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SPAC Announces Summer of 2018 Season SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Performing Arts Center will welcome home resident companies -- New York City Ballet, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center -- and bring the National Ballet of Cuba for its first-ever Capital Region appearance in a vibrant, eclectic 2018 line-up that integrates great works of the classical repertoire with artist debuts and SPAC premieres. The National Ballet of Cuba kicks off the season with three performances of Alicia Alonso’s “Giselle” on June 6, 7 and 8. The National Ballet of Cuba will make their inaugural visit to Saratoga this year to perform “Giselle” at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in June. Photo provided.


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passed with majority support by both parties. By contrast, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (“the Act”) became law after an intensely contentious debate and passed solely with Republican support. Regardless of what side of the political debate you were on, the Act is now law and it is important to understand the key changes and how they affect you. Story continued on pg. 23


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Snippets of Life from Your Community WHO: Rich Johns WHAT: Saratoga Springs High School Teacher and Sports Coach Q. How long have you lived in Saratoga? A. We’ve been in Saratoga since the fall of 1972, so you can do the math. It’s been over 45 years or so. I’ve been immersed in the community of Saratoga Springs and truly love being part of the community. Q. How long have you been married? A. Well, I better get this one right. My wife, Karen, and I have been married now for 46 years. I tell people ‘I think I was married when I was 15...’ I’m only kidding. We were married in August of 1971, I was going back to school for my senior year, Karen had graduated, and she became a teacher in the fall of ’71.


Q. How many children do you have? A. We have one child, her name is Nicole, she is now 36 and she is a psychotherapist and yes, whether she is five or 36, she’s my little girl. Q. What do you like to do for fun? A. I do enjoy just being with my friends, there’s no question about that. I was very fortunate over the years to enjoy different sports. Karen and I spend a lot of time together and going for walks and enjoying seeing activities in the city. Taking short trips but always returning to Saratoga. I don’t see myself ever really leaving Saratoga. Q. If you had to describe your life as a movie genre, what would you say it’s been? A. Well you know, we never try to map out what our life will be like, we just sort of jump in it and we realize over time, life is life. I’ve been so fortunate to be able to go to college and pursue teaching. Coaching became part of it within that scope. I don’t want to use the term, ‘it’s been a wonderful life,’ it’s been a wonderful life. It certainly has been more that I can ever dream of as I’ve been able to move from teaching, coaching, and now sending the message that I have, which is now growing throughout the country. I could never have dreamt of anything like that. I consider myself a very lucky person, to have been married and enjoyed every bit of it. I don’t know if that fits a genre, but I know that it’s been very special and I do appreciate that.

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event, hosting the chefs and allowing throngs of contented kids and adults to escape frigid temperatures and wait in long lines for various chocolate samples. The Candle Collective at 20 Prospect Street, which hosted Lucy’s Cupcake Corner, occupies space in one of several renovated brick structures that some village residents fondly remember as the Chocolate Factory. Most of the participating businesses are located in the heart of the village, on Milton Avenue

by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY BALLSTON SPA — The lure of so many delectable chocolate treats being doled out by their makers on a Friday night, with Valentine’s Day in sight, definitely attracts hundreds of people to this village. As part of a “First Friday” series supported every month by a diverse mix of village business owners, the Ballston Spa Chocolate Festival has raised awareness for five years now

about some of the most mindful chocolate “chefs” in the area. With the aid of social media, the sweet samples that chefs share at this fun annual contest (for $1) have grown fast in popularity. Perhaps the richest story, though, is the steady role played by the women and men of the Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association (BSBPA), who happily organized the Feb. 2 “Chocolate Fest” ahead of their group’s 35th anniversary next month. “We’re kind of like

the Brooklyn to Saratoga’s Manhattan,” observed BSBPA Executive Administrator Ellen Mottola, who enjoyed Chocolate Fest with her husband Bill and the four other contest judges inside Creative Endeavors at 49 Front Street. “Each year it gets a little bigger,” she added. A total of 21 Ballston Spa businesses took part in this year’s

(Route 50) and Front Street, so Chocolate Fest tends to inundate sidewalks and streets with pedestrians. That, in turn, causes traffic issues for nearly three hours. Still, the festival’s overall popularity seems to be growing— much like the 35-year-old “Chowderfest” in Saratoga Springs, which was held the next day. “I’ve been a busy lady,” reported Jessicakes owner Jessica Mayette, as she took advantage of a break in arrivals at about 7 p.m. last Friday to replenish a table ...continued on pg. 12



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Malta Welcomes Two Honor Flight Women, Waits on Engineer Talk Rescheduled by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY MALTA — On Monday, town leaders expressed optimism as they officially approved the appointment of a new planning director. They also sought advice from both her and the acting director of the recreation department, regarding a perceived need for a new town engineer. The Malta Town Board voted unanimously in favor of appointing Director of Planning Jamie O’Neill, who has 16 years of related experience in Saratoga County. Councilman Tim Dunn indicated that O’Neill is recognized statewide for her knowledge of open space and agricultural matters as they relate to planning processes. “We were very happy and fortunate to get Jamie,” Supervisor Vince DeLucia said, noting how the planning department has been disrupted in recent months by unexpected staff vacancies. A planning position remains open and needs to be filled, he added. Yet, instead of more planners, Councilman John Hartzell opined that Malta should consider hiring

Director of Planning Jamie O’Neill (left) and Acting Director of Parks, Recreation and Human Services Alyssa Benway after the Malta Town Board meeting on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018. Photo by Larry Goodwin.

an in-house engineer as a means to save money. The town now pays consulting fees for staff engineers at the Chazen Companies who are based in Troy. DeLucia, after inviting comments from O’Neill, agreed with her assessment that engineers and planners specialize in “two very different disciplines.” The supervisor also invited comments from Alyssa Benway, who was appointed as Malta’s Acting Director of Parks, Recreation and Human Services late last year after the retirement of Audrey Ball. Benway has an engineering

background following her education at Clarkson University. Dunn made it clear that he opposes creating a new position for a town engineer in Malta, as neighboring towns have done, because he is “not comfortable doing this outside of the budget process” later this year. For his part, Malta Comptroller Kevin King recommended that board members must always consider the unpredictable budget impacts of fees paid by local builders. “The big variable is just development,” King said. “It’s volatile. It’s based on the economy.”

SARATOGA SPRINGS — A presentation about World War II veterans by Leatherstocking Honor Flight President Greg Furlong, originally slated for January, was rescheduled to at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 12. The talk will take place at The Summit at Saratoga, 1 Perry Road in Saratoga Springs. Furlong’s presentation focuses on the all-volunteer Honor Flight organization, which transports America’s

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COURT Jamel D. Gray, 23, of Ballston Spa, was sentenced Jan. 26 to 2 to 4 years state prison, after pleading to felony burglary in Malta. Juliana S. Dreweck, 41, of Schenectady, was sentenced Jan. 25 to five days in jail and five years of probation, after pleading to felony DWI in Saratoga Springs. Veronica V. Barkevich, 37, of Broadalbin, was charged Jan. 24 with felony grand larceny, and nine felony counts falsifying business records. She is suspected of stealing $27,516.12 from her former employer, Northeastern Environmental Technologies Corp, located in the Town of Ballston. Barkevich is also alleged of concealing the crime by altering the financial records of the business. Trevor J. Hammar, 29, of Milton, was sentenced Jan. 30 to 2 to 4 years state prison for each charge: two counts felony grand larceny, one count felony burglary. Sentences to run concurrent. Michael P. Zorn, 27, of Saratoga Springs, was sentenced Jan. 31 to five years of probation, after pleading to attempted possession of a forged instrument, a felony.

Nicholas L. Moon, 28, of South Glens Falls, was sentenced Feb. 1 to five days jail and five years of probation, after pleading to felony DWI in Saratoga Springs.

POLICE Jerome D. Horton, 29, of Brooklyn, was charged Jan. 27 with grand larceny, and identity theft – both felonies. Horton is accused of obtaining money in the name of another person not known to him, in an amount exceeding $2,000, by cashing a check in the victim’s name. He was sent to Saratoga County Jail in lieu of bail, or bond. Nicole M. Johnson, age 38, Porters Corners, was charged Jan. 25 with two counts petit larceny. Christopher Massie, age 28, Ballston Spa, was charged Jan. 25 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. Angel M. Rogers, age 17, Porters Corners, was charged Jan. 25 with petit larceny. Johnnie K. Bailey, age 53, Glens Falls, was charged Jan. 25 with criminal trespass. John J. Santos, age 25, Halfmoon, was charged Jan. 24 with speeding, and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

BLOTTER 5 Joshua L. Guist, age 23, Cohoes, was charged Jan. 23 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, after being involved in a motor vehicle accident. Christopher R. Anderson, age 19, Norwell, MA was charged Jan. 23 with misdemeanor DWI, driving the wrong way on a one-way street, criminal possession of controlled substance – a felony, and two misdemeanor counts criminal possession of a forged instrument. Augustus A. J. Balsamo, age 34, Saratoga Springs was charged Jan. 22 with misdemeanor criminal trespass. Patrick D. Rocco, age 57, Saratoga Springs was cited Jan. 22 with two counts animal cruelty and abandonment. John H. Martuccelli, age 20, Sudbury, Massachusetts was charged Jan. 21 with misdemeanor assault. Allan M. Winney, age 35, Saratoga Springs was charged Jan. 21 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle Katie L. Kelly, age 33, Schenectady, was charged Jan. 21 with unlawful possession of marijuana, two

counts criminal possession of a controlled substance, and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

to him by punching and kicking her. He was sent to Saratoga County Jail in lieu of bail, or bond.

Kyle R. McClellan, age 28, Vernon, was charged Jan. 21 with speeding and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

Omeil N. Selvyn, age 33, Mayfield, was charged Jan. 20 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and fail to keep right.

Stephanie R. Daury, age 25, Amsterdam, was charged Jan. 21 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

Raphael A. Germain, age 28, Saratoga Springs was charged Jan. 20 with stalking, a misdemeanor.

Jeffrey D. Hulett, 26, of Malta, was charged Jan. 27 with felony criminal contempt, the misdemeanors assault and criminal obstruction of breathing, and with violating an order of protection, following an alleged domestic incident on Jan. 25. Hulett is accused of causing physical injury to a person known

Maria A. Giaramida, age 30, Commack, was charged Jan. 20 with harassment. Oscar H. Willard, age 83, Gansevoort, was charged Jan. 19 with petit larceny. Ben

S. Joseph, age 34, Brooklyn, was charged Jan. 19 with menacing and reckless endangerment.

TWO DEAD AFTER CRASH IN CORINTH The Saratoga County Sheriff ’s Office reported Jan. 31 that single-car motor vehicle crash on Angel Road in the town of Corinth resulted in the deaths of 23-year-old Genessa Marie Coon, of Corinth, and 21-year-old Cody

M. Fitzpatrick, of Whitehall. A preliminary investigation by the Collision Reconstruction Unit determined a primary contributing factor in the crash was speed unsafe for the roadway, according to the Sheriff ’s Office.



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by Joel Goodman for Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Beetle Bailey, Hi and Lois, and their creator, Mort Walker, loved being in Saratoga Springs as part of The HUMOR Project’s international conference on “The Positive Power of Humor and Creativity” 26 years ago. I was sad to hear that Mort had passed away this week at the age of 94. Here’s a chance for me to pay tribute to him. Mort Walker was the world’s most prolific cartoonist (9 syndicated cartoons) and was read by two hundred million people throughout the United States and abroad every day. Beetle Bailey has appeared in 1800+ newspapers in 50 countries for 68 years and Hi and Lois has

reached 1000+ papers over 64 years. Whether in the suburbia of Hi and Lois or in the mire Beetle’s Camp Swampy, Mort lovingly exposed the frailties and foibles of the human family. And he did it just for laughs. Mort won just about every award a cartoonist can win— including the Reuben for “best cartoonist of the year” and The Museum of Cartoon Art Hall of Fame. I was honored decades ago when Mort ordered a subscription to our LAUGHING MATTERS magazine along with all of the back issues. That ultimately led me to travel to Connecticut so that I could feature him in our magazine. As an added bonus, my nineyear-old (at the time) son, Adam, accompanied me and did his own informal interview. It was heartening to meet this

creative comic genius who was also a warm, kind, unassuming, hard-working yet easy-going human being. The interview took place at Mort’s studio, which was the former studio of Gutzon Borglum (the sculptor of Mount Rushmore). Mort should definitely be one of the faces inscribed on Mount Laughmore. Here are some excerpts from my interview with Mort— capturing some of his words of warmth and wisdom: •“I started drawing cartoons when I was three. My father and mother were both artists. My father was also a musician, an architect, and a writer. We were poor, but we just sat around drawing and writing, singing, and playing the piano. In fact, when I found out that everybody wasn’t a cartoonist, I was surprised. I just thought it came

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with the ears and nose.” •“When I first came to New York, I had $200 in my pocket. I lived in a deserted— or condemned—brownstone building. I was submitting cartoons to magazines… I did 200 cartoons before I sold one. I had a little thing at the top of my drawing board that said, ‘I will not be denied.’” •“In a world that’s changing too fast, it’s good to have something permanent. I’ve just stayed with Beetle’s character. He subscribes to the philosophy, ‘Whenever the urge to work comes over me, I lie down until it goes away.’” •“Many people wonder why a military strip like Beetle Bailey appeals to such a wide audience. The truth is, it isn’t a military strip. The Army is just a convenient setting that everyone understands. Our job in the strip is to knock down idols and punch holes in pomposity. Americans feel that authority should be questioned, not blindly followed, and people in authority in this country accept this resistance as an inalienable right.” •“Humor is the affectionate insight into the affairs of people. The main ingredient in humor is the revelation of human nature to ourselves. I like the kind of humor where people will laugh at a gag and then have an echo, a little later they’ll think, ‘Oh, that’s just like my uncle or just like my sister,’ then they’ll laugh all over again every time they

think of it. That’s the kind of humor I strive for.” • “To create an idea out of thin air, to think of a situation in your mind that becomes a good gag that someone is going to enjoy is an absolute thrill. Or, better yet, it might end up on someone’s refrigerator someday. I think some great ideas are expressed in comic strips. They should be observed and studied and preserved because they are a chronicle of everyday life, and there’s some great philosophy in them.” •“One time, we were in South Carolina and went over to the Veterans Hospital where there were soldiers back from Vietnam who were wounded. They received us very warmly. We were fun for them; we did drawings and talked. I went into this one ward; there was a guy there with his back to everybody. The nurse said, ‘He hasn’t talked since he’s been here.’ So I went up and I said, ‘Would you like for me to draw you a picture?’ and he said, ‘No.’ I said, ‘I think I will draw you one anyway. You know Beetle Bailey?’ He said, ‘Yeah’ from his back. ‘OK, I’m going to draw a picture of Beetle Bailey,’ and he began to roll over a little bit and saw the drawing. He broke into a smile and then I did some other drawings. When I left, the nurse said, ‘That’s the first time he’s communicated with anybody.’ I had a great feeling. Humor or a familiar ...continued on pg. 9

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SARATOGA SPRINGS — The main entrance of Saratoga Hospital was illuminated in red lighting on Thursday, Feb. 1 and remained lit through last weekend in support of the American Heart Association’s annual public awareness campaign to fight women’s heart disease. The Buildings Glow Red effort kicks off American Heart Month, bringing attention to the leading killers of women — heart disease and stroke. The hospital’s expert cardiac team works to help patients lead heart-healthy lives and now offers emergency cardiac intervention 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For more information, visit the website at


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BALLSTON SPA — The Ballston Spa Rotary is in the midst of a “Spread the Love Food Drive” to benefit food pantries in the village through Wednesday, Feb. 14. In conjunction with Launching Pad Productions at Ballston Spa Middle School, the Rotary will collect items for its food drive during each performance of Shrek the Musical in the high school auditorium on Feb. 9

at 7 p.m. and Feb. 10 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Through Valentine’s Day, there are also “Spread the Love” collection boxes at Curtis Lumber, Mangino Buick GMC, O’Brien Pharmacy, Ballston Spa Public Library, The Candle Collective, MYGYM and the Milton Community Center at 310 Northline Road. For more information, visit the website



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NOTES FROM CITY HALL by Thomas Dimopoulos • Saratoga TODAY

Residents File Legal Challenge over Code Blue Shelter SARATOGA SPRINGS — A group of 22 Franklin Street area residents filed an Article 78 proceeding to appeal last month’s decision by the city ZBA to approve the siting of an emergency homeless shelter in the west side neighborhood. The group had until Feb. 7 to file an appeal and did so on Feb. 5. The action challenges the Jan. 8 decision to allow for Shelters of Saratoga to build a proposed Code Blue shelter and follows up from a prior action before State Supreme Court Justice Robert J. Chauvin last year. The city based Code Blue emergency shelter has had a transitory geographic existence since its opening in late 2013. A

series of temporary emergency winter shelters have been housed at St. Peter’s Parish Center, the west-of Broadway Salvation Army building, and the east-of Broadway Soul Saving Station Church – where it is currently located. By order of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, emergency shelters are to operate when temperatures drop below 32 degrees. Shelters of Saratoga, which oversees the Code Blue emergency program, has sought a permanent home to better enable the sharing of housing, employment and other support services for those who need them, according to the organization. In February 2017, local business owner Ed Mitzen

announced he would donate the funds to construct a permanent Code Blue homeless shelter atop Shelters of Saratoga property on Walworth Street. S.O.S. operates a case managed shelter and a twice-a-week “drop-in” center which draws 20 to 22 people each day - at its two existing buildings on the property. Designs for the proposed new building indicated the addition of the twostory structure would consist of approximately 6,500 square feet of space and house about 50 beds. The legal challenge to halt its development, led by a group of 22 area residents, claimed the development is not a permitted use within the Urban Residential Zoning District.

Mayor Appoints New Members to City Center Authority and Land Use Boards SARATOGA SPRINGS — City Mayor Meg Kelly appointed several new members to a variety of boards during the City Council meeting on Feb. 6.


Ruth Horton – going from an alternate member to a full board member; Amy Ryan. Both terms through 2020.


Rebecca Kearn - through 2018, completing a vacated position as an alternate.


Shaun Wiggins; Dorothy Rogers-Bullis. Both terms through February 2024.

OPEN SPACE ADVISORY COMMITTEE: Tom Denny, Erica Gifford, Maureen Roberts, Beth Wurtman.


Eileen Venn, secretary, through the end of the calendar year 2018 replacing a vacated position.

MEETINGS AT CITY HALL MONDAY, FEB. 12 The Planning Board will host a workshop at 5 p.m. The Zoning Board of Appeals will host a meeting 7 p.m.

THURSDAY, FEB. 15 The Planning Board will host a full meeting at 7 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 21 Design Review Commission will host a meeting. The Design Review Commission meeting slated for Wednesday, Feb. 7 was cancelled due to a snow emergency. The DRC was scheduled to conduct a Historic Review of the proposed Rip Van Dam Hotel Expansion at 353 Broadway, and to consider an application for a new, two-story mixed-use building at 146 South Broadway. The next regularly scheduled DRC meeting will take place Feb. 21.

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Stop-Charging-Maria delivers filly by Pioneer-of-the-Nile Stopchargingmaria and her Pioneerofthe Nile filly. Photo provided.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Stopchargingmaria, an Eclipse Award-winning mare at Three Chimneys Farm in Versailles, Kentucky, delivered a filly by PioneeroftheNile on Feb. 2 to become the second mare participating in the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame’s Foal Patrol to give birth in 2018. Both the mare and foal are doing well. This was Stopchargingmaria’s first foal. In December, The National ...continued from pg. 6

face brought him around. It was the first time they had seem him smile. A breakthrough.” •“I’d like to give some advice to all the people who think humor is trivial and cartoons are trivial, ephemeral, simple, and for children only. Humor, as you’ve proven in your magazine, has so many beneficial effects on your life. It has beneficial effects on your body, on your whole wellbeing, and your brain. When you laugh, your blood circulation and lungs are better. Also, in your relationships, it’s a nice kind of lubricant for friendships and even making new friends. Once you

get ‘em laughing, you’ve got ‘em as a friend. People love to laugh, and I think that the importance of humor is too much trivialized.” Dr. Joel Goodman founded The HUMOR Project (www. in Saratoga Springs in 1977. He is one of only two professional speakers to present in all 50 states and on all 7 continents. Author of 10 books, Joel will be doing a special presentation and book signing of his jest-selling Laffirmations: 1,001 Ways to Add Humor to Your Life and Work at Northshire Bookstore on April 20 at 7 p.m.

Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame will launch an innovative new project called Foal Patrol, a one-of-a-kind collection of live web cameras where people can view real-time streams of several in-foal mares during their pregnancy through the actual foaling. The next Foal Patrol mare scheduled to give birth is multiple graded stakes winner Centre Court, who is in foal to Medaglia d’Oro. Owned by G. Watts Humphrey III and located at Humphrey’s

Shawnee Farm in Harrodsburg, Ky., Centre Court has an expected due date of Feb. 19. To follow along with the mares and their foals, visit www. The site includes biographies of the horses, regular blogs, contests and the opportunity to sign up for foaling status alerts. For more information about the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, visit;, or call 518-584-0400.



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An aerial view of Gailor Road and Tawny Terrace in Wilton. Photo by

by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY WILTON — On the first night of February, the Wilton Town Board unanimously approved the establishment of a special taxing district for a proposed housing subdivision south of Gailor Road, moving the project one step closer to actual construction. Ryan Riper, the town’s director of engineering and planning, said he expects the Canyon Run Extension site plan to be presented at the Wilton Planning Board meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 21, for a final vote of approval. The Queensbury-based developer Daniel Galusha and Sons will install drainage infrastructure and a new town road. Galusha then plans to start building 44 new homes, which will be located just west of the Adirondack Northway’s southbound lanes and across Gailor Road from existing homes on Tawny Terrace and Dakota Drive. Normally, Riper explained, subdivision plans proceed through three formal stages: conceptual, preliminary and final. A fourth stage — the town board’s approval of a new taxing district — was required for the Canyon Run Extension proposal to advance. The Feb. 1 vote followed two years of drawn-out negotiations between town officials and Joe

Dannible of the Environmental Design Partnership, who assists Galusha in preparing his site plans. The inclusion of adequate storm water drainage in the affected area was one of several matters discussed. Riper said that only the new homeowners in Canyon Run Extension will pay a $42 annual fee for the drainage district as part of their property tax bills. After last week’s vote, longtime Wilton Planning Board Chairman Michael Dobis offered that he views the Canyon Run Extension project in the context of a recent upswing in local development. Progress seemed to stall in Wilton when the “building boom died” in the late 2000s, Dobis noted. “Over the last three years, things have really started picking up in the area,” he added. Dobis said he is used to the “dirty looks” he observes among both local residents and fellow board members, whenever subdivision projects make their way through the approval process. Dobis said his role, as the planning board chair, is to ensure that board members and local residents are equally “educated” and heard in regards to each specific proposal. “We’re here for the public. I have no problem if people ask reasonable questions,” Dobis said. “We want to make sure we get this right, and that there’s nothing left to chance.”

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TOWN OF BALLSTON 20 Cypress St. $357,930. Heritage Builders Group LLC sold property to David and Rizalina Tepas. 4 Cypress St. $327,438. Heritage Builders Group LLC sold property to Lloyd and Anne Shelton. 16 Middleline Rd., $540,000. Stephane Renou and Helene Morel sold property to Arthur and Catherine Gran. 1 Firemans Lane, $27,500. US Bank National Association (as Trustee, by Atty) sold property to Kurt Randall. 14 Red Barn Dr., $493,625. Barbera Homes Kelley Farms LLC sold property to Sean O’Shaughnessy. 174 Eastside Dr., $110,000. US Bank National Association (as Trustee, by Atty) sold property to Dave Blair. Lot 13 MacKenna St. $455,740. John Paul Builders LLC sold property to Allison and Steven Wik.

CHARLTON 30 Jolly Rd., $286,500. Frank Marra, Jr. and Janet Carnevali sold property to David and Marybeth Waite.

GALWAY 5863 Greens Corner Rd., $207,209. Wells Fargo Bank (as Trustee by Atty) sold property to Christopher Staulters.

GREENFIELD 297 Middle Grove Rd., $197,678. Themis and Mary Papas (Life Tenants, by Atty) and Nicholas Pappas and Athena Gumka (Ind and as Atty) sold property to Matthew and Sarah Weeden. 963 Murray Rd., $45,000. Helen and Ryan Christopher sold property to Christopher and Angela Wason.

MALTA 133 Arrow Wood Place, $167,500. June Schlichting sold property to Eric Delap. 37 Admirals Way, $434,035. Malta Land Company LLC sold property to Christopher and Stacey Cornell.


3 Meadow Rue Place, $240,775. Jerald Rappleyea sold property to June and Kristin Schlichting. 8 Saratoga Ave., $143,000. Nancy Bell sold property to Carol Rule. 120 Old Post Rd. $325,000. Winners Circle Farm LLC sold property to Winner Circle Winery LLC. 11 Sand Spurrey Rd., $297,000. Richard Carson and Cira Masters sold property to David Bobick and Caroline Estrange Gold. 224 Thimbleberry Rd., $180,000. Michael and Cherie Powers sold property to Kristine Weinheimer. 160 Route 9P, $102,500. Fannie Mae (by Atty) sold property to Mainely Saratoga LLC.

MILTON 3276 Galway Rd., $275,000. Thomas and Lynda Liuzzo sold property to Christopher and Rivka Wenk. 22 Washington St., $350,000. Spa Properties Group LLC sold property to Risa Winograd (as Trustee). 549 Rowland St., $90,000. New York Development Group Grand LLC sold property to DeGraff Bloom Custom Builders Inc. 71 Hoffman Rd., $50,000. Tra Tom Development Inc. sold property to William Benton and Jody Seitz. 75 Washington St., $105,000. Phyllis Cameron sold property to Dane Rubado.

MOREAU 4 Briarhurst Dr., $243,724. Johnathon and Terri Murray sold property to Federal National Mortgage Association. 1 Macory Way, $80,000. Camelot Associates Development LLC, sold property to Camelot Associates Corporation.

18 Old Bend Rd., $249,500. Nancy Helenek, Dianne Russo, Scott Bradley and Steven Helenek sold property to Johnny and Jacqueline Goodwin.

124 Jefferson St., Unit 5, $290,000. CDJT Development LLC sold property to Guillermo Zappi.

5 Hamilton St. $40,000. Robert McGowan sold property to Joan McGowan.

46 Walden Circle, $489,648. Amedore Homes Inc. sold property to Mike and Traci Mahdavi.

36 Pheasant Way, $319,000. James and Kristine Burrell sold property to Blake and Stacey Naranjo.

TOWN OF SARATOGA 244 Broad St., $200,000. Timothy and Melanie O’Brien sold property to Erik and Kirsten Johanson. 277 Burgoyne Rd.. $131,000. Paul Pugh sold property to Gregory and Elizabeth Johnstone.

SARATOGA SPRINGS 125 Circular St., $369,900. Kenneth Schwartz sold property to Sandra Chase and Brian Morahan. 201 Lake Ave., $389,900. Scott and Cristtina Starr sold property to Raymond and Lysle Perry. 214 Woodlawn Ave., $1,475,000. Carriage House LLC sold property to Diana Pulito. 12 Jaipur Lane, $220,000. Meghan O’Connor sold property to Deborah Chavez. 40 Preakness Way, $205,000. Carmen and Rhonda Licari sold property to Gerard Landisi. 5 Eastman Lane, $175,000. Michael Santaski sold property to Richard Comfort. 10 Stratton St., $700,000. Jason and Tricia Reichter sold property to Pamela Abrams and Paul Klingfield. 65 Curt Blvd., $102,128. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development sold property to Susan Douglas. 4 PD Harris Rd., $475,000. Scott Schwartz sold property to D and T Property Group LLC.

1 Macory Way, $502,000. Camelot Associates Corporation sold property to Kristine and James Burrell.

15 Franklin St., $315,000. Yama Phillips sold property to Elizabeth Isreael and David Hayden.

21 Tamarac Dr., $355,313. Michaels Group LLC sold property to David and Marcia Linehan.

1116 Jackson St., $260,000. Carl Raucci (by Agent) and Philip Colucci (as Trustee and Agent) sold property to KPTC I LLC.


16 West St., $147,800. Chad and Caroline Fichtner sold property to Peter Gyomory. Graves Rd., $305,000. Luther Forest Technology Campus Economic Development Corporation sold property to DA Collins Construction Co.

WILTON 3 Shawnee Court, $309,000. Brian and Linda Ritter sold property to William Porillo.

11 4639 Route 50, $200,000. James Coyne and Traci Wallace sold property to Michael Waters. 13 Stonehedge Dr., $315,000. Marina Gregory sold property to Jennifer and Wayne Roshong. 14 Rolling Green Dr., $95,000. Goodhue Wilton Properties sold property to Vladmir and Bridget Kraev. 10 Ushu Court, $372,820. DeGraff Bloom Custom Builders Inc. sold property to James Hughes. 26 Saw Mill Court, $639,271. Smith Bridge LLC sold property to Christina Stack. 946 A & B Route 9, $295,000. Patrick and Susan Baldwin sold property to Elizabeth Baldwin and Kyle LaBrake.



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...continued from pg. 3 adorned with her cute miniature cupcakes. Mayette made chocolate truffles, too, and her efforts had paid off by Monday when her treats won in the “dessert” category, according to the judges. The BSBPA noted that the other contest winners were a “chocolate pulled pork with slaw” in the “savory” category, made by Sweeney’s; assorted desserts by Grandma Apple’s Cheesecakes; and alcoholic shots with Oreo cookies in the “beverage” category, made by Henry’s Tavern at 19 Front Street. The Jessicakes samples were found in two Milton Avenue businesses: Corina Contemporary Jewelry and Fine Crafts and Two if by Sea Gallery. They are owned separately but happen to be connected by an unusual doorway through the wall. Mayette, after she had joked with a man holding two Coffee Planet cups if one was hers, explained that she prepared for Chocolate Fest until the early morning hours. “I’m tired,” she said, returning only seconds later to her table for more smiles and pleasant conversation. Vicki Brignati, owner of Alexander’s Bakery, had stacked her 400-plus samples neatly in containers near the front window of A Bead Just So across the street. Her son Owen provided loving assistance along with her sister and business partner Kristen Poulin.

While Brignati was busy greeting chocolate lovers and serving her cupcakes (complete with little hearts), Poulin emphasized the importance of products that are safe for the many people who struggle to manage food allergies. “She’s an excellent baker,” Poulin said. “The town was packed. The people were out and about, and they had a great time,” concluded Matt Belskis, owner of Wonky Studio and Gallery at 20 Washington Street. He hosted the chef from Adirondack Barkery, who sampled products for pets. This week, Belskis was proud to host his first BSBPA Networking Breakfast, which the group organizes every month at different village businesses. More than 20 people seemed delighted to eat and mingle Tuesday morning in his Wonky Studio space. The walls there display colorful drawings and paintings of local artists. Belskis, who recently joined the BSBPA, said he produced and handed out hundreds of black-andwhite Chocolate Fest flyers, and that he encouraged children to color them. “The one thing I’m about here is getting the kids off of computers and phones,” he admitted. Belskis said his brother, John, has owned Excellent Adventures Comics at 110 Milton Avenue for 21 years. (Belskis also made a point of noting how they both support a

The BSBPA Executive Administrator Ellen Mottola and Wonky Studio and Gallery owner Matt Belskis. Photo by Larry Goodwin.

special benefit planned for Sunday, March 18, called the Albany Comic and Toy Show. The goal is to raise funds for a devoted comic fan named Justin Goldsmith, who suffers from cystic fibrosis and is in dire need of a lung transplant.) Graphic designer Joel A. Glastetter, owner of SillyCar Design, attended the breakfast on Feb. 6 and praised the BSBPA for revitalizing business opportunities in Ballston Spa. At present, Glastetter said, he works out of his home but is contemplating the rental of office space in the village (he and this writer graduated in the same Ballston Spa High School class). Mottola, the BSBPA’s only paid staff member, has served

as administrator since 2004. She organizes most of the networking breakfasts, while a group of five local women are the main decision-making officers. Another nine men and women comprise the BSBPA board of directors. Small fees are paid at each network event. Also, Mottola explained, there are about 270 members of the BSBPA, paying three levels of annual dues: $150 for businesses; $50 for nonprofits; and $25 for village residents. Since the BSBPA was founded in 1983, according to President Stacy Simmons, successive officers and board members have ensured the group’s longevity. “They really laid a lot of beautiful groundwork for us,” Simmons

said of her predecessors. Members of the BSBPA are preparing next for a special anniversary Community Mixer and Annual Meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. on Monday, March 19 at the Next Door Kitchen and Bar at 51 Front Street. Mottola says the BSBPA is “constantly an evolving organization” that wants people to experience “the whole community.” Younger entrepreneurs, she added, seem to view Ballston Spa as more favorable to starting a business because they consider Saratoga Springs to be “out of reach.” “That’s an exciting thing to be a part of,” Mottola said. For more information, visit the website

Week of February 9 – February 15, 2018

Huffman Joins Keller Williams

Clifton Park, the Albany Academy for Girls and Bard College, where she specialized in sustainable building practices. Huffman can be reached at 518-275-9365 or by email at

SEDC Marks 40 Years with New Tech Park

Olivia Huffman. Photo provided.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Olivia Huffman has joined the Keller Williams Capital Region office on the fifth floor of 353 Broadway. Previously, Huffman worked with Amy Sutton and Gerard Wise at Roohan Realty, where she learned the dynamics of commercial real estate in Saratoga County. In her time at Roohan, Huffman executed over $500,000 in commercial sales and leases, including offices, retail, property management, land for development and storage. She has completed deals from Lake George to Albany and has some listings in Warren and Washington counties. Together with Professor James Kettlewell, author of “Saratoga Springs: An Architectural History,” Huffman also created a monthly architectural blog focusing on unique buildings in the city. Huffman attended Shenendehowa High School in

SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Wednesday, Jan. 31, at its annual member-investor meeting, the Saratoga Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) celebrated its 40th anniversary by revealing plans for a new “Synergy Tech Park.” It will add over 1 million square feet of ready-to-occupy commercial space for priority business sector uses in Clifton Park. Development will start in 2018 on more than 180 acres near Adirondack Northway Exit 10, bordering Route 9 to the east and Kinns Road to the south. The principal developer, MJ Properties and company President Mark Rekucki, will collaborate with SEDC and the Clifton Park Industrial Development Agency on incentives to help attract businesses. The newly developed tech park will be co-promoted by MJ Properties and SEDC to attract strategic commercial office, professional services and lightindustrial users. Commercial uses for 405,000 square feet are already approved. MJ Properties is pursuing approvals for an additional 600,000 square feet of space. For more information, visit or

BUSINESS BRIEFS 13 Saratoga National Bank President Expresses Appreciation SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Tuesday, Feb. 6, Saratoga National Bank and Trust Company President and CEO David DeMarco made a point of job shadowing with Head Teller and Senior Specialist Katelyn Burrello at the bank’s South Broadway branch. “I try to do this every 5 years to show my appreciation to our tellers as they have a very important, but difficult job,” DeMarco explained in an email. For more information, visit the website

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DeCrescente Partners with Fiddlehead MECHANICVILLE — Last week, DeCrescente Distributing Company (DDC) announced a partnership to distribute the products of Fiddlehead Brewing Company, which is based in Shelburne, Vermont. Beginning on Monday, Feb. 19, Fiddlehead will be available for the first time throughout DDC’s 11-county distribution area in New York. The two companies kicked off their relationship on Jan. 25, when Fiddlehead owner and brew master Matt Cohen came to New York to lead an educational brewing session on DDC’s in-house brewing system. A full list of Capital Region locations offering Fiddlehead will be made available on Feb. 20 at

From left to right: Fiddlehead Brewing Company Founder and Owner Matt Cohen; DeCrescente Distributing Company Brand Manager Nate Reynolds; Fiddlehead Sales Vice President Brad Nutt; and DeCrescente Vice President Carmine DeCrescente III. Photo provided.



Week of February 9 – February 15, 2018

Waldorf Seventh Graders’ DIVISION STREET ELEMENTARY Field Trip to Canada SCHOOL STEM EXPO

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by Lori Mahan Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Waldorf School seventh graders finally had the opportunity to put their six-and-a-half years of learning French and the culture to use on a week-long field trip to Quebec and Montreal. While supervised by French teacher Patricia Hrebenach and classroom teacher Elizabeth

Sabatella, the students were given the opportunity to explore the cities on their own in small groups. They partook in events such as dog sledding and touring the Ice Hotel. The students also had an assignment to complete a scavenger hunt that required them to follow directions to specific cultural sites and answer questions about the history, culture, and architecture, while only speaking in French.

Meet the team

Chris Vallone Bushee

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by Lori Mahan Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Monday, Feb. 5, the Division Street Elementary School held their 6th Annual STEM Expo. “The STEM Expo is an educational STEM opportunity for families to engage in hands-on activities with the goal of engaging students in STEM and getting them excited about doing STEM jobs for a living someday. We invite the

Q. Years with Saratoga Today? A. Almost ten years already!!

Q. What do you like to do in your free time? A. Hang out with my daughter and her friends, plan my whole house reno, and read!

Q. Favorite Movie?

A. I’m not a big movie watcher, but Miracle on 34th Street is a favorite…must be, cause I’m a believer.

Q. Dogs or cats? A. Both!!

Q. If you could have lunch with anyone past or present who would it be? A. My brother… Vinny Vallone.

Q. What is something not many people know about you?

A. When I pick up a lasso it all comes back to me!

experiments. With the main parent volunteer leaving the school upon their child’s graduation, the PTA decided to “change things up a bit and engage more families by way of providing activities and opportunities for learning,” said Woytowich. “The event was a success! We had at least 100 families show up to the event. One of our parents said, ‘this is my favorite event of the school year,’” Woytowich exclaimed. Fourteen exhibits were present for the families to explore and enjoy.

Saratoga Sponsor-A-Scholar Going for 76/76 Acceptances

Q. Position at Saratoga today?

A. Hmm… I think Chad introduces me as the Creative Director

entire community from public and private schools as they are a part of our larger learning community! I am very proud of the fact that this event has inspired other schools in the Saratoga and surrounding districts to implement similar educational STEM nights/days for their students and families,” said PTA President, Connie Woytowich. Before the PTA started their STEM Expo, they would coordinate with other parent volunteers to provide feedback to students on their scientific

by Lori Mahan Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Sponsor-A-Scholar (SSAS) is a 501(c)(3) organization that, for a decade now, has been around to help financiallydisadvantaged young men and women in the Saratoga Springs School District complete high school and college. Ten high school sophomores are chosen each year for the program. Each scholar is provided with a mentor through the Saratoga Mentoring Program. This mentor stays with the student throughout their seven-year participation in the program. “This year’s college acceptances are starting to come

in. Our seniors have received more than 40 acceptances already, with more to come,” said Jim LaVigne, volunteer executive director of SSAS. “We have had eight graduating classes, which is 76 kids, that have graduated from the high school portion of the program. One hundred percent of them have been accepted into college; most of these kids were kids that weren’t even going to go to college,” LaVigne explained. “Our goal is to get them into college,” LaVigne stated. With a 100 percent success rate, it looks like SSAS continues to meet their goal each year.

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Week of February 9 – February 15, 2018

Schenectady JCC and Living Resources Partner for Winter Camp SARATOGA SPRINGS — Schenectady JCC (SJCC) and Living Resources have partnered on a new Winter Camp program for children ages five to eleven, from Tuesday, Feb. 20 through Thursday, Feb. 22 at the Inclusive Art Gallery. Each day, from 9 am to noon, will have a theme. Tuesday, Feb 20: Travel through Time; Wednesday, Feb 21: Winter Safari; and Thursday, Feb 22: Under the Big Top Circus. Each day includes activities such as cooking projects, nature activities, group games, S.T.E.M.-themed challenges, daily art instruction, and more. Registration is $35 per day/per child or $90 for all three sessions/ per child. For more information and to register, contact Rachel Csakany at 518-377-8803 or

Saratoga County Fair Scholarships SARATOGA COUNTY — This year the NYSAAF and NYSSA will be awarding up to seven $1,000 scholarships to current New York State high school seniors and students enrolled in college. To qualify, a student must be active currently or have been active in the past at the Saratoga County Fair or with the New York State Showpeople’s Association. All applicants from Saratoga County must submit their applications through the Saratoga County Fair no later than Friday, April 2, 2018. Application is open to all students regardless of their field of study. However, additional consideration may be given to those applicants pursuing a degree in a field related to agriculture, fair management or the outdoor amusement business. Applications must be printed and completed from the web at For more information, contact the Saratoga County Fair office at 518-885-9701.

Schuylerville Community Theater Scholarship SCHUYLERVILLE — The Schuylerville Community Theater (SCT) is offering their monetary scholarship for a high

school senior graduating in June from a school in Saratoga, Warren, or Washington Counties. Applicants for the SCT Vicki K. Wolfe Scholarship must be entering an accredited college, two or four years, in the fall and be majoring in music, dance, drama, or theater arts. To apply or any have any inquiries answered, email Michele Peters at

Saratoga Builders Association to Offer $1,000 Scholarship SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Builders Association, Inc. will be awarding a $1,000 scholarship to one student in 2018. This scholarship is available to students planning to pursue a construction industry education. The scholarship is open to any high school senior or college undergraduate in Saratoga County planning to pursue a construction education at a two or four-year college or students who would like to purchase tools for employment in construction. Applications must be postmarked on or before April 1, 2018. Only the first 25 completed applications will be accepted so early submission is encouraged. The winner and their school will be notified by June 1, 2018. Contact Barry Potoker, Executive Director, at 518-366-0946 or for eligibility information.

Saratoga Springs Lions Club Scholarships SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Lions Club has expanded their range and number of scholarship offerings to high school seniors graduating this spring. Now being offered: Two $5,000 academic scholarships for students planning to attend a fouryear accredited institution; Two $2,500 academic scholarships for students planning to attend a two-year accredited institution; One $2,500 vocational/technical education scholarship for students planning to attend an accredited or licensed post high school program; five $1,000 scholarships to Leo Club members. Students from Saratoga Springs High School, Saratoga Central Catholic, The Waldorf School, and Home Instructed students are eligible to apply. Applications

EDUCATION BRIEFS are available online at www. Applications must be completed and submitted by March 15. To submit, send to Attn. Scholarship, P.O. Box 166, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866, or drop off in respective school guidance office. For more information, contact Richard Tunison at

Saratoga Independent School to Host Middle School Info Sessions SARATOGA SPRINGS — The SIS Middle School registration and financial aid process is about to launch for students entering sixth grade this fall. Families enrolling in the inaugural middle school class will receive a special tuition discount as members of the “trailblazer” Middle School class and will be eligible to apply for financial aid. Following the addition of sixth grade this fall, seventh grade will be added in Fall 2019 and eighth grade in Fall 2020. The next information session is Tuesday, March 13 at 6 p.m. at SIS.

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


Award, which honors the diversity of thought, feelings, information, and perspectives found in books, as well as the power of books to change people’s lives. Northshire Bookstore will award two college-bound high school seniors, one from New York and one from Vermont, $1,000 to help pay for college. To apply, each student needs to write up to one page on how a book has exposed them to something new and how it has impacted their life. Submissions are due by Feb. 28. To enter, email the submission to

Horse Explorers Program SARATOGA SPRINGS — Recommended for ages 3-6, “Horse Explorers” is a hands-on series intended to creatively educate children about horses by developing age-appropriate skills in disciplines including art, literacy, science and math. The program will be staffed by the Museum’s professional educators. “Horse Explorers” will take place each Thursday morning from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. in the Museum’s Horseplay Gallery.

Children are free to attend with a paid accompanying adult. For more information about “Horse Explorers,” please contact Karen Wheaton at 518-584-0400, ext. 118 or Sheileen Landrey at 518-584-0400, ext. 120. Please visit for additional program updates.

Superintendent Search Process Continues in Ballston Spa CSD BALLSTON SPA — The Ballston Spa Central School District Board of Education continues to work with WSWHE BOCES to select the next Superintendent of Schools. The posting for the BSCSD Superintendent vacancy closed in January and the Board of Education has reviewed all applications. They will hold initial interviews with viable candidates later this month. The Board of Education will hold final interviews in late March and anticipates appointment of the successful candidate in April with a July 1, 2018 anticipated start date. For more information, please contact the BSCSD District Office at 518- 884-7195, ext. 1310.


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Week of February 9 – February 15, 2018


459 Lake Ave, Saratoga Springs • • 518-583-0841


Gold Rush Fever (July 9-13) The word shenanigans originated during the era of the gold rush! Although we won’t be up to any trickery of our own, we will learn how to tell the difference between fool’s gold and the real thing! This week’s focus on minerals, gemstones and mining is sure to excite the budding geologist in your family. Growing Creativity (July 16-20) Picasso once said, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” Come create as we explore various techniques and mediums throughout the week using the inspiration of a selection of famous artists. Develop the courage to grow your creativity so that it will last a lifetime. Olympics (July 23-27) With the winter Olympics fresh in our memories, we will build our national pride while developing good sportsmanship through a variety of team building activities. In addition, the children will become members of a mock Olympic team, competing, collecting medals, and cheering each other along the way. A little history will also be introduced to round out an action-packed week.

Slimey Science (July 30-August 3) Need we say more? We will all be getting dirty this week as we use chemistry to create slime, putty and doughs. Children will also explore states of matter during this hands-on week. Chemistry cookbooks will be available to take home for continued learning. Be prepared to get messy, smocks suggested. Adirondack Life (August 6-10) It can be easy to take for granted the beauty of the world around us. The children this week will learn about the animals, plants and natural wonders that make the Adirondacks such a spectacular place to live and explore. Animal tracking, hiking, and survival skills will also play an important role in building a relationship with the natural world. Inventors Workshop (August 13-17) Design, plan and create. This week is sure to inspire creativity and challenge the most inventive of children. Children will explore upcycling projects and have opportunities to come up with their own group design projects with an eco -iendly twist. Jump ropes out of grocery bags? Bottle gardens? Totes from old clothes? The children will also learn strategies to help make green choices in their daily lives. *For those families looking for a full day, just sign up for the 9-3 option. Our afternoons will be filled with crafts, waterplay, sports, board games, nature exploration and free play in a multi-age, structured environment. Go to: summer-programs to register. For more information, call Saratoga Independent School at 518-583-0841.




Week of February 9 – February 15, 2018

MAY HORSE SHOW CANCELLED Photos provided unless otherwise noted.

tentative agreement was then set up with the Saratoga Casino Hotel, but they pulled out late last year, as well. The unsteady venue footing created shaky ground for the horse show until the only choice left was to cancel the event. “We’ve been doing this now for 57 years – it’s a devastating thing not to have it,” said Tom Fueston, President and CEO of the Capital Fund of Saratoga County, Inc.

by Megin Potter for Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Shock waves of disbelief rippled through Saratoga Springs and beyond with the recent announcement that the Saratoga Springs Charity Horse Show would be cancelled this year. A long-standing annual tradition, the three-week May horse show had been held on the grounds of Yaddo for the last 40 years. Because Yaddo is still in the midst of making improvements to their property, last year they notified the Capital Fund of Saratoga County, the volunteer group that organizes the event, they wouldn’t be able to hold the 2018 horse show there. A


The consequences of cancelling such a significant event are three-fold, said Fueston. The equipment, services, and rental costs of putting on such a large event run between $250 and $300,000, most of which stays in the region. Then there are the exhibitors, an average of between 300 and 350 horses, and 1,000 people that come with them each week for three weeks. “All those people spend money on food and lodging. The direct impact is 9 to 10 million dollars. When you factor in the secondary impact, my data on recirculation indicates this can equate to a $40 million loss to the region,” said Fueston. The Capital Fund of Saratoga

County distributes $50,000 each year on average, to between 20 and 25 local charities from the money generated by the Saratoga Springs Charity Horse Show. The funds range in amount, but the loss of each available dollar makes a difference to those in need. “It was a very sad day for Operation Adopt a Soldier when we heard that there would not be a Saratoga Charity Horse Show this year. Being that Saratoga is a Horse City and is all about horses, how can this happen? For many years Operation Adopt a Soldier has relied upon these donations from the horse show to send packages to our soldiers who are fighting for our freedom. The Saratoga Charity Horse Show has made it possible for OAAS to send thousands of packages to our soldiers and has helped many organizations with programs. Hopefully, someone with a big heart will step up to the plate and help all of us,” said Cliff Seguin, Chairman of Operation Adopt a Soldier. The horse show also helps charities, such as the Wilton Food Pantry, and the Capital District Hunter Jumper Council, by giving them auction items for their own fundraising campaigns.

“I don’t have something to give them anymore to help them raise money for their causes,” said Fueston.


Because charitable giving is never guaranteed, many local organizations receive their money from a variety of sources. “Any funding to non-profits is very precious because it’s scarce. We’re definitely sorry to see that the horse show is not going to be happening. We only received money one year but that, for sure, helped us do what we do - which is helping people with cancer,” said Lisa Morahan, Executive Director and Founder of Others echoed this sentiment. “We have been very grateful in the past to have been a

recipient of funds – for several years – for our survival services and prevention program. We wish it the best of luck in the future,” said Maggie Fronk, Wellspring Executive Director. Before running the show, Fueston first experienced it as a spectator. His wife Margaret went to St. Clement’s Regional Catholic School, who ran the show to help fund the building of their church, and took him there for the first time in 1970. It was a rainy, wet day but Fueston was excited to see Doc Severinsen’s daughter ride as well as the young Linda Blair, famous for her role in The Exorcist. Fueston and the Capital Fund volunteers helped the show grow in recent years, and when faced with a lack of venue, they worked tirelessly to find a new one.

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The location, size and infrastructure of the Saratoga Casino Hotel was ideal. “There was just minor work around the rings – that was a great find,” said Fueston. Improvement costs still totaled $750,000, raised through a combination of financing and targeted campaign pledges from area entrepreneurs. When the Casino backed out, scheduling and infrastructure constraints proved impossible hoops to jump through. Facilities are still in winter storage mode in the Spring, so the water isn’t on, they’re flooded because of snow melt, or they didn’t adhere to U.S. Equestrian Federation regulations. “For one reason or another, we had difficulty making it work. It got to the point where we were just hoping to break even and not lose money, but we couldn’t find the right mix to make that happen,” said Fueston.


Originally put together in 1978 with a large pool of volunteers, donations, and discounts, Fueston says now things are different. “I don’t have that luxury anymore. As a charity, I don’t

have money like that. Now, there are always costs involved,” he said. Like many charities, the Capital Fund of Saratoga County needs more people to volunteer their time. “This issue we have is a rotten situation, but also has a silver lining with the opportunity to regroup and think about this show. Where is the silent majority? We hope people out there will show support and step up to help us get through it. I’d hate to have this not go on. I want to be back in 2019,” said Fueston. Still searching for an open property in Saratoga, available by donation or through a usage contract, it needs to be approximately 60 dry acres with water, power, and internet access. Money is also needed. “Every dollar helps. We have from now until the end of October to build a piece of property up to something I can use to compete, but it won’t just be for the Saratoga Horse show. Our desire is to attract other equestrian shows and groups. Not just Hunter, Jumper, but Standardbred, Dressage: imagine Dressage coming back to Saratoga! There’s so many disciplines out there we can make it better for all those people,” said Fueston. To donate go to




Week of February 9 – February 15, 2018

Reason, Season or Lifetime? Recognizing the Symbolism of Your Relationships holds the tools we need to break the chains of the past and move forward to bigger and better things. Just like a museum that holds treasures and artifacts from the past, our relationships hold the answers, maps and artifacts that can heal our hearts and quiet our minds, giving us the grace and strength we need to move forward. REASON: Everyone has a blind spot. Think back to a time when you

by Meghan Lemery Fritz, LCSW-R for Saratoga TODAY RESEARCH PROVES the key to a happy life is hidden in the quality of our relationships. Whether it is the relationship you have with yourself, spouse, children, parents, siblings, or friends, our relationships help us discover who we are and give us the tools we need to learn and pass the baton of wisdom to the next generation. Passing the baton always involves growth and insight. The insight we gain through the experience of relationships is what helps us to move forward and master the next step to greatness within our hearts and minds. Every relationship we experience


planet has a purpose. You are here for a purpose. You have unique gifts, talents and quirks that are ON PURPOSE. Perhaps it’s a gift with children, cooking, running a business or organizing a messy closet. Whatever your gift is, it’s here for a reason! Reason wakes us up to show us our purpose. When we become stagnant and bored, purpose calls out, longing to wake us from our slumber. When we lose


“Reason wakes us up to show us our purpose...”

were cruising down the highway and were certain you could move into the next lane without obstruction. All of a sudden a horn blares, and you immediately become alert, grab the steering wheel and feel your heart racing. A “reason” relationship shows up in your life to wake you up and dare you to be more alert. All of us experience a time when we need a whistle or bell to wake us up out of a deep slumber and smack us into the world of purpose and deeper insight. Every human being on the

our purpose and drive to move forward, we unknowingly call out to “REASON” to save the day. A reason symbol in your life comes in the form of inspiration and enthusiasm. It can be as simple as a bumper sticker you see on your way to work that makes you look twice, or a person that you feel drawn to that makes you feel energized and alive. The reason this symbol is in your life is to call you back to your purpose. Without a purpose and vision, we die emotionally, physically and spiritually. Reason comes to save the day and shake us out of our slumber and remind us of our purpose. You are here for a REASON and when you lose that purpose and drive to share your gifts with the world, reason

shows up with smelling salts to slap you out of your slumber and remind you that you that you have value and worth! The “Reason” relationships of our lives call us back to our true purpose and demand us to wake up and take stock in the life we are living. Don’t wait for Reason to punch you in the face, wake up now and ask yourself if you are living a life of purpose! SEASON: We all go through the different seasons of relationships in our lives. Each season Mother Nature teaches us new lessons to help us move forward and bring new growth into our lives. She is the ever-vigilant parent calling us to let go, go with the flow and plant new seeds of abundance into our lives. Autumn asks us to explore and rediscover our colors and gifts, winter asks us to slow down and grieve loss and regrets, spring demands we smell the new earth and prepare the soil of our hearts for new growth and abundance in all areas, and summer asks us to sit back, feel the warm breeze and enjoy the ride. Take a look back at the “Season” relationships that you have had in your life. Was an autumn relationship about going for a different type and embracing the color of change? Did you encounter a winter relationship that called you to let go of your dream and experience the cold of being alone? Did a spring relationship give you hope and

renewal in yourself and life in general? Was a summer season about having fun and letting go in love and life? Take some time to examine what season you experienced in the relationship you were in at the time. What did that “Season” relationship teach you? Remember, seasons are necessary for healing, change, growth, and expansion. Every relationship you have experienced was a season in your life that was meant to bring you forward and get you ready for the “Lifetime” season of your life! LIFETIME: The Lifetime relationships you experience are all about learning from your “Reasons” and “Seasons.” It is a time in your life where you are awake and alive without the need for “Reason” to wake you up. You know who you are and what you have to offer. You can look back and see the different “Seasons” of your life without the bleeding pain of guilt and regret. You know what you want and you are ready to embrace healthy relationships in every area of your life. You are fully awake, alive, aware and ready to enjoy life with the lessons you have learned. You recognize that no one person or place is responsible for your happiness; rather, it comes from your own purpose, insight and accountability. The “Reasons” and “Seasons” of your life have revealed themselves and you are ready to move on and forge a new path with a new vision. A lifetime relationship is one in which you are truly who you were meant to be…..YOU. We can only get there when we have passed through the reasons and seasons of our life. Whatever reason or season you are in, embrace it and get ready; YOUR LIFETIME IS COMING! Meghan Fritz is a psychotherapist practicing in State College, PA. For more information email: Also follow her on Twitter: @meghanlfritz.

Week of February 9 – February 15, 2018





by Katherine Morna Towne for Saratoga TODAY

“Mothering Boys” EVERY YEAR in January my boys’ school has Pajama Day. It always seems to me that the other kids are fairly equally divided between wearing actual pajamas on Pajama Day (sometimes with bathrobes and slippers as well!), and just wearing comfortable clothes, which is what my boys usually wear to bed — usually a t-shirt and shorts or sweat pants. We do have pajama pants in several sizes, so for Pajama Day, my usual plan has been to send them in pajama pants and a t-shirt, which has always worked fine for all of my boys… except one. This one boy has always had a heightened sense of “what everyone else is doing.” Since he was tiny, I’ve watched him watching his peers to see how they wear their baseball hats, whether they tuck their shirts in or not, and if they wear white socks or black socks when they’re playing basketball. It’s always pulled at my heartstrings to watch him carefully adjust some part of his outfit to better fit what he sees his friends doing. His observations aren’t foolproof— he tends to think everyone is

doing something, even if it’s only a few people and just as many are doing something else— and I’ve had to talk him down many a time and assure him that whatever he was wearing and how he was wearing it was just fine. I’ve even pointed out other kids wearing the same things, in order to reassure him. It’s not just clothing either — he’s put out every Christmas that we don’t deck the entire exterior of our house out in Christmas lights like “everyone else does” even though there’s no one in our neighborhood who does anything on the scale that he wants. Pajama Day has always been one of those events for him. I think he was okay for his first Pajama Day, because he hadn’t yet seen what everyone else would wear, but he quickly determined that everyone wears matching pajama pants-andshirt sets, which we didn’t have, and he was so embarrassed. Around that time (but after Pajama Day had already passed) we received a bag of handme-downs from a family who often passes on their older boys’ clothes, and there was a pajama set in it in his size, and he wore it around the house for days because he felt so cool that he finally had pajamas just like everyone else. We gave him pajama sets for his birthday, and even a pair of slippers, all in preparation for Pajama Day, and he was thrilled. I would have done the same for his brothers, but none of them cared enough to do so. The younger ones got to wear his pajamas as he outgrew them, but none of them got as excited about them. This year, when Pajama Day was coming up, I panicked a little, because I’d totally forgotten to think about getting pajamas for my finicky boy and he’d outgrown the others. In fact, it was so last minute when I realized that I told him

I was sorry, but he was going to have to wear pajama pants and a t-shirt this year. He said, “That’s fine.” “That’s fine”?? And he really seemed fine. He wasn’t upset at all. What? At first, I was so relieved that was his answer, and it made it all so much easier for me … but then I started thinking about how this is such a great example of him growing up. It was such a stress every year to make sure he had his pajamas, but now that that’s not something I need to worry about anymore I’m feeling really wistful. It’s like, this is what I’m been hoping for and working toward with so many conversations I’ve had with him over the years, and now that it’s happened, I’m wondering where that little boy went. Is this a little taste of what the empty nest will be like? When all you’ve been preparing your kids for their whole growing up finally happens — they move out and become the contributing adults that they should be — and all you do is remember the little ones they used to be, when the days were so long and you didn’t get any sleep but the years flew by and you’d love to have them little again? Today it’s pajamas, tomorrow it’s something else, I know. I do love watching my boys grow and mature, and I am glad that my boy doesn’t have to suffer anymore with his illusions of what’s required on Pajama Day. And spring is around the corner! Next time I write, it’ll be nearly St. Patrick’s Day. Time marches on, for better and for worse. Kate and her husband have six sons ages 13, 11, 9, 7, 6, and 3. Follow her at www.facebook. com/kmtowne23, or email her at





Week of February 9 – February 15, 2018

SENIOR CALENDAR… Adult and Senior Center of Saratoga

5 Williams Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 • 518-584-1621 February 2018 Events Extended Hours & New Classes!

TUESDAYS IN FEBRUARY, To-Go Dinners Provided by Three Vines Bistro, 5 - 6:30 p.m. $12.50/dinner. We’ve partnered with Three Vines Bistro to offer to-go dinners every Tuesday evening. Every dinner comes with a bistro salad. There is no limit on orders, but all orders must be received by 10 a.m. on Tuesday. 2/13: Lasagna 2/20: Penne a la Vodka with Focaccia Bread 2/27: Three Vines Famous Meatball Night with Pasta Heart & Soul Line Dancing, 4 - 5 p.m. Set to soul/R&B music. Cost is $10 for members, $20 for non-members.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9 Senior Self-Defense, 9 - 10:30 a.m. $10/Members, $15/Non-Members. Brian Miller, of Cutting Edge Martial Arts, will be here to teach you the basics of self-defense, how to understand your environment,

and how to use a cane as a weapon of self-defense. Sign-ups required, need a minimum to hold class.

Speed Friending, 1 - 2:15 p.m. Come out and make some new friends over good conversation!

tour and tasting at Brotherhood Winery. We will be leaving the train station at 7:30 a.m.

Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce Health and Wellness Day, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Free and Open to the Public. Come enjoy a variety of classes, nutritional offerings, and informational presentations to celebrate the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce Health and Wellness Week.



THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15, Movie Day, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Come join us for a viewing of “Victoria & Abdul,” starring Judy Dench and Ali Fazal. Cost is $3 for members, $5 for non-members, and popcorn is included!

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16 Office for the Aging Presentation, 11 - 12 p.m. Office for the Aging will be here to present on all the various services they have to offer for seniors, including transportation, meals, exercise, and more. Brain Gym Study Group 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. (Sponsored) Free and Open to the Public. Exercise your mind with new and stimulating activities to keep your brain engaged.

Charitable Giving: Peace of Mind Presented by Charlie Joseph from Janney Montgomery Scott, LLC, 4 p.m. Learn about important financial planning topics including beneficiary designations, trusts, retirement plans and life insurance, investments, health care proxies, long-term care insurance, and more. Lite fare and wine will be served.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22, Movie Day, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Come join us for a viewing of “The Mountain Between Us,” starring Kate Winslet and Idris Elba. Cost is $3 for members, $5 for nonmembers, and popcorn is included!

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23 Heroes All Around Us: USS Slater Presentation, 1 - 2 p.m. Come join us for an insightful presentation on the USS Slater and why she was chosen to become the Destroyer Escort Historical Museum. Cost is $2 for members, $5 for non-members.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 26 Did You Know? Latest Updates on Alzheimer’s, 1 p.m. Shannon Lawler, of the Alzheimer’s Association, will be discussing the health of the brain and how to use current research on diet, nutrition, exercise, and cognitive activity and social engagement as hands-on tools for healthy aging. Sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association

2018 Day Bus Trips [Open to the Public] CULINARY INSTITUTE OF AMERICA (CIA)

Thursday, May 10 $90/Members, $115/Non-Members A tour of the institute, followed by lunch, and ending with a

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


Wednesday, December 5 We’ll get you down to the city and then you’re on your own to explore the Big Apple! We can assist with getting you tickets and reservations, but the day will be yours to do as you please. We will be leaving the train station at 7 a.m. and arrive at Bryant Park around 10:30 - 11 a.m. We will then leave Bryant Park in the evening at 7 p.m., arriving home around 10:30 - 11 p.m.

2018 MultiDay Bus Trips [Open to the Public] Presented by by Diamond Tours


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


5 days, 4 nights • $539 June 11 - 15 Trip Highlights: 8 meals: 4 breakfasts, 4 dinners, guided tours of Niagara Falls & Toronto, a visit

to Casa Loma, Niagara on the Lake & Queen Victoria Park, a journey to the Falls on a Hornblower Niagara Cruise, and much more! $75 deposit due by February 11.

2018 Excursions Informational Slideshows Presented by Collette


July 15 - 22 • $3,459


Sept. 3 - Sept. 13 • $3,859


Oct. 4 - Oct. 10 • $3,399


Oct. 31 - Nov. 10 • $4,159


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


Dec. 7 - 14 • $3,199


March 13 - 19, 2019 • $3,599


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


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

Week of February 9 – February 15, 2018




THE TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT The Biggest Tax Law Change in a Generation What are the key changes and how do they affect you?

by Matt Dorsey for Saratoga TODAY ...continued from front page STATE AND LOCAL TAX DEDUCTIONS: One of the most hotly debated provisions of the Act concerned the deductibility of state and local taxes (sometimes referred to as “SALT”). In higher tax states like New York, the deductions are significant and their loss is a concern. Many people pre-paid their 2018 local property taxes in 2017. After the passage of the Act, the IRS issued guidance on December 27, 2017 stating that pre-paid 2018 property taxes would be deductible if paid and assessed in 2017. See: If a 2018 property tax bill was produced by a municipality in 2017 and paid in 2017 by the taxpayer, there’s a good argument it was paid and assessed in 2017 - but you should check with your

tax advisor before seeking the deduction. Certain high income individuals who are subject to the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) may lose the value of the deduction because of the application of the AMT. In addition to property taxes, most New Yorkers also pay state income taxes. The conference report for the tax bill stated that pre-paid 2018 state income taxes are not deductible on your 2017 income tax return. As a result, to the extent that you pre-paid your New York 2018 income taxes, you should not expect to be able to deduct those in 2017. Looking forward to 2018 and beyond, SALT deductions are now capped at $10,000/year. To the extent that your state and local income and property taxes are less than $10,000/year, you should still be able to deduct them as an itemized deduction – subject to a potential loss of the deduction if the AMT applies to you. STANDARD DEDUCTIONS, PERSONAL EXEMPTIONS, AND TAX CREDITS: Although certain deductions, like the SALT deduction, are capped or eliminated in the Act, the effect will be minimal for many taxpayers because of the significant increase in the standard deduction. The standard deduction now stands at $24,000 for married filing jointly, $18,000 for heads of households, $12,000 for all other individuals. As a result of the increase, many taxpayers will find that

itemization of deductions is no longer necessary because the total of potential itemized deductions will be less than the new, higher standard deductions. In addition to the higher standard deductions, personal exemptions have been eliminated and the child tax credit was increased to $2,000 per qualifying child, with a maximum refundable amount of $1,400. CHANGES IN OTHER POPULAR DEDUCTIONS: After significant political wrangling, mortgage interest remains deductible with a $750,000 principal limit (down from a prior level of $1 million). On a related note, the capital gains tax exclusion rules upon the sale of a primary residence did not change. There was also much debate about the future of medical expense deductions. In the end, the

deduction was expanded to allow all taxpayers to deduct medical expenses to the extent they exceed 7.5 percent of their adjusted gross income (AGI) in 2017 and 2018. Student loan interest was slated to be eliminated as a deduction in the House version of the bill, but it was restored in conference committee and survived to be included in the Act. Significant changes are on the horizon for the tax treatment of alimony. As of January 1, 2019, alimony will not be deductible by the paying spouse or includible as income by the receiving spouse. TAX RATE CHANGES: Individual marginal income tax rates have been lowered to a range from 10 percent to 37 percent, depending on income level. The federal estate tax exemption has been more than doubled to almost $11,200,000.

Taxpayers who die with an estate valued at less than approximately $11,200,000 will therefore pay no federal estate tax. The New York state estate tax exemption currently remains at $5,250,000. Tax law changes of this magnitude come infrequently, and it will likely take some time to fully understand the impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. With April 15th looming near, it is now time to make an appointment with your accountant or tax advisor to see how these changes may affect you. Matthew J. Dorsey, Esq. is a Partner with O’Connell and Aronowitz, 1 Court Street, Saratoga Springs, NY. Over his twenty years of practice, he has focused in the areas of elder law, estate planning, and estate administration. Mr. Dorsey can be reached at 518-584-5205, mdorsey@, and




Week of February 9 – February 15, 2018


by Matthew Goodemote, MPSPT, Dip. MDT for Saratoga TODAY When I first started my career as a physical therapist I had a great mentor. He was a few months younger than me but had this self-confidence I admired and hoped one day to have myself. His confidence seemed to infiltrate

all aspects of his interactions with patients. He never seemed phased, no matter how stressful the clinic got, he always seemed in control of the situation and had this amazing ability to provide the most effective therapy programs his patients needed. After about a month working with him he asked me a question that changed the course of my career. I had just completed an initial assessment of a new patient and started a bunch of exercises to help the patient. In a very innocuous way he asked me, “why are you doing that?” I don’t remember what I was doing but I do remember giving him an answer that would get me a passing grade in school. He simply said, “I don’t care what the book says...I want to know why YOU are doing that.” I was upset because I had given him the “right” answer. I

was doing it because it was the “right” exercise for the condition. Later that night and for the next several days I stewed on what he said. I would talk to myself and say things like, “Who the hell is this guy to question why I’m doing something!” Or “I’m doing it because that is what you are supposed to do!” I was more and more angry and started thinking of things to say if he asked me in the future and I had a bunch of great comebacks and smart alec responses I was hoping to use. In the end he never asked me again. As the days turned into years I am able to look back and see how that was a pivotal point in my career. Since then I continue to question my methods and choices for therapy programs. As recently as this afternoon I realized a way to verbalize a couple crucial ingredients that are needed for the most effective results. I would like to share these with you and hopeful help you answer the question,“why am ‘I’ doing this?” Number one, doing something for the sake of doing it is not the most effective or productive way of going about therapy...or life for that matter. A new patient recently told me that he had been doing a series of “stretches” every morning to help his lower back. He described the extensive series of exercises he was doing and when I asked him why he was doing them, he answered, “because I was told they would help.” He thought the stretches were the “right” answer. I recommend he be more intentional, more focused. If he was using the stretches to improve his pain or to improve his mobility

then they should have that affect when he did them or immediately after. I also suggested that rather than doing “a lot” he be more intentional and do the ones that seemed to have the most benefit. Don’t confuse activity with results! It is not the quantity of “good stretches” or “good exercises,” it is the quality of the results that matters most. Another key ingredient is realizing that the “old school” way of doing therapy and exercise prescription is not always the most effective strategy. Instead of the “old school” mindset of a routine where we do things three times a day for 10 repetitions each time, we need to take a more effective approach and do things with a more specific purpose and that has a more predictable result. For example, if you are getting worse doing an activity, continuing the activity or doing it more is not the most effective way to improve. If you have found an activity that helps you feel better and you are only doing it as part of your morning routine, perhaps doing it more every time you need to feel a more effective strategy. So often a patient will tell me that their exercises help “temporarily” and I often think “Great!” That means you found something that works.! But instead of being happy and doing MORE of what helps us improve, we complain and add more things to try and help resolve the issue. For some reason it does not register that if something, a movement or position, is making you “worse,” then doing it more

will not be helpful. AND OF EQUAL IMPORTANCE, doing an “old school” routine once or twice a day, misses the point that doing what helps more often will help you MORE OFTEN!! Please re-read this… “Doing what helps more often...will help you more often!!” The “old school” belief that doing a set routine will offer the most effective solution is simply not the most effective way to get results. When you find something that helps your pain and improves your mobility, do it any and every time you need to feel better and move better. The more frequent you do it the more likely you will just keep feeling and moving better! There are times that the “doing” is the problem and rather than doing more, we should be looking at possibly doing less. That maybe instead of adding more exercises we should be more focused in our approach to do the things that would be most productive. Remember, “Don’t confuse activity with results.”

If you are struggling to know what do and “why” to do it, please give me a call at 518-332-4614 or email me at goodemotept@ Goodemote Physical Therapy PLLC is located at 3 Maple Dell in Saratoga Springs. I will be joining Dr. Richard Kim of Kinetic Sports Medicine February 26, 2018 from 2:00 3:00 p.m. on WAMC’s “Medical Monday” (90.3 WAMC NPR), We will be taking calls and discussing the interaction between a physical therapist and a physician and how to improve a patient’s outcome.

Week of February 9 – February 15, 2018




Q: Are there retirement A: Yes. Let’s look at plans for businesses with a small staff?

by Peter Sweetser for Saratoga TODAY Many small businesses lack a retirement plan. This is startling, especially considering the fact that a retirement plan can help an entrepreneur achieve their long-term financial goals and attract and retain loyal employees. Running a small business can be difficult. As an entrepreneur, you have numerous issues to juggle and may find yourself forced into matters that are beyond your expertise. You are likely to be crunched for time and may even place some beneficial initiatives on the back burner. Unfortunately, some business owners, especially ones with a handful of employees, may not take advantage of the basic

retirement plans that are available because of the misconception that they are complicated and time consuming. However, retirement investing can be easily understood and administered. Ask yourself, “Who is saving for my future?” Just like many aspects of your operation, you have to be proactive and save for your retirement. Small business owners tend to pay themselves last, but I recommend that you get in the habit of treating your retirement contribution like a monthly bill and pay yourself first. Small business retirement plans can be a good way to save for those golden years. Firstly, contributions for both you and your employees can be a tax deduction for the business. Secondly, contributions can grow tax-deferred until you withdraw your money in the future. Two of the options available to small businesses that can be effective and easy to implement are the Simplified Employee Pension (SEP) IRA and Savings Incentive Match Plan for Employees (SIMPLE) IRA. They both offer low-cost, tax-advantaged retirement savings opportunities for self-employed individuals and small business owners. A SEP IRA often works well if you are the only employee of the business or

two specific plans.

if it is just you and your spouse. A SIMPLE IRA can be good for both business owners and their employees. Additionally, if you have a SEP or SIMPLE plan through your company, you may also invest in your own Traditional or Roth IRA to supplement your retirement savings. A sound retirement plan can help make it easier for an entrepreneur to achieve their financial objectives. It can also help attract and retain loyal employees while offering them the potential opportunity to grow their savings tax-deferred and retire comfortably. As Ben Franklin said, “You may delay, but time will not.” Peter Sweetser is with Fenimore Asset Management headquartered in Cobleskill, NY with a branch office in Albany.



Week of February 9 – February 15, 2018

FA R M E R S ’ M A R K E T F I L L S T H E H E A RT W I T H H E A LT H Kale Salad with Roasted Acorn Squash Saturdays, 9 to 1 Lincoln Baths Building at the Spa State Park

by Himanee Gupta-Carlson for Saratoga TODAY Photos by Pattie Garrett. Winter has truly been wintry this year. Getting out has been a challenge for even the hardiest. Now, however, begins the countdown to spring. And with

that vendors, volunteers, and staff at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market invite you to join our celebration tomorrow of the city’s annual Health and Wellness Week. Our goal is to bring you indoors to the market and get you outdoors. To that end, members of the Alpine Sports Shop will offer a free snowshoeing demonstration in front of the Lincoln Baths Building from 10 a.m. to Noon. Everyone who participates will receive a coupon for a cup of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate from “Coffee Lady” Beth Trattel at Something’s Brewing. Indoors, our vendors will have heart-warming indulgences that are good for you, too. Check out Puckers Gourmet Pickles limited offerings of lactofermented cherries, the heartshaped homemade cheesecakes

from Constance Capasso’s Grandma Apple’s Cheesecakes, the delectable handmade sweetness from Saratoga Chocolate Co., the artisanal roasted brews from Jim Williams’s Upper Hudson Coffee, and the cookies and teacakes from Marcie Place’s Chocolate Spoon. Joining our regular produce, dairy, meat and prepared food vendors will be Cornell Cooperative Extension with recipes and food samples, information tables and demonstrations from local wellness organizations, and children’s activities hosted by the Northeast Parent & Child Society, and the Friends of the Market. Many market regulars make health and fitness a part of their Saturday morning routines. They stop in to shop after running with groups like the Saratoga Stryders, or arrive at the market with cross-country skis or snowshoes. Yet, as runner Frank Lombard admits, it takes a bit of a push to get outdoors in the winter when the weather is bleak. “The biggest challenge is getting in motion,” he says. “But once you’re outdoors, it’s euphoric. There’s so many benefits to being outside, to being with nature. It’s just a matter of overcoming that 10 to 15 minutes of resistance.” So join us tomorrow morning. Try out some snowshoeing, and have a warm beverage. Fill your bag with our farm-fresh produce and a few other market treats. Your body and mind will thank you. We promise. Visit the Saratoga Farmers’ Market 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays at the Lincoln Baths Building in Saratoga Spa State Park; follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram; and contact friends@ for volunteer opportunities.

INGREDIENTS •Serves 6 *Find these Ingredients at the Farmers’ Market! SALAD: • 1 acorn squash, halved, seeds removed, and sliced into ½” thick slices* • 2 Tablespoons olive oil • 1 teaspoon paprika • 6 cups chopped kale* • 1 cup shredded carrots* • 1 cup shredded red cabbage* • ½ cup sunflower seeds, plus more for garnish

• ½ cup currants • ½ cup crumbled goat cheese* DRESSING: • 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar • 1 Tablespoon maple syrup* • 1½ teaspoons Dijon mustard • ¼ cup olive oil

INSTRUCTIONS 1. To make the dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, maple syrup, and mustard. While whisking, drizzle in the oil and continue whisking until the dressing is fully emulsified. 2. To make the salad: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees with wire rack placed in the center. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a bowl, toss the slices of squash in the oil. Place the slices of squash on the baking sheet. Season the squash with paprika. Place in the oven to roast for about 40 minutes, flipping halfway through. 3. In a bowl, toss the kale with half of the dressing. Massage the kale with the dressing until wilted, the color is darker and looks shiny. Let it sit for around 5 minutes. Add the carrots, cabbage, currants, and sunflower seeds. Arrange the salad on a platter or in a salad bowl and top with the squash. Drizzle the remaining dressing and top with cheese and a few more seeds for garnish. NOTE: Delicata squash makes a great addition or substitute for the acorn squash. Adapted from recipe by Kitchen Confidante, shared by My Saratoga Kitchen Table.

Food Garlic is for Lovers


Week of February 9 – February 15, 2018

by John Reardon for Saratoga TODAY

cubes without the mess. Simply load the cartridge, snap into the tool and squeeze like a stapler. You can mince garlic directly into pans or dishes. • Cartridge holds an average of four cloves • Includes nested cleaning comb • Dishwasher Safe (many of my foodie friends insist on this part). Finding fun gadgets for that special meal can be an adventure. At Compliments to the Chef we have many innovative, and must


my Foodie Friends! We hope you are planning a romantic Valentine’s Day meal with the person you love. One helpful tool to achieve your goal is Garlic. Yes, I said it, Garlic. It may have a strange odor but if both parties take part in eating this Aphrodisiac then the smell is nullified. The garlic bulbs are incredibly high in allicin, a compound that increases blood flow in a big way, creating increased stamina and lots of energy. Garlic has been touted to cure everything from laziness to cancer. It can lower bad cholesterol and help stop sleep apnea. To help your Valentine, we have a new gadget here to help you cube your garlic with less effort. No knife or cutting board required. You can now mince directly into a pan or over your food. It’s great for pasta, stir-fries, soups, salad dressings, marinades and so much more. The Garliq™ garlic mincing tool by Progressive quickly minces garlic, radishes and more into perfectly uniform

If you are looking for an easy dish that has garlic in it, here is a classic Italian recipe!

SPAGHETTI WITH OIL AND GARLIC (Aglio Et Olio) INGREDIENTS • 1 pound spaghetti • 3 cloves garlic, minced • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil • 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley

• Pinch red pepper flakes • 1/2 lemon, zested, optional, freshly grated • Kosher salt, to taste, plus 1 teaspoon • Parmigiano-Reggiano, optional


have gadgets for your foodie that you are looking for. Stop by CTTC at 33 Railroad Place in downtown Saratoga Springs to find the many treasures for your Valentine. Along with the Garliq Garlic Cuber we have many cool tools for cooks. Look for those items that can help make cooking easier and fun. Oh, by the way, words of love are permitted in the kitchen. Play some romantic music and don’t be afraid to dance in the kitchen. Remember; “Life and Love Happens in the Kitchen!”

Take Care, John and Paula

1. Bring a large pot of cold water to a boil over high heat, then salt it generously. 2. Add the pasta and cook, stirring occasionally until al dente, tender but not mushy, about 8 minutes. 3. While the pasta cooks, combine the garlic, olive oil, the 1 teaspoon salt, and red pepper flakes in a large skillet and warm over low heat, stirring occasionally, until the garlic softens and turns golden, about 8 minutes.

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4. Drain the pasta in a colander set in the sink, reserving about a 1/4 cup of the cooking water. 5. Add the pasta and the reserved water to the garlic mixture. Mix well. Add the parsley and lemon zest (if using). Adjust seasoning, to taste. 6. Transfer to a large serving bowl or divide amongst 4 to 6 dishes. Serve topped with grated cheese, if desired.

Served at the Saratoga Senior Center TUESDAY






14 Valentine’s 15

• Open Face Hot Roast Beef Sandwich • Oven Browned Potatoes • Vegetable Trio • Chocolate Chip Cookies

• Roast Pork with Gravy • Mashed Potatoes • Brussels Sprouts • Warm Apple Crisp

• Chili • Rice • Spinach • Pineapple

• Vegetable Lasagna • Zucchini & Yellow Squash • Garlic Roll • Red Velvet Cake with Creamcheese Frosting


• Baked Chicken with Gravy • Mashed Sweet Potatoes • Broccoli & Cauliflower • Chocolate Pudding with Whipped Topping

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


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

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

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

Week of February 9 – February 15, 2018 RELIGION

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

St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church* 167 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa Contact: 518-885-7411 | Services: Saturday: 4 p.m. Sunday: 8:30, 10:30 a.m., Noon St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church* 771 Route 29, Rock City Falls Contact: 518-885-4677 | Services: Saturday: 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday: 8:30 am. St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church 149 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-584-0904 | Services: Saturday: 5 p.m. Sunday: 8:30 and 11 a.m. St. Peter Lutheran Church 2776 Route 9, Malta Contact: 518-583-4153 Services: Sunday: 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday School: 9:15 a.m. St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church 1 Grove Street, Schuylerville Contact: 518-695-3918 Rev. Donna J. Arnold Services: Sunday 8 and 9 a.m. St. Therese Chapel (RC) 1 Wilton-Gansevoort Road, Gansevoort Contact: 518-792-2276 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. St. Thomas of Canterbury 242 Grooms Road, Halfmoon Contact: 518-348-0842 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Saratoga Abundant Life Church 2 Hutchins Road, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-885-5456 | Services: Sunday 8:20 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Saratoga Chabad 130 Circular Street, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-526-0773 | Saratoga Friends Meeting (Quaker) 571 Rt32, Quaker Springs Contact: 518-587-7477 | 518-399-5013 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Saratoga United Methodist Church* 175 Fifth Avenue, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-584-3720 | Services: Sunday 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Saratoga Seventh-Day Adventist Church 399 Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-587-6951 | Services: Sabbath School: 10 a.m. Worship Service: 11 a.m. Schuylerville United Methodist Church 51 Church Street, Schuylerville Contact: 518-695-3101 | Services: Sunday 11 a.m. Shenendehowa United Methodist 971 Route 146, Clifton Park Contact: 518-371-7964 Services: Sunday 9 and 10:45 a.m.

Simpson United Methodist Church 1089 Rock City Road, Rock City Falls Contact: 518-85-4794 Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m. Soul Saving Station for Every Nation Christ Crusaders of America 62 Henry Street, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-584-3122 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Stillwater Christian Fellowship Meeting at Liberty Ridge Farm 29 Bevis Road, Schaghticoke Contact: 518-288-8802 Services: 10 a.m. Stillwater United Church (Presbyterian U.S.A.) 747 Hudson Avenue, Stillwater Contact: 518-664-7984 | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Temple Sinai* 509 Broadway, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-584-8730 | Shabbat Services: Friday: 6 p.m. or 8 p.m. (rotating schedule); Saturday: 10:30 a.m. Terra Nova Church* 45 Washington Street, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-833-0504 | Services: Sunday 9 a.m. The Salvation Army/ Worship, Service & Community Center 27 Woodlawn Avenue, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-584-1640 Services: Praise & Worship 11 a.m. Sunday School: 10 a.m. Trinity United Methodist Church 155 Ballard Road, Gansevoort Contact: 518-584-9107 | Rev. Keith Mann Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Saratoga Springs* 624 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-584-1555 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Unity Church in Albany 21 King Avenue, Albany Contact: 518-453-3603 Services: Sunday 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday School: 11 a.m. West Charlton United Presbyterian Church 1331 Sacandaga Road, West Charlton Contact: 518-882-9874 | Rev. Thomas Gregg Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Sunday School: 10:30 a.m. Wilton Baptist Church 755 Saratoga Road, Wilton Contact: 518-583-2736 | Services: Sunday 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

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Fire on the Mountain Don’t miss the hottest night at West Mountain on Friday, February 16 – Saturday, February 17 from 7 p.m. – 12 a.m.. This is a favorite annual event and is suitable for children and adults. The event includes a huge bonfire, torchlight parade, live music from The Audiostars, face painting, parade of lights, fireworks and more. Free admission. For more information call 518-636-3699. Blood Drive The Nick’s Fight to be Healed Foundation will be sponsoring an American Red Cross Blood Drive at Shenendehowa United Methodist Church on Friday, February 16 from 1- 6 p.m. with homemade goodies at the finish. Every donor is appreciated and saves lives. The Nick’s Fight to be Healed Foundation supports pediatric cancer patients, including blood cancer patients, and your donations are critical for these children. Please sign up at (use sponsor code NICKSFIGHT) or call 1-800-RED CROSS for your appointment. For more information about the Nick’s Fight to be Healed Foundation, visit Genealogy and Local History Heritage Hunters of Saratoga County will meet on Saturday, February 17, at 1 p.m. at the Town of Saratoga Town Hall, corner of Rt. 4 and Rt. 29 in Schuylerville. “The World of Nineteenth Century Photography” will be the topic presented by Anne Clothier, Director of Education at the Saratoga County Historical Society. The topic will examine daguerreotypes, tintypes, ambrotypes and cartes de visite and demonstrate how to identify these early photographic methods. The program will be hands-on. Attendees are invited to bring early photographs or family albums. Public is welcome. For information call 518-587-2978.

2018 Flurry Festival Shake off the winter blues. It’s time to dance, sing, jam, and more at The Flurry Festival! The 31st Flurry Festival will run from February 16-18, 2018, at the Saratoga Springs City Center, located at 522 Broadway, Saratoga Springs. The Flurry is well-known as the best winter weekend ever for dancers and music lovers of all ages. Featuring: Dances, Workshops, Singing, Concerts, Jamming Performances, Family Events, Storytelling, Vendors and more. For more information visit The Friend The Whiting Award-winning author, Sigrid Nunez joins us on February 16 at 7:30 p.m. to discuss her new novel with poet and Skidmore professor Jay Rogoff. When a woman unexpectedly loses her lifelong best friend and mentor, she finds herself burdened with the dog he has left behind. Elegiac and searching, The Friend is both a meditation on loss and a celebration of human-canine devotion. Presented by Yaddo at Northshire Bookstore, 424 Broadway, Saratoga Springs. Cabin Fever Party Sick of winter and staying inside? Come to Ballston Spa Public Library on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 1 p.m. for family-friendly fun. There will be a family-oriented craft, a children’s book giveaway, hot cocoa bar and goodies and a bake sale. Let BSPL help you beat the winter blues. This event is free and open to the public. For more information call 518-885-5022 or visit Ballston Spa Library is located at 21 Milton Ave., Ballston Spa. The parking lot is located behind the building on Low Street. Parkinson’s Support Group Meeting The Parkinson’s Support Group of Saratoga will meet at the Woodlawn Commons Building, 2nd floor at the Wesley Health Care Center, 156 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs on Monday February 19, at 2 p.m. This meeting is free and open to anyone with Parkinson’s Disease, family members and friends. For more information call Bruce McClellan at 518-331-9611 or Kevin McCullough 518-222-4247.

Southern Adirondack Audubon Society February Program Regional Wildlife Manager Paul Jensen on Wednesday, February 28 at 7 p.m. in the Christine McDonald Community Room at the Crandall Public Library in Glens Falls. This program is sponsored by the Southern Adirondack Audubon Society and is free and open to the public. Mr. Jensen oversees and is responsible for implementing a diverse wildlife program out of the DEC Ray Brook office. He will present information on coyotes – from the history of their expansion into the Northeast in the 1930 – 1940’s to the current research on urban/suburban populations, population genetics, impacts on prey populations and interactions with other carnivores. 2018 Children’s Museum Annual Gala Please mark your calendars for our annual celebration of the wonderful work that is being done at The Children’s Museum at Saratoga. We are one of the only museums in the region that is focused solely on young children, providing exemplar learning experiences through play. Both our exhibits and programming are aimed at increasing children’s self-efficacy and early childhood development. The celebration will take place the evening of Thursday, March 1 at Saratoga National Golf Club as we “forget about our worries and your strife,” paying homage to the classic children’s novel The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling. This event is a spectacular evening of dinner, live music, silent and live auctions, and a chance to learn more about the Museum’s impact on our community. This year’s honoree will be Pediatrician, Dr. Martin Breen. All proceeds for this event go to the annual operating costs of this nonprofit gem-of-a-museum in the heart of Saratoga. For more information call 518-584-5540 or email Paint n Sip for Elks National Foundation Come paint with us and have some fun at Saratoga-Wilton Elks Lodge, located at 1 Elks Lane, Saratoga Springs on March 2, from 7 – 9 p.m. Cost is $35 per person. Light refreshments available, raffle baskets and door prizes. All

Week of February 9 – February 15, 2018 proceeds to benefit Elks National Foundation youth, veterans and community. For more information please call 518-584-2585. Saratoga Home and Lifestyle Show The Saratoga Home and Lifestyle Show hosted at the Saratoga Springs City Center features a variety of home and lifestyle businesses in categories such as home improvement, landscaping, décor and fine finishes, heating and plumbing, pools, financial and professional services, and many more. There are also hourly door prizes, a grand prize, and other special activities taking place throughout the weekend. Admission is free courtesy of the show’s major sponsor, The Adirondack Trust Company. HOURS: Friday, March 2, 5 - 9 p.m. Saturday, March 3, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Sunday, March 4, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Special activities include an Art Show on second floor, open all weekend, with items available for purchase; Saratoga Springs Police Department child safety booth, and identification cards; Mac ‘n Cheese Bake-Off (Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and Kids activities with Balloon Gal Jenny and JoJo’s Face Painting (Sunday, Noon to 3 p.m.) Hourly prize drawings throughout the event. SPAC’s Winter Ball: Journey Under the Sea The annual SPAC Winter Ball is now in its eighth year to raise funds to support SPAC’s classical programming and youth education initiatives. The Saratoga Performing Arts Center’s Junior Committee invites you to dive deep down into the depths as the Hall of Springs is transformed into an elegant underwater paradise. Join us on Saturday, March 3 from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m. at the Hall of Springs in Saratoga Springs. For this elegant Atlantis affair, we welcome guests to dress to impress in formal and cocktail attire. Cost is $110. To order tickets visit, org/TheatreManager/1/tmEvent/ tmEvent356.html. Community Purim Carnival Bounce, play and win prizes – family fun for all faiths. Temple Sinai, with funding from the Jewish Federation of Northeastern

New York, will host a fun-filled Community Purim Carnival on Sunday, March 4, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Christopher Dailey Gym at Wilton’s Gavin Park, located at 10 Lewis Rd., Saratoga Springs. Featuring more than 15 interactive games, 2 huge bouncy bounces, children of all ages will also enjoy dancing with the DJ, a photobooth, crafts, snacks and prizes galore for everyone. Community members of all religions are welcome. Admission is free. Tickets are fifty cents each (all games one ticket and all rides two tickets). There will also be discount wristbands for unlimited games and rides. Popcorn and other refreshments will be available for purchase. Purim is a holiday celebrating a biblical story about overcoming racism and oppression. It is traditionally celebrated with costume and much revelry. It has been called “the Jewish Mardi Gras”. It’s the biggest party of the Jewish year. For more information about the carnival, contact Temple Sinai at 518-584-8730. Women’s Luncheon All women are invited to attend a luncheon Tuesday, March 13, from Noon – 2 p.m. at Longfellows Restaurant, Rt. 9P Saratoga. Cost is $15 inclusive. Our Special Feature, John Gray from News Channel 10, will discuss his new book about his beloved dog. Our Speaker, Jackie Gordon from Amsterdam, will speak on “Is This All There Is to Life?” Reservations are required by March. 8. Please call Ellie at 518584-3779 or Anita at 518-5834043. No membership or dues required. Presented by Saratoga Christian Women’s Club. Woodcarvers Wanted We are looking for anyone interested in joining us, from beginners to experienced woodcarvers. We meet every Tuesday at 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Milton Community Center, 310 Northline Rd., Ballston Spa. There is no charge and we have no teacher, but everyone is willing to help you. We carve everything from small boots, birds, walking canes to even a rocking horse. Please contact Neil Scheuerman on Tuesdays at the Community Center between 9 - 11:30 a.m., 518-885-6740, Ballston Area Senior Citizens. Check out are web page:

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Week of February 9 – February 15, 2018 Tang Family Saturdays

Family Friendly Event

Friday, February 9 Fish Fry Friday Fish Creek Rod and Gun Club, Rte. 32 south of the village of Victory, 4:30 – 7 p.m. All are welcome, members and non-members. Menu: Fish Fry, Chicken Fry, Clam Fry, Popcorn Shrimp Fry, Chowder, ask about our extras and beverages. You are welcome to eat in at our club house or call ahead for take-out 518-695-3917.

Kids Fun Night Maple Avenue Middle School, Rte. 9, Saratoga Springs, 7 – 9 p.m. Saratoga Springs students in grades K-5 are invited to Kids Fun Night, featuring open gym, crafts, games, and activities. This fundraiser is hosted by the Saratoga Springs High School Boys Cross-Country and Track & Field teams. Coaches, athletes, and athletes’ parents supervise all activities. $10 per child; snacks/ drinks available for purchase. For more information email

Saturday, February 10 Winterfest at Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park Camp Saratoga, 80 Scout Rd., Gansevoort, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Join us outside for a day of snowy fun. The day kicks off with an 8k Snowshoe race. There will be a bonfire at the old Scout Camp’s Council Fire Circle where participants can warm up by the bonfire with hot cocoa and s’mores. Snowshoes and CrossCountry Skis will be available for rental from the Information Cabin in Parking Lot #1. No registration is necessary.

Tang Museum, Skidmore College, 815 N. Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 2 – 3:30 p.m. Suitable for children ages 5 and up with their adult companions. Programs include a brief tour of a current Tang exhibition followed by a hands-on art activity. Free and open to the public. Reservations are strongly suggested. For reservations and information, call 518-580-8080.

Mardi Gras Celebration The Haven Tee Room at Brookhaven Golf Course, 333 Alpine Meadows Rd., Porter Corners, 5 – 8 p.m. Authentic New Orleans food, drink specials, raffle items and music. Tickets are $25 for individual or $45 per couple. A cash bar will be available. Please RSVP by calling Rick Schwartzbeck at 518-893-7074 or email townofgreenfieldlionsclub@ Sponsored by the Town of Greenfield Lion Club.


CALENDAR Malta Ridge United Methodist Church Free Lunch 729 Malta Avenue Extension, Malta Ridge, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Free Lunch will be served. All are welcome. For additional information or directions, please call the Church at 518-581-0210.

Member Appreciation: Valentine’s Party The Children’s Museum at Saratoga, 69 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. Open to museum members of all ages. Join us for a fun-filled free event in which we will create some fun homemade Valentines and enjoy special Valentine treats. Pre-registration is requested in advance.

Monday, February 12 Earthlings Ultra Mystery/ Escape Mega Game

Milton Community Center, 310 Northline Rd., Ballston Spa, 7 – 10 p.m. The dance is open to the public and has ample free parking. Members are asked to bring a snack to be shared. Vintage Country Band, will be providing the music. Come and enjoy the fun and dance the night away. There is a $5 entrance fee for non-members. Check out our web page, ballstonareaseniors. com. During the Winter months, if schools are closed for inclement weather, the Center is closed.

Saratoga Springs Public Library, H. Dutcher Community Room, 7 – 8:30 p.m. A mega mystery/escape game where teams will have to work together to solve the following mystery: Aliens have been visiting Earth for centuries, and there is reliable evidence another visit is eminent. Your team has been assembled to assess the situation, unlock the puzzles left behind, and determine if the visitors are coming in peace. This game will be professionally run by Tru-Escape Mystery & Escape Rooms. Space is limited, and registration is required. Event is open to Adults & Teens. To register visit or call 518-587-7860, ext. 268.

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Tuesday, February 13

Monthly Breakfast

Woodcarvers Meeting

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

Milton Community Center, 310 Northline Rd., Ballston Spa, 9 – 11:30 a.m. The Ballston Area Senior Citizens are looking for anyone interested in joining, from beginners to experienced woodcarvers. Both men and women in the group meet every Tuesday to carve everything from small boots, birds, walking canes to even a

Ballston Area Senior Monthly Dance

rocking horse. Please contact Neil Scheuerman at the Community Center, 9 – 11:30 a.m. at 518885-6740. If schools are closed due to inclement weather, the Center is closed also. Visit www.

History of The Battle of Saratoga Van Schaick Island Country Club, 201 Continental Ave., Cohoes, 7 p.m. The Waterford Historical Museum and Cultural Center Lecture Series, presented by the Saratoga National Park Service Rangers. For more information call 518-238-0809.

Wednesday, February 14 2018 Winter Storytellers Series Continues SUNY Empire State College, 2 Union Ave., Room 126, Saratoga Springs, Noon – 1 p.m. The Academy for Lifelong Learning presents the tenth annual storytellers series every Wednesday through February 21. February 14 features storyteller Siri Allison with “Story Prisms.” Sponsored by Prestwick Chase at Saratoga. Free and open to the public. Postponed if Saratoga Springs city schools are closed. For more information, call the Academy at 518-587-2100, ext. 2415.

Fish Dinner Saratoga-Wilton Elks, 1 Elks Lane, Rt. 9, Saratoga Springs, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. New England clam chowder, your choice of broiled or fried fish, roasted potatoes, baked macaroni and cheese, vegetable, coleslaw, rolls and butter, dessert, coffee and tea. Donation Requested: $12 adults, $11. Seniors (62 years) and Military (Active or Retired) with ID Card, $8 Children 5-12. Children under 5 Free, $12 All Take-outs. Cash Bar Available. Call 518-584-2585 for more information.

Love Light at the Park Hudson Crossing Park, County Route 42, Schuylerville, 5 – 7 p.m. A unique way to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Luminaries will light the path along the

Hudson River to and from the Dix Bridge and hanging lanterns will be available for purchase as a beautiful souvenir of the evening for $10. Cookies and hot cocoa will be available at the pavilion after the walk. A $5 suggested donation for the walk. Leashed pups are welcome. For more information visit

Ballston Area Seniors Pickin’ Sessions Milton Community Center, 310 Northline Rd., Ballston Spa, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Free to the public, ample free parking and please bring a snack to be shared. Amateur / professional musicians are invited to play solo, background or join up with a group. We are having a fun season with extemporaneous, off-the-cuff musical jamming by local talented musicians. During the Winter months if schools are closed for inclement weather, the Center is closed. Check out our web page, www.

Storytelling Open Mic Woodlawn Commons, 156 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, The Community Room, 2nd Floor, Sign-ups 6:45 p.m. Come listen to a fine evening of stories. Or sign-up to tell a story of your own. New storytellers are always welcome. Keep your stories to about 10 minutes long and tell them – don’t read them. Storytelling begins at 7 p.m. Free admission.

Thursday, February 15 February Luncheon Korean War Veterans Association Peppermill Restaurant, Rt 9., S. Glens Falls, 11:30 a.m. Hosts are Patti and Gene Slavin. Veterans who served anywhere during the Korean War or in Korea at any time, spouses, widows, friends and relatives are all invited to attend. For reservations or for more information, please contact the Slavins at 518-793-2368 by February 13. New members are always welcome. For information contact Comm. Roger Calkins at 518-584-3037.

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SARATOGA SPRINGS — Eighty-eight vendors served up 137,000 bowls of chowder at the 20th annual Chowderfest in Saratoga Springs on Feb. 3. Approximately 40,000 people attended the event, according to festival organizer, Discover Saratoga. City Police reported three arrests in the downtown area – on Caroline Street and on Congress Street, during the event. Charges included disorderly conduct, possession of alcohol by a person under the age of 21 and criminal possession of marijuana.

The Williams and Spackman families of Ballston Spa.

Owen Deuel with Olivia, Stephanie and John Casey from Broadalbin.

THIS YEAR’S WINNERS PEOPLE’S CHOICE: Thirsty Owl Bistro Seafood Chowder

BEST ON BROADWAY: Thirsty Owl Bistro Seafood Chowder

BEST OFF BROADWAY: Courtyard Marriott Smoked Buffalo Chicken Chowder, Blue Cheese Mousse and Chicken Cracklings



PJ’s BAR-B-QSA Taste Tour of American BBQ Corn Chowder

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

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

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

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

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SPAC Announces Summer of 2018 Season ...continued from front page Alonso is the leading figure of classical ballet in the Ibero-American sphere. Alonso’s deeply humanistic interpretation of “Giselle” is considered the epitome of the romantic ballet tradition. Based on a fairy tale about a peasant girl who falls in love with a dashing prince disguised as a commoner, “Giselle” follows its heroine through a haunting story of betrayal, heartbreak, forgiveness and redemption. The title role of “Giselle” has been called “the ballerina’s Hamlet” and is regarded as one of the most difficult in ballet due to the intensely dramatic nature of the role as well as the physical stamina required to dance the lead throughout the full-length production. The New York City Ballet summer residency – from July 17 – 21 - features four distinct programs, including NYCB’s production of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” an allBalanchine evening, and a program showcasing four SPAC Premieres by 21st century choreographers - NYCB Resident Choreographer and Soloist Justin Peck, NYCB Principal Dancer Lauren Lovette and NYCB’s youngest choreographer, Gianna Reisen, among them. “The interplay of tradition and innovation this summer is remarkable, with each program offering a completely unique experience for our audiences,” said SPAC President and CEO Elizabeth Sobol, in a statement. The annual New York City Ballet Gala takes place Saturday, July 21 and will celebrate the centennial of the birth of both Jerome Robbins and Leonard Bernstein, with a special Gala program dedicated to their works. NYCB: • 8 p.m. on July 17 and July 18 - All Balanchine. “Square Dance” (Vivaldi, Corelli/Balanchine), “The Four Temperaments” (Hindemith/ Balanchine), “Symphony in C” (Bizet/Balanchine). • 2 p.m. on July 19, 8 p.m. on July 20, and 2 p.m. on July 21 - “Romeo + Juliet” (Prokofiev/Martins). •8 p.m. on July 19 - SPAC

Premieres: 21st Century Choreographers. “New Peck (Bernstein/Peck),” “Composer’s Holiday” (Foss/Reisen), “Not Our Fate” (Nyman/Lovette), “Pulcinella Variations” (Stravinsky/Peck). • 8 p.m. on July 21 - GALA: Robbins/Bernstein Centennial. “Four Seasons” (Verdi/Robbins), “New Peck: (Spring 2018) (Bernstein/Peck), “Other Dances” (Chopin/Robbins), Robbins Tribute, (Title T.B.A.). The Philadelphia Orchestra’s three-week residency, from Aug. 1 – 18, will showcase two weeks under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin, who holds dual roles as music director of The Philadelphia Orchestra and music director designate of The Metropolitan Opera; three new Thursday matinees -- including an afternoon of “Symphonic Shakespeare” led by Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Guest Conductor Stéphane Denève; and a new “Cinema Saturdays @ SPAC” all-ages series with the Orchestra accompanying the blockbuster movies “Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope,” and “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” A finale features a 20th anniversary screening of the film “The Red Violin,” projected alongside Joshua Bell, the original artist on the movie’s soundtrack. Making their Philadelphia Orchestra and SPAC debuts are the Dutch “Piano Brothers” Lucas and Arthur Jussen and Canadian pianist Serhiy Salov; also making her SPAC debut is young, dynamic violinist Jennifer Koh in Bernstein’s Serenade. As part of the Orchestra’s finale weekend, superstar violinist Joshua Bell will appear with Yannick Nézet-Séguin in Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1. The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center returns with a roster of internationally celebrated artists Aug. 5 – 21. Six programs at the Spa Little Theatre include “An Afternoon in Vienna,” and “An Evening in Prague.” Last October, SPAC’s Board of Directors voted to condense the New York City Ballet 2018 season to seven performances, down from its 11-day residency in each of the past three seasons - which

NYCB performs “Romeo + Juliet.”Photo by Paul Kolnik.

featured 12 to 14 performances during that period. The current season will more closely align with 2013 and 2014 models. Sobol explained that 80 percent of New York City Ballet ticket buyers purchase tickets to only one performance, and 11 percent buy tickets to two performances. Only the remaining 9 percent purchase tickets to 3-plus NYCB shows. “A big thrust of our efforts will be towards converting one-time buyers to multiple-performance buyers. Consolidating the

audiences into one week will help with that,” Sobol said. “Historically, when we reduce the number of performances, nightly attendance numbers go up. Having fuller houses and the increased energy and excitement which accompanies that helps create more demand for tickets. “I am hopeful that with this

renewed emphasis, we will be able to return to the extended NYCB season in the future,” she added. “SPAC certainly remains committed to the residency and our long-term partnership with NYCB.” Tickets will be available at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 22 in a wide range of prices. For more information, go to:

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Caffe Lena Hosts First Collaborative SPAC concert of season on Saturday SARATOGA SPRINGS — Following up on the inaugural “Caffè Lena @ SPAC” series in 2017, Saratoga Performing Arts Center and Caffè Lena will again collaborate on a three-part concert series, which kicks off this weekend. Nordlys Global Voices Series, with Jordanian virtuoso vocalist Farah Siraj, will be staged 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10. Siraj, a Jordanian virtuoso vocalist, is hailed for original compositions which fuse influences of Middle Eastern music, bossa, flamenco, jazz, and pop, among other genres, with lyrics in Arabic, Spanish, and English. The series continues with bachata singer and guitarist

Joan Soriano, on March 16, and Pakistanti neo-Sufi musician Arooj Aftab, on May 19. Tickets for all three performances are on sale at Admission to Saturday’s show is $25 general admit, $22 café members, and $12.50 students and kids. “Collaborating with SPAC has enabled us to create extraordinary musical experiences for Saratoga,” said Sarah Craig, executive director of Caffè Lena, in a statement. “We’re taking these artists from the world stage and presenting them in a space that’s as welcoming and intimate as your living room. We’re blessed to be of one mind about the value of that.”

Bill Murray, Jan Vogler and Friends Coming to Proctors SCHENECTADY — Bill Murray, Jan Vogler and Friends bring their show, New Worlds, to Proctors on April 9. Murray, an actor, comedian and writer, first gained national exposure as a member of the cast of Saturday Night Live in the late 1970s and has since appeared in numerous films – “Ghostbusters” and “Groundhog Day,” among them. Murray and Vogler met during their travels and became friends in New York. Curious about each other’s artistic worlds and interests, the actor and the cellist soon had the idea to work together on a project. Their joint program celebrated its premiere in 2017 and showcases the core of the American values in literature and music. Tickets are $50 to $279, and are available at the Box Office at Proctors, 432 State St., by phone at 518-346-6204, and online at

Bill Murray, coming to Proctors in April. Photo by Peter Rigaud.

Tap Legend to Host Workshops at Dance Museum SARATOGA SPRINGS — Savion Glover, one of the world’s foremost tap dancers and choreographers, will lead a series of three master classes the National Museum of Dance and School of the Arts in March. The program is designed to allow an opportunity for the dancer to better identify with an approach that will enlighten one’s way toward expressing themselves through tap dance and sound. Workshops will take place 6 p.m. Friday, March 2 and 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, March 3. Cost is $150 per dancer for

the three-part workshop and is open to all ages and abilities. Advance registration is required. Glover has appeared on Broadway in productions such as The Tap Dance Kid, Black and Blue, and Jelly’s Last Jam, and choreographed and starred in Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk which won four Tony awards in 1996, including best choreographer for Glover. He is the founder of HooFeRz CLub School for Tap in Newark, New Jersey. For more information and to register for the three-part workshop, go to:, or call 518-584-2225 ext. 3008.

Tap legend Savion Glover. Photo provided.

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New Performance Announcements CHICAGO AND REO SPEEDWAGON Chicago and REO Speedwagon will perform at Saratoga Performing Arts Center July 31, promoter Live Nation announced this week. The 30-plus date co-headlining North American summer tour kicks off June 13 in California and concludes Aug. 12 in Detroit, Michigan. Tickets: $129.50, $89.50, $59.50, $39.50, lawn - $29.50. Available online at, or Charge By Phone at 1-800-745-3000. Tickets subject to applicable fees.

THE PIANO GUYS The Piano Guys will perform in a Pavilion-only show, at SPAC on Aug. 7. Who are The Piano Guys? This from their website: What do you get when you mix up a marketing genius that does video, a studio engineer that writes music, a pianist that had a successful solo career, and a cellist that does pretty much everything? The Piano Guys: a miraculous meeting of “guys” with the same intrinsic purpose – to make a positive impact in the lives of people all over the world through music videos. Tickets are $71.50, $51.50, $41.50.

WHO SHALL BE THE FIRST TO CAVORT BENEATH THE WATERFALL OF THE TREVI FOUNTAIN ON A MOONLIT NIGHT? Saratoga Arts Fest Friday will next month stage La Dolce Vita Remix, featuring a screening of Fellini’s classic 1960 film alongside what festival organizers call “an immersive theater experience” with musical pop-up performances and paparazzi. The event is free and takes place 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, March 9 at the Spa Little Theater. Register at:

The Piano Guys will perform at SPAC on Aug. 7.

THE ALL-AMERICAN ROAD SHOW The All-American Road Show featuring Chris Stapleton, with special guests Marty Stuart and Brent Cobb, will be staged at SPAC on Aug. 23. Tickets: $89.75, $69.75. Lawn: $34.75.

DANCING DAYS The 31st annual Flurry Festival will run Feb. 16 to 18 and feature more than 300 performers, four venues, and over 250 events. Festival headquarters are located at the Saratoga Springs City Center and Saratoga Hilton Hotel, with more performances and workshops scheduled at the Saratoga Music Hall and Caffé Lena. Events include a huge lineup of programs for families with young children, many programs for teens, and all ages fun with international music, singing, jamming, storytelling and dance events. In addition to the traditional weekend of non-stop contra and swing, dance styles such as Tahitian, French, Balkan, African, Indian, German, Irish, Scottish, English, and more, will also be featured. Many styles have instruction available for beginners. For a full schedule of events and to learn more about the festival and purchase of tickets, go to:

Bob Warren Cabaret Features All-Star Musical Lineup CAMBRIDGE — Popular regional songwriter Bob Warren will head an allstar cast of special guests in concert at Hubbard Hall this weekend. Joining Warren are Take 2, Huxtable, Christensen and Hood, Michael Jerling, and The Men o’ War Balladeers. The concert takes place 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10 at Hubbard Hall, 25 E. Main St. Tickets are $25 General Admission and $15 Students. Children 5 and under admitted free. For more information, call 518-677-2495, or go to:

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Wrestling Sectionals: A Preview by Lori Mahan Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA COUNTY – Starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 10, wrestling sectionals begin at the Glens Falls Civic Center. It is recommended to arrive early for optimal seating.

SCHUYLERVILLE: Orion Anderson. Photo provided.

BALLSTON SPA: Tyler Barnes. Photo provided.

Coached by Harold Staulters (17 years), assisted by Gene Staulters. How many qualified: Eleven: Nick Palso (99), Wyatt Gorman (138), Ramel Brooks (145), Andrew Reynolds (152), Colby Harblin (160), Tyler Barnes (170), Peter Hansen (170), Jake Cook (182), Cameron Edwards (195), Nate Rurycz (220), Jake Stangle (285). Star Wrestlers: Tyler Barnes, Jake Cook, Jake Stangle, Nick Palso; all returning Section II champions. Quotes: “Stangle and Cook both have a great shot, Barnes is a New York State champ at the same weight, so we’re expecting the same thing this year. Palso is probably the best in the 99 group,” Coach Staulters commented.

SARATOGA Springs Coached by Kris West (9 years), assisted by Jake Zanetti. How many qualified: Nine: Griffin Viviano (106), Jordan Sartin (113), Zach Watkins (113), Eric Groskowitz (120), Frank Spatafora (152), Ryan DiGuiseppe (160), Devin Crowe (170), Brant Robinson (220), Doug Cooper (285). Star Wrestlers: Jordan Sartin, Section II champion last year and two-time State qualifier.

Coached by Buck Anderson (4 years, 20 years as assistant), assisted by Eric Johannson. How many qualified: Five: Orion Anderson, Xavier Jones, Harrison Williams, Jeremy Brownell, Thomas Donovan Star Wrestlers: Orion Anderson, 2x returning state champ (126), Xavier Jones (138), placed 2x in sectionals.

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Week of February 9 – February 15, 2018



Ava Dallas: Athlete of the Week Photos provided.

by Lori Mahan Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Ava Dallas, a freshman at Saratoga Springs High School, is already breaking records for the district. Last Saturday, Dallas broke the Section II vault record; it was previously 9.325 in time and she had a 9.4. “It was really exciting, and it was nice to see that my hard work paid off. It was also a great experience to see my coaches and teammates and how they congratulated me, it really made me feel good,” Dallas explained. Dallas is also a cheerleader during football season, having started that this year. “Cheer was really fun, it was very different for me because it was something I hadn’t done before and I was a flyer so I went up in the stunts. It was fun to learn something new and if I don’t make it into college for gymnastics I have something to fall back on. I plan to do it again next football season,” Dallas said. Other than sports, Dallas is also in the Best Buddies program at school. “The Best Buddies program is basically you are paired with somebody with learning disabilities and you get to go to events with them and really spend time and become friends with them. I went to the clubs’ fair during the walk-through at the high school and I was really interested in it, so I decided to join. My sister also did it,” she said. Dallas started doing gymnastics at only 10-years-old at the YMCA, doing the beginning levels. She then transitioned into a club team called Stepping Star in Ballston Spa. “After two years at Stepping Star, I decided it was very time consuming and since I was going into high school, I wanted something less time consuming, so I decided that I would start varsity gymnastics at school,” Dallas explained. She has dreams of doing gymnastics in college and is attending a camp this summer

proud of her accomplishments. She is able to juggle everything and still maintain a 98 average while taking all Honors classes, no less,” said her father, Eugene Dallas. Dallas cites her mom as her main inspiration. “I really want to make my mom proud because she gets really excited when I go to competitions at Penn State where she intends to scope out the gymnastics program there. “When I was younger I really wanted to go to the Olympics but as you get older, gymnastics is such a very hard sport on the body; it’s not really likely at my age now to be able train elite and then go to the Olympics, but I still want to go to college for it,” she said. Dallas loves her gymnastics team and immediately felt at ease once the season started. “It was very easy to make the transition from club to team. The girls and coaches are really friendly.” Her favorite gymnast is Laurie Hernandez. “I love how expressive she is in her floor routine; she really makes it look fun,” Dallas explained. Dallas’ favorite part of gymnastics is the floor routine. Dallas is also an Honors student. “Her mother and I are quite

and she’s really there to support me through everything. Even at school when I have a test, she’s like ‘good luck’ and it makes me feel really good inside,” Dallas said. For more information on when the Saratoga Springs gymnastics team plays, check out the Sports At a Glance page.



Week of February 9 – February 15, 2018





League games and matches begin this week and are as follows: Basketball

■ Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (Girls) vs. Mohonasen 5 p.m. at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School

Ice Hockey





■ Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake vs. LaSalle 8:30 p.m. at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake County Rec Facility

■ Schuylerville (Boys) vs. Glens Falls 7:30 p.m. at Glens Falls High School

■ Ballston Spa (Girls) vs. Averill Park 5:30 p.m. at Ballston Spa High School ■ Ballston Spa (Boys) vs. Averill Park 7 p.m. at Ballston Spa High School

■ Schuylerville (Girls) vs. Amsterdam 7 p.m. at Amsterdam High School ■ Schuylerville (Boys) vs. Amsterdam 7:30 p.m. at Schuylerville High School

■ Saratoga Springs (Boys) vs. Shenendehowa 7:30 p.m. at Shenendehowa High School

■ Ballston Spa (Girls) vs. Mohonasen 6 p.m. at Ballston Spa High School

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

■ Saratoga Springs (Girls) vs. Shaker 6 p.m. at Saratoga Springs High School ■ Burnt Hills-Ballston (Boys) vs. Averill Park 7 p.m. at Averill Park High School

■ Saratoga Springs (Girls) vs. Shenendehowa 6 p.m. at Saratoga Springs High School

■ Saratoga Springs (Boys) vs. Shaker 7:45 p.m. at Saratoga Springs High School

■ Burnt Hills-Ballston (Girls) vs. Averill Park 5:30 p.m. at Averill Park High School

Bowling FRIDAY, 2/9 ■ SECTIONALS Saratoga Central Catholic, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, Saratoga Springs 9 a.m. at Boulevard Lanes

Wrestling SATURDAY, 2/10 ■ SECTIONALS Schuylerville, Saratoga Springs, Ballston Spa, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake 10 a.m. at Glens Falls Civic Center

■ Saratoga Springs vs. Bethlehem 7 p.m. at Bethlehem YMCA


■ Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake vs. Christian Brothers Academy 7:30 p.m. at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake County Rec Facility WEDNESDAY, 2/14

■ Saratoga Springs vs. Adirondack Rivermen, 7:40 p.m. at Glens Falls Recreation Center ■ Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake vs. Shenendehowa, 7:30 p.m. Shen Clifton Park Arena

Gymnastics WEDNESDAY, 2/14

■ SECTIONALS: Saratoga Springs 4:30 p.m. at Shaker

Skiing TUESDAY, 2/13

■ SECTIONALS: Saratoga Springs at West Mountain

*All information subject to change due to inclement weather.

Week of February 9 – February 15, 2018

Over 50 Basketball League at the YMCA by Lori Mahan Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Wednesdays between November and March, you can watch the Over 50 Basketball League enjoy themselves on the court in a healthy competition between eight teams. Gentlemen aged 50 and over gather once a week to play basketball and socialize. Bill Carey, who also plays in the league, is the commissioner who works every year to coordinate the season. “Bill does a great job coordinating all the schedules and working with the Y and getting the refs there. He does a great job with that,” said Rory Wilson, a player in the league and owner of D’Andrea’s Pizza. “There are sign-ups every year, usually in September and there is a fee for non-members and members, but it is open to anybody that wants to play,” Wilson explained. Each team has five to six players, totaling about 45 athletes between the eight teams, and upwards of 55 people involved, including the referees. “The coaches are players, too. So, it’s a good thing that they can play and coach at the same time. Player-coaches we like to call them,” Wilson said. The league has several sponsors, including D’Andrea’s Pizza, which also sponsors the YMCA Youth Basketball League. “I’m actually on Jones and Steve’s team. I sponsor a team but I’m not on it. That’s one of the funny

parts of the league,” Wilson laughed. Barely making the age cut for the league at 50 years old, Wilson has been involved in YMCA basketball for many years. “I coached my kids many years ago in Y basketball, so I’ve always been involved with that. I’ve stayed in touch with people through the years and I knew a couple of guys that played, and they asked me to play. You meet new friends and keep old friendships growing. It’s a good way to keep the bonds going,” he said. “I just like being a player. It’s too much on me to try to direct the team and know who’s going to sub in and sub out; just ‘tell me what to do, I’ll go do it.,’” he explained. Wilson plays forward on the court and he played basketball for LaSalle in high school. “The league keeps growing. Some years you have your good years, some years you have an offyear but we try to keep getting the message out that it’s there, it’s a good competitive league. It’s a lot of fun, just guys getting together playing some hoops, making friendships, keeping friendships going. It’s a great group of guys. It’s more than just basketball. It’s like a family and that’s what I think gets missed sometimes with the way things are. Once the playing is done, the game is over, you’re all friends and it’s just a great feeling. It’s good to get out of the house and stay athletic,” he said. Championship games begin in March, two sets of games take place every Wednesday; the first set begins at 7:15 p.m. and the second set begins at 8:25 p.m.



West Mountain Takes Out the Trash and Donates Proceeds to Double H Ranch QUEENSBURY — If you’ve ever taken a ride on West Mountain’s summit chairlift, you’ve likely noticed the bottles, cans and other trash littering the snow below you. Soft drinks, snacks and other items inevitably make their way from the lodge or guests’ backpacks onto the chairlift and are discarded prior to unloading. It’s a problem West Mountain’s ownership hopes to curb with a new recycling program they will roll out this season. Now in place beneath the chairlift at pole 15, just before skiers and riders unload, is a target-shaped installation measuring 12 feet in diameter with a 10-gallon trash bin at the center. Signage on lift poles leading up to the target instructs

guests to save any recycling that may have made its way onto the lift for dropping into the trash bin. Near misses collect on or around the structure, making cleanup easier than in the past, when staff spent countless hours each season cleaning up trash beneath the chairlift, accumulating bags upon bags of recycling and trash, according to the West Mountain head of operations Dennis Mitchell. Returns for the recycling collected will be donated to Double H Ranch in Lake Luzerne to benefit its adaptive ski program. “It’s a full-circle recycling effort that improves West Mountain and helps a great local organization,” said West Mountain General Manager

Sara Montgomery. Glens Falls Hospital is sponsoring the program, seeing it as an opportunity to give back to the community and benefit two local organizations, all the while promoting an anti-littering spirit and community pride. “Glens Falls Hospital is excited to be a sponsor of this unique initiative. It’s a great way to collaborate with our community partners to help keep the mountain clean and free of obstacles as well as give back to the Double H Ranch,” said Katelyn Cinzio, Director of Marketing and Communications for Glens Falls Hospital. The installation was conceived and built by Trampoline, a marketing firm that specializes in destination marketing.



Week of February 9 – February 15, 2018

COMMUNITY SPORTS BULLETIN Camp Saratoga 8K SARATOGA SPRINGS — Camp Saratoga 8K Snowshoe Race will be held on Saturday, Feb. 10 at the Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park at 10:30 a.m. Applications for the race can be found at www.saratogastryders. org. A limited supply of snowshoes is available to rent for $5, email Laura Clark at or 518-581-1278 to reserve a pair.

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

West Mountain Happenings GLENS FALLS — On Friday, Feb. 16, West Mountain will be having their annual Fire on the Mountain event featuring live music from the Audio Stars, fireworks, drink specials, and more. For more information, call 518636-3699, ext. 339.

Saratoga Springs Little League Registration Open SARATOGA SPRINGS — Registration for all little league divisions for Saratoga Springs Little League has opened up and will be available for online registration until Saturday, March 17 at www. s a r at o g a s p r i n g s l i t t l e l e a g u e . o r g . Player assessments will be Saturday, March 17 and opening day is Saturday, April 28. Coaches and volunteers are also needed.

Learn to Skate USA – Start Your Olympic Dreams Here SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Springs Figure Skating Club is now accepting enrollment into our next learn to skate session starting Feb. 18 and running through March 25. Lessons are available to all ages four through adult. Students will learn the fundamentals of ice skating while building confidence and skills through each lesson. Learn to Skate is offered Sunday evenings at Weibel Ice Rink. For questions, contact rachel@saratogalearntoskate. com or Bart at 518-490-1231. For more details and to sign up now, visit

Phantom on Tour Euthanized KENTUCKY — Beloved Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) retiree Phantom on Tour, a horse who starred as a living exhibition

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at the Kentucky Derby Museum for eight years, was euthanized on Monday, Jan. 29 at the age of 24. He has suffered from complications caused by Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis, a neurological disease he was first diagnosed with in 2006.

Saratoga Stars SARATOGA SPRINGS — A service project of the Saratoga Springs Lions Club, the Saratoga Stars ice skating program brings together differently-abled children with volunteers and expert ice skaters to provide a fun and instructional ice skating program at the Saratoga Springs Ice Rinks, 30 Weibel Avenue, Saratoga Springs. Saratoga Stars is a free program and all equipment is provided. The program runs January through March on Saturday mornings and afternoons. Ice times vary per the schedule and culminates with a themed Grand Finale Show showcasing the children’s’ learned ice skating skills. The Grand Finale is open to the public. Registrations are now open. For more information about Stars, contact Program Coordinator Mike Stoneback at, 518-879-3607. For more information about the Saratoga Springs Lions Club, go to

Saratoga Springs Ice Rink SARATOGA SPRINGS — The ice rinks on 30 Weibel Avenue are now open with public skating times

available. Visit for open skate times.

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

Saratoga Rec Drop-In Sessions SARATOGA SPRINGS — Drop-in sessions for adult basketball, pickleball, racquetball, and wallyball are now happening at the Saratoga Recreation Department. Visit www. for the latest schedule.

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

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

Week of February 9 – February 15, 2018




HEAT VS. CAVS Heat-23: Owen Fear-6, Brady Girard-6 Cavs-14: Kaiden Paskewich-6, Cole Whitman-4

LAKERS VS. CELTICS Lakers-18: Brendan Conley-6, Andrew Wells-6 Celtics-14: Sam Corp-2, Jude Hamilton-Jones-6

HAWKS VS. THUNDER Hawks-21: Carson Engelhard-6, Jack Rucinski-5 Thunder-6: Reese Lemos-2, Merrick Shea-2

WARRIORS VS. KNICKS Warriors-29: Maxim Sawicz-6, Grady Ostrander-8 Knicks-11: Bobby Morris-6, Charlotte Demott-2

DIVISION 2 CELTICS VS. CAVS Celtics-34: Jack Gutowski-10, Kaiden Moore-6 Cavs- 10: Morgan Guilder-2, Evan Walsh-2

KNICKS VS. HAWKS Knicks-19: Mason Cormier-8, Hayden Warren-4 Hawks-17: Gianni Delgado-5, Dylan Marcello-5

THUNDER VS. LAKERS Thunder-27: Jake Schaefer-11, Jackson Howell-7 Lakers-13: Micah Poag-4, Caden Kindl-3

TRAILBLAZERS VS. WARRIORS Trailblazers-38: Ronan Rowe-11, Rowan Armstrong-15 Warriors-19: Noah Rosettie-8, Jacob Hernandez-8

DIVISION 3 Saratoga Regional YMCA Youth Basketball League ROTARY JUNIOR DIVISION: Saratoga Financial Services 47 - PJ BAR-B-QSA 46 Saratoga Financial Services and PJ BAR-B-QSA went into overtime to settle the score with Saratoga Financial finally prevailing, 47 to 46. This was the second time in four weeks that these two teams went into overtime. The winner’s Alex Cutler scored all his teams points in overtime for a total of 21 points for the game, teammate Ryan Boyle added 15 points. Gordon Murray led his team with 14 points while Caleb Beverly and Jordon Cousar each scored nine points. Mexican Connection Restaurant 26 - Saratoga PBA 17 A defensive battle ensues every time these teams go head to head and this game was no different as Mexican Connection got off to a fast start and held off Saratoga PBA 26 to 17. The victors got 10 points from

Connor Johnson along with six points from Sean Lee and four points apiece from Nick Scalo and Bryant Savage. Steve Bebee had 10 points in the loss.

SENIOR DIVISION: Village Photo 60 - Saratoga Firefighters 54 In the rubber game of this series the top two teams in the standings battled right from the start with Village Photo taking a 60 to 54 win over The Firefighters. Village Photo had four players in double figures headed by Jose Garcia’s 16 points, Donald Steves 13 points, Josh Kelly and Patrick Dechaine with 10 points each. Enyer Tineo exploded for a season high 41 points in the losing effort. Berkshire Hathaway Blake, Realtors 66 - Cudney’s Launderers 31 Ian Fisk had a game high 26 points and teammate Jake Graham had 18 points in the Realtor’s 66 to 31 win over Cudney’s. With Hunter Regels, their top scorer, injuring his ankle in the first five minutes

of the game, Cudney’s got big contributions from Lydia Green 14 points, Tommy Leary 10 points and Christian Galvan with five points.

Saratoga Blue Streaks vs. LaSalle Cadets Hockey SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Blue Streaks Varsity hockey team played the LaSalle Institute Cadets in a league game at 5:45 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 2 at the Vernon Ice Rink on Weibel Avenue. Saratoga lost the game 1-2 in overtime on a full-strength goal. Saratoga’s Ryan Jones scored in the first period with assists by Ryan Seales and Joe Amodio. LaSalle’s Tom Ryan scored in the third period with an assist from Ryan Murray. 4:49 minutes into overtime, LaSalle’s Ryan Murray got the winning goal with an assist from Tom Ryan. Saratoga Goalie Brad Hippsley had 29 saves and LaSalle Goalie Casey Boone had 22 saves. Saratoga is currently 3-6-2.

WOLVES VS. KNICKS WARRIORS VS. LAKERS Wolves-34: Thomas Maurer-8, Warriors-30: Duncan Smith-9, Davey Carroll-8 Flagg Taylor-8 Knicks-20: Jacob Durkee-9, Lakers-27: Evan Rando-11, Liam Thrailkill-5 Alex Cutler-7 HAWKS VS. ROCKETS Hawks-31: Trey Stanislowky-17, Davion St. John-8 Rockets-11: Drew Crossett-5, Carter Wood-4

DIVISION 4 BLAZERS VS. CELTICS HAWKS VS. WARRIORS Blazers-51: Jason Viger-16, Hawks-34: Charlie DeRizzo-7, Caleb Quakenbush-7 Joseph Martuscello-11 Celtics-34: Zane Burnett-7, Warriors-34: Zach Carpenter-8, Andrew Murauskas-16 Caleb Carpenter-7 CAVS VS. WOLVES Cavs-32: Cullen Vanwagenen-11, Jacob Aday-6 Wolves-29: Clayton Wilhelm-8, Jordan Quintal-8

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