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NAVAL CHANGES TO IMPACT COMMUNITY “...the number of Navy personnel will be reduced.” by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY WEST MILTON — A spokesman for the United States Navy’s nuclear submarine training site in West Milton confirmed this week that significant personnel changes would occur after an ambitious upgrade project starts there in September. Public Affairs Officer Gene Terwilliger, on behalf of the Naval Nuclear Laboratory,   •   518- 581-2480


reported in an email that one submarine “prototype” at the Kesselring facility would be shut down completely “because it has reached its end of life.” A second prototype, which he called the “S8G,” is scheduled for a major “Refueling and Overhaul” that is expected to last until 2021. The result, according to Terwilliger, is that the current number of 1,200 Navy officers and enlisted personnel who are active in West Milton will be See Story pg. 11



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Neighbors: WHO: Joe Fegan A.K.A: Jeff Durstewitz INTERVIEW BY: Thomas Dimopoulos

Week of March 16 – March 22, 2018

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Q. Where are you originally from? A. I’m from Merrick, Long Island, where I became friends with a couple of guys named Ben and Jerry.. Q. The Ben & Jerry? A. Yes. They’re old friends and we still get together. I brought Ben & Jerry’s to town here in 1983. I’m the original franchisee. Saratoga was the first one in New York. Q. How did that come about? A. I was a copy editor at the Philadelphia Inquirer when I quit my job to come up here and start an ice cream franchise. You know this was the first place where they originally planned on opening. Ben had (previously) worked at Mrs. London’s, which was then on Phila Street. Ben and Jerry liked it here a lot. In the summer of ’77 they planned to lease a building and zeroed in on a place on Broadway…it didn’t work out. After that, they felt, well, that’s it; we can’t open in Saratoga because we can’t get the location we want, so let’s open in our second choice, which was Burlington. Q. Tell us about your book, “The Devil’s Room,” which you wrote under the name Joe Fegan. A. That started when I got a phone call on St. Patrick’s Day in 1992 from Campbell Black. He wrote thrillers and was very successful at that point in his career. He wrote the novelization for “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” He was my writing teacher at Oswego State in ’71. We became close friends and he was always bugging me to write fiction. Campbell bought this incredible palace, in Ireland. If you could imagine the set of a ghost movie, it was like that: haunted to the max. It must have had 20 rooms. There was this one little room on the second floor that was blocked off from the inside and walled-in. They called it: The Devil’s Room. That inspired the idea. What if they took down the wall? What might happen? So, I had fun with it. And it’s meant to be a comedy, not a horror show. It starts in Ireland, then it comes to a small upstate New York town that has an arts college and a horse track. Tony Markellis - who is not only a musician, but also an artist, did the cover. Q. Where can people get the book? A. At Celtic Treasures and Northshire Bookstore and online at Q. How has Saratoga Springs changed since you first settled here? A. I first came to Saratoga in the late 1970s. My parents bought a place in Schuylerville and I used to come visit them. I brought Ben & Jerry’s to town in 1983 and the next year the City Center was built. That was a change like night-and-day. This was the very beginning of Saratoga’s resurgence. We’ve seen a tremendous amount of change here and I would say, in general, the changes are for the best. People who complain about the development should take a drive around. Upstate New York, in general, is a wasteland. Then you look around here and it’s a lot better than the alternative. It’s a very interesting town. Look at the history, the characters, the statues in the park – it’s incredible. How many little upstate places have anything like this?

Week of March 16 – March 22, 2018


CIVIL WAR HISTORICAL SITE RECEIVES GRANT WILTON — The Friends of Grant Cottage was awarded a $19,500 matching grant this month from the state Park and Trail Partnership Program Environmental Protection Fund (EPF), as a means to support a new administrative position. The Grant Cottage nonprofit group will have to raise an additional $6,500 in matching funds to reach a total of $26,000. “This year we are promoting our new Civil War Weekend alongside the Town of Wilton’s bicentennial celebration,” explained Friends of Grant Cottage Board President Tim Welch. “We are thrilled to receive this grant which will fund additional professional help to assist in the planning of this signature event and will allow us necessary support to turn it into an annual event.” The EPF grant, announced on March 5, is one of 21 awards totaling $450,000 for organizations dedicated to the stewardship and promotion of New York state parks and historic sites. The grants will be matched by almost $200,000 in private and local funding to support various projects, and to enhance both public access and recreational opportunities across the state. The state Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation administers the grants.

Parks and Trails New York, the Friends of Grant Cottage and other nonprofit advocacy groups—often made up entirely of volunteers— are essential to the stewardship and promotion of the state park system, according to Grant Cottage Executive Director Melissa Swanson. Such groups raise private funds for capital projects; perform maintenance tasks; provide educational programming; and promote public use through hosting special events. In addition to those efforts, the Park and Trail Partnership Program complements the revitalization and transformation of the entire state park system through Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “NY Parks 2020” plan. The Friends of Grant Cottage plans to hire administrative staff as the organization focuses on developing sustainable income sources, including the two-day Civil War Weekend in August. That new event will provide a fundraising opportunity while helping to boost area tourism, educate more people about Ulysses S. Grant, and increase the organization’s visibility. “The state’s investment in grassroots Friends groups will complement Governor Cuomo’s extraordinary commitment to the revitalization of the entire state park system,” said Parks and Trails New

York Executive Director Robin Dropkin. “These grant funds will enable groups to leverage more private and federal funding, marshal more volunteer power, and augment the state’s historic investment in parks. We look forward to seeing the transformational results from these innovative and important projects.” For more information, visit the website or call 518-434-1583.

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Week of March 16 – March 22, 2018

Saratoga Hospital Addiction Specialists Welcome ‘Generous’ Grant SARATOGA SPRINGS — According to the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there has been a 30 percent increase in opioid overdoses nationwide over the last 14 months. Yet the addiction team at Saratoga Hospital’s Community Health Center recently received some local relief from the Presbyterian - New England Congregational Church (PNECC): a community grant of $25,000 to support its substance-abuse program. “We cannot express our appreciation enough to Pastor Kate Forer and the PresbyterianNew England Congregational Church,” Amy Raimo, executive director of the Saratoga Hospital Foundation and vice president for community engagement, said in a prepared statement. “Their Community Grant Program Committee recognized the critical need for local addiction services and provided us this generous gift to expand our Addiction Medicine program at the Community Health Center.” The center’s Director of Addiction Medicine, Dr. Joshua

(Left to right) Dr. Renee Rodriguez-Goodemote; Dr. Joshua D. Zamer; Saratoga Hospital Foundation Executive Director Amy Raimo; Pastor Kate Forer of the Presbyterian New England Congregational Church; and John Gamble, a member of the church’s Community Grant Program committee. Photo provided.

Zamer, said: “When an addict is ready to commit to quit, we have to be ready. This $25,000 grant will support services and new clinical space for the growing number of patients who desperately need the compassionate, comprehensive treatment we can provide. We are very grateful to the good people at PNECC.” According to Forer, also

known as Pastor Kate, the Community Grant Program just completed its first year. “We are committed to making a difference in our local community,” Forer said. “Our application and interview process is quite thorough, and we were impressed with the successful work of the addiction program at the Community Health Center. We’ve seen the destruction

addiction can cause families and the human spirit, and we’re glad to do what we can to help.” The Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention Council and Rebuilding Together Saratoga County also received PNECC grants. The Presbyterian Church is located at 24 Circular Street in Saratoga Springs. Nonprofit organizations are welcome to

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Emergency Volunteers Needed BALLSTON SPA — The Saratoga County Public Health Services office is seeking volunteers for an Emergency Preparedness Drill that will be held between 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Tuesday, April 3 at the Maple Avenue Middle School. Volunteers are needed to walk through an Open Point of Dispensing (POD) to mimic community members in need of a vaccine. For more information, call 518-584-7460, ext. 8387 or send an email to craydo@ apply to the Community Grant Program by calling the church office at 518-584-6091. The Saratoga Hospital Medical Group Addiction Medicine program is located in the Saratoga Community Health Center at 24 Hamilton Street in Saratoga Springs. For more information about addiction services, call 518-8865601 or visit the website at www.


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Week of March 16 – March 22, 2018

COURT Trevor L. Klock, 32, of Buffalo, was sentenced March 8 to five days jail and five years of probation, after pleading to felony DWI, in Saratoga Springs. Eric

M. Jukna, 36, of Mechanicville, was sentenced March 8 to five years of probation, after pleading to felony DWI, in Malta.

Carl E. Allen, 28, of Milton, pleaded March 2 to felony criminal mischief. Sentencing scheduled for April 27. Catherine D. Fish, 37, of Victory Mills, pleaded March 2 to felony DWI. Sentencing scheduled April 19. Thomas J. Dingmon, 26, of Saratoga Springs, pleaded March 2 to two felony counts burglary, in connection with an incident in Milton. Sentencing scheduled April 20. Ashley A. Tappan, 32, of Ballston Spa, pleaded March 2 to felony DWI, in connection with an incident in Saratoga Springs. Sentencing scheduled April 20. Jordan A. Jones, 26, of Ballston Spa, pleaded March 2 to felony aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, in connection with an incident in Milton. Sentencing scheduled April 20.

POLICE Bernard P. Byrne, age 69, Saratoga Springs, was charged Feb. 28 with harassment second degree - physical contact, and with making a terroristic threatfelony. Byrne was in a dining establishment on Caroline Street where it is alleged he became irate and started to scream at staff and patrons and said he would return with a machine gun to kill them all. Byrne left the establishment before police arrived, but was located nearby.

BLOTTER 5 Emmanuel W. Cobbs, age 28, NYC, was charged Feb. 24 with aggravated unlicensed operation, and using another’s driver’s license- 3 counts. Donna A. Demers, age 32, Saratoga Springs, was charged Feb. 24 with criminal possession of a controlled substance, misdemeanor DWI, and no/ expired inspection certificate. Andre J. Lundstrom, age 46, Schenectady, was charged Feb. 23 with criminal trespass – a misdemeanor.

Joshua W. Leary, age 29, Saratoga Springs, was charged Feb. 25 with criminally using drug paraphernalia.

Brittany L. Henry, age 27, Charlton, was charged Feb. 23 with failed to stop at stop sign, and misdemeanor DWI.

Brandon T. Wickham, age 22, Clifton Park, was charged Feb. 25 with misdemeanor DWI, unlawful possession of marijuana, one-way street.

William D. French, age 45, Queensbury, was charged Feb. 23 with petit larceny.

Adonye M. Nelson, age 21, Glens Falls, was charged Feb. 25 with resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct. Elaina I. Rando, age 19, Saratoga Springs, was charged Feb. 24 with criminal possession of a forged instrument – felony. Elwood C. Hallett, age 23, Amsterdam, was charged Feb. 24 with failure to signal a turn, aggravated unlicensed operation, and operate motor vehicle by unlicensed driver.

Ariel F. Spargo, age 35, Troy, was charged Feb. 23 with misdemeanor DWI. Collin D. Case, age 22, Ballston Spa, was charged Feb. 23

with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. Shane T. Hawthorne, age 32, Saratoga Springs, was charged Feb. 22 with aggravated unlicensed operation, after being involved in a property damage accident. Corrina E. Norton, age 25, Saratoga Springs, was charged Feb. 23 with petit larceny. Cody G. Briscoe, age 24, Malta, was charged Feb. 22 with criminal possession of a controlled substance, failure to obey traffic control device, operation of motor vehicle with a restriction. James D. Greenleaf, age 29, Saratoga Springs, was charged Feb. 21 with animal cruelty and abandonment- two counts. Brendan M. Oliver, age 24, Saratoga Springs was charged Feb. 21 with misdemeanor DWI, aggravated DWI, failure to stop at stop sign, failure to signal a turn, and operating motor vehicle with improper plates.

Nova J. Saffer, age 48, Saratoga Springs, was charged Feb. 21 with misdemeanor assault. Ellisha G. Boyea, age 22, Saratoga Springs was charged Feb. 21 with petit larceny- 2 counts. On March 1, the Saratoga County Sheriff ’s Office was notified by a school administrator of two separate incidents of verbal threats being made by two 12-year-old male students at Mechanicville High School. The threats that were made were directed at the school and several 12-year-old and 13-year-old students. The threats involved statements made about a shooting at the school. Both incidents were investigated and resulted in one 12-year-old male resident of the Town of Halfmoon, and one 12-year-old male resident of the City of Mechanicville being charged with Making a Terroristic Threat. Both were referred to the Saratoga County Probation Department. Police did not publicly release their names.





Praise for Mayor Kelly and the City Council I applaud Mayor Meg Kelly and our four commissioners for making two important decisions. First, after 17 years and three failed referendums to overturn our commission form of government, the mayor and commissioners have initiated an honest review to update the City Charter. Second, the appointed committee is composed of knowledgeable people who work in City Hall and understand what should be changed to improve services for our residents. This is in contrast to the three failed attempts that were led by people with no city government experience. The committee members represent the mayor’s office and all commissioners and include both elected officials and appointed managers, including the city attorney and all deputy commissioners. I can’t resist commenting that when our mayor wanted the most knowledgeable people to improve our government, she appointed all five deputy commissioners, whom the chair of the previous charter change group disparaged as “political hacks.” Obviously Mayor Kelly, herself a former deputy, knows better.

Week of March 16 – March 22, 2018

Mildred B. Devizzio

Nicholas E. Palmateer

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Mildred “Millie” B. Devizzio passed away Wednesday, March 7, 2018. Calling hours were Sunday, March 11, 2018 at Burke Funeral Home, North Broadway, Saratoga Springs followed by a funeral home service. Burial was on Monday at St. Peter’s Cemetery, Saratoga Springs. Online remembrances may be made at

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Nicholas E. Palmateer passed away March 11, 2018. Calling hours: from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, March 16, at Burke Funeral Home, North Broadway. Funeral home services at 2 p.m. followed by burial in Greenridge Cemetery. Gathering at Maple Avenue Firehouse after burial. Online remembrances may be made at

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Mayor Kelly has taken some unjust heat from those who lost the referendum to toss out our form of government. It would be more appropriate to praise her for being consistent with her campaign promise to work within the commission government should this be the voters’ decision.

-RICHARD SELLERS Saratoga Springs

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S. Jay Downing

Cynthia Marie Neilen

As elected officials, the Board of Supervisors can’t declare they support “increased voter participation” and vote against two measures that would expand voting opportunities.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — S. Jay Downing died unexpectedly at his residence. Services were conducted Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at the Burke Funeral Home, North Broadway (518-584-5373). A celebration of his life and reception immediately followed at the Saratoga-Wilton Elks Lodge. Online remembrances may be made at

Limiting citizen participation gambles with our democracy. Hiding behind costs doesn’t mask an agenda to suppress votes, which is happening throughout this entire country. Let’s call it what it is.

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Thank you for the coverage of the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors’ decision to vote against the inclusion of early voting and automatic voter registration in the New York State Legislative Agenda (“Supervisors Defend Stance on Early Voting,” March 2 – March 8.) I’d like to point out a few incongruities from the meeting. The “do your job” shout-out was in response to Republican Commissioner of Elections Roger Schiera admitting that, although he advised the board it would be a “very expensive gamble” to expand voting access in these ways, upon questioning he admitted he hadn’t done a cost analysis. Neither did he allow for the possibility of proposed state funds offsetting costs. The board chair also admitted he’d only invited the Republican commissioner to speak at the meeting when there is also a Democratic commissioner at the county level.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Cynthia Marie Neilen passed away peacefully at her home in Florida, on Saturday, March 3, 2018. Calling hours from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, March 18, 2018 at Burke Funeral Home, North Broadway, Saratoga Springs with a service to follow at 5:30 p.m. Visit

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Week of March 16 – March 22, 2018


TALES FROM THE VIETNAM WAR SARATOGA SPRINGS — A panel of Vietnam War veterans gathered at the New York State Military Museum on Lake Avenue last weekend to share stories and engage in a wideranging discussion. Bill Schmeelcke, a 3rd Vice Commander at the American Legion Adirondack Post 70 in Saratoga Springs, presented a donation from

the post to the Friends of the New York State Military Museum at the March 10 event. David Wallingford, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, accepted the donation on behalf of the Friends group. Veteran Bill O’Brien spoke about the last official Vietnam War mission, during which Cambodians captured and took

control of an American container vessel. O’Brien used a model P-3A plane that he flew and private pictures of the ship involved. The “Mayaguez Incident” resulted in three Marines being left behind, which for many years sparked controversy. The Marines are the last three names listed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall.

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Veteran Bill O’Brien showing actual pictures of the Mayaguez container vessel. His plane was ordered to fly low and keep an eye on the captured ship.



Week of March 16 – March 22, 2018

NOTES FROM CITY HALL by Thomas Dimopoulos • Saratoga TODAY


City Center Authority, Council Vote to End Gun Show

MONDAY, MARCH 19 9:30 a.m. - City Council Pre-agenda Meeting 7 p.m. - Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting

TUESDAY, MARCH 21 7 p.m. - City Council Meeting

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21 7 p.m. - Design Review Commission Meeting

Protesters and counter-protesters demonstrate outside the Saratoga Springs City Center during the January 2013 gun show. Photo by Thomas Dimopoulos.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Two days after the Saratoga Springs City Center Authority unanimously moved to ban the future sale and display of firearms and ammunition at the center, the City Council on March 9 voted likewise, effectively concluding the gun show’s 30-plus year-run at the Broadway venue following the May 25 - May 28 Arms Fair. The event, organized by David Petronis and promoted as New Eastcoast Arms Collectors Associates Inc., has typically staged three or four shows annually at the City Center since the mid-1980s. According to

Petronis, each of his weekend shows bring an average of 2,000 to 3,000 visitors to Saratoga Springs, in addition to many of his own organization’s members, who number about 1,000. The presence of the gun show in Saratoga Springs has become the focus of controversy in the past few years, however, as the incidence of mass shootings has increased around the country. In January 2013, about a month after a mass shooter killed 20 children and six educators at the Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, more than 1,500 people signed

a petition urging the city to stop the show, while thousands more gun owners and dealers staged a counter-protest. Both groups held demonstrations outside the show. A 2013 resolution, passed in a 3-2 vote by the then-City Council, called for gun owners to secure long guns in cases when in downtown Saratoga Springs, but did not call for an outright halt to the show. Last August the show drew further controversy after Petronis announced the fair would display Adolf Hitler’s personal writing desk and other items from Hitler’s Munich apartment in the 1930s. After being contacted by City Center Executive Director Ryan McMahon, Petronis agreed to exclude the display from the show. The City Center, which stands on city-owned land, is operated by the City Center Authority, whose board is comprised of seven members confirmed by majority vote of the City Council. The CCA Board on March 7 voted 6-0, with one member absent, in favor of amending its lease agreement with the city of Saratoga Springs to stipulate firearms and ammunition not be sold or displayed at the venue.

Week of March 16 – March 22, 2018


A Friend’s Hope to Honor Saratoga Springs Woman Injured at Texas Church Shooting by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Margaret MacKenzie attended church services alongside her family in Sutherland Springs, Texas the first Sunday of November last, when a gunman opened fire on the congregation. The Saratoga Springs woman, who was in Texas visiting with relatives, promptly threw her body over her pre-teen niece and nephew. “This was especially amazing given that Margie was born with cerebral palsy and needs a cane to walk,” says MacKenzie’s friend, Mary Monigan. The fate of another of MacKenzie’s nieces, however, ended tragically. Tara McNulty, 33, was among the 26 people killed in the attack in the mass shooting. MacKenzie was shot in the leg. “Margie is a modest, unassuming person. She doesn’t think of what she did as anything (special), but she had tremendous presence of mind,” Monigan says. “She threw her body over those kids. The full story, honestly, took months to come out. It came

in dribs and drabs. She went through phases of depression and anger and survivor’s guilt, but she is getting stronger every day.” MacKenzie, who lives in Saratoga Springs, grew up in Greenfield Center a hockey fan. “I am a big New York Rangers fan,” she says, adding that Rangers’ forward Mats Zuccarello is her favorite player. “When I was 16, the (Adirondack) Red Wings played up in Glens Falls. My dad was the goal judge and sat behind the glass and would push the button when there was a goal,” MacKenzie explains. “He started taking me to the games with him; that’s where my love of hockey started.” She became a hockey fan in the 1980s and has been following the Rangers since, although she has never had the opportunity to watch the team play in person in their New York City home rink. Enter Monigan. “I wanted to honor her, so we’re doing something to honor Margie - and her love of the New York Rangers,” says Monigan, who initiated a Go Fund Me page in the hope of raising $1,000 to purchase tickets for MacKenzie to see the

Rangers play at Madison Square Garden and enjoy a dinner and an overnight stay in New York City. “I just want to give this woman a break. She’s got a heart of gold, a real solid person, and she’s not the type of person to talk about herself, or to be in the limelight. It’s taken all this time until she felt safe enough to even consider making a trip to New York,” Monigan says. “I know of her love of hockey and she’s crazy for the Rangers. This would just mean the world to her.” To visit the Go Fund Me page, see:

Saratoga Springs resident Margaret MacKenzie, who was wounded during the November 2017 mass shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Photo provided.



Week of March 16 – March 22, 2018

Lives of Service:

Board Honors Village Residents by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY BALLSTON SPA — Village leaders mostly avoided the heavy topic of budget problems Monday night, as the name of a respected volunteer firefighter flashed in red letters on a digital sign outside. After dark the Eagle Matt Lee firehouse sign brightens up a part of Bath Street, and it is visible through the windows of the Ballston Spa Village Board’s meeting room. In light of recent events, Mayor John Romano decided to reverse the board’s agenda items and start with “new business.” He offered praise to Tess Davidson-Brown and Zachary Greenspan, both area teenagers, who were approved by the board as volunteer apprentices in the Ballston Spa Fire Department. They had appeared for the occasion together with Chief Bill Lewis and Second Assistant Kevin Krogh. Before introducing DavidsonBrown and Greenspan, Romano took a moment to honor Robert J. Creifelds, who passed away the weekend of March 4 after serving as a firefighter in the village for nearly 60 years. “He’s the epitome of what volunteerism is all about,” the mayor said. The firehouse’s digital sign continuously scrolled the letters “R.I.P.” for Creifelds. Lewis reported that Creifelds, in previous years, had served in Rotterdam’s Carman Fire Department and volunteered elsewhere, too.

Romano also paid homage to the work of Gary Moeller, director of the National Bottle Museum at 76 Milton Avenue, which was presented with a $1,200 check from the village. The museum, according to Romano, preserves the history of Ballston Spa as a producer of bottles that were then shipped worldwide, as a means to distribute the area’s famously healthy spring waters. A more graphic description appears on the website at “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,” reads one account. “It was an era when vast commercial empires rose and fell. In many cases, only the bottles remain as witness to the drama.” “We appreciate what you do,” Romano told Moeller, before giving him a second “surprise” gift: a symbolic key to the village. It was earned by Moeller’s dutiful efforts at the museum. “His job is, for sure, underappreciated,” Romano added. “I have to say, I’m a little touched,” Moeller responded. When visitors ask about tourist attractions in Saratoga Springs, Moeller explained, he instead recommends they go see places that are much closer. “You can go to Saratoga, if you want,” he tells tourists. “Ballston Spa is a cool village.” The mayor thanked as well Ellie Dillon, the National Bottle Museum board director, who

The late Robert J. Creifelds. Photo provided by Armer Funeral Home.

had accompanied Moeller to the March 12 meeting. As the village board members proceeded through their regular agenda items, which were recently updated to include specific budgetary information, Trustee Noah Shaw requested to see even more details about $3,500 of expenditures in the Department of Public Works. In relation to the village’s ongoing effort to address shortfalls in its $4.1 million annual budget, Shaw said every public meeting agenda should “identify the amounts” of money deducted from each separate account. During its meeting in late January, the board voted to take out a short-term loan of $600,000 from Ballston Spa National Bank to cover a number of current expenses. But Romano insisted this week on ending the discussion as it started, with a focus on more positive aspects of life in Ballston Spa. He predicted that weather

(Left to right) Ballston Spa Fire Department Chief Bill Lewis, Volunteer Apprentice Tess Davidson-Brown, Second Assistant Kevin Krogh and Volunteer Apprentice Zachary Greenspan. Photo by Larry Goodwin.

(Left to right) National Bottle Museum Board Director Ellie Dillon, Director Gary Moeller and Ballston Spa Mayor John Romano. Photo by Larry Goodwin.

would not be a factor for the annual Easter Egg Hunt that is popular among local families. The annual event, sponsored jointly by the village and the Town of Milton, is scheduled to take place

from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 25 at the Milton Community Center on Northline Road. “It’s a good way to run off the pancake breakfast,” concluded Trustee Robert Cavanaugh.

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

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

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

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Week of March 16 – March 22, 2018


NAVAL CHANGES TO IMPACT COMMUNITY “...the number of Navy personnel will be reduced.” continued from front page... reduced to 525 when the threeyear project commences. He added that there would be only one nuclear submarine prototype used for training when the Kesselring project is complete, requiring a steady presence thereafter of 800 officers and enlisted men and women. “Between September 2018 and 2021,” Terwilliger continued, “the reduced number of Navy personnel will be partially offset by increases to the on-site industrial subcontractors’ staff, highly skilled shipyard workers who will temporarily relocate to the area, and local trades that will be hired to support the Refueling and Overhaul project.”

He further explained how the 200 subcontractors who are “normally” at Kesselring to perform prototype maintenance have already doubled in number to 400. Their ranks will be increased to 600 until the upgrade work is completed. Previous statements by Navy officials have indicated that the prototype projects would ultimately cost $180 million. Last summer, county and local officials were informed that the Navy’s plans would include numerous oversized shipments of materials on train tracks in the Village of Ballston Spa and roadways between there and West Milton.

Photo shows an over-sized shipping container used by the U.S. Navy.



Week of March 16 – March 22, 2018


Encouraging People to Come Downtown

Todd Shimkus, President of the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce

I HAVE A CRAZY IDEA! Let’s stop talking about parking management. Let’s erase the word paid parking from our vocabulary. Let’s forget about parking meters or parking kiosks. Instead, let’s focus our limited resources of time, energy and money to take actions that will encourage more people to come to downtown Saratoga Springs. This revelation, of sorts, came from a conversation I had with a couple that owns a downtown business. Their business is very popular. They’ve

expanded their business. They are experienced and wise. They were the first two people to ever say very simply to me: “We should be encouraging more people to come downtown, not finding ways to discourage them from doing so.” Let me say this again: WE should be ENCOURAGING more people to come downtown, not finding ways to discourage them from doing so. BRILLIANT! We have more hotels, restaurants and bars. We have

Downtown Saratoga. Photo by John Seymour.

more tech firms, health and wellness businesses and more businesses in general downtown. They all need more people. They need more people both to fill open jobs and as customers. So to keep thriving, our downtown needs more people. When we change the debate from just parking to encouraging more people to come downtown, we broaden the range of actions we might take. Don’t get me wrong. We still need the City Center’s parking structure to be built. But we also need bike lanes and to expand the bike share program. The Saratoga Greenbelt Trail is important too. We need enhanced public transportation options along with more people who will actually use it. We now have public wifi in Congress Park. Let’s expand this so that students and workers who can work and study remotely will do so downtown. Perhaps we need more flexibility in our zoning to allow for slightly taller buildings where appropriate and when it would make the difference in attracting an amenity we want in our urban core. We must save our festivals and special events. The nonprofits running

these are being squeezed by a combination of declining sponsor dollars and costly permitting and public safety mandates. Let’s find a solution so events now moving elsewhere will come downtown and so those that remain can bring even more people here safely. We now have an outstanding wayfinding system downtown with signage that really helps people to more easily get around. Perhaps it already needs to be expanded to other areas within walking distance so people understand the breadth of the amenities and businesses we have here and how to find them. We need to rethink our promotions too. For instance, I hear Elizabeth Sobol, President of SPAC, saying to me: “We need to celebrate and promote more prominently the fact that we have an amazing and vibrant arts sector.” She’s right and her advocacy is elevating this discussion in a way that will help us attract more people to the City and the downtown. What else do you think we can do to ENCOURAGE more people to come downtown? Crazy ideas are fine. But the simpler ones are often the best. And, they must encourage people to come downtown because that must be our mission!

Week of March 16 – March 22, 2018



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“Tony always had a passion for growing things and making things. It started with the Fort Edward farm – the horses and thoroughbreds, then the winery, and the beer naturally followed,” said Debreen, the family business’ CFO. An Education in Indulgence

by Megin Potter for Saratoga TODAY DRINK UP a craft brew flavor that is an expression of place and the beginning of a tradition. This weekend, enjoy classic beer recipes with a modern spin at the newest brewery in town. The Oliva family invites you to partake of their latest libation adventure at the opening of Racing City Brewing Co. at 250 Excelsior Avenue. “Our family has always been big into wine, but I always had a strong passion for beer – it was a natural progression,” said Anthony Oliva III, Racing City Brewing’s chief marketing officer, and son of owners Tony and Debreen Oliva. A Toast to Training Nurturing a winning crop is something the Oliva family has been doing well with horses and wine before their expansion into beer making. Their Fort Edward farm, Oliva Stables, turns out racehorses that have won at Belmont, Aqueduct, Monmouth Park, and Philadelphia Park, among others. Their first colt, the spirited “Italydar”, raced his way onto the label of their winery before becoming the brewery’s bold logo. “Saratoga is very important to me and my family. We go out with friends and family and have them fall in love with this town and all the city has to offer. There’s the track, but we also love the nightlife - this is a representation of it all,” said Anthony. Their bold red Italydar wine exemplifies the excitement that is Saratoga, but also the Oliva’s enthusiasm for striving forward with their craft.

It’s the science of putting it all together that fascinates Debreen. As a home and career skills teacher in the East Greenbush Central School District, she understands the biology of brewing. There is an art to the science of orchestrating the complex chemical reactions between grain, water, hops and yeast to form a regional product to be proud of. Their sudsy sustenance is concocted in giant tanks in the back of the old FedEx distribution center building, while the front of the house been transformed into a spacious tasting room. “It’s massive!” said Anthony. There’s also plenty of parking available outside, which is a rarity in Saratoga in the summertime. “This is a nice corridor that’s growing and developing and this is a nice way to draw the town in,” said Debreen. The industrial space is warmed by all the tables, benches, and bar top that Tony made from wood obtained from a local sawmill. The Saratoga racing theme is evident throughout, from the art on the walls, which is on consignment from local artisans, to the names of their products.

Photo by Megin Potter.

And They’re Off! Selling only New York State distilled spirits, guest taps, Racing City beers and Oliva Vineyards wines; you’re getting a range of choices for true local flavor. “Our mission is to have something for everyone,” said Anthony. Starting with 14 taps, they will continue to add everything from hoppy to light varieties. They are serving up many of resident’s favorite farmers’ market selections of wine, including the popular Italydar, Post Time Peach, Morning Line Favorite, and Sparkling Hanna (named after Debreen and Tony’s granddaughter). Working to complete the renovations since they bought the

property in June, this weekend will be their first opening to the public. “It’s been a long time coming and the time is right,” said Anthony. Take up your glass, salute the science, and drink deeply starting on Friday, March 16, from 4 to 9 p.m. With the purchase of a full growler, get a free t-shirt. Then, on Saturday, March 17 from 12 noon to 9 p.m., come celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in a new way, with drinks in a vibrant new atmosphere. There will be live music, and catered food available. The revelry continues on Sunday, from 12 noon to 7 p.m. This weekend schedule will remain as Racing City Brewing

#beer316 Co. moves into the spring and summer season, when they expect to be open seven days a week. Check out their Facebook page for themed weekend and evening events, their ribbon cutting with the Saratoga Chamber of

Commerce and their happenings around May’s biggest horseracing event, the Triple Crown. Racing City Brewing Co. is at 250 Excelsior Ave. in Saratoga Springs. For more information, call 518-350-4515.



Week of March 16 – March 22, 2018

Prime Group Seeks Tax Relief for Route 50 Project by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY BALLSTON SPA — The Saratoga County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) board members reviewed an application for more than $500,000 of tax relief this week in relation to a large storage facility north of the Wilton Mall. The Saratoga Springs firm Prime Group Holdings has been planning the project for many months and submitted the application. At more than 90,000 square feet on three acres next to Route 50, and a total project cost of about $4 million, Prime Group’s two-level structure will be among the biggest high-tech storage facilities in the region. Prime Group officials say they intend to build a “showcase” among many properties.

In late December, the Wilton Planning Board approved a related final site plan. In recent months the Prime Group land itself was cleared and prepared for construction. The IDA board voted to set a formal public hearing focused on the firm’s Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) application for 8 a.m. on Monday, April 9 in Wilton Town Hall. A PILOT valued at more than $527,000 is sought by Prime Group, which in turn estimates its various project expenses to result in a net gain of about $400,000. Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership President Marty Vanags gave a brief overview of the Route 50 storage facility. “The building is highly secured, using state-of-the-art locking systems and climate controls,” he explained. “This type of business warehousing is very important to small businesses

that cannot maintain inventory in their own facilities.” Vanags reported that the project will generate 90 construction jobs and $56,900 in local property tax revenue after the five-year PILOT expires. He then introduced Gerard Moser, who appeared as the official representative of Prime Group Holdings in the PILOT application process. Business owners in Saratoga Springs typically have to pay $40 to $50 per square foot for operating space, according to Moser. “You don’t want to be wasting $40 to $50 a square foot to store inventory,” he said. “You want to have a less expensive place to offset your costs, and that’s where we come into play. “ Moser said Prime Group’s Route 50 site, as planned, would accommodate at least one tractortrailer for loading and unloading. There will be two elevators (costing $80,000 each, he noted) and access doors on both sides of the building. “Everything is going to be designed so that the business owner will have a facility that works for them,” Moser informed the IDA board members. He sees the location as ideal due to the growing number of businesses in the area, not just south on Route 50. “When we bring clients in, we want to be able to showcase for clients what we do,” he said. Moser also described the wider scope of Prime Group Holding’s operations. The firm manages nearly $1.5 billion worth of properties in 23 states, he indicated. “We are the largest independent owner and operator of storage facilities throughout the U.S.,” Moser said. He added: “We’re not limited to just storage facilities. We do own apartments and other types of projects,” including Malta properties “partially owned by Prime Holdings.”

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The site on Route 50 in Wilton where Prime Group Holdings plans to build a two-level storage facility. Photo by Larry Goodwin.

Moser had a long discussion with the IDA board members regarding an apparent need to expand Prime Group’s corporate headquarters as well. Moser described the $400,000 worth of PILOT savings for the storage facility in Wilton as a vital component of Prime Group’s local expansion plans. He said the Prime Group offices on Railroad Place are “bulging at the seams” with 40 employees. The firm considers Saratoga County as an ideal location, Moser added, noting how 20 more employees may be

hired to occupy any new space. But IDA board members criticized the timing of such discussions. They pointed to a strong possibility that the number of long-term jobs created by the Route 50 storage facility in Wilton would be minimal. “It’s an exciting project, no question about it—don’t get us wrong,” Board Chairman Rodney Sutton said. “But we are dealing with taxpayers’ dollars, and on first blush this is a tough project to sell with one or two or multiple jobs” at the Route 50 site. Sutton added that he is personally amenable to considering a role for the IDA in Prime Group’s office expansion plans, but only at the right time. Before disclosing that he has worked in the past with Prime Group Holdings through his own insurance firm, Sutton said the IDA board would determine “how to structure this so that it’s equitable to you, the applicant, and then we can go forward.”

Week of March 16 – March 22, 2018

Gideon Putnam Plans May 1 Reopening SARATOGA SPRINGS — A spokesman for Delaware North, the company that operates the Gideon Putnam Hotel, has indicated that Tuesday, May 1 is the targeted date for reopening the popular resort. It has been closed since the middle of January, when serious flooding occurred in a basement. Delaware North spokesman Glen White said this week that repairs are ongoing at the Gideon

County Agency to Release Economic Index MALTA — The Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership will release its latest report on the health of Saratoga County’s economy during a luncheon on Thursday, March 29 at the Van Patten Golf Club in Clifton Park. The Saratoga County Economic Index tracks leading indicators, including unemployment levels, labor force participation, household income and housing sector strength. The event includes a panel discussion regarding the index results. Panelists include Adirondack Trust Company Chairman and CEO Charles Wait; David N. Deutch, Founder

Putnam in relation to damage that was sustained to gas lines and boilers, electric wires, computers and phone systems. With the hotel closed, White reported that “some planned renovations” are also being completed in its 124 guest rooms, including painting and the installation of new carpets. Guest and group reservations are still being rescheduled as a result of the flooding event, White added. For more information, visit the website and President of David N. Deutch and Company; Saratoga County Treasurer Drew Jarosh; and Saratoga County Administrator Spencer Hellwig. The presenting sponsor of the event is Adirondack Trust Company. It begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Vista Restaurant at Van Patten Golf Course. Registration is available online at Event sponsorships are also available. For more information, contact Saratoga Partnership Vice President Shelby Schneider by email at Shelby.schneider@, Executive Assistant Michele Battle at michele., or call 518-871-1887.

BUSINESS BRIEFS 15 New BSBPA Officers Selected BALLSTON SPA — Members of the Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association (BSBPA) have settled on new officers to continue the promotion of village businesses and special events in the next fiscal year. Effective April 1, current BSBPA President Stacy Simmons, Vice President Sandy Hassfurter and Treasurer Christine E. Kernochan were renamed for those positions. Secretary Kelly Ostrander and Kathi Leigh, a member of the BSBPA Board of Directors, were named, respectively, vice president and secretary. The BSBPA was officially formed in 1983. Its members organize networking breakfasts every month at village businesses, as well as popular “First Friday” events such as the “Chocolate

(Left to right) Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association Treasurer Christine E. Kernochan; President Stacy Simmons; Vice President Sandra Hassfurter; and Secretary Kelly Ostrander. Photo by Larry Goodwin.

Fest” in February. The group also arranges seasonal movies and concerts in Wiswall Park on Front Street. Starting at 6 p.m. on Monday, March 19, the BSBPA is hosting a 35th anniversary Community Mixer and its 2018 Annual Meeting at the Next Door Kitchen

and Bar at 51 Front Street. The event is open to the public. Admission is $30 per person. Registration is available online at Attendees also can pay at the door. Any RSVPs are appreciated, but not required, and can be sent to



Week of March 16 – March 22, 2018


Girl Scout Jamboree by Lori Mahan Saratoga TODAY Photos by SARATOGA COUNTY — Each year, the Girls Scouts of the Saratoga-Schuylerville Service Unit come together for a day of fun and learning. Taking place at the Geyser Road Elementary School on March 10, this event is held every year in honor of the anniversary of the founding of the first Girl Scouts troop by Juliette Gordon Lowe in Savannah, GA. The Girl Scouts have six different levels, broken down by grade: Daisy (K-1), Brownie (2-3), Junior (4-5), Cadette (6-8), Senior (9-10), and Ambassador (11-12). The theme this year was “Girls and S.T.E.A.M.” “This is the Year of the Girl in Girl Scouts and they’re promoting that word; G.I.R.L. which means Go getters, Innovators, Risk takers, and Leaders. So that’s what we’re promoting,” said Michelle Przedilecki, event coordinator of Saratoga-Schuylerville Service Unit and troop leader of #3278. Members of Troop #3278. (Left to right) BACK - Troop Leader Michelle Przedwiecki, Mahalah Peterson, Maya Mulford, Lily Nelsen, Kathy Sherman, Amelie Przedwiecki; FRONT - Troop Leader Sue Stasch, Bella Franco, Lexi Sherman, Elizabeth Drabeck, Jay McCallion

“We were looking at women in S.T.E.A.M. fields as inspirations for the girls, so each troop picked a different woman from the S.T.E.A.M. fields. Each troop would study one woman as an inspiration and then they would teach the other troops about that person. They would run a booth with that activity. The girls would take turns being the leaders and take their passports and go around to all the other booths and get their passports stamped and do the activities each troop had,” Przedilecki explained. The Girl Scouts celebrate their 106th birthday this week. The Jamboree is an event that takes place every year as part of Girl Scout week, which is celebrated internationally.

Gabriela Ackey and Aila Cartier, Troop #3196.

Molly Miller from Troop #3359.

Troop #3044 had a Rosie the Riveter theme.

Leah Clark and Alexandria Brown from Troop #3044.

Natalie Hoffman showing Elliot Mercer-Whipple the garden on the Space Station.

Week of March 16 – March 22, 2018

Ballston Spa Continues Superintendent Search BALLSTON SPA — The Ballston Spa Central School District Board of Education has been conducting a search for a new Superintendent of Schools during the past few months. After a lengthy recruitment and screening process and bringing several candidates to the district to meet with the representative advisory groups, the Board has decided to reopen the search and continue to look for a candidate who is the best match to meet the needs of the district. Therefore, the public presentations scheduled for Monday, March 12 and Tuesday, March 13 are cancelled.

Skidmore Announces 2018 Commencement Speakers SARATOGA SPRINGS — Skidmore College will bestow an honorary doctorate in the arts degree upon Alison Bechdel and an honorary doctorate of laws upon Dr. Robert S. D. Higgins during the College’s 107th Commencement exercises to be held on Saturday, May 19 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, New York. Christopher B. Mann, assistant professor of political science, has been selected as the 2018 Skidmore faculty Commencement speaker.

Saratoga Springs High School Presents All Shook Up SARATOGA SPRINGS — The SSHS Drama Club presents All Shook Up. Inspired by and featuring the songs of Elvis Presley. It’s 1955 and into a square little

town rides a guitar-playing young man who changes everything and everyone he meets in this hipswirling musical comedy fantasy that’ll have you jumping out of your blue suede shoes with such classic songs as Jailhouse Rock, Heartbreak Hotel, and Don’t Be Cruel. Performances are Thursday, March 15 at 7 p.m., Friday, March 16 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 17 at 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Reserved section (middle section) ticket prices $15.00. Open seating ticket prices $12.00 adults, $7.00 students and seniors (65+). Tickets available online at or at the door an hour before show time at the Loewenburg Auditorium.

Ballston Spa First Robotics Team Heading to Global Championship

BALLSTON SPA — The Ballston Spa High School’s FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Team 3044 earned the Engineering Inspiration Award at the Central NY Regional First Robotics Competition held recently in Utica, NY. This award reflects the work that the team does in inspiring younger students through efforts like mentoring FLL and FTC teams and teaching elementary students how to do computer coding, among other activities. Additional information is available by contacting Ballston

EDUCATION BRIEFS Spa K-12 Science Coordinator Diane Irwin,, or at the High School by calling 51-884-7150. Please visit the High School Team 3044 Robotics website at or the FIRST Robotics website directly at for additional details.

Hudson Mohawk Area Health Center Scholarship Program SARATOGA COUNTY — The Hudson Mohawk Area Health Education Center, known as HM-AHEC, will be awarding up to 10 scholarships for $500 each to high school seniors entering an approved healthcare related program at a local community college and/or a certification program. Applicants must be a graduating senior from a high school within the HM-AHEC tencounty service region. Recipients are expected to participate in at least one informative two-hour health careers exploration program and be able to help present it at local a high school after successfully completing their certificate program or freshman year of college. For more information, email

The Dance Alliance of the Capital Region Scholarship CAPITAL REGION — The Dance Alliance of the Capital Region is pleased to announce an expansion of The Pat & Sven Peterson Scholarship Program!

This year two dance scholarships will be offered; Summer 2018 and Fall/Spring of 2018/19. The summer dance scholarship deadline is Friday, April 20 with the winners announced by Friday, May 25. The deadline for the Fall/ Spring scholarship is Friday, August 31 with the winners announced by Friday, Sept. 28. Dancers 7th grade through sophomore year in college may apply. The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of the applicant’s past dance experience and potential to make a contribution in dance to the applicant’s local dance community or to the field of dance in general. Preference is given to those who are in the Capital District and those who have not recently received a scholarship from the Dance Alliance. To apply go to the Dance Alliance website at Go to programs and click on scholarship. For questions or further information contact Tina Baird at

Saratoga Springs CSD 2018 Continuing Education Program SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Springs City School District is proud to present their 50th year of providing knowledge above and beyond. The Spring 2018 program entitled “Magnify the Mind”, provides Adult

17 Education courses supported by the districts Continuing Education Department. Courses can be viewed and registration for, through: www.saratoga.cr3.

Applications Available for Saratoga Hospital Summer Student Volunteer Program SARATOGA SPRINGS — Applications are now available for Students Sharing Opportunities and Responsibilities (SSOAR), Saratoga Hospital’s unique summer program offering local rising junior and senior high school students opportunities for community service in a healthcare environment. SSOAR participants will volunteer at least 48 hours in one of several areas of the hospital, including the Gift Shoppe, Treasures Consignment Boutique, medical/surgical floors, and emergency department. Accepted SSOAR participants are required to attend a mandatory orientation June 26. Completed applications must be received/ postmarked by April 6. Information and application requirements are available at www.saratogahospital. org/aboutus/volunteering, through high school guidance offices, and at the Front Desk of Saratoga Hospital. For email inquiries, students may contact Betsy St. Pierre, Director of Volunteer Services, at



Week of March 16 – March 22, 2018

ACTIVISM TAKES MANY FORMS LOCAL SCHOOLS PARTICIPATE IN WALK-OUT by Lori Mahan Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA COUNTY — On February 14, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL suffered an unimaginable tragedy; 17 people were gunned down by a teenager with a gun. In the month since, students across America have become involved with supporting the students at Stoneman Douglas. On a local level, activism took many forms. “We’re glad that you’re all choosing to walk-out today. We’ve gathered here to honor the lives of the 17 students and teachers that passed one month ago. But never again should we have to do this. This marks the beginning of an end. An end for gun violence in our schools. Because enough is enough. We should be able to go to school and not fear for our lives. We should be able to go to school and come back the next day. But we can’t take this for granted. We must put an end to the atrocities that are claiming the lives of our fellow students. We have the power to demand change. Now let’s use it to stop the violence in our schools once and for all,” the students at Saratoga Springs High School said, at the beginning of their walk-out. Saratoga Springs High School, Ballston Spa High School, and South Glens Falls High School were three schools in the county who decided to rise up and partake in the movement on Wednesday, March 14. South Glens Falls students did not walk-out, however; they oversaw of how they would support the movement. “I sat down with a few student groups and tried to get an understanding of what the students wanted to do. They thought it was in the best interest of everyone in the building that we split what is activism and what is memorial,” said South Glens Falls Principal, Mody. During third period, faculty and students engaged in discussion circles to confront issues about school violence, empathy, and the “SEE something – SAY something” philosophy. They also had a

17-second moment of silence. In the library, students also had the option to write letters to local representatives. “The students were all engaged and that’s important. I always say, ‘educate not indoctrinate.’ My job is not to tell them what to do with their voice, but how to use it,” Mody said. In Ballston Spa, a group of seniors kick-started their walkout organization. “We have a sort of media committee, it’s a small group of seniors and we all divided up the responsibilities and we are the ones in charge of getting the media involved,” Joe Vesci said, referring to himself, Izzy Rutkey, and Joe McDonald, all seniors. “One of the people that we’re working with tweeted ‘why can’t Ballston Spa participate in the walk-out?’ We all got on board with that and thought ‘yeah, why can’t we participate?’ So, we emailed our principal and we got her full support on the event and then we started to get people’s support outside of the small group of seniors that were working on it and it really grew into a big thing,” Vesci explained. Aside from the principal’s support, the students also had the backing of most teachers and students. “We have the majority of the school’s support; however, there is a small section of the school that I think their main reason for not supporting the movement is because they truly don’t understand what we’re calling for and once we explain it to the people that approach us showing resistance, they really do tend to come on board with our message,” Vesci said. Vesci and the committee have spent their time listening to all of the various speeches that kids at Stoneman Douglas have been giving, along with watching clips from the Town Hall they had a few weeks ago. Ballston Spa’s message for the walk-out is simple: “mainly we’re calling for more background checks and limits on weapons of war,” explained McDonald. Like the others, Ballston

Group of students who organized the walk-out at Saratoga High School.

Week of March 16 – March 22, 2018


A button made for the #Honor17 project. Photo provided by the Saratoga_Honor17 Instagram.

Spa’s walk-out lasted 17 minutes, honoring each victim of the shooting. “Our main goal is definitely unity. With the election coming up, and a lot of us turning 18 soon or already 18, we will be able to register to vote and be able to vote in this upcoming election. If we start this conversation about what we, as teenagers and young adults, want and how we want to be represented in the government, then that will lead to us taking steps in November when we are able to vote and to have our opinions and our voices be heard,” Rutkey said. The trio, however, remain realistic that a walk-out will not be the end-all be-all of what they’re fighting for. “We won’t be giving up on this effort. I think that our motivation to have stricter background checks and limits on weapons of war is not going to stop with us walking out of school. We won’t stop calling our representatives or making our voices heard,” Vesci stated. “I think that overall, Ballston Spa High School does a fantastic job of making sure we feel safe. We do have our regularly practiced lock down drills and in the past few weeks we have had a police presence throughout the day. I think individually, as a school, Ballston Spa does a great job, especially in response to a lock down we had at the beginning of the school year when a student did bring a gun to school. They handled that situation so well and made sure nothing like that has happened since. But on a state level and a federal level, that cannot be said about all schools, and we want

to make sure it can be said about all schools,” Rutkey concluded. Saratoga Springs High School also participated in the walk-out; however, two students offered an alternative, the #Honor17 kindness project, created by freshman Meg Messitt and senior Madeline Messitt. “The school had put together the walk-out and we were just a little concerned about it, because a walk-out by definition, is a political protest and we don’t believe in political activism during school hours, so we came up with this alternative that pledges kindness and makes the school a better place at the same time. We feel it will also achieve more by doing something other than just standing outside. It will make the school a better place at the same time. I think it’s better than standing outside for 17 minutes,” said Meg Messitt. After a teacher posted something on Facebook that one of her students had come up with, #whatsyour17, the Messitt girls were inspired to create their own similar idea. “This project is not just for kids who aren’t walking out, it’s for everyone. I’ve met up with people that are organizing the walk-out and even they love this idea, they’re spreading it around, trying to get more people to do it, too. People in the middle schools are participating, a teacher from Colonie is also trying to get it into his school, as well,” Messitt explained. Meg is the president of the newly minted Republican Club at the high school, but she says she doesn’t even factor that into her opinions on the walk-out, which

she finds to be very politically motivated, at all. “What we’re doing [#Honor17] is not political at all. When we advertise this, I’m not even mentioning the club,” she explained. Messitt said she felt pressure from some teachers to join the walk-out. “Teachers have been pressuring students to walk out. They’ve been saying things like, ‘I want to walk out but if students stay behind I can’t.’ So this is just pressuring students to walk out because if they don’t, they think their teacher is going to be disappointed in them because they know their teacher wants them to walk out,” she said. As far as her own personal safety, Messitt doesn’t feel unsafe but, “it wouldn’t hurt to put more thought into a better security system.” Messitt did not participate in the walk-out. Braeden Arthur, a sophomore at Saratoga Springs High School, found out about the event through social media and immediately decided he wanted to participate. “I definitely think that for different people this walk-out means different things. Some people see it as just standing by those who unfortunately died in Parkland, and then some people see it as how some of the students from Parkland want us to see

it; as this is a moment to bring attention to our administrators, President, NRA, and that students of this generation in particular have had enough of the gun violence and in a setting where students shouldn’t necessarily have to be afraid, no less,” Arthur stated. For Arthur, his reasons behind participating are simple: “for me, personally, the walk-out is about students talking to the adults who happen to be running the country now.” Arthur is aware of the #Honor17 project, “I like the idea of creating a kinder environment and I definitely think that’s a good way to, again, lower the risk of anything ever happening by making people feel more welcome. If kids felt more welcome and less singled out, maybe we wouldn’t have a situation where the solution is to hurt the people around them,” Arthur said. Arthur commends the district for increasing security on the campus to make it an even safer environment. “Do I think I’m personally safe? I’d say that I do feel safe, then again, I’m sure the kids at Stoneman Douglas thought they were safe, too” he said. Matthew Taylor, one of the 10 initial students who organized the walk-out, doesn’t believe this to be political in nature. “We haven’t taken a stand, it’s

not about gun control, it’s mainly about walking out in solidarity with the students from Parkland. It’s to represent that this time, it’s going to be different, it isn’t just going to fade away into a distant memory. I understand that a lot of students are saying that ‘kindness and promoting kindness is something that we can do’ and although kindness is important, you must change hearts and laws, because that’s the only way real change will occur. You should be kind to people all of the time,” Taylor said. Students from Saratoga Springs High School are currently raising money to charter a bus for those who would like to participate in the Washington, D.C. walk-out on Saturday, March 24. “The walk-out is really about empowerment and making sure students know all of the ways they can get involved and they can voice their opinion, regardless of what side of the aisle they’re on. That’s why it’s not really that political. It’s just an issue that needs to be addressed,” Taylor said. Maple Avenue Middle School also participated in the walk-out. While most schools across the county supported the walkout movement or provided an alternative, Schuylerville Central School threatened students with disciplinary actions and would treat walking out as an unexcused absence.


Week of March 16 – March 22, 2018

Week of March 16 – March 22, 2018


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.

WHO IS APPROPRIATE FOR THE SARATOGA FILM ACADEMY? 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 fourth 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 www.saratogafilmacademy. com 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 saratogafilm@ or call (310) 801-5642.



Week of March 16 – March 22, 2018


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

by Himanee Gupta-Carlson for Saratoga TODAY Photos by Pattie Garrett. PAT IMBIMBO starts plotting out spring in the cold darkness of January. For him and for his family, this means trekking across the 101 acres that make up their Slate

Valley Farm, inspecting the health of their 2,600 or so maple trees, and preparing to install taps, buckets and other equipment needed to capture the sweet flow of sap when it starts running. By tradition, Imbimbo likes to start putting the taps into the trees on the first full moon of the year, or shortly thereafter. Then, his daughter, Gina Willis, waits for him to tell her to start opening them. Willis sells Slate Valley’s maple and honey products at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market. She smiles in delight as she recalls how customers start asking her in late January if the sap’s running. “It’s the anticipation, the excitement,” says Willis. “A sign of spring coming. It’s like that little animal … the groundhog. We wait for it to come out of the ground every year.” In general, maple tree sap starts to flow when daytime temperatures rise above freezing (32 degrees Fahrenheit) and night time temperatures go below freezing. That fluctuation creates a pressure in the trees that encourages the sap to flow. “We get excited as the time gets closer and closer,” says Willis. “We have one tree kind of

near the house that sort of acts like a gauge for us. As the temperatures start getting warmer, we’re checking it all the time.” Maple sap is the first official agricultural harvest of the year in New York State. But like the uncertainty as to whether or not the groundhog sees its shadow, the actual beginning and duration of the season can vary. In addition, Willis notes, the sap flow is a bit temperamental. If it gets too cold or too warm, it might stop and then restart again.

20-yr-old maple at Slate Valley Farms. Photo courtesy of Slate Valley Farms.

Behind the excitement are long hours. Forty gallons of sap are required to produce a single gallon of syrup. The boiling begins as soon as sap starts accumulating, often taking place at night when the day work is done and lasting for Willis sometimes until 3 a.m.

Visit the Saratoga Farmers’ Market 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays at the Lincoln Baths Building in Saratoga Spa State Park; follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram; and contact friends@ for volunteer opportunities.

Maple Yogurt Cake • Prep: 15 mins • Cook Time: 35 mins

• Serves 8

INGREDIENTS * Find these Ingredients at the Farmers’ Market!

• 1 cup plain yogurt* • 1 cup minus 2 Tbsp. maple sugar* from Slate Valley Farms, divided (see note) • 2 eggs • 1/3 cup vegetable oil • 2 cups (minus 2 Tbsp.) all-purpose flour

• 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder • ½ teaspoon baking soda • A good pinch salt • One large apple* (pick a variety that holds its shape when cooked)

INSTRUCTIONS 1. Preheat the oven to 360° F and line a 10-inch cake pan with parchment paper. 2. Set aside 1 rounded tablespoon of the maple sugar for topping. 3. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the yogurt, the remaining maple sugar, eggs, and oil. 4. In another mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Peel the apple, then core, quarter, and slice it thinly. Add the flour mixture to the yogurt mixture and whisk it in quickly, until just combined. Don’t worry about lumps and do not overmix. 5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan,

arrange the apple slices on top, starting from the outside, and sprinkle with the reserved maple sugar. 6. Put into the oven to bake for 35 - 40 minutes, until the top is golden and a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean. If you feel the apple slices might be browning too quickly, cover with a piece of parchment paper. 7. Lift the cake cautiously out of the pan and transfer to a rack to cool. Serve slightly warm or at room temperature. Note: Substitute ¾ cup maple syrup and use just ¾ cup yogurt to make up for the extra moisture.

Adapted from the recipe by Clotilde Dusoulier of Chocolate & Zucchini.



Week of March 16 – March 22, 2018


by John Reardon for Saratoga TODAY


my Foodie Friends. Saturday is St. Patrick’s Day! My mother, who was Italian, used to say “Everyone is Irish on St. Patty’s day.” My father, who was Irish, always agreed because if he didn’t he ran the risk of not getting her delicious Corned Beef and Cabbage and a cold tall glass of beer. My dad’s best friends were all my Mom’s brothers and nephews, who were all very Italian and on this holiday he was treated almost as though it was his birthday. He loved it as he got them all to sing Irish songs and drink green beer. So here is to all of our “Irish” lads and lassies. The St. Patrick’s Day tradition began as a feast day held in honor of St. Patrick on the anniversary of the day he died. Christians are allowed to put aside their Lenten restrictions on food and alcohol consumption on this day, which is why drinking has become so permanently linked to the celebration.

Is your St. Patrick’s Day incomplete without a pint of green beer? If you have been enjoying an emerald-colored beer at the bar year after year and now want to make it at home, it may just surprise you how easy it actually is. Green beer is a novelty that American drinkers have latched onto and it has quickly become the drink to have each and every St. Patrick’s Day. There is something appealing about turning everything green on the Irish holiday and beer just happens to be one of the most popular items to play with. Rumor has it, a doctor created green beer as we know it in the Bronx in 1914. There is no trick to making green beer and it requires no special bartending skills. It is, quite simply, a light-colored beer that has a drop of green food coloring added to it. The flavor does not change, only the color. It should be noted that if you want to drink like a real Irishman and celebrate the Emerald Isle’s heritage, nothing is more appropriate than a pint of Guinness or a shot of Irish whiskey. Any beer will work when making green beer, however, some produce a brighter green color than others. To get the greenest of beers, begin with a light-colored brew. This includes any of the popular American lagers like Budweiser, Miller, Busch, or Coors. Those are favorite beers and, given the novelty aspect of green beer, may be the best choice. However, do not forget about all of the great pale-colored craft beers, the amazing German

pilsners, and any of the other higher quality beers that are available today. The beer market is vast and there are many more choices than those from the giant breweries. If you would like to play around with a darker beer, you will find an interesting effect. Stouts and other dark beers have a rich color that is not transparent enough to allow the green food coloring to give that signature emerald green beer look. However, the body of the beer will turn darker and have a slight evergreen hue in the right light. The coolest part is the head because the foam will pick up the food coloring and, though it may not last long, take on that green color. Green beer is fun and food coloring is cheap, so feel free to play with it. Serving beer in the right glass is an important part to the presentation. Pilsner glasses, due to their unique shape have numerous benefits. One of the main advantages is its aesthetic value, which helps in showcasing the beer when it is served. The glass due to its cone shape and the thin feature will help bring out the clarity of the beer and promotes more head retention due to its wider top. The narrow bottom can preserve the fizz of the beer, which adds to the drinking experience. Besides, a pilsner glass can also maximize the aroma of the beer, which is something that

most drinkers look to while trying different beers. Moreover, a pilsner glass can also accommodate more amounts of beer than any other type of glass. At Compliments to the Chef located at 33 Railroad Place, we carry all types of glasses to help accommodate your St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Traditional Irish toasts are a must on St. Patrick’s Day, so you’ll want to be ready with a list of toasts under your lucky green belt if you’re called upon to utter a few wise, witty or wry words of Irish good cheer before the beer disappears. Wishing




• Fish Florentine • Pasta with Meatballs • Brown Rice & Parmesan • Beets Cheese • Tropical Fruit • Lima Beans • Warm Peaches

“May the luck of the Irish Lead to happiest heights. And the highway you travel Be lined with green lights. Wherever you go And whatever you do, May the luck of the Irish be there with you.”

Take Care, John & Paula

Office for the Aging Lunch Program

h c n u L FRIDAY

you all a Happy St. Patrick’s Day. Remember my Foodie Friends; “Life Happens in the Kitchen.”

Served at the Saratoga Senior Center TUESDAY






• Ham with Pineapple Sauce • Sweet Potato • Cauliflower • Spiced Apples & Raisins

• Five Spice Chicken with Gravy • Rice • Beets • Pears

• Roasted Beef with Gravy • Garlic Mashed Potatoes • Vegetable Trio • Dinner Roll • Chocolate Chip Cookies

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


Week of March 16 – March 22, 2018

Area Engaged Couples Gathered in Numbers at the Longfellows Wedding Show

Photos provided.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Longfellows Restaurant in Saratoga Springs hosted The Longfellows Wedding Show on Sunday, February 25 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Over 130 brides and grooms along with approximately 300 guests attended the show this year. Longfellows, with its elegantly rustic décor, provided a distinctive setting for this one-of-a-kind wedding show. This year marked the 18th year that Longfellows showcased their venue to engaged couples and they celebrated with elaborate food displays and tastings and an exciting variety of door prizes and giveaways. Each year, the Longfellows Wedding Show showcases Longfellows Restaurant as the ideal wedding venue. It provides the setting for over 40 wedding professionals who gather to offer their expertise to engaged couples. “This year’s show ranked as one of the best,” said Steve Sullivan, owner of Longfellows. “We strive to offer an intimate show and an enjoyable experience for both engaged couples as well as the wedding professionals who showcase their services.” “When you attend The Longfellows Wedding Show you feel as though you are at an event instead of a

show,” said Ann Marie Castellano, Director of Sales. “It provides the opportunity for our guests to enjoy a fabulous display of food representing our quality and creative flair for both on site and off premise catering.” “Our show is unlike any other because of the unique setting Longfellows provides and the attention to detail we bring to the event. The layout includes many interesting levels filled with a select group of wedding professionals. This makes the show different from any other and fun to attend. Our goal is for engaged couples as well as vendors to leave feeling satisfied with the experience. We have a high rate of return vendors each year for this reason. We truly love putting on this event and I think it shows!” said Fran Dingeman of Network Saratoga, long-time Coordinator for the Longfellows Wedding Show. The date for next year’s show was announced as February 24, 2019. “A good number of vendors sign up early to secure their space for the following year. We’re proud to say that we have some wedding professionals who have been part of the show at Longfellows for at least 15 years!” Dingeman said.

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Week of March 16 – March 22, 2018 RELIGION

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Week of March 16 – March 22, 2018

PLACES OF WORSHIP Adirondack Christian Fellowship  

Christ Episcopal Church*

Grace Fellowship Saratoga*

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

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

Adirondack Friends Meeting

Christian Restoration Ministries

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

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

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

Assembly of God Faith Chapel

Christian Science Church

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

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

Assembly of God Saratoga

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

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

Community Alliance Church

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

Calvary Capital District

First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa

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

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

Church of Christ at Clifton Park

First Presbyterian Church of Ballston Spa

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

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

Charlton Freehold Presbyterian Church

Full Gospel Tabernacle

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

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

Christ Community Reformed Church

Galway United Methodist Church

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

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

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

Week of March 16 – March 22, 2018 RELIGION


St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church*

Simpson United Methodist Church

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

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

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

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

St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church*

Soul Saving Station for Every Nation Christ Crusaders of America

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

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

St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church

Stillwater Christian Fellowship

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

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

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

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

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church

Temple Sinai*

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

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

St. Therese Chapel (RC)

Terra Nova Church*

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

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

St. Thomas of Canterbury

The Salvation Army/ Worship, Service & Community Center

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

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

River of Hope Fellowship

Saratoga Friends Meeting (Quaker)

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Saratoga Springs*

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

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

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

Roman Catholic Church of St. Peter

Saratoga United Methodist Church*

Unity Church in Albany

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

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

St. Clement’s Roman Catholic Church*

Saratoga Seventh-Day Adventist Church

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

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

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

St. George’s Episcopal Church

Schuylerville United Methodist Church

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

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

St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church*

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

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

Shenendehowa United Methodist

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

*Wheelchair Accessible




Southern Saratoga Artists’ Society Exhibits An exhibit of artists featuring both art and photography will be held during March at the Burnt Hills Library, 2 Lawmar Lane, Burnt Hills. Participating members are Barbara Aldi, Frank Coletta, William Daisak, Rebecca Jenkins, Janis Kralovic, Sandra Smith, Joan VanAlphen, and Valerie Woodward. Also, an exhibit featuring both photography and watercolors will be held during March and April by SSAS members Rebecca Jenkins, Richard Kitchen and Jack Morgan. This exhibit is at the Zion Luthern Church, 153 Nott Terrace, Schenectady. For information about SSAS, visit the website: Ghost The South Glens Falls High School’s annual musical production, Ghost, will be held on Friday, March 16 and Saturday, March 17 in the High School Auditorium. The show will begin at 7 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday. A 2 p.m. Matinee is also scheduled for Saturday. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the door or online at sgfdrama.ticketleap. com. The High School is located at 42 Merritt Rd. in South Glens Falls. For more information, please contact the production’s director, Mrs. Betsy StambachFuller at Classical Concert Fundraiser Piano team, “Four Hands and a Foot” will present an hour of dazzling music to “Dance out the Winter” with classical dances by Brahms, Grieg, Debussy, Khachaturian, and more, played by Judith Thomas and John Ackley. This fundraiser will be held at the Unitarian Church, N. Broadway, Saratoga Springs, and is designed to support summer music there. The public is welcome; donations taken at the door, and light refreshments afterwards. For more information please call 518-306-6203.

Havurah Vatik: Making Music with Judith and George On Tuesday, March 20, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. George will give us a snap-shot of the yearlong process of building what Judith addresses as “Monsieur LeCello.” Together, they will present a sample of the music they have been making. A special Yiddishe catered lunch follows the program in honor of Barbara Block. We need your RSVP by March 14, by calling the Temple Sinai Havurah Vatik reservation line at 518-584-8730, ext. 4. Flamenco Workshop and Performance The National Museum of Dance and School of the Arts welcomes Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana II on Friday, March 23 for a dynamic flamenco workshop and performance. The open community workshop, appropriate for any age or skill level, will be held in the Museum’s foyer from 5 to 6:15 p.m. and is free of charge. It will delve into the history, techniques, and musical aspects of flamenco, offering participants a truly authentic experience of this vibrant art form. A performance by Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana II will take place in The Riggi Theater from 7 - 8 p.m. The cost is $25 per person, $20 for members, students, and seniors. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door. For more information and to purchase tickets for the performance, please visit our website at or call 518-584-2225, ext. 3001. 31st Capital District Garden and Flower Show Known for its elaborate indoor garden displays, floral designs, shopping area, and informative classes. This year’s show takes place on March 23-25 at Hudson Valley Community College. Partial proceeds from each ticket sold will benefit Wildwood Programs. On March 23 and 24, to focus on consumer interest in easy-care succulent plants, Suzanne Balet Haight, owner of Balet Flowers and Design, will teach a workshop about creating succulent gardens and indoor displays. For more information, visit www.

The Annual Day with the Bunny & Easter Egg Hunt Presented by the American Legion Auxiliary, unit 234 on Saturday, March 24 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. The Easter Egg Hunt Schedule: Toddlers to age 5: 11:30 a.m. Ages 6 – 8: Noon Ages 9 – 12: 12: 30 p.m. Join us for games, crafts, snacks and refreshments with the Easter Bunny. There will be a raffle for parents. Hop Out Hunger Ballston Spa Easter Egg Hunt The Junior Chamber International Saratoga Springs chapter (Jaycees) annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held Sunday, March 25 from 1 – 3 p.m. at the Milton Community Center on Northline Rd in Ballston Spa. There will be fun and games for children through fifth grade. Sponsored by the Village of Ballston Spa and the Town of Milton, there will also be free food. Please bring a canned good or donation for the local food pantry. Contact Kim Lambert for more information. Making Connections Autism Program This once-a-month program is offered by the Children’s Museum at Saratoga, located at 69 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, as an early intervention program for children on the autism spectrum and their families. Join us for a free morning of fun and play at the Museum; siblings welcome. Meet other families in the area and meet specialists from AIM services. The program will be on Sunday, March 25 at 10 a.m. until noon. For more information contact the museum at 518-584-5540. Indoor Craft and Garage Sale On Sunday, March 25, from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. the popular Elks Ladies Auxiliary Indoor Craft and Garage Sale will take place at the Saratoga-Wilton Elks Club off Maple Ave. on Elks Lane. Admission is free with over 40 vendors; parking is great, bargains galore, lunch, books, household items, sports equipment, hand-made items, clothing, jewelry, party vendors, pet supplies, Easter items, and just about anything you can imagine. New vendors are signing up every month. Snow or rain, the sales go on and it is

Week of March 16 – March 22, 2018 a fun activity the entire family enjoys. Come browse, visit, eat, or just get out of the house with a friend. All proceeds go to our local charities. All markets are held the fourth Sunday of each month: except December, May, June, July, and August. Next sales date is April 22; tables are $15 for an 8 ft. table; call Linda at 518-289-5470 for information or to sign up for a table(s). Karen’s Cupboard is back with lots of home-made goodies. The 29th Annual Palm Sunday Polka Benefit The 29th Palm Sunday Polka Benefit will be held on Sunday, March 25 from 1 – 5 p.m. at the Saratoga Springs Knights of Columbus, located at the corner of Rt. 29 and Pine Road in Saratoga Springs. This year’s event will feature the “Polka Country Musicians” from Jewett City, CT, cash bar, Polish and American food, raffles, prizes and 50/50 drawing. Fun for all ages. All proceeds will benefit Saratoga Bridges. As seating is limited, advance tickets purchased by March 10 are $15 per person. If available day of, tickets are $18 per person. To make reservations, contact Steve or Cathy Coblish at 518-899-3061 or mail checks to Steve Coblish, 4-B Harwich Manor, Ballston Lake, NY 12019. For more information email Annual Easter Egg Hunt Hop in for our Easter Egg Hunt which will include a craft-time, a special visit from the Easter Bunny, and of course, the egg hunt. Light refreshments will be served. Times are 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. or 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. for the Easter Egg Hunt. Must register by March 26 for this event at www.MaltaParksRec. com or call the Malta Community Center at 518-899-4411. Wealth Inequality in Our Region The public is invited to explore “What Wealth Inequality Looks Like in Our Community” in an interactive program at Caffé Lena, Tuesday, March 27, 6 - 8:30 p.m. The evening will begin with a rap performance by Amani Olugbala, a storyteller who weaves music and poetry into art that highlights social injustice, honors the ancestors and demands for

change. After her performance, Olugbala will be joined by two other guests: Ron Deutsch, Executive Director, Fiscal Policy Institute, and Bonnie Nelson, Family Development & Getting Ahead Program Manager and Bridges Out of Poverty Trainer, CAPTAIN Community and Human Services. The three will share their insights and experience regarding wealth inequality specific to our region and open a conversation about how we can respond. This program is the third in the series, Conversations to Build an Inclusive American Community, hosted by Caffé Lena. For additional information on this event, visit Saratoga Chamber Players 31 Seasons The Saratoga Chamber Players continues its 31st season on Saturday, March 31 in Glens Falls at The Hyde Collection, 161 Warren St., at 3 p.m. This all-Haydn program with the Trio BelleScarpe features violinist Jill Levy, cellist Judith Serkin and pianist Jeannette Koekkoek. The concert will be followed by a Meetthe-Musicians reception. Tickets available online or at the door are $20 adults, $18 seniors, $15 students. For details and tickets visit www.saratogachamberplayers. org/events/category/2017-2018concert-season. Malta BPA 2018 Annual Dinner The Malta Business and Professional Association’s Annual Dinner event is scheduled for Wednesday, April 11, from 6 – 9 Panza’s Restaurant located on Saratoga Lake. Cost for pre-registered members and their guests is $45 and for notyet-members and all walk-ins it’s $55. Cocktail hour runs 6 -7 p.m.; dinner 7 – 8 p.m.; program begins at 8 p.m. The Capital District business community is invited to attend this event to learn more about the MBPA. Keith Hall, President of the National Association for the SelfEmployed, will lead a discussion on how the recent changes to the tax law can benefit you and your company. To register for this year’s event, visit www.MaltaBPA. org or email Pam Grandin at

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Week of March 16 – March 22, 2018 Musical – All Shook Up

Family Friendly Event

FRIDAY, MARCH 16 Mise Eire Irish Dancers The Children’s Museum, 69 Caroline Street, Saratoga Springs, 10:30 a.m. Join us as we experience a little of the St. Patrick’s Day spirit with a visit from the dancers of the Mise Eire Irish Dancers of Saratoga. At Mise Eire, they believe in a healthy, fun approach to Irish dance. During classes, the dancers learn dance skills, techniques, and steps which are woven together with the concepts of self-awareness, positive self-esteem, and the value and importance of teamwork. This is a drop-in program best suited for families with children of all ages. For additional information, visit

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

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

Saratoga Springs High School, Loewenburg Auditorium, 1 Blue Streak Boulevard, Saratoga Springs, 7 p.m. Additional performance is on Saturday, March 17 at 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets prices are: reserved (middle section) $15, general admission: adults $12 and students/seniors $7. All tickets are available on www. and at the door starting 30 minutes before each show.

SATURDAY, MARCH 17 Soup-er Saturday Vender Blender S. Glens Falls United Methodist Church, 15 Maplewood Parkway, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Come for soup, stay and shop. Come and shop, stay for soup. Vendors include: Crafty Witch, Mary Kay, Thirty-One, Be Crofty Games, Parks Bentley display, Arbonne, Origami Owl, J.R. Watkins, Paparazzi, Crocheted and Sewn items and crafts, Jamberry Nails, Osborne Books, Stam-pin’ Up, LuLaRoe, Just Beautiful, a fair trade company, along with a silent auction. For more information, please call the church at 518-793-1152.

Volkswalk for Fun, Fitness and Friendship Start point: Four Seasons Natural Foods, 120 Henry Street, Saratoga Springs, 10 a.m. Register 30 minutes before start. A volkswalk is a leisurely walk (typically 10k or 6.2 miles. A three mile route is also offered) through a scenic and/or historic area over a pre-marked trail. Information is available at or

Maple Weekend Various Locations, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The Maple Open House Weekends take place March 17 -18 and March 24 - 25, from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. each day. The public is invited to take a free tour of 25 different Upper Hudson region sugarhouses and see how maple syrup is produced. Sugarhouses involved in the Upper Hudson area open house event are located throughout Washington, Warren, Saratoga, Rensselaer,


CALENDAR Fulton, and Montgomery counties. Signs will be placed along roadsides both weekends to direct motorists to sugarhouses. To find more information about local sugar making, maple recipes, and maple events in the Upper Hudson Region, please visit www. or www.

public. Light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be available. For more information please visit our website at or call 518-584-2225, ext. 3001.


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

Glens Falls Symphony: America - Land of Transformation


Saratoga Senior Center, 5 Williams Street, Saratoga Springs, 10:30 a.m. Start your St. Patty’s Day with Brunch from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. followed by Irish Step Dancers. Come enjoy a show from the talented Wild Irish Acres Dancers. Light refreshments will also be offered. $2 for members, $5 for non-members. For more information call 518-584-1621.

Arthur Zankel Music Center, Skidmore College, 815 N. Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 4 p.m. Symphony No. 3 – Charles Ives, Pilgrims – Ned Rorem, The City – Aaron Copland. For tickets and information, visit or call 518-793-1348.

New Parent Meetup


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

Genealogy and Local History

10th Annual Armed Forces Day Parade

Beginner Line Dance Classes

Brunch and Irish Step Dancing

Town of Saratoga Town Hall, Corner of Route 4 and Route 29, Schuylerville, 1 p.m. Heritage Hunters St. Patrick’s Day program. Benjamin Kemp, Civil War reenactor and Grant Cottage Site Coordinator, will discuss United States President and Union General, Ulysses S. Grant, and Grant’s relationship with the Irish. Benjamin Kemp has 20 years of experience in the fields of reenacting and education and is a seasonal staff member at Grant cottage, the State Historic Site in Wilton where Grant completed his memoirs. Public is welcome. For information call 518-587-2978.

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

Downtown Malta, 10 a.m. Let’s come together and thank our military for their patriotic service in support of our country. Visit

Parkinson’s Support Group Meeting Wesley Health Care Center, Woodlawn Commons, 2nd floor, 156 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, 2 p.m. This meeting is free and open to anyone with Parkinson’s Disease, family members and friends. For more information call Bruce McClellan at 518-331-9611 or Kevin McCullough 518-222-4247.

Diamond Club Grill Dinner Saratoga Senior Center, 5 Williams Street, Saratoga Springs, 5:30 p.m. Menu: Pot roast and gravy with Yukon mashed potatoes, baby carrots and cheesecake for dessert. $12 per person. Call 518-584-1621.


Country Dance Party

Pieroghi Sale

National Museum of Dance, Southeast Gallery, 99 S. Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 7 – 10 p.m. This festive evening of line dancing, led by DJ Kevin Richards - an award-winning country dance instructor, is free and open to the

Christ the Savior Church, 349 Eastline Road, Ballston Lake, Pick up 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Potato, sauerkraut, and farmer’s cheese will be available. You can call 518-363-0001 for orders. Stuffed clams will also be available.

National Museum of Dance, Lewis A. Swyer Studios, 99 S. Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 7:15 – 9 p.m. DJ Kevin Richards will lead weekly Beginner Line Dance Classes. The cost is $10 per dancer at the door. All ages and abilities are welcome to join.

THURSDAY, MARCH 22 Movie: Wasted! The Story of Food Waste Skidmore Filene Recital Hall, 815 N. Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 6:30 p.m. Sustainable Saratoga and Skidmore Sustainability Office are co-sponsoring a free screening of the movie “Wasted! The Story of Food Waste.” This movie aims to change the way you buy, cook, recycle, and eat food. The movie screening will be followed by a panel discussion, including: Dr. Nurcan Atalan-Helicke, Professor of Environmental Studies and Sciences, Skidmore College; Heather Coton, Environmental Manager, Delaware North at The Gideon Putnam; Jim Rose, Executive Chef, Skidmore College; and Gordon Sacks, Founder and CEO of 9 Miles East Farm. For more, contact info@

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Week of March 16 – March 22, 2018


MOMIX Dance Company

Exploring the Nature

Performs ‘Opus Cactus’ March 16 of Change: What Is

the Story Behind A Transformation?

THE DANCE COMPANY MOMIX will perform the work ‘Opus Cactus’ at The Egg 8 p.m. Friday, March 16. Artistic Director Moses Pendleton will provide a pre-performance talk beginning at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are $38 and are available at The Egg Box Office at the Empire State Plaza. To purchase tickets by telephone call 518-473-1845 or purchase them online by visiting Students and seniors are half price at the door.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Skidmore College hosts a symposium on humanistic inquiry March 23 -24. The symposium will begin at 3 p.m. Friday, March 23, when guest keynote speaker Martin Puchner will present “Storytelling from the Tablet to the Internet” at the Tang Teaching Museum. Puchner is the Byron and Anita Wien Professor of Drama and of English and Comparative Literature at Harvard University and the founding director of the university’s Mellon School of Theater and Performance Research. Puchner’s most recent work, “The Written World: The Power of Stories to Shape History, People, Civilization,” explores his interests in the intersection of literature, history and geography, as well as the transformational impact of the written word, which supports the symposium’s theme of metamorphosis. Skidmore faculty presentations and performances will follow directly after, as well as a book signing by Puchner and a reception concluding at 7 p.m.

On Saturday, March 24, Skidmore faculty talks on metamorphosis will resume at 9 a.m. at the Tang. There will be time for questions and conversation throughout the day. From 4:15 to 4:45 p.m., a champagne toast and closing remarks from Puchner will conclude the symposium. All events are free and open to the public. Community members are encouraged to attend.

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Consider A World Saved by Rock and Roll - Presentation at Skidmore Wednesday

by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — “Free To Rock,” a documentary film directed by four-time Emmywinning filmmaker Jim Brown and narrated by Kiefer Sutherland, will be screened 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21 at Skidmore College. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with executive producers Nick Binkley and Doug Yeager. “I believe music is one of the most powerful change agents the world has ever known. It opens hearts and minds and plants dreams and imaginations,” says Binkley, who points, among other things, a popular underground heavy metal scene in places like Cairo and Tehran, Islamabad, Damascus and Baghdad. Ten years in the making, “Free To Rock” explores how American rock and roll contributed to the end of the Cold War. What prompted the film? “The realization that the ‘soft power’ of American music and culture had a profound effect on the kids behind the Iron Curtain during the Cold War,” Binkley explains. “I equate soft power and music and culture with freedom of speech. And freedom of speech is the lifeblood of truth. “Hard power is military, it’s bombs in the air, it’s bodies in graves and it is destruction. Sometimes we need to use hard power in the military to thwart an imminent danger. Soft power opens hearts and minds, plants dreams and imaginations and is really the extension of the American set of values. That to me is what I hope people come

away with,” Binkley says. Perhaps most unusually, is Binkley’s background, which is in international affairs and banking. He’s a member of the Council on Foreign Relations who is just as easily capable of discussing The Plastic People of the Universe – a rock band born of the musical influence of the Velvet Underground, who inspired rebellion to helped transform the Communist rule of the Czechoslovakian landscape. “I was a musician before I was a venture capitalist,” he says, with a laugh. “I played music in high school and college and abroad in the 1960s and I’ve been writing songs all my life.” “Free To Rock” features presidents, diplomats, spies and rock stars from the West and the Soviet Union who reveal how rock and roll was a contributing factor in ending the Cold War. The film has been screened – along with an accompanying Q&A session – across the country as well as abroad. “A lot of college kids were not aware that American music and western Pop Culture were prohibited by the central authorities in the former Soviet Union – that electric guitars were not allowed to be imported and that rock music was considered propaganda from an alien ideology,” Binkley says. “The question we get often is whether rock and roll music is as relevant today as it was 25, 30, 40 years ago. What’s the answer? Come to the Q & A and you’ll find out.” The screening and Q&A will take place at Davis Auditorium, Palamountain Hall, on the campus of Skidmore College and is open to the community.

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Dan Navarro Returns to We have all been here before… Caffe Lena Next Month

Neil Young, at left, and Stephen Stills, at right, flank David Crosby and Graham Nash, on stage during a CSNY concert in 1970.

Dan Navarro, with his new album “Shed My Skin,” performs at Caffe Lena April 12.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Dan Navarro - whose career spans several decades and includes a dozen albums with Lowen & Navarro, will perform at Caffe Lena on April 12. Navarro’s career as a songwriter includes work with Eric Lowen, and for artists as

diverse as Pat Benatar, The Bangles, Jackson Browne, Dave Edmunds, The Temptations and Dionne Warwick, among others. His new solo album, “Shed My Skin,” has just been released. Tickets are $20 - $24. For more information, call 518-583-0022 or go to:

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Rochmon Record Club returns to Caffe Lena Tuesday, March 20 to indulge in Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young’s 1970 album, “Déjà Vu.” Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and a $5 donation is suggested, which goes to the restoration funds of Caffe Lena and Universal Preservation Hall. In 1969, the trio of Crosby, Stills and Nash – born from the fracturing of The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, and Hollies, respectively - released their debut collaborative album and sought the addition of a fourth member to round out their sound. After being rejected by John “hot town, summer in the city back of my neck getting dirty and gritty” Sebastian, and Jimi Hendrix,

the trio brought electric guitar wizard/ moody folkie Neil Young into the fold. (Jimi Hendrix, by the way, recorded a rendition of Joni Mitchell’s “Woodstock” with Stephen Stills guitar months prior to CSN’s offering - a recording of which was for the first time, coincidentally released this week). CSNY made their stage debut as a foursome at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago, then promptly manned the main stage at Woodstock the following evening. Their 10-song album was released in March 1970 and generated the Top 40 singles: “Teach Your Children,” “Our House,” and “Woodstock.” Following the event Caffe Lena, the Rochmon Record Club a.k.a Chuck Vosganian will hit the

road to Schenectady, to preside over a Beatles tribute night at Proctors. The event, which the venue is billing as a new concert series, showcases local musicians performing their renditions of Beatles’ songs culled from the “White Album,” and “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” The lineup includes Bryan Brundige Collective, Clear Mind, Eastbound Jesus, Girl Blue, Let’s Be Leonard and Wild Adriatic. Tickets for the “Capital Records Live” event, which takes place 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 23 at the GE Theatre at Proctors, are $25 and available at the Proctors box office at 432 State St., Schenectady; by phone at 518-3466204, or online at

THIS MUST BE THE PLACE: David Byrne Coming to Capital Region ALBANY — Former Talking Heads front-man David Byrne will stage a show at the Palace Theatre in September as part of an extensive world tour. He will be accompanied by a 12-piece band and is slated to perform songs from his recently released solo album, “American Utopia,” as well as tunes from his solo career and favorites from his days with Talking Heads. Byrne called the tour “the most ambitious show I’ve done since the shows that were filmed for Stop Making Sense,” and marks Byrne’s first extensive outing since his 2013 shows with

St. Vincent, and also his first solo tour since 2009. A co-founder of the group Talking Heads, Byrne has released nine studio albums and worked on multiple other collaborative projects with Brian Eno, Twyla Tharp, Robert Wilson, and Jonathan Demme, among others. “American Utopia” is Byrne’s first solo album since 2004. The concert takes place Sept. 9. Special guest Tune-Yards will open. Tickets are $49.50 - $150 and are on sale at the Palace Theatre Box Office, 19 Clinton Ave., via Ticketmaster Charge-by-Phone at 800-745-3000 or online at

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week of 3/16-3/22 friday, 3/16:

sunday, 3/18:

Rich Ortiz, 8 p.m. @ Bailey’s – 518.450.1305

Gibson Brothers Trio, 3 p.m. & 7 p.m. @ Caffè Lena — 518.583.0022

Nordly’s Global Voices: Joan Soriano, 8 p.m. @ Caffè Lena — 518.583.0022

Rich Ortiz, 3 p.m. @ Strand Theater — 518.832.3484

Rob Lindquist Group, 9 p.m. @ 9 Maple Avenue — 518.583.2582 Hair of the Dog, 8 p.m. @ The Parting Glass – 518.583.1916 The McKrells, 7 p.m. @ Strand Theater — 518.832.3484 Knuckle Puck, 5:30 p.m. @ Upstate Concert Hall — 518.371.0012

saturday, 3/17: Rich Clements, 2 p.m. @ Bailey’s — 518.450.1305 The Schmooze, 9 p.m. @ Bailey’s — 518.450.1305 Female Voices in Irish Music, 8 p.m. @ Caffè Lena — 518.583.0022 Radio Junkies, 10 p.m. @ Caroline Street Pub — 518.583.9400 Dave Fisk Quartet, 9 p.m. @ 9 Maple Avenue — 518.583.2582 Kevin McKrell, 11 a.m. @ The Parting Glass – 518.583.1916 Forthlin Road , 5 p.m. @ The Parting Glass – 518.583.1916 Deadgrass & North and South Dakotas, 8 p.m. @ Putnam Place — 518.886.9585 Pop Evil: Music Over Words Tour, Palaye Royale, Black Map, 7 p.m. @ Upstate Concert Hall — 518.371.0012

Ty Dolla $ign Don’t Judge Me Tour, 7 p.m. @ Upstate Concert Hall — 518.371.0012

monday, 3/19: Open Mic Night, 7 p.m. @ Caffè Lena — 518.583.0022 Super Dark Monday: Candy Ambulance/ North by North/The Let Downs, 9 p.m. @ Desperate Annie’s — 518.587.2455

tuesday, 3/20: Rochmon Record Club: CSNY “Déjà Vu,” 6:30 p.m. @ Caffè Lena — 518.583.0022

ReseRved seating - stadium seating - WheelchaiR accessible Pacific Rim: UPRising (Pg-13) 2D

ThU: 7:00, 9:40 fRi - sUn: 10:40 am, 1:30, 4:10, 6:45, 9:50 mOn - ThU: 1:30, 4:10, 6:45, 9:50

7 Days in enTebbe (Pg-13) 2D lOve, simOn (Pg-13) 2D

fRi - sUn: 10:10 am, 11:20 am, 1:00, 2:20, 3:45, 5:10, 7:00, 8:00, 9:20, 10:50 mOn - WeD: 1:00, 2:20, 3:45, 5:10, 7:00, 8:00, 9:20, 10:50 ThU: 1:00, 2:20, 3:45, 5:10, 7:00, 7:50, 9:20, 10:50

TOmb RaiDeR (Pg-13) 2D

fRi - ThU: 3:00, 9:10 fRi - sUn: 10:20 am, 1:20, 4:20, 7:20, 10:20 mOn - ThU: 1:20, 4:20, 7:20, 10:20

TOmb RaiDeR (Pg-13) bTX

fRi - sUn: 11:50 am, 6:10 mOn - ThU: 11:55 am, 6:10

TOmb RaiDeR 3D (Pg-13) gRingO (R) 2D

fRi - ThU: 12:40 Pm

ThOROUghbReDs (R) 2D

fRi - ThU: 3:15 Pm fRi - sUn: 10:50 am, 1:45, 4:40, 7:30, 9:40 mOn - WeD: 1:45, 4:40, 7:30, 9:40 ThU: 1:10, 4:10, 6:30, 9:40

a WRinkle in Time (Pg) 2D ReD sPaRROW (R) 2D

fRi - sUn: 12:00, 2:45, 6:30, 10:00 mOn - WeD: 12:00, 2:50, 6:30, 10:00 ThU: 12:00, 2:50, 6:00, 9:10

annihilaTiOn (R) 2D

fRi - WeD: 10:40 Pm fRi - sUn: 10:00 am, 3:30, 9:00 mOn - ThU: 3:30, 9:00

game nighT (R) 2D

wednesday, 3/21: Bluegrass Jam with the Schroon River String Band, 7 p.m. @ Caffè Lena — 518.583.0022

PeTeR RabbiT (Pg) 2D

Hot Club of Saratoga, 8 p.m. @ Hamlet and Ghost — 518.450.7287

The gReaTesT shOWman (Pg) 2D

Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams, 7 p.m. @ Caffè Lena — 518.583.0022 Hot Club of Saratoga, 6 p.m. @ Mouzon House — 518.226.0014

fRi - sUn: 9:50 am, 11:40 am, 12:50, 4:00, 6:00, 7:45, 9:30, 10:30 mOn - WeD: 11:50 am, 12:50, 4:00, 6:00, 7:45, 9:30, 10:30 ThU: 11:50 am, 12:50, 4:00, 7:40, 9:30, 10:30

black PanTheR (Pg-13) 2D

Irish Celtic Sessions, 7 p.m. @ The Parting Glass – 518.583.1916

thursday, 3/22:

(518) 306-4205 03/16/18-03/22/18

fRi - sUn: 11:10 am, 2:00, 4:50, 7:10 mOn - ThU: 2:00, 4:50, 7:10 fRi - ThU: 6:20 Pm


(518) 306-4707 03/16/18-03/22/18

3065 Route 50, Wilton

stadium seating - WheelchaiR accessible Pacific Rim: UPRising (Pg-13) 2D

ThU: 7:00, 9:50 fRi - sUn: 10:30 am, 1:20, 4:10, 7:00, 9:50 mOn - ThU: 1:20, 4:10, 7:00, 9:50

i can Only imagine (Pg) 2D TOmb RaiDeR (Pg-13) 2D

fRi - ThU: 12:40, 3:30, 9:30 fRi - sUn: 10:50 am, 1:40, 4:30, 7:30, 10:30 mOn - ThU: 1:40, 4:30, 7:30, 10:30

TOmb RaiDeR (Pg-13) 2D bTX

fRi - sUn: 9:50 am, 6:30 mOn - ThU: 6:30 Pm

TOmb RaiDeR 3D (Pg-13) 3D The hURRicane heisT (Pg-13) 2D

fRi - ThU: 1:00, 3:40, 9:20

The sTRangeRs: PRey aT nighT (R) 2D a WRinkle in Time (Pg) 2D ReD sPaRROW (R) 2D black PanTheR (Pg-13) 2D

fRi - sUn: 10:10 am, 12:30, 4:50, 7:40, 10:40 mOn - WeD: 12:30, 4:50, 7:40, 10:40 ThU: 12:30, 4:30

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Week of March 16 – March 22, 2018

Puzzles Across 1 Wrap alternatives 6 Ill-fated Corleone hoodlum Luca 11 TD scorers 14 Response to a raise 15 Element #86 16 Fish whose blood is poisonous to humans 17 Art-loving athlete? 19 “Agnus __” 20 Home of the annual Norwegian Wood music festival 21 Heineken symbol 22 Quick 24 Sign on a door 26 Texas county bordering New Mexico 28 “__ Irish Rose” 31 What you don’t know about audio equipment? 34 Chinese checkers, e.g. 36 Firm 37 Fruit juice brand 38 Break up 40 Goddess sister of Selene 41 World Heritage Site org. 44 Ban delivery 47 Difficult situation at Bed Bath & Beyond? 49 Foreigner in “Taxi” 50 Greensboro Grasshoppers’ baseball level 51 Surprised sounds 53 Appreciative sounds 54 Wine holders 56 “The Ghost of Frankenstein” role 60 “Away From __”: Julie Christie movie 61 Gem of a night out? 64 Turkish bigwig 65 Sculpted trunk 66 Chocolate-caramel candies 67 It ends 11/6/2016 in the U.S. 68 Evil figure 69 “No good movie is too long and no bad movie is short enough” speaker Down 1 __ de gallo 2 Stern rival 3 Crossing cost 4 Signing facilitator

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See puzzle solution on page 46 5 Poker great Ungar 6 Members of a flock 7 Punjabi prince 8 Flipped over 9 A behavioral sci. 10 Laundry challenge 11 Visibly embarrassed 12 Time for a cold one 13 Skirt feature 18 Web feed document letters 23 Woman whom Goya also painted clothed 25 Military support gp. 27 Memory aids 28 Intensify 29 Brain-controlled transportation devices 30 “Something’s fishy” 32 Adversity, in the RAF motto 33 “We R Who We R” singer

35 Catty remarks 39 Actively operating 42 Hit, in a way 43 Mollycoddles 45 West Bank initials 46 Not a hard nut to crack 48 “Les Miserables” inspector 52 EVINE Live competitor 53 Libya neighbor 55 Archaeologist’s handle 57 Severe blow 58 Pure propane’s lack 59 Come to a halt 62 Intl. broadcaster since 1942 63 Hurdle for srs.

Writing the Right Word by Dave Dowling

Accuracy in word choice is a key to effective communication. In your daily writing and speaking, try to make sure you use the right word in the right place with the right spelling. By doing so, its effect will affect your communication in a positive way. This quick weekly tip will help you filter the confusion in some of our daily word choices. This Week: Lawyer, Attorney In everyday usage and American English, the terms are synonyms; however, per some dictionaries, a lawyer can provide legal advice and has been trained all about laws. An attorney is legally permitted to represent people or act in their behalf. Note: Some attorneys and lawyers use just the word Esquire before their names. Dave Dowling is the author of The Wrong Word Dictionary and The Dictionary of Worthless Words. Both books are available from many book retailers, and signed copies can be obtained by contacting Dave at

Week of March 16 – March 22, 2018

TOWN OF BALLSTON 12 Main St., $270,000. DANCAP LLC sold property to Chemcept Inc. 5 Morningdale Court, $312,000. Kenneth and Cecelia Koza sold property to National Residential Nominee Service Inc. 5 Morningdale Court, $312,000. National Residential Nominee Services Inc. sold property to Allen and Allison Siegel and Stacey and Cory Warrings. 24 Cypress St. $343,275. Heritage Builders Group LLC sold property to Rosann Wilcox. 40 Sycamore St., $353,500. Ryan O’Grady sold property to Jungkwan Lee and Jessica Mishaga. Pasture Place, $1,080,000. New York Development Group Eastline LLC sold property to Rossetti Acquisitions LLC. 8 Katherine Dr., $32,410. Sean and Kristin McAllister sold property to Sean McAllister.

CLIFTON PARK 65 Spruce St., $365,000. Duncan Watt and Kathleen Day sold property to Rebecca DeVries. 74 Longwood Dr., $233,000. HSBC Bank USA (As Trustee, By Atty) sold property to Heath Kane and Susan Mrakovcic-Kane. 17 Pico Rd., $237,500. Chris Babich sold property to Steven and Aimee Saint Gelais. 10 Rosewood Dr., $275,000. Douglas and Shelby Robertson sold property to Matthew and Kimberly Levine. 1 Center Court, $236,000. Nafisa and Mohammed Karimy sold property to Eric Walentowicz and Esther Roman. 460 Moe Rd., and Clifton Park Center, $375,000. Michael and Kara Ferguson and MK2CSWAG LLC. 10 Wood Dale Dr., $261,000. Joseph and Monica Rice sold property to Debra Ginsburg.

GREENFIELD 470 Middle Grove Rd., $222,500. Nicholas Wade sold property to Raindranauth and Raina Persaud.


82 Sandhill Rd., $248,500. Kyle and Desiree Franklin sold property to Frederick and Tasha Overbay.

MALTA 1 Skipperhill Lane, $422,000. Luke Kjelland and Cassandra Boucher Kjelland sold property to Arianna Komninos and Stephen Yaw.

212 Revere Dr., $320,000. Peter and Elise Miczek sold property to Sean and Patricia Wanser. 828 Ediface Way, $246,520. Maxine Gessner sold property to Clement and Chandrowtie Mahadeo.


27 Sunset Dr., $235,900. Patrick and Cassandra Travelstead sold property to Weichert Workforce Mobility Inc. 27 Sunset Dr., $235,900. Weichert Workforce Mobility Inc. sold property to Jeffrey Lee and Andrea Jaynes. Gilbert Rd., $66,870. Gail Anderson sold property to Anderson Holdings LLC.

16 Hunters Run, $349,900. James Metz sold property to William and Jennifer Mallow.

110 Chelsea Dr., $264,894. Diplomat Property Manager LLC (By Atty) sold property to Shawn Griffin.

21 Thistle Dr., $299,600. Debra Schmidt sold property to Karen DuPlessis.

615 County Road 70, $250,000. Raymond Bryant, William Lawyer, and Alvin Bryant.

31 Admirals Way, $500,486. Malta Land Company LLC sold property to Aileen Campbell and Jens Lobb.

1316 Route 9P, $240,000. Kevin and Heather Hanna sold property to Michael Phillips.

31 Clinton Court, $127,000. June Baker sold property to Tara D’Aloia.

23 Church St., $115,000. Anne Mitchell sold property to Justin Rhyne and Jessica Weber.

1 Star Hollow Lane, $420,000. James and Hannah Haddix

6 Cherry Court and 26 Plum Poppy South, $175,000. Thomas J Farone Homebuilders Inc. sold property to Marini Land II Inc.

MILTON 128 Deer Run, $179,000. D and T Property Group LLC sold property to Ashley and Scott Boyce. 2031-2033 St. Paul Dr., $265,000. Gary Becker sold property to Griner Brothers Builders LLC. 116 Middle Line Rd., $125,000. Ballston Spa National Bank sold property to Ronald Rayher and Patrick Pettis. 236 Meadowlark Dr., $230,000. Andrew and Jennifer Brennan sold property to Linda and Rodney Tobin, Sr.

134 Wagmans Ridge Rd., $320,000. Mary Kilayko sold property to Donal and Sandra Soraghan. 496 Route 32 South, $200,000. BOA Holdings LLC sold property to Bradley Harrison.

SARATOGA SPRINGS 11 Sicada St., $412,000. John and Rita Manly (as Trustees) sold property to Steven and Nancy Allen. 19 Wagon Wheel Trail, $196,100. Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (by Atty) sold property to Stephanie Bullock and Joshua Figueroa.

Gilbert Rd., $46,470. Gail Anderson sold property to Anderson Holdings LLC.


39 sold property to Michael and Therese DeMarco. 44 Brickyard Road, $375,000. Ralph and Marlene Peluso sold property to Tammy and John James.

WILTON Edie Rd., $339,287. Catherine, David and Stephen Spencer sold property to VanVeghten Construction LLC. 9 Stonehedge Dr., $344,000. Erik and Kelly Geckler sold property to Robert Given and Liesel Stanhope. 18 Ridge View Rd., $662,000. Jon Globerson (Ind and as Trustee) sold property to Joseph and Brenda Garcia.


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March Bag Sale: Second Hand Rose Thrift Shop, 116 Broad St., Schuylerville announces a Month of March $5.00 bag sale. The Shop carries School Supplies, books, clothing and shoes for Men, Women and Children. Children’s books special at 10 cents each. Household items and gifts are excluded from this sale. The Shop is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 AM to 4 PM. Volunteers are needed and appreciated. Our proceeds after expenses, are given back to Community Service Organizations. For more information, please call Second Hand Rose Thrift Shop at 695-4640

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Week of March 16 – March 22, 2018

U.S. NATIONAL SPEED SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS And Ice Cut Ballston Spa Food Truck Festival Hall of Fame

by Lori Mahan Saratoga TODAY

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Future Olympians from across the United States will compete for National Short Track Age Group titles at the Saratoga Springs Weibel Ave. Ice Rink, Friday — Sunday, March 23 - 25. RACE TIMES: Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Saturday, 11:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. Sunday, 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Hosted by the Saratoga Winter Club, the U.S. Short Track Age Group National Championships and the American Cup 3 Final will offer spectators a first-hand view of the fastest human powered sport. Starting at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 24, current Olympians (returning from South Korea) will give an informal presentation, “Olympian: Vision to Execution;” give demonstrations on equipment and speed skating techniques (with audience participation, at 4 p.m.);

and hold a meet-and-greet with an opportunity for autographs (4:45 p.m.). Public is welcome for all or part. All events are free. Six Saratoga Winter Club athletes will be competing. In addition, the Ice Cut Food Truck Festival (Saturday, March 24, 11 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.) will offer up a variety of delicious, fun food for spectators: pulled pork, wraps, waffles and more. Last but not least, The Skate Extravaganza, on Saturday, March 24 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. features music, lights and the 500 meter sprint and 3000 meter relay finals. The Skate Extravaganza races will be some, if not the most exciting events of the weekend. The Saratoga Winter Club has a great history of hosting successful events ranging from local races to World Cup events and has brought up numerous Olympians in both short track and long track skating. This is the largest speed skating competition in the United States and it is the first time in over a decade SWC has been awarded this particular competition, offering our local community the rare opportunity to see, first hand, some of the best speed skaters in the United States.All events are free and open to the public.

2018 Inductees BALLSTON SPA — The Ballston Spa Athletics Hall of Fame Committee announced plans for the 2018 induction ceremony to take place on Saturday, May 5 at the Ballston Spa High School auditorium (220 Ballston Avenue). The ceremony will begin at 1 p.m., followed by a reception with light refreshments and is open to the public. Tickets are available for $10 per person. The 2018 Ballston Spa Athletics Hall of Fame inductees: • Sylvia Bertrand (coach) • Sandy Stanislowsky (coach) • Lisa Miranda Brassard (athlete) • Donald Goble (athlete) • Casey Wright (athlete) • Gregg Thomas (athlete) • 2002 Women’s Volleyball Team: Dana Bertrand, Abby Wright Burchett, Margaret Cornelius Casey, Phoebe Doran, Desiree

Farley, Ashley Hoin, Kristen Lipscomb, Nancy Negron, Brittany Coleman Richards, Catelyn Samoranski, Stephanie Stanislowsky, Melissa Townsend, Mary Janczak Yager, Coach: Sylvia Bertrand • 1973 Baseball Team: Walter Breason, Paul Brown, Frank Cinella, Rick Currier, James Dempsey, Rick Gardner, Steve Grandin, Steve Pratt, Phil Rankin, Robert Smith, Robert Talbot, Dean Thomas, Mark Thornhill, Coach: Ronald Ravena The mission of the Ballston Spa Athletics Hall of Fame is to recognize athletes, coaches, administrators, faculty and community members who have made significant contributions to the Ballston Spa Athletics program through their service, performance, dedication, commitment and accomplishments.


Saratoga Rec Drop-In Sessions

The ice rinks on 30 Weibel Avenue are now open with public skating times available. Visit for open skate times.

Drop-in sessions for adult basketball, pickleball, racquetball, and wallyball are now happening at the Saratoga Recreation Department. Visit for the latest schedule.

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

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

Winter Program Registration Youth boxing, ice skating lessons, tiny basketball, and volleyball will be offered. Email recreservations@ for additional information.

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

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

Week of March 16 – March 22, 2018



Cheers Welcome For the Saratoga Stars on Ice

Photos provided.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Since early January, differently abled kids of all ages have been learning to skate and practicing at the Weibel Arena. On Saturday, March 17, the culmination of their hard work will be showcased in an Olympicthemed ice show. Skaters, assisted by volunteers, will demonstrate their newly acquired skills, as well as perform some fancy group footwork. Starting at 2 p.m., the public is invited free of charge to cheer on the skaters and volunteers at the Saratoga Springs Ice Rink’s 30 Weibel Avenue location. Refreshments will follow the show, along with some ‘puppy love’ from area therapy dogs and service dog pups-in-training. As an annual service project of the Saratoga Springs Lions Club, the Saratoga Adaptive Ice Skating Stars Program brings together differently abled youth with volunteers and expert ice skaters, providing fun and instructional sessions. The program runs January through March on Saturday mornings or afternoons. Ice times vary, according to the city rink’s schedule. Each year the program culminates with a themed grand finale showcasing the newly acquired ice skating skills of the children. Saratoga Stars is a free program and all skating and assistive equipment is provided. “This program has helped my child build self-conafidence and independence to do other athletic activities,” says one skater’s parent. “This program ROCKS!” says one legally blind skater. For more information

about the Saratoga Stars, contact Program Coordinator Mike Stoneback at mstoneba@nycap. or 518-879-3607. For more information about the Lions Club, visit or their Facebook page: Saratoga Adaptive Ice Skating Stars.



Week of March 16 – March 22, 2018

Local Athletes All Star Moments Photos provided.

Saratoga Regional YMCA Youth Basketball League ROTARY JUNIOR DIVISION: CHAMPIONSHIP GAME Ethan Dinsmore had a last-minute basket and then made a free throw to give Mexican Connection Restaurant a hard earned 24 to 21 victory over Saratoga PBA. Dinsmore had a team high of seven points, Bryant Savage six points, Alexander Savage five points, Connor Johnson and Yankiel Bracero had two points apiece, Nick Scalo and Jaden Cousar one point each. PBA was led by Jaden Manning with a game high nine points while teammates Jack Foster had six points, Emylyn Tineo got three points, Steve Bebee had two points and Makala Roy had one point.

SENIOR DIVISION: CHAMPIONSHIP GAME Berkshire Hathaway Blake Realtors had a 20-point first half lead and never looked back, defeating Cudney’s Launderers by a score of 55 to 40. The winners got points from everyone on the team, with Jake leading the way with 14 points, along with 13 points from Ian Fisk, 11 points Cameron Fitzpatrick, eight points from Seth Mattice, three points from Shane Richardson, and two points apiece from Isaiah Barnes and Tim Leary. PBA scoring was Hunter Regels 15 points, Lydia Green eight points, six points from Elias Whol, five points from Will Sambrook, four points from Tom Leary, and Coleman Fignar with two points.

Hannah Klingebiel, Alpine Skiing SARATOGA SPRINGS — Klingebiel won every slalom race in Section II during the regular season. She then went on to win the NY State Championship title for slalom at Bristol Mountain on Feb. 26. This qualified her for the Eastern High School Championship at Cannon Mountain in New Hampshire this past weekend. Klingebiel once again won the slalom on March 9! Klingebiel is a sophomore at Schuylerville High School and has skied at Willard Mountain since she was four years old. She joined the race team there when she was eight.

Klingebiel with Schuylerville Athletic Director, John Bowen.

Klingebiel at Section II event at Royal Mountain.

Klingebiel on her winning run.

Week of March 16 – March 22, 2018



Michael Halligan: Athlete of the Week Photos provided.

by Lori Mahan Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Michael Halligan, an 18-yearold senior at Saratoga Central Catholic High School has been Nordic skiing since he can remember. He cites his dad as his introduction to skiing. “When I was born he put me on skis,” Halligan laughed, “as long as I can remember, I’ve always been on skis.”

“as long as I can remember, I’ve always been on skis.” Halligan just got back from the Junior Nationals Competition in Utah. In order to qualify, he had to ski two races in Rochester and two in Lake Placid. “It was a pretty good season, I wasn’t really expecting to do that much better than I did last season. After the first couple races, I kind of just started getting into the groove of things and got progressively better. I’m really pleased with how all of it turned out. It was really something that I’m never going to forget. That was one of the best experiences that I’m ever going to have. Just going to Utah and skiing with such a good team and also racing with different competitors, I couldn’t really ask for anything better. Getting there was really hard, but it was definitely worth it,” Halligan explained. Halligan’s aforementioned father, Sean, is his Nordic coach at Spa Catholic, and his brother is his club coach. “Both of them together really paved the pathway for me to do the best I can, and I can’t thank them enough,” Halligan said. Halligan was satisfied with his results in Utah. “My outcomes in Utah were okay,” he laughed, “I didn’t really expect to do that well considering the fact that I was skiing against

some of the top athletes in the country, but I was definitely toward the bottom of the list. I am pretty happy with my results though, I didn’t come in last in any of the races so that’s good.” Aside from skiing, Halligan also runs cross-country in the fall and track in the spring. Halligan transferred to Spa Catholic in seventh grade after being a Maple Avenue student. He is an honor roll student with grades in the high nineties, and enjoys his creative writing class the most. “I just recently put my down payment on St. Michael’s College and I will be skiing for them, they’re a Division II school,” he explained. He intends to major in Digital Media and Journalism. “I’m really into making music, too. I play bass, and I’m really into audio production. I helped a couple friends out with making songs for them. It’s a side hobby,” Halligan said, explaining how he spends his free-time. Halligan is also a part of Peer Ministry, a religious community service club that runs retreats for the lower classmen to spread the Christian value. “We really like to help out the community as much as possible, our school community but also the Saratoga community as a whole,” he explained.

Halligan will be wrapping up his Nordic season on March 16 – 18 in the Eastern High School Championships, taking place in Maine. “I think that’s going to be really good. The altitude [in Utah] took a lot out of me during Junior Nationals so I feel like in Maine, I’m going to have way better results. I’m really excited about it,” he said.



Week of March 16 – March 22, 2018

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

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

Saratoga Men’s Baseball League Seeking Players SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Men’s Baseball League is looking for players ages 28 and over

for the upcoming season. The season runs from May through August. For more information, call or text 518-470-7894.

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

Learn to Skate USA – Start Your Olympic Dreams Here SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Springs Figure Skating Club is now accepting enrollment into our next learn to skate session starting Feb. 18 and running through March 25. Lessons are available to all ages four through adult. Students will learn the fundamentals of ice skating while building confidence and skills through each lesson. Learn

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to Skate is offered Sunday evenings at Weibel Ice Rink. For questions, contact rachel@saratogalearntoskate. com or Bart at 518-490-1231. For more details and to sign up now, visit

Adirondack Sports and Fitness Expo SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Saturday, March 17 at 5 p.m. and Sunday, March 18 at 4 p.m., the Saratoga Springs City Center will be hosting the expo with over 100 exhibitors. Highlights include: Gaga Ball hosted by Camp Chingachgook, a 20 by 32-foot pool with kayak, SUP and scuba demos, rowing ergometers to try, a 2-3-mile run, or a one-mile walk with iRun Local and the Saratoga Stryders, a 25-foot rock wall, disc golf baskets, and more. Admission is free. For a complete list of vendors who will be on-hand, as well as Expo happenings, visit summer-expo-attendees.

Spring 5K and 10K Running Programs with Fleet Feet Sports MALTA — Fleet Feet Sports, with stores in Malta and Albany, will launch its popular spring 5K and 10K training programs in March, inviting adults to get a jumpstart on

spring and get in shape for warmer weather. The training programs combine twice-weekly coached group sessions supplemented by individual daily training activities. The goal race for all 5K program participants is the Scotties Stampede 5K in Ballston Spa on May 19, though participants are free to choose other races as their schedules may require. Runners in the 10K program will choose their goal race individually. The programs kick off with in-store instructional clinics, to be held at the Albany store on Monday, March 5 at 7 p.m. and at the Malta store on Tuesday, March 6 at 7 p.m. Training begins in Albany on Monday, March 12 at 5:45 p.m. at The Ciccotti Center parking lot. Workouts will be Mondays and Thursdays at 5:45 pm. In Saratoga County, the first workout is Thursday, March 15 at 5:45 p.m. in Saratoga State Park. Regular group runs will be held on Thursdays at 5:45 p.m. and Sunday mornings at 8 a.m. Registration is open online and at Fleet Feet in Malta and Albany, with the program fee of $100 (Beginner 5K) or $125 (Advanced 5K) or $135 (10K) including special opportunity shopping night, coached training, daily running plans, and exclusive in-store clinics. Pre-registration and a medical waiver is required for all programs. For more information contact Patti Clark at or visit under Training Programs.

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