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LOCAL • INDEPENDENT • FREE Volume 11  •  Issue 16  •  April 28 – May 4, 2017

Walk This Way: Steven & Liv Tyler’s

Local Roots • (518) 581-2480

Farmers’ Market Opens

by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY

Featured Stories

Athlete of the Week See pg. 43



Steven Tyler.Photo by Ch Villa (CC BY 2.0).

SCHUYLERVILLE — The Hudson River village that played a vital role in the turning point of the American Revolution can add “The Demon of Screamin’” to its feathered cap of historical significance. Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler and daughter Liv Tyler - an actress perhaps best known for her role in the Lord of the Rings film trilogy - visited the adjoined Saratoga villages of Schuylerville and Victory in January after learning of their 19th century ancestral ties to the community. Those local connections came to light in an episode of the TV series “Who Do You Think You Are?” which premiered on the TLC channel this week. See Walk pg. 8

See pgs. 26-27

Inside TODAY Blotter 5 Obituaries 6 See Farmers pg. 24

Outdoor Market at High Rock Park.

A Geyser Trail Twist

by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY

BALLSTON SPA — In recent weeks, a dispute has been simmering between two local mayors regarding the recreational trail project planned for the north side of Geyser Road over the course of many years. During both village board meetings in April, prompted by comments from the public, Ballston Spa Mayor

John Romano voiced his concerns about the trail project. They center mainly on increasing public access to a forested, 75-acre area located between Geyser Road and Rowland Street that supplies the village’s water. “The whole idea is I don’t want any access” to the watershed land, Mayor Romano said at the April 24 board meeting. At the April 10 meeting, Romano said a general lack

of consideration for the village’s watershed represented a “major error” in the project’s state-mandated environmental review process. Romano also expressed concerns about the removal of some trees on village property along Geyser Road that will be a necessary part of the trail project. He See Geyser pg. 12

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Neighbors: Snippets of Life from Your Community

Week of April 28 – May 4, 2017

Who: Marianne Barker. Where: Impressions of Saratoga, Broadway. Q. When did you first come to Saratoga Springs. A. 1980. From Long Island. Q. What’s the biggest change you’ve seen in the city in that time? A. It’s gotten so much busier. Q. What’s the biggest challenge the city faces in the future? A. Managing the growth and maintaining the character of downtown, its independent nature. The growth is great, it’s a sign of progress, but it also changes the dynamic. So, maintaining a balance. Q. What are you doing today? A. Placing orders, looking for summer staff. Q. What did you want to be when you were a kid? A. A veterinarian. I was going to be a large animal vet. I was on my way to do that when I met Dave, my husband. He started a screen printing company and I said: well I’ll help him for a couple of years then go back to school. I deferred my acceptance to Cornell, and here I am, without a single regret. I love this. Q. Do you have animals? A. I’ve always had dogs, kitties, horses on and off. We have a mini-horse here, he’s a mascot for the store. His name is Upset, named for the horse that beat Man o’War. Q. What brush have you had with fame? A. I was lucky enough three years ago to be invited by Congressman Tonko to go to the State of The Union address. So, I did that. There was President Obama, and Michelle Obama was sitting with one of the guys from “Duck Dynasty.” That was pretty cool. Just sitting in this crowd of people and thinking of all the historical things that happened in that room was amazing. I still get chills thinking about it. Q. What’s the best concert you attended? A. Garth Brooks. It was a fantastic show, country music fan or not. And Tina Turner has to take the cake at SPAC. That’s my favorite.

Marianne Barker. Photo by Thomas Dimopoulos.


Week of April 28 – May 4, 2017

Saratoga Paddlefest and Outdoor Expo 2017 SARATOGA SPRINGS — Mountainman Outdoor Supply Company, New York’s Largest Canoe, Kayak and stand-up paddleboard (SUP) dealer, is pleased to present Saratoga Paddlefest and Outdoor Expo 2017 on May 6 and 7. The event is the Capital Region’s largest canoe, kayak and SUP sale. It features kayak classes, free clinics and demos from leading experts in the Paddlesports and outdoor industry. It will take place at Mountainman’s Paddlesports shop at the Fish Creek Marina and at their Outdoor Gear and Clothing shop in downtown Saratoga Springs. Saratoga Paddlefest offers the largest selection of canoes, kayaks and SUPs in New York, and gives paddlers the opportunity to test-paddle hundreds of models before they buy. This year’s show will feature the annual Saratoga Paddlefest Kayak Fishing Tournament. It is open to the public, with first place prize being a Perception Pescador fishing kayak. Participants can use their own canoe, kayak or SUP, or rent one for a small fee. “Saratoga Paddlefest and Outdoor Expo has grown and expanded each year,” says Mountainman president John Nemjo. “It is now becoming a regional event, drawing outdoor enthusiasts from as far as New York City, New Jersey, Vermont and Massachusetts. They attend because this is the only event where they test paddle so many different brands of canoes, kayaks and SUPs at one time. And there’s a lot of fun for everyone: the fishing tournament, classes and clinics, live music, as well as great deals on canoes, kayaks, SUPs, clothing, footwear, outdoor gear and more.”

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American Canoe Association certified instructors will offer kayak classes for beginners and intermediate paddlers. Those interested in taking a class can pre-register online. New for 2017 is a free Kayak Safety Clinic, geared for all kayakers, novices to advanced. The Saratoga Lake Association, Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP, Kayak Shak and Fish Creek Marina sponsor the Safety Clinic. Saratoga Paddlefest and Outdoor Expo is free to the public, with a nominal fee for test paddling, the fishing tournament, and on-water classes. The event will be held Saturday and Sunday, May 6 and 7, at Mountainman Outdoor Supply Company at the Fish Creek Marina, 251 County Route 67 (Stafford Bridge Road), and at their Outdoor Gear and Clothing Shop at 490 Broadway in Saratoga Springs. More information, a free event guide, a clinic schedule, and directions are available at www. Mountainman Outdoor Supply Company is celebrating 24 years as New York’s Largest Canoe, Kayak and SUP Dealer. With stores in Old Forge and Saratoga Springs, Mountainman features the

area’s most complete lineup of outdoor gear and clothing, canoes, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards and is the only Capital Region paddling shop to offer on-site test paddling. For more information visit



County Closes Part of Zim Smith Trail SARATOGA COUNTY — According to Gramercy Communications, the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors and County Administrator Spencer Hellwig have taken action following the incident involving a county youth who fell into a sewer line at a construction site near the Zim Smith trail in the Town of Ballston on April 8. The county immediately suspended all work and public access to the site until the administrator’s office and County Sheriff Michael Zurlo have completed a review and investigation. The public will be able to access the site again upon completion of work. The work at the site was being conducted to advance Phase VI of the county’s sewer interceptor relining project. Insituform Technologies has been lead contractor on the last four phases of this project. County employees were doing no work and it is the sole

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responsibility of the contracted agent to secure the site, per an agreement approved by the county Board of Supervisors. The county has requested that the lead contracted company provide a corrective plan of action before work continues on the site. As a result, Insituform will be assigning a full-time safety manager for the site, as well as an on-site Field Engineer. The county will closely monitor the corrective plan of action and may request additional changes as necessary in order to satisfy the contract requirements. The county also has requested that the company responsible for site inspections, Environmental Design Partnership, produce more detailed daily inspection reports, inspect the site at the conclusion of each workday and assign a new construction inspector to inspect this project. Environmental Design

Partnership has agreed to comply with this request. While the investigation continues and when work at this site resumes, this section of the Zim Smith trail will remain closed to the public. The county anticipates this trail to

Week of April 28 – May 4, 2017 be reopened within four to six weeks once work resumes. Residents are encouraged to utilize many of the other recreational paths throughout the area. The approximately 6-mile section of the Zim Smith Trail from Shenantaha Creek Park in

Malta south to Coons Crossing in Halfmoon remains open to the public. The safety of all residents and visitors is a top priority and county officials will continue to promote policies and procedures supporting that priority.

Jacobsen Rugs Back In Area SARATOGA SPRINGS — In early April, Jacobsen Rugs returned to the city by opening a new location in The Old Firehouse at 543 Broadway. Jacobsen Rugs was founded in 1924 by Charles W. “Jake” Jacobsen. He served in the Army in both World Wars, achieving the rank of Colonel. It was while he was in the military that he was exposed to the alluring rugs from the Middle East. He opened his first store in downtown Syracuse. In 1950 Colonel Jacobsen hired Joseph P. Reinhardt, who stayed with the organization until his retirement in the late 1980s. For nearly 40 years he worked closely with the store founder in the Syracuse location. When Reinhardt retired he

moved to the Albany area to be near his daughter, Deborah. Deborah Reinhardt Barthold started her own Oriental rug store business—Stockade Oriental Rug Imports—in 1983 on lower Union Street in Schenectady. In 1986 the business moved to 268 Broadway in Saratoga Springs. Her family has been involved in the rug trade for 5 generations; and she has had the rare experience of traveling the Silk Route with her father. In the latter half of 1996 Jacobsen Rugs helped Barthold and Stockade with a going-out-of-business sale, which was very successful. In January 1997 Jacobsen purchased the company and continued to operate at

the same location with Catherine Remillard (Barthold’s daughter) as manager. Barthold continued to work in the store as a consultant and parttime employee. Jacobsen Rugs operated in Saratoga Springs for more than 7 years from January 1997 thru June 2004. When the store closed in 2004, Jacobsen Rugs left the area. Barthold and Remillard reopened Stockade and soon after moved to the current location at 543 Broadway in Saratoga Springs. Remillard left the business and Barthold has owned and managed the store until the present. She has recently announced her retirement and the closing of Stockade Oriental Rug Imports.

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Week of April 28 – May 4, 2017

COURTS Wifredo F. Diaz, 44, was sentenced on April 20 to a total of 50 years -to-life in prison, to run consecutively, after the conviction for two counts predatory sexual assault, and single count charges of first degree sexual abuse, and second degree assault. Diaz was also previously convicted for failing to register as a sex offender. The convictions stem from an incident that occurred in Saratoga Springs in August 2016 during which, a trial jury found, Diaz violently, physically and sexually assaulted his victim. Jennifer M. Pugliese, 36, of Fort Edward, was sentenced on April 20 to 3-1/2 to 7 years in state prison, after pleading to felony burglary, in connection with an incident that occurred in Wilton. William E. Slater, 46, of Gansevoort, pleaded on April 13 to criminal act in the first-degree, a felony, in connection with an incident that occurred in Wilton. Sentencing scheduled for June 8. Jordan M. Mosher, 20, of Queensbury, pleaded on April 13 to third degree burglary, a felony, in connection with an incident that occurred in Greenfield. Sentencing scheduled for June 8. Thomas J. Davin III, of Schuylerville, pleaded on April 14 to aggravated felony DWI, in connection with an incident that occurred in the town of Saratoga. Sentencing scheduled for June 9. Louis S. Guerra, 42, of the Bronx, was sentenced on April 11 to five years of probation, after pleading to felony criminal contempt in connection with an incident that occurred in Saratoga Springs. James J. Innes, 33, of Mechanicville, was sentenced on April 11 to 1-to-3 years in state prison, after pleading to felony DWI in connection with an incident that occurred in Ballston. Nathaniel F. Dennis, 44, of Ballston Spa, was sentenced on April 11 to four years in state prison and 1-1/2 years of post-release supervision, after pleading to attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance, a felony, in connection with an incident that occurred in Ballston.

POLICE Kevin M. Sillah, age 28, Cohoes, was charged on April 8 with speeding, and aggravated unlicensed

operation of a motor vehicle. Zachary M. Romano, age 24, Liverpool, was charged on April 8 with misdemeanor DWI, and driving the wrong way on a oneway street. Nacoda E. Meredith, age 20, Saratoga Springs, was charged on April 7 with unlawfully dealing with a child in the firstdegree, and unlawful possession of marijuana. Robert J. Loya, age 28, Saratoga Springs, was charged on April 7 with two felony counts of criminal possession of controlled substance, and unlawful possession of marijuana. Gabrielle K. Emery, age 24, Albany, was charged on April 7 with misdemeanor DWI and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and three driving violations. Sara A. Malpass-Willey, age 37, Ballston Spa, was charged on April 7 with misdemeanor DWI and aggravated DWI, and five driving violations. Marcus A. Kelley, age 25, Porters Corners, was charged on April 6 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and having a suspended registration. Christopher G. Perez, age 21, Saratoga Springs, was charged on April 6 with unlawful possession of marijuana, a vehicle equipment violation, and two driving violations. Patricia Arango, age 32, Porters Corners, was charged on April 5 with criminal impersonation, speeding, aggravated unlicensed operation, and unlawful possession of marijuana. Theresa M. Jordan, age 30, Lake Luzerne, was charged on April 5 with a vehicle equipment violation, and aggravated unlicensed operation. John A. Oakes, age 31, Saratoga Springs, was charged on April 5 with felony assault, and misdemeanor petit larceny and criminal possession of a controlled substance. Jonathan L. Bartfeld, age 22, Sonoma, California, was charged on April 5 with misdemeanor DWI and two driving violations. Clifford C. Colvin, age 57, Saratoga Springs, was charged on April 4 with criminal contempt in the second-degree, a misdemeanor. Paul J. Demertino, age 37, Saratoga

Springs, was charged on April 3 with criminal mischief in the third degree, a felony.

Alexander P. Miller, age 29, Saratoga Springs, was charged on April 2 with speeding and misdemeanor DWI.

Mary Ellen B. Zebrowski, age 55, Saratoga Springs, was charged on April 3 with felony burglary, and criminal contempt in the second-degree, a misdemeanor.

Nathan J. Bordeau, age 24, Ballston Spa, was charged on April 2 with speeding and misdemeanor DWI.

Cameron J. Audette, age 30, Niskayuna, was charged on April 3 with misdemeanor DWI, and a driving violation.

Marlon A. Williams, age 34, Albany, was charged on April 2 with failure to keep right and misdemeanor DWI.

Delia M. Hopkins, age 51, Saratoga Springs, was charged on April 2 with criminal trespass in the second degree, a misdemeanor.

Corey A. Saxton, age 30, Saratoga Springs, was charged on April 2 with criminal trespass, a misdemeanor.

Lance J. Beaubien, age 29, Massena, was charged on April 2 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor.

Michael J. Waldron, age 41, Saratoga Springs, was charged on April 2 with misdemeanor DWI, criminal possession of a controlled substance, and two driving violations.

Lakey McNeil, age 35, Saratoga Springs, was charged on April 2 with felony DWI as a second offense, refusing a pre-screen test, two driving violations, and unlawful possession of marijuana. Lacey A. Brackett, age 28, Corinth, was charged on April 2 with unlawful possession of marijuana, and felony criminal possession of controlled substance.

Nicholas L. Moon, age 27, South Glens Falls, was charged on April 1 with felony DWI as a second offense, circumventing a court-ordered interlock device, failure to keep right, and unlawful possession of marijuana. Kelsie E. Gibson, age 23, Queensbury, was charged on April 1 with misdemeanor DWI and misdemeanor aggravated DWI, and failing to obey a traffic control device. Eric J. Alford, age 45, Ballston Spa, was charged on April 1 with unlawful possession of marijuana, and two misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child.



Robert P. Ryall

Rita T. Morgan

EAST STROUDSBURG, PA — Robert P. Ryall, Ph.D., passed away November 25, 2016. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 29, 2017 in the historic Church of St. Peter in Saratoga Springs and burial will follow in St. Peter’s Cemetery. Online remembrances may be made at

MECHANICVILLE — Rita T. Morgan passed away Friday, April 21, 2017. A Mass was celebrated at noon April 25, All Saints on the Hudson South Church. Burial was in St. Paul’s Cemetery, Mechanicville. Arrangements were under the direction of the Burke Funeral Home, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs. Please visit

Burke & Bussing Funeral Homes


Week of April 28 – May 4, 2017

Hattie’s Patio To Reopen SARATOGA SPRINGS — On May 3, the owners of Hattie’s Restaurant at 45 Phila Street will reopen the patio after a renovation project. A re-opening party has been scheduled at 5 p.m. with Happy Hour prices for the first two hours. No reservations are required. “The swamp, as some lovingly call the patio, was in much need of some TLC,” says owner Beth Alexander. She said the bar was built years ago by former owner Colin MacLean by using banquet tables as a bar top. “It was a great idea and it has served us well, but it was time for a change.” With construction going on around them, Hattie’s owners Beth and Jasper Alexander decided that the time was right to upgrade their back yard. They hired long time customer Matt Geleta to design and build the bar; past Hattie’s employee and present decorator Sue Waldron to assist with design; and Patrick Coffey of IQ contracting as their contractor. Once the team was assembled the ideas just started flowing.

Photo by Sue Waldron Designs.

“I just wanted a chance to be a part of history. I’ve spent many nights at Hattie’s looking at the bar and knew I could make a beautiful, functional bar,” states Geleta. Waldron “worked at Hattie’s for a number of years before leaving to open her own business, Sue Waldron Designs,” Beth Alexander said. “I had the unique opportunity of working with someone who knows the restaurant business, is an amazing designer and a dear friend. I think Sue and I have had the most fun during this process.” Waldron’s brother Patrick rounded out the team and the work began.

There are many design elements in the renovation: antique tin ceiling panels used in unique places, liquor decanters, wrought iron and an antique chandelier found in the attic of a house owned by one of Beth Alexander’s closest friends. But the biggest change is the tap beer system. “We had one beer on tap before; now we have eight,” states Jasper Alexander. “We now have the ability to offer a more unique selection of beers to our customers.” Hattie’s patio bar will open daily at 4 p.m. with Happy Hour from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Hattie’s patio bar also opens at 9 a.m. for Saturday and Sunday Brunch.

Saturday: Medication Take-Back Day

This Saturday between 10am and 2pm, officers from the Saratoga Springs Police Dept. will be on Maple Ave. at the rear

of City Hall as well as at Saratoga Hospital collecting outdated medications for safe disposal. No needles nor liquids, please.


Week of April 28 – May 4, 2017

Local Navy Officer’s

Career Noted

U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Tamburri (at right) with his fiancée Elizabeth Kenney and former President Barack Obama. Photo provided.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — In 2008, Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Tamburri enlisted in the U.S. Navy and started his naval career serving aboard the USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) aircraft carrier, as an information-technology specialist. He later served as a networksecurity officer, machine-gun operator, stretch-bearer captain, firefighter, and damage-control specialist during his Naval career. His last position was in the

White House, where he served the National Security Council as a lead communications officer and oversaw multi-media operations that reached audiences across the globe, traveling frequently with former White House Chief of Staff, Dennis McDonough. Tamburri graduated from Georgetown with a Master’s Degree. He is the son of Sherrie And Ken Spencer of Saratoga Springs and grandson of Rene Owens of Easton, Pennsylvania.

Women’s Voices Sought for Book SARATOGA SPRINGS — A grant from Saratoga Arts is enabling a local author to publish an anthology that will bring forth women’s voices from the past. Stories written by women living in New York state about their foremothers will be selected for a book entitled, “Before They Were Our Mothers: Voices of Women Born Before Rosie Started Riveting.” As the editor of this anthology, Patricia A. Nugent, author of the book “They Live On: Saying Goodbye to Mom and Dad,” is seeking true stories in a mother’s voice about a certain time in her life before she becomes a wife and mother. Submissions should showcase how she asserts herself at a time when women’s voices are often silenced; her success against

Patricia Nugent (at left) with Mayor Joanne Yepsen, Joel Reed and Sharon Wait of Saratoga Arts. Photo provided.

the odds; or her disappointment over unrealized aspirations. An eight-person editorial board will review all submissions meeting the guidelines. Authors chosen will be invited to participate in a creative writing seminar and a book launch party in Saratoga Springs before the end of the year. They will also receive

a copy of the published book. All submissions are due by May 31. More specific guidelines should be reviewed at www.journalartspress. com/before-they-were-our-mothers. For more information, Nugent can be reached at pnwrites1@gmail. com or 518-265-3283. She lives in Hadley, New York.

Local Attorney Graduates from LEAD New York SARATOGA SPRINGS — Attorney Megan Harris-Pero of Harris-Pero Legal Counsel, PLLC graduated from LEAD New York’s Empire State Food and Agricultural Leadership Institute, joining a distinguished group of over 400 alumni. The competitive, two-year leadership development program,

run by Cornell University, focuses on improvement of the food and agricultural industry. Through seminars, workshops, and field travel, the program works to educate participants on local and global agricultural issues and possible solutions. Harris-Pero Legal Counsel,

PLLC was formed in 2015 to serve families and small-business clients. Currently, around 40 percent of the firm’s cases relate to agricultural business. For more information, visit, call 518-860-5668 or email Megan@ hperolegalcounse.



Week of April 28 – May 4, 2017

Walk This Way: Steven & Liv Tyler’s Local Roots Continued from front page.

Steven Tyler’s greatgreat-grandfather, George Washington Elliott, was a drummer who was present at the battle of Antietam and at Gettysburg. He set down roots in Saratoga County while in his 20s, shortly after the Civil War. “I can see my dad in his face,” Liv Tyler told Saratoga County Historian Lauren Roberts, after being shown a photograph in a 1912 brochure during a segment that depicted “Mr. and Mrs. George Elliott and family, Schuylerville, N.Y.” with their 17 children.

Liv Tyler, the daughter of Steven Tyler and Nashville based singer, songwriter and pop culture icon Bebe Buell, was filmed while driving around Saratoga and visiting the office of the Saratoga County Clerk in Ballston Spa. She was joined by her dad at Prospect Hill Cemetery in Victory, where in the shadow of the a 155-foot tall Saratoga Monument, they visited the burial sites of their ancestors. “I thought it was a fun show and great piece of history about her family,” said the Saratoga Town Historian Sean Kelleher. “When you start doing these

Pearl Street in the village of Victory, facing south, where it is believed George and Eliza Elliott and many of their children made their home in the late 19th century. Photo by Thomas Dimopoulos.

family searches, you just never know what you’re going to find.” It is not known what prompted the relocation to the Schuylerville area of George Elliott, who had African-America roots. In the 19th century, the greater Schuylerville area counted two Abolitionist Societies who lobbied politicians,

published abolitionist papers, and invited speakers into their communities - Frederick Douglass among them, according to Village of Schuylerville Historian Kristina Saddlemire. In the village by the latter part of the 19th century, local kids found their winter recreation ice skating on the frozen canal. They attended classes at Schuylerville’s Union Free School, a four-story building that stood on Green and University Streets, and played host to a visiting music teacher from Northumberland who would arrive by pony and provide piano lessons for the entire family. Research conducted independently of the show points to at least one member of the Elliott family being employed at the historic textile mill building in Victory, Kelleher said. The family were members of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Schuylerville. Of George and Eliza’s 17 kids, 15 were born in Au Sable Forks. “Two of the children Jennie May, and Arthur - were born in Schuylerville,” said Don Papson, co-founder and curator of the North Star Underground Railroad Museum, in Ausable Chasm, N.Y. Jennie May Elliott was born in 1889, and Arthur Earnest Elliott two years later. According to a 1976 obituary, Arthur was a groundskeeper who had been employed by Skidmore College and lived in Saratoga Springs for many years. Jennie May’s descendant,

Mary Briscoe, currently lives in Watervliet. She recalled meeting many of her relatives as a young girl growing up in Victory, where she lived until the age of six, before relocating during the 1940s. Watching the TV episode, Briscoe said she was able to learn more about her own ancestors, particularly those who lived during the Civil War Era and beyond. Steven Tyler’s mother, and Liv Tyler’s grandmother, Susan Ray Tallarico – whose maiden name was Blancha - was the daughter of Bessie June Blancha (Elliott), who in turn was the daughter of Robert J. Elliott and Edna Wheeler. Robert J. Elliott was one of the sons of George and Eliza Elliot, the first members of the family to settle in Saratoga. Their connection to Schuylerville and Victory seems to have lasted at least until the early part of the 20th century. “Robert J. Elliott married Edna Wheeler. She was the daughter of Charles E. Wheeler, who as much as I can figure out was a photographer in the village,” Papson said. Advertisements published in local newspapers in the early 1900s take note of photographer C.E. Wheeler’s, a shop located on Broadway in Schuylerville. The historians best pinpointed the family home as having sat on Pearl Street in the village of Victory and just around the corner from St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church on nearby Grove Street in Schuylerville.


Week of April 28 – May 4, 2017

New SPAC Series Seats Audience On Stage

Wilton Approves Commerce Park Changes and Batting Practice Plan WILTON — At its meeting on April 26, the Wilton Planning Board approved new construction in Commerce Park on Ballard Road and set a public hearing for the conversion of a Route 50 building into a facility for batting practice. According to Lucy Harlow, the board’s executive secretary, amendments were approved to the original site plans of Granite and Marble Works, Inc. and KLN, LLC. Granite and Marble Works plans an 8,500-square-foot addition at its

8 Commerce Park Drive location, which necessitated an adjustment to the property line as well. KLN plans to add 9,600 square feet of space to its 12 Commerce Park Dr. location. The board also gave initial approval to a proposal by Bret McArthur, owner of the Slugger’s Den at 175 Ballston Avenue, to convert the building at 4252/54 Route 50—north of the retail district—into another local site for indoor batting practice.

“It’s nothing that major,” McArthur said when contacted about the plan in March. He said the facility “will be a good fit” for Wilton. The Slugger’s Den is open to members and non-members, and lists rental rates online between $25 and $80 for 30- or 60-mintue practice sessions for batters. Harlow said the Wilton Planning Board set a public hearing on May 17 for McArthur’s site plan.

100 Volunteers to Plant Trees Across the City on Saturday SARATOGA SPRINGS — Sustainable Saratoga, in a publicprivate partnership with the city, will host “Tree Toga 6,” during which nearly 100 volunteers are expected to plant trees across the

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Performing Arts Center is launching a new programming series this summer that seats audiences directly on the stage of the iconic amphitheater. The onstage seating capacity in the unique format is 300. The entire audience will sit onstage with the artists and no other seats will be sold for the four-concert series. “Positioning audiences onstage for this series will offer them a unique, visceral experience – a connection with the performance unlike anything they have experienced previously,” SPAC President and CEO Elizabeth Sobol said, in a statement. The series takes place on four consecutive evenings in

August. New York City jazz band The Hot Sardines perform on Aug.7; Time for Three, and its three classically trained musicians — violinists Nicholas Kendall and Charles Yang, and double-bassist Ranaan Meyer – perform Aug. 14; Classical, hip-hop and R&B fused ensemble Black Violin – whose members have appeared at President Obama’s Inaugural and three Super Bowls – perform Aug. 21, and three-time Grammy Award nominated Afro-Cuban music group Tiempo Libre will perform on Aug. 28. Tickets to SPAC on Stage are limited and are $40 to $50, and available at beginning May 3.

Pitney Meadows Names Executive Director SARATOGA SPRINGS Pitney Meadows Community Farm, Inc. has named Mary Pieper as its first executive director. Pieper, a consultant to non-profit organizations, will lead Pitney Meadows through its first year of full operation, focusing on the development of a strategic plan, establishing its management structure and strengthening fund-raising efforts, according to the organization. Pitney Meadows

acquired the 166-acre Pitney Farm in December. “I joined the Pitney Meadows initiative because I was intrigued by the notion that this city would care enough to not only preserve this farmland, but to create a community-focused teaching farm,” Pieper said, in a statement. “I look forward to finding ways to make sure everyone understands that Pitney Meadows is their farm, too.”

city on Saturday, April 29. The city’s Department of Public Works will provide 25 of the trees from their taxpayerfunded tree planting budget. The event begins with assembly

of volunteers who will gather at High Rock Park at 9:30 a.m., and. disperse to plant the trees across the city at 10 a.m. Those interested in volunteering may do so by visiting: http://www.



Week of April 28 – May 4, 2017

State Requires Saratoga County to Study Shared Services by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY BALLSTON SPA — During a regularly scheduled meeting on April 24, Ballston Spa Mayor John Romano reported that the state of New York—as part of its budget process—is requiring all counties to review how government services can be shared. “Nobody’s speaking about it yet,” Mayor Romano said. Romano went through a long list of examples to prove how Ballston Spa has been sharing services with the towns of Ballston and Milton, plus Saratoga County, for years. “We, in turn, help them out when they need help,” Romano

said, referring to Milton road construction crews who sometimes assist in patchwork on village roads. Romano requested that the four trustees on the Village Board submit their suggestions about shared services to him by May 12. By September 15, according to Romano, Saratoga County is required to convene a special shared-services panel that will conduct a public hearing on the matter no later than October 15. Saratoga County Administrator Spencer Hellwig did not return a request for comment. In a summary posted online, the New York Department of State explains that the shared-services

requirement is “designed to generate property tax savings by facilitating operational collaboration between local governments.” The department says “the chief executive officers of each county (outside of New York City) will: establish a shared services panel; develop a county-wide shared service property tax savings plan; save taxpayer dollars, engage the public and have the opportunity for state match funding.” The Department of State reports that the shared-services measure is part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “commitment to reducing property taxes and incentivizing local government modernization.”

In other business on April 24, the Ballston Spa Village Board unanimously approved a measure that will allow a developer to tap a water main on Rowland Street north of the village. Romano informed the board that a 20,000-square-foot commercial building is being planned for long-vacant land between the Ballston Spa National Bank and Cumberland Farms. On a daily basis, he said, the development is expected to use an estimated 2,500 gallons of water. Water is pumped from a watershed farther north to Ballston Spa by a 20-inch water main along Rowland Street, to which the developer will attach a 2-inch line. The mayor said the state Department of Health mandates various conditions on any tapping of 20-inch water lines. In this case, a booster pump must

be installed in the development; the village must issue a $1,500 permit; and village officials “must witness the tap,” Romano explained to the board. Trustee Noah Shaw expressed his concerns about an unrelated measure involving village water lines and the firm CHA Consulting, Inc. (formerly Clough, Harbour and Associates). Romano presented to the village board a measure that authorized the expenditure of nearly $17,000 for water pump and motor maintenance and “related work that has to be done” by CHA. Shaw claimed that the village board received no prior notice of that measure’s terms, though he agreed to vote in favor. “The next time, I’m voting no,” Shaw said. “On these kinds of things it requires more process.”


Week of April 28 – May 4, 2017

New Manufactured Homes in Greenfield Photos by

by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY GREENFIELD CENTER — A community of manufactured homes on Route 9N is expanding with the addition of 64 lots in the back of the property. Stephen Sacks moved to Saratoga County from New Jersey because he believes in the value of the homes offered by UMH Properties at Brookview Village. UMH representatives “really do care about giving people the American dream,” Sacks said, during a tour of the work site. He was recently appointed as the property manager at Brookview Village. First established in 1968, UMH Properties is a real-estate investment trust that owns and operates manufactured homes in seven states. This week, contractors fused together individual halves of several new units after they had been transported separately across state lines on flatbed trailers. The manufactured homes feature modern exterior and interior designs, standardized by companies such as Titan Homes, Redman, Eagle River and Skyline. Sacks said the transportation of manufactured homes itself proves their durability in the natural elements.

“We think we’ve got a beautiful, affordable, high-quality product,” offered Sam Landy, the chief executive of UMH Properties in Freehold, New Jersey. Landy said family members, who travel to Saratoga Springs several times during track season each year, happened to get stranded at a Brookview Village guest house during Hurricane Irene in 2011. The storm allowed them to experience first hand, he said, the difference between traditional “stick-built” houses and manufactured homes. The 64-home addition at Brookview Village will take place in three phases, bringing the total number of lots to more than 200. The newer units will range in price from $100,000 to $150,000, Sacks said. “These are so well built,” Sacks continued, noting how an added feature will be the new development’s distance from Route 9N and its woodsy surroundings. “It’s

very quiet. It’s very peaceful. I think people are going to love living back here,” Sacks said. Landy said the completion of all 64 lots depends on real estate market conditions and actual sales. With all taxes and fees included, a typical monthly lot lease could total approximately $1,500, he said. After the real-estate market crash of 2008, Sacks explained, UMH Properties secured agreements with various credit companies that specialize in leasing manufactured homes. They include First Credit Corp., Northboro Priority Funding and Triad Financial Services. He said a Skidmore College graduate recently put down the first deposit on a manufactured home in

the new section of Brookview Village. UMH Properties is “not a company just looking to make money,” Sacks added. He said the company had installed three separate water wells and dependable sewer systems on the property, and is always willing to assist the community’s leaseholders

in the case of emergencies. Sacks also said the company is allocating $50,000 for a necessary rehabilitation of the mailbox area, which will include the installation of more lighting and protection from the elements for residents of the community.



Week of April 28 – May 4, 2017

A Geyser Trail Twist

A map of the Geyser Road Trail project provided by city officials. Continued from front page.

claims a deadline of March 31 to commence tree removal passed without proper input from the City of Saratoga Springs, whose border ends at the Town of Milton

line on Geyser Road. “There’s really been no communication and no information with respect to the project,” Romano said. Saratoga Springs Mayor Joanne Yepsen strongly disagreed.

“This has been going on for 15 years,” Mayor Yepsen said during an interview in her city office. “It’s been vetted with federal and state standards over and over again.” Yepsen said the city is “not going to cut any trees down”

until “the Village of Ballston Spa decides to cooperate.” The city is preparing letters that will be sent to property owners on Geyser Road, including Ballston Spa, discussing monetary compensation for any parcels of land that will be affected by the trail project. State officials are “looking at this as a package deal,” Yepsen added. “They have approved it all.” She noted how the trail project is directly related to infrastructure and traffic signal improvements planned for the intersection of Geyser Road and Route 50.

Yepsen said there is “lots of support” for her vision of connecting 23 miles of recreational trails in and around the city, which includes the Geyser Road trail. Yepsen cited the work of Molly Gagne, president of the city’s Southwest Neighborhood Association (SNA), as one of the main reasons for the growth of that support. The SNA’s members reside primarily in parts of the Geyser Crest neighborhood that are within the city’s borders. “It’s one of the most popular initiatives that I’ve seen since I’ve taken office as mayor in 2014,” Yepsen said. “The Geyser Road trail will be a multi-use trail, allowing for both pedestrian and bicycle access,” the SNA explains on its website. “It will be the first link from a neighborhood located within the suburban outskirts to downtown Saratoga Springs.” Dozens of citizens, though, have signed petitions opposing the project and presented them to city officials. A public hearing was held in January, during which petitioners raised concerns about a recreational trail anywhere near the Grande Industrial Park. “This segment of roadway is extremely busy and heavily used by tractor trailers and other large commercial vehicles, making it one of the most traveled commercial road segments in the City of Saratoga Springs,” the petitioners wrote to Yepsen and other city officials. “Encouraging bicycle traffic and pedestrians, children and their families on this roadway segment is ill-advised.” Still, Mayor Yepsen said she is determined to see the Geyser Road Trail project through. “We are reaching the finish line at this point,” Yepsen said. “I’m so excited this is going to happen.”

The section of Geyser Road where a proposed recreational trail will end. Photo by Larry Goodwin.



Week of April 28 – May 4, 2017

Network Security Checklist: Most businesses are concerned about their network security, and rightly so. After more than 32 years in the industry, we have put together some important points to consider when analyzing your network for potential security vulnerabilities. • Review User Accounts – It is important to make sure everyone has their own user account for logging purposes (no shared accounts!), and equally as important to make sure inactive accounts and those of past employees are removed, with access restricted. Policy should require that passwords are changed at regular intervals. Some industries require this to be in compliance. Make sure you are aware of any such rules that apply to your business.

• Vulnerability Scans – Scans on your external facing network gear should be done regularly (monthly, quarterly). Scans should also be run on your internal systems. Additionally, run a scan to audit your systems for any personal identifiable information stored in non-secured locations. This is the type of information hackers are often after to perform identity theft. An experienced MSP will provide you with a comprehensive report of your vulnerabilities as well as a strategy to remediate. We have a toolkit that can perform this service to minimize risk and the team to help you resolve these issues.

• Wireless Audit – Make sure that you have the latest encryption protocols enabled and a separate

password protected network for guest access. If permitted, include a terms and conditions disclaimer upon login. Periodically, change all wireless passwords. • Intrusion Prevention Systems – To protect your network and assets, invest in hardware or software for your computers that has intrusion prevention services (IPS). IPS will proactively monitor network traffic, defend against threats, and send you notifications. • Analyze the Policy for Updating Network Systems – Software vendors consistently release patches to address security and functionality issues and concerns. It is important to regularly ensure the devices are updating and rebooting properly. One of the most effective ways to do this is invest in a Remote Management and Monitoring toolkit (RMM) or to partner with a provider that can extend these services to you. We extend these services to you through our Managed Services Program. • Anti-Virus – (Anti-virus is part of our Threat Mitigation Suite.) Virus protection provides an additional layer of security for your computers and servers. Regularly review and verify that all your company computers and servers have anti-virus installed that update, run recurring system scans and, if permitted, provide real-time scanning and protection. • Application Control – A typical feature that is available in a good Threat Mitigation Suite is the ability to perform application control that limits which applications can be run on the network. This reduces your risk as infections are often bundled in with free applications. This will also reduce the chance of someone installing a file sharing program which can result in data leakage. • Asset Management – Keep a list of your technology assets with key services running, critical information defined, and who is responsible for it. Use an RMM so you can proactively maintain, adjust and protect your network.

• Two-Factor Authentication – This service is a method of confirming a user is who they say they are by a combination of two different identification mechanisms. We see this when we take money out of an ATM machine. The user must provide a debit card and a PIN to withdraw money. This configuration significantly reduces risks, especially against brute force attacks. • Multi-Site Backups – One of the most important processes a business can leverage is local and offsite backups. When hardware fails or a virus gets through and disaster strikes, a reliable backup will save you a ton of time and money. Additionally, backup restoration exercises will ensure your backups are working properly. • Data Loss Prevention (DLP) – Losing a person’s identifiable information (PII) can ruin a business’s reputation and may result in expensive fines. Review where your clients’ PII is stored. In the event you need to store PII on a mobile device, always use encryption technology. In very sensitive environments, we recommend using a DLP software suite to prevent end-users from emailing or copying PII to transportable media such as USB thumb drives. In the event you do need to email PII, we recommend email encryption. • Spam Filtering – One of the oldest and most popular ways for hackers to gain access to a network is through email. Put a good spam filtering program in place which will block spam and inspect attachments for infections. • Education and Awareness – Being aware of the latest best practices and vulnerabilities can be a challenging task for network administrators and end-users, especially when they are inundated with day-to-day operations. The easiest way to stay abreast of the latest trends is by subscribing to a trusted advocate’s social media site and newsletters. We offer this service at no charge. Please feel free to follow us and join our newsletter by subscribing through our website.

• Bandwidth Shaping – Software Designed Wide Area Networks (SDWAN) is a term very popular in the networking industry right now because of the increasing use of cloud services. What this means is that you can configure bandwidth allotments for the different cloud and internet services you exercise to conduct business. In addition, you can block undesired traffic and prioritize critical traffic – reducing the risk of running out of bandwidth, which causes a slow end-user experience. • Create Policies – Creating policies sets expectations with your end-users on how they should be using the different technologies to conduct business. Examples of a policy would be an Acceptable Usage Policy or Fair Use Policy, which is a set of rules that restricts the ways in which the network may be used. • Vendor and Third-Party Service Provider Management – It is important to audit and document any outside vendors that have access to your network with their associated level of administrative privileges. These companies should have their own service accounts so you can track activity. Assemble a list of requirements for your vendors that is most relative to your industry. Some example requirements would be Errors and Omissions Insurance and SOC certification. Sticking with these guidelines and staying on top of new trends and developments will keep you in the forefront, leaving you best prepared to have a safe and secure network. Regardless of how you’re currently handling your IT, if you’re an owner or decision maker with concerns and questions, reach out to us. We are a mature technology company with seasoned professionals that will have a simple conversation with you. A more detailed document on this topic can be found in our online resource library. If you would like more information on Managed Services or Tech II Business Services, visit us online at, email us at, or give us a call at (518) 587-1565.


Week of April 28 – May 4, 2017

BALLSTON SPA 16 Cypress St., $309,267. Heritage Builders Group LLC sold property to Howard and Jane Layer.

CHARLTON 1202 Peaceable St., $110,000. Kazimierzi and Sandra Austro sold property to Bryan Bartczak. 749 Charlton Rd., $288,000. Scott Bobrowich and Jenna Battenhausen sold property to Leland and Melanie Roden. 106 Jenkins Rd., $219,500. Raymond Toohey sold property to Andrew Bodine and Reagan Beadles. 118 Dawson Rd., $215,000. Timothy and Kathie Warner sold property to Michael Gnip.

CLIFTON PARK 41 Balsam Way, $456,987. Heritage Builders Group LLC sold property to Yadi and Padma Dudi . 72 Via Da Vinci, $170,000. Raita and Jennifer Hoech sold property to Jennifer Hoech. 24 Riverwind Dr., $370,000. Gary Yeager (by Admin) sold property to Mathew and Caitlin Sonagere. 3 Virginia Ct., $435,000. Devon and Sheila Manz sold property to Robert Robison and Stacy Bressette. 4607 Foxwood Dr. South, $160,000. Jaime Evers sold property to Ann Casselman. 22 Mystic Lane, $272,400. Daniel and Melissa Boisvert sold property to Caitlyn and Mark Gironda, Jr.

CORINTH 206 Howe Rd., $30,000. Gary and Gail Jordan sold property to Rudolph Prisco. Lot 12 Bianica Dr., $35,000. Terre Majestic Holdings LLC sold property to Elite Builders of Hadley LLC. 24 Lincoln Mountain Rd., $40,000. Eugene and Maria Kodumoutsos sold property to Clifford Hodsoll 205 Ash St. $30,000. Edith Carleton (by Exec) sold property to David Brownell.

10 W. Mechanic St., $166,420. Timothy Harney sold property to William and Heather Kunkel.

GALWAY 1023 Camp Rd., $225,000. Edward and Jane Forner sold property to Randall and Patricia VanBrocklin. 2360 Diamond Point Rd., $125,000. Robert and Laurie Leonard sold property to Joseph Lacivita and Diane ConroyLacivita. Sacandaga Rd., $26,000. Dorothy Zweighaft sold property to Dawn and Ronald Wood, Jr. 1901 Hermance Rd., $258,000. Donna Peterson sold property to Daniel and Amy Cooper.

GREENFIELD 4263 Route 9N, $39,900. Hebert and Lisa Pace sold property to Stephen and Jessica Casso. 417 Allen Dr., $54,900. WJ Szmachlo sold property to Chad Darling and Kellie Rossner. Lot 2 McAllister Dr., $7,000. Sarcom Land Development Company Inc sold property to Hive to Home Honey LLC. 138 Brigham Rd., $665,000. Eric and Sandra Hermans sold property to Alexander and Lou Ann Martin.

HALFMOON 45 Summerfield Circle, $335,000. Maurice and Nancy Lynch sold property to William and Lauril Ward. 19 Birchwood Dr., $225,000. Elizabeth Mezera (by Exec) sold property to Rehan Qureshi.

MALTA 9 Magnolia Way, $410,000. Cartus Financial Corporation sold property to Daniel and Alicia Powers.

840 Malta Ave. Extension, $80,000. Miles Cornthwaite sold property to David Avenarius. 38 Century Dr., $329,600. Wells Fargo Bank (as Trustee) sold property to Andrea and Scott Fraas. 60 Maltaville Rd., $242,000. Daniel Campbell sold property to Dennis Lobosco.

MILTON 60 Center St., $186,170. Brian Smith sold property to Kelly Cataldo.

SARATOGA 1235A NYS Route 9P, $793,650. Filippo and Lori Stocchetti sold property to Brian Zink and Kimberly Finnigan.

SARATOGA SPRINGS 189 Broadway, $2,550,000. Spa Enterprises LLC sold property to Blue Star Enterprises LLC. 21 Waterview Dr., $440,000. Allen Mossman (as Trustee) sold property to Ronald and Michelle Winnie.

46 Skylark Dr., $236,000. James Buydos sold property to Travis and Kellie Roberts.

13-13A Jumel Place, $465,000. Fish Creek Management LLC sold property to Timothy and Colleen Yates.

118 Hutchins Rd., $179,900. Alexander and Jennifer Feist sold property to Richard Schaefer.

9 Oakbrook Blvd., $850,000. David and Roslyn Zecchini sold property to Justin and Catalina Provost.

MOREAU 7 Macory Way, $424,000. Camelot Associates Corporation sold property to Mary Ann Poore and David Chrzanowski. 11 Mountain View Dr., $50,000. Melvin Hayes (by Exec) sold property to Norman Chadwick. 25 Tourtise Dr., $384,708. Marini Land II Inc. sold property to David Sanders and Jennifer Reiner. 51 Cemetery Rd., $275,000. Steven and Ruth Walko sold property to Nine Plus Holding LLC. 9 Milltowne Rd., $346,000. Paul Drezelo sold property to Stinka LLLC. 9 Schuyler Ct., $194,000. Eileen Swanson (by Agent) sold property to Isa and Kimberlie Kacan. 209 Grenadier Ct., $130,000. Mary Hines sold property to Gordon and Patricia Whitney.

17 20 Lafayette St., $250,000. Dorothy Turley (by Agent) sold property to Peter and Jennifer Lopatka.

STILLWATER 17 Phillips Rd., $79,700. Carol Keefe, Lionel Keefe, David Keefe and Carol Napoli sold property to Joshua and Karen Johnson.

WILTON 36 Damascus Dr., $285,000. Susan Lamarche sold property to Matthew and Bonnie Taylor. 26 Donegal Way, $326,000. Kathryn Robertson sold property to Diane Couture. 1 Laurie Lane, $339,900. Vincent Laterra, Jr. and Gregory Gibbins sold property to Joseph DeSantis.



Week of April 28 – May 4, 2017

Local Mother and Doctor Each Find a Business Niche by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Michelle Brandriss devised a simple way to help active kids everywhere prevent the loss of personal items: by sticking her company’s durable name labels on backpacks, clothes, drink containers, or whatever their little hearts desire. Dr. Richard Kim, a California native, reports that he was so impressed by the Adirondack Park that he decided to transplant his family here as a means to help upstate New Yorkers stay healthy through vigorous activity. On May 2 in Albany, the federal Small Business Administration (SBA) will recognize both Brandriss and Dr. Kim for the commercial success of their ideas. Her popular Ballston Spa company is NameBubbles, while Kim runs Kinetic Sports Medicine on Care Lane in Saratoga Springs.

Michelle Brandriss and her son Cooper. Photo provided.

Local representatives of Bank of America Merrill Lynch and the Adirondack Trust Company, respectively, nominated the two businesses for that honor. A total of 14 other Capital Region businesses will be awarded along with NameBubbles and Kinetic Sports Medicine, during the SBA’s Small Business Week luncheon at the Albany Marriott. The event will be

emceed by anchor Jim Kambrich of the television news station WNYT. Brandriss explained how she began printing her NameBubbles labels for kids in 2009 and selling them primarily online. The company “started off very modestly,” she said, “in my basement.” A career in advertising, which required frequent travel, was seriously cutting into the quality time Brandriss had with her toddler son Cooper and husband David. So she chose to focus instead on building NameBubbles. At the time, she remembers, it appealed to her how all sorts of “mommy blogs” were being created through which mothers nationwide shared experiences. “The Internet has been a really freeing place,” Brandriss said, where “you can really make things happen.” By late 2015, her labelprinting operation needed to expand into a spacious building on Science Street in Ballston Spa. Brandriss said she plans to utilize the village property— situated on a steep hill behind Saratoga County administrative offices—until she retires.

NameBubbles labels on kids’ items. Photo by Alyssa Watroba.

Dr. Richard Kim at his practice on Care Lane. Photo by Larry Goodwin.

“We’ve continued to grow. I’ve always had an amazing team of people,” Brandriss said of her 19 employees. “I feel very lucky.” “New York state is only 10 percent of our business,” Brandriss added. “It’s been from getting to know parents from all over.” Kim said Kinetic Sports Medicine, which first opened in 2014, is based on a “long-term vision and goal” that grew out of his medical education in Albany. Today he employs an office manager and a part-time assistant in the effort. Kim holds several other titles such as team physician

of the U.S. Rugby Eagles and Saratoga Rugby Club, and clinical assistant professor in sports medicine at Albany Medical College. “The job search after sports medicine training left me believing that patients could have a different experience with not just sports medicine, but with regards to maintaining or returning to active lifestyles,” Kim explained in an email. “The practicing model is very much about prevention being the cure,” Kim said, when asked to describe his business philosophy in general. “Today our society is battling heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, etc. A key element in preventing or treating these conditions is through activity.” Kim added that “being innovative, creative, traditional, non-traditional to overcome limitations from activity is essentially where we come in.” “The Capital Region is now home to me, especially Saratoga,” Kim said. “Not only is the backdrop of the Adirondacks stunning, but my life is well invested and rooted into this region. There are eventual plans to have a presence in other regions but Saratoga will always be home.”


Week of April 28 – May 4, 2017

Saratoga Hospital Names Cardiac Specialist

cardiology. He is in practice with Saratoga Hospital Medical Group – Cardiology. For more information, visit

Zumiez To Open New Location

Dr. Patrick McNulty. Photo provided.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Dr. Patrick McNulty has joined Saratoga Hospital as director of interventional cardiology. He oversees both emergency and diagnostic cardiac procedures at the Whitney-Hendrickson Cardiovascular Center. McNulty comes to Saratoga Hospital from Bassett Healthcare Network in Cooperstown, where he served as chief of cardiology and oversaw the significant expansion of cardiac services. He has extensive experience in building and growing a comprehensive interventional cardiology program. Interventional cardiologists perform minimally invasive, catheter-based procedures— including balloon angioplasty and stenting—to diagnose and treat heart conditions. At Saratoga Hospital, McNulty joins a team of highly skilled cardiologists, many of whom have been meeting the region’s cardiac care needs for decades. He adds depth and breadth to the hospital’s heart health program and—along with other interventional cardiologists from Saratoga Hospital and Albany Medical Center—enables Saratoga Hospital to elevate emergency cardiac care. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, McNulty earned his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. After an internship and residency at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, he completed fellowship training in cardiology at Yale University Medical Center. McNulty is board certified in internal medicine, with subspecialty certifications in cardiology and interventional

LAKE GEORGE — The Outlets of Lake George announced that Zumiez—a popular skate, surf and snowboard apparel, footwear and accessories specialty retailer—will celebrate a grand opening on Friday, May 19. A new 3,000-square-foot Zumiez is located on the shopping center’s west side near LOFT. It replaces a store that had closed previously at Aviation Mall in Glens Falls. Zumiez also has a location in Wilton Mall. The Outlets at Lake George, the recently expanded 102,000-square-foot outlet shopping center serving the Adirondack Mountains region, is located on State Route 9 just off Exit 20 of Interstate 87. The shopping center features designer and brand names including Polo, Ralph Lauren, Coach, Levi’s, Adidas, ASICS and Van Heusen, among many more, offering discounts up to 65 percent off regular retail prices every day. For more information, visit

Adirondack Trust Goes to Big Apple

Adirondack Trust Marketing Assistant Liza Rucinski and Vice President/ Marketing Director Rob Ward in New York City. Photo provided.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Adirondack Trust Company was honored at the third annual Financial Capability Innovation Awards presented by the nation’s leading technology innovator, EverFi, Inc.

Presented at Nasdaq Marketsite in New York City, the award recognizes the Adirondack Trust Company’s significant efforts to improve the financial capability of local teenagers through unique online learning initiatives. The Adirondack Trust Co. is committed to providing students with the skills and knowledge needed to successfully navigate the increasingly complex financial world we live in. The bank has partnered with EverFi to bring the EverFi and Vault Financial Literacy Courses to local students at no cost to schools or taxpayers and has reached over 2,000 students since the 2014-2015 school year. The web-based program uses the latest in simulation and gaming technologies to bring complex financial concepts to life for the digital generation. Honorees were selected based on a set of criteria that included the scale and reach of their financial education initiatives, the duration of their commitment, and unique employee volunteering activities that supplement their programs. Administered by teachers in a classroom setting, the course offers over six hours of programming on a variety of financial topics including credit scores, insurance, credit cards, student loans, mortgages, taxes, stocks, savings, 401k’s

and other critical concepts that map to national financial literacy standards. The web-based platform uniquely tracks the progress and performance of every student. Since partnering with EverFi, The Adirondack Trust Co. has been involved with visiting classes who are actively using the program to discuss financial fundamentals and how they will apply to the students now and in the future. As students complete the courses, the Adirondack Trust Company also provides certificates of completion during a brief ceremony.

BSNB Appoints New Manager BALLSTON SPA — Teresa Zwinge has been named relationship manager at Ballston Spa National Bank (BSNB). She will be responsible for providing financial solutions to

customers and for maintaining the daily operations of the bank’s new Voorheesville office, according to Chris Dowd, the BSNB president and CEO. Slated for opening later this spring, the Voorheesville branch will be a full-service location offering commercial and personal banking services, mortgages and consumer loans as well as trust and investment services. Zwinge has 20 years of previous experience in the banking industry including branch management. Most recently she was a branch manager at First Niagara Bank in Voorheesville. Active in the community, Zwinge is an auxiliary member of the Voorheesville American Legion Post #1493. For more information, visit To become part of BSNB’s online community, visit or



Week of April 28 – May 4, 2017

Quiet on Set: Local Students Help Produce Anti-Bullying PSA Photos by

by Thomas Kika Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — A director discusses the specifics of scene D-14 with his actors and crew, stressing that 5-6 shots will be needed. Meanwhile, a short ways away on the set, other actors patiently wait on their marks, going over their lines and directions for the upcoming shots. All the while, the cast and crew eagerly await the completion of the last few shots so they can finally take their lunch break for the day. But this film set is not in Hollywood, or somewhere else far off. It’s right here at the Saratoga Springs Public Library (SSPL). And that cast and crew is not made up entirely of film industry professional. Rather, it is composed of local students, learning about film production for a good cause. Filmmaker Mike Feurstein returned to the Saratoga Springs

Feurstein directs his cast and crew while working on a scene.

Pages from the script that the students created for the project.

area for a five-day film residency as part of the Don’t Wait to UnMake a Bully program, a partnership between his How to UnMake a Bully program and Lisa Bradshaw’s Don’t Wait Project. Through the program, Feurstein works with students in districts nationwide, using roles on a film set to teach them about treating others with respect and how to avoid being a bully. After the in-class lessons, students take what they learn and use their new

tie the roles into civic responsibility. So the sound guy is a good listener, and the director is a good leader as well as a good listener. So we tie in the jobs of a movie set to how you should be behaving in a civilized society.” This is Feurstein’s second time working with students on a project in the SSPL, having worked there for the first time two years ago. This year, he is working with students mostly from the Saratoga Springs City School District, as well a few from South Glens Falls and Burnt Hills. The short film that they came up with has an appropriately library-inspired theme, with villainous characters coming out of various books and possessing the bodies a various children, causing them to act like a bully.

skills to help produce an anti-bullying PSA. This most recent residency ran from April 17-20, with filming at the library taking place in the last three days. “We meet the classes for the first time on a Monday and talk about bullying, kindness, citizenship, digital citizenship, cyber security, and things like that for the first 45 minutes,” Feurstein said. “The second 45 minutes is learning how to make a movie, and we learn all the roles, and I

“The Queen of Hearts is acting all boisterous and bossy,” Feurstein said. “And the Wizard of Oz is acting boastful” According to Youth Services librarian Kali Nagler, the film will premiere to the families of the students and the public in a special screening on June 15, and in the fall, they will feature the film as part of a planned anti-bullying awareness day alongside the first film produced in 2015. The film will also be shared on Feurstein’s YouTube channel, “Unmaker Mike.” “I think a lot of them are learning that making a movie is hard work,” Feurstein said. “And it’s collaborative, they have to work together, they have to listen.”


Week of April 28 – May 4, 2017

Skidmore Professor Receives Prestigious Fellowship

New Guggenheim Fellow Heather Hurst. Photo courtesy of Skidmore College.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Heather Hurst, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Skidmore College

and Skidmore Class of ’97 alumna, has recently been named as a recipient of the prestigious Guggenheim

Fellowship. As a fellow, Hurst will be preparing a new corpus of Mayan murals from San Bartolo, Guatemala, which will provide new insights into the origins of Mayan religious beliefs. The Guggenheim Fellowship is presented to archeologists on the basis of past achievement and the promise of future success in the field. In her career, Hurst has investigated Mayan artifacts at a number of sites, including Bonampak, Copán, Holmul, Oxtotitlán, Palenque, Piedras Negras, San Bartolo and Xultún.

Ballston Spa Approves School Budget BALLSTON SPA — The Ballston Spa Central School District Board of Education has approved a proposed budget for the 2017-2018 school year of $90,340,742. This would mark a 2.1-percent budget increase, and a 2.9-percent tax levy increase, with a 0.6-percent tax rate increase across the district, which would represent an approximately $22 increase

for the average single-family home. The annual school budget vote will be held May 16, from 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. Residents of Malta will vote at the Malta Town Hall, and residents of Milton, Ballston Spa, and Charlton will vote at the Ballston Spa High School. The district encourages voters to learn about the new proposed budget by attending one of the

Community Budget Presentations in the coming weeks. District representatives will present information and answer questions from interested residents at 6:30 p.m. on April 26 at the Milton Community Center, May 4 at the Ballston Town Hall, and May 10 at the Malta Community Center. For more information on the 2017-2018 budget, go to

Meet the Candidates Night BALLSTON SPA — In preparation for the upcoming school budget and Board of Education (BOE) votes, the Ballston Spa Central School District will be hosting a “Meet the Candidates” night on May 1, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Ballston Spa High School library. Facilitated by the high school’s Participation in Government

classes, the evening will give prospective voters a chance to learn about the four candidates running for BOE seats: Michael O’Donnell, Katie Thimineur, Lillian McCarthy, and Jeanne Obermayer. In this year’s election, there are two fullterm and one unexpired seats to fill. The two candidates with the most votes will fill the full-term seats,

while the candidate with the third most will fill the unexpired term seat. The School Budget Vote and Board of Education Elections will be held on May 16 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Residents of Malta will vote at the Malta Town Hall, and residents of Milton, Ballston Spa, and Charlton will vote at the Ballston Spa High School.

Local Students Make Dean’s List Serena Cascarano of Saratoga Springs has made the most recent Dean’s List at the Iona College School of Business. Cascarano will be graduating in May with a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing. She currently holds a 3.87 GPA, and will graduate with the following honors: Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society, Delta Epsilon Sigma Honor Society, Golden Key Honor Society, and the Marketing Medallion. Reece Napierski, another Saratoga Springs native, has also made the most recent Dean’s List at Villanova University. Napierski is a freshman with an undeclared major, though his mother, Jennifer Napierski suspects that he is leaning towards history and political science.

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


Camp Invention Comes to Division Street SARATOGA SPRINGS — Camp Invention, a summer lesson program focusing on science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and innovation, will come to Division Street Elementary from July 10-14. Students will experience a curriculum inspired by

some of the nation’s most significant minds, using hands-on problem solving, collaboration, and various STEM principles. The program is open to kids entering grades K-6, and will cost $225. For more information on the program, go to


Week of April 28 – May 4, 2017

Week of April 28 – May 4, 2017




Week of April 28 – May 4, 2017

Getting Ready to ‘Go Outdoors’ Saturdays, 9 to 1 Lincoln Baths Saratoga Spa State Park

by Himanee Gupta-Carlson

for Saratoga TODAY More sunshine and balmier temperatures are filling the days, despite the overnight frosts that still threaten the tender seedlings being nurtured for the summer. With the increasing warmth, vendors at the year-round Saratoga Farmers’ Market are talking eagerly of “going outdoors.” “Going outdoors” means the market will make its annual move from its winter location in the Lincoln Baths Building at the Saratoga Spa State Park to High Rock Park. The move begins next week: the final winter market at Lincoln Baths is tomorrow, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The summer season will kick off 3-6 p.m. Wednesday; the grand opening will be at 9 a.m. Saturday. “I love being outside,” said Marcie Place, owner of the Chocolate Spoon. “We have a nice hearty winter market, but six months indoors is enough.” “We’re back in the fresh air, and in town,” added Phyllis Underwood, owner of Shushan Hydro Farms. “It feels like coming home.” High Rock Park has been home for the Saratoga Farmers’ Market since the 1990s. Having an opportunity to operate twice a week allows farmers and other vendors to provide Saratoga area residents with an abundance of fresh food,

garden starting seedlings, prepared foods, and other items. It also lets the market reach several different groups of customers ranging from families and downtown Saratoga employees on Wednesdays to these groups along with weekend tourists on Saturdays. This gives each of the weekly markets a distinct identity. “We get so many schoolchildren on Wednesdays from the Lake Avenue Elementary School,” said Place. “It creates a sense of fun. And Saturdays

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are like a huge community festival, that everyone joins into.” Market director Julia Howard encourages shoppers to stop by High Rock Park on Wednesdays, even if they make most of their purchases on Saturdays. The midweek market continues to expand

with 24 vendors in 2017, an endof-school celebration on June 28, and the second annual Power of Produce Club for children. “It’s an entirely different experience,” said Howard, of the winter to summer transition. “Indoors, we’re like a tight-knit community. Outdoors, everything gets bolder, brighter.” Visit the final indoor Saratoga Farmers’ Market 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 29 at the Lincoln Baths Building in the Saratoga Spa State Park. Then, join us for the summer 3-6 p.m. Wednesdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at High Rock Park.

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What’s Cooking Saratoga? So, why do you need an instant read thermometer? Here are some of the things I use an instant-read thermometer for: • Checking to see if oven-baked food like lasagna is hot enough to serve (160 F is great; 140 F will do if you are in a hurry)

by John Reardon for Saratoga TODAY Hello my Foodie Friends. This past week, as Paula and I began some “Spring cleaning,” I was going through our kitchen gadget drawer evaluating the tools that I use. One tool that I use on a regular basis is an instant-read thermometer. An instant-read thermometer might seem like one of those kitchen gadgets you don’t really need. Most of us cook by the seat of our pants anyhow, right? Maybe it seems a little too “cheffy?” But I think you’ll find that if you get one, you’ll use it a lot, and it will increase your confidence in a wide range of kitchen tasks. Everyone should have an instant read thermometer in their kitchen, as it gives you better control over everything from chicken thighs to caramels. So named because it gives a temperature reading very quickly, an instant-read thermometer is an essential food safety and sanitation tool. An instant-read thermometer consists of a stainless steel stem that serves as a temperature probe, and either a dial or a digital readout. One advantage of the analog type (the kind with the dial) is that they can be calibrated relatively easily, so you’ll be sure of always getting a true reading. Note that an instant-read thermometer is different from a meat thermometer. An instantread thermometer is used for taking a quick temperature reading of an item, but you don’t leave it in the food while it cooks. A meat thermometer is inserted into a piece of meat before roasting and is left in the roast during cooking.

• Making sure custard isn’t overcooked (if you get to 185 F the egg proteins will get very tough) • Food safety 101 – if you are going to keep something perishable out of the refrigerator for an extended period of time it must be below 40 F or above 140 F • Food safety 102 – make sure anything with egg yolks reaches at least 160 F to kill salmonella (especially if it will be served to the young, old, or immunocompromised. • Oil temperature for deep frying • Sugar temperature for candy • Bread is done at about 205 F (no more knocking on the loaf and listening for a hollow sound); quickbreads around 195 F. How do you use an InstantRead Thermometer? An instant-read thermometer is ideal for checking the temperatures of liquids such as stocks and soups, making sure they are cooling quickly enough to minimize the growth of bacteria; or for checking the temperatures of hot foods that are being held for service on a buffet. It can also be used to check the internal temperature of a

roasting chicken. Insert the stem into the deepest part of the thigh, where it meets the breast, making sure not to hit bone. Just remember that each time you pierce the bird like this, some of its juices escape, causing it to dry out. Avoiding CrossContamination: Take care to wash and sanitize the thermometer’s stem after it has been inserted into a food product (such as the undercooked poultry mentioned above) and before using it again on another item. Otherwise, you risk passing bacteria from one product to another, which is called cross-contamination. At Compliments to the Chef, one of our favorite instant-read thermometers is the “ThermoPop” by Thermoworks. The ThermoPop offers super-fast readings within the final degree in only 3 to 4 seconds! Designed for serious chefs and professionals, the ThermoPop features big digits and a backlight for dark conditions. Molded-in seals and

buttons make it splash-proof. Durable construction outlasts similarly priced pocket thermometers. Simple operation reduces user errors. Wide range is suitable for frozen foods and deep fryer testing. Accuracy is guaranteed to remain within ±2°F (1°C) up to 248°F (120°C).

Stop by Compliments to the Chef; Saratoga Spring’s true Kitchen essentials store for an assortment of ThermoPop instant read thermometers and other “cool tools” for cooks. What’s cooking in your kitchen Saratoga? Remember; “Life Happens in the Kitchen.” Take care, John and Paula


Week of April 28 – May 4, 2017


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Week of April 28 – May 4, 2017

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly:

A Young Woman’s Explorations of the Complexities of Israel

Saratoga Jewish Community Arts Presents a Unique Speaker Program May 9 at Temple Sinai SARATOGA SPRINGS — For most children, going to school is as simple as going around the block. For others, it’s the end of a long and dangerous journey through deserts, war zones, and hostile borders. In the volatile Middle East, some children have found happy refuge at Bialik-Rogozin, an extraordinary public school in the heart of Tel Aviv. Located in an area with refugee and immigrant families, the school welcomes students from 48 countries - Jews, Christians and Muslims alike. Many arrive fleeing violent pasts. Others have limited if any prior education. For every child who attends, Bailik-Rogozin becomes like a home, open from morning to evening to accommodate parents’ long work hours. Jazlyn Hellman, a member of the Temple Sinai community, talks about her life-changing experiences volunteering at the Bialek Rogozin School and working with the African refugee community as well as her view of the current realities faced by refugees in Israel. Her program is Tuesday, May 9 at 7 p.m. at Temple Sinai in Saratoga Springs. Currently a student at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, Jazlyn took a gap year from her studies to volunteer in Israel. She uses the academy award winning documentary Strangers No More (Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon) to help lay out the picture for

immigrant children coming from the most difficult of circumstances and the efforts to acculturate them to a new life in a new society. After a brief introduction of teachers and a sampling of

Jaz Hellman

Bialik-Rogozin’s students from Nigeria, Chile, Ukraine, Egypt, Mauritius, Sudan and elsewhere, Strangers No More focuses in on three students, seen over the course of an entire school year: Johannes is an Eritrian refugee from Ethiopia who comes to the school at age 12 with no prior education or knowledge of Hebrew. Having spent most of his life in and out of refugee camps across the Middle East, Johannes’ father is now struggling to obtain a long-term work visa in Israel, and is grateful for the chance to have Johannes attend school for the very first time. At first, Johannes is shy and seems lost due to the language barrier, and is taken under the wing of Smadar Moers, who teaches him Hebrew. After a slow start, Smadar realizes that Johannes is nearly blind in one eye and brings him to an eye clinic, where he is prescribed corrective lenses. Within three months, Johannes is thriving - translating into Hebrew for new students, riding a bike that Smadar gave him, joking with classmates, and eagerly travelling to school each day.

Esther came to Tel Aviv with her father after the tragic shooting death of her mother in South Africa. When she arrived at Bialik-Rogozin, Esther was welcomed by elementary principal Nehana Shapira with clothing, food and counsel. Grappling with the

Bialik-Rogozin School

loss of her mother, she shares a close bond with her father, but has trouble expressing her grief. Her teachers have tried to relieve the trauma for Esther, who still holds on to a belief that her mother will return. Encouraged by her new support system at school, Esther began writing as an outlet for her grief. After chatting in the hall with other students, Esther reflects that there was no school like this for black students in South Africa. At Bialik-Rogozin, on the other hand, “It’s like all of the world meeting together, and there’s peace.” Mohammed is a 16-year-old from Darfur, who fled to Tel Aviv three years ago after seeing his father and grandmother shot to death. His sharp mind and tremendous determination enabled him to make up the years of study he never had. Mohammed finished several years of course work at Bialik-Rogozin in only one year, and will soon graduate. A few days before the ceremony, Principal Karen Tal marvels at Mohammed’s progression, proudly telling him, “I think climbing Mount Everest would be easier than the journey you’ve made here.” After graduation, Mohammed received a college scholarship; he plans on returning to his village to establish a school there, to pass on what he has learned from Bialik-Rogozin. Though the students hail from dozens of different countries, Hebrew is the common language that brings them together. Several students describe having not been able to understand when they first arrived, but slowly, through

daily Hebrew lessons, they began to be able to speak the language - opening up a whole new world to them. In addition, since many of Bialik-Rogozin’s students have lived through horrific traumas, teachers at the school tend not only to their education, but support their psychic and physical needs as well. Smadar and Karen help set Johannes’ father up with a volunteer lawyer so that he can obtain a permanent visa. As for Mohammed, who is in Israel

opportunity to spend a gap year learning and working in Israel and as a result is forever changed” says Phyllis Wang, coordinator of Saratoga Jewish Community Arts, sponsor of the program. “Her maturity, poise and social conscience gave her a sophisticated understanding of people, a gift she hopefully will use for “tikkkun olam”….to repair the world.” Dessert reception following film and discussion. For information and reservations call 518 584 -8730 x2 or office@

with no family, teachers act as surrogate parents, offering encouragement while making sure he gets to school every day. Speaking about what happened in their home countries may be difficult for many of BialikRogozin’s children, but their futures can be brighter. Notes Karen, “We cannot change the past. We can just live in the present, and be optimistic that we can influence our future.” “Jazlyn is an exceptional young woman who had the

ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS: In addition to their Academy Award® for Strangers No More, Kirk Simon and Karen Goodman’s films have garnered four previous Oscar® nominations, several Emmy(r)s, and the DuPont-Columbia Award for Independent Programming. Their documentaries have been broadcast nationally on PBS, HBO, and MTV, and screened at festivals around the world.


Week of April 28 – May 4, 2017

Places of Adirondack Christian Fellowship   8 Mountain Ledge, Wilton 587-0623 | Services: Sunday 8 a.m. & 10 a.m. Adirondack Friends Meeting 27 Saratoga Ave, South Glens Falls 793-3755 | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Assembly of God Faith Chapel 6 Burgoyne St, Schuylerville 695-6069 | Rev. Jason Proctor Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Assembly of God Saratoga 118 Woodlawn Ave, Saratoga Springs 584-6081 | Services: Sunday Worship 10 a.m. Bacon Hill Reformed Church* 560 Route 32N, Bacon Hill | 695-3074 Rev. Janet Vincent | Services: Worship service 10 a.m.; Sunday School 10 a.m. Ballston Center Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church 58 Charlton Road, Ballston Spa | 885-7312 Services: Sunday Worship, 10:30 a.m. Ballston Spa United Methodist Church 101 Milton Ave, Ballston Spa 885-6886 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Baha’i Community of Saratoga Springs Saratoga Springs Public Library, Glasby Room Public Meetings 1st Tuesdays, 7p.m. 692-7694, 885-0876 | | 1-800-22UNITE Bethesda Episcopal Church* 41 Washington Street, Saratoga Springs | 584-5980 The Very Rev’d Marshall J. Vang Services: Sunday 8:00AM & 10:00AM Calvary Capital District 17 Low Street, Ballston Spa | Pastor Andrew Holt Services: Sunday 10 am | Church of Christ at Clifton Park 7 Old Route 146, Clifton Park 371-6611 | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Charlton Freehold Presbyterian Church 768 Charlton Rd., Charlton | Services: Sunday 10 am Phone: 399-4831 Christ Community Reformed Church 1010 Route 146, Clifton Park | 371-7654 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Christ Episcopal Church 15 West High St, Ballston Spa | 885-1031 Services: Sunday 8 & 10 a.m. Christian Restoration Ministries Saratoga Senior Center 5 Williams St, Saratoga Springs 796-4323 | Pastor Pat Roach Services: Sunday 6:30 p.m.

Christian Science Church 107 Circular St, Saratoga Springs 584-0221 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Community Alliance Church 257 Rowland St, Ballston Spa 885-6524 | Services: Morning Worship 10:30 a.m. Congregation Shaara Tfille* 84 Weibel Avenue, Saratoga Springs 584-2370 | Services: Saturday 10 a.m. Corinth Free Methodist Church   20 Hamilton Ave, Corinth 654-9255; 792-0271 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Corinth United Methodist Church 243 Main Street, Corinth 654-2521 | Services: Sunday 11 a.m. Cornerstone Community Church 100 Saratoga Village Blvd. #8 Ballston Spa. | 664-5204 | Pastor Frank Galerie Services: Sunday 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Community 2001 Route 9, Round Lake 877-8506 | Services: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 8 & 11 a.m.; Eastern Orthodox — Christ the Savior 349 Eastline Road, Ballston Lake 212-7845 | Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. First Baptist Church of Saratoga Springs 45 Washington St, Saratoga Springs 584-6301 | Services: Sunday 12 noon First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa 202 Milton Ave, Ballston Spa 885-8361 | Services: 10:30 a.m. worship, (9 a.m. in July and August) 9 a.m. Sunday School (all ages) First Presbyterian Church of Ballston Spa 22 West High St, Ballston Spa 885-5583 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Full Gospel Tabernacle 207 Redmond Road, Gansevoort 793-2739 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Galway United Methodist Church 2056 East St, Galway | 882-6520 Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. (9 a.m. in July and August)

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


Week of April 28 – May 4, 2017

Worship NorthStar Church 970 Rt. 146, Clifton Park 371-2811 | Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. & 11:15 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. Porter Corners United Methodist Church 512 Allen Road, Porter Corners,NY Service: Sunday 8:45 am Followed by Fellowship Arlene Schmidt, CLM | Handicap accessible 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. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church 149 Lake Ave, Saratoga Springs 584-0904 | Services: Saturday 5 p.m.; Sundays 8:30 & 11 a.m. St. Peter Lutheran Church 2776 Route 9, Malta | 583-4153 Services: Sunday 8:30 & 10:30 a.m.; Sunday School at 9:15 a.m. St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church 1 Grove Street, Schuylerville 695-3918 | Rev. Donna J. Arnold Services: Sunday 8 & 9 a.m. St. Thomas of Canterbury 242 Grooms Road, Halfmoon | 348-0842 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Saratoga Abundant Life Church 2 Hutchins Rd. Saratoga Springs 885-5456 | Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. Saratoga Chabad 130 Circular St, Saratoga Springs 526-0773 | Saratoga Friends Meeting (Quaker) 571 Rt32, Quaker Springs 587-7477; 399-5013 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Saratoga United Methodist Church* 175 Fifth Ave, Saratoga Springs 584-3720 | Services: Sunday 9:00am and 10:45am Saratoga Seventh-Day Adventist Church 399 Union Ave, Saratoga Springs 587-6951 | Services: Sabbath School: 10 a.m. Worship Service: 11 a.m. Schuylerville United Methodist Church 51 Church St., Schuylerville 695-3101 | Services: Sunday 11 a.m. Shenendehowa United Methodist 971 Route 146, Clifton Park 371-7964 Services: Sunday 9 & 10:45 a.m. Simpson United Methodist Church 1089 Rock City Road, Rock City Falls 885-4794 Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m.

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

* = Wheelchair Accessible



May Crowning The Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court McLaughlin #422, will hold their May Crowning on Saturday, May 6 at 10 a.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall. The Catholic Daughters would like to invite the Knights of Columbus members and their families to join us. A brunch will follow. All Catholic women are welcome to join our court. Our court always welcomes new members or anyone who would like to find out what we are about. For any questions regarding membership please call Eileen Tuohy, membership chairperson 518-584-9472 or Aileen Thomas, Regent 518-583-2905. Spring All Over The Corinth Theatre Guild presents “Spring All Over,” a musical revue, on Friday, May 5 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, May 7 at 2 p.m. at the Guild Building, located at 6 Fourth St., in Corinth. Admission is $7 per person. Complimentary refreshments will be served. For information contact Fred at 518654-7341 13th Annual Luncheon Care Links Fundraiser The luncheon will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Clifton Park at 12:30 p.m. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. to provide time to examine the raffle items. 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.

Garden Treasures and Other Pleasures You are invited to a special garden event in support of the Soroptimists of Saratoga County’s 23rd Secret Gardens Tour, (which will be held on July 9.) Soroptimists is an international women’s organization that works to improve the lives of women and girls through social and economic empowerment. Sunnyside has partnered with Soroptimist International of Saratoga County for the evening event and will donate 10 percent of the evening’s sales to their organization. The event will be held at Sunnyside Gardens, located at 345 Church St., Saratoga Springs on Friday, May 12, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Preview new hand-picked gardening favorites, visit selected vendors, enjoy wine and cheese, enter raffles for Mother’s Day gifts, and buy tickets for the 23rd Secret Gardens Tour. This event is open to the public. Please register by emailing your name and number of guests to: secretgardensinfo@ no later than Thursday, May 11. http:// secret-garden-tour. HAHA: Healthy Aging Humorous Aging Lunch and Learn with Dr. Joel Goodman, local founder and director of The Humor Project, on Friday, May 12, 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., at the Holiday Inn, located at 232 Broadway, Saratoga Springs. Admission is $35 ($30 for Academy members) and includes a seated lunch at noon. For registration information and form, please email the Academy at or call the Academy office at 518-5872100 x2145. Hosted by The Academy for Lifelong Learning at Saratoga Springs and sponsored by Prestwick Chase. Take Control of your Chronic Condition The Chronic Disease SelfManagement Program is an amazing evidence-based workshop created by Stanford University enabling those living with chronic disease to regain control of their lives. Topics covered include: medication management, dealing with

stress and difficult emotions, nutrition, exercise, pain and fatigue management, effective communication skills, problem solving and decision making skills. Participants will receive a free book entitled “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions.” This free 6-week workshop series will meet from 1 – 3 p.m. at the Clifton Park Senior Community Center located at 6 Clifton Commons Blvd. on Wednesdays beginning May 17. Participants are welcome to join in the Saratoga County Congregate 60+ dining program at noon courtesy of Saratoga County Office of the Aging. Please register by noon one day in advance by calling 518-3831343 and ask for the kitchen. Menu information is available upon request. Please call Jen Buscema at 518-884-4110 for more information and to register for the workshop. Annual Senior Luncheon Come join the fun Mardi Gras theme luncheon at the Saratoga Springs City Center located at 522 Broadway, Saratoga Springs. 11 a.m. This event is for seniors age 60 and over. The 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 518-8844100. Mendelssohn’s Elijah Thrill to the drama of a fiery and dynamic performance of Mendelssohn’s masterpiece “Elijah” with the Burnt Hills Oratorio Society and Orchestra. Joining BHOS are special guests Auriel Camerata. This gripping retelling of the famous biblical story brings to life some of the most dramatic moments in the Old Testament. The story starts with the curse of a threeyear drought and ends with the Prophet Elijah’s ascent to

Week of April 28 – May 4, 2017 heaven on a fiery chariot. This epic choral work will be sung in English, with projected subtitles to enhance the excitement of the drama. The performance is Friday, May 19, at 7:30 p.m. at the Zankel Music Hall, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs. Burnt Hills Oratorio Society is a nonprofit community chorus whose goal is to nourish our community with the transformative power of music. Tickets can be purchased at the Society’s website www., by phone 518-4164060, or at the door the day of the performance. 8th Adirondack Greek Festival The 8th Adirondack Greek Festival will be held at St. George Church, 55 Main St., South Glens Falls on July 13 – 15. On Thursday, July 13 from 4 to 8 p.m., we will have gyro and souvlaki to go. On Friday & Saturday, July 14 and 15 from noon to 9 p.m., we will have our full festival with authentic Greek food, pastries, folk dancers, live music, souvenirs, kids’ activities, and church tours. Free admission and parking. OPA! For more information, call Marika at 518-792-8299 or the church at 518-792-2359. Yankee Game Bus Trip Notre Dame Visitation Church Renovation Committee is hosting a Yankee Game Bus Trip on Saturday, August 12. It will be Yankees vs Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Cost is $130 per person which includes unlimited food and Pepsi products from 1st inning through 5th inning of game. Bus will leave Wilton Mall at 11 a.m. Tickets on sale now, first come, first serve. Tickets are non-refundable. Game time is 4 p.m. Contact Pete Healy at 518421-2956. If You Can Stand the Heat Become a Kitchen Helper for The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Saratoga County’s Office for the Aging. If you are over the age of 55, love working with seniors, and enjoy prepping and serving food, then this unique volunteer opportunity is for you. Kitchen Helpers assist with meal preparation and serving for the Senior

Nutrition Program in locations throughout Saratoga County. Training is provided, hours are flexible, and volunteers can assist Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Please contact Jen Buscema at 518-884-4110 if you are interested in lending a helping hand. All Veterans Volunteers Needed The Saratoga National Cemetery Honor Guard Association provides military burial ceremonies for all branches of service at the Saratoga National Cemetery. We are always looking for veterans to join us, no matter what branch you served in (male or female) you must have been honorably discharged. We will provide our uniform (at no cost) and training. You can choose which day of the week (Monday-Friday ) that you want to be there. For information go to our web site www.snchga. com or contact Mark Brockway at, phone 518-260-9933 or contact the Cemetery Administration Office located at 200 Duell Road, Schuylerville, NY 12871, Phone 518-581-9128. Senior Nutrition Program Saratoga County Office for the Aging sponsors the program in Saratoga County. Persons age 60 and over can participate in a meal that is served at 12 noon at several meal sites throughout Saratoga County. Meal sites are located in Ballston Spa, Charlton, Clifton Park, Corinth, Edinburg, Galway, Greenfield, Hadley, Halfmoon, Malta, Mechanicville, Moreau, Saratoga, Schuylerville, and Waterford. This nutritious lunch is served MondaysFridays. Reservations are required at least one day in advance by noon. A registration form must be completed by each participant annually. No food/drink items can be taken to go. Participants will receive monthly contribution letter. The suggestion donation is $2.00 per meal. For more information and contact phone numbers of locations, please call Billie Jo at the Office for the Aging, 518-884-4996.

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Week of April 28 – May 4, 2017 be a guide dog. Reservations for vision screening are appreciated. For more information and to make your vision screening reservation, contact David Lotto 518-584-5440, education@

Family Friendly Event

Friday, April 28 Concert by Skidmore Small Jazz Ensembles Zankel Music Center, Skidmore College Campus, 7 p.m. For more information call 518-580-5321 or go to www.

Saturday, April 29 Spring Kids Bike Giveaway Bikeatoga Workshop, 241 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. The bike giveaway is sponsored by Bikeatoga, which is located in the basement of The Church of St. Peter. Receive a refurbished bike and helmet, by appointment only. Call 518-290-0065 to schedule an appointment.

Annual Hubbard Hall Perennial Sale Hubbard Hall, 25 E. Main St., Cambridge, 9 a.m. If you’d like to support Hubbard Hall and give/get some great perennials for your garden, come for our annual perennials sale. Bring freshly dug perennials to donate and begin your shopping at 7 a.m., otherwise stop by and begin shopping at 9 a.m.

Spring into Health Day The Children’s Museum at Saratoga, 69 Caroline St., Saratoga Springs, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Help kids stay healthy, safe and strong at a free day of fun and information. Events include youth vision screening, how loud is too loud - bring your iPod or listening device to test, healthy eating demonstrations and samples, child seat inspections, and meet a pup in-training to

Sasha’s Run Along the Hudson 5K Run/Walk Tallmadge Park, Mechanicville, 10 a.m. Sasha’s Run was named after Sasha Hudson White, a beautiful baby boy from Mechanicville, who suddenly passed away on Christmas Eve at only 24 days old. To honor Sasha 100% of proceeds will benefit Ronald McDonald House in Albany. Participants can register at There will also be onsite registration available on the day of the event. For more information contact Olya Prevo‑White at 518-728-7707, email:

Arthritis Care Seminar Saratoga Eagles Aerie No. 2586, 373 Crescent Ave., Saratoga Springs. 1 p.m. Organized and hosted by the Fraternal Order of Eagles. Everyone is welcome. Dr. Martin S. Farber, MD will be sharing current information in rheumatology and how to deal with arthritis. Doors open at noon. A light lunch will be served. Please RSVP to Don Yanchunis 518-587-6731.

Fighting for Mya Fundraiser American Legion Post 234, 23 Pleasant St., Ballston Spa, 2 p.m. The fundraiser is being held for Mya, a 15-year-old sophomore, who was recently diagnosed with stage 4 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. This benefit is to help raise money for her parents to pay off the medical bills. 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.

Goods and Services Auction Universalist Unitarian Congregation, 426 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 7 - 9:30 p.m. There will be a wide variety of items at the “Sweet Life” Silent and Live Auction. Refreshments will be available for purchase. This event is free to attend. Registration encouraged. Please contact by email,

Sunday, April 30 Cymbeline National Museum of Dance, Riggi Theater, 99 S. Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 3 p.m. Adirondack Shakespeare Company will once again take the stage for the production of Cymbeline. Tickets are $20 per for adults, $17 for students/ seniors/veterans and children 12 and under are free of charge. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit https://

Zero K Run Recovery Sports Grill, Malta, 4 – 8 p.m. Zero K Run promises all of the fun without the run to support the fight against cancer. Raise money for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Registration is open at Registration is $30 where participants get a 0.0 K sticker for their car and a complimentary beer at the after-run party. Both runners and walkers are welcome.

Concert by Skidmore College Orchestra Zankel Music Center, Skidmore College Campus, Saratoga Springs, 4 p.m. $8 adults, $5 senior citizens and Skidmore community, free for students and children For ticket information call 518-580-5321 or go to www.

Pre-Derby Fundraising Party

The Learning League and Project Transition for Veterans yearround at local venues through the use of proven sports therapies and technologies concerning spinal cord injuries and PTSD. Co-sponsors: Jack Knowlton, Saratoga Stables and Bill Yaiser, Second Chance Sports and The Learning League. For more information call 518-491-0556.

Monday, May 1 Saratoga Retired Teachers Meeting Longfellows Restaurant, 500 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs, Noon Prospective members, please call 518-587-5356 for membership information and luncheon reservations.

Wilton Democratic Committee Meeting Ace Hardware Conference Room, 55 Northern Pines Rd. Gansevoort, 6:45 p.m. All are welcome. For more information call Pat 917-2825297

Tuesday, May 2 The Catholic Daughters of the Americas Knights of Columbus Hall, 50 Pine Road, Saratoga Springs, 6:30 p.m. Members will gather at 6 p.m. for refreshments and social time. The Education Award winners will be recognized. New members welcome. For more information contact Regent Aileen Thomas at 518-583-2905.

Wednesday, May 3 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. Free and open to the public. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 518-584-7860 ext. 205.

Old Saratoga Seniors Meeting Town Hall, 35 Spring St., Schuylerville, Noon It will be a casserole luncheon. Please bring a dish to share. Money is due for the birthday luncheon in June. Contact Pat with questions at 518-331-2978. New members welcome.

Concerned About Paying for College? Saratoga Springs Public Library, Glasby Room, 1 – 2 p.m. Join us for an informal meeting any first Wednesday of the month to discuss different options to pay for college education. Receive $1000 credit towards your personal Scholars Tuition Rewards* program for attending. *As recognized by U.S. News and World Report. (7 Ways to Save for Children’s Education- Sept 2014) Sponsored by, the Vermont Foundation.

Poetry Reading Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs, 7 p.m. Poetry readings by Kate McNairy and Bernadette Mayer. An open reading will follow. Doors open for sign-ups at 7p.m. and the readings will start at 7:30 p.m. The host for the event will be Carol Graser and the cost is $5, free for students. 518-583-0022,

Thursday, May 4 Korean War Veterans’ Association Meeting VFW Home, Veterans Way, Saratoga Springs, 1:30 p.m. Veterans, who served anywhere during the Korean Conflict or in Korea at any time, are eligible to attend, as are spouses, widows, friends and relatives. For application or more information contact Comm. Roger Calkins at 518-584-3037.

Gideon Putnam Hotel, 24 Gideon Putnam Rd., Saratoga Springs, 5 – 8 p.m. Help to sponsor horses, health and making history to benefit

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Week of April 28 – May 4, 2017

Harpeth Rising Debuts New Works at Lena’s May 4

Saratoga Comic Con Comes to City Center for Two Shows in May

Harpeth Rising will be previewing material from their brand new 11-song album, ‘Against All Tides,” during their performance at Caffè Lena on Thursday, May 4. Show time is 7 p.m. and tickets are $20/ $11 students and children.

Caffè Lena Hosts Poetry Open Mic Wednesday SARATOGA SPRINGS — Caffè Lena’s monthly Poetry Open Mic Series continues Wednesday, May 3. Sign-up time is 7 p.m., and readings start at 7:30. $5 general admission, students admitted free. The night’s featured poets are Kate McNairy – who has published

two chapbooks with Finishing Line Press, “June Bug,” and “Light to Light,” and Bernadette Mayer – who has taught at Naropa Poetics Institute, and whose latest collection, “Works and Days,” was issued by New Directions Publishing in 2016.

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SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Comic Con spring show will be held May 6-7 at the Saratoga Springs City Center. This year’s event features

actor Brian O’Halloran and actor/ musician Scott Schiaffo from the cult hit film “Clerks,” Ninja Turtles artist Jim Lawson, a cosplay contest and a variety of other events

and special guests. Admission is $20 Saturday, $15 Sunday, or $30 for a two-day weekend pass. For more information, visit: http://

New Exhibit at Spring Street Gallery Takes Flight Saturday

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Spring Street Gallery, an award-winning not-for-profit gallery in Saratoga Springs, presents its next show, “Taking Flight: Art Inspired by Birds,” with an opening reception 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 29.

The artists in this wideranging multimedia group show include painters Gregory Scheckler and David Covey, photographers Tiina Bockrath, Rebecca Zeh, and Gray Morrison, installation artists Michael Whitney and Jason van

Staveren, and video artist Yuko Edwards. The installation of the exhibition is by Belinda Colón; sound design is by visiting Skidmore media arts professor and contributing artist Adam Tinkle. Spring Street Gallery is located at 110 Spring S.

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“SPAC 50” Wins Top Prize in Independent Publisher Book Awards Contest

Shakespeare Returns to the Dance Museum SARATOGA SPRINGS — Adirondack Shakespeare Company will take the stage at the Dance Museum’s Riggi Theater for productions of “Cymbeline” - at 3 p.m. on

Sunday, April 30, and “Macbeth” – at 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 6. Tickets are $20 adults, $17 for students/seniors/veterans. Children 12 and under are free of charge. For more information and

to purchase tickets, visit https:// The National Museum of Dance is located at 99 South Broadway. For more information, call 518-584-2225.

Local Writer Nominated for Pushcart Prize “SPAC 50” was named the gold medal winner of the international IPPY awards.

The commemorative book, “SPAC 50: Celebrating Fifty Years of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center,” has been named firstprize winner in the Independent Publisher Book Awards contest, in the Performing Arts category. The coffee-table book was released in December and features

Tracy Strann, executive editor, Field Horne, editor, and David Perry, creative director and design. The “IPPYs” launched in 1996 and are conducted each year to honor the year’s best independently published books. This year’s contest drew 5,000 entries from all U.S. states and 31 other countries.

Local writer Michael Janairo has been nominated for a 2018 Pushcart Prize for his poem “For Your Own Safety,“ which was published in the winter 2016 edition of Star*Line, a literary magazine for speculative poetry. “For Your Own Safety“ is inspired by “Refugee Astronaut,“ a 2015 sculpture

by the British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare, that features a life-size figure in a stylized spacesuit carrying an odd assortment of goods—pots, pans, butterfly net, stool, photographs, books—contained in a net-like sack on his back. The Pushcart Prize, which has existed since 1976, honors the best poetry, fiction,

and nonfiction from small presses. Winners are usually announced in late fall. Janairo is the assistant director for Engagement at the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, and is the former arts editor of the Times Union. He blogs at http://

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Week of April 28 – May 4, 2017

UpBeat on the Roof:

Schedule Revealed for Eclectic Summer Music Series SARATOGA SPRINGS — Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College’s UpBeat on the Roof concert series is moving to a new night in 2017. The popular series of free concerts featuring regional musicians will be at 7 p.m. on Thursday nights from July 13 through Aug. 24 on the Museum’s iconic rooftop. The museum is located on the Skidmore College campus at 815 N. Broadway in Saratoga Springs and the roof can be accessed via the museum elevator or outdoor staircases. Due to the popularity of the concert series, visitors are advised to arrive early. Free parking is available in parking lots adjacent to the museum. In case of rain, concerts will be held inside the museum. July 13 — Decoda: Skidmore Chamber Music Institute: Decoda is a New York City-based chamber ensemble comprised of virtuoso musicians, entrepreneurs, and passionate advocates of the arts. The ensemble’s summer intensive at Skidmore College, now in its fourth year, offers young musicians multiple performance opportunities and occasions for meaningful community engagement. July 20 — Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra: Alex Torres returns to the Tang with his 12-piece band to bring energizing beats and percussion-heavy music. The Orchestra showcases and teaches its own blend of Afro-Carribean music at local schools, as well as writing and performing for film and television. July 27 — Heard: Heard combines jazz, classical, and world instruments to form a unique arrangement of sound. The band blends global styles and influences in a way that takes listeners on unexpected journeys. The band last played UpBeat in 2014. http://www. August 3 — Great Mutations: Great Mutations, making its UpBeat debut, is a rock band featuring Mitchell Masterson, Ian White, and Matthew Thouin. The band’s crisp sound generates from the blending of rhythmic guitar, drums, and winsome lyrics. The trio has arranged and recorded two albums and released their most recent, Many Battles, last summer.

August 10 — Cannon the Brave: Albany-based Cannon the Brave’s goal is to “connect listeners with the best versions of themselves” and do so through the positivity and self-exploration contained within their indie pop-rock. Led by identical twin sisters Allyson (vocals) and Whitney Smith (keyboard, vocals), the band includes Eric Margan (multi-instrumentalist), Mike Campana (guitar) and Brian Beverly (bass). The soft harmonies and strumming guitar of Cannon the Brave brings forth their message of acceptance and self-love. The band performs their own emotionally engaging compositions along with an occasional cover during live sets. They will be making their UpBeat debut. August 17 — Ramblin Jug Stompers: The Ramblin Jug Stompers originate from Albany and have performed their mix of old time, bluegrass and folk music across the Northeast. Their exuberant style combines the washboard, guitar, mandolin, and banjo in a spirited quartet. The band last played UpBeat in 2007. http://www. August 24 — Pony in the Pancake: Pony in the Pancake, making its UpBeat debut, plays low-fi rock filled with melodies and experimentation. The Albany-based group walks the line between surf rock, krautrock, and shoegaze. https://

Sting Coming to SPAC for Pavilion Show in August SARATOGA SPRINGS — Sting will stage a show at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center on Aug. 30, concert promoter LiveNation announced this week. The former lead singer and bassist of the new wave band The Police, who has also enjoyed a successful career as a solo artist, is currently on a world tour in support of his twelfth solo studio album, “57th & 9th.” Billed as “a guitar-driven rock tour,” the show will feature special guests Joe Sumner and The Last Bandoleros. Sumner is Sting’s son. On the 57th & 9th Tour, Sting is joined by a three-piece

Sting, performing above the 12th fret. Photo by Rebecca Blissett.

band including longtime guitarist, Dominic Miller, plus Josh Freese (drums) and Rufus Miller (guitar), with backing vocals from Diego Navaira & Jerry Fuentes of The Last Bandoleros and Joe Sumner.

Tickets go on sale Friday for the pavilion-only performance and are $179.50, $149.50, $99.50, $79.50, and $59.50, and are available online at, or Charge By Phone at 1-800-745-3000.

Jon Batiste, of Late Show with Stephen Colbert, to perform at Skidmore College on July 6

Jon Batiste: returning to Skidmore to perform with his band in July. Photo provided.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Jon Batiste, celebrated musician, television personality, and bandleader of Stephen Colbert’s Late Show will perform with his band, Stay Human, at

Skidmore this summer as part of the Stewart’s Signature Series. The July 6, 2017 performance at the Arthur Zankel Music Center will begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 and are available online at All proceeds from the July 6 concert will benefit the McCormack Skidmore Jazz Institute Scholarship Fund. As bandleader on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Batiste is known for soulful performances which often include his signature melodica, as well as engaging “social music” experiences, involving audience participation and occasional

impromptu street parades. Batiste was a student at the Skidmore Jazz Institute in 2004; Stay Human bandmate Joseph Saylor was also a former Skidmore Jazz Institute student. He has released several self-produced independent albums, including “MY N.Y.” which was recorded entirely on the street corners and subways of New York City, and “Jazz is Now” featuring his unique take jazz standards in the classic piano format. His 2013 release “Social Music” spent over a month atop the both Billboard jazz charts and iTunes jazz charts as the #1 jazz album in the world.

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Week of April 28 – May 4, 2017

week of 4/28-5/4 friday, 4/28: Geoff Muldaur, 8 pm

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

@ Caffè Lena — 583.0022 Jukebox, 10 pm @ Caroline St. Pub — 583.9400 Gary Vider, 7:30/9:30P @ Comedy Works — 275.6897 Slow Burn, 8 pm @ Dozer’s — 587.0478 Big Block Blues Band, 8 pm


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@ Inn at Saratoga — 583.1890 Tim Olsen Quartet, 9 pm

thu: 7:00 PM

@ 9 Maple Avenue — 583.2582

thu: 10:15 PM

(518) 306-4707 04/28/17-05/04/17 thu: 8:00 PM

Jeff Walton, 6 pm @ Brook Tavern — 871.1473 Open Mic Night, 7 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022 Super Dark Collective Monday: Samuel Yager & friends, 10 pm @ One Caroline — 587.2026

tuesday, 5/2:

Blind Heart, 9 pm

Traditional Open Irish Session w/ Drank The Gold, 7 pm

@ One Caroline — 587.2026

@ Inn at Saratoga — 583.1890

Tom Rush with Matt Nakoa, 8 pm

Catfish and The Bottlemen, 7 pm

@ Proctors — 346.6204

@ Upstate Concert Hall — 371.0012

Rustic Overtones, Dr. No, 9:30 pm @ Putnam Den — 584.8066 Kevin McKrell, 8 pm @ The Parting Glass — 583.1916

saturday, 4/29: Brooks Williams with Opener Lisa Bastoni, 8 pm

wednesday, 5/3: Poetry Open Mic featuring Kate McNairy and Bernadette Mayer, 7 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022 Hot Club of Saratoga, 7 pm @ Hamlet + Ghost — 450.7287

@ Caffè Lena — 583.0022

Tim Wechgelaer & Chris Carey Acoustic Duo, 7:30 pm

Motion Blur, 10 pm

@ Inn at Saratoga — 583.1890

@ Caroline St. Pub — 583.9400

Masters of Nostalgia, 8:30 pm

SUNY Adirondack WGFR’s SuperJam, 7 pm

@ One Caroline — 587.2026

@ Hudson River Music Hall — 832.3484

@ The Parting Glass — 583.1916

Irish Celtic Session, 7 pm

Sketches of Influence, 9 pm @ 9 Maple Avenue — 583.2582 Kathy Griffin, 7 pm @ Proctors — 346.6204

thursday, 5/4:

thu: 7:00 PM

Gary Vider, 7:30/9:30P

Harpeth Rising: Presented with SPAC, 7 pm

thu: 9:00 PM

@ The Comedy Works — 275.6897

@ Caffè Lena — 583.0022

Get Up Jack, 8 pm

Open Mic — every Thursday, 10 pm

@ The Parting Glass — 583.1916

@ Circus Café — 583.1106

Rob Aronstein, 7 pm

Jeff Walton, 6 pm

@ Wishing Well — 584.7640

@ Inn at Saratoga — 583.1890

thu: 10:20 PM

fri - sun: 10:20 aM, 12:30, 2:50, 5:00, 7:10, 9:20 Mon - thu: 12:30, 2:50, 5:00, 7:10, 9:20 fri - sun: 10:10 aM, 12:20, 2:30, 7:40, 9:50 Mon - Wed: 12:20, 2:30, 7:40, 9:50 Phoenix forGotten (PG-13) 2d thu: 12:20, 2:30 fri - sun: 10:50 aM, 2:40, 6:20, 9:30 Mon - Wed: 12:00, 3:10, 6:20, 9:30 the fate of the furious (PG-13) 2d thu: 1:00, 4:10, 7:20, 10:30 fri - sun: 11:00 aM, 1:40, 4:20, 7:00, 9:40 GoinG in style (PG-13) 2d Mon - thu: 1:40, 4:20, 7:00, 9:40 fri - sun: 10:50 aM, 1:50, 4:30, 7:30, 10:10 the Boss BaBy (PG) 2d Mon - thu: 1:50, 4:30, 7:30, 10:10 fri - sun: 10:30 aM, 12:50, 3:30, 6:30, 9:10 Mon - Wed: 12:50, 3:30, 6:30, 9:10 sMurfs: the lost VillaGe (PG) 2d thu: 12:50, 3:30, 6:30

Born in China (G) 2d

Mike O’Donnell, 7 pm

thu: 8:00 PM

fri - sun: 11:00 aM, 1:50, 4:40, 7:30, 10:10 the CirCle (PG-13) 2d Mon - thu: 1:50, 4:40, 7:30, 10:10 fri - sun: 10:50 aM, 2:10, 5:00, 7:50, 9:50 Colossal (r) 2d Mon - Wed: 2:10, 5:00, 7:50, 9:50 thu: 2:10, 4:50, 7:50, 9:50 fri - sun: 1:20, 3:40, 10:30 free fire (r) 2d Mon - thu: 3:40, 10:30 fri - sun: 11:30 aM, 3:00, 6:30, 9:40 the lost City of Z (PG-13) 2d Mon - thu: 12:00, 3:20, 6:30, 9:40 fri - sun: 11:50 aM, 3:10, 6:40, 9:30 the ProMise (PG-13) 2d Mon - thu: 12:10, 3:10, 6:40, 9:30 fri - Wed: 12:10, 2:45, 5:20, 8:00, 10:30 unforGettaBle (r) 2d thu: 12:10, 2:45, 5:20 fri - sun: 11:10 aM, 2:30, 6:00, 9:10 Mon - Wed: 2:30, 6:00, 9:10 the fate of the furious (PG-13) 2d thu: 2:30, 7:10, 10:20 fri - Wed: 12:20, 3:50, 7:10, 10:20 the fate of the furious (PG-13) 2d Btx thu: 12:20, 3:50 fri - sun: 10:00 aM, 12:40, 3:20, 6:10, 9:00 Gifted (PG-13) 2d Mon - thu: 12:40, 3:20, 6:10, 9:00 fri - sun: 10:30 aM, 1:30, 4:20, 6:50, 9:20 the Boss BaBy (PG) 2d Mon - thu: 1:30, 4:20, 6:50, 9:20

Wilton, NY 12866 3065 Route 50, Wilton

@ Hudson River Music Hall — 832.3484

monday, 5/1:

Hot Club of Saratoga, 7 pm

sunday, 4/30:

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Skidmore Small Jazz Ensembles, 7 pm

@ One Caroline — 587.2026

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Irish Celtic Session, 7 pm

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@ The Parting Glass — 583.1916

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Puzzles Across 1 “You’re kidding, right?” 9 Will matter 15 “I give up” 16 Onomatopoeic dance 17 Criminology concerns 18 Weapons used on mounts 19 “Out of the Blue” band 20 Beyond harmful 22 Pabst brand originally brewed in Washington, familiarly 23 They’re slow to pick things up 26 Weaken 27 Runner’s distance 28 Fall deliveries? 30 Play or school follower 31 Alouette 1 satellite launcher 34 Catch 36 “Good __!” 37 Oakland’s county 39 Like some beaches 41 Gimlet flavor 42 2011 World Golf Hall of Fame inductee 44 By the fire, say 45 Sediment 46 Programming language named for a comedy group 48 “The world’s an __”: Dryden 49 Mexican painter Frida 51 Teamsters president James 55 Gp. with carriers 56 Like old timers? 58 Word in many Mexican place names 59 Egg, perhaps 61 More than one can handle 64 Stuck at a chalet, maybe 65 French for “stick” 66 Fit one within another 67 “There was a point here somewhere” Down 1 Babies”R”Us buys 2 Even a little 3 Half a playground exchange 4 Stuff that goes kablooey 5 Trouble 6 Give a good toss 7 Equally close

See puzzle solutions on page 46

See puzzle solution on page 46 8 1996 treaty subject 9 Panache 10 Fissile rock 11 Light shade ... or avoid the shade? 12 Praise 13 Gossip’s stock-in-trade 14 “Piece of cake” 21 Goes after 24 Holds accountable 25 Perspective 29 Ordered 30 Pepperidge Farm treat 31 Joining the radio show 32 The Na’vi in “Avatar,” for one 33 Rat 35 “Ice cream or cake?” response, perhaps 38 Highest-ranking

40 Bear with a “thotful spot” 43 Educational outlines 47 “Poor baby!” 49 Holmes of “Touched With Fire” 50 Words spoken after coming to? 52 High wind? 53 They can be hard to face 54 Grill leftovers 57 1951 title role for Audrey 60 Abbr. on a Miami itinerary 62 Pull 63 Marseille sight

Writing the Right Word by Dave Dowling

Accuracy in word choice is a key to effective communication. In your daily writing and speaking, try to make sure you use the right word in the right place with the right spelling. By doing so, its effect will affect your communication in a positive way. This quick weekly tip will help you filter the confusion in some of our daily word choices. This Week: Ability, Capacity Ability refers to the power to do something. Some vitamins are said to have the ability to prevent colds. Capacity refers to the ability to hold or contain something. Madison Square Garden has a capacity of 20,000 seats. Dave Dowling is the author of The Wrong Word Dictionary and The Dictionary of Worthless Words. Both books are available from many book retailers, and signed copies can be obtained by contacting Dave at


Week of April 28 – May 4, 2017

Athlete of the Week: Brian Hart Cinches the I-87 Cup by Thomas Kika Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — It was a situation that would be tense for any baseball team in any game: tied with the rival team, 4-4, in the bottom of the seventh inning. This was the situation that the Saratoga Springs High School varsity baseball team found itself in on April 14, when it faced rivals Shenendahowa in a non-league game at Shuttleworth Park. This was not just any old non-league game, however: to give some extra heft to the game required under new Suburban Council guidelines, the two teams came together to create the I-87 Cup, which will be fought over each year by both teams in a non-league game.

Enter junior Brian Hart, who with just the right swing of the bat hit a homerun, cinching the Blue Streaks’ victory and making them the inaugural holders of the new title. “It was a great feeling, just running around the bases,” Hart said. “Seeing everyone at home plate, all excited, and I was excited, just to touch the plate and celebrate with my team… Yeah, they were all excited for me, and it was a special moment for us.” “I kinda said to him in the on-deck circle, it’d be nice if you hit one over that wall, kinda jokingly,” Coach Andy Cuthbertson said. “And, you know, sure enough, he did that.” Hart has been playing

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Brian Hart with his coach, Andy Cuthbertson.

baseball for Saratoga since little league, or, “most” of his life, as he said. Going forward in the season, he believes that the Blue Streaks can go on to win a sectional championship. “We’re looking to make a long run,” Hart said. “The one thing about Brian, even when he was a 10th grader last year, he is very composed,” Cuthbertson said. “He doesn’t get very worked up, and that’s quite an attribute to have as a 10th grader, and now

Hart in the batting cages at Slugger’s Den, practicing his considerable swing.

as a junior, sometimes I almost think in my mind that he is a senior, and I have to remember

that, wow, I have him for one more year. What a nice treat for our program.”



Week of April 28 – May 4, 2017

Saratoga Girls Lacrosse Continues to Dominate by Thomas Kika Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — A strong season is continuing a pace for the dominant Saratoga Springs High School varsity girls lacrosse team. In a league game against Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake on their home turf on April 22, the Blue Streaks dominated the visiting team from start to finish, ending the game with a strong 16-6 victory. The team made good on their intentions to dominate the game from the beginning, putting up the first point of the game, and by halftime, they had a massive 10-1 lead. This win puts the team 5-0 in league games, with their only loss coming at the hands and sticks of Niskayuna in a nonleague game. Coming up soon will be big games against formidable teams, including Shenendahowa, Shaker, and Bethlehem.

“We have really excellent momentum,” Coach Elaine Lotruglio said. “We’ve had one loss, and it was close. I think we’re in a real good place [going forward].” Lotruglio was impressed by the rhythm of the game, noting that the younger team was really coming into its own. Compared to previous years’ teams, this team skews much more towards the lower grade levels, with five freshmen and four sophomore players. Lotruglio guesses that by the time these young players make it to their senior year, their familiarity with one another will make them a force to contend with. “They love to be together,” Lotruglio said about the team’s chemistry. “They pass well, and they’re learning each other’s moves, so to speak.” A strong practice routine is also helping the team put up

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The Blue Streaks dominate the Spartans.

Saratoga faced off against the visiting Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake team.

Coach Lotruglio says that this season’s team has a lot of fun together.

impressive numbers, in particular their warm-ups developed by the players themselves alongside assistant coach Elise Britt, a personal trainer and Maple Avenue Middle School health teacher. Lotruglio also noted how the team pulls certain shortcomings from each

game they play so that they can work towards fixing them in future practice sessions. Alongside the younger players, this season’s team has four senior players, Olivia Oskin, Cameron Parry, Emily Fischer, and Francesca Mangino, the latter three have

signed their letters of intent to play inter-collegiate lacrosse in the fall. Lotruglio also highlighted the skills of sophomore Lindsey Frank, junior Ellen Payer, and junior Katie Wendell. “They all just have a lot of fun together,” Lotruglio said.


Week of April 28 – May 4, 2017

The National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame 2017 Inductees SARATOGA SPRINGS — The National Museum of Racing has announced the 2017 inductees for its Hall of Fame: three-time Breeders’ Cup Mile winner Goldikova, Eclipse award-winning jockies Javier Castellano and Garrett Gomez, and Triple Crown-winning jockey Victor Espinoza, the main rider of American Pharoah in 2015. Bred in Ireland, Goldikova has a career record of 17-6-3 from 27 starts, and has made over $7 million. The only threetime Breeders’ Cup Mile winner, and one of only two horses to win three Breeders’ Cup races, Goldikova won the Eclipse Award for Champion Turf Female in 2009 and 2010. Based in Europe, Goldikova was bred and owned by Alain and Gerard Wertheimer and trained by Freddy Head.

Castellano, 39, has won the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey each of the past four years. Through April 23, he has had 4,664 career wins and ranks fifth all time in purse earnings with more than $276 million since beginning his career in 1997. Castellano has won 10 riding titles on the New York Racing Association circuit, five at Gulfstream, and two at Keeneland. Espinoza, 44, has won 3,318 races though April 23 with purse earnings of more than $193 million since 1992. He ranks 17th all time in earnings. The regular rider for 2015 Triple Crown winner and Horse of the Year American Pharoah and two-time Horse of the Year California Chrome, Espinoza twice won the first two legs of the Triple Crown,

with War Emblem in 2002 and California Chrome in 2014, taking it all in 2015. Gomez (1972-2016) won 3,769 races with purse earnings of more than $205 million in a career that began in 1988 and ended in 2013. He ranks 14th all time in earnings. The winner of the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey in 2007 and 2008, Gomez won 13 Breeders’ Cup races and earned the Bill Shoemaker Award as the top jockey at the Breeders’ Cup four times. He won a record 76 stakes races in 2007 and was the North American leading rider by earnings each year from 2006-2009. This year’s induction ceremony will be held on Aug. 4 at the FasigTipton sales pavilion at 10:30 a.m. The event will be free and open to the public, though seating is limited.

Espinoza Caption: Victor Espinoza rides American Pharoah to a Triple Crown victory. Photo courtesy of



Week of April 28 – May 4, 2017

COMMUNITY SPORTS BULLETIN 2017 Saratoga Springs Horse Show SARATOGA SPRINGS — The 57th Annual Saratoga Springs Horse show will commence on May 3, and will run from Wednesday to Sunday each week until concluding on May 21. Tickets cost $4 per person, with children under 12 getting in for free. This season will also mark the show’s 40th and final year on the grounds of Yaddo. The show this year will include hunters, jumpers, and equitation classes held in three rings. Attendees can expect warm-ups and competition to begin between 7:308:00 a.m. each day, and conclude around 5:00 p.m. Proceeds from the show will go to the Capital Fund of Saratoga County, which over the years has provided over $256,000 in assistance to 66 local charities. For more information on this year’s show, go to www.

Cantina Fun Run SARATGOA SPRINGS — The Cantina Restaurant will be hosting its yearling Kid’s Fun Run on June 4, from 8-11 a.m. at Congress Park. Kids can choose from either a ¼ mile run or a full mile run, and the top three boys and girls from each course will receive special trophies. Other activities at the event will include face painting, healthy snacks, and live music from 101.3 The Jockey. Money raised at the event will go towards

providing pediatric care at Saratoga Hospital’s Emergency Department. For more information about the run, go to www. events/cantina-kids-fun-run.

services. For more information on the walk and the National MS Society, go to

Ryan’s Run 2017

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The 2017 Saratoga Paddlefest, the Capital Region’s largest onwater paddle sport sale, will be held from May 6-7 at the Mountainman Outdoor Supply Company’s paddle sport store at the Fish Creek Marina in Saratoga Springs. Inventory at the event will include over 500 canoes, kayaks, and standup paddleboards. For a $20 fee, attendees can take their prospective purchases onto the water for a test use. Admission for the event is free. For more information about Paddlefest, go to www.mountainmanoutdoors. com.

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 Wersten, 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

Walk MS: Saratoga 2017 SARATOGA SPRINGS — The National Multiple Sclerosis Society will be holding a fundraiser walk, Walk MS: Saratoga, on May 7 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Check-ins and registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. at the National Museum of Dance, and the walk itself will commence at 10:00 a.m. Proceeds from the event will support MS research, and treatment programs and

Saratoga Paddlefest

March for Babies SARATOGA SPRINGS — The March for Babies fundraiser walk is being held on April 30, beginning in Congress Park at 10:00 a.m. Proceeds from the event go to the March of Dimes charity. The event’s goal is to raise $65,000. For more information on the event or to register, go to www.marchforbabies. org.

Scottie’s Stampede BALLSTON SPA — Ballston Spa Central School District’s 2nd

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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

Free Tai Chi in the Park SARATOGA SPRINGS — New Moon Tai Chi will be holding a free tai chi class on April 29 to celebrate World Tai Chi Day. Certified tai chi instructor Tony Grimaldi will lead the class, which is designed to be accessible to all skill levels. The class will be held in the Saratoga State Park near the automobile museum. For more information on the class, 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 ends 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 518-5873550 x2300 or email

Golf League Sign-Up’s SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Lake Golf Club’s Summer League sign-up’s have been announced. Monday Senior League runs May 15-August 28; Tee Times starting at 9 a.m. Limited to 40 players. No golf Memorial Day or 4th of July Weekend. Monday COED League runs May 15-August 28; 5:30 p.m. shotgun each week. Limited to 72 players. No golf Memorial Day or 4th of July Weekend. Tuesday Ladies League runs May 16-August 29; Tee Times starting at 5 p.m. No golf 4th of July Weekend. Call 518-581-8492 ext.100 to sign up or visit www.saratogalakegolf. com for more information.


Week of April 28 – May 4, 2017

Saratoga Wilton Youth Baseball Kicks Off this Weekend by Thomas Kika Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Wilton Youth Baseball will be holding its inaugural Opening Day event at Gavin

Park on April 29. They currently have over 500 players, ages 4-16, registered to play in the league. The event will feature a player parade, a giant American flag, a barbeque lunch sponsored by The 99

Restaurant, Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, and a local “MLB Pitch, Hit, and Run” competition. Activities will begin at 8:00 a.m., and continue through the afternoon until the games begin at 1:00 p.m.





MLB Pitch, Hit, and Run

Softball Field


Assemble for Player Parade

Front of Gavin Gym


Player Parade

Gavin Gym to Yankee





Lunch BBQ

Near Pavilion


MLB Pitch, Hit, and Run

Softball Field


Games Begin

All Fields

Correction: In a previous story about the opening of the Oklahoma Training Track, it was incorrectly stated that the track is currently open for public viewing every day of the week. In fact, it is only open

to the public on Saturdays and Sundays prior to the start of the season. It will be open daily once the season begins in July. The online version of the article has been changed to reflect this information.

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The Saratoga Girls’ Lacrosse team dominates Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake. See page 44. Photo by

Week of April 28 – May 4, 2017



An impressive, game-winning home run makes Brian Hart our latest Athlete of the Week. See page 43. Photo by

The 20th Annual Saratoga Invitational Will Be Held April 29-30 at Fish Creek.

East coast rowing titans will clash this weekend at the Saratoga invitational. With over 1,200 entries, this regatta provides crews (invitation only) the opportunity to race several times over the weekend in 1,500 meter racing.

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