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Adirondack Trust Company bank branch on Route 9 on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, one day after a fire destroyed the building. Photo by Thomas Dimopoulos.

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SARATOGA SPRINGS – There is no rest for the dominant track and field stars of Saratoga Springs High School. Just one week after blowing away competition at the NYSPHSAA 2017 Indoor Track & Field Championships in Staten Island, sophomore Kelsey Chmiel and senior Nick Cavotta took another trip down to New York City to compete in the 2017 New Balance Nationals Indoor (NBNI). The

WILTON — Two local developers are in the early stages of seeking approval from town officials to build a new neighborhood north of the Wilton Mall retail district. At its regularly scheduled meeting on March 15, the Wilton Planning Board discussed the formal pre-applications submitted by DCG Development and Belmonte Builders. The two Clifton Park developers are proposing separate projects for the construction of about 250 single-family homes

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on nearly 550 acres northwest of the Jones Road and Putnam Lane intersection. The new homes would occupy land behind the Wilton Emergency Squad building on Harran Lane. The application by DCG Development details construction of the 193-lot Forest Grove subdivision on 424 acres, while the Belmonte Builders application specifies a 60-lot subdivision on 122 acres. “It’s a considerable amount of property,” said Lucy Harlow, executive secretary of the Wilton See Wilton pg. 12

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Week of March 17 – March 23, 2017

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Who: Paul O’Donnell Where: Celtic Treasures, Broadway. Q. Where are you from and how did you end up in Saratoga? A. I came from a tiny town on Long Island called Hewlett – it’s one square mile - and I went to school way up north in Plattsburgh, because that’s what some Long Island people do to try and get as far away from Long Island as they can. In the summer, we would come down here to Saratoga to work, and I fell in love with this town as a young college man. I’ve been here since the ‘80s. Q. What’s a lasting memory of that time? A. Mr. Ed’s Hot Dog stand. At the end of the night you would walk up Caroline Street and see that 49-cent Hot Dog sign blinking. That was the light you would see at the end of the tunnel. Q. How has Saratoga changed over the years? A. It’s changed a lot. I feel bad for college kids today. They go away for six months and when they come back they look around and say: “Where did this building come from? This isn’t my town.” I have friends who have moved away and come back once a year, at Christmas, and they are gobsmacked when they come back. So, it has changed, but we’re lucky and blessed that we’re a town that sees growth. So many people in the Rust Belt are diminishing where I think that we are flourishing. Q. What is the biggest challenge the city faces? A. How do you restrict growth, but in a positive way? Parking is always going to be a pet peeve. I’ve been on Broadway since 1992 - this is our 25th year - and I can’t believe I’m one of the elder statesmen of Broadway now. It’s kind of freaky. But, I think we have to have realistic solutions to this parking crisis, because every open lot in Saratoga – boom! – there’s a new condo, a new hotel, and that’s going to hurt our local trade. Locals are going to get frustrated because they can’t come downtown and park, so, that’s our biggest challenge. Q. What is the biggest challenge you personally face? A. I’m good. I have a wonderful wife of 30 years and a son who just landed a great job in New York City. He’s living on the Upper East side with four other knuckleheads from Saratoga, so he’s very happy. Q. Have you had a brush with fame? A. Many years ago, we had Sinead O'Connor in the store. She was on tour with Peter Gabriel on the WOMAD Tour at the time. I went up to her, opened up a bag of Irish crisps and said, “Miss O'Connor, would you care for some crisps? She said, “Oh, I’d love some.” She spent about a half hour in here and spent $700. I asked her, “Not to take away from my business, but you live in Ireland, why are you buying all these souvenirs? She said they were for her U.S. crew. “I’m going back to Ireland and these are for the roadies and the sound people.” She was really nice. A few nights later, she was on Larry King and she was wearing a beautiful piece of jewelry that she had bought here. Q. Tell me a joke A. Who’s the only Irishman who can stay out all night with no ill effect? Paddy O’Furniture.


Week of March 17 – March 23, 2017

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Milton Committee to Study Roof Leaks “I know there’s a lot of issues,” Kerr said, noting how “there’s so many patches” on the roof at the town complex. “I also want a good plan of how it’s going to be financed.” “We don’t have anything put aside for it,” Kerr continued,

The Geyser Road side of the town complex in Milton. Photo by Larry Goodwin.

by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY MILTON — An item on the Town Board’s agenda for its March 15 meeting stirred up a debate that has dragged on in Milton for many years. Apparently, the board chose not to replace a stained carpet in the Town Court because the condition of the building’s roof is getting worse. Milton Supervisor Dan Lewza had invited Jason Miller, the town’s buildings and grounds spokesman, to comment on a board motion to obtain estimates for replacing the carpet. Recently, a sewage leak in the town complex had soiled the carpet to the point of making life routinely unpleasant for visitors and Town Court staff. “What they need is a new court,” Miller responded. The town board, he said, needs “to really figure out what’s going on with the buildings.” “Every single roof on this building leaks,” Miller stated at the board’s February 15 meeting. Lewza explained that

Councilman Benny Zlotnick, chairman of the board’s Facilities Committee, would address such issues in earnest starting on Monday, March 20. “We’ve got to get the roof situation under control before we do anything else,” Lewza said this week. The board proceeded to vote down a motion to obtain estimates for replacing the Town Court’s carpet. Zlotnick and Councilwoman Barbara Kerr were the only two members in favor. According to Kerr, at least a couple of estimates for that job had already been given, totaling no more than $5,000. For years, Kerr added, town staff members and residents have been pressuring Supervisor Lewza to address general maintenance problems at the town complex, including a full replacement of the roof. Miller indicated that an estimate was given in 2014 for the roof project, whose cost exceeded $47,000. But all such problems are complicated by a lack of resources in Milton to address them.

referring to Milton’s $6.7 million annual spending budget. Any funding would need to be obtained through borrowing, she said, which itself necessitates a drawnout public approval process. “To me, this is a five- to 10-year projected thing,” Kerr said.


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Group Cancels Ballston Spa Election Forum BALLSTON SPA — The League of Women Voters of Saratoga County (LWV) canceled a ‘meet the candidates’ forum in the village scheduled for Thursday, March 16 due to a lack of participation from Republicans in this year’s race. “In the absence of a reply from all three Republican candidates for office in the Village of Ballston Spa, the event must be canceled,” Ann Kril, the group’s voter service chair, said in a statement. “Due to League rules, the LWV cannot present a candidate forum with only

one party or only one candidate for each open seat.” Three village residents have formed a slate of Democrats to challenge the long control of Ballston Spa government by Republicans. Shawn Raymond and Noah Shaw are competing to fill two trustee seats on the Village Board, while Erika Tebbens is running against incumbent Village Justice Michael Morrissey. According to Kril, Morrissey, current village trustee Ron Henry and Bruce

Couture, a former Milton town councilman, did not confirm their participation in the March 16 forum. It was scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Malta Avenue Elementary School, whose officials needed confirmation of the event by March 10, she said. “We are disappointed that this forum cannot proceed as originally planned,” Kril added. “In these times of divisiveness, it would be good to have a community discussion so that all residents and all candidates can interact.”

Saratoga Eagle Partners with Stella Artois SARATOGA SPRINGS — This year, beverage producer Stella Artois reaffirmed its commitment to ending the global water crisis with a multi-year extension of its partnership with Water.org and their Buy A Lady A Drink campaign, which provides clean water for people in the developing world. Saratoga Eagle Sales and Service is a member of the

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campaign and invites people in the community to get involved. Buy A Lady A Drink was first launched in 2015, leveraging Stella Artois’ global footprint to raise awareness and spark consumer action to address the issue. The company announced a fouryear commitment with Water.org to help provide 3.5 million people with long-term, sustainable

access to clean water by 2020. At local businesses that are participating in the Buy a Lady a Drink campaign, customers can purchase limited edition chalices for $13 (the chalices are also available on the website BuyALadyADrink.com); purchase a six- or 12-bottle pack of Stella Artois; or visit city bars and restaurants.

Week of March 17 – March 23, 2017

Town Committee Endorses 2017 Candidates WILTON — The Republican Committee in the Town of Wilton met on Thursday, March 9 to endorse candidates for the November general election. Endorsed are incumbents Arthur J. Johnson for Town/County Supervisor; Susan Baldwin for Town Clerk; Kirklin Woodcock for Highway Superintendent; and Gerald Worth for Town Justice. Also endorsed for reelection were county officials Mike Zurlo, Sheriff; Craig Hayner, County Clerk; and Susan Hayes-Maza for Coroner. Johnson is seeking his eighth two-year term. Johnson, as town budget officer, has submitted 15 consecutive balanced budgets with no general fund, highway or real property tax levy. Johnson also represents Wilton on the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors where he

previously served as chairman and presently chairs the Legislative and Research Committee. Woodcock has been the highway chief since 1987 and has not lost his passion for serving his fellow town residents. Worth has been Town Justice for a generation and continues to keep up his family’s tradition of service to the residents of the town of Wilton. Baldwin is seeking her third two-year term as Town Clerk. The Republican Committee will meet on April 11 to consider endorsements for the two Town Council positions up for election this fall. Those who are interested in being interviewed for the Town Council are asked to contact Republican Chairman David Buchyn with a statement of interest and resume at dfbuchyn@live.com.

Upcoming Meetings at City Hall The City Council will host its pre-agenda workshop at 9:30 a.m. Monday, March 20 and its full meeting 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 21 at City Hall.

The city Planning Board will host its workshop 5 p.m. Mon Mar. 20 and its full meeting 7 p.m. Thursday, March 23 at City Hall.

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COURTS Mychal A. Travis, 28, of Halfmoon, pleaded on March 2 to criminal possession of a controlled substance. Sentencing scheduled for May 3. Joshua J. Dray, 21, of South Glens Falls, pleaded on March 2 to felony criminal mischief. Sentencing scheduled for April 26. Cody J. Letourneau, 19, of Clifton Park, pleaded on March 2 to sexual abuse in the first degree, a felony, regarding an incident that occurred in Halfmoon. Sentencing scheduled for April 26. Zachary B. Sedefian, 24, of Malta, pleaded on March 1 to criminal possession of marijuana in the second degree, a felony. Sentencing scheduled for May 3. Jared A. Brockbank, 26, of Clifton Park, pleaded on March 1 to aggravated cruelty to animals, a felony, regarding an incident that occurred in Halfmoon, and was sentenced to a definite term of two years incarceration. Brockbank was also sentenced to four years in state prison and 10 years post-release supervision related to felony rape, related to an incident that occurred in Clifton Park. James Lucatorto, 45, of Gansevoort, was sentenced on Feb. 28 to one year in County Jail, after pleading to criminal contempt in the first degree, a felony, related to an incident that occurred in Wilton. Denise N. Rush, 48, of Troy, was sentenced on Feb. 28 to 1.5 years in state prison and 1.5 years of post-release supervision, after pleading to attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, related to an incident that occurred in Ballston. Matthew D. Miller, 34, of Rensselaer, pleaded on Feb. 27 to felony DWI. Sentencing is scheduled to take place April 17.

POLICE Benjamin J. Schreiber, age 27, of Saratoga Springs, was charged on Feb. 25 after being involved in a two-car accident with misdemeanor DWI, refusing a pre-screen test, criminal possession of a controlled substance, and following a vehicle too closely. Haripreet S. Kahlon, age 41, of Glens Falls, was charged on Feb. 25 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor, and speeding. Erik M. Gaylo, age 26, of Buskirk, was charged on Feb. 25 with misdemeanor DWI and two driving infractions. Zachary P. Michaels, age 22, of Schuylerville, was charged on Feb. 25 with criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor. Loretta A. Hoffman, age 51, of Saratoga Springs, was charged on Feb. 25 with misdemeanor DWI, and speeding. Kristie J. Patterson, age 42, of Saratoga Springs, was charged on Feb. 24 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor, and an equipment violation. Juliana S Dreweck, age 40, of Schenectady, was charged on Feb. 24 with three misdemeanor counts petit larceny, three misdemeanor counts criminal possession of stolen property, and criminal possession of a controlled substance. Robert M. Herring Jr., age 51, of Saratoga Springs was charged on March 1 with two felony counts each of criminal sale of a controlled substance, and criminal possession of a controlled substance, on the suspicion of selling powdered cocaine in the city in 2016 and 2017. Nelson D. Bruno, 27, of Ballston Spa, was charged on Feb. 28 with promoting prison contraband in the first degree, a felony, after allegedly introducing heroin and Adderall

BLOTTER 5 into the Saratoga County correctional facility, according to the Saratoga County Sheriff ’s Office. Devan D. Hildebrandt, age 25, of Schenectady, was charged on Feb. 27 with felony burglary. The charge stems from an incident last July when it is alleged Hildebrandt entered Bailey’s Café, while it was closed for business, and stole liquor. He was sent to Saratoga County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash, or $10,000 bond. Bradley E. Day, age 42, of Saratoga Springs, was charged on Feb. 23 with the following felonies: assault, criminal possession of a weapon, and one misdemeanor count of menacing. It is alleged Day menaced another person with a knife. Juliana S. Dreweck, age 40, of Schenectady, was charged on Feb. 23 with felony DWI and a parking violation.

Melanie R. Stracuzzi, age 69, of Clifton Park, was charged on Feb. 23 with unauthorized use of a rental vehicle, a misdemeanor. Joseph D. Powell, age 22, of Saratoga Springs, was charged Feb. 23 with misdemeanor assault. Joelle R. Delaney, age 27, of Ballston Spa, was charged on Feb. 23 with criminal possession of a weapon, a felony. Michael C. Gutto, age 29, of Ballston Spa, was charged Feb. 22 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and criminal possession of a controlled substance – both misdemeanors, and speeding and failure to keep right. Connor A. Berry, age 36, of Saratoga Springs, was charged on Feb. 22 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor, and speeding.

Paula A. Watts, age 34, of Saratoga Springs, was charged on Feb. 22 with misdemeanor DWI, felony aggravated DWI, refusing a pre-screen test, endangering the welfare of a child, having a suspended registration, and operation of a motor vehicle by an unlicensed driver. The felony offense falls under Leandra’s Law, as there was a 5-yearold child in the vehicle at the time of offense. Casey E. Shuta, age 34, of Niskayuna, was charged on Feb. 21 with misdemeanor DWI, failing to stop at a stop sign, and to signal a turn, and unlawful possession of marijuana. Maryann Thrane, age 58, Leeds, of Massachusetts, was charged on Feb. 21 with misdemeanor DWI, felony aggravated DWI, refusing a pre-screen test, and endangering the welfare of a child. The felony offense falls under Leandra’s Law, as there was a 13-year-old child in the vehicle at the time of offense.


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OBITUARIES/NEWS

OBITUARIES

Joan Quinn Ross

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Joan Quinn Ross, 88, died March 13, 2017. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, March 20 at St. Clement’s Church, Lake Ave. with burial to follow in St. Peter’s Cemetery, West Ave. Arrangements by Burke Funeral Home, North Broadway. Please visit www.burkefuneralhome.com.

Angela Marie Gagnon SARATOGA SPRINGS — Angela Marie Gagnon, 58, died peacefully at home March 14, 2017.

Calling hours 10 –11 a.m. March 18, 2017, Church of St. Peter, 241 Broadway. Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Burial in Portage Lake, ME will be announced later this summer. Online remembrances at www.burkefuneralhome.com.

Antoinette (Santino) Carroll SARATOGA SPRINGS – Antoinette (Santino) Carroll, 81, died March 8, 2017. Calling hours were held Monday, Mar. 13, at the Burke Funeral Home in Saratoga Springs. Her funeral was also held Monday; burial followed at Saratoga National Cemetery. Please visit www.burkefuneralhome.com.

Week of March 17 – March 23, 2017

Arnold Rothstein, The Brain, The Brook Club, and Baseball's Black Eye by Joseph Raucci Saratoga TODAY Let’s look at the life of Arnold Rothstein, the most powerful and influential mobster of the “Roaring Twenties.” He was nicknamed “The Brain” and that may be an understatement. When analyzing Rothstein one must realize that he loved two things more than anything else. One was gambling and the other was money. Those factors would dictate every move he made in his rise to unparalleled success in the underworld of that era and ultimately his fall. The road he chose began quietly enough. He took a job as a cigar salesman. He parlayed the few dollars he earned from this into a multimillion dollar illegitimate empire that included gambling and illicit alcohol as its main sources of income. Rothstein was aware of one thing above all. Gamblers may win a bet, can even make a huge score. Eventually, however, the house will end up the big winner. With that in mind Rothstein became exactly that, the house. Only his idea of the house was more like a castle. He bankrolled the so called “carpet joints” to attract the high rollers and society’s blue bloods. They could afford to lose large sums in the comfort of these luxurious surroundings. And they did just that. Where else would be a better place for one than Saratoga Springs. He named it The Brook Club. A sprawling Victorian mansion out Church Street became a gambling club that rivaled any in the world. By any standards this was the epitome of class. With its chandeliers brought in from Europe, plush appointments and the finest food served in its distinctive restaurant, Arnold knew that this would draw the elite and that it did. The Brook opened in 1919 and Rothstein exited from it in 1925. Although only operated by him for a short time, it is remembered as The Crown Jewel of the illegal gambling clubs that dotted Saratoga in the first half of the 20th century. Here are some of the famous bets that were allegedly placed there. • Sam Rossoff, the builder of the New York subway system,

lost 100,000 dollars in one night of gambling. • “Nick The Greek” Dandolos, his name synonymous with high stakes gambling, lost 600,000 dollars on one hand of poker. • And how about Charles Stoneham, owner of the New York Giants baseball club. He wagered 70,000 dollars on the spin of a roulette wheel. It was done by telephone. He lost. A little-known fact. Rothstein was married here at a home on Washington Street in 1909, long before his association with The Brook. Saratoga was also the scene of A.R.’s biggest gambling win or better yet the big fix. It happened in the 1921 Travers Stakes. He owned a colt named Sporting Blood. There was only one other horse entered. It was Harry Payne Whitney’s Prudery. It looked like a cake walk for Whitney’s entry. Then on the morning of the race, the highly rated Grey Lag was entered. Now Rothstein made his move, Betting the unheard-of sum of 150 thousand dollars on his colt with bookmakers across the country, at the odds of three to one. The wheels began to turn. Grey Lag who was made the favorite was conveniently scratched on the way to the post. At the time, there was no Pari Mutuel wagering. The books had taken the bets at three to one. Now they would pay dearly for it. His colt got the win over Prudery who was later found not to be at her best entering the race. Coincidences... You be the judge. Rothstein walked away with 450 big ones and a lot of unanswered questions. Talk about a fix. How about the 1919 World Series? Money was paid to a few of the Chicago White Sox players including the great “Shoeless” Joe Jackson to lose the series. An odd quirk, the winner’s share would have been more than they were paid to throw the games. Although never proved, it is widely accepted that Rothstein was behind it. The Black Sox Scandal as it was called came close to ending baseball’s reign as America’s pastime. It was the sport’s great fortune to have the immortal “Babe” Ruth enter the scene and bring the sport back to respectability. With his bigger-than-life personality and

even greater batting skills he alone saved baseball from the abyss. Not only was Rothstein a shrewd and talented businessman, he was also a great teacher. His pupils were Lansky, Luciano, Costello, and a host of others who would rise to underworld prominence. He taught this among many lessons to them. We are businessmen above all else. Dress the part. And they did. Like most other mob stories his would not have a fairy tale ending. Fate would intervene in October of 1928. Pursuing his favorite pastime, poker, he entered a high stakes game at a New York City hotel. These games were run by a third party guaranteeing the game’s legitimacy and payment to the winners if one of the players reneged on paying losses. Rothstein lost 300 thousand dollars in the game. He refused to pay his debt on grounds that the other players had cheated. Most likely they had. The smart move would have been to pay the debt anyway and move on. For reasons known only to him he chose not to. This, a fatal error in judgement effectively sealed his doom. A short time after the card game Rothstein was shot at the Park Central Hotel in Manhattan. He died the next day from wounds suffered. Before he succumbed, he was asked by police who shot him. A gangster to the end, he answered with this quotable quote. “Me mudda did it.” If I were to pick one quote that sums up the life of Rothstein the following says it all. They are his own words. “The more money the louder it talks.” Arnold Rothstein a man to be reckoned with was only forty-six years old at the time of his death.


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Week of March 17 – March 23, 2017

Church Loves Saratoga SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Saturday, April 1, New Life Fellowship Church will be holding their first annual Love Saratoga community day. The event will run from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at 51 Old Gick Rd in Saratoga Springs. It will be an afternoon of family fun and feature a

variety of activities and community services. There will be safety demonstrations from Saratoga County police and fire departments, free haircuts, a car-care clinic, food pantry, and a Taste of Saratoga raffle with proceeds benefiting the Wellspring Saratoga County Domestic Violence Center.

There also will be a petting zoo, an Easter Egg Hunt, food, live music, and more. The Love Saratoga event is free for the community. For more information, contact Cory Prothero, associate pastor for New Life Fellowship, at 518-580-1810  or visit www.newlifeinsaratoga.org.

Saratoga County Discussion SARATOGA SPRINGS — The League of Women Voters of Saratoga County (LWV) has scheduled a meeting on Saturday, April 1 to examine the separation of executive and legislative powers in Saratoga County local governments. The meeting will start

at 1 p.m. on the second floor of Woodlawn Commons, located at 156 Lawrence Street. A local study was initiated in the spring of 2015. The study committee will present its findings in relation to local governments separating executive (or administrative) from legislative

(or policy making) functions in Saratoga County villages, towns, cities and the county government. Non-LWV members are invited to attend the meeting to understand how the group develops policy positions by consensus. For more information, call 518-331-4011.

In Memory of a Marine SARATOGA SPRINGS — Help celebrate spring on April 8 with Taylor’s Heroes for their annual ‘Egg-Stravaganza’ featuring special guests, Mayor Joanne Yepsen and The Easter Bunny. The Egg-Stravaganza benefits Taylor’s Heroes, a non-profit in Saratoga Springs offering free programs in fitness and nutrition for kids 8 to 18 founded in memory of David Taylor Miller, who was killed in Afghanistan while serving in the U.S. Marines. Bring your friends and family to Congress Park to enjoy an Easter Egg Hunt, games, a silent auction, face and nail painting, story readings and more. The Carousel will be open, and there will be a separate egg hunt area for those aged 5 and under. Tickets are $10 for children aged 2 to 12 years old. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance by visiting www.brownpapertickets. com/event/2495601. Rain date is 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 9. Taylor’s Heroes is a nonprofit organization created in 2011 in memory of the 2009 Saratoga Springs High School graduate. Leslie Miller, board president and mother

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of Taylor, and a board of advisors came up with a plan of action to help kids and teens establish healthy eating and exercise habits that they can carry through their lifetime. The curriculum centers on a free 14-week fitness and nutrition program for children aged 8 through 18. Participants are given a free membership to the Saratoga Regional YMCA for three months; weekly group personal training; the opportunity to try any two sports; nutrition and cooking classes with their family; a food diary to track daily diet and activity; and an opportunity to win prizes at the completion of the program. For more information on Taylor’s Heroes, visit www.taylorsheroes.org, or call 518-683-8425.


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Week of March 17 – March 23, 2017

Another Local Mayor Opts Out by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY SCHUYLERVILLE — Mayor John Sherman was nearly a half-hour late to a meeting on a chilly Monday, but Deputy Clerk Rose Decker acted as if that were normal. “I’m really going to miss him,” Decker admitted. “All the little things he does that people take for granted.” One of those “things” is when Mayor Sherman leaves to pick up official village mail at the Post Office— despite the fact that he had agreed with a reporter to meet and discuss his final days as Schuylerville’s top elected official.  Decker said that Sherman had most likely encountered village residents who wanted to talk. “We always seem like the bad guys,” Decker added, as she opened bags of candy for visitors to the village office in a familiar ritual. “That kind of sweetens it a bit,” she explained. The glass jar candy is only for village staff, while kids are free to take lollipops from a basket on the counter.    Sherman was first elected as Schuylerville mayor in 1977. He decided months ago to step down after the March 21 election. Candidates Dan Carpenter, a village trustee, and local restaurant owner

Jason Young are competing to replace him.   Sherman said two main issues are bound to bear down indefinitely on whichever candidate wins. They have frustrated him for most of the last 40 years: village infrastructure and the weight of New York state mandates.  The new Schuylerville mayor “is going to have a hard time,” Sherman predicted. “Mayors are dropping out all over the place.”  For his $6,000 annual salary, Sherman figured he routinely puts in about 60 hours each week looking after village business. He calls himself a “full-time mayor.” In nicer weather, people honk their horns passing by Sherman when they see him mowing grass on village properties.  “I can’t sit still,” confessed the 77-year-old, noting that he will continue serving on the Saratoga County Advisory Youth Board as he has for many years.  On March 13, the Saratoga Town Board honored Sherman’s long service as mayor with a formal resolution. It observed that Sherman “demonstrates in his daily life the qualities and attributes which are highly desired and valued by our society.”  Above all, Sherman said, he will miss the ability to help Schuylerville

Schuylerville Mayor John Sherman outside the village office. Photo by Larry Goodwin.

residents in his official capacity. But he and his wife of 49 years, Martha, will not miss the late-night phone calls about the village’s ongoing infrastructure problems. As a Hudson River village, Schuylerville is proud of its industrial past. Village Historian Kristina Saddlemire reports that Schuylerville played a key role in the country’s early clothing trade.  On the village’s website, Saddlemire points to the commercial success of Ellen Curtis Demorest, a famed garment designer and women’s rights leader from Schuylerville.  Today, though, Sherman says the village government has serious problems to solve with its aging water and sewer pipes—and perhaps with its very survival.

Sherman claimed that Gov. Andrew Cuomo and other state leaders are pressuring small villages like Schuylerville “to dissolve,” through such demands as sharing municipal services. “Our governor isn’t helping small villages,” Sherman said. He described how costs are increasing the most for local taxpayers. “Where do you get your income? We have no place to get it anymore,” he added.     Schuylerville now has a modern sewage-treatment plant, whose construction was finished last year largely because of Sherman’s consistent advocacy for the project. He said the village had to take out a $12 million interest-free loan, payable over 30 years, to build the plant. The Schuylerville budget—for a village of more than 1,300 residents

and fewer than 10 employees—is roughly $1 million, Sherman said. Through the years, Sherman and other local officials had many heated disagreements regarding the sewer plant’s construction. The village’s waste used to be pumped straight into the Hudson.    “Every thing we did with the sewer system was mandated,” the mayor said.   Schuylerville also has 7 miles of deteriorating sewer and water pipes that still need to be replaced, according to Sherman. The infrastructure problems are made worse, Sherman continued, by a protracted legal dispute with Victory Mills. He claims that the neighboring village is violating a contract with Schuylerville by refusing to pay a 22 percent share of the annual cost for the treatment plant.  “Nobody has listened to us at all,” Sherman said. “The only ones making money are the lawyers.”  Victory Mills operates its own pipes and pumps but it utilizes Schuylerville’s sewage-treatment system, Sherman explained. The current amount in dispute is about $200,000, he said.  “It’s awful,” Sherman said of the whole experience. He added that he hopes the new village government will conform to his firm negotiating stance in the Victory Mills court case.  “They owe us the money,” Sherman said.   


Week of March 17 – March 23, 2017

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From Leisure to Business, and Ecotourism to Education – It Takes All Kinds to Travel

by Tony Mariotti Saratoga TODAY Millions of people fly every day. Where are they going to, and why? Travelers at an airport or tourist destination represent a cross-section of humanity. The demographics at a large international airport include various ages, cultures and languages. They come from different educational backgrounds and socio-economic status. Are they returning from a trip, or embarking on a vacation to an exotic destination? Are they travelling for business, or visiting a distant friend or family member?     While leisure and business travel are very common, there are several other types of travel.  These include ecotourism, volunteer travel, educational/cultural tourism, faith-based travel and transportation for those

visiting a loved one. Ecotourism is becoming more mainstream. Those in search of pristine and undisturbed environments prefer that the popularity of their destination doesn’t result in it being overpopulated by tourists. These travelers don’t want to leave an imprint, and strive to make a low impact to the fragile natural environments they visit. They seek the off-the-beaten path open spaces and prefer to avoid typical commercial resorts and tourist traps. Ecotourism is predominant in destinations such as Alaska, Africa, Costa Rica, Antarctica, the Amazon Rain Forest, Australia and the Galapagos Islands. There are countless other locations on all seven continents. Volunteer Tourism describes a trend where people travel to a destination to offer needed assistance with projects or humanitarian efforts. Nearly 2 million people per year choose to leave their flip-flops and beach towels at home in favor of the opportunity to help make a difference in distant communities. I was personally involved with a group of volunteers that sent donated bicycles to Uganda and South Africa. While I was unable to travel with the bikes, I communicated with the locals where the bikes were distributed. We - Bicycles for Humanity - purchased the shipping container that the bikes,

Eco tourists explore the edges of an active Volcano in Costa Rica

spare parts and tools were sent in. The shipping containers were left in remote regions of those countries and converted into bike shops where a team of volunteers trained the locals in bike mechanics. There are other local travel volunteer groups, such as The Giving Circle, which has several projects and causes. Another local group, Seeds for Peace, sends vegetable and flower seeds to needed communities around the world. There are countless travel volunteer opportunities that include farming, education, building, medical and environmental projects.

Educational travel is very common for college and high school students but this theme can appeal to travelers of any age. School clubs often offer students the opportunity to have cultural exchanges and learn firsthand of the regions of the world that they studied in the classroom. Educational tourists are able to embed in the local culture and learn while exploring museums, history, language and the arts. Any destination has the potential to be an educational vacation. Faith-based, or religious travel can include volunteer service

projects as well as educational pilgrimages to holy lands. Spiritually motivated tourists may travel with large church groups, but many choose to tour in smaller private groups, or as individuals. Top destinations include Vatican City, Greece, Israel and Jordan, India Temples, Buddhist sites in China, and Mayan ruins in Mexico or Central America. Tony Mariotti is a travel planner and Cruise Planners franchise owner in Saratoga Springs. BucketlistVacatation Planners@twc.com


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NEWS

Week of March 17 – March 23, 2017

Bank Blazes in Blizzard, Valuables Secure by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY WILTON — Scraps of charred wood and twisted metal slumped across the ravaged roofline of the Adirondack Trust Company bank branch on Route 9 after a Tuesday afternoon fire destroyed the 25-year-old structure. No one was inside the bank at the time. “When we arrived the bulk of the fire load was heavily in the attic area and came down into the building the first 20 to 25 minutes we were there,” said Greenfield Fire District Chief Justin Burwell. The roof caved in, leaving in its wake a series of long glassless windows that exposed the collapsed ruins within. Bank officials posted a round-theclock security detail on-site to protect valuables. “They have a vault and the funds were secured,” said Chief Burwell. “And no, there wasn’t any money floating around or anything like that.” The chief said he’s been asked that question a lot. Bank President Stephan von Schenk said he is confident the vault protected the belongings of the bank’s customers.

“I was allowed in to the branch and made it to the vault, which appears to be structurally sound; it didn’t appear the sheetrock or the vault door had been touched by anything, so everything looks good. We’re very optimistic.” All transactions prior to the fire, including those performed at the ATM, were processed successfully. Money and safety deposit boxes were inside the vault, which is being extricated and relocated by a Connecticut based company which specializes in such things, von Schenk said. It is anticipated customers will able to access their boxes after that relocation takes place, which is expected to be within a couple of days. Customers with inquiries regarding their safe deposit boxes at the Wilton branch are advised to call 518584-5844 ext. 473. The bank branch is located at the Route 9 intersection with Northern Pines Road, just north of the city. The branch closed at 1 p.m. Tuesday due to extreme weather conditions. The combination of cold temperatures, high winds and heavy snow made battling the

Fire in progress at the Adirondack Trust Company bank branch on Route 9 on Tuesday, March 14, 2017. Photo provided.

Adirondack Trust Company bank branch on Route 9 on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, one day after a fire destroyed the building. Photo by Thomas Dimopoulos.

blaze difficult, said Burwell, who had to call the state Department of Transportation in to plow the road as Winter Storm Stella pounded the region. Burwell estimated there were about 60 firefighters from eight area fire companies on scene battling the fire, with two more fire companies standing by to offer assistance. No injuries were reported.

No one was in the building at the time of the incident, which occurred about one hour after the bank branch closed. Von Schenk said it appears “an electrical incident” related to wiring in an outlet had caused the fire. Bank officials said they plan to rebuild as quickly as possible at the same location. The company has temporarily

extended the hours of its nearby Exit 15 branch; those hours are: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays in the lobby, and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the drive-thru. The Saratoga Springsbased Adirondack Trust Company employs about 250 people and was founded in 1910. It has 12 branch offices. The Route 9 branch building was constructed in 1991.


Week of March 17 – March 23, 2017

NEWS 11

New for the 518 Area Code: 10-Digit Dialing System Kicks Off Saturday by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY

Local telephone customers in the 518 area code can begin the practice of using a new 10-digit dialing system on March 18. The program will go into full effect in August.

Your fingers will have to start walking a little bit longer. Beginning on Saturday, March 18, residential, business and wireless customers within the existing 518 area code can begin the practice of using a new 10-digit dialing

system. The new system, which becomes fully effective Aug. 19, requires callers add a 518 prefix to existing 7-digit local telephone numbers. The state Public Service Commission announced Saturday’s implementation of the start of “permissive 10-digit dialing” (518 or 838 plus the 7-digit local telephone number) as a way of preparing for the introduction of the new 838 area code. Last September, the Commission approved a new area code to be added to the current 518 area code region to ensure a continuing supply of telephone numbers. The 518 region serves all or part of the 17 counties in eastern upstate New York, including Saratoga, Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady, Warren and Washington counties. The new 838 area code will be “overlaid” or superimposed over the same geographic area as the 518 area code. Current telephone numbers, including current area code, will not change. However, all calls within the 518/838 area must

Two Stabbed, One Kidnapped in Malta Home Invasions MALTA — Two people were stabbed and a third person kidnapped at knifepoint in connection with two separate home invasions that occurred in the town of Milton early Friday, March 10. Four suspects accused of playing a role in the incident each face more than a dozen charges. The four suspects are alleged to have forced their way into a Milton home, assaulted and kidnapped a resident at knife point and forced him to take them to a second residence, according to Investigator Matthew Robinson, of the Saratoga County Sheriff Investigations Unit. The suspects subsequently forced their way into a second home where they proceeded to assault two residents, and damaged property inside the home. The latter two victims also suffered stabbing injuries during the attack, authorities said.

The suspects were taken into custody by Sheriff ’s deputies shortly after fleeing the scene. Two people — one a victim of the stabbing attack and one an “assailant” — were treated at Saratoga Hospital for injuries, and subsequently released from care. Arthur E. Brust Jr., 18, and Laurie M. Cannelli, 52 — both of Ballston Spa — and Linda M. Sims, 23, and Timothy P. Sims, 26 — both of Malta — were charged with one count each of kidnapping, conspiracy, and criminal mischief, two counts each of menacing, and criminal possession of a weapon, and three counts each of assault, and first-degree burglary. Each of the four suspects was arraigned at Greenfield Town Court and sent to Saratoga County Jail for lack of bail. The defendants will return to the Milton Town Court at a later date, according to the Saratoga County Sheriff ’s Department.

be programmed to dial using 10-digit phone numbers. As an intermediate step in the implementation of the new area code, the permissive dialing phase allows customers to dial either 7-digits or 10-digits (area code plus 7-digit local telephone number) on calls within the 518 area code; calls to other area codes must still be dialed as 1+ ten digits. The permissive dialing period will end on Aug. 19, at which time callers will be required to dial 10-digits (area code plus 7-digit local telephone number). Beginning Sept. 19, customers in the 518 area code region requesting new service,

an additional line, or a move in the location of their service, may be assigned a number in the new 838 area code. The price of a call, and the price of other telephone services, will not change due to the new overlay area code. Calls to reach 911 Emergency Service will remain three digits, and existing 211, 311, 411, 511, 611, 711 or 811 services will remain three-digit dial numbers. The Commission recommends that customers identify their telephone number as a 10-digit number (area code + 7-digit local telephone number) when giving the number to friends, family members,

business associates and others. Customers should also ensure that all services, automatic dialing equipment, applications, software, or other types of equipment recognize the new 838 area code as a valid area code. These include life safety systems, fax machines, Internet dialup numbers, alarm and security systems, gates, speed dialers, mobile phone contact lists, call forwarding settings, voicemail services, and similar functions. Business stationery, advertising materials, personal checks, and personal or pet ID tags should also include the area code.

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Week of March 17 – March 23, 2017

New Wilton Homes Planned

An aerial view of open space off Jones Road in Wilton. Photo by PhotoAndGraphic.com. Continued from front page.

Planning Board. The homes “are not all going in at once,” she added, but “in phases.” Harlow could not say for sure when the Planning Board is expected to give final approval

to the developers’ applications. “There’s several approval levels,” she said, noting how environmental and traffic impacts still have to be studied and considered. Also, public hearings for the projects have yet to be scheduled.

Several months ago, the Wilton Planning Board referred the DCG Development proposal to the Town Board for review, even though the former body is empowered to give such projects their final approvals. According to minutes of the December 1, 2016 town board meeting, Councilman John McEachron and other board

members discussed the importance of extending water and sewer lines to the project site. State rules mandate that subdivisions of 50 lots or more have to be serviced by public systems rather than private wells or tanks, Harlow said. “There are a lot of people in town who had their wells dry up,” McEachron said, according

to the meeting minutes. “We can’t see that in the future.” The Wilton Water and Sewer Authority currently provides public services to homes and businesses on the western side of the Adirondack Northway, but not on the eastern side of the highway where the new developments would be located. Michael Mooney, director of the authority, expressed confidence that there would be no difficulty meeting any demand from the new development. “We have plenty of water. We’re not even at our capacity now,” Mooney said, noting how Saratoga County supplies hundreds of thousands of gallons each day to the authority. On a daily basis, Mooney added, the typical home uses 200 to 300 gallons of water. Harlow explained that approvals of the construction projects largely hinge on the provision of water and sewer, and who will incur the cost of installing new service lines. The developers also would have to construct roads for the new neighborhood. “All of that’s very costly,” Harlow said.


Week of March 17 – March 23, 2017

NEWS 13

City Dispatcher Retires

Local Firm Welcomes New Hires

Joe Decrosta (center) with city officials on his last day of duty. Photo provided.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Friday, March 10, Chief Robert Williams and other city officials gathered to honor Public Safety Dispatcher Joe Decrosta, who retired. Decrosta started with

the Saratoga Springs Fire Department as a dispatcher in 1987. When city communications were consolidated into the Police Department he went from the firehouse to the police station.

Decrosta made the transition from Fire Dispatcher to Public Safety Dispatcher with ease and became an irreplaceable part of the Public Safety system, according to Peter Shaw, Assistant Chief of the Fire Department.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Last week, the Patient Experience Project (PEP), a full-service, patient-centric communications agency on Congress Place, announced the hiring of Emily Jahn and Katie Brites. “Emily and Katie are very talented individuals who have hit the ground running,” explained Dan Bobear, president of the PEP, in a statement. “They join a growing team of professionals at PEP (Left to right) Saratoga County Dairy Princess Melanie Luke, Cornell Cooperative dedicated to going above and 4-H Educator Amanda Benson and the Dairy Ambassador Elizabeth Swatling at beyond to improve the journey the New York Farm Bureau reception. Photo provided. of patients through our work.” tools be in place to help farmers benefit agriculture. The Farm Bureau Jahn is an award-winning weather the downturn. The tax credit supports the governor’s proposed $2 graphic designer who joins would incentivize farm investment to billion clean water infrastructure pro- PEP as an art director. In her meet the needs of global competition. gram that includes $70 million for role, she designs print and In addition, Saratoga County nutrient management and conserva- digital materials, including Farm Bureau pushed to double the tion programs to reduce farm runoff. branding, posters, brochures, minimum wage tax credit from $30 The Farm to Food Bank Bill is websites, and various interacmillion to $60 million. At the begin- another top priority for Farm Bureau tive and interface designs. ning of the year, the first step of the members who have seen the goverBefore joining PEP, Jahn minimum wage hike climbed on its nor veto the popular legislation the worked as a graphic designer in way to $15 for farms on Long Island past two years. Members asked their Albany for Upside Collective, a and $12.50 for upstate farmers.  lawmakers to include the tax credit design and marketing firm, as New York Farm Bureau led the that encourages greater fresh food way in opposition to the wage hike donations to regional food banks and last year, resulting in a $250 tax credit local food pantries to be included in per employee for this first year of the their one-house budget bills. increase. That will cover only a small These priorities are based on fraction of what it will cost family member-approved public policies farms to implement the wage hike. that originate every year at the county State funding for critical farm Farm Bureau level and are passed by programs is another top priority for the full delegate body at New York the Farm Bureau. Farm Bureau’s State Annual Meeting Gov. Andrew Cuomo included in December. a number of things in his budget In addition to advocating for plan that would help agriculture in priorities with lawmakers, Saratoga the state. This includes funding for County Farm Bureau members also the Environmental Protection Fund, participated in a special panel diswhich will assist farms with water cussion with the Commissioners quality, conservation and farmland from the Departments of Agriculture Markets, Environmental protection programs, as well as nec- and essary investments into animal health Conservation and Labor. Members programs. were able to ask questions about a Farm Bureau also asked law- number of issues facing the state’s makers to restore funding for pro- family farms. motion and research programs that

Local Farm Bureau Members Visit Albany SCHUYLERVILLE — Farmers Jamie Pettis III, Mike Schwerd, Amy Larmon, and Dave Wood from Saratoga County Farm Bureau spent two days in Albany visiting with lawmakers on March 6 and 7 to highlight the organization’s state public policy priorities for the year. “Schwerd, Larmon, Wood and I took time away from our farms to build on the valuable relationships we have with our lawmakers in Albany,” said Pettis, Saratoga County Farm Bureau President, in a statement. “It is important to cultivate relationships at every level of government so our representatives can better understand the impacts their decisions have on local farms. We will continue to advocate for public policies that will not only benefit agriculture but also support our rural communities as a whole,” Pettis added. The farmers kicked things off with a Taste of New York Reception for state lawmakers, commissioners and staff. The county Farm Bureau hosted a table featuring pie from Smith’s Farm. Following the evening event, members participated in the annual Lobby Day on Tuesday, March 7 where they met with their local state senators and Assembly members as well as New York City lawmakers that the county Farm Bureau adopted. At the New York State Capitol, Saratoga County Farm Bureau advocated for a number of priorities this year. They include securing a refundable investment tax credit for farmers. With 2015 farm income down nearly 20 percent to $5.3 billion across the state, according to the latest figures from the National Agriculture Statistics Service, it is important that

Emily Jahn

Katie Brites

well as the Hearst Corporation’s Times Union Magazine Division. She has a wide range of experience designing websites, logos, brand identities, and print pieces. Jahn earned her bachelor’s degree in graphic design from The College of Saint Rose in Albany. As an account manager at PEP, Brites serves as a liaison to clients, managing all aspects of client accounts and ensuring deliverables are executed to the highest degree of excellence. She comes to PEP from inVentiv Health Managed Markets where she served as an account executive. Previously, Brites worked in sales and marketing positions at Boxcar Media, LLC in North Adams, Massachusetts, and Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort. Brites is actively pursuing her MBA at The College of Saint Rose and obtained a bachelor’s degree from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams.


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NEWS

Week of March 17 – March 23, 2017

Time to Collaborate to Build Workforce Housing

by Todd Shimkus, President of the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce Saratoga TODAY It is about time! We’re pleased that our community is finally engaged in a discussion about how we can create more workforce housing within

the City of Saratoga Springs. We need it to sustain our City’s vibrancy. Employers need it to attract and retain good workers. Workers need it because our City’s popularity as a great destination to live and work has increased considerably. With demand on the rise, housing prices and lease rates for rentals have gone up. This makes it difficult for local workers to be able to afford to live in the City. It is estimated that we may need up to 220 new workforce housing units in the City to meet the demand. Here’s how we can actually build such housing within the City specifically: 1. Immediately identify specific properties in the City that are appropriate for mixed-use housing which have the capacity to incorporate workforce housing. 2. Figure out specifically what it will really take to entice or allow developers to build such housing on these sites and make it happen. This plan is based on the fact that every property is different. ‘No one-size-fits-all plan will work.’ Every neighborhood’s uniqueness must be respected. In the past, local efforts to build workforce housing have sometimes met with neighborhood opposition. A site-specific plan will allow neighbors to be involved up front. Each property will pose different challenges and costs. A site-specific approach will allow the City, property owners, advocates, developers and neighbors to look at what can be done to make such projects cost neutral. In some cases, a more efficient and less costly approval process will help. In others, the City may need to waive some of the development fees. There may also be times when we will need to tap into federal and state grant funds to make this work. A site-specific approach can and should prioritize properties that are on bus lines,

near schools, hospitals and the places where people will have the option to walk or bike to work. We’d like to offer three specific ideas. First, there is a developer seeking approval and funding for a 160 unit workforce housing project on West Ave. Second, we believe the City should look at the South Broadway diner property for such a project. Third, let’s explore what can be done with land owned by the Saratoga Springs Housing Authority. A focused effort on these specific parcels alone has the potential to create more new workforce housing units than estimates suggest we need. We believe such an effort can result in new units being built far faster than any other option being discussed. Perhaps there are other specific sites in addition to these within the City we should consider. Like everything else, the solution lies in having a conversation, listening to one another and working together. We are confident that this site-specific approach will actually lead to the construction of new workforce housing. It is a common sense approach we hope the City will embrace.


Week of March 17 – March 23, 2017

CLIFTON PARK 1789 Route 9, $693,750. Jeffrey and Rachel Murad sold property to 1789 Route 9 LLC. 40 Grissom Dr., $248,000. Sandra Madigan sold property to Daniel and Maria Garland. 70 Old Coach Rd., $167,000. Jean Palmatier (by Atty) sold property to Patrick and Tracy Fiore. 23 Northcrest Dr., $272,000. Jane Tyrrell (by Exec) sold property to Nicholas Swartz. 628 Clifton Park Center Rd., $217,500. Ronald Arp (by Exec) sold property to Keith Arp. 60 A Longwood Dr., $285,000. Frederick and Janet McKeown (by Agent) sold property to Christoph Voigt.

CORINTH 49 Locust Ridge Dr., $212,000. Christopher Hisey (by Agent) sold property to Steven and Taylor Treese. 64 Antone Mountain Rd., $120,000. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development sold property to Sean Holmes. 18 Warren St., $127,000. Judy Bedore sold property to Otis and Sally Scranton. 350 Main St., $49,000. JP Morgan Chase Bank NA sold property to Monica and Pasquale Girard, Jr.

PROPERTY TRANSACTIONS

GALWAY Sacandaga Rd., $60,000. Kevin Rathgeber and Jeannette Donlon sold property to Judith, Jay, Tammy and Daniel Anderson.

GREENFIELD 418 Middle Grove Rd., $120,000. Andria Cupolo sold property to Joshua Moran.

HALFMOON 7 Grand St., $223,000. Mary Russo (as Trustee) sold property to Kenneth and Shannon Day.

MALTA 16 Plum Poppy South, $282,500. Cartus Financial Corporation sold property to Sarah Leblanc and Rory Johnson. 2 Sienna Dr., $310,000. Richard and Lucille Herbs sold property to Judith Gatzi-Mullin.

MILTON 20 Kaatskill Way, $130,000. Michael Spadafore and James Spadafore (by Exec) sold property to Signature Home Buyers. 157 West North St., $235,000. Tyler and Kasey Johnson sold property to Gary and Nicole Lichva. 424 Geyser Rd., $290,000. Craig Walton and Marcus Raffuel sold property to 424 Geyser Rd. LLC.

MOREAU 63 Williams St., $155,000.

Thomas and Natalie Pozzouli sold property to Daniel and Renee Lombard. 1441-1443 Route 9, $375,000. Denis Daigle sold property to Thomas Tierney, Jr. 16 Chestnut St., $103,880. Timothy Seeley, Jr. sold property to Dyer Bisson. 211 Lisa Dr., $195,000. John Newman, Laura Gerace, Rober Newman, II and Robert Newman (Co-Execs) sold property to William and Marsha Morehouse. 210 Lisa Dr., $185,000. William and Marsha Morehouse sold property to Herbert Shippee. 16 Pine Rd., $172,900. Patrick and Kristy MacDougal sold property to Joseph and Angela Thornton.

SARATOGA Lot 4, Hanehan Rd., $26,500. James and Barbara Burke sold property to Shawn and Misty Sharp.

SARATOGA SPRINGS 102 Congress St., $467,500. sold property to Bartlett Rental Properties LLC. 11 Sunset Dr., $135,500. Michael and Tammy Boulerice sold property to Cindy Rucker. 167 Grand Ave., $260,000. Deutsche Bank National Trust Company (as Trustee, by Atty) sold property to Edward

McCarthy. 19-21 Caroline St., $2,200,000. Leslie DiCarlo sold property to Fitch Bros Ltd. 5 Spring St., Unit 304, $279,000. Broadway Spring Corp sold property to Mark and Elizabeth Thornhill.

WILTON 6 Daffodil Dr., $580,000. David and Linda Warner sold property to Pamela and David Hammer. 9 Connemara Ct., $401,000. Adam and Carol Madkour sold property to Mark Cohen and Sheila Fyfe.

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BUSINESS

Week of March 17 – March 23, 2017

New Lake Club for Boaters in the Works by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Even as he navigated the messy roads during a late season snowstorm this week, area businessman Frank Parillo was eager to spruce up property he bought last year on the northern part of Saratoga Lake. This summer, on the site formerly owned and managed by Saratoga Boatworks, Parillo intends to offer his own gathering place for Saratoga Lake boaters similar to a pair of marinas he runs on Lake George. “If everything goes good, we’ll get going as soon as the weather breaks,” said Parillo, owner of Scotty’s Restaurant and Wilton Travel Plaza at Exit 16 of the Adirondack Northway. With management assistance

After the storm at Parillo’s Saratoga Lake Marina. Photo by Larry Goodwin.

provided by his son, Scott, and others, Parillo currently owns the Dunham’s Bay and Bolton Landing marinas on Lake George. Parillo plans to open his Saratoga Lake Marina utilizing the slips already there, which can accommodate about 130 boats.

He said the usage fee for the slips would be $89 per foot of actual boat length. He said a restaurant is a possibility at the new marina, but so far no arrangements have been finalized. “There’s nothing cast in stone,” Parillo said, but added that he is in talks with “good operators” in regards to dining options at his new business. The most immediate goal, Parillo said, is to refurbish the clubhouse structure both inside and outside. At its regularly scheduled meeting Wednesday, the Saratoga Springs Design Review Commission considered the

Frank Parillo in his office at Wilton Travel Plaza. Photo by Dan Behan.

exterior modifications detailed in a proposal submitted by Parillo. The Clifton Park firm Syvertsen Rigosu Architects is involved in the design of Saratoga Lake Marina and had prepared the renderings. The Design Review Commission is particularly concerned with any aesthetic changes

made to lakefront properties within the city’s borders. The first phase of the project, according to the commission’s summary, “includes the removal of windows on the west and north elevations, new exterior wall penetrations for new windows and a new deck that will support the two entrances into a new club house.” “The interior scope of work,” the summary continued, is to “create new rest rooms and club house for the members of the Saratoga Lake Marina.” “The marina is going to be awesome,” offered Hal Raven, owner of the Adirondack Cruise and Charter Company, who has reached an agreement with Parillo to provide sunset, moonlight and other types of cruises on the lake. Last year, Raven said, he gave such cruises to about 800 customers on a pontoon boat that he owns, which holds up to nine people. Raven also recently purchased an early 1900s-era Fantail Launch replica that will be in service this summer on Saratoga Lake. It seats between 25 and 30. Individuals and families, according to Raven, once commonly enjoyed such boats on summer nights. “We’re trying to keep this old-time tradition alive,” he said.


Week of March 17 – March 23, 2017

Local Seniors Expert Hired

Laura Poirier. Photo provided.

GLENVILLE — The Meadows at Glenwyck, a 110-unit independent senior-living facility, has named Laura Poirier community manager. The Greenwich resident will supervise day-today property management at Glenwyck including hiring and training new staff, and assisting in marketing the property. She also will oversee the Senior Engaged Life program by arranging special events, speakers, entertainers, art teachers and exercise routines. Poirier has more than a decade of experience working in the senior living sector. Prior to joining Glenwyck, she served as the administrator at Adirondack Manor in Queensbury, supervising the adult care facility’s general operations. Poirier also spent 10 years as activity director at the Home of the Good Shepherd in Saratoga Springs. She began her career in marketing and sales after graduating with a music degree from the State University of New York at Oneonta. For more information, visit the website www. MeadowsAtGlenwyck.com.

Skidmore Sets Lecture Date SARATOGA SPRINGS — Skidmore College has announced that its annual F. William Harder Lecture

in Business Administration will be presented by Dr. Thomas Caulfield, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Fab 8 at GlobalFoundries in Malta. The lecture is titled, “Semiconductors: The Industry that Changed the World,” and will be held March 27 at 5 p.m. in Gannett Auditorium in the college’s Palamountain Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception will follow. Skidmore’s annual F. William Harder Lecture in Business Administration was inaugurated in 1985 through the generosity of F. William Harder, a Skidmore parent who served as trustee from 1968 to 1980. During the presentation, Caulfield will discuss the importance of collaboration in the context of the semiconductor industry, and he will share wisdom acquired throughout his 30-year career leading and managing global technology companies. Caulfield will provide insight into the rapidly changing semiconductor sector and where he sees the industry’s future growth. For more information, call the Skidmore College Office of Communications and Marketing at 518-580-5733.

Roohan Realty Adds to Team

Weldon Culp. Photo provided.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Roohan Realty announced that Weldon Culp has joined the company as a real estate

BUSINESS BRIEFS 17 salesperson. Culp was awarded his real estate license in 2015. Culp served for 23 years in the U.S. Navy, retiring as a Lieutenant Commander. While on active duty, he earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from the State University of New York. During his naval career, he spent one tour aboard a nuclear submarine in Hawaii, three tours at training facilities outside Saratoga Springs, and a tour at Electric Boat shipyard in Groton, Connecticut. After retiring from the Navy, Culp earned a master’s degree in teaching physics from Union College. He taught for four years at Burnt HillsBallston Lake High School and 15 years at Shaker High School in Latham. He is also the president of CCD Property Solutions, Inc., a real-estate redevelopment company serving the Capital District area. Culp can be reached at wculp@roohanrealty.com.

Adirondack Trust Earns Top Rating SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Adirondack Trust Company announced it has again earned a five-star rating from BauerFinancial, the nation’s premier bank rating firm. A five-star rating indicates that the bank excels in areas of capital adequacy, profitability, asset quality and more. In addition to earning that honor 43 consecutive quarters in a row, Adirondack Trust was named an Exceptional Performance Bank by BauerFinancial. BauerFinancial is based in Coral Gables, Florida, and is the nation’s leading independent bank and credit union rating and research firm. It has been reporting on and analyzing the performance of U.S. banks and credit unions since 1983. According to Adirondack Trust, no institution can pay for or opt out of a BauerFinancial rating. For more information, visit the website bauerfinancial.com.

Networking Breakfast BALLSTON SPA — The Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association (BSBPA) has scheduled a Networking Breakfast on Tuesday, March 21, from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at Liberty Tax Service, located at 2100 Doubleday Avenue. Liz Armstrong and Liberty Tax Service staff will give a presentation on the range of tax preparation services

and products offered by the Ballston Spa branch.   Area business and non-BSBPA members are welcome.  Membership information will be available.  Cost for the breakfast is $5 with advance reservation or $10 that morning, both payable at the door. The $5 reservations can be pre-arranged at www. ballston.org. Those interested in attending also can RSVP to info@ballston.org.  


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Saratoga Girl Scouts Hold Local Jamboree by Thomas Kika Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA COUNTY – The Girl Scouts of the Saratoga-Schuylerville Service Unit came together this past weekend for a day of fun and learning at the annual Jamboree. Taking place at Geyser Road Elementary School on March 12, the event is held every year to celebrate the anniversary of the founding of the first Girl Scouts troop by Juliette Gordon Lowe in Savannah, GA. The theme of this year’s Saratoga Jamboree was “Countries from Around the World,” tasking each troop with picking a country and learning about its culture. The troops then set up tables at the Jamboree with informational

displays and activities related to their countries. According to Jamboree organizer Whitney Jobmann, the event is also an opportunity for scouts, young and old, to come together and have fun. 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). Jobmann said that 225 girls from 26 different local troops attended the Jamboree this past week. “In addition to the Girl Scouts,” Jobmann said. “Are… the troop leaders and adult members of the troop [who] do a great job of supporting and encouraging the girls.” Ava, Lucy, Sarah, & Adeline of Troop #3232 Norway.

Alexa, Lily, & Lea of Troop #3409 Jamaica

Ali & Melody of Troop #3058 Japan

Lauren, Caroline, Meya, Abby, & Ava of Troop #3444 Brazil

iona, Lilianna, Emmalee, & Gemma of Troop #3310 Poland

Esther & her mom Lori Coffin of Troop #3017 tapping sap at Troop #3292's Canada Table

Charolette, Lily, & Nadine of Troop #3359 India


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Saratoga Drama Club Presents “The Wiz” SARATOGA SPRINGS – The Saratoga Springs High School Drama Club will be putting on a production of the “The Wiz,” the Tony-Award-winning musical reimagining of “The Wizard of Oz” through the context of AfricanAmerican culture. The show will be presented in the Loewenberg Auditorium on March 17 at 7:30

p.m., and again on March 18 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets will be $12 for adults, $7 for senior citizens, and $7 for students, and can be purchased at the door. The production is being directed by Bob Berenis, with music direction from Casey Gray and choreography by Leigh Berenis.

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Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Student Wins Vocal Scholarship BURNT HILLS — Alicia Esposito, a senior from Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School, took home the runner-up prize at the Burnt Hills Oratorio Society’s (BHOS) 20th Annual Vocal Scholarship Competition. The competition was held on March 4 in the Saratoga Springs Public Library. Esposito beat out high school seniors from across the Greater Capital Region to win a $600 scholarship. As a performer, Esposito has participated in the 2016 NYSSMA Conference

Schenectady JCC to Hold Second Jewish Camp Informational SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Schenectady Jewish Community Center will be holding their second informational meeting about potentially broadening their Jewish camp experiences to more cities, including Saratoga Springs. This second meeting will be held at the Saratoga

Springs Public Library on March 19, 1 – 2 p.m. The Schenectady JCC estimates that they would be able to provide transportation to more areas if at least 25 more campers were committed to attending. For more information, go to www.schenectadyjcc.org.

Saratoga Springs School Board Budget Workshop SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Springs Board of Education will continue to hold 2017-2018 budget workshops until making its proposal on May 16. The next meeting will be held in the Saratoga Springs High School Meade Auditorium on March

21 starting at 7 p.m. Topics will include an overview of the instructional program, including program goals, staffing and class size; building allocations; and an overview of new proposals. For more information on the school budget, go to www.saratogaschools.org/budget.

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

scholarship will be awarded on the basis of the applicant’s past dance experience and potential to make a contribution to their local dance community or to the field of dance in general. Preference is given to those who have not recently received a scholarship from the Dance Alliance. The deadline for applications is April 28. Interested students may apply on the Dance Alliance website at www.dancealliance.org/scholarship.

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

exemplary service to the community along with a strong interest in pursuing future studies in history and/or the arts. Details and an application form can be found at www.racingmuseum.org under the Education tab. Questions pertaining to the scholarship should be directed to Karen Wheaton, the Museum’s education curator, at 518-5840400 ext. 118. The entry deadline is April 7.

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

students ages 10 and up is scheduled for August 7-11 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. and features master classes taught by Marcus Rogers. SCB is also offering a Master Class Series for ages 12 through adult from August 21-24 from 6-8 p.m. on a drop in basis for intermediate and advanced students. Early Bird registration will be open until March 27. For more information and to register, visit www.saratogacityballet.com.

Saratoga Hospital Volunteer Guild Offering Scholarships SARATOGA SPRINGS —The Saratoga Hospital Volunteer Guild is offering five $1,500 scholarships to high school seniors in the greater Saratoga County area who are interested in pursuing healthcare careers. Eligible students must be entering college in September of 2017, have at least a 2.5 GPA, and a documented record of community service. The application deadline is March 31. Scholarship recipients will be honored at the Volunteer Guild’s Annual Recognition Dinner on May 11. Requirements and applications

are available through local high school guidance offices and online at www.saratogahospital.org/ aboutus/volunteering.

All-State, World Strides Heritage Camp, and Select Jazz Choir. She has also served as president of the Tri-M Music Honor Society, and been active in community theater and her school’s drama club. Her goal for college is to become a music educator and music therapist. For more information on BHOS, go to www.bhos.us.


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Saratoga Springs Recreation Center (518) 587-3550 ext. 2300 www.SaratogaRec.com

The Saratoga Springs Recreation Department offers two summer camp options for families to choose from: Camp Saradac and the Playground Program. Camp Saradac, located at the Saratoga Springs Recreation Center, is a NYSDOH licensed full day summer camp for children ages 5-15. Our camp offers exciting weekly field trips, creative recreational and educational programs, arts & crafts, weekly swimming, and themed weeks. Camp activities are designed to promote fun and fitness while providing opportunities for campers to grow. This year’s field trips include: The Great Escape, Flight Trampoline Park, Saratoga County Fair, Saratoga Strike Zone, and many more. We will also take weekly trips to the Peerless Pool. The 2017 Summer Camp runs Monday through Friday from 8:45am to 4:45pm starting June 26th and goes to August 18th. Parents who register their children in our before and after care program can drop off their child after 7:30am and pick them up as

late as 6:00pm. Registration begins February 27th for City Residents and March 20th for Non City Residents at the Recreation Center, 15 Vanderbilt Ave, Saratoga Springs, New York 12866. Registration is on a first come, first served basis so please don’t wait. Camp registration forms are available at www.saratoga-springs.org or can be picked up at the Recreation Center. If you have any questions, please call us at 518-587-3550 ext 2300 or email us at RecReservations@saratogasprings.org. The best summer of your life awaits! The Playground Program, located at Veterans Memorial Park, is a 7 week program for ages 5-12 designed to promote physical and mental well being through daily recreational activities and socialization. Children will have the opportunity to participate in many new and familiar activities, cool off at the Interactive Spray Fountain, and explore the playground. Each day a new activity will keep children’s minds sharp and encourage creativity! This program will be held rain or shine. There are no field trips.


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

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

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


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

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

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

St. Peter Lutheran Church 2776 Route 9, Malta | 583-4153 Services: Sunday 8:30 & 10:30 a.m.; Sunday School at 9:15 a.m. St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church 1 Grove Street, Schuylerville 695-3918 | Rev. Donna J. Arnold Services: Sunday 8 & 9 a.m. St. Thomas of Canterbury 242 Grooms Road, Halfmoon Rev. John Bassett stthomasanglicanhalfmoonny.com | 348-0842 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Bible Study: Tuesday 6:30 p.m. Saratoga Abundant Life Church 2 Hutchins Rd. Saratoga Springs 885-5456 | SALChurch.org Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. Saratoga Chabad 130 Circular St, Saratoga Springs 526-0773 | saratogachabad.com Saratoga Friends Meeting (Quaker) 571 Rt32, Quaker Springs 587-7477; 399-5013 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Saratoga United Methodist Church* 175 Fifth Ave, Saratoga Springs 584-3720 | saratogaumc.com Services: Sunday 9:00am and 10:45am Saratoga Seventh-Day Adventist Church 399 Union Ave, Saratoga Springs 587-6951 | saratogasda.org Services: Sabbath School: 10 a.m. Worship Service: 11 a.m. Schuylerville United Methodist Church 51 Church St., Schuylerville 695-3101 | Sumethodist.org Services: Sunday 11 a.m. Shenendehowa United Methodist 971 Route 146, Clifton Park 371-7964 Services: Sunday 9 & 10:45 a.m. Simpson United Methodist Church 1089 Rock City Road, Rock City Falls 885-4794 Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m.

Soul Saving Station for Every Nation Christ Crusaders of America 62 Henry St, Saratoga Springs Services: Sunday 10 a.m. | 584-3122 www.SOULSAVINGSTATIONCHURCH.COM Stillwater Christian Fellowship Meeting at Liberty Ridge Farm 29 Bevis Road, Schaghticoke, NY 12154 288-8802 | Services 10 a.m. Stillwater United Church (Presbyterian U.S.A.) 747 Hudson Avenue, Stillwater | 664-7984 stillwaterunitedchurch.org Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Temple Sinai* 509 Broadway, Saratoga Springs 584-8730 | saratogasinai.org Shabbat Services: Friday 6 p.m. or 8p.m. (rotating schedule) Saturdays: 10:30a.m. Terra Nova Church* 45 Washington St, Saratoga Springs 833-0504 | terranovachurch.org Services: Sunday 9 a.m. The Salvation Army/ Worship, Service & Community Center 27 Woodlawn Ave, Saratoga Springs 584-1640 Services: Sunday School 10 a.m.; Praise & Worship 11 a.m. Trinity United Methodist Church 155 Ballard Road, Gansevoort 584-9107 | tumcwilton.com Rev Keith Mann Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Saratoga Springs 624 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs 584-1555 | uusaratoga.org Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Unity Church in Albany 21 King Ave., Albany 453-3603 Services: Sunday 9 a.m. & 11 a.m. | Sunday School: 11 a.m. Summer Services: 9 a.m. West Charlton United Presbyterian Church 1331 Sacandaga Road, West Charlton 882-9874 | westcharltonupc.org Rev. Thomas Gregg Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. | Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Wilton Baptist Church 755 Saratoga Road, Wilton 583-2736 | wiltonbaptistchurch.com Services: Sunday 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

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Congregation Shaara Tfille Hosts Breakfast and Movie Congregation Shaara Tfille, located at 84 Weibel Avenue in Saratoga Springs, invites the entire community to join them for breakfast and the showing of the 2009 documentary film Ahead of Time: The Extraordinary Journey of Ruth Gruber, followed by a discussion on Sunday, March 19 at 9:30 a.m. The cost is $10 per adult and $5 for children under 13. For more information or to RSVP, call 518-5842370 by Friday, March 17. Ruth Gruber is an inspiration not only for her groundbreaking career, but for her vitality and humor. The film interweaves verité scenes with never-seen-before archival footage. Through her own words and images, the film follows Ms. Gruber’s incredible journey as a student, a reporter, an activist leader and a prolific author. The film captures the drama of her life as she lent her camera lens – and her heart – to refugees of war. She travelled all over the world re-connecting with many of the people who shared historic moments with her in Europe, in Israel, in the Arctic Tundra, in DP camps and refugee centers overseas and in the United States. Ahead of Time: The Extraordinary Journey of Ruth Gruber received the Audience Award at the Teaneck International Film Festival; Best Documentary at the Miami Jewish Film Festival; Best Documentary at the Denver Jewish Film Festival; Best Documentary at the Berkshire International Film Festival; and Best Documentary at the Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival. The film was invited to participate in Project 20/20, a prestigious cultural exchange program, sponsored by the President’s Council for the Arts and Humanities. Ruth Gruber, a photojournalist and author documented Stalin’s gulags, life in Nazi Germany and the plight of Jewish refugees, died in November at the age of 105. Born in Brooklyn in 1911 to Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe, she was a

brilliant student. Ruth held abiding passions for Judaism and German culture. She graduated from Bushwick High School at 15 and New York University at 18. On fellowships, she earned a master’s degree in German at the University of Wisconsin at 19 and a doctorate in German literature at the University of Cologne at 20, one of the youngest ever to achieve that distinction. In 1932, on the eve of Hitler’s rise to power, she traveled across Germany, saw festering anti-Semitism. The first journalist to enter the Soviet Arctic in 1935, Ruth also traveled to Alaska as a member of the Roosevelt administration in 1942. Her relationships with world leaders including Eleanor Roosevelt, President Harry Truman, and David Ben Gurion gave her unique access and insight into the modern history of the Jewish people. Ms. Gruber called herself a witness, and in an era of barbarities and war that left countless Jews displaced and stateless, she often crossed the line from journalist to human rights advocate, reporting as well as shaping events that became the headlines and historical footnotes of the 20th century. Over seven decades, she was a correspondent in Europe and the Middle East and wrote 19 books, mostly based on her own experiences. Acting for President Franklin D. Roosevelt, she escorted nearly 1,000 refugees from 19 Nazioccupied nations to a safe haven in the United States on a perilous trans-Atlantic crossing in 1944. They included the only large contingent of Jews allowed into America during World War II. As with many of her exploits, the rescue became the subject of one of her books, “Haven: The Dramatic Story of 1,000 World War II Refugees and How They Came to America” (1983). It was made into a two-part CBS mini-series in 2001, starring Natasha Richardson as Ms. Gruber. The story was chronicled in her 1948 book,

“Destination Palestine: The Story of the Haganah Ship Exodus 1947.” The episode was also the basis of the Leon Uris novel “Exodus,” published in 1958, and of Otto Preminger’s 1960 film adaptation, which starred Paul Newman. A documentary film, “Exodus 1947,” narrated by the CBS News reporter Morley Safer, was broadcast on PBS in 1997. In her later years, she continued to write articles and books and lectured widely. Her last book was “Witness: One of the Great Correspondents of the Twentieth Century Tells Her Story” (2007). Ms. Gruber, who worked for The New York Herald Tribune, The New York Post and, briefly, The New York Times, covered the

Nuremberg war-crimes trials and many events in the history of Israel, including its war for independence. In 1952, she escorted Eleanor Roosevelt on a visit to development sites in Israel. In 1951 she married Philip H. Michaels, a New York lawyer who died in 1968. In 1974 she married Henry J. Rosner, an official at New York City’s social services and human resources agencies who died in 1982. Besides her son, an assistant secretary of labor in the Obama administration, she is survived by a daughter, Celia Michaels, a former CBS News editor who covered the war in Lebanon in 1980; two stepdaughters, Jeri Drucker, and Elaine Rosner-Jeria; nine

grandchildren; and six greatgrandchildren. Another stepdaughter, the writer Barbara Seaman, died in 2008. Congregation Shaara Tfille is an egalitarian Conservative congregation located at 84 Weibel Avenue, Saratoga Springs, NY that welcomes all Jews, inter-faith families and the LGBTQ community. The Synagogue holds Monday and Thursday morning services at 7:30 a.m., third Friday Family Shabbat evening at 7:30 p.m., Saturday Shabbat morning services at 10 a.m. In addition to regular religious program, the Congregation offers a Hebrew School, Adult Education programs, ‘Live 92nd Street Y’ broadcast series, Men’s Club, and Sisterhood.

Charlton Freehold Presbyterian Church, 768 Charlton Rd. invites the community to the monthly Parallels New Worshiping Community at 4 p.m., Sunday March 25. This month's storytelling theme is: "Gaining Clarity" The Parallels New Worshiping Community (Parallels NWC) aims to pair stories of the Bible with real peoples’ stories and lay them side by side. The Bible story sheds light on our life, while our own stories give us insight into those of the Bible. Anyone wishing to share their story on the theme of the evening, please contact Tim Coombs at tcoombs@earthlink.net or call 518- 669-0123. https://www.facebook.com/ ParallelsNWC/ Please join Free Spirit Fellowship for an Easter celebration service Sunday, April 16 at 10:30 a.m. The church is located at 1425 W. High St. in Ballston Spa. For further information please call 518-885-3149. Old Saratoga Reformed Church - 4 Tuesdays in Lent – 12 Noon – 1 p.m. March 7, 14, 21, 28. The Life and Work of Corrie ten Boom. BYO lunch, beverages, cookies and fruit provided. All are welcome! The church is located at 48 Pearl Street, Schuylerville. For more information call 518-695-3479, www.facebook/oldsaratogareformedchurch or http://old-saratoga.rcachurches.org/


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Week of March 17 – March 23, 2017

Springtime in Saratoga Means Baseball is Back The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg to screen for Saratoga Jewish Community Arts April 2 SARATOGA SPRINGS — To celebrate Major League Baseball’s Opening Day this spring, the Saratoga Jewish Community Arts and Temple Sinai, with a generous grant from the Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York, presents a unique baseball story for the community with the screening of “The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg,” on Sunday, April 2 at 7 p.m. The 1998 documentary film, directed and written by Aviva Kempner, tells the story of Hank Greenberg, a Hall of Fame first baseman for the Detroit Tigers. Greenberg was a Jewish player who chose not to play on Yom Kippur in 1934 during a heated pennant race. As a result, he experienced a great deal of anti-Semitic abuse during a period when institutionalized anti-Semitism and racism was prevalent throughout the country. “Who are our heroes today?” asks Phyllis Wang, Coordinator of Saratoga Jewish Community Arts. “In 2017, we again see a rise in xenophobia and anti-Semitism, a reigniting of hate threats and crimes towards Muslims and Jews. Those who do not stand up need to consider who will stand up for them when the wind shifts. What can we each do to temper the hate that has been sparked in recent months?” Greenberg was tall (6’4”) and considered a handsome, uncommonly good natured man. He was a secular Jew from the Bronx and for many fans, “the baseball Moses.” His accomplishments during the Golden Age of Baseball rivaled those of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. Greenberg nearly broke Babe Ruth’s 60 home run record by hitting 58 home runs in 1938. He was the first man to win most valuable player awards at two positions, first base and left field, and become baseball’s first $100,000 player. Like many players of the World War II era, Greenberg’s career was interrupted by

military service. Initially, Greenberg was classified unfit for service due to flat feet. However, upon re-examination, he was cleared. Before Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, Congress released men over age 28. After the attack, Greenberg immediately reenlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps, the forerunner to today’s Air Force. Returning to baseball after the war, Greenberg went on to lead the American League with 44 home runs and 127 runs batted in during the 1946 season. In 1947, Greenberg, as a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates and playing his final season, was one of the few ballplayers to give the Brooklyn Dodgers’ Jackie Robinson, Major League Baseball’s first African American player in many years, a warm welcome. “Don’t pay attention to these guys who are trying to make it hard for you,” Greenberg is reported to have told Robinson during that May 1947 game in Pittsburgh. “Stick in there. I hope that you and I can get together for a talk. There are a few things I’ve learned down through the years that might help you and make it easier.” Robinson later said of the interaction, “Class tells. It sticks out all over Mr. Greenberg.” This compelling documentary examines how America’s first Jewish baseball star was a beacon of hope to American Jews who faced bigotry during the Depression and World War II. Included in the collage of 47 interviews are Hank Greenberg and family members, sports figures including Ira Berkow, Ernie Harwell, Joe Falls, and Dick Schaap; fellow players Bob Feller, Charlie Gehringer, and Ralph Kiner; fans Alan Moriarity, and Maury Povich. It also features famous scenes from Hollywood classics such as Gentleman’s Agreement, A Night at the Opera, The Pride of St. Louis, and Woman of the Year, as well as dramatic historical footage.

“The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg” will be shown April 2, 2017, at 7 p.m. at Temple Sinai, 507 Broadway

in Saratoga Springs. A panel discussion and dessert reception will follow. A $5 donation is requested. For reservations

or information, please call 518-584-8730 x2 or visit www. saratogasinai.org.


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Celebrating the Irish, Slow Food Style Corned Beef with Vegetables Recipe by Ben Hillis

Saturdays, 9 to 1

Ingredients

Lincoln Baths Saratoga Spa State Park

* Ingredients can be found at the market

by Himanee Gupta-Carlson

for Saratoga TODAY “I’ve always known inside that I’m Irish. Literally, I look like a leprechaun, there’s no denying it.” Ben Hillis, who owns Puckers’ Gourmet Pickles with his wife Kelley, made this statement with a laugh. But Irish-ness runs deep through his veins, giving him a sense of identity that he associates with values of hard work, humility, taking care of family, and savoring lovingly home-cooked meals slowly at a common table. “We’re the salt of the earth,” Hillis says. “No nobility here.” That identity comes full force around St. Patrick’s Day as he prepares his corned beef and cabbage. The dish with which the holiday is often associated grew out of Irish and Jewish immigrants inter-mingling in Manhattan. “Corned beef didn’t become a thing that was associated with Irish until the Irish came to America and found the beef brisket that was sold in delis,” Hillis said. “It was the closest thing to

Corned Beef with Vegetables by Pattie Garrett

Carrots, Pleasant Valley Farm by Pattie Garrett

the salt pork they could find back home and afford.” While cured corned beef can be purchased, Hillis prefers to prepare his own. He starts 11 days in advance by preparing a brine that he cooks over a low heat to meld its flavors together, and cools down overnight. Then begins a 10-day curing, in which the brisket is placed in a giant

brine-filled zip-locked bag, and cured for 10 days in the refrigerator. On St. Patrick’s Day, Hillis begins cooking the meat “slow and low” on his stovetop, though he says using a slow cooker is acceptable. The beef simmers for several hours in the brine, additional liquid, and a puree of such vegetables as cabbage, carrots, celery, onion, and potatoes. Hillis gauges its readiness on texture and “how good the house smells.” Toward the end, he adds more root vegetables and cabbage, cooking them through but not to mush. He then puts down a bed of Puckers’ sauerkraut, tops it with meat, and nests the vegetables around it. The result is meat, deeply flavored by the initial puree, another layer of soft but still crunchy vegetables, and a crisp dash of brightness from the sauerkraut. “Eating is such a visceral experience,” Hillis says. “When you slow down, tend to your food, you enjoy it even more.” The Saratoga Farmers’ Market operates 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at the Lincoln Baths building in the Saratoga Spa State Park through April. The market moves to High Rock Park in May.

- 3 quarts’ water - 1 1/2 cups kosher salt - 1 cup brown sugar - 2 cinnamon sticks, broken into several pieces - 2 1/2 tablespoons mustard seeds - 2 tablespoons black peppercorns - 12 whole cloves - 12 whole allspice berries - 20 whole juniper berries - 3 bay leaves, bruised - 3/4 tablespoon ground ginger - 1/2 tablespoon celery seed - 1 - 4 lbs trimmed beef brisket* - 3 small onions, quartered* - 4 large carrots, roughly chopped* - 1 stalk celery, roughly chopped* - 3 lbs potatoes, cubed* - 2 heads of cabbage, quartered*

Directions 1. Place the water into your largest stockpot, at least 3 quarts. Add the salt, sugar, and all the spices. 2. Bring the brine to a boil. Then simmer until the salt and sugar have dissolved and your kitchen smells delicious. Refrigerate brine overnight. 3. Once it has cooled, place the brisket in a 2-gallon Ziploc bag and add brine. Seal bag and place the bag inside of another container as to prevent possible leakage. Cover and place in the refrigerator for 10 days. Each day make sure the brine covers the brisket. 4. On the 10th day, remove the brisket and rinse well under cold water. Place the brisket into a pot just large enough to hold the brisket and vegetables. Fill the pot so that the contents are well covered. Heat on high and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 2 to 3 hours or until the corned beef is perfectly tender. 5. Add the vegetables approximately 45 mins before desired finish. If you prefer more tender vegetables, add them at the very beginning of the cooking process. * I like to purée some of the veggies and add it to the cooking liquid. Typically, before the cooking liquid is boiled, purée the celery, 1 carrot, a half of an onion, and half of a head of cabbage in a blender and add it to the boil for a deeper flavor. If you cannot fit all the purée items in your blender, you may need to do it in more than one batch. 6. Remove the corned beef from the pot and allow the meat to rest for 3 minutes. Thinly slice the meat across the grain and serve with the vegetables. Enjoy!


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Pot of Gold

by John Reardon for Saratoga TODAY Hello my Foodie Friends! Happy 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! So here is to all of our “Irish” lads and lassies. Recently, our son, John, took a “heritage” trip to Ireland. Among his excursions was a trip to County Cork where the “Reardon” name originated. Although it is spelled several different ways in County Cork; when he told residents of Cork his last name was Reardon, he was received as if he had lived there a lifetime. He loved Ireland – and probably only told us the stories he wanted us to know (what happens in Ireland stays in Ireland). Looking for that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow? At Compliments to the Chef, we carry some of the best pots and pans in the world. One of ours and our customer favorites is All-Clad cookware. All-Clad cookware is an American Heritage. The story of All-Clad begins in the United States in 1967. Clad Metals began as a small metallurgical company that specialized in formulating bonded metals for a variety of industries. Company founder, John Ulam, a brilliant metallurgist, realized the combination of different metals created composites the yielded superior results. After years of perfecting the bonding process, Ulam established All-Clad Metal crafters, and began producing professional quality bonded cookware for working chefs and avid home cooks. All-Clad is recognized for its exceptional quality, extraordinary properties, and exemplary cooking performance. Today, All-Clad cookware is still handcrafted in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, with American-made steel the same way it was four decades ago. It is still widely

sought by the world’s top chefs and passionate home cooks. Here is a classic St. Patrick’s Day Recipe: Corned Beef and Cabbage INGREDIENTS SERVINGS 12 UNITS US • 1 (2 -6 lb) corned beef brisket • 1 teaspoon peppercorn • 2 dried bay leaves • 1 -3 head fresh cabbage • 1 -12 medium red potatoes • 1(1 lb) bag fresh carrot • fresh parsley (dried won’t do at all) • Real butter • 1 fresh garlic clove • 1 medium fresh sweet onion • yellow mustard • Irish soda bread • Harp lager beer (optional) DIRECTIONS Selecting the corned beef brisket • Go to the store several days ahead of time or you will have to pick out the best of what has been picked over again and again. The best will disappear first. • Do not freeze. • Pick out a nice thick slab checking the sides to make sure it isn’t a very gristly one. • Feel it because some butchers fold it over hiding the gristle if there is a lot of it. • There will always be some gristle and it runs the length of the slab in the center. • The thicker the slab the better. If you are lucky, you may see some chunk style at a higher price per pound. • If there isn’t a spice bag in with the brisket, you will need to get some whole peppercorns (white and black) and bay leaves. Selecting the Cabbage • The heavier and more solid it is, the better it is. • Smell it to make sure it isn’t too bitter. • You may have to go to another store if the whole batch has a very strong bitter smell. I have had to visit several stores to find a decent batch. • Keep in mind that the outer leaves will be discarded even if the store has already removed the natural outer leaves to make them look better and fresher. Selecting the Potatoes • Watch out for the red dyed ones. • Pick out a bag of medium to small sized ones. • The smaller the better. • If you are lucky enough to find the ones as small as salad

tomatoes, they are the best. Selecting the Carrots • Get the smallest bag they have unless you like carrots, because you will only use one per pot of cabbage to take any bitterness out of the cabbage. Preparing and cooking the meal • Total Time: 3 hours • Use a large Dutch oven or stock pot that will hold everything all at once. • Place the brisket (best side up) in the bottom of the pot. • There’s no need to rinse it because nothing bad will survive what you are about to do to it and you will remove the outer marinade. • Add the spice packet or a teaspoonful of peppercorns and two bay leaves. • Cover the brisket generously with water and a bottle of beer (optional adds flavor and is a tenderizer). • Bring to a boil. • Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 2 hours. During the 2 hours • Scrub and rinse the new red potatoes. • Remove any eyes and bad spots. • Leave as much of the peel as you can. • Quarter them (halve or whole if tiny). • Cover with water until ready for them. • Remove the outer leaves from the cabbage until the leaves are entirely light green, rinse and cut it into

quarters through the spine so they stay together. Set aside. • Peel one carrot and cut it into quarters. Set aside. • Peel the onion and cut it into eighths. Set aside. • Rinse the bunch of fresh parsley and chop up just the tops into very tiny pieces. • I find that kitchen scissors do just fine. After the 2 hours • Add the potatoes on top of the brisket. • Add water to cover everything. • Bring to a boil. • Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 10 minutes. • Add the cabbage on top of the potatoes and add onion and carrot on top of the cabbage. • Add water to cover everything. • Bring to a boil. • Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes. • Check the cabbage to see if it is tender. • If not, simmer another 5 minutes. You shouldn’t undercook it and it’s hard to overcook it. When done • In a large serving bowl where you can stir the potatoes, crush the garlic clove and rub the inside of the bowl with it. • Place the potatoes in the bowl while still piping hot and add a quarter

pound of butter and add a handful of chopped fresh parsley. • Gently stir until butter is melted, it coats all the potato pieces and the parsley is evenly distributed. • Put the rest of the parsley into a tiny serving bowl for those who want to add more to their potatoes. • As I said, more is better. • Slice the brisket cross-grain. • Let everyone help themselves, make it known that the carrot pieces are for garnish only. • If you wish to insult a Catholic Irishman, put a large full bowl of carrots on the table. • If you love carrots, have them at another meal on another day. • Hope there is leftovers for breakfast. A little-known fact from Irish lore: Leprechauns earned that gold they’re guarding. According to legend, leprechauns spend their days making and mending shoes. It’s hard work, so you can’t blame them for being territorial about their pots of gold. For each petal on the shamrock, This brings a wish your way: Good health, good luck and happiness For today and every day. – Irish Blessing Remember my Foodie Friends “Life Happens in the Kitchen!” Take care, John and Paula


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Babysitting Course Adirondack Health and Safety will once again be presenting a child and babysitting course at Gavin Park. This course is open to girls and boys, ages 10 and up. Participants will learn the basics of CABS (Child and Babysitting Safety), along with CPR and first aid. The course runs from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 25. Pre-registration and bag lunch is required. Cost for Wilton Residents is $60, Saratoga Springs School District Residents is $65, and all others is $70. Registration can be done online, by mail or in person at Gavin Park, Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Questions may be answered by calling the park office at 518-584-9455. Peter Pan Auditions Malta Spotlighter’s Theatre Troupe is holding auditions Sunday, March 26 and Monday, March 27 for “Peter Pan-A Musical Adventure!” Elyse Young, Artistic Director, is seeking dozens of teens and adults for a variety of speaking and singing roles! There are also parts for children ages 7 and older. Performances are June 17 and 18 at the Malta Community Center. Audition appointments are necessary. For more details or to schedule an appointment, contact Elyse at 518-899-4411 ext. 305 or theater@malta-town.org. New Saratoga Friends This is a social group for baby boomers in the Saratoga area who are interested in making new friends to socialize with. This is not a dating or singles group. Couples and singles are welcome and there is no membership fee. Group members plan social activities based on their interests. You are welcome to join us in the Susman Room at the Saratoga Springs Public Library on Tuesday, March 28, 6:30-7:30 p.m. For more information or questions, contact newsaratogafriends@gmail.com or join our New Saratoga Friends Meetup group (go to www.Meetup.com). Easter Egg Hunt Hop in for our annual Easter Egg Hunt on April 15 at 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. or 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. The

event will include a fun make-andtake craft-time, a special visit from the Easter Bunny, and of course, the egg hunt. Light refreshments will be served. Must register by April 10 for this event at www.maltaparksrec. com or call the Malta Community Center at 518-899-4411. New York State Boating Safety Course It is not too early to think summer. It’s the law in New York State: “All people born on or after May 1, 1996 must complete a boater safety course if they wish to operate a motor boat. In addition, NYS law requires a boating safety course for the operation of personal watercraft (PWC). “Bob Rivers is a National Boating Safety Council and NYS Marine Services Bureau Certified Instructor. Mr. Rivers will be offering the required 8 hour NYS training and exam leading to issuance of a NYS Boating Certificate Saturday, March 25, in Saratoga Springs at the Hub, 63 Putnam Street and Saturday, April 15, at the Shirt Factory on Lawrence Street in Glens Falls. Classes are open to anyone over 10 years of age interested in becoming a safer boater. Class cost is $50 per person. For more information contact Bob Rivers at SafeBoater@yahoo.com or 518-330-1630. Craft/Vendor Show The General Schuyler Rescue Squad, located at 901 Route 29 in Saratoga Springs, is hosting another Craft/Vendor Show on Saturday, March 25. We have over 35 spaces, refreshments, raffles and fun. Call Jennie at 518-390-1357 or respond by e-mail. Please support your local rescue squad. The event will be held from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. The Ballston Area Community Center 19th Annual Gala Flannel up for some fun (attire) on Saturday, March 25, 6:30 p.m. at Milton Community Center located at 310 Northline Rd. Cocktails and Silent Auction, Dinner, Dancing with Hersh Productions, and Silent Auction. RSVP by March 11. RSVP’S received before March 4 will be entered in “The-Early-BirdGets-The-Worm” Drawing. Let the games begin. Embrace your Inner Lumber Jack www. ballstonareacc.org.

Saratoga READS! Bus Trip Invites You to Walk in the Footsteps of Frank Sullivan Participants will depart by bus from Wilton Mall at 7 a.m. on April 1 and enjoy a full day in the midtown Manhattan neighborhood frequented by Sullivan and the other members of the Algonquin Round Table. The day will begin with lunch at the famed Algonquin Oak Room and be followed by two walking tours of the neighborhood given by Kevin Fitzpatrick, author of several books about the Round Table. After some free time to explore the neighborhood the group will gather again at the Algonquin for a cocktail (cash bar). The cost is $72 per person and includes bus transportation, lunch, and the walking tours. Departure from Manhattan back to Saratoga will be determined at a later date. To register, please contact Rhona Koretsky at busplus1@ gmail.com or 518-505-1303 and mail a registration form, which can be picked up at the library’s Information Desk, and check payable to SSPL to: 3 Longwood Drive, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. For more information about Saratoga READS!, please visit www. saratogareads.org Breakfast with the Easter Bunny Have breakfast with the Easter Bunny at the Malta Ridge Firehouse, located on the corner of Route 9 and Malta Avenue Extension, on Sunday, April 2. Full menu served from 8 a.m. to Noon. By donation. Tour of the trucks and firehouse upon request. Annual Rummage Sale Charlton Freehold Presbyterian Church will be holding their annual Rummage Sale on Friday and Saturday, April 7, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. and April 8, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. All proceeds benefit the Deacon’s Fund. To drop off items, come to the church April 4, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. or April 6, 9 – 11 a.m. No books or electronics, please. The church is located at 768 Charlton Rd. in Charlton. For more information call 518-399-4831 or email office@charltonfreehold.org. Take Control of Your Chronic Condition The Chronic Disease SelfManagement Program is an amazing evidence-based workshop created by Stanford University

Week of March 17 – March 23, 2017 enabling those living with chronic disease to regain control of their lives. Many essential, valuable skills and techniques are taught in this program to educate and empower those living with chronic conditions, as well as those caring for them. Topics covered include: medication management, dealing with stress and difficult emotions, nutrition, exercise, pain and fatigue management, effective communication skills, problem solving, and decision-making skills. Participants will receive a free book entitled, “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions”. This free, life-changing, 6-week workshop series will meet from 1-3:30 p.m. at the Milton Community Center located at 310 Northline Road in Ballston Spa on Mondays beginning April 10. The rest of the dates are as follows: April 17, 24, May 1, 8, and 15. Please call Jen Buscema at 518884-4110 for more information and to register for the workshop. Call soon as classes fill up quickly. Fighting for Mya Fundraiser The American Legion Post 234, located at 23 Pleasant Street in Ballston Spa, will host a fundraiser for 15-year-old sophomore, Mya, who was recently diagnosed with stage 4 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. This benefit will take place on April 29, 2017 at 2p.m. All support will be greatly appreciated. Treasure or Trash? Antique expert Mark Lawson of Mark Lawson Antiques and sponsor of Antiques Road Show will be doing an evaluation of your antiques and other items of interest May 6 at 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Malta Community Center located at One Bayberry Rd. in Malta. Everyone will get to hear the appraisal/ evaluation of each interesting item or fantastic finding. Pre-register by April 21 to bring an item to be appraised or come to watch. We are limited to 40 items, so register early. Visit www.maltaparksrec.com or call 518-899-4411 for more information. 7th Annual Baskets for Ben Fundraiser Ben’s Fund helps children with need in 32 schools in conjunction with Warren, Washington and Saratoga Counties! Baskets for Ben benefits the Ben Osborn Memorial Fund, a regional non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization

which was created in loving memory of our Cpl. Benjamin D. Osborn of Queensbury. Ben was killed during combat operations in Kunar Province, Afghanistan on June 15, 2010 while serving in the United States Army during Operation Enduring Freedom. The benefit will be held on May 12 at the Queensbury Hotel in beautiful downtown Glens Falls. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. The auction begins at 6:30 p.m. For additional information, please contact: William D. Osborn, President, Ben Osborn Memorial Fund, 518-792-4514. All Veterans Volunteers Needed The Saratoga National Cemetery Honor Guard Association provides military burial ceremonies for all branches of service at the Saratoga National Cemetery. We are always looking for veterans to join us, no matter what branch you served in (male or female) you must have been honorably discharged. We will provide our uniform (at no cost) and training. You can choose which day of the week ( MondayFriday ) that you want to be there. For information go to our web site www.snchga.com or contact Mark Brockway at reconplt260@ gmail.com, phone 518-2609933 or contact the Cemetery Administration Office located at 200 Duell Road, Schuylerville, NY 12871, Phone 518-581-9128. Senior Nutrition Program Saratoga County Office for the Aging sponsors the program in Saratoga County. Persons age 60 and over can participate in a meal that is served at 12 noon at several meal sites throughout Saratoga County. Meal sites are located in Ballston Spa, Charlton, Clifton Park, Corinth, Edinburg, Galway, Greenfield, Hadley, Halfmoon, Malta, Mechanicville, Moreau, Saratoga, Schuylerville, and Waterford. This nutritious lunch is served MondaysFridays. Reservations are required at least one day in advance by noon. A registration form must be completed by each participant annually. No food/drink items can be taken to go. Participants will receive monthly contribution letter. The suggestion donation is $2.00 per meal. For more information and contact phone numbers of locations, please call Billie Jo at the Office for the Aging, 518-884-4996.

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Week of March 17 – March 23, 2017 variety of vendors setting up booths. Many are very popular products and they will have items available on site.

Genealogy and Local History

Family Friendly Event

Friday, March 17 Mise Eire Irish Dancers Northshire Bookstore, 424 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 2 p.m. Join us for a recital of dancers from Mise Eire Irish Dancers, a new dance school in Saratoga Springs. For more information and other events visit, www. northshire.com.

Lenten Fish Fry Saratoga Knights of Columbus, 50 Pine Road, 5 – 7 p.m. Every Friday during Lent through April 14. Cost $10 at the door, Take-outs $11. For more information call 518-5848547.

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

Saturday, March 18 Soup-er Saturday Vendor Blender S. Glens Falls United Methodist Church, 15 Maplewood Parkway, S. Glens Falls 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Come for soup and stay and shop. We have approximately 15 different home-made soups that are being put together in our kitchen. We have a

CALENDAR 33 $9, Children 5—12 $8, Under 5 Free, Take-outs $10. Call 518584-2585 for more information.

ConsciousnessRaising Book Discussion

Town of Saratoga Town Hall, Corner of Rt. 4 and Rt. 29, Schuylerville, 1 p.m. Gloria Waldron Hukle, historical novelist, will be the program presenter at the next Heritage Hunters meeting. In The American Waldron Series novels, Gloria has created a family history saga set in eastern New York. Her novels are Manhattan Seeds of the Big Apple, The Diary of a Northern Moon, Threads-An American Tapestry and the most recent, Souls of the Soil. While researching her early Dutch Colonial roots in the Waldron family, her passion for history sparked her career as a novelist. Slices of the author’s research, spanning nearly four hundred years of state history, will be shared. Signed copies of the new paperback, Souls of the Soil, will be available for purchase at the meeting. Public is welcome. For information call 518-587-2978.

Woodlawn Commons, 156 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, 6 p.m. Albany-Saratoga Spiritual Adventures is hosting a spiritual book discussion. All are welcome whether or not they’ve read the book. This month’s book is The Secrets of the Lost Mode of Prayer by Gregg Braden. For more information, visit www.newthoughtnewyork. org or call 518- 366-9918.

Tang Family Saturdays

Southern Saratoga Artists’ Society

Tang Museum, Skidmore Campus, 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 by calling 518-5808080.

Clifton Park Senior Community Center, 6 Clifton Common Blvd., Clifton Park, 6:30 p.m. All members are invited to bring a piece of art to share. It can be a completed piece or a work in progress. SSAS is open to the public and welcomes both new and prospective members. Come and enjoy visiting with other local artists. For more information, see our website: southernsaratogaartist.com.

Sunday, March 19 Breakfast Buffet Saratoga-Wilton Elks, 1 Elks Lane, Rt. 9, Saratoga Springs, 8:30 – 11 a.m. Now featuring eggs to order, fruit cocktail, French toast, pancakes, potatoes, breakfast sausage and ham, corned beef hash, scrambled eggs, eggs benedict, juice, coffee and tea. Donation Requested: Adults $10, Seniors and Military (Active/Retired with ID Card)

Monday, March 20 The Parkinson’s Support Group Woodlawn Commons Bldg 2nd floor, Wesley Health Care Center, 156 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, 2 p.m. 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.

Tuesday, March 21 Havurah Vatik Congregation Shaara Tfille, 84 Weible Ave., Saratoga Springs, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Join RPI Physics Professor Kenneth Santucci along with HV’s own Sid Gordon as they relate previously undiscovered new information about the personal history of Albert Einstein and his interactions with nephew Stephen. This is a

fascinating mid-20th century story of New York and New Jersey. A catered lunch follows the program. RSVP by calling 518-584-8730.

Wednesday, March 22 Cancer Support Group Saratoga Hospital, 211 Church St., Saratoga Springs. Noon – 1 p.m. The cancer support group is a safe container to explore common physical, financial, emotional, cognitive, developmental, familial and spiritual issues. Pierre Zimmerman, who facilitates this group, has been working with people who have cancer for the last 12 years, leading support groups, mindfulness based stress reduction programs and spiritual retreats. Pierre is a survivor of stage 4 cancer, diagnosed in 2001 and given a few months to live. He has been dedicating a large part of his life since then to supporting people on their journeys with cancer. Call Pierre at 413- 992-7012 to register and confirm, as schedule may be subject to change.

Italian Dinner Saratoga-Wilton Elks, 1 Elks Lane, Rt. 9, Saratoga Springs, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Soup, antipasto salad, fettuccine alfredo, baked ziti, chicken parmesan, meatballs, Italian sausage and peppers, garlic bread and butter, dessert, coffee and tea. Donation Requested: $12 adults, $11. Seniors (62 years) and Military (Active or Retired) with ID Card, $8 Children 5-12. Children under 5 Free, $12 All Take-outs. Cash Bar Available. Call 518- 5842585 for more information.

Southern Adirondack Audubon Society Saratoga Springs Public Library on Henry Street in Saratoga Springs, 7 p.m. John Schneider will talk about

his two-week hike in the picturesque Patagonian Andes in Chile. The program is free to the public. This event is part of the monthly program of the Southern Adirondack Audubon Society and is presented in partnership with the Adirondack Mountain Club. For more information, visit www. southernadirondackaudubon.org

Saratoga Acoustic Blues Open Mic & Jam Café Lena, 33 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, , 7:30 p.m. Featuring Internationally acclaimed Blues performer Tas Cru & Mary Ann Casale. Hosted by NYS Blues Hall of Fame inductee Sonny Speed for SABS. Come on down the fourth Wednesday of the month to listen and play the Blues. Cost is $5.

Thursday, March 23 Brighter Days, Shelters of Saratoga 2017 Gala Longfellows Restaurant, 500 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs, 6 – 9 p.m. Please join Shelters of Saratoga at its 2017 Brighter Days Gala. This annual fundraising gala provides critically needed support to over 700 individuals facing homelessness in our region each year. Guests will be treated to an evening cocktail style reception, dancing, silent auction and the core reason for its existence: providing help, hope and humanity to those most in need. Reservations: $100 per person. This year we will be honoring Saratoga Springs Police Chief, Greg Veitch with the Help, Hope and Humanity Award for his outstanding dedication of service to our community. For more information, visit www. sheltersofsaratoga.org.

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ENTERTAINMENT

Saratoga Regional YMCA Stages Annual Campaign Party for A Cause SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Regional YMCA staged its annual Campaign Party on Friday, March 10 at the Excelsior Springs Ballroom. This year, the gala raised $61,000 for SRYMCA’s 2016 Scholarship Campaign. The

Saratoga Regional YMCA hopes to raise $275,000 through its annual Scholarship Campaign through the year. Funds raised will support the YMCA’s ability to help those in need through programs such as teaching

kids and adults how to swim, helping cancer survivors regain their strength in the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program, and providing membership for those unable to pay for a membership, according to the organization.

YMCA event committee Alison Donato, Lisa McTygue, Kelly Armer, Lynn Pohl, Aimee Taylor, Heather Straughter and Allison D'Antonio. Paul and Tracey Radigan.

Paula Sheely, Sue Commanda, Lorraine Marola.

Alysha and Adam Bigelow with Cassi Latour.

Charissa Sutliff and Troy McCullen.

Shelters of Saratoga to Honor City Police Chief Greg Veitch at 2017 Gala

Paige Minear stages the Adventure Course.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Shelters of Saratoga will host its 2017 gala 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, March 23 at Longfellows Restaurant, 500 Union Ave. The Brighter Days Gala will highlight the core reason for SOS’s existence: help, hope and humanity for those who are striving for

meaningful change in their lives. Greg Veitch, Chief of Saratoga Springs Police Department, will be honored for his compassionate commitment to serving the Saratoga Springs community. Honorary co-chairs of the event are Ed and Lisa Mitzen. Reservations are $100 per

person. To make a reservation, go to: http://sheltersofsaratoga.org/ events/gala/reservations/ . The organization’s Blue Needs You 8K Run & Expo – to benefit Code Blue Saratoga – will take place April 15 at High Rock Park. For more information on that event, go to: http://www. codeblueneedsyou.org/wordpress/


Week of March 17 – March 23, 2017

NYSWI Announces Renowned Writers and Poets Summer Reading Schedule in Saratoga

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HMT Hosts Spring Benefit at Spa Little Theater SARATOGA SPRINGS — Home Made Theater, the resident theater company of Saratoga Springs, will host their annual Spring Benefit Saturday, April 1 at the Spa Little Theater in Saratoga Spa State Park. The fundraiser begins at 7 p.m. and includes live music, a silent auction, hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, and a scavenger hunt around the theater while interacting with the Skidmore Circus Club and other entertainers. Tickets are $75 per person, or $55 for “juniors” 35 and under.

To receive a benefit invitation, call HMT at 587-4427. RSVP deadline is

March 24. To view the invitation, go to www.homemadetheater.org .

Filmmakers: Short Film Competition in Saratoga in April Rick Moody headed to the Skidmore stage to read during a New York State Summer Writers Institute program in 2015. Photo by Thomas Dimopoulos.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — To some, it is the best show in town. Mary Gaitskill, William Kennedy, Joyce Carol Oates, Rick Moody, and dozens of other distinguished writers and poets will take part in the New York State Writers Institute public reading series this summer at Skidmore College. The free readings will be staged July 3-28 in conjunction with the NYSWI 31st annual summer program. The Institute was established in 1984 by award-winning novelist William Kennedy at the University at Albany, SUNY. All Events begin at 8 p.m. in Davis Auditorium, Palamountain Hall. 2017 NY State Summer Writers Institute public readings schedule is as follows: July 3: Jim Shepard (fiction & non-fiction) & Campbell McGrath (poetry). July 4: Robert Pinsky (poetry) & Elizabeth Benedict (fiction & non-fiction). July 5: Darryl Pinckney (fiction) & Joanna Scott (fiction). July 6: Phillip Lopate (nonfiction) & Linda Spalding (fiction). July 7: Michael Ondaatje (fiction) & Howard Norman (fiction).

July 10: Louise Gluck (poetry) & Caryl Phillips (fiction). July 11: Honor Moore (nonfiction) & Rosanna Warren (poetry). July 12: Mary Gaitskill (fiction) & Adam Haslett (fiction). July 13: Lionel Shriver (fiction) & Allan Gurganus (fiction). July 14: Vijay Seshadri (poetry) & Adam Braver (fiction). July 17: Margo Jefferson (non-fiction) & Peg Boyers (poetry). July 18: Mary Gordon (fiction) & Tom Healy (poetry). July 19: Charles Simic (poetry) & Victoria Redel (fiction). July 20: Russell Banks (fiction) & Chase Twichell (poetry). July 21: Amy Hempel (fiction) and Garth Greenwell (fiction). July 24: Cristina Garcia (fiction) & Paul Harding (fiction). July 25: William Kennedy (fiction) & Francine Prose (fiction). July 26: Joyce Carol Oates (fiction). July 27: Jamaica Kincaid (fiction) & Henri Cole (poetry). July 28: Rick Moody (fiction) & Jim Miller (non-fiction).

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Behemoth Short Film Festival will take place April 15 at Saratoga Arts Center on Broadway, and filmmakers are invited to submit a short film for the competition. The Behemoth Short Film Festival showcases underground cinema from filmmakers

across the country from horror to sci-fi, comedy to drama. The goal, organizers say, is to bring unique voices to new viewers and broaden the audience horizon by delivering something different. Filmmakers interested in submitting a short film for competition should contact BSFF President Shane Frasier at Sfrasier02@gmail.

com with their short film and a brief description about themselves. Films that are chosen to be a part of the competition will be subject to an audience review, and the top two films voted on by the audience will win a cash prize. Deadline for submissions is April 7, and all submissions are free to enter into competition.

2017 Ballston Spa International Short Film Festival: Call for Entries BALLSTON SPA — The Ballston Spa International Film Festival (BSFF) is now accepting short film entries for the 10th annual festival, to be held Aug. 4-5. Works from many genres will be accepted including drama, comedy, animation, documentary. Films must range 5-15 minutes and be family friendly in nature. Film entries may be submitted online at https://filmfreeway.com/ festival/BallstonSpaFilmFestival or by DVD which must play in a standard DVD player. DVDs must be mailed in with a completed application and entry fee. Final submission deadline is May

5. To download the application, go to http://bspafilm.org/enter. html. Questions may be directed to Pam@BSpaFilm.org. Every film submitted is screened by a selection committee and filmmakers selected for festival screenings will be notified June 1. Awards will be presented in a variety of categories (with separate judging for young filmmaker), including prizes in Best

New Film, Best of the Fest, Best Screenplay, Best Editing and Best Original Score. The 2017 Ballston Spa Film Festival runs Aug. 4-5 and is free to attend. Screenings are held indoors at the Ballston Spa High School and outdoor at the Old Iron Spring Park in downtown Ballston Spa. The 2016 festival brought films from over 23 different countries.


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“Fiddler On The Roof” Comes to Hubbard Hall

CAMBRIDGE — Hubbard Hall, in partnership with Cambridge Central School, will stage six performances of the Drama Club’s spring musical, “Fiddler on the Roof,” on the Hubbard Hall Main Stage. “This is the first year the CCS Drama Club is officially in residence at Hubbard Hall and we’re thrilled,” said Hubbard Hall Executive and Artistic Director David Snider, in a statement. “Having dozens of these teens fill the Hall each afternoon with their energy, music, and talent is a great addition to the life of the Hall, and

the Hall space better supports and features the work of these amazing students.” Performances take place Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. on March 24-26 and March 31-April 2. Tickets are $10 general admission, $5 students and are available through the Hubbard Hall Box Office by calling 518-677-2495 or online at hubbardhall.org.  Since 1878 Hubbard Hall Center for the Arts and Education has developed, produced, and presented theater, music, dance and the visual arts.

Week of March 17 – March 23, 2017

Irish Musical Drama Makes Its Way Back "Home” ALBANY — A screening of the first act of the world premiere of “Find Your Way Home” - written by Albany’s Jeff Strange and Jimmy Kelly and filmed at the Civic Theatre in Dublin, Ireland - will be shown 4 P.M. Sunday, March 26 at the Palace Theatre. A Q & A session with the authors will follow.

The event includes performances by Ronan Tynan (The Irish Tenors), Alex Sharpe (Celtic Woman), Andy Cooney and The New McKrells. Regular tickets are $25. A limited number of $65 VIP tickets are also available. VIP tickets include a pre-show

“Meet and Greet” with the performers and writers over tea and Irish scones. Tickets are available at the Palace Theatre Box Office, 19 Clinton Ave., via Ticketmaster Charge-by-Phone at 800-7453000, or online at ticketmaster.com.

Graphite Vision: Works in Graphite Show Opens March 24

Studs Terkel's “Working” to Stage in Schuylerville SCHUYLERVILLE — The Schuylerville Community Theater presents “Working, The Musical,” on March 17-19 at Saratoga Town Hall. Based on Studs Terkel’s best-selling book of interviews with American workers, “Working” paints a vivid portrait of the men and women that the world so often takes for granted: the schoolteacher, the parking lot attendant, the

waitress, the millworker, the mason, the trucker, the fireman and the housewife. Adapted by Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Pippin’, Wicked) and Nina Faso, the musical was first staged in 1977 and was nominated for six Tony Awards. SCT’s version of “Working,” is directed by Rich Joyce. Tickets are $20 Adults; $18 for seniors and students. To make reservations, call 518-695-5480.

Theatrical Performance of “Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Woman of Vision” at Gideon Putnam SARATOGA SPRINGS — The League of Women Voters of Saratoga County will present a theatrical performance of “Elizabeth Cady Stanton at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 18 at the Gideon Putnam Arches Room. The performance includes a breakfast and features Ellie Stearns, who has researched and written portrayals of “Women of Vision” for schools and organizations throughout New York. Stearns also participated for many years in

the National Park’s dramatizations of the 1848 Convention and portrayed Elizabeth Cady Stanton on C-Span’s Writers and Books series in 2001 Reservations may be obtained on Eventbrite at https://lwvsaratogaecs.eventbrite.com/ or contacting the LWV at 728-5201 prior to March 8. There are three donor levels for the event, which include a donation to the LWV Education Fund: Mother ($55) Suffragist ($75) Author ($100).

“Independence,” by Matt Bollinger, on exhibit at “Graphite Vision,” a 15-artist exhibition that opens March 24 at Skidmore’s Schick Art Gallery.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Skidmore’s Schick Art Gallery presents “Graphite Vision,” a 15-artist exhibition of extraordinary works made from ordinary graphite. The opening reception will be held 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, March 24 at the Schick Gallery, located in Saisselin Art Center on the Skidmore College campus. Works on view range from eccentric, visionary drawings by outsider artists M’onma and

Karel Havlicek to subtle still-life vignettes by Catherine Murphy. Some drawings, like Pete Schulte’s geometric arrangements in grays and blacks, are grounded in abstraction; others address the human form, such as Robert Bauer’s delicate, pensive portraits. Renée French’s tiny drawings of peculiar zoomorphic beings offer a whimsical counterpoint to Anne Lindberg’s austere drawings composed of layered lines.

Most Graphite Vision works are drawings on paper, but the exhibition also includes Seana Reilly’s artist’s books, featuring fluid patterns traversing stark white pages, and Jessica Drenk’s sculptures, columnar agglomerations of thousands of bright yellow pencils. Artists Matt Bollinger and Anne Lindberg will participate in a talk at 6 p.m. during the opening reception.

Arts Center Gallery Call for Submissions for 2018 SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Arts Center Gallery at Saratoga Arts is developing its 2018 exhibition season and invites artists working in any medium and individuals interested in submitting curatorial proposals to apply for consideration by an exhibitions review panel.

Artists will be considered for solo, two-person or small group exhibitions in the 2,000 square foot gallery space. Strong preference is given to artworks within a series or concept. Individuals who reside in Saratoga County and the eight surrounding counties are encouraged to apply.

The deadline to submit artworks for review is May 15. For more information about Saratoga Arts, visit www.saratoga-arts. org. For questions about the 2018 Call for Submissions, email: gallery@saratoga-arts.org or call 518-584-4132.


Week of March 17 – March 23, 2017

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Yas, Queen: Record Club Hosts Listening Party Tuesday at UPH SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Rochmon Record Club hosts a learn-about and listening party highlighting Queen’s classic 1974 album “Sheer Heart Attack,” Tuesday March 21, at Universal Preservation Hall, 25 Washington St. The event is held monthly at UPH, although with the theater preparing to close for extensive renovations, expect

an announcement to be made regarding a new temporary home to host the monthly series. Doors open 6:30 p.m., the event kicks off at 7 with a live audio and video presentation by Chuck Vosganian. Admission is free and donations – which go to the UPH restoration fund – are encouraged.

Sawyer Fredericks to Headline Move Music Festival

Putnam Den Hosts Free St. Paddy’s Party Friday with Hayley Jane & The Primates Sawyer Fredericks on stage at SPAC in 2015. Photo by Thomas Dimopoulos.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The band were declared winners of the New England Music Awards’ Roots/Americana act of the year, their singer recently featured in the RELIX “Women Who Rock” Issue, and on St. Patrick’s Day, Hayley Jane and the Primates will be staging a free show at Putnam Den.

Hayley Jane and the Primates released their first EP entitled “Color Me,” in the spring of 2012, and their first full-length album, “Gasoline,” in 2014. The band has since played a variety of music festivals including Gathering of The Vibes, Catskill Chill, FloydFest, and a slew of others.

Blurbage: Their music blends genres to create a unique flavor with a foundation of Americana, soul and rock & roll, and Hayley Jane’s songs blend clever, overthe-top lyrics with Vaudevillian style storytelling. Show time is 9 p.m. Friday, March 17. Putnam Den is located at 63a Putnam Street.

Peter Noone, B.J. Thomas, Grass Roots Lead ‘60s Spectacular to Proctors SCHENECTADY — The muchanticipated annual four-act Sixties Spectacular will perform at Proctors Theatre on Saturday, April 22. Peter Noone, of Herman’s Hermits fame, B.J. Thomas, and The Grass Roots, will be joined by area favorites Joe’s Boys. Noone gained international fame as “Herman,” lead singer of Herman’s Hermits. His classic hits sold more than 60 million records and include the #1 singles “I’m Into Something Good,” “I’m Henry VIII, I Am,” and “Mrs. Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter.” He also performed on hundreds of top-rated television shows such as Ed Sullivan, Jackie Gleason, Dean Martin and

Danny Kaye, and later played the leading roles in full-scale theatrical productions of “Aladdin,” “Sinbad The Sailor” and starred on Broadway as the dashing hero Frederic in the New York Shakespeare Festival’s production of The Pirates of Penzance . Co-headlining the show is B.J. Thomas, who first found mainstream success with the hit singles “Hooked on a Feeling,” and “Raindrops keep Fallin’ on my Head.” Also performing are The Grass Roots - the band was the brainchild of Dunhill Records head Lou Adler and his songwriting duo Sloan and Barri. Between 1967 and 1972, The Grass Roots set the record for being

on the Billboard charts longer than any other group – 307 consecutive weeks. They had 29 charted Top 100 Singles and sold more than 30 million records worldwide, and are perhaps best known for their songs “Let’s Live for Today” (1967), and “Midnight Confession” (1968). The current Grass Roots lineup, handpicked by the late Rob Grill - founding member and bass player/vocalist Grill - consists of members since the 1980s, plus Mark Dawson on lead vocals who joined the band in 2008. Tickets are available at the Proctors Box Office, by phone at 518-346-6204, or online at proctors. org. Ticket prices range from $39.75 - $54.75.

COHOES — Sawyer Fredericks, Ana Popovic, and The Felice Brothers will each headline shows at The Cohoes Music Hall this spring. Fredericks, the 17-year old singer-songwriter from central New York State, will appear at the venue as part of the Move Music Festival on April 27 with supporting artists Jocelyn and Chris Arndt, and special guest C.K.Flach. Tickets Are $20 and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Albany Medical Center’s construction of its new Pediatric Emergency Department.

L.A. based guitar-player and singer Ana Popovic is back on the road promoting her new triple album “Trilogy” and will perform on May 23. Tickets are $37, $32 and $27. The Felice Brothers, touring in support of their new album “Life in the Dark,” celebrate their 10th anniversary at the hall with a show on April 13. Tickets are $30 and $25. Tickets can be purchased at the Cohoes Music Hall Box Office, 58 Remsen St., Cohoes, at the Palace Theatre Box Office, located at 19 Clinton Ave. in Albany, by phone at 518-465-4663 or online at palacealbany.org.


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Week of March 17 – March 23, 2017

ENTERTAINMENT

STARSET to Touch Down at Upstate Concert Hall CLIFTON PARK — Cinematic rock band STARSET - featuring front man Dustin Bates and his helmeted-andpressure-suited crew, bassist Ron DeChant, guitarist Brock Richards and drummer Adam Gilbert – will stage a show on Monday, May 8 at Upstate Concert Hall, located at 1208 Route 146. The band is on tour in support of their critically acclaimed sophomore album “Vessels,” which debuted in January at number 11 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart. Blurbage: Front man Dustin Bates becomes the deus-ex-machina in an age of information overload

that is increasingly complex yet ultimately human. From atmospheric opener, “Back To The Earth” to the driving hooks of the album’s first single, “Monster” to the catchy, nearly progressive moments of “Frequency,” Bates has succeeded in escaping the

gravity of formula radio rock. Instead, he has re-imagined his genre-defying vision as an arena where Hans Zimmer interfaces with Radiohead and Trent Reznor. For more information, visit the venue at: http://upstateconcerthall.com/.

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saturday, 3/18: Alex Smith Live Album Recording, 8 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022 Pete Dominick, 7:30 pm @ Comedy Works — 275.6897 Mark Kleinhaut, 7 pm @ Inn at Saratoga — 583.1890 Al and Kathy Bain with Gary Blodgett, 3 pm @ Hudson River Music Hall — 832.3484 John Savage Quartet, 9 pm @ 9 Maple Avenue — 583.2582 Knot Dead, 9 pm @ Putnam Den — 584.8066 Hair of The Dog, 8 pm @ The Parting Glass — 583.1916

sunday, 3/19: Tribute to Dave Matthews w/ Rich Ortiz, TJ Clancy, Pat Decker, Megan Houde, 3 pm @ Hudson River Music Hall — 832.3484

Hot Club of Saratoga, noon @ The Merry Monk — 584.6665

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wednesday, 3/22: Acoustic Blues Open Mic & Jam, 7 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022 Hot Club of Saratoga, 7 pm @ Hamlet + Ghost — 450.7287 Open Mic, 7:30 pm @ Hudson River Music Hall — 832.3484 Tim Wechgelaer & Chris Carey, 7:30 pm @ Inn at Saratoga — 583.1890

thursday, 3/23: Liz Longley with opener Brian Dunne, 7 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022 Open Mic — every Thursday, 10 pm @ Circus Café — 583.1106 Jeff Walton, 6 pm @ Inn at Saratoga — 583.1890 Deadbeats & Friends (residency), 9:30 pm @ Putnam Den — 584.8066


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Chess Championship Comes to Saratoga Springs by Thomas Kika Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — The New York State Scholastic Chess Championship celebrated its major half-century anniversary in Saratoga Springs this past weekend. The 50th annual youth chess tournament ran from March 11-12, and

took place across both the Saratoga City Center and the Saratoga Hilton hotel. Drawing players from across the state and country, from grades K-12, the total number of children at the tournament was around 1200, making it the largest ever chess tournament held in upstate New York recognized by the United States Chess Federation.

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Blue Streaks Make Their Mark at Nationals

Senior Nick Cavotta in the middle of a jump at nationals. Photo courtesy of Saratoga Springs High School. Continued from front page.

Chmiel will now begin practicing for the outdoor track season. Photo by Photoandgraphic.com.

event, a premier national-level event for high school track and field athletes, was held in the Armory Track & Field Center and ran from March 10-12. Competing this time in the 2-mile, Chmiel put in another stellar performance, despite taking part in a more endurance-testing event. Finishing in third place behind Brie Oakley of Aurora, CO, and Jessica Lawson of Elmira, NY, her time was 10 minutes and 12.94 seconds, narrowly but definitively besting the national record for sophomore girls in the 2-mile event, as well as the state record. Previously, the national record was held by Hannah De Balsi of Westport, CT, with a time of 10 minutes and 12.95 seconds, giving Chmiel the edge by 0.01 seconds. This marks back-toback broken records for Chmiel, who set the national sophomore record in the girls 3,000 meter event at the state championships the previous weekend.

“The state level is usually pretty competitive,” Chmiel said. “But nationals has some really competitive and fast people in it.” Characteristically modest about her performances, Chmiel said that she was pleased at the gradual improvement she had made over the course of the indoor season. Coach Linda Kranick, always more keen to tout the runner’s achievements, led the rest of the girls track and field team in a round of applause for Chmiel’s record-breaking run right before her first practice back on Monday afternoon. “I like the longer distances, so the 3K is usually my focus,” Chmiel said about what she will be focusing on going forward into the outdoor season. Cavotta once again competed in the long jump event that has been his signature in the past few weeks. Coming in 14th place out of 33 finalists, Cavotta’s farthest jump measured 21 feet 11.5 inches, lower than the 23-foot jump

that helped him claim his first ever state title and break his school’s long jump record. While admitting that Cavotta might have made the top 8 if he had given his best jump, coach Chris Conley remains nonetheless impressed with the progress he has made during his high school career. “Halfway through his sophomore year, he came out for outdoor track day,” Conley said. “And in the last couple seasons, he’s really started to put a lot of technical stuff together. He’s come a good amount of ways in a short amount of time.” For now, Cavotta is resting up for a week before moving into the outdoor track season, as Conley traditionally likes to do for his athletes between seasons. Moving forward, Cavotta will focus on competing in a few different events, including 200 and 400 meters, in addition to the long jump, as he begins to be recruited by more and more universities.


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Equestricon Teams with Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance SARATOGA SPRINGS — The inaugural Equestricon convention has announced a partnership with the Lexington-based Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA), which organizers say will bring 20 accredited aftercare groups from across the country

to the event. Thoroughbred aftercare refers to the practice of retiring, retraining, and relocating horses once their days on the racetrack are over, which has become a preeminent issue in the racing industry, according to TAA. In addition to these groups, the TAA

Week of March 17 – March 23, 2017

Schuylerville Athletes Named Foothills All-Stars

will present two panels intended educate attendees about aftercare: “Aftercare Pathways” and “Stories: OTTB Successes.” Equestricon will be held on Aug. 14-15 in the Saratoga Springs City Center. For more information on the convention, go to www.equestricon.com.

Schuylerville Announces Spring Sports Start Dates SCHUYLERVILLE — Schuylerville High School has set the start dates for its spring sports. Those dates are as follows: varsity and JV baseball, varsity and JV boys and girls

lacrosse, and varsity and JV softball began on March 6; varsity track and field, and varsity tennis began on March 13; modified boys lacrosse began on March 15; modified baseball, modified

softball, and modified girls lacrosse will begin on March 20; and finally, modified track and field will begin on March 27. For more information, go to www.schuylervilleschools.org. New Foothills Council All-Star wrestler Orion Anderson winning his recent state title. Photo by Photoandgraphic.com.

SCHUYLERVILLE — Three junior athletes from Schuylerville High School have been chosen to join this year’s Foothills Council All-Stars wrestling teams. Orion Anderson, who recently won his second statelevel title and was voted one of the most outstanding wrestlers at

the 2017 NYSPHSAA Wrestling Championships, was named to the first team at 120 pounds. Scott Salls was named to the first team at 160 pounds. Finally, Xavier Jones was named to the second team at 138 pounds. For more information, go to www. schuylervilleschools.orm.

Ballston Spa Hall of Fame Names 2017 Inductees BALLSTON SPA — The Ballston Spa Athletics Hall Fame has announced the individuals and teams that will be honored at its 2017 induction ceremony. They are as follows: coaches Ed Banovic and Harry Lomasney; athletes Mark Carey, Gerry King, and Dan

Vergine; the 1958 football team; and the 1981 wrestling team. The ceremony will be held in the Ballston Spa High School auditorium on May 6, from 2-5 p.m. For more information on the ceremony, go to www.ballstonspaathleticshalloffame.com.

Meet the Coaches Night BURNT HILLS — Burnt HillsBallston Lake High School will be a hosting a Meet-the-Coaches night for parents and students. Athletic Director Joe Scalise and team coaches will be at the event, which is being held in the

high school auditorium at 7 p.m. on March 20, and they will help those in attendance learn more about the expectations that come with being in the athletic program. For more information, go to www.bhbl.org.


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Week of March 17 – March 23, 2017

Why Not ‘Cuse?

by Damian Fantauzzi for Saratoga TODAY Choosing to do a bracket? I printed out a blank bracket and made my picks before it all began. It’s fun, and it is something I have been doing since the term “March Madness” has become one of the biggest things in college sports. It’s hard to pick, because there will always be upsets, which is always one of the fun parts.  So, my plan: figure out who will upset who. There is a 16 percent chance that the Final Four will be all number one seeds. Only once since 1979 has there been a Final Four of all number one seeds. I know this is profound, but remember, it’s only one game per match up, so somebody is going to lose that game and somebody is going to win. There is no series of games, like in the NBA, so upsets can be frequent and generally it happens.  There are no more than a handful of perfect brackets every year. This year, college basketball hasn’t had a singular dominant team, as in some years.

Gonzaga has been at the top of the polls more than any other team in D-1 this season, but in some sportswriters’ minds the question is their strength of schedule. Kentucky and Duke might be the teams with the most talent, but they haven’t proven dominant throughout the regular season. There will obviously be some upsets because it happens every year, so be prepared. So, why wasn’t Syracuse thrown into the mix? After all they did upset Duke, Miami and Virginia at the Dome. True, they were not a good team on the road. They were 18 and 14, which is just 4 games above the mediocre point, and it seems mediocrity doesn’t pave a path into the top 68. But – and there is always a “but” in the NCAA National Championship Basketball Tournament when asking why this team was picked over that team – considering that ‘Cuse plays in what is considered one of the premier leagues, if not the best in college basketball, why did the Orange get passed over? Some schools in the brackets don’t even come close to Syracuse’s league schedule and talent. The league does weigh heavily in the selection process. The strength of the Orange’s non-league schedule has always been a question with some of the sports media. Some teams they play are midmajor schools, which doesn’t help their RPI. RPI stands for the Rating Percentage Index, the quantity used to rank sports teams based upon their wins, losses,

and strength of schedule. The Orangemen were 16 and 3, while home at the Dome, with a dismal 2 and 11 away from their house. Not a good resume for the playoffs and their RPI. They were 10 and 8 in the ACC, which is only .556, a tick above .500. So, the unfortunate scenario for Syracuse has been their dismal road record; they were their own nemesis! What more can I say? I know there are weaker teams in the tournament than Syracuse, but with better records, and the way the system is set up some of the mid-majors are in the tournament because of their records along with one pick from their league for winning the league tournament. The brackets seem to favor the Villanova Wildcats, last year’s NCAA champions. Some sports writers seem to think they can be the first repeat since Florida won it all in 2006 and 2007, and because of their bracket they are in a good position to do so. Duke pulled off back-to-back titles in 1991 and 1992, the only other team to repeat since UCLA won seven straight under the late famed coach John Wooden from 1967 to 1973. What UCLA did is something that I don’t think

will ever happen again in men’s college basketball. So, if you’re a Syracuse fan, get your stuffed Orangeman out and root for ‘Cuse to win the NIT. I feel they could have the majority of their games at the Carrier Dome because of the new format of the NIT, and

with the possibility of finishing at Madison Square Garden, it would be a script well written for ‘Cuse, because there are many New Yorkers who are Syracuse Alumni. They could show the NCAA that they might have missed this call in their selection process. Go ‘Cuse!


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Week of March 17 – March 23, 2017

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

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

Recreation Department Zumba Fitness Classes SARATOGA SPRINGS — Teens 16 and up and adults are welcome to join. Session and dropin options are available. Sign up at 15 Vanderbilt Avenue Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. or

Sunday 12 to 6 p.m. For additional information or to download forms go to SaratogaRec.com. Contact the Recreation Department at 518-587-3550 x2300 or recreservations@saratoga-springs.org.

Recreation Department Summer Clinics SARATOGA SPRINGS — Registration for 2017 summer clinics and programs at the Saratoga Springs Recreation Center begins April 10. A wide variety of programs will be offered. Early bird registration is from April 10 to June 19. For additional information, go to SaratogaRec.com, or contact the Recreation Department at 518587-3550 x2300.

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

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

10-Week Freihofer’s ® Run Training CAPITAL REGION — Online registration for the 39th annual Freihofer’s® Run for Women (Saturday, June 3 at 9 a.m.) — the Capital Region’s premier allwomen’s 5K road race — began Saturday, Feb. 11. To sign up, visit freihofersrun.com. To help participants get in shape for race day, registration is now also underway for the 7th annual Freihofer’s® Training Challenge, which starts Monday, March 20. You can sign up for the 10-week program when you register online for the Freihofer’s Run 5K. Online registration through the 5K registration is the only method of registering for this program. The program, which costs $55 and includes a specific Training Challenge t-shirt, is an enhanced version of the Couch to 5K Running Plan and features beginner, intermediate and advanced options. Locally, it is held through iRunLocal (18 Congress Street, #3, Saratoga Springs) — Thursdays at 6 p.m. For more information about the 39th annual Freihofer’s® Run for Women, 30th annual Kids’ Run and 7th annual Freihofer’s® Junior 3K Run, visit freihofersrun.com.

Saratoga Rowers Association SARATOGA SPRINGS — Registration for the Saratoga Rowing Association (SRA) Junior Competitive Spring Season is now open for athletes from grades 7-12. The

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Spring Season continues into mid-June. For more information, visit www. saratogarowing.com.

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

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

Golf League Sign-Ups SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Lake Golf Clubs Summer League sign-ups have

been announced. Monday Senior League runs May 15-August 28; Tee Times starting at 9 a.m. Limited to 40 players. No golf Memorial Day or 4th of July Weekend. Monday COED League runs May 15-August 28; 5:30 p.m. shotgun each week. Limited to 72 players. No golf Memorial Day or 4th of July Weekend. Tuesday Ladies League runs May 16-August 29; Tee Times starting at 5 p.m. No golf 4th of July Weekend. Call 518581-8492 ext.100 to sign up or visit www.saratogalakegolf.com for more information.

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


Week of March 17 – March 23, 2017

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Saratoga Boys Lacrosse Commence Spring Training by Thomas Kika Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — The weather may continue to disagree, but spring is in the air. On March 6, practice for the varsity and JV boys lacrosse teams’ spring season commenced at

the Adirondack Sports Complex in Queensbury, with the girls’ team following suit on March 13. Check back next week for our full preview story of the upcoming boys lacrosse season. For more information on practices and game times, go to www.saratogaschools.org/athletics.

Photos by Photoandgraphic.com.


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