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Issue 2   •   January 12 – January 18, 2018   •   •   (518) 581-2480’s 4 p.m.

DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOUR CHILDREN ARE? by Lori Mahan Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Imagine this: You’re a parent who doesn’t know where your child is. They haven’t gotten off the school bus and you are straining to remember; did they stay after for an extracurricular? Did they miss the bus or just hop onto the

wrong one? The Saratoga Springs City School District (SSCSD) has decided to eliminate those questions with a new system called Tyler Drive. Tyler Drive, a system created by Tyler Technologies, is a software that manages student location information. Through a tablet mounted near the school bus driver, this system provides the See Story pg. 14


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Snippets of Life from Your Community

WHO: Bill Cole WHERE: Phila Street

Q. How long have you had a woodwind shop? A. Forty years. I started out in Watervliet and about 15 years ago I moved up to Saratoga Springs. Q. How did you get into the business? A. A teacher encouraged me to go to school for music. I was drawn to one program specifically that taught band instrument repair. Music instrument technology trained you how to fix instruments: woodwinds, brass and strings. When I got out I started my own shop, temporarily. Forty years later, here I am. Q. It’s a niche market, isn’t it? A. Even within my field I have a niche. Most music stores go after the big school accounts, and although I’m very happy to work on school instruments, I’m really targeting the pro horns. So, I get customers from across the country. It’s a special market and one I enjoy. Q. Have you ever had a brush with fame? A. Over and over again. I have a book, about 300 pages, I hope to write it someday of all the things that have happened over 40 years. You’re standing right here next to Garth Hudson’s saxophone; he’s a friend of mine and we’ve had a lot of correspondence with Garth and The Band. Dave Matthews Band – we work on Jeff Coffin’s instrument when he comes to town. Chicago. Jethro Tull. Those are the big guys, but the real honor is working for the professional musician who’s playing (locally at jazz clubs) – because you know their passion for playing is so important. To be a part of that is great.

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Q. Do you play? A. I don’t play professionally. Both my son and I play when we fix the instruments, but our job is to fix them; their job is to play them. Q. What did you want to be when you were a kid? A. An engineer or an architect. To this day I look at the buildings that are going up and I just marvel at them. I’ve always had a passion for that. Q. What are some of the best things Saratoga Springs has to offer? A. When I have customers who come into town for the first time and are looking for some direction about what to do, I tell them go to SPAC, have a picnic, and on the way back go to Congress Park and visit the museum; they’re going to get some nature, they’re going to get some history and then all you have to do is walk down the street and see the beautiful buildings that have been built, the beautiful buildings that have been restored. Saratoga just has something for everybody. Q. Who would portray you in a movie about your life? A. I would say Johnny Depp, ha. He would have to shave his head and gain some weight – but I think he could nail it. Plus, he’s one of my favorite actors.

Week of January 12 – January 18, 2018


A Time to Honor World War II Vets

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SARATOGA SPRINGS — According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, more than 640 World War II veterans die every day. The time to express our thanks to these brave men and women is quickly running out. At 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 17, Leatherstocking Honor Flight President Greg Furlong will speak about the Honor Flight Network, an all-volunteer organization that transports America’s veterans (at no cost to them) to Washington,

D.C. to visit memorials dedicated to honor their service and sacrifice. The talk will take place at The Summit at Saratoga, 1 Perry Road in Saratoga Springs. “Each year, the Honor Flight Network transports more than 20,000 veterans from 131 Honor Flight hubs to Washington to visit and reflect at their memorials,” said Furlong. “Since its inception in 2008, Leatherstocking Honor Flight has taken more than 1,000 World War II veterans to our

nation’s capital, the oldest being 100 years old. This spring our goal is to organize four flights from Albany International Airport to give World War II and Korean War survivors, along with those other veterans who may be terminally ill, a chance to view their memorial at a comfortable pace. “Our one-day trip involves a unique itinerary designed to show veterans how grateful we are for their sacrifices and what their service has meant to this country,” he added. “Stops typically include the World War II Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery and the Iwo Jima Memorial. It’s a very moving experience and a chance to recognize these honorable men and women whose brave actions forever changed the course of our world.”

Leatherstocking Honor Flight is currently seeking World War II veterans from the greater Capital Region, as well as Vermont and Western Massachusetts. Guardians and volunteers are also being sought to help with the group’s efforts throughout the year. Trips for veterans are paid for through donations, while guardians pay for their own trip and are responsible

for chaperoning the veterans during the trip. The presentation is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Reserve your place by calling 518-430-2136, or emailing Light refreshments will be served. For directions to the community, visit: summitsaratoga. com/contact-us.html.



Week of January 12 – January 18, 2018

DEMOCRATS COUNTY MOVES SET CANDIDATE FORWARD ON PUBLIC FORUMS SAFETY COMPLEX BALLSTON SPA — The Saratoga County Board of Supervisors will vote next week in favor of moving forward on construction of a new public safety complex near the existing Sheriff ’s Office and county jail. Supervisors agreed this week that the proposed $32 million project on County Farm Road

meets the standards of being an “unlisted action” under the state Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA). The county is acting as lead agency on the project and also will issue a formal “negative declaration,” which indicates it will not have adverse impacts on the environment, according

NOFA-NY WINTER CONFERENCE AT CITY CENTER SARATOGA SPRINGS — The New York Small Scale Food Processors (NYSSFPA) continues to add value to the Northeast Organic Farmers Association of New York (NOFA-NY) annual winter conference. Highlighting “Health for People and Planet” as the 2018 theme, NYSSFPA joins NOFA-NY

in recognizing the intersection of health in business and agriculture. The group’s winter conference will be held at the City Center and Saratoga Hilton on Friday, Jan. 19 through Sunday, Jan. 21. For registration information and a complete conference brochure, visit the NOFA-NY website at

to SEQRA rules. Construction is expected to start this spring. As first proposed more than 10 years ago, the new complex will consolidate the administrative operations of Sheriff Michael Zurlo’s department and multiple county agencies involved with public safety. The existing county jail will not be affected.

WILTON — This week, the Wilton Democratic Committee issued a schedule of meetand-greet events for potential candidates in the upcoming race to represent New York’s 21st congressional district. Each of the events will be held at Ace Hardware, 55 Northern Pines Road in Gansevoort. On Monday, Jan.15, Sara Idleman of Greenwich and Don

WILTON TO BUY LAND NEAR TOWN HALL WILTON — At its first monthly meeting of 2018, the Wilton Town Board approved a measure to purchase Traver Road property in case future plans develop to expand the town complex. The resolution authorized a purchase price of $160,000 for the parcel at 15 Traver Road

owned by Martha Kilburn, stating the land will be used “for town purposes.” Last year, the same property had been assessed at an amount totaling $8,000 more. Town Clerk Sue Baldwin said the board has no current plans for any specific use. Wilton officials are reviewing


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COURT Michael R. Hands, 51, of Greenwich, pleaded on Jan. 5 to two felony counts of criminal sexual act in the third-degree. Hands, a former Catholic priest, admitted he engaged in sexual conduct with a child less than 17 years-of-age last summer in the town of Charlton, according to a statement issued by the Saratoga County District Attorney’s office. Hands was previously convicted in 2002 and 2003 of sexual abuse related charges with victims under the age of 17, according to the state Division of Criminal Justice Services Registry of Sex Offenders. Sentencing scheduled March 2. Devon J. Krisanda, 22, of Ballston Lake, was sentenced Jan. 5 to two years in state prison after pleading to attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony. Kile W. West, 22, of Milton, was sentenced Jan. 5 to two-tosix years in state prison, and one-to-three years in state prison – to run concurrently, after pleading to attempted felony possession of a forged instrument, and felony burglary, respectively. David J. Ball, 29, of Schuylerville, was sentenced Jan. 5 to four months in jail after pleading to felony rape in connection with an incident in Mechanicville. William K. Hutton, 52, of Saratoga Springs, was sentenced Jan. 4 to 60 days in jail and 5 years of probation after pleading to felony DWI, in Ballston Spa. Nickolaus K. Davis, 20, of Orangesburg, pleaded on Jan. 4 to criminal possession of a firearm, a felony, in connection with an incident in Saratoga Springs. Sentencing scheduled April 27. Bruce E. St. Gelais, 21, of Troy, was sentenced Jan. 2 to 13 years in state prison after pleading to felony robbery.

Garrett M. Weatherwax, 24, of Ballston Spa, was sentenced Jan. 3 to 1-1/3 to 4 years in state prion after pleading to attempted sexual performance by a child, in Malta. Noah J. Hughes, 27, of Scotia, pleaded on Jan. 3 to felony attempted burglary, in Wilton. Sentencing scheduled Feb. 28.

POLICE Celestino G. Moreira, age 54, Saratoga Springs, was charged Jan. 4 with aggravated harassment in the seconddegree, a misdemeanor. Corey A. Pacher, age 26, Queensbury, was charged Jan. 3 with misdemeanor DWI, failed to signal a turn, and misdemeanor criminal possession of a controlled substance. Connor J. Pressley, age 18, Saratoga Springs, was charged Jan. 2 with operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs – a misdemeanor, and unsafe backing, after being involved in a property damage accident. Kevin D. Keller, age 27, Saratoga Springs, was charged Jan. 2 with criminal possession of marijuana fourth degree, and criminally using drug paraphernalia – both charges are misdemeanors. Gerardo E. Esquivel, age 37, Saratoga Springs, was charged Jan. 1 with two misdemeanor counts criminal mischief. James R. Schietzelt, age 72, Saratoga Springs was charged Jan. 1 with two misdemeanor counts assault in the third degree/intent physical injury. Dominick M. Martin, age 31, Saratoga Springs was charged Jan. 1 with criminal mischief third degree - a felony. Christina E. Krowel, age 21, Buffalo, was charged Dec. 31 with misdemeanor DWI, failed to stop at stop sign, and failed to signal a turn.

BLOTTER 5 Francis H. Jennings, age 43, Saratoga Springs was charged Dec. 31 with misdemeanor petit larceny, and criminal possession of stolen property fourth - a felony. Logan J. Troumbley, age 18, Corinth, was charged Dec. 30 with three misdemeanor counts criminal possession of a controlled substance, and unlawful possession of marijuana. Ute Phelan, age 51, Saratoga Springs was charged Dec. 30 with criminal mischief fourth degree/intent to damage property - a misdemeanor. Toby R. Boyea, age 59, Saratoga Springs was charged Dec. 30 with criminal mischief fourth degree/intent to damage property - a misdemeanor. Sean F. McClendon, age 25, Saratoga Springs was charged Dec. 28 with aggravated unlicensed operation third degree - a misdemeanor, and speeding. Lawrence E. Mullins, age 43, Rock City Falls, was charged Dec. 28 with misdemeanor DWI and aggravated DWI, speeding, and operating unregistered motor vehicle on highway.

Kenneth D. Sephas, age 57, Corinth, was charged Dec. 28 with misdemeanor petit larceny. Philip J. Meredith, age 52, Saratoga Springs was charged Dec. 28 with criminal possession of a weapon third degree- a felony, and menacing second degree - a misdemeanor.

Robert B. Mosher, 41, of Wilton, was charged Dec. 27 with Criminal Sex Act First Degree, and Sex Abuse – both felonies. Mosher is accused of having inappropriate sexual contact with a 12-year-old female in Wilton who was known to him, over the course of several months in 2017. He was sent to the Saratoga County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail/$50,000 bond.



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SARATOGA SPRINGS — Harold D. Bull died peacefully Friday, January 5, 2018. Calling hours were Thursday, January 11, 2018 at the Burke Funeral Home, 628 North Broadway (518-584-5373). A funeral service followed. Burial will be in Maplewood Cemetery in the spring. Online remembrances may be made at www.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Mitchell R. Bogen, 55, sadly passed away Thursday, January 4, 2018. Calling hours were Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at the William J. Burke & Sons/ Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs (518-584-5373) followed by a funeral service. Please visit at www.

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MANAGING STRESS A New Year Party to Remember UNDER ONE ROOF SARATOGA SPRINGS — Graduates of the Saratoga Stress Reduction Program at the One Roof Holistic Health Center will gather this month to mark the 50th cycle of classes. More than 3,000 students have completed the course in mindfulness meditation taught by Selma Nemer, PhD; Caroline Russell Smith, LCSW-R; and

Pierre Zimmerman MS, who are credentialed instructors with decades of experience. Graduates who would like to attend, or those interested in becoming a student and taking the eight-week course in mindfulness meditation and stress reduction, are welcome to call the One Roof office at 518581-3180 ext. 300 or 307.

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Saratoga Stress Reduction Program instructors (left to right) Pierre Zimmerman, MS; Caroline Russell Smith, LCSW-R; and Selma Nemer, PhD. Photo provided.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Prestwick Chase community turned out for a memorable New Year’s Eve celebration. In a statement, Prestwick Chase Director of Marketing John Rowe said it was a wonderful party for both residents and staff. Champagne flowed into the late hours; lobster-roll and baconwrapped shrimp hors d’oeuvres were served for the taking. Revelers enjoyed dinner options of Beef Wellington, Duck-A-Lorange and Seafood Adriatica. Other fresh-made

goodies included Oysters Rockefeller, Shrimp Cocktail and Sautéed Fois Gras. After dinner, residents had choices of Creme Brulee, Baked Alaska and Crepe Suzette. The community enjoyed live music, a balloon artist who made decorations for residents to wear and a firework show

that started at midnight to kick off the New Year. Rowe thanked everyone who helped make the celebration possible. He said it was nice to see families alongside residents celebrating, dancing and watching the firework show and wished them all a Happy New Year.



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Unite Malta Community by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY MALTA — Lacking steady supplies of water in their homes since New Year’s Eve, a couple dozen residents from a mobile home and apartment community off Route 9 crowded into Malta Town Hall Monday night to demand better responses to the problem. “We want answers,” concluded one of the first women to speak. For more than an hour, Malta Supervisor Vincent DeLucia allowed residents from the Malta Pointe community (also called Malta Gardens) to express their frustrations about faulty water pipes underground that apparently failed during the New Year holiday. The issue dominated the Malta Town Board’s first official meeting of 2018.

“This is a cataclysm. This is a water failure,” explained Ron Simoncini, a spokesman for the Solomon Organization, the New Jersey-based firm that manages the community. He was invited to address the residents’ water woes at the Jan. 8 meeting. Simoncini waited patiently before making his own comments and answering questions from the people of Malta Pointe. He assured them that finding prompt solutions is a “corporate priority” at Solomon. “We want this fixed as fast as humanly possible,” Simoncini said. “There is no budget for this. We’re spending what it takes.” Residents expressed anger mainly about an ongoing lack of water or water pressure in their kitchens and bathrooms, complicating their basic daily activities; as well as difficulties

Malta Pointe residents speak out at the town board meeting on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018. Photo by Larry Goodwin.

many have experienced in communicating with Solomon officials. One woman simply displayed a small glass jar filled with cloudy water, saying it looked so questionable even after being boiled. “We can’t create the water. We don’t have a municipal water supply,” DeLucia told the affected residents. DeLucia also made a point of telling Simoncini that many Malta Pointe residents had contacted town hall, noting how the individuals at the back of the meeting room Monday were “a small representation” of those with water problems. After Councilman Timothy Dunn had scrolled through a computer file and reviewed the original planning documents for Malta Pointe, he noted how Solomon is required by specific

town code to provide adequate water supplies to the residents. The Malta Code Enforcement Office issued at least one notice of violation to the firm. Simoncini acknowledged repeatedly that Solomon officials intend to comply with the legal requirements within 14 days. He added that more than a dozen people met this week on site to discuss the issue, including staff members of the New York State Department of Health (DOH). Jill Montag, a DOH spokeswoman, confirmed in an emailed statement that a meeting occurred Tuesday regarding “long-term steps to address the water system’s ability to keep up with water demand.” Montag indicated that DOH officials are working with Solomon “to have them develop additional source water either on site or by connecting to a neighboring water system.” She added: “The Department will continue to work with Malta Gardens and take all necessary steps to ensure that this issue is resolved.” “I have high-quality water” with pressure exceeding 70 pounds per square inch, offered Marissa Mackay, owner

of Saratoga Water Services, a company that has supplied developments in that part of Malta with water for decades. Mackay attended the meeting Monday and stated that her goal is not to promote her business, but “to make sure that people are taken care of ” in the community. She said Saratoga Water Services already has suitable pipes installed underneath a fire hydrant located off Knabner Road, which is the main drive to the businesses, apartment complexes and mobile homes in Malta Pointe. Mackay offered Simoncini her company’s contact information and urged him to discuss a possible connection of pipes. “If you’re going to be chasing water-main breaks, I think it makes sense,” she said. Simoncini did not return a follow-up call for comment. Installing commercial water pipes generally costs $100 per foot, Mackay explained, adding that many “technicalities” make even a rough estimate difficult for the actual needs in Malta Pointe. The total cost to Solomon, Mackay said, would be “less than developing two new wells.”

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by Morgan Zegers,

Republican candidate for the 113th New York State Assembly District

for Saratoga TODAY MALTA — We need a rejuvenation of small-town freedom in upstate New York. A rejuvenation of what it means to be personally and financially free. Ringing in the New Year gives us an opportunity to reflect on this and act. In 2018, we can take a fresh approach to the way we view government in our state and seek improvements in our community. To do this, we need to give voice to our upstate qualities and provide a constant reminder to Governor Andrew Cuomo that he represents the entire state of New York. The issues we face in Saratoga and Washington counties differ greatly from those in the Big Apple. State-level legislation that might work in New York City tends to have damaging effects on the people, small businesses, and farms of upstate New York. This includes the increased minimum wage and the recent Paid Family Leave legislation, which SmallBizTrends calls “a bitter pill” that hundreds of thousands of New York businesses will be forced to swallow. The governor’s focus on making New York the most progressive state in the nation is out of touch with upstate New York at best and devastating to our economy at worst. Calculations by TurboTax have shown New York has one of the worst state and local tax burdens in the country. Perhaps, instead of suing the federal government over the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,

we as a state need to decrease unfunded mandates and find effective spending solutions for agribusiness, education, infrastructure, the opioid epidemic, and job creation. From dairy farmers to housing developers, business owners across upstate New York are inconvenienced and prevented from earning a higher profit by unnecessary regulatory paperwork and requirements. To protect and strengthen our upstate business climate and bring quality jobs to our area, we need pro-business leaders in Albany advocating against regulations “GROWING OUR ECONOMY IS NOT JUST ABOUT KEEPING MONEY IN OUR COMMUNITIES...

IT IS ABOUT KEEPING FAMILIES IN OUR COMMUNITIES.” and over-taxation. Growing our economy is not just about keeping money in our communities. It is about keeping families in our communities. Future generations will stay in New York if they feel there is opportunity for them in New York. Exercising improved fiscal responsibility will allow upstate farms and businesses to grow. This growth will spur and sustain the opportunity for unlimited success in upstate New York. Rather than looking for seasoned politicians, it’s time to look for seasoned upstate New Yorkers who understand the importance and the value of a limited government and are willing to go against the grain of the burdensome spending and regulatory practices in Albany. Fiscal responsibility is the only path to economic success in upstate New York.



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NOTES FROM CITY HALL by Thomas Dimopoulos • Saratoga TODAY by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — The city based Code Blue emergency shelter, which has had a transitory geographic existence since its opening in late 2013, has one final hurdle before landing in a permanent home. Earlier this week, the city Zoning Board of Appeals upheld its May 2017 interpretation that the proposed new permanent shelter on Walworth Street is zoning compliant. The ZBA’s unanimous 7-0 decision came in the aftermath of a legal challenge to halt its development, led by a group of 22 area residents, claiming the development is not a permitted use within the Urban Residential Zoning District. Following the ZBA’s Jan. 8 approval, the 22 Franklin Street residents opposed to the project issued a statement saying they were disappointed by the “erroneous determination” and that they will be identifying their next steps and actions “in the near future.” The group has until Feb. 7 to file an appeal. Claudia Braymer, an attorney representing the residents, said on Wednesday the group had yet to make a final

decision regarding an appeal. The Code Blue Saratoga program was born from the tragic death of Nancy Pitts. The 54-yearold mother of two sought shelter on a Williams Street porch during a frigid December night in 2013. She was discovered by police the next morning. Within days of the homeless woman’s death, a cooperative partnership between then mayor-elect Joanne Yepsen, non-profit organizations, and members of the community was initiated, and a plan set in motion to site an emergency shelter in the city. Since that time, a series of temporary shelters have been housed at St. Peter’s Parish Center, the west-of Broadway Salvation Army building, and the east-of Broadway Soul Saving Station Church, and at times met with public opposition by some residents who lived near the location where the shelter was to be sited. Last February, local business owner Ed Mitzen announced he would donate the funds to construct a permanent Code Blue homeless shelter atop Shelters of Saratoga property on Walworth Street. Shelters of Saratoga, or S.O.S., oversees the Code Blue emergency program and operates a case managed shelter and a twice-a-week “drop-in” center

- which draws 20 to 22 people each day - at its two existing buildings on the property. S.O.S. Executive Director Michael Finocchi said having the Code Blue emergency shelter on its grounds benefit those seeking help and provide a greater continuum of services. “First off, we won’t have to go looking for another (temporary emergency) place every year and it will also enable us to share services between Shelters of Saratoga and Code Blue – housing services, employment services; we can offer more to these individuals. This project will allow us to more easily connect homeless individuals with the support services they need.” The city based shelter initially would open when temperatures dipped below 20 degrees Fahrenheit, but in early 2017 Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order which directed emergency shelters to operate when temperatures drop below 32 degrees. Currently, Code Blue is temporarily housed at the Soul Saving Station Church on Henry Street, where since midNovember the 41-bed shelter has been at full capacity. The proposed new building will consist of approximately 6,500

square feet of space and house about 50 beds. The two-story building is slated to include a large kitchen, laundry room, men’s and women’s sleeping rooms, multiple showers and bathrooms, a large storage area for donated food and clothing, and a small Code Blue office. On a single night in 2017, 553,742 people were experiencing homelessness in the United States and more than one-fifth of those people were children, according to the Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which was released December 2017. The number of people experiencing homelessness increased in 14 states between 2007 and 2017, and the largest absolute increases were in New York State – up by 43 percent during that time, according to the report, which notes that there are about 89,500 who are homeless in New York. And while New York may also have a greater population than many others, the national average stateby-state indicates 17 people per 10,000 are homeless, while in New York that ratio jumps to 45 people per 10,000 - a ranking that places N.Y. third worst in the nation. The proposed permanent shelter Code Blue location heads

From The U.S. Department of Housing And Urban Development Office of Community Planning and Development 2017.

for final approval back to the Planning Board, which meets for a workshop – a pre-meeting gathering – on Tuesday and for its full meeting Thursday, Jan. 18 when it is anticipated to discuss the matter. The proposal is not expected to meet much resistance; the Planning Board was unanimous in its support of a special use permit and site plan review for the facility, last July. “It’s got to go back to the Planning Board, but we won’t have to go through the whole process like we did the first time,” Finocchi said. “It was already there before, and the vote was 7-0. Once we get our approval we can file for a building permit.” Depending on the length of this year’s spring thaw, the site housing the permanent Code Blue shelter building could be operational by the 2018-19 winter season, which begins next November. Mayor Meg Kelly, who began her term Jan. 1, thanked the ZBA following Monday’s unanimous agreement. “Code Blue is a community problem and we all must come together as a community to solve this problem. We are better as a group to help the homeless during these brutally cold nights,” Kelly said.

THIS WEEK AT CITY HALL City Council: Pre-agenda meeting 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16; full meeting 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16. Planning Board: Workshop 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16; full meeting 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18. Design Review Commission: Meeting 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17.

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MALTA 30 Weston Way, $322,482. Barbera Homes Malta Springs LLC sold property to Lisa Efraimson and Maria Kiraly. 1 Maple Forest Dr., $449,900. Alan Brown (by Admin) sold property to Thomas and Maria Shannon. 262 Old Post Rd., $560,000. Daniel and Patricia Fleming sold property to Nelson and Michele Hildreth. 81 Pepperbush Place, $205,000. Kayla Janeski sold property to Pamela Spataro. 19 Timber Trace, $255,000. Linda Duprey sold property to John Janes. 114 Arrowwood Place, $218,500. Joel Berggren sold property to Christina Gray. 84 Ordelia Lane, $323,155. Farone Amedore LLC sold property to Nathan and Erica Byham. 1065 Laural Lane, $236,000. Todd and Lisa Harvey sold property to Nicole Conroy and Steven and Patricia Gundrum. 16 Essex St., $298,657. Barbera Homes Malta Springs LLC sold property to Joseph and Pamela Kinney. 90 Blue Spruce Lane, $275,000. Maureen and Martin Mansfield III sold property to Sean and Carolyn Cassels. 250 Old Post Rd., $217,500. John Orza sold property to Chris Vandish. 7 Plum Poppy Court, $455,270. Marini Land II Inc. sold property to Patrick Greene and Ellen Sax. 14 Village View Bluff, $281,000. Alberto and Mildred Aviles sold property to Devin Knudsen. 184 Thimbleberry Rd., $174,000. Thomas and Stephanie Dillon sold property to Stone Financing LLC. 19 Northwood Dr., $251,500. Deborah Zelker sold property to Steven and Catherine Rosato. 56 Snowberry Rd., $190,000. Zoe Peek sold property to Christopher McDonough.


103 Dunning St., $135,000. Andrew Jensen (by Exec) sold property to Briscoe Property Ventures LLC.

SARATOGA 1174 Route 9P, $974,000. Frank Martinez sold property to Donnie Mezcal LLC. Homestead Rd., $95,000. Dominic Masi sold property to Stephanie and George Bull, Jr. 125 Homestead Rd., $226,000. Edwin Perry sold property to Jeffrey Demarzo. County Route 70, $400,000. Timothy and Anne Little sold property to Tab Denovellis. 513 Route 32 S., $280,101. Fannie Mae (by Atty) sold property to Allison Burak.

SARATOGA SPRINGS 60 Fifth Ave., $400,000. 519 Broadway LLC sold property to Vincent and Louise Verdile. 11 Oak Ridge Blvd., Lot 40, $170,000. Oak Ridge Development LLC sold property to Seth Parker. 5 Iroquois Dr., $190,000. Mary Annulli and Mary Jerome sold property to Mary and John Sherman and Patrick and Marian Roohan. 20 Central Ave., $490,000. Alexander Ciota and Keli Scott sold property to Stephan and Lindy Godlewski. 19 Cassidy Dr., $420,000. Scott Wodicka and Jeffrey Wodicka (Co-Trustees) sold

property to Charles and Martine Chepigin. 30 Vista Dr., $675,000. Charles and Kyla Yourch sold property to Paul Scalia and Devon Bock. 7 Oakland Dr., $395,000. David Carr, Jr. (as Successor Trustee) sold property to Margaret Velez Cooper. 12 Richard Ave., $91,000. Hsuan Lee and Wan Fang sold property to DGD Holdings LLC. 1 Joshua Rd., $85,000. Christopher Kemmerer and Laura Tilton sold property to Laura Tilton. 87 Railroad Place, Condo 307, $725,000. Pentlands LLC sold property to Shawn Lynch. 268 Broadway, Unit 310, $1,270,122. 262 Broadway LLC sold property to Bernard and Linda Kastory (as Trustees). 10 St. Lea Court, $114,500. Gail Anderson and Donald Ely sold property to Gail Anderson. 6 St., Lea Court, $109,500. Gail Anderson and Donald Ely sold property to Gail Anderson. 3 Winding Brook Dr., $340,000. David and Regina Thompson sold property to Jay and Sirint Schilling. 58 Rip Van Lane, $354,900. James and Elizabeth Hallenbeck sold property to Mary Olechowski. 43 Piping Rock Circle, $395,000. Eric Pankomin sold property to Jeanne Silag.



4 Killarney Court, $270,000. Lori Greer sold property to Virginia Hewitt.

150 Northern Pines Rd., $255,000. Vrooman Realty LLC and Sommerset Real Estate Investment Corporation sold property to Wendy Stadnyk.

10 Meditation Way, $240,000. Patricia Rowe sold property to Jared Horton.

3 Craw Lane, $358,075. McPadden Builders LLC sold property to Thomas and Lynn Ebert.

9 Deer Run, $485,000. Stephen and Patricia Porto sold property to Patricia Iazzetti.

87 Parkhurst Rd., $479,034. 740 Route 9 LLC sold property to Meghan and Robert Hinman.

34 Cider Mill Way, $429,552. Smith Bridge LLC sold property to Andrew and Ashley Campbell.

648 Route 9, $55,000. 648 Maple Avenue LLC sold property to Adirondack Trust Company.

122 Edie Rd., $215,000. Jeffrey Klein sold property to Christopher and Dana Kiefer.

39 Burnham Rd., $77,500. North Manor Development LLC sold property to Bonacio Construction Inc.

4 Evergreen Dr., $236,900. Raymond and Joanne Schultz sold property to Kevin Rzeszuto and Heather Polerstock.

39 Burnham Rd., $534,974. Bonacio Construction Inc. sold property to Richard and Karen Darcangelo.



Week of January 12 – January 18, 2018

CHAMBER MEMBERS OPPOSE ‘CALLIN’ PROPOSAL BY STATE OFFICIALS by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Members of the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce are calling a proposed change to state labor rules the “death of common sense” in relation to small businesses. Specifically, the chamber opposes a “call-in scheduling mandate on private and nonprofit employers,” as described in a Jan. 5 email alert. “If approved by the New York State Labor Department, the draft rules would require workers to get an additional two hours’ pay for shift assignments given without at least 14 days advance notice,” the chamber wrote. “As a result, this rule will essentially penalize any employer that calls-in an employee

to work any shift that becomes open at no fault of the employer. “We’ve heard from more chamber members than usual on this issue who are [concerned] about the costs, the paperwork, and the loss of flexibility they will have in filling open shifts,” the chamber added. When reached for comment, Chamber President Todd Shimkus called it “one of the least popular” state proposals he has “ever seen.” The Labor Department officially published the call-in rule change in late November, initiating a public comment period that was extended to Monday, Jan. 22. In a posting this week on its Twitter account, the chamber welcomed an extension of the comment period, but added: “What small employers need is

The Business-to-Business Expo organized in October 2017 at the City Center by the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce. Photo by

for this #deathofcommonsense proposal to be permanently rejected. Just say no now!” Business owners from across New York were invited to participate in a related forum in Albany on Thursday, Jan. 4 that was organized by state senators. “If this rule becomes law in

New York, we will have the most restrictive, burdensome call-in pay regulation in the nation,” argued State Sen. Chris Jacobs (R-Buffalo) at the outset of the forum. Jacobs is calling on state officials to rescind the measure. The proposed call-in rules “simply ignore the reality of operating

“This impacts businesses everywhere.” and growing a business,” testified Unshackle Upstate Executive Director Greg Biryla. “This impacts businesses everywhere.” Cullen Burnell, a Labor Department spokesman, responded in an email: “We remain confident that at the end of the robust public participation process that has included several meetings and direct input from countless stakeholders and the public, new fair and balanced rules will be finalized to ensure workers are protected.” Burnell did not respond to a request for more detailed information.

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New Attorney at Lemery Greisler

Kadan M. Sample. Photo provided.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Lemery Greisler LLC, a leading Capital Region business law firm, announced the addition of Kadan M. Sample as an associate attorney. Sample focuses her practice in the areas of commercial lending and real estate. Prior to joining Lemery Greisler, Sample was an associate at Cannon Heyman and Weiss LLP in Albany. She represented developers and syndicators in federal and state low-income housing tax-credit transactions, including tax-exempt bond financing, from the application process to construction loan closing through permanent loan closing. Sample represented limited partnerships and limited liability companies in the acquisition of property or existing apartment buildings and the financing and regulatory matters associated with constructing or rehabilitating affordable housing for low-income families, seniors and persons with disabilities. She also prepared applications for not-for-profit corporations seeking 501(c)(3) taxexempt status. Sample is admitted to practice in New York and Connecticut. She is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the American Bar Association. For more information, call 518-581-8800 or visit

BUSINESS BRIEFS 13 Photos provided.

Saratoga Hospital Partners With Eye Doctors SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Jan. 1, one of the region’s most successful, respected ophthalmology and optometry practices joined Saratoga Hospital’s multispecialty medical group. Eye Care Specialists is now Saratoga Hospital Medical Group — Eye Care. Drs. Thomas Francomano, Mark Verra and Enrique Yepes-Hoyos remain in practice together in the new group. They are seeing patients on Saratoga Hospital’s Wilton Campus, in newly renovated offices on the second floor of the Saratoga Surgery Center. For the doctors, joining the medical group offers increased opportunities to collaborate on patient care and keep pace with changing technology, such as electronic health records. Even more important is the fundamental commitment — of the hospital and medical group — to put patients first. Dr. Francomano, the founder of Eye Care Specialists, came to Saratoga Springs as a solo practitioner 35 years ago. A graduate of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, he completed an internship and residency at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City. Francomano is board certified in ophthalmology and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Verra grew up in nearby Loudonville and went on to graduate from State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine. He completed an internship at Medical Center of Delaware and a residency at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia. Verra is board certified in ophthalmology and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Yepes-Hoyos is a graduate of New England College of Optometry. He completed an internship at the Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System, Brockton Campus, and a residency in geriatric optometry,

Dr. Thomas Francomano.

Dr. Mark Verra.

Dr. Enrique Yepes-Hoyos.

also with the VA Boston Healthcare System. He is board certified in optometry. Saratoga Hospital Medical Group — Eye Care is located on Saratoga Hospital’s Wilton Campus at 3050 Route 50, Suite 203. To make an appointment, call 518-587-8400. For more information, go to

Pension Firm Intac Opens New Office

Intac, a CEFEX certified firm, delivers pension-planning solutions to its plan sponsors with the latest industry technology, while providing top-notch administrative and actuarial services, plan design, required government filing assistance and more. For more information, call 518-245-9033 or visit the website

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Intac Actuarial Services, a national third-party pension administrator and actuarial firm with over 40 years in business, announced this week the opening of its first New York office in Saratoga Springs.



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DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOUR CHILDREN ARE? driver with step-by-step directions to each stop on their route, effectively managing student ridership and eliminating the middleman of handheld directions or anything that will not allow the bus drivers to pay full attention to the road and the riders on board. “Every student in the school district is going to have an RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) card. Basically, what’s going to be on there is just their picture and their name. It will have a bar code and there will be a number on it that basically will just associate with our system. When they get on a bus or off a bus, they just tap on or tap off,” explained Cheryl Dalton, transportation director of SSCSD for the last 12 years.

Once the student has tapped their RFID card, the software connects to the driver’s tablet and the bus stop information is pulled up. “Basically, it’s almost like they’re being checked in, kind of like how you do attendance in a classroom. It’s the same thing when they’re getting off the bus. What’s really neat about it is it literally shows where the student got on the bus, what bus stop, and when they’re getting off in the afternoon and what stop they get off,” Dalton said. The RFID cards will be attached to each students’ backpacks but if lost, the driver will be able to manually input the students’ information into their tablet. “I was always intrigued [by Tyler Drive] and probably initially

overwhelmed with the idea of it because technology is growing so much,” she said. The district has all their bus routing through Tyler Technologies, plus GPS through the dispatchers that allows them to see where the busses are on the roads. “Tyler Industries actually came to us and offered us this pilot. They basically have invested in the school district because obviously this is a product they have invested in and they want it to work. They’ve paid for all of the hardware, the tablets, and are supplying all of the training for our drivers and employees,” she said. Employees from Tyler Industries start riding with the bus drivers and training them next week.

Week of January 12 – January 18, 2018 Nothing is out of pocket for the SSCSD in year one. “We had to make a three-year commitment on our end,” she said. A transportation committee was created out of parents, principals, transportation employees, and some board members, which met over the summer with Tyler Industries. “It was great, parents came out with a lot of questions, as did principals,” Dalton recounted. The transportation committee presented the plan to the school board in September and it was approved to move forward. Regarding why Tyler Industries chose SSCSD, Dalton thinks this is because of “the diversity of our district and also the proximity. Tyler Technologies is in Latham, New York so they can do a lot of things going back and forth. They also have employees who are residents of the school district, so that was important to them,” she said. After Dalton sent out the initial email detailing this new program on Monday, Jan. 8, she did receive a few feedback responses. “Some of the concerns are that we’re putting a chip into somebody and that we’re tracking somebody and that’s not that case at all. This is just an RFID card with a bar code scanner on it. If somebody picked it up off the street, it says ‘return to’ with the transportation departments address on it. There is nothing saying where the child lives or any identifying information, it doesn’t even have the school that they go to. None of that information is on there, we clearly stated that,” she explained. Some parents questioned whether their child will have to

participate in the program. “We’re basically saying, ‘everybody is going to do this.’ This will be a requirement for the district. We think this is going to bring a lot of value to the parents and drivers,” Dalton said enthusiastically.

“...PARENTS WILL HAVE PLENTY OF RESOURCES WHEN IT COMES TO TYLER DRIVE.” The parents will have plenty of resources when it comes to Tyler Drive. There is already an online information portal called E-Link, in which the parents can log on and see the bus schedules and coming in the fall is a program called MyStop where parents can have the app on their phone and check when the bus will arrive at the stop. “They can also see that their child got on the bus; that’s a lot of peace of mind,” she relayed. Dalton is open to someone from Tyler Industries coming in and giving a show and tell to the parents once the program has been successfully implemented. The program is scheduled for implementation as follows: late January 2018, Maple Avenue Middle School and Dorothy Nolan Elementary School; late February through early March 2018, Caroline Street Elementary School, Geyser Road Elementary School, and Greenfield Elementary School; April 2018, Division Street Elementary School, Lake Avenue Elementary School, and Saratoga Springs High School.

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EDUCATION BRIEFS 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 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 contest@

Upcoming Saratoga CSD Parent Programs Photo by Stuart Williams

Ballston Spa Completes SEFCU Penny Harvest BALLSTON SPA — Students collected over $9,400 this fall that will now be given back to local charities in the spring. In the past 11 years, the total has reached $89,747 that has been raised by students and the community through the program. The SEFCU Penny Harvest is implemented in grades K-12, in all six school buildings in the district, and has proven to be successful in educating students in service learning, financial literacy, and 21st Century learning skills.

The Waldorf School News SARATOGA SPRINGS — As part of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration at the Saratoga Springs Public Library on Jan. 15, The Waldorf School will be knitting individual squares for a “community quilt.” The Waldorf Community Chorus will be performing from 2 to 4 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 15.

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 Happenings SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Independent School’s (SIS) newly-formed Alumni Association will be holding their first-annual alumni pizza party from 6 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 After 25 years of existence, SIS has finally decided on a mascot via a student, faculty, and staff vote. The moose was chosen as the mascot due to the M.O.O.S.E. books and the Adirondack style and location. M.O.O.S.E. is an acronym for Management of Organizational Skills Everyday, which is used daily by each student.

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 Scholarships. Applications must be completed and submitted by March 15. To submit, send to: Attention Scholarship, P.O. Box 166, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866, or drop off in respective school guidance office. For more information, contact Richard Tunison at laprup81@

Northshire Bookstore Announces Open Mind Scholarship SARATOGA SPRINGS — Northshire Bookstore announces

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

15 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. Wednesday, March 7: Vaping: What you NEED to Know presented by the Prevention Council. This program will be held at the Saratoga-Wilton Elks Lodge on 1 Elks Lane in Saratoga Springs at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 28: Motivating the “Unmotivated” Child: How to Think and Act Differently by Dr. Randy Cale. This program will be held at Geyser Road Elementary School at 9:30 a.m. Monday, April 16: Managing Technology: Sensible Ways to Set Limits and WHY You Must Do This Now by Dr. Randy Cale. This program will be held at Caroline Street Elementary School at 9:30 a.m.

A New Home




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and twins Nicholas and Tyler, 7, and their two pugs. The story didn’t end after the fire trucks and news crews drove away, however. It had just begun.


by Megin Potter for Saratoga TODAY Photos provided. MALTA — Waking up at 3 a.m. to a house filled with smoke last March, a family of five was able to get out of their Nichols Road home before it was destroyed by fire. “The people there were all phenomenal, we were all out in the pouring rain,” said Elizabeth Millet, who lived there with her boyfriend David Johnson, Jr., her three grandchildren; John, 10,

Millet first found out about Rebuilding Together Saratoga County the next day. “I had no idea what to expect, but she said, ‘I’m here to help you.’ They did anything and everything to help us,” said Millet. Rebuilding Together Saratoga County was founded in 2003. It is an affiliate of the national Rebuilding Together organization. “We’re the folks who are right there in the community working with people in need. We’re the eyes, hands, and feet on the ground to deal with needs quickly and ethically. It’s our job to help,” said Rebuilding Together Saratoga County Executive Director Michelle Larkin. Rebuilding Together had just been notified they would be awarded the New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) grant, administered by HCR’s Housing Trust Fund Corporation as part of the federal HOME program. It would provide the funds needed to help the Johnson family.

TO CONQUER THE COMPLICATIONS Paying for the house was an enormous hurdle, but not the only one they would face before moving in. The family of five settled into a camper at Saratoga Escape Lodges and RV Resort in Greenfield Center while the home acquisition and rebuilding process began. Collections were taken up at school to provide them with clothing and other necessities. “The whole community came together to help us. I’m like, ‘Wow!’ I’m still stunned,” said Millet. Then, on Memorial Day, the unthinkable happened. Water ignited the camper’s electric light fixture and the family’s temporary

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home was again consumed by fire. After acquiring another camper from Alpin Haus in Amsterdam, the family stayed at the campground until it closed in October while Rebuilding Together acquired a new manufactured home from Showcase Homes in Malta. “They were rushing and rushing to get us in. Rebuilding Together Saratoga got everybody together and then everything went boom, boom, boom,” said Millet. The family moved the camper onto their property. There was mud from the construction vehicles and frozen pipes from the cold weather, but Millet remained hopeful. “The kids went through a lot but I’m always grateful and appreciate any-and-everything that anyone’s ever done. I said to them, ‘We can do this – never give up’,” said Millet.

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS By the beginning of December, Millet and her family were able to move into their new home. “We were ecstatic. I was in tears – it was such a big relief for me. It was so overwhelming – we were able to give the kids a Christmas. It’s just amazing! We still can’t believe we’re here,” said Millet. Manufactured homes are an important source of affordable housing in New York. Rebuilding

Together Saratoga County used approximately $95,000 in HOME Manufactured Housing Replacement funds, the remainder of which will be used to expand the supply of decent, safe, and affordable manufactured homes in the region. “We are so pleased that the Johnson family will enjoy the holiday season in their new home after enduring such a terrible loss. By carrying out Governor Cuomo’s $20 billion housing plan, we are working to ensure all New Yorkers can have the security of a safe and affordable home. Thanks to Rebuilding Together Saratoga County for (the removal and replacement of the family’s



manufactured home),” said HCR Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas in a press release. Rebuilding Together Saratoga County has renovated and revitalized 979 homes and 80 nonprofit centers, with the help of more than 875 volunteers who have dedicated more than 50,000 hours of their time to bring hope and a renewed sense of pride to homeowners in need throughout Saratoga County. “It is a big deal that we were awarded this grant. Housing, to me, is one of those things – if something is broken, home sweet home doesn’t sound so sweet,” said Larkin.




Week of January 12 – January 18, 2018


The Year of Alexa {


“just ask Alexa, she’ll tell you.”

by Meghan Lemery Fritz, LCSW-R for Saratoga TODAY EVERYONE SAYS the first year you have a baby is the most difficult on your relationship and in terms of adjusting to life as a new parent. With a now 14 month old, I can look back on the first year and see that in some ways it flew by and in other ways those first few weeks home with a newborn felt like slow motion. B.C. (Before Charlie) I enthusiastically wrote articles about the importance of date night and taking time as a couple to reconnect and spice things up. When I read through my words of wisdom, I half laugh and half cringe because the truth is, when you are in the thick of it, the last thing you want to do is make time to put on fancy clothes and have a dynamic conversation. What my husband and I learned that first year is whenever we did try to get out for an evening we were both so tired and grouchy from the balance of a new baby, careers and day-to-day responsibilities that we would end up being short with one another and a ridiculous argument would start. We agreed that for us a night of reconnecting (for now)

meant quiet time, baby asleep and Netflix. Anything else felt like too much pressure. And then something magical happened. We came back to New York for the holidays and my sister Kathy and brother-in-law Kris gave us Alexa for Christmas. If you don’t know, Alexa is a wireless speaker that will play music for you, get the weather, and give you all sorts of information just by the sound of your voice. You just tell Alexa want you want to hear and voila, your favorite song will begin to play. We set her up New Year’s Eve, put the baby to sleep and


instead of crashing in exhaustion on the sofa I asked Alexa to play top 1985 Billboard Hits. The kitchen was filled with all of my junior high favorite songs and soon, get this, my husband and I were talking and laughing and playing more and more music as the night went on. Sometimes when you are stuck in the rut of day-to-day life and you need a pick-me-up, the answer really is as simple as some good music. You don’t necessarily have to make a drastic change to change it up- just ask Alexa, she’ll tell you. Music has a way of creating nostalgia, joy, inspiration and

“Alexa is the date night we needed and Charlie’s new big sister...”


bringing us a sense of connection with one another. Music can take us from feeling flat and depleted to refreshed and inspired. While I am the first to encourage everyone to get into counseling to help you through the tough times, Alexa may just be what the doctor ordered. Alexa is the date night we needed and Charlie’s new big sister. I’m trying to figure out how to get her to vacuum but that’s for another day. Today, I will enjoy the music. WISHING YOU A MAGICAL 2018 FULL OF MUSIC & ALEXA! Meghan Fritz is a psychotherapist practicing in State College, PA. For more information email: Also follow her on Twitter: @meghanlfritz.

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TODAY from work has traditionally been the worst time of the whole day, but now that the boys are getting older, it’s only sort of terrible. There’s just something about me needing to make dinner that makes everyone want to misbehave! On a snow day though, the video games help—because they each get an hour turn, there’s always someone having their turn right up until bedtime. I make dinner, we eat dinner, I send the big boys out to shovel again if necessary (and sometimes we send them all out to



by Katherine Morna Towne for Saratoga TODAY

“Mothering Boys” I’m writing this on a day the boys have a two-hour delay. When I came downstairs after my shower I found the entire playroom draped in blankets—chairs, bins, and couch cushions were all underneath, holding up the fort— but not the couch itself since three of the boys were standing on it singing “Day-O” with the karaoke machine and dancing. Snow days, man. They’re half “the best days ever” and half “this was sprung on me and I have no idea what to do.” Right? I try to revert to Christmas vacation mode on snow days, by which I mean, I try to keep a fairly structured day, even while all of what we’re doing is leisurely and fun. I like compartmentalizing our day— it keeps the day from stretching out in seemingly unending hours while the house falls down around me. This is our basic day:


I don’t mind everyone moseying on downstairs as they wake up—lounging in bed longer than usual is one of the perks of snow days after all! When they do, they usually curl up on the couch,

and eventually, they’ll be hungry, so we have breakfast. Sometimes I’m up for making eggs or other hot thing; other times we just do cereal/ yogurt/fruit. When everyone’s done eating, it’s play time. If it’s not too cold, I send them outside (the big boys have to shovel at this time, and they can stay out and play whether it’s cold or not, since they’re big boys. Amazing!); if it is too cold, it’s more forts and karaoke. Much earlier than normal lunch time, the boys will start telling me they’re starving. This is half because they eat lunch so early at school, and half because forts and karaoke (and legos and drawing/reading and bothering each other) only last so long before they want to be diverted in another way, and food is almost always their go-to (as well as bothering each other.) I try to put them off until a reasonable lunch time (otherwise we’ll end up having to do second lunch a bit later in the afternoon), which doesn’t mean they can’t eat—I don’t mind breakfast lasting most of the morning—but the most amazing thing is that, despite the fact that they’re starving, they aren’t hungry for more cereal! I do also make hot chocolate and popcorn or cookies fairly frequently. And so the morning goes.


Lunch is nothing fancy, unless I’m in a fancy mood. Mostly, I have the older three make their own sandwiches, and I make sandwiches or similar for the younger three. They eat at different rates, so when they’re done they go do whatever they were doing until everyone is done. At that point, we clean up the house. All the forts need to be taken down, all blankets put away, all cushions put back on the couch, all legos cleaned up, etc. I usually


divide it up into sections: Boy no. 1 cleans the front room, Boy no. 2 cleans the playroom, Boy no. 3 cleans the TV room, Boy no. 4 cleans the entryway, Boy no. 5 picks up the books and puts them back on their shelves, and I do the kitchen. This is based on the size and complexity of each space— bigger boys have more to do. After that (or sometimes during, depending on the weather), I send the big boys out to shovel again.


After the clean-up (and shoveling, if needed), we have quiet time. When the boys were all little, this was true quiet time—the little boys would go down for naps, and anyone who wasn’t napping stayed with me on the couch and watched a show while I had my own nap. Now that they’re bigger, it’s not as quiet as I’d like, but I still call it quiet time, and the boys know that this usually means I put a movie on while I lie down on the couch in the midst of them. The big boys don’t have to stay with me in the TV room, but the little ones do (the big boys usually go up to their rooms). On snow days though, I let them play video games during quiet time instead of watch a movie. Oh the joy that my boys have at being able to play video games! We normally only let them play on weekends, and only one hour each per day (sometimes more—another half hour each or so—if they have a new game, or if they’ve done an extra amount of chores), so having a bonus video game day is like Christmas. Also, though we have a handheld, I require them to play on the TV so their brothers can watch. This way, everyone’s occupied (and I can snooze.)


Between when quiet time is over and my husband gets home

play in the snowy dark, which they all love), a little playtime with Dad, then it’s bedtime. Day survived. Do you like having a structured day when the kids are home unexpectedly? Or does doing so stress you out even more? I hope this might have been helpful to some of you! Kate and her husband have six sons ages 13, 11, 9, 7, 5, and 3. Follow her at www.facebook. com/kmtowne23, or email her at




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SENIOR CALENDAR… Adult and Senior Center of Saratoga

5 Williams Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 • 518-584-1621 January Happenings Ski Club or Pool League Interested in joining a ski club or pool league? If yes, reach out to the Center for more information. We’ll be taking names and phone numbers to determine if there’s enough interest.

MONDAYS IN JANUARY, 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Bridge Lessons (Beginner-Intermediate Whether you’re looking to learn the game or improve your skills, this class is sure to be a good time. Class is free for the month of January so sign-up now!

TUESDAY, JANUARY 16 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. AARP Safe Driving Presented by Allan Miller $20 AARP member. $25 nonAARP member. Checks are made out to AARP. Must have valid NYS driver’s license.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 19 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Brain Gym Study Group Free for Members, Sign-Up at the

Front Desk In addition to satisfying our basic needs, we all need to recharge from hectic schedules and environmental overload. Using a combination of Brain Gym exercises, activities using our five senses and practice everyday habits using our less dominant limbs, we will explore a healthy lifestyle, brain research, positive mindset, and memory exercises in a fun, engaging manner. (Additional dates on February 16 and March 16.)

TUESDAY, JANUARY 23 1:30 p.m. Cooking with Siobhan Quick and healthy comfort meals are on the menu! Limited seating is available so sign-up ASAP. Cost is $2 for members.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 6 APRIL 17, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. AARP Tax Help Have all your tax questions answered and file your return. Free and by appointment only! Be sure to call the front desk to sign up. A picture ID will also be required.



Wednesday, January 17 The Charlton Tavern is an oldtime, 1787 saloon with vintage decor, dark wood interior, and a menu of hearty American pub fare. Cost is $10. Please bring additional money for lunch. We leave the center at 11:30 a.m.


Thursday, January 18 An exciting day is in store with a guided tour scheduled at the Saratoga Racing Museum, followed by a delicious lunch at the Old Bryan Inn. We will be leaving the center at 9:30 a.m. Cost is $8. Please bring additional money for lunch.


Thursday, January 25 Join us for a day of relaxation at the acclaimed Roosevelt Baths in Saratoga. Relax in the steam room after a nice lounge in one of the infamous baths (individuals must be able to get in and out of deep tubs). Space is limited to 8 so sign-up ASAP! Cost is $22. We leave the center at 9:30 a.m.


Tuesday, January 23 An exciting adventure of True Escape at Aviation Mall in Queensbury. Use your logic and critical thinking to crack the clues and “escape the room.” Following the fun will be lunch at The Silo. You’re not going to want to miss out. Cost is $30. Please bring additional money for lunch. We leave the center at 10:15 a.m.


Thursday, May 10 A tour of the infamous Culinary Institute of America, followed by set-menu lunch at the CIA’s delicious American Bounty restaurant. The day will end with a tour and tasting at the exciting Brotherhood Winery. Cost is $90.


Thursday, July 12 Spend the morning touring Burlington and eating lunch on your own. Then meet back up with the group for an exciting tour of the Von Trapp house, including a guided history, documentary viewing, and a Q&A with a Von Trapp family member. There will also be an option to do a brewery tour and tasting after the house tour. Cost is $45.


Wednesday, December 5 We’ll get you all down to the city and then you’re on your own to explore the big apple! We can assist with getting you tickets and reservations but the day will be yours to do as you please.

2018 MultiDay Bus Trips

2018 Excursions Informational Slideshows Presented by Collette


Trip Date: July 15 - 22


Trip Date: Sept. 3 - Sept. 13


Trip Date: Oct. 4 - Oct. 10 • $3,399 Informational Presentation: Jan. 31 at 1 p.m.


Trip Date: Oct. 31 - Nov. 10


[Open to the Public]

Trip Date: Dec. 1 - Dec. 9 • $2,899 Informational Presentation: April 25 at 1 p.m.



7 days, 6 nights • $815 October 14 - 20 Trip Highlights: 10 meals, 6 breakfasts, 4 dinners, the Virginia Beach Boardwalk, guided tour of Colonial Williamsburg, dinner cruise on the Spirit of Norfolk, admission to the Nauticus and Battleship Wisconsin, and more! $75 deposit due by June 16.


5 days, 4 nights • $539 June 11 - 15 Trip Highlights: 8 meals: 4 breakfasts, 4 dinners, guided tours of Niagara Falls and Toronto, a visit to Casa Loma, Niagara on the Lake and Queen Victoria Park, a journey to the Falls on a Hornblower Niagara Cruise, and much more! (Trip will be canceled if sign-up minimum is not met.) $75 deposit due by February 11.

Trip Date: Dec. 7 - 14 Informational Presentation: Jan. 17 at 1 p.m.


Trip Date: March 13 - 19, 2019 Informational Presentation: Jan. 17 at 1:30 p.m.


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


Do you have an hour to assist with transportation, friendly visiting or shopping? Flexible hours and no time commitments! Please contact Lisa at 518-584-1621, ext. 210.

Week of January 12 – January 18, 2018



Ice vs Heat what is better for your pain?

by Dr. Kevy Smith for Saratoga TODAY Knowing when to ice an injury and when to apply heat can be a rather confusing task. Both ice and heat, also known as cryotherapy and thermotherapy, can be cheap, easy and effective ways of relieving pain and reducing symptoms of various injuries. However, there are instances when either treatment can do more harm than good.


Cold therapy works by constricting the blood vessels in a particular area, thereby restricting blood flow to that area. This in turn can help reduce swelling and inflammation. Ice also temporarily reduces nerve activity which can alleviate localized pain. When to apply ice: - Acute injuries - Ligament sprains - Muscle strains - Swelling/Inflammation

- Tendonitis - Carpal Tunnel - Inflammatory arthritis There are various methods of applying ice to an injury. These include ice packs or frozen gel packs which can be wrapped in a light dish towel and placed over the affected area. Ice baths can be very effective in treating larger areas or ankle/foot injuries. Ice should be applied for no more than 15-20 minutes at a time and can be done every 1-2 hours. When NOT to apply ice: - Poor circulation - Sensory deficits - Diabetic neuropathies - Stiff muscles or joints


Heat therapy, not surprisingly, has the opposite effect of ice therapy. Heat therapy improves circulation and blood flow by dilating blood vessels in the area. Heat can relieve stiffness in joints, relax tight muscles and increase flexibility. It can also help heal damaged tissue by promoting blood flow to the area. When to apply heat: - Chronic pain or muscle tightness - Acute muscle soreness from over-exertion - Joint stiffness related to osteoarthritis - Trigger points - Cramps Heat therapy comes in several forms. Dry heat includes dry heating pads, and saunas. Moist heat includes moist heating packs, steamed towels, steam rooms, hot

tubs, hot baths or showers. Heat can be applied for up to 30-45 minutes at a time. When NOT to apply heat: - Acute injury - Inflammation - Swelling - Sensory deficits - Diabetic neuropathies - Dermatitis - Vascular disease - Deep Vein Thrombosis - Multiple Sclerosis Dr. Kevy Smith is a chiropractor in Saratoga Springs providing non-surgical treatment of spinal disorders and sports-related injuries. For more information please visit or call 518-587-2064.






Week of January 12 – January 18, 2018


by Stephen Kyne, Sterling Manor Financial, LLC for Saratoga TODAY AS WE PREPARE to turn the page on another year, it’s time for us to take a look back at all that was, and prepare for what lies ahead. For the economy at large, 2017 was a stellar year, and we think there is more to look forward to in 2018. We’re beginning to feel a bit

like a broken record when we say that the year has been better to us than we expected, and we expect the next year to be good as well. Unfortunately, since 2009, many investors have remained on the sidelines and have missed the opportunities that the economy has presented since the recession. The good news is that we think there’s still room to run in this expansion, and even those shy investors have time left to participate. This time last year, we expected that US stock indices could easily provide returns in excess of 10 percent, and boy were we right! As of December 29, the Dow sits up about 25 percent, the S&P is up 18 percent, and the NASDAQ is up a whopping 29 percent for the year, while bond indices have returned in the neighborhood of 2 percent (barely pacing inflation). Clearly, equity (stock) investors have

been rewarded in 2017, as they have been ever since March of 2009. Loosening regulations, lowering corporate taxes and increased consumer activity have all been among the factors which have contributed to an environment which is producing record corporate profits, and ultimately the beneficiaries have been stock investors. We expect that the same tailwinds which have helped propel US markets higher in 2017, will continue to positively affect the markets in the coming year. There are some who view record indices, alone, as a sign that markets are overheated and overvalued. These are the same people, largely, who haven’t had faith in the expansion since it began, and we think they’ll be disappointed again in 2018, but their loss is everyone else’s gain. When viewing equity prices in the context of corporate profits and prevailing interest rates, we find that US markets are 10-15 percent undervalued as we enter the new year. GDP has remained in the 3 percent range at each quarterly checkpoint this year, and we believe that growth will continue to lift markets as well. Not every sector of the market will enjoy the same levels of growth; technology and financials will likely outpace sectors like utilities and consumer staples. As for tax reform: no matter on which side of the political aisle you sit, it is fairly universally agreed that, at minimum, the tax legislation recently enacted will greatly benefit US corporations. However you feel about that is irrelevant, from an investment standpoint. The accepted fact

remains that lower corporate tax rates should lead to greater bottom-line profits and that will benefit shareholders. Who are those shareholders? You; if you’re planning for retirement and have any money invested in equities or equity funds in your IRAs, 401k, 403b, TSA, etc., then you will be a direct beneficiary of tax reform, whether you agree with it or not. US bond markets should continue to underperform, as the Fed continues to raise interest rates. We expect 3-4 increases in 2018, with rates ending next year at 2.25-2.5 percent. It should be noted that, while the Fed is raising rates, it’s not being done for the traditional reasons. Often, rates are increased to slow an overheating economy, but current increases are aimed at a return to normalcy. In other words, since lowering interest rates is a way for the Fed to jumpstart a slowing economy, if rates were to continue to remain low, and a recession were to begin, the Fed would not have access to its primary tool, so think of the Fed’s current actions as “reloading” for next time. In this way the Fed is not becoming “tight,” it’s simply becoming “less-loose.” International markets should continue to perform well in the coming year. For the first time since 2009, the US was not the only ox pulling the plow, and we saw growth in both emerging and developed economies abroad. The strengthening US consumer, and a relatively strong Dollar, are drivers of growth in countries that export to the US. If invested for growth, we believe it is wise to consider deploying a portion of one’s portfolio abroad. On the spectrum of

international equities, we believe there remains more upside potential in the emerging market space, than in developed markets, with relatively more risk as well. Southeast Asia remains a relatively attractive region, while Latin American countries continue to be affected by the same social and economic strife that has hampered them in the recent past. With the exception of a major geopolitical event (ie. North Korea), we believe 2018 will be another year in which equity investors can reap great rewards for taking, even moderate, risk. The fundamentals of the US economy remain extremely strong, as it continues to help propel worldwide equity prices higher. Remember that everything written here is a forward-looking statement, based on our view of the markets and economy today. Any number of domestic or foreign events could drastically alter our outlook. Your exposure to the various equity and bond markets should depend on your needs for return and your inherent appetite for risk. Be cautious about overextending, and be sure to consult with your financial advisor to help ensure that any changes in the economy and markets are reflected in your portfolio, and that your portfolio remains reflective of your needs and goals. Securities offered through Cadaret, Grant & Co., Inc. Member FINRA/SIPC. Advisory services offered through Sterling Manor Financial, LLC, an SEC registered investment advisor or Cadaret Grant & Co., Inc. Sterling Manor Financial and Cadaret, Grant are separate entities.

Week of January 12 – January 18, 2018 RELIGION Adirondack Christian Fellowship   8 Mountain Ledge, Wilton | 581-587-0623 acfsaratoga. com | Services: Sunday 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Adirondack Friends Meeting 27 Saratoga Avenue, South Glens Falls 518-793-3755 | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Assembly of God Faith Chapel 6 Burgoyne Street, Schuylerville | 518-695-6069 Rev. Jason Proctor | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Assembly of God Saratoga 118 Woodlawn Avenue, Saratoga Springs 518-584-6081 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Bacon Hill Reformed Church* 560 Route 32N, Bacon Hill | 518-695-3074 Rev. Janet Vincent | Services:10 a.m.; Sunday School: 10 a.m. Ballston Center Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church 58 Charlton Road, Ballston Spa 518-885-7312 | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Ballston Spa United Methodist Church 101 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa 518-885-6886 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Baha’i Community of Saratoga Springs Saratoga Springs Public Library, Glasby Room 518-692-7694 | 518-885-0876 | 1-800-22UNITE | Public Meetings: 1st Tuesdays 7 p.m. Bethesda Episcopal Church* 41 Washington Street, Saratoga Springs 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 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 | Pastor Andrew Holt | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Church of Christ at Clifton Park 7 Old Route 146, Clifton Park 518-371-6611 | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Charlton Freehold Presbyterian Church 768 Charlton Road, Charlton | 518-399-4831 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Christ Community Reformed Church 1010 Route 146, Clifton Park | 518-371-7654 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Christ Episcopal Church* 15 West High Street, Ballston Spa 518-885-1031 | Services: Sunday 8 and 10 a.m. Christian Restoration Ministries Saratoga Senior Center: 5 Williams Street, Saratoga Springs | 518-796-4323 Pastor Pat Roach | Services: Sunday 6:30 p.m. Christian Science Church 107 Circular Street, Saratoga Springs 518-584-0221 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Community Alliance Church 257 Rowland Street, Ballston Spa 518-885-6524 | Services: 10:30 a.m. Congregation Shaara Tfille* 84 Weibel Avenue, Saratoga Springs 518-584-2370 | Services: Saturday 10 a.m. Corinth Free Methodist Church   20 Hamilton Avenue, Corinth | 518-654-9255, 518-792-0271 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Corinth United Methodist Church 243 Main Street, Corinth | 518-654-2521 | Services: Sunday 11 a.m. Cornerstone Community Church 100 Saratoga Village Boulevard. #8 Ballston Spa. 518-664-5204 | Pastor Frank Galerie Services: Sunday 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Community 2001 Route 9, Round Lake 518-877-8506 | Services: Saturday: 4 p.m. Sunday: 8 and 11 a.m. Eastern Orthodox — Christ the Savior 349 Eastline Road, Ballston Lake | 518-212-7845 | Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. First Baptist Church of Saratoga Springs 45 Washington Street, Saratoga Springs 518-584-6301 | Services: Sunday Noon First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa 202 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa 518-885-8361 | Services: 10:30 a.m., (9 a.m. in July and August) Sunday School: 9 a.m. (all ages) First Presbyterian Church of Ballston Spa 22 West High Street, Ballston Spa 518-885-5583 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Full Gospel Tabernacle 207 Redmond Road, Gansevoort 518-793-2739 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Galway United Methodist Church 2056 East Street, Galway | 518-882-6520 Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. (9 a.m. in July and August) Grace Fellowship Saratoga* 165 High Rock Avenue, Saratoga Springs 518-691-0301 | Pastor: Mike Adams | Services: Sundays 9 and 11 a.m. Greater Grace Community Church 100 Saratoga Village, Building 17, Ballston Spa 518-899-7777 | Pastor David Moore | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Greenfield Center Baptist Church 30 Wilton Road, Greenfield Center 518-893-7429 | Services: 11 a.m. Sunday School: 9:45 a.m. (all ages) Highway Tabernacle Church 235 Hudson Avenue, Mechanicville 518-664-4442 | Services: Sunday: 10:30 a.m. Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Hope Church 206 Greenfield Avenue, Ballston Spa 518-885-7442 | Services: Sunday: 10 a.m. Sunday School: 9 a.m. Jonesville United Methodist 963 Main Street, Clifton Park 518-877-7332 | Services: Sunday: 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday School: 10:30 a.m. Living Springs Free Methodist Church 59 Pine Road, Saratoga Springs 518-584-1003 | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Living Waters Church of God 4330 State Route 50, Saratoga Springs 518-587-0484 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Malta Presbyterian Church 118 Dunning Street, Malta 518-899-5992 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Malta Ridge United Methodist Church 729 Malta Avenue Extension, Malta 518-581-0210 | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Middle Grove United Methodist Church* 429 Middle Grove Rd, Middle Grove 518-581-2973 | Pastor Bonnie Bates Services: Sunday 9 a.m. Mt. Olivet Baptist Church 100 Cresent Street, Saratoga Springs 518-584-9441 | Rev. Dr. Victor L. Collier Services: 10 a.m. Perry Road Baptist Church* 150 Perry Road, Saratoga Springs 518-587-0711 | Pastor Thomas Van McClain Services: Sunday 10 a.m. New Life Fellowship* 51 Old Gick Road, ­­Saratoga Springs 518-580-1810 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m.

NorthStar Church 970 Rt. 146, Clifton Park 518-371-2811 | Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Northway Church 770 Pierce Rd. Clifton Park 518-899-1200 | Services: 9:30 a.m. and 11a.m. Old Saratoga Reformed Church* 48 Pearl Street, Schuylerville Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Old Stone Church (American Baptist) 159 Stone Church Road, Ballston Spa 518-583-1002 | Services: 10:30 a.m. Olde Liberty Baptist 600 Route 67 Malta | Services: Sunday: 10, 11 a.m., and 2 p.m.; Wednesday: 7 p.m. Our Lady of Grace Roman Catholic Church* 73 Midline Road, Ballston Lake 518-399-5713 | Services: Saturday: 5:30 p.m. Sunday: 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 | 518-584-6091 | Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m. Quaker Springs United Methodist Church* 466 Route 32, Schylerville 518-695-3101 | Pastor Ben Lalka | Services: Sunday 9 a.m. River of Hope Fellowship 100 Saratoga Village Boulevard Malta Commons, Ste. 3 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Roman Catholic Church of St. Peter 241 Broadway, Saratoga Springs 518-584-2375 | Services: Saturday: 5 p.m. Sunday: 7:30, 9 and 11 a.m. St. Clement’s Roman Catholic Church* 231 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs |518-584-6122 Services: 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 | 518-371-6351 | Services: Saturday: 4:30 p.m. Sunday: 7:30 , 9, and 11:30 a.m. St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church* 3159 Route 9N, Greenfield Center | 518-893-7680 | Services: Saturday: 4 p.m.; Sunday: 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church* 167 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa 518-885-7411 | Services: Saturday: 4 p.m. Sunday: 8:30, 10:30 a.m., Noon St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church* 771 Route 29, Rock City Falls 518-885-4677 | Services: Saturday: 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.; Sunday: 8:30 am. St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church 149 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs 518-584-0904 | Services: Saturday: 5 p.m. Sunday: 8:30 and 11 a.m. St. Peter Lutheran Church 2776 Route 9, Malta 518-583-4153 | Services: Sunday: 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday School: 9:15 a.m. St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church 1 Grove Street, Schuylerville 518-695-3918 | Rev. Donna J. Arnold Services: Sunday 8 and 9 a.m. St. Thomas of Canterbury 242 Grooms Road, Halfmoon 518-348-0842 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m.

23 Saratoga Abundant Life Church 2 Hutchins Road, Saratoga Springs 518-885-5456 | Services: Sunday 8:20 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Saratoga Chabad 130 Circular Street, Saratoga Springs 518-526-0773 | Saratoga Friends Meeting (Quaker) 571 Rt32, Quaker Springs 518-587-7477 | 518-399-5013 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Saratoga United Methodist Church* 175 Fifth Avenue, Saratoga Springs 518-584-3720 | Services: Sunday 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Saratoga Seventh-Day Adventist Church 399 Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs 518-587-6951 | Services: Sabbath School: 10 a.m. Worship Service: 11 a.m. Schuylerville United Methodist Church 51 Church Street, Schuylerville 518-695-3101 | Services: Sunday 11 a.m. Shenendehowa United Methodist 971 Route 146, Clifton Park 518-371-7964 | Services: Sunday 9 and 10:45 a.m. Simpson United Methodist Church 1089 Rock City Road, Rock City Falls 518-85-4794 | Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m. Soul Saving Station for Every Nation Christ Crusaders of America 62 Henry Street, Saratoga Springs 518-584-3122 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Stillwater Christian Fellowship Meeting at Liberty Ridge Farm 29 Bevis Road, Schaghticoke 518-288-8802 | Services: 10 a.m. Stillwater United Church (Presbyterian U.S.A.) 135 Hudson Avenue, Stillwater 518-664-7984 | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Temple Sinai* 509 Broadway, Saratoga Springs 518-584-8730 | Shabbat Services: Friday: 6 p.m. or 8 p.m. (rotating schedule) Saturday: 10:30 a.m. Terra Nova Church* 45 Washington Street, Saratoga Springs 518-833-0504 | Services: Sunday 9 a.m. The Salvation Army/ Worship, Service & Community Center 27 Woodlawn Avenue, Saratoga Springs 518-584-1640 | Services: Praise & Worship 11 a.m. Sunday School: 10 a.m. Trinity United Methodist Church 155 Ballard Road, Gansevoort 518-584-9107 | Rev. Keith Mann | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Saratoga Springs 624 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs 518-584-1555 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Unity Church in Albany 21 King Avenue, Albany 518-453-3603 | Services: Sunday 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday School: 11 a.m. West Charlton United Presbyterian Church 1331 Sacandaga Road, West Charlton | 518-882-9874 | Rev. Thomas Gregg Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m.; Sunday School: 10:30 a.m. Wilton Baptist Church 755 Saratoga Road, Wilton 518-583-2736 | Services: Sunday 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

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Week of January 12 – January 18, 2018

UNLOCKING THE SECRETS OF CELERIAC Saturdays, 9 to 1 Lincoln Baths Building at the Spa State Park

by Himanee Gupta-Carlson for Saratoga TODAY Photos by Pattie Garrett. Saratoga winters are harsh. It’s cold. The snow keeps coming. We can play in the fresh drifts and warm ourselves by the fire. But ultimately the taste buds start

crying for something crunchy, tangy, and fresh. Celeriac might be the salve. This beige, knobby root vegetable typically makes its appearance at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market just before Christmas. Currently, it is available from Gomez VeggieVille, whose members swear by the root. According to Valentina Gomez, it is celery with oomph. Her husband recommends peeling the outer surface, slicing into it thinly, and eating it as is or in a salad. She suggests steaming it, sautéing it, roasting it, or letting it steep into a root vegetable gratin or stew. “How you like celery is how to like celeriac,” says Valentina Gomez. Over the years, I have bought celeriac from the Gomez’s and others. I have treated it more like an ingredient to add to a dish, rather than a dish in and of itself. It

tasted to me like celery and maybe licorice. A little went a long way. Then, Pattie Garrett, market photographer and author of the My Saratoga Kitchen Table food blog, began inundating me with recipes featuring celeriac: celeriac fries, mashed celeriac and potatoes, a gratin that includes celeriac. Market director Julia Howard also got on the celeriac beat. “I always saw it at the market but rarely tried it,” says Howard. “I think mainly because I wasn’t sure how to prepare it.” Howard’s mother, who is from Germany where celeriac

is common, suggested that she try it. Howard peeled a root and steamed it. “I ate it with a little bit of salt. It was really good. It was fresh and crisp like an apple, but when cooked was tender like steamed broccoli or cauliflower. It has a hint of sweetness.” Garrett, Howard, and Gomez have emboldened me to experiment with celeriac. I have steamed it, roasted it, chopped it into salads, and eaten it as I like

to eat celery – with peanut butter. Celeriac has proved its worth. Its flavor reminds me of seasons past and of the spring to come. It is crisp, tangy, and good. 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.

Mashed Celeriac & Potatoes INGREDIENTS

• Serves 12

* Find these Ingredients at the Farmers’ Market!

• 2 lbs. celeriac (celery root)*, peeled and cut into 1” pieces • 3 lbs. potatoes*, peeled and cut into 1” pieces • 1 cup whole-milk plain Greek yogurt* • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter*

• 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard • 1¼ teaspoons salt • 1 teaspoon ground pepper • ¼ cup chopped fresh green onions*, plus extra for garnish • 1½ cups thinly sliced shallots* • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

INSTRUCTIONS 1. Place celeriac in a large pot and add 3” of water. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Add potatoes, cover and return to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer 5. Meanwhile, prepare fried shallots: and cook until the vegetables are very Separate shallot slices into rings. Heat tender, about 25 minutes. oil in a small skillet or saucepan over 2. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400°F. medium-high heat until shimmering. Coat a 3-quart shallow baking dish with (To test if it’s hot enough, add a shallot cooking spray. ring: if it starts sizzling on contact, the oil 3. Drain the vegetables and return to the is ready.) Add half the shallots and cook, pot. Mash with a potato masher to a stirring frequently, until browned, 4 to 6 coarse consistency. Add yogurt, butter, minutes. Remove pan from heat and use mustard, salt and pepper; mash until a slotted spoon to transfer the shallots mostly smooth. Add green onions and to a paper-towel-lined plate. Cook the stir to combine. Spoon the mixture into remaining shallots and transfer to the the prepared baking dish. Smooth the plate. They will get crispier as they cool. top. Tightly cover the pan with foil. (Discard remaining oil.) 4. Bake for 45 minutes. Uncover and 6. Let the casserole cool for 10 minutes. Top continue baking until the top is with the fried shallots and chives, if desired. browned, about 30 minutes more. Adapted from recipe by Mary-Frances Heck, shared by My Saratoga Kitchen Table



Week of January 12 – January 18, 2018

Worlds Best Cup of Coffee

by John Reardon for Saratoga TODAY


my Foodie Friends. Being next door to a movie theatre is perfect for me – since I love so many of the classic movies that can still be readily seen. When you walk into our new location at 33 Railroad Place in Saratoga Springs, you will see a large advertising print of the movie “Moonstruck.” I often think of one of my favorite movie quotes about coffee when I look at the movie poster. Coffee has had a presence in films and television for decades. Coffee is the center of my world every single morning (and several times throughout the day), and it’s also at the center of some of the most iconic and memorable film and TV scenes. Coffee, coffee shops, preparing coffee, buying coffee and all the coffee-related activities are the source of so much endless and simultaneous frustration and joy in real life that these same feelings surrounding coffee have been reflected right back to us in some of the most famous films and shows ever made. It’s hard to narrow down a definitive list of the best movie coffee scenes ever, because there are so many great coffee and coffee-related movie and TV show scenes ... besides the one most people might tend to think of first. Here are some coffee classics: Star Trek Voyager: “Coffee: the finest organic suspension ever devised. It’s got me through the worst of the last three years. I beat the Borg with it.” –Captain Kathryn Janeway Casablanca (1942): “Thank you for your coffee, monsieur. I shall miss that when I leave Casablanca.” -Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman) Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961): Simply, iconic. The Givenchy dress, Henry Mancini’s Moon River score, the angular New York

60s background – this scene is embedded in popular culture. Not to mention, it bears witness to the commercially accepted on-the-go coffee and Danish pastry. How to Marry a Millionaire (1953): I love this film and while coffee is sidelined throughout in favor of the curvaceous Marilyn, quick-witted Lauren and legseleven Betty, it makes an impact in the finale. Seated at an American diner, the trio quickly comes to realize that Lauren’s vagabond partner is in fact a millionaire, over burgers and coffee. Elf (2003): “You did it! Congratulations! World’s best cup of coffee! Great job, everybody! It’s great to be here.” -Buddy the Elf Moonstruck (1987): This film is a guilty pleasure of mine. Its idiosyncrasies, peculiarities and eccentricities are a source of genuine amusement. The ‘Italian Family’ takes a starring role, where coffee, amaretto, pasta and other delicacies are consumed in abundance. A favorite line from the protagonist, Cher: “You make good coffee…you’re a slob. But you make good coffee.” Making the best cup of coffee, espresso, latte’ or cappuccino requires the right methods of making coffee. Many will attest to how they make their “world’s best cup of coffee.” One of our favorites is the Jura IMPRESSA C60. It is simple and elegant and with 15 Bars of pressure, just turn, press, enjoy – that’s how easy it is to enter the world of IMPRESSA! With the one-switch operating concept of the Rotary Switch and the 11-language plain text display, it’s easy to create the perfect coffee every time. Thanks to the highperformance conical grinder, the beans are always freshly ground. The simple, compact design with its elegant combination of matte and gloss black gives the IMPRESSA C60 an imposing yet understated look in any surroundings. It has a simple operation. Thanks to the one-switch operating concept of the smart Rotary Switch and the 11-language plain text display, you are just one touch of a button away from the perfect cup of coffee. The machine is also designed to be easy to program and care for. It also has a height-adjustable coffee spout. The height of the

coffee spout can be adjusted between 2.6 - 4.4 inches to allow any size of cup to be used, from small espresso cups to large coffee cups. This prevents the coffee from splashing on the machine and produces a perfect, velvety crema. One of the best features is the fine foam frother. The revolutionary fine foam technology ensures unique milk foam quality with a fine, featherlight consistency. It’s the perfect way to give the finishing touch to your favorite beverages. Sitting in your kitchen or office, the IMPRESSA C60 offers compact elegance. The IMPRESSA C60 is a combination of striking clean lines, compact dimensions, high-quality materials and uncompromising workmanship. Compact enough to fit any where, it cuts a striking figure with matte and gloss surfaces in understated black. At Compliments to the Chef, we have been selling Jura Capresso machines for almost 16 years. I wake up and head straight to mine at home every morning. Customers have returned to me for years raving about this machine – noting it was well worth the purchase. This machine can be the one for you while you are watching some of the classics this winter. Have

fun remembering and blurting out the infamous quotes from your favorites. Oh and when you attended your New Year’s Eve parties, where did all guests wind up? Remember my Foodie Friends; “Life Happens in the Kitchen.” Here’s to a Happy and Healthy 2018!

Take Care, John and Paula

Office for the Aging Lunch Program

h c n Lu FRIDAY




• Chicken à la • CLOSED! King over Rice • Broccoli • Warm Apple Cobbler

Martin Luther King Day!

Served at the Saratoga Senior Center TUESDAY






• Italian Stew over Rice • Tuscan Blend Vegetables • Warm Spiced Applesauce

• Baked Fish with Tarrogon Sauce • Baked Potato & Sour Cream • Mixed Vegetables • Chocolate Pudding

• Chicken Parmesan • Pasta with Sauce • Green Beans • Fruit Cocktail

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



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 his leg. The surgery took place on January 2, followed by more chemotherapy and eventually he will need 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.

event, themed, ‘Talk About It,’ as 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. Genealogy and Local History Heritage Hunters of Saratoga County will meet on Saturday, January 20, at 1 p.m. at the Town of Saratoga Town Hall, corner of Routes 4 and 29 in Schuylerville. Professional genealogist, Lisa Dougherty, will lead an informative session about the fundamentals of DNA tests. Lisa will include DNA basics, results that you can expect to get, the truth about DNA myths, and how to interpret ethnicity estimates. Learn how to make the most of a DNA test. Public is welcome. For information call 518-587-2978.

Kids Night Out: Winter Wonder Drop the kids off Friday, January 19 from 6-9 p.m. at the Children’s Museum, located at 69 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, for a funfilled evening so you can go on a date-night, go see a movie or just relax. Your children will get to play in our hands-on exhibits, enjoy a pizza dinner, socialize, and party. Our community room will be transformed and filled with fun Winter-themed activities and crafts. Children must be potty-trained. This program is for children ages 4 and up. Cost is $20 per child ($15 for each additional child). Pre-registration required by calling 518-584-5540.

Take a Friend Snowmobiling Curious about snowmobiling? Love the sport? Either way we want to see you at “Take a Friend Snowmobiling” on Saturday, January 20, 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Take a fun, safe snowmobile ride starting at the Dix Bridge located on the scenic Hudson River/Champlain Canal Lock 5. Kids can ride on a sled operated by a parent, guardian, or an experienced club member. Those aged 18+ will be introduced to and instructed on the proper operation and safety of a snowmobile prior to being guided on a controlled ride by club members. Check out trail grooming equipment and talk with club members to learn more about the sport and trail system. Hot beverages and snacks provided. Hudson Crossing Park is located on the Hudson River just outside of Schuylerville. For more information and other events, visit

2018 Cabin Fever Luncheon Soroptimist International of Saratoga County (SISC) is excited about our 2018 Cabin Fever

Hudson Crossing Park’s Annual Winterfest Saturday and Sunday, January 20 and 21. Free for all. Suit up… and have some “Just- ice League”

level fun. The event will feature: Ice Harvest Demonstrations, Ice Experiments with the Schuylerville Public Library, Ice Fishing Demonstration with Saratoga Tackle and Ed Skorupski, Cold Water Rescue by Schuyler Hose, Washington County Draft Animal Association wagon rides, Crazy Hat Head Contest, Sledding, Snow Sculptures Challenge, The “Fur-Bowl:” Dress to impress in your furs (real or faux!) and try outdoor bowling sponsored by Olde Saratoga Bowl. Stay warm at the Warming Tent Sponsored by Amerigas. Hudson Crossing Park is located on the Hudson River just outside of Schuylerville. For more information, visit www. Enhance Your Figure Event On Tuesday, January 23 at 6 p.m., Steven Yarinsky, MD, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon specializing in cosmetic medicine, will host an evening of education about body shaping options. The event will feature SculpSure® and truSculpt® 3D noninvasive no downtime fat removal, and LipoPerfection® Liposuction options. Body Contouring is designed to contour shape and reduce areas of diet and exercise resistant fat deposits and is not a weight loss technique. Are you no more than 20 pounds above your ideal body weight for your height and have fullness in your abdomen, hips, waistline, thighs, arms, “bra bumps” or a double chin? Do you work out but still have unwanted fat deposits? You may be a great candidate for Liposuction or non-invasive, no down-time fat reduction treatments. Meet Dr. Yarinsky and our Medical Spa Staff at our 7 Wells Street office to learn about your options to shape your figure. Plus, receive a miniconsult that evening and event only promotional discount. R.S.V.P is necessary: Limited Seating, you must call us to reserve your spot before Monday January 22. Call 518-583-4019. Bird Research at the Albany Pine Bush The Southern Adirondack Audubon Society will present the January 2018 program titled “Bird Research at the Albany Pine Bush” at the Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry Street, Saratoga Springs, on Wednesday, January 24

Week of January 12 – January 18, 2018 at 7 p.m. This free program is open to the public. The speaker for the program will be Amanda Dillion who is the Field Ecologist and Entomologist at the Albany Pine Bush Preserve. Ms. Dillions’ talk will focus on the rarity of species that call the Pine Bush home and the effort that is underway to learn more about the APBP birds and bird communities that has earned the preserve designations as both an Audubon Important Birding Area and a NYS-DEC Bird Conservation Area. Saratoga Chamber Players Concert Saratoga Chamber Players’ season continues, on Sunday January 28 at 3 p.m. in Filene Hall on the Skidmore campus with a concert of music for piano and violin featuring Margaret Kampmeier and Jill Levy. The January program will include sonatas of Beethoven, Messiaen, and Elgar as well as Bartok’s Rhapsody no. 1. The concert will be followed by a Meetthe-Musician reception. Tickets are $20 adult, $18 seniors, $15 students - available at the door or on-line at www.saratogachamberplayers. org/events/category/2017-2018concert-season. 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 from 6 to 9 p.m. in downtown Ballston Spa. Visitors will be able to sample the variety of 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, including, art gallery openings, live music, artist demonstrations, special promotions, and sales just in time for Valentine’s Day. For a listing of participating businesses, chefs, and activities, please visit Beauty and the Beast Come be our guest on Friday, February 2 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, February 3 at 1 and 7 p.m.; Friday, February 9 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, February 10 at 1 and 7 p.m. as Maple Avenue Musical Club presents Beauty and the Beast.

The performances will take place in the Henry C. Trombley Auditorium at the Maple Avenue Middle School located at 515 Maple Ave., Saratoga Springs. All tickets are $5; doors open 30 minutes prior to the performance. 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 Elks Lane in Saratoga Springs. 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. 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. Checks, cash or credit card will be accepted as payment. Ensure a “special evening” and give Penny a call now at 518-587-7597 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.” Broadway Cabaret Dinner Theatre Experience a New-York style cabaret dinner theatre as the Burnt Hills Oratorio Society presents the songs of Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, and Lorenz Hart. Set in the elegant Vista Ballroom at the Van Patten Golf Club in Clifton Park, treat yourself to a sumptuous Chef ’s Buffet, followed by a choral cabaret. BHOS is offering two performances, Saturday, February 10 at 5 p.m., and Sunday, February 11, at 1 p.m. Seating is limited and the last day to purchase tickets is February 2. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit our website at or call 518-416-4060.

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Friday, January 12 Fish Fry Friday Fish Creek Rod and Gun Club, Route 32 south of the village of Victory, 4:30 - 7 p.m. All are welcome, members and non-members. Menu: Fish Fry, Chicken Fry, Clam Fry, Popcorn Shrimp Fry, Chowder, ask about our extras and beverages. You are welcome to eat in at our club house, or call ahead for Take Out 518-695-3917. Fish Fry Friday will continue through the month.

Poetry Reading Northshire Bookstore, 424 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 7 p.m. Join us for a poetry reading, as poet, memoirist and philanthropist Eileen Rockefeller shares poems from her collection Space Between. Following her acclaimed memoir, being a Rockefeller, Becoming Myself, Eileen Rockefeller’s debut selection of poems, Space Between, invites you to join her private relationships with people, nature, and spirit. For more information and other events, visit

Third Annual Dr. King Challenge JKB Theater at Skidmore, 815 N. Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 7 – 9:30 p.m. An energizing evening of powerful micro-performances in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., expressing the critical, “in-our-face” realities of our time by regional performance artists. Opening presentation by Taina Asili. Free admission, open to the public.

Tango Fusion Open House

Newberry Music Hall,

388 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 7 p.m. New students may take one complimentary class at the location that best suits them. No partner or experience necessary. At 7 p.m. all levels Merengue and Bachata, 8 p.m. Beginner and Intermediate Salsa. Students may stay after class and dance to a DJ and enjoy drinks and food from the bar. For more information go to or call 518-932-6447 to reserve your spot or email

Saturday, January 13 Eagle Survey Moreau Lake State Park, 605 Old Saratoga Rd., Gansevoort, 9:30 a.m. Grab a pair of binoculars and a join park naturalist on his weekly Bald Eagle survey. Moreau Lake State Park’s section of the Hudson is home to wintering bald eagles. It is important for us to monitor their population and health; please come and help us. Reservations are required with a 24-hour advanced notice; please call the park office at 518-7930511 to reserve your spot today.

America’s Family Tree Frederick Allen Lodge, 69 Beekman St., Saratoga Springs, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Sharon Leslie Morgan will present on the basics of how to research one’s family ancestry. Her tutorial illuminates the historical trauma that is the legacy of chattel slavery, which continues to infect our society in the form of racism. The takeaway is that “We empower our future by honoring our past.” At the end of the session, she will answer questions to help participants overcome “brick walls.” Content is appropriate for people of all ages, races, and genders. Free admission.

Hattie’s 18th Annual Mardi Gras Benefit Canfield Casino, 25 E. Congress St., Saratoga Springs, 6 – 10 p.m., Hattie’s 18th Annual Mardi Gras Soiree to benefit AIM Services, Inc. Get ready to dance along to music by Soul Session and Garland Nelson, enjoy delicious treats by Chef Jasper Alexander, and experience the


CALENDAR “New Orleans of the north.” Cost is $100 per person. For details and to attend this event visit events/hatties-mardi-gras-2018. AIM Services, Inc. is dedicated to supporting the “power of potential” in people of diverse abilities. Through communitybased services, advocacy, and education, dedicated professionals focus on supporting people in achieving their personal goals, while promoting a sense of self-confidence and independence. To register, visit form/1wm2?mode=h5.

Sunday, January 14 Monthly Breakfast Fish Creek Rod and Gun Club, Route 32 south of the village of Victory, 8 – 11 a.m. Eggs cooked to order, bacon, sausage, toast (white or wheat), pancakes (regular, blueberry, buckwheat, apple cinnamon), French toast, home fries, orange juice, coffee, tea, hot chocolate. Cost: Adult $8, Child $4. Everyone welcome.

Monday, January 15 Parkinson’s Support Group Meeting Wesley Health Care Center, Woodlawn Commons, 2nd floor, 156 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs 2 p.m. This meeting is free and open to anyone with Parkinson’s Disease, family members and friends. For more information call Bruce McClellan at 518-331-9611 or Kevin McCullough 518-222-4247.

Tuesday, January 16 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 Schnerman at the Community Center, 9 – 11:30 a.m. at 518-8856740. If the schools are closed due to inclement weather the Center is closed also. Visit www.

Pierogi Pick Up Christ the Savior Church, 349 Eastline Rd., Ballston Lake, 11:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. Potato/cheese, sauerkraut, and farmer’s cheese will be available. You can call 518-363-0001 for orders.

Korean War Veteran’s Brunch Ambrosia Diner, 518 Aviation Rd., Queensbury, 11 a.m. A January brunch for Chapter 60, Korean War Veterans Association. The diner is located just off Exit 19N of the Northway. We will be ordering off the menu. Hosts are Patti and Gene Slavin. Veterans who served anywhere during the Korean War, in Korea at any time, spouses, widows and friends are all invited to attend. Please phone your reservations in to the Slavins at 518-793-2358 by Sunday, January 14. For an application to join the organization, please contact Comm. Roger Calkins at 518-584-3037. Annual dues are $10 for veterans and $5 for all others. New members are always welcome.

Wednesday, January 17 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 17 features storyteller

Margaret French with “Mostly American.” 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.

Old Saratoga Seniors Luncheon Meeting Saratoga Town Hall, Spring St., Schuylerville, Noon It will be a sandwich luncheon with entertainment. All are welcome. For information, contact Pat Temple, 518-338-2329.

Lake Bonita Hike Moreau Lake State Park, 605 Old Saratoga Rd., Gansevoort, 1 p.m. Join us for our series of early morning hikes, a perfect opportunity to start off your day. This fairly-flat hike with a couple ups and downs travels around the new property over at Lake Bonita. This hike is about 2+ miles and has some beautiful views of the Lake. Keep your eyes peeled and you will see some lovely rock outcroppings and maybe some neat wildlife. Reservations are required with a 24-hour advanced notice, please call the park office at 518-793-0511 to reserve your spot today.

Upstate Model Railroaders Open House 22 Hudson Falls Rd., South Glens Falls, 7 – 9 p.m. We’d love to have you come and see our Z, N, S, O and HO scale layouts. Check out our website, www.upstatemodelrailroaders. com, for directions to our location and where to go once you arrive. Come share the joy of trains.

Thursday, January 18 Is Your Child Ready for Kindergarten? Saratoga Springs Public Library, Glasby Room, 7 – 8:30 p.m. Denise Warren, an early childhood teacher and former preschool administrator, will discuss kindergarten preparedness including readiness skills and how to make a smooth transition. Register in the Children’s Room or by calling 518-584-7860 X305.

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Call for Entries in Chocolate Competition BALLSTON SPA — local restaurants, bakeries and Chocolate Chefs from across Saratoga County are invited to compete in a chance to showcase their talents at the Fifth Annual Ballston Spa Chocolate Fest in February. The Fifth Annual Ballston Spa Chocolate Fest, presented by the Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association and First

Friday business participants, will take place 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 2 in downtown Ballston Spa. Call for entries: small, samplesized chocolate offerings in one, some or all of three categories: Sweet Chocolate Desserts, Savory Chocolate Dishes, and Chocolate Beverages. These chocolate tastes will be judged by a panel, as well as the public, in a fan-favorite competition. Visitors will be able

to sample the variety of chocolate offerings at designated Sweet Spots throughout the village. Samples are a minimal cost of $1. Winning Chocolate Chefs will be awarded with advertising and a trophy to display in their business. For complete competition rules as well as an application to participate in the popular event, go to:

Saratoga Central Catholic School to Host Winter Gala Jan. 27

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Central Catholic School will host its 5th Annual Winter Gala at the Excelsior Springs Ballroom, 47 Excelsior Ave., from 6 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 27. The event features a plated dinner, open bar and live auctions

and raffles. Reservations are $100. For more information, go to: support-scc/2018-winter-gala. The Winter Gala is the largest fundraiser for the school and proceeds will go to Capital Improvements throughout the School.

Health, Horses & Making History Gala Announced at Racing Museum SARATOGA SPRINGS — An inaugural Health, Horses and Making History Gala will be staged at the National Museum of Racing from 6 to 11 p.m. on July 31. Tickets are $125 in a celebration to directly benefit and support veterans and track employees who need assistance through various charitable organizations. Several of the

nation’s top stable owners, Hall of Fame trainers, jockeys, and racehorse industry professionals are expected to lend their assistance for these worthy causes. The event will include live music and a “tasting” from some of the area’s restaurants and catering companies. For more information, call John Huppuch at 518-226-9731.

Family Snowmobiling, Ice Fishing Events to be Staged at Hudson Crossing Park SCHUYLERVILLE — A two-day, free family event will be staged at Hudson Crossing Park Jan. 21-22. From 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 20, adults aged 18 years and older can take a fun, safe snowmobile ride, starting at the Dix Bridge located on the scenic Hudson River/Champlain Canal Lock 5 at Hudson Crossing Park. Children are invited to ride on a sled operated by a parent or guardian or an experienced snowmobile club member. Area clubs will have sleds available for use. Trail grooming equipment will be on display and participants will have an opportunity to talk with club members and officers to learn more about the sport and trail system. There will be hot refreshments and a fire to keep warm, but attendees should also dress for the outdoors. From noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 21, a “Just-Ice League” event features cool

and creative activities, with opportunities to learn about ice harvesting, go sledding, participation in the “Fur-Bowl” by snow bowling in furs (hats/ mittens/boots/coats - real or faux) and a Crazy Hat Head contest. Families can also ice fish with Ed Skorupski, and the Schuylerville Fire Department will perform a water rescue demonstration. Those with artistic ambitions can help build an ice sculpture xylophone or create giant pine branch art pieces. Visitors will be able to keep warm at the bonfire or in the warming tent. Hudson Crossing Park is located on Route 4, just north of downtown Schuylerville. The mission of the park is to tie environmental responsibility to economic revitalization, and to engage people of all ages in making informed choices for a sustainable future. For more information, call 518-350-7275 or go to: www.

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Entertainment about on that song,” Mick Jagger told Rolling Stone magazine Satin Shoes and Fancy Boots: many years later, when asked Rochmon Unzips Rolling Stones’ “Sticky Fingers” at Caffe Lena

by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — I was 12 years old and sprawled across the back seat of the family station wagon – a big-finned, hardtop machine with wicked tail lights and heavy metal side panels painted the color of wood. Dad sat in the driver’s seat, directly in front of me, losing his mind. My sister and I had reached the age when promises of ice cream sodas and enticement of egg creams in exchange for orderly behavior – can you just sit still, for five minutes, please! – no longer carried significance. If we were going to be bribed into silence, it was going to take cash. Five bucks apiece, to be precise. Our palms dutifully greased with paper greenbacks

depicting a serious-looking Abe Lincoln, we giddily trotted into the department store. It was a momentous occasion: each of us setting out to purchase our first record album. Dad waited in the car. My sister chose an album by The Beatles: love, love, love, blah, blah, blah. I made a beeline for the new releases. The Rolling Stones. Sticky Fingers. I cradled it in my arms, this inspired 12-inch by 12-inch platter, double-wrapped in an opaque shopping bag, the contents within filled with strut and swagger and songs about slave-owners and demon lives and drugs, salivating Pavlovian dogs, mad, mad days on the road and nightdreams of sins and of lies and living after we’ve died. “Beatles, very nice,” said dad, during the unveiling of the albums in the family station wagon. “And you?”

He gazed over the back of the album jacket first, which was festooned with a bright sticker that depicted a big red mouth and a long unfurling tongue. It was the album’s front side that got the more immediate reaction. Here was a near life size snapshot of a human torso wearing a pair of jeans upon which was fixed a working zipper. When unzipped, the jacket revealed an inner-jacket picture of a pair of cotton briefs. To this day I’m not sure what dad said when examining the zipperfront, other than the sound of the words seemed to emanate from somewhere deep in the gut. The jargon itself was a mash-up of words that mixed phrases from the Old Country, new American slang and some otherworld language yet-to-be invented. Of course, immediately, I was hooked. “God knows what I’m on

about his lyrics for the album’s first track, “Brown Sugar.” “It’s such a mishmash,” Jagger said. “All the nasty subjects in one go.” The Rolling Stones debuted a rough working version of “Brown Sugar” at the Altamont festival in 1969 - the first song in the setlist performed immediately after that infamous stabbing captured in the film “Gimme Shelter.” Despite the karmic baggage, when it was finally released as a single a yearand-a-half later, it climbed up the American charts and all the way to number one, displacing Three Dog Night’s six-week cling to the top of the charts - with “Joy to the World” of all things - and provided a daring counterpoint to chart-topping snoozers by Carole King - “It’s Too Late,” James Taylor -“You’ve Got A Friend,” and the Bee Gees’ “How Can You Mend A Broken Heart” that would soon follow. “Sticky Fingers” begins, as most good things do, with a succession of scything Keith-chords, adds a dose of heavy horns, and a killer rhythm section highlighted by the booming of Charlie bass-drum beats, as Mick

Jagger releases the pent-up verse: Gawlko slayship bownfocottan feels/ sawld in-a-mawket-down in New Awleens… The album was released at an important time in popular rock and roll history: the Beatles had broken up, Bob Dylan a recluse and the trippy-hippy ‘60s were over. ‘Sticky Fingers’ boasts 10 songs in all, and not a throwaway tune in the bunch. There is the acoustic beauty of songs like “Wild Horses” and “Moonlight Mile,” the Gram Parsons-inspired countryrock-and-tonk of “Dead Flowers,” the heavy horn and musical jam explorations of “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking,” and the solemn hair-on-your-neck at attention moodiness of “Sister Morphine.” The Rolling Stones classic 1971 album “Sticky Fingers” is the focus of the next Rochmon Record Club Listening Party, which takes place Tuesday, Jan. 16 at Caffe Lena. I can’t wait to see and hear what Rochmon’s got lined up for the night. Doors at 6:30 p.m. and show time is at 7. A word of advice: If you want a seat, get there early. A $5 donation is suggested. Donations go to the restoration funds of Caffe’ Lena and Universal Preservation Hall.

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Tedeschi Trucks Band Coming Back to SPAC SARATOGA SPRINGS — One year to the day since their last appearance at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Tedeschi Trucks Band will return to the venue to stage their Wheels of Soul 2018 tour. Tedeschi Trucks Band with special guests Drive-By Truckers and Marcus King Band will perform July 3 at SPAC. Tickets are: $89.50, $69.50, $49.50, $39.50, lawn $19.50 – and are available online at LiveNation. com, or Charge by Phone at 1-800-745-3000. Tickets subject to applicable fees.

Tedeschi Trucks Band performing at SPAC in July, 2017. Image by

Local Female Writers to Launch Book Anthology at Saratoga Arts SARATOGA SPRINGS — An anthology featuring local female writers will formally launch January 20 at Saratoga Arts, with one dozen of the authors anticipated to attend the event and read from their works. “Before They Were Our Mothers: Voices of Women Born Before Rosie Started Riveting,” is a collection of 15 real-life stories about women before they were mothers, written as them in real-time by their current-day descendants. Edited by Saratoga County resident, Patricia A. Nugent, the project was inspired by regrets, realized at her mother’s funeral, that she knew so little about her mother’s life before she was her mother. Her friends had similar experiences. In addition to first-person accounts, “Before They Were Our Mothers” offers readers a personal

glimpse of world events from the late 1800s to the mid-1900s. Their stories take readers around the world, including several U.S. states. Nine Capital District writers are included in the collection. Nugent’s ongoing vision is that the book will be a catalyst for storytelling and truth-telling within families. “Ask now, before it’s too late,” she cautions. “You won’t be able to Google the story of Grandma’s first heartbreak.” The event, free and open to the public, will take place 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 20 at Saratoga Arts on Broadway. The book will be on sale for $10.99, with a portion of sales donated to Saratoga Arts. For more information, email B4TheyWereOurMothers@ or visit www.

Doobies, Steely Dan Tour Coming to SPAC in June SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan will stage a show at SPAC on June 30 as part of their 37-date co-headlining North American tour this summer.

The “Summer of Living Dangerously” will mark Steely Dan’s first major tour since the death of band co-founder Walter Becker in September 2017. Tickets are: $199.50, $129.50, $99.50, $79.50, $59.50, lawn $25, and are available online at LiveNation. com, or Charge By Phone at 1-800-745-3000. Tickets subject to applicable fees.

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Deeper Than the Skin: Greg Greenway and Reggie Harris Celebrate MLK, 7 p.m. @ Caffè Lena — 518.583.0022

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Super Dark Collective Presents: Kyle & The Pity Party, Self And Others, 10 p.m. @ One Caroline — 518.587.2026

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thursday, 1/18: Jeff Walton, Acoustic Folk-Rock, 6 p.m. @ Inn at Saratoga — 518.583.1890 Warren B. Hall, 7 p.m. @The Comedy Works — 518.275.6897 Tracy Grammer CD Release Show, 7 p.m. @ Caffè Lena — 518.583.0022 Cloud Lifter, 8 p.m. @ One Caroline — 518.587.2026

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Puzzles Across 1 Official on a baseline 4 “Cheers” mixologist 9 Warehouse club with 652 locations 13 “Cheers” location 14 Place for a queen 15 Request 16 Alter __ 17 *1977 Hitchcock parody 19 Turn in for cash 21 Smooth transitions 22 Laptop port letters 23 Air gun shot 26 “Wrong!” 27 Muslim holy city 29 Go for eagerly, as a chance 31 “All bets __ off” 32 Tanzania neighbor 34 Self-satisfied 38 Broadcast 39 As if in shock 41 Ambient music pioneer Brian 42 Suburb of Phoenix 44 Remington 700s, e.g. 45 British “Inc.” 46 Journalist Chung 48 Boxcar stowaways 50 Amassed, as debts 53 Fast sports cars 54 Incoming flight info: Abbr. 55 Hams it up 57 Green Giant’s “Little Green” buddy 60 *1976 parody of pre-talkies 64 Tip jar bill 65 Slanted type: Abbr. 66 Insult 67 Kipling’s young spy 68 The Big Apple, in addresses 69 Rides the breeze 70 Gas additive brand Down 1 Transportation network app 2 Ancient sorcerer 3 *With “The,” 1968 parody of dishonest Broadway financiers 4 Caprice 5 Email suffix 6 “Awesome!” 7 Paternity suit evidence, briefly

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See puzzle solution on page 38 8 Longings 9 Cask outlets 10 Alaskan native 11 Allots, with “out” 12 Authority 14 Shakespearean nickname 18 TV princess played by Lucy Lawless 20 PC “oops” key 23 *With 25-Down, 1974 Western parody 24 Dental coverage, e.g. 25 See 23-Down 27 Address to a lady 28 Buffalo’s county and lake 30 Washed-out 33 Alert 35 Born 6/28/1926, director of the answers to starred clues 36 Golden rule word

37 Saturn and Mars 40 Like a fork in the road 43 With keen perception 47 Welcoming store window sign 49 Hockey great Bobby 50 Pine secretion 51 Island in “Jaws” 52 Strikeout king Ryan 56 Put in a hold 57 Transgressions 58 Mile or minute 59 Weather Channel stat 61 Juilliard deg. 62 Inaccurate 63 Boxer fixer

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: A long way, A long ways A long way is the correct phrase. If you become bilingual, your career can go a long way. 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 12 – January 18, 2018



Saratoga Winter Club: A Tradition Since 1888 by Lori Mahan Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — The talk of speedskating in the United States will inevitably bring up the topic of Saratoga Winter Club, which began its rich history in 1888 as the Saratoga Toboggan Club, finally became it’s current form in the 1930’s. Several Olympians have made their way through the club including: John Wurster, 1968 and 1972 US Olympic team member; Rich Wurster, 1972 Olympic team member; Pat Maxwell, 1984 National and World Team Coach and also 1988 Olympic Short Track team coach; in the 1990’s Olympic team members Moria D’Andrea, Kristen Talbot, David Tamborino, and Erin Porter skated on the ice for The Saratoga Winter Club. The winning tradition continued in the 2010 Winter Olympics with Trevor Marsicano. This day and age, aspiring skaters still take to The Saratoga Winter Club ice under the tutelage of five-time Olympic team member Amy PetersonPeck; National Skating Technical Advisor and speed skate maker Paul Marchesse; and Olympic coach Pat Maxwell. Paul Ripchik, current President of The Saratoga Winter Club for the last five years, has had his two children involved in the program for the last ten years. “We have people coming from all over, one of the girls travels from Southern Connecticut twice a week, three hours each way,” he said in awe. “Amy Peterson-Peck, when she came to train with Pat Maxwell back in the late 90’s, she stayed, she met a local guy. She now has a family, she has four boys, and she’s keeping it going. Amy carried the American flag into the Olympic games in Salt Lake City. So, over the course of the history of this club, we’ve had over 16 Olympians come out of Saratoga Springs, so every four years people get excited about it,” Ripchik laughed. The club’s ice season is September through March and then after a little time off, the athletes start dry-land training. “We try not to do year-round on the ice, especially with the younger kids. We don’t want them

to burn out, so they cross-train with soccer or baseball or softball, just as long as they’re active,” he explained. Ripchik’s two children, Ellie, 13, and Spencer, 15, started with the club at four and five years old. “Their aunt, Erin Porter, was an Olympian so that’s sort of how I got involved, I married into it,” Ripchik said. Jennifer Kirsch, from Long Island originally, began ice speedskating at the age of 17. “I was an in-liner who found out that in-lining wasn’t going to become an Olympic sport, so I became a speedskater,” Kirsch explained. Kirsch tried out for the 2002 Olympic team and placed twelfth resulting in her making some World Cup teams. “It’s an honor to be the oldest skater at trials. That was great,” she explained. Kirsch is only 38 years old. “I don’t know if this is bias because he’s my coach, he’s my fiancé, he’s my business partner, and he’s my soulmate but Paul Marchese is definitely my role model. He has done it all and also started his own business and continued to skate. He’s the only person I know that actually loves the sport so much that he’s in it 24/7. He’s passionate about it, he’ll help anyone out. He’s a great coach, a great mentor, but I feel like he can just put everything on a small plate and he’ll be super happy with life,” Kirsch spoke of her coach. Rebecca Simmons, a 28-yearold speedskater from Rochester originally and now living with her parents in Averill Park, began skating when she was nine. Simmons speed skated in her youth from age nine to thirteen, after that she continued with hockey until the end of college. During graduate school, she picked up her speedskating career again.

Simmons also just competed in the Olympic trials. “Speedskating was supposed to be my retirement and just a fun sport and then I moved home, and Saratoga has had so many people that are just really good and then before you know it, you’re sucked into training and you can’t stop, and now I’m here,” she laughed. Aside from speedskating, Simmons works in the health field as a pediatrics floor tech in Albany Med and as a delivery room tech in St. Peter’s Hospital. She has a Masters in physiology. Simmons trains for “at least six hours a day. Most weeks it’s seven days a week, so it’s a lot every day.” Paul Marchese has had a long and fulfilling skating career so far and he’s still going, in any way that he can. Between skating, refereeing, coaching (domestically and internationally), and owning a business that creates skates, he seems to live for the sport. Marchese is from the Catskill area and travels to Saratoga several times a week for The Saratoga Winter Club. “I started late as a skater. Most of the guys that I had been racing against put on skates for the first time when they were like eight years old. I didn’t start speedskating until I was about 15, so when I was done with that, I felt like I still had things to offer. So that threw me into coaching,” he explained. “As you grow and gain more experience and you start to hit some crossroads when you are high school age, it’s at that point where some further commitment is needed from them and then you have to manage the skaters more carefully from there to make sure that they don’t do too much but to make sure that they do enough to be competitive, because otherwise they lose interest; they’re not

Paul Marchese and Jennifer Kirsch. Photos provided. competitive anymore. So, it’s hard to strike that balance when they’re teenagers,” Marchese said of coaching. When asked what it was like to coach his fiancé, his face began to beam, “she’s fantastic,” he said enthusiastically of Kirsch. The Saratoga Winter Club will

be hosting the US Speedskating Age Group Nationals and America Cup Final the weekend of March 23-25 at the Weibel Ice Rink. This is the second largest speed skating meet held in the US every year and there will be over 200 participants from around the country skating at this event.



Week of January 12 – January 18, 2018




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

*All information subject to change due to inclement weather.

Basketball FRIDAY, 1/12

■ Saratoga Springs (Boys) vs. Troy 7 p.m. at Saratoga Springs High School ■ Saratoga Springs (Girls) vs. Troy 6 p.m. at Troy High School

■ Schuylerville (Boys) vs. South Glens Falls 7:30 p.m. at Schuylerville High School ■ Ballston Spa (Girls) vs. Bethlehem 6 p.m. at Ballston Spa High School

■ Saratoga Central Catholic (Boys) vs. Mechanicville 7:30 p.m. at Saratoga Central Catholic High School ■ Saratoga Central Catholic (Girls) vs. Mechanicville 7:30 p.m. at Mechanicville High School ■ Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (Boys) vs. Guilderland 7 p.m. at Guilderland High School ■ Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (Girls) vs. Guilderland 6 p.m. at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School MONDAY, 1/15

■ Schuylerville (Girls) vs. Hudson Falls 7 p.m. at Schuylerville High School TUESDAY, 1/16

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

■ Saratoga Springs (Girls) vs. Albany 7 p.m. at Saratoga Springs High School ■ Schuylerville (Boys) vs. Hudson Falls 7 p.m. at Hudson Falls High School ■ Ballston Spa (Boys) vs. Guilderland 7 p.m. at Ballston Spa High School

■ Saratoga Central Catholic (Boys) vs. Tamarac 7:30 p.m. at Saratoga Central Catholic High School ■ Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (Boys) vs. Bethlehem 7 p.m. at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School ■ Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (Girls) vs. Bethlehem 7 p.m. at Bethlehem Central School


■ Saratoga Central Catholic (Girls) vs. Tamarac 7:30 p.m. at Tamarac High School THURSDAY, 1/18

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

Bowling TUESDAY, 1/16

■ Saratoga Springs vs. Albany 4 p.m. at Albany Playdium Bowling Center ■ Schuylerville vs. Broadalbin-Perth 4:15 p.m. at Imperial Lanes ■ Ballston Spa vs. Guilderland 4 p.m. at Saratoga Strike Zone WEDNESDAY, 1/17

■ Saratoga Central Catholic vs. Fort Edward 4:15 p.m. at Saratoga Strike Zone THURSDAY, 1/18

■ Saratoga Springs vs. Bethlehem 4 p.m. at Saratoga Strike Zone ■ Schuylerville vs. Glens Falls 4:15 p.m. at Kingpin Alley

■ Ballston Spa vs. Albany 4 p.m. at Saratoga Strike Zone

Wrestling SATURDAY, 1/13

■ Saratoga Springs vs. League Crossover Dual 6 p.m. at Scotia/Glenville High School WEDNESDAY, 1/17

■ Saratoga Springs vs. League Crossover Dual 6 p.m. at Saratoga Springs High School ■ Ballston Spa vs. TBD 6 p.m. at Ballston Spa High School

Ice Hockey SATURDAY, 1/13

■ Saratoga Springs vs. Christian Brothers Academy, 6 p.m. at Albany County Hockey Facility TUESDAY, 1/16

■ Saratoga Springs vs. Ballston Spa 5:30 p.m. at Weibel Ice Rink

Gymnastics SATURDAY, 1/13

■ Saratoga Springs Invitational 10 a.m. at Saratoga MONDAY, 1/15

■ Saratoga Springs FDR Invitational 11 a.m. at Hyde Park THURSDAY, 1/18

■ Saratoga at 6 p.m. at Guilderland

Indoor Track SUNDAY, 1/14

■ Schuylerville vs. Hudson Valley Community College, 8 a.m. at Hudson Valley Community College

Skiing MONDAY, 1/15

■ Saratoga Springs vs. Shenendehowa, 5 p.m. at Gore Mountain WEDNESDAY, 1/17

■ Saratoga Springs vs. Glens Falls 5 p.m. at West Mountain

Week of January 12 – January 18, 2018



BALLSTON SPA SKI TEAM: No Such Thing as a Sophomore Slump by Lori Mahan Saratoga TODAY

BALLSTON SPA — Ballston Spa School District is known for their athletics, which is why it was so disappointing to district teacher Karen Smiley when the Alpine Ski team got cut five years ago. Smiley’s son was also disappointed as he was finally the right age to join the team. Now with the team reborn and entering their second season, Smiley has nothing but praise for the group of people that helped her make this team a reality again. “Ballston Spa had a team a while back, they were a very competitive team and then it kind of dissolved for a few years. We were really excited to have the support of the administrators and the athletic director to get the team up and running again,” she explained. Smiley laments though, she could not have rebuilt the team alone. “Mitch Huff has been phenomenal, he really deserves all of the credit.,” Smiley said. Along with help from Huff, Christine Phelps, Mike Barnum, and Tim Shelton wanted to see this team brought back to life. “These parents have certainly done 10 times the leg work and have been very invested in the program. Certainly, at least from my perspective, not anything I could have even begun to do myself, so they really deserve all the credit,” Smiley enthused. Funds have come from the school, for the essentials and the basics, and then a group of active volunteer parents and coaches that have done a lot to promote the team through fundraising, established a booster club. There was a fundraiser in the fall that was a golf outing and brought in a “good deal” of money. A basket raffle is planned in the next few weeks. “It’s not a cheap sport, it’s an expensive sport. That’s why we’re grateful,” she said. In Smiley’s opinion, their first season back, which was in January

2017, was a successful one. Now with their second season just beginning, Smiley feels like, “we have out feet underneath us more and we’ve got the kinks worked our from last season. We will be more competitive athletes this year and I only see that continuing in the years to come. We have a strong contingent of up-and-coming athletes who have some ski racing background I think that long term we’ll be a really competitive team.” Mitch Huff, a ski coach at Gore, who was also a ski racer in college, with a son on the Ballston Spa team, said the feedback they received last year was all positive. Smiley was also a competitive skier. Last season the team had a couple of kids at sectionals and they have high hopes for this season, as well. “Generally, all of our athletes are really good skiers. We’re a young team so we have a strong contingent of middle school students so we’re hoping that the longevity will be there for our team,” Smiley explained. As far as coaching goes, Huff explained that the transition between skier and coach, “is a pretty simple transition; with me being a ski racer, I’m very familiar with the sport. I had some good coaches along the way that led me down the path to coaching.”

Ski racing is not something that anyone can just walk on and learn “Skiing is one of those unique sports because it involves so much more than just an athletic field behind the school. You’re going to ski mountains and there is a lot of equipment. Ski racing is not something that anyone can just walk on and learn,” Smiley said of the sport. “The best part of coaching is sharing your experiences and knowledge with these young athletes,” Huff said. For information on when the team has their ski matches, visit the Sports at a Glance page.

Last year’s ski team took to the slopes. Photos provided.



Week of January 12 – January 18, 2018

COMMUNITY SPORTS BULLETIN National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame Presents Racing-Themed Murder Mystery

plant adaptations for winter survival. To register, call 518-450-0321. Snowshoes are available and are $3 for non-members to rent. Dress for the weather.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 20 the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame will present a 1920s thoroughbred racing-themed murder mystery sponsored by Foxwoods Resort Casino. Tickets are $125 for museum members and $150 for the public. They can be purchased online at www. mysteryattheracingmuseum.eventbrite. com or by calling 518-584-0400 ext. 102.

Saratoga Winterfest 5K / Camp Saratoga 8K

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 SARA_info@nps. gov; rules and a tracking log will be sent in response to your registration.

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

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 A limited supply of snowshoes are available to rent for $5, email Laura Clark at or 518-581-1278 to reserve a pair.

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 6th and ending on Jan 27th 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

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Second Annual Winter Saratoga Wilton Soccer Club Academy WILTON — Beginning Sunday, Jan. 14 through March 18, 2018 the Saratoga Wilton Soccer Club will offer its 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. It is $145 per player for 10 sessions. To register visit www.saratogayouthsoccerclub.siplay. com/site or contact Juan Garzon at or 731-2938305 for more information.

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 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 518636-3699 ext. 339.

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 Springs Rec Intro to Ice Skating SARATOGA SPRINGS — Sign up at the Saratoga Springs Recreation Center at 15 Vanderbilt Avenue Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., or Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Email recreservations@ for pricing.

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 www.SaratogaRec. com 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@saratoga-springs. org for additional information.

Week of January 12 – January 18, 2018




Saratoga Central Catholic Boys Basketball SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Spa Catholic Boys Basketball Team opened the week on Monday, Jan. 8 at Berlin Central School. The Saints improved to 4-0 league and 8-1 overall with a 65-38 win. The Saints were led by Sam Haraden with 12 points and Ryan McFadden with 10 points. Nine other players also entered the scoring column. The Saints opened up a 34-17 halftime score and expanded the lead to 53-27 at the end of the third quarter. On Tuesday, Jan. 9 the Saints faced off against league rival Cambridge and improved their record to 5-0 league and 9-1 overall with a convincing 68-43 win. The Saints used a smothering full-court defense to open up leads of 44-22 at the half and 61-33 at the end of the third quarter. The Saints put nine players in the scoring column led by Tyler Haraden with 17 points and Ryan McFadden with 16 points. Terel Tillman, Sam Haraden and Sean Englert had outstanding all-around games for the Saints.

Saratoga Springs Basketball Teams SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Tuesday, Jan. 9, the Blue Streaks Girls defeated Ballston Spa, 77-34 with Dolly Cairns leading Saratoga with 20 points. On Tuesday, Jan. 9 the Blue Streaks Boys defeated Ballston Spa, 72-47. Brian Hart led with 23 points and AJ Lawton followed up with 17 points.

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake vs. Saratoga Springs Hockey SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Saturday, Jan. 6, the Spartans and the Blue Streaks ended their match up in a 1-1 tie.

Saratoga Regional YMCA Youth Basketball League ROTARY JUNIOR DIVISION: Saratoga PBA 42 - Saratoga Financial Services 39 Saratoga PBA Knocked off previously unbeaten Saratoga Financial Services by a score of 42 to 39. This game was close from tip off to the final horn. Steve Bebee had a team high 17 points along with 6 points from Jaden Manning and with the help of Makala Roy’s smothering defense to bring their team the victory. Carter Wood exploded for a game high 22 points in the loss. Mexican Connection Restaurant 37 - PJ BAR-B-QSA 24 In a game that was close until 10 minutes left in the game, the Mexican Connection started pulling away to defeat PJ’s BBQ 37 to 24. Bryant Savage’s 11 points, Connor Johnson’s 10 points and Ethan Dinsmore’s 7 points helped send their team to the win. PJ’s BBQ had a balanced attack led by Gordon Murray 8 points but fell just short.

SENIOR DIVISION: Saratoga Firefighters 52 Cudney’s Launderers 47 With the help of Enyer Tineo’s game high 22 points and Gaven Planasky’s 11points the Firefighters got off to an early lead and held off a furious charge from Cudney’s to get a 52 to 47 victory. Every time the Firemen would pull away Cudney’s would fight their way back into the

game. Cudney’s got scoring from everyone on the team led by 17 points from Tom Leary. Village Photo 44 - Berkshire Hathaway Blake, Realtors 40 Village photo remained undefeated by beating Berkshire Hathaway Blake, Realtors 44 to 40. Village Photo is the lone remaining undefeated team in the league. Jose Garcia dropped in a game high 25 points and teammates Donald Steves and Vincent Romeo each contributed 5 points in the win. While Ian Fisk had 19 points, Shane Richardson had 9 points and Jake Graham had 7 points in the loss.

Jason Morris Judo Center Honored SARATOGA SPRINGS — Angelica Delgado (27) and Alex Turner (25) have earned Real Judo Magazine’s “Player of the Year” honors for 2017. Delgado who is ranked #12 on the world ranking list was named “2017 Female Player of the Year” having the best season for the American women. Delgado’s results included taking fifth place at the Paris Grand Slam, picking up bronze medals at the Austrian Open, Pan Am Championships, Cancun Grand Prix and earning an invite to the prestigious World Masters. The “2017 Male Player of the Year” was awarded to Turner, who trains locally at the Jason Morris Judo Center in Glenville. Turner took 9th at the Paris Grand Slam, won bronze medals at the Pan Am Championships and Cancun Grand Prix and made his first world masters. Turner (73kg) is currently ranked #18. Both athletes received plaques along with a $150 check for their efforts. Delgado and Turner both represent the New York Athletic Club as well has their home dojos.

LAKERS V. KNICKS Lakers-31: James Voorhies-13, Brendan Conley-8 Knicks-15: Jackson Dunbar-8, Alex Palmer-2

WARRIORS V. CELTICS Warriors-26: Grady Ostrander-8, Shea Crotty-8 Celtics-10: Landon Lockrow-4, Jude Hamilton-Jones 4

HEAT V. HAWKS Heat-14: Jojo Birnby-4, Brady Girard-4 Hawks-12: Gavin Lafrance-4, Chase Palmer-4

CAVS V. THUNDER Cavs-29: Maxwell Britten-10, Cole Whitman-10 Thunder-13: Reese Lemos-6, Merrick Shea-4

DIVISION 2 CELTICS V. CAVS Celtics-43: Jack Gutowski-17, Landon Penman-12 Cavs-18: Danny Larkin-9, Morgan Guilder-4

THUNDER V. LAKERS Thunder-29: Owen Mongan-11, Henry Hanrahan-6 Lakers-26: Micah Poag-12, Kihl Kelly-4

WARRIORS V. KNICKS Warriors-25: Aidan Faulkner-6, Jacob Hernandez-6 Knicks-19: Tyler Weygand-13, Shelby Fitch-2

HAWKS V. MAGIC Hawks-26: Gianni Delgado-6, Dylan Marcello-4 Magic-18: Michael Plourde-6, Joseph Krason-4

DIVISION 3 CELTICS V. ROCKETS Celtics-37: Jaden Viger-12, Arieon Rose-11 Rockets-35: Drew Crossett-17, Carter Wood-5 WARRIORS V. TIMBERWOLVES Warriors-31: Flagg Taylor-16, Aidan Rosettie-6

Timberwolves-21: Nicholas Scalo-6, Davey Carroll-4 KNICKS V. LAKERS Knicks-25: Hunter Ingram-13, Jacob Durkee-6 Lakers-20: Evan Rando-14, Alex Cutler-6

DIVISION 4 TIMBERWOLVES V. CELTICS Timberwolves-50: Joshua Foley-16, Clayton Wilhelm-13 Celtics-31: Andrew Murauskas-17, Shifan Shaffe-6 TRAILBLAZERS V. WARRIORS Trailblazers-36: Jason Viger-27, Julian Silva-Forbes 4

Warriors-30: Benjamin Hull-11, Joshua Smith-5 CAVS V. HAWKS Cavs-41: Evan Barthelmas-9, Jacob Aday-8 Hawks-40: Caroline Laniewski-11, Joseph Martuscello-8

Saratoga TODAY 01.12.18  
Saratoga TODAY 01.12.18