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LOCAL • INDEPENDENT • FREE Volume 11  •  Issue 13  •  April 1 – April 7, 2016

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by Norra Reyes Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA COUNTY — Typically, when people think of economic development, they picture job creation through attraction of new businesses and industries, such as manufacturing. The new Business First Saratoga initiative is set to take a thorough look at the existing businesses that already have been supporting the local economy, and help them with their expansion efforts or help troubleshoot if they are faltering. On Tuesday, March 29, at Shmaltz Brewing Company in Clifton Park,the Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership (the Partnership), along with the Saratoga County Chamber

of Commerce (SCCC) and Chamber of Southern Saratoga County (CSSC), announced the details of their new Saratoga County business retention and expansion initiative, Business First Saratoga, the first of its kind in the Capital Region. “Business First Saratoga is designed to give us an opportunity to meet with, talk to and listen to numerous businesses throughout the county,” said Marty Vanags, president of the Partnership. “Of course you want to attract new business to the region, but you also want to spend time understanding what local businesses are going through, what issues they face, and their needs to help them grow.” The combined staff of the two chambers and the Partnership See Business pg. 12

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Nick Kondo (SUNY Albany); Danny Hobbs and Shane Barringer are headed to Siena; Brendan Coffey will be going to Sacred Heart; and Cory McArthur will be going to Division III Champ Cortland State. Two key games to mark on your calendar will be against rival Shenendehowa. The Blue Streaks play at Shen on Monday, April 18, and host them on Friday, May 13. - Arthur Gonick

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Blue Streaks Ready For Another Big Season SARATOGA SPRINGS – Meet the 2016 Saratoga Springs High School Varsity Baseball team! This Wednesday, April 6, they begin their defense of their Section 2 title, as well as an appearance in the State Class AA final. Their opening game is at East Side Rec versus Mohonasen – first pitch is at 4:15 p.m. Saratoga’s seasoned squad features eight seniors – many of who are already pledged to play on college diamonds next year. They include

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Week of April 1 – April 7, 2016

Man on the Street “If you could bring someone famous back to life, who would it be? ”

Andrew Uebelein, from Wellesley, Massachusetts “Martin Luther King Jr.”

Stan Betters, from Santa Barbara, California “Abraham Lincoln”

Giulia Cohen, from Manhattan “John Lennon”

Madeleine Elliott, from Oakland “J.R.R. Tolkien”

Duck, from Congress Park, Saratoga Springs “Quack”

Jack Bryant (left), from Albany “Albert Einstein” Steve Hutton, from Saratoga Springs “Jimi Hendrix”

Simon Klein (right), from Yonkers “Lou Reed”

Teresa Villarrubia, from Saratoga Springs “Mae West”

Miranda Rose (left), from Saratoga Springs “Alan Rickman”

Professor Bernardo Rios and Rachel Turk, from Saratoga Springs “Nelson Mandela”

Glenda Canavan (right), from Saratoga Springs “Johnny Cash” Lisa Rose, from Saratoga Springs “Robin Williams”


Week of April 1 – April 7, 2016

SSHS Grad Makes Division III All-American!

Swimmer Caroline Conboy Concludes Banner Year – In and Out of the Pool! by Arthur Gonick Saratoga TODAY GENEVA — Saratoga Springs High School graduate Caroline Conboy, now a junior at William Smith College, has been named a Division III All-American off her performances at the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships, which took place on March 18 - 20 in Greensboro, North Carolina. “I was completely surprised that I made it to the top eight finishers,” said Conboy, referring to her performance in the 100-yard breaststroke final. “My goal going in was to place in the top 16.” The eighth-place finish clinched her All-American status, and came off a preliminary in which she bested her own school and Liberty League record by over a half-second. Conboy also reached the consolation finals in the 200-yard breaststroke event, finishing sixteenth in her last event of the year. One person who was very enthusiastic, but not at all surprised by Caroline’s performance was her High School Coach, Josh Muldner. “Caroline is an all-around outstanding individual that deserves any praise or recognition that comes her way. She was our record holder, a state finalist two years in a row, our team MVP three years in a row, and our team captain as

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a senior.” Coach Muldner said. “And that extends to life out of the pool. While at Saratoga, Caroline was selected by her peers to be the Homecoming Queen and she was the Student Government President. Just a great, great, great individual!” For her part, Conboy, who is a psychology major / education minor and currently obtaining her teaching certificate, had nothing but fond memories about her high school. “Coach Muldner is the reason why I’m accomplishing so much today. He instilled in me a very positive spirit in addition to refining my technique,” she said. “I’m so proud of Saratoga Springs swimmers and divers and what they’ve been able to continue to achieve,” she added. “I’m also thankful for

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the support I have received from home. So many people reached out (after the NCAA tournament), it’s very gratifying.” She also has a William Smith teammate from home – senior CeCe Carsky-Bush – to keep her motivated. Caroline, who comes from an athletic family (brother Tom recently finished as a State champion in pole vault – See Saratoga TODAY March 11, 2016), had also played softball while a Blue Streak, but now concentrates on swimming and academics. Looking to her senior year, “I’m going to stick to my goals,” Conboy said, “I hope to make the Nationals again, while making improvements in my times. If I’m successful in doing that, the awards and recognition will take care of themselves.”



Week of April 1 – April 7, 2016

State Private Sector Job Count Reaches Record High

Crime Rates Remain Low in Saratoga Springs

ALBANY — The New York State Department of Labor has released its local area unemployment rates for February 2016 as of Thursday, March 24. The private sector job count

has reached its record high in NYS, increasing by 18,700 to 7,884,000. The Albany-Schenectady-Troy region was one of three metropolitan areas in the state to lose private sector jobs.

The unemployment rate is at the lowest that it has been since November of 2007, decreasing from 4.9 percent in January to 4.8 percent in February, falling below the national rate.

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SARATOGA SPRINGS — Crime rates are remaining exceptionally low in Saratoga Springs, according to Public Safety Commissioner Christian Mathiesen at a city council meeting on Tuesday, March 15. According to statistics from 2015, no murders or homicides have occurred in the city within the past year. Burglary is down 217 percent, robbery is down 43 percent, and larceny is down 37 percent. Crime rates

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New York State Sheriff’s Association Institute Announces Honorary Membership Drive BALLSTON SPA — Sheriff Mike Zurlo has announced that the New York State Sheriff’s Association Institute will begin its Honorary Membership drive within the next few days. The goal of the Sheriff’s institute, established in 1979, is to address concerns of the Sheriffs that are better addressed on a statewide

basis, providing programs and services unavailable on a county level. Honorary Membership dues fund a variety of programs put together by the institute. The Sheriff’s Institute funds the entirety of a summer camp for children who come from families that face economic struggle. 840 children attend the camp, located

on Keuka Lake, each summer. The Sheriff’s Institute also offers a scholarship dedicated to each of New York State’s Community College Criminal Justice programs. Those interested in becoming an Honorary Member, or finding more information on the programs should visit

Capital Region Becomes Single Upstate Metropolitan Region to see Population Growth ALBANY — The Capital Region has become the only metropolitan area in upstate New York to have experienced population growth within the past year, according to statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau released as of Thursday, March 24. This growth is due to increased

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BALLSTON SPA — A previously convicted felon from Alabama was arrested in Ballston Spa for operating a stolen truck on Thursday, March 24. Cole Vincent, 47, of Birmingham, Alabama was found to be driving the stolen vehicle during a traffic stop. Vincent fled into a wooded area when police began to question him. He was found a short while after and was arrested

and charged with Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the third degree (felony), Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the third degree, Driving without License Plates, and Consumption of Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle. During the investigation, it was found that Vincent has been previously convicted of multiple felonies in various states.

Fugitive from Justice in Missouri Found in Saratoga County MOREAU – A fugitive from and that he was likely to be justice from Missouri was found in Saratoga County. found and arrested in Moreau Police located Smith when it on Tuesday, March 22. The was discovered that he had prosecutor’s office from been operating a vehicle on Buchannan County, Missouri a suspended license. Smith contacted the Saratoga County was charged with Fugitive Sheriff ’s Office stating that from Justice (class D felony) they had a warrant for the and Aggravated Unlicensed arrest of Shane R. Smith, 37, Operation of a Motor Vehicle.

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since the 2010 census. Specifically, Saratoga County has grown to from 224,704 to 226,249. Saratoga County’s population growth is a result of international and domestic immigration. The rest of the upstate metro areas have experienced a decrease in population.

that have also decreased include rape, down by 33 percent and aggravated assault, down by three percent. The total amount of violent crimes decreased by 10 from 2014 to 2015, from 61 to 51. Crime rates have overall remained steadily low throughout the years, and are far lower than the national rates. Mathiesen credits the Saratoga Springs police department for this and thanks them for keeping the city safe.




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COURTS: Scott D. Retell, 35, of Mechanicville, pled on March 11 to the felony charge of attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree. Sentencing is scheduled for April 29. Lewis A. Blair, 32, of Ballston Spa, pled on March 14 to the felony charge of driving while ability impaired by drugs. Blair has been placed on interim probation to include Drug Treatment Court, and will be sentenced on June 15. Allyson M. McKinney, 28, of Waterford, was sentenced on March 15 to time served and 5 years probation after pleading to the felony charge of grand larceny in the third degree.

ARRESTS: Donald L. Trinci, 34, of Schenectady, was arrested on February 27 and charged with two counts of criminal mischief in the fourth degree. Jahquiaire N. Pennick, 25, of Troy, was arrested on February 28 and charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree and an equipment violation. Colin R. Murphy, 26, of Gansevoort, was arrested on February 28 and charged with driving while intoxicated, driving with a BAC more than .08 of 1%, and speeding in a posted zone. Rafel A. Aviles-Martinez, 32, of Amsterdam, was arrested on February 28 and charged with felony criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree, criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, driving while intoxicated, DWAI (combination of drugs and alcohol or drugs), one way street, improper lane use, possession of a controlled substance outside its original container and two counts of leaving the scene of an auto accident.

Rachelle J. Amaty, 24, of Troy, was arrested on February 28 and charged with driving with a BAC more than .08 of 1%, and driving while intoxicated. Brian A. Dietz, 26, of Ballston Lake, was arrested on February 28 and charged with falsely reporting an incident in the third degree. Courtney M. Woolard, 22, of Ballston Spa, was arrested on February 29 and charged with felony criminal mischief in the second degree. Kenneth W. Whitehouse, 69, of Saratoga Springs, was arrested on February 29 and charged with petit larceny. James F. Porter, 49, of Saratoga Springs, was arrested on March 6 and charged with disorderly conduct. William J. Judson, 20, of Litiz, PA, was arrested on March 11 and charged with driving while intoxicated, driving with a BAC more than .08 of 1%, and failure to signal a turn. Timothy James Brook Hahn, 20, of Gansevoort, was arrested on March 10 and charged with driving while intoxicated, driving with a BAC more than .08 of 1%, and speeding in a posted zone. Khylan L. Hunt, 29, of Ballston Spa, was arrested on March 10 and charged with criminal possession of marihuana in the fifth degree. Matthew P. Borkowski, 21, of Brewster, was arrested on March 11 and charged with possession of a controlled substance outside its original container, criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree and unlawful use of mobile phones in motor vehicle. Mitchael T. Herba, 21, of Johnstown, was arrested on March 12 and charged with driving while intoxicated, driving with a BAC more than .08 of 1%, aggravated driving while intoxicated and failure to stop at a stop sign.

William S. Dudley, 29, of Ballston Spa, was arrested on March 12 and charged with driving while intoxicated, driving with a BAC more than .08 of 1% and speeding in a posted zone. Kevin J. Jackson, 28, of Albany, was arrested on March 12 and charged with driving while intoxicated, driving with a BAC more than .08 of 1%, and speeding in a posted zone. Brendan J. Whiteside, 22, of Gansevoort, was arrested on March 12 and charged with passing a red traffic signal light and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree. Benjamin B. Gutierrez, of Saratoga Springs, arrested on March 13 charged with unlawful session of marihuana.

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Demetrius L. Abdur-Rahman, 26, of Saratoga Springs, was arrested on March 13 and charged with aggravated

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March 14 and charged with felony criminal mischief in the third degree.

Michael J. Eagan, 42, of Saratoga Springs, was arrested on March 14 and charged with failure to signal a turn, refusing a pre-screen test, driving while intoxicated, driving with a BAC more than .08 of 1% and aggravated driving while intoxicated.

Elijah M. Hollingsworth, 27, of Ballston Spa, was arrested on March 14 and charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the third degree and a right of way violation (left turn).

John W. Stanley, 31, of Saratoga Springs, was arrested on March 14 and charged with two counts of criminal mischief in the fourth degree. Sophia Cooper, 33, of Saratoga Springs, was arrested on

Clarissa A. Rock, 26, of South Glens Falls, was arrested on March 15 and charged with failure to signal a turn, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the second degree (refused chemical test), driving while intoxicated and driving with a BAC more than .08 of 1%.



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Ann K. (Plasay) Ruggeri

Barbara S. Coffinger

Carole Anderson Dixon

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Ann K. (Plasay) Ruggeri of George Street passed away Saturday evening, March 26, 2016 at Wesley Health Care Center. She was 86. Born on Feb. 25, 1930 in Petoria, PA, she was the daughter of the late Mark John and Mary (Sovich) Plasay, Sr., and was a graduate of St. Peter’s Academy in Saratoga Springs. A graduate of St. Mary’s Hospital School of Nursing in Amsterdam, she was employed there for several years. While working in the hospitals’ emergency room, she first met her husband to be, Frank Ruggeri, while he was being treated for an injury. They were married on April 18, 1960 and would have celebrated their 56th anniversary next month. She was a devout member and communicant of St. Clement’s Roman Catholic Church her entire life and was conferred a Redemptorist Oblate in 1997. Some of her many varied interests include shopping, quilting, sewing and flower gardening Ann served for many years as a registered nurse and supervisor for the Redemptorist religious community at their former St. John Neumann Residence on Lake Avenue, adjacent to St. Clement’s. Her tireless dedication, commitment and care to the Catholic priests, brothers, confrers, staff, associates and their families for over 30 years will long be remembered. Survivors include her husband, Frank C. Ruggeri; her children, Mary R. (husband Robert) Offenburg of Durham, NC, Frank A. (wife Toni) Ruggeri of Cuyler, NY and Grace E. (husband Brian) Spicer of Fremont, OH; 12 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Ann is predeceased by one daughter, Ann McLaughlin and a grandson, Nicholas R. Lehrer. Relatives and friends gathered to remember her on Thursday, March 31, 2016 at the William J Burke & Sons/Bussing and Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway in Saratoga Springs. . A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Thursday in St. Clement’s Church, 231 Lake Ave, in Saratoga Springs; burial was held in the family plot at St. Peters Cemetery, West Ave. in Saratoga Springs. Memorials may be made in her name to the Alzheimer’s Association, Pine West Plaza, Bldg. 4 Suite 405, Washington Ave. Ext., Albany, NY 12205 or the American Cancer Society, 1 Penny Lane, Latham, NY 12110. Online remembrance may be made at

GREENWICH — Barbara S. Coffinger, 73, a resident of Pulp Mill Rd., passed away at home Saturday, March 26, 2016 surrounded by her family. Born August 26, 1942 in Cooperstown, NY she was the daughter of the late Norman and Evelyn Short Holcomb. Barbara (known to many as “Baba”) was a graduate of Greene Central School and attended Broome County Community College. She had been employed by New York Telephone, AT&T and Schuylerville Central School for many years. She was a member of the Saratoga County Seniors Group and the Bacon Hill Reformed Church. Barbara enjoyed crafting, rubber stamping, crocheting, Swedish weaving, shopping and most of all family and friend gatherings. Survivors include her husband of 52 years, John G. Coffinger of Greenwich; her children, Carolyn (Brook) Bean of Greenwich, Melissa (Douglas) Germain of Greenwich, Diana (Derek) Martindale of Schuylerville, and John J. (Tatiana) Coffinger of Greenwich; grandchildren, Matthew (Erica) Goodling, Glenda Bean, Kayla (Chris McNall) Germain, Bradley (Amanda) Germain, Justin (Jacqueline) Martindale, Chase (Rachel) Martindale, Lucas (Eryca) Martindale, Nicholas Coffinger, Alexandra Coffinger; great grandchildren, Carter and Isabella Goodling, Brooklyn Farrell, Brady McNall and Melanie Germain; her sister, Gail (David) Kellogg of Bayhead, NJ, and several nieces and nephews and lots of extended family. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 2, 2016 at the Bacon Hill Reformed Church, 560 Route 32N, Schuylerville, with Rev. Janet Vincent, officiating. There are no calling hours. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. Memorials can be made in her memory to the Bacon Hill Reformed Church, Community Hospice, 179 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866, or the ALS Regional Center, 19 Warehouse Row., Albany, NY 12205. Arrangements are under the direction of Flynn Bros. Inc. Funeral Home, 13 Gates Ave., Schuylerville, NY 12871. Online remembrances can be made at

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Carole Anderson Dixon of Saratoga Springs passed away peacefully in her home on Tuesday March 22, 2016 at the age of 71. Carole was born on May 19 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In 1960 Carole married Brian Truman Dixon. Together they had four children, Paul, Lisa, Michelle, and Chris. She volunteered in the Saratoga Hospital Emergency Room and dedicated herself to helping others. Carole loved reading, movies, craft fairs and cooking holiday meals for her family. She also loved her cats and will be greatly missed by all that knew her. She is survived by her children Paul Dixon and Lisa Loeffler, both of Saratoga Springs and Christopher Dixon of Philadelphia. Carole also had eight grandchildren: Sean, Josh, Adam, Alexander, Dylan, Nicholas, Mia and Noah and her two brothers William and Glen Purvis in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Carole was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Brian and their infant daughter Michelle. Donations can be made in Carole’s name to Huntington’s Disease Society of America. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Tunison Funeral Home, 105 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Online remembrances may be made at

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Elizabeth (Spine) Favat SARATOGA SPRINGS — After an eight-year battle with multiple cancers, Elizabeth (Spine) Favat was peacefully lifted into the arms of her Heavenly Father on March 23, 2016 at Saratoga Hospital. Elizabeth was born in Frankfort, NY on December 28, 1948 to Brunhilde and Albert Spine. She was an energetic, loving child who was educated in Frankfort-Schuyler schools, participating in basketball, field hockey, and cheerleading. After graduation, she attended Orange County Community College, earning a degree and certification in Medical technology. Her employment included Herkimer Hospital and Brookhaven Memorial Hospital where her son Joseph was born. In Saratoga, Liz was a teacher’s assistant in the Behavior Management and Alternative School programs. She truly loved her teachers and students who knew her heart and devotion to them. In addition to cousins and friends, Elizabeth leaves behind her devoted husband Joseph and loving son, Joseph, Jr. As husband and wife, the couple lived their wedding vows made nearly forty-five years ago. Everyone knew they were inseparable, sharing their love of education, sports, gardening, and music each day. Liz’s sister Margaret, brother-in-law Wayne Maser, niece Kristy, father-in-law Angelo Long, and sister-in-law Matti Taylor will certainly miss her wit and family devotion. Liz is predeceased by her parents and her beloved Uncle Mike Spine, as well as aunts, uncles, and cousins of the Favat, Spine, Iocovozzi, and DellaPosta families. She loved listening to and telling family stories, especially those regarding her parents’ three weddings. Her mother Brunhilde inspired her in so many ways.  Elizabeth and her family are incredibly thankful for the compassion and professionalism shown by Doctors DelGiacco, Valentine, Starnes, Brennan, and Timmins. Each stood by her side, never failing to give professional advice and a hug. The nurses and technicians of NYOH, Saratoga and Saint Peter’s Hospitals became family.

Week of April 1 – April 7, 2016 There were no public calling hours. Relatives and friends attended a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at St. Mary’s Church, Milton Ave., Ballston Spa by the Rev. Thomas Kelly. Burial followed in the family plot at Greenridge Cemetery, Lincoln Ave., Saratoga Springs. A service in Frankfort, NY at Our Lady Queen of Apostles will take place at a later date. Joseph wishes family and friends to make donations in Liz’s memory to Saratoga County Animal Shelter, 6010 County Farm Rd., Ballston Spa, NY 12020. Online remembrances may be made at

Gloria B. Blair SARATOGA SPRINGS — Gloria B. Blair died peacefully on Saturday, March 19, 2016 surrounded by the love of her family. She was 87. Born in Philadelphia, PA on January 20, 1929 to Anna Heaton and Alexander Rudi Blechschmidt, Gloria attended Little Flower Catholic High School for Girls where she excelled in both scholastics as well as athletics. After graduation, Gloria attended West Chester State College. On May 28, 1949, she married Walter R Blair, a WWII veteran and college athlete at West Chester. After Walter’s graduation, they followed Walt’s teaching and coaching career and moved to Philadelphia, then Chambersburg, PA, and finally in 1955, they settled in Bloomsburg, PA where Walter taught and coached football and baseball at the college. In 1966 the family relocated to West Chester, PA where Walter taught and coached at West Chester University. During that time, Gloria completed her college degree and graduated in 1975 Kappa Delta Pi (National Honor Fraternity) earning a Bachelor of Science Degree with a minor in art. Following her love of the arts, she volunteered as one of the first docents at the Brandywine River Museum and taught art at Chadd’s Ford Elementary School in Chadds Ford, PA. From 1989-1996 she served as the Executive Director of the Chester County Art Association, a not-for-profit association founded by the Brandywine River artist, NC Wyeth. Overseeing art classes, vetting art shows and helping local artists make their mark was where she hit her professional stride. A few years after their retirements, Walter and Gloria moved to Saratoga Springs and their happy new home at Prestwick Chase. Gloria immediately became involved with the Editorial Board of THE CHASE, serving tirelessly for 10 years. She leaves behind her beloved husband of 67 years, Walter R Blair, and five daughters, Debra Blair deBart of New York, NY, Donna Blair Adams of West Chester. PA, Justine Blair Carroll of Saratoga Springs, Janet Blair Franco of Saratoga Springs, and Allison L. Blair of Santa Fe, NM, as well as seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, three sons-in law and her sister Justine V. Deveney of Hatboro, PA. Relatives and friends may call from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, April 1, 2016 at the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway in Saratoga Springs. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. at St. Clement’s Church, 231 Lake Ave. in Saratoga Springs; burial will follow at 1 p.m. at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Rd. in Schuylerville. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent in Gloria’s name to: The CHESTER COUNTY ART ASSOCIATION, 100 North Bradford Ave., West Chester, PA 19382 or online at Online remembrances may be made at

OBITUARIES 7 Janice Marie Lynch Hannon

Jean E. Stamm

TUCSON, AZ — Janice Marie Lynch Hannon passed on peacefully on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016 in Tucson, AZ. Jan was born in Saratoga Springs on April 24, 1940, the daughter of the late Eugene P. Lynch and Inez Betts Lynch. She graduated from St. Peter’s Academy (now Saratoga Central Catholic School) in 1958 and was awarded her degree as a Registered Nurse from St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing (now St. Joseph’s College of Nursing) in Syracuse in 1961. She began her nursing career in Miami, Florida, and upon returning to Saratoga Springs, met and married Thomas Hannon. They moved with their son Thomas Patrick to St. Thomas, VI. Jan subsequently moved to Denmark and ultimately Tucson, AZ where she happily resided for the last 43 years. Jan worked as a registered nurse in Tucson in a variety of capacities, ultimately finding her home in Quality Assurance management and Credentialing Reviews. Jan was an avid reader, particularly of history. This interest, combined with her love of the Southwest and Native American culture, led her to obtain a B.A. in History and Anthropology from the University of Arizona, Tucson, in 1980. Jan was a humanitarian and human rights activist, participating in actions in Tucson as well as Chiapas State, Mexico. She traveled to Cuba with Pastors for Peace to deliver aid in the form of medical and other supplies when it was illegal to do so. Until the day she got sick, her caring nature manifested itself in her work with Our Family Services Senior Companion Program, volunteering her time to provide company and assistance to seniors in need. Jan is survived by her son, Thomas Patrick Hannon (Teresa) of Staunton, VA, and siblings Colleen Lynch of Dundas, Ontario, Canada; Eugene P. Lynch (Karen) of West Hartford, CT and Margaret (Peg) Lynch of Saratoga Springs. She is also survived by her two grandchildren Thomas and Levi Hannon, and her nephews and niece Ralph Pastore, John Pastore, Kevin Lynch and Tracy Lynch, as well as several cousins. Graveside funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 9, 2016 at the family plot in St. Peter’s Cemetery in Saratoga Springs. Jan was cared for and allowed to be her own unique self for the past three years by the staff of Avalon Health Care Southwest - B1 unit in Tucson, AZ, and for that, her family sends profoundest thanks. Agape Hospice and Palliative Care of Tucson provided loving support to both Jan and her family at every step of Jan’s final earthbound journey. No words can express our gratitude. Every member of Jan’s team was there for any and all circumstances. You will never be forgotten. Please consider a donation in Jan’s memory to Agape Hospice at 2980 N. Swan Road, Ste. 222, Tucson, AZ 85712. ( Arrangements are under the direction of the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes of 628 North Broadway in Saratoga Springs. Online remembrances may be made at www.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Jean E. Stamm, beloved wife of Jay Portnoy, died unexpectedly at home on Tuesday March 22, 2016. Born in New York City on February 5, 1942, Jean grew up in Queens, NY. Always interested in learning, she took pride in her graduation from The Mary Louis Academy in Jamaica Estates as well as her graduation from Queens College and the Library School at SUNY Albany. Jean moved to Greenfield Center in 1970 and a few years later married Jay Portnoy. For over 30 years she worked at the Saratoga Springs Public Library, rising to the position of Assistant Director of the library and also supervising the Saratoga History Room. Her passion for the library was evident in her work on the passing of the library bond issue and serving as the library liaison to the construction of the current library building. Jean loved researching Saratoga Springs history, attending the Saratoga Racetrack and traveling. Her favorite destination was Hot Springs, AK. She once wrote an article comparing Saratoga Springs to Hot Springs, AK for which she received a letter of gratitude from then governor Bill Clinton. Besides her husband of 43 years, Jean is survived by son Gregory Limongi and his wife Heidi of Orlando, FL; two brothers, William Stamm and his wife Emily; Peter Stamm and his wife Maureen; two grandchildren Meghan Mainelli and Nicholas Limongi and one great- granddaughter Dakota Mainelli. There were no calling hours. Funeral services were conducted on Friday, March 25, 2016 at the William J. Burke Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs. Burial followed in Greenridge Cemetery, Lincoln Ave. in Saratoga Springs. Donations may be made to the Friends of the Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry St., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 Online remembrance may be made at



Shirley M. Hoodack

Jennifer Gutchell

SARATOGA SPRINGS – Shirley M. Hoodack, 91, of Embury Apartments entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at Saratoga Hospital. Born in Stillwater on August 14, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Daniel and Nellie (Hall) Carey. Shirley was employed by the D&H Railroad in Colonie for 37 years, and retired in 1982. After retirement Shirley and her husband spent many years together at their home in Florida, and traveling. Shirley’s greatest joy was to spend time with the ones she loved, and creating memories that would last a lifetime. Her love of life and family was imparted to all who came in contact with her. She had a very generous heart, and loved to do and give to others. Shirley is predeceased by her loving husband Paul E. Hoodack, her brother Edward Carey, her sister Lorraine (Paul) Martinovich, and her sister Helen (Bill) Loomis. She was the beloved Mother of Ilah (Gerald) Oliver of Cohoes, Kathy (Kevin) Malo of Clifton Park, Daniel MacMillan (Pam Brown) of Mechanicville, and Donald MacMillan Jr. of Victory Mills. Shirley is also survived by 11 grandchildren, 20 great- grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Shirley was a woman of great strength, wisdom, and love. She has left a great legacy to her family. Her presence will be missed by all who called her Mom, Grandma, Gigi, Sister, Sister-In-Law, Aunt, and Friend. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 7,2016 at Old Saratoga Reformed Church, 48 Pearl St. in Schuylerville. In lieu of flowers, remembrances in Shirley’s memory may be made to St. Joseph’s Provincial House, 385 Watervliet Shaker Rd., Latham, NY 12110 or Old Saratoga Reformed Church, 48 Pearl St., Schuylerville, NY 12871. Arrangements are under the direction of Flynn Bros. Inc. Funeral Home, 13 Gates Ave., Schuylerville, NY 12871. Online remembrances can be made at

SCHENECTADY — Surrounded by her family and friends, Jennifer Gutchell died peacefully at Ellis Hospital on Sunday, March 27, 2016, from complications of pneumonia. Jennifer was born in Albany in 1967. She was a graduate of Saratoga Springs High School, Hartwick College, and SUNY Albany. She was a Social Worker at the Albany Stratton VA Medical Center in the Home and Community Based Primary Care Program. She valued her work there with the veterans she served, whom she held in fond esteem and high regard. Jennifer is survived by a bountiful circle of family, friends and colleagues. She touched the lives of many people. We will timelessly remember her beauty, generosity, love, humor, strength and wisdom. She embodied justice and advocacy. She gave many kindnesses to her world. Relatives and friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 1, 2016 at the William J. Burke & Sons Funeral Home Annex, located at 624 North Broadway at the corner of Rock Street with on-site parking available. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 2, 2016 at St. Clement’s Church, 231 Lake Ave. in Saratoga Springs; Burial will follow at Maplewood Cemetery, located at the corner of Weibel Avenue and Loudon Road in Saratoga Springs. Online remembrances may be made at

Honoring Vietnam Veterans SARATOGA SPRINGS — To observe Vietnam Veterans Day as part of the 50th anniversary, the Saratoga Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution held a memorial service in Congress Park, remembering the sacrifice of more than 58,000 Americans who laid down their lives in service to our nation. On March 29, 1973, the last of our troops left Vietnam. Unfortunately, many of these men and women came home to be shunned or neglected after serving courageously for our nation. The 11 years of combat left their imprint on a generation of Americans. We, the Saratoga DAR members, wanted to pay tribute to the fallen, the missing, the wounded, the millions who served, and the millions more who waited for their return.

Week of April 1 – April 7, 2016

The Death of a Renaissance Man David Hugh Porter (1935–2016)

David Hugh Porter passed away after an accidental fall during a walk on March 26, 2016. He is survived by his wife, Helen Porter, her daughter Cathrin Lawton, his children David, Everett, Helen, and Hugh, their spouses and children, and an extended family. David Porter was born on October 29, 1935, in New York, NY. He was the only child of Hugh B. Porter, a well-known organist and president of Union Theological Seminary’s School of Music, and Ethel K. Flentye, teacher and pianist. He graduated high school from Collegiate School, received his B.A. from Swarthmore College in 1958, and his Ph.D. in classics in 1962 from Princeton University. He married Laudie Ernestine Dimmette in 1958, and in 1962 they moved to Minnesota, where David taught classics and music and they raised four children. He served as Carleton College’s president from 1986 to 1987. After Laudie’s untimely passing in 1987, he married Helen Luebke Nelson, who brought her daughter, Cathrin, to the family. Helen and David moved to Saratoga Springs where David assumed the presidency of Skidmore College. After leaving this appointment in 1999, he taught at Williams College, Indiana University, and Skidmore. In the last two decades, he launched a new line of study as he collected, read and wrote about Willa Cather. Throughout his life, he remained an active musician, performing on the harpsichord and piano, with a particular dedication to the work of Charles Ives, John Cage and George Crumb. He received many recognitions for his contributions, including honorary degrees from Skidmore in 1998 and Carleton in 2011. He published widely, including a book on Horace’s odes and another on Greek tragedies, an edition of pianist Eduard Steuermann’s writings, a collection of essays about Carleton, three books about the Hogarth Press, two major books on Willa Cather, and very recently a significant essay for the historical edition of Cather’s Lucy Gayheart. He also co-authored with his wife, Helen, a book on Skidmore College founder Lucy Skidmore Scribner. Whether teaching, administering or writing, he welcomed students in all parts of his life, and he marveled at their diverse talents and new perspectives. This love of people and learning carried over to his family life, where lively dinner-table debates and word play were enjoyed and, indeed, expected. A common description for David Porter was renaissance man. In addition to his professional work, he played baseball, scaled the White Mountains’ 4,000-footers and served on multiple boards. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, April 8, in Arthur Zankel Music Center at Skidmore College, 815 North Broadway in Saratoga Springs. For those wishing to send remembrances, the family suggests contributions in David’s memory be made to Carleton College’s Laudie Porter Memorial Fund, Skidmore College’s David and Helen Porter Scholarship Fund or another charity of their choosing. Memories can be shared online at In loving memory, The Porter Family March 2016


Week of April 1 – April 7, 2016


Interactive Map Pins 50+ Nearby Parks & Rec Spots by Eli King Saratoga TODAY Continued from front page.

SARATOGA COUNTY — An interactive Google Map of Saratoga County parks and recreation has emerged online, enabling outdoor enthusiasts to both navigate, and help create, a collaborative tool for finding parks, trails and beaches in what has been designated New York’s healthiest county for 2016. With 55 points of interest and growing, the map was created by local real estate agency, Roohan

Realty, to share on their blog and social media networks. In light of Saratoga County’s win in the University of Wisconsin’s 2016 County Health Rankings for New York and the ongoing #healthysaratoga movement started by the Chamber of Commerce, the company wanted to showcase all the diverse activities this area has to offer at a glance, with links to useful things like trail maps and park hours. “We were surprised by the number of options there are for outdoor recreation right here in Saratoga County,” said Roohan

Realty’s Broker/Owner, Tom Roohan. “We wanted to make sure that information was available to people who live here and also to people who are planning on visiting or even relocating to our area.” Using Google allows users to view the map on any device and quickly access turn-by-turn navigation on their phones for directions. Google Maps supports an estimated one billion users worldwide. While most playgrounds and parks are immediately recognized by Google, lesser known locations like trailheads and swimming

Spread the Word: 2nd Annual Kitten Shower On Saturday, April 9, the Friends of the Saratoga County Animal Shelter will be hosting the shelter’s Second Annual Kitten Shower. The event is used to gather much-needed supplies to support families who foster kittens throughout a very lengthy “Kitten Season.” Last year, donations were collected to care for the influx of over 300 cats and kittens that were surrendered to the shelter during the Spring and Summer months. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Shelter located at 6010 County Farm Road in Ballston Spa. For a list of the items most needed for kitten season, please visit the shelter’s website Every donation dollar made to the Friends goes directly to support of shelter animals. The Saratoga County Animal Shelter is one of the largest and busiest animal shelters in the region. Located in a large and modern facility

near the Sheriff’s Office and County Jail in Ballston Spa, its principal mission is to provide residents of Saratoga County with a facility for the surrender and adoption of animals. The shelter also houses a spay and neuter surgical area and a full-service mobile adoption trailer for offsite adoption events. Friends of the Saratoga County Animal Shelter (FSCAS) is a nonprofit volunteer organization established in 2007 to help the shelter and

the animals it serves. As the fundraising arm of the shelter, FSCAS hosts benefits for the lost or abandoned animals that need temporary housing and care. Please visit us at to learn more about our organization or make a donation. Providing a loving and forever home for a Shelter animal in need will change their lives forever. Jane Sanzen Saratoga Springs

holes were plotted manually using nearby address and longitude/ latitude coordinates to help users along their way, especially in more rural areas. People can explore the map itself or see a list of its points broken down by town on the company’s website. Whether you’re looking for something quick and convenient or off the beaten path, there are options for everyone. Michelle Mebert, one of the Roohan’s REALTORs, added several of her own photos of Geyser Creek Trail, saying, “You walk along the creek and pass the spouter and this other

really cool formation from the minerals. The path ends below the overpass to get into SPAC…it’s probably my favorite park area in town!” Other comments include tips for pet owners, parking information, and hints about dressing for the terrain. The public is invited to contribute to this community resource by suggesting new places or submitting tips and photos to Find the map at parks or on Roohan Realty’s Facebook page.

Do We Want Another Garage? We are at a crossroad, at the 11th hour, in our beautiful city’s history. Will we, the citizens of Saratoga Springs, allow our elected City Council officials to vote 3 to 2, in favor of a gigantic, architecturally unaesthetic, stand alone garage, to be built behind the City Center (CC), occupying the most valuable and undeveloped parcel of real estate owned by the city? The obvious answer is NO. This proposed garage will use up two-thirds of this land – from Maple Avenue to High Rock Avenue, with entrance and exit ramps – leaving a tiny piece of land that will not be useable for anything. News alert!! There is an alternative. A well -designed, multi-use project, featuring residential and commercial uses, shopping, restaurants, open green spaces with places to sit, eat, read, while also serving the CC and other parking needs, is also on the table.

The City Council issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) last summer, 2015. Two designs were received. However, three City Council members – Madigan, Mathiesen and Scirocco – have blocked this alternative project, and pushed their agenda while the two firms have worked diligently to offer their “vision for our future” designs. With their block of votes, they have the ability to erase – for future generations – a vibrant, alive, financially profitable section of our city. If the stand-alone garage is voted through – as the votes currently stand – it will be like “Crossing the Rubicon.” Please attend the City Council Public Hearing, on April 5 and join in saying NO to this stand alone Garage! Amy C. DeLuca Saratoga Springs



Week of April 1 – April 7, 2016

Autism Expo and Art Exhibit: A Superb Resource for those on the Spectrum by Rebecca Davis Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — The fifth annual Autism Expo and Art Exhibit will take place at the Saratoga Springs City Center on Sunday, April 10. Presented by Saratoga Bridges, this free expo will feature fun family activities as well as over 70 vendors, ranging from recreational activities, camps, therapeutic programs, education opportunities and more. “It started five years ago when several parents who have children on the autism spectrum had this dream of wanting to do an expo that gathers providers and programs in one place,” said Patty Paduano, Director of Family Support Services at Saratoga Bridges. Saratoga Bridges then connected with Skidmore College to make that dream a reality. Rachel Mann Ph.D., a psychology professor at Skidmore College that teaches classes on developmental disabilities, helped to initiate the Autism Expo and now, has her students helping at the event. While the first two expos took place at Skidmore College, the expo was eventually moved to

the City Center because of space. “That first year, we had no idea how many people would be there. Parking was crazy. We thought, ‘I think we’ve hit on something here,” said Paduano, who noted that last year nearly 700 people attended the event, with even more expected this year. A unique aspect of the Autism Expo is the art exhibit portion of the event. Adults and children on the autism spectrum have created over 70 pieces of art that will be on display. The exhibit includes all mediums of artwork, from sculptures to paintings and drawings. “Our individuals do wonderful things out in the community, and art is one of the areas we really wanted to celebrate,” said Paduano. January Slater, a local mom and artist, became involved in the Autism Expo through her own non-profit, Creative Kidz Café. This organization provides creative outlets for children both with and without autism through art, cooking, crafts, music, and movement, all in a safe, accepting environment. “It’s all creative based, there is no true structure. It’s there for the

children’s own self-expression and it gives them the space for that.” said Slater, who has partnered with Saratoga Bridges to host some of her Creative Kidz Café classes. “I love working with Saratoga Bridges because we have the same vision and mindset, and that is whatever is good for the families and the kids. For me, the art exhibit at the expo shows how the people that are involved in it really understand the importance of expression – it’s a way for them to communicate in a completely different way that is perhaps more natural for them.” Slater knows from a first-hand perspective how important expression and creativity is for those with autism: her nine-year old son Jackson is also on the spectrum. “I feel like there has been a lot of negative thoughts on the word ‘autism,’ said Slater. “People fear that word. For me, it’s about diminishing that fear and creating more of a loving and accepting world for these kids, because there are so many of them.” Often, when parents find out their child has an autism spectrum disorder, they are confused, scared, and just want answers. January Slater painting with her son Jackson. Jackson, who is on the autism spectrum, uses art to express himself. Jackson’s artwork, as well as 70 other art pieces, will be on display at the expo. Photo provided.

“Our community has to be able to embrace every family and we also want to provide families a place to turn to. That’s what is so great about the expo,” said Paduano. “Many parents feel lost, like they don’t know where to start after getting that diagnosis. The expo is a place where you can meet other parents, pick up brochures, and talk to professionals. It’s a place where families can come and get information without having to figure it out all on their own.” While there will be a multitude of activities and vendors for children on the spectrum at the expo, the Autism Expo is an excellent source for adults with autism as well. “There are a lot of adults on the spectrum, and once you’re getting adult services, it can be challenging,” added Paduano. This year, the expo has added two workshops aimed at adults living with autism: “Managing Stress” and “Getting and Keeping a Job.” There will also be colleges set up, including Adirondack Community College and Sage College, to provide information about their academic programs.

For children and their families, the Autism Expo will feature engaging activities from Spotted Zebra Learning Center, a bouncy house, and crafts, such as sand art, spin art and face painting, presented by Skidmore students. Vendors will be set up around the perimeter of the expo, with the family activities in the center, allowing parents to visit the vendors at their leisure while ensuring that their children are safe. “As a parent, you strive for your child with autism to be part of a community that wants them there and makes them feel welcome,” concluded Slater. “To actually be in a community that has that understanding and has that compassion is something I am truly grateful for.” The Autism Expo and Art Exhibit will take place from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 10 at the Saratoga Springs City Center, located at 522 Broadway. The expo is free and everyone is welcome to attend. For more information about the expo, or if you are interested in being a volunteer, visit


Week of April 1 – April 7, 2016

25 Years of Hope from Homelessness: Shelters of Saratoga Celebrates Anniversary by Rebecca Davis Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — This year, Shelters of Saratoga (SOS) is celebrating 25 years of helping the homeless take back their lives and get back on their feet. On Thursday, April 7, the anniversary will be officially commemorated at SOS’s Brighter Days Gala at Longfellows, where the “Help, Hope, Humanity” award will be presented to members of the community that have contributed to SOS’s success and progress over the years. One of the awardees is former mayor Ken Klotz, who has been involved with SOS since almost the very beginning. Klotz has a unique prospective on the 25 year anniversary of SOS – his involvement in the growth of the organization for over two decades makes him the ideal witness to SOS’s development and achievements. “What has been really remarkable for me is to see how the services of the shelter have expanded to meet the needs of the community,” said Klotz, who started working with SOS as a member of their board in the early 90’s. “It was small scale in the beginning. Now, if you go to the gala, it fills Longfellows. The community acceptance and support of it is just really striking to me when I look back over the years.” SOS began at St. Clements Church in January 1992 with just six beds after members of the community and the church decided they had the power to help those who live on the streets. Later that year, SOS moved to a trailer home on East Beekman Street, which had eight available beds. “I volunteered for overnights there at that point,” said Klotz in regards to the location on East Beekman. “It was an interesting experience. It was a small space, and when it was filled it was claustrophobic.” Klotz continued helping SOS as a volunteer and in 1995 was able to help even more

7, along with Mark Bertrand, founder of The Giving Circle, and Vincent, Patty, Ronald and Michele Riggi for their philanthropy toward SOS. Tickets to the gala are $100 and proceeds will

A street view of Shelter of Saratoga’s location at 14 Walworth Street. Photo provided.

after getting elected to the city council. In 1997, when SOS did not finish constructing their building at 14 Walworth Street on time, the grant they were supposed to receive from the state was in danger of being pulled. Since it was being built on a city lot, Klotz stepped in, and through the city council and fellow colleagues, was able to steer the grant through. “I was in a position to do something about it,” he said. Furthermore, Klotz used his position as mayor from 2000 to 2003 as a platform for raising awareness to homelessness. “You have an audience because people are always asking your opinion when you represent the city, so you can bring attention to issues you think are important,” he said. “I want people to know that street life is not attractive. These are not people that want to live miserable lives.” After serving his two terms as mayor, Klotz was approached by SOS once again in 2006 to be a part of an advisory committee that was focusing on development and fundraising. He has now been on the committee for eight years. In the last 25 years, SOS has grown and expanded its services exponentially. Starting at just six beds at St. Clements, SOS’s shelters can now house up to 35 men and women at once. SOS has expanded its outreach to local motels and

the streets, as well as providing adult and youth drop-in centers for hot meals and showers. Code Blue, which began in 2013, offers shelter for homeless individuals during harsh weather conditions. SOS uses the term “continuum of care” as part of their mission – in other words, not only providing short-term help, but also long-term support for finding housing, jobs and education. “I think Saratoga Springs, for a small city, has handled this difficult problem as well as you could imagine a city responding,” said Klotz. “We have really good leadership, members of the community that step up and an enormous number of volunteers. These are the people that are really putting in the work and hours because they don’t think this should be a place where people die on the streets. To me, that says volumes about our community and what a wonderful community it is to live in.” When asked how he felt about getting the “Help, Hope, Humanity” award, Klotz responded: “I really was floored by it because there are probably 300 people more deserving than I am. I just know how dependent the shelter is on the committed volunteer efforts so many people in the community give to it. I’m just a volunteer like anybody else.” Klotz will be honored at the Brighter Days Gala on April

benefit the over 1,000 men and women SOS helps each year. For more information about Shelters of Saratoga, and to make reservations for the Brighter Days Gala, visit



Week of April 1 – April 7, 2016

Business First Saratoga Launches

New Initiative Focuses on Existing Business Retention and Expansion Continued from front page.

hope to visit and interview as many as 300 businesses in the county in the first 12 months. They have created a common database to enter and share information of each visit among the Business First Saratoga partners. This combined database will help the initiative identify any county-wide trends, as well as help individual businesses with singular problems. “There are many programs in our economic development toolbox that local businesses may qualify for,” said Vanags. “And we can weigh their issues and offer suggestions, such as whether they have considered exporting, and then help them with the resources to do that. Another example – I had visited a plastic parts company and heard they were having trouble getting entry level plastic machinists. Tool and dye manufacturing have programs for entry level staff, but plastics didn’t. So we went out and talked to a local community college and they developed a curriculum, worked with a local company for hands-on experience, and then ten companies hired two people each and started a training program. It solved a problem for ten companies. There’s much that can be done for local businesses by simply knocking on their door and asking.” Raj Ghoshal, vice president of Polyset, appreciates the effort of this initiative to help with expansion. “We share the challenges of workforce development and global markets,” he said. “Saratoga County is home for us; we have very deep roots here. As our business continues to expand, we certainly want to focus first on expanding here in Saratoga County to help us serve the entire world.” According to Todd Shimkus, president of the 2,300 member Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce, to win in economic development

these days, you must first win by helping existing local employers. “Our Chamber’s Board of Directors voted unanimously to approve our participation in the Business First Saratoga initiative because we believe in pulling out all of the stops to help local employers to succeed, grow and thrive,” said Shimkus. “We believe working together with our partners in this venture and other organizations that might join us in the future will help us to open more doors and to close more deals creating more jobs and investment in Saratoga County.” The Partnership and chambers began with a small pilot program before launching the Business First Saratoga initiative, and are already helping one of the companies out as a result of the initial pilot outreach. P e t e Bardunias, president and CEO of the Chamber of Southern Saratoga County, said that “the southern part of our County will be well served by this initiative. Our business needs are often unique, and we need to fully understand the complex dynamic that makes our area a leading force in Marine, Manufacturing, Agriculture, and Transportation, among other important industries. Our geographic location straddling various supply chain routes, plus our proximity to urban centers which have given rise to a strong service sector, has helped fuel our chamber’s rise to 3rd largest in the Capital Region, and positions us well to be an effective partner in the effort to help local companies thrive, expand and prosper.” Some areas that this program can assist businesses with are workforce development, financing, international markets access, government regulations, resources for small businesses, and utilities. “This is exactly the type of initiative I expect and welcome

from my economic development organization,” said Tony Panza of Panza’s Restaurant. “Saratoga County business leaders face unique challenges and I appreciate that someone is taking the time to care and feed those of us who have already invested here. I look forward to working with the Partnership and encourage my peers to take the time to participate in Business First Saratoga.” Vanags has been dedicated to this idea since he began last year at the Partnership, and it is one of the Partnership’s four Saratoga Strategy objectives. “By the time a company is closing, it’s too late for an economic developer to do something because the events leading up to it happened long ago. Imagine if we could see red flags early on for companies on the verge of moving away or closing. Imagine being able to help identify their trouble in finding new markets or customers, or looking for things they have interest in, such as workforce development or supply chain issues. Along with the chambers, we’ll interview them once a year or so, have sector meetings, and offer information pieces and special reports. There is much we can do to help existing businesses.” “While my business enables me to travel all over the globe for clients, I’m proud

Marty Vanags, president of the Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership

to say our headquarters is right here in Saratoga County,” said Nathalie Whitton, president of Site Solutions Worldwide. “Business First Saratoga is a proof point that the Partnership and our chambers understand that listening to and assisting existing businesses like mine is essential to keeping Saratoga County viable. It is well worth a business owner’s time to sit down and speak with someone from Business First Saratoga.” The Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership is a

not-for-profit, local economic development corporation working to elevate and promote Saratoga County, New York. The Partnership released their two-year economic development plan, The Saratoga Strategy, in December of 2015. For more information about the Partnership and their services, visit Business leaders who want to learn more about the initiative and sign up can call 518-871-1187, email or visit

Week of April 1 – April 7, 2016



Week of April 1 – April 7, 2016

PROPERTY TRANSACTIONS BALLSTON SPA 10 Rolling Brook Dr., $440,000. Christopher Martell and Jennifer Thomas-Martell sold property to Donald and Jennifer Duttine. 119 Hop City Rd., $437,000. Eric and Jennifer Christensen sold property to Daniel Tatro and Heidi Kazlo-Tatro.

CHARLTON 22 Vines Rd., $220,000. Marta Poirier sold property to Fulani and Patrick Williams.

CLIFTON PARK 36 East Side Dr., $28,000. Irene Livingston sold property to Gabriel Allen. 8 Equinox Ct., $196,450.

Trustco Realty Corporation sold property to Christina Watson. 881 Riverview Rd., $283,000. Thomas Serowick (as Trustee) sold property to Thuy Ho. 43 Esopus Dr., $262,500. Brendan Penney sold property to Ryan and Ashley Nixon. 3 Leonardo Dr., $325,500. Stephen and Shelia Urban sold property to Cartus Financial Corporation. 21 Stonegate Rd., $175,172. Michael and Linda Doud sold property to Linda Doud. 14 Cypress Point, $269,500. David Fribourg sold property to John and Tiffany Anderson.

935 Main St., $158,051. Irving Goldsberry sold property to Wilmington Savings Fund Society (as Trustee).

16 Milton Ave., $235,000. El Mondo Properties LLC sold property to David Gould and Jennifer Bacon.

Kevin Besaw and Kathleen Hinkley sold property to Jeremy and Sarah DayO’Connell.

602 Grooms Rd., $7,750. Bernard DiTano sold property to Paul Massaroni.

300 Morning Kill Run, $289,000. Robert Frisbie sold property to Jasen Payant and Kristen Williamson.

3 Meyers Lane, $160,250. Thomas and Renee McNally sold property to Marcus Artis.

18 Bittersweet Lane, $325,000. Michael and Linda Whelan sold property to Daniel Jacobs and Jennifer Zegarelli.

GALWAY 1650 Perth Rd., $285,000. Sandra Scheeren sold property to Robert Hadley and Deanna Plew. 1301 Perth Rd., $264,000. Paul Morley sold property to Eric and Diane Nightingale.

MALTA 2023 Rowley Rd., $350,000. John and Cynthia Melander sold property to Arthur Souliere. 183 Arrowwood Place, $144,000. Jennifer Lewis sold property to Jenna Demarinis.

MILTON 16 Deerfield Place, $202,500. Paul and Kara Jantzen sold property to National Residential Nominee Services Inc.

MOREAU 34 Tamarac Dr., $300,265. Michaels Group LLC sold property to David and Darlene Rozell.

NORTHUMBERLAND 68 Pettis Lane, $115,000. William and Dae McEachron sold property to Leon Banks. 140 Fortsville Rd., $212,500. Frederick and Kathy Perrigo sold property to Joseph and Vanessa Johnston.

SARATOGA 14 Arnold Lane, $100,000. David and Sharon Hanehan sold property to Daniel and Sara Hanehan and Sharon Hanehan Life Estate.

143/145/47 US Rt 4 & NYS Rt 32, $180,000. Sogonha Incorporated sold property to Donald Pohlman.

SARATOGA SPRINGS 115 Lincoln Ave., $420,000. Saratoga National Bank and Trust Co. (as Trustee) and Elizabeth Burgess Harr Living Trust sold property to Matthew France and Ashley Mason. 38 High Rock Ave., $590,000. Martin and Elizabeth Brayboy sold property to Helen and Michael Fabrizio. 3 St. Charles Place, $226,600. Madeline Sliwinski sold property to Carrie Smith and Kristopher Lapan.

772 Route 29, $430,000. Robert and Dawn O’Keefe sold property to Rex and Kim James.

15 Callagan Dr., $300,000. Francis and Cynthia McDonald sold property to David and Carol Geary.

147 Homestead Rd., $320,000.

2 North Circular St., $172,500. Alan and Meghan Bazaar sold property to Denise Donlon. 41 Slade Rd., $116,500. Neal and Jennifer Green sold property to Jeffrey and Heather Joseph.

STILLWATER 46 Lake St., $149,500. Richard Rathbun sold property to Christopher Plue.

WILTON 37 Donegal Way, $360,000. Deborah Graves (as Trustee) sold property to Michael and Diane Carney. 55 Fieldstone Dr., $369,770. Jason and Maria Perillo sold property to Brent and Abby Zampier. 39 Nicklaus Dr., $302,000. Toby and Melissa Tobrocke sold property to Shirley Teng and Jonathan Butkus.


Week of April 1 – April 7, 2016

Warm Winter’s Effect on Disease Carrying Pests by Rebecca Davis Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — This past winter in Upstate New York was one for the record books. According to data from the National Weather Service, Albany was one of the fourteen cities in the United States that had its warmest winter to date. Upstate New York also broke its record for least amount of snow – just 10.3 inches, three feet below average. While the unseasonably warm weather may have been great for getting outdoors, warm winters and early springs can have a serious impact on wildlife. What is concerning is that certain species that spread diseases to humans, such as ticks, flourish in these conditions.

The most recent New York ClimAID study, conducted by the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to monitor the impacts of climate change, shows how rising temperatures are affecting ticks and other pests. “Vector (disease-carrying) species, such as mosquitoes, ticks, midges (gnats), and other biting insects, respond dramatically to small changes in climate, which in turn alters the occurrence of diseases they carry,” read a quote from the NY ClimAID study. “For example, Lyme disease, erlichiosis, and other tick-borne diseases are spreading as temperatures increase, allowing ticks to move northward and increase in abundance.” The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) details the geographic

Tick Prevention Protecting yourself • Avoid wooded and brushy areas with high grass and leaf litter. • Use repellents that contain 20 to 30% DEET (N, N-diethyl-mtoluamide) on exposed skin. • Use products that contain Permethrin on clothing • Bathe or shower as soon as possible after coming indoors (preferably within two hours) to wash off and more easily find ticks that are crawling on you. • Tumble clothes in a dryer on high heat for an hour to kill remaining ticks. Protecting Pets • Check your pets for ticks daily, especially after they spend time outdoors. • If you find a tick on your dog, remove it right away. • Ask your veterinarian to conduct a tick check at each exam • There are certain products that can kill and repel ticks on dogs. Talk to your veterinarian first about these options. Protecting your Yard • Pesticides can be used to prevent ticks on your property. Identify rules and regulations related to pesticide application on residential properties in your area first (Environmental Protection Agency). • Remove leaf litter and clear tall grasses and brush around homes and at the edge of lawns. • Mow the lawn frequently. • Place a 3-ft wide barrier of wood chips or gravel between lawns and wooded areas to restrict tick migration into recreational areas, and always keep playground equipment, decks, and patios away from yard edges and trees. Information provided by the Centers for Disease Control ( avoid/index.html)

location of different species of ticks across the United States ( ticks). While many in the southeast and on the west coast have to worry about ticks spreading diseases such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever, New York’s main tick-borne illness is Lyme disease. “We haven’t seen anyone yet come in with a tick, but it’s right around the corner, so we’ve been warning people,” said Raveen Saluja M.D., an internal medicine practitioner at Saratoga Family Physicians at Saratoga Hospital. “During peak season, ticks are an everyday conversation in our office. But we’re already out in our shorts some days, so it’s time to be careful.” Dr. Saluja urges people to check themselves immediately after spending any time outdoors.

How to Remove a Tick:

• Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin's surface as possible. • Pull upward with steady, even pressure. Don't twist or jerk the tick; this can cause the mouthparts to break off and remain in the skin. If this happens, remove the mouth-parts with tweezers. If you are unable to remove the mouth easily with clean tweezers, leave it alone and let the skin heal. • After removing the tick, thoroughly clean the bite area and your hands with rubbing alcohol, an iodine scrub, or soap and water. • Dispose of a live tick by submersing it in alcohol, placing it in a sealed bag/container, wrapping it tightly in tape, or flushing it down the toilet. Never crush a tick with your fingers. Information provided by the Centers for Disease Control ( tick.html)

“You have got to check your body. Get naked, get a mirror, and look for ticks,” said Dr. Saluja. “Then call the doctor immediately if you find one.” It’s vital to contact your doctor as soon as possible because timesensitive measures can be taken to prevent Lyme disease. Within 72 hours after being infected, patients can get a one-time dose of the antibiotic Doxycycline that acts as a prophylaxis again Lyme. After that 72 hour window, Lyme disease must be treated with a regular, full-course of antibiotics. According to Dr. Saluja, the most common identifier for Lyme disease is a bull’s-eye rash, which occurs in most, but not all cases. While a bull’s-eye rash is a sure sign of Lyme, other symptoms can include fever, muscle aches, and other flu-like symptoms. Lyme disease can also

have long-term consequences called Post-Treatment Lyme Syndrome, which can cause chronic symptoms – even more of a reason to prevent ticks in the first place (see sidebar for more prevention tips.) Dr. Saluja recommends using a repellent with 20-30 percent DEET, and reapplying it regularly. She also noted that some prefer more natural methods of tick repellent. Oils that contain rosemary, geranium, lemongrass, cedar or lavender are an excellent way of repelling ticks, and many natural oil recipes are available online. For more information about ticks, the diseases they spread, and how to prevent them, visit ticks. To learn more about how climate change is impacting wildlife, including harmful pests like ticks, and to read the full New York ClimAID study, visit under “Energy and Climate.”


Week of April 1 – April 7, 2016

Bluebird Bluebird Through My Window

by Peter Bowden for Saratoga TODAY I welcome any sign that spring is here. One of those signs is seeing the first bluebird of the season. Anyone who has ever seen one knows the feeling of surprise and joy that accompanies a bluebird sighting. Since they are not overly shy of humans and nest and feed in open areas, bluebirds are some of the easiest birds to watch and learn about. Bluebirds are territorial so once you’ve seen them in an area, odds are good that you’ll be able to visit and observe them on a regular basis. Those with a large lawn or property adjacent to open fields can attract their own resident bluebirds to enjoy on a daily basis during spring and summer. I am lucky to be able to host a pair of bluebirds, and the little effort needed to attract them to your yard is amply rewarded

by the color and liveliness they add to the little bit of the world we call our garden. The easiest way to lure bluebirds to your property is to provide bluebird-nesting boxes. If you would like plans for building a bluebird-nesting box, go to the NYS Bluebird Society webpage ( If you purchase a bluebird box, all you need to know is where to mount it to attract bluebirds. Your bluebird box should be mounted on a metal post. Mounting on trees is not advised, since it may allow predators to gain access to the box. Your bluebird-nesting box should be mounted with the bottom a minimum of 3’ from the ground. 4’ to 5’ is

considered optimal. In our cold climate, the box should be mounted with the entrance facing southeast, away from our colder prevailing wind. Since bluebirds hunt for insects in lawns and meadows, it’s best to locate your box adjacent to these open areas. To help fledglings survive, try to place your boxes where there is a fencepost or tree within 100’ of the entrance hole. This will give young bluebirds an easy, safe perch to reach on their first flight from the box. Since bluebirds are territorial, nesting boxes should not be placed closer than 300’ apart. If you have swallows in your area, they may compete with bluebirds for nesting boxes. In this situation, it may be necessary to place two boxes 5’ to 15’ apart. The swallows will occupy one box, leaving the other available for the bluebirds. Since bluebirds are on the increase in New York State, properly placing nesting boxes on your property is very likely to attract younger pairs of bluebirds with the possibility that they and their

offspring will return to your area year after year. To lure nesting bluebirds to your area, have your nesting boxes up as early in spring as possible. As soon as the bluebirds return to the area in early spring, they’ll start investigating possible nesting sites. If all goes well, you’ll have a nice clutch of eggs by early May. After that, it is simply a matter of keeping the boxes clean and safe. In fall or early in spring

before the bluebirds arrive, the nesting box should be cleaned out. Remove any old nesting material and then scrape out dirt and debris with a putty knife or wire brush. Old nesting material should not be left on the ground near the nest but removed from the area to prevent parasites that can harm baby bluebirds in the nest. Washing out the nesting box with a spray of 1/10 bleach/water will sterilize the box, and it is ready for the season. Thanks for the read.


Week of April 1 – April 7, 2016

“Solar Strong”

Saratoga Springs Naval Base Part of Project to Provide Solar Power to Thousands of Military Families by Arthur Gonick Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS – Solar power is the cornerstone of a movement that the United States Navy is on board with in a big way. This power source, recently regarded as futuristic and expensive, is now viewed as increasingly affordable and desirable from economic, environmental and energy independence / patriotic standpoints. An article about the City of Saratoga Springs’ efforts to encourage solar installations within the city (see Saratoga TODAY – February 5, 2016) cited research that “more solar {was} installed in one week during 2015 than was installed in all of 2006.” So clearly, solar is an idea whose time has come. As of last December, the Saratoga Springs Naval Support Activity Base became the latest Navy facility to complete installation of solar panels and related equipment in a project called “Solar Strong,” that involves 1,300 rooftop solar installations at Balfour Beatty Communitiesmanaged Navy housing communities located in Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island. The Solar Strong project will eventually involve 120,000 Naval housing units throughout the United States. In the Northeast, SolarCity is the company that has designed, built and maintains the solar panels, and Balfour Beatty Communities purchases the power they produce at a discount from local utility rates, generating savings for the overall project. Saratoga Springs Naval Support Activity Commanding Officer Elvis T. Mikel, USN, said, “The Solar Strong project is an initiative between Solar City and our Public-Private Venture (PPV) housing partner, Balfour Beatty Communities (BBC). The Navy supports initiatives like this; in line with our shore energy program goals to produce at least 50 percent of our shore-based energy requirements from alternative sources by 2020.” Commanding Officer Mikel continued, “The Navy’s shore energy approach has three pillars: energy efficiency, culture and behavior, and renewable energy / sustainability. Together, these focus areas will increase our Nation’s energy security as well as enable the Navy to comply with federal mandates and meet the Secretary of the Navy’s energy goals. Improving energy efficiency

and increasing the use of alternative energy promotes more secure and resilient installation operations. Ashore, every kilowatt-hour or MBTU we can avoid burning - while ensuring full support of the mission - allows us to focus limited resources on the things that truly matter.” “Here at Naval Support Activity Saratoga Springs, we initiated a ‘culture of conservation’ about four years ago to help all of our employees, Sailors and families reduce energy usage by increasing individual awareness of wasteful energy practices, such as turning off lights when not needed, turning computer off at the end of the day, adjusting thermostats to optimize efficiency of cooling and heating systems and the consolidation of appliances into common break rooms. We have also made investments in replacing older, inefficient appliances with more energy efficient models and executed a $92,000 project to retrofit older metal halides type exterior lights with new, energy efficient LED lights with a return-oninvestment of 10 years. Overall, we estimate that we have reduced our energy consumption by 20 percent over the last 5 years,” Commander Mikel concluded. According to Richard Rose, the project manager for SolarCity who supervised the Saratoga Springs Naval installation, the process of installing a total of 1,600 solar panels, to generate 400 Kilowatts of DC (direct current) on top of multi-unit houses at the Saratoga Springs base involved a total of 86 separate ‘jobs’: each job involved installation of inverters to suspend incoming power from the grid for safety, and then the solar panels and connections. The photovoltaic

panels generate electricity in parallel with conventional energy sources (e.g.: gas, electricity), replacing those costlier fuels whenever possible. This is similar to how a hybrid automobile engine works, where battery power works unless a gas engine is needed. Solar panels work optimally during daylight, and are most productive on a clear, cool, sunny day. Overall, Rose estimated that the annual savings for each installation, given comparable year-to-year weather, temperature and usage, would be 10-15 percent due to the solar installation. Rose stated that the Saratoga Springs installation was done expeditiously, “We began at the beginning of December 2015 and it was wrapped up by the end of that month, including inspections,” he said. “The work was accomplished by four crews and 28-30 local workers.” SolarCity emphasizes veteran hiring across the company, and has hired military veterans in over 90 locations across the United States for manufacturing, installation and other occupations. There is also an important and permanent economic development component to this story, which could have a positive impact for local home or business owners. As a result of gearing up for the Saratoga Springs installation, SolarCity has established offices and warehouses in the Capital Region, as well as a manufacturing facility in Buffalo. As a result, it is equipped and ready to consult regarding future private sector residential and commercial solar installations. For more information, visit www.

Solar Panels Installed on Multi-unit Housing at Naval Support Facility in Saratoga Springs

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Week of April 1 – April 7, 2016

Homemade Soaps Brighten and Cleanse the Soul

Saturdays, 9 to 1 Lincoln Baths, 65 So. Broadway Saratoga Spa State Park

by Himanee Gupta-Carlson

for Saratoga TODAY Lorna Maskell’s soaps at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market smell and look good enough to eat. Her products, however, tantalize for a different reason. They cleanse, soothe and heal the body. Maskell is the owner of Lorna’s Naturals, a homemade body and home care business. One of the newest vendors at the farmers’ market, she sells lip balms, soaps, creams, scrubs, body balms and sprays. Her product line also features an all-purpose cleaner for bathtubs, sinks and floors. She makes all of her products

out of her home in Woodstock, NY, and distributes them via her website, LornasNaturals. com, and an online business. “All of my products are made by me only,” she said. “I make everything in small batches. If I don’t like something, I don’t sell it.” The small-batch nature of Maskell’s product line is illuminated in her presentation of her homemade soaps. She brings them to the market as long rectangular cakes arranged attractively on wooden blocks. She slices a fresh bar for her customers with each purchase. She enjoys talking to customers about her soaps, and manages her booth at the farmers’ market herself. “I never hire anyone to do a market for me,” she said. “I need to talk to customers because I am Lorna and the creator of Lorna’s Naturals.” The base for Maskell’s soaps and creams is well water from her home. She adds such moisturizing components as coconut, palm, and olive oils along with essential oils that are pure. She also uses natural beeswax

Mazzone at Pavilion Grand Hotel

SARATOGA SPRINGS – Mazzone Hospitality will oversee operations of a new restaurant at the Pavilion Grand Hotel in downtown Saratoga Springs. The restaurant is currently in development and is anticipated to open late May. The restaurant, situated at the corner of Lake Avenue and Pavilion Place, will feature outdoor sidewalk dining at its ground floor location next to the main entrance of Pavilion Grand Hotel. Mazzone Hospitality’s newest addition to the region’s culinary scene is expected to open at 2 p.m. daily for light fair and cocktails with dinner service beginning at 5:30 p.m. The restaurant will open for Sunday dinner service at 3 p.m. Additionally, Mazzone Hospitality will provide highend catering services to hotel guests, including in-suite

entertaining and dining, rooftop event options as well as private wedding brunches and innovative package offerings for travelers. Mazzone Hospitality owns and operates several premier restaurants and banquet halls, including: Glen Sanders Mansion in Scotia; Aperitivo Bistro in Schenectady; Angelo’s Prime Bar + Grill in Clifton Park; TALA, An American Bistro in Latham; and Angelo’s 677 Prime in Albany. Mazzone Hospitality also owns and operates Prime at Saratoga National, an upscale steakhouse modeled after Angelo’s 677 Prime, located on the grounds of Saratoga National Golf Club. For more information about the Pavilion Grand Hotel, visit For more information about Mazzone Hospitality, visit

in her products, and keeps items such as creams in glass to maintain their freshness. She describes her MUD soap as one of her favorites. Made from a root, it clears the skin of pimples and rashes. She also recommends her avocado lip balm to first-time customers, and has shared the recipe that accompanies this article for a simple body rub that uses coconut oil as its base. “It is cooling, soothing and will make your skin soft.” Maskell began making her home and body care products in 2001, and traces her inspiration to her grandmother, a Cherokee Native American, who made soap and medicine in the family home when Maskell was growing up. “She would be called an herbalist, I guess, but we just called her grandma. She is the reason Lorna’s Naturals was born.” Visit the Saratoga Farmers’ Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through April 30 at the Lincoln Baths in the Saratoga Spa State Park.

Tropical Body Rub Ingredients * Ingredients can be found at the market

2 oz of coconut oil 10 drops of your favorite essential oil

Directions Melt down the coconut oil. While it is still hot, put in 10 drops of your favorite oil. Place both in a glass jar and let cool.

Saratoga Stadium to Celebrate Grand Re-Opening SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Stadium, formerly the Stadium Café, has recently revealed a new menu and several updates to the popular downtown sports bar located at 389 Broadway. Saratoga Hospitality, LLC, purchased the 200-seat property earlier this month and will celebrate with a grand reopening event on Saturday, April 2 at 4 p.m. The celebration will feature an appearance by former NBA superstar John Starks who rose to fame while playing for the New York Knicks in the 1990s. The event will also feature beer and pizza specials to enjoy while taking in the NCAA Final-Four Tournament Championship on the Saratoga Stadium’s brandnew TVs. With spins on classic pub fare, Chef Zach Cutler will be taking cues from the seasons on his revamped, ever-changing

menu including new items such as Smoked Chicken Nachos, Garlic Parmigiano Wings and Lamb Sliders. In anticipation of the Saratoga Stadium re-opening, Chef Cutler traveled to Chicago to bring a piece of the Windy City back to the Spa City with his take on the deep-dish pizza. New beverage offerings will also include 25 rotating seasonal beers on tap as well as an updated selection of bourbons. This is the third downtown Saratoga Springs restaurant to be operated by Saratoga Hospitality, LLC who took over Max London’s and Mrs. London’s in September of 2014. Saratoga Hospitality closed the Saratoga Stadium earlier this month so that substantial repairs could be made to the kitchen as well as updates to the facade. The sports bar will undergo additional renovations to the dining area and restrooms throughout the year. For more information, please call 518-226-4437.

Former NBA Superstar John Starks (right) will make a local appearance for Final Four Showdown Saturday. Photo provided.

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Week of April 1 – April 7, 2016

You’ve Got Me Under Pressure!

by John Reardon for Saratoga TODAY Hello my Foodie Friends! A new pan from All-Clad has arrived! The PC8-Precision stovetop pressure cooker! All-Clad There are two types of people when it comes to pressure cooking: the seasoned pros (who use their cookers to do everything from braise short ribs to steam vegetables) and those who have let horror stories of exploding pressure cookers turn them off to the idea altogether. If you fall into the latter group, then you don’t have to be intimidated anymore — All Clad has created their firstever stovetop pressure cooker and it’s everything you would expect from a brand like theirs. All-Clad’s new PC8PRECISION stovetop pressure

cooker is easy to use and I can say with confidence that anyone can use — and achieve excellent results with — this pressure cooker. Here are five reasons we think that every home cook should own one. It’s Easy to Use We have all heard the mouthwatering stories of flavorful, falloff-the-bone tender braised short ribs that were cooked in a fraction of the time in a pressure cooker, but take a look at all the vents and gauges and the odds are good you’ll be too intimidated to try. Not the case with this particular pressure cooker — it has a smart timer that walks you through three easy steps with a series of beeps. After the first beep, you reduce the heat under the pot to low; after the second beep, you turn the heat off completely; and after the third beep, you can safely open the lid of your pressure cooker. It’s that easy! It Takes the Fear Out of Pressure Cooking If you were ever nervous about an exploding pressure cooker, this model will ease your fears. The lid is easy to attach, and when you lock it into place, heavy-duty tabs clamp under the lip of the pot, securing it in place — trust us, it isn’t going

anywhere! As an added bonus, the smart timer beeps when it’s time to open the pressure cooker, so you’ll know when it’s safe to crack the lid. It Dramatically Reduces Cooking Time The pressure cooker is the exact opposite of a slow cooker; it cooks food in just a fraction of the time. And what home cook doesn’t need a quick and easy meal from time to time? This particular pressure cooker has four cooking programs that you can set by simply sliding a lever — vegetables, grains, meat, poultry, and seafood — guaranteeing that whatever you need to cook, you can cook it well. It’s Versatile The PC8-PRECISION’s wide diameter and stainless-steel construction make it perfect for searing and sautéing, too. This is especially important when you want to make a full meal in your pressure cooker — you can build a good flavor base before closing everything in the pot and letting it cook to perfection. That means you can just as easily use this pressure cooker to make a batch of game day chili as you can to make creamy Parmigiano-Reggiano risotto. The pressure cooker also includes a stainless-steel steamer

basket that enables you to cook delicate foods like fish, vegetables, and desserts. It’s Dishwasher Safe Ask any home cook what she or he looks for when buying kitchen tools, gadgets and appliances and we’re willing to bet that “dishwasher safe” makes the top of the list. The All-Clad stovetop pressure cooker is dishwasher safe with the exception of three

easy-to-remove pieces (the control panel, the timer and the silicone gasket), so you can make a delicious meal quickly and clean up just as easily! So my Foodie Friends stop in to Compliments to the Chef at 46 Marion Ave. Saratoga Springs and have a look at these beautiful pans! Remember: “Life Happens in the Kitchen” Take Care, Paula and John.



Week of April 1 – April 7, 2016

The Dance Factory Moves to Wilton Mall by Norra Reyes Saratoga TODAY WILTON — The Dance Factory, started and owned by Dianne Carola 37 years ago, has moved from its Hamilton Street location in Saratoga Springs to its new location in the Wilton Mall, directly across from The Children’s Place. A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 2, and an open house will immediately follow. The public is invited to stop by, meet and greet current students (some in costume), and get information on fall classes. Carola had not intended to move, but Saratoga Hospital,

which owns the Hamilton Street building, indicated to its tenants that it was not renewing leases because new medical offices will be going in that space. Fortunately, said Carola, she has a great working relationship with the staff at the Wilton Mall. “I do a summer dance registration here at the mall every year in August, for the past 8 years,” said Carola. “They were aware we’d be looking for a new place, and they contacted me to show some space they had. I like working with the Mall, they are really professional and they had a great space, so we ended up here.” Carola began The Dance Factory in a little country town

near Scranton, PA before moving to Saratoga Springs. Over the years, she has had over 4,000 students, between the ages of 2 and a half to adult, learning pre-ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical and hip-hop. Carola is a certified Zumba instructor, and she has also taught at Lake Avenue Elementary, the Academy of Holy Names, and at the Galway Central School District. Additionally, The Dance Studio provides special events by request: nursing homes, schools, health fairs, and more. “As a matter of fact, in September I will be hitting my 2,000th piece of choreography,” said Carola. “It’s like writing 2,000 songs or painting 2,000 pictures. I’m overwhelmed by it when I think about it. I look back each year when you’re pumping out 60 to 95 pieces of choreography, and it adds up. There’s rarely a song on the radio that I haven’t choreographed to. It’s exciting, one more thing to celebrate, and I’m so grateful for it.” At the end of each season the whole school comes together for a recital, where all children receive awards as keepsakes for the recital and the previous year. Some of the families who take classes at The Dance Factory even

helped paint the new studio and move heavy equipment over from the previous location.

“Our studio is such a family,” said Carola, “a big part of the community in Saratoga. The kids are wonderful. It’s not just a business. And I’m grateful to be in the mall – they are great to work with here.” For more information, contact Dianne Carola at 518-2531433 or DanceFactory7@aol. com or visit


Week of April 1 – April 7, 2016

BSNB’s Krasnokutski Promoted BALLSTON SPA — Andrei Krasnokutski has been promoted to vice president/commercial relationship manager at Ballston Spa National Bank according to Chris Dowd, president and CEO. In this position, Krasnokutski is responsible for developing and managing commercial banking relationships. Krasnokutski joined BSNB in 2012 as a senior credit analyst and was promoted to assistant vice president and commercial relationship manager in 2014. He has more than 10 years of experience in the banking industry, including the areas of commercial real estate, commercial and industrial lending and corporate debt restructuring. Krasnokutski earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from St. Bonaventure University and

his master’s in business administration with a concentration in finance from Cleveland State University. Krasnokutski lives in Malta with his wife and son. He is part of the bank’s Volunteers in Action program where he helps organize an annual Electronics Recycling and Document Shred Day at BSNB.

Jennings Promoted at BSNB BALLSTON SPA — Melissa Jennings has been promoted to AVP/assistant controller at Ballston Spa National Bank according to Chris Dowd, president and CEO. Jennings is responsible for administering the accounting systems for the bank, preparing periodic financial reports, and working closely with internal and external auditors. Jennings joined BSNB in 2006 as a staff accountant and was most recently promoted to a bank officer in 2013. She earned a degree in business administration from the College of St. Rose. The Broadalbin resident is an active volunteer for organizations that promote performing arts among youths, she participates in Saratoga County Office for the Aging’s meal delivery program and she is also an active member of Johnstown

SARATOGA SPRINGS —Turning Point Chiropractic in Saratoga Springs is taking the next step in creating a full-service holistic health center with their newest addition Kevin Campopiano, a licensed acupuncturist. Campopiano, L.Ac., MAOM, is a native of Queensbury. He graduated from Cornell University in 1997 with a B.S. in Biological Sciences, and the New England School of Acupuncture in 2004 with a Masters in Oriental Medicine. Campopiano is a NCCAOM Diplomate and is licensed to practice in the state of New York. Turning Point Chiropractic owner Dr. Adam Favro said it has been a dream of his to be able to offer multiple services in one convenient location. Favro and Campopiano both have

Reformed Church. Jennings was recently appointed head of the BSNB Community Support Committee, which helps promote volunteerism among the bank’s employees through the BSNB Volunteers in Action program. In 2015, BSNB staff members donated more than 9,000 volunteer hours through the program.

Call him today and begin your journey. 518-321-1282 or email

experience working with employees, jockeys and trainers at the Saratoga Race Course as well as local and professional level athletes. But, Campopiano explained, acupuncture is not just for athletes. “Acupuncture can help with a variety of things from depression and anxiety to frozen shoulder,” he

said. “The key is treating the cause of the symptoms.” Turning Point Chiropractic is located at 125 High Rock Avenue in the Van Raalte Mill. To schedule with Favro or Campopiano, call 518-584-9500 or visit

ATC Earns Bauer’s 5-Stars

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Adirondack Trust Company has once again earned BauerFinancial lnc.’s highest 5-Star Superior rating. A 5-Star rating indicates that The Adirondack Trust Company is one of the strongest banks in the nation, excelling in such areas

Huus-Skladzinski Joins Julie & Co. SARATOGA SPRINGS — A lifelong resident of Saratoga Springs and Lake George, Lars HuusSkladzinski, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson, entered real estate after years in health care. Real Estate had been a hobby of his for many years and one day he made the jump full time to chase his passion. He exemplifies everything that Julie and Co is about: caring, honesty, professional, very experienced and on top of today’s real estate market in the capital region. Whether it is buying or selling, Lars has a very sharpened set of tools to get the job done.

Turning Point Chiropractic Expands

as capital, loan quality, profitability and much more. What’s more, The Adirondack Trust Company has earned this highest rating for 39 consecutive quarters. Established in 1901, The Adirondack Trust Company located at 473 Broadway has

served its customers’ needs for over 114 years. Today it operates twelve offices throughout Saratoga and Warren Counties. Member of FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender. The bank's website is www.



Week of April 1 – April 7, 2016

ESC’s Chandra Recognized with Altes Prize SARATOGA SPRINGS — Bidhan Chandra, a longtime Business, Management and Economics mentor at SUNY Empire State College’s Center for Distance Learning, is the recipient of this year’s Wally and Jane Altes Prize for Community Service. Chandra’s specialty is international business, and much of his work focuses on intercultural communication and competence in a global economic environment. Chandra said, “I am speechless. I think that rewarding this is very important for the college. I dedicate the award to all the people who work to further diversity and inclusion at the college.”

Mary Morton, the college’s chief diversity officer, said, “Dr. Chandra’s professional research focusing on intercultural communications and diversity issues in the workplace has made him extremely valuable to the college, the university and the community. Dr. Chandra has delivered numerous professional development programs on global cultural diversity at Empire State College and for public and private businesses across the U.S. He has a vast understanding and direct experience with the cultures of China, Singapore, Mexico, U.K, Canada, Cyprus, Lebanon, Taiwan, India and the U.S.” Chandra was a past recipient of the Faculty Award from

the Capital District Leadership Council Diversity and Inclusion. He has worked pro bono with the Saratoga Economic Development Council and the Office of Medicaid Inspector General to promote cultural diversity within their organizations. The Altes Prize for Exemplary Community Service is presented annually to a faculty member whose outstanding community service uses research and insights from his or her academic discipline to address pressing social problems. The award will be presented at a community open house at the recipient’s center later in the year. For more information about Chandra and Empire State College, visit

President Merodie Hancock, and former Interim President and former Vice President for Academic Affairs Jane Altes, join the 2016 recipient of the Altes Prize for Exemplary Community Service Professor Bidhan Chandra, standing at center, at the All College Conference. Photo courtesy of Empire State College.

South Glens Falls Presents “Into the Woods” SOUTH GLENS FALLS — The South Glens Falls High School Drama Club’s annual musical production for the 2015-16 school year, “Into the Woods,” will be held on Friday, April 8, and Saturday, April 9 in the High School Auditorium located at 42 Merritt Road. This Tony-award winning musical takes famous characters from the Brothers Grimm fairytales and brings them together for a timeless, yet relevant, piece about wishes, family, and the choices we make. The story follows a baker and his wife who wish to have a child, Cinderella who wishes to attend the King’s Festival, and Jack who wishes his cow would give milk. When the baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch’s curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone’s wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results. Performed in the South Glens

Falls High School auditorium, the show will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. Tickets may be purchased at the door or online at The Box Office will open at 6 p.m. and doors will open at 6:30

p.m. Concessions will be available to purchase during a fifteenminute intermission. For more information, please contact the production’s director, Betsy Stambach-Fuller, at


Week of April 1 – April 7, 2016

Distractable Students

SARATOGA SPRINGS – A Parent University program titled “How to Keep the Distractible Child on Task” is scheduled for Monday, April 4 at 9:30 a.m. The program will be held at Lake Avenue Elementary School. Dr. Randy Cale, a licensed psychologist and parenting expert, will share his knowledge, experience, and practical advice

about parenting. Parents, guardians and community members are invited to attend this program. Parent University is a community collaboration that offers opportunities for parents and caregivers to continue their learning. All events are open to parents and caregivers of all buildings and grade levels.

B-Spa High’s Troupe Presents “Pippin”

BALLSTON SPA — Troupe, the Ballston Spa High School drama club, will be presenting “Pippin” this week. Directed by Laurie Larson, “Pippin” is a tale of the heir to the Frankish throne, Pippin, who tries to find the secret to happiness and fulfillment. Pippin faces many temptations during his quest. Troupe will perform the musical on April 1, 2, 8, and 9 at 7:30

p.m. in the Ballston Spa High School Auditorium, 220 Ballston Avenue. Tickets will be available at the door and are $10 for adults and $5 for senior citizens/students. Please note that this show is for mature audiences (PG13). For more information, please visit the BSHS website via or call the school at 518-884-7150.

SPAC Brings Classical Kids’ Program to BSMS

BALLSTON SPA — The Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) Classical Kid’s program is a free program offered at local schools to cultivate, promote and develop 6th and 7th grade student interest in the appreciation and understanding of the performing arts. The Ballston Spa Middle School recently presented information about the program to the 7th grade students in Ballston Spa. The performances included

Philadelphia Philharmonic cellist Bob Carafo and members of the Middle School Orchestra. Any 7th grade student who now wants to be involved with the program will be invited to attend a free performance of the Philadelphia Philharmonic Orchestra during the upcoming summer season at SPAC. Please visit the school website via www. or contact the Ballston Spa Middle School Office for additional information at 518-884-7200.

Fifth Graders Serve Pancakes

Greenfield Elementary School fifth grade classmates serve the community at Applebee’s Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser to benefit their fifth grade trip to Rocking Horse Ranch in May. Photo provided.


Forum: Safeguarding Our Kids HUDSON FALLS — Hudson Falls Central School District is partnering with the Council for Prevention to host a Community Forum called “Safeguarding our Kids” on April 4 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Hudson Falls High School Auditorium. The topic of discussion will be opiate and heroin abuse, featuring a variety of guest speakers. Warren County District Attorney Kate Hogan will moderate the community forum. All parents, students, and community members are encouraged to attend. A panel of experts and individuals with real life experiences will speak about: Alcohol, marijuana and prescription drug abuse and dependence; The pathways to addiction; Prevention and treatment options; How addiction impacts us all, and how we can create change in our communities. Hudson Falls CSD will follow up the discussion with a full High School student assembly on Tuesday, April 5 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.,

moderated by Washington County District Attorney Tony Jordan. The event is supported by the Hometown vs. Heroin and Addiction Coalition. For

more information please contact Hudson Falls Central School District Head Nurse/ Director of School Wellness Program Michelle Burke at 518-747-2121.

Week of April 1 – April 7, 2016


28 Adirondack Christian Fellowship   8 Mountain Ledge, Wilton 587-0623 | Services: Sunday 8 a.m. & 10 a.m. Adirondack Friends Meeting 27 Saratoga Ave, South Glens Falls 793-3755 | Regina Baird Haag, Pastor Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Assembly of God Faith Chapel 6 Burgoyne St, Schuylerville 695-6069 | Rev. Jason Proctor Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m. Assembly of God Saratoga 118 Woodlawn Ave, Saratoga Springs 584-6081 | Services: Sunday Worship 10 a.m. Bacon Hill Reformed Church* 560 Route 32N, Bacon Hill | 695-3074 Rev. Janet Vincent | Services: Worship service 10 a.m.; Sunday School 10 a.m. Baha’i Community of Saratoga Springs 584-9679; 692-7694 | Ballston Center Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church 58 Charlton Road, Ballston Spa | 885-7312 Services: Sunday Worship, 10:30 a.m. Ballston Spa United Methodist Church 101 Milton Ave, Ballston Spa 885-6886 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Bethesda Episcopal Church* 41 Washington Street, Saratoga Springs | 584-5980 The Very Rev’d Marshall J. Vang Services: Sunday 8:00AM & 10:00AM Calvary Capital District 17 Low Street, Ballston Spa | Pastor Andrew Holt Services: Sunday 10 am | Church of Christ at Clifton Park 7 Old Route 146, Clifton Park 371-6611 | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Christ Community Reformed Church 1010 Route 146, Clifton Park | 371-7654 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Christ Episcopal Church Routes 50 & 67, Ballston Spa | 885-1031 Services: Sunday 8 & 10 a.m. Christian Restoration Ministries Saratoga Senior Center 5 Williams St, Saratoga Springs 796-4323 | Pastor Pat Roach Services: Sunday 10 a.m.; 6:30 p.m. Christian Science Church 107 Circular St, Saratoga Springs 584-0221 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Community Alliance Church 257 Rowland St, Ballston Spa 885-6524 | Services: Morning Worship 10:30 a.m. Congregation Shaara Tfille* 84 Weibel Avenue, Saratoga Springs 584-2370 | Services: Saturday 10 a.m. Corinth Free Methodist Church   20 Hamilton Ave, Corinth 654-9255; 792-0271 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Corinth United Methodist Church 243 Main Street, Corinth 654-2521 | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Cornerstone Community Church 516 Park Ave., Mechanicville | 664-5204 | Pastor Frank Galerie Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Community 2001 Route 9, Round Lake 877-8506 | Services: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 8:30 & 10:30 a.m.;

RELIGION Eastern Orthodox — Christ the Savior 349 Eastline Road, Ballston Spa 786-3100 | Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. First Baptist Church of Saratoga Springs 45 Washington St, Saratoga Springs 584-6301 | Services: Sunday 11 a.m. First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa 202 Milton Ave, Ballston Spa 885-8361 | Services: 10:30 a.m. worship, 9 a.m. Sunday School (all ages) First Presbyterian Church of Ballston Spa 22 West High St, Ballston Spa 885-5583 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Full Gospel Tabernacle 207 Redmond Road, Gansevoort 793-2739 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Galway United Methodist Church 2056 East St, Galway | 882-6520 Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. (9 a.m. in July and August) Grace Fellowship Saratoga 165 High Rock Ave, Saratoga | 691-0301 Pastor: Mike Adams Services: Sundays 9 & 11 a.m. Grace Brethren Church* 137 W. Milton Road, Ballston Spa 587-0649 | Rev. Dan Pierce Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Greater Grace Community Church Pastor David Moore | 899-7777 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Greenfield Center Baptist Church 30 Wilton Road, Greenfield Center | 893-7429 Services: Sunday School for all ages - 9:45 a.m.; Church Service - 11 a.m. Highway Tabernacle Church 90 River Road, Mechanicville | 664-4442 Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Hope Church 206 Greenfield Ave, Ballston Spa 885-7442 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Jonesville United Methodist 963 Main St, Clifton Park 877-7332 | Services: Sunday 8:30 & 10:30 a.m. Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Living Springs Community Church 59 Pine Road, Saratoga Springs 584-9112 | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Living Waters Church of God 4330 State Rt. 50, Saratoga Springs 587-0484 | Services: Sundays 10 a.m. Malta Presbyterian Church Dunning Street, Malta 899-5992 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Malta Ridge United Methodist Church 729 Malta Ave. Ext, Malta 581-0210 | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Middle Grove United Methodist Church* 581-2973 | Pastor Bonnie Bates Services: Sunday 9 a.m. Mt. Olivet Baptist Church Corner of Jefferson St. & Crescent St. Saratoga Springs | 584-9441 Rev. Dr. Victor L. Collier, Pastor New Horizon Church 150 Perry Road, Saratoga Springs 587-0711 | Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. New Life Fellowship 51 Old Gick Road, ­­Saratoga Springs 580-1810 | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m.

NorthStar Church Gowana Middle School, Clifton Park 371-2811 | Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. & 11:15 a.m. Old Saratoga Reformed Church* 48 Pearl St., Schuylerville Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Old Stone Church (American Baptist) 159 Stone Church Road, Ballston Spa 583-1002 | Services: Sunday 9 a.m.; Adult Sunday School 9 a.m.; Service 10:30 a.m. Our Lady of Grace Roman Catholic Church* 73 Midline Road, Ballston Lake 399-5713 | Services: Saturday 5 p.m. Sunday 8:15 & 10:15 a.m. Presbyterian-NE Congregational Church 24 Circular St, Saratoga Springs 584-6091 | Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m. Quaker Springs United Methodist Church* 466 Route 32 South, Quaker Springs 695-3101 | Pastor Al Johnson Services: Sunday 9 a.m. River of Hope Fellowship 100 Saratoga Village Blvd, Malta Cmns, Ste. 3 | 881-1505 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Roman Catholic Church of St. Peter 241 Broadway, Saratoga Springs 584-2375 | Services: Saturday 5 p.m.; Sunday 7:30, 9 and 11 a.m. St. Clement’s Roman Catholic Church 231 Lake Ave, Saratoga Springs 584-6122 | Services: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 8, 9:30, 11:15 a.m. and 5 p.m., 1 p.m. Spanish Service St. George’s Episcopal Church 912 Route 146, Clifton Park 371-6351 | Services: Saturday 4:30 p.m.; Sunday 8 & 9:30 a.m. St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church* 3159 Route 9N, Greenfield Center 893-7680 Services: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 10:30 a.m. St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church* 167 Milton Ave, Ballston Spa 885-7411 | Services: Saturday 4 p.m., Sunday 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., Noon. St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church* 771 Route 29, Rock City Falls 893-7680 | Services: Sunday 8:30 am. St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church 149 Lake Ave, Saratoga Springs 584-0904 | Services: Saturday 5 p.m.; Sundays 8:30 & 11 a.m. St. Peter Lutheran Church 2776 Route 9, Malta | 583-4153 Services: Sunday 8:30 & 10:30 a.m.; Sunday School at 9:15 a.m. St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church 1 Grove Street, Schuylerville 695-3918 | Rev. Donna J. Arnold Services: Sunday 8 & 9 a.m. St. Thomas of Canterbury 242 Grooms Road, Halfmoon Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Saratoga Abundant Life Church 2325 Route 50 South, Saratoga Springs 885-5456 | Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m.

Week of April 1 – April 7, 2016 Saratoga Chabad 130 Circular St, Saratoga Springs 526-0773 | Saratoga Friends Meeting (Quaker) Rts. 32 and 71, Quaker Springs 587-7477; 399-5013 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Saratoga United Methodist Church* Henning Road, Saratoga Springs 584-3720 | Services: Sunday 9 & 10:45 a.m. Saratoga Seventh-Day Adventist Church 399 Union Ave, Saratoga Springs 882-9384 | Services: Sabbath School: 10 a.m. Worship Service: 11:30 a.m. Schuylerville United Methodist Church* 51 Church St, Schuylerville 695-3101 | Services: Worship at 11am Shenendehowa United Methodist 971 Route 146, Clifton Park 371-7964 Services: Sunday 9 & 10:30 a.m. Simpson United Methodist Church Rock City Road, Rock City Falls 885-4794 Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m. Soul Saving Station for Every Nation Christ Crusaders of America 62 Henry St, Saratoga Springs 584-3122 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. Stillwater United Church (Presbyterian U.S.A.) 747 Hudson Avenue, Stillwater | 664-7984 Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Temple Sinai* 509 Broadway, Saratoga Springs 584-8730 | Shabbat Services: Friday 6 p.m. or 8p.m. (rotating schedule) Saturdays: 10:30a.m. Terra Nova Church* 45 Washington St, Saratoga Springs 833-0504 | Services: Sunday 5:30 p.m. The Salvation Army/ Worship, Service & Community Center 27 Woodlawn Ave, Saratoga Springs 584-1640 Services: Sunday School 10 a.m.; Praise & Worship 11 a.m. Trinity United Methodist Church 155 Ballard Road, Gansevoort 584-9107 | Rev Keith Mann Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Saratoga Springs 624 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs 584-1555 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Unity Church in Albany 21 King Ave., Albany 453-3603 Services: Sunday 9 a.m. & 11 a.m. West Charlton United Presbyterian Church 1331 Sacandaga Road, West Charlton 882-9874 | Rev. Thomas Gregg, Pastor Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Wilton Baptist Church 755 Saratoga Road, Wilton 583-2736 Services: Sunday 11 a.m.

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Week of April 1 – April 7, 2016

9/11 Cleanup

SARATOGA SPRINGS — With the early start to spring and tulips already coming up in the beds at the 9/11 Memorial, volunteers are needed to help get an early start on

cleanup at the site. Sunday, May 1 is the date, 9 a.m. to 12 noon is the time. Rebuilding Saratoga has agreed to help again this year. No need to call ahead, just show

Social Security Retirement Workshop

up with willing hands and however much time you have to spare. Hope you all can make it, even for a few minutes. Every bit helps and we’re doing a really good thing!

Franklin Community Center Receives $5k SARATOGA SPRINGS — The staff at Franklin Community Center is thrilled and thankful to be included in Stewart’s Holiday Match program again this year. The generous donation of $5,000 will be used to offset costs associated with Franklin’s after school prevention program, Project Lift. “We are truly lucky to have the continued support of Stewart’s and the community behind us in our mission to help others,” said executive director,

Kari Cushing. “This donation came at the perfect time; with our recent expansion into 5 of the Saratoga Springs City School District elementary schools and a planned expansion to include the final elementary school in October 2016, funds are critical to our success.“ Project Lift, which has been operated by Franklin Community Center for over 30 years, is a unique and comprehensive after-school program for youth in grades 1 through 5,

placing emphasis on positive youth development, raising self-esteem, and the development of refusal, decision-making, problem solving and communication skills. The program is free to the enrolled students, who also have access to the Community Center’s ancillary services, as needed. Franklin Community Center would like to thank Stewart’s for their continued support of our community and for making it a priority to give back throughout the year.

Fireball Run Comes to Saratoga County SARATOGA COUNTY — On April 6, Missing Persons Day in New York State, Fireball Run Executive Producer J. Sanchez, Ballston Spa Mayor John Romano, Clifton Park Supervisor Phil Barrett and Chamber of Southern Saratoga County President/CEO Pete Bardunias will present details on the upcoming Fireball Run Adventurally Series in New York State at the Hilton Garden Inn, 30 Clifton Country Rd, Clifton Park at 11 a.m. Adam Kramer, representing Assemblyman Jim Tedisco, will speak about the cause to find our lost loved ones. Fireball Run has been involved in the recovery of 48 missing children in its first nine seasons. The production is headquartered in Orlando, FL and is celebrating its 10th season as an epic “Adventurally” series. Viewed by a worldwide audience of 1.7 million, the show is expected to bring over $1 million into New York State in the form of cash and in-kind investments, and jump start New York State tourism promotion efforts worldwide.

Contestants will tour the region including stops in Ballston Spa and Clifton Park on September 29 and 30. The show highlights the Missing

Children Search. For more information please contact Pete Bardunias at (518) 371-7748 or visit or

FORT EDWARD — The Fort Edward Free Library located at 23 East Street will be hosting a complimentary Social Security retirement education workshop on Wednesday, April 20 at 6 p.m. The event is designed to help attendees learn about the new rules for Social Security claiming strategies before filing for benefits. Other topics discussed include survivor benefits, optimizing one’s claiming strategy, the impact of

working, when to apply, taxation and coordination with other retirement assets. The event is being presented by Retirement Solutions, an office of MetLife. Seating is limited. Please RSVP to John Kalil at 315734-3654. Light refreshments will be served. Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (MLIC), New York, NY 10166. MetLife does not provide tax or legal advice.

Mayor Yepsen Recognizes Vietnam Vets SARATOGA SPRINGS – On Tuesday, March 29, Saratoga Springs Mayor Joanne D. Yepsen joined with veterans and public officials around the country in recognizing “Vietnam Veterans Day.” “Today, as a city and as a nation, we pause to honor our Vietnam Veterans and reflect on the sacrifices they and their families have made for all of us,” Yepsen said. “Last year, our Vietnam Commemorative Committee – the first in the state to be officially recognized by the U.S. Department of Defense, commemorated the war with a variety of local

programs and activities that recognized our Vietnam-Era Veterans on the occasion of the war’s 50th anniversary. I want to again thank our committee for all of their efforts and would ask that our citizens keep all of our veterans and military families in their thoughts and prayers all year round.” In 2012, President Obama proclaimed March 29th Vietnam Veterans Day, a day that corresponds to the last American troops leaving Vietnam in 1973 after over 58,000 Americans killed or MIA, and over 303,000 wounded.


Week of April 1 – April 7, 2016

Week of April 1 – April 7, 2016




The Saratoga Film Academy’s summer camps provide a hands-on, project based learning experience in video and narrative film production for students 8-18 years old. This dynamic learning experience uses Hollywood insider knowledge on how to develop students’ technical skills to assist them in expressing their artistic voices. These limited enrollment, project based classes provide more individual attention and mentoring that caters to the individual’s needs and skill levels. Whether an individual is just beginning or on the verge of winning an oscar, students will find the classes challenging and intellectually rewarding. All classes are helmed by SFA’s founder, filmmaker, writer, and teacher Jon Dorflinger who has six years of Hollywood experience and is a NYS certified English Language Arts Teacher. Jon combined his passion for teaching and his passion for filmmaking and launched SFA in March of 2015. This will be SFA’s second summer and there are a variety of exciting classes. There is a return of the greatest hits from last year, like Stop-Motion Animation, YouTube Video Production, and The Director’s Class. There are several new classes added to the slate. The Female Voice, an all-girls class that focuses on empowering young girls. Sketch Comedy is great for the improv acting enthusiasts. Creative Filmmaking, is the perfect introduction to the craft. Finally, Feature Film Screenwriting provides young writers a step-by-step approach to completing a first draft of a 90-100 page screenplay. SFA film students go through process of producing their projects like professionals by engaging in four phases of production; writing/development, pre-production, production, and post production. Producing film projects promotes life-long skills such as project management, strategic planning, communication, and creative problem solving. To learn more and register for summer camps

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Call (518) 581-2480

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Conservation through the Lives of Adirondack Loons On Saturday, April 9, Dr. Nina Schoch will present “Conservation through the Lives of Adirondack Loons” at the Saratoga Springs Public Library on 49 Henry Street in Saratoga Springs. The presentation provides an overview of the Common Loon’s natural history and behavior and the conservation efforts of the Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation. The event starts at 2 p.m. in the Harry Dutcher Community Room and is free to the public. This program is sponsored by the Southern Adirondack Audubon Society. For more information, visit www. Spring Cleaning? Donations Needed Donations of used household items (excluding clothing and electronics) are needed for the Milton Grange’s annual garage sale on April 9. Proceeds from the garage sale are used to support programs in the community including the ECHO Food Pantry and vegetable plants for Head Start students. Please call Tony at (518) 584-8550 to make donation arrangements. Taste of Ballston Fundraiser for BSEF The Ballston Spa Educational Foundation is celebrating its 20 year anniversary with its Taste of Ballston event on Monday, April 11, 2016. This will be at the Ballston Spa High School from 6 to 8 p.m. Taste tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door, and $10 for kids 12 and under. Check out www. Tickets are still available for purchase for the Taste of Tuscany raffle. You could win a trip for two to Italy! Drawing will be at the Taste of Ballston event.

Havurah Vatik April Event Mary Sanders Shartle, poet, fiction and essay writer joins us to explore, in discussion and practice, why and how to share these stories on April 19, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Mary’s novel about a woman living alone in the Adirondacks, The Truth and Legend of Lily Martindale, published in 2014, has won a number of prizes. Mary teaches memoirwriting workshops all over Saratoga County. Of her novice-writer attendees, Mary says that many, though not all, are seniors, and that “some are shy, some ebullient and all are interesting.” That means you, too. A catered lunch will follow. RSVP by April 13; call the Temple Sinai Havurah Vatik reservation line at (518) 584-8730, ext. 4. 11am - 1pm Unique Approach to Healthcare Sarah LoBisco, ND, naturopathic doctor and functional medicine practitioner to present on new book highlighting a unique approach to healthcare. In celebration of the recent release of her new book, BreakFree Medicine: A Systematic and Integrated Guide to Balancing Your Body, she will be presenting at One Big Roof, A Center for Mindful Practices, on April 23. One Big Roof is located at 538 Maple Ave. (Route 9) in the Saratoga Health & Wellness Building (Across from Maple Ave. Middle School, Saratoga Springs). The event will take place from 4 - 5 p.m. Admission: $5 donation requested to cover expenses. Donny Elvis Fundraiser The Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court McLaughlin #422, will present Donny Elvis on Saturday, April 23, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 50 Pine Road, Saratoga Springs. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the show will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for the show and can be purchased at the door. Food will be available for purchase and there will also be a 50/50 Raffle and Chinese Auction. Proceeds are to benefit Mary’s Haven and Gateway House of Peace. Questions or information, contact Aileen Thomas @ (518) 583-2905.

Sustainable Saratoga’s 3rd Annual Tree Toga Tree Planters & Tree hosts needed. Sustainable Saratoga’s Urban Forestry Project has scheduled its 3rd annual TREE TOGA planting effort for the morning of Saturday, April 30. Volunteers like you are the key to the success of this annual event. With your help, we can grow a green legacy that will benefit our great city for decades to come. TREE PLANTERS (a great family activity). Have fun being part of a horde of tree planters by volunteering from about 9 a.m. - noon on the morning of Saturday, April 30. TREE HOSTS (get a FREE TREE at your house). Volunteer to host a street tree in front of your house. Enjoy nurturing the young tree for the first two years, especially by keeping it watered during hot dry spells. In 2016, we are excited to be planting twice the number of trees that we did in the past two years. As in the past, we will plant 25 trees funded from the City’s DPW tree budget. This April, however, we will also be planting 25 additional trees, funded by donors who have given generously to the tree fund of Sustainable Saratoga’s Urban Forestry Project. To volunteer, or if you have questions, email us at Burnt Hills Oratorio Society - Call for Singers If you love to sing, come join The Burnt Hills Oratorio Society, which rehearses Tuesday nights, 7 p.m. at the Burnt Hills/Ballston Lake High School choral room. BHOS is a friendly group that welcomes all singers without audition. The choir will perform Vivaldi’s “Gloria” and highlights of Handel’s “Messiah” at the time of year originally intended by its composer. The upcoming concert is scheduled for Sunday, May 15, 3 p.m. at the Zankel Music Center at Skidmore. Founded in 1970, BHOS proudly present two major concerts annually that feature local soloists and orchestral players. The members represent all age

Week of April 1 – April 7, 2016 groups and vocations. Here is your opportunity to sing with an orchestra, blend voices and enjoy community in a way that is often lacking in today’s culture. Membership is $55 plus the cost of music. For more information, go to www., find us on Facebook or just show up at a rehearsal. 1st Annual Golf Tournament The Eagle Matt Lee Fire Company is proudly celebrating 200 years in providing protection to our residents who reside in our Fire District. The Eagle Matt Lee Fire Company #1 will be hosting their 1st Annual Golf Tournament at the Ballston Spa Country Club, located at 1366 West High St., Ballston Spa, NY. Price of $85 per person includes golf, cart, prizes and a BBQ dinner by Henry’s Grill. The event will be held on May 16, 2016 with a 12:00 shotgun. The proceeds from this tournament will be used to support our celebration on June 25th. Registration deadline is May 1, 2016. Please visit our Facebook page for more information or call Pat Morrissey at (518) 885-5272. Olde Saratoga Seniors Bus Trip The Olde Saratoga Seniors are hosting a trip to Westin Country Store & Bryant House in Westin, VT on Monday, May 16, 2016. The cost is $23 per person, includes lunch and visit to the Vermont Country Store. The bus leaves from Saratoga Train Station or America Legion in Schuylerville. Money is due by April 26. Mail checks to Old Saratoga Seniors; c/o Mary LaMora, 19 Seward St D16, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Call (518) 584-7986 for more info. Sign up early. 200th Anniversary Celebration Join Eagle-Matt Lee fire Company No. 1 as they celebrate their 200th Anniversary on Saturday, June 25, 2016 at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds, Fairground Ave., Ballston Spa. A parade starts at 11:30 followed by rides, games, food, vendors and more. There will be a Jaws of Life live demo, Local DJ Hersh Productions, Big Sky Country from 4 – 9 p.m. and more.

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) Let RSVP assist you to find a challenging, rewarding and significant service opportunity in your local community. RSVP offers maximum flexibility and choice to its volunteers as it matches the personal interests and skills with opportunities that make a difference. Choices include: mentoring at local schools or with programs that support school age children, transporting seniors to and from medical appointments, delivering meals to homebound seniors or visiting with lonely elderly individuals looking for socialization. Kitchen help is also needed at several congregate dining locations throughout the county or you can join a team providing home repairs to ensure safety to neighbors in need or perhaps lead an exercise class or help out a community organization office to operate more efficiently. We have many options that may fit your volunteer needs. If you are 55 or older and would like to hear more about RSVP and how you might get started volunteering, call RSVP at (518) 884-4110 today. In Saratoga County RSVP is sponsored by the Office for the Aging. Senior Nutrition Program Persons age 60 and over can participate in a meal that is served Monday – Friday at Noon at several meal sites throughout Saratoga County (Congregate Dining). Meal sites are located in: Ballston Spa, Charlton, Clifton Park, Corinth, Edinburg, Galway, Greenfield, Hadley, Halfmoon, Malta, Mechanicville, Moreau, Saratoga, Schuylerville and Waterford. Reservations are needed at least one day in advance by noon. A registration form must be completed annually. The suggested donation is $2. For more information and contact phone numbers of locations, please call Billie Jo at The Office for the Aging (518) 884-4996.

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Week of April 1 – April 7, 2016

Saturday, April 2 Defensive Driving Class

Family Friendly Event

Friday, April 1 Launch Party for April Bernard - Brawl & Jag Northshire Bookstore, 424 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 7 p.m. Join us for a launch party & reading with poet – and Skidmore College faculty member - April Bernard. In Brawl & Jag, her most personal and accessible collection to date, with poems that are by turns playful, sorrowful and sharp-edged, Bernard explores subjects ranging from a museum of skulls to the Western movie genre. For more information, visit

Creative Place International’s Pop! Shakespeare Reading National Museum of Dance - Riggi Theater, 99 South Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 7:30 p.m. Join our resident professional theatre company The Creative Place International as they present POP Shakespeare - a free play reading event. Don’t miss this Shakespearian/ Pop Culture mash-up! Free admission. For more information, visit

Opera: Xerxes Arthur Zankel Music Center, Skidmore College, 8 p.m. Set in present day, this seriocomic opera opens with King Xerxes nobly attempting to launch a sustainability campaign (Vai Verde!), but gets distracted when he falls for his brother’s lover. Power struggles ensue and emotions escalate, aided by Handel’s brilliant score. Featuring guest countertenor Chad Payton in the role of Xerxes and Skidmore faculty baritone Dennis Blackwell with the Skidmore String Orchestra led by guest conductor, Scott Schoonover. $10 adults, $7 seniors & Skidmore community, free for students and children. You can reach the Zankel Box Office at (518) 580-5321.

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 receive up to 4 points off your driving record according to New York State Department of Motor Vehicle 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.

Maple Weekend Every spring, the members of the New York State Maple Producers Association and the Upper Hudson Maple Producers invite the community into their sugar houses to experience the world of pure NY maple syrup. Maple Weekend offers a delicious, fun-filled outing that has a little something for all maple-lovers to taste and experience. For more information and participating farms visit or

Northeast Woodworkers Association Saratoga Springs City Center, 522 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, Saturday and Sunday, 10 – 5 p.m. 25th Anniversary Showcase Presentation featuring over 600 exhibits of hand-made fine furniture, turnings, carvings, scroll work, toys and accessories judged for awards. Free lectures and demonstrations and over 75 vendors offering woodworking products. Entry fee is $10; children under 12 are free.

Concert: Filene Music Scholarship Competition Arthur Zankel Music Center, Skidmore College, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, call (518) 5805321 or go to zankel.

Sunday, April 3 Breakfast Buffet Saratoga-Wilton Elks, 1 Elks Lane, Rt. 9, Saratoga Springs, 8:30 – 11 a.m. Fruit cocktail, French toast, pancakes, potatoes, breakfast sausage and ham, corned beef hash, scrambled eggs, eggs benedict, juice,

coffee and tea. Donation Requested: Adults $8, Seniors and Military (Active/Retired with ID Card) $7, Children 5—12 $6, Under 5 Free, Take-outs $8. Call (518) 584-2585 for more information.

Old World Meets New World Saratoga National Historical Park, Route 32 and 4, Stillwater, 2 – 3 p.m. Join Historian Dr. Robert Selig for his presentation. Dr. Selig will discuss the mutual preconceptions of Germans, French and Americans, and how they were changed or re-enforced through actual contact. For more information on this or other programs at Saratoga National Historical Park, call the visitor center at (518) 670-2985 or visit the park website at follow us on Facebook and Twitter @ SaratogaNHP.

Cooking Class Four Seasons, 120 Henry St., Saratoga, 4 – 6 p.m. Spain - saffron chickpea paella, patatas bravas, red onion olive salad. Learn the core fundamental techniques of international vegetarian cooking. Using the freshest, healthiest seasonal ingredients, this class includes a discussion and demonstration of several essential culinary techniques and generous tastes of dishes prepared. Cost is $35 for each class and will be taught by Intaba Liff-Anderson, one of the “seasoned” chefs at Four Seasons Cafe. For questions or to register, call (518) 587-4670 ext. 2 and speak to Rich or email Richard@

Monday, April 4 Saratoga Springs Retired Teachers Association Meeting Longfellows Restaurant, 500 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs, Noon Membership is open to retired educators who taught in or now live in Saratoga County. For membership information, call (518) 587-5356.

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 234 Meeting 23 Pleasant St., Ballston Spa, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, April 5 Annual Meeting of The Catholic Daughters of the Americas

7p.m. and the readings will start at 7:30 p.m.. The host for the event will be Carol Graser and the cost is $5. For more information, call (518) 583-0022,

Knights of Columbus Hall, 50 Pine Road, Saratoga Springs. 6 p.m. The Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court McLaughlin #422, will hold their April meeting. Arrive at 6 p.m. for refreshments and social time and meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. The April meeting will include honoring past Regents/10 year plus anniversaries. New members are always welcome to come and see what the Catholic Daughters are all about. For any questions or further information, contact Regent Aileen Thomas at (518) 583-2905.

Thursday, April 7

9 Miles East Farm and Pizza Night

Saratoga Torch Club Meeting

Schuylerville Public Library, 52 Ferry St., Schuylerville, 6:30 p.m. Meet Gordon Sacks, owner of 9 Miles East Farm and Pizza. Learn about the food, how to order, and best of all how it all tastes. Join us for a tasty informational night. For more information, call (518) 695-6641.

Augie’s Family Style Italian Restaurant, 17 Low St., Ballston Spa. 5:30 pm President Norine Haas of the International Association of Torch Clubs, Inc.,will present a Charter to President Gerald Stulc. The Saratoga Torch Club will then be formally one of the some 70 Torch Clubs in the United States and Canada. The presentation this month will be “Energy for the World Now … Energy in the Future … An Exploration of Alternate Technologies”, by Louis Schick, Chief Technical Officer and Partner of the New World Capital Group based in Manhattan. Reservations are requested and welcomed. Contact Leo Kellogg at or (518) 279-5401. The meeting in May will be at Skidmore College and in June at the Wishing Well Restaurant.

Wednesday, April 6 Olde Saratoga Seniors Meeting Town Hall, 30 Ferry St., Schuylerville, Noon It will be a casserole luncheon. Please bring a dish to share. New members are always welcome. Call Pat (518) 331-2978.

Guided Mindful Meditation Saratoga Springs Public Library, Susman Room, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Take a break from the daily grind and clear your mind with guided Mindful Meditation led by professionals from One Roof Holistic Health Center. Sessions are free and open to the public, and will be held on the first and third Wednesday of each month. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call (518) 584-7860 ext. 205.

Poetry Open Mic Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 7 p.m. Caffè Lena will present poetry readings by Lisa Wiley and Peter Marcus. An open reading will follow. Doors open for sign-ups at

Music of 1930s with Annie and the Hedonists Saratoga Springs Public Library, H. Dutcher Community Room, Noon – 1 p.m. Come hear the best band in the Capital District deliver songs from the 1930s. You’ve read “Boys in the Boat,” now come hear what people were listening to at the time. For more information, visit http://www.

Recovery Advocacy in Saratoga Saratoga Springs Public Library, Dutcher Community Room, 7 p.m. Join RAIS (Recovery Advocacy in Saratoga) in welcoming Andrew McKenna, local author. The event is free to the public. Local author, attorney Andrew McKenna tells his story of achievement, addiction, personal recovery and service to others. He offers insight from his experience as Federal Prosecutor to Federal Prisoner. He is an engaging and motivating speaker. Book signing will follow talk.

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Week of April 1 – April 7, 2016

Puzzles ACROSS 1 Wrap giant 6 Reliever Orosco with the MLB record for career pitching appearances 11 Center of excellence? 14 Quaking causes 15 Plant pest 16 Rest one’s dogs, so to speak 17 It’s fraudulent 19 “Double Fantasy” artist 20 Extras in an env. 21 Squeezed (out) 22 Web-footed critter 24 Mustard, for one: Abbr. 25 Encouraging shouts 26 Shout 27 It’s fabricated 30 “Saint Joan” star Jean 31 __ Locks: St. Marys River rapids bypass 32 Hid the gray in 33 Brewers’ outfielder Braun 35 Creator of Della 37 Morales of film 40 Part of a foot 42 Pompous authority 46 It’s fake 49 Beer with “Since 1775” on its label 50 Big dos 51 Grazing area 52 More of that 53 Detective Peter of old TV 54 Estate attorney’s concern 55 __ Lingus 56 Race errors, and what 17-, 27- and 46-Across have 59 Mrs., in much of the Americas 60 Classic six-couplet poem 61 Has __: can save face 62 Triumphant cry 63 Dost espy 64 Has a sudden inspiration? DOWN 1 Gets to 2 Heroine of Beethoven’s “Fidelio” 3 AAA, for one 4 AAA et al. 5 Enzyme suffix 6 Hiked, with “up”

See puzzle solutions on page 46

See puzzle solution on page 46 7 “The Comedy of Errors” setting 8 Word with wood or water 9 Quote qualifier 10 Ex-mayor with a cameo in “The Muppets Take Manhattan” 11 Abstruse stuff 12 Pedigree 13 Came (in) dramatically 18 Convention attendees 23 Exploit 25 “Live at the __”: Patsy Cline album 26 Venomous arachnids 28 Sources of fine wool 29 “... rapping at my chamber door” poet 34 Fish-fowl link 36 Filming sites 37 Heaven on earth 38 “Told ya!”

39 Natural light shows 41 Pours out 43 Short, tailored jackets 44 Really dug something 45 San Simeon family 47 Guards may prevent them 48 Antarctic explorer Shackleton 53 Pure delight 54 1985 U.S. Open champ Mandlikova 57 Modern art? 58 Recess game

Writing the Right Word by Dave Dowling

Accuracy in word choice is a key to effective communication. In your daily writing and speaking, try to make sure you use the right word in the right place with the right spelling. By doing so, its effect will affect your communication in a positive way. This quick weekly tip will help you filter the confusion in some of our daily word choices. This Week: Ravage, Ravish Ravage means to destroy or devastate something. Fires continued to ravage the western states for many weeks. Ravish means to carry off by force or overwhelm with emotion. In the novel, the king’s daughter was ravished by her captors. The beauty of the Canadian sunset ravished the travelers. Dave Dowling is the author of The Wrong Word Dictionary and The Dictionary of Worthless Words. Both books are available from many book retailers, and signed copies can be obtained by contacting Dave at


Week of April 1 – April 7, 2016

Skidmore Theater Performs U.S. Premiere of “Hecuba” SARATOGA SPRINGS — Skidmore College’s Theater Department will be performing the American premiere of Marina Carr’s “Hecuba” from April 8 to 10 and April 14 to 17. All performances will be at 8 p.m., except for Sunday shows, which will be at 2 p.m. “Hecuba” by celebrated Irish playwright Marina Carr has only ever been produced once before, at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon. Ian Belton, off-Broadway director, National Endowment for the Arts Fellow and Carr’s former student, will be returning to Skidmore, his alma mater, to direct this adaption. The production will feature original music composed by Erik

Sanko, founder of Phantom Limb, an innovative theatrical and production design company based in Manhattan. In Marina Carr’s reimagining of the legend of “Hecuba,” Troy has fallen. It’s the end of war and the beginning of something worse. As the cries die down after the final battle, there are reckonings to be made. In this American premiere production, Belton steers a course headlong into the ultra-violent slaughter, highlighting uncanny parallels to not only geo-politics, but our own notions of gender, race and religion. In a world where human instinct has been ravaged by violence, is everything as it seems in the hearts of the winner and those

Skidmore College’s Theater Department performs American premiere of “Hecuba.” Photo by Sue Kessler.

they have defeated? This show includes sexual content and nudity, and is not recommended for children.

Tickets to the performance of “Hecuba” are $12 and $8 for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased in advance at or by contacting Skidmore’s box office at 518-580-5439 or

Adirondack Shakespeare Kicks off Season with “Julius Caesar” and “The Merchant of Venice” SARATOGA SPRINGS — Winter may feel like it never really arrived, but Adirondack Shakespeare Company is ready to officially welcome spring with productions of “Julius Caesar” and “The Merchant of Venice” this month. For the first time, the company is also offering a number of educational performances of last summer’s original children’s play, “Songs of the Iroquois: Turtle Island.”

Even more exciting than the opening of the company’s season is the return of actor Sean Lounsbury to the stage after a horrific car crash. In September, five actors were involved in a head-on collision in Johnsburg, and Lounsbury’s injuries prevented him from being a part of the season. He is doing remarkably well, and the Company is excited to announce his return to the stage this season as Bassanio in “The Merchant of Venice” and as Flint in “Songs of

the Iroquois: Turtle Island.” He will also stage manage “Julius Caesar” as he continues to prepare for his upcoming stint as the title role in “Hamlet” this upcoming autumn. “As difficult as my recovery was last fall, I cannot imagine how many times that difficulty would be multiplied if the accident had not happened here in the Adirondack Park,” Lounsbury shared. “I thank the accident for exposing to me the warmth and unconditional love

this community has, not just for me, but for humanity.” Locally, “Julius Caesar” will be performed Friday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m. and “The Merchant of Venice” will be performed Sunday, April 17 at 3 p.m., with both shows taking place at the National Museum of Dance (NMOD), located at 99 South Broadway. “Songs of the Iroquois: Turtle Island” will be performed at the NMOD on Friday, April 1 and Tuesday, April

19, with performances at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Adirondack Shakespeare Company will also be performing these shows throughout the month of April in Glens Falls, North Creek, Plattsburgh, Old Forge, Chestertown and Schenectady. For a full list of performances and locations, visit adkshakes. org. Tickets can be purchased at



Week of April 1 – April 7, 2016

Skidmore Presents Handel’s Renowned Opera “Xerxes” SARATOGA SPRINGS — Handel’s “Xerxes” will be the first full opera production in Skidmore College’s Arthur Zankel Music Center. Performances are Friday, April 1 and Saturday, April 2 at 8 p.m. Directed by Artist-inResidence Sylvia Stoner-Hawkins, this production features students from her “Opera Workshop” course, guest countertenor Chad Payton, and Skidmore faculty baritone Dennis Blackwell, as well as the Skidmore String Orchestra, led by guest conductor Scott Schoonover and prepared by Senior Artist-in-Residence Michael Emery. Handel’s seriocomic opera, which debuted in 1738, was based loosely on the ancient Persian King Xerxes. He opens the production by singing to his beloved plane tree the famous aria “Ombra mai fu” (“Never was a shade”). For her shortened adaptation, StonerHawkins has the king launching a sustainability campaign. “We have turned the plot around to work with modern times,” noted Stoner-Hawkins. “Notwithstanding the distractions in the convoluted plot—the king

falls for his brother’s lover, power struggles ensue, emotions escalate. In our version, the sustainability campaign is really successful.” Originally designed for a castrato, the role of Xerxes today is usually sung by a female contralto or mezzo-soprano, or by a countertenor—a male with a high vocal range. Handling the Skidmore role is guest artist Chad Payton, a countertenor noted for his rich, full tone and vocal fluidity who made his operatic debuts at both Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. He is an assistant professor of music at Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi and a voice teacher and artistic administrator for the venerable Seagle Music Colony at Schroon Lake. Stoner-Hawkins enlisted him because “he is both an artist and a teacher. He knows the part and he knows the baroque style. Students can learn a lot working with such a professional.” In the role of Ariodate is Skidmore voice teacher Dennis Blackwell, a baritone applauded for his work across opera, concerts, recitals and musical theater, including with the New York City Opera and the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players. At the

podium will be Scott Schoonover, founder and artistic director of the critically acclaimed Union Avenue Opera in St. Louis, Missouri. Stoner-Hawkins is thrilled that her students have this opportunity. “Handel in general is very friendly for the developing voice,” she said. “The orchestration is of a lighter timbre, so it’s easier for lighter voices to sing over it, in terms of balance.” English supertitles will help the audience follow along. Featured in lead roles are soprano Katherine Krebs ’19 as Romilda, countertenor Elijah McCormack ’16 as Arsamene, soprano Anabel Milton ’18 as Amastre, and soprano Evan Shalat ’16 as Atalanta. In all, two dozen students are involved in the cast and crew, and others perform in the orchestra. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, and free (but with reservations required) for students and

Katherine Krebs '19 as Romilda (left) with Anabel Milton '18 as Amastre (right). Photo provided.

children. All tickets are available at anytime or at the Zankel box office Tuesday

through Friday, from 1 to 5 pm. Contact the box office at zankel@ or at 518-580-5321.

Red Shift at Putnam Den Say Yes…To Your Mom Prom Dress!

Red Shift is headlining a concert at Putnam Den on Friday, April 1. Show starts at 9 p.m., with doors opening at 8 p.m. Five bands will open for Red Shift: Lock 9, Noise Between Stations, Making the Stars Move, Demon Sense and Under the Den. Tickets are $8 at the door. 18 and over only, with a $5 surcharge for those under 21. For more information about Red Shift, visit their Facebook page at Photo by Rachel Ortiz.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Ladies, are you heading to this year's Saratoga Mom Prom? Then grab your girlfriends and join us for The No Mess, No Stress Say Yes to Your Mom Prom Dress Shopping Extravaganza! Mom Prom is on May 14 at the Holiday Inn on Broadway, and a perfect dress is a must. Choose from a variety of gowns and support a great cause at the same time. All dresses are just $15 and the proceeds support Floyd Warriors, a cancer support organization for women and their families. The No Mess, No Stress, Say Yes dress shopping event will be held on Saturday, April 2 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St Peter's Church in Saratoga Springs (the back building, look for the balloons). Treasures Boutique will also be there to offer shoes and accessories to complete your look. For more information about the event, and about Mom Prom, visit


Week of April 1 – April 7, 2016

One Big Roof Hosts Indian Classical Dance Performance SARATOGA SPRINGS — One Big Roof, a retreat and workshop center, is hosting a performance of Bharata Natyam South Indian classical dance presented by Jaan R. Freeman on April 9 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. One Big Roof is located at 538 Maple Ave. (Route 9), in the Saratoga Health and Wellness Building, across from Maple Ave. Middle School. Bharata Natyam is the most popular of the classical dances of India. It was born in the innermost sanctums of the Hindu temples as part of the rituals and offerings to the deity of the temple. The art is indigenous to southern India, and it is traditionally performed by a solo dancer. The art has two aspects. First is the pure rhythmic abstract dance, which incorporates complex footwork and decorative hand gestures performed to spoken rhythmic syllables. The second

is the expressive storytelling called Abhinaya, which uses hand gesture, facial expression, mime and body positions to create the mood and convey the idea set forth in the sung text. Jaan R. Freeman, who will be presenting the performance, was born and raised in New York City and has been studying bharatanatyam in the T. Balasaraswati lineage for the past 20 years in the United States, India and Montreal. Freeman is a disciple of Smt. Nandini Ramani and Smt. Priyamvada Sankar, both senior disciples of the late great South Indian dancer T. Balasaraswati. Freeman had his bharatanatyam Arangetram (graduation) in 2005 at the historical Henry Street Settlement Playhouse Theater in NY. Freeman has performed at various Hindu Temples,

festivals and Indian heritage celebrations throughout the U.S. and was invited to perform for Dance Theater of Harlem’s Open House. Freeman has been touring with his solo program “Bharata Natyam for New Audiences” since 2008 throughout the country. His programs are designed to introduce and build new audiences to this sacred dance of South India. Tickets to the performance are $20 for advance admission and $25 at the door. For more information, call (212) 289-5483, email or visit One Big Roof, Center for Mindful Practices, is a sanctuary for contemplative and restorative care, providing workshops, meditation and movement since 2010. For more information, visit

Jaan R. Freeman, who will be leading the Bharata Natyam performance. Photo provided.



Week of April 1 – April 7, 2016

week of 4/1-4/7 friday, 4/1: Erin Harkes, 9 pm @ Bentley’s — 899.4300 Jack Williams, 8 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022 Chuck Kelsey, 7 pm @ Carson’s Woodside Tavern — 584.9791 Jukebox Night, 9 pm @ Caroline St. Pub — 583.9400 Jessie Ashdown, 6 pm @ Diamond Club Grill — 290.9090 Jeff Walton, 4 pm @ End Zone Sports Pub — 584.6460 TJ Clancy + Bobby Vanier, 9 pm @ Gaffney’s — 587.7359 80s Night, 10 pm @ Harvey’s — 583.0003 Slow Burn, 5:30 pm @ JP Bruno’s — 745.1180 New York Players, 8 pm @ Nanola — 587.1300 Chuck Lamb Quartet, 9 pm @ 9 Maple Avenue — 583.2582 Freddie Shehadi Trio, 9 pm @ One Caroline — 587.2026 Er Go Blu, 5:30 pm @ Primetime Ultra Lounge — 583.4563 April Fools Party, 9 pm @ Putnam Den — 584.8066 Jess Marcotte Band, 9 pm @ The Mill — 899.5253 High Peaks Band, 8 pm @ The Parting Glass — 583.1916 McArdle + MacDonald Duo, 9:30 pm @ The Rusty Nail — 371.9875 N + S Dakotas, 6 pm @ The Saratoga Winery — 584.9463 Lisa Santoso, 6:30 pm @ Thirsty Owl — 587.9694 Grand Central Station, 8 pm @ Vapor — 581.5775

saturday, 4/2: Dan Sherwin, 9 pm @ Bentley’s — 899.4300 David Mallett, 8 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022 Franklin Micare Duo, 7 pm @ Carson’s Woodside Tavern — 584.9791 Bad Chaperones, 9 pm @ Caroline St. Pub — 583.9400 Rick Nelson Trio, 9 pm @ Gaffney’s — 587.7359 Manic City Radio, 10 pm @ Harvey’s — 583.0003 Master Cylinders, 8 pm @ Nanola — 587.1300 Keith Pray Quartet, 9 pm @ 9 Maple Avenue — 583.2582 Peg Delaney, 6 pm @ One Caroline — 587.2026 George Muscatello Quartet feat. Shiri Zorn, 9 pm @ One Caroline — 587.2026 David John, 5:30 pm @ Primetime Ultra Lounge — 583.4563 Skeleton Keys, 9 pm @ Putnam Den — 584.8066 Erin Harkes, 9 pm @ The Mill — 899.5253 Big Medicine, 9 pm @ The Parting Glass — 583.1916 Karaoke, 9:30 pm @ The Rusty Nail — 371.9875 Ubuntu, 3 pm

@ The Saratoga Winery — 584.9463 Ria Curley + Chuck Lamb, 6:30 pm @ Thirsty Owl — 587.9694 DJ Nick Papa Georgio, 9 pm @ Vapor — 581.5775 Rob Aronstein, 7 pm @ Wishing Well — 584.7640

sunday, 4/3: Dala w/ Mo Kenney, 7 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022 Brunch w/ Angela Ford + the Lost Keys, noon @ Nanola — 587.1300 Wild Adriatic, 6 pm @ Nanola — 587.1300 Eric Margan, 6 pm @ One Caroline — 587.2026 Live Jazz Brunch, 10 am @ Primetime Ultra Lounge — 583.4563

monday, 4/4: Jeff Brisbin, 6:30 pm @ Brook Tavern — 871.1473 Rock Band Fundraiser — Students against Domestic Violence, 7 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022

tuesday, 4/5: Rich Ortiz, 9 pm @ Caroline St. Pub — 583.9400 Open Mic with Rick Bolton, 8 pm @ Gaffney’s — 587.7359

wednesday, 4/6: Poetry Open Mic, 7 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022 Erin Harkes, 6 pm @ Diamond Club Grill — 290.9090 The Masters of Nostalgia, 8:30 pm @ One Caroline — 587.2026 Open Mic, 9 pm @ Putnam Den — 584.8066 Celtic Session, 7 pm @ The Parting Glass — 583.1916 Karaoke, 9 pm @ The Rusty Nail — 371.9875

thursday, 4/7: Pat Decker, 7 pm @ Bailey’s — 583.6060 Open Mic, 7 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022 Open Mic, 10 pm @ Circus Café — 583.1106 Jessie Ashdown, 6 pm @ Diamond Club Grill — 290.9090 Megan Houde, 8 pm @ Gaffney’s — 587.7359 Rick + Phriends, 8 pm @ Nanola — 587.1300 Chris Carey + Mike O’Donnell, 8 pm @ One Caroline — 587.2026 Chris Dollard, 5:30 pm @ Primetime Ultra Lounge — 583.4563 Free Air w/ Canopy, 8:30 pm @ Putnam Den — 584.8066 Celtic Session, 7 pm @ The Parting Glass — 583.1916

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Week of April 1 – April 7, 2016

Here They gRow Again!

SRA Steps Up To Host Early Regatta This Sunday by Arthur Gonick Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — While the sport of rowing is by its nature a competitive entity, there is a camaraderie that exists in the governing bodies that rise to support one another in times of need. Such is the case with the Saratoga Rowing Association (SRA), which, capitalizing on a mild winter (and hence an ice-free Fish Creek), was able to accommodate a request from the organizers of the Doc Hosea Invitational Regatta when they ran into difficulties with their regular location at Cooper River, New Jersey (near Cherry Hill). As such, local regatta fans have an extra reason to celebrate spring’s arrival this Sunday, April 3, as SRA

will be the host when 10 collegiate Division I women’s rowing programs will descend upon Saratoga Lake. Competition begins at 8 a.m. “It’s a nice homecoming for some of our (SRA alumni) rowers,” said SRA Regatta Director Chris Chase. “There are several coming back from the UMass-Amherst and University of Rhode Island programs.” Other women’s rowing teams in Sunday’s regatta are Boston University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Northeastern University, Syracuse University, US Naval Academy, University of Minnesota and University of Pennsylvania. The regatta is named after Dr. Timothy “Doc” Hosea, who, among many sports medicine

posts, was the Team Physician for the US Rowing National Team at 12 world-rowing championships and multiple Olympic Games over the past two decades. Hosea passed away last August. “They reached out to us in late February,” Chase explained; “the course at Cooper River was going through expansion, which involved an investment in their course, and, among other things, dredging. They ran into a time crunch when the dredging was taking longer than expected, and they ran into an environmental issue. Dredging had to be suspended because of the impact it would have on native wildlife at a certain time of the year.” He continued, “It was easy for

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us to accommodate, since it was outside our regular regatta season, and of course, we caught a big break because of our mild winter.” Chase noted that there was only about a half-dozen courses that could accommodate the requirements of the Hosea Regatta, Saratoga being one of the few.

So when we contemplate the by-products of unusually mild weather in the region this year (see story – page 15), here is another that can be placed on the positive side of the ledger. For more information, visit www.

Wilton Y Goes the Extra Mile(s) For Mission 443 WILTON — The Saratoga Regional YMCA’s Wilton Branch will be having a special event in their gymnasium this Sunday, April 3 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. About 30 registered riders will participate in a 4-hour cycle-thon called “Miles for Mission 443.” Four well-known athletes,

Justina Bruno, Nicole Rothenberger, Deb Rafferty, and Tom Edegette, will be guest instructors and they will be taking turns teaching throughout the four hours. Prizes will be distributed to participants for various categories, which include highest wattage, most miles and best Y spirit.

About $2,500 has been raised in pledges so far. All proceeds will benefit SRYMCA’s Mission 443 Scholarship Campaign, which provides scholarships to those in our community who are in need. To learn more about how you can cheer the participants on, visit

Saratoga Storm Storming to Nationals! Seeks Contributions to Help Fund Trip Expenses Joe Schmidt Pitches During Spring Training for Spa Catholic in Florida.

Spa Catholic Pitcher Schmidt Commits to Rollins College

SARATOGA SPRINGS — While the Spa Catholic Saints’ team has wrapped up their annual Spring Training session in Central Florida, one of their key players has assured he’ll be visiting the area again – and staying awhile. Senior pitcher Joe Schmidt, the 2015 recipient of Spa Catholic’s Tim Stauffer Award for Pitching Excellence, has committed to Rollins College for his collegiate career. Rollins, a Division 2 School in Winter Park, Florida, plays its games in the Sunshine State Conference. Schmidt had an outstanding season in 2015, in which he was named to the Western Athletic Conference’s All-Star First Team for the second

consecutive season, among other honors. In 2015, he was undefeated, winning all five regular season games he pitched, and also was on the mound in both of the Saints’ playoff contests - starting the round one sectional game against Ravena, in which he had nine strikeouts in four innings - and coming in for three relief innings in the sectional semi-finals against Schuylerville four days later. Overall, for 2015, Schmidt had 54 strikeouts and only 14 walks in 40 innings for the Saints. He allowed only six earned runs on the season. Schmidt’s ERA of 0.70 for 2015 placed him third on the all-time lowest season ERA record list for Saratoga Central Catholic Baseball. - Arthur Gonick

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Storm is an amateur adult women’s hockey team, comprised of women of all experiential levels, their common bond sharing a passion for playing the game of ice hockey. After several years of competing, they won their first state title in mid-March. The Storm is now preparing

to head to their national tournament in Minneapolis, MN, where they will face off against the best teams in the nation, over this coming weekend. They have started a GoFundMe campaign to defray the estimated $8,000 in team travel expenses. To date, they have raised about $7,300 of that total, and would like to ask

for the community’s support in carrying the local banner to glory. Good luck to the Storm on their journey, and bring home the title! To contribute, visit saratogastorm For more information, visit saratogastormhockey.weebly. com.


Week of April 1 – April 7, 2016

How Final is the Final Four?

by Damian Fantauzzi for Saratoga TODAY Could this be the last hoorah for Syracuse Coach Jim Boeheim? The story that is circulating is that he has set up a three-year window for Boeheim to retire. This came after NCAA sanctions in March of last year, when the Syracuse basketball program came under scrutiny for academic violations as well as other infractions. Coach Boeheim was hit with some penalties related to keeping some of his players academically eligible through lack of monitoring

the basketball program. Coach Boeheim’s Syracuse Orangemen beat No. 1 seed Virginia on Sunday, March 27 in an incredible comeback at the Midwest Regional final. With the 68-62 win, Syracuse, a No. 10 seed, became just the fourth team seeded that low to reach the Final Four. It’s hard to know what to make of this moment. If you take away the moral policing, it is a testimony to Boeheim’s coaching prowess. This season, Boeheim was suspended for nine games over 32 days, and he was unable to have any contact with his own players. This is in addition to what is described as academic misconduct, as mentioned above. Also, there was a failure to follow drug testing rules and the infraction of giving players extra benefits. On top of all of this, most people didn’t think Syracuse even deserved to get into the tournament based on its 13 losses. So, this was considered an off year and, coupled with an embarrassing scandal, it could have been the saddest moment in Boeheim’s career.

And yet, “This is the best comeback we’ve ever had,” said Boeheim to a crowd of reporters in a post game interview. As for Virginia’s basketball program, they continue their recent history of never quite reaching the Final Four. They led by as much as 16 points this past Saturday against Syracuse, maybe allowing themselves to feel that they finally were getting their turn. Unfortunately for the Cavaliers, they are continuing to be labeled as a regular-seasononly team. Syracuse slumped during the 32 days Boeheim served out his penalty. The story is that he was a basket case in his home in his exile from the basketball court. Boeheim started feeling better when he came back, and he was far from feeling mushy or sheepish on his return. If you ever thought the Syracuse coach to be soft, then you haven’t been paying attention during the past 40 years under his tenure as head coach. The first thing he said when he came back, according to longtime assistant / interim coach Mike Hopkins

was “‘We have got to get better - this is what we have to do. We’re a young team; these guys are playing out of position. We’ve got to get better.’ It was like nothing happened.” And they got better. Boeheim is known for his grumpiness and his blatant mopey demeanor – personified by the expression “I don’t care what anyone thinks.” But during the week at the Midwest Regional, he did open up about his coaching philosophy. He talked about pushing players. He pushes them hard because players 1) really want it, even though they don’t know it and 2) have no idea that they really aren’t giving 100 percent. So will the only remaining Number one seed go down? If North Carolina loses, either on Saturday or in the title game, it would be a surprise. The Tar Heels are playing at an extremely high level. It also seems fitting for their coach, Roy Williams, to get another title alongside senior leaders Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson. How will UNC lose? Even though the Orangemen are a 10

seed, they have put it all together so far in this tournament. North Carolina swept two games against Syracuse in the ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference) regular season, but any coach will tell you that it’s not easy to beat a good team three times in a season, and Syracuse only lost by five points in their last meeting with the Tar Heels. As a coach, I see this game as a battle of determination versus perseverance. The Syracuse zone defense is either a determining factor or a curse for the Orangemen. I also feel that rebounding will be a key factor. UNC will be prepared for the defense, but will they be able to stop the motivation of Syracuse’s mentor? Will we see a storybook ending for Coach Jim Boeheim? We shall see! The history of March Madness shows that most crowned champions were teams that were number one through four seeds. This could be a record setting Final Four, if the Orangemen prevail as champs. This would be a rare feat, not only for a 10 seed, but for a college program that relies on its staple 2-3 zone defense. I hope the game lives up to the hype!

Take the Countryman Challenge at West Mountain QUEENSBURY — Are you ready to have the time of your life exercising outdoors with friends and family in the fresh mountain air? Don't forget to register today for West Mountain's Countryman Challenge 5k Obstacle Race being held this Saturday, April 2 at 4 p.m. Registration and race details are available at Race fees include a take home bag full of giveaways, a ringer T-shirt, BBQ dinner and live music by Audiostars' Jay Yager and Bobbie Van Detta in our East Slope Bar and Eatery following the race. We also have a MINI course for our little

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competitors following the race that is free of charge, spectating is also free! Come race or come watch the competitors. Prizes include full privilege

season passes, tubing tickets, and much more! For more information, visit

Fort Ann Earns Prestigious Sportsmanship Award FORT ANN — The International Association of Approved Basketball Officials (IAABO) Board 36, which includes over 100 officials who serve the NYS Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) Section II Boys Basketball League, chose Fort Ann Central School District to receive the 2016-17 Tom Brennan Sportsmanship Award. This marks the first time the award has been earned


by a team in the Adirondack League. The award is named after longtime Section II Official Tom Brennan, who was inducted into the Capital District Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010. Boys Basketball Officials from over 90 schools in Section II voted for Fort Ann to receive this award. “We are pleased, humbled, and honored to receive this award,” said Coach Kevin

Nassivera, who has been the Fort Ann Varsity boy’s basketball coach for nine years. “Sportsmanship is a big part of what we do, and the athletes believe it plays a key role in our success.” The Tom Brennan Sportsmanship banner will be presented to the Fort Ann coaches in November 2016, and hung in the Fort Ann gym for the remainder of the 201617 school year.


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Friday, April  15th,  2016  

5:00 PM  to  9:00  PM   Saratoga  Catholic  Central  School,    

247 Broadway,  Saratoga  Springs,  NY  

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Skylar Sisson  is  a  vivacious  14  year  old  who  attends  Schuylerville  Middle  School  in  Schuylerville,  NY.    Skylar  was   diagnosed  with  a  brain  tumor  this  past  January.    The  brain  tumor  Skylar  is  battling  is  so  RARE  that  it  is  only  found   5%  of  the  time  in  children,  with  only  50  total  cases  found  nationwide.   All  of  the  proceeds  from  this  basketball  game  will  go  to  the  family  to  offset  their  growing  medical  and  travel   expenses.   Please  consider  donating  if  you  are  unable  to  attend   Visit  the  gofundme  page  for  further  information

An additional  fund  has  been  set  up  for  Skylar  and  her  family  at  Trustco  Bank.                                                                                                                                   Please  make  checks  payable  to:  Skylar’s  Medical  Fund  C/O  Marie  Colucci  



Week of April 1 – April 7, 2016

Meet the team - SSHS Baseball




Brad Hipsley Soph.


Matt Triola

Junior UTL/P

Jack Cairns Junior OF/P




Chris James



Brendon Frank

Senior OF

Assistant Coach Brett McArthur




Brian Hart



Lewi Clarke Soph.


Shane Barringer Senior P44


Peter Herman

Junior C



Kyle Powell

Junior UTL/P

Brendan Coffey

Senior C



Week of April 1 – April 7, 2016

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Jake Fauler Junior OF


Danny Hobbs

Senior P


Nick Kondo Senior 2B


Zach Vavasour Junior UTL/P


5 28

Cory McArthur Senior P


Head Coach

Andy Cuthbertson


Jon Stewart

Junior UTL/P

16 29

Assistant Coach Frank Raponi

Assistant Coach Rich Lofink

Keegan Leffler Junior P

2015 New York “AA” State Finalist




Week of April 1 – April 7, 2016

COMMUNITY SPORTS BULLETIN Spring Into Spring with a New Bike! Bikeatoga will be holding its Spring Kids Bike Giveaway for Saratoga County children on Saturday, April 23 in Saratoga Springs – location TBA (see below). Participants must make an appointment. Children must be present and accompanied by a parent or guardian. Throughout the year, volunteers refurbish bikes donated by area residents for distribution to children whose families lack the means to purchase bikes on their own. In the last five years, hundreds of bicycles have been collected, repaired, and distributed to children in the local community. Bikeatoga will be providing helmets and helmet fittings for any child receiving a bicycle. To make an appointment, please call 518-306-6931 or email Leave your name and phone number, and your call will be returned with an appointment time and the location of the Bikeatoga Workshop. Please visit for more information.

Saratoga Rowing Association Summer Camps Child Summer Sculling Camps: For 9-13 year olds, sessions for experienced & beginner. This camp is for one week per session from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. The first session is July 4 – 8 and we are offering seven sessions. There

is a limit of 10 kids per session. Cost is $240 plus a $10 temporary membership fee. Summer Learn to Row and Preparation Camp-children: Open to 7 – 12 graders. Learn to Row Camp prepares the rower for the Jr. Competitive Team. Each Learn to Row camp is for two weeks from 9 a.m. – noon and we offer 3 separate sessions. The first session is July 4 – 15. The cost is $250 plus a $10 temporary membership fee. There is a discount for multiple session registrations on this camp only. Preparation Camp is to help prepare you for the next step of joining our Jr. Competitive Team. The camp is from Aug 15 – 19 from 9 a.m. – noon and requires that you have attended at least one Learn to Row Camp. The cost is $150 plus a $10 temporary membership. Kindersculls: This camp is for boys & girls, ages 4 - 9 years old. This is a wonderful way to introduce the youngest of rowers to the sport! The cost is $375 plus a $10 temporary membership for the week - August 15 - 19. There are 2 sessions, one morning (from 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.) and one afternoon (from 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.). Adult Summer Learn to Row: Open to adults of any age. This camp is a great way to try rowing with other beginners. The camp meets twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday at 6 p.m., beginning on July 5 (skipping the week of August 1) through August 11. Cost is $200 plus a $10 temporary membership fee.

To register, visit our website at and click on Register Now! Any questions, contact our office at 518-587-6697.

Babysitting and Safety Course at Gavin Park Adirondack Health & Safety will once again be presenting a child and babysitting course at Gavin Park. This course is open to girls and boys, ages 10 and up. Participants will learn the basics of CABS (Child and Babysitting Safety), along with CPR and first aid. The course runs from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 2. Pre-registration and bag lunch is required. Cost for Wilton Residents is $60, Saratoga Springs School District Residents is $65, and all others are $70. Questions may be answered by calling the park office at 518-584-9455.

Camp Malta Registration Now Open Registration for Camp Malta, full day camp, has begun and will run until June 8th. Space is limited! This program is for children entering grades K-5 in the fall, and is held at the Malta Community Center. It is a NYS Health Department licensed program that provides children with a fun, well-supervised summer experience. Participants enjoy summer days packed with fun

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activities such as; sports, crafts, games, movies, library time, special guest programs and field trips. For more information and registration forms, visit the Camp Malta page at or call 518-899-4411.

Adult Sports and Fitness Opportunities in Ballston Spa Schools The Ballston Spa Community Education Program is currently offering adult sports from 8-10 p.m. with Co-ed Indoor Soccer and Co-ed Volleyball held on Mondays and Men’s Basketball on Wednesdays. The popular Walk About program provides a safe, indoor walking course for those interested in a low impact fitness activity. The program continues through April when school is in session. A $15 registration fee is required for this program and non-residents are charged $18 to participate. Walkers may join the program at any time throughout the session. Pre-registration is required and fees are due at the beginning of each course. Those interested may register for courses by mail or inperson at the District Office, 70 Malta Avenue. Additional information regarding any of the courses offered is available online at or by calling 518-884-7195 x 1329.

Saratoga Springs Recreation Department Summer Clinics and Programs Registration for summer clinics and programs hosted by the Saratoga Springs Recreation Department will begin Monday April 11. The Saratoga Springs Recreation Department will again be offering an extensive and varied list of programs and clinics for Summer 2016. Choose from boys and girls basketball, volleyball, baseball, field hockey, tennis, boys and girls lacrosse, soccer, cheerleading, skateboarding, softball, track, running, sandlot baseball, flag football and ice skating lessons. Questions? Call 518 5873550 x2300 or email

Pickleball at Gavin Park Pickleball is traditionally played on a badminton-sized court with special paddles made of wood or high-tech aerospace materials. The ball used is similar to a wiffle ball, but slightly smaller. The lower net and wiffle ball allow the game to be accessible to people of all ages and abilities, while still allowing more competitive players to test their mettle. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays through April, 9:15-11:15 a.m. Fee: $3 per day (exact cash please).


Week of April 1 – April 7, 2016

Code Blue 8K Raises $30K!

by Arthur Gonick Saratoga TODAY

SARATOGA SPRINGS — A chilly morning on Saturday, March 26, gave a notably powerful reminder to everyone that was gathered at High Rock Park. With early morning’s temperatures hovering around 32 degrees (the trigger temperature to activate Code Blue), it showed that, without the existence of the Code Blue Shelter, many less fortunate individuals in our community would have been subject to harsh conditions overnight on this night, and many others, despite what has been regarded as a ‘mild’ winter.

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The second annual ‘Blue Needs You’ 8K race, along with a Kids fun run, cheer squad and Easter Egg Hunt to benefit Taylor’s Heroes was a success by any measure because of an involved community that participated in various ways. The money that was raised (a preliminary estimate is around $30,000) will ensure nearly 40 individuals have temporary respite from hazardous winter weather from November until April. At the Code Blue individuals are surrounded by caring volunteers and staff, have a safe, warm place to sleep, showers and a hot meal. For more information, visit

Kids Fun Run

Chilly, But Happy Cheer Squad Members

Women’s 1st Place - Erin Lopez

Men’s 1st place - Ken Little

Sophia Eckardt

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