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LOCAL • INDEPENDENT • FREE Volume 11  •  Issue 4  •  January 27 – February 2, 2017

Grow West

by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Ten new buildings, a five-story hotel, more than 400 residential units and nearly 30,000 square feet of retail space may soon rise from the rustic landscape of the city’s west side. The city’s Land Use boards are evaluating two projects that seek to develop a stretch of vacant land from the south

end of the Saratoga Springs train station to Washington Street/ Route 29, and just west of West Avenue. “You are looking at significant development,” said Bradley Birge, administrator of planning and economic development for Saratoga Springs. The Station Park project, which would be built out over five phases, calls for two See Grow pg. 12

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35|25 Volunteer Melissa Howard is one of the dozens of women who participated in Habitat for Humanity’s first Women Build Day. Photo by See Building pg. 11

Gatorade has selected Saratoga Springs sophomore Kelsey Chmiel as New York girls cross country runner of the year. Photo provided by Peter Sheehan, Athletic Director, SSHS. See Chmiel pg. 39




Week of January 27 – February 2, 2017

Neighbors: Laura Chodos Snippets of life from your community.

“I’m originally from Boston and have been in Saratoga County since 1969. There have been a lot of changes and the changes seem to be accelerating, but I just love this city. Who wouldn’t? “There is everything you could want with access to New York (City) and Montreal,the mountains and Lake George. But, what I love most about this city is: the library. “I fell in love with the library. I just couldn’t believe all the space and the services. I go to the library about three times a week. I usually use library books, but I also buy books to give as gifts and I do occasionally treat myself and buy a book at Northshire. I went in yesterday

afternoon and bought a new book about Queen Victoria. I can’t wait to get home and read it. “This feels like a city that’s been here awhile. It has permanence to it and there is a certain presence of passion here for things. When something happens in town and people don’t like it – they’re right up there! Whether you agree with it or not, it’s just nice to have that presence of passion. In this city, it’s always there. It would be awful not to have that. “What I would like to see is the city-owned lot (behind City Hall) developed for the people. I’d love to see a botanical garden and places where you could sit, and watch life go by. Some of my friends who are writers do that regularly, because that’s how they get inspired. “I’d also like to see a business that was involved with technology that would also have a little family museum where you could do things in the way of technology and games that you never can have at home. I’ve been thinking of this for years - the idea of a family-use, hands-on museum of the future that would involve technology, all the things you could do with technology, and a museum with children and parents and grandchildren all coming together with the ideas of the possibilities for the future.”

Week of January 27 – February 2, 2017


Diocese Honors Saratoga Central Catholic Principal and Science Teacher

Mr. L. Stephen Lombard, Saratoga Central Catholic School has received the, “Bishop Howard J. Hubbard Distinguished Principal Award.” This is Steve’s 8th year as Principal of SCC; he was chosen from among the other Principals at schools in the Catholic Diocese of Albany to receive this prestigious award for his dedication to promoting the school’s Catholic education, seeks to foster a Christian community and curriculum and has demonstrated skilled leadership in inviting the church community, the teachers, and the parents to share in the mission. He is well deserved of this award. Congratulations Principal Lombard!”

Jennifer DuBois, Saratoga Central Catholic School Science Teacher has received the “St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Distinguished Secondary School Teacher Award.” This is Jenn’s 7th year teaching at SCC. The “St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Distinguished Secondary School Teacher Award” honors a Catholic school teacher who has promoted a school’s Catholic educational vision and who has a strong awareness of a school’s Catholic identity and mission. The teacher is one who has demonstrated excellence in teaching skills and has a positive effect on the moral growth of students. Congratulations Jennifer DuBoss! The Diocese of Albany honors one elementary and one secondary school teacher who deserves to be honored in a special way for their commitment and contributions to the Catholic schools in the Diocese of Albany.

St. Clement’s School Performs “Sleeping Beauty” SARATOGA SPRINGS — The students at St. Clement’s School had been rehearsing for months for their musical production of the Disney musical “Sleeping Beauty,” which was performed January 20 and 21 at the school. “Sleeping Beauty” is an American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney. This familyfriendly adventure of Princess Aurora is cursed by the evil witch Maleficent - who declares that before the sun sets on Aurora’s 16th birthday she will die by pricking her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel. This family-friendly adventure was cherished by both the students performing and the audience.

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Gone Like Smoke

Week of January 27 – February 2, 2017

“Meet” Charles Lindbergh at the Military Museum

Nothing remains of the Mio Posto restaurant formerly at 68 Putnam Street but a gaping hole in the street’s dining landscape. For anyone missing Chef Danny Urschel’s culinary talents, he is temporarily serving up fine dining at the Century House in Latham, according to the restaurant’s Facebook page. Photo by Thomas Dimopoulos.

Momentive Strikers Protest in Saratoga

Photo by Sharon Castro.

Photo by Jon Flanders.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Striking workers from the Momentive chemical plant in Waterford were bussed up to Saratoga Springs on the evening of Monday, January 23 to protest in front of the home of Momentive Performance Materials CEO Jack Boss. IUE-CWA Local 81359 vice president Darryl Houshower said, “I think it went really well, we got our point across, and let the neighbors

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SARATOGA SPRINGS — Retired B-52 pilot Tim Clark, a resident of The Grove At Neumann at 233 Lake Avenue, will be providing a presentation on the life of Charles Lindbergh at the New York State Military Museum located at 61 Lake Avenue on Saturday, January 28 at 2 p.m. Clark will appear dressed and speaking as Lindbergh, describing his adventure piloting an aircraft alone 3,600 miles across the

Atlantic Ocean from Roosevelt Field Long Island to Le Bourget Airport in Paris in the Spirit of St. Louis in May 1927. Clark graduated from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, becoming an

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COURTS Joshua Noll, 27, of Gansevoort, pleaded on Jan. 19 to felony DWI and second-degree vehicular assault in connection with an incident that occurred in Saratoga Springs in August. Sentencing is scheduled to take place March 15. Philip E. Parish, 28, of Saratoga Springs, was sentenced on Jan. 19 to five years in state prison and three years of post-release supervision, after pleading to attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance, and second-degree burglary. Timothy J. McDaniel, 32, of Schenectady, was sentenced on Jan. 19 to 1/1/2 to 3 years in state prison, after pleading to fourthdegree grand larceny. Michael Mosher, 38, of Saratoga Springs, pleaded on Jan. 18 to two counts of predatory assault against a child in connection with incidents that occurred in the towns of Wilton and Hadley from 2009 to 2016. Sentencing is scheduled to take place March 15. Joshua R. Loukes, 26, of Charlton, was sentenced on Jan. 18 to time served and five years of probation, after pleading to felony DWI in connection with an incident that occurred in Ballston. Brandon H. Welfinger, 21, with no known address, pleaded on Jan. 18 to failure to report an address change within 10 days of relocating. Sentencing is scheduled to take place March 15. Harold L. Wolcott, 41, of Ballston Spa, pleaded on Jan. 17 to criminally negligent homicide, according to the Saratoga County District Attorney’s Office. In April 2016, Wolcott was charged with strangulation after an altercation with a 51-year-old man who was playing loud

music at the Creek and Pines Mobile Home Park, where Wolcott worked as the mobile park’s manager. The man died from his injuries a few days later. Sentencing is scheduled to take place March 24. Riley P. BelkevichManupella, 21, of Clifton Park, pleaded on Jan. 13 to second-degree vehicular assault, Sentencing is scheduled to take place March 17. Lyle J. Kilburn, 28, of Ballston Spa, pleaded on Jan. 13 to felony DWI. Sentencing is scheduled to take place March 3.

POLICE Donnell J. Bertrand, 27, of Schenectady, was charged on Jan. 20 with assault in the third degree, obstructing governmental administration in the second degree, two counts of harassment in the second degree, criminal mischief in the fourth degree, and two counts of assault in the second degree, according to the Saratoga County Sheriff ’s Department. Bertrand is accused of pushing his sister down an embankment, causing her to strike her back on a guide rail and damaging the center console of her vehicle. While being processed at Milton Station, Bertrand allegedly kicked and spit at deputies resulting in the two deputies sustaining physical injury. He was arraigned in the Malta Town Court and sent to Saratoga County Jail in lieu of $30,000 bail, or $60,000 bond. Brian M. Little, 29, of Schenectady, was charged on Jan. 18 with criminal mischief in the second degree, a felony, following an investigation of a complaint of criminal mischief in the town of Malta. Little is suspected of damaging the vehicle of a woman known to him causing damage exceeding $1,500. He was arraigned and released to county

BLOTTER 5 probation Pre-Trial Services, and will return at a later, unspecified date to answer the charge, according to the Saratoga County Sheriff ’s Department. Chad M. Radock, 41, of Saratoga Springs, was charged on Jan. 15 with misdemeanor DWI, and four driving infractions, following a traffic stop on Congress Street. Jacob M. Hanlin, 21, of Ballston Spa, was charged on Jan. 15 with misdemeanor DWI and aggravated DWI, and two driving infractions, following a traffic stop on Route 50. Daniel M. Vanwie, 21, of Rensselaer, was charged on Jan. 14 with misdemeanor DWI, aggravated DWI, aggravated unlicensed operation, and a driving infraction, following a traffic stop on East Avenue.

Edgar G. Lopez, 30, of Bridgeport, Connecticut, was charged on Jan. 14 with misdemeanor DWI, operation of a motor vehicle by an unlicensed driver, and a traffic infraction, following a traffic stop on Broadway. Kyle J. Stork, 22, of Arlington, Vermont, was charged on Jan. 14 with misdemeanor DWI, aggravated DWI, aggravated unlicensed operation, and a vehicle equipment infraction, following a traffic stop on Church Street. William G. Connallon, 43, of Glen Rock, New Jersey, was charged on Jan. 13 with misdemeanor DWI, refusing a pre-screen test, and two driving infractions, following a traffic stop on Congress Street. Chantelle C. Joubert, 25, of Gansevoort, was charged on Jan. 12 with misdemeanor petit larceny in

connection with an incident on Weibel Avenue. Larry L. Fiber, 53, of Saratoga Springs, was charged on Jan. 11 with three counts of criminal mischief, two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, menacing, and criminal possession of a weapon. Lauren M. Jones, 26, of Saratoga Springs, was charged on Jan. 11 with misdemeanor DWI, aggravated unlicensed operation, and a driving infraction, following a traffic stop on W. Fenlon Street. Maureen E. Putnick, 25, of Queensbury, and Mace M. McCann, 25, of Lake George, were each charged on Jan. 10 with one misdemeanor count of criminal possession of a controlled substance, following a traffic stop on Church Street.

6 Eleanor Stevens SARATOGA SPRINGS — Eleanor Stevens, age 92, passed away on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at home surrounded by her loving family. She was born on February 11, 1924 in Saratoga Springs, the daughter of the late Harmon Dewitt and Nellie Frith Dewitt. Eleanor was a homemaker; she loved her children, and had a mother’s special love for her family. Eleanor was always supportive and encouraging, always wise and kind, she was so proud of her family. She always saw the good in every person, and in any situation. As a homemaker, a devoted wife to the late Thomas Stevens, a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, she was strong, capable and tireless, always striving to make everything better. She enjoyed knitting and needle point, which she learned as

OBITUARIES a child from her mother. She also enjoyed quilting which she learned as an adult and she was a member of the Piecemakers Quilting and the Wings Falls Quilting group in which she won 1st place for one of the quilts she made. As she held all of us in her heart, she will live in a special place in all of our hearts forever, as an extraordinarily loving and gracious woman. Eleanor is survived by her sons, Thomas Stevens (Barbara), Timothy Stevens (Nancy); grandchildren, Frank Dennison (Fatima), Jason Stevens (Amy), Erin Gearing (Zachary), Megan Stevens; great-grandchildren, Kenneth, Jordan, and Jane. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Thomas Stevens who passed away in 2015 and her parents. Donations in Eleanor’s name may be made to Community Hospice, 179 Lawrence St. in Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Interment will be at North Milton Cemetery in the spring. If you wish to express your online condolences or view the Obituary, please visit our website at

Week of January 27 – February 2, 2017

Marguerite Simek Henry JOHNSTOWN — Marguerite Simek Henry, 99, of Willing Helpers Home for Women in Johnstown, formerly of Niskayuna, passed away January 20, 2017 at Albany Medical Center Hospital where she has been a patient since January 6. She was born in Johnstown on February 22, 1917 a daughter to the late Edward and Antonia Pollack Simek. Marguerite graduated from Johnstown High School. She worked at Gates and Mills Glove Factory in Gloversville for several years. She was an avid gardener and well known for “Margie’s Cookies” with her family and neighbors. Marge was her grandsons’ cheerleader attending their sports endeavors. She traveled and lived throughout the United States. Above all she loved her family. She married LeRoy J. Henry, Jr. on June 28, 1948 in Johnstown. He predeceased her in 2011. Marguerite is survived by her son, Terry Henry and his wife Christine of Ballston Spa; two grandsons, Adam (Jennifer) of Lake Bluff, IL and Eric (Denise) of Orlando, FL, great- grandchildren, Braden, Charlotte and Abigail. Survived also by sisters Ann Collar, Bernadine Concetta, Mary Frito and several nieces and nephews. She is also predeceased by her sister Velma Simek, brothers Anthony, John, Steve and Edward. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, January 28 at 10 a.m. at St. Kaveri Parish (formerly St. Helen’s), 1803 Union St. in Niskayuna. A calling hour will be held Saturday from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Jones Funeral Home, 1503 Union St., (at McClellan) in Schenectady. Entombment will follow the Mass at Most Holy Redeemer Mausoleum in Niskayuna. In lieu of flowers, donations in Marguerite’s memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Pl, Memphis, TN 38105. To leave condolences, please visit www.jonesfh. net

Week of January 27 – February 2, 2017


Locals to Wear Red for Women’s Health

Members of the 2017 Go Red for Women committee sport their red in preparation for National Wear Red Day, Friday, Feb. 3. Photo provided.

ALBANY — The American Heart Association is spreading a “Go Red” message on Friday, February 3 that heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year – more than all cancers combined. Capital Region residents can donate $5 to the Go Red For

Women campaign. Some organizations will offer heart-healthy lunch-and-learn programs, organize healthy walks, or offer healthier foods in vending machines and cafeterias. Heart disease risk factors include cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar and body mass index (BMI).

For more information or to register your company or organization to participate, call the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association Capital Region office at 518-459-3952 or visit w w w.G WearRedDay.

Saratoga Casino Hotel to Open Doors for Blood Drive SARATOGA SPRINGS —Saratoga Casino Hotel is teaming up with the American Red Cross to host a Blood Drive on Monday, January 30. Members of the local community are urged to join Saratoga Casino Hotel team members to give blood on Monday, January 30 from noon to 6 p.m. inside the hotel ballroom. The Red Cross is experiencing a severe winter blood shortage. Right now, blood products are being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in.

To date, Saratoga Casino Hotel has collected over 1,000 blood donations at their biannual blood drives. The collections have helped over 3,000 patients in need. All presenting donors at this year’s Blood Drive will receive a $5 Dunkin’ Donuts Gift Card and a $10 voucher to Perks Café, located in the hotel lobby. Donors are encouraged to make an appointment. To schedule a time, call 518-581-5774 or visit www.

22nd Annual Frost Faire at the Saratoga Battlefield

Local Man Serves as U.S. Navy Seabee SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Springs native and Christian Brothers Academy graduate, Samuel Male, is currently serving in the U.S. Navy’s Seabees unit. Male is stationed at a naval construction battalion center located in Port Hueneme, California. Male specializes in plumbing and HVAC installations for the U.S. Navy. For 75 years U.S. Navy Seabees have served in all American conflicts. They have also supported humanitarian efforts using their construction skills to help communities around the world following earthquakes, hurricanes

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

and other natural disasters. The Seabees will take part in a yearlong

celebration in 2017 to commemorate the unit¹s 75-year anniversary.

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


Week of January 27 – February 2, 2017

Week of January 27 – February 2, 2017


City, Town Officials Seek Fire Inspection Compliance by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Fire officials in Saratoga Springs and Malta are hoping local property owners will be more compliant with fire inspections to avoid devastating blazes similar to the recent holiday incident that affected several city businesses. Peter Shaw, assistant chief of the Saratoga Springs Fire Department, currently serves as a coordinator of the city’s fire inspections. Two fulltime staff and a part-time assistant handle that workload with regular support from the city’s 62 firefighters. Inspections are generated, Shaw said, through spot occupancy checks, complaints and routine scheduling by the Fire Department.

Shaw said the Thanksgiving Day fire — apparently caused by a faulty electrical cord in the Mio Posto restaurant—revealed the importance of property owners’ compliance with inspections. None of the properties involved were “out of date” with inspections, Shaw said, because fire departments routinely focus on keeping such public venues current. “That’s what we’re looking to avoid, so we don’t have catastrophes like that,” Shaw said. “We’d rather people fix the problem than take them to court.” Shaw noted how all municipalities have legal authority to enforce the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code, in effect for over 30 years. Saratoga Springs Fire Department Chief Robert Williams

said the city schedules its fire inspections 30 days in advance, and that more than 1,100 were completed in 2016. About one-third normally require a second visit. He added that only 8 properties required a “full reinspection” last year. Chief Williams says a “proactive method” to completing inspections is best, since “the value to the public is having a safe community and preventing the loss of life as a result of a fire.” A related effort is under way in the Town of Malta. According to Malta Supervisor Vince DeLucia, two professional firefighters are ensuring steady progress in clearing up a backlog of fire inspections that was discovered last year. DeLucia had requested a study in early 2016—after starting his

two-year term as supervisor—to determine the number of fire inspections awaiting completion. He said a total of 420 fire inspections were identified in the Town of Malta, involving 350 businesses and 70 apartments. A sharp increase in the backlog number was linked to the town’s economic growth in recent years. DeLucia explained that addressing the backlog problem initially caused difficulties for the town’s code enforcement staff, who were asked to assist with fire inspections. As a result, some building permits were delayed for short time periods. “We had to establish our priorities, and safety is a priority,” DeLucia said. Last year, two firefighters were then hired part-time by the Malta Town Board to conduct inspections

with a funding level of $12,500. DeLucia added that $21,600 has been budgeted by the board for fire inspections in 2017. “These two are outstanding,” DeLucia said of the firefighters, explaining how they are certified and licensed to identify potential fire hazards at any given property. At their scheduling convenience, the firefighters devote 20 hours each week to the effort in Malta, or more than 1,000 hours per year. At the current rate of completion, DeLucia anticipates Malta being fully caught up sometime in 2018. “Folks have been quite cooperative,” DeLucia concluded. “We’re well ahead of where we were when we first discovered the problem.”



Week of January 27 – February 2, 2017

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resolution of standard IP cameras is between 10 and 20 times higher than that of traditional analog cameras. This enables the capture of clearer images, even when objects are moving. This alone can make the difference between usable or worthless video. The clearer the images are, the easier it is to discern the objects, faces, license plates, and other details recorded by the camera. These high-resolution images are particularly useful when engaging law enforcement, or when closeup details are important, perhaps in a scenario where theft is being investigated. Buyer beware: Even today, we still see analog systems being positioned as “high definition.” The reality is that they are a fraction of true FHD. Analog cameras cannot provide resolutions up to today’s HDTV standards. Even a minimum HD resolution of 720p is many times that of an analog camera. For more information on the various types of cameras and resolutions, and what they all mean, please view

our Video Surveillance Primer, found in the Video Surveillance Systems section of our website. 3. Ease of Use As with most seasoned video surveillance solution providers, at Tech II, all our systems can be viewed from either a Mac or PC. Combined with the many camera styles to choose from, including covert, box type, bullet type, dome type, PTZ (Pan Tilt Zoom), fisheye, or a license plate reader, you’re pretty much guaranteed to find something that will do the trick, whether you’re looking for indoor or outdoor solutions. Authorized users can easily view live video over an IP network through a web browser for remote monitoring – anytime, anywhere. Perhaps one of the most compelling cases for this exciting new technology is playback. If you need to view a specific segment, there is no more wading through hours of video. Even from your smartphone, finding an event such as an accident, theft, or any other recorded scenario, will take a matter of minutes, not hours, to locate and view. At the risk of sounding like a late-night infomercial – but wait! There’s more! Once you find the event, you can capture stills or export full motion video right to your device. Once saved, these files can be emailed, exported to USB, or shared using any commonly used file-sharing method. 4. Flexibility and Growth We find that it’s quite common after a business upgrades their existing system or adds HD cameras for the first time, upon seeing FHD, the value is immediately realized, and the owners/management want to expand the system. If the solution was designed and installed by an individual or firm (preferably an authorized installing partner)

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Week of January 27 – February 2, 2017

Building Hope Dozens of Rosies Rivet for Habitat Photos by

by Maureen Werther for Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Saturday, Jan. 21, Habitat for Humanity welcomed volunteers to its first annual “Women Build” event at 26 Cherry Street in the city of Saratoga Springs. Dozens of women of all ages were on hand to help make the dream of home ownership a reality for two very excited families. The duplex under construction is expected to be completed by Spring. Habitat for Humanity’s goal for 2017 is to build three homes within the city limits and Cherry Street is the first of those projects. In her remarks to the assembled crowd, president of Habitat for Humanity of Northern Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties, Tammy DiCara, said, “It is an honor to have you all here, as women across the country demonstrate their power,” referring to the many peaceful marches that occurred Saturday around the country and across the world. She added that the work being done at Cherry Street and future locations directly impacts the community. In addition to volunteers, the new homeowners and their families were also on hand to help with the construction. The focus of the work for the day was dry-wall, and experts were on hand to show volunteers how to properly install it. Bruce and Ashley Smith are one of the families who will be moving into one side of the Cherry Street duplex this Spring and they couldn’t be happier. “I’m very excited for my wife and two children,” said Bruce, who currently works at the Recovery Sports Bar in Malta. His wife, Ashley, who works at Maple Leaf Daycare in Malta, said that having their children has made

Home owner and Habitat for Humanity beneficiary Hope Caprood with mom Charlene Carter and daughter Maleia Batts.

Saratoga Bridges build team: Valerie Muratori, Vicky Denew, Patty Paduano, Charlotte Maben, Lucia Valentine, Sandy Izzo and Rosalee Hays.

her even more determined to give them a real home. She was doubtful that they would be considered by Habitat, but she filled out the application anyway. “We got a call from Habitat to do a home visit, and we were approved two days later,” she said with a huge smile on her face. “I’ve already got my colors and swatches for all the rooms. I never thought this would ever happen. This is for my kids. They deserve it.” Bruce, who said that he came from a very difficult background growing up, calls himself a “survivor.” “This is a cakewalk compared to some of my other experiences,” he said, referring to the work involved in building the home. “My wife makes everything easier for me,” he added. For Hope, a single mother of five children ranging in age from 17 years to 8-year-old twins, this is also a dream come true. She found out about Habitat for Humanity during a visit to her dentist’s office. “The receptionist told me that I should apply, but I didn’t think I could qualify. But, I said to myself, ‘Why not?’” Hope applied at the end of November and was only told that she got the Cherry Street home the second week of January. Hope and her children had been renting a tiny apartment. Now, the children will have plenty of space in the upstairs bedrooms. “The kids were just ecstatic

volunteers that make Habitat’s work possible. The City of Saratoga Springs donated the Cherry Street property, which was in foreclosure, as part of the city’s commitment to provide more affordable housing. “This is so much more than bricks and mortar,” said Yepsen. “It’s helping a family build a home, giving them an address, a place to live, play and learn.” The first home to ever be built by Habitat within the city limits was 195 Division Street, which was completed in the fall of 2016. Habitat for Humanity also receives tremendous help and support from Saratoga Builder’s Association, who donate proceeds from the Showcase of Homes to

Habitat Build at 26 Cherry Street in Saratoga Springs.

when I told them the good news,” said Hope. In addition to her oldest daughter, Hope’s mother was also on hand to help with the drywall. “It feels as if everything is falling into place and things are happening just as they were supposed to,” said Hope. “To see everyone coming out to volunteer and be a part of this is just amazing and we are creating such a great memory.” Hope has pink and blue Habitat for Humanity tee shirts and hard hats, and she plans to hang a picture of she and her family dressed in them in their new home. Mayor Joanne Yepsen was also on hand to congratulate the new home owners and to thank the many sponsors, community members, and

construct affordable homes. Barry Potoker, president of Saratoga Builder’s Association, was on hand for the Women Build day and commented on the many association members who provide labor, discounted materials and other support to Habitat. He noted that Jesse Boucher of Kodiak Construction was integral in building the Division Street and Cherry Street homes. Habitat for Humanity also acts as the bank for families, working with them to obtaining low interest financing with thirty-year terms. Thrivent Financial Services is the leading financial supporter of Habitat through grants. They have provided $70,000 toward the construction of the duplex on Cherry Street.



Week of January 27 – February 2, 2017

Grow West 10 Buildings; 5 Story Hotel; 400+ Residential Units Continued from front page.

buildings to be dedicated as a mixed-use space with each building housing 36 residential units, and a total of 22,000 square feet of retail space. The 72 residential units would be for-sale condominiums, said Lou Giardino, chief development officer of the project for Top Capital of New York. The Rochester-based firm has secured a purchasing option on the 17 acres of the land where it would develop the $80 million project, if the city grants its approval. Additional development would include two buildings - each providing 57 units for senior housing and 33 units for senior assisted care, a 110-to120 unit five-story hotel and spa, a pool and fitness center, and a free-standing building with an additional 6,200 square feet of retail space. Nearly 600 parking spaces would span across the location to cater to residents, retail workers and shoppers. “We’re anxious to get started,” said Giardino. “We have to go through the process and it’s contingent upon approval, but we’re excited about it.”

Station Park project location, looking south from the Saratoga Springs Train Station, in the approximate vicinity that would site a five-story hotel. Photo by Thomas Dimopoulos.

The second proposal, submitted by the Missouri-based Vecino Group seeks to develop one three-story building and three four-story buildings to stand just east of the Station Park proposal and near the Washington Street post office.

The 160 apartment units contained within seem to fall in the “workforce,” or “affordable” housing categories, although detailed information has yet to be released and phone calls made to the Vecino Group and their local partners

at the LA Group that sought comment about the project proposal were not returned. “They’re two separate and very independent projects coming forward at the same time,” said Birge. “They don’t come as a partnership, but we’ve tried very hard to encourage them to collaborate and at least share their plans (with each other) so that we can approach them in a comprehensive manner.”

“We’ve met with the Vecino Group and support their project,” Giardino said. According to city officials, two additional firms are also currently readying proposals for further development in the immediate vicinity of the Station Park project, although the size and scope of those two potential projects are not currently known as those plans have yet to be submitted to the city. Continued on page 13.

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Grow West 10 Buildings; 5 Story Hotel; 400+ Residential Units Continued from page 12.

The west side build-up is intentional and by design, said city Mayor Joanne Yepsen. “When we updated our Comprehensive Plan – the first new one in the city in 14 years – we identified West Ave as a growth area, along with Weibel Avenue and South Broadway,” the mayor said. “We’ve also been proactive in looking for a partner who would be involved in affordable housing.” The Vecino Group project would seem to answer some of the city’s affordable housing needs. The West Avenue corridor has witnessed an increase in development over the past dozen years. In 2004, a $6 million renovation project was conducted at the Saratoga Springs Train Station. Three years later, The YMCA of Saratoga opened its $10 million, 75,000-square-foot

Top Capital Of New York Station Park architectural rendering, Saratoga Associates.

community and fitness center 1/4 mile south of the Saratoga Springs Junior-Senior High

School. And in 2009, Empire State College completed its Center for Distance Learning

facility at its West Avenue property, located a few yards from the college’s graduate

studies and international programs building, which was built in 2004.



Week of January 27 – February 2, 2017

Reader’s View:“Set-Aside” Units for Domestic Violence Victims Benefits Locals—Not Outsiders by Maggie Fronk Recently I’ve been participating in a lot of conversations about affordable housing in Saratoga County—specifically the lack of it. Often, people are concerned that affordable housing or mixed income housing projects will be detrimental to the property values or safety of the community. Some fear that by building affordable housing units, we will attract people from outside our community who will in turn bring new problems into our backyards. But in fact, we need affordable housing to meet the needs of people who are already living in our neighborhoods and face housing instability. Affordable housing is workforce housing, and it also creates a stable home for seniors, veterans and families. These are the people our local human services organizations assist every day inside our communities. They’re your neighbors, your coworkers… maybe even a family member. They go to work every day, their kids go to school

and get good grades, but these families struggle with housing instability. Why? Simply because they cannot find affordable housing in Saratoga County and are expending more than 30 percent of their household income on housing costs, which in turn, creates additional struggles. For more than 35 years, Wellspring has served Saratoga County, providing crisis and support services to help survivors leave abusive situations and recover from domestic violence. Wellspring’s advocates regularly hear that a primary reason victims do not leave the abuse is financial—they can’t afford to house and feed their children on just one income. In some parts of the county, they opt into the waitlist for Section 8 housing in order to make the financial leap a bit easier, but that wait can be years. But a domestic violence victim fleeing an abusive situation—whether it be physical, emotional, or financial abuse— doesn’t have years to wait when it comes to safely housing her/

his family. The need is immediate, and it’s serious. Many people are surprised when they hear statistics about the prevalence of domestic violence locally, which is why I feel the need to repeat them. In Saratoga County, domestic violence is the: • #2 violent crime • Primary cause of family homelessness Here’s one more stat: 100 percent of homicides since 2010 in Saratoga County were due to domestic violence. For all those that fear that affordable housing set aside for

the victims of domestic violence will bring in a criminal element. I want to remind you again: The element is already here, as evidenced by the stats shared above. Providing refuge to these victims won’t introduce new crime, or cause it to skyrocket. Instead, it breaks the dependency bond between a victim and her/his abuser, and can therefore reduce DV-related violence, something I think we can all agree is a “must.” Now consider again that the reason many victims remain in the home with a partner who abuses them is because they can’t afford rent and food for their

family if they leave the abusive situation. Remember that the housing being set-aside is for local residents, not outsiders. It’s a refuge for the women, men and children already in our communities. Simply put, affordable housing benefits the people we see every day. Affordable housing provides safety and housing stability for our neighbors, friends and coworkers—in other words, the people we care about. And that’s worth something. Maggie Fronk is the executive director of Wellspring. For more information, visit

Third-World Election This sounds more like a thirdworld country where a dictator is running the elections. Overriding the majority of our City Council (Commissioners Scirocco, Madigan, and Franck), a dozen members of the Charter Commission have decreed that the election for our City’s Constitution will be held May 30, oneday after a 3-day holiday. Doesn’t this smell rotten to you? These people are forcing the city’s first ever special elec-

tion to be held on a day few people are likely to even be aware there is an election. Their rationale is that Saratogians can’t possibly learn about their City Manager proposal in 9 months, although they claim that we can be educated in only the 4 months before the May election. Confusing and impossible to believe, isn’t it. There must be another reason they’re hiding the election. Most likely, they don’t believe they

can win in the Fall, so they’re trying an end run around the voters. As Commission Franck said: It’s voter suppression. We need a fair election with as many people voting as possible for the future of our city. We need the election to be a part of the November general election when people plan ahead to go to the polls or get an absentee ballot. Jim Chatfield Saratoga Springs

Charter Review I have waited to write because the Charter Committee hasn’t come up with a new charter yet, but I think there is enough out there to start commenting on. First I would like to address the suggestion that the people in Saratoga Springs are too dumb to know how to turn a ballot over and therefore we need a special election. Come on folks – give us a break. The main reason the committee wants a special

election is to make sure the number of voters is very low. The committee knows the people of Saratoga Springs have turned down a new Charter in every election - it was on the ballot since 2001. Also they say an election in the fall will be too political. Well voting on a new Charter is a political act but not a Democratic or Republican issue. Saratoga Springs is a city that is doing very well. We are not in debt,

people are moving here because the quality of life here is so good. We do need more work force housing but getting a City Manager is not going to solve that or any other issue. I hope you, the voters, are starting to pay attention because this is a very important issue. Karen Klotz Saratoga Springs

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Council No-Shows Cause Cancellation of Special Meeting to Fund Special Election by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Wednesday’s “Special” City Council meeting lived up to its noteworthy title: so special it was that it never took place. The meeting was called to discuss funding for the May 30 special election when voters will be asked to decide whether to maintain the status quo of the city’s century-old commission form of governing, or change to a council-manager form. Following eight months of committee meetings, community surveys and interviews conducted with city employees, the Charter Review Commission - a 15-member group independent of the council - recommended a special election be held on May 30. The group estimates total budget expenses to be about $46,000, in addition

to approximately $37,000 in costs associated with a special election. There has been growing disagreement among council members debating the timing and costs of holding a special vote in May, versus placing the issue on an extension of the standard November ballot, which is when all five council seats will also be up for vote. Those in favor of the May date say adding a Charter vote to an already busy city election season would muddle matters. City Mayor Joanne Yepsen and Commissioner Chris Mathiesen were the two lone members attending Wednesday’s meeting, leaving the board one member short of a quorum, and forcing the 17 people and two council members in attendance to leave City Hall without discussing the matter.

Commissioner Anthony “Skip” Scirocco issued a statement following the cancellation of the meeting to say after “it had been indicated that both Commissioner Madigan and Commissioner Franck would not be in attendance,” he also would not be attending. “I feel it only fair that when voting on an important issue that impacts all city residents, and our future as a city, that all members of the council are in attendance.” Commissioner Michele Madigan said in a statement, that after learning Commissioner John Franck “would not be attending the meeting for professional reasons,” she contacted the mayor’s office to ask the meeting be cancelled because she wanted all five members of the City Council to be present to discuss and vote on the budget amendments from the Charter Review Commission.

Homeless Population Registry Being Conducted This Week by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — A week-long effort by Shelters of Saratoga is currently underway to create a real-time, by-name registry of the homeless population in Saratoga Springs. The data gathered from surveys, which are voluntary, will provide the community knowledge of the needs of people experiencing homelessness, and the work that needs to be done to end homelessness in Saratoga Springs, organizers say. “Registry Week” has taken place in 186 other US communities. This is the first time it is being conducted in Saratoga Springs. Coordinators say the surveys will help agencies connect people to the services they most need, and that the byname list will provide insight as to specific vulnerabilities

for each person, enabling agencies to provide specified care for each person. Meantime, the Code Blue emergency shelter – which is under the auspices of Shelters of Saratoga – has been operating at near full-capacity this winter. Adhering to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s mandate that shelters service the homeless when temperatures dip below 32 degrees Fahrenheit has increased Code Blue’s hours of operation. “It’s been a challenge,” noted shelter director Cheryl Ann Murphy-Parant. In its two full years of operation, the shelter - previously located at the Salvation Army building on Woodlawn Avenue - was open 85 and 88

nights, respectively, in 201415 and 2015-16. Code Blue had averaged 35 nightly guests during the two years and was open a combined total of five times during the daylight hours. This winter season, through Jan. 18, the relocated shelter on Caroline Street has already been open 62 nights and 12 days, and has housed an average of 41 guests – 10 to 12 of which are women. “That (women guests) is a big jump this year,” said Murphy-Parant. It is anticipated the data gathered from the surveys this week will be compiled in the spring and that a second “registry week” survey will be conducted locally during the warm-season months.

Some in attendance remarked after the cancelled meeting that council members opposed to a change in the form of governing were using delay tactics. The City Council has until February 20 to approve the request to fund the Commission’s expenses as well as the special election; if it fails to do so, it is believed the mayor has the ability to approve the amount of funding sought to defray expenses for the Commission’s budget and for the special election. Under the council-manager form of government, the city council approves the budget, determines the tax rate and focuses on the community’s goals, major projects, and long-term considerations such as community growth, land use development, capital improvement plans, capital financing, and strategic

planning. The council would be charged with hiring a highly trained non-partisan, professional city manager to carry out these policies with an emphasis on effective, efficient, and equitable service delivery. Managers serve at the pleasure of the governing body and can be fired by a majority of the council. Among the Commission’s other recommendations are: increasing the number of council members from five to seven and terms of service from two years to four years putting a system in place to ensure members come from all corners of the city, and giving council members confirmation power over all mayoral appointments to city boards and judicial appointments. The next regularly scheduled meeting of the City Council is Feb. 7.



Week of January 27 – February 2, 2017

First – and Only – NENY Physician Trained in Hidden Scar Breast Surgery

Dr. Patricia Rae Kennedy, M.D., FACS. Photo provided.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Dr. Patricia Rae Kennedy, a designated breast surgeon at Saratoga Hospital, is the first and only physician in Northeastern New York to be trained in an innovative

technique known as Hidden Scar™ Breast Surgery. The advanced procedure is now available at Saratoga Hospital. During hidden scar surgery, the surgeon removes cancerous tissue through a single, small incision in an inconspicuous place so scarring is less visible. The scar typically is hidden in the crease below the breast, at the edge of the areola or under the armpit. The nipple, areola and surrounding tissue are spared, leaving a more natural-looking breast. “For so many patients, surgery scars are a constant, often devastating, reminder of their cancer diagnosis,” Dr. Kennedy said. “This surgical technique can make an enormous difference in their psychological and emotional well-being and their quality of life. That’s extremely important—to

our patients and to us.” The Hidden Scar™ Breast Surgery training program was launched by Invuity, a surgical technology company, to provide hands-on training and certification in advanced, less invasive approaches to nipple-sparing mastectomy and lumpectomy. The procedures—and aesthetic results—are made possible by the company’s patented Intelligent Photonics™ technology, which improves visibility by illuminating the entire surgical cavity. Surgeons who are certified in using the technology can safely remove cancerous tumors and perform other complex procedures through smaller incisions. Dr. Kennedy’s decision to pursue the hidden scar training exemplifies the approach of Saratoga Hospital Center for Breast Care, which emphasizes integrated, patient-centered care from diagnosis through life after cancer. A fellowship-trained

breast surgeon, Dr. Kennedy is clinical director of the center. The risk of recurrence with the hidden-scar option is the same as that with any other type of breast cancer surgery. Patient eligibility depends on the size and location of the tumor and breast shape and size. Saratoga Hospital Breast Care Center is a key component of Saratoga Hospital’s comprehensive cancer care program. The hospital’s cancer services are accredited with commendation by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. Saratoga Hospital Center for Breast Care is located on the hospital’s Wilton campus and can be reached by calling 518-580-2170. Saratoga Hospital is the Saratoga region’s leading healthcare provider and the only acutecare facility in Saratoga County. With a medical staff of more than 450 providers, the hospital offers care in a broad range of medical

specialties at more than 20 locations including its Wilton campus and the Saratoga Medical Park at Malta. The Saratoga Hospital Medical Group ensures easy access to services that can have the greatest impact on both individual and community health. In keeping with its emphasis on quality, Saratoga Hospital was the first in the Capital Region to earn Magnet designation for nursing excellence. On Jan. 1, 2017, Saratoga Hospital finalized its affiliation with Albany Medical Center, joining Columbia Memorial Health in creating a regionally integrated, locally governed healthcare system. For more information: or www.facebook. com/SaratogaHospital.

Arrow Declares March Cash Dividend GLENS FALLS — The Board of Directors of Arrow Financial Corporation (NasdaqGS® – AROW) on January 25, 2017, declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.25 per share payable March 15, 2017, to shareholders of record March 1, 2017. This represents an increase of 3 percent over the cash dividend paid in the first quarter of 2016, as a result of the 3 percent stock dividend distributed September 29, 2016. Arrow Financial Corporation is a multi-bank holding company headquartered in Glens Falls, New York, serving the financial needs of northeastern New York. The Company is the parent of Glens Falls National Bank and Trust Company and Saratoga National Bank and Trust Company. Other subsidiaries include North Country Investment Advisers, Inc.; two property and casualty insurance agencies: McPhillips Insurance Agency, which is a division of Glens Falls National Insurance Agencies, LLC, and Upstate Agency, LLC; and Capital Financial Group, Inc., an insurance agency specializing in the sale and servicing of group health plans.

Week of January 27 – February 2, 2017

Chamber Welcomes New Board Chair

David Collins

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce hosted its 99th Annual Dinner on Thursday, January 26 at the Saratoga Springs City Center. Attorney Matt Jones, owner of The Jones Firm and 2016 Chair of the Board, was recognized for his leadership and he recapped the successes of this past year. In addition, David Collins, D.A. Collins Companies, was welcomed as the 2017 Chair, along with the Chamber Board of Directors, volunteers, and 25-year anniversary members being recognized for their support. For more information, visit or call 518-584-3255.

county fairs, and social clubs. She is a graduate of Siena College and lives in Milton. Established in 1992, Flynn, Walker, Diggin provides audit, accounting, tax and management services to individuals, closely-held companies, and not-for-profit and government entities in Saratoga Springs, the Capital District, southern Adirondack region, and New York’s Tech Valley. Further information about the firm is at

SEDC Board Adds Two Members

Tom Samascott

Serena Kirkpatrick Joins Senior Management at Flynn, Walker, Diggin

Douglas Ford

Serena Kirkpatrick

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The shareholders of Saratoga Springsbased Flynn, Walker, Diggin C.P.A., P.C. recently welcomed Serena Kirkpatrick as a shareholder in the firm. An employee of the firm since 2005, and the manager of the firm’s accounting staff, Kirkpatrick oversees accounting and taxation issues for the firm’s business, not-for-profit and individual clients. She has extensive experience with audits, preparation of financial statements, and tax returns for clients in a broad range of industries, including construction, distribution, hotels, manufacturing, and professional entities. In the government and non-profit realms, she has worked with school districts,

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Building on its legacy and gearing up for the future to promote, retain and grow opportunities across Saratoga County and the Capital Region, Saratoga Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) announced new talent joining its Board of Directors. Tom Samascott, President of Malta Development Company, Inc. and Douglas Ford, Vice President of Sales and Operations for Curtis Lumber Company, Inc. were approved as Board Directors starting new terms. SEDC now has 11 Board Directors and is conducting an annual investor-member wide meeting spotlighting its recent track record and plans for 2017 to 2020. It will center around continuing its Advance Saratoga initiatives to attract $15 billion in new investment and retain or grow over 10,000 jobs. For more information contact Dennis Brobston, SEDC President, at 518-587-0945 or dbrobston@


Project Manager Joins The PEP SARATOGA SPRINGS – The Patient Experience Project (PEP), a full-service, patientcentric communications agency based in Saratoga Springs has announced the hiring of Allyson Rogers Bozeth as a project manager. In her role on the agency’s operations team, Rogers Bozeth assists in planning, managing, and executing project workflow for clients, with a particular focus on digital marketing initiatives. Most recently she worked as a Web design and development project manager at Mannix Marketing in Glens Falls. Previously, she worked in project management positions with a focus on educational

Allyson Rogers Bozeth

content at Cengage Learning in Clifton Park and Kaplan, Inc., in New York City. Rogers Bozeth earned a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Teachers College

in New York City and a dual bachelor’s degree in English education and English textual studies from Syracuse University.



Week of January 27 – February 2, 2017

$10.5 Million to Stewart’s Employee Stock CAPITAL REGION — Stewart’s Shops announced a $10.5 million contribution to their Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), an increase of $500,000 over the previous year. The company contribution equals approximately 15 percent of a partners’ pay in 2016. Stewart’s employees own nearly 40 percent of the company through “Profit Sharing,” known as ESOP, which is funded 100 percent by the company, and provides longterm financial security. It’s why employees are called ‘Partners.’ In addition to the contribution, partners are expected to see double-digit growth on their existing ESOP account balance, due to an increase in the company’s value. Participants have already seen a portion of that growth by receiving two dividends in 2016,

Rebuilding Together Seeks Moving Helpers BALLSTON SPA — Rebuilding Together Saratoga County is moving from its 267 Ballard Road Suite 4 location in Wilton to a new space at 132 Milton Avenue in Ballston Spa. Grand opening information will be forthcoming. The nonprofit is seeking volunteers to help with cleaning and painting at the new building on Saturday, January 28 from 9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. If you are available to volunteer, please email Michelle at Michelle@

SCRPC Changes Name BALLSTON SPA — The Saratoga County Rural Preservation Company announce on January 25 that it has officially changed its name to Veterans and Community Housing Coalition (VCHC). According to Executive Director Cheryl Hage-Perez, the new name more accurately reflects the organization’s mission, dedication and commitment to assist veterans and low income households in the communities it serves. The organization will continue to operate at the same physical address, and phone and fax numbers will remain the same. Email address will not change until the new website is launched sometime in the near future. For more information, visit

totaling about 6 percent of their beginning balance. There are 2,400 active participants in the plan. The ESOP contribution is available to anyone

working 1,000 hours a year. Their balance should equal about a year’s pay after six years in the plan. For ESOP participants, Stewart’s also offers a paid maternity program,

discounted YMCA gym and daycare programs, as well as a Make Your Own Scholarship program which provides college scholarships to partners’ dependents.

Stewart’s Shops currently has positions available at its shops, plant, and corporate office. Visit their careers page at

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11 Lancaster Ct., $422,300. Courtney and Kenneth Abele, Jr. sold property to Marcus and Kimberly Dallacqua.

US Route 9, $135,000. Warwick Development Company LLC sold property to Belmonte Properties LLC.

46 Lancaster Ct., $82,000. Traditional Builders LTD sold property to Traditional Homebuilders and Developers, Inc.

9 Pepperbush Place, $169,000. Maria Grimes and Constance Lajoie sold property to Michael Wilson.

74 Beacon St., $253,120. Traditional Builders LTD sold property to Joseph and Linda Deprey.

CHARLTON 34 Crawford Dr., $237,500. Brenda and John Thomas, Jr. sold property to Johnathon Thomas. 53 Old Stage Rd., $105,000. Ralph Rudolph (by Admin) sold property to Brenda Tessier.

GREENFIELD 35 Brookside Dr., $595,000. James and Christine Mastrianni sold property to Andrew and Jamie McKelvey. 429 Wilton Rd., $523,800. Melanie and Robert Wall, Jr. sold property to Cody Misener and Rebecca Primm. 64 Locust Grove Rd., $50,000. Bruce and Joan Kay sold property to Prime Construction Services LLC. 358 Porter Corners, $45,000. Karan Garewal sold property to Michael Rodgers. 3330 NYS Route 9N, $225,000. Ruth Atwell (by Exec) sold property to William Morgan. 5 Westminster Dr., $525,000. Michael and Maria Lange sold property to Peter and Gina Michelin. Lot 1 Sand Hill Rd., $35,000. Quiet Run Limited sold property to Mansfield Custom Homes LLC. 4 Pineridge Court, $280,000. Christopher and Rachel McDermott sold property to Jerald and Carol White. Sand Hill Rd., $65,000. Mansfield Custom Homes LLC sold property to Matthew and Kristina Gaschel.

147 Arrowwood Place, $153,000. Christopher and Maureen Avery sold property to Audrey Avery. 22 Spinnaker Dr., $95,000. DGD Holdings LLC sold property to Daniel Furman. 2872 Route 9, $325,000. Andrew Bentley sold property to Alpine Premium Services LLC. 6 Northwood Ct., $245,000. James and Sarah Todt sold property to Jared and Therese Fancher. 64 Admirals Way, $401,045. Malta Land Company LLC sold property to John and Laura Bolognino. 1163 Laural Lane, $259,000. Signature Home Buyers sold property to Morris and Nancy King. 1 Maiden Circle, $400,000. Kurt Foley and Alice Porter-Foley sold property to Doreen and Glenn Mitchell. 8 Canopy Lane, $362,000. Stephen and Lori Cammett sold property to Gang Xiao and Chanjuan Xing. 300 East Line Rd., $472,500. Robert and Robyn Ringler sold property to Scott Hoffman. 348 Brownell Rd., $407,000. George and Veronica Heard sold property to Patricia Clark, Patrice Hathaway and Lynn Hathaway. 86 Pepperbush Place, $148,000. Leonard Nardella (by Atty) sold property to Ljiljana and Darko Novkovic.

MILTON 345 Saratoga Ave., $275,000. Tracy Theriault sold property to Brandon and Mary Renfrow. 655 Stark Terrace, $327,000. Susan and Richard Bianchi,

Jr. sold property to Jeromie and Christine Cook. 864/862 Salem Dr., $100,000. Town of Milton sold property to MJGD LLC. 657 Sweetman Dr., $474,900. Kenneth Wilkins sold property to Stacy Komorny. 827 Ediface Way, $375,000. Robert and Sheilah Anderson sold property to John Spaulding, Cecily Callahan Spaulding and Kristina Spaulding. 3459 Galway Rd., $245,000. Christine Longo sold property to Keith and Jinnine Deegan. 1399 Armer Rd., $397,000. Doreen Quinlan sold property to Christopher Yates and Julie Breen. 297 Greenfield Ave., $145,000. Suntrust Mortgage Inc. sold property to Arceni and Jaclyn Polyak. 55 Deer Run Dr., $155,000. William Kuiper sold property to William Mitchell.

SARATOGA 341 County Route 68, $213,000. Mark and Cynthia Milian sold property to Paul and Dawn Loucas Properties LLC.

SARATOGA SPRINGS 87 Oak St., $345,000. Mary Edinburgh sold property to Eu Jin. 65 Old Schuylerville Rd., $449,900. Janet Penk and Richard Hoffman sold property to Adrien and Catherine Johnson. 6 Loughberry Rd., $235,000. Agnes O’Brien sold property to Andrew and Katherine Huszar. 96 Fifth Ave., $940,000. John Battaglino and Sharine SweetBattaglino sold property to Shirl and Mary Ann Penney. 39 Jackson St., $479,000. Robert Wirtz sold property to Michael Avella.

STILLWATER 157 County Route 76, $206,000. Marie Marshall sold property to Daniel Nelson and Corie Hart-Nelson.

7 Palmer St., $69,000. Brian Phillips sold property to Amber Masterson and Sheila Folmsbee. 18 Whitney Road South, $283,250. Daniel and Cindy Scheich sold property to Michael Missenis and Jennifer Welt. 178 County Route 75, $100,880. Catherine Dugan sold property to Kathleen Russom and Donald Austin, Jr.

19 4 Artillery Approach, $26,000. Brigadier Estates LLC sold property to Krug Group Corp.

WILTON 5 Chatham Court, $149,500. US Bank National Association (as Trustee) sold property to Boghosian Bros. Inc. 19 Nottingham Dr., $253,500. Philip Goodwin sold property to Eric and Alexandra Norton.

145 County Route 76, $77,500. Sharon Ferris sold property to Wendy and Craig Johnston.

19 Apple Tree Lane, $278,500. Thomas Sheedy sold property to Joshua Demarais and Jordan Popp.

10 Hayner Rd., $285,554. James Doyle sold property to Donavon Powley.

7 Ballard Rd., $140,000. Linda Sullivan sold property to Domenico Marra.



Week of January 27 – February 2, 2017

Super Science Saturday BALLSTON SPA — The Ballston Spa Central School District’s PTAs hosted the annual Super Science Saturday recently and provided elementary students the opportunity to participate in many exciting hands-on science experiments. Students toured various stations at their own pace to learn about a variety of science topic areas, including biology, chemistry, physics, natural science, nanotechnology, forensic science, and more. The Winter 2017 Super Science Saturday event also presented several programs for students and parents to enjoy, including: Wildlife Encounters, where kids learned about a variety of animals and their habitats through a live animal presentation; Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory experiments where students learned about

different kinds of power; StarLab Learning Dome where participants took a planetarium adventure learning about stars and galaxies; and Edwards Vacuum where kids learned about vacuum technology. The district also provided a sneak peek and details about the

district-wide Science Fair, which is scheduled for Saturday, March 11. The Science Fair is open to grades K-5 and teaches students about the Scientific Method by asking them to do a scientific investigation on a topic area of their choice and prepare a display board to present their findings.

Super Science Saturday is more than a day of science fun—it is also a day of giving back to the community. Super Science Saturday made it a “wild” good time for the Saratoga County Animal Shelter as families were asked to donate gently-used blankets, towels, collars,

leashes, or dog and cat food in lieu of admission. The Super Science Saturday PTA chair members extend their appreciation to all the parent and student volunteers who make the experiments possible as well as all the local businesses who donated items.

Skidmore College Earns Gold SARATOGA SPRINGS — Friday the 13th of January turned out to be a lucky day for the Skidmore College culinary team as it accepted a gold medal for culinary excellence during the sixth annual competition sanctioned by the

American Culinary Federation. The gold medal was Skidmore’s fourth in a row at the campus-hosted event and the fifth gold won by Skidmore College chefs over the past three years. Skidmore’s culinary team

consisted of Paul Karlson, Ron Wall, Jesse Staigar and Joe Greco. The “Chopped”-like competition challenged four-person teams to create unique and delicious recipes using identical baskets of ingredients and

a shared table of staples and spices. Facing tight time limits, and without using broilers or fryers, they had to produce a salad or appetizer, a soup or dessert, an entree, and also a buffet platter. The dishes were to be stylish but practical, nutritionally balanced, with complementary flavors and textures and good eye appeal. The American Culinary Federation judges—all highly credentialed and experienced—were watching closely and tasting with extreme discrimination. In the end, Skidmore racked up the most points, starting with its corn-dusted skate, napa slaw, and lentil salad with tropical fruits and mango vinaigrette. Next

came pheasant roulade with a bacon, pistachio, and pear farce, alongside creamy herbed bulgur and herb-buttered cauliflower and marble potatoes, sauced with a lager and pear reduction. For the buffet platter: bison flank steak with an avocado-lime emulsion and a stir-fry of rice noodles, napa and bok choy, and toasted macadamia nuts. Dessert was lemon-curd tarts with pistachio and walnut crust, pomegranate-berry sauce, and lime whipped cream. Such gold-medal fare typifies Skidmore’s menu for major catered events, and has even appeared on the student food-service line. For more information, visit

SBA Offers $1,000 Scholarship SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Builders Association, Inc. will be awarding a $1,000 student scholarship in 2017. The organization makes this scholarship available annually to high school seniors who are planning to pursue a construction industry education. The scholarship award is open to any high school senior in Saratoga County who is planning to pursue construction education at a 2 or 4-year accredited college or university or to students who would like

to purchase tools for employment in construction. Students must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. They must demonstrate current or past involvement in the construction field, including classes taken in high school, to be eligible for this award. Applications for the Saratoga Builders Association Scholarship program must be postmarked on or before April 1, 2017. To receive a scholarship application, please contact Barry Potoker, Executive Director at 518-366-0946 or

Week of January 27 – February 2, 2017


Respect, Always


New Bobcat for BOCES

In the photo (L to R): Robert Shepler, Warrensburg; Terry Hagadorn, Ballston Spa; Brent Campbell, Saratoga (in cab); Mike Clickner, Warrensburg; Corbin Miller, Warrensburg. Photo by Maribeth Macica.

Coach Rich Johns recently visited Maple Avenue Middle School sharing the Act With Respect Always message. Following his presentation he was joined by students Judy Steuer and Morgan Brooking. Photo provided.

Drama Club Presents Willy Wonka BALLSTON SPA — Launching Pad Productions, the Ballston Spa Middle School drama club, will present Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka on January 27 at 7 p.m., January

28 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. as well as February 3 at 7 p.m. and February 4 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.. With over 60 kids in the cast and another 60 working behind the scenes, this is

sure to be a show you won’t want to miss. Perfect for families of all shapes and sizes, Willy Wonka is the story of young Charlie Bucket and his love of chocolate and family.

Student Artists Featured in City SARATOGA SPRINGS — An exhibition of high school artists is being displayed at The Art Center Gallery at Saratoga Arts from January 14 to February 25. Art teachers selected work

in all media from their students to exhibit in The Arts Center Gallery. Art students from the Ballston Spa, Burnt Hills Ballston Lake, Saratoga Springs, Shenendehowa and Stillwater

school districts will exhibit their art in a professional gallery setting and gain recognition for their artistic and creative accomplishments. For more information call 518-584-4132.

BOCES Career and Technical Education Open House SARATOGA SPRINGS — Despite several cancellations due to winter weather, the WSWHE BOCES Career and Technical Education (CTE) program students and staff are holding an Open House January 31, 6 to 8 p.m. at the F. Donald Myers Education Center, 15 Henning Road in Saratoga Springs.

Visitors will learn how CTE programs help students prepare for careers and college through handson learning, internships, and partnerships with business and industry. Business and Industry representatives will also be available to discuss the career opportunities that exist in their field.

The open house is free and open to the public. For more information visit or contact Maribeth Macica Public Information Specialist, WSWHE BOCES at 518-8104948 or

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Heavy Equipment Maintenance and Operation program at the F. Donald Myers Education Center just received a new Bobcat E55 Compact Excavator, one of the most popular pieces of equipment

in the construction industry today. This new equipment will provide students with more opportunities to use it on a variety of activities, get additional training, and to be better prepared when they go into the work force.

Youth Baseball Sign Up ROUND LAKE — The Round Lake/Malta Youth Baseball League is accepting registrations for the 2017 Spring season. The league is dedicated to providing recreational co-ed baseball to all youth in our community regardless of experience, residency, or school district. Divisions start at T-Ball (ages

4-5), and go up to Division 10U. Applications can also be found at the Malta Community Center. There are a limited number of spots. Early registration ends March 1. For more information visit http:// or email



Week of January 27 – February 2, 2017

Locally Grown Sweet Potatoes add a Fat-free, Nutritional Boost Sweet Potato Fries with Yogurt Honey Dip Adapted from recipe in Cooking Light, shared by My Saratoga Kitchen Table Serves: 4

Saturdays, 9 to 1 Lincoln Baths Saratoga Spa State Park


1. Clean the potatoes and cut into steak fries. 2. In a medium bowl, add - 2 sweet potatoes* - 2 Tablespoons olive olive oil, rosemary, and garlic. Add the potatoe oil slices and coat well. - 1 teaspoon Sprinkle with paprika. chopped fresh 3. Place potatoes on a rosemary* sheet pan and bake in a - 2 garlic cloves, preheated oven at 375 minced* degrees for about 15 minutes, or until tender - 2 teaspoons and browned. paprika 4. In a small bowl, - ½ cup plain Greek combine the yogurt, yogurt* honey and vanilla. Chill - 4 teaspoons of and serve with potatoes. * Ingredients can be found at the market

by Mary Peryea for Saratoga TODAY Did you know that the sweet potato is one of the most nutritious vegetables on the planet? This orange tuber offers an unsurpassed source of beta carotene; providing 214 percent of the daily requirement for Vitamin A in a single cup serving and a significant source of Vitamin C, manganese, Vitamin B6, and potassium. That single cup serving contains only 180 calories and no fat. Paul Arnold, of Pleasant Valley Farm, is one of the Saratoga Farmers’ Market


Sweet potatoes by Pattie Garrett.

vendors who sells sweet potatoes throughout the winter. Arnold began growing sweet potatoes about eight years ago. He sees them as a good crop to push through the long winter months until April. In May, he plants the next crop. Sweet potatoes like loose sandy soil and warm weather. Ideally, the soil temperature should be above 50 degrees.

That can be a challenge in our regions and helps explain why most sweet potatoes grown commercially come from the South. In May, “slips” – or plants with no roots cut from last year’s harvest of sweet potatoes – are planted. They grow until late September, when cooler temperatures begin to prevail. Then, a “bed lifter”

honey* - ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

Recipe photo by Pattie Garrett

pulled by a tractor loosens the soil in the fields and the sweet potatoes are pulled up by hand. The sweet potatoes can’t be harvested by machine because they skin too easily. After the harvest, the sweet potatoes are cured for five days at a temperature of 90 degrees. In the South, they can be left in the fields to cure. Here, they require some help. Pleasant Valley Farm has a room dedicated to storing winter squash and sweet potatoes, which require similar conditions. This process of curing turns the potatoes’ starch to sugar, sweetening them up. Following the curing, sweet

potatoes are stored at 55 to 60 degrees, with a humidity of 70 per cent. The storage room at Pleasant Valley Farm is heated, insulated, and dehumidified. In this environment, sweet potatoes can be stored for up to eight months. What’s the best way to eat a sweet potato? For Arnold, the answer is like candy – almost. Steam the potatoes until soft, then slice or mash and eat them plain. Their inherent sweetness shines through. Visit the Saratoga Farmers’ Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at the Lincoln Baths Building in the Saratoga Spa State Park.

Week of January 27 – February 2, 2017


Let’s Make Pasta!

by John Reardon for Saratoga TODAY Hello my Foodie Friends. I love Pasta. There, I said it. It is a weakness I have. Homemade pasta is a bigger weakness. Once you experience homemade pasta, it is close to impossible to go back to the store brand pastas. Making homemade pasta can require extra time – but it is worth it. If you haven’t ventured past the convenience of dried pasta, it’s time to make some changes in your life. We have nothing against dried pasta — there is definitely a time and a place for it, and in fact, sometimes there’s nothing better for a quick and satisfying weeknight dinner. If you’ve ever tried homemade pasta, however, you understand what pasta is really all about. Homemade pasta is a little chewy and very tender; it really does just melt in your mouth. It may sound difficult, but making your own pasta is actually much easier than you might think. Fresh pasta comes together quite quickly. Mixing and kneading the dough takes about 10 minutes, then you let it rest for 30 minutes. You can use this resting time to pull together the ingredients for the pasta sauce. After resting, rolling out and cutting the dough takes maybe another 10 to 20 minutes, depending on how fast you go and how many helpers you have. Speaking of helpers, it helps to have a few. You can definitely do it by yourself, but it’s really nice to have an extra set of hands, especially if you’re hand-cranking the dough through a counter-top pasta roller. Whether working by yourself or with someone else, I find that you fall into a rhythm of rolling the sheets of pasta, cutting the noodles, and sprinkling everything with flour. Once you’ve made your pasta, you can cook it right away, dry it, or freeze it for later. When you do cook it, remember that homemade pasta cooks much more quickly than the

dried pasta you buy in stores. Give it about four minutes in salted boiling water, taste it, and keep checking in one-minute increments until the pasta is al dente. Add Spinich or carrots to create more colorful pasta’s. What’s fun about these pastas is that the dough is really colorful and contains very concentrated vegetable juices, but they don’t have an overt vegetable taste. They are delicious, and I am pretty sure they could still pass a picky eaters taste test. Unless the picky eater hates colors. Let’s make some pasta. Fresh Egg Pasta Makes enough for about 4 to 6 servings What You Need Ingredients 2 cups flour, plus extra for rolling the pasta 1/2 teaspoon salt 3 large eggs Equipment Mixing bowl Fork or dough whisk Pasta machine (see Additional Notes for rolling pasta by hand) Baking sheet Clean dishtowel Instructions 1. Combine the Flour and Salt: Whisk together the flour and salt with a fork in a medium mixing bowl. 2. Add the Eggs: Create a deep well in the middle of the flour and crack the eggs into this well. Whisk the eggs with the fork to combine. Note: You can do this on the counter-top “Italian Grandmother Style” if you prefer, but I find it’s easier and less messy to do it in a bowl. For food-processor instructions, see below. 3. Begin Combining the Flour and Eggs: As you whisk the eggs, begin gradually pulling in flour from the bottom and sides of the bowl. Don’t rush this step. At first, the eggs will start to look like a slurry. Once enough flour has been added, it will start forming a very soft dough. Don’t worry if you haven’t used all the flour. 4. Knead the Pasta Dough: Turn the dough and any excess flour out onto a clean counter. Begin gently folding the dough on itself, flattening, and folding again. It will be extremely soft at first, then gradually start to firm up. Once it’s firm enough to knead, begin kneading the dough. Incorporate more flour as needed to prevent the dough from sticking to you or the counter. Slice into the dough with a paring knife; if you see

lots of air bubbles, keep kneading. The dough is kneaded when it forms a smooth elastic ball and has very few air bubbles when cut. 5. Rest the Pasta Dough: Clean and dry the mixing bowl. Place the ball of dough inside and cover with a dinner plate or plastic wrap. Rest for at least 30 minutes. Note: At this point, the pasta dough can be refrigerated for up to 24 hours. Let it come back to room temperature before rolling. 6. Divide the Pasta Dough: Sprinkle a baking sheet generously with flour and scrape the ball of dough on top (it will stick to the bowl; use a spatula or bowl scraper if necessary). Divide the dough into four equal portions. Dust the portions with flour and cover with a clean dishtowel. Note: The name of the game at this point is to keep everything well-floured to prevent the pasta from sticking to itself or the roller as you work. If the dough starts to feel sticky as you roll it, sprinkle it with flour. Also sprinkle flour on any pasta you’re not working (rolled, cut or otherwise) with and keep it covered with a dishtowel. 7. Begin Rolling Out the Pasta: Set your pasta machine to the thickest setting (usually marked “1”). Flatten one piece of dough into a thick disk between your hands and feed it through the pasta roller. Repeat once or twice. Fold this piece of dough into thirds, like folding a letter, and press it between your hands again. With the pasta machine still on the widest setting, feed the pasta crosswise between the rollers (see picture). Feed it through once or twice more until smooth. If desired, repeat this folding step. This helps to strengthen the gluten in the flour, giving it a chewier texture when cooked. 8. Thin the Pasta: Begin changing the settings on your roller to roll the pasta thinner and thinner. Roll the pasta two or three times at each setting, and don’t skip settings (the pasta tends to snag and warp if you do). If the pasta gets too long to be manageable, lay it on a cutting board and slice it in half. Roll the pasta as thin as you like to go. For linguine and fettuccine, I normally go to 6 or 7 on the KitchenAid attachement; for angel hair or stuffed pastas, I go one or two settings thinner. 9. Cut the Pasta: Cut the long stretch of dough into noodle-length sheets, usually about 12-inches. If

making filled pasta or lasagna, proceed with shaping. If cutting into noodles, switch from the pasta roller to the noodle cutter, and run the sheet of pasta through the cutter. Toss the noodles with a little flour to keep them from sticking and gather them into a loose basket. Set this basket on the floured baking sheet and cover with a towel while you finish rolling and cutting the rest of the dough. Stop by Compliments to the Chef located at 46 Marion Avenue to pick up a Marcato Atlas Pasta machine and other pasta accessories. Plan an evening with Italian wine and appetizers and then roll up your sleeves to make pasta from scratch. Work your magic in the kitchen. Enjoy dinner al fresco (Caesar salad, bread, pasta, chicken Marsala, tiramisu for dessert and, of course, finished with home-made limoncello) and share an evening with great company and interesting conversation – all the ingredients for a truly memorable meal. Remember; “Life Happens in the Kitchen” “Mangia”. Take care, John and Paula Here is a delicious recipe to make with your homemade Fettucine with Seared Tomatoes, Spinich, and Burrata Ingredients • 8 ounces uncooked fettuccine • Cooking spray • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved (about 15 large) • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

• 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper • 2 garlic cloves, minced • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained • 4 ounces fresh baby spinach (about 4 cups) • 4 ounces burrata cheese (room temperature) • Freshly ground black pepper Instructions 1. Cook pasta according to the package directions. 2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and lightly coat with cooking spray. 3. Place tomato halves, cut sides down, in pan; cook 2 minutes or until seared. Stir tomatoes and cook for 30 seconds. Remove tomatoes from pan and set aside. 4. Reduce heat to low. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add red pepper and garlic; cook for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. 5. Puree the diced tomatoes until almost smooth (I use my immersion blender in a deep bowl.) Add pureed tomatoes to oil mixture and simmer for 8 minutes, stirring occasionally. 6. Remove skillet from heat. Add spinach and cooked pasta; toss well until spinach wilts slightly. Divide pasta mixture into 4 servings. Divide the seared grape tomato halves evenly among the plates. Dollop 2 table¬spoons of Burrata cheese on top of each plate, and sprinkle with freshly ground black pepper.



Call for Local folk or Irish Musicians and Dancers Come audition for an opportunity to showcase your talent during “Café Malta”, an intimate coffee house at the Malta Community Center on Saturday evening, March 11. We are looking for talented musicians, vocalists, small acoustic bands, storytellers and/or dancers. Our show is before St. Patrick’s Day, so Irish tunes would be fun, but not mandatory. Auditions are by appointment only starting on January 30. Contact Elyse Young, Artistic Director, at 518-899-4411 x 305 or for more details or to schedule an audition. We are also looking for 3-4 talented teen or young adult singing waiters. 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. Fourth Annual Chocolate Festival The Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association and the First Friday business participants are excited to present our Fourth Annual Ballston Spa Chocolate Fest on First Friday, February 3, 2017 from 6 to 9 p.m. in downtown Ballston Spa. Visitors will be able to purchase samples for a minimal cost of $1. There will also be a variety of First Friday activities going on in our local businesses. Launching Pad Productions, the Ballston Spa Middle School drama club, will also be presenting Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka at the Ballston Spa High School Auditorium at 7 p.m. For a full listing of participating businesses, chefs, and activities, please visit

Local Family Commemorates Loss with Hope to Save Lives A local family is honoring the loss of a loved one by paying it forward in a unique way for the 20th year in a row. On Saturday, February 4, 2017, The Lant family from the Town of Wilton will host the 20th Annual John J. Lant Jr. Memorial Blood Drive at the Maple Avenue Fire Department, located at 613 Maple Ave., Saratoga Springs, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Started in 1997 by John and Beverly Lant after the loss of their beloved son, the blood drive was a tangible way for family and friends to honor John Jr. and give back to the community he loved. A volunteer fireman with Maple Ave. himself, John Jr. was dedicated to helping his neighbors and friends, so they’ve been honoring his memory ever since. Donors are encouraged to pre-register at 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 www. 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. Family-friendly, 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://

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 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@saratogastryders. org to reserve a pair or phone 518581-1278. For information about the entire Dion Snowshoe Series and for snow updates visit www. Saratoga Chamber Players Concert February 5 will feature a 3 p.m. concert with renowned flutist Susan Rotholz and pianist Margaret Kampmeier on the Skidmore campus in Filene Hall. They will perform works of Poulenc, Bach, Reinecke, Reynolds, Lucas Foss and Lowell Lieberman. A Meetthe Musicians reception follows the concert. For tickets and more information on the musicians, visit http://www.saratogachamberplayers. org/event/music-for-piano-flute/ Monthly Meeting The Catholic Daughters of the America’s, Court McLaughlin #422, will hold their monthly meeting on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 6 p.m. The meeting will be a Red Auction for Birthright. Members are asked to bring lightly used clothing, household items, toys, books, etc. The proceeds from the Red Auction will be added to the Birthright Baby Shower to be held in March. New members are always welcome to attend and see what the Catholic Daughters are all about. All meetings are held at the Knights of Columbus, 50 Pine Rd., Saratoga Springs. For more information contact Regent Aileen Thomas at 518-583-2905. 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.

Week of January 27 – February 2, 2017 at Burnt Hills Ballston Lake High School Choral Room, starting February 7. Go online, www.BHOS. us to print out a registration form, or arrive early (6:30 p.m.) to register. Join us for great music, outstanding leadership, and a talented nonauditioned community chorus. This is an inspiring experience of musicmaking, learning, and fun. Go to or call 518-416-4060 to learn more. Walk-ins welcome. 10th Annual Ice Fishing Tournament The Quaker Volunteer Fire Department will host the 10th Annual Fire Department Ice Fishing Tournament on Saturday, February 11 on the Cove section of the Hudson River (based at Kim’s) at 882 Route 4 South of Schuylerville starting at 7 a.m. Registration starts at 5:30 a.m. The tournament is from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. There is a $20 entry fee. Preregistration is encouraged to be guaranteed a fishing spot. Please contact Kim Wilbur at 518-9563516. Cash prizes for pike, perch and crapies. Door prizes and a 50/50 raffle. Hot food and drinks will be available. For more information, visit Cabin Fever BBQ The public is invited to A Cabin Fever BBQ on Saturday, February 11 at the Saratoga Knights of Columbus, located at 50 Pine Road in Saratoga Springs. Dinner will be served from 5 until 8 p.m. Cash bar will be available prior to the event at 4 p.m. The menu includes ribs, chicken, salad and dessert all for $15. Tickets must be purchased in advance at the Knights of Columbus Home. For information or reservations, call 518584-8547. 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; info@ Annual Sweetheart Dinner Dance The Saratoga/Wilton Ladies Auxiliary #161, is holding their annual Sweetheart Dance on Saturday, February 11 at the Elks Lodge, 1 Elk Lane in Saratoga Springs. The Band GRAVITY will be our entertainment for the night. The evening begins with cocktails/ appetizers from 6-7 p.m., dinner 7-9 p.m., and entertainment from 9 - midnight .This years’ Valentine raffles will benefit the local Code Blue Shelter initiative. Our basket theme is based on different countries like Germany, England, etc. as well as our very popular Lottery Basket. Cocktail hour will feature a specialty drink surprise. Entrée choices are Prime Rib, Sliced Chicken Cordon Bleu, or Vegetable Lasagna; all served with salad, potatoes and vegetable. Buffet style desserts of Chocolate Mousse or Shortcake topped with Strawberries. Cost is $32 per person. Seating is limited. Checks, cash or credit card will be accepted as payment. Call Penny at 518-5877597 to make your reservation. Deadline is February 5. Free Beginner Dance Lessons with Spa City Swingers Come check out different styles of partner dances on Friday, February 24, from 7 to 8 p.m., and see what makes it so much fun. No partner is necessary. Pre-registration is required. Call 518-899-4411 or log-on to reserve your spot. For ages 12+. 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

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Friday, January 27 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. Eat in at our club house or to call ahead for take-out 518-6953917. Everyone is welcome.

Fish Fry Friday Saratoga Knights of Columbus, 50 Pine Rd. Saratoga Springs, 5 – 7 p.m. The menu includes fried or baked fish, coleslaw, French fries and dessert. Cost is $10 adults, $9 veterans, seniors, and children under 12. Take-out available. For more information, call 518-5848547.

Jane Klonsky Unconditional: Older Dogs, Deeper Love Northshire Bookstore, 424 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 7 p.m. Join us for an evening with author & photographer Jane Klonsky, and her dog Charlie, as Klonsky shares her beautiful book, “Unconditional.” This captivating collection of photographs and anecdotes is a one-of-a-kind celebration of people’s special bond with, and love for, their senior dogs.

22nd Annual Frost Faire Saratoga National Historical Park, 648 Route 32, Stillwater 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. If there’s snow, be sure to bring your snow tube or plastic sled so you can check out the brand new sledding area behind the visitor center. If there’s no snow, you’ll still be able to enjoy the following activities: Horse-drawn wagon rides to Tour Stop 1 and back, a noontime nature walk and scavenger hunt, see winter soldiers fire their muskets, bonfire and hot cocoa, crafts, games, dancing, and music inside the visitor center. Admission is free.

6th Annual Chili Bowl Fundraiser Saratoga Clay Arts Center, 167 Hayes Road, Schuylerville, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Area clay artists are busy making 1000 bowls for this popular annual event. You’ll be able to vote for “Best Chili” and support the efforts of your favorite chef. Choose a hand-crafted bowl, fill it up with delicious chili, and then keep the bowl when you’re finished. A portion of the proceeds benefit To Life! Register for a time slot at

Sunday, January 29 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

CALENDAR 25 honored. By donation. For more information call 413992-7012 or visit www.

Movie: 13TH Saratoga Unitarian Universalist Church, 624 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 3 – 5 p.m. “13th” is a documentary about the 13th Amendment to the Constitution and its effect on America and the African American community specifically. Filmmaker Ava DuVernay explores the history of racial inequality in the United States, focusing on the fact that the nation’s prisons are disproportionately filled with African-Americans. Free and open to the public.

Monday, January 30 Red Oak Ridge Hike Moreau Lake State Park, 605 Old Saratoga Rd, Gansevoort, 1 – 3 p.m. Though challenging this hike is about 2.5 miles round trip. You will be climbing about half way up the mountain range and walking through some special places our educator will point out as well as stop to enjoy. Please bring water on this hike. Registration is necessary with 24 hours advanced notice 518-793-0511.

Tuesday, January 31 Woodpecker Walk Saratoga Spa State Park, 11 a.m. Woodpeckers of all shapes and sizes inhabit Saratoga Spa State Park. Take a walk with the park naturalist to find evidence of woodpecker activity and learn all about these fascinating creatures! All ages welcome. Please bring binoculars if you have them. Fee is $3 per person or $5 per family. Please call 518-584-

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Wednesday, February 1 Old Saratoga Seniors Meeting Schuylerville Town Hall, 12 Spring St, Schuylerville, Noon This meeting will be a casserole luncheon. New members are welcome. For more information, call Pat 518-331-2978.

Poetry Reading Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, Sign ups 7 p.m. Caffè Lena will present poetry readings by Carol H Jewell and Allison PasterTorres. An open reading will follow. Readings will start at 7:30 p.m. The host for the event will be Carol Graser and the cost is $5. For more information, call 518- 5830022,

Thursday, February 2 Korean War Veteran’s Meeting VFW Home, Veteran’s Way, Saratoga Springs, 1:30 p.m. Veterans who served anywhere during the Korean War or in Korea at any time, spouses, widows, friends and relatives are all welcome to attend. For further information or an application to join the organization, please contact Comm. Roger Calkins at 518-584-3037.

A Green Gathering Harvey’s Restaurant and Bar, 14 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 5 – 7 p.m. Green Drinks: A “green gathering” for those who

work, volunteer, or have a passion for promoting the environment, conservation, and sustainability. Cash bar available (non-alcoholic drinks and food may also be purchased). Visit www. Saratoga%20Springs for more information.

Opening Reception 2017 Juried Skidmore Student Exhibition Schick Art Gallery, Saisselin Art Building, Skidmore College, 5:30 – 7 p.m. The Schick Art Gallery launches the spring semester with the 2017 Juried Skidmore Student Exhibition, a celebration of the imagination and skill of Skidmore College art students, which runs from Feb. 2 through March 5. For more information, please visit the gallery website at www.

Saratoga Torch Club Dinner and Presentation Holiday Inn, Saratoga Springs, Call for time Michael Holland, M.D., will present on the topic Drinking Water Issues. Dr. Holland has Board Certifications in Medical Toxicology, Emergency Medicine, Occupational Medicine, Addiction Medicine and Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine. He is Medical Toxicologist for the Upstate New York Poison Center, and, is Director of Occupational Medicine at Glens Falls Hospital. Reservations required. Please contact Gerald Stulc at deusrex@ or (cell phone) 270-584-4555 for additional information and reservations.

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A Purple Tie Affair SARATOGA SPRINGS — Scenes captured by photographer Mark Bolles from “A Purple Tie Affair,” Saturday, Jan. 21 at the National Museum

of Dance. Proceeds from the event benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Nick’s Fight to be Healed Foundation for Pediatric Cancer.

Carrie Woerner, Dana Moraci, Jessica Munson, Mike Miller, Laura DiRado, Raul Martinez, Janine Cammarata.

At the Purple Tie Affair. Judy Lynch spoke of her daughter Katie Lynch, an honored patient who lost her battle with acute myeloid leukemia in 2009.

Angela Chieco, Janine Cammarata, Marissa Thomas and Jordan Reinhardt of Nick's Fight.

Honored patient Anthony Yevoli survivor of myloblastic leukemia pictured with his girlfriend Kaitlyn Wright.

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Quartet of New Concert Announcements at SPAC

Rod Stewart and Cyndi Lauper are among a quartet of shows announced this week that will be staged at SPAC later this year. Photo:

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Rod Stewart and Cyndi Lauper, Tedeschi Trucks and Hot Tuna, an Australian Pink Floyd showcase, and Train and O.A.R. will stage shows at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center during the 2017 concert season, promoter Live Nation announced this week. Rod Stewart, and special guest Cyndi Lauper will kick-off an 18-city tour in Florida on July 6 that lands in Saratoga on July 22. From his stint with the Jeff Beck Group in the 1960s, The Faces in the ‘70s, and a five decade-long solo career, Stewart’s parade of popular hit songs include “Maggie May,” “Mandolin Wind,” “You Wear It Well,” “Hot Legs,” and “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?” among others. Cyndi Lauper, who enjoyed moderate success with her band Blue

Angel, secured mega-popularity in 1983 with the release of her debut solo album “She’s So Unusual.” Lauper, who was born in the Astoria section of Queens and grew up in nearby Ozone Park watching The Beatles conquer America as a 10-year-old, became the first female in history to have four top-five singles from a debut album —”Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” “Time After Time,” “She Bop,” and “All Through the Night.” Rod Stewart, and Cyndi Lauper will appear at SPAC on July 22. Tickets are: $199.50, $149.50, $99.50, $75, and $35. Lawn tickets are $30. Tedeschi Trucks Band - the 12-piece ensemble led by husband and wife Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi – will perform at SPAC on July 3. Longtime friends and collaborators The Wood Brothers and Hot Tuna will also perform.

Hot Tuna, whose self-titled debut album was released in 1970, are led by guitarist Jorma Kaukonen and bassist Jack Casady, whose signature sounds are cemented in rock and roll history from their years spent together with the Jefferson Airplane. Tickets for the Pavilion Only show are $89.50, $69.50, $49.50, $39.50, and $25. Train, with special guests O.A.R. and Natasha Bedingfield will perform at SPAC on June 18. Tickets are $79.50, $59.50, $39.50, and $29.50. Lawn tickets are $25. Australian Pink Floyd: The Best Side Of The Moon 2017, will take place July 29. Tickets for the paviliononly show are $55, $39.50, and $25. Tickets For All Shows Are Available Online At Livenation.Com, Ticketmaster.Com Or Charge By Phone At 1-800-745-3000.

Home Made Theater to Hold Open Auditions for Spring Production SARATOGA SPRINGS — Home Made Theater will hold open auditions on Feb. 12-13 for the spring production of Larry Shue’s comedy, “The Foreigner.” The cast consists of five men and two women, ranging in age from late teens to early 70s. The synopsis: a fishing lodge in rural Georgia visited by Froggy LeSeuer, a British demolition expert who occasionally runs training sessions at a nearby army base. Froggy has brought along a friend, a pathologically shy young man named Charlie, who is overcome with fear at the thought of making conversation with strangers. Froggy tells all who have assembled that Charlie is

from an exotic foreign country and speaks no English. Once alone the fun really begins, as Charlie overhears more than he should - the evil plans of a sinister, two-faced minister and his redneck associate; the fact that the minister’s pretty fiancée is pregnant, and many other damaging revelations made with the thought that Charlie doesn’t understand a word being said - which sets up a funny climax during which things go uproariously awry for the “bad guys,” and the “good guys” emerge triumphant. Auditions will be held 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12 and 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, February 13. at the Spa Little Theater in Saratoga Spa

Stony Creek Band, Megan Houde Headline Weekend of Music HUDSON FALLS — The Stony Creek Band will stage a show at Hudson River Hall’s Strand Theatre at 3 p.m. Sunday. The band has performed at colleges and clubs from Maine to Florida, appeared on NBC’s Today Show, and shared the stage with such groups as the Charlie Daniels Band, Joe Ely, Poco, Arlo Guthrie, and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Tickets are $10. The Strand Theatre is located at 210 Main St. in Hudson Falls. Singer-songwriter and guitarist Megan Houde performs at the Hudson River Music Hall, 10 Maple St, Hudson Falls, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28.

Megan Houde performs at Hudson River Music Hall Saturday. Photo provided.

Houde has performed across the country with her act The American Longboards, regionally as the leader of 80’s tribute act Megan and The Brats, and as the lead singer for Led Zeppelin tribute band Out on the Tiles. Tickets are $10 general admission, $8 seniors and students. For more information on either show, call 518-832-3484.

State Park. Actors should bring a current photo & resume. Photos cannot be returned. Auditions will be from the script. Rehearsals begin

March 12. No appointments are necessary for the audition. Directed by Patrick White, “The Foreigner” will be staged

weekends, April 22 – May 7. For more information, contact HMT at 518-587-4427, or visit:

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New Tang Museum Exhibition Opens Saturday SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College will present its latest exhibition - Janine Antoni and Stephen Petronio: Entangle beginning on Saturday. This exhibition presents three works that combine action, video, and installation. “Rope Dance,” “On the Table,” and “Honey Baby,” explore a range of ongoing multidisciplinary collaborations, which Antoni and Petronio began more than three years ago, setting out to blur the lines between artist, dancer, choreographer, and audience. Each offering has one element in common — a wooden floor — that frames different activities understood through the body. “Rope Dance”, an interactive experience created by legendary movement artist Anna Halprin, with Antoni and Petronio, will run Jan. 28 to March 19. “On the Table” - during which

the gallery serves as set and dining room and features a tablecloth woven out of 200 neckties – will be on exhibit April 6 - 30. The artists will be on campus to visit with classes and participate in the first dinner from April 3 - 7. Between dinners, the installation will be offered to the community as a tool for dialogue. “Honey Baby” - billed as an immersive experience created by Antoni and Petronio to confound the notion of the body’s relation to gravity – will be on exhibit May 13 to July 16.
 Janine Antoni was born in Freeport, Bahamas, in 1964. She has exhibited nationally and internationally at numerous institutions including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, among others. Stephen Petronio was born in Newark, New Jersey, and was

the first male dancer of the Trisha Brown Dance Company. A leading contemporary dance-maker, Petronio has built a body of work with some of the most talented and provocative artists in the world, including composers Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson, and Diamanda Galás. Founded in 1984, Stephen Petronio Company has performed in 26 countries. In December, The Stephen Petronio Company bought a 175-acre property in the Catskill Mountains, according to the New York Times. Called Crows Nest, the $1.3 million property, near Cairo, includes about 9,000 square feet of residential and studio space and will house the Petronio Company and the Petronio Residency Initiative, which is to begin in summer 2018. “With Crows Nest, I’m hoping to leave the world an intimate place where dance can be made, where history happens, and where the dance community can feel at

Janine Antoni, Anna Halprin, Stephen Petronio, - Rope Dance, which opens on Saturday at the Tang Teaching Museum. Photo by Hugo Glendinning.

home,” Petronio said in a statement. Janine Antoni & Stephen Petronio: Entangle, is organized by Dayton Director Ian Berry, in collaboration with the artists. Antoni and Petronio will be in residence at Skidmore College as the 2016-17 McCormack Endowed Visiting Artist-Scholars

from March 1 - 4 and April 3 - 7 to engage with students, faculty, and the public. Public talks will be held 5:30 p.m. March 2, and 7 p.m. April 6, both at the Tang Teaching Museum, located on the campus of Skidmore College. For more information, visit: More information at

Lieutenant Colonel in Presentation on The Role of the 109th Airlift Wing and life in Antarctica SARATOGA SPRINGS — Retired Lt. Col. Kurt Bedore will give a presentation at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 9, about the role of the 109th Airlift Wing and life in Antarctica. The presentation takes place at The Summit at Saratoga, located at 1 Perry Road, and is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, and

reservations can be made by calling 518-430-2136, or emailing Bedore retired in 2015 from the US Air Force and New York Air National Guard (NYANG) after 28 years of military service both as a navigator and instructor electronic warfare officer (EWO). He will talk

A presentation on the role of the 109th Airlift Wing and life in Antarctica will take place at The Summit at Saratoga. Photo provided.

about McMurdo Station - the U.S. Antarctic research center located on the south tip of Ross Island - show photographs of the fauna and scenery, and field questions about the National Science Foundation efforts in the polar regions. Bedore logged more than 5,000 flight hours during his military

service and today runs a local civil and environmental engineering consulting business. During his New York Air National Guard tenure, he provided military service in the Arctic and Antarctic theaters in support of National Science Foundation research efforts. Typical missions included tactical and strategic airlift

in LC-130H ski-equipped aircraft of fuel, cargo, supplies, personnel and emergency medical evacuations. He was also involved with the rescue mission of Dr. Jerri Nielson from the South Pole in 1999, as well as airlift missions during Hurricanes Katrina and several other natural disaster relief missions.


Week of January 27 – February 2, 2017

Sawyer Fredericks Telethon Performance to Broadcast Live on Sunday

Sawyer Fredericks and then-SPAC President Marcia White, moments prior to Frederick’s appearance at the venue in 2015. Photo by Thomas Dimopoulos.

ALBANY — Local music sensation Sawyer Fredericks will perform live at the #518Gives Telethon to benefit the Center for Disability Services on Sunday, Jan. 29. Fredericks is scheduled to appear at 5 p.m. The fundraising broadcast airs from noon to 7 p.m. from the Radisson Hotel Albany on Wolf Road and will be broadcast live

on WXXA/FOX23. All proceeds support the Center and its divisions, Down Syndrome Aim High Resource Center, Life Quality Solutions Incubator, Prospect Center in Queensbury and St. Margaret’s Center in Albany. The 17-year-old singersongwriter hails from central New York and cut his musical

teeth performing at area farmers’ markets, open mic shows at Caffe Lena, and busking on Broadway in downtown Saratoga Springs. He was the winner of the eighth season of the TV show, “The Voice,”and released his album, “A Good Storm,” in 2016.

week of 1/27-2/2 friday, 1/27: Rich Clements, 8 pm @ Bailey’s . 583.6060 Bill Staines, 8 pm @ Caffè Lena . 583.0022 Chuck Lamb Quartet, 9 pm @ 9 Maple Avenue . 583.2582

saturday, 1/28: Thirsty Bear, 8 pm @ Bailey’s . 583.6060 Celebrating The Legacy of Frank Jaklitsch, 8 pm @ Caffè Lena . 583.0022 John Savage, 9 pm @ 9 Maple Avenue . 583.2582 Band of Ghosts, Last Daze Duo, Two Guys, Lucas Garrett, 9 pm @ Putnam Den . 584.8066 Hair of the Dog, 8 pm @ The Parting Glass . 583.1916

sunday, 1/29: Bright Series: Old Salt Union and

Twisted Pine, 7 pm @ Caffè Lena . 583.0022 Hot Club of Saratoga noon @ The Merry Monk 584.6665

monday, 1/30: Open Mic Night, 7 pm @ Caffè Lena . 583.0022

wednesday, 2/1: Poetry Open Mic hosted by Carol Graser, 7 pm @ Caffè Lena . 583.0022 Irish Celtic Session, 7 pm @ The Parting Glass . 583.1916

thursday, 2/2: Irish Celtic Session, 7 pm @ The Parting Glass . 583.1916


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Puzzles Across 1 Year in which Salieri was born 6 Spunkmeyer of cookie fame 10 Sports __ 13 Key artery 14 Seattle’s __ Place Market 15 Hazmat suit hazard 16 Nail the Miley Cyrus impression? 19 “Madam Secretary” star 20 “Family Feud” source 21 Stately tree 22 “... __ the set of sun”: “Macbeth” 23 Disney title girl from Hawaii 24 Permanently deleted electronic message? 30 Cinch 32 “Ah, broken is the golden bowl! the spirit flown forever!” poet 33 GPS suggestion 34 Prod 35 Michaels et al. 36 End notes? 38 Pay extension? 39 It goes around in winter 40 Antarctic transport 41 Minor trade adjustment? 45 Majestic quality 46 Playboy nickname 47 Kentucky Colonels’ org. 50 “The Caine Mutiny” Oscar nominee 53 Genealogical record 55 “The spasm preceded the other symptoms, Doc”? 57 Used to be 58 Hendrix hairdo 59 Royal __: scheduled 2016 British Open site 60 Unmatched 61 The Taj Mahal, e.g. 62 Garden plant that thrives in shade Down 1 Lackluster finish 2 Wooden pin 3 Vanilla treats 4 Key not used alone 5 Bass Islands locale 6 Wrote an essay, maybe 7 Polynesian carving

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See puzzle solution on page 38 8 Turner of entertainment 9 Vacation area 10 Oregon State athlete, for short 11 Rather red 12 Legion 15 Lose illegally 17 Winner of six David di Donatello acting awards 18 __ film 23 Some August babies 25 Be selfish about, in a way 26 Low grade 27 Fox commentator who was the 1992 N.L. Rookie of the Year 28 Singer James 29 Try 30 Self-appointed expert

31 Online TV giant 35 Moreover 36 Common liquor purchase, once 37 Scary squeezer 39 Homburg, for one 40 Nobel, for one 42 “__ when that happens” 43 Buster? 44 Tough syndicate 48 Get drunk 49 Insurance giant 50 USAF stealth plane 51 Due 52 Prepare, as for action 53 Chicken __ 54 Early copter 56 One may be a CPA

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: Manner, Manor A manner is a way of acting or the way in which something is done. His manner of speaking and delivery is quite articulate. A manor is a mansion or the principal residence on an estate. The village’s houses range from manor houses to quaint cottages. Dave Dowling is the author of The Wrong Word Dictionary and The Dictionary of Worthless Words. Both books are available from many book retailers, and signed copies can be obtained by contacting Dave at

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Week of January 27 – February 2, 2017

Figure Skating: The Path to Gold by Norra Reyes Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Lillian Bergbom, 11, of Maple Avenue Middle School, has been ice-skating for 5 years. On Saturday, Jan. 21, she passed her first free skate test and also leveled-up by passing an ice dancing test called the 14 Steps, passing at presilver level. “It was a little nerve-wracking,” she said. “I get very nervous the night before a test, but as soon as I get on the ice, and then halfway through the program, I get very relaxed and I usually come off the ice laughing.” Lillian was one of about 25 skaters who participated in Saturday’s

skating test sessions hosted by Saratoga Springs Figure Skating Club at the Weibel Avenue Ice Rink. Lillian’s father, Bart Bergbom, is a parent volunteer and treasurer of the skating club. He explained that the testing is similar to earning a black belt in karate. Skaters must achieve certain levels before they can compete with peers at that level. “The tests are all pass or retry,” said Bergbom. “All are shooting for gold medal status. There are four different disciplines to do that in, so you can become a double gold medalist or go up to quadruple. Skaters find the field they are most comfortable with and stay focused there, but some know right off the bat they want to be

Local Baseball Leagues Merge Saratoga-American Little League & Wilton Youth Baseball Reunite

quads. There’s no requirement; it’s all self-imposed.” According to “All About U.S. Figure Skating Tests” provided by U.S. Figure Skating, the test structure is the “backbone of U.S. Figure Skating.” It is the national standard by which all skaters are measured on their path to become a gold medalist nationally, and even on to the Olympics. “We have had a handful of girls make the U.S. Synchronized Skating Team,” said Bergbom. “We’ve had people qualify and compete on national levels, and one of our dance coaches went up through the ranks to compete at national levels as part of a pair.” Bergbom said usually the testing group is much larger than 25, but that it is currently the peak of the competition season, and most kids are working on their routines right now and focusing on the upcoming Empire State Games in Lake Placid. “I compete in free style and synchronized skating, on a skating team,” said Lillian. “It’s hard at first, but once you figure out how to lean your foot and keep them narrow and parallel, then you don’t have to think about it. You can put on music and just go for it and see

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Olivia Coyle.

what happens. I just started using SARATOGA SPRINGS — January music from the movie La La Land 12, 2017 - After operating as sepa– well, it was good music!” rate leagues for more than a decade, Lillian said she really appreciates Wilton Youth Baseball and Saratoga the encouragement that comes from American Little League have merged. her friends and coaches. “You’ll try The combined organization, now something by yourself and you think known as the Saratoga-Wilton Youth Baseball (SWYB), has opened Spring registration for players ages League will feature Cal Ripken Baseball (ages 4-12) and Babe 4-15. Programs include: TBall (4-6), Local Baseball Leagues Merge Baseball (ages 13-15). Rookie (7-8), Minors Saratoga-American (9-10), Majors RuthLittle League & Wilton Youth Baseball Reunite “We feel the Cal Ripken rules (11-12) and Babe Ruth (13-15.) provide a saferas playing environment players include 12, all City SaratogaEligible Springs, NY January 2017of- After operating separate leagues for more than a decade, Wilton Youth andhave moremerged. resemble real baseball,” says SpringsAmerican and Town of Wilton BaseballSaratoga and Saratoga Little League residents, Saratoga Springs School Joe Rigabar, SWYB Vice President. The Cal Ripken Majors division plays District organization, students, andnow anyknown child as the The combined Saratoga-Wilton Youth Baseball (SWYB), has opened Spring registration on (4-6), a field Rookie with 70ft baseMinors paths and attending a school located ininclude: Saratoga TBall for players ages 4-15. Programs (7-8), (9-10), Majors (11-12) and Babe Ruth (13-15.) Springs. Players from neighboring the pitching mound is moved back Eligible players include all City of Saratoga and Town ofisWilton Saratoga Springs School District to 50ft. “What’ s great the kidsresidents, pretowns are welcome, but with certain Springs students, and any child attending a school Saratoga Players from neighboring towns are welcome, but fer the in Ripken 50/70Springs. rules” which limitations regarding summer All located with certain limitations regarding summer All Star eligibility. Jared Dinsmore says “makes an easier Star eligibility. “A unified league that serves jump to the 60/90 field that kids will "A unified that serves will create more efficiency, on in school and beyond.”allow for better resource planning and oneleague constituency will one createconstituency more be playing sharing, efficiency, offer costallow savings, and allow classmatesThe to play together” new ball League will alsosaid offerJared Dinsmore, President of the SWYB. “Last for better resource season we ran a pilot program by having our older divisions play together. It was a success and we are excited to have all planning and sharing, offer cost sav- Travel Baseball for players ages divisionsings, playing together in 2017.” and allow classmates to play 7-12. “While Rec Baseball is our ball together” said Jared Dinsmore, primary focus, our travel program The newPresident SWYB League will host games at both Eastmany Side Rec and Gavin Park. The League will feature Cal Ripken Baseball serves players who want of the SWYB. “Last season (ages 4-12) and Babe Ruth Baseball (ages 13-15). we ran a pilot program by having our more opportunities to play and the older divisions play together. It was a chance to play against teams from “We feelsuccess the Cal Ripken provide playing environment and more resemble real baseball”, says Joe Rigabar, other towns”, said Rigabar. and we arerules excited to haveaallsafer SWYB Vice President. The Cal Ripken Majors division plays on a field with for 70ft base paths and the pitching mound is Opening Day is scheduled divisions playing together in 2017.” moved back The to 50ft. “What’s great is the kids prefer the Ripken 50/70 rules” new SWYB League April 29. Online registration will which Jared Dinsmore says “makes an easier jump the 60/90 that kids be playing on 14 in school and beyond.” January at will tohost gamesfield at both Eastwill begin

Side Rec and Gavin Park. The 518-488-7944. The new League will also offer Travel Baseball for players ages 7-12. “While Rec Baseball is our primary focus, our travel program serves a large number of players who want more opportunities to play and the chance to play against teams from other towns”, said Rigabar.

Opening Day is scheduled for April 29th . Online registration will begin January 14th at ### About SWYB

you just can’t do it, and they help you and you try it again and do it perfect – it makes you feel accomplished.” For more information about skating competitions or lessons, visit

Week of January 27 – February 2, 2017


All Outdoors: Winter?

by Tim Blodgett for Saratoga TODAY Here we are again. We should be doing wintery things but we can’t because Winter seems to have to taken a vacation and left Spring to mind the store. I’m a big fan of Spring, but I don’t like it dropping in unexpectedly right when I’ve got winter on my mind. My winter weather-loving compatriots have been moping about for the last week or so watching the snow and ice turn to slush. If I could control the weather, winter would arrive a little early, stay in character for the duration and leave before its welcome runs out. Unfortunately, I’m not in charge and Winter has made a hash of itself. Why does this happen every year? Singularity! I went looking for an explanation of what the weather was doing and this is what I found. A “Singularity” is what the weather phenomena, “January thaw” is known as, meteorologically speaking. This is a very different type of singularity than the one associated with the demise of massive stars, crushing inescapable gravity wells and X-ray bursts that would fry our planet to a cinder. Winter started off the way I would have made it, early and in character, followed by a cold early/mid January and then it stalled. Weather statisticians predict that the coldest day of the year should fall on January 23 so, what happened this year? A “Singularity” defined as “a characteristic meteorological condition that tends to occur on or near a specific date more frequently than chance would indicate” is what happened! The January thaw doesn’t happen every year but when it does it typically happens

roughly about January 20 - 24t give or take a few days. It’s right on schedule and perfectly inconvenient, again. Now that we know what’s happening to winter, the next logical question is, WHY IS THIS HAPPENING? The simple answer is, (you’re going to love this) nobody really knows why the January thaw is a thing. Meteorologists can point to weather maps that diagram advancing fronts, stationary highs and lows and predicted storm tracks. Weather satellites and stations relay the latest weather data giving us constantly updated weather information, feeding our weather obsession. We could clearly see, in the case of the recent weather, a warm air mass dominated the northeast and pushed the cold air in a polar direction. Many people would point to climate change as the driving force behind it all but it is likely to just be the inherent unpredictability of the weather. The January thaw tends to be more pronounced and happens more frequently in the northeast and north central parts of our country so, there you have it. I’ll take our unique weather singularity over other weather extremes even if it is inconvenient to all my ice fishing, skiing, snowmobiling and snowman building friends. Maybe we should just plan on it happening every year so we can be pleasantly surprised when it doesn’t occur. I went to several websites to research the information above. is-january-thaw-real-or-a-coincidence and https://en.wikipedia. org/wiki/Thaw_(weather) are just a couple of the sources available. Satisfy your inner weather junkie and check them out. What’s next? You will often find yourself on the losing side of the bet if you wager on the weather, at least in the short term, but general trends tend to be stable. Fear not, the cold will return and if the patterns are favorable, the ice will firm up and snow will again blanket the land. I will patiently wait for the ice to refreeze before resuming ice fishing this year. Before the warm spell, most lakes had safe ice and fishermen were catching limits of panfish and walleyes. A village of

ice fishermen sprang up on the south end of Saratoga Lake as word of excellent fishing circulated through the fishing community. Big walleye, jack perch and gorilla bluegills were in a cooperative mood and were featured as the batter dipped, crispy golden fried guests of honor at many a dinner table. Small jigs tipped with spikes were fooling bluegills in 8 to 10 feet of water while perch were falling to tip-ups baited with small minnows in 15 to 20 feet. Rapala jigs were working for the perch also. The walleye bite generally starting around sundown at 12 to 15 foot weed edges. As it got later in the evening, the walleye would move shallower as they foraged. Savvy anglers moved their tip-ups shallower in response, catching hungry walleye in 6 to 8 feet of water. When the ice is once again safe, try those tactics again but remember, the walleye will start moving toward the north end of the lake as spawning season approaches. Cossayuna Lake in Argyle is another lake to visit once the cold weather takes hold again. Cossayuna is full of bluegills, crappie, perch, and big northern pike. You even have a chance to hook into a Tiger Musky there. Panfish tactics will be like those used on Saratoga Lake. The pike and tigers will be looking for a big meal. Use tip-ups baited with large shiners or suckers for these trophies. When you hook one and bring it through the hole, try to handle it carefully, get your pictures and if

you don’t plan to eat it, quickly return it to the water. They are ferocious predators but they can’t take rough handling and that 20-pound fish may be older than you. Even if the toothy fish aren’t biting, you can count on the bass to keep you busy. You can’t keep them this time of the year but they are fun to catch. All you ice fishermen waiting for Lake George to freeze are going to have to think cold thoughts to help it along. Lake George is one of the premier destinations for the local and not-so-local crowd and usually doesn’t freeze until midJanuary most years. Our little singularity hasn’t helped things so we’ll just have to wait and cross our fingers for Lake George. If you must go ice fishing, head north and up into the hills. I won’t recommend any waters right now but use extreme caution if you venture out, just don’t expect me to join you any time soon. Archery leagues are starting up at the local sporting clubs and are always looking for new people to join them. If you are not one for the snow and ice, this is a great way to keep active during the winter and your skills honed for next deer season. New 2017 bows will start arriving at the archery shops very soon, so if you’re looking for something new, there will be a lot of choices. If you are looking for a new challenge, consider traditional archery. Shooting a recurve bow or long bow is as much

art as skill and can give a sense of satisfaction you won’t get from shooting a modern compound bow. If you want to see an interesting branch of archery’s evolution, stop down to my shop in Schuylerville. I just received a bow made by Martin Archery in 1974 called the Kamact MK2. It’s an interesting mash-up traditional and modern (for its day) technology. The technology wasn’t quite up to the concept so few were made and very few survive today, I’m fortunate to own one and will be happy to show it off. In conclusion. They say “If life gives you lemons, make lemonade” so I say “thank you for the lemonade” and will be eager to make snow cones if we get snow and slushies if we get slush. There’s plenty to do this season even if it’s not what you were expecting. Old Man Winter and his boy Jack Frost will soon return to rid us of our singularity and brighten the landscape with a fresh blanket of snow. Until then, stay healthy, happy and enjoy a little lemonade. Tim Blodgett, owner of Saratoga Tackle & Archery, can be reached at 518-584-3952. His store is located on Route 29, Schuylerville, beside Subway. For further information, visit or find Saratoga Tackle on Facebook.



Week of January 27 – February 2, 2017

Snowkite Rally Set for February Only Rally This Winter in the Northeast by Norra Reyes Saratoga TODAY SACANDAGA LAKE — No reality TV show can compare to watching an extreme sport live, and locals will get a chance to do that the weekend of February 18 through 20 at the Great Sacandaga Lake Snowkite Rally. “It makes me feel alive,” said Jean Dunoyer, who has been snowkiting for 8 years. “I think the feeling of going out into the great outdoors and finding a way to propel myself at high speed across a frozen landscape in a controlled and safe fashion is an immense challenge.” Presented by Kite Club NY, experienced snowkiters from hundreds of miles around will gather to showcase their skills traveling at heart-pumping speeds across the icy lake and snow, trying to break records reaching past 70 miles per hour. They will launch and land near the Lanzi’s on the Lake restaurant, where spectators can also gather to warm up. Beginners are welcome, but lessons are required. Christo Vetar, owner of Kite Club NY, is an instructor and will be providing lessons for those who arrange them in advance. He warned that this is not a sport the people can randomly show up to try. “And no one will give them their equipment to try it, either,” said Vetar. “It would be like giving someone an airplane to try.” Dunoyer, who is a cofounder of, agrees. “It’s an extreme sport,” he said, “so it’s

not something you can do casually like kicking around a soccer ball. When we’re kiting, we tie ourselves to the kite, and you can get dragged to places you don’t want to go and endanger people around you if you don’t know what you are doing.” But Dunoyer says for those who have kited, this event would be a great place to try out a new spot, connect with peers, make new friends, and meet old friends. He said the sport is very community-minded, which increases safety because everyone looks out for each other. “There’s an element of danger, and I say that to ward off people who think it’s pretty simple, and it looks like it is, but it takes many years and seasons to practice and get to the point of being proficient. It’s important to take stock of the conditions, assess the dangers, and take steps to mitigate those dangers. The result is an incredible day outdoors, with wind and gravitational forces pulling you this way and that way. It can be about speed or just going on a ‘stroll’ or achieving some tricks.” The kite functions like a sail, he said, but unlike a sail, it can be manipulated in radical motions so snowkiters can suddenly jump up to 20 feet in the air. He said the biggest thrill for him is realizing that snowkiting is one of the best ways to explore the wilderness, and plans to snowkite through mountains soon. “I heard this began when people were traveling in Antarctica to get to the South Pole and wanted to do it without motor assistance,”

Division 1 Warriors-28: Jack Geckler-10, Gavin Lafrance-6 Nets-12: Mason Cormier-6, Sam Cormier-4 Pacers-21: Zach Streicher-8, Landon Lakrow-6 Bulls-19: Patrick Firehock-4, Peyton Keegan-4 Magic-18: Reese Lemos-6, Ben Simonette-4 Blazers-7: Carson Moser-2, Cole Gibson-2 Thunder-23: Jayden Osinski-15, Austin Osinski-6 Cavs-18: Joshua Simon-12, Will O’Donnell-4

Division 2 Thunder-25: Jack Maloney-7, Tyler Weygand-5 Blazers-23: Calvin Curtis-10, Griffin Brophy-7 Warriors-29: Jacob Durkee-25 Nuggets-24: Benjamin Cohen-10, Charley Cota-6 Rockets-26: Aiden Sweenor-10, Brayden Elliot-8 Bulls-24: Jaden Viger-11, Emily Dingmon-5 Hawks-20: Rodell Evans-8, Antone Robbens-5 Cavs-17: Tobey Diulio-6, Rowan Armstrong-5 Snow Kite Rally at Tug Hill in 2013. Photos by Konrad Mojsa.

he said, “but hiking is exhausting, too, especially with all the weight of supplies and such. Employing a kite was a beautifully elegant solution.” Local snowkiters and those coming from as far away as North Carolina are gathering for this event, which Dunoyer said is

the only snowkiting event this winter in the Northeast, other than in Quebec. A banquet is planned for Sunday night. For more information, or to sign up for lessons, visit www.kiteclubny. com or SacandagaSnowkite.

SRYMCA Youth Basketball League Weekly Scores Saratoga Rotary Jr. Division BHHS Blake Realtors 47 - D’Andrea’s Pizza 34 The Realtors knocked off the last undefeated team in the youth basketball league by a score of 47 to 34. Gavin Planavsky dropped in 22 points and Will Sambrook contributed another 8 points in the victory. Patrick Dechaine had 17 points in the loss. Village Photo 32 - Cudney’s Launderers 31 It took a last second shot to help Village Photo get a one point victory over Cudney’s. The winners got an all-around game from Caiden White who led team with 15 points. Nathan Scott led his team in scoring 12 points and rebounds.

Town of Wilton Recreation - Jr. NBA Scores Saturday 1/21

Saratoga-Wilton Elks Lodge Sr. Division Mexican Connection Restaurant 52 - Raloid Tool Company 35 Using a balanced scoring attack, Mexican Connection got out to a big first half lead and never looked back in their win over Raloid. The victors got 13 points from Tommy Leary, 8 points apiece from Lydia Green and Eric Stone and Elias Wohl cleaned the boards and dropped in 9 points. Raloid got 14 from Jose Garcia and another 10 points from Donald Steves. Synergy Promotions 68 - Toyota of Clifton Park 40 Synergy used a big second half run to roll over Toyota with a 28-point victory. Seth Mattice got 20 points in the win while Eddie Hart had 8 points in the loss

Division 3 Rockets-30: Samuel Tyler-11, Elijah Woods-6 Rockets-21: Kyle Hull-7, Brendan Young-6 Thunder-28: Evan Barthelmas-10, Alex Cutler-4 Bulls-17: Garrett Farr-8, Andrew Masten-4 Nuggets-38: Charles DeRizzo-15, Patrick Rando-8 Celtics-34: Raymond Ellis-8 Blazers-32: Zane Burnett-17, Zachary Carpenter-9 Warriors-22: Max Hamilton-Jones 13, Arieon Rose-5

Division 4 Tie Game Bulls-37: Liam Vanwagenen-16, Ben Stimpson-6 Pacers-37: Henry Tucker-12, Kevin Amberger-11 Nuggets-39: Andrew Phillips-11, Rece McClements-8 Celtics-32: David Cohen-15, Andrew Blaha-9

Week of January 27 – February 2, 2017


No Trophies for Boasting!

by Damian Fantauzzi for Saratoga TODAY The history of every sport is littered with cautionary tales of men and women who eagerly and loudly proclaim their greatness, only to fade into obscurity...or infamy. Likewise, there are those very rare moments when legends— Michael Jordan, Lebron James, and Babe Ruth—boldly staked their claim to greatness and made good on the promise. Dominance claims in a sport needs support with evidence by more than just raw

talent; it takes a burning drive to do what it takes to get better. If a guy makes more headlines talking about the records he’s going to break, rather than the success he’s already had, then he isn’t as good as he believes or isn’t doing what’s necessary to get there. My dad was a terrific guy, he always said to me to let my game do the talking. He would say, “if you’re a good player, it will show in your game.” I lived by those words. As a youngster I worked day-in and day-out to be the best that I could possibly be as a basketball player without comparing myself to anyone. I wasn’t a wannabe, I just wanted to be a basketball player! When you perform to do your best, there could not be a better satisfaction in a sport, or a memorable personal feeling of achievement. The proof is in the pudding, so to speak. Exceptionalism in sports really doesn’t need self-promotion and personal fanfare, or frankly, self-abnegation. Witnessing of performance by others is all that’s

needed for the proof of being an athlete. People don’t want to hear bragging from the athlete about their greatness. If an athlete is outstanding on the field of play, his ego must be put into storage. I feel that humility must become part of the athlete’s character. Maybe the most important aspect of playing sports is being on a team, because it recognizes everyone’s worth and that’s something special. I know guys who play pickup, or who are in adult basketball leagues, or softball teams and know all their own personal statistics, like points scored, hits, goals, or whatever. I firmly believe that that’s fine for personal satisfaction; keep your accomplishments to yourself and be satisfied. No boasting to your friends and especially people who barely know you. The truth be told is to enjoy the moment as a participant, feel fulfilled with whatever the accomplishment was and that it was fun. If you have a need to be recognized, let your game do your talking. Humility means no boasting. Walk tall and know in your subconscious mind that you were emotionally fulfilled and you did well.

No Collegiate Baseball Team in Saratoga Springs this Year

The New York Collegiate Baseball League (NYCBL) revoked the team’s franchise rights on Sunday. The announcement comes after the team’s cofounder, 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 $3,000 from the Maple Avenue Middle School Yearbook Club, where he was a co-advisor. The NYCBL would entertain an application from Saratoga Revolution for the 2018 season. The full statement is below: “On January 5th, 2017, the NYCBL was alerted to allegations surrounding the President of the Saratoga Revolution that could compromise the integrity of the league and affect the organization’s ability to participate in the NYCBL. After due diligence and deliberation, the NYCBL has revoked the probationary

franchise given to the Saratoga Revolution, thus they will not be participating as a team in the NYCBL for the upcoming 2017 season. The NYCBL would entertain an application for a franchise in Saratoga for the 2018 season. The NYCBL has been informed that all monies received by the organization with respect to player fees and sponsorships will be fully refunded. In addition, the NYCBL will work with the remaining members of the Saratoga Revolution Board, attempting to place any player currently under contract with Saratoga with another team. The NYCBL has taken this action to protect the integrity of its league, the alliance of which it is a part of and its many partners. For additional questions please contact league President Steve Pindar.” Pindar can be reached at 607-437-8779 or



Week of January 27 – February 2, 2017

COMMUNITY SPORTS BULLETIN Adirondack Hawks Baseball WILTON — The Adirondack Hawks 13U team is looking for players to round out the 2017 roster. Interested players can contact Coach DellaPorta at 518-8527191 or email For more information, visit

Ice Fishing Tournament SCHUYLERVILLE — The Quaker Volunteer Fire Department will host the 10th Annual Fire Department Ice Fishing Tournament on Saturday, February 11 on the Cove section of the Hudson River at 882 Route 4 South of Schuylerville starting at 7 a.m. Registration starts at 5:30 a.m. The tournament runs until 3 p.m. The public is invited. There is an entry fee of $20. Preregistration is encouraged. To receive an entry form, contact Jeff Dooley at 518-859-5064 or Chris Lago at 518-867-7849. For more information, visit the fire department at or visit their Facebook page.

Saratoga Rowers Association SARATOGA SPRINGS — Registration for the Saratoga Rowing Association (SRA) Junior Competitive Spring Season is now open for athletes from 7th to 12th grades. SRA is one of the largest and strongest competitive

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rowing programs in the country. It is a priority at SRA that every member row regularly in practice and compete in races. There are also members of the SRA program from surrounding communities whose schools do not have their own rowing program, including Ballston Spa, Spa Catholic, South Glens Falls, Schuylerville, Waldorf School of Saratoga, Christian Brothers Academy and others. The Spring Season is beginning now for High School athletes with Middle School athletes beginning February 6 with land training. We will transition to on-water training in April. The Spring Season continues into mid-June. For more information, visit www.

Senior Tennis WILTON — The Saratoga– Wilton YMCA is hosting a Senior Tennis Drop-In on Mondays and Wednesdays at 12 noon. Sign up after 8 a.m. the day of play. Contact the Saratoga-Wilton YMCA for more information at 518-5873708. Ask for Frank Piliere.

Saratoga Senior Men’s Baseball SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Senior Men’s Baseball League is looking for players ages 28 and over for the upcoming season, which runs from May through August. For more information, call or text 518-470-7894.

West Mountain Events QUEENSBURY — The U.S. Snowboard and Freeski Association is hosting a Rail Jam on Saturday, January 28 for skiers and snowboarders aged 5 and up. Registration starts at 5 p.m. Also scheduled on January 28 between 4 and 8 p.m. is the Winterfest, a night of free skiing, with live music from Star Society, games, giveaways, vendors and more. Pick up Ski for Free vouchers while supplies last at any area Curtis Lumber Kitchen and Bath center or Lia Nissan in Colonie, Saratoga and Glens Falls. On Tuesday, January 31, from 4 to 9 p.m., X-Games silver medalist and snowboarder Andy Finch will be at West Mountain for free autograph signing and personalized coaching, along with special guest DJ Peacemaker. Must have a valid lift ticket to participate. 518-636-3699.

Open Gym at Gavin Park SARATOGA SPRINGS — Open gym at Gavin Park runs from 3 to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday until March 10. Open Gym is free to anyone. Those under 11 years old must have an adult (18 and up) present at all times. Basketball shooting only permitted. Maximum capacity is limited to 25 participants. For more information, call 518-584-9455.

Puzzle solutions from pg. 30

Intro to Ice Skating

Ice Rink Open

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Springs Recreation Department will introduce skaters ages 3 through adult to the exciting world of ice skating. This program will build upon skills already learned. A strong foundation can produce a lifetime of pleasure on the ice. Early Bird registration is February 6 through February 27. Sign up at 15 Vanderbilt Avenue Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. or Sunday 12 to 6 p.m. For additional information or to download forms go to Contact the Recreation Department at 518-587-3550 x2300 or with questions.

Join us for skating at the ice rink. Open Public, Open Stick, Open Adult Hockey and Open Figure Skating sessions are offered. Call 518-5873550 x2300, 518-583-3462 or visit and click on the ice skate for the schedule.

Recreation Department Spring Programs SARATOGA SPRINGS — Registration for 2017 Spring programs begins Feb 6. A variety of programs including soccer and baseball will be offered. Early Bird registration is February 6 through February 27. For additional information or to download forms go to SaratogaRec. com. Contact the Recreation Department at 518-587-3550 x2300 or recreservations@ with questions.

Recreation Department Drop-In Sessions
 SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Springs Recreation Department offers drop-in sessions in adult basketball, pickleball, racquetball and wallyball. Visit and click on Rec Center calendar for the latest schedule.
 For additional information please call 518-5873550 x2300 or email

Recreation Department Zumba Fitness Classes SARATOGA SPRINGS — Teens 16 and up and adults are welcome to join. Session and dropin options available. Sign up at 15 Vanderbilt Avenue Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. or Sunday 12 to 6 p.m. For additional information or to download forms go to Contact the Recreation Department at 518-587-3550 x2300 or

Week of January 27 – February 2, 2017


Congratulations to U12 Girls Select!

WILTON — The Saratoga Wilton Soccer Club U12 Girls Select team just returned from the Monroe-Woodbury MidWinter Classic in Milton, NY, in Ulster County. The team went undefeated going 4-0

and winning the championship against North Rockland 2-0. The team scored 11 goals and did not give up a single goal the entire tournament. Team members include Ava Schneider, Elena Burke, Maddie

Siebeneck, Skyler Knott, Abby Bundy, Lily Cubanski, Analise Rodriguez, Grace Soukup, Alena Kay, Erika Sudigala, Claire Macy and Eowyn Lapp. Congratulations to the girls on their accomplishment!

FTFA Soccer Saratoga Finalists & Semifinalists U12 teams. Visit or email for more info on our Spring travel soccer season.

Pele U12 L-R: Xavier Ruscio, Ben Van Valkenburg, Vincent DeVito, Aiden Fletcher, Gregory Kaatz, Lucas Varghese, Nicholas Varghese Bottom Picture = Neymar U10 L-R: Cahner Brunswick, Nathaniel Lanfear, Nate More, Calvin Manny, Theo Haworth, Charlie Xue, Lucia DeVito

The First Touch Futbol Academy U10 & U12 teams competed in Siena College’s Inaugural MLK Day Futsal Tournament. FTFA Soccer Saratoga’s Neymar U10 team finished in 3rd place losing in the

semifinal match to Bethlehem Black. FTFA Soccer Saratoga’s Pele U12 team finished in 2nd place losing in the championship match to Alleycats Red. FTFA Soccer Saratoga still has a few openings on their U8/U10/

Saratoga's Chmiel Earns Gatorade Honor

Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, the New York State Sportswriters Association announced, Saratoga Springs sophomore Kelsey Chmiel has been selected the New York girls cross country runner of the year by Gatorade after winning the NYSPHSAA and Federation titles this past season and finishing second at the Nike Cross Nationals regional meet. Chmiel, who placed fifth at the national Nike meet in Oregon, is the first runner from the powerful Blue Streaks program to earn the honor,

though Gatorade did not start picking recipients in the sport until 2007. She set course records at Saratoga Spa State Park enroute to her league championship and at Chenango Valley State Park while capturing the NYSPHSAA Class A meet title. She also shattered course records at meets in Virginia and Georgia. Chmiel was selected the New York State Sportswriters Association runner of the year at the conclusion of the season.

Volume 11  •  Issue 4

Week of January 27 – February 2, 2017


Frozen Moments In and Around Saratoga

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