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by Yael Goldman Saratoga TODAY WILTON – For one local family, being able to spend the holidays together is reason enough to be thankful. Becky Fish, a Wilton mother of four, is counting her blessings this Thanksgiving. She’s looking forward to spending the holiday with

her husband Mike and their children Hailey (10), Dylan (7), Tyler (5) and little Michael, who just turned 1 November 9. Her husband, a volunteer firefighter and national guardsman, will deploy to Kuwait sometime between the end of December and the beginning of January 2012. He’ll be gone for at least a year. That’s a long time to be away, but it could have been worse. Mike was supposed to leave December 2 for a mission in Afghanistan, and had already come to terms with the fact that he was spending the holidays away from home. Thankfully that has changed. The Fishes learned two weeks ago that Mike is, instead, headed to Kuwait, and won’t depart until after Christmas.

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BALLSTON SPA- For the 18th year, friends, family, neighbors, strangers and newcomers will gather together at the local firehouse and give thanks the best way Americans know how- over a delicious turkey dinner. The annual Ballston Spa community dinner will take place Thursday, November 24, from noon-4 p.m. at the Union Fire Co. No. 2 firehouse on Route 50. It is

free for ANYONE to attend. This invitation comes as a relief to many, as the steady evolution of Thanksgiving from just a meal to a full-blown ordeal has made the idea of trading in turkey for Chinese takeout sound dangerously appealing. Don’t pick up the chopsticks just yet. Whether it is money, time, distance or a particularly sensitive smoke detector that is persuading

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On the Brink: A View From Inside by MichelleReadDeGarmo Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA COUNTY - I have had the privilege of living and working in Saratoga County for most of my adult life, and have always been struck by how despite all that goes on in the world around us, the people in our community do

their best to take care of each other. We lend a hand without being asked, and seem to carry an innate sense of supporting those less fortunate for the greater good of our entire community. As the holidays draw near, many in our community are worried about giving their children the warm, happy holiday all children

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011


Division Street Students Spread Warm Feelings! SARATOGA SPRINGS - On Wednesday, November 16, fifth-grade students in Mrs. Gregorek’s, Mrs. Olson’s, and Mrs. Redding’s classes at Division Street Elementary School, participated in a commmunity service project to provide blankets to patients undergoing treatment at Rubin Dialysis Center on Myrtle Street. Teacher Laurie Gregorek said that the idea came from one of the parents who works at the center, “Patients who are having dialysis often get cold and a blanket is a big help to them during their treatment,” she said. With donations from parents and $250 from the Rubin Center, the teachers purchased about $1,000 of fleece. Parent volunteers and students worked together, the parents cutting and students tying the fleece. In just an hour, the 75 fifth graders were able to make 39 blankets for the center! Mrs. Gregoreck said that as the classes discussed the project in the days leading up to it, they all came to realize the important lesson that "(the children’s) ‘paycheck’ for the day is feeling good - knowing that they are really helping someone.”

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Above: The fifth grade students at Division Street Elementary School Right: Lauren Cheney and her classmates in Mrs. Redding’s class made this blanket for Lauren’s grandmother, who is a patient at the Rubin Dialysis Center




Wednesday, November 23, 2011

George J. Hathaway, 33, of Burke St., Building 27, Apt. 2, Mechanicville, pleaded guilty to a charge of third-degree burglary, a class-D felony. Hathaway was arrested April 9 in Mechanicville and was sentenced to two to four years in state prison. Katrina J. Piterniak, 32, of 13 New Castle Rd., Clifton Park, pleaded guilty to a charge of aggravated driving while intoxicated with a child in the vehicle, a class-E felony. Piterniak was arrested May 31 in Halfmoon and is scheduled to return to court for sentencing January 5. Adam J. Colson, 28, of 310 Main St., Corinth, pleaded guilty to a charge of third-degree attempted burglary, a class-E felony. Colson was arrested May 6 in Mechanicville for an incident that occurred March 24 and was sentenced to one and a half to three years in state prison. Adriano Bonopaladino, 35, of 800 Parkview Dr., Hallendale, FL, pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted assault and fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, both class-E felonies. Bonopaladino was arrested September 23 in Saratoga Springs for an incident that occurred September 18 and is scheduled to return to court for sentencing January 9. Veeto J. Harris, 57, of 15 Gridley Ave, Saratoga Springs, pleaded guilty to a charge of third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance, a class-C felony. Harris was arrested March 24 in Saratoga Springs for an incident that occurred March 15 and is scheduled to return to court for sentencing January 12. Brandon B. Law, 23, of 31 Lincoln Ave.., Cohoes, pleaded guilty to a charge of fourth-degree grand larceny, a class-E felony, Law was arrested January 29 in Wilton for an incident that occurred January 16 and was sentenced to five years of probation. William M. Hubbell, 60, of 2993 Hudson River Rd., Waterford, pleaded guilty to third-degree grand larceny, a class-D felony and firstdegree falsifying of business records, a class-E felony. Hubbell was arrested in Waterford for incidents that occurred between January 2008-April 2011, and is scheduled

to return to court for sentencing January 17. Timothy R. Conrad, 33, of 15 Pearl St., Schuylerville, was resentenced November 14 by Judge Jerry J. Scarano to 10 weekends in Saratoga County Jail and continued probation. Conrad was originally convicted May 8, 2008, of firstdegree attempted sexual abuse, a class-E felony, for which he had been sentenced to five years of probation. Joshua M. Casler, 27, of 34B Meyer Rd., Clifton Park, was resentenced November 14 by Judge Jerry J. Scarano to continue probation with enlarged conditions to include drug treatment court. Casler was originally convicted March 2, 2009, of driving while intoxicated, a classE felony, for which he had been sentenced to time served and five years of probation. Duane E. Savage, 42, of Clearview Motel, South Glens Falls, was resentenced November 14 by Judge Jerry J. Scarano to one and a third to four years in state prison with credit for time served and probation terminated. Savage was originally convicted June 8 of driving while intoxicated, a class-E felony, for which he had been sentenced to time served and five years of probation. Michelle M. Neahr, 40, of 465 Southline Rd., Galway, pleaded

guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated with a child in the vehicle, a class-E felony. Neahr was arrested July 4 in Saratoga Springs and has been sentenced to six months in Saratoga County Jail, five years of probation and ignition interlock. Matthew J. Scarangello, 44, of 976 Hudson River Rd., Mechanicville, pleaded guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated, a class-E felony. Scarangello was arrested September 22 in Mechanicville and is scheduled to

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23 in Galway and is scheduled to return to court for sentencing January 13. Samantha A. Mitchell, 28, of 478 Fortsville Rd., Gansevoort, pleaded guilty to a charge of aggravated driving while intoxicated with a child in the vehicle, a class-E felony. Mitchell was arrested July 22 in Moreau and has been sentenced to five years of probation and ignition interlock.

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Malta Noise Ordinance May Be Revised MALTA - At a workshop on Monday, November 21, The Malta Town Board examined options for revising their existing noise ordinance following complaints from town residents over construction noise. Currently, construction in the town is permitted between the hours of 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. Residents had been primarily complaining about noise coming from the Ellsworth Commons project on Route 9, which is adjacent to a residential neighborhood. No official revision was adopted at Monday's meeting. A proposed revision that would have eliminated construction on Sundays and cut back construction hours from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. had been opposed by business leaders as being too restrictive. Other possibilities that are being examined involve curtailing con-

struction activity hours only within a certain distance of a residential neighborhood and/or curtailing hours from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., but allowing Sunday construction activity during that time period. The town's planning and building department will be researching additional possibilities. The town's next agenda meeting will be on Monday, November 28.

Clifton Park Man Dies While Running Marathon CLIFTON PARK G. Christopher Gleason, 40, died of a heart attack while running in the Philadelphia Marathon on Sunday, November 20. He was a partner at the Rose Law Firm in Albany, and a graduate of Shenendehowa High School. He is a father of two children. A scholarship fund for his children has been established by his family. Donations can be made to

the G. Christopher Gleason Education Fund, c/o the Gordon C. Emerick Funeral Home, 1550 Route 9, Clifton Park, NY 12065.

Father, Son Allegedly Stole $39,000 from Town of Waterford WATERFORD - On Thursday, November 17, county law enforcement officials announced that a father and son employed by the town of Waterford were charged with stealing $39,000 in taxpayer money between 2008 and 2011 by conceiving false water emergencies and then billing for the overtime involved in resolving the crises. William M. Hubbell, a 60-yearold worker at the Waterford Water Treatment Plant, pleaded guilty to third-degree grand larceny and firstdegree falsifying business records, both felonies, prosecutors said. Saratoga County Judge Jerry J. Scarano sentenced him to five years of probation and ordered him to pay restitution. Hubbell's son, William R. Hubbell, 28, pleaded not guilty to the same charges and faces trial on March 5.

Bruno Conviction Thrown Out, New Trial Looms ALBANY - On Wednesday, November 16, The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals determined that the fraud conviction of Joseph L.


Wednesday, November 23, 2011 Bruno, former leader of the New York State Senate, must be vacated, but gave prosecutors the green light to retry New York's once most powerful Republican. Prosecutors immediately announced they "will work expeditiously" to re-file charges in one of the highest-profile scandals to involve the state’s government. Bruno was convicted in 2009 of denying taxpayers honest services by concealing a deal with a business associate who paid him as a consultant. The Court of Appeals, following the lead of a Supreme Court ruling in the case of former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling, rejected the conviction of the 82-year-old Bruno. It urged the government to include language in any superseding indictment that there were direct bribes or kickbacks, saying it would be "preferable and fairer." The case will be returned to the lower court in Albany, where a new indictment could be brought.

Momentive Performance Announces Temporary Layoff of 225 Workers WATERFORD - Momentive Performance Materials announced temporary layoffs of approximately 225 hourly employees at their silicone facility in Waterford starting Tuesday, November 22. All


employees, however, are scheduled to return to work by Monday, November 28. The company said the short-term layoff was due to a reduction in customer demand and the weak economy. The company plant, located on Hudson River Road in Waterford, has approximately 1,000 employees.

Adelphi Hotel On Market SARATOGA SPRINGS - The historic Adelphi Hotel in downtown Saratoga Springs is for sale and is listed for a price of $4.5 million. Owner Sheila Parkert tried to sell the hotel five years ago for $10 million, then dropped the price to $7.79 million three years ago. Built in 1877, the Adelphi is a landmark at 361-365 Broadway, notable for its four-story Italianate facade. The 39-room hotel is only open in the summer and early fall, during the peak of the tourist season. Ms. Parkert has owned the hotel since 1982.

Brew Pub Gets Planning Board Nod SARATOGA SPRINGS - The Saratoga Springs planning board approved the Martell Brothers Brew Pub proposed for Broadway on Wednesday, November 9. The project was placed on hold by the planning board until a state agency signed off because of the project's proximity to the historic Adelphi Hotel. The owner of the hotel, Sheila Parkert, expressed concern over the project because of noise and the odors from brewing. But the developers have since altered the proposal to address Parkert's concerns. The developers hope to have the business open by next spring.



Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Rosemary S. Hartman Ballston Spa, NY - Rosemary S. Hartman, 73, passed away Monday, November 7, 2011. Born on December 9, 1937, in Troy, NY, she was the daughter of the late Willard and Rosemary (Watson) Bailey. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her siblings, Ronald and Lonnie Bailey, Joyce Ciccarelli and William DeRosa. Survivors include her husband, Dale Hartman; children, Kenneth L. Coonradt, Darlene M. Curtiss, Mark D. Coonradt and Michele M. Ryan; step-children, Bill Hartman and Deb Hartman; sisters, Yvonne Watson, Alleda Streichman, Celina Christian, Vivian Bailey, Stephanie Romano and Trudy Vincent; 14 grandchildren;

28 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. There will be no public calling hours. A funeral service will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 3, 2011, at the Ballston Spa United Methodist Church, 101 Milton Ave., Ballston Spa. A gathering of family and friends will follow at the church hall. Arrangements are under the direction of the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY, (518) 584-5373. Online remembrances may be made at



Kelly J. O’Connell VanAlstine Gansvoort, NY – Kelly J. O’Connell VanAlstine, 49, passed away Saturday, November 19, 2011. Born on December 20, 1961, in Saratoga Springs, she was the daughter of the late Jack and Helen Agosta O’Connell. She is survived by her husband, Ronald VanAlstine, Jr.; daughter, Colleen (Kevin) Chambers; sons, Scott and Daniel VanAlstine; step-son, Robert VanAlstine; sisters, Sharon (Joseph) McDermott and Kathryn (Jeffrey) Palmer; stepmother, Maud O’Connell; step-sisters, Sandy Hannam and Eileen Cunningham; step-brothers, William and Thomas Hannam; in-laws, Ronald and Katherine VanAlstine,

Sr.; sisters-in-law, Connie (Joe)Larkin and Penny (Albert) Giddings; four nieces and nephews and many good friends. Funeral services were held Tuesday, November 22, 2011, at the Wilton Baptist Church, 755 Saratoga Rd., Wilton. Burial will be at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, 200 Duell Rd., Schuylerville. Arrangements are under the direction of the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY, (518) 584-5373. Online remembrances may be made at

Joyce K. Spratt Evelyn “Evie”T. Morine Saratoga Springs, NY – Evelyn “Evie” T. Morine, 85, died Saturday, November 19, 2011. Born on April 2, 1926, in Poughkeepsie, NY, she was the daughter of the late Nelson and Lena Roughton Corey. In addition to her parents, Evie is predeceased by her late husband, Charles F. Morine of Lansingburgh. Survivors include her children, Michael Morine, Daniel Morine and Lisa Morine; grandchildren, Christopher Morine and Erin Morine and Amanda Morine; and brothers,

Nelson and John Corey. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, November 23, 2011, in the chapel at Memory Gardens Cemetery, 983 Watervliet Shaker Rd., Colonie, NY. Burial will follow in the family plot. Arrangements are under the direction of the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY, (518) 584-5373. Online remembrances may be made at

Francis A. DeSio Glens Falls, NY – Francis A. DeSio, 59, passed away Wednesday, November 16, 2011. Born January 22, 1952, in Norwich, CT, he was the son of the late Anthony and Thelma (Stanley) DeSio. Survivors include his children, Andrea (Paul) Fanos and Mark DeSio; brother, Michael (Lori) DeSio; sister, Tina (Francis); grandson, Gregory Fanos; and nieces and nephews, Amy and Jeffrey DeSio and Sean and Kyle Flanagan.

Arrangements are under the direction of the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY, (518) 584-5373. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that any donations be given to his children. Online remembrances may be made at

Marjory Viele Clark Ballston Spa, NY- Marjory Viele Clark, 94, passed away peacefully September 30, 2011. Marjory was predeceased by her husband, Earl R. Clark; son, Earl R. (Alicemay) Clark; brothers, Donald and Robert Viele; sister, Beatrice (Allen) Priest; and grandson, David Connors. Survivors include her daughters, Marjory (Norm) Case, Roberta (Thomas) James and Gail (David) Thomas; grandchildren, Laura Snell Hautala, Dennis Swart, Donna Swart Amato, Bonnie Swart Older, Carrie Clark, Cathy Clark Wohl, Earl R. Clark III, David Thomas Jr., Michael James, Robert Gischel Moreland and Christopher Thomas; sisters, Eleanor

Gansevoort, NY- Joyce K. Spratt, 69, died Saturday, November 12, 2011. Born on March 5, 1942, in Albany, NY, she was the daughter of the late Edward Kosinski and Mary Zabielski. Survivors include her husband, Richard; son, Richard Edward Spratt; daughters, Katherine M. (Stephen Bennis) Spratt, Susan S. (Tom) Clark and Mary Beth (Jason) Badman; brother, Edward ( Jo Ann) Kosinski; sisters, Joanne (Brian) O’Neill and Marlene (Ralph) Gonzalez; grandchildren, Clancy and Thomas Clark, and Sage and Violet Badman; aunt, Helen Kosinski; and her cousin, Lydia Kosinski.

AMass of Christian Burial was held Wednesday, November 16, 2011, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Church on Central Ave. Albany, NY. Arrangements are under the direction of Tunison Funeral Home, 105 Lake Ave. Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Memorial donations can be made in Joyce’s memory to the March of Dimes, 80 Wolf Rd. Suite 106, Albany, NY 12205. Or the American Lung Association National Headquarters: 1301 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Suite 800. Washington, DC. Online remembrances at

Judith Wolcott Stasch Saratoga Springs, NY - Judith Wolcott Stasch, 74, died November 3, 2011. Judy was born September 4, 1937, in Elmira, NY, to J. Fred and Gladys Wolcott. Judy is survived by her son, Michael Stasch; daughter, Susan Stasch of Saratoga Springs; grandchildren, Amanda Adams, Bryan Stasch, Daniel Mattison and Emily Mattison; sister, Joyce Miller; brother, J. David Wolcott; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at Centenary United Methodist Church in Bath,

Furry and Lois Murray; 19 greatgrandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren. A memorial service was held November 20, 2011, at the Tunison Funeral Home 105 Lake Ave. Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Memorial donations can be made in her memory to the Heritage Hunters of Saratoga County PO Box 270 Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or Community Hospice of Saratoga Springs, 179 Lawrence St. Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Online remembrances may be made at

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NY, Sunday, November 27, 2011, at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Common Time Choir ( or the National Alliance for Mental Illness ( Arrangements are under the direction of the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY, (518) 584-5373. Online remembrances may be made at


Wednesday, November 23, 2011



A Good Sport is Always Grateful

Yael Goldman


ast Thanksgiving I wrote about my family's irrational Jets fanaticism how it dictates our celebration every time that New York team kicks-off on turkey day, and how one year it both ruined and saved our holiday. Thankfully, the Jets are not

playing this Thursday, which is only partly why I have more serious matters in mind. The truth is I have much to be thankful for - so much, I feel guilty almost every day. And this year, without the distraction of my father and three brothers screaming at the TV (as they have been doing all season), I'll be able to spend the holiday just the way I should: reveling in the company of my family and lovely grandma (who I don't see nearly enough), enjoying every second of what I'm so fortunate to have. This year, all I can think about is how thankful I am. Let me backtrack to May of 2009, when I was graduating from SUNY Buffalo with a degree in

English literature ready to accept the dismal professional future that faced me and my entire class. I knew I was entering the adult world at the wrong time - not that I had any other choice. The economy was plummeting, my older friends were already getting laid off, and I was moving back home to Niskayuna, a place that I had hoped to avoid revisiting. But I had my family, and soon enough a fantastic job in a city I had always longed for. Suddenly, being a 2009 college grad didn't seem at all unfortunate, for me at least. While the majority of my friends struggled to find work through the summer of 2009, I was putting my diploma and my brain to use here in Saratoga Springs. I was hired as the sports reporter for Saratoga TODAY (yes, my brothers are still laughing about that), and I became

a part of the Spa City - a place that I, and probably many other Niskayuna teens, had been jealous of. Immediately, I was in love - with my job (they actually pay me to write!), my coworkers (who I truly enjoy spending 40+ hours with each week) and my surroundings (that includes all the incredible buildings, fascinating people, and history that make Saratoga so unique). But I must admit, I was a little overwhelmed at first. One of my first assignments brought me to the football field at Saratoga Springs High School. I was covering the Blue Streaks preseason, and I had no idea what I was doing. Like I said, football is not my thing. So, I called my other brother, Miki, and asked him what I needed to know. He laughed, of course, before giving me the most comprehensive

explanation that 10 minutes could allow. Miki, you gave me my wings! From that moment, I learned that if I don't know how to do something, I just have to ask. By no coincidence at all, my entire family supported me (mostly my relentless question-asking) through my fullyear as the sports writer. Ethan helped me with soccer, Shain inspired my swim meet coverage, my dad helped me decode baseball box scores and my mom shared my confusion - plus, Arthur Gonick helped with the rest. Needless to say, I am incredibly thankful for their support. If I hadn't survived the sports section, I would have never moved on to become newsroom manager and now managing editor. Daniel, I also owe you a 'thank you' for taking the section away from me. Really, THANK YOU. In the two and a half years that have passed between that shaky interview and this week's paper, I have connected with teachers, public officials, business owners, volunteers - so many members of the community. I have experienced Saratoga in so many ways and through so many perspectives, and I'm so very thankful that each day still introduces me to something or someone new. At this point, I feel like I've grown up here. I am 24 (almost 25, which is still hard to accept), and I am still learning what it means to be an adult and a part of a community. But every day, particularly Monday through Friday, I am reminded of how I've grown up in Saratoga Springs and grown to love this city like it had always been my own. So, as you can see, I have much too much to be thankful for this year: my family, my job, my coworkers, and this wonderful community that has taught me so much about growing up.



Wednesday, November 23, 2011


New Playground One of Many Schuylerville Renovations by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY SCHUYLERVILLE - It may seem like child's play for now, but the new playground at Schuylerville's Fort Hardy Park is only one in a series of renovation projects that mean serious business for the growing downtown district. The new playground was unveiled to the public Friday, November 18, giving local children a chance to run, jump and play on the brand new facility in the heart of town. Funding for the new playground was made possible by a New York Main Street (NYMS) grant through the New York State Office of Housing and Community Renewal. The grant was secured thanks to the joint efforts of Saratoga County Rural Preservation Company and the Village of Schuylerville. The grant is being used in conjunction with the Streetscape component of the NYMS program. "The playground is just one of the things that the Streetscape component could have paid for," said Michelle DeGarmo of Marvin and Company, who helped to secure the funding for the project. "The whole point of the Main Street Program is to revitalize downtown business districts to try and make people feel comfortable coming and shopping there." Along with the new playground at Fort Hardy, seven commercial buildings in Schulyerville's Downtown Business District have received grants for renovations, including Byron's Village Market, whose entire facade received a major

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A youngster takes a peek through a spyglass - part of the new playground at Fort Hardy Park.

facelift. "A lot of our building owners are not really in a position to invest a great deal of money into making their buildings look pretty," said DeGarmo. "But we have buildings that are just as important and historic as Saratoga Springs - we just lack the resources. So these grants mean that our downtown is going to look a little nicer and a little

more historic. We're restoring some of these beautiful, old buildings to their former glory, and people feel more comfortable coming and shopping and staying in a business district when it's aesthetically pleasing." Schuylerville will pursue additional grants for Streetscape projects in 2012 to benefit other areas of downtown. photo provided

The new playground at Fort Hardy Park


Wednesday, November 23, 2011



A Firehouse Thanksgiving Tradition in Ballston Spa continued from Page 1 you to forgo the Thanksgiving dinner hoopla, there is a place for you at this dinner table. A true testimony to community, this annual dinner is orchestrated by a staggering number (over 150 so far) of volunteers who work almost around the clock, preparing, serving and hosting, from Wednesday evening until the last chair is folded back up Thursday night. And this year, a familiar face is behind the reigns. Flo Bouchard, who has been vol-

unteering at the event for all 18 years of its existence, is now its coordinator; and she couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity. “It’s my chance to really give back,” Bouchard says. Flo and her husband, Mark, have spent Thanksgiving at the firehouse for as long as she can remember. “My daughter is 17 and she knows nothing but this.” The transition from volunteer to coordinator has been eye-opening for Bouchard. “The overwhelming response from people who want to volunteer and give up their Thanksgiving has been incredible,”

she said. “We almost have too many volunteers!” While the days leading up to the dinner are undoubtedly when the most work takes place, planning and fundraising for the event began weeks ago. “We sent out letters to the area churches back in October,” said Bouchard. “We accept donations during the dinner, but most of our funding comes from the churches.” In fact, acquiring the food itself is an act of community, coming from a variety of sources including local churches, businesses and individuals. The nearly 30 turkeys that

will be served were purchased by the Ballston Spa Police Benevolent Association (BSPBA) from local business owner Tim Sanders. Sanders, of Sanders Meat Market, provides the turkeys to the BSBPA for the event at-cost. “Everybody deserves a good Thanksgiving meal,” said Sanders. “Whatever we can do to help, we certainly try.” The number of people attending the event continues to increase. This year, volunteers expect to serve 400 meals during the four hours the firehouse is open. The Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council (EOC) reports that as the economy continues to downslide, more and more people will need similar community support. With new families requiring assistance every day, the role of the community has never been so important. Whatever your plans are this Thanksgiving, take a moment to express gratitude for the support and power of community. And, if Thursday finds you without a place to be, stop by the firehouse and enjoy a meal with family. Here are some local places hosting delicious, free Thanksgiving dinners:

The Union Fire Co. Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa Noon-4 p.m. Contact Flo Bouchard at (518) 884-0607 or the firehouse at (518) 885-7121 with any questions. The Economic Opportunity Council of Saratoga County Presbyterian-New England Congregational Church 24 Circular St., Saratoga Springs 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Contact the soup kitchen at (518) 581-8233 or the EOC office at (518) 587-3158 for more information. Faldoni’s Delicatessen and Catering Co. 116 Park Ave., Mechanicville Take-out dinners available from 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Fore more information, call Dave or Megan Quillinan at (518) 664-4107. The Clifton Park Volunteer Fire Department 38 Old Route 146 Dinner from 2-5 p.m. for Clifton Park and Halfmoon residents For more information, call (518) 441-4578 or visit



Wednesday, November 23, 2011


Thinking Outside The (Big) Box

Arthur Gonick COMMENTARY


ne of the many reasons I am so grateful every holiday season is that I live amongst a special "hometown" entrepreneurial spirit that is a hallmark of life here in Saratoga Springs. This is a city built on local, independent businesses. I work for one - I get to profile others: artists, craftspeople, musicians and retailers. I live in a city whose citizenry

has long supported these independent enterprises, and appreciated the fact that the true quality of the products and services they offer are not determined by their slick, corporate image or the size of their marketing campaigns. No, Saratoga learned to "shop small" before shopping small was trendy or cool - certainly before it was a nationwide promotion (sponsored by of all things, American Express!) centered on a concept called "small business Saturday." I feel fortunate to say that I live in an area where nearly every Saturday is a small business Saturday. So the last thing you need to hear from me is advocacy about doing something that you have been doing for so long; indeed, "buying local" is something that you have taught me to appreciate. Instead, if you will indulge me, permit me to say thank you for showing me a better way of life.

I wish I could list every one of the people and local businesses who have touched me in this column; in most cases, we're on a first-name basis, which is a virtue in itself. I'm not afraid of leaving anyone out, but the space here might prevent me from making the list complete. Instead, let me say to the entrepreneurial community en masse` that I resolve to thank every one of you by continuing to do what I have learned to appreciate. I'll buy local because: • I recognize how important it is to keep the dollars here. • I realize how especially important it is this year with "the economy." • But I realize how important it is every year. • And I pledge to continue to "vote with my wallet" to demonstrate how much your efforts contribute to my quality of life. But one person I can find room to thank is you, my fellow local

consumer. You, combined with your neighbors, have helped to make a difference for years. To you, shopping small has been a way of life - this isn't the first year someone's given you the idea that buying gifts or certificates from local businesses is a good thing. That everyone has a favorite local hair stylist, mechanic or pizza place. In fact, you knew long ago that finding out a person's favorite "little spot," and surprising them with a gift from that place, enhanced the pleasure of gift-giving all around. Your efforts have not only helped to build a unique, vibrant indie business climate, but you taught this urban transplant a valuable life lesson: how to think

A great idea, but thankfully not a new one for people in Saratoga! outside the (big) box. It's not even necessary for me to urge you to "keep it up." I'm proud to live in a community where I know you will. Happy holidays, everyone!

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BUSINESS Saratoga Traveler Opens on Broadway Wednesday, November 23, 2011


by Yael Goldman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS - Jed Civic wants to make a lasting impression. He recently opened Saratoga Traveler at 360 Broadway in the second floor space that previously housed Cole's Woodwind Shop and most recently City Linkz. It's the first retail store to exclusively carry Tough Traveler, a Schenectady-based highquality backpack, child carrier and luggage manufacturer that uses American materials and has a reputation for durability and longevity. "These bags are designed for a lifetime," Civic said, explaining that, as a longtime customer, he had always admired Tough Traveler for their commitment to quality and supporting the American economy. Now, as

an unexpected business owner, Civic encourages the local consumer to appreciate the same qualities. He hadn’t planned on opening a business, but when the space opened up on Broadway, Civic began toying with the idea, and Tough Traveler immediately came to mind. He reached out to the company's owner, Nancy Gold, and was alarmed by her response: "I couldn't believe how excited she was," he said. "She was thrilled that someone wanted to sell her bags in a place where she'd love to see them." According to Civic, Gold had considered opening her own store in Saratoga Springs. "Why Saratoga? The Saratoga consumer is a more educated consumer that realizes the value or their money," Civic said. "They realize that when you buy cheap you get cheap; and when you come to shop in

Saratoga Springs, you know you're going to pay more but find excellent quality." He said people are becoming more conscientious shoppers; they're buying American-made products and going to the extra mile to support our local economy. "That's why I think Saratoga is a good fit," Civic said. Tough Traveler sells internationally and online, but aside from the showroom on State Street in Schenectady, Civic is the first to dedicate a store to the brand. Saratoga Traveler carries an assortment of 80 Tough Traveler products that, according to Civic, are meant for the "city hiker." He sells backpacks for everyone and every purpose - for toddlers, students, outdoor adventurers, teachers, individuals with back problems, to name a few, as well as totes, water bottle bags, laptop cases,

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Rebecca Civic, 14, keeps her father company at his store, Saratoga Traveler. camera and binocular carriers, passport wallets, purses, duffle and garment bags, among many others. The bags make great gifts and are an excellent investment. For example, Civic said the expedition bag is a popular gift for college freshmen: "They use it to move their wardrobe into their dorm room and then use the bag for laundry," he said. Civic makes sure everyone who walks into his store notices the exceptional detail and care that goes into creating each product. The materials are sturdy, waterproof and washable, and the bags are double-stitched and

bound to endure everything and anything. Each and every Tough Traveler bag is made with the same attention to detail and focus on longevity. Everything is made to last, which is why they come with a heavier price tag but are so worth the investment. "You really get what you pay for," he said. "These bags are designed to last a lifetime." For more information about Saratoga Traveler, call Jed Civic at (518) 583-BAGS (2247). For more information about Tough Traveler, visit

Sundaes Best Celebrates 10 Years, Two New Flavors WILTON - Sundaes Best Hot Fudge Sauce is celebrating its 10th anniversary with two new flavors in 2012. AJ's Almond and Addy Campbell Caramel join the Sundaes best family, bringing the local business' product line to an even 10. Both of the new flavors were inspired by company owner Katie Camarro's family. AJ's Almond was created for her nephew, who loves almonds, and Addy Campbell Caramel was named in honor of a niece who loves the buttery sweetness of caramel. "It's been a sweet journey. We've met so many great people whose enthusiasm for our products continues to motivate and inspire us," Camarro said. Sundaes Best Hot Fudge Sauce is produced in Wilton and is available in over 450 stores and restaurants across the country, internationally in London and in multiple shops in and around Saratoga Springs. The product has been featured in Roker on the Road, Every Day With Rachael Ray, Daily Grommet, The Nibble, Women's World and more. For more information on Sundaes Best Hot Fudge, please visit



Wednesday, November 23, 2011



PaperDolls Brings Positive Message to Broadway by Yael Goldman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS - As the owner of PaperDolls of Saratoga, Cora Burns dedicates her days to the thoughts that count. Specializing in fine stationery, paper goods and custom invitations, Burns' thriving boutique helps people connect, express, share and celebrate on paper in an era of digital conversations, shrinking sentences and 'thank you emails.' That's something to be commended. Burns says life is about the simple, personal gestures, the little things that make us reconnect, and the success of PaperDolls is proof that she's not alone. After six years in business on Henry Street, in a small storefront that PaperDolls quickly outgrew, Burns has relocated to 438 Broadway. The new location, on the corner of Broadway and Caroline Street, is the former home of Saratoga Guitar and most recently a Jude Connally Clothing pop-up shop. "We're thrilled to have had the kind of success that requires us to move to a larger location," said owner Cora Burns in a September release announcing the move. She and former business partner Sarah Keefe, who recently moved out of state, opened PaperDolls of Saratoga at 80 Henry Street in 2006. They made the decision over a cup of coffee at Uncommon Grounds. At the time, both women were living in Saratoga and traveling out of the area to find the paper goods and materials they needed. Burns, who grew up in Niskayuna and graduated from Skidmore College, was working for Quad Graphics and designing invitations on the side. "I was traveling to New York City, Boston and Vermont for paper," Burns said. Keefe, who also worked for Quad Graphics, was doing the same thing. "We thought: this town needs a great paper store." So they decided to bring premium papers, fine stationery and custom invitations to Saratoga Springs - it would certainly make their lives easier, and there was a need. At first, they thought to name their venture "simple gestures," but settled on PaperDolls instead. It wasn't long before the shop became a premier destination for wedding invitations, fine papers, stationery and gifts, and PaperDolls had outgrown its storefront.

"Our lease was up and we needed space," Burns said. The Broadway storefront was available; "it was meant to be." PaperDolls officially re-opened on October 27, to unveil a larger space with enough room for new product lines and a more spacious custom and wedding invitation consultation area in the back. There are additional changes, specifically the business partnership. Burns is in the process of becoming the "sole owner," as Keefe is no longer in the area although still very much involved, but the store's mission remains. "The core of PaperDolls is the simple gestures; the stuff that inspires you and makes you think of someone special," Burns said. Just like the original location, the atmosphere of PaperDolls on Broadways holds the same soft hues and colorful prints; it's filled with dainty packages, novelty and gift items, and artful papers - anything you would need to send a sweet note, make a simple gesture or dress up a present. Burns has introduced new products and is looking to add more. "I'm trying to expand our pen line. I love pens," she said. "It's like in sports: if you have the right equipment, you'll want to write." The stationery options are seemingly unlimited - you can buy a boxed set, place a special order and

personalize your stationery to really make it your own. Burns also offers extensive design services for wedding invitations, business cards and other paper products made to your liking with any print process: digital, letterpress, thermography, engraving, offset and embossing. PaperDolls also holds classes, including stamping and calligraphy workshops. (Check the Facebook page to sign up.) Burns, who lives in Saratoga Springs with her husband and four sons, genuinely loves her job. She knows letter-writing is not a lost art, and is happy to see a steady flux of young customers in her shop. "It's amazing how many young clients we have," she said. "Writing is still a necessity; it's still [proper] etiquette to write a thank you letter, not an email, to send something personal." She sees that in her children. "My kids love getting letters in the mail," she said, reminiscing about her own childhood pen pals. "It's only a letter, but it might as well have been a present." It seems Burns finds a valuable lesson in letter-writing, in what she fondly considers a joyful art: "You have to write to receive," she said. For more information about PaperDolls of Saratoga, visit, or call (518) 583-4084. • Saratoga Today

Cora Burns welcomes customers at her new Broadway storefront.


Wednesday, November 23, 2011



HOLIDAY PARADE Holiday spirit was in the air during the 32nd Annual South Glens Falls Holiday Parade Sunday, November 20. Community members from South Glens Falls and surrounding areas joined together to honor military heroes in the “Home for the Holidays” themed parade and spectators donated toys and non-perishable items for holiday assistance programs. Tanglewood Elementary wowed the crowds with their first-place winning float, an enormous student-filled airplane. The students aboard the plane, adorning military regalia, held flags and welcomed troops home for the holidays. The Dickens Chimney Cleaners were another show-stopper, eliciting “oohs and ahhs” from spectators and taking home the “Best Business Float” award for their house-shaped design. - by Christina James

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Community Takes Care of Its Own continued from Page 1 deserve, and their neighbors are equally concerned. Local nonprofit organizations do what they can for families in need of assistance during the holidays. For one, the Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council (EOC) provides Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners to low-income families. Meals are also offered by churches, community centers and food pantries throughout the county, staffed by hundreds of volunteers. Many of those who volunteer are families with children, who want to pass on the tradition of kindness and social responsibility to the next generation. For example, the Franklin Community Center website currently features a heartwarming story about two young boys who each made a personal sacrifice to help others. This is a common story in towns and villages throughout the county. In addition to organization-sponsored efforts, many individuals also sponsor children for the holidays, often purchasing gifts for an entire

family. Even our school districts are getting involved. Teachers, administrators and support staff donate what they can throughout the year to help families in need. At Ballston Spa High School, students are partnering with local churches to provide a complete Thanksgiving dinner to families in need. Recipients are identified through social service organizations and flyers are sent to families working with school counselors and homeless liaisons. Dawn Howk, a counselor at Ballston Spa Middle and High School, said this year 21 families are receiving Thanksgiving baskets, which include a Price Chopper gift card for a turkey and other perishable items. Students from the middle school have collected donations from staff and students to assist an additional 36 families this year. In another Saratoga County school district, kids in elementary through high school are working with local churches to gather donations throughout the year. Toys, winter clothes and holiday dinner provisions are distributed to local families in need. Tickets are distrib-

uted to families, identified through the school or other service agencies, who are invited to “shop” donated shelves of new toys organized by age group. I know first-hand how getting kids of all ages involved in helping others, whether through school, church or a family tradition, helps build self-esteem and respect for others. As a teenager and young adult living in Saratoga Springs, it seemed like my group of friends was always volunteering for something. We helped at the soup kitchen for Thanksgiving, worked with a local church to wrap and distribute gifts to families living in motels, among other small efforts throughout the year. It wasn’t a specific charity or cause that enticed us. Giving back to the community was just something we did, because we were happy to live here, and it was important. No one made us volunteer, although our parents did put in a fair amount of effort, driving us from place to place. We never know how our actions will affect our own future. I remember my youth group helping to paint the basement of the new Shelters of

Saratoga building before it opened. Many years later, that basement was my office, where I administered my first Community Development Grant Program and met my business partner. The lesson I learned was that we are all connected, and living some place nice is a direct result of residents helping to create a nice place to live. In my time living in Saratoga County, I have seen the creation and growth of numerous service organizations: homeless shelters, food pantries, and counseling and advocacy groups. Sadly, I have also witnessed many incredible organizations lose funding and pass quietly into oblivion, leaving an empty space to be filled, hopefully, by concerned citizens who recognize a pressing need. The triumphs and tragedies of each town and village create our shared hometown identity – the culmination of all our efforts to help, and the times we have been fortunate enough to make a difference to someone else. I believe that as Saratoga County residents, we are all drawn together by a common sense of place. For those who grew up here and those

who have recently joined our community, we share a love of our towns, our schools, and the neighborhoods we identify so closely with our sense of self. Volunteering a bit of our time is like writing a love letter to the places we hold most dear. I may not know everyone in Schuylerville, the little rural town I call home, but I am grateful every day for the chance to live and raise my daughters in a community that cares about my family’s well-being. This holiday season, as we gather our loved ones close and count our many blessings, let us consider how lucky we are to live in a county that strives to offer the best possible life to all its residents, all year long. For the countless families throughout Saratoga County that are struggling this holiday season, there is a happy ending. These days, stories like this remind us how lucky we truly are to live in a close-knit community that takes care of its own. Michelle Read DeGarmo has been working in the human services field for 16 years. She currently works with Marvin & Company Community Revitalization, a local consulting firm that helps rural municipalities administer affordable housing programs.


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Family Together for Holidays continued from Page 1 “I was so upset when I thought he would miss everything, that he wouldn’t be here for Christmas,” Becky said. “We have a baby (Michael) and he was going to miss a lot of those firsts, his first steps and his first words.” “It’s hard putting my kids through this,” Mike said, explaining that this is his first deployment as a father. But he’s definitely making the most of the extra time he’ll have with them. Since Mike received the news, he’s watched baby Michael take those first steps and last weekend walked with Hailey and her Girl Scout troop in the South Glens Falls Christmas parade. This Thursday, he will get to have his grandmother’s yam pie, a once-a-year specialty that, for him, tastes like home. “This Thanksgiving is going to be kind of special. I’m really happy he’ll be home, even though it won’t turn out to be a very good Christmas,” Becky said.

Oftentimes the good comes with the bad, and for the Fishes that couldn’t be truer. Just after they learned about Mike’s new assignment, the family also found out they had been robbed. Someone duplicated their bank account information and took everything. “We went to go grocery shopping a week and a half ago and [found out] there was no money,” Becky explained. “It was all stolen.” Michael said it wasn’t much, but it was all they had. “When your account is in the red, it affects you pretty hard,” he said. “They took a lot of money from us and it was the last little bit we had; thank goodness we had some family members that helped out.” Their bank is investigating the problem, but in the meantime the Wilton family is living check to check, and, for Becky and Michael, the timing couldn’t be worse. It’s getting cold outside and they’re already struggling to feed their children. With the holidays and high heating bills ahead, the Fishes face an uphill climb. “At this point, we don’t have a way to give them anything for Christmas. I don’t know what we’re going to,” she said. Becky said she is borrowing money from family and friends. Just before our interview she met up with a friend who gave her food for lunch: “Literally, it’s that bad; I’m selling stuff, anything that I can do to make a few dollars to buy them food for the day.” Thankfully, the Wilton Fire Department has come together to help the Fishes make ends meet (they did so even before their Christmas money was stolen). The

“It’s hard putting my kids through this.” Mike Fish

crew held a benefit spaghetti and meatball dinner on November 5, raising $550 too offset their heating bill. Becky will receive the money once Mike has left for Kuwait. “Mike is one of our firefighters. With four children, it’s hard to make ends meet on a military pay check, and we wanted to make sure they had money to get through the next year,” said Bill Morgan, chief of the Wilton Fire Department. Mike, who has been with the department since 2006, is the first post Vietnam era member to be deployed, and Becky is a former member. “The fire service is a family; we’re just looking out for our own,” Chief Morgan said. “The monies will be used to pay their heating bills; it’s going to help them survive as a family.” Despite everything they’re working against (Mike’s deployment and their financial struggles), the Fish family feels they have plenty to be thankful for. Both Becky and Mike expressed their gratitude for the help they’ve received from their community and family. And they’re especially grateful to be spending the full holiday season together as a family – “it’s extra special,” Becky said. What’s more, once deployed, Mike will attain “active duty” status, which means a regular paycheck to send home. “You never know when it’s coming, but I signed up for it, so I have to take the good with the bad,” he said. “I still have things to be thankful for: I’m home for the holidays.”



Wednesday, November 23, 2011

BOCES Goes Solar by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS - A bank of solar panels being installed at the F. Donald Myers Education Center is on track to come online by the end of this year, saving the WashingtonS a r a t o g a - Wa r r e n - H a m i l t o n Essex BOCES campus an estimated $8,500 annually in energy costs. The 50-kilowatt per hour solar panel system recently finished construction over the center's south parking lot off of 15 Henning Road, forming a parking garage-like structure. A total of 216 panels were installed in the system, which still needs to be wired into the center before it is operational. "Our BOCES is striving to be a leader in green energy in our region," said District Superintendent James Dexter.

Along with the new solar panels, grant money from the "Power to Schools," program (sponsored by the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority) is providing funding for lighting upgrades, high-efficiency motors for heating and ventilation, the renovation or replacement of boilers and chillers, lighting occupancy sensors, insulation and energy management systems. "Our partnerships with NYSERDA and the New York Power Authority will allow us to make significant progress toward [green energy] efforts," said Dexter. The installation of solar panels at the F. Donald Myers campus comes off the heals of a similar project completed last year, when solar panels were installed at the Southern Adirondack Education Center in Hudson Falls.

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The new solar panels at BOCES F. Donald Myers Education Center at 15 Henning Road.

Send your education stories to Daniel Schechtman at reporter@saratoga



BLASTOFF! GALWAY- Students from Kris Darlington's Galway High School physics classes held a Rocket Day Saturday, November 19, at Galway Town Park. Students welcomed anyone who had built a rocket to join them. Darlington's physics classes supplied the launcher, the rocket fuel (compressed air and water), and measured how far each rocket traveled. Darlington explained that the purpose of the project was to demonstrate physics in action and promote physics within the Galway community. For more information, contact Darlington at (518) 882-1033, or for information on how to build your own rocket, visit Darlington's webpage at kets/.

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Top: Galway physics students produce a successful launch of their homemade rockets. Bottom: A rocket created by Galway physics students begins its 150-yard flight.


Wednesday, November 23, 2011


The Main Event -

A Hearty Helping of Holiday Flavor

Herb Roasted Turkey with Pan Gravy • Photo Provided Whether you’re a first time host or seasoned pro, there are certain secrets to help ensure a holiday meal that is both elegant and effortless. Keeping a few key ingredients on-hand, like Swanson chicken stock and broth, helps make preparing for the main meal a little less stressful and also allows for more options when it comes to dressing up leftovers. Here are some recipes that are sure to please:

Herb Roasted Turkey with Pan Gravy Prep: 15 minutes Roast: 3 hours Cook: 10 minutes Makes: 12 servings Ingredients: 1 turkey (12 to 14 pounds) 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 carton (26 ounces) Swanson Chicken Stock (Regular or Unsalted) 3 tablespoons lemon juice 1 teaspoon dried basil leaves, crushed 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves, crushed 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper 1/4 cup all-purpose flour Instructions: 1. Remove giblets and neck from turkey cavity. Rinse turkey with cold water and pat dry with paper towel. Tie ends of drumsticks together. 2. Place turkey, breast-side up, on rack in roasting pan. Brush turkey with oil. Insert meat thermometer into thickest part of meat, not touching bone. 3. Stir stock, lemon juice, basil, thyme and black pepper in large bowl. Reserve 1 3/4 cups stock mixture for the gravy. Pour remaining stock mixture over turkey.

4. Roast at 325°F for 3 hours, or until thermometer reads 165°F, basting occasionally with pan drippings. Begin checking for doneness after 2 1/2 hours roasting time. 5. Remove turkey from pan, cover and keep warm. Spoon off any fat and pour off all but 1 1/2 cups pan drippings. 6. Stir reserved stock mixture and flour in medium bowl until the mixture is smooth. Add flour mixture to the pan. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture boils and thickens, scraping up browned bits from bottom of pan. Serve gravy with turkey.

Green Bean Casserole Prep: 10 minutes Bake: 30 minutes Makes: 12 servings Ingredients: 2 cans (10 3/4 ounces each) Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup 1 cup milk 2 teaspoons soy sauce 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper 8 cups cooked cut green beans 2 2/3cups French-fried onion Instructions: 1. Stir soup, milk, soy sauce, black pepper, beans and 1 1/3 cups onions in 3-quart casserole. 2. Bake at 350°F for 25 minutes or until bean mixture is hot and bubbling. Stir bean mixture. Sprinkle with remaining onions. 3. Bake for 5 minutes or until onions are golden brown.

Ultra Creamy Mashed Potatoes Prep: 15 minutes Cook: 20 minutes Makes: 6 servings Ingredients:

3 1/2 cups chicken broth 5 large potatoes (about 2 1/2 pounds), peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces 1/2 cup light cream 2 tablespoons butter Generous dash of ground black pepper 1 can (14.5 ounces) turkey gravy, heated according to package directions Instructions: 1. Heat broth and potatoes in a 3quart saucepan over medium-high heat to a boil. 2. Reduce heat to medium. Cover and cook for 10 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Drain potatoes well in colander, reserving broth. 3. Mash potatoes with 1/4 cup reserved broth, cream, butter and black pepper. Add additional reserved broth, if needed, until desired consistency. Serve with gravy.


Lending a Hand for the Holidays! BOCES culinary arts students distribute Thanksgiving baskets to local families

Photos Provided Above: Spencer Kilburn, Bruce Hoffman, Ben Patterson, chef Maureen Clancy, Eric Waite, James Shay, Kacee Crandall, Karl Neuffer, Harrison Procter, Justin LaFountain, Natara Mount, Thomas Diemer, Cody Pepper, Tylor Balch, Kayla Burgess and Sherene Fedor. Below: Harrison Proctor, Tyler Coon, Sean Cross, Karl Neuffer and chef Maureen Clancy load turkeys for delivery. SARATOGA SPRINGS - Culinary arts students from the F. Donald Myers Education Center teamed up with the Wilton Kiwanis to fill and distribute Thanksgiving baskets to 350 needy families on Tuesday, November 22.

French Onion Turkey Casserole Prep: 20 minutes Bake: 45 minutes Makes: 8 servings Ingredients: Vegetable cooking spray 6 eggs 1 can (10 1/2 ounces) condensed French onion soup 2 cups milk 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese (about 4 ounces) 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme leaves or 2 teaspoons dried thyme leaves, crushed 9 slices white bread cut into cubes 2 cups shredded or cubed cooked turkey Instructions: 1. Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 2-quart shallow baking dish with cooking spray. 2. Beat eggs, soup, milk, 1/2 cup cheese and 1 tablespoon thyme in large bowl with fork or whisk. Add bread cubes and turkey. Stir and press bread cubes into milk mixture to coat. 3. Pour bread mixture into baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and thyme. Let stand for 15 minutes. 4. Bake for 45 minutes or until a knife inserted in center comes out clean. - Content provided by Family Features

Wood Road Students Support Food Pantries

Photo Provided First grade student Carter Lamport, from Mrs. Morgan's class, participates in his first “turkey shoot.” BALLSTON SPA - The Wood Road Elementary School, in conjunction with the PTA’s health and wellness committee, recently had its annual "Turkey Basketball Shoot." Over 45 students and their parents, as well as many staff members, participated in the event after school. They donated several baskets of non-perishable food items to supply to local food pantries.



Wednesday, November 23, 2011


Man on the Street: A Saratoga Thanksgiving by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY

Token Turkey

Beatrice Kendall sits outside the Saratoga Springs Public Library with her 8-year-old daughter, Lily, and 4-year-old son, Kieran, waiting for the doors to open on a bright Sunday morning. "We'll be going to see family for Thanksgiving Day," said Kendall, watching her son jump up and down the library steps. "My parents are from Taiwan," said Kendall, "so when we had Thanksgiving growing up it would be all this Chinese food and then this token turkey on the side that nobody would eat!" Nowadays, Kendall looks forward to spending a traditional Thanksgiving with her family. With her husband doing the cooking, nearly everything for the meal is made from scratch. "I'm just thankful that we all are happy and healthy and we're all doing very well," said Kendall, adding, "and I'm thankful for these two crazy monkeys!"

The First Parade

James Davis takes a moment in Congress Park to enjoy the unseasonably warm weather, watching his three sons, Brian, Nathan and Evan as they play beside the duck pond. "We're headed down to the [Macy's Day] parade for Thanksgiving," said Davis. "It'll actually be their very first parade," he adds, nodding toward his children. Like many across the country,

this year proved to be a trying one for Davis and his family. A former veteran who left the military in 1999, Davis was downsized from his job earlier this year. Still, as the holiday draws near, Davis admits that there is much to be thankful for. "I'm thankful for my family and friends. I'm thankful for all of those who serve us [in the military]. And I'm thankful for just everybody who has really helped out. It's been a tough year for me," Davis explained, "When I was downsized I had to find a new job, but there's been a lot of people who have stepped up and offered me a lot of help. They've all been great."

"I'm thankful for all the really generous people that are in my life," said Najdek. "There's always people looking out for me, and I would be nowhere without them." "My school," answered Chillrud when asked what he is thankful for. "I'm grateful that my parents can afford to pay for that and are willing to, and for all the teachers there. They're just great."

From Across the Pond


Steven Najdek, 17, and John Chillrud, 16, are both students at the Adirondack School of Northeastern NY, spending their Sunday morning in downtown Saratoga Springs. "I'm going over to my sister's new apartment to visit with her and her 6-month-old baby for Thanksgiving," said Najdek, whose sister is the manager at the Magic Moon. "I'll be going to New Hampshire," said Chillrud, "because my mom's family is up there." For Chillrud, a particularly memorable Thanksgiving Day prank stands out in his mind. "I told my cousin that I had thrown my hat onto the roof of her house. And I didn't - but she went up on the roof of the house anyway." "When I was 4 or 5," said Najdek, "I fell asleep at the dinner table before dinner was served. They actually have a picture of me lying with my face down on the plate, drooling." For both Najdek and Chillrud, it's the people in their lives that give them something to be thankful for, that provide them with guidance and support.

Joan Angelini relocated to Saratoga Springs for the winter at the insistence of her daughter, who worries that she and her husband will be cold if they stay in their Massachusetts home. "I'm waiting for my two youngest grandchildren to come home from college," said Angelini, whose granddaughter is part of the crew team at Harvard and grandson is pursuing his education at Marist. "When I was younger, we used to be the turkey cookers, and everyone came to us. Oh my goodness!" said Angelini. "There would be at least 20 of us around the table!" Angelini has lived in the states for 62 years, although she was born and raised in England. "I never even knew what Thanksgiving was," said Angelini, back when she lived overseas. Now, after 62 years in America, "I always like it. It's always about family, and family for me is everything," she explained. "My grandchildren and being here with my family make it all worthwhile."

A Modern Thanksgiving

Jordan, 16, stands behind the counter at Pizza on Broadway. "I think I'm going to Connecticut to visit with some family," she said. "We usually have our whole family come together. They're kind of from all over the place - they mostly live around here in New York, but there are some in Colorado too who we don't usually get to see." Despite the miles that separate Jordan and other members of her family, Thanksgiving has always been the time of year to reunite even if the distances can't be overcome in person. "Last year we all got together for Thanksgiving as usual, but that year we went out to a restaurant," said Jordan. "We set up the computer on the table and got to see my cousins in Colorado on the webcam while we were eating," she said. "It was really cool, because we never get to see them." Family both near and far are important to her, said Jordan, who is grateful for their love and support. "I'm definitely thankful for my friends and my family," said Jordan, "and my town," she adds, watching the people pass by on the Broadway sidewalks.

Mom’s Stuffing

Gloria Bloom is the center of activity at the Saratoga Springs Senior Center, manning a phone at the front desk that never seems to stop ringing. Having volunteered at the center for close to a year now, her smile is warm and kind as she remembers Thanksgivings from years gone by. "Every year when my kids were growing up, I always invited a family - people with a lot of kids," said Bloom. "I enjoyed the kid-noise!" she added. "I really did! It's a part of my life that I

miss." This year, Bloom is heading to her son's house for the holiday. "I was never a good cook," joked Bloom, "but I'm making stuffing because [my son] likes his mother's stuffing!" Thanksgiving, said Bloom, is just one of those holidays she enjoys through and through. "I'm thankful for my family," said Bloom. "I'm thankful for getting up in the morning and getting going, and to be able to do something like volunteer at the Senior Center. I really enjoy this."

Happy & Healthy

Katie Page, 29, and her 16month old son, J.J., are just returning from a visit with dad, who is busy working the Sunday shift at the Tavern. "We have a big family. On one side I have 12 cousins - and that's just one side," said Page, holding J.J. in her arms. This year Page will be traveling to New Hampshire for the holiday, where she and her family will get together for the big meal. "We always fight over the skin of the turkey," said Page. Cooking duties are usually shared all around for Thanksgiving, said Page. "Everybody helps out." Parenting is still relatively new for Page and her husband, but she's thankful for all the good that J.J. brings to her life. "I'm thankful for everything," said Page. "I'm thankful for a healthy family, especially with him," she said, acknowledging J.J. "He's 16-months, so it's new. But I'm really thankful to have a healthy family. It's the biggest thing," she said. "You can't go wrong with that!"



Wednesday, November 23, 2011

New Column!

The Best Gift for the Holidays

Gayle LaSalle I’m the Boss of Me


hanksgiving is upon us with Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza and others, right behind. Welcome to the holidays of 2011: a time of great joy and a time of great stress. Year after year, no matter how you much you plan: Everything in the house looks delightful but all in your head is frightful; You've decked the halls with boughs of holly but you're not feeling very jolly; T'was the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse - Oh wait, you are! (You're still up wrapping presents and cleaning the house.) Are YOU already running from one thing to the next, feeling lost and overwhelmed? Did you know that more than 80 percent of us find the holiday season, beginning with Thanksgiving, to be somewhat or very stressful - that ranks navigating the holidays right up there with asking for a raise. Holiday memories can be among some of the best we make; yet, the

stressors can take away from the joy. So what do you do? Let's look at the cause of holiday stress. The main stressor identified in research is perfectionism. We want things to be perfect for our loved ones and for ourselves. They (and we) deserve the best, right? We have the best of intentions - whether it's due to the impossible standards of holiday bliss (sold to us by various marketing campaigns), the exaggerated memories of holiday greatness that we're trying to match or outdo from our own childhoods, or simply our regular-life perfectionism carried over and applied to the holidays. Either way, holiday perfectionism is all too common and it is sure to put an ultimate damper on your enjoyment. Even those who are generally sane and realistic during the rest of the year can become perfectionists during the holidays. But guess what? Nothing is perfect, not even you or your family, so give yourself a break! You can start by asking yourself if you're holiday perfectionist. Here are the clues: - All or nothing: You accept nothing but the best. You must ?nd the best gifts, make the best cookies, cook the best meal, look your best. You plan for days, create charts and lists. Good enough is just not good enough for you. Well, I bet it's more than good enough for those around you. -A highly critical eye: It's hard for you to believe everyone in your life, particularly your family, is not as obsessed with perfection as you are.

-Too result-oriented: You are so focused on the results that you struggle to enjoy the process. When you are baking cookies, you are thinking of what needs to be done next and making a mess is not fun - cleaning just becomes another chore to add to the list. Of course, all this perfectionism and fear of failure can lead to another problem: defensiveness. And, no one likes a Grinch! If you are the primary caretaker of the holidays and you allow yourself to become stressed and worn out, it can put a damper on the holidays for your friends, your family and certainly for yourself. It can become what can be called "great intentions with less than great outcomes." So be kind to yourself. Set realistic goals and plan to roll with the punches when things don't go as you plan, and keep these simple rules in mind: • Flexibility is the name of the game. • Don't take yourself or the holidays too seriously. • Everything in moderation • Watch your eating, drinking and shopping. Don't overdo it. • Keep a balance in family time. Too much or too little can add to the stress. Now, take a few minutes to think about what's really important. Focus on those things and say NO to anything that doesn't make your life more joyful. Be sure to give yourself the gift of sanity this year, it might be the best gift you ever receive!


Health and Support Groups Stepmother Support Group: Saratoga Stepmoms Virgil's House, 86 Henry St. Contact: Every third Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Support group for women in a relationship with men who have children from a previous relationship. Caregiver Support Group Evergreen Adult Day Services, 357 Milton Ave., Ballston Spa Contact: Trudi Cholewinski (518) 691-1516 Last Tuesday of each month, 3-4 p.m. Support for caregivers, families and friends of people with dementia. Parkinson's Support Group Woodlawn Commons, Saratoga Springs Third Monday, at 2 p.m. Contact: Joyce Garlock (518) 885-6427 Open to anyone with Parkinson's disease, family members and friends. Parents Without Partners Shenedehowa Adult Community Center, at Clifton Commons Contact: (518) 348-2062, Single parents can meet other single parents in a supportive environment. TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Annual membership is $26 with monthly dues of $5. For those looking for support in losing weight in a sensible manner. Wesley Health Care Center, Day Activity Room, 133 Lawrence St, Saratoga Springs Every Thursday at 7 p.m., with weigh-ins from 5:45-6:45. Trinity United Methodist Church, 155 Ballard Rd. Wilton Every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., with weigh-in from 5:30-6:30. Saratoga Fibromyalgia Friends Saratoga Spring Public Library, 49 Henry St., Sussman Room Second Tuesday, 3 - 4:30 p.m. Contact: Dawn (518) 470-4918 Saratoga Springs Debtors Anonymous United Methodist Church Tuesdays, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Contact: No fee; only a desire to stop incurring unsecured debt is required.



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Holiday Happenings Dickens Village Festival

Saratoga Springs Victorian Streetwalk

Longfellows Restaurant, 500 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs A Victorian Christmas comes to life Sunday November 27, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. This magical event includes shopping for holiday gifts in the English Market, food samples from area restaurants, free pictures with Santa Claus, strolling carolers, Dickens characters and much more! Event organizers will be collecting toys and canned goods for local families. Admission is $5, children 5 and under free.

Downtown Saratoga Springs Thursday, December 1, from 6-10 p.m. the Saratoga Springs Victorian Streetwalk is a holiday event that can't be missed. Walk the sidewalks of downtown Saratoga and see carolers and entertainers in period costumes. Kids can visit Santa and adults can enjoy the decorations at The Festival of Trees.

Glens Falls Tree Lighting Ceremony and Hometown Holiday Celebration

Saratoga Springs City Center Thursday, December 1, from 2-10 p.m. you’re invited to meet Santa, tell him what you want for Christmas and get your picture taken with him! Adults $3; children under 10 are free. For more information, call (518) 587-5000.

Downtown Glens Falls From Sunday, November 27 until Saturday, December 3 enjoy a week of music and activities throughout downtown Glens Falls' shops, restaurants and businesses. On November 27 the celebration kicks off with the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. Starting at 5 p.m., watch as the tree is lit for the first time and enjoy carols, hot chocolate and fun!

The Saratoga Festival of Trees Preview Reception

Saratoga Festival of Trees: Photos with Santa

Christmas Fair United Methodist Church, 175 5th Ave., Saratoga Springs A Christmas Fair, featuring a silent auction, antiques and collectibles, and home-baked items will be held Friday, December 2, from 10a.m.-7 p.m. and Saturday, December 3, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Saratoga City Center, 522 Broadway, Saratoga Springs Wednesday, November 30, from 6-8 p.m., celebrate a Christmas wonderland. Get a sneak peek at over 250 trees, wreaths and centerpieces decked out for the holidays before the Festival of Trees opens to the general public. This preview reception is geared toward adults with sumptuous appetizers and wine provided by Longfellows and Olde Bryan Inn and live entertainment by local musicians. Cost is $60.

Tree Lighting Ceremony

Saratoga Tree Lighting Ceremony

The celebration runs Friday, December 2 – Sunday, December 4. The parade begins at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, proceeding on Milton Avenue and ending in Wiswall Park with Santa lighting the village Christmas tree. Before and after the parade, there will be carolers and musicians on the street corners and many village shops, restaurants and museums will be open

In front of Putnam Wine, 435 Broadway, Saratoga Come start the season at the Saratoga Tree Lighting Ceremony Wednesday, November 30, at 7 p.m. Santa and Mrs. Claus will make an appearance, arriving by horse-drawn carriage and there will be free hot chocolate and cookies.

Gavin Park, Wilton Friday, December 2, from 6-8:45 p.m. meet Santa, Frosty, Rudolph and the elves, and enjoy refreshments, holiday movies and the music of the Saratoga Soundtrack Chorus! For more information, call (518) 584-9455.

Ballston Spa's Holiday Parade and Weekend Celebration

with music, demonstrations and displays as part of First Friday, which also falls on this festive evening. Churches and community organizations will have activities during the weekend as well, including the annual Breakfast with Santa. For more information, visit or call (518) 885-2772.

22nd Annual Christmas Fair The King’s School, 6087 New York 9N, Hadley The King's School is hosting its 22nd annual Christmas Fair Saturday, December 3, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The fair will feature a White Elephant Grandma's Attic, a huge bake sale, 50 Local Vendors, a Christmas Cafe and FREE child care for children ages 49 while you shop!

“The Nutcracker” Empire Center, The Egg, Albany On Saturday, December 3, the Malta Ballet Company will present the magical holiday classic, “The Nutcracker.” Performance times are 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30.50 adults; $25.50 seniors/military; and $25.50 students. Tickets are now on sale at the Egg box office at (518) 473-1845 or and at The Malta Ballet Company, (518) 899-3339.

Decorate for the Holidays Contest The annual Decorate for the Holidays Contest, which is open to all Malta residents and businesses, is about to begin! Beautifully engraved awards will be given in six different categories to the homes or establishments that reflect a special holiday spirit. All interested parties must fill out an entry form and submit to the Malta Community Center. Deadline for entry is Thursday, December 8. Judging will take place on Saturday, December 10 and Sunday, December 11.

Melodies of Christmas Proctors, 432 State St., Schenectady The 32nd annual holiday extravaganza Melodies of Christmas features the Empire State Orchestra & Youth Choral December 15-18. Featured guests this year include performances by The McKrells, the Orlando School of Dance and much more! Tickets are $25 for Saturday and Sunday, and $15 for Thursday and Friday. For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit

Polar Express North Creek Train Ride The Saratoga & North Creek Railway is hosting a magical train trip that will bring “The Polar Express” famous story alive for children and their families. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call (877) 726-RAIL (7245).




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23 - Dec 2 events Wednesday, November 23 Alphabet Soup Children’s Museum at Saratoga, 69 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs Enjoy the museum’s newest weekly program, Alphabet Soup! Starting with the letter A, each week kids will learn a new letter of the alphabet through crafts, games, stories, songs and more. The program is an hour long and goes from 10:30-11:30 a.m. For more information, visit

Midweek Movie for Teens Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry St., Teen Room A movie screening at 4 p.m. every Wednesday! For more information, contact Trevor at (518) 584-7860.

Thursday, November 24Happy Thanksgiving! Saratoga Turkey Trot Saratoga City Hall, Saratoga Don't miss the Annual Turkey Trot 5K run / walk on Thanksgiving morning in Saratoga Springs to benefit The Christopher Dailey Foundation. Cost is $25.

Saturday, November 26 Schuylerville United Methodist Church Craft Fair American Legion Post 278, Clancy St., Schuylerville

On Saturday, November 26, there will be beautiful crafts, baked goods and a silent auction. The fair runs from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. with lunch from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

DanceFlurry Saratoga Contradance First Baptist Church, 45 Washington St., Saratoga Springs On Saturday, November 26, Contras, squares and couples dances from 8-11 p.m. All dances are taught and newcomers are welcome. Adults $10, students $7, children under 15 $6. For more information, call (518) 885-4430 or visit

Saratoga Center for the Family Annual Craft Fair City Center, 522 Broadway, Saratoga Springs On Saturday, November 26, shop the best local crafters from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Admission is $2. For more information, visit

Tang Museum Family Day Tang Museum, Skidmore College Children ages 5 and up with an adult can enjoy a brief tour of a current Tang exhibition followed by a hands-on art activity. Free and open to the public from 23:30 p.m. For reservations and information, call (518) 580-8080.

Sunday, November 27 Old-Fashioned Sunday Free Spirit Fellowship (FSF) Church, 1425 W. High St., Ballston Spa On November 27 FSF is hosting an Old-Fashioned Sunday. Celebrate Pentecostal heritage through music and costume. For more details, call (518) 885-3149 or visit

Far From the Shamrock Shore Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry St. Acclaimed author, folklorist and musician Mick Moloney will share stories and songs illustrating the journey Irish immigrants faced and the social conditions they experienced when they made their way to the New World.

Monday, November 28 English Spoken Here Beginner Class Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry St. This class, beginning at 9:30 a.m., is designed to help people from other countries improve their English. Class is in the Glasby Room and is open to all.

Tuesday, November 29 Sustainable Saratoga Potluck Supper Saratoga Springs City Hall, Broadway and Lake Ave. third floor At 7 p.m. celebrate the third anniversary of Sustainable Saratoga at a potluck celebration. In addition to a dish to share, please bring a non-perishable food item to donate for local holiday food banks. For more information, visit

Common Thread Social Knitting Tea Time 55 Beekman St., Saratoga Springs From 2-4 p.m., drop in with your current knitting project for a social tea time. For more information about classes or social knits, call (518) 583-2583.

Friday, December 2

from 6-9 p.m. and enjoy special happenings in many of the downtown shops, restaurants and galleries. Live music, art displays and demonstrations, refreshments and featured shop promotions. Free and open to the public.

Upcoming Affordable Christmas Sale


the William J. Hickey Women's Health Services Department of Saratoga Hospital and will include a dinner buffet catered by Glen Sanders Mansion and dancing with musical host Cap Capello. Tickets are $100 each. Contact Holly Sofarelli at (518) 587-0675 for tickets.

Children’s Book Illustrator Jody Wheeler

Old Stone Church, 159 Stone Church Rd., Ballston Spa Come to the Affordable Sale Saturday, December 3, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Santa, Mrs. Claus and an elf will be there to help with your purchases. Enjoy punch and cookies while you shop. For more information, call Ann at (518) 8854034.

National Bottle Museum, Milton Ave., Ballston Spa Children of all ages are invited to come from 1- 3 p.m. on Sunday, December 4, when nationally published book illustrator Jody Wheeler will present a special program for young readers and their families. For more information, visit

Annual Center Crafts Show

The Saratoga Chamber Players 25th Anniversary

Saratoga Arts Center, 320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs On Saturday, December 4, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, December 4, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., get all of your holiday shopping done in one place! The show features exhibitors specializing in handmade fine crafts suitable for creative gift giving. Admission to the Center Crafts Show is free.

Skidmore Campus, Zankel Hall, Saratoga Springs On Sunday, December 11, at 2 p.m., the Saratoga Chamber Players will celebrate their 25th anniversary with a reunion of five musicians originally brought together 40 years ago. These five musicians will reprise a luscious string quintet for the performance. A meet-the-musicians reception will follow the concert. Tickets are $18 adults, $15 seniors, and free to Skidmore students with college I.D. or to children accompanied by an adult. For more information, visit or call (518) 584-1427.

Snow Ball Dinner Dance Hall of Springs, Saratoga State Park The Flower and Fruit Mission of Saratoga Hospital will host its annual Snow Ball Dinner Dance Saturday, December 3, at 6:30 p.m. The fundraiser benefits

The Threads of Time Quilt Exhibition 6 Charlton St., Ballston Spa The Saratoga County Historical Society’s “The Threads of Time” exhibition, featuring quilts in the museum's collection, will open today at 6 p.m. The exhibit will be up through January 2013. For more information, please visit or call (518) 885-4000.

First Friday in Ballston Spa Visit the village of Ballston Spa

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upcoming town meetings Town of Ballston: Ballston Town Hall 323 Charlton Road 885-8502 • 11/29: Town Board agenda/ special meeting, 7:30 p.m. Village of Ballston Spa: 66 Front Street 885-5711 • 11/28: Village Board meeting, 7:30 p.m. 11/23: Zoning Board of Appeals: 7:30 p.m. Town of Greenfield: 7 Wilton Road • 893-7432 Town of Malta: 2540 Route 9 899-2818 • 11/28: Agenda meeting, 6:30 p.m. Town of Milton: 503 Geyser Road 885-9220 • 11/24: Zoning Board of Appeals, 7 p.m. City of Saratoga Springs: 474 Broadway 587-3550 • 11/23: Planning Board, 7 p.m. 11/29: Design Review Commission workshop, 5 p.m. 11/29: City Council Meeting & Budget workshop, 6:30 p.m. 11/30: City Council Meeting & Budget workshop, 6:45 p.m. Town of Saratoga: 12 Spring Street, Schuylerville 695-3644 • 11/30: Planning Board meeting, 7:30 p.m. Village of Schuylerville: 35 Spring Street • 695-3881 Town of Stillwater: 66 East St., Riverside Mechanicville, NY 12118 12/2: Town Board meeting, 7 p.m. Town of Wilton: 22 Traver Road 587-1939 • 11/24: Zoning Board, 7 p.m. 12/2: Town Board meeting, 7 p.m. Saratoga County Board of Supervisors: 40 McMaster St., # 1 Ballston Spa, NY 12020-1985 (518) 885-2240

local briefs Getting on Board to Raise Money Seminar Holiday Inn, 232 Broadway, Saratoga Springs Saratoga Leadership is hosting a seminar Tuesday, December 6, with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. and a full breakfast buffet included. The seminar will take place from 8 11 a.m. Cost is $30 per person. Register online at or by sending a check to 28 Clinton St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. This program is being offered to all local nonprofit organizations and their board members and staff, regardless of their affiliations with Leadership Saratoga.

Small Business Saturday This Saturday, November 26, is the Second Annual Small Business Saturday. This is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses on one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year. Shop small at your favorite local stores and help fuel the economy.

Saratoga Springs Retired Teachers Association Meeting Longfellows Restaurant, 500 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs Meeting is on Monday, December 5, at noon. Membership is open to retired educators who taught in and/or live in Saratoga County. For new member information and luncheon reservations, please call (518) 587-5356.

Soroptimist International of Saratoga County Scholarship Opportunity Soroptimist International of Saratoga County is seeking women who serve as the primary wage earners for their families and are in need of financial assistance to go back to school. The Soroptimist Women’s Opportunity Awards Program provides women with the financial resources required to offset education-related expenses. The Saratoga County club will provide a $2500 cash grant to its award recipient, who will then be eligible to receive up to $10,000. For award applications and fact sheets, email request to or call Dora Lee Stanley at (518) 587-3226. Applications must be returned to Soroptimist International of Saratoga County by December 1, 2011.

Women TIES Networking Luncheon Century House, 997 New Loudon Rd., Latham Women TIES (Women Together Inspiring Entrepreneurial Success) will host its quarterly strategic networking and educational luncheon on December 6 from 11:15 a.m.-2 p.m. for Greater Albany and Saratoga women entrepreneurs. Attendees will learn how to establish and prioritize goals to make the new business year more successful. The event will also feature extra display tables so women entrepreneurs can sell holiday items or services. The networking and holiday showcase will run from 11:15 a.m. - 12 p.m. with lunch and program following from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. The cost of the event is $29 and includes lunch, program, display promotion and strategic networking opportunities. For more information, visit or call (315) 708-4288.

Ladies of Charity’s Annual Christmas Giving Store Call for Donations

how it will enrich your child's life. Join us for a brief overview of Waldorf education followed by a visit to our classrooms. Please RSVP at or (518) 587-2224.

Annual Memorial for Deceased Brother Elks 1 Elks Lane, Saratoga Springs Wilton BPO Elks Lodge 161 will conduct their annual memorial service on Sunday, December 4, beginning promptly at 1 p.m. The service is held nationwide at all Elk lodges on the first Sunday of December. It honors the memory and community service of each departed Elk of the Saratoga-Wilton Lodge. The event is open to all members, families and the general public is welcome. A light reception hosted by the Elks Ladies Auxiliary will immediately follow at the lodge. For more information, contact chairman Mark Phillips at (518) 584-7464.

Annual Christmas Tree Sale

142 Regent St., Saratoga Springs Each year, the Ladies of Charity distribute toys, books, games and winter clothing to local needy children through their annual Christmas Giving Store. Last year, nearly 400 children were served, and donations are needed to make this year even more successful. For information on how to donate, call (518) 587-5000.

Curtis Lumber, Route 67, Ballston Spa The Ballston Spa Rotary Club’s will be selling Christmas trees beginning the day after Thanksgiving. The trees are sold daily from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and cost on average $40-45. The club will also be selling the “Rotarian Flavors of the World Cookbook.” This cookbook will make a great gift that supports Rotary’s worldwide effort to eradicate polio.

Make-A-Wish Foundation Seeks Volunteers for Campaign

St. Clement’s Annual Christmas Tree and Wreath Sale

The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northeastern New York needs volunteers to assist with the chapter’s 19th annual Adopt An Angel campaign. Adopt An Angel features the stories of the foundation’s children and their wishes on a paper ornament angel. The angels are $3 at area malls and all branches of First Niagara Bank. Volunteers are needed to help at donation collection booths at Aviation Mall, Colonie Center, Crossgates Mall, Rotterdam Square and Wilton Mall. The days and shifts vary, depending on the mall location. To volunteer, contact Cindy Conley at (518) 782-4673 or

231 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs Saturday, November 26 through December 18, fresh cut balsam fir trees and wreaths from Vermont will be sold on the school's front lawn from 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays, and from 5:30 – 8 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays. Trees are $45 each and wreaths are $2430.All funds raised go directly to St. Clement’s School.

Waldorf School Welcome 62 York Ave., Saratoga Springs On Wednesday, December 7, from 8:15-9 a.m., come and learn more about how Waldorf works and

The Old Saratoga Seniors Annual Christmas Party Longfellows, 500 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs Join the Old Saratoga Seniors for their Christmas party, Wednesday, December 14, at noon. Questions may be directed to Dot Leone: (518) 695-3578. The Old Saratoga Seniors will not meet on December 7; the Christmas party is their only gathering in December.


Singles Holiday Party 891 Riverview Rd., Rexford Singles, you’re invited! Meet other singles from the Capital District, Saratoga and surrounding areas at the annual Singles Holiday Party, Saturday, December 3, from 8:3-11 p.m. Reservations required by Sunday, November 27 for dinner and music $30. At the door $10 with no dinner reservation. For more information, visit or call (518) 348-2062.

Saratoga Springs Public Library Saratoga Room New Hours 49 Henry St., Saratoga Springs The library’s Saratoga Room has new hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 5-9 p.m..; or by appointment, (518) 584-7860 ext. 255.

LARAC Annual Holiday Shop Lapham Gallery, Downtown Glens Falls Operating through December 24, the Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council’s (LARAC) Lapham Gallery transforms into a festive gift shop offering shoppers original handcrafted items. Regular hours are Tuesdays-Saturdays 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in November, and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in December. For more information, call (518) 798-1144, ext. 2, or visit

Registration Open for Winter Snowshoe Races Saratoga Winterfest 5K Snowshoe Race: Sunday, February 5, 2012, at 11 a.m. in the Saratoga Spa State Park. Camp Saratoga 8K Snowshoe Race: Saturday, February 11, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. in the Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park. This race is a qualifier for the United States National Snowshoe Championship. Visit to download an application or link to online registration at A limited supply of Dion Snowshoes will be available at a $5 rental fee. Email Laura Clark at to reserve a pair or phone Jeff Clark at (518) 581-7550. For information and snow updates, visit

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TODAY Wednesday, November 23, 2011

National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Month The Saratoga County Housing Alliance has been recognizing the month of November as National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Month. With the current economic situation, the next homeless person in Saratoga County could be a family member, your neighbor or your co-worker sitting next to you. All of the member agencies in the alliance are seeing draconian cuts in funding at the same time they are seeing more families in need of assistance. Families are seeking basic survival needs like food to feed their children. Food pantries all over Saratoga County have more families coming in for help and are finding their shelves bare. Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council is preparing 778 Thanksgiving food baskets, but their shelves are bare to help the week after Thanksgiving. Mechanicville Area Community Services Center reports they already have more families signed up for Thanksgiving food baskets than they did last year…and they expect at least 100 more at the last minute. They rely solely on dona-

tions at the end of the year to assist their families. As of the end of October 2011, CAPTAIN Youth and Family Services’ food pantry reported a 48 percent increase in families assisted compared to those helped during all of 2010. And the busy end of year season hadn’t even started. Affordable housing and jobs are also scarce. In one week, the Office of Community Development received more than three calls requesting assistance in finding affordable housing for families whose primary wage earners have lost their jobs or their unemployment is running out and they are either being evicted from their apartments or cannot pay their mortgages. Domestic Violence Rape Crisis reports that homelessness can be unexpected. Sometimes the families they assist suddenly become homeless after fleeing violence. Due to the lack of jobs and affordable housing, their clients are finding it harder to escape abusive situations to try to begin again. Overnight they find themselves

Cleaning House for Cancer by Christina James Saratoga TODAY A Glenville-based nonprofit agency, Simplifying Lives for a Cause (SLC), is helping cancer patients in an unusual way. Simplifying Lives provides free home cleaning and organizational services to people who are undergoing cancer treatment. The day-to-day stresses like housework and staying organized cause undo stress on an already very stressed person. Nicole Wilson, president and founder of SLC, has been cleaning homes since 2006 as the owner of Life Maid Simple Cleaning & Organizing, LLC. When Wilson was approached by Cleaning for a Reason, a company offering free cleaning services to women undergoing cancer treatment, she welcomed the chance to give back to the cancer community. "Cancer patients have enough

things to worry about, their home shouldn't be one of them," said Wilson.” We help people simplify their lives by providing them with a clean home while they focus on battling cancer." Studies have suggested that the less stress a patient undergoes during treatments for cancer, the faster the patient’s recovery time. A clean, organized home is just one less thing for the patient to have to worry about. The cleaning services are provided on a bi-weekly or monthly basis as requested by the patient, and each cleaning typically lasts three to four hours. SLC is always looking for financial donations to cover cleaning supplies and other various expenses, as well as volunteers to render the services themselves. For more information on how to donate money or time to this worthwhile cause, visit

with a choice; living in abuse or living without basic necessities like food, shelter and heat. Franklin Community Center reports some of the families who often donated to their food pantry are now in need of using the pantry for themselves because of job loss or unemployment running out. Indeed, more and more agencies note that families that never imagined they would need these services are coming through their doors for help. Sometimes it’s the loss of a job, sometimes a medical condition causes unforeseen bills or work absences. Working families can’t make ends meet; they struggle with what to pay first. Do they pay their rent, heat/electric, or for food or health care? All of these are the basic things needed for survival and they have to choose which one to pay. All of the Saratoga County Housing Alliance agencies said they could not assist all of their clients without the generous support of their communities. If you need help, want to help or would like to donate any non-perishable food items or money for the agencies to purchase food from the Regional Food Bank, contact the following: Saratoga County Housing Alliance: 587-3550 ext. 2475 Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council: 587-3158 Domestic Violence/Rape Crisis: 583-0280 Mechanicville Area Community Services Center: 664-8322 CAPTAIN Youth and Family Services: 371-1185 Franklin Community Center: 587-9826 -Written by Domestic Violence/Rape Crisis Executive Director Maggie Fronk and Saratoga Housing Alliance CoChair Cindy Phillips.

Here are some ways you can make a difference this holiday season: Dickens Christmas Food Drive11/27 Longfellows Inn, 500 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs The Dickens Christmas celebration takes place from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. A food drive will take place during the festivities. Ballston Spa National Bank (BSNB) Donation Drive Throughout the month of November, the bank will collect nonperishable food and personal care donations to support nine area food pantries. Donations may be made at any of the bank’s 10 branches in Saratoga County. In addition to the items collected in the branches, BSNB will provide $2,000 of monetary support in recognition of the growing need for services. Offices are located in Ballston Spa, Milton, Galway, Stillwater, Burnt Hills, Clifton Park, Malta, Greenfield Center and Wilton.

40 New St., Saratoga Springs The EOC is in need of volunteers to work at their food pantry and soup kitchen and for various events. If you are interested in volunteering, visit They are also always in need of bags, either disposable plastic or reusable, for the food pantry.

Gift cards and non-perishable items, as well as Christmas gifts, in-season clothing and family sponsorships are needed to help local families. Clothing donations can be dropped off at 101 Washington St., on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Food and Christmas gifts can be dropped off Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at 10 Franklin St. Please call (518) 587-9826 for more information or if you are interested in adopting a family.

Donate toys, winter coats and mittens at the following locations: Coldwell Banker Prime Properties, 90 East Ave., Saratoga Springs Donations collected until December 15 Toyota & Scion of Saratoga Springs, 3002 Rte. 50 Donations collected until December 10.

Upcoming Blood Drives Gideon Putnam Resort

Ramada Inn

24 Gideon Putnam Rd., Saratoga Springs Wednesday, November 23, from noon-5 p.m.

1 Abbey Lane, Queensbury Friday, November 25, from 1-6 p.m.

Our Lady of Grace Church 73 Midline Rd., Ballston Lake Saturday, November 26, from 8 a.m.- 1 p.m.




Places of Worship Adirondack Christian Fellowship 8 Mountain Ledge, Wilton Contact: 587-0623; Services: Sunday 8 a.m. & 10 a.m. The Alliance Church 257 Rowland St., Ballston Spa Contact: 885-6524. Services: Morning worship 10:30 a.m. Assembly of God Faith Chapel Rev. Jason Proctor 6 Burgoyne St., Schuylerville Contact: 695-6069 Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m. Assembly of God Saratoga 118 Woodlawn Ave Saratoga Springs NY 12866 Contact: 584-6081 Sunday Worship 10 a.m. Please come early for coffee at 9:45 a.m. Bacon Hill Reformed Church 560 Route 32N, Bacon Hill, NY Contact: 695-3074 Rev. Janet Vincent Worship service 10 a.m. Sunday School 10 a.m. All are welcome. Handicapped accessible Baha’i Community of Saratoga Springs Contact:584-9679; 6927694; Ballston Center Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church 58 Charlton Road, Ballston Spa Contact: 885-7312; www, Services: Sunday Worship Service, 10:30 a.m. Ballston Spa United Methodist Church 101 Milton Ave.• Contact:

885-6886. Services: Sunday 10:00 a.m. Bethesda Episcopal Church 41 Washington St., Saratoga Springs Contact: 584-5980. Services: Sunday, 6:30, 8 & 10 a.m. Church of Christ at Clifton Park 7 Old Route 146, Clifton Park Contact: 371-6611, m Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Christ Community Reformed Church 1010 Route 146, Clifton Park Contact: 371-7654; Services: Sundays 9:15 & 11 a.m. Christ Episcopal Church Corner of Routes 50 and 67, Ballston Spa • Contact: 8851031. Services: Sunday 8 & 10 a.m. Congregation Shaara Tfille 84 Weibel Avenue, Saratoga Springs Contact: 584-2370; Services: Sat. 9:30 a.m., Mon. & Thurs. 7:30 a.m., 3rd Fri. each month 7:30 p.m. • Handicapped Accessible Corinth Free Methodist Church 8 Mountain Ledge, Wilton Contact: 587-0623; Services: Sunday 8 a.m. & 10 a.m. Corinth United Methodist Church 243 Main Street, Corinth Contact: 654-2521; Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011 Cornerstone Com munity Church Associate Pastor Paul Shepherd located in the Malta Commons Contact: 899-7001 Services: Sundays at 10:30 a.m. Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Community 2001 Route 9 Round Lake (Exit 10 of Northway) • Contact: 877-8506 Mass Schedule: Sat. 4 p.m., Sun. 8:30 & 10:30 a.m. Weekday Masses Mon-Fri at 9 a.m. Eastern Orthodox Christ the Savior 349 Eastline Road, Ballston Spa Contact: 786-3100; Services: Sunday: 9:15 a.m. First Baptist Church 45 Washington St., Saratoga Springs Contact: 584-6301. Services: Sunday: 11:00 a.m. First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa 202 Milton Ave. (Rt. 50), Ballston Spa Contact: 885-8361; Services: 10:15 a.m. First Presbyterian Church of Ballston Spa 22 West High Street, Ballston Spa Contact: 885-5583 Services: Sunday at 10 a.m. Grace Brethren Church Rev. Dan Pierce 137 W. Milton Road, Ballston Spa Contact: 587- 0649 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Handicapped accessible. Grace Community Church of Malta Wed. 7:30pm - Good Times

Restaurant, Lake Rd. 2nd Floor Fri. Saratoga Chapel - 7:30 p.m., corner of Eastline & Lake Rd. Sun. 10 a.m. - Comfort Suites, Clifton Park Northway EX. 11 next to Chili's Greater Grace Community Church Pastor David Moore 43 Round Lake Rd. Ballston Lake (Malta Mall) Contact: 899-7777; Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Highway Tabernacle Church 90 River Road, Mechanicville Contact: 664- 4442. Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Hope Church 206 Greenfield Avenue, Ballston Spa Contact: 885-7442. Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Jonesville United Methodist 963 Main St., Clifton Park Contact: 877-7332. Services: Sunday 8:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Living Springs Community Church 59 Pine Road, Saratoga Springs Contact: 584- 9112. Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Living Waters Church of God 4330 State Rt. 50, Saratoga Springs Contact: 587-0484; Services: Sundays 10 a.m. Malta Presbyterian Church Dunning Street, Malta Contact: 899-5992. Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Malta Ridge United Methodist Church 729 Malta Avenue Ext.,


Malta Contact: 581-0210. Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Middle Grove United Methodist Church Pastor Bonnie Bates 429 Middle Grove Rd., Middle Grove Contact: 581-2973 Services: Sunday 9:00 a.m. Handicapped accessible New Horizon Church 150 Perry Road, Saratoga Springs Contact: 587-0711. Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. New Life Fellowship 51 Old Gick Road, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 Contact: 580-1810; Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Childcare is available at all services. NorthStar Church Shenendehowa High School, West Auditorium, Clifton Park Contact: 371-2811; Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Old Saratoga Reformed Church 48 Pearl St., Schuylerville Services: Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Handicapped accessable. Old Stone Church Affiliated with the American Baptist Churches 159 Stone Church Rd., Ballston Spa Contact: 5831002 Sunday: 9 a.m. Adult Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Service 11:45 a.m. Coffee & Fellowship in Living Stone Hall Wednesday: Noon Potluck Luncheon 1 p.m. Choir rehearsal, 2 p.m. Bible Study Group




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PresbyterianNE Congregational Church 24 Circular St., Saratoga Springs Contact: 584-6091; Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m. Quaker Springs United Methodist Church Pastor Jim Knapp 466 Route 32 South, Quaker Springs Contact: 695-3101; Services: Sundays 9 a.m. Handicapped accessible. River of Hope Fellowship 100 Saratoga Village Blvd. Malta Commons, Suite 3 Malta, NY 12020 Contact: 881-1505; Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Roman Catholic Church of St. Peter 241 Broadway, Saratoga Springs Contact: 584-2375. Services: Eucharistic Celebrations: Saturday 5 p.m.; Sunday 7:30, 9 & 11 a.m. St. Clement’s Roman Catholic Church 231 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs Contact: 584-6122. Services: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 8, 9:30, 11:15 a.m. & 5 p.m. St. George's Episcopal Church 912 Route 146, Clifton Park Contact: 371-6351; Services: Saturday at 4:30 p.m., Sunday at 8 & 9:30 a.m. St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church 3159 Route 9N, Greenfield Center Contact: 893-7680; St.JosephsChurch

Services: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 10:30 a.m. Handicapped accessible. St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church 167 Milton Ave., Ballson Spa Contact: 885-7411 Services: Saturday 4 p.m., Sunday 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m. Handicapped accessible St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church 771 Route 29, Rock City Falls Contact: 893-7680;; St. Joseph’s Church Services: Sunday Mass 8:30 a.m. St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church 149 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs Contact: 584-0904. Services: Saturday evening at 5 p.m. with Holy Communion. Sundays at 8:30 & 11 a.m. with Holy Communion. St. Peter Lutheran Church 2776 Route 9, Malta Contact: 583-4153 Services: Sunday mornings 8:30 & 10:30 a.m. St. Thomas of Canterbury 242 Grooms Road, Halfmoon Contact: Service: Sunday at 10 a.m.

Saratoga Abundant Life Church 2325 Route 50 South, Saratoga Springs Contact: 885-5456; Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. Saratoga Chabad 130 Circular St., Saratoga Springs Contact: 526-0773; Saratoga Friends Meeting (Quaker) Corner of Routes 32 and 71, Quaker Springs Contact: 587-7477; 3995013. Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Saratoga United Methodist Church Henning Road at Fifth Avenue, Saratoga Springs Contact: 584-3720; Services: Sunday 9 & 10:45 a.m. Handicapped accessible. Saratoga Seventh-Day Adventist Church 399 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs Contact: 882-9384; Sabbath School: 10 a.m. Worship Service: 11:30 a.m. Shenendehowa United Methodist 971 Route 146, Clifton Park Contact: 371-7964. Services: Sunday 7:45, 9 & 10:45 a.m.; Acts II Contempory 10:45 a.m.

Simpson United Methodist Church Rock City Road, Rock City Falls Contact: 885-4794. Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m. Soul Saving Station for Every Nation Christ Crusaders of America 62 Henry Street, Saratoga Springs Contact: 584-3122 Services: Sunday 10 a.m & 6:30 p.m. Temple Sinai 509 Broadway, Saratoga Springs Contact: 584-8730. Services: Friday 8 p.m. Handicapped accessible The Salvation Army Worship, Service & Community Center 27 Woodlawn Avenue Mail - PO Box 652 Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 (518) 584-1640 Sunday School - 10:00 a.m. Praise & Worship 11:00 a.m. Captain Aaron A. Boone, Sr. Captain Amber S. Boone Commanding Officers/Ministers Trinity United Methodist Church Rev. Gail Falsetti-Pastor 155 Ballard Rd., Gansevoort Contact: 584-9107; tum-

27 Service: Sunday 10:00 a.m. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Saratoga Springs 624 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs Contact: 584-1555; Services: 10 a.m. Religious education and nursery care at the 10 a.m. service each Sunday Unity Church in Albany 21 King Avenue, Albany Contact: 453-3603: Services: Sunday, 9 a.m. & 11 a.m. West Charlton United Presbyterian Church Rev. Thomas Gregg, Pastor 1331 Sacandaga Rd., West Charlton Contact: 882-9874; Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Wilton Baptist Church 755 Saratoga Rd, Wilton Contact: 583-2736;; Services: Sunday Service 11 a.m. Please contact Robin Mitchell for any copy changes: (518) 581-2480x 208


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Movie Review

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The Ides of March

ACROSS 1 Co. that makes Motrin and Tylenol 6 In __ land 10 Flew the coop 14 Happen next 15 “Doctor Zhivago,” e.g. 16 __ Lackawanna Railway 17 Home of the City of 1,000 Minarets 18 Ben Stiller’s mom 20 Best Supporting Actress winner for “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” 22 Beehive St. capital 23 Aqua Velva alternative 24 Military division 28 Classic sports cars 29 Casino area 30 The Columbia R. forms much of its northern border 31 Edit menu command 34 General’s level 38 Night sounds 40 Kilmer of “The Saint” 41 __ flu 42 Quaint storage pieces 45 Animal rights org. 46 Arles “A” 47 “__ Day Will Come”: 1963 #1 hit 48 Set down 50 Household attention getter 52 Ancient Dead Sea land 54 Org. offering motel discounts 57 Major oil conferences (they’re found, in a way, in 20-, 34- and 42Across) 60 Where many tests are given 63 Indian princesses 64 Lie low 65 Price-limiting words 66 Playing marble 67 Countercurrent 68 Noticed 69 Nuts for sodas

Is a principle worth the sacrifice of the greater good? What if the agent of that change is not who you thought they were? Questions regularly posed in politically-themed dramatic efforts and so posed in this latest offering from long-time Hollywood favorite George Clooney and the recent favorite of movie-goers Ryan Gosling. DOWN Stephen Meyers (played by Gosling) is a veteran of numerous politi1 Wranglers and Patriots cal campaigns and a revered media maestro. He’s in a bitter contest 2 Theater supporter 3 Backstreet Boys contemporary seeking the Democratic Party nomination for his candidate. That being Mike Morris, the governor of Pennsylvania (played by George Clooney). Because of peculiar voting rules, his is most likely going to be defeated by Republican voters Broom Hilda who are voting in their opponents’ primary in hopes of seeing a weaker candidate that they could trounce in a general election. With another upcoming primary that, if won, could clinch the nomination. To win the latter contest, however, they would need to strike the kind of deal that the candidate refuses to make on moral grounds. All this is merely the foreground while the background is replete with backstabbing and illicit affairs. I am not one of those who only recently heard of Gosling thanks to much-lauded efforts such as Blue Valentine, Drive, and Crazy, Stupid, Love. I have known of him since the independent 2001 film The Believer. And he is true-to-form here as a man whose greatest weakness is his faith in his leaders and purpose. Everyone, Clooney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, are doing superior jobs in compelling roles. That said, my tastes run more toward films that show American politics closer to what we wish it was, not what it actually is. Dave, The American President, and The Contender to name three. This isn’t that. (6.7/10). For questions or comments, email me at

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Community Corner

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Send all your congratulations, hometown announcements, birthday wishes and brag-worthy moments to Christina James at or to the paper at Saratoga TODAY 5 Case St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866, Attn: Christina James

Saratoga Central Catholic Volleyball Program Presents Donation On Wednesday, November 16, team captains, with the assistance of coaches Maria Izzo and Margot Beach, presented representatives from The Mollie Wilmot Radiation Oncology Center of Saratoga Hospital with a check in the amount of $1000. The money was raised through several team-sponsored fundraisers. Excellent work ladies!

Local Food and Community Partnerships The Saratoga Springs Famers’ M a r k e t Association is doing their part to help feed the local community. Every Wednesday for the last four years, Mikki Bakken from the Economic Opportunity Council (EOC) arrives at the market with an empty vehicle and leaves LtoR: Mikki Bakken of the EOC; Chris Lincoln, Saratoga Farmers' with a carload of Market Association vice president; and Jonathan Greene, owner donated food to and creator of the Local Living Guide/Spa City Paks. Jonathan is distribute through presenting the 2011 funds for the vouchers the market makes its food pantry. for use by the Saratoga EOC's food pantry. Seeing this partnership, Jonathan Greene, founder of the Local Living Guide, a Saratogabased coupon book, decided to partner up with them as well. Greene donates around $1,000 of coupon book generated sales to the market, which in turn, prints off $1,000 of vouchers for the EOC to use to obtain food from the market vendors. In this circle, the whole community benefits!



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



Luna LtoR: Coach Maria Izzo, Mollie Wilmot Program Director Renee Russell, nurse Vickie Healy, Jaimie Delaney, Anna Leone, Emily Miller, Meghan McDonough, Marie Sullivan, coach Margot Beach and principal L. Stephen Lombard.

White and Lambert Receive Rotary Community Service Award

Marcia White, president and executive director of Saratoga Performing Arts Center and Alphonse Lambert, coach, athletic director, and physical education teacher at Saratoga Central Catholic High School, both received a 2011 Community Service Award from the Saratoga Springs Rotary Education Foundation.

It’s a Girl! Olivia Isabella Lloyd was born to Amber and Robert Lloyd on November 11, 2011. She weighed 7 lbs. 12 oz. and was 20.5 inches long. The maternal grandparents are Bonnie and Jacob Arnold of Watervliet. The paternal grandmother is Jean Lloyd of Saratoga Springs. Olivia also joins brother, Alexander Jacob Lloyd at home just in time for the holidays! Congratulations to the Lloyd family!

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

START GETTING HUNGRY FOR RESTAURANT WEEK! - Seventh Annual Saratoga Restaurant Week Begins December 2 SARATOGA SPRINGS - About the time that your Thanksgiving feast has been fully digested, the flavors of more than three dozen top restaurants will blend together as Saratoga County prepares to serve up a flavorful extravaganza – the Seventh Annual Saratoga Restaurant Week! The event begins on Friday, December 2, and continues through Thursday, December 8. This is a seven-day celebration of culinary creativity and craft that is presented by the Saratoga Convention and Tourism Bureau, in conjunction with restaurant owners and operators in Saratoga County. Saratoga Restaurant Week allows dining patrons an opportunity to enjoy an appetizer or salad, a dinner entrée, and a dessert from a pre-set menu. Participating restaurants will offer meal selections priced at $18.19 plus tax and tip, representing the date that Saratoga was “officially” established by the county. There is also an opportunity to enjoy lunch specials for $9.09 plus tax and tip at select restaurants. Also, Saratoga Restaurant Week is about much more than a fine meal. Many lodging properties are offering special rates for hotel rooms so diners can create an overnight package and experience more than one great dining venue. Visit for a complete list of special promotions going on during the week. For other details about Saratoga Restaurant Week, including menus, and an updated list of all participating restaurants, visit or call the Saratoga Convention and Tourism Bureau at (518) 584-1531.


Aztec Two-Step: Four Decades of Folk-Rock - 40th Anniversary Tour To Stop At Hudson River Music Hall HUDSON FALLS - Celebrated folk-rockers Aztec Two-Step, regarded by many music aficionados as one of the leading acoustic duos performing today, will play at the Hudson River Music Hall on Saturday, December 3, as part of their 40th anniversary tour. The music hall is located at the Washington County Court House, 122 Main Street in Hudson Falls. Tickets are $24 for the 8 p.m. show, and are available online at or by calling (518) 321-2620. The duo's ability to impress audiences with intelligent songwriting, dazzling acoustic lead guitar and inspiring harmonies continues not only to endure, but to thrive, 40 years after a chance meeting at an open stage in a Boston coffee house. In 1972, Rex Fowler and Neal Shulman burst onto the national scene with their Elektra Records debut, and since then reviewers have consistently critically acclaimed the duo known as “Aztec Two-Step.” They took that name from the poem "A Coney Island of the Mind" by award-winning poet, painter and publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti. For four decades, Fowler and Shulman have been writing and performing songs that helped make their generation’s musical memories. In 1987, the duo's “Living in America” received the New York Music Award for best folk album and was prominently named in Billboard’s year-end critic’s poll. Aztec Two-Step was the subject of a documentary that aired on PBS in 1999, following numerous appearances on TV and radio shows such as David Letterman, the King Biscuit Flour Hour and World Café Live. In early 2012, Fowler and Shulman anticipate the official release of “Cause & Effect,” a new studio CD to commemorate their 40th Anniversary. It is a collection of 16 songs of social significance - a combination of re-worked previously recorded songs and newly mined material.

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Holiday Open House This Weekend GLENS FALLS - The Shirt Factory Artist's Association announces its 10th holiday open house on Friday- Sunday, November 25- 27, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. each day. The Shirt Factory is a community of artisans, craftspeople, healers and entrepreneurs located in the historic Shirt Factory Building on Lawrence and Cooper Streets in Glens Falls. During this event, the studios, shops and galleries feature over 30 guest artists and craftspeople exhibiting their work throughout the building. The open house is an opportunity to obtain unique holiday gifts and handcrafted items made by local artists. The Shirt Factory Artist's Association is again offering customers the opportunity to win a "shopper's advantage basket," which is valued at $500. For every $25 spent throughout The Shirt Factory you will receive a chance toward the drawing of a gift basket filled with items from the galleries. For directions or more information, visit or call (518) 90-SHIRT (907- 4478)



TODAY Wednesday, November 23, 2011 31 This Workshop Could Just “I’ve Got a Home: Inside a Community of Be Your (Bowl) Of Tea! -Zen & The Beauty of Imperfection with Regis Brodie

Color” Exhibit at National Museum of Dance

SCHUYLERVILLE – On Saturday, December 3, from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. a special event will take place at the Saratoga Clay Arts Center, 167 Hayes Road in Schuylerville. Professor Emeritus Regis Brodie, from Skidmore College’s art department, will lecture on the nuances of the Japanese tea ceremony, comparing it to other Asian cultures, and demonstrate the art of making a tea bowl. The workshop is designed to be “hands on.” After professor Brodie’s presentation/demonstration, participants will craft their own tea bowl. The workshop includes all the materials (clay, tools, wheels, glaze and firing) necessary to complete the process. Between portions of the workshop there will be tea breaks- naturally! The workshop is limited to 15 participants. The cost is $50 for Clay Arts Center members, $60 for non-members. To register, call (518) 581-2529 or email A complete schedule of the day’s activities is available online at

SARATOGA SPRINGS - The National Museum of Dance, located at 99 South Broadway in Saratoga Springs, will be showcasing a unique collection of photographs by local artist Daesha Devón Harris, in its Southeast Gallery. The exhibit, “I’ve Got a Home: Inside a Community of Color,” opens on Saturday, December 3, from 5-9 p.m. The exhibit highlights the historic and contemporary contributions of people of color while concurrently exploring the concept of “home” and the realization of the American Dream. Twenty-two color photographs from the series have been selected in this introspective view of the “life” that continues to evolve amidst struggle and success in Harris’ increasingly gentrified hometown of Saratoga Springs. This exhibit invites the viewer to contemplate each of the contributors’ unique relationships with, history of and presence in the Spa City. Daesha Devón Harris is an award-winning photographer and a member of Saratoga Arts. She also Photos Provided plays an active role in her commuSiblings, Allan & Geri nity as a youth advocate. Harris has Winney in fall 2011 been featured in numerous exhibitions across New York State, Philadelphia and Louisville, CO. The National Museum of Dance and Hall of Fame was established in 1986 and is located in the former Washington Bathhouse in the Saratoga Spa State Park. A historic landmark in itself, the museum houses a growing collection of photographs, videos, artifacts, costumes, biographies and archives, as well as a space for creative learning in all aspects of the arts. For more information about this event, please visit or call (518) 584-2225 ext. 3001. To learn more about Daesha Devón Harris, visit

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Heather Dale to Play Free Concert at Crandall Library GLENS FALLS -- Canadian folk musician Heather Dale, who has spent more than 100 days a year on the road since 2004, will stop in Glens Falls on Friday, November 25, for a special family-oriented concert that will offer an alternative to Black Friday shopping. Ms. Dale and her musical partner Ben Deschamps will play at 2 p.m. in the community room at the Crandall Library, 251 Glen Street, Glens Falls. The concert is sponsored by the library and is free and open to the public. This internationally performing duo is known for high-energy concerts that always include audience participation. Ms. Dale’s knowledge of Celtic legends and world folklore leads to intriguing storytelling between songs, pointing out universal themes that are just as relevant today as they were a thousand years ago. Dale and Deschamps play a range of Celtic and folk instruments in their shows, including Irish flutes and whistles, guitar, mandolin, cittern and the bodhran drum. Their upbeat and diverse concerts focus primarily on Heather's original songs, which range from cheeky folk sing-a-longs to soft ballads, with occasional forays into folk-rock. But their shows also include traditional pieces which are arranged in an unusual way – for example, putting a 14th century carol into New Orleans ragtime, or gleefully dramatizing a dark Scottish border ballad. The duo has produced 13 CDs, including live recordings from Montréal, Canada, and Koln, Germany. Their newest CD is "Avalon," a collection of 19 King Arthur songs. For further information, about Dale and Deschamps, visit www.heatherdale .com.




Wednesday, November 23, 2011

“The Threads of Time” Quilt Exhibit to Open at Brookside Quilt by Sarah Sherwood • Photo Provided

BALLSTON SPA - The Saratoga County Historical Society will present “The Threads of Time” exhibition, featuring quilts in Brookside museum's collection. The exhibit will open on Friday, December 2 at 6 p.m. "Quilts are amazing pieces of history," said Joy Houle, Brookside's executive director. "They are unique since they are practical household items and works of art that tell stories about the women who made them." This exhibit will showcase both the quilts and the stories they tell. The Threads of Time exhibit will be up through January 2013. The opening coincides with Brookside's annual open house on December 2 from 6 -9 p.m. Visitors can also browse the museum’s holiday shoppe for gifts from among hundreds of locally made items. The Saratoga County Historical Society at Brookside is a nonprofit organization located at 6 Charlton Street in Ballston Spa. Their mission is to inspire community memory by telling the story of Saratoga County through engaging exhibits and interactive programs. For more information, visit, or call (518) 885-4000.


Please Pledge to Participate in the Peoples Pixel Project!

LAKE GEORGE - The Lake George Arts Project will host its third annual Peoples Pixel Project, a video shorts festival, at the Charles R. Wood Theater, 207 Glen Street, Glens Falls next April 1 – no fooling! The Peoples Pixel Project was created to provide live audiences exposure to professional and emerging videographers and to foster local interest and growth in the medium. All videographers or filmmakers living or working within 100 miles of Lake George are invited to submit up to three short videos to be aired at the event. The entry deadline is December 30. While the subject matter of these short films run the gamut of genres and mediums from serious subjects to animated, the Lake George Arts people always take a fun, iconoclastic approach to things. Remember, these are the folks who brought you the black velvet art party! So, as an underground guide to all you aspiring Spielbergs, we should note that like many Lake George Arts events, the award groupings often defy description. Yet, we plunge forward… . The basic six classifications are for short films that are 3-5 minutes in length, including coveted categories like “get reel!” The “short shorts” category is for videos that are 60 seconds or less and, due to popular demand, a new category, “Bermuda shorts,” will debut – this specifically designed for “shorts that are longer” – I kid you not. And all future Hitchcocks will doubtlessly campaign for the honor of receiving your support in the “Peoples Picks of Particular Merit.” More details on the red carpet for attendees, VIPs and paparazzi will be provided as the “PPP” draws closer. In the meantime, wishful Woody Allens may download a convenient form to accompany their submissions at - Arthur Gonick


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Country Star Easton Corbin to Play Vapor

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SARATOGA SPRINGS - Country music fans: Mark your calendar Thursday, December 1, when Easton Corbin will take the stage at Vapor Night Club inside Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Best known for his debut hit, “A Little More Country Than That,” Corbin became the first solo male country artist in 17 years to have his first two singles reach #1 on the charts when his next song, “Roll With It,” also hit #1. Corbin is signed to Mercury Records of Nashville. Opening the show at 9 p.m. will be Logan Mize, who has also opened for Lady Antebellum, Billy Currington, The Charlie Daniels Band and many others. Doors open at 7 p.m., with a pre-show country line dance hosted by WGNA’s Kevin Richards. Tickets are available at for $15 in advance or $18 the day of the show. As with all shows inside Vapor, guests must be 21 or older.

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SPORTS Community Sports Bulletin Wednesday, November 23, 2011


The YMCA's Wilton Branch Nears Completion of Tennis Expansion

Four Thoroughbreds earn All-Region honors SARATOGA SPRINGS - The postseason awards continue to roll in for the Skidmore College field hockey team as four players were selected to the Longstreth/NFHCA North Atlantic Region teams. Senior Annie Rosencrans and sophomore Kelly Blackhurst garnered first team honors while sophomore Annie Weis and freshman goalie Haley McDougall were selected to the second team. Blackhurst, the 2011 Liberty League Player of the Year, led the Thoroughbreds with 25 goals and 16 assists for 66 points. Rosencrans, a Liberty League First Team selection, was third on the team with 14 goals and second with 12 assists and 40 points. Rosencrans and Blackhurst became the 11th and 12th players respectively in school history to record 100 career points during the 2011 season. Weis started all 20 games on defense, recording one assist and one defensive save, while McDougall posted a 17-2 record with a 0.80 GAA, .833 save percentage and six shutouts. Skidmore finished the 2011 season with an 18-2 record, winning its fourth consecutive Liberty League title.

WILTON - The Saratoga Regional YMCA began construction on their Wilton Branch on August 29, 2011, responding to members of the local community who noted that there wasn't enough available court time. To address their concerns, the YMCA has added four indoor tennis courts with an extension to their existing building, which will include air-conditioning. This will bring the total number of indoor tennis courts to eight, which will significantly increase the availability of open court times. This tennis expansion project is expected to be completed in early December. If you are interested in reserving a tennis court, the YMCA has created a simple and hassle-free system through their website. Please visit photo provided to see how easy it can be and book your The new expansion nears completion at the court today.

YMCA in Wilton

Golf Daze

Bolen & Vashkulat Claim Bronzes APIA, Samoa - Athletes from the Glenville, NY-based Jason Morris Judo Center (JMJC) collected valuable points at a world cup event, both on the World Ranking List (WRL) and USA Judo roster. Burnt Hills High School graduate, Kyle Vashkulat (21), started the JMJC off with a bang going 3-1 in the 100kg division to claim a bronze raising his position on the WRL to #22. Kyle was defeated by former U23 European Champion Viacheslov Denysov (UKR), then went on to beat Jason Koster (NZL) to reach the world cup podium for the third time this year. Brad Bolen (22) captured a bronze going 3-1 in the 66kg weight class. Bolen defeated Will Jenkins (AUS) and Paul Dulac (NCL) before losing in the semis to eventual champ Sasha Mehmedovic (CAN). Bolen recovered nicely in the bronze medal bout by beating Renwang Liu (CHN) to reach the photo by Lou DiGesare podium. Brad Bolen (left)

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Al Mottau Airway Meadows: Tammy Crawford picked up both a hole-in-one and an eagle during a round of nineholes of golf at Airway Meadows. Crawford's eagle came on the 292-yard, par-4 fourth hole, using a driver and a putter. She recorded a hole-in-one on the 173-yard

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ninth hole with a seven iron. New Rules: The R&A and United States Golf Association have announced several new rules for golf for 2012-2015. Following a fouryear review of golf's 34 playing rules, amendments include: - Ball Moving After Address (Rule 18-2b): A new exception is added which exonerates the player from penalty if their ball moves after it has been addressed when it is known (or is virtually certain) that they are not responsible for the ball's movement. For example, if a gust of wind moves the ball after it has been addressed, there is no penalty, and the ball is played from its new position. - Ball in Hazard; Prohibited Actions (Rule 13-4): Exception 2

to this rule has been amended to permit a player to smooth sand or soil in a hazard at any time, including before playing from that hazard - provided it is for the sole purpose of caring for the course and Rule 13-2 (improving lie, area of intended stance or swing or line of play) is not breached. - Time of Starting (Rule 63a): The rule has been amended to provide that the penalty for starting late, but within five minutes of the starting time, is reduced from disqualification to loss of the first hole in match play, or two strokes at the first hole in stroke play. Previously, this penalty reduction could be introduced as a condition of competition.



Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Thanksgiving Leftovers

Damian Fantauzzi This is a summary of events that has been in the sporting news for the past couple of weeks - my Thanksgiving leftovers, so to speak. Let's begin with the NBA. I read an article on the Internet about the money generated by the whole league last season, which totaled up to $4 billion. There are 450 players and 30 owners in total with all of the franchises, which averages out to be a little over $8.4 million each. I'll take the point four! Meanwhile, all of the people who depend on these teams - the vendors, arena workers and local merchants, are right now making zero dollars! The holidays

don't look as good as they have been in the past for these "dependants" of the NBA. The greed of these "1 percenters" is hitting the little guy hard. They are all, for the most part, millionaires. The people affiliated with the NBA - the players, the owners and its bureaucracy are not experiencing the financial struggle or hardship that most Americans are dealing with in today's economy. But what do they care? That's the big question. Pro basketball is entertainment and it depends mostly on the little guy who buys the tickets and the sponsors who support these franchises because of their popularity. Maybe it is time to have an evacuation by the fans, kind of a reverse Occupy Wall Street, with just a fanbased boycott. A reverse of "Pay-itforward," it's called "Payback!” The Penn State scandal of Jerry Sandusky is not going away soon. But let's remember that PSU is an excellent school with an outstanding record for higher education. Coach Joe Paterno has been hiding the fact that he has been diagnosed with lung cancer and has been going through treatments. I wish him well!

Just recently assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine at Syracuse University was accused of sexual abuse. He claims to be innocent and legendary head coach Jim Boeheim stands behind his longtime assistant and friend of 35 years. I'm not about to accuse coach Fine of any heinous crime because I know him as a great guy, but my concern is why is this behavior going on in this country? You read about it every day in the paper and see it on TV. It's time to find these predators and put them where they belong before they hurt people, especially our children. We need to educate our children at home and in school more and more to protect them from these perpetrators. It takes a village to make this work, parents, teachers and the community. Sad stuff! The womens' basketball coaches of Oklahoma State University were killed in a small aircraft crash this past week while on a recruiting trip. Head coach Kurt Budke, his assistant Miranda Serna, the pilot and his wife all were killed in the accident. When I was at New Mexico Highlands University in the late sixties, our head football coach was killed in an automobile accident while on a recruiting trip. It hits the

SPORTS schools hard, not only as a shock but the disbelief of what has happened. Good stuff! Duke's men's basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski has passed his mentor, Bobby Knight, as the all time winningest coach in NCAA history. It all started at West Point in 1975-80 and he's been at Duke since 1980. LOCAL ATHLETES have had some great results these past couple of weeks. Congratulations to the Saratoga High School girls’ cross country team for winning the Sate Federation Meet this past weekend. Kudos to the coaching team of Linda and Art Kranick, they never cease to amaze me with their accomplishments as track and cross country coaches! Year in and year out the program has had incredible teams thanks to the dedication of the athletes and coaches. Also, congratulations go out to the Burnt Hills girls’ volleyball team and their coach, Gary Bynon, for the team's success in winning the ClassA State Tournament. Gary is an outstanding coach and has developed a volleyball dynasty with a career record that is second to none in the sport. The Burnt Hills football team will be playing Maine-Endwall of section IV for the state title in the


Carrier Dome at Syracuse University on November 25 at 2 p.m. They play under the direction of their highly successful coach, Matt Shell, who has had great success at BHBL. More Spartans: the girls' soccer team lost in the semifinals of the state tournament to Somers High School of Section I, 1-0. Burnt Hills keeps on moving with its athletic programs! Also, kudos to Greenwich High School's field hockey team for their fantastic season by finishing second in the Class-C State Tournament. A fond farewell to Brent Steuerwald who guided the Shenendehowa Plainsmen football team to the AA state semi-finals at Kingston but lost to Newburgh Free Academy 16 to 6, finishing his career with an 11 and 1 record this season. Brent has been the only football coach in the history of Shenendehowa since the sport was adopted at the school in 1968. Coach Steuerwald's career wins ranks 15th nationally in high school football. Finally, congratulations to coach Mike Campisi and the Shen boys' soccer team for making it to the semis of the state AA tournament, losing to Hicksville of section XIII.

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Returns to State Championships by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY BURNT HILLS - The Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Spartans are only one game away from claiming the Class-A State Championship. The Spartans bowled over Cornwall during their semifinal matchup Friday, November 18 in

Kingston, out-hustling their opponents to score a 35-14 victory. Thomas Ruppel, coming off of his most explosive performance of the season during the quarterfinals against Franklin Academy, once again led his team to victory, scoring three touchdowns and racking up over 217 yards on the ground. After a scoreless first quarter, Ruppel was the first to strike in the second, running 12-yards to grab the first touchdown of the game. Rupple widened the Spartan lead to 14 a few drives later when the senior ran 73yards for his second touchdown. Quarterback Ryan McDonnell capped off the first half with a one-yard dive into the end zone with time running out, giving the Spartans a 21-0 edge. With the lead firmly established, the Cornwall Dragons were never able to seriously threaten the Spartans’ championship birth. Cornwall looked to turn the game around early in the third quarter following a 28-yard

touchdown pass to Joe O’Rourke, but Spartans’ Daniel Porter quickly answered back less than one minute later. On the following drive, Porter dashed 46-yards for the touchdown, 28-6 in favor of the Spartans. Porter went on to contribute 141-yards rushing for the game. Cornwall would score once more in the fourth, capitalizing on a 5-yard run and two point conversion by Peter Catal, but the effort was not enough to overcome a large Spartan lead. Ruppel scored his final touchdown of the game late in the fourth, an 11-yard run that put the Spartans up 35-14. The Spartans will enter the Class-A championship game for the third time since 2008. The team missed the championship game last season after dropping a 17-7 heartbreaker against Harrison in the state semifinals. This year, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake will meet Maine-Endwell in the finals, a game taking place Friday, November 25 at the Syracuse Carrier Dome.

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The Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Spartans are bound for the State Championships.




Wednesday, November 23, 2011


Hundreds Plunge into Lake George Feral Crossfit: to Support Special Olympics Domestication Rehabilitation by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY

LAKE GEORGE - Over 500 participants took to the fridged waters Saturday, November 19 to take part in the fifth annual Lake George Polar Plunge. Over $80,000 was raised by organization, which donates the funds to support New York’s Special Olympics. Leading the charge into the water was South Glens Falls native Chad Hildreth, who carried the Special Olympics Torch into the water. Hildreth has participated in the World Special Olympics World Games in years past.

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Top: The Special Olympics torch is held high by Chad Hildreth. Bottom: Hundreds dash in - and then out - of the cold water at Shepard’s Cove in Lake George.

SARATOGA SPRINGS - What began as simply a hobby for Noah Milstein and Jayson Ball six years ago quickly turned into a passion and a plan; the duo, after years of training, decided it was time to take their unique outlook on health and fitness and bring it back to Saratoga Springs. In September, the pair came together to open a new gym, Feral Crossfit, at 165 High Rock Ave. in Saratoga Springs. "I enjoyed training and I wanted to get increasingly fit," said Milstein, co-owner of Feral Crossfit. "I was really interested in pursuing the limits of what was possible with human performance." To that end, Milstein and Ball turned to a brand of training known as crossfit, a fitness model that stresses actions such as squatting, pushing, pulling, climbing and jumping, combining weightlifting, gymnastics and repetitive motions (such as running or rowing) into a core group of exercises. The result is a gym model that few people have likely encountered before, and one that seems to be gaining traction. "The gym model that people are sort of used to is largely a relic of the popularization of bodybuilding in the 70s. The way people trained was for a superficial aesthetic," said Milstein. "Our goal is not to create bodybuilders. We're interested in athletic performance, so our goal is to maximize fitness." Feral Crossfit operates on a closed model system - only private training, small group classes or programmed courses are available - no heading into the gym and sitting down at a machine by yourself. In fact, Feral Crossfit does away with the exercise machines all together; only free weights, gymnastic rings and the bare essentials can be found here. The idea behind Feral Crossfit,

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Top: Greg Gosier (left) and Matt Boese (right) lift weights at Feral Crossfit. Bottom: Gosier recieves instruction from his trainer. said Milstein, is to maximize your fitness through focused and intense training. And what works for an Olympic athlete works for the weekend couch potatoes as well. "An Olympic weightlifter is going to perform a squat and a press at a great deal more intensity than my grandmother," said Milstein, "but my grandmother also needs to squat and press. The nature of the motion is the same. For that reason, we have people with a wide range of capacities in the same class, performing

the same actions." Before signing up for a gym membership, new prospects are asked to run through a small course of "elements," where they are invited to partake in four one-on-one sessions to see if this model of fitness is right for them. To learn more about Feral Crossfit, you may visit them at their location at 165 High Rock Ave. in Saratoga Springs, visit their website at http:\\, or call at (518) 774-4880.



Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Local Gymnast Bids Farewell to Region by Daniel Schechtman Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS Saratoga Springs Senior Brittni Watkins, who last year accepted a full scholarship to North Carolina State University for her stellar gymastic performances, took part in her last local compeition Sunday, November 20 during the Annual

Autumn Classic. Watkins scored a 9.5 on the floor, 9.8 on vault, 9.175 on bars and 9.275 on beam. Her last local compeition proved to be one of her best, taking home first place for every event save for beam, for which she placed second. She placed first overall with a 37.7. “I had one of the best meets of my life,” said Watkins, “and I am so

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Saratoga Springs gymnast Brittni Watkins

excited I started off my season with a fantastic compeition.” Watkins, who began gymnastics at Saratoga Springs’ Stepping Stars, signed her National Letter of Intent on National Signing Day Wednesday, November 9. “I can’t wait to be with the team and the coaches,” said Watkins. “They’re all amazing. I hope to get the best out of my expeience there.”



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