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Volume 11  •  Issue 10  •  March 10 – March 16, 2017 • (518) 581-2480

South Glens Falls Marathon Dance Breaks Record by $61K by Thomas Kika Saratoga TODAY

SOUTH GLENS FALLS — South Glens Falls High School put on an appropriately impressive show for its 40th Annual Marathon Dance. Over the course of 28 hours from March 3-4, the school raised $823,614.91, beating its 2016 record by over $61,000. All the money raised at the event goes to in-need families and community organizations. The dance was dedicated to the memory of the late State Trooper Timothy Pratt, who took part in the dance as a student, and always volunteered in the years after. See More Photos pg. 15

South High students tout the dance’s record breaking number.

Featured Stories

Families Today See pgs. 20-27

Inside TODAY

Village Race Heats Up Three Streaks Take Gold

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by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY

Education 15-16

BALLSTON SPA – If enough registered voters can be persuaded to participate in elections on Tuesday, March 21, a trio of Democrats think they have a decent chance to modernize government in this village. Ballston Spa Mayor John Romano, however, is as content with the village’s political order as he is confident in the qualifications of the Republicans in the race. On March 5, village residents Elizabeth Kormos and Sander

Bonvell invited three aspiring Democrats into their home on Hyde Boulevard for a “meet the candidates” forum, offering snacks and refreshments and a cozy place to exchange ideas with about 20 voters. Kormos explained that she is “really impressed” by Democrats Erika Tebbens, Noah Shaw and Shawn Raymond. “None of them are politicians,” she said. According to Kormos, a real estate and health care consultant, most village meetings in Ballston See Village pg. 8

by Thomas Kika Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — It was a major weekend for Saratoga athletics, with three Blue Streaks netting state titles across two different state meets on March 4. At the NYSPHSAA 2017 Indoor Track and Field Championships in Staten Island, senior Nick Cavotta bested his personal record as well as the overall Saratoga Springs High School record in long jump to claim the state title, while sophomore

Kelsey Chmiel set a meet record on her way to claiming the state title in the 3,000 meter event. Meanwhile, a short ways east at the Nassau County Aquatic Center, junior Zac Zwijacz swam his way to the state title in the 200 meter freestyle event. For Cavotta, it was a day of firsts and bests. With his win last Saturday at the Ocean Breeze Track and Field Complex, he claimed his first ever state title with a 23 foot jump. In the See Streaks pg. 42

Obituaries 6 Business 12-13 Arts and Entertainment 35-38

Sports 42-47

Weekend Forecast FRIDAY





Week of March 10 – March 16, 2017

Neighbors: Snippets of Life from Your Community Who: Mark Straus. Where: Saratoga Marketplace, Broadway. Q. Tell us something about this building. A. It’s my favorite place. My daughter is Lucy – from (the store) Lucia, my wife is Betty and she owns Pangea, and the two of them together own Lex & Clio. My son-in-law, Rory, owns Comfort Kitchen, and my daughter-in-law Hilary is opening a really cool craft beer garden where The Metro was. So, this is a real family project. We bought this building in about 1999. Q. How long have you been in Saratoga Springs? A. My wife and I moved here in 1971. We were in Albany, at school, and came up for lunch and fell in love with the city. We said: let’s open a business, so that’s how Mabou started. We rented a place across the street. Q. When did you purchase your first building? A. The first one I got involved in is where Max London’s is. We bought that building in 1975. It was basically abandoned. It had no functioning heating system. The electrical and the plumbing was a mess. The roof was a mess. Year after year, we kept working on it and now it’s a gorgeous building.

Mark Straus. Photo by Thomas Dimopoulos.

Q. What do you do for fun? I just came back from spending a month in Jamaica. I love the people. We’ve been going for 30 years. Q. How has Saratoga changed over the years? A. When we first moved here there were seven or eight stores for rent on Broadway. The early ‘70s was a pretty slow time, but that slowness also caused everyone to band together. There were some great things happening then: the city, the merchants, the property owners and the citizens all pitched in. They planted trees and raised money to fix buildings and sidewalks. Q. What do you think about Saratoga today? A. I love this place. Q. What is the biggest challenge the city faces? A. Growing. I think growth is a good thing, a natural thing, but it also needs to be managed so that it preserves the things that are important. Q. What is your hobby? Right now, I’m working on a family history. One side of my family is German, the other side is Hungarian. I found out from the New York Public Library that my grandfather had a restaurant in Manhattan - an upscale German Restaurant on the Lower East Side named Sinclair. He started it in 1914 and it was shut down in 1925 during Prohibition for serving alcohol. It was a real restaurant, but, you know, when somebody wanted coffee and wanted something to make it stronger, he was like: OK.

Week of March 10 – March 16, 2017


Veitch Meets Stefanik in D.C. by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — City Supervisor Matthew Veitch recently went to the nation’s capital in part to sell the idea of replacing a popular bridge over the Adirondack Northway—one that the state no longer considers a target for complete removal. On February 28, Veitch met with U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-Willsboro), and other federal leaders who represent the Capital Region, as part of a delegation from the National Association of Counties. “The congresswoman and I discussed a range of topics related to the district,” Veitch said in a statement. “The most important issue I felt which was discussed was urging support for infrastructure funding.” Veitch confirmed that the Nelson Avenue Extension bridge was singled out. Last year, that span’s fate was the subject of a concerted advocacy campaign led by the Balet family. “I knew that bridge needed to stay open for the whole community,” offered Suzanne Balet-Haight, who is busy this week preparing for her season at Balet Flowers and Design a short distance from the structure. State officials are closely monitoring the aging bridge. Last season, Balet-Haight

Saratoga Springs Supervisor Matthew Veitch in Washington, D.C. with U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik. Photo provided.

said, her business had to be put “on hold” while she very publicly opposed a plan by the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) to tear down the bridge, which is utilized by many of her customers. She had reached out to Veitch, Saratoga Springs Mayor Joanne Yepsen, Malta Supervisor Vincent DeLucia and other officials for support. During his visit with Stefanik, Veitch indicated that he was moved by the ultimate success of that lobbying campaign. “The rallying point for the congresswoman was that federal infrastructure [funding] needs to be available to provide for all critical transportation links,” he said. Bryan Viggiani, a DOT

spokesman, said the agency’s current priority is to replace two bridges over the Northway on East High Street in Malta and Crescent Avenue in Saratoga Springs. A competitive bidding process for those projects is expected to take place this summer, he said. “Safety remains our top priority,” Viggiani added, “and

we are committed to continuing the maintenance effort on the Nelson Avenue Extension bridge.” Tom Flanagin, the communications director for Stefanik, provided a statement downplaying her ability to control federal money used for specific bridge replacements. “Congress operates under an

earmark ban that does not allow lawmakers to request funding for individual projects,” he said. “Our office is always pleased to assist with federal grant requests,” Flanagin explained, “and we encourage local officials to reach out to us for letters of support and assistance navigating the grant process.”


Week of March 10 – March 16, 2017

From the Publisher’s Desk . . . by Chad Beatty Saratoga TODAY I pen this ‘Publishers Letter’ with little sleep having just arrived home from a much needed annual vacation. For the past week, about this time (noon), I would be lounging poolside ordering a virgin Pina Colada and fish tacos. Once the food had settled and the sunscreen wore off (Yes, I

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got a number of sunburns), I would head over to the waterslide for a wet and wild ride followed by a contest with my son to see who could swim the farthest underwater. Who won, you ask? When you are having underwater swimming contests in Aruba, there are no losers! Ahhh, those were the days. But now it is back to work and I have a number of exciting announcements:

First, our newly redesigned website launched on March 1. Working handin-hand with local web design company Hound Dog Graphics, we set out to create a user-friendly, easy to navigate, and visually appealing website. I am happy to say that I think we accomplished all of our goals. If you haven’t had the opportunity to check us out online, please visit us at While on the site take a moment to enter your email address, and every Friday morning you will awaken to the newest edition of Saratoga TODAY in your inbox and a complimentary cup of coffee.* (*Actual offer does not include coffee; after viewing our website, readers have been known to experience increased cerebral stimulation.) Second, we are about to begin our annual ‘Best Of ’ the Saratoga region. Beginning next week, watch for a multipage spread in Saratoga TODAY providing all the details on how to vote for your

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favorite businesses in a variety of categories. I am happy to say that we truly have some of the best locally owned businesses I have ever frequented. Let them know that their efforts are appreciated. Last but not least, Mother Nature got the best of us in February and we had to reschedule our Saratoga Bridal Expo. While it was a tough decision, in hindsight it was the perfect decision. Sunday, February 12 saw our region covered in snow, ice and a general wintery mess. The new date for our show is Friday night, May 5 at the Saratoga Springs City Center. Mark your calendars, gather your friends and plan on attending our ‘Rock the Runway’ fashion show where you will enjoy food, drinks, music, entertainment and some of the region’s premiere bridal vendors. This expo is a MUST SEE for all upcoming brides. Other than that, it is good be back in Saratoga. See you around town!




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Week of March 10 – March 16, 2017

COURTS Brett W. Fox, 28, of Waterford, was sentenced on Feb. 22 to five years of probation on each on the charges of felony burglary, and felony DWI. Derick Henderson, 52, of Queens, N.Y. was sentenced on Feb. 21 to five years in prison and two years of post-release supervision, after pleading to criminal sale of a controlled substance, a felony. Louis S. Guerra, 42, of the Bronx, pleaded on Feb. 21 to first degree criminal contempt, a felony. Sentencing scheduled for April 11. James J. Innes, 33, of Mechanicville, pleaded on Feb. 21 to felony DWI. Sentencing scheduled for April 11. Morgan J. Henness, 27, of Howes Caves, pleaded on Feb. 21 to felony DWI. Sentencing scheduled for April 11. Debra L. Berry, 57, of Halfmoon, pleaded on Feb. 21 to felony DWAI. Sentencing scheduled for April 11.

POLICE On March 5, Lamine Diakite, age 18, of Manhattan, was charged with attempted grand larceny, attempted possession of a weapon, and resisting arrest - all misdemeanors, and disorderly conduct, a violation; Kulsum H. Larry, age 20, of Albany, was charged with resisting arrest, misdemeanor, and disorderly conduct, a violation, and Eudes B. Pierre, age 21, of Brooklyn, was charged with disorderly conduct. All three were related to an alleged incident that occurred during a private party at the Spare Time Lanes bowling alley in Halfmoon. According to the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department, numerous fights broke out and patrons damaged property inside the establishment. A 17-year-old Corinth High School student suspected of making threats toward the school and some of its students was charged on March 1 with harassment and aggravated harassment, according to the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities said Thomas J. Ouimet allegedly made several statements in a private texting session with friends “deemed to be inappropriate conversations regarding known active shooter situations such as the Columbine incident.” The situation continued when Ouimet allegedly made another inappropriate comment that alluded to school shootings during one of the school’s lockdown drills on Feb. 28. He was released on his own recognizance and is scheduled to return to Corinth Town Court on March 14. Algenita O. Perry, age 25, Saratoga Springs, was charged on Feb. 21 with making a punishable false written statement, and welfare fraud in the fifth degree- both misdemeanors. Joseph J. Deschenes, age 46, Saratoga Springs, was charged on Feb. 21 with criminal trespass misdemeanor. Eddie Feliciano, age 34, Albany, was charged on Feb. 21 with aggravated harassment in the second degree, a misdemeanor. Eric H. Waite, age 22, Saratoga Springs, was charged on Feb. 21 with criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor. Chalmers D. Davis, age 38, Saratoga Springs, was charged on Feb. 20 with unlawful possession of marijuana, and criminally using drug paraphernalia in the second degree, a misdemeanor. Heather L. Lackey, age 35, Greenwich, was charged on Feb. 20 with misdemeanor DWI, failure to signal a turn and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor. David Pacheco, age 33, Saratoga Springs, was charged on Feb. 19 with strangulation, and unlawful imprisonment – both felonies, the misdemeanors criminal mischief, assault, and petiti larceny, and unlawful possession of marijuana. Graham M. Hall, age 27, Ballston Lake, was charged on Feb. 19 with misdemeanor DWI and making an unsafe lane change.

BLOTTER 5 Matheus T. Lima, age 21, Boston, Massachusetts was charged on Feb. 18 with misdemeanor DWI, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, operation of a motor vehicle by an unlicensed driver, and leaving the scene of an accident after being involved in a one-car personal injury accident. Vincent Buffolino, age 26, Malta, was charged on Feb. 18 with speeding and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor. Carla A. Pastore, age 53, Saratoga Springs, was charged on Feb. 18 with felony DWI, failing to signal a turn and improper lane use. Johanna M. Whitman, age 32, Saratoga Springs, was charged on Feb. 17 with fifth-degree welfare fraud, a misdemeanor. Walter E. Ruzycky, age 39, Amsterdam, was charged on Feb. 17 with misdemeanor criminal contempt. Brendan J. Flanigan, age 39, Saratoga

Springs, was charged on Feb. 17 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor. Jennifer L. Jones, age 41, Saratoga Springs, was charged on Feb. 17 with fifth-degree welfare fraud, and making a punishable false written statement – both misdemeanors. Joseph Bongiorno, age 54, Saratoga Springs, was charged on Feb. 17 with misdemeanor assault. Karen E. Person, age 38, Saratoga Springs, was charged on Feb. 17 with misdemeanor DWI, aggravated DWI, failing to stop at a stop sign, improper right turn, and refusing a pre-screen test. Jeremy J. Gilboy, age 39, Saratoga Springs, was charged on Feb. 17 with misdemeanor DWI, an equipment violation, consumption of alcoholic beverages, and unlawful possession of marijuana. James R. Prochilo, age 29, Ballston Spa, was charged on Feb. 17 with circumventing a court-ordered

interlock device, and an equipment violation. Aaron M. Current, age 25, Saratoga Springs, was charged on Feb. 17 with felony criminal contempt. Farren E. Rixter, age 28, Saratoga Springs, was charged on Feb. 16 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor. Grigoriy L. Nemzer, age 27, Watervliet, was charged on Feb. 15 with felony criminal contempt, and misdemeanor stalking. Justin S. Gilboy, age 35, Saratoga Springs, was charged on Feb. 15 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor. , and unlawful possession of marijuana. Kayla L. Ratigan, age 26, Ballston Spa, was charged on Feb. 15 with misdemeanor petit larceny. Richard E. Hileman, age 33, Saratoga Springs, was charged on Feb. 14 with making a terroristic threat, a felony.

6 Dominick C. Marchesiello Sr.

GLENVILLE — Retired Brigadier General Dominick C. Marchesiello Sr. passed away peacefully at home after a long illness on March 1, 2017 with his loving and caring family by his side. Born on December 17, 1926 in Mamaroneck, NY, he was the son of the late Joseph Marchesiello and Margaret N. (Tezzi) Marchesiello. BG Marchesiello’s military career commenced in 1945 when he enlisted in the United States Army. He was assigned to the U.S. Army until 1948 at which time he enlisted in the New York State Air National Guard. On June 25, 1957, he was commissioned as a 1st Lieutenant, a “Mustang” service member, at which time he was transferred to the 109th (Stratton) Air Base, Glenville. Dominick’s last duty station was at Stewart Air National Guard Base, Newburgh, New York where he retired in December 1986 as Assistant Adjutant General for Air. In civilian life, he was a very active member of the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake and Glenville community. He served as past PTA president of Charlton Heights elementary school and past treasurer/member of the Scotia-Glenville Rotary. He

OBITUARIES also was one of the original organizers of Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Pop Warner Football League, and past president for the St. Vincent DePaul Society. His proudest accomplishment, however, was his family. Dominick was predeceased by his son, Michael L. Marchesiello and late sisters Joanne Frederick and Theresa Gainey. Dom is survived by his wife Lorraine (Tarter) Marchesiello, whom he married on May 28, 1949, his children; Joseph A. Marchesiello (Kathleen) of Charlton, NY, Dominick “Buz” C. (Kate) Marchesiello Jr. of Saratoga Springs, Michele M. (Roger A.) Michael of Clifton Park, daughter-in-law Lisa (Mark) Grasso of Charlton, two sisters, Virginia Fusco of Harrison, NY and Loretta Esposito of Mamaroneck, NY. He is also survived by his Grandchildren: Dominick (Christine) Marchesiello III, Joseph (Emilee) Marchesiello, Matthew (Erin) Michael, David (Christine) Marchesiello, Christine (Onur) Guduk, Andrew Michael, Laura (Ali) El Bouchtaoui, Anthony Marchesiello, Nicholas Marchesiello, five great-grandchildren, dear friends Pat and Arleen DiCaprio and several nieces and nephews. The Family deeply appreciates the compassion shown by Saratoga Community Hospice, Dr. S. Patel and Dr. P. Hunter and their staff, and their thoughtful friends and neighbors who checked in on Dom regularly. Memorial donations may be made to the St. Vincent DePaul Society in care of Immaculate Conception Church of Glenville, 400 Saratoga Road, Scotia, 12302.

Candace Petralia, SARATOGA SPRINGS — Candace (Candy) L. Petralia, 65, died Wednesday, March 1, 2017. Relatives and friends gathered to remember her Monday, March 6, 2017 at the Burke and Bussing Funeral Homes of Saratoga Springs. Online remembrances may be made at

Robert Ramsey

GREENFIELD CENTER — Robert Ramsey, Sr., 79, died Friday, Mar. 3, 2017 at his residence. Friends and relatives paid their respects Monday at the Burke and Bussing Funeral Homes in Saratoga Springs. Memorials may be made to Community Hospice of Saratoga. Online remembrances may be made at

Week of March 10 – March 16, 2017

Corinne Schermerhorn SARATOGA SPRINGS — Corinne A. Schermerhorn, 84, died March 3, 2017. Services are Friday, March 10, 2017 from 4 – 6 p.m. at the Burke/Bussing Funeral Homes. Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 11 at the funeral home. Online remembrances may be made at

Ruth E. Potter SARATOGA SPRINGS — Ruth E. Potter, formerly of Ballston Lake, passed away on March 2, 2017. A graveside service in Schenectady took place on Wednesday, March 8, 2017. Arrangements were under the care of Burke, Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes of Saratoga Springs. Online remembrances may be made at burkefuneralhome. com.

The 50th edition of the New York State Scholastic Championships

Sherry Robinson SARATOGA SPRINGS — Sherry Robinson, age 69, passed away after a long illness. Relatives and friends may call from 10 to 10:30 a.m. with a memorial service at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Saratoga Springs. Online remembrances may be made at

George DeVoe SARATOGA SPRINGS — Lt. Colonel George DeVoe, 93, died Wednesday, March 1, 2017. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 11, 2017 in the Church of St. Peter. Arrangements are under the direction of the Burke/Bussing and Cunniff Funeral Homes. Online remembrances:

The Golden Anniversary of one of the USCF’s longest-running scholastic chess tournaments will be held this weekend, March 11-12! The event is expecting about 1,100 young chess players-- from Kindergarten to 12th Grade, to participate this year. It is fitting that our Golden Edition may very well be the largest chess tournament rated by the United States Chess Federation ever held in upstate New York! To accommodate such a large number of players, the tournament is being run in two separate locations. Most of the games will be played at the City Center, except the High School sections are playing at the Courtyard Marriott. The games are scheduled to

start on Saturday at 11 am, 2 pm and 5 pm, and on Sunday at 9 am, 12 Noon and 3 pm. The Awards Ceremonies are scheduled to start about 5:30 pm Sunday. The High School Championship and High School Reserve Sections will be played in the Excelsior Springs Ballroom, next to the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel. At 9:30 am Sunday March 12th, we will also have a New York State Chess Association Open House and Tournament Feedback Forum. Here you can learn about NYSCA, a 501 (c) (3) organization and America’s oldest state chess association, and its efforts to promote and support Chess in New York State.

Week of March 10 – March 16, 2017


Boy Scouts Perform Sunday Service

Showing of Film ‘The Other Son’ SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Jewish Community Arts presents the French film “The Other Son” on Sunday, March 19, at 7 p.m. The film centers on the idea of infants switched at birth, each growing up as somebody else. The possibility of such a mix-up happening in real life evokes both

fascination and horror, and raises stark, primal questions of identity. The film screening, at Temple Sinai, 509 Broadway, will be followed by a panel discussion and dessert reception. A $5 donation is requested. For reservations or information, call 518-584-8730 and press option 2.

Awards and Essays for Women

Photo provided.

BALLSTON SPA — A ‘Scout is Reverent’ is the 12th point of the Scout Law which each scout strives to live by each day. To demonstrate this character value and the anniversary of Boy Scouts of America, scouting units across the country plan, organize and lead worship at local churches.

The Boy Scouts of Troop 1 and Cub Scouts of Pack 1 (see photo) led the Sunday service at the Ballston Spa United Methodist Church, which has sponsored the scouting units for 104 years. The scouts, ranging in age from 9 to 17 years old, delivered the whole service from prayers,

scripture readings, reflections, music and the morning sermon. Eagle Scout Stephen Larson (third from left) delivered the sermon: “The Gift of Scouting,” which reflected on his journey through scouting and the development of his faith and character as a young man.

ROUND LAKE — For Women’s History Month, state Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner (D-Round Lake) announced that she is seeking nominations for her 2017 Women of Distinction Awards to honor local women for the work they do to strengthen the Saratoga and Washington County communities. Woerner is also accepting submissions from students for her Women of Distinction Essay Contest. Nominations and essays are due by March 31. Residents are invited to nominate a woman they know who is helping make a difference in fields including business, community service, education, health care, military

service, and humanitarian work. Students in grades 6 through 12 are encouraged to submit a 500word essay about a woman who is an inspiration and has impacted society. Submissions can be made via mail, email or by visiting Woerner’s website at Essay contest winners and Women of Distinction honorees will be announced at the Women of Distinction Awards Ceremony on Saturday, April 29, at 11 a.m. at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs. Questions about the essay contest or awards ceremony can be addressed by contacting Woerner’s office at 518-584-5493 or by emailing



Week of March 10 – March 16, 2017

Village Race Heats Up Continued from front page.

Spa lack productive or interactive discussions, which she said could change if voters approved of all three Democrats. “The village has got to move into this century,” Kormos said. Shaw’s campaign literature boasts of his legal experience at the federal and state levels. He is general counsel for the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority. Shaw has teamed up with Raymond, a civil engineer, in the hopes of filling two village trustee seats. Tebbens is a mother of one and a small business owner, whose main government experience involves testimony she gave last year to the U.S. Congress regarding nutritional assistance for military families. She moved to Ballston Spa from Seattle almost 10 years ago with her husband Chris, a U.S. Navy veteran.

Tebbens is vying to unseat incumbent Village Justice Michael Morrissey. “We fell hard and fast in love with Ballston Spa,” Shaw told those gathered in Kormos’s living room, gesturing toward his wife and son in the dining area. Shaw said he wants to “bring some new energy and new perspectives” to village government. Raymond, who ran for a village trustee position in 2015 but lost by roughly 60 votes, was active in the Smart Growth Ballston group that opposed construction of a local Wal-Mart. He told voters at the forum that his main goals are to preserve Ballston Spa’s historic character and advocate for improvements to village infrastructure. Above all, Raymond said, village officials need to ensure more “transparency” in their proceedings and improve how “constituent voices” are heard.

Democrats (left to right) Noah Shaw, Erika Tebbens and Shawn Raymond. Photo by Larry Goodwin.

Both Shaw and Raymond expressed appreciation for Mayor Romano’s proven commitment to public service. But they also claimed that officials need to upgrade the village website as a means to better inform residents. Republicans have long controlled government in Ballston Spa, home to about 5,500 people. According to Romano, the village has approximately 4,200 registered voters, though less than one-third participated in the last election two years ago.

Romano first ran for mayor in 1995. The mayor and four trustees make up the Village Board, and each position has four-year terms. In the course of knocking on doors to seek support from voters, all three Democrats said, residents appeared to be unaware that there is a village election on March 21. Eleanor Dillon, chairwoman of the Town of Milton Democratic Committee, said she was “very disappointed” that there are no signs announcing the election at the Union or Eagle Matt Lee fire

stations—historically, Ballston Spa’s only two polling locations. “Our two firehouses are nonpolitical,” responded Romano. He explained that the proper announcements have been published in the media, and that there are numerous signs in the village informing voters of the upcoming election. Romano lamented how the media was not giving attention to Morrissey and the other two Republicans in the race: Bruce Couture, a former Milton councilman; and current trustee Ron Henry, who was previously appointed by Romano to fill a vacancy. When asked about the concerns raised by the Democrats relating to transparency and technology, the mayor doubted the effectiveness of computers and smartphones to aid in the process of governing in Ballston Spa. “In a small village, residents see their elected officials all over the place,” Romano said. “Most residents, honestly, prefer the personal contact.” For more than 20 years, during the summer months, Romano has held official Village Board meetings in the backyards of Ballston Spa residents. He said that practice “brings you back to the roots of the democratic process.” Moreover, Romano said, partisan politics should not cloud the judgment of any local leaders. He said municipal government is about “everybody working together in a spirit of cooperation, not confrontation.”

Week of March 10 – March 16, 2017


Future Commerce, Fire Safety Concerns in Malta by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY MALTA — Talk of a creek, new businesses and fancy fire sprinklers occupied town officials in Malta for most of a regular meeting last Monday night. The Malta Town Board heard a presentation at its March 6 meeting focused on the Route 9 North Corridor Plan. The plan is being considered as a means to simplify future approvals of commercial construction along one of Malta’s two main thoroughfares. The presentation was given by Anthony Tozzi, Malta’s building and planning coordinator, and Chris Morrell, a retired law enforcement professional. Both men were selected to sit on the committee charged with preparing the Route 9 corridor plan. Morrell chairs the committee. Among other matters, Tozzi discussed the importance of preserving wetlands along Route 9 north of the town complex. There should be language in the final report making it clear to all parties that “you can’t develop here,” Tozzi said. Morrell added that parcels of land near Exit 13 of the Adirondack Northway may give town officials “grief ” due to proximity of the Kayaderosseras

Creek, forcing them to consider “creative” solutions to protect such wetlands. Malta Supervisor Vincent DeLucia said the board is gathering information necessary to complete the final stage of a four-part upgrade to zoning rules, similar to previous changes made that affected Route 9 farther south as well as stretches of Route 67 east and west. Soon, after scheduling a required public hearing, the town board is expected to approve the fourth zoning upgrade. “I’m quite confident that will occur before this summer,” DeLucia said. In general, according to DeLucia, town officials want to encourage commercial activity on certain sections of both state highways while firmly establishing rural preservation areas. He said Malta’s parks and recreation trails “need to be maintained,” but that it is also crucial to pursue commercial development in order to avoid imposing a town tax in the future. “We need to increase our share of county sales taxes,” the supervisor said. In other business, the Malta town board heard again from Tozzi in regard to a local law involving the installation of

better fire sprinklers in commercial and residential buildings. Tozzi said the need for more effective fire sprinklers was highlighted by a destructive fire late in 2013 at the Dunkin’ Donuts headquarters near Exit 12 of the Northway. Town Attorney Thomas Peterson advised the board that a previous local law it passed, pertaining to fire sprinklers, “can’t be enforced” because it is superseded by the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code. “We should get it off our books as soon as possible,” Peterson said. DeLucia explained that the debate basically revolves around increased costs for future projects, commercial and residential, totaling about 25 cents per square foot. As an example, DeLucia said construction of a typical private home could incur $2,500 to $3,000 in extra costs. Malta needs to settle on fire sprinkler codes that are acceptable to builders, he said, “and at the same time create the absolute safest environment.” “We have to meet a balance,” DeLucia added. “That’s going to take us a while.” Peter Shaw, chief of the Malta Ridge Volunteer Fire Department, told the board it

The northern end of Route 9 in Malta. Photo by Larry Goodwin.

was “extremely disappointing” that state and local officials could not agree on the installation of higher quality fire sprinklers in new structures. Firefighters need all the help they can get, according to Shaw, because a steady decline

in men and women volunteering for service is putting pressure on many fire departments. “I just don’t understand the whole state process,” Shaw said. “The clock is ticking. Every day buildings are being built.”



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Notes From City Hall by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY City Identifies Dangerous Roads “I do get communication from residents regarding traffic issues in the city. Some we can do something about, some we can’t,” Public Safety Commissioner Chris Mathiesen said during Tuesday night’s City Council meeting. Mathiesen explained that a half-dozen or so problem areas fall under state Department of Transportation jurisdiction and that he sent a letter to the DOT asking the agency to look into those six area of concerns. Those are: 1. Intersection Union Avenue, Meadowbrook Road, Gilbert Road. The DOT reduced the speed limit on Union Avenue to 45 mph, but more needs to be done. Ideally, a traffic circle would reduce speeds on Union Avenue and make it much safer for motorists. 2. Intersection Lake Avenue, Gilbert Road, Weibel Avenue. The city has received many complaints about this intersection, especially for vehicles trying to access Lake Avenue from Gilbert Road.

3. Outer Lake Avenue, Route 29. The 55-mph limit in the vicinity of the Saratoga Independence School should be looked at, and a lower school zone limit considered. 4. Outer Church Street, Route 9N. The 45-mph speed limit begins immediately to the west of the West Avenue intersection, and is too fast given the subsequent intersections to the west with busy residential streets and the large nursing homes/senior facilities. 5. South Broadway near W. Kaydeross Road intersection. A reduced speed limit from the existing 55 mph and possibly a caution light would be helpful given the year around activity at the barbeque restaurant. Pedestrians have been killed in this area. 6. Outer Washington Street, Route 29, and especially Intersection with Brook Road/ Slade Road. This intersection has been intimidating for motorists trying to cross Route 29 or trying to turn into Slade or Brook Road from Route 29. The speed limit is 55 mph. Vehicles must come to a nearly complete stop in order to turn off Route 29. There are no turn lanes and the roadway

Facing west, Washington Street (at left) leading to Outer Washington Street/Route 29, Division Street (center), and Church Street (at right) leading to Outer Church Street/ Route 9N. Image by

shoulders are sub-standard. According to city statistics, 22 traffic accidents were reported at this intersection between January 2012 and December 2016 involving 48 vehicles and causing injury to 19 vehicle occupants. Ideally, a traffic control device on Route 29 - with a 45-mph speed limit from the city line east to Buff Road and a 40 mph limit from Buff Road to West Avenue - would make the stretch of outer Washington street /Route 29 much safer.

City Seeks Purchase of Private Land near Loughberry Lake

The City Council set a public hearing to take place at 6:40 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21 regarding the city’s potential acquisition of a privately owned 2.4-acre lot adjacent to the Route 50 gateway and in the Loughberry Lake vicinity. The owner of the land is willing to sell the parcel to the city, which was appraised last month by GAR Associates at $135,000. The purchase would help protect the watershed and retain a scenic vista on a signature gateway into the city. Should Loughberry Lake no longer be used as a reservoir in the future, the parcel could potentially serve as a pocket park with access to the waterfront for active or passive recreation, according to the city.

City is Lead Agent for Geyser Road Trail As it had similarly done in regards to the Pitney Farm property last month, the City Council on Tuesday voted to approve Saratoga Springs act as SEQRA Lead Agency for the Geyser Road Trail. The State Environmental Quality Review Act, or SEQRA, requires all state and local government agencies to consider

environmental impacts equally with social and economic factors during discretionary decision-making.

Spa City Solar Park Set to Power Up A groundbreaking ceremony will be held April 5 at the Saratoga Springs’ Solar Park. The project, developed on the city-owned landfill will meet about 40 percent of the City government’s electricity needs. It is slated for completion in late June, and is anticipated to be “energized” by late July

Upcoming The annual Memorial Day Parade will take place 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 25. The city asks anyone willing to volunteer for the community event contact City Hall at 518-587-3550. The Zoning Board of Appeals will host a meeting at City Hall at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 13. The Design Review Commission will host a meeting at City Hall at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 15.

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BALLSTON SPA 9 Nolan Rd., $220,000. Jennie MacDonald sold property to William and Jennifer VanDyke.

CHARLTON 1409 Cosgrove Dr., $473,307. Bordeau Builders Inc. sold property to Ryan and Danielle Redmond. Cook Rd., $33,000. James Fretto, Jr. sold property to Richard and Josephine Jackson. 27 Pine Hollow Dr., $140,000. Garry and Judith Heflin sold property to Heflin Builders Inc. 27 Pine Hollow Dr., $496,267. Heflin Builders Inc. sold property to Brian Treanor.

CORINTH 4666 Route 9N, $110,000. Arthur Baker sold property to Julianne Russell. 20 West Mechanic St., $75,300. Fannie Mae (by Atty) sold property to Sharon West. 37 Barbara MacDonald Dr., $267,500. Bruce and Tammy Couch sold property to Weichert Workforce Mobility Inc. 37 Barbara MacDonald Dr., $263,000. Weichert Workforce Mobility Inc. sold property to Jacob Arak and Giselle Herazo. 5199 Armer Rd., $277,000. Michael and Corrin Jackson sold property to Gabrielle and Benjamin Krogstad.

GREENFIELD 158 Barney Rd./Clark Rd., Rear, $340,000. Bruce and Eiko Barrett (Co-Trustees), sold property to Greene Lumber Co., LP. 12 Park Ave., $6,500. Scott Lindsay sold property to John and Bonny Klebeck.

MALTA 97 Wineberry Lane, $229,381. Susan Staie (by Admin) sold property to Lynne Baumgras. 2 New York Ave., $180,000. Wayne and Sandra Fitch sold property to Round Lake Hose Company No. 1 Inc.


3 Maple Forest Dr., $93,000. H and L Development LLC sold property to Darren Herbinger Construction LLC. 3 Maple Forest Dr., $355,300. Darren Herbinger Construction LLC sold property to Dennis and Beverly Burns. 208 East High St., $442,900. Michael and Brenda Tholin sold property to David and Maria Adams. 10 Kendall Way, $1,400,000. Malta Associates LLC and Paradise NM LLC sold property to Pioneer Savings Bank.

Herlinda Mudaj and Trisha Millier sold property to Brian and Marika Tierney. 38 Washington St., $140,000. Kathleen Turenne sold property to High Rock Property Management LLC.

37 Gurba Dr., $309,900. Camelot Associates Corporation sold property to Anne Crandell (as Trustee).

20 Wood Trush Ct., $262,500. James Hallenbeck and Jeffrey Hallenbeck (Ind and as Heirs) sold property to Kathryn Spidle.

10 Cold Springs Rd., $317,500. Kathryn Coonradt sold property to William Riccardi and Augstin Riccardi.

152 Saratoga Ave., $130,000. Thomas and Caitlin Aldridge sold property to Corey Schroeder.


6 Candlewood Dr., $335,000. Judith Gatzi-Mullin sold property to James Thomen and Erin Donlon.

66 Morgans Run, $110,000. US Bank Trust (as Trustee by Atty) sold property to David Scripter.

261 Thimbleberry Rd., $181,900. Steven Zawistowski sold property to Anne McGuinness.

Route 9P, $130,000. Rafael Mangona (by Atty) sold property to George Sisco.

65 Stony Point Rd., $990,000. John and Linda Moran sold property to Anthony and Susan Lioy (co-Trustees).

MILTON 513 Sherman Rd., $57,101. Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (by Atty) sold property to Kyle Williams. 12 Oakwood Ct., $83,500. Broken Branch Properties Inc. sold property to Christopher and Rebekah Sheraw. 217 Meadowlark Dr., $280,000.

Associates Development LLC sold property to Camelot Associates Corporation.

101 Trask Lane, $50,000. Neilson Road LLC sold property to Robert Long.

SARATOGA SPRINGS 157 Lake Ave., $535,000. Mark Bauman sold property to 157 Lake LLC. 2 Moore Ave., $60,000. Barbara Nelson (by Admin) sold property to Anders Faltskog. 106 Spring St., Unit 5, $485,000. Potter LLC. Sold property to Robert and Mary Miraldi

STILLWATER 37 Gurba Dr., $75,000. Camelot

WILTON 21 Foxhound Run, $856,792. RJ Taylor Builders Inc. sold property to Abraham and Angie Sultan. 23 Cider Mill Way, $539,272. Smith Bridge LLC sold property to Robert and Sheri Williams.

11 1 Kyer Farm Road, $480,000. Richard and Elizabeth Green sold property to William Lyman and Jennifer Kane. 817 Route 9, $27,750. Edward Haddad sold property to Cecil Provost. 817 Saratoga Rd., $334,045. Cecil Provost sold property to Cara and Ronald Buderus, Jr. 9 Maya Dr., $315,000. Richard and Virginia Molea sold property to Bryon and Anissa Craig. 13 Craw Lane, $80,000. William and Judy Morris sold property to McPadden Builders LLC. 13 Chipmunk Chase, $255,000. James and Diane Sacca sold property to Alicia and Shawn Gray.

12 Holiday Match Checks in the Mail SARATOGA SPRINGS — Stewart’s Shops announced the results of its Holiday Match season, which yielded a record amount of donations for local children’s charities. Funding has now been allocated to 1,737 organizations across the communities where Stewart’s Shops are located. That’s over 130 more than the previous record. From Thanksgiving Day through Christmas Day, customers donated more than $926,000 to the program, which was doubled to more than $1.85 million with the Stewart’s match. There are no administrative costs with this program, meaning 100

BUSINESS BRIEFS percent of the funds collected and matched benefit charitable organizations. The Stewart’s Holiday Match program has now allocated more than $24 million since the program’s inception in 1986. The success of the program is credited to Stewart’s customers for their generous contributions, dedicated shop partners who worked diligently to collect the funds, and to the media partners who helped spread the word. Stewart’s Shops is committed to giving back to the community, donating approximately $2.5 million a year to local non-profits. The Dake family foundations contribute an equivalent amount. A brochure listing charities that received the Holiday Match grants will be available later this spring.

BSNB Promotion and Hire

Colleen Pickett. Photo provided.

BALLSTON SPA — Colleen Pickett has been promoted to vice president of risk management at Ballston Spa National Bank (BSNB). Pickett will be responsible for mitigating areas of potential risk to the bank and supporting BSNB’s continued growth in an environment of increasing regulatory requirements. Pickett joined BSNB in 2013 as a compliance and bank-secrecy officer and brings more than thirty years of experience in the industry to her new position. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the State University of New York at Albany and a Master of Science in public service administration from Russell Sage College. Pickett is certified as a BSA/ AML Professional and volunteers with Junior Achievement of Northeastern New York. Also, Colleen Caringi has been named relationship manager at

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BSNB. Caringi will be responsible for providing financial solutions to customers and for maintaining the daily operations of the bank’s new Guilderland office. Pending regulatory approval, the BSNB branch in Guilderland will be a full-service location offering commercial and personal banking services, mortgages and consumer loans as well as trust and investment services. Caringi has six years of prior branch management experience from a local financial institution where she was a service manager. For more information, visit BSNB’s website at

Hospital Hires Media Pro GLENS FALLS — Glens Falls Hospital announced that Jerry Gretzinger has

joined its leadership team as director of communications and marketing. Gretzinger brings over 20 years of experience in the communications industry to the hospital. Gretzinger is best known for his many years at WRGB, CBS6 News in Niskayuna where he was an evening news anchor and reporter. He has worked in communications and marketing management in the theme park industry and higher education and has served as a communications consultant for small businesses and non-profit healthcare organizations. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Marist College. Effective immediately, Gretzinger is the main point of contact for all media inquiries and can be reached at or 518-926-6009.

Adirondack Trust Strive Awards

Pictured (from left) are Priscilla Petta, Stephan von Schenk, Lisa Doyle and James Meehan. Photo provided.

SARATOGA SPRINGS – The Adirondack Trust Company announced on March 8 the three winners from their inaugural Strive Achievement President’s Award Ceremony. The Ceremony was held recently at the Saratoga Golf and Polo Club. These individuals each received a trophy presented by the Adirondack Trust Company’s President, Stephan von Schenk, for demonstrating the company’s Leadership Principles. The bank’s president said, “I am grateful to all of our employees for continuously striving to adhere to our Leadership Principles and Behavior Standards, which provides an exceptional experience to our customers and staff.” The 2017 President Award recipients include: Lisa Doyle, James Meehan and Priscilla Petta. For more information, visit the main Adirondack Trust Company branch at 473 Broadway or call 518584-5844. The company’s website is

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Skidmore Applications Set New Record SARATOGA SPRINGS — Applications for the fall 2017 incoming class at Skidmore College have topped 10,000, officially the largest group of applicants in college history. Over the last five years, Skidmore freshman applications have increased 75 percent. Applications are up from international students as well as domestic students who self-identify as

students of color. Skidmore has also received a record number of Early Decision applications with 622 students applying with Skidmore as their first choice, compared with 552 applicants last year. Vice President and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, Mary Lou Bates, said in a statement: “It’s exciting to see so

many exceptional high school students interested in attending Skidmore College. We have enjoyed getting to know our applicants over the last few months and welcoming those we believe will be a great fit to Skidmore’s strong community.” Regular decision letters will be mailed in late March. Accepted students have until May 1 to commit.

League of Women Voters To Host Event BALLSTON SPA — For the first time, the League of Women Voters of Saratoga County will be holding a Candidates Event for the upcoming election in the village. Village residents are encouraged to attend this event on March 16 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Malta Avenue School, 70 Malta Ave., from 7 to 9 p.m. The polls will be open on Tuesday, March 21 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and ballots can be cast at either the Eagle Matt Lee Fire

Company (for residents who live south of the Kayaderosseras Creek) or the Union Fire Company (for residents north of the creek). Historically, according to the League, elections in Ballston Spa have been largely restricted to one party. This year village residents will have a choice for two Trustee seats: Democrats Noah Shaw and Shawn Raymond, or Republicans Bruce Couture and Ronald Henry. In addition, Erika Tebbens

is challenging incumbent Village Justice Michael Morrissey. Questions will be gathered from the audience. Each of the candidates will have the opportunity to make a two-minute opening statement on their qualifications, experience and goals in office. The candidates will also have an opportunity to present a 90-second closing statement. For more information, contact Eleanor Dillon at 518-669-5820.


Armed Bank Robbery in The City SARATOGA SPRINGS — An armed bank robbery occurred at approximately 12:45 p.m. Saturday, March 3 at the Adirondack Trust Company bank, located at the intersection of Route 50/Ballston Ave. and Northline Road. The Saratoga Springs Police Department said a white male dressed all in black, and using a dark colored bandana to cover most of his face, entered the bank and with knifein-hand approached the bank tellers demanding money. The suspect made his way over the bank counter and took cash from two money drawers, police said. The suspect then left the bank on foot, headed northeast down Northline Road, and then proceeded north on Old Ballston Ave. The suspect was last seen running into the woods between Old Ballston Ave and Old Post Road. As of Thursday, March 9, the Saratoga Springs Police Department,

as well as Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department, State Police and State Police Aviation units continued their search of the area. Authorities have not released information regarding the amount of money allegedly taken, and ask anyone who may have witnessed anything regarding the event, or who may have information associated with the robbery, to contact the Saratoga Springs Police Department at 518-584-1800. Saratoga Springs had not had any bank robberies within the city in the five years prior to 2007; Suddenly, between June 2007 and October 2010, six attempted robberies occurred in the city: two at the Saratoga National Bank and Trust Company on West Avenue, one at the branch location on Broadway, one at the Citizens Bank inside the Hannaford Supermarket on Weibel Avenue, and two at the Adirondack Trust Co. Bank branch on Broadway.



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New Convenience Store Around the Corner by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY WILTON — Travelers along a popular stretch of Route 9 will soon have a Cumberland Farms to fill up their gas tanks and coffee mugs, but concerns remain about upgrading the state highway to more effectively handle traffic in the area that is already heavy. On February 15, the Wilton Planning Board gave its final approval for a new Cumberland Farms store near the intersection of Route 9 and Daniels Road, north of the Maple Avenue Middle School. “The more business on Route 9, the better,” says

An aerial view of the intersection of Daniels Road and Route 9 in Wilton. Photo by

Robert Pulsifer, a former Wilton planning and zoning attorney whose law offices have been located across from the project site for many years. “I’m in favor of the project. It’s private property,” he added. Still, according to Pulsifer, the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) “ought to be looking” at ways to improve the flow of traffic in the area. Pulsifer said the most effective action the DOT could take is to consider the addition of “a right turning lane headed south onto Daniels Road” utilizing the current shoulder on Route 9, according to minutes of the January 18 Wilton Planning Board meeting. The Cumberland Farms store is “going to be generating more traffic and it’s already a problem,” Pulsifer told the board, “and if they’re going to be granting an easement to the town for some future use like sidewalks, we all know that sidewalks are not going to make sense. It’s a driving area not a walking area. Why not use that [shoulder] now for that right-hand turn lane to siphon off that extra traffic.” Pulsifer and other residents also pointed to regular traffic backups on Daniels Road that are bound to get worse after the new store is built. The town of Wilton has authority over Daniels Road,

but the state has authority over Route 9, Pulsifer explained. He said any improvements to the local roads should be made before construction even starts on the Cumberland Farms. State DOT officials could not be reached for comment. Lucy Harlow, the executive secretary of the Wilton Planning Board, declined to comment. “I drive Route 9 every day,” offered Ross Galloway, a site acquisition and development manager for Connecticutbased First Hartford Corporation, who manages the site for Cumberland Farms. Galloway and his family live in Wilton. “Our development does not create traffic,” Galloway said, noting how the new convenience store will attract travelers who already pass by on a regular basis. Construction of the new store in Wilton is expected to begin no later than June. Cumberland Farms is also building stores in Colonie and Rotterdam, with plans for perhaps a half-dozen others in the works, Galloway said. In response to the concerns raised by Pulsifer and other residents, Galloway said current traffic volumes on Route 9 are “not even a blip” on the radar of state DOT officials. “There’s no merit to it,” Galloway said.

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$823,614: South Glens Falls Marathon Dance Breaks Record by $61K Photos by Photoand



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Galway Teachers See the Stars on Recent SOFIA Flight by Thomas Kika Saratoga TODAY GALWAY — Two local teachers got the opportunity of a lifetime this past weekend when they took to the sky and gazed at the stars on NASA’s airborne observatory, SOFIA. Galway Central School District first grade teacher Edie Frisbie and Earth science teacher Paul Levin flew with NASA research scientists onboard the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), the world’s only flying observatory, on March 4. They made two trips on SOFIA, taking off from one of the craft’s two home bases in Palmdale, CA. For Frisbie and Levin, it was an occasion long in the making. The two educators were given the opportunity though the Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors Program, a program put together by the SETI Institute, a non-profit organization committed to public outreach and scientific education, in conjunction with NASA. Frisbie and Levin first submitted their proposal for why they should fly on SOFIA all the way back in December 2014, and were finally chosen to fly a year ago in March 2016. “It was one of the best trips I have ever taken,” Levin said. “There were so many different things we saw and experienced. We got to meet the scientist who discovered the black hole, sat through NASA preflight briefings… Everyone on the plane had a great backstory and they were all willing to share with us.” “It was the single most amazing experience of my entire life,” Frisbie said. Part the educators’ involvement with the program was focused on performing community outreach to share information about astronomy and SOFIA, both with their students and with the public. Before their flights this weekend, Frisbie and Levin gave presentations to both

Frisbie on the steps of SOFIA.

of their classes, as well as at an event for the Capital Region Master Teaching Program. They are currently planning to give further presentations about infrared astronomy and other topics to the Eastern Section of the Science Teacher Association of New York State, at the Museum of Science and Innovation in Schenectady, and in their classrooms. During Frisbie and Levin’s flights, the researchers onboard were using SOFIA’s telescope to investigate a number of things. Chiefly, the mission of each flight was to observe star formations, in hopes of discovering why some galaxies are capable of creating around 200 new stars in a year, while other galaxies like the Milky Way only produce about 10. Beyond that, they also observed supermassive black holes, one of Jupiter’s moons, Callisto, and M51, also known as the Whirlpool Galaxy. Almost as striking as the

Edie Frisbie and Paul Levin under the back wing of SOFIA.

images they were seeing to Frisbie and Levin was the passion of all the scientists involved. According to the two educators, all onboard had PhD’s, and were experts in the very specific things they were there to do, and their passion for what they were doing was clear. “Without one of them,” Frisbie said, “the flight wouldn’t be possible.” “From the pilot, to the safety engineers to the scientist,” Levin said. “Everyone was excited to be there and you could tell that they were having fun with what they were doing.” SOFIA itself is a modified 747 aircraft, with the rear door cut out and replaced with an infrared telescope. Inside the craft, images viewed by the telescope are transmitted to a screen for the researchers onboard to observe. While Frisbie and Levin’s flights maxed out at 43,000 feet up, SOFIA is capable of going as high 45,000, the standard maximum height for a 747. The telescope that SOFIA is equipped with is appropriately state-of-the-art, as it is equipped with the Far Infrared Field-Imaging Line Spectrometer, or FIFI-LS. Frisbie said that SOFIA’s is currently the only operational FIFI-LS in the entire world.

The Whirlpool galaxy as seen by the crew aboard SOFIA.

According to Frisbie, SOFIA, as a flying observatory, has many advantages over traditional sorts of observatories. Unlike ground-based locations, its view is not blocked by clouds or weather since it flies so high in the air. Additionally, unlike satellite-based observatories, which require costly and time-consuming space flights to update with new technology, SOFIA can be

updated quickly and efficiently while on the ground. Frisbie’s hope for their involvement with this program going forward is that it makes learning about space more concrete for their students, and inspires them to follow their dreams, whatever they may be. “If someone from around here can do that,” Frisbie said. “You can do anything.”

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

Alliance to apply. The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of the applicant’s past dance experience and potential to make a contribution to their local dance community or to the field of dance in general. Preference is given to those who have not recently received a scholarship from the Dance Alliance. Interested students may apply on the Dance Alliance website at www.

Saratoga Springs School Board Budget Workshop

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Springs Board of Education will continue to hold 2017-2018 budget workshops until making its proposal on May 16. The next meeting will be held during a standard meeting of the school board at Greenfield

Elementary School on March 14 starting at 7 p.m. Topics will include the facilities and operations program, construction projects, and learning space modifications. For more information on the school budget, go to

Saratoga Independent School to Hold Admissions Open House SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Independent School will be holding an admissions open house for grades pre-K through grade 6 on March 11 at 10 a.m. The open house will be held at the school, 459 Lake Avenue in Saratoga Springs. Prospective

parents and students can attend an informational session, meet with current parents and students, and tour the facility with Director of School Felice Karlitz. Anyone interested in attending should RSVP with the school at 518-583-0841.

Registration Open for Saratoga Summer Ballet Programs SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga City Ballet’s (SCB) summer dance programs are now open for registration. They are open to students, ages 3-18. The Creative Movement Mini Camp with a fairy tale theme is open to students ages 3-5 and will take place July 10-14 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. The Gotta Dance Junior program for ages 6-9 will take place from July 10-14 from 10 a.m. to 1


Ballston Spa Joins College in High School Alliance

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

Dance Alliance Announces New Scholarship SARATOGA COUNTY — The Dance Alliance of the Capital District-Saratoga Region has announced the Pat and Sven Peterson Dance Scholarship of 2017 which will give up to $700 to assist a student who will be attending a summer dance program. The scholarship is available for students grade 7 through sophomore year of college. Students must also be current members or join the Dance


p.m. The Gotta Dance Program for students ages 10 and up is scheduled for August 7-11 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. and features master classes taught by Marcus Rogers. SCB is also offering a Master Class Series for ages 12 through adult from August 21-24 from 6-8 p.m. on a drop in basis for intermediate and advanced students. For more information and to register, visit

BALLSTON SPA — The Ballston Spa Central School District has joined the launching of College in High School Alliance (CHSA), a group of schools dedicated to high-quality dual enrollment, concurrent enrollment, and early

college high schools. The district is joining 35 other state and national organizations in launching CHSA. Ballston Spa offers a wide variety of dual enrollment programs, including the regional Clean Technologies

and Sustainable Industries Early College High School, which through partnership with Hudson Valley Community College and over 50 partners in business and industry qualified students for 1800 college credits this year.

Schenectady JCC to Hold Jewish Camp Informational SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Schenectady Jewish Community Center will be holding informational meetings in Saratoga Springs about potentially broadening their Jewish camp experiences to more cities. The first meeting will be held at the Temple Sinai Purim Carnival at

Gavin Park, March 12, 2 – 4 p.m. The second will be held at the Saratoga Springs Public Library on March 19, 1 – 2 p.m. The initiative to bring the Jewish camp experience to Saratoga Springs was a grassroots effort by two local women, Ali Doyle and Pam Hammer, who wanted kids of

today to have the same experience that they enjoyed in their youth. The Schenectady JCC estimates that they would be able to provide transportation to more areas if at least 25 more campers were committed to attending. For more information, go to



Sports Camps for all ages Register online! 518.580.8061

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The Saratoga Film Academy


The Saratoga Film Academy provides a hands-on, project based learning experience in video and narrative film production for students 8-18 years old. This dynamic learning experience uses Hollywood insider knowledge on how to develop students’ technical skills to assist them in expressing their artistic voices.


Any child or teen who has an interest in stories, movies, media technologies, and performance art will find a new passion in filmmaking. The courses are designed to meet the students where they are at developmentally, learn through experience, and cater to all skill levels. Whether an individual is just beginning or on the verge of winning an oscar, students will find the classes exciting, challenging, and intellectually rewarding.


A combination of professional experiences informs the design of the classes to engage and enrich the student experience. All classes are helmed by SFA’s founder, filmmaker, writer, and teacher Jon Dorflinger who has six years of Hollywood experience and is a NYS certified English

Language Arts Teacher. He is currently employed by Proctor’s and is their Media Arts teacher at Ballston Spa High School. He combines his passion for teaching and his passion for filmmaking into SFA to develop a pedagogy that encourages student growth and independent learning of Hollywood standard skills and practices. SFA film students go through the process of producing their projects like the professionals. They engage in four phases of the production process; writing/ development, pre-production, production, and post production. Producing film projects promotes life-long skills such as project management, strategic planning, communication, and creative problem solving.


SFA is entering its third summer with a variety of classes suitable for all ages. All of the most popular classes from last summer are returning including Stop-Motion Animation, YouTube Video Production, Creative Filmmaking, and The Director’s Class.


Visit us at to check out previous films produced through the academy, and to learn more about SFA and the summer camps. All summer camp registrations can be completed online. For additional questions or inquiries please email or call (310) 801-5642.



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TODAY Pages 20-27

Spring Chickens The Early Bird All birds are available on a first come, first served basis, and there’s never any leftover, said Gericke. Even for those not looking to raise chickens, stopping by to see them can be a fun experience. Learning about varieties, different color eggs, and the

by Megin Potter for Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — A little bird told me that Chick Days is back at Tractor Supply. Now through April 30th, cheeping chicks sing the welcome song of spring. Chick Magnet “It’s kind-of like people have an addiction to chickens. They already have ten, say they don’t need any more, then lo and behold, they’re buying more,” said store manager K.C. Gericke. He’s been working at Tractor Supply stores for more than seven years and has seen them sell out of all types of chicks each spring. Gericke estimates that 1,800 live birds were sold in his store last year, and anticipates that number to be even larger this year because the special event has been extended to last an additional two weeks. “It’s a chance for us to get more chicks out to more people,” said Gericke. Birds of a Feather Peeking in at the bright-eyed pullets huddled together, it’s eggstraordinary to envision the grown birds that they’ll quickly become. A conveniently placed variety chart references what each will look like as well as the color of eggs that they typically lay. While many of their

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hybrid production layers yield brown eggs, they do receive specialty breeds including Americanas that also lay eggs in shades of blue and green, White Leghorns that lay white eggs, and Cuckoo Marans, whose eggs can often come out tinted red. In addition to chickens, Tractor Supply also carries other live birds. “People ask about ducks all the time,” said Gericke. The ducklings eat the same feed as chicks but add new sights, sounds, and flavors to backyard flocks. Rare varieties of birds, including guinea hens, are also available by special order, he said. Hatch a Plan While owning a diverse flock can give you the wonder of an Easter egg scavenger hunt daily, Gericke emphasizes that buying birds should not be seen as a temporary novelty gift. “These are not Easter chickens, these are agricultural birds for agricultural use,” he said. Tractor Supply has everything that both the first time flock owners and those with more experience may need, he said. In addition to their egg-cellent advice, they have informational magazines and pamphlets, feeders, bedding, heat bulbs and lamps, chicken themed home décor, gift items, and more. There’s a plethora of coops available online for when you’re

ready to bring your birds home to roost. They come in a large number of sizes and styles. Many are built to provide feed storage as well as a safe place for your feathered friends to comfortably move around and lay their eggs. A Good Egg There are many reasons to raise chickens, but Gericke finds there’s one that stands out. “A lot of people like to know where their food is coming from – it gives you peace of mind,” he said. It’s important to them to know how they are being treated and what they are eating, he added. Tractor Supply honors this value by conscientiously caring for the young chicks while under their supervision. Shipped by the U.S. Postal Service from Iowa’s Hoover Hatchery, the fragile creatures are warmed by lamps, given organic feed, and water fortified with vitamins. “It’s like chicken Gatorade,” joked Gericke. Carefully dipping any hesitant birds’ beaks into the water will usually encourage them all to drink, he said. “Ninety-nine percent of them are in good health when they get here and we do everything we can to keep them healthy,” he said.

added benefits of their waste as fertilizer is educational for kids and adults alike. “We get more buyers than lookers, but everyone comments, ‘they’re sooo cute’,” said Gericke. For more information go to

Week of March 10 – March 16, 2017




Out with the old?

by Katherine Morna Towne

for Saratoga TODAY I’ve always been a nostalgic and sentimental person. I just recently came across the card my grandmother gave me for my twelfth birthday, I still have soda can tabs from dates I had with my husband before we were married hanging on my keychain, and I have every hospital wristband associated with anything to do with the kids (giving birth, Urgent Care visits, etc.). I like this about me—I like finding things that I’ve saved that bring me right back to the moment when I received them or remind me in a special way of the person to whom they’re connected. Despite my personal nostalgic leanings, though, I never really expected to see it in my boys. Their dad’s not that way, for one thing, and I’ve generally assumed that they don’t pay much attention to what I keep or don’t keep (just like they don’t pay much attention to where I want them to put their dirty clothes, nor that I don’t want them being loud during naptime, nor that something spilled needs to be cleaned up immediately). So I’m surprised every time I realize that

my oldest totally takes after me—he treasures all the special things he’s ever been given, since he was tiny. I was surprised when No. 5 told me recently that when he grows up he’s going to keep all his stuffed animals behind his pillow so he can “remember his childhood.” (He’s only five!) And I was surprised at how devastated they all were when we decided to throw away our old couch and get a new one. Oh, that old couch! It was one of the first and only pieces of furniture we ever bought brand new. We got it right after we got married, so it’s fourteen years old. It’s been through a lot in those fourteen years, not least of all being the six boys that have jumped on it, jumped off it, puked on it, torn it, and generally destroyed it in the way little boys will. We had to flip the cushions over long ago because they were so worn, and the wood frame was exposed in several places where the upholstery was torn. Legos, broken crayons, and cracker crumbs could be found in every crevice, even though my husband regularly pulled it all apart to clean it out and vacuum it. It sagged in the middle, which meant only two people could really sit comfortably on it—one on either end—otherwise you’d fall toward the middle. Don’t get me wrong—there were a lot of things about that old couch that I knew I’d miss. The fact that we bought it as newlyweds, for one thing. Also how I slept on the couch for the first six weeks after my last two babies were born, as well as any time any of the boys was sick, so I could tend to them at night without waking up the rest of the house, and I was always remarkably comfortable. In fact, it was, in general, a very comfortable couch for me—the

sagging middle that was so annoying for anyone trying to sit on the couch was actually perfect for me when I lay down on it, as my hip fit perfectly in that valley. I loved its color (navy blue). I didn’t love that the back cushions weren’t attached, so they were constantly being thrown around and were totally misshapen by the time we got rid of the couch, but I did love that it was so easy to manipulate the cushions into the perfect comfy shape. Indeed, it was a couch to love. But even I, with all of my sentimentality and sobbiness over the passage of time and the milestones that mark it, couldn’t wait to throw that couch away when it finally came time to do so. It was ragged and filthy, and we needed more seating. We replaced it with a sectional that all eight of us can sit comfortably on at the same time! It’s everything we didn’t have in the old couch. When the boys found out we’d be throwing the old couch away though, what a collective wail went up! “No Mama!” they said. “We can’t throw the couch away! We LOVE the old couch!” And they hugged it and sat on it and looked at it sadly, took pictures of it from various angles, and devised various plans for putting it somewhere else in the house, so we wouldn’t have to throw it away. What crazy kids! Fortunately, though their pleas were fruitless, their mourning didn’t last too long. The old couch is gone, the new one is here, and everyone loves it. We have very strict rules in place about no standing or jumping on the new couch and no eating on it either, which likely won’t last very long, but if we get fourteen years out of this couch with all the

people we have in our house, I’ll feel pretty good. Although, I realized recently that my oldest will be twenty six when this couch is fourteen, and I simply cannot wrap my mind around that, nor think too much about it, because

if it’s possible to be nostalgic and wistful about things that haven’t happened yet, I totally am. Kate and her husband have six sons ages 12, 10, 8, 7, 5, and 2. She can be reached at kmtowne23@



Week of March 10 – March 16, 2017


Recognizing Someone with a Personality Disorder The Importance of Paying Attention to your Feelings

by Meghan Lemery Fritz LCSW-R

for Saratoga TODAY One of the most valuable classes I took in graduate school was on Personality

Disorders. There were a few key things that the professor taught me that stayed with me both in my professional and personal life. It’s not what he taught about the specific personality disorders that made such an impact on me, rather, he taught the class to pay attention to how we felt. When you are dealing with someone with a personality disorder there is a distinct way that you will feel in your interaction with them. Individuals with a personality disorder have great difficulty dealing with other people. They tend to be inflexible, rigid, and are unable to hold themselves accountable

in relationships. Although they feel that their behavior patterns are “normal” or “right,” people with personality disorders tend to have a narrow view of the world and find it difficult to get along well with others. They can rarely apologize and if they do, the apology twists the blame back on you. For example, “I’m sorry I yelled at you, but you really are way too sensitive.” What’s helpful to remember isn’t so much what a personality disorder is, or even what the different types of disorders are as much as it is important to remember how you will feel in the presence

of someone who has a personality disorder. Here are a few common feelings that are associated with being around someone with such a personality disorder. Second Guessing Yourself: Whenever you confront someone with a personality disorder about something you are upset about, they will shift the blame back to you leaving you scratching your head and questioning your intentions. What seems clear cut to you becomes murky, confusing and distorted if you are trying to dialogue with someone who has a personality disorder. They will shift the focus and blame of the discussion back on you and you will start to question yourself and begin to wonder if you are the person in the wrong. When you find yourself in this situation stop and realize that you are talking with someone who is unable to communicate in a clean, healthy, direct way. They will be unable to apologize for their own their behavior in a way that leaves you with a feeling resolution. Do not attempt to reason simply state the facts and move on. Anger/Rage: People who suffer from personality disorders are unable to honor boundaries. They tend to say and do outrageous things that leave you feeling rage from the inside out. If you attempt to call them out on their behavior; they will put at back on you as being too sensitive or rigid. When you feel rage every time you dialogue with a person, you are most likely talking to someone with a personality disorder. Exhausted and Drained: Individuals who suffer from personality disorders will suck the life and energy right out of you. If you are spending time with someone who has a personality disorder, you will leave their company feeling exhausted, confused and drained. You may even find you come down with a cold, sore throat, aching joints or need to lay down after being

around them for any amount of time. Pay attention to how you feel and make sure if you must be around the person, it is time limited. Self-Conscious/ Not Good Enough: I can remember one of the first experiences I had early in my career counseling someone with a personality disorder. They came into my office and began asking me about my experience in the field and what schooling I had completed to get my degree. I immediately felt self-conscious and afraid that maybe I had no idea what I was doing and I felt a weird sense of shame and stupidity. After the session, I was able to process how I felt with a supervisor and she reminded me that this type of feeling almost always is the result of working with someone with a personality disorder. When you feel this sense of shame or not being good enough, do a gut check and ask yourself if you may be dealing with a person who has a personality disorder. People with personality disorders project an inflated sense of ego, and how they will feed their own ego is to find ways to make you feel small and worthless in very subtle ways. These feelings are important to keep in mind and will help give you the tools you need to keep yourself safe emotionally when you are around someone with a personality disorder. Don’t let yourself be manipulated to spend time questioning and doubting yourself. Stop the circular cycle of dysfunction and do what you need to do to separate yourself from toxic people that are stuck in their dysfunctional patterns. You are worth it! Meghan Fritz is a psychotherapist practicing in State College, PA. For more information email: Meghanlemery@

Week of March 10 – March 16, 2017




Preventing Musculoskeletal Disease in the Workplace

by Dr. Kevy Smith Chiropractor

for Saratoga TODAY Musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) is a term that refers to injuries or dysfunctions that affect the movement and function of your body. This includes dysfunction of muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves and blood vessels. Work-related MSDs are the most frequently reported cause of restricted work time. Some common work-related MSDs are carpal tunnel syndrome, rotator cuff injury, epicondylitis, and muscle sprain/strain of the neck or low back. MSDs that occur in the workplace are often a result of poor posture, repetitive stresses or sitting for extended periods of time. While many of these activities cannot be avoided while in the workplace, the injuries associated with them can be avoided. This can be achieved by maintaining good posture, employing proper ergonomics and adding some restorative stretches and activity to your daily routine. Posture is something that most of us rarely think about on a regular basis, even though it has a direct effect on our health and performance. Poor posture can lead to muscle and ligament imbalances in your body, particularly in your spine. If left unaddressed, these imbalances can lead to a variety of chronic problems such as neck pain, back pain and headaches. Sitting up tall and drawing your shoulders back promotes good postural position and reduces stress on your neck and shoulders. Using a lumbar support pillow encourages better posture by supporting the natural lordodic curve in your

lumbar spine and reducing stress on your low back. Uncrossing your legs while sitting will also improve your posture. Crossing your legs while you sit alters your pelvic position which can cause unwanted stress on your sacroiliac joints and lead to muscle imbalances in your low back. Modifying your workspace to be more ergonomically sound can significantly reduce physical stress and fatigue and improve performance. The top of your computer screen should be at eye level or

slightly below to help reduce neck strain. A chair with adjustable arm rests will allow you to position your arms comfortably by your side at a 90-degree angle, reducing stress on your shoulders. An under-the-desk keyboard tray reduces stress on your elbows and wrists. Maintaining one position, particularly sitting, for prolonged periods of time can be detrimental to your musculoskeletal health. Taking short, one-minute breaks throughout the day to do some quick stretches can significantly

reduce the risk of developing an MSD. Sit-Stand desks are also a great option. Research shows that transitioning from sitting to standing every 30 minutes throughout the day can have significant health benefits. Dr. Kevy Smith is a second-generation chiropractor and Saratoga Springs native. A graduate from Palmer College

of Chiropractic-West in San Jose, California, she recently moved back to Saratoga Springs to join her family’s practice, Smith Chiropractic, located on South Broadway. For questions or comments regarding spinal health or wellness please visit our website www. or call us at (518) 587-2064



Week of March 10 – March 16, 2017


“Soup”er Social Fridays

by Kate Bunster Marketing Director Saratoga Senior Center for Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Speed dating, socializing, soup– there’s no question that Fridays are changing at the Adult and Senior Center of Saratoga. That’s all thanks to “Soup”er Social Fridays. “Fridays used to be so quiet in here,” said Lois Celeste, Executive Director. “Now we have over 250 people coming through the door.” During “Soup”er Social Fridays, members can buy a cup of homemade soup for $2 and enjoy either a cultural art, educational or social event. So far, the Center has brought in educational presentations on Diamond Jim Brady and Lillian Russell, Wills vs. Trusts, a “speed friending” event and more.

Bonnie Clark.

“Soup”er Social Fridays, which launched in January 2017, was developed in response to a survey the Center sent out in December to gain more insight into member needs. The results showed a strong demand for more food and social networking opportunities. At the core of this demand is the changing face of seniors, according to Celeste. “The baby boomers are here,” said Celeste. “They are very active physically and mentally, and like programs and activities that speak to their interests. We have rebuilt the

center physically and programmatically to appeal to seniors of all ages, interests, and abilities with everything from art and yoga classes to bingo, international trips, and the classical arts. We have it all.” The Center also brings in a local restaurant each month to prepare dinner for its members for $12 per person. This is usually a sold-out event that brings in about 100 seniors, according to Celeste. They also do a Take-Out Dinner every Monday with Village Pizzeria. In addition to providing an outlet for the active boomer demographic, “Soup”er Social

Fridays also appeals to the member population who would otherwise have little social interaction throughout the day without these programs. One of those people is Bonny Clark, who recently joined the Senior Center. “I like coming here for soup,” says Clark. “If I wasn’t here, I would be eating at home alone.” Unfortunately, this is not a unique case. University of Georgia research recently looked at 3,530 people age 60 and older and found those who reported being chronically lonely had more doctor

visits. A recent University of California-San Francisco study said older adults who described themselves as lonely have a 59 percent greater risk of functional decline and a 45 percent greater risk of death. The Senior Center hopes to continue to decrease this number with programs like “Soup”er Social Fridays. “The essential point is that people want to be together and build a sense of community. Our staff and volunteers at The Saratoga Senior Center are working to bring all seniors together in a fun, supportive environment,” said Celeste.

Week of March 10 – March 16, 2017




Should You Have a Trust as Part of Your Estate Plan? How to Determine What Trust Might be Right for You What is an Irrevocable Trust? An irrevocable trust cannot be revoked by the creator, and is often used in asset preservation planning to assist the creator in later qualifying for Medicaid. Anything transferred into a properly drafted irrevocable trust more than five years before a Medicaid application is filed will not be counted as an asset of the Medicaid applicant.

by Matthew J. Dorsey, Esq. for Saratoga TODAY Trusts come in many different forms and serve multiple different purposes. Whether a Trust should be included in your estate plan is something you should discuss with your attorney. To aid you in your discussion, here is a primer on the most common types of trusts used in estate planning. What is a Revocable Trust? A revocable trust holds property for you during your lifetime. You can revoke the trust and take back ownership of the property at any time that you choose. Revocable trusts are sometimes used in the place of Wills in order to avoid the probate process. If avoiding the probate of a Will is your goal, you should take care to ensure that all of your property is held by your revocable trust or is otherwise held in a non-probate form, i.e. as joint property with a spouse.

What is a Supplemental Needs Trust? A supplemental needs trust can be set up for the benefit of a disabled person by a third party. For example, a father may set one up for his disabled child in his Will, so that money will be available for the child’s care after the father’s death. A supplemental needs trust does not affect the eligibility of the disabled child for governmental benefits, such as SSI or Medicaid. One of the advantages of a third party supplemental needs trust is that the principal of the trust can be left to other family members after the death of the disabled person. What is a Special Needs Trust? A special needs trust is similar to a third party supplemental needs trust in that it does not affect the eligibility of a disabled beneficiary for governmental benefits. In contrast to a third party supplemental needs trust, a special needs trust is set up with the disabled person’s own funds – sometimes from the proceeds of

a personal injury settlement. In addition, funds left in the trust after the disabled person’s death must be used to pay off any lien Medicaid has for providing medical care during the disabled person’s lifetime. What is an Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust? An Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust (ILIT) is often used to assist with the payment of potential estate taxes. When the ILIT is established, the creator gifts money to the Trust to purchase a life insurance policy on his or her life. Over the course of the creator’s life, he or she gifts additional money to the ILIT to pay annual premiums, keeping the annual gifts below the annual exclusion amount for federal gift tax purposes. This allows the value of the insurance policy to grow outside of the taxable estate of the creator. Upon the creator’s death, the death benefit paid under the life insurance policy is not part of the creator’s taxable estate and is therefore available to help pay any estate taxes that are levied on the creator’s estate.

In addition to the trusts mentioned above, trusts may be used by estate planning attorneys for a variety of other reasons. Quite commonly, trusts are used in Wills to control the distribution of money to children. For example, you can set up a trust in your Will to hold money for your child until they reach the age of 30, while allowing your Trustee to distribute funds to your child for purposes that are worthwhile, i.e. for education or the purchase of a new home. This control of funds on a child’s behalf can help prevent money from potentially being dissipated on less worthy “needs” like sports cars or luxury vacations.

Whether a trust should be part of your estate plan is a discussion you should have with your attorney. As you can see, trusts come in a great variety of types and serve many purposes. An experienced professional can help you make the right decisions based on your personal circumstances. Matthew J. Dorsey, Esq. is a Partner with O’Connell and Aronowitz, 1 Court Street in 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, mdorsey@oalaw. com and



Week of March 10 – March 16, 2017


Senior Calendar…

Adult and Senior Center of Saratoga 5 Williams St, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 (518) 584-1621 WHATS NEW To Go dinners with Village Pizza/ Villago Pizzeria every Monday night! A portion of the proceeds go to the center. Orders must be placed the Friday before dinner. Call the center for menu details 518-584-1621. Pick up or drive through AT THE CENTER 3:30-5:30PM. $14 serves 2, $24 serves 4. March Menu: 3/13 - Chicken Broccoli Alfredo with Pasta Fagioli Soup 3/20 - Pasta Mellanzano: Grilled Egg Parm with Grape Tomatoes, Roasted Peppers, 3 Cheese and Salad 3/27- Pasta Primavera with Kale Pesto and Escarole Bean Soup

FEBRUARY HAPPENINGS March 10, 2PM Organize Senior Moves FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Join us for an information packed presentation featuring Lori Tracey, owner of Organize Senior Moves Saratoga. Topics will include: - Stress free Decluttering - Downsizing and Sorting

- Creating More Storage in a Smaller Space - Organization Tips and Tricks March 10, 2-3 Speed Dating/ Friending & Ice Cream FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Come meet a new friend! Rotate around the room as you spend 5 minutes with each person, asking them provided questions. Leave with a new network of friends to travel, hangout with or simply talk to! Ice cream to follow. March 13, 10-12 Public Health Screening FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! March 14, 5:30, Chef Maureen Clancy and the Culinary Students of Boces- Members only Corned Beef and Cabbage, Bread & Assorted Desserts March 14, 10-11AM New Year, New You: Nutrition with Siobhan Small changes for a healthy lifestyle. Healthy meal options for you to taste. March 16, 10AM-12PM. CHAT WITH A PHARMACIST – FREE! Make an appointment for a private consultation with Pharmacist

Jennifer Symon. Bring in your list of medications. Appointments are 20 minutes. March 17, 1:45-2:15PM Irish Step Dancers FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Come celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with some good old- fashioned Irish step dancing! This social hour will feature refreshments and Irish step dancing by Wild Irish Acres Dancers under the direction of Terri Hughes. March 23, 12:30-2:30 Irish Music History - Music and refreshments. Join Tim O’Shea and Oona Grady for a talk, demonstration (with live music) and introduction on Irish Folk Music. March 22, 2PM Medicare Advantage Plan – FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Learn about Medicare, followed by Q&A. March 24, 2-3PM Mineral Springs Presentation - FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Join Aime “Trent” Millet, President of the Mohawk-Hudson Dowsers as he discusses the history of Saratoga’s mineral springs. Trent has concentrated the last years on research, experiences, medical history and re-validating the healing waters of Saratoga. March 31, 2PM The Many-Layered Victorian Woman $2 members/ $5 nonmembers A look at Victorian underclothes, fashion, and activities for women through photos, hands-on items, and advertisements. Victorian tea to follow. Presented by Kim Harvish from the Chapman Museum. Please sign up. March 23, 12:30-2:30 Irish Music and History Refreshments and music! Join Tim O’Shea and Oona Grady for a talk, demonstration (with live music) and introduction on Irish Folk Music. Sponsored by Janney Montgomery Scott LLC. $2 members/ $5 nonmembers March 31, 8:30-9:30 Monthly Hot Breakfast OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Let staff cook for you as you wait for April dinner and trip sign up to begin (10AM)! Admission is $5.

RSVP required. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! THURSDAYS,9:15-10:15AM VETERAN’S GROUP FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! In this six-week series, you will talk, share, and discuss veteran senior needs. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, please call Jay at 518-584-1621 x 202.

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO: • Pick up pastries from Price Chopper and bring them to the Center in the morning • Deliver newsletters to housing sites and locations around town If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Kris Wurl: 518-5841621 x208.

SENIORS ON THE GO! TRIPS Tues, March 14 - Triskele Celtic Music at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Get in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit with Celtic music by Triskele. Pay $10 at sign up. Leave the center at 11AM. Lunch to follow at Dinosaur BBQ. Bring lunch money. Tues, March 21 - Norman Rockwell Museum HannaBarbera: The Architects of Saturday Morning is the first museum exhibition on the world’s most successful animation partnership. The exhibit provides a glimpse of the extraordinary story of how two astute businessmen reacted to a dying film animation industry and revolutionized a new format for their product, while hiring the best talent in the business, and explores how their product transformed over the years and adapted through government restrictions, corporate changes, and changing viewing habits. Pay $15 at sign up. Bring additional $17 for admission and lunch money. Leave the center at 9:15AM. Lunch at Main Street Cafe. Fri, March 24 HVCC Flower Show Full scale gardens - over 100 floral exhibits - hourly lectures & cooking demonstrations

- outdoor living & garden themed retail exhibits - wine tastings. Lunch at Moscatellos Italian Restaurant. Pay $22 at sign up. Bring lunch and shopping money. Leave the center at 9AM. Sign up by March 20th. Tues., March 28 Albany Museum - New Exhibit: Ice Age! The Empire State Plaza Art Collection has been heralded as one of the greatest collections of modern American art in any single public site. It features 20 works by 17 artists and includes paintings and sculpture by modern masters such as Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, Helen Frankenthaler, Franz Kline, David Smith, and Alexander Calder. Pay $10 van fee at sign up. Leave the center at 9AM. Lunch at Cafe Madison. Bring $5 admission fee and lunch money. Thurs., March 30 National Bottle Museum Situated in the heart of Ballston Spa, NY is a museum whose mission is to preserve the history of our nation’s first major industry: Bottle making. Exhibits inside of the National Bottle Museum allow visitors to view thousands of glass bottles that were produced by strong men who toiled in intense heat for 12 hours a day, six days a week when the demand for glass containers was staggering. Pay $5 van fee at sign up. Bring additional $5 for admission and lunch money. Leave the center at 10AM. Lunch at the Route 50 Diner. Thurs., May 11 Cabaret at Proctors Based on a book by Christopher Isherwood, Cabaret tells the story of a seedy nightclub in 1930’s Berlin where a young English performer strikes up a relationship with an American writer, all while a zealous Master of Ceremonies commands the action at the Kit Kat Klub. Pay $61 at sign up. Leave the center at 10:30AM. Show is at 1:30PM. Sign up by March 16th.

Week of March 10 – March 16, 2017




Tax-wise Retirement Savings

by Stephen Kyne, Sterling Manor Financial, LLC for Saratoga TODAY It’s tax season again! Unless you’re expecting a large refund, or you’re an accountant, you’re probably not really that excited about this time of year. For many of us, though, this is when we can review what actions we could be taking to improve our tax liability position today and in the future. One of the biggest things we can do to impact our tax liability is to take a look at your retirement savings contributions and how they are treated for tax purposes. With so many different types of retirement accounts out there, it can be confusing to know just where to save. Let’s cover some basics. All qualified retirement plans generally fall into two categories for the purpose of taxation. The first 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. Conceptually, I like to think of it this way: 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. The second 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. Or, the “seed” money is tax-free, but the “harvest” grows to be fully-taxable when you withdraw it in retirement. We call these tax-deferred 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. So, where’s the best place to put your savings? The answer is, it depends. The old way of thinking was that people would spend less money in retirement, therefore they would be in a lower tax bracket, meaning that taxdeferred accounts would be more beneficial since you get a tax break on the contributions and the withdrawals would be taxed at, assumedly, a lower rate. That sort of thinking is starting to break down as, today, people are retiring and finding that they want to do things with their new-found time, and those things cost money. Retirees are spending more time and money traveling, buying “toys”, and generally enjoying themselves. Many are finding themselves in the same or higher tax bracket in retirement, meaning tax-deferred accounts are being hit hard by taxes. 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 as long as you do! Contributing to a mixture of retirement accounts can help accomplish this goal. 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 3 percent of your salary, try to contribute 3 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 employersponsored tax-deferred plan. Contribution limits range from $12,500 (with a $3,000 catch-up) for SIMPLE plans, to $18,000 (with a $6,000 catchup) for 401(k)s, 403(b)s, 457 Deferred Compensation plans, SARSEPs. Certain plans could even accept contributions as high as $210,000!

Of course, these are just rules of thumbs — guides- and you should be working closely with your financial advisor and tax advisor to determine the most effective way to save for your retirement while maximizing and balancing tax-efficiency for today, and keeping an eye on your needs in the future. Once you’ve retired, and stopped earning an income, the actions you take today will help determine whether your assets will be available to support you for your lifetime.

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 & Co., Inc. Member FINRA/SIPC. Advisory services offered through Sterling Manor Financial, LLC, an SEC registered investment advisor or Cadaret Grant and Co., Inc. Sterling Manor Financial and Cadaret, Grant are separate entities.


Week of March 10 – March 16, 2017

Places of Adirondack Christian Fellowship   8 Mountain Ledge, Wilton 587-0623 | Services: Sunday 8 a.m. & 10 a.m. Adirondack Friends Meeting 27 Saratoga Ave, South Glens Falls 793-3755 | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Assembly of God Faith Chapel 6 Burgoyne St, Schuylerville 695-6069 | Rev. Jason Proctor Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Assembly of God Saratoga 118 Woodlawn Ave, Saratoga Springs 584-6081 | Services: Sunday Worship 10 a.m. Bacon Hill Reformed Church* 560 Route 32N, Bacon Hill | 695-3074 Rev. Janet Vincent | Services: Worship service 10 a.m.; Sunday School 10 a.m. Ballston Center Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church 58 Charlton Road, Ballston Spa | 885-7312 Services: Sunday Worship, 10:30 a.m. Ballston Spa United Methodist Church 101 Milton Ave, Ballston Spa 885-6886 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Bethesda Episcopal Church* 41 Washington Street, Saratoga Springs | 584-5980 The Very Rev’d Marshall J. Vang Services: Sunday 8:00AM & 10:00AM Calvary Capital District 17 Low Street, Ballston Spa | Pastor Andrew Holt Services: Sunday 10 am | Church of Christ at Clifton Park 7 Old Route 146, Clifton Park 371-6611 | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Charlton Freehold Presbyterian Church 768 Charlton Rd., Charlton | Services: Sunday 10 am Phone: 399-4831 Christ Community Reformed Church 1010 Route 146, Clifton Park | 371-7654 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Christ Episcopal Church 15 West High St, Ballston Spa | 885-1031 Services: Sunday 8 & 10 a.m. Christian Restoration Ministries Saratoga Senior Center 5 Williams St, Saratoga Springs 796-4323 | Pastor Pat Roach Services: Sunday 6:30 p.m. Christian Science Church 107 Circular St, Saratoga Springs 584-0221 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m.

Community Alliance Church 257 Rowland St, Ballston Spa 885-6524 | Services: Morning Worship 10:30 a.m. Congregation Shaara Tfille* 84 Weibel Avenue, Saratoga Springs 584-2370 | Services: Saturday 10 a.m. Corinth Free Methodist Church   20 Hamilton Ave, Corinth 654-9255; 792-0271 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Corinth United Methodist Church 243 Main Street, Corinth 654-2521 | Services: Sunday 11 a.m. Cornerstone Community Church 100 Saratoga Village Blvd. #8 Ballston Spa. | 664-5204 | Pastor Frank Galerie Services: Sunday 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Community 2001 Route 9, Round Lake 877-8506 | Services: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 8 & 11 a.m.; Eastern Orthodox — Christ the Savior 349 Eastline Road, Ballston Lake 212-7845 | Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. First Baptist Church of Saratoga Springs 45 Washington St, Saratoga Springs 584-6301 | Services: Sunday 12 noon First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa 202 Milton Ave, Ballston Spa 885-8361 | Services: 10:30 a.m. worship, (9 a.m. in July and August) 9 a.m. Sunday School (all ages) First Presbyterian Church of Ballston Spa 22 West High St, Ballston Spa 885-5583 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Full Gospel Tabernacle 207 Redmond Road, Gansevoort 793-2739 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Galway United Methodist Church 2056 East St, Galway | 882-6520 Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. (9 a.m. in July and August)

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


Week of March 10 – March 16, 2017

Worship NorthStar Church 970 Rt. 146, Clifton Park 371-2811 | Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. & 11:15 a.m.

St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church 149 Lake Ave, Saratoga Springs 584-0904 | Services: Saturday 5 p.m.; Sundays 8:30 & 11 a.m.

Old Saratoga Reformed Church* 48 Pearl St., Schuylerville Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Old Stone Church (American Baptist) 159 Stone Church Road, Ballston Spa 583-1002 | Service 10:30 a.m. Our Lady of Grace Roman Catholic Church* 73 Midline Road, Ballston Lake 399-5713 | Services: Saturday 5:30 p.m. Sunday 10:30 a.m. Presbyterian-NE Congregational Church 24 Circular St, Saratoga Springs 584-6091 | Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m. Quaker Springs United Methodist Church* 466 Route 32, Schylerville 695-3101 | Pastor Ben Lalka Services: Sunday 9 a.m. River of Hope Fellowship 100 Saratoga Village Blvd, Malta Cmns, Ste. 3 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Roman Catholic Church of St. Peter 241 Broadway, Saratoga Springs 584-2375 | Services: Saturday 5 p.m.; Sunday 7:30, 9 and 11 a.m. St. Clement’s Roman Catholic Church* 231 Lake Ave, Saratoga Springs 584-6122 | Services: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 8, 9:30, 11:15 a.m. and 5 p.m., 1 p.m. Spanish Service St. George’s Episcopal Church 912 Route 146, Clifton Park 280-7196 | Services: Saturday 4:30 p.m.; Sunday 8 & 9:30 a.m. St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church* 3159 Route 9N, Greenfield Center 893-7680 Services: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church* 167 Milton Ave, Ballston Spa 885-7411 | Services: Saturday 4 p.m., Sunday 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., Noon. St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church* 771 Route 29, Rock City Falls 885-4677 | Services: Saturday 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.; Sunday 8:30 am.

St. Peter Lutheran Church 2776 Route 9, Malta | 583-4153 Services: Sunday 8:30 & 10:30 a.m.; Sunday School at 9:15 a.m. St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church 1 Grove Street, Schuylerville 695-3918 | Rev. Donna J. Arnold Services: Sunday 8 & 9 a.m. St. Thomas of Canterbury 242 Grooms Road, Halfmoon | 348-0842 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Saratoga Abundant Life Church 2 Hutchins Rd. Saratoga Springs 885-5456 | Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. Saratoga Chabad 130 Circular St, Saratoga Springs 526-0773 | Saratoga Friends Meeting (Quaker) 571 Rt32, Quaker Springs 587-7477; 399-5013 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Saratoga United Methodist Church* 175 Fifth Ave, Saratoga Springs 584-3720 | Services: Sunday 9:00am and 10:45am Saratoga Seventh-Day Adventist Church 399 Union Ave, Saratoga Springs 587-6951 | Services: Sabbath School: 10 a.m. Worship Service: 11 a.m. Schuylerville United Methodist Church 51 Church St., Schuylerville 695-3101 | Services: Sunday 11 a.m. Shenendehowa United Methodist 971 Route 146, Clifton Park 371-7964 Services: Sunday 9 & 10:45 a.m. Simpson United Methodist Church 1089 Rock City Road, Rock City Falls 885-4794 Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m.

Soul Saving Station for Every Nation Christ Crusaders of America 62 Henry St, Saratoga Springs Services: Sunday 10 a.m. | 584-3122 www.SOULSAVINGSTATIONCHURCH.COM Stillwater Christian Fellowship Meeting at Liberty Ridge Farm 29 Bevis Road, Schaghticoke, NY 12154 288-8802 | Services 10 a.m. Stillwater United Church (Presbyterian U.S.A.) 135 Hudson Avenue, Stillwater | 664-7984 Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Temple Sinai* 509 Broadway, Saratoga Springs 584-8730 | Shabbat Services: Friday 6 p.m. or 8p.m. (rotating schedule) Saturdays: 10:30a.m. Terra Nova Church* 45 Washington St, Saratoga Springs 833-0504 | Services: Sunday 9 a.m. The Salvation Army/ Worship, Service & Community Center 27 Woodlawn Ave, Saratoga Springs 584-1640 Services: Sunday School 10 a.m.; Praise & Worship 11 a.m. Trinity United Methodist Church 155 Ballard Road, Gansevoort 584-9107 | Rev Keith Mann Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Saratoga Springs 624 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs 584-1555 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Unity Church in Albany 21 King Ave., Albany 453-3603 Services: Sunday 9 a.m. & 11 a.m. | Sunday School: 11 a.m. Summer Services: 9 a.m. West Charlton United Presbyterian Church 1331 Sacandaga Road, West Charlton 882-9874 | Rev. Thomas Gregg Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. | Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Wilton Baptist Church 755 Saratoga Road, Wilton 583-2736 | Services: Sunday 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

* = Wheelchair Accessible



Week of March 10 – March 16, 2017

What I Eat When My Wife’s Away Jim’s Spicy Meatloaf Ingredients

Saturdays, 9 to 1

by Jim Gupta-Carlson for Saratoga TODAY My home state of Minnesota is known for a few things: SPAM, Prince, and hot dish. The beauty of “hot dish” is that one word: dish. Everything goes into a single dish. I love food, particularly the good food that we make with produce and meats and other goods from the Saratoga Farmers’ Market, where I spend nearly every Saturday. I do not love doing dishes. My wife Himanee is a good complement to my simple tastes she believes every meal should contain 57 flavors, and every one of them should be prepared and served in its own dish. Running our homestead by myself when Himanee travels for work is tough. But it comes with some pleasures: Simply prepared fresh food, bourbon, and listening to Prince and Phil Collins without ear plugs. So, as she began planning a trip to India with her parents, I started dreaming about food. Food that can be cooked in a few minutes. Food that

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. - 2 tablespoons olive 2. Heat the olive oil in a heavy 10” skillet over oil medium heat. Add the - 1 onion, chopped onion, celery, green - 1 stalk celery, pepper, and garlic, and chopped cook uncovered for 5 - 1 green bell to 6 minutes, stirring pepper, constantly, until the chopped vegetables are tender. 3. Add the salt, peppers, - 3 cloves garlic, cumin, Worcestershire minced* sauce, and Tabasco sauce - 1/2 teaspoon salt and mix well. Remove the - 1/4 teaspoon skillet from the heat and cayenne pepper let cool 15 minutes. - 1/8 teaspoon white 4. Transfer the vegetable pepper mixture to a bowl and stir in the milk, ketchup, eggs, - 1/8 teaspoon and bread crumbs and pepper mix well. - 1/2 teaspoon 5. Then add the ground cumin meat and ground pork - 1 tablespoon and mix gently with Worcestershire your hands, just until sauce combined. Place the - 1/2 teaspoon meatloaf mixture into Tabasco sauce a greased, 9”x5” loaf pan, patting gently and - 1/4 cup milk* evening off the top. - 1/4 cup ketchup 6. Combine the salsa and - 2 eggs, beaten* tomato paste in a small - 1/2 cup soft bread bowl and spread over the crumbs* top of the meatloaf. - 1 pound ground 7. Bake the meatloaf, goat, lamb, uncovered, at 375 degrees mutton, or beef* for 50-55 minutes or until it is dark brown - 1 pound ground and the meat pulls away pork* from the sides of pan. - 1 cup salsa* The interior temperature - 2 tablespoons should be 160 degrees F tomato paste as measured with a meat thermometer. Carefully drain the fat from pan. Cover the meatloaf and let stand for 10-15 minutes. Remove it from the pan and put it onto a serving platter before slicing. * Ingredients can be found at the market

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can be eaten directly from the pan in which it’s cooked. Food that is healthy and flavorful but lacks frippery. For instance: - apples and cider from Saratoga Apple; - carrots from Gomez Veggie Ville; - Asian greens from Pleasant Valley Farm;

- Potatoes from Sheldon Farms; - Steak from Longlesson, Lewis Waite or M&A farms. These are good healthy, hearty local foods that can be cooked easily and cleanly - and without a kitchen full of dirty dishes. My favorite meals when I’m home alone? To some extent, it depends on the season. But being a Minnesota kid, I’m a meat and a potatoes man. So a steak thrown on the grill, pork chops seared in a cast iron cooking pan, goat riblets, chicken roasted with a little rub of black pepper, paprika, and garlic is the first step. And then we have potatoes, which I like best as fries. I slice them up, wrap them in foil, bake them until they’re soft, and then give them a quick fry. I eat them with catsup or barbecue sauce that I make from our garden. I might also add some horseradish or Ballston Spa Apiaries’ honey mustard to my meat, and I will eat salad greens. Or maybe kale, as long as I can cook it quickly in a pan with nothing more than a little water, lemon juice and oil. Visit the Saratoga Farmers’ Market Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lincoln Baths Building in the Saratoga Spa State Park.



Week of March 10 – March 16, 2017

Pop Goes The Muffin!

by John Reardon for Saratoga TODAY Hello my Foodie Friends. Happy Blueberry Popover Day!!! It’s great when a great food has a special day! Combining two great treats, Blueberries and Popovers is just the ticket for a Friday in March!! Have some fun with your children or grandchildren making this American treat! When baking popovers your house fills with aromas that will stay with your family a lifetime! I can smell them now just writing about them! Most food historians, by and large, agree that popovers are an American recipe. However, the popover descended from a staple food item from England, which is the 17th century “Yorkshire pudding...”. The name “popovers” originated from the fact that when baking, the batter puffs up and pops over the muffin or baking tin. Having the correct pan is important to making airy popovers with golden domes. The secret is how the batter lies in the pan. A popover pan is deep with steep-sided wells. This forces the batter upwards creating puffy domes and crispy sides. Make sure you have the right pan for the job and we here at CTTC have a nice assortment to choose from. Our favorite one is from Nordicware and for people watching their weight they have a Petite Popover pan which, as you know, is only a quarter of the calories of a full sized Popover! Either one will make your mouth water! 70 Years of Innovation With wife Dotty at his side, Dave Dalquist returned from WWII to start a business. From humble beginnings in a basement, Nordic Ware has become an intentionally distributed kitchenware brand with a variety of product lines, hundreds of products and millions of fans! Still a family owned and

operated buisness in the US, the company is honored to occupy a place in the new Food History exhibit at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. Last fall, Nordic Ware was chosen for the prestigious 2015 Minnesota Manufacturing Award for Sustainability, which confims they work hard to minimize their environmental footprint. Our company moves into 2017 poised for the future, with last year setting an all-time record in sales volume and production efficiency. The next time you are not sure what to pop on over with, to visit a friend or a family member, think about a creative popover to serve as a breakfast, snack, or dessert item. Come visit Saratoga Springs’ CTTC, where we have Tools for Cooks and are located in the Compliments to the Chef plaza at 46 Marion Ave. Have fun with family and friends and Pop on over to their house with some delicious treats just to say “Hello” or that “I love you!” Remember my Foodie Friends: “Life Happens in the Kitchen!” Take care, John and Paula Blueberry Popovers Prep Time: 10 mins Total Time: 45 mins Yield: 6 Large popovers INGREDIENTS: 3 eggs 1/4 cup sugar 1/2 teaspoon almond extract 1 pinch salt 1 cup milk ( 2% is fine) 1 cup flour

3 tablespoons butter 1/2 cup blueberries 1 tablespoon sugar 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 lemon powdered sugar DIRECTIONS Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Mix eggs and sugar well. Whisk in milk, then almond extract and pinch of salt. Whisk in flour, mixing until almost all the lumps are gone and the batter resembles thick

cream. Set aside. In fact, let the batter rest for an hour, if you have the time although it doesn’t matter that much. Popovers will rise slightly more if batter has rested. Place 1/2 tablespoon of cold butter in each cup of a six-muffin pan (for large muffins). When the oven has preheated, place the pan in the oven, directly on the middle oven rack. (Remove any rack that is above the pan.) Heat the pan for 3 minutes. Remove hot pan from oven.

Whisk batter, briefly, and pour into muffin pan. Add blueberries, dividing evenly among the muffins. Use a knife or fork to make sure berries are covered - even if only a little - by the batter. Bake at 450 degrees for 12 - 15 minutes. Reduce temp to 350 degrees and bake for another 20 minutes. Remove from oven and squeeze lemon juice over the tops; sprinkle with powdered sugar. Serve immediately.


LOCAL BRIEFS both new and prospective members. Come and enjoy visiting with other local artists. For more information, see our website:

Soup-er Saturday Vendor Blender We are having a Soup-er Saturday Vendor Blender on March 18, from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the South Glens Falls United Methodist Church, located at 15 Maplewood Parkway. Come for soup and stay and shop. We have approximately 15 different homemade soups that are being put together in our kitchen. We have a variety of vendors setting up booths. Many are very popular products and they will have items available on site. Concerned About Paying for College? College costs are rising at unprecedented rates; Are you properly prepared to handle the expense of higher education? Join us at the Saratoga Springs Public Library’s Susman Room for an informal meeting any first Wednesday of the month at 10 a.m. to discuss different options to pay for college education. Receive $1000 credit towards your personal Scholars Tuition Rewards* program for attending. *As recognized by U.S. News and World Report. (7 Ways to Save for Children’s Education- Sept 2014) Sponsored by, the Vermont Foundation. Consciousness-Raising Book Discussion Albany-Saratoga Spiritual Adventures is hosting a spiritual book discussion at Woodlawn Commons, 156 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs on Sunday, March 19, 6 p.m. Join us for a spiritual book discussion. All are welcome whether or not they’ve read the book. This month’s book is The Secrets of the Lost Mode of Prayer by Gregg Braden. For more information, visit or call (518) 366-9918. Southern Saratoga Artists’ Society The first meeting of 2017 will be held on Monday, March 20, 6:30 p.m. at Clifton Park Senior Community Center, 6 Clifton Common Blvd. All members are invited to bring a piece of art to share. It can be a completed piece or a work in progress. SSAS is open to the public and welcomes

Havurah Vatik Join us on Tuesday, March 21 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. for Einstein and His Nephew: the Story Beyond the Book. Uncovering the Real Einstein: Independent Research by Professor Ken Santucci. Join RPI Physics Professor Kenneth Santucci along with HV’s own Sid Gordon at Congregation Shaara Tfille, located at 84 Weible Ave, Saratoga Springs. as they relate previously undiscovered new information about the personal history of Albert Einstein and his interactions with nephew Stephen. This is a fascinating mid-20th century story of New York and New Jersey. A catered lunch follows the program. RSVP by calling 518-584-8730. Southern Adirondack Audubon Society The March program of the Southern Adirondack Audubon Society (SAAS) will be held on Wednesday, March 22 at the Saratoga Springs Public Library on Henry Street in Saratoga Springs. John Schneider will talk about his two-week hike in the picturesque Patagonian Andes in Chile. The program will start at 7 p.m. and is free to the public. This event is part of the monthly program of the Southern Adirondack Audubon Society and is presented in partnership with the Adirondack Mountain Club. Brighter Days, Shelters of Saratoga 2017 Gala Please join Shelters of Saratoga at its 2017 Brighter Days Gala on Thursday, March 23, from 6 - 9 p.m. at Longfellows Restaurant on Union Ave. in Saratoga Springs. This annual fundraising gala provides critically needed support to over 700 individuals facing homelessness in our region each year. Guests will be treated to an evening cocktail style reception, dancing, silent auction and the core reason for its existence: providing help, hope and humanity to those most in need. Reservations: $100 per person. This year we will be honoring Saratoga Springs Police Chief, Greg Veitch with the Help, Hope and Humanity Award for his outstanding dedication of service to our community. For

Week of March 10 – March 16, 2017

more information, visit www.

Elyse at 518-899-4411 ext. 305 or

2017 Quilt Block Challenge Viewing The Adirondack Folk School will be hosting the viewing of our third Quilt Block Challenge at the School, located at 51 Main St., in Lake Luzerne on Friday evening, March 24, beginning at 6 p.m. We would be delighted if you would join us and vote on the squares you judge to be most deserving of your honor in various categories. Three skilled quilter judges and several local town officials will also be presenting ribbons. This year we have 30 squares submitted by quilters from the southern Adirondack area. The theme of the challenge is “Where to ‘Go’ in the Adirondacks”. The squares will remain on display at the School through Sunday, March 26, and then will be assembled into a sampler quilt. Raffles will be sold for the quilt and the drawing will take place at the School’s final event of the year on December 2, 2017. We hope you will join us for light fare, wine, goodies and fun! For more information call 518-696-2400.

New York State Boating Safety Course It is not too early to think summer. It’s the law in New York State: “All people born on or after May 1, 1996 must complete a boater safety course if they wish to operate a motor boat. In addition, NYS law requires a boating safety course for the operation of personal watercraft (PWC).” Bob Rivers is a National Boating Safety Council and NYS Marine Services Bureau Certified Instructor. Mr. Rivers will be offering the required 8 hour NYS training and exam leading to issuance of a NYS Boating Certificate Saturday, March 25, in Saratoga Springs at the Hub, 63 Putnam Street and Saturday, April 15, at the Shirt Factory on Lawrence Street in Glens Falls. Classes are open to anyone over 10 years of age interested in becoming a safer boater. Class cost is $50 per person. For more information contact Bob Rivers at SafeBoater@yahoo. com or 518-330-1630.

Babysitting Course Adirondack Health and Safety will once again be presenting a child and babysitting course at Gavin Park. This course is open to girls and boys, ages 10 and up. Participants will learn the basics of CABS (Child and Babysitting Safety), along with CPR and first aid. The course runs from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 25. Pre-registration and bag lunch is required. Cost for Wilton Residents is $60, Saratoga Springs School District Residents is $65, and all others is $70. Registration can be done online, by mail or in person at Gavin Park, Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Questions may be answered by calling the park office at 518-584-9455. Peter Pan Auditions Malta Spotlighter’s Theatre Troupe is holding auditions Sunday, March 26 and Monday, March 27 for “Peter Pan-A Musical Adventure!” Elyse Young, Artistic Director, is seeking dozens of teens and adults for a variety of speaking and singing roles! There are also parts for children ages 7 and older. Performances are June 17 and 18 at the Malta Community Center. Audition appointments are necessary. For more details or to schedule an appointment, contact

Craft/Vendor Show The General Schuyler Rescue Squad, located at 901 Route 29 in Saratoga Springs is hosting another Craft/Vendor Show on Saturday, March 25. We have over 35 spaces, refreshments, raffles and fun. Reserve your space for $25 by March 1. Call Jennie at 518-390-1357 or respond by e-mail. Please support your local rescue squad. The event will be held from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. The Ballston Area Community Center 19th Annual Gala Flannel up for some fun (attire) on Saturday, March 25, 6:30 p.m. at Milton Community Center located at 310 Northline Rd. Cocktails and Silent Auction, Dinner, Dancing with Hersh Productions, and Silent Auction. RSVP by March 11. RSVP’S received before March 4 will be entered in “TheEarly-Bird-Gets-The-Worm” Drawing. Let the games begin. Embrace your Inner Lumber Jack

Saratoga READS! Bus Trip Invites You to Walk in the Footsteps of Frank Sullivan Participants will depart by bus from Wilton Mall at 7 a.m. on April 1 and enjoy a full day in the midtown Manhattan neighborhood frequented by Sullivan and the other members of the Algonquin Round Table. The day will begin with lunch at the famed Algonquin Oak Room and be followed by two walking tours of the neighborhood given by Kevin Fitzpatrick, author of several books about the Round Table. After some free time to explore the neighborhood the group will gather again at the Algonquin for a cocktail (cash bar). The cost is $72 per person and includes bus transportation, lunch, and the walking tours. Departure from Manhattan back to Saratoga will be determined at a later date. To register, please contact Rhona Koretsky at or 518505-1303 and mail a registration form, which can be picked up at the library’s Information Desk, and check payable to SSPL to: 3 Longwood Drive, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. For more information about Saratoga READS!, please visit www. Annual Rummage Sale Charlton Freehold Presbyterian Church will be holding their annual Rummage Sale on Friday and Saturday, April 7, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. and April 8, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. All proceeds benefit the Deacon’s Fund. To drop off items, come to the church April 4, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. or April 6, 9 – 11 a.m. No books or electronics, please. The church is located at 768 Charlton Rd. Charlton NY. For more information call 518-399-4831 or email office@ Fighting for Mya Fundraiser The American Legion Post 234, located at 23 Pleasant Street in Ballston Spa, will host a fundraiser for 15-yearold sophomore, Mya, who was recently diagnosed with stage 4 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. This benefit will take place on April 29, 2017 at 2p.m. All support will be greatly appreciated.

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Week of March 10 – March 16, 2017

Saturday, March 11 Tang Family Saturdays

Family Friendly Event

Friday, March 10 Lenten Fish Fry Saratoga Knights of Columbus, 50 Pine Road, 5 – 7 p.m. Every Friday during Lent through April 14. Cost $10 at the door, Take-outs $11. For more information call 518584-8547.

Fish Fry Fridays Fish Creek Rod and Gun Club, Route 32 south of the village of Victory, 4:30 – 7 p.m. Fish Fry Friday will continue each Friday of the month. Menu: fried fish, fried clams, fried chicken tenders, popcorn shrimp, buffalo shrimp, and clam chowder by the bowl or by the quart. Eat in at our club house or to call ahead for take-out 518-6953917. Everyone is welcome.

Adirondack Christian Singles Coffee House Community Alliance Church, 257 Rowland St., Ballston Spa, 6 p.m. Our musicians Ray and Ed will be offering a selection of contemporary Christian songs, gospel and some oldies. We will have an open mic for those who care to offer their talents as well. Just bring a snack to share and be ready to enjoy meeting other single Christians. This is a free event. Our first coffee house in February was a huge success. Come and bring a friend for a fun relaxing evening.

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

A Taste of Italy Saratoga Wilton Elks, 1 Elks Lane, Saratoga Springs, 6 p.m. Italian Night with a purpose. Join us for the taste and experience of Italy to support the Elks Lodge #161 and Ladies Auxiliary. There will be music and raffles as well. Pasta made to order, linguini, tortellini, shrimp, chicken, sausage, mushrooms, broccoli, Alfredo, red or pink sauce, Texas toast, tossed salad, dessert. A donation of $20 is requested if paid in advance or $25 at the door. This event is co-sponsored by the Elks and Ladies Auxiliary. Reservations for tables of eight or more can be made by calling Jennifer Barry 781883-4894 or the Elks Lodge at 518-584-2585 or by signing up in the Lodge. Please make checks payable to SaratogaWilton Elks #161 and note Italian Night in the memo line.

Celebrate Purim  Congregation Shaara Tfille, 84 Weibel Ave., Saratoga Springs, 6 p.m. The entire community is invited to celebrate Purim for a deli dinner, Smaltz beer and plenty of hamantashen will be served. The Megillah Reading will begin at 6:45 p.m. followed by the Havdalah service. Afterward, musical entertainment will be provided by DJ Colin Weissman. People are encouraged to come dressed in costume as a competition will be held. The cost is $10 per adult and $5 for children under 13. For more information call 518-5842370.

CALENDAR 33 Café Malta-Irish Style Malta Community Center, One Bayberry Drive, Malta, 6:30 p.m. Town of Malta Parks and Recreation announces Café Malta-Irish Style, an intimate Coffee House just in time for St. Patrick’s Day The show starts at 7 p.m. Performers include: Frank Orsini & Don Young, Joe Lopez & Mike Yates, Owen Bennett, Dancers from Carol Lawrence School of Dance and the Singing Waitresses! Irish and folk music, dancers, and sing-a-longs! Seats $8 advanced; $12 after March 10 or at the door. Coffee and dessert will also be available for purchase. Contact The Malta Community Center at for advanced tickets or call518899-4411.

Sunday, March 12 Monthly Breakfast Fish Creek Rod and Gun Club, Route 32 south of the village of Victory, 8 – 11 a.m. Will be cooking breakfast and will continue on the second Sunday of each month all year. Eggs cooked to order, bacon, sausage, toast (white or wheat), pancakes (regular, blueberry, buckwheat, apple cinnamon), French toast, home fries, orange juice, coffee, tea, hot chocolate. Cost: Adult $8, child $4. Everyone is welcome. For more information call 518695-3917.

Monday, March 13 Thorobred Toastmasters Meeting Saratoga Regional YMCA, 290 West Ave, Saratoga Springs, 6 – 7 p.m. In Toastmasters meetings we learn by doing. Whether you’re an executive or a stayat-home parent, a college student or a retiree, you will improve yourself; building skills to express yourself in a variety of situations. You’ll open up a world of new

possibilities: giving better work presentations; leading meetings - and participating in them - more confidently; speaking more smoothly off the cuff; even handling one-on-one interactions with family, friends and colleagues more positively. Visit us at: http://7379.toastmastersclubs. org/

Tuesday, March 14 Pieroghi Sale Christ the Savior Parish, 349 Eastline Rd., Ballston Lake, Pick up 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Potato/cheese, sauerkraut and farmer’s cheese pieroghis may be ordered. Also a limited supply of stuffed clams are available. Call 518363-0001.We will not be making pieroghis in April. Please get your orders in as soon as possible.

Korean War Veterans’ Association Luncheon Parting Glass Restaurant, 40 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs, Noon. Cost is $20 for the buffet, which includes potato soup, corned beef and cabbage, Irish soda bread, bread pudding and tea or coffee. Hosts are Jean and Paul Nolan. For reservations, please phone the Nolans at 518-893-3379 by March 12. Veterans who served anywhere during the Korean conflict or in Korea at any time, spouses, widows and friends are all invited to attend. For further information or an application to join the organization, please contact Comm. Roger Calkins at 518-584-3037.

Wednesday, March 15 Guided Mindful Meditation Saratoga Springs Public Library, Susman Room, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Take a break from the daily grind and clear your mind with guided Mindful Meditation led by professionals from

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

Saratoga READS! presents In Conversation with Ian Frazier Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry St., Saratoga Springs, 7 – 8 p.m. Reporter, Thurber-Prizewinning humorist, and The New Yorker staff writer, Ian Frazier joins us to cap off the Saratoga READS! season with a discussion of his work, including his take on The New Yorker’s “Greetings, Friends” Christmas poem. Tickets are required and will be free and available at the library’s Information Desk. A book sale and signing will follow the program. Co-sponsored by: The Saratoga Springs Public Library, The Friends of the Saratoga Springs Public Library, and Northshire Bookstore Saratoga Springs.

Thursday, March 16 De-Clutter, De-Stress Your Life with Helen Volk Saratoga Springs Public Library, H. Dutcher Community Room, Noon – 1 p.m. Clutter causes stress, daily frustration, time wasted looking for things, job inefficiency and much more. This informative and entertaining talk unmasks the thoughts and emotions that keep you stuck in clutter, and will motivate you to use the tips and techniques provided to de-clutter your life – once and for all. There will be a book signing at end of talk. No registration required.

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SPAC Winter Ball Transforms Hall of Springs Into Landscape of Morocco SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Performing Arts Center’s Junior Committee

presented a night of adventure and an appreciation for beautiful culture at its Winter Ball,

on Saturday. The event, held at the Hall of Springs, featured the theme “Passport to Morocco.” All photos by

Passport to Morocco at the Hall of Springs during the SPAC Junior Committee Winter Ball on Saturday, March 4, 2017.

Kathryn Mabey, Meaghan Murphy Faso.

Stephanie Ferradino, Eleanor Mullaney, Christine Dixon.

Bob March, Mary March, Mike Goard, Marci Phinney, Mike Phinney, Robyn Edinger, Brian Edinger.

SPAC President and CEO Elizabeth Sobol, and Tonya and Mark Lawrence.

Live music by Funk Evolution.

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Laffer Gallery Hosts Opening Reception “Beyond Color” March 11

Beyond Color Opens Saturday at Laffer Gallery. Photo provided.

SCHUYLERVILLE — The Laffer Gallery will open a new exhibit, “Beyond Color,” on Saturday, March 11, at 96 Broad St. The exhibit will run through April 16 and features the work of artists Zack Lobdell, Elisa Sheehan, Josh Smith and Gary Zack. An opening reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. The Laffer Gallery is a

contemporary fine art gallery and custom frame shop owned and operated by artist Erik Laffer. The gallery showcases nationally established and emerging contemporary artists working across a variety of mediums. Exhibitions ranging from realism to abstraction rotate every 4 to 6 weeks, with opening receptions for each exhibit.

Week of March 10 – March 16, 2017

Celebration of Spring in Congress Park Honors Memory of Saratoga Springs Graduate SARATOGA SPRINGS — A celebration of spring featuring the Easter Bunny and city Mayor Joanne Yepsen will be held April 8 at Congress Park, where Taylor’s Heroes will host an annual “Egg-Stravaganza.” The event features an Easter Egg Hunt, games, a silent auction, face and nail painting, story readings and more. The Carousel will be open, and there will be a separate egg hunt area for those aged 5 and under. The Egg-Stravaganza benefits Taylor’s Heroes, a Saratoga Springs based non-profit offering free programs in fitness and nutrition for kids 8-18 founded in memory of David Taylor Miller, who was killed in June 2010, when a suicide bomber attacked a checkpoint he guarded at Lar Sholtan village in northeast Afghanistan. He was 19 years old. Taylor’s Heroes is a non-profit organization created in 2011 in memory of the 2009 Saratoga Springs High School graduate. “The whole idea behind the charity is to help children get fit and learn the basics of nutrition while they have a lifetime to enjoy the benefits,” explained Leslie Miller, board president and the mother of Taylor. Miller and a board of advisors came up with a plan of action to help kids and teens establish healthy eating and exercise habits they can carry through their lifetime. The curriculum centers around a free 14-week fitness and

Taylor’s Heroes annual "Egg-Stravaganza" will take place April 8 at Congress Park. Photo provided.

nutrition program for children ages 8 through 18. Participants are given a free membership to the Saratoga Regional YMCA for three months; weekly group personal training; the opportunity to try any two sports; nutrition and cooking classes with their family; a food diary to track daily diet and activity; and an opportunity to win prizes at the completion

of the program. Tickets are $10 for children 2-12 years old. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance by visiting www.brownpapertickets. com/event/2495601. Rain date is 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 9. For more information on Taylor’s Heroes, visit, or call (518) 683-8425.

Wanted: Performers for First Night Saratoga 2018 SARATOGA SPRINGS — From comedy and dance to magic and music a wide variety of acts are currently being sought for First Night Saratoga 2018.

The oldest and largest New Year’s Eve celebration between New York City and Montreal, First Night Saratoga brings over 15,000 revelers to the city of

Saratoga Springs and is staged on Dec. 31. An artist application is available via Saratoga Arts website at:

Lake Theatre To Hold Auditions for Summer and Fall SeasonThis Weekend LAKE GEORGE — The Lake Theatre will hold local Equity and Non-Equity auditions for its 2017 season noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, March 11 and 12 at the Holiday Inn Resort, in Lake George. The Lake Theatre operates under a Dinner Theatre contract with Actors Equity Association. Actor salary: Minimum $590/ wk. Actors must be available for

daytime rehearsals and matinee performances, Tuesdays through Thursdays. All positions are paid. Actors will audition from sides available at the audition. No memorization required. The season includes Neil Simon’s “Last Of The Red Hot Lovers” (contract runs from July 6- Sept. 2) and “The Great Kooshog Lake Hollis McCauly Fishing Derby,” by Norm Foster

(contract runs Aug. 31 – Oct. 21). Auditions will be by appointment. Please bring a headshot/ resume to the audition and, if possible, forward a headshot/ resume to Producer, Terry Rabine at For questions or to make an audition appointment, please call 518 3064404.For more information, go to:

Week of March 10 – March 16, 2017

Chris Rock to Hit Regional Stage for First Tour in 9 Years

ALBANY – Grammy and Emmy Award winning comedian, actor, director, writer and producer, Chris Rock will perform at the Palace Theatre in Albany on April 10. Billed as The Total Blackout Tour 2017, the show

is part of the comedian’s first tour in more than nine years. Tickets are $49.50, $69.50 and $125 and go on sale Friday, March 10 at the Palace Theatre Box Office, 19 Clinton Ave., Ticketmaster Charge-by-Phone at 800-745-3000, or online at

SPAC – Lena’s Forge Performance Partnership SARATOGA SPRINGS — A new partnership between the Saratoga Performing Arts Center and Caffè Lena will encompass jointly curated and presented programs at both venues, beginning with and April 25 performance by St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble at Caffè Lena. The concert marks the Orchestra of St. Luke’s a first-ever appearance in the Capital Region. “Presenting a performance by the extraordinary St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble is a spectacular start to the new programming partnership between SPAC and Caffè Lena,” said Elizabeth Sobol, President and CEO of Saratoga Performing Arts Center, in a statement. “The Orchestra of St. Luke’s is known and revered across the globe for its unique blend of creative programming and artistic excellence.” “Caffè Lena has entered an exciting new era in its history. We greeted 2017 with the grand reopening of our beautifully

renovated historic venue and a commitment to expanded programming and collaborations,” said Sarah Craig, Executive Director of Caffè Lena, in a statement. “This initiative achieves both of those goals and connects us to SPAC which has been a cultural neighbor and friend to our organization for 50 years.” The Orchestra of St. Luke’s (OSL), collaborates with the world’s finest artists and performs approximately 70 concerts each year—including its Carnegie Hall Orchestra Series and summer residency at Caramoor Music Festival. The April 25 performance by OSL’s Chamber Ensemble, “Bach and Telemann’s Coffeehouse,” is a program inspired by Café Zimmermann, the 18thcentury gathering place of Leipzig’s leading composers and intellectuals. Tickets are $45 general public, $40 Caffe members and are on sale at


“Utica Joe” Bonamassa Returns to SPAC by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — ‘’Every time I sing something, I try to sound just like Paul Rodgers,’’ declared Joe Bonamassa during an interview with this reporter many moons ago, while preparing to go onstage at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in support of Bad Company and Foreigner. His solo debut, ‘’A New Day Yesterday,’’ had been released a year or two earlier, and the blues-rock guitarist, who grew up in Utica a musical child prodigy, came to Saratoga with a career full of promise. This week, Bonamassa announced a new US summer tour in support of his latest studio album, “Blues of Desperation,” which kicks off Aug. 4 in Atlantic City, New Jersey and pulls in to SPAC on August 15. Tickets are $66 to $156 and go on sale Friday, March 10. Bonamassa’s musical talents were first recognized at the age of four - when his father bought

Joe Bonamassa on stage in London, 2015. Photo by Marty Moffatt

a Stevie Ray Vaughan album, the young man said he was hooked on the sound for life – and began touring at the age of 12. He received mighty praise from none other than B.B. King and up to that point shared that his grandest musical moment came when he’d been joined onstage by members of the band Jethro Tull. Fifteen years later, it’s safe to say Bonamassa has created

some new career highlights; he’s been nominated for a Grammy Award – twice – and has been featured on the cover of virtually every guitar magazine multiple times. Bonamassa has secured 16 number 1 Billboard blues album hits, performed everywhere from Radio City music Hall to Royal Albert Hall, and has sold more than 3 million albums worldwide.

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Southern rockers Molly Hatchet to play June 10 Americade at Lake George LAKE GEORGE — Southern rockers Molly Hatchet will headline the Americade Concert Series on Saturday, June 10, under the stars at the Charles R. Wood Park in the heart of Lake George Village. The festival-style experience, branded this year with a “Bikes, Beer & BBQ” theme, is open to the general public and also features Commander Cody – led by Saratoga’s George Frayne of

“Hot Rod Lincoln” fame, and emerging country-rock stars The Mallett Brothers Band. This year’s Americade Concert Series represents the third rendition of this big-stage production, developed as an added attraction for rally attendees as well as a chance for the nonriding local public to get in on some fun. Past headliners Aaron Lewis and Craig Morgan drew large crowds to the blossoming

Wood Park, which opened in 2014 on the site of the former Gaslight Village theme park. Americade is billed as the world’s largest motorcycle touring rally. Advance and discounted General Admission tickets are $25 for the general public, with an additional $5 discount to those purchasing a pass to the weeklong rally. Tickets are available at the Americade website: www.

week of 3/10-3/16 friday, 3/10: “ Nordlys Global Voices Series: Ilusha Tsinadze”, 8 Pm @ Caffè Lena — 583-0022 Ryan Hamilton, 7:30 Pm @ Comedy Works — 275-6897 Mike O’Donnell, 7 Pm @ Inn at Saratoga — 583-1890 George Muscatello Group, 9 Pm @ 9 Maple Avenue — 583-2582 Campo w/ Los Elk, 9:30 Pm @ Putnam Den — 584-8066

The Oldies Show, songs of the 50’s and 60’s, 3 Pm @ Hudson River Music Hall — 832-3484 Hot Club of Saratoga, noon @ The Merry Monk 584-6665 Anniversary Celebration Irish Stepdancers, Forthlin Road, 1 Pm @ The Parting Glass — 583-1916

monday, 3/13:

Kevin McKrell & The Druids, 8 Pm @ The Parting Glass — 583-1916

Open Mic Night, 7 Pm @ Caffè Lena — 583-0022

saturday, 3/11:

tuesday, 3/14:

Let’s Be Leonard, 8 Pm @ Caffè Lena — 583-0022

Traditional Open Irish Session w/ Drank The Gold, 7 Pm @ Inn at Saratoga — 583-1890

Ryan Hamilton, 7:30 Pm @ Comedy Works — 275-6897 Redneck Soul, 7 Pm @ Inn at Saratoga — 583-1890 Traditional Irish Music with Grafton Street Trio, 3 Pm @ Hudson River Music Hall — 832-3484 Pete Sweeney Quartet, 9 Pm @ 9 Maple Avenue — 583-2582 Hot Club of Saratoga, 9 Pm @ One Caroline — 587-2026 Cosy Sheridan & Sloan Wainwright, 7:30 Pm @ Proctors — 346-6204 Melvin Seals & JGB w/ Jamie McLean Band, 9 Pm @ Putnam Den — 584-8066 Get Up Jack, 8 Pm @ The Parting Glass — 583-1916 The Machine performs Pink Floyd, 8 Pm @ Upstate Concert Hall — 371-0012

sunday, 3/12: Songwriters’ Showcase: Davey O and Linda McRae, 7 Pm @ Caffè Lena — 583-0022

Memphis May Fire, Bless the Fall, 6:30 Pm @ Upstate Concert Hall — 371-0012

wednesday, 3/15: Hot Club of Saratoga, 7 Pm @ Hamlet + Ghost — 450-7287 Tim Wechgelaer & Chris Carey, 7:30 Pm @ Inn at Saratoga — 583-1890 Donnybrook Fair songs & stories, 7 Pm @ The Parting Glass — 583-1916

thursday, 3/16: Milkweed, 7 Pm @ Caffè Lena — 583-0022 Jeff Walton, 6 Pm @ Inn at Saratoga — 583-1890 St. Patrick’s Day Party with Hair of the Dog, 7:30 Pm @ Proctors — 346-6204 The New McKrells, 8 Pm @ The Parting Glass — 583-1916 Deadbeats & Friends (residency), 9:30 Pm @ Putnam Den — 584-8066

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Puzzles Across 1 Did a gondolier’s job 6 Wedding planner’s contact 13 Like antique watches 15 Freshwater flatworms 16 Hiker’s challenge 17 Caboose 18 Knockoff cereal? 20 Swift’s medium 21 Runner in the Alps 22 Expire 26 “And if __, no soul shall pity me”: King Richard III 28 Cold cereal? 32 Charged wheels 35 With 24-Down, course for future pundits 36 Hägar creator Browne 37 Recalled cereal? 40 “Get off the stage!” 43 Corrida figure 44 Philosophers’ subject 48 Prohibited cereal? 51 “Ex’s & Oh’s” singer King 52 MetLife competitor 53 Span of note 56 Court mulligan 57 Mystery cereal? 62 Disorganized 65 Emmy-winning role for Julia 66 Mooring hitch, for one 67 More thoughtful 68 Deal on a lot 69 Round components, maybe Down 1 Baskin-Robbins offering 2 Enjoying the amusement park 3 Brand that’s swirled, not swallowed 4 Eero Saarinen and others 5 They’re forbidden 6 Little nipper 7 Frolic 8 How some deliveries are paid 9 Brought up 10 Choler 11 Mr. Bumble, to Oliver Twist 12 __ Bo 14 “The Big Bang Theory” figure

See puzzle solutions on page 46

See puzzle solution on page 46 15 Freebie from Adobe 19 Go down 23 Prop up 24 See 35-Across 25 “That’s scary!” 27 Middle-earth figure 29 __ point: with limitations 30 Rock’s __ Fighters 31 Penguin’s perch 33 Edible thistle 34 “Just another minute” 38 Spheroid 39 Ewe or sow 40 It may be wired 41 Boor 42 Peanut product 45 Offer to a potential seeker

46 Dry __ 47 English and Irish 49 Like some beauty contest winners 50 Neighbor of Homer 54 Be offensive, in a way 55 Response to a heckler 58 Indian royal 59 “The most private of private schools,” to Hugh Laurie 60 Rizzoli of “Rizzoli & Isles”: Abbr. 61 Decrease 62 NYC subway 63 “__ will I” 64 IRS employee

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Week of March 10 – March 16, 2017

Three Streaks Take Gold

Boys 200 meter freestyle champion Zac Zwijacz. Photo by

Nick Cavotta and his coach Chris Conley. Photo by PhotoandGraphic,com

Nick Cavotta performing at the indoor track field state finals. Photo courtesy of Saratoga Springs High School. Continued from front page.

Girls 3,000 meter state champion Kelsey Chmiel. Photo by

process, he bested his own personal record for long jump by four inches, and set the overall record for his school by two. “Obviously I was a little nervous, my first state meet,” Cavotta said. “But I was just excited to be there, cause I knew I didn’t have anything to lose. I was just trying to have fun. Cavotta’s winning jump came last after five others. Before making the jump, he started to get the audience clapping in hopes of feeding off the positive energy. Prior to the jump, he noted that he had been having difficulty jumping from the board, the point from which a jump’s length is measured. He had been starting his jump a little bit behind the board, negatively impacting his results, and so was sure to practice jumping from the right point prior to the real jump. Beyond that, Cavotta said that his main strategy was to just keep a level head and focus on the jump.

“They were all really, really good,” Cavotta said of the other competitors. “It was just good to be with the best competition in the state and knowing that I could actually perform with them. For Chmiel, the hope for her performance in the 3,00 meter event was simply to focus and best her personal record. In the end, she bested the competition by 23 seconds. Going forward, her focus remains the same, getting her times down. “I knew they were fast,” Chmiel said of her competitors. “So I just wanted to get out fast too.” Although it was not his usual individual medley event, on account of recent hip problems, Zwijacz put in a strong performance in the 200 meter freestyle, claiming the state title with a time of 1:38.62. His coach, Bill Asay, remarked that Zwijacz showed impressive consistency in speed throughout his swim, which he believes is what propelled him to victory.

“He’s got a lot of potential and talent, and he’s not taking it for granted,” Asay said. “That’s the mark of a champion.” “The atmosphere was amazing and everyone was really competitive so everyone knew it was the time to compete,” Zwijacz said. “The other athletes all had their own strengths and were everything you would want in a race. I respect them all.” Moving forward, Cavotta and Chmiel are focused on preparing for the national level competition, which is being held in New York City this weekend. “I’m feeling a little more confident after the state meet,” Chmiel said about the upcoming national meet. Zwijacz said that he is focused on maintaining his sustainability going forward, as well as improving his times. Asay hopes that his hip problems will subside so that he can go on to once again compete in individual medley events next season.

Week of March 10 – March 16, 2017


Saratoga YMCA Preps Youth Summer Basketball League by Thomas Kika Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — As the Saratoga Regional YMCA’s Basketball League winds down to the final game of the season this weekend, the organization and its basketball league assistant Mike Laudicina are already at work on something new to follow it. Starting this summer, the Saratoga YMCA will be offering its first ever summer youth basketball league program. The program will begin on June 22 with a clinic, running from 6-9 p.m., and featuring locally renowned basketball coaches Fred Shear and Matt Usher. The league itself will begin on June 29 and run for the rest of the summer, ending on August 31. The program is open to kids from grade 5-8, and registration will begin May 22.

According to Laudicina, this new program was created due to popular demand from parents. “I’ve been doing [youth basketball] for 25 years, I started in 1992,” Laudicina said. “And I’ve always had parents say to me, ‘We wish there was something in the summer.’” Laudicina said that these parents were eager to have YMCA summer youth league as an alternative to the Amateur Athletics Union, which they found to be too costly and which would often leave their children on the bench most of the time. The new summer league will be open to both boys and girls, and to young athletes of all skill levels. The league is designed to be instructional, with an hour of practice each week on Wednesdays, followed by a game on Thursdays. In contrast to the standard youth basketball league, which held its final game on Thursday, the youth league

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3rd Annual Blue Needs You 8K Run EVENT DATE: Saturday, April 15, 2017 ADDRESS: Saratoga Springs

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Wilderness Survival - 5K Mud Run EVENT DATE: Sat, May 13, 2017 ADDRESS: Saratoga Springs

Mike Laudicina in the gym where summer league games will be held. Photo by Thomas Kika.

will skew younger, being open to kids in grades 5-8. The standard youth league is made up of two divisions, the junior division for grades 6-8, and the senior league for grades 9-12. The reason for this difference, Laudicina said, was again in response to parental demand, as there was more desire for a summer program from the parents of kids going into those grades. Being a program that runs in the summer, this new league will be drawing kids from other leagues, both YMCA and others, that will not be running during the season.

According to Laudicina, they are expecting to bring in players from the Saratoga Springs City Recreation Department’s basketball league, among others. “Nobody really does something like this,” Laudicina said. “This is something brand new. I don’t know any other Y’s that do it.” As an instructional program, Laudicina and the rest of the Saratoga YMCA is hoping that the summer will not just teach kids the fundamentals of basketball, sportsmanship, and teamwork, but also

the Y’s core values: caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility. There is also the hope that some of the players who participate this summer will move over to playing in the standard youth league when it starts up again in the fall. “It’s like a feeder program,” Laudicina said. “Because a lot of the kids in the junior division will be moving up to the senior division soon. So, getting more young people into the league will help feed it and keep it going.”



Date Set for Saratoga Race Course Season Ticket Sales SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga racing fans will soon be able to secure their spots for 2017. The New York Racing Association will put full-season ticket plans and season admission passes for the 2017 meet on sale starting at 10 a.m. EST on March 15. Fullseason plans include admission and reserved seats for the full 40-day meet, while regular season passes are good for admission

only. Those who purchased passes in 2016 can simply renew them. The 2017 season will also again feature the Saratoga Season Perks program, which offers season pass and season ticket plan holders the guarantee of a Saratoga premium giveaway, as well as discounts at dozens of local businesses. For more information on passes and tickets, go to

Week of March 10 – March 16, 2017

Skidmore Basketball Player Receives All-American Honor

Saratoga Youth Places Third in Elks Hoop Shoot

Edvinas Rupkus is one of the top players in Division III Men’s Basketball. Photo courtesy of Skidmore College.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Skidmore men’s basketball player Edvinas Rupkus has been selected to join the 2016-2017 College Sports Information Directors of America Division III Men’s Basketball team. Rupkus was selected for the

second team, and is one of only three athletes in the history of the Skidmore basketball program to be selected for the team. Previously, Brian Forman was selected for the third team in 1990, and Jeff Winter was selected for the third team in

1994. Rupkus is one of the top players in Division III, with a team-high average of 20.8 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 1.4 assists per game. On the academic side, he is a double major in business and economics with 3.92 grade point average.

Schuylerville Freshman to Compete in Skiing Finals SCHUYLERVILLE — Hannah Klingebiel, a freshman skier from Schuylerville High School, is headed to the Eastern States High School Championships. Klingebiel will represent New York State, along with four other athletes, in the slalom event. She previously qualified for the event after placing fourth in the slalom race at the state championships on Bristol Mountain. The Eastern States meet will be held on March 10-12 at Attitash Mountain in New Hampshire.

Lira Bonitatibus with her trophy. Photo by Lexie Bonitatibus.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Lira Bonitatibus, 9, of Saratoga Springs placed third in the Elks New York State Finals Hoop Shoot in Glens Falls this past weekend, on March 4. Bonitatibus competed in the girls age 8-9 bracket. Previously, she had won at three qualifying

events: a local event in Saratoga Springs in December, a northeast district event in January, and finally a New York State east regional event in Middletown last month. This is her second year competing, having come in second place at the local event last year.

Correction: Last week, it was erroneously reported in our first story about Lira Bonitatibus that she competed in only two events to qualify for the state level Elks Hoop Shoot challenge, and that she would be

competing with other children ages 8-13. In fact, Bonitatibus competed in three qualifying events, a local event, a northeast district event, and a New York State east regional qualifying event. Further, she

competed against other girls in the age 8-9 range; the competition as a whole involves children 8-13. Both of these facts are correctly represented in our second story about her this week.

Week of March 10 – March 16, 2017


Kelsey Plum: Basketball Players are Made, Not Born

by Damian Fantauzzi for Saratoga TODAY No one has scored more points in women’s Division I NCAA basketball history than Kelsey Plum. She is just behind “Pistol Pete” Maravich (LSU 1967-1970), who still ranks as the all-time point producer in the history of NCAA basketball. Kelsey Plum plays women’s basketball for the University of Washington Huskies in Seattle, Washington. In the

final regular-season game of her college career on Washington’s senior night, she rewrote the history books of Women’s NCAA Basketball. Plum scored a career high of 57 points, surpassing Jackie Stiles’ historical career, with an astronomical 3,393 collegiate career points. Interesting story about this young lady: her cousin, Marty Canavan, is a former high school teammate at Mechanicville High School, and former all-time scorer at Siena College. Canavan is a retired Skidmore College professor. He gave me a little of his genetic connection to Plum. “My Aunt Margaret Canavan (oldest sister of my dad Marty Canavan) is Kelsey’s greatgrandmother. Aunt Margaret and her husband moved from N.Y. to San Diego area in 1949. She was the only one of nine Canavan siblings to live her life out of the Capital District region. Aunt Margaret’s daughter Mary Ann Plum (my

cousin) had a son Jim Plum (Kelsey’s dad). So, Marty’s cousin Mary Ann is Kelsey’s grandmother.” A small note of interest on the Canavan connection, Marty and Kelsey are both left-handed. In an article in USA Today, writer Dan Uthman interviewed Utah’s coach Lynne Roberts as Plum carried No. 12 Washington to an 84-77 victory over Utah on Feb. 26, with a dazzling performance. She needed what might have been considered a long shot of 54 points entering the day to break Stiles’ record and did so with a second-half barrage where Plum couldn’t be stopped. “We tried everything. And she just kind of took over. ... It was almost like she became possessed,” Roberts said. “Even as the opposing coach you stand there like, ‘Holy cow. This kid.’ “ Plum hit 19-of-28 shots and was 13-of-16 at the freethrow line. She scored 38 points

National Museum of Racing 2017 Hall of Fame Finalists SARATOGA SPRINGS — The National Museum of Racing in Saratoga Springs has announced the 11 eleven finalists – five jockeys, three trainers, and three horses – for its 2017 Hall of Fame ballot. The finalists are as follows: jockeys Robby Albarado, Javier Castellano, Victor Espinoza, Garrett Gomez, and Craig Perret; trainers Mark Casse, John Shirreffs, and David Whiteley; and horses Gio Ponti, Goldikova, and Kona Gold. This is the first time that Albarado, Castellano, Casse, Shirreffs, Gio Ponti, and Goldikova have been finalists. These finalists were chosen from 86 initial candidates, all suggested by journalists, industry participants, and racing fans

Voters will select as many candidates as they believe are deserving, and the finalists that receive a majority of the votes will be elected to the Hall of Fame. The results of the voting will be announced

on April 24, and the induction ceremony will be held on Aug. 4 at 10:30 a.m. at the FasigTipton Sales Pavilion. The ceremony will be free to attend and open to the public.

through three quarters and took over in the fourth after teammate Chantel Osahor, UDUB’s top rebounder, fouled out early in the quarter. Unfortunately, on March 3, No. 6 Pac-12 Tournament seed Oregon eliminated the No. 3 seed University of Washington women’s basketball team 70-69 in the quarterfinals. Kelsey Plum netted 34 points. The Huskies were squeezed out of the Pac-12 tournament of champions. UDUB now has to wait to see where they will go in the “Big Dance” on the women’s side; they are currently ranked 11th nationally in A.P.’s college basketball poll. As a basketball coach for more than 40 years, I am awed by this young woman’s athleticism and especially her ability as a player. She grooved her shot, especially from outside the 3-point arc, as well as her ability with ball-handling. Plum worked at a summer basketball camp near her hometown with one of the top boys’ high school programs in the country. She competed against boys and men and was able to play pickup basketball with some professional basketball players from the NBA.

Competing against men is not a new idea, it was a philosophy that the late and legendary Pat Summit practiced at Tennessee. I know the importance this has for girls who want to excel at their game. When I coached girls at Saratoga I encouraged them to play against quality male basketball players. Plum was focused to raise her game to an even higher level. Through her determination to be the best she could be along with her internal drive to succeed, she became the all-time leading scorer in NCAA Women’s Basketball history. Congratulations to Plum on her accomplishments through her hard work and dedication. I always have said that basketball players are made and not born, and here’s the proof: Kelsey Plum.



Week of March 10 – March 16, 2017

COMMUNITY SPORTS BULLETIN Adirondack Sports Summer Expo Returns Next Weekend SARATOGA SPRINGS — The 12th annual Adirondack Sports Summer Expo will be held on March 18-19 at the Saratoga Springs City Center. The expo will include 125 exhibitors; sales on summer and winter gear, clothing, and footwear; and paddling and scuba demos in a 20x32 pool. Additionally, there will be clinics and family activities, including a 25-foot rock wall. For more information, go to, or call 518-877-8788.

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

Recreation Department Summer Clinics SARATOGA SPRINGS — Registration for 2017 summer clinics and programs at the Saratoga Springs Recreation Center begins on April 10. A wide

variety of programs will be offered. Early bird registration is from April 10 to June 19. For additional information, go to SaratogaRec. com, or contact the Recreation Department at (518) 587-3550 x2300.

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

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

10-Week Freihofer’s ® Run Training CAPITAL REGION — Online registration for the 39th annual Freihofer’s® Run for Women (Saturday, June 3 at 9 a.m.) — the Capital Region’s premier allwomen’s 5K road race — began Saturday, Feb. 11. To sign up, visit To help participants get in shape for race day, registration is now also underway

for the 7th annual Freihofer’s® Training Challenge, which starts Monday, March 20. You can sign up for the 10-week program when you register online for the Freihofer’s Run 5K. Online registration through the 5K registration is the only method of registering for this program. The program, which costs $55 and includes a specific Training Challenge t-shirt, is an enhanced version of the Couch to 5K Running Plan and features beginner, intermediate and advanced options. Locally, it is held through iRunLocal (18 Congress Street, #3, Saratoga Springs) — Thursdays at 6 p.m. For more information about the 39th annual Freihofer’s® Run for Women, 30th annual Kids’ Run and 7th annual Freihofer’s® Junior 3K Run, visit

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

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

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more information at 518-5873708. Ask for Frank Piliere.

Recreation Department Spring Soccer SARATOGA SPRINGS — This program is open to children grades Pre K-12 and will run April 22-June 17. Players will be separated by grade and exposed to skill development based on age and skill level. Two volunteer coaches per team are needed at all levels. Early Bird registration is February 6-March 27. Sign up at the Saratoga Springs Recreation Center at 15 Vanderbilt Avenue Monday–Friday 9 a.m. - 7 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. or Sunday 12 - 6 p.m. For additional information or to download forms, go to Questions? Contact us 518-587-3550 x2300 or email

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

starting at 5 p.m. No golf 4th of July Weekend. Call 518-581-8492 ext.100 to sign up or visit www. for more information.

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

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

Week of March 10 – March 16, 2017


Spa Catholic Kicks Off Spring Training SARATOGA SPRINGS — The spring sports season is underway at Saratoga Central Catholic

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School. Training for baseball, softball, and track & field kicked off on March 6.

Spa Catholic baseball players, left to right: Kaden Learch, Zac Cronck, Connor Farrington, and Terel Tillman.

Softball player Sabrina Johnson in the midst of practice.

Coach Dan Masi with the Spa Catholic softball team.

Track players Haley Richardson and Theresa Hajos get ready for practice.

Spa Catholic track players, left to right: Theresa Hajos, Haley Richardson, Olivia Lawrence, and Kristen Maher.

Spa Catholic Softball player, left to right: Sabrina Johnson, Cassidy Hayner, and Victoria Alvord.

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