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State Champs: Volume 11  •  Issue 9  •  March 3 – March 9, 2017 • (518) 581-2480

Tyler Barnes and Orion Anderson Claim State Titles by Thomas Kika Saratoga TODAY

Ballston Spa’s Tyler Barnes. Photo by

SARATOGA COUNTY — Victory was earned for two local high school wrestlers this past weekend. Competing in the NYSPHSAA wrestling championships, which ran from Feb. 24-25, Ballston Spa junior Tyler Barnes and Schuylerville junior Orion Anderson fought through four rounds of competition across

two days to claim state championship titles. Barnes won in the Division I, 170-pound weight class, while Anderson won in the Section II, 120pound class. With this win, Barnes becomes the first ever state champion to come out of Ballston Spa. Anderson, meanwhile, fought through illness and injury to not only win the title, but also be voted See Champs pg. 43

Everything You Wanted to Know About Saratoga’s History by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Did you know a freight train disaster at the Saratoga Railroad Station in 1940 resulted in nine injuries and two deaths? How about the mid-1970s incident that saw a sniper open fire on a west side elementary school playground that wounded two children? Or, that the Saratoga Race Course provided the scenery for

a handful of Hollywood movies - from “Saratoga” in 1937 to “Seabiscuit” in 2003 - to say nothing of novelist Ian Fleming’s visit to the track to conduct research for his James Bond book, “Diamonds Are Forever.” Saratoga’s history, from the well-documented to the obscure, can be unearthed in a handful of places in the city, most of which are readily open to the public and provide a wealth of resources, if one

knows where to look. “The city historian, the museum, and the library are three separate entities – we all work together and there are others,” says city historian Mary Ann Fitzgerald, as she muscles open the heavy vault door inside her office at the Saratoga Springs Heritage Area Visitor Center. Here, Fitzgerald says, people need to know what they’re looking for before they See History pg. 10 See History Resources pg. 4

Schuylerville’s Orion Anderson. Photo by

Mayor Sacks to Leave

Featured Stories

by Larry Goodwin

Saratoga TODAY ROUND LAKE — Nearly everyone who visits Village Hall here knows the owner of the tan Mini Cooper with vanity plates that proclaim, “DixieLee.” At the end of March, the sporty little car owned by Round Lake Mayor Dixie Lee Sacks will be parking in front of village hall no more. After almost 27 years of dedicated service in that public office, Sacks has decided to step down and entrust the quaint village’s future to her deputy mayor. “It’s just that the time is right. I’ve been threatening this for years,” explained Mayor Sacks, during a recent interview in a spacious Village Hall conference room. See Dixie pg. 3

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Inside TODAY Blotter 5 Obituaries 6 Business 14-15 Education 16-17 Your Home


Arts and Entertainment 33-37

Sports 43-48


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Snippets of Life from Your Community

Who: Dawn Oesch. Where: Saratoga Sweets Candy Co., Washington Street. Q. What are you doing today? A. I’m making bunnies. Chocolate bunnies, and Tall Bunny - the big guy is 2-1/2 pounds. Q. Where are you from originally? A. Lake Placid. Q. How long have you been in Saratoga Springs? A. Nineteen years. I love the city more than anything. Moving here, I loved that it had the same charm as Lake Placid, but on a bigger scale. Q. How has Saratoga changed over the years? A. We’ve been getting more commercial with more big-box stores coming into our area, which is a little scary. There’s room for everybody, but you don’t want your quaint town to turn into Everyday U.S.A. because you can go anywhere and see these places. So, keep it to the minimum we have now. No more thank you.

Q. What’s the best thing about Saratoga? The people who live here. Some say this is a tourist town, that money falls from the sky, but any business person will tell you it’s not like that, especially when they first open. What makes it is the locals. I love that I know their names and what they want. That’s the best part of it. Q. What is the biggest challenge you personally face? A. My dogs destroying the garbage can every day. I have two dogs, both beagle mixes: a beagle basset I rescued last year who’s three or four, and Sawyer – a sixyear-old beagle border collie who’s stubborn and smart I’ve had since he was a puppy. With the garbage can, I even have a lock on it and they still get into it. Q. What is the biggest challenge you face business-wise? I’ve been here for 19 years and I love my little store. This is my baby and I would like to be here for another 19, but our landlord sold our building, or is in the process of selling it. We can possibly go in the new building (when completed), but where do you go while they’re building the new building? Q. Tell me a joke A. My favorite is a knock-knock joke. It goes like this: Knock-knock. Who’s there? Interrupting cow, Interrup— Moooooo. Q. You are active in regional theater? A. My favorite theaters to work in are Home Made Theater in the State Park, and the Local Actors Guild at the Arts Center. Last fall I directed “Shrek The Musical” at Home Made Theater. We had a cast of 32 and a tech crew of 15. There was a three-week run and it was awesome. The next thing I’m going to do is “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” That has a cast of about 50. that will be next spring, so I can start planning now. I’m a planaholic. I like to be uber-organized.


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Mayor Sacks to Leave “sorry” two local development projects went forward, involving the construction of 80 townhouses in one case and about 50 single-family homes in the other. When asked what she will miss the most about being mayor in a small village of about 600, Sacks did not hesitate to say interacting with residents. There are no individual mailboxes at Round Lake homes, so much of the village’s social life occurs near the post office boxes

Round Lake Mayor Dixie Lee Sacks in her last weeks on the job. Photo by Larry Goodwin. Continued from front page.

Sacks spent her early years in Liberty, New York, but moved to Round Lake in the early 1980s. She relocated because she had bought and decided to manage a retirement home for adults, which was located in one of the village’s several historic buildings. “I was coming up to relax. Instead I spent 30 years in government,” Sacks said. It didn’t take long for her to make the choice of ending her involvement in the adult-home business. It “became a money pit because of the changes in regulations,” Sacks explained, noting how state and local officials were intent on phasing out old wooden structures. At the same time, Sacks had perceived a need for new political leadership in Round Lake. For a few years, she served on the village board

before winning her first election as mayor in 1990. She received much support through the years from a longtime village clerk as well as Tom Bergin, her current deputy mayor who is expected to replace Sacks after she steps down on March 30. Repeated attempts to contact Bergin for comment were unsuccessful. For the first 10 years of her long term, Sacks advocated for a major infrastructure project to improve Round Lake’s water and sewer systems. That project was finally accomplished by 2003. Several years later, Sacks was a strong supporter of the so-called Round Lake Bypass, a state project that diverted truck traffic from the village with an alternate connection between the Adirondack Northway and Route 9. The village had to borrow more

than $3 million to complete the water and sewer project, but Sacks said she is confident that future village budgets will stay in the black. In general, Sacks said, she remains opposed to too much development in Round Lake, a village that is proud of its “rich cultural past,” according to an account on its official website. Though Sacks understands the importance of progress for any municipality, she said she is

inside Village Hall (offered free of charge to village residents by the United States Post Office); a popular cake and coffee shop around the corner; or at the popular Lakeridge Restaurant and The Mill, a tavern across Route 9. Sacks, who is 80, said Round Lake residents respect her because “I’ll tell you like it is.” “I’m a determined person and I don’t give up,” the seasoned mayor said.



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Leave Government As Is

The citizens of Saratoga Springs, in two elections, have expressed their displeasure for a major change in our present form of government. The commission form has been with us many years, as we all know. It has been governing us while Saratoga Springs has become the address everyone wishes. A short drive around our beautiful city will attest to that.

The mandate, as I understand, has been to review our present form of government. Somehow it rapidly becomes, Let’s start over. My hope for future charter committees would be to understand that a major change is not what the citizens want. In the past I have heard at least two mayors speak about things they’d consider beneficial changes. Neither

proposed changing the form we have now. Their proposals were things I’d call tweaks. I’m willing to wait for a future committee that has heard the people of Saratoga Springs; a committee that preserves our proven form of government with some updates. Thank you. M. Thomas Porter Saratoga Springs

Some Saratoga History Resources (Note Some Are By-Appointment) Brookside Museum, Saratoga County Historical Society. 6 Charlton St., Ballston Spa. Phone: 518-885-4000. E-mail: Web: Crandall Public Library, Center for Folklife, History, & Cultural Programs, Glens Falls. Phone: 518-7926508, Todd DeGarmo (Director) x237; Erika Wolfe Burke (Archivist) x238. Web: Saratoga Springs History Museum and George S. Bolster Photographic Collection at The Casino, Congress Park, Saratoga Springs. Phone: 518-584-6920. E-mail: Web: National Museum of Racing, 191 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs. Phone: 518-584-0400. Email: Web: Saratoga County Historian, 40 McMaster St. Ballston Spa. Phone: 518-884-4749. E-mail: Web : Saratoga National Historical Park, 648 Route 32, Stillwater. Phone: 518-664-9821 ext. 224. E-mail: Contact Form at website - Saratoga Springs City Historian, Mary Ann Fitzgerald, at the Saratoga Springs Heritage Area Visitor Center, 297 Broadway, Saratoga Springs. Phone: 518-587-2358. E-mail: Research hours by appointment. Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation, 112 Spring Street, Suite 203, Saratoga Springs. Phone: 518587-5030. The Saratoga Room at the Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry St., Saratoga Springs. Phone: 518584-7860, x255. E-mail: Contact form at website - Skidmore College Library, Department of Special Collections, Saratoga Springs. Phone: 518-580-5509. E-mail: Web: NYS Military Museum & Veterans Research Center, 61 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs. Phone: 518-5815100. Web:

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COURTS Kimberly J. Voigt, 51, of Ballston Spa, pleaded on Feb. 17 to felony DWI in connection with an incident that occurred in Ballston Spa. Sentencing scheduled for April 28. Zarak O. Ali, 43, of Albany, pleaded on Feb. 17 to criminal possession of a forged instrument, and offering a false instrument for filing, both felonies, in connection with incidents that occurred in Ballston Spa. Sentencing scheduled for April 26. Mary B. Murphy, 49, of Ballston Spa, pleaded on Feb. 16 to falsifying business records, a felony, in connection with an incident that occurred in Corinth. Sentencing scheduled for May 17. Clifford B. Nichols, 51, of Galway, pleaded on Feb. 15 to felony DWI in connection with an incident that occurred in Milton. Sentencing scheduled for April 5. William C. Durfee, 32, of Saratoga, was sentenced on Feb. 10 to time served and a five-year term of probation after pleading to aggravated criminal contempt, a felony. Donnell J. Bertrand, 27, of Schenectady, pleaded on Feb. 10 to one count felony assault and one count misdemeanor assault. Sentencing scheduled for April 14.

POLICE Victoria F. Amaya, 22, of Wilton, was charged on Feb. 23 with promoting prison contraband, a felony, after allegedly “introducing heroin and Adderall” into the Saratoga County Correctional Facility, according to the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department. It is believed Amaya acted in concert with another person, and charges are pending against the second known suspect in the case. Amaya is currently incarcerated in the facility and has an additional $5,000 cash, or $10,000 bond due to the charge. Anthony L. Goodwin, age 32, of Shapleigh, Maine, was charged on Feb. 15 with felony criminal mischief, and petit larceny, a misdemeanor, following an

alleged domestic incident during which Goodwin is suspected of intentionally breaking the rear window of a vehicle belonging to another person and of stealing a camera. Deborah A. Demarsh, age 45, of Saratoga Springs, was charged on Feb. 12 with petit larceny, a misdemeanor. Jacob W. Hurlburt, age 20, of Gansevoort, was charged on Feb. 12 with unlawful possession of marijuana. Sadie C. Williams, age 19, of Saratoga Springs, was charged on Feb. 12 with criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony, tampering with physical evidence, a misdemeanor, and unlawful possession of marijuana. Cordel G. Robertson, age 25, of Albany, was charged on Feb. 12 with misdemeanor DWI, refusing a pre- screen test, registration plate display violation, speeding, and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended registration. Johanna N. Smith, age 21, of Manlius, was charged on Feb. 12 after being involved in a onecar accident with misdemeanor DWI and improper lane use. Albert C. Kenyon, age 57, of Gansevoort, was charged on Feb. 12 with unlawful possession of marijuana, two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, and a vehicle equipment violation. Cheyenne R. Harrington, age 23, of Salem, was charged on Feb. 11 with one felony and one misdemeanor count of criminal possession of a controlled substance, and unlawful possession of marijuana. Joshua E. Bates, age 29, of Greenwich, was charged on Feb. 11 with criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony, and unlawful possession of marijuana. Scott D. Smith, age 56, of Saratoga Springs, was charged on Feb. 11 with second-degree harassment and disorderly conduct. Jeffrey T. Medick, age 23, of Stillwater, was charged on Feb.

11 with misdemeanor DWI and Aggravated DWI, and leaving the scene of an accident. Tody A. Montoya, age 57, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, was charged on Feb. 11 after being involved in a one car accident with misdemeanor DWI, and failure to keep to the right. Marc Bastien, age 34, of Albany, was charged on Feb. 11 with criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor. Kimberly I. Palso, age 33, of Saratoga Springs was charged on Feb. 10 with the misdemeanors criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminally using drug paraphernalia, and criminal possession of stolen property. Nicole D. Delaurie, age 21, of Rock City Falls, was charged on Feb. 10 with felony grand larceny. Manuel Olmo, age 47, of Saratoga Springs, was charged on Feb. 10 after being involved in a one car accident with misdemeanor DWI, felony aggravated unlicensed operation

of a motor vehicle, and two driving infractions.

vehicle, a misdemeanor, and an equipment violation.

Joshua D. Cook, age 26, of Gansevoort, was charged on Feb. 10 with misdemeanor DWI, failing to stop at a stop sign, and passing a red light traffic signal.

Steven B. Bennett, age 30, of Cohoes, was charged on Feb. 7 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor, and an equipment violation.

John J. Egan, age 55, of Medford, New Jersey, was charged on Feb. 8 after being involved in a property damage accident with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor.

Mary J. Plubell, age 56, of Blue Springs, Missouri, was charged on Feb. 7 with misdemeanor assault, and misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child.

Joseph A. Cotton, age 33, of Ballston Spa, was charged on Feb. 7 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor

Jasmine E. Dzieniszewski, age 22, of Ballston Spa, was charged on Feb. 7 with misdemeanor assault.


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OBITUARIES Robert C. Weatherwax

M. Lorraine Chouinard

HALFMOON — Robert C. Weatherwax, 77, passed away February 20, 2017. Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Mar. 4, 2017 at the Burke Funeral Home in Saratoga Springs. Online remembrances may be made at

SARATOGA SPRINGS — M. Lorraine Chartier Chouinard passed away Sunday, February 19, 2017. Online remembrances may be made at

Ret. Chief Peter Pemberton Jr. SARATOGA SPRINGS — Ret. Chief Peter Pemberton Jr. passed away Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017. Online remembrances may be made at

James L. Dawsey WILTON — James L. Dawsey, 86, passed away unexpectedly at his residence on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. Arrangements were under the direction of the William J. Burke and Sons/Bussing and Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs. Online remembrances may be made at www.

Douglas E. Johnson SARATOGA LAKE — Douglas E. Johnson, 63, passed away on Thursday, February 23, 2017. Online remembrances may be made at

Pauline Colucci SARATOGA SPRINGS — Mrs. Pauline Colucci, 96, passed away March 1, 2017. Calling hours 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, March 3, Burke Funeral Home in Saratoga. Mass of Christian Burial 10 a.m. Saturday, March 4, Church of St. Peter; burial in St. Peter’s Cemetery. Online remembrances may be made at


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Friends of the Creek Annual Meeting SARATOGA SPRINGS — On March 6, the group Friends of the Kayaderosseras (FOK) will hold its annual meeting at 7 p.m. in the Gideon Putnam Room of the Saratoga Spa State Park administration building. There will be signs pointing the way to the meeting. The Kayaderosseras Creek is connected by water to New York City, an international trade hub, and is more ecologically threatened than most other places by invasive species. Laurel Gailor will be the featured speaker. She works

for Cornell Cooperative Extension in Ballston Spa and she is a foot soldier in the fight against unwanted organisms in the Saratoga environment. Gailor is the current coordinator of the Capital/Mohawk PRISM organization that works to manage invasive species. Gailor has been involved in education, management and control efforts for decades. She will explain what is considered as an invasive species, how they get here, why they are a problem, and some of the key ways to manage them. After a brief overview,

the focus will be on aquatic and stream edge species that are particularly troubling to the Kayaderosseras. The public is invited to attend. In addition to the featured speaker, the FOK will elect officers, present awards, and review the activities of the hands-on environmental organization. Perhaps the most important part of the Meeting is the Open Forum where members and the general public may suggest new projects, point out areas of concern, and help point the organization in new directions.

Northshire Bookstore Events SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Saturday, March 4 at 7 p.m., there will be a presentation from memoirist Eve Schaub, author of the staff favorite “Year of No Sugar,” as she shares the story of her long battle with clutter and her new book related to that battle. On March 7 at 4:30 p.m., Northshire Bookstore combines forces with the Greater Capital Region Teacher Center

to present “Uncommon to the Core,” an evening of professional development, featuring a variety of new titles for kids, teens and teachers. Author and bookseller Jennifer Armstrong will discuss visual literacy and share an array of picture books. Teacher and bookseller Bonnie Winchester will share a variety of texts for teens. Additional booksellers with

education experience will share their favorite new books for classroom use. Professional Development certification is available, and light refreshments will be served. Both events are free, but pre-registration is encouraged for the March 7 presentation. For more information, call 518-682-4200 or visit www.

Family Fun at Gavin Park

WILTON — Temple Sinai, with a grant from the Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York, will host its annual Community Purim Carnival for the public on Sunday, March 12, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Christopher Dailey Gym at Wilton’s Gavin Park. Purim is a holiday celebrating a biblical story about overcoming racism and oppression. It is traditionally celebrated with costume and revelry, and has been called “the Jewish Mardi Gras.” It is the biggest party of the Jewish year. Families and children from the community are welcome to join this program for youngsters of all faiths. The schedule of events at Gavin

Park includes games, bounce houses, children’s crafts, and a photo-booth from 2 to 4 p.m., plus a community dance party with DJ (and prizes) from 3:30 to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Activity tickets are fifty cents each (all games are one ticket and all rides are two tickets). There also will be discount wristbands for unlimited games and rides. Popcorn and other refreshments will be available for purchase. Temple Sinai is a Reform Jewish synagogue, located in the historical district of downtown Saratoga Springs. For more information about the carnival, contact Temple Sinai at 584-8730 and select option 2.



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Fighting Cancer, Family Style by Norra Reyes Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — At just six years old, Abby Sayles of Waterford has already had 18 spinal taps, swallowed 1,652 chemotherapy pills, and learned to dance joyfully to Katy Perry songs whenever she can. The kindergartener was diagnosed with B-cell ALL (acute lymphocytic leukemia) in August 2014 – hard news for her parents, Steve and Renee Sayles, to take. “It was overwhelming,” said Renee. “I was angry, upset, worried – so many emotions at once. But the first thing her doctor said after telling us she had leukemia was that she’s going to be fine. You don’t really believe them at first – it’s cancer – it’s tough to hear.” Fortunately, research dollars have made a tremendous impact in blood cancer treatments. Those

Renee and Abby Sayles at the kindergartener’s “End of Chemo” party in October 2016. Photo by Elizabeth Fox Photography.

successes and resulting hope is why Joe Kakaty of Saratoga Springs decided to accept a nomination for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) 2017 Man and Woman of the Year fundraising campaign. “You feel helpless because you want to do something,” said Joe. “I have several uncles with leukemia, and my dad’s a survivor. It’s everywhere and touches everyone. LLS has spent a billion dollars in cancer

therapies over the years. The survival rate was 6 percent, and it’s 90 percent now.” That said, he was initially hesitant to accept. The 10-week campaign is a big commitment for a working family man. When he brought the idea home, he said he could not have been more proud of the decision his wife and three children made to do the campaign together, as a family. “It is a blessing to have an opportunity for the family to work together for such an important cause,” said Josey Kakaty, Joe’s wife. “Our ‘someday is today,’ and this is something that really matters.” The LLS trademark is “Someday is Today®” and as the Kakatys brainstormed how they could each participate, the children came up with the idea to write a song around that theme, make a music video, and use it to help promote fundraising for LLS.

The Kakaty3 band is made up of siblings, left to right, Joey, 9, on drums; Bella, 11, on vocals; and Kenny, 13, on electric guitar and lyricist. Photo by

The Kakaty3 band is made up of siblings Bella, 11, on vocals, Joey, 9, on drums, and Kenny, 13, on electric guitar. They put their heads together, and with Kenny’s wordsmithing talent and the help of Overit Studios and other professionals, plus support from friends like the Sayles family, a video was born. “I think what they are doing is wonderful,” said Renee. “All the candidates doing the campaign have some sort of connection to cancer. Even if they don’t make Man or Woman of the Year, they are still winning in such a big way.” The first live show of “Someday is Today” will take place on Saturday, March 4 at 7 p.m. at the Parting Glass Pub. So far, subsequent performances include Sunday, March 5 at 6 p.m. at

Saratoga Central Catholic School; Friday, March 10 at 5 p.m. at Crown Grill; Wednesday, March 22 at 6 p.m. at Prime at Saratoga National; and April 22, 3 p.m. at the City Tavern. The Kakatys hope to raise $50,000, and have secured a donor that will match up to $25,000. The plan is to use the video to raise funds online, and combine that with up to 10 live performances at a $10 donation per person, and have raffles at the gigs. The parents will also do letterwriting and phone campaigns. Kenny is confident the campaign will meet its goals. “Americans are super generous, giving an estimated $400 billion to charity annually,” he said. “Our country’s generosity is inspiring. We hope they will help us make a difference for the LLS.” Abby is doing her part to make a difference, too. She did exceptionally well throughout her chemotherapy, which ended last October. Her mother said she must see an oncologist the rest of her life, and they pray every day that the cancer doesn’t return, but for now, the six-year-old is helping a young friend who was recently diagnosed. “I told her that her hair will come back,” said Abby, “and we like her hair however it is.” She also showed her how to swallow pills and talked about her experiences. Her mother said Abby is a miniature adult in a child’s body. “You have to take one day at a time and focus on the happiness of your kid,” said Renee. “It’s what truly matters. The doctors will take care of the rest.” The fundraising link will go live at midnight on March 3: http:// jkakaty. The “Someday is Today” video, along with a link to the fundraising campaign, can be viewed at

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Ballpark Project Gets Funds by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY MALTA — On February 22, the Malta Town Board authorized an expenditure of $15,000 to assist the Round Lake/Malta Youth Baseball League in a fundraising campaign. The independent little league is proposing to add a new baseball diamond for youngsters at the Dominick F. Pasquarell Park in Round Lake, which has two fields at present. Lori Sievers, president of the league, said the fundraising drive should pick up momentum in June after the regular school season ends. The third baseball diamond would benefit kids ages 6 to 7 who find the others too big, she explained. “The land is already pretty level,” Sievers said, but added that a major re-grading of the field and parking lot would be necessary for the best results.

She said soils in the area hold lots of moisture. The installation of any type of drainage systems is unlikely, though. The proposal that is being considered by Malta and Round Lake officials, prepared by Malta landscape contractor Peak Environmental, specified more than $49,000 to re-grade about 20,000 square feet; sod for a new infield; grass seed for the outfield; a special material for base paths; and the installation of clay and brick for the new pitcher’s mound. Other contractors would have to receive approvals for the installation of more fencing and dugouts totaling $33,000, according to Peak Environmental. Malta Supervisor Vincent DeLucia said the town board voted unanimously to support the Round Lake/Malta Youth Baseball League with 15 percent of an expected total project cost of $100,000.

The open field at the Dominick F. Pasquarell Park in Round Lake. Photo by Larry Goodwin.

The Village of Round Lake has yet to approve a similar funding commitment, according to Sievers.

If enough funds can be raised for the project, Sievers is expecting to break ground sometime this summer.

“It’s all about the kids,” she said. “I hope they really enjoy it.”



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Everything You Wanted to Know About Saratoga’s History Continued from front page.

come in, because of the overwhelming number of primary materials and other original documents. Inside the vault, the shelves reveal handwritten council meeting minutes dating to the city’s incorporation in 1915, criminal dockets from 1876, fire disaster records, urban renewal papers, and countless other original documents, including a prized signature by Saratoga Springs founder Gideon Putnam that dates to 1810. The vault is perused largely by archivists and historians searching for original source material. Across the street, the Saratoga Springs History Museum is being prepped for its upcoming exhibition - “Internationally Famous” – featuring Cris Alexander - a celebrity photographer and artist, and Shaun O’Brien, a dancer with the New York City Ballet. The couple moved to Saratoga Springs in the early ‘70s and were together

for more than 60 years. Collectively, their lives trace a line through the art, dance and celebrity world of much of the 20th century. In addition to its changing exhibitions and its permanent displays – original furniture and gaming equipment sit in the historic 19th century casino – the museum’s library houses research-friendly manuscripts, diaries, and business records of prominent local families like the Batchellors and the Walworths, as well as rarities documenting Caffè Lena, and the life of Frank Sullivan. A third aspect of the museum’s offering is the George S. Bolster Collection. Culled from approximately 360,000 images, glass plates and negatives, the compilation depicts a long-gone era of city hotels and lake houses, public events, visiting celebrities, and timecaptured scenes of the race course and private homes in their original splendor. “People looking for pictures come to me,” says Bolster

The Grand Union Hotel in the early 20th century, colorized by George Bolster. Photo courtesy of the George S. Bolster Collection, Saratoga Springs History Museum.

Collection Curator John Conners. “Some of them date back to the 1870s and every time I look at the pictures I still find something different, something I haven’t seen before.” In 1928, the city’s borders

cradled 14,000 year-round residents and housed 16 churches, 287 retail stores, five grade schools, one high school and two parochial schools. The house numbers and owners’ names can be found in the pages of the city directories - beginning in 1868 - at the Saratoga Room, located inside the Saratoga Springs Public Library. A few yards away, visitors can unearth the everyday lives of early 20th century residents in Sophie Goldstein’s oral narratives in the Saratoga County Jewish History Project. The Saratoga Room also boasts a multi-media collective of Saratoga-related films and documentaries, publications, illustrated newspapers, cookbooks, street maps with numbered houses dating to the 1800s, and a popular collection of Saratoga cookbooks. Frank Sullivan’s personal library consisting of more than 100 books and his personal typewriter are here, as are a treasure-trove of high school yearbooks, a century old.

Discoveries To Be Made: Did You Know? The New York Knickerbockers and Boston Celtics played an NBA exhibition game at Convention Hall in 1955. Sylvia Plath found peace on earth during her residence at Yaddo in the winter of 1959.

The Olympic Torch passed through Saratoga Springs in 2001. True Crime: The bulletriddled body of the victim of a suspected “mob hit” was found on the steps of Saratoga Hospital in 1936; A grisly discovery of the dismembered body of a young woman was made at Saratoga Lake a decade later. Sophie Tucker, Senor Wences, and “a breathtaking ensemble of lovely girls!” performed at The Piping Rock in 1947; 16-year-old Philip Seymour Hoffman studied acting at Skidmore in the 1980s; The band U2 performed at Saratoga Raceway – the current grounds of Saratoga Casino – in 1992, and Bob Dylan earned $50 for a twonight stand at Caffè Lena during his first visit to Saratoga Springs in 1961. Fires: The city’s worst occurred in 1955 on Caroline Street and claimed the lives of eight people; The “Great Fire of 1957” destroyed a block of the downtown business district on Broadway, and eight years later the 5,000-seat Convention Hall was destroyed in a mammoth blaze. Activism: In 1965, more than 600 Saratogians took part in a “Stand Up To Be Counted” silent March down Broadway in support of Civil Rights.

Week of March 3 – March 9, 2017


Notes From City Hall by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY

Charter Vote Now Set for November The Charter Review Commission Tuesday night unanimously approved moving the Charter referendum from a “Special Election” vote in May or June, to the General Election on Nov. 7. The specifics of the referendum, yet to be finalized, is believed to propose the city adopt a Council-Manager form of governing. Saratoga Springs has operated under a Commission form of governing since its inception as a city in 1915. The move comes one week after the City Council, by a 3-2 vote, rejected funding the $37,000 required for a “Special Election.” In November, all five City Council seats will be up for vote. Councilmembers in favor of a Special Election said the Charter vote required its own date; those opposed claimed an off-November vote would yield a low voter turnout.

Public Forum Sunday: Designing the Future of Pitney Farm Two months after acquiring the historic Pitney Farm, Pitney Meadows Community Farm, Inc. (PMCF) invites the community to a

public forum on the development of the 166-acre property, the last farm operating in the city of Saratoga Springs. The board of directors of the new non-profit that now owns the Pitney Farm is seeking the community’s input by hosting “Around the Silo: Designing the Future of Pitney Meadows Community Farm.” The public forum takes place 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 5 at Universal Preservation Hall, 25 Washington St. RSVPs are requested at PMCF’s purchase of the farm from the Pitney family in December was supported by the city of Saratoga Springs, which used $1.13 million from its Open Space Bond Fund to buy the development rights. Donations through fundraising efforts have reached $650,000 and volunteers are seeking to raise an additional $225,000 to pay off a bridge loan provided by Adirondack Trust. Last week, the City Council voted unanimously to proceed with a review of PMCF’s request for a zoning change and to have the council take the lead on the SEQR environmental assessment. At the forum, long-time openspace advocate and PMCF Advisory Council member Barbara Glaser will discuss the contextual history of the farm, while PMCF board

member Katie Petronis will detail uses of the property that are permitted by the farm’s conservation easement. Mike Ingersoll, principal of the LA Group, will share an updated site plan illustrated with 3-D computer-generated images and discuss the process by which PMCF will proceed in its request for a zoning change from the city. During two 15-minute breakout sessions, participants will be asked to share ideas and resources in areas of special interest, such as community gardens, educational programs, trails, building renovations, grant writing and fundraising, programmatic links with local schools and the YMCA, establishment of the Pitney Farm

Computer-generated rendering of the site plan for Pitney Meadows Community Farm. Photo provided.

historical center, and the training of a new generation of sustainable farmers.

Upcoming Meetings The City Council will host a pre-agenda workshop 9:30 a.m. Monday and its full meeting 7 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall.

The Planning Board will host a workshop at 5 p.m. Monday and its full meeting 7 p.m. Thursday at City Hall. The Board of Ethics will host a meeting 5:30 p.m. Thursday at City Hall.



Week of March 3 – March 9, 2017

Campaign Builds Against A Word by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Beyond the doors of Fingerpaint’s main office on Broadway Wednesday, it was likely that too many people were still using a common word. Inside, a group of people argued that word’s days should be numbered. “Unfortunately, this word is too often used in everyday conversation,” Jennifer Frame, director of development for the Capital District chapter of New York Special Olympics, told the crowd of about 30. People had gathered on Wednesday inside Fingerpaint’s spacious office for a Spread the Word to End the Word

campaign event. After a few speeches, most attendees literally finger-painted their names on a large banner. In a statement provided by Fingerpaint, a marketing agency that for several years has teamed up with Special Olympics to promote the campaign, the target is made clear: “”The ‘R’ word is the word ‘retard(ed).’ Why does it hurt? The R-word hurts because it is exclusive. It’s offensive. It’s derogatory,” the statement reads. “This campaign asks people to stop saying the R-word as a starting point toward creating more accepting attitudes and communities for all people,” it continues. “Language affects attitudes and attitudes affect actions. Pledge today to use respectful, people-first language.”

“The ‘R’ word has to be stopped,” asserted Saratoga Springs High School student Kylie Flynn, who apparently has formed a tight bond in recent years with her fellow senior Griffin Donohoe. Flynn told the crowd that she finds the R-word “dehumanizing,” which drives her devotion to the local campaign’s complete success. “With every pledge, Saratoga is becoming more inclusive,” she said. Donohoe spoke briefly and then stood next to Flynn. The pair comforted each other by holding hands as the other R-word campaigners made their statements. Bo Goliber, a spokeswoman for Fingerpaint, said the R-word campaign is “a cause that’s close to our hearts,” noting how it has picked up a lot of momentum since 2013. Employees of the marketing firm have particularly enjoyed interacting with

Saratoga Springs High School students (left to right) Griffin Donohoe; Kylie Flynn; and Cassie Layden; and Special Olympics volunteers Emily Stevens and Deanna Ritzenberg, at the offices of Fingerpaint. Photo by

Special Olympics athletes, she explained. “At Fingerpaint, we make it a priority to give back in more ways than just writing checks,” Goliber said. “It’s

about raising awareness, doing what’s right and engaging with our community and the organizations that are truly making an impact. We love helping however we can.”

Week of March 3 – March 9, 2017

BALLSTON SPA Goode St., $115,000. John Goddard sold property to Jeremy and Joshua Knight. 833 Route 50, $200,000. Lawrence and Louise Smith sold property to Xtreme Makeover Properties LLC. Benedict Road and Round Lake Rd., $950,000. KT Development of Saratoga LLC sold property to John Paul Builders LLC.

CHARLTON 1162 Peaceable St., $330,000. Robert and Kathleen Segura sold property to Rosemary Freeman. 1201 Gideon Trace, $412,888. Bordeau Builders Inc. sold property to Edward and Carrie Neary.

GALWAY Ridge Rd., $20,000. Myron and Linda Ferguson sold property to Christopher and Kathleen Verbicky. 5678 Lake Rd., $6,000. Justin and Cheryl Cappon sold property to William Smith.

GREENFIELD 45 Grange Rd., $415,000. Carolyn Tang and Michael Zuritis (co-Trustees) sold property to Lesa and Christopher Farrell.

MALTA 9 Magnolia Way, $410,000. Jordan and Cara Hume sold property to Cartus Financial Corporation. 68 Meadow Rue Place, $235,000. Olive Bay LLC sold property to Shaun Francis and Julia Westlake. 56 Wake Robin Road, $164,300. James and Cynthia Delap sold property to Amber Longe. 26 Walden Glen, $310,000. Dominick Carrero sold property to Justin Wojcik.

MILTON 8 Linden Lane, $221,890. University and Green LLC sold property to Robert Motala.


9 Pheasant Run, $268,000. Michael and Amanda Ims sold property to Andrew Way and Natalia Martinez. 608 Grand Ave., $425,000. Charles and Samantha Cope sold property to John and Iulia Ceccolini.

MOREAU 37 Ella Dr., $250,000. Joseph Nichols sold property to Shane Pratt and Abigail Bayer. 4 Wedgewood Dr., $289,215. Michaels Group LLC sold property to Diana Salisbury. 1131 Route 9, $120,000. Eileen Hackett sold property to Cerrone Builders Inc. 35 Iris Ave., $146,000. Pamela Barker (by Exec) sold property to Matthew Wasserman. 182 Ferry Blvd., $14,000. Castle 2016 LLC sold property to Shayna Goodson. 14 Brentwood Dr., $240,000. Daniel and Pamela Washburn sold property to Cartus Financial Corporation. 18 Macory Way, $65,000. RMD Development Corp. sold property to Dennis DeGennaro.

SARATOGA Gates Ave., $6,000. Mary Aldridge sold property to Conan and Kristine O’Rourke. 9 Herkimer St., $43,500. Denne Freeman sold property to Priority Electrical Services Inc. 113 River Rd., $60,000. Trinco LLC, Madeline Mattera and Genevieve Lasse sold property to Joanne Rohrig.


sold property to John and Lucille Koch (as Trustees). 5 Wells St., $590,000. 5 Wells Street LLC sold property to BFJ III LLC. 34 Newton Ave., $361,000. Kathy Older sold property to SBDT Venturees LLC. 14-16 Lake Ave., $620,000. McMahon and Coseo PC sold property to 89 Genesee Street LLC. 269 Broadway, $1,451,000. Beth Isenberg (as Trustee) sold property to 519 Broadway LLC. 5 Spring St., Unit 402, $478,000. Broadway Springs Corp. sold property to Jason Teets. 25 Crommelin Dr., $310,000. Leonard Mintzer (as Trustee) sold property to George and Susan Bray. 1 St. Charles Place, $235,000. Annmarie Cipollo sold property to Katherine and James Dorsey. 33 Nelson Ave., $799,000. Beth Isenberg (as Trustee) sold property to 519 Broadway LLC. 207 Regent St., $410,000. Jeanene Bowman (by Atty) sold property to Brandon Acres. 45 Doten Ave., $308,000. Joseph Rivera sold property to Ross Kenyon and Anupriya Krishnan. 91 Fifth Ave., $822,500. Joanne Yepsen sold property to Steven Rocco and Soraya Beniez. 26 Garside Rd., $225,000. Alan and Rina Beach sold property to Matthew Behrmann.

STILLWATER 162 Gronczniak Rd., $272,950. David and Sally Sheldon sold property to Carolyn Bulson.

100 North St., $411,000. Michael Hoffman sold property to David and Erin Conklin.

7 Cavalry Course, $263,000. Kostas and Barbara Sikamiotis sold property to Timothy Weighley II.

38 High Rock Ave., Parking Space #24, $35,000. High Rock Condominiums LLC

22 Morgan Ct., $80,000. Camelot Associates Development LLC sold

property to Camelot Associates Corporation.

13 sold property to John and Allison Miller.

22 Morgan Ct., $364,222. Camelot Associates Corporation sold property to Bryan Borges.

17 Donegal Way, $325,000. John Madkour sold property to Janine Robinson.

1105 NYS Route 32, $248,000. Leland Moll, Jr. sold property to Scott Swedish.

31 Cider Mill Way, $395,357. Smith Bridge LLC sold property to Richard and Paula Masterpolo.

WILTON 14 Aberdeen Way, $227,900. Amy Robert sold property to Morgan O’Hara. 131A Ernst Rd., $129,030. Mary Hammond (by Admin) sold property to Nathan Winslow and Charlette Ford-Winslow. 18 Harvest Lane, $526,000. John and Amy Dileone

4 Rolling Hills Dr., $259,000. James Drywy sold property to Robert and Mary Fitzgerald. 1 Autumn Court, $380,000. Lenora Rickard sold property to Chad and Kristen Cassells. 120 Ruggles Rd., $149,999. Ruth Burton (by Exec). Sold property to Danielle and William Burch.



Week of March 3 – March 9, 2017

City Beer and Cider Will Flow by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — The craft beer giddiness that swept through the city last week is bound to return even stronger, say promoters of the increasingly popular Saratoga Beer Week event. “There are certainly a lot of craft beer drinkers” in the Capital Region, says Kevin Rich, director of sales and marketing for Town Square Media. The Connecticut-based company, through its network of more than 600 radio stations and websites, promotes Saratoga Beer Week along with similar events nationwide as part of Town Square’s America On Tap series. On February 21, the city’s sixth annual promotion kicked

off at Olde Saratoga Brewing Company with a ceremonial keg tapping by Mayor Joanne Yepsen. It concluded on Saturday evening with a Beer Summit inside City Center, which was attended by multitudes of craft beer fans from around the area. King said 3,000 tickets were sold in advance for the Saratoga Beer Summit and another 1,500 were sold for the Cider Night event on Friday—the latter of which has become a “new drinking phenomenon,” he explained, due to people who are more health conscious and prefer hard ciders over beer. The revenue generated from Saratoga Beer Week is difficult to gauge among the city businesses that participated. But Town Square Media earned at least $165,000 from advance ticket sales alone.

Kicking off beer week (left to right) are Mike Brown, owner of Death Wish Coffee; Mayor Joanne Yepsen; and Max Oswald, owner of Olde Saratoga Brewing. Photo by MacKenzie Liptak.

“That event continues to grow every year,” offered Paul Leone, executive director of the recently formed New York State Brewers Association (NYSBA). According to Leone, there are more than 320 craft brewers in New York state, including about 120 located on farms. Leone says the state “is becoming a major player in the hops industry” and creating lots of jobs in the process. At present, he added, roughly 500 acres of hops—a primary

ingredient of beer—are grown by New York farmers during the agricultural season while “hundreds more” acres are planned. Leone praised the support given to the craft beer industry by state lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who passed and signed three separate bills in 2016, respectively, to boost such opportunities. One bill authorized individual tax credits for craft brewers in New York City. Another allows farmers to sell craft beer

products and ciders by the glass at their properties. The third modified New York’s so-called Sunday Blue Law by approving special permits for alcohol sales after 8 a.m. on Sundays. Leone also expressed gratitude for the efforts of Max Oswald, owner of Olde Saratoga Brewing, who donates a portion of the proceeds from ticket sales for his Saratoga Beer Week keg ceremony to support the NYSBA. Oswald hosted that event this year at the Olde Saratoga Brewing warehouse on Excelsior Avenue in association with Mike Brown, owner of Death Wish Coffee in Round Lake; the Albany Distilling Company; and MacKenzie Liptak, the communications manager for DeCrescente Distributing in Mechanicville. Rich, the Town Square Media promoter, said he’s already looking forward to next year’s events in Saratoga Springs. He suggested that local beer and cider lovers follow updates on the website


Week of March 3 – March 9, 2017

Shmaltz Honors Women With New Beer CLIFTON PARK — This week, ahead of International Women’s Day on March 8, Shmaltz Brewing Company announced a special release: a new Double IPA beer called She’Brew. The Clifton Park brewery, which turns 21 this year, also timed the release of She’Brew to coincide with the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New York state. In the coming weeks, women who work for Shmaltz will join Head Brewer Richie Saunders, brewing supervisor Chris “Duffy” Dufrain, and brewer Annalise Ellis to conduct a demonstration of She’Brew production. In April, She’Brew beer will nationally roll out in 4-packs and draft to the 35 states within Shmaltz’s distribution network. Shmaltz has partnered with Patti Wilcox and Deb Underwood from Awestruck Cider in Sydney, New York for the project. Awestruck will be making a companion cider utilizing some of the same hops that will be in the beer. Shmaltz will donate a portion of the proceeds from She’Brew beer sales to Planned Parenthood and the Pink Boots Society scholarship fund, a global non-profit that aims to advance women in the beer business. In 1996, founder and owner Jeremy Cowan established Shmaltz Brewing in San Francisco. The first 100 cases of He’brew beer were hand-bottled and delivered throughout the

Bay Area from the back of his grandmother’s Volvo. Shmaltz Brewing now sells He’brew beer in 35 states, through 40 wholesalers and nearly 5,000 retailers. In 2013, after 17 years of promoting contract brewing, Cowan and staff opened their own New York state production facility in Clifton Park. The company’s brew house has a 30,000-barrel annual capacity, and packages a diverse variety of core and seasonal favorites in 12 and 22-ounce bottles and kegs. The Shmaltz Tasting Room is open five days each week (Wednesday through Sunday) and offers tours, barrelaged previews, beer-to-go and special releases. For more information, visit

New City Kiosks SARATOGA SPRINGS — Businesses located in the Saratoga Special Assessments District (SSAD) may be represented on new city kiosks. The kiosks will be placed in nine strategic locations downtown as a start to an eventual citywide plan. They will replace the existing wooden signs at the side street intersections in downtown and other locations. They will combine historical facts about the surrounding areas, major attractions, and

can include information about city businesses. Businesses on existing signs will automatically be on the new kiosks for one year. The cost for new listings will be $90 for the first and $50 for each additional location. There will be a yearly enrollment period and renewals to add or change your listing. Renewal notices will be sent in a timely manner by the SSAD and the City of Saratoga Springs. The Saratoga Downtown Business Association has added an application to be included on these valuable marketing tools. A deadline was extended until later in March. Space on the signs will be allocated on a first-come basis with application and payment presented. Any questions can be directed to Marianne Barker at 518-587-0666 or Mbarker@

Equestricon Sponsors and Partners Announced SARATOGA SPRINGS — Just days after launching ticket sales for Equestricon 2017, event organizers built upon their momentum by releasing a list of more than 30 key sponsor and partner commitments for the inaugural international racing convention,

fan festival and trade show scheduled for August 13 and 15. The list of supporting entities, representing leading organizations from all corners of the industry, includes Signature Event Partners Breeders’ Cup; the New York Racing Association; Daily Racing Form; America’s Best Racing; the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame; and Equestricon’s official charity partner, the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA). Organizers named more than 25 additional organizations in what it describes as a “first wave” of announcements highlighting entities that have pledged support to its first fan-facing convention, festival and trade show. The initial list includes: Whitney Sponsors; The Stronach Group; Horse Country; West Point Thoroughbreds; Centennial

National Thoroughbred Racing Association; Fasig-Tipton; Stonestreet Farm;
Sagamore Farm; Sagamore Spirit;
 Exacta Systems;
Kirkwood Stables;
and Parting Glass Racing.

 Also newly listed on the site are more than two dozen exhibitors—covering a range of racing products, services and other businesses—that are confirmed as participants of the event. As the official charity partner of Equestricon, the TAA and its accredited organizations will be widely involved in the convention. Organizers indicated more announcements regarding its support for TAA were forthcoming. The complete initial list of Equestricon 2017 partners and additional information on becoming a sponsor can be found



Week of March 3 – March 9, 2017

Maple Ave Students Head to Regional Science Competition by Thomas Kika Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — A team of Maple Avenue Middle School students will be competing in a regional competition to determine who will go to the upcoming U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) 27th National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C. The event will be held on March 4, at General Electric National Research in Niskayuna. The winners of the event will receive an all-expense-paid trip to D.C. to compete at the

national level representing the Capital Region of New York. The team from Maple Ave. is made up of the following students: 8th graders Jack Murratti, Max Su, Stephen Verral, and Jason Zheng; 7th graders Isabelle Girolamo, Hana Nguyen, Jack Maiellaro, and Ethan Murnan; and 6th grader Andrew Hope. Their team’s coach is Maple Ave. science teacher John Scrivo. “This is our third year participating and we made tremendous strides last year,” Scrivo said. “Finishing second in the car race and reaching the semifinals in the academic

Photo by John Scrivo. Left to right: Max Su, Jack Maiellaro, Stephen Verral, Isabelle Girolamo, Hana Nguyen, Ethan Murnan, Jack Murratti, and Jason Zheng.

competition. This has set the bar high for this year’s team to try to improve on last year’s success.” At this weekend’s regional event, the team will take part in two events. The first is a weighted car design challenge, wherein the team must design a small car powered by a falling weight, with the goal of getting the car to go 10 meters. This challenge is strictly designed for the regional middle school level event, and has no impact on the team moving on to the national competition. The second event, and the one that will decide if the team moves on, is an academic questionand-answer style competition. According to the DOE’s official website, teams will be “tested on a range of science disciplines including biology, chemistry, Earth science, physics, energy, and math.”

The team’s preparations for the event have involved inclass and out-of-class work. In class, they have practiced for the academic challenge by answering questions using a simulated version of the buzzer system that will be used at the event. Out of class, they have been working on the designs that they will use in the falling weight challenge. This has involved not just the design for the car itself, but also the launcher that will get the car moving, as well as testing the ideal amount of weight to use. After the regional event on Saturday, the national event will take place in D.C. from April 27 to May 1. The National Science Bowl has been held annually since 1991, and draws more than 14,000 middle school and high school students each year.

Week of March 3 – March 9, 2017


AWRA Makes Donation to South High Marathon Dance


Rodion Cantacuzene Scholarship SARATOGA SPRINGS — The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame is once again offering the Rodion Cantacuzene Scholarship, an annual award recognizing young leaders and volunteers throughout Saratoga County. The scholarship, awarded in a one-time amount of $1,000, will be presented in June to a high school senior from Saratoga County who has demonstrated a record of academic

SOUTH GLENS FALLS — The Act With Respect Always (AWRA) anti-bullying initiative recently made a donation to the South Glens Falls High School’s Marathon Dance team. The annual Marathon Dance will be held at the high school starting at 7 p.m. on March 3, and will run for 28

hours until 11 p.m. on March 4. The aim of the event is to raise money for a number of causes, including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, buying Christmas presents for needy children, and providing things such as motorized wheelchairs and handicapped-accessible vans to the differently-abled,

among others. The donation goes along with AWRA’s pledge to give back to the community. The check for the donation was presented by Oliver Winch Middle School 8th grader Avery Willis, an ambassador for AWRA. To learn more about the dance, go to www.

Registration Open for Saratoga Summer Ballet Programs SARATOGA SPRINGS – Saratoga City Ballet’s (SCB) summer dance programs are now open for registration. They are open to students, ages 3-18. The Creative Movement Mini Camp with a fairy tale theme is open to students ages 3-5 and will take

place July 10-14 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. The Gotta Dance Junior program for ages 6-9 will take place from July 10-14 from 10am to 1pm. The Gotta Dance Program for students ages 10 and up is scheduled for August 7-11 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. and features master

Saratoga Hospital Volunteer Guild Offering Scholarships SARATOGA SPRINGS—The Saratoga Hospital Volunteer Guild is offering five $1,500 scholarships to high school seniors in the greater Saratoga County area who are interested in pursuing healthcare careers. Eligible students must be entering college in September of 2017, have at least a 2.5 GPA, and a documented record of community service. The

application deadline is March 31, 2017. Scholarship recipients will be honored at the Volunteer Guild’s Annual Recognition Dinner on May 11. Requirements and applications are available through local high school guidance offices and online at www. volunteering.

classes taught by Marcus Rogers. SCB is also offering a Master Class Series for ages 12 through adult from August 21-24 from 6-8 p.m. on a drop in basis for intermediate and advanced students. For more information and to register, visit

excellence and exemplary service to the community along with a strong interest in pursuing future studies in history and/or the arts. Details and an application form can be found at www. under the Education tab. Questions pertaining to the scholarship should be directed to Karen Wheaton, the Museum’s education curator, at 518-584-0400 ext. 118. The entry deadline is April 7.

Ballston Spa Early College High School Graduates Get Scholarships BALLSTON SPA — Graduating students from Ballston Spa Central School District’s Clean Technologies and Sustainable Industries Early College High School (Clean Tech ECHS) will receive scholarships from the Albany chapter of the Society for Information Management. Students will be eligible to receive up to $2,000 if they apply. Clean Tech ECHS was founded in 2011 in a partnership

between BSCSD, Hudson Valley Community College, and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, and it aims to offer juniors and seniors the chance to earn up to 24 college credits in areas such clean energy, computer science and information technology, and mechatronics. More about the Albany chapter of SIM can be found online at


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Week of March 3 – March 9, 2017


Week of March 3 – March 9, 2017

F. Donald Myers Education Center, Southern Adirondack Education Center & SUNY Adirondack Wilton Campus

When school is out the fun begins! WSWHE BOCES Summer camps offer youngsters an opportunity to participate in a wide variety of fun and educational classes.


July 17-21 at BOCES Southern Adirondack Education Center in Hudson Falls July 24-28 at the BOCES F. Donald Myers Education Center in Saratoga Springs August 7-11 at SUNY Adirondack Wilton • AM classes for grades 2-4 - Campers will dive into the exciting world of computer coding through Scratch. • PM classes for grades 5-8 - Minecraft Modding camp: Using Java, campers will learn to create Minecraft mods like “spawn a flying golden cow”!


Three weeks of summer camps include full or half day sessions: July 10 - 14; July 17 - 21; July 24 - 28, 2017 • Along with Code to the Future some fun STEM offerings include Simply Amazing Machine; NANO It’s Bigger than You Think, Paper Engineering and Geo Art • Our very popular Culinary Camp returns with “Appetizers & Party Food” and “Around the World Cuisine”. New: “Making Healthy Farm to Table Dishes” • Also returning, Chinese Language and Culture and Mad Science of the Capital District with Claws, Codes and Constellations or NASA!


July 17-21, 2017 • Learn how to speak the language of computers with our Code to the Future camps. • I can make that? Yes, you can! in Kids Can Cook!


Immerse the campers in all things STEM: August 7 -11, 2017 • Along with Code to the Future, our STEM Academy offerings include Forensic Science with Mr. Biss, Simply Amazing Machines, NANO It’s Bigger than You Think, Duck Tape Wars and Water Rockets, and 3 Minutes to Midnight and Holding • Become familiar with animation techniques and the process of stop motion animation in Animation Antics.


Trombley Auditorium in Maple Ave. Middle School - Saratoga Springs School District, WSWHE BOCES and C-R Kids have united to offer a summer arts program like no other in the area. Two week camps run from July 10 - August 11, 2017 Experience the thrill of being part of a full-scaled, fully designed show under the guidance of highly skilled teaching artists. SRYA Kids Camps Grades 1 – 5 Scheduled camps are: Sleeping Beauty Kids and Magic Tree House: Pirates Past Noon. SRYA Juniors Camps Grades 6 – 9 Scheduled camps are: 13, the Musical and Thoroughly Modern Millie, Jr. SRYA Theater Camps Disney’s The Lion King Experience Grades 1-9 Experience this unique combined-age camp during which campers will experience African dancing, mask-making and drumming, all culminating in a performance of scenes from Disney’s beloved Lion King! Visit for Theater Arts Camps Join in the fun! Register early to insure you don’t miss out! For more information: Call the WSWHE BOCES Enrichment Resource Center at (518) 581-3585 or Visit for registration forms


Week of March 3 – March 9, 2017

MARCH 3 – MARCH 5, 2017



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

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



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

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



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


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

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

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

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


Week of March 3 – March 9, 2017

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


Rotary Home & Lifestyle Art Show


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

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

Sunday, Noon to 3 p.m

All weekend

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Hummingbird" photograph by Dennis Donohue

MISCELLANEOUS ARTS 2017 Special Events



• Saratoga Regional YMCA • Saratoga Springs Girls and Boys Basketball Program • Saratoga Springs High School • Saratoga Springs United Methodist Church • Saratoga War Horse • Saratoga Battlefield
 • Saratoga Bridges
 • Saratoga EOC • Saratoga Hospital Foundation
 • Saratoga Miss Softball
 • Saratoga National Little League
 • Saratoga P.L.A.N.
 • Saratoga Reads
 • Saratoga Rowing Association
 • Saratoga Springs History Museum • Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation • Saratoga Springs Public Library • Saratoga Youth Hockey
 • SaratogaArtsFest
 • Shelters of Saratoga
 • Temple Sinai • Wellspring • Yaddo Garden Association • YMCA Youth Basketball

PHOTOGRAPHY Through My Lens CLP Design Studio Ladybug Hollow Brad Wanik


WINE & SPIRITS Lakeland Winery Caledonia Spirits, Inc.

FIBER & CERAMICS Sandie Keyser Linda Peterson Elizabeth Roberts Sadie’s Suitcase Saratoga Note Cards Thistledown Studio Dolores Thompson Tom Tracey


Week of March 3 – March 9, 2017

Early Spring Weather: by Megin Potter for Saratoga TODAY Spring seems to be doing its thing earlier this year. Last week, the region saw temperatures rise from the low 40s to the mid-60s. This caused the recent snow cover to melt. Immediately followed by a moderate rainstorm, some area residents were left wondering; was it too much, too soon? Each spring, the influx of water can cause chaos for drivers and

homeowners. This week was no exception. Water puddled up and ran across on the roadways, eroding its edges, and overflowing drainage capacity in some spots. Area experts are saying that just because spring is popping up an estimated four weeks ahead of schedule this year, advantages have outweighed the challenges, so far.

Spring Fever Sunny days entice drivers to go for a cruise. Spring’s rainy days too, can prove to be advantageous when it comes to caring for your car. “Believe it or not, the best way to clean the undercarriage of your car is driving in a rainstorm,” said Eric Mohr, manager of Mohr’s Service Center in Saratoga Springs. In his more than 20 years of experience, he’s seen the havoc that the dangerous mixture of leftover road salt, mud, and trapped moisture can inflict on all kinds of cars. “My car was absolutely caked, but driving in Sunday’s rainstorm took 99 percent of that off,” he said. A trip to the car wash, using a power sprayer, or even a garden hose are all it takes to defend against rust, he said.

Out & About Driving on spring’s wet roads mean using caution and taking extra Continued on page 23.


Week of March 3 – March 9, 2017

Too Much, Too Soon? Continued from page 22.

care as road crews are already out working. “The biggest thing we promote is safety,” said Keith Manz, Saratoga County’s Public Works Commissioner. He urges the traveling public to be patient, heed traffic signs, look out for flagmen, and go slowly. The early spring means his crews are clearing broken branches from winter’s heavy wind storms, filling potholes, and fixing roadway erosion from water runoff. This clean-up is not more than usual, and the timing is advantageous, he said. “It helps us a lot. It means we use less salt, have less overtime, and use less fuel. Every week that is mild with no precipitation is a week closer to having an early spring. The good thing is, not only are we ahead of schedule, but we’re saving money,” said Manz. With plans to rebuild 20 miles of roadways in the towns of Edinburg, Hadley, and Halfmoon, crews are out clearing.

“It’s great to get that jump on it. Out doing that work earlier, that means we’re ahead of the game. Then, beginning in April, we can work on the road itself,” he said.

What You Can Do Homeowners can help, too. “We’ll be coming by, jetting out drainage pipes, but it’s nice if they get out and help to clean away debris. I’ve seen a lot of people raking early, keeping the drainage pipes under their driveways clear,” said Manz. “It’s kinda a team thing,” he added.

If clogged culverts are a regular occurrence, it may be time to consider additional landscaping, advises James O’Keefe, owner of Pure Perfection Landscaping. He’s experienced people calling earlier to set up appointments this year, eager to take advantage of the gorgeous spring weather. “Where’s the water going?” is what he asks homeowners when evaluating their property, he said. Depending on their specific conditions, it may be necessary to change the ground grade or elevation. Can the water be directed toward a

drywell? Persistent problems may require a larger size drainage pipe to handle the flow. Grades can also cause landscaping pavers to settle, creating an uneven walking surface. He can assess whether the soil needs to be regraded and the stones reset, or if downspout gutters should be installed. “With the lack of snow cover, they should be doing a good mechanical thatching or heavy raking, and spreading a high nitrogen fertilizer,” said O’Keefe. Low-growing, densely-spreading, compact groundcover, such as evergreen varieties, can help with soil retention, as well.

When it comes to plant care, it’s all about the frost, he said. “Trees are attempting to bloom out with the warmer temperatures, then it cools off, and it kills them off. That’s what happened to the apple trees last year. Unfortunately, there’s not much we can do about it,” said O’Keefe. From tree trimming, to soil preparation, however, it’s not too soon to start. “The warmer temperatures can push the schedule up dramatically,” said O’Keefe. For more information go to http://pureperfectionlandscaping. com or call 518-792-3600.


Week of March 3 – March 9, 2017


Week of March 3 – March 9, 2017

Learning Your Yard

by Peter Bowden for Saratoga TODAY I know that it is hard to believe but it seems as though the worst of the cold is behind us. Soon we’ll be out in our yards cleaning up the debris left by winter and planning our summer gardens. This is a good time to get to reacquainted with what your yard has to offer. Before you set foot in a nursery to select plants for your landscape, you need to understand conditions in your yard. I call this “Learning Your Yard.” Gardening success starts with knowing how much light a plant needs and where conditions in your yard match up with the plant’s requirements. I’ve spent a lot of time helping folks with plant selections. The first question I must ask so I can make logical recommendations is, “What direction does your house face?” More often than you’d believe, the answer I get is “the road.” Obviously this isn’t what I really am asking. I’m simply trying to deduce how much sunlight the site will potentially receive. The largest factor influencing conditions in your yard is the house. Each wall faces a different direction and each of these directions have different qualities of light and exposure that will determine which plants will grow and thrive there and which would be best placed elsewhere. Let’s examine the qualities of walls facing the four cardinal

compass points. The east-facing wall is the wall that faces the sunrise so it will get morning sun until about noon and then shade for the rest of the day. That means that this side of the house will get about 6 hours of direct sun a day during the growing season. This morning sun is considered the most “balanced” light of the day. It lacks the hot, infrared quality of afternoon sun. This means that plants that require shady conditions may be able to tolerate 3 or 4 hours of eastern exposure whereas the same amount of western or afternoon sun would be to “hot’ for shade loving plants. The east-facing wall is also the most sheltered area in the yard. The house acts as a windbreak, protecting this area from the cold, dry prevailing wind that blows from the west and northwest in winter. This dry winter wind is the worst enemy of rhododendron, azaleas, holly and other broadleaf evergreens. The east-facing wall is the location of choice for this family of plants. The south-facing wall of the house provides the sunniest exposure possible. It will get twelve or more hours of direct sun per day. All this sun makes this the perfect location for most flowering shrubs as well as sun-loving annuals and perennials. Plants that require full sun will want at least seven hours of direct sun per day and the south wall of the house will provide all that and more. Plants that require shade will suffer when planted on the south side of the house since all those hours of sun will overheat them. People who love flower gardening are always thrilled to have good southern exposure. The west-facing wall gets the second half of the day’s sun from noon until sunset. Afternoon sun is much hotter and infrared than its morning counterpart. This makes it possible for many plants that require full sun to do well even though they will only get a half a day of sun when planted against a west-facing wall. Shade plants that can thrive in the morning sun will find the west-facing wall

too hot. The west-facing wall is also exposed to prevailing wind that blows from the west and northwest so, even though light conditions might be appropriate for broadleaf evergreens, winter wind will make this a tough location for them. The north-facing wall gets less direct sunlight (in fact none) than any other location against the house. This and the fact that it is directly exposed to drying north winds in winter make this one of the most challenging areas to plant. Lack of direct sun makes it impossible to grow most flowering shrubs and roses will never do well against a north-facing wall. Naturally the north wind will make it impossible for broadleaf evergreens to survive this location. There are some junipers and other durable evergreens that can

live here. The greener the better since gold or blue evergreens need more sun than a north-facing wall will provide to maintain their color. Shade loving perennials and annuals are good choices to brighten up this difficult wall. Of course, few houses face exactly south, north, east or west. If your house faces southeast, for instance, it will have a combination of east and south wall qualities. Then there are the other factors that will influence the “micro-climates” within your yard. There may be a large shade tree in the yard on the south side of the house so, instead of getting full sun all day, that side of the house may only get direct sun for a couple of hours. There may be a fence or evergreen hedge to the west of your

yard that blocks the wind from that direction making it possible to plant rhododendrons there. These are the variables that you’ll need to learn to make logical plant selections and take best advantage of your garden spaces. The most successful gardeners are those who understand what their yard has to offer and learn to work with it. Take the time to observe the way the sunlight moves across your yard, the path the wind takes and the other variables that affect your little piece of the planet. Then you’ll be able to shop at the garden center in a more logical manner and you won’t find someone asking you, “Now, when you’re standing in your front doorway, where does the sun come up?” Thanks for the read.



Week of March 3 – March 9, 2017

Future Farmers – or at Least Future Farmers’ Market Shoppers Carrot, Cucumber & Apple Salad Adapted from recipe by Ciara Attwell at My Fussy Eater

Saturdays, 9 to 1

Prep time: 5 mins

Lincoln Baths Saratoga Spa State Park

Total time: 5 mins

by Julia Howard, Saratoga Farmers’ Market Director for Saratoga TODAY One value of making a shopping trip to the Saratoga Farmers’ Market a part of your weekly routine is the connection that it

Market kids by Pattie Garrett.

inspires between you, your food, and the farmers who grow it. Over the past two years, we have worked to deepen that connection by making the market a place that is not only foodie-friendly but family friendly, as well. We host a weekly drop-in kids’ activity and live music, and as we start preparing for the summer we are looking forward to rolling out our Power of Produce program again. The goal of that program is to get children excited about carrots, broccoli, and raspberries, as well as locally produced honey, cheeses, and other products. In the process, we want market goers of all ages to learn about farming, new foods, and new cooking methods – while having fun. Looking for new ways to connect your children to local foods? Try these ideas: - Find something that grows on a vine, underground, and on a tree. Let your child choose these items, and come up with an easy recipe for making it. (See the accompanying recipe for a hint on how to get started.) - Find something new. Have your child identify an odd piece of produce and then ask the farmer selling it what it is and how to prepare it. Farmers love sharing recipes so this is a great way to strike up a conversation and make a friend in the process. - Do a scavenger hunt. Write out market ingredients for an evening meal. Send your kids on a hunt through the market to find them. Jot down the names of the farmers selling the products as they are located and then marvel at the list of diverse food producers that you are supporting. - Buddy up on a budget. Children can



* Ingredients can be found at the market

1. Wash the carrots, cucumber and apple and peel the carrots with a vegetable peeler. 2. Cut the ends off the fruit and vegetables to create a flat surface. 3. Attach each one at a time to a spiralizer and spiralizer to create spaghetti like noodles. If you don’t have a spiralizer you can use a julienne peeler too. 4. Place the spiralized fruit and veggies into a large bowl. Chop the cherry tomatoes in two and add to the bowl. 5. In a small bowl, whisk the lemon juice with the lemon zest and honey. Drizzle over fruit and veggies. 6. Serve immediately.

- 2 carrots* - 1 cucumber* - 1 apple* - 10-12 cherry tomatoes* - 1 tablespoon honey* - Juice from 1 lemon* - Lemon zest*

learn great money-saving skills when they’re given the task of buying their own fruits, vegetables, and snacks such as honey sticks for lunch boxes or other meals. - And finally take pictures. Ask your child to name the most interesting item on display at the market each week, and take a photo with your cell phone. Then,

Market kids by Pattie Garrett.

create a collage of these edible arts that features perhaps a giant sweet potato, a sprouting mushroom, or even a wide-eyed fish. The Saratoga Farmers’ Market is at the Lincoln Baths Building in the Saratoga Spa State Park, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, through April. Our summer season at High Rock Park begins Wednesday, May 3.


Week of March 3 – March 9, 2017

A Single Serving

by John Reardon for Saratoga TODAY Hello my Food Friends! The focus and awareness of single servings has been on the rise. Factors and benefits such as convenience, freshness, and dietary awareness have a major appeal to everyday consumers. Now more then ever individuals are placing importance on elements such as convenience and dietary awareness. Everyone ranging from busy families on the go to people dealing with the everyday chaos of life can take advantage of the handiness that single-serve products provide! Single-serve cooking can assist with the emphasis being placed on leading healthier lifestyles. Single-serve products provide the health and wellness many are looking for. Portion and calorie control are much easier for on-the-go consumers to calculate, which offers convenience. The Ramekin is an item we sell at Compliments to the Chef that can help you with your quest for single servings. What, exactly, is a “ramekin”? A ramekin is a small, singleserving sized small mold or dish, traditionally round with a fluted exterior, in which ramekins or other individual portions of food, such as soufflés or mousses, are baked and served; (also) a small container for an individual serving of sauce. Typically made of ceramics, ramekins are small bowls that are often associated with custard desserts. Yet there are a wide variety of uses for ramekins in your kitchen. They can be used to mix a small amount of ingredients, hold snacks

or serve dips and salsas. You can also use ramekins to bake many different foods -- from sweets to main dishes. This is particularly beneficial if you’re watching your weight because eating from these small bowls will help you manage portion size, a key component in controlling caloric intake. There are so many uses for a ramekin. Here are a few: You can bake eggs in a ramekin. Eggs have been put on the bad food list in the past, but the truth is that they are a good protein option for starting your day. The cholesterol in eggs is in the yokes, so if that’s a concern you can always use just egg whites. Use ramekins to bake eggs as an alternative to the typical fried or scrambled eggs. Just crack an egg into a ramekin coated in nonstick cooking spray, pour one tablespoon of low-fat milk over it and season as desired. Try adding shredded low-fat cheese or Canadian bacon. You can also put vegetables like spinach, tomatoes or diced peppers on the bottom of the ramekin before adding the egg. Place the ramekins on a baking sheet and bake for about 15 to 20 minutes at 375 degrees F. The temperature of the egg should reach 160 degrees F, according to safety guidelines from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Bread pudding is usually a decadent dessert, but you can fit it into your healthy diet. Using your favorite bread pudding recipe and preparing it in ramekins allows you to have a small single serving, keeping calories under control. You can also experiment with swapping some of the ingredients to boost nutritional value. For example, use whole wheat bread and low-fat milk instead of white bread and heavy cream or whole milk. Recipes like the pear bread pudding featured in “The New Mayo Clinic Cookbook” uses these substitutes as well as several spices to make a healthier, flavorful dish. Mini pot pies and meatloaves: Portion control and attractive food presentation

are both advantages you’ll get when preparing main dishes in ramekins. Serving a personal pot pie or meatloaf to your family will likely be a hit, especially for kids. You can still prepare your recipes for these classics as usual and then divide the prepared food among the ramekins before baking. You may need to cut down the amount of your original recipe, however, if you plan to use only a few ramekins. If you’re concerned about grease filling up the ramekins when cooking mini meatloaves, try placing a piece of bread -- preferably somewhat stale or toasted -- in the bottom of the dish. The bread will absorb a large amount of the grease. It will also help to use leaner ground beef; try to use 90 to 93 percent lean. Fruit desserts: Ramekins are ideal for many classic desserts, such as custards, mousses and even mini-baked cheesecakes. They also work well for baking individual fruit desserts, such as crisps and cobblers. Crisps use a topping primarily made with dried oats while cobblers are flour-based. An additional advantage to preparing desserts this way is that you can use a variety of fruits to prepare several different crisps or cobblers at once. One of our favorite uses for ramekins is for single servings of mac n’ cheese recipes. Mac n cheese is down home comfort food and it makes you feel all warm and cozy. These little ramekins are ideal for individual servings of mac n’

cheese. I love the whole experience – I hold the ramekin as I scoop some out and I feel the warmth of it since it just came out of the oven. I scoop in and get a large spoonful of cheesy goodness. Along with the cheesy inside there is this crunchy and crumbly topping that might even be the best part of the dish. Here is the recipe - Amazing I tell you!! Mac n’ Cheese Ramekins Print Serves: 4 Ingredients • 1½ cups dry macaroni • 2 tbsp butter • 2 tbsp flour • 1 cup whole milk • ½ cup grated mozzarella • ½ cup grated cheddar • ⅓ cup parmesan • salt and pepper, to taste • 2 tbsp melted butter • ⅓ cup bread crumbs • ¼ cup grated cheddar • 1 tbsp parsley Instructions 1. Cook the macaroni according to packaged instructions. Drain, rinse and set aside. 2. In a saucepan, on medium heat, melt the butter. Whisk in the flour until smooth. This creates a roux.

Continue to whisk it for a minute. 3. While whisking, slowly pour in the milk. Once smooth, add the cheeses, salt and pepper. Stir until smooth. 4. In a large bowl, mix the macaroni with the cheese sauce until all the noodles are evenly coated in some sauce. 5. Grease 4 ramekins. Scoop the mac and cheese equally among the ramekins. 6. In a small bowl mix the melted butter and bread crumbs together until there is a dry and crumbly texture. Stir in the ¼ cup of grated cheddar and parsley. Spread the crumb topping evenly across the macaroni and cheese. 7. Bake in a 350F oven for 12-14 minutes. Stop by Compliments to the Chef located at 46 Marion Avenue in Saratoga Springs to pick up an array of sizes of ramekins and cool tools to assist you with your culinary needs. Enjoy those ridiculously delicious single serving creations. Remember: “Life Happens in the Kitchen.” Take care, John and Paula


Week of March 3 – March 9, 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 10:30 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. 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 15 West High St, 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 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 11 a.m. Cornerstone Community Church 100 Saratoga Village Blvd. #8 Ballston Spa. | 664-5204 | Pastor Frank Galerie Services: Sunday 10 a.m. and 6 p.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. in July and August) 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.

Greater Grace Community Church 100 Saratoga Village, Building 17, Ballston Spa. Pastor David Moore | 899-7777 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Greenfield Center Baptist Church 30 Wilton Road, Greenfield Center | 893-7429 Services: Sunday School for all ages - 9:45 a.m.; Church Service - 11 a.m. Highway Tabernacle Church 235 Hudson Ave., Mechanicville | 664-4442 Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m., Sunday School 9:30 Hope Church 206 Greenfield Ave, Ballston Spa 885-7442 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Sunday School 9 a.m. Jonesville United Methodist 963 Main St, Clifton Park 877-7332 | Services: Sunday 8:30 & 10:30 a.m. Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Living Springs Free Methodist Church 59 Pine Road, Saratoga Springs 584-1003 | 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 118 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* 429 Middle Grove Rd, Middle Grove 581-2973 | Pastor Bonnie Bates Services: Sunday 9 a.m. Mt. Olivet Baptist Church 100 Cresent St. Saratoga Springs | 584-9441 | Services 10 a.m. Rev. Dr. Victor L. Collier New Horizon Church* 150 Perry Road, Saratoga Springs 587-0711 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Pastor Thomas Van McClain New Life Fellowship 51 Old Gick Road, ­­Saratoga Springs 580-1810 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. NorthStar Church 970 Rt. 146, Clifton Park 371-2811 | Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. & 11:15 a.m.


Week of March 3 – March 9, 2017

Worship 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 | 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, Schylerville 695-3101 | Pastor Al Johnson Services: Sunday 9 a.m. River of Hope Fellowship 100 Saratoga Village Blvd, Malta Cmns, Ste. 3 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 280-7196 | 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 8:30 and 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 885-4677 | Services: Saturday 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.; 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 | 348-0842 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Saratoga Abundant Life Church 2 Hutchins Rd. Saratoga Springs 885-5456 | Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. Saratoga Chabad 130 Circular St, Saratoga Springs 526-0773 | Saratoga Friends Meeting (Quaker) 571 Rt32, Quaker Springs 587-7477; 399-5013 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Saratoga United Methodist Church* 175 Fifth Ave, Saratoga Springs 584-3720 | Services: Sunday 9:00am and 10:45am Saratoga Seventh-Day Adventist Church 399 Union Ave, Saratoga Springs 587-6951 | Services: Sabbath School: 10 a.m. Worship Service: 11 a.m. Schuylerville United Methodist Church 51 Church St., Schuylerville 695-3101 | Services: Sunday 11 a.m. Shenendehowa United Methodist 971 Route 146, Clifton Park 371-7964 Services: Sunday 9 & 10:45 a.m. Simpson United Methodist Church 1089 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. | 584-3122 www.SOULSAVINGSTATIONCHURCH.COM

Stillwater Christian Fellowship Meeting at Liberty Ridge Farm 29 Bevis Road, Schaghticoke, NY 12154 288-8802 | Services 10 a.m. Stillwater United Church (Presbyterian U.S.A.) 135 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 9 a.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. | Sunday School: 11 a.m. Summer Services: 9 a.m. West Charlton United Presbyterian Church 1331 Sacandaga Road, West Charlton 882-9874 | Rev. Thomas Gregg Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. | Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Wilton Baptist Church 755 Saratoga Road, Wilton 583-2736 Services: Sunday 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

* = Wheelchair Accessible


LOCAL BRIEFS and $5 for children under 13. For more information or to RSVP call 518-584-2370 by Thursday, March 2.

Saratoga Regional YMCA Annual Scholarship Campaign Party The Saratoga Regional YMCA invites you to join us on March 10 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 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 518-5839622 x 104. Adirondack Christian Singles Coffee House On Friday, March 10 at 6 p.m. at the Community Alliance Church located at 257 Rowland St. in Ballston Spa, our musicians Ray and Ed will be offering a selection of contemporary Christian songs, gospel and some oldies. We will have an open mic for those who care to offer their talents as well. Just bring a snack to share and be ready to enjoy meeting other single Christians. This is a free event. Our first coffee house in February was a huge success. Come and bring a friend for a fun relaxing evening. Celebrate Purim Congregation Shaara Tfille, located at 84 Weibel Avenue in Saratoga Springs, invites the entire community to celebrate Purim on Saturday, March 11. Beginning at 6 p.m. a deli dinner, Smaltz beer and plenty of hamantashen will be served. The Megillah Reading will begin at 6:45 p.m. followed by the Havdalah service. Afterward, musical entertainment will be provided by DJ Colin Weissman. People are encouraged to come dressed in costume as a competition will be held. The cost is $10 per adult

A Taste of Italy Italian Night with a purpose. Join us on March 11 at 6 p.m. for the taste and experience of Italy to support the Elks Lodge #161 and Ladies Auxiliary. There will be music and raffles as well. Pasta made to order, linguini, tortellini, shrimp, chicken, sausage, mushrooms, broccoli, Alfredo, red or pink sauce, Texas toast, tossed salad, dessert. A donation of $20 if paid in advance or $25 at the door. This event is co-sponsored by the Elks and Ladies Auxiliary. Reservations for tables of eight or more can be made by calling Jennifer Barry at 781-883-4894 or the Elks Lodge at 518-584-2585 or by signing up in the Lodge. Please make checks payable to SaratogaWilton Elks #161 and note Italian Night in the memo line. Café Malta-Irish Style Town of Malta Parks and Recreation announces Café Malta-Irish Style, an intimate Coffee House just in time for St. Patrick’s Day on Saturday, March 11. Doors open 6:30 p.m.; show 7 p.m. Performers include: Frank Orsini and Don Young, Joe Lopez and Mike Yates, Owen Bennett, Dancers from Carol Lawrence School of Dance and the Singing Waitresses! Irish and folk music, dancers, and sing-alongs! Malta Community Center, One Bayberry Drive, Malta. Seats $8 advanced; $12 after March 10 or at the door. Coffee and dessert will also be available for purchase. Contact The Malta Community Center at 518-899-4411 or www. for advanced tickets. Irish Village Bus Trip Ballston Area Seniors will host the first bus trip of the year on Monday, March 13, Gavin’s, Durham, NY. There will be a luncheon, live Irish music and an Irish village. For more information, contact Ballston Area Seniors at 518-885-6740. Concerned About Paying for College? College costs are rising at unprecedented rates; Are you properly prepared to handle the expense of higher education? Join us at the Saratoga Springs Public Library’s Susman Room for an informal meeting any first and

third Wednesday of the month at 10 a.m. to discuss different options to pay for college education. Receive $1000 credit towards your personal Scholars Tuition Rewards* program for attending. *As recognized by U.S. News and World Report. (7 Ways to Save for Children’s Education- Sept 2014) Sponsored by, the Vermont Foundation. Brighter Days, Shelters of Saratoga 2017 Gala Please join Shelters of Saratoga at its 2017 Brighter Days Gala on Thursday, March 23, 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 and Safety will once again be presenting a child and babysitting course 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, Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Questions may be answered by calling the park office at 518-584-9455. New York State Boating Safety Course It is not too early to think summer. It’s the law in New York State: “All people born on or after May 1, 1996 must complete a boater safety course if they wish to operate a motor boat. In addition, NYS law requires a boating safety course for the operation of personal watercraft (PWC). “ Bob Rivers is a National

Week of March 3 – March 9, 2017 Boating Safety Council and NYS Marine Services Bureau Certified Instructor. Mr. Rivers will be offering the required 8 hour NYS training and exam leading to issuance of a NYS Boating Certificate Saturday, March 25, in Saratoga Springs at the Hub, 63 Putnam Street and Saturday, April 15, at the Shirt Factory on Lawrence Street in Glens Falls. Classes are open to anyone over 10 years of age interested in becoming a safer boater. Class cost is $50 per person. For more information contact Bob Rivers at SafeBoater@ or 518-330-1630. 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 518-390-1357. Please support your local rescue squad. The event will be held from 10 a.m. - 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 Saratoga READS! Bus Trip Invites You to Walk in the Footsteps of Frank Sullivan Participants will depart by bus from Wilton Mall at 7 a.m. on April 1 and enjoy a full day in the midtown Manhattan neighborhood frequented by Sullivan and the other members of the Algonquin Round Table. The day will begin with lunch at the famed Algonquin Oak Room and be followed by two walking tours of the neighborhood given by Kevin Fitzpatrick, author of several books about the Round Table. After some free time to explore the neighborhood the group will gather again at the Algonquin for a cocktail (cash bar). The cost is $72 per person and includes bus transportation, lunch, and the

walking tours. Departure from Manhattan back to Saratoga will be determined at a later date. To register, please contact Rhona Koretsky at or 518-505-1303 and mail a registration form, which can be picked up at the library’s Information Desk, and check payable to SSPL to: 3 Longwood Drive, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. For more information about Saratoga READS!, please visit Annual Rummage Sale Charlton Freehold Presbyterian Church will be holding their annual Rummage Sale on Friday and Saturday, April 7, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. and April 8, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. All proceeds benefit the Deacon’s Fund. To drop off items, come to the church April 4, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. or April 6, 9 – 11 a.m. No books or electronics, please. The church is located at 768 Charlton Rd. Charlton NY. For more information call 518-399-4831 or email 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. 7th Annual Baskets for Ben Fundraiser Ben’s Fund helps children with need in 32 schools in conjunction with Warren, Washington and Saratoga Counties! Baskets for Ben benefits the Ben Osborn Memorial Fund, a regional nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization which was created in loving memory of our Cpl. Benjamin D. Osborn of Queensbury. Ben was killed during combat operations in Kunar Province, Afghanistan on June 15, 2010 while serving in the United States Army during Operation Enduring Freedom. The benefit will be held at the Queensbury Hotel in beautiful downtown Glens Falls. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. The auction begins at 6:30 p.m. For additional information, please contact: William D. Osborn, President, Ben Osborn Memorial Fund, 518-792-4514.

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Friday, March 3 Concert: “Music!” Zankel Music Center, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, 10 a.m. An interactive concert for children ages 3 and older, featuring Balinese and Javanese gamelan, Taiko drumming, and more. For more information, call 518-580-5321 or go to

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, March 4 Rummage and Bake Sale Ballston Spa United Methodist Church, 101 Milton Ave., Ballston Spa, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. We will be offering a variety of furniture, linens, sporting goods, collectibles, games, housewares, clothing and books. Plus delicious baked goods.

Defensive Driving Class First Baptist Church, 45 Washington St., Saratoga Springs, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. New York State approved. Save 10% on your base auto insurance for the next three years and receive up to 4 points off your driving record according to New York State Department of Motor Vehicle guidelines. Fee $35.00. Bring a friend and fee is $30.00

Ballston Area Community Center, 20 Malta Ave., Ballston Spa, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. 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.

Tang Family Saturdays Tang Museum, Skidmore Campus, Saratoga Springs, 2 – 3:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. Reservations are required by calling 518-580-8080.

Sunday, March 5 Breakfast Buffet Saratoga-Wilton Elks, 1 Elks Lane, Rt. 9, Saratoga Springs, 8:30 – 11 a.m. Now featuring eggs to order. Fruit cocktail, French toast, pancakes, potatoes, breakfast sausage and ham, corned beef hash, scrambled eggs, eggs benedict, juice, coffee and tea. Donation Requested: Adults $10, Seniors and Military (Active/Retired with ID Card) $9, Children 5—12 $8, Under 5 Free, Take-outs $10. Call (518) 584-2585 for more information.

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

Saratoga Ancient Order of Hibernians Event Saratoga-Wilton Elks, 1 Elk Lane, Saratoga Springs, 1 – 6 p.m. A grand day of Irish music, dance, and culture. Adults $ 10 donation at the door, under 12 free. Bring

CALENDAR 31 canned food items to be donated to our local food pantries. Light fare and raffles.

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

Senior Tennis Drop-In Wilton YMCA, 20 Old Gick Rd., Saratoga Springs, Noon – 1:30 p.m. Low Intermediate and Above Players Welcome, Every Monday and Wednesday. Call YMCA at 518-587-3000 for information. Signups after 8 a.m., day of play, $11. Contact Person: Frank Piliere 518-371-8312.

I.T.A.M. Unit #35 Auxiliary Meeting Dominick Smaldone Unit #35, 247 Grand Avenue, Saratoga Springs, 6:30 p.m. All auxiliary members are welcome and urged to attend. Anyone interested in joining our Unit please attend meeting or contact our membership chair 518584-1841.

Tuesday, March 7 Adirondack Unit 70 Auxiliary Meeting Adirondack Post 70, 34 West Avenue, Saratoga Springs, 6 p.m. All auxiliary members are welcome and urged to attend. Anyone interested in joining our unit please attend meeting or contact the membership chair at 518-5870236.

Catholic Daughters of the Americas Meeting Court McLaughlin #422, Knights of Columbus, 50 Pine Road, Saratoga Springs 6:30 p.m. This month’s meeting will be a baby shower for Birthright. Members are asked to bring in donated baby items; clothing, diapers, formula, baby bottles, blankets, bibs, etc. A representative from Birthright

will be in attendance to receive the donations. New members are always welcome to attend a meeting and see what the Catholic Daughters are all about. For any questions or further information contact Regent Aileen Thomas at 518-583-2905.

Science of Mind Foundations, Unit 2 Class Woodlawn Commons, 156 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Albany-Saratoga Spiritual Adventures is hosting a 3-week class, “Science of Mind Foundations, Unit 2: Wholeness, Attraction and Abundance.” 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 or call 518-366-9918.

Wednesday, March 8 St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Dinner Saratoga-Wilton Elks, 1 Elks Lane, Rt. 9, Saratoga Springs, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Corned beef, baked ham, potatoes, cabbage, seasonal vegetables, rolls and butter, dessert, coffee and tea. Donation Requested: $12 adults, $11. Seniors (62 years) and Military (Active or Retired) with ID Card, $8 Children 5-12. Children under 5 Free, $12 All take-outs. Cash bar available. Call (518) 584-2585 for more information.

Ballston Area Seniors Pickins’ Session Milton Community Center, 310 Northline Road, Ballston Spa, 7 – 9:30 p.m.

The Sessions could use fiddlers, bass players…even a harmonica, to make the evening more diversified and entertaining. Musicians are invited to play background or join up with a group. Amateur musicians to professionals, members or non- members, young or not-so-young, are invited to come and recapture the joy of playing. Please bring finger foods to share. Admission is free, open to the public, and there is ample free parking. Please check out our web page at www.ballstonareaseniors. com for more information.

Storytelling Open Mic Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, Sign-ups 6:45 p.m. Enjoy a wonderful evening as storytellers from Saratoga and the Capital District share contemporary, personal, and traditional stories. New storytellers are always welcome. March’s featured teller is Alan McClintock. Alan shares stories shaped by a lifetime spent along the Hudson and Mohawk River valleys where stories pulse like the tide. He has entertained audiences at the Dance Flurry, the Great Hudson River Revival and storytelling events throughout New York State. Storytelling begins at 7 p.m. Admission is $5. For more information visit,

Thursday, March 9 Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series Saratoga Springs Public Library, H. Dutcher Community Room, 49 Henry Street, Saratoga Springs, Noon – 1 p.m. Brown Bag Lunch Lecture presents, Ulysses S. Grant and his Saratoga Connections, 1865 to 1885, presented by Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation’s Docent Gloria May and the Friends of Grant Cottage Site Historian Melissa Trombley-Prosch. All Brown Bag Lunch Lecture programs are free and open to the public – no registration required.

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Local Actors Guild of Saratoga To Present “Yaddo Presents” at Northside Tennessee Williams’ “A Streetcar Named Desire” Bookstore Thursday

Emily Jeanne Miller, author of "The News from the End of the World," will be featured in the Yaddo Presents Speaker Series at Northshire Bookstore Saratoga on March 9.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The speaker series Yaddo Presents continues 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 9 at Northshire Bookstore with an evening celebrating Emily Jeanne Miller and her new novel “The News from the End of the World.” The story: Meet the lovable but dysfunctional Lake family over the four days that will make or break them. When Vance Lake--broke, jobless, and recently dumped--takes refuge with twin brother Craig back home on Cape Cod, he unwittingly finds himself smack in the middle of a crisis that would test the bonds of even the most cohesive family, let alone the Lakes. Craig is strangely mournful and angry at

equal turns. His exasperated wife, Gina, is on the brink of an affair. At the center of it all is seventeenyear-old Amanda: adored niece, rebellious daughter, and stubborn stepdaughter. She’s also pregnant. Told in alternating points of view by each member of this colorful New England clan, and infused with the quiet charm of the Cape in the off-season, The News from the End of the World follows one family into a crucible of pent-up resentments, old and new secrets, and memories long buried. Only by coming to terms with their pasts, both separately and together, do they stand a chance of emerging intact. Northshire Bookstore is located at 424 Broadway.

HMT Announces Open Registration for “Lion King Jr.” 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 Conservatory production of “The Lion King Jr.” 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 518587-4427, or visit

Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire will be staged at Saratoga Arts Center this month. Photo provided.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — “A Streetcar Named Desire” will be staged at 8 p.m. Friday, March 10 and 17, and Saturday, March 11 and 18, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 12 and 19 at the Saratoga Arts Center, 320 Broadway. When fading Southern belle Blanche DuBois arrives on the doorstep of her sister Stella’s apartment building in New Orleans, she

is unwittingly entering a lion’s den. Wounded by romantic abuses, loss, and dangerous mistakes, Blanche prefers her world kept in dim, flattering light, fuzzy at the edges. She is shocked by Stella’s simple existence, her new low-class habits, and most of all, her crude, simple husband, Stanley. Stanley is fierce and unpredictable, moving from violence to softness in an instant, and

he and Blanche begin a cruel, sadistic dance that’s only possible end is pain. With his signature poetic prose, muggy Southern Gothic setting, and psychological insight, Tennessee Williams’ mighty play, and his troubled, eccentric heroine, unravel before our very eyes. Tickets are $20 general admission. For reservations call 518-393-3496

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Heart Ball Raises Funds, Celebrates Lives Saved SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Capital Region Heart Ball – one of the premier American Heart Association fundraising events - was held Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Hall of Springs.

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The event, which celebrates the lives saved and improved, featured co-chairs Dan and Jennifer Pickett, and CBS6 anchor Liz Bishop as event emcee.

Tatum Weishauph, Zainab Magdon, Sona Bhulla, Dr. Mandeep Sidhu.

Gianna Fusco, Alexis Fusco, Patty Fusco and Nicole Crabtree.

Dan and Jennifer Pickett.

Adrienne Weitzel, Ed Philbin, Tina Philbin.

Theresa Petrone Butts, Leah Slocum.

Dr. Joy Lucas.

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The Songs of Townes Van Zandt To Be Honored at Caffe Lena March 4 SARATOGA SPRINGS — On one hand, Townes Van Zandt was simply another in a long line of brilliant singer-songwriters who stepped onto the Caffè Lena stage throughout the 1970s and 80s. On the other, he was a pure poet whose raw, exalted vision continues to exert a powerful influence on the Americana of today. Songs like “Poncho & Lefty,” “If I Needed You,” and “Tecumseh Valley” are as indelible as they come, rich in imagery, mystery and lilting melody. Artists like Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Emmylou Harris, Doc Watson and Hoyt Axton were early interpreters of Van Zandt’s impressive catalog. More recently, acts like Mumford & Sons, Cowboy Junkies, Norah Jones and Jason Isbell have followed suit. And Van Zandt’s pals Guy Clark and Steve Earle have each recorded numerous TVZ chestnuts like “White Freightliner Blues,” “Loretta,” “Lungs” and “No Lonesome Tune.” With Rain on a Conga Drum: The Songs of Townes Van Zandt, the Caffè pays tribute to one of its

own, 20 years after his passing, on New Year’s Day 1997. Regional Americana luminaries The Sea The Sea, Cloud Lifter and John & Orion Kribs will join Manhattan multi-instrumentalist John Kruth, who has performed with Patti Smith, The Violent Femmes, John Prine, Sam Shepard, Allen Ginsberg and many others, to fete Van Zandt. Kruth is the author of the definitive Van Zandt biography “To Live’s To Fly,” and he will read from the book at Lena’s, as well as headline the event musically. Roots scholar Michael Eck, whose memories of Van Zandt were featured in No Depression following the singer’s death, will host and also perform. He recently produced the sold-out Heart of Saturday Night: Songs of Tom Waits program for the Caffè. “Rain on a Conga Drum: The Songs of Townes Van Zandt,” will be staged at Caffe Lena at 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 4. Tickets are $20. For more information, call 583-0022.


Garcia Project to Perform at Cohoes Music Hall

COHOES — Jerry Garcia died in 1995, but the leader of the Grateful Dead’s music lives on. The Garcia Project – a Garcia tribute band who strive to “faithfully channel and project the feelings, emotions and music that propelled the Jerry Garcia

Band,” perform live at the Cohoes Music Hall on Saturday, April 15. The Garcia Project’s performances are based on actual set lists performed by The Jerry Garcia Band and shows are billed as classic recreations of a

Jerry Garcia Band set list from the 1976 to 1995. Tickets are $25 and $22 and are available at the Cohoes Music Hall Box Office, 58 Remsen St., or by phone at 518-465-4663, or online at

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Best Student Artwork Within 120 miles Opens Saturday at Saratoga Arts

Northshire Hosts Meet & Greet with TV's Theresa Caputo SARATOGA SPRINGS — Northshire Bookstore Saratoga will host a meet & greet and professional photo opportunity with Theresa Caputo at 11 a.m. on Sunday, March 19. Caputo, known as the star of the TLC show “The Long Island Medium,” will celebrate the release of her new book “Good Grief: Heal Your Soul, Honor Your Loved Ones, and Learn to Live Again.” Tickets are $27.81 and space is limited. Tickets

SARATOGA SPRINGS - The opening reception of the 120° Intercollegiate Regional will be held 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 4 at The Arts Center Gallery at Saratoga Arts, on Broadway. Originally developed by LARAC in 2013 to support college students, the exhibition provides visibility for students’ artwork and an educational platform to introduce young artists to professional opportunities and local arts communities. The annual juried exhibition rotates among the three partner organizations each year, highlighting the best of artwork created by students who currently attend accredited colleges and universities located within 120

miles of Saratoga Springs, Glens Falls, and Troy. This year, students from 23 colleges and universities located in New York, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Vermont submitted over 500 pieces of artwork to be considered for the 120° Intercollegiate Regional. Guest Juror Ginger Ertz selected 105 pieces of artwork ranging from painting and drawing to photography, film, printmaking and sculpture to be showcased in this highly competitive exhibit. Guest Juror Ginger Ertz of the Tang Teaching Museum will be presenting Best in Show and Honorable Mention Awards at the opening reception.

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include one hardcover copy of “Good Grief,” and the ticket price is the cost of the book plus tax. The following rules will be in effect: Every fan must purchase a ticket to attend the event; All books will be pre-signed by Caputo, no additional personalization is possible; Every fan will have a professional photograph taken and will receive instructions on how to retrieve it. No personal photographs with cell

phones or digital cameras are allowed. Ticket purchases may be made in-store at Northshire Bookstore’s Saratoga Springs location, 424 Broadway, by phone at 518-682-4200, and online at: https://www.norths h i re. c om / t i cke t - s ar ato g a t heres a-caputo-go o d-g r ief. For more information, go to: e vent/saratoga-meet-greettheresa-caputo.

Opening Reception Friday at NorthCountryARTS GLENS FALLS — NorthCountryARTS will hold an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 3, at their 2nd Floor Gallery in Glens Falls City Hall, 42 Ridge St. The exhibit features the photography of Jim Tubbs and artwork of Marti (Moriah) Coyle.

Photography by Jim Tubbs, one of two featured artists on exhibit at NorthCountryArts. Photo provided.

“Spring Ahead” Exhibition at Malta Community Center MALTA — Artists from the Watercolor and Acrylic classes of the Town of Malta’s Department of Parks and Recreation will have an art exhibition at the Malta Community Center through March 29. The art exhibition, “Spring Ahead” will feature 16

works by members of the watercolor and acrylic classes offered at the Center. The exhibit is free and open to the public The Malta Community Center is located at 1 Bayberry Drive. For more information call 899-4411.


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Goo Goo Dolls to Stage Summer Show At SPAC SARATOGA SPRINGS — Multiplatinum, Grammy-nominated band Goo Goo Dolls will hit the road this summer with special guest Phillip Phillips for the “Long Way Home” tour, which kicks off

July 14 in Mountain, California and lands at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center on Aug. 20. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 3 and are $79.50, $69.50, $49.50, $29.50 - lawn: $20. Tickets

available online at LiveNation. com, or Charge By Phone at 1-800-745-3000. Goo Goo Dolls – featuring singer and guitarist John Rzeznik and bassist and singer Robby Takac – have been on the road consistently since the release of their 11th studio album, “Boxes.” The band will release a new EP, “You Should Be Happy,” on May 12.

week of 3/3-3/9 friday, 3/3: Karen Savoca and Pete Heitzman, 8 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022 Open Mic Night, 7 pm @ Hudson River Music Hall — 832.3484 Mike O’Donnell, 7 pm @ Inn at Saratoga — 583.1890 Rick Rosoff Quartet, 9 pm @ 9 Maple Avenue — 583.2582 Anvil w/ Night Demon, Graveshadow, Go Daylight, 9:30 pm @ Putnam Den — 584.8066 Rick Bolton Open Mic Night Kids 8.18, 8 pm @ The Parting Glass — 583.1916

saturday, 3/4: Rain on a Conga Drum: The Songs of Townes Van Zandt, 8 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022 Ted Alexandro, 7:30 pm @ Comedy Works — 275.6897 Ria Curley & Chuck Lamb, 7 pm @ Inn at Saratoga — 583.1890 Songwriters’ Showcase hosted by Doug Irving, 3 pm @ Hudson River Music Hall — 832.3484 Brian Patneude, 9 pm @ 9 Maple Avenue — 583.2582 Gratefully Yours w/ Mister F, 9 pm @ Putnam Den — 584.8066 Big Medicine, 8 pm @ The Parting Glass — 583.1916 Ja Rule, 8 pm @ Upstate Concert Hall — 371.0012

Led Sabbath, Megan Houde Experience, 3 pm @ Hudson River Music Hall — 832.3484 Hot Club of Saratoga, noon @ The Merry Monk 584.6665 Pierce The Veil – Rest In Space Tour, 6 pm @ Upstate Concert Hall — 371.0012

monday, 3/6: Open Mic Night, 7 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022

tuesday, 3/7: Drank The Gold, 7 pm @ Inn at Saratoga — 583.1890

wednesday, 3/8: Storytelling Open Mic Featuring Alan McClintock, 7 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022 Hot Club of Saratoga, 7 pm @ Hamlet + Ghost — 450.7287 Tim Wechgelaer & Chris Carey, 7:30 pm @ Inn at Saratoga — 583.1890

thursday, 3/9: Bright Series: The Adam Ezra Group, 7 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022 Jeff Walton, 6 pm @ Inn at Saratoga — 583.1890

sunday, 3/5:

Deadbeats & Friends (residency), 9:30 pm @ Putnam Den — 584.8066

The Barefoot Movement, 7 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022

Overkill, 6 pm @ Upstate Concert Hall — 371.0012


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Puzzles Across 1 Detergent with Oxi Booster 4 DVD precursor 7 Scout, to Tonto 12 “Face the Nation” group 15 “My mom’s gonna kill me!” 17 Uncle relative? 18 Golden Globe, e.g. 19 Nail care target 21 Congressional period 22 Vocal quartet member 23 Use WhatsApp, say 24 Junior nav. officer 25 Long time follower 27 Manipulator 29 Cut 31 Roll of dough 32 Popular weekend destination for many Northern Californians 33 Deceitful 37 Remove 39 Drop (out) 41 Russian lettuce? 42 Fog machine substance 44 Average 46 Ballerina’s hairdo 47 Prohibit 48 Offensive to some, for short 49 Rescue squad initials 50 ___ Fridays 53 Speak harshly 55 “Fine by me” 57 Salon piece 59 Swallowed one’s pride 62 Chinese cooking staple 64 “__ were the days” 65 Not working 66 “Lone Survivor” military group 67 Speak, old-style 68 Not strict 69 One of two in Pompeii Down 1 “Paradise Lost,” e.g. 2 Marinara brand 3 Singer whose last name is Pig Latin for a slang word for “money” 4 Workshop gadget 5 Derby or boater 6 Huge success

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See puzzle solution on page 46 7 Toyota Center team 8 Laudatory verses 9 Tighten, as laces 10 Kept quiet 11 Paradises 13 Really bad 14 Activity for some ex-presidents 16 Good buys 20 Get rid of 23 Appears unexpectedly, and a hint to this puzzle’s circles 25 Knocked out 26 “Tootsie” actress 28 Co-producer of the art rock album “High Life” 30 Little, in Marseille 34 London locale that’s a music industry eponym

35 “America’s Got Talent” judge Heidi 36 Deep desires 38 Lust, e.g. 40 Weigh station unit 43 Praises 45 Pick out of a crowd 50 Spanish appetizers 51 Actress Scacchi 52 Birthplace of the violin 54 Peninsular capital 56 Icy Hot target 58 Supermodel Sastre 59 Longtime teammate of Derek 60 Nobel Peace Center locale 61 From Green Bay to St. Paul 63 Often rolled-over item

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State Champs: Tyler Barnes and Orion Anderson Claim State Titles

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one of the Most Outstanding Wrestlers out of the whole competition. “He’s a very focused young man,” said Coach Harold Staulters of Barnes. “He has goals, he always has goals, and he sticks to them.” After finishing in 5th place at last year’s championship, Barnes, supported by in Staulters’s estimation 40 or more Ballston Spa residents in attendance, went all the way this year to become the town’s first ever state wrestling champion. Winning his first match by pin on Friday, Barnes made it to the finals on Saturday, where he bested John Glenn High School’s Mike Ancewicz 5-2. Well aware of the import of his potential victory, Barnes wore a singlet with Ballston Spa’s school colors, purple and gold. Staulters said that consistency was important during Barnes’s training leading up to the event. He stuck to his usual practice routines, and stuck with his longtime friend and practice partner, Jake Cook, who also competed over the weekend. “They know each other pretty well,” said Staulters of Barnes and Cook. “They’ve been friends since they were six… Probably been workout partners since the same time.” For Anderson, the runup to the championship was fraught with hindrances. At the Section II state qualifying event two weeks prior at the Glens Falls Civic Center where Anderson secured his spot in the state finals, he suffered a cut to his forehead that required stitches. For the month prior to the state finals, Anderson had also been suffering through bouts of mononucleosis and upper respiratory infection, the latter of which sometimes made it difficult for him to breathe. “I don’t think he even realizes what a big deal it is,” said Buck Anderson, Orion’s coach and father. For each champion, wrestling is a family affair. Barnes’s father, Terry, wrestled in the 1995 state championships

Tyler Barnes in the midst of competition.

Orion Anderson keeps his opponent down.

Tyler Barnes ready to wrestle.

Orion Anderson goes for dominance.

The crowd looks on at Tyler Barnes’s match.

Orion Anderson keeps his opponent to the mat.

and was runner-up that year. Anderson, meanwhile, has seen many members of his family in the state finals, with his older brother and sister each having competed in the finals in years prior, and he himself has been wrestling since the age of two.

body heal and to recover from his illnesses. Once he feels better, he intends to get back

Barnes’s is currently planning to compete in the Cadet Greco Nationals in Fargo, ND, where he also competed last year, making it all the way through the semifinals. This year, he’s aiming to win it all. Anderson, conversely, will be taking things slower to let his

to practicing and compete in off-season matches.



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In Memoriam: Women’s Polo Pioneer, Saratoga Youth Heads Local Favorite Sunny Hale Dies at 48 to Elk Hoop Shoot Finals

Photo courtesy of Saratoga Polo Association. Hale with Alan Edstrom, Director of Sponsorships and Events at Saratoga Polo.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga polo community is in mourning after the death of trailblazing polo player and local favorite Sunset “Sunny” Hale on Feb. 26. Hale passed away due to complications from breast cancer at a hospital in Norman, Okla. She was 48. A globally recognized figure in the sport, Hale was a pioneer for women in polo, starting her career in the 1980’s after dropping out of college to pursue the then-maledominated sport. Famously, she was the first woman ever to play on the winning team at US Open Polo Championships, the highest achievement for American polo players. This victory spurred a

massive growth in the number of female polo players, who now represent the fastest growing section of the sport. Prior to her passing, her polo career spanned over 20 seasons. In 2012, she was inducted into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame, putting her alongside other icons such as Annie Oakley and Patsy Cline. Hale was a tireless ambassador for polo, both globally, playing in places like Dubai, the United Kingdom, and beyond, as well as locally, competing in Saratoga Polo Association Tournaments for the last five years, and helping with recruitment for nine. Jim Rossi, managing partner at Saratoga Polo, credits Hale with sparking major

local interest in the sport, with both women and men. Rossi still recalls one of Hale’s most famous local matches, an intense 2012 bout still known as “the Battle of Saratoga.” The match went into double overtime, and ended with Hale’s team falling to their competitors, a massive upset. According to Rossi, Hale would often make sure to bring out the best in her teammates, asking what they were good at, and offering to do the rest herself. This allowed the strengths of the other players to shine. “She allowed people to have the spotlight in what they were good at,” Rossi said. “She brought out their confidence.”

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Lira Bonitatibus, 9, of Saratoga Springs will be competing in the Elk Hoop Shoot New York State Finals on March 4 in Glens Falls. Bonitatibus previously won the local Hoop Shoot competition in Saratoga Springs in December, and the New York State East Regional competition in Middletown in January, qualifying her for the state finals. She will be

representing the East Region against three other girls, ages 8-13, representing the North, West, and South regions of New York. The competition will involve each competitor making 25 free throw shots, with the highest scorer taking home the NY State Title. This is Bonitatibus’s second year competing in the Elks Hoop Shoot, coming in second place at the local event last year.

Skidmore Men’s Basketball Headed to NCAA Tournament SARATOGA SPRINGS — Skidmore College’s men’s basketball team will be headed to the NCAA Division III championship tournament after receiving an invitation on Monday afternoon to join 63 other teams in the event. This will mark Skidmore’s third straight season in the tournament. Last season, the

Thoroughbreds made it to round 32 before losing to Tufts, 88-80. The current team features two of the region’s top athletes, sophomore guard Edvinas Rupkus, 2016 Liberty League Rookie of the Year, and senior guard Aldin Medunjanin, 2015 Liberty League Player of the year.

Saratoga Girls Basketball Comes Up Short Against Shaker

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GUILDERLAND — The Saratoga Springs girls basketball team went up against Shaker on Monday in a Section II Class AA semifinals game. Saratoga’s No. 4 team, despite tying

things up at a point in the second half, came up short against Shaker’s No. 1 team, losing 59-47. This loss means that Saratoga will not be going on to face Shenendehowa.

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Saratoga Athletes Headed for Track States by Thomas Kika Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — A handful of Saratoga Springs athletes are set to run all the way to state finals this weekend. At the final state-qualifying event at UAlbany this past Sunday, a number of athletes from Saratoga Springs High School secured their spots in the 2017 NYSPHSAA Indoor Track & Field Championships at Staten Island on March 4. Among the events that they will compete in are 4x800 relay races, long jump, 3,200 meter races, hurdles, and more. At the qualifier on Sunday, Saratoga senior Will Navin took the baton in the anchor leg position of the 4x800 relay while his team was in 2nd place behind Shenendehowa. Staying focused on the prize, by the end he crossed the finish line in 1st place and secured his team’s trip to the state finals. Along with Navin, the 4x800 relay team consists of senior Nick Brady, sophomore Peter Moller, and sophomore Ezra Ruggles. For Brady, Moller, and Ruggles, this will be their first ever state meet. “I was feeling really

confident,” Navin said about starting the final leg of the relay. “I just locked my eyes on [the Shen guy’s] back, stayed with him, and when it was time to go it was time to go.” In the 3,200-meter event, senior Declan Hines and sophomore Shea Weilbaker will be competing. This is the first state-level meet for both athletes. Both Weilbaker and Hines say they are keeping their practice routines consistent with what they have been doing to keep themselves fresh and calm leading into the meet on Saturday. Senior Nick Cavotta will be competing in the long jump event, and after his strong performance at Sunday’s event, is already qualified for championship division nationals. Cavotta usually competes in both long jump and 3K, and so is changing his practice routine to focus strictly on long jump. This means shorter, “more explosive” work outs. “They say its gonna be a pretty competitive field,” Hines said. “Gonna be good to just get out there and race.” “I’m just excited, I don’t really have anything to lose,” Cavotta said. “I didn’t expect to even get to this point.” Senior Mimi Liebers,

Left to right: Kelsey Chmiel, Keellyn Cummings, Caroline Starece, Mimi Liebers. Photo by Photoand

junior Keellyn Cummings, junior Caroline Starace, and sophomore Kelsey Chmiel will also be competing in the girls’ events at the state meet. Chmiel and Liebers will be entering familiar ground this weekend, as each athlete has competed at multiple state level championships in the past. Liebers will be competing in the hurdle, Cummings in the 1K, Starace in the 1,500

Left to right: Shea Ueilbaker, Declan Hines, Nick Cavotta, Nick Brady, Will Navin, Ezra Ruggles, Pete Moller. Photo by

leg of the relay, and Chmiel in the 3K. “They’ve been working really hard,” Coach Chris Conley said, speaking to the achievements of his athletes. “I think [making it to states] is a tribute to the work they put in.” The venue for the state championship event will be the Ocean Breeze Track Facility in

Staten Island. According to coach Conley, the large location with its 200-meter track has a good chance of bringing strong times from the athletes competing. “Should be some good performances down there,” Conley said.



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

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

10-Week Freihofer’s ® Run Training CAPITAL REGION — Online registration for the 39th annual Freihofer’s® Run for Women (Saturday, June 3 at 9 a.m.) — the Capital Region’s premier allwomen’s 5K road race — began Saturday, Feb. 11. To sign up, visit To help participants get in shape for race day, registration is now also underway for the 7th annual Freihofer’s® Training Challenge, which starts Monday, March 20. You can sign up for the 10-week program when you register online for the Freihofer’s Run 5K. Online registration through the 5K registration is the only method of registering for this program. The program,

which costs $55 and includes a specific Training Challenge t-shirt, is an enhanced version of the Couch to 5K Running Plan and features beginner, intermediate and advanced options. Locally, it is held through iRunLocal (18 Congress Street, #3, Saratoga Springs) — Thursdays at 6 p.m. For more information about the 39th annual Freihofer’s® Run for Women, 30th annual Kids’ Run and 7th annual Freihofer’s® Junior 3K Run, visit

Saratoga Rowers Association SARATOGA SPRINGS — Registration for the Saratoga Rowing Association (SRA) Junior Competitive Spring Season is now open for athletes from grades 7-12. The Spring Season continues into mid-June. For more information, visit

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

Open Gym at Gavin Park SARATOGA SPRINGS — Open gym at Gavin Park runs from 3 5 p.m., Monday through Friday

until March 10. Open Gym is free to anyone. Those under 11 years old must have an adult (18 and up) present at all times. Basketball shooting only permitted. Maximum capacity is limited to 25 participants. For more information, call 518-584-9455.

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 www.saratoga. org.

Recreation Department Spring Soccer

Golf League Sign-Up’s

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 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. or Sunday 12 - 6 p.m. For additional information or to download forms go to Questions? Contact us 518-587-3550 x2300 or email

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

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

Recreation Department Drop-In Sessions
 SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Springs Recreation Department offers drop-in sessions in adult basketball, pickleball, racquetball and wallyball. Visit and click on Rec Center calendar for the latest schedule.
For additional information please call 518-587-3550 x2300 or email recreservations@

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Pioneering Women’s Polo Player Sunny Hale. See pg. 44. Photo courtesy of Saratoga Polo Association.

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New state champ Tyler Barnes stares down his opponent. See pg. 43. Photo by

Saratoga Athletes Headed for Track States Saratoga athletes geared up for state finals. Photo by See pg. 43.

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