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LOCAL • INDEPENDENT • FREE Volume 11  •  Issue 7  •  February 17 – February 23, 2017 • (518) 581-2480

Local Athletes Head to States

The State team. Back row, left to right: Kate DellaRatta, Saratoga; Emily Fischer, Saratoga; Felicity Ryan,Saratoga; Sophie Hrebenach, Saratoga; Julia Van Horne, Saratoga; Rachel Drislane, Guilderland; and Laura Eberlein, Saratoga. Front row, left to right: Emma Drislane, Guilderland; Maddy Ryan, Saratoga; Abby Zabielski, Saratoga; Kayla Morris, Shaker; Shea Thompson, Guilderland; and Amanda 170 lb Division 1 Champion, Tyler Barnes, B’Spa Gordon, Shaker. Photo provided. See Gymnasts pg. 45 See Wrestlers pg. 43

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Code Blue Homeless Shelter Gets Permanent Home by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — It was born of a community’s compassion on Christmas Eve in 2013, in the aftermath of tragedy that claimed as victim one of its own. On Valentine’s Day it received a gift of permanence that promises to help provide a successful continuum of care for its survivors. Local business owner Ed Mitzen, and his wife Lisa, announced Tuesday they will pay for the costs of a new Code Blue

homeless shelter to be built on the current Shelters of Saratoga property on Walworth Street. Shelters of Saratoga, or S.O.S., oversees the Code Blue program, and siting an emergency shelter at a permanent location has been a high priority following a series of temporary shelter venues that have been staged at St. Peter’s Parish Center, the Salvation Army building and the Soul Saving Station Church. “This phenomenal gift solves the consistent challenge we have faced over the last few See Homeless pg. 11

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Week of February 17 – February 23, 2017

Neighbors: Snippets of Life From Your Community Who: Matthew Palmer. Where: Spring Street Deli. Q. Where are you originally from? I grew up in Ballston Spa and moved to Saratoga 14 years ago, when I was in the 10th grade. Q. What’s the biggest thing that’s changed in Saratoga Springs in that time? You can’t see over buildings anymore. And there are a lot of restaurants. Q. What’s your hobby? I love sports, travel around and go to every UConn basketball game I can get to. I was never good enough to play basketball. I could coach, though. Q. How does a guy from Ballston Spa become a UConn fan? A Dislike for Syracuse basketball. Q. What’s your brush with fame? I cooked dinner for “Macho Man” Randy Savage when he was in town promoting his rap album. He had a shrimp and scallop Alfredo dish, with chicken added. And it was huge. Many years ago, I also made a salad for Ozzy Osbourne. Q. What’s on your mind today? I’m glad Valentine’s Day is over, and I’m getting ready to watch sports this weekend. Hopefully hit the gym as well. Matthew Palmer, neighbor. Photo by Thomas Dimopoulos.

Q. What’s the biggest challenge you face? Finding a parking space in the snow during the past couple of days. I’m happy-go-lucky though, not much is going to take me down. Q. What are your future dreams? Cooking, all the way through. I tried to do sports announcing once, but there were just too many math classes, so I stuck with cooking. Q. Tell me a joke. What kind of bagel can fly? A plain bagel.

Week of February 17 – February 23, 2017


Winterfest at Hudson Crossing Park

SCHUYLERVILLE — A weekend of winter activities will be staged at Hudson Crossing Park this weekend. “Take A Friend Snowmobiling” will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18 and offers the opportunity for adults aged 18 years + to take a fun, safe snowmobile ride starting at the Dix Bridge, located on the scenic Hudson River / Champlain Canal Lock 5. Children are invited to ride on a sled operated by a parent or guardian or an experienced club member. Area

clubs will have sleds available for use. Each participant will be introduced to and instructed on the proper operation and safety of a snowmobile prior to being guided on a controlled ride within Hudson Crossing Park by experienced club members. Trail grooming equipment will be on display and participants will have an opportunity to talk with club members and officers to learn more about the sport and trail system. Helmets, hot refreshments and a warming fire will be provided. Organizers advise participants to dress appropriately for the outdoors.

There is no charge to participate. Inspired by “Star Wars,” a Rogue Sled event will take place noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 19. Attendees are invited to bring their saucers and sail down the slopes. Other activities include an ice harvesting demonstration, Skijoring with Gillian Scott, horse drawn wagons or sleighs (by Washington County Draft Horses,) Crazy Hat Head & Snow Sculpture Contests, Bonfire with UFO’s “unidentified frying objects,” Fat Tire Bike Rides with Spa City Bikes, an ice fishing demonstration, and ice rescue demonstration by Schuyler Hose Company. For more Information about the events visit:



Tedisco, NYS Senate Honors State Champion Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Boys Cross Country Team

BURNT HILLS/BALLSTON LAKE — On Tuesday, February 14, Senator Jim Tedisco (R,C,I, REF-Glenville) honored the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class B State Champion Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Boys High School Cross Country Team and presented the team with a copy of a resolution he sponsored that unanimously passed the New York State Senate.

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This is the 6th state championship for the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School Boys Cross Country Team. The Spartans won their current state title at Chenango Valley State Park on November 12, 2016. They ended their season with an impressive 13-2 overall record. This is the second state champion team from the 49th Senate District so far this year to be honored at the NYS

Capitol as Senator Tedisco honored the Class A State Champion Shenendehowa Field Hockey team last week. Pictured in the photo taken at the Million Dollar Staircase at the state Capitol with Tedisco and the team are BHBL School Superintendent Patrick McGrath, Coach Chip Button, and Athletic Director Joe Scalise.

Week of February 17 – February 23, 2017

Spa Catholic Pitches In for Code Blue

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Cheryl Ann Murphy-Parant is the Director of CODE BLUE and an advocate for those who need warmth and nourishment for their hearts and their souls. On February 14, Saratoga Central Catholic School invited her to visit the school and was presented with some special gifts. Saratoga Central Catholic’s Class of 2018 had a fun-filled dance in January which included all the area Catholic High Schools. Besides lots of dancing, the main goal of this Winter Blizzard Dance was to raise money for Saratoga Springs CODE BLUE. The Class of 2020, during Catholic Schools Week, collected warm weather items for individuals who visit and stay at CODE

BLUE on cold winter nights. The Art Club made baskets full of treats for CODE BLUE. Murphy-Parant was presented with baskets of sweet treats made by the Art Club, the Class of 2020 gave warm clothing to share and the Class of 2018 gave Murphy-Parant a check for $1,000 for CODE BLUE. Shown in the photo are the 2018 Class Adviser, Mrs. Holmes (far left, red sweater), Principal Lombard (rear) and Ms. Cheryl Ann Murphy-Parant, Director of CODE BLUE (front center with flowers) with the following students left to right: Olivia Lawrence, Haley Richardson, Anna Wengert, Lauren Maher, Katie West, Grace Fornabia, Aidan Arciero, Tyler Haraden, Aiden Lambert, Sam Haraden and Samantha Mamone.

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Week of February 17 – February 23, 2017

COURTS Wilfredo F. Diaz, 44, was found guilty on Feb. 10 of two counts of predatory sexual assault and one count each of assault and of sexual abuse, following a twoweek trial in Saratoga County Court. The charges are in connection with an incident that occurred in Saratoga Springs on Aug. 16, 2016 and carry a maximum sentence of 25 years-to-life in prison, according to Saratoga County District Attorney Karen Heggen. Sentencing is scheduled for April 6. Thomas A. Landry, 36, of Waterford, was sentenced on Feb. 9 to 2-4 years in state prison, after pleading to attempted criminal possession of a forged instrument in connection with an incident that occurred in Halfmoon. Nicholas A. Phillips, 21, of Ballston Lake, was sentenced on Feb. 9 to six months in jail and five years of probation, after pleading to criminal possession of stolen property in connection with an incident that occurred in Clifton Park. Kirieme M. Pitts, 25, of Cohoes, was sentenced on Feb. 1 to two years in state prison and one year post-release supervision, after pleading to attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance, in connection with an incident that occurred in Clifton Park. Heaven M. Puleski, 26, of Wyanskill, pleaded on Feb. 1 to felony DWI, in connection with an incident that occurred in Northumberland. Sentencing scheduled for March 30. Bryan P. Holohan, 40, of Ballston Lake, pleaded on Feb. 1 to felony DWI, in connection with an incident that occurred in Clifton Park. Sentencing scheduled for March 30.

Jennifer M. Pugliese, 36, of Fort Edward, pleaded on Feb. 2 to felony burglary in connection with an incident that occurred in Wilton. Sentencing scheduled for April 13. Lee M. O’Dell, 56, of Clifton Park, was sentenced on Feb. 3 to 10 months in jail and one-year license revocation after pleading to felony DWI in connection with an incident that occurred in Malta. Gabriel N. Busreth, 45, of Lake Luzerne, pleaded on Feb. 3 to felony robbery in connection with an incident that occurred in Malta. Sentencing scheduled for March 30.

POLICE Colin R. Murphy, 27, of Saratoga Springs, was charged on Feb. 9 with two felony counts of criminal possession of a weapon, one felony count criminal possession of marijuana, and having an unregistered vehicle, following a traffic stop on Clark Street in Saratoga Springs. Police said Murphy was allegedly in possession of over 10 ounces of marijuana and a loaded Ruger .45 caliber hand-gun, and that the handgun contained a magazine loaded with 8 rounds of ammunition. Murphy was arraigned in City court and posted $16,000 bond. Sean P. Keegan, 23, of Albany, was charged on Feb. 10 with thirddegree rape. Keegan is alleged to have befriended an underage female victim at a “Furry” convention in Saratoga Springs, and later having sexual intercourse with her at a residence in the town of Milton, according to the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office. He was sent to Saratoga County Jail in lieu of $2,500 cash, or $5,000 bond.

BLOTTER 5 Meredith L. Hamilton, 40, of Clifton Park, was charged on Feb. 4 with assault, criminal possession of a weapon, two counts of criminal mischief, and harassment. Hamilton is accused of causing damage to a flat screen television, causing physical injury to another person by throwing a knife and a plate at him, and preventing that person from calling 911, according to the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office. The victim, who was known to Hamilton, was not seriously injured. Roshan Ramikishum, age 44, of Schenectady, was charged on Jan. 30 with misdemeanor DWI, refusing a pre-screen test, and a motor vehicle equipment violation. David M. Acevedo, age 25, of Gansevoort, was charged on Jan. 29 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle – having three or more suspensions, and a motor vehicle equipment violation.

Paul A. Casalan, age 25, of Queensbury, was charged on Jan. 29 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. Zachary K. Palombo, age 27, of Schenectady, was charged on Jan. 29 with misdemeanor DWI, unreasonable speed, failure to keep right and to stop at stop sign, making an unsafe lane change, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and unlawful possession of marijuana. Anna R. Saunders, age 20, of Saratoga Springs, was charged on Jan. 29 with second-degree harassment, and disorderly conduct. Tyler R. Bartholomew, age 30, of Glens Falls, was charged on Jan. 29 with misdemeanor DWI, misdemeanor aggravated DWI, making an improper lane change, and two vehicle equipment violations.

Nicholas V. Valenze, age 24, of Saratoga Springs, was charged on Jan. 28 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. Jeremy T. Stanley, age 30, of Saratoga Springs, was charged on Jan. 28 with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, and criminal mischief. Randy C. Weber, age 27, of Albany, was charged on Jan. 28 with misdemeanor DWI, misdemeanor aggravated DWI, speeding and failure to keep right. Anthony V. Giovanni, age 23, of Saratoga Springs, was charged on Jan. 28 with criminal possession of controlled substance - a felony. David M. Deutsch, age 24, of Malta, was charged on Jan. 28 with misdemeanor DWI, and two driving violations.



William Fitch Hieber, Sr. (Mr. Bill)

COSSAYUNA — William Fitch Hieber, Sr. (Mr. Bill) was called to heaven on Saturday, February 11, 2017. Bill was born in Albany on September 16, 1942. He and his wife Nancy married in 1976 and lived in Saratoga Springs until moving to Cossayuna Lake in 2006. He attended Colonie Central School with the class of 1959. Bill enjoyed sponsoring a Little League Baseball team (Crest Care), being a part of Rotary, bowling, traveling, building and remodeling. He was an avid Buffalo Bills fan. He will be missed dearly by his family and friends. He worked at Colonie Block in Colonie until 1986 when he started his own Handyman business called Crest Care in Saratoga Springs. As Crest Care he has sponsored a Saratoga Little League team for 30 years. The biggest highlight was when his team won the Mayors Cup in 2011. He really enjoyed attending the opening day ceremony and as many games as he could make it to. In 1990 he joined the Saratoga Springs Rotary Club where he served as Secretary, had perfect attendance, earned several awards including Paul Harris awards, Rotarian of the Year in 1999-2000, Heartbeat of Rotary award, and the Lifetime achievement award. Bill was very active working at the annual Rotary Home Show every year. He started volunteering at Rebuilding Together of Saratoga County in 2007 and served as House Captain for several years. He enjoyed many years

bowling with the Thursday Night Doubles in Saratoga and served as treasurer. Bill was preceded in death by his loving parents, George and Helen Fitch Hieber, his daughter Tammie McCormick (missing since April 1986), and daughter-in-law Ariana Hieber. Survivors include his loving wife Nancy Hieber; sister Susan Hieber Gibbs (Wayne) of Alabama; children and grandchildren Robert Hieber (Michele), Michelle Richardson (Michael) and their children Corey Saxton and Shayne Richardson, William F. Hieber Jr. (Michelle) and their children William F. Hieber III, Erika Boyton, Nicholas Scott and Jessika Scott of Castleton, VT, Valerie Bennett (Rob) and their children Tamaryn and Haley, Jennifer Hieber-Eads (John) and their children Seth Hieber, Robin and Harrison Eads, along with several nieces and nephews including Christy Crosson (Scott), Wendy Feazell (Adam), and grand-niece Quinn Feazell of Alabama. Relatives and friends may call from 10 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing &and Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway in Saratoga Springs. A gathering to celebrate Bill’s life will follow at Longfellows at 500 Union Ave. All friends and relatives are welcome to come, share memories, and have a good time. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Bill’s name can be made to Saratoga Springs Little League, c/o Esther Rodriguez, 17 Sherwood Trail, Saratoga Springs, NY, 12866; Saratoga Springs Rotary Education Foundation, PO Box 4423, Saratoga Springs, NY, 12866; or Rebuilding Together, 132 Milton Ave, Ballston Spa, NY, 12020. Online remembrances may be made at www.burkefuneralhome. com.

Week of February 17 – February 23, 2017

Elizabeth F. Dorsey

Jean Cummings

Timothy D. DuBois

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Elizabeth F. Dorsey, 85, passed away February 6, 2017 after a courageous battle with cancer. A gathering was held on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017 and the Burke and Bussing Funeral Home in Saratoga Springs. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Friday, Feb. 10; burial followed in St. Peter’s Cemetery.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Jean Margaret Cummings, 80, passed away February 10, 2017. A gathering in her name was held Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017 in the Church of St. Peter; a Mass of Christian Burial followed. Private interment followed at St. Peter’s Cemetery.

BALLSTON SPA — Timothy D. DuBois, 70, passed away on Saturday, February 11, 2017. Funeral services were held Thursday, February 16 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc. of Ballston Spa. Burial with military honors will be at Powell Wiswall Cemetery, Ballston Spa in the spring.

Richard S. Skrika

Robert R. Gooley

LATHAM — Robert R. Gooley passed away Monday, Feb. 6, 2017 at his home. He was 87. Relatives and friends gathered to remember him Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017 at The Chase – Smith Family Funeral Homes of Mechanicville. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Monday, Feb. 13, 2017 at All Saints-on-the-Hudson Church in Mechanicville.

Robert A. Pratt SARATOGA SPRINGS — Robert A. Pratt was called to heaven on February 7, 2017. Relatives and friends remembered him Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017 at the Burke and Bussing Funeral Homes in Saratoga Springs. A funeral service followed; burial was private.

GANSEVOORT — Richard S. Skrika, age 69, lost a most courageous battle with lymphoma on Monday, February 6, 2017. A Holy Catholic Blessing and Memorial of Life Service was held on Sunday, February 12, 2017. Arrangements are under the direction of Compassionate Funeral Care, Inc. of Saratoga Springs.

Finn D. Butchino BALLSTON SPA — Finn D. Butchino, infant son of Michael and Elizabeth (Agnew) Butchino, passed away Friday, February 10, 2017. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, February 19, 2017 at Armer Funeral Home, Inc. in Ballston Spa. Memorial contributions may be made to The TEARS Foundation (

James R. O’Brien

BALLSTON SPA — James R. O’Brien, 86, passed away on Saturday, February 11, 2017. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, February 15 at St. Mary’s Church in Ballston Spa. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Ballston Spa. Arrangements were under the direction of Armer Funeral Home of Ballston Spa.

Donald R. Gilgallon STILLWATER — Donald R. Gilgallon, 79, lifelong resident of Stillwater, died peacefully with his family by his side on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at his home. A funeral service was held Monday, February 13, 2017 at Flynn Bros. Funeral Home in Schuylerville, NY 12871. Burial followed in the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville.


Week of February 17 – February 23, 2017

Gateway House of Peace 2nd Annual Murder Mystery Event BALLSTON SPA — Nonprofit charitable hospice home Gateway House of Peace invites community members to its second annual Murder Mystery fundraising event on Friday, March 10 at the Milton Community Center on Northline Road, starting at 7

p.m. To purchase tickets, register online at or call 518-450-1273. The event’s theme is Pint and Dagger Irish Pub, a fun night of sleuthing, live music, wine pull, silent auction, finger food and cash bar, while Marc Hersh of

The Giving Tree Project

Hersh Productions keeps you guessing as to who may be getting away with murder. Prizes will be awarded. Food provided by Brick Yard Tavern and Grill. For more information, contact Joni Hanchett at 518-469-7499 or

Elvis To Sing for Charity SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Friday, February 17, the Holiday Inn will host an evening with Elvis featuring Donny Romines, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. in the Win, Place

or Show Ballroom. Tickets are $15.00 at the door. The proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society. There will be raffles and a cash bar. Food is available

separately at Bookmakers restaurant. Doors open at 6 p.m. The Holiday Inn is located at 232 Broadway. For more information, call Helen at 518-745-7821.

A Friendly Plan for St. Patrick SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Springs chapter of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick will celebrate their 65th anniversary with a members dinner

at 6 p.m. on March 17 at the Holiday Inn on Broadway. Admission is $100. The group is a fraternal organization that meets once

each year on St. Patrick’s Day to honor the patron saint of Ireland and to raise money for local Catholic charitable organizations.

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SARATOGA SPRINGS — The 2017 Catholic Schools Week at Saratoga Central Catholic School (SCC) was a busy collection of numerous hats, gloves, mittens, scarves and blankets for those in need of warmth. Students from multiple graduating classes decided they would truly make a Giving Tree right outside their school. The tree is located on the

south side of SCC next to St. Peter’s. Warm pieces of clothing have been hung for people who are cold. The entire school also collected blankets to be sent to St. Teresa’s Parish in Albany, Georgia for the victims of tornadoes in January. This week, SCC is in contact with a St. Teresa’s outreach group and is in the process of sending many blankets.


Week of February 17 – February 23, 2017

Division Street’s Sweetheart Breakfast SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Valentine’s Day Tuesday, February 14, the Kindergarten at Division Street Elementary School in the Saratoga Springs City School District held its 3rd Annual Sweetheart Breakfast. Students invited one adult

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sweetheart to attend the Valentine’s Day-themed breakfast in the large gymnasium. Even though the event was originally scheduled for Monday and was pushed a day due to the weekend snowstorm, that didn’t stop everyone from having a great time!

Lt. Commander Gieorag Andrews with daughter Aria.

Amiah with her pop, Harry. Scarlett and mom, Lauren.

Emily and her daddy, Paul.

Julia and dad, Scott.

Dad Noriaki Kojima with daughter, Aya.

Sisters Ella and Morgan.

Mom Kelly with Ava in shades.

Grandpa Stanley with Alex.

Krysten with dad, Tino.

Week of February 17 – February 23, 2017




Week of February 17 – February 23, 2017

Notes From City Hall Fire Damages DPW Garage

SARATOGA SPRINGS — A fire of unknown origin at the DPW complex on the west side damaged a city garage, Department of Public Works Commissioner Anthony “Skip” Scirocco announced on Friday, Feb. 10. The fire occurred on Jan. 27 and originated in the carpentry area in the building, located in the northeast

corner of the DPW complex. “I had anticipated sharing this information at the Feb. 7 City Council meeting but was waiting for more information on the insurance claim. That information is forthcoming but I thought that the public should know more about this situation,” Scirocco said. “What’s most important here is that no one was hurt.” The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.

While no major piece of DPW equipment or vehicles were damaged, hand tools and equipment were lost in the fire, and the building itself experienced fire and heat damage to wiring, insulation, and the structure. Preliminary reports from the director of Risk and Safety, and representatives from the City’s insurance provider, indicate that the building should be stripped

Weapons and Drugs Seized, Five Charged in West Side Raid SARATOGA SPRINGS — City police, with the assistance of State Police and the Saratoga County Sheriff ’s Office, executed two search warrants on Friday, Feb. 10 at 16 and 18 Cherry Street that resulted in multiple arrests and authorities securing a variety of drugs and weapons. Police said they had been investigating the two locations since January on the suspicion of possible drug activity taking place. Approximately 8 grams of cocaine, 50 grams of marijuana, scales and other drug paraphernalia as well as two pellet guns resembling real handguns were secured from

Apartment 2 at 18 Cherry St. Robert J. Stampfli, 25, of Saratoga Springs, was charged with criminal possession of marijuana in the fifth degree. Savannah L. Myers, 23, of Greenfield Center, and Zachary B. Wood, 21, of Ballston Spa, were each cited for unlawful possession of marijuana. Police said additional arrests are probable. At 16 Cherry St., police said they recovered straight powdered heroin, “tar” heroin, over 300 baggies of what has field-tested as fentanyl with a value of more than $4,500 - and paraphernalia associated with packaging narcotics. Also recovered was a 12-gauge shotgun,

down to the steel beams and concrete with all other components of the building removed and rebuilt, according to Scirocco. DPW officials are working with city departments and the city’s insurance carrier to investigate the fire and ensure the city receives full coverage for the damage it caused, Scirocco said. The esitimated cost to repair and replace items damaged by the fire

has not yet been discussed by the City Council.

Upcoming Meetings

The City Council will hold a pre-agenda meeting 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, and its full meeting at 7 later the same evening at City Hall. The Planning Board will hold a workshop 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21 and a full meeting 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23 at City Hall.

Adelphi Hotel Furniture and Collectibles Auction This Weekend

and a modified AR-15 rifle, with 4 empty 30-round magazines. The building’s 27-year-old homeowner, Steven M. Boice, was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the thirddegree, criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fourth degree, and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree. All four charges are felonies. Also at 16 Cherry St., Brett J. Disanto, 26, of Greenwich, was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fourth degree. Both charges are felonies.

Workers conduct detailing work on exterior of Adelphi Hotel in October 2016. Photo by Thomas Dimopoulos.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Antique furniture and collectibles used for decades in the Adelphi Hotel will go up for auction on noon Sunday in Columbia County. The auction will take place at Ralph Fontaine’s Heritage Auctions, located on State Route 22 in Canaan. A preview

of items to be auctioned will take place on Saturday. For more information, call 518781-3650, or visit: http://www. The Adelphi hotel, built in the late 19th century, is undergoing a full reconstruction and is anticipated to re-open this year.

Week of February 17 – February 23, 2017


Code Blue Homeless Shelter Gets Permanent Home

Ed and Lisa Mitzen, Shelters of Saratoga Board Chair Marcy Dreimiller, and Executive Director Michael Finocchi. Photo provided. Continued from front page.

years of providing a permanent home for Code Blue,” said Michael Finocchi, executive director of S.O.S. Initial plans call for a two-story building with a large kitchen, laundry room, men’s and women’s sleeping rooms, multiple showers and bathrooms, a large storage area for donated food and clothing, and a small Code Blue office. Local firms Bonacio Construction and the LA Group will be involved in the development of the building and both have agreed to forego any profits to keep the costs as low as possible. Design plans will be evaluated by the city’s Land Use boards. Finocchi said ideally, the new building will consist of 6,500 square feet of space and house about 50 beds. The hope is that the new building will be operational by Nov. 1. Need for Shelter is Great The average number of overnight guests this season – 41 per night – is an all-time high, as is the number of openings – 89 nights as of Valentine’s Day – already surpassing all previous season totals, with presumably more to come til warmer climes prevail. The shelter initially opened when temperatures dipped below 20 degrees Fahrenheit. Earlier this year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order which directed emergency shelters to operate when temperatures dropped below 32 degrees.

The need for a city emergency shelter during the winter months is great. Between 2007 and 2015, although homelessness nationwide decreased by 11 percent, it increased in New York, rising by 41 percent, according to the 2015 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Between 2014 and 2015 alone, New York State’s homeless population jumped by 7,660 - the largest increase in the nation for the oneyear period. The Code Blue Saratoga program was born from the tragic death of Nancy Pitts. The 54-yearold mother of two sought shelter on a Williams Street porch during a frigid December night in 2013. She was discovered by police the next morning. Within days of the homeless woman’s death, a cooperative partnership between then

mayor-elect Joanne Yepsen, nonprofit organizations, and members of the community was initiated and a plan set in motion to site an emergency shelter in the city. “The proposed plan gives Code Blue a permanent home, as opposed to its current revolving status, which will be critical to ending homelessness in Saratoga Springs,” said Yepsen, who also publicly thanked Ed and Lisa Mitzen “for making our longterm goal a reality.” Ed Mitzen, owner of the marketing agency Fingerpaint Marketing, grew his local health care ad agency Palio Communications from a five-person shop to a multimillion-dollar company with nearly 200 employees. In 2006, he sold the company and two years later founded Fingerpaint Marketing, eventually setting up shop on Broadway in a building formerly occupied by Borders Books and

Music. In an interview with this reporter in 2015, Mitzen said philanthropy is a core value. “We’re blessed and fortunate to have good jobs and good careers and we feel a tremendous sense of pride to be able to give back to the community,” Mitzen said. “We’re always looking for ways we can help other people.” The donation includes costs for the building and amenities, such as appliances, although operating costs will come from other means. S.O.S. currently operates two other buildings on its property as well as a twice-a-week “drop-in” center which draws 20 to 22 people each day. Finocchi said having the Code Blue shelter on the same grounds will be beneficial.

“Having Code Blue in close proximity to the case-managed shelters maximizes the opportunity for Shelters of Saratoga to provide the full continuum of homeless services to the individuals we serve,” Finocchi said. “This project will allow us to more easily connect homeless individuals with the support services they need, including case management, mental health counseling, and alcohol and drug rehabilitation. Our ultimate goal is to get them stable and housed.” Over the past four years, 36 individuals who have used Code Blue services have successfully transitioned into the Shelters of Saratoga case managed shelter.



Week of February 17 – February 23, 2017

Adirondack Trust Scholarships Change Lives SARATOGA SPRINGS — Three locals are among eight of the 2016 recipients of the Empire State College Foundation Adirondack Trust Company Scholarship. Established by The Adirondack Trust Company, this scholarship provides need-based aid to undergraduate or graduate students who reside in Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady, Montgomery, Saratoga, Washington, Fulton, Schoharie, Greene or Columbia counties. “Like so many students who have come before them, this year’s Adirondack Trust Company Scholarship recipients inspire all of us at the bank by their hard work and determination to complete their SUNY Empire State College degree,” said Adirondack Trust Company Executive Vice President Charles V. Wait, Jr., a member of the Empire State College Foundation Board of Directors. “Supporting neighbors seeking to better themselves, their families and the communities where we all live and work is a privilege and a pleasure for all of us at the Adirondack Trust Company. On behalf of the Bank, I offer best wishes for continued success as the students advance their

education and complete their college degrees.” Aerielle Jasper of Corinth works as a teaching assistant at Corinth Elementary School and as a respite worker and skill builder for emotionally disturbed children. Jasper’s goal is to become an elementary school teacher after completing a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development, with a concentration in early childhood education. “I absolutely love working with children and can’t wait to further my education so I am able to help them even more,” said Jasper. Her husband, Kevin, a U.S. Army veteran, is medically retired due to a traumatic brain injury he suffered during his service. The couple have an 8-year-old daughter, Chloe. Jasper said that it was hard to complete as much school as she had wanted during the two years Kevin transitioned between hospitals. In her letter of appreciation to the bank, she wrote, “This scholarship will help to lift the burden of paying for books and tuition. It will also help me not to have to work as much and to be able to spend more time with

my daughter and husband.” Sarah Smith, a resident of Gansevoort and married mother of two children, ages 8 and 6, works at the Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council as a peer counselor in the women, infants and children department. Smith said she began her college journey many years ago and had to step out many times because of financial constraints. With one year remaining to complete her bachelor’s in Community and Human Services, she became concerned – again for financial reasons – that she would again have to postpone her education. Receiving a scholarship, Smith said, made all the difference between dropping out and graduating in 2017. After graduation, Smith said she plans on advancing her career in working with families in larger and more varied ways, serving her community to the very best of her ability. In her letter of appreciation to the bank, she wrote, “I am writing to let you know how appreciative I am for your scholarship, which will allow me to continue my studies at Empire State College.” Larry Crandall of Glens Falls works as an asset control manager and, after completing a Bachelor of Science in Business, Management and Economics, plans on working for an accounting firm and then opening his own practice. Crandall, the 48-year-old father of a daughter in the second grade, credits his partner in life, who completed a bachelor’s in Business Management and Economics from the college for inspiring him “She is the biggest reason that I chose Empire State College to further my studies.” Having never attended college before, he enrolled at SUNY Empire at the age of 45. “Things have not always been easy, raising and providing for our daughter. But, it is because of companies like yours and people like you, that I have continued and will keep on going toward that goal of continued education,” Crandall wrote in a letter of appreciation to the bank.

“I would like to sincerely thank you and the Adirondack Trust Company for the scholarship award,” wrote Crandall. “With this, I will continue my pursuit of finishing my degree. I also hope this will provide an example to our daughter of the importance of the educational experience.” “Thanks to the generosity of The Adirondack Trust Company, so many SUNY Empire State College students have been able to complete their degrees and, in turn, realize their dreams and achieve their personal, professional and academic goals,” said Merodie A. Hancock, president of the college. “The Adirondack Trust scholarship is just one of so many ways the bank supports the community and I am very grateful for the bank’s long-standing and generous support of our students.” The Adirondack Trust Company is an independent, locally owned and operated, community bank offering a wide variety of business and personal financial services. The

bank has more than $1 billion in assets and 12 branch offices. Bauer Financial, which has been analyzing and reporting on the financial condition of the nation’s banking industry since 1983, rates the bank as a 5-Star/Superior institution, Bauer’s highest rating. More information about the bank is available at www. Empire State College, the nontraditional, open college of the SUNY system, educates nearly 19,000 students worldwide at eight international sites, 34 locations across the state of New York, online, as well as face-to-face and through a blend of both, at the associate, bachelor’s and master’s levels. Most Empire State College students are working adults. Many are raising families and meeting civic commitments in the communities where they live, while studying part-time. More information about the college is available at



Week of February 17 – February 23, 2017

Neighbors Oppose More Milton Apartments by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY MILTON — A dispute has been brewing for months between a group of Milton homeowners and a popular Malta developer, who wants to build nearly 100 apartments for people aged 55 and up in a quiet patch of woods. In the months ahead, a proposal made last year by Malta Development Company, Inc. for a 91-unit Senior Housing Planned Development District (PDD) could be given final approval by Milton town officials. The company plans to demolish one house directly across from Greybirch Trail to make way for an access point on Hutchins Road and a second on Margaret Drive. The new roads to the apartment complex would connect, for the first time, two neighborhoods of single-family homes that were built almost 50 years ago. Tom Samascott, president of Malta Development, explained that he knows the

neighborhoods well. For many years, his mother has owned a home on Coachman Drive, which more or less parallels Hutchins Road. Her property is located only a short distance from the project site. Samascott is confident that the proposed apartment complex, utilizing a 14-acre parcel behind existing houses on the east side of Kristan Drive, will be “perfect for the town.” “It’s a good situation for everyone. We’re trying to build something that people from Milton can live in,” Samascott said. He plans for construction to start later this year. However, a longtime resident of Hutchins Road, Dorothy Christiansen, has been leading a petition drive in opposition to the project since last November, when the Town of Milton Planning Board had voted to advance Malta Development’s PDD application. To date, according to Christiansen, more than 190 residents in the area

(representing 135 properties) had signed her petition. “Our petition efforts will continue up until the project proposal has a public hearing or is withdrawn,” she said. This week, Christiansen delivered the petition signatures on hand to the Milton Town Board at its regularly scheduled meeting. Malta Development—a close-knit family business, Samascott indicated—currently owns and manages the popular Winner’s Circle apartment complex on Geyser Road, about one mile west of the Town of Milton’s main offices. “Go by Winner’s Circle and you’ll see what we’ve done,” Samascott said. The Hutchins Road project is smaller in scale and has yet to be formally named but will be under the same management umbrella, he added. According to minutes from a November 9 Milton Planning Board meeting, there were concerns raised by board members that included “conflicting acreage in the narrative” as well as “conditions of suitable water supply and density.” Still, they voted to refer the proposed PDD back to the full Town Board, which by law

An aerial view of land for proposed apartments north of Hutchins Road (foreground) in Milton. Photo by

cannot give final approvals to the project until after a public hearing has been held. After that Planning Board meeting, and with assistance from several neighbors, Christiansen targeted 220 properties in the area for distribution of a two-page informational document with a site map. (This writer obtained that document from a family member who owns property on Coachman Drive and signed the petition.) “We are concerned about decimating our neighborhood,” Christiansen said. Christiansen claims that

current Milton zoning rules do not allow that many apartments on that particular tract of land. She also thinks additional traffic from the apartments “will have a major impact” on the residents of Hutchins Road and Margaret Drive. Milton Planning Board Chairman Larry Woolbright explained that Malta Development seeks “a new zoning designation” for the land. He said only the Town Board can approve such a designation. “We don’t have Continued on page 15.

Week of February 17 – February 23, 2017

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the authority to refuse it,” Woolbright said. Samascott disagreed on the potential traffic increase, noting the age group he plans to accommodate. He said people 55 and older have “a totally different traffic pattern” that “gets absorbed much easier.” “Retired people have their own schedule,” Samascott said. Christiansen countered that only people who sign leases with Malta Development would be required to be 55 years old or more. “They can have kids in those apartments. There could be a lot more traffic,” she argued, pointing to a tendency among younger people to drive more often and with less caution. In the last 20 years, traffic in that part of Milton has increased substantially following construction of several new housing developments and apartment communities on Rowland Street, to which Hutchins Road connects at its western end. Another large apartment

Dorothy Christiansen at the Milton Town Board meeting Wednesday night. Photo by Larry Goodwin.

complex, also catering to people aged 55 and up, is currently being built at the nearby

intersection of Northline Road and Greenfield Avenue.

MILTON — After closing a sometimes-heated Milton Town Board meeting Wednesday night, Chairman Dan Lewza said a candidate has been tapped by the town’s Republican Committee to fill the vacant seat of a board member who resigned. A formal vote on the chosen candidate, Republican Scott Ostrander, is planned for the board’s March 1 meeting, according to Lewza, the Milton town supervisor. The board voted unanimously to accept the resignation of Republican Bruce Couture, who now enters the race for a seat on the Village of Ballston Spa’s governing board. His departure temporarily leaves the Milton town board with four members, all Republicans. Councilman Couture’s decision represented “a big loss to the town board, and a big loss to the town,” Lewza told a roomful of local residents. When Lewza asked Couture if he wanted to make any final remarks, Couture suggested—without being specific—that more “transparency” is needed in Milton town government. In addition to Couture’s

resignation, the board voted to accept the resignation of Town Justice John Mancini, a former councilman who was replaced by Couture in 2014. The town board meeting Wednesday turned contentious when Lewza invited Saratoga Springs developers Thomas and Bruce Boghosian to the podium. That prompted much back-and-forth discussion relating to a drawn-out legal dispute over $14,000 apparently owed to the Boghosian brothers following the construction of townhouses in Milton. “You do not have a level playing field in this town,” argued Tom Boghosian. Upon the advice of Town Attorney James Craig, the town board then voted, 3 to 1, to mandate payment of the $14,000 by Heritage Springs Sewer Works within 10 days. Councilman Benny Zlotnick voted against the payment and Councilwoman Barbara Kerr abstained. When asked to comment on the night’s events, Ostrander, the likely replacement for Couture, declined with a smile. “I’ll start fresh,” he said.



Week of February 17 – February 23, 2017

You Don’t Know What You Have Until It’s Gone

by Todd Shimkus, President, Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce for Saratoga TODAY Last year, the chamber of commerce in Manchester, Vermont, went out of business.

It closed its doors and ceased to exist. I don’t know why it closed but I do know it is missed. I know this because two weeks ago, I was invited to Manchester to talk with community leaders about what we do here at the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce. Chris Morrow, of Northshire Bookstore, which has a store in Saratoga Springs and Manchester, asked me to talk about what their community is missing by not having a chamber. Nearly 40 people attended this forum. I shared with them what I love the most about the work we do. Simply stated, we convene the best and the brightest to solve local challenges and to

take advantage of opportunities for the benefit of our members and the communities we serve. The examples I shared included: • Forming a Health and Wellness Council that created our #HealthySaratoga movement to ensure Saratoga County is one of the healthiest places to live. • Forming a Saratoga Tech Executives group that has hosted two #StartupSaratoga forums that attracted over 300 attendees. • Forming a Veterans Business Council that is focused on helping Veterans across Saratoga County to find jobs or to start a business. • Organizing Leadership Saratoga that this year will graduate our 30th class of local leaders

who are trained and inspired to make a positive difference in our communities. • Partnering with Saratoga County to market our tourist destinations, hotels, restaurants, shops and attractions to leisure tourists. • Supporting efforts to organize new events that positively contribute to our quality of life and tourism economy, such as: the Saratoga Balloon and Craft Festival, the Saratoga Giant PumpkinFest, and the Saratoga International FlavorFeast. They were interested in learning about how we promote the many festivals here in Saratoga. They had questions about how we promote Saratoga as a destination for leisure tourism. They asked about how we work collaboratively with other groups that are also promoting our area. There’s a saying that you don’t know what you have until it’s gone. That evening in Manchester, I could see how the chamber’s closure impacted them. They don’t have someone to lead their promotional efforts nor to facilitate the creation of new events. They don’t have someone thinking about new trends and opportunities to grow their community.

Now someday they will. They have a team of people that has convened the best and the brightest. They are researching and talking about the opportunities and solutions. Manchester is a beautiful community with a lot of incredible amenities. I can’t wait to see them succeed. But as I drove back to Saratoga, I was more thankful than ever for the tremendous support the Chamber gets from the thousands that have joined our Chamber team. We have volunteer leaders, like David Collins, Matt Jones, Brian Straughter, Theresa Agresta, and Kevin Hedley, who serve on our 2017 Executive Board. We have hundreds of others that serve on our Board and our committees. Our professional staff has 104 years of combined experience working here for the benefit of our community. We are proud of what we have and what we’ve done. But we cannot take anything for granted. Our history of success comes from convening the best and the brightest to get things done. And we’re ready to do a lot more of that. Let’s go!

Week of February 17 – February 23, 2017

BALLSTON SPA 142 Lake Hill Rd., $135,000. Miguel Rodriguez sold property to Sarah Kumpel and Edward Symack. 135 Goode St., $220,000. Saratoga County Rentals LLC sold property to Vernon Beachy and Karen Lamay. 76 Lancaster Court, $341,276. JKM Builders LLC sold property to Karen Hollowood. 174 Church Ave., $300,000. Lisa Mayer sold property to Sema Enterprises LLC. 10 America Way, $404,405. Briarwood Brooks Development LLC sold property to Michael Whitworth. 15 Outlet Rd., $450,000. Jeffrey and Jessica Katz sold property to James Zabawa and James Covey. 12 Beechwood Dr., $202,000. Arthur Navojosky and Marcia Eaton sold property to Jamie Provost and Michael Bies, III. 149 Ballston Ave.,/Church Ave./11 Thomas Ave., $14,156,400. Maplewood Manor Local Development LLC sold property to Ballston Two LLC. 7 Rolling Brook Dr., $435,000. Cartus Financial Corporation sold property to Tae Hoon Kim and So Young Lee. Legacy Custom Homes LLC, $536,815. Legacy Custom Homes LLC sold property to Stephen and Lori Cammett. 7 Horseshoe Bend, $554,159. Legacy Custom Home LLC sold property to William Huck and Laurie Larson. 50 Forest Rd., $185,000. Christine Shoemaker sold property to Nicole Lasher.

MALTA 39 Washington Ave., $145,000. Mary Lou Dallegro sold property to Kathleen Truscello. 42 Thimbleberry Rd., $198,000. Patricia Halpin sold property to Jeremy and Andrea Lynch. 19 Carlyle Ct., $270,000. Armando Anaya sold property to American International Relocation Solutions LLC.


19 Carlyle Ct., $270,000 American International Relocation Solutions LLC sold property to Gregory and Samantha Arnold. 57 Pepperbush Place, $163,200. Christopher and Katelynn Attanasio sold property to Brett Devine and Patrick Ogar. 9 Northwest Pass, $253,000. John and Anna Guberski sold property to Manuel and Tina Matas. 1155 Raymond Rd., $314,000. William and Mary Cuddy sold property to Benjamin Johnson and Julia Gloviczki.

MILTON 296 Meadowlark Dr., $220,500. Lori Hughes sold property to David Trottier and Kristen Gosson.


55 Morgans Run, $100,000. Beneficial Home Owner Service Corporation sold property to James Proctor. 84 Brown Rd., $860,000. Saratoga Development LLC sold property to Kenneth and Heidi Larocque.

SARATOGA SPRINGS 7 Underwood Dr., $305,000. William and Jill Mullady sold property to Maude Walsh. 2 Richard Ave., $585,000. Shirl and Maryann Penney sold property to John and Karen Heath. 14 Layfayette St., $630,500. Andrew Inglis and Yuko Edwards sold property to Jason Baright. 9 Chloe’s Way, $570,786. McKenzie Estates of Saratoga Springs sold property to Anthony and Mary Cascarano.

8 Pond St., $35,000. Wells Fargo Bank sold property to Robin Boice.

14 Pamela Lane, $424,232. Blitman Saratoga LLC sold property to Marian Rund.

40 Herkimer St., $33,000. Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (by Atty) sold property to Wilame Piteri.

6 PD Harris Rd., $415,000. Marek and Lucyna Giurk sold property to Daniel and Mary Magnus.

1204 Route 9P, $346,000. Alan and Karen Kholstinin sold property to Preston and Barbara Montena. 30 Ferry St., $115,000. Town of Saratoga sold property to Historic Hudson Hosic Rivers Partnership. 252 Broad St., $136,000. David Mathis sold property to Marla Hodge and Maria Saavedra.

12 Sultana St., $369,000. James and Janet Price sold property to Mark and Charlotte Robson. 11 Cottage St., Unit 6, $285,000. Kwok Him Wong and Lisa Clifford-Wong sold property to Patrick Conlon. 38 High Rock Ave. Park S#21, $35,000. High Rock Condominiums LLC sold property to Jeremy Eager.

5 Spring St., Unit 201, $199,000. Broadway Spring Corp sold property to Timothy Conners. 146 Hathorn Blvd., $184,440. Christina and Nikolai Buckley sold property to Shannon Wood. 15 Ellis Ave. 1, $282,000. Adam Lloyd sold property to John and Virginia McCarthy. 5 Spring St., Unit 303, $339,000. Broadway Springs Corp sold property to John and Lisa Saccocio.

WILTON 280 Edie Rd., $110,000. Goodhue Wilton Properties Inc. sold property to Matthew Zappone. 11 Eastridge Dr., $200,000. Cottage Hill Townhomes LLC sold property to Carrick and Lindsay Bligh.

17 50 Whirlaway Blvd., $312,390. Joseph and Lida Varone sold property to Robert Rathbun, James McKnight, Laura McKnight. 19 Craw Lane, $371,360. McPadden Builders LLC sold property to Carol Levinson and John Sagl. 33 Cider Mill Way, $469,316. Smith Bridge LLC sold property to Carl and Elizabeth Jahn. 39 Loughberry Lake Rd., $455,000. Charles and Rachelle Iacovangelo sold property to Arnold and Carol Firestone. 7 Saw Mill Court, $462,468. Smith Bridge LLC sold property to James and Eleanore Dunham.



Week of February 17 – February 23, 2017

City Native Invents Product to Soothe Babies by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY NATIONWIDE — Melissa Gersin, a Saratoga Springs native and registered nurse who specializes in maternity, recently appeared on a television show that has given new life to her invention for helping parents calm their crying babies. Gersin is the founder of Tranquilo Mat, a company based near Boston, Massachusetts that was featured in a February episode of “Shark Tank.” The Emmy Award-winning program on the ABC Television Network highlights a wide variety of proposals by aspiring entrepreneurs from around the country. According to her company’s website (www.tranquilomat. com), the slogan for Gersin’s invention is that it “mimics the

sounds and motions of a mother’s womb.” It’s available in two sizes that fit either car seats or cribs, and range in price from $85 to $99. Reached for comment this week, Gersin said the original production line of 2,000 units has already sold out and that back orders are quickly stacking up. She anticipates more units will be available for distribution from a warehouse in Wisconsin by April. The products are manufactured in China and adhere to strict regulatory standards set by the federal Food and Drug Administration. From “top to bottom,” Gersin said, parents can be assured of the Tranquilo Mat’s safety for their infants. Gersin, a 2001 alumnus of Saratoga Springs High School, explained that she started developing her business plan after

graduating college in 2010 and working at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. She became familiar with the work of Dr. Harvey Karp, a renowned pediatrician and author of the book “The Happiest Baby on the Block.” In trying to calm several infants simultaneously at work one night, Gersin had an epiphany and envisioned portable units that could fit into each of the cribs. In her free time, she started developing Tranquilo Mat prototypes and sharing her ideas with colleagues in maternity, all of whom were skeptical of her invention. Still, Gersin persisted and eventually joined forces with two more upstate New York women in the Boston area: Tranquilo Mat cofounder Ashley Robinson from Rome, and Annie Hall from Glens Falls. The recent appearance on “Shark Tank,” filmed last September in California, has significantly increased the workload for Gersin and her partners. “We’ve nearly doubled our annual sales from last year…in the last three or four days,” she said. Though not a mother herself, Gersin is convinced by experience and the testimonials of her customers that many parents will

The Tranquilo Mat team (left to right): Ashley Robinson with son Luca; Melissa Gersin; and Annie Hall. Photo provided.

find the Tranquilo Mat helpful— so much that her own full-time work as a maternity nurse is no longer necessary.

“The joke is that this has become my baby,” Gersin said.

Local Youths Fight Smoking GLENS FALLS — New York State Tobacco Control Programs (TCP) have been proven to reduce youth smoking and help current smokers quit, which saves lives and millions of state tax dollars. However, smoking rates in Saratoga (17.7 percent), Warren (18.7 percent) and Washington (21 percent) counties continue to be higher than the NYS smoking rate (15.6 percent). On February 7, Glens Falls Hospital’s Living Tobacco-Free staff and Schuylerville Reality Check youths Mikhail Hailu, Grace Sirianni and Skye Haye, met with several state lawmakers in Albany to discuss the important work they are doing locally to reduce tobacco use. The state TCP uses a policydriven, population-based approach designed to prevent youth from smoking and to motivate adult smokers to quit. The efforts are leading the way toward a tobacco-free society. For more information, visit

Week of February 17 – February 23, 2017

Gift Certificates Still Good SARATOGA SPRINGS — The all-volunteer board of the Saratoga Springs Downtown Business Association (DBA) resolved Wednesday night to continue its popular gift-certificate program as well as seek additional means to benefit local businesses. Vice President Maddy Zanetti, managing partner of Impressions of Saratoga, said the DBA will consider options that “will not be as high-tech” as gift cards that had been previously offered. She said the current paper gift certificates are especially valued by teachers, business owners who purchase them for employees, and out-of-town guests. New York State laws make the use gift cards more difficult and “costly,” Zanetti said, but the DBA will consider other options for the benefit of its members. Tonya Pelligrini Lawrence, the DBA’s director of operations and marketing, explained that about $31,000 of paper gift certificates have been purchased since December. She said they help in the effort to keep money in the city, even though not all of the DBA’s roughly 200 members choose to participate in the program.

The gift certificates can be purchased only through Adirondack Trust. For more information, contact Pelligrini Lawrence at 518-587-8635.

Forno Bistro Closing for Renovations SARATOGA SPRINGS — Forno Bistro of Saratoga Springs will close for renovations on February 26 with a target re-launch date of March 17. During the renovations, a pop-up style bistro at The DZ Farm called “Forno at the Farm” will be accepting reservations on March 3, 4, 10 and 11 between 5:00–9:00 p.m. Reservations are limited and can only be made by calling DZ Restaurants’ main offices at 518-583-1142. DZ Restaurants’ other two Saratoga locations, Chianti Il Ristorante and Boca Bistro, will be open regular hours during Forno Bistro’s renovation.

BSBPA Annual Meeting and Community Mixer BALLSTON SPA — The Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association is hosting its 2017 Annual Meeting and Community Mixer on Monday, March 20

BUSINESS BRIEFS 19 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Next Door Kitchen & Bar at 51 Front Street. The event is an opportunity for members and non-members to review accomplishments, honor outgoing board members, welcome new ones, and look forward to the upcoming year. The evening will begin with a social hour and buffet at 6:00 p.m., followed by the official meeting at 7:00. Tickets are $30 per person and are available online at www. Limited tickets will also be available at the door. This event is open to the public.

Rusty Nail Birthday Promotion at Bentley’s Tavern MALTA – The Rusty Nail is now offering its ‘chicken wings equals your age’ birthday promotion at Bentley’s Tavern at 4 Hemphill Place. Customers will receive the same number of Rusty Nail chicken wings as their age (on their actual birthday) as long as they are at least 21 and can provide a photo ID. The offer is not valid for take-out orders. To learn more about the promotion, call Bentley’s Tavern at 518-899-4300.

Scotties BackPack Program

BALLSTON SPA — In collaboration with the Regional FoodBank of Northeastern New York and sponsorship by Saratoga Hospital, the Ballston Spa Central School District will launch the Scotties BackPack Program at Milton Terrace Elementary School during the coming weeks. The BackPack Program provides a backpack of

non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food to each selected child every Friday afternoon for him or her to eat throughout the weekend. The empty backpack is then returned to the school every Monday morning so that it can be filled again for Friday. The program will serve 30 students who have been selected to receive the weekly backpack during

Crafters Gallery To Briefly Close, Change Hands

the remainder of the school year. Volunteers from the Living Hope Christian Church and Milton Terrace PTA will be organizing and distributing the backpacks to the students on a weekly basis. Additional information on the program is available on the Regional FoodBank’s webpage at backpack-program/.

Christina Lowes and Roger Goldsmith at Crafters Gallery. Photo provided.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Last year, when Christina Lowes found out the Crafters Gallery at 427 Broadway may be closing, she decided it was time to make her move. For about 3 years, Lowes has been offering her own craftwork at the shop under the guidance of longtime owner Roger Goldsmith. Right around Thanksgiving, she learned that Goldsmith had decided it was time to sell. “I was devastated at the thought of such a landmark in the community having to close its doors after so many years; and vendors and employees, including myself, having to leave,” Lowes explained. Lowes proceeded to secure

financing to become the new owner of Crafters Gallery, which has featured a variety of works by local artists since the early 1990s. She said she plans to open its doors to “other hand-made vendors including pottery, wood items, Adirondack-themed items, home décor as well as women’s clothing and accessory items that were not offered here before.” Lowes added that the store will be closed temporarily between February 20 and 24 for renovations, including fresh paint, flooring and lighting. For more information, call the shop at 518-583-2435 or visit



Week of February 17 – February 23, 2017

PTA Brings the World to Division Street by Norra Reyes Saratoga TODAY

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SARATOGA SPRINGS — Friday night, before the weekend snowstorm, the Saratoga Music Hall at 474 Broadway was enjoying a storm of its own, a Karaoke battle, all in good fun, as a highlight to a gala raising funds for an Earth Balloon® for the Division Street Elementary School in the Saratoga Springs City School

District (SSCSD). The “Around the World in 8 Dances” Gala held February 10 was part of a dedicated fundraising push led by the Division Street School PTA to purchase the $20,000 learning tool, and just before print deadline, the goal was reached – Division Street will shortly be the proud owner of an Earth Balloon. A list of the donors is available on the Division Street PTA’s website. “We are so grateful to our volunteers and donors,” said SSCSD Division Street PTA President Connie Woytowich. “We highly encourage our school members and the whole community to support them - whether they be a business, individual or organization. Without them - none of this would have been possible.” Woytowich is a chemistry

Evelyn Hefner holds open the world so guests may step inside.

Students and the school community were able to explore the Earth Balloon during the STEM Lab Expo on Monday, February 6 and throughout the week. Photo provided.

and biology teacher at Colonie Central High School in Albany, and a NYS Master Teacher. She is also a Committee Chairperson for the STEM Lab - Earth Balloon Initiative, and a mother of four children, three at Division and one at the middle school. The initiative started when Woytowich had reached out to STEM Lab committeeperson Evelyn Hefner, a 5th grade teacher at the school with a masters in science education, and asked her what was her biggest wish for the STEM Lab and school?

“Initially I thought about the Starlab® portable planetarium as well as the Earth Balloon, but it started around $40,000, which is somewhat unrealistic,” Hefner laughed. “So we decided to go for the Earth Balloon. I was able to rent one before at Lake Avenue, and the observations the kids made were fantastic. It is 20 feet in diameter when inflated, and the detail is so accurate – it’s from satellite photography. The back half of the Earth is all Pacific Ocean, and you can’t experience that unless you are walking around it. You can’t get that from a flat map or globe.” Moreover, Division Street is a receiving school for the English Language Learners in the district, and currently has students from the following countries: China, Germany, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Italy, and France. “I have an Indian student in my class,” said Hefner, “and he was so excited to show everyone his airplane ride over here, and he was able to share with his classmates the geography of the area, he knew the Teutonic plates under India, the Himalayas…I can’t wait until these kids - who may feel a little out of place - can show where they are from. The Earth Balloon connects with so much for the students – geography, weather, trade routes, biomes, literature – all these things that run through every level of curriculum.” Woytowich researched it through the vendor, Earth Adventure, and found that the total cost, including shipping, would be $20,900. “The problem with just renting

PTA President Connie Woytowich won the Karaoke Battle against valiant opponent, Coach Jason Armstrong.

Evelyn Hefner gives guests a tour of the Earth balloon’s inside.

it is the required $5,000 deposit, which is hard for a school to scrape up. So when I called Earth Adventure and told them we would like to buy one, they waived the deposit fee so we could expose people to it and fundraise.” They raised enough funds last year to pay for the week’s rental. The school held a STEMtastic week, with a STEM Expo on Monday, February 6. The students and school community were able to explore the balloon throughout the week, and the successful fundraising culminated in the gala that Friday that left them shy nearly $4,000, but some additional phone calls and generous donors made up the difference within a few days.

Moving forward, an added benefit of the Earth Balloon is that it would be a continuing fundraiser for the STEM Lab. The Division Street STEM Lab would be able to make it available to neighboring schools for a fraction of the startup cost as a rental (with proof of insurance). Schools in the district would pay a further reduced fee. It has little maintenance, and is very low-tech. A large fan inflates it in under a minute, and it rolls up like a sleeping bag for storage. For more information about the Earth balloon, visit Additional details about donations and the benefits of the Earth Balloon for Division Street Elementary can be found at www.

Week of February 17 – February 23, 2017


Ballston Spa Robotics Team Headed to Championships

BALLSTON SPA — System Overload, Ballston Spa’s FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Team, is headed to the Hudson Valley FTC Championship Tournament after placing as finalists in the Hudson Valley FTC Qualifying Tournament. The 8th and 9th graders received a Wild Card to compete in the championships on February 5 at Pace University.

The FTC is a robotics competition for students in grades 7–12. Students design and build a robot using a variety of materials to complete the challenges. Ballston Spa High School’s FRC Team 3044 provided mentoring to the team throughout the season. The district’s Robotics initiative is possible based on the generous support from corporate sponsors

including Ballston Spa National Bank and Bechtel. Additional information is available by contacting Ballston Spa K-12 Science Coordinator Diane Irwin,, or at the High School by calling 518-884-7150. Visit the FIRST® Robotics website directly at for additional details.

Saratoga Hospital Looking for Student Volunteers SARATOGA SPRINGS — Applications are now available for Saratoga Hospital’s summer program called Students Sharing Opportunities and Responsibilities (SSOAR). SSOAR offers area junior and senior high school students opportunities for community service in a healthcare environment. Participants will volunteer at least 48 hours in one of several areas of the hospital, including the Gift Shoppe, Treasures Consignment Boutique, medical/surgical

floors, and emergency department. Accepted SSOAR participants will attend a mandatory orientation on June 23. Completed applications must be received/postmarked by April 7. Detailed information and application requirements are available at www. volunteering, through high school guidance offices, and at the front desk of Saratoga Hospital. For email inquiries, students may contact Betsy St. Pierre, Associate Director of Volunteer Services, at


Galway’s New Jr./Sr. High School Principal

GALWAY — The Galway Central School District Board of Education appointed Michael Miller as its new Jr/Sr High School Principal at its Board meeting on Thursday, February 16. Miller’s tentative first day at Galway Jr/Sr High School will be Friday, March 17. Miller currently teaches social studies at Saratoga Springs High School, where he has been employed for 18 years. He has been the student council advisor for 16 years, chaperone coordinator for all athletics, and

graduation marshall. He also serves as president of the Saratoga Springs Teachers Association. Miller earned his bachelor’s degree in history education from LeMoyne College and his master’s degree in curriculum from the University at Albany. He earned his administrator certification from SUNY Plattsburgh. Miller and his wife, Meghan, live in Ballston Spa with their two children, Catherine (10) and Andrew (7). He is a history buff who also follows baseball and the Yankees.


Week of February 17 – February 23, 2017

Week of February 17 – February 23, 2017


St. Clements School, 231 Lake Ave. & Skidmore College, North Broadway • 518-580-1782

For children who have a passion for the performing arts or would like to try something new, Saratoga Children’s Theatre (SCT) summer camp is a dream come true. Saratoga Children’s Theatre offers performance camps for ages 4-18 years. At SCT we hire dedicated professionals that will enhance your child’s awareness for the arts while enjoying a great summer camp experience! For more information please visit Before and After Care are available for all camps. There will be NO Camp on July 4th.


These stars-to-be will learn to explore their creativity through music, storytelling, movement, and arts. Both fun and educational, we have created our Rising Stars program to provide a warm and nurturing environment, giving campers the opportunity to gain a wonderful introduction to the theatre arts. Camp hours 9am3pm; RISING STAR camps are full day (9am-3pm) and half day (9am-12pm). Full Day Camps: Dr. Seuss July 3-July 7 Christmas in July July 10-July 14 Pirates and Mermaids July 17- July 21 Frozen July 24- July 28 Disney Magic July 31- August 4 Doc McStuffins August 7- August 11 Can’t Stop the Feeling August 14- August 18 Half Day Camps: Under the Sea July 3-July 7 Crazy Animal Fun July 10-July 14 Silly Tea Party July 17- July 21


Campers will learn all aspects of performance, and will have the opportunity to perform in a show at the end of camp and they are open to the public. Campers will perform on stage at St. Clements Auditorium, Saratoga Springs. Camp hours

are 9am-3pm; KIDS camps are 1 or 2 weeks. Aladdin Kids July 3-July 14; Performance July 14 at 11am & 4pm A Mixed-Up Fairytale (Play) July 17- July 28; Performance July 28 at 11am & 4pm A Year with Frog and Toad July 31 - August 11; Performance August 11 at 11am & 4pm On the Radio August 14- August 18; Performance August 18 at 11am & 4pm The above performances are at St. Clement’s School, 231 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs.


Campers will learn all aspects of performance, and will have the opportunity to perform in a show at the end of camp and they are open to the public. Campers will perform on stage at St. Clements Auditorium, Saratoga Springs. Camp hours are 9am-3pm; JUNIOR camps are 1 or 2 weeks. Into the Woods Jr July 3-July 14; Performance July 14 at 1pm & 6pm Glee Camp July 17-July 21; Performance July 21 at 11am & 4pm High School Musical 2 Jr July 24- August 4; Performance August 4 at 1pm & 6pm 3-2-1 Action August 7-August 18; Screening August 18 at 2pm The above performances are at St. Clement’s School, 231 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs.


Campers will learn all aspects of performance, and will have the opportunity to perform 4 performances per camp at Skidmore College JBK Theater. Camp hours are 9am-3pm. Camp will be held at St. Clements School for the first 2 weeks, the third week of camp is at Skidmore College. Oklahoma July 3 - July 22; Performances July 21 & July 22 at 1pm & 7pm Thoroughly Modern Millie July 31 - August 9; Performances August 18 & August 19 at 1pm & 7pm The above performances are at the Janet Kinghorn Bernhard Theater on the Skidmore College Campus.


Week of February 17 – February 23, 2017

Places of Adirondack Christian Fellowship   8 Mountain Ledge, Wilton 587-0623 | Services: Sunday 8 a.m. & 10 a.m. Adirondack Friends Meeting 27 Saratoga Ave, South Glens Falls 793-3755 | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Assembly of God Faith Chapel 6 Burgoyne St, Schuylerville 695-6069 | Rev. Jason Proctor Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m. Assembly of God Saratoga 118 Woodlawn Ave, Saratoga Springs 584-6081 | Services: Sunday Worship 10 a.m. Bacon Hill Reformed Church* 560 Route 32N, Bacon Hill | 695-3074 Rev. Janet Vincent | Services: Worship service 10 a.m.; Sunday School 10 a.m. Baha’i Community of Saratoga Springs 885-0876; 692-7694 | Ballston Center Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church 58 Charlton Road, Ballston Spa | 885-7312 Services: Sunday Worship, 10:30 a.m. Ballston Spa United Methodist Church 101 Milton Ave, Ballston Spa 885-6886 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Bethesda Episcopal Church* 41 Washington Street, Saratoga Springs | 584-5980 The Very Rev’d Marshall J. Vang Services: Sunday 8:00AM & 10:00AM Calvary Capital District 17 Low Street, Ballston Spa | Pastor Andrew Holt Services: Sunday 10 am | Church of Christ at Clifton Park 7 Old Route 146, Clifton Park 371-6611 | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Christ Community Reformed Church 1010 Route 146, Clifton Park | 371-7654 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Christ Episcopal Church Routes 50 & 67, Ballston Spa | 885-1031 Services: Sunday 8 & 10 a.m. Christian Restoration Ministries Saratoga Senior Center 5 Williams St, Saratoga Springs 796-4323 | Pastor Pat Roach Services: Sunday 10 a.m.; 6:30 p.m. Christian Science Church 107 Circular St, Saratoga Springs 584-0221 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m.

Community Alliance Church 257 Rowland St, Ballston Spa 885-6524 | Services: Morning Worship 10:30 a.m. Congregation Shaara Tfille* 84 Weibel Avenue, Saratoga Springs 584-2370 | Services: Saturday 10 a.m. Corinth Free Methodist Church   20 Hamilton Ave, Corinth 654-9255; 792-0271 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Corinth United Methodist Church 243 Main Street, Corinth 654-2521 | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Cornerstone Community Church 516 Park Ave., Mechanicville | 664-5204 | Pastor Frank Galerie Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Community 2001 Route 9, Round Lake 877-8506 | Services: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 8 & 11 a.m.; Eastern Orthodox — Christ the Savior 349 Eastline Road, Ballston Lake 212-7845 | Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. First Baptist Church of Saratoga Springs 45 Washington St, Saratoga Springs 584-6301 | Services: Sunday 12 noon First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa 202 Milton Ave, Ballston Spa 885-8361 | Services: 10:30 a.m. worship, 9 a.m. Sunday School (all ages) First Presbyterian Church of Ballston Spa 22 West High St, Ballston Spa 885-5583 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Full Gospel Tabernacle 207 Redmond Road, Gansevoort 793-2739 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Galway United Methodist Church 2056 East St, Galway | 882-6520 Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. (9 a.m. in July and August) Grace Fellowship Saratoga

165 High Rock Ave, Saratoga | 691-0301 Pastor: Mike Adams Services: Sundays 9 & 11 a.m. Grace Brethren Church* 137 W. Milton Road, Ballston Spa 587-0649 | Rev. Dan Pierce Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Greater Grace Community Church Pastor David Moore | 899-7777 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Greenfield Center Baptist Church 30 Wilton Road, Greenfield Center | 893-7429 Services: Sunday School for all ages - 9:45 a.m.; Church Service - 11 a.m. Highway Tabernacle Church 90 River Road, Mechanicville | 664-4442 Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Hope Church 206 Greenfield Ave, Ballston Spa 885-7442 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Jonesville United Methodist 963 Main St, Clifton Park 877-7332 | Services: Sunday 8:30 & 10:30 a.m. Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Living Springs Community Church 59 Pine Road, Saratoga Springs 584-9112 | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Living Waters Church of God 4330 State Rt. 50, Saratoga Springs 587-0484 | Services: Sundays 10 a.m. Malta Presbyterian Church Dunning Street, Malta 899-5992 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Malta Ridge United Methodist Church 729 Malta Ave. Ext, Malta 581-0210 | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Middle Grove United Methodist Church* 581-2973 | Pastor Bonnie Bates Services: Sunday 9 a.m. Mt. Olivet Baptist Church Corner of Jefferson St. & Crescent St. Saratoga Springs | 584-9441 Rev. Dr. Victor L. Collier, Pastor New Horizon Church 150 Perry Road, Saratoga Springs 587-0711 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. New Life Fellowship 51 Old Gick Road, ­­Saratoga Springs 580-1810 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m.


Week of February 17 – February 23, 2017

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

Services: Sunday 8:30 am. St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church 149 Lake Ave, Saratoga Springs 584-0904 | Services: Saturday 5 p.m.; Sundays 8:30 & 11 a.m. St. Peter Lutheran Church 2776 Route 9, Malta | 583-4153 Services: Sunday 8:30 & 10:30 a.m.; Sunday School at 9:15 a.m. St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church 1 Grove Street, Schuylerville 695-3918 | Rev. Donna J. Arnold Services: Sunday 8 & 9 a.m. St. Thomas of Canterbury 242 Grooms Road, Halfmoon Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Saratoga Abundant Life Church 2325 Route 50 South, Saratoga Springs 885-5456 | Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. Saratoga Chabad 130 Circular St, Saratoga Springs 526-0773 | Saratoga Friends Meeting (Quaker) Rts. 32 and 71, Quaker Springs 587-7477; 399-5013 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Saratoga United Methodist Church* Henning Road, Saratoga Springs 584-3720 | Services: Sunday 9:00am and 10:45am Saratoga Seventh-Day Adventist Church 399 Union Ave, Saratoga Springs 882-9384 | Services: Sabbath School: 10 a.m. Worship Service: 11:30 a.m. Schuylerville United Methodist Church* 51 Church St, Schuylerville 695-3101 | Services: Worship at 11am Shenendehowa United Methodist 971 Route 146, Clifton Park 371-7964 Services: Sunday 9 & 10:30 a.m. Simpson United Methodist Church Rock City Road, Rock City Falls 885-4794 Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m.

Soul Saving Station for Every Nation Christ Crusaders of America 62 Henry St, Saratoga Springs Services: Sunday 10 a.m. www.SOULSAVINGSTATIONCHURCH.COM Stillwater Christian Fellowship Meeting at Liberty Ridge Farm 29 Bevis Road Schaghticoke, NY 12154 Stillwater United Church (Presbyterian U.S.A.) 747 Hudson Avenue, Stillwater | 664-7984 Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Temple Sinai* 509 Broadway, Saratoga Springs 584-8730 | Shabbat Services: Friday 6 p.m. or 8p.m. (rotating schedule) Saturdays: 10:30a.m. Terra Nova Church* 45 Washington St, Saratoga Springs 833-0504 | Services: Sunday 5:30 p.m. The Salvation Army/ Worship, Service & Community Center 27 Woodlawn Ave, Saratoga Springs 584-1640 Services: Sunday School 10 a.m.; Praise & Worship 11 a.m. Trinity United Methodist Church 155 Ballard Road, Gansevoort 584-9107 | Rev Keith Mann Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Saratoga Springs 624 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs 584-1555 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Unity Church in Albany 21 King Ave., Albany 453-3603 Services: Sunday 9 a.m. & 11 a.m. West Charlton United Presbyterian Church 1331 Sacandaga Road, West Charlton 882-9874 | Rev. Thomas Gregg, Pastor Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Wilton Baptist Church 755 Saratoga Road, Wilton 583-2736 Services: Sunday 11 a.m.



Week of February 17 – February 23, 2017

Storytelling Returns to Saratoga this Winter

With a generous grant from the Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York, the Saratoga Jewish Community Arts and Temple Sinai present Storytelling: Enriching the Soul, Tickling the Heart and Stretching the Mind on Sunday, February 26 at 7 p.m. at Temple Sinai in Saratoga Springs. To hear a Jewish story is to share the humor and warmth, wisdom and angst, earthiness and spirituality of an ancient and thoroughly modern, diverse, and irrepressible group of people bearing a most remarkable history, said Phyllis Wang, Coordinator of Saratoga Jewish Community Arts. “Storytelling is magic,” said Beth Sabo Novik, a storyteller, teacher, and congregant of Temple Sinai. “To hear a story is to have an experience that moves us to a time and place we’ve never been. Stories help us feel and think and open us up to new worlds and new understandings.” Long before the beginnings of a written literature, storytelling served as the means of sharing events of the past and of defining identity - that is, the individual’s cultural distinctiveness, as in who or what is “Jewish.” Stories have been a powerful tool to tell the “happenings” of the Jewish people. The major goal of storytelling within Jewish tradition is to inspire people to improve their actions and teach them ethical understanding. Stories crystallize the Jewish spirit. As a member of a unique community, Jews tell and retell stories. Every age group loves stories. Storytelling is a genre of coded communication which means different people understand the words in different ways. While it all may identify “Jewish,” adults understand the sociology and history, while children understand the action. The child and adult may laugh at the same words; however, they did not hear the same story. This can make a storytelling experience appealing to families and other multigenerational gatherings. While there is a time-honored custom of storytelling throughout Jewish history, today there are

well-established storytelling groups, websites, “list serves,” radio programs, workshops, training programs, and venues on local, regional and national levels. Jewish storytelling always had its audience whether in home, the synagogue or collected in written anthologies; however, with strong interest by present generations to invigorate the oral tradition, we find great enthusiasm by young and old to hone their skills while enthusiastic listeners take in the experience in a greater variety of venues. “Listening to stories can connect us to the past, to each other, to deeper parts of ourselves, and to the vast possibilities that life can hold,” Novik said. Did you ever enjoy someone telling a good tale? Do you remember what storytelling meant to you as a child? Storytelling has not gone away - it remains magical, Novik explained. “In our world of highly sophisticated technology, global economies, and instant communications, storytelling is still the great communicator, crossing generations through humor, poignancy, and the unexpected, connecting us to morality, values and culture,” Wang said. Storytellers this year include: Shawn Banner has been a member of Temple Sinai for almost two decades, a teacher in the Judaica program for almost as long, an educator, an artist, and a lover of stories. An elementary school teacher focusing on math intervention, Shawn also teaches art classes and workshops throughout the Capital District and North Country, and frequently for the College of St. Rose and Saratoga Arts. David S. Liebschutz is the principal of DSLeadership, LLC, a longterm public service professor at the University at Albany’s Rockefeller College of Public Affairs, and an adjunct professor of economics at Siena College. Mr. Liebschutz is the author of numerous academic articles and co-wrote the book State Tax Relief for the Poor. Mr. Liebschutz is a former Hillel Foundation executive

director (2000-2004 at the University at Albany) and a past-president of B’nai Sholom Reform Congregation in Albany, New York. Beth Sabo Novik wears many proverbial, and sometimes literal, hats. Beth is a teacher of religious school at Temple Sinai, a storyteller, a massage therapist, a personal trainer, a hypnotist, an intuitive coach, a teacher of workshops, a speaker, a mom, and a wife. Ben Russell is a Jewish storyteller for the Capital Region. Ben became

involved in storytelling through the interfaith storytelling group Children at the Well where he learned the art and later became a mentor for younger students. He is now a coach at Children at the Well, an Interfaith program to teach young people the art of storytelling and performance. Sandor Sandy Schuman, President of Executive Decision Services LLC, accidentally discovered he was a storyteller: “My father was a storyteller. It was his everyday way of communicating important values

and ideas. I didn’t realize I’d followed his example until several years ago when people began to comment on their part of my training sessions as ‘Sandy’ stories”. Sandy tells personal adventures, historical sagas, tall tales, and stories in the Jewish storytelling tradition. The program begins at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 26, with a light dinner. Donations requested of $10 for adults and $5 for children. Please call 518-584-8730 opt. 2 for information and reservations.

Saratoga Chabad will be Showing the Film Titled My Whole Broken Heart The film represents some people who have gone through some terrible and very dark moments in their lives. They took these dark moments and have used these opportunities to shine light in the face of the darkness. This hour-long session includes a powerful emotional film about individuals who have chosen to face painful tragedy with hope for a better future. Featuring parents: parents of Daniel Pearl and Coby Mandel, and Rabbi Nissen Mangel and Chief Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau This program is part of the National Learning Jewish Institute. Wednesday, January 25 7:30 p.m. 130 Circular St. followed by a discussion. Light dinner and refreshments will be served. This program is in memory of the yahrzeit of Marlene Aronson. For more info, or 518-526-0773



Week of February 17 – February 23, 2017

Saratoga Farmers Bring Fresh Produce to Market – Even in February Sauteed Kohlrabi with Onions, Kale, and Cream Ingredients

Saturdays, 9 to 1

Cook kohlrabi and onion in butter over mediumhigh heat until almost - 1 kohlrabi, peeled tender. Stir in kale leaves, and chopped and cook until wilted. into small Add a generous splash of cubes* heavy cream, and cook for - 1 thinly sliced white a few minutes to reduce. onion* Season with salt, pepper, - 3 Tbsp unsalted and nutmeg. Serve with butter chicken, pork chops, or steak. - 4-6 kale leaves, * Ingredients can be found at the market

Lincoln Baths Saratoga Spa State Park February often feels like a frigid countdown to spring. A visit to the Saratoga Farmers’ Market’s winter location might change that perception. You’ll find tables loaded with tomatoes, cucumbers, salad greens and spinach, kale, cabbage, carrots, turnips, radishes, sweet potatoes and potatoes, winter squash, and beets. Where does this produce come from? Not the grocery store. A growing number of local farmers grow it year round, using such structures as greenhouses and high tunnels to provide their crops with the water, sun, and soil nutrients needed to thrive. Five farmers at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market offer produce year round: Gomez Veggie Ville, Malta Ridge Orchard and Gardens, Pleasant Valley Farm, Sheldon Farms, and Shushan Hydro Farms (which grows its produce in a mineral rich water solvent). The Gomez family – Valentina and Efrain Gomez along with their


finely chopped* - Heavy cream* - Salt and pepper - Grated nutmeg

Gomez Veggie Ville by Brie Passano.

daughter Lizbeth – share some of their winter growing tactics here. Lizbeth Gomez said winter growing began about seven years ago in a single greenhouse on their Schaghticoke farm. “My mom had a small greenhouse behind our house, and we expanded from there.”

The family now operates five greenhouses. They begin planning their winter harvests with plantings of greenhouse crops of spinach, kale, baby lettuce, and arugula. Once the greens are harvested, it takes four weeks for the plants to regrow. So they plan their season around the plants’ growing schedules while keeping in mind that sudden freezes will

Gomez Veggie Ville by Brie Passano

Gomez Veggie Ville by Pattie Garrett.

stall the growth of more vulnerable greens. If the day is warm, they open their greenhouses to bring in fresh air and sun. On cold days, they keep the greenhouse closed to protect their young greens. The family balances their supply of fresh greens with such crops as beets, carrots, butternut squash, potatoes, parsnips, dried beans, and onions. These items typically ripen in early fall and are stored in walk-in coolers so they can be made available

to market shoppers until spring when warmer soil and longer days makes outdoor planting possible again. “When people see our tables, they often ask if we really are growing everything,” said Efrain Gomez. He hopes that more people will continue to visit farmers’ markets in the winter as they realize the abundance available year-round. The Saratoga Farmers’ Market takes place Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Lincoln Baths Building in the Saratoga Spa State Park.


Week of February 17 – February 23, 2017

On the Go!

by John Reardon for Saratoga TODAY Hello my Foodie Friends! Burrrr. As we are in the midst of winter, there is anticipation of Spring weather and warmer temps. While we all look forward to warmer temperatures during this time of the year, mornings can still be pretty chilly. If you’re like me and have to hurry out the door each morning before you’ve had the chance to enjoy a warm

cup of coffee, you probably drink your coffee at some point during your commute from a travel mug. Most travel mugs, and I know you probably have a cabinet full of them, only keep your coffee warm for an hour and aren’t spill- and leak-proof. The good news is that there is a mug out there that can replace your cabinet full of travel mugs and water bottles! We just received a shipment of a mug that’s personal favorite of mine: The Thermos Vacuum Insulated Travel Mug. This mug not only has a locking lid to prevent spills and leaks, it is also double wall vacuum insulated. This means your coffee (or tea) can stay at the same temperature it was when you first poured it for 8 hours! It also keeps your cold beverages cold for 12 hours, which makes it great for iced coffee and water. Another great feature of the Thermos Vacuum

Insulated Travel Mug is that the lid is designed to help control the flow of warm liquids so you don’t burn your tongue on that hot coffee. This sleek travel mug is slender enough to fit in your car’s cup holder, making it the perfect travel companion. The spill-proof vacuum seal means you can throw it in your purse or backpack without having to worry about it making a mess. You can also bring it with you hiking, skiing, and snowshoeing. If you bring it to the beach, you can rest assured that the locking lid will prevent it from filling up with sand. Thermos™ vacuum insulation technology locks in temperature to preserve flavor and freshness • Durable 18/8 stainless steel interior and exterior withstand the demands of everyday use • Drink lid opens with push button ease and locks closed • Light and compact design

for effortless transport and storage • Bottle stays cool to the touch with hot liquids and is condensation-free with cold • Contoured body is comfortable to hold and fits most automobile drink holders I know you’re probably wondering how a travel mug can really make your life easier, but think about the last time you were rushing out the door and spilled hot coffee all over yourself. If you want to worry about one less thing in the morning, come on in to Compliments to the Chef located at 46 Marion Avenue Saratoga Springs for one of these Thermos Vacuum Insulated Drink Bottles. Our friends in the Air National Guard out of Scotia have made this one of their favorite items to bring with them on their trips to Antarctica.

Remember my Foodie Friends – “Life Happens in the Kitchen.” Take care, John and Paula



Candlelight Ski and Snowshoe Families are invited to enjoy an evening at Saratoga Spa State Park, 19 Roosevelt Drive, Saratoga Springs on Friday, February 24 from 6 – 8:30 p.m. for this fundraiser event. Please bring minimum of 2 canned food items to be donated to Franklin Community Center. 1-Mile candlelit loop, bonfire, ice skating and hot food and drinks! Snowshoes are available to rent on a first-come, first-serve basis. Free Beginner Dance Lessons with Spa City Swingers Come check out different styles of partner dances on Friday, February 24, from 7 to 8 p.m., and see what makes it so much fun. No partner is necessary. Pre-registration is required. Call 518-899-4411 or log-on www. to reserve your spot. For ages 12+. Stand for the Rock Organized by Ndakinna Education Center and hosted by Caffe’ Lena on Friday, February 24 at 2 p.m. Stand for the Rock features an afternoon of Native American music and storytelling to raise funds for Sacred Stone Camp, the encampment of Standing Rock Lakota Water Protectors opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline. Cost is $20/$10. 100 percent of your ticket purchase will be donated to sacredstonecamp If you cannot join us, please consider making a donation directly. Thoroughbred Toastmasters Toastmasters is a place where you develop and grow - both personally and professionally. You join a community of learners, and in Toastmasters meetings we learn by doing. Whether you’re an executive or a stay-at-home parent, a college student or a retiree, you will improve yourself; building skills to express yourself in a variety of situations. You’ll open up a world

of new possibilities: giving better work presentations; leading meetings - and participating in them - more confidently; speaking more smoothly off the cuff; even handling one-on-one interactions with family, friends and colleagues more positively. This meeting will be held at the Saratoga Springs Public Library, located at 49 Henry Street, Saratoga Springs, on Monday, February 25, 6 – 6:45 p.m. Malta Business & Professional Association Annual Dinner The public is invited to attend this event on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 from 6 – 9 p.m. at Panza’s Restaurant located on Saratoga Lake. Learn more about the MBPA, meet and chat with local business owners and spend a laughter filled-evening with local stand-up comedian and comedy writer, Chris O’Leary, from Saratoga Springs. Cost for pre-registered attendees is $45 and for walk-ins it’s $55. Cocktail hour runs 6 -7pm; Dinner 7 – 8 p.m.; Program begins at 8 p.m. To register for this year’s event, visit or email Pam Grandin at MaltaBPA@gmail. com. To learn more about the MBPA, visit 2017 Children’s Museum Annual Gala You’re invited to The Children’s Museum at Saratoga’s Annual Gala at Saratoga National Golf Club on March 2, at 6:30 – 10:30 p.m. Come follow the Yellow Brick Road across a tornado of tastings and a rainbow of libations. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Evening includes: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Open Bar with Signature Drink, passed Hors D’Oeuvres, Meet, Greet and Eat as young local talent sing the songs of this famous movie. From 7:30 p.m. onward Tasting Stations, Drink Samplers to Complement Tastings, Dessert Table for Additional Treats, Live Music by Running The River. This year’s honorary chairs are Mary Gavin and Jim Lavigne. Please RSVP online or by calling 518-584-5540 by February 20, 2017. Cost is $75 - $700. For more information, call 518-584-5540.

Rummage and Bake Sale Ballston Spa United Methodist Church will be holding a Rummage and Bake Sale on Saturday, March 4 from 8 a.m. 4 p.m. in the Fellowship Room (in the back of the church). We will be offering a variety of furniture, linens, sporting goods, collectibles, games, housewares, clothing and books. Plus delicious baked goods. The church is located at 101 Milton Ave in Ballston Spa. Spring Craft Fair Ballston Area Community Center will be hosting its annual spring craft fair March 4 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. We are located in the village of Ballston Spa. This event is free and open to the public. Check out a wide selection of homemade crafts and gifts. Stop by our concession stand for some yummy snacks. Fun for the whole family. For more information please contact Kathi 518-885-3261. Science of Mind Foundations, Unit 2 Class Albany-Saratoga Spiritual Adventures is hosting the 3-week class, “Science of Mind Foundations, Unit 2: Wholeness, Attraction and Abundance” on Tuesdays, beginning March 7 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Woodlawn Commons, 156 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs In this class in practical spirituality, students will explore some of the Core Concepts of the Science of Mind teaching, including the natural state of wholeness, the Law of Attraction, and how to experience abundance in life, coupled with the spiritual practices of affirmative prayer, gratitude, and the Fear to Faith process. Suggested donation is $20 per class session. For more information, visit www. or call 518-366-9918. Saratoga Regional YMCA Annual Scholarship Campaign Party The Saratoga Regional YMCA invites you to join us on March 10, 2017 for our 2017 Annual Campaign Party. From 6-10 p.m., guests will enjoy complimentary food and spirits, while dancing to the tunes of the Garland Nelson Ensemble at

Week of February 17 – February 23, 2017 Excelsior Springs at the Marriott. There will also be a silent auction and wine pull, if you’re feeling lucky. Also, Smile Lounge Photo Booth New York will be there to capture the evening’s festivities. Proceeds from this event benefit our 2017 Annual Scholarship Campaign, which ensures that everyone can participate at the YMCA regardless of their ability to pay. With your help, we can build a better us. Tickets can be purchased on our website or call Allison D’Antonio, Mission Advancement Director at 518583-9622 x 104. Brighter Days, Shelters of Saratoga 2017 Gala Please join Shelters of Saratoga at its 2017 Brighter Days Gala on Thursday, March 23, 2017 from 6-9 p.m. at Longfellows Restaurant on Union Ave. in Saratoga Springs. This annual fundraising gala provides critically needed support to over 700 individuals facing homelessness in our region each year. Guests will be treated to an evening cocktail style reception, dancing, silent auction and the core reason for its existence: providing help, hope and humanity to those most in need. Reservations: $100 per person. This year we will be honoring Saratoga Springs Police Chief, Greg Veitch with the Help, Hope and Humanity Award for his outstanding dedication of service to our community. For more information, visit www. Babysitting Course Adirondack Health & Safety will once again be presenting a child and babysitting at Gavin Park. This course is open to girls and boys, ages 10 and up. Participants will learn the basics of CABS (Child and Babysitting Safety), along with CPR and first aid. The course runs from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 25. Pre-registration and bag lunch is required. Cost for Wilton Residents is $60, Saratoga Springs School District Residents is $65, and all others is $70. Registration can be done online, by mail or in person at Gavin Park, MondayFriday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Questions may be answered by calling the park office at 518-5849455.

Craft/Vendor Show The General Schuyler Rescue Squad, located at 901 Route 29 in Saratoga Springs is hosting another Craft/Vendor Show on Saturday, March 25. We have over 35 spaces, refreshments, raffles and fun. Reserve your space for $25. by March 1. Call Jennie at 518-3901357 or respond by e-mail. Please support your local rescue squad. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Ballston Area Community Center 19th Annual Gala Flannel up for some fun (attire) on Saturday, March 25, 6:30 p.m. at Milton Community Center located at 310 Northline Rd. Cocktails and Silent Auction, Dinner, Dancing with Hersh Productions, and Silent Auction. RSVP by March 11. RSVP’S received before March 4 will be entered in “The-Early-Bird-GetsThe-Worm” Drawing. Let the games begin. Embrace your Inner Lumber Jack Fighting for Mya Fundraiser The American Legion Post 234, located at 23 Pleasant Street in Ballston Spa, will host a fund raiser for 15-year-old sophomore, Mya, who was recently diagnosed with stage 4 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. This benefit will take place on April 29, 2017 at 2p.m. All support will be greatly appreciated. Senior Nutrition Program Saratoga County Office for the Aging sponsors the program in Saratoga County. Persons age 60 and over can participate in a meal that is served at 12 noon at several meal sites throughout Saratoga County. Meal sites are located in Ballston Spa, Charlton, Clifton Park, Corinth, Edinburg, Galway, Greenfield, Hadley, Halfmoon, Malta, Mechanicville, Moreau, Saratoga, Schuylerville, and Waterford. This nutritious lunch is served MondaysFridays. Reservations are required at least one day in advance by noon. A registration form must be completed by each participant annually. No food/drink items can be taken to go. Participants will receive monthly contribution letter. The suggestion donation is $2.00 per meal. For more information and contact phone numbers of locations, please call Billie Jo at the Office for the Aging, 518-884-4996.

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Week of February 17 – February 23, 2017 Genealogy and Local History

Family Friendly Event

Friday, February 17 Fish Fry Fridays Fish Creek Rod and Gun Club, Route 32 south of the village of Victory, 4:30 – 7 p.m. Fish Fry Friday will continue each Friday of the month. Menu: fried fish, fried clams, fried chicken tenders, popcorn shrimp, buffalo shrimp, and clam chowder by the bowl or by the quart. Eat in at our club house or to call ahead for take-out 518-695-3917. Everyone is welcome.

Saturday, February 18 Beginning Genealogy Town of Saratoga Town Hall, Corner of Rt. 4 and Rt. 29, Schuylerville, 10 a.m. – Noon Pat Peck, past president of Heritage Hunters, will teach basic research skills including the use of vital records, census records, deeds, wills and online research. Basic genealogy forms and other materials will be provided. Please call 518-5844129 to reserve a spot. Free and open to all. Bring a sandwich if you intend to stay for the monthly meeting of Heritage Hunters at 1 p.m.

Winter Fun Festival Downtown Ballston Spa, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Enjoy Sledding and Tobogganing on Bath St. in Ballston Spa (snow permitting) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will also be family activities at Ballston Spa Elks beginning at 5 p.m. Crafts, games, food and music. Sponsored by the Village of Ballston Spa and the Town of Milton. For information or to volunteer, call 518-885-5711.

Town of Saratoga Town Hall, Corner of Rt. 4 and Rt. 29, Schuylerville, 1 p.m. “Lost Landmarks of Saratoga County” will be the program topic by speaker, Anne Clothier. Anne has been the Director of Education for Brookside Museum in Ballston Spa for 5 years and has a background in Museum Studies. Public is welcome. For information call 518-587-2978. Preceding the meeting at 10 a.m. will be a class on Beginning Genealogy. Call to register at 518584-4129.

Tang Family Saturdays Tang Museum, Skidmore Campus, Saratoga Springs, 2 – 3:30 p.m. Join us for a hands-on Gamelan Workshop. Learn all about the instruments from Indonesia with members of the Skidmore Gamelan Banyu Wali Ensemble, and learn to play them yourself. Free and open to the public. Reservations are required by calling 518-580-8080.

Annual Souper Supper Old Saratoga Reformed Church, 48 Pearl St., Schuylerville, 4 – 6 p.m. The menu includes endless bowls of soup, a salad, bread, dessert and beverages. The cost for adults is $7; children 5-12, $3; and under 5 is free. Reservations are recommended; walk-ins are welcome; dine in only. Please call 518-695-6638 or 518-695-3479 for reservations or information.

Sunday, February 19 Concert: “Sister: Show Me Eternity” Zankel Music Center, Skidmore Campus, 3 p.m. Guest sopranos Anne Jennifer Nash and Sharon Campbell, with Skidmore Artist-in-Residence Sylvia Stoner ‘94, explore through song and narration the sisterhood between Lavinia and Emily Dickinson and sister-in-law Susan Gilbert. Evan Mack, Skidmore pianist and composer, contributes a new song cycle alongside the song settings of John Duke, Ned Rorem, Libby Larsen, Aaron

CALENDAR 31 Copland and more. $8 adults, $5 senior citizens and Skidmore community, free for students and children. For ticket information, call 518-580-5321 or go to www.

Monday, February 20 Project Cameron’s Story Bookraiser Party Northshire Bookstore, 424 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Enjoy craft projects, face painting, and a visit with Elmo, presented by Project Cameron’s Story, a not-for-profit that supports the bonding of parents with their premature babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, through the use of children’s literature and storytelling. From February 16-20 you can buy books at our store to donate to Project Cameron’s Story, and we will donate a percentage of your purchase to the organization. For more information, visit

Wednesday, February 22 2017 Winter Storytellers Series SUNY Empire State College, 2 Union Ave., Room 126, Saratoga Springs, Noon – 1 p.m. The Academy for Lifelong Learning presents the ninth annual storytellers series every Wednesday through March 1. February 22 features storyteller Jeannine Laverty with “Stories from History” Sponsored by Prestwick Chase at Saratoga. Free and open to the public. Postponed if Saratoga Springs city schools are closed. For more information, call 518-5872100 ext. 2415.

Cancer Support Group Saratoga Hospital, 211 Church St., Saratoga Springs, Noon – 1 p.m. The cancer support group is a safe container to explore common physical, financial, emotional, cognitive, developmental, familial and spiritual issues. Call Pierre at 413- 992-7012 to register and confirm, as schedule may be subject to change.

Parkinson’s Support Group

Roast Pork and Liver and Onions Dinner

Woodlawn Commons, 2nd floor, Wesley Health Care Center, 156 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, 2 p.m. This meeting is free and open to anyone with Parkinson’s Disease, family members and friends. For more information call Bruce McClellan at 518331-9611.

Saratoga-Wilton Elks, 1 Elks Lane, Saratoga Springs, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Soup Dijour, tossed salad, roast pork loin, liver and onions, mashed potatoes, bread stuffing, vegetables, dessert, rolls and butter, coffee, 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.

Tuesday, February 21 An Affirmative Prayer Workshop Woodlawn Commons, 156 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, 6:30 – 8 p.m. Albany-Saratoga Spiritual Adventures is hosting An Affirmative Prayer Workshop. This workshop gives attendees an in-depth look at the process of writing a powerful, creative affirmative prayer as developed by visionary and teacher Ernest Holmes. Suggested donation: $20. For more information, visit or call 518-366-9918.

Saratoga Acoustic Blues Open Mic and Jam Café Lena – Phila Street, Saratoga Springs, Sign up 7 p.m Opening Set: 7:30 Austic Jam to follow - All levels of playing are welcome – Hosted by: NYS Blues Hall of Fame inductee Sonny Speed for SABS. The featured Artist is longtime Capital Region Blues performer Phil Drum.

4th Wednesday of the month. Come on down to listen and play the Blues! Admission: $5. - One of Saratoga’s best musical values!

Knitting Group Schuylerville Public Library, 52 Ferry Street, Schuylerville, 7 p.m. Open to all skill levels. For more information call 518-695-6641.

Southern Adirondack Audubon Society Monthly Program Crandall Library, Christine L. Mc Donald Community Room, 251 Glen St., Glens Falls, 7 p.m. Gerry Lemmo will present a talk “Exploring Albany’s Pine Bush,” The Albany Pine Bush is where the endangered Karner blue butterfly still survives, though surrounded by human development. In this program, people will learn about the many plants and animals, both common and rare, that are protected within this remarkable oasis of nature. Gerry is a professional photographer, naturalist and lecturer specializing in wildlife, natural history and travel images from around the globe. Free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.

Thursday, February 23 Ham Dinner Stillwater United Church, 747 Hudson Ave., Stillwater, 5 – 6:30 p.m. The annual family-style ham dinner will be held in the newly renovated Fellowship Hall. Menu includes ham, raisin sauce, applesauce, home baked beans, mashed potatoes, carrots, coleslaw, rolls, homemade pie and beverage. Cost: $12 for adults, $5 for children 5-10 years of age, under 5 years is free. To reserve tickets, call 518-664-7984 or purchase at door. Take-outs available. Handicap accessible. Church is located across from the Post Office.

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Week of February 17 – February 23, 2017

Mid-Winter Recess Calendar It’s already vacation time again for area students; mid-winter recess is here! It’s a chance to learn something new and have a bit of fun. Curious about the opportunities happening around town this week? Whether you are looking for a full-week immersion camp, an interesting activity to fill a few hours, or a discounted rate at a family-favorite place, here are some ideas to inspire kids to get out there and make memories happen. (For more information and event details, please call or visit organizations online.)

DAY CAMPS Olde Saratoga Farms Mid-Winter Horse Camp 522 Route 32 North, Schuylerville 518-577-0449 Email: Wed.-Fri., Feb. 22 - 24 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. $70/day or $210 for all 3 days Interact with horses and learn horse safety, natural horsemanship skills, handling, care, grooming and riding techniques. Make new friends while playing games, enjoying crafts, and learning about farm life all under the supervision of an RN. Ages 5 -18 Saratoga Arts Council 320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 518-584-4132 Mon.-Fri., Feb. 20-24, 9 to 4p.m. Prices range from $210 members or $225/non-members. Space is limited. The full-day Camp Creativity, for 8 to 14-year old’s, young artists can complete their own masterworks. In the full-day theater camp for 6 to 12-year old’s, they experience the essentials involved in producing their own play by weeks’ end! West Mountain Ski Resort Holiday Stay and Play Camps 59 West Mountain Road, phone: 518-636-3699 x336 http://www. 9:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. $240 for 2 days or $360 for 3 days Play on the snow with 2 (Sat. and Sun.) and 3 (Tues, Wed. and Thurs.) day camps that include lessons, lift tickets, lunch, and activities. Fully Supervised Ages 4-14

Photo provided by West Mountain Ski Area

ACTIVITIES Saratoga Children’s Museum 69 Caroline St. Saratoga Springs, 518 584-5540 President’s Day Party, Monday, February 20, 10 – 12 p.m. $8 pp. Drop in to make President’s Day Crafts, learn some facts about our founding fathers, and make a patriotic snack! Come dressed for the occasion in Red, White and Blue. National Museum of Dance and Hall of Fame 99 South Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 518 584-2225 ext. 3001, Free Event but Reservations Required. Frozen Dance Party, Tuesday, February 21, 10 – 12 p.m. Sing Along and Story time with most life enchanted sisters. Make your own Frozen Princess Crown and Olaf. Be sure to wear your favorite Princess Costume. Cookies and Juice will be served. Serendipity Arts Studio 26 Congress St. Congress Plaza, Saratoga Springs 518 8869553 Registration is Required for Classes. Times and Prices for Classes Vary

A full calendar of culinary expeditions wait for kids interested in cooking in the kitchen; from the Kid’s Cooking ages 7+, to the Jr. Chef ages 9 -15 class, these courses end with the reward of eating what you create. Arts and crafts are also on the menu of offerings at the studio, Kids Art ages 8+. Northshire Bookstore, 424 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 518.682.4200 http://www. February 20 11-3 p.m. Kid’s Project Cameron’s Story Party February 23 11 a.m. Super Hero Party February 24 10:30 a.m. Elephant and Piggie Story Time The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College 815 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 518-580-8080 https://tang. Admission is FREE. Reservations are required. Family Day Sat. Feb. 23, 10 am. Take a tour of the gallery and then make a special and unique mouse themed craft. All materials will be provided. For ages 5 and up, accompanied by their

adult companions.

age 16 must be supervised.

Saratoga Public Library

Flurry Festival

49 Henry Street, Saratoga Springs 518-584-7860, ext. 305 All events are FREE. Registration required for most events. Programs this week include a guided hike to look for Animal Tracks around Congress Park. Campfire Stories, Songs and S’mores and Saratoga Paint and Sip.

Festival Headquarters: Saratoga Hilton and City Center, 534 Broadway, Saratoga http:// Fri.-Sun., Feb. 17-19 Prices vary, kids ages 5 or under FREE. Dance * Workshops * Singing * Concerts * Jamming Performance * Family Events * Storytelling * Vendors and More. SPECIAL DISCOUNTS


Bow Tie Cinemas

Saratoga Spa State Park

Criterion Cinemas, 19 Railroad Pl., Saratoga 518-306-4205 Wilton Mall, 3050 NY-50, Saratoga 518-306-4707 Super Tuesday (Every Tuesday, all day) $6 tickets for all regular movies

19 Roosevelt Drive, Saratoga Springs, 518- 584-2000 ext. 116 saratogaspa Ages, prices, and times vary. Registration is Required. CANdelight Ski and Snowshoe Event Friday, February 24, 6 – 8:30 p.m. Free Fishing Weekend in New York State Sat, Feb. 18 and Sun, Feb 19 Why not dip a line in? Residents and visitors age 16 and older will be able to fish the fresh or marine waters of New York State without a license. Children under

Saratoga Strike Zone 32 Ballston Avenue, Saratoga Springs 518-584-6460 Day-Off Special Mon. – Fri., Feb. 20-24, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Enjoy 2 hours of bowling, shoe rental, 2 slices of pizza, soda, bumper car rides, and ballocity usage for only $13/person.



Week of February 17 – February 23, 2017

Hundreds ‘Pour’ into City Center for Bartenders’ Ball SARATOGA SPRINGS — The 20th Annual Bartenders’ Ball, to benefit CAPTAIN Youth and Family Services, was held at the Saratoga Springs City Center on Saturday, Feb. 11. Winners of the Most Valuable Bartender contest were: Patty Mueller of Ravenswood (First Place); Peggy Sue Sherman of The Mill on Round Lake (Second Place), and Donna Snay of the Rusty Nail (Third Place). With votes calculated through an active Facebook poll, the MVB contest comprises 35 bartenders from 20 participating Saratoga County establishments. As top winner,

Mueller won a Celebrity Cruise for two to the Caribbean. Nicole McKinney was named winner of the raffle in The CAPTAIN’s Lounge, and received a package of golf for four and $250 towards dinner at Saratoga National, and four box seats at the track. Donna Smith of Clifton Park was named winner of the cruise raffle, and secured a Celebrity Cruise for two to the Caribbean. Now in its 20th year, the Ball has generated over $500,000 for local charities, while honoring the individuals who help make the Saratoga County hospitality industry a success.

Photos by

Captain board members Claire Brown, Executive Director Sue Catroppa, Jim Pugliese, Belinda Kucharski, Patricia Novo, Karen Peper.

Kim & Steve Green, Jill & Russ Irving, Bill & Kathy McCarthy, Pam & Andy Barrall.

Lorinda Stacey and Mark McDonald.

Mary Beth Walsh, Gina Wierzbowski, Kimberly Ireland.


Week of February 17 – February 23, 2017

Puzzles Across 1 Doorbell sound 5 Radio switch 9 Pop out of the CD player 14 “Young Frankenstein” helper 15 “Deck the Halls” syllables 16 Use crayons 17 “The West Wing” actor Alan 18 Fed. agent 19 Best way to sing 20 Keep in suspense 23 Maker of Fiesta Flats taco shells 24 Gorilla who learned sign language 25 “__ you for real?” 28 Half a Mork-to-Orson farewell 30 Symbol 32 Suffers from 35 Department store fixture 38 Tunnel effect 40 Actor’s prompt 41 “We gotta move!” 42 Shingle securer 47 Roulette bet 48 Like a spoiled child 49 Didn’t need to guess 51 Weekly NBC offering since 1975, briefly 52 Takes notice of 55 Like some country songs 59 It may be affixed to an email ... and, literally, what the last word of 20-, 35- and 42-Across can have 61 Drummer Ringo 64 Sheepish smile 65 First name in bike stunts 66 Japanese verse 67 Tupperware tops 68 Harvest 69 Kentucky Derby racer 70 Sporting weapon 71 Lacking, in Lorraine Down 1 Old way to place a collect call 2 Creepy admirer 3 Signal silently to 4 Sculptured, as an image 5 Kabul native 6 Wee one’s word 7 __ steak

See puzzle solutions on page 46

See puzzle solution on page 46 8 Tropical fruit 9 Political debate topic 10 “Fear of Flying” author Erica 11 Antlered animal 12 Two-time 1500-meter gold medalist Sebastian 13 Give it a whirl 21 “My stars!” 22 Maker of NORDLI furniture 25 Texas tourist spot 26 Fix a green 27 Revise 29 Shoreline protection gp. 31 Discreetly send a dupe email to 32 Chef’s flavorings 33 Oak-to-be 34 Sandbar 36 Lewis Carroll specialty

37 Security issue 39 Time and again, to a bard 43 “Honest!” 44 Kremlin rejection 45 Passionate 46 R-rated, perhaps 50 Thin cookies 53 Sharp-eyed flier 54 Rx, for short 56 Skin lotion brand 57 Collect incrementally 58 Sounds from a kennel 59 Sacred chests 60 Hole up 61 Librarian’s warning 62 Confucian “path” 63 Go public with

Writing the Right Word by Dave Dowling

Accuracy in word choice is a key to effective communication. In your daily writing and speaking, try to make sure you use the right word in the right place with the right spelling. By doing so, its effect will affect your communication in a positive way. This quick weekly tip will help you filter the confusion in some of our daily word choices. This Week: Baluster, Banister A baluster is a short pillar that supports a handrail. The balusters on the deck were secured with small screws. A banister is the handrail on a staircase. We slid down the banister when we were children. Dave Dowling is the author of The Wrong Word Dictionary and The Dictionary of Worthless Words. Both books are available from many book retailers, and signed copies can be obtained by contacting Dave at

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30th Annual Flurry Festival Kicks Off Feb. 17 SARATOGA SPRINGS — The 30th annual Flurry festival takes place Friday, Feb. 17 to Sunday, Feb. 19 and will feature more than 400 performers, four venues, and over 250 events. Along with the traditional weekend filled with non-stop contra and swing, programming all weekend long will include dance styles such as Tahitian, Flamenco, Bulgarian, African, Chinese, Irish, Yiddish,

Scottish, Greek, Hip Hop, tap, and more. Instruction is available for beginner level on up. The weekend includes music instruction workshops, concerts, storytelling, demonstrations, dance performances and live concerts including: the Vanaver Caravan World Dance production, Urban Dance performance, stories and songs by

Folk Gospel legends Kim and Reggie Harris, The Strawberry Hill Fiddlers, and more. This year, a special afterparty will take place 6 to 9 p.m. on Sunday. Day or all-weekend tickets will be available at the door. To see a full schedule of events, ticket prices, and to learn more about the festival, visit: http://www.

Call for Photography: Photo Regional ALBANY — Albany Center Gallery (ACG) is requesting entries for the 39th Annual Photography Regional, to be held at the gallery from March 17 through April 21. ACG has been a co-sponsor of the annual juried exhibition since its inception in 1979. The exhibit, formed in response to the lack of a single survey exhibit strictly focused on photography, has become a staple of the local exhibition season, highlighting new

and established talents based within 150 miles of Albany. The 39th Annual Photography Regional will feature a salon-style open viewing from March 3 to March 10, in which all entries will be hung floor-to-ceiling upon delivery to the gallery. After March 10, the juried selection will be rehung as a formal exhibition. The 39th Annual Photography Regional will open on March 17; prizes will be awarded at the opening reception, which

will take place on March 17 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Guidelines: The submission drop-off dates are noon to 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24, and noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25. Work must be wired and ready to hang. Submission fee is $35 for non-members, $25 for ACG Members. For more information on requirements, visit:

Week of February 17 – February 23, 2017

HMT Announces Open Registration for Youth Conservatory SARATOGA SPRINGS — Home Made Theater has announced an open registration for children and teens ages 8-18 years old for the HMT Youth Musical Theater ConservatoryproductionofTheLionKingJr. All students who register will be cast in the company’s production of The Lion King Jr. to be performed at the Spa Little Theater. Performances will be open to friends, family, and the general public. No experience is necessary; children of all levels and experience are welcome. The Youth Conservatory is directed

by Laurie Larson. Her previous directing credits at HMT include the Theatre for Families productions of A Charlie Brown Christmas, Miracle on 34th Street, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Charlotte’s Web, and 11 Youth Musical Theater Conservatory productions, most recently including Into the Woods Jr. Rehearsals begin March 18 and performances are scheduled for May 19 -20. Registration is limited. For further information, call Home Made Theater at 518-5874427,

Capital Region Heart Ball at Hall of Springs SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Capital Region Heart Ball will take place 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Hall of Springs, 108 Ave. of the Pines. Heart Ball is one of the premier American Heart Association fundraising events both locally and across the nation. The evening celebrates the lives saved and improved because of everyone’s countless efforts.

Dan Pickett, CEO of nfrastrucure, and Jennifer Pickett will co-chair the Heart Ball. Dr. Joy Lucas of Upstate Animal Medical Center will share her story of heart disease, and CBS6 anchor Liz Bishop will act as event emcee. Tickets are $250. For information, visit C apit a lReg ionNYHe ar tB a l l. or call 518-626-8754 or email

Week of February 17 – February 23, 2017


Opening Night “Winter” Exhibit at Spring Street Gallery Raises $1k for Code Blue SARATOGA SPRINGS — On a frigid Friday with a milky moon clinging to the night sky, Spring Street Gallery presented the opening night showcase of an art and performance exhibition aimed at raising funds for the Code Blue Saratoga emergency shelter. “Winter” – the open-call themed event - raised about $1,000 and its nearly 100 works will continue to be featured on display and for sale at the galleries at 110 and 112 Spring Street. Live readings and performances will be staged in conjunction with the event’s closing night on March 18. Code Blue Saratoga, a program of Shelters of Saratoga,

provides temporary unrestricted shelter to individuals who are homeless during periods of hazardous winter weather. Services include sleeping accommodations, meals, and essential supplies. Code Blue was started in December 2013 as a collaborative effort between the city of Saratoga Springs, faith-based groups, individuals and non-profit partners. To learn more about volunteering or contributing to the shelter, go to: For more information on Spring Street Gallery, visit: http:// www.springstreetgallerysaratoga. org/home.

Photos by Thomas Dimopoulos.

Blonde-haired woman in a black bolero pulling rolling crescendos from a stand-up piano at Spring Street Gallery’s opening night showcase Winter exhibit.

“It’s Possible to Feed Everyone,” by Mike Millspaugh, at Spring Street Gallery.

“The Faces of Everyman,” by Barbara Garro, at Spring Street Gallery.

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Record Club Hosts Listening Party of Classic Who Album “Who’s Next” at UPH by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Boasting the tracks ‘Baba O’Riley,’ ‘Behind Blue Eyes,’ and ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again,’ that would become classics of the rock ‘n’ roll era, The Who released their album “Who’s Next” on Aug. 14, 1971. Twelve days earlier, the band drew more than 33,000 fans to SPAC during a summer the venue featured Elton John and the pre-disco Bee Gees, and David Cassidy, Neil Diamond, and Johnny Cash. Rochmon Record Club aka Chuck Vosganian hosts a monthly listening party to discuss the music and methodology behind classic albums. This month, “Who’s Next” will be the subject of Rochmon’s focus. Did you know some of the album’s backing tracks were recorded at Mick Jagger’s house? Or, that the songs contain odes to Pete Townshend’s guru, Meher Baba, and the infamous record jacket photo was inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s film “2001: A Space Odyssey”? Some of

Tang Hosts Upstate Collage Night SARATOGA SPRINGS — An art party in celebration of ephemera, vintage magazines, and the art of the remix will be staged 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23 at the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College. The Upstate Collage Night is

hosted by Capital Region artists Ira Marcks and Caroline Corrigan. Marcks is a Troy based cartoonist and author. Corrigan is an upstate New York-based graphic designer and illustrator. All materials will be provided. The event is free and open to the public.

Filmmakers: Short Film Competition in Saratoga in April

these statements may be true; some may be of the alternative fact variety. Rochmon will discern between the two. Maybe. The listening party will be staged 7 p.m. on Tuesday Feb. 21

at Universal Preservation Hall, 25 Washington St. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The event is free, donations are encouraged. All donations go to the restoration fund of Universal Preservation Hall.

Award winning Documentary to Headline 2nd Annual Rare Disease Movie Night SARATOGA SPRINGS — A critically acclaimed documentary about a man who participates in the grueling Race Across America bicycle race while living with a rare progressive neuromuscular disease, will be screened 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28 at Bowtie Criterion Cinemas, 19 Railroad Place. Kyle Bryant, who lives with Friedreich’s ataxia (FA), demonstrates with awe-inspiring clarity that “life is about how we react,” in the film, “The Ataxian.” “When I watched the first 30 seconds of ‘The Ataxian’ trailer, I knew that we had to bring this movie to the Capital Region,” said Dan Bobear, president and founder of the Patient Experience Project, in a statement. “From the moment I met Kyle, who attended our first annual movie night last year, I knew he was an amazing person, not to

Week of February 17 – February 23, 2017

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Behemoth Short Film Festival will take place April 15 at Saratoga Arts Center on Broadway, and filmmakers are invited to submit a short film for the competition. The Behemoth Short Film Festival showcases underground cinema from filmmakers across the country from horror to sci-fi, comedy to drama. The goal, organizers say, is to bring unique voices to new viewers and broaden the audience horizon by delivering something different.

Filmmakers interested in submitting a short film for competition should contact BSFF President Shane Frasier at with their short film and a brief description about themselves. Films that are chosen to be a part of the competition will be subject to an audience review, and the top two films voted on by the audience will win a cash prize. Deadline for submissions is April 7, and all submissions are free to enter into competition.

New Exhibition of Panoramic Landscapes of Algeria Opens Saturday at The Tang

The Ataxian” screens at Bowtie Criterion Cinemas Tuesday, Feb. 28.

mention a tour de force in terms of what he has accomplished.” Patient Experience Project is hosting the “Rare Disease Movie Night,” which aims to raise awareness about rare diseases. Several local families impacted by various rare diseases will be in attendance. The program will include brief remarks followed by a screening of the film. Tickets are reserved for a

suggested $15 donation, with 100 percent of proceeds benefiting the Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA), a nonprofit organization dedicated to finding treatments and a cure for FA through research and advocacy. This year marks the tenth anniversary that the international rare disease community celebrates Rare Disease Day, by coming together in a show of solidarity to raise awareness of rare diseases. The Awareness Day is recognized on the last day of February each year. For more information, go to:

Alexandre Bougault, Title Unknown circa 1890- 1910, on loan from the collection of Jack Shear.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College announces the opening on Saturday, Feb. 18 of the exhibition “Inhabited Landscapes: Bougault’s Algeria.” The exhibit features a series of large, panoramic landscapes of Algeria, created during the late-19th and early-20th centuries by the French photographer Alexandre Bougault. The photographs circulated among European and North American audiences through the tourist

industry. This project invites a new reading of the photographs as spaces where the notions of identity, loss, presence, and power shape the complex relations between the Algerian terrain and its inhabitants. The landscapes can be seen to reveal a series of paradoxes, making visible the conundrum of European Imperialism – the desire to modernize a “primitive” land, while at the same time longing to experience and represent it as untouched by Western modernization.


Week of February 17 – February 23, 2017

New Summer Show Announced for SPAC SARATOGA SPRINGS — A “Double Feature Tour” with Straight No Chaser, and Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox will be staged July 19 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, promoter Live Nation announced this week. The promo blurbage: Straight No Chaser shirk the

blazers and khakis of campus a cappella groups for something far less strait-laced (or straightfaced), training their jaw-dropping vocal prowess and soulful harmonies on past and current hits. Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox reimagines contemporary pop, rock and R&B hits in the style of various yesteryears,

from swing to doo-wop, ragtime to Motown – or, as Bradlee himself puts it, “pop music in a time machine.” Tickets for the pavilion-only show are $79.95, $59.95, $49.95, $39.95, $29.95, and go on sale Saturday, Feb. 18 at LiveNation. com, or Charge By Phone at 1-800-745-3000.

SCT Comedy Night Returns to Schuylerville SCHUYLERVILLE — The Schuylerville Community Theater presents the return of Comedy Night at Clark’s Steakhouse, 120 Broad St., on Monday, Feb. 27. Host Mikael Gregg, who has toured nationally with Bill Hicks, Jeaneane Garofalo and

Kevin James, welcomes comedy newcomer Cody Montany, SCT member Lauren Turczak, and featured headliner Rich Williams - a comedy veteran nominated for two Emmys who has appeared on “The Howard Stern Show,” “Punk’d” and

“Chelsea Lately,” among others. Admission is $10 per person, cash or check only. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. Reservations are suggested, due to the limited seating. Call 695-5480 to reserve tickets.


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Week of February 17 – February 23, 2017

Local Wrestlers Heading to States SARATOGA COUNTY — Fresh off of the Division 1 wrestling championships, six area wrestlers will be heading to the state championships to be held at the Times Union Center in Albany on February 24 and 25. As a team, Ballston Spa came in fourth, followed by Burnt Hills and Saratoga Springs.

One local standout was Junior Tyler Barnes of Ballston Spa High School. He entered the tournament as the No. 2 seed with a 39-3 record, and pinned his way through the finals. The win comes on top of the Scotties wrestling team’s celebration of its first Class A Championship Title won Saturday, Feb. 4,

at the tournament held at Schenectady High School. Ballston Spa Coach Harvey Staulters, who said at the time that it’s all about performing as a whole team, received recognition as Coach of the Year at the sectionals in Glens Falls. Overall Suburban Council North standings for the Scotties is 16-1-0.

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Week of February 17 – February 23, 2017

Aibel Earns Silver at Empire State Games by Norra Reyes Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS – The figure skating events at the 2017 Empire State Winter Games in Lake Placid were held over three days, beginning February 3, with more than 600 figure skaters competing. Those placing in the top three of their events are invited to compete at the National State Games of America to be held in Grand Rapids, Michigan in August. According to figure skating coach Amada Shelburne, with the Saratoga Springs Figure Skating Club, it was the largest contingent of total athletes the games have ever had. Shelburne, who also takes on private figure skating students, had two athletes competing this year. “Claire Aibel was 2nd in her Intermediate Test Track group at Empires,” said Shelburne. “She received a Silver Medal. My other student, Emma Nicholson, received a Bronze Medal in her group.” Aibel, a Saratoga Springs High School junior, is also

a recent Gold Medalist for United States Figure Skating in Moves in the Field. She earned the Silver for Intermediate Level Freestyle at the Empire State Games. She’s been skating about 9 years, and with Shelburne for 6 years. “She’s probably one of the hardest workers that I have taught, and I’ve taught for like 40 years,” said Shelburne. “The Empires is a big one. It includes all of the State of New York and some Canadians can come down and qualify. I was proud they had worked very hard at getting themselves trained for this. They were trying new jumps, like double jumps.” Shelburne explained double jumps involve different take offs with two rotations in the air and then a backwards landing on one foot. She said it takes years to perfect. “I practiced four times a week leading up to the game,” said Aibel. “I worked on all of my jumps, my landings, and doubles. I really like learning new things and seeing improvement. I’ve always wanted to be able to do what I’ve seen on TV, like watching

Town of Wilton Recreation - Jr. NBA Scores SEMI-FINALS Division 1 Thunder-16: Jayden Osinski-12, Austin Osinski-4 Pacers-15: Jake Schaefer-6, Jackson Dunbar-4 Celtics-19: Josh Malo-4, Jacob Hernandez-4 Cavs-13: Liam Brennan-5, Aiden Faulkner-4 Division 2 Cavs-25: Tobey Diulio-7, Jackson Howell-6 Hawks-21: Bryant Savage-12, Evans & Robbens-4

Left to right: Figure skaters Emma Nicholson (Bronze) and Claire Aibel (Silver). Photo provided.

the Olympics and older skaters at the rink. I guess I just enjoy being there in Lake Placid. It’s really inspiring. The Olympics were held there and it’s a really nice town.” Shelburne said that one thing figure skaters learn well is that they are going to fall, and they are going to fall often. “You are also going to learn

to get up and keep going,” she said. “You are going to experience failure and you’re also going to set a goal and achieve it. Figure skating is a fabulous lifetime lesson. You are not always going to be a winner and not always going to be perfect. They learn to get up and keep going and persevering and that’s what life is all about.”

Saratoga Winter Club Speeds Into Wins SARATOGA SPRINGS — Paul Ripchik, president of the Saratoga Winter Club, is bursting with pride regarding his speed skaters. “The SWC just returned from two weekends of speed skating in Lake Placid,” he said. “The club dominated the Empire State Games winning a bucket full of medals. This weekend

the club competed in the US Speedskating LongTrack Age Group National Championships. The club again crowned over 6 national champions and other distance medals along with the club winning the overall National Club Championship.” See next week’s Saratoga TODAY for photos and more.

SRYMCA Youth Basketball League Weekly Scores Saratoga Rotary Jr. Division Cudney’s Launderers 46 - Village Photo 15. Cudney’s got some clutch shooting and used a stifling defense to get a big win over Village Photo 46 to 15. The winners got a game high 23 points from JP Valdimarsson while teammates Sean Lee got 8 points, Nathan Scott and Bryant Savage contributed 6 points apiece. Village Photo was paced by Caleb Dunn 5 points along with Alex Savage and Prabhay Mishra with 4 point each. D’Andrea’s Pizza 41 - BHHS Blake Realtors 30. In a battle between division leaders who both came into the game with identical 6 and 1 records D’Andrea’s Pizza came away with a hard-earned victory over BHHS Blake Realtors. The pizza makers got 4 points from Ted Schwerd along with 3 points from Anthony Kelly and 2 points from Kevin Schwerd. Steve Beebe had 8 points while his teammate Emelyn Tineo got 2 points some numerous rebounds in the loss,

Rockets-26: Camden Rhude-8, Brayden Elliot-7 Bulls-12: Easton Engelhard-3, Caleb Huchro-2 Division 3 Thunder-34: Kyle Holmes-9, Evan Barthelmas-8 Blazers-17: Zack Scalia-6, Zach Carpenter-4 Nuggets-35: Frankie Laniewski-17, Charles DeRizzo-14 Raptors-30: Elijah Woods-14, Jack Gulick-6 Division 4 Bulls-45: Liam Vanwagenen-21, Ben Stimpson-10 Pacers-40: Henry Tucker-17, Kevin Amberger-10 Nuggets-55: Andrew Phillips-24, Ben Hull-11 Warriors-54: Jonathan Irons-24, Timothy Barrett-17 CHAMPIONSHIPS Division 1 Thunder-16: Jayden Osinski-5, Austin Osinski-5 Celtics-13: Evan Rosettie-7 Division 2 Rockets-28: Aiden Sweenor-10, Camden Rhude-6 Cavs-24: Tobey Diulio-17, Micah Poag-6 Division 3 Nuggets-40: Charlie DeRizzo-10, Laniewski & Casavant-8 Thunder-34 : Evan Barthelmas-12, Tanner Wilson-7 Division 4 Bulls-39: Liam Vanwagenen-16, Andrew Murauskas-10 Nuggets-26: Drew Phillips-9, Ben Hull-9

Week of February 17 – February 23, 2017


8 Saratoga Gymnasts Going to State Championships by Norra Reyes Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Springs Blue Streaks seized their 16th consecutive win at the Section 2 Gymnastics meet held at Shaker High School in Latham on Wednesday, February 8. Julia Van Horne, 17, a junior at Saratoga Springs High School, won her fourth consecutive all around title – a section record – competing in all four events: vault, bars, beam and floor. In all, 8 SSHS gymnasts are heading to the State Championships at Cold Harbor Springs on Long Island March 3 and 4. “These girls are amazing,” said Blue Streaks Varsity Gymnastics Coach Deborah Smarro. “My team is very tight knit, and because they have that family attitude it helped these girls achieve that next goal.” “We’re always cheering for each other,” said Van Horne. “We’re there to support each other and give each other advice. Our team is really tightly bonded and it’s great to know that if something happens, your teammates will be there for you.” The Saratoga Springs gymnasts heading to State Championships are: Julia VanHorne - All Around; Sophie Hrebenach - All Around; Felicity Ryan - vault, bars and beam; Laura Eberlein - beam and floor; Abby Zabielski – bars and alternate on

floor; Kate DellaRatta – vault; Emily Fischer – bars; and Maddy Ryan alternate on vault. Results February 8 Sectionals Team Competition Saratoga 173.95 Guilderland 164.025 Shaker 156.325 Bethlehem 147.00 All Around 1 Julia VanHorne- Saratoga 36.95 2 Sophie Hrebenach- Saratoga 34.85 3 Rachel Drislane- Guild 34.45 Vault 1 Julia VanHorne- Saratoga 9.15 2 Sophie Hrebenach- Saratoga 8.65 3Emma Drislane- Guild 8.475

Team Competition Winners for the 16th year in a row. Photo provided.

Bars 1 Julia VanHorne- Saratoga 9.15 2 Sophie Hrebenach- Saratoga 8.35 3 Felicity Ryan- Saratoga 8.1 Beam 1 Julia VanHorne- Saratoga 9.3 2. Rachel Drislane- Guild 9.2 3. Laura Eberlein- Saratoga 9.125 Floor 1 Julia VanHorne- Saratoga 9.35 2 Rachel Drislane- Guild 9.2 3 Laura Eberlein- Saratoga 9.1

The State team. Back row, left to right: Kate DellaRatta, Saratoga; Emily Fischer, Saratoga; Felicity Ryan,Saratoga; Sophie Hrebenach, Saratoga; Julia Van Horne, Saratoga; Rachel Drislane, Guilderland; and Laura Eberlein, Saratoga. Front row, left to right: Emma Drislane, Guilderland; Maddy Ryan, Saratoga; Abby Zabielski, Saratoga; Kayla Morris, Shaker; Shea Thompson, Guilderland; and Amanda Gordon, Shaker. Photo provided.



Week of February 17 – February 23, 2017

COMMUNITY SPORTS BULLETIN H.O.R.S.E Basketball Challenge SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Chamber’s Health & Wellness Council, along with presenting sponsors The Adirondack Trust Company and BlueShield of Northeastern New York, will host its 3rd Annual #HealthySaratoga H.O.R.S.E. Basketball Challenge on Friday, March 10 at the Saratoga Regional YMCA. Challenge 31 other companies to a game of HORSE, while competing against member businesses in a fun, competitive networking environment. Spaces will fill up fast. For more information, visit

Golf League Sign-Up’s SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Lake Golf Club’s Summer League sign-up’s have been announced. Monday Senior League runs May 15-August 28; Tee Times starting at 9 a.m. Limited to 40 players. No golf Memorial Day or 4th of July Weekend. Monday COED League runs May 15-August 28; 5:30 p.m. shotgun each week. Limited to 72 players. No golf Memorial Day or 4th of July Weekend. Tuesday Ladies League runs May 16-August 29; Tee Times starting at 5 p.m. No golf 4th of July Weekend. Call 518-581-8492 ext.100 to sign up or visit for more information.

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

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

Recreation Department Spring Soccer

Recreations Department Intro to Ice Skating

SARATOGA SPRINGS — This program is open to children grades Pre K-12 and will run April 22-June 17. Players will be separated by grade and exposed to skill development based on age and skill level. Two volunteer coaches per team are needed at all levels. Early Bird registration is February 6-March 27. Sign up at the Saratoga Springs Recreation Center at 15 Vanderbilt Avenue Monday–Friday 9 a.m. - 7 p.m., Saturday 8a.m. - 7 p.m. or Sunday 12 - 6 p.m. For additional information or to download forms go to Questions? Contact us 587-3550 x2300 or email

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

Recreation Department Open Ice Rink

Adirondack Hawks Baseball

Saratoga Learn to Skate

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

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

Recreation Department Drop-In Sessions

Saratoga Senior Men’s Baseball

SARATOGA SPRINGS – The Saratoga Springs Recreation Department offers drop-in sessions in adult basketball, pickleball, racquetball and wallyball. Visit and click on Rec Center calendar for the

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

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Springs Figure Skating Club is offering US Figure Skating-sanctioned Learn to Skate Program. Instructors are experienced and approved through USFS. The program is open to all ages from 3 to adult. We meet on Sunday evenings from 4:30 to 6 p.m. The next session starts February 19. Registration is open now and additional information can be found at www. or by email at

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

Week of February 17 – February 23, 2017


Winterfest Sports SARATOGA SPRINGS — Last weekend’s snowstorm didn’t keep fat bike and hockey enthusiasts from enjoying their sports. Here

are some shots from the Fat Bike Rally that took place Saturday, Feb 11 at the Saratoga Spa State Park, and the Saratoga Frozen Springs

Women’s College Soccer Gains 3 New BlueStreaks

Classic Pond Hockey Tournament that began on Friday, February 10 and went through the weekend as the weather held. Photos by

Three Saratoga Springs High School seniors participate in a National Letter of Intent ceremony committing to play women’s soccer at their chosen colleges. Left to right, Hannah Murphy; Ya’Nique Van Ness; and Sarah Covell were recognized by their school, family and friends for their hard work and skill as they head toward their Intercollegiate Athletics futures. The signing ceremony was held Monday, February 13, in the lobby off the Blue Gymnasium at the high school. Photos by

First and second place winners Kevin Ballou and Alex Zierer.

First woman to finish Kim Milton.

First place Kevin Ballou.

Stepping Stars Soar at I Love New York Cup BALLSTON SPA — The young athletes of Stepping Star Gymnastics, based in Ballston Spa, won several titles at the I Love New York Cup held in Binghamton February 10 through 12. Ava Dallas, 14, of Wilton, placed first all-around in the Level 8 – Senior A Division with an all-around score of 35.825. Dallas also placed first on the vault (9.325) and on the floor exercise (9.025). Emily Freeman, 11, of Saratoga Springs, placed first all-around in the Level 6 – Senior Division with an all-around score of 37.525. Freeman also placed first on the floor exercise (9.675) and the balance beam (9.475). Fiona Waite, 10, of Saratoga Springs, placed first all-around in the Level 6 – Junior Division with an all-around score of 38.2. Waite also placed first on the floor exercise (9.775), the balance beam (9.750) as well as the vault (9.550). Waite’s all-around score was the 2nd highest of all the gymnasts who competed in the meet. Sydney Greczkowski, 12, of Saratoga Springs, placed first allaround in the Level 4 – Senior Division with an all-around score of 35.775. Greczkowski also placed first on the uneven bars (9.575). In addition to the all-around titles, Stepping Star gymnasts also won First Place team awards at Level 4 as well as Level 6.

Other Stepping Star gymnasts winning individual events included Sophia Damiano (Level 8 –Junior Division) on the balance beam (9.425) and Katrina Momrow (Level 4 – Senior A Division) on the balance beam (9.500). The I Love New York Cup is hosted by Southern Tier Gymnastics

Academy (Endwell NY) and is New York State qualifier sanctioned by USA Gymnastics. The event attracted 555 gymnasts from all over New York and neighboring states. For more information on Stepping Star Gymnastics, contact Devon at steppingstarinfo@gmail. com or at 518-584-5153.

Left to right, these soon-to-be college athletes sport their new colors: Sarah Covell, The College at Brockport, Women's Soccer; Ya'Nique Van Ness-Boston College, Women's Soccer; Hannah Murphy-University at Albany, Women's Soccer.

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