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CIVIC DUTY STARTS YOUNG SSHS Students Launch Political Clubs by Lori Mahan Saratoga TODAY

Meg Messitt, president of the Teenage Republican Club. Photo provided.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Meg Messitt, an ambitious freshman at Saratoga Springs High School, decided last summer that her political point of view needed to be represented in her high school. Along with two friends her age, Jason Schwartz and Paul Sheehan, Messitt and the boys spent their summer writing their new proposed club's constitution. Messitt explained that she has always been interested in politics,

starting with watching Fox News at a young age and continuing to do so well into her teen years. “I was really excited to start this club, it got me even more engaged with politics. We wanted to express conservative values more, we thought there wasn’t a big voice of conservative ideas in Saratoga schools. We noticed that lessons tended to be from the democratic view point. So, we started this club, so the conservative values could be heard,” Messitt explained. See Story pg. 18

Matthew Taylor, president of the Young Democrats Club. Photo provided.

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WHAT: Laborer, Saratoga Springs Department of Public Works WHERE: City Transfer Station, 41 Weibel Avenue Q. How long have you worked for the city? A. : I’ve been working for the city for almost 19 years. Q. What did you do before that? A. I managed Hi Roc Lanes; tending bars, working for the school system. Q. Where did you live before moving to Corinth? A. Dyer Switch Road. My mom got sick and my dad had passed away, so I bought a house [in Corinth] two blocks over from my mom to help take care of my mom and my brother. She passed away on Labor Day. Q. How has the city changed? A. The city’s changed a lot, especially with the solar panels we have here. Q. What do you think about the city’s recycling program? A. : I think it’s a great idea. A lot of people do recycle; they’re very strict about recycling. And then you get some people that just want to get rid of their problem and give it to you. We don’t take any Styrofoam, plastic bags or bubble wrap, and when you tell them they get upset…This here all goes into a conveyor, it gets separated; it has shakers; it has photo eyes; it has magnets; it has blowers on it that separate everything. And that only gets caught around the conveyor belts and it screws up the whole machine. Q. What can people do with Styrofoam? A. Styrofoam goes into your household trash. The trash goes to the burn plant up in Hudson Falls. We have no place to recycle that. Plastic bags they can take back to the grocery stores; they have a bin there.

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Q. You handle communications with the recycling trucks? A. I fill at least two bins a day. I call them in, I do the paperwork for them, and when they come and pick the bins up I go down I clean around all underneath and then I come back up to finish helping the people. If they throw garbage into my bins, I have to get that garbage out or they will reject my bins. Garbage goes over in the compacter. Household garbage of any kind, or hazardous waste. Q. How many people utilize the recycling bins each week? A. I would have to say at least 75 to 100 people a day come in here. Q. Did you manage to enjoy the holidays with your family? A. On Christmas, we had to plow. I was the plow jockey, and we worked plowing the roads, making it safe for the people. I just had a nice quiet one.

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STILLWATER — With the 100-Mile Challenge now over, Saratoga National Historical Park is encouraging people to “Find Your Park” by racking up more miles. The inaugural challenge was held last year between May and October. According to Park Ranger Megan Stevens, there were 225 participants who signed up and 71 who actually finished, “including six dogs,” she said. So far, a total of 35 people have signed up for this year’s challenge, Stevens added. Park enthusiasts are invited to bring snowshoes or skis, hike the trails and accumulate 100 miles at the battlefield between now and April 30. People can enjoy the rich natural and

cultural heritage as they explore a national park while getting some exercise, too. Saratoga National Historical Park is located between Routes 4 and 32, just west of the Hudson River. Anyone can take part in the challenge, from beginners to advanced hikers and skiers, young and old, human and canine. Registration is required and

can be completed by emailing the names of all participants (dogs included) to The rules for participation and a log to track mileage will be sent in response to each registration. For more information, call Park Ranger Megan Stevens at 518-670-2982 or visit the website



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NARCAN SARATOGA COUNTY TRAINING M O V E S T O S E L L CONTINUES N U R S I N G H O M E BALLSTON SPA — In a Dec. 21 statement released by Gramercy Communications, the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors announced that an agreement was finalized with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to split proceeds from any sale of the former county nursing home in the Town of Providence. The EPA also remediated contamination found at the site, which is north of Route 29.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Prevention Council of Saratoga is partnering with Healing Springs Recovery Center to hold a free Narcan training at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 9 at 125 High Rock Avenue. It is open to anyone and is expected to run an hour. Narcan is a life-saving drug that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. Narcan is also known as naloxone and can be nasally administered. There is no cost for the training, and participants will

receive a free naloxone kit to carry and use. Participants learn the signs and symptoms of heroin and opioid overdose, along with how to administer narcan to respond to an overdose situation. The event is held every second Tuesday of the month at the Healing Springs Recovery Center. For those who wish to attend, it is recommended to use the back parking lot and entrance at the blue awning. For more information or registration, contact James Norton at 518-581-1230 ext. 3632.

“This agreement will allow us to move forward with the foreclosure of the property and eventually be sold at an upcoming Saratoga County property auction for foreclosed parcels, getting it back on the tax rolls as quickly as possible,” said County Attorney Stephen Dorsey. “The EPA has spent more than $1.6 million in cleaning this site, making what once was considered an environmentally

M A LTA C O L L E C T S PROPERTY TAXES EARLY MALTA — Last week, Supervisor Vincent DeLucia released a statement regarding early payments of property taxes. According to DeLucia, Saratoga County changed the date of tax warrants and adjusted the date on which tax bills were provided to local

towns. As a result, on Wednesday, Dec. 27, the supervisor and Receiver of Taxes made arrangements to begin receiving taxes daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For the convenience of Malta residents, the tax receiver also will be available to accept payments


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hazardous site into a site ripe for development and job creation in our town,” said former Providence Supervisor John Collyer. In the agreement, at the time of the sale the county will receive any back taxes owed on the property, and the remainder of the revenue will be split between the county and the EPA. The EPA will receive 90 percent of the sale price, and the county 10 percent.

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POLICE Anthony M. Smith, age 23, Saratoga Springs, was charged Dec. 18 with criminal possession of a controlled substance. Mary B. Murphy, age 50, Ballston Spa, was charged Dec. 17 with aggravated unlicensed operation after being involved in a property damage accident. Ryan D. Eggleston, age 24, Glens Falls, was charged Dec. 17 with failure to obey traffic control device, misdemeanor DWI. Michael P. Ondreicka, age 34, Deer Park, was charged Dec. 17 with criminal mischief, criminal tampering. Hannah E. Davidson, age 27, Saratoga Springs, was charged was charged Dec. 17 with obstructing an intersection, misdemeanor DWI, misdemeanor aggravated misdemeanor DWI. Kurt J. Bergfjord, age 28, Cooperstown, was charged Dec. 16 with failure to keep right, speeding - posted zone, misdemeanor DWI, misdemeanor aggravated DWI. Kelsey O. Johnson, age 24, Albany, was charged Dec. 16 with unlawful possession of marijuana, two counts criminal possession of a controlled substance. Kristopher W. Jackson, age 27, Clifton Park, was charged Dec. 15 with misdemeanor DWI, speeding - posted zone, unsafe lane change, misdemeanor aggravated DWI.

Kathryn A Price, age 57, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Dec. 21 with felony grand larceny. A bookkeeper at the Saratoga Convention and Tourism Bureau, she is suspected of stealing more than $220,000 by forging nearly 200 bureau checks dating back to 2015. She was arraigned and released on $5,000 cash bail. City police said they received a complaint in late October alleging the theft of funds from Bureau bank accounts. Initial investigative efforts show the thefts are believed to involve numerous bank accounts held by the Bureau. Lloyd Holness, 59, of Schenectady, was charged Dec. 20 with criminal possession of a forged instrument, on the suspicion that he possessed and cashed a forged check at a bank in the town of Malta. Taylor E. Pierre, 18, of Clifton Park, was charged Dec. 20 with two felony counts of promoting a sexual performance by a child. It is alleged he contacted two underage females via social media and requested and directed them to take sexually explicit photos and videos, and send them to him. Jeffrey D. Place, Jr., 23, of Milton, was sentenced Dec. 14 to five years of probation, after pleading to felony reckless endangerment. Marcus A. Jackson, age 21, Saratoga Springs, was charged Dec. 15 with two counts criminal sale of marijuana.

Amanda Pagan, age 35, Queensbury, was charged Dec. 15 with misdemeanor DWI, two counts failed to stop at stop sign.

Scott F. Parillo, age 44, Saratoga Springs, was charged Dec. 15 with felony criminal mischief, and felony criminal contempt.

Gary P. Mottau, age 58, Saratoga Springs, was charged Dec. 15 with criminal mischief misdemeanor.

Jacob W. Perkins, age 27, Fort Edward, was charged Dec. 15 with aggravated unlicensed operation, equipment (rear license plate light).

Cory M. Nowak, age 27, Ballston Spa, was charged Dec. 15 with operating a motor vehicle impaired by drugs 1st offense- a misdemeanor, two counts failure to keep right, speeding - posted zone.

Erin L. Canning, age 40, Saratoga Springs, was charged Dec. 14 with attempted coercion 1st degree/violate duty public serv. – a felony, and aggravated harassment in the second degree second – a misdemeanor.

BLOTTER 5 Pablo Garcia-Soria, age 30, Veldhoven, was charged Dec. 14 with speeding - posted zone, failed to stop at stop sign, unlawful possession of marijuana, misdemeanor aggravated DWI. Brandon R. Little, age 32, Ballston Spa, was charged Dec. 13 with felony DWI - 2nd offense, speeding - posted zone. Bryan G. Czajkowski, age 29, Apollo Beach, Florida, was charged Dec. 13 with misdemeanor DWI, speeding - posted zone,

refuse pre-screen test. Nicole M. Poirier, age 22, Saratoga Springs, was charged Dec. 13 with criminal possession of a weapon, menacing second

degree – both misdemeanors. Michael J. Vittengl, age 61, Lake George, was charged Dec. 13 with theft of services/refusal pay for service – a misdemeanor.

6 Edmund “Ted” Toolan SARATOGA SPRINGS — Edmund “Ted” Toolan died peacefully on Wednesday, December 20, 2017. Calling hours were held Friday, Dec. 29, 2017 at Burke & Bussing Funeral Homes. A funeral mass was held at St. Clement’s Church. Burial with military honors took place at the National Cemetery. Visit

OBITUARIES Shane Dempsey SARATOGA SPRINGS — Shane Dempsey passed away on Wednesday, December 20, 2017. Calling hours were 4 to 7pm, Dec. 27, 2017 at Burke and Bussing Funeral Homes. A Funeral Mass was celebrated on Thursday, Dec. 28, at St. Clement’s Church and burial took place at St. Peter’s Cemetery. Visit

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Elna Pederson Rockwell SARATOGA SPRINGS — Elna A memorial service will be held at Burke & Bussing Pederson Rockwell, 93, passed Eidsvold Lutheran Church in Halma, Funeral away on December 28, 2017 atHomes the Minnesota this coming spring. Home of the Good Shepherd in Online remembrances may be Wilton, NY. made at

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Philip John Kearney

RUTLAND, VT — Philip John Kearney, 59, has passed away after a short, but brave fight with lung and brain cancer. Phil was born on February 15, 1958 in Saratoga Springs, NY in the midst of a snowstorm of epic proportions (three feet!). He was the cherished son of John R. (Jack) Kearney and Jane Margretta Kearney, and the beloved brother of Anne Kearney Proulx. Phil was a wonderful, funloving guy who had many close friends as he was growing up in Saratoga: skiing buddies, classmates who would become life-long friends, and neighbors on Jumel Place who thought he was the greatest guy ever. Philip graduated from Saratoga Springs High School in 1976; he attended Adirondack Community College in Glens Falls, NY for a short period, but decided the lure of the nearby mountains of Vermont was where he needed to be. He spent several years at Sugarbush, learning all he could about this

Donato “Daniel” Salvatore Natarelli SARATOGA SPRINGS — Donato “Daniel” Salvatore Natarelli passed away December 27, 2017. Calling hours were January 3, 2018 at the Burke Funeral Home, Saratoga Springs. A Mass of Christian Service was January 4, at St. Clement’s Church, Lake Ave. and burial was in St. Peter’s Cemetery. Visit

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wonderful sport, honing his skills enough to become an instructor at this mountain where he assembled a great group of longtime friends. Philip was known for diving into projects and hobbies that he was passionate about: fishing, boating, spear-making, music and everything in between. He was a long-time member of the Ducati Motorcycle Club. Phil’s early working career in Vermont was spent as the Tech Support Guru at three Rutland schools; he also was self-employed in the Tech Support arena. (Note: Philip was a self-taught computer geek; whenever anyone had a question on what was happening with their computer, a phone call to Phil would most likely clear up the problem.) When a job offer as a Telecommunications Specialist at Vermont’s Electric Power Company (VELCO) arose, he accepted the offer gratefully. Phil worked for VELCO for over seventeen years. During his time at the company, he held three roles and each called upon his sound judgement and spirited style: Telecommunications Specialist, Field Construction Coordinator, and most recently, Safety Manager. Phil was very purposeful in his approach and he leveraged every opportunity to build on the deep knowledge he developed and enjoyed sharing with others. Phil was a man adept at anticipating and delivering on customer needs, whether internally or externally. He held high expectations for himself and others and was enthusiastic, creative and

earned the respect and trust of all. You could always count on Phil to bring his keen sense of humor and lighten the mood in the room. He demonstrated tremendous pride in his work and inspired his colleagues to do the same. Throughout his time in the utility industry, he touched the lives of so many contractors, consultants, landowners and others. Phil leaves behind nearly 150 VELCO co-workers who were fortunate to have known his kind soul and will miss him dearly. Phil is survived by his soulmate and caregiver, Lori Terenzini Kearney of Rutland, their children, of whom he was endlessly and immensely proud, John R. (Jack) Kearney and Margaret Jane (Maggie) Kearney, his mother-in-law, Marie Terenzini, all of Rutland, his niece Angela Kelley Sanborn and her husband Matt Sanborn of Bangor, Maine; his big sister, Anne Kearney Proulx and her husband Donald of Saratoga Springs, his niece, Whitney Kristine Rebisz and her husband David, of Broadalbin, NY, many cousins, near and far, and friends too numerous to list (you know who you are). There will be a Celebration of Phil’s Life on Saturday, January 6, 2018 from 1 until 4 p.m. at Southside Restaurant, 170 South Main Street (Rt. 7), in Rutland. In lieu of flowers, donations would be gratefully accepted in Phil’s name at VNA and Hospice of the Southwestern Region, 7 Albert Cree Drive, #7, Rutland, VT 05701.

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GREENFIELD CENTER — Daniel Frank Rowe, 37, passed away unexpectedly Christmas morning 2017. Calling hours were Friday, Dec. 29, 2017 at the Burke Funeral Home, North Broadway, Saratoga Springs (518-584-5373). A funeral took place immediately following and burial was private. Online remembrances may be made at

APOLLO BEACH, FL — Elaine Norman, 64, died at home on December 12, 2017. Calling hours from noon to 1 p.m., Friday, January 5, 2018 at the Burke & Bussing Funeral Homes. A funeral service will follow at 1pm. Burial at the Saratoga National Cemetery at 2:30 p.m. Visit

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(Left to right) Marshall Kevin Quinn, Volunteer Bobbi Gentile and Past President Don McHenry of the Ancient Order of Hibernians’ Commodore John Barry Division #1 in Saratoga Springs. Photo provided.

SARATOGA SPRINGS —Last month, the Ancient Order of Hibernians chapter made a $700 donation to Mother Theresa’s Closet, which is part of Holy Trinity Parish in Johnstown. The volunteers at Mother Theresa’s Closet collect and distribute paper goods and personal items to help with needs that social service programs do not fill.

FIRE VOLUNTEERS Elliana Grace Barnett with proud parents Jaclyn and David Barnett. Photo provided.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Jaclyn and David Barnett of Saratoga Springs began the New Year by welcoming a beautiful baby girl, Elliana Grace Barnett. Elliana Grace—at 5 pounds,

13 ounces and 19.5 inches long— was the first baby born in 2018 at Saratoga Hospital, arriving at 1:56 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 1. Hospital staff congratulated the new parents and their family.


HALFMOON — After The Fire, a nonprofit organization that helps Saratoga County residents who have suffered losses from fires, ended 2017 with generous donations. In December, the group received $1,000 from the Adirondack Trust Community Fund and $2,000 from the Global Foundries-Town of Malta Foundation Board; another $70 was received in the name of Kim

Galvin from the New York Board of Elections. After The Fire provides family members with gift cards, clothing, personal care items, Red Cross referrals, a night's stay at a participating hotel or motel, and informational material. The group exists because of donations and is comprised entirely of muchneeded volunteers. Meetings will be held at 7 p.m. at Eagle Matt Lee firehouse

on Washington Street in Ballston Spa on the fourth Tuesday in February, March, October and November. In April, May, June and September the group meets at Halfmoon Town Hall on Lower Newtown Road in Halfmoon. Anyone interested in becoming a member or learning more about After The Fire may attend a meeting, leave a message at 518-435-4571 or visit www.



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by Helen Susan Edelman for Saratoga TODAY

“It’s an honor to help firefighters.” -GINA MAROZZI One-alarm, two-alarm, three-alarm, four-alarm fires. Gina Marozzi has seen them all as a photographer dedicated to documenting fires across Saratoga County. Sometimes the fires are small and nobody gets hurt, sometimes they’re tragic and firefighters come from all over to offer mutual aid. The Ballston Spa resident has been photographing fires since the mid ‘90s when her husband, Paul Marozzi, who is in the plumbing supply business, first volunteered for the Ballston Spa Fire Department. “I couldn’t just sit around wondering what was going on and whether he was safe, so I grabbed my cheap camera and went along and took pictures. That’s how it started,” she recalls. Paul Marozzi is still a fire department volunteer. In addition to Ballston Spa, there are volunteer fire departments in Malta, Round Lake, Wilton, Milton, Quaker Springs, Mechanicville, Schuylerville, Stillwater, Burnt Hills, Rock City Falls, Charlton and Clifton Park and many more. Firefighters in Saratoga Springs, Albany, Schenectady, Troy, Scotia (both paid and volunteer), Amsterdam and Glens Falls are paid. Marozzi says the fire departments all rush to each others' aid in times of need. Photography had never been a hobby. Marozzi, who attended Siena College, has had a long career in jewelry sales and manages 100 apartments in Ballston Spa for her family

business. In fact, she doesn’t accept payment for her work as a fire photographer, she says. “I do it because it’s an honor to help firefighters. We are a family and we have each others' backs. They are volunteers and I am too.” Raised in an old-fashioned Italian family to be a “strong woman,” Marozzi, the mother of a daughter, says when she started turning her photos over to fire departments, “They liked the idea. It helps them with investigations, records their history and they learn from the photographs, being able to see what went on that they can’t always see when they’re in the middle of it. I like that I am able to help provide educational materials.” Being a photographer of fires is not for the faint of heart. Marozzi explains the firefighters allow her on the scene because she has taken safety classes, knows the rules, wears full gear and is self-insured. “They accept me as one of their own and always treat me with respect,” she says. “I have become accustomed to all kinds of situations. I have stayed at a scene for as long as eight hours and worked on Christmas. I always ask myself whether and how I can benefit the firefighters by going.” A self-described “night owl,” Marozzi carries a pager and has a scanner, so she knows where and

when fires are happening around the county and has been available around the clock for many years, though, she says, “These days, more and more people are using their cellphones to take pictures, so mine aren’t the only ones available.” She remembers the days of film fondly. “I liked working with the local lab developing the photographs.” She has photographed fires caused by vehicle accidents – once staying for eight hours in a blocked-off site, houses, as well as fires that affect – and sometimes destroy - businesses, factories, restaurants, schools and empty buildings. “If it’s a local event and my husband is going, I tend to go,” she says. She does not discuss any specific fire events to protect the privacy of those involved, but says, “As a witness, I have seen many heroes. I have seen firefighters run into burning buildings, risking their lives for people they don’t even know.” She points out that EMTs and police officers are also usually on the scene, also taking risks. “It’s part of their make-up as human beings, to help their neighbors and community, to do something good. They love what they do,” Marozzi says. “I have seen rescues, I have seen peoples' homes saved, but it’s not always like that. Yes, it can be scary, but you learn to deal with it and our family of firefighters is always there for you. It shows the best of humanity on what often is the worst day in peoples' lives. Firefighters are awe-inspiring, in times of tragedy and triumph.”

MACBOSTON 18 TRUCK HONORS LOCAL FIREFIGHTING HEROES Gina Marozzi is on the executive board of MacBoston 18 Truck, a Fallen Firefighter Memorial that “keeps the memory of our fallen brothers and sisters alive,” she says. The rolling memorials are firetrucks that display plaques with the names of “New York state firefighters that have paid the ultimate sacrifice since our inception in 1996.” MacBoston 18 Truck's mission is to “keep alive the memory of NYS firefighters who died in the line of duty by promoting firefighter safety through education and raise public awareness with fire safety and prevention and assist in the recruitment of firefighters.” In addition to serving on the board, she is also one of the few female tiller drivers trained to steer the back half of a truck that has drivers in both front and back. In Saratoga County, the truck is stored in the Wilton Fire Department #2 on Rte. 50. The group raises awareness through seminars and training, and stresses the fact that “everyone goes home.” Additionally, the MacBoston Truck participates

in events like parades, funerals, conventions and other relevant gatherings, on request. The original memorial was a 1976 Seagrave 100-foot ladder tiller truck that previously served the City of Boston. Chief Kevin Shephard of Greenwich, N.Y. had a dream and made it a reality by inspiring 26 individuals to purchase the truck. The membership includes a group of firefighters both paid and volunteer and the families of our fallen heroes. The concept of MacBoston 18 Truck was inspired by the lineof-duty death of firefighter Paul MacMurray, from Hudson Falls, N.Y. "Mac" is from MacMurray, Boston, where the truck originally served, and 18 was MacMurray’s badge number. In addition, Brian Myers Sr., of Schuylerville, and Chief Thomas M. McCormack, of Watervliet, have been honored. For more information about MacBoston go to http://www., write to MacBoston 18 Truck, P.O. Box 198, Ballston Spa, NY 12020, or contact GinaMarozzi@

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A HOLIDAY RUSH TO HELP V E T E R A N S I N M A LTA and Jordan, the National Guard members, during their time of need. He said Haley had provided a list of preferred items. “I got every single thing they asked for,” Haas said, “plus a ton of food.” The MVAP program, according to Farley, donated more than $500 in groceries and a gift card so Haley and Jordan would find it easier to enjoy the holidays with their kids. “I have a Chevy SUV. I filled it up twice,” Haas continued. “We slam-dunked it. They actually told

Renee Farley. Photo by Larry Goodwin.

by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY MALTA — This week, one military veteran braved the frigid air and crawled under his mobile home to inspect ductwork after his heat failed to work. In early December, the strut on another veteran’s car was so severely damaged that it ruined one of his tires, too. Six days before Christmas, a young military couple — both active-duty National Guard — were struggling with money problems that made it difficult to afford gifts for their two children, who are 5 years and 8 months old. All year long, situations like these arise suddenly for local veterans and military families. That is when Renee Farley and the other volunteer members of the Malta Veterans Appreciation Program (MVAP) immediately send “call to action” alerts by email and through social-media; or directly provide whatever assistance is needed. In recent weeks, Farley and the MVAP volunteers were prompted by such circumstances to step up their efforts; and the related alerts to help people whom Farley calls

“hometown heroes” were answered. After New Year’s Day, Farley personally intervened in the case of Leroy, the veteran whose heating system was somehow compromised in the midst of the cold spell. With the help of her son and another young man, Farley temporarily patched heating ductwork that was damaged — possibly by animals — underneath Leroy’s mobile home. Then she issued a call to action for a permanent fix. In the case of Mike, the veteran with a disabled vehicle, Farley said there was “a united front” by Stacy and Jim Fantauzzi of Northeast Fire Protection Systems in Ballston Spa, who bought two new front tires; Lake Auto Parts in Burnt Hills, that donated a new strut; and Mark’s VW and Import Service in Mechanicville, that donated the garage space and a couple hours’ worth of labor to get Mike and his family back on the road. “We got all the parts and we did all the work,” offered Mark Thompson, owner of Mark’s VW and Import Service. “We were happy to fix it for him.” Bryan Haas, a retired Sgt. 1st Class in the U.S. Army and secretary of the five-member MVAP Board of Directors, met with Haley

me it was the best Christmas they had since they’ve been married.” In addition to the MVAP network, Haas said crucial assistance was provided by the Veterans Miracle Center in Albany. “When we do those calls to action, the response is phenomenal,” he added. The MVAP volunteers also work to ensure that local veterans can manage regular trips to medical appointments and the routine activities of daily life. The group is coordinating

an ongoing fundraiser for the proposed expansion of the veterans’ memorial walkway in front of Malta Town Hall. Memorial bricks can be purchased naming individual veterans and their military branch; the bricks will be a permanent part of the display, which includes a small piece of steel from the World Trade Center. Farley said the military veterans thusly memorialized do not have to be local. For more information, visit the website



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NOTES FROM CITY HALL by Thomas Dimopoulos • Saratoga TODAY

Meg Kelly is sworn in as new city mayor by her husband, Judge Douglas Mills, as daughter Egan Mills looks on at the Saratoga Springs City Center on Jan. 1, 2018. Photo by

Posing for a photo at the Saratoga Springs City Center during the Jan. 1, 2018 Inauguration ceremony. Front row (l-r): Supervisor Matt Veitch, Finance Commissioner Michele Madigan, Mayor Meg Kelly, Public Works Commissioner Anthony “Skip” Scirocco. Back row (l-r): Judge Jeffrey Wait, Accounts Commissioner John Franck, Judge Francine Vero, Supervisor Tara Gaston, Public Safety Commissioner Peter Martin. Photo by

SARATOGA SPRINGS — One day after being sworn in, the newly elected City Council convened for its first regular Tuesday night meeting at City Hall on Jan. 2. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the newest members of city government - Public Safety Commissioner Peter Martin, Supervisor Tara Gaston and Mayor Meg Kelly, were the first to arrive. Mayor Kelly – the 21st mayor in the city’s 102-year history and its fourth woman mayor - made six appointments to three boards: Tom Roohan was appointed chairman of the Saratoga Springs City Center Authority, Stephen “Sully” Sullivan the Authority’s vice-chair and Mark Torpey re-appointment as chairman of the Planning Board, among them. Two residents spoke during the meeting’s public comment period. One proposed the council pursue ideas for the development of an indoor recreation facility (despite that one recently was constructed on the city’s south side); another requested specific monetary detail regarding the definition of “affordable housing.” Finance Commissioner Michele Madigan announced the city received more than 900 property-tax prepayments (380 online and 533 in-person) totaling almost $2.9 million during the final week of the 2017 calendar year. “Hopefully, you’ll be able to take the deduction,” Madigan said. “That’s still to be determined.”

Tuesday night’s meeting ran a total of 32 minutes, which, if not an all-time record for brevity, had to be close to one. We may never see one like it again in our lifetimes. THIS WEEK AT THE PLANNING BOARD: SPENCER SUBDIVISION. Belmonte Builders is proposing a 22-lot residential cluster subdivision totaling approximately 12.63 acres on property located between Arrowhead Road on the west and Kaydeross Park Road on the east. The proposed lots will vary in size from approximately 10,000 square feet to 16,700 square feet in size. As part of the proposal, approximately 5.2 acres of open space will be created - 1.1 acres located east of the proposed lots along Arrowhead Road and west of the proposed lots on Julians Way, and approximately 4.1 acres located west of Kaydeross Park Road, north of the proposed lot development. The proposed lots will be served by municipal water from the city - for which new water mains will be provided – and will be served by public sanitary sewer. BALLSTON AVENUE TOWNHOUSES. Ballston Ave. Partners has submitted a sketch plan for discussion regarding a proposed town house development at 96 and 116 Ballston Ave.


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by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Two weeks into the winter season coupled with predictions that forecast freezing temperatures for most every day this month are pushing the status of the city-based homeless shelter from emergency status into a near 24/7 operation. Code Blue Saratoga, a program of Shelters of Saratoga, provides temporary unrestricted shelter during periods of hazardous winter weather - defined as 12 inches or more of snow and/or a temperature of 32 degrees or less, to include wind chill factor. Last year, the shelter was opened 28 times during the daytime hours over the course of the entire season. That number will already be eclipsed this weekend. “The daytime temperatures are a lot lower this year,” says Code Blue Director Cheryl Ann Murphy-Parant. Code Blue was started in December 2013 as a collaborative effort between the City of Saratoga Springs, faith-based groups, individuals and non-profit partners committed to assisting individuals who are homeless. The shelter is temporarily housed at the Soul Saving Station Church, on Henry Street. Parant said current needs at the shelter include: milk, juices and ice tea mix; butter,

sugar and coffee – regular and decaffeinated. Donated items may be dropped off at the shelter at any time. Additionally, a volunteer sign-up is listed on the organization’s website – www. - where volunteers may sign up for a variety of duties. The walk-in, emergency homeless shelter offers a hot meal, a warm and safe place to sleep and essential supplies. During the 2016-17 winter season, Code Blue housed more than 5,800 overnight stays and served 6,700 meals. Shelters of Saratoga, which oversees Code Blue, had hoped to be operating a permanent shelter adjacent to its S.O.S. properties on Walworth Street this year after local business owner Ed Mitzen announced he would fund the costs to build the shelter and local firms Bonacio Construction and the LA Group agreed to forego any profits to keep the building development costs as low as possible. Shortly after that announcement, however, a group of 22 residents filed a legal challenge claiming the proposed two-story building which would house about 50 beds didn’t fit into their west side neighborhood and that its development is not a permitted use within the Urban Residential Zoning District. Monday night at City Hall, the Zoning Board of Appeals is expected to discuss the matter.



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IN HEALTHY NEW BURGER by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Chef Julia Sanzen, a self-described “non-vegetarian,” was more than happy to join her vegetarian partner Tyler Russell last summer as they ordered special plates in a vibrant city eatery. Sanzen and Russell, co-owners of Farmers Hardware at 35 Maple Avenue, traveled in July to a popular New York City restaurant, where the Californiainspired “Impossible Burger” was on the menu for the first time. For more than an hour, the entrepreneurial couple waited in

line to order the meatless burger. They were equally eager to taste its distinctive blend of water, wheat and potato protein, plus coconut oil and other plant-based compounds that closely resemble those found in typical meat. “This burger is the real deal and we believe it’s going to be well received by both herbivores and carnivores alike locally,” Russell said in a prepared statement. “It’s scary how spot-on the look, texture, smell and taste is,” added Sanzen, who plans to formally start serving her

Chef Julia Sanzen. Photos by

Farmers Hardware version of the Impossible Burger at a 6:30 p.m. launch party on Thursday, Jan. 11. “It even bleeds like a beef burger.” Various delays meant that Sanzen and Russell were unable to offer the Impossible Burger last spring, as planned, when they first opened their Maple Avenue brunch hall — in a brick warehouse utilized long ago for storage by the Serotta bicycle family — ahead of

the horse-racing season. It was only a few weeks ago, according to Russell, that Farmers Hardware “received news” that a steady supply of the product for their dining customers could be provided by California-based Impossible Foods. “I was in the car the next day picking up two cases in Jersey City for Julia to recipe test with,” Russell said.

Jessica Appelgren, a spokeswoman for Impossible Foods, indicated that her company’s relatively new burgers are produced in a large Oakland facility and distributed frozen nationwide to hundreds of restaurants. The Impossible Burger accounts for about 30 percent of the new business in whichever establishment it is served, Appelgren said. There are many discerning consumers, she added, who “love” the eco-friendly practices that are a common feature of this and most other vegetarian food products. “It’s hugely popular,” Appelgren assured. “This is people’s go-to burger.” “In development since 2011, the Impossible Burger cooks, smells and tastes like ground beef from cows—but is made entirely from plants,” Sanzen and Russell reported in their statement. “The Impossible Burger, which debuted in July 2016 at Chef David Chang’s Momofuku Nishi in Manhattan, won a 2017 Tasty Award for best food startup. “The Impossible Burger is produced without hormones, antibiotics, cholesterol or artificial flavors,” they added. “It uses about 75 percent less water, generates about 87 percent fewer greenhouse gases, and requires around 95 percent less land than conventional ground beef from cows.”

Week of January 5 – January 11, 2018

Chamber Names 2018 Board Members

Chamber of Commerce Board Chairman Brian Straughter. Photo provided.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Brian Straughter, president of Turf Hotels, has been elected the 2018 Chair of the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. On Jan. 1, Straughter began his volunteer service in the position. He will be formally recognized at the chamber's 100th Annual Dinner, which is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 25 at the Saratoga Springs City Center. The dinner attendees also will take time to honor David Collins, of D.A. Collins Companies, who served as Chair in 2017. Under his leadership, the chamber accomplished a great deal—from successfully advocating for the re-privatization of NYRA, to building support for a site-specific approach to create workforce housing, to hosting 87 ribbon cuttings and providing free small business counseling via SCORE to more than 200 local entrepreneurs. The Chair-Elect will be Theresa Agresta of Allegory Studios; she will become the Chair in 2019. The 2018 Vice Chair of the Chamber's Board of Directors is Kevin Hedley of Hedley and Company. The Treasurer and Secretary will be Jessica Petraccione of First National Bank of Scotia. The members elected to serve three-year terms on the Chamber Board of Directors starting Jan. 1, and running until Dec. 31, 2020, include: Marianne Barker of Impressions of Saratoga; David Cummings of The Run at Saratoga; David DeMarco of Saratoga National Bank; Dr.

Adam Favro of Turning Point Chiropractic; Town of Wilton Supervisor Art Johnson on behalf of the Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership; Dan Wager of State Farm Insurance; Charles Wait, Jr. of The Adirondack Trust Company; and Kim Ireland of National Grid. Three members were appointed to serve a one-year term on the Chamber's Board of Directors starting on Jan. 1, including: Tara Pleat, of Wilcenski and Pleat, PLLC; Susan Halstead, of Family Vision Care Center; and John Rogan, of Saratoga Eagle. The other members who will continue to serve on the Chamber's Board of Directors are: Shelly Amato of the Wesley Community; Raj Ghoshal of Polyset; Christianne Potts of DesignSmith Studios; Melissa Johnson of Target Distribution; Chad Kiesow of The Stewart's Shops; Kevin Soukup of GlobalFoundries; Cassie Fox of N. Fox Jewelers; Peter Goutos of CA Smith; John Bove of Bove Fuels; Theresa Skaine of Amanus Consulting; and Skip Carlson of Saratoga Casino Hotel.

BSBPA January Network Breakfast BALLSTON SPA — The Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association (BSBPA) will sponsor a Networking Breakfast from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 9. It will be hosted by Rebuilding Together Saratoga County at 132 Milton Avenue in Ballston Spa. Rebuilding Together Saratoga County partners with volunteers year-round to ensure that homeowners in need can live independently in safe and healthy homes and build healthy neighborhoods through their programs. Their resale shop in Ballston Spa sells donated items at a fraction of the cost and all proceeds are used to provide home repairs for veterans, seniors, individuals living with a disability and families in need. The cost for the breakfast is $5 with advance reservation— prepayment available at www. or RSVP to info@ and pay at the door.

BUSINESS BRIEFS 13 Non-reserved walk-ins that morning are $10. Business and community members are welcome; you do not need to be a BSBPA member to attend. Membership information will be available. The BSBPA sponsors networking breakfasts throughout the year at different locations in Ballston Spa. For more information, visit

Stewart’s Sets New Charity Record MALTA — The Stewart’s Shops 2017 Holiday Match program raised $1.89 million for local children’s organizations, setting a record for the fourth consecutive season. From Thanksgiving Day through Christmas Day, Stewart’s customers impressively donated

$945,000 to the program, which is an approximate $19,000 increase over last season. Each individual donation is matched by Stewart’s Shops. There are no administrative costs and 100 percent of the funds benefit local, nonprofit children’s organizations. To date, the program has raised nearly $26 million. Over 1,700 groups received Holiday Match funding from the last campaign. Children’s charities can apply for funding from the Holiday Match program through Jan. 31. Organizations can fill out an online application at or pick up a paper application at any shop. All groups applying must be locally based, benefit children under 18, and be a qualified, charitable 501(c)3 organization. Funds will be allocated in March.


Week of January 5 – January 11, 2018

Week of January 5 – January 11, 2018



by Peter Bowden for Saratoga TODAY Photos by Peter Bowden. Lack of snow during the depths of winter can cause big problems for our hardy perennials. As the soil freezes, ice forms. Water expands as it becomes ice and this forces the soil apart. Frost heaves are an amazing force of nature. Frost heaves are capable of shattering asphalt roads and buckling concrete as they grow. Repeated thawing and freezing and heaving can push bulbs and shallow rooted perennials out of the soil. This is pretty rough on the plants as you can imagine....tiny roots have no chance against the unstoppable force of ice. What we really need right now is a nice blanket of snow to stop this destructive cycle. The term “blanket of snow” is very appropriate. Once the soil is covered with a few inches of snow, the soil stops heaving plants out of the ground and they can stay safely frozen in place. We are about to enter the coldest six weeks of winter. Unless we get some significant snow soon

this is going to be a very rough winter for our perennial gardens and shrubs. The only way to help is to cover the soil with something to shade the ground from thawing sun and protect the crowns of our plants from drying arctic winds. Straw would work, but it blows around and is a mess to clean up in spring. Burlap could work as well, but that would be an ugly and expensive solution.... there must be something better. Let me think....there must be something....evergreen boughs would be perfect!!! Christmas trees to the rescue! With the holidays past, there’s no shortage of evergreen material to scavenge to cover our perennial beds. Abandoned Christmas trees can be gathered from friends and neighbors and provide the perfect mulching material. This seems a more fitting end for an evergreen tree rather than getting kicked to the curb as our attention wanders into the new year. The first step is to strip the boughs from the tree with your loppers. You can get quite a few boughs from a single tree. Layer them like roof shingles over your beds with the twig end

facing into the wind. Start with the perennials that are the most exposed. Don’t cover the beds too deeply with evergreen boughs; just enough to shade the soil and provide protection from drying winter winds. We’re not covering our beds to keep them from freezing. On the contrary, they need covering to keep the soil frozen over winter and especially during any “false spring” weather in February or March. Our hardy perennials are capable of withstanding freezing. What CAN damage them is repeated thawing and re-freezing. The layer of evergreen boughs shades the soil so the beds won’t thaw too early in spring. If this winter provides enough snow to keep the ground covered, my layer of mulch won’t be needed since the snow will protect my beds. But I’ve learned not to trust the weather, and if the winter continues to be lacking in decent snow cover, I’ll be glad I’ve got them covered so I can enjoy the primula and other perennials when the growing season returns.



16 TOWN OF BALLSTON 35 McMaster St. $195,000. Paul and Millicent Ferrara sold property to 35 Ludlow St. LLC.

CHARLTON 947 Charlton Rd., $262,050. Daniel Legere sold property to Manuchehr and Sharon Sasannejad. 2025 Amsterdam Rd., $497,000. Roman Franco LLC sold property to Alan and Dana Cutter. 2041 Amsterdam Rd., $257,900. Leanne Marshall sold property to Rachel Ivey and Michael Morgan. 495 Sweetman Rd., $55,000. Michael Jones sold property to Joshua Jones. 2092 Cook Rd., $28,690. Thomas and Joanne Russell sold property to Patrick McGrath, Jr.

CLIFTON PARK 964A Route 146 Rear, $439,000. Antrim Development LLC sold property to F C Rentals LLC. 6 Sevilla Dr., $299,900. Clarence and Mary Bassett (Co-Trustees) sold property to Scot and Alyssa Seligman. 10 Lilac Court, $233,000. Paul and Tatiana Longabach sold property to Courtney and Kelly Strait. 20 Kendra Dr., $469,900. B and A Development LLC sold property to Craig Matis. 4803 Foxwood Dr. South, $141,000. Mark and Denise Clark sold property to Kean Smullen. 3 Heritage Pointe Dr., $477,660. Heritage Builders

PROPERTY TRANSACTIONS Group LLC sold property to Michael Winkelhake. 9 Lexington Court, $177,000. Matthew Kupiec sold property to Keith Wilson. Ashdown Rd., $17,000. Grace and Ralph Salerno, Jr. sold property to David and Catherine Iannacone. 634 Route 146A, $550,000. James and Melissa Prechtl sold property to Darcie Disonell. 75 Southbury Rd., $325,000. Eileen Slichko sold property to Wesley and Gleyce Reis and Adelson Desouza. Grooms Rd., $575,000. Eleven and Company LLC sold property to Beverwyck Development Corporation. 21 Lace Lane, $255,000. Samuel Syrotynski sold property to William Bowe and Ashley Cross. 21 Redfield Park, $395,000. James and Marilyn Smiley sold property to Heather and Elizabeth Newman. 1 Highland Oaks, $368,000. Vonda Fulfs sold property to Dinesh Penigalapati and Chandana Ravella. 4 Orchard Park Dr., $337,000. Billy and Diane Campbell sold property to James and Melissa Prechtl. 11 Gretel Terrace, $243,500. Lawrence and Donna McGann sold property to Alexandra Tarantelli and Chad Waldschmidt. 39 Merrall Dr., $180,000. West Coast Servicing, Inc. sold property to Michal Barszczewski. 137 Tallow Wood Dr., $159,000. Suzanne DeMarco sold property to Talha and Ziaullah Khan. 4 Valley View Court, $304,000. David Tarbell, Gregory Tarbell,

Kathryn Spadaro sold property to Eric and Brandy Straughen. 32 Casablanca Court, $285,011. Jason Tusch and Karen Patnode sold property to Gene and Patricia Gillen. 8 Wall St., Unit 445, $212,000. Martin Caruso, Mark Caruso and Melinda Crombie sold property to Diana Rocco. 1541 Crescent Rd., $450,000. Keybank National Association sold property to 1541 Crescent Road Realty LLC. 25 Huntington Pkwy, $254,000. Boni Builders Inc. sold property to Sean Seiter and Chelsea Williams.

CORINTH 377 Angel Rd., $1,932,000. Young 2016 Charitable Remainder Unitrust, Mary Jo Young (as Trustee) sold property to Woodcrest Acres Park LLC. 628 County Route 24, $20,000. Fannie Mae sold property to Driftwood Contracting Inc. 15 Ryans Ridge Rd., $257,060. Babson Homes LLC sold property to Joyce Wells. 61 Locust Ridge Rd., $197,600. Joanne Spotswood sold property to Adam Dapper. 8 Wiley Way, $185,500. Terre Majestics Holdings LLC sold property to Heidi Niedziejko, Fay Bovat and Jennifer Bovat. 31 Morgans Way, $27,500. Beverly Johnson-Keeler sold property to Chad Bardin. 12 Liberty St., $102,000. Vance Plante sold property to Jennifer Kellerhouse. 183 Heath Rd., $77,000. Acting Secretary of Housing and Urban Development sold property to David Kirchhoff.

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100 Walnut St., $110,000. Linda Russo sold property to KJT Real Estate LLC.

GREENFIELD 105 Grange Rd., $335,000. Travis and Amber Grossman sold property to Brent and Charlene Tesla.

HALFMOON 31A Pointe West Dr., $245,000. Charan Surisetty sold property to Nithin Yathapu. 15 Weiner Rd., 235,000. Matthew Bowman (by Admin) sold property to Sergey Skrinik. Lot 2B Elena Ct., $298,376. Beacon Homes LLC sold property to Sandra Dickinson. 11 Kelly Lane, $292,340. Annas Place of Halfmoon sold property to Chad and Laura Marvin. 6 Linden Park Dr., $102,000. United Residential Group LLC sold property to Marini Homes LLC. 12 Linden Park Dr., $94,000. United Residential Group LLC sold property to Michaels Group Homes LLC. 463 Hudson River Rd., $213,750. Thomas Merrill (by Exec) sold property to Patricia Curley. 25B Mapleridge Ave., $242,500. Kristen and Donald Foley sold property to Tracey Clark. 15A Idared Lane, $390,872. Malta Land Company LLC sold property to Marylyn Gully.

MALTA 106 11th St., $440,000. Kevin Finn (Ind and as Atty) and Nancy Finn (by Atty)

sold property to Gail and Rebecca Newman. 8 Feather Foil Way, $258,500. Clifford Lawrence, Jr. sold property to Stephanie Sitnik and Jeffrey Reed. 39 Walden Glen, $250,000. William and Patricia Burgess sold property to Sara and Robbin Scully, Jr. 3 Morning Glory Dr., $298,000. Michael and Melissa Stamper sold property to Kevin and Jaclyn Mastroianni. 3 Cherry Court, $413,451. Marini Land II Inc. sold property to Kelsey and Michael Lorusso. 7 Essex St., $318,879. Barbera Homes Malta Springs LLC sold property to Jacqueline Jackson.

MILTON 130 Milton Ave., $430,000. Matthew Hickey sold property to Rebuilding Together Saratoga County. 11 Red Coach Trail, $186,250. Robert Sadlak sold property to Anthony Panetta, Jr. 16 Berkshire Dr., $326,888. Bun Tan and Ayumi Kasai sold property to Peter and Lisa Adler. 72 Knollwood Hollow Terrace, $223,000. Maureen Duval, Frank and Sylvia Izzo sold property to Karen McKenney. 3298 Shaw Hill Rd., $350,000. Jonathan Woods sold property to Justin and Megan McAllister. 65 and 77 East Grove St., $262,500. Sherry Jennings sold property to Madison Peruzzi and Dalisa Soto-Peruzzi. 513 Route 29, $164,480. James Zanella, Philip Zanella and Patricia Fifield sold property

Week of January 5 – January 11, 2018 to Austin and Phebe White. 176 Finley Rd., $82,000. Catherine Marrano sold property to Justin and Mandy Bessette. 53 Mechanic St., $235,000. Kris and Grazyna Szymborski sold property to Transitional Services Association, Inc. 127 West Milton Rd., $87,000. Helena Dean sold property to Sharon Apholz and Robert Jenkins, Jr.

MOREAU 20 Saratoga Ave., $230,000. Hutchins Properties LLC sold property to Compass Real Property LLC. 97 Potter Rd., $224,500. Joyce Baker (by Agent) sold property to Jamie LaPointe and Gregory Eddy. 9 Ferry Blvd., $151,000. Priscilla and Stephen Dorvee (co-Trustees) sold property to Sommer Cross. 269 Mott Rd., $143,000. Deborah McNally sold property to Joshua and Lindsey Hoffer. 1502 Route 9 Rear, $40,000. Excess Land LLC sold property to White Birch II MHC LLC. 14 Lincoln Ave., $159,000. Linda Dankelman sold property to Mark and Bonnie Webster. 260 Clark Rd. $197,000. Mark and Bonnie Webster sold property to Dana Rohne. 45 Williams St., $189,500. Cerrone Construction LLC sold property to Aaron Barber. 6 Briarhurst Dr., $360,000. David Foster sold property to Richard and Theresa Loya. 1308 Route 9, $75,000. BKM Properties LLC sold property to Elishba Bhatti.

NORTHUMBERLAND 86 Pettis Rd., $222,500. Scott Montgomery sold property to Ernest and Georgianna Brennan. 110 Stonebridge Rd., $117,900. US Bank National Association (as Trustee) sold


property to Daniel Hewitt and Holly Wright. 51 Baker Dr., $225,055. Amanda Platz sold property to Matthew Dziewulski and Hollyann Smallridge.

SARATOGA SPRINGS 14 Glenwood Dr., $364,000. Anne Perrotta sold property to Mariel Martin. 57 Gilbert Rd., $420,000. Peter and Theresa Capozzola sold property to Gavin McGillivray and Chelsea Garofalo. 30 Joseph St., $190,250. Joseph Street Saratoga LLC sold property to Scott and Lisa Grimmett. 27 Orenda Springs Dr., $250,000. Carrie and Michael Jones, Jr. sold property to Xenia and Carlos Guerrero, Jr. 198 Geyser Rd., $214,000. Barry and Shawn Tyndall sold property to Deirdre and John Eldridge, III.

12 Robinhood Court, $262,500. Derek Rice sold property to August and Amanda Rosa. 22 Avery St., $417,828. Ryan and Sonja McFadden sold property to Paul Hart, Jr. and Kristen Ermides. 4 Crommelin Dr., $415,000. Roger and Audrey Williams and Mary DeSantis sold property to John Clark. 49 Monroe St., $50,000. Jennifer Durenberger and Braulio Baeza, Jr. sold property to Braulio Baeza, Jr. 102C Division St., $838,735. Ellsworth Square LLC sold property to Philip and Debra Wood.

STILLWATER 46 Lakepointe Way, Lot 55, $365,025. Mason Street LLC sold property to Antonia Rullo. 23 Neilson Ave., $110,000. Maureen Patenaude (by Admin) sold property to Mark Messier.

109 Gurba Dr., $116,000. JP Morgan Chase Bank sold property to USA Property Express LLC.

WILTON 8 Dakota Dr., $312,000. Eric and Kathleen Thompson sold property to Erin Reid. 58 Worth Rd., $250,000. Richard Knapik sold property to Marc and Gina Kouffman. 67 Loughberry Lake Rd., $210,000. Mortimer Zelikofsky (by Exec.) sold property to Joseph and Angela Amplo. 6 Oldham Place, $349,629. Tra Tom Development Inc. sold

17 property to Christopher and Lauren Smith. Bullard Lane, $6,000. Audrey Brown sold property to Elaine and Charles Gerber, Jr. Bullard Lane, $13,000. Julius James sold property to Elaine and Charles Gerber, Jr. 21 Whispering Pines Rd., $176,700. Daniel and Jessica Munson sold property to Manuel Morse. 240 Palmer Ridge Rd., $350,000. John Casey (by Exec) sold property to Scott Casey. 48 Cider Mill Way, $583,691. Smith Bridge LLC sold property to Frederick and Jeanne Petschauer.



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CIVIC DUTY STARTS YOUNG SSHS Students Launch Political Clubs

continued from front page... The clubs’ first meeting took place in November, appointing Messitt as president, Schwartz as treasurer, and Sheehan as vice president. So far, the club has attracted 30 members. “We were surprised to see how many kids came and we’re expecting the numbers to grow, so we’re really excited to see how the club turns out,” Messitt said. Along with the club serving as a place for young republicans to gather, it was also created to serve as a community service based club. The club participated in Adopt-A-Soldier in December, they sent out a package to a soldier on the Red Sea. “The members of our club donated stuff and then we sent out the care package to the soldier,” she explained. Items included nonperishable foods, Christmas decorations, magazines, and items the soldiers wouldn’t normally have on a ship. The club also intends to lay wreaths at the Saratoga National Cemetery, are planning a food drive, and are looking to meet up with local law enforcement. “We are going to have a meet and greet with law enforcement to honor them, get to know them better, and see what they do,” Messitt stated. Messitt has been in contact with a local police officer already. The club also has Senator James Tedisco lined up to speak to them on Thursday, Jan. 18.

ʻʻPOLITICAL DIVERSITY IS OFTEN UNWELCOMED, AND WE SHOULD RESPECT PEOPLE WITH DIFFERENT POLITICAL BELIEFS...” “I feel that the current political climate is full of anger and hate. There is a lot of intolerance for people with different political beliefs. Political diversity is often unwelcomed, and we should respect people with different political beliefs,” she said. On what it means to be a

republican, Messitt said, “we believe that there are equal rights for everyone.” “People look at each other and if they hold a different political belief then they don’t like that person and judge them because of their differences. So maybe instead of thinking that way, we should listen to them and hear their side and even though you don’t agree with them, you can still be friends with them. I feel there should be more acceptance for political diversity,” she explained passionately. Matthew Taylor, a senior and former intern on the newlyappointed Mayor Meg Kelly’s campaign, is ready to change the political climate at Saratoga Springs High School. “One morning the Republican Club announced they were having a meeting and, so I decided to create a Young Democrats Club, because there should be a club for Democrats as well,” Taylor explained. The Young Democrats will

hold their first meeting in January and have already garnered a lot of interest within the school. Sara Zlotnick has been appointed the clubs vice president.

ʻʻACTION IS NEEDED, SO THAT’S WHAT WE’RE LOOKING TO DO...” “Action is needed, so that’s what we’re looking to do, raise money for not for profits in our area and make a difference in our community. This is the first charter of the Young Democrats in Saratoga County,” Taylor said. Taylor has been very politically engaged throughout his life and began dipping his toes into the career end of things this past summer by interning on the Kelly mayoral campaign. “We obviously won, so that was great. I attended the meetings we had, made a lot of phone calls, a lot of knocking on doors, which is how you win elections. Also, a lot of communicating and keeping the spirits high,” he said.

Interning helped him to learn the amount of work that goes into a campaign, how even simple things like knocking on doors is critical to success. Taylor considers Kelly’s campaign to be a success because “we were passionate about the issues and we ran on that and worked hard.” Taylor intends to go to college for political science, he will be attending George Washington University in the fall of 2018. The 2016 election season, and the subsequent outcome, was what sparked Taylor’s initiative to become more involved and aware of the political climate around him. In reference to the current political world we live in, Taylor finds it “saddening. It’s so contentious and there is so much divide and such a lack of communication. That’s why I want my club to be a very inclusive environment. We may be the Young Democrats Club, but you don’t have to be a staunch Democrat to be part of the club.

Our main goal is to make a difference in our community,” he said passionately. Taylor intends to open any public figure discussions that happen within his group to the Republican Club as well. “I think that we’ve come so far from listening to one another that we instantly hear Republican, or Democrat, or conservative, or liberal and we instantly are turned off. I’ve caught myself doing that as well and I think that needs to end, because everyone has different views,” Taylor stated. When asked what being a Democrat meant to him, he simply stated, “to be a Democrat, I say you believe in social equality, you believe in helping those less fortunate than you.” Both clubs have expressed an interest in working together to show others that it is not always about your political affiliation but how you treat people for being people.

Week of January 5 – January 11, 2018

Schuylerville High School FFA Officers Pursue Animal Science SCHUYLERVILLE — Seniors Johnathan King and Mathew Peck, two of Schuylerville’s FFA officers have chosen to study animal science next fall at Cornell University, where they were both accepted via early decision. King and Peck both plan to major in animal science with a concentration in dairy science.

International Baccalaureate Programme in Ballston Spa BALLSTON SPA — Ballston Spa High School’s International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme will host an IB Information Night from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018 in the High School Library for interested students and families. In addition to hearing about the IB options available at Ballston Spa High School, both public and private colleges will present on what role IB plays in the college admissions process. For additional details, contact the IB Coordinators, Christy Knapp at cknapp@bscsd. org or Nicole Stehle at nstehle@ IB applications are due Friday, February 2, 2018.

Saratoga Springs CSD To Register Kindergartners SARATOGA SPRINGS — Kindergarten registration for the Saratoga Central School District will be conducted in the Registrar’s office for age eligible children entering school in Sept. 2018. Children must be five years of age on or before Dec. 1, 2018. For more information and to begin the process go to,

Saratoga Independent School to Hold Alumni Association Inaugural Event SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Independent School’s newly-formed Alumni Association will be holding their first-annual alumni pizza party from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 12, 2018. This event will provide an opportunity for former

SIS students to get reacquainted, hear future plans, tour the school, and to assist in the formation of the Alumni Association. To RSVP, or to find out more, contact Pamela Howard, Director of Development, at 518-583-0841 or email

Saratoga Springs Lion Club Scholarships SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Lions Club has expanded their range and number of scholarship offerings to high school seniors graduating this spring. Now being offered: Two $5,000 academic scholarships for students planning to attend a four-year accredited institution; Two $2,500 academic scholarships for students planning to attend a two-year accredited institution; One $2,500 vocational/ technical education scholarship for students planning to attend an accredited or licensed post high school program; Five $1,000 scholarships to Leo Club members. Students from Saratoga Springs High School, Saratoga Central Catholic, The Waldorf School, and Home Instructed students are eligible to apply. Applications must include: two letters of recommendation from faculty or equivalent, a list of school activities, transcript through first semester of senior year, and an essay on Lionism/fostering an active interest in the civic, cultural, and social welfare of the school and community. Applications are available online at www. Applications must be completed and submitted by March 15, 2018. To submit, send to Attn. Scholarship, P.O. Box 166, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866, or drop off in respective school guidance office. For more information, contact Richard Tunison at

Northshire Bookstore Announces Open Mind Scholarship SARATOGA SPRINGS — Northshire Bookstore announces The Open Mind Scholarship Award, which honors the diversity of thought, feelings, information, and perspectives found in books, as well as the power of books to change people’s lives. Northshire Bookstore will award two college-bound high school seniors, one from New York and one from Vermont, $1,000 to help pay for college. To apply, each student needs to write up

EDUCATION BRIEFS to one page on how a book has exposed them to something new and how it has impacted their life. Submissions are due by Feb. 28. To enter, email the submission to

Upcoming Saratoga CSD Parent Programs SARATOGA SPRINGS — Tuesday, Jan. 23: Sports Related Concussions for K-12 Families presented by Eric Deim. This program will be held at Caroline Street Elementary School at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30: The Real Happiness Challenge presented by District Psychologist Laurie Newcomer. This program will be held at the Maple Ave Large Group Instruction Room at 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 31: Addicted to Electronics? Learn to Manage Technology, with Real Limits and Practical Solutions presented by Dr. Randy Cale. This program will be held at Dorothy Nolan Elementary School at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6: Working with the School District to Support Your Student presented by SSCSD and community partners. Learn strategies to support students who struggle with mental health issues. This program will be held in the Saratoga Springs High School Library at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28: Childhood Anxiety: How Children Needlessly Suffer and What Parents Can Do to Change This by Dr. Randy Cale. This program will be held at Lake Avenue Elementary School at 9:30 a.m.

Kara Hausan works on the extension arm of the robot. Photo by

19 Saratoga CSD Hall of Distinction Honorees SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Springs Central School District is seeking the public’s input on candidates for the fifth annual Hall of Distinction Honorees, which is an opportunity to honor and celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of the graduates of the school. Potential candidates must have graduated at least 10 years ago and must exemplify the district’s educational philosophy. All forms must be completed by Jan. 5, 2018. For more information visit www.

Saratoga Springs High School Robotics Club Show 'n' Tell SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Wednesday, Jan. 3 the Saratoga Springs Robotics Club had a Show and Tell presentation in which each teams’ robot received a design review. It was an opportunity for each team to share with each other and their parents their robots, their process, and their goals. With some teams further along than others, it was an opportunity to share ideas and promote more cooperation amongst the teams.



Week of January 5 – January 11, 2018


Saturdays, 9 to 1 Lincoln Baths Building at the Spa State Park

by Himanee Gupta-Carlson for Saratoga TODAY Photos by Pattie Garrett. Jan. 6 marks the first Saratoga Farmers’ Market of 2018. It also rings in the market’s 40th year. For many longtime vendors, the milestone marks a moment of

pride. It affirms that the Saratoga Farmers’ Market mission of supporting Saratoga with fresh farm foods continues to thrive. Farmers’ markets have deep roots in American society, dating back to Native American trading spaces. Markets all but disappeared after World War II, however, as a result of corporate agriculture and the arrival of national grocery store chains that taught consumers to prioritize convenience over freshness. By 1965, there were just six farmers’ markets in New York State. The decline began to reverse in the 1970s. In 1976, the U.S. Congress passed a Farmer to Consumer Direct Marketing Act. The act authorized the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide public money to states to promote direct marketing between farmers and consumers in ways that would be clean,

healthy, and safe for all. Two years later, the Saratoga Farmers’ Market was established, and area farmers began bringing plant seedlings and fresh produce to downtown Saratoga. The first season was a challenge, as many longtime vendors recall, but persistence paid off and today farmers’ markets are becoming an increasingly important aspect of many communities and an important contributor to the economies of such small cities as Saratoga. While the breadth of today’s Saratoga Farmers’ Market has

changed considerably, its mission remains the same. Vendors sell fruits and vegetables, meat, eggs, fish, cheeses, maple syrup, honey, and an array of prepared goods. The overall market offerings also continue to be predominantly agricultural items grown or raised within four counties. Threefourths of the items available at the market are agricultural. This new year brings some changes. Rick Green of Ballston Lake Apiaries has hung up his beekeeper hat to enjoy retirement, along with Albert Sheldon of Sheldon Farms. Joining the winter

market are several specialty food vendors who made their debut in the holiday market last month. And the market board recently voted to approve products from Warren County into its mix, expanding the base from four counties – Saratoga, Washington, Schenectady, and Rennesselaer – to five. Visit the Saratoga Farmers’ Market 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays at the Lincoln Baths Building in Saratoga Spa State Park; follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram; and contact friends@ for volunteer opportunities.

Beef Sausage & Kale Soup INGREDIENTS * Find these Ingredients at the Farmers’ Market!

• 1 pack of Chorizo Sausage Links* • 1 onion*, sliced • 5 cups stock • 2 carrots*, cut into bite sized chunks

INSTRUCTIONS 1. In Dutch Oven, on medium heat, sauté onions with a little oil, until soft. 2. Cut the sausage links into 1” length chunks and add to the onions. Stir frequently until the exterior of the sausage is browned. 3. Add garlic and carrots, cover and let sit (called sweating) for five minutes. 4. Add stock and bring to a boil. 5. Add grain or pasta and simmer until soft. Timing on this will vary quite a bit depending on the grain chosen. 6. Prior to serving add the kale and parsley, let them wilt, but not over cook. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Recipe courtesy of Lewis Waite Farm.

• 1 cup uncooked pasta or rice • 1 clove garlic*, chopped • Parsley or cilantro*, chop finely • 4-6 leaves of kale* torn to bite size



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Piece of PIZZA by John Reardon for Saratoga TODAY


my Foodie Friends! One of our family’s favorite food is pizza; especially Paula’s homemade pizza. Pizza is an excellent all around family food that every person can personalize and enjoy on the day it is cooked, or the following day (Breakfast Pizza?). It is also a perfect “on the go” food to help with the crazy schedules that we all have. Back in the days before children, pizza was a frequent meal for Paula and me. Our lives were basically like “two ships passing in the night”. When Paula and I first dated one of our favorite romantic places to eat was an Italian restaurant called Verdolini’s. We were there so much they knew our order

when we came in. The waitresses used to elbow each other and fuss over the young lovers. They were planning our wedding even before we even thought about getting married. The lighting and ambiance was straight out of a movie. The whole Verdolini family worked there and when he was old enough, my brother Bill, worked there also. They made a pizza that was different from any pizza I have had before or since. Paula was curious about their ingredients and how it was made. She would ask and they would say “it’s a secret”. We had my brother Bill, however, as our spy on the inside. Bill would bring home any left over pizzas at the end of the night and hand them out to whoever wanted them. He could not manage to get the entire recipe from the owner but he got enough that he and Paula came close. One of the special parts was baking them in their stone oven. We have tinkered with it over the years and I think Paula’s pizza is now perfect. That’s the thing about pizza; it’s a personal taste type of food. The way I like it might be different than the way someone else likes it and that’s ok. Paula still enjoys making homemade pizza. One of our

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favorite items in the store that we use to make our pizza is a Pizza Stone made by Old Stone Oven. Over 35 years ago, Old Stone Oven Company introduced the original baking stone for home use. This pizza stone is thicker than other stones. It is made of a special blend of leadfree clays and has porosity and heat retention that is unmatched for giving a delicate crispy, restaurant-quality crust to any pizza, focaccia, or other breads in a standard home oven. It is oven and grill safe to 2000˚ Fahrenheit. The Old Stone Oven Pizza stone has a heat core that is specially engineered to concentrate heat evenly at the center. This solves the problem of a large pizza having an undercooked center while the outer edges are crispy. These stones can be used with care on outdoor grills – both charcoal and gas fired. They are also made in the USA. The trick to a crispy pizza is to heat the stone in the oven prior to putting your prepared pizza on it. Stop by downtown Saratoga

Served at the Saratoga Senior Center





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• Chicken & • Eggplant Parmesan Biscuits • Pasta & Sauce • Broccoli • Peas & Onions • Tropical Fruit • Dinner Roll • Frosted Holiday Cake

• Beef Pot Roast • Red Bliss Potatoes • Carrots • Fruit Jello with Whipped Topping

• Open-face Hot Turkey Sandwich • Butternut Squash • Peas • Mandarin Oranges

• Stuffed Pepper Casserole • Mexican Corn • Warm Spiced Peaches


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

Springs’ Compliments to the Chef at 33 Railroad Place where we have Cool Tools for Cooks. Get creative with your pizza and make lasting memories. After 60 years in business our hometown Italian Restaurant, Verdolini’s had to close due to a flood and family health problems but they live in our memories forever. Enjoy making pizza with

your family and friends. Sing, dance, play music really loud, and have fun eating your very own creation. Remember; “Life Happens in the Kitchen.”

Take Care & wishing all a Happy New Year for 2018, John and Paula



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PLACES OF WORSHIP Adirondack Christian Fellowship   8 Mountain Ledge, Wilton Contact: 581-587-0623 | Services: Sunday 8 a.m. & 10 a.m. Adirondack Friends Meeting 27 Saratoga Avenue, South Glens Falls Contact: 518-793-3755 | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Assembly of God Faith Chapel 6 Burgoyne Street, Schuylerville Contact: 518-695-6069 Rev. Jason Proctor Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Assembly of God Saratoga 118 Woodlawn Avenue, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-584-6081 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Bacon Hill Reformed Church* 560 Route 32N, Bacon Hill Contact: 518-695-3074 Rev. Janet Vincent Services:10 a.m. Sunday School: 10 a.m. Ballston Center Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church 58 Charlton Road, Ballston Spa Contact: 518-885-7312 | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Ballston Spa United Methodist Church 101 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa Contact: 518-885-6886 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Baha’i Community of Saratoga Springs Saratoga Springs Public Library, Glasby Room Contact: 518-692-7694, 518-885-0876, 1-800-22UNITE | Public Meetings: 1st Tuesdays 7 p.m. Bethesda Episcopal Church* 41 Washington Street, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-584-5980 | The Very Rev’d Marshall J. Vang Services: Sunday 8 a.m and 10 a.m. Burnt Hills United Methodist Church* 816 Route 50, Burnt Hills Contact: 518-399-5144 | Pastor Holly Nye Services: Sunday 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Calvary Capital District 5 Williams Street, Saratoga Springs Contact: Pastor Andrew Holt Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Church of Christ at Clifton Park 7 Old Route 146, Clifton Park Contact: 518-371-6611 | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Charlton Freehold Presbyterian Church 768 Charlton Road, Charlton Contact: 518-399-4831 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Christ Community Reformed Church 1010 Route 146, Clifton Park Contact: 518-371-7654 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m.

Christ Episcopal Church* 15 West High Street, Ballston Spa Contact: 518-885-1031 Services: Sunday 8 and 10 a.m. Christian Restoration Ministries Saratoga Senior Center: 5 Williams Street, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-796-4323 | Pastor Pat Roach Services: Sunday 6:30 p.m. Christian Science Church 107 Circular Street, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-584-0221 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Community Alliance Church 257 Rowland Street, Ballston Spa Contact: 518-885-6524 Services: Morning Worship 10:30 a.m. Congregation Shaara Tfille* 84 Weibel Avenue, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-584-2370 | Services: Saturday 10 a.m. Corinth Free Methodist Church   20 Hamilton Avenue, Corinth Contact: 518-654-9255, 518-792-0271 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Corinth United Methodist Church 243 Main Street, Corinth Contact: 518-654-2521 | Services: Sunday 11 a.m. Cornerstone Community Church 100 Saratoga Village Boulevard. #8 Ballston Spa. Contact: 518-664-5204 | Pastor Frank Galerie Services: Sunday 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Community 2001 Route 9, Round Lake Contact: 518-877-8506 | Services: Saturday: 4 p.m. Sunday: 8 and 11 a.m. Eastern Orthodox — Christ the Savior 349 Eastline Road, Ballston Lake Contact: 518-212-7845 | Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. First Baptist Church of Saratoga Springs 45 Washington Street, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-584-6301 | Services: Sunday Noon First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa 202 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa Contact: 518-885-8361 | Services: 10:30 a.m., (9 a.m. in July and August) Sunday School: 9 a.m. (all ages) First Presbyterian Church of Ballston Spa 22 West High Street, Ballston Spa Contact: 518-885-5583 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Full Gospel Tabernacle 207 Redmond Road, Gansevoort Contact: 518-793-2739 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Galway United Methodist Church 2056 East Street, Galway Contact: 518-882-6520 Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. (9 a.m. in July and August)

Grace Fellowship Saratoga* 165 High Rock Avenue, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-691-0301 | Pastor: Mike Adams Services: Sundays 9 and 11 a.m. Greater Grace Community Church 100 Saratoga Village, Building 17, Ballston Spa Pastor David Moore | 899-7777 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Greenfield Center Baptist Church 30 Wilton Road, Greenfield Center Contact: 518-893-7429 Services: 11 a.m. Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. (all ages) Highway Tabernacle Church 235 Hudson Avenue, Mechanicville Contact: 518-664-4442 Services: Sunday: 10:30 a.m. Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Hope Church 206 Greenfield Avenue, Ballston Spa Contact: 518-885-7442 Services: Sunday: 10 a.m. Sunday School: 9 a.m. Jonesville United Methodist 963 Main Street, Clifton Park Contact: 518-877-7332 Services: Sunday: 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday School: 10:30 a.m. Living Springs Free Methodist Church 59 Pine Road, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-584-1003 Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Living Waters Church of God 4330 State Route 50, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-587-0484 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Malta Presbyterian Church 118 Dunning Street, Malta Contact: 518-899-5992 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Malta Ridge United Methodist Church 729 Malta Avenue Extension, Malta Contact: 518-581-0210 Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Middle Grove United Methodist Church* 429 Middle Grove Rd, Middle Grove Contact: 518-581-2973 | Pastor Bonnie Bates Services: Sunday 9 a.m. Mt. Olivet Baptist Church 100 Cresent Street, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-584-9441 Rev. Dr. Victor L. Collier Services: 10 a.m. Perry Road Baptist Church* 150 Perry Road, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-587-0711 Pastor Thomas Van McClain Services: Sunday 10 a.m. New Life Fellowship* 51 Old Gick Road, ­­Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-580-1810 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m.

Week of January 5 – January 11, 2018 RELIGION

PLACES OF WORSHIP NorthStar Church 970 Rt. 146, Clifton Park Contact: 518-371-2811 | Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Northway Church 770 Pierce Rd. Clifton Park Contact: 518-899-1200 | Services: 9:30 a.m. and 11a.m. Old Saratoga Reformed Church* 48 Pearl Street, Schuylerville Contact: Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Old Stone Church (American Baptist) 159 Stone Church Road, Ballston Spa Contact: 518-583-1002 Services: 10:30 a.m. Olde Liberty Baptist 600 Route 67 Malta Contact: Services: Sunday: 10, 11 a.m., and 2 p.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m. Our Lady of Grace Roman Catholic Church* 73 Midline Road, Ballston Lake Contact: 518-399-5713 Services: Saturday: 5:30 p.m. Sunday: 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Porter Corners United Methodist Church* 512 Allen Road, Porter Corners Service: Sunday 8:45 a.m. Followed by Fellowship Arlene Schmidt, CLM Presbyterian-NE Congregational Church 24 Circular St, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-584-6091 | Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m. Quaker Springs United Methodist Church* 466 Route 32, Schylerville Contact: 518-695-3101 | Pastor Ben Lalka Services: Sunday 9 a.m. River of Hope Fellowship 100 Saratoga Village Boulevard Malta Commons, Ste. 3 Contact: Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Roman Catholic Church of St. Peter 241 Broadway, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-584-2375 Services: Saturday: 5 p.m. Sunday: 7:30, 9 and 11 a.m. St. Clement’s Roman Catholic Church* 231 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-584-6122 Services: Saturday: 4 p.m. Sunday: 8, 9:30, 11:15 a.m. and 5 p.m. Spanish Service:1 p.m. St. George’s Episcopal Church 912 Route 146, Clifton Park Contact: 518-371-6351 | Services: Saturday: 4:30 p.m. Sunday: 7:30 , 9, and 11:30 a.m. St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church* 3159 Route 9N, Greenfield Center Contact: 518-893-7680 Services: Saturday: 4 p.m. Sunday: 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.

St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church* 167 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa Contact: 518-885-7411 | Services: Saturday: 4 p.m. Sunday: 8:30, 10:30 a.m., Noon St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church* 771 Route 29, Rock City Falls Contact: 518-885-4677 | Services: Saturday: 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday: 8:30 am. St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church 149 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-584-0904 | Services: Saturday: 5 p.m. Sunday: 8:30 and 11 a.m. St. Peter Lutheran Church 2776 Route 9, Malta Contact: 518-583-4153 Services: Sunday: 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday School: 9:15 a.m. St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church 1 Grove Street, Schuylerville Contact: 518-695-3918 Rev. Donna J. Arnold Services: Sunday 8 and 9 a.m. St. Thomas of Canterbury 242 Grooms Road, Halfmoon Contact: 518-348-0842 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Saratoga Abundant Life Church 2 Hutchins Road, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-885-5456 | Services: Sunday 8:20 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Saratoga Chabad 130 Circular Street, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-526-0773 | Saratoga Friends Meeting (Quaker) 571 Rt32, Quaker Springs Contact: 518-587-7477 | 518-399-5013 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Saratoga United Methodist Church* 175 Fifth Avenue, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-584-3720 | Services: Sunday 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Saratoga Seventh-Day Adventist Church 399 Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-587-6951 | Services: Sabbath School: 10 a.m. Worship Service: 11 a.m. Schuylerville United Methodist Church 51 Church Street, Schuylerville Contact: 518-695-3101 | Services: Sunday 11 a.m. Shenendehowa United Methodist 971 Route 146, Clifton Park Contact: 518-371-7964 Services: Sunday 9 and 10:45 a.m. Simpson United Methodist Church 1089 Rock City Road, Rock City Falls Contact: 518-85-4794 Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m.

Soul Saving Station for Every Nation Christ Crusaders of America 62 Henry Street, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-584-3122 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Stillwater Christian Fellowship Meeting at Liberty Ridge Farm 29 Bevis Road, Schaghticoke Contact: 518-288-8802 Services: 10 a.m. Stillwater United Church (Presbyterian U.S.A.) 135 Hudson Avenue, Stillwater Contact: 518-664-7984 | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Temple Sinai* 509 Broadway, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-584-8730 | Shabbat Services: Friday: 6 p.m. or 8 p.m. (rotating schedule); Saturday: 10:30 a.m. Terra Nova Church* 45 Washington Street, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-833-0504 | Services: Sunday 9 a.m. The Salvation Army/ Worship, Service & Community Center 27 Woodlawn Avenue, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-584-1640 Services: Praise & Worship 11 a.m. Sunday School: 10 a.m. Trinity United Methodist Church 155 Ballard Road, Gansevoort Contact: 518-584-9107 | Rev. Keith Mann Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Saratoga Springs 624 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-584-1555 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Unity Church in Albany 21 King Avenue, Albany Contact: 518-453-3603 Services: Sunday 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday School: 11 a.m. West Charlton United Presbyterian Church 1331 Sacandaga Road, West Charlton Contact: 518-882-9874 | Rev. Thomas Gregg Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Sunday School: 10:30 a.m. Wilton Baptist Church 755 Saratoga Road, Wilton Contact: 518-583-2736 | Services: Sunday 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

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Call for Local Folk or Irish Performers Come audition for an opportunity to showcase your talent during our annual “Café Malta”, an intimate coffee house at the Malta Community Center on Saturday evening, March 10, 2018. We are looking for talented musicians, vocalists, small acoustic bands, storytellers and/or dancers. Each acoustic act selected will play a short 10-15-minute set. Auditions are by appointment only the week of January 2-7, 2018. Contact Elyse Young, Artistic Director, at 518-899-4411 x 305 or theater@ for more details or to schedule an audition. We are also looking for 3-4 talented teen or adult singing waiters or waitresses to help serve dessert and coffee and perform an opening number. Human Trafficking Awareness Evening January 11, 2018 is Human Trafficking Awareness Day. First Presbyterian Church of Ballston Spa, in conjunction with Albany Presbytery, will be hosting a special Awareness Evening from 7 – 8:30 p.m. in the church hall. John Kelly, Law Enforcement Coordinator for Saratoga Center for the Family will offer a presentation. The entire community, Ballston Spa area congregations and Albany Presbytery are encouraged to attend. Call Pastor Scott DeBlock at 518-885-5583 for details. Hattie's 18th Annual Mardi Gras Benefit Hattie's 18th Annual Mardi Gras Soiree to benefit AIM Services, Inc. On Saturday, January 13 from 6 – 10 p.m., get ready to dance along to music by Soul Sessions and Garland Nelson, enjoy delicious treats by Chef Jasper Alexander, and experience the “New Orleans of the north” with us! $100 per person. For details and to attend this event

visit AIM Services, Inc.'s website and scroll down to Upcoming Events. AIM Services, Inc. is dedicated to supporting the "power of potential" in people of diverse abilities. Through community based services, advocacy, and education, dedicated professionals focus on supporting people in achieving their personal goals, while promoting a sense of selfconfidence and independence. The event will be held at the Canfield Casino, 25 E. Congress St., Saratoga Springs. Cost is $100 per person. To register, visit form/1wm2?mode=h5. Community Building Through Community Service - MLKSaratoga People of all ages are encouraged to participate in volunteer projects around Saratoga Springs (Rebuilding Together, Shelters of Saratoga, Temple Sinai). Family oriented projects will be onsite at the Saratoga Springs Public Library. Volunteer Opportunities: MoonCatchers Pad Project, Thinkpeace, ("give a hand, lend a hand") art and awareness project, CREATE Community Studio, Youth Squared, Saratoga's Humanitarian Youth for Transformation and Waldorf School of Saratoga. Registration begins on January 15, at 9:15 a.m. at the Saratoga Springs Public Library in the Dutcher Community Room. For more details or to pre-register online: Lunch will be served to all participants at the SSPL (12:30 pm-1:30 pm). CommUnity Commemoration of Dr. King CommUnity Celebration of Dr. King. Hosted by Garland Nelson, on January 15 from 2 – 4 p.m. at the Saratoga Music Hall, located at 474 Broadway, 3rd floor of City Hall, Saratoga Springs. Our weekend culminates with a special gathering featuring Taina Asili, NY-based Puerto Rican artist and activist, whose music and activism speaks to how racial, economic and climate injustice are inextricably linked. Other performances by the Arbor

Hill Starlites, the Waldorf Community Chorus, SHYFT and others. Deeper Than the Skin: Greg Greenway and Reggie Harris Celebrate MLK, Jr. at Caffe Lena Singer-songwriter, storyteller, and activist Reggie Harris along with chart-topping folksinger Greg Greenway have a unique story. Born three days apart, they discovered well into their 30 year friendship that they both trace their ancestry back to the James River in Richmond, VA, where 300,000 captured Africans were brought ashore. With beautifully performed songs and words, they share a compelling story of racial injustice faced down with creative resistance, friendship, music and joy. The performance takes place on January 15 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $22, $20 and $11. Caffe Lena is located at 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs. Benefit Spaghetti Dinner Danny MacMillan, a 12-year-old from Schuylerville, was diagnosed with E-Wing Sarcoma Cancer. Danny started chemotherapy and underwent surgery to remove the mass. After further testing they discovered cancer cells in the muscle tissue and it was decided that it would be best to amputate the leg. The surgery took place on January 2, followed by more chemotherapy and eventually a prosthetic leg. This has taken a big toll on the family emotionally and financially. The dinner will be held on January 19, from 5 – 8 p.m. at Schuylerville Elementary School cafeteria. Tickets are $10 per adult, $5 for children 4-13 years old and children under 4 free. Dinner will include spaghetti, salad, bread, drinks and desserts, take out also available. We will also have raffles and a 50/50 drawing. If you are unable to make the dinner but would like to donate to the MacMillan Family, they have an account set up at Glens Falls National Bank, set up under the name "Team DanDan Benefit". This is the only legitimate account for Danny MacMillan. 2018 Cabin Fever Luncheon Soroptimist International of Saratoga County (SISC) is excited about our 2018 Cabin Fever event, themed, ‘Talk About It’, as

Week of January 5 – January 11, 2018 we narrow our focus on human trafficking. A $32 billion annual industry, modern day trafficking is a type of slavery that involves the transport or trade of people, for work. The luncheon will be held on Saturday, January 20 at 11 a.m. at the Saratoga National Golf Club, located at 458 Union Ave., in Saratoga Springs. Cost is $75. For more information or to register visit events/cabin-fever. Fifth Annual Chocolate Festival The Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association and the First Friday business participants are excited to present our Fifth Annual Ballston Spa Chocolate Fest on First Friday, February 2, 2018 from 6 to 9 p.m. in downtown Ballston Spa. Visitors will be able to sample the variety chocolate offerings at designated Sweet Spots throughout the Village. Samples are a minimal cost of $1. In addition to Chocolate Fest, there will be a variety of First Friday activities going on in our local businesses, including art gallery openings, live music, artist demonstrations, and special promotions and sales just in time for Valentine's Day. For a full listing of participating businesses, chefs, and activities, please visit Chowderfest The Saratoga Convention and Tourism Bureau presents the 20th Anniversary Chowderfest on Saturday, February 3 at 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. in downtown Saratoga Springs. For more information visit www. Annual Sweetheart Dinner Dance The Saratoga/Wilton Ladies Auxiliary #161, is holding their annual Sweetheart Dance on Saturday, February 10 at the Elks Lodge, 1 Elk Lane in Saratoga Springs. By popular demand, the Band Gravity will be our entertainment for the night. The evening begins with cocktails/ appetizers from 6-7 p.m., dinner 7-9 p.m., and entertainment and dancing from 9 to midnight. This year’s Valentine raffles will again benefit the local Code Blue Shelter initiative. We

will have several raffle baskets with different themes and gifts offered; included will be our very popular Lottery Basket. Cocktail hour will feature a specialty drink surprise. Entrée choices are Prime Rib, Pork Loin with stuffing and gravy, or Vegetarian Risotto with eggplant, sun-dried tomatoes and zucchini; all served with salad, potatoes, rolls and vegetable. Buffet style dessert of Strawberry Shortcake will complete the menu. You and your special Valentine will have a great evening with an outstanding band and dinner for the reasonable price of $34 per person. Seating is limited; reservations opened to the public on January 12, 2018. Checks, cash or credit card will be accepted as payment. Ensure a “special evening” and give Penny a call now at 518-5877597 to make your reservation and payment. Deadline is February 4 for reservations, if we still have seating available. I’m sure this evening will delight you and your “Special Valentine”. Wanted: Folks 55+ to Enjoy BASC Social Activities If you're over 55, a long-time or new resident in the area and looking to meet "young" seniors, check out the Ballston Area Senior Citizens (BASC.) BASC sponsors many activities at The Milton Community Center located at 310 Northline Road, Ballston Spa. Residents from the Town of Milton, Village of Ballston Spa, Town of Ballston and other area municipalities are welcome to join BASC. Programs and activities include festive dinners, dances, Pickin' Sessions, bus trips, pot luck luncheons, crafts, movies, chorus, cards, bingo, billiards, Osteo Busters and Stretch & Fit exercise classes. Over 75 members attend the weekly Thursday pot luck luncheons which are often followed by speakers or other entertainment. Stop in around 11 a.m. any Thursday. Be our guest for your first pot luck lunch and learn more about BASC. Yearly membership fee is $10. Call Barb Broderson, Membership Chair, 518-885-4229 or visit www.ballstonareaseniors. com for additional information and to view our newsletter.

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Week of January 5 – January 11, 2018 tea. Donation Requested: Adults $9 Seniors and Military (Active/ Retired with ID Card) $8, Children 5—12 $7, Under 5 Free, Take-outs $9. Call 518-584-2585 for more information.

Family Friendly Event

Friday, January 5 Guided Hike Vischer Ferry Nature and Histroic Preserve, Riverview Rd., Rexford 1 p.m. — Meet at the Whipple Bridge entrance.

Saturday, January 6 Young Essential Oils Workshop The Children’s Museum, 69 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Come and meet Devin White and Erin Joseph for a special essential oil infused jewelry / necklace activity at the museum. Join us as we create a necklace or bracelet with wooden beads and a leather tassel that will work as your own personal little diffuser for essential oils. Put a drop or two of your favorite oil on it and you are ready to go. Parents and kids of all ages are welcome. Free with museum admission. This workshop is open to families with children of all ages.

Sunday, January 7 Breakfast Buffet Saratoga-Wilton Elks, 1 Elks Lane, Rt. 9, Saratoga Springs, 8:30 – 11 a.m. Eggs to order, fruit cocktail, French toast, pancakes, potatoes, breakfast sausage and ham, corned beef hash, sausage gravy and buiscuits, scrambled eggs, eggs benedict, juice, coffee and

Monday, January 8 Grownup Gaming: "Board" in the Library Saratoga Springs Public Library, H. Dutcher Community Room, 6 – 9 p.m. Come be "board" in the library on the first Monday of the month (except holidays) with Saratoga's newest group of adult board game enthusiasts. We'll play games from some of the most respected publishers in the industry, occasionally unbox new games, and share some favorite games from our collections with the group. For more information call 518-584-7860 ext. 268.

Saratoga Retired Teachers Meeting Longfellows Restaurant, 500 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs, Noon — Prospective members, please call 518-587-5356 for membership information and luncheon reservations.

Tuesday, January 9 Woodcarvers Meeting Milton Community Center, 310 Northline Rd., Ballston Spa, 9 – 11:30 a.m. The Ballston Area Senior Citizens are looking for anyone interested in joining, from beginners to experienced woodcarvers. Both men and women in the group meet every Tuesday to carve everything from small boots, birds, walking canes to even a rocking horse. Please contact Neil Scheuerman at the Community Center, 9 – 11:30 a.m. at 518-885-6740. If the schools are closed due to inclement weather the Center is closed also. Visit www.


CALENDAR Ceramics, Sculpture, and Soapstone Carving Saratoga Senior Center, 5 Williams St., Saratoga Springs, 5:30 - 7:30 pm Participants can arrive anytime between 5:30-6 p.m. No experience is necessary. Come join the fun and let your creativity flow during our new extended Tuesday night hours.

Rifle Competition Fish Creek Rod and Gun Club, Route 32 south of the village of Victory, 7 p.m. The 22-caliber rifle competition will be held at the club house. You will need to bring your own rifle and ammunition. It will continue every Tuesday for the month of January. For information contact the club house at 518-695-3917.

Wednesday, January 10 Parent and Baby Meetup Northshire Bookstore, 424 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 10:30 a.m. Parents and babies from birth to one year are invited to stop by for conversation and to spend time with other new parents. The conversation will be facilitated by Rebecca Rovner, birth and postpartum doula. For more information visit

2018 Winter Storytellers Series Continues SUNY Empire State College, 2 Union Ave., Room 126, Saratoga Springs, Noon – 1 p.m. The Academy for Lifelong Learning presents the tenth annual storytellers series every Wednesday through February 21. January 10 features storyteller Kate Dudding with “Serving Their Country.” Sponsored by Prestwick

Chase at Saratoga. Free and open to the public. Postponed if Saratoga Springs city schools are closed. For more information, call the Academy at 518-587-2100 ext. 2415.

Roast Pork and Baked Chicken Dinner Saratoga-Wilton Elks, 1 Elks Lane, Rt. 9, Saratoga Springs, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Soup, tossed salad, roast pork loin, baked chicken, stuffing, mashed potatoes, vegetables, rolls and butter, dessert, coffee and tea. Donation Requested: adults $12. Seniors (62 years) and Military (Active or Retired) with ID Card $11, Children 5-12, $8. Children under 5 free, Take-outs $12. Cash bar available. Call 518584-2585 for more information.

Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Support Group Reception Room, 1st floor, 6 Care Lane, Saratoga Springs, 5 – 6:30 p.m. The support group is free and open to IPF patients, their family members, friends and caregivers. IPF is a rare condition that causes scar tissue to grow inside the lungs. It is estimated that IPF affects approximately 100,000 people in the United States. The cause of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis is unknown. The Saratoga County support group will meet regularly, and meetings will typically feature an educational presentation as well as discussion with others affected by IPF. For more information contact Marie or Susan at the Health and Fitness Center at 518-886-5676.

Ballston Area Seniors Pickin’ Sessions Milton Community Center, 310 Northline Rd., Ballston Spa, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. Free to the public, ample free parking and please bring a

snack to be shared. Amateur / professional musicians are invited to play solo, background or join up with a group. We are having a fun season with extemporaneous, off-the-cuff musical jamming by local talented musicians Check out our web page, www.

Storytelling Open Mic Caffe’ Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 7 p.m. Enjoy a wonderful evening as storytellers from Saratoga and the Capital District share contemporary, personal, and traditional stories. New storytellers are always welcome. Sign-ups are at 6:40. (Stories should rarely be longer than 10 minutes and always read, not told.) January’s featured teller is our city historian, Mary Ann Fitzgerald. Admission is $5. Students admission is free.

Thursday, January 11 Extinction: A Question of Adaptation Saratoga Springs Public Library, H. Dutcher Community Room, Noon – 1 p.m. Join Tom Lake, NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Program’s Consulting Naturalist, for a look at how past episodes of climate change led to the demise and extinction of large land mammals and other wildlife. The most recent extinction event, the Laurentide Ice Sheet, covered Saratoga Springs with 10,000 feet of ice, the last of eight known Ice Ages. Lake will discuss how and why we lost Hudson Valley animals via extinction such as the stagmoose, mastodon, mammoth, giant beaver, ground sloth, and flat-headed peccary, and then others like woodland caribou and American elk via extirpation. No registration required.

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‘This Place’ Israel and West Bank PHOTO EXHIBIT AT THE TANG

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College is leading a four-campus exhibition of “This Place,” which features more than 600 images by 12 internationally acclaimed photographers who explore the personal and public spaces in Israel and the West Bank. Opening Feb. 3 and running through April 22, the Tang’s presentation will feature work by four of the twelve photographers, who each took different approaches, highlighting how photography can illuminate multiple perspectives on a complex topic. Wendy Ewald taught and photographed children and adults in 14 communities in Israel and the West Bank in their homes and villages, collecting tens of thousands of digital images; Gilles Peress photographed the Road of Patriarchs from Hebron to Jerusalem and the Palestinian village of Silwan in East Jerusalem, areas he considers to be fault lines in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; Stephen Shore used his 8 x 10 view camera and a digital camera to photograph landscapes and cityscapes, sacred places, street scenes, and community, and Nick Waplington created a photographic survey of Jewish settlements in the West Bank through both family portraits and images of the natural and built environment. The idea for “This Place” was conceived in 2005, when French photographer Frédéric

Brenner was driven by a desire to create a visual dialogue on the West Bank and Israel that moves beyond the prevailing, often polarized, news media representations. The photographers, all from outside Israel, created their work primarily between 2009 and 2012 and present a diverse portrait of a muchcontested land. The goal of the project was to adjust the language and reading of the flood of images from Israel and the West Bank, to find the space between journalism and art, and to use artists to create a “parole poétique” - one that emphasized the essential humanity underlining the thorny conflict. A series of public programs in conjunction with the exhibit will also take place at The Tang Museum from February through April. The three other museums collaborating on “This Place” are the Picker Art Gallery at Colgate University, the Wellin Museum of Art at Hamilton College, and the University Art Museum, University at Albany, State University of New York. The project will culminate in a national public symposium in which the four participating institutions will share methods and outcomes, and locate lessons within the broader context of museum-based pedagogy and its role in higher education. An opening reception will be held 6 p.m. on Feb. 3.

This Place, Stephen Shore.

HMT Holds Open Auditions for Springtime Production SARATOGA SPRINGS — Home Made Theater will hold open auditions for their April/ May production of “Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” on Jan. 14-15. The production features lyrics by Tim Rice, and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. The artistic team includes Director Dawn Oesch, Musical Director Carol Hawks, and

Choreographer Johnny Martinez. Auditions will be held 2 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14 for children ages 9-12, 5 – 8 p.m. for adults; and 6:30 – 8 p.m. Jan. 15 for adults, at the Spa Little Theater in Saratoga Spa State Park. There are 48 roles available for actors ages nine and up. Production dates are weekends, April 21 – May 6.

Rehearsals begin March 11. No appointments are necessary. Those auditioning are asked to prepare 16 bars of up-beat music. Please bring your own sheet music, as a pianist will be provided. No a capella singing. For a detailed flyer with character descriptions or questions about the audition, contact HMT at 518-587-4427, or visit:

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UPCOMING CONCERTS 2018 by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY In 2018, U2 will kick off their two-month North American tour in Oklahoma on May 2 and conclude with shows in New York City at Madison Square Garden June 25, and New Jersey – at the Prudential Center on June 29. Other major artists slated to stage shows in the U.S. this year – although to date none have been scheduled to take place in the immediate Capital Region – include: Jeff Lynne’s ELO; Maroon 5; Foo Fighters; a Pixies and Weezer co-headlining tour; Taylor Swift; Kenny Chesney; Zac Brown Band; Shakira, Alice Cooper, Jethro Tull, and Jackson Browne – to name a few. Whether any of these shows will land locally remains to be seen.


JAMES TAYLOR - Jan. 26 @ Times Union Center




DROPKICK MURPHYS, AGNOSTIC FRONT, BIM SKALA BIM Feb. 25 @ Capital Repertory Theatre MONTGOMERY GENTRY - March 2, @Upstate Concert Hall WYCLEF JEAN - March 2 @ Putnam Den


SHAWN COLVIN, LYLE LOVETT - March 8 @ Troy Savings Bank Music Hall FIVE FOR FIGHTING - March 18, Swyer Theatre DIXIE DREGS - March 21 @ The Egg


DJ GAMMER, DUBLOADZ - March 28 @ Upstate Concert Hall ROBIN TROWER - March 28 @ Hart Theatre DAUGHTRY - April 7 @ Palace Theatre

THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS - April 22 @ The Egg DWEEZIL ZAPPA - April 24 @ The Egg

ALAN JACKSON - April 28, Times Union Center AZTEC TWO-STEP - April 28 @ Caffe Lena LEO KOTTKE - April 29 @ Swyer Theatre


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Dancing Duo Return to Native Saratoga ABB Drummer Jaimoe Springs to Launch Dance Retreat Performs at The Egg Saturday by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Madeleine Bokan grew up dancing at Saratoga City Ballet. Her college studies at Fordham University took her to New York City, and subsequently on to her current position as a sales manager for a start-up publisher. Her love of dancing remained strong. She searched for an outlet. “You’ve had this really important thing, but if you’re not doing it professionally, it’s suddenly gone,” says Bokan, who began attending workshops for ex-dancers who still love to dance. “I was paired up with another member of the program who I quickly learned also had a full-time career outside of the dance world. She was there, like me, to fill that void for movement that all dancers-at-heart hold. Immediately I felt comfortable with these people… a creative space where I fit again.” Inspired, Bokan re-connected with fellow Saratoga City Ballet dancing alum Erin Dooley who has continues her pursuit of a dancing career, dancing at Joffrey Ballet School and Alvin Ailey School. The duo co-founded Getaway Dance Collective and this month will launch their first retreat in their native Saratoga Springs.

Erin Dooley, co-founder of GDC’s Dance Retreat. Photo by Lois Greenfield.

It’s a way of expressing yourself and rehabilitating your body, Bokan explains, for dancers to see themselves as dancers again, by stepping out of their reality and rejuvenating with movement and choreography. “For me, it’s restorative.” The Getaway Dance Retreat will feature dance classes and workshops at the National Museum of Dance studios and include yoga, Pilates, a guided trail walk on the Avenue of Pines, and a group dinner in Downtown Saratoga Springs. Attendees will be housed for a two-night stay at Anne's Washington Inn - which

has been in Bokan’s family for three generations - and takes place Jan. 19-21. Registration is $175, which also includes a Friday welcome happy hour and dinner; Saturday breakfast, lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch. It’s about showing how movement can rehab the body and the mind in countless ways, Bokan says. “A weekend of wellness, of immersing everyone in movement.” Registrations will be accepted through Sunday, Jan. 7, and be may be made at:

Jaimoe performs at The Egg on Saturday. Photo provided.

ALBANY — Allman Brothers Band drummer Jaimoe will perform with his Jassz Band at The Egg at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 6 as part of the American Roots & Branches concert series. Jai “Jaimoe” Johanson is one of only two remaining founding members of the Allman Brothers Band. His Jasssz Band combine elements of jazz, blues, rock ‘n’ roll

and R&B and feature a repertoire that ranges from new interpretations of classic tunes to original songs as heard on their new recording, “Renaissance Man.” Tickets are $29.50 and are available at The Egg Box Office at the Empire State Plaza, by telephone at 518-473-1845 or on line at

Wyclef Jean Coming to Putnam Den in March

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Writer, producer and performer will appear at Putnam Den on March 2. Tickets are $40 advance, $48 day-of-show and are available via the venue’s website at: www. The music that Wyclef Jean has written, performed, and produced — both as a solo superstar and as founder and guiding member of the Fugees — has been a consistently powerful pop cultural force for over two

decades. In 1996, the Fugees released their monumental album “The Score,” which hit No. 1 on the Billboard chart, spawned a trio of smash singles - including their reinvention of Roberta Flack’s 1973 ballad “Killing Me Softly” - and was certified six times platinum. As a solo artist, Jean has released six albums that have sold nearly 9 million copies worldwide, co-wrote and produced Shakira’s chart-topping single “Hips Don’t

Lie,” and has co-produced a number of monster hits, Carlos Santana’s “Maria, Maria,” and Destiny’s Child’s “No, No, No” among them. His latest album, Carnival III: The Fall and Rise of a Refugee, was released last fall and marks his first release in eight years. Putnam Den is located at 63a Putnam Street - opposite the Saratoga Springs Public Library. For more information, call 518-886-9585.

Wyclef Jean. Coming to Saratoga Springs in March. Photo provided.

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Jazz at The Spring Concert

Book Launch at Northshire for New

Series Kicks Off This Month Spy Thriller with Saratoga Connections

SARATOGA SPRINGS —The Jazz at the Spring 2018 concert series starts with a bang on Jan. 25 with world renowned saxophonist Joel Frahm. Named a rising star by Downbeat magazine, Frahm will perform as special guest of vocalist Teri Roiger and bassist John Menegon during an evening of music drawn from the deep tradition of the Harlem Renaissance to the present day, featuring works by Ellington, Strayhorn, Billie Holiday, Abbey Lincoln, Monk, Mingus and more. Frahm is a regular on the New York City club circuit and has appeared alongside jazz legends and musical peers Maynard Ferguson, Kenny Barron, Betty Carter and many others. Roiger – a musician, vocalist, educator and producer, has performed throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Europe. Menegon was for more than a decade an integral member of the Dewey Redman Quartet, as well as the David "Fathead" Newman Quintet. Jazz at the Spring is held the last Thursday of each month at the Spring Street Gallery, at 110 Spring St. and is sponsored by Capital District Jazz, a not-forprofit organization formed by practitioners and fans who love

jazz music. CDJ's mission is to build and serve a wider audience for jazz through education; to create performance opportunities for jazz musicians; and to develop venues for these pursuits. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 25. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door and are available online at: www.brownpapertickets. com/event/3101263. For more information, call 518-587-6433.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — A new spy thriller which includes action scenes that take place at Riley’s Lake House, the United States Hotel and other Saratoga locations in 1940 will celebrate its book launch at Northshire this month. Lawrence Dudley’s “New York Station” has been hailed by Publisher’s Weekly as a gritty spy thriller featuring “a multifaceted protagonist who’s a refreshing change from formulaic genre,” and by critic Angela Woltman for its “never-ending supply of action, new characters, and puzzling subplots.” The book launch celebration for Dudley’s “New York Station” will take place 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 26. Also this month at Northshire: poet, memoirist & philanthropist Eileen Rockefeller will read poems from her new collection, “Space Between: Selected Poems,” at 7 p.m. on Jan. 12, and Mary Cuffe Perez will

share stories from her new book, “Barn Stories: Reflections from a Saratoga County Horse Farm,” at 7 p.m. on Jan. 27. Events are free and open to the public and will take place at

Northshire Bookstore Saratoga, 424 Broadway. For more information on these or other events, call 518-682-4200, or visit the Northshire Bookstore website at

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Mike O’Donnell, 7 p.m. @ Inn at Saratoga — 518.583.1890

Super Dark Collective Presents: TBA, 9 p.m. @ One Caroline — 518.587.2026

Dave Solazzo Trio, 9 p.m. @ 9 Maple Avenue — 518.583.2582 Super Dark Collective Presents: Cretin Hop, 9 p.m. @ One Caroline — 518.587.2026

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Vinyl Evolution, 7 p.m. @ The End Zone / Ballston Ave. Bowling Lanes – 518.584.6460

Drank the Gold, 7 p.m. @ Inn at Saratoga — 518.583.1890

saturday, 1/6: Gillette & Mangsen, 8 p.m. @ Caffè Lena — 518.583.0022 Lewis and the New Imperials, 10 p.m. @ Caroline St. Pub — 518.583.9400 Becky Walton & Mike Steiner Acoustic Duo, 7 p.m. @ Inn at Saratoga — 518.583.1890 Sketches of Influence, 9 p.m. @ 9 Maple Avenue — 518.583.2582 Misfit Jazz w/Bryan Thomas, 9 p.m. @ One Caroline — 518.587.2026 Get Up Jack, 8 p.m. @ The Parting Glass – 518.583.1916 Rolling Stones Tribute: Tumblin’ Dice, 7 p.m. @ Strand Theater — 518.832.3484

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Puzzles Across 1 Little fight 5 Scurries, old-style 9 Prefix with chute 13 Other than that 14 __ buco: veal dish 15 Hieroglyphics bird 16 Madonna hit with the lyrics "I'm keeping my baby" 19 Lacking 20 Choose (to) 21 Roast host 22 Add up to, in arithmetic 23 Skinny swimmer 24 Live-in nannies 26 Like some family-owned businesses 29 Kindle buy 30 Hops-drying oven 31 Woolf's "__ Dalloway" 34 Narrow cut 35 Bake, as eggs 37 Veggie that can be pickled 38 Title time traveler with Bill 39 Fellas 40 Hardship 41 2003 Eddie Murphy movie about an entrepreneurial stay-at-home parent 44 Cast maligning remarks at 47 Watch closely 48 Sleuths, for short 49 Meager 50 Tavern brew 51 Ladies 52 Propose marriage 56 Olympian's blade 57 Baseball tactic to advance a runner 58 Desire 59 Stereotypical techie 60 Make less intense, as one's breath 61 Iowa State city Down 1 Unlike bosom buddies 2 Smallish celestial body 3 Hieroglyphics snakes 4 Beverage leaves 5 Showy publicity 6 "This __ working" 7 D.C. winter clock setting 8 Soak (up), as sauce

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See puzzle solution on page 38 9 Merchant whom Simple Simon met 10 Beaded calculators 11 Potato cutter 12 Lenten symbol 17 Couch potato's opposite 18 Move to a new container, as a houseplant 19 Least dangerous 23 Startled cry 24 Hebrew winter month 25 Cold War country: Abbr. 27 Selling really well 28 Clangorous 31 Cheerleader's sound booster 32 Adjusts the position of 33 Emphasize 35 Soap bubbles 36 Jekyll's murderous other self 37 Ballpoint brand

39 Brooks of country music 40 Pastrami sandwich bread 41 A little banged up, fenderwise 42 Backspace over 43 Yes votes 44 Colorado ski resort 45 Range 46 Origami medium 50 Em, to Dorothy 51 Former name of Thailand 53 Flow back 54 Sine __ non: essential 55 Pan Am rival

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: Baluster, Banister A baluster is a short pillar that supports a handrail. The balusters on the deck were secured with small screws. A banister is the handrail on a staircase. We slid down the banister when we were children. 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 January 5 – January 11, 2018

Katy Ralston , Local Speedskating Athlete

Ralston on the ice earlier this year. Photo provided.

by Lori Mahan Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Katy Ralston, a Saratoga Springs native, has been training in speedskating since she was eight years old and has been training full time since she was 16. Now, at 25-years-old, Ralston has decided to retire. Ralston just participated in her last Olympic Trials, which took place Dec. 15 – 17. The top three women and the top five men made the Olympic team, Ralston finished eighth overall. “It was pretty much where I was expecting to finish. It would have been great if I had been able to do better or even make the team, but realistically I knew that was where I was sitting. In some races I did better than I expected. It was an okay way to finish out my career,” Ralston stated. Before Ralston ever started speedskating, she was a soccer player. She will be going to school full time at Salt Lake Community College, where she is considering getting a degree in physical therapy, and will be playing soccer. “Soccer was my first love for sports. Now that I’m done skating, I’d like to train for soccer and see where that can take me,” she explained. In 2010, after graduation from high school, Ralston moved to Utah to train full time.

“Doing this for eight years is mentally and physically exhausting. I’m 25 so I’m kind of at the back end of my career, I don’t think I can make it another four years. Its time, I don’t have anything I regret much with skating. It was time to hang up the skates and move on,” Ralston said. Ralston got her skating start at the Saratoga Winter Club after skating at her families’ frozen farm house pond with her dad. “My dad had really old speed skates and he was doing cross-overs. I thought it was really cool and he tried to teach me,” she reminisced. After that, her parents decided she needed to take skating lessons. “It was kind of a fun activity that young kids do and as I got older, it was more fun and I started getting faster. Back then, the club had a lot of Olympians, World Cup team members, and some National Team members there. That put me in a cool position to train on the same ice as them. They helped me out a lot in wanting to pursue skating further as I got older,” she said. “My family has been really supportive. They’ve been great in helping me afford the equipment and all of the other expenses,” Ralston mused. Ralston’s main coach in Saratoga was Paul Marchese. “He’s still with the club but

when I was 16 and really decided I wanted to get really good at this and try to go to the Olympics, Marchese really helped me out with getting to the next level. Most recently, my coach is Lin Lin Phun in Utah. She was a gold medalist from China and her medal is from the Vancouver Olympics in 2010. For the past two years I’ve been skating with her,” Ralston explained. With her full time athletic lifestyle, Ralston has traveled many places and created a familylike bond with her teammates, and that is what she’ll “miss the most.” “The coolest place I’ve traveled to is Seoul, Korea. The people there that come to watch the World Cup there are crazy, they’re so passionate about short track in Korea. The rink fills up with people and it’s a really cool environment to be in as an athlete,” Ralston remembered. Ralston has seen many accomplishments in the nearly eight years she has invested full time into speed skating. From 2010-2011, she was a member of the US Junior World Team; from 2010-2012 and 20142018, Ralston was on the US Short Track National Team; in 2011 she placed eighteenth overall in the Junior World Championships; and in 2014 and 2018, she placed eighth overall at the Olympic Trials.

Ralston at the 2017 Olympic Trials. Photo provided.



Week of January 5 – January 11, 2018




WINTER SPORTS SEASON IS HERE! League games and matches begin this week and are as follows:

Basketball FRIDAY, 1/5

■ Saratoga Springs (Boys) vs. Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake 7 p.m. at Saratoga Springs High School ■ Saratoga Springs (Girls) vs. Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake 5:30 p.m. at Saratoga Springs High School ■ Schuylerville (Boys) vs. Glens Falls 7:30 p.m. at Schuylerville High School ■ Ballston Spa (Girls) vs. Niskayuna 6 p.m. at Ballston Spa High School

■ Saratoga Central Catholic (Boys) vs. Berlin Central 7:30 p.m. at Berlin Central School ■ Saratoga Central Catholic (Girls) vs. Berlin Central 7:30 p.m. at Saratoga Central Catholic MONDAY, 1/8

■ Schuylerville (Girls) vs. Amsterdam 7 p.m. at Schuylerville High School

■ Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake vs. Green Tech 7:30 p.m. at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School TUESDAY, 1/9

■ Saratoga Springs (Boys) vs. Ballston Spa 7 p.m. at Ballston Spa High School

■ Saratoga Springs (Girls) vs. Ballston Spa 5:30 p.m. at Saratoga Springs High School ■ Schuylerville (Boys) vs. Amsterdam 7:30 p.m. at Amsterdam High School

■ Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (Boys) vs. Niskayuna 7 p.m. at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School ■ Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (Girls) vs. Niskayuna 7 p.m. at Niskayuna High School

■ Saratoga Central Catholic (Boys) vs. Cambridge 7:30 p.m. at Saratoga Central Catholic School WEDNESDAY, 1/10

■ Saratoga Central Catholic (Girls) vs. Cambridge 7:30 p.m. at Cambridge Central School



■ Schuylerville (Girls) vs. South Glens Falls 7 p.m. at South Glens Falls High School

■ Saratoga Springs vs. Niskayuna 6 p.m. at Niskayuna High School

■ Schuylerville vs. Glens Falls 6 p.m. at Schuylerville High School


■ Ballston Spa vs. Shenendehowa 6 p.m. at Ballston Spa High School


■ Saratoga Springs (Girls) vs. Niskayuna 4:15 p.m. at Saratoga Strike Zone

Ice Hockey

4:15 p.m. at Old Saratoga Bowl


■ Schuylerville (Boys) vs. Scotia-Glenville ■ Saratoga Central Catholic vs. Waterford-Halfmoon

■ Saratoga Springs vs. LaSalle 7 p.m. at Hudson Valley Community College



4:15 p.m. at Hilltop Bowl

■ Saratoga Springs (Co-Ed.) vs. Ballston Spa 4 p.m. at Saratoga Strike Zone WEDNESDAY, 1/10

■ Saratoga Springs (Girls) vs. Schenectady 4:15 p.m. at Saratoga Strike Zone ■ Schuylerville (Boys) vs. South Glens Falls 4:15 p.m. at Old Saratoga Bowl ■ Saratoga Central Catholic vs. Stillwater 4:15 p.m. at Hometown Lanes THURSDAY, 1/11

■ Saratoga Springs (Boys) vs. Christian Brothers Academy 4 p.m. at Saratoga Strike Zone

■ Saratoga Springs vs. Burnt HillsBallston Lake 7:30 p.m. at BH-BL Schenectady County Rec Facility WEDNESDAY, 1/10

■ Saratoga Springs vs. Shaker 6:45 p.m. at Weibel Ice Rink

Indoor Track SUNDAY, 1/7

■ Schuylerville (Boys) vs. TBA 10 a.m. at Springfield College

Wrestling SATURDAY, 1/6

■ Saratoga Springs vs. Schenectady 9 a.m. at Saratoga Springs High School

■ Schuylerville vs. Saratoga Springs 10 a.m. at Saratoga Springs High School

*All information subject to change due to inclement weather.

Week of January 5 – January 11, 2018



The Little Gym, Opening in Malta Photos provided.

by Lori Mahan Saratoga TODAY MALTA — The Little Gym, opening at Ellsworth Commons on Sunday, Jan. 7, is a part of a franchise that provides kids with classes of all athletic varieties, giving children “unique programs that revolve around active play,” according to the official statement. With over 350 Little Gyms in the world, Kathryn Pellett and her husband Jim decided to open one more, right here in Saratoga County after receiving an email from Little Gym International. Pellett was involved with The Little Gym long before she opened her own, though. As the mother of four boys, all between the ages of one and eleven, her second-born son Chase showed signs of being on the spectrum around three years old. With that information, Pellett decided to enroll Chase in The Little Gym in Colonie three years ago. “He was given an introduction month at the gym and he loved the program, we

loved the program, and it was a really good fit for our family. Chase was mostly non-verbal when he started at the gym and as a mom it was nerve-wracking to send him into that situation. They never acted like he was different from any other kid going there. He really flourished in that environment,” Pellett explained. With an undergrad degree in finance and an MBA, Pellett was a good fit to open this business. “The email came at a good time. Chase was settling down and it would be nice for me to have a career of my own at this point and with my families’ history at the gym and my background in business, it seemed to be a really great fit. It was an ‘a-ha!’ moment to open the gym,” she explained. After she and her husband talked to their family, who were all on board, and wrote a business plan, they got their funding in place and went from there. After a 16-month process, The Little Gym has their open house from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 7 with classes beginning on Monday, Jan. 8. The gym will be open 9 a.m.

to 7 p.m. on Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, with weekend afternoons reserved for pre-scheduled birthday parties. “The birthday party calendar is filled right up. People in this area are always looking for party ideas for their kids,” Pellett explained. The gym’s curriculum is approved by the United States Gymnastics Association (USGA); because of the non-competitive nature of the gym, the kids are still learning the sport in a nice and safe environment. The Little Gym follows a 3-dimensional learning method: moving is the first dimension and is based on the class itself, the second dimension is brain boost, which focuses on cognition of the child, and the third dimension is citizen kids, which is fostering great relationships and teaching them how to be “great little humans,” she explained.

These three dimensions are present in every class at every age group. Every class is non-competitive. Opening The Little Gym also required the Pellett’s to attend a lot of training. “Over the summer we went to Arizona for two weeks, where The Little Gym International is based. I also interned for a week at The Little Gym in San Jose. There is a lot of training that goes into a franchise,” Pellett said. Class instructors were chosen after extensive background checks, they also needed to participate in intense online training. “We focused more on finding someone who works well with kids rather than a gymnast,” she said. All instructors also need to be CPR certified. “I’m excited about it, there aren’t a lot of businesses you can open, and your family can

participate with you. Chase is very excited about it. They’re all excited. We’ve done a good job of explaining to them that this is our family’s gym now. We want them to be proud of the gym,” Pellett said enthusiastically. The Little Gym follows the school season, which ends in June, and then a shorter summer session, and then the full season starts in September. There will also be summer camp programs and camps during break weeks (such as spring break) offered. “We’ve really found that a lot of parents are really happy to see it coming to this area. A lot of positive feedback with a lot of people excited that it’s going to be in Malta. It’s a child-friendly business for this community. We’re really excited this is opening and excited to bring it to this area. We want everyone to benefit from The Little Gym,” Pellett stated.



Week of January 5 – January 11, 2018

COMMUNITY SPORTS BULLETIN Saratoga National Historical Park Winter 100 Mile Challenge STILLWATER — Brush off your snowshoes or skis, or hike the trails, and see if you can accumulate 100 miles at the battlefield between now and April 30, 2018. Through this challenge, people can enjoy the rich natural and cultural heritage of this local site as they explore their national park. Anyone can take part in the challenge, from beginners to advanced hikers and skiers. Each participant must register via email to, rules and a tracking log will be sent in response to your registration.

West Mountain Happenings GLENS FALLS — The Northwest Lodge and trails are officially open for the season. Warm up and grab a drink at the newly renovated Northwest Lodge and then hit the slopes, including trails A.O.A., Midway, Bannister, Match, and more. West Mountain’s Tubing Park is also available for tubing parties, corporate outings, field trips, and more. The East Slope Bar and Eatery is a full-service restaurant and bar on the mountain, perfect for large corporate events and parties in season during non-peak times or anytime in the off-season.

For more information, email kailey@ On Friday, Feb. 16, West Mountain will be having their annual Fire on the Mountain event featuring live music from the Audio Stars, fireworks, drink specials, and more. For more information, call 518-6363699 ext. 339.

Camp Saratoga Winter Exploration Walk SARATOGA SPRINGS — From 1 to 2 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 15, Camp Saratoga will be conducting a winter exploration walk. The walk consists of looking for animal tracks and learning about different plant adaptations for winter survival. To register, call 518450-0321. Snowshoes are available and are $3 for non-members to rent. Dress for the weather.

Schuylerville’s Indoor Track Team Sets New School Record SCHUYLERVILLE — On Saturday, Dec. 30, four Schuylerville High School students on the varsity indoor track team set a new school record. The girls 4x200m team, consisting of Sidney Gregorek, Lauren Morency, Emma Nesbitt, and Olivia Corozza, finished with a time of 1:55:31 at the Ocean Breeze Holiday Festival on Staten Island.

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Saratoga Winterfest 5K / Camp Saratoga 8K

Learn to Skate Winter Session #1

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Winterfest 5K Snowshoe Run/ Walk will be held on Sunday, Feb. 4 at 11 a.m. in the Saratoga Spa State Park. Camp Saratoga 8K Snowshoe Race will be held on Saturday, Feb. 10 at the Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park at 10:30 a.m. Applications for both races can be found at www.saratogastryders. org. A limited supply of snowshoes are available to rent for $5, email Laura Clark at or 518-581-1278 to reserve a pair.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Learn to Skate (LTS) Winter Session begins January 7. LTS is held from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays. Coaches will teach basic and advanced skills as well as Learn to Dance and Learn to Synchro lessons. Contact Rachel at for more information. Applications can be found online at www.

Saratoga Field Hockey Booster Club Program SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Springs Booster Club will be hosting a winter field hockey clinic Saturdays beginning on Jan 6 and ending on Jan 27 from 8:30-10:00 a.m. at Maple Avenue School. The program is open to grades third through tenth. –No experience needed. The program features work on fundamental skills and small type games. The winter clinic program brochure can be downloaded from the Booster Club’s website at www.eteamz. com/Saratogafieldhockey1. Registration is now open and the cost is $50 per player or $75 for two per family. For more information please contact Jo-Anne Hostig, Saratoga head field hockey coach at

Second Annual Winter Saratoga Wilton Soccer Club Academy WILTON — Beginning Sunday, Jan. 14 through March 18, 2018 the Saratoga Wilton Soccer Club’s second annual academy for boys and girls ages pre-k through second grade. Pre-k and kindergarten will be from 11:15 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. and first and second grade will be from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the Gavin Park Gymnasium at 10 Lewis Dr., Wilton, NY. It is $145 per player for 10 sessions. To register visit www.saratogayouthsoccerclub. or contact Juan Garzon at or 731-293-8305 for more information.

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Saratoga Springs Recreation Department Saratoga Springs Ice Rink SARATOGA SPRINGS — The ice rinks on 30 Weibel Avenue are now open with public skating times available. Visit for open skate times.

Saratoga Central Catholic Bowling [Saints v. Hoosic Valley]

highest average of 186 with DJ Ludwikowski with 179. The Saints currently have a record of 38-6.

Saratoga Blue Streaks Hockey Plays in Buffalo Tournament

SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017, the Saints played Hoosic Valley. For Varsity, Hoosic Valley took the win with 3360-3179. Tim Barrett had the highest average for the Saints with 212, followed closely by Hayden Day with an average of 189. For Hoosic Valley, Leigha Henkel had the highest average with 221, followed closely by Blake Weibert who had an average of 219. For JV, the Saints took the win with 2371-2357. Jack Naughton had the highest average for the Saints with 158, followed by Tom Frankowski with 142. For Hoosic Valley, Jen Acker had the highest average of 169 and Zack Milette had the second highest average with 150.

Saratoga Central Catholic Boys Basketball

SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Wednesday, Dec. 27, the Blue Streaks hockey team traveled to Buffalo to play in a multiple team tournament. First, the Blue Streaks played Williamsville East in River Works Rink, an outdoor skating rink, and lost, 2-1 after going into overtime. Saratoga’s one goal was scored by Will Detora with an assist from captain Nick Guzi. Goalie Brady Hipsley had 32 saves.

Saratoga Central Catholic Bowling [Saints v. Granville] SARATOGA SPRINGS – On Tuesday, Jan. 3, the Saints played Granville and won, 3565-2644. Tim Barrett had the highest average for the Saints with 233, followed by LJ LaFiura with an average of 216. For Granville, Mikey Martin had the

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Over the Christmas break, on Wednesday, Dec. 27, the Spa Catholic Boys Basketball team improved to 3-0 league, 7-1 overall, by winning the 42nd Annual Saratoga Central Catholic Holiday Tournament. In the opening round, the Saints faced off against Bishop Maginn, posting a 75-62 win. Tyler Haraden led the Saints with 31 points, followed by Ryan McFadden with 13 points, and Sean Englert with 11 points. Dominique Threatt led Bishop Maginn with 22 points. The second night, the Saints faced Cambridge in the championship game. This was a hard-fought game with multiple lead changes and the Saints would ultimately pull it out for the win 57-49. Tyler Haraden again led the Saints with 19 points and was named the Tournament MVP. Terel Tillman had a strong game for the Saints on the boards and defensively, while clipping in 12 points. Tillman was also name to the All-Star Tournament Team. Cambridge was led by Tristan Williams with 20 points.

Saratoga Springs Rec Spring Programs SARATOGA SPRINGS — Early bird registration begins on Monday, Jan. 29. Choose from ice skating lesson, tiny t-ball, jr. sluggers baseball, and Zumba.

Saratoga Rec Drop-In Sessions SARATOGA SPRINGS — Drop-in sessions for adult basketball, pickleball, racquetball, and wallyball are now happening at the Saratoga

Recreation Department. Visit for the latest schedule.

Saratoga Rec Winter Program Registration SARATOGA SPRINGS — Youth boxing, ice skating lessons, tiny basketball, and volleyball will be offered. Email recreservations@ for more information.

Saratoga Springs Rec Intro to Ice Skating SARATOGA SPRINGS — Sign up at the Saratoga Springs Recreation Center at 15 Vanderbilt Avenue Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., or Sunday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Email recreservations@ for pricing.

Volume 12  •  Issue 1

See "Katy Ralston, Local Speedskating Athlete" pg. 35

Week of January 5 – January 11, 2018




Saratoga Springs girls played Colonie on Wednesday, Jan. 3 and won with a final score of 49-43. The Blue Streaks current record is 6-3.


See “New Hiking Challenge” pg. 3

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