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Bridge Closures DONATION BOXES Set your clocks ahead one hour on Sunday, March 11.

Work to Begin Soon on Crescent Avenue and East High Street Spans Over I-87 by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY MALTA — Local officials are making preparations for several months of detours around the Crescent Avenue and East High Street bridges over the Adirondack Northway, which have been scheduled for closures



by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY

in early April due to an apparent need for upgrades. Saratoga County Emergency Services Director Carl Zeilman confirmed this week that state Department of Transportation (DOT) officials had convened a recent meeting

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The nine boxes have stood their ground, mounted atop posts up-and-down Broadway, since the fall of 2016. Placed in strategically deliberate locations, the program

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831,191 MARATHON! S H M D I M PA C T S T H E C O M M U N I T Y A N D B E Y O N D

by Lori Mahan Saratoga TODAY SOUTH GLENS FALLS — Beginning in 1978, South Glens Falls High School has hosted a marathon dance to raise money for local families and charities in need. Raising $1,500 that first year, which was donated to a local EMS Squad, every year the numbers have climbed, resulting in $831,191.15 in 2018. High school students in grades nine through twelve gathers for 28 hours of dancing SHMD Crew. Photo by Gus Carayiannis.

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Snippets of Life from Your Community

WHO: Chris Hughes WHERE: Water fountains at Saratoga Spa State Park Q. How often do you fill up water jugs at the Joseph L. Bruno Pavilion? A. I usually come once a week…two five-gallon jugs…early morning when nobody’s here. Q. How do you like the water? A. I love it. It’s clean. I’ve never had a problem with it. I’ve been doing it for years, probably five. Q. What neighborhood do you live in? A. I live in Ballston Spa, right by the Saratoga County jail. Q. Does your water there have poor quality? A. Yes, my water does at the house—nasty, sulfur water, well water. Q. How many of your neighbors also rely on this water source? A. Most of them. My girlfriend’s father does it; he fills up five jugs at a time. He lives in Gansevoort. I know a lot of people that come and do it.


Q. What do you do for a living? A. I’m an electrician. Q. What type of work do you perform? A. I’m a union electrician. I do high voltage, and I do inside wireman work. Q. Are you busy right now? A. Oh, yeah. It’s real busy now. It’s the building season. Q. What work projects are you involved in? A. There’s a project here [in the state park] that we’re doing. They’re re-doing the bathrooms and changing rooms for the Peerless Pool. Q: What kind of hours do you work there? A: Usually, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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Milton Man on the Ride of His Life by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY MALTA — Jeremy Armstrong is the type of guy who always finds a way to keep smiling. “If you set your mind to do anything you want to do, hard work pays off,” says the 33-yearold Milton resident. This week, Armstrong made arrangements in his busy schedule to conduct a brief interview at the administrative offices of Saratoga Bridges in Malta. According to Saratoga Bridges Communications Specialist Pamela Polacsek, President Ronald Reagan first declared March as Disabilities Awareness Month more than 30 years ago. Three years later, the U.S. Congress passed the Americans with Disabilities Act. For the benefit of people with disabilities, that law mandated special parking spaces along with safe access points to public and private buildings nationwide. At about the same time, Polacsek herself was afflicted with an unidentified virus that attacked her nervous system and confined her to a wheelchair. “It was life-changing, but things happen,” she said. Polacsek

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noted that her “path” eventually led to Saratoga Bridges, where she has worked for almost 20 years. She reported this week that Saratoga Bridges assists more than 100 individuals by managing residential opportunities for them in local apartments and group homes, such as the house in Milton that Armstrong shares with two other men. The goal is to help every person make the best of living, working and “socializing in the community,” Polacsek said. Armstrong, a Saratoga Bridges client for 10 years, is more

than happy to explain how that goal can be reached. He occupies much of his time working in a grocery store; volunteering for local food pantries or animal shelters; drawing; and otherwise enjoying his downtime at home. “I love doing art, and I especially like to draw Great Escape stuff and Christmas and Halloween,” Armstrong said, emphasizing his fascination with amusement parks. He has practiced at the Creative ...story continues on pg.4



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Milton Man on the Ride of His Life continued from pg. 3...

Armstrong, Vicky DeNew and Communications Specialist Pamela Polacsek at the 2017 Saratoga Bridges White Party Gala. Photo by Heather Bohm-Tallman.

Endeavors Art Center at 49 Front Street in Ballston Spa. “Once I get back into art classes, I want to sell my artwork,” he added. “I’m trying to save up for a trip this fall to Six Flags in Georgia.” Armstrong says he likes “roller coasters” the most, and that during the recreation season he

takes trips almost every weekend to the Great Escape. For nearly 12 years, Armstrong has worked in the bakery of the Ballston Avenue Price Chopper. “The people there are great, the employees. Everybody treats me very well,” he said. “Pretty soon I’m going to be trained to write on the cakes.”

Armstrong in Halloween mode with his housemates in Milton. Photo provided.

Armstrong said he also finds the volunteer work offered through Saratoga Bridges to be quite satisfying. The Achieving Career Enhancement Without Walls program puts Armstrong in regular contact with a Ballston Spa food pantry; a backpack program at the Moreau Community

Center that helps needy children; the Open Door Mission in Glens Falls; and the Friends of Phoebie Animal Rescue in Queensbury. “I love dogs and puppies,” he beamed. In addition, Armstrong admitted that he recently accomplished a personal goal of losing weight. The whole experience

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COURT Alonte J. White, was sentenced March 1 to 10 years in state prison, in connection with the charge of felony burglary, in Saratoga Springs. William E. Bounds, 32, of Schuylerville, pleaded March 1 to criminal sexual act, a felony. Sentencing scheduled April 27. Rakell L. Dutcher, 32, of Galway, was sentenced March 1 to 1 to 3 years in state prison, after pleading to aggravated DWI. Noah J. Hughes, 27, of Scotia, was sentenced Feb. 28 to time served and five years of probation, after pleading to felony attempted burglary, in connection with an incident in Wilton. Ramiz T. Hajratalli, 32, of Saratoga Springs, was convicted Feb. 27 of two felony counts of burglary and two misdemeanor counts criminal mischief, following a near month-long trial. According to Saratoga County District Attorney Karen Heggen, Hajratalli had entered two different Saratoga Springs residences – on Caroline Street and on Jumel Place, respectively – while the residents of those locations were home at night sleeping. He was subsequently charged after Saratoga Springs Police located physical evidence that tied Hajratalli to the burglary. Norman E. Rose, III, 39, of Milton, was sentenced Feb. 26 to 1 to 3 years in state prison, after pleading to felony criminal contempt. Robert S. Loomis, 31, of Schuylerville, was sentenced Feb. 26 to six months in jail and 10 years of probation, after pleading to felony sexual abuse in the first-degree. Savannah L. Myers, 24, of Greenfield Center, pleaded Feb. 23 to attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance, regarding an incident in Saratoga Springs. Sentencing scheduled April 13.

POLICE Torre Austin, 28, of Milton, was charged March 1 with promoting prison contraband, a felony. It is alleged Austin possessed contraband while being an inmate at the Saratoga County Correctional Facility. He was arraigned and sent back to the facility in lieu of $2,500 cash bail or $5,000 bond. Michael A Coonradt, age 21, of Granville, Quintan L Smith, age 19, of Ballston Spa, and Dillion C Poirier, age 17, of Porters Corners, were each charged with criminal mischief, and burglary – both felonies, criminal possession of stolen property – a misdemeanor, and various other felonies, in connection with an alleged burglary that took place at a single-family home on Lake Avenue on Sept. 6, 2017. Police said the residents of the home - who had been home in bed when the suspected burglary took place - reported several items missing from inside the home as well as their 2010 Mercedes-Benz missing from the driveway. The vehicle was later found damaged and abandoned on Church Street, police said. Following an investigation, Coonradt, who was arrested Feb. 23, was arraigned and sent to Saratoga County Jail in lieu of $25,000 cash, or $50,000 bond. Smith and Poirier were arrested February 27 and both sent to Saratoga County Jail in lieu of $15,000 cash, or $30,000 bond. Mona L. Nordstrom, age 49, of Ballston Spa, was charged Feb. 24 with felony assault. She is accused of shooting a person with a BB gun in Milton. The victim, who suffered injuries to their hand, was known to Nordstrom, according to the Saratoga County Sheriff ’s Department. Teah C. Teriele, age 24, Saratoga Springs, was charged Feb. 18 with aggravated unlicensed operation third degree a misdemeanor.

BLOTTER 5 Christopher W. McLellan, age 24, Greenfield Center, was charged Feb. 18 with misdemeanor DWI, leaving the scene of an auto accident, unreasonable speed. Aaron M. Sparks, age 23, Ballston Spa, was charged Feb. 18 with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest. Carl G. Vanasse, age 21, of Clarksville, Maryland, was charged Feb. 18 with obstructing governmental administration, and disorderly conduct. Kelly A. Portanova, age 29, Troy, was charged Feb. 18 with felony DWI as a second offense, speeding inappropriate speed, aggravated driving while intoxicated - a felony. Amber L. McManus, age 38, Saratoga Springs was charged Feb. 17 with

endangering the welfare of a child, unsafe lane change misdemeanor DWI, and aggravated driving while intoxicated - a felony. The felony aggravated DWI is based upon that McManus had her 15-year-old son in the vehicle with her at the time of offense. Michael M. Allen, age 45, Schenectady, was charged Feb. 17 with menacing, criminal possession of a weapon – felony.

Katrina A. Barody, age 21, Fort Edward, was charged Feb. 17 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle with suspended registration. Randall S. Morich, age 44, of Naples, Florida, was charged Feb. 16 with aggravated harassment. Philip K. Betton, age 48, Troy, was charged Feb. 16 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.



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Clifton Harold Atkinson SARATOGA SPRINGS — Clifton Harold Atkinson, age 89, passed away on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at Wesley Healthcare Center with his loving wife by his side. Clifton is survived by his beloved wife Anna Atkinson of 42 years; nad his children, Christine Atkinson, Margaret (Atkinson) and Joseph Pilla.

Erica Pescatore SARATOGA SPRINGS — Erica Pescatore, age 90, passed away on Friday, February 23, 2018 at the Gateway House of Peace surrounded by her loving family. She is survived by her son, Edward Pescatore and daughter, Joann Walz. If you wish to express your online condolences, please visit our website at www.

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SARATOGA SPRINGS — Robin M. Degen, age 54, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, February 23, 2018 surrounded by her loving family. She is survived by her beloved husband Donald J. Degen Jr.; sons, Randolph S. Jones Jr., Adrian M. Gilboy and Aaron S. Gilboy. At the family’s request there will be a private service.

WILTON — Walter Preece, age 80, passed away on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at home surrounded by his loving family. Walter is survived by his beloved wife, Sara Preece; brother, “Bill” William Preece and sister, Ada Clute. If you wish to express your online condolences, please visit our website at www.

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STUDENTS OPEN HEARTS TO COMMUNITY BALLSTON SPA — On Wednesday, Feb. 28, registered nurse Jennifer Zelezniak of Saratoga Hospital visited Karel Spratt’s second grade classroom, where students took time to make a difference in their community by creating activity books for children in the emergency room at the hospital. As part of the Milton Terrace Elementary School’s Community Service Day, Brittney Stone’s fourth grade class joined Spratt and Zelezniak. They also created thank you cards for different

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(Left to right) The 2018 Friendly Sons of St. Patrick officers: President Jack Fleming, Vice President Michael Naughton, Treasurer Brian Waghorn, Secretary Chris Spratt and Keeper of the Shillelagh Mark Phillips. Photo provided.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Saturday, March 17, the Saratoga Springs chapter of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick will celebrate their 66th anniversary with a dinner, scheduled for 6 p.m. in the ballroom at the Holiday Inn on Broadway. The fraternal organization

meets once each year on St. Patrick’s Day to honor the patron saint of Ireland and to raise money for local Catholic charitable organizations. A sponsor is required for dinner attendance. For more information, contact Secretary Christopher Spratt at 518-424-6987.

departments of the hospital, and another class put together snack bags for first responders who are always on the go. Franklin Community Center and Operation Adopt-a-Soldier also were recipients of the students’ generosity that day. Approximately 500 students participated. The school-wide event was coordinated by the Milton Terrace Character Education Community Service Committee with the goal of teaching students the value of respecting both themselves and others.


took place this past weekend at the Saratoga Springs City Center, drawing crowds from throughout the region. One excited attendee, Daphne, is shown here visiting the booths.

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NOTES FROM CITY HALL by Thomas Dimopoulos • Saratoga TODAY

City Aims for November Charter “Revision” Referendum – But No Change to Form of Government SARATOGA SPRINGS — City Mayor Meg Kelly on Tuesday night announced the formation of a mayoral commission to review and make changes to the existing city charter, with an eye on placing those recommended changes before voters in November. Those modifications will not include a change of the form of government. A referendum that would have changed the city’s form of governing was narrowly defeated at the polls last November by a 4,458 - 4,448 margin. Tuesday night, Mayor Kelly appointed city attorney Vince DeLeonardis as chairman of the

review commission, and each of the five city deputies and four commissioners as members of the 10-person board. During her 2017 campaign, Kelly was outspokenly in favor of making an outright change because, she said at the time, it would improve efficiency, raise productivity and that the function of the current commission form of government was “outdated and less efficient.” “During my campaign - all of my fundraisers, every door I knocked on I said: I am for charter change, I am for the city manager form of government, that there are problems with the

commission form of government - but that I can work in either form,” Kelly explained. “What I said was: if it doesn’t pass, I will bring a new referendum to update the current charter in the commission form of government. “Although it was a very close vote, the proposed charter did not pass in November, however, I believed then and I do believe now we need to make changes to become more responsive and efficient as a city.” Tuesday’s announcement was met with disapproval by some residents in favor of an outright change. One group had recently

begun investigating procedures of initiating a petition drive to revisit the proposal in a public referendum in November. That will no longer be possible. “The mayoral established commission will be the only item on the ballot,” city attorney and review commission chairman Vince DeLeonardis elaborated, immediately following Tuesday night’s meeting at City Hall. Kelly confirmed the commission will only be tasked with making recommendations to revise the city’s existing charter, with a goal of determining efficiencies and organizational

improvements within the current government. It is anticipated the mayoral commission – which will meet separately from City Council meetings – will produce a charter proposal with changes, to city voters, for a referendum on Election Day in November. Kelly said she didn’t want to include the potential of a form of government change in the current study because as deputy commissioner she had witnessed the “awful environment” and in-fighting that occurred among city employees divided on the issue and that she didn’t want to put city workers in a similar situation this time around.

Saratoga Immigration Coalition Awarded National Grant SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Immigration Coalition (SIC) announced on Wednesday it has received a

$1,000 seed grant from Church World Service to advance SIC’s support and advocacy for immigrants in the Saratoga area. The grant will expand the means available to SIC for informing immigrant members of the community about the resources available to them - such as with a printed brochure that lists

local service providers, according to SIC coordinators Terry Diggory and Maxine Lautenberg. The Saratoga Immigration Coalition formed in June 2017 after two local congregations formally committed to the sanctuary movement: the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Saratoga Springs and Presbyterian — New England Congregational Church. SIC now includes three other faith communities (Saratoga Friends Meeting, United Methodists, and Temple Sinai); one civic group (Saratoga Unites); and a number of concerned individuals. SIC organized the “All Are Welcome Here” walk and vigil in Saratoga Springs last August, and a second vigil, in support of the Dream Act, in December. An ongoing series, “Immigrant Stories: In Their Own Words,” is hosted by SIC every other month at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs.

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DONATION BOXES PAYING OFF continued from front page... designed to aid the homeless is the brainchild of the Saratoga Springs Downtown Assessment District. Its purpose is to provide pedestrians a means of making monetary donations directly to services that benefit the local homeless community, as opposed to randomly handing money to someone panhandling on the street, where the end result of the donation wouldn’t be easily known. By all accounts, the caretakers of the program say it has been a success. One hundred percent of the funds collected by the boxes are forwarded by the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce to Shelters of Saratoga, which provides assistance to people facing homelessness. “It helps with our outreach program and we’re also able to get items and supplies we need,” says Michael Finocchi, executive director of Shelters of Saratoga, which provides care via through the Code Blue emergency shelter, its outreach program, drop-in centers, case managed shelter and affordable housing. “There’s also been a huge change downtown on Broadway. People aren’t hanging out like they did. They don’t have to sit downtown with a cup when we can get something for them.” Twelve boxes were made, each decorated by a different artist via Saratoga Arts, and depict everything from a leafladen autumnal landscape, to a hamburger atop a classic redand-white checkerboard tabletop and a long winding road zagging through a contemporary terrain. Nine were installed. The other three are still looking for a home where the collections could be easily managed. In the first year of implementation, the boxes collected approximately $7,500, says Harvey Fox, chairman of the Saratoga Springs Downtown Assessment District, and one of the initiators of the donation box plan.

“We’ve collected twenties and fifties and donations of up to $100. The point is to help the less fortunate, to help provide opportunities through S.O.S. for safe shelter, training, and jobs. That’s what it’s all about,” says Fox, who adds he has seen the good the project does firsthand, having met folks who have been directly helped since the program was initiated. “It is working and when you talk to people and listen to their stories, it really is moving.” The “tamper-proof ” boxes have lived up to their security expectations. Fox said there have been no incidents reported of attempts to burglarize the boxes. Other communities have not been as fortunate. In May 2015, The Positive Change Donation Program was implemented by the Downtown Berkeley Association in California. Donation boxes were installed throughout downtown Berkeley to encourage residents to give their spare change to those in need, with donations targeted to help fund social services that reduce homelessness. “It was great in a lot of ways, but unfortunately we had to discontinue the program because people were using crowbars and breaking into them,” explains John Caner, CEO of the Downtown Berkeley Association. “Perhaps in Saratoga Springs you don’t have those kinds of issues. Here, it was very sad when we had to end it, because it was working.” Locally, S.O.S. receives the funds on a quarterly basis and re-distributes it as is deemed most appropriate at that time. “We also started donating money back to other agencies that are dealing with same population,” says Finocchi, noting organizations such as the Franklin Community Center, Wellspring, and the Giving Circle – who operate a Thursday night program that provides a hot meal for the homeless population outside the

Presbyterian Church – as being among local agencies whose programs have directly benefited from community donations.



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Bridge Closures Work to Begin Soon on Crescent Avenue and East High Street Spans Over I-87 continued from front page... to discuss the pending bridge closures with county fire and emergency personnel. Both infrastructure projects will be completed entirely by state DOT contractors. The related information, Zeilman said, “has already been circulated” countywide among 911 dispatchers and other emergency workers. All of the county’s 911 dispatchers operate out of the Primary Public Safety Answering Point (or PSAP) at the Saratoga County jail complex, according to Zeilman. “It’s a team effort when we do this,” he added. “It really does work smoothly.” During a brief presentation Monday night, Malta Deputy Supervisor Darren O’Connor indicated that the East High

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Street bridge—situated within Malta’s town borders — would be closed to traffic from Monday, April 2 through Labor Day in September. Motorists commonly use that span as a shortcut between Route 9 and the Village of Ballston Spa. O’Connor said he is “not entirely clear on the time frame” for the bridge closure on Crescent Avenue, which connects Route 9 motorists with the Saratoga Casino Hotel area and lakeside residential neighborhoods in the City of Saratoga Springs. “We’ll just have to handle it the best we can. We’ll adapt,” offered Police Department Lt. Robert Jillson, when contacted for comment. “Our hand is forced.” If the bridge closure

continues through track season, Jillson added, officers could still direct travelers down the Crescent Avenue exit ramp to connect with the Northway’s southbound lanes. Bryan Viggiani, a DOT

spokesman, indicated this week that he is preparing formal public announcements regarding the Saratoga County bridge closures. He declined to provide further details.

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Letters TO THE EDITOR 11


Judge’s Charter Decision Correct In a letter to the editor in the Feb. 23 - March 1 edition of Saratoga TODAY, Skidmore professor Bob Turner refuses to acknowledge how Gordon Boyd’s missteps led to Supreme Court Judge Thomas Nolan’s decision not to grant Boyd’s petition for a recount of the November charter change vote in Saratoga Springs and access to documents he wanted. Judge Nolan is quite clear in his decision that there is a procedure for requesting public records in New York State and Boyd did not follow these procedures. Quite simply, Boyd ignored the clear directions on the county website on how to file a Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request. Nolan writes, “Clearly, petitioner [Boyd] has not followed the FOIL procedure and of course has not exhausted his administrative remedies.” Boyd was treasurer of the now defunct Charter Review Commission and an experienced politician. One can only wonder why he did not simply print out the form on the county website and send it in to the correct person. In any case it is not correct that, as Turner states, the “County Board of Elections has decided not to provide these [documents] to the public.” It would be more accurate to state that Boyd didn’t get the documents he wanted because he never officially asked for them having carelessly sent his request to the wrong person. Likewise, while Turner claims, “I believe the judge erred in important ways,” a reading of the decision indicates that again it was Boyd who erred in basing his arguments for a recount on reasoning that does not apply. For instance while Turner and Boyd argued that other areas require a recount in certain close elections, the judge clearly indicates that is not the case in Saratoga County. Boyd and Turner may wish this were so, but they can’t expect the fact that it’s done somewhere else to apply in a jurisdiction where that is not the case. Like it or not there are clear requirements for a judge to grant a recount, and Boyd’s petition simply did not meet those requirements. Nolan refers to Bradley v. D’Apice, stating, “Before a court may grant permission to examine voting machines and paper ballots or direct a re-canvass, the petitioner must provide facts which support the claim that irregularities, discrepancies or errors occurred which affected the outcome of the election.” Turner is incorrect to tell the public that they are unable to get a recount because the judge won’t release the evidence, namely the ballots, that might indicate a problem had occurred. Other evidence of a problem in the election such as reports of machine malfunction would have strengthened their case, but they could not produce this evidence because there were no such reports of problems with voting machines occurring anywhere in the city on Election Day. Boyd was hoping that a fishing expedition might turn up something that they could use. Like it or not, this is not what the law permits. Perhaps instead of criticizing Judge Nolan and the Board of Elections for following the law while ignoring it themselves, Boyd and Turner should direct their energies toward Albany to get the rules changed. This disturbing attempt to spin a legal opinion to portray the charter change supporters as victims of unfair and irrational forces is not new. We saw similar attempts to claim they were the underdogs, telling the press incorrectly, for instance, that they had been outspent in the campaign when the reverse was true. One would hope that those who seek to change the city charter and urge Saratogians to trust them to construct a new government for the city would be more rigorous and accurate. Instead we see now, as we saw throughout the campaign, a reliance on spin, half truths, and misinformation to make a case they cannot make on the facts alone.

- JANE WEIHE SUCCESS Board of Directors Saratoga Springs

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Free Parking Makes Saratoga Springs ‘Special’ I was disappointed to learn that the city is considering installing parking meters. Those who would now have to pay to visit parts of the city would undoubtedly universally frown upon the introduction of parking meters. I suspect the vast majority of those who visit downtown Saratoga, save for during some summer months and weekends, are local people or residents of the city. Meters will effectively force those people to pay perhaps hundreds of dollars a year so they can buy products and services in the city. I would not begrudge their reducing visits to the city so they can shop elsewhere. City residents will be penalized by what is effectively another form of taxation. Meters are a non-creative way to get municipal funding. There certainly are other ways to raise revenue for the city, as well as ways to reduce municipal costs. I hope other options are explored versus installing parking meters, which while an easy way to increase revenue, will continue the march towards eliminating the small things that make Saratoga special.

- KEN RAWLEY Round Lake



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Saratoga Polo Club Legal Case Dismissed by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY BALLSTON SPA — Last month, a state Supreme Court judge dismissed a lawsuit resulting from a two-year dispute over expansion plans at the Saratoga Polo Association property on Bloomfield Road in Greenfield Center. The Feb. 16 decision issued by Judge Thomas Nolan centered on the difference between a “legally enforceable joint venture” and “an unenforceable agreement to agree.” Nolan granted a motion by defendants to dismiss the case “in its entirety,” clearly indicating that it belongs in the latter category. Attorney Robert Ganz of the Albany firm Lippes, Mathias, Wexler and Friedman represented defendants Michael Bucci and James Rossi. “It is my clients’ hope that

that will be the end of it,” he said, referring to Nolan’s ruling. It can be appealed to a higher state court within 30 days, he added. Ganz said the legal dispute revolves around the lack of a “binding commitment” to complete a substantial development project at the polo club. Several years ago, Greenfield town officials approved a formal application for the same project. As they entered into subsequent agreements, Bucci and Rossi intended to preserve club grounds that are “laden with tradition,” Ganz explained. Specifically, Nolan reviewed details for the proposed construction of “70 residential units to supplement the existing polo operations” on the 43-acre site; and various financing arrangements for the project that were discussed by both sides in the legal dispute.

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Plaintiffs Duane Gerenser, Carl Berry and Michael Connor had filed the lawsuit against Bucci and Rossi to “force control” of the development, according to Ganz. The court decision referenced a total value for an agreement

between the parties of $3.6 million. Pioneer Savings Bank and First National Bank of Scotia also were named as parties to the dispute. Attorneys for Berry, Connor and Gerenser at the Albany firm Cullen and Dykman could not be

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reached for comment. In an “amended complaint,” Nolan wrote, the plaintiffs alleged eight “causes of action” against Green Fields Development and Saratoga Polo Catering and Event Services—the business entities set up by Bucci and Rossi. Nolan indicated that a ninth allegation of “aiding and abetting the Green Fields defendants in their breach of fiduciary duty” was directed at Michaels and Laraway Holdings, LLC. Still, Nolan wrote, “it is clear from its language that other documents had to be created before the contemplated joint venture became a legally enforceable business venture. The facts that plaintiffs elected to move forward with design and engineering consultants and incurred expenses before they had a final ‘deal’ cannot serve as the basis for the court to find that the parties agreed to all of the material terms to develop the polo property. “In sum, the court finds that there was no enforceable contract between plaintiffs and the Green Fields defendants,” the judge concluded. “Thus, there can be no cognizable breach of the contract. All of the plaintiffs’ causes of action lack merit since they all are premised on the claim that there was a binding contract with Green Fields.”

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TOWN OF BALLSTON 15 Lancaster Court, $499,000. Timothy and Amber Miller sold property to Douglas and Martha Melville. 31 McMaster St., $310,000. Kevin Vilardo (by Atty) and Christine Vilardo (Ind and as Atty) sold property to Daniel and Chelsea Leatham. 69 Lake Hill Rd., $185,000. Earl Zip sold property to Eugene and Shannon Clark. 4 Apple St., $314,000. Phillip Heinrichs sold property to Jennifer and Benjamin Krohn.


499 Moe Rd., $1,100,000. Shenendehowa Central School Districk sold property to Town of Clifton Park. 55 Grant Hill Court, $180,500. Neil Cherkosly sold property to Yi Lei and Xuefeng Zhang. 19 Mallard Dr., $378,000. Zhiyong Hong and Hong Piao sold property to Menghui Li and Sunan Zhao. 59 Wallflower Dr., $325,000. Rodrigo DeLafuente and Anna Torres sold property to Pei Liu and Xi Deng.

329 Moonlight Dr. $257,000. Thomas Benuscak sold property to Phillip Brown.

1067 Ballston Lake Rd., $565,000. Mark and Amy Dougherty sold property to Charles Petraske and Eve Bucwinski.

Lot 15 MacKenna Court, $545,954. John Paul Builders LLC sold property to Thomas and Erin Lavertu.

58 Esopus Dr., $309,900. Richard and Amanda Balboni sold property to Richard and Brianne Maney.

CHARLTON 239 Stage Rd., $232,000. Geoffrey Beausoleil II sold property to Justin Bosy and Mariah Duell. 67 Rocky Ridge Rd., $252,000. Diane Lezzi sold property to Scott and Lindy Brickner.


GREENFIELD 100 Brigham Rd., $306,600. Capital One (by Atty) sold property to Charles Fischer. 500 Allen Rd., $180,250. Jon Szemansco sold property to Ryan and Shasta Lailer.


5 Whispering Pines, $318,000. William Ralph and Erica Massimi sold property to Joseph Reynolds and Jaclyn Britz.

16 Collamer Rd., $55,000. Michael and Jennifer Koscielniak sold property to Matthew Brush and Maura O’Leary.

5 Primer Court, $372,500. Michael and Bridget Lenane sold property to William and Elinor Rees.

89 Wineberry Lane, $245,000. Chad and Banita Elkins sold property to James and Jasara Finnegan.

25 Nottingham Way South, $307,000. Adam and Jennifer Shami sold property to Amy and Justin Rockenstyre.

41 Weston Way, $345,733. Barbera Homes Malta Springs LLC sold property to Brian and Maryann Remington.

MILTON 48 Milton Ave., $200,000. Vinny DiMartino, Domenico Nuzzi and Enzo Bonello sold property to Harrison Taylor. 104 Deer Run Dr., $180,000. Eileen Baird sold property to Kira Jones. 829 Ediface Way, $315,000. Anthony Defraia sold property to Ross and Kasie Batty.

MOREAU 1467 West River Rd., $185,000. Diane Fronhofer sold property to Paul and Kathleen Scherer. 387 Fortsville Rd., $165,500. Stephen and Alyce Maynard sold property to Barry and Pamela Vaillancourt. 16 Paris Rd., $260,000. Cerrone Construction LLC sold property to Michael Malatino. 122 Hudson St., $63,750. HSBC Bank USA sold property to Jodie Williams. 1 Pine Rd., $145,500. Alberta Ives (by Exec) sold property to Tyler Rule.

TOWN OF SARATOGA 4A Haas Rd., $80,000. TISA Development LLC sold property to Kathleen and Kenneth Torreggiani, Sr. 7 Corinne Ct., $410,000. Christopher and Dana Kiefer sold property to Lucinda Barry. 2 Old Saratoga Knolls, $346,500. Kelley Peluso sold property to Tracey Riley and Robert Debusk. 8 Anthony Lane, $624,964. Saratoga Builders LLC sold property to Danny and Janice Brown.


168 Haas Rd., $326,000. Jeffrey Cooks sold property to Ann McGrath and Morgan Gmelch.

9 Tawny Terrace, $350,000. Mark and Jina Demeo sold property to Anthony Decubellis.


10 Buchanan Dr., $77,500. North Manor Development LLC sold property to Bonacio Construction.

58 Fifth Ave., $935,000. 519 Broadway LLC sold property to Jason and Nicole Buck. 99 East Ave., $685,000. Excelsior East LLC sold property to Mario and Dawn Martinez.

STILLWATER 6 Cambridge Court, $324,000. Keith and Andrea Prairie sold property to Travis and Melissa Gowie.

WILTON 98 Damascus Dr., $315,000. Scott and Jill Strock sold property to Suresh Lagalwar.

10 Buchanan Dr., $77,500. Bonacio Construction Inc. sold property to Michael and Nancy Roorda. 18 Burnham Rd., $420,000. North Manor Development LLC sold property to Joan and James Visker, Jr. 3 Laurie Lane, $291,000. Veronica O’Dell sold property to William and Kathleen Schumacher.

14 Lemery Greisler Promotes Yaffee

Jared P. Yaffee. Photo provided.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The city office of Lemery Greisler LLC announced last week the promotion of Jared P. Yaffee to Member at the firm. Yaffee concentrates his practice in the areas of real estate, corporate and commercial lending. That includes Small Business Administration loan closings and secured transactions designed to promote economic development, create and preserve job opportunities, and stimulate business growth. At Lemery Greisler, which has offices in Albany and on

BUSINESS BRIEFS Railroad Place in Saratoga Springs, Yaffee represents clients in commercial loan financings, real estate transactions and in general business matters. Yaffee brings to his work an expertise in title underwriting gained while he was a vice president and counsel at the country’s largest title insurance underwriter based in New York City, underwriting and closing commercial real estate transactions. He is admitted to practice in New York and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, as well as before the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York. For more information, contact Yaffee at jyaffee@

Stillwater Approves 76-Unit Condo Project STILLWATER — Town officials in Stillwater advanced a proposal last week by Albany-based Amedore Homes to expand a residential development near Route 9P on the southern end of Saratoga Lake. Amedore Homes plans to add 19 buildings, each containing four

condominiums, to its existing Winding Brook neighborhood of more than 40 single-family homes off Battlefield Road (Route 423). On Thursday, March 1, the Stillwater Town Board voted unanimously in favor of making a formal “negative” declaration under the state Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA), indicating that Amedore’s 76-unit condo project will not have adverse impacts. The board also was unanimous in passing a related amendment for the Winding Brook Planned Development District (PDD), moving Amedore’s proposal to the next level in the approval process. The Stillwater Planning Board is expected to review Amedore’s PDD amendment and formal site plans as well. The planning board will schedule additional public hearings in the months ahead, according to town Supervisor Edward Kinowski.

Village Business Leaders to Mark 35 Years BALLSTON SPA — Members of the Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association (BSBPA)

Week of March 9 – March 15, 2018

are preparing to celebrate 35 years of service to the community. The BSBPA will host its 2018 Community Mixer and Annual Meeting on Monday, March 19 at the Next Door Kitchen and Bar, located at 51 Front Street. The evening will begin with a social hour and buffet at 6 p.m., followed by the official BSBPA meeting at 7 p.m. Since 1983, with support from its members, the BSBPA has promoted local businesses and organizations, organized events and activities that bring people to Ballston Spa, and enhanced the village through gardens, plantings, directory signs and more. The Community Mixer is an opportunity for BSBPA members and non-members to review the accomplishments of 2017 and preview what is planned for the coming year. The event is open to the public. Admission is $30 per person. Registration is available online, though attendees also can pay at the door. Any RSVPs are appreciated, but not required, and can be sent to For more information, visit the website

Cumberland Farms to Celebrate ‘Next Generation’ Store MILTON — Later this month, Cumberland Farms will mark the grand opening of its first local “next generation” store at 451 Geyser Road. A ribbon cutting is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21 that kicks off a four-week fundraiser for the Milton Youth Recreation Program. Throughout the fundraiser, 10 cents from all dispensed beverages purchased will go directly to the organization. New features at the Cumberland Farms in Milton include more than 4,000 square feet of space; kiosk ordering terminals; a digital menu board; high-top bar counters; outdoor patio seating; more fueling pumps; and 14 parking spaces. In addition, there are several new food and beverage options at the store, including mozzarella sticks, chicken tenders, pizza, smoothies, frozen espresso, milkshakes and specialty coffee drinks. For more information, visit

Week of March 9 – March 15, 2018

Malta Networking Workshop

Advance registration is encouraged before Friday, March 16. The workshop cost is $15 for MBPA members and $20 for non-members. To register and pay online, visit Any questions can be directed to

Officials Value Northway ‘Corridor’ Lauren Valentine. Photo provided.

MALTA — The Malta Business and Professional Association (MBPA) will hold a networking workshop from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20 at Hudson Valley Community College’s TECSMART facility, located at 345 Hermes Road in Malta. While the session is open to anyone, it is mainly applicable to business owners, managers and sales professionals in any industry looking to build stronger referral networks and increase sales opportunities. Lauren Valentine from Sandler Training will conduct the interactive workshop. With the Albany-based firm since 2015, Valentine specializes in sales, management, customer service, ongoing reinforcement, impact events, team building and consulting.


SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce is encouraging local professionals and business leaders to attend a $20 informational breakfast from 7:30 to 9 a.m. on Thursday, March 15 at the Recovery Sports Grill on Route 9 in Malta. Several town supervisors will discuss the “Future of Saratoga County’s I-87 Corridor.” The supervisors scheduled to speak include Phil Barrett of Clifton Park; Vince DeLucia of Malta; Art Johnson of Wilton; Theodore Kusnierz of Moreau; and Kevin Tollisen of Halfmoon. The five town leaders are engaged in a range of activities to promote job creation and economic development near exits of the Adirondack Northway. They will talk about the importance of the highway’s connections to their communities and what progress is being made within the corridor to expand Saratoga County’s economy.

A view south on the Adirondack Northway. Photo by



Week of March 9 – March 15, 2018

DRAMA CLUB “ADVENTURE” AT LAKE AVENUE SCHOOL SARATOGA SPRINGS — Nearly 100 students from grades three through five will be on stage for Lake Avenue Elementary School’s Drama Club performance, “A Puzzling Adventure” starting at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 9 and Saturday, March 10. This show marks the 13th

year of the school’s Drama Club, founded by Mrs. Beth Dennett, a former Saratoga Springs School District long-term substitute and now a tenured English teacher at Queensbury High. Many of the shows over the past two decades were written in collaboration with Dennett’s sisters and all of them

included at least one of her five children, if not on stage, helping behind the scenes. “A Puzzling Adventure,” holds a special place in Dennett’s heart for another reason. It was written by two of her former Saratoga High students, Davawn Hartz and Ben Jacob. Davawn, now a junior at Columbia University, wrote it to share with the kids how much fun theater can be. “I greatly respect and admire Mrs. Dennett’s commitment to children’s theater programs” noted Hartz, who was also a counselor at Beth’s Backyard Players Summer Theater Camp. “We wanted to give her a theatrical thank you for inspiring us for so many years,” added Jacob, who is majoring in music composition at NYU. He and Davawn developed the

show’s concept two years ago and are thrilled it’s finally being produced. “Our goal was to write an inclusive show that was a little quirky but had a strong message of staying true to yourself and pursuing your passions,” explained Jacob. The 2018 show will also be Dennett’s last year as Director, since the youngest Dennett will be graduating from Lake Ave. Elementary in June. According to school principal, Dr. Barbara Messier, the Drama Club parents all say the same thing about Dennett. “She has an amazing gift of instilling a deep-seeded confidence in children that stays with them as they grow. The fact that two former students wrote this show for her while in college is testament to Beth’s giftedness,” praised Messier. Each year, Dr. Messier, dressed in her finest, welcomes

the audience by saying it is the school’s most shining night. “We are forever grateful to Beth Dennett and her dedicated production staff, including Johnny Martinez, Laura Faulk, Amy Ripchik, Kelly Winters, Joseph Wagner and Chris Podeswa, for giving so many years to this extremely popular, characterbuilding club,” Messier said. One of Beth’s well-known mantras is, “There are no small parts, only small actors.” Now close to 1300 of those small actors have had the pleasure of playing a part in Dennett’s Drama Club legacy at Lake Ave. “A Puzzling Adventure” will no doubt be a delight, and especially exciting for writers Davawn and Ben, but given that it is Beth’s final performance as Director, it will be a bittersweet adventure as well.

SSCSD SENIORS HONOR ROLL Maleah Allen Kimberly Angeles Alexandra Bakkalapulo Franca Bibow Forrest Bishop Brianna Blais William Brooking Caitlyn Burke Jackson Cassady Rebekkah Chapman Nicholas Chudy Gabriella Cusick Katrina Davis David Dennett Ryan DiGiuseppe Michael Eglintine Elizabeth Evans Julia Evans Siobhan Finnegan John Fitzgerald Alexander Franco Stephen Gardner

Maia Generoso Molly Genevich Andrea Giacomaro Caitlin Gorss Lydia Green Nathaniel Greene Jessie House Maxamilion Jackson Kaitlyn Jacob Christopher James Aidan Joly Christopher Karadenes Mason Kelly Jensen Kingsley Michael Klass Jessica Kohn Patrick Ladd Yongsuk Lee Jesse Lockwood Nathaniel Marron Nicholas Martuscello Erin McCarthy

Madlin McCarthy Anna Millman Eugenia Moore Connor Mulholland Conor Murphy Katie Murphy Autumn Nailor Ryan Napierski Sophia Nicastro Kimberly Nolan Zak Ogden Paige Oudekerk Madison Palmateer Sara Parker Richard Pease Jack Pfeifer Paveenwat Phayawang Logan Piazza Isaac Prime Cassidy Remillard Steven Resseque Jacob Robinson

Nicholas Rosebrook Rachel Rumpf Harrison Russo Ashley Rutz Kelsey Skaine Daniel Sleight Malcolm Smack Noah Smith Kayla Sprague Kaitlyn Steimle Donald Steves Gillian Strothenke Margot Tanner Timothy Tennant Abigail Tetreault Joseph Thomas Emily Tierney Maggie Toia Jordan Toma Kevin Toote Isabella Valdimarsson Carley Vetter

Week of March 9 – March 15, 2018

Saratoga Springs CSD 2018 Continuing Education Program SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Springs City School District is proud to present their Spring 2018 program entitled “Magnify the Mind”, providing Adult Education courses supported by the districts Continuing Education Department. Courses can be viewed and registration for, through: www.saratoga.cr3.

Applications Available for Saratoga Hospital Summer Student Volunteer Program SARATOGA SPRINGS — Applications are now available for Students Sharing Opportunities and Responsibilities (SSOAR), Saratoga Hospital’s summer program offering local rising junior and senior high school students opportunities for community service in a healthcare environment. SSOAR


participants will volunteer at least 48 hours in one of several areas of the hospital, including the Gift Shoppe, Treasures Consignment Boutique, medical/surgical floors, and emergency department. Accepted SSOAR participants are required to attend a mandatory orientation June 26. Completed applications must be received/ postmarked by April 6. Detailed information is available at www. volunteering, through high school guidance offices, and at the Front Desk of Saratoga Hospital. For email inquiries, students may contact Betsy St. Pierre, Director of Volunteer Services, at

may be exploring a broad range of medical careers. This year, the Guild is offering five $1,500 scholarships. Eligible students must be entering college in Sept. 2018, have a 2.5 GPA or higher, and a documented record of community service. Application deadline is April 2. Scholarship recipients will be honored at the Volunteer Guild’s Annual Recognition Dinner on May 10. Requirements and applications are available through local high school guidance offices and online at www.saratogahospital. org/aboutus/volunteering.

Saratoga Hospital Scholarships

SARATOGA COUNTY — This year the NYSAAF and NYSSA will be awarding up to seven $1,000 scholarships to current New York high school seniors and students enrolled in college. To qualify, a student must be active currently or have been active in the past at the Saratoga County Fair or with the New York State Showpeople’s

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Since 1990, the Saratoga Hospital Volunteer Guild has offered scholarships to those high school seniors in the greater Saratoga County area interested in pursuing healthcare careers. Graduates

Saratoga County Fair Scholarships


Association. All applicants must submit their applications through the Saratoga County Fair no later than Friday, April 2. Application is open to all students regardless of their field of study. Applications must be printed and completed from the web at For more information contact the Saratoga County Fair office at 518-885-9701.

Schuylerville Community Theater Scholarship SCHUYLERVILLE — The Schuylerville Community Theater (SCT) is offering their monetary scholarship for a high school senior graduating in June from Saratoga, Warren, or Washington Counties. Applicants for the SCT Vicki K. Wolfe Scholarship must be entering an accredited college, two or four years, in the fall and be majoring in music, dance, drama, or theater arts. To apply or any have any inquiries answered, email Michele Peters at michele.peters@ Applications must be postmarked by April 20.

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


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19 (518) 580-5596

GET READY FOR SUMMER 2018! Skidmore College offers a variety of programs for children of all ages during the summer months.

CAMP NORTHWOODS, Skidmore’s day camp for children entering grades 1-6, offers an exciting program of sports, cultural arts, nature study and relaxed play. Our goal is to provide a variety of fun activities that happily challenge the imagination, intellect, and body. The camp’s home base is Falstaff’s Pavilion on the Skidmore College campus, but campers frequent the Williamson Sports Center, Schick Art Gallery, Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, and Zankel Music Center. The daily enrichment activities led by the experienced staff are supplemented by weekly field trips to recreational and historical sites, and visits by special guests. Children will also enjoy arts and crafts, ceramics, games, hiking, and daily swim time. One and two-week sessions are available from June 25-August 10. For more information: or call Camp Northwoods at 518-580-5596.

Skidmore College also offers a wide array of SUMMER SPORTS CAMPS from June through August for children of all ages. Choose

from baseball, lacrosse, swimming, basketball, soccer, volleyball and field hockey. Children learn the concept of teamwork while acquiring the necessary skills for his or her sport of choice. Adults, novice or experienced, can participate in a rowing program offered throughout the spring, summer and fall at the Boat House located on beautiful Fish Creek. All other programs are held on the Skidmore Campus at the Sports and Recreation Center and/or the adjacent fields. For more information, or to register: sports/ or call Skidmore Summer Sports Camps 518-580-8061.




Week of March 9 – March 15, 2018

The Gift of Anger example for my 16-month-old son in the back of the car. When cars started to finally go through the light and I made the turn I noticed a line of cars in the right lane with their hazards on. As I looked further up the road I realized all the cars were turning into a cemetery.

by Meghan Lemery Fritz, LCSW-R for Saratoga TODAY THIS WEEK anger and impatience taught me a valuable lesson. I was waiting at a traffic light to make a left hand turn onto a main road. I was a few cars back and noticed every time the left-hand arrow turned green no one moved to take the turn. By the third time the light changed and the cars stood still, I decided to take matters into my own hands. I laid on my horn, rolled down the window and yelled “Let’s move it people, come on!” Clearly I was setting a stellar


Sometimes anger is the wake up call we need to remind us not to take ourselves too seriously. Anger can slow us down and help us gain the perspective we need to stretch us emotionally. Anger can be an uncomfortable feeling for many of us. The truth is, anger is a step


“Sometimes anger is the wake up call we need to remind us not to take ourselves too seriously...”

I was the jerk beeping and yelling for people to move it during a funeral procession. Ugg! My immediate reaction was shame and embarrassment. How could I be so insensitive and rude! Then I thought about the absurdity of the situation and felt like I was in an episode of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and my shame melted into hysterical laughter with tears falling down my face. When I tried to share the story later that evening with my husband I couldn’t even get the story out because I was laughing so hard.

in the healing process that can move us from being paralyzed with grief and sadness to action causing us to make the changes we need to be free of any person, place or thing that is keeping us from growing. Anger can help us wake us and realize we are being disrespected and mistreated. It’s not uncommon for me to work with individuals who come in for counseling because they are sad a relationship has ended or upset about a job loss. When we dig deeper and process the details of the situation something transformative begins to happen. The sadness turns into increased insight and anger starts to come out when the person

realizes their boundaries were not respected or valued. You don’t have to be uncomfortable when you feel angry. Take a minute to reflect on what the anger is telling you. Are you hungry? Do you need to get more rest, exercise or water? Are you allowing yourself to be disrespected by others? Or, as in my case with

Funeral-gate anger was telling me to take a step back, relax and center myself. There was nowhere that I needed to be, and I needed to get my reaction in check. Once I was aware of that I was able to release the stress of the situation with hysterical laughter and light heartedness. Next time you feel anger bubble up in your chest take a minute to process what the deeper message is. The answer my surprise you! Don’t let anger make you feel afraid or uncomfortable. Use it as a tool to motivate you to action and higher ground. YOU ARE WORTH IT! Meghan Fritz is a psychotherapist practicing in State College, PA. For more information email: meghanlfritz@gmail. com. Also follow her on Twitter: @meghanlfritz.

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School shootings and other mass killings. What a time we live in...

by Katherine Morna Towne for Saratoga TODAY

“Mothering Boys” I’M SURE you’re all more well informed on all the issues surrounding these incidents than I am, because frankly, I try to avoid as much of it (conversations, news, social media) as I can. I have more than enough to keep me worried, terrified, and sleepless in my own day-to-day life; adding in reports of massive loss of life as normal people go about their normal daily lives leaves me feeling like I’m teetering on the edge of sanity. I know that the family and friends of the victims of the recent tragedies would like the luxury of being able to turn it all off, and I’m so sorry that they can’t. I can’t imagine even the smallest bit of what it must be like to live with a new reality in which loved ones have been ripped away in the most horrifying of circumstances and aren’t coming back. A friend and I were talking about social medial the other day and how it’s the best and the worst— the best because of all the awesome things you get to see and family and friends that you can keep up with; the worst because there’s so much sadness happening in people’s lives, and stumbling across a picture or post that shares the deepest

devastations of a person’s life (for me, especially the ones that involve sick, dying, or deceased children, from babies to teenagers) can ruin me for an entire day. I have too many people depending on me and too many things to do to spend the day crying. I’ve been spending less time on social media as a result. I can’t help but feel that it seems a bit heartless to be this way, but for me it’s a necessary mental-health survival tactic. Thankfully, for all the people like me that are incapacitated by the news of tragedy, there are so many others who are spurred to action. On a local level, I’ve been so impressed by the security measures taken by my boys’ schools in order to keep the students safe. On a national level, I’ve been so impressed by what feels like a sense of, “We’re fed up with this and we’re going to do something about it,” as opposed to the feeling of helplessness that has always seemed to pervade these conversations in the past. Have you gotten that feeling too? I’ve also been heartened by the outrage over the deaths of those who are strangers to most of us, and the calls to be more loving to those who are bullied and marginalized. At least, this is what I’ve picked up while trying to avoid it all. How do you all handle this with your children? I know some parents think it’s important to tell their children any time a school shooting or other catastrophe happens, but I have never felt comfortable with that approach. I will always try to answer any questions my boys ask me and/or correct any misinformation they’ve gathered or misunderstandings they have. But I’ve rarely felt like it was a good idea to proactively present them with this kind of information. It seems overly burdensome to the child to smash his or her innocent view of the world and feeling of

safety by telling them about the world’s horrors. They will certainly learn soon enough, and there will come a time when they must know (my middle schoolers are at that age, I believe), but I try to protect my little ones from these kinds of things. It reminds me of that quote attributed to Corrie Ten Boom’s father: “Some knowledge is too heavy for children. When you are older and stronger, you can bear it. For now you must trust me to carry it for you.” What I feel like I can do is try hard to make sure our home is a place where my husband, children, and I can all feel as worry free as possible. We’re all out in the world all day, hearing and seeing things that are troubling, confusing, scary, and otherwise upsetting (in addition to the joys and blessings of life, of course!), so I try to make home a safe haven. I’m very careful about what’s on TV (both the news and shows/movies), what video games the boys play, the language that’s used in our home, and the parameters for acceptable behavior. I find these to be a good balance—antidotes, even—to what we encounter outside; I want my boys to know there’s always someplace they can go that’s wholesome and good (or at least trying to be). I know that homeas-safe-haven isn’t foolproof, but it’s the best I have to offer, and I firmly believe it has long-lasting ramifications—today’s children are tomorrow’s adults, after all. Mother Teresa said love begins at home. St. John Paul II called the family the “sanctuary of life.” Trying to live in accordance with these ideals is all I can manage right now, and at the same time, it seems to be exactly what’s needed. Kate and her husband have six sons ages 13, 11, 9, 8, 6, and 3. Follow her at www.facebook. com/kmtowne23, or email her at





Week of March 9 – March 15, 2018

SENIOR CALENDAR… Adult and Senior Center of Saratoga

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


The Center is now open late on Tuesday evenings. To-Go Dinners provided by Three Vines Bistro, 5 - 6:30 p.m. We’ve partnered with Three Vines Bistro to offer to-go dinners every Tuesday evening. There is no limit on orders but all orders must be received by 12 p.m. on Tuesday. Bulk delivery may be available to senior housing sites and businesses. $12.50/dinner. MARCH MENU: 3/13: Chicken Parm with Penne 3/20: Sausage and Eggplant with Oil & Garlic Penne Pasta 3/27: Eggplant Parm with Penne Heart and Soul Line Dancing, 4 - 5 p.m. Set to soul/R&B music. Cost is $10 for members, $20 for non-members.

FRIDAY, MARCH 9 Housing Expo, 1 - 3 p.m. Free and open to the public. An event filled with valuable information on senior housing, assisted living, and agencies to help you age in place. Many local organizations will be in attendance, including Home of the Good Shepard, The Wesley Community, Organize Senior Moves, The Summit at Saratoga, Centers Healthcare, Home Instead, Rebuilding Saratoga, Office For the Aging, City of Saratoga: Community Development Office, The Assessment Office-STAR Program, and more.

MONDAY, MARCH 12 Health Screening and Ask a Pharmacist, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Saratoga County Public Health will be here to offer blood pressure, glucose, and cholesterol checks. There will also be a presentation

on Taking Your Own Blood Pressure. “Ask a Pharmacist” — Jennifer Symon will be here to answer any questions you may have regarding your medications. Be sure to sign-up and take care of your personal health and safety!

THURSDAY, MARCH 15 Movie Day, 1 p.m. Come join us for a viewing of “Lala Land,” starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. Cost is $3 for members, $5 for non-members.!

FRIDAY, MARCH 16 Think Spring and Network, 1 - 2 p.m. Come out and make some new friends to join you in your spring activities! Meet a new walking buddy, a golf partner, or maybe a new biking sidekick or geocaching pal. Brain Gym Study Group, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Sponsored by Saratoga Springs Public Library. Free and open to the public. Exercise your mind with new and stimulating activities to keep your brain engaged.

SATURDAY, MARCH 17 *SATURDAY SPECIAL* Start Your St. Patty’s Day at the Center, 10:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. $2/Members, $5/Non-Members Brunch is from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Irish Step Dancers: 12 - 12:45 p.m. Come enjoy a show from the talented Wild Irish Acres Dancers. Light refreshments will also be offered.

MONDAY, MARCH 19 Diamond Club Grill Dinner at the Center , 5:30 p.m. Sponsored by Herzog Law Firm. $12/person. Menu consists of Pot Roast and gravy with Yukon mashed potatoes, buttered baby carrots, and New York style cheesecake for dessert.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21 CDPHP Wellness Workshop Series: What’s the Fuss About Fiber?, 10 - 11 a.m. Free and open to the public. Come join us for an informational

workshop on food and nutrition, led by expert Dr. Nina Marinello. She’ll be discussing the health benefits of fiber and how easy it is to choose rich sources of this food component. Different types of fiber will be discussed along with a demonstration to emphasize fiber’s role in the body.

Winery. We will be leaving the train station at 7:30 a.m.


Irish Music, 1 - 3 p.m. $2/Members, $5/Non-Member. Join Tim O’Shea & Friends for quality music, entertaining stories, and banter! Lite refreshments will also be served.

Thursday, July 12 $45/Members, $70/NonMembers. Spend the morning touring Burlington. After lunch, meet back up with the group for an exciting tour of the Von Trapp house, including a guided history, documentary viewing, and a Q&A with a Von Trapp family member. There will also be an option to do a brewery tour and tasting after the actual house tour.




Flamenco Vivo with Carlota Santana, 1 - 2 p.m. $2/Members, $5/Non-Members, Sign-Ups Required. Join us for an exciting performance/workshop with Flamenco dancing!

MONDAY, MARCH 26 Early Signs of Alzheimer’s, 1 p.m. Sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association. Free and open to the public. Sign-up in advance. Early detection matters. The warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease are often dismissed as inevitable parts of normal aging. Attend this interactive workshop to learn the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s, where we separate myth from reality and address commonly held fears about Alzheimer’s and dementia. Chef Ed Kelley’s Baked Cod Night at the Center, 5:30 p.m. $12/person. Come enjoy a Center favorite.

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

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

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

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


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


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

Niagara on the Lake and Queen Victoria Park, a journey to the Falls on a Hornblower Niagara Cruise, and much more!

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IMPORTANT CHOICES TO MAKE IN YOUR ESTATE PLANNING The people you select to fulfill your plan. them for yourself. The decision making is often informed by your written living will, which describes your wishes regarding your medical care. The appropriate person to choose as a health care proxy agent may have a different skill set than the other agents and fiduciaries listed above. Although they may not be adept at finances, they may be uniquely qualified in your opinion to make medical decisions, because they have medical training or because they have a specialized knowledge of what your wishes would be. As you prepare to do your estate planning, you should

by Matt J. Dorsey, Esq. for Saratoga TODAY One of the most important choices you make in your estate plan is who you select as your fiduciaries and agents. Those choices include: executors, trustees, guardians, power of attorney agents, and health care proxy agents. As you work through your estate planning process, you will want to give careful consideration to who you pick for these roles. A brief overview of the different positions follows, with some factors to consider when making your choices. Executor of your Will – The executor of your will is responsible for the administration of your estate. The executor will collect your assets, pay your bills, and distribute the balance of your estate to your beneficiaries. The executor will serve for at least seven months, but could serve for longer, depending on the complexity of your estate. Trustee of your Trust – The trustee will manage the income and assets of your trust, pay the bills of the trust, and distribute the trust income and principal to its beneficiaries. Depending on the terms of your trust, the trustee may act for several years. When you choose an executor or trustee, it is important to choose someone who is organized, diligent, and reasonably adept with finances. Your executor or trustee will likely utilize the services of professionals, such as attorneys, accountants, and

financial advisors, but they have an independent duty to do their job properly regardless of whose services they employ. People often choose close and trusted family members or friends to act as their executors and/or trustees. In addition, many financial institutions, like local banks or trust companies, can perform those services. People will sometimes pick a close friend or family member but have a financial institution act as a successor in the event their first choice becomes unable to act due to death, disability, or resignation. Guardians – An important choice for parents with children is who they will choose as the guardian of their children in the event that they both pass away while the children are still minors. The chosen guardian will act with regard to the financial and personal affairs of the children – essentially acting as a surrogate parent. In choosing a guardian of your minor children, you should consider who amongst your family and friends shares your values regarding child rearing. You want someone who would basically make the same or similar decisions regarding your children’s upbringing, i.e. what school they attend, whether they are raised within a particular religious faith, and what decisions should be made regarding their medical care.

Parents of disabled children have similar choices. It is advisable to establish your guardianship of your disabled child when you are living and to have a successor guardian in place when you pass. People will often choose another one of their children as successor guardian of their disabled child. Power of Attorney Agents – A power of attorney is an important part of your overall estate plan. The agent you select under your power of attorney must be someone you trust implicitly, because they will potentially have the ability to handle your finances with all the authority that you yourself have. Married people typically choose their spouse and then a child as a substitute. For those who are not married or do not have children, people usually choose a trusted family member, friend, or professional. You should choose someone who has a similar skill set to a prospective executor or trustee, i.e. someone who is organized, diligent, and reasonably adept with finances. It is important to remember that if your power of attorney is durable, it will continue to be effective if you lose your mental capacity. Health Care Proxy Agents – A health care proxy agent is authorized to make your health care decisions for you in the event you are no longer able to make

remember that you are not just deciding whether to do a will or a trust or some combination thereof, but you are also assembling a team of people to put your plan into effect. You should take the time to consult with an estate planning professional and make your choices wisely. Matthew J. Dorsey, Esq. is a Partner with O’Connell and Aronowitz, 1 Court Street, Saratoga Springs. Over his twenty years of practice, he has focused in the areas of elder law, estate planning, and estate administration. Mr. Dorsey can be reached at 518-584-5205,, and www.

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by Dr. Kevy Smith, Chiropractor for Saratoga TODAY

As we age, the body systems that work to help keep us balanced and upright begin to fade which means an increased risk for trips and falls. Normal decline in muscle strength and joint mobility can hinder movement. Declines in nerve function mean slower reaction times. Hearing loss can impair balance, and vision loss can make it difficult to see potential tripping hazards. While there isn’t anything that can be done to stop you from aging, there are measures that can be taken to prevent a fall from occurring. Below are some tips that can greatly reduce the risk.

• Regular exercise is going to prevent muscles from weakening and joints from stiffening. It is also going to help maintain balance, coordination and flexibility. Consider low-impact exercise such as walking, yoga, water aerobics, or tai chi. • Have your vision checked regularly. Wearing the proper prescription glasses and keeping your glasses clean will help provide clearer vision. It is also important to screen for agerelated vision diseases. • Review your medications with a physician. Some medication can have side effects such as dizziness or light-headedness.

Taking multiple medications or medications with alcohol can also have negative effects on balance, coordination, motor skills, etc. • Maintain a healthy, nutritious diet and drink plenty of water. Many seniors don’t get the nutrition they need or are often dehydrated. This can lead to dizziness, weakness and fainting. • Perform a home safety check. Many the falls that seniors take occur in their own home. Taking time to go through the house and remove potential hazards can minimize the risk of injury. The National Council on Aging provides a downloadable check list of hazards to look for in the home and how to address them. Some of the things

included on the list include: - Remove throw rugs and furniture that can be easily tripped over. - Put rubber bath mats in the tub or shower and install grab rails in the shower and by the toilet. - Wear sturdy shoes with non-slip soles and avoid walking around in socks or slippers. - Use reflective tape on stair and doorsills for better visibility. - Secure all handrails and loose carpet. Dr. Kevy Smith is a chiropractor in Saratoga Springs providing non-surgical treatment of spinal disorders and sports-related injuries. For more information please visit or call 518-587-2064.

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by Stephen Kyne, Partner, Sterling Manor Financial for Saratoga TODAY IT’S THE TIME of year when many people sit down with various degrees of trepidation and being to prepare their annual tax return. Ultimately, once the results are revealed, the question becomes, “what could I have done differently last year to decrease this bill?” Managing your tax liability today, and creating a taxwise strategy for accessing funds in retirement, begins with a basic understanding of the savings vehicles which are available to you, and the ways in which they are taxed. All qualified retirement plans generally fall into two categories for the purpose of taxation. The first category includes those accounts in which you’ll get a tax break on your contributions, but everything those contributions grow to become will be taxable to you as if it was any other income in retirement. In other words, the “seed” money is tax-free, but the “harvest” grows to be fullytaxable when you withdraw it in retirement. We call these taxdeferred accounts. These accounts include Traditional IRAs, 401(k)s, 403(b)s, SEPs, SIMPLE IRAs, 457 Deferred Compensation plans – generally the non-Roth plans available to you through your employer. These accounts are useful for lowering your tax bill in the current year, but won’t be very helpful for controlling taxes in retirement. The second category includes those accounts in which only your contributions are taxed, before being contributed, but everything those contributions grow to

become will be tax-free to you in retirement. In other words, only the “seed” money is taxed, yet the entire “harvest” grows tax-free. These accounts include a Roth IRA, Roth 403(b) and Roth 401(k) – the word “Roth” should be your clue. These types of accounts won’t generally reduce your tax liability today but, since you have tax-free access to the growth in retirement, they can go a long way to reduce your future tax liability at a time when making your assets last will be your biggest concern. It’s important to remember that diversification doesn’t just mean a mixture of types of stocks and bonds anymore, it is equally important to diversify the way your retirement income will be taxed in order to have more control over your tax liability in retirement, to help ensure your retirement assets last a lifetime. Contributing to a mixture of retirement accounts can help accomplish this goal. It may be tempting to forego the future tax savings of Roth-type accounts,

for the immediate tax deduction available through non-Retirement accounts, but it is important to have a sense of balance. Here are some general rules of thumb to keep in mind when saving your hard-earned dollars: 1. If your employer offers you a match on retirement plan contributions, always try to contribute to the match. For example, if your employer will match your contributions up to three percent of your salary, try to contribute three percent. Regardless of the taxation in this account, where else will you be able to double the value of your contribution in one year? Take the free money. 2. Once you’ve contributed to the match, contribute to a Roth IRA if you’re eligible. Your contributions to a Roth IRA can be up to $5,500 with an extra $1,000 as a catch-up contribution if you’re over age 50. Contribution limits are more restricted for Roth IRAs because the impact of tax-free growth is so high. In

short, the growth is money the government won’t be taxing in the future, so it’s in the interest of the government to limit how much you can contribute. 3. If you’ve contributed to the match in your employersponsored plan, and you’ve maximized your eligible Roth IRA contributions, then you should consider contributing more to your employer-sponsored tax-deferred plan. Contribution limits range from $12,500 (with a $3,000 catch-up) for SIMPLE plans, to $18,500 (with a $6,000 catch-up) for 401(k)s, 403(b) s, 457 Deferred Compensation plans, SARSEPs. Certain plans could even accept contributions of more than $200,000 4. If your employer offers Roth and non-Roth retirement plan options, consider making a portion of your contributions into each type, if possible. This will help give you the benefits of both, and more choice in the future. Of course, these are just

guides, so consult with your independent financial advisor and tax advisor during one of your regular strategy meetings to determine the balance that’s right for you. Having the option to choose between tax-free and taxable income in retirement might make the difference between whether or not your retirement will be sustainable. Don’t let another tax year go by without taking control!

Stephen Kyne is a Partner at Sterling Manor Financial, with offices in Saratoga Springs and Rhinebeck and can be reached at 518-583-4040. Securities offered through Cadaret, Grant and Co., Inc. Member FINRA/SIPC. Advisory services offered through Sterling Manor Financial, LLC, an SEC registered investment advisor or Cadaret Grant & Co., Inc. Sterling Manor Financial and Cadaret, Grant are separate entities.



Week of March 9 – March 15, 2018


Saturdays, 9 to 1 Lincoln Baths Building at the Spa State Park

by Julia Howard for Saratoga TODAY Photos by Pattie Garrett. LATE WINTER in the Adirondacks often feels like a morning slow to kick-start. The clouds hang low. The air feels frigid. One’s palate desires something soothing to the soul. That something might just rest in a cup of Joe, specifically the brews being devised artisanal style by Jim Williams at his Upper Hudson Coffee roasting room. Williams established Upper Hudson Coffee 18 months ago in North Creek. He joined the Saratoga Farmers’ Market as a holiday vendor last November and opted to continue through

the winter. He begins his roasts from a single-sourced bean known as La Pastora Tarrazu. The bean, from the Tarrazu region of Costa Rica, is dense in its flavor and known for producing a bright, crisp flavor, suitable for the medium to dark roasts that Williams creates. Williams worked as a teacher for 23 years in Lake Placid. After stints of training pro cyclists and living in California, he returned to North Creek to build a house and re-evaluate his life. In coffee, he found a way to connect with a hands-on process that he loves and with a community he enjoys. Selling at the farmers’ market supports these connections by bringing him into direct contact with those who buy his brews. Williams’ starts his coffees with a quality roast. He then blends, smokes, and infuses the beans to give his brews character and taste: Roosevelt has a strong bold flavor reminiscent of President Theodore Roosevelt, whereas H.H. Barton (named after a gem seeker who gathered garnet around North Creek) has a lighter, jewel-like touch.

Dietter’s Campfire has a smoky flavor, and Melissa Perkins offers hints of unsweetened chocolate and pasilla chili. For Williams, the coffee is not just a morning lift. It is a beverage that deserves authenticity. “Adirondack locals aren’t frivolous with money,” Williams says. “They will spend it on the best product possible. I work to make my coffee authentic and accessible.” “I’ve never been materialistic myself,” he adds, “and I like the process.” Saratoga Farmers’ Market goers can obtain Upper Hudson Coffee by the bag from Williams. Or they can purchase a cup from the Something’s Brewing beverage stand. Visit the Saratoga Farmers’ Market 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Saturdays at the Lincoln Baths Building in Saratoga Spa State Park; follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram; and contact friends@ for volunteer opportunities.

Adirondack Maple Latte

INGREDIENTS • Total time: 5 mins • Serves: 1 * Find these Ingredients at the Farmers’ Market!

• 8 ounces Roosevelt coffee* from Upper Hudson Coffee

• ¼ cup milk* • 1-2 Tablespoons maple syrup*

• Pinch of ground cloves • Pinch of allspice • Pinch of fresh nutmeg

INSTRUCTIONS 1. Add maple syrup and spices to the bottom of a mug, stir to combine. 2. Place milk in a small saucepan and heat on the stovetop until warm. Pour into a glass jar, tightly screw lid onto the jar,

and shake for a few seconds until milk is foamy. 3. Pour hot, strong coffee over maple syrup. Top with foamy milk. Garnish with more spices if desired. Enjoy!

Adapted from recipe by Fox and Briar.



Week of March 9 – March 15, 2018

Here are two easy recipes that fit in well with the season of Lent. The first is a hearty fish chowder recipe that includes some wonderful herbs and spices; the second is a healthy steamed fish recipe with ginger and tumeric.


by John Reardon for Saratoga TODAY


my Foodie Friends. Have you ever walked into a place and smelled your favorite memories? Smells of cooking can trigger memories so strong and real it feels like you’ve been transported back in time and brings a picture as sharp as photograph of a special time in your life. Through food we exchange stories of ourselves and our families. My memories bring me back to a time when our Sunday dinners were a time of gathering around a table crowded with all of the mothers, aunts and grandmothers as they presented their cooking. Sharing food on many occasions, of a rich taste of smells, became part of our collective memories. Spices have a way of transporting you to another place and time. Whether its memories of smelling basil or mint from the garden for the first time, or the favorite dishes that you remember cooking with them. Each spice or collection of spices has a story, and a wonderful, beautiful one at that. Spices are flavor enhancers! That might seem rather simplistic, but it really sums up how to think about spices and get the best from them. Rather than seeing these strange

little bits of bark, seeds and roots as something to be used only on special occasions, or just when a recipe calls for them, look at your spice shelf as flavor enhancers to be added to your cooking (or even drinks) in small quantities at any time. You can add pretty much any spice you like to anything you cook - you’ll soon find there are NO RULES to making something taste delicious – the only way to really understand it is through trial and error. Having said all that, you shouldn’t normally be able to clearly identify a particular spice in your cooking - if you can taste a spice clearly, the chances are you’ve added too much. If you taste your food as you go and add seasonings in small quantities your cooking will improve and your food will have more flavor. The saying ‘you can always add more, but you can never take away’ is a good one to bear in mind, so just add a little at a time, tasting all the time until you’re happy with it. Spices can add delicious variety to the foods we eat. But spices and herbs can also be more than flavor enhancers — they are nutritional powerhouses. After all, spices and herbs come from plants which means, they are sources of plant phytonutrients. Many phytonutrients have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory or even anti-cancer properties, and in the case of spices, these phytonutrients can be very concentrated. So spices do more than perk up the flavor of your food — they put a natural pharmacy in your kitchen. For some Americans, one perceived impediment to cooking with spices is the dislike of spicy food, even though spices are not spicy hot, per se. Spices can make food richly flavorful and aromatic, but they

make it hot only if you add fresh, powdered or flaked chile peppers. That heat comes with a few benefits — spicy hot food reduces the need for salt, plus it helps the body sweat and potentially remove toxins. A handful of spices have enjoyed an elevated status, thanks to their potential to help decrease inflammation in the body: cinnamon, garlic, ginger and turmeric. None of these is a magic bullet, of course, but because they also help make food more flavorful and satisfying, there no reason not to use more of them. Cinnamon’s versatility lends itself to sweet and savory dishes. Add cinnamon to your breakfast oats, baked goods or meat marinades. Sprinkle it on roasted vegetables or sauteed leafy greens. Mix it into black bean dishes. Some initial studies claim that cinnamon helps to reduce blood glucose and bad cholesterol. At Compliments to the Chef located at 33 Railroad Place, we offer many spices that can be used in your culinary creations that become part of your family’s memories. Remember Foodie Friends, “Life Happens in the Kitchen.”

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• 4 tsp. olive oil • 2 cloves garlic, minced • 3 medium tomatoes (about 1 pound), peeled, cored, seeded and chopped • 1 tsp. dried basil, crumbled • ½ tsp. dried oregano, crumbled

• Pinch of cayenne pepper • ½ cup dry white wine or chicken broth • ½ lb. cod or other white fish fillets cut into bite-size pieces • 2 Tbsp. parsley, minced

INSTRUCTIONS 1. In a heavy saucepan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic, tomatoes, basil, oregano, cayenne pepper, and wine, and cook uncovered for 10 minutes.

2. Add 3 cups water, bring to boil, reduce heat, and simmer. 3. Mix in cod and simmer, uncovered, 5 minutes. 4. Ladle chowder into bowls and sprinkle with parsley.


• Serves 2

• 1 Tbsp. grated fresh galangal or ginger (I use galangal.) • 1 Tbsp. turmeric, grated • 2 garlic cloves, smashed • 1 Tbsp. tamari soy sauce • 2 Tbsp. olive oil • Pinch of ground black pepper

• 2 white fish fillets (wild snapper or any white fish of your choice) • 1 lime • 1 bunch coriander, chopped • ¼ cup water or coconut water (if braising)

INSTRUCTIONS 1. Combine ginger, turmeric, garlic, tamari, lime juice and olive oil in a bowl. Fold in the chopped coriander root. 2. Add the fish fillet and coat well. Then, wrap the fish individually using baking

paper, foil or banana leaf. Make sure it is really well sealed into a lovely neat little pocket. 3. Steam the fish for 10 mins. until cooked through and remove from heat. Serve with your choice salad or vegetables.

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Office for the Aging Lunch Program

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• Serves 4


Served at the Saratoga Senior Center TUESDAY




• Stuffed Shells with Sauce • Tuscan Blend Vegetables • Peas • Yogurt

• Chicken Divan • Swedish Meatballs and • Rice Noodles • Sonoma Blend • Broccoli Vegetables • Mixed • Pears Vegetables • Pineapple


14 • Turkey with Gravy • Mashed Potatoes • Corn • Mandarin Oranges


Patty’s 15 DaySt.Special!

• Corn Beef & Cabbage • Red Potatoes • Carrots • Irish Soda Roll • Green Frosted Brownie

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



Week of March 9 – March 15, 2018

PLACES OF WORSHIP Adirondack Christian Fellowship  

Christ Episcopal Church*

Grace Fellowship Saratoga*

8 Mountain Ledge, Wilton Contact: 581-587-0623 | Services: Sunday 8 a.m. & 10 a.m.

15 West High Street, Ballston Spa Contact: 518-885-1031 Services: Sunday 8 and 10 a.m.

Adirondack Friends Meeting

Christian Restoration Ministries

165 High Rock Avenue, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-691-0301 | Pastor: Mike Adams Services: Sundays 9 and 11 a.m.

27 Saratoga Avenue, South Glens Falls Contact: 518-793-3755 | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m.

Saratoga Senior Center: 5 Williams Street, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-796-4323 | Pastor Pat Roach Services: Sunday 6:30 p.m.

Assembly of God Faith Chapel

Christian Science Church

6 Burgoyne Street, Schuylerville Contact: 518-695-6069 Rev. Jason Proctor Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m.

107 Circular Street, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-584-0221 Services: Sunday 10 a.m.

Assembly of God Saratoga

257 Rowland Street, Ballston Spa Contact: 518-885-6524 Services: Morning Worship 10:30 a.m.

118 Woodlawn Avenue, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-584-6081 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Bacon Hill Reformed Church* 560 Route 32N, Bacon Hill Contact: 518-695-3074 Rev. Janet Vincent Services:10 a.m. Sunday School: 10 a.m. Ballston Center Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church 58 Charlton Road, Ballston Spa Contact: 518-885-7312 | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Ballston Spa United Methodist Church 101 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa Contact: 518-885-6886 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Baha’i Community of Saratoga Springs Saratoga Springs Public Library, Glasby Room Contact: 518-692-7694, 518-885-0876, 1-800-22UNITE | Public Meetings: 1st Tuesdays 7 p.m. Bethesda Episcopal Church* 41 Washington Street, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-584-5980 | The Very Rev’d Marshall J. Vang Services: Sunday 8 a.m and 10 a.m. Burnt Hills United Methodist Church* 816 Route 50, Burnt Hills Contact: 518-399-5144 | Pastor Holly Nye Services: Sunday 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Sunday School 10:30 a.m.

Community Alliance Church

Congregation Shaara Tfille* 84 Weibel Avenue, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-584-2370 | Services: Saturday 10 a.m. Corinth Free Methodist Church   20 Hamilton Avenue, Corinth Contact: 518-654-9255, 518-792-0271 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Corinth United Methodist Church 243 Main Street, Corinth Contact: 518-654-2521 | Services: Sunday 11 a.m. Cornerstone Community Church 100 Saratoga Village Boulevard. #8 Ballston Spa. Contact: 518-664-5204 | Pastor Frank Galerie Services: Sunday 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Community 2001 Route 9, Round Lake Contact: 518-877-8506 | Services: Saturday: 4 p.m. Sunday: 8 and 11 a.m. Eastern Orthodox — Christ the Savior 349 Eastline Road, Ballston Lake Contact: 518-212-7845 | Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. First Baptist Church of Saratoga Springs 45 Washington Street, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-584-6301 | Services: Sunday Noon

Calvary Capital District

First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa

5 Williams Street, Saratoga Springs Contact: Pastor Andrew Holt Services: Sunday 10 a.m.

202 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa Contact: 518-885-8361 | Services: 10:30 a.m., (9 a.m. in July and August) Sunday School: 9 a.m. (all ages)

Church of Christ at Clifton Park

First Presbyterian Church of Ballston Spa

7 Old Route 146, Clifton Park Contact: 518-371-6611 | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m.

22 West High Street, Ballston Spa Contact: 518-885-5583 Services: Sunday 10 a.m.

Charlton Freehold Presbyterian Church

Full Gospel Tabernacle

768 Charlton Road, Charlton Contact: 518-399-4831 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m.

207 Redmond Road, Gansevoort Contact: 518-793-2739 Services: Sunday 10 a.m.

Christ Community Reformed Church

Galway United Methodist Church

1010 Route 146, Clifton Park Contact: 518-371-7654 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m.

2056 East Street, Galway Contact: 518-882-6520 Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. (9 a.m. in July and August)

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

Week of March 9 – March 15, 2018 RELIGION


St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church*

Simpson United Methodist Church

970 Rt. 146, Clifton Park Contact: 518-371-2811 | Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.

167 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa Contact: 518-885-7411 | Services: Saturday: 4 p.m. Sunday: 8:30, 10:30 a.m., Noon

1089 Rock City Road, Rock City Falls Contact: 518-85-4794 Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m.

Northway Church 770 Pierce Rd. Clifton Park Contact: 518-899-1200 | Services: 9:30 a.m. and 11a.m. Old Saratoga Reformed Church* 48 Pearl Street, Schuylerville Contact: Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Old Stone Church (American Baptist) 159 Stone Church Road, Ballston Spa Contact: 518-583-1002 Services: 10:30 a.m. Olde Liberty Baptist 600 Route 67 Malta Contact: Services: Sunday: 10, 11 a.m., and 2 p.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m. Our Lady of Grace Roman Catholic Church* 73 Midline Road, Ballston Lake Contact: 518-399-5713 Services: Saturday: 5:30 p.m. Sunday: 10:30 a.m. Porter Corners United Methodist Church* 512 Allen Road, Porter Corners Service: Sunday 8:45 a.m. Followed by Fellowship Arlene Schmidt, CLM Presbyterian-NE Congregational Church 24 Circular St, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-584-6091 | Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m. Quaker Springs United Methodist Church* 466 Route 32, Schylerville Contact: 518-695-3101 | Pastor Ben Lalka Services: Sunday 9 a.m.

St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church*

Soul Saving Station for Every Nation Christ Crusaders of America

771 Route 29, Rock City Falls Contact: 518-885-4677 | Services: Sunday: 8:30 a.m.

62 Henry Street, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-584-3122 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m.

St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church

Stillwater Christian Fellowship

149 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-584-0904 | Services: Saturday: 5 p.m. Sunday: 8:30 and 11 a.m. St. Peter Lutheran Church

Meeting at Liberty Ridge Farm 29 Bevis Road, Schaghticoke Contact: 518-288-8802 Services: 10 a.m.

2776 Route 9, Malta Contact: 518-583-4153 Services: Sunday: 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday School: 9:15 a.m.

Stillwater United Church (Presbyterian U.S.A.) 747 Hudson Avenue, Stillwater Contact: 518-664-7984 | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m.

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church

Temple Sinai*

1 Grove Street, Schuylerville Contact: 518-695-3918 Rev. Donna J. Arnold Services: Sunday 8 and 9 a.m.

509 Broadway, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-584-8730 | Shabbat Services: Friday: 6 p.m. or 8 p.m. (rotating schedule); Saturday: 10:30 a.m.

St. Therese Chapel (RC)

Terra Nova Church*

1 Wilton-Gansevoort Road, Gansevoort Contact: 518-792-2276 Services: Sunday 10 a.m.

45 Washington Street, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-833-0504 | Services: Sunday 9 a.m.

St. Thomas of Canterbury

The Salvation Army/ Worship, Service & Community Center

242 Grooms Road, Halfmoon Contact: 518-348-0842 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Saratoga Abundant Life Church 2 Hutchins Road, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-885-5456 | Services: Sunday 8:20 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Saratoga Chabad 130 Circular Street, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-526-0773 |

27 Woodlawn Avenue, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-584-1640 Services: Praise & Worship 11 a.m. Sunday School: 10 a.m. Trinity United Methodist Church 155 Ballard Road, Gansevoort Contact: 518-584-9107 | Rev. Keith Mann Services: Sunday 10 a.m.

River of Hope Fellowship

Saratoga Friends Meeting (Quaker)

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Saratoga Springs*

100 Saratoga Village Boulevard Malta Commons, Ste. 3 Contact: Services: Sunday 10 a.m.

571 Rt32, Quaker Springs Contact: 518-587-7477 | 518-399-5013 Services: Sunday 10 a.m.

624 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-584-1555 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m.

Roman Catholic Church of St. Peter

Saratoga United Methodist Church*

Unity Church in Albany

241 Broadway, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-584-2375 Services: Saturday: 5 p.m. Sunday: 7:30, 9 and 11 a.m.

175 Fifth Avenue, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-584-3720 | Services: Sunday 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.

St. Clement’s Roman Catholic Church*

Saratoga Seventh-Day Adventist Church

21 King Avenue, Albany Contact: 518-453-3603 Services: Sunday 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday School: 11 a.m.

231 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-584-6122 Services: Weekdays: 8 a.m.; Saturday: 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday: 8, 10 a.m., and 5 p.m. Spanish Mass: 1 p.m.

399 Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs Contact: 518-587-6951 | Services: Sabbath School: 10 a.m. Worship Service: 11 a.m.

St. George’s Episcopal Church

Schuylerville United Methodist Church

912 Route 146, Clifton Park Contact: 518-371-6351 | Services: Saturday: 4:30 p.m. Sunday: 7:30 , 9, and 11:30 a.m.

51 Church Street, Schuylerville Contact: 518-695-3101 | Services: Sunday 11 a.m.

St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church*

971 Route 146, Clifton Park Contact: 518-371-7964 Services: Sunday 9 and 10:45 a.m.

3159 Route 9N, Greenfield Center Contact: 518-893-7680 Services: Saturday: 4 p.m. Sunday: 10:30 a.m.

Shenendehowa United Methodist

West Charlton United Presbyterian Church 1331 Sacandaga Road, West Charlton Contact: 518-882-9874 | Rev. Thomas Gregg Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Sunday School: 10:30 a.m. Wilton Baptist Church 755 Saratoga Road, Wilton Contact: 518-583-2736 | Services: Sunday 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

*Wheelchair Accessible




Southern Saratoga Artists’ Society Exhibits An exhibit of artists featuring both art and photography by members of SSAS will be held during March at the Burnt Hills Library, 2 Lawmar Lane, Burnt Hills. Participating members are Barbara Aldi, Frank Coletta, William Daisak, Rebecca Jenkins Janis Kralovic, Sandra Smith, Joan VanAlphen and Valerie Woodward. Public is welcome to stop in and see the exhibit. Also, an exhibit featuring both photography and watercolors will be held during March and April by SSAS members Rebecca Jenkins, Richard Kitchen and Jack Morgan. This exhibit is at the Zion Luthern Church, 153 Nott Terrace, Schenectady. For information about SSAS, visit the website: Storyteller Open Mic Come listen to a fine evening of stories performed by local tellers on March 14 at Caffe Lena, located at 47 Phila St., Saratoga Spring at 7 p.m. Or sign-up at 6:45 p.m. to tell a story of your own: new storytellers are always welcome. This month’s featured teller is Kate Dudding. Admission is $5, students are free. For more information visit Maple Weekend The Maple Open House Weekend takes place March 17 -18 and March 24 - 25, from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. daily. The public is invited to take a free tour of 25 different Upper Hudson region sugarhouses and see how maple syrup is produced. Sugarhouses involved in the Upper Hudson area open house event are located throughout Washington, Warren, Saratoga, Rensselaer, Fulton, and Montgomery counties. Signs will be placed along roadsides both weekends to direct motorists to sugarhouses. To find more information about local sugar making, maple recipes, and maple events in the Upper Hudson Region, please visit

Genealogy and Local History Heritage Hunters St. Patrick’s Day program is Saturday, March 17, at 1 p.m. at the Town of Saratoga Town Hall, corner of Rt. 4 and Rt. 29 in Schuylerville. Benjamin Kemp, Civil War reenactor and Grant Cottage Site Coordinator, will discuss United States President and Union General, Ulysses S. Grant, and Grant’s relationship with the Irish. Benjamin Kemp has 20 years of experience in the fields of reenacting and education and is a seasonal staff member at Grant cottage, the State Historic Site in Wilton where Grant completed his memoirs. For information call 518-587-2978. Fairy Garden Magic Children ages 4-12 years old can explore the magical world of Fairies and Gnomes on March 17 as Instructor Sue Ann DuBois shows them how to make their own Fairy garden. This class also includes a dance activity and a Fairy story circle. Must register by March 9 for this event at www.MaltaParksRec. com or call the Malta Community Center at 518-899-4411. Ghost The South Glens Falls High School’s annual musical production, Ghost, will be held on Friday, March 16 and Saturday, March 17 in the High School Auditorium. The show will begin at 7 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday. A 2 p.m. Matinee is also scheduled for Saturday. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the door or online at www.sgfdrama. The High School is located at 42 Merritt Rd., South Glens Falls. For more information, please contact the production’s director, Mrs. Betsy StambachFuller at Classical Concert Fundraiser Acclaimed piano team, “Four Hands and a Foot” will present an hour of music to “Dance out the Winter” with classical dances by Brahms, Grieg, Debussy, Khachaturian, and more, played by Judith Thomas and John Ackley. This fundraiser will be held at the Unitarian Church, N. Broadway, Saratoga Springs, and is designed to support summer music there. The public is welcome; donations taken at the door, and light refreshments afterwards. For more information please call 518-306-6203.

Havurah Vatik: Making Music with Judith and George For Havurah Vatik members Judith Thomas, a professionally trained pianist, and George Jolly, an enthusiastic amateur cellist, getting older without making music would be out of the question. Not that he’s tired of playing, but George has taken the “making” a bit further, wondering what it would involve to make his own instrument. On Tuesday, March 20, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. George will give us a snap-shot of the yearlong process of building what Judith addresses as “Monsieur LeCello.” Together, they will present a sample of the music they have been making. A special Yiddishe catered lunch follows the program in honor of Barbara Block. We need your RSVP by March 14, by calling the Temple Sinai Havurah Vatik reservation line at 518-584-8730, ext. 4. Trip to Turning Stone Casino Olde Saratoga Seniors are hosting a trip to Turning Stone Casino on Friday, March 16. The cost is $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers. If you are interested in this trip, please contact Pat Temple at 518-338-2329. The Annual Day with the Bunny& Easter Egg Hunt Presented by the American Legion Auxiliary, unit 234 on Saturday, March 24 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. The Easter Egg Hunt Schedule: Toddlers to age 5: 11:30 a.m. Ages 6 – 8: Noon Ages 9 – 12: 12: 30 p.m. Join us for games, crafts, snacks and refreshments with the Easter Bunny. There will be a raffle for parents. Making Connections Autism Program This once a month program is offered by the Children’s Museum at Saratoga, located at 69 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, as an early intervention program for children on the autism spectrum and their families. Join us for a free morning of fun and play at the Museum, siblings welcome. Meet other families in the area and meet specialists from AIM services. The program will be on Sunday, March 25 at 10 a.m. until noon. For more information contact the museum at 518-584-5540.

Week of March 9 – March 15, 2018 The 29th Annual Palm Sunday Polka Benefit The 29th Palm Sunday Polka Benefit will be held on Sunday, March 25 from 1 – 5 p.m. at the Saratoga Springs Knights of Columbus, located at the corner of Rt. 29 and Pine Road in Saratoga Springs. This year’s event will feature the “Polka Country Musicians” from Jewett City, CT, cash bar, Polish and American food, raffles, prizes and 50/50 drawing. Fun for all ages. All proceeds will benefit Saratoga Bridges. As seating is limited, advance tickets purchased by March 10 are $15 per person. If available day of, tickets are $18 per person. To make reservations, contact Steve or Cathy Coblish at 518-8993061 or mail checks to Steve Coblish, 4-B Harwich Manor, Ballston Lake, NY 12019. For more information email Annual Easter Egg Hunt Hop in for our annual Easter Egg Hunt which will include a fun make-and-take craft, a visit from the Easter Bunny, and of course, the egg hunt. Light refreshments will be served. Times are 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. or 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Register by March 26 for this event at or call the Malta Community Center at 518-899-4411. VA Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War The Saratoga National Cemetery and the Honor Guard Association will participate in a recognition ceremony on Thursday, March 29 at 11 a.m., at the National Cemetery located at 200 Duell Rd., Schuylerville. The commemoration recognizes all men and women who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces during the United States’ involvement in VietnamNovember 1, 1955 - May 7, 1975. Nine million Americans, approximately 7.2 million living today, served during that period. The commemoration makes no distinction between Veterans who served in-country, in-theater, or were stationed elsewhere during those 20 years. All answered the call to duty. You do not have to be a veteran to attend, all are welcome.

Saratoga Chamber Players 31 Seasons The Saratoga Chamber Players continues its 31st season on Saturday, March 31 in Glens Falls at The Hyde Collection, 161 Warren St., at 3 p.m. This all-Haydn program with the Trio BelleScarpe is a birthday celebration of the composer’s March 31,1732 birth, featuring violinist Jill Levy, cellist Judith Serkin and pianist Jeannette Koekkoek. These three friends have played together since 2003, and Jill has known Judith since they were teenagers at Curtis Institute. The concert will be followed by a Meet-the-Musicians reception. Tickets available online or at the door are $20 adults, $18 seniors, $15 students. For program details and ticketing go to www.saratogachamberplayers. org/events/category/2017-2018concert-season. Want a Free Tree? Celebrate Spring by volunteering to host and nurture one of the 25 large-growing street trees that Sustainable Saratoga’s volunteers will plant on April 28. Trees work hard for Saratoga, saving energy, adding value to our homes and neighborhood, filtering our storm water and the air we breathe, and providing homes to songbirds. For more information, send us an email at trees@sustainablesaratoga. org or check out our website, www. A Night to Shine: 2018 APT Movie Awards Adirondack Productions and Theater, Inc. (APT) Annual Show will be performed on Friday, April 6 at 6 p.m. and Saturday, April 7 at 2 p.m. at the Glens Falls High School Auditorium. Suggested donation: $6 for adults and $3 for children. This year’s show, which is our eleventh production, is called “A Night to Shine: 2018 APT Movie Awards” and will feature songs and related vignettes from well-known movies, including” Beauty and the Beast”, “Footloose”, “Lion King” and many more. APT is a local theater program which provides an opportunity for selfexpression and personal growth through performing and visual arts for adults 18 and over, including those with disabilities. For more information contact PJ or Autumn at

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FRIDAY, MARCH 9 Maple Weekend Tree Tapping Ceremony Maple Acres, 49 Searles Rd., Granville, Noon The Upper Hudson Maple Producers Association is proud to take part in New York State’s 23rd annual Maple Open House Weekends. Local, county, and state government agency staff and elected officials will be on hand for the tapping, including a representative from the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets Commissioner’s office.

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

Lenten Fish Fry Knights of Columbus, 50 Pine Rd., Saratoga Springs, 5 – 8 p.m. Enjoy a generous portion of Haddock (baked or fried) with fries and coleslaw for only $11. Take-out is $12. Also available are clam chowder, macaroni and cheese and dessert. Open to the public and families are welcome. Come out and help support these dedicated men who give back to the community so unselfishly.

SATURDAY, MARCH 10 Hugs from Henry Ballston Spa Public Library, lower level meeting room, 21 Milton

Ave., Ballston Spa, 10:30 a.m. Saratoga County-Hugs from Henry rescue is a non-profit group dedicated to the rescue and placement of shelter animals. Our mission is to pull animals from kill shelters and dangerous situations. We need dedicated foster/volunteers to support our efforts. Email Barb at if you need more info. Our volunteers will be asked to help with fundraising activities, fostering and networking. With your help we can continue our mission.

Free Lunch The Malta Ridge United Methodist Church, 729 Malta Ave. Extension, Malta Ridge, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch will be served at no charge. All are welcome. For additional information or directions please call the Church at 518-581-0210.

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

An Evening with Hair of the Dog Clifton Park Elks Lodge, 695 MacElroy Road, Ballston Lake Doors open at 6 p.m. Show starts at 7 p.m. The event proceeds will support Elks Charities for student scholarships, veteran’s services, and youth programs. General admission seating only. Tickets are $20 in advance - $25 at the door. There will be food and drink specials available. Tickets available at the Lodge; Cash or Credit Card only. We are happy to reserve tickets with your credit card via phone, receipts will be sent via email. For more information call 518-877-5200.

Café Malta 2018 Malta Community Center, One Bayberry Drive, Malta, 7 p.m. Town of Malta Parks and Recreation announces Café Malta, an intimate Coffee House. Doors open 6:30 p.m. Performers include:


CALENDAR Walt Smith, Caer Burns, John Schwartz, Irish Music TBA-Joe Lopez, John Perreault & Mike Yates and Gina Gerardi, Natalie Gerardi & Caterina Pacifico! Join us for Irish and Folk music, sing-a-longs and more! Seats are $12. Coffee and desserts will also available for purchase. Contact The Malta Community Center at 518-8994411 or for advanced tickets.

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

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

MONDAY, MARCH 12 Frog Watch U.S.A. Training Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park, 80 Scout Rd., Gansevoort, 6 – 8 p.m. Frog Watch U.S.A. is a citizen science program of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) that the Preserve and Park will be participating in again this year. During the training you’ll learn about wetlands and how to report data on the calls of local frogs and toads. If you did the

training last year, you can join us for a refresher. Pre-registration is required by March 9. For more information visit www.

TUESDAY, MARCH 13 Women’s Luncheon Longfellows Restaurant, Route 9P Saratoga, Saratoga Springs, Noon – 2 p.m. All women are invited to attend. Cost is $15 inclusive. Our special feature, John Gray from News Channel 10, will discuss his new book about his beloved dog. Our speaker, Jackie Gordon from Amsterdam will speak on “Is This All There Is to Life?” Reservations are required by March 8. Please call Ellie at 518-584-3779 or Anita at 518-583-4043. No membership or dues required. Presented by Saratoga Christian Women’s Club.

Rifle Competition Fish Creek Rod and Gun Club, Route 32, South of the village of Victory, 7 p.m. Competition is open to everyone, members or non-members, bring your rifle and ammunition. Call for information 518-695-3917.

Waterford Museum Lectures 2 Museum Lane, Waterford, 7 p.m. Harry Howard: New York State’s Most Famous Firefighter presented by Christine Lillpop of FASNY Museum of Firefighting. Admission: $6 not-yet members, $5 museum members. Food may be purchased additionally but is not included in admission price. For more information call 518-238-0809.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14 New Parent Meetup Northshire Bookstore, 424 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 10:30 a.m. Parents and babies from birth to one year are invited to stop by for conversation and to spend time with other new parents. The conversation will be facilitated by Rebecca Rovner, birth and postpartum doula. For more events visit

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Dinner Saratoga-Wilton Elks, 1 Elks Lane, Route 9, Saratoga Springs, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Corned beef and ham dinner, soup, 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 518-5842585 for more information.

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

THURSDAY, MARCH 15 Ch. 60 Korean War Veterans Association Luncheon Parting Glass Restaurant, 40 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs, Noon Hosts are Paul and Jean Nolan and we will be ordering off the menu. For reservations or further information, please contact the Nolan’s at 518-893-3379, by March 13. All veterans who served anywhere during the Korean War or in Korea at any time, spouses, widows, friends and relatives are all invited to attend. New members are always welcome. For further information or an application to join the organization, please contact Comm. Roger Calkins at 518-5843037. Annual dues are $10 for veterans and $5 for all others.

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continued from front page... for a crowd that fills the entire bleachers. Donating to a dancer is not the only way to contribute, vendors, raffles, and silent auctions also fill the school and donate their proceeds. At the end of the dance, awards are presented to the students who raised the most money, as well as raffle awards, the live auction, and the reveal of the highly anticipated tally of the money raised. “What struck me this year was really how many different school districts and businesses outside of South Glens Falls participate and have fundraisers for Marathon. It’s as if for this one incredible weekend, all the surrounding communities are united as one- united as Bulldogs. I was a student co-chair for the Marathon from 2009-2011 so I remember how much work goes into the dance and how dedicated the students are to make sure it is the best Marathon for our recipients,” said Kelly McFarlane, an alumnus of South Glens Falls, via email. “I’ve been photographing SHMD since around 2001 or

2002,” said photographer Gus Carayiannis, “and it never ceases to amaze me to see and feel the passion and energy the students have for the marathon dance. They really form a unique bond with the recipients that is beautiful to see each year, and it makes you realize that they are becoming equipped to do some pretty special things when they leave high school.” With 42 recipients in 2018, $831,191 will go a long way. According to the Family of Austin Naylor, a recipient, during the application process applicants are asked to specify an amount and the reason it is needed. Each recipient gets their money directly deposited into an account with their name on it. “We requested $30,000 for a wheelchair-accessible van that can be a reliable and safe vehicle for Austin to travel in and one that will last as many years as possible,” said Crystal IrwinNaylor, Austin’s mother. Austin Naylor was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy in April 2013. “I felt amazed and excited at the dance and what they do

for people who are in need,” Naylor said. Irwin-Naylor says her son now shows “a great interest in volunteering at the dance every year from here on out.” “I love getting to reunite with past recipients and hearing their stories of how the dance gave them hope and strength when they needed it most. As individuals, we sometimes think that we can’t make a difference, but this dance shows that every single person makes an impact and together we change lives,” McFarlane expressed.

This year’s theme was Prehistoric. Photo by Kelly McFarlane.

Austin Naylor, a recipient, at SHMD. Photo provided.

SHMD Photo Crew. Photo by Gus Carayiannis.

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Glens Falls Symphony Presents Music of Ives, Rorem and Copland, Film Discussion at Zankel SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Glens Falls Symphony will perform works by American composers Charles Ives, Ned Rorem and Aaron Copland at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 18, at Zankel Music Center at Skidmore College. A musical exploration of Americana through sound, film & history, the concert features Charles Ives’ Symphony No. 3, “Pilgrims” by Ned Rorem, and Aaron Copland’s musical score to the 1939 documentary film, The City, which will also be screened during the performance. The film was originally shown at the 1939 World’s Fair “The World of Tomorrow” Exhibit, and explores an idealized

agrarian past, the worst perils of the industrial revolution, and then proposes a planned way of life, theoretically rich with open space, fresh air, an easy drive to work. The dream of combining the economic power of an industrial economy with a familyfriendly living environment may or may not have come to pass. Immediately following the concert is a panel discussion about these and related issues: the built environment in urban and sub-urban America, urban renewal, and the many changes in culture, industry, government, and landscape during the postWWII years. Tickets are $30 for adults, and $10 for students.

Soul Rebel Performance Troupe to Perform

“The Exonerated” ALBANY — Soul Rebel Performance Troupe will perform a staged reading of “The Exonerated,” written by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen, at Siena College, March 16-18. The Exonerated uses court transcripts, interviews and letters to recount, in their own words, the true stories of six Americans who were convicted and sentenced to death for crimes they did not commit. Together, the five men and one woman spent more than 100 years on death row before being freed. “The Exonerated touches on many of the problems and devastating outcomes of the U.S. system of mass incarceration which are in the headlines and being debated on social media every day. We want to bring people from the community together and get

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them talking. Theatre provides us with a context to learn and talk about emotionally charged and controversial issues,” SAID Jean-Remy Monnay, the director, in a statement. Monnay founded Soul Rebel Performance Troupe in 2009 after experiencing first-hand the void in performing arts opportunities for black men. It is the first theatre group in the greater Capital District dedicated to showcasing performance and theatrical work by artists of color. “The Exonerated” will be performed at The Roger Bacon Auditorium Of Siena College March 16-18 - with a 7 p.m. curtain Friday and Saturday, and 1 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are not required. Suggested donation is $10. For more information, call 518-833-2621, or visit: www.

Northshire to Host Book Launch for Paul Pines’ Latest Release SARATOGA SPRINGS — Paul Pines opened the renowned Tin Palace jazz club on the Bowery in the 1970s, initiated the Lake George Jazz Festival a decade later and has published numerous books of his poetry and prose. His latest, the memoir “Trolling with the Fisher King: Reimagining the Wound,” will be celebrated at Northshire Bookstore, with a book launch at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 10. The details: This book chronicles the author’s fascination with Amfortas in Wolfram von Eschenbach’s Parzival, whose mission was to protect the Holy Grail, the container that unites suffering and love, his inevitable distraction by the outer world and subsequent betrayal of the mission after sustaining a wound in battle that would not heal. Paul Pines uses the tools Jung employed in his confrontation with the unconscious in The Red Book, gathering symbolic patterns and inter-disciplinary connections to interrogate his personal experience and what he finds in the world within and around him. As a fisherman/ seaman touched by war zones and wastelands in Viet Nam and the Bowery, a poet/therapist who has worked with his own wounds, and those of others, author Paul Pines

believes that the Fisher King’s wounding can be understood as a function that speaks to our postinternet condition on the border of survival and extinction.

Northshire Bookstore is located at 424 Broadway. For more information, go to: www.

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Entertainment Augie’s Family Style Italian Restaurants team with

GLENS FALLS — Celebrate special exhibition “Alphonse Mucha: Master of Art Nouveau” with a fresh new look at the work of this important 20th century master at The Hyde Collection with “Re-Imagined,” featuring strategically placed models as living mannequins, contextualized in rooms of the historic Hyde House. The scenes will create a tableau vivant that pays homage to Mucha’s work. The event takes place Saturday, March 10. “We are working with full styling teams to create unique looks inspired by the artist and contextualizing them in the historic Hyde House, which is from a period that resonates well with his work.” said Corey Aldrich, producer at 2440 Design Studio “The goal is to re-envision

the house in a new way while creating an authentic fashion and art experience.” Additionally, on view in the Rotunda Gallery there will be an exhibition, “Exploring Mucha,” presenting images and garments from the campaign photoshoot that will provide a behind-the-scenes look at this creative program. A pre-event VIP reception will provide a first look at the “Exploring Mucha” exhibition in the Rotunda Gallery and feature classical ensemble the ‘Musicians of Ma’alwyck’ performing a selection from the group’s upcoming commissioned opera ‘ALEDA - The Flight of the Suff Bird Women.’ VIP guests will also get to witness the procession of models as they move into position in Hyde House for the evening’s event. A cash bar for beer and wine will also be available.

Universal Preservation Hall

General Admission – 7:30 to 9 p.m.: $20 includes admission to the Re-Imagined event and all museum exhibits including ‘Alphonse Mucha: Master of Art Nouveau’ and ‘Exploring Mucha.’ VIP Admission – 6:30 p.m.: $100 includes above with the addition of the open bar reception, early preview of the ‘Exploring Mucha’ and the ‘ALEDA’ preview. Light fare will also be included. The Hyde Collectuion is located at 161 Warren St., Glens Falls. Call: 518-792-1761

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SARATOGA SPRINGS — Local restauranteur Augie Vitiello has stepped forward to support Universal Preservation Hall with a special promotion at both of his eateries — Augie’s Family Style Italian Restaurant and Take Out on Low Street in Ballston Spa, and Augie’s Family Style Italian To-Go at Lake Avenue in Saratoga Springs. On specified Mondays and Wednesdays, through June 25,

Vitiello will donate 10 percent of all to-go orders towards the ongoing renovation of UPH, a community space for entertainment and events in downtown Saratoga Springs, slated to reopen in late 2019. Donations will be made from take-out orders on the first and third Mondays of each month at the Ballston Spa location; and the second and fourth Wednesdays at the Saratoga Springs location.

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New Performance Announcements EVANESCENCE RETURNS TO SPAC THIS SUMMER Evanescence returns to the venue this summer for a performance July 28. The band kicks off their two-month tour July 6 in Kansas City, Missouri, and will be joined by electronic violinist Lindsey Stirling. Both artist’s shows will be accompanied by a full orchestra. Tickets range from $25 to $99.50 and are available online at, or Charge By Phone at 1-800-745-3000

Evanescence, Lindsey Stirling, to perform at SPAC in July.


Live at Cohoes Music Hall: Alejandro Escovedo and Brand X

Jason Aldean, with special guests Luke Combs, Lauren Alaina, Dee Jay Silver will perform at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center July 15. For more information about tickets, go to:

PRE-ST. PATRICK’S DAY CONCERT WITH KEVIN MCKRELL Kevin McKrell will be joined by daughter Kate McKrell, and musician Brian Melick at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 10 at HMT. Tickets are $15. For more information, visit: or call the Home Made Theater box office at 518-587-4427.

THRILLER AT HATTIE’S Thriller author Alison Gaylin discusses her latest book, “If I Die Tonight” in a special lunch at noon on Wednesday, March 28 at Hattie’s Restaurant, in conjunction with Northshire Bookstore.Admission: $37 | Buffet lunch for one and one paperback copy of “If I Die Tonight,” or Bring a Friend | $54 for Buffet lunch for two and one paperback copy of “If I Die Tonight.” For more information, call 518-682-4200, or visit the Northshire Bookstore website at

CAPITAL DISTRICT JAZZ PRESENTS: JAZZ AT THE SPRING - JOE BARNA AND SKETCHES OF INFLUENCE Capital District Jazz has announced tenor saxophonist Joel Frahm and Joe Barna’s Sketches of Influence will appear 7:30 p.m. on March 29 at Spring Street Gallery as part of Jazz at the Spring. Joel Frahm, who The New York Times calls a post-bop tenor saxophonist with a deft and assertive command, is an inventive horn player who, while embracing the jazz tradition, is always striving to create something fresh and new. Joe Barna is a composer and drummer whose music and playing span the entire jazz idiom from swing and bebop, to hard bop, soul jazz, and modern jazz. Joining Frahm and Barna will be Mark Kleinhaut, who JazzTimes writer and author Bill Milkowski calls, “one of the truly brilliant guitarists on the jazz scene today;” and Otto Gardner, whose unique and daring approach has served the bassist well during his performances with many a jazz luminary during his stellar career. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20/door and available at: www. CDJ is offering a number of free tickets for youth age 17 and under. If you are interested in obtaining a free ticket please inquire via email

LEGENDARY BAND THE CHIEFTAINS CELEBRATE MILESTONE AT PROCTORS ON TUESDAY The Chieftains 55th Anniversary Tour lands in Schenectady for a show 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13. The Chieftains’ have been linked with seminal historic events, such as performing on the Great Wall of China; participating in Roger Water’s The Wall in Berlin in 1990; and being the first ensemble to perform a concert in the Capitol Building in Washington D.C. Tickets are $20 - $50 and are available at the Box Office at Proctors, 432 State St., by phone at 518-346-6204; and online at

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SLAYER BRINGS FINAL WORLD TOUR TO ALBANY Slayer, with special guests Lamb Of God, Anthrax, Testament, and Napalm Death will perform at the Times Union Center in downtown Albany on Aug. 1. Tickets are $29.75 - $79.75, and available online at,, the Box Office or Charge By Phone at 1-800-745-3000.

by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY COHOES — I first saw Alejandro Escovedo on a hot summer night many years ago, strumming his guitar on stage at CBGB’s with his band The Nuns arguably the most creative group of musicos to come out of the Bay Area since the Jefferson Airplane - a few months after they’d opened what was to be the last performance by The Sex Pistols. It wasn’t until an entire generation later that I’d caught up with the Nuns’ guitarist Alejandro Escovedo - performing a solo show at Memorial Chapel at Union College. He displayed that all-too-rare ability of being every bit as thrilling in the modern age as he’d been all those years ago.

Alejandro Escovedo. Photo by Nancy Rankin Escovedo.

Escovedo returns to the region for a concert at Cohoes Music Hall on May 11. His most recent album, “Burn Something Beautiful,” is a collaborative affair with R.E.M.’s Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey, of The Minus 5, and includes appearances by members of Sleater-Kinney, and Los Lobos, among others. On May 11, the concert hall hosts a show by Brand X, with founders John Goodsall and Percy Jones still at the helm. The band’s seeds were sown years ago in London as players in

a studio band for many of Brian Eno’s infamous solo albums. Drummer Phil Collins and Bassist Percy Jones got to know each other through those sessions. Later Jones and Guitarist John Goodsall officially formed Brand X. Tickets for Brand X are $45 and $39. Tickets for Alejandro Escovedo are $35, $30 and $25 and can be purchased online at www., by phone at 877-987-6487 and in-person. The Cohoes Music Hall is located at 58 Remsen St., Cohoes.

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Garland Nelson, 8 p.m. @ Bailey’s – 518.450.1305

Open Mic Night, 7 p.m. @ Caffè Lena — 518.583.0022

Bright Series: Andrew Collins Trio, 8 p.m. @ Caffè Lena — 518.583.0022 Chuck Lamb, 9 p.m. @ 9 Maple Avenue — 518.583.2582 Kevin & Kate McKrell with Sarah Milandrich, 8 p.m. @ The Parting Glass – 518.583.1916 Smooky MarGielaa with Zeo, Johnny 2 Phones, 9 p.m. @ Putnam Place — 518.886.9585 A Drop of The Hard Stuff, 7 p.m. @ Strand Theater — 518.832.3484

saturday, 3/10: Chip Taylor, 8 p.m. @ Caffè Lena — 518.583.0022 Dirt Cheap, 10 p.m. @ Caroline Street Pub — 518.583.9400 Pete Sweeney Quartet, 9 p.m. @ 9 Maple Avenue — 518.583.2582 The Druids with Kevin McKrell, 8 p.m. @ The Parting Glass – 518.583.1916

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wednesday, 3/14: Storytelling Open Mic, 7 p.m. @ Caffè Lena — 518.583.0022 Irish Celtic Sessions, 7 p.m. @ The Parting Glass – 518.583.1916 Hot Club of Saratoga, 7 p.m. @ Hamlet and Ghost — 518.450.7287

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Eli Young Band, 7 p.m. @ Upstate Concert Hall — 518.371.0012

Hot Club of Saratoga, 6 p.m. @ Mouzon House — 518.226.0014

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by Lori Mahan Saratoga TODAY GLENS FALLS — Tony Hammel, varsity basketball coach at Glens Falls High School for 25 seasons, is taking to his retirement very well. Over a 25-year career, Hammel saw a lot of great teams cycle through. Starting in 1991, “we started off with good athletes and it took a lot of work to get us to a point where we were successful year in and year out. In order to get to that point, I had a lot of help. I had a great assistant, Dave Casey, JV coach Steve Zurlo, and the parents that we had of the kids that were playing for me, they were great. They’d take the kids to different tournaments during the summer and the off-season and it was just a lot of people helping get to where they are right now,” Hammel reminisced. Hammel remembers all his teams, some for humous reasons. “On our 1999 team, we didn’t have anybody over 6 foot on that team. We were fortunate enough to make it to the state tournament, anyway. Those kids were tough, hard-nosed, grinded out, defensive players. They were fun to coach and fun to watch. People would watch us warm up with that team and they’d say, ‘who are these guys? What are they doing here?’ They were small, but they were tough.” Hammel remained humble in his coaching career, always surprised when year after year, his team moved forward in sectionals and, twice, to states. “Our first time we got to go to the Civic Center was in 1995, that was the biggest deal. I remember getting cards from elementary kids and different things like that saying, “congratulations, you made it to the Civic Center,”

Beloved Glens Falls Basketball Coach, Tony Hammel

and we got beat by 40 points. Two years later we made it again, and we got beat by 42 points. Then in 1999, we made it again and we won our first sectional championship. That year we went out to LeMoyne to play in the regionals and we were fortunate to win out there. We then went back to the state tournament at the Civic Center and that was a huge event. The hometown team coming back and I said, ‘you know what? This is never going to happen again, I can’t see it happening,’” Hammel said. However, in 2003, the Indians were back at the Civic Center, winning another sectional championship. They made it back to states again as a result, where they won their first game in the semi-finals and lost the second game by 20 points.

“I always say we won half of a state championship because we were up three points at half-time...” “I always say we won half of a state championship because we were up three points at halftime,” he laughed. After 2003, Hammel didn’t think states would happen again, “and then Jimmer comes along with that group. Even though Jimmer was a great player, he had some real good players around him,” Hammel said. “We went down to the draft and just to see the excitement and everything around Jimmer was pandemonium. It was surreal. We went to his final game at Brigham Young University his senior year and we all went out to dinner afterward, and people would stop his car just to get his autograph. He was like a movie star,” Hammel

Coach Hammel with his buddies on the golf course in Florida. Photo provided.

said of Jimmer Fredette. Hammel taught third and sixth grade in the district and always said, “I had the best job in the world. It was great, I went from eight-year-olds all day and then I was able to work with sixteen to eighteen-year-olds. A lot of the time, I always told my team, my eight-year-olds were smarter than them,” he laughed. “I had a lot of support throughout my career, including my wife Pat. She filmed all our games, she helped with the organization and paper work with our Super Hooper Camp, and she even made lasagna every Sunday for the team to enjoy after practice in the early stages of us building the program. She was an intricate part of us being successful,” Hammel said, praising his wife. “Coaching was a great experience, something I’ll never forget. I was very lucky to have the job that I had,” Hammel said as he pulled into the golf course in Florida, where he has been since December. After retiring from coaching in 2015 and teaching in 2016, Hammel took to the golf course and started enjoying his time off.

Coach Hammel with Jimmer Fredette. Photo provided.

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The Stretch at Saratoga Race Course Photos Provided.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) announced a major capital improvement project at Saratoga Race Course designed to create an enhanced hospitality area for racing fans and revitalize the section of the grandstand near the Top of the Stretch. The Stretch, located in the grandstand at the Top of the Stretch, will debut on opening day of the 2018 Saratoga summer meet and marks the first significant enhancement to the structure since the mid-1960s. Guests will have an opportunity to make their move to The Stretch, an all-new private hospitality area featuring modern and upscale amenities in a casual environment with breathtaking views of thoroughbreds rounding the final turn as they enter the dramatic stretch run. Highlights of the area include three types of boxes available in multiple configurations, a high-end raised circular bar, touchscreen tablets, and new premium reserved seating. Additionally, The Stretch will offer guests exclusive access to a fullservice kitchen and concessions, high-definition televisions and video screens, special events, table service, and private restrooms. Guests will also enjoy a relaxed dress code at The Stretch. Reserved seating options for The Stretch are now available for paid reservation on a seasonal basis. Inventory is limited and expected to sell quickly for what is anticipated to be one of the most popular hospitality options at Saratoga Race Course this summer. Reservations can be made exclusively through the NYRA Box Office by phone at (844) NYRA-TIX, via email at or at The Stretch is the latest in a series of capital improvements at Saratoga Race Course. Since 2013, NYRA has invested more than $30 million at the historic venue in efforts continuously designed to enhance the guest experience and provide amenities that are consistent with those available at first-class stadiums and arenas. Guests now enjoy more than 1,000 new high-definition

televisions throughout the property; 950 picnic tables available for free on a firstcome, first-serve basis in the backyard; new high-definition video boards; enhanced Wi-Fi and sound systems; a renovated and redesigned Saratoga Family Zone; and the renovation of the upper and lower Carousel, amongst other items. “Over the past five years, we have placed a tremendous emphasis on enhancing the guest experience at this much beloved sporting venue. We first made a commitment to expand the number of free picnic tables in the backyard with improved sound, video and Wi-Fi, and then to make a day at Saratoga more affordable than ever for fans with our season pass and Season Perks programs,” said New York Racing Association CEO and President Chris Kay. “We have also dedicated significant resources to showcase the history of this grand place, from the Whitney Viewing Stand to the Saratoga Walk of Fame, to the restoration of the Paddock Mutuel Building. Now, for the first time in many decades, we are creating new boxes for people of all ages to enjoy a day at historic Saratoga Race Course,” he continued. In 2018, the grandstand will also be outfitted with a new copper roof which will offer protection from the elements and improve the experience for guests. “The new copper roof will protect the grandstand from weather damage and provide an aesthetic experience in keeping with the building’s historic character,” said Matt Hurff, partner at the Saratoga Springsbased Frost Hurff Architects who serves as a consultant to NYRA. “The Stretch will offer guests the best of both worlds - modern, comfortable and technologicallyadvanced amenities, seamlessly

A rendering of the bar area in The Stretch.

integrated into the charm of America’s oldest continuously operating race course,” Hurff explained. The Stretch will offer a total of 32 new modern boxes, each offering unique configurations accommodating parties ranging from four to 12 guests, in comparison to traditional clubhouse boxes which each seat five guests. The options include tiered boxes, which each feature a halfmoon table and total of eight seats split evenly on two levels. The lounge boxes offer comfortable couch-style seating and accommodate four to twelve guests. Lastly, the flex boxes contain three tables which each seat up to four people, and can be configured to host four, eight, or 12 guests, depending on availability and the size of the party. Guests will also enjoy an upscale circular bar, featuring a full range of beverage options, which is raised to offer uninterrupted views of the unique sightline from

the Top of the Stretch. The bar will be bordered by a drink rail facing the main track with a total of 20 raised seats. Additionally, a two-tiered dining area alongside the bar will feature four, six and eight-person tables. The front section of The Stretch will contain approximately 200 premium reserved seats, which are each flanked by a table. The boxes, reserved bar seats, and dining tables will feature touchscreen tablets offering access to livestreaming, mobile wagering via NYRA Bets, and mobile food and beverage ordering. All hospitality at The Stretch will first be available to the general public on a seasonal basis. Remaining inventory will

be available for partial ticket plans beginning in April (based on availability). The 2018 meet at historic Saratoga Race Course will again be highlighted by the Grade 1, $1.2 million Whitney and the Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers, the centerpieces of two of the biggest days in North American racing. The 40-day meet, which includes 69 stakes worth $18.8 million in purses, will run from Friday, July 20, through Labor Day, Monday, September 3. After opening weekend, racing will be conducted six days a week, Wednesdays through Mondays. For more information about Saratoga Race Course, visit www.



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SARATOGA SPRINGS REC CENTER Saratoga Springs Ice Rink SARATOGA SPRINGS — The ice rinks on 30 Weibel Avenue are now open with public skating times available. Visit for open skate times.

Saratoga Springs Rec Intro to Ice Skating SARATOGA SPRINGS — Sign up at the Saratoga Springs Recreation Center at 15 Vanderbilt Ave. Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., or Sunday from 12 to 6 p.m. Email for pricing.

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

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

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

Saratoga Springs Camp Saradac SARATOGA SPRINGS — For over 70 years Camp Saradac has offered exciting field trips and creative recreational and educational programs for children ages 5 - 15. Registration for Camp Saradac began February 26 for Saratoga Springs City residents and March 19 for all. For additional information or to download forms go to SaratogaRec. com. Contact the Recreation Department at 518-587-3550, ext. 2300 or email

Saratoga Springs Rec Zumba Fitness Classes SARATOGA SPRINGS — Teens and adults 16+ are welcome to join. Classes are Wednesdays 6 - 7 p.m. at the Saratoga Springs Recreation Center.

Saratoga Regional YMCA Basketball League Scores WEEK TWELVE SCORES — WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 28: GAME 1: Nemer Chrysler – 56 vs. D’Andrea’s Pizza Parlor - 51 Nine fourth quarter foul shots allowed Nemer Chrysler (3 – 9) to hold on for a 56 – 51 win over D’Andrea’s Pizza Parlor (3 – 9). Nemer’s Phil Fitzpatrick was the game high scorer with 30 points. Top scorers for D’Andrea’s were Alex Marin with 21 points, Mike Scanlon with 15 and Jim Puleo with 14 points. Contributing to the win were Tom Kelly with 13 and John Bishop with 12 points. GAME 2: Mama Mi’s Cafe – 83 vs. Gennaro’s Pizza – 49 The night’s high scorer with 40 points, Bobby Hanson, led Mama Mia’s Café (9 – 3) to an easy 83 – 49 victory over Gennaro’s Pizza (6 – 6). Gennaro’s Wayne Cherry topped his team with 20 points while his teammate Mark Sohl added 11 points. For the winners, Reggie Durden tallied 22 points, Andy Kramarchyk 11 and Jay Kirker 10 points. GAME 3: Jones Steves – 61 vs. Post Time Wine & Spirits - 55 Jones Steve’s (7 – 5) duo of Rory Wilson with 31 points and Matt Truex with 15 points outscored Post Time’s (7 – 5) duo of Ed Benway with 23 points and Jim Eliopulos with 20 points, in Jones Steves’ 61 – 55 win over Post Time. GAME 4: West Side Sports Grill – 68 vs. Village Photo, LLC – 56 West Side Sports Grill (10 – 2) held on to first place as they placed four players in double figures in their 68 -56 victory over Village Photo, LLC (3 – 9). For West Side Justin Donohoe, John Mooney, Joe Twomey and Mike McMorris banked 21, 19, 15, and 11 points respectively. High scorers for Village Photo were Mike Lander with 20 points, Rich Lynch with 16 and Lamont Williams with 12 points.

Saratoga Nordic Post Season Honors SARATOGA SPRINGS — For First Team; Mikey Halligan from Spa Catholic, for Second Team; Alex Fragomeni for Saratoga Springs. Halligan and Fragomeni will also be competing in State at Gore Ski Bowl, Junior Nationals in Utah, and Eastern High School Championships in Maine March 16-18.

NYSPHAA Gymnastics State Championship SARATOGA SPRINGS — Section II finished 6th overall as a team, Section III took first as a team with a 185.725. ALL AROUND WINNER: Madison Penetrante, Section 6 - 38.225 SECTION II ALL AROUND WINNERS: • Ava Dallas | 13th • Sophia Damiano | 17th • Rachel Drislane | 22nd VAULT WINNER: Nicole Jackson, Section 11 - 9.75 SECTION II VAULT WINNERS: • Ava Dallas | 7th • Laura Eberlein | 15th • Sophia Domiano | 16th • Kate Della Ratta | 23rd • Rachel Drislane | 29th • Allison Gray | 32nd BARS WINNER: Jenson Todd, Section 3 - 9.5 SECTION II BARS WINNERS: • Ava Dallas | 17th • Sophia Domiano | 19th • Kate Della Ratta | 26th • Brianna Morris and

Rachel Drislane | 30th BEAM WINNER: Miranda Lund, Section 8 - 9.65 SECTION II BEAM WINNERS: • Rachel Drislane | 17th • Ava Dallas | 24th • Sophia Domiano | 28th • Shea Thomson | 33rd • Allison Rem | 35th • Madeline Alteri | 36th FLOOR WINNER: Miranda Smith, Section 3 - 9.8 SECTION II FLOOR WINNERS: • Sophia Domiano | 8th • Rachel Drislane | 9th • Ava Dallas | 11th • Shea Thomson | 18th • Allison Rem | 23rd • Madeline Alteri | 31st

Saratoga Regional YMCA Youth Basketball League ROTARY JUNIOR DIVISION: Saratoga PBA 41 - Saratoga Financial Services 38 These two teams met for the fourth time this year, all previous games went down to the wire, and this game was no different. After falling behind by six points at halftime, Saratoga PBA came back to get a 41 to 38 win over Saratoga Financial Services. Steve Bebee scored 10 points while his teammates Emylyn Tineo had eight points, Carter Cigan had seven points and Matt Haggen had five points. Ryan Boyle and Jared Arpey each scored 10 points in the loss. Mexican Connection Restaurant 25 - PJ BAR-B-QSA 18 Coming back from a halftime

deficit, Mexican Connection put on a blanket defense and got into the finals by defeating PJ BAR-BQSA, 25-18. The winners got eight points from Connor Johnson while teammates Bryant Savage and Alexander Savage scored six and four points respectively. PJ’s BBQ was led by Jeff Armer’s five points and Jordon Cousar’s four points.

SENIOR DIVISION: Saratoga Firefighters 54-Berkshire Hathaway Blake, Realtors 36 In a very physical game, Berkshire Hathaway Blake, Realtors beat Saratoga Firefighters by a score of 57 to 46. Ian Fisk led his team to the win with 23 points and Isaiah Barnes scored his first two points in the win, while Noah Rourke had 12 points all coming in the second half in the loss. Cudney’s Launderers 46 Village Photo 39 Cudney’s Launderers picked the perfect time to get their first victory that got them into the finals on Thursday night. After going 0-9 during the regular season, Cudney’s knocked off the #1 seed Village Photo, 46 to 39. Cudney’s had four players in double figures in scoring, led by Lydia Green’s 16 points while her teammates Hunter Regels had 14 points, Tom Leary dropped in 12 points and Elias Whol added 10 points. Village Photo, who came into the game with an 8-1 record, couldn’t overcome missing their leading scorer. Village high scorer was Elijah Woods with 10 points.

FINALS – THURSDAY, 2/8 Junior Division 6:30 p.m. Senior Division 7:30 p.m.

Week of March 9 – March 15, 2018



Hunter Chandler: Athlete of the Week Photos provided.

by Lori Mahan Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Hunter Chandler, a 15-year-old sophomore at Saratoga Springs High School, is an all-star athlete: bowling, where he’s going to states this week, baseball, and potentially football next season. On the lanes, Chandler had the third high in the series at sectionals, sixth in the overall series, which he won via a rolloff with a teammate he had tied with, and second highest average in the council. On the baseball field, he is primarily a catcher and secondarily in the outfield. Chandler will be going to the state championships for bowling, due to his total 1,246 pin-fall in sectionals. His friend also had the same total pin-fall, which resulted in the pair doing a three game roll-off to decide who would be going to states. “Most of my family bowls and I enjoyed watching my brother bowl,” Chandler said. “I feel like this bowling season was good for me but I also feel like it was good for the team. We managed to challenge ourselves to see what we could and couldn’t do, and what we couldn’t do we always ended up working out in practice,” Chandler explained. Chandler enjoyed working under his coaches as well. “The coaches would talk to you and ask you what you think you need to change, they let us do our thing and figure it out for ourselves and they’d offer advice if we couldn’t figure it out,” Chandler said. Out of the bowling alley, Chandler focuses on his academics. “I think I’m doing well, last I checked everything looked good,” he said. His favorite subject? “Does gym count?” he laughed, “if I had to choose, I’d say Earth Science.” Chandler does sports yearround, which doesn’t leave much time for anything else. “My mother has done so much for me, I owe her to do my

best,” Chandler said, citing his mom, Tammy, as his inspiration. “She’s the one that always brings me to practices and games. When I’m feeling down, she always helps me feel better,” Chandler explained. Chandler is a part of the PTech Program, which is an interactive course that is for ninth through twelfth grade. In ninth and tenth grade, students take regular classes, in eleventh and twelfth grade, students spend the first half of the day at SUNY Adirondack taking classes and the second half of the day at the high school. Between those two years, student will earn their first year at college toward their associate’s degree, he is thinking about being in the advanced manufacturing field. “I prefer hands-on work,” he explained. Chandler will be bowling at states Saturday, March 10 in Syracuse.



Week of March 9 – March 15, 2018

COMMUNITY SPORTS BULLETIN Saratoga Men’s Baseball League Seeking Players

5:45 p.m. In Saratoga County, the first workout is Thursday, March 15 at 5:45 p.m. in Saratoga State Park. Regular SARATOGA SPRINGS — ­ group runs will be held on Thursdays The Saratoga Men’s Baseball League is at 5:45 p.m. and Sunday mornings at looking for players ages 28 and over for 8 a.m. Registration is open online and the upcoming season. The season runs at Fleet Feet in Malta and Albany, with from May through August. For more the program fee of $100 (Beginner 5K) or $125 (Advanced 5K) or $135 information, call or text 518-470-7894. (10K) including special opportunity shopping night, coached training, daily Spring 5K and 10K running plans, and exclusive in-store Running Programs with clinics. Pre-registration and a medical Fleet Feet Sports waiver is required for all programs. For more information contact Patti MALTA — Fleet Feet Sports, Clark at or with stores in Malta and Albany, will visit under launch its popular spring 5K and Training Programs. 10K training programs in March, inviting adults to get a jumpstart on Saratoga Stars spring and get in shape for warmer weather. The training programs SARATOGA SPRINGS — combine twice-weekly coached group A service project of the Saratoga sessions supplemented by individual daily training activities. The goal race Springs Lions Club, the Saratoga for all 5K program participants is the Stars ice skating program brings Scotties Stampede 5K in Ballston Spa together differently-abled children on May 19, though participants are with volunteers and expert ice skaters free to choose other races as their to provide a fun and instructional ice schedules may require. Runners in skating program at the Saratoga Springs the 10K program will choose their Ice Rinks, 30 Weibel Avenue, Saratoga goal race individually. The programs Springs. Saratoga Stars is a free program kick off with in-store instructional and all equipment is provided. The program runs January through clinics, to be held at the Albany store on Monday, March 5 at 7 p.m. and at March on Saturday mornings and the Malta store on Tuesday, March 6 afternoons. Ice times vary per the at 7 p.m. Training begins in Albany on schedule and culminates with a themed Monday, March 12 at 5:45 p.m. at The Grand Finale Show showcasing the Ciccotti Center parking lot. Workouts children’s’ learned ice skating skills. will be Mondays and Thursdays at The Grand Finale is open to the public.

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Registrations are now open. For more information about Stars, contact Program Coordinator Mike Stoneback at, 518-879-3607. For more information about the Saratoga Springs Lions Club, go to

Turf Cup Kicks Off 2018 Tournament Series SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga-Wilton Soccer Club is pleased to announce the Turf Cup will commence the 2018 Tournament Series at Golden Goal Sports Park. The event is played solely on all weather turf fields and will consist of separate girls’ and boys’ events: Boys: Saturday, March 17 — Sunday, March 18 Girls: Saturday, March 24 — Sunday, March 25

Saratoga Springs Little League Registration Open SARATOGA SPRINGS — Registration for all little league divisions for Saratoga Springs Little League has opened up and will be available for online registration until Saturday, March 17 at Player assessments will be Saturday, March 17 and opening day is Saturday, April 28. Coaches and volunteers are also needed.

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

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



Week of March 9 – March 15, 2018

Local Man at European Masters Bobsled Championship Local man, Steven Conklin, and team mate Travis Thompson, recently competed at the European Masters Bobsled Championship in Innsbruck, Austria. Conklin coached the Australian Bobsledding Team at the Sochi Olympics in 2014. Photos provided.

Over 25 Basketball Leagues Coming Back to the SRYMCA by Lori Mahan Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Regional YMCA is restarting their Over 25 Basketball League this April through June. This league will follow up the youth league and Over 50 League, that end their seasons in late March. Similar to the Over 50 League, this league will not have any coaches, instead the captains of each team will act as a coach. Games will take place every Wednesday night, with two games at 7 p.m. and two games at 8 p.m. Games will be played four on four at half-court, so two can take place at a time. As far as fees go, Mike Laudicina, program coordinator, says that “it all depends on what team the player is on, because the fee is by teams. Some teams have 10 players, so it’s less expensive.” About 50 percent of the players who have signed up so far played in the youth league when they were kids and were too young to play in the Over 50 League, now they have a place to play organized basketball again. “It’s a program that we used to have years ago when we were

at the Broadway facility and when we moved here it was a little hard to run it because at Broadway we were in a closed gym and here, you know the players have to watch their language and different things because children walk around on the track. So when we first moved here, we thought it was better to drop the program, but we had so many people asking about it and we had hoped to get six teams and we have eight teams so far, so it’s something that is needed and wanted,” Laudicina explained. This program will run every spring, and if successful, may also run in the fall, depending on gym availability. “I don’t need to talk much about it because people are signing up already! I don’t even have sign-ups out, but the gentlemen involved have been going around and getting teams, but we do still have spots available,” Laudicina said. While the rosters are filling quickly, the league needs sponsors for the teams. If interested in playing or being a sponsor, contact Mike Laudicina at or call at 518-583-9622, ext. 145.

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