so that people coming in equal the number of people getting housed,” the mayor said. “You’re never going to completely eliminate homelessness, but we’re committed to building some kind of 24-hour safe place for the homeless to go with services.” The “safe place” could be centered in the city or possibly elsewhere in the county. “It doesn’t have to be in Saratoga Springs.

Timewise, we’re under the gun to do something, because the current shelter I think we only have available through next winter.”

The past decade has seen greater prominence by local agencies such as Shelters of Saratoga (S0S) and RISE Housing and Support Services, fundraising from both the private and public sector, and the increase of multiple temporary and emergency shelters sited across the city, but a permanent location has been difficult to secure. On more than one occasion when a long-term remedy was believed to be found, those with interests in geographic proximity to a site proposed for a year-round, 24/7 shelter nixed the plans.

Last year, an ad hoc Task Force on Homelessness instituted by then-Mayor Ron Kim evaluated approximately two dozen sites across the city that could potentially site a permanent homeless shelter and navigation center.

The group ultimately identified a 3.7-acre lot on Lake Avenue/ State Route 29 - located between the Northway overpass and a Stewart’s Shop near Weibel Avenue - as a primary site, and parcels on South Broadway, Route 9, and Maple Avenue as potential alternatives. Alongside possibilities, each of the venues also presented challenges - from area variances that would need to be secured and likely opposition of some area residents, to the lack of geographic proximity to agencies providing social services and access to public transportation.

“We are taking into account what the Task Force came up with, which is mainly locations. They had three or four locations

that are still in play,” Safford said. “I’m very dedicated to getting this done, but doing it the right way,” the mayor continued.

“This includes addiction and mental health. My concern is in the homeless population (and) we also have addiction and mental health problems that create problems if you do housing first. My view of what we have to do is higher than just housing. My goal is to address not only housing but also strategies to effectively deal with addiction, and mental health issues.”

In engaging other services in the discussion, Safford specifically referenced a program initiated with the involvement of Healing

Springs Recovery Community and Outreach Center that addresses addictions and operates at the Saratoga County Jail.

Ben Deeb, a Certified Recovery Peer Advocate (CRPA) and Certified Addictions Recovery Coach (CARC), was an employee at Healing Springs and began working with the Sheriff’s Department five years ago to create a recovery unit at Saratoga County Jail. Today, there is a 48-man recovery unit that features 13 hours per week of programs for individuals with opiate use disorder and alcohol use disorder in a specially designated unit at the jail.

“In 2019 we were able to

rehab a unit and designate that for individuals in recovery so that they would have an environment conducive to change,” Deeb said. “In order to gain any ground for recovery, you need to have a space that can promote change.”

The success rate is measurable. A study conducted with the University of Wisconsin showed a large drop in the recidivism rate of people in the county based program, compared to the national average recidivism rate. “Saratoga’s really a leader in this,” Deeb said. Mayor Safford said he intends to provide regular public updates at council meetings regarding the city’s efforts to combat homelessness.

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Seasonal Paid Parking Proposal: Public Hearing and Subsequent Vote Expected Tuesday April 2


A summerlong paid parking plan, scaled back from the initial “tourism parking program” first floated late last year, will be presented during a 60-minute Public Hearing at City Hall this week.

The Public Hearing will begin at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2, and a vote regarding the proposal is anticipated to be held during a meeting of the City Council later that same evening.

The initial proposal pointed to converting more than 1,300 onstreet and nearly 800 garage parking spaces into either “permit” or “paid” spots for a five-month run that was to start this May.

Following a presentation in February to more than 50 people, most of whom were downtown business owners and managers, the plan’s title, its time period in effect, and the breadth of the proposal’s reach were rolled back in what the city reported as “streamlined adjustments in response to great stakeholder feedback.”

Plans for on-street paid parking has also been altogether eliminated, with city streets continuing to offer free parking for both residents and visitors.

The new seasonal parking plan is proposed to run from Memorial Day to Labor Day and include both free permit and paid parking in city-owned garages and surface lots. Visitors can pay $2 an hour to park in the

garages and surface lots.

“As a government we must identify new revenue streams to offset the increased costs of city services, downtown investment, and the maintenance necessary to support our nationally celebrated downtown,” said Department of Public Works Commissioner Jason Golub. “This streamlined parking approach will be less disruptive to implement and will allow for a measured approach of paid parking downtown.”

Additional amenities of the program include directional signage to assist visitors toward available parking in the garages and lots where they will have the option to pay via their mobile device or a nearby pay station.


Residents and any downtown business employers can obtain free parking permits to park in the garages and surface lots for themselves or their employees. Registration will be provided with proof of residency via an online portal or with assistance from employees at City Hall. The permits will be linked to vehicle license plates. Ticket forgiveness will be provided to residents and employees if they park in a lot and were eligible for a permit but did not have one at the time of the violation.


Forecasting the utilization of spaces at a conservative 33% (a figure well-below what was observed in studies), the

anticipated seasonal revenue for 2024 is expected to be approximately $1.6 million.

Expenses are estimated at about $450,000, which includes the costs associated with program administration, equipment for the installation of paystations and enforcement, contract attendants to work at the garages, and additional parking enforcement.

The proposal envisions reinvestment of revenue generated into Saratoga Springs’ downtown.

This would include a dedicated marketing professional for the Downtown Business Association, capital reserves for the parking structures and downtown improvements, and

funds allocated for the recreation department. The proposed re-investment will be $225,000 for downtown and $40,000 for recreation in year one and will be annual.

Following the establishment of the seasonal program, a plan allowing school taxpayers in the Saratoga Springs City School District to park at a reduced rate permit may be optioned.

“There have been a few business owners that expressed fair concerns about customers in surrounding towns facing a barrier due to parking fees. Once the program is set up, we’ll work toward creating a reduced rate permit for school district taxpayers,” Golub said.

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Poster fixed to lamppost across from Saratoga Springs City Hall on Broadway, where a public hearing will take place April 2 regarding a new paid parking plan. Photo by Thomas Dimopoulos.



Heather DiCaprio sold property at 473 Garrett Rd to Justine Levine for $288,000

Sharon Willman sold property at 99 Jenkins Rd to Charles Lemley for $165,000


George Montena sold property at 422 Oak St to Stephen James for $142,250

Mark Makler sold property at 313 Oak St to Sabrina Sinagra for $195,000


Landlord Services of Upstate New York sold property at 1935 NYS Rt 9N to Cochise Properties LLC for $210,000


Linda LaBarge sold property at 35 Snowberry Rd to Qu Haozheng for $270,000

Dennis Mitchell sold property at 60 Village Circle North to BGRS Relocation Inc for $625,000

BGRS Relocation Inc sold property at 60 Village Circle North to Stennett Green for $625,000


Alycia Short sold property at 14 Pinewood Lane to Nicole McKinney for $312,200

Kurt Daniels sold property at 200 Greenfield Ave to Samuel Goldenberg for $475,000

John Ago sold property at 138 Deer Run Driver to Michael Famoso for $227,500

Pigliavento Assoc. LLC sold property at 52 Huntington Way to Anisha Ramdass for $480,756

John Lombardo sold property at 77 Middle St to Shayna Goodson LLC for $140,000

Gary Klivans sold property at 73 Knollwood Hollow Terrace to Horace Horton for $353,250

Susan Eggleston sold property at 106 Deer Run Driver to Dianne Tanner for $271,000

Ruth Powell sold property at 61 Greenfield Ave to Michael Deniz for $280,000


Linda Barber sold property at 177 River Rd to Carolyn Bialahoski for $100,000

Timothy Hoover sold property at 33 Morgans Run to Ghaffar for $240,000


Peerless Grove LLC sold property at 222 Grand Ave to Wayne Horton for $549,000

David Allen sold property at 318C Ballston Ave to Dorthy Millar for $399,000


Richard Weeden sold property at 5 Pine Park Pl to Gwen Bizal for $740,000.

Frank Tedeschi sold property at 9 Old Rt 9 to Cascade Funding Mortgage Trust for $217,301

Thomas McEvoy sold property at 3 Pine Bark Pl to Steven Mann for $695,250

Michael Tanner sold property at 52 Sheffield Rd to Justin Nevins for $475,000.

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This downtown duplex at 130 Woodlawn Ave in Saratoga Springs was listed by Kate Naughton and Chris Benton from Roohan Realty and sold for $750,000.

New Cannabis Dispensaries Proposed for Ballston Spa and Saratoga Springs

SARATOGA SPRINGS/ BALLSTON SPA — As plans for multiple cannabis dispensaries in Saratoga Springs continue to progress, the budding industry now has ambitions to expand into Ballston Spa.

According to Ballston Spa Mayor Frank Rossi, on March 15 the village received an application for a cannabis dispensary that would be located at 303 Milton Avenue. The site is currently the home of Russell’s Deli. The application was made by Sachmarie Crowley of Saratoga Springs for Island Vibes Cannabis Dispensary, LLC.

At a March 20 Board of Education meeting, Rossi said that the village could’ve opted out of having dispensaries in 2021 but didn’t. “There’s nothing we can do per se to stop a cannabis [dispensary] from locating in the village, it’s just a question of now doing the right thing, giving

it its full review, etc.”

Rossi wrote on his Facebook page that comments about the planned dispensary could be emailed to him at with the subject line “Proposed Dispensary Comment.”

Saratoga Springs also has a new dispensary application to review. At a Planning Board meeting earlier this month, a special use permit was considered for a High Peaks Canna Inc. dispensary that would be located at 137 Maple Ave. The site is currently used as an office building for The Towne Law Firm. Roohan Realty has the property listed as pending sale.

High Peaks manufactures its own line of cannabis products, which are sold at dispensaries throughout New York, including several in the Capital Region.

Recently, New York has faced a number of issues regarding cannabis sales, including lawsuits, increased competition from illegal operations, and

complaints about the difficulties of opening dispensaries. On March 18, Governor Kathy Hochul began an assessment of the Office of Cannabis Management. “Today, we take the first step in revamping New York’s legal cannabis industry to ensure its long-term success,” Hochul said in a statement.

In addition to the proposed High Peaks dispensary, Saratoga Springs also has plans to open cannabis shops at 75 Weibel Ave, 95 West Ave, and 1 Kaydeross Ave West.

The Bunker Opens in Downtown Saratoga

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Bunker, an indoor golf simulator and bar/restaurant, has opened its doors at 307 Broadway in downtown Saratoga Springs. The location includes 7 virtual golf simulators, golf lessons, 2 full bars, a food menu, and darts. Rates for the golf simulator bays start at $60 per hour. For more information, visit

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Google Maps image showing proposed location of a cannabis dispensary in Ballston Spa via Mayor Frank Rossi’s Facebook page. The Bunker celebrated its grand opening last week during a ribbon cutting ceremony hosted by the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce. Photos by Super Source Media.

Fish Fry Coming to Ballston Spa

BALLSTON SPA — Ballston Spa’s old Pizza Hut at 2103 Doubleday Avenue is about to transform into a new restaurant: Ted’s Fish Fry. The business is expected to open this fall.

Ted’s Fish Fry has been a Capital Region mainstay for decades. The chain currently has locations in Albany, Troy, Clifton Park, Latham, and Watervliet. The eatery specializes in fried seafood and chowder.

“It’s great to see such a popular area business trust in the strength of our Village business community,” Ballston Spa Mayor Frank Rossi wrote in a social media post.

The old Pizza Hut building will undergo renovations, with the goal of reopening as Ted’s Fish Fry in October or November.

Saratoga National Appoints New Senior VP

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga National Bank and Trust Company has appointed Ryan Case as Senior Vice President, Capital Region Market Executive.

In his new role, Case will lead market expansion efforts and develop and engage in community relationships across the Capital Region. He will be responsible for driving a high standard of customer experience and leading a competitive growth strategy within the bank’s Capital Region footprint.

Case most recently served as Senior Vice President, Business Banking Market Leader of

Ballston Spa Skincare Brand Wins Six Beauty Awards

BALLSTON SPA — Acta Beauty, a skincare brand based in Ballston Spa, has won six Beauty Shortlist Awards:

•Winner of Best Skincare Product with Vitamin C: Acta Beauty Illuminating Serum with Vitamin C

•Finalist for Best 2-in-1 Cleanser & Exfoliator: Acta Beauty Skin Refining Cleanser with AHA and BHA

•Editor’s Choice Awards: Acta Beauty Luxe Moisture Eye Cream with Bakuchiol, Acta Beauty Overnight Moisture Revitalizing Cream, Acta Beauty Moisture Infusion Day Cream, and Acta Beauty Resurfacing Serum with Bakuchio

Founded by cosmetic chemist Jillian Ehrenberg, Acta Beauty bills itself as “forwardthinking” and “committed to harnessing the power of nature and science.” Ehrenberg is also the owner of the clean beauty retail store Petal + Hive, located at 89 Milton Ave in Ballston Spa.

"We are honored to receive these prestigious awards, which underscore our commitment to crafting effective skincare solutions that deliver tangible results while prioritizing the needs of sensitive skin,” Ehrenberg said in a statement.

KeyBank. Before that, he worked in commercial and business banking roles at First Niagara, Citizens Bank and M&T Bank.

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Photo of Ryan Case provided by Rachael Murray The old Pizza Hut location in Ballston Spa will soon become a Ted’s Fish Fry location. Image via Ted’s Fish Fry Facebook page.
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Photo of the award-winning Acta Beauty Illuminating Serum provided by Jillian Ehrenberg.
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Greenfield Summer Day Camp Simply Focuses on Kids Just Being Kids in the Great Outdoors

In today’s over-structured world where kids spend a big part of their days looking at electronics, the one thing most grade school parents agree on is when school is out, they want their kids out… in the great outdoors. When summer comes, the pressure is on for parents to adequately entertain them without overscheduling or breaking the bank. The Town of Green eld’s summer day camp is a perfect solution, with its morning-only format and a full array of traditional activities that promise to leave children exhausted and happy. Campers spend 8:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. at the Maple Avenue Middle School, at 515 Maple Avenue in Saratoga Springs. Activities include rotating stations of fun, featuring such things as obstacle courses, hiking, Taekwondo, arts and crafts, as well as many organized games and sports like soccer, ag football, kickball and more. Campers participate in themed days like “Super Hero” and “Hat” Day and painting, tiedying and rock climbing. They receive weekly visits from Uncharted Wild LLC to encounter live wild animals, regularly scheduled “Water Days” for splashing around and even the chance to pal around with some local llamas. Rainy day activities bring the children inside to the school’s gymnasium and cafeteria. Fridays end each week

on a sweet note with treats from ice cream trucks and Stewart’s Shops.

“Our ever-changing schedule will send kids home exhausted and dirty from an action-packed morning at camp with friends,” said Town of Green eld Recreation Director Jennifer Zeisler. Students ages 5 to 14 are welcome and will be supervised with a 2:10 counselor/camper ratio. The camp features 25 trained camp counselors, most of whom once attended this camp themselves. Parents can choose early drop o for an additional cost and all students are eligible for the town’s Free Lunch Program, daily on-site.

More information can be found by calling Jennifer Zeisler at 518-893-7432 Ext. 307 or visiting www. green Scholarships are available.


Residents: March 1

Nonresidents: March 11 (518) 893-7432 EXT. 307


Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (early drop off and transportation available)


Maple Avenue Middle School 515 Maple Avenue Saratoga Springs, NY

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Ballston Spa Educators Receive Grant Awards


The Ballston Spa Education Foundation recently presented $9,388 in grant awards to educators in the Ballston Spa Central School District for educational enrichment in the schools, as well as student support projects.

The annual funding cycle included the following grants:

•$200 for Gateway Grind Coffee Cart Supplies and Materials at the Ballston Spa Middle School

•$1,600 to fund four Spike Lego Robotics Kits for science classes at the Ballston Spa High School

•$600 to fund second grade books for reading instruction at Gordon Creek Elementary School

•$1,284 to fund cameras for the Gordon Creek Elementary School Yearbook Club and classroom activities

•$2,100 to fund college credit fees for students enrolled in the district’s Spa Academy

GlobalFoundries Could Bring Millions of Dollars to Ballston Spa Schools

MALTA — After billions of federal and state dollars were invested in GlobalFoundries, a semiconductor manufacturing company headquartered in Malta, the Ballston Spa Central School District stands to benefit from the windfall, perhaps for decades to come.

As GlobalFoundries plans to build a second plant in Malta, school officials are trying to determine both the enrollment and financial impact the new plant might have. “Next year right now is financially difficult, but the future is actually quite bright for Ballston Spa because of that plant, no other reason,” said Clerk of the Board and Records Access Officer Brian

Sirianni in a Board of Education meeting on March 20.

When the first GlobalFoundries plant opened, an immediate impact was felt on the district’s enrollment. The number of total students jumped from 4,185 in 2011 to 4,322 in 2012. The increase of 137 students was the first time enrollment had climbed in years. Since then, enrollment has steadily declined from 2012 until the present day, when students number around 3,860.

Sirianni said that predicting the enrollment impact of the second GlobalFoundries plant would be difficult. Compared to 2011, today’s housing market is in significantly worse shape, with inventory rates being especially low. “That’s why we’re seeing so many apartment complexes being built in the area;

literally hundreds and hundreds of units,” Sirianni said.

When it comes to the district’s finances, a second GlobalFoundries plant is nothing but good news. Sirianni said that in the first year or two, the district could see an additional few hundred thousand dollars. “But it’ll grow into the millions like it did before,” Sirianni said. “So that will offset our loss and, in fact, starts to subsidize the rest of the district.” Sirianni said the second plant could benefit the district financially for the next ten to fifteen years.

Construction on GlobalFoundries’ second plant is expected to begin this year. The company estimates that more than 1,500 manufacturing jobs and about 9,000 construction jobs will be created.

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A slide from a Ballston Spa Central School District budget presentation shows enrollment impact from the opening of the first GlobalFoundries plant. Image via the district’s March 20 Board of Education YouTube livestream. The Ballston Spa Education Foundation presents the 2024 grant checks to local educators. Photo provided by Stuart Williams.

Empire State University Students Receive Chancellor's Award


Four Empire State University students have been awarded the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence: Joseph Juntunen, Anton Ruesing, Em Wasserman, and Elizabeth O’Brien.

The SUNY Chancellor’s Award recognizes students with outstanding achievements that have demonstrated excellence within different aspects of their lives including academics,

leadership, campus involvement, community service, or the arts. It is the highest honor bestowed by the university to students.

“The Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence is the highest honor SUNY can bestow upon students,” President Lisa Vollendorf said in a statement. “It is an incredible distinction and recognizes our students’ dedication to their educational journey, our university, and their community.”

Ballston Spa ScholarAthletes Recognized

BALLSTON SPA — At the Ballston Spa Central School District’s Board of Education meeting on March 20, Athletic Director Dave Sunkes formally recognized the district’s winter sports scholar-athletes.

“It goes without saying that we do put the student before the athlete here, which is something we pride ourselves on,” Sunkes said. “Three years in a row we’ve been a school of excellence in New York State.”

Nine of the district’s winter teams qualified as New York State scholar-athlete teams. In total, the 114 students had a combined GPA of 93. Specific teams finished the season with the following GPAs (which have been rounded slightly):

Girls indoor track - 94.7

Boys indoor track - 94.7

Girls basketball - 93.8

Boys basketball - 93.7

Girls bowling - 92.7

Boys bowling - 91.8

Boys swim and dive - 94

Ice hockey - 90.9

Boys alpine ski - 90.8

Schuylerville Student Allegedly Threatened to “Shoot Up the School”


According to the Schuylerville Central School District, School Resource Officer Chris Grieve alerted the district that a Schuylerville High School student allegedly made a threat to “shoot up the school.”

The alleged threat was made to another student via the SnapChat app. The conversation occurred on or around March 5, but screenshots of the conversation weren’t discovered until March 21. As of March 22, the student was not in school, and law enforcement was involved in the matter.

The student has been barred from campus, and further disciplinary action will be taken.

Skidmore Retiree Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Bill Jones, Skidmore College’s former senior athletic communications manager who announced his retirement earlier this year, has won a Lifetime Achievement Award from the College Sports Communicators (CSC). Jones is a CSC Hall of Famer who worked at Skidmore from 1984 until 2024.

“Bill is a true titan of the industry,” said Skidmore Associate Director of Athletic Communications & Marketing Kyle Lancto in a statement.

“His longevity in the business,

especially at one place, is an inspiration. But for me, beyond all of the accomplishments, awards, and honors that Bill has (rightfully) received throughout the years, the quality of a person that he is is what I will take away most and remember him by the greatest.”

College Sports Communicators, founded in 1957, is a national association for strategic, creative and digital communicators across intercollegiate athletics in the United States and Canada. The organization has more than 4,000 members.

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Image of Skidmore College’s former Senior Athletic Communications Manager Bill Jones via the College Sports Communicators website.
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Writing the Right Word by Dave Dowling

Accuracy in word choice is a key to effective communication. In your daily writing and speaking, try to make sure you use the right word in the right place with the right spelling. By doing so, its effect will affect your communication in a positive way. This quick weekly tip will help you filter the confusion in some of our daily word choices.

This Week: Bathos, Pathos

Bathos is insincere or overdone sentimentality.

The play was just so much bathos that it became annoying.

Pathos is that element in literature that stimulates pity or sorrow.

The film captured all the pathos of their situation.

Dave Dowling is the author of The Wrong Word Dictionary and The Dictionary of Worthless Words Both books are available from many book retailers, and signed copies can be obtained by contacting Dave at

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Across 1 Acknowledged mistakes 7 Leads 13 Secure, in a way 15 One cog in the Big Red Machine 16 Bach work 17 Birthplace of Kamala Harris 18 Ron Rifkin spy series 19 Shortsighted one 21 Number of Olympic medals won by Katie Ledecky 22 Map marker 23 Many chords 25 Saltimbocca flavor 26 Spanish 101 word 28 Troubles 29 Chase with a slide rule 30 Age of enlightenment? 33 Brody of "The O.C." 34 Like one due for an inheritance? 35 Oscar nominee who voiced Michelle Obama on "The Simpsons" 40 It may be pulled by an athlete 41 Polo who played Rebecca on "Sports Night" 42 Emulate Kelly Slater 44 __ buco 45 Beer mugs 47 Drag queen Bianca Del __ 48 Present mo. 49 All thumbs 50 Freezes, say 52 Unavailable, in a way 54 Like Romeo and Juliet 56 "All You Need" intimates brand 57 Carriage return creation 58 Nats division 59 Theologian for whom a Connecticut university is named Down 1 "__ at Dannemora": Arquette miniseries 2 Pragmatic sort 3 Met 4 Resort near Deer Valley 5 Done for 6 Back on board 7 Casino game 8 Sharp increase 9 Samuel Gompers' org. 10 "... maybe not even that" 11 Went back (on) 12 World's largest natural harbor 14 Jaleel White's show 15 Roadside assistant? 20 Lupita Nyong'o's alma mater 24 Saudi capital 25 Stirs up 27 Not quite lento 29 Presses into service 31 Arabian port 32 Frankincense or myrrh 35 Football club founded in 1886 36 Love all? 37 Honk 38 Unrest 39 Chicago daily 40 Happen 43 "Woman in the Mists" subject 45 Comics dog in a Viking helmet 46 Olympia from Maine 49 Time to beware 51 Bing returns 53 Messenger __ 55 Catlike Pokémon See puzzle solution on page 34 See puzzle solutions on page 34


What Came First, the Chicken or the Egg?


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


Such a complex question for such a small but mighty protein. At the Saratoga Farmer’s Market, you can purchase a variety of eggs. With Easter just around the corner, I became curious about the various colors of eggs and the outcome of dying them.

As I chatted with my friend, farmer, and chicken expert from Stoney Meadow Farms, I was surprised to learn that there are really only four colors of eggs; brown, white, green, and blue, although it often appears there are more than four colors. She explained that there are various shades within each color category. For example, a pinkish color egg is actually a shade within the brown family. This is why there are dark greens, light greens, speckled eggs, etc. The breed of a chicken dictates the color of the eggs laid, which becomes a more complex discussion for another time.

Can you color some of these already beautiful eggs for Easter? The answer is yes! After speaking with one of our vendors, Laurie, of Kokinda Farm, I discovered it’s very popular. And why not? This can be an educational experiment and a fun way to introduce young children to the discovery of eggs, chicken varieties, dying, and more. Where can you find eggs to hard boil and dye this weekend at the market?

•Hepatica Farms

•Jireh Organics & Livestock

•Kokinda Farm

•Squash Villa Farm (sells both chicken and duck eggs) What’s the best way to dye some of these already colorful eggs? You can use any typical dying technique, from store-bought packages

to the old-fashioned food coloring and vinegar combination. You can even make your own natural dyes from farmers’ market produce! The coloring process will vary based on the color of the eggs you have selected. For example, the brown eggs will be a deeper version of the color you are using.

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 www., where you can sign up for our weekly newsletter and follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs

Cover the eggs with cold water in a saucepan. Bring the eggs to a boil. Cover and boil the eggs for 7 minutes. Turn off the heat after 7 minutes, cover, and let the eggs set in the hot water for an additional 7 minutes. Cool the eggs in ice water to stop them from cooking.

Coloring Easter Eggs Using Natural Dyes


*Supplies available at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market

• 1 dozen eggs, any color*

• 1 cup chopped red cabbage per cup of water* — makes blue on white eggs, green on brown eggs

• 1 cup shredded beets per cup of water* — makes pink or purple on white eggs, maroon on brown eggs

• 2 tablespoons ground turmeric per cup of water — makes yellow eggs



1. Bring 1 inch of water to a rolling boil in a medium saucepan over high heat.

2. Place eggs in a steamer basket and place the basket in the saucepan. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook eggs for 13 minutes.

3. Combine 2 cups ice cubes and 2 cups cold water in a medium bowl. Using tongs or a spoon, transfer the eggs to the ice bath and let them sit for 15 minutes.


1. Add a cup of water for each color into a saucepan. Add cabbage, beets, or turmeric, and bring the water to a boil.

2. Cover, turn the heat down to low, and simmer for 15 to 30 minutes. You can cook longer for a deeper color. Drip a little of the colored water onto a white dish to check the color. When it reaches the color you like, remove the pan from the heat and let it cool to room temperature.

3. Pour the cooled colored water through a fine-mesh strainer into another saucepan or bowl.

4. Stir in 1 Tablespoon of white vinegar per cup of strained colored water. Pour the water over the cooled cooked eggs in a bowl. The eggs must be completely submerged in the water.

5. Refrigerate until the desired color is reached. The eggs pictured here were refrigerated overnight.

6. Rubbing dry dyed eggs with oil (olive or melted coconut oil) will allow them to shine.

Above: Kokinda Farm, photo by Toni Nastasi. Below: Lovin' Mama Farm, photo provided
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Growing up in an Italian, Catholic household my mother was very strict on making sure church and family were part of our Easter celebration. I can remember as a child, dressing in my best suit attire to attend Easter morning church services. Getting five children ready each Sunday to attend church was very much a challenge for my parents. However, we were always up and ready on Easter morning. My sisters were usually dressed in pastels with pretty sashes around their waist with a bow. I was required to wear my best attire with my hair purposefully slicked (I have very curly hair so that was interesting to do). After church, we would head to our cousins’ house for the traditional Easter egg hunt and dinner.

Having the right knife for your holiday preparations will be important to creating your meal. Often times our customers ask what each knife is used for, which knife is best, is it price that determines it or is it the name? I have to admit, discussing knives is a passion for me. I tell them the best knife is the one that best fits and feels good in your hand. A knife is probably the only kitchen tool you must use every single time you prepare food. There is no such thing as the best chef's knife—finding the knife that works best for you will involve considering many variables, like the size of your hands, the style of your cooking, and what feels natural and comfortable to you. The right knife is extremely personal. You will be less likely to pick it up each day if you do not find one that is right for you. I always tell customers “It should fit like a glove,” “Is it too heavy, too light, how is the balance for you?” You want a


Hello my Foodie Friends!

This weekend will draw upon many of our family traditions in what we make for the Easter Holiday. It could include decorating Easter eggs, baking, gathering around a table with family and friends, fun events like egg rolling or the classic Easter Egg hunt! For many families, Easter would not be complete without attending a worship service at their church.

knife that is comfortable and fun for you to use. There are a myriad of options in the knife world that can become overwhelming when you are trying to buy the perfect knife. Before making any purchases, stop and consider what you actually need in the kitchen. Here are four knives that I recommend you start with.

Chef's knife (also called cooks’ knives) (6 "to 10”). The 8” is my choice. It is called the all-rounder for professional and hobby chefs, suitable for chopping herbs, cutting vegetables, slicing and dicing fish and meat. The curved blade allows for a nice rocking motion. A work horse of a knife! Practice with this knife and you will get better and better. Also remember to use your steel to keep it sharp!

Paring knife (3” to 4”) The 3.5” is my choice. It is used for cleaning, paring, peeling and slicing small fruit and vegetables. It is also used to prepare intricate garnishes. The paring knife is a very efficient extension of thumb and finger. This helps to give good leverage.

Bread Knife (8” to 10”) The 9” is my choice. It is used for cutting bread or any other food of soft substance with a tough skin or crust. The aggressive scalloped edge cuts hard crusts effortlessly and evenly. Do not cut meat or fish with this scalloped or serrated edge knife as it will not produce an even slice with those foods. Do not use steel with this knife; it is not necessary and may damage the edges. It should stay sharp for at least five years if not abused.

Santoku with hollow edge (5” to 7”) (In Japanese Santoku loosely means: “Three Virtues” -slicing; dicing; and mincing) The 7” is my choice.

The Santoku knife, fitted



• 1 whole fully cooked bone-in ham (15 to 18 pounds)

• whole cloves

• 3 c. brown sugar

• 1/2 c. spicy brown mustard

• 1 can Dr. Pepper or Coke

• 3 tbsp. apple cider vinegar

with the RAZOR EDGE, is the all-rounder for the Asian cuisine for preparing fish, meat or vegetables. This is my favorite knife! It slices tomatoes paper thin and it cuts boneless meat and fish into small pieces. The specially contoured edge is perfect for chopping vegetables and the wide blade doubles as a spatula. Use your steel regularly as it can dull easily.

Just as essential as narrowing down the right type of knives for you in the sea of gadgets and accessories is how you care for them. The most important thing about knives, no matter the kind, is to keep them sharp. Whatever knife you choose, make sure you practice with it. Learn how to hold it so you feel the weight and balance, and it becomes an extension of your hand.

Stop into Compliments to the Chef, Your Neighborhood Kitchen and Cutlery store located at 33 Railroad Place, to see me anytime and I will show you personally. Remember my Foodie Friends; “Life Happens in the Kitchen.”


1. Preheat the oven to 325°F.

2. Score the surface of the ham in a diamond pattern about 1/8-inch deep (using a Chef knife). Place cloves in the middle of each diamond. Place the ham in a large roasting pan with a rack, tent it with foil, and bake for 2 to 2 1/2 hours—or longer, depending on the package directions. (Some hams may require 3 to 3 1/2 hours at a lower temperature; just check the package.)

3. In a small saucepan, heat the brown sugar, mustard, vinegar, and soda until bubbly. Cook until reduced and a bit thicker, about 15 minutes.

4. After about 2 hours of baking time, remove the foil and brush the glaze on the ham in 20 minutes intervals (put the ham back in the oven, uncovered, in between) until it's nice and glossy. Remove from the oven and allow to rest 15 to 20 minutes before carving.

Recipe courtesy of Ree Drummand at

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This Week’s Events: MARCH 29- APRIL 4


National Vietnam War Veterans Day

The Empire State Aerosciences Museum, 250 Rudy Chase Dr., Scotia | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Free admission for all Vets.

Take a tour of our 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 121.9. Land at Schenectady County Airport and taxi to Richmor Aviation North. Tell them you are going to ESAM.

Annual Good

Friday Fish Fry

Union Fire Company #2, 319 Milton Ave., Ballston Spa 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. | While supplies last. Eat in, take-out, or free local delivery. Menu: Fish fry, fries, cole slaw, and water. Suggested donation $15. Call 518-885-7121 or fax 518885-3725 to reserve your order. Placing large orders in advance is encouraged.

4th Annual Spring Event

Saratoga Rec Center, 15 Vanderbilt Ave., Saratoga Springs | Noon – 2 p.m.

Sponsored by the Saratoga Springs Police Department. Photos with the Easter Bunny, Inflatable obstacle course, Saratoga Springs Fire Department Fire Truck, Face Painting, hot dogs, Italian sodas and a lot of fun! The event will be both inside and outside in the rear parking lot. Please do

not bring strollers or wagons inside the Rec Center to preserve the gymnasium floors. Parking in two small lots and on the surrounding city streets.

Fish Fry Friday

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

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 518-6953917. All are welcome.


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 518584-8547.


Curb Side Chicken and Biscuit Dinner

The Old Stone Church, 159 Stone Church Rd., Ballston Spa | 4 - 7 p.m. Dinners Include Chicken and Biscuit with Green Beans, Carrots, Peas, Gravy, Cranberry Sauce and a choice of a slice of pumpkin, apple, or fudge pecan pie all for

$12. To reserve your dinner call 518-522-4482 or 518-583-1002. Be sure to include the number of dinners, your choice of pie and time of pick up. For more information call Ann at 518885-4034. We look Forward to seeing you there.




Galway Preservation Society Meeting

Galway Town Hall, 5910 Sacandaga Road, Galway | 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. “Who is Saint Isaac Jogues? And Why Does He Matter?” with Sean Kelleher. Historian Sean Kelleher will explore how this region of spectacular natural landscapes became the central scene in the 17th Century for the life and martyr of Saint Isaac Jogues. Isaac Jogues's life inspired many people, including pilgrims, to discover, honor, celebrate, and share the heritage and stories of this region. Our programs are free and open to the public. Annual family or household membership is available for $10 per year.


Lunch & Learn:

Preservation Basics

Virtual Program | Noon

The City of Saratoga Springs, in partnership with the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation, will present this free program. Samantha Bosshart will provide a brief history of the historic preservation movement, address common misconceptions of historic preservation, and highlight various architectural styles

throughout the Capital Region. She will review the findings of “Saratoga Springs: Enhancing the Values through Historic Preservation,” an economic impact study completed by PlaceEconomics for the City of Saratoga Springs. This report demonstrates the economic value of historic preservation. To learn more and register for this program and future programs please visit, www. or call 518-587-5030.

Virtual Talk with Smithsonian Curator

Zoom Presentation | 2 p.m.

Paula J. Johnson, a curator in the Division of Work and Industry at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, will discuss The Foods, People, and Innovations That Feed Us–A Sweeping History of Food and Culture. Brought to you in partnership with the Library Speakers Consortium. Registration required. Contact Clifton Park Halfmoon Public Library at 518-371-8622. www.

The Catholic Daughters of the Americas (CDA) Monthly Meeting

Knights of Columbus, 50 Pine Road, Saratoga Springs | 5:45 p.m. Members gather for recitation of the Rosary, followed by Past Regents’ Recognitions, the awarding of anniversary pins and celebration of members’ birthdays with refreshments. The regular meeting will begin around 6:30 p.m. CDA is one of the oldest and largest organizations of Catholic women in the Americas. Please join us. Any questions? Contact our Regent Lucille Koch by phone or text at 516-319-4577.


Salisbury Steak 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, 518-5842585. Menu: Salisbury steak,

mushroom burgundy gravy, mashed potatoes, vegetable, salad, roll. Cost is $15 per dinner. Cash only.

Pickin’s Session

Milton Community Center, 310 Northline Rd., Ballston Spa |6:30 – 9 p.m. Open to the Public, Free Admission & ample free parking. Doors open 6:00 p.m. All acoustic musicians who enjoy playing country/western, folk, gospel & bluegrass are welcome to participate. If you don’t play, become part of the audience, and enjoy the music. Bring a snack to share. Beverages provided. Call 518-885-4229 with questions.

The Story Behind the Pictures

Galway Public Library, 2112 East Street, Galway | 7 p.m. “The Story Behind the Pictures," is a talk by local photographer Mark Frederick. Mark will tell the stories behind some of his favorite photos, a glimpse of the awe he witnessed before, during, and after the camera click. Call to register at 518-882-6385.

Poetry Reading

Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs | 7 p.m. Caffè Lena will present a poetry reading by Susan Jefts. An open mic poetry reading will follow. Doors open for sign-ups at 6:30 p.m. The host for the event will be Carol Graser and the cost is $5 general, free for students. The featured reading will also be livestreamed. You can find a link for the livestream at, 518-583-0022.


PJ Storytime with a Sleepy Time Craft

Ballston Spa Public Library, 21 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa | 6:30 p.m. Join Storytime leader, Mimi as she reads books, and a craft will follow. Kids in Pre-K through 3rd are invited to attend. Pajamas are encouraged for kids and their grownups. This free event requires registration, limit 20. For further information visit bspl. or call (518) 885-5022. To register stop in or call.

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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. Start your shopping early. Come out to support your local rescue squad. For more information, contact Jennie McReynolds at 518-338-2709.

Bike Swap

Join us on Sunday, April 7 for our 3rd annual Bike Swap. Columbia Pavilion, Saratoga Spa Park. Items to swap: bikes, tools, apparel, bike racks and more. For more information or to volunteer, visit our website

America Sings

Opera Saratoga continues its America Sings recital series at Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, on April 7 at 1 p.m. Tenor César Andrés Parreño, accompanied by pianist Liza Armistead present “Latinidad: a Tour of South America” This potpourri of South American art songs includes composers Ponce, Guastavino, Guevara, Violeta Parra, Chía Patiño, Santoro, Villa-Lobos and Ginastera.

The America Sings series amplifies the voices of BIPOC artists who have historically been underrepresented on the concert stage. Tickets: $35; OS and Caffè Lena members: $25; Students: $10. Info at americasings2024.

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 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

Blue Friday of New York 2024 Kick-Off Event

Honoring those who protect and serve, Monday April 8, 5:30 – 9 p.m. at the Mill on Round Lake, Route 9, Malta. The local Blue Friday event will take place on April 26 at the Ninety Nine Restaurant, located at 3073 Route 50, Wilton Mall, 5:45 a.m. – 10 a.m. (other locations in Colonie and Catskill). For more information, please contact retired Albany Police Officer Pat Fox at 518-469-9201 or Retired Saratoga County Deputy Sheriff Lou Somma at 518-421-2921. Blue Friday New York is a 501C3 that recognizes the sacrifices made by the men in women in “blue”. More information can be found at

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 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 saratoga-sustainability-fair.

Trivia Night

The Saratoga County History Center is hosting Trivia Night at historic Anne’s Washington Inn 111 South Broadway, Saratoga Springs on Tuesday, April 16 from 6 - 9p.m. This event, to support the programs of Brookside Museum, will include an Italian style buffet dinner generously provided by Mama Mia’s Restaurant, dessert, and coffee. A cash bar for beer and wine will be available to our guests aged 21 and over. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and dinner will begin at 6 p.m. Well-known local Trivia Night host Casey Blum, “That NY Trivia Guy” will open the friendly competition beginning at 7 p.m. Trivia categories will include questions on local history as well as the standard trivia topics. The cost for the evening is $40 per person. Registration for the event can be made at brooksidemuseum. events/69015-history-centertrivia-night

Volunteer Tree Planters Needed

Help plant trees in the community. On Saturday, April 27, Sustainable Saratoga’s Urban Forestry Project will hold its 10th year of TREE TOGA planting event, adding an expected 35 large-growing 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 is pleased to present COLOR POP!, a national juried exhibition of 60 functional and decorative works by 42 clay artists. Juried by prominent California 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. Details online at The Schacht Gallery is open Monday - Saturday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and by appointment. Located at 167 Hayes Rd., Schuylerville. Visit www.saratogaclayarts. org, call 518-581-2529 or email for more information.

23rd Annual Maple in April Festival

An outdoor, one day family fun even on April 27. 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 vendors.hadleynyba@gmail. com for vendor application.

Saratoga Book Festival

The Friends of the Saratoga Springs Public Library’s Saratoga Book Festival, in partnership with Literary Arts@SPAC and the Saratoga County Veterans Peer Connection program, announces it will present “Masters of the Air: An Evening with Donald L. Miller,” the acclaimed historian and bestselling author of Masters of the Air: America's Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany, on April 30 at 7 p.m. in the Spa Little Theater in Saratoga Springs. The inspiration behind the major Apple TV streaming series Masters of the Air, the book tells the gripping story of the American Eighth Air Force in World War II and the young pilots who flew the bombers that helped beat the Nazis and liberate Europe. Tickets and copies of the book are available now at https://saratogabookfestival. org/donald-l-miller-event/. Veterans are encouraged to sign up now for free passes on the Saratoga Book Festival website at donald-l-miller-event.

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An Evening with Nas at the Palace Theatre SPAC’s Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s 2024 Summer Season Kicks Off June 16

ALBANY — Poet and rhymemaster Nas will perform Friday, July 19 at the Palace Theatre.

Nas delivered his first fulllength album Illmatic in 1994 and went on to release 14 subsequent albums, 8 of which are multi-platinum and platinum including: Nastradamus, Stillmatic, God’s Son, and Street’s Disciple.

Most recently, Nas released the third installment of the King’s Disease series, and Nas and Hit-Boy released Magic 3,

featuring 15 brand new tracks marking the final chapter of the legendary run for the prolific rapper-producer duo.

Magic 3 serves as the duo’s sixth album together in the last 3 years and serves as the third installment to the Magic series.

Tickets range from $59.50 - $199.50 and are available via Ticketmaster at ticketmaster. com. Tickets are also available for purchase at the Palace Theatre Box Office, located at 19 Clinton Ave.


The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS) returns to the Spa Little Theater for its summer residency, starting on Bloomsday.

Saratoga Performing Arts Center welcomes CMS from June 16-Aug. 18. Part of its yearround presence in Saratoga Springs, the six-concert summer season follows its spring series, which will culminate on May 11 with Wu Han, David Finckel and Chad Hoopes.

“Opening the Spa Little Theater doors for our community to experience world-class chamber music – now yearround -- is an important part of our expanded mission,” SPAC President and CEO Elizabeth Sobol said in a statement. “We look forward to continuing this new tradition with our partners at CMS under the brilliant direction of Wu Han and David Finckel.”

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s summer season opens with “Romantic Masterpieces,” showcasing works from Brahms and Arensky (June 16), followed by “Musical Mosaics” featuring Mozart, Puccini, Brahms and Dvořák (June 23); “Mozart, Mendelssohn, and Brahms” with the Escher String Quartet (July 14); an “Enchanting Winds” program (July 21); and “Beethoven,

Ravel, and Schumann” (August 11). The season closes with “The Carnival of the Animals” (August 18), in its original instrumentation for chamber ensemble.

Anchored by Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Artistic Directors Wu Han (piano) and David Finckel (cello), this season’s guest artists also include violinists Bella Hristova, Chad Hoopes, Kristin Lee, Adam Barnett-Hart, Brendan Speltz, Danbi Um, and Francisco Fullana; violists Paul Neubauer, Pierre Lapointe, Matthew Lipman, and Guillermo Figueroa; cellists Dmitri Atapine, Brook Speltz, Nicholas Canellakis,

and Sterling Elliott; double bassist Nina Bernat; pianists Wu Qian, Anna Geniushene, Evren Ozel, and Michael Stephen Brown; clarinetists Romie de GuiseLanglois and David Shifrin; flutists Demarre McGill and Sooyun Kim; Hugo Valverde on horn; bassoonist Peter Kolkay; harpist Bridget Kibbey; percussionists Ian David Rosenblum and Ayano Kataoka, and The Escher String Quartet.

The summer season follows two previously announced spring concerts offered by CMS. The final spring performance is slated for May 11 with pianist Wu Han, violinist Chad Hoopes, and cellist David Finckel featuring works by Mozart, Mendelssohn and Smetana.

All summer 2024 CMS events will take place at the Spa Little Theatre - 19 Roosevelt Drive, Saratoga Springs. There is one performance of each program at 3 p.m. Doors open at 2 p.m. and the house opens at 2:30 p.m. Visit for more information.

Subscriptions to all six summer programs will be available to purchase at Subscription packages will be $198 - $378 depending on seating location. Single performance tickets will be available to purchase beginning on March 20 for members (tiered by level) and March 22 for the general public and will be $38 - $68 each.

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Mozart, Mendelssohn, and Brahms will be presented July 14 as part of this summer’s Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, in Saratoga Springs. Photo provided. Nas performs in Albany in July.

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Gibson Brothers Headline Schuylerville Student Arts Benefit Concert April 7


The Strand Theatre will host the Smoky Greene Scholarship Concert - with performances running from 12:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 7.

Honoring Smokey Greene's legacy, the scholarship concert supports Schuylerville School

aspiring musicians. Proceeds benefit a Schuylerville student pursuing studies in the arts. Performances will be staged by The Gibson Brothers, The Green Brothers, Al and Kathy Bain, The Stony Creek Band, Kevin McKrell and Friends, and the Seth Sawyer Band.

Tickets are $30/general admission, $15/seniors and veterans in advance. $35/20 on day of show. Tickets are available at the Strand Box Office; cash or check only. For more info, visit

The Strand Theatre is located at 210 Main St., Hudson Falls.

In the Round Series Back at Universal Preservation Hall with Three New Concerts


In the Round Series returns to Universal Preservation Hall Friday, April 19 with a show by New Zealand-born pop star Kimbra.

Kimbra’s 2011 debut, “Vows,” was certified platinum in Australia and New Zealand. Kimbra exploded that same year with “Somebody That I Used To Know,” a duet with Gotye that topped Billboard’s Hot 100 chart in 2012 and was the best-selling song of that year in the U.S. In 2014 she released the highly acclaimed album,

“The Golden Echo,” recruiting artists as diverse as Thundercat, Omar-Rodriguez Lopez of The Mars Volta, Bilal and John Legend to highlight her eclectic musical style.

Next, UPH welcomes homegrown artists Jocelyn & Chris with special guest Sydney Worthley 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 17. Jocelyn & Chris, along with their band, charted five consecutive commercial radio singles in the Billboard AAA Top 40. The siblings have recorded eight albums and toured coast to coast.

Also announced is Shayna Steele and Buggy Jive at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 14. Steele will be featuring her third album “Watch Me Fly,” offering six self-penned originals and four select classics ranging from soul via blues and gospel and crossing over to retro R&B and jazz. Joining her is Buggy Jive, a soul rock singer-songwriter from Upstate New York.

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 online visit

David Greenberger and Tyson Rogers Present ‘How Vowels Endure Winter’ --

World premiere inaugurates the Adirondack Trust New Works Series at the Tang Museum


The world premiere of David Greenberger and Tyson Rogers’s How Vowels Endure Winter will be presented by the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 12. The event is the inaugural commission and performance in the Adirondack Trust New Works Series at the Tang Museum.

How Vowels Endure Winter features a series of monologues with piano created in response to work by the artist Joachim Schmid that occupies an entire wall in the Tang exhibition Studio/Archive.

Greenberger and Rogers’s new compositions for voice and piano respond to Schmid’s works with short tales about collecting, creating, organizing, and memory. Greenberger, who lives and

works in Greenwich, Washington County, is known for audio works and performances based on conversations with nursing home residents. He created The Duplex Planet publication in 1979 based on his conversations with nursing home residents. His drawings and compositions were featured in the 2014 Tang exhibition David Greenberger: One Upon, which included a one-seat theater in which Greenberger and his band A Strong Dog performed one two-minute composition for one audience member at a time.

Rogers toured extensively with bluesman Tony Joe White and country legend Don Williams, playing on his Grammy-nominated duet with Alison Krauss, “I Just Come Here for the Music.” Rogers’s

original music has been featured by National Geographic, Tokyo Olympics, CBS television, The North Face, and Tom’s Shoes.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Tang Visitors Services Desk at 518-580-8080 or visit https://tang.skidmore. edu. The Tang Museum is open to the public Tuesday–Sunday, noon – 5 p.m., with extended hours until 9 p.m. on Thursdays.

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Tyson Rogers & David Greenberger, live at The Tang April 12. Photo courtesy of the artists.


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. 02/23, 03/01, 03/08, 03/15, 03/22, 03/29/2024. 12389

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

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

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: Fox 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.

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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

NOTICE: FORMATION OF ROSECRANS CONSULTING 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

PLACE YOUR CLASSIFIED AD TODAY! PHONE: 518-581-2480 ext. 204 EMAIL: CLASSIFIED@ 2254 Route 50 South Saratoga Springs 28 Week of March 29 – April 4, 2024 LEGALS 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
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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.

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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.

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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.


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


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


April 2, 2024


(518) 885-2249

Pursuant to the provisions of Section 4-118 of the Election Law, Notice is hereby given that the Official Primary Election for the enrolled voters of the Democratic and Republican Parties in Saratoga County will be held on Tuesday, April 2, 2024, from 6:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.

The Contested Public Offices for which candidates are to be nominated are as follows:


President of the United States Delegates to the Democratic National Convention - 20th Congressional District PUBLIC OFFICES FOR THE REPUBLICAN PARTY

President of the United States Registered voters who are not enrolled in any political party


are not eligible to vote in the Primary.



In witness whereof, we the undersigned have hereto affixed our names and official seal of the Board of Elections and Custodians of Primary Records of Saratoga County, New York, on the 29th day of March, 2024.

Cassandra M. Bagramian

Joseph J. Suhrada

Commissioners of Elections Saratoga County

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


The Department of Central Services of Saratoga County will receive sealed bids in person or electronically through the Empire State Purchasing System Website until 11:00 a.m. on the following dates at which time bids will be publicly opened and read aloud:

April 9, 2024

Vehicle Computers/Hardware, specification 24-SDVCH-1

April 10, 2024

DPW Various Trailers, specification 24-DPWVT-2 Bid forms and instructions are available at the Department of Central Services, 50 W. High Street, Ballston Spa, NY between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday (telephone - 518-885-2210) or at the Empire State Purchasing Group website (www. Saratoga County, through its Purchasing Department, reserves the right to reject parts of any or all bids.

Director of Purchasing Saratoga County 03/29/2024, 12645

Notice of formation of 2 J’s Blooms n Bling LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York on 03/19/2024 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: 7 Cottonwood Court Ballston Lake, NY 12019.

Purpose: Any lawful purpose.

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Notice of formation of Heidi & Tim’s Place, LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York on 02/17/2024 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: 125 NELSON AVE, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Purpose: Any lawful purpose.

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Notice of formation of 12 Mystic Lane Saratoga Springs, LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York on 02/28/2024 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: 23 Edgewood Park, Norwell, MA, United States, 02061. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. 03/29, 04/05, 04/12, 04/19, 04/26, 05/03/2024. 12653

Notice of formation of Saratoga Sports and Physical Training LLC. Arts. Of Org. filed with the Secretary of State New York on 3/09/2024. Office location: Saratoga County. DOS has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. DOS shall mail a copy of process to Shawn T. May, 63 Putnam St, Ste 202, Saratoga Sp., NY 12866. For any lawful propose. 03/29, 04/05, 04/12, 04/19, 04/26, 05/03/2024. 12654

Notice of formation of D. L. Breda Landscaping LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of

New York on 03/20/2024. 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: 11 Muirfield Lane, Clifton Park, NY 12065. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. 03/29, 04/05, 04/12, 04/19, 04/26, 05/03/2024. 12655


COMPANY. NAME: 4346 ROUTE 50 LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 03/25/2024. 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, 120 Ruggles Road, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. 03/25/202405/10/2024. #NY0109716. 03/29, 04/05, 04/12, 04/19, 04/26, 05/03/2024. 12659




Specialty Home Management Services LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 3/24/2024 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, 5355 Hudson Rd., Galway, NY 12074. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. 03/29, 04/05, 04/12, 04/19, 04/26, 05/03/2024. 12660

Notice of formation of Honey Done LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York on 11/21/2023. 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: 1099 Raymond Rd, Ballston Spa, NY 12020. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.03/29, 04/05, 04/12, 04/19, 04/26, 05/03/2024. 12668

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District Number: Polling Place & Address

* Indicates polling place change

Town of Ballston

1, 7: Double Day Woods, 91 Church Ave

2, 3, 8, 9: Ballston Town Hall, 323 Charlton Rd


Town of Charlton


1, 3, 4: Charlton Town Hall, 758 Charlton Rd

2: West Charlton Firehouse, 1293 Eastern Ave

Town of Clifton Park

1, 2, 3: Corpus Christi Church, 2001 Route 9

4, 6: Jonesville Methodist Church, 963 Main St

5: Ballston Lake Firehouse, 1125 Route 146A


11, 27, 32: New Rexford Firehouse, 1601 Route 146

13, 14, 15: Locust Lane Clubhouse, 5 Locust Ln

16: Starpoint Church, 14 Jarose Place

17, 31: Vischer Ferry Fire Station #2, 750 Grooms Rd

18, 19, 24: King of Kings Church, 1593 Crescent Rd

20, 21, 25: Vischer Ferry Firehouse #1, 360 Riverview Rd

22, 23: Clifton Park Community Church, 516 Moe Rd

26: Clifton Park/Halfmoon Library, 475 Moe Rd

28, 33: Jonesville Firehouse, 953 Main St.

29, 34: Shen Senior Center, 6 Clifton Common Ct.

Town of Corinth

*1, *2, *3, *4: Corinth Town Hall, 600 Palmer Ave

5: South Corinth Methodist Church, 10 Chapman St












Malta Ridge Firehouse, 5 Hearn Rd

City of Mechanicville

1, 2, 3, 4: Mcville Senior Community Bldg,178 N. Main St


Town of Milton

1, 5: Eagle Matt Lee Firehouse, 35 Washington St

2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13: Milton Community Center, 310 Northline Rd

3: Union Firehouse, 319 Milton Ave

7: Rock City Falls Firehouse, 1119 Rock City Rd

14: Milton Fire Station, 520 Geyser Rd

Town of Moreau

*1, *2, *3: Moreau Community Center, 144 Main St

4, 7: Moreau Elementary School, 76 Bluebird Rd

5, 9, 10: S. Glens Falls Fire Station, 361 Reynolds Rd

6, 8, 11: Tanglewood School, 60 Tanglewood Dr

Town of Northumberland

1, 3: Northumberland Town Hall,17 Catherine St

2, 4: Gansevoort Firehouse, 1870 Route 32N

Town of Providence

1, 2: Providence Town Hall, 7187 Barkersville Rd

Town of Saratoga

1, 2: Saratoga Town Office Bldg, 12 Spring St

3, 5: Quaker Springs Firehouse, 107 Blodgett Rd

4: Victory Village Office Bldg/Fire Hall, 23 Pine St

City of Saratoga Springs:

1, 2: Embury Apts Cafe, 133 Lawrence St

3, 4, 8, 9, 25: City Center, 522 Broadway

5: St. Clements Parish Center, 231 Lake Ave

*6, *10, 12, 13: Canfield Casino, Congress Park

7, 11, 21: Saratoga Springs High School Gym (West Ave Entrance)

14: Rec Center, 15 Vanderbilt Ave

15: Caroline St. School, 310 Caroline St

16, 20: Geyser Road School, 61 Geyser Rd

17, 22: Saratoga Spgs Methodist Church, 175 5th Ave

18: Abundant Life Church, 2325 Rte 50/Hutchins Rd

19: Division Street School, 220 Division St

23: Interlaken Community Center, 75 Sarazen St

24: Case Center, The Center, 2nd fl, Skidmore College

Town of Stillwater

*1, *5, *8: Public Safety Complex, 266 Route 76

2, 6, 7: Stillwater Town Hall, 881 Hudson Ave

*3: American Legion Post 490, 1 American Legion Rd

4: Henry F. Lefko American Legion, 81 East St.

Town of Waterford

1: Waterford Visitor’s Center, 1 Tugboat Alley

2: Waterford Community/Senior Center, 125 Second St.

3, 6: Waterford Fire Department, 11 8th St.

4, 5: Northside Fire Dept, 85 Saratoga Ave

7, 8: Waterford-Halfmoon School, 125 Middletown Rd

Town of Wilton

1, 6, 9: Wilton Senior Center, 18 Traver Rd

2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15: Gavin Park, 10 Lewis Dr

Total Polling Sites: 88

Total Election Districts: 196

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Official Notice Saratoga County Board of Elections 2024 Presidential Primary Election Day Poll Sites, April 2nd All Polling Places are Accessible
Joseph J. Suhrada Commissioner (R) Cassandra M. Bagramian Commissioner (D)
Burnt Hills Methodist Church,
Route 50 5: Our Lady of Grace Church, 73 Midline Rd 6: Burnt Hills Community Library, 2 Lawmar Ln
Jonesville Fire Station #2, 629 Route 146A 8, 9, 30:
of Peace Church, 4 Northcrest Dr
10, 12: Clifton Park Town Hall, 1 Town Hall Plaza
of Day
of Edinburg
Edinburg Community Center, 47 Military Rd Town of Galway 1: Galway Town Hall, 5910 Sacandaga Rd 2, 3: Galway Fire Dept, 1985 West St Town of Greenfield 1, 8: Greenfield Firehouse #1, 13 S. Greenfield Rd 2, 7: Porter Corners Firehouse #2, 405 Bockes Rd 3, 6: Middle Grove Firehouse #3, 25 N Creek Rd 4, 5: Greenfield Community Center, 25 Wilton Rd
Day Town Hall, 1650 N. Shore Rd Town
of Hadley
2: Hadley Senior Comm. Center, 23
of Halfmoon 1, 6: West Crescent Firehouse, 1440 Crescent Rd 2, 4, 7, 13, 17: Halfmoon Town Hall, 2 Halfmoon Town Plaza 3, 18: Hillcrest Fire Station, 145 Pruyn Hill Rd 5, 12: Halfmoon-Waterford Firehouse, 315 Middletown Rd 8, 9, 10, 15: American Legion Hall, 275 Grooms Rd 11, 14, 16, 19: Halfmoon Senior Center, Lower Newtown Rd
7: Malta Town Hall, 2540 Route 9
Round Lake Village Hall, 49 Burlington Ave
5, 10: Chango School,
Chango Dr
8, 12: David Meager Comm. Center, 1 Bayberry Dr
Town Garage, 2538
5: Dept of Public Works Offices, 4 Industrial Park Rd
Mcville Housing Authority Comm Room, 2 Harris Ave, Suite 1

The Tradition of Trout Fishing on April 1

It’s that exciting time of the year again. When we walk outside and hear the distinct chirping of Spring Peepers near any swamp or pond and see the first few daffodils poke their heads out from under the ground. This can only mean that it’s just about time to blow the dust off our fishing poles and get ready for the opening day of trout fishing. Every year on April 1, our local rivers and streams are stocked with trout, and anglers throughout the Capital Region can try their luck at catching some of these beautiful fish.

Fishing for trout on April 1 has been a tradition like no other for many anglers throughout the Capital Region for generations. The sheer chance of catching a true trophy or even just a meal has had fishermen lining the banks every year on this date.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

does an incredible job maintaining and stocking our local streams and rivers, so that we always have the chance to catch something when we go out fishing.

Whether this is your first time ever trout fishing or you’re a seasoned veteran, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has now made it easier than ever to plan your fishing trip. You can visit their website at https://dec. for all the regulations, parking spots, and you can even see what size fish you can expect

to catch. Additionally, if you click under the section titled “DEC Fish Stocking,” you can see exactly when they plan on stocking the rivers, streams, and lakes in your county.

Before setting out, I always recommend that everyone visits their local bait and tackle shops to pick up bait and to hear the latest fishing reports. Wiggly Worm Bait Supply, a familyowned Bait Shop in Ballston Lake, NY has been supplying worms and lures for the opening day of trout fishing for over 90 years. They usually have fishermen lining up at the door on the morning of April 1st to get what they need to be successful on the water. Some must-have bait for trout fishing include spinners, worms, phoebe

spoons, and salted minnows. Wiggly Worm Bait Supply says that the best colors to use on our local trout streams always seem to be gold, silver and blue, and yellow with red dots.

Every fisherman has their favorite spot, but there are a few local hotspots that always seem to produce year after year. The Kayaderosseras Creek or locally known as the “Kaydeross’,” has some great spots along it that always get stocked early. I recommend fishing the stretch in Rock City Falls, NY near the old paper mill for a shot at some freshly stocked fish and even the chance at a giant holdover brown trout. Another great spot anglers can try is along the Snook Kill in Gansevoort, NY off North Rd. where there is a

designated fishing pull off near a bridge. This spot is extremely easy to access and is deep enough to hold a bunch of fish.

This is a great year to take advantage of the warmer than average spring temperatures and enjoy the tradition of fishing for trout on our local bodies of water. There is no better way to spend a beautiful spring day, than to be outside with your friends and family. April 1st has marked the beginning of trout fishing for decades and continues to be an exciting date to look forward to every year.

See you on the water on April 1!

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Skidmore Blows Out Bard in Snowy Series

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Baseball might be a spring sport, but it sure didn’t feel like spring during the Skidmore College baseball team’s home opener last Friday afternoon against Bard College. A gray sky and nearfreezing temperatures not-sosubtly hinted at the winter storm that would begin pummeling the region later that night. Flurries fell intermittently throughout the game, causing occasional white dustings across the infield. But despite the cold, Skidmore starting pitcher Ameer Hasan was on fire.

Hasan announced his presence by striking out all three

batters in the first inning. In six total innings, he threw 87 pitches, allowing only 2 hits and 1 walk. The single run scored against him in the fifth was the result of throwing error.

While Hasan commanded the mound, the Thoroughbreds went to work driving in runs. In the third inning, the team tallied nine of them. Nate Vandersea and Sam Kornet both drove in 2 RBI each. Ewen Donald worked a walk with the bases loaded. Zachary Leiderman got hit by a pitch, also with the bases loaded. Eddie Galvao hit a single to left-center that drove in yet another run. By the time the third inning was over, Skidmore was in the lead, 11-0.

Bard starting pitcher Kane

Cartwheels Gymnastics on the Move


Cartwheels Gymnastics has announced that it will move from its current location in Clifton Park to 4 Enterprise Ave in Halfmoon, near the Twin Bridges Recycling Center. The move will happen this summer after renovations are completed.

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Morgan was a bit unruly, walking several batters and hitting another within the first couple innings. He left the game in the bottom of the third after allowing 4 earned runs.

After Hasan departed the game, Skidmore’s relievers struggled, allowing 7 runs in the 7th inning. But Skidmore’s third-inning performance was too much for Bard to overcome. The Thoroughbreds won with a final score of 16-9.

After the home opener on Friday, Skidmore played two more games against Bard on Sunday, winning both in shutout victories. After taking all three games of their series against Bard, the Thoroughbreds improved to 8-6 on the season.

Ballston Spa Unified Bowling Team Captures Division Championship

statement posted to Facebook.

The new facility is 24,000 square feet, which is 11,000 square feet larger than the current location.

“We will have state of the art equipment for your children to continue to learn, grow, and have fun with,” the company said. “We also have plans for a bright, spacious lobby for our parents to watch their children in.”

Spa was one of six schools that launched unified bowling 14 years ago. Back then, the school struggled to find enough participants. Nowadays, not only is the team the largest in school history, but it also captured the Division 6 Championship earlier this month.

“We did have a successful year,” said Coach Rob Immel when his team was being celebrated by the district at the March 30 Board of Education meeting. “With unified bowling, one of my favorite aspects of it is the small celebrations, whether you get a strike, whether you win, get a spare, maybe even hit a pin, eat as many fries as you can; we celebrate all the successes.”

Unified bowling teams include a mix of people with and without disabilities. Students with limitations in adaptive areas (players) are paired with other students (partners). According to Special Olympics New York, bowling is a particularly beneficial sport to people with intellectual disabilities because it includes physical exercise, participation, and social integration.

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The Skidmore College baseball team won all three games of a three-game series against Bard College. Photo by Joshua Dalsimer. The Ballston Spa Unified Bowling team poses after winning the Division 6 Championship. Photo provided by Coach Rob Immel during the March 30 Board of Education meeting. A Google Maps image shows the future location of Cartwheels Gymnastics at 4 Enterprise Ave in Halfmoon.

Saratoga Native Competes in March Madness Nailbiter


Dolly Cairns, a Saratoga Springs native and the all-time scoring leader at Saratoga Springs High School, competed in the first round of the NCAA women’s “March Madness” basketball tournament last weekend.

Cairns and the No. 12 seed Florida Gulf Coast Eagles faced off against a tough competitor: the No. 5 seed Oklahoma Sooners. The game was a nailbiter that came down to the final shot.

“It was a very fun and exciting experience,” Cairns told Saratoga TODAY. “I am extremely thankful to have gotten the opportunity to play in Assembly Hall against a very well-coached and competitive team like Oklahoma.”

The Eagles dominated the game in the early minutes, leading by 10 at the end of the first quarter. But Oklahoma quickly redeemed itself with a 10-0 run to open the 2nd quarter.

At halftime, the Eagles had the lead. Florida was a perfect 28-0 in games they led at halftime. Momentum was on their side, but the Sooners didn’t give up without a fight.

Cairns made the first shot of the second half, a smooth layup to maintain an Eagles lead. But Oklahoma chipped away at Florida’s defense and finished the third quarter with a 53-50 lead. In the fourth, the Eagles hit three straight shots from beyond the arc, showing why they’re regarded as three-point specialists. (Some fans wearing ponchos opened up umbrellas every time the Eagles “rained”

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three-pointers, but the umbrellas were apparently confiscated).

The Sooners went on another run in the fourth, however, to put them up by 5 points with less than 4 minutes left to play. Cairns hit a huge threepointer to put Florida within 3 points late in the quarter, causing an ESPN broadcaster to refer to Cairns as “deadly” beyond the arc. Later, Cairns fought for a rebound, and ran it all the way back for a layup, which put the Eagles up by 1 point, 68-67. With less than a minute left in regulation, the game was tied. With only 5 seconds on the clock, Cairns attempted a three, but seemed to have either been blocked or fouled (though no foul was called by the officials).

In the final play of the game, Florida was down by 3 points. With one second left, the Eagles quickly tossed up a threepointer, but the ball bounced off the front of the rim. Oklahoma won with a final score of 73-70. Cairns finished the game with 10 points and 2 rebounds. She had the third highest point total among all Florida players.

In a postgame interview with ESPN, Sooners Coach

Jennie Baranczyk praised the Eagles’ performance. “You don’t want to play them in this tournament,” Baranczyk said.

Cairns looked back on her season at Florida Gulf Coast with no regrets. “I am so proud of our team for the way we carried ourselves all season,” she said. “The relationships I have made this year with my teammates have been like no other, and I am so happy that I made the decision to come play here.”

As for the future, Cairns, a senior, said she’s keeping her options open. “I am planning to take my extra year of eligibility and stay at [Florida Gulf Coast University] for another year,” she said. “After next year, I will be pursuing a career in healthcare.”

Cairns played for the Saratoga Springs Blue Streaks girls basketball team, scoring more than 2,000 points to set the school’s all-time scoring record. In 2019, she committed to the University of Rhode Island, where she played for two seasons before transferring to Florida Gulf Coast. With the Eagles this season, she averaged 9 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and 1 steal per game.

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Skidmore Player Signed to Adirondack Thunder

GLENS FALLS — The Adirondack Thunder, ECHL affiliate of the New Jersey Devils, have signed former Skidmore College hockey player Everett Wardle to an amateur tryout contract.

Wardle, 25, just finished his fourth season at Skidmore, where he scored 25 points (8 goals, 17 assists) in 28 games for the Thoroughbreds.

Saratoga Summer Meet Stakes Schedule Announced


The New York Racing Association (NYRA) has announced the stakes schedule for the 2024 summer meet at Saratoga Racecourse, which runs from Thursday, July 11 through Monday, September 2. The 40-day meet will feature nineteen Grade 1 races as part of 71 stakes worth $20.75 million in total purses. Highlights include the 155th

renewal of the Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers on August 24, as well as the Grade 1, $1 million Whitney on August 3.

Saratoga Live, the television broadcast produced by NYRA in partnership with FOX Sports, will return for its 9th season to provide on-site daily coverage of the summer meet.

To view this summer’s complete schedule, visit saratoga/racing/stakes-schedule.

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Graphic Photo of Dolly Cairns (left) via Florida Gulf Coast University Athletics. Graphic of former Skidmore College hockey player Everett Wardle via the Adirondack Thunder.
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A New Era for Saratoga Catholic Softball


New uniforms. A new coach. New players. A new team culture. It seems like the Saratoga Central Catholic varsity softball team has hit the refresh button and is prepared to enter its next era.

“We want to try to change the culture until we expect to win,” said Coach Abby Arceneaux. “We’re trying to set expectations that we can compete with anybody.”

This season will be Arceneaux’s first as coach of the Saints, but she’s been developing the team since last summer. During more than a dozen open gyms, Arceneaux worked on the fundamentals with her more inexperienced players. Thanks to these sessions, Arceneaux said her girls already knew what to expect coming into the season. “We were kind of all on the same page right away,” she said.

Saratoga Catholic has six returning players this year. “They’re all very good softball players even though some of them are young,” Arceneaux said. But it was a struggle to fill in the team’s holes. This year’s roster includes four freshmen with no recent competitive softball experience, as well as an 8th grader and two 7th graders.

In a meeting at the start of the season, Arceneaux went over all of the team’s games from last year. Arceneaux said she wanted to change the team’s mindset to believe they can compete with anybody. “These girls, we’ve heard them say, ‘Oh God, that team is so good.’ And we’re like, so should we not show up? You want me to take that day off?”

Arceneaux has been drilling the message into her team that they have what it takes to win. It seems that strategy is paying off. Arceneaux said morale is high, and she hasn’t “noticed any kind of negativity.”

Unfortunately, the team did suffer one setback. During a batting practice, Arceneaux tore her Achilles. Thankfully, she had an experienced veteran on her coaching bench ready to help out: her dad, John. Arceneaux said she was lucky to have her father’s support. “There’s no better coach in this area that can develop kids and knows the game, in my opinion,” she said.

The Saints will also undoubtedly have help from Ryan McDonald, their standout senior catcher who hit over .450 last year. “She’s 100% the leader of our team,” Arceneaux said. “She’s a player to watch. I don’t know how she’s flown under the radar so much because she’s impressive.”

Fans can get their first look at the revamped, McDonaldled team when the Saints kick off the season on Monday, April at 1 p.m. against Tamarac High School.

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Players from the Saratoga Central Catholic varsity softball team show off their newly designed uniforms. Photos via the school’s @scc_saints X account.

Saratoga Hidden Horseshoes Returns in April

Saratoga Springs public parks and trails. All horseshoes will be accessible between ground and reachable level in the “finder’s keepers” activity; Find a shoe and it is yours to keep.

The 2024 season kick-off takes place will take place on Beekman Street Friday, April 19, in advance of Launch Day – on Saturday April 20 in Congress Park.

Horseshoes are presently being hidden in

Saratoga Arts made the program possible through the Community Arts Regrant Program, funded by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. For more event information, go online to:

See "What Came First, the Chicken or the Egg?" pg. 22 See "A New Era for Saratoga Catholic Softball" pg. 35 SARATOGA SPRINGS — Three hundred authentic Saratoga Racehorse Shoes will be hidden in Saratoga Springs, with the return of the Saratoga Hidden Horseshoes event, which staged its inaugural happening last year.
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Three hundred horseshoes hidden around Saratoga Springs. Find one, and it’s yours. Photos provided from last year's event.
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