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LOCAL • INDEPENDENT • FREE Volume 11  •  Issue 5  •  February 3– February 9, 2017 • (518) 581-2480

Entrepreneurs Welcome SEDC to Launch Innovative Incubator by Norra Reyes Saratoga TODAY

SEDC Economic Development Specialist Ryan Van Amburgh (left) with President of Clarkson University, Tony Collins, memorializing a teaming agreement to support Advance Saratoga Startup and its early stage business accelerator. Photo provided.

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SARATOGA COUNTY — Polish up those ideas because, come Spring, the Saratoga Economic Development Agency (SEDC) is launching an incubator that models innovative entrepreneurial support systems straight out of Silicon Valley, partly by looking at failure and eligibility a little

See Entrepreneurs pg. 14

Mayor’s Outlook for 2017 by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY

See Chowderfest pgs. 34-35

differently than most. According to Executive Director of the Clarkson University Shipley Center for Innovation Matt Draper, an entrepreneur who has experienced failure, or an entrepreneur with an idea that would never head to the stock market, is just as eligible for Advance Saratoga Startup as the one who invents the next big tech gadget.

SARATOGA SPRINGS – Extending the Greenbelt trail and combatting racism. Developing more affordable housing, diversifying the city’s economic portfolio and forging new collaborations with Nashville, Tennessee, and the Land of the Rising Sun are among the mayor’s goals for Saratoga Springs in 2017. Approximately 250 city residents, business leaders, elected officials, and a handful of political hopefuls considering a future career in city government gathered on Monday night in the Sen. Joseph L. Bruno Meeting Room at the Saratoga Springs City Center, where Mayor Joanne Yepsen delivered the

annual State of the City address. “People are investing in Saratoga Springs and we cut 102 ribbons for new and expanded businesses in the city last year, a symbol of our stable and growing local economy,” said Yepsen, heralding 2016 accomplishments while pointing to a diversification of the city’s economic portfolio to continue to attract small businesses and future entrepreneurs. The mayor noted the appointment of Democrat Francine Vero as the firstever woman city court judge in the city, while publicly thanking longtime Republican City Court Judge Jim Doern for his service – an appointment perceived as a slight among Doern supporters when announced last month. See Mayor pg. 11

SPAC 2017 Season See pg. 10

Inside TODAY Blotter 5 Business 16-17 Education 18-19 Pulse x-x Sports 42-47


Week of February 3– February 9, 2017


Stanley McGaughey

“I was an IT professional from 1965 to 2000. I started off in the Navy. I got a year of training on how to fix computers and they sent me to a Navy station where they were dismantling the Univac II computer, so I worked on the first super computers,” says Stanley McGaughey, who would spend 30 years at Skidmore College in information technology. “For me, I started on how every circuit worked, how the logic tied together and how all the registers inside the computer functioned. We would have to trouble-shoot down to a resistor, or a transistor or a capacity that failed a logical function. You’d go chasing that loop through the computer to find where it failed. It was delicious.” McGaughey is also a home builder, a music composer, and the longtime chairman of the Caffè Lena Board of Directors. “Today, I have some Caffè

Lena work to do, but I’d also like to try and get some music done. I’m feeling like I’ve got to get that back. It’s been a long time. I start with a keyboard, put it into the computer and start tweaking it. The computer doesn’t generate the idea. The computer is a tool. I’ll sit down and see what happens. It’s like going into a trance sometimes; you let yourself go and something starts to evolve. “I had a professor once who said: start off with one note. That was a revolution to me. I used to create elaborate maps of how I wanted things to go. I would have plans. I would have stuff all figured out. If you map it all out, if you create an outline, often it stifles your creativity, I think. So, now I start with one note, or maybe two, and see where it takes me. The fingers are not as limber as they used to be, but I’m ready to think more simply. Start with one note, then the body and the mind will take over.”

Week of February 3– February 9, 2017


Two Local Boys Climb Their Way to Nationals SARATOGA SPRINGS — Two Saratoga Springs students have qualified for USA Climbing’s national championships to be held February 10-12 at the Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, UT. Vincent Sablich, who is a 9th grader at Saratoga Springs High School, has been climbing competitively with USA Climbing for five years. He has made it to Regionals and Divisionals all five years and to Nationals in winter 2015 for Bouldering and summer 2015 for Sport and Speed. Sablich trains four days a week at a climbing gym locally at The Edge in Halfmoon and Rocksport in Queensbury. He often travels to other gyms throughout the Northeast. “When I was younger, I always wanted to climb Mt. Everest, so over the summer of 2012, I did the Rocksport summer camp, became obsessed with rock climbing, and have been doing it ever since. In that camp, I met Robert ‘Doc’ Livingston, my Rocksport coach, who inspired me to climb and compete,” said Sablich. “It is so unique from other sports, and I hope to go to the Olympics for climbing one year.” His coach at Rocksport, Robert “Doc” Livingston added, “Vincent epitomizes the kind of young climber we love working with. His passion for training, his understanding of local climbing history and ethics, and his huge heart. We expect great things from him in the years to come and

must first compete in a minimum of two “local” competitions to qualify to compete in Regionals. The top 40-50 male and female youth climbers in the United States compete at Nationals, where the top

Vincent nearing the top of his first qualifer problem at USA Climbing Bouldering Youth Divisionals at Central Rock Gym in Glastonbury, CT on Jan 14, 2017.

are proud to call him part of our Rocksport family.” Kenneth Rose is a 5th grader at Division Street Elementary and started climbing at eight years old on the school climbing team at Rocksport Indoor Rock Climbing and Guiding Center in Queensbury. He is only in his second year of competing with USA Climbing and he is already heading to nationals. Rose’s typical gym schedule is three days a week of individual and team training at Rocksport with an additional onsite training day at The Edge. Off days are spent recovering or doing core work or stretching – or just having fun playing outside. “I like the feeling of pressure. It helps me stay focused. And I don’t just climb to train and get stronger; I do it to have fun,” stated Rose. “I’ve been climbing my whole life. I climbed

Kenneth Rose nearing the top of his final qualifer problem at USA Climbing Bouldering Youth Divisionals at Central Rock Gym in Glastonbury, CT on Jan 15, 2017.

into my friend Jake’s crib when I was about six months old.” USA Climbing is the national governing body of competition climbing in the United States, promoting three competition disciplines: bouldering (shorter problems without the use of ropes), sport and speed climbing (longer problems with the use of ropes). These run during two separate seasons throughout the year. Climbers

4 make it onto the USA Team to then compete in World Championships. For more information on local climbing or competitions, visit: or



Snow Safety Lessons

In the wake of the December snowbank tragedy in Greenwich that cost one youth his life, Wilton Highway Superintendent Kirklin Woodcock addressed students of Dorothy Nolan Elementary School on Tuesday, January 11 on the subject of snow safety near roadways. Superintendent Woodcock warned about visibility issues for plow truck drivers and advised that children should never tunnel into snowbanks. Photo by

Saratoga Skateboard Park RFP SARATOGA SPRINGS – The City of Saratoga Springs is looking to renovate its skateboard park, according to a Request for Proposal (RFP) posted on the city’s website. The RFP is looking for experienced contractors to bid and perform the repair of the

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asphalt surface and the concrete skate bowl at the Skate Park at 226 Lake Avenue. The city will move the metal ramps and grandstands out of the park and back in after the work is complete. This will be its first major maintenance in 18 years.

Week of February 3– February 9, 2017

Senate Passes Kirby & Quigley’s Law STATEWIDE — Senator James Tedisco (R,C,I,REF-Glenville), has been busy so far this year. Last week, he joined with fellow lawmakers and family members of two murdered dogs, as well as law enforcement and animal advocates to announce bi-partisan support for “Kirby and Quigley’s Law.” Additionally, Senator Tedisco has been named Chairman of Senate Social Services Committee and a member of the Banks, Codes, Crime Victims, Crime and Correction, Elections, Environmental Conservation, Health and Libraries Committees. Tedisco has also been appointed to serve on the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction. “Kirby and Quigley’s Law” was named for two Montgomery County dogs that were shot and killed during a burglary nearly one year ago that is still an unsolved case. The bill (S.1680/A.3038) would make it a

Senator Tedisco pets Saratoga County Sheriff 's Office K-9 Stuka. Holding Stuka's leash is Saratoga County Sheriff 's Deputy Dave Petrie. Photo provided.

Buster’s Law animal cruelty law felony, punishable with two years in jail and a $5,000 fine, for harming a companion animal during the commission of another felony. There is an online petition drive that people can sign to urge for the bill’s passage in both houses of the

STOP-DWI Crackdown for Big Game Weekend SARATOGA COUNTY — Saratoga County Board of Supervisors Chairman Edward D. Kinowski announced that Saratoga County police agencies will participate in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving. The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts run February 3 through 5. According to the announcement, the NFL’s Big Game Weekend is historically

a deadly period for impaired driving. New York State Police, County Sheriffs and municipal law enforcement agencies will collaborate across the state and will be out in force in this coordinated effort to reduce the number of alcohol related injuries and deaths. Highly visible, highly publicized efforts like the STOPDWI Crackdown Campaign aim to further reduce the incidence


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of drunk and impaired driving. A new mobile app – “Have a Plan” – helps drivers find a safe ride home. For more information, visit mobileapp. The Statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown Campaign also targets St. Patrick’s Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day Weekend, Halloween and the national Holiday Season in December.

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COURTS Randy Meyer, 24, of Waterford, pleaded on Jan. 20 to attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance. Sentencing scheduled for March 31. Tyree T. Saxon. 27, of Schenectady, pleaded on Jan. 20 to criminal sale of a controlled substance. Sentencing is scheduled for March 24. William J. Powers, 61, of Ballston Spa, was sentenced on Jan. 20 to 10 years probation, after pleading to possessing a sexual performance by a child. Allen R. Cox, 41, of Hudson Falls, pleaded on Jan. 20 to criminal possession of a forged instrument, a felony. Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 28. Justin L. Rouse, 28, of Hudson Falls, was sentenced on Jan. 20 to two years in state prison and one year postrelease supervision, six months, and 30 days, after pleading, respectively, to attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance, reckless endangerment, and speeding. Sentence will run concurrently. Jeanne Mosher, 38, of Wilton, pleaded on Jan. 20 to two felony counts of predatory sexual assault against a child. The acts involved two children and occurred from April 2009 to February 2011 with the first victim, and from August 2009 to June 2012 with a second victim, according to the Saratoga County District Attorney’s Office. Mosher’s husband, Michael Mosher, similarly pleaded to the two counts earlier this month. A state Police investigation revealed additional children had been abused by the couple for several years in the towns of Wilton and Hadley, according to the district attorney’s office. Sentencing for both defendants is scheduled for March 15.

Derek S. Galusha, 23, of Corinth, pleaded on Jan. 20 to felony burglary, in connection with an incident that occurred in Greenfield. Sentencing is scheduled for April 14.

POLICE Rynay L. Nelson, 48, of Corinth, was charged on Jan. 22 with misdemeanor DWI, felony aggravated DWI, assault, resisting arrest, and endangering the welfare of a child following a domestic incident in Corinth. Sheriff ’s deputies responded to a 911 call reporting that a male was being attacked by a female outside of a residence. The investigation revealed that Nelson had assaulted her husband causing injuries to his face, neck and chest and resisted arrest when arriving deputies attempted to take her into custody, according to the Sheriff ’s County Office. It was also revealed that Nelson had driven to the residence with a 9-year-old child in the vehicle while she was intoxicated. Eric T. Sunderland, 20, of Gansevoort, was charged on Jan. 23 with two felony counts of disseminating indecent material to a minor, and two misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a chid. The Saratoga County Sheriff ’s Office received a complaint from a Northumberland resident who discovered inappropriate messages and photos on her 12-year-old daughter’s cell phone. She viewed the phone and was able to identify another friend of her daughter who also had received the messages. It was noted that the incident had been ongoing for about a week. The mess s allegedly contained sexually charged detailed conversations and photos. Orders of protection were ordered for each of the victims. Sunderland is scheduled to return to Northumberland Town Court on Feb. 7.

BLOTTER 5 Angel M. Rodriguez, 30, of Saratoga Springs, was charged on Jan. 20 with felony burglary in the third degree, and felony grand larceny. John A. Vrana, 55, of Saratoga Springs, was charged on Jan. 20 with harassment in the second degree. Erin R. Madden, 23, of Saratoga Springs, was charged on Jan. 20 with misdemeanor DWI, unlawful possession of marijuana, and a motor vehicle equipment infraction. Autumn N. Lewis, 30, of Saratoga Springs, was charged on Jan. 20 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and failing to signal a turn. Kevin M. Furlong, 33, of Schenectady, was charged on Jan. 19 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and failing to stop at a stop sign.

John J. Nichols, 45, of Saratoga Springs, was charged on Jan. 19 with aggravated harassment. Kenneth W. Cruger, 44, of Saratoga Springs, was charged on Jan. 19 with criminal mischief in the third degree, a felony. Sarah J. Wendell, 40, of Greenfield Center, was charged on Jan. 18 with aggravated unlicensed operation in the first degree/ under the influence, a felony; operating a motor vehicle impaired by drugs, a felony; criminal possession of a controlled substance, a

misdemeanor; operation of a motor vehicle by an unlicensed driver, and two counts of failing to keep right. Shannon L. Tracey, 32, of Saratoga Springs, was charged on Jan. 17 with four counts of criminal trespass in the third degree, two counts of harassment in the second degree, criminal tampering, and resisting arrest. Brandy M. Roes, 25, of Johnstown, was charged on Jan. 17 with misdemeanor petit larceny.



Week of February 3– February 9, 2017

No Better Time to Live and WORK in Saratoga County The Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce invites everyone to check out our Job Zone - - a popular and totally local job board with full-time, part-time, seasonal and even volunteer opportunities! The Job Zone averages more than 20,000 unique views every month, mostly from people looking for jobs in Saratoga County. The Job Zone has more

than 2,000 registered users from among our members. Each of these registered users has the opportunity to post jobs at any time during the year and new jobs are posted every week. There is no cost to use the Job Zone if you are looking for a new job. For more information to search for a local job, go to

Volunteer Opportunities The Saratoga Convention & Tourism Bureau offers an exciting opportunity for local residents, students, professionals, and more to support and promote all of the things that make Saratoga a wonderful place to visit! Flexible hours and various assignments are available throughout the year for such important functions

as: staffing hospitality and registration tables, supporting events, handing out brochures, and greeting visitor and convention delegates. If you would like to learn more about becoming a volunteer, contact Kelly Boucher at or call (518) 584-1531 ext. 104.

Code Red: County Emergency Mass Notification System The Saratoga County Office of Emergency Services is transitioning to a new reverse-911 system and needs residents to sign

up for the County Emergency Mass Notification System. Go to: public.coderedweb. com/cne/en-US/BF26DE55718D

Crime Tips Hotline The Saratoga Springs Police Department wants your help. If you see something, say something.

Call our 24/7 Crime Tips Hotline, 584-TIPS (584-8477) or email


Week of February 3– February 9, 2017

Engagement Announced SARATOGA SPRINGS — Mr. and Mrs. David Mitchell of Saratoga Springs are pleased to announce the engagement of their son, James Mitchell, to Gemini Vazquez, daughter of Carlos Vazquez of Medina, NY and Deborah McLean of Waterford. James is employed with the New York State Department of Tax and Finance. He is also an active member of the Wilton Fire Department, serving as a Class A Firefighter, Financial Secretary and Fire Police. Additionally, he is a Hazmat Technician for the Saratoga County Hazmat team. Gemini is also a volunteer for the Town of Wilton

TOWN OF MOREAU — Saratoga PLAN members are organizing a bald eagle sighting tour in Moreau Lake State Park on Thursday, February 9 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Moreau Lake State Park is a winter habitat for bald eagles. There will be a driving tour with stops at different locations along the way. Led by park naturalist Gary Hill, such surveys help to monitor the population size and health of the federally-protected James Mitchell and Gemini Vazquez. Photo provided.

Fire Department and works at Around the Clock Childcare and Learning Center. James and Gemini are

certified Foster Parents with Saratoga County Department of Social Services. A July 8 wedding is planned.

Luxury Design and Furnishings In New Location SARATOGA SPRINGS — On February 2, local officials celebrated the grand re-opening of 23rd [and Fourth], a leading luxury design emporium in the city. In its new location, the company’s showroom will expand the availability of its retail furniture and design services. New York State Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner and Mayor Joanne Yepsen were scheduled to join officials of the Saratoga Springs

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Chamber of Commerce and the Saratoga Convention and Tourism Bureau to give brief remarks before the ceremonial ribbon cutting. 23rd [and Fourth] temporarily closed late last year to relocate from its previous location in Franklin Square. Now located at 130 Excelsior Avenue, on the bottom floor of the contemporary Empire Run apartment building owned by Bonacio Construction, the new

showroom and design center occupies 3,000 square feet of space and provides a modern venue for showcasing distinctive furniture pieces, lighting, decorative accessories, wall décor and luxury fabrics. The February 2 ribbon cutting ceremony was followed by an open house. For more information, email or call 518-584-3700.

bald eagle. The cost is $2 for adults, $1 for seniors (cash only). It is recommended that attendees bring binoculars. The eagle tour has room for 12 people. Interested parties are asked to RSVP with phone number and email to reserve spots. This is one of many opportunities to study the Palmertown Conservation Area. To RSVP or learn more, email or call 518-587-5554.

Giving Blood to Remember SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Saturday, February 4, a Wilton family plans to honor the loss of a loved one for the 20th year in a row by hosting the Annual John J. Lant Jr. Memorial Blood Drive at the Maple Avenue Fire Department from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Started in 1997 by John and Beverly Lant after the loss of their son, John Jr., the event is a tangible way for family and friends to give back to the community he loved. As a volunteer fireman, John Jr. was dedicated to helping his neighbors and friends, so they

continue to honor his memory with a blood drive. This year, the Lant family hopes a record number of donors will mark the 20th anniversary. Last year’s blood drive yielded 33 donors. The Maple Avenue Fire Department is located at 613 Maple Avenue (Route 9), Saratoga Springs. Donors are encouraged to pre-register at so proper staff can be arranged for a larger turnout. For more details, contact Jo-Ann Lant at 518-466-4990 or


Week of February 3– February 9, 2017

Week of February 3– February 9, 2017


Air Tests Begin at Village Properties by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY BALLSTON SPA — This week, federal environmental officials began the process of installing technical devices at dozens of properties to monitor air quality near the Rickett’s Dry Cleaning and Laundry building. Their goal is to determine the extent of chemical contamination discovered last summer at that shuttered village business. Don Graham, a scene coordinator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), said small teams of federal contractors will install devices inside numerous homes and businesses in the Village of Ballston Spa to obtain air samples, through the month of February. Colder weather is ideal for taking such measurements, he said. Rickett’s, situated along a busy stretch of Doubleday Avenue, closed for business in 2014, according to the EPA. Today, the building’s dilapidated exterior makes it a plainly

visible contrast to other popular businesses in the area. In July 2016, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation had requested an EPA assessment, which revealed a “historic release” of the chemical PERC that was commonly used in dry cleaning activities. Other chemicals identified in that EPA assessment included chloroform, vinyl chloride and benzene. An EPA fact sheet detailing the Rickett’s site further indicates, “lowlevel chemical exposures over many years may raise the lifetime risk of cancer or chronic disease.” Graham explained that some chemicals migrated away from the Rickett’s property and had seeped into ground water. In turn, those chemicals can be released into the environment as vapors through cracks in the foundations of adjacent properties, particularly downhill to the east and south of Doubleday Avenue (Route 50). Larisa Romanowski, the EPA’s community involvement

coordinator, expressed the importance of conveying to village property owners that their “drinking water is not impacted” by any chemical contamination at the Rickett’s site. The village’s water is supplied by a large aquifer to the north in the Town of Milton, according to Graham. “That’s where all of our water comes from,” confirmed Ballston Spa Mayor John Romano. For all village residents, he said, contamination of drinking water “should not be one of their concerns.” Precise measurements from the EPA’s technical monitors will be compiled sometime in March, Graham continued. He will be “surprised,” he said, if chemicals have not migrated from the Rickett’s site. Property owners whose land or structures appear to be contaminated, Graham added, “will get a call from me.” The next steps by the EPA would involve installation of radon mitigation systems that

Rickett’s on Doubleday Ave. in Ballston Spa. Photo by Francesco D’Amico.

effectively vent most hazardous vapors before they enter homes or businesses. In recent weeks, Romano said he personally reached out to property owners living near the Rickett’s site to recommend they consent to the EPA testing. He observed between 75 and 100 local residents in attendance at a public forum in the village on January 23, during which EPA

officials had provided more information and residents voiced their concerns. “I’ll be reaching out to various agencies…asking that they take a look at this,” Romano said. The mayor was unable to predict when the chemical contamination found at the Rickett’s property would be fully cleaned up. “I would love to see it happen this year,” Romano said.



Week of February 3– February 9, 2017

New SPAC President Talks NYCB and Summer Programming at Saratoga by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS - Four months into her new job, SPAC President Elizabeth Sobol says she is learning the Saratoga Performing Arts Center has a uniqueness all its own. One factor is the location of the venue - nestled among 22 acres in the state park sitting on the cusp of a culturally vibrant city, she says. Another is the relationship forged with other performing arts organizations during the venue’s 50-year existence which continue to deliver everything from the whirring pirouette of the ballet dancer, to the delicate air strike of the conductor’s baton and the amplified clamor of an electric guitar. “Having traveled all over the world, all over the United States, all over North America and having seen festivals of all kinds, I’m here to tell you there is nothing like this anywhere in the world,” says Sobol, a classically trained pianist. She relocated to Saratoga Springs from Miami Beach last fall and will mark her first season at SPAC this year. “Thinking about the programming, I listened to community voices about what they wanted to see this summer.” The spectrum of responses offered an array of varied opinions. “Part

SPAC President Elizabeth Sobol discussing SPAC’s summer season at Anne’s Washington Inn on Monday Jan. 30, 2017. Photo by Thomas Dimopoulos.

of my job has been listening to those voices and creating something cohesive that would speak to different aesthetic desires and visions,” Sobol says.

This year, the New York City Ballet will stage 18 ballets by six different choreographers during their residency, from July 5 to 15. The Philadelphia Orchestra season, from

Aug. 2 to Aug. 19, will feature a balance between the new and the traditional and include one piece not performed at SPAC since the 1960s. And the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center will return to the Spa Little Theater with six concerts, from Aug. 6 to Aug. 22. The schedule of performers and performance pieces will be publicly released Sunday. “One thing I wanted to do was also create mini-festivals within a festival. It immerses you in a sound, a narrative and a concept. In dialogue with the Philadelphia Orchestra, we created a miniRussian festival, a mini-American festival and a mini-French festival. So, if you look across all our programming – the New York City Ballet, the Chamber Music Society and the Philadelphia Orchestra - you’ll see some of the same themes arising.” Sobol also noted a new series titled “SPAC on Stage” to target young, musical genre-crossing fans and featuring several hundred audience members seated onstage. “What we’re envisioning is an experience that is intimate and extremely visceral and will feature artists unique and different than anything else that has appeared on the SPAC stage.”

With pop concert promoter Live Nation, Sobol says there is an ongoing dialogue to maintain the delicate balancing act of scheduling dates at the venue between the pop and classical worlds. A variety of pop concerts have already been announced: Dave Matthews (two solo shows in June, sans band), Train, Nickelback, Dead & Company, and classic rock bills such as Foreigner/Cheap Trick, Rod Stewart/Cyndi Lauper, and Chicago/ Doobie Brothers, among them. Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival will be staged June 24-25 and will feature headliners Chaka Khan and the Gipsy Kings, returning artists JeanLuc Ponty, and Dee Dee Bridgewater, a musical tribute to Ray Charles and more than one dozen other artists. Responding to recent reports that President Donald Trump may severely cut or altogether eliminate cultural programs that receive federal funding such as the National Endowment for the Arts, Sobol says while concerned about potential cuts to NEA funding for the national wellbeing, it’s not something that will greatly affect SPAC. “We are being much more strategic about arts funding, but it’s not something that, if it goes away, it’s going to put us in a compromising position.”

Week of February 3– February 9, 2017


State of The City: Mayor Talks 2017 Goals for Business, Housing, Arts and Human Rights Continued from front page.

Yepsen applauded the ongoing development of the Greenbelt Trail - a 23-mile multi-use trail that will connect city neighborhoods with the downtown district. The city was awarded $1.134 million in state funds – which it will match – as well as $932,000 in federal funding to complete the trail system that will run from the town of Milton border and adjoining an expanded Spa State Park trail system. She also advocated for promoting smart development that includes affordable workforce housing. “Every day I hear that we are in danger of out-pricing ourselves, right out of our own city. We need to integrate more price points and housing options into our comprehensive development,” Yepsen said. An Inclusionary Zoning

Ordinance specifying a percentage of all new development be targeted as “affordable housing” is currently on the table. “l do hope our City Council has the political will to make that ordinance law for the sake of thousands of residents and potential residents,” Yepsen said. The mayor also noted a “distinctly disturbing problem” that “racism and intolerance may be on the rise here in our city,” according to a report issued by Public Safety Commissioner Chris Mathiesen. Yepsen cited anti-Semitic and racist messages discovered spray-painted on city streets and appearing on at least one local-targeted blog. Yepsen stressed the importance of education about the history of racist policies and the terrible impact it has on innocent people as one measure to combat hate speech, as well as announcing the creation of

a Saratoga Springs Human Rights Commission to be charged with unifying positive efforts and providing education and advocacy resources. “We need to stay strong together, to treat each other with kindness and respect, to appreciate our differences, and to build a community where all people are important and treated equally,” Yepsen said. Five members will serve on the core founding group of the commission. “We must always be inclusive and I think that’s something this community is known for; your acceptance of others in great diversity,” N.Y. Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul remarked during her eight-minute introductory remarks. It was a topic the mayor also addressed offscript from the stage. “Because of last weekend’s events in our nation, I want to just say something: Our constitutional

rights are not Republican rights, they are not Democrat rights, they are the rights held by all Americans and we should honor them above all else,” Yepsen said. “The only rights that should matter to all of us are human rights, because how we treat our fellow human beings defines our community.” In arts and cultural matters, Yepsen said she visited the Mayor and Arts Commission of Nashville, Tennessee, and is involved in discussions about a plan to establish an exchange program with the Music City. Nashville has a population of more than 600,000 and its legendary music venues include the Grand Ole Opry House, The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and the Johnny Cash Museum. In October, The Metro Nashville Arts Commission announced its first funding of temporary public

art and civic practice projects, following up on its strategic plan of “Crafting a Creative City,” which re-imagines public art as a tool for creative community investment, citizen engagement and neighborhood redevelopment. “Could Saratoga Springs be the New York State designated ‘City of the Arts?’ I think we can,” Yepsen said. The Spa City which counts Chekhov, Russia as a “Sister City,” is also looking to expand its international partners. “I will be proposing, in the near future, new cultural development and sister cities so we can strengthen our relationships with other cultures and economies, and boost our international reputation and economic opportunities.” Yepsen said. “Japan has expressed some interest and that’s intriguing.”


Week of February 3– February 9, 2017


Statement from SUCCESS:

Saratogians United to Continue the Charter Essential for Saratoga’s Success The Charter Commission has formally announced its plan to schedule a referendum to change Saratoga Springs’ form of government in a Special Election on May 30, instead of putting the issue on the ballot at the regularly scheduled November election. The Charter Commission has not yet made many critical decisions about the plan that is to go before voters. SUCCESS is stating its formal opposition to this needless special election. SUCCESS is a non-partisan Saratoga Springs citizen’s organization that supports the Commission form of government. Our members have led the last two campaigns to defeat charter change proposals in

2006 and 2012. After the 3-day Memorial Day holiday, we are concerned that many Saratogians will not be aware that there is an election, and the turnout could be very low. This is not a fair way to decide on the very constitution of our city. Note that the Charter Commission is claiming the turnout will be high. We leave it to voters’ common sense to make their own judgment about the turnout and decide for themselves how likely it is that an early summer special election will get a higher turnout than the regularly scheduled November election. We feel the Charter Commission is pushing for the first special election in our

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city’s history because the lower turnout will give them a better chance to win approval for the new charter they are proposing. Voters resoundingly rejected previous charter change proposals and supported our Commission form of government twice in less than 11 years.

In 2006, Saratogians defeated a Strong Mayor proposal in all 25 voting districts by 62-38 percent. In 2012, Saratogians defeated a City Manager proposal in 23 of the 25 voting districts by a 58-42 percent margin. Note that Pat Kane led both the 2006 and 2012 campaigns

and was appointed vice chair of the current 2017 Charter Commission to try again to push through a change of government. SUCCESS Board Remigia Foy, Chair Bonnie Sellers, Vice Chair Jim Brophy, Treasurer Jane Weihe, Secretary



Week of February 3– February 9, 2017

Entrepreneurs Welcome SEDC to Launch Innovative Incubator Continued from front page.

“It’s a huge part of the model,” said Draper. “Everyone points to Silicon Valley and what they are doing, but if you break down what they do better than anybody else, it’s recycle talent. Whether a startup is a success or fails, there is a tremendous amount of experience gained. We want to maintain the investment and engage it in a new way. Rather than making bets on 1 in 10 entrepreneurs, which is the national success average, this model makes sure the other 9 are engaged somehow.” Dennis Brobston, President of SEDC, agrees. “If you’ve been a good CFO but the startup failed,” said Brobston, “it’s a badge of honor

and you always try to hook those people up with people you know because you know their quality. All that talent that they’ve got in their brain combined with what they’ve learned shouldn’t go to waste.” Brobston added that business networks all know who needs people, and making matches of complementary strengths is a good way to retain talent in Saratoga County, an important component of SEDC’s mission. Advance Saratoga Startup, (a working title), seeks to accelerate entrepreneurial business growth, and is incorporating prominent members of the business community and local leaders to provide traditional methods of support such as business planning and

market research assistance, as well as access to professional expertise to help overcome challenges. SEDC will work through area entrepreneur networks and student organizations in the coming weeks to develop an official name for the initiative. The incubator was shaped over the course of 2016, culminating in an initial teaming agreement with Clarkson’s Shipley Center for Innovation, which operates six business incubators and will provide support services to new entrepreneurs and early stage project teams and companies for Advance Saratoga Startup.

ecosystem that builds on itself and supports each other.” Draper said the key to a successful incubator is not the location, but the programming that attracts and builds entrepreneurs. “The goal is not to duplicate or replicate what already exists. We are filling a niche for something not yet being met, and that makes the entire ecosystem that much stronger.” Draper explained the entrepreneurial ecosystem is defined as the community or value chain. “Anybody that contributes to the overall success of a startup idea is part of that ecosystem,” said

Advisors said he was very excited when he learned about this project and is delighted to be a part of it. He serves on the Advance Saratoga Startup Advisory Team. “I think this is definitely needed,” said Rotundo. “From what I’ve gathered living in Saratoga and having an office in Saratoga, I think there is a lot of creativity in a variety of disciplines from the arts and sciences to retail and business development. But there’s not something that allows easy entryway for advice or ideas. It will be very worthwhile

“...Rather than making bets on 1 in 10 entrepreneurs, which is the national success average, this model makes sure the other 9 are engaged somehow.” - Matt Draper, Clarkson University

Draper attributes much of the success of the Center and its involvement in this new incubator to the University’s president. “This all stems from the vision of our president, Tony Collins, who recognizes economic development can’t be successful without a thriving community around it,” said Draper. “Without a president as open as he is to us – none of this could happen. It is very much because of him that we are able to do this.” Advance Saratoga Startup is set to open its virtual doors sometime in March, and entrepreneurs at any stage of business development are invited to apply. “One type of entrepreneur is the gazelle, the traditional hightechnology fast-paced startup that we are looking to target with an IPO or acquisition,” said Shipley. “But the second – and often overlooked – is the relevant entrepreneur. These are people who bring value to the region – service providers, people who are one piece of a value chain, maybe a high school student who has an interest in something that sparks an idea. Our model is very much for everyone; we don’t ask people to self- aggregate which type of entrepreneur they are. Too many incubator models focus on one or the other. We are looking for more balance. It’s a really cool

Draper. “It is the teacher that sparks the idea, the web developer that builds the website, the marketing talent that develops the brand working with a graphic artist developing the logo, and the machine shop the builds the first product sample. This model is meant to be inclusive, not exclusive. The more we can leverage human capital, the faster we can get up and running.” According to Brobston, SEDC and its incubator partners have embraced creating this accelerator in part because of the appeal and quality of life that Saratoga County offers. The County is already attracting talent who want to live here, who are seeking to live a quality work-play balance. “Part of our byline is ‘promote, retain and grow.’ If we have people in Saratoga County working out of their home looking to start a business, we definitely want to work with them,” said Brobston, “but we’ll also be promoting the area to lots of places through our connections to universities and groups outside the area. We want to retain whoever is here, and there is quite a bit of talent here, and grow by providing opportunity for people to consider moving here from somewhere else.” Dr. Kenneth J. Rotondo
President, Founding Partner, Mind Genomics

and an obvious extension of SEDC’s mission. I turn down more of these things than you can imagine because I want to spend my time on something that has merit and will do some good. I think they are on to something here.” Brobston recognizes that Advance Saratoga Startup is a startup in and of itself, but demand is high for entrepreneurial support in the region and the level of professional expertise available is an asset ready to give back. “We’ll keep costs down by leveraging all these assets of staff time and mentors – marketing experts, legal experts – all willing to donate their time,” said Brobston, “as well as operating out of our facilities here in Saratoga Springs. The expertise from Clarkson, which has such a reliable network of undergrads and grads for research and three-D printing, is invaluable. In future, we envision a facility where these people can meet or work out of shared spaces, but much depends on how many applicants there are, their quality, and how quickly we can get them up and running.” For more information or for those interested in becoming a mentor, contact Ryan Van Amburgh or visit

Week of February 3– February 9, 2017

BALLSTON SPA 3 Winchester Dr., $289,900. Patricia Angerame sold property to Sandra Mileski. 5 Brookline Rd., $308,000. High Rock Property Management LLC sold property to Brian and Robin Fetterman. 56 Ballston Ave., $229,263. Todd and Paige Faubel and Claire Wieman sold property to US Bank Trust (as Trustee). 4 Meadowbrook Court, $530,000. TP Builders Inc. sold property to Johnathan and Jessica Kinder.

CHARLTON 2380 State Highway Route 67, $138,000. D and T Property Group LLC sold property to Jennifer and Amar Persaud. 439 State Rd., $240,000. Joseph Smith (by exec) sold property to Joshua Loukes and Jenna Kaczynski. 4128 Jockey St., $222,600. Gerald Palmatier sold property to Jennifer Caruso. 1326 Sacandaga Rd., $465,000. Rosemary Freeman sold property to Denis and Stephanie Unrein.

CORINTH 14 Adirondack Court, $256,500. Peter and Jutta Goble sold property to Bryan and Tiffany Zwijacz.

GREENFIELD 357 Porter Corners Rd., $220,000. Isaiah Friedman sold property to Daniel and Nikki McDonald. 46 Green Rd., $60,000. Terry and David Vanier, Sr. sold property to Amber and Michael Osterhout.

MALTA 3 Hillman Loop, $347,562. Farone Amedore LLC sold property to Paula Doyle. 18 Hillman Loop $289,615. Farone Amedore LLC sold property to Frank and Annette Spano. 39 Burlington Ave., $182,000. Brian and Dawn Montague sold property to Tina Alviar. 16 Pepperbush Place, $134,900. Fannie Mae (by Atty) sold property to David Madigan. 208 East High St., $442,900. Michael and Brenda Tholin sold


property to David and Maria Adams. 8 Arrow Wood Place, $174,000. Danny Varone sold property to Denise Sieber. 90 Woodfield Blvd., $288,000. Michaels Group Holdings LLC sold property to Held Properties LLC.

MILTON 95 East High St., $98,750. Kevin, Christopher, and Daniel McQuade sold property to Brian McQuade. 2117 Barrett Rd., $358,000. Raymond and Marguerite Seidel sold property to Dillon Murphy. 124 Citation Way, $374,900. Peter and Gina Michelin sold property to Brant and Rebecca Patnode. 198 Malta Ave., $237,000. Tara Byrne sold property to Ryan Smith and Kara Tedford. 349 Northline Rd., $183,000. Julia Pettit sold property to Lynne Wright.

MOREAU 11 Sweet Rd., $232,400. McKenna Construction and Excavation LLC sold property to Cindy Derue. 2 Feeder Dam Rd., $169,000. US Bank Trust (as Trustee, by Atty) sold property to William and Maria Bollinger. 361 Fortsville Rd., $349,900. David Holderman sold property to Jill Zager. 15 Tamarac Dr., $273,510. Michaels Group LLC sold property to

Richard and Robin Feigel. 9 Barrington Dr., $369,000. Kristopher Venezia sold property to John and Darrell Coates.

NORTHUMBERLAND 4671 Route 50, $68,000. Robert Dillenbeck (by Admin) sold property to Adam Beecroft. Lot #1, 27 Catherine St., $101,595. Maureen and David Lang sold property to Jason Clark. 25 Putnam Rd., $194,000. Steven and Nancy Helenek sold property to Melissa Jones and Matthew Hall. 11 Brampton Lane, $323,400. MJP Property Development Inc. sold property to Brian and Alison Dewey.

SARATOGA 1164 Route 9P, $300,000. June Morier and Ellen Emanuel sold property to Diana Barnes. 184 Broad St., $310,000. Ronalee Myers sold property to Richard, Janet and Stephen Clark and Cara Fredericks.

SARATOGA SPRINGS 122 Lincoln Ave., $432,000. Virginia Mick sold property to Kim Zygadlo and Paul Mastrodonato. 128 Crescent St., $350,000. Bernard and Linda Berkowitz sold property to Scott Levin. 8 South Franklin St., $365,000. Brian and Christopher Marsh sold property to Michael Sheehan.


147 Lincoln Ave., $330,000. Clifford Lawrence, Jr. sold property to Carol Madeiros.

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

66 Staffords Bridge Rd., $370,000. Ashley Woodbury sold property to Frederick Wahl.

21 Whitney Rd. S., $294,900. Stan Maziejka sold property to Michael and Danielle Bredderman.

108 Clinton St., $314,900. Ian Sax and Adam Scanlon sold property to Michael Rindone and Paul Mantello. 22 Lexington Rd., $280,000. Edwin Meyer sold property to Joseph Zappone. 14 Curt Blvd., $159,000. Peter and Gloria Battaglini sold property to Andrew and Kerith Wilson.

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

WILTON 8 Buchanan Dr., $87,000. North Manor Development LLC. sold property to Bonacio Construction Inc. 8 Buchanan Dr., $87,000. Bonacio Construction Inc. sold property to Carlos Ares. 38 King Rd., $178,000. Penny Corp (by Atty) sold property to Aaron and Fawn Brady. 25 Jessica Trace, $495,000. Mary Jane Samach sold property to Christopher and Stephanie Schelin.



Week of February 3– February 9, 2017

Augie’s Opens Doors in Saratoga Springs

Augies Owner Augie Vitiello (with scissors) was welcomed by Adirondack Trust and Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce officials on February 1. Photo by Sharon Castro.

by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Augie Vitiello was thrilled to finally hold a large pair of scissors for a ribbon cutting on Wednesday in front of his new take-out restaurant in the city.

“I’ve been eyeing this location for a number of years,” Vitiello said, about an hour before the grand opening of Augie’s FamilyStyle Italian To Go at 223 Lake Avenue in the City of Saratoga Springs. His new business sits directly across from the East Side

Photo by Sharon Castro.

Recreation Park. For several years, the dishes served in generous portions at Vitiello’s restaurant in the Village of Ballston Spa have attracted a steady flow of customers. A devastating fire in 2013 forced Vitiello to relocate that restaurant to Bath

Street in the village, where he says it will remain long term. Todd Shimkus, president of the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce, said he’s certain the Augie’s “brand” will prove successful in the city as well. Customers in the Lake Avenue

neighborhood and elsewhere will appreciate the convenience of a take-out establishment, according to Shimkus. “They’ve got such a great reputation,” he said of Augie’s. “Locally, they’re going to attract a ton of people.”

Saratoga Hospital Discounts Heart Scans SARATOGA SPRINGS — As part of its observance of American Heart Month, Saratoga Hospital will offer heart scans at the reduced price of $99 in February. The simple, painless test—also

known as a cardiac-calcium scoring exam—can detect heart disease even before symptoms begin. Heart disease is the nation’s number one killer of men and women alike. Every

year, one in four U.S. deaths is caused by heart disease. When discovered early, heart disease can be treated with great success. Cardiac calcium scoring uses a CT scan to detect and measure calcium deposits (also known as hard plaque) in the coronary arteries. Over time, these deposits can build up and block blood flow to the heart. The test may make sense for individuals who have risk factors including diabetes; family history of heart disease; high blood pressure or high cholesterol; overweight by 20 percent or more; sedentary lifestyle; tobacco use; men over 45; women over 55; or women over 40 who have gone through menopause or had their ovaries removed and are not taking estrogen. As with any test, individuals should discuss medical conditions with their doctor first. A physician referral is required. The exam often is not covered by insurance. For more information or to make an appointment, call 518-580-2232.

Week of February 3– February 9, 2017


Logistics Company Celebrates 20 Years

$1 Million Gift For Hospital Maternity Unit

Donors Joanne and Bill Stock (at right) were joined by physicians, nurses and staff of The Snuggery at Glens Falls Hospital on January 27. Photo provided.

The Trans-Border GFS office in Round Lake. Photo provided.

ROUND LAKE — The owners and partners of Trans-Border Global Freight Systems, Inc., an international and domestic freight forwarder and U.S. Customs broker, celebrated their 20-year anniversary on February 3. Located between three major East Coast ports, New York, Boston and Montreal, Trans-Border GFS handles the logistic needs of

companies in the United States and worldwide. The company specializes in providing tailored solutions to meet each individual customer’s supply-chain needs. Trans-Border GFS opened its doors in 1997 with a staff of 6 in a rented office, but now employs 65 in a 15,000-square-foot space. President Martin Hellwig, Chief Operating Officer Jeffrey Millens

and Chief Financial Officer Joshua Spiegel have launched a new website and will install an industry software program in July to provide a higher level of data, reporting, visibility and compliance for their customers. For more information, visit or contact Allison Burak at 518-785-6000 or

Local Attorney Goes Global For Farming Insight SARATOGA SPRINGS — Attorney Megan Harris-Pero will travel to Vietnam and the Philippines in February as a fellow of LEAD New York, a leadership development program for professionals in the food, agriculture and natural resources industries.

Harris-Pero Legal Counsel, PLLC focuses on small business and estate planning. During her trip, Harris-Pero will seek insight into succession planning (transfer of a business) in Vietnam and the Philippines. The trip includes on-site lectures and visits to various types of farms, a fishery and

a floating marketplace tour in Vietnam. With a focus on sustainability, LEAD New York will explore political possibilities, environmental issues, business practices and trade. For more information, visit or call 518-860-5668.

GLENS FALLS — On Friday, January 27, Glens Falls Hospital received one of the largest donations in its history: $1 million from the Bill and Joanne Stock Foundation toward a $5 million renovation project at The Snuggery, a family-centered birthing unit. Stock said the gift was inspired by his mother, Joyce Stock, a registered nurse in the hospital’s emergency and intensive care departments for nearly a decade before she opened The Heidelberg Inn restaurant in Queensbury with her husband, Bill, in 1972. The birthing unit will be renamed The Joyce Stock Snuggery at Glens Falls Hospital. The renovation project will include a complete remodeling of all patient rooms; relocation and expansion of the special care nursery; the creation of a new visitor waiting room; two new nursing stations; plus a reconfiguration and renovation of the unit’s hallways to improve traffic flow

between patient rooms and operating rooms when unplanned cesarean sections are necessary. The Stocks’ donation brings the total raised for The Snuggery renovation to $2.24 million. That amount surpasses a fundraising goal of $1.25 million established in August 2016 and covers approximately half the total project cost of $5 million. Other major donors to the capital campaign include Stewart’s Shops and the Dake family at $250,000; The David S. and Janet R. Sheridan Foundation at $250,000; The Sandy Hill Foundation at $200,000; The Charles R. Wood Foundation at $100,000; and Philip H. and Susan K. Morse at $100,000. Additional donations can be made by calling 518-926-5960 or visiting, or by sending a check to Glens Falls Hospital Foundation, 126 South St., Glens Falls, NY 12801, Attn: The Snuggery.



Week of February 3– February 9, 2017

Senior Creates Youth Open Mic Space by Michael Gyarmathy for Saratoga TODAY GREENFIELD CENTER — Home to the Baroque Music Festival for decades, The Studio at 165 Wilton Road in Greenfield Center has opened its doors to a new pool of talent with the help of a Saratoga Springs High School senior. For the last few months, Rowen Synclaire has been successfully presenting a youthtargeted Open Mic event, “Express Yourself.”

On the third Thursday of each month, crowds of more than a hundred young people flock to The Studio to showcase original art of all types, including music, poetry and even visual pieces. The mission of the monthly gathering is simple: create a space where teens can meet, connect and find the inspiration to pursue their interests. Synclaire first approached Elizabeth Conant, owner of The Studio, in May of 2016 when she was seeking a place

to debut original tracks for her and her friends. “The Studio was the perfect laid-back venue for what I was trying to create,” said Synclaire. “Not only did I love the idea of an Open Mic for kids,” said Conant, “but I saw a need for it.” After taking over the family business in 2012, she wanted to put her own spin on things and reach out to a younger demographic. Conant granted Synclaire the space in exchange for promotional help getting The Studio’s name out publicly. Synclaire combined

social media and word of mouth, as well as enlisted her mother, who is a screen-printer, to create T-shirts to hand out. With 50 kids sporting the information on T-shirts, the first Express Yourself in October was well attended. As a music teacher and working musician all her life, Conant said, “I’m still surprised every time these kids come in and claim the space so confidently as their own. There’s really something special going on here.” Dan Irizarry, a student from Saratoga Springs High

School who goes by the rapname, Cryptic, said, “If not for Rowen, we’d probably all be at home instead of out performing.” Due to a scheduling conflict, the next Express Yourself will not take place on the third Thursday this month, but instead on Feb. 9. Doors open at 6 p.m. For more information on The Studio, which hosts everything from children’s art camps to meditative retreats, visit For more about Synclaire, visit

Waldorf Rocks Superstar SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Friday, January 27, the entire Class of 2017 at Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs was onstage for the production of the 1970 rock opera “Jesus Christ Superstar” by Andrew Lloyd Webber (music) and Tim Rice (lyrics). It was the school’s first performance in the newly restored Universal Preservation Hall at 25 Washington Street. The play was directed by Gina Karp, and musical direction was provided by Elizabeth Conant.

Cast members included Jackson Orzel as Jesus, Ruby Ostrow as Judas, Alex Paul Mercier as Herod, and Isaac Esty as Pontius Pilate. The High Priests were played by MacKenzie LaBate, Ava Grande, and Alexander Swalsky. The Apostles were played by Junseong Ahn, Caroline Pitts, Seeyeon Lim, Ashley Fear, Alexander Mercier, Isaac Esty, Victorianna Frechette, and MacKenzie Labate. For more information about the school, visit

Photos by Burt Porter.

Jesus (Jackson Orzel - center) and the disciples assemble for the Last Supper.

Herod (Alex Paul Mercier - in crown) with his entourage.

Judas (Ruby Ostrow) sets the scene.

Jesus (Jackson Orzel - in white) rallies the crowd.

Week of February 3– February 9, 2017


Homeschooling: A School Choice SARATOGA COUNTY — Last week was National School Choice Week and this week, Jan. 30 – Feb. 3, is National Catholic Schools Week. Local home-schooling parent, Katie Stirton, is one of many parents availing themselves of school choice. “It’s been a good source of stability for us,” said Stirton, “because we’ve moved around a bit. We lived in Austin, Texas and Germany, as well as up here, so we had that consistency [with home schooling].” Stirton has homeschooled five children. Her youngest is currently in first grade, and her oldest is now a freshman at Hillsdale College in Michigan. She said she has been grateful for all the support available for the hundreds of local families that home school. “The more who homeschool the more resources that crop up,” she said. “My high school students took a lot of AP classes, certified AP classes that you can sign

up for online, take with a certified instructor and take the exam.” According to Stirton, there are a wide variety of choices within the home school model. “There are Christian home schooling groups, secular ones, some based on the Montessori method, or others based on STEM,” she said. “Facebook groups and Yahoo email lists keep people aware of opportunities. There is a consortium that offers university-model classes for homeschoolers, where you can sign up for debate or science or math classes in a piecemeal way or get all your classes through it. There’s quite a bit in terms of support for homeschoolers.” Erin Walker, who home schools five of her seven children (two are younger than school age), said she finds home schooling of great benefit to family unity. “I can keep my kids together as a family unit learning from each other, as opposed

to being in separate classrooms,” she said. “They are learning young from old and old from young, exposed to different curriculum levels. In addition to really understanding each other, they are building relationships, growing and loving their siblings for who they are. This way [by home schooling] they are doing a lot together and working in the best interest of each other. Not that it’s impossible to do that otherwise, but my perception is that it is difficult.” Stirton feels fortunate to live in a country where there is a variety of educational options. “School choice speaks to different childrens’ learning needs and personalities,” she said, “and the more affordable options there are, the better the situation for everyone.” To learn more about school choice options in New York State, visit To learn more about Catholic Schools Week, visit

B-Spa Presents Willy Wonka

Willy Wonka and the five Golden Ticket winners. Photo provided.

BALLSTON SPA — Launching Pad Productions, the Ballston Spa Middle School drama club, will present Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka on Friday, February 3 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, February 4 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. With 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! The show is directed and produced by teacher Joseph Shaver, music directed by Elizabeth Sears, and choreographed by Jim Meyer. Tickets are $5 for students/seniors, $10 for adults and can be

purchased at the door before each performance. Please contact the Ballston Spa Middle School for more information at 518-884-7200. In conjunction with Ballston Spa Middle School’s Launching Pad Productions, the Ballston Spa Rotary Club will be holding its Spread the Love Food Drive at each performance. The Food Drive will benefit food pantries in Ballston Spa. The community is invited to bring donations of non-perishable food items to any of the Willy Wonka performances. Rotarians will

be on location to accept your donations.


Volunteer Guild Offers Scholarships SARATOGA SPRINGS — Since 1990, the Saratoga Hospital Volunteer Guild has offered scholarships to high school seniors in the greater Saratoga County area who are interested in pursuing healthcare careers. Graduates may be exploring a broad range of medical careers: pre-med, nursing, bio-medical research, pharmacology, medical imaging, physical therapy, respiratory therapy, physician’s assistant, mental health, and health care management. This year, the Guild is offering

five $1,500 scholarships. Eligible students must be entering college in September of 2017, have at least a 2.5 GPA, and a documented record of community service. Application deadline is March 31, 2017. Scholarship recipients will be honored at the Volunteer Guild’s Annual Recognition Dinner on May 11, 2017. Requirements and applications are available through local high school guidance offices and on line at volunteering.

Clean Tech ECHS Info Night MALTA — The Clean Technologies & Sustainable Industries Early College High School (Clean Tech ECHS) is currently enrolling 8th grade students from across the Capital Region to join the program for 2017-18 as they enter the 9th grade. The Clean Tech ECHS will host an information night for current 8th grade students on February 7 at 6:30 p.m. School district leaders, parents and students interested

in learning more about the program are invited to attend the information session, followed by optional tours of the facility. The program is held in Hudson Valley Community College’s TEC-SMART at 345 Hermes Road in Malta. For more information, contact ECHS Program Coordinator Adrienne Snow for the Ballston Spa Central School District at or 518-629-4981.

20 Adirondack Christian Fellowship   8 Mountain Ledge, Wilton 587-0623 | Services: Sunday 8 a.m. & 10 a.m. Adirondack Friends Meeting 27 Saratoga Ave, South Glens Falls 793-3755 | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Assembly of God Faith Chapel 6 Burgoyne St, Schuylerville 695-6069 | Rev. Jason Proctor Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m. Assembly of God Saratoga 118 Woodlawn Ave, Saratoga Springs 584-6081 | Services: Sunday Worship 10 a.m. Bacon Hill Reformed Church* 560 Route 32N, Bacon Hill | 695-3074 Rev. Janet Vincent | Services: Worship service 10 a.m.; Sunday School 10 a.m. Baha’i Community of Saratoga Springs 885-0876; 692-7694 | Ballston Center Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church 58 Charlton Road, Ballston Spa | 885-7312 Services: Sunday Worship, 10:30 a.m. Ballston Spa United Methodist Church 101 Milton Ave, Ballston Spa 885-6886 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Bethesda Episcopal Church* 41 Washington Street, Saratoga Springs | 584-5980 The Very Rev’d Marshall J. Vang Services: Sunday 8:00AM & 10:00AM Calvary Capital District 17 Low Street, Ballston Spa | Pastor Andrew Holt Services: Sunday 10 am | Church of Christ at Clifton Park 7 Old Route 146, Clifton Park 371-6611 | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Christ Community Reformed Church 1010 Route 146, Clifton Park | 371-7654 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Christ Episcopal Church Routes 50 & 67, Ballston Spa | 885-1031 Services: Sunday 8 & 10 a.m. Christian Restoration Ministries Saratoga Senior Center 5 Williams St, Saratoga Springs 796-4323 | Pastor Pat Roach Services: Sunday 10 a.m.; 6:30 p.m. Christian Science Church 107 Circular St, Saratoga Springs 584-0221 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Community Alliance Church 257 Rowland St, Ballston Spa 885-6524 | Services: Morning Worship 10:30 a.m. Congregation Shaara Tfille* 84 Weibel Avenue, Saratoga Springs 584-2370 | Services: Saturday 10 a.m. Corinth Free Methodist Church   20 Hamilton Ave, Corinth 654-9255; 792-0271 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Corinth United Methodist Church 243 Main Street, Corinth 654-2521 | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Cornerstone Community Church 516 Park Ave., Mechanicville | 664-5204 | Pastor Frank Galerie Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Community 2001 Route 9, Round Lake 877-8506 | Services: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 8 & 11 a.m.;

RELIGION Eastern Orthodox — Christ the Savior 349 Eastline Road, Ballston Lake 212-7845 | Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. First Baptist Church of Saratoga Springs 45 Washington St, Saratoga Springs 584-6301 | Services: Sunday 11 a.m. First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa 202 Milton Ave, Ballston Spa 885-8361 | Services: 10:30 a.m. worship, 9 a.m. Sunday School (all ages) First Presbyterian Church of Ballston Spa 22 West High St, Ballston Spa 885-5583 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Full Gospel Tabernacle 207 Redmond Road, Gansevoort 793-2739 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Galway United Methodist Church 2056 East St, Galway | 882-6520 Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. (9 a.m. in July and August) Grace Fellowship Saratoga 165 High Rock Ave, Saratoga | 691-0301 Pastor: Mike Adams Services: Sundays 9 & 11 a.m. Grace Brethren Church* 137 W. Milton Road, Ballston Spa 587-0649 | Rev. Dan Pierce Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Greater Grace Community Church Pastor David Moore | 899-7777 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Greenfield Center Baptist Church 30 Wilton Road, Greenfield Center | 893-7429 Services: Sunday School for all ages - 9:45 a.m.; Church Service - 11 a.m. Highway Tabernacle Church 90 River Road, Mechanicville | 664-4442 Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Hope Church 206 Greenfield Ave, Ballston Spa 885-7442 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Jonesville United Methodist 963 Main St, Clifton Park 877-7332 | Services: Sunday 8:30 & 10:30 a.m. Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Living Springs Community Church 59 Pine Road, Saratoga Springs 584-9112 | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Living Waters Church of God 4330 State Rt. 50, Saratoga Springs 587-0484 | Services: Sundays 10 a.m. Malta Presbyterian Church Dunning Street, Malta 899-5992 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Malta Ridge United Methodist Church 729 Malta Ave. Ext, Malta 581-0210 | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Middle Grove United Methodist Church* 581-2973 | Pastor Bonnie Bates Services: Sunday 9 a.m. Mt. Olivet Baptist Church Corner of Jefferson St. & Crescent St. Saratoga Springs | 584-9441 Rev. Dr. Victor L. Collier, Pastor New Horizon Church 150 Perry Road, Saratoga Springs 587-0711 | Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. New Life Fellowship 51 Old Gick Road, ­­Saratoga Springs 580-1810 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. NorthStar Church Gowana Middle School, Clifton Park

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

Week of February 3– February 9, 2017 Rts. 32 and 71, Quaker Springs 587-7477; 399-5013 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Saratoga United Methodist Church* Henning Road, Saratoga Springs 584-3720 | Services: Sunday 9:00am and 10:45am Saratoga Seventh-Day Adventist Church 399 Union Ave, Saratoga Springs 882-9384 | Services: Sabbath School: 10 a.m. Worship Service: 11:30 a.m. Schuylerville United Methodist Church* 51 Church St, Schuylerville 695-3101 | Services: Worship at 11am Shenendehowa United Methodist 971 Route 146, Clifton Park 371-7964 Services: Sunday 9 & 10:30 a.m. Simpson United Methodist Church Rock City Road, Rock City Falls 885-4794 Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m. Soul Saving Station for Every Nation Christ Crusaders of America 62 Henry St, Saratoga Springs Services: Sunday 10 a.m. www.SOULSAVINGSTATIONCHURCH.COM Stillwater Christian Fellowship Meeting at Liberty Ridge Farm 29 Bevis Road Schaghticoke, NY 12154 Stillwater United Church (Presbyterian U.S.A.) 747 Hudson Avenue, Stillwater | 664-7984 Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Temple Sinai* 509 Broadway, Saratoga Springs 584-8730 | Shabbat Services: Friday 6 p.m. or 8p.m. (rotating schedule) Saturdays: 10:30a.m. Terra Nova Church* 45 Washington St, Saratoga Springs 833-0504 | Services: Sunday 5:30 p.m. The Salvation Army/ Worship, Service & Community Center 27 Woodlawn Ave, Saratoga Springs 584-1640 Services: Sunday School 10 a.m.; Praise & Worship 11 a.m. Trinity United Methodist Church 155 Ballard Road, Gansevoort 584-9107 | Rev Keith Mann Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Saratoga Springs 624 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs 584-1555 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Unity Church in Albany 21 King Ave., Albany 453-3603 Services: Sunday 9 a.m. & 11 a.m. West Charlton United Presbyterian Church 1331 Sacandaga Road, West Charlton 882-9874 | Rev. Thomas Gregg, Pastor Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Wilton Baptist Church 755 Saratoga Road, Wilton 583-2736 Services: Sunday 11 a.m.

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Week of February 3– February 9, 2017

Beginning with the Base Anything Goes Seafood Chowder Adapted from recipe by Aroostook on 30 minutes to prepare and cook Serves 8

Saturdays, 9 to 1 Lincoln Baths Saratoga Spa State Park

by Himanee Gupta-Carlson

for Saratoga TODAY What’s the secret to a great chowder? According to Dave DeLozier, chowder chef for Moby Rick’s Seafood Company, the retail outlet for the Saratoga Farmers’ Market’s Pura Vida Fisheries, it’s all about the base “That’s the hardest thing to get right,” said DeLozier. DeLozier spoke with me last weekend at Moby Rick’s, after I had sampled his contribution to this weekend’s annual Chowderfest at the Pura Vida stall at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market, which – perhaps unpredictably – includes neither clams nor cream, two things that I had long assumed were characteristic of any chowder. One goal of Saratoga’s Chowderfest might be to dispute that claim. Among the many chowders being offered for $1 three-ounce tastings are those that contain clams and cream along with dozens that have nothing resembling those presumed staples at all. Moby Rick is offering a Thai inspired curry soup built from a base of fish bone broth, wine,

Moby Rick Scallops by Pattie Garrett

Pleasant Valley Farm Leeks by Pattie Garrett

and coconut milk. On top of the base are scallops and shrimp from Pura Vida and leeks, bok choy and onion from the market’s Pleasant Valley Farms. Garlic, butter, turmeric, ginger, thyme and a touch of sugar round out the soup. My sample arrived pleasantly warm. Like any good fish chowder should smell, this one’s aroma said ocean all the way. But the taste was not fishy. It was mildly spicy with a gentle sweet after-taste. That combination of warm spice with soft sweetness complemented the

scallops and shrimp quite well. The Thai Curry Soup was one of several chowders that DeLozier prepared over the past month for customers at Pura Vida as well as Moby Rick’s. He dished out samples and collected feedback. This, in part, made the Thai curry soup the shop’s choice for Chowderfest. DeLozier anticipates serving 45 gallons in three-ounce increments Saturday. “We always sold out when we had it,” DeLozier says, “and when we didn’t have it, customers asked for it.” The soup also appealed



*Ingredients currently available at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market - 2 cups fish or chicken broth (find fish broth at Pura Vida Fisheries)* - 2 small onions, diced fine* - 3 potatoes, cut into half inch chunks* - 2 Tablespoon fresh thyme leaves* - 1 lb fish fillet of choice* - 1⁄2 lb of shrimp, crab, lobsters, scallops, mussels, clams or oysters* - 4 cups half-and-half* - 2 tablespoons butter - Salt and Pepper

1. Heat stock and add potatoes and fresh thyme. 2. Cook gently until tender. 3. Add onions and simmer 5 minutes. 4. Add fish and seafood, and gently simmer 10 minutes or until cooked through. 5. Add half-and-half and butter. 6. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve w/ common crackers or oyster crackers.

If Life Gives You Ice, Make an Ice Bar! February Delivers 7 Days of Fire and Ice at The Mill on Round Lake The Mill on Round Lake unveils a 30-foot-ice bar and ice sculpture shuffleboard on February 3 at 5 p.m. Fire pits will be available to keep customers toasty warm as they enjoy the frosty surroundings. (Less hardy patrons can eventually retreat to a cozy spot by the indoor fireplace.) A unique ice bar drink menu will be offered. There will be a

dedicated spot at the ice bar for ice luge martini orders. The concoction consists of Absolut Vodka, Malibu, Blue Curacao and pineapple juice, and the frigid beverage will be served after sliding down an ice chute. There will be other specialty martinis, mules, bottled beer, wine, ice shot glass shots and hot drinks such as Irish coffee. The drink menu is available via the website’s What’s Happening homepage section: www.myfavoritetaverns.

com. For more information contact THE MILL ON ROUND LAKE, 2121 Route 9, Round Lake, NY 12151 (518) 899-LAKE (5253) THE ICE BAR SCHEDULE: Friday the 3rd from 5-10 pm, Saturday the 4th from 11 am-10 p.m., Friday the 10th from 5-10 p.m., Saturday the 11th from 2-10 p.m. Sunday the 12th from 12-5 p.m., Friday the 17th from 5-10 p.m., Saturday the 18th from 2-10 p.m.

Moby Rick's Fish Chowder by Pattie Garrett

because it was dairy and gluten free. But its real charm and nutritional value, says DeLozier, comes from the base: a bone broth made from a long slow simmer of fish bones, with wine and some starchy

root vegetables rolled in, and coconut milk added toward the end. Visit the Saratoga Farmers’ Market every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1p.m. at the Lincoln Baths Building in the Saratoga Spa State Park.

Week of February 3– February 9, 2017


Every Skillet Tells a Story

by John Reardon for Saratoga TODAY Hello my Foodie Friends! Are you getting ready to prepare some great Super Bowl Recipes for this weekend’s game? The use of cast iron cookware is an incredible way to prepare some of your favorite Super Bowl dishes. I have mentioned some pieces in the past but today I am highlighting the best cast iron cookware company in the world; Lodge Manufacturing Company! Cast Iron, a form of cookware developed over a millennia ago remains as popular as when it was used to prepare food for the Pilgrims, Lewis and Clark and President William McKinley in 1896 (although he only got to use it for another 5 years due to his assassination). This was also the year that Joseph Lodge began his foundry. Many of the pieces of Cast Iron cookware made in the Lodge Foundry over a century ago remain in use today (Lodge was sustainable before it was cool!). Cast Iron is one of only two metals compatible with induction stovetops. Lodge, the sole U.S. manufacturer of Cast Iron Cookware and the oldest familyowned cookware company in the country, is based in the tiny town of South Pittsburg, TN (population 3,300). With the introduction of supposedly new “green” cookware, Lodge is ranked as the “Original Green Skillet” by Cook’s Illustrated. It is the original nonstick skillet. It is great for blackening fish, and it can be used for every meal of the day, including desserts (people even bake pies in them). It is safe to use on top of the stove, in the oven, on the grill, in a fireplace or even in a campfire. My Mom found it to be very effective to keep three little boys from fighting. Just the sight of

it made us stop in our tracks! No, she didn’t use it on us but it was like her own nuclear deterrent. If you are worried about how heavy it is just think of this! Some of my best customers are in their 80s! They know and they keep coming back for new pieces (although when I tell them that it lasts 100 years they are not impressed). Maybe it’s not the prettiest pan in your kitchen but nothing cooks food better than Cast Iron, Nothing! Your GreatGreat-Grandmother, GreatGrandmother, Grandmother and Mom can’t be wrong. At Compliments to the Chef located at 46 Marion Avenue, we carry Lodge Cast Iron. Stop by to get your cool tools for cooks in preparing your Super Bowl feasts. What is your Super Bowl story going to be this year? Remember Foodie Friends; “Life Happens in the Kitchen”. Take Care, John and Paula

lemon, most of the cheddar cheese, and seasoning. The residual heat should help mix together ingredients. Stir together well. Top with a little extra cheddar and

a pinch of salt and pepper. Bake dip at 375 degrees F. for about 30 minutes until the dip is bubbling hot in the center and getting browned and crispy

around the edges. Remove and let cool for a minute. Top dip with chopped chives and serve with chips. Serve while warm.

Have a fun Super Bowl Sunday. Try this delicious and simple appetizer recipe Easy Baked Shrimp Dip INGREDIENTS (serves 4 to 6) 2 shallots, chopped 1 red chili, seeded and minced 2 tablespoons butter 1 pound fresh shrimp, chopped 2/3 cup sour cream 8 oz. cream cheese 1 cup grated cheddar cheese 2 teaspoons Old Bay (or Cajun) seasoning 1/2 lemon, juice only Pinch of salt and pepper Chives, garnish Pita chips, for serving

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Cuttings, How to…

by Peter Bowden for Saratoga TODAY Although these are some of the shortest days of the year, to the gardener they seem the longest. In midsummer when days are long, the hours fly by as we enjoy our gardens, yards and outdoor living. Now, the bright green world of summer seems an impossible dream. There’s not a lot of gardening to do other than browse the seed catalogs that roll in this time of year. However, there is one project I can enjoy now to get ready for spring...I can root some cuttings. Most plants will produce roots more readily at the leaf intersections. I want to bear this in mind as I take cuttings so I’ll cut just below the leaf intersection where new roots will form. After cutting, I’ll strip off the lower leaves. The cuttings will root more easily without them. I need to let the fresh cuts briefly dry or “scab over” before I slip them into

the soil. A fresh, juicy cut will rot easily...a dried, “scabbed over” cutting won’t. While I’m waiting a few minutes for the stems to scab, I’ll fill some pots with sterile potting soil; the same soil I use in all our pots and planters. Lightly moisten the soil and tamp it gently. I don’t want the soil soggy wet, just moist. Once the cuttings are ready, I’ll dip the stems into some rooting powder. Rooting powder is mostly just talcum

powder with a bit of root growth stimulant added. The fine particles of talcum will give the tiny root hairs something to form on and the growth stimulant speeds that process. Most plants will root without the powder but it does increase your chance of success. I like to put a couple in each pot in case one doesn’t take. If both do well I can separate them later. Once they’re all potted up, we need to keep them in

a warm place and nurse them along until they can grow some roots and provide for themselves. Since the winter home is dry, misting them lightly every day or even a couple of times a day for the first few days, is a good idea. I like to mist them with a very light (1/4 strength) solution of soluble plant food. The food in the mist can be absorbed right through the leaves and stems and will keep the cuttings alive and help them grow roots quickly. Don’t

overdo the food though...a little goes a long way. Another option is to make an enclosure for them...they don’t want to be sealed up. I like to use a large plastic freezer bag to make a tent with the end left open for some fresh air. Water the soil lightly but never let it get soggy. Soggy soil will rot the cuttings. That’s it. Easy peasy, and I end up with lots of free plants to share with friends or add to my gardens and planters in spring. Thanks for the read.


Week of February 3– February 9, 2017

Design Showroom Opens This Weekend

by Megin Potter for Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — If you want to get noticed - stand out from the crowd. That’s what Janet Longe’s luxury interior design aesthetic is all about. It’s also why she and her daughter Jamie Davies, co-owner of 23rd and Fourth, have moved into their new location at 130 Excelsior Avenue.

“A lot of people didn’t know about us,” said Jamie Davies. The store, whose name is based on their birthdays, originally opened in the Historic Franklin Square in 2012. After more than a year of searching for a larger property with more off-street parking, they found the Empire Run building. Situated across from the Olde Saratoga Brewing Company, it is pleasantly positioned between the sprawling retail shopping complexes off Northway Exit 15 and downtown Saratoga. In less than six months, they customized the commercial space in the new 4-story mixeduse brick building by Bonacio Construction into a large open showroom with an outdoor patio that is twice the size of their previous location. Jamie’s husband, Paul, is an engineer who has been a valuable asset in helping to oversee the

Jamie Davies & Janet Longe. Photo by Megin Potter.

project. “Paul bridged the gap between the architects, engineers, and the construction side of things so we didn’t have to,” said Jamie. Instead, they focused on a design concept that uses a neutral palette to create comfortable urban style. “We shop for one-of-a-kind items and design with a sense that it’s a collection that’s evolved over time,” said Janet Longe, Allied ASID, Leed AP. Unique fine furnishings, accessories, and home décor items are arranged in ten well-planned cozy vignettes. Bathed in natural light from the three walls of windows invisibly covered with a shading film to protect the fabric from fading, customers can sit on the sofas, feel the lush softness of the fabric, Continued on page 27.

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Design Showroom Opens This Weekend Continued from page 26.

and marvel in the understated elegance of the metal fixtures. Pottery crafted by local artisan Joshua Smith blends into the rhythm of the room that also contains exotic finds such as large calligraphy

brushes, and the organic lines of anything-but-ordinary ottomans. “Design is an evolution. It’s always changing, it’s not static,” said Longe. In the 23rd and Fourth design studio, a large 3’ x 9’ counter-height work space stores a

library containing thousands of color and fabric samples. It serves as a valuable resource for local designers and their clients who otherwise would have to go out-of-town. “We want you to get what you want,” said Longe. Longe and Davies invite

the public to enjoy the grandopening of 23rd and Fourth on Friday, February 3 and to stop in during Saratoga Chowderfest on Saturday, Feb. 4 for chowder by Next Door Kitchen, face painting, and helium balloons. The winner of their Dream Décor giveaway

will also be announced. For more information go to www.facebook. com/23rdandfourth, look for enhanced shopping capabilities and sign up for their newsletter at http://


Week of February 3– February 9, 2017

MARCH 3 – MARCH 5, 2017



WELCOME! The men and women of the Saratoga Springs Rotary Club are proud of the annual Home Show’s success over the years. Through this show, we raise the funding that allows the club to give scholarships to deserving students and financial support to local service agencies. Each year our Club members work for months as we plan the show as well as fill more than 70 volunteer positions at the show. Members cover a number of tasks that include helping exhibitors, greeting visitors, manning prize booths, responding to inquiries, assisting with parking and much more. The activity surrounding these three days epitomizes the Rotary credo of “Service Above Self ” and exhibits the strength of the Saratoga community. We are grateful for the support of our exhibitors and the visitors who come to see them. We’ll see you at the show!

Charlie Wheeler, President 2016-2017, Saratoga Springs Rotary Club



Thanks to our major sponsor, The Adirondack Trust Company, admission is again free this year!

Just in time to cure the mid-winter blahs, the Saratoga Springs Rotary Club Home & Lifestyle Show returns to the Saratoga Springs City Center! The show features more than 120 exhibitors with expertise in everything from gardens and outdoor living to financial planning. Whether you own your own home or rent an apartment, you’ll find something at the show to interest you. Get ideas and talk to experts about those lifestyle and home improvement projects you envision for springtime. Bring the kids for face-painting and balloon art. Stroll through the Art Show on the second floor. Sample wines and spirits or attend a cooking demonstration. At this year’s show, there is something for everyone!



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FIND THE EXHIBITOR LIST ONLINE Visit our website at for updated show information, including a list and map of exhibitors, photos and show-related news updates. You can also follow the show on Facebook and Twitter.


OUTDOOR LIVING AT SARATOGA Bring your outdoors to life with quality cast aluminum items, including patio sets, yard critters and wall décor. Raw or custom finishes available.

The Rotary Club thanks the show’s generous sponsors for their support. Once again The Adirondack Trust Company is our major sponsor. Other sponsors (at time of publication) include Allerdice ACE Building Supply (door prize sponsor), The Saratogian (advertising sponsor), Saratoga TODAY (magazine sponsor), Mannix Marketing (media sponsor) and Edward Jones (hospitality sponsor).

REGISTER FOR PRIZES There are many opportunities to win door prizes from Allerdice ACE Building Supply in addition to other larger prizes. The names of door-prize winners are drawn frequently throughout the weekend, and major prizes are drawn on Sunday afternoon at the show’s conclusion. You do not need to be present to win.

LEARN ABOUT ROTARY SCHOLARSHIPS AND COMMUNITY SUPPORT For general information about Rotary’s scholarship and charitable donation programs, stop by the Rotary booth on the main floor, next to booth A1. The Rotary Club’s charitable giving programs include monthly contributions of under $5,000 to numerous non-profits. The club is currently accepting applications for its 2018 major gift ($5,000 or more); applications are due April 1st, 2018. High school seniors attending Saratoga Springs High School, Saratoga Catholic High School and the Waldorf School are eligible to apply for scholarships; applications are due April 15, 2017 .


Week of February 3– February 9, 2017

ZOOM-ROOM Allows you to maximize valuable space with a Zoom-bed that retracts into home cabinetry.


Rotary Home & Lifestyle Art Show


Back by popular demand, the Home and Lifestyle Art Show will once again take over the top floor of the City Center for the entire weekend. After you’ve talked with designers and home improvement specialists downstairs, stop by the upstairs booths filled with paintings, ceramics, woodworking, photography and mixed media. There will also be attractive handcrafted jewelry, homemade soaps and custom plant arrangements. Taste a sample of wine and spirits and bring home a bottle or two of fine crafted flavors. Don’t miss the Saratoga Springs High School Art display featuring the talents of local high school art students. Saratoga Arts will be awarding the “Best in Show” high school student with a free one-year membership.

Cobble Hill Farm Apothecary Kerr Chainsaw Carving Revibe CHILD SAFETY WITH SARATOGA SPRINGS POLICE DEPARTMENT

Sunday, Noon to 3 p.m

All weekend

Bringing your family to the show? JoJo’s Face Painting and Balloon Gal Jenny will once again delight our youngest visitors, near the M1 room. While you are visiting, be sure to stop by the Saratoga Springs Police Department’s child safety table.

Stop by the Police Department’s table for information on child safety. Receive your free child identification card and lots of practical information.

SARATOGA ROTARY SUPPORTS MANY CAUSES Major 2016 Gifts • Caffé Lena • The Children’s Museum at Saratoga Other Gifts

Here is a sampling of the many organizations supported by Saratoga Springs Rotary Club.

• Adirondack Girl Scouts
 • Adult and Senior Center of Saratoga • Babe Ruth Baseball • Backstretch Employee Service Team • Boy Scouts of America Twin Rivers Council • CAPTAIN Youth & Family Services • Catholic Charities • Double H Ranch • Franklin Community Center
 • Maple Avenue Musical Club • New England Congregational Presbyterian Church • New York State Military Museum • Rebuilding Together
 • Salvation Army
 • Saint Clement’s Roman Catholic Parish • St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church • Saratoga Independent School

You’ll find Kerr Chainsaw Carving on the second floor as part of the Art Show. Enjoy their one-of-akind carved sculptures and decorations. They also do carving restoration and repair.

"Hummingbird" photograph by Dennis Donohue

MISCELLANEOUS ARTS 2017 Special Events



• Saratoga Regional YMCA • Saratoga Springs Girls and Boys Basketball Program • Saratoga Springs High School • Saratoga Springs United Methodist Church • Saratoga War Horse • Saratoga Battlefield
 • Saratoga Bridges
 • Saratoga EOC • Saratoga Hospital Foundation
 • Saratoga Miss Softball
 • Saratoga National Little League
 • Saratoga P.L.A.N.
 • Saratoga Reads
 • Saratoga Rowing Association
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Elijah – Call for Singers Burnt Hills Oratorio Society is recruiting singers for a performance of Mendelssohn’s choral masterpiece “Elijah.” The performance is Friday, May 19, 2017, 7:30 p.m. at Zankel Music Center, Skidmore College. Rehearsals are Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at Burnt Hills Ballston Lake High School Choral Room, starting February 7. Go online, to print out a registration form, or arrive early (6:30 p.m.) to register. Join us for great music, outstanding leadership, and a talented non-auditioned 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. “Around the World in 8 Dances” Gala A fundraising effort by the Division Street Elementary School STEM Lab committee for the purchase of an Earth Balloon will take place on February 10 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Saratoga Music Hall located at 474 Broadway, 3rd floor, Saratoga Springs. The Gala will be a fun night out with food, fun, and entertainment that can potentially support every child’s education in Saratoga. Cost is $65.00. For more information visit www. 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 518-956-3516. Cash prizes for pike, perch and crappies. Door prizes and a 50/50 raffle. Hot food and drinks will be available. For more information, visit www. 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 518-5848547. Annual Moonlight Ski and Snowshoe Join us on February 11, 6 to 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; 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 Elks Lane in Saratoga Springs. The Band GRAVITY will be our entertainment for the night. The evening begins with cocktails/appetizers from 6 to 7 p.m., dinner 7 to 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 518-587-7597 to make your reservation. Deadline is February 5. Valentine Party with Author and Illustrator Join beloved board book author and illustrator Sandra Magsamen at Northshire Bookstore, located at 424 Broadway in Saratoga Springs, for a Valentine’s Day Party! After a special story time with the author, enjoy a scavenger hunt and make a craft with our booksellers. Magsamen is the author and illustrator of many popular books for children, including I Love You Hugs and Kisses, and I Ruff You Very Much. For more information or other events visit The Flurry Festival Shake off the winter blues. It’s time to dance, sing, jam, and more. The 30th Flurry Festival will run from February 17-19, 2017, at the Saratoga Springs City Center located at 522 Broadway, Saratoga Springs. Dancers can participate in a variety of workshops and programs designed for all levels of experience, from

Week of February 3– February 9, 2017 beginner to advanced. The festival also includes an array of performances, singing, concerts, jamming, storytelling, vendors, and more. It’s the perfect event to bring your dancing and nondancing friends with you. For more information, visit www. Frozen Dance Party Sing a-long and storytime with most-liked favorite enchanted sisters at the Frozen Dance Party held at the National Museum of Dance and Hall of Fame, located at 99 South Broadway, Saratoga Springs, from 10 a.m. to Noon. Make your own Frozen Princess Crown and Olaf. Be sure to wear your favorite princess costume. Cookies and juice will be served. Admission is free. Reservations required by calling 518-584-2225 ext. 3001. An Affirmative Prayer Workshop Albany-Saratoga Spiritual Adventures is hosting An Affirmative Prayer Workshop on Tuesday, February 21, 6:30-8 p.m. at Woodlawn Commons, 156 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs. This workshop gives attendees an in-depth look at the process of writing a powerful, creative affirmative prayer as developed by visionary and teacher Ernest Holmes. Suggested donation is $20. For more information, visit www. or call 518-366-9918. 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 www.maltaparksrec. com to reserve your spot. For ages 12+.

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 518-5847986. Brighter Days, Shelters of Saratoga 2017 Gala Please join Shelters of Saratoga at its 2017 Brighter Days Gala on Thursday, March 23, 2017 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Longfellows Restaurant on Union Ave. in Saratoga Springs. This annual fundraising gala provides critically needed support to over 700 individuals facing homelessness in our region each year. Guests will be treated to an evening cocktail style reception, dancing, silent auction and the core reason for its existence; providing help, hope and humanity to those most in need. Reservations: $100 per person. This year we will be honoring Saratoga Springs Police Chief, Greg Veitch with the Help, Hope and Humanity Award for his outstanding dedication of service to our community. For more information, visit www. Fighting for Mya Fundraiser The American Legion Post 234, located at 23 Pleasant Street in Ballston Spa, will host a fund raiser for 15 year old sophomore, Mya, who was recently diagnosed with stage 4 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. This benefit will take place on April 29, 2017 at 2p.m. All support will be greatly appreciated.

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p.m..The Maple Avenue Middle School Musical Club presents, “The Wizard of Oz” 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.

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John J. Lant Jr. Memorial Blood Drive

Fish Fry Fridays

Maple Avenue Fire Department, 613 Maple Ave., Saratoga Springs, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. 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. 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 redcrossblood. org.

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 takeout 518-695-3917. Everyone is welcome.

Fourth Annual Chocolate Festival Downtown Ballston Spa, Various Locations, 6 – 9 p.m. The Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association and the First Friday business participants are excited to present our Fourth Annual Ballston Spa Chocolate Fest. Visitors will be able to purchase samples for a minimal cost of $1. For a full listing of participating businesses, chefs, and activities, please visit

William Griffith - The Battle of Lake George Northshire Bookstore, 424 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 7 p.m. Join us as author and historian Griffith recounts the thrilling history behind the first major British battlefield victory of the French and Indian War, an important part of our local history. For more information and other events visit www.

The Wizard of Oz Maple Avenue Middle School, Trombley Auditorium, 575 Maple Ave. Saratoga Springs, 7

Defensive Driving Class First Baptist Church, 45 Washington St., Saratoga Springs, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. New York State approved. Save 10% on your base auto insurance for the next three years and receive up to 4 points off your driving record according to New York State Department of Motor Vehicle guidelines. Fee $35. Bring a friend and fee is $30 each. A portion of the fee goes to First Baptist Church. Registration required by calling Ray Frankoski at 518- 286-3788.

Saratoga’s Chowderfest Downtown Saratoga Springs, Various locations, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. 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

CALENDAR 31 goers. Sponsored by Saratoga Convention & Tourism Bureau, the 19-year anniversary of Saratoga Chowderfest will feature live music, familyfriendly activities and, of course, a wide variety of chowders. For more information, visit chowderfest.

Sunday, February 5 Dharma Meditation with Pierre Zimmerman One Big Roof, Center for Mindful Practices, 538 Maple Avenue, Saratoga Health & Wellness Building, Saratoga Springs, 9-10:15 a.m. Weekly meditation followed by short discussion. All contemplative traditions honored. By donation. For more information call 413992-7012 or visit www.

Saratoga Winterfest 5K Snowshoe Run/ Walk Saratoga Spa State Park., 11 a.m. A limited supply of Dion Snowshoes will be available at a $5 rental charge. Email Laura Clark at laura@ to reserve a pair or phone 518-581-1278. For information about the entire Dion Snowshoe Series and for snow updates visit www.dionwmacsnowshoe. com.

Saratoga Chamber Players Concert Filene Hall, Skidmore Campus, Saratoga Springs, 3 p.m. A concert with renowned flutist Susan Rotholz and pianist Margaret Kampmeier. 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-pianoflute/

Monday, February 6 Saratoga Retired Teachers Meeting Longfellows Restaurant, 500 Union Avenue (Rte. 9P), Saratoga Springs. Noon Prospective members, please call 518-587-5356 for membership information and luncheon reservations.

Tuesday, February 7 Catholic Daughters of the Americas Monthly Meeting Knights of Columbus, 50 Pine Rd., Saratoga Springs, 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. For more information contact Regent Aileen Thomas at 518583-2905.

Potluck And Movie Night Woodlawn Commons, 156 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, 6:30 – 8 p.m. Albany-Saratoga Spiritual Adventures is hosting a Potluck and Movie Night. Enjoy an evening of spiritual community and entertainment. Bring a dish to share and take in a few Spiritual Cinema Circle short films. Donations welcome. For more information, call 518-366-9918 Or visit www.

Wednesday, February 8 Guided Mindful Meditation Saratoga Springs Public Library, Susman Room, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Take a break from the daily grind and clear your mind with guided Mindful Meditation led by professionals from One Roof Holistic Health Center. Sessions

are free and open to the public, and will be held on the first and third Wednesday of each month. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 518-584-7860 ext. 205.

2017 Winter Storytellers Series SUNY Empire State College, 2 Union Ave. , Room 126, Saratoga Springs, 12 – 1 p.m. The Academy for Lifelong Learning presents the ninth annual storytellers series every Wednesday through March 1. February 8 features storyteller Christine Keegan with “Animal Stories” sponsored by Prestwick Chase at Saratoga. Free and open to the public. Postponed if Saratoga Springs city schools are closed. For more information, call 518587-2100 ext. 2415. www.esc. edu/all

Pickins’ Sessions Milton Community Center, 310 Northline Road, Ballston Spa, 7 – 9:30 p.m. The Sessions could use fiddlers, bass players…even a harmonica, to make the evening more diversified and entertaining. Musicians are invited to play background or join up with a group. Amateur musicians to professionals, members or non- members, young or not-so-young, are invited to come and recapture the joy of playing. Please bring finger foods to share. Admission is free, open to the public, and there is ample free parking. Please check out our web page at “” for more information.

Thursday, February 9 Upstate Collage Night Tang Museum, Skidmore Campus, Saratoga Springs, 6:30 p.m. An art party in celebration of ephemera, vintage magazines, and the art of the remix. Hosted by, regional cartoonist Ira Marcks and graphic designer Caroline Corrigan. For more information, call 518-580-8080.

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Saratoga Central Catholic School Gala The 4th Annual Saratoga Central Catholic School Winter Gala took place at the

Excelsior Springs Ballroom on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, and photographer Francesco

D’Amico was on hand to capture images during the festivities.

Saratoga Central Catholic School Winter Gala

Michele and Ron Riggi.

Chair members: Ann Frankowski, Megan Hennessey, Event Chair Dawn Martinez, Vici Niles, Mary Fornabia.

Saratoga Central Catholic School Winter Gala

Tom & Rebecca Cronin, Dr. Marc & Angie Johnson

Chowderfest Set for Saturday cup, and vote for their favorite selections. The awards ceremony will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the Saratoga Springs Heritage Area Visitor Center. Last year, more than 40,000 people attended Chowderfest and more than 130,000 samples of

chowder were served. For a list inside the City Center, and faceof participating chowder vendors, painters, characters and a hot Winterfest events and further chocolate station at Putnam Den. details, visit Free Park & Ride Shuttles Chowderfest or call 518-584-1531. will be available from 10 a.m. GR Family-friendly events to 6 p.m. and will run from EE NF include kid’s games on the patio IE the Wilton Mall to the corner LD behind the Visitor Center, and ofAV Lake Ave and High Rock ST









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Chowderfest 2017 Participants OFFICIAL CHOWDERFEST 2017 BALLOT PARTICIPANTS 1. 2 West Bar & Grille - Serving from City Center, 522 Broadway 2. 23rd and Fourth - Chowder by Next Door Kitchen, 130 Excelsior Avenue 3. Airstream Catering, Courtyard behind Saratoga Marketplace, 454 Broadway 4. Augie’s Family Style Restaurant - serving from Roohan Realty, 519 Broadways 5. Bailey’s Café, 37 Phila Street 6. Ben & Jerry’s of Saratoga Springs - serving dessert Chowder, 34 Phila Street 7. Bentley’s Tavern, 4 Hemphill Place, Malta 8. Boca Bistro, 384 Broadway 9. Bookmakers at Holiday Inn, 232 Broadway 10. Bourbon Room - Chowder by Mexican Connection, 8 Caroline Street 11. Bread Basket Bakery, 65 Spring Street 12. BurgerFi, 460 Broadway 13. BWP Your Local Bar & Grill - serving from City Center, 522 Broadway 14. Campagna Restaurant, 2452 Rt. 9, Malta 15. Cantina, 430 Broadway 16. Caroline Street Pub, 9-11 Caroline Street 17. Carson’s Woodside Tavern, 57 Route 9P, Malta 18. Chez Pierre, 979 Rt. 9, Gansevoort 19. Chianti II Ristorante, The Lofts @ 18 Division Street 20. Circus Café, 392 Broadway 21. Comedy Works, 388 Broadway 22. Comfort Kitchen - downstairs Saratoga Marketplace, 454 Broadway 23. Courtyard by Marriott/Excelsior Springs - serving from City Center, 522 Broadway 24. Dango’s, 38 Caroline Street 25. Diamond Club Grill (Embassy Suites), 86 Congress Street 26. Dock Brown’s Lakeside Tavern, 511 Rt. 9P 27. Druthers Brewing Company, 381 Broadway 28. Dunning Street Station, 2853 Rt. 9, Malta 29. Esperanto, 4 Caroline Street 30. Fifty South - serving from City Center, 522 Broadway 31. Fish at 30 Lake, 30 Lake Avenue 32. Fitzy’s Fork in the Road - serving from Saratoga Paint & Sip Studio, 80 Henry Street 33. Forno Bistro, 541 Broadway 34. Gaffney’s Restaurant, 16 Caroline Street 35. Harvey’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, 14 Phila Street 36. Hattie’s Restaurant, 45 Phila Street 37. Healthy Living Market & Café serving from Wilton Mall at Saratoga , 3065 Rt. 50 38. Henry Street Taproom, 86 Henry Street 39. Hungry Spot Café, 480 Broadway 40. Ice House Bar & Grill, 70 Putnam St. 41. Izumi Asian Bistro & Lounge, 63 Putnam Street 42. Jacob & Anthony’s American Grille, 38 High Rock 43. Karavalli Regional Cuisine of India, 47 Caroline Street


44. Knights of Columbus, Saratoga Springs - serving from City Center, 522 Broadway 45. Local Pub & Teahouse, 142 Grand Avenue 46. Longfellows Restaurant, 500 Union Avenue 47. Masonic Lodge #103 - serving from City Center, 522 Broadway 48. Mouzon House, 1 York Street 49. Olde Bryan Inn, 123 Maple Avenue 50. Olde Saratoga Brewing Company - Chowder by Skidmore College, 131 Excelsior Avenue 51. One Caroline Street Bistro, 1 Caroline Street 52. Panza’s Restaurant, 510 Rt. 9P 53. Park Side Eatery, 42 Phila Street 54. Parting Glass, 40-42 Lake Avenue 55. Peabody’s Sports Bar & Grille, 39 Phila Street 56. Phila Fusion Noodle Bar, 54 Phila Street 57. PJ’s BAR-B-QSA, 1 Kaydeross Avenue West 58. Prime at Saratoga National Golf Club, 458 Union Avenue 59. Putnam’s at Gideon Putnam Resort - serving from the Visitor’s Center, 297 Broadway 60. Ravenous - Serving Dessert Chowder, 21 Phila Street 61. Salt & Char, 353 Broadway 62. Saratoga 5 Points Market & Deli, 42 Park Place 63. Saratoga Arms, 497 Broadway 64. Saratoga City Tavern, 19 & 21 Caroline Street 65. Saratoga Olive Oil, 484 Broadway 66. Saratoga Stadium, 389 Broadway 67. Savory Pantry - Chowder by Moby Rick’s Seafood, 486 Broadway 68. Seven Horse Pub, 43 Phila Street 69. Spa City Tap & Barrel - Chowder by Mexican Connection, 13 Caroline Street 70. Sperry’s, 30 1/2 Caroline Street 71. Sushi Thai Garden Restaurant, 44-46 Phila Street 72. Sweet Mimi’s Café & Bakery - serving dessert Chowder, 47 Phila Street 73. The Barrelhouse, 68 Beekman Street 74. The Brook Tavern, 139 Union Avenue 75. The Mill on Round Lake, 2121 Route 9, Round Lake 76. The Reserve, 6 Caroline Street 77. The Side Room at Inn At Saratoga, 231 Broadway 78. The Springs -inside the Saratoga Hilton, 522 Broadway 79. The West Side Sports Bar and Grill, 112 Congress Street 80. Thirsty Owl Bistro, 184 South Broadway 81. Three Vines Bistro, 32A Congress Street 82. Universal Preservation Hall - Chowder by Mazzone Hospitality, 25 Washington Street 83. Wesley Community - serving from the City Center, 522 Broadway 84. Wheatfields Restaurant and Bar, 440 Broadway 85. Wishing Well Restaurant - serving from Hatsational, 510 Broadway

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‘Wizard of Oz’ on Stage at Maple Ave Middle School This Weekend SARATOGA SPRINGS — Dorothy, the Scarecrow and Tinman, a collection of Munchkins, Toto, a Cowardly Lion, and more than 100 middle school students will be a part of an enchanting production of “The Wizard of Oz.” Photographer Mark Bolles was on hand to capture images

of rehearsals leading up to Friday’s premier. The show will be staged Feb. 3,4, 10 and 11. Tickets are $7. Previous Maple Avenue Musical Club productions have included “Seussical the Musical,” “Willy Wonka,” “Shrek,” and “Beauty and the Beast,” among others.


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Throat-Singers at Caffè Lena Friday Night SARATOGA SPRINGS — Hailing from Tuva, a tiny republic in the heart of Central Asia, Alash stage a show 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3 at Caffe Lena. Alash is inspired by the music of their throat-singing ancestors as well as bold western artists such as Sun Ra and Jimi Hendrix, unsacrificing in the integrity of their heritage to make their music more hip for an American audience. Rather, they look for contemporary ideas that mesh well with the sound and feel of traditional Tuvan music, introducing some western instruments and new harmonies and song structures to create a captivating hybrid of old and new. What does throat singing

Alash. Photo by Nicole Renee Photography.

sound like? “Imagine a human bagpipe-a person who could sing a sustained low note while humming an eerie, whistle-like melody. For good measure, toss in a thrumming rhythm similar to

that of a jaw harp, but produced vocally-by the same person, at the same time.” – Newsweek magazine. Tickets are $20 general admission, $18 café members and $10 students and kids.

Kings of Leon at SPAC, John Mayer in Albany Concert promoter Live Nation announced this week Kings Of Leon with special guests Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats will stage a show at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center on July 26.

Tickets go on sale Saturday at, or chargeby-phone at 1-800-745-3000, and are: $79.50, $49.50, $29.50, Lawn $29.50.

Additionally, the concert promoter announced John Mayer will perform at the Times Union Center in Albany on March 31. Tickets for that show are: $89.75, $75.75, $55.75, $35.75.

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Jon LeRoy Trio, 9 pm @ 9 Maple Avenue — 583.2582

Elizabeth Woodbury Kassius & Heard, World Jazz, 2 pm @ Hudson River Music Hall — 832.3484

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Hot Club of Saratoga noon @ The Merry Monk 584.6665

Michael Jerling, 8 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022 Blackouts, 9 pm @ Gaffney’s — 587.7359 Better Off Led’s — Tribute to Led Zeppelin, 3 pm @ Hudson River Music Hall — 832.3484 Keith Pray Quartet, 9 pm @ 9 Maple Avenue — 583.2582 Wild Adriatic CD release party w/ Let’s Be Leonard, Bathrobe Robots, 9 pm @ Putnam Den — 584.8066 Forthlin Road, 8 pm

monday, 2/6: Open Mic Night, 7 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022

wednesday, 2/8: Hot Club of Saratoga, 8 pm @ Hamlet + Ghost — 450.7287 Skillet w/ Sick Puppies, Devour The Day, 7 pm @ Upstate Concert Hall — 371.0012


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Equestricon Releases New Video Ahead of Ticket Sales Launch NEW YORK, NY. — As anticipation grows for the inaugural Equestricon, event organizers today released a promotional video on www.equestricon. com previewing the historic event. Industry leaders, personalities and a wide-range of racing organizations are expected to participate in Equestricon™ — the first-ever international horse racing convention, fan festival and trade show from August 13-15 at the Saratoga Springs City Center. The promotional video features several familiar faces, including Hall of Fame riders John Velazquez and Ramon Dominguez (an Equestricon™ Board Member).

Also appearing on the video, produced by Firestone Productions, are media personalities like Gulfstream Park TV analyst Acacia Courtney, and Churchill Downs paddock host Joe Kristufek. “In the minute or so that the video runs, we hope to give fans and stakeholders — at all levels of the sport— a taste of what they’re going to get when they walk through the convention doors this August,” said Equestricon Co-founder Kathryn Sharp. With just over six months to go until Equestricon™ 2017, the video release sets the stage for the official launch of ticket sales in February. In recent

weeks, organizers have built out a convention schedule appealing to fans, horse bettors, prospective owners and industry stakeholders. A brief listing of panels includes discussions on racing photography, aftercare, handicapping, ownership, breeding and more. Aftercare, social media, marketing and technology are all central focuses of the convention. There are several young professional and networking events that are scheduled to take place at lounges and bars within the Saratoga Springs City Center convention space. Equestricon™ has also announced that legendary jockeys and racing

personalities will be available during panels and autograph signings, along with nearly a dozen racing authors who will be on-site signing books. “With every passing day, the convention seems to be growing in scale and reach,” Sharp said. “We’re thrilled to see the industry jumping in with both feet and we’re working overtime to make sure Equestricon lives up to every expectation.” “I’ll Be At Equestricon” video, which is available in .mov, .fly, and .mp4 formats here: receive/0DmkX/ ZGFuQGV xdWVzdHJpY29uLm9yZw== and on

YouTube at com/watch?v=G_ZKAO3IN_c Equestricon™ is the firstever international horse racing convention, trade show and fan festival. Founded by Dan Tordjman, Kathryn Sharp and Justin Nicholson, Equestricon is designed to bring the horse racing industry together in an atmosphere of entertainment, engagement and education. The inaugural Equestricon will be held at the Saratoga Springs City Center from August 13-15, 2017. The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) is the official charity partner of Equestricon.

Saratoga Classic Horse Show Set for June Celebrating 20 Years and a New Venue STILLWATER — The 20th anniversary of the Saratoga Classic Horse Show will be celebrated at a new 103acre venue in Stillwater at

28 Brickhouse Road, White Hollow Farm. The property was a gift to Skidmore College from the estate of the late Robert R. Rosenheim and is valued at $1 million. The shows, inaugurated in 1927 and brought back to life in 1998, are a highlight of the early summer season in Saratoga Springs. This top-level historic competition attracts many of the country’s best horses and riders. The nationally recognized U.S. Equestrian Federation

Premier Hunter/Jumper event, the show attracts to equestrians from across the U.S. and Canada. Proceeds benefit scholarships to Skidmore College students. The Saratoga Classic I runs June 14-18, and the Saratoga Classic II runs June 21-25. For sponsorship and advertising, contact marketing director Sara Landon-Socha at ssocha@ For more information, visit www.skidmore. edu/saratogaclassic. Saratoga Classic Horse Show

Week of February 3– February 9, 2017

Town of Wilton Recreation - Jr. NBA Scores Saturday 1/28 DIVISION I Blazers-7 Kihl Kelly-5 Ryan Dingman 2 Thunder-28 Jayden Osinski- 13 Aaron Fernendes-4 Nets- 15 Steven Fodera-9 Luke Manuel-5 Warriors-13 Jack Geckler-6 Chase Billingon-4 Bulls-15 Bobby morris-8 Payton Keegan-5 Celtics-18 Jacob Hernandez-6 Max Hamilton-Jones-6 Cavs-18 Joshua Simon-8 Liam Brennen-4 Magic-14 Hudson Peck-6 Lihl Maurer-2 DIVISION II Rockets- 35 Aiden Sweenor-10 Camden Rhude-10 Warriors-32 Jacob Durkee-27 Nicholas Scalo-2 Blazers-5 Luke Decker-2 Griffin Brophy-3 Cavs-23 Rowan Armstrong-10 Jackson Howell-7 Hawks-20 Rodell Evans-8 Bryant Savage-5 Bulls-5 Henry Hanrahan-2 Jack Killeen-2 Nuggets-7 Beck Weaver-3 Charlie Cota-4 Thunder-45 Ronan Rowe-9 Danny Larkin--8 DIVISION III Warriors-25 Arieon Rose-10 Matthew Larkin-6 Nuggets-31 Frankie Laniewski-16 Charles DaeRizzo-9 Rockets-18 Flagg Taylor-4 Brendan Young-6 Blazers-32 Zane Burnett-15 Zach Carpenter-13 Celtics-26 Blake Bacas-8 Lucas Ferro-13 Bulls-31 Garrett Farr 7 Andrew Masten-11 Raptors-29 Jack Gulick-7 Elijah Woods-11 Thunder-31 Antonio Calderon-7 Cooper Walley-12 DIVISION IV Bulls-48 Josh Foley -9 Cullen Vanwagon-11 Nuggets-32 Rece McClements-11 Andrew Phillips-12 Warriors-37 AidenArciero-9 Jonathan Irons-18 Pacers-32 Kevin Amberger 19 Henry Tucker-7

Saratoga Hockey Night Code Blue Feb. 3 SARATOGA SPRINGS – The Skidmore College and Saratoga High School hockey teams will join forces Fri., Feb. 3 for Hockey Night in Saratoga-A Code Blue Fundraiser. The Thoroughbreds host Castleton University in a Senior Night game at 7 p.m. in the Weibel Ave. Rink, while the Blue Streaks play rival Bethlehem High School at 6:45 p.m. in Vernon Arena. There is no admission charge for the Skidmore game and a minimal charge for the Saratoga game with a percentage of the proceeds benefiting the Code Blue Saratoga shelter. Each team will have fundraisers, including a special edition Code Blue t-shirt that will be available in limited quantities for $10. Donations will be accepted at the door.

Spring Baseball ROUND LAKE — The Round Lake/ Malta Youth Baseball League is now accepting registrations for 2017 Recreational Spring Baseball season. The league is dedicated to providing recreational co-ed baseball to all youth in the community regardless of experience, residency, or school district. Divisions start at T-Ball (ages 4-5), and go up to Division 10U. Please email questions to or visit http:// for online registration. Applications can also be found at the Malta Community Center. There are a limited number of spots per division, so it is important to sign up early. Also, registration is available for league-subsidized player clinics. Early registration ends March 1.

Blue Streaks Hockey Shenendehowa vs. Saratoga 2/1/17 Weibel Rink, Saratoga Springs Final Score: 4-2 Saratoga Scoring Summary Team, Player, Goals/assists Shenendehowa, Tom Relyea, 1/0 Shenendehowa, Jake Nigriny, 1/0 Shenendehowa, Cole Haldane, 0/1 Saratoga, Jake Fauler, 2/1 Saratoga, Sean Sesselman, 1/1 Saratoga, Eric Jess, 1/0 Saratoga, Ryan Seales, 0/1 Saratoga, Xavier Clarke, 0/1 Saratoga, Jonathan Luse, 0/1 Goalies Team, Player, Saves Shenenedehowa, Jared Vandeloo, 20 Saratoga, Drew Rafferty, 29 Records Team, League Record, Overall Record Shenenedehowa, 7-3-1, 8-9-1 Saratoga, 6-5, 7-11


SRYMCA Youth Basketball League

Saratoga-Wilton Elks Lodge Sr. Division Raloid Tool Company 49 - Toyota of Clifton Park 48 With one second left on the clock Raloid Tool’s Jose Garcia put in the winning basket in a 49 to 48 victory over Toyota of Clifton Park. Jose Garcia also had a game high 14 points along with 9 points apiece from Donald Steves and Tim Leary, Jordan Wohl also contributed 8 points in the win. William Hill and Anthony McCarthy each scored a dozen points in the loss. Mexican Connection Restaurant 41 - Synergy Promotions 37 The Mexican Connection got scoring from everyone on the team to pull off a real defensive nail biter over Synergy by the score of 41 to 37. Josh Green and Alex Pastore both pulled down key rebounds and scored 2 point apiece in the victory, while Shane Richardson led Synergy with 9 points.

D’Andrea’s Pizza 59 - Village Photo 23 D’Andrea’s limited Village Photo to 8 second half points and pulled away to a 59 to 23 victory. Carter Cigan and Steven Rowinski each dropped in 6 points in the win while Caiden White had 10 total points and Caleb Dunn scored all 7 of his points in the second half. BHHS Blake Realtors 40 - Cudney’s Launderers 19 With everyone on team getting in the scoring column led by Steve Bebee’s game high 11 points along with 4 points from Matt Heggan the Realtors cruised to a 21 point victory over Cudney’s. The Launderers got 6 points apiece from Nathan Scott and Sean Lee while Bryant Savage added 4 points along with 3 points from Jacob Armer.



Week of February 3– February 9, 2017

$20k Purse for Frees and Threes Photos by

by Michael Gyarmathy for Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — The International Shooter Federation (IFC), hosted its second “Saratoga Frees and Threes” event Sunday, Jan. 30, where shooters battled it out for a $20,000 purse. The event host and organizer Dan Britten of TopNetRealty said this is just one of many skill shooting competitions he hopes to bring to the area. The event brought in more than fifty participants and their families to the Saratoga Springs Rec Center at 15 Vanderbilt Avenue. Athletes wanted to see how they stacked up against the best shooters in the region. The event was composed of two main competitions: free throws and 3 pointers, and each had 3 separate brackets to accommodate for skill level and age. Out of the 50 ballers, 14 went home validated with cash prizes ranging from $250 to $7,000. Al Callejas of Archbald, Pennsylvania, who was last year’s free throw winner, won the top prize in the 3-point contest of

Gerion Bucoy hits 14 out of 20.

Event organizer Dan Britten.

Proud participant Sarah Kill of South Glens Falls can hit for three with the best of 'em.

Alan McMahon lines it up.

$7,000. Sean Parker of Troy won the top free throw contest prize of $5,000. Local winners include Courtney Malewicz of Ballston Spa, winnning $500 as top women’s free throw shooter; Sarah Kill of South Glens Falls, winning $500 as top women’s 3-point shooter; and Lance Comer of Wilton, winning $250 as runner-up of the Adult Division free throw contest. Game highlights, provided by Britten, note that Callejas made 102 of 117 three-point

Making friends on the court, James Pauley from San Diego and Louis Maggiore of Saratoga.

Cam Hayes of Oneonta is well poised for an easy three.

attempts on the day, qualifying by tying E.J. Gallup in the semi-final with a 17 of 20 score and advancing from the playoff with a 12 of 12 score after Gallup posted an 11 of 12 score. Callejas knocked down 23 of 25 in the final to beat Sean Parker’s 21 of 25. Parker made 102 of 105 free throws, and James Pauley made 96 of 100 free throws. Gallup made an incredible 80 of 92 three-point attempts that day, and missed the final by 1 shot in a semi-final playoff. Britten said the event didn’t

make money this time around. “There’s a lot of overhead in this kind of thing,” he said. But that doesn’t make the event a loss, he said, but more of a showcase for future events. Moving forward, IFC aims to design events, which will take place during halftime at games and center around a younger group. Britten also expressed his gratitude to his many sponsors and TopNetRealty for their contributions and support. For more information on upcoming events, visit

Week of February 3– February 9, 2017


It’s a Game, Not a War

by Damian Fantauzzi for Saratoga TODAY On January 26, the Louisiana Tech basketball team had to finish its game against the University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB) with four players after a fight broke out late in the second half. The fight started when UAB’s Hakeem Baxter threw a punch at Louisiana Tech’s Jacobi Boykins. After the benches cleared, there were mass ejections for both teams leaving only 10 total players. UAB won the game 79-70. In 1967, when I played for the New Mexico Highlands University Cowboys basketball team, my team and our opponents from Saint Michael’s College of Santa Fe, NM were involuntarily involved in a brawl that broke out between the fans. Saint Mike’s is now the College of Santa Fe, our arch rivals. In the heat of the game words were flying across the floor between the two student bodies. I’m certain there was a good amount of the consumption of alcohol on both sides. Suddenly, toward the end of the first half, the stands emptied onto the floor. The players were not part of this brouhaha, as one of my teammates, Charlie B, picked me up and dragged me to our locker room, as both teams ran to the locker rooms. Charlie was 6’6” and weighed about 240, I was only about 165, so I was easy to pick up and carry off. In the aftermath, when both teams came back onto the floor, only the non-student body fans were left in the gym. Originally there were about 3,000 fans at the beginning of the game, and on our return maybe there was a modest 500 to 600 “adults” left to watch the finish. It’s a memory

I will always have, it was scary and unforgettable, and it comes up occasionally in conversation with friends. As tensions fly and emotions run high on the athletic playing field, athletes, coaches and inebriated fans often stretch the limits of acceptable behavior. Whether they found themselves involved in a competitive scuffle to protect their pride or were backing up teammates in need, these individuals (or teams) found themselves resorting to throwing fists during a game. The rules and social guidelines that drive the routine masses daily don’t seem to apply to the world of sports. Chewing ears, like Mike Tyson did when he chewed into Evander Holyfield’s ear in a 1997 championship fight for Heavyweight Division of Prizefighting. Or the chucking of helmets and swinging them as if they were battle axes, like during the 2006 Miami Hurricanes game, which the ‘Canes’ won 35 to 0 against cross-town rival Florida International University. Things just got out of hand when two linemen started pushing and swinging their fists as one of the worst brawls in NCAA college football evolved. This stuff would be frowned upon in the streets of normalcy. Yet these are only teasing appetizers to a meal of pure athletic madness that arises during heated moments. The vocalization of “those classless degenerates,” the fans, who flood arenas with every scuffle. The passionate and ruthless competitors constantly clawing for that extra inch with adrenalinefilled emotions. Melees can only be expected. Sometimes, however, a two-person bout, like what happened in Miami, becomes a stadium-filled fiasco. There are

those fans who can’t get enough of this stuff. In my experience, it was the inebriated student bodies creating havoc, which turned into pandemonium. As a coach, I’ve been in games where the tension was almost frightening. Being down on the floor having opposing fans, or student bodies yelling disrespectful comments at the team and coaches, as emotions run high, was always a concern, and this was high school. I recall, back in my early years in Saratoga as the boys’ varsity basketball coach, we just upset a ‘Class A’ rival (The Big 10). Getting on to the bus was worrisome for me. As we pulled out of the parking lot, we were pelted with a shower of stones and ice from some irate fans. It was scary, and since there were so many windows on the bus, it was concerning for me and my assistant coaches. One window was cracked, but we survived the onslaught of raining projectiles as we drove back to Saratoga. It was reported the next day to that school’s administrators, but we never heard anything about what was done. This occurred during the mid-seventies before cell phones. When emotions fly high, some people lose their sense of normalcy and a crowd can become a two-headed monster that can breathe its destructive fires. This type of thing happens at practically all levels of athletic competition. What can happen is people get hurt. A game becomes like the battlefield and in battles there will always be collateral damage. A sporting event, a game, sometimes assimilates that battlefield, and some sports more than others have that in their nature. The physicality of football, lacrosse, hockey and even basketball are good

examples of people battling against other people for the victory, and emotions can get the best of players, not to mention the fan base. Believe it or not, baseball, which in general is mostly a non-contact sport, has had more fisticuffs than most sports. Pitchers have known to “headhunt” batters, fans have thrown bottles at umpires, and fights among players break out because of disrespectful language. The history of early baseball has recorded killings of umpires and players because of disorderly fans who lost control of their senses. Their emotional rage turned criminal and people paid with their lives, because of a game. Maybe 2 or 3 years ago, on opening day of Major League Baseball, during a game between California rivals the

Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants, a couple Giants’ fans killed a Dodgers fan because he was wearing a Dodgers shirt. Unfortunately, things happen because of people’s uncontrollable emotional ties to their favorite team. It’s a sad story for our country when people fall victim because someone else has a loyalty to the opposition. When will the line be drawn, and understood that a game is a game, winning or losing isn’t the end-all, the sun will rise the next day and through the grace of God there will be another game to watch and a team to support. Not everyone can win, it’s the nature of team sports. Enjoy, because it’s entertainment—and remember: it’s a game, not a war.



Week of February 3– February 9, 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

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.

Athletic Hall of Fame

Intro to Ice Skating

Ice Rink Open

CAPITAL REGION — Hudson Valley Community College is seeking nominations for its 2017 Athletics Hall of Fame ceremony. Deadline for nominations is Friday, March 31. The 2017 Hall of Fame ceremony will take place in the fall of 2017 in conjunction with Homecoming, which will be announced at a later date. Members of the campus community are invited to submit nominations for former athletes, coaches, teams or an associate member, administrator or contributor who have made extraordinary contributions to Hudson Valley Community College through intercollegiate athletics. Visit athletics/hof/nominations.html to fill out the nomination form or contact Justin Hoyt, interim director of athletics, at j.hoyt@ or 518-629-7898.

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.

Open Gym at Gavin Park

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.

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.

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Recreation Department Spring Programs

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 February 3– February 9, 2017


Boxing for Dollars Jack Nichols Event Supports Saratoga Youth Boxing Photos by Francesco D’Amico.

by Michael Gyarmathy for Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Boxers donned their gloves on Friday, Jan. 27 at the Holiday Inn in memory of their late coach and mentor, Jack Nichols. In attendance at the meet, which hosted 10 bouts (matches), were boxers from the Saratoga, Schenectady, Catskill and Hudson areas. The room in which the fights took place was crowded with over 200 people in the audience. Money from ticket sales went to the Saratoga Youth Boxing Association. Ranging in ages from 15 to 23, fighters took to the ring in pairs to see who had the edge. Each match consisted of three 2-minute rounds. Fighters won by delivering more accurate blows than competitors, or by hitting them until they lost composure, in which case the referee ended the round. “This will be the fifth year since my father’s passing and the fifth year we’ve hosted the event,” said Mike Nichols. After taking over his father’s gym on Weible Avenue, Nichols puts on the event to raise money for expenses and commemorate his father. In boxing, matches are important, said Nichols. “If you matchup two kids that really aren’t equally ready, someone ends up getting clobbered,” he said. “You can’t put a kid with no fights in there with a kid who has three, it’s too much.” As a result of the matchings, only one Saratoga boxer fought Friday, and it was 15-year-old Cody Farr from Mechanicville High School. Having never fought before and with only 6 months of training, it was plain to see the young guy was tense before getting in the ring. Farr lost, but not without dishing out some tough blows to his competitor, Alfredo Padillo from Schenectady. Having put out a number of professional boxers in his time, the Jack Nichols name is one that won’t soon be forgotten. In attendance were Gary

Wilcox, dubbed “The Whip” in his professional boxing days, and Tyrone Southside Jackson. After going pro, Wilcox left Nichols and the gym, but Jackson never did. In fact,

Jackson remains an integral part of the Youth Boxing Association where he now works as a coach and trainer. Talking about Mike Nichol’s father, Jackson said, “He was a

really great guy. When things were tough, he noticed, got you in the gym, and had you work it out.” So the spirit of Jack Nichols lives on through

the people he touched, and the kids couldn’t be happier, because they’re working with the best. For more information, visit the club at 30 Weible Avenue in Saratoga Springs.

Volume 11  •  Issue 5


Week of February 3– February 9, 2017


Vincent flashes his first route at USA Climbing Bouldering Youth Regionals at Gravity Vault in Poughkeepsie, NY on Dec 10, 2016. Vincent Sablich and Kenneth Rose are heading to USA Climbing nationals.

Two Local Boys Climb Their Way to Nationals See Page 3.

Kenneth Rose at pre-nationals training camp at Central Rock Gym in Boston.

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