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Issue 26

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“DAYS OF AWE” IN SARATOGA by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — A.M. Homes has been coming to Saratoga for nearly 30 years. During that time, she has published a dozen books - novels, memoirs and story collections among them - created a variety of original television pilots and saw the screen debut of a then preteenage Kristen Stewart in the film adaptation of her book “The Safety

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of Objects” – which also featured Glenn Close in a starring role. Homes’ newest release, the short story collection “Days of Awe,” was published earlier this month and the links to this region, she says, are substantial. “As much as this is a work of fiction - which took many years—in my heart it is set in Saratoga.” The ties to local geography and events are sprinkled throughout the book’s 12 stories, albeit disguised

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SWIMMING FOR POLIO Two Women Relay the 32-mile Queen of Lakes by Lori Mahan Saratoga TODAY

Louise Rourke. Photo by Joel Goodman.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Louise Rourke, a retired teacher from Porter Corners, contracted polio at just six months old. She was in leg braces for the majority of her life and had several corrective surgeries. Spending her summers on Rockhurst, a small peninsula on the east side of Lake George, Rourke never felt more graceful than when she was swimming in the lake.

“I always felt more graceful and free in the water than I can on land because I walk with a limp,” Rourke explained. Since 2007, Rourke has been back in a leg brace. Rourke has carried the idea of swimming the whole lake for the majority of her life, “when I was four, there was a woman named Diane Struble, who was a single mom, and she swam the length of Lake George back in 1958. I remember my parents telling me See Story pg. 41

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Snippets of Life from Your Community

INTERVIEW & PHOTOS BY: Marissa Gonzalez

Who: Aaron Pedinotti Where: Mouzon House Restaurant at 1 York St.

Q. Have you always lived in Saratoga? A. No but my family has been based in the greater Saratoga area, and Saratoga County for a while. I went to high school in Galway back in the 90’s and back in the day my parents opened up One Caroline in 1994. When I was a young adult and my younger sisters, who’ve also all worked there at different points in their lives either was part of the wait staff or busser, hostess or in the kitchen. Q. Do you have any kids? A. Me? No, but my sisters do. So there are grandkids that you can see running around here; two boys and one girl. Q. What kind of food do you serve here? A. It’s French-Creole cuisine. This is the former home of one of the longest Aaron Pedinotti is son to Mouzon House Restaurant owners Dianne and David Pedinotti. established ethnic minority families in Saratoga, the Mouzon family. It was two generations of the family that lived here. Mia Mouzon was the owner and her ethnic heritage was really interesting, she was mixed race. Her father was African American and French Creole and her mother was full-blooded Cherokee Native American. This place had incredible significance to her family. Q. If you could have anyone play you in a movie who would it be? A. I get the Robert Downey Jr. comparison sometimes so he might good. He’s a really good actor I just hope he wouldn’t go full-on Iron Man in his portrayal of me because that’s not really me. So maybe him I guess, I wouldn’t mind playing myself in a movie. Q. If you could have lunch with someone dead or alive who would it be? A. Anybody, dead or alive? Wow that’s a tough question, there are so many people to potentially choose from there. Maybe Karl Marx.

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11th annual

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The eleventh annual AllAmerican Celebration will take place on July 3 and July 4 in Downtown Saratoga Springs. Admission is free to all events. This year’s lineup is as follows: TUESDAY, JULY 3 Fireside Chat with ‘General Burgoyne’: Beginning at 7 and ending at 8:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn at Fireplace Lounge at 232 Broadway meet ‘General Burgoyne’ and recount his vantage point of the Battle of Saratoga, the turning point of the American Rebellion, including his stories of the people, intrigue, and drama that surrounded the battle. Free s’mores for all kids. WEDNESDAY, JULY 4 Firecracker4 Road Race: From 9 to 10:30 a.m. cheer for the thousands of runners and then stay for the All-American Parade on Broadway in front of the City Center.

All-American Parade and Patriotic Pooches: At 11 a.m. events open with the All-American Parade marching down Broadway from Van Dam Street to Spring Street. The parade, led by the Korean War Veterans Color Guard, includes historical re-enactors, civic groups, officials, and municipalities from all across Saratoga County, music, fun, and more! Be sure to see the dozens of adorable Patriotic Pooches that march in the parade every year. Parade Characters Family Photo-Op: From 11:30 a.m. to noon, at Congress Park at the carousel, bring the kids to have their pictures taken with the characters from the parade including General Burgoyne, Ben Franklin and more. All-American BBQ and Dessert Fest: Beginning at 11:30 a.m. and ending at 3:30 p.m. the 11th Annual All-American BBQ and Dessert Fest will take place. Each tasting is $1 paid to each

participant at his or her locations. Most participants are located in and around downtown and more will be set up in the Division Street parking lot. All-American Classic Car Show: Beginning at noon and ending at 4 p.m. at the Spring Street parking lot see up to 50 American and exotic classic cars.

Party in the Parking Lot with the Audiostars: The July 4 Parking Lot Party starting at 6:30 p.m. leading up to the Fireworks at dusk. This year again features a live concert from The Audiostars in the Spring Street parking lot. BBQ and Dessert Fest Winners Announced:

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“The Good Guys and The Bad Guys: Two stories of Saratoga Springs” from 1 to 2:30 p.m., meet in front of the Canfield Casino in Congress Park.

Live Reading of the Declaration of Independence: Approximately at 9:15 p.m. in the Spring Street parking lot.

Fireworks: At approximately 9:30 p.m., fireworks will be launched from Congress Park. Best viewing areas will be Spring Street, Henry Street, Putnam Street, and the Phila Street parking deck.



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BALLSTON SPA — On June 28 the Saratoga County Sherriff held a press conference at DeCrescente Distributing Company (DDC) in Mechanicville regarding the STOPDWI campaign. DDC will be teaming up with the Saratoga County Sherriff Department to offer discounted rides home this July 4 weekend. Those looking to access the service can enter the promo code “JULY4UBER” in their Uber app to receive $5 off a ride home. To qualify for this promotion, travel must take place in the Capital Region between the hours of 9 p.m. on June 29, and 3 a.m. on July 1. This offer code is valid once per rider while supplies last.


Sheriff Michael H. Zurlo, law enforcement and community partners attended the press conference to kick-off the 2018 July 4 STOP-DWI campaign throughout Saratoga County. STOP-DWI stands for “Special Traffic Options Program for Driving While Impaired.” The STOP-DWI Program was created by the State Legislature in 1981 and aims to reduce the number of persons killed or injured in alcohol and other drug-related traffic crashes.

Pre-School Program at the Malta Community Center MALTA — On July 9 Children between the ages twoand-a-half to five-years-old are welcomed to join Artistic Director, Elyse Young for the Preschool Excitement Series: “Imagination in Motion” at the Malta Community Center. Children will get a chance to run, jump, roll, dance and move

in the gym, while using their imaginations while developing large motor skills, social interaction, rhythm and creativity in the high energy class. A parent or caregiver must accompany each child and a craft is also included. Call Malta Parks and Recreation at 518-899-4411 for additional information.

SARATOGA — The League of Women Voters of Saratoga County launched an electronic voter guide ahead the New York State Congressional races that took place on June 26. The voter guide will be available again for September’s primaries as well. The information on the voter guide includes biographical information and responses to

questions posed by the League, as well as links to candidates’ social media and campaign websites. Citizens can enter their address and view a customized sample ballot that includes photos of candidates, information about their positions on specific issues, their campaign websites and social media pages, and contact information for their campaign offices.

Galway Town Supervisor and Public Servant Passes Away GALWAY — On June 22 Paul Lent was killed while conducting agricultural work on his property when his tractor overturned, causing his death according to New York State Police. The county Board of Supervisors are also mourning the death of Lent and say he was “a devoted public servant who cared for the safety and security of the residents of Saratoga County. Paul served this county selflessly for decades as a Deputy Sheriff, Director of Emergency Services, and Supervisor.” According to Lent’s obituary, he helped institute the first 911 system in Saratoga County. Lent is survived by his wife,

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Sue Williams and their children Derek A. Lent of Corinth, Devon P. Lent of Lexington, KY and Joanna (Lent) Loveland. Lent was 65.


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COURT Daniel P. Elie, 31, of Chateaugay was sentenced June 21 to two years in state prison, after pleading to felony rape, in connection with an incident in Ballston Spa. Eric M. Herrey, 39, of Clifton Park, was sentenced June 21 to time served and five years of probation, after pleading to felony DWI, and reckless driving, a misdemeanor, in Malta. Terrance L. Seymour, 40, of Glens Falls, pleaded June 21 to criminal contempt, a felony, in connection with an incident in Malta. Sentencing scheduled Aug. 9. Luis Colon-Suarez, Jr., 23, of Waterbury, Connecticut, pleaded June 21 to attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony, in connection with an incident in Wilton. Sentencing scheduled Aug 9. Shelbie E. Sharadin, 23, of Mechanicville, pleaded June 21 to felony burglary, in connection with an incident in Milton. Sentencing scheduled Aug. 9. Joseph P. Rossi, 19, of Charlton, pleaded June 19 to attempting to make a terrorist threat. Sentencing scheduled Aug. 8. Rossi admitted he “attempted to intimidate a civilian population by posting an online video” threatening actions consistent with the charge of second degree murder, according to the Saratoga County District Attorney’s office. District Attorney Karen Heggen

commended the quick response and cooperation between the county Sheriff ’s Office and officials at the Burnt Hills/ Ballston Lake School District, as well as members of the general public who contacted officials regarding the threat. It is anticipated Rossi will be sentenced to five years of probation with mental health and substance abuse terms and a permanent order of protection prohibiting visits to school properties and contacting employees or students. Michael A. Coonradt, 20, of Granville, was sentenced June 20 to time served and five years of probation, after pleading to felony burglary in Saratoga Springs. Christopher E. McNamara, 47, of Schaghticoke, was sentenced June 20 to five years of probation, after pleading to felony grand larceny in Saratoga Springs. Patrick T. Tallon, 29, of Greenwich, was sentenced June 20 to five years of probation, after pleading to felony DWI in Saratoga.

POLICE Max J. Manier, age 29, Cherksire, Mass., was charged June 16 with speeding, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. William F. Murdick, age 48, Saratoga Springs, was charged June 16 with unlawful possession of marijuana, assault in the third degree/intent physical injury.

Kevin S. Cuva, age 45, Saratoga Springs, was charged June 16 with aggravated family offense- felony, aggravated criminal contempt- felony Debra L. McHale, age 60, Queensbury, was charged June 16 with driving while intoxicated, consumption of alcoholic beverages, failure to keep right, aggravated driving while intoxicated. Kenneth W. Cruger, age 45, Wilton, was charged June 16 with criminal contempt second degree/disobedience, aggravated family offense- felony. G. Melendez, age 47, East Elmhurst, was charged June 15 with burglary second degree/building is a dwelling- felony/ two counts; grand larceny 4th- felony. Jonah S. Garnsey, age 37, Gansevoort, was charged June 15 with burglary

in the third degree- felony/ two counts; grand larceny fourth degree - felony; petit larceny. Dam E. Obrien, age 33, Saratoga Springs, was charged June 15 with use leased/rented/loaned vehicle not equipped; aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle 2nd/refused chemical test; following motor vehicle too closely; leaving the scene of an auto accident (property). John M. Amo, age 49, Ballston Spa, was charged June 15 with criminal possession of marijuana fifth degree. Randy L. Jones, age 50, Saratoga Springs, was charged June 14 with disorderly conduct; criminal tampering in the third degree. Diane Robinson, age 64, Schenectady, was charged June 14 with harassment 2nd degree.

Jill E. Kranick, age 44, Ballston Spa, was charged June 14 with assault in the third degree/ intent physical injury. Keshmar R. Gordon-El, age 36, Clifton Park, was charged June 14 with equipment (rear license plate light); drivers view obstructed; aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle third-degree. Amy E. Kraus, age 46, Saratoga Springs, was charged June 12 with obstructing governmental administration second. Travis W. Switzer, age 32, Glens Falls, was charged June 11 with driving while intoxicated – misdemeanor. Karl W. Kimball, 52, of Ballston Spa, was charged June 13 with endangering the welfare of a child, and sexual abuse in the first degree -felony.



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Paul E. Lent

David A. Winkle

GALWAY — Paul E. Lent, age 65, died Friday, June 22, 2018. Services were held on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at the Galway Volunteer Fire Department, 1985 West St., Galway, NY, 12074. Burial in St. Burke & Bussing Mary’s Cemetery in Corinth. Funeral Homes Visit

MIDDLE GROVE — David A. Winkle passed away Monday, June 25, 2018. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, June 29, 2018, with a memorial service at 6 p.m. at the William J. Burke and Sons Funeral Home, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY (518-584-5373). Visit

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Paula Vander Ploeg GREENFIELD CENTER — Paula Vander Ploeg passed away June 19. Paula was a loving, compassionate devoted caregiver. She loved flowers, had many flower gardens, enjoyed long country rides with her husband George. We will remember her smile, love of traveling, gardening and caring for others. There are no calling hours or service.

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Alisha K. Scheuer

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SARATOGA SPRINGS — Alisha K. Scheuer, 30, passed away on Saturday, June 23, 2018. Calling hours were Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at Burke Funeral Home, North Broadway, Saratoga Springs (518-584-5373). A funeral service was Thursday at the funeral home and burial followed in Maplewood Cemetery. Visit

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Msg (Master Sergeant) Jerry L. French passed away June 24, 2018. Calling hours were Thursday, June 28, 2018, at Burke Funeral Home, Saratoga Springs (518-584-5373). A Mass of Christian Burial was Friday, Church of St. Peter and burial followed at Saratoga National Cemetery, Schuylerville. Visit

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Fay Carter, Saratoga Wilton Elks Auxiliary President, Kennedy Jameson, Hannah Hertik, Renee Banagan, Cami Denning 2018 Scholarship winners from Saratoga County. Photo provided.

A THANK YOU LETTER FROM THE CHAIR OF THE SPRING FLING CEREBRAL PALSY FUNDRAISER... Thank you to all the participants and especially to Betsy and the ByeGons at our recent Spring Fling Cerebral Palsy Fundraiser held on April 27 at the Saratoga/Wilton Elks Lodge #161. I can honestly say the message of “Peace and love,” with a heavy sprinkling of generosity filled the night with fun and nostalgia. The LOVE abounded from

local businesses and our members who contributed to the amazing raffle donations. The following aided our event: Sponsors Saratoga/Wilton Elks Lodge#161 and The Racing City Rotary; local business donors; SPAC, Regal Nails, Roma’s Foods, Ballston Ave. Market 32/Price Chopper, Saratoga Strike Zone, Dehn’s Florist, Peppermill Restaurant,

Rt.50 Diner, Sunnyside Gardens, Ripe Tomato, NaNola’s Restaurant, 99 Restaurant, Hoffman’s Car Wash, Windy Hills Golf, TriCity ValleyCats, Golden Corral, Healthy Living and WalMart; finally, a bear hug to the Ladies Auxiliary members who gave generously to fill raffle baskets. The Elk’s chefs Gary and Doc provided an Italian buffet while


Freya Birkas-Dent, Lodge Scholarship Chairwoman Geraldine Conboy, and Jacob Yanke. Photo provided.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — On June 14 the Saratoga-Wilton Elks Lodge #161 awarded two high students school each a $500 scholarship from the Flag Day

ceremony. Freya Birkas-Dent and Jacob Yanke were both recipients. Freya Birkas-Dent also received a $1,000 scholarship from the NYS Elks Association Scholarship Fund.

guests sat at tables named for popular recording stars. Selfies in Al Sommers 1955 Chevy added to the festivities and oh those retrocookies. We strolled, did the Locomotion and danced the night away. Betsy and the band sang and smiled their way into our hearts.

Before we knew it, the band played its final song. When we totaled up our donations, we were truly BIG WINNERS for the Elk’s Cerebral Palsy State Project, raising almost $3000. Peace & Love reigned! -Judith Tirelli Chair of the C.P. Fundraiser



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NAVY HOMECOMING AT BALLSTON SPA HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION by Marissa Gonzalez Saratoga TODAY BALLSTON SPA — Ballston Spa High School graduate, Arianna Crowd, received more than just her diploma at graduation this year. The graduation ceremony took place at Saratoga Performing Arts Center on June 21. An unsuspecting high school senior, Arianna Crowd, began to walk the stage to receive her diploma, only for her older brother to walk on stage and give it to her. The two last saw each other in September of 2017. “I was very surprised and confused. I was pretty overwhelmed with lots of different emotions but when I saw him I completely forgot I was even on

stage in front of that many people. My stage fright basically went away for that moment,” Arianna said. Arianna’s brother, Xavier Crowd, a Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy, has been deployed in the Middle East and Southeast Asia. “I had absolutely no idea I was going to see him. I didn’t know he was in the country; I still thought he was on his deployment,” Arianna said.

“I decided to surprise her a few months prior to returning to the United States… “I decided to surprise her a few months prior to returning to the United States… the planning took time, and calculating a lot of dates. I’m just so glad I could line the dates up,” Xavier said.

The moment has since gone viral and was covered nationally by CBS News, ABC News, and Good Morning America. “I think it’s amazing how much this story is spreading. I never imagined it would gain so much attention. l also think it’s important that a story like this is circulating despite all of the negativity in mainstream media and lack of nice heartwarming stories,” Xavier said. “I was just so happy I could make the day special for her; she looks up to me and I feel that being able to come home and surprise her had a big impact on her decisions in the future,” he added. This summer you can find Arianna hiking, painting, and working. She plans to join the military and go to college, and hopes to become a holistic healer.

Siblings Arianna (right) and Xavier Crowd (left) at Ballston Spa High School graduation. Photo provided.

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This Summer at the Lake… Photos provided.

Rhiana Leigh with a yoga student.

by Marissa Gonzalez Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — The 4th of July kicks off the official start to summer here in Saratoga and there is always something to do, just ask Rhiana Leigh of Kayak Shak in Saratoga Springs. • KAYAK SHAK Leigh is the paddleboard yoga instructor at Kayak Shak. She is daughter to proprietor Beau Stallard but she also calls herself the resident artist. It’s her that painted the shack on the property. “I’m just there making it colorful and bright,” Leigh said. The Kayak Shak also plans to host a Water Chestnut pull on June 30. A Water Chestnut is an aquatic invasive plant that forms dense floating mats that can negatively impact the environment, economy and recreational use of the area. On July 27 the Kayak Shak will host their annual “Full-Moon Paddle” which is an evening paddle boarding session and fundraiser. What’s her favorite thing to do in the summer? “Coming out on the lake then going out for dinner at Harvest and Hearth afterwards is like awesome… It’s a great combo,” she added. The Kayak Shak rents paddleboards and kayaks and is open everyday this summer from

9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The property also offers lakeside views and hammocks to relax in. • HARVEST & HEARTH Harvest and Hearth at 251-BCounty Route 67 in Saratoga Springs is located right next to The Fish Creek Marina at the Kayak Shak. Harvest and Hearth serves wood-fired pizza using fresh, natural, organic, and local ingredients. • BROWN’S BEACH Brown’s Beach Resort (BRR) encompasses Dock Brown’s Tavern Lakeside Tavern and The Nest, an inn with seven guest rooms and hotel amenities, and a Saratoga favorite, Brown’s Beach. Brown’s Beach, is one of the only the public swimming spots on the lake, open from Memorial Day through Labor Day from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Children 12 years old and under are free while those 13 and over will have to pay $2. Brown’s Beach is the perfect spot for a lakeside picnic, swimming and water sports like canoeing, kayaking and paddle boarding. On July 3 Dock Brown’s Tavern will host a lobster bake on the patio beginning at 6 p.m. BBR also has fully functioning marina with 150 boat slips, marine fuel service, boat and snow mobile repair centers, a ship store and a boat launch.



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PEERLESS POOL RE-OPENS “New” Peerless Pool Complex at Saratoga Spa State Park by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — A new bathhouse, entrance plaza and courtyard highlight $2.9 million in upgrades at the Peerless Pool Complex at Saratoga Spa State Park. The pool’s opening was officially announced in a statement by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on June 25. Funded through governor’s NY Parks 2020 initiative to rejuvenate and modernize the state park system, the new complex provides improved pool facilities and offers more green space nearby. The new bathhouse is one-third smaller than the old

concrete structure, allowing for more green space around the pool. In addition, upgrades to the facility help to improve visitor orientation, increase safety with enhanced sightlines from the lifeguard office to the swimming areas, and provide expanded changing areas, including family bathrooms to better accommodate visitors. Other features at the Peerless Pool Complex include a new inviting entrance plaza and courtyard that host benches, bike racks, enhanced lighting and native landscaping, a large shade canopy, covered shelters, and improved accessibility for people with disabilities. Adjacent to the new Peerless Pool Complex are several features

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that complement the family friendly atmosphere including the ADA accessible Polaris playground featuring shaded seating for parents to sit while their kids play, pavilions available to rent, a Disc Golf Course, pollinator garden and wildflower meadow with bluebird boxes. Originally built in 1962, the Peerless Pool Complex, consisting of the main Olympicsized pool, waterslide pool,

and children’s wading pool and fountain, on average attracts over 30,000 visitors annually. Construction on the bathhouse, deemed by the state as “oversized, in poor condition, and difficult to navigate, especially for young children,” began last August and was expected to be completed “in time for swimming season” this summer. “They actually brought it in on time,” said Louise Goldstein, whose Save the Victoria Pool Society members were thanked for their “continued strong advocacy

of the pool,” by state Sen. Kathy Marchione. Goldstein said her group is focused on renovations needed at the Victorian Pool. “The roof still needs work and the lobby restored to its original grandeur, so people can look out at the most beautiful pool lobby in all of America.” The Peerless Pool is open daily 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. through Sept. 3. Cost is $2 for adults, $1 for kids 5-11, and children under 5 are admitted free. Vehicle: there is an additional $8 per vehicle entrance fee to the State Park.

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NEW LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST DRUG COMPANIES OVER OPIOID EPIDEMIC AND ADDICTION A lawsuit was filed earlier this year Last October, following authorization by the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors to pursue litigation against pharmaceutical companies and the drug distributors. Last week, Washington County did likewise. Simmons Hanly Conroy, one of the nation’s largest law firms focused on consumer protection and mass tort actions, filed a lawsuit on behalf of Washington County against pharmaceutical companies and drug distributors over the aggressive and fraudulent marketing of prescription opioid painkillers that has led to a drug epidemic in the county and throughout the nation. “The defendants named in the lawsuit were grossly negligent when they ignored the impact that opioid prescription drugs were having on individuals and families across the county,” Robert A. Henke, Washington County Board of Supervisors Chairman, said in a statement. The defendants in the lawsuit include drug makers Purdue Pharma L.P.; Purdue Pharma, Inc.; The Purdue Frederick Company, Inc.; Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc.; Cephalon, Inc.; Johnson& Johnson; Janssen

Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; OrthoMcNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Janssen Pharmaceutica, Inc.; Endo Health Solutions Inc.; Endo Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; and Insys Therapeutics, Inc. The drug distributors named in the lawsuit are McKesson Corporation, Cardinal Health, Inc., and AmerisourceBergen Corporation. The county seeks relief in the complaint that includes compensatory and punitive damages for the millions of dollars it spends each year to combat the public nuisance created by the drug companies’ deceptive marketing campaign that misrepresented the safety and efficacy of long-term opioid use. According to the complaint, at least 13 Washington County residents suffered opioid-related overdose fatalities between 2003 and 2014. In Washington County in 2014, there were 88 opioidrelated emergency department admissions, a 139.2 percent increase between 2010 and 2014, and 167 inpatient hospital admissions for the same reason. In Washington County, 217 residents admitted to chemical dependence treatment programs in 2015 and 262 in 2016.

Notes from City Hall by Thomas Dimopoulos • Saratoga TODAY

MARCH AND RALLY IN CONGRESS PARK SATURDAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — A local rally to protest the separation of families at U.S. borders will take place 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June

30 at Congress Park. The “Families Belong Together March and Rally” is hosted by Saratoga Unites and Saratoga Immigration Coalition.

CITY COUNCIL MEETING RESCHEDULED TO MONDAY DUE TO 4th OF JULY HOLIDAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — To accommodate the Public and Council, the first regularly scheduled City Council meeting for the month of July will be held on Monday, July 2, rather than Tuesday, July 3. Several Public Hearings are listed for that evening, and will begin at 6:10 p.m. The

meeting itself will begin at the regularly scheduled time – 7 p.m. Other meetings at City Hall this week: Planning Board: Workshop 5 p.m. Monday, and full meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday. The Design Review Commission meeting, previously slated to take place July 5 has been cancelled.



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Foal Patrol Surpasses One Million Views Season 2 Coming in Fall by Marissa Gonzalez Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame has announced Season two of Foal Patrol this fall. Since Foal Patrol’s debut, the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame’s Foal Patrol project has received more than one million views across its various media platforms and was viewed in 37 countries. Season two will debut this fall at www.foalpatrol. com. Announcements regarding the participating farms and mares will be made later this summer. The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame launched Foal Patrol as a one-of-a-kind

Momento D’oro with foal born on March 27, 2018 at Old Tavern Farm in Saratoga Springs. Photo provided.

collection of live web cameras where people can view real-time streams of several in-foal mares during their pregnancy and through the actual foaling. The website is optimized for viewing across all media platforms, including tablets and smart phones. In addition, the Museum partnered with artist Sharon Crute to develop a Foal Patrol coloring book, which is available in the Museum gift shop. Foal Patrol currently live streams from eight different farms across the country. Five farms are in Kentucky; two are in New York- one of them being the Old Tavern Farm in Saratoga Springs, and one other in Florida. The Museum’s partners in developing Foal Patrol include

Momento D’oro with foal born on March 27, 2018 at Old Tavern Farm in Saratoga Springs. Photo provided.

The Jockey Club Technology Services, Keeneland Broadcast Associates, Godolphin Kids, Visit Lex, Horse Country Tours,, The BloodHorse, Equibase, New World Resources and Carr-Hughes Productions. “The great feedback we have received from Foal Patrol fans and the racing industry has been exceptional,” said Cathy Marino, the director of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.

“To have a million views in six months is such a thrill for everyone at the Museum. People have really fallen in love with these mares and foals and this project has been a great educational tool to help people learn about breeding and raising thoroughbreds. We’re really looking forward to continuing Foal Patrol and making it even better with our second season,” she added. According to Marino, Foal Patrol hopes to expand on the educational aspects of the website. “We’ll be shortly adding on a lot of educational aspects. We want to talk about anatomy, pedigree, care of the horses, veterinarian care… We are hoping to eventually have this so that teachers can go on here and link to different educational aspects that they can use in the classroom and perhaps develop a curriculum around it,” Marino said. Looking ahead, Marino hopes to involve other industry-related organizations for the next year.


Week of June 29 – July 5, 2018

The Adirondack Trust Company Awarded for Exceptional Performance SARATOGA SPRINGS — On June 22, The Adirondack Trust Company was awarded a five-star rating from Bauer Financial, the nation’s premier bank rating firm. For more than ten years the Adirondack Trust Company has earned and maintained this top honor. A five-star rating indicates that the bank excels in areas of capital adequacy, profitability, asset quality and much more. If a bank receives a five star rating for over ten years, it earns the position of “Exceptional Performance Bank.”

The Wesley Community Names Enriched Living Program Coordinator

Saranya Thomas. Photo provided.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — On June 22, The Wesley Community announced that Saranya Thomas was appointed Enriched Living Program Coordinator for Woodlawn Commons at the senior living campus in Saratoga Springs. In her role, Thomas will

administer the operations of Woodlawn Commons Enriched Living Program to provide a high quality of life for all residents and promote communication between staff, families, and administration. She will also oversee the housing program to ensure compliance with the Department of Health and any other regulatory or accrediting requirements. Thomas has nearly 10 years of experience serving families and clients of all ages in the medical field, including home care, hospital care and service centers for both children and the elderly. Thomas is a graduate of University at Albany, where she received a Master’s degree in social work. For more information visit

Canter Opens New York Chapter SARATOGA SPRINGS — Canter is now offering its nationallyrecognized, 100 percent volunteer service to New York horseman with the opening of CANTERNew York, a Phase I program offering free sales listings to local trainers/owners of Thoroughbred Racehorses no longer competing. To find an ex-racehorse, volunteer, or to make a donation, visit

Racing and Gaming Committee Meeting BALLSTON SPA — The Saratoga County Racing and Gaming Committee will meet on July 5 at 2:30 p.m. The meeting will take place at the Saratoga

County Complex in Ballston Spa in the meeting room of the Board of Supervisors.

3M Eco Grant

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SARATOGA SPRINGS — The 3M Company has awarded Saratoga PLAN an $11,250 Eco-Grant for environmental work related to the ongoing Bog Meadow Brook Nature Trail improvement project in Saratoga Springs, New York. Saratoga PLAN is leading the trail renovation project, with funding and other support from the New York State Conservation Partnership Program, a generous matching grant from the City of Saratoga Springs, donated materials from the D.A. Collins Companies, and engineering and labor from Munter Enterprises, in addition to the 3M grant. Numerous volunteers will provide additional labor.

Saratoga Candy Co. Turns 20 Years Old SARATOGA SPRINGS — On June 30 the Saratoga Candy Co. will celebrate its 20th Anniversary.

Malta Chiropractic & Sports Rehab Moves to New Location

Malta Chiropractic and Sports Rehab Ribbon Cutting. Photo provided.

MALTA — Malta Chiropractic and Sports Rehab has moved to a new location. The facility is now located at 10 Blacksmith Dr. Suite 1. Dr. Waqas Pervaiz and Dr. Robert Block are both chiropractors and

proprietors of the practice. At the new location both Block and Pervaiz can better accommodate to the growing patient base for Chiropractic care. The facility also offers personal

training in the fitness center that ranges from one-on-one to small and large groups. The practice plans on incorporating massage therapy and acupuncture within the next year.

Beginning at noon and ending at 3 p.m., the candy shop located at 5 Washington St. in Downtown Saratoga Springs will have face painting, free fudge and characters from the television show “Paw Patrol” to celebrate the occasion. For more information contact owner Dawn Oesch at 518-580-0499.

Owner of Saratoga Candy Co., Dawn Oesch. Photo provided.



Week of June 29 – July 5, 2018

HERO ES AT H O M E Rebuilding Together Saratoga County Teams Up with Sears to Provide Critical Home Repairs for Veterans in Ballston Spa SARATOGA COUNTY — Rebuilding Together Saratoga County recently assisted a World War II veteran with accessibility modifications to his bathroom, so he can remain safely and independently in his own home. This project was completed with funding provided through the Sears Heroes at Home program. Heroes at Home, created through a partnership between Sears and Rebuilding Together, is a national program designed to assist low-income members of the military, their families and veterans with the home repairs and modifications they need. Since the inception of the program in 2007, more than $23 million has already been raised for Heroes at Home, and veteran’s services; and through over 1,700 projects, nearly 42,000 volunteers have donated 333,000 hours to support veterans and their families through critical repairs to veteran’s homes and nonprofit facilities that serve them.

“I want to express my sincere gratitude to you and your team for the amazing bathroom project recently completed at my dad’s home. The bathroom has exceeded my expectations, and Dad is thrilled with it. This bathroom will help ensure that he can spend his remaining days in his home, safely and comfortably. The quality of materials and workmanship on the project are far above what I expected. There was no cutting corners; everything was completed the way I would have wanted if I had contracted the project myself. A friend who visited and viewed the project said, ‘These guys are good; they know what they’re doing.’ All the folks from Rebuilding Together and the contractor crew were courteous and accommodating. I am especially appreciative of the respect everyone showed my dad, a WWII veteran. Thank you for all the good work you do. Rebuilding Together is an amazing organization that does Photos provided.

great good in our community. And I’d like to offer a huge thank you to Sears for sponsoring this project and committing resources to help veterans,” said Susan, the homeowner’s daughter. “We are extremely proud of our partnership with the Sears Heroes at Home program, which made it possible for us to help this World War II veteran with accessibility modifications to his home. As a result of our work, he will be able to continue to agein-place safely with dignity and independence,” said Michelle

Larkin, Executive Director of Rebuilding Together. Rebuilding Together Saratoga County’s mission is repairing homes, revitalizing communities, rebuilding lives, and their vision is safe homes and communities for everyone. Since their founding in 2003, Rebuilding Together Saratoga County has renovated and revitalized 973 homes and 85 nonprofit centers with the help of more than 9,300 volunteers who have dedicated 56,500 hours of their time. For more information, visit

Week of June 29 – July 5, 2018

CHARLTON 2110 Maple Ave., $650,000. Lael Dickinson sold property to Florence Heukensfeldt Jansen. 1014 Packer Rd., $605,000. Christopher Carey and Joseph Humphrey sold property to Scott Slattery. 7 Hillandale Dr., $190,000. Sean and Jennifer Hennessey sold property to Michael Grayson. 16 Pine Hollow Dr., $100,000. Garry and Judith Heflin sold property to Heflin Builders Inc. 16 Pine Hollow Dr., $417,908. Heflin Builders Inc. sold property to Stacey Kowalczyk. 916 Charlton Rd., $480,000. Bruce Hodgkins sold property to Christopher Halladay. 601 Sweetman Rd., $35,000. Robert Nolan sold property to Alternative Property Management LLC. 1559 Division St., $374,000. Stephen and Heather Parker sold property to Patricia Durso.



Clifton Park Center Rd., $140,000. Donald and Beth Hunter sold property to Bruce Tanski. 18 Sheffield Dr., $389,900. Scott and Janice Germain sold property to Robert and Jenifer Ward. 16 Redfield Park, $351,000. James and Susan Fitzgerald sold property to Xuan Liu and Li Li.

CORINTH 8 Main St., $130,000. 8 Main Street Corinth LLC sold property to Aussie Shop LLC. 3 Spotswood Dr., $270,900. Driftwood Contracting Inc. sold property to Kathleen Farone and Anthony Falace, Jr. 9 Depot Rd., $83,000. Louis Chandler and Henry Hack sold property to Donald Willard, Jr. and Carol Shipski.

GALWAY 1460 Perth Rd., $240,700. Cheryl and Mark Korona, Sr., sold property to John O’Connor, III and Dixa Bustamante.

11 Blueberry Lane, $431,173. Bordeau Builders Inc. sold property to Nicole and Brett Clouthier.

Consaul Rd., $72,000. Geoffrey and Francine Dubiski sold property to Bryan and Mary Buck.

11 Muirfield Lane, Anthony and Pamela Marinello sold property to Daniel and Jessica Breda.

Perth Rd., $90,000. Paul and Darcy Foust sold property to Pillar LLC.

896 Main St., $315,000. Boni Builders Inc. sold property to Michelle Baldani.

1729 Perth Rd., $735,000. Joseph and Rana Huber sold property to Lakeview Lodge LLC.

22 Baltusrol Dr., $249,000. Troy and Shihchun Rea sold property to Melissa and David Curry.

5692 Jockey St., $142,000. Edward and Joann Tomlinson sold property to Michael Manolakis.

15 Lexington Dr., $187,150. Thomas and Kimberly Decker sold property to Katherine Hadarics.

6116 Greens Corner Rd., $50,000. Alfred and Roberta Jones sold property to Crispin and Kathleen Rice.

8 Tipperary Way, $635,000. Francis Straub (Ind and as Agent) and Mary Straub (by Agent) sold property to Peter and Carol Lohne. 5216 Forest Point Dr., $179,000. Shanna and Jesse Hoy sold property to Lauren VanAuken. 1277 Route 146, $205,000. Kevin Devoe sold property to Vistas West Development LLC.

6142 Stanton Rd., $169,900. Christopher Costanzo sold property to Terri Rogers.

GREENFIELD 346 Porter Corners Rd., $165,600. Franklin and Margie Jones sold property to Suzane and Michael Rowland. 17 Canyon Crossing, $272,500. Allen and Megan Williams sold property to William and Danielle Arpei. 6 Humes Rd., $75,000. Cartier Construction Co. LLC sold property to Thomas Hengeveld and Denise Lord Hengelveld.

MALTA 28 Arrowwood Place, $135,100. Bank of America (by Atty) sold property to Bagramian Group LLC. 235 East High St., $370,000. Karie and Jason Bumford sold property to Michael and Jaime Erickson.

MILTON 2 Stuyvesant Court, $215,000. Zachary and Erin Gearing sold property to Brandon Edwards.

TOWN OF SARATOGA 9 Anthony Lane, $812,791. Saratoga Builders LLC sold property to Kesavan and Susan Sampanthar.

SARATOGA SPRINGS 137 Lincoln Ave., $535,000. Darren Grassi sold property to Adam and Rebecca Zeisel. West Ave., $70,000. Terra Firm LLC sold property to Brian Palmateer. 235 Nelson Ave., $679,000. Daniel and Ann Marie Cahill sold property to Case and Lindsay Fell.


70 Railroad Place, $448,500. Robert, Robert II, and Grace Camoin sold property to Lauren Petraske and Ila Johnson.

370 Route 423, $114,000. Triller Development LLC sold property to Kevin and Mia Huntington.

168 Kaydeross Park Rd., $475,000. William McClune sold property to Jeffrey and Francine Marzinsky.

40 Gurba Dr., $290,000. Joshua and Noel Gibeault sold property to Amy Wilson.

52 White St., $634,000. Shannon and Frederick Scheidt, Jr. sold property to Sid and Rosa Azar.

7 Munger Hill Rd., $270,500. Michele and Daniel Kilmartin, Jr. sold property to Alexandria and Thomas Selva.

45 Forest Ave., $220,000. Sande Weiskopf sold property to Judith Zassenhaus.

9 Lakepointe Way, Lot 33, $365,801. Mason Street LLC sold property to Mark Covey.

STILLWATER 9 Russell Dr., $360,000. Russell Drive Apartments No 9 LLC sold property to Tarpon Holdings LLC.

WILTON 52 Fairway Blvd., $211,000. Francoise Thomas sold property to Albert Matos and Milagros Duval Matos.



Week of June 29 – July 5, 2018

Ballston Spa High School Graduation by Lori Mahan Saratoga TODAY

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BALLSTON SPA — Ballston Spa’s 2018 graduating class had 285 students, including one student graduating a year early and one exchange student. The top two students were: Veronika Hughes, Valedictorian, attending the University of Virginia in the fall and Samantha Paley, Salutatorian, attending Binghamton University in the fall.

Schuylerville High School Graduation by Lori Mahan Saratoga TODAY

Photos by Stacey Rice.

SCHUYLERVILLE — Schuylerville’s 2018 graduating class had 149 students with the top three being: Derek Wilson, Valedictorian, attending Dartmouth College in the fall; Sidney Gregorek, Salutatorian, attending Princeton University in the fall; and Jessica Melita, attending Binghamton University in the fall.


Week of June 29 – July 5, 2018

Saratoga Springs City School District High School Graduation by Lori Mahan Saratoga TODAY

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SARATOGA SPRINGS – Saratoga Springs 2018 graduating class top three students are as follows: Claire Aibel, Valedictorian, attending Brown University in the fall; Brianna Dungate, Salutatorian, attending University of British Columbia in the fall; and Haley Smaldone, attending Nova Southeastern University in the fall.

Week of June 29 – July 5, 2018

Celebrates with a 15th Anniversary Gala by Lori Mahan Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Youth2 – Youth Helping Youth 15th Anniversary Gala is around the corner, coming up this July 30. Youth2- Youth Helping Youth located in Saratoga Springs is a Field of Interest Fund of the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region run by an Advisory Board of students and adults. The charity is celebrating this momentous occasion with a summertime gathering. The gala will include a silent auction, a social action mission auction, as well as dinner and desserts donated by Lily and the Rose and the Bread Basket Bakery, respectively. Annie and the Hedonists, Jonathan Greene, Mira Van Patten and Elyssa King will provide music. Set upon the hilltop housing gorgeous Anne’s Washington Inn, the festivities are open from 6 to 9 pm. to all those in pursuit of supporting youth social action.

Youth2 has a long and rich history of connecting young people to community service and teaching leadership skills. The organization seeks to transform young people by giving them the opportunity to participate in meaningful philanthropic work. Most uniquely, Youth2’s mission gives strong guidance and financial support to social action projects that are proposed, approved and led by young people. Youth2 has given 41 grants to assist youth locally, nationally, and globally throughout its existence. Students in Youth2 learn about the work of nonprofits and their own power to do good. The Book of Good Deeds, published by the organization, has over 100 opportunities for youth to participate locally to improve the community. The Trailblazing Volunteer Training, a three-and-a-half-hour workshop,


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encourages young people to think about issues that they care about and turn their dreams into realities. Youth are recognized for their exemplary volunteering with the Community Service Incentive Award, given out at the end of each school year to two deserving seniors from high schools in Saratoga Springs. Fourteen years ago, Hallie Gibson McKinnon wanted to share her love of theatre with other kids in her community. Feeling that young people in her neighborhood had little to look forward to over the summer holidays, her creative expression turned into a mission. With her Youth2 grant, Hallie hired an acting teacher to create Theatre Thursdays, a weekly program that built community identity and friendships through theatre games and rehearsals. The youth’s hard work culminated in a performance for the neighborhood

at the end of the summer. Hallie’s idea and execution filled the summer months with a productive and fun activity, which every kid could enjoy. This is just one of the many creative visions held by past grant recipients. In preparation for this event, Youth2 would like to thank the generosity of its many sponsors and the honorary committee listed on our website. Due to the kindness of local donors providing food, location, and entertainment, all proceeds from the event will directly enable Youth2’s continued

work in the community. The Youth2 Fifteenth Anniversary Charity Gala will be held on 111 South Broadway at Anne’s Washington Inn. The event will be from 6 to 9 pm. on Monday, July 30. Tickets can be purchased on youthsquared. org or event/3416926. Admission is $25 for 22 and under; $50 for adults; $125 for a family of 4 or more. “Pay what you can” tickets are also available. Contact Beverly Lazar-Davis at 518281-9130 or youthsquared@yahoo. com with any questions.



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: Wednesday, July 11 Thursday, July 19 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 to 11 p.m. Music by DJ Andy Jennings. $30 per person. Contact Pat Temple at 518-3382329 or e-mail patty61349@ for tickets.

Week of June 29 – July 5, 2018

Board of Education Congratulates Retirees in Ballston Spa

Preschool Program at the Malta Community Center

MALTA — Preschool Excitement Series starts July 9 with Imagination in Motion. Join Artistic Director, Elyse Young, while your child (age two-anda-half to five years old) gets a chance to run, jump, roll, dance and move in the gym, while using their imagination and become various animals and magical characters. Develop large motor skills, social interaction, rhythm and creativity in this high energy class. A parent or caregiver must accompany each child. A craft is also included. Call Malta Parks and Recreation at 518-899-4411 for additional information or www. to register.

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BALLSTON SPA — The Ballston Spa Central School District Board of Education recently congratulated and recognized the retirement of staff members upon completion of their service during this school year. The dedication and service

that they brought to the district during their collective 320 years of service will definitely be missed. The Board asked the school community to join them in expressing appreciation for their commitment to the students of Ballston Spa. Retirees this

year included Susan Andi, Edgar Carter, Cheryl Forgea, Linda Gawrys, Jill Greening, Susan Janes, Margaret Lance, Janice McPhee, Arleen Parks, Marie Rossi, Patricia Schaefer, Rose Sgambati, Shari Thomas, Regina Vanasdale, and James Wilson.

Billy Wardell Award

Ballston Spa Students Receive Morley Literacy Award BALLSTON SPA — Ballston Spa fifth grade students recently participated in the annual 5th Grade Moving-Up ceremonies at their elementary schools before the summer break. One student at each school was presented with the Maurice “Christopher” Morley Literacy Award. This award was created in Mr. Morley’s name and is awarded to four students moving up from the elementary schools in the Ballston Spa Central School District to the middle school who have demonstrated exceptional determination and perseverance on the road to reading. The award includes a certificate embossed with the Rotary seal along with a gift certificate to a local book store. The initiative honors the legacy of Village History Consultant Morley who was born in April of 1922 and how he struggled his entire life due to dyslexia. To his credit, Mr. Morley proudly donned a cap and gown to receive his Ballston Spa High School diploma some 60 years after his peers. The 2018 award recipients include Morgan Starr from Milton

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Malta Avenue fifth grader, Kaleigh Capasso receives the “Maurice “Christopher” Morley Literacy Fund” Award from Malta Avenue Principal Sharon D’Agostino. Photo provided.

Terrace Elementary School; Aspen Caswell from Gordon Creek Elementary School; Erin Fillion from Wood Road Elementary School; and Kaleigh Capasso from Malta Avenue Elementary School. The award is supported by the Rotary Club of Ballston Spa and presented annually by each of elementary school principals.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Maple Avenue Middle School recognized nine students who received awards in memory of Billy (William Thurlow) Wardell. The awards, created and provided by Billy’s grandparents, include a gift card to Target for school supplies. The awards state the recipients demonstrated they were “acting maturely, showing kindness, helping [their] fellow students and being against bullying” as Billy “demonstrated those qualities.” The students receiving the award were Alexander Savage, Sasha Sheffer, Eric Jenkins, Sandra Fierros Garcia, Justin Cooper, Olivia Tuck, Anthony Stefanacci, Ceara Parker, and Jackson Stone.



Week of June 29 – July 5, 2018

Every Morning, Farmer Greets His Bees

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

by Kara Winslow for Saratoga TODAY JASON HEITMAN starts his day of farming with a quick stop at the beehive, where he listens to the happy whir within and then greets the bees. The ritual fits into his philosophy of farming, which is all about learning how “to read the land better and influence it less.” Heitman owns Green Jeans Market Farm, one of the new Saturday vendors at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market. He farms on one-eighth of an acre of land leased from another market vendor, Otrembiak Farm. The land – uncultivated – was covered with perennial grass, six feet tall. It now hosts rows of intensively cultivated vegetables and herbs.

Heitman was an English major in college. He graduated, landed a job in technology, and then decided he wanted to become a farmer because he saw it as a means of offering safe and healthy food to his community. He wanted to “do it right” so he picked up a book and learned about how food systems operated. He completed internships at a farm in Denver and with Pleasant Valley Farm, also a Saratoga Farmers’ Market vendor, for a year and a half, “every moment of which was precious.” He also worked with other market vendors to learn how different farming systems worked. Green Jeans became “certified naturally grown” before Heitman sold his first radish. The designation indicates that the farming is done without synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides or genetically modified organisms. It is comparable to being certified organic except that the certification relies upon peer inspections and direct relationships between likeminded farmers. Heitman does his farming by hand, and remains attentive to the natural processes of the land. The evidence of his labor is found at

Photo by Kara Winslow.

his booth at the south end of the market in the array of greens he brings each week. Heitman credits his ability to farm to the help he received from other farmers. Now, he too wants to reach out and help others. “It’s

Green Jeans Market Farm, photo by Kara Winslow.

always in the back of my mind,” he says. “I know this farm is small, but I hope to be able to help others as they’ve helped me.” 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, Twitter, and Instagram, and check us out on the FreshFoodNY app. E-mail for volunteer opportunities.

Hearty Radish Greens Salad This salad is a balance of flavors and textures. Radish greens provide body and earthiness and a bit of bite, apples offer sweetness, scallions some slight tanginess, and the garbanzo beans and cucumber are mellowing. Radish greens offer six times more Vitamin C than the actual radish! They are rich in calcium and potassium, full of antioxidants, and act as a powerful digestive aid.

INGREDIENTS * Find these Ingredients at the Farmers’ Market! • Greens from 2 bunches of radishes* • 1 teaspoon of mashed or crushed garlic* • A pinch of salt • 1/2 cup of extra-virgin olive oil* • 1/4 cup of fresh lemon juice

• 1 cup of apples*, chopped • 3 purple or white scallions*, finely chopped • 1 cup of cucumbers*, chopped • 1 can of cooked garbanzo beans

INSTRUCTIONS 1. Wash and dry the radish greens. Chop them coarsely. 2. Make the dressing by mixing the garlic, lemon juice, and olive oil.

3. Add to the radish greens the apples, cucumber, scallions and garbanzo beans. Mix and pour the dressing.

Adapted from the recipe in Chef Ramzi’s ‘The Culinary Heritage of Lebanon’ and shared by



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by John Reardon for Saratoga TODAY


my Foodie Friends. This weekend begins the Fourth of July weekend for many. This Fourth of July weekend will include attending fireworks, parades, barbeques, carnivals, picnics, baseball games, and family gatherings. The Fourth of July is more than just a celebration of summertime — it’s a time to celebrate our freedom and how far we have come. Among my favorite Independence Day to do’s is to watch the fireworks by the water (ocean or lake) and cooking outdoors. Many of our customers have made the decision to downsize from larger homes with yards. Many apartments and condominiums do not allow outdoor grills on patios or decks. There is a solution to this; it is the Chef ’sChoice® Indoor/ Outdoor Cast Iron electric grill.

Check with your landlord or association to make sure you can use this. Enjoy delicious, grilled taste, year round with the Chef ’sChoice® Indoor/ Outdoor Cast Iron electric grill. Create scrumptious grilled meals and enjoy delicious seared flavors anytime and most anywhere: The electric grill has a cast iron grill plate for perfect grilling. It is powerful with 1500 watts of power making it ideal for searing steaks, hamburgers, veggies and more. The heavy-duty cast iron grill plate provides even, consistent grilling temperature. The grill plate is a double coated, durable porcelain enamel nonstick finish; lifts out for easy clean-up. The grill allows for healthy cooking: grease and oils drain away during grilling with a removable stainless steel drip tray, for in sink or dishwasher cleaning. There is an adjustable temperature control for grilling a variety of foods. Grill plate surface is 14 5/8˝x 9 5/8˝(141 square inches); Overall grill size is 18 15/16˝ L x 11 7/8˝ D x 4 ½˝ H and includes a one year limited household warranty. The really cool thing about this grill is that you can use it year round either indoors or outdoors. Stop by Compliments to the Chef located at 33 Railroad place to view this grill in action. Chef Rocco Verrigni will be doing a demonstration along with knife skills this Saturday. Check out our assortment of grill accessories as well. We have

all the cool tools you will need to assist with gatherings and picnics for the holiday weekend and make your American festivity recipes. As we celebrate our freedom, let us not forget to thank those who have fought for our country to give us this day. Have fun Grillin’ and Chillin’ this weekend with family and friends. Remember my Foodie Friends; “Life Happens in the Kitchen.”

Take Care, John & Paula JOIN US Saturday, June 30 from 1 – 3 p.m. for an Exciting Knife Skills and Indoor/ Outdoor Electric Grill Demo at Compliments to the Chef with Professor/Chef Rocco Verrigni: Professor and Chef Rocco Verrigni has instructed culinary courses at Schenectady County Community College for the last 37 years. Rocco was born and raised in Saratoga Springs and started his culinary career in local restaurants before gaining further experience in NYC, Chicago, California, and Italy. He perfected his art alongside wellestablished chefs the world over. Highlights of his career include: working with University Foundation of Thailand, to design and implement curriculum, for hotel managers at Rajabhat Institute School of

Chef Rocco Verrigni. Photos provided.

Hotel Management in Bangkok, and establish First Global Community College (FGCC) at Udon-Nongkai; co-developed Kentucky Derby student intern program; developed Italian Food and Culture, a study abroad course for SCCC culinary students; co-founded SlowFood Saratoga, an organization dedicated to the principles of

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SlowFood America; supervised volunteers for Farm Aid 2013, held in Saratoga Springs. He is enthusiastic about the local farm to fork food movement and continues to work with local chefs, owners, and farmers to hone his skills and feed his passion for food, cooking and teaching. Rocco lives with his wife, Karen in Saratoga Springs.

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





Tuesday Wednesday • BBQ Thursday • Monday Rosemary Garlic • Hot Dog with • CLOSED Pork Loin 2 Lemon Chicken3 July 4th Special 4 CLOSED 5 Sauerkraut • Cubed Sweet Rosemary Hot• Dog BBQ Pork Loin • Rice Garlic Potatoes Baked Beans Lemon Chicken w/Sauerkraut on Bun Cubed Sweet Potato • Brussels Sprouts • Potato Salad • Cabbage over Baked Beans Cabbage • Chocolate Chip • Red, White & Rice• Peach Crisp Potato Salad Chocolate Chip Cookies Blue Cake Brussels Sprouts Patriotic Cookies Warm Peach Crisp Cake 9 10 11 12 Menu SubjectBaked to Change. butterAlfredo are served daily. Meatball The suggested is $2/meal. Fish Coffee, tea and Chicken Subcontribution Sausage Patty There is a $6 fee for guests under the age of 60. Please make checks payable to: Northeast Dining and Lodging, w/Creamy Dijon Pasta Yellow Squash w/Peppers & Onions c/o Saratoga County Office forPeas the Aging, 152 West High Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 Sauce over Cauliflower on Roll Brown Rice Pears Fruit Cocktail Red Bliss Potatoes Sonoma Carrots Vegetables Peaches

• Chicken Salad (Cold Plate) • Potato Salad • Carrot Raisin Salad • Dinner Roll • Banana

6 Egg Mar Bea Bee Frui w/W 13 Ham Plat Swe Cole Pine


Week of June 29 – July 5, 2018

WITT CONSTRUCTION, INC. 30 Years and Still Growing Photos by Randall Perry Photography

by Helen Susan Edelman for Saratoga TODAY YEARS is a long time. For Witt Construction, Inc., it’s been a trek through hills and valleys, but today, President John Witt looks out toward a clear horizon. With his three-decade anniversary this month, Witt declares, “I enjoy my work more each day.” As a U.S. Ski Team champion in his 20s, Witt traveled the world. He was fascinated by the architecture in distant countries, and when the ski career wound down, that fascination translated into a creative urge to design and build homes. A Saratogian since his family moved to the city from Syracuse, when he was a firstgrader, Witt couldn’t think of anywhere he’d rather live, so he put down stakes in the area and got busy making people’s dreams come true. The first house Witt built for a client was on Wagman’s Ridge Road in the Town of Saratoga. It was a saltbox, carefully sited so that trees would grow in to frame it. “Other than the house I had built for myself a year before, I had no track record and they trusted me,” he recalls. Landscaping is always a consideration in Witt’s portfolio of hundreds of homes. “People like views, and I look for great properties to develop in Saratoga Springs, Schuylerville, Malta, Stillwater, Wilton, Greenfield and Clifton Park, and even beyond that,” he says. “You have to decide which trees to cut and which to keep so that the house overlooks something beautiful, but is also private, if that’s what the owners are looking for.” Witt has had significant success with neighborhoods like Cherry Hills off Old Schuylerville Rd., Park Alley, near Skidmore College, Lakeside at Riley’s, in Saratoga Springs, and Excelsior Park, near Northway exit 15. He is also building seven single-family

Randall Perry Photography.

John Witt.

condominiums around a courtyard on Jumel Place, in Saratoga Springs’ east side, and has under construction right now 18 townhomes at Excelsior Park. He’s even built a 13,000-squarefoot, off-the-grid home in Pennsylvania and a five-box modular in Killington, Vt., where he heads many winter weekends “Our goal is: ‘You walk in, you feel good’,” Witt says. Every custom and classic Witt home is designed with specific clients in mind and Witt meets every one of them to talk about how they see themselves living there. “This is going to be their personal space and we don’t want them to compromise,” he says. “We look at their needs and their lifestyles when we design a home, ranging from whether they’re downsizing to whether they need accessible bathrooms or wider staircases.” Signature Witt homes are known for features such as meticulous built-ins, open floorplans, spacious master suites and state-of-the-art kitchens.

One reason Witt homes meet the highest standards of quality is that he’s no stranger to getting his hands dirty, knows every nuance of the design-build industry and doesn’t hold back on warrantying his work. “I designed and built my own first house on Monument Drive in Schuylerville and I am self-taught,” he says. “I’ve worn all the hats. I rented a bulldozer, did siding and roofing and built the stairs and I ended up with a really neat property. It inspired me to build great homes and I read and studied everything I could to make it happen. I wasn’t even in business yet; I did it to learn.” In the beginning, he took every job he could get “just to stay alive. We were in a recession,” he remembers. “But I found it rewarding to take a raw piece of property and design a home for it and see people super happy with the outcome. I see them years later, and they’re still happy.” When Witt first founded his company he had one employee, “and he’s still with me,” Witt continued to next page...

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Interior design for kitchen (above) and dining room (below) by E Tanny Design.

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WITT CONSTRUCTION, INC. 30 Years and Still Growing Photos by Randall Perry Photography

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Grateful for the talented craftsmen and women who worked on our team and made history building this Chateauesque style North Broadway Estate... and the amazing Riggi family for trusting us with this historic property.”

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continued... reports. It can be hard, though. At one point, he went from 48 employees to 12. “Thirty years ago, there wasn’t much of a market,” he explains, “but, I was determined.” (His favorite employee these days is his daughter, Aspen.) “I started with just me, then slowly hired trades. I had my own framing crew, mason and laborers, in the beginning.” Witt also emphasizes that there are good jobs in construction that pay well, and encourages people to consider them when they’re looking at posthigh school options. As the economy improved and demand for Saratoga Springsarea housing increased, so did Witt Construction’s list of clients, many of them influenced by positive word-of-mouth reports passed on by thrilled homeowners. One of his specialties now is in-fills, building new residences on city lots that have had structures on them knocked down. “The approval process is brutal,” says Witt. “Just because you design a house, doesn’t mean you can build it.”

He says that zoning in the city core hasn’t changed much since he started his business and that makes it expensive to live downtown. That’s one of the reasons he is developing spaces like Excelsior Park, where prices can be more affordable, but maintain the superior quality and appearance he is known for. His work is Witt’s main focus by day, but he loves Saratoga and has dedicated himself to enhancing it. He has committed hundreds of acres to green space, was president of the Saratoga Builders Association and founded the regional Showcase of Homes, which raises money for Habitat and Saratoga Rebuild, an organization that helps people in need of housing, while it spotlights local builders’ current projects. “I like to keep money local,” he says. “People who tour Showcase properties aren’t necessarily looking for a home, they just like to see cool, new stuff.” He also currently serves on

the board of the National Museum of Dance, Double H Ranch Facilities Advisory Committee and served on the Saratoga Preservation Foundation board. “I am most proud of my work for Double H Hole in the Woods Ranch in Lake Luzerne, specialized programs and yearround support for children and their families dealing with lifethreatening illness,” he says. His formula for corporate and personal success is working. His team members have longevity, some 20 or 25 years, and, he declares, “We have a great future in the best place in the world to live. Saratoga has four seasons, great cultural opportunities, excellent schools, a high quality of life and we’re near Montreal, New York City and Boston. Under Mayor Meg Kelly, the momentum is positive, the momentum is forward, and I want to make it possible for people to live a great life at different price points in beautiful, creative housing. It’s all good.”

John Witt with his daughter, Aspen. Photo by Cathleen Duffy.

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Week of June 29 – July 5, 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.

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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 29 – July 5, 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 10 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.

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This Week’s Events June 29th - July 5th

MONDAY, JULY 2 Family Parachute Night Saratoga Springs Public Library, H. Dutcher Community Room | 6:30 – 7 p.m. Let’s shake our sillies out and have some family parachute fun! Intended for ages 5 and above, but siblings are welcome. Register each child either online, in-person, or by calling 518-584-7860, ext. 305.

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FRIDAY, JUNE 29 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.

Jumpin’ Jacks Fireworks and Water Ski Show 5 Schonowee Avenue, Scotia | 6 – 9 p.m. The festivities will include: 7 p.m. water ski show brought to you by the U.S. Water Ski Show Team. 8 p.m. concert at Freedom Park Scotia featuring Rusticator. Please note: If the weather calls for light rain, fireworks will still go on. If the weather calls for severe storms/weather of any kind, fireworks will have to be postponed or potentially cancelled.

SATURDAY, JUNE 30 Sunflower Saturdays Pitney Meadows, 223 West Avenue, Saratoga Springs | 9:30 a.m. Pitney Meadows Community Gardens will host an old-fashioned story time for children, followed by a hands-on, 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

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Trask family, the mansion and history of the Yaddo Gardens. Docent led Summer Drop-in Tours will be each Saturday and Sundays until September 2. Meeting at the entrance to the garden, $10 per person, tours last about one hour. For more information, contact Yaddo at 518-584-0746 or visit the website at

Slavery in Dutch New York 1626-1664 Grant Cottage, 1000 Mt. McGregor Road, Wilton | 1 p.m. Curator Travis Bowman will present the role of slavery played in the formation and growth of the West India Company and how the Company’s Atlantic slave trading activities affected the colonists of Dutch New York. The suggested donation for programs is $5 per person. Programs are possible thanks to the Adirondack Trust Community Fund and are supported with funding from the New York State Park and Trail Partnership Program (NYSPTPP) and New York’s Environmental Protection Fund.

SUNDAY, JULY 1 Breakfast Buffet Saratoga-Wilton Elks, 1 Elks Lane, Route 9, Saratoga Springs | 8:30 – 11 a.m. Now featuring eggs to order, fruit cocktail, French toast, pancakes, potatoes, breakfast sausage and ham, corned beef hash, sausage gravy and biscuits, scrambled eggs, eggs benedict, juice, coffee and tea. Donation Requested: Adults $10, Seniors and Military (Active/Retired with ID Card) $9, Children 5—12 $8, Under 5 Free, Take-outs $10. Call 518584-2585 for more information.

Wealth and Wellness: Franklin Square Franklin Square, Corner of Division and Broadway, Saratoga Sprins | 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Carrie Woerner, NYS Assemblywoman and former Saratoga Springs Preseration Foundation Executive Director, will lead a tour through the architecturally rich historic Franklin Square area.

Six Flags Great Escape, 89 Six Flags Drive Queensbury | 9:30 a.m. This three-day party (July 2 – 4) features your favorite all-American traditions and has everything you need to celebrate the country in the best way possible. Three nights of fireworks, a live DJ, interactive games to win great prizes and giveaways, plus so much more. Free admission to all military members (valid ID required). For more information visit

TUESDAY, JULY 3 Woodcarvers Meeting Milton Community Center, 310 Northline Road, Ballston Spa | 9 – 11:30 a.m. The Ballston Area Senior Citizens are looking for anyone interested in joining, from beginners to experience woodcarvers. Both men and women in the group meet every Tuesday to carve everything from birds, walking canes to even a rocking horse. Please contact Neil Scheuerman, 9 – 11:30 a.m. at 518-885-6740. Visit

Docent Tours at the National Museum of Dance 99 S. Broadway, Saratoga Springs | 11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Docent led tours of the Museum’s temporary and permanent exhibitions will be held each Tuesday. The tours are free of charge, no advance registration is necessary. Tours meet in the Museum foyer.

Fireworks at Saratoga Casino Hotel 342 Jefferson Street, Saratoga Springs | 9:15 p.m. The event also features food vendors and musicians, as well as a live racing card starting at 5 p.m. For more information on promotions and events during the “All-American Celebration,” visit

Saratoga’s All-American Celebration 2018 Downtown Saratoga Springs, Tuesday and Wednesday – All day Saratoga’s All-American Celebration 2018 plans to close Spring Street, Putnam Street and Henry Street for a downtown party. The fireworks will be shot off from behind the Congress Park carousel. The AudioStars concert will be on stage in the Spring Street surface lot. The car show will also be in the Spring Street lot earlier in the day, and BBQ and Dessert Fest will take place all along Broadway, throughout downtown Saratoga Springs, and in the Division Street parking lot. For additional information visit

WEDNESDAY, JULY 4 Firecracker4 Road Race Saratoga Springs City Center, 522 Broadway, Saratoga Springs | 9 a.m. This is the annual kick off to Saratoga’s All-American Celebration. The 4-mile course takes runners south on Broadway to Circular Street, east through the historic residential district and finishes behind the City Center. The race is chip timed with gun and

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net times. Awards in five year increments. Special award categories for Military and Public Safety participants. This is a USATF Adirondack Club Team Championship and Saratoga Stryders Grand Prix Event. There is also a half-mile Kids Fun Run, the “Firecracker Sparkler,” which will follow the Firecracker4 Awards Ceremony. Grab your friends and family and create a “Run Your Colors” race team. Top three teams will receive a donation to the charity of their choice. Visit for more details and to register.

Volkswalk for Fun, Fitness and Friendship Start point: K Mart Plaza, 1251 Route 29, Greenwich, Registration 9 – 9:25 a.m. A volkswalk is a recreationally-paced, pre-mapped walk in a culturally or historically interesting area. They are planned with safety in mind and are great opportunities for exercise and sociability. Registration for each event starts one half-hour prior to the walk and the cost is $2. Further information is available at

Independence Day at Saratoga National Historical Park Saratoga National Historical Park, 648 Route 32, Stillwater | 10 a.m. Citizenship Ceremony: 10 – 11 a.m. Celebrate and give cheer to 20 immigrants who become citizens of the USA. Enjoy period music, join in 13 toasts to independence and the “new” United States with lemonade, and see cannon and musket firings up close. Declaration of Independence: 2 – 2:30 p.m. Join Park Ranger Emeritus Joe Craig as he portrays a town crier declaring America’s Independence and leads a rousing 13 celebratory toasts.

July 4th Celebration at Clifton Common 16 Clifton Commons Boulevard, Clifton Park | Noon Bring your family, friends, and neighbors as we mark the birth of our nation in smalltown America style! Clifton Park’s July Fourth

Celebration culminates with great entertainment and the Capital Region’s largest locally sponsored fireworks display. The parade will begin at Noon and travel from the front of Shenendehowa School to Clifton Common. Then there will be rides, games, food and craft vendors at Clifton Common, as well as live music by Sirsy and The Accents. The day will conclude with fireworks! For more information, contact the Town of Clifton Park:

New York State’s 4th of July Celebration Empire State Plaza, Albany | 3 – 10 p.m. Price Chopper and Market 32 have presented this Albany tradition since our country’s bicentennial celebration in 1976. The annual event features live music and fun for the whole family, including the best fireworks show in the region. The day includes a naturalization ceremony, dozens of food and craft vendors, activities for kids, and an evening of live entertainment leading up to the big pyrotechnics show. The use of sparklers and fireworks is not permitted at the Empire State Plaza. All bags and backpacks will be subject to search. No animals or pets (excludes ADA-defined service animals) will be allowed.

4th of July Fireworks at Shepard Park Shepard Park and Lake George Village Waterfront, Canada Street and Beach Road, Lake George | 9:30 p.m. The Village of Lake George puts on a July 4th fireworks display that can be viewed all along the waterfront. Time is approximate, they will go off immediately following sundown. Lake George also has fireworks at dusk every Thursday night from July 12 - August 23.

Poetry Reading Café Lena, 47 Phila Street, Saratoga Springs, Doors open/ Sign-ups at 7 p.m. A poetry reading by Elaine Handley. An open reading will follow. Readings will start at 7:30 p.m. The host for the event will be Carol Graser and the cost is $5 general, free for students. For more information call 518-583-0022 or visit the website at

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Jumpin’ Jacks Fireworks and Water Ski Show

New York State’s 4th of July Celebration

5 Schonowee Avenue, Scotia | 6 – 9 p.m.

TUESDAY, JULY 3 Fireworks at Saratoga Casino Hotel 342 Jefferson Street, Saratoga Springs | 9:15 p.m.

Saratoga’s All-American Celebration 2018 Fireworks with Patriotic Music Downtown Saratoga Springs 9:30 p.m. (approx.) Fireworks will be shot off from behind the Congress Park carousel. The best viewing areas will be Spring Street, Henry Street, Putnam Street and the Phila Street parking deck.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 4 July 4th Celebration at Clifton Common 16 Clifton Commons Boulevard, Clifton Park | 9:30 p.m.

Empire State Plaza, Albany 9:15 p.m.

4th of July Fireworks at Shepard Park Shepard Park and Lake George Village Waterfront, Canada Street and Beach Raod, Lake George 9:30 p.m.

SATURDAY, JULY 7 Independence Day Celebration - Fun, Food and Fireworks River Street, Corinth | 9:20 p.m. Celebration will begin at 9 a.m. with the Corinth Firecracker 5K Run and Walk. Registration at Pagenstecher Park from 7 - 8:45 a.m. $10 donation. Fun Run after 5K. Then, the parade will begin at 2 p.m. Parade proceeds up Palmer Ave. and down Main St. and ends at River St. Following the parade will be a Duck Race, face painting, magic show and balloon art. X-Squad Water Ski Show will be at 7 p.m. and fireworks at 9:20 p.m. Food will be available for purchase starting at noon.

THURSDAY, JULY 5 Summer 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 the Ballston Spa Community Band.

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Saratoga Spa State Park Docent Program Saratoga Spa State Park welcomes back the park docents for a third summer season, now through Labor Day, Monday, September 3. The docents will be out in the park helping to serve park patrons and will be available for orientation, directions, and answering visitor questions. They will also provide free short interpretive walks on the mineral springs and park history. Programs will be offered every day. Springs Tours: Monday - Thursday | 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. Friday - Sunday | 11 a.m, 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. Enjoy a short, refreshing springs walk that describes the different mineral springs in the park, how they came to be, and sample some of the sparkling waters. Cups provided. Program meets down by the Creekside Classroom in the Geyser Picnic Area. History Strolls: Noon and 2 p.m. daily. Discover park history on a short walk to learn about historic uses for mineral waters, the 1930s spa complex for research and medical treatment, and other park history highlights. Program meets up at the arcade, outside the administration building, 19 Roosevelt Drive, Saratoga Springs. $5 Bag Sale Second Hand Rose Thrift Shop, located at 116 Broad Street, Schuylerville announces a $5 bag sale for the month of July. The shop has a large selection of books, clothing, shoes, and children’s toys. Look for unannounced ‘in store’ specials. The shop is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Volunteers are needed and appreciated. Our proceeds after expenses, are given back to community service organizations. For additional information, please call 518-695-4640. 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 soroptimistsaratoga. org or purchased at several locations: Saratoga Heritage Area Visitor Center at 297 Broadway, Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga Springs, all Cudney’s Dry Cleaners retail locations, Faddegon’s Nursery in Latham, and Green Conscience Home at 33 Church St., Saratoga Springs. The self-guided tour is an allvolunteer fundraiser presented by Soroptimists of Saratoga County. 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. For more information email or call 518-581-1201 ext. 4184. Learn more at Adventure Series The Town of Malta Department of Parks, Recreation and Human Services announces: Preschool Summer Excitement Series for Ages 2.5 - 5 years Imagination-In-Motion: Monday, July 9 | 10 - 10:45 a.m. A high energy class that will expand your preschooler’s imagination with the use of props, costume pieces, songs and more! The Hungry Caterpillar: Monday, July16 | 10 - 10:45 a.m. This fun class is centered around the childhood favorite book, “The Hungry Caterpillar.” Join the fun with a variety of music and movement activities including story time and a craft project. Reptile Adventure: Monday, July 23 | 10 - 10:45 a.m. Touch a snake! Pet a turtle! See eye to eye with a South American Frog! Learn how these creatures live, what to do if you meet one in the wild and more! StarLab Planetarium: Monday, July 30 | 10 - 10:45 a.m. Come and see what you can find in the summer night sky with a visit to StarLab indoor planetarium. All children will also make a plane to fly. An adult must accompany the child to each program.

Contact the Malta Community Center at 518-899-4411 or visit for additional information. One-Day Bus Trip – Open to the Public Burlington & 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. 9th Annual Adirondack Greek Festival The festival will be held at St. George Church, 55 Main Street, South Glens Falls, Thursday, July 12 through Saturday, July 14. Thursday, 4 to 8 p.m., there will be gyro and souvlaki to go. Friday and Saturday, from noon to 8 p.m., there will be a full festival with authentic Greek food, pastries, folk dancers, live music, gift shop, kids’ activities, and church tours. Free admission and parking. For more information, call Marika at 518-792-8299 or the church at 518-792-2359. 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

Week of June 29 – July 5, 2018 catered lunch follows the program RSVP by July 11 by calling Temple Sinai Havurah Vatik reservation line at 518-584-8730, 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, P.O. Box 60, Schuylerville, NY 12871. Ghost Tours at Yaddo Beginning on July 24 through August 28 there will be ghost tours on Tuesdays during racing season, starting at 5 p.m. Private docent led garden tours may be arranged at a date and time convenient to a group. Meet in the parking lot, $10 per person. For more information, contact Yaddo at 518-584-0746 or visit Trip to Lancaster, PA Sponsored by Malta Seniors, Inc. August 7- 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 and then return home. Visit maltaseniorsny. com 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., 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 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, Hall-of-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 28-30. Friday, September 28: Parting Glass Pub, 40 Lake Ave. at 5 p.m. Saturday, September 29: Peabody’s Sports Bar, 39 Phila St. at 5 p.m. Sunday, September 30: Hattie’s Chicken Shack, 45 Phila St. at 10 a.m. If you are planning to attend or would like further information, contact JoAnn (Engle) Hughes at or call 518-526-0063. Aging Elderly Nutrition Program The Saratoga County Office for the Aging Elderly Nutrition Program will be distributing Farmers’ Market 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.

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Jazz Fest 2018 WRITTEN BY Thomas Dimopoulos • PHOTOS BY SuperSource Media.

A GOOD TIME had by all, despite an on-again, off-again rainfilled weekend during Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival June 23-24, 2018 at SPAC. Performances were staged on the main amphitheater stage, and the recently named

Charles R. Wood Gazebo Stage. During the Jazz Passengers set Sunday, saxophonist Roy Nathanson encouraged audience members to sing along with the band’s rendition of the 1960’s song “Reunited.” For the most part,

Jon Batiste with The Dap-Kings performing June 24, 2018 at Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival at SPAC.

it worked. Others shopped in a created marketplace beneath the shelter of covered tents, perusing jazz-inspired oil paintings, African jewelry, Toucan hats, handcrafted leather bags and a wide assortment of colorful cloths.

Jazzmeia Horn performing June 23, 2018 at Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival at Saratoga Performing Arts Center.

The legendary Mavis Staples, performing the Talking Heads’ “Slippery People” June 24, 2018 at Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival at SPAC.

Deva Mahal hitting on all cylinders June 24, 2018 at Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival at SPAC. Mahal, the daughter of musician Taj Mahal, delivered one of Jazz Fest weekend’s biggest highlights, with a sonic mix reminiscent of vintage soul music and that girl group sound of the ‘60s, in a totally contemporary way.

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at times beneath the cloak of fiction. There are visits to local ice cream shops, journeys to go applepicking and trips to the mall; there are inferences – though neither is named - to the City Center during the staging of a gun show, and to Temple Sinai, which in “real life” stands directly across the street on Broadway. Segments of Homes’ work have also been scribed in Saratoga Springs, during her many residencies at the Yaddo arts colony. “I’ve built a relationship for myself with the town: going to the library, going to the Farmers’ Market, going to the YMCA. People and places have always meant a lot to me and have always been very inspirational,” Homes says. “In the new book, there’s a story about an ‘everyman’ who’s nominated to run for president that’s set in a

big box store. In my mind that is somewhere over where Target and all those stores are.” The story, “A Prize for Every Player,” depicts a man introduced to shoppers as candidate for President of the United States. The announcement is made over a microphone appropriated from a karaoke machine in the electronic section. As reporters descend upon the store, the local high school cheerleaders welcome the candidate by performing their rah-rahs outside, in the Keep Clear fire lane. The strip mall location marks a literary return to the parcel of land Homes first discovered during a Yaddo residency early in her career. “The Pyramid Mall floated in a sea

of parking spaces…” – from “The Safety of Objects.” (Photo provided by The Saratoga Room)

“Some of the works that I got done during the early visits to Yaddo were in the book the ‘The Safety of

Objects,’” Homes says. “I was fairly young (when I first came to Yaddo). It was before my first book was even published. I grew up as a writer hearing about Yaddo and being a huge fan of John Cheever and one of my teachers, Doris Grumbach, had been there before and knew all the people. It was thrilling and intimidating. There was a sense that being invited to come to Yaddo was a vote of confidence in you as a young person of exceptional promise. It’s a question of going to dinner at night with all the artists and we were terrified, hoping to sit next to somebody who didn’t reveal you to be a total fool, or a fraud.” While in residence at Yaddo, Homes met Jay McInerney, who had a few years earlier achieved fame with his first published novel, “Bright Lights, Big City.” They decided to visit the Pyramid Mall. “At one point I went over there with Jay McInerney. I guess we were going to the movies or something and they had one of those contests, you know, where you keep your hands on a car for as long as you possibly can. I found it just riveting. And that’s in one of the stories in “The Safety of Objects” - set in the old mall the one they tore down - that used to have Jo Ann’s Nut House and a bible supply shop called Praises,” Homes says. The Pyramid Mall,

which opened in 1973 with 50 stores, was demolished in September 1999 and later replaced by a strip of big-box retailers such as Target. The story, “The Bullet Catcher,” features a fact-meetsfictional world where characters go shopping at Sears, the Wire Wizard, and King Pin, and listen to the radio, which is tuned to Z-100. “An even stranger thing happened 10 years later when that story was made into a film. I remember being in a shopping mall in the middle of the night in Toronto watching Glenn Close and a bunch of different people who were in the film re-enacting this scene.” “I had a vanilla-and-chocolate twist

with a dip into the chocolate that hardens. They called it a Brown Cow… the Farmer’s Daughter” – from “Days of Awe” (Photo provided)

“I’m a local in heart and spirit. When I’m there what I do is I drive from Saratoga (Springs) to Schuylerville, out to Greenwich and all over the place,” Homes says. “And I love a good thunderstorm in Saratoga, in the afternoon, when it gets so warm and there’s this intensity… these incredible cracks of lightning.” With “Days of Awe,” characters embark on a fictionalized journey that local residents may recognize as markers along state Route 29, from the Spa City through Schuylerville and across the Hudson River to Greenwich. Characters go applepicking - “the orchard is ripe with families and children and bumblebees buzzing… they buy a bushel basket and head into the fields,” writes Homes - cross a Revolutionary War battlefield with rolling hills, and pause to refresh at a shop reminiscent of The Ice Cream Man in Greenwich – “the ice cream stand is set back from the road in the middle of nowhere… scoops are like a child’s fantasy of what an ice cream cone might be” – as well as at The Farmer’s Daughter, which is mentioned by name.

“I really do just love the history of places. Saratoga is obviously very important to me. And North Adams (Massachusetts) is where my grandmother’s family grew up, so it’s fun for me to play with all those things,” says Homes, whose work has been translated into 22 languages. “As she drives over the hills on a two‑lane country road, the sun is dropping low on the horizon. There are cows making their way home across fields and self‑serve farm stands with fresh eggs, tomatoes, and cut flowers, and free zucchini with every purchase. The sky is a glorious and deepening blue. It’s just past sunset when she pulls in to the tiny town. The raised wooden Star of David and the mezuzah are the only outward markers on the old narrow building... the synagogue is small and lost to time. There are about thirty people between her and the rabbi. ‘What is it to be a Jew?’ the rabbi is demanding of the group. ‘Has it changed over time?” – from “Days of Awe” (Photo by Thomas Dimopoulos)

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“Days of of Awe” Awe” in Saratoga “Days continued... rabbinic couple to share the sole rabbinic position in a synagogue. Homes attended services, baked bread with Rabbi Jonathan and brought Yaddo residents to meet with Rabbi Linda, who talked with the group about her work writing a Torah Scroll. In “Days of Awe,” the rabbinic couple are noted as “very good friends, whose hearts have supported me” in the book’s acknowledgements, alongside local history writer and independent scholar Amy Godine, musicians Laurie Anderson and Rosanne Cash, and grateful nods to Yaddo President Elaina Richardson, and Candace Wait, among others. “I did move the synagogue out of Saratoga and to somewhere around Schuylerville,” explains Homes. “It’s what I do in my imagination. That’s what fiction writers do.” The difference between writing short stories, such as what appear in the new collection “Days of Awe,” and the longer novel form – which comprises the majority of her literary canon – comes down to the sustainability of the story

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over the long term, Homes says. “Some stories wouldn’t be sustainable in a novel, so that’s one of the ways you sort-of know. Whether it’s the tone, or the intonation of the story, whether you know what’s going to happen in it. I think they function differently. Stories have a specific compression to them in a sense that something’s already happened by the time the reader gets to the story. So, there’s a lot of history, filling-in in a story. In a novel, I think there’s a much more leisurely unfolding.” Readers of Homes’ books will be interested to learn that one of her most memorable characters – a teenage girl named Chunky who first appeared in 1989, re-appears in “Days of Awe.” “Chunky sort of appears in the second book of stories, in a story called ‘Raft in Water, Floating,’ and then she appears in the new book. There are two very big stories in the book called ‘Hello Everybody,’ and ‘She Got Away.’ What’s fascinating to me with Chunky, (who first appeared) 30 years ago, is that it’s really taken this long from being a

13-year-old or so in the backyard to now being a freshman or sophomore in college. And oddly those stories are part of an opera I’m writing now that will open in New York, maybe next June. I’ve never written a libretto before, so this will be the first and it’s based on those stories.” Many of Homes’ fictional characters are male, which she scribes in convincing fashion. “I think as a fiction writer, it’s probably in many ways easier for me to write from a male point of view than just to write from some mom’s point of view, or some lady’s point of view,” she explains. “That’s just not as much fun for me. I live in that world, and I know what that is. But, to really, truly inhabit other characters: that’s the good stuff.

A.M. Homes, posing in front of the Yaddo mansion, shortly after the release of her novel “May We Be Forgiven,” in 2013. Photo by Thomas Dimopoulos.

Homes’ many visits to Yaddo have inspired what she calls “a very active literary part of my imagination, in part because it’s been part of me for so long.” For the past five years, Homes has served as co-chair of Yaddo’s Board of Directors and involved in projects to both historically preserve the 19th century mansion as well as help get new studios built, with an eye one the future. “My relationship to Yaddo as an artists’ colony has changed, because when I go now I’m more aware of everything: Oh, the lightbulb has burned out; we’ve got to take care of the paint on the porch. It’s like it’s your house,” Homes says. “But, the nice thing is you get to see, since (first visiting in) 1989, is that the fundamentals of the place haven’t changed. There is this place where artists from all over the world come to do their work, and I’m always amazed at how good they are – inspired and brilliant - and that there’s this wonderfully nice mix of people who are at the very beginning of their careers, and other people like me, who have been doing it for a long time.”

Homes was born in Washington D.C. Some of her earliest writings took the form of letters penned to people she admired. “I was absolutely a rock and roll kid growing up. Pete Townshend was my pen pal (while I was) in high school, which is kind of amazing,” she says. “I wrote to these people and it wasn’t like: ‘Oh, I think you’re so great,’ but more like: ‘today, at school, Isabell was mean to me’. And he’d write back: ‘I’m having a terrible time with my record label.’ So it was nice, people out in the world who would talk to me. And it’s interesting because I sometimes wrote to women writers, women musicians and they would write back very curt responses: ‘Thanks, now go away.’ I realize now, as an adult, that women are probably much more protective and feel that they could be stalked, or, whatever. And that men were, in that sense, in the world in a different kind of way. But, I feel very lucky because I’ve have a lot of non-visible mentors along the way who helped me grow up as gracefully as one can - which is not very graceful at all.”

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The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College presents “Give a Damn”

The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College presents “Give a Damn,” an exhibition of work from the Tang collection by artists who give a damn about the world around them and the people in it. The exhibition will be open June 30 through Sept. 30. Depicted: Lari Pittman, Once a Noun, Now a Verb #1, 1997, flat oil on four mahogany panels, 96 x 256 inches, Tang Teaching Museum collection, gift of Peter Norton.

Girl Blue Kicks Off Tang’s Upbeat on the Roof Series July 5 SARATOGA SPRINGS — The 18th annual Upbeat on the Roof concert series kicks off July 5, signifying the first in a series of performances held 7 p.m. every Thursday in July and August. The shows stage on the roof of the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College. Due to the popularity of the concert series, visitors are advised to arrive early. Free parking is available in parking lots adjacent to the museum. In case of rain, concerts will be held inside the museum. Admission is free. THE 2018 SCHEDULE: July 5 — Singer-songwriter Girl Blue, aka Arielle O’Keefe. July 12 — Decoda Chamber Music Ensemble: The New York City-based affiliate ensemble of Carnegie Hall. July 19 — Wurliday: Albanybased band brings an exciting blend of soul and funk to its Upbeat debut. July 26 — Golfstrom: “Vintage

old-world music,” of the 1930s through the 1960s from regions in Europe and America. Aug. 2 — Taina Asili: Albanybased Puerto-Rican musician and activist who uses her music to discuss important issues of her past and present. Aug. 9 —William Hale: Glens Falls-based epic psych-folk band.

Aug. 16 — Fenimore Blues: Saratoga Springs-based eclectic mix of blues, R&B, and rock. Aug. 23 — Bear Grass: blend of folk, rock, and trip-hop to compliment warm yet sorrowful vocals. Aug. 30 — Arthur Brooks Ensemble V: improvisational jazz group founded at Bennington College in 1973.

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wednesday, 7/4: Poetry Open Mic featuring Elaine Handley, 7 p.m. @ Caffè Lena — 518.583.0022 Irish Celtic Sessions, 7 p.m. @ The Parting Glass – 518.583.1916 Hot Club of Saratoga, 7 p.m. @ Hamlet & Ghost — 518.450.7287

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Writing the Right Word by Dave Dowling

Accuracy in word choice is a key to effective communication. In your daily writing and speaking, try to make sure you use the right word in the right place with the right spelling. By doing so, its effect will affect your communication in a positive way. This quick weekly tip will help you filter the confusion in some of our daily word choices. This Week: Barbarism, Barbarity Barbarism is a crude or rude act or an incorrect expression of words. Reputable magazines would never tolerate such barbarisms. Barbarity refers to savage brutality or cruelty in actions. Accounts of the dictator’s barbarity shocked many countries. Dave Dowling is the author of The Wrong Word Dictionary and The Dictionary of Worthless Words. Both books are available from many book retailers, and signed copies can be obtained by contacting Dave at

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Swimming for Polio Two Women Relay the 32-mile Queen of Lakes Photos by Joel Goodman.

continued from front page... about that and all the publicity around it. I just remembered thinking, ‘wouldn’t it be awesome if I could do that?’” Two things occurred to make Rourke revisit that thought decades later: Her two sons, Devin and Sean, participated in volunteer work in Nepal. When she and her husband went to visit them, it was the first time she had ever been in a developing country, seeing firsthand people with shriveled limbs, like herself, and they were crawling instead of walking with a limp. They had no benefit of bracing or corrective surgeries. “Of all of the wonderful things that are available to me as a citizen of the United States. The trip was a significant event that planted the seed of, ‘I wish I could do something for the people of Nepal in general,’” Rourke explained. Rourke will be doing a relay swim with Brigette Simpson for the

Saratoga Rotary Club to fundraise and raise awareness for polio and public health immunization. “Abilities rather than disabilities,” said Donald McPherson, a Saratoga Rotary Club member, in a press release about the event. Simpson swam the length of Lake George last year on her own. Rourke met her in the fall and swam with her with a triathlon club. “She was very encouraging to me. She said, ‘you could do the lake if that’s what you want to do.’ So, I considered it. She did it for her 50th birthday, and I just turned 64 in May, so, I wasn’t so confident about doing the whole lake. She suggested a relay and that appealed to me. I’ve been practicing all winter long. I’ve always been a swimmer, all my life, but this past fall, after meeting her, I ramped up my swimming at the Y in Saratoga and I started training. We’ll each end up doing 17 miles. Our plan is to swim the first

mile together and the last mile together, and then the 30 miles in between we’ll alternate fivemile sections,” Rourke said, explaining how the relay swim will work. Both women will be accompanied by at least one follow boat and two paddle boats per swimmer. “When I decided that I wanted to do a relay and Brigette agreed to help her, she wanted to do it with a purpose in mind and then the Saratoga Rotary Club decided to back them,” Rourke said. “We’re hoping by the week of July 30 we would be able to do the relay, so either July 30, 31 or August 1, 2, or 3,” Rourke said. Contributions can be made at various sponsorship levels from $100 to $1,000 or beyond. To donate, checks can be made out to Rotary District 7190/Polio and mailed to District 7190, PO Box 306, Clifton Park, NY 12065.

Louise Rourke with her family. Photo provided.




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by Lori Mahan Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Skidmore’s White Hollow Farm is the new location for the 91-yearold Saratoga Classic Horse Show, a highlight of the early summer season in Saratoga Springs. The Saratoga Classic is a nationally recognized United State Equestrian Federation Premier Hunter/Jumper event that attracts top equestrian competitors from across the United States and Canada. All net proceeds and sponsorships from this show directly fund scholarships for students at Skidmore College. Skidmore’s White Hollow Farm features seven large rings with state-of-the-art drainage and all-weather performance footing,

permanent and tented stabling, multiple-sized turnout paddocks, and a large camper area. 2018 show highlights include: $25,000 Grand Prix; $10,000 All in One Jumper section; $7,000 Jumper bonus; $10,000 Take2 Thoroughbred prize money; $15,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby; $5,000 USHJA National Hunter Derby; $1,000 Junior and a/o Hunter Classics; $1,500 Children’s and Adult Hunter Derby; $1,500 USHJA Pony Hunter Derby; USHJA Green Hunter Incentive Stake Class; President’s Cup Equitation Challenge. The shows took place June 13-17, June 20-24, and will conclude August 15-18. For more information contact Adele Einhorn at 518-580-5632.

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Week of June 29 – July 5, 2018



FIRECRACKER4 ON JULY 4 Photos provided.

by Lori Mahan Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — If you’re looking to begin your July 4th festivities in an invigorating fashion, register now for the 12th annual Firecracker4, a fourmile road race through Saratoga Springs that celebrates and honors America’s history. The first 3,700 registrants to sign up at will receive a commemorative men’s and women’s cut tech shirt and swag bag. Other perks include chip timing with live results, text/email alerts, finisher certificates, $7,000 in cash prizes, 186 award categories and prizes, a large vendor village located at the start/finish area, and 20 bands along the course to keep runners moving. Those looking to support local veterans during registration can also purchase a Firecracker4 Twill running hat. Fifty one percent of the profit will be donated to the Saratoga County Veterans Service Agency. The Firecracker4 entry free from June 16 to July 1 is $35, and then $40 through race day. For more registration information, please visit the website. “This event continues to grow steadily each year because we offer runners a friendly course that starts and finishes at the Saratoga Springs City Center and we are supporting some great local charity groups,” said Race Director Patrick Lynskey. “We also provide a fun morning out that the whole family can enjoy before heading off to other family activities, or they can stick around downtown Saratoga Springs for all of the festivities,” Lynskey continued. The Firecracker4, which is a USATF Team Championshipand USATF/Saratoga Stryders Grand Prix- sanctioned event, gets underway at 9 a.m. and will be

followed at 10 a.m. by an awards ceremony. The third annual Firecracker Sparkler Kids’ Run, a half-mile fun run down Broadway for more than 500 kids of all ages and abilities presented by the Saratoga Children’s Museum, will then begin at 10:55 a.m. right before the July 4th parade. All participants will receive a commemorative finisher’s medal and refreshments, and parents are invited to run with their children. The Firecracker Sparkler Kids’ Run entry fee is $5, and you can register online through July 2 at midnight at Participants can also sign up in person at registration/packet pick up held at the City Center on July 3 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and July 4 from 7 to 8:45 a.m. “In keeping with the patriotic spirit of the day, we plan to have the Veterans Business Council formation run again this year,” said Lynskey, noting that the Firecracker4 plans to issue all runners with a flag-shaped bib, as well as hand out flag-shaped age group medals this year. “Area veterans will form up and run to the start line, post the colors and then run the race in formation with the flag. Re-enactors from New York 2nd Continental Artillery will also help start the race with muskets. Their presence adds something extra special to the event,” he stated.

Runners are encouraged to form male/female/co-ed teams, including open, USATF Adirondack clubs, military, public safety, scholastic and Run Your Colors. The Run Your Colors team with the most registered runners will win a $1,000 first place team award donated to the not-forprofit of its choice. The second and third place teams will receive $500 and $250 respectively to donate to a charity of their choosing. Organizers will also hand out awards in five-year increments, as well as a special award category for military and public safety (police/ fire/EMS) competitors. After finishing their runs, participants and spectators are invited to wander through the event’s vendor village featuring an array of food, apparel and running/fitness/health vendors.

A partial vendor list includes: Bodywork Professionals Saratoga, Orangetheory Fitness, Grasso’s Italian Ice, Camp Abilities Saratoga, Power House Athletics, 9 Miles East Farm, Army National Guard, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, and SPoT Coffee. They can also listen to Funk Evolution, one of the Capital Region’s hottest horn-fueled funk/ R&B bands, perform on the main stage located at the City Center from 8:45 to 11 a.m. “Farmers Hardware Saratoga and Gaffney’s will also provide finishers with one free adult beverage, while supplies last, as well as offer food and drink specials and entertainment all night near the finish line,” Lynskey added. Participants and spectators are invited to stay in town to enjoy

the city’s festive All-American Celebration featuring a parade, sidewalk sale, BBQ, classic car show, fireworks at dusk in Congress Park and much more. A full event schedule can be found at: Those interested in running the Firecracker4 course before race day are invited to head to The Barrelhouse (68 Beekman Street in Saratoga) and Farmers Hardware (35 Maple Ave., Saratoga Springs) on June 12, 19 and 26 at 6 p.m. The practice sessions, presented by Fleet Feet Sports, will enable participants to run the course as a preview for race day before meeting back at Farmers Hardware. For more information or to register, please visit firecracker4. com or call 518-587-1571.



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40 DAYS OF SPECIAL EVENTS TO HIGHLIGHT 2018 SARATOGA RACE COURSE SEASON The 2018 summer meet at Saratoga Race Course will include the following events and happenings: • OPENING DAY: Friday, July 20 • TASTE NY CRAFT BEER: Every Friday beginning July 20, Noon to 5 p.m. in the Coca-Cola Saratoga Pavilion. • WOODFORD RESERVE BOURBON FRIDAYS AT THE POST: Every Friday beginning July 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. • FASHION SATURDAYS: Every Saturday beginning July 21 from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Coca-Cola Saratoga Pavilion. SARATOGA SPRINGS — The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) announced a 40-day lineup of entertainment and special events for the 2018 summer season at Saratoga Race Course. The event schedule for the annual summer meet will feature a number of new happenings alongside returning traditions and perennial favorites. New for 2018, Coca-Cola will serve as the official sponsor of the Saratoga Pavilion, the on-track venue where NYRA hosts 40 days of special events. The Coca-Cola Saratoga Pavilion is where fans will gather to enjoy the majority of event activities during the summer meet. “All of us at NYRA are thrilled to welcome Coca-Cola to the Saratoga Pavilion, where we orchestrate a variety of fun events and engaging activities each summer. Our event schedule offers something for everyone and perfectly complements the 40 days of world-class thoroughbred racing at the Spa,” said NYRA Senior Vice President and Chief Experience Officer Lynn LaRocca. “We look forward to welcoming fans to enjoy another season of outstanding entertainment and special events at Saratoga and encourage them to make the Coca-Cola Saratoga Pavilion a must-see stop during their visit,” LaRocca continued. Among the notable enhancements to this season’s event lineup, the Coca-Cola Saratoga Pavilion will host Fashion Saturdays, designed to showcase the tradition of style in thoroughbred racing by creating a boutique-style shopping experience. The weekly event will feature an array of women’s and men’s fashion apparel and accessories from

local retailers, as well as a selection of home décor and jewelry items throughout the season. Season ticket plans, weekly ticket plans, single-day reserved seats, premium reserved seats in The Stretch, reserved tables in the Miller Lite Picnic Paddock and the Fourstardave Sports Bar, dining and group hospitality are currently on sale and available for purchase at Season admission passes may be purchased online at in-person at more than 150 Stewart’s Shops locations throughout the Capital Region. A season pass provides fans with admission to 40 days of worldclass thoroughbred racing at Saratoga Race Course, including the Grade 1 Travers on Saturday, August 25 and the Grade 1 Whitney on Saturday, August 4. The cost of a 2018 Grandstand season pass is $40; a Clubhouse season pass is $65. Season passes do not include reserved seating and are valid for one admission. Single-day Grandstand admission is $5 and Clubhouse admission is $8 for guests who purchase their tickets prior to the day of the event. Single-day Grandstand admission is $7 and Clubhouse admission is $10 when purchased at the gate. The 2018 summer meet at Saratoga Race Course, which includes 69 stakes worth $18.8 million in purses, will run from Friday, July 20, through Labor Day, Monday, September 3. After opening weekend, racing will be conducted six days a week, Wednesdays through Mondays. For more information about Saratoga Race Course, visit

• WOODFORD RESERVE AND JEFF BRISBIN AT THE JIM DANDY BAR: Every Saturday beginning July 21 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. (except Travers Day) • KETEL ONE SATURDAYS AT THE POST: Every Saturday beginning July 21 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. • 27TH ANNUAL HAT CONTEST PRESENTED BY HAT SATIONA! BY DEI: Sunday, July 22 • TASTE NY: FOOD & ARTISANS: Every Sunday beginning July 22 from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Coca-Cola Saratoga Pavilion. • LOW ROLLER CHALLENGE: Every Sunday and Monday beginning July 22 (except Labor Day) Registration begins at 11 a.m. near the Fourstardave Sports Bar. • BERKSHIRE BANK FAMILY MONDAYS: Every Monday beginning July 23 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Coca-Cola Saratoga Pavilion. • MILITARY APPRECIATION DAY PRESENTED BY JDOG: Wednesday, July 25. All veterans and active duty military will receive free Grandstand admission with military ID. • TASTE NY: CIDER, WINE & SPIRITS: Every Thursday beginning July 26 from Noon to 5 p.m. in the Coca-Cola Saratoga Pavilion. • APEROL THURSDAYS AT THE POST: Every Thursday beginning July 26 at The Post Bar from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. • PERMANENTLY DISABLED JOCKEYS’ FUND AWARENESS DAY: Saturday, July 28 • FIRST RESPONDERS APPRECIATION DAY PRESENTED BY BROOKVIEW VILLAGE: Wednesday, August 1. All first responders will receive free Grandstand admission with proper ID. • WHITNEY DAY AND THE FASIGTIPTON FESTIVAL OF RACING: Saturday, August 4 • JOCKEY LEGENDS DAY PRESENTED BY FASIG-TIPTON: Sunday, August 5 • ITALIAN-AMERICAN DAY, PRESENTED BY APEROL SPRITZ: Wednesday, August 8 at the Coca-Cola Saratoga Pavilion from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• FABULOUS FILLIES DAY: Thursday, August 9. Sizzling Hot Pink Saratoga Hat Luncheon. This year’s luncheon will honor Vivien Malloy, owner of Edition Farm and secretary and treasurer of the New York Thoroughbred Breeders. • SARATOGA CHALLENGES: Friday, August 10 and Saturday, August 11. Both challenges will consist of wagering exclusively on Saratoga races through the following pools only: Win, Place, Show, Exacta, Trifecta, Quinella and Daily Double. Friday is a $1,000 minimum buy-in; Saturday is a $2,000 minimum buy-in. • ADIRONDACKS DAY: Wednesday, August 15 Day-long event at the Coca-Cola Saratoga Pavilion. • LUSTGARTEN FOUNDATION DAY: Saturday, August 18 • IRISH-AMERICAN DAY: Wednesday, August 22 at the Coca-Cola Saratoga Pavilion from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. • STEWART’S ICE CREAM EATING CONTEST: Wednesday, August 22 Contestants will be divided into three age groups: kids, teens and adults - as they battle to see who can eat a pint of ice cream the fastest. Saratoga season passes are currently on sale at more than 150 Stewart’s Shops locations. • NEW YORK SHOWCASE DAY: Friday, August 24. Guests in the At the Rail Pavilion will have the opportunity to sample Notorious Pink Rose from 2 to 4 p.m. • TRAVERS DAY: Saturday, August 25 The 149th running of the $1.25 million Travers will be the centerpiece of a supercharged Travers Day. Joining the Mid-Summer Derby for 3-yearolds will be five other Grade 1 stakes: the $1 million Sword Dancer Invitational at 1 ½ miles on the turf, the $500,000 Ketel One Ballerina for filly and mare sprinters, the $600,000 Forego at seven furlongs, the $500,000 H. Allen Jerkens Memorial for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs, and the $700,000 Personal Ensign for fillies and mares going 1 1/8 miles. Rounding out the blockbuster card is the Grade 2, $400,000 Woodford Reserve Ballston Spa for turf fillies and mares. • COLLEGE & ALUMNI DAY: Wednesday, August 29. This year’s College Day will invite college students and alumni to enjoy an afternoon at the Spa at The Coca-Cola Saratoga Pavilion. • FAN APPRECIATION WEEK: Wednesday, August 29 - Monday, September 3 NYRA will thank its fans with a series of special events, activities and offers during closing week of the 2018 season at Saratoga Race Course. • CLOSING DAY: Monday, September 3. The 2018 meet will come to a close with the traditional final feature race, the 114th running of the Grade 1, $350,000 Hopeful for 2-year-olds, which affords racing fans a preview of potential standouts in next year’s Triple Crown series and Travers.

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Randi Cowper:

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by Lori Mahan Saratoga TODAY GALWAY — Imagine you’re settled in with your husband and two sons watching the tv show American Ninja Warrior and you suddenly have this thought, “I could do that, too.” That’s how Galway native Randi Cowper became involved with ninja training. She adventured three hours away to the closest ninja gym, which was in Vermont, and gave it a try. She was immediately hooked. After that, her husband of seven years, Dustin, built her a ninja course in their basement and backyard. She ran track and cross country through high school and college, she also did cross-fit for a few years, but nothing like this before. “Two years ago, I kind of just decided that I wanted to get on the show, American Ninja Warrior, so my husband built a course in our backyard and I was called to compete in Cleveland last year, where I did really terribly,” Cowper laughed. “I fell on the second step right in the very beginning of the course so it kind of just gave me more

desire to train harder and do better. We then converted our basement into a ninja gym. We have our backyard and our basement, and I was able to get back on Ninja Warrior this year,” she said. Cowper’s obstacle attempt was not shown on the show this year either, but she did go further than the year before. “I did a lot better, I almost got to the third obstacle this year, so I just missed the landing platform and fell in the water,” she explained. This has turned in a passion for Cowper over the last two years, out of nowhere, and now with the Saratoga Ninja Lab opening, she will be a trainer there, finally able to immerse herself in the ninja world, only 20 minutes from home. The Saratoga Ninja Lab is for all-ages and will have summer camps for kids starting in August. “It’s just so much fun and such a great workout and you don’t even realize you’re working out because you’re having such a good time and then you want to keep doing it,” Cowper said. In order to get called to compete for a spot on the show, participants must fill out an

application and send a threeminute video that makes them stick out from the other 70,000 applicants. “There is something like 70,000 people who apply to be on the show so to be a normal mom from a small town in upstate New York, you don’t really think you’re going to be one of those people. So, I think the first time was just surreal and I really didn’t have the confidence in myself or my abilities so when I got up there, I was just totally a deer in the headlights, with all the cameras and everything. So, when I got the call this year, obviously I’ve been training for another year, so I feel stronger and better than I ever have, but it’s more of like a self-confidence I never had before from this year over last year,” she said, explaining the difference in performances. Cowper does plan to compete again next year. “The show is great, but the training is not about getting on the

show, for me anyway. It’s just about seeing how strong you can become physically and you’re happier and you have a purpose and you feel good about yourself. So, the show is great, that’s kind of like the cherry on top but that’s not why I’ve been training,” she stated. Cowper’s oldest son, Seth, is “more into video games and he wouldn’t tell me if he thought it was cool just because he’s at that age,” Cowper said. Her youngest, Aiden, “definitely thinks it’s awesome, he’ll be at the gym,” she said. For now, she has her day job

at the Alpin Haus RV Saratoga location as the business manager and will start training at the Saratoga Ninja Lab once they open. “When I started doing this, I was just a regular mom who had insecurities and low selfconfidence. The training for the show has totally changed my life, physically, obviously I’m stronger than I’ve ever been, but emotionally, my confidence, it’s awesome and I want to share the passion and love that I have for it with anyone that I can,” she said.



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COMMUNITY SPORTS BULLETIN 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.

Saratoga Stryders Camp Saratoga SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Stryders Camp Saratoga 5K Trail Series will be held at 6:15 p.m. Monday evenings 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 518-5811278 or email laura@saratogastryders. org or visit

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 david.truant@ 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

Saratoga Springs Recreation Department Master Plan SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Recreation Master Plan has been established in order to identify our community’s park, recreation, and open space needs so we can proactively plan for the future. In order to achieve these objectives, the Saratoga Springs Recreation Department has engaged the services of GreenPlay LLC, a nationally renowned park and recreation consulting firm to help conduct a community needs assessment as part of the Plan. GreenPlay has subcontracted the services of the LA Group and RRC Associates for this project. In addition, a Master Plan project team has been assembled, and includes the following members: • John Hirliman - Administrative Director, Saratoga Springs Recreation Department • Michael Veitch - DPW Business Manager, City of Saratoga Springs • Kate Maynard - Principal Planner, City of Saratoga Springs • Bob Manasier - Saratoga Springs Recreation Commission Member • Lisa Shields - Deputy Mayor, City of Saratoga Springs

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• Mike Sharp - Deputy Commissioner of Finance, City of Saratoga Springs • David L’Hommedieu - Asstistant Superintendent of Information Technology & Operational Innovation, Saratoga Springs City Schools • John Thuener - Director of Facilities and Operations, Saratoga Springs City Schools A series of focus group meetings were held with members of City Hall, the Recreation Department, community leaders, and representatives of various local sports leagues, recreation groups, and the general public. The results of these findings were compiled and presented by GreenPlay.

Saratoga Springs Recreation Department Happenings Summer Basketball Join the Saratoga Springs Recreation Department this summer for basketball action! Leagues and clinics available for both boys and girls age 7-14. Summer Running Program Run through the State Park this summer with Saratoga’s most acclaimed coaches! All ages are welcome. Summer Baseball Clinic Join the Saratoga Springs Recreation Department and American Legion Baseball co-sponsored clinic. Learn the game alongside Legion players! Open to everyone age 5-14. Visit SaratogaRec. com and click programs to download forms and for additional information. Summer Volleyball Clinic This summer clinic will help develop skills and teach the rules and

strategies to be a better volleyball player. Open to everyone age 8-14. Adult Racquetball/Walleyball All ages are welcome to play Racquetball/Walleyball. Adult Basketball Adults 18 years and older are welcome Tuesday and Thursday evenings at the Recreation Center to play basketball. Pickleball All ages are welcome Mon., Wed., and Fri. mornings at the Recreation Center to play Pickleball. Zumba Fitness Classes Teens/adults 16+ are welcome to join. Zumba® is a mind, body, and spirit rejuvenation, and is the hottest International Dance/Fitness class in existence. Modify or intensify any movement to ensure your physical needs. Burn 600-1000 calories per class. Classes are Wednesdays 6 - 7 p.m. Saratoga Springs Camp Saradac For over 70 years Camp Saradac has offered exciting field trips and creative recreational and educational programs for children ages 5-15. For additional information or to download forms go to and click programs, summer camp. Drop-In Sessions Drop-in sessions in Adult Basketball, Pickleball, Racquetball, Wallyball, and Zumba. Visit and click on the calendar for the latest schedule.

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