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Issue 32

August 10 – August 16, 2018

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2 DAYS ... 62.8 MILLION $

by Lori Mahan Saratoga TODAY

Top colt, Hip 196, sired by Medaglia d’Oro sold for $1.35 million taking the lead on the sale. Fasig-Tipton Photo.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Selected Yearlings sale took place Monday, August 6, and Tuesday, August 7; both nights were extremely lucrative for those involved. On Monday, Triple Crown winner American Pharoah’s offspring had outstanding sales. Hip 26, a filly from the first round from American Pharoah, sold for $1.2 million to OXO Equine.

The Saratoga sale was the last catalog put together by the late Fasig-Tipton vice president Bill Graves, who has a memorial plaque dedicated to him in the stables, and who passed in May. His son, Brian Graves of consignor Gainesway was present for the sale. Acknowledgement to Bill Graves was felt throughout the evening via a speech by announcer Terence Collier, a commemorative tie for sale to benefit the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, and a tribute in the catalogue. See Story pg. 51

Cattle Rustlers? Saratoga History $ For Sale $

Prized Cow “Roxy” that’s is missing along with 6 other cows. Photo provided. See Story pg. 9

Photos by Thomas Dimopoulos. See Story pg. 10



Week of August 10 – August 16, 2018

Snippets of Life from Your Community

INTERVIEW & PHOTO BY: Marissa Gonzalez

Who: Justin Geils & Kris Merchant Where: Fasig-Tipton Sales Stables

Q. Where are you from? A. Justin: I’ve lived in Saratoga my whole life. Kris: I’m originally from Schuylerville but I do live in Saratoga. Q. What brought you guys here to Fasig-Tipton? A. Justin: Well my friend got the job one year before me and his dad helped me get the job here so I could pay for college. I do maintenance of the grounds pretty much. Kris: I retired, 25 years at a school district. I decided I wanted to do something totally different and my husband knows Manny, who runs the grounds so I started working here part time taking care of the flowers and maintaining the grounds. Q. Is this a year round thing for you guys? A. Justin: I start late May to June and then my last day is August 14, because I have to go to college, the University of Florida. Kris: I start April and work till end of October, beginning of November. Q. If you could have anyone play you in a movie who would you choose? A. Justin: Shia LeBeouf because I loved him in Transformers and he would be my character. Kris: Oh dear, I don’t know how she is as an actress but I’m always a Tina Turner lover because she just never stops. Q. If you could meet someone dead or alive who would it be? A. Justin: I’d probably want to meet Matt Anderson, a volley ball player, because I play volley ball so he’s kind of like my idol. Kris: I’d like to meet Cher, she’s so intriguing. Growing up with Sonny and Cher and the earth changing all the time, I’d like to meet her.

Week of August 10 – August 16, 2018


Civil War Weekend Celebrates Wilton’s Bicentennial Photos provided.

CIVIL WAR WEEKEND SCHEDULE: Saturday, August 11 • 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 9:30 a.m. Infantry Drill 10 a.m. Cavalry Demonstration 10:30 a.m. Welcoming Ceremony featuring Musical Fanfare by the Iron Jacks 11 a.m. Artillery Demonstration 12:30 p.m. Meet the Generals and their Ladies: A Civil War Press Conference 2 p.m. Battle 2:30 p.m. “Rally ‘Round the Flag” Performance by the 77th NY Regimental Balladeers

Sunday, August 12 • 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. 9:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m. 11 a.m. 11:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m. 1 p.m. 2 p.m.

Period Church Service Infantry Drill Cavalry Demonstration Artillery Demonstration Civil War Fashion Show Battle Musical Performance by The Veterans in a New Field

For more information or to purchase tickets call 518-584-4353 or visit WILTON — The Civil War Weekend, a fundraiser for The Friends of the Ulysses S. Grant Cottage, will be held on Aug. 11 and Aug. 12 at D.A. Collins’ Ballard Road property in Wilton at Northway Exit 16. Civil War Weekend is the official bicentennial celebration event of the Town of Wilton. The celebration includes dozens of Civil War era re-enactors. Camp life, infantry, artillery, cavalry drills, battle scenarios, and firing demonstrations will bring the period to life. There will be musical performances by The Iron Jacks, the 77th NY Regimental Balladeers, and The Veterans in the New Field will perform under a tent during the weekend. Children’s activities, book signings, military artifact displays, Selfies-with-Soldiers, food, beverages and ice cream offer a weekend of learning and excitement for the whole family. The weekend’s highlight includes 28 re-enactors coming to the event from Canada. They will be the Confederate fighting the Boys in Blue (about 60 men) in one of the many battle scenarios being re-enacted. Admission is $10 each day for ages 13 and up; entry is free for children 12 and under and active duty military with I.D. cards. Paid tickets include a complimentary admission pass to Grant Cottage

for use during the 2018 season. The project is supported with funding from the New York State Park and Trail Partnership Program (NYSPTPP) and New York’s Environmental Protection Fund. The NYSPTPP is administered by Parks and Trails New York, in partnership with the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.



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SARATOGA SPRINGS — The ground breaking ceremony for the Intrada Saratoga Springs will take place on Aug. 15 at 247 Washington Street, Saratoga Springs. As previously reported

the Intrada Saratoga Springs is a multi-unit affordable housing facility. The 19-acre property was purchased on June 13 for $3.7 million by the Vecino Group from Saratoga Route 29 Plaza Ltd.

Annual Champlain Canalway Trail Bicycle Tour SCHUYLERVILLE — The Champlain Canalway Trail Working Group and Adirondack Ultra Cycling have announced that the 7th Annual Champlain Canalway Trail Annual Bicycle Ride will be held on Aug. 19. The ride will begin at HUDSON CROSSING PARK in Schuylerville, and head north via West River Road to Fort Edward and continue along the Canalway Trail and Feeder Canal Trail to Hudson Falls, Glens Falls and Lake George before returning to the park. All proceeds from the ride will benefit the programs, events and activities of the Champlain

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Canalway Trail Working Group, Adirondack Ultra Cycling and Hudson Crossing Park. To find out more visit www.

Week of August 10 – August 16, 2018

Smart Growth Ballston Urges Sidewalks On Rt 50 To Be Included With Hannaford Development BALLSTON SPA — Smart Growth Ballston, a group concerned with local development fitting the size of the community are requesting that sidewalks be installed on both sides of Route 50 from the existing Village sidewalks to the intersection of Route 50 and Route 67 where there is a sidewalk leading to the high and middle school. The group also wants to see a professional engineering evaluation of the frontage of St.

Mary’s Cemetery to determine the feasibility of placing a sidewalk in front of the cemetery fence. The group says their primary concern is the safety of pedestrians who will walk to the store. Smart Growth Ballston is encouraging residents to express their thoughts by attending the Public Hearing on Wednesday, August 29 at 7:30 p.m. at the Ballston Town Hall located at 323 Charlton Road.

Fresh Food Collective Library Distribution Launches in Saratoga and Washington Counties SCHUYLERVILLE — It’s harvest time in the Southern Adirondacks, and farms have more produce than they can distribute. Rather than go to waste, the Comfort Food Community and the Southern Adirondack Library System have teamed up to create the Fresh Food Collective Library Distribution, making fresh produce gleaned from local farms available to anyone visiting the Pember Library and Museum (Granville), Schuylerville Public Library, and Whitehall Free Library.

The public is invited to help kick off the project during a cooking demonstration by Chrys Nestle from Cornell Cooperative Extension. Each library will host a reception: • 5 p.m. Tuesday, August 7, Schuylerville Public Library • 1 p.m. Wednesday, August 8 Pember Library and Museum • 5 p.m. Wednesday, August 8 Whitehall Free Library. For more information about the Fresh Food Collective, call Lillian Slaughter at 518-7464118 or Erica Freudenberger at 518-584-7300, ext. 211.

Week of August 10 – August 16, 2018

COURT Nicole P. Vacchio, 34, of Galway, was sentenced July 30 to nine months in jail, after pleading to criminal possession of a controlled substance in Malta. Corrina L. Cayea, 30, of Saratoga Springs, pleaded July 30 to aggravated DWI with a child. Sentencing scheduled Sept. 24. Wendy L. Cook, 48, of Saratoga Springs, was sentenced July 30 to 1-3 years in state prison, after pleading to vehicular assault in the second-degree. Larry E. Baldwin, Jr., 48, of Saratoga Springs, pleaded July 31 to attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance. Sentencing scheduled Sept. 25. Joshua B. Reed, 25, of Saratoga Springs, was sentenced July 31 to four years in state prison, after pleading to criminal possession of a controlled substance. Quintan L. Smith, 19, of Ballston Spa, pleaded Aug. 2 to attempted promoting of prison contraband. Sentencing scheduled Aug. 10. Sean C. MacDonald, 31, of Corinth, was sentenced Aug. 3 to time served and five years of probation, after pleading to criminal possession of stolen property in Malta. Emmanuel Philippe, age 23, of Brooklyn, was convicted Aug. 7 of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, possessing a firearm and ammunition as a felon, and possessing and intending to distribute crack cocaine. Evidence presented during the 4-day trial established that on March 17, 2017, at about 3 a.m., Philippe was the subject of a routine traffic stop, for speeding, on West Avenue

near the YMCA in Saratoga Springs. While searching the car’s trunk, a Saratoga Springs Police Officer found a plastic bag containing a loaded rifle magazine and rounds of .223 caliber ammunition. Philippe fled and was quickly and safely apprehended in the YMCA parking lot, and he was found in possession of 35 baggies containing crack cocaine, according to police. Officers also located a Windham Weaponry semi-automatic rifle, loaded with a 30round magazine and with its safety turned off; another loaded, 30-round magazine; a total of 165 rounds of Federal .223 caliber ammunition; and 22 rounds of Federal 9-millimeter ammunition. In Philippe’s possession, officers also located $1,610 in cash, 2 digital scales, and drug packaging materials. According to police, Philippe faces at least 5 years and up to 25 years in prison when he is sentenced on Dec. 6 by U.S. District Judge Mae A. D’Agostino. As a lawful permanent resident and citizen of Haiti, Philippe may also face immigration consequences as a result of his convictions. The case was investigated by the ATF and Saratoga Springs Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Barnett.

POLICE Tyler D. Larson, age 18, Galway was charged Aug. 5 with speeding - posted zone; equipment (rear license plate light); criminal possession of a controlled substance 7th- misdemeanor; unlawful possession of marijuana. Kirk P. Beeche, age 54, West Chester, Pennsylvania, was charged Aug. 5 with unsafe lane change; driving while intoxicated- misdemeanor; refusal of pre-screen test.

BLOTTER 5 Gabriel A. Avilespadilla, age 28, Saratoga Springs, was charged Aug. 5 with unlawfully dealing with a child first degreemisdemeanor/ 3 counts. Jonathan J. Hammond, age 23, Poughkeepsie, was charged Aug. 5 with criminal possession of controlled substance 5th- felony. Kyle M. Burke, age 25, Burlington, Massachusetts, was charged Aug. 4 with assault in the third degree/intent physical injury- misdemeanor; criminal trespass third degree/building or property- misdemeanor; resisting arrest- misdemeanor; disorderly conduct. Dustin T. Hernandez, age 23, Watervliet, was charged Aug. 3 with assault in the third degree/ recklessly- misdemeanor.

Mark B. Sherman, age 49, Glens Falls, was charged Aug. 3 with grand larceny fourth degree/exceeds $1,000.00felony aggravated unlicensed operation 2nd/three or more suspensions- misdemeanor. Mindy L. Coleman, age 40, Saratoga Springs, was charged Aug. 2 with registration plate display violation; aggravated unlicensed operation third degree. Leon G. Nadeau, age 33, Burnt Hills, was charged Aug. 2 with making a terroristic threat; assault in the second degree/ prevent police; resisting arrest. Allen S. Chrysler, age 24, Gansevoort, was charged Aug. 2 with criminal mischief in the third degree; driving while intoxicated; aggravated unlicensed operation first degree.

Kyle R. W. Brown, age 29, Schuylerville, was charged Aug. 2 with obstructing governmental administration -second. Warren F. Nelson, age 61, Saratoga Springs, was charged July 31 with petit larceny. John Michael Hoin, age 23, Saratoga Springs, was charged July 31 with speeding - posted zone; driving while intoxicated. Braden A. Symansky, age 21, Albany, was charged July 30 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle third degree; failure to signal a turn. Conchetta Y. Keith, age 30, Newburgh, was charged July 30 with unauthorized use of a vehicle third degree/rental.



Martin “Jim” James Higgins

Victoria (Vickie) Josephine Knittel

Jacob Charles Smero Jr.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Martin “Jim” James Higgins passed away on Wednesday, August 8, 2018. He was 82. Calling hours from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, August 10 at Burke Funeral Homes. Funeral at 10 a.m. Saturday, August 11 at Church of St. Peter. Burial with military honors will follow. Visit

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Victoria (Vickie) Josephine Knittel passed away July 25, 2018. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Monday, July 30, 2018 at St. Clement’s Church, 231 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs. Burial followed at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery. Online remembrances may be made at

NORTHVILLE — Jacob Charles Smero Jr. passed away Wednesday, August 1, 2018. There will be no public services. Arrangements are under the direction of the William J. Burke & Sons Funeral Home, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs (518-584-5373). Online remembrances may be made at

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Diane C. Rosenthal SARATOGA SPRINGS — Diane Cora Rosenthal died on August 1, 2018. A memorial service was held Saturday, August 4 at the Burke Funeral Home, N. Broadway, Saratoga Springs. Burke & Bussing Online remembrances may be Funeral Homes made at

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Week of August 10 – August 16, 2018

Saratoga County Office for the Aging PATH TO WELLNESS SARATOGA SPRINGS — Join a FREE series of workshops for people with arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, respiratory conditions, cancer, and other health problems. Learn ways to control pain and symptom management, talk with others about what helps them deal with their health problems. Workshops, led by trained RSVP Volunteer leaders that also have health conditions, are 2.5 hours in length and meet once a week for 6 weeks. People who take these workshops: Have more energy, feel less

depressed, get more exercise, talk to their doctors more easily, and gain confidence to manage their own health. This is a FREE program. All participants will receive a complimentary resource booklet and a relaxation CD. Advanced registration is required to attend. Please call 518-884-4110 to register or for more information (prior to September 4.) This program is available through RSVP - Retired and Senior Volunteer Program sponsored by The Saratoga County Office for the Aging.

Conference Room 1A at Saratoga Hospital Campus 59D Myrtle Street, Saratoga Springs

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.


WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 10 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Week of August 10 – August 16, 2018


US Department of Defense Honors Desiree Drindak with The Patriot Award SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Aug. 1 Desiree Drindak, interim director of SUNY Empire State College’s Office of Veteran and Military Education (OVME), Office of Enrollment Management (OEM), was recognized with The Patriot Award by the United States Department of Defense (DoD) for her “support and flexibility on behalf of military reserve employees.” The Patriot Award recognizes efforts made to support citizenwarriors through a wide range of measures, including flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families and granting leaves of absence, if needed. The award was presented at Drindak’s 1 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs, office by Vietnam veteran Emil Baker representing the DoD’s Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Committee.

Ballston Area History Roundtable Program BALLSTON SPA — The Ballston Area History Roundtable will offer a program on the History of Photography presented by Anne Clothier at Brookside Museum in Ballston Spa on Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. Clothier is the Education Director for the Museum. The program will include a short history of 19th century

photography as well as a discussion of early photographers including Mathew Brady and J.S.Wooley. Attendees are encouraged to bring their 19th century family photographs for identification and dating. For more information, contact Jim Richmond, BAHR Coordinator at

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Vice President of Enrollment Management Clayton Steen, left, Desiree Drindak, interim director of the Office of Veteran and Military Education, with Emil Baker, director of military outreach, New York State, who presented her award. Photo provided by Empire State College.

Kinsley Mae Senecal, born on July 15, 2018 at 5:53 a.m.


Week of August 10 – August 16, 2018

Week of August 10 – August 16, 2018


CATTLE RUSTLERS? Prize Cow Amongst 6 Others Vanish Ahead of Washington County Fair by Marissa Gonzalez Saratoga TODAY

WASHINGTON COUNTY— Cow rustling; the act of stealing cattle. In the American old West, cattle rustling was considered a capital offense punishable by hanging. Fast-forward to present day; and states are still tightening up the punishment for livestock theft. In Oklahoma livestock theft is punishable by fine and or jail time. In Texas, it is considered a felony. Who would have thought this form of theft, popular in the 1800s, would make a come back and hit so close to home, just days before the Washington County Fair? The Washington County Sherriff ’s Office is investigating a reported seven missing cows from a farm in the town of Argyle, according to a Washington County Sherriff ’s Office news release. One of the cows missing is a show cow named Roxy and is reportedly worth $30,000. The cows consist of different breeds including Holstein, Guernsey, and Jersey Cows. According to Ida Williams, a member of the Board of Directors of the Washington County Fair, Roxy’s owner John Violette planned to bring his cows to the

fair, some of which are thought to be stolen as well. The Washington County Fair begins on Aug. 20 and ends on Aug. 26, and takes place at 392 Old Schuylerville Road in Greenwich. Fairgoers can expect to see agriculture displays, dairy shows, beef shows, swine, poultry, sheep, goats, rabbits, and calves, along with horse and draft animal competitions. This year for the first time, the fair will host a birthing center, The Big Push Birthing Center. The birthing center will be at the dairy show tent on Saturday and Sunday. Fairgoers will be able to see six mother cows give birth to their calves. Activities will start on Aug. 20 with with Stoney Roberts Demolition Derby on the motorsports track and fairgoer favorite, The Greene Brothers Music in the entertainment tent. Other fair highlights include cheese art, Buffalo and Brandy, Buffalo Barfield’s Unherd Entertainment, Jeff Williams Music, Master of the Chainsaw, Hot Dog Pig Races, Sylvia and the Magic Trunk, and the Agri-Puppets. After being absent from the fair for a couple of years, Hansen’s Spectacular Acrobatic Thrill Show will

return, and Extreme Illusions and Escapes. New this year is the Cowboy Circus, a familyfriendly show featuring juggling, music and stunts. The farm museum adds a new heritage demonstration with John Charles Bielik: Period Paper and Design. This heritage demonstration will complete the space in front of the museum where you will find The Wood Bowl Turner, The Pottery Lady, and Little John – Broom maker. The County Bounty Building will host a Washington County Craft Beverage Corral and Tasting

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event on Tuesday, August 21, from 4 to 8 p.m. In addition, Cabot Cheese and The Argyle Cheese Farmer will be providing samples of their farm-to-table products. The Washington County Fair also has a free mobile app

where fairgoers can access the full schedule along with details of each event, view the fairground maps, and receive notifications of schedule changes and reminders. For more information visit



Week of August 10 – August 16, 2018

Saratoga Springs History Sale Begins Friday: The Minnie Bolster Collection by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The city’s history reveals itself roomby-room in the two-story building Minnie Bolster called home. Bolster, who died last December at the age of 97, collected Saratoga Springs related memorabilia for more than a half-century. Several thousand pieces of her collection will be offered in a public sale, which begins Friday morning. “She tried to save everything, from all the hotels and the restaurants: the menus, the keys, photographs and posters, some bottles,” says Rosemary Gold, Bolster’s niece and one of a group of a half-dozen family members coordinating the estate sale. “I had asked her what she envisioned and we’re trying to do this the way she would have wanted,” Gold says. The initial thought was to have everything go to one buyer. When that didn’t pan out, the family thought to offer the items individually and stage the sale of

Saratoga memorabilia in Saratoga. “There are so many things we’ve come across - all from her 50-year-plus of collecting Saratoga. She was just dedicated to Saratoga. She grew up here and she loved the city,” says Gold. A sale of some antiques was held at the end of June. “It was successful, but it was antiques. You can put a value on that. This one: how do you put a value on something where you’ve never seen another one like it?” Bolster, whose brother-inlaw was photographer and photo collector George Bolster, served as president of the city’s historical society for nearly a decade, chaired the annual antique show for more than a quarter century and was the longtime secretary to the late state Supreme Court Judge Michael Sweeney. During visits to her home, she would happily tell you she was born and raised on the city’s West Side and proudly offer that she was a Saratoga Springs High School graduate of the Class of ‘38. With the confidence of a historian - and while flanked by drawings of bemonocled men

A vintage can with a Saratoga theme sits atop a dresser in advance of this weekend’s Minnie Clark Bolster Collection sale. Photo by Thomas Dimopoulos.

beneath top hats and well-dressed ladies pinched at the waist Bolster would explain how the springs originally brought visitors to the city, but it was the grand hotels and the racing that kept them coming. Bolster published a handful of books about her family and Saratoga. Her collection is so vast, researchers would visit her home to review and peruse the many pieces of the city’s past. “She’s preserved things for the next generation, or two,” says Gold, seated in a room Bolster called

A vintage clock with a horse racing theme sits atop a dresser in advance of this weekend’s Minnie Clark Bolster Collection sale. Photo by Thomas Dimopoulos.

her Revolutionary War room, draped with wallpaper that depicts soldiers at the Battle of Saratoga. Upstairs, in the “Saratoga Room,” vintage newspapers are collaged onto the walls. In between, there are rarely seen maps, engraved souvenir silverware, and a banister from the United States Hotel that was made into a lamp. There is a plethora of glassware, shelves lined with books, paperweights, miniature cups engraved with intricate designs and vintage chairs. There are room keys that

once opened the doors inside the city’s grand hotels that are now no longer there. There is a baton with a ribbon and accompanying dried flowers that date to the city’s floral fete in the late 19th century. And there are thousands of photographs. The estate sale takes place 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10 through Sunday, Aug. 12 at 161 Church St. “I think we’ll probably have a long line at the door,” Gold says. “We’re hoping people turn out to get a little piece of her history.”

Week of August 10 – August 16, 2018


Mobile MRI Unit to Offer Free MRI Brain Scans in Saratoga Springs This Week SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Brain Tumor Foundation (BTF) will visit Saratoga Springs Tuesday, Aug. 14 to offer free MRI brain scans to the public. With the use of a Mobile MRI Unit, parked at 20 Lake Ave., BTF continues the national leg of its Road To Early Detection Sponsor-A-City Tour. The Unit will remain in the Spa City through Thursday, Aug. 16. The Road to Early Detection campaign, an initiative of The Brain Tumor Foundation, was launched to increase public awareness about early screening for brain tumors and the urgent need for preventative brain scans. Scans are available by appointment only and can be scheduled here (www.calendly. com/btf) or by calling 844-BTFScan (844-283-7226). According to the organization, more than 1 million people are living with brain tumors that have yet to be detected. Early

Detection and complete removal of brain tumors remains the most comprehensive and effective method to fight the disease. MRI brain scans are safe, non-invasive and radiation free. “It’s an investment of 8 minutes that may save someone’s life,” the organization says. Brain scan data gathered through this initiative will be analyzed by experts at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and the results will be presented at hearings in city, state and national arenas, including on Capitol Hill. The research component of this campaign may help determine the causes and sources of brain cancer – environmental or genetic. Despite being one of the most aggressive forms of cancer, research for a cure receives very little federal funding. For more information, visit

New Commissioner Named to Saratoga-Capital District Regional Parks Commission SARATOGA SPRINGS — Nancy Dwyer, of Wilton, was appointed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's office to the SaratogaCapital District State Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation Commission. Dwyer has spent most of the last 45 years here in the Saratoga/Capital District area. Dwyer, a local realtor, educator, and outdoor enthusiast, is a long-time member of the Friends of Moreau Lake State Park. She joins current commissioners Heather Mabee, Barbara L. Glaser, and Eleanor K. Mullaney of Saratoga Springs, Thomas O. Maggs of Scotia, Mark T. Ryan of Mechanicville, and Jack McEneny

of Albany. The Commissioners meet quarterly to discuss and review operations of the state parks and historic sites in the region. State Parks included in the Saratoga-Capital District region are: Saratoga Spa, Moreau Lake, John Boyd Thacher, Grafton Lakes, Cherry Plain, Peebles Island, Schodack Island, Mine Kill, and Max V. Shaul. The State Historic Sites in the region include: Fort Crailo; Museum of the Colonial Dutch, Schuyler Mansion, Schoharie Crossing, Johnson Hall, Grant Cottage, Bennington Battlefield, Susan B. Anthony Childhood Home, John Burroughs Memorial, Crown Point, and John Brown Farm.



Week of August 10 – August 16, 2018

Nationally Distrubuted Tequila Brand Has Saratoga Roots by Marissa Gonzalez Saratoga TODAY

SARATOGA SPRINGS — A Saratoga Springs local is taking her Tequila brand national. Lisa Elovich, owner of One With Life (OWL) Organic Tequila, launched the tequila brand in 2015 and since then has won numerous awards including Wine Enthusiast’s Best of Year award in 2017. “I look at life like an adventure, I like to keep life fun and interesting and never get stuck in a rut. I like to get out of my comfort zone and learn new things and really have fun with life, so I don’t normally stick to one career very long,” Elovich said. Elovich has worked in criminal justice for 28 years. She was a prosecutor in New York City, worked at the Attorney General’s office and was an administrative law judge for child abuse cases. In the

last 10 years, she was on the parole board as the parole commissioner. “But I always believed in having a second job,” she added. And so began her career in life coaching, which she still does today, and infused a lot of which she preaches into her tequila brand. After that, she was a professional boxing promoter. Her initial interest in boxing began with just attending classes to lose some baby weight. In her seven years as a boxing promoter she had shows on ESPN and MSG. “I wanted to start a new business and I wanted to do something that was exciting like boxing… When I though about what’s fun and lighthearted, I thought about tequila,” Elovich said. “I’ve always associated tequila with a reason to celebrate, it’s always been a time when I had fun with family and friends, and it reminded me of just being happy.

Lisa Elovich and her team in Mexico. Photo provided.

So what I wanted to do was use the bottle as a vessel to spread a message of what it means to be one with life and to be light-hearted and enjoy your life and be present for family and friends. So the bottle represents all that,” she added. Elovich is the true embodiment of her brand and message. Her tequila is handcrafted and small batch, and every bottle has a different inspirational message on the inside, no batch is the same. Elovich looks to the brand’s consumers and fans to find new quotes to use in each batch. There is also a toast on the packaging that reads “Join us in a toast to: Being fully present, listening deeply, speaking with love

and being one with life. Salud!” One With Life Organic Tequila got it’s name from a book that Elovich read called “A New Earth” by Eckhart Tolle “I read the book multiple times and I was so moved by it and it was so life changing for me that I wanted to name the tequila One With Life which means being aligned with the universe, going with the flow, not carrying the past with you and not spending your time creating a story in your head and worrying about the future,” she said. “I thought if I could use the bottle to spread that message it would make me feel good about what my team and I were doing,” she added.

Lisa Elovich. Photo by Marissa Gonzalez

The clay oven and the center of the Agave plants called the piña. Photo provided.

Elovich encourages consumers to enjoy the beverage in moderation, “I’m all about balance… Nobody should ever have too much just; enjoy it as part of a balanced lifestyle,” she says. “Tequila is a very spiritual type of alcohol. It takes seven years to grow the agave plant before you can pick the center of the plant to make it into tequila. It is harvested by the Jimador, which are agave plant farmers. They are in the fields for seven years to grow these beautiful plants and then they take out the center of the plant by hand, so it really is a labor of love,” Elovich added. So far OWL Tequila is distributed in Saratoga and the surrounding counties and throughout South Florida. Since Elovich says the brand is still in the start-up phase, she believes this is something she will continue to do and if she decides on another career path, it will incorporate the OWL message. Right now, you can find OWL Tequila in every liquor store in Saratoga Springs, and some surrounding areas. It’s also in many restaurants on Broadway as well. Owl Tequila sells between $37 and $39 per bottle. To find out where you can get OWL Organic Tequila, visit


Week of August 10 – August 16, 2018

Saratoga Casino Hotel Foundation Annual Grant Applications Due

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Lake Luzerne 101 Lake Avenue Lake Ronkonkoma 316 Smithtown Blvd Latham 1159 Troy Schenectady Rd 211 Troy Schenectady Rd Manorville 498 County Road Mechanicville 77 So. Central Avenue Middletown 356 East Main Street 251 Highland Avenue Millerton Maple Avenue, Route 44 North Greenbush 499 N Greenbush Road Nassau 2 Chatham Street New Windsor 405 Bloomingrove Tpk. 1630 Route 94 Philmont 76 Main Street Port Ewen Route 9W

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Warrensburg 3805 Main Street West Coxsackie 385 Mansion Street Whitehall 191 Broadway Woodstock 63 Mill Hill Road

Leadership Saratoga Community Development Projects Make Positive Impact Across Saratoga County

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SARATOGA COUNTY — Every year, the Leadership Saratoga Advisory Board selects up to four projects on which the participants of the Leadership Saratoga class will work. The community development projects provide hands-on experience using some of the skills and thought processes class participants learn in the program as well as giving them an opportunity to lend the knowledge and expertise they have to an area nonprofit organization. Area nonprofits receive great benefit both by the

projects that are completed and the exposure the organization receives to the 24 class participants. The Leadership Saratoga Class of 2018 graduated from the program in May. During the prior ten months, the class participants worked with the Galway Public Library; the Capital Region YMCA - Southern Saratoga Branch, in Clifton Park; the Children's Museum at Saratoga; and the Wilton Food Pantry. The completed projects were presented at the Annual Leadership Saratoga Alumni breakfast.

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Division Street Nearly 750 Backpacks Assembled and Delivered to Children in Need Elementary School PTA ALBANY — CAP COM Federal Credit Union and its charitable giving arm, the CAP COM Cares Foundation, have once again completed their annual backpack program. Each year the Foundation aims to deliver hundreds of backpacks to school-aged children in need. This year the program has delivered 743 backpacks, which have been donated to 26 organizations and schools in the Capital Region community. New backpacks were filled with school supplies including notebooks, folders, pencils, crayons, rulers, glue sticks, and more. Thirty-two CAP COM employees volunteered their time to assemble, pack, and deliver the backpacks over a week’s time. Backpacks were delivered the week of July 30 – August 3 to youth at the following organizations: Capital District YMCA, Centro Civico, Commission on Economic Opportunity, Equinox Youth Shelter, Franklin Community Center, Girls Inc., Joseph’s House

Recognized Nationally as a School of Excellence

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and Shelter, Marillac Family Shelter, Shelters of Saratoga, St. Catherine’s Center for Children, St. Paul’s Center, and 10 schools associated with CAP COM’s School Banking program. “We believe it doesn’t take much, but it does take us all. With the help of our volunteers, we were able to supply hundreds of backpacks to local children,” stated Paige Rueckert, Community and Youth Advocate at CAP COM. “These children are our future, and we hope that through this program we empower them to embrace education and learning all year long,” Rueckert continued.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The National PTA has recognized Division Street Elementary School as a 2018-2020 PTA School of Excellence for their commitment to building an inclusive and welcoming school community where all families contribute to enriching the educational experience and overall well-being for all students. “Research shows that when families and schools work together, students do better in school and schools improve,” said Jim Accomando, president of National PTA. “Division Street Elementary School and the Division Street PTA have worked hard to strengthen their family-school partnership and create an environment where all families feel welcomed and empowered to support student success. We are pleased to recognize them as a National PTA School of Excellence,” Accomando continued. National PTA’s School of Excellence program helps PTAs become partners in identifying and implementing school improvement initiatives based on PTA’s National Standards for Family-School Partnerships. Schools that exhibit improvement at the end of the school year are honored as a National PTA School of Excellence, a distinction that spans two years. “Division Street School

is delighted to be recognized as a National PTA School of Excellence,” said Dr. Greer Miller, Principal of Division Street Elementary School. “Our school is such a collaborative environment where the teachers work hard to engage the families in their students’ education, and to provide a wellrounded educational experience for all students. The PTA also does a phenomenal job with providing our students a strong Cultural Arts Program of assemblies and classroom presentations on a variety of topics. Parents and staff work jointly on different school-wide initiatives, goals, and moving our school forward,” Dr. Miller stated. Division Street Elementary School and the Division Street PTA are one of only 278 PTAs and schools nationwide recognized as a 2018-2020 School of Excellence. “I would also like to thank Mrs. Connie Woytowich for doing an outstanding job as the PTA President for the past two years and assisting with the submission of our application for this wonderful award,” said Dr. Miller. Congratulations to Division Street Elementary School on this outstanding achievement. For more information about the National PTA School of Excellence program, visit www.

Week of August 10 – August 16, 2018

Storybook Academy Accepting Students

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Waldorf School: Lower School and High School Open House

BALLSTON SPA — Storybook Academy is accepting students on a rolling, first-come, first-serve, basis. Classes begin in September and run for 15 weeks, offering children ages three and four a pre-kindergarten experience at only $60/week. If you are interested in learning more or registering your child for Storybook Academy, call 518-5870707 or email Melanie Edwards at

Saratoga Independent School Announces Summer Tour Dates

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Independent School has announced summer tour dates for prospective parents and students. SIS is currently accepting applications for all grades, PreK through Middle School. Tour dates, all starting at 10 a.m., are scheduled for: Tuesday, August 14 Thursday, August 23 Or, prospective parents can contact SIS to schedule a

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Thursday, August 16, 4-6 p.m., 62 York Avenue & 122 Regent Street, Saratoga Springs. Come see what a developmentally aligned, experiential and artsintegrated curriculum can do for your student! Visit classrooms, speak with faculty. For more information contact admissions@ or call 518-587-2224.

39th Annual Polo by Twilight Palamountain Benefit Raises Record $320,000 for Skidmore College Scholarships

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The 39th annual Polo by Twilight event, benefiting the Joseph C. and Anne T. Palamountain Scholarship Fund at Skidmore College, was held on Tuesday, July 24 on the Saratoga Polo Fields. This year’s event raised a record-breaking $320,000, and featured the Palamountain Cup polo match, followed by a silent auction and gourmet dinner prepared by award-winning chefs from Skidmore Dining Services. The annual fundraiser was first started in 1979 by Anne T. Palamountain,

EDUCATION BRIEFS wife of Skidmore’s fourth president, Joseph C. Palamountain, and it flourished for over three decades under Anne’s leadership, until her death in 2015. All proceeds from the Polo by Twilight event benefit the Joseph C. and Anne T. Palamountain Scholarship Fund, which honors the late couple’s 22 years of dedicated service and leadership at the college. The fund supports financially eligible juniors and seniors whose outstanding academic records and co-curricular service exemplify the many contributions that the Palamountains made to Skidmore. Since its inception, the Palamountain Scholarship Fund has supported more than 350 scholars, including 18 students in the 2017-2018 academic year, who otherwise could not afford a Skidmore education.

Abilities Center Plans Grand Opening

SARATOGA SPRINGS — On August 16, the Abilities Center plans a grand opening with a ribbon cutting at 3 p.m. First of its kind in the Saratoga area, this pediatric therapy and early learning center will offer a variety of services for children of all abilities. They will provide early intervention services including classrooms for children with special needs aged 18 months to three years. There are separate classrooms, within the same facility, for typical peers that are 18 months to four years of age. All classrooms and programs are developed by an early childhood educator, special educator, occupational therapist and speech language pathologist to


optimize all areas of development. All children will experience the professionally designed and installed sensory motor gym within the 2700 square-foot facility.

Bigler Studio Announces the Release of PSA in Collaboration with Maple Avenue Middle School SARATOGA SPRINGS — Dave Bigler Photos and FilmsBigler Studio is proud to announce, in collaboration with Maple Avenue Middle School and Bowtie Cinema, the release of an anti-cyber bullying PSA, starring Gus, Miles, Nick, Christian, and Jack, 6th Graders at Maple Avenue Middle School. The PSA started as a project assigned by the Computer Science department at Maple Ave. Bigler Studio was approached to help teach the kids how to make their class videos look more

professional. Dave was so excited by the project that he not only provided training to the kids but also volunteered that the Bigler Studio team would professionally produce the best student video, using their story and their script, into a professional Public Service Announcement. The PSA will air at BowTie Cinema locations from August 10, 2018- August 16, 2018, in Downtown Saratoga Springs and Wilton.

Local Schools to Offer Free and Reduced Meals BALLSTON SPA/SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Springs City School District (SSCSD) and Ballston Spa School District have recently announced a free and reduced-price meal policy for area school children. The scale that determines eligibility for both school districts can be found via these links: www. (Ballston Spa) and www.

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For a Light and Lovely Supper, Try Cousa

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

by Himanee Gupta-Carlson for Saratoga TODAY Photos by Pattie Garrett.

Marcie Place’s grandfather emigrated from Syria in the 1940s. Her father spent his weekends with his Syrian aunts learning to cook the dishes of his home country. In the decades that followed, he passed his passion for that food to his children. Today, Place, owner of The Chocolate Spoon, pours her love for Syrian food into many of her baked goods at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market. And even when she isn’t baking, she makes many of the dishes that her father mastered through his aunts.

Marcie Place, owner of The Chocolate Spoon.

“I will never try to be as good at cooking Syrian food as my father is, but honoring his heritage is a great privilege to me,” says Place. “After all, food is love.” She especially looks forward to mid-summer when cousa comes into season. This lime-green squash is like zucchini, only lighter and a bit rounder. It is the base for one of her father’s favorite dishes – Stuffed Cousa, which is made by hollowing out the squash, filling it with a rice mixture, and then simmering it in a tomato broth. Place shared her father’s recipe with me, and a few weeks ago, Debbie Stevens of Butternut

Cousa Squash & Yellow Squash.

Ridge Farm told me cousa was in season. Since then, I have been buying it at the Wednesday market from her. Kokinda Farm also carries cousa on Saturdays. Cousa often is mixed into bins of zucchini and summer squash, which can make it hard to find. But the hunt is worth the effort. Stuffing cousa takes a little work, but it also takes advantage of some of the best of the market’s current bounty. Imagine heirloom tomatoes, basil, newly harvested garlic, sweet pepper, and the satisfying crunch of summer squash. That’s cousa with its added touches. It emerges from its cooking broth looking a little

like a sausage, and tasting sweet and spicy. Use whatever broth is left as a simmer sauce for meatballs or, as I did, for fish. Stevens said cousa is a favorite among eastern European customers who like it stuffed. Stevens enjoys the squash sautéed, as a side. Place’s father’s recipe is below. Try it out! 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.

Stuffed Cousa


INGREDIENTS * Find these Ingredients at the Farmers’ Market! • 4 small cousa or “Syrian Squash”* • ¼ cup olive oil* • 1 teaspoon ground allspice • 1 tablespoon salt • 2 tablespoons tomato paste • 1 lb. diced tomatoes*

• 1 garlic clove,* crushed • 2 cups vegetable stock FOR THE STUFFING • 1 small onion,* finely chopped • 1-2 tomatoes,* finely chopped

• 1 bunch fresh parsley,* finely chopped • 2/3 cup uncooked basmati rice, washed and drained • salt and pepper • Optional: 1 lb. ground lamb or ground beef

INSTRUCTIONS 1. Hollow from one end of the kousa with an apple corer or a small spoon leaving about ¼-inch-thick shell all around. 2. Wash them thoroughly and dry. 3. To make the stuffing, mix the ingredients for the stuffing in a bowl, add a little oil, ½ tsp allspice and season with salt and pepper. 4. Stuff the cousa up to three-quarters full (do not fill to the brim as the mixture will expand when cooking and leak out). 5. In a large casserole or saucepan, first oil the base, then place the diced tomatoes at the bottom of the pot.

6. Sprinkle crushed garlic on top and then layer the stuffed cousa. 7. Season with the remaining spices and oil. 8. Mix the tomato paste with the vegetable stock and pour into the pot to cover the stuffed cousa. 9. Cover the cousa with a plate or something to hold them down lightly to keep them in place while cooking so the stuffing doesn’t run out. 10. Cook on high heat and bring to a boil. 11. When it comes to boil, lower the heat and simmer gently for 1 hour. 12. Uncover and simmer to thicken sauce, if needed. Serve hot.

Recipe courtesy of Marcie Place.


by John Reardon for Saratoga TODAY


my Foodie Friends. With all of the indoor and outdoor entertaining we do this time of year, chicken wings can be a staple item to serve. So, how did Americans fall in love with the chicken wing? There is no glitzy or glamorous origin story behind America’s love for the chicken wing. It’s actually one of settling and convenience. Deep-fried chicken wings have long been a staple of Southern cooking. But the concept of cooking wings in peppery hot sauce was born in 1964 at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York, when co-owner Teressa Bellissimo cooked leftover wings in hot sauce as a late-night snack for her son and his friends. The guys liked them so much that the Bellissimos put them on the menu the next day. Served with celery slices and bleu cheese sauce, “Buffalo Wings” were an instant hit. The rise of the chicken wing really had to do with timing.

Cooking the whole bird was trendy in the sixties and seventies, but in the eighties U.S. consumers started preferring boneless-skinless breast meat, and wings became an inexpensive byproduct for chicken producers. There is one very important characteristic of chicken wings: It’s a great group food. A big plate of wings can be shared among many people. Wings are meant to be shared, and they come with a promise of spending time with someone — friends, family, a partner, our kids. That’s something we can all understand. Being together with people we love and enjoy — maybe that’s the true magic of the chicken wing. Recently, our good friends hosted their 3rd Annual Wing Fest competition and Paula and I did not win. The young lady that won had an awesome wing sauce however. There is something special about having fun with people while all of you, no matter how classy, have sauce all over your hands, face and the front of your shirt. I love watching the reactions of the tasters when they bite into a very hot wing. The wing master at the grill has to handle putting the sauce on the chicken which is a thankless job all by itself. I supplied him with a Charcoal Companion 17” Sauce Mop. “Arrr, Arrr , Arrrr” It is a great tool to spread your sauces. At Compliments to the Chef, we carry the Rosewood 17-Inch Sauce Mop by Charcoal Companion. This is an ideal tool for basting meats on the grill or in the smoker. The Sauce Mop is made with a Cotton

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HONEY SRIRACHA AND PINEAPPLE WING SAUCE INGREDIENTS FOR THE WINGS: • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, plus more for the pan • 2 pounds chicken wings, split at the joints, tips removed • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic • Kosher salt and ground pepper

mop-head that soaks up sauce or marinade for BBQing. It is made with a Rosewood handle that will stand up to everyday use. The Mop head washes out with soap and water. This basting mop makes it easy to prepare BBQing by soaking up the thinner sauces to baste over the meat. So host a competition in your neighborhood and stop by Compliments to the Chef located at 33 Railroad Place in Saratoga Springs, and tell us the results. I bet everyone will be a winner. In my neighborhood our competition will be talked about for one year until we go back to the drawing board and try again. We also carry a large assortment of cool tools to help you with your BBQ adventures. Remember my Foodie Friends, “Life Happens in the Kitchen” or outside while you are BBQing. Get a Sauce Mop and Mop up your Wing Sauce creations. Although we did not win the competition, here is the recipe that we used for the Wing Competition. It is delicious. We call it “Afterburner.”

Take Care, John & Paula

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








• Five Spice Chicken Entree Salad & Ranch Dressing • Potato Salad • Dinner Roll • Banana

• Rosemary Garlic Lemon Chicken • Rice • Brussels Sprouts • Peach Crisp

• BBQ Pork Loin • Cubed Sweet Potatoes • Cabbage • Chocolate Chip Cookies

• Baked Fish with Creamy Dill Sauce • Mashed Potatoes • Vegetable Trio • Apricot Whip

• Chicken Picatta • Roasted Cubed Potatoes • Mixed Vegetables • Honeydew Melon

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

FOR THE SAUCE: • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter • 1/3 cup honey, plus extra for drizzling • ¼ cup Sriracha • 1 tablespoon soy sauce • 1 can crushed Pineapple • ¼ cup brown sugar • 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice

INSTRUCTIONS 1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly coat a large rimmed baking sheet with vegetable oil. Dry the chicken wings with paper towels and place in a large bowl. 2. In a small bowl, mix 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, the melted butter, granulated garlic, 1 teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper. Pour the mixture over the wings and toss well to coat. Spread the wings in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet. 3. Bake the wings until browned and crisp, 45 to 55 minutes.

MEANWHILE MAKE THE SAUCE: 4. Melt the butter in a small pot over medium heat. Add the honey, Sriracha, soy sauce, brown sugar, crushed pineapple with the juice, and lime juice and stir until the mixture bubbles gently. Remove from the heat and set aside. 5. Carefully remove the wings from the baking sheet and transfer to a large bowl. Mop the warm sauce over the wings on the grill. 6. Serving on a platter with lime wedges and a drizzle of honey. NOTE: Wings can either be cooked on the grill or in a pan.

20 Adirondack Christian Fellowship   8 Mountain Ledge, Wilton | 581-587-0623 | Services: Sunday 8 and 10 a.m. Adirondack Friends Meeting 27 Saratoga Avenue, South Glens Falls 518-793-3755 | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Assembly of God Faith Chapel 6 Burgoyne Street, Schuylerville | 518-695-6069 Rev. Jason Proctor | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Assembly of God Saratoga 118 Woodlawn Avenue, Saratoga Springs 518-584-6081 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Bacon Hill Reformed Church* 560 Route 32N, Bacon Hill | 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 518-885-7312 | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Ballston Spa United Methodist Church 101 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa 518-885-6886 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Baha’i Community of Saratoga Springs Saratoga Springs Public Library, Glasby Room 518-692-7694 | 518-885-0876 | 1-800-22UNITE | Public Meetings: 1st Tuesdays 7 p.m. Barkersville Christian Church 7200 Barkersville Road, Middle Grove 518-882-6437 | barkersvillechristianchurch. com Pastor Pat Atwell | Sunday Worship: 10:30 a.m. Bethesda Episcopal Church* 41 Washington Street, Saratoga Springs | 518-584-5980 | The Very Rev’d Marshall J. Vang Services: Sunday 8 and 10 a.m. Burnt Hills United Methodist Church* 816 Route 50, Burnt Hills 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 | Pastor Andrew Holt | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Church of Christ at Clifton Park 7 Old Route 146, Clifton Park 518-371-6611 | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Charlton Freehold Presbyterian Church 768 Charlton Road, Charlton | 518-399-4831 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Christ Community Reformed Church 1010 Route 146, Clifton Park | 518-371-7654 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Christ Episcopal Church* 15 West High Street, Ballston Spa 518-885-1031 | Services: Sunday 8 and 10 a.m. Christian Restoration Ministries Saratoga Senior Center: 5 Williams Street, Saratoga Springs | 518-796-4323 Pastor Pat Roach | Services: Sunday 6:30 p.m. Christian Science Church 107 Circular Street, Saratoga Springs 518-584-0221 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Community Alliance Church 257 Rowland Street, Ballston Spa 518-885-6524 | Services: 10:30 a.m. Congregation Shaara Tfille* 84 Weibel Avenue, Saratoga Springs 518-584-2370 | Services: Monday 7:30 a.m., Thursday 7:30 a.m. Saturday 10 a.m., 3rd Friday Shabbat 7:30 p.m. Corinth Free Methodist Church   20 Hamilton Avenue, Corinth | 518-654-9255, 518-792-0271 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Corinth United Methodist Church 243 Main Street, Corinth | 518-654-2521 | Services: Sunday 11 a.m.

RELIGION Cornerstone Community Church 100 Saratoga Village Boulevard, #8, Ballston Spa 518-664-5204 | Pastor Frank Galerie Services: Sunday 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Community 2001 Route 9, Round Lake 518-877-8506 | Services: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 8 and 11 a.m. Eastern Orthodox — Christ the Savior 349 Eastline Road, Ballston Lake | 518-212-7845 | Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. First Baptist Church of Saratoga Springs 45 Washington Street, Saratoga Springs 518-584-6301 | Services: Sunday Noon First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa 202 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa 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 518-885-5583 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Full Gospel Tabernacle 207 Redmond Road, Gansevoort 518-793-2739 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Galway United Methodist Church 2056 East Street, Galway | 518-882-6520 Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. (9 a.m. in July and Aug.) Grace Fellowship Saratoga* 165 High Rock Avenue, Saratoga Springs 518-691-0301 | Pastor: Mike Adams | Services: Sundays 9 and 11 a.m. Greater Grace Community Church 100 Saratoga Village, Building 17, Ballston Spa 518-899-7777 | Pastor David Moore | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Greenfield Center Baptist Church 30 Wilton Road, Greenfield Center | 518-893-7429 Services: 11 a.m.; Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. (all ages) Highway Tabernacle Church 235 Hudson Avenue, Mechanicville | 518-664-4442 Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Hope Church 206 Greenfield Avenue, Ballston Spa | 518-885-7442 Services: Sunday 10 a.m.; Sunday School: 9 a.m. Jonesville United Methodist 963 Main Street, Clifton Park | 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 518-584-1003 | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Living Waters Church of God 4330 State Route 50, Saratoga Springs | 518-587-0484 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Malta Presbyterian Church 118 Dunning Street, Malta 518-899-5992 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Malta Ridge United Methodist Church 729 Malta Avenue Extension, Malta 518-581-0210 | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Middle Grove United Methodist Church* 429 Middle Grove Road, Middle Grove 518-581-2973 | Pastor Jason Proctor Services: Sunday 9 a.m. Mt. Olivet Baptist Church 100 Cresent Street, Saratoga Springs 518-584-9441 | Rev. Dr. Victor L. Collier Services: 10 a.m. Perry Road Baptist Church* 150 Perry Road, Saratoga Springs | 518-587-0711 Pastor Thomas Van McClain | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. New Life Fellowship* 51 Old Gick Road, ­­Saratoga Springs 518-580-1810 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m.

Northway Church 770 Pierce Road, Clifton Park 518-899-1200 | Services: 9:30 and 11:15 a.m. Old Saratoga Reformed Church* 48 Pearl Street, Schuylerville Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Old Stone Church (American Baptist) 159 Stone Church Road, Ballston Spa 518-583-1002 | Services: 10:30 a.m. Olde Liberty Baptist 600 Route 67, Malta | 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 | 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 518-584-6091 | Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m. Quaker Springs United Methodist Church* 466 Route 32, Schylerville 518-695-3101 | Pastor Ben Lalka | Services: Sunday 9 a.m. River of Hope Fellowship 100 Saratoga Village Boulevard, Malta Commons, Ste. 3 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Roman Catholic Church of St. Peter 241 Broadway, Saratoga Springs | 518-584-2375 Services: Saturday: 5 p.m. Sunday: 7:30, 9 and 11 a.m. St. Clement’s Roman Catholic Church* 231 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs 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. St. George’s Episcopal Church 912 Route 146, Clifton Park 518-371-6351 | Services: Saturday 4:30 p.m.; Sunday 7:30 , 9, and 11:30 a.m. St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church* 3159 Route 9N, Greenfield Center 518-893-7680 | Services: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 10:30 a.m. St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church* 167 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa 518-885-7411 | Services: Saturday 4 p.m. Sunday 8:30, 10:30 a.m., Noon St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church* 771 Route 29, Rock City Falls 518-885-4677 | Services: Sunday 8:30 a.m. St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church 149 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs 518-584-0904 | Services: Saturday 5 p.m.; Sunday 8:30 and 11 a.m. St. Peter Lutheran Church 2776 Route 9, Malta 518-583-4153 | Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church 1 Grove Street, Schuylerville 518-695-3918 | Rev. Donna J. Arnold Services: Sunday 8 and 9 a.m. St. Therese Chapel (RC) 1 Wilton-Gansevoort Road, Gansevoort 518-792-2276 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. St. Thomas of Canterbury 242 Grooms Road, Halfmoon 518-348-0842 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m.

Week of August 10 – August 16, 2018 Saratoga Abundant Life Church 2 Hutchins Road, Saratoga Springs 518-885-5456 | Services: Sunday 8:20 and 10:30 a.m. Saratoga Chabad 130 Circular Street, Saratoga Springs 518-526-0773 | Saratoga Friends Meeting (Quaker) 571 Route 32, Quaker Springs | 518-587-7477 518-399-5013 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Saratoga United Methodist Church* 175 Fifth Avenue, Saratoga Springs 518-584-3720 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Saratoga Seventh-Day Adventist Church 399 Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs 518-587-6951 | Services: Worship: 11 a.m.; Sabbath School 10 a.m. Schuylerville United Methodist Church 51 Church Street, Schuylerville 518-695-3101 | Services: Sunday 11 a.m. Shenendehowa United Methodist 971 Route 146, Clifton Park 518-371-7964 | Services: Sunday 9 and 10:45 a.m. Simpson United Methodist Church 1089 Rock City Road, Rock City Falls 518-885-4794 | Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m. Soul Saving Station for Every Nation Christ Crusaders of America 62 Henry Street, Saratoga Springs 518-584-3122 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Starpoint Church 410 21st Century Park Drive, Clifton Park 518-371-2811 | Services: 9, 10:30 a.m. and Noon Stillwater Christian Fellowship Liberty Ridge Farm, 29 Bevis Road, Schaghticoke 518-288-8802 | Services: 10 a.m. Stillwater United Church (Presbyterian U.S.A.) 747 Hudson Avenue, Stillwater 518-664-7984 | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Temple Sinai* 509 Broadway, Saratoga Springs 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 518-833-0504 | Services: Sunday 9 a.m. The Salvation Army/ Worship, Service & Community Center 27 Woodlawn Avenue, Saratoga Springs 518-584-1640 | Services: Praise & Worship 11 a.m. Sunday School: 10 a.m. Trinity United Methodist Church 155 Ballard Road, Gansevoort 518-584-9107 | Rev. Keith Mann | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Saratoga Springs* 624 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs 518-584-1555 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Unity Church in Albany 21 King Avenue, Albany | 518-453-3603 Services: Sunday 9 and 11 a.m. Sunday School: 11 a.m. West Charlton United Presbyterian Church 1331 Sacandaga Road, West Charlton 518-882-9874 | Rev. Thomas Gregg | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m.; Sunday School: 10:30 a.m. Wilton Baptist Church 755 Saratoga Road, Wilton 518-583-2736 | Services: Sunday 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

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Week of August 10 – August 16, 2018



A Fruitful Pursuit Photos provided.

by Megin Potter for Saratoga TODAY THERE IS an incomparable surge of sweetness when you bite into the juicy orange flesh of a really good cantaloupe. The bright scent awakens in the memory a glorious paradise of flavor. It’s an experience that has been sought out by presidents, celebrities and locals lucky enough to be in-the-know. Hand Melon Farm in Greenwich grows melons so good they’ve made people cry. “We’re the only place on the planet where you can get this type of melon. You won’t find a sweeter melon than a Hand melon,” said Terry Oosterom. A self-described “foodie” who loves variety, Oosterom stocks the Hand Melon farm market with unique fruits, vegetables and flowers grown just down the road on her partner, John Hand’s family farm. “The melon crop is fairly outstanding this year. It was hot and dry early in the season which is what melons need to grow well,” said Hand. 110 YEARS IN THE MAKING The Hand Melon Farm started cultivating the land for growing great produce 110 years ago. “The complex aromas and nuances of flavor are what make the melons so good. The modern melon was bred for disease-resistance, our goal was flavor,” said Hand. John’s father, Aaron Allen “AA” Hand, began supplying the openair farm stand then owned by Peter Crowd with melons and corn in the early 60’s. A decade later, Hand took over operation of the building. In 1990, John began running things, enclosed the space, added-on their first small greenhouse and bakery.

John Hand and Terry Oosterom.

PICKING THE BEST OF THE BOUNTY Walking into the cool store across from the Washington County Fairgrounds, you’ll find high-quality, locally-sourced oils, seasonings, meats and cheeses to complement a generous assortment of fruits and vegetables. To further enhance their medley of goods, Hand chooses the best of the summer harvest available at the Capital District Regional Wholesale Market in Menands. It’s a bounty that includes leafy greens, root crops, and succulent peaches from the Hudson Valley’s Kleinskill Farm. Hand melons and sweet corn are still the main attraction at both the farm store and their farm stand in the Allerdice Ace parking lot at 2570 Route 9 in Malta, from now until mid-September (or while supplies last). “We pick melons when they

naturally release from the vine. The more yellow it is, the riper it is,” said Hand. Dedicated to rigorously researched varieties and specific growing standards, Hand sweet corn is selected for its tender kernels and excellent flavor. Unique finds offer a pop of excitement to your table. Bite-size Mexican cucumbers are picked from the rows of flowers where goldfinches burst forth into the sky. The cut bouquets include a colorful collection of layered dahlias, variegated green and white Snowon-the-Mountain, and sprigs of rich Amaranth. “I like big, bold color and lots of contrast,” said Oosterom, who grows all the flowers from seed and picks them fresh each morning. Hand Melon Farm, at 364 Route 29 in Greenwich, is open daily during the season. For more information, go to





Week of August 10 – August 16, 2018

breaking up is hard to do HOW TO LET GO OF AN UNHEALTHY FRIENDSHIP

by Meghan Fritz, LCSW-R

for Saratoga TODAY WHEN I WAS in Brownies as a young girl, we would sing a song at our meetings called Make New Friends. The first line was always something I remembered, “Make new friends and keep the old, one is silver and the other gold.” Sometimes friendships can start to rust and it’s hard to know how to let go of someone that has been in your life for many years or even just a season. You may be hesitant to exit the friendship due to guilt or fear of the consequences in your friend group. Here are a few common characteristics of a person who may be starting to rust in your friendship.

THE ONE UPPER/ OVER TALKER: You have just been promoted and are so excited to share this news with your friend. They immediately start talking about something wonderful that happened to them and do not take the time to hear more about your good fortune. This is a sign of insecurity and selfishness. The true mark of someone’s character can be found in how they handle someone else’s success. A good friend will stand in joy with you and celebrate your good fortune. If someone can’t stand with you for positive life-changing events, it’s time to let them go. THE ONE WAY STREET: You reach out to this person to call, touch base, make plans, check in and they consistently flake out on getting back to you. When they do get in touch with you they make excuses as to why they are so busy and make a plan to get together but cancel at the last minute. Someone who does not value your time or make an effort in the friendship is not worth putting energy into. Your time is valuable and a privilege; don’t make time for people that don’t have time for

Respect yourself enough to see that this friend is not adding any value to your life and only leaves you feeling frustrated and upset. you. Respect yourself enough to see that this friend is not adding any value to your life and only leaves you feeling frustrated and upset. Find a two-way street friendship and refuse to go down any more one-way streets!

THE DRAMA QUEEN: This is the friend that is sometimes fun to be around but spreads gossip like poison. You always feel leaving slightly uncomfortable about the conversation or their slander

against others. Just because you don’t participate in the character assignation of another doesn’t mean you are not a part of it. Don’t be lazy about hanging out with people that don’t have positive words to say about others. Walk away from someone whose hobby is to tear others down with unkind words. If you do feel it’s time to let go of a friendship with someone like the above mentioned it’s best NOT to send a memo letting them know all of the ways they are toxic. Rather, phase out slowly and minimize time together. A person with the above mentioned characteristics is likely unable to have a meaningful insightful discussion that will bring about a healthy change in the dynamic of the friendship. Simply recognize this is a friendship that is not silver or gold in your life and be willing to respect yourself enough to limit time and contact with this person. YOU ARE WORTH IT! Meghan Fritz is a psychotherapist practicing in State College, PA. For more information email:

Week of August 10 – August 16, 2018




Family Dinner

by Katherine Morna Towne

for Saratoga TODAY

“Mothering Boys” THOUGH the nesting instinct has traditionally been said to be a sign that labor is imminent, I’ve been in nesting mode all summer—and so has the rest of my family. We’ve all been cleaning and preparing the house with the baby in mind—or at least, I’ve been cleaning and preparing with the baby in mind; it’s possible everyone else just wants to have a clean house. Po-tay-to, po-tah-to. It’s not just the house that I’ve been wanting to get in order though. I’ve also been wanting to get dinnertime in order. Specifically: manners, conversation, and parental sanity. I think it’s pretty accepted that eating dinner as a family is important. When I decided we needed to work on this, I did a little research to be sure of why family dinners are held up as sacred (the Washington Post even called it “The most important thing you can do with your kids”), and the reasons included intellectual benefits like exposure to more advanced conversation and vocabulary; emotional benefits like lower anxiety and parent-children bonding; and nutritional benefits like kids having a tendency to eat more diverse foods, including fruits and vegetables, during family dinners. Research has even shown that children whose families have dinner together regularly have a lower incidence of drug and alcohol use, sexual activity, violence, and eating disorders.

I didn’t need to be sold on the idea, but if I did, this information would have done it. Despite having been brought up eating dinner with my family nearly every night, and being determined to do the same with my children, I’ve been baffled by how painful family dinners actually are (at least in my house). There has never been that peaceful scene of family togetherness and conversation that you see on TV; rather, our family dinners have mostly consisted of my boys using each other as audience members in their comedy routines and not eating until I decide I’ve had enough and start sending people away from the table until they’re ready to eat nicely. I’ve even banned talking at the table a time or two, and found myself enjoying those silent dinners more than the others. My husband and I regularly eat dinner after the kids are in bed, just so we can enjoy our meal. I could see that we were in a downward spiral that would clearly result in our boys becoming drug addicts who only eat donuts and potato chips and have sky-high anxiety. It all came to a head recently when what should have been a nice dinner (everyone’s favorite foods) ended up being one of the worst ever (terrible behavior, frazzled parents at the end). My husband and I decided that night that things needed to change. The next morning I looked up strategies to make family dinners better, and decided on some ground rules for dinner: (1) Good manners: No talking with full mouths, no elbows on the table, no interrupting others unless you say “excuse me” (and it better be for a good reason), no tipping in chairs, no getting out of seats without being asked to be excused. (2) Good conversation: Mom and Dad decide the topic and who gets to speak when; everyone will have a turn and everyone will listen to the speaker. (3) Good eating: No scarfing down food, dinner is dinner, no dessert until everyone is ready for it. We implemented these rules that very night, and I was amazed at the immediate difference.

The boys seemed to enjoy this new challenge, for one thing. They listened very seriously as I explained what we would be doing, and nodded solemnly at each part. At dinner itself, they put expressions of civility on their faces and more than once I saw one of them look meaningfully at the other, which turned out to mean, “Get your elbows off the table!” My littlest guy watched his older brothers carefully and did his best to copy them—adorable! The topic of conversation I chose was, “Everyone tell me one good thing and one bad thing that happened to you today,” and though I usually start with the youngest and move up when we’re doing a turn-taking activity, I thought it would be better to start with the oldest and work our way down, which would allow the younger boys to see and hear how their turn should go. We started with my husband, then myself, then each of the boys, and I actually felt like I learned something about each person’s day and each person’s personality, despite the fact that I spend every waking minute of my days with the boys. The boys took this all very seriously, and were careful to say, “Excuse me,” when they needed to interrupt to ask for more food. And my youngest ate the best he’s eaten in a long time! Usually he eats a few bites and then decides he’s done and goes off to play, but when he had his few bites and asked to get down and I told him we were all staying at the table until everyone was finished, he actually started eating again and ended up eating his entire meal! To say that our first night of this new routine was a rousing success is an understatement. My husband said he thought it was the best dinner we’d ever had. That was two weeks ago, and the improvement to our dinners is a dream come true. We’ve kept up our “one good thing, one bad thing” conversation at each dinner, and when we’re done with that we move on to another topic if we have time. One of the recent ones was, “What would your ideal weekend be”—it was fun to hear each of the boys describe their ideal weekends! (Even nicer was the fact that their

ideal weekends looked remarkably like our usual weekends. That made this mama happy!) I’ve always liked the idea of welcoming a new baby into a clean and orderly house, but this is the first time that my efforts to do so have included calm, orderly behavior. It’s a nice feeling to look around the table and feel proud of the funny, interesting family that our baby is joining, instead

of looking around and worrying about the babe leaving the peace of the womb for chaos and disorder. (Of course, we still have chaos and disorder … just not at dinnertime.) Kate and her husband have six sons ages 13, 12, 10, 8, 6, and 4; they’re expecting their seventh baby in the fall. Follow her at www., or email her at




Week of August 10 – August 16, 2018

Adult and Senior Center of Saratoga Calendar 5 WILLIAMS STREET, SARATOGA SPRINGS • 518-584-1621

2018 Events Extended Hours & New Classes!


Friday, September 7 - 8 • Friday, September 7, 7 - 10 p.m. “Fired Up!” Cost is $73 • Saturday, September 8, 1 - 4 p.m. “Grand Tasting” Cost is $73 (Regular ticket price $103) Members only. Limit two tickets per event, each person must be a Senior Center member. To purchase tickets, Call the Senior Center at 518-584-1621.


Monday, August 13 • 7 - 11 p.m. Be sure to join us for a fun summer night out at Bailey’s Saratoga to raise money for the Saratoga Senior Center. We’ve got jockeys, trainers, owners, and polo players as our guest bartenders! Javier Castellano, Rajiv Maragh, Mark Casse, Michael Maker, Jeremiah Englehart, Bo Landry, Andy Serling, Georgie Nugent, Mark Hennig, Maggie Morley, Brad Weisbord and more to come! Come eat, drink, and tip big all in support of the seniors! All tips and 20 percent of all food and drink sales go directly back to support the Center.


Tuesday, August 21 • 12:30 p.m. Featuring: “Tame Pacific” at Ben and Jerry’s, 34 Phila St. (rain location: Saratoga Senior Center) Featuring members of Wild Adriatic, Tame Pacific is a rock band from Albany that is known for their classic covers and original live improvisation. Free and open to the public. Food from Esperanto’s will be for sale at venue.

9 MILES EAST Wednesdays, 10:55 - 11:20 a.m. A convenient local weekly meal delivery service offered here at the Center. Healthy, delicious food including vegan and glutenfree options. Stop in to pick-up lunch or dinner to go! What do you get when you try a new class? Fun & New Friends! Art Classes: Soapstone Carving, Ceramics and Sculpture, Mosaics, Fused Glass Fitness Classes: Strength, Yoga, Aerobics, Zumba, Osteo, Pilates, Tai Chi, Meditation, Biking, Golf Cards & Games: Canasta, Poker, Bingo, Mahjong, Pinochle, Rummy

CHARITABLE GIVING Coming September 26, 3 - 5 p.m. Free and open to the public. Join us for an informational presentation by Charles Joseph of Janney Montgomery Scott, LLC, and Debra Verni of Herzog Law Firm.


Wednesday, September 26 $68/Members, $90/Non-Members We’ll take a bus up to beautiful Old Forge to see the hidden beauties of the Adirondacks followed by an afternoon cruise along the Fulton chain of lakes, then board the train for a scenic ride through the Adirondacks.


Wednesday, December 5 Explore the Big Apple! We can assist with getting you tickets and reservations but the day will be yours to do as you please. We will be leaving the train station at 7 a.m. and arrive

at Bryant Park around 10:30 - 11 a.m. We will then leave Bryant Park in the evening at 7 p.m., arriving home around 10:30 - 11 p.m.

Multi-Day Bus Trips Open to the Public Presented by by Diamond Tours


7 days, 6 nights • $815 • October 14 - 20 Trip Highlights: 10 meals, 6 breakfasts, 4 dinners, the Virginia Beach Boardwalk, guided tour of Colonial Williamsburg, dinner cruise on the Spirit of Norfolk, and admission to the Nauticus and Battleship Wisconsin

2018-19 Excursions Presented by Collette


Nashville, Memphis and New Orleans December 7 - 14, 2018 • $3,199


March 13 - 19, 2019 • $3,599 Trip Highlights: Reykjavic, Northern Lights Cruise, Golden Circle, Thingvellir National Park, Geysir, Gullfoss, Seljalandsfodd, Vik, Skogar Folk Museum, Skogafoss, Jokulsarlon Glacial LAgood, Skaftafell National Park, Vatnajokull Glacier, and Blue Lagoon.


May 26 - June 2, 2019 • $3,799 Trip Highlights: National Museum of Wildlife Art, Grand Tetons, Yellowstone National Park, Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Deadwood, Crazy Horse Memorial, Mt. Rushmore, and Badlands National Park.


July 25 - August 3, 2019 • $3,999 Trip Highlights: Bern, Chateau de Chillon, Montreaux, GoldenPass Panoramic Train, Gstaad, Lucerne, Choice on Tour, Innsbruck, Austrian Alps, Salzburg, Mirabell Gardens, St. Peter’s Restaurant, Tyrolean Folklore Show, Bavaria, and Oberammergau


September 16 - 25, 2019 • $4,799 Trip Highlights: Amsterdam, Cologne, Moselle River, Cochem, Wine Tasting, Koblenz, Rudesheim, Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum, Mannheim, Speyer, Strasbourg, and Titisee


November 6 - 13, 2019 • $3,499 Trip Highlights: Big Ben, Choices on Tour, Eurostar Train, Paradis Latin Cabaret, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower Dinner, and Seine River Cruise


December 5 -9, 2019 • $2,109 Trip Highlights: Mission San Jose, The Alamo, LBJ Ranch, Fredericksburg, Choice of South Texas Heritage Center or San Antonio Botanical Gardens, El Mercado, and Paseo del Rio Cruise.


Do you need help with transportation, respite, home visits, etc? Please call Jane at 518-584-1621, ext. 206.

Week of August 10 – August 16, 2018




Does Your Estate Plan Provide for Your Pets? ... A Pet Trust May be t he Ans wer . . .

by Matt Dorsey for Saratoga TODAY THE BOND you have formed with your pet is a special one, but have you considered who will take care of them if you’re no longer around? Pet trusts are recognized by New York State and allow you to ensure that your animal companion is provided for if you cannot be there for them.

With a pet trust, you can: • Select the person you want to take care of your pet when you are no longer able to. • Provide the necessary funds to care for your pet in the way that they are accustomed and the way they deserve. • Give yourself the peace of mind that your loving companion will be nurtured and taken care of for the rest of their lives. Who takes care of my pet if I’m no longer able to? With a pet trust, you pick the person you want to be the caregiver for your pet. It is advisable to also choose one or two alternate caregivers. Who handles the money in the trust? The money is handled by the Trustee you select - who can be a trusted friend or a local financial institution. You may choose the pet’s caregiver as the trustee, but that is not necessary.

How does a pet trust get established? You can set a pet trust up in your Will to take effect when you pass on or you can set up a living trust to become effective during your lifetime. How long does a pet trust last? A pet trust lasts for the life of your pet, and upon their passing, you can direct that the balance of any funds available be paid to another beneficiary, i.e. a friend, relative, or perhaps your pet’s caregiver. Some people also consider leaving the balance of available funds to nonprofit entities that care for animals, such as animal shelters or animal adoption programs. Are there alternatives to pet trusts? Yes. The most common provision that people put in their wills with regard to their pets is a simple gift of the pet to a specific person, along with an additional gift of money meant to assist that

person with the cost of the care of the pet into the future. For example, someone might provide: “I give my dog Roscoe to my son John Smith, along with the sum of five thousand dollars to assist in his care and maintenance throughout the remainder of Roscoe’s life.” Should I discuss the gift of my pet with the intended beneficiary? Absolutely. Even if the intended beneficiary has always appreciated and had a bond with your pet, it may not mean they are willing and able to shelter and care for them. The best practice is to have a frank discussion with the individual to make sure they are ready to make the commitment. What happens if you don’t have a pet trust or other specific provision in your will? In that case, your pet is considered part of your personal property, and it would be left to whomever is the recipient of such

property. The executor of your will would have some discretion to direct the transfer of your pet to the most appropriate beneficiary, if you have multiple beneficiaries sharing your personal property. Whether you have a dog, a cat, or other valued animal member of your family, you owe it to them to ensure you make proper provision for their care when you are no longer around. In order to do so, it is best to consider talking to an experienced estate planning professional about what option is best for you. Matthew J. Dorsey, Esq. is a Partner with O’Connell and Aronowitz, 1 Court Street, Saratoga Springs, NY. Over his twenty-one years of practice, he has focused in the areas of elder law, estate planning, and estate administration. Mr. Dorsey can be reached at 518584-5205,, and




Week of August 10 – August 16, 2018


by Stephen Kyne Partner, Sterling Manor Financial

for Saratoga TODAY AMONG ALL THE HUSTLE, bustle, and excitement that comes with planning your wedding, it’s important to keep in mind that the Big Day is just the first day of the rest of your lives (as they say). Ensuring the success of the days to follow requires a bit of planning and forward thinking on your part. Open communication is a crucial part of any successful marriage, and open communication about the family finances is paramount. Let’s go over some family finance basics, in no particular order, that are important

for you to consider as you embark on your new life together. If your parents were anything like mine, the traditional way to manage the family finances was to have joint everything. All of the income went into one kitty, and from there, all the bills were paid. We are not our parents, and many couples are finding that having separated finances works the best for them. Having separated finances generally means that money is divided into “yours, mine, and ours”. Joint bills (the mortgage, utilities and groceries, for example) are paid with “our” money, while car payments, credit cards, etc. are kept separate. Each partner contributes their share of the joint expenses, and what they do with the rest of their money is up to them. The beauty of this setup is that even if one partner is a bit of a spendthrift, it shouldn’t matter since the bills are being paid. This eliminates the possibility of quarrels over the joint account being raided for something frivolous or, for that matter, quarrels over what qualifies as “frivolous.” You’re not alone anymore, and it’s important to understand that

if you were to become disabled, or pass away prematurely, there will be an economic impact on your family. Making sure that your family is adequately insured against death or disability is vitally important. Maximize the disability insurance you have available at work, or purchase a supplemental policy privately to protect your family’s cash flow. Likewise, consider purchasing a term life policy, which is the most economical form of life insurance, to be sure that your family can continue to succeed in the event of your passing. It’s not a thought anyone likes to have, but it’s important to be prepared for the unexpected. Start saving for retirement early. Very few people love their job enough to want to work forever, so plan for the day you can stop working. Budget savings as if it was any other household expense, to ensure that you’re putting enough away. Your employer may offer a 401(k) or other savings plan, which you can contribute to through your paycheck, without a second thought. Many 401(k)s will even match a portion of your contributions, giving you “free” money in your account. You should also consider a Roth IRA for additional savings, since it will provide tax-free income to you when you retire. When it comes time to buy a home, remember to use a good agent, and be sure to have it inspected thoroughly. Don’t stretch your budget. Larger homes require more maintenance and more time to clean, which translate into less time and money to spend doing the things you enjoy. To protect your home, be sure to purchase homeowner’s insurance, and an umbrella policy. Let’s say someone slips in your driveway and sues you for a million dollars, but your homeowner’s policy doesn’t go high enough to cover that; where’s the rest come from? The answer is your umbrella policy.

An umbrella policy is liability insurance that goes above-andbeyond your other insurance. When it comes time to buy a new car, try to arrange financing through your bank or credit union, rather than letting the dealer arrange your financing. It may add an extra step, but you’ll probably save money in the long run since many dealers will add to the interest rate you’d otherwise qualify for, as a way to increase their profit on the sale. Take vacations. Even if you can’t afford to go somewhere exotic, be sure to take time off together to travel, or even just to complete a project together at home. It helps to break up the monotony of your normal routine and allows you to reconnect and catch-up on what’s happening in each-other’s life. This is especially important if you choose to have children; be sure to leave them with grandma from time to time. Kids are expensive. Contrary to what your mother says, children are optional. Some couples were made to be parents, and a child completes their family. For other couples, a black lab is a better complement to their lifestyle. Know which you are, and pursue

the course that makes you happiest. If you do decide to have children, be sure you’re financially stable enough to provide for their every need, so that finances don’t add unnecessary burden to your happy family. As you begin this new chapter in your lives, remember that financial wealth is not as important to a happy, successful marriage as financial stability is, and financial stability starts with making smart decisions about your money every day. Every choice you make will have a financial impact well into the future. Remember, you’re not just planning a day, you’re planning a life. Working with an independent financial advisor can help provide objective 3rd-party advice to help you plan for the future. Stephen Kyne is a partner at Sterling Manor Financial, LLC in Saratoga Springs and Rhinebeck. Securities offered through Cadaret, Grant & Co., Inc. Member FINRA/SIPC. Advisory services offered through Sterling Manor Financial, LLC, an SEC registered investment advisor or Cadaret Grant & Co., Inc. Sterling Manor Financial and Cadaret, Grant are separate entities.

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by Matthew Goodemote MPSPT, Dip. MDT

for Saratoga TODAY THIS COMING WEEK I am speaking at both the Malta Community Center and the Ballston Spa Senior Center. The topic of my talks will be on gait and balance. I am grateful to the community for offering me the opportunity to dispel some myths about gait and balance, and to offer solutions to the most common difficulties I have seen people deal with when it comes to their balance and gait. My interest in gait and subsequently balance started from a seemingly unrelated issue: back pain. Several years ago I was treating a patient for sciatica when I noticed he was walking with his foot turned out. He responded well to my treatment approach, but he walked out with the same abnormal gait as he had when he first came in. So why was his gait still off? The truth is I didn’t really give it much thought at the time, but for some reason I noticed that more and more of my patients who had back pain, especially the ones with sciatica, turned one or both of their feet out when they walked. Fast forward to about six years ago when I opened my office in Saratoga and my main referral source was a podiatrist. This allowed me to get even more exposure to gait abnormalities. People with plantar fasciitis, metatarsalgia, Achilles tendinitis, bunions and a whole variety of post- operative conditions all shared a similar gait pattern: out-turned foot/feet. I started to pay closer attention and noticed that the gait seemed to be a way to avoid pain.

I started experimenting with people trying to really understand what was happening and to find the most efficient and effective ways to teach them how to alleviate their symptoms with changes to their gait. I was looking to change “how” they were walking. During this process I did a ton of reading and learning about the mechanics of gait. When I say I read a lot, I mean A LOT! Unfortunately, I was not able to make the connection I was seeking until a few events came together at the the same time. First, I completed a continuing education program where the teacher taught about the whole body working together and how a stiffness in the spine could influence the hips which in turn would influence how we walk. He also reversed the order and taught how the foot contacting the ground influenced the knee and in turn the hip and ultimately the spine. This explanation aligned with my way of seeing patients; I was taught to look for the “source” not the “symptom.” During that time I treated a patient with a fractured fibula from a snowmobile accident. His gait mechanics were decent but he had pain every step, unless he turned his toe out (just like that sciatica patient). So I decided to try and figure out why he was doing this and what became very obvious was that he turned his hip out, which allowed him to avoid rolling over his foot, which in turn allowed him to avoid contracting the muscles that would pull on the bone he broke. There are, of course, cases where someone’s foot problems are the source of the issue, which leads to an abnormal gait. But there are also a lot of times that someone’s foot problem and therefore their gait problems are stemming from the hips or lower back region. The bottom line is, you have to assess the “whole system” to find the issue with how you walk. This means if your balance is off, you have to investigate the whole system...the back...the hips...the knees...the feet and how these all work together. I have also found that when I ask people to modify their gait by making their steps slightly more narrow, a whole lot of interesting

things happen at the foot/ankle and above, at the hips and lower back. Unfortunately when people feel unsteady they turn their hips and feet out to create a wider base of support. This leads to a side -to-side movement of the trunk instead of a rotational movement which is what we normally have. As I became more and more comfortable with assessing gait, I stumbled on a book for treating back pain, where the author showed pictures of how we tend to turn our toes out when we walk and how we have two separate paths for each foot. She theorized how walking with our feet closer together, sharing the same path, was a more natural gait and it was also one that would help people with back pain. You may have noticed someone walking like they are wobbling side-to-side as they go. This person is not more balanced despite the wide stance; the change to how they step actually makes them less balanced. Often at this point, the person will unconsciously shorten their step length, thinking it is safer. Unfortunately smaller steps makes you even less secure. I like to compare this to a coffee table with legs that are close together to demonstrate the instability. If you bring the legs in together the coffee table is less stable, and so are we when we try to walk this way. More and more I asked my patients to modify their gaits and I was thrilled with the improvements, but there was still yet another piece to this puzzle: our shoes. Often people assume that if their feet hurt then more cushioning in their shoes will help. While some say it feels good to have more cushion, I have noticed that people who have a lot of cushioning in their shoes walk more incorrectly. More and more I notice people with unsteady gaits walking in shoes that make the problem even more pronounced. More cushion often results in people turning their feet out more and they widen their stance more. In addition these individuals will become heavier on their feet, essentially stepping harder to feel the ground. So if you notice someone “slamming” their feet down it may be due to improper

shoes and the body’s attempt to feel the ground with force. And remember shoe manufacturers are trying to sell a product and often research does NOT verify the claims being made by the companies. Memory foam in shoes is NOT helpful for your balance. Extra cushion is like walking on couch cushions or thick foam pads all day. The cushion is actually making your foot work harder and it is often making your balance worse. Even though it may feel good when you try them on, they may not be the best choice and may be contributing to your difficulty walking. Some safe ways to start improving your balance and gait include building your strength in the muscle needed for walking, starting with the hips. I recommend marching, in place to start, holding onto something stable, and progressing to marching while walking in a hallway or by a counter. Next I recommend side stepping in a hallway and progressing to marching sideways holding onto a wall or counter for safety. My favorite exercise is the chair squat. All you need is a chair (with or without arms) and all you need to do is sit down and stand up repeatedly. If you have not exercised in a long time start with

10 reps and work your way up to 20 repetitions. If you have a lot of pain or weakness doing this, simply put a rolled up blanket in the chair to reduce how far you have to bend to do the exercise. When you are able to do 20 reps in a row, simply unfold the blanket slightly to make it more challenging. Keep doing this until you are able to do it from a normal chair height. I believe that having an assessment is very helpful because if you have foot pain but your issue is coming from your lower back you want to make sure you address it at the source, otherwise you may create two issues instead of one. I also believe learning some mobility exercises can help you to stay active and this is especially true with walking and balance. If you have had difficulty with your gait or balance it can be helpful to take a fresh look at the variables that may be contributing to your issues. Often looking at the whole picture can help you to find the source of the problem and properly address it. Thanks for reading my articles and please email me or come to my office if you would like an assessment. My office number is 518-306-6894 and my website has a contact page or my email is

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Week of August 10 – August 16, 2018

Inaugural Reveal Art Fair Stages at City Center

Images from the Reveal International Contemporary Art Fair, held Aug. 2-5, 2018 at the Saratoga Springs City Center, featured the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, Bob Gruen, Keith Haring, and dozens of other artists. Photos by Thomas Dimopoulos.

Week of August 10 – August 16, 2018


SCHUYLERVILLE CELEBRATES TURNING POINT OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION The Turning Point Parade & Festival on Aug. 5, 2018, commemorating the American victory at the Battle of Saratoga on Oct. 17, 1777 during the American Revolutionary War. Photos by Thomas Dimopoulos.

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

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


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

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12th Annual Car, Truck and Bike Show On Saturday, August 18, the Clifton Park Elks Lodge will hold its 12th Annual Car Show. The Lodge is located at 695 MacElroy Road, Ballston Lake. All years and makes of cars, trucks and motorcycles are welcome. We have over 50 awards to registered vehicles. Fun, music, 50/50 raffles, and great food. Come see the contestant vehicles. Also, see the New York State Police demonstrate their “Rollover Simulator.” Proceeds benefit the Elks National Foundation and the NYSEA Major Project Fund (Cerebral Palsy Home Service Program). Registration starts at 9 a.m. until noon. Awards will be presented approximately at 3:30 p.m. Contestant registration is $10; spectators are free. Rain date is Sunday, August 19. For Information call Dick Campion at 518-928-8725 or Mike Bendetti at 518-495-0240. Email 20th Annual Travers Wine Tasting Please join us to celebrate a very special anniversary, the 20th Annual Travers Wine Tasting on Friday, August 24, 6 – 10 p.m., at the Saratoga City Center, 522 Broadway, Saratoga Springs. Our 20th Anniversary will be a night to remember, please help us make it the biggest year yet by supporting this wonderful event and the essential programs and services it funds. With more than 100 varieties of fine wines, craft beer, and liquors, as well as gourmet food for your enjoyment, and a variety of auctions, raffles and other exciting attractions, our 20th year promises to be bigger and better than ever. Held the night before the famous Travers Race and promising to be the highlight of the summer season, this year’s event will take place at the Saratoga Springs City Center. This exclusive, high profile benefit is a unique part of the ever-popular Travers Festival activities. General Admission is $40/person, limited to guests

age 21 and older, identification required. Call the Development Office at 518-465-3322 for more information. Proceeds from this year’s event go directly toward improving the lives of the elderly in the Greater Capital Region. For more than 65 years, Senior Services of Albany has delivered vital services and programs to this vulnerable population throughout the Capital Region, including our staple Meals on Wheels program. Come and enjoy an evening of food, drink, and fun, all while supporting one of the area’s most beloved non-profit organizations. Second Annual Car Show Saratoga Wilton Elks #161 Car Show will be held on August 25, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. 1 Elks Lane, Saratoga Springs. There will be breakfast, lunch, music 50/50 raffle, and top 25 trophies. Proceeds benefit Veteran, youth and drug awareness programs. Rain date is August 26. Registration is from 9 – Noon. Cost is $10. Contact Al Sommer 518-885-9846. Help-A-Dog BBQ, Pet Adoptions and Fundraiser Capital District Jeep Wrangler – have teamed up with the Animal Protective Foundation (APF) in Scotia to host an incredibly fun, free, family pet adoption and fundraising event to help the animals of the APF and our local communities! The event will take place at the Albany-Saratoga Speedway on Rt. 9 in Ballston Spa on Sunday, August 26 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. The event features a hot dog BBQ for only a $6 per person donation to the APF. Your donation includes a premium grilled hot dog, chips and a beverage. Adoptable animals from the APF will be in attendance along with 30+ pet and non-pet-related vendors offering products and services. The APF is also holding a low-cost on-site pet micro-chipping clinic for only $15 per pet. Valuable raffles, children’s activities, and a Jeep show and shine will round out the day/ Admittance and plenty of free parking. For full details visit or find us on Facebook: CDJW Help A Dog BBQ 2018. 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 talks 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: 11a.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. Art Exhibit Southern Saratoga Art Society member and Saratoga County artist, Eva Marie Loucks, will be exhibiting for the month of August in the Center Gallery at the Clifton Park Senior Community Center, 6 Clifton Common Court. Eva Marie works in acrylics and watercolors. Her ambition is to surround the viewer with vibrant images one can meditate, reflect, enjoy and share in her experience of nature. Waterford Library will host artists Richard Kitchen, Jack Morgan, Val Mosier, Valerie Woodward, Patricia Wade and Albina Walsh. Mechanicville native, photographer Rebecca Jenkins, is exhibiting at the Mechanicville Library. Catskill/Hudson Bank will show works from artist Maria Tsai at the Halfmoon branch and artist Mary Fekete at the Malta Branch. NBT Bank, Clifton Park, is exhibiting photographer William Staudinger. For more information about SSAS, visit: Bonus Tuesday Grant Cottage will be open on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Week of August 10 – August 16, 2018 during Saratoga Race Course’s season. Tours run every 30 minutes, with the last tour of the day at 3:30 p.m. Admission $6 adults; $5 seniors and children 6-17; free for active duty military and children 5 and under. Lions Bottle Drive Help the Lions Club continue to serve the needs of the Saratoga Springs community with special emphasis on sight, hearing and diabetes and help the environment by taking part in our year-long bottle drive/ fundraiser. Bring all your bottles and cans to the user-friendly Minogue’s Beverage Centers with four convenient locations: 16 West Ave. and 624 Maple Ave. in Saratoga Springs, 2421 State Route 9 in Malta and 266 Quaker Rd. in Queensbury and donate your receipt to The Lions Club account at the check-out counter. Do Good, Feel Good! Thanks for your support. Crafters Needed Charlton Freehold Presbyterian Church (768 Charlton Rd.) is looking for crafters for their annual Craft and Bake Sale on Saturday, September 15, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. Charlton Freehold will be donating 20 percent from proceeds to CAPTAIN/ Community Human Services. Crafters interested in reserving space for the Craft Sale, please contact Angela Snyder by emailing absnyder49@hotmail. com or by calling 518-3992681 to request an application. Inside space is $35 (5x8), outside space (10x10) $20; $5 for a table. Deadline for application is August 31, 2018. Feast of the Fields Join Saratoga Plan on Thursday, September 20 from 5:30-9 p.m. at Saratoga National Golf Club for the 13th annual Feast of the Fields, an event that promises to be a fun-filled, delicious evening featuring top chefs preparing small plates from fresh ingredients harvested by local farms, along with enticing products and drinks from local producers. A silent auction filled with items and experiences from local businesses and artisans will round out the night. Purchase your tickets at www.saratogaplan. org/2018-feast-fields-form.

Bus Trip to Log Cabin, Holyoke MA The Old Saratoga Seniors is hosting a bus trip to Log Cabin, Holyoke, MA on Thursday, September 20. It is a Sox Hop featuring the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s. Can sit and listen or get up and dance the afternoon away. Lunch is included. Bus leaves 8 a.m. and returns approximately 6 p.m. Cost is $52 per person. Should be lots of fun. Reserve your seat by August 31. Contact Pat Temple, 518-338-2329. Mail check to Old Saratoga Seniors, PO Box 60, Schuylerville, NY 12871. Saratoga High School Class of 1963 Announces 55th Class Reunion Mixers The class of 1963 from Saratoga High School will hold three informal mixers the weekend of September 28-30. Informal gatherings are scheduled for Friday, September 28 at the Parting Glass Pub, 40 Lake Ave, Saratoga at 5 p.m. A reunion mixer is also scheduled for Saturday, September 29, Peabody’s Sports Bar, 39 Phila St., Saratoga at 5 p.m. A final get together breakfast is scheduled for Sunday, September 30, at 10 a.m. at Hattie’s Chicken Shack, 45 Phila St. If you are planning to attend or would like further information, contact JoAnn (Engle) Hughes at m52m61@ or call 518-526-0063. “The Guide” A listing of Fall activities offered by the Town of Malta’s Department of Parks Recreation and Human Services is available online at www.MaltaParksRec. com. Registration is now open. Classes and special events are scheduled to begin in September. Please call the Malta Community Center at 518-8994411 for more information. Ballston Area Seniors Chorus We are looking for new members who enjoy singing. Once we have a program, we go to nursing homes and retirement homes to entertain the people there. Do come and join us. More information contact: Ballston Area Seniors at 518885-6740. Also check out our web page by visiting www.

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Family Friendly Event FRIDAY, AUGUST 10 Saratoga Pinball & Arcade Show Saratoga Regional YMCA, West Ave., Saratoga Springs, Friday 2 – 10 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. | The show will feature approximately 50 pinball machines and arcade games from the past and present, all set on free play. For one admission price, you are welcome to stay all day and play as much as you like for no additional cost. The show will also feature an indoor flea market with various pinball and arcade games and parts for sale. Proceeds from the show will be donated to charity. Cost is $10 for admission. For more information visit

Pop-Up Art Openings on Beekman Saratoga Springs Art District, 5 – 8 p.m. | Art, music and great food in our 3-block arts district. Featuring over 9+ different art openings. Several businesses, along with the art galleries, will be hosting a visiting artist for the evening. This is a familyfriendly, street-wide event that happens every second Friday of the month through October. For more information contact Amejo Amyot,

NYS Summer School of the Arts Dance Theater, Skidmore College Campus, 815 N. Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 7 p.m. | Dance students’ final performance. Saturday, August 11 at 1 p.m. For more information, call 518-580-5596.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 11 The Markets at Round Lake Village Green, 49 Burlington Ave, Round Lake, Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5

p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Three Markets – Two Days – One Eclectic Village. Come and Celebrate the Makers Revolution and Sustainable Food Movement We will be showcasing over 80 of the best and brightest Artisans in the local and regional Maker, Crafter and Artisanal Edibles community. Something for the whole family. More Information - including a full list of vendors is available at www. This is a free event and is a fundraiser sponsored by The Woman’s Round Lake Improvement Society (WRLIS) for the Round Lake Libraries and the historic Village of Round Lake.

Defensive Driving Class First Baptist Church, 45 Washington St., Saratoga Springs, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. New York State approved. Save 10 percent on your base auto insurance for the next three years and re-ceive up to 4 points off your driving record according to New York State Department of Motor Ve-hicle guidelines. Fee $35. Bring a friend and fee is $30 each. A portion of the fee goes to First Baptist Church. Registration required and can be made by calling Ray Frankoski at 518-286-3788.

The 154th Baker Family Reunion Malta Community Park, Plains Rd., County Rt 108, Malta, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Those attending are asked to bring a covered dish to share. Hotdogs, hamburgers, drinks and tableware will be provided. The Malta Community Park has tables under a pavilion, bathroom facilities, a playground, basketball court, and walking trails. The site is fully accessible with ample parking. For more information email: bakerreunion@roadrunner. com or visit www.facebook. com/thebakerfamilyreunion or thebakerfamilyreunion.

2018 Annual Clam Steam Fish Creek Rod and Gun Club, Route 32 South of the Village of Victory, Noon – 9 p.m. Tickets on sale now. $40 for a full steam ticket, $35 for a chicken ticket, $30 for a Chicken Only Ticket. For ticket information contact Bill at 518-378-2208 or at the club house at 518-695-3917. Music by DJ Andy Jennings.


CALENDAR Tang Family Saturdays – Outdoor Rubbing Art Tang Museum, Skidmore Campus, 815 N. Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 2-3:30 p.m. Suitable for children ages 5 and up with their adult companions. Programs include a brief tour of a current Tang exhibition followed by a hands-on art activity. Free and open to the public. Reservations are strongly suggested. For reservations and information, call 518-580-8080.

Ballston Area Senior Monthly Dance Milton Community Center, 310 Northline Rd. Ballston Spa, 7 - 10 p.m. | There is a $5 entrance fee for non-member. The dance is open to the public and ample free park-ing. Member are asked to bring a snack to be shared. The Countrymen Band will be providing the music. Come and enjoy the fun and dance the night away. Check out our web page,

SUNDAY, AUGUST 12 Broadway in 1874 Northeast Corner of Congress St. and Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 10:30 a.m. – Noon | Gloria May will lead a tour of Broadway that highlights the sights and sounds of Broadway in 1874, a year of sophistication and excitement. In 1874 Saratoga Springs was home to four grand hotels and a bustling lifestyle. Walk back in time to discover what has changed and what has re-mained the same in the historic downtown. Cost is $8 for non-members and $5 for members.

MONDAY, AUGUST 13 Magic: The Gathering Saratoga Springs Public Library, H. Dutcher Community room, 6:30 – 8:45 p.m. | Modern Monday Tournaments are back, and open to all players. We run a fun, competitive MtG tournament, Modern Format, with prizes for the top 3 finishers. Participants must know how to play MtG, be aware of banned/restricted cards in Modern, and have own deck. Players are wel-come to bring their trade binders. Open to adults and teens. For other events at the library visit

TUESDAY, AUGUST 14 WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15 Tuesday for Tots The Children’s Museum, 69 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, 10:30 a.m. | “Camping Trip” this program is best suited for children ages 2‐5. This is a special time for our younger visitors to gain preschool readiness skills in a fun and social environment. Drop in any-time between 10:30‐11:30 a.m. for fun sensory play, crafts and activities with friends. For other events at the museum, visit

Narcan Training Healing Springs Recovery Center, 125 High Rock Ave, Saratoga Springs, 4 – 5 p.m. | Back Lot, Blue Awning. Free training and receive a Narcan Kit. Learn how to save a life and re-verse an opioid overdose. All are welcome to attend. Free. Call for more information and to regis-ter: 518-306-3048.

Horses, History & Handicapping Session 2 Embassy Suites, 86 Congress St., Saratoga Springs, 7 - 9 p.m. Bruno DeJulio, author, clocker, workout analyst, will discuss “Workouts, the Missing Link.” Co-moderators: handicapper Tom Amello and Seth Merrow host of Racing Across America. Open to the public. $15 pay by cash or check at the door. Proceeds benefit the Academy for Lifelong Learn-ing at SUNY Empire State College. 518-5872100, ext. 2415,

Summer Sing Round Lake Auditorium, 2 Wesley Ave., Round Lake, 7 p.m. Calling all singers for an evening of musical camaraderie in this historic and fun location. The Burnt Hills Oratorio Society with Artistic Director William Jon Gray hosts its annual summer sing to sample selections from their upcoming and diverse choral season. Arrive early (6:30 p.m.) to park, sign in and mingle with fellow music lovers. Music is provided as we sing through excerpts of Haydn’s Mass in Time of War and a collage of Broadway music. $10 entry to cover the cost of the venue. BHOS is a community that sings and believes in the power of the human voice. For more information, visit www. or call 518-416-4060.

Volkswalk for Fun, Fitness and Friendship Start point: Malta Tech Park, 345 Hermes Road, Malta, 9 a.m. A volkswalk is a recreationallypaced, pre-mapped walk in a culturally or historically interesting area. Registration for each event starts one half-hour prior to the walk and the cost is $2. Further information is available at

Malta Summer Concert Malta Community Center, 1 Bayberry Dr., Malta 6 – 8 p.m. Annie and the Hedonists, a “cool” end of the series inside concert. Cal 518-899-4411 for more information.

Open House – Upstate Model Railroaders 22 Hudson Falls Rd. South Glens Falls, 7 - 9 p.m. | The Upstate Model Railroaders club will host their monthly open house. Bring the family, come visit our layouts and see our trains in operation. Our members are always on hand to answer questions. Check out our directions page on our website at www.upstatemodelrailroaders. com for a map to our location and where to go once you arrive. Look for the lighted “OPEN” sign.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 16 Summer Concerts in the Park Wiswall Park, 39 Front St., 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 features The McKrells.

Health, History and Horses Charity Gala Longfellows Restaurant, 500 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs, 6 – 9 p.m. Live music, food, cash bar, silent auction, four season basket-raffle. Tickets are $75. For reservations: Mail checks to: Ladies of Charity, 8 Claire Pass, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. For questions call Linda 518-583-4020 or Gail 518587-5392. Visit online at www.

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34 TOWN OF BALLSTON 16 Ironwood St., $370,988. Heritage Builders Group LLC sold property to James and Kristin Upson. 4 Cherry Tree Court, $359,900. Christopher and Heather Robilotti sold property to Anthony Mangino and Francesca Eisenhauer. 55 Forestbrook Dr., $353,511. Heritage Builders Group LLC sold property to Angelo Santos and Rachel Lubiano. 929 Route 67, $195,000. Jeffrey and Kimberly Waldin sold property to Brandon Cherney and Sara Berrios. 18 Sherwood Lane, $170,000. Kristen Youmans sold property to Bruce McCarter.

PROPERTY TRANSACTIONS 12 Meadowbrook Court, $525,000. Charles and Barbara Munier sold property to Amar, Rohit and Jyotsna Patel. 102 Hollister Way, $330,000. Rochelle Jones sold property to National Transfer Services LLC. 102 Hollister Way, $330,000. National Transfer Service sold property to James Duhaime and Nadine Vanko Duhaime. 22 Kingsbridge Court, $120,000. Robert and Cheryl Grzeskowiak sold property to Stephanie Clements. 21 Chapel Hill Blvd., $425,000. Jeffrey and Janice Wilson sold property to James and Frances Buonavolonta.

GREENFIELD 500 Lake Desolation Rd., $29,000. Joshua Moran sold property to Sylvia and Richard Snow, Jr. 175 Greene Rd., $280,000. Zachary Dake sold property to Jennifer Jones and Lee Acker.

MALTA 16 Sienna Dr., $416,000. Rosemary and John Finn, Jr. sold property to Natalie and Nicholas Martin (as Trustees). 8 Marions Way, Unit 8, $251,895. Held Properties LLC sold property to Lena Lorieul (Ind and as Agent) and Christopher Lorieul (by Agent). 123 Plum Poppy North, $379,029. Marini Land II Inc. sold property to Tristina and Kenneth Torreggiani, Jr. 4 Oak Rd., $269,950. Markham and Kristin McNary and Robert and Barbara Burkham sold property to Faith Castegner. 121 Plum Poppy North, $251,000. Thomas J. Farone Homebuilders Inc. sold property to DEC Development LLC. 207 Thimbleberry Rd., $175,000. Anthony and Brittany Caruana sold property to Joshua and Jessica Szpila. 2012 Rowley Rd., $367,500. Forrest MacDonald and Elizabeth Dawley sold property to Mark and Diane Wagner. 52 Village Circle North, $549,084. Belmonte Properties Inc. sold property to John and Eleanor Lahtinen. 495 Route 67, $115,000. James Sadowski III (as Trustee) n sold property to Real Appreciation Equities LLC.

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4123 Silver Beach Rd., $60,000. Patricia and Ronald Shannon sold property to William and Susan Sykela. 24 Atkins Rd., $265,000. Robert and Winifred Carron sold property to David and Melissa Matthews. 49 Thimbleberry Rd., $140,100. JP Morgan Chase Bank sold property to Leonard Ferri.

TOWN OF SARATAOGA 276 Hayes Rd., $360,000. Christine Thrane sold property to Christina Meringolo and Christopher Georgia. 140 Casey Rd., $292,500. Howard Lester sold property to Gregory and Lynn Laniewski. County Road 67, $75,000. Joseph and Anne McMahon sold property to Michael and Joelene Vianna.

SARATOGA SPRINGS 11 Schuyler Dr., $322,000. Donnah and Norman Ballard (as Trustees) sold property to Nicholas DeVries.

Kimberly Palso (by Agent) sold property to Haven Property Development LLC. 55 Phila St., Unit 101, $633,817. Fifty-Five Phila LLC sold property to Three Franklin LLC. 11 Jordan Drive South, $233,000. Stephen and Patricia Wyle sold property to 292 Wolf LLC. 43 Sarazen St. Rear, $407,000. Brenda Spano (as Trustee) sold property to Kimberly Ostrowski. 129 Adams St., $750,000. John Burke, Jr. sold property to David and Jennifer Nichols. 5 Finley St., $1,275,000. Saratoga Prime Properties LLC sold property to Wholesalers Property Co. LLC. 92 Oak St., $435,000 CWA Oak Street LLC sold property to Ronald and Ashley Schorpp. 268 Broadway Unit 606, $1,700,000. Brady and Zane Carruth sold property to Everett Dobson.

43 Jane St., $516,152. Blitman Saratoga LLC sold property to Renee and Richard Kapusniak.

9 Spa Dr., $220,000. William Seredensky sold property to David Schrepper and Robert Ryan.

2 Eton Court, $905,000. Christa Boden sold property to Mary D’Andrea and Richard Matteson, Jr.

10 Lafayette St., $500,000. Ten Lafayette Street LLC sold property to Lafayette St LLC.

121 Kaydeross Park Rd., $550,000. Jill Kolbe (as Trustee) sold property to Jennifer Testa. 14 Ellis Ave., Unit 8, $330,000. Robert Carbo sold property to Kelly McAuley. 38 Wagon Wheel Trail, $108,729. Darlene Bootier (Ind and as Agent) and

WILTON 13 Primrose Circle, $1,050,000. Donald McNeil, III and Joley Tetreault McNeil sold property to Patricia and Todd Gordon. 57 Davidson Dr., $200,000. Jessica Goldsmith sold property to Brooke Mattison. 2 Ushu Court, $341,565. DeGraff Bloom Custom Builders Inc. sold property to David Fiorillo and Jennifer Lincoln Lynch. 69 Brackett Lane, $241,000. Bradley Poller sold property to Adam Revell. 11 Briar Lane, $390,000. Ronald and Ashley Schorpp sold property to Iskren and Mariela Milanova. 17 Whispering Pines Rd., $100,000. Robert Kenyon (by Execs) sold property to Delbert Kenyon.

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week of 8/10-8/16 friday, 8/10:

monday, 8/13: continued

Vivid/ Better Off Led, 6 p.m. @ Shepard Park, Lake George

Open Mic Night, 7 @ Caffè Lena — 518.583.0022

Alyssa D’Angelo, 7 p.m. @ Peabody’s — 518.886.8673

Super Dark Monday: Russel the Leaf/ Addie Pray/ Hamilton Craig/ GriffBot, 9:30 p.m. @ Desperate Annie’s — 518.587.2455

Jamcrackers, 8 p.m. @ Caffè Lena — 518.583.0022 Rich Clements Band, 8 p.m. @ Bailey’s — 518.450.1305 Kevin Downey Jr., 8 & 10 p.m. @ The Comedy Works — 518.275.6897


(518) 306-4205 08/10/18-08/16/18


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Fri - Thu: 10:30 aM, 1:30, 5:00, 8:00, 10:50

The Meg in 3D (Pg-13)

Fri - Thu: 10:20 PM

The Meg (Pg-13) 2D

Fri - Thu: 11:00 aM, 1:50, 4:40, 7:30

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Fri - Thu: 10:00 aM, 1:10, 3:50, 7:10, 9:50

Disney’s ChrisToPher roBin (Pg) 2D

Fri - Thu: 10:20 aM, 1:20, 4:00, 6:50, 9:30

The sPy Who DuMPeD Me (r) 2D

Fri - Thu: 11:10 aM, 2:10, 5:10, 8:10, 11:10

Mission: iMPossiBle - FallouT (Pg-13) 2D BTX Mission: iMPossiBle - FallouT (Pg-13) 2D

Fri - Thu: 9:40 aM, 1:00, 4:20, 7:40, 11:00 Fri - Thu: 10:50 aM, 2:40, 6:40, 10:00

The equalizer 2 (r) 2D

Fri - Thu: 9:50 aM, 12:40, 3:30, 6:20, 9:10

MaMMa Mia! here We go again (Pg-13) 2D

Fri - Thu: 10:10 aM, 12:50, 3:40, 6:30, 9:20

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Fri - Thu: 11:30 aM, 2:30, 5:20, 8:20, 10:40

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Disney’s ChrisToPher roBin (Pg) 2D

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Mission: iMPossiBle - FallouT (Pg-13) 2D Teen TiTans go! To The Movies (Pg) 2D The inCreDiBles 2 (Pg) 2D

Fri - Thu: 11:30 aM, 3:00, 6:30, 10:00 Fri - Thu: 9:50 aM Fri - Thu: 10:10 aM, 1:00, 4:00, 6:50, 9:40

Tim Olsen Quartet, 9 p.m. @ 9 Maple Avenue — 518.583.2582 New York Players, 9 p.m. @ Putnam Place – 518-886-9585

saturday, 8/11: Shadows and Light: A Jazz Tribute to Joni Mitchell, 8 p.m. @ Caffè Lena — 518.583.0022 Watchdog, 8 p.m. @ Peabody’s — 518.886.8673 Kevin Downey Jr., 8 & 10 p.m. @ The Comedy Works — 518.275.6897 Tailspin, 9 p.m. @ Bailey’s — 518.450.1305 Keith Pray Quartet, 9 p.m. @ 9 Maple Avenue — 518.583.2582 Guffaws & Guitars Comedy Show & Super 400, 9:30 p.m. @ Putnam Place – 518-886-9585

sunday, 8/12: Different Than Normal, 7 p.m. @ Bailey’s — 518.450.1305 Hot Club of Saratoga with Sweet Megg, 7 p.m. @ Caffè Lena — 518.583.0022 Kevin Downey Jr., 8 p.m. @ The Comedy Works — 518.275.6897

tuesday, 8/14: Melissa Sgambelluri, 7 p.m. @ Bailey’s — 518.450.1305 Chuck Lamb Trio & Mike DeMicco, 7 p.m. @ Caffè Lena — 518.583.0022 Sonny & Perley, 7:30 p.m. @ Congress Park — 518.587.3241

wednesday, 8/15: Annie and the Hedonists, 6 p.m. @ Malta Community Center — 518.899.4411 AcoustiK, 7 p.m. @ Bailey’s — 518.450.1305 Bluegrass Jam with Schroon River String Band, 7 p.m. @ Caffè Lena — 518.583.0022 Hot Club of Saratoga, 7 p.m. @ Hamlet & Ghost — 518.450.7287 Open Mic Night, 9:30 p.m. @ Putnam Place – 518-886-9585

thursday, 8/16: Hot Club of Saratoga, 6 p.m. @ Mouzon House — 518.226.0014 Larry Carlton Quartet, 6:30 & 9 p.m. @ Caffè Lena — 518.583.0022 Fenimore Blues, 7 p.m. @ Tang Museum Upbeat on the Roof at Skidmore College — 518.580.8080

monday, 8/13:

Soul Session, 8 p.m. @ Bailey’s — 518.450.1305

Rich Clements Band, 7 p.m. @ Bailey’s — 518.450.1305

The Piggly Wigglies, 9 p.m. @ Putnam Place – 518-886-9585

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Renowned Musician to Perform Free Family Concert at Saratoga Library Aug. 16

Yardbirds, Richard Thompson Coming to The Egg ALBANY — Led by founding band member and drummer Jim McCarty, The Yardbirds will perform Nov. 9 at The Egg. An integral part of the 1960s’ British Invasion, The Yardbirds’ blues-rock based psychedelic anthems “For Your Love,” “Over Under Sideways Down,” “Train

Kept A-Rollin’” and “Heart Full Of Soul” continue to influence musicians today. The current incarnation also features electric guitar virtuoso Godfrey Townsend - supplying the classic riffs originated by former Yardbirds Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page. Tickets are $34.50.

On Nov. 17, British folk-rock legend Richard Thompson performs at the venue with his electric trio, in celebration of his new recording “13 Rivers.” Tickets are $55 and $45. Tickets are available at The Egg Box Office at the Empire State Plaza and by telephone at: 518-473-1845.

This Week at Saratoga Performing Arts Center

Musician and author Robert Burke Warren performing at Northshire Bookstore Saratoga in 2016, after the release of his book, “Perfectly Broken.” Burke, whose career has included stints with RuPaul, The Fleshtones, and auditions for the B-52s and The Ramones, will be featured in a free family concert at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 16 at the Saratoga Springs Library. As “Uncle Rock!” Burke’s music blends kidfriendly lyrics with a rock and roll sound that adults will also enjoy. Photo by Thomas Dimopoulos.

FRIDAY, AUG. 10: 12:45 p.m. - The Philadelphia Orchestra and their esteemed music director Yannick Nézet- Séguin at the 2nd annual PlayIN event. 8 p.m. - The Philadelphia Orchestra All Bernstein: Celebrating 100 Years 10 p.m. - Freihofer’s Live at the Jazz Bar with Joshua Fialkoff & the Odd Fellows SATURDAY, AUG. 11: 8 p.m. - The Philadelphia Orchestra Star Wars: A New Hope In Concert SUNDAY, AUG. 12: 3 p.m. - The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center: An Afternoon in Vienna

MONDAY, AUG. 13: 8 p.m. - Nu Deco Ensemble: SPAC On Stage TUESDAY, AUG. 14: 8 p.m. - The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center: An Evening in Prague WEDNESDAY, AUG. 15: 8 p.m. - The Philadelphia Orchestra: T he Orchestra Unleashed! 10 p.m. - Freihofer’s Live at the Jazz Bar with Piggly Wigglies THURSDAY, AUG. 16: 8 p.m. - Speakers @ SPAC: The Jazz of Physics, A lecture with Stephon Alexander.

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From “Einstein on the Beach” to the National Museum of Dance: A Conversation with Lucinda Childs Sunday SARATOGA SPRINGS — The National Museum of Dance welcomes choreographer and 2018 Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney Hall of Fame inductee Lucinda Childs for a conversation and Q & A from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 12 in the Museum’s foyer. The conversation will be led by Carolyn Adams, founding artistic director of the New York State Summer School of the Arts School of Dance. This event is free and open to the public, food and drinks will be available. A leader of the postmodern movement, dancer and choreographer Lucinda Childs was born in New York City and began studying dance as a teenager. While at Sarah Lawrence College,

she continued her training with Merce Cunningham and Bessie Schonberg. She joined the Judson Dance Theater in 1963 where she choreographed and performed several dances by founding members of the collective. In 1973 she formed Lucinda Childs Dance Company for which she has created over fifty works. Her first work in opera was a mid-1970s collaboration with Robert Wilson and Philip Glass, “Einstein on the Beach.” She has since choreographed and directed 16 international opera productions. The National Museum of Dance is located 1t 99 South Broadway. For more information, go to: or call 518-584-2225.

Lucinda Childs, whose first work in opera was in the legendary Robert Wilson and Philip Glass collaboration “Einstein on the Beach,” will be featured in a conversation at the dance museum on Sunday. Photo by Tom Victor.

at Saratoga Casino Hotel This Weekend With three shows scheduled, Christopher Knight’s Big Cash Game Show will bring over $25,000 worth of prizes to each show. Attendees will be randomly selected to compete on stage for the chance to win prizes like TVs, iPads, travel packages, cash and the top prize of $1 million dollars. Contestants will compete in games with large set

pieces commonly seen on shows like ‘The Price Is Right.’ Game show tickets for Friday, Aug. 10 and Saturday, Aug. 11 may be purchased on SaratogaCasino. com. The Friday game show takes place at 8 p.m., and Saturday features two game shows, one at 4 p.m. and one at 8 p.m. Guests must be 21 years of age or older to attend.

SPAC on Stage Features Intimate Audience Experience SARATOGA SPRINGS -— “SPAC on Stage,” an intimate concert series, where the entire audience is placed onstage with the artists. Shows begin at 8 p.m. Ticket prices range from $40 to $50. See www. for more information. Aug. 13: SPAC on Stage: Nu Deco Ensemble. Based in Miami, Nu Deco Ensemble is a virtuosic and eclectic chamber orchestra group designed for the 21st century. Through exciting and adventurous classical music performances, Nu Deco Ensemble presents various styles of music,

art, and media collaborations in both traditional and alternative venues. Working in conjunction with local Miami musicians, composers, DJs, dancers, visual and media artists, Nu Deco Ensemble creates a new hybrid of compelling musical and multimedia experiences. Blending masterful musicianship with a wide range of repertoire from classical to pop, Nu Deco Ensemble strives to be a leader in genre-bending musical exploration. Aug. 27 @ 8PM: SPAC on Stage: H’SAO. Montréal-based

Festival Kicks Off Aug. 13

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“Peter Brady” and $1 Million Game Show SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Casino Hotel will welcome Christopher Knight as he brings his ‘$1,000,000 Big Cash Game Show,’ to Vapor Friday and Saturday. Knight, who starred as Peter Brady on ‘The Brady Bunch,’ will host three game shows offering up big prizes for contestants, including a chance to win $1 million.

Lake George Music

band from Chad, H’SAO is known for its unique blend of modern sound and traditional African musical influences. H’SAO has traveled the world, delivering electrifying performances, launching three innovative albums and, most of all, developing a musical signature that spans several genres and thus transcends the “world music” category. Onstage, the band sets itself apart through energetic performances, punctuated by catchy choreography and warm interactions with audiences.

LAKE GEORGE — A neartwo-week series of live chamber music and orchestra concerts, children’s concerts and other related special events will take place in Lake George Aug. 13-24. 2018 Schedule: Lake George Music Festival “Opening Night” – 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13. Sacred Heart Church, 50 Mohican St. $10. Performances by LGMF’s resident ensemble Loadbang and musicians from Lincoln Center Stage. “Wine, Chocolate & Chamber Music at Wiawaka” – 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, Wiawaka Holiday House 3778 State Route 9L. $30. Lakeside views. Fine wine and chocolate. World-Class performances. Chamber music set at the historic Wiawaka Holiday House. “Bernstein at 100” – 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15. Sacred Heart Church, 50 Mohican Street. $10. Celebrate the centenary of the beloved conductor, composer,

and educator Leonard Bernstein with a program featuring many of his own works as well as pieces by composers who both influenced and were influenced by Bernstein including Copland, Koussevitzky, Milhaud, and John Adams. “Sounds of Our Time” – 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16. Free admission. Shepard Park Amphitheater, Canada Street. Featuring PROJECT Trio and the LGMF Symphony Orchestra! Created by Music Director Roger Kalia, Sounds of Our Time is an innovative concert series that will explore connections that cross musical genres. The Lake George Music Festival continues to Aug. 24 and includes “an international musical journey” at the Arthur Zankel Music Center, on the campus of Skidmore College Aug. 23. For complete information, go to: www.lakegeorgemusicfestival. com, or call: 518-791-5089.

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Five Years on Broadway

Live at Caffe Lena: Melanie Plays to a Full House

“In a place not too far from here, something happened. It was called Woodstock.” – Melanie, on stage at Caffe Lena Aug. 2, 2018. by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY

Northshire Bookstore Saratoga celebrated five years on Broadway Sunday afternoon. Nancy Sheemaker cuts the “book” cake – created by the Bread Basket Bakery - and Rachel Person hands the first slice to Northshire co-owner Chris Morrow. Photo by Thomas Dimopoulos.

Super Mario Brothers to Indiana Jones – Vintage Pinball This Weekend at The Y

Saratoga Pinball at the YMCA in 2017. The event returns this weekend. Photo provided.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Fifty pinball machines and arcade games past and present will transform the Saratoga Regional YMCA into a big, family-friendly game room this weekend. The event takes place 2 – 10 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Saturday at the Saratoga Regional YMCA, located at 290 West Ave. General Admission to the event is $10 per person (per day); children ages 6 and under are admitted for free.

The games are free to play. Additionally, many of the games available to play will also be for sale. The oldest game at the show dates to the 1930s. The show will also feature an indoor flea market with various pinball and arcade games and parts for sale, as well as a beginnerfriendly pinball tournament. Proceeds from the show will benefit the Saratoga Regional YMCA, a local non-profit charity organization.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — On that August evening in 1969, Melanie Safka Schekeryk sat by herself inside of a country tent, fearful about what awaited her outside. Her new album, simply titled “Melanie,” contained the song “Beautiful People,” which had given her a modicum of success. Still, an estimated half-million people sat in an open field outside her tent in anticipation of what the 22-year-old aspiring actressturned-singer could bring. “I listened to Richie Havens in his 50th minute of ‘Freedom (Motherless Child),’ and I heard Ravi Shankar. Then Wavy Gravy went on and announced that his collective was passing out candles and that everyone should light their candles, because it had started to rain,” Melanie explained to a soldout house at Caffe Lena last week. “I was in such terror that as I walked out onto the field, walked over that rope bridge – it was like a plank - I was (sure I was) walking to my certain doom. How can I possibly entertain 500,000 people with three chords, and my one song?” Fair or not, she is often linked to her performance at the Woodstock music festival. Many have taken to tagging her as “the voice of her generation.” “I was walking and walking and… I left my body,” she continued. “I watched myself take the stage. I hovered over my shoulder. I watched myself sit down and when I started singing ‘Beautiful People,’ I came back. I had this real-life experience. At that moment 500,000 people granted me beingness, granted me who I was. And I reciprocated. It wasn’t a musical moment, it was a spiritual moment. And it was real. I can’t tell you how life-altering that moment was,” she explained, before

Melanie performing on stage at Caffe Lena on Aug. 2, 2018. Photo by Thomas Dimopoulos.

launching in to “Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)” – which anthemically captures her Woodstock moment – mated with an appropriately collaborative medley with a rendition of the John Lennon song, “Give Peace A Chance.” At Caffe Lena, Melanie performed two sold out shows accompanied on vocals, guitar and occasional cello by her son, Beau Jared Schekeryk. Collectively, the evening featured 3-1/2 hours of music that covered a half-century of songwriting. “I was just here - but somehow you all look different,” she quipped, acknowledging the café audience when taking the stage for the evening’s late show. The second set featured 14 songs which included “Animal Crackers” - dating to her 1968 debut, her love-‘em-and-leave‘em ode “Any Guy” - released in 1969, and songs from the early ‘70s (“Babe Rainbow,” “Someday I’ll Be A Farmer”) to the 1990s (“Under Cool Cover of Night).” Affected perhaps by the back-to-back sets, her voice wore rough early on, but when tackling “Ruby Tuesday,” any hoarseness majestically dissolved and the power of simple acoustic guitars

and THOSE VOCALS were on full-on display. “Ruby Tuesday” signaled one of three Rolling Stones songs performed during the night; a tasteful instrumental rendition of “Paint it Black,” and a version of “Wild Horses” – “we should do this because this is Saratoga Springs, it’s all about the horses,” she announced – were the others. Melanie alternated between English, French, German, and Korean during the choruses of “Look What They’ve Done to My Song Ma,” inspired an audience sing-a-long on her Freudian ditty “Psychotherapy,” and delivered convincing performances of her songs “Beautiful People,” “Angel Watching Over You,” and her biggest chart-topping hit, “Brand New Key” – a song she admits she hated for a long time. ”When it became a hit, I went from playing nice, small cuddly places to big stadiums, where people wanted to hear 90 minutes of “Hump, Ha-HA, Hump, Ha-Ha,” she explained, pointing the song’s background chorus. “Here’s the clincher, all these years later, I’m OK with the whole song,” she admitted. “It’s a damn cute song.”


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Croquet on the Green AIM Services hosted its annual croquet tournament and garden party Aug. 7, 2018 at Gavin Park. Formed in 1979, AIM Services, Inc. provides residential and community-based services to people with disabilities, including those with traumatic brain injuries and those who are looking for nursing home transition or diversion. All services are provided in Saratoga, Warren, and Washington County. Photos by SuperSource Media.

Aimee Garrett Taylor & Gary Dake, Sponsors of this event.

Steve Abbott & Mathew Lent

Elizabeth (left), the Associate Director & June MacClelland (blue & white dress), Senior Director

Sharon & Ramon Dominguez - Honorary Chairs talking with Katie Paige.

The Finals: Bret Armstrong Jr., Nancy Kass, Steve Connard & Bret Armstrong.

Colleen Hamel setting up her shot.

Winners! Father and son, Bret & Bret Armstrong, Jr.

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by Bendan O’Meara Saratoga TODAY

IN A CULTURE that’s maniacally obsessed with precocity and the wunderkind, Saturday’s Whitney Invitational was a relief for the journeyman, a true testament to persistence and endurance, to consistent good work. And this has little to nothing to do with the horse. Rick Violette, the 65-yearold trainer who conditioned Diversify to his second G1, noted that the five-year-old gelding might be the best horse he’s ever trained. Sixty-five years old and Diversify, a New York-bred, is the best one to come along. “I guess he’s got to be the best horse I’ve ever trained,” Violette said in a NYRA release. “We’ve had some very, very talented horses. Upstart was a very talented horse, but he never won a Grade 1. Read the Footnotes never won a Grade 1 and was a really, really talented horse. Between the talent and putting up the performances, he’s certainly at the top of the list. He’s a scary good horse.” This isn’t to say Violette hasn’t trained talented colts and fillies. There was Dream Rush, an electric filly who won the Test and Prioress in 2007. The aforementioned Read the Footnotes, a horse who ran in the Kentucky Derby in 2004 (his final race), was a talented one by Violette’s keen eye. Same goes for Upstart. Let’s take a look at what it means to grind. Since training in 1977, Violette has amassed

career earnings of $44,289,803. His trainer 10 percent of that is $4,428,980. Divide that by 41 years is $109,023 of average salary and if you look at Equibase, there were some fallow years. If you factor in self-employment and taxes and the fact that Violette spent much of his career in New York (where taxes categorically suck), and working 365 days a damn year for over 40 years and you realize that this is quite the thankless profession among thankless professions. No matter how you slice that banana, you gotta be in this for the love of it all. Let’s take a peek at the trainer du jour, Chad Brown, whose winning races at Saratoga at a clip of more than a race a day, 18 wins through 16 days of racing (as of this writing). Unless you’re Team Brown, this is so disheartening. Steve Asmussen has 11 wins so far. Todd Pletcher has 10. Bill Mott has nine. Prior to the Brown v. Pletcher Thunderdome battles of the past five years or so, nine wins would be putting a trainer right in the mix for leading trainer. What Brown is doing, especially at Saratoga, is Tiger Woodsian. Asmussen is winning at a 31 percent clip, ITM 61 percent of the time and he’s still seven wins behind Brown. I mean this is like Barry Bonds in 2002. Anything thrown in the vicinity of home plate ended up in San Francisco Bay. What can you do? The answer, and pardon the pun, is run your own race. It’s all any of us can do in this mess—and it is a mess. Just an ugly beautiful life spent climbing up a sheer rock cliff in the rain with a panther hanging off your pant cuff. That’s the life of the grinder, the trainer, the writer, the comedian, the painter, the entrepreneur, the man or woman who would rather smile with premature crow’s feet than see their soul drain into another sales pitch for State Farm’s universal life insurance plan.

How can these trainers wake up at 4 a.m., organize the training for dozens of horses, suit up for the races, go to the sales, hob-nob with deep-pocketed clients/owners, go out to dinner, schmooze until 10 or 11 post meridian, AND GET UP AT 4 A.M. THE NEXT DAY AND DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN. To quote the men from the movie Fury, it’s the best job they ever had. Nick Zito once told me, “It’s all I know!” And, for the willing, it sure as hell beats the desk and working for the weekend. I think of how energizing it must be to be the master of your own destiny, more or less. Like a trainer I know, he said the cream rises to the top. It’s a trite expression, but it’s tried and true (another cliché, pardon). Some cream takes longer to separate than others. Yes, you have a Brown who seemed anointed. Same with Pletcher. But then you see guys like Zito. Tom Albertrani. Linda Rice. Calvin Borel. Art Sherman. The list is long. Horsemen and women who honed their craft in relative obscurity for the longest of times and when they found their lightning, they grabbed hold of it. Ten, 20, 30-year overnight successes! Violette’s training victory in the Whitney should not only be lauded as a great achievement on one particular day, but also be celebrated and heralded for the late bloomer, the man or woman who gutted it out one more day. I’m reminded of a quote from the ruthless, though no less inspiring, Thomas Edison, who once said, “The greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” I like that. And Violette illustrates it perfectly, furlong by furlong. Brendan O’Meara is the author of Six Weeks in Saratoga. He also hosts The Creative Nonfiction Podcast. Follow him on Twitter @BrendanOMeara.

“I guess he’s [Diversify] got to be the best horse I’ve ever trained...We’ve had some very, very talented horses.” - Violette. Photo provided by NYRA.




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by Louisa Foye Saratoga TODAY

THE SKIES LET LOOSE overnight, pounding the dirt and turf at Saratoga before Whitney Day, but by early morning, the sun was once again shining down upon the Spa! After several glorious hours basking in the sunshine, the 40,000+ late arriving fans were easily fooled into thinking that the bright blue sky would remain all day. Ominous storm clouds swiftly rolled in, changing their thinking, and lurked above the

track just after 5:00, during the Grade 1 Test for 3-year-old fillies. What started out as sporadic raindrops, quickly turned into a full-blown torrential downpour, and created a bizarre situation for NYRA, the TV broadcast, fans, but most importantly, for the horses and their connections already in the Paddock for the prestigious, $1.2 million Grade 1 Whitney, the day’s finale. What was supposed to be a shortened, old school, 9-race card, after the original 10th and 11th, the Grade 3 Fasig-Tipton Waya, and the Fasig-Tipton Lure were cancelled earlier because of the soft turf, ended up being just as long of a day with the lengthy delay, as lightning strikes threatened! Amazingly, the eight horses stranded in their claustrophobic stalls during the 44-minute delay, with full tack on before the Whitney, behaved very well, much less considering the close proximity of their human counterparts trying to take cover in their crowded space! Trainer Rick Violette did say, however, that his star gelding,

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Diversify, was getting really antsy, and was trying to kick the stall walls down, so he and his longtime sssistant trainer, Melissa Cohen, and his groom, took him out in the rain, and walked him around his #6 ring to calm him down. Diversify’s pent up energy served him well, however, as the 5-year-old NY-bred exploded out of the gate, under meet-leading jockey, Irad Ortiz, Jr., and was loose on the lead, wiring the field, while receiving another gaudy 110 Beyer, just as he did in the Suburban! The always aggressive “Juni” was the only jock to come home without a spot of mud on his white pants! Although Chad Summers’ fellow NY-bred, fan-favorite, Mind Your Biscuits, made it a New York, New York exacta, he never really threatened Diversify, in spite of recording a fine 104 Beyer, as he just couldn’t compete with Diversify’s controlling and dominant speed. It is to MYB’s credit, however, that he was able to prove some naysayers wrong, as he handled the two turns, in his first try, and gamely fought and held on for 2nd. The late charging 38-1 longshot, Parx shipper Discreet Lover, tried to run MYB down for his Owner/Trainer, Uriah St. Lewis, but his gutsy attempt came

up just short, for 3rd. And what a wonderful story St. Lewis’ is! The native of Trinidad, who used to run track at a high school near Aqueduct, became enamored with the horses running close by, and would literally run to the Big A after practice. He became hooked as a gambler, but remarkably, turned this initial passion into becoming a trainer! And what a move Uriah made when he purchased Discreet Lover for the relative pittance of $10K! His 5-year-old has now earned over $900+K, and along with his fellow 5-year olds, Diversify and Mind Your Biscuits, we are reminded of the good old days when our equine heroes stuck around past 3! On the same day I learned about St. Lewis’ story, I also received the very sad news that a fellow native of Trinidad, NYRA’s Selma Brathwaite, had lost her battle with cancer. Selma, who became a racing fan when her Dad would take her to the track in Trinidad as a little girl, was with NYRA for over 32 years. I spent a summer working next to Selma in the office of Jerry Davis, the former Director of Admissions, thanks to my old friend and Selma’s old tennis buddy, Sonny Taylor, a Placing/ Patrol Judge, who got me the job.

Sonny has incredibly been with NYRA for over 50+ years and is showing no signs of slowing down! I’ll never forget Selma’s big smile and huge personality, or her lilting voice and soothing Trinidadian accent, and I’m so very happy that NYRA, most appropriately, will name a race in her honor this Fall at Belmont. It was a very proud day for the NY breeding industry, with Diversify and Mind Your Biscuits’ one-two finish, as these two bright stars have shed much deserved light on NY’s very successful breeding program, now placing them in an even more prominent position nationally. Diversify boosted his earnings to $1,959,425 from 10 wins and 2 seconds out of 15 career starts, and he has certainly been a much-needed elixir for Rick Violette, and for Rick’s longtime good friend and co-owner of Diversify, Ralph Evans. Rick and Ralph are lung cancer survivors, and both underwent surgery 3 years ago. It seemed fitting that a rainbow magically appeared in the sky while Ralph’s daughter Lauren, the co-owner of Diversify with her Dad, led Diversify into the Winner’s Circle, with Rick and her Dad by her side, continued on next page...

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... NEW YORK, NEW YORK WHITNEY! ... continued from previous page... while the race’s namesake, 92-yearold Marylou Whitney, was seen holding the Whitney Cup to her lips, as if drinking Champagne! Mind Your Biscuits, the 2-time winner of the rich Dubai Golden Shaheen, has now earned a whopping $4,159,286, with 7 wins, 10 seconds and 3 thirds in 23 career starts, after being purchased by Chad Summers and his family members for a mere $30K! In perhaps the most exciting finish this year, who could ever forget his amazing, come from behind thriller in the Shaheen, when he seemingly came out of nowhere from last to nip XY Jet at the wire! Rick Violette has stated that he will now bypass the Woodward, as Diversify will try to become a repeat winner in the Jockey Club Gold Cup next, after winning the JCGC last year, while Chad Summers’ plans for MYB are not yet set in stone. Chad remarked that Rick taught him a valuable lesson when he waited ‘til the morning of the Whitney Draw to enter Diversify, as Rick let his horse dictate when he was ready to run! After Diversify’s amazing breeze the Sunday before, which Chad also happened to witness, he knew Rick would have to enter him, and Chad now says he will do the same with Biscuits before the Woodward. If MYB is not ready to go in the Woodward, it appears that he may then go in either the Grade 2 Kelso Mile at Belmont, or perhaps he’ll wait for the Grade 3 Lukas Classic at Churchill Downs, contested at 1-1/8 mile, as it could be the perfect prep for Summers’ star before the Breeders’ Cup, over the same track November 3rd. Before Ma Nature had a chance to rain on their parade, the 3-year-old fillies in the Grade 1 Longines Test were able to strut their stuff in the 8th Race. Sent off as the 2-1 favorite, Chad Brown’s Separationofpowers, with Jose Ortiz aboard, turned back the strong challenge of Steve Asmussen’s Mia Mischief

and Ricardo Santana, Jr., during a spirited stretch drive, as the daughter of Candy Ride passed the daughter of Into Mischief late for the victory. Following her impressive 11-3/4 length maiden victory last Summer at the Spa, Seperationofpowers finished 3rd in the Grade 1 Spinaway closing weekend, before collecting her first Grade 1 victory in the Frizette at Belmont October 8th. After a fourth-place finish at Delmar in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, it was discovered that the filly had an ankle chip that required surgery, and a subsequent 8-month layoff to rehab. When she returned in the Grade 3 Victory Ride at Belmont July 8th, she finished fourth once again, but certainly proved she was more than ready with her victory in the Test last Saturday. With the Grade 1 Ballerina falling too soon on the schedule on Travers Day, and with the daunting task of facing division leader Monomoy Girl in the Cotillion, it seems likely that Separationofpowers may try the one turn 1-1/8-mile Beldame, and an exciting potential matchup with Bill Mott’s Elate! One of the most entertaining events of the meet, next to the PDJF Jockeyoke, is the annual Jockey vs. Trainers Basketball Game to benefit the New York Racetrack Chaplaincy, and the wonderful services they provide for the backstretch employees. Led by Chaplain Umberto Chavez and Nick Caras, their dedication is invaluable in meeting the needs of those who are the heart and soul of the industry. What is usually a very close contest quickly turned into a route, as the superior speed and quickness of the jockeys was on full display! The jockeys were perhaps motivated by the special appearance of Hall of Famer and New York Knicks great, Bernard King, who served as their celebrity bench coach. From one steal and fast break after another, and an array of long range bombs, the jocks, led from the opening tip by the very athletic Manny Franco, took off

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to a 24-2 lead, and never looked back in the 58-33 blowout! Manny was eventually named MVP, but he received a lot of help along the way from his close buddies, the Ortiz bros, and Luis Reyes, as the Puerto Rican National Team has nothing but height on this quartet of talented Boricuas! On a sultry opening night of the select Saratoga Sale that had even the coolest customers sweating, the fillies reigned supreme, as they accounted for seven of the top eight purchases! Larry Best of OXO Equine has been one of North America’s leading buyers of late, and he let it be known early on that he was all about business! He went to $1.2 million to get Hip 26, a striking chestnut daughter of 2015 Triple Crown champion, American Pharoah, out of the multiple Grade 1 winner, Life At Ten, and later in the evening spent $950K on an Into Mischief filly. In between these two transactions, Bob Baffert, acting as an agent for M.V. Magnier, spent a cool million on this hot night for a NY-bred son of American Pharoah, out of Mrs. Gerald A. Nielson’s NY-bred mare, Party Silks. Baffert gushed that it was “love at first sight” for the bay colt who is a half-brother to multiple Grade 1-placed graded stakes winner Upstart. It was a good first night for

Fasig-Tipton before my deadline, as they experienced an 18.5% gain in gross sales over last year, and the average price rose 7.1% to $348,976, while the median remained the same at $300K. On top of the two American Pharoah million-dollar babies, seven yearlings went between $750K-$950K, while sixteen sold for over $500K, and 51 sold for over $250K, making it an evening as robust as the humidity. Irad Ortiz powered his way to the top of the Jockey Standings with 23 wins after picking up three wins on Friday’s card, two stakes wins on Saturday in the Fasig-Tipton De La Rose aboard Chad Brown’s Uni and in the Grade 1 Whitney, and then closed out the 3rd week on Monday with a 4-win day, including the New York Stallion Series/Cab Calloway Division Stakes aboard Therapist for Christophe Clement. Juni is sitting in the driver’s seat with 16 days down and 24 to go, while unbelievably, his Eclipse Award-winning younger brother Jose sits in 8th place with 10. However, I’m sure the competition filled with brotherly love will heat up over the next 24 days! Luis Saez continues his excellent riding, after winning the Gulfstream title this Winter, and sits in 2nd with 17 wins, followed by Javi Castellano with 16 and Ricardo

Santana with 13. Johnny V, Manny Franco and Joel Rosario are tied with 12, rounding out the top seven. In the Trainers Standings, Chad Brown sits alone at the top with 18, followed by Steve Asmussen with 11, Todd Pletcher with 10, and Bill Mott with 9, while “Big ‘Miah” Englehart and Joe Sharp are tied with 5, and Kiaran McLaughlin and Robertino Diodoro are tied with 4. Probables for Saturday’s Grade 1 $500K Fourstardave for 3-year-old and up at a mile on the turf include Linda Rice’s Voodoo Song, who most definitely proved to be a “horse for a course” after winning 4 races at the Spa last summer, Bill Mott’s Yoshida, Todd Pletcher’s Made You Look, Jimmy Jerkens’ Delta Prince, Brian Lynch’s Heart to Heart and Kelly Rubley’s Divisidero. With the Arlington Million Festival of Racing always being held on the same day as the Fourstardave, a horse like Divisidero, the son of Kitten’s Joy who most recently won the Grade 3 Arlington Handicap, could opt to run there instead, and we won’t know ‘til after I go to press. Several of our top jocks will be flying to Chicago, too, giving some of the hungry jocks in the room a chance to pick up a few rare mounts, and hopefully a couple wins in their absence!




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by Tony Podlaski Saratoga TODAY

SOME OWNERS and trainers who have horses in stakes races at Saratoga may be disappointed if their horse finishes second or third. That doesn’t seem to bother owner and trainer Uriah St. Lewis. As he loaded Discreet Lover, as well as Norma’s Charm, into his two-horse Little Hawk trailer attached to the Ford F-150 truck bound toward his home base just north of Philadelphia, St. Lewis was still ecstatic about the outcome

of Saturday’s Whitney Stakes. At 38-1 with Manny Franco wearing the black and gold triangular colors that represent St. Lewis, Discreet Lover made a six-wide move off the turn over the sloppy track and continued making up ground in the stretch, only to get beaten by a half-length by Mind Your Biscuits for the second place while Diversify took Saturday’s Grade 1 Whitney. “We knew he was going to hit the board,” St. Lewis said. “When he gets clear outside, he’s going to be coming; he’s going to roll. He tries all of the time.” Discreet Lover’s performance in the Whitney was a sharp contrast to last year’s effort after finishing fifth – beaten nearly 15 lengths – by Horse of the Year Gun Runner. However, that didn’t discourage St. Lewis. “Gun Runner was something special,” the 60-year-old native of Trinidad and Tobago said. “Last year, we had not won a stake race. We were shooting for the sky. Gun Runner won the race by five lengths. Everyone else was beaten

Uriah St. Lewis. Photo by Tony Podlaski.

by three or four lengths. You take Gun Runner out of the picture, you have a different race.” Even though Discreet Lover has just one win this year in the Grade 3 Excelsior Handicap at Aqueduct earlier this year, the 5-year-old continues to run faster against tougher competition that

Discreet Lover. Photo by Adam Coglianese of NYRA.

includes Diversify, Bee Jersey and Mind Your Biscuits in The Suburban Handicap and The Metropolitan Mile – both at Belmont Park. St. Lewis is not surprised that his horse is getting physically stronger, especially since he witnessed John Henry win

multiple Grade 1 races throughout the country in the gelding’s later part of his career. “He’s older and more mature,” St. Lewis said about Discreet Lover. “He’s been getting better. He’s sound and he does what we want him to do. John Henry continued on next page...

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ST. LE WI S DOE S N’T M I N D BE ING T HE U N D ERD O G continued from previous page... didn’t hit his peak until he was 7 or 8 years old.” While Discreet Lover needed some time to develop since St. Lewis purchased him for $10,000 three years ago, the horse has earned $941,560 from 41 races while competing at more than 10 different tracks, including six wins, seven second-place finishes, and six third-place finishes. St. Lewis ignores the criticism and odds each time he enters Discreet Lover in a race. “He has been a bargainbasement horse,” he said. “Why would I be embarrassed if he is making $90,000 or $100,000 at 60-1? You can only make that kind of money in the stock market. I went to school. The numbers say if you are making money, don’t worry about what everyone is thinking.” St. Lewis has enjoyed horse racing since he was five years old when his sister brought him to Arima Park and Queen’s Park Savannah in Port of Spain. After coming to the United States in 1973 when he was 15, St. Lewis eventually went to a trade school in Manhattan to learn about computers. By combining his education and horse racing passion, St. Lewis worked for AmTote as technician to fix the betting computers

throughout the New York Racing Association circuit, as well as Yonkers, the defunct Roosevelt Raceway, Meadowlands and Pimlico, through the late 1970s and early 1980s At the same time, St. Lewis also liked gambling on the horses. His wife Amanda encouraged to him to learn more about the horses and sport by getting directly involved. St. Lewis and his wife took their chances by selling their home in Brooklyn and buying a farm in Oklahoma while working with Robert Hayes on training horses. Since winning his first race with a claiming horse named Doublemagic at Blue Ribbon Downs in March 1988, St. Lewis has won 373 races in over 6,000 starters. He has also made an impact as the underdog, including the $2,700 purchase of Bleu Madura who nearly pulled off a 34-1 upset against heavily-favored Concerto in the 1997 Federico Tesio Stakes Stakes at Pimlico. “As a gambler, you don’t know what always is going on in the background,” St. Lewis said. “I’ve always took chance in my entire life. Most people wouldn’t do what I am doing. When you own a horse, you can do whatever you want. That’s the biggest thing – I don’t have to answer to anyone.

Uriah St. Lewis with Discreet Lover and team at Aqueduct. Photo by Adam Coglianese of NYRA.

I may never get this opportunity again. So, I’m going to enjoy it.” With the Parx racing season closed for the next two weeks, St. Lewis is coming back to Saratoga next week with Discreet Lover to train for the Grade 1, $750,000 Woodward on Sept. 1. “We are going to take it one step at a time, but the Woodward is next,” St. Lewis said about Discreet Lover’s plans. “We’re going home and get a few days off. We’ll probably bring him back up here a little early. In a few days, if he says he is ready, we go back into training.”

Along with Discreet Lover, St. Lewis plans to bring back Norma’s Chase, who finished fifth in the Test Stakes on the Whitney

undercard, as well as Harley Q for possibly the $200,000 Seeking the Ante Stakes on Aug. 24 and unraced 2-year-old Black Light.




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A Morning Conversation with Nick Zito

by Joseph Raucci

for Saratoga TODAY When you approach the Fifth Avenue gate, glance to your right. There in plain view is America’s oldest racing surface still in existence. It is where racing began in Saratoga, just weeks after the guns were silenced at the great battle of Gettysburg in 1863. A year later, the venue was moved across the street on Union Avenue to its present location. The Oklahoma track has been

used for many years as a training facility of the highest caliber. It is also home for Nick Zito when he makes his yearly trek here to compete on a world stage. His name is synonymous with success. Fittingly, his barn area is one as grand as any on the New York racing scene. As you enter the grounds, take a sharp left. When you reach the limits of the stable area, an oasis awaits you. Nick’s barn is flawless. A freshly painted hunter green building looks out to a park-like setting. There picnic tables and wellgroomed gardens attract the eye. The morning routine of hot walkers, exercise riders, grooms and stable hands can be seen bustling about, preparing Mr. Zito’s horses for their appointments on the Oklahoma, and at the main track across the street. When Nick isn’t busy at the rail studying his stock with an eye that rivals any in the sport, he can be found at his office at the end of the barn area. There, I was introduced to Nick by my friend, Tommy Roberts, a racetrack

THE INTERVIEW: On a perfect late July morning, Mr. Zito and I sat down at a picnic table at his barn area. I had prepared my questions. Now it was time to hear the answers that Nick was about to deliver. Q: It is well known that you started out as a groom at a young age, then worked your way through the ranks to a training license. Was there any one owner that jump started your career? A: Yes. Alan Rosoff. He was a breeder and owner who had the confidence that I could train his horses. This was the break that I needed. Things just accelerated from there. His uncle Sam Rosoff built the New York City subway system in the 1920s. A little history lesson there. Q: When your career began some of the all-time great trainers were plying their trade. Names like John Nerud, Frank Whitely, Horatio Luro, Laz Barrera etc. Are there any that stand out as your role model? A: Yes. Alan Jerkins and Frank Whitely. They were very inspiring to me. I took a good look at both. Studied them. Some background on Mr. Whitely and Mr. Jerkins: Whitely was the conditioner of three legendary race horses: Damascus, Forego and the great filly Ruffian. Alan Jerkins, nicknamed “The Chief,” trained horses that beat the great Secretariat on two occasions.

legend. My goal was to get an opportunity to interview this soft spoken, articulate gentleman. He happily agreed without hesitation. This is the essence of Nick Zito, reserved, calm and razor sharp, along with over fifty years of experience in fine-tuning his craft. In his every gesture you know that he has an abundant knowledge of his trade. A born winner who has stacked his resume with five Triple Crown events, along with Breeder’s Cup trophies and a slew of Grade One races. Probably as important, or even more so is his uncanny ability to spot yearlings that have found their way to massive success on the race track. These attributes led to his richly deserved entrance into Horse Racing’s Hall of Fame, just a five furlong walk from Nick’s stable office. I learned one thing fast about Nick Zito. He listens to every word that you speak. In turn and more importantly, you listen to every word that he speaks to you. Let’s get started. Nick’s time is scarce and I am pleased to be given some of it.

Nick Zito scheduling appointments, taking phone calls and handling interviews. Photo provided.

Q: Your success with top level thoroughbreds is phenomenal. It is obvious that Strike the Gold and Go for Gin, your Kentucky Derby winners, are among your all-time favorites. Could you tell of another that has a special meaning to you? A: To me Mary Lou Whitney’s Birdstone is one that comes to mind. I took him from the Belmont Stakes victory to his score in the Travers, training up to the Spa event with no prep race leading up to it. That means so much to me as a trainer. Why? It was my style, my technique that got it done. Of course, there were the others. Louis Quatorze, War Path, Dialed In, Icebox and Commentator. Then there was Da’Tara. He took the Belmont Stakes in a shocking upset over Big Brown. There were so many others. So many... Obviously, I have been blessed as you can see. Q: You have witnessed every great racehorse of the half past century. Your thoughts on them. A: Secretariat. In a league all his own. He could travel any distance and outgun anyone that ever ran. Pat Lynch, turf writer and later NYRA executive, and I discussed, that if asked, he could also have been the greatest sprinter of all time. That is something few realize. Spectacular Bid, a great champion way, way up there. Bud Delp did a great job with him. No one could have trained him better. The horse was from another planet. My personal

favorites are both Buckpasser and Kelso, just tremendous champions. Then there is Forego, Affirmed, and Seattle Slew. All great. Every horse discussed here is a top ten or so of all time. Now that being said, I firmly believe that in a match race, Secretariat would get the nod. Q: Let’s discuss your thoughts on jockeys past and present, including the ones that were instrumental in getting your horses to the winner’s circle. A: Bill Shoemaker. Oh my God, great, so great. He weighed in at 99 pounds. I am sure he is the only jockey who could hold on to an elephant. Bill Hartack. Tremendous! His winning percentage in Kentucky Derby starts to this day is unprecedented. Mike Smith. His career intertwines with my own. In fact, his first graded stakes came with my horse Thirty-Six Red and his first grade one with the same mount. I am very happy about that. He and I are good friends. John Velasquez, when he is on, meaning at the top of his game, pound for pound he is the best in the business. The young kids, the Ortiz brothers etc. So many good ones, so many. I would like to also mention the late Chris Antley. He did a great job for me. Gary Stevens, Angel Cordero, John Velasquez. The same, great, just great.

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A Morning Conversation with Nick Zito continued from previous page...

“The way I have always operated is one-on-one with the owners that put me in charge of their stock. It is inconceivable for me to even think of taking on the amount of horses that the socalled super trainers handle. That being said, I have nothing but praise for their management skills.” Nick Zito. Photo provided.

Q: American Pharoah and Justify raced only three times between them, after taking the Triple Crown. Can we compare them with the previous TC winners? A: I don’t think you can. They both won the Triple Crown. Unfortunately, they didn’t race at four. That is where weight and stiff competition came into serious play with the previous winners. Not to say that they take a back seat to them. Remember that Pharoah also took the Breeder’s Cup Classic. And with Justify, what he pulled off is next to impossible. Both super horses. So, we can never really know. The game has become extremely money oriented. The owners are put in a position, where if they run them longer, the chance of a devastating injury can cost them upwards of seventy million dollars. This alone forces the early exit from the racing scene. Another thing to think about: The greats of years ago were bigger, stronger and could race at every distance up to two miles, carrying a tremendous amount of weight. Those days are a thing of the past. Q: Will we ever get one to race at four. A: It is a possibility. If we get a very wealthy horseman, one from the samemold as let’s say Paul Mellon, George Widener, C.V. Whitney or his cousin Jock, gentlemen who cherished “The Sport of Kings.” Then and only then it may happen. The “Wedding Planners,” the advisors will say you can’t do it. We

can only hope that a true sportsman would overrule them. Q: Your thoughts on the super trainer syndrome that has taken over racing. A: When I reached my most successful period as a trainer, I had ninetyfive horses in my barn. The super trainers of today have upwards of three hundred. For that I give them much credit. They are great trainers. Of course, they have many assistants who carry out the day- to-day training duties. Personally, I could not run this type of venture. The way I have always operated is one-on-one with the owners that put me in charge of their stock. It is inconceivable for me to even think of taking on the amount of horses that the so-called super trainers handle. That being said, I have nothing but praise for their management skills. Q: It is widely known that you are deeply involved in horse racing charities. Would you like to expound on it? A: Yes, we’re proud of that. We support horse racing charities around America. I want to thank Mr. Zito for making this interview possible. It has been a pleasure to listen and learn from the words of this iconic horse racing figure. Here is a man who cherishes this great sport, the one that he so fondly calls “The Sport of Kings.”




Week of August 10 – August 16, 2018

NEWS & NOTES W E E K F O U R A C T I V I T I E S AT S A R AT O G A R A C E C O U R S E Compiled by Lori Mahan.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 10 The $100,000 Tale of the Cat for sprinters is the feature in the afternoon.

Win, Place, Show, Exacta, Trifecta, Quinella and Daily Double. Friday is a $1,000 minimum buy-in. For more information about the Saratoga Challenges, visit NYRA. com/Challenge.

Saratoga Challenge

Taste NY: Craft Beer

Tale of the Cat

Friday marks the first in a pair of live money challenges which will occur as two separate one-day contests. The Saratoga Challenge on Friday will guarantee a firstplace payout of $15,000, as well as awarding entries to the 2019 Belmont Stakes Challenge to the top finishers and the 2019 National Handicapping Championship to the top three finishers. The challenge will consist of wagering exclusively on Saratoga races through the following pools only:

This weekly event offers guests a selection of New York craft beers available for sampling in partnership with the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets. Fans will be able to sample five craft beers for $5 at the Coca-Cola Saratoga Pavilion from noon to 5 p.m.

Paint & Sip

Guests will be able to enjoy a beverage while they craft their own masterpiece on the grounds of Saratoga Race Course. The Paint

& Sip event includes admission to the Whitney Suite, art supplies, snacks and a race day program. Those interested can purchase tickets by calling the NYRA Box Office at 844-NYRA-TIX.

The Last Race Showcase at The Stretch

NYRA invites fans who are in attendance to experience The Stretch for free from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The Stretch is Saratoga’s exclusive new hospitality area located in the Grandstand at the Top of the Stretch. There will be food and drink specials and live DJ entertainment. Fans can enjoy the new amenities at The Stretch, including a private bar, concessions, hi-def video screens and televisions, and dramatic views of the Stretch run.

Community Outreach Booth

The Community Outreach Booth will host Dyer Phelps, the oldest African American ministry in Saratoga Springs, dating back to its establishment in 1862 by Miss Dyer Phelps.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 11 Fourstardave, Adirondack and Fasig-Tipton Lure

The headlining Grade 1, $500,000 Fourstardave will be accompanied by the Grade 2, $200,000 Adirondack. The card will also include the $100,000 Fasig-Tipton Lure rescheduled from Whitney Day.

NYRA Bets Seminar

Join host Pete Fornatale with Hall of Fame jockey Angel Cordero, Jr. and handicappers Jake Ballis and Jonathon Kinchen for a special seminar at the NYRA Bets Simulcast Center, located on the second floor of the Grandstand near The Stretch. The seminar begins at 11 a.m.

Fourstardave Challenge

Saturday marks the second in a pair of live money challenges which will occur as two separate one-day contests. The Fourstardave Challenge on Saturday will guarantee a first-place payout of $25,000, as well as awarding the same entries as on Friday. The challenge 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 $2,000 minimum buy-in. For more information about the Saratoga Challenges, visit

Saratoga Challenge

Friday marks the first in a pair of live money challenges which will occur as two separate one-day contests. The Saratoga Challenge on Friday will guarantee a firstplace payout of $15,000, as well as awarding entries to the 2019 Belmont Stakes Challenge to the top finishers and the 2019 National Handicapping Championship to the top three finishers. The challenge 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. For more information about the Saratoga Challenges, visit

Fashion Saturdays

Designed to showcase the tradition of style in thoroughbred racing, Fashion Saturdays will feature women’s and men’s apparel and accessories from local retailers, as well as a selection of home décor, spa care and jewelry items at the Coca-Cola Saratoga Pavilion from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Woodford Reserve and Jeff Brisbin at the Jim Dandy Bar

Guests are invited to the Jim Dandy Bar to sample Woodford Reserve Saratoga Personal Selection, crafted exclusively for racing fans at the Spa, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Ketel One Saturdays at The Post

The fun will continue each Saturday of the season with the Ketel One Saturdays at The Post. Fans are invited to sample the new Ketel One Botanicals from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

The Last Race Showcase at The Stretch

The Stretch is Saratoga’s exclusive new hospitality area located in the Grandstand at the Top of the Stretch. There will be food and drink specials and live DJ entertainment. Fans can enjoy the

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Community Outreach Booth

The Community Outreach Booth will host TAKE THE LEAD, which was launched by the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association to find homes for retired racehorses. TAKE THE LEAD partners with established aftercare programs to provide rehabilitation and retraining placements for thoroughbreds retiring from competition on the New York circuit.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 12 Saratoga Special and Fasig-Tipton Waya

Sunday will feature the Grade 2, $200,000 Saratoga Special, presented by Miller Lite, and the Grade 3, $200,000 Fasig-Tipton Waya rescheduled from Whitney Day.


Racing fans will be able to enjoy the tranquility of SaraYoga, a one-hour yoga session, which also includes brunch, a complimentary mimosa or Bloody Mary, admission and gratuity. The yoga session will begin at 8 a.m. and yoga mat rentals will be available. Those interested can purchase tickets by calling the NYRA Box Office at 844-NYRA-TIX.

Low Roller Challenge

Sunday will include the Low Roller Challenge which allows aspiring handicappers the opportunity to experience the thrill of tournament play for $40, with $30 going towards live bankroll and $10 to the prize pool. Registration begins at 11 a.m. near the Fourstardave Sports Bar.

Taste NY: Food and Artisans

Each Sunday of the season will welcome guests to a lively on-track market of numerous food and artisan vendors featuring products made exclusively in New York State. The market will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Coca-Cola Saratoga Pavilion.

Community Outreach Booth

The Community Outreach Booth will host The Joseph Ahmed Foundation, which aims to promote treatment and cure of Ewing’s Sarcoma and other sarcomas by funding research, promoting the development of treatments, developing awareness, and providing support for patients and their loved ones.

to pet a retired thoroughbred, are free of charge, with the exception of one designated activity which carries a suggested donation to benefit a local school or PTA. This week’s beneficiary is Stevens Elementary School in Ballston Lake. Berkshire Bank Family Mondays takes place just across from the Berkshire Bank Family Zone, an interactive play area featuring games, attractions, an Adirondack-style chair and Berkshire Bank charging station. The Berkshire Bank Family Zone is open every day of racing during the Saratoga season.

Low Roller Challenge

Monday will include the continuation of the Low Roller Challenge which allows aspiring handicappers the opportunity to experience the thrill of tournament play for $40, with $30 going towards live bankroll and $10 to the prize pool. Registration begins at 11 a.m. near the Fourstardave Sports Bar.

Community Outreach Booth

The Community Outreach Booth will host Friends of Moreau Lake, which partners with New York State Parks to enhance the experience for every visitor with education, events, and stewardship.



WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15 Bolton Landing

This day’s feature is the $100,000 Bolton Landing for two-year-old Fillies.

NYRA Bets Late Pick 5

The multi-race wager covers the last five races of every card of live racing at Saratoga. It features a minimum single-ticket payout of $150,000 daily and $300,000 on Saturdays to NYRA Bets customers nationwide online and on-track in New York. The offer is only available to NYRA Bets customers.

NYRA Bets Promotions

New customers who sign up for NYRA Bets using the promo code “SPA” will receive a $200 new member bonus. Visit for details. Play the Trifecta in a selected stakes every day at Saratoga to earn a 10 percent bonus. Look for the stakes schedule on

Adirondacks Day

The day’s feature is the $100,000 Saratoga Dew for New York-bred fillies and mares.

Saratoga Race Course will highlight the majestic Adirondacks region, including the home of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics, Lake Placid. The daylong event at the Coca-Cola Saratoga Pavilion will feature activities, exhibits and entertainment which showcase the great attractions of the Adirondacks in upstate New York.

Berkshire Bank Family Mondays

Community Outreach Booth

MONDAY, AUGUST 13 Saratoga Dew (NYB)

Monday will be highlighted by Berkshire Bank Family Mondays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Coca-Cola Saratoga Pavilion. Free Jockey Autograph Books are available for children while supplies last. All kidfriendly games and activities, including the opportunity

Union Avenue

This day’s feature is the $100,000 Union Ave. for Fillies and Mares three and up.

Taste NY: Cider, Wine & Spirits

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new amenities at The Stretch, including a private bar, concessions, hi-def video screens and televisions, and dramatic views of the Stretch run.


The Community Outreach Booth will host Center for Disability Services, which is upstate New York’s largest providers of services and programs for individuals who have disabilities.

Taste NY: Cider, Wine & Spirits offers guests a selection of spirits available for sampling in partnership with the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets. Fans will be able to sample five varietals for $5 at the Coca-Cola Saratoga Pavilion from noon to 5 p.m.

Aperol Thursdays at The Post

Each Thursday, guests have the opportunity to sample Aperol Spritz cocktails at The Post Bar from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Community Outreach Booth

The Community Outreach Booth will host K9s for Warriors, an organization dedicated to providing service canines to warriors suffering from PTSD, traumatic brain injury, and/or military sexual trauma as a result of military service post-9/11.


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Puzzles Across 1 24 minutes, in the NBA 5 Giant among wholesale clubs 9 Heat unit 14 Rideshare app 15 __-deucey 16 Great Lakes mnemonic 17 Author Wiesel 18 Improbable tale 19 Candy heart message 20 Position of football lineman J.J. Watt 23 Sound heard by a shepherd 24 Intense, as a competitor 28 Average, in math 33 Unsteady on one’s feet 34 Country rocker Steve 35 “__ & the Women”: 2000 Gere film 36 Divisions of tennis matches 37 Actress Holmes 38 Ticked off 39 “How was __ know?” 40 Diamond weight 41 Word before Master or case 42 Fountain treat with Bosco, maybe 45 Biblical dancer 46 For each 47 Echoic remark before “What do we have here?” whose words can follow the ends of 20-, 28- and 42-Across 54 Many Mideast residents 57 Verdi opera set in Egypt 58 Color similar to turquoise 59 ‘90s candidate Ross 60 Hosp. scans 61 Road grooves 62 Japanese capital 63 Literary sister of Amy, Meg and Jo 64 Magnitude Down 1 Tinged 2 Having the skills 3 Actor/singer Garrett 4 They’re on the house 5 Prepares to have one’s tongue depressed 6 Healthy berry 7 Griffin of game show fame 8 “Auld Lang __”

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See puzzle solution on page 54 9 Skating danger 10 Texas __: poker game 11 Big Australian bird 12 Gun, as an engine 13 The Spartans of the NCAA 21 Part of NFL: Abbr. 22 TurboTax option 25 Hardwood tree that drops acorns 26 Fisher who plays Princess Leia 27 Come in 28 “Queen of Soul” Franklin 29 Equip anew, as a machine shop 30 Ben Stiller’s mom 31 Really bother 32 Clichéd 33 Nike competitor 37 Superman’s birth name

38 Sci-fi classic that introduced Princess Leia 40 Regains consciousness 41 Poet Silverstein 43 Frequent John Wayne persona 44 A cannonball makes a big one 48 Shepherd’s charge 49 Lamp-to-plug line 50 Improve text 51 Same: Pref. 52 Skating jump 53 Cut with light 54 Fitting 55 Rock’s __ Speedwagon 56 Genesis boat

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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: Hence, Thence, Whence Hence means from here, from now, or thus. Two years hence this entire episode will be forgotten by all. It is going to rain, hence the high humidity and clouds. Thence means from that time or from that place. We flew to Raleigh and thence to Dallas on our way back. Whence (an old word) means from what place, source, or cause. Whence came all this valuable information? 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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2 DAYS ... 62.8 MILLION $

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Hip 62, sold to Bob Baffert, for $1 million. Photo by Cathy Duffy.

Monday’s session had 83 horses sold for a total of $28,965,000 – up 19 percent from last year’s opening night, where only 75 horses brought in $24,425,000. The average for Monday’s sales was $348,976, up 7 percent from last year. The median sat comfortably for the second year in a row at $300,000. Only 24 horses went unsold. The second top selling horse

from Monday was also offspring to American Pharoah, Hip 62, sold to Bob Baffert, owner of Triple Crown 2018 winner Justify, for $1 million on behalf of M.V. Magnier of the Coolmore partnership. Baffert will be inducted into Saratoga Walk of Fame during Red Jacket Ceremony on Friday, August 24, New York Showcase Day. Baffert is a four-time Eclipse Award-Winning trainer, he is one

Photo by Cathy Duffy.

Top Filly, Hip 204, sold for $1.3 million to Phoenix Thoroughbreds. Fasig-Tipton Photo.

of only two trainers in history to win multiple Triple Crowns. In 2015, he had his first Triple Crown via American Pharoah and in 2018 via Justify. Hip 82, sired by Into Mischief, was the third highest selling to OXO Equine for $950,000. On Tuesday, Hip 196, Medaglia D’Oro’s sire was the top seller, for $1.35 million to R. Masiello, C. Larsen, at West Point.

Hip 204, also sired by Medaglia D’Oro, sold to Pheonix Thoroughbred for $1.3 million. Rounding out the top three was Hip 143, another sire of Medaglia D’Oro, sold for $1 million to Lael Stable. 170 horses were on sale for the two-day auction, which saw record highs since 2001. Sales were up 9 percent to $369,376, with the media tying with last

year at $300,000. Tuesday’s session was the strongest of the two this year, with 87 yearlings sold for $33,829,000, up 18 percent from last year’s second session which sold 81 horses for $28,570,000. The average for Tuesday was $388,839 which was up 10 percent, the median also rose by 17 percent to $350,000; each figure an improvement from Monday’s session.



Week of August 10 – August 16, 2018

JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Ride to Cure Diabetes, one of the nation’s top type 1 diabetes (T1D) cycling fundraisers, will return to Saratoga Springs Sept. 13-16. One of six Ride to Cure Diabetes events held nationwide, the event will bring together up to 700 cyclists of all ages and skill levels representing 80 JDRF chapters from around the nation and Canada, as they fundraise for JDRF, the global leader in T1D research. Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone that enables people to get energy from food. It occurs when the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas, called beta cells. While its causes are not yet entirely understood, scientists believe that both genetic factors and environmental triggers are involved. Its onset has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle. There is nothing you can do to prevent T1D, and—at present—nothing you can do to get rid of it.

“We’re thrilled to once again host this inspiring event,” said JDRF Development Director Denise Nicastro. “It brings hundreds of people together from all over the country who are connected on an intimate level because of this disease. They form new friendships, experience the unparalleled comradery of the ride community, and raise money to find a cure for T1D,” Nicastro continued. “Last year’s Spa City ride was a huge success. Participants raised $2.7 million, which made our event the nation’s top revenue-generating ride of the year! It also pumped more than $500,000 into Saratoga’s economy, which earned an award from the Saratoga Convention & Tourism Bureau,” she stated. JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Their mission is to accelerate lifechanging breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications. To accomplish this, JDRF has invested more than $2.2 billion in research funding since our inception. They are an

organization built on a grassroots model of people connecting in their local communities, collaborating regionally for efficiency and broader fundraising impact, and uniting on a national stage to pool resources, passion, and energy. JDRF collaborates with academic institutions, policymakers, and corporate and industry partners to develop and deliver a pipeline of innovative therapies to people living with T1D. Their staff and volunteers throughout the United States and their six international affiliates are dedicated to advocacy, community engagement and their vision of a world without T1D. For more information, please visit or follow them on Twitter: @JDRF There is a $2,000 fundraising minimum to take part in the ride, which begins and ends at the Saratoga Springs City Center. Riders choose an event fundraising package and set their own mileage goal (25, 60 or 100 miles). Along the way, they receive support from ride coaches and fundraising experts who help them reach and exceed their fundraising goals. During the event, participants join fellow

Photo provided. riders in lively seminars, excursions around town, award dinners and team celebrations that lead up to the main event, Ride Day. “Reaching the fundraising requirement isn’t hard,” explained Nicastro. “Participants are surprised at how quickly the money rolls in once they start contacting people. Those who complete their fundraising receive a commemorative JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes jersey. T1D riders also have the option to receive a special T1D version of the jersey instead,” she finished. Since its inception, JDRF Ride events have raised more than

$47 million for research on 70 human clinical trials of potential T1D therapies. Proceeds from the Saratoga ride will also support an array of educational programming and support groups for those suffering from the disease living in the 15 counties served by JDRF’s Northeastern New York chapter. Other 2018 Ride to Cure Diabetes sites include: La Crosse, Wis. (Aug. 9-12); Loveland, Colo (Aug. 23-26); Amelia Island, Fla. (Oct. 4-7); Death Valley, Calif. (Oct. 18-21); and, Santa Fe, NM (Nov. 1-4). To register and for more information, visit, call 518-477-2873 or email

Week of August 10 – August 16, 2018



Louise Rourke Conquers the Queen of Lakes for Polio Photo provided.

by Lori Mahan Saratoga TODAY

LAKE GEORGE — Louise Rourke, a polio survivor, and Bridget Simpson just recently swam the length of Lake George relay-style on Monday, July 30. They began their journey at 6:30 a.m. and completed their 21-hour swim at 3 a.m. “It was really a very amazing and fulfilling experience for me; it was pretty emotional at the start to see so many people there and it was such a quiet, calm, beautiful morning. The weather really cooperated for us and it was wonderful having my husband, he drove the boat, but also both my son and daughter-in-law in the boat helping,” Rourke expressed. Her son and daughter-in-law also participated as trackers, both paddling different sections of the lake and helping to get the kayakers out with their boats for their shifts. Rourke’s sister and brother-in-law also helped driving a tender boat at the southern end of the lake. The tender boats brought the kayakers out to where the women were swimming. At the northern end of the lake, her husband’s cousin and his wife were in the tender boat. “There were a lot of logistics involved with the planning and to just see it all come together and go smoothly and go really faster than I anticipated,” she said. Rourke’s most difficult part was the night time section of the swim. “You lose perspective in terms of where everything is. You don’t have that depth perception. My husband had put LED lights on the bow of our boat so that we could clearly see where the boat was,” she explained. While Rourke started the swim, doing the first six miles from the north village, Bridget did the next six miles and they alternated the entire swim.

“I would say that was the roughest part of the lake because there’s more boat traffic by that time of day. Even though it was a Monday, it was a beautiful weather day so there were boats out and about,” she explained. Once they began their swim, “I was overwhelmed as more and more people kept showing up. That was just wonderful,” Rourke commented. As the relay got to the end, it was Simpson’s turn to swim the last six miles, but Rourke decided to jump back in a quarter mile before the end, so they could finish together. “At 3 a.m. there were people there at the finish. A lot of them Rotarians. To see their white lights waving and hear the cheering and it was really something. One of the Rotarians told me they had stayed overnight in Ticonderoga so that they could be sure to be there to greet us,” she reminisced. “My whole reason for doing this swim was to raise awareness about the lingering existence of Polio in the world and the need for immunizations in general. I think a lot of young people today don’t understand what Polio is and they’ve never experienced

it so they don’t know what a devastating disease it is; they don’t understand that it could come roaring back,” Rourke said, stressing the purpose of their swim. Donations are still being

raised for Rourke’s cause through the Saratoga Rotary Club. People can donate online at www.portal.clubrunner. ca/50091/Event/swim-to-endpolio. Every dollar donated will equal three to Polio eradication.

“At the finish it was also very emotional but really almost at that point, it was amazing to imagine that we were there, and we had done it and that it was over with. It was really pretty amazing experience,” Rourke concluded.



Week of August 10 – August 16, 2018

COMMUNITY SPORTS BULLETIN YMCA Lend a Hand Farm & Horse Camp for Kids at Long Shadows Farm CAMBRIDGE — August 13-17, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., ages 6-12. Spots are still open for the budding horse lover, $80 for the week. Email or call Amy Foster at the Battenkill Branch of the YMCA. 518-587-3110, ext. 161 or

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

Double M Rodeo BALLSTON SPA — Taking place on Saturday nights, beginning at 6 p.m., the Double M Rodeo has their season until August 31. The evening will kick off with line dancing under the pavilion, hosted by Kevin Richards Entertainment. Admission is $15 for adults and children ages 5-12 are $5. The rodeo begins at 8 p.m.

Saratoga Fall Youth Field Hockey Program SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Springs Booster Club will be hosting its eighth fall season of youth field hockey beginning on Aug. 30 and ending on Sept 30. The program is open to youths in grades third through sixth. No experience needed. The program features practices working on fundamental skills and at least four play days with other area school club programs. The youth program brochure can be downloaded from the Booster Club’s website at Saratogafieldhockey1. Registration is now open, and the cost is $100 for the fall season which includes a team vest for new players. For more information please contact Jo-Anne Hostig, Saratoga head field hockey coach at

Parelli Natural Horsemanship Clinic CAMBRIDGE — With Four Star Licensed Parelli Professional Elli Pospischil, September 6-10 at Long Shadows Farm in Cambridge, NY. Attend this five-day intensive clinic to conquer obstacles that are standing in the way of having fun and achieving goals with your horse. • Build a better bond • Enhance your skills • Feel safer • Build confidence as you work as a herd of two.

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Have fun, connect with your horse or one of ours while you learn or advance with Parelli Natural Horsemanship. Contact Elli at 916-806-0595 or the clinic host Valerie Buck at 570578-6377 for prices to participate or audit, or any questions. We have Parelli trained horses for lease or bring your own horse. Contact for leasing and stabling fees.

Section II Refs Wanted SARATOGA SPRINGS — Section II is looking for those interested in becoming a women’s basketball official. Classes begin in early September and run through early November. For additional information contact Jim Perkins at

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 raquetball or 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 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 Camp Saradac offeres exciting field trips and creative recreational and educational programs for children ages 5-15. For additional information or to download forms go to

Week of August 10 – August 16, 2018



Above & Beyond Hike Dedicated to Amy Raimo

SRYMCA/Saratoga Honda Summer Youth Basketball League JUNIOR DIVISION: Saratoga Financial Services 43 – Village Photo 34 In a game that was close with five minutes left until the final buzzer, Saratoga Financial Services pulled ahead for good to get a 43 to 34 victory over Village Photo. The winners were led by Rodell Evans with 18 points and Jacob Alexander with 16 points. Jordon Cousar had 14 points while teammate Ben VanValkenburg hit for 12 points in the loss. Cudney’s Launderers 30 PJ’s BAR-B-QSA 27 This game was a defensive battle from beginning to end with Cudney’s Launderers coming out with a three-point win over PJ’s

BBQ. Nick Scalo had a team high 11 points, Stephon Lindsey, Ian O’Rourke and Bryant Savage each scored four points in the victory. Christian Mello dropped in 11 points for PJ’s. SENIOR DIVISION: Synergy Promotions 35 Saratoga PBA 34 Berkshire Hathaway Blake After trailing throughout the game, Synergy put on a lastminute push and defeated PBA by one point in one of the most exciting games of the season. Pat Deschaine scored 18 points and Carter Cigan added another five points in the one-point win. Trey Stanislowski was high scorer for PBA with 14 points

while Neil Graber got another four points. Berkshire Hathaway Blake Realtors 63 – Saratoga Springs Firefighters 22 Berkshire Hathaway Blake Realtors got out to a 20 point halftime lead and cruised to an easy 63 to 22 win over the Saratoga Firefighters. Getting five players in double figures in scoring led by Logan Bevan’s 19 points along with some timely three-pointers from Jacob Armer who wound up with 12 points matching teammate Stephen Bebee’s 12 points, Aiden Bevan and Niko VanValis each contributed 10 points. Arion Rose led his team in scoring with 14 points in the defeat.

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SARATOGA SPRINGS — On July 27, Adirondack Trust Company President and CEO Steve Von Schenk and his son Paul made an attempt at the Adirondack Great Range. The plan was to climb 10 peaks (covering 25 miles), all in one day. The purpose of their hike was to raise funds and build awareness for Saratoga Hospital's Addiction Medicine Program. After 16 hours of hiking, they completed 8 of 10 peaks (20 of 25 miles). For this one-day event, Paul von Schenk raised more than $11,500, for a grand total of over $65,000 for the Above & Beyond Challenge, sponsored by

the Adirondack Trust Company. "We also dedicated this hike lovingly to the memory of Amy Raimo, who died tragically a few weeks ago. Amy was the head of the Saratoga Hospital Foundation and was a champion of this cause and the entire Hospital. She cared deeply for the Hospital, and her absence is sorrowfully felt. In her last post to us, she said, 'Rock the Ridge, guys!!!' And we did. Rest in peace, Amy,” said Von Schenk. To learn more about the Above and Beyond Challenge, or to donate to this awesome cause, visit above-and-beyond-challenge/ e181066.

Saratoga TODAY 8.10.18  
Saratoga TODAY 8.10.18