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LOCAL • INDEPENDENT • FREE Volume 11  •  Issue 2  •  January 13 – January 19, 2017 • (518) 581-2480

35k Square Feet of “Y” Coming to Malta by Norra Reyes Saratoga TODAY MALTA — Two organizations that are engaged in health and wellness locally, the Saratoga Regional YMCA and Saratoga Hospital, are coming together to build a 55,000 square foot facility to be located at the Malta Medical Campus off Exit 12 in Malta. The details of the proposed medical office center and new YMCA, as well as the particulars of the collaboration,

City Police, School District Investigate Hate Speech by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — The 18-year-old was between classes and walking through the halls of her high school last week when the actions of a fellow student jarred her into consciousness. “A kid from one of my classes, who I don’t even really know did the Nazi salute. I stopped and looked at him and didn’t even know what to say,” said senior class student Channah Goldman. She continued walking, to the school library, where she sat at a desk, took out her books and looked down at the series of

symbols carved into the desk top. “There were swastikas all over the desk,” said the student, who has visited concentration camps overseas and has seen the fingernail scratches on the chamber walls of victims who were killed. “I felt physically ill and moved to another desk. And there was another one.” Goldman said a librarian was apologetic and immediately set to the task of cleaning the desks. The student’s captured images show carvings embedded so deeply the desks required a sanding-over and new artwork drawn atop them to obfuscate the hate See Hate pg. 10

are still being finalized, but both parties are committed and a Memorandum of Understanding is in place. The Malta planning board will be reviewing the site plan application next week. “Collaborating with the Saratoga Regional YMCA on building a new facility on the Hospital’s Malta Medical Campus is an ideal next phase in developing the property at Exit 12,” said Saratoga Hospital See Malta pg. 12

Gun Show Returns to City Center

Sheriff Zurlo Pushes Back See pg. 3

MLK Events

See pg. 29

Inside TODAY Blotter 5 Obituaries 6 Business 12-13 Education 14-15

The NEACA Arms Fair is scheduled at the Saratoga Springs City Center for Memorial Day Weekend. Photo by Thomas Dimopoulos, January 2014.

by Norra Reyes Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — After months of an uncertain future in Saratoga Springs, the New East Coast Arms Collectors Associates (NEACA) and New York State Senator Kathleen Marchione announced that the NEACA Arms Fair, popularly known as the Saratoga Gun Show, is returning to the Saratoga Springs City Center on Memorial Day Weekend.

President of the NEACA, Inc. Gun Show and Military Exposition David Petronis had received word from the City Center last August that there were no available dates for the show through 2016 and into 2017. That, combined with protesters calling for the publicly-owned facility to ban gun shows, had Petronis seeking other venues, and the show had no shortage of invitations to move from See Gun pg. 8

Arts + Entertainment 28-31

Sports 35-39

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Week of January 13 – January 19, 2017

Neighbors Snippets of life from your community. Meet Brian Burnett, 48, a resident of Saratoga Bridges in Saratoga Springs. He has an intellectual disability and seizures, but doesn’t let that stop him from living life to the fullest, even in Saratoga’s wintertime. Brian’s story: I was a teenager one time watching Little Rascals on TV, and everything went black. The doctor said I had a seizure. The last one I had was in the middle of the night about a year ago. When I swim, I wear a life jacket because I don’t want to take any chances. I went as far as middle school, and after I came here [to Saratoga Bridges] I took part in the Skidmore program called Bridges to Saratoga, which gives individuals of Saratoga Bridges a chance to take classes at Skidmore. I was one of the first people to attend the program. I studied art history, computer science, biology, and different classes each week. I have been with Saratoga Bridges for a pretty long time.

They help me with a lot of things. I remember when I was stuck at home, but now here with the group home you got a lot of outings. When we go to the grocery store, we take turns with the grocery shopping. I get to learn new things, like how to do chores and all that, you know. I do self-advocate orientation once a month for the new Saratoga Bridges staff, for all new hires. It used to be a volunteer job, but now it’s a paid job. We teach them that we don’t like being treated like we’re children, because we’re not. Even though we have disabilities, we can do things ourselves. It helps them know better how to work with us. I wish that people would treat you more nicely. When I was in school, people used to call me names because I wasn’t good at math, like stupid, and that’s not right. I hope they would be nice to me and not give me any grief. I don’t get any grief at Saratoga Bridges. I first started Special Olympics

Brian participates in cross-country skiing in the Special Olympics. Photo provided.

when I moved into the residential programs. I like horseback riding. My stepmother owned horses. I started learning to ride when I was little. I ride in the Special Olympics now, and at the Ridin-Hy dude ranch in Warrensburg. Horseback riding is when I get a chance to learn controlled leadership, a sense of control. You control the horse, can’t let the horse control you. I do

Brian loves horseback riding at Ridin-Hy Ranch Resort on Sherman Lake in Warrensburg. Photo provided.

other Special Olympic activities, too. I also do track and field, bowling, and cross-country skiing. Skiing is starting. Even when there’s no snow we start hiking. We usually ski at Saratoga Spa State Park on Sundays.

I like skiing, too. Brian’s artwork can be found in The Creative Endeavors Art Center at 49 Front Street in Ballston Spa. For more information about Saratoga Bridges, visit

Week of January 13 – January 19, 2017


Saratoga County Sheriff Pushes Back on Safe Act Provision by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA — A letter from the NYS Police Pistol Permit Bureau mailed to gun owners and reminding them of requirements to recertify their licenses every five years has triggered a defiant response from Saratoga County Sheriff Michael

to harass already law-abiding citizens with the SAFE Act’s Pistol Permit recertification provisions.” A similar sentiment was echoed by fellow Republican County Clerk Hayner. “Recertification is creating another undue burden to law-abiding pistol permit holders who have invested time and resources obtaining their pistol permit license here in

Zurlo, who said he will not have his deputies enforce the SAFE Act provision by “harassing already lawabiding citizens.” The Pistol Permit Bureau’s letter informs gun owners that if a permit was issued prior to Jan. 15, 2013, the deadline to submit recertification is Jan. 31, 2018. “I will not commit resources by taking deputies off the street to enforce this SAFE Act provision when our deputies have important work to do keeping our communities a safe place to live, work and raise families,” Zurlo said, in a statement. “The purpose of the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office is to serve and protect the residents of this county, not

Saratoga County,” Hayner said. “I’m really surprised (Zurlo) would say something like that, because his job is to enforce the law, said Patricia Tuz, Capital Region Coordinator for New Yorkers’ Against Gun Violence, a nonprofit organization with a mission to reduce gun violence through legislative advocacy and education. “But, he is an elected official and sometimes elected officials say things they believe their constituents want to hear, and then later they reconsider,” Tuz said. “So, I hope he reconsiders.” The NY SAFE Act, signed into law by Gov. Cuomo in January 2013 in the weeks following the shooting

in Newtown, Connecticut, amended state law to include an expanded ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, as well as requirements for background checks. Safeguards included requiring those with existing pistol permits to renew or recertify permits every five years. One year later, the Saratoga County Sheriff and County Clerk worked with the county Board of Supervisors to pass a resolution prohibiting New York State from using the Saratoga County Seal for SAFE Act purposes. A series of statewide polls conducted by Siena College over a twoyear period indicates an average of about 60 percent of respondents support the Safe Act, approximately 33 percent are opposed, and the balance have no opinion on the matter. Regionally, the measure garners more support in the New York City area, than in upstate. “Views on the SAFE Act have remained largely unchanged over time. It has the support of more than three quarters of Democrats and New York City voters and a strong majority of independents and downstate suburbanites. Upstaters are closely divided, with a bare majority opposed and Republicans are strongly opposed,” Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg said in 2015. Gun owners may recertify pistol permits and check their recertification status on the State Police website at: https://firearms.troopers. The state police have made it very easy to re-certify with an online form,” Tuz said. “It’s like having a driver’s license, where you have to renew it every few years. It’s a privilege to own a gun, just like it’s a privilege to drive a car.” A spokesman for the State Police said no comment would be made in response to Zurlo’s statement.



Week of January 13 – January 19, 2017

Malta Encourages Commercial Development MALTA — The Town of Malta acted to eliminate the recreation mitigation fee charged for commercial development through approving an update to the Town Wide Generic Environmental Impact Statement (TWGEIS). In doing so, the Town Board removed a major impediment to commercial development in the Town that had impaired commercial investment. Malta Supervisor Vincent DeLucia said, “Town residents have long had concerns about the pace and types of development in Malta and our team has worked to implement real change on that front. By making this change, the Town will continue to collect recreation mitigation fees from residential developers’ building

projects such as apartment buildings, while still encouraging commercial development that will result in job growth.” The Town Board made it a priority in 2016 to make a shift in philosophy in regards to development, building a strategy that will increase private investment in the Town and enable the Town to remain tax-free. Economic Development Committee Chair and Councilman Tim Dunn said, “Malta has always been a great place to live, but this change should be a clear indication to our residents and to the commercial development community that this Board wants to see investments that make Malta a great place to work. Our strategy is to

SKS a Step Closer to Groundbreaking BALLSTON SPA — SKS Bottle and Packaging has received provisional approval from the Saratoga County Industrial Development Agency for $2.2 million in tax breaks for its proposed 128,000-square-foot building at

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the WJ Grande Industrial Park in Saratoga Springs. (See SKS Returning to Saratoga? December 9, 2016 issue of Saratoga TODAY). The project must still receive City and SEQR approvals before moving forward.

encourage job-producing investments in Town to drive responsible revenue streams, maintain needed services and prevent the need to enact a Town tax.” The recreation mitigation fees in question have been collected as allowed by SEQRA. The Town still has the authority to

impose mitigation fees if it determines commercial projects cause an increase in demand for recreational amenities. In the updated TWGEIS, and based in large part on the input of engineering and planning consultants, the Town Board has determined that future commercial development will

provide benefits which mitigate the recreational demands that such development creates. This change will not have any direct impact on the Town budget, as mitigation fees are collected and expended outside of regular Town revenue and expenses. The change takes effect immediately.

Business & Education Breakfast at Clean Tech ECHS MALTA — The Clean Technologies & Sustainable Industries Early College High School, a NYS Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) Program, will host a Business & Education Breakfast focusing on Innovation Hubs and Partnerships on Wednesday, January 18, from 7:30 to 9 a.m.

at TEC-SMART at 345 Hermes Rd. in Malta. Following the business program, current 11th and 12th grade students will showcase their solar, micro housing and smart growth projects. Area business leaders, partners, workforce stakeholders, civic leaders, students, teachers, school counselors

and administrators are all invited for a complimentary breakfast and discussion. For more information, visit http:// w w w. b s c s d . o r g / c l e a nTe c h . cfm or contact Madeleine Petraglia, Coordinator of District Advancement, at or 518884-7195 ext. 1369.

Community Forum on Spa City Homelessness SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Springs Downtown Business Association, the Saratoga Springs City Center, Shelters of Saratoga, Saratoga County Chamber, and Saratoga Convention & Tourism Bureau

will be hosting a community wide meeting open to the public regarding homelessness, Code Blue, and people in need in the community. The meeting will take place on Wednesday, January 18, at

p.m. at the
 Saratoga Springs City Center in Room M1, 522 Broadway. The general public, community leaders, businesses, and service partners are invited to attend.

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Week of January 13 – January 19, 2017

POLICE Thomas Coons, 57, of Wilton, was charged on Jan. 6 with third-degree grand larceny. Coons, a Maple Avenue Middle School business teacher is suspected of stealing more than $3,000from the Maple Avenue Middle School Yearbook Club, where he was a co-advisor. Coons was arraigned in the Town of Wilton Court and released on his own recognizance to re-appear at a later date, according to State Police. Michael Sanders, 48, of Malta, was charged on Jan. 6 with petit larceny, in connection with an alleged incident that took place in Malta. Daniel Y. Iskhakov, 30, of Schenectady, was charged on Jan. 5 with two felony counts and two misdemeanor counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance, and four felony counts and four misdemeanor counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance on the suspicion of selling heroin in Saratoga County, following a joint investigation by the Saratoga County Sheriff ’s Narcotics Unit, and the NYSP CNET Capital. Iskhakov sent to Saratoga County Jail in lieu of $25,000 cash, or $50,000 bond. Michael A. Capone, 61, of Saratoga Springs, was charged on Dec. 29 with three felonies in connection with the alleged sexual assault of a child. Saratoga Springs Police say investigators determined that an 8-year-old girl was asleep on the couch of her Lincoln Avenue apartment when Capone is suspected to have entered the apartment and subjected the girl to inappropriate contact. The girl was awakened by the action and alerted family members once the man exited the apartment. The girl was not physically injured during the incident. She was

transported to Saratoga Hospital as a precautioary measure. Police say the suspect was a regular guest of the apartment and was known to the victim and other family members. Capone was charged with sexual abuse in the first degree, criminal sexual act in the first degree, and predatory sexual assault of a child, and was sent to jail in lieu of $500,000 cash bail. Heather K. Cook, 22, of Ballston Spa, was charged on Jan. 3 with misdemeanor DWI, following a traffic stop. Sebastian P. Mabb, 24, of Saratoga Springs, was charged on Jan. 2 with aggravated harassment, and resisting arrest- both misdemeanors. Wayne M. Bakken, 19, of Malta, was charged on Jan. 2 with misdemeanor petit larceny. Michael D. Rosebrook, 31, of Saratoga Springs was charged on Jan. 1 with third-degree assault, unlawful imprisonment, and two counts of criminal mischief, all misdemeanors, related to an alleged incident that occurred on Church Street. Lester E. Lolley, 33, of Saratoga Springs, was charged on Jan. 1 with the misdemeanors criminal mischief and thirddegree assault, and one felony count of criminal possession of a controlled substance, related to an alleged incident that occurred on Marvin Street. Erin M. Brown, 34, of Saratoga Springs, was charged on Jan. 1 with felony criminal mischief, related to an alleged incident that occurred on Washington Street. Justin K. Delong, 23, of Clifton Park, was charged on Jan. 1 with DWI, aggravated DWI, and criminal possession of a controlled

BLOTTER 5 substance – all misdemeanors, and two driving violations. Freddy Santiago, 21, of Amsterdam, was charged on Jan. 1 after being involved in a car accident with misdemeanor DWI, and operating a motor vehicle without a license. Kristel M. Collins, 43, of Saratoga Springs, was charged on Dec. 31 with second-degree harassment. Darin C. Dinallo, 40, of Malta, was charged on Dec. 30 with misdemeanor DWI and refusing a pre-screen test. Thomas J. Dingmon, 25, of Saratoga Springs, was charged on Dec. 30 with aggravated unlicensed operation in the third degree, a misdemeanor. Elaine M. Griffin, 51, of Saratoga Springs, was

charged on Dec. 29 with aggravated unlicensed operation third degree, a misdemeanor, after being involved in a property accident. Shannon L. Tracey, 32, of Saratoga Springs, was charged on Dec. 29 with criminal trespass in the third degree, a misdemeanor. Edward J. Lopresti, 26, of Saratoga Springs, was charged on Dec. 29 with misdemeanor DWI, and a speeding violation. Grant W. Diffendale, 18, of St. James, was charged on Dec. 29 with criminal possession of a controlled substance - a misdemeanor, unlawful possession of marijuana, and violating the open container law. Phillip S. Fitzpatrick, 47, of Saratoga Springs, was charged on Dec. 28 with petit larceny misdemeanor,

and criminal possession stolen property in the fifth degree - a misdemeanor. James B. Lawrence, 22, of Saratoga Springs, was charged on Dec. 28 with criminal trespass in the second degree, a misdemeanor. Joseph D. Powell, 22, of Saratoga Springs, was charged on Dec. 28 with two counts of assault in the third degree, menacing, reckless endangerment, criminal mischief, and criminal possession of a weapon. All charges are misdemeanors. Gordon R. Woods, 37, of Gansevoort, was charged on Dec. 28 with fifthdegree criminal possession of controlled substance, a felony, misdemeanor criminal contempt, and a vehicle violation, following a traffic stop.



Week of January 13 – January 19, 2017

Howard “Al” Holtz

Hunter Bailey Currin

Mendez Avery

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Howard “Al” Holtz passed away suddenly on January 4, 2017 at his home. He was 72. Born March 19, 1944 in Rochester, NY, he was the son of the late Howard G. and Catherine Smith Holtz. He attended schools in Rochester before receiving his Bachelor’s Degree at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. Howard was one of the “most liked” Salesmen and later Sales Manager for Wurth USA in the New York State and Tampa, Florida areas. After his retirement in 2001, he remained good buddies with a lot of his former customers and loved spending his day delivering coffee and chatting with his friends. Howard enjoyed years of retirement spending summer days in the Adirondack Mountains. Howard was a resident of Saratoga Springs from the early part of 1972 until his death. Howard “Al” will be truly missed by all of his friends and family. Howard is survived by his wife of 46 years, Ellen Zornow Holtz; their daughter Sara Holtz McGuirk; grandson Ethan McGuirk, and granddaughter Kyrie Wilkins and several nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, Howard was predeceased by two brothers, Charles “Gary” Holtz and James Holtz. Memorial services are planned to be held in Howard’s hometown area of Rochester where he left many close friends and a large loving family. Local arrangements are under the direction of the William J. Burke and Sons/Bussing and Cunniff Funeral Homes of Saratoga Springs. Online remembrances may be made at

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Hunter Bailey Currin, 79, died peacefully at his home, after a long illness, on January 4, 2017 surrounded by his family. Hunter was born in 1937 in Simcoe, Ontario Canada to Bailey Owen Currin of Oxford, North Carolina (d. 1954) and Katherine Elizabeth Currin (Boles) of Leamington, Ontario Canada (d. 1992). Hunter is survived by his partner, Ellie Elletson. Hunter and Ellie shared a great love. Their desire to share their lives transcended any distance. Hunter’s family and work were very important to him, but he had many other interests as well. Hunter was a long-time Unitarian Universalist and member of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Saratoga Springs, where he served in several leadership roles. He was an avid sailor and member of the Saratoga Lake Sailing Club (SLSC), serving as Commodore multiple times. He was a runner and member of the Saratoga Stryders. A memorial service will be held at the Saratoga Springs United Methodist Church on Friday, January 13, 2017 at 2:00 p.m., followed immediately by a reception at the same location. Burial will be private, with no graveside service. In the spring, a celebration of his life will be held at SLSC, a beautiful location he always selected for important events. On June 4, 2017, Hunter’s daughter, Cailie, will ride her bicycle 72 miles around Lake Tahoe with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training in loving memory of her father. Donations can be made to http://pages.teamintraining. org/vtnt/ambbr17/CCurrin. Arrangements are under the direction of the William J. Burke and Sons/Bussing and Cunniff Funeral Homes of Saratoga Springs. Online remembrances may be made at

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Mendez Avery passed away at his home on Thursday, January 5, 2017. Born in New York City, he is the only child of the marriage of Aldine Avery, Sr and Geneva Avery. He attended and graduated from the Saratoga Public School system. After high school, he attended Hudson Valley Community College and received a BS in Political Science from Siena College. Mendez held many positions in several New York State agencies including the Department of Corrections, the Department of Parks and Recreation, the Jones Beach Authority, and the Department of Health. He was the Human Resource Director for the NYS Health Department. He retired after completing more than 30 years as a civil servant. Mendez was also the Vice President of the Upstate Chapter of Blacks in Government. A celebration of the life of Mendez S. Avery will be held on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 12 noon at the WEST SIDE SPORTS Bar and Grill, 112 Congress Street in Saratoga Springs (518-691-0193). Bring your NY JETS hats and Jerseys and your best Mendez stories. If you have any photos bring them too. Call Andrea at the West Side Sports Bar and Grill to leave photographs or for more details (518-691-0193). Online remembrances may be made at

George J. Morris SARATOGA SPRINGS — George J. Morris passed away on Monday, Jan. 9, 2017. He was 91. Born in Pittsburgh, PA on Sept. 12, 1925, he was the son of the late Albert R. and Mary (Pfirrmann) Morris. George attended Taylor Allderdice High School and graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Pittsburgh. He served in World War II as a mortar man with the 302F of the 94th infantry division and received a Bronze Star and the Purple Heart for service during the Battle of the Bulge. After his honorable discharge, George was employed by Alcoa Aluminum as a District Sales Manager in Washington, DC, Boston, MA and Hartford, CT. In his retirement, he and his wife Norma settled in Conneaut, OH where they enjoyed growing fruits and vegetables, and for a while, raising beef cattle. George also liked playing golf and was a prolific reader. He was a member of the United Church of Christ in Conneaut. In addition to his parents, George was predeceased by his wife Norma, his brother Robert P. Morris and his sisters, Mary Louise Morris and Elsa M. Cameron. Survivors include his three sons, Richard C. (Margaret) Morris of Saratoga Springs, Jeffrey D. (Susan) Morris of East Stroudsburg, PA and Ronald E. (Susan) Morris of Saratoga Springs; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Memorial services will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations in George’s memory may be made to the Conneaut Public Library, 304 Buffalo St., Conneaut, OH 44030. Arrangements are under the direction of the William J. Burke and Sons/Bussing and Cunniff Funeral Homes of Saratoga Springs. Online remembrances may be made at

Inez G. Walker SCHENECTADY — Inez G. Walker went home to be with the Lord on January 8, 2017. Services will be held on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 10 a.m. at Duryee Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church, 307 Hulett St. in Schenectady. For full obit, go to

William Freebern Jr. WILTON — William Freebern Jr. of Adirondack Estates, passed away peacefully at Wesley Health Care Center in Saratoga Springs on Monday, January 9, 2017. He was 76 years old. Born on January 1, 1941 in Saratoga, he was the son of the late William Freebern Sr. and Evelyn Bigelow Freebern. Family and friends may call from 5-7 p.m. at the Tunison Funeral Home, 105 Lake Ave. in Saratoga Springs on Friday, January 13. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. at the funeral home on Saturday. Burial will be in the spring at Gansevoort Cemetery in Gansevoort. Memorial donations can be made in his memory to American Cancer Society , PO Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123, or at www.cancer. org Online remembrances can be made at


Week of January 13 – January 19, 2017

Double H Ranch to Celebrate 25th Anniversary LAKE LUZERNE — Founded by the late businessman and philanthropist Charles R. Wood and actor and philanthropist Paul Newman, the Double H Ranch, A SeriousFun Camp, is celebrating 25 years of providing year-round outdoor Adirondack Adventures for children with life-threatening and serious illness free of charge. The Double H Ranch plans to celebrate this special milestone throughout 2017 and will be kicking-off the celebrations on January 17 at the Charles R. Wood Theater in Glens Falls with a special presentation of Charles R. Wood, a Storied Life. “The stories that are shared with us about the importance of our mission from parents and children are a testament to the services

we have provided for over 60,000 children,” said Max Yurenda, the Ranch’s CEO who has been with the camp since day one. For the past 25 years, the Double H Ranch has restored the Joy of Childhood to over 60,000 children who, due to the seriousness of their illness are typically precluded from participating in the deserved experiences of growing up. “We cannot thank the community enough for embracing our mission and providing the financial sustainability that allows us to operate at the highest standards of care,” said Yurenda. Additional information is available at or by following us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Double H Ranch founders, the late Paul Newman (left) and Charles Wood. Photo provided.

February Break Drama Camp MALTA — Join Malta’s Artistic Director Elyse Young for this new Winter Acting & Performance Camp. Activities include acting exercises, theater games, vocal technique, creative movement,

character analysis, makeup techniques, art projects, rehearsals and performance with costumes, set pieces, props, and lights on the Malta Community Center Stage! Pre-registration is required by

February 3 with 4 and 5 day options available. Camp runs Mon-Fri Feb. 20 to 24 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Contact Parks and Recreation at (518) 899-4411 or www. for more details.

Local RV Park Receives National Award LAKE GEORGE — Lake George RV Park has been recognized as the Best Large Park of 2016 in the United States by the governing association of the RV Park and Campground Industry, the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC). The awards, which were presented

November 10, highlight the RV parks and campgrounds within each category; judging is based on consistent exceptional guest experiences as a result of allaround excellence in operations, professionalism, marketing, customer service, and industry involvement.

The Lake George RV Park, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2016, has a long history of growing to meet consumer demands and expectations, all the while preserving the feel of an Adirondack oasis. For more information, visit



Week of January 13 – January 19, 2017

Gun Show Returns to City Center Continued from front page.

the Saratoga Springs City Center, which had been its longtime home. Last fall, the Rensselaer County Legislature passed a unanimous resolution to invite the NEACA’s Saratoga Arms Fair to that county. In a statement released to the press, Petronis said he has received invitations to (the new) Albany Convention Center; Schenectady Tourist Bureau in the new Casino and/ or Armory; Whitehall Armory; Glens Falls Civic Center; and South Burlington, Vermont. But the NEACA and local gun advocates wanted the show to continue its biannual Saratoga presence, so Senator Marchione, (R,C,I,ReformHalfmoon), Chair of the Senate’s Local Government Committee, and longtime Second Amendment advocate in the New York State Senate, launched a grassroots petition drive that received 2,464 signatures both online and offline through Facebook,, and a petition at the August gun show. “When we were down, and counted out, lots of people wrote us off – nobody stepped up like

Senator Kathy Marchione did to fight and help save our show. Nobody,” said Petronis. Senator Marchione also addressed the Saratoga Springs City Center Authority Board in October. “For 32 years, the Saratoga Gun Show has been a tradition and an important part of our Saratoga community. Since 1984, hundreds of thousands of proud, patriotic gun owners have walked through the doors of the Saratoga Springs City Center, visited the Gun Show, exercised their Godgiven Second Amendment rights and supported our local economy,” Senator Marchione said. Ryan E. McMahon, recently selected as the new Executive Director of Saratoga Springs City Center, explained that a successful increase in bookings was the main reason the City Center could not guarantee a show to the NEACA. “Senator Marchione is a long time friend of the City Center,” said McMahon. “Her thoughts are always welcome. Saratoga City Center Authority is a state authority, and we can’t discriminate against any legal business, of which the gun show is one. We book

Senator Marchione, pictured here at the August 2016 Saratoga Gun Show (NEACA Arms Fair), lobbied significantly for the return of the show to the City Center. Photo provided.

conferences first, which is business that drives local hotel rooms, and later bookings are for gate shows or sales such as the gun show.” In 2016, the facility created 261 revenue producing days, achieving 86 percent occupancy. According to McMahon, 2017 is already on track to exceed the 2016 sales figures. He said there’s new competition in the area, which leads to new opportunities. Current City Center bookings for

The NEACA Arms Fair celebrated its 100th gun show at the City Center in October 2015. Photo provided.

conferences and conventions now reach as far out to 2021. “We are at a high water mark for bookings; I expect a lot of booked days this year,” said McMahon. “With 260 days booked a year, some things cancel or don’t make it through, and this weekend became open. It’s Memorial Day Weekend, not a weekend the Arms Fair historically ever wanted to book, but that’s what came available, and they took it.” But with the June vote by the Saratoga Springs Democratic Committee to request the city council adopt an ordinance banning firearm sales and shows at the City Center, and the protests and petitions from Saratogians for Gun Safety, the confirmed show dates in May are being felt with relief and triumph by gun advocates. “This is a wonderful victory for gun owners and for our Second Amendment. I am truly proud of the success of our grassroots petition drive to save the Saratoga Gun Show. It’s crystal clear that our actions and advocacy spoke louder than words, had a real impact and helped keep the gun show right here in Saratoga. This is a terrific result and I want to thank NEACA President David Petronis, members of the City Center Authority Board and, most of all, the 2,464 people who signed our petition and made this victory possible,” Senator Marchione said.

Petronis had nothing but praise for Marchione. “Senator Kathy Marchione proved herself a true patriot who delivered real results for gun owners. While it’s sad that some anti-Second Amendment politicians in the City did everything they could to try to drive away our show, Kathy Marchione stood up and did the work. Gun owners like me are proud to have a friend like Senator Kathy Marchione in our corner fighting for us,” said Petronis. Recently, the National Rifle Association’s Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) rated Senator Kathy Marchione A+ – the NRAPVF’s highest possible rating – for her legislative and voting record of supporting and defending the right to keep and bear arms. The Saratoga Gun show, also known as the New Eastcoast Arms Collectors Associates (NEACA, Inc.) Gun Show and Military Exposition, will return to the Saratoga Springs City Center May 26, 27 and 28 of this year. The Saratoga Springs City Center offers 32,000 square feet of leasable space and is at the core of a unique conference complex. The City Center has served as host to corporations, New York State associations, trade groups and northeast regional organizations. For more information visit

Week of January 13 – January 19, 2017


What Would Betsy Say? I must respond to the former Mayor Klotz’ last letter to the editor regarding Mayor Yepsen’s recent appointments to the Saratoga Springs City Court. While I and many others are quite impressed with Francine Verro and have every expectation that she will serve the community well as our new City Court judge, I continue to be disappointed that James Doern was not appointed to either of the two judicial posts. It is ironic to read Ken Klotz bring up the point that Democrat Yepsen appointed female Democrat Verro (rather than male Republican Doern). Male Republican Doern is the

son-in-law of the late Betsy Davis, a female Democrat who accomplished much in her life as an ardent feminist and was the first female Democrat that I know of to run for a seat on the County Board of Supervisors. Betsy was a very fair-minded individual. She would have been proud of the way Judge Doern conducted himself over the many years that he served first as a part time and then a full time City Court Judge. She would have been appalled at the way that her party has treated him. Chris Mathiesen Saratoga Springs Commissioner of Public Safety

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Charter Change Committee Trying to Suppress Voters At the last City Council meeting, the scheduled Charter Change Committee Update turned out to be a surprise pitch by Committee Chair Robert Turner for money for a special election this April to eliminate the City’s Commission form of government. Three City Commissioners strongly disagreed: 1. John Franck, Commissioner of Accounts, aggressively argued against the proposed special election. Franck was livid that the Committee is attempting to disenfranchise citizens by holding a special election that would greatly reduce the number of voters. He completely dismissed Turner’s argument that Saratogians would be unable to understand the Charter proposal if it was

included in a general election. Franck emphasized that all 25 voting districts voted against changing from our Commission form of government to a Strong Mayor in 2006, and 23 of the 25 districts voted against changing to a City Manager in 2012. Franck indicated that the only reason for the special election was to get the Committee’s proposed change approved, which he did not believe would happen in the normal November general election. Franck also questioned the Committee’s ability to meet the strict election regulations for April since the Committee has not even determined what type of government to propose. 2. Skip Scirocco, Commissioner of Public Works, said there is “no justification” to change the city’s

Commission form of government since “there is no more successful city” in New York. He said that it’s ludicrous. He also asked why the Committee hadn’t worked on improving the current form of government, which he described as its responsibility. 3. Michele Madigan, Commission of Finance, was adamant that taxpayer money shouldn’t be wasted on an unnecessary special election, which will cost the City a significant amount of money that is not budgeted. Thank you to the three Commissioners who are protecting Saratoga Springs. Richard Sellers SUCCESS Member Saratoga Springs



Week of January 13 – January 19, 2017

City Police, School District Investigate Hate Speech Continued from front page.

symbols. Both the incidents were brought to the attention of the school, and it appears they are being resolved internally, according to Goldman, but when her 14-year-old brother, who is also a student in the school district, noticed an Instagram account which appears to represent “Saratoga High School Fourth Reich,” and referenced neo-Nazis, the police got involved. “My brother came across it and showed it to me,” Goldman said. “He showed it to my family and everyone was really concerned. The school started looking into it and taking it seriously.” “When we first learned of the Instagram Account, we were involved from the get-go,” said city Police Lt. Robert Jillson. “At this point, we haven’t deciphered the creator of the account, but we did go in and interview in excess of 30 students who followed the account.” The city police department has a school resource officer, or SRO, who works at the school full-time. Investigators determined that students who had opted to follow the account

did so based on the name recognition of their high school, but had not delved deeper into the account to learn of its neoNazi references. “The intention of the people who created the account, that could be concerning, and we’d like to know and the school would like to know the intention behind it,” Lt. Jillson said. Swastika graffiti has recently been discovered in

said to have been barred from staying at the fabled Grand Union Hotel in Saratoga Springs because the hotel’s owner, Judge Henry Hilton, insisted that Jews be excluded from the hotel. According to historian Lee Livney, the “Hilton-Seligman Affair” was featured and editorialized in newspapers coast-to-coast at the time, and has come to be known as a focal point

in any way or representative of any club or activity associated with the school district. The Saratoga Springs City School District denounces any speech which promotes acts of hatred or violence against any individual or group,” Piccirillo said. “The SHS4R page directly refers to a site that espouses white supremacy and antiSemitic rhetoric. In addition, the moniker SHS4R inappro-

it’s not specific just to the Saratoga School District, but the urgency in which they reacted is commendable,” said Goldman’s mother, Kelly Hillis. “I cannot be more satisfied with what the school did. They could’ve kept it quiet but chose to bring it out into the light and make it a learning opportunity. As far as the kid giving the Nazi salute, the kid was spoken to the next day.

“Together we can strengthen our culture and build a strong foundation supported by acceptance and the celebration of our diversity.” Michael Piccirillo, Superintendent of Saratoga Springs Schools

at least two locations in the city – near the Caroline Street elementary school and on the Spring Run Trail, as well as other places in the region. The anti-Semitic acts are not new, internationally, or regionally. One hundred and forty years ago, Joseph Seligman, an American banker and financial advisor to the administrations of Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant, was famously

of the origins of American anti-Semitism. A letter penned by Michael Piccirillo, Superintendent of Saratoga Springs Schools, on Wednesday informed members of the school community about the Instagram account. “I wish to make clear that the views expressed on this site (SHS4R) are not representative of the school district’s beliefs nor are they authorized

priately and without any permission directly relates the name of our high school to concepts expressed by Nazi Germany.” The letter concludes: “It is incumbent upon us to take an active role in exposing intolerance and teaching our children to celebrate diversity as a strength. We ask all parents to speak with their own children about such ideals and encourage the same diversity and inclusiveness we promote at school. Together we can strengthen our culture and build a strong foundation supported by acceptance and the celebration of our diversity.” Piccirillo was away from the office mid-week and unavailable for direct comment, according to a school spokesperson. “This is not new and

With the swastikas, I immediately spoke to someone at the school and within 24 hours someone at the school called me to apologize,” said Hillis, who added she believes the hateful symbols were carved into desks by kids who don’t know any better and that the school can only do so much. A large part of the responsibility of teaching acceptance for, and the beauty of diversity takes place in the home between parents and children, she said. “They haven’t been taught that the symbols are hateful symbols.” “My hope is by bringing this into the light, other kids will say: hey, here’s a kid in my school. She’s my friend. She’s one of us, and look how others are making her feel bad. Just to bring that home,” she said. “Just to bring that home.”

Police Investigate Christmas Burglaries SARATOGA SPRINGS – Police are investigating four suspected residential burglaries that took place over the Christmas holiday period that occurred in the Meadowbrook sub-division, and on Meadowbrook Road. Police are using the timing of the incidents to remind residents to remain on the lookout

for suspicious activity, report it in a timely manner, and to be aware of neighbors who may be traveling during the winter months. For more information regarding this or other criminal activity, contact the Saratoga Springs Police Department at 584-1800 or call 584-TIPS to leave an anonymous message.

Week of January 13 – January 19, 2017

BALLSTON SPA 8 Sharon Lane, $100,000. Marlene Rohe (as Trustee) sold property to Ryan and Natalie Guay. 19 Middle Line Rd., $320,000. Melvin and Nancy Chudzik (as Trustees) sold property to Stephen Kervin and Meghan Brennen. 29 Ironwood St., $396,771. Heritage Builders Group LLC sold property to Jeremy Jordan.


Relocation Properties LLC sold property to Debra Mulry and William Luciani. 265 Thimbleberry Rd., $167,000. Kathleen Dugan sold property to Robert Choquette, Jr. Lot 30 Maiden Circle, $417,072. John Luke Development Co. LLC sold property to Vincenzo Federico.

50 Lancaster Ct., $374,671. Traditional Homebuilders and Developers Inc. sold property to Kathleen and Charles Burke, Jr.

25, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 35, 37, and 39 Plum Poppy South and 122, 118, 123 Plum Poppy North and 3, 4 and 2 Cherry Ct. $1,360,000. Thomas J Farone Homebuilders Inc. sold property to Marini Land II Inc.

11 Beacon St., $245,000. Barry Relyea sold property to Raymond and Marguerite Seidel.

Lot 38 Fenlon Lane, $330,800. John Luke Development Co. LLC sold property to Matthew and Brandi Hall.

73 Lundy Lane, $565,000. Robert and Kathleen Degnan sold property to Philip and Eve Chieco.

2 Rainbow Way, $322,000. Justin and Catherine Beach sold property to Joseph Pederson.

27 Lewis St., $236,000. Lisa Hoy sold property to Trenton Dunbar.

20 Locust Rd., $125,000. Renee Farley and Locust Road Estates Development LLC sold property to Adam and Carrie Baeza.

10 Conifer Dr., $300,000. Kenneth and Patricia Begbie sold property to Emma and Zephyr Cady.

Lot 42 Fenlon Lane, $386,223. John Luke Development Co. LLC sold property to Jeffrey and Nicole Kroll.

10 Sharon Lane, $125,000. Marlene Rohe (as Trustee) sold property toJoshua and Karen Laber.

176 Thimbleberry Rd., $158,000. Linda Gardner sold property to James and Meghan Kennedy.

170 Goode St., $195,000. Goode Street, LLC. sold property to Brian Carroll and Angela Nichols.

MALTA 8 Woodfield Ct., $372,540. Michaels Group LLC sold property to Michael and Judith Baran. 10 Herlihy Rd., $175,000. James Marchione (as Trustee) sold property to Jason Miller. 26 Little Dr., $500,000. Andrew and Lauren Holler (by Atty) sold property to Sirva Relocation Properties LLC. 131 Old Post Rd., $80,000. Richard Weiss sold property to James and Heidi Stanley. 15 Vettura Ct., $330,500. DeGraff Bloom Custom Builders Inc. sold property to James and Connie Meisner. 26 Little Dr., $500,000. Sirva

MILTON 6049 County Farm Rd., $244,119. Timothy and Jean Mahar sold property to Anthony and Laura Bone. 1 Legend Lane, $160,000. Joann Beach sold property to Kristen Eglintine. 6 Coachman Dr., $185,000. Susan Catroppa sold property to Christopher and Amanda Dowen. 102 Kayaderosseras Dr., $265,800. James and Marylin Monroe sold property to Matthew Lampo. 155 Bath St., $199,000. Roscoe Lilly sold property to David and Gina Kowalski.

Kevin and Kortney Warkentin. 269 Meadowlark Dr., $95,000. Judith Skokan (by Exec) sold property to Daniel Fleming. 88-92 Milton Ave., $250,000. Miles Cornthwaite sold property to Kadarius LLC.

SARATOGA SPRINGS 71 Vista Dr., $510,000. Leon and Regina Hairie sold property to Allan and Sue Littell. Old Schuylerville Rd., $180,000. Joseph and Dorothy Romano sold property to Cerrone Builders Inc. 80 Kaydeross Park Rd., $318,250. Alexander MacCormick sold property to Christopher Siart and Michele Equale. 9 David Lane, $300,000. Duane and Tania Susi sold property to Craig Arnoff. 316C Ballston Ave., $270,000. 316 Ballston Ave LLC sold property to Joseph and Shirley Tellstone. 178 Washington St., $300,000. Jennifer McGrath sold property to Samuel and Denise Frandino. 21 Michael Dr., $272,900. Anand Kumar (by Agent) sold property to Andrew Beatty and Natalya Lakhtakia. 64 Ludlow St., Unit 104, $252,500. Thomas and Margaret Chretien sold property to Deborah and Thomas Trimble. 105 Kaydeross Park Rd., $414,000. William and Eileen Yarbrough sold property to Arthur Ostrov and Alyson Clark. 117 Van Dam St., $455,000. Kim Zygadlo sold property to Joseph Dimaggio. 10 Winding Brook Dr., $820,000. John Ginley III and Michael Ginley (co Trustees) sold property to Ryan and Megan Finn. 2237 Route 50, $340,000. Cornerstone Building Corp sold property to Matthew Gagnon.


38 Knollwood Hollow Terrace, $199,000. Susan Andi sold property to Steven and Barbara Mosconi.

3 Ushu Court, $319,500. Kain Development LLC sold property to Eugene and Un Simone.

3 Chantal Ct., $265,000. Yancy Hernandez and April Bahamondes sold property to

20 Sydney Hill Rd., $755,000. Robert and Susan Penicka

(as Trustees) sold property to Daniel and Carradine Dagostino. 28 Cider Mill Way, $439,000. Smith Bridge LLC sold property to Michael Ricciardi. Route 50, $1,250,000. Alan Rhodes (as Trustee) and Gick Road Development Corp (as Donor) sold property to FFBWOOD #2 LLC. 16 Beverly St., $182,900. Fannie Mae (by Atty) sold property to Stan and Katelynn Edgerly. 6 Samtee Drive, $314,900. Shirley and Joseph Tellstone, Jr. sold property to Rafael Medina and Beth Sanders. 1 Craw Lane, $420,000. McPadden Builders LLC sold property to Warren and Mindy

11 Clements. 25 Burnham Rd., $549,900. Jeffrey Pintuff sold property to Timothy Lussier and Michele Robinson. 11 Connemara Court, $406,000. Wayne and Carolyn VanDeusen sold property to Laura and Robyn Hayes. 25 Joseph Lane, $236,000. Andrew Colonell sold property to John and Margaret Lyons. 18 Hearthstone Dr., $450,000. Eric and Lori Freidman sold property to David and Shirlee Thomas. 29 Highgate Rd., $225,000. Rafael medina and Beth Sanders sold property to Adam Guillaume.



Week of January 13 – January 19, 2017

35k Square Feet of “Y” Coming to Malta Continued from front page.

President and CEO Angelo Calbone. “We believe there is a wonderful synergy between the Y and the Hospital’s mission to serve the health and wellness needs of our shared community.” Saratoga Regional YMCA CEO Sean Andrews said they are very excited to launch a partnership with Saratoga Hospital to develop a new YMCA. “The two story building will include 35,000 sq. ft. for the YMCA and community space, and the other 20,000 sq. ft. medical space for the hospital,” said Andrews. “We’re currently working on the details of the agreement, with some ability to work together on construction and shared costs. At the end of the day, we were

both looking for ways to create a permanent space in Malta.” The YMCA’s portion will include fitness and recreation space, a child daycare, offices and some shared community space with the hospital. Angelo Calbone said that, from the hospital’s perspective, the mix of programs and services the hospital will be providing at the new Malta facility are still being assessed, with a goal of aligning the concept of “physical medicine” to complement the offerings of the YMCA. “We’re exploring services including physical therapy and occupational therapy,” said Calbone, “as well as community education programs and screenings, but we are still deciding what that final mix will be.” Andrews said that partnerships between healthcare

providers and wellness providers are a growing trend, and there is a very successful model between the hospital at the University of Rochester and the YMCA. The project has evolved over the course of the last year, and that YMCA trustee Bill Dake, Stewart’s Shops corporate chairman, has been a champion and guiding force in moving the project ahead. “We’ve been looking for a new location in Malta,” said Andrews, “and this partnership allows both the hospital and the Y to realize joint goals. Having a site location adjacent to health services will allow us to serve new audiences with new programs. We’ve looked at YMCA partnerships around the country, and we’re building on the good work

that’s happening in places like Rochester. More broadly, healthcare is certainly moving in the direction of collaboration and disease prevention.” One example he gave is the YMCA’s Live Strong program for cancer survivors. “There has been tremendous success with that in our other branches,” said Andrews. “Another new program is a Y diabetics program which we may offer, and there’s the connection with any physical therapy the hospital is doing and the Y being a bridge to help a person completing therapy get back to full functioning.” According to Calbone, the medical practices to be located on the second floor of the new building are also being assessed to align to

the Hospital’s specialty practices currently located at the 6 Medical Park building, on the second floor above Malta Med Emergent Care. “Multiple factors are being weighed in this assessment and that in turn will inform the build-out of our space,” said Calbone. “Our goal is to provide a balance of access to care between the two buildings that will best meet the needs of the greater Malta community. We’re excited by the potential of this collaboration and look forward to sharing more details.” The planning board meeting will be held at the Malta Town Hall on January 17, and Andrews said they hope to break ground in the Spring with anticipated completion near the end of 2017.

Prosperity Partnership Hosts Workshop Series MALTA — The Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership has announced the first of five events in the 2017 Saratoga County Small Business Workshop Series. The series is designed for people who are thinking about starting their own business or are ready to move their startup business to the next level. Attendees will hear from experts

on the top things they should know, including how to build a business plan, financing options, and workforce development resources. The workshop will end with one-on-one sessions between the attendees and experts. Those who would like to attend can contact the Partnership at 518-871-1887 or learn more at

Confirmed workshop dates and locations include: Mechanicville February 9, 2017 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. Mechanicville Elks Lodge 300 Park Ave, Mechanicville Corinth February 16, 2017 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. Corinth Emergency Squad – Community Room 101 Sherman Ave, Corinth Saratoga Springs March 2, 2017 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. Embassy Suites by Hilton 86 Congress St, Saratoga Springs South Glens Falls March 16, 2017 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. Village of South Glens Falls – Meeting Room 46 Saratoga Avenue, South Glens Falls Saratoga March 30, 2017 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. Saratoga Town Hall – Schuyler Room 12 Spring St, Schuylerville

Week of January 13 – January 19, 2017

Knussman Joins Wellspring Board

Producer Joins 32 Mile Media

BUSINESS BRIEFS 13 contributed to was nominated for a Sports Emmy Award. Fernandez earned a master’s degree in sport management and administration and a bachelor’s degree in sport management, with a minor in business management, from East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania. 32 Mile Media is a full-service video production company specializing in authentic and compelling brand storytelling. Learn more at

The PEP Welcomes Reilly SARATOGA SPRINGS — Amy J. Knussman, of Donnellan & Knussman, PLLC, has joined the board of Wellspring, a non-profit organization formerly known as Domestic Violence Rape Crisis Services. In addition to her board member duties, Knussman serves on the Board Development and Property Committees. Wellspring is an organization whose mission is to end relationship and sexual violence in Saratoga County. For more information, visit www. Donnellan & Knussman, PLLC, is a full service family law firm located in Ballston Spa. For more information, visit

SARATOGA SPRINGS — 32 Mile Media, a video production agency based in Saratoga Springs, has announced the hiring of Charles “Chuck” Fernandez III as a producer. In that role, he is responsible for all organizational aspects of video production, including scheduling and logistics of shoots, as well as the coordination of pre - and postproduction work. Fernandez previously worked in associate producer and associate director positions at CarrHughes Productions in Saratoga Springs and NBC Sports Network in Stamford, Connecticut. He was assigned to video projects for the Rio Olympic Games, NBC Breeders’ Cup Challenge, Football Night in America, USA Sevens Rugby matches, and other major sporting events. Video work that Fernandez

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Patient Experience Project (PEP), a full-service, patient-centric communications agency based in Saratoga Springs, has announced the addition of Jennifer Reilly to the account services team. Reilly works closely with the client to understand and develop insights about the client’s business, competitive context, and target audience, ensuring that tactics and strategies are executed to the highest degree of excellence. Additionally, Reilly manages a team of account professionals.

Reilly has more than 10 years of experience in marketing. She was vice president of Account Services for Managed Markets at inVentiv Health, Saratoga Springs. Previously, she held marketing positions at AngioDynamics, Informz, and nfrastructure Technologies, all located in New York’s Capital Region. She earned her bachelor’s degree in marketing from Cazenovia College. Learn more about the PEP and career opportunities at

Hamlet & Ghost Partially Re-Opens SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Springs cocktail bar Hamlet & Ghost re-opened most of its 24 Caroline Street location on Thursday evening, January 12. The bar’s complete beverage and cocktail menu is available, complemented by a limited food menu of cheese and cured meat. The bar’s kitchen area remains closed and under re-construction. A Thanksgiving Day fire that started at the adjoining restaurant Mio Posto affected several buildings on Caroline and Putnam streets. The smoke and water damage at Hamlet & Ghost, located at the intersection of those two streets, has resulted in the bar being closed for repairs since the fire. Hamlet & Ghost does not yet have a projected date when its kitchen will re-open. Additional information is on and on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Networking Breakfast in Ballston Spa BALLSTON SPA — The Ballston Spa Business & Professional Association will be sponsoring a Networking Breakfast on Tuesday, January 17, from 7:30-8:30 a.m., hosted by Ye Olde Wishin’ Shoppe, 19 Low Street (side entrance), in Ballston Spa. Cost for the breakfast is $5 with advance reservation or $10 that morning, both payable at the door. Pre-paid reservation available at or unpaid RSVP to Business and community members are welcome; you do not need to be a BSBPA member to attend this event. To learn more, visit at www.

Fitness Artist Launches Corporate Wellness SARATOGA SPRINGS — Travis Gil, founder and CEO of Fitness Artist, a highly-specialized personal training studio with three locations in the Capital Region, announced the launch of his corporate wellness company, Work Force Strong (WFS). The company’s mission is to provide Capital Region businesses with a program specifically designed to reduce unnecessary workplace injuries, decrease sick time, implement healthy alternatives, and increase productivity. For more information, visit at



Week of January 13 – January 19, 2017

Saratoga Springs Robotics Competition SARATOGA SPRINGS – On Saturday, Jan. 7, Saratoga Springs City School District hosted a VEX Robotics “Starstruck” Competition and Skills Challenge at the Maple Avenue Middle

School. Over 40 teams from all over New York State took part in the competition. Saratoga Springs Blue Streaks Robotics entered four high school teams in the competition.

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Week of January 13 – January 19, 2017



Sponsor A Scholar Students Give Back to the Community

SSAS scholars volunteer at the Senior Center’s annual holiday party.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Sponsor-A-Scholar students have done a great job volunteering during the 2016-17 school year. In addition to the pictured events, the

students have volunteered (or will be volunteering) at: The Great Pumpkin Race benefiting Saratoga Bridges; Bravo’s holiday party for underprivileged children; Project Lift/

Epinephrine Coming to Schools? SARATOGA SPRINGS — Proposed amendments to school health regulations may allow schools to provide emergency epinephrine auto-injectors, the State Education Department announced. Additional proposed amendments address numerous requests from parents, healthcare providers, schools and the Department of Health for technical amendments and updates to existing regulatory language to improve school health services for students. A 45-day

public comment period on the proposed amendments begins Jan. 25. “Epinephrine injections can save the lives of children and adults in schools across the state,” Board of Regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa said. “These proposed regulations would ease the burden on school districts so they can safely use these medical devices in emergencies.” For more details visit or follow the Commissioner on Twitter: @ NYSEDNews.

Grand Re-Opening SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Children’s Museum at Saratoga will host its Grand Re-Opening on Thursday, January 19. Over the past six months, the Museum has undergone exiting changes and updates including a new program room, and two new exhibit spaces - the Sensory Integration Room and the Saratoga Springs Rotary Club STEM Room. To celebrate our new and improved space, and as a thank you to the museum’s friends in the community, a ribbon cutting will take place at 10 a.m., followed

by a cake cutting 11 a.m., and fun activities throughout the day. The Children’s Museum at Saratoga is a 501(c)(3) organization, dedicated to creating an interactive community that inspires curiosity, sparks imagination and nurtures discovery. The Museum is also committed to fostering active parent involvement in children’s learning, to serving as a resource for school districts in the area, and to ensuring that its programs and services are accessible to all children.

Saratoga Sponsor A Scholar Students volunteered at the Snow Ball produced by the Flower & Fruit Mission of Saratoga Hospital on December 3, 2016.

Franklin Community Center; Mardi Gras benefitting Café Lena; and Cantina Fun Run benefitting Saratoga Hospital. “Community service by our students is one of the cornerstones of Saratoga SponsorA-Scholar (“SSAS”) said Jim LaVigne, SSAS’s volunteer

Five Saratoga Sponsor A Scholar students spent a recent Saturday assisting the Giving Circle deliver one of their 2016 Holiday Miracle renovation projects to a family selected from those that have received grants from Jakes Help From Heaven.

Executive Director. “SSAS exists through the generosity of the community and it is critical that our students give back to the community every chance they get.” Saratoga Sponsor-AScholar is a nine-year-old nonprofit organization that assists

fiscally disadvantaged students successfully prepare for and get accepted to college. Their sixth class graduated from the high school portion of the program in 2016 and all 54 graduates have been accepted into colleges.

Week of January 13 – January 19, 2017



TODAY Pages 17-23

Resolved to Travel in the New Year? Four Tips to Make It Happen

by Tony Mariotti for Saratoga TODAY Some of us vow to be healthier as a New Year’s resolution, or aim to spend more time with loved ones. Some want to be more social, while others commit to quitting a bad habit. These all take work and commitment. For those of us that want a new year with travel to sandy beaches or adventurous destinations, it would seem to be easy enough to follow through. But we get busy in life and procrastinate because it takes time

and research. Like any other goal in life, there needs to be a plan on how to make it happen. For me, I start with a few simple tools that include maps, a calendar and an idea of what the travel budget is for the year. I usually have a good idea of places I want to visit. I tend to focus (daydream) on tropical destinations that offer adventurous activities. If you find yourself having one of these daydream moments, stop what you are supposed to be focused on and start planning the getaway! 1. Jump onto Google maps and feed the dream. Zoom all the way out so you have a view of the world. Then click around until a region catches your attention. As you travel the world of Google maps, you will find great pics and the street view app. The Google street camera has been everywhere. You can see topography; find bicycle or hiking trails as well as hotels and restaurants. As you explore, write down a few places that are on your bucket list. Include a mixture of destinations that are a short drive from home as well as ones that are more distant. Some

of them may be unattainable or out of reach this year due to other commitments, financial reasons or the lack of time off from work. (It has always amazed me how Europeans are able to take so much time off from work in order to enjoy life and see the world.) Some of your options could be as simple as taking time to drive and explore what is in your immediate vicinity. I often encourage clients to step outside of their comfort zone while doing this! 2. Once you have an updated bucket list, grab the calendar and start picking potential dates for a few trips. Which destination is best for you during what part of the year (while factoring in school and work vacation schedules)? When do you have the most time and what places are highest on the list? If you are able to travel during “nonpeak” times, you will find the best deals and smaller crowds. If you have to work around school schedules, then it’s best to make reservations 6-12 months ahead. 3. Budget: what can you afford? It could be 1 or 2 big trips or maybe just some local getaways. If you can’t

Feed the dream with images of tropical views posted on your home refrigerator. Staff photo.

Fountain inside Orlando International Airport. Staff photo.

afford the “dream vacation” this year, don’t let go of that dream. Plan it for the following year, but be sure to budget the time and finances in advance. Make the commitment and find room in your budget. You don’t have to sacrifice quality of life in order to get it done. I know people that save pocket change in a 5-gallon water container to put towards travel. That change might include deposits from all cans and bottles that were collected by the family over the course of a year. It all adds up and can impact the future travel experience as well as the satisfaction that everyone in the family contributed to saving. 4. Contact a professional travel planner that is aware of specials as well as the best time to travel. A good agent will take care of the details and give great advice. I enjoy assisting others in the research, planning and booking process. It gives me a vicarious satisfaction to go through this process even if it is for someone else. Most clients don’t realize that travel planners get the same deals that are on the Internet and typically can save them money as well as time. Some suggestions of where

you can get great value: Mexico. Flights are frequent and easy from where we live. There are resorts for all budgets and pricing is super competitive. Punta Cana. The Dominican Republic, in recent years has gained popularity. Beaches are pristine and it is also offers a variety of all-inclusive resorts. Costa Rica. This is my personal favorite and I have been there 5 times. The locals are amazing. They absolutely love to share the beauty of their country. It can be as adventurous as you want it to be. The rain forests feature ample wildlife including monkeys, toucans and sloths. The waterfalls are breathtaking and are a great place to swim, and there are 14 known volcanos in this country. Other great values can be found in Belize, Panama, and Jamaica, as well as parts of Asia, Europe, South America, Africa and of course the USA. Tony Mariotti is a travel planner and Cruise Planners franchise owner in Saratoga Springs. 518-250-1111 or BucketlistVacatationPlanners@




Week of January 13 – January 19, 2017

What to Ask at the Preschool Fair

by Megin Potter for Saratoga TODAY

SARATOGA SPRINGS — We all want to give our children the best start we can, but how we decide to do that can vary widely. That’s why 24 preschools are coming together to share how they approach educating our children during these vital early years. “It really flushes out if we’re a good fit for each other. It’s more time up front, but it really is best in the long run,” said Richard Youmans, Admission Director for

Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs. During the Saratoga Springs Area Preschool Fair, held at the Saratoga Springs Public Library, on Saturday, January 21, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., school representatives will be on hand to provide information and answer questions about how their educational philosophy aligns with your family’s values. Some of the schools, including the event’s

Saratoga Springs Area


SATURDAY, JANUARY 21 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

co-sponsor Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs, will simultaneously be hosting an open house which allows parents a more in-depth follow-up tour through the school, a chance to see the classrooms, and to speak with teachers. In the eight years that Waldorf has been hosting the fair, they’ve found asking specific questions can ensure whether a school is the right fit for your child. If you have a child ready to go into preschool this year, or really want to plan and get a jump start on where they’ll be in a few years, the representatives at the fair are happy to answer your questions. “If you wait too long, you can be put on a waiting list. Waiting until a week before school starts is definitely too late,” advises Youmans. Questions to Ask When You Go: 1. The School Day: What is the school’s educational philosophy and how does it affect the typical day? What is the daily routine? How does it incorporate academics, indoor and outdoor playtime, meals and snacks, screen-time and rest-time?

2. Teachers: What are the teacher’s qualifications? What is the student-to-teacher ratio? What is the teacher turnover rate? 3. Safety & Discipline: Who is ensuring that my child is safe while in your care? Are you certified in in case of an emergency? How do you approach discipline? Is each teacher within the school following their own method, or is there a school-wide approach being used? 4. Parent Involvement: When are parents encouraged to participate and how? If parents have limited availability, are there other ways to stay connected? 5. Special Considerations: What is the school’s expectations in regard to potty-training, behavioral or academic learning challenges, or if a child has special needs? 6. Expenses: How much is tuition? How do costs compare to the philosophy of the school, what your child will be learning, and the school’s alignment with your family’s values? For more information go to or visit

New Bus for Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs




The Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs received a bus donated by Jason and Stacey Komorny, parents of a seventh grader. For years, parents and teachers have had to arrange caravans or pay for expensive bus rentals in order to transport students to various venues. The school, which has four campuses in Saratoga Springs, will use the 25-passenger bus primarily to shuttle students to gym classes, after-school programs, and venues in the community for experiential learning opportunities. Founded in 1981, the Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs educates approximately 260 children from pre-school through the twelfth grade. For more information, visit

Week of January 13 – January 19, 2017




Parenthood Comes With Superpowers

by Katherine Morna Towne

for Saratoga TODAY In the last couple of months, despite the fact that none of my kids had ever had a broken bone or stitches or a bad injury or illness of any kind, we took two different trips to the ER for two different boys. First, my No. 3 stumbled off a curb and hit his face just so, splitting his lip, knocking out a tooth, and requiring three stitches. Then, my No. 1 had a mysterious swelling in his cheek that resulted in trips to Urgent Care, the pediatrician, the Saratoga ER, and ultimately Albany Med, where he spent two nights receiving antibiotics via IV to kill the infection from a blocked salivary gland. In both cases, I was allowed entrance into the most vulnerable and sweet parts of my boys, and I came away from both incidents with renewed gratitude for the blessing of being their mother, and awe at the privilege it is to be entrusted with the care of children. My No. 3 came home from his face-plant with a wad of bloody napkins pressed to his face. One look at his ragged lip drained the color from my face and off we went to the ER. While there, my boy could not get close enough to me—he was snuggled right under my arm in a way that he hasn’t done in a long time. He was terrified of the idea of stitches, and kept asking me about it with panicked eyes and full-body trembling. In those moments, I was the only person in the entire world that could provide any comfort, and I felt the weight of

that blessed burden. I hugged him and told funny stories and answered his unending questions with a cheerfulness and patience I can’t always find. He wanted to hold my hand the whole time he was lying in the bed waiting for the doctor, and when it came time for the shot of anesthesia before stitching him up I assured him he could squeeze my hand as hard as he needed to. The older my kids get, the harder I find it is to be in tune with them, but that night I felt perfectly in tune with my boy and uniquely equipped to do and be everything he needed. From the midst of the hurt and sadness came a real and very personal connection. My No. 1 stayed two nights in the hospital, and of course I stayed with him. My husband held down the fort at home, and I got set up in the hospital room with my biggest boy, who’s spent the last year or so doing all sorts of big-kid middle-school things that are brand new to our family and to my motherhood. But for those two nights and three days, we just hung out together, in a way that’s really impossible at home, with all we have going on all the time. He loved having the remote control all to himself and watched his two favorite channels (The Weather Channel and Food Network) to his heart’s content; other

times he slept (a rare thing for him, who’s both a night owl and a morning person, if you can imagine that), due to how poorly he was feeling; and when he was wasn’t sleeping or watching TV, he wanted to chat, and play hangman, and actually spend time with me. His sense of humor cracked me up, and he showed me an affectionate side I haven’t seen since he was little. It wasn’t lost on me that the last time he and I had spent three days and two nights in the hospital, just the two of us, getting to know each other and forging a bond, was when he was a newborn—my first baby. By the time we arrived home (his face nearly a hundred percent better), I felt like we’d reconnected and updated our mother-son relationship. I know very well that not every hospital stay and trip to the ER results in a short-lived event without long-lasting serious effects, especially with kids. I’d much rather grow closer to my boys without the need for scary health issues and injuries. But I’ve often discovered over the course of my motherhood that my best self is most easily found when one of my little ones is completely dependent on me, whether because they’re newborns, or sick, or injured, or scared—it’s like a superpower that’s unlocked only in times of immense stress. I’m sorry that’s the case—I wish I could

be a superhero all the time!— but I’m grateful that whatever I have to offer is exactly what my little guys need when they’re at their most vulnerable. If that isn’t the job description of “parent,” I don’t know

what is. What a huge responsibility; what an incredible privilege. Kate and her husband have six sons ages 12, 10, 8, 6, 5, and 2. She can be reached at




Week of January 13 – January 19, 2017

2017 Economic Outlook

by Stephen Kyne, Partner, Sterling Manor Financial for Saratoga TODAY The long ordeal that was 2016 is finally over. Now that it’s over, and Betty White has been spared, we can reflect on the year that was, and turn an eye toward the new year. Once again, US GDP grew as expected last year, with annual figures likely to come in somewhere in the 2.1-2.5% percent range, which has been the average growth rate since the recession. As we’ll discuss, we do anticipate potential for increased growth in the coming year as many economic, policy, and regulatory headwinds dissipate. At worst, we expect the same slow growth to continue and expect the likelihood of an imminent recession to be extremely low. Inflation also increased in 2016, to a rate of almost 2

percent, and we expect this to increase further in 2017. Some inflation, perhaps counterintuitively, is fundamentally good for the economy. When we expect goods and services to be more expensive tomorrow than they are today, we make purchases today, which means inventories need to be replenished, which puts people to work and gives them money to spend on the things they want and need. Without some inflation, the economy stagnates. Another driver of spending this year may be interest rates. With the Fed finally making good on promises to increase the rates they charge banks, we’ll see that increase reflected in higher mortgage rates. The expectation of higher future rates pushes fence-sitting potential buyers into the housing market. As a result we’ve seen, and will likely continue to see, increased sales of new and previously owned homes. The same will likely be true of any purchases which are typically made on credit, including automobiles and business capital items. An asset class that may be hurt by rising interest rates, however, would be bonds – specifically many bond funds. As newly issued bonds carry higher interest rates, the value of previously issued bonds, with relatively lower interest rates, should

decrease. These changes should be reflected in the overall value of the funds that hold them. A downside of mutual fund investing is that, even though you may watch your values decrease, any gains the funds may have recognized from any of its holdings would be passed on to you. In other words, depending on timing, you can lose money AND end up paying taxes for the privilege. That being said, this is not a call to get out of bonds completely. Fixed income investments are an important component of most asset allocations, and typically perform less-well as economies improve and stock markets rise, yet they can act as a ballast when the inevitable downturn occurs. For the stock markets, 2016 was another very turbulent year. We saw a major correction in the first quarter of the year, followed by hesitant growth as energy prices increased, and the election cycle ground on. Surprises like Brexit and the US election threatened to derail the whole thing yet, so far, have had no negative impact. Understandably, many investors are still wary of both events, as their effects will begin to be felt in the coming year. For the US stock markets, we think 2017 should be a profitable year, with returns easily in the 10 percent range, although that bullishness must be qualified as we weigh President Trump’s ability to deliver on his promises to decrease corporate taxes, reduce inhibitive regulation, and reform prohibitive policies. If he is able

to work with Congress and deliver, even moderate reforms, the economy should continue to respond well. Alternatively, if government continues to be mired in gridlock, we expect more of the same slow growth. If Republicans overplay their hand, as Democrats did in 2009, with an undue emphasis on social, rather than economic policy, we would expect the markets to act reflexively. A lot will become more clear within the first one hundred days of the new administration, but we are optimistic. Specifically, we feel there is opportunity in small and mid-sized US companies in the coming year, for several reasons. These companies tend to operate domestically, and would likely be less impacted by international strife, including increased populist sentiment which may result in unexpected election outcomes in France and Germany, as well as any unexpected side effects of the march toward Brexit. Additionally, these companies are less likely to be impacted by any retaliatory tariffs, if the new President makes good on some of his more isolationist rhetoric. Thirdly, the value of the US dollar has increased substantially relative to other currencies, making US exports relatively more expensive, even without tariffs, which should have a more limited impact on companies operating largely within the US. Internationally, we expect more of the same: countries doing well should continue

to do so, those in trouble are unlikely to see much relief. While we don’t believe the EU will dissolve, we do expect there is enough political uncertainty in the region to hamper growth. Between populist uprisings in the election booth, refugees from the Middle East, and economic uncertainty caused by poor public policy and pending trade negotiations with the UK, we feel there is reason to be cautious when investing in Europe, although we do not expect an outright recession. With the exception of some of the smaller Southeast Asian nations, we are not overly optimistic about Emerging Market economies. The situation in many of the Latin American nations continues to erode. Growth in China continues to be slow. Russia will be an interesting economy to watch, as relations with the US may change markedly with foreign policy adjustments likely to be made by President Trump. From a fundamental standpoint, we believe the US is the most advantageous place to be invested for growth. If changes promised by the new US administration come to fruition, American companies, their employees, and shareholders stand to be the biggest winners. That being said, these are forward-looking statements; any number of domestic and international events could drastically alter this outlook. Be sure to work closely with your independent advisor to help ensure your investment strategy accurately reflects your goals and any changes in the economic landscape. Stephen Kyne is a Partner at Sterling Manor Financial in Saratoga Springs, and Rhinebeck, NY 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 13 – January 19, 2017




Slow and Steady Wins the Race Setting the Stage for Success in the New Year

by Meghan Lemery Fritz, LCSW-R

for Saratoga TODAY When I read this meme on social media I laughed out loud. New Year’s resolutions while well intended tend to burn out after a few short weeks leading to frustration and hopelessness. Success is rarely reached when we make huge changes in our lives; rather, the best way to achieve your goals is by making small doable changes daily. One of the best ways to set the tone for having a good day is to pay attention to your thoughts. Let this year be the year you become acutely

aware of what you are choosing to think about. If you feel stressed and anxious most of the time and can only feel relaxed on weekends, you are most likely dwelling on anxiety producing thoughts. A great habit to develop for this New Year is to start each morning with some sort of spiritual practice. You can do whatever works for you but some ways to incorporate this are waking up and taking a few minutes of silence to focus on your breath. This simple meditation quiets your thoughts down and with enough practice you eventually develop a deep peace by quieting the mind. You don’t have to do this for hours a day, just one minute is better than nothing at all. Before the day gets hectic do some short meditation and set the intention of having a day that runs smoothly and effortlessly. Another great habit to start your day off with is prayer and thanksgiving. As you walk to the coffee pot or even in the shower, say out loud a list of things you are thankful for. This is a nutrient packed spiritual practice that will make you feel lighter and more positive, setting the tone for a day that is enjoyable.

Before you set concrete goals to lose weight, drink less or eat healthier check in with yourself about what you believe. For example, if the goal is to get to the gym more, ask yourself what you believe about getting fit. If you believe going to the gym is one more thing you have to do and you find it exhausting then you are setting yourself up for failure. If you think eating right is boring and keeps you from enjoying life then you may have a few weeks of eating “healthy” but are setting yourself up for a huge binge because you believe you are depriving yourself of something good. If you think drinking less means a snoresville social life than you are setting yourself up to drink even more after abstaining for a short period of time. Once you examine the beliefs you have about health and wellness you can begin to slowly change your thoughts which sets you up to achieve your goals. If you are constantly walking around saying, “I hate the gym but I know it’s good for me” you are creating a negative energy and a block to achieving your goal. Try changing that thought to “I

love the way I feel when I move my body and drink more water. I notice I feel better and have more energy.” “I love drinking less because I wake up clear headed and energetic. I love waking up feeling good.” These changes in thought patterns cue your brain and body to associate health and wellness as a positive thing in your life. You teach yourself to crave health instead of see it as a difficult obstacle in your life that demands lots of work and energy to achieve your goals. Don’t set yourself up for failure in the New Year. Start your day off with a spiritual multivitamin in the form of prayer, meditation and/ or gratitude. Check in with yourself and explore what changes you would

really like to make, identify what you believe to be true about making those changes and slowly change your beliefs to mirror your goals. Major lifestyle changes are rarely made by making unrealistic goals. Getting to the gym for one hour a day is probably not as realistic as committing to walking outside on your lunch break for 20 minutes. Break your goals down into small reachable daily goals. You will find that over time you develop daily healthy habits and before you know it you will have met your goal! You are worth it! Meghan Fritz is a psychotherapist practicing in State College, PA. For more information email



Week of January 13 – January 19, 2017


Senior Calendar…

Adult & Senior Center of Saratoga

5 Williams St, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 (518) 584-1621 WHATS NEW “SOUP”ER SOCIAL FRIDAYS, 1-3 p.m. - $3 per cup of soup - In the spirit of the New Year, we have tons of new and exciting things coming your way. One of these programs is “Soup”er Social Fridays. This social cafe will serve up soup every Friday afternoon during cultural arts events, educational presentations and more. “Soup”er Social Fridays will also host a variety of activities ranging from speed networking/dating, travel companion matches, games and an environment to meet new friends and socialize with other members. January 20th - Native American Storytelling - 1:30 p.m. - $2/members $5/non-members - James Bruchac is an award-winning author, storyteller, tracking expert, wilderness instructor and guide. Raised in the Adirondack foothills town of Greenfield Center, Jim is the eldest son of world renowned Abenaki Indian storyteller and author Joseph Bruchac III. Of Abenaki and Slovak descent, Jim grew up immersed in the outdoors and the art of storytelling. January 27th - Housing EXPO – 1-3 p.m. - Information on senior

housing, assisted living, agencies to help you age in place, the Star Program and more. Attendees: Centers Health Care • Home of the Good Shepard • Prestwick Chase • The Wesley Community • Organize Senior Moves • Rebuilding Saratoga • City of Saratoga: • Community Development Office • the Assessment Office • Herzog Law Firm • Elder Care Law • Estate Planning and more. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.


HEALTH Jan. 17, 1-3 p.m. -The fountain of youth: Exercise Presentation by Susan Gribben, RN, BA – Saratoga Regional Therapy Center - Information on senior housing, assisted living, agencies to help you age in place, the Star Program and more. Attendees: Centers Health Care • Home of the Good Shepard • Prestwick Chase • The Wesley Community • Organize Senior Moves • Rebuilding Saratoga • City of Saratoga: • Community Development Office • the Assessment Office • Herzog Law Firm • Elder Care Law • Estate

Planning and more. FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Jan. 20, 1-2 p.m. - Nutrition: Healthy Cooking with Siobhan - Cook once. Eat twice. Join us in the kitchen and learn how to cook delicious and nutritious recipes that you can eat throughout the week. FREE. FOOD Jan. 31, 9-10:00 a.m. - NEW! Monthly Breakfast – We will now be offering a monthly hot breakfast each month. This is a member’s only event. Admission will be $5. INFORMATIONAL Tuesday Jan 24, 11am & Wed Jan 25, 2pm - “Medicare 101” Informational Sessions Presented by MVP Healthcare - Learn the ins and outs of Medicare, followed by a Q&A. Jan. 24, 10-11 a.m. - South Pacific Wonders Trip Slideshow – Interested in traveling? Join us for an informational slideshow on our excursion, “South Pacific Wonders,” a trip to Cairns, Great Barrier Reef, Sidney and New Zealand. FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.


VAN TRIPS- MEMBERS ONLY Jan. 12, 11:45 a.m. – “Silver Foxes” Join our men’s group for lunch. Pay $1 at sign up & bring $12 for lunch at the Skidmore Dining Hall. Leave the center at 11:45 a.m.. Jan. 17, 12 p.m. – “Lunch Bunch: Charlton Tavern” Old-time 1787 saloon with vintage decor, dark wood interior & a menu of hearty American pub fare. $10 at sign up. Leave the center at 11:15 a.m., return about 1 p.m.. Jan. 24, 10:30 a.m. – “Albany Institute of History & Art: Rock’n Roll Icons” Join us on a trip to one of the oldest museums in the United States. It also is the major repository for the region’s heritage, Enjoy a guided tour/general overview of the museum. Then visit specific exhibitions on your own. At the time of your visit the exhibitions on display

will be Colonial Albany, Alexander Hamilton, Ancient Egypt, Hudson River School paintings, and Rock and Roll Photography. Lunch after at Johnny’s. Leave the center at 9:30 a.m., return between 3:30-4 p.m.. Pay a $10 van fee at sign up and an $8 admission fee at the door. Bring lunch money. Jan. 26, 10:30 a.m. “Chapman Museum” Features the restored Victorian home of the DeLong family, the 19th century Adirondack photographs of Seneca Ray Stoddard, exhibits about the history of the Glens Falls area. Enjoy a guided tour of the house and then explore the other exhibits small Stoddard Gallery, a small exhibit entitled Help Wanted: Female, and a larger exhibit of Chronicle photographs spanning 35 years. Lunch after the museum at Coopers Cave Ale Co. Leave the center at 9:45, return about 3 p.m.. Pay $15 at sign up. Bring lunch money. April 13, 1:30 Proctors presents: Beautiful- The Carol King Musical Beautiful tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation. Sign up by Jan. 8. Pay $97 at sign up. Bring $ for snacks.

NEW! Poker Fridays: Stop by the center on Fridays to share some laughs over a friendly game of poker with friends. Free. Polish Group - Jan. 10, 1-3 p.m. Share your stories & love of everything Polish. FREE and open to the public.

ZUMBA- Wednesdays, 11:10 FREE! for the month of January. Cost is $2 starting February. Fiction Writing - Do you like reading fiction? Love stories, adventure and so forth? How about trying your hand at writing fiction? A published author can teach you the basics right here in the Senior Center. Free. Tuesday 3-4 p.m.. Painting with Susan - All mediums, beginners welcome. Mondays 12:30-2:30




Alzheimer’s Support Office Hours – NEW! - The Alzheimer’s Association will now be at the center every Thursday beginning in January. In addition to our Memory Cafe, we will now be introducing a caregiver support group, as well as office hours every Thursday. Legal Services Thurs., Dec. 1st, 1:30 p.m.. Call Office for the Aging at 884-4100 for an appointment. Reminiscing Group Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m.. Join your friends and take a trip down memory lane. Computer, Phone & iPad Help Need help with your computer, kindle, iPad, or phone? Appointments available every day. Call the front desk and sign up! Home Energy Assistance Program Do you need help paying your energy bill? You may qualify for financial assistance through HEAP, a program which helps low-income people pay their energy bill. For more information, please call the Saratoga County Department of Social Services at (518) 884-4146

Your free hour could change a senior’s life. Volunteers needed! Do you have an hour to assist with visiting, transportation, shopping & more? Please contact Kris at 518-584-1621 ext. 208. Do you need help with transportation, respite, home visits, etc.? Please call 518-5841621 ext. 202.

Week of January 13 – January 19, 2017




10 Tips for a Better Night’s Sleep

by Dr. Kevy Smith for Saratoga TODAY The start of a new year can be a hectic time for many people. Between winding down from the holidays, catching up with work, getting started with and sticking to New Year resolutions, many of you may be feeling a little exhausted. That is why I think this is a great time to discuss the importance of sleep. Good quality sleep is incredibly important to overall health and wellness. Sleep can be just as important to your health as eating well and exercising regularly, yet it is often one of the first aspects of our routine to be neglected. The average adult should be getting between seven and eight hours of sleep per night, and the average teenager should try to get up to nine hours per night. The benefits of a healthy sleep schedule range from improved memory and brain function, decreased occurrence of depression, improved athletic performance, reduced stress and anxiety, improved metabolism and faster weight loss. The following are 10 tips on how to improve both the quantity and quality of your sleep: Avoid caffeine after lunch. Caffeine is a potent stimulant that affects the central nervous system and can have a detrimental effect on sleep. Once in the body, it can take 8-10 hours for caffeine to be processed and filtered from the system. Try to limit caffeine consumption to 3 cups

(or 250 milligrams) per day and avoid having caffeine after 11 a.m. Opt for a pre-dinner cocktail rather than a night cap. Studies show that drinking alcohol before bed can be disruptive to our deep REM sleep cycle, resulting in a restless night of sleep. Having your adult beverage before or with dinner and avoiding alcohol consumption after 7p.m. can greatly improve your quality of sleep. And always drink in moderation. Choose super-sleep foods. Choosing foods that contain a snooze-friendly combination of protein and tryptophan will promote a deep and restful sleep. Some examples of sleep-friendly foods include salmon, tuna, chicken, turkey, yogurt with cashews and bananas, oatmeal with milk, or cottage cheese. Reduce stress before bed. Doing a few minutes of meditation or restorative yoga before bed can reduce heart rate, relieve stress, clear your mind, and reduce muscle tension, all of which help to prepare your body for a more restful sleep. Keep cool before bed. Doing activity that raises your body temperature and increases your heart rate too close to bed time can hinder your ability to fall asleep. To avoid this situation try working out in the morning. Take a hot shower or bath before dinner to help you relax and unwind and give your body at least two hours to cool down before bed. Make your room cool while you sleep. Research shows that a drop in core temperature triggers your body to go into “sleep mode” so lowering the temperature in your bedroom can help improve your sleep. Try lowering the thermostat or sleeping with a window cracked open to allow fresh air to flow through the room. Sleep studies have shown that 66 degrees Fahrenheit is the optimum sleeping temperature. Make your room quiet.

Creating a quiet sleeping space can prevent sleep disturbances and promote a more restful night sleep. There are various ways to make a room quieter. We suggest starting with the easiest solutions first and adding strategies as needed. Some strategies include white noise machines, fans or air conditioners, reusable ear plugs, sound-absorbing window curtains and wall-tapestry, or moving to a quieter bedroom if possible. Make your room dark. Your brain needs total darkness to trigger the production of melatonin, a hormone that promotes sleep. The central nervous system can detect light even when your eyes are closed, so the darker the room, the better. Install light-blocking window blinds, hide digital clocks and glowing electronics, and wear a sleep mask if needed. Avoid bright light and “blue light” before bed. Bright light before bed can trigger your central nervous

system into thinking it’s “daytime” and you shouldn’t be sleeping. To avoid this, read in the lowest possible light before going to bed and install nightlights in the bathroom so you don’t have to turn on the brighter lights if you get up in the night. “Blue light”, which is produced by TV, computer screens and cellphones, should also be avoided 1-2 hours before bed. Encourage your Circadian Rhythms Try to go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day. Avoid sleeping in on weekends to prevent jetlag-like symptoms on Monday. To make up for a late night, wake up at your usual time and take a mid-day nap. This pays off your sleep debt without disturbing your natural sleep-wake rhythms. Dr. Kevy Smith is a second-generation chiropractor and Saratoga Springs native. A graduate from Palmer College of Chiropractic-West in San Jose, California, she recently moved back to Saratoga

Springs to join her family’s practice, Smith Chiropractic, located on South Broadway. For questions or comments regarding spinal health or wellness please visit our website www. or call us at (518) 587-2064



Week of January 13 – January 19, 2017

Sweetening the Farmers’ Market Garlic Roasted Chicken and Potatoes Saturdays, 9 to 1 Lincoln Baths Saratoga Spa State Park

by Mary Peryea for Saratoga TODAY There’s been a sweet addition to the Saratoga Farmers’ Market – Slate Valley Farms. Slate Valley sells maple syrup, honey, and an array of related products including spun maple sugar, molded maple sugar, maple sugar, and maple cream. All of the syrup and honey is produced on the 101-acre family-run farm in the hills of Granville near the Vermont border. Owner Pat Imbimbo, also holds sole rights to maple zest, a secret concoction of maple sugar, pepper, and orange zest which is exceptional on salmon, pork chops, and chicken. Imbimbo and his daughter Gina began selling at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market in November. Slate Valley also offers its products at the farmers’ market in Schenectady and through gift crates available through its website, Imbimbo retired from the Florida State Police in 2001. He attended the Cornell Maple School and the Cornell Beekeeping School to hone his skills, and currently taps 3,000 trees annually. The sap-gathering is all automated, using a vacuum system that Imbimbo monitors on his iPhone. The boiling is done via a reverse osmosis system, which removes much of the water before the actual boiling. This results in less boiling time, using less fuel, and gives a better quality syrup. Imbimbo produced 509 gallons of syrup in 2015 and 362 gallons last year. These changes in production are intimately tied to the weather. Sap only flows when temperatures



1/4 cup butter 6 chicken leg quarters, split into drumsticks and thighs 6 large Yukon Gold potatoes, cut into chunks 24 cloves garlic, unpeeled salt and ground black pepper to taste 1/4 cup maple syrup

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). 2. Place the butter into a roasting pan, and melt in the oven. When butter is melted, swirl to coat the bottom of the roasting pan, and place the chicken drumsticks and thighs, potatoes, and unpeeled garlic cloves into the pan. 3. Sprinkle with salt and black pepper; turn the chicken, potatoes, and garlic to coat with butter. 4. Bake in the preheated oven until the chicken is no longer pink inside and the juices run clear, about 40 minutes, basting 3 times with pan drippings. 5. Brush maple syrup over the chicken pieces, and spoon pan drippings over the potatoes. 6. Return to oven, and bake until the chicken and potatoes are tender and browned, about 20 more minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into a thick part of a thigh should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C). 7. To serve, squeeze garlic from the baked cloves, and spread the soft garlic over the chicken. Pour pan juices over chicken and potatoes. (Note: Please feel free to vary the number of garlic cloves if 24 seems like a lot!)

rise above freezing during the day and drop below it during the night. Like maple, honey is weather dependent. Imbimbo’s bee yard contains 46 colonies of bees currently. He was able to produce 2,100 pounds of honey this year, compared to

3,600 pounds last year. The dry weather last summer resulted in less nectar. As well, heavy rains will wash the nectar off the blooms. Three years ago, when the weather was perfect, Imbimbo was able to harvest 5,600 pounds. Imbimbo says the color

of the honey depends on what blooms the bees gather nectar from. He harvests honey three times a year, and filters the raw honey through a stainless steel strainer. While Imbimbo loves the maple business, he is especially fond of his bees. As he jokingly

puts it, “Nobody bothers me in the bee yard.” Visit the Saratoga Farmers’ Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through April at the Lincoln Baths Building in the Saratoga Spa State Park.


Week of January 13 – January 19, 2017

Cup of Joe!

by John Reardon for Saratoga TODAY

Hello my Foodie Friends! I love coffee and espresso! There are many studies that proclaim coffee is good for you and there are some that say otherwise. I choose to believe that in moderation, coffee is good for you. Coffee doesn’t just give you the energy to function properly in the morning; studies show that it may also be extremely good for you. Many studies have shown that coffee may be one of the healthiest beverages on the planet. Here are some conclusions that have been reached in the research about coffee consumption: 1. Coffee can make you smarter 2. Coffee can help you burn fat and improves physical performance 3. Coffee may drastically

myself, Foodie Friend John. I would rather pay $5.00 to someone else to make it for me!!” I will give you the same advice that I gave my friend Dave Lowendehale: make your coffee how YOU like it and you’ll never let anyone make it for you again! Slow fine ground? Fast medium/course

lower your risk of Type II Diabetes 4. Coffee may lower your risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s 5. Coffee may be extremely good for your liver 6. Coffee may decrease your risk of premature death 7. Coffee is loaded with nutrients and antioxidants The scientists here at CTTC have come up with the best possible coffee and espresso makers in order to help us reach our coffee drinking goals. (Please be advised that we here at CTTC are not real scientists and it is the manufacturers of the machines that are the true geniuses behind it all. We just find the best ones and suggest them to our foodie friends). The machines we recommend will surely help you to become your own personal barista and make the best possible cup of coffee, without the misspelled names. We provide machines by Capresso, Jura, De’Longhi, Braun, Breville and Nespresso! We have pour over coffee makers, French Presses, and both stove top and electric Percolators. Now I know what you’re saying: “I don’t have the energy to make it

ground? Press or not to press? So go make a hot cup of joe my Foodie Friends! As Yoda say’s “Do. Or do not. There is no try.” Remember: “Life Happens in the Kitchen!” Take Care, John, Paula and Aubrey!



Genealogy and Local History Heritage Hunters of Saratoga County will meet on Saturday, January 21st, at 1pm at the Town of Saratoga Town Hall, corner of Rt. 4 and Rt. 29 in Schuylerville. Program speaker will be Bruce Hazard, a trustee for the Queensbury Masonic Historical Society, who will discuss the history of Freemasonry in area counties and the records that are available. Hazard is a past District Deputy Grand Master of the Freemasons, and currently serves as treasurer of the Warren County Historical Society. Public is welcome. For information call 587-2978. Audubon the Film The Story of John James Audubon will be shown on Wednesday, January 25 as part of the monthly program of the Southern Adirondack Audubon Society. The program will be held in the Saratoga Springs Public Library on Henry Street in downtown Saratoga Springs. It is free and open to the public. Please note this program will start at 6:30 p.m. The documentary is 92 minutes long. The 2015 documentary tells the story of naturalist John James Audubon, who died in 1851. Southern Adirondack Audubon Society (SAAS) is a certified local chapter of the National Audubon Society. The organization’s primary goal is to protect the environment by preserving natural habitats and promoting environmental education. SAAS has more than 500 members in Warren, Washington, and northern Saratoga counties of New York State. Visit the SAAS website, http://www. southernadirondackaudubon. org for more information. Saratoga Acoustic Blues Open Mic & Jam Join us at the newly renovated Caffé Lena, located at 47 Phila St. in Saratoga Springs on Wednesday, January 25 at 7

p.m. - All levels of playing are welcome. This event is hosted by NYS Blues Hall of Fame inductee Sonny Speed for SABS. Featured Artist is longtime Capital Region Blues performer Mark Emanation. A lead guitarist for Ernie Williams and the Wildcats - CD’s including one with the Wildcats (Live at the Van Dyke), one with Folding Sky (Acoustic Sky) and one with Shadowland. Come on down to listen and play the Blues every 4th Wednesday of the month. Admission: is $5. Sign-ups at 7 p.m. Sets start at 7:30 p.m. Contact (only if necessary): Phil Drum 99th Annual Dinner The Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce cordially invites you to the 99th Annual Dinner on Thursday, January 26, from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at the Saratoga Springs City Center, 522 Broadway, Saratoga Springs. The event will kick-off with a Cocktail Hour, from 6 to 7 p.m. and will be followed by dinner and the program, from 7 to 8:30 and will conclude with a dessert reception, running until 9:30 p.m. Sponsorship opportunities are available ranging from $500 to $3,500, which includes admission to the event. If you are interested in having your business name and/ or logo displayed for members to see, please contact Keith VanVeghten, kvanveghten@, or call 518-5843255. AARP Tax Prep Tax-Aide, a volunteer tax preparation program will be offering free tax preparation and filing of tax returns for low to moderate incomes, with a preference for seniors beginning February 1, 2017 through April 13, 2017 at the Malta Community Center. Appointments are required by calling 518-899-4411. AARP tax prep volunteers will be available, Wednesdays, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and Thursdays, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Please make your appointment after you have received all of your income and tax documents. The Wizard of Oz The Maple Avenue Middle School Musical Club presents,

“The Wizard of Oz” in the Trombley Auditorium at the Maple Avenue Middle School. All tickets are available at the door. Doors open 30 minutes before show time. Show times are on Friday, February 3 and 10, at 7 p.m., Saturday, February 4 and 11 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Gershwin Dinner Theatre Don’t miss this fun opportunity to hear the timeless music of George Gershwin performed by the Burnt Hills Oratorio Society. Scheduled for Saturday, February 4, 2017, experience the fun of a New-York style cabaret dinner theatre. Set in the elegant Vista Ballroom at the Van Patten Golf Club in Clifton Park, this great night-out-on-the-town begins with a sumptuous dinner at 6 p.m. and cash bar at 5:30 p.m. The performance starts at 7 p.m. The chorus will be accompanied by a four-piece jazz combo and will feature soloists, duos, and trios. Seating is limited and the last day to purchase tickets is January 27. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit our website at or call 518-416-4060. Saratoga’s Chowderfest Saratoga’s Annual Chowderfest, February 4, 2017, is one of the area’s most highly anticipated events of the year. Familyfriendly, fun and utterly delicious, Chowderfest features more than 80 vendors— including Saratoga County’s best restaurants and caterers—who open their doors to the public and serve hot bowls of chowder to event goers. Sponsored by Saratoga Convention & Tourism Bureau, the 19-year anniversary of Saratoga Chowderfest starts at approximately 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. and will feature live music, family-friendly activities and, of course, a wide variety of chowders.For more information, visit https://discoversaratoga. org/chowderfest. Saratoga Winterfest and Camp Saratoga Snow Shoe Races The Saratoga Winterfest 5K Snowshoe Run/Walk will be held on Sunday, February 5 at 11 a.m. in the Saratoga Spa State Park. Camp Saratoga 8k

Week of January 13 – January 19, 2017 Snowshoe Race will be held on Saturday, February 18 at the Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park at 10:30 a.m. Go to to download an application or link to online registration at www. A limited supply of Dion Snowshoes will be available at a $5 rental charge. Email Laura Clark at laura@ to reserve a pair or phone 518-581-1278. For information about the entire Dion Snowshoe Series and for snow updates visit www. Elijah – Call for Singers Burnt Hills Oratorio Society is recruiting singers for a performance of Mendelssohn’s choral masterpiece “Elijah”. The performance is Friday, May 19, 2017, 7:30 p.m. at Zankel Music Center, Skidmore College. Rehearsals are Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at Burnt Hills Ballston Lake High School Choral Room, starting February 7. Go online, to print out a registration form, or arrive early (6:30 p.m.) to register. Great music, outstanding leadership, talented non-auditioned community chorus. Join us for an inspiring experience of music-making, learning, and fun. Go to or call 518-416-4060 to learn more. Walk-ins welcome. Annual Moonlight Ski and Snowshoe Join us on February 11, 6 – 9 p.m. at the popular and highly anticipated Annual Moonlight Ski and Snowshoe at Camp Saratoga on Scout Road. Luminaries will glow along 2.5 miles of groomed trails. Along the way you will find fields and forests, warming bonfires, and plenty of hot chocolate! The terrain is suitable for all levels and ages and includes a smaller 1 mile loop. Participants can drop-in anytime during the evening; no registration is needed. Snowshoes and crosscountry skis will be available on a first-come first-serve basis in the I.P. Winter Lodge off of Parking lot #2. The rental fee is $5/ person for non-members. Parking will be directed by WWPP. This

event is weather permitting. Please call or email for more information or if you are interested in volunteering for this event, 518-450-0321; Trip to Turning Stone Casino Old Saratoga Seniors is hosting a trip to Turning Stone Casino on Friday, March 17, 2017. Departure from Saratoga Train Station at 6:15 a.m. or American Legion in Schuylerville at 6:45 a.m. Cost is $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Return to Schuylerville approximately 8 p.m. Make checks payable to Old Saratoga Seniors, PO Box 60, Schuylerville, NY 12871. Deadline for sign up and money due is February 8, 2017. Any questions, please contact Mary at 518-584-7986 If You Can Stand the Heat Become a kitchen helper for the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Saratoga County’s Office for the Aging. If you are over the age of 55, love working with seniors, and enjoy prepping and serving food, then this unique volunteer opportunity is for you. Kitchen helpers assist with meal preparation and serving for the Senior Nutrition Program in locations throughout Saratoga County. Training is provided, hours are flexible, and volunteers can assist Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Please contact Jen Buscema at 518-884-4110 if you are interested in lending a helping hand. Got An Hour? Why not give it back by spending time volunteering in your community? The Saratoga County Office for the Aging is in immediate urgent need of volunteers to help deliver meals to homebound seniors in the following areas: Ballston Spa, Greenfield, Malta, Saratoga, Wilton, and Mechanicville. We are also currently seeking substitute drivers for many communities throughout Saratoga County. Please call Billie Jo or Ashley at 518-363-4020 or 518-3634033 for details.

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Week of January 13 – January 19, 2017

Saturday, January 14 Disabled American Veterans Meeting

Family Friendly Event

Friday, January 13 Snowshoe Games Saratoga Spa State Park, 2 p.m. Let the games begin! Join us outdoors for an hour of snowshoeing games and activities. This program is appropriate for ages 7-12. Snowshoes will be available to rent for $5. This program is free. Space is limited. Please call 518584-2000 Ext. 116 to register.

Fish Fry Fridays Fish Creek Rod and Gun Club, Route 32 south of the village of Victory, 4:30 – 7 p.m. Fish Fry Friday will continue each Friday of the month. Menu: fried fish, fried clams, fried chicken tenders , popcorn shrimp, buffalo shrimp, and clam chowder by the bowl or by the quart. You are invited to eat in at our club house or to call ahead for take-out 518-695-3917. Everyone welcome.

Kids Open Mic The Parting Glass, 40 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs, 6 p.m. Enjoy a Kids Open Mic with Rick Bolton.

The Dr. King Challenge 2017 Skidmore College, Filene Hall, Saratoga Springs, 7 – 9 p.m. Dr. Martin Luther King Challenge: An evening of spoken word and performances from local artists reflecting on Dr. King’s call to action against racial and social injustice. Reception and performances by members of Soul Rebel Performance Troupe, WoW, SHYFT, Darian Goodin, Carlos Garcia, Scrambled & Comp., and others. Donation: $10.

Golden Corral Restaurant, 15 Old Gick Rd., Saratoga Springs, 10 a.m. The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Marcelle-Nolan Chapter 158 will continue to meet on the second Saturday of the month and welcomes new members and those who wish to support Veterans in their community. For more information on DAV/ Auxiliary membership, contact the chapter at 518-290-3030 or visit

Sunday, January 15 Breakfast Buffet Saratoga-Wilton Elks, 1 Elks Lane, Rt. 9, Saratoga Springs, 8:30 – 11 a.m. Fruit cocktail, French toast, pancakes, potatoes, breakfast sausage and ham, corned beef hash, scrambled eggs, eggs benedict, juice, coffee and tea. Donation Requested: Adults $10, Seniors and Military (Active/ Retired with ID Card) $9, Children 5—12 $8, Under 5 Free, Take-outs $10. Call (518) 5842585 for more information.

Dharma Meditation with Pierre Zimmerman One Big Roof, Center for Mindful Practices, 538 Maple Avenue, Saratoga Health & Wellness Building, Saratoga Springs, 9-10:15 a.m. Weekly meditation followed by short discussion. All contemplative traditions honored. By donation. For more information call 413-992-7012 or visit

Conversation and Book Signing Northshire Bookstore, 424 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 11 a.m. Join us for conversation and a book signing over coffee & pastries with author Sharon Morgan, in an event cosponsored with the Saratoga Springs Martin Luther King

CALENDAR 27 Jr. Day planning committee. In “Gather at the Table,” two people, a black woman descended from slaves, and a white man descended from the largest slave-trading dynasty in US history, confront the legacy of slavery and racism head-on. For more information visit www.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: From Dream to Reality Schuylerville Manor Community Room, 2 Morgan’s Run, Schuylerville, 3 – 4:30 p.m. Program includes addresses by the local interfaith community and open discussion. Light refreshments served. For more information call 518-695-5202 Please join us in helping to fulfill Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s vision of unity and peace.

Monday, January 16 Wellness Walk Camp Saratoga North (at Wilton Wildlife Preserve), 80 Scout Road, Gansevoort, 10 a.m. Enjoy nature with others looking to get outside. The walk is geared towards gentle exercise and is for participants at basic fitness levels. Snowshoes are available for rental 30 minutes before the program; free for members and $3 for non-members. For locations, as well as to register, please call 518450-0321 or email: info@

Parkinson’s Support Group Woodlawn Commons, Bldg 2nd floor, Wesley Health Care Center, 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 518-3319611.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 2017 Day of Service Community Event Saratoga Springs Public Library, H. Dutcher Community Room, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteer opportunities include four projects including a MoonCatcher Project, Thinkpeace (“give a hand, lend a hand” art and awareness project), Youth Squared: Trail Blazing Training: registration required by emailing youthsquared@ and Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs: knitting & crocheting scarves for the homeless.

Tuesday, January 17 Pieroghi Sale Christ the Savior parish, 349 Eastline Rd., Ballston Lake, Pick up at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Potato/cheese, sauerkraut and Farmer’s cheese pieroghi may be ordered. A limited supply of stuffed clams are available. Call 518-363-0001. Please get your orders in as soon as possible. Pick-up is on Tuesday between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Genealogy Schuylerville Public Library, 52 Ferry St., Schuylerville, 10 a.m. Delve into family history, share information, and get help with your genealogy searches. For more information call 518-6956641.

New Saratoga Friends Saratoga Springs Public Library, H. Dutcher Community Room, 6:30-7:30 p.m. New Saratoga Friends is a social group for baby boomers in the Saratoga area who are interested in making new friends to socialize with. This is not a dating or “singles” group! Couples and singles are welcome and there is no membership fee. Group members plan social activities based on their interests. For more info or questions contact or join our New Saratoga Friends Meet-up group (go to www.

Wednesday, January 18 2017 Winter Storytellers Series SUNY Empire State College, 2 Union Ave., Room 126, Saratoga Springs, Noon – 1 p.m. The Academy for Lifelong Learning presents the ninth annual storytellers series every Wednesday through February 22. This week features storyteller Margaret French with “Improbable Adventures.” 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.

The Old Saratoga Seniors Meeting Town Hall, 12 Spring St, Schuylerville, Noon This will be a sandwich luncheon. Dessert will be provided. Entertainment will be Al & Cathy Bain. New Members welcome. Call Pat 518-331-2978.

Thursday, January 19 Books and Tea: Library Discussion Group Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry St., Saratoga Springs, 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. Book to be discussed is “So Big” by Edna Ferber. Books and Tea is an ongoing reading group that meets each month from September through June. Copies of the book may be obtained in the Reading Group Choices collection or by placing holds on the online public catalog. Stop by at the information desk for any assistance. Come on down and join us for good conversations around books. No registration required. This program supports this year’s Saratoga Reads! book selection. For more information visit www.

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Week of January 13 – January 19, 2017

Tang Teaching Museum to Host Public Events for Sixfold Symmetry Exhibit SARATOGA SPRINGS — A series of new events in conjunction with the exhibition “Sixfold Symmetry: Pattern in Art and Science” will be staged at the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College. The exhibition, which is open through March 12, brings together contemporary and historical artworks, artifacts, and material culture from around the world. 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 31 Walking Pattern: A Brief History of Labyrinths. 6 – 9 p.m., Wednesday Feb. 1 Walk the Pattern. Come walk a quadrilateral labyrinth inspired by the labyrinth at the Chartres Cathedral in France. Wilson Chapel, Skidmore College. 12:30-1:30 p.m., Wednesday,

Family Saturday Gamelan Workshop. 5:30 – 7 p.m. (rehearsal) and 7 – 8 p.m. (workshop) Tuesday, Feb. 21. Open rehearsal and Public Gamelan Workshop. Listen in as the Skidmore Gamelan Banyu Wali ensemble develops their gamelan skills, followed by a gamelan workshop. No prior experience necessary. 2 p.m., Sunday, March 5.

Frost Faire at Saratoga Battlefield Sixfold Symmetry inside the Tang Museum. Photo by Thomas Dimopoulos.

Feb. 1, and Wednesday, March 1. Sixfold Symmetry Brown Bag Lunch. An informal discussion on the theme of Time and Dynamics, and on the theme of Dazzle and Pattern Disruption, respectively. Bring your lunch; cookies and drinks provided.

5:30 – 7:00 p.m., Thursday, Feb.16. Open rehearsal of the Skidmore Gamelan Banyu Wali Ensemble. Listen in as the Skidmore ensemble develops their gamelan skills. 2 – 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 18.

Racing Museum Courtyard to Honor Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney SARATOGA SPRINGS — In recognition of a $250,000 gift from prominent racehorse owner, philanthropist and Saratoga icon Marylou Whitney, the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame will name its courtyard in honor of her late husband, Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney. The courtyard will undergo a renovation project in 2017 and the revitalized space is expected to be unveiled in the spring of 2018. Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney was among the museum’s founders in 1950 and served as the institution’s first president from 1950 to 1953. The son of Harry Payne Whitney and Gertrude Vanderbilt, he graduated from Yale University in 1922. Whitney served under President

Harry S. Truman as Assistant Secretary of the Air Force from 1947 to 1949 and Undersecretary of Commerce from 1949 to 1950 and was the third generation of his family involved in horse racing. Whitney won the Belmont Stakes with Phalanx in 1947 and with Horse of the Year Counterpoint in 1951, as well as three editions of the Travers Stakes with Fisherman (1954), Tompion (1960) and Chompion (1968). He bred more than 175 stakes winner at his C.V. Whitney Farm in Kentucky and served as a director of Churchill Downs. In 1984, Whitney was presented a special Eclipse Award for his lifetime of service to the racing industry.

In the business world, Whitney was a major shareholder backing the Technicolor Corporation and a financier of the classic 1939 film “Gone with the Wind.” The museum courtyard is home to John Skeaping’s iconic bronze statue of 1973 Triple Crown winner and Hall of Fame member Secretariat, and features commemorative bricks – which can be customized to honor a family member, favorite horse, jockey, business, etc. – that are available for purchase. The bricks come in 4-inch by 8-inch red bricks at $100, and 8-inch by 8-inch grey bricks for $250. For more information, visit:, or call 518-584-0400 ext. 109.

Saratoga Central Catholic School Winter Gala to Raise Funds For Technology Upgrades SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Central Catholic School hosts their fourth annual Winter Gala from 6 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28 at the Excelsior Springs Ballroom, 47 Excelsior Ave. The evening will include cocktails followed by a plated dinner, live and silent auctions, and music by Cool Cat Entertainment. Tickets are $100 per person. Proceeds from the event will be used to upgrade technology in all classrooms for all subjects. The live auction includes a

Gamelan Banyu Wali Concert. The Skidmore student gamelan ensemble will perform music and dance from Indonesia; reception to follow. All events take place at the Tang Teaching Museum, unless otherwise noted, and are free and open to the public. For more information, call 518-580-8080 or visit http://tang.

two-night stay at a Boston Marriott Hotel, a long weekend in a house on Martha’s Vineyard, an overnight stay at Whiteface Lodge with four Whiteface lift tickets and an Orlando time share with four Disney Hopper Passes. For sports enthusiasts, there are a pair of Celtic tickets, a pair of Notre Dame tickets, four passport tickets to Olympic sites and a Buffalo Bills authentic-signed helmet and jersey. Other evening features include a 90 bottle “Wine Pull Raffle,” a “Tower of Diamonds Raffle,” and a “Teacher

Wish Wall.” Saratoga Central Catholic School, continuing in the tradition of Saint Peter’s Academy, is a Catholic, coeducational school educating students in grades 6-12. The school was founded in 1862 and is the only Catholic Middle School and High School in Saratoga County. For ticket information for the Winter Gala or to find out how to support the event, email or call 845-798-2896.

STILLWATER — The 22nd annual Frost Faire at the Saratoga National Historical Park takes place 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28. The event includes tubing down the Visitor Center hill, horsedrawn carriage rides, children’s crafts and games, contra-dancing

for young and old, musket firings as part of a small Revolutionary War winter encampment, a bonfire and a warm up hut with hot cocoa. The Battlefield is located on Routes 4 and 32 in Stillwater. For more information, call the Visitor Center at 518-670-2985, or visit: at

Hattie's Mardi Gras Soiree Saturday to Benefit Caffe Lena SARATOGA SPRINGS — Hattie’s annual Mardi Gras Party will take place 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Canfield Casino, in Congress Park. Michael Panza and his team from Fine Affairs plan to transform the Canfield Casino into New Orleans of the North. Guests will enjoy the culinary expertise of Chef Jasper Alexander, dance the night away to the sounds of Soul Session and Garland

Nelson, and the Dylan Perrillo Orchestra. A silent auction will also be featured. Proceeds from this year’s event will be directed to the Caffè Lena Endowment Fund. The endowment augments the cafe’s earned revenue and supports initiatives such as debuting exciting new artists, presenting free concerts for families and traditional musicians from nonEnglish speaking cultures. Cost to attend is $100.

U.S. Congressional advisor Kasey Mathews is Keynote Speaker for Saratoga Soroptimists Event SARATOGA SPRINGS — Author, motivational speaker, and U.S. Congressional advisor Kasey Mathews will be the keynote speaker for Soroptimist International of Saratoga County premier fundraiser, Cabin Fever. Mathews will showcase her memoir, “Preemie: Lessons in Love, Life and Motherhood,” on Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Saratoga National Golf Club. Tickets are $75 and event proceeds are used to improve the lives of women and children locally, nationally and internationally. “Our Cabin Fever event is one of two fundraisers we

hold each year that raise thousands of dollars, almost all of which is passed on to local and global organizations working to improve the lives of women and children,” said Charlotte Gilet, SISC President. “We are thrilled that Cabin Fever attracts a sellout crowd of more than 200 attendees each year, which enables our local Soroptimist Club to provide critical funding to not-forprofit organizations across our region and world.” Tickets are available via the SISC website: http://s oropt imists aratoga. org/events/cabin-fever.

Week of January 13 – January 19, 2017

Books & Brews to Discuss Jack Kerouac’s ‘On the Road’ SARATOGA SPRINGS — Books & Brews, sponsored by the Saratoga Springs Public Library, meets monthly at Harvey’s Restaurant and Bar on Phila Street “to discuss,” the group says, “what 20 and 30-somethings are reading today.” This month, the discussion focuses on Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road,” the seminal novel of cross-country travel, discovery and despair in mid20th century America. Certainly the most popular and likely most accessible collection of words of the so-called Beat Generation (although arguably not its greatest – see Kerouac’s “Dr. Sax,” Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl,”

or any number of novels by William S. Burroughs), copies of “On the Road” may be obtained at the library. This month’s discussion of “On the Road” takes place 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 19. Here’s a legendary Kerouac quote from the novel: “The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes ‘Awww!’”


MLK Day Events to Take Place Throughout Weekend in Saratoga Springs SARATOGA SPRINGS — A series of public programs to honor and continue the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. will be staged Jan. 13 – 16. This year’s theme is “The Fierce Urgency of Now.” MLK weekend in Saratoga Springs kicks off with an evening of music and spoken word performances at Filene Recital Hall on the campus of Skidmore College starting with a reception at 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 13. The event reflects on King’s call to action against racial and social injustice and features Scrambled & Company, SHYFT, Carlos Garcia, WoW, Darian Goodin, members of the Soul Rebel Performance Troupe, and others.

On Sunday, Jan. 15, a meet and greet with Sharon Leslie Morgan, author of “Gather at the Table: The Healing Journey of a Daughter of Slavery and a Son of the Slave Trade,” will be held at Northshire Bookstore Saratoga from 11 a.m. to noon; Morgan will offer a presentation and discussion about her mission to help America overcome the trauma of its legacy of slavery and the lingering effects of present-day racism at the Saratoga Springs Public Library from 2 - 4 p.m. On Monday, Jan. 16, Saratoga Springs’ Day of Service will take place from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the library and feature “Trail Blazing Training” - a workshop to encourage youth

in the community to create their own social action project. Registration is required. Call 518-281-9130 to sign up, or email at: youthsquared@ For younger children there will be a storytime and art project. The official observance of MLK Day will be held at the Saratoga Springs Music Hall, 474 Broadway - 3rd floor, from 2 to 4 p.m. The Community Dialogue and Celebration features keynote speaker Sharon Leslie Morgan, emcee Garland Nelson, remarks by Mayor Joanne Yepsen, and performances by Arbor Hill Starlites, Lake Theatre Productions and SHYFT (Saratoga’s Humanitarian Youth for Transformation). The event is free.

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Record Club Meets at UPH on Tuesday

Week of January 13 – January 19, 2017

Foreigner, Cheap Trick, and Jason Bonham’s ‘Led Zep Experience’ to Stage Show at SPAC

Deep Purple’s “Machine Head” will be the focus of this month’s Rochmon Record Club discussion at Universal Preservation Hall on Tuesday.

by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Rochmon Record Club returns to Universal Preservation Hall Tuesday night to listen, learn about and discuss Deep Purple’s classic 1972 album, “Machine Head.” Each month, Rochmon gathers together music fans and presents the back story behind an iconic rock album. February’s Deep Purple pick features the popular songs ”Highway Star,” “Space Truckin,’” and “Smoke

on the Water “ – the latter of which launched the career of a billion would-be bassists. The listening party begins at 7 p.m. with a live audio and video presentation by Chuck Vosganian a.k.a. “Rochmon.” Light refreshments will be available. This event is free, donations are encouraged. All donations go to the restoration fund of the Universal Preservation Hall, at 25 Washington St. Future album selections for listening parties in February and March at UPH will be chosen by attendees at Tuesday’s gathering.

Skidmore College Hosts American Culinary Federation Competition Friday SARATOGA SPRINGS — The sixth annual American Culinary Federation (ACF) Conference and Competition - featuring executive chefs from colleges and universities across the Northeast - will culminate in a “chopped” style contest Friday at Skidmore College. The ACF-sanctioned competition will be held 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Skidmore’s Murray-Aikins Dining Hall. This year’s contestants represent four states and 11 institutions: Cornell University, the University at Albany, Ithaca College, SUNYGeneseo, SUNY-Cobleskill, Williams College, the University at Buffalo, Tufts University, the University of Connecticut, Swarthmore College and Skidmore College. The annual event is organized

by Skidmore’s Dining Services to provide ongoing staff development and to keep raising the standards of culinary excellence on campus, as well as to highlight Skidmore’s dining program. The conference’s ACF Market Basket Competition requires each four-person team to prepare a fourcourse menu from the same array of ingredients presented to all participants. Each team has one hour to develop the menu using at least a portion of the ingredients, and then several hours to prepare and serve the dishes. The event begins at 8 a.m. and judging gets under way at 1 p.m. Awards will be presented during a closing ceremony at 3 p.m. The public is welcome as spectators for any part of the day, and admission is free.

Foreigner on stage in 2014. The band will return to Saratoga during its 40th anniversary tour this summer. Photo by Damian Twigg.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Foreigner, Cheap Trick, and Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience will stage a show at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center on July 18. Foreigner is turning 40 this year and will launch their yearlong celebration with a performance in Syracuse on July 11. SPAC will mark stop six on the tour and will also include the return of Cheap Trick — who appeared at the venue last year with Heart – and special guest Jason Bonham. Bonham, son of the late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, will be bringing the music of Led Zeppelin to the show.

“With state-of-the-art lighting and effects, dazzling video treatments and a crisp, thundering sound, (Bonham) offered a set of Led Zep gems that were strikingly faithful to the originals,” wrote Rolling Stone in 2010, regarding a set that included “Kashmir,” “Stairway to Heaven,” and “Whole Lotta Love” coupled with “Rock and Roll.” “I was thrilled to hear Mick Jones wanted me to be involved in celebrating 40 years of Foreigner. I spent three years as their drummer and had a great time,” Bonham said in a statement. “JBLZE started 7 years ago as a way to

show my appreciation not only to my dad and the music of Led Zeppelin, but also to the fans themselves.” To coincide with the tour, Foreigner will release a celebratory 40th anniversary album on Rhino Records that features a compilation of original hits and several tracks from the current lineup with Kelly Hansen on vocals. Tickets go on sale Friday at, Ticketmaster. com or Charge By Phone at 1-800-745-3000, and are $99.95, $59.95, $49.95, $39.95, $29.95. An unreserved spot on the lawn is $25.

30th Annual Flurry Festival Heads to Saratoga Springs in February SARATOGA SPRINGS — The best winter weekend for dancers and music lovers of all ages is coming back to the Spa City to celebrate its 30th annual season in February. Featuring more than 400 performers and over 250 events, the 30th annual Flurry festival will take place Feb. 17 – 19 at the Saratoga Springs

City Center and Saratoga Hilton Hotel, with more performances and workshops scheduled at Saratoga Music Hall, Café Lena, The Parting Glass Pub, and the Saratoga Springs Public Library. In addition to a variety of dance styles, including: Tahitian, Flamenco, Bulgarian, African, Chinese,

Irish, Yiddish, Scottish, Greek, Hip Hop, and tap, a series of music instruction workshops, concerts, storytelling, demonstrations and live performances will be featured during the event. Advance tickets are available online until Feb 10. For more information, go to:


Week of January 13 – January 19, 2017

Grateful Dead Tribute

Gratefully Yours performs at Putnam Den on Friday. Tickets are $15 day of show.

Free Salsa Dance Class on Friday SARATOGA SPRINGS — Tango Fusion offers a free Open House at Newberry Music Hall, 388 Broadway, at 7 p.m. Friday. New students are welcome to take one free class. No partner or experience is necessary.

Events include: Salsa Rueda (Salsa in the round), and beginner and intermediate salsa. Students may stay after class and dance to a DJ and enjoy drinks and food from the bar. Classes

are offered by Tango Fusion Dance Company co-directed by Johnny Martinez and Diane Lachtrupp Martinez. For more information, go to: or call 518-932-6447.

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tuesday, 1/17:

Steve Candlen, 8 pm @ Bailey’s — 583.6060

Rochmon Record Club: Discussion — Machine Head, by Deep Purple, 6:30 pm @ Universal Preservation Hall — 581.5775

The Lustre Kings, 8 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022 George Muscatello Group, 9 pm @ 9 Maple Avenue — 583.2582 Gratefully Yours — Grateful Dead Tribute, 8 pm @ Putnam Den — 584.8066

wednesday, 1/18: Toga Boys, 8 pm @ Gaffney’s — 587.7359 Big Medicine, 6 pm @ Horseshoe Inn — 587.4909

saturday, 1/14:

Masters of Nostalgia, 8:30 pm @ One Caroline — 587.2026

Benjamin Franklin Band, 9 pm @ Bailey’s — 583.6060

Franklin Micare, 6:30 pm @ Primetime Ultra Lounge — 583.4563

Brian Patneaude Quartet, 9 pm @ 9 Maple Avenue — 583.2582

Watch Dog, 6 pm @ Siro’s (Main Stage) — 584.4030

RCC Presents: Zeo, Raw, Frex, Cody Bricks, DJ Tremblizzy, 9 pm @ Putnam Den — 584.8066

Karaoke, 9 pm @ The Rusty Nail — 371.9875

Get Up Jack, 8 pm @ The Parting Glass — 583.1916 Phantogram (Sold Out), 8 pm @ Upstate Concert Hall — 371.0012

sunday, 1/15: Americana Songwriters In the Round, 7 pm

@ Caffè Lena — 583.0022

thursday, 1/19: Bluegrass Jam with Alan Epstein, 7 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022

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Puzzles Across 1 Request an ID from 5 Classic milk flavoring 10 Degs. for choreographers 14 Yours, to Yves 15 One making a leaf pile 16 Wild speech 17 Key collection of records 19 Command to Fido 20 Trophy 21 Slyly suggest 23 Religious offense 24 Common “terrible twos” responses 26 Quiet time 27 Canadian crooner with four Grammys 32 Came out with 35 Protein-rich beans 36 Sushi fish 37 Scratching post users 38 Peeper 39 “Divergent” heroine __ Prior 40 Uplifting wear 41 Oil magnate Halliburton 43 Feared African fly 45 Telltale white line 48 Home to Sean O’Casey 49 Take to court 50 Buzzy body 53 Aspiring rock star’s submissions 57 Mineral used in water softening 59 Dr. Seuss’ “If __ the Circus” 60 Not even close to an agreement ... or, literally, what 17-, 27- and 45-Across have in common 62 Like some beers 63 Visually teasing genre 64 Continuously 65 Creepy look 66 Smallville family 67 Zilch Down 1 Tent sites 2 Centipede video game creator 3 Pitcher’s gripping aid 4 Ding-a-ling 5 “Close the window!” 6 Like a boor 7 Crispy fried chicken part

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Writing the Right Word by Dave Dowling

Accuracy in word choice is a key to effective communication. In your daily writing and speaking, try to make sure you use the right word in the right place with the right spelling. By doing so, its effect will affect your communication in a positive way. This quick weekly tip will help you filter the confusion in some of our daily word choices. This Week: Jerry-built, Jury-built Jerry-built, which carries a negative connotation, refers to a permanent, but poorly built, construction. The origin of the phrase is unclear, but it may have derived from the flimsy work of an English construction company called Jerry Brothers. Juryrigged, which dates to the late 1700s nautical term jury mast, refers to a ship’s temporary mast. It means something cleverly constructed in a makeshift manner for temporary use. Sometimes these two expressions are misstated as jerryrigged or jury-built. 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 13 – January 19, 2017


High School Sports

Boys Basketball Standings- Suburban Council As of 1/4/16

by Scott Alvarez Saratoga TODAY

Blue Division Suburban Council

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga girls basketball team played two tough games this week. The team finished with a 1-1 record for the week, which falls right in line with how the season has progressed as their league and overall records stand at .500. The week started out with a thrilling 60-59 victory Friday night against Troy high school. The score was close at the end; however, the score was not quite close going into the fourth quarter as Troy led 52-37 and seemed to be in full control. Saratoga had other ideas and came storming back with a 23-7 fourth quarter run closing out the Troy Flying Horses. Briann Barringer led the scoring for Saratoga with 15 points while Kerry Flaherty chipped in another 12. Troy, which is now .500 in league play, was led by Sabrina Wolfe’s 22 points. The roles reversed on Tuesday night as Saratoga fell 71-67 against the Albany Lady Falcons. The legs gave out in the fourth quarter for the Blue Streaks much the way the legs gave out for Troy in their previous game. Saratoga lost fourth quarter by fifteen points giving up a whopping 26 points in the final stanza alone. Saratoga had a huge game from Catherine Cairns who finished with 32 points while draining five three-pointers. Kerry Flaherty finished with 13 points for the blue streaks who oddly enough won each of the first three quarters of the game only to fall just short at the end. The Saratoga Boys’ team had a terrific week and seemed to be surging at the right time. The team has now won 3 in a row finishing off Troy on Friday night and Albany on Tuesday night giving the 2nd place Blue Streaks a 7-2 league record. The Troy Flying Horses pushed Saratoga into overtime only to get outscored 11-4 behind the out of this world play of Adam Anderson, who poured in 30 points on the night. AJ Lawton, Brian Hart and Mike Tillman chipped

in with 16, 14 and 10 points respectively. Troy was led by Daniel Buie’s 19 points with the Flying Horses sitting in second place in the blue division. The second game of the week was another tough one for Saratoga as they finished off a pesky Albany team 66-60 behind Adam Anderson’s 22 points. Anderson who poured in 30 points the previous week, was a force to be reckoned with going to the line 14 times, hitting 12 of his free throws on the night. The game was tied going into the fourth quarter before Saratoga was able to pull away for the victory. Albany was led by Ja’Quan Bertrand’s 15 points. The Saratoga Central Boys basketball team lost a tough battle last Friday night against Hoosic Valley 46-43. This defensive battle went back and forth with Saratoga leading at the half 22-18. Momentum switched in the third quarter with Hoosic Valley winning the period 19-12 which would end up being the only period Hoosic would win in the game. Clearly it was enough as they held on for the win behind the stellar play of Isaac Sanchez and Bradley McGreavey. Sanchez finished with 20 points while McGreavey ended the game with 17. Tyrel Tilman led the charge for Spa Catholic with 20 points. Spa Catholic has not lost 3 of their last 4 but can turn this trend around with a win against Mechanicville Friday night.

Team W L PCT Schenectady 8 2 .800 Troy 5 3 .625 Albany 4 4 .500 Averill Park 4 7 .364 Ballston Spa 3 5 .375 CBA 2 6 .250 Mohonasen 2 7 .222 Burnt Hills 1 8 .111 Gray Division Suburban Council Team W L Pct. Shenendahowa 8 0 1.000 Saratoga Springs 7 2 .778 Bethlehem 6 2 .750 Shaker 6 2 .750 Colonie 6 2 .750 Guilderland 5 3 .625 Niskayuna 2 7 .222 Columbia 0 9 .000



Week of January 13 – January 19, 2017

Galway Starts Strong! Almost pulls off the upset! by Scott Alvarez Saratoga TODAY You knew Coach Deb Wilday, the longest active coach in section 2, would have her team ready to play against the highly rated Middleburgh Knights. The Golden Eagles came into the highly anticipated match with a 6-2 record behind the dynamic duo if Ashlyn Oneil and Hannah Pawlowski. The crowd was loud and pushed Galway to an 18-14 first quarter lead. Galway screened against the zone, which allowed Pawlowski to hit some uncontested three-point shots. Galway also boasts some size underneath behind 5’10 forwards Brittany Kenyon and Madison Ritter. The score at the end of the first half was 28-26 Middleburgh with much to be decided in the second half. Galway came out strong to start the second half but foul trouble hurt the team when forward Madison Ritter picked up her fourth about midway through the third quarter.

Middleburgh took advantage extending their lead to four points behind leading scorer Lyndsey McCoy who finished with 26 points on the night. Galway cut the lead to 4 points

midway through the fourth but there was not enough to hold off Bre Palmatier (13 points) , Kelsey Terrell (12 points) and the Middleburgh Knights. Galway now has a record

of (6-3) on the season and (2-3) in league play in a very tough Western Athletic Conference which boasts Mekeel Christian Academy who are ranked third in the state amongst class C schools.

Week of January 13 – January 19, 2017


To Supplement, Or Not To Supplement

by Damian Fantauzzi for Saratoga TODAY So, if you eat lots of produce and lean protein, you’re probably all set with vitamins and minerals, right? If you’re hitting the gym on a regular basis, that may not be the case. Certain nutrients are vital for your muscles to work efficiently, and, “moderate to vigorous exercise increases the loss of some minerals, mostly through sweat,” says Kelly L. Prichett R.D. spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Translation: Being active could mean your stores are totally tapped out. How about supplements and or vitamins? Are they good, are they safe, and how much should be taken? Dietary supplements are not required by federal law to be tested for safety and effectiveness before they are marketed, so the amount of scientific evidence available for various supplement ingredients varies widely. Some ingredients in dietary supplements have been carefully evaluated. For example, scientists know that calcium and vitamin D are important for keeping bones strong and reducing bone loss. Other supplements, such as many herbal products, need more study to determine their value. The B complex formulas are safe, I will not endorse any particular brand, but using the well known supplement companies is recommended. As a coach, I have recommended to many of my athletes to consider taking certain vitamins, like C and B complex. It’s important to know that when

taking vitamins they should pretty much be ingested with food; that way they become part of the digestive process of the body and therefore, they will be properly absorbed and become more beneficial. Got to take note here, the vitamins mentioned in this paragraph are water soluble and are considered safe to take because your body just eliminates the waste naturally. Carbohydrates have six major functions within the body: Providing energy and regulation of blood glucose, sparing the use of proteins for energy breakdown of fatty acids and preventing ketosis an abnormal increase of ketone bodies in the blood as in diabetes mellitus, which is a deficiency of insulin. Almost all foods have carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are essential for two distinct functions in your body -- energy and digestion. Most types of carbohydrates, such as starch and sugar, break down into glucose, which is the simplest form of carbohydrate and your body’s primary source of energy. Simple carbohydrates are sugars, and complex carbs are healthy starches as found in vegetables. An athlete’s carbohydrate intake can be judged by whether total daily intake and the timing of consumption in relation to exercise maintain adequate carbohydrate substrate for the muscle and central nervous system or whether carbohydrate fuel sources are limiting for the daily exercise program. Carbohydrate availability is increased by consuming carbohydrate in the hours or days prior to the session, intake during exercise, and refueling during recovery between sessions. This is important for the competition setting or for high-intensity training where optimal performance is desired. Carbohydrate intake during exercise should be scaled according to the characteristics of the event. Products containing special blends of different carbohydrates may maximize absorption of carbohydrate at such

high rates. In real life, athletes undertake training sessions with varying carbohydrate availability. Whether implementing additional “trainlow” strategies to increase the training adaptation leads to enhanced performance in well-trained individuals is unclear. I found most of this valuable information on a blog by Elizabeth Quinn, called “Very Well,” which is related to sports medicine. There’s a lot of news out there that relates

to nutrition, not only for athletes, but for everyone. The combination of vitamins, like B complex, C and D and some forms of antioxidants like fish oils and the blend of complex carbs are all important for athletes to consider to restore the nutrients that they use during activity. I’m a believer in the use of supplements; they have become the new good fuels for all athletes and a must consideration to all active people.

Please note, sugars from candy and power drinks, plus sodas, are short lived and can cause your body to fall into a rapid crash of fatigue. Avoid over-using these forms of simple carbs. They have little to no benefit for anyone, especially athletes. In the long term simple carbs turn into unwanted fat and are detrimental to your health. These simple carbs can be addictive, they can be dangerous! Eat right and be active and you’ll enjoy good health.

SRYMCA Youth Basketball League Weekly Scores Saratoga Rotary Jr.Division BHHS Blake Realtors 32 – Cudney’s Launderers Steve Beebe scored 14 points and Cody Belden added 8 points in BHHS Blake Realtors victory over Cudney’s Launderers. Bryant Savage and Jacob Armer each scored 6 points in the loss. D’Andrea’s Pizza 51 – Village Photo 36 D’Andrea’s Pizza’s Patrick Dechaine exploded for a game high 33 points in the win over Village Photo who got a team high 17 points from Caiden White. Saratoga-Wilton Elks Lodge Sr. Division Synergy Promotions 56 - Mexican Connection Restaurant Avery Mickle led his team to the win with 21 points while teammates Shane Richardson, Jake Graham and Gennaro Helwig each contributed 12 points. Dakari Nino’s scored 20 points along with Josh Green’s 5 points in the loss. Toyota of Clifton Park 65 - Raloid Tool Company 45 Both teams had balanced scoring attacks but in the end Toyota pulled away to get the triumph over Raloid. William Hill cleared the boards and dropped in 16 points and Vinnie Prime also scored 16 for Toyota. Tim Leary led his team with a game high 17 points in the defeat Town of Wilton Recreation - Jr. NBA Scores Saturday 1/7 Division 1 Warriors-24: Chase Billington-8, Jasyn Thomas-6 Bulls-10: Peyton Keegan-4, Bobby Morris-4 Thunder-25: Jayden Osinski-14, Osinski-9 Celtics-19: Jacob Hernandez-10, Sawicz-4

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Cavs-18: Josh Simon-10, 4 players tied with 2 Pacers-9: 4 players tied with 2 Nets-23: Steven Fodera-15, Mason Cormier-6 Blazers-14: Ryan Dingmon-6, Kihl Kelly-6 Division 2 Nuggets-29: Ben Cohen-14, Zach Delaney-6 Blazers-27: Griffin Brophy-10, Calvin Curtis-7 Rockets-21: Camden Rhude-6, Liam Thrailkill-5 Bulls-18: Jaden Viger-10, Emily Dingmon-3 Cavs-38: Rowan Armstrong-16, Diulio-16 Warriors-16: Jacob Durkee-14


Hawks-29: Rodell Evans-16, Bryant Savage-6 Thunder-25: Tyler Weygand-11, Ronan Rowe-5 Division 3 Celtics-28: Lucas Ferro-12, Justin Duscher-6 Warriors-27: Arieon Rose-10, Brandon Stimpson-7 Bulls-27: Garrett Farr-9, Andrew Masten-6 Blazers-13: Zachary Carpenter-5, Zane Burnett-4 Raptors-42: Elijah Woods-14, Samuel Tyler-10 Rockets-16: Flagg Tayler-4, Aaron Dweck-4 Nuggets-35: Frankie Laniewski-13, Charles DeRizzo-8 Thunder-29: Alexander Savage-8, Tanner Wilson-7 Division 4 Bulls-29: Benjamin Stimpson-7, Andrew Murauskas-5 Celtics-28: Shamir Shaffe-10, David Cohen-7 Warriors-28: Aidan Arciero-10, Greydon Parker-6 Nuggets-26: Kaan Lus-8, Andrew Phillips-7



Week of January 13 – January 19, 2017

COMMUNITY SPORTS BULLETIN CDNY Westside AAU Basketball SARATOGA SPRINGS — Premier boys and girls AAU program in the Saratoga and all points south and west. Open gyms currently running at Fulton Montgomery Community College on Sundays. Tryouts are in February. The website is or email us at for more details. Practices are in Saratoga County

BARC Winter Basketball Registration 2017 BALLSTON SPA — Boys and girls in grades third through ninth who reside in the towns of Milton, Malta, or Ballston, or the Village of Ballston Spa are encouraged to sign up for BARC Winter Basketball. Games will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at the Milton Terrace and Wood Road gyms.

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Learn to Swim BURNT HILLS — Student Learn-to-Swim Classes will continue their winter session starting January 7 and will run through February 18. These fifty-five minute

classes will last eight weeks. Children in grades K-6 are grouped by ability within each time period. This year there will be an addition of an advanced level class for students up to age fifteen years old. All participants must pre-register. Anyone looking to register may do so by visiting the school district website at www.bhbl. org/communityswim.

Spartan Junior Girl’s Basketball BURNT HILLS — The Spartan Junior girl’s basketball team is accepting registrants for girls in grades second through eighth. This program is run by BHBL Varsity Coach Gestwick, with the help of the girls varsity basketball team. Session will occur on the Saturdays through February 11 at the Middle School, located at 173 Lake Hill Road in Burnt Hills from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. The cost for each session is $50.00. Checks should be payable to BH-BL Girls Youth Basketball, and should be brought to the first session. Any questions can be directed to Coach Gestwick at 518-810-6675.

Winter Breakers Club at Gavin Park SARATOGA SPRINGS — Looking for something for your children to do over

the Winter Break, February 21-24? We have the perfect solution for you! 
 Gavin Park is, once again, offering a school break camp program for children in Kindergarten through 6th grade. Program hours are 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Program fee is $40 per day (3 day minimum) for Wilton residents, ($50 per day, and 3 day minimum for non-residents). Enrollment fee includes supervised games, crafts, movies, bingo & outdoor fun (weather permitting), as well as a light afternoon snack and drink. Children need to bring their own lunches with drinks. Pre-registration is required and is open now for participants in our Afterschool Program, and all others beginning January 13 through February 10, or when the programs fills (whichever comes first). Minimum of 8, maximum of 25. Please note, program will not run if minimum is not reached. Registration may be completed online, in person, or via U.S. Mail. Online registrations may be completed by going to d e p a r t m e nt s / p a r k s - a n d recreation and selecting the appropriate quick link. In person registrations can be completed at the Gavin Park Office, which is open weekdays from 9 a.m. until

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5 p.m. Payment by check, MasterCard/VISA, or money order is accepted. Any questions, please call 518-584-9455.

Any questions, please contact the park office at (518) 584-9455.

Open Gym at Gavin Park

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Perfect for our younger Zumba fans, Gavin Park is now offering Zumba Kids classes! Zumba Kids features kid-friendly routines based on the wildly popular Latin inspired dance fitness program. Kids 4-12 can be active while jamming out to their favorite music! Its fitness made fun! Classes will run each Sunday from January 15, through February 19 from 10 a.m. -11a.m. Cost for Wilton Residents is $45, Saratoga Springs School District Residents is $50, and $60 for all others. Come join the party! Pre-registration is required. (Sorry, no “drop ins” allowed.) Space is limited and registration ends January 12. Don’t miss out….register now! To register, just dance your way down to Gavin Park, or visit us online at parks-and-recreation. Questions may be answered by calling the park office at 518-584-9455.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Monday – Friday 3-5 p.m., November 1st through March 10. Open Gym is free to anyone. Those under 11 years of age must have an adult (18+) present at all times. Basketball shooting only permitted. Maximum capacity is limited to 25 participants. Any questions, please contact the park office at (518) 584-9455.

OVER 30 BASKETBALL DROP IN PROGRAM AT GAVIN PARK SARATOGA SPRINGS — Grab your sneakers and get ready for Over-30 Basketball! Designed with the mature, basketballplaying crowd in mind, the Over-30 Basketball Program is for adults, ages 30 and over. This is a drop-in activity which runs Mondays, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. beginning September 26. The weekly fee is $5.00 per person (cash only), and a maximum of 20 players can participate on any given night.

Zumba Kids

Week of January 13 – January 19, 2017


Third Annual Health & Wellness Week January 17-January 22, 2017 smooth bottom sneakers and water!

Join the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce for their Third Annual Health & Wellness week. Whether you are a seasoned athlete, or a couch potato looking to get back in shape, there is something for everyone. Local health and wellness organizations will open their doors and share information that can help you to accomplish your 2017 Wellness Goals. Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - The #HealthySaratoga Cardio Challenge Cardio exercise is any exercise that raises your heart rate. Their #HealthySaratoga Cardio Challenge is simple - - do something to raise your heart rate, safely of course. This is the day for you to use the treadmill in your basement. Visit a local fitness center or gym in your community, neighborhood or workplace. Sign up for a spin class. Go outside to snowshoe or cross country ski. · BONUS OFFER/INVITE - Saratoga Bridges will host a free Zumba Class from 5:30-6:30 p.m., on Tuesday, January 17, at their Administrative offices, at 16 Saratoga Bridges Blvd, behind Lia Nissan, near Exit 13. Ami Gray is the certified instructor. Folks just need to bring

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - Try a New Healthy Activity Here are some local options for you to try something ‘new’ this year… Spinning, Juicing, & More at the Saratoga Cycling Studio Free Spinning 101 5:30-6:15. Participants must sign up to ride online to save their bike. Space is limited. Participants will be able to mingle, sample, and learn from a range of other Health & Wellness Council members during the class if they are not riding. 422 Broadway, Suite 3, Saratoga Springs. Basic Yoga, Chiropractic Care & More at Namaste Yoga Starting at 7 p.m., Susan Cuda will teach a basic level yoga class at Namaste Studio that everyone can participate in. Attendees will also learn from Dr. Jackie Purcell, of Saratoga Chiropractic, Evan VanDyk of Saratoga Awareness and Trent Millet, an expert on our local healing springs. 2 Franklin Square, Saratoga Springs. Thursday, January 19, 2017 Workplace Wellness Breakfast Grab your staff and stop by Healthy Living Market and Cafe, in the Wilton Mall, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. The event features a delicious healthy breakfast and the chance to hear from a range of practitioners all with great ideas and lots of experience to help you. BONUS OFFER/INVITE - The Saratoga Regional YMCA will offer a free day pass to all

on Thursday, Jan. 19 associationwide. Just mention “Get Fit 2017” at the membership. Friday, January 20, 2017 - The #HealthySaratoga Healthy Lunch Day Get your boss to buy everyone a “healthy” lunch today or team up with other employees to place a “healthy” lunch order. The following local businesses are offering “healthy” specials: 9 Miles East Farm: Meals are in the farm’s popular “GO Box” format, and also include hearty farm-made soups and stews incorporating local ingredients. Email with ChamberDeal in the subject line. Greenhouse Salad: Make a copy of the Chambers healthy-saratoga page and bring it to Greenhouse Salad on Railroad Place, on Friday,

January 20, to get a 10 percent discount on your “#HealthySaratoga Healthy Lunch.” Four Seasons Market and Café: Make a copy of the Chamber’s healthy-saratoga page and bring it to Four Seasons Market, on Henry Street, or Four Seasons Cafe, on Phila Street, both in Saratoga Springs, on Friday, January 20 and get 15 percent off your order that day. Saturday, January 21, 2017 - Saratoga Farmers’ Market and Wellness Fair

Join them anytime from 9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Lincoln Bath Building, in the Saratoga Spa State Park, just off Route 9, in Saratoga Springs. Sample a wide range of healthy food options from local farmers and vendors. *BONUS OFFER/INVITE - The Alpine Sport Shop, at 399 Clinton Street, in Saratoga Springs, is offering free snow shoe lessons from 11 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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