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LOCAL • INDEPENDENT • FREE Volume 11  •  Issue 14  •  April 14 – April 20, 2017 • (518) 581-2480

Saratoga’s Quest for Affordable Housing by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY

Downtown Saratoga Springs, facing west, with the north end of Broadway running to the south end of Broadway, left-to-right. Photo by

Daycare on the Hill

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Several plans are currently being considered to address the city’s push to help local workers retain city residences. Workforce housing specifically is a gap Mayor Joanne Yepsen has identified as a primary need to be filled. Site plans are anticipated to be in place by early-to-mid May for the development of more than 100 workforce housing units on a near five-acre parcel of land on South Broadway, according to a report by the city’s Affordable Housing

Task Force, which held its monthly meeting at City Hall this week. The proposal calls for the development of 120 one and twobedroom units with a rent structure of 60 to 100 percent AMI - a $50,400 to $84,000 range - while 14 units would be offered at a “fair-market rent” to military veterans. AMI, or the Area Median Income for a family of four in Saratoga County is about $84,000, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Saratoga Diner, which closed in 2012 and occupies the land, will be razed. The owner of the property – who

The Red


See Affordable pg. 8

Featured Stories

Easter Pages

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Blue Streak

Baseball: Meet the Team

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Inside TODAY Blotter 5 Obituaries 6 Business 12-13 Education 18-19 Arts and Entertainment 38-40

Sports 44-48

Weekend Forecast FRIDAY


J’Mae Shemroske and her daughter Estrella with their baby goat. Photo by Larry Goodwin.

by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY GREENFIELD — Amidst the boulders and tall trees

of Daniels Road sits the homestead in which J’Mae Shemroske delights in caring for kids. See Daycare pg. 12


66|51 SUNDAY What they mean, and why they’re popping up around the city. Photo by Thomas Dimopoulos.

See Red pg. 9



Neighbors: Snippets of Life from Your Community

Week of April 14 – April 20, 2017 Who: Roy McDonald. Where: Saratoga Springs Public Library. Q. What are you doing today? A. I’m with my granddaughter, Jane, at the library. She comes over every Wednesday for a wonderful reading program they have for little kids. My three daughters all used to go to the program when it was at the old Saratoga Springs Public Library. Q. What occupies your time these days? I have a wonderful wife, and children and grandchildren and now I’m able to spend a little more time with them. I’m very blessed. I’m also on a variety of boards: New York State Military Museum Board of Directors, the Saratoga Bridges Board of Directors, Wildwood School System Advisory Board, the CAPTAIN’S Advisory Board. I’m very active in disabilities at the statewide level. I have two autistic grandsons who are the focal point of my life, and I’m going to have my sixth grandchild in May. Q. You spent a lot of time in public service as State Senator, as Assemblyman, and as longtime Supervisor for the town of Wilton. To what extent do you still follow politics, locally and nationally? A. I have nothing but positive things to say about the local situation. Nationally, I think people need to be a little more focused to get something accomplished, rather than being negative. Q. Is there something you’re most proud of during your years of public service? A. I’m very honored I had a long career and that I was able to do a lot of things in the town of Wilton, Saratoga County, in the Assembly and the Senate. I also had a business career. I’m very gratified. I love them all. It’s like having children, they’re all equal. I specifically look at the town Wilton when I was Supervisor for 23 years. People say: you did a lot of stuff. But, nobody gets everything done by themselves. There’s good people in a lot of these places. We accomplished a lot and today the town of Wilton is the envy of just about every town in the state of New York. Q. What’s the most recent movie you have seen?

Roy McDonald. Photo by Thomas Dimopoulos.

A. I went to see Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman (“Going in Style”) a couple days ago with my wife. We go to a lot of movies. We go to the one in the mall, and we go to the new one in Saratoga Springs as well. Q. What brush have you had with fame? A. I met President George Bush (43) and I met President Obama. The irony is most of the conversation was about baseball. President Bush was a Texas Ranger fan and President Obama was a Chicago White Sox fan and when they asked me who I liked, I said: the New York Yankees. OK? And they just smiled. And everybody knows I’m a Buffalo Bills fan. Q. Have you gotten over Scott Norwood’s famous “wide right” kick that resulted in the Buffalo Bills losing to the N.Y. Giants in Super Bowl XXV ? A. I had the honor of meeting (former Bills’ quarterback) Jim Kelly some years ago and we talked about that. He told me it was one of the worst moments of his life. But he liked Scott Norwood. And you know “Tuna”? (Former Giants’ coach) Bill Parcells lives in the Saratoga area and I met him one morning at a Stewart’s. I was wearing a Yankee hat and he came up to me, said he was a Yankee fan and asked me, “Do you root for the Giants?” I said, no, actually I root for the Buffalo Bills. And he asked, “Do you forgive me?” And I said, “no,” ha. But, he’s a very good man. Q. How has Saratoga Springs changed over the decades? A. Saratoga Springs is the best city in upstate New York. I think it’s one of the best cities in the country if you look at proportional size. I think it’s a safe city, the people are very family-oriented and that’s the key. You protect the people, the taxes are reasonable, and the suburbs: Wilton, Malta, Clifton Park, Halfmoon; I’ve watched school systems like Schuylerville and South Glens Falls, and Ballston Spa become tremendous school systems. I’ve seen it with Saratoga Springs when my children went to school, and Shenendehowa, and now the smaller schools are getting the benefit of this. So, we’ve been blessed. And most importantly, we’ve been blessed with good people. People who move here, or are from here and stay here. It’s beautiful.


Week of April 14 – April 20, 2017

Saratoga Battlefield Land Secured STILLWATER — On April 11, the Open Space Institute (OSI) announced the transfer of a 170-acre parcel to the National Park Service for an expansion of the Saratoga Battlefield National Historical Park. The property, located in the Town of Stillwater at the northeast end of the park on State Route 4, is a key portion of the historic site of the Battle of Saratoga, considered by many to be the turning point of the American Revolution. Previously under threat of development, funding provided through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) secured the property. It is now permanently protected as part of the vision for the Saratoga Battlefield National Historical Park, the OSI reports in a statement. In September of 1777, the British Army to the north and the American Army to the south surrounded this parcel. When the British broke camp and advanced upon the American positions, they crossed over this terrain to begin the first battle in the area at Freeman’s Farm. A road cut diagonally across this parcel and a fortification was built on the hilltop to block the road. After the second battle at Saratoga, concentrated along the bluffs, the British withdrew and retreated to modern day Schuylerville. The parcel contains a cemetery dating back to the 18th century. Saratoga County is one of the most rapidly growing counties in New York State and development pressures increasingly threaten farmland and undisturbed wooded areas, according to the OSI report. For more than two decades, the group has worked

construct the Canalway Trail. It spans 62 miles between Whitehall and Waterford. In 2014 the town of Stillwater received a Consolidated Funding

Photo provided by Park Ranger Megan Stevens.

to protect the historic site, its view shed, and the important farmland that has supported local communities for hundreds of years. Over the decades, the LWCF has made significant impacts on landscapes across the nation creating national, state and local parks; protecting wilderness areas; supporting conservation-based timber practices; and promoting a range of recreational activities, including fishing, camping, hiking and biking. Locally, LWCF funds have been critical to the protection and enhancement of such popular destinations as John Boyd Thacher, Saratoga Spa, and Grafton Lakes State Parks. In addition to its work in Stillwater, the Open Space Institute is working with state and local leaders to develop a trail corridor and protect critical wildlife habitat between Saratoga Spa and Moreau Lake State Parks.

The Stillwater land, purchased by OSI in 2006, also included a segment of the historic Champlain Canal, along which a region-wide effort is underway to

Application grant to complete the segment of the path that runs through the property, and in 2016 OSI donated that portion of the property to the town.



Week of April 14 – April 20, 2017

County Leaders Unite to Fight Drug Addiction by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY WILTON — With his laptop in hand on a recent Thursday evening, James Norton politely informed the Wilton Town Board about his group’s coordinated efforts to tackle opioid addiction in local communities. “If you have any questions as to how we, as a government, can help your organization, let us know,” responded Wilton Supervisor Arthur Johnson. “It really is a big problem in this area.” Norton, a coordinator for The Prevention Council in Saratoga Springs, shared his findings with the board on April 6. He said drug addiction is not caused solely by heroin and fentanyl sold illegally in the streets. He talked about the hundreds of pounds of prescription pills—most containing synthetic opiates—that people have thrown out during drug take-back events. Norton said more than half of “misused medications” are emanating from cabinets inside the homes of friends or

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families, which often leads to more serious problems. “Four out of five individuals in treatment for heroin misuse started with a prescription opioid,” Norton says in a written compilation of his research. “There has been a 222 percent increase in treatment rates in upstate New York and a 136 percent increase statewide,” Norton added. He also described the measurable impacts on both drugged and drunk driving. “The younger generations tend to drive under the influence of drugs more than they do alcohol,” Norton said. Norton went on to promote the next prescription drug takeback event scheduled for April 29, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., at eight locations from Clifton Park to Moreau. The Prevention Council supports a variety of programs that are aimed at young people and funded mostly through state and federal grants. The group “is always looking for new members” to help out, Norton told the board in Wilton. The council’s motto is “Helping Youth Navigate Life’s

The Wilton Town Board concludes its April 6 meeting. Photo by Larry Goodwin.

Challenges.” It is part of a coalition of groups and lawenforcement agencies organizing the pill take-back events, including another on August 26, with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration. On May 10 at the South Glens Falls High School, the group Community Coalition for Family Wellness is organizing more informative presentations on the subject of “Addiction

and the Opioid Epidemic.” That event starts at 6 p.m. “We’ve got to get the drugs out of the medicine cabinets,” insisted Janine Stuchin, executive director of The Prevention Council, in a subsequent interview arranged by Norton. Stuchin admitted her surprise three years ago when a family member was prescribed two bottles of painkillers for the removal of a wisdom

tooth. Many of those pills went unused and were later discarded, she said. According to Stuchin, there was a time when opioids were prescribed by doctors only for intensive medical care at the end of life. But by the late 1990s, she said, economic markets motivated doctors to rely more heavily on pills for all sorts of “palliative” Continued on page 11

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Week of April 14 – April 20, 2017

COURTS Tasha M. Tatsey, 33, of South Glens Falls, was sentenced on April 5 to 1-1/2 to 3 years in state prison after pleading to attempted criminal possession of a forged instrument in the second-degree, a felony.

Nikolay Avakyan, age 22, Saratoga Springs, was charged on March 26 with criminal mischief in the third-degree, a felony. Zachary F. Mooney, age 23, Glens Falls, was charged on March 26 with Misdemeanor DWI, and speeding.

Britney L. Crannell, 22, of South Glens Falls, pleaded on April 5 to attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance in the fifth-degree, a felony. Sentencing scheduled for May 31.

Karina G. Gomez, age 24, Clifton Park, was charged on March 25 with Misdemeanor DWI, failing to stop at a stop sign, improper lane use, and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

Bruce J. McDonald, 53, of Ballston Spa, pleaded on April 3 to felony DWI, in connection with an incident that took place in Saratoga Springs. Sentencing scheduled for May 31.

Evan C. Denisoff, age 24, Gansevoort, was charged on March 25 with failure to signal a turn , Misdemeanor DWI , and refusing a pre-screen test.

John Charles Cook, 58, of Colonie, pleaded on April 3 to felony grand larceny, in connection with an incident that took place in Saratoga Springs in 2013. Sentenced to time served. Michael J. Carpino, 40, of Portland, Connecticut, was sentenced on April 3 to five years of probation after pleading to felony DWI in connection with an incident that took place in Saratoga Springs. Adam J. Ross, 35, of Greenfield Center, was sentenced on April 3 to one year in jail, after pleading to felony DWI in connection with an incident that took place in Saratoga Springs.

POLICE Patrick K. Weatherwax, 23, Matthew W. Weatherwax, 23, both of Saratoga Springs, and Joseph Weatherwax, 26, of Earlton, were each charged with one felony count of grand larceny, and two felony counts of burglary. According to the Saratoga County Sheriff ’s Department, the three brothers - along with a fourth subject yet to be chargedallegedly stole copper from a Greenfield Avenue building in the town of Milton and on multiple occasions, with a value of $2,200, sold it in Albany. All three were arraigned and sent to the Saratoga County Jail due to lack of bail.

Michael D. Stark, age 26, Westerlo, was charged on March 25 with failure to stop at stop sign, and Misdemeanor DWI. Blake E. Labarge, age 24, Saratoga Springs, was charged on March 25 with felony DWI as a second offense, two Misdemeanor counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, failure to signal a turn, passing a red traffic signal light, making an unsafe lane change, and failure to stop at stop sign. Taylir R. Funk, age 23, Fort Edward, was charged on March 25 with criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony. Michael C. Deyette, age 22, Saratoga Springs, was charged on March 25 with criminal possession of a controlled substance, a Misdemeanor, and unlawful possession of marijuana. Michael B. Sage, age 44, Saratoga Springs, was charged on March 25 with RESISTING ARREST, a Misdemeanor, and disorderly conduct. Thomas C. Ohlmann, age 42, Loudonville, was charged on March 24 with speeding, and Misdemeanor DWI. Philippe J.M. Bevan, age 52, Ballston Spa, was charged on March 25 with having no certificate of registration, making an unsafe lane change, failure to keep right, and Misdemeanor DWI.

BLOTTER 5 Morgan R. Johnson, age 20, Saratoga Springs, was charged on March 25 with criminal possession of a controlled substance, a Misdemeanor.

Kaitlynn P. Gill, age 34, Saratoga Springs, was charged on March 22 with Misdemeanor DWI, failure to stop at stop sign, refusing a pre-screen test, and failure to signal a turn.

David J. Adler, age 22, Saratoga Springs, was charged on March 23 with Misdemeanor DWI and two vehicle equipment violations.

Beth B. Kiingati, age 35, Round Lake, was charged on March 22 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and speeding.

Sean R. Colfer, age 38, Malta, was charged was charged on March 23 with Misdemeanor DWI.

Wen Fu Lu, age 45, Saratoga Springs, was charged on March 22 with harassment in the second-degree.

Shawn M. Johnson, age 34, Saratoga Springs, was charged was charged on March 23 with Misdemeanor petit larceny, and felony criminal mischief. Dylan M. Capone, age 18, Saratoga Springs, was charged was charged on March 23 with Misdemeanor petit larceny. Shawn M. Johnson, age 34, Saratoga Springs, was charged on March 22 with criminal trespass Misdemeanor.

George E. Dalton, age 22, Ballston Lake, was charged on March 22 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, failure to stop at a stop sign, and unlawful possession of marijuana. Brendan J. Whiteside, age 23, Saratoga Springs, was charged on March 22 with criminal contempt in the second-degree, a Misdemeanor. Tallie A. Christopher, age 17, Saratoga Springs, was charged

on March 21 with criminal mischief in the fourthdegree, a Misdemeanor. Patricia C. Mares, age 23, Gansevoort, was charged on March 21 with criminal possession of a controlled substance, a Misdemeanor, unlawful possession of marijuana, and a vehicle equipment violation. Yvette M. Houston, age 32, Rotterdam, was charged on March 21 with Misdemeanor petit larceny. David V. Yukhimchuk, age 22, Clearwater, Florida was charged on March 21 with felony grand larceny. Theresa M. Furey, age 21, South Glens Falls, was charged on March 21 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and a vehicle equipment violation. Jessica L Mallia-Cirabisi, age 30, Saratoga Springs, was charged on March 20 with three Misdemeanor counts of petit larceny.

6 Francis J. Quinn

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Francis J. Quinn, 84, a native of Saratoga Springs, died at Palm Beach Gardens Hospital in Florida, on April 4, 2017, from complications of Alzheimer’s disease. Born on January 19, 1933, he was the son of the late Robert L. and Kathleen Driscoll Quinn. Married to Norma McNamara Quinn for 59 years, he was the devoted father of Tracy, Kevin Francis (deceased), and Ann Seton Quinn. His surviving brothers are Robert (Sally) Quinn, his twin; and Leo J. (Ann) Quinn, both of Ballston Spa. In addition to his son and parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Malcolm Ennis Quinn of Saratoga Springs. He attended St. Peter’s Academy (now Saratoga Central Catholic School) in Saratoga Springs. A 1954 graduate of Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, he was a member of Delta Phi Fraternity. Frank served in the US Navy as a Lieutenant and later worked at the Statler Hilton Hotel in Hartford, CT. He was on the planning committee for the 1963 Saratoga Thoroughbred Racing Centennial celebration on Broadway. During the 1960s, he managed Quinn’s Colonial Tavern on Broadway in Saratoga Springs and operated the concessions in

OBITS/NEWS/LETTERS the Saratoga Spa State Park. He was the director of economic development for the New York State Department of Commerce in Albany and retired in 1996. A communicant and former trustee of St. Clement’s Church, he was co-chair of St. Clement’s Horse Show. He received the honor of Redemptorist Oblate. For over 20 years, Francis and Norma spent winters in Juno Beach, FL, where they attended St. Paul of the Cross, Our Lady of Florida, and St. Patrick Catholic Church. He was former president of the Barclay Condominium Association in Juno Beach. In Saratoga Springs, he was a Past Exalted Ruler (1965) and a lifetime member of the SaratogaWilton BPO Elks Lodge 161; a Fourth-Degree member of Saratoga Assembly 745 Knights of Columbus; and was a past president (1974) and emeritus member of the board of governors of the Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick. Frank was a former board member of the Saratoga Golf and Polo Club. An avid golfer, he and his wife, Norma, have been club members for 56 years. The Very Rev. Paul J. Borowski, CSsR, will celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 17, at St. Clement’s Church, 231 Lake Avenue in Saratoga Springs. Beginning at 10 a.m., the family will receive guests in the church. Burial will be private. The Quinns would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff of Hospice of Palm Beach County for their extraordinary care. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the Saratoga Hospital Foundation or the Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation. Online remembrances may be made at

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Thomas Bonner CHARLTON – Thomas Bonner died April 6, 2017. Visitation took place April 10, 2017 at the Burke Funeral Home in Saratoga Springs. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on April 11 at St. Peter’s Church, and burial was in Pine Grove Cemetery in Charlton. Please visit

John J. Winarski SARATOGA SPRINGS – John J. Winarski died March 30, 2017, approximately four months before his 102nd birthday. Friends may call after 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 15, 2017 at the Burke Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway; funeral service at 10:30 a.m. Entombment in Memory’s Garden, Colonie. Please visit

Helen R. Price SARATOGA SPRINGS – Helen R. Price, 89, passed away April 10, 2017 Calling hours Tuesday, April 18 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Burke Funeral Home, 628 North Broadway. Mass of Christian Burial Wed, April 19 at 10 a.m. at St. Clement’s Church. Burial at St. Peter’s Cemetery. Please visit

David H. Ebert SARATOGA SPRINGS – David H. Ebert, 86, passed away April 8, 2017. Calling hours Monday, April 17, 4 to 7 p.m. at Burke Funeral Home, 628 North Broadway. Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, April 18, 10 a.m., St. Mary’s Church, Ballston Spa. Noon burial at Saratoga National Cemetery. Please visit

Week of April 14 – April 20, 2017

Fatal Accident in Greenfield LAKE DESOLATION — A crash on Lake Desolation Road has claimed the life of a 27-yearold Greenfield woman. Shortly before 8 p.m. Monday night, deputies responded to a serious personal injury motor vehicle accident involving two vehicles. According to the Saratoga County Sheriff ’s Department, evidence at the scene indicates that a 2004 Chevrolet Silverado was travelling eastbound when it crossed the center line, striking a 2008 Ford Focus nearly head on. The

operator of the Ford Focus, 27-year-old Rachel E. Drumm, suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Chevrolet Silverado suffered serious injuries, and was flown to Albany Medical Center. A passenger in the Silverado suffered minor injuries, and was transported to Saratoga Hospital for treatment. Those injured have been identified as Dustin R. Barnes, 22, Jennifer L. Cook, 28, both of Arnold Street in Ballston Spa. The investigation into the crash is ongoing.

Local Parents Proved Teacher’s Point

I read with amusement, and some dismay, the letter to the editor in the 4/7 to 4/13 issue of Saratoga TODAY entitled “Pushing Back.” This matter deals with a trumped-up non-issue. The Saratoga High School teacher in question was not at all attacking or being disrespectful to our current U.S. President; quite the opposite, in fact. The teacher was explicitly demonstrating the frequent use, in our country’s political discourse, of both nasty pictorial caricatures and vicious verbal and written

distortions of what people have actually said and written. Apparently one student went home and told their parents that they were “uncomfortable” with what the teacher was teaching. This was rapidly turned into national news by a couple of local parents who claimed that a “liberal” element in our schools was attacking our country’s President. There couldn’t be a better demonstration of what the teacher was attempting to teach. Jonathan L. Sulkin Saratoga Springs

Ode to Military Veterans A world of thanks to the Honor Guards at the Gerald B. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, along with all the other Honor Guards from veterans’ posts that continue to serve our fallen heroes. These dedicated veterans from all wars continue to stay active and perform the military rites that honor our veterans in their time of need. These

veterans that serve as Honor Guards served our country in their younger years and continue to serve in their older years; and some in their golden years. We can’t say enough for your kind deeds and service, you are the best. God bless our veterans and God bless America. Sid Gordon Saratoga Springs

Week of April 14 – April 20, 2017

Kona Ice ‘Chill Out’ Day

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SARATOGA SPRINGS — With Tax Day right around the corner, many of us are reaching into our pockets to pay off Uncle Sam. To relieve taxpayers of the stress associated with meeting the federal deadline, Kona Ice will be hosting its fourth annual National “Chill Out” Day. On Tuesday, April 18, an island-inspired truck will be parked at the Holiday Inn in Saratoga Springs from 12 to 3 p.m. to hand out free cups of tropical shaved ice and complimentary Hawaiian leis to all who stop by. The refreshing treat will

ensure that there is no taxation without relaxation this tax season. National “Chill Out” Day is one of the many ways Kona Ice is encouraging the nation to take a step back, relax and enjoy a Kona. It is one small, yet powerful, way the brand hopes to put a smile on people’s faces. Through partnerships with schools, youth sports leagues and other neighborhood organizations, Kona Ice has given back more than $40 million to the communities it serves. For more information about booking Kona Ice for a fundraiser or event, visit


Boater Safety Course BALLSTON LAKE — The United States Power Squadron in cooperation with the Ballston Lake Improvement Association (BLIA) has announced a spring Boater Safety course. The eight-hour series will be taught in four classes, scheduled for May 9, 10, 16 and 17 from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Ballston Lake Fire House, located at 1125 Route 146A. All classes must be attended and participants must pass a test as requirements of New York State to become certified. Peter Herman, President of the BLIA and a long-standing certified instructor of the United States Power Squadron, will teach

the course. Upon successful completion, each student will receive a certificate and a plastic card to carry while boating. The certification is mandatory for youth 10 years of age and over to operate a powerboat. To be certified to operate a personal watercraft (jet ski) all drivers must pass the course and be over the age of 14. The fee is $30 for the first family member and $10 for each additional family member. Children must be 10 years of age to be certified to drive a powerboat and take the class. The fee covers a textbook and all other paperwork.

For more information about the course and to register, contact Peter Herman at 518-399-5803 or Space is limited; pre-registration is encouraged.

Coping With County Fires HALFMOON — The group After The Fire will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 25 at 7 p.m. at the Halfmoon Town Hall on Lower Newtown Road. After The Fire is a non-profit organization that helps Saratoga County residents who have suffered a loss due to fire. The organization depends entirely on donations and is entirely comprised of volunteers.

After being paged by Fire Control, members respond to a fire scene, providing the family with gift cards, personal care items, Red Cross referral, a night’s stay at a participating hotel or motel, informational material, emotional support—whatever is needed to help the family through an extremely difficult time. Meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. as

follows: October and November at Eagle Matt Lee Fire House on Washington Street in Ballston Spa; April, May, June and September at Halfmoon Town Hall. Anyone interested in becoming a member, or wanting more information on After The Fire, may attend a meeting, visit the website or leave a message on voicemail at 518-435-4571.



Week of April 14 – April 20, 2017

Saratoga’s Quest for Affordable Housing Continued from front page.

plans to lease the land – has indicated that the horse atop the diner will be salvaged and likely remain with his family. An Orlando, Florida based developer involved in the project has created local partnerships to help facilitate the project. “I think it’s going to be a stunning design,” Mayor Yepsen said. The South Broadway scheme will include a retail business component.

Housing Units Slated for Stonequist, Jefferson Terrace A Request for Proposal, or RFP, is expected to be issued shortly regarding two other projects that could site 110 additional “affordable” units. Eighty of those units are expected to be developed adjacent to the Stonequist apartments, projected at 40 to 100 percent of AMI, with another 30 units at the former site of the William H. Ford Community Center, at Jefferson Terrace. Both are under the ownership of the Saratoga Springs Housing Authority. The latter site will feature

eight housing units reserved for military veterans, eight units for victims of domestic violence, and are based on 30 percent of income, in which vouchers may be used.

West Side Plan Calls for 10 New Buildings Two potential west side projects seek to collectively site 10 new buildings, a five-story hotel, more than 400 residential units and nearly 30,000 square feet of retail space adjacent to the Saratoga Springs train station. Residences would include 114 units dedicated for senior housing, 66 units for senior assisted care, and 160 apartment units which seemingly would fall under the “workforce” or “affordable” housing category. Seventy-two residential for-sale condominiums, a retail business component, and a new five-story hotel and spa would also be part of the project.

City-Wide Affordable Housing Ordinance Vote Slated for May Public Safety Commissioner Chris Mathiesen remains hopeful the City Council will vote in May on an Inclusionary Zoning ordinance

that would have all new housing developments and apartment complexes across the city include as much as 20 percent of those units deemed affordable to people with lower to moderate incomes. The city Affordable Housing Task Force has advocated for the SPA Housing Zoning plan, which would integrate persons of all income levels across the city. The proposal has met disapproval, however, from some local groups who indicate they would rather see “site-specific” programs – such as the South Broadway plan. Such a plan sites those seeking affordable housing in one place. Some builders have also expressed concern that while the ordinance would allow them a 20 percent density bonus in construction to make the project financially viable, city zoning restrictions would hamper any such extended development, and are requesting zoning regulations also be increased by 20 percent to aid structural development. A City Hall workshop will be scheduled regarding the ordinance, although a date has yet to be set.

Code Blue Permanent Shelter Moves Closer to Nov. 1 Opening Plans for a permanent Code Blue emergency homeless shelter, which would operate during coldextreme weather months, cleared its first hurdle at the city Land Use boards this week when the Zoning Board of Appeals approved that the project move forward. Plans call for the 6,400 square-foot site to be built as an addition to existing Shelters of Saratoga properties on Walworth Street. Officials said this week they are targeting a Nov. 1 opening for the 61-bed facility. Should that timeline not be met, the

possibility exists Code Blue may continue to operate at the Soul Saving Station on Henry Street where it is currently located. Last February, local business owner Ed Mitzen and his wife Lisa announced they will pay for the costs for the new shelter to be built. The plan was slated to go in front of the city Planning Board on Thursday, April 13.

Upcoming Meetings The City Council will hold a preagenda meeting 9:30 a.m. Monday April 17, and a full council meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 18 at City Hall. The Design Review Commission will hold a meeting 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 19 at City Hall.

Panel On US-Russia Relations at Public Library SARATOGA SPRINGS — A panel discussion on current US-Russia relations, highlighting Russia’s geopolitical strategies in Europe and the Middle East, will be held at noon on Wednesday, April 26, in the Harry Dutcher Community Room of the Saratoga Springs Public Library, on Henry Street. Featured panelist Katherine Graney, chair of the Skidmore College Government Department, will be joined by former State Department employee Philip Diamond

and former Mayor Kenneth Klotz - two charter members of the Board of Directors of the Saratoga Springs-Chekhov Sister City organization. All three panelists were part of the May 2001 delegation to Chekhov, Russia, to sign the Sister City agreement with then Chekhov Mayor Gennady Nedoseka. At the completion of the panel discussion there will be time for questions from the audience. The event is free and open to the public.

Week of April 14 – April 20, 2017


Milton Officials Debate Ethics by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY MILTON — At its regular meeting on April 5, the Milton Town Board voted to violate its own Code of Ethics on the condition that changes would be made to accommodate a new town officer. Milton Supervisor Dan Lewza advised the town attorney to review the ethics code and determine the proper changes. A public hearing would have to be held for the town board to formally approve them. Lewza did not return a request for comment regarding when either the public hearing or such a vote would occur. The April 5 vote followed a presentation given at a previous town board meeting by Megan Soden, who was approved as a new member of the Milton Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA). Soden is also an active member of the town’s Republican Committee. “No town officer or employee shall hold any office in a political party or political organization,” reads Section 14-15 of the Milton Code of Ethics. “No town officers or town employees shall serve as a committeeperson of any political party or political organization.”

Other sections of the code pertain to town officers’ actions and the appearance of impropriety; use of position for personal or private gain; treatment of the public; disclosure of interest in legislation; holding investments or being employed in conflict with official duties; use of municipal property; nepotism; and more. At the town board’s March 15 meeting, Soden had argued that her constitutional rights would be violated if she were denied any town position as a member of the Republican Committee. Her comments elicited a round of applause from board members and supporters in the room. “There are many people that want to be involved” in town government but they are “handicapped” by the ethics code, said Anna Stanko, who chairs the Republican Committee in Milton. The existing code was passed by the town board in 2010 after being revised and is enforced by a five-member Ethics Board. They are among about 25 people in total who comprise Milton’s governing bodies. Members of the ethics board serve three-year terms,

and they are empowered to review complaints, issue subpoenas and obtain records directly related to all town employees and officers. Board members also must adhere to the code’s strict confidentiality rules throughout the process of investigating complaints. In addition, the ethics board is empowered only to “recommend appropriate disciplinary action” to the town board, which must then vote to actually do so.

“To me, ethics is all about appearance…and we should take the high road on it,” stated Councilwoman Barbara Kerr, who voted against the motion to appoint Soden as a ZBA member on April 5. “I think she’d be fine on any board. I think she’d be a great addition,” Kerr continued. Yet the proper route for Soden would have been to “resign from the committee,” Kerr added, before the vote that approved her spot on the ZBA.

Prior to the 2010 revision of the ethics code, according to Kerr, a committee of town leaders was convened over the course of a year and thoroughly considered every aspect. “It wasn’t something they took lightly,” she said. “Our ethics code still stands. If the board votes to change it, that’s fine,” Kerr concluded. “This is the law of the town.”

The Red X by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — They first began to appear on the front of buildings in the city a year or two ago. More recently, structures in areas of high visibility – South Broadway, Henry Street, and Van Dam Street, among them – have been adorned with a square placard marked with a red-letter “X.” The signs, which grace

the faces of approximately 40 buildings in the city, are used by fire and emergency service crews as a “do not enter” alert and indicate the building is structurally unsound or hazardous to safety in some way, explains Saratoga Springs Fire Department Lt. Aaron Dyer. Building inspections are conducted annually and the placards are periodically added or removed as is determined structurally. Mostly, the red-letter X placard represents an

abandoned or vacant structure; if by chance someone is inside during a fire – such as a homeowner conducting repairs or someone trespassing on the property - a decision is made by a member of the command staff about whether to enter the facility, Dyer said. Otherwise, the blaze is battled from the outside of the building and any neighboring structures are protected from exposure to flames.



Week of April 14 – April 20, 2017

Village Faces Difficult Budget Future by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY BALLSTON SPA — In the 16 minutes before he invited comments about the budget from village residents, Mayor John Romano shared his own blunt assessment of the $4.1 million spending plan. “We’re facing unprecedented fiscal challenges,” Romano told a full Village Hall conference room. Rising costs, he said, are “devouring” the village budget, including a 99 percent increase in workers’ compensation payments and a 116 percent increase in contributions to the New York state retirement fund. When combined with “aging infrastructure” and various unfunded mandates from the

The Ballston Spa Village Board in action. Photo by Larry Goodwin.

(From left) Volunteer firefighters Glenn Bowers Jr., third assistant; Kevin Krough, second assistant; Michael Bashore, first assistant; and Chief Bill Lewis. Photo by Larry Goodwin.

state, the mayor said, small villages like Ballston Spa are in a bind. “There’s a lot of hidden issues that people don’t understand,” Romano concluded. “We have to come up with creative ways to increase our revenues.” Newly elected Trustee Noah Shaw suggested redeveloping for commercial use the former Angelica industrial property one block north of Village Hall. “Those are the kinds of things that jump out to me,” he said. “The question is how do we build from here” and find ways to ensure that “the village is properly funded,” Shaw added. About a half-dozen local residents spoke up during the public comment period, inquiring about subjects that ranged from online

access to Ballston Spa’s budget, to fund balance procedures, to discounted water and sewer rates. Gina Marozzi, a village property owner, said more residents should make it a priority to pay their property taxes on time. “Everybody’s got to do their part,” she said. Romano responded by explaining that an average of $160,000 gets caught up in collection efforts each year, usually for about 6 months, but that Saratoga County provides financial support to the village in that time. Eventually, the board voted unanimously to adopt the $4.1 million budget as written. An estimated $1.3 million of that amount will be raised through property taxes. In other business, Trustee Robert Cavanaugh announced that a yard-waste pickup has been

scheduled to take place in Ballston Spa from Monday, April 17 through Friday, May 12. Crews will start in the south of the village and work north, and he suggested that residents should act sooner rather than later to avoid second trips by work crews. Residents are not permitted to mix their natural piles of leaves and branches with any type of household garbage or construction debris, Cavanaugh emphasized. The board also approved the Ballston Spa Fire Department’s new leadership team. They represent both the Eagle Matt Lee and Union Fire Company stations. Chief Officer Bill Lewis said the all-volunteer department has nearly 130 members, who elect the leadership team internally before presenting the lineup to the village board.

Week of April 14 – April 20, 2017


County Leaders Unite to Fight Drug Addiction Continued from page 4.

relief among their patients. That, in turn, fueled much higher abuse rates for opioids, which are classified in federal law among the most addictive of all drugs. Stuchin thinks that medical professionals should prioritize finding solutions for such problems right alongside cancer research. But the public stigma of opioid addiction prevents the emergence of more compassionate strategies, she added. “People relapse with addiction,” Stuchin said, “and they need community support.” The Prevention Council, in conjunction with Project Safe Point, offers training classes and free kits every month to parents, teachers, nurses and many others to administer the nasal spray Naloxone (or Narcan), which can prevent opioid overdoses.

According to Mike McEvoy, a coordinator for Saratoga County Emergency Medical Services, there was a substantial increase last year in overdose calls to 911— an average of roughly 30 per week—but they appear to be decreasing in frequency. “There are occasional spikes but the steady increase we had been seeing prior to and during 2016 seems to have leveled off,” McEvoy said in an email. Saratoga County Commissioner of Mental Health, Dr. Michael Prezioso, said equally important addiction services are provided to individuals by emergency departments, drug courts, counselors and treatment centers. He said establishing shortterm detox facilities also should be considered by local officials as a means to address drug addiction. “It’s not just the arrests” that make a difference, Prezioso said.

On April 10, both Prezioso and Saratoga County Director of Public Health, Catherine Duncan, were scheduled to give reports to the county’s Public Health Committee. At that meeting, Duncan was pressed on efforts being made in the county to counteract drug addiction. She explained that her department, among other measures, is working with the Saratoga Performing Arts Center to reduce drug problems during seasonal concerts. Clifton Park Supervisor Philip Barrett ended the discussion by emphasizing how the Saratoga County Sheriff ’s Office routinely posts related updates on its Facebook page. A major difficulty, according to Barrett, is that certain opioids are “easy to get” and “cheap” in the streets. He said those basic facts affect “every single community in the country.”

Saratoga TODAY Earns Awards SARATOGA SPRINGS — Last week, at the bustling New York Press Association conference held inside the Gideon Putnam Hotel, Saratoga TODAY won two awards for the production of its Simply Saratoga magazine. “To be acknowledged as the #1 magazine in the entire state, and New York is a big state, is wonderful recognition,” said Chad Beatty, publisher of Saratoga TODAY. The awards, Beatty added, are “reflective of a dedicated team, incredible advertisers and an engaged community of readers.” Marketing Director Chris Bushee received the awards on

behalf of the company, which is classified by the New York Press Association as a Division 1 competitor. Saratoga TODAY was given First Place honors in the “Magazine” and “Special Holiday Edition” categories. According to Bushee, the event on April 7 and 8 at the Gideon Putnam drew hundreds to consider how print publications can remain competitive in a digital world. With almost 20 industry professionals conducting classes in a broad range of topics, there was something for everyone, Bushee said. “You walk away with an

appreciation for the importance of the local, trusted news source we are,” she explained. The keynote speakers were Martha Bayles from Boston College and Mike Wilson, editor of The Dallas Morning News. “It was an enriching, productive weekend with great networking opportunities. I’m armed with great ideas to make our publications even better,” Bushee said.

James Norton and Janine Stuchin at the main office of The Prevention Council. Photo by Larry Goodwin.



Week of April 14 – April 20, 2017

Daycare on the Hill Continued from front page.

Shemroske’s daughter and son—third and first graders, respectively, at the Waldorf School in Saratoga Springs—are probably her most important charges. But Shemroske and her partner, Alan VanDyk, make the best use of their woodsy one-acre property by operating a licensed daycare business for infants and kids up to age 5, as well as summer camps for kids between the ages of 3 and 11. Parents drop off their kids at the bottom of a steep slope, and follow a wood-chip path to the daycare room itself. “There’s not many daycare models that have a male in the picture,” Shemroske said during a recent interview. “It’s really special for us.” “You feel appreciated,” added VanDyk, a former commercial truck driver.

In addition to demonstrating the value of vegetarian, allorganic and homemade meals, Shemroske said her goal is to “ease” children into their kindergarten years. By next autumn, Shemroske hopes to reach the state-required maximum of 12 kids enrolled in her Sweet Chickadee School daycare. At present, Shemroske and VanDyk watch over five little ones, mostly in a room that he renovated on the lower level of the house. A large woodstove in the middle of the space is cordoned off for safety. A second room will be renovated sometime this summer. Weather and season permitting, kids can ascend the rocky slopes outside to observe and pet a herd of goats the family keeps in a pen, or even Polar Express trains passing

Shemroske in the entrance of her Sweet Chickadee School daycare. Photo by Larry Goodwin.

by roughly 50 yards away on tracks in the woods. Shemroske plans to let loose flocks of chickens to scurry in the yard as well. “We always accept random animal donations,” she said. In a statement posted online, Shemroske makes her daycare’s mission clear: “Sweet Chickadee School invites children into our home to be nurtured and loved by our family. We provide the best care

possible while offering a broad range of developmentally appropriate activities that will delight and inspire children,” she explains. “We live a rich life here,” Shemroske adds, “where beauty, nature, art, warmth, animals, joy and farming are always present and eagerly shared.” She also notes the irony of her business “growing in a shrinking countryside.” According to records at

the New York State Office of Children and Family Services, the daycare received two inspections in the last six months and “no violations” were found. VanDyk’s family members have long owned property on the opposite side of Daniels Road, near the intersection of Route 9N. Yet he has owned the property at 337 Daniels Road for about 20 years. Shemroske admits that her “very wholesome, earthy” daycare plans took root in the Greenfield Farmers’ Market, in which the couple had become involved for the first time about 10 years ago. The market, located on Middle Grove Road, opens at the end of June and runs through September. Local vendors sell products there on Fridays between 4 and 7 p.m. The Sweet Chickadee School’s phone number is 518567-9527. For more information, Shemroske also can be reached by email at

Week of April 14 – April 20, 2017

Saratoga Go! Contest Launches

Elyssa Stewart of NYSTEC addresses the crowd on April 6 at Empire State College. Photo by

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Nearly 100 people filled a conference room last week at Empire State College to learn about a three-month technology competition called Saratoga Go! It challenges individuals, small businesses and software companies to devise smartphone apps and other community innovations to make life better in any city. The event brought together people of all ages to network. It was organized by Saratoga Springs Commissioner of Finance Michele Madigan and Elyssa Stewart, a new-ventures specialist at NYSTEC, the technology and consulting firm based in Rome, New York.

BUSINESS BRIEFS 13 Any person aged 13 or older is welcome to participate in the Saratoga Go! contest. It involves “empowering entrepreneurial spirit,” Stewart told attendees. “Hopefully, that fire will burn long after this competition ends.” For more information, visit the website www.saratogago. com.

Annual Document Shred Day SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Adirondack Trust Company will provide its annual personal document shredding that is open to the public on Saturday, April 22. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the bank’s 31 Church Street location.

Items that will be accepted for shredding include sensitive papers (white or color), carbon paper, file folders, old checkbooks, bank statements, expired credit cards or debit cards, and plastic ID cards. Paper items with staples and/or paperclips also will be accepted; they do not need to be removed prior to shredding. This service is intended for individuals, and will have a twobox limit for each person. For more information, visit www. i n fo. Ad i rond a ck Tr u st . c om / ShredDay

Leonard Bus Wins Award SARATOGA SPRINGS — Leonard Bus Sales recently announced that they have won the IC Bus North American Dealer of the Year award. This national recognition is given to school bus dealers who exhibit excellence and commitment to their employees, community service, business performance, and customer satisfaction. The North American Dealer of the Year award is based on the company’s 2016 performance. In late March, Leonard Bus Sales President, Mike Leonard, four of his sons, and company representatives from across New York were presented with the award by IC Bus at a national awards ceremony in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Leonard Bus Sales is a

Libby Coreno. Photo provided.

Law Firm Elects New Shareholder

LeonardBus. Photo provided.

third-generation, family-owned business and leader in the distribution and support of market-leading and environmentally friendly school buses.

The company has a location in Saratoga Springs on Duplainville Road. For more information, call 800-554-4505 or visit the website

SARATOGA SPRINGS — On April 10, the law offices of Carter Conboy announced the election of city-based attorney Libby Coreno as shareholder. Carter Conboy has offices in Albany and Saratoga Springs, serving clients throughout New York,

Massachusetts and Vermont. Coreno has been a practicing attorney for over 13 years. She has provided counsel to a wide-range of clients, from individuals to regional businesses to Fortune 500 companies. Coreno’s practice centers on real-estate development; zoning and planning; plus real property, municipal and commercial law and litigation. Coreno is a past-president of the Saratoga County Bar Association as well as the Leadership Saratoga Alumni Board. She is the annual speaker on Case Law Updates for the Saratoga County Regional Zoning and Planning Conference. In addition to her legal practice, Coreno is the founder of a unique consultancy service that provides strategic problem-solving, mindfulness training and mentoring to attorneys and other professionals who are suffering from distraction, disconnection and exhaustion in their everyday lives. Whether speaking to groups at a retreat or conference, or working one-on-one with an individual, Coreno helps legal and business professionals learn ways to live, practice and make life transitions mindfully, authentically and creatively. She can be reached at 518-587-8112 or For additional information about the law firm, visit or contact Stacy A. Smith, director of marketing, at 518-810-0516 or


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BALLSTON SPA 59 Goode St., $274,000. Amanda Litwin sold property to Wesley Fool and Lisbet Gudmundsdottir. 191 Goode St., $142,023. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development sold property to Marianne Rafferty. 3 Independence Trail, $366,734. Briarwood Brooks Development LLC sold property to Philip and Amelia Pesez. 20 Katharine Ct., $364,931. Traditional Homebuilders and Developers Inc. sold property to Scott and Amy Ehler. 54 Everson Way, $355,000. Kimmie Lieu sold property to Rodney and Young Chisolm. 96 McMaster St., $296,000. RAC Closing Services LLC sold property to William Bailey. 1153 Route 50, $275,000. Kelly and Michael Nilsson sold property to Patrick and Britney Gross.

MALTA 11 Tamian Pass, $282,500. Mark and Lauren Stratton sold property to Kristopher Tebbs. 38 Weston Way, $322,000. Barbera Homes Malta Springs LLC sold property to Mary Ellen Walsh and Mitchell Miller. 8 Parkway Circle, $439,000. Steven and Catherine Santandrea sold property to Mark and Lauren Stratton. 67 Village Circle North, $472,983. Belmonte Properties LLC sold property to Timothy and Susan Lesar. 24 Goldfoot Rd., $210,000. Carl Logan sold property to Chris Nellissen and Lydia Hoffman. 240 Thimbleberry Rd., $148,500. Craig Hodgson and Thomas Hodgson III sold property to Jessica Schultz.

MILTON 164 Milton Ave., $148,900. Thomas and Jenet Cambron sold property to Marcia Earley. 65 Skylark Dr., $244,000. Douglas and Susan Happ sold property to Dan Stachnick and Nicole Parker.


2193 Barrett Rd., $165,000. Richard and Donna Mills sold property to Kimberlee Shellenbarger. 103 West Main St., $155,000. Elaine Pratt sold property to Thomas Marcellus and Sheri Steele. 599 Grand Ave., $325,000. Frederick Ludewig (by Admin) and Doris Ludewig (Ind. and as Admin) sold property to Benjamin Decker and Sarah Fox. 860 Salem Dr., $409,304. DeGraff Bloom Custom Builders Inc. sold property to John Baker, Jr. (as Life Tenant) and Karen Mangiardi (as Remainderman). 130 Saratoga Ave., $300,000. Laura Searle sold property to Nathan Brekke. 148 Malta Ave., $397,000. Bernard and Karyn Fragomeni sold property to Charles Gallo. 353 Leroux Rd., $535,000. John Baker, Jr., sold property to Katherine and Frank Walsh, Jr. 30 Deer Run Dr., $170,000. Christopher and Margaret Carroll sold property to Matthew Church. 22 Wyndham Way, $333,900. McPadden Builders LLC sold property to James and Candance McColl. 10 Conan Run, $50,000. Joseph Mitchell sold property to Timothy Cobart. 347 North Line Rd., $185,000. Kevin and Rachel McDermott sold property to Michaelo and Emily Katz.

SARATOGA 3 Elizabeth Lane, $305,000. Lisa Hall sold property to Joshua Abrams.

SARATOGA SPRINGS 5 Franklin Square, $710,000. Zoe Coleman (Ind and as Agent), William Flanagan Jr., Carole Flanagan and Zoe Flanagan (by Agent) sold property to John and Claudia Boyle. 23 Summerfield Lane, $523,000. Mark and Barbara Milstein sold property to Taylor and Leah Brown. 28 High Rock Ave., Unit 5N, $980,000. High Rock Condominiums LLC sold property to Glooria May. 25 Doten Ave., $253,000. Henrietta Alston (by Agent) sold property to Brooke and Leslie Barry. 191 Circular St., $749,900. Otis and Carol Maxwell sold property to Lindsay Bealko and Mark Wilders. 2 Albany St., $75,000. Blue Star Enterprises LLC sold property to Melio Marcino. 11 St. Raymond Court, $237,500. John and Tracy MacNeal sold property to Ashley and Alexander Budd. 73 Railroad Place, Unit 404, $810,000. Donna Lilly (as Trustee) sold property to Raymond Shields, Jr.

STILLWATER 6 Native Dancer Lane, $325,000.

Hal Kyer sold property to Jeffrey and Keri Alonzo. 88 Brightman Rd., $246,000. Catharine Sanderson sold property to Jeffrey Carlson and Frank Lamport.

17 16 Castleberry Dr., $232,500. Charles Cardini (by Admin) sold property to Trevor Jones. Louden Rd., $640,000. Wilton Loudon LLC sold property to Peter Belmonte Builders Corp.

97 County Route 76, $200,000. Carl Bragg sold property to Claude Gauthier.

303 Louden Rd., $640,000. Kelleher Properties LLC sold property to Peter Belmonte Builders Corp.

16 Riverside Dr., $249,900. Joseph and Kathleen Montinieri sold property to Joseph Hulett.

21 Apple Tree Lane, $327,000. Aron and Jill Johnson sold property to National Residential Nominee Services Inc.

WILTON 34 Hammond Lane, $140,000. Beecher Saunders sold property to Denise and Richard Woodcock, Jr. 10 Craw Lane, $369,900. McPadden Builders LLC sold property to Kirk and Kathleen Lee.

3 Beverly St., $191,000. Russell and Charlene Hord sold property to Kelly Wardel and John Baumgardner, Jr. 37 Palmer Terrace $270,000. Martha and Stephen Smirles sold property to Kierstyn Hunter.



Week of April 14 – April 20, 2017

Saratoga Independent School Celebrates 25 Years Photos by

by Thomas Kika Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — What began with six kindergarteners in the basement of the Trinity Methodist Church in Gansevoort has now, 25 years and change later, grown to include 132 K-6 students in its own building, tucked away amongst the trees on 60-acres of land. The Saratoga Independent School (SIS) has been celebrating 25 years of operation since the beginning of the current school year back in Sept. 2016. From humble beginnings, the school has grown in both scope and vision, with its enrollment numbers swelling by well over 100, and the amount of classes and programs on offer growing at the same pace. Looking to the immediate future, the growth seems likely to continue.

A view of SIS’s east wing from outside.

Back in Sept. 1991, the parents of six local preschool students on their way to kindergarten found that there were not

any schools in the area that would offer their children the same style of education that they had gotten in preschool. Specifically, they wanted a school that would not group them with other children strictly by date of birth, and that would teach them thematically, weaving different subjects around a common idea to give them a better sense of how their lessons reflected the world around them. “So, these five parents did everything from getting the charter from State Ed,” Felice Karlitz, Director of School, said. “Finding a place, and [they] started the school in the basement of the Methodist church in Gansevoort with their own five kids.” From the start, the growth of enrollment at SIS was strong. In three years, the school had outgrown the basement and moved to the warehouse area behind a Shoe Depot on Division St. in Saratoga Springs. In 2003, after

The Great Room, where students gather every morning before classes.

“exponential” enrollment and staffing increases, the school raised $850,000 in land, gifts, and pledges to begin the construction of their current location, the Anderson Campus, named in honor of the late Gail and Willard Anderson. In 2010, the school added an east wing, adding space for new computer and science labs, as well as a dedicated art room. A year later, in 2011, SIS achieved one its biggest milestones by earning accreditation from the New York

State Association of Independent Schools, which involved “a two year introspective self study, a four day visit by a review committee, and a full NYSAIS review of the findings by the committee and the school.” Currently, construction is underway on the second floor of the school’s east wing, which the school intends to use to add grade 7-8 middle school level programs to their offerings. They estimate that this new middle school will be up and running in 2019.

Week of April 14 – April 20, 2017


Schuylerville Teacher Receives Tenure

Katie Gallagher (middle) poses with Board of Education. Photo courtesy of the Schuylerville Central School District.

SCHUYLERVILLE — Schuylerville Middle and High School Teacher Katie Gallgher received a tenure appointment during a meeting of the Board of Education on April

10. Gallagher is in her third full year with the district, where she teaches Math 7, Math 8, and AIS, in addition to coaching JV volleyball, JV girls basketball, and

varsity softball. Gallagher graduated from Schuylerville High School in 2009, and holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from SUNY Geneseo.

Saratoga Inducts Honor Society Students SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Springs High School inducted 194 students into the school’s chapter of the National Honor Society during a ceremony on April 4. In order

to be eligible, students had to maintain a grade point average of over 90, gather five signatures of recommendation from teachers, complete 20 hours of community service, and

write a one-page essay reflecting on the value of their community service. For a full list of inductees, check on the online version of this story at

Saratoga Schools Universal Pre-Kindergarten SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Springs City School District is currently accepting contact

information for the Universal PreKindergarten program for the 20172018 school year. To be eligible for

Saratoga Springs School Board Budget Presentation SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Springs Board of Education will hold a public disclosure hearing for their proposed budget during a regular meeting of the school board on May

9. This meeting will be held in the Saratoga Springs High School Meade Auditorium at 7 p.m. For more information on the school budget, go to

V-Healthy Day at Ballston Spa

Ballston Spa High School presents a vascular health awareness program. Photo courtesy of Ballston Spa Central School District.

BALLSTON SPA — In partnership with the Center for Vascular Awareness, Ballston Spa High School offered a program dedicated to vascular health to celebrate V-Healthy Day, April 11. All students taking Biology, AP Biology, or one of the courses in the Biomedical Science sequence participated in the program

during their regularly scheduled science class time. The program was designed to educate students on the importance of understanding vascular health in order to spread awareness of the importance to diagnosing vascular disease in the greater community. For more information about the event, go to

the program, children must be four years old on or before Dec. 1, and must reside in the Saratoga Springs City School District. For additional information, go to


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

Accepting Dean’s List Submissions If you know of a college student who has recently made their school’s Dean’s List and would like them to be featured here in the future, send an email with their information (school, class, degree, etc.) to education editor Thomas Kika at

scholarship from the Dance Alliance. The deadline for applications is April 28. Interested students may apply on the Dance Alliance website at www.


MAKE SUMMER COUNT! Summer day camp program for 1st – 6th graders

June 26 – August 11 518-580-5596

northwoods CAMP

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29 Ironwood Dr, Saratoga Springs, NY (518) 581-1791

Saratoga Jazz Tap is dedicated to the promotion and prevalence of Tap Dance in the Capital Region through creation, education & presentation. The efforts of SJT honor the history and roots of Jazz Tap dance and pay tribute to the spirit of the fore-bearers of this innovative art form. SJT will be offering the following Summer Dance Sessions. For registration & contact information go to


What is the relationship between tap dance & jazz music? How does the jazz tap dancer converse with the jazz musician? Working with the music of the late, great Horace Silver, dancers will explore & discover the relationship between Silver’s illustrious music and the silver taps on their shoes. Camp will include tap technique, jazz technique, improvisation, music theory, jazz tap history & choreography.


In memory of Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, the Copasetics, “a social, friendly benevolent club” of musicians & tap artists, was formed in order to “promote the fellowship and to strengthen the character within their ranks.” The club’s motto was “Everything’s Copsetic” which was Bojangles’ expression for everything will be okay. Dancers will learn about the rich & relevant history of the Copasetics, many of it’s members such as Peg-Leg Bates, Honi Coles, Cookie Cook, as well as the classic repertoire they handed down. Classes will include tap & jazz dance, improvisation, music theory, jazz tap history & choreography.

WOMEN IN TAP (JULY 24-28) AGES 11-18, 10AM-4PM

Women in Tap highlights exceptional female tap dancers for their artistry & pioneering efforts. Women who shaped the form with their accomplishments; from Ruby Keeler to Jeni LeGon & many of the unnamed African American women tap dancers from Philadelphia, to Ann Miller & Ginger Rogers, to the women of the tap dance Renaissance; Brenda Bufalino, Heather Cornell, Sarah Petronio to the current generation blazing a trail today including Sarah Reich & Michelle Dorrance. Dancers will learn of their many contributions and will have the opportunity to explore the artistic styles & theories of these female dancers in the studio. Classes will include tap & Jazz dance, improvisation, music theory, history & choreography.


Bill “Bojangles” Robinson was the most famous African American tap dancer of the twentieth century and Shirley Temple was America’s Little Darling. The two would make an unlikely pair but formed one of the most memorable relationships on the silver screen. This camp will introduce young dancers to these two happygo-lucky artists through storybooks & video footage, while exploring rhythmmaking through tap & jazz dance, rhythmic games & creative movement.

ELEMENTS FOR THE JAZZ TAP DANCER (AUGUST 7-11) AGES 12 - ADULT, 5:30-8:30PM This evening intensive is designed for the dancer that wants to develop their technical skill, musicianship and solo voice. Camp will include jazz movement/ physical expression of rhythm, tap dance rudiments, music theory, improvisation & original choreography.



Week of April 14 – April 20, 2017

Saratoga Farmers Celebrate Easter with Colors, Flavors of Spring Coloring Easter Eggs Using Natural Dyes Shared by My Saratoga Kitchen Table

Saturdays, 9 to 1 Lincoln Baths Saratoga Spa State Park by Julia Howard, Market Director

Supply List *supplies available at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market Malta Ridge Orchard & Gardens by Pattie Garrett.

- 1 cup chopped red cabbage per cup of water* — makes blue on white eggs, green on brown eggs

for Saratoga TODAY Our late winter snowstorms and early spring chills are finally giving way to warmth. Daffodils and tulips are popping open, the berry bushes and fruit trees are starting to bud. And with spring of course comes Easter, and a plethora of bright colors and festive foods to mark the symbolic rebirth that the holiday encompasses. The Saratoga Farmers’ Market invites you to celebrate Easter with us tomorrow. Our day-before-Easter Saturday market will offer several specials on fresh vegetables, meats, and prepared foods. And, of course, we will have eggs. For children of all ages, the volunteer Friends of the Market group is offering a no-mess egg dying activity. If dying your own eggs isn’t your thing, pick up some pre-decorated eggs at Malta Ridge Orchard & Garden. As for food, start with breakfast. Mrs. London’s is featuring freshly baked hot cross buns among its other selections of pastries, breads, and sandwiches. To further sweeten the palate, visit The Chocolate Spoon for teacakes in citrus ricotta, chocolate, bourbon butter, carrot cake and lemon varieties. Malta Ridge also has freshly baked fruit pies and cookies among its offerings.

- 1 dozen eggs, any color*

- 1 cup shredded beets per cup of water* — makes pink or purple on white eggs, maroon on brown eggs - 2 tablespoons ground turmeric per cup of water — makes yellow eggs

Cooking Instructions: * Ingredients can be found at the market

Mrs. London's by Pattie Garrett.

Dyeing Instructions 1. Add a cup of water for each color into a saucepan. Add cabbage, beets or turmeric and bring the water to a boil.

1. Bring 1 inch water to rolling boil in medium 2. Cover, and turn the heat saucepan over down to low and simmer high heat. for 15 to 30 minutes. You

Natural Dye Easter Eggs by Pattie Garrett.

If your Easter dinner features a ham, consider pre-ordering one from Lewis Waite Farm by calling 518-692-3120. They will bring it to the market for you to pick up thawed and ready to cook. Every Easter dinner should include veggies. Our vegetable vendors have a wide selection of root vegetables, fresh greens, onions and garlic. Think about

parsnips, the funny carrot-shaped roots that are wonderful roasted or mashed. Also, think mushrooms. Mariaville Mushroom Men is selling its variety boxes of chestnut, shiitake, lion’s mane, and oyster mushrooms for 25 percent off. They’re also offering a buy one, get one for half-off special on their other boxes. No Easter is complete without a basket. Fill yours with spun maple sugar and molded maple sugar candies from Slate Valley Farm, jars of Saratoga Peanut Butter, packages of Saratoga Crackers, and Ballston Lake Apiaries honey products. Add a package of Wash Green & Clean’s all natural laundry soap, and top it with Malta Ridge’s fresh cut pussy willow branches. The Saratoga Farmers’ Market is at the Lincoln Baths Building in the Saratoga Spa State Park, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays through April. The market moves to High Rock Park 3-6 p.m. Wednesdays and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays on May 3.

2. Place eggs in steamer basket and place the basket in the saucepan. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low and cook eggs for 13 minutes. 3. Combine 2 cups ice cubes and 2 cups cold water in medium bowl. Using tongs or spoon, transfer the eggs to ice bath. Let sit for 15 minutes.

can cook longer for a deeper color. Drip a little of the colored water onto a white dish to check the color. When it has reached the color you like, remove the pan from the heat and let it cool to room temperature.

3. Pour the cooled colored water through a finemesh strainer into another saucepan or bowl. 4. Stir in 1 Tablespoon of white vinegar per cup of strained colored water. Pour the water over cooled cooked eggs in a bowl. The eggs must be completely under the water. 5. Refrigerate until the desired color is reached. My Saratoga Kitchen Table refrigerated eggs overnight. 6. Try rubbing dry dyed eggs with oil (olive or melted coconut oil) will allow them to shine.


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Racking it Up butter into a paste. Smear this mixture all over the surface of the roast. Season liberally with black pepper. (Do not add salt; the anchovies are salty enough, and so is the mustard.) Place the lamb on a rack in a roasting pan, fat side up, and squeeze the lemon halves over. Pour the wine around the roast into the pan. 3. Roast 15 minutes, then reduce heat to 350 degrees and roast until internal temperature reaches 130 to 135 degrees (for medium-rare or medium meat), about another 60 to 90 minutes. Baste every 20 minutes or so with the wine and drippings in the pan, adding more wine as needed to keep the liquid from scorching. If possible, for the last 15 minutes of cooking, use convection oven or a broiler to crisp the fat on the roast. 4. Remove pan from the oven, remove rack from the pan, and let the roast rest on the rack for at least 15 to 20 minutes in a warm place,

by John Reardon for Saratoga TODAY Hello my Foodie Friends. Among my favorite movies and movie scenes is from “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” when Toula tries to explain to Aunt Voula that Ian is a Vegetarian where Aunt Voula exclaims “What do you mean you don’t eat no meat.... that’s ok, I make lamb ...”. Although Lamb is a very common meat used in Greek cuisine, it is a meat that can be customary during this weekend’s holiday. I do not often get the opportunity to treat myself to roasted lamb. However, during my childhood, my family would often make lamb for the Easter holiday. Racking up lamb does require using the correct roasting tools such as a good roasting rack. Some fun facts about the history of roasting: Roasting was one of the earliest cooking methods because it requires very little equipment. Early roasting required either a rock in front of the fire or a stick – both readily available. If you’re not looking to go primitive, there are lots of “toys” you can buy, but all you’ll really need is A Good Roasting Pan An Oven An Instant-Read Thermometer. A (4th) piece of basic roasting equipment is the roasting rack so the bottom of the meat doesn’t “stew” in its own juices in a pan or burn. The rack is a means of lifting the food off of the bottom of the pan. If you are going to use a metal rack, some cooks prefer flat racks, and some prefer

the V shaped racks. There are also U-shaped racks and vertical roasters available (think beer can chicken). Flat rack proponents say that a flat rack allows the meat to “spread out” and roast more evenly while V shaped racks “squeeze” the meat and prevent thorough cooking. The V rack helps keep the meat in a more uniform shape so that it will cook more evenly. How to make Roast Lamb:

Ingredients • 1 large lamb roast with a cap of fat, 4 to 6 pounds: bone-in leg (these can be as large as 8 pounds), semi-boneless leg, bone-in shoulder, boneless butterflied leg or double loin • 2 ounces (1 can) anchovies packed in olive oil, drained, or 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard • Leaves from 6 fresh rosemary sprigs (2 heaping tablespoons leaves), plus extra sprigs and

branches for garnish • 6 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled • 4 ounces unsalted butter, softened at room temperature • Black pepper • 1 lemon, cut in half • 1 ¾ cups white wine, plus extra for gravy

PREPARATION 1. Heat oven to 425 degrees. Use a small sharp knife to make about a dozen incisions, each about 2 inches deep, through the fat that covers the top of the meat. Using a mortar and pestle or a blender, blend 2/3 of the anchovies (or 2/3 of the mustard if using), the rosemary leaves and the garlic cloves into a chunky paste. Using your fingers, press paste deeply into incisions. 2. Mix remaining anchovies (or mustard) and the

tented with foil. The internal temperature will rise to about 140 to 145 degrees. 5. To make sauce from the pan drippings, remove a few tablespoons of fat by tipping the pan and spooning off the top layer. Put the pan over medium heat until the liquid simmers. Taste the simmering liquid and whisk in more wine, 1/4 cup at a time, until the consistency and flavor are right. Do not let the mixture become syrupy; it should be a sharp jus, not a thick gravy. 6. Carve lamb into 1/2-inch-thick slices and arrange on a heated platter, decorated with rosemary sprigs. Serve with piping hot gravy. Enjoy the holiday weekend with family and friends. Stop by Compliments to the Chef to get your tools to assist you with your cooking creations. Remember; “Life Happens in the Kitchen.” Take care, John and Paula


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

* = Wheelchair Accessible


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Easter Worship Schedule Celebrate the resurrection of our Lord!




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April Showers bring May Flowers The Importance of Tears by Meghan Lemery Fritz, LCSW-R

for Saratoga TODAY Spring showers bring May flowers. April tends to be a rainy month that prepares the earth for new seeds of growth and beautiful blooming flowers that we see in May. Although rainy days can sometimes feel dark, depressing and chilly, they are necessary to provide new growth and abundance as we change seasons.

I often work with individuals who resist processing feelings of sadness and the tears that are the result of bringing up past hurts. This resistance leads to emotional blocks that manifest into anger, bitterness and detachment. One of the best gifts you can give yourself is to learn how to acknowledge sadness and let the tears flow. Just like the rain brings new growth, tears cleanse the heart and allow for new beginnings and healing.

People get stuck emotionally when they refuse to allow feelings of sadness to be processed. Anger makes us feel more in control and puts us in a position of power. “You were wrong and I am so angry with you” is easier to say than, “Your actions have really hurt me and I’m just not sure how to move forward.” When you allow yourself to be vulnerable you open the door for healing. Being vulnerable doesn’t mean you are a weak person who is constantly

walking around in tears, rather, it means you are strong enough to acknowledge your feelings and you respect and love yourself enough to share your feelings with others. I have seen people bury sadness for years and the result is a sick person emotionally, physically and spiritually. Our bodies break down when we don’t allow sadness to be expressed through our words and tears. Dis-ease begins to take over our bodies and this is when we are susceptible to illness and disease. Don’t wait until you are sick and tired to let yourself begin the healing process. Whatever anger or bitterness you have buried, get some help to process the feelings and allow yourself to heal. Have you ever had a really good cry and after you experience a deep quietness and peace in your heart? Tears express our pain in ways that words are unable to. Next time you feel the tears come, don’t stop the flow. Get into a safe place emotionally and physically and let yourself express the sadness. It’s no coincidence that after a big rain storm we see a rainbow. Whatever dark time you have experienced there is light and healing after the storm. The sun will always shine again. Don’t let yourself fall into a pit of anger, depression, bitterness and anger. Let the tears flow and if you need it, get the help to heal and move forward. You are worth it! Meghan Fritz is a psychotherapist practicing in State College, PA.

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Survival Kit for Mind and Body (Band-Aids, Ice Packs, Tea Cloths)

by Katherine Morna Towne

for Saratoga TODAY I’ve come to realize that one of my failings in my motherhood is my perspective on band-aids. Do your kids think every wound is magically healed with the application of a band-aid? Mine do, and it really bugs me— most times when they ask for a band-aid I tell them no, they don’t need a band-aid, I’m not getting a band-aid to put on that tiny scratch. I don’t know why I’m like that though—they’re easy and inexpensive and band-aids do absolutely make the kids feel better. Just the other day my littlest guy had a hangnail, and you would have thought his hand was falling off. He whimpered and fussed about it all morning, holding his hand in the air, refusing to use that hand to do anything. We all know how painful those tiny hangnails are, especially when they catch on things, but he and I were out and about running errands that morning, and I just really didn’t know what to do for him—until I remembered the first-aid kit I keep in the van. I asked him if he’d like a band-aid, and he immediately shook his head yes, and I put the band-aid on, and he stopped fussing. He continued holding his hand in the air for the rest of the day, and showed the band-aid to anyone who glanced in his direction, but he was happy and he felt better—which has always been the case with any of my kids in regards to band-aids, no matter how big or small the injury—so I really don’t know why I don’t just relax more about them. I was telling a friend about this recently—the very day my

boy was showing his bandaged hangnail to anyone who would look—and she was agreeing that band-aids often seem to help kids feel better, and said that she’s found that ice packs seem to have the same effect. Of course! I’d forgotten about ice packs! Ice packs were one of my mother-in-law’s go-to’s, God rest her. Any kind of trip or bump by the kids, any whimper of any kind, and she went running for an ice pack. It always seemed to me maybe a little melodramatic, and I didn’t want my kids to be wimpy, but it is true they always seemed to feel better with an ice pack, and her care for their little-boy bumps and bruises was one of the many reasons my kids were crazy about her. I’ve suffered with terrible springtime allergies for most of my life, and when I was in high school and playing softball just about every night of the week during my peak pollen months, I’d often come home with eyes so swollen that I was asked more than once if someone had punched me. My mom would soak two chamomile tea bags in cold water, then wrap them in a clean cloth and tell me to lie on the couch with the tea-cloth on my eyes. She’d read somewhere that doing so would help irritated allergy eyes (and it’s totally a thing, the internet confirms!), but the psychological benefits were just as helpful to me. It was so soothing to be relieved of all

my responsibilities for a while (“Sorry Dad, I can’t help with the dishes—Mom says I have to lay here with this cloth on my eyes”). Mom would come sit on the couch next to me, and fuss over me, and I was comfortable and would often doze off, and after a while my eyes felt so much better. To this day, the tea-cloth evenings, which I still do when I need to, are an actual bright spot to having pollen allergies. So I should totally get the band-aid and ice-pack thing, because I think they’ve got some similarities to the tea-cloth thing: they’re as much psychological balms as physical ones, and they’re a little bit like badges of honor—a little bit of, “Yes, I’m suffering, you may feel free to treat me in a special and sensitive manner.” Which I guess we all need from time to time. Fortunately for my kids, my husband is the opposite of me in regards to the band-aids (which makes sense, since he was raised by the ice-pack lady). He’s sensitive to what will help them feel better and quick to make it happen—a nice balance to my No Wimps! mentality. I’m determined to do better with this. I have “bandaids” on my shopping list as I write this. I might even get ones with characters on them, which I’ve never done before. Maybe it’s because my allergy season has begun that I’m feeling

extra empathetic (which can be counted as another bright spot to having allergies, right?), or maybe because it was a year ago this month that my mother-inlaw passed away and she’s on my mind. Whatever the reason,

if you see my boys covered in band-aids this spring, you’ll know why. Kate and her husband have six sons ages 12, 10, 8, 7, 5, and 3. She can be reached at



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The Debts of a Decedent after Dying What must be paid and who is responsible? can be very confusing to determine what bills to pay and in what order. Unfortunately, not following the rules can potentially result in the executor having personal financial responsibility.

Which creditors get paid first? Under New York State law, the priority for creditor payment is as follows:

by Matthew J. Dorsey, Esq. for Saratoga TODAY When a loved one passes away, it is common for them to leave behind debts of various types, such as funeral bills, credit card bills, mortgages, and other obligations. If you are the executor of an estate, it

1) Administration expenses, including fees and commissions, 2) Reasonable expenses,


3) Obligations owed to the federal or state governments, 4) Debts from docketed judgments or entered decrees, and 5) Unsecured claims.

The order of priority is important, because you may find that the creditors with the lowest priority may be the first to request payment. Oftentimes, credit card companies are the first to call, but it is important to understand that they have the lowest priority to get paid because they have unsecured claims.

When do creditors get paid? Estates in New York must stay open for seven months, in order to allow creditors to come forward and make their claims. After seven months, the executor may pay the claims of all known, legitimate creditors, in the order set forth above. If an executor pays all claims, in the proper order by priority, more than seven months after being appointed, then the executor avoids any potential argument that they should be personally liable for any claims. If a legitimate claim arises after all the estate funds are distributed, the creditor may, in certain cases, pursue his claim against the beneficiaries who received the estate funds.

Are mortgages handled differently? When it comes to real property, the decedent may have had a mortgage at the time of his death. If that property is then specifically given to a beneficiary in his Will, the real property is given to the beneficiary subject to the

mortgage. Put another way, it is the beneficiary’s obligation to satisfy the mortgage and not the estate’s burden. The exception to this rule is when the decedent specifically states in his Will that he wants the general assets of the estate to satisfy the mortgage before the property is transferred to the beneficiary. In cases where a beneficiary receives real property subject to a mortgage, the beneficiary can potentially keep the property and re-finance the mortgage in their own name. In the alternative, the beneficiary can simply sell the real property, satisfy the mortgage, and then keep the net sale proceeds of the sale.

What if there isn’t enough money to pay debts? If the debts of the estate exceed the assets, then the estate is insolvent. In those cases, the named executor in the Will may be unwilling to file the estate proceeding. If the named executor is unwilling, one of the creditors may bring the proceeding and seek to get the County Treasurer appointed as Administrator of the estate. In those cases, the creditors may get some, if not all, of what they are due.

What if there isn’t enough money to pay all the bequests? Sometimes there are assets in the estate, but not enough to pay all the bequests. For example, a decedent might

have an estate worth $100,000 with debts of $40,000. The net estate in that case is $60,000. If the decedent’s Will leaves $50,000 each to his son and his daughter, then the children will have their bequests reduced to $30,000 each because only a total of $60,000 is available to satisfy the bequests.

Is any property exempt from creditor’s claims? Certain property is exempt from creditors’ claims. Exempt property includes: life insurance proceeds on the decedent’s life payable to an individual beneficiary, some pensions and annuities, and family exempt property under section 5-3.1 of the Estates Powers and Trusts Law. Family exempt property includes certain property that passes outside of a decedent’s estate to his close family. For example, a surviving spouse of a decedent may receive the decedent’s car, up to a value of $25,000. The rules for proper payment of estate creditors can be complex and the executor of a decedent’s estate should seek experienced legal counsel in order to ensure they comply with the law. Matthew J. Dorsey, Esq. is a Partner with O’Connell and Aronowitz, 1 Court Street, Saratoga Springs, NY. Over his twenty years of practice, he has focused in the areas of elder law, estate planning, and estate administration. Mr. Dorsey can be reached at (518)5845205, and

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Senior Calendar…

Adult and Senior Center of Saratoga 5 Williams St, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 518-584-1621 Monday Dinners - To Go Prepared by Village Pizzeria at the Saratoga Senior Center Mondays, 3:30-5PM $14-serves 2 - $24-serves 4 NEW! Gluten free…+ add $5serves 2 + add $10- serves 4 Portion of the proceeds to benefit the Saratoga Senior Center

MENU: April 17 Pasta Rosa Maria: Our Vodka Cream Sauce, with chunks of sweet roasted peppers, tossed with Rigatoni Pasta, Salad & Bread (order by 4/14) April 24 Lasagna Style Baked Ziti with beef, sausage and three cheese, Italian Wedding Soup & Bread (order by 4/21) April 14 - 1:30 - Share Your Story and Musical Performance

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Everyone has a story. What’s yours? Everyone will share 5 things their peers may not know about them. This is a great way to get to know other members and meet new people! Musical performance by Danny McLellan at 12:30PM. Wed., April 19, 9:30-10:30AM Short Term Care Insurance Presented by Daniel J. Gallagher from BankersLife. Discover alternatives for long-term care insurance when cost, age or health is an issue. FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Wed., April 19, 2-3PM - Painting on Glass with Nancy $12 material fee, $20 class fee. Bring color, light and form to your artwork in this one day

workshop. Nancy Magnell will help you create a beautiful, floral, reverse painted window hanging. Glass and tools provided. Fri., April 21, 12-2 - United Health Care Member orientation. Fri., April 21 - 1:30 - Financial Expo - FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Presentations by NY Longterm Care on Who Should Own an Annuity? Herzog Law firm on Aging in Place and Janney Montgomery Scott on Stepping Toward Retirement. Tues., April 25 12-1PM - MVP Medicare Advantage (with member orientation for 10-12). Tues., April 25, 1:30-3:30PM Saratoga Farmers’ Market Come enjoy our mini farmers’ market with several high-quality local food and agricultural products

direct from the farmers and producers. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Fri., April 28 Silent Wings: Birds of Prey 1:30 - $2/members $5/ non-members Join Trish Marki from The Wildlife Institute of Eastern NY. Learn about the unique behaviors of owls and the conservation issues that impact them, as well as natural selection and the “human” impact on species survival. Please sign up. Fri., April 28, 8:30-9:30AM Monthly Hot Breakfast Have breakfast with a local first responder. Let staff cook for you as you wait for May dinner and trip sign up to begin (9:30AM)! Admission is $5. RSVP required for breakfast. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Save the Date! May 2, 9-12PM Health and Wellness Expo – FREE

AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Join us at the Saratoga Senior Center for our annual Health and Wellness Expo! Meet with a variety of specialists and healthcare professionals - enter to win raffles and freebies. For more information, please call the Senior Center. Veterans Group Thurs., 9:15-10:15AM. Call the center for April dates. In this six week series, you will share and discuss veteran senior needs. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, please call Jay at 518-584-1621 x 206. FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Tues., 12:15-1PM - Memory Making Art Therapy $20/couple per month. An art class geared specifically towards persons with Dementia and their caregivers.



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Q: Can I make a charitable gift from my IRA without paying income tax on the distribution?

A: Yes, but there are a few requirements.

by Peter Sweetser for Saratoga TODAY The writer is a Retirement Plans Specialist at Fenimore Asset Management, the investment advisor to FAM Funds, headquartered in Cobleskill, NY with a branch office in Albany.

An IRA Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) is an alternative way for you to give to a charity without paying income tax. The QCD was put in place permanently as part of H.R.2029 — Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2015. Here is how it works. Firstly, to be eligible, the account holder must be 70½ or older at the time of the distribution. Secondly, a QCD can only be made from a Traditional or Roth IRA. Thirdly, each individual can donate up to $100,000 per year to one or more qualified charities. Unlike a typical IRA distribution, no income tax is paid. Please note: the taxpayer cannot take the contribution as a charitable deduction on their Federal Income Tax return — the amount is not included

in the donor’s gross income. However, it can be counted as all or a portion of one’s IRA required minimum distribution. If you are uncertain, confirm with the organization that it is qualified to accept

tax-deductible charitable contributions. Finally, the check should be made payable to the charity. There are more details to consider and an IRA QCD is not right for everyone, so speak with

an investment professional and discuss what might be right for you. As always, I recommend including your accountant or tax preparer in the decision before you make a transaction.

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Annual Garage Sale The Milton Grange will hold its annual garage sale on April 22 on Rock City Falls Road in Ballston Spa from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Proceeds from the garage sale are used to support programs in the community including the ECHO Food Pantry and vegetable plants for Head Start students. Please call Tony at 518-584-8550 to make donation arrangements. Meatloaf and Mac and Cheese Dinner Fundraiser This is the last dinner of the season. The dinner benefits the kitchen fund. Join us on April 22 from , 4:30 – 6 p.m. at South Glens Falls United Methodist Church, located at 15 Maplewood Parkway, S. Glens Falls. Enjoy home-made soups and desserts too. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children 5 – 12 and children under 5 are free. Take-outs and home delivery please call 518-793-1152. Book Launch Celebration Join us on Sunday, April 23 from 2 to 4 p.m. for refreshments, music, and book signing. All are welcome at the newly renovated Caffé Lena located at 43 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 518587-6433. The book: “Escaping the Lion and the Leopard” - A riveting story, starting in Eritrea, Africa by Ellie Porte Parker - This story has a special relevance to Saratoga Springs as part of it takes place here. Admission is free. For more information, contact: Concert to Honor Dr. David Wasser The Saratoga Chamber Players return to the United Methodist Church, Fifth Avenue & Henning Road on April 23 at 3 p.m. with a program in honor of Dr. David Wasser who retired after almost 30 years of distinguished and varied service to all facets of the organization. The concert will feature the voice of soprano Charlotte Dobbs with songs by Schubert and Shostakovich’s “Seven Romances on Verses by Alexander Blok for soprano, violin, cello and piano. The program also includes Schubert’s Piano Trio in B flat Major, op. 99

with SCP regulars, cellist Eliot Bailen and SCP Artistic Director/ violinist Jill Levy, and with pianist Renana Gutman. Adults: $20; Seniors: $18; Students: $15; Children are admitted free of charge. The concert is underwritten by a large group of friends and supporters of David Wasser and by a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency. Tickets may be purchased on-line at http://www.saratogachamberplayers. org/event/voice-piano-stringsbeckon/ or at the door. Havurah Vatik April Event An African Photo-Safari, Tuesday, April 25, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. The Accidental Tourist, you don’t need to leave town to enjoy the African adventure of a lifetime. Dr. Robert Steinberger’s photographs and thrilling stories of encounters in South Africa, Botswana, and Zimbabwe will delight you. Please RSVP by April 19. Call the Temple Sinai Havurah Vatik reservation line at 518-584-8730, ext. 4. Care Links Volunteer Open House Care Links of Southern Saratoga County recruits volunteers from the community and matches them with seniors who need non-medical assistance. We are in need of assistance in the Ballston, Charlton, Malta area. We have an immediate need for volunteer drivers, as transportation is a critical need for area seniors. We invite anyone who is interested in learning more about this program to join us on Wednesday, April 26 from 10:30 to noon at the Burnt Hills Library located at 2 Lawmar Lane in Burnt Hills. Light refreshments will be served. To reserve your place, please call Care Links at 518-399-3262 The Dark Continent Neal and Edna Van Dorsten will present “The Dark Continent,” an illustrated slide talk on the wildlife and history of southern Africa. This program is offered by the Southern Adirondack Audubon Society in partnership with Adirondack Mountain Club and will be held on Wed. April 26 in the lower level of Crandall Library located at 251 Glen St. in Glens Falls. The program will start at 7 p.m. and is open to the public. This presentation will include highlights of their flying safari in southern Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana. Wildlife photos will

include both common and rare birds and animals. The Van Dorstens will discuss the logistics of the trip, interesting sidelines and problems that may be encountered on a trip like this, as well as the cultural diversity and history of that region. Scouts to Honor Frank Parillo and Larry Gordon with Good Scout Award The Twin Rivers Council Boy Scouts will hold their Saratoga Good Scout Dinner on April 27 at the Saratoga Springs City Center. This event will honor Larry and Frank for their outstanding community service and demonstration of the Scouting values of character, leadership, and service. The event, which includes a silent auction, starts with a reception at 6 p.m. followed by dinner/ program at 7 p.m. Tickets are $125 per person and can be obtained at SaraGoodScout. Proceeds will support Scouting in the Saratoga area. For more information, contact John Koch at 518-644-4438 or . Sustainable Saratoga’s Tree Toga #6 Tree Hosts and Tree Planters Needed. Sustainable Saratoga’s Urban Forestry Project will be planting 35 trees on the morning of Saturday, April 29. Funded by generous donors to Sustainable Saratoga and by the City of Saratoga Springs this semi-annual event is fun for all. Volunteers like you are the key to the success of this annual event. With your help, we Saratogians can grow a green legacy that will benefit our great city for decades to come. Please volunteer by sending us an email at treetoga6 . We need three types of volunteers: Tree Planters - a great family activity. Have fun being part of a spirited horde of tree planters, from about 9:30 a.m. to noon on the morning of Saturday, April 29. Tree Hosts - get a free tree at your house. Volunteer to host a street tree in front of your house. Enjoy nurturing the young tree for the first two years, especially by keeping it watered during hot dry spells. General Event Assistance - Help behind the scenes, to organize for April 29 or to help with registration, etc. at the planting event. To volunteer, or if you have questions, email us by visiting www.

Week of April 14 – April 20, 2017 Fighting for Mya Fundraiser The American Legion Post 234, located at 23 Pleasant St., 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 at 2 p.m. This benefit is to help raise money for her parents to pay off the medical bills to treat Mya. The price of tickets are $20 (ages 12 and up) included in the price; BBQ chicken dinner, hamburgers and hotdogs available for purchase for children. There will be raffles, a 50/50 drawing and a live auction. All support will be greatly appreciated. Pre-Derby Fundraising Party Experience the Sport of Kings -help to sponsor horses, health and making history to benefit The Learning League and Project Transition for Veterans year-round at local venues through the use of proven sports therapies and technologies concerning spinal cord injuries and PTSD. The event will be held on April 30 from 5 – 8 p.m. at the Gideon Putnam Hotel. Space is limited to the first 80 participants for a personalized experience including a meet and greet with photo-ops. Co-sponsors: Jack Knowlton, Saratoga Stables and Bill Yaiser, Second Chance Sports and The Learning League. For more information call 518-491-0556. 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 on 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. or call 518-8994411 for more information. Care Links Fundraiser Hilton Garden Inn, Clifton Park, will be the site for the 13th Annual Luncheon to support Care Links of Southern Saratoga County, on Thursday, May 11. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. to provide time to examine the raffle items with lunch served

beginning at 12:30 p.m. Care Links is a program where volunteers are recruited from the community, are trained and matched with seniors who need non- medical assistance. Ticket price is $25 and the menu is Garden Salad, Chicken Francaise with Rice Pilaf, Green Beans, Ice Cream topped with strawberries and Coffee or Tea. Tickets may be purchased at Community Human Services (543 Saratoga Road Glenville), the Clifton Park Town Hall, the Clifton Park Senior Center, the Halfmoon Senior Center, Healthplex Fitness (1673 Route 9, Halfmoon), and the Malta Town Hall. 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. Annual Senior Luncheon Come join the fun Mardi Gras theme luncheon. This event is for seniors age 60 and over. It will be held on Friday, May 19 at the Saratoga Springs City Center located at 522 Broadway, Saratoga Springs. Doors open at 11 a.m. and lunch is served at noon. Menu is bourbon chicken, scalloped potatoes, green bean creole, dinner roll, mini king cake and beverages. No take outs. No animals allowed. We will have live music, door prizes, and a raffle. Tickets are required to attend and will not be sold at the door. Tickets are available now and can be purchased until May 5 at the Office for the Aging for $4 each. We also have several locations with ticket sales available throughout Saratoga County. Please call for details 518-884-4100.

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Week of April 14 – April 20, 2017

Family Friendly Event

Friday, April 14 Fish Dinner Saratoga – Wilton Elks Lodge # 161, 1 Elks Lane, Rt. 9, Saratoga Springs, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. New England clam chowder, your choice of broiled or fried fish, roasted potatoes, baked macaroni and cheese, vegetable. Coleslaw, rolls and butter, dessert, coffee and tea. Donation Requested: $12 adults, $11. Seniors (62 years) and Military (Active or Retired) with ID Card, $8 Children 5-12. Children under 5 Free, $12 All Take-outs. Cash Bar Available. Call 518-584-2585 for more information.

Fish Fry Fridays Fish Creek Rod and Gun Club, Route 32 south of the village of Victory, 4:30 – 7 p.m. Fish Fry Friday will continue each Friday of the month. Menu: fried fish, fried clams, fried chicken tenders, popcorn shrimp, buffalo shrimp, and clam chowder by the bowl or by the quart. Eat in at our club house or to call ahead for take-out 518695-3917. Everyone is welcome.

Lenten Fish Fry Saratoga Knights of Columbus, 50 Pine Road, 5 – 7 p.m. This will be the last Friday. Cost $10 at the door, Take-outs $11. For more information call 518584-8547.

Balm in Gilead Skidmore College, Janet Kinghorn Bernhard Theater, 8 p.m. An updated version of Pulitzer Prize winner Lanford Wilson’s first full-length play brings the world of grungy 1970s New York City to vivid life on the Skidmore stage. Balm in Gilead tells the story of the down-and-out of New York’s Upper West Side set

to an iconic soundtrack of Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits, Frank Sinatra and many other timely favorites. Tickets are $12 general admission and $8 for students and seniors. The show runs from April 14-23. All performances are at 8p.m. except on April 23 Sunday Matinee is at 2 p.m. There is no show on Easter Sunday, April 16. Reserve seats online at or by contacting our Box Office: or call 518-580-5439.

Saturday, April 15 Blue Needs You 8K Run High Rock Park, Saratoga Springs, 8:30 a.m. Presented by Fingerpaint, this is a community celebration of Code Blue Saratoga, a regional organization providing temporary respite for individuals experiencing homelessness during hazardous winter weather. As a participant you have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of individuals who are living on the streets. We hope you will join us this year and that you’ll Run for Blue! Cost is $30 for early registration and $35 for late. For more information and to register, visit www.

Easter Egg Hunt for Dogs Hudson Crossing Park, County Road 42, Schuylerville, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Bring your four-legged friend for a walk at Hudson Crossing Park on Easter weekend (Saturday and Sunday) and search for treats (provided by Lazy Dog Cookie Co.) hidden in brightly colored eggs along our trail. Eggs will be hidden throughout the weekend. Leash law applies; please scoop. Free admission.

National Park Week: Junior Ranger Day Saratoga Battlefield, 648 NY 32, Stillwater, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Kick off National Park Week with some special activities. Programs are available for children of all ages. Ongoing activities to include a touch table, kid-friendly relay course, uniform try-on station for kids, and Junior Ranger activity

CALENDAR 37 book. For more information call 518-670-2985.

Genealogy and Local History Town of Saratoga Town Hall, corner of Rt. 4 and Rt. 29, Schuylerville, 1 p.m. Devin Lander, New York State Historian, will be the program speaker. Devin was previously Executive Director of the Museum Association of New York where he worked with historical organizations throughout the state. In other positions, he has been a project archivist for special collections at SUNY Albany, and a Staff Coordinator for the Historic Hudson–Hoosic Rivers Partnership. He will speak about his current position as NYS Historian, his recent projects and his many goals. Public is welcome. For information call 518-587-2978.

Behemoth Short Film Festival Saratoga Arts, 320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Behemoth showcases some of the very best in up and coming cinematic talent from around the world. From horror to sci-fi, comedy to drama, The Behemoth Short Film Festival’s goal is to bring unique voices to new viewers and broaden the audience’s horizon by delivering something different. Cost is $10.

Sunday, April 16 Easter Breakfast Buffet Saratoga-Wilton Elks, 1 Elks Lane, Rt. 9, Saratoga Springs, 8:30 – 11 a.m. Eggs to order, fruit cocktail, French toast, pancakes, potatoes, breakfast sausage and ham, corned beef hash, sausage gravy and biscuits, scrambled eggs, eggs benedict, juice, coffee and tea. Donation Requested: Adults $10, Seniors and Military (Active/Retired with ID Card) $9, Children 5—12 $8, Under 5 Free, Take-outs $10. Call 518-584-2585 for more information.

Monday, April 17

Saratoga Springs, 2 p.m. This meeting is free and open to anyone with Parkinson’s Disease, family members and friends. For more information call Bruce McClellan at 518-331-9611.

Southern Saratoga Artists’ Society Meeting Clifton Park Senior Community Center, 6 Clifton Common Blvd., Clifton Park, 6:30 p.m. This meeting features area watercolorist, Kevin Kuhne, who taught both watercolor and drawing at South Colonie Adult Education Program for many years. He is a graduate of SUNY New Paltz with a B.S. in Art Education. Kevin displays his paintings throughout the greater capital region and has earned many awards. The public is invited to attend. For more information, visit:

Woodcock Walk Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park, 80 Scout Rd., Wilton 7 – 8:30 p.m. Participate in this citizen science program by learning about and surveying the amazing American woodcock. Following a presentation at the Park Office about this unique bird, we will go on a short hike to try to hear the amazing mating flight and courtship ritual of any woodcocks that may be nearby. Space is limited and preregistration is required by April 17.

Adirondack Chapter of Trout Unlimited

Slavin. All veterans who served anywhere during the Korean Conflict or in Korea at any time, spouses, widows, family and friends are all invited to attend. For further information or to make a reservation, please contact the Slavin’s at 518-793-2358, by April 16. For any other information or to obtain an application to join the organization, please contact Comm. Roger Calkins at 518-584-3037.

Wednesday, April 19 Guided Mindful Meditation Saratoga Springs Public Library, Susman Room, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Take a break from the daily grind and clear your mind with guided Mindful Meditation led by professionals from One Roof Holistic Health Center. Sessions are free and open to the public, and will be held on the first and third Wednesday of each month. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 518-584-7860 ext. 205.

Autism in Love Emerson Auditorium, Skidmore College Campus, 7 p.m. Autism in Love is a feature length documentary that explores the lives of four autistic adults as they pursue and manage romantic relationships.

Thursday, April 20

Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry St., Saratoga Springs, 7 p.m. Modern Nymphing-European Techniques – a great film will set the stage for a discussion on techniques that are changing the way nymphs are presented for greater success. Everyone is welcome. For more information call Mark at 518-893-2228.

Concert by Skidmore Guitar Ensemble

Tuesday, April 18

Saratoga Knights of Columbus, 50 Pine Rd., Saratoga Springs, 5 – 8 p.m. The public is invited to a lasagna dinner. The cost is adults $10, children under 12 and veterans $9. For more information call 518-584-8547.

Korean War Veterans’ Luncheon Peppermill Restaurant, Midtown Plaza, South Glens Falls. 11:30 a.m. The Hosts will be Gene and Patti

Zankel Music Center, Skidmore College Campus, Saratoga Springs, 8 p.m. For more information call 518-580-5321 or go to www.

Lasagna Dinner

Parkinson’s Support Group Woodlawn Commons, 2nd floor, Wesley Health Care Center, 156 Lawrence St.,

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APT Presents “Walk Down Memory Lane” in Queensbury QUEENSBURY — The 10th anniversary show of the Adirondack Productions and Theater, Inc. (APT) will be performed 6 p.m. Friday, April 21 and 2 p.m. Saturday, April 22 in the Queensbury High School Auditorium. This year’s special show, “A Walk Down Memory Lane,” will

feature songs and related vignettes from well-known songs, TV shows, plays, movies and commercials. Suggested donation is $6 for adults and $3 for children. APT is a local theater program which provides an opportunity for self-expression and personal growth through performing and

visual arts for adults 18 and over, including those with disabilities. This year’s group includes approximately 45 developmentally disabled adults, ranging in ages from their 20’s to 60’s. The program began in 2001, as part of a life skills education series at the WarrenWashington ARC.

The Glass Menagerie Coming to Hubbard Hall The Chandler Travis Three-O with special guest Rabasi Joss will perform songs from the recent release “Waving Kissyhead Vol. 2 & 1,” and others, at Caffe Lena on Saturday, April 22.

CAMBRIDGE — The classic Broadway hit, “The Glass Menagerie,” comes to Hubbard Hall for the first time on Saturday, April 22 and runs through Sunday, May 7. Performances are Fridays at 7:30

p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 General Admission/$10 Student, and are available online at or by the box office at 518-677-2495 Wednesday

through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hubbard Hall Center for the Arts and Education has developed, produced, and presented theater, music, dance and the visual arts since 1878.

Glass Menagerie The

By Tennessee Williams

April 22-May 7, 2017 Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 pm Saturdays & Sundays at 2 pm

Starring Cambridge’s own Christine Decker,

this American classic tells the tale of Tom, his sister Laura, mother Amanda, and the Gentleman Caller. A meditation on how the past can haunt our present, this American classic made playwright Tennessee Williams famous and is perhaps his most personal work – giving us a window into his love for his real life sister Rose. Filled with laughter, love, and longing, The Glass Menagerie is a great play about family, forgiveness, and our desire to let go of the past. Hubbard Hall Center for the Arts and Education 25 East Main Street, Cambridge NY 12816 518.677.2495

Tickets: $25/$10 Student


Week of April 14 – April 20, 2017

Rochmon Record Club Sets Up New Spin Station at Caffè Lena Tuesday Night by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Blessed with a keen eye for historic detail and a jubilant appreciation of the music contained within the grooves, Chuck “Rochmon” Vosganian’s monthly gatherings provide a purifying space where strangers become bonded friends in common pursuit of three chords and the truth. He kicked off his series of classic rock listening parties at Universal Preservation Hall in September and with UPH set to undergo a 15-month renovation, Rochmon is relocating his popular monthly series to Caffè Lena. “We didn’t want the listening parties to end while we are in renovation, so I spoke to Executive Director Sarah Craig at Caffè Lena and she was extremely receptive to

Lanford Wilson’s “Balm in Gilead” Opens on Skidmore Stage This Weekend SARATOGA SPRINGS — “Balm in Gilead,” an updated version of Pulitzer Prize winner Lanford Wilson’s first full-length play brings the world of grungy 1970s New York City to vivid life on the Skidmore stage this weekend. Performances will take place at the Janet Kinghorn Bernhard Theater on the Skidmore College Campus April 14-15 and 19-23 at 8 p.m. – with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, April 23. Guest directed by international award-winning theater artist Phil Soltanoff, “Balm in Gilead” debuted at La MaMa in New York City in 1966. It was one of the pioneer plays of the OffOff-Broadway movement. In Skidmore Theater’s production, updated to the 1970s and inspired by Steppenwolf ’s 1984 revival directed by John Malkovich, “Balm in Gilead” tells the story of the down-andout of New York’s Upper West Side set to an iconic soundtrack of Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits, Frank Sinatra and many other timely favorites. Taking place in a gritty 24-hour diner, “Balm in Gilead” exists as a

moment in time in the lives of 25 characters, featuring an unconventional structure of overlapping scenes, the contradictory combination of the realistic and the abstract, and distinctly human stories of what it is to survive in a destitute world.

Tickets are $12 general admission and $8 for students and senior citizens. Reserve seats online at or by contacting our Box Office: or 518-580-5439.

Avant-Jazz @ Tang

Matana Roberts, an internationally renowned composer, band leader, saxophonist, sound experimentalist, and mixed-media practitioner, will appear with Kamau Patton at the Tang Museum on the campus of Skidmore College at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 14. The performance is the culmination of the exhibition “Art Forms of Dimensions Tomorrow: Sound, Black Study, and the Multidisciplinary Artist,” at the Tang, which pairs the early art and archives of Sun Ra with contemporary sonic and sound-inspired artworks. Photo by Paula Court.

the idea,” UPH Campaign Manager Teddy Foster said in a statement. Each month features a different classic rock album and Vosganian carefully researches each album he highlights, with a goal of informing and deepening understanding of the history of individual performers, songs and stories that make up iconic albums of the 1960s and 70s. A discussion follows each presentation, as well as a group vote regarding which album to highlight the following month. “Every album I research puts

me right back on my parent’s couch, sitting between two speakers, listening intently, reading every liner note and learning everything I could,” said Vosganian, who has previously featured releases by The Who, Queen, and Led Zeppelin, among others. Jethro Tull’s 1971 hard rock milestone “Aqualung” is the focus of the 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 18 Rochmon Record Club Listening Party at Caffè Lena. Admission is free; $5 suggested donation supports restoration of Universal Preservation Hall.

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Short Film Festival Showcase April 15 SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Behemoth Short Film Festival showcase takes place at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 15 at the Saratoga Arts Center on Broadway.

The Behemoth Short Film Festival’s goal is to bring unique voices to new viewers and broaden the audience horizon by delivering something different. The festival features

cinematic talent from around the world. Audience members will be allowed to vote on their two favorite shorts, for which the directors of the film will be given a prize. Tickets are $10.

week of 4/14-4/20 friday, 4/14: Pierre Bensusan, 8:00 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022 Max Dolcelli, 7:30/9:30pm @ Comedy Works — 275.6897 Andrew Wheeler Blues Band, 8:00 pm @ Hudson River Music Hall — 832.3484 Mike O’Donnell, 7:00 pm @ Inn at Saratoga — 583.1890 Darren Lyons Trio, 9:00 pm @ 9 Maple Avenue — 583.2582 Beautiful Losers, 9:00 pm @ One Caroline — 587.2026 Tempest, 8:00 pm @ The Parting Glass — 583.1916

Open Mic Night, 7:00 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022 Super Dark Collective Monday: Mope Grooves, Neon Glittery, 10:00 pm @ One Caroline — 587.2026

tuesday, 4/18: Rochmon Record Club featuring Jethro Tull’s “Aqualung” LP, 7:00 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022 Traditional Open Irish Session w/ Drank The Gold, 7:00 pm @ Inn at Saratoga — 583.1890

wednesday, 4/19: saturday, 4/15: South Carolina Broadcasters, 8:00 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022 Mark Kleinhaut, 7:00 pm @ Inn at Saratoga — 583.1890 Rugged Country, 7:00 pm @ Hudson River Music Hall — 832.3484 Nelson Esposito Quintana, 9:00 pm @ 9 Maple Avenue — 583.2582 Rick Bolton Band, 9:00 pm @ One Caroline — 587.2026 Adirondack Folk Night w/ Dan Berggren, Dan Duggan, John Kirk & more, 7:00 pm @ Proctors — 346.6204 Formula 5 CD Release Party, The Other Brothers, 9:00 pm @ Putnam Den — 584.8066

Bluegrass Open Mic & Jam, 6:30 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022 Hot Club of Saratoga, 7:00 pm @ Hamlet + Ghost — 450.7287 Tim Wechgelaer & Chris Carey Acoustic Duo, 7:30 pm @ Inn at Saratoga — 583.1890 Masters of Nostalgia, 8:30 pm @ One Caroline — 587.2026 Irish Celtic Session, 7:00 pm @ The Parting Glass — 583.1916 Pink Floyd Tribute : Brit Floyd, 7:30 pm @ Proctors — 346.6204

thursday, 4/20:

Max Dolcelli, 7:30/9:30pm @ The Comedy Works — 275.6897

Danny Barnes with Grant Gordy & Joe K. Walsh, 7:00 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022

Hair of the Dog, 8:00 pm @ The Parting Glass — 583.1916

“Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, 7:30 pm @ Comedy Works — 275.6897

Rob Aronstein, 7:00 pm @ Wishing Well — 584.7640

Open Mic — every Thursday, 10:00 pm @ Circus Café — 583.1106

sunday, 4/16: Jazz Jam Session, 7:00 pm @ One Caroline — 587.2026 Hot Club of Saratoga, noon @ The Merry Monk — 584.6665

monday, 4/17: Jeff Brisbin, 6:30 pm @ Brook Tavern — 871.1473

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Puzzles Across 1 Fraternal order member 4 Deposit 9 Candy shape 13 Pressure for payment 14 He became New York Philharmonic music director 30 years before Leonard 15 Part of ABC: Abbr. 16 Tension-easing activity 18 Butcher’s cut 19 Coffee cart item 20 Turf controllers 21 Durbeyfield daughter 22 It supposedly keeps the monster inside the closet 26 Tiebreakers, briefly 28 Turkish money 29 Host 31 Holistic healers’ observations 32 Day __ 35 Winery wood 36 Emphatic type ... or what the beginnings of the longest entries are? 38 Colorful carp 39 Turndowns 40 What Lot’s wife looked back at 41 Pastoral poem 43 Stat for a reliever 44 Nancy Drew’s beau 45 Jam site 50 Everymutt 53 WWII attacker 54 New Hampshire prep school town 56 Fanny 57 Baby blanket, perhaps 60 Subtle “Over here!” 61 Trojan hero 62 Japanese drama 63 Hardens 64 2012 title judge played by Karl Urban 65 Prefix with caching Down 1 Decree 2 Riches 3 Kilt companions 4 Groom with a bill 5 Jaguar creator 6 Big laugh

See puzzle solutions on page 46

See puzzle solution on page 46 7 Wrath 8 Postal motto word 9 French town closest to England 10 Honor __ thieves 11 Pastoral sound 12 Surrealist Max 14 Branch 17 Keep moist, in a way 20 Enclose, as a porch 23 Sugary stuff 24 Distiller Walker 25 Snare 27 Topping for fancy chocolate 29 Long stretch 30 “Little Red Book” author 31 Mayflower Compact signer 32 High jumps 33 Campaign pro

34 Catch a bug 37 Sweetheart 42 Clear, as a windshield 43 They may be false 45 Pats on the back, maybe 46 Really big 47 Brown 48 Cried in the cornfield 49 Work on in a bakery 51 Crusoe creator 52 Garden products brand 55 OBs and ENTs 57 Down 58 What’s-__-name 59 United

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Meet the Team: SSHS Baseball SARATOGA SPRINGS — The spring season started in grand fashion for the Saratoga Springs varsity baseball team on April 4, taking a win over La Salle in a home game. It was a promising start after a strong but ultimately disappointing prior season.




“We lost in the sectional semifinal game vs CBA and our overall record was 14-6,” coach Andy Cuthbertson said. “This was a senior heavy group that had high expectations after losing in the state championship as juniors. We made a great run in the sectional playoffs beating Niskyuana, and

Danny Sleight Junior 2nd/P

Chris James

Junior Catcher

Gordon Hogben

Junior 1st/P


Ballston Spa before out hitting CBA but losing in the semifinal.” This season, with seven returning seniors, the Blue Streaks have their eyes on becoming the top team in the Suburban Council League. Below, you can get to know this year’s team and coaches.

Brad Hipsley





Brian Hart

Junior OF/P

Lewi Clarke

Junior Outfield

Week of April 14 – April 20, 2017

April Game Schedule:

Mon, Apr 24, 4:15PM @ Mohonasen Away: Mohonasen High School League Game

Tue, Apr 18, 12:00PM @ Troy Away: Troy High School League Game

Wed, Apr 26, 4:15PM vs. Averill Park Home: East Side Rec League Game

Thu, Apr 2012:00PM vs. Albany Home: East Side Rec League Game Fri, Apr 21 12:00PM @ Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Away: BH-BL High School League Game




Cam Flemming

Junior Pitcher

Peter Herman



Kyle Powell

Senior UTL/P

Fri, Apr 28, 4:15PM Start @ Bethlehem High School Away: TBD, League Game Sat, Apr 29, 12:00PM @ Rome Free Academy Away: TBD Non-League Academy




Ryan Seales

Junior 1st/P

Matt Triola

Senior 3rd

Jack Cairns

Senior OF/P


Week of April 14 – April 20, 2017

May Schedule: Mon, May 1, 4:15PM vs. Guilderland Home: East Side Rec League Game

Thu, May 4, 4:15PM vs. Christian Brothers Academy Home: East Side Rec League Game

Fri, May 12, 4:15PM @ Shenendehowa Away: Shen Varsity Baseball Field League Game

Wed, May 3, 4:15PM Start @ Schenectady Away: Schenectady Central Park League Game

Mon, May 8, 4:15PM @ Niskayuna Away: Niskayuna High School League Game

Sat, May 13, 7:00PM vs. Schuylerville Home: East Side Rec Non-League Game

Wed, May 10, 4:15PM vs. Shaker Home: East Side Rec League Game




Zach Vavasour Senior Utility

Jake Fauler

Senior Outfield

Bret McArthur Ast. Coach




Quinn Jones



Lee Gnau

Junior Catcher

Keegan Leffler

Senior OF/P




Alex Henderson Soph.


Devin McArthur Soph.


Andy Cuthbertson Head Coach




Frank Raponi Ast. Coach

Nate Chudy



Niko Concha





Week of April 14 – April 20, 2017

COMMUNITY SPORTS BULLETIN Blue Needs You 8K Run SARATOGA SPRINGS — The third annual “Blue Needs You” 8K run, Kids Fun Run, and Race Expo will be held this year on April 15. Proceeds from the event will go to support Code Blue Saratoga, an organization that provides emergency shelter for the homeless in cases of severe weather conditions. For more information on the event, go to www.

Earth Day at Camp Saratoga WILTON — The Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park will hold a celebration of Earth Day at Camp Saratoga on April 22. Activities will run from 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., and they will include the following: the Saratoga Stryders Saturday Morning 5K Fun Fitness Run/ Walk at 8:30 a.m., the Family One-Mile Fitness Walk at 9:00 a.m., the Volunteer Habitat Conservation Project at 10:00 a.m., the Pond Exploration Nature Crafts Fire Tower from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., the Nature Scavenger Hunt at 11:00 a.m., and the Wellness Walk at 11:00 a.m. Healthy Living and Stewart’s will be providing healthy snacks for the event. For more information, go to

Ryan’s Run 2017 SARATOGA SPRINGS — The 11th Annual Ryan’s Run 5K will be held on May 20, 2017, at the Saratoga Spa State Park beginning at 9 a.m. The run is hosted by the Ryan Wersten MIOP Foundation, which raises money to support families affected by Malignant Infantile Osteopetrosis (MIOP), and to support the research and development of a cure. Ryan Wersten was the son of co-founders Barbara and Paul Werstern, and after being diagnosed with MIOP shortly after his birth, he passed away at six-months-old. For more information on the event, or to make a donation, go to www.

Wellness Walk WILTON — The Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park will be hosting a wellness walk on April 24 at 10:00 a.m. The walk is intended to provide gentle exercise and is geared towards participants at a basic fitness level. For more information on the event’s location and to sign up, call 518-450-0321 or email

Recreation Department Spring Soccer SARATOGA SPRINGS — The recreation department’s 2017 spring soccer program

is set to commence soon. The program is open to students in grades Pre K-12, will run from 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. 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 more information or to download forms, go to www.

Scottie’s Stampede BALLSTON SPA — Ballston Spa Central School District’s 2nd annual Scottie’s Stampede 5K walk/run for education will be held on May 20 this year, starting at 9 a.m. at the district’s tennis courts on Garrett Road. The goal of the event is to bring students and their families together in physical activity, as well as raising funds for the Ballston Spa Partnership for Innovation in Education Fund. For more information on this event, go to

West Mountain Gear Swap QUEENSBURY — The 2nd annual West Mountain Gear Swap will be held on April 15 this year, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Puzzle solutions from pg. 41 Send your sports stories or briefs to Sports@Saratoga

Those interested are encouraged to bring their bikes, kayaks, canoes, skis, or any other non-motorized outdoor gear to sell, while others will be able to purchase said items at discounted prices. For more information on this event, go to

Recreation Department Playground Program SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Playground Program is a sevenweek program for ages 5-12. Physical and mental wellbeing will be promoted through daily recreational activities and socialization to keep children’s minds sharp and encourage creativity. Registration is March 20-May 15. Sign up at the Saratoga Springs Recreation Center at 15 Vanderbilt Avenue Monday–Friday 9 a.m. – 7p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. or Sunday 12-6 p.m. For additional information or to download forms go to

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

call 518-587-3550 x2300 or email

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 Contact the Recreation Department at 518-587-3550 x2300 or

Golf League Sign-Up’s SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Lake Golf Club’s Summer League sign-up’s have been announced. Monday Senior League runs May 15-August 28; Tee Times starting at 9 a.m. Limited to 40 players. No golf Memorial Day or 4th of July Weekend. Monday COED League runs May 15-August 28; 5:30 p.m. shotgun each week. Limited to 72 players. No golf Memorial Day or 4th of July Weekend. Tuesday Ladies League runs May 16-August 29; Tee Times starting at 5 p.m. No golf 4th of July Weekend. Call 518581-8492 ext.100 to sign up or visit for more information.

Week of April 14 – April 20, 2017


Scotties’ Winning Debut

by Thomas Kika Saratoga TODAY

BALLSTON SPA — It was the warmest and sunniest day of spring so far on April 10 when the Ballston Spa High School baseball team took to the

diamond for the first time. Heading out onto solid turf that had recovered from recent bouts of rain, the team warmed up for the first game of their spring season against Albany High School as a playlist of high-energy hip-hop filled the air. Varsity head

Veteran Breeder Returns to Saratoga with New Horse

“Claude’s Alley Cat” gallops in the empty fields near its home at Glenham Farm. Photo by

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Galloping up and down the emptied corn filed behind Pitney Meadows Community Farm, “Claude’s Alley Cat” begins its preparation for the 2017 racing scene in earnest with some gentle exercises. Before long, the two-year-old stallion will move onto the Oklahoma Training Track, across the street from the Saratoga Race Course, to begin more intense training. For trainer Melvin Winney, Claude’s Alley Cat, named in memory of his late father, looks to make his return to the horse racing business a successful one. Running his first winning horse back in 1996 with “David Parson,” Winney went on to run eight winning horses during his career,

including “Back Door Deal” and “Ms. Will a Way.” Now, after five years away from the business, he sees the potential for victory in his latest horse. “He’s been doing everything right from day one,” Winney said. “He broke easily, quietly.” Winney’s new horse was sired by celebrated stallion “Desert Party,” which currently resides at the Irish Hill Century Farm in Stillwater and was previously owned by Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum of Dubai. “Most two-year-olds will go out with other two-year-olds to keep each other company,” Winney said about his new horse. “This guy, he doesn’t need any company, he’s very attentive, he’s focused. He’s like an older horse for a baby. He’s just a baby.”

The Ballston Spa Scotties leave the huddle at the start of their first game. Photo by

coach Curtis Nobles stood to the side near the dugout, monitoring his players and directing them to help improve their play-styles. “[We’re] very confident,” Nobles said about his faith in the team heading into the season. “Everyone’s chasing the same thing, getting sectionals, and trying to make a run at a sectional title.” This goal to grab a sectional title got off to a solid start, as the Scotties bested the Albany High Falcons with a strong 11-5. Standout players from the game, according to Nobles, were sophomore Luke Gold, who put up two hits and two RBI’s, and senior Aaron Hinman, who scored two RBI doubles.

Senior Grady Gawrys throws the first pitch of the Scotties’ spring season. Photo by

Practice began for the spring season on March 7, but it was mostly indoors on account of the damp and frigid weather that only let up recently. “They’ve been productive,” Nobles said about the Scotties’ spring preparations. “Lately they’ve had to be short and sweet because we’ve been inside so much. So, just to kind of keep things efficient but not overdragged we made sure that we come in and gets quality reps rather than quantity.” Nobles expressed particular excitement for senior Grady Gawrys, citing impressive relief appearances last season and the

hard work that he has been putting into practice for this season. “He looks like he’s prepared and ready and willing to do whatever it takes to have a winning season,” Nobles said about Gawrys. Jared Winkle, a team captain, was also singled out as a strong, quiet leader for the team, one that leads by example on and off the field The Scotties are coming into spring off of one of their strongest runs ever. Last season, they became Ballston Spa’s first ever state-ranked baseball team, being ranked 11th in the state, and put up a 15-5 win-loss record. “The best [season] in school history from what I hear,” Nobles said.

Volume 11  •  Issue 14


Week of April 14 – April 20, 2017

SSHS Baseball coach Andy Cuthbertson. See pages 44 and 45 to meet the full team. Photo by


Trainer Melvin Winney with his latest horse, Claude’s Alley cat. See page 47 for the full story. Photo by

Scotties’ Winning Debut

The Scotties’ uniforms lined up on the dugout. See page 47 for coverage of their first game. Photo by

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