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LOCAL WWII AVIATRIX RECEIVES CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL by Chad Beatty Saratoga TODAY “Someday, perhaps the government may use us.” Those words, spoken by twenty-four-year-old Margaret Stoddard confirmed the SSHS graduate’s personal commitment to the war effort. She spoke them on June 8, 1942 after her solo airplane flight just six months after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Earning her seaplane wings with a mere eight hours of instruction, Margaret would become the

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first woman pilot to be licensed in Saratoga County. She would later serve as a volunteer aviator during World War II by flying reconnaissance missions in the newly formed Civil Air Patrol and by shuttling military aircraft at the request of the Armed Forces. Margaret’s war time service was recognized seventy-six years later when family members gathered on April 28, 2018 in Lake George, New York for the New York Wing of the Civil Air Patrol’s annual conference. Margaret (Stoddard) Perkins was posthumously awarded See Story pg. 10

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the Repair Café concept founded in the Netherlands in 2009. The goal is for those with broken SARATOGA SPRINGS — items, and volunteers skilled in Broken toasters, inoperable lamps, fixing things - called coaches - to gather in a meeting wounded bicycles and place where items damaged necklaces can be repaired were given a new lease “...all things on life last weekend, considered it and subsequently reused, in the during Saratoga was fantastic. ” process reducing Springs’ inaugural the volume of raw “Repair Café.” materials and energy The event, co-sponsored by Sustainable needed to make new products Saratoga and the Saratoga Springs and cutting CO2 emissions. See Story pg. 10 Public Library, was inspired by

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Week of June 22 – June 28, 2018

Snippets of Life from Your Community

INTERVIEW & PHOTO BY: Thomas Dimopolous

Who: DANIEL CHESSARE Where: JUST OFF BROADWAY Q. You’re a chef? A. I am. I’ve been working in town for a very long time. I worked at Scallions for about nine years, I was a sous chef at the Wine Bar of about a year-and-a-half, and I was the head chef at Merry Monk for almost two years. Q. Is opening your own business a goal you were always working towards? A. I didn’t at first, but after working for other people for so long, I felt like I was ready to work for myself. Q. When do you plan to open? A. The first or second week of July, hopefully.

Daniel Chessare outside the location where he plans to open his own business in July.

Q. Why a Jewish Deli? A. Saratoga doesn’t have one. In a town that has so many restaurants you have to get superspecific with your business. You need to be very niche and a Jewish deli is something Saratoga doesn’t have. Q. Are you Jewish? A. On my mother’s side of the family. Q. What are some things you’ll have on the menu? A. Corned beef, pastrami, smoked salmon, potato pancakes, matzo ball soup, and then we’ll do the more obscure stuff like chopped liver and tongue, and knish and stuff like that. We’ll be doing breakfast and lunch, probably closing around five o’clock every day. Q. Knish is obscure? A. Around here it is. Where can you go downtown to get a knish?

Q. Where are you originally from? A. Jersey. My family moved up here in ’97 or so, but my step-mother’s family is from up here. Q. So, you’re pretty familiar with Saratoga? A. Oh yes, I started washing tables and busing tables at Little India when they were on Broadway when I was 17, then I worked at Professor Moriarty’s when I was in high school and just worked my way up. Q. What’s the biggest change in the city you seen since that time? A. Condos and offices everywhere. Q. What do you do for fun? A. I read a lot of books, and I make video games on the side. My college degree is in video game design. Q. Who would play you in a movie about your life? A. Jeffrey Goldblum.

Week of June 22 – June 28, 2018


CONCERNS OVER OPEN SPACE Bicentennial Golf Day AT SARATOGA LAKE ENSUES by Marissa Gonzalez Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Members of the Saratoga Open Space Preservation Committee and some residents that live on or near Saratoga Lake have long been concerned about John Witt of Witt Construction’s plan to clear parts of an 111-acre, densely forested area on a ridge over-looking Saratoga Lake in order to create a subdivision for 31 cottage-style homes, a farm and lake views. The subdivision will be called Cedar Bluff Farms and the homes will reside on either side of Cedar Bluff Road pending the town’s approval to move forward. Some of the concerns raised by the Saratoga Open Space Preservation Committee included the issue of runoff as well as the disturbance to wildlife that currently reside in this area. The Saratoga Open Space Preservation Committee is a active group of residents and professionals who are dedicated to protecting Saratoga’s open space. One of the largest concerns of resident John Cashin from Saratoga regards the Town’s Conservation Subdivision Development (CSD) code that requires that a minimum of 50 percent of the buildable land be set-aside as “Open Space.” The code defines open space as a portion of a development site

that is permanently set aside for public or private use and will not be developed. “The thing that I object most strenuously to is the amount of clearing above the lake because the storm water runoff is just going to run right into the lake. There are streams in the lower portion of the rest of the western side of this development that run right to Saratoga Lake,” Cashin said. In a letter sent to a variety of environmental and nature conservancy groups, Cashin says: “Despite the zoning code provisions, the developer has proposed clearing 39.8 acres of mature forest in the set aside open space to create an alleged farm of unknown use by an undesignated farmer. This faux farm is merely a ruse to clear the forest to create open views for the luxury homes in this portion of the subdivision. In the other set aside open space, the developer is seeking an unspecified agricultural use, which would allow for selective clearing of the forest to create views of Saratoga Lake from the homes situated above.” “I’m not opposed to development, I’m just opposed to the amount of clear cutting that he’s going to do to destroy the forest just to create views for a couple of homes,” Cashin said. Since March rumors have swirled that Witt had planned to leave tree stumps in certain areas on

the 111-acre property as a solution to the environmental concerns. Witt has since denied these claims. “It’s a mix of things, every home site will be cleared for the home site as you would for a home site. There are some lots and lake views we will be clearing for the home site and down below that we won’t be stumping, removing, or grubbing anything on the hillside. So there won’t be any erosion in that area,” Witt said. “Every house site will have to have an approved storm drainage plan, so basically when we’re done with the project we will have the same amount, more or less, runoff as we did before we started the site. So it would be zero impact to Saratoga Lake,” he added. “We got 93 buildable acres and for the conservation subdivision you’re supposed to have half of that, which is 46.5 acres of open space and we are proposing 60 plus acres of open space. We are keeping most of the project open space,” Witt said.

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WILTON — To celebrate the Town of Wilton’s bicentennial McGregor Links Country Club is offering a one-day golfing event on June 23. Wilton residents are welcome to enjoy a round of golf, cart included for $18.18. The country club also plans to unveil a newly renovated course and clubhouse.

“We are proud and excited to show our residents the newly renovated course and clubhouse and welcome all to come view our property. Please join us,” said Blake Crocitto, General Manager of McGregor Links Country Club. Proof of Wilton residency required f or all golfers. To register or find out more call 518-584-6270.

“There’s some natural drainage courses that will be forever untouched as part of the project and the farm, which is the old farm, will be re-developed into a farm which is aesthetically pleasing along with great for local agriculture,” he added. According to Witt, the project is going through the

Saratoga County Intermunicipal Stormwater Management Program as well as following the New York State Department of Conservation’s guidelines. Cashin, along with the Saratoga Open Space Preservation Committee continues to seek support.



Week of June 22 – June 28, 2018



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SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Hospital received a $100,000 donation from the Hannaford Charitable Foundation on June 18 to support a new Teaching Food Pantry at the Saratoga Community Health Center. The new Hannaford teaching food pantry will complement and expand on the nutrition, health, and chronic disease management programs offered at the Community Health Center (CHC). The new, dedicated space will provide storage for a greater variety of healthy food items that will be used in one-on-one teaching opportunities, as well

as in conjunction with the CHC’s on-going series of programs for Diabetes and Chronic Disease Management, and its Nutrition Prescription program. Saratoga Hospital will be renovating 2,800 square-feet of unoccupied space on the second floor of the CHC to accommodate the new Hannaford Teaching Food Pantry, along with a new community and training room, multiple office spaces for partner non-profits, and additional clinical services. The total budget for the renovations is estimated at $450,000. Projected completion will be in the latter half of the year.

SCOTT VARLEY PURCHASES PROPERTY ON BROADWAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — On June 11 Scott Varley purchased a building located at 382 Broadway in Dowtown Saratoga Springs. The Saratoga Juice Bar is currently located at this address. The building also encompasses Raina’s Jewelry

and apartments. The Property cost $1.39 Million and is 6,000 square-feet according to Varley. Varley plans to move his office, the Scott Varley Team Real Estate, also part of Keller Williams Capital District to the 382 Broadway location.

BALLSTON — On June 13 Town of Ballston officials announced an agreement between the town and Dolomite Products Co., ending a lengthy legal dispute over a proposed asphalt plant at Curtis Industrial Park. Town officials were able to avoid the extended and costly legal battle. The Town Board approved the terms of the settlement at its Tuesday meeting. Under the agreement, Dolomite will drop its $4 million lawsuit against the town, including costs for defense and compensatory damages due to construction delays.

Dolomite also will: • Leave 7.5 acres as green space on the 10-acre parcel. • Install two portable (removable) hoppers. • Construct a turning lane into the property by April 30, 2019. • Limit operations from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and produce no more than 200 tons of hot mix asphalt each hour during those times. • Monitor noise levels and install a berm if necessary and shut down operations from November to April each year.

FORMER STILLWATER MAYOR SENTENCED TO PRISON STILLWATER — Former Mayor of Stillwater, Ricky Nelson, was sentenced on June 19 to a total of five to 15 years in prison for his conviction of five separate counts of Possessing a Sexual Performance of a Child, according to the Saratoga County District Attorney’s office. Court Judge James A. Murphy III imposed a sentence of one to three

years for each of the five charges. Nelson, 63, of Stillwater pleaded in April when he admitted in court to knowingly having in his possession and control, and to knowing accessing with intent to view, images containing sexual conduct by a child less than 16 years of age during 2017 in the Town of Stillwater.

Week of June 22 – June 28, 2018

POLICE Joseph B. Flower, age 36, Glenville, was charged June 12 with robbery in the third degree. Flower is accused of being involved in the March 4, 2017 robbery of an Adirondack Trust Bank, located at 162 Northline Road. William J. Hoffay, age 43, Averill Park, was charged June 12 with burglary in the thirddegree; criminal mischief in the second-degree; grand larceny third-degree - all three charges are felonies. It is alleged that Hoffay forced entry into a Smashburger restaurant located at 46 Marion Avenue last April, causing significant damage to the premises and stealing a safe with over $3500 in cash. Aristeo Romero Hernandez, age 30, Saugerties, was charged June 9 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle second/three or more suspensions - misdemeanor; unsafe lane change. Michael P. Andrews, age 30, Saratoga Springs, was charged June 9 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle 2nd/three or more suspensions- misdemeanor; following motor vehicle too closely; criminal possession of a controlled substance 7th - misdemeanor. Frank Barone, age 69, Saratoga Springs, was charged June 9 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle third degree- misdemeanor.

Devin J. Bowen, age 20, Ballston Spa, was charged June 9 with criminal possession of a controlled substance 7thmisdemeanor/ 2 counts. Austin J. Melick, age 21, Nassau, was charged June 8 with registration plates; driving while intoxicatedmisdemeanor; failure to stop at stop sign; failure to signal a turn; unreasonable speed. Joe L. Still, age 27, Saratoga Springs, was charged June 8 with robbery in the second degree/cause physical injury – felony; obstruction of breathing/blood-apply pressuremisdemeanor; burglary first degree/ causes physical injury – felony; assault in the third degree/intent physical injury – misdemeanor; criminal mischief fourth degree/prevent assistance- misdemeanor. I-Cheng Peng, age 28, Saratoga Springs, was charged June 8 with driving while intoxicated - misdemeanor; failure to signal a turn. Brandy L. Farber, age 33, Clifton Park, was charged June 8 with speeding - posted zone; driving while intoxicated - a misdemeanor. Steven A. Maronic, age 67, Saratoga Springs, was charged June 7 with operating unregistered motor vehicle on highway; no/expired inspection certificate; safety belts; driving while intoxicated- misdemeanor;

Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash in the Town of Ballston BALLSTON — A 54-year-old Ballston Spa man was killed after an early morning crash on June 17. According to the Saratoga County Sheriff ’s Office, James P. Van Ness was operating a 2003 Harley Davidson motorcycle, which was involved in a collision with a 2005 Jeep Liberty operated by 18-year-old Delaney Brooks, also of Ballston Spa. The crash occurred on State Route 67 just east of Curtis Lumber in the

Town of Ballston. Van Ness was pronounced dead at the scene. According to police, the preliminary investigation indicates Van Ness was operating his motorcycle westbound on State Route 67 when he crossed into the eastbound lane and collided head on with Brooks’ vehicle. There was no evidence of impairment by Brooks, who was treated at the scene for minor injury. The collision remains under investigation.

BLOTTER 5 harassment second degree - physical contact; resisting arrest - misdemeanor.

possession of a controlled substance outside original container; trespass.

Nicholas C. Goodrum, age 28, Saratoga Springs, was charged June 7 with criminal possession of stolen property fourth- felony.

Roberto M. Ciavarella, age 41, Saratoga Springs, was charged June 6 with criminal trespass in the second degree- misdemeanor.

Michael W. Tamburrino, age 39, Saratoga Springs, was charged June 7 with driving while intoxicatedmisdemeanor; failure to stop red traffic signal light; leaving the scene of an auto accident (injury)- misdemeanor.

Dale B. Reeder, age 48, Saratoga Springs, was charged June 5 with assault in the third degree/intent physical injurymisdemeanor; obstruction of breathing or blood circulation- misdemeanor.

Nicholas C. Goodrum, age 28, Saratoga Springs, was charged June 6 with criminal possession of a controlled substance 7th- misdemeanor;

William C. Cooper, age 47, Saratoga Springs, was charged June 5 with petit larceny- misdemeanor. Madeline A. Meisner, age 21, Saratoga Springs, was

charged June 5 with petit larceny- misdemeanor. Sean F. Shadrick, age 41, Troy, was charged June 4 with coercion second degree/ cause physical injury – misdemeanor; criminal contempt second degree/ disobedience- misdemeanor; aggravated harassment in the second degree- misdemeanor; tampering with a witness in the third degree- felony. Stephen J. Budesa, age 60, Albany, was charged June 4 with petit larceny- misdemeanor. Donald F. Finn, age 79, Ballston Spa, was charged June 4 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle third degree- misdemeanor; no/expired insurance.


OBITUARIES Judge Lawrence John LaBelle

Jean M. Fleming

George Madarasz

EAGLE BRIDGE, NY — Jean M. (Brady) Fleming died Friday, June 15, 2018. Visiting hours were Wednesday, June 20, 2018, Burke Funeral Home, North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, (518-584-5373). A service was conducted Thursday at the funeral home, followed by burial in St. Peters Cemetery, Saratoga Springs. Visit

SARATOGA SPRINGS — George Geza Madarasz passed away Thursday, June 14, 2018. Calling hours 3-6 p.m., Sunday, June 24, Burke Funeral Home, North Broadway, (518-584-5373). Mass will be celebrated 10 a.m., Monday, June 25, St. Clement’s Church, Lake Ave., burial following at 12 noon, Saratoga National Cemetery, Schuylerville. Visit

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UTICA — Mary L. Eichler, 89, formerly of Saratoga Springs, passed away Tuesday, June 19, 2018. A funeral service will be conducted 9 a.m. Friday, June 22, 2018, Burke Funeral Home, North Broadway, Saratoga Springs. Burial will follow in St. Peter’s Cemetery, West Ave. Online remembrances may be made at

TROY — Rosann (Clancy) Yaiser, 90, passed away peacefully on Friday, June 15, 2018 at Samaritan Hospital surrounded by her loving family. Born January 10, 1928 in Troy, she was the daughter of the late James and Rose Connolly Clancy. Rosann was a Troy resident through and through, attended Sacred Heart School and continued her education at Catholic Central High School. She was married in 1948 to her sweetheart, the late William M. Yaiser and they were happily married for 63 years. Rosann was a strong woman of faith and attended both Sacred Heart Church and Our Lady of Victory Church. She was an avid bowler around the Capital Region. She was predeceased by her brother, James Clancy, her sister,

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Judge Lawrence John LaBelle died June 20, 2018. Calling hours Friday, June 22, 4 to 7 p.m., Burke Funeral Home, North Broadway. Saratoga-Wilton Elks meet at 6 p.m. at the funeral home. Mass at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, St. Mary’s Church, Milton Ave., Ballston Spa. Further obituary information at

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Marguerite Gaynor, and two grandchildren, Robert J. Yaiser and MaryKate Fluty. Rosann is survived by her children, Robert (Patricia) Yaiser of Troy, William (Beth) Yaiser, Jr. of Saratoga Springs, Nan Marie (Peter) Fluty of Troy, Thomas (late Barbara) Yaiser of Troy and Maureen Brower of Troy. She is also survived by six grandchildren, Amie Yaiser Thorsey, Peter, Alyssa, Matthew and Kelly Rose Fluty, all of Troy and Lydia Yaiser of Saratoga Springs, four great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Tuesday, June 19 at Our Lady of Victory Church by Rev. Randall Patterson. Interment followed in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Troy. Memorial contributions may be offered to Our Lady of Victory Church, 55 North Lake Avenue, Troy.

Week of June 22 – June 28, 2018


In Case You Didn’t Know.. Revolutionary War-Era House Opens for Hudson Crossing BOG MEADOW TRAIL CLOSED FOR Park’s “Banquet on the Bridge” IMPROVEMENTS SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Bog Meadow trail will be closed for approximately 6-8 weeks for maintenance. After 25 years of use, improvements are being made to the trail. Work is now underway on creating a new off-road path from the Meadowbrook Road parking area to the main trail, raising and smoothing portions of the trail to make it more accessible and safer, and repairing and leveling the boardwalk.

GARDENING 101 SARATOGA SPRINGS — Every Saturday morning, beginning on June 30 and running through the end of July, Garden Director Natalie Walsh will lead participants through the Pitney Meadows Community Gardens to discuss plants, pests, or problems. Gardeners will be hands-on in the plots, examining what is going on and learning organic methods of control. These informal workshops begin at 9:30 a.m. each Saturday.

SCHUYLERVILLE — On June 28, The Marshall House, a private residence, will open its doors to the public. The open house will be a precursor to Hudson Crossing Park’s “Banquet on the Bridge,” a fundraiser sponsored in part by The Marshall House, Inc. The Marshall House is where

a British Baroness, her children, other women and children, and wounded British soldiers would seek shelter during the Revolutionary War. The Marshall House will open at 4:00 p.m., price of admission is $10 per adult and children are free. Visit to find out more.

Saratoga Stryders’ 5K Trail Series Fun Runs GANSEVOORT — The Saratoga Stryders will host a series of five fun runs on wooded trails at Camp Saratoga beginning on June 25. Proceeds will benefit the Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park, and Saratoga Spa State Park. The race series is open to all ages and abilities, Registration is $5 at the door starting at 5:30 p.m. Races begin at 6:15 p.m., rain or shine. A raffle is held at

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the end of each race with many prizes awarded. At the last race of the series the Ironman and Ironwoman award will be given. For more information contact Laura Clark at 518-581-1278.

Sarah Pritchard with Malta Sunrise Rotary Club President-Elect, Tom Disinger. Photo provided.

MALTA — On June 7 Sarah Pritchard, won the Malta Sunrise Rotary Club $1,000 2018 scholarship. Pritchard will graduate soon from Ballston Spa High School. She plans to attend Wheaton College in Massachusetts and to pursue a career as a physician’s assistant. In addition, four other

graduating Town of Malta seniors were recognized as Commended Finalists in the Malta Sunrise Rotary Scholarship program, and will each receive a $125 textbook award. They are Rachel Fowler and Andrea Carroll from Ballston Spa High School, and Claire Merkle and Brendan Barrow from Shenendehowa High School.



Week of June 22 – June 28, 2018

UNCOMMON TICK-BORNE ILLNESS FOUND LOCALLY by Marissa Gonzalez Saratoga TODAY SOUTH GLENS FALLS — With tick season well underway, it is important to take proper precautions to avoid tick-borne illness this summer, especially when a tick was found on a child in South Glens Falls testing positive for Borrelia miyamotoi (B. miyamotoi), a tick-borne disease as well as Lyme disease. Patients with B. miyamotoi are most likely to experience a fever, chills, and headache. Other common symptoms include body and joint pain and fatigue. However, this disease is not associated with any rash. “It would take several days, at least, before you would get sick,” Dr. Brian McDermott said. McDermott is Saratoga Hospital’s Medical Director of Infection Prevention and Control. “This disease was first discovered in 1995 in Japan, and it’s only been a little more than 10 years that there has been any evidence that there has been this particular species existing in the United States,” he added.

The good news is patients infected with B. miyamotoi have been successfully treated with a multi-week course of antibiotics. “Whether people have been treated or not been treated, people get better,” McDermott remarked regarding the time span in which the infection is treated. According to the Lyme Action Network, this bacterium can be transmitted within the first 24 hours of tick attachment and the probability of transmission increases with every day an infected tick is allowed to remain attached. Currently, confirmation of a diagnosis relies on tests that detect DNA from the organism or antibody-based tests. Both tests are under development and not widely commercially available. “So there is a small number of people who have developed infections from this bacteria with febril illness because it does not cause the rash of Lyme disease,” McDermott said. “Just like any other infection, if you have a fever and don’t feel good, that would be about the only percepting (perceiving) sign that this

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infection would have,” he added. One characteristic of Borrelia miyamotoi that is different from Borrelia burgdorferi (Lyme disease) that is particularly concerning is that once a tick becomes infected with the pathogen, all the eggs laid by that tick, which number in the thousands per tick, will also carry the infection. B. miyamotoi has since been detected in two species of North American ticks, the black-legged or “deer” tick and the western

“Deer” Tick black-legged tick. These ticks are already known to transmit several diseases, including Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, Powassan virus, bartonellosis, babesiosis, and other infections. “In general we have lots of ticks in our community, they

are out there. You know good inspection of yourself, then children after being in exposed areas are certainly appropriate and I advocate for good routine skin checks of yourself and your children to keep everybody safe,” McDermott advises.

Week of June 22 – June 28, 2018


Open Days at the Garden Conservancy

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by Marissa Gonzalez Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — On June 23 the Garden Conservancy is sponsoring their first ever Open Days event where five gardens in the Saratoga area will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The mission of the Garden Conservancy is to save and share American gardens for the education and inspiration of the public. Through Open Days, the Garden Conservancy is working to fuel the public’s passion for gardens and gardening. “We’re honored to be included in the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days program,” Ted Collins said. Collins and his wife Susan’s garden at 339 Clinton Street will be showcased on the tour. Their garden also made an appearance in Janet Loughrey’s book “Saratoga in Bloom,” a book capturing 150 years of gardens in Saratoga. The book includes scenes from the Saratoga Race Course and Skidmore College. “We have been on the local Secret Garden tour in the past and are looking forward to sharing our hard work with horticulturists, gardeners and the public. We’re

using this national exposure as motivation to finish some projects and get the landscape looking as nice as possible,” Collins said. Since 1995, Open Days has brought more than one million visitors into thousands of private landscapes in 41 states. This annual program showcases regional horticultural and stylistic expressions in a national context celebrating the rich diversity in American gardens. Other stops on the tour include: • Sarah Patterson’s garden 65 Central Avenue, Saratoga Springs • Jim and Meg Dalton’s garden 284 Middle Grove Road, Middle Grove •Fiddle-i-fee-Farm 167 West River Road, Schuylerville • Shades of Green 2036 Cook Road, Charlton. The public is invited to join shade garden expert, Wynne Trowbridge, at Shades of Green at 2:30 p.m. for a “Digging Deeper” program to explore her garden and the extensive plant collection that inspired her to start a small nursery specializing in shade plants. Admission to each garden is $7. To find out more or purchase tickets call 845-424-6500.

Ted and Susan Collins and their garden oasis. Photos provided.



Week of June 22 – June 28, 2018

THE FIX IS IN: Household Items Given Second Life continued from front page... Currently, there are more than 1,400 “Repair Cafés” worldwide. The Saratoga Springs event was supported by the Repair Café Foundation. “It was our first one, so there was a little bit of, ‘Oh what’s it going to be like?’” says Wendy Mahaney, Manager of Sustainable Saratoga, “but all things considered it was fantastic.” Thirty-one people brought in 38 items, Mahaney says, and among the quirkiest was a 70-yearold automatic toaster that its bearer had received as a wedding gift. Decades of use had rendered the toaster inoperable. “I’d never even heard of an automatic toaster. You put the bread in and it goes down on its own,” Mahaney explained. One of the on-site volunteers took it completely

apart and was successful in fixing it. The program is free and the criteria of the items brought in is that it be something that can be carried by hand. “No cars, no washing machines,” Mahaney says, with a laugh. “All of the people (doing repairs) were volunteers who came out on a Saturday and donated their time to help out. We ended up with a pretty decent list of folks. It’s a team effort and one of the goals is to teach you how to fix things. It’s an environmental benefit, keeping things out of the landfill, and there was a cool community feeling of people getting together to fix things.” The event was held at the Saratoga Springs Public Library and Sustainable Saratoga and the library hope to partner-up again for a second “Repair Café” event in the fall.

John Battenfield Fixes Lois Del Sette's 1950 Sunbeam Toaster at the Repair Café, June 16. Photo by Super Source Media, LLC.

Local WWII Aviatrix Receives Congressional Gold Medal continued from front page... the Congressional Gold Medal for her extraordinary volunteer service with other war time members of the Civil Air Patrol. The medal, which Congress authorized in 2014 for World War II volunteers of the Civil Air Patrol, represents the Nation’s highest civilian honor. The family will donate Margaret’s Congressional Gold Medal for permanent display to Skidmore College where Margaret was a member of the Class of 1946. According to her family members, proving war time Civil Air Patrol service and Congressional Gold Medal eligibility are no easy task. All the Civil Air Patrol’s national personnel records from that era had been destroyed years ago. Volunteers or their families are therefore required to verify their war time service through other evidence, such as log books, photographs, or duty rosters. In Margaret’s case, the Federal Aeronautics Administration, the successor to the CAA, first

claimed they had no record of her licensure in their database. When an FAA official was contacted and expressed doubt whether Margaret was ever really a pilot, her son, Scott, a local attorney, replied “I think I can address that issue fairly quickly. I am holding my mom’s original paper Airman’s C ertificate from 1943.”

One month later, thirty-one pages of Margaret’s various applications, licenses, commercial license test results, rating records, flight test reports, photographs, fingerprints, and flight hours arrived in Saratoga Springs. When a war time photograph of Margaret in the cockpit of an Aeronca Chief aircraft and a 1949 newspaper

article acknowledging her service as a pilot during the war with the Civil Air Patrol surfaced, her Congressional Gold Medal eligibility was confirmed. Margaret’s love for flying first began in 1924 when, at six years of age and before Charles Lindberg ever made his historic transatlantic flight, she flew as a passenger in an open-cockpit biplane with a Saratoga Springs barnstormer. Ignoring critics who felt that a woman’s place was not at the controls of an aircraft, she eventually pursued her dream of gaining an “Airman’s Certificate.” Flight in those days without sophisticated instrumentation was not without its dangers. During the war, Margaret had at least one forced landing at a restricted Army airbase somewhere in New England. Lacking enough fuel for a proper approach, she performed an emergency slip landing on the grassy runway. She was promptly met at gunpoint by surprised soldiers who nevertheless expressed admiration for her piloting skills. After the war, she eventually

retired from flying, married former City Court Judge George F. Perkins, raised a family, and pursued a career as a registered dietitian. Margaret died in Saratoga Springs in 2000 after a short illness at age 83 years. Margaret’s family remembers her not only as a skilled aviator but as one who instilled a sense that anything could be accomplished with perseverance. “She would always say that the most important word facing any difficult task

or seemingly insurmountable problem was simply to ‘try,’ said her youngest son, Bob, a businessman now residing in Arizona. “She was daring in her aspirations and fearless in her pursuits. She expected her children to reach for the sky as well in all our endeavors,” he said. “She also taught us the privilege of volunteerism and service, but above all, she was an incredibly loving and giving mother. What an example she was for us kids.”


Week of June 22 – June 28, 2018

NOTES FROM CITY HALL by Thomas Dimopoulos • Saratoga TODAY

Pavement Schedule The following streets are scheduled to be paved according to the following schedule: Monday, June 25: Mill Sherwood Trail from the eastern entrance off Grand Ave to 100 feet past Friar Tuck Way Tuesday, June 26: Prep Work Sherwood Trail from the eastern entrance off Grand Ave to 100 feet past Friar Tuck Way. Wednesday, June 27: Pave Sherwood Trail from the eastern entrance off Grand Ave to 100 feet past Friar Tuck Way. Thursday, June 28: Pave Sherwood Trail from the eastern entrance off Grand Ave to 100 feet past Friar Tuck Way. Paving will begin at 6 a.m. and should be completed by 2 p.m. There is no parking of cars on the street during these hours, and driveway access/egress will be limited with potentially lengthy delays.

Proposed Bike Lanes on Lake Avenue WEST SIDE AFFORDABLE HOUSING The City Council hosted a presentation June 19 regarding proposed bike lanes being added to Lake Avenue. There are concept drawings available, however, the exact location is yet to be determined, although it is estimated Lake Avenue will be painted with five-foot-wide bicycle corridors on each side of the street, from Regent Street to Henning Road. The city may receive up to $50,000

via a state grant to prepare an engineering plan detailing the exact location, after which, with council approval, the striping of the lanes may begin. A vote to move forward with the proposal as well as a public hearing regarding the matter will take place July 3 at City Hall. The 13-minute presentation on June 19 may be viewed on the city’s website at: saratogaspringsny.

Sonic Reducer A 10-minute Public Hearing will take place 6:40 p.m. on July 3 at City Hall regarding a proposal to amend the City Code regarding “noise” on Sunday through Thursday nights. The current maximum decibel level is 90 decibels – “as measured from any point along the boundary line of the real property on which

the sound pressure is generated,” according to City Code definition. Public Safety Commissioner Peter Martin, who is proposing the change, is seeking a lower threshold for Sundays through Thursday nights by instilling a maximum volume ceiling of 85 decibels. Fridays and Saturdays will remain at 90 dbs.


The Missouri-based Vecino Group seeks to develop one threestory building and three fourstory buildings just east of the Saratoga train station and near the Washington Street post office. The council last August unanimously approved a resolution authorizing a paymentin-lieu of taxes agreement regarding the Intrada Saratoga Springs Affordable Housing Project. The PILOT Agreement calls for the company to make annual payments in lieu of taxes to the city. The tax exemption will begin on the date when the city issues a final certificate of occupancy and extend for 31 years. The annual payment in lieu of taxes will start at approximately $84,000 and increase each year by two percent. The development proposal

calls for the construction of 158 “affordable” multi-family rental units. For renters, the one, two and three-bedroom apartment units break down in this way: 24 will be available for persons with an AMI of 50 percent or less, 109 will be available for persons with an AMI of 60 percent or less. A change was unanimously approved by the City Council June 19 regarding the remaining 24 units. The 24 units were initially targeted to be made available for persons with an AMI of 80 percent or less. That top-tier threshold was adjusted to 90 percent. AMI, or the Area Median Income for a family of four in Saratoga County is approximately $84,000, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.



Week of June 22 – June 28, 2018

20-Year-Old Golf Range Shut Down by City by Marissa Gonzalez Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — On May 17 the Saratoga Springs Golf Range located at 68 Weibel Ave. was shut down by the city of Saratoga Springs. According to owner Gary Stone, the property was cited for lack of proper permits. The golf range is 22 acres and operated on the honor system. Golfers would drop money into a container in exchange for bucket full of golf balls. $10 for a small bucket, $13 for a large. “It’s kind of a unique thing… no one even sits there. We have a drop box and hopefully they’ll put the money in. So that’s enough to pay someone to fix the balls and to mow,” Stone said. Stone has owned the property since 1968. However, it has only been a driving range since 1998. Initially, Stone had leased out the property, and it was in that time where it was converted into a driving range. It did have a pro shop and a place to eat, but it doesn’t anymore. Stone also says that he has had people expressing interest in purchasing the property for apartments. “They’re claiming that there were never any permits there to operate the driving range... I don’t know, that was 20 years ago, I feel like something should be there. They just gave me notice to close so I had to close,” Stone said. Stone had hoped the town would allow him to operate while he was in the process of getting the proper permits. “There’s a process you have to go through… It’d be winter time, it would kind of be useless and then once we do that, we’d lose all those people we lost and for the following season too,” Stone said. “It’s a shame, we get tons of people coming out there that want to use it and I have to turn them away,” he added. Stone currently has a sign outside the premise that reads: “After 20 years of operation, the city of Saratoga Springs has decided to close our golf driving range due to lack of proper permitting. If you would to see

Photos by Marissa Gonzalez.

this golf driving range stay open, call City Hall at 518-587-3550 and express your desire to see it stay open.” “I did whatever I could do to get it open but it just doesn’t look good,” Stone said. According to Vincent J. DeLeonardis, City Attorney for Saratoga Springs, via e-mail correspondence, “Mr. Stone has long been aware that the property is in violation of the city’s land use regulations and has, despite such awareness, failed to make any reasonable efforts toward bringing the property into compliance.” “Court proceedings were previously commenced some 15 years ago concerning the violations; and in 2004 the Court went so far as to find the company managed by Mr. Stone in contempt of court for failing to remove the unlawful uses at the property. In a subsequent proceeding brought against Mr. Stone in 2016, he acknowledged

the continued and ongoing violations at the aforesaid property and ultimately agreed to plead guilty to an incredible 79 violations of the City Code and Zoning Ordinance, to pay a fine and to discontinue certain uses, including the golf driving range, until such time as he obtains all required approvals.” DeLeonardis said. “Thus, it is curious why Mr. Stone posted the sign at the driving range seeking public input to keep it open when he knows full well that its closure is solely due to his failure to obtain the necessary permits and approvals from the land use boards,” DeLeonardis added. “That 79 came into play the second time around, this year, that’s when I got the stipulation from them and they had all these violations,” Stone maintains. Stone added, “If there were no permits, how could it be running for 20 years?”


Week of June 22 – June 28, 2018

Saratoga Casino Hotel’s “Hands For Hope” Charity Event

Amazon Plans to Build in Rensselaer County

Photo simulations of the sales distribution center. Photo provided.

Photo provided.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — On June 13 the Saratoga Casino Hotel’s community outreach team, “Hands For Hope,” provided a free meal to more than 300 guests at an outdoor picnic benefiting “Project Lift.” The event took place at the Columbia Pavilion inside Saratoga State Park and was the second time Saratoga Casino Hotel donated

the food for the picnic. Franklin Community Center’s “Project Lift” initiative is a free after-school program aimed at providing students from first grade through fifth grade, with positive role models and additional education. The goal of the program is to offer a positive developmental path for students in the Saratoga Springs school district.

Saratoga Casino Hotel created “Hands For Hope” in 2016 to encourage employees to get involved in local causes across the Capital Region. More than a dozen casino employees volunteered their time to assist with catering the event. Saratoga Casino Hotel donated all of the food and drinks that were provided at the picnic.

RENSSELAER COUNTY — On June 18 at a planning board meeting in Rensselaer County, it was announced that Amazon Inc. plans to build a 1 millionsquare-foot distribution facility in the town of Schodack. The distribution facility will be located on a 115-acre parcel

along Route 9 in Schodack, while the estimated project cost is $100 million. The announcement was made by a representative from Amazon along with Scannell Properties LLC. Scannell Properties LLC. will be the owner of the building and the lease will be with Amazon.

Drop Tattered and Torn Flags at O’Brien Insurance GLENS FALLS — O’Brien Insurance, located at 83 Bay Street in Glens Falls, gave away 90 flags freeof-charge in exchange for tattered, faded and torn ones at its second annual Flag Day event on June 14. The agency took in approximately 150 flags to be

retired ceremoniously by the American Legion. Flags to be retired can be dropped off at the O’Brien office year-round, as well. O’Brien’s inaugural Flag Day event last year gave away 125 flags, and marked O’Brien Insurance’s 60th year in business.

14 TOWN OF BALLSTON 923 State Route 50, $220,000. Wenjin Lin and Hui Bin Chen sold property to Huisheng Chen, Fang Lin, Yishou Zhang and Hui Ling Chen. 331 Moonlight Dr., $191,200. Betty Benuscak sold property to Thomas Benuscak. 35 Sycamore St., $324,980. Heritage Builders Group LLC sold property to Harvey Shumpert, III and Eunjung Chae Shumpert. 7 Knottingley Place, $379,900. Dawn Vitti sold property to Daniel and Linda Doyle. 4 Roseland Blvd., $290,000. Michael and Colleen Cambage sold property to Jefferson and Sharon Wood.

PROPERTY TRANSACTIONS 84 Lancaster Court, $287,659. JKM Builders LLC sold property to Eric and Aracely Connolly.

CLIFTON PARK 105 Balsam Way, $496,435. Heritage Builders Group LLC sold property to Dang Nguyen. 1902 Route 9, $750,000. Joseph and Dorothy Rucinski sold property to Synergy Park LLC. 40 Barkwood Lane, $210,000. Bonita Kowalski sold property to James Sagendorph. 13 Brittany Oaks, $380,000. Lei Zhu and Feiying Chen sold property to Kyeong Park and Kyung Jeong.

10 Southwood Dr., $253,000. Jill Sautin sold property to David Kassandra Andrade. 1742 Crescent Rd., $295,000. Karen Casper (Ind, as Trustee, and Agent) and Kayla Cassin sold property to Andrew and Kimberly Fielding. 2 Haystack Rd., $175,100. Saeed Akhtar and Nighat Saeed sold property to Hamid Abuzaid and Haifa Ismail. 103 Balsam Way, $475,760. Heritage Builders Group LLC sold property to Neidys and Juan Rivera III. 43 Robinwood Dr., $440,000. Warren Mannix and Peggy OShea sold property to Subramanan Krishnan and Lavanya Chandramouli. 10 Heartwood Court, $152,500. Matthew Devlin III sold property to Ryan Lockenvitz. 38 Balsam Way (Lot 80), $467,719. Heritage Builders Group LLC sold property to Matthew and Karys Arisohn. 5 Patroon Place, $300,000. Charles and Rosanne Greenwood sold property to Charles Thomas.

GREENFIELD 216 Locust Grove Rd., $156,000. Wilmington Savings Fund Society (as Trustee, by Atty) sold property to Robert Courtney. 358 Wilton Rd., $287,000. Ruth Hume (as Trustee) sold property to April Aldrich. 105 S. Greenfield Rd. $275,000. Richard and Eileen Lindemann sold property to Jonathan Romano.

Week of June 22 – June 28, 2018

343 Middle Grove Rd., $262,900. Signature Home Buyers/DBA sold property to Jonathan and Allison Hines.

32 Hillman Loop, $310,470. Farone Amedore LLC sold property to Ronald and Jeannine Cardinale.

442 Locust Grove Rd., $160,000. Paul Davis Jr., sold property to Avanti Farm LLC.

46 Yachtsmans Way, $627,511. Malta Land Company LLc sold property to Stephanie and John Dietz.

HALFMOON 21 Baldwin Court, $367,500. Alan and Lisa West sold property to Yang and Kyung Lee. 115 Monmouth Way, $128,000. George Hillje (by Exec) sold property to Sara Mantas.

21 Thimbleberry Rd., $157,940. Robert Karl sold property to Dominic Karl. 24 Vettura Court, $365,184. DeGraff Bloom Custom Builders Inc. sold property to Adarsh Sukumaran.

17 Cambridge Ave., $255,000. Fulton Lopez sold property to Patricia Wade.

47 Vettura Court, $85,000. Lecmor Residential LLC sold property to DeGraff Bloom Custom Builders Inc.

19 Fairview Lane, $509,900. Mark and Patricia Meyers sold property to Alfred Loka.

13 Century Dr., $355,000. David and Joanna Wells sold property to Shetal Turano.

9 Anna Lane, $297,415. Annas Place of Halfmoon LLC sold property to Scott Sharpley, Jr.

55 Stony Point Rd., $712,500. David Bohme (as Trustee and Agent) sold property to Nicole and William Lazor.

MALTA 30 Meadow Rue Place, $235,000. Zackery Swords sold property to Erik Fellows and Stevie Church. 150 Thimbleberry Rd., $205,000. Richard Checca sold property to Edward Molina and Samantha Arroyo Molina. 17 May Apple Way, $262,875. Michael and Mary Neuhaus sold property to James Ricciardone.

24 Wake Robin Rd., $169,900. Chad Albanesi sold property to Marilyn Clements.

MILTON 15 Oakwood Court, $465,000. Metro Builders Corporation sold property to Brian and Christine Delarm. 184 Finley Rd., $150,000. Raymond and Linda LaChance sold property to Jason Longton.

249 Thimbleberry Rd., $165,000. John Daub III sold property to Gina Gizzi.

38-40 Malta Ave., $211,400. Daniel Munn, Ronald Murphy, and Antonio Mariotti sold property to Nicholas and Meghan Leaf.

168 Thimbleberry Rd., $190,000. Richard Gulnara Murphy sold property to Dennis Ormond.

20 Middlebrook Ave., $146,000. Michael Mercado sold property to Justin Mechanick.

Week of June 22 – June 28, 2018 959 Macarthur Dr., $452,500. Amy and Joseph Saltarelli sold property to Michael and Bridget Patton. 617 Elk Circle, $194,000. Entrepreneurs Network LLC sold property to David Bogdan and Katelyn Benedetto. 65 Deer Run Dr., $184,800. Tristan Reimann sold property to Kenneth DeSautels. 5 Deer Run Dr., $180,000. Ryan Galentine (by Atty) sold property to James Taber. 822 Route 29, $230,000. Diane Amundson (AKA Diane Starace), Dana and David Day, Deborah Ryall sold property to Isaiah and Amy Madden. 352 Lexington St., $267,500. Peter Nicholas and Mary Moseman sold property to Christopher and Elizabeth Celeone. 928, 935 and 941 MacArthur Dr., $108,000. Tra Tom Development Inc. Cicero Home Builders, LLC. 22 East North St., $180,250. Kevin and Gary Kimball sold property to Nathan Patenaude and Katherine Tiedemann.

TOWN OF SARATOGA 94 Brown Rd., $175,000. Saratoga Development LLC sold property to 43 Brown Road LLC. 105 Trask Lane, $90,000. Point Four Associates sold property to Bonacio Construction. 49 Louden Rd., $170,000. Scott Stiassney sold property to Andrew Medick. 230 Hayes Rd., $126,000. Raymond Warner, Sr. (by Exec) sold property to Matthew Conroe. Route 9P, $30,300. Cirillo Family Limited Partnership sold property to Walter and Michelle Borisenok. 10 Burgoyne St., SRP 2014 18 LLC sold property to Steven McMullen. 240 Fitch Rd., $245,000. William Wilmot and Joan Taylor sold property to Matthew and Kristen Esler.


1 Ranger Rd., $175,000. Neil Hanafin sold property to Cynthia Teixeira. 277 County Route 68, $339,000. Kimberly Relyea sold property to Risa Winograd (as Trustee).

SARATOGA SPRINGS 25 Longwood Dr., $560,000. Lynn Bachner and Lawrence Toole sold property to Jay and Joseph Torani. 16 Tyler Dr., $624,000. Richard and Tracie Dennis sold property to Brent and Hayley Skinner. 186 Old Schuylerville Rd., $637,500. Daniel and Katherine Carberry sold property to Daniel and Nicole Usher. 395 Broadway, $9,000,000. MHD LLC sold property to Fingerpaint 359 LLC. 10 Chloes Way, $590,003. McKenzie Estates of Saratoga Springs LLC sold property to Andrew and Cheryl Wise. 21 Waterview Dr., $465,000. Ronald and Michelle Winnie sold property to Brian and Claire Groudine. 46 Union Ave., Unit 101, $870,000. Moore Hall LLC sold property to Marc and Robin Levine. 6 Wampum Dr., $290,000. Marcy and Kenneth Thompson, Jr. sold property to Esteban Vazquez.

12 Beach Court, $547,000. John Klopstock and Vivian Urdaneta sold property to William and Frances Hannan. 91 Crescent St., $300,000. Esteban Vazquez sold property to Senaido Vazquez. 172 Nelson Ave., $550,000. Anthony and Kelly Ferraro sold property to Griffin and Chase LLC. 1 Pamela Lane, $496,154. Blitman Saratoga LLC sold property to Douglas and Ruth Karrel.

WILTON 5 Waldron Lane, $216,200. Gary and Kim Warren sold property to Caitlin and Shane Lewis. 50 Cider Mill Way, $491,351. Smith Bridge LLC sold property to David and Lorraine Woodruff. 23 Foxhound Run, $880,000. Kenneth and Mary Hardy sold property to Michael and Helene Scarnici. 1 Canfield Court, $350,000. Thomas and Michele Reilly sold property to Nicholas and Sarah Rust. 151 Traver Rd., $155,000. Kathleen Ryan sold property to Kathleen Brown. 3 Preston Court, $335,000. Laurie and Peter Abele sold property to Julie Maguire. 132 Cobble Hill Dr., $565,000. Jesse and Kelly Boucher sold property to Jonathan and Debra Braiman.




Week of June 22 – June 28, 2018

Katelyn Ginley and the Sisters for Smiles Program by Lori Mahan Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Katelyn Ginley, a Saratoga Springs High School junior, has a set of different extra curriculars than most 17-year-old girls. Ginley has been singing for seniors longer than she can remember and is sometimes accompanied by her 14-year-old sister Jane, 12-year-old sister Ava, and 8-year-old sister Ryann. “Since my great-grandparents were in senior homes, I’ve been singing in senior homes and performing for them and I have continued that since my greatgrandmother’s death in 2014. I go almost every week to either the Home of the Good Shepherd or other nursing homes in the area,” Ginley explained. Ginley’s program, Sisters for Smiles, started at The Wesley Community, a nursing home in Saratoga Springs, migrating to the Home of the Good Shepherd when it opened near her home. While entertaining, Ginley plays her acoustic guitar and sings a wide range: everything from John

Denver to Johnny Cash to recent radio hits, depending on her audience. When Ginley plays at children events, she learns all of the Disney songs for them. “She plays a crazy amount of variety,” said Jennifer Ginley, Katelyn’s proud mom. “I also play for special needs children and at Double H Ranch. I also play shows, I played in Caffe Lena last summer, and I did the Victorian Street Walk,” Ginley elaborated. Though Ginley has taken guitar lessons since second

The Ginley Girls at the Victorian Streetwalk. Photos provided.

grade, singing has always come naturally to her. Now, however, she is taking singing lessons to perfect her talent. “I’ve always loved singing since I was a baby. I sing constantly, and I think it started from my love of princesses. I just would watch the movies,” Ginley explained. “From years of visiting grandparents, I have learned that you can never visit often enough or stay long enough. An unplanned visit from kids coupled with a song or two can

really brighten someone’s day,” Ginley said. Though it will be an extremely busy summer for Ginley, she will be looking at several colleges and managing her families’ parking lot by Kings Tavern for track season. She also works part-time at American Eagle Outfitters. Ginley plans to perform as much as she can. “I’m going to focus on the music whenever I can, as much as I can, hopefully every week,” she said. Ginley hopes to pursue a

THE 10TH ANNUAL READERS CELEBRATION WITH THERAPY DOGS AT LAKE AVENUE SCHOOL by Lori Mahan Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Lynn O’Rourke, the K-2 reading teacher at Lake Avenue School, has been integrating therapy dogs into her curriculum for over 10 years, ending each year with a celebration. “I actually started it earlier than 10 years ago when I worked at Caroline Street School and then when I went to Lake Ave, I brought it with me, so, it’s just been something that I’ve done every year to congratulate the kids on all of their reading efforts,” O’Rourke explained. When she first started, after an inquiry many years ago from a student’s parent who had a certified dog she wanted to bring to the classroom, O’Rourke only had the one therapy dog, so she only ran the program once a week. This last school year, at least four to six therapy dogs sat in with the second graders at least

four times a week. O’Rourke strives to run the program at the end of every day in her classroom. The reaction has always been extremely positive with the kids. At the end of the year, students are asked to recall their events from the past year and the majority of them always say that reading with the dogs is the best part of second grade. “Sometimes I’ll reach out to other grade levels because the upper grade level students miss it so much and the younger kids see it happening, so if the second graders can’t do it that day I usually try and tap into one of the other grades,” O’Rourke said. While O’Rourke and her husband do not have any dogs personally, due to traveling commitments, she loves running the program. “The kids always want to read with the dogs. They become attached, they see the dogs in the hallway. One of the dogs actually spent the last two weeks in the library so when the kids came to

biology or science-related field with a minor in music once she graduates from Saratoga Springs High in 2019. “I will definitely find time in college to continue my community service,” she said defiantly. “She’s looking for more gigs this summer,” her mom laughed. “If any of the readers are interested in having me play, I’d love to,” Ginley continued. To schedule a musical visit from Ginley, organizations may call 518-893-0686.

High School Graduation Ceremonies

SARATOGA SPRINGS: June 22 | 9 a.m. @SPAC BURNT HILLS-BALLSTON LAKE: June 22 | Noon @ SPAC SHENENDEHOWA: June 22 | 1:30 p.m. @ SPAC GALWAY: June 23 | 10 a.m. @ Galway School Auditorium MECHANICVILLE: June 23 |10 a.m. @Mechanicville School Auditorium

Photo provided.

the library, all k-5 students, got to read with the dogs,” she said. On Friday, June 15, O’Rourke brought in all of the therapy dogs for a big celebration, with sundaes provided by Stewart’s. Students were required to bring in a book and a towel, they were then broken up into nine groups, designated by bookmarks, and they spent several

minutes discussing each of their books. O’Rourke then gave a short speech about the program and then everyone dug into a sundae while playing with the dogs. O’Rourke’s program is always looking for new dogs and can be contacted at All dogs need to be certified through Therapy Dogs International (TDI).

SCHUYLERVILLE: June 23 | 10 a.m. @ Saratoga City Center SOUTH GLENS FALLS: June 23 | 10 a.m. @ Glens Falls Civic Center CORINTH: June 23 |10:30 a.m. @ Corinth School Gymnasium STILLWATER: June 23 | 3 p.m. @ Saratoga City Center


Week of June 22 – June 28, 2018

Saratoga Independent School Announces Summer Tour Dates SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Independent School has announced summer tour dates for prospective parents and students. SIS is currently accepting applications for all grades, PreK through Middle School. Tour dates, all starting at 10 a.m. are scheduled for: Tuesday, July 24 Thursday, August 2 Wednesday, August 8 Tuesday, August 14 Thursday, August 23 Or, prospective parents can contact SIS to schedule a personal tour at 518-583-0841. For additional information, please visit our website at

Schuylerville Central School Alumni Banquet SCHUYLERVILLE — Schuylerville Central School Alumni Banquet will be held on Saturday, Aug. 4 at the American Legion, Clancy St., Schuylerville from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Music by DJ Andy Jennings. $30 per person. Contact Pat Temple at 518-338-2329 or e-mail for tickets.

Sabrina Johnson, Saratoga Central Catholic Alumnae Makes Dean’s List SARATOGA SPRINGS — Sabrina Johnson, a 2017 graduate of Saratoga Central Catholic, has made Dean’s List at the College of Arts and Sciences at

the University of South Florida (USF). Dean’s List students must have a GPA of 3.90 or higher and must have completed 12 hours of graded USF coursework.

Ballston Spa Educators Awarded Grants from the Ballston Spa Education Foundation BALLSTON SPA — The Ballston Spa Education Foundation (BSEF) recently presented over $3,300 in Spring 2018 grant awards to educators in the Ballston Spa Central School District for educational enrichment projects throughout the district. The recent spring cycle included the following grants: $560 for Solar Binoculars at the Ballston Spa High School

Saratoga Springs Lions Club Awards Scholarships

(BSHS) for use in the Science Department, $2,504 for a Makers Space at Gordon Creek Elementary School and $270 for the Giving Garden at the Malta Avenue Elementary School. With these latest grant awards, the BSEF has, since its inception in 1996, funded over $363,000 in enrichment grants to the school district. The Ballston Spa Education Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization with an all-volunteer board made up of community members whose mission is to raise and distribute resources for educational enrichment opportunities outside the realm of the daily operational needs of the Ballston Spa Central School District. For more information, please contact the BSEF at P.O. Box 276, Ballston Spa, NY 12020, or visit the website at www.

Stewart’s Shops Awards 87 Students with Academic Scholarships

Lions Scholarship Committee with $5,000 winners, Anastasia Ivanova and James Flynn. Photos provided.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Springs Lions Club Scholarship Committee introduced and presented three scholarship winners and their guests at the June 7 luncheon for the 2017- 2018 academic year. Two $5000 scholarships for a four-year college program were presented to: Anastasia Ivanova, Saratoga Springs High School (SUNY Potsdam- Environmental Science) James Flynn, Saratoga Central

$1,000 LEO Winner, Lauren Duffy.

Catholic High School (University of Utah – pre-dentistry) Both winners introduced their families and shared their volunteer service/Lionism essay highlights with the club. The Leo Club Scholarship for $1000 (High School Lions Club) was awarded to: Lauren Duffy, four-year member of Leo Club and President for the 2017-18 year, shared her most memorable volunteer service with the Saratoga Stars, a Lions Club

Service Project. Lauren is planning on a pre-law program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The Saratoga Springs Lions Foundation offers up to 10 scholarships annually totaling $22,500: two $5000 for 4-year academic colleges/universities, two $2500 for 2-year academic college program and one $2500 for a vocational/technical program The HS Lions Club, Leos, five Leo Club Scholarships at $1000 each.

SARATOGA COUNTY — The Stewart’s Make Your Own (MYO) Scholarship Committee is celebrating 19 years of helping students with their college expenses. This year, the committee awarded $360,000 in scholarship funds to 87 collegebound students in the Stewart’s

17 family. The MYO Scholarship program provides scholarships for active employees’ immediate family members who attend an accredited educational institution. The students selected for scholarship funds this year will be studying a variety of programs including: nursing, entertainment management, education, psychology, studio art, and broadcast journalism. Philly Dake founded the MYO Scholarship in 1999 to help parents with the rising costs of college tuition. Since its inception, the scholarship program has provided over 1,000 scholarships totaling more than $4.7 million. Philly chose the Make Your Own phrase to emphasize that although the funds provide an opportunity, true learning only occurs when students apply themselves and discover the key to Make Your Own education. Stewart’s President Gary Dake commented, “We are proud to carry on Philly’s mission to support education. A solid education provides a foundation for lifelong success and we are honored to help so many families with the burden of rising college tuition costs.” There will be 16 MYO scholarship recipients graduating from college within the next year and the MYO Scholarship program will continue to help families with college tuition for many years to come.



Week of June 22 – June 28, 2018

PLACES OF WORSHIP Adirondack Christian Fellowship  

Charlton Freehold Presbyterian Church

Full Gospel Tabernacle

8 Mountain Ledge, Wilton Contact: 581-587-0623 | Services: Sunday 8 and 10 a.m.

768 Charlton Road, Charlton Contact: 518-399-4831 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m.

207 Redmond Road, Gansevoort Contact: 518-793-2739 Services: Sunday 10 a.m.

Adirondack Friends Meeting

Christ Community Reformed Church

Galway United Methodist Church

27 Saratoga Avenue, South Glens Falls Contact: 518-793-3755 | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m.

1010 Route 146, Clifton Park Contact: 518-371-7654 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m.

2056 East Street, Galway Contact: 518-882-6520 | Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. (9 a.m. in July and August)

Assembly of God Faith Chapel

Christ Episcopal Church*

Grace Fellowship Saratoga*

6 Burgoyne Street, Schuylerville Contact: 518-695-6069 Rev. Jason Proctor Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m.

15 West High Street, Ballston Spa Contact: 518-885-1031 Services: Sunday 8 and 10 a.m.

165 High Rock Avenue, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-691-0301 | Pastor Mike Adams Services: Sundays 9 and 11 a.m.

Assembly of God Saratoga

Saratoga Senior Center: 5 Williams Street, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-796-4323 | Pastor Pat Roach Services: Sunday 6:30 p.m.

118 Woodlawn Avenue, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-584-6081 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Bacon Hill Reformed Church* 560 Route 32N, Bacon Hill Contact: 518-695-3074 Rev. Janet Vincent Services: 10 a.m.; Sunday School: 10 a.m. Ballston Center Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church 58 Charlton Road, Ballston Spa Contact: 518-885-7312 | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Ballston Spa United Methodist Church 101 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa Contact: 518-885-6886 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Baha’i Community of Saratoga Springs Saratoga Springs Public Library, Glasby Room Contact: 518-692-7694 | 518-885-0876 1-800-22UNITE | Public Meetings: 1st Tuesdays 7 p.m. Barkersville Christian Church 7200 Barkersville Road, Middle Grove Contact: 518-882-6437 | Pastor Pat Atwell Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Vacation Bible School: Aug. 6 - 1, 6-8:30 p.m. Registration 5:30 p.m.

Christian Restoration Ministries

Christian Science Church 107 Circular Street, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-584-0221 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Community Alliance Church 257 Rowland Street, Ballston Spa Contact: 518-885-6524 Services: Morning Worship 10:30 a.m. Congregation Shaara Tfille* 84 Weibel Avenue, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-584-2370 | Services: Monday 7:30 a.m., Thursday 7:30 a.m., Saturday 10 a.m., 3rd Friday Shabbat 7:30p.m. Corinth Free Methodist Church   20 Hamilton Avenue, Corinth Contact: 518-654-9255 | 518-792-0271 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Corinth United Methodist Church 243 Main Street, Corinth Contact: 518-654-2521 | Services: Sunday 11 a.m. Cornerstone Community Church 100 Saratoga Village Boulevard, #8, Ballston Spa Contact: 518-664-5204 | Pastor Frank Galerie Services: Sunday 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Bethesda Episcopal Church*

Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Community

41 Washington Street, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-584-5980 | The Very Rev’d Marshall J. Vang Services: Sunday 8 a.m and 10 a.m.

2001 Route 9, Round Lake Contact: 518-877-8506 | Services: Saturday: 4 p.m. Sunday: 8 and 11 a.m.

Burnt Hills United Methodist Church*

349 Eastline Road, Ballston Lake Contact: 518-212-7845 | Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m.

816 Route 50, Burnt Hills Contact: 518-399-5144 | Pastor Holly Nye Services: Sunday 9 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday School: 10:30 a.m. Calvary Capital District 5 Williams Street, Saratoga Springs Contact: Pastor Andrew Holt Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Church of Christ at Clifton Park 7 Old Route 146, Clifton Park Contact: 518-371-6611 | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m.

Eastern Orthodox — Christ the Savior

First Baptist Church of Saratoga Springs 45 Washington Street, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-584-6301 | Services: Sunday Noon First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa 202 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa Contact: 518-885-8361 | Services: 10:30 a.m. (9 a.m. in July and August) Sunday School: 9 a.m. (all ages) First Presbyterian Church of Ballston Spa 22 West High Street, Ballston Spa Contact: 518-885-5583 Services: Sunday 10 a.m.

Greater Grace Community Church 100 Saratoga Village, Building 17, Ballston Spa Contact: 518-899-7777 | Pastor David Moore Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Greenfield Center Baptist Church 30 Wilton Road, Greenfield Center Contact: 518-893-7429 Services: 11 a.m. Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. (all ages) Highway Tabernacle Church 235 Hudson Avenue, Mechanicville Contact: 518-664-4442 Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m.; Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Hope Church 206 Greenfield Avenue, Ballston Spa Contact: 518-885-7442 Services: Sunday 10 a.m.; Sunday School: 9 a.m. Jonesville United Methodist 963 Main Street, Clifton Park Contact: 518-877-7332 Services: Sunday: 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday School: 10:30 a.m. Living Springs Free Methodist Church 59 Pine Road, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-584-1003 Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Living Waters Church of God 4330 State Route 50, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-587-0484 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Malta Presbyterian Church 118 Dunning Street, Malta Contact: 518-899-5992 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Malta Ridge United Methodist Church 729 Malta Avenue Extension, Malta Contact: 518-581-0210 Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Middle Grove United Methodist Church* 429 Middle Grove Road, Middle Grove Contact: 518-581-2973 Pastor Bonnie Bates Services: Sunday 9 a.m. Mt. Olivet Baptist Church 100 Cresent Street, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-584-9441 Rev. Dr. Victor L. Collier Services: 10 a.m.

Week of June 22 – June 28, 2018 RELIGION

PLACES OF WORSHIP Perry Road Baptist Church*

St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church*

Simpson United Methodist Church

150 Perry Road, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-587-0711 Pastor Thomas Van McClain Services: Sunday 10 a.m.

3159 Route 9N, Greenfield Center Contact: 518-893-7680 Services: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 10:30 a.m.

1089 Rock City Road, Rock City Falls Contact: 518-885-4794 Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m.

New Life Fellowship*

St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church*

51 Old Gick Road, ­­Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-580-1810 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m.

167 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa Contact: 518-885-7411 | Services: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 8:30, 10:30 a.m., and Noon

62 Henry Street, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-584-3122 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m.

St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church*

410 21st Century Park Drive, Clifton Park Contact: 518-371-2811 | Services: 9, 10:30 a.m. and Noon

Northway Church 770 Pierce Road, Clifton Park Contact: 518-899-1200 | Services: 9:30 and 11 a.m. Old Saratoga Reformed Church* 48 Pearl Street, Schuylerville Contact: Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Old Stone Church (American Baptist) 159 Stone Church Road, Ballston Spa Contact: 518-583-1002 Services: 10:30 a.m. Olde Liberty Baptist 600 Route 67, Malta Contact: Services: Sunday 10, 11 a.m., and 2 p.m.; Wednesday 7 p.m. Our Lady of Grace Roman Catholic Church* 73 Midline Road, Ballston Lake Contact: 518-399-5713 Services: Saturday 5:30 p.m.; Sunday 10:30 a.m. Porter Corners United Methodist Church* 512 Allen Road, Porter Corners Service: Sunday 8:45 a.m. Followed by Fellowship Arlene Schmidt, CLM Presbyterian-NE Congregational Church 24 Circular Street, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-584-6091 | Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m. Quaker Springs United Methodist Church* 466 Route 32, Schylerville Contact: 518-695-3101 | Pastor Ben Lalka Services: Sunday 9 a.m.

771 Route 29, Rock City Falls Contact: 518-885-4677 | Services: Sunday 8:30 a.m. St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church 149 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-584-0904 | Services: Saturday 5 p.m.; Sunday 8:30 and 11 a.m. St. Peter Lutheran Church 2776 Route 9, Malta Contact: 518-583-4153 Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church 1 Grove Street, Schuylerville Contact: 518-695-3918 Rev. Donna J. Arnold Services: Sunday 8 and 9 a.m. St. Therese Chapel (RC) 1 Wilton-Gansevoort Road, Gansevoort Contact: 518-792-2276 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. St. Thomas of Canterbury 242 Grooms Road, Halfmoon Contact: 518-348-0842 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Saratoga Abundant Life Church 2 Hutchins Road, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-885-5456 | Services: Sunday 8:20 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Saratoga Chabad 130 Circular Street, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-526-0773 |

Soul Saving Station for Every Nation Christ Crusaders of America

Starpoint Church

Stillwater Christian Fellowship Meeting at Liberty Ridge Farm: 29 Bevis Road, Schaghticoke Contact: 518-288-8802 Services: 10 a.m. Stillwater United Church (Presbyterian U.S.A.) 747 Hudson Avenue, Stillwater Contact: 518-664-7984 | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Temple Sinai* 509 Broadway, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-584-8730 | Shabbat Services: Friday 6 or 8 p.m. (rotating schedule); Saturday 10:30 a.m. Terra Nova Church* 45 Washington Street, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-833-0504 | Services: Sunday 9 a.m. The Salvation Army/ Worship, Service & Community Center 27 Woodlawn Avenue, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-584-1640 Services: Praise and Worship 11 a.m. Sunday School: 10 a.m. Trinity United Methodist Church 155 Ballard Road, Gansevoort Contact: 518-584-9107 | Rev. Keith Mann Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Saratoga Springs*

River of Hope Fellowship

Saratoga Friends Meeting (Quaker)

100 Saratoga Village Boulevard, Malta Commons, Suite 3 Contact: Services: Sunday 10 a.m.

571 Route 32, Quaker Springs Contact: 518-587-7477 | 518-399-5013 Services: Sunday 10 a.m.

Roman Catholic Church of St. Peter

Saratoga United Methodist Church*

241 Broadway, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-584-2375 Services: Saturday 5 p.m.; Sunday 7:30, 9 and 11 a.m.

175 Fifth Avenue, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-584-3720 | Services: Sunday 9 and 10:45 a.m.

21 King Avenue, Albany Contact: 518-453-3603 Services: Sunday 9 and 11 a.m. Sunday School: 11 a.m.

St. Clement’s Roman Catholic Church*

Saratoga Seventh-Day Adventist Church

West Charlton United Presbyterian Church

231 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-584-6122 Services: Weekdays 8 a.m.; Saturday 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.; Sunday 8, 10 a.m., and 5 p.m.; Spanish Mass 1 p.m.

399 Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-587-6951 | Services: Worship 11 a.m. Sabbath School: 10 a.m.

St. George’s Episcopal Church

Schuylerville United Methodist Church

1331 Sacandaga Road, West Charlton Contact: 518-882-9874 | Rev. Thomas Gregg Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Sunday School: 10:30 a.m.

912 Route 146, Clifton Park Contact: 518-371-6351 | Services: Saturday 4:30 p.m.; Sunday 7:30, 9, and 11:30 a.m.

51 Church Street, Schuylerville Contact: 518-695-3101 | Services: Sunday 11 a.m. Shenendehowa United Methodist 971 Route 146, Clifton Park Contact: 518-371-7964 Services: Sunday 9 and 10:45 a.m.

624 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-584-1555 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Unity Church in Albany

Wilton Baptist Church 755 Saratoga Road, Wilton Contact: 518-583-2736 | Services: Sunday 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

*Wheelchair Accessible




Week of June 22 – June 28, 2018


High Rock Park Wednesdays | 3 - 6 p.m. Saturdays | 9 - 1 p.m.

by Julia Howard, Market Administrator

for Saratoga TODAY Images provided.

As Saratoga-area children anticipate their last day of school, the first question on many parents’ minds is “what are we going to do all summer?” The Saratoga Farmers’ Market’s Power of Produce Club offers children and families a free and easy answer to that question. Power of Produce Club (also known as POP Club) is a 12-week program that begins next Wednesday, June 27, and runs through early September. It takes place each Wednesday, 3-6 p.m. at the farmers’ market, and gives both children and their parents a chance to learn about local foods and farming in a hands-on way. POP Club is open to children of all ages and abilities. Each time participants visit the Wednesday market, they will receive a $2 POP coin that can be used to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables from a farmer of their choice. The coins are geared towards children between the ages of 5 and 12. In addition, children will receive a stamp on a POP passport. After receiving four stamps, children will be eligible for a prize. The goal of the project is to help children see how food and farming are intrinsically connected to strengthening community ties. By buying produce from our vendors, children form what might turn into lifelong relationships with local farmers. At the same time, children gain basic money skills and participate in weekly activities that offer a sense of how to enjoy local produce when it is at its finest.

Power of Produce Club is made possible by support from The Christopher Dailey Foundation and the Rotary Club of Saratoga Springs. In addition, local activities are being organized by numerous community partners like The Children’s Museum of Saratoga, Cornell Cooperative Extension master gardeners and food and nutrition educators, and several of our local farmers. The first event takes place next Wednesday and will feature live music by the Zucchini Brothers, balloon twisting by Mr. Twisty, an activity on healthy snacking, and

more free activities. At POP Club, children will have an opportunity to make a fruit and yogurt cone, using local ingredients. To join us, look for the green POP Club tent at the Wednesday market, across from the market information booth. The Saratoga Farmers’ Market is 3-6 p.m. Wednesdays and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays at High Rock Park. Find us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and check us out on the FreshFoodNY app. E-mail for volunteer opportunities.



Week of June 22 – June 28, 2018

The World is Your Oyster

by John Reardon for Saratoga TODAY

Hello my Foodie Friends.

Our American English language has many common expressions we use to express ideas. For example, when we say something is like “a drop in the ocean,” we mean it is a very small amount compared to what is needed. You may also hear the expression “drop in the bucket.” But a drop in the ocean is much more dramatic. If someone is “slippery as an eel,” they are tricky and difficult to catch. We often use this expression as a warning to others. If something is a “whale of a … thing,” it is a very good thing. If you performed very well at work, your boss could say you did “a whale of a job.” Some people consider oysters a delicacy – a rare food that you only eat once in a while. Oysters are great for another reason. They make pearls! So, oysters are rare indeed. And that brings us to our next expression. When we say “The world is your oyster!” we mean that you are able to make the most out of life. You take every chance given to you and put it to good use.

Language experts say this is one of the many expressions created by the English writer William Shakespeare. He used it in his play The Merry Wives of Windsor. However, some people use this expression a little differently. It can also mean that you have every chance or opportunity you could possibly want. You have money, skills, ability and freedom to do exactly what you want. Oysters are a delicious sea food to eat this time of year. Raw oysters are great—but do you know what’s not great? Trying to shuck them at home? For most people, shucking them isn’t the easiest thing to do. We have just the tool to help you with shucking oysters. The Zyliss Oyster Tool helps you shuck oysters quickly while keeping hands safe. The specialty designed stainless steel blade opens oysters safely and easily while preserving oyster liquor and features a non-slip handle with protective guard. The silicone oyster pocket and nonslip feet provides leverage while keeping hands safe during use. No need for a bulky glove! Also features a built-in knife holder for safe easy storage. Focusing on functionality, durability, design, cleanliness and safety, Zyliss has relied upon a heritage of excellence that began in Switzerland over 60 years ago. Building on this timeheld tradition, the company has advanced to produce and distribute kitchen equipment that is world-renowned. Zyliss has pioneered the design of more than 200 kitchen essentials, with

quality and engineering that cannot be duplicated. Did you know that oysters are delicious mollusks that provide the human body with a number of unique nutrients and minerals, which result in great health benefits? These include the ability of oysters to aid in weight loss, boost metabolic activity, increase tissue repair and growth, lower cholesterol levels, reduce blood pressure, improve immune functions, aid in wound healing, and promote healthy growth. Furthermore, they are a powerful aphrodisiac, can improve blood circulation, and also increase bone strength to reduce osteoporosis. If you’ve never prepared oysters yourself, it can be intimidating. But it can also be easy and a great experience. Give oysters a try and be sure to remember the following: • Buy oysters from reliable vendors (whether grocer or fishmonger) and be sure to look for the shipper’s tag. That way you’ll know the oysters came from an area that is approved for growing and harvesting oysters. • Check through your oysters when you get home. Always throw away any oysters that don’t seem right, have broken shells, or that are partially or fully opened. You can try to tap the open oysters to see if they close up. If they do, they should be OK. If not, toss them. • Prepare fresh, live oysters for eating. Consider serving them the day you buy them.

OYSTERS ON THE HALF SHELL WITH ROSÉ MIGNONETTE INGREDIENTS • ½ cup sparkling rosé • 2 shallots, minced • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper

• 2 dozen oysters, shucked • Shaved ice, for serving

INSTRUCTIONS 1. In a bowl, combine the rosé, shallots, vinegar and pepper. 2. Arrange the oysters on a bed of ice and serve with the mignonette. • Keep your oysters very cold before prepping them. Don’t store them in a plastic bag in the fridge, but put them in a bowl covered with a wet towel. Stop by Compliments to the Chef located at 33 Railroad place to purchase the Zyliss Oyster Tool. It will make your life a bit easier. Have fun shucking with family and friends. The world is your oyster. All the options are available to you…

Make Ahead: The mignonette can be refrigerated for up to 6 hours. Serve chilled.

the world is yours for the taking, whatever you make of it. Getting the pearl requires the oyster to be opened. But despite the hardness of the oyster shell, they can be opened with ease. Enjoy life. Remember my Foodie Friends; “Life Happens in the Kitchen.” Happy shucking.

Take Care, John & Paula

Coming Soon: Exciting Knife Skills and Indoor/Outdoor Electric Grill Demo with Chef Rocco Verrigni: Saturday June 30 1 – 3 p.m. at Compliments to the Chef

ch n u L FRIDAY

Office for the Aging Lunch Program

Served at the Saratoga Senior Center MONDAY









• Turkey Salad on Wheat • Pasta Salad • Tomato & Cucumber Salad • Fruit Cocktail

• Pork Loin with Fiesta Sauce • Red Bliss Potatoes • Mixed Vegetables • Pears

• Honey Baked Chicken • Brown Rice

• Breaded Fish with Tartar Sauce • Macaroni & Cheese • Stewed Tomatoes • Yogurt

• Meatloaf with Gravy • Mashed Potatoes • Spinach • Orange Whip

• Broccoli • Dinner Roll • Peaches

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



Traveling BBQ Saratoga County Office for the Aging sponsors the Senior Nutrition Program in Saratoga county. Part of our program is congregate dining – where persons age 60 and over can participate in a meal that is served at Noon at several meal sites throughout Saratoga County. The next upcoming meal is on June 28 at Greenfield Community Center, 25 Wilton Rd., Greenfield 518-8937644, ext. 312. Reservations are required at least one day in advance by noon. A registration form must be completed by each participant annually. No food/drink items can be taken to go. Participants will receive a monthly contribution letter; the suggested donation is $2 per meal. All are welcome. For more information call Emma at the Office of the Aging, 518-884-4996. Bus Trip to Cradle of Aviation Museum The Empire State Aerosciences Museum announces a Bus Trip to the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City, New York on Saturday, June 30. Join other aviation enthusiasts exploring over 75 air and space craft, a dozen cockpits and 30 handson exhibits in over 8 galleries. Experience a full dome theater with live astronomy programs. The latest exhibit features the legendary Pan Am “B-314 Flying Boats,” seaplanes which pioneered trans-oceanic flying. Incredible low cost includes bus transportation, museum admission, guided tour and Planetarium/Dome Theater show. Bus leaves Empire State Aerosciences Museum at 7 a.m. and arrives back home at 7 p.m. Sign up now before the bus fills up. For more information call 518-377-2191, ext. 10. 24th Annual Secret Garden Tour Ten private gardens, ranging from compact city lots to sprawling rural properties in Saratoga County, are featured on the Soroptimist Secret Gardens Tour set for 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 8. Advance tickets at $20 may be reserved online or

ordered by mail with forms available at or purchased at several locations: the Saratoga Heritage Area Visitor Center at 297 Broadway, Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga Springs, all four Cudney’s Dry Cleaners retail locations, Faddegon’s Nursery in Latham, and Green Conscience Home at 33 Church St., Saratoga Springs. Details about the gardens, their owners and the locations are in the program that serves as the admission ticket. If still available, tickets may be purchased for $25 on the day of the tour at the Visitor Center beginning at 10:30 a.m. July 8. For more information email or call 518-581-1201 ext. 4184. Learn more at One-Day Bus Trip – Open to the Public Burlington and Von Trapp House: Thursday July 12, $45/Members, $70/Non-Members Spend the morning touring Burlington on your own and stopping to enjoy lunch. Then meet back up with the group for an exciting tour of the Von Trapp house, including a guided history, documentary viewing, and a Q&A with a Von Trapp family member. There will also be an option to do a brewery tour and tasting after the actual house tour. We will be leaving Burlington around 6:15 p.m. and arriving home around 9:30 p.m. For more information or to sign up, contact the Saratoga Senior Center at 518-584-1621. Havurah Vatik On July 17 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Congregation Shaara Tfille in Saratoga Springs, seniors 55 plus are welcome to attend “How Do You Know When It’s Saturday?” Join us for recollections, experiences, classroom adventures and more, with poet and artist Joyce Horodner Rubin. From growing up in the Bronx to retirement life in Saratoga Springs, Joyce has a multitude of stories in the form of poetry, prose, and pastels from her recently published debut collection. She will share her love of education and her fifty years as student and educator. We’ll appreciate experiences of a “Latchkey Kid,” and we’ll learn “A Nursery Rhyme for Adults.” Audience members, she wants to hear your recollections too.

A catered lunch follows the program RSVP by July 11 by calling Temple Sinai Havurah Vatik reservation line at 518-5848730, ext. 4. Bring along a friend to enjoy this program. Collect “friend” points to earn rewards for contributing to the growth and strength of Havurah Vatik. Bus Trip to The Beeches Old Saratoga Seniors is hosting a bus trip to The Beeches, Rome, NY on Wednesday, July 18. Pick up at Saratoga Train Station at 8 a.m. or American Legion, Schuylerville at 8:15 a.m. Buffet Luncheon followed by a show featuring Johnny Cash. Johnny Cash is portrayed by the spot-on Brian Chicoine who will amaze as he sings, plays and tells the story of Johnny Cash’s life. Return by 6:30 p.m. Cost is $55 per person. Money due by July 5. Call Pat Temple, 518-338-2329 and mail a check to Old Saratoga Seniors, PO Box 60, Schuylerville, NY 12871. Trip to Lancaster, PA Sponsored by Malta Seniors, Inc. Tuesday, August 7 to Wednesday, August 8. Day 1: Lunch and shopping at the Kitchen Kettle. American Music Theater “Songs of the Silver Screen.” Dinner at Millers Smorgasbord. Staying at Best Western in Intercourse, PA. Day 2: Amish Farmlands guided tour and shopping. Sight and Sound Theater “Jesus.” Lunch at Hometown Kitchen. Visit for more information. Health, Horses, and Making History Gala The gala, hosted by Second Chance Sports and the Learning League - a non-profit (501.c.3) organization presided by William Yaiser, with over 30 years of proven therapies for individuals suffering from PTSD, spinal injuries and other health concerns through proven sports therapies (www.secondchancesports. org), will support our veterans, active military, track folks that need our assistance and select non-profits that need help. The event will be held at the National Museum of Dance, located at 99 South Broadway in Saratoga Springs from 6 – 10 p.m. Many top professional musicians will provide memorable, live entertainment. A “tasting” from several of the area’s best restaurants and caterers will also

Week of June 22 – June 28, 2018 enhance the evening’s festivities along with dancing, live and silent auctions, raffles and possibly a rescue adoption event for the Mohawk-Hudson animal shelter will help to round out the activities. Several of the nation’s premier stable owners, Hallof-Fame trainers, jockeys, and racehorse industry professionals are slated to lend their assistance for these causes in conjunction with many business owners and veterans and civic organizations in the region. Tickets are $125 per person. For further details or to help to sponsor, advertise or support, please call 518-226-9731 or email: Saratoga High School Class of 1963 Announces 55th Class Reunion Mixers The class of 1963 from Saratoga High School will hold three informal mixers September 2830. Gatherings are scheduled for Friday, September 28 at the Parting Glass Pub, 40 Lake Ave, Saratoga at 5 p.m., and Saturday, September 29, at Peabody’s Sports Bar, 39 Phila St., Saratoga at 5 p.m. A final get together breakfast is scheduled for Sunday, September 30, at 10 a.m. at Hattie’s Chicken Shack, 45 Phila St. If you are planning to attend or would like further information, contact JoAnn (Engle) Hughes at m52m61@ or call 518-526-0063. Aging Elderly Nutrition Program The Saratoga County Office for the Aging Elderly Nutrition Program will be distributing the coupons to those who qualify. Age 60 and over, income eligibility is $1872/ month for one person household and $2538/month for two-person household. Coupons can be picked up at the Office for the Aging at 152 West High Street, Room 201 in Ballston Spa between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Coupons will also be available at the Office for the Aging Informational events throughout the county. Please call the office for details 518-884-4996. Farmers Market Returns to Mechanicville Library The Mechanicville District Public Library, located at 190 N. Main St., has once again partnered with local farmers, makers, and organizations to provide an alternative place

for neighboring residents to shop for healthy foods and handmade goods and support the local economy. The Market will be open Mondays, June 4 - September 24 from 4-7 p.m., rain or shine. Volunteer at Yaddo The Yaddo Garden Association is recruiting people to help restore and preserve the Yaddo Gardens or serve as garden docent sharing Yaddo‘s history. The Yaddo Garden Association is a Volunteer group formed in 1991 dedicated to restoration and preservation of Yaddo Gardens and it’s history. Garden work is done Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. till noon, May through October. Docent led garden tours are held Saturdays and Sundays mid-June through Labor Day and Tuesdays during the thoroughbred racing season. Yaddo Gardens located on Route 9P, Union Ave., Saratoga Springs. No experience required, all tools in instructions are provided. Contact, 518–584– 0746, or Facebook. Vendors Wanted Ballston Area Senior Citizens are gearing up for their annual Bazaar on October 20 at Milton Community Center, 310 Northline Rd. Ballston Spa. To receive an Exhibit Contract and Town of Milton agreement, and pay to reserve your space please contact Sue Heimburg with your name and mailing address. Email: or call or text Sue at 518-885-8037. Volunteers Needed The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Saratoga County is currently looking for volunteers to assist The Saratoga County Office for the Aging Senior Nutrition Program. The program offers a noon time meal at local meal sites throughout Saratoga County. There is a need currently in Saratoga Springs, Clifton Park and Waterford. This opportunity would be to greet seniors, to assist the meal site manager with serving food and clean up. The program takes place Monday – Friday, between 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Day/time can be flexible to meet your schedule availability. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please call the RSVP Program at 518-884-4110.

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Week of June 22 – June 28, 2018

SATURDAY, JUNE 23 Sunflower Saturdays at Pitney Meadows

Family Friendly Event

FRIDAY, JUNE 22 History, Legends, Lore and More Guided Walking Tour Saratoga Heritage Area Visitor Center, 297 Broadway, Saratoga Springs 10:30 a.m. – Noon This 90-minute historical walking tour celebrates Saratoga’s Victorian era and the classic Victorian stroll. Join us as we stroll through Congress Park, take the waters and hear the stories of our most colorful characters, beloved monuments and treasured artwork. This tour is a familyfriendly and educational event with something for first-time visitors and Saratoga natives alike. The cost is $8 per person, and children under 12 are free. Reservations are not required. For more information, contact the Saratoga Heritage Area Visitor Center at 518-587-3241. Rain or shine.

5th Annual Saratoga Balloon and BBQ Festival Saratoga County Fairgrounds, 162 Prospect Street, Ballston Spa, 3 – 9 p.m. This family-friendly event celebrates the best of the Capital Region with food, live entertainment, shopping, kid’s activities, and balloons. Highlights include: 30 hot air balloons with four liftoffs and one of the best balloon glows in the U.S., 75 marketplace exhibitors, five BBQ chefs, live entertainment and music, a beer and wine garden, activities in the Stewarts Kids Zone including face painting, a walkabout balloon, pony rides, a petting zoo, and a magic show. Saturday and Sunday balloon launch is 5:30 – 7 a.m. Marketplace is open 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Adults $10; Child ages 3 - 15 $5, under 2 free. For more information and a full festival schedule visit

Pitney Meadows, 223 West Avenue, Saratoga Springs 9:30 a.m. On Saturday mornings through August 4, Pitney Meadows Community Gardens will host an old-fashioned story time for children, followed by a handson, garden-related activity. The program begins at 9:30 a.m. with Faye Mihuta reading picture books on garden topics. Jess Clauser will then lead a garden activity at 10 a.m. Free admission.

Summer Tours Yaddo Gardens, 312 Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs, 11 a.m. Garden Tours include sharing the history of the Trask family, the mansion and history of the Yaddo Gardens. Docent led Summer Drop-in Tours will be each Saturday and Sunday until September 2. Meet at the entrance to the garden, $10 per person, tours last about one hour. For more in-formation, contact Yaddo at 518-584-0746 or

A Visit with General and Mrs. Grant Grant’s Cottage, 1000 Mt. McGregor Road, Gansevoort, 1 p.m. Reenactors Steve Trimm and Melissa Trombley-Prosch will interpret the life of this special couple through anecdotes and stories in the setting of one of their last visits to Saratoga Springs in 1882. For more information visit,

School’s Out for Summer Bash The Children’s Museum, 69 Caroline Street, Saratoga Springs Noon – 3 p.m. Free with admission. You’re invited to an all things summer party to celebrate the end of a successful school year. Come launch paper airplanes, build catapults, and paint with your feet. For more information visit

Bicentennial Golf Day McGregor Links, 359 Northern Pines Road, Wilton To celebrate Wilton’s Bicentennial,


CALENDAR McGregor Links Country Club is offering a one-day golfing event. For only $18.18 all Wilton residents are welcome to enjoy a round of golf, cart included. We encourage you to call the pro shop early to register a tee time. 518-584-6270. Proof of Wilton residency required for all golfers.

SUNDAY, JUNE 24 Kathryn H. Starbuck Legacy Luncheon Saratoga Casino Hotel, 342 Jefferson Street, Saratoga Springs, Noon – 2 p.m. Rabbi Linda Motzkin will be the featured speaker at this year’s luncheon, hosted by the Saratoga Springs Democratic Committee. Speaking about “Parchment and Purpose: Overcoming Resistance,” Rabbi Motzkin will describe her journey to win entrée into a realm that tradition still reserves for men. Starbuck luncheons honor the spirit of a pioneering activist for women’s rights, labor, education and the arts, by spotlighting people and groups who make Saratoga Springs such a vibrant, progressive place today. Also featuring a silent auction. Tickets $55. To register, call 518221-1006 or email holly.lawton@

MONDAY, JUNE 25 Charity Golf Tournament Ballston Spa Country Club, 1366 Amsterdam Road, Ballston Spa, 1 p.m. Tee up to benefit Nick’s Fight to be Healed Foundation. Join us for the ID Life Charity Golf Tournament. Many different challenges and prizes to win. The cost is $400 per foursome, or $30 per person for dinner only. visit www.fighttobehealed. org for more information or register for the tournament at

Museum Day at the Library Saratoga Springs Public Library, The Children’s Room, 3 – 6 p.m. Upstate and Capital Region museums will visit the Library and provide our patrons with a

glimpse of what they do in each of their communities. There will be interactive and hands-on craft activities for children and information provided by each museum regarding their focus, theme, and events. No registration required. For more events at the library, visit

Guest Artist Clifton Park Senior Community Center, 6 Clifton Common Court, Clifton Park, 6:30 p.m. SSAS member, Ritvik Sharma of Altamont will be the guest artist. He will be doing a demonstration of an Albany street scene with buildings, cars and figures using a loose impressionist style. Ritvik has exhibited in several solo and group shows throughout the Capital Region and won awards in both the Bethlehem Art Society and the Stockade Art Festival. To see his work visit: ritvikwatercolor. com This demonstration is open to the publlic. For more information, visit www.

TUESDAY, JUNE 26 Blood Drive Shenendehowa United Methodist Church, 971 Route 146, Clifton Park 1 - 6 p.m. The Nick’s Fight to be Healed Foundation will be holding a blood drive with homemade goodies at the finish. Every donor is appreciated and saves lives. The Nick’s Fight to be Healed Foundation supports pediatric cancer patients, including blood cancer patients. Your donations are critical for these children. Please sign up at (use sponsor code NICKSFIGHT) or call 1-800-RED CROSS for your appointment.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27 Polish Dinner Saratoga-Wilton Elks, 1 Elks Lane, Route 9, Saratoga Springs 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Soup, Kielbasa, sauerkraut, stuffed cabbage, Pierogi, potato pancakes, applesauce, rolls and butter, dessert, coffee and tea. Donation

Requested: $12 adults, $11. Seniors (62 years) and Military (active or retired) with ID Card, $8 Children 5-12. Children under 5 free, $12 All Take-outs. Cash bar available. Call 518-5842585 for more information.

Acoustic Blues Open Mic and Jam Café Lena, 33 Phila Street, Saratoga Springs, Sign up 7 p.m. Opening Set begins at 7:30 p.m. Acoustic Jam to follow. All levels of playing are welcome. Hosted by: NYS Blues Hall of Fame inductee Sonny Speed for SABS. Featured Artists: Dave Scheffel and Ray Giguere – Fellow SABSters who can always play some good Country Blues. Come on down to listen and play the Blues. Admission is $5. This is a monthly event on the 4th Wednesday of the month. One of Saratoga’s best musical values. For other events visit the website at or call 518-587-6433

THURSDAY, JUNE 28 Ballston Spa Concerts in the Park Wiswall Park, 39 Front Street, Ballston Spa 6 – 8 p.m. This is a great family-friendly event. Bring your blanket and chairs to the park for a great evening of live music in the village! This week’s feature concert is Emily Teller, Acoustic Rock singer/songwriter.

Full Moon Hike Moreau Lake State Park, 605 Old Saratoga Road, Gansevoort, 7:30 – 9 p.m. Our Park Naturalist will be leading this month’s Full Moon Hike. While walking around the lake, we will point out flora and fauna as the sun is setting and the moon is rising. Call for reservations with 24-hour advanced notice, 518-793-0511. Program fees apply.

Upcoming Meetings Saturday, June 23 American Legion Adirondack Post 70 34 West Avenue, Saratoga Springs 10 a.m. | Monthly meeting

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Gala Season:

Upcoming Galas


WHEN: July 19 at 6:30 p.m. WHERE: Siro’s Restaurant, Saratoga Springs WHY: Benefit the Center for Disability Services alongside past Siro’s Cup award winners, the 2018 honoree, notables from the horse racing industry and racing fans. ATTIRE: Summer Semi-Formal TICKET COST: $125 per person, $1100 for a group of ten, $150 at the door TO PURCHASE TICKETS: Visit or call 518-944-2125 for information.


WHEN: Friday, July 20 at 6 p.m. WHERE: Saratoga National Golf Club WHY: Celebrate the progress and mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in the grand ballroom and ballroom balcony with panoramic views of the golf course and Owl Pond. Enjoy music and dancing to the band Gravity, dinner by Mazzone Hospitality, and an open bar with specialty drinks. Experience a silent and live auction. ATTIRE: Summer Semi-Formal TICKET COST: $190 TO PURCHASE TICKETS: Visit


WHEN: Saturday, July 21 at 5:30 p.m. WHERE: Saratoga Performing Arts Center WHY: This year’s event is a special New York City Ballet performance featuring the SPAC premiere of a new work directed by Tony Award-winning choreographer and director Warren Carlyle, which will celebrate the Broadway choreography of Jerome Robbins. ATTIRE: Summer Semi-Formal TICKET COST: $55 - $285 TO PURCHASE TICKETS: Visit


WHEN: Saturday, July 21 at 6 p.m. WHERE: Saratoga National Golf Club WHY: Support Saratoga Bridges, an organization that has provided the highest level of quality and professional care to people with developmental disabilities and their families for over 55 years. Enjoy a night featuring a Live Auction, delicious food from Mazzone Catering, and complimentary cocktails. Experience artwork from our talented Creative Endeavors Artists, festive décor, entertainment from Gravity, a cigar roller from James and Sons Tobacconists, and an evening closer of fireworks. ATTIRE: Summer Semi-Formal TICKET COST: $175, $125 (under 35) Price increases by $25 after June 30. TO PURCHASE TICKETS: Visit or call Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.: 518-587-0723, ext. 1242

Saratoga Automobile Museum Summer Fundraising Gala Saturday

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Automobile Museum hosts its annual summer gala, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, June 23. The Gala will be held inside the Museum, located within Saratoga Spa State Park and 1950's themed cocktail attire welcomed and encouraged! Buy tickets now. Honorary tickets are $250; regular tickets are $125 per person or $225 a couple; junior tickets (35 and under) are $100. Tickets can be purchased by contacting the Museum at 518-587-1935 or by e-mail info@

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Exclusive: Talking with Violinist and YouTube Superstar Lindsey Stirling by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY The rain falls in Los Angeles, on average, once every 10 days. And despite this being one of those days, Lindsey Stirling is undaunted. The musician, composer, dancer, performer, author, and YouTube Superstar is in the City of Angels in preparation of a twomonth-long trek across America which kicks off July 6 in Kansas City, Missouri and lands at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center on July 28. Also appearing are co-headliners Evanescence. This will be no ordinary tour.

Exhibiting a variety of talents, Stirling recently lent her likeness to a new comic book series called “Sparrow,” has competed on the TV shows “America’s Got Talent” and “Dancing with the Stars,” and counts more than 10 million subscribers on YouTube. This summer’s journey has her sharing equal billing with her musical heroes. “It’s really big for me: getting to go on tour with them and every night sharing the stage. It might sound like a cop-out, but Amy Lee and Evanescence were huge heroes of mine growing up. I had a poster of them on my wall. I remember sitting in my parents’ car the first time I heard ‘My Immortal.’

“We’re trying to create something that’s brand new, and the only time people will be able to experience it is during the show.” “We’re trying to create something that’s brand new, and the only time people will be able to experience it is during the show,” Stirling says. She plans on delivering everything her fans are accustomed to seeing her provide - dancing and singing and the playing of music, often simultaneously – as well as injecting some moments of spontaneity that involve Evanescence. “You have two very unique artists who have very different shows but are very similar as well. That’s why I think it’s a perfect pairing. At points during the show there will also be some collaboration. There’s going to be a lot of creativity and It’s going to be really cool.” Stirling’s self-titled debut album was released in 2012 and followed by “Shatter Me” two years later. “Brace Enough,” her third album, was issued in 2016 – a year which also saw the publication of her memoir “The Only Pirate at the Party.” An album of Christmas songs was released late last year.

I remember being so touched by her voice, and how they combined an edgy sound with this beautiful soaring melody. As a young teenager I really think that was a huge inspiration to me and kind of the reason I wanted to make my own music,” Stirling says. “When I started writing my own music, I took a page out of their book. I was doing dubstep and I thought: OK, how can I make this really edgy electronic music meld with my classical background? And so, a huge inspiration to me was Evanescence,” says the classically trained violinist, who grew up in Arizona. “I had played classical my whole life – I played since I was six – and everything I played pretty much was on a white piece of paper with black notes. I was taught how to play it and how to articulate it. It was the same music that had been played for hundreds of years on an instrument that was hundreds of years old, and I was playing it the way it had been played for hundreds of years. I just

got burned out,” Stirling explains. “I thrive on creativity and so I think I had just gotten bored. So that’s why I strayed from classical. I thought to myself: I’m not going to quit, I just need to re-find my passion, play the kind of music that excites me, the kind of music that I love. That’s why I started playing in rock bands and adding classical elements - not taking away from classical, but just adding my own vision to dubstep and pop and rock. It made it come alive for me.” Making a leap from the classical world was not without judgmental repercussions. “There are haters out there, for sure, and they’re very loud sometimes, but there are way more people that are appreciative, loving and kind to me and my art,” she says. “With the negative comments, I have to remind myself why I’m doing this. I like to tell stories, I like to make videos, I like to perform. I’m not going to be the best classical violinist in the world. I’m a violinist who gets to do what they love, share it with a lot of people and make them smile. I’m much happier doing that.” Stirling’s memoir, which was published in 2016, has been largely hailed as an inspirational journey demonstrating her persistence, her humor, and as an inspirational tale, openly taking about her own struggles with anorexia - a life-threatening disorder due to the effects of weight loss and starvation on the body and brain. “It wasn’t an easy struggle,” Stirling says. “I’ve been in recovery now for several years and it’s something that I know – the same way that anyone who has had an addiction knows – there’s always that tinge in the back of your mind. Most of the time I’m unaware of it. Occasionally it will come forward and remind me it’s there and would like to come forward

Lindsey Stirling performs at SPAC July 28. Photo provided.

again, and I’m like: ‘No. You’re not allowed to be a part of my life.’ I have the tools necessary now and I know how to use them to say: No. Just go away. I’m very happy where I’ve gotten to now, and I’m doing really well in that area.” She says she shares her story with people to help provide a message that as difficult as things may appear in the moment of struggle, recovery is possible. Not surprisingly, Stirling says getting involved in the field

of motivational speaking and creating “a brand of positivity” is one of her future goals. “I will write a Broadway musical at some point. And I’m also going to have a Vegas show,” Stirling says. “As for right now, I’m really trying to get into motivational speaking. I feel like that’s my next calling in life. I want to go out and share my message in a very upfront way and through that I want to raise dollars for charity. Those are my big 10-year plans.”

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2018 Adirondack

David Cassidy Band to Perform

Wine & Food Festival

Tribute Concert Aug. 14

Set for June 23-24 LAKE GEORGE - The 2018 Adirondack Wine & Food Festival will be held Saturday, June 23, and Sunday, June 24, at Charles R. Wood Festival Commons, in the village of Lake George. The fourth-annual, familyfriendly wine and food tasting event will feature more than 85 of the finest New York state wine producers, craft beverage makers, artisan food vendors, food trucks and more. More than 6,000 people are expected to travel to Lake George for the festival, which last year had more than a $1 million economic impact on the greater Lake George region. This year’s festival will feature 25 wineries, 12 distilleries, five breweries, seven cideries, a meadery, 10 food trucks, 30 artisan food vendors and eight specialty vendors. With a tasting ticket, visitors are given a souvenir wine glass, which they can use to sample wines, beers, spirits, ciders, and other unique food products. Guests can also utilize a convenient Drop-Off / Pick-Up Tent, where they can store their purchases until they are ready to leave.

One-Day Standard Tasting Ticket: $35 Gate Price. Designated driver and underage tickets are $15 and include food sampling, a bottle of water and a souvenir wine glass upon the guest’s exit. Admission for children under age 15 is free. There will be a children’s activity tent sponsored by The Fun Spot on site, as well as the Lake George Skateboard Park and a playground located just outside the festival gates. A portion of all ticket proceeds this year will be donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Southern Adirondacks (BBBS). Volunteers from BBBS will also raise money at the festival from the sales of “Drink Local, Eat Local, Think Local” souvenir festival T-shirts and water donated by Lake George Premium Brand. The event takes place 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 23 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 24, at Charles R. Wood Festival Commons, 17 West Brook Road, Lake George. For more information please visit the website at

David Cassidy, at right, and longtime friend Dr. Jerry Bilinski. Photo provided.

by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — David Cassidy, who evolved from a 1970’s teen heartthrob to a powerhouse international entertainer, will be remembered at a special David Cassidy Tribute Concert at 8 p.m. on Tuesday,

Aug. 14 at the Horseshoe Inn, located at 9 Gridley Ave. Cassidy passed away last November at the age of 67 and was best known for his portrayal as Keith Partridge in the television series “The Partridge Family.” Cassidy had a passion for Thoroughbred racing and was a regular summer fixture at Saratoga. As a horse owner, breeder and fan,

Cassidy was ardent in his support of TRF and its mission of saving former racehorses from abuse and neglect. The concert will benefit the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation. Tickets are $50 and available by calling TRF at 518226-0028 or online at www.trfinc. org/event/david-cassidy-bandspecial-guests.

Frank Wakefield

Mandolin/bluegrass great Frank Wakefield, a long-time resident of Saratoga Springs, celebrates his 84th birthday with an evening of music at Caffé Lena Saturday, June 23. Wakefield has been revolutionizing the sound of bluegrass music since the release of his first original tune, "New Camptown Races," in 1953. Photo provided.

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Mark Tolstrup’s “Northstar” Album Release Party June 29 at Caffe Lena

Yaddo Summer Benefit to Feature Author Elizabeth Strout on June 28

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by Jessica Pavia for Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Despite being a Boston-suburbs native, Mark Tolstrup has been playing and performing Delta Blues music since high school. His recent solo endeavor, “Northstar,” chronicles the everyday joys and sorrows innate in life. It will be released on June 29, accompanied by an album release party at Caffe Lena that same day. The album follows the past two years of Tolstrup’s life, including the passing of both his father and brother. However melancholy that may sound, Tolstrup was quick to dismiss “Northstar” as purely being “funeral songs.” “It’s a statement of time. In life there’s going to be many different emotions: joy, happiness, sorrow, anger, fear, worry. I think it’s a huge mistake to run from them or try and suppress them,” explained Tolstrup.

The album began as a way to capture about ten songs that he had been regularly performing. But the demo quickly evolved into a full-blown album. Not only that, but it’s the first time Tolstrup has released an album where most of the songs are originals. “In this album I have two voices,” said Tolstrup. “One is ballad-y and from dealing with life in a head-on way. The other is rock and blues with heavy guitar and some awesome horns. It goes back and forth. There’s one tune that’s called ‘Hey Hey Baby’ which, to me, sounds like if you had opened the door to a really cool club in New Orleans.” Tolstrup decided the best way to release his album would be with a concert at Caffe Lena, complete with most of the musicians featured on “Northstar.” Previously, Tolstrup celebrated his 50th and 60th birthday at the cafe. “I love Caffe Lena. As far as a place to release a CD, it’s where

people will come to actually listen to every song. It’s the best gig around.” Ultimately, Tolstrup loves making music, and has since he was a teenager. The result of this is a highly conscientious performer and creator that indulges both himself and the audience in true commitment. When he performs, he is only focused on the music; nothing else enters his mind, he is fully absorbed. “Music has a magical element to it in that these are the words that are telling some story, and this is the melody and notes and chords that have an effect on you. So, the total of the words, the story and the words, and whatever is evoked in the music adds up to something indescribable. It’s beyond words and any other way of expressing. Music hits you on a bunch of different levels.” Tickets for the Mark Tolstrup concert release party at 8 p.m. at Caffe Lena, can be purchased online at: event/3397014?cookie_header=1

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Yaddo Summer Benefit, a celebration of Yaddo’s unique contribution to America’s cultural and economic life, will be held Thursday, June 28 on the grounds of the Yaddo estate. This year’s program will feature Pulitzer Prize-winning author and former Yaddo guest Elizabeth Strout, the author of such bestsellers as “Olive Kitteridge,” “The Burgess Boys,” “My Name is Lucy Barton,” and her latest, “Anything is Possible.” The Summer Benefit features an evening of entertainment, food and wine, and a silent auction. Prizes this year include a twilight champagne cruise of Lake George, box seats for the Yaddo Stakes, a private tour of

the vault at preeminent auction house Christie’s, the ultimate spa experience at Canyon Ranch, and dinner for 10 at Yaddo prepared by renowned chef Michael Blake. The Summer Benefit will be held in a tent “under the pines,” in a location rarely glimpsed by the public. Constructed in 1893, the Mansion is Yaddo’s architectural centerpiece as well as the heart and soul of its residency program. The Mansion is currently undergoing a comprehensive restoration. Reopening is planned for summer 2019. Proceeds from the Summer Benefit play a crucial role in ensuring Yaddo’s artist residency program continues to flourish. For more information about event tickets, go to:

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week of 6/22-6/28 friday, 6/22: Houndmouth, 7 p.m. @ Upstate Concert Hall — 518.371.0012 Tim Wechgaeler, 7 p.m. @ Kraverie — 518.450.7423 Last Day of School Party - Best of the House Band Tributes, 7:30 p.m. @ Strand Theater — 518.832.3484 Alyssa D’Angelo, 7:30 p.m. @ Peabody’s Sports Bar — 518.886.8673


Wicked Garden Duo, 9 p.m. @ Bailey’s – 518.450.1305


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Chuck Lamb Quintet with Jorge Gomez & Ria Curley, 8 p.m. @ Caffè Lena — 518.583.0022 Jon LeRoy Trio, 9 p.m. @ 9 Maple Avenue — 518.583.2582

saturday, 6/23: Hot Club of Saratoga, 11 a.m. @ The Blue Hen Brunch — 518.678.6000 Eric Margan, 7 p.m. @ Kraverie — 518.450.7423 The Neighbourhood, 7 p.m. @ Upstate Concert Hall — 518.371.0012 Frank Wakefield Band, 8 p.m. @ Caffè Lena — 518.583.0022 Skeeter Creek, 8 p.m. @ Nanola — 518.587.1300 Forthlin Road, 8 p.m. @ The Parting Glass – 518.583.1916 Hungry Cows, 8 p.m. @ Peabody’s Sports Bar — 518.886.8673 Dave Solazzo Trip, 9 p.m. @ 9 Maple Avenue — 518.583.2582 Ill Funk Ensemble, 9 p.m. @ Bailey’s — 518.450.1305

sunday, 6/24: Tribute to Neil Young – Ole Shaky & the Sugar Mountain Band, 3 p.m. @ Strand Theater — 518.832.3484

Sean Rowe with opener Maxwell Putnam, 7 p.m. @ Caffè Lena — 518.583.0022 Kevin McKrell, 7 p.m. @ The Parting Glass – 518.583.1916

monday, 6/25: Open Mic Night, 7 p.m. @ Caffè Lena — 518.583.0022 Super Dark Monday: Quichenight /Adrian Aardvark / Brian George, 9:30 p.m. @ Desperate Annie’s — 518.587.2455

tuesday, 6/26: Immigrant Stories: In Their Own Words, 7 p.m. @ Caffè Lena — 518.583.0022 Terri Lyne Carrington Quartet, 8 p.m. @ Arthur Zankel Music Center — 518.580.5321

wednesday, 6/27: Keith Urban, 7 p.m. @ SPAC – 518.584.9330 Acoustic Blues Open Mic & Jam, 7 p.m. @ Caffè Lena — 518.583.0022 Irish Celtic Sessions, 7 p.m. @ The Parting Glass – 518.583.1916 Capital District Jazz Presents: Peg Delaney Trio, 7:30 p.m. @ Spring Street Gallery — 207.798.1280

thursday, 6/28: Hot Club of Saratoga, 6 p.m. @ Mouzon House — 518.226.0014 Susan Werner, 7 p.m. @ Caffè Lena — 518.583.0022

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Puzzles Across 1 Willy Loman’s favorite son 5 Surrounded by 9 Site with a “Find a Doctor” section 14 Recline lazily 15 Ricky Martin’s “Livin’ La Vida __” 16 Firefighter Red 17 Jai __ 18 Ajar 19 Like the yolk in Eggs Benedict 20 “SportsCenter” co-anchor 23 Kenan’s comedy partner 24 Pottery material 25 Uproar 27 Microfilm unit 30 Tuba sound 32 To whom Lennon’s “Woman” is dedicated 33 Bit of shuteye 36 Cheers from the stands 39 Sharable PC files 41 Maker of candy “pieces” 42 Yorick’s skull in “Hamlet,” e.g. 43 Waiting room seat 44 “Location, location, location,” to a real estate agent 46 Test for M.A. seekers 47 Playwright Albee 49 Deli loaf 51 Cybermoniker 53 Word with map or code 55 “Morning Edition” broadcaster 56 Extreme onset of anxiety 62 Unrefined 64 Uproars 65 Better __ ever 66 Cutting beam 67 “Sommersby” actor Richard 68 Prefix with dextrous 69 Spirit of a people 70 Beach cover 71 Tree house Down 1 Not at all thrilling 2 City in southeast Kansas 3 Spanish dessert 4 Shrink back 5 Hi and bye on Lanai 6 Sister of Peter Rabbit

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See puzzle solution on page 38 7 Rapper-turned-actor 8 Five-O detective’s nickname 9 Get ready in the bullpen 10 Dean’s URL ender 11 Overdraft fee, e.g. 12 One who digs hard rock? 13 How deadpan humor is delivered 21 Actor Guinness 22 “__ Room”: longtime kids’ show 26 Waterproof cover 27 Natty dressers 28 __-European 29 Caffeine jitters 30 Without letup 31 Tobacco kiln 34 Doomed Spanish fleet 35 Drop on a cheek

37 Israeli dance 38 Went too fast 40 __ City: Baghdad suburb 45 Aid in a bad way 48 Windshield cleaners 50 Wicker material 51 One who might call you his niece 52 Fat-avoiding Jack 53 Part of a squirrel’s stash 54 Demolished, in Devon 57 Reminds ad nauseam 58 Inspiration 59 Woeful words 60 Street fleet 61 Make mittens, say 63 “Gloria in Excelsis __”

Writing the Right Word by Dave Dowling

Accuracy in word choice is a key to effective communication. In your daily writing and speaking, try to make sure you use the right word in the right place with the right spelling. By doing so, its effect will affect your communication in a positive way. This quick weekly tip will help you filter the confusion in some of our daily word choices. This Week: Ability, Capacity Ability refers to the power to do something. Some vitamins are said to have the ability to prevent colds. Capacity refers to the ability to hold or contain something. Madison Square Garden has a capacity of 20,000 seats. Dave Dowling is the author of The Wrong Word Dictionary and The Dictionary of Worthless Words. Both books are available from many book retailers, and signed copies can be obtained by contacting Dave at

Week of June 22 – June 28, 2018



JO S E P H B OK AN : ATHLETE OF THE WEEK Photo provided.

by Lori Mahan Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Joseph Bokan, an 18-year-old, recent graduate from Saratoga Springs Central School District has his sights set on Fordham University in the fall, which is a different view for him after spending the last six and half years rowing through Saratoga Rowing Association (SRA). “A mutual friend of my fathers’, Jordan, brought me to the boathouse for the first time. I got shown around, I met a few kids who I’m still friends with, from then it just grew on me. Then I joined as a varsity rower,” Bokan said, explaining how he got involved with SRA. His parents were happy to jump on board when he decided to join after finding out how many opportunities the sport presented to him; “we found out how you really become friends with your buddies in your boat for so long, and she was all for it as well,” he said. Spring and fall are the main

racing seasons with winter training indoors and summer training out on the water. “In the summer, it’s a bit less competitive but it’s more so to keep fit throughout the summer and have some fun. For the most part, it’s pretty much a year-round sport. I think spring is our most competitive with the fall being a bit less competitive,” he explained. As a kid, Bokan played the typical sports: basketball, baseball, and soccer. Once he joined rowing, he lost the excess time to devote to any other sport. “It’s so important to be there for every practice and it’s basically a year-round sport, I really didn’t have time to play any other sports, but I’m happy I just rowed because it was hard enough and there was so much time committed to it that it just worked out anyways,” he stated. Since Bokan is so aware of the time commitment it takes to succeed on the water, he has elected not to pursue the rowing club at Fordham his freshmen year, “because rowing ended on such a great note this spring,” to

mainly focus on his academics. Bokan cannot declare a major until his sophomore year but he is looking to major in finance with a minor in economics. Though he does realize, “at any point I can join the team at Fordham if I end up missing it too much and there’s a good chance I will end up doing it,” he laughed. “Over the past four years I have made it to Scholastic Nationals. In my freshman and junior year, we ended up winning nationals. Freshman year was in a two-person boat and in junior year I won in a four-person boat, and this last year we ended up not winning, but it was just so great to get to Scholastic Nationals for the fourth time, especially the seniors,

since it’s so competitive in senior events. It really just ended on a high note because I was still with all my friends and it was kind of a last hoorah for all of us before we go off to college,” Bokan reminisced. SRA has the Head of the Fish and the Tail of the Fish Regattas each year and Bokan prefers the Head of the Fish because it is “a much larger regatta than the Tail of the Fish, and I think it was the largest high school junior rowing regatta in the entire U.S. It’s just such a great time because I’ve met a lot of people from other crews that are from Seattle or Los Angeles that are coming to this regatta from all the way across the U.S. and it’s just a great time to meet new

people. Just the magnitude of the regatta itself, it’s like a parade practically,” he explained. Bokan credits both of his parents for being the most supportive in his rowing career. His mom would work the regattas and make sure everything went smoothly behind the scenes while his dad always volunteered his time in the boathouse if there were ever any maintenance issues. “At every single one of my races, they were there supporting me over the bridge, rooting for my boat,” he explained. Rowing is clearly near to Bokan’s heart, he describes it as a great sport with amazing opportunities attached and the opportunity to make lifelong friendships.



Week of June 22 – June 28, 2018

Ballston Spa School District

Field Days by Lori Mahan Saratoga TODAY Photos by Stuart J. Williams

BALLSTON SPA — On Monday, June 11, Ballston Spa students from Malta Avenue Middle School and Milton Terrace gathered at the Eastern Ave nu e Recreation Complex for their annual feild day. A little bumping competition at Malta Avenue’s Field Day.

Baseball throw is always a big hit with the students at Malta Avenue Field Day.

Water Balloons get tossed at Milton Terrace’s Field Day.

Students give it their all in the tug-of-war at Milton Terrace Field Day.

Students enjoy the Fill the Bucket relay at Milton Terrace Field Day.

Malta Avenue girls won a tug-of-war against their classmates.

Week of June 22 – June 28, 2018



National Museum of Racing & Hall of Fame announces special tours of Old Tavern Farm & McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds

The Test of the Champion, von Stade Gallery SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Test of the Champion, von Stade Gallery. On display at The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame through December 31, 2018. This year’s fine art exhibition celebrates the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes, the oldest of the Triple Crown classics. Named after August Belmont I, the Belmont Stakes is considered to be the true “test of the champion” - the last jewel of the Triple Crown that tests the speed and endurance of the 3-year-old contenders vying for their place in Thoroughbred racing history. First run at Jerome Park in 1867, a filly named Ruthless won its inaugural running (and earned her place in the Hall of Fame). In

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SARATOGA SPRINGS — As part of its popular ongoing farm tour series, the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame will present special tours of Old Tavern Farm and McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds. The tour of Old Tavern Farm will take place on Saturday, June 30 at 11 a.m. and the McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds tour will take place on Tuesday, July 10 at 11 a.m. The tours cost $25 each for Museum members and $30 each for non-members. A catered lunch is served on both tours. The tours will cover the

grounds and facilities and provide an opportunity to meet the resident thoroughbreds and foals at the farms. Transportation is not included with these tours. Reservations are required for these events and space is limited. Please call the Museum’s tour line at 518584-0400 ext. 120 to reserve your spot or 518-584-0400 ext. 118 for additional information. Following lunch at the McMahon tour, participants can choose to visit the Museum for a guided tour for $5 per person or receive a free pass to visit at their convenience. Everyone in

attendance for the Old Tavern Tour will be given a free pass to the Museum to be used at their convenience. Old Tavern Farm is located at 45 Brown Rd., Saratoga Springs, while McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds is at 180 Fitch Rd., Saratoga Springs. To learn more about the farms, please visit: and For more information about the Museum, including special events and program offerings, please call 518-584-0400 or visit our website at

fact, more winners of the Belmont Stakes (39) have entered the Hall of Fame than winners of either the Kentucky Derby (35) or the Preakness (33). The Belmont was next run at Morris Park before moving to its eventual home at Belmont Park in 1905 (with a minor exception in the 1960s when the track was closed for a major renovation, reopening in 1968 in time for the Belmont Stakes Centennial). This special exhibition traces the history of the Belmont Stakes, from its early days at Jerome Park to the racing superstars of the Twentieth Century, by pairing artwork and portraits from the Museum Collection with historical facts found in the official race charts and newspaper archives.



Week of June 22 – June 28, 2018


on the Trail by Lori Mahan Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga PLAN (Preserving Land and Nature) is back this summer and fall with their Yoga Along the Trail event. Pre-registration is required, class size is limited, and it is $15 per class. Only sneakers and stretching clothing is required, no yoga mat needed. “We thought maybe yoga would be a good one to try because our trails lend itself well to it and the activity of using nature as an inspiration for either poses or just natural processes that you might witness out there can be used for some of the getting unstuck or getting rejuvenated,” explained Maria Trabka, Executive Director at Saratoga PLAN. Trabka thought of the idea after attending yoga at the YMCA with a, “really great instructor. I just had the idea that it would be a

fun way to introduce people to our trails and also our preserves that are open to the public,” she said. Dana, a Saratoga PLAN employee, is also a yoga instructor, so she was able to help with the planning and instructor search. “It’s fun for the teachers as well to get out and use a different space. You don’t bring a mat or anything like that... This is really just utilizing the spaces out there along the trail,” Trabka said. Classes take place Saturdays and Sundays, times vary, beginning in April and ending October 21. To pre-register or for more information, contact Dana at or 518-587-5554. “This is for people of all ages and abilities. You don’t have to feel like an expert or anything like that. If you’re interested in seeing a new place or having a new experience along the way, it’s just quite a nice experience for people,” Trabka said.

Trabka stated they have considered doing a self-guided yoga tour, in which they create stations along the trail with a yoga pose and suggested meditation on a sign. “It’s just nice to have air and sounds and breezes and all of those things that if you slow down a little bit, a lot of times I think people use the trails and maybe don’t take the time to really observe and slow down, but more like march down that trail and get it done and check it off your list,” Trabka said.

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Week of June 22 – June 28, 2018




SARATOGA-WILTON YOUTH BASEBALL (SWYB) LEAGUE WRAP-UP Steve Arpey Sportsmanship Award Winners SARATOGA SPRINGS — Presented to players who exemplify our ideas of sportsmanship, leadership, and teamwork in honor of Coach

Arpey’s passion for baseball and dedication to our League. Players honored with this award included Rodell Evans, Addison Sperry, Ethan Ford,

Jordan Garafalo, Macallan Gange, Kihl Kelly, Jack Lowery, Jesse Dunn, Daniel Hancock, Daniel Romei, Justin Mullis, Luke Manuel and Tyler Kaste.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Minors AAA team, Gateway Dermatology, defeated the Glens Falls team, Talk of the Town, 7 to 6 in extra innings. Our team (Gateway) was down 6-2 in the bottom of the sixth inning, and they rallied to score four runs to tie the game and

send it into extra innings. Big hits from Jackson Covell, Colin Mack and Conner Macaluso led our rally in the sixth inning. After a quick top of the seventh inning, their offense went right back to work by scoring the game winning run on an RBI single by Jackson Covell.

SARATOGA STRIKE ZONE FOOTBOWL SARATOGA SPRINGS — WHEN IT RAINS IT POURS, JAGUARS REMAIN WINLESS: On a stormy Monday night, thunder struck for Rick Bogholtz as he fired 257,235,246 for the high series of the night with a 738. The Dolphins were electrified as they stormed through the Jaguars

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Spring Rec Ball Championships SARATOGA SPRINGS — SWYB completed their most successful Spring Rec season yet with over 500 kids participating at all age groups. Teams played a regular season of 12 games before entering a bracket style playoff run. On Saturday, June 16, the Championship Games

were held at Gavin Park. In the 12u Majors Division, Ben & Jerry’s coached by Richard Oliver-Goodwin beat out Logistics One by a score of 9 - 7. In the 10u Minors Division, Coach Erik Geckler and the boys of Mirabito Energy edged out Saratoga Spring Water by a score of 6 - 5.

Pitch Hit & Run Sectional Competition SARATOGA SPRINGS — In May, SWYB hosted approximately 100 families from the area to participate in the MLB Pitch Hit & Run. Although none of their home players advanced to the next round at Yankee Stadium this year, it was a great rainsoaked afternoon for those who qualified to come here from their

local competitions. Said SWYB President, Joe Rigabar, “It’s really an honor for our league to host folks from all over the North East on behalf of Major League Baseball. We had a great group of volunteers who pulled off a successful event for these youth athletes in pretty horrendous conditions.”

Summer All Stars SARATOGA SPRINGS — SWYB is sending six SWYB Blue Sox teams to the Cal Ripken All Star District Tournaments this summer, from ages 8u to 12u. From June 28 - July 1, they will host the 9u District

Tournament at East Side Rec with teams from Clifton Park, Ballston Spa, Burnt Hills and Queensbury as well as our own Blue Sox. They will also be hosting the NENY State Championships here at East Side starting on July 5.

leaving them winless on the season at 0-6. Colin Tschantret bowled his new high score of a 216 and Kevin Ngo threw the ever popular 276 in his first game of the evening. The league will have a make-up on Thursday, July 21, so be prepared for double the news next week!

Other high scores for the night were:

Chris Smith: 248,211,256 = 715

Chaz Senecal: 243,209,237 = 689

Gus Pakatar: 234,277,206 =717

Steve Hall: 220,236,241 = 697

Christian Baitinger: 221,232,227 = 680

Ryan Seymour: 237,223,258= 718

Joe Gatzendorfer: 188,256,246 = 690

Press release contributed by Chaz Senecal.



Week of June 22 – June 28, 2018

COMMUNITY SPORTS BULLETIN Bicentennial Golf Day WILTON — To celebrate Wilton’s Bicentennial, McGregor Links Country Club will be offering a one-day golfing event on Saturday, June 23. Wilton residents will only pay $18.18 that includes a round of golf and a golf cart, proof of residency is required. To register for a tee time, call 518-584-6270.

Wilton Elks Soccer Shoot SARATOGA SPRINGS — From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 23, at the Saratoga Casino-Hotel Soccer Field, boys and girls up to age 13 are invited to a soccer shoot competition. Free admission. Awards are given to first and second place in all age groups. Winners will advance to District Shoot, NYS Regional Shoot, and National Finals. For more information, call Kendall Hicks at 845-401-1794.

Third Annual Nick’s Fight Charity Golf Tournament BALLSTON SPA — From 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, June 25, Nick’s Fight to be Healed Foundation are holding their third annual golf tournament at Ballston Spa Country Club. Cost is $400 per foursome or $30 per person for dinner only. There will be challenges and prizes throughout the day including raffles and a silent auction. The mission of Nick’s Fight to be Healed Foundation is to support pediatric cancer patients as well as to serve the young adult cancer community. Checks can be made to Nick’s Fight/IDLife and mailed to Kyle Bryant at 71 Thompson St., Ballston Spa, NY 12020. Sign up to participate at

Saratoga Springs CSD Boys and Girls Summer Basketball Camp SARATOGA SPRINGS — On July 16 – 19, boys and girls grades 3 – 10 are invited to participate in a baseball camp at Saratoga Springs High School. Grades 3-6 will have camp from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and grades 7-10 will have camp from 1 to 4 p.m. Cost is $150 per player. Contact Matt Usher at m_usher@ with any questions.

SRYMCA Summer Youth Basketball League SARATOGA SPRINGS — First practice on Tuesday, June 26, and first game on Thursday, June 28. Practices are every Tuesday and will be 45 minutes long, starting at 5:30 p.m. through 9:15 p.m. Games will be every Thursday starting at 5:30 p.m. For more information contact Mike Laudicina at 518-583-9622, ext. 145 or

Nominees Sought for 2018 Blue Streak Hall of Fame SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Springs City School District is accepting nominations for members of the Blue Streak Hall of Fame. The program was established to recognize the accomplishments of outstanding athletes, coaches, administrators and supporters. Nominees can include former studentathletes who graduated from the high school at least five years ago and former coaches who retired from

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coaching at least three years ago. There is also a category for honorary members that can include supporters of the athletic program. Examples include counselors, faculty managers, scorekeepers, and administrators. Nomination forms are available at www., under Athletics. Please mail nomination forms by June 22 to: Saratoga Springs High School Attn. Peter Sheehan, Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics, 1 Blue Streak Boulevard, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. A committee composed of coaches, high school administrators, community members, and current and retired athletic directors will review the nominations.

Saratoga Stryders Camp Saratoga SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Stryders Camp Saratoga 5K Trail Series will be held at 6:15 p.m. Monday evenings June 25, July 9, July 23, August 6 and August 20. Registration is $5 day-of only. This is a fun event topped off by unusual raffle prizes. Please bring your own water. Proceeds benefit the Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park and the Saratoga Spa State Park. For more information call Laura Clark at 518-581-1278 or email or visit

Saratoga Springs Booster Club Field Hockey Camp SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Springs Booster Club will be hosting its annual field hockey

camp from June 25 through June 29 at Dorothy Nolan School from 8 to 11 a.m. each day. The program is open to grades third through twelfth. No experience needed. The camp includes extensive individual instruction along with daily participation in game situations. The goal is to teach the fundamentals of field hockey, while ensuring that each player leaves the camp with a new appreciation for the game. The camp brochure can be downloaded from the Booster Club’s website at Saratogafieldhockey1. Registration is now open, and the cost is $70. For more information please contact Jo-Anne Hostig, Saratoga head field hockey coach at

Saratoga Hockey Camp Grades 8-12 for 2018-2019 School Year SARATOGA SPRINGS — This three-day session will focus on skill development, practice planning, self-discipline, conditioning, and fun! Participants will receive individual instruction from the Saratoga Blue Streaks High School coaching staff along with Blue Streak Alum. For more information and to sign up please contact: Coach Torres at or call 518-421-2376. Schedule: Wednesday Aug. 1 – Friday Aug. 3 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Vernon Ice Rink Cost: $225 per player Goalies: $175

Week of June 22 – June 28, 2018


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