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WILTON — A large multifamily housing project recently given the thumbs-up to proceed is anticipated to offer hundreds of new residential units as early as the summer of 2026 in the town of Wilton.

The project will take place alongside the existing Wilton Mall and is expected to be developed in two phases, with 296 apartments available for

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The Saratoga Springs and Jamesville-DeWitt girls varsity lacrosse teams honored the memory of Saratoga grad Olivia Allen before a game last week. Photos by Jonathon Norcross.


The People Behind the Portraits

Hanging at the top of the main stairs at Brookside Museum is a pair of portraits. With them is a framed brooch which contains locks of hair. These portraits are of Thomas McDonnell and his wife, Frances Halsey McDonnell, and were painted in 1852 and 1853 respectively by John G. Taggart, a New York City trained artist with a studio in Saratoga Springs. In her portrait, Frances is wearing the brooch that now hangs beside her.

But who are they? That is the question their great great great grandson and his wife, who gave us the paintings, wanted to know.

Thomas, who was born on 28th Feb, 1795, and his younger brother Robert, arrived in New York City from Ireland in 1816. By 1823, Robert was in Saratoga Springs, opening a store selling groceries and liquor in a prominent position in town, on Broadway, opposite the United States hotel. In 1827, Thomas joined his brother, became a joint owner, selling “a great assortment of groceries”, and later taking sole ownership in 1831. Over the following years, the brothers owned a succession of stores, together, or with other people.

According to the New York Daily Herald, early in the morning of June 4th, 1846, a devastating fire, “doubtless the work of an incendiary” broke out in the offices of the Saratoga Sentinel. Although “the capacious reservoirs of the United States Hotel” across Broadway were made available to the firemen, six buildings were burnt, including one owned by Thomas McDonnell. This building was occupied by a grocery store, McDonnell and Bennett, and, on the 2nd floor, by a billiard hall. His property was insured for $2000, though damage was estimated to be $3000.

But Thomas was still doing alright. The 1855 census lists his house as worth $4500, and his neighbors at the time were Samuel Root and Gideon Putnam, both prosperous

gentlemen. By 1860, the value of his real estate was $12000 with personal property valued at $15000.

Thomas and Frances married on Nov 23rd, 1828 at the Vandewater Street Church in New York City. They had 5 children, and it is the children’s hair contained in the brooch. Two children, Thomas and Maria, died young. The eldest child, Jane, married Frederick L. Root, a neighbor from Saratoga Springs. A son, James S., died, at 30 years of age, in 1870. Interestingly, Thomas’s will, written in 1864, left his estate for the use of his wife, and, after her death, to be divided between his daughters; James was not mentioned. James, together with young Thomas and Maria, is buried with their parents in Greenridge Cemetery in Saratoga Springs.

The second child, Frances, married a Greenfield lawyer, John T. Wentworth on October 4th, 1852 at her father’s house. She was described as a “beautiful and accomplished young lady”. She was certainly accomplished. Frances and her husband moved to Chicago, IL, and then to Wisconsin, finishing in Racine, WI where John worked in multiple legal positions, including as a circuit court judge. Frances threw herself into causes, including being an early advocate for the temperance movement, and a very strong proponent for women’s suffrage. In 1909, in response to a request for names for a petition to Congress in support of the Federal Suffrage Amendment, “Mrs. Wentworth, over eighty years of age … obtained 1,000 names”.

Robert and Thomas’s

seemingly rapid rise to wealth in Saratoga Springs suggests that the brothers were not poor Irish immigrants. According to a Wisconsin biographical note on his grandson, Thomas was Presbyterian Irish, of Scottish descent, from Portaferry, a small coastal town in County Down, Northern Ireland. After arrival in NYC, he went to Charleston, SC, from there to Syracuse, NY, and then to Saratoga Springs, where he stayed until his death. The Charleston connection is not as unusual as it may appear. From 1750-1820 a wave of Scots Presbyterian Irish traveled to Charleston and frequently these immigrants were from wealthy backgrounds, though were probably not eldest sons.

Thomas died on February 22nd, 1866. His death announcement in the Saratogian describes him a gentleman who had “won a high reputation for integrity, promptness, order and general business capacity”, but, more importantly than that, “[h]e had a warm heart [and] his sympathies were generous”, and “his tenderness often spoke when his lips were silent”.

Frances died on December 1st, 1876. Her death notice describes “her ready sympathy and benevolence, her cordial greetings and friendship, and her genuine integrity of character, [which] secured to her affection and respect”.

Thomas and Frances appear to have been kind, generous, hardworking people. We are proud and honored to have their portraits hanging in Brookside Museum. If anyone would like to see them, please let us know.

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Portraits of Thomas McDonnell and Frances Halsey McDonnell

Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation 2024 Historic Homes Tour May 11


The Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation, along with Honorary Co-Chairs Rachel Dunn and Bill McEllen, hosts the 2024 Historic Homes Tour on Saturday, May 11.

The event held between 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. offers the rare opportunity to see the interiors of private historic homes and buildings in the North Broadway neighborhood of Saratoga Springs.

Private residences on North Broadway, Greenfield Avenue,

and Woodlawn Avenue will be featured. The tour will also include the former Masonic Lodge at 687 North Broadway as the “Rehabilitation-in-Progress.”

The virtual segment of the tour features four buildings on North Broadway, three of which are on the in-person tour, as well as two other properties, including 65 Phila Street.

In addition to the tour, the Foundation is hosting two educational programs on

Saturday, May 11.

For the Breakfast & Buildings program “Woodlawn Park,” Charlie Kuenzel will explore Woodlawn Park, today the site of the Skidmore College campus. Learn about the former immense estate of Judge Henry Hilton that included a mansion, several cottages, stables, miles of carriage trails, a lake, a boat house, a racetrack with a grandstand, and more. The program starts at 9 a.m. at Senator Edgar T. Brackett

Saratoga Automobile Museum Announces the 22nd Annual Spring Auto Show in Saratoga Spa State Park


—The Saratoga Automobile Museum announced its Spring Auto Show is set to take place amidst the backdrop of Saratoga Spa State Park on May 11 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

“We are delighted to host the Spring Auto Show once again in the picturesque Saratoga Spa State Park,” said Megan Hennessey, Executive Director of the Saratoga Automobile Museum, in a statement. “This event is growing every year; we hope to reach 1000 cars this year – last year we had well over 800.”

Pre-Register your car, truck or motorcycle and receive two complementary one day tickets to the Saratoga Motorcar Auction, a $50 value.

The Spring Auto Show is not only a celebration of cars but

also a fundraiser to support the Saratoga Automobile Museum’s mission of preserving, interpreting, and exhibiting automobiles and automotive artifacts. By participating in this event, attendees will contribute to the museum’s ongoing efforts to educate and inspire future generations.

Pre-Registration is $20; day of is $25. Register for the Spring Auto Show in advance on the

Saratoga Automobile Museum’s website or day of at the entrance on the day of the event. PreRegister and receive two complementary one day tickets to the Saratoga Motorcar Auction, a $50 value.

For more information and to pre-register your car, truck or motorcycle, go to:

House, 605 North Broadway. Join Carol Godette for Lunch & Learn program “On This Spot: 628 North Broadway” where she will take a closer look at the history of the building. Learn how this 1887 Queen Anne, designed by prominent local architect R. Newton Brezee, went from being the residence of philanthropic, civic-minded leaders of Saratoga Springs to a well-respected funeral home. Program starts at noon at William J. Burke & Sons / Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway.

The Historic Homes Tour is the Foundation’s largest annual fundraiser of the year and underwrites the Foundation’s mission to promote the preservation and enhancement of the architectural, cultural, and landscaped heritage of Saratoga Springs through

educational programs, advocacy efforts, technical assistance, and restoration projects.

Historic Homes Tour tickets for the in-person and virtual tours are $40 for SSPF members and $50 for nonmembers. Virtual tour tickets are $20 for SSPF members and $25 for non-members. Tickets for the Buildings & Breakfast and Lunch & Learn programs are $35 and must be purchased in advance. Space is limited for these educational programs and tickets must be purchased by Wednesday, May 8th. Visit www.saratogapreservation. org to become a member to receive event ticket discounts and support preserving Saratoga Springs. For more information visit or call 518-587-5030.

New Beginnings at Maplewood Parkway Methodist Church


Maplewood Parkway Methodist Church of 15 Maplewood Parkway, South Glens Falls is officially beginning as a new church. Formerly known as the South Glens Falls United Methodist (SGFUMC). SGFUMC disaffiliated from the United Methodist Church. MPMC has affiliated with the Global Methodist Church with a focus more on Bible-based worship.

Gathering time is at 9:45 a.m. with Sunday worship beginning at 10 a.m. Prior to Sunday worship, there is a 9 a.m. gathering called First Hour, where those attending meet in prayer and take a first look into the Scripture of the day.

A Bible Study group meets on Tuesday mornings at 9:30, and a Prayer Group gathers Wednesday mornings at 9:30. A Sunday school is available for children during the worship service.

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SSPF is offering both in-person and virtual residence tours this month. Photo provided.


Robert A. (Bob) Stokes


– Robert A. (Bob) Stokes, a visionary leader in business, community, and public service, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his family on April 24, 2024.

Born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1942, Bob was raised “in the shadow of Fenway Park.” He often said his lifelong devotion to the Boston Red Sox helped form his willingness to take on tough challenges and the endurance to see them through. He earned his Eagle Scout, the highest rank in the Boy Scouts. After graduating from Colgate University with a degree in History in 1964, he married Julia Snelham Stokes, whom he met on a blind date while she was a student at Elmira College. They moved to the Capital Region, where he was hired as management with New York Telephone Co., the predecessor of Verizon. He spent the next 30

years managing the company’s plant and business offices while implementing strategies to build facilities in fast-growing areas including Saratoga County.

The County’s community infrastructure is infused with Bob’s nearly 60 years of influence and quiet, determined vision. His relentless practicality, and “done right, on time and under budget,” guided Bob’s oversight of a multitude of volunteer projects. When Bob and Julie moved to Saratoga Springs in the 1970s, he began serving on citizens’ planning committees. As the first chair of the Community Development Committee in Saratoga – he was proud to open Fire Station 2 on West Avenue. He went on to serve on numerous school redistricting committees, and when the Presbyterian Church on Broadway burned in 1976, Bob chaired the Building Committee, acquiring St Peter’s Convent on Circular Street and Park Place for the new structure. After moving to the Town of Greenfield in 1979, Bob was appointed to the Greenfield Planning Board, later becoming Chair. He was elected to the Town Board in 1993 and Supervisor in 1995. Bob held public office for the next 10 years, serving as Greenfield’s Supervisor and Chair of the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors. He enjoyed building a solid financial base for the town, expanding Greenfield’s Town Hall and was committed to providing services

to support managed growth like quality roads and parks. At the County level, he was proud of having proposed and funded the first Saratoga County Open Space Committee and grants in 2003.

He found a way to teach others in his retirement. He served as a volunteer at the Saratoga Auto Museum and had a special passion as a docent for the National Park Service at the Saratoga National Historic Park. Stokes would share his historical insights with friends and visitors. As a board member of the Friends of the Saratoga Battlefield, he helped lead the design, fundraising, and construction of the panoramic Saratoga Sword Surrender Site, expanding the boundaries of the historic seminal battlefield. He was a master of Trivial Pursuit, especially in the yellow “history” category, and waged epic games of Risk with his daughters and grandson. A lifelong interest in cars led to the restoration of several 1940s and 1950s British MG “T” series sports cars. He delighted in showing them at car shows, and with Julie, received numerous regional and national awards, including one of the Antique Automobile Club of America’s most prestigious honors.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years Julia Snelham Stokes, his daughters Lynn Stokes of Saratoga Springs, Jennifer Stokes of Denver, Colorado, and his grandchildren Mary Elizabeth Andrews of Monks Corner, South Carolina, and Dylan Stokes Crowe of Denver,

Colorado. He is also survived by his extended family Linda Snelham Moore, Thomas Snelham, Courtney Snelham Rhodes, Peter Snelham, Eliza Moore, and their families. He was predeceased by his parents Robert and Marion Stokes and son Edward Stokes.

A special thank you to the friends, family, and caregivers who have provided ongoing support during Bob’s palliative care.

Visiting hours will be held at the William J. Burke & Sons/ Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Home, 628 N. Broadway, Saratoga Springs on Friday, May 3, 2024, from 5- 7 p.m. with a celebration of life at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 4, 2024, at Hudson Crossing Park, Lock 5 Island, County Route 42 in Schuylerville, NY.

In recognition of Bob’s commitment to the community the family requests, in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the Friends of the Saratoga Battlefield (648 Rt. 32, Stillwater, NY 12170) or a charity of your choice.

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GANSEVOORT — Joyce Manchester Cerosaletti, aged 82, passed away peacefully on December 31, 2023, in The Villages, Florida. Family and friends may call from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, 2024 at Compassionate Funeral Care, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Condolences may be shared at www.

Judy C. Parks

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Judy C. Parks passed away April 28, 2024. Born Judy Carole Stevens on February 20, 1941 in Saratoga Springs, she was a lifelong resident. Calling hours: 10 a.m. – to 12 noon on Friday, 5/3/2024 at Burke Funeral Home, followed by funeral home service. Burial following at St. Peter’s Cemetery. Please visit

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SARATOGA SPRINGS –Charlotte “Sugie” Collins died April 25. Calling hours were May 2 and were followed by a service at Compassionate Funeral Care. A graveside service at Maplewood Cemetery will be at a later date. For condolences, visit www.compassionatefuneralcare. com.

WILTON – Janice Marie O’Brien, age 92, passed away April 12, 2024. A service was held on April 22 at Compassionate Funeral Care. Calling hours were held prior to the service followed by a graveside service at Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery. Condolences may be shared at www.

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The Sheriff’s Office responded to a domestic incident call on Manchester Drive in the town of Halfmoon on April 21. Investigation into the matter led to the arrest of Julia H. Kim (age 33) of Halfmoon, who was charged with assault in the 2nd degree (class D felony) and criminal possession of a weapon in the 4th degree (class A misdemeanor).

Kim is accused of causing physical injury to a person known to her by striking them to the head with a frying pan. She was arraigned before the Honorable Joseph V. Fodera in the Halfmoon Town Court and released on her own recognizance pending further action in the matter.

-The Sheriff’s Office received a call of a domestic incident on April 20, that reportedly occurred on N.Y.S. Route 29 in the town of Galway. Investigation into the matter led to the arrest of Jose C. Sartin (age 30) of Middle Grove, who was charged with robbery in the 3rd degree (class D felony), and assault in

the 3rd degree (class A misdemeanor). Sartin is accused of striking another person to the facial area resulting in physical injury and of forcibly stealing property from that person. He was arraigned before the Honorable Timothy M. Brown in the Milton Town Court and released on his own recognizance pending further action in the matter.

-The Sheriff’s Office responded to a disturbance call on Howe Road in the town of Corinth on March 30. Investigation into the matter led to the arrest on April 20 of Samuel E. Paquin (age 60) of Greenfield, who was charged with criminal mischief in the 2nd degree (class D felony) and reckless endangerment in the 2nd degree (class A misdemeanor). Paquin is accused of intentionally ramming another person’s vehicle with his own resulting in damage in an amount that exceeded $1,500. He is also accused of recklessly engaging in conduct that created a substantial risk of serious physical injury to another person. He was ordered to be released on an appearance ticket by the Honorable Michael T.


Woodcock of the Corinth Town Court pending further action in the matter.

-On Feb. 20, the Sheriff’s Office responded to a stabbing call involving a 16-yearold victim on Redfield Park in the town of Clifton Park. Investigation into the incident identified two adolescent male offenders and an adult male as having participated in the stabbing.

The two were each charged with assault in the 1st degree and gang assault in the 1st degree (class B felonies). Both were arraigned and released to the custody of their guardians pending further action in the matter.

The adult male, Coray A. Marrero (age 19) of Queens, NY, was charged with the same offenses as the juveniles as well as robbery in the 2nd degree (class C felony). Marrero was arrested in Queens by the NYPD on separate charges and turned over to the Sheriff’s Office on April 19. He was arraigned before the Honorable Timothy M. Brown and remanded to the Saratoga County Jail in lieu of bail,

bond, or partially secured bond pending further action in the matter.

The victim was transported to Albany Medical Center where he underwent emergency surgery for potentially life-threatening injuries.

During the course of the investigation into the stabbing, it was discovered that the incident was in retaliation for a robbery that had occurred at the Walmart in the town of Halfmoon on Feb. 13. It is alleged that during this incident, a juvenile male was forced into a vehicle and robbed at gunpoint.

As a result of this investigation, Tyler J. Reed (age 20) of Schenectady, one adolescent male offender, and one juvenile male offender were charged with

robbery in the 1st degree and kidnapping in the 2nd degree (class B felonies). One of the charged persons was the stabbing victim in the Clifton Park incident.

Reed was arraigned before the Honorable Katherine Suchocki in the Halfmoon Town Court on Feb. 28, and remanded to the Saratoga County Jail in lieu of bail, insured bond, or partially secured bond to await further action in the matter. The adolescent male offender was arraigned and remanded to a secure detention facility in lieu of bail pending further proceedings in the matter, and the juvenile male offender was arraigned and released to a guardian pending further proceedings in the matter.

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Malta Vets, Solomon Organization Gift Home To Local Malta Veteran Jeff August

MALTA — On April 14, Malta Veteran Appreciation Program (MVAP), in collaboration with The Solomon Organization, held a dedication ceremony at the home they remodeled and donated to Jeff August, a local military veteran.

August served in the U.S. Air Force from 1995 through 2007 on missions including a counter drug operation. He is currently a teacher who dedicates his time to children with special needs.

It is the fourth home donated to servicemembers and veterans in the Malta area for their commitment to the country.

In addition to providing the pad for Jeffrey’s mobile home,

Solomon Organization also contributed $1,000 to assist in landscaping, installing fencing, and other costs related to the property.

Founded in 1977, The Solomon Organization, LLC is a family-owned business owns, operates and manages more than 20,000 residential units in New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin. For more information on the Solomon Organization, LLC and its communities, please visit their website at www.

MVAP is a local organization created to provide

charitable support services to local veterans in Malta and the surrounding community.

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how to become involved with Malta Veterans Appreciation Program call Renee Farley 518577-8863 MaltaVETS@gmail. com or visit

Pitney Meadows Community Farm


SARATOGA SPRINGS — Pitney Meadows Community Farm will unveil its Windbreak Planting Project this weekend. This planting project aims to protect crops, nurture ecosystems, and engage with the land in innovative ways.

Pitney Meadows, located at 223 West Ave., Saratoga Springs, is welcoming the community and the general public to join them 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, to continue to bring the Windbreak to life. All levels of expertise are welcome.

Once dedicated to dairy and corn silage production, trees within the farms’ limit were actively removed to better serve the land’s purpose at the time. Currently the farm

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is now venturing into new land management practices, recognizing the importance of wind protection in annual cropping systems, hand-inhand with benefits extending beyond crop shielding to water retention, pollinator support, wildlife habitat creation, and soil health improvement.

The project planting site, spanning 3.4 acres, has been carefully selected to straddle a historical watercourse, contributing to ecosystem balance and stream restoration efforts.

To kick off the planting, 140 Environmental Education students from Saratoga Springs High School were previously invited to begin bare root planting the 1500 native

tree saplings and shrubs.

The project was made possible by startup grant funding from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and will create a protective barrier against strong winds by strategically planting native trees and shrubs. The grant recognizes the multifaceted impact of the

project, including agricultural benefits, waterway restoration, habitat creation, biodiversity promotion, and carbon storage. To register for the Windbreak Planting Day, open to the community at large, go to: https://secure. s/9qtR8pKuKmPyBplpri7qaA.

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Jeff August, pictured in a green jacket. Photo provided. Pitney Meadows Farm.

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May Nature on the Move Walks at Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park

WILTON — On Mondays May 6 and May 20 at 10:30 a.m., Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park will be holding its biweekly Nature on the Move walks.

These walks are led by one of Wilton Wildlife’s Environmental Educators and will take place at the Town of Wilton’s Neilmann Trailhead

on May 6 and NYS DEC’s Camp Saratoga on May 20. They are geared towards gentle exercise and are appropriate for adults at basic fitness levels. The group usually covers about 1.5 miles of trail. Nature on the Move happens every other week, year-round.

Registration is required at least one business day in

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Belmont on Broadway: Blues Traveler to Headline

Free Belmont Fest Kick-Off Concert on Broadway

SARATOGA SPRINGS — A six-day festival in June anticipated to produce an economic impact in 2024 of more than $50 million will feature a free kick-off concert on Broadway with the band Blues Traveler, officials announced during a May 1 press conference at the Skip Scirocco Music Hall at Saratoga Springs.

Nicknamed “Belmont on Broadway,” dozens of local business, tourism and government leaders were on hand for the announcement of a multifaceted celebration being planned for the week of the 2024 Belmont Stakes Racing Festival.

“Not only is the Belmont going to help economically for the city, but it’s going to put us on a pedestal that’s going to be worldwide,” said Saratoga

Springs Mayor John Safford, “This is just going to bring it to a whole new level.”

With construction ongoing at Long Island’s Belmont Park in 2024 and 2025, the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival will shift to Saratoga Race Course over the next two years. Racing days in 2024 will begin on Thursday, June 6, continue through Sunday, June 9 and will be highlighted by the 156th edition of the Belmont Stakes - the third leg of the Triple Crown - on Saturday, June 8.

Belmont on Broadway activities, slated to take place June 4 through June 9, will include a downtown window decorating contest, a pre-festival event called Embrace the Belmont, and a variety of other events including the free, outdoor concert with Blues Traveler, which will take place on Wednesday, June 5.

The concert will start at approximately 6 p.m. (with Blues

Traveler going on around 8:30) and end promptly at 10 p.m. The stage will be set directly on Broadway adjacent to the City Center and face south. Broadway will be closed likely from Van Dam to City Hall the day of the show, said Saratoga Springs City Center Executive Director Ryan McMahon.

Organizers anticipate 5,000 to 10,000 people to attend the event. Opening bands participating in the all-ages free concert as well as satellite parking, shuttle options, and additional weeklong activities will be announced leading up to the June 4-9 festival.

“We’re anticipating people will be coming up a little earlier in the week (prior to the June 6 race day start), so that’s why we’re trying to create these opportunities for people to have fun things to do, opportunities to engage with our community.

And our hotels are definitely seeing some occupancy earlier in the week, so that tells you some good things,” said Discover Saratoga President Darryl Leggieri. “It’s also something for our locals. Doing this free concert downtown, I want locals to know they’re welcomed too, they’re a part of this, were celebrating together.”

What will be interesting to learn is whether the staging of the Belmont in Saratoga brings different visitors to the area, compared with visitors who flock to Saratoga during the New York Racing Association’s annual Julyto-September summer meet.

“Everyone is going to learn off the first year, and we can build on that in the second year,” said NYRA President & CEO David O’Rourke, who spoke at this week’s presser. “It’s a new big event. You have the Whitney, the Travers, and now The Belmont,” O’Rourke said. “You might see more of an international (crowd); it’s typically on another level in terms of international exposure - and then if you have a Triple Crown, that’s just going to change the dynamic.”

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NYRA President & CEO David O’Rourke speaking on May 1, 2024 at the Skip Scirocco Music Hall at Saratoga Springs where he was joined by local leaders to announce Belmont on Broadway, a six-day celebration of the 2024 Belmont Stakes Racing Festival in Saratoga Springs in June. Photo by Thomas Dimopoulos.

Nearly 400 New Apartments, Townhouses Coming to Wilton Mall in 2026-27

occupancy in the summer of 2026 and 86 townhomes made available the following year.

The Wilton Mall will remain largely operational, and the hope is it will gain new interest as a result. The space formerly housing the Bon Ton store will be demolished and atop nearly 9 acres of land, 296 “market rate apartment units” will be constructed in its place. Demolition may take place as soon as this spring.

The additional 86 townhome units will be developed just across the road in the northeast corner of the property and on nearly 5 acres of land during the project’s second phase.

Mike Shaffer, general manager of Wilton Mall, is

hopeful the combined 382 new units will provide a financial boost for the mall. At its peak in 2016, the mall generated about $95 million in sales, but by 2022 sales had dropped in half, due to factors such as the closure of Bonton and Sears, the pandemic, and a public shift to shopping online.

“The mall needs that residential catalyst to attract new interest,” Shaffer told the Wilton Town Board during its April meeting when it approved the creation of a Planned Unit Development District (PUDD) to allow the project to move forward. Specifically, Shaffer cited the project as catalyst to potentially attracting national retailers, restaurants and new uses such as entertainment.

The evolution of the mall over the past decade or so has included bringing in Healthy

Living, Planet Fitness and a 22,000 square feet Home Goods store as a tenant. It transitioned the vacated Sears box store to Saratoga Hospital for primary care, clinical care and administrative uses, sited Orangetheory Fitness and recently celebrated the reopening of a cinema. The redevelopment of the vacant BonTon marks the next step in the evolution of the mall.

To meet the spring 2025 construction plan, design and preparations are anticipated to take three to four months, site plan subdivision approval four or five months, and building two or three months in time.

The hope is to have the first apartments online and for rent in the summer of 2026.

The Macerich Corporation and Paramount Development are collaborating on the project.

“For the construction, we have 318 jobs, $14.5 million in associated earnings, $37.5 million in sales spent locally,”

Tawney Farmer, of Macerich, told the Wilton Town Board during the 35-minute presentation and vote, which was approved 4-1, with Wilton Supervisor John Lant casting the lone vote against. “Annually, after the apartments are built, we will generate 125 permanent jobs, $5.6 million in associated

earnings and $16.6 million in annual sales.”

Additional estimates point to the Town receiving $368,000 in new sales tax revenue annually, and the Saratoga City School District experiencing a net benefit of $809,000 after estimating 25 new enrolled students the project may produce.

The proposal for the project had been in the discussion and debate stage for at least two years. The Wilton Planning Board and the Saratoga County Planning board had each previously issued a positive recommendation for the project.

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City Seeks Vendors for Seasonal Parking Program

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The city’s Department of Public Works is seeking qualified vendors of parking attendant services for a seasonal parking program which will operate annually from Memorial Day to Labor Day city-owned garages and surface lots.

The sealed bids must be submitted prior to 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, when they will be publicly opened and read.

Vendors are requested to provide one attendant for parking services, 24 hours per day, throughout the duration of the parking program. One attendant will be responsible for monitoring activity within all parking garages and surface lots, assisting the public with parking-related questions or concerns, checking pay stations and troubleshooting as required.

Vendors should submit the hourly rate they would charge for the service. Potential bidders can supply an unlicensed attendant rate and/or a licensed security guard rate for consideration. Hourly rate should include all fees and expenses associated with the service.

According to the city, copies of the Request for Proposal (RFP) may be

Saratoga County Proclaims May 2024 As “Older Americans Month”

BALLSTON SPA — THE Saratoga County Board of Supervisors on April 16 approved a resolution to proclaim May as “Older Americans Month” in Saratoga County.

This year’s theme is Powered by Connection –“offering an opportunity to explore a wide range of aging

experiences and to promote the benefits of connecting with others,” according to the proclamation.

“The Saratoga County Board of Supervisors is committed to strengthening our community by connecting with and supporting older adults, their families, and caregivers, and acknowledging

their many valuable contributions to society,” according to the adopted resolution. “This Board of Supervisors proudly urges every resident to celebrate our older citizens, help to create an inclusive society, and accept the challenges of flexible thinking around aging.”

obtained on the City’s web page at, Specifically, a link which leads to RFP’s is at:


Questions regarding the bid should be directed to Stefanie Richards in writing at

State Budget Includes Near$200K AIM Boost for Saratoga Springs


Finance Commissioner Minita Sanghvi released a statement April 22 to applaud the changes in the 2025 New York State Budget, which includes an increase of $50 million for Aid to Municipalities (AIM), to be allocated to cities and towns across the state.

Saratoga Springs will receive an increase of $191,566 in 2025, raising the total aid to $1,841,267, Commissioner Sanghvi reported.

“This is the first increase in AIM funding in 15 years. Saratoga Springs, like many communities, has been advocating for a closer look at municipal aid,” Sanghvi said in a statement. “I brought forward a resolution in March which passed 5-0, and we sent a letter to the NYS legislature and the

governor to advocate for an increase. The city also joined 370 other cities, towns and villages requesting an increase.”

Saratoga Springs had previously received about $1.6 million in aid through the AIM program, which remained flat aside from changes during the pandemic. In 2013, it was 4.25% of the city budget, and in 2023 it was just 2.7%. In that time, the city budget grew from $39.8 million to $57 million.

“Small cities need this partnership from the state to fulfill their community responsibilities. AIM is unrestricted funds, which means it can be used wherever the city most needs it.” Sanghvi said. “I’m grateful to our governor and state legislature for their advocacy during the budget process.”

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Edward Pigliavento sold property at 2 Arcadia Ct to Stephen Emler for $399,900

Erik Jacobsen sold property at 51 Westside Dr to Jeffrey Satterlee for $330,000

Brian Toth sold property at 288 Middleline Rd to Giannna Priolo for $347,000


Owen Germain sold property at Hermance Rd to Stephen North for $120,000


Nicholas Belmonte sold property at 260 Middle Grove Rd to Timothy McAuley for $800,000

Derek Peschieri sold property at 33 Southwest Pass to Michael Flinton for $400,000


Jennifer Stott sold property at 41 Vettura Ctl to ESI Development LLC for $476,500

Kathy Sanders sold property at 85 Wake Robin Rd to Kirsten Hershey for $240,000


Tonya Sanderson sold property at 6 Springfield Dr to John Spoor for $566,000

Stennett Green sold property at 13 Sierra Trace to James Mahoney for $420,000

Gary Horwedel sold property at 11 Peck Ave to Heidi Firstencel for $220,000


Robert O’Neill sold property at 42 Center St to Joshua Fabian for $185,000

Larry Fugate sold property at 2103 Doubleday to 2103 Doubleday Ave LLC for $300,000

Patricia Rand sold property at 550 Victory Circle to Matthew Crankshaw for $432,500

David Bobick sold property at 14 Coachman Dr to Richard Solosky for $165,000

Christopher Rasmussen sold property at 445 Northline Rd to Laura Socia for $309,000

Cynthia LaForest sold property at 52 Middle St to Shuana Agneta for $235,000


Daniel MacMillan sold property at 1 Mennen Rd to

Daniel Ireland for $325,000

Tradewind Residential LLC sold property at 698 NYS Rt 29 to Brian Walter for $410,000

Michael Phillips sold property at 1316 NY 9P to William Olson for $1,235,000

Benchmark Properties of Albany sold property at 12 Louden Rd to Greek Spring LLC for $104,444


William Paul sold property at 247 Caroline St to Cliff Edge Enterprises for $450,000

Richard Bush sold property at 11 Ritchie Pl to 11 Ritchie Place LLC for $975,000

John Doyle sold property at 130 Woodlawn Ave to Jennifer Vogt for $750,000

Russell Barrett sold property at 27 Julians Way to Elizabeth Baran for $1,100,000

Joseph Tesar sold property at 32 Ferndell Spring Dr to Mertkan Kantarmaci for $358,000

Justin Freebern sold property at 138 West Circular St to Arthur Bromley for $515,000

Catherine Wright sold property at 24 Ferndell Spring to Quinn Friedel for $335,000

Robert Chauvin sold property at 7 Collins Terrace to Elisa Dearhouse for $735,000

519 Broadway LLC sold property at 153 Nelson to 153 Nelson LLC for $600,000

519 Broadway LLC sold property at 151 Nelson to 153 Nelson LLC for $800,000

Gavin Labate sold property at 60 Catherine St to Donald Brovich for $720,000


John Leggett sold property at 85 Traver Rd to CMG Mortgage Inc for $207,900.

Amanda Debrule sold property at 14 Foxhound Run to Michael Asaro for $1,300,000

Mark Gray sold property at 10 White Birch Lane to Carolyn Behan for $380,000

Justin Nevins sold property at 14 Evergreen Dr to Avery Roberts for $427,000.

Adam Moore sold property at 40 Tom Sawyer Dr to Brennen Chavez for $345,000

Melissa Birch sold property at 558 Wilton Gansevoort Rd to Bryce Mussen for $280,000

Jamie Curtis sold property at 14 Tom Sawyer Dr to Joseph Coletta for $385,000.

Christopher Marcotte sold property at 19-21 Vincek Lane to William Fink for $180,000

Forest Grove LLC sold property at 4 Ocala Ct to Bradley McCloskey for $772,376



Saratoga Hospital Unveils State-of-the-Art

PET/CT System

WILTON — Saratoga Hospital announced last week the addition of the GE Healthcare Omni Legend PET/CT system to its medical imaging services at the Saratoga Hospital Wilton Medical Arts location at 3040 Route 50. According to the

hospital, the system is the first of its kind in the region.

The Omni Legend enables healthcare professionals to detect and diagnose diseases at an earlier stage, leading to more effective treatment plans and improved outcomes for oncology,

neurology, and cardiology.

Key features of the system include:

• High-resolution imaging for detailed anatomical and functional insights

• Faster scan times, reducing patient discomfort and wait times

• Enhanced image quality for more accurate diagnoses

• Higher accuracy in diagnosing cardiac disease before symptoms are present, with lower radiation exposure than traditional stress testing

• LED ambient lighting to help create a calming mood

• A graphic pattern on the upper area of the bore to help alleviate stress and reduce movement for nervous patients

Harbor Freight Tools Opening Saratoga Store


— Harbor Freight Tools announced last week that it will open a new store in Saratoga Springs at 3064 Route 50 next to Best Buy. Construction is currently underway, with an official opening date to be determined. According to the company, around 25 to 30 jobs will be created.

“We’ve been looking to open a location in Saratoga Springs for a number of years so that we can provide the tools and equipment at tremendous values to the community,”

said Trey Feiler, Senior Vice President of Real Estate and Construction, in a statement.

“In addition to finding a great

location, we were attracted by the availability of great Associates in the Saratoga Springs area, and we look forward to having them join the Harbor Freight team.”

Those interested in applying for a job at the new store can do so online at www. and search “Saratoga Springs, NY.”

Harbor Freight Tools is a family-owned company founded in Southern California in 1977. The company’s first store opened in 1980. The business has since expanded to more than 1,500 stores nationwide.

Keuka Spring Vineyards Opens Saratoga Location

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Construction is underway on a new Harbor Freight Tools store in Saratoga Springs. Photo by Jonathon Norcross. Keuka Spring Vineyards, a mainstay on the Finger Lakes wine trail since 1985, opened a tasting room and bottle shop at the Saratoga Marketplace in downtown Saratoga Springs last week. The event was celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Photo by Super Source Media. Members of the Saratoga Hospital team pose alongside the GE Healthcare Omni Legend PET/CT system. Photo provided by Darlene Alvarado.

Mentors Needed: Saratoga Mentoring Expands Recruitment Efforts


— The Saratoga Mentoring program needs more volunteer mentors and is expanding its recruitment efforts.

Program Director Colleen Forneris said that her organization has attended a number of local events recently to help match more kids with potential mentors. Currently, the program has more kids than mentors.

“They all absolutely benefit from having an extra adult in their life,” Forneris said.

Mentees range in age from 7 to 17, and the majority of them are contending with challenging life circumstances that can range from problems in school to problems at home.

Mentors can serve as role models to these kids, giving them one-on-one support and granting them access to activities and events they otherwise wouldn’t experience. These activities can include hiking, going to the movies, exploring a

museum, or bowling.

“The [mentors] that we have are absolutely fantastic and really have made a big difference in their kiddo’s life,”

Forneris said.

Although mentors can come from many different walks of life, Forneris said they tend to fall into three categories: retirees looking for volunteer work, working professionals searching for a meaningful activity, and college students.

After filling out an application, prospective mentors meet with a Saratoga Mentoring representative to discuss their likes, dislikes, hobbies, and interests. That way, the mentor can be matched up with a kid who has similar preferences. This makes it easier for mentors and mentees to find activities they can do together.

Saratoga Mentoring expects a one-year commitment so that a connection can be built between mentor and mentee.

On a weekly basis, most mentors spend anywhere from two to six hours with their kids.

Forneris said that one unique benefit of the program is that Saratoga Mentoring

can utilize other resources and charities to help mentees with other life problems, such as paying bills or buying groceries and clothes.

To learn more about being a mentor or to fill out an application, visit

Herzog Law Firm Opens

New Saratoga Office

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Saratoga Mentoring logo via the organization’s Facebook page. The Herzog Law Firm celebrated the opening of its new office at the Wise Building at 60 Railroad Place in Saratoga Springs with a ribbon cutting ceremony last Thursday. Photo via the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce.
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Vroom! BSpa Offers School Bus Test Drives

BALLSTON SPA — The Ballston Spa Central School District is inviting any adults interested in learning more about driving a school bus to attend “Come Drive a Bus Day” at its Transportation Facility on Saturday, May 4. Attendees with a valid driver’s license will be able to test drive a school bus in the facility’s parking lot with a district school bus trainer.

The district currently has positions open for bus drivers, substitute bus attendants, and substitute drivers. The jobs include guaranteed hours,

paid training, and possibility of a regular route with health benefits. Employees also get school breaks, holidays, and summers off.

The event will take place on May 4 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Transportation Facility on Rt. 50 (1458 Saratoga Road), just south of the Janet V Corners.

For more information, contact the Transportation Department at (518) 8847140 or visit departments/transportation/transportation-home/ help-wanted.

Ballston Spa Names New Middle School Principal

BALLSTON SPA — The Ballston Spa Board of Education is scheduled to appoint Mr. Anders Rasmussen as the new Middle School Principal on May 8.

Rasmussen, who has been with the district since 2012, has served as Principal of Wood Road Elementary School since 2018. Prior to his service in Ballston Spa schools, he held administrative positions at the Greenville School District, and he was an English teacher and coach at Ichabod Crane Middle School.

“I am very excited to continue my career at Ballston Spa in this new role,” Rasmussen said in a statement. “I am grateful to the district and community for entrusting me with this responsibility. I look forward to meeting the middle school students, families and staff. I can’t wait to learn about the

great work that is underway and maintaining the strong tradition of excellence at Ballston

Spa Middle School.” Rasmussen’s appointment as Principal will begin on July 1.

Saratoga Singers Perform at St. Patrick’s Cathedral

NEW YORK CITY — Saratoga Springs High School Choraliers and Bel Canto Choir students performed at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City last month. They were led by Choral Director Karen Houlahan. While in the city, the students took in performances of “Aladdin” and “Hamilton.” They also attended a vocal workshop with “Hamilton” cast member Thayne Jasperson.

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Photo of Anders Rasmussen provided by Stuart Williams. Photo provided by Karen Houlahan.

Saratoga Education Board

Discusses Proposed Transportation Cuts


At an April 25 2024-2025 budget adoption meeting, the Saratoga Springs Board of Education discussed proposed cuts to the district’s transportation department.

During the first public comment period, Dean Musgrove, a bus dispatcher, spoke in opposition to the cuts. “It’s really going to do a lot of damage to our department and I don’t think you realize the extent of it,” Musgrove said.

Bob Cohan, a substitute bus driver, echoed Musgrove’s sentiments. “It’s one of the lowest paying school jobs for people, and why you go after us is beyond me,” he said.

A prior budget presentation on March 28 suggested that two full-time transportation department positions could be eliminated: a bus mechanic and a bus dispatcher. The district is not planning on cutting any driver positions.

Superintendent of Schools

Dr. Michael Patton said there had been “significant sacrifices” this year in order to achieve a balanced budget. “We truly appreciate the feedback that we do receive from transportation,” he said. “Mr. Musgrove and I had several conversations.”

Dr. Patton said he would meet with transportation staff next Tuesday and had regularly been in touch with the department’s director. Dr. Patton also said that other similarly-sized school districts

had fewer dispatchers and routing specialists than Saratoga Springs.

During the second public comment period, Musgrove said that on the morning of April 25, two dispatchers and three mechanics had to drive school buses to cover for five drivers.

In the afternoon, Musgrove said that two bus runs needed to be canceled despite three dispatchers, three mechanics, and the transportation department’s assistant director all pitching in to cover for bus drivers.

“I have a hard time understanding why $180,000 can’t be located to cover these two positions that you’re talking about cutting,” Musgrove said. “Even though they’re not technically driver positions, they are actually drivers.”

Education Board member Amanda Ellithorpe said she felt for the transportation department.

“I’ve been there,” she said. “I get it. I didn’t like having to make the decision tonight.”

Now that the board has adopted the 2024-2025 budget, a budget hearing will take place on May 9, followed by a budget vote on May 21.

Lake Ave Elementary Celebrates 100 Years


When the Palladian-style Lake Avenue school building opened in 1924, no students crossing its entrance knew about the Great Depression or World War II or Beatlemania. 100 years later, the Saratoga Springs City School District is celebrating the history of Lake Ave Elementary with a bevy of proclamations and celebrations.

On April 30, Lake Avenue School Day was officially declared by a representative from Congressman Paul Tonko’s office, State Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner, State Senator James Tedisco, and Mayor John Safford. The group gathered outside at the

corner of Lake Ave. and Regent St. to issue their decrees.

“The history of this school is so long and so great,” said Mayor Safford. “It kind of reflects this wonderful little city that we call our own.”

After the city’s former high school burned down, the Lake Ave building replaced it. The first graduating class was in 1924, and the building remained the city’s high school until 1965. It was briefly transformed into a junior high until 1972, when it then became the elementary school that it remains today.

In celebration of 100 years, an open-house style community event will be held at the school on Saturday, May 4 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Attendees can peruse

a historical exhibition, take a guided tour of the building, play two-square games, listen to live music, enjoy some Ben & Jerry’s ice cream or Nally coffee, and shop for limited edition centennial merchandise. The event will also feature food trucks, face painting, and a book fair.

For more information about the festivities, visit centennial.

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Lake Avenue Centennial flier image provided by Sarah deJonghe. A group of Lake Ave Elementary staff and students pose on the school’s steps alongside a representative from Congressman Paul Tonko’s office, Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner, Senator James Tedisco, Saratoga Springs Mayor John Safford, and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael Patton. Photo by Jonathon Norcross.


Celebrating the Market’s Move In May


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Get ready for a fresh and exciting season at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market!

Alongside your favorite vendors, we’re thrilled to introduce some new local growers and producers and new changes to the landscape. We’ve got a host of engaging activities lined up for both markets. The market starts its outdoor adventures at the Wednesday Market on May 1st from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and the Saturday market on May 4th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Saratoga Farmers’ Market will also be at Clifton Park on Mondays beginning June 3rd and Milton starting July 11th.

We’re always looking to grow our community of vendors and volunteers. If you’re interested in becoming a part of the Saratoga Farmers’ Market family, email for more information. Your contribution is invaluable to us.

The compost collection will be available on Saturdays at High Rock Park on the south lawn. Halfmoon Harvest provides this service. Dinner in the park and festivals will be announced soon. In the meantime, visit saratogafarmersmarket. org to sign up for our newsletter and follow us on Facebook and Instagram @SaratogaFarmersMarket to stay current with market announcements.

The Saratoga Farmers’ Market is where you can shop, eat, and support local while enjoying local musicians and various festivities throughout the year.

The Saratoga Farmers Market is 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturdays in the food court of the Wilton Mall. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for previews of what’s fresh.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Coffee Smoothie

YIELDS: 2 small servings | PREP TIME: 5 min


*Ingredients currently available at the farmers’ market

• 1 large frozen banana

• ¼ c strong, cold brewed coffee*

• 1 ½ Tbs peanut butter*

• 1 Tbs cocoa powder

• ¼ cup vanilla yogurt*

• ⅓ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or milk of choice)

• 2-3 tsp maple syrup* or honey*


1. Add all ingredients into a high-powered blender.

2. Blend on high until smooth and serve immediately.

3. Optional add-ins: cacao nibs, chia seeds, protein powder, and more!

Note: Stronger coffee is the most flavorful here. Also, avoid using hot coffee. If using espresso, add more liquid.

Saturdays at High Rock Park:

• Albany Distillery

• Argyle Cheese Farmer

• Awakened Tonics

• Balet Flowers

• Ballston Lake Apiaries

• Breakfast Nook

• Burger’s Market Garden

• Daily Fresh

• Euro Delicacies

• Feathered Antler

• Gomez Veggie Ville

• Goodway Gourmet

• Grazin’ Acres Farm

• Green Jeans Market Farm

• Halfmoon Harvest

• Hepatica Farm

• Jireh Organics & Livestock

• Junbucha

• Katie Bakes GF

• Kokinda Farm

• La Capital Tacos

• Leaning Birch Farm

• Lidia’s Empanadas

• Long Lesson Farm

• Lovin’ Mama Farm

• M & A Farm

• May-K-Mark (formerly Hebron Valley Veal)

• Michelle’s Farm

• Moon Cycle Seed Company

• Muddy Trail Jerky Co.

• Mugzy’s Barkery

• The Mushroom Shop, LLC

• Nettle Meadow

• New Scotland Spirits

• Night Work Bread

• Northbound Boutique

• Old Tavern Farm

• Old World Farm

• Owl Wood Farm

• Parchment Baking Co.

• Perogi, Pierogi, pyroogie

• Puckers Gourmet

• Saratoga Apple

• Saratoga Chocolate Co.

• Saratoga Peanut Butter

• Schenectady Distilling

• Scotch Ridge Berry Farm

• Simply Garlic

• Slate Valley Farms

• Slyboro Cider

• Something’s Brewing

• Springbrook Hollow Farm Distillery

• Squash Villa Farm

• Suds n’ Stuff

• Sweet Sprig

• Sweet Treats by Jennifer

• Sweetish Chef

• Sydney Anechiarico Jewelry

• Talmadge’s Vegetables

• The Bread Butler

• Thoroughly Modern Milliner

• Underwood’s Hydro Farm

• Urban Roots

• Van’s Hot Sauce

• Wild Hogs Sugar Shack

• Yankee Distillers

Wednesdays at High Rock Park:

• Ardent Flame

• Beautiful Things Antiques

• Burger’s Market Garden

• Caliva Cookies

• Drizzly Bear

• Euro Delicacies

• Freddies Lemonade

• Gifford Farms

• Greener Pastures

• Mister Edge Sharpening Service

• Nally Coffee

• Nine Pine Soup & Design

• Owl Wood Farm

• Pies on Wheels

• Saratoga Apple

• Scotch Ridge Berry Farm

• Send Me Waffles

• Slate Valley Farms

• Slyboro Cider

• Springbrook Hollow Farm

• Steadfast Leather

• Ted’s Fish Fry

• The Bread Butler

• The Doggy Bag

Photos by Pattie Garrett. Jodie Fitz for Saratoga TODAY Recipe by Lorie Yarro
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Many of us grew up being told to “finish all of the food on your plate”. I know that even today, I feel obligated to finishing a beverage or plate of food regardless of the portion size. Preparing food at home gives us a better consideration of portion size. Resizing our portions may seem a challenge. However, using portion control as a healthy-eating strategy can give us the ability to each more foods while normalizing our portions. Practices we can use are to use a smaller plate or use smaller cooking items as we make our recipes, and take one bite at a time by taking smaller bites. Ramekins are an item that can be used for a variety of dishes and can assist with cutting down serving sizes. A ramekin is also known as a souffle’ dish. It is a small bakeware vessel that is a small straight-sided ceramic dish used for preparing and serving individual portions.

There are so many uses for a ramekin. Here are a few:

You can bake eggs in a ramekin. Eggs have been put on the bad food list in the past, but the truth is that they are a good protein option for starting your day. The cholesterol in eggs is in the yokes, so if that’s a concern you can always use just egg whites. Use ramekins to bake eggs as an alternative to the typical fried or scrambled eggs. Just crack an egg into a ramekin coated in nonstick cooking spray, pour one tablespoon of low-fat milk over it and season as desired. Try adding shredded low-fat cheese or Canadian bacon. You can also put vegetables like spinach, tomatoes or diced peppers on the bottom of the ramekin before adding the egg. Place the ramekins on a baking sheet and bake for about 15 to


Hello my Foodie Friends!

As I am trying to maintain my New Year’s resolution of healthier eating, I realize a key piece is portion control. Over the years, our society has reverted to larger serving sizes. Larger portion sizes and increased consumption have impacted the health of America and worldwide (

20 minutes at 375 degrees F. The temperature of the egg should reach 160 degrees F, according to safety guidelines from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Bread pudding is usually a decadent dessert, but you can fit into your healthy diet. Using your favorite bread pudding recipe and preparing it in ramekins allows you to have a small single serving, keeping calories under control. You can also experiment with swapping some of the ingredients to boost nutritional value. For example, use whole wheat bread and lowfat milk instead of white bread and heavy cream or whole milk.

Mini pot pies and meatloaves: Portion control and attractive food presentation are both advantages you’ll get when preparing main dishes in ramekins. Serving a personal a pot pie or meatloaf to your family will likely be a hit, especially for kids. You can still prepare your recipes for these classics as usual and then divide the prepared food among the ramekins before baking. You may need to cut down the amount of your original recipe, however, if you plan to use only a few ramekins. If you’re concerned about grease filling up the ramekins when cooking mini meatloaves, try placing a piece of bread -- preferably somewhat stale or toasted -- in the bottom of the dish. The bread will absorb a large amount of the grease. It will also help to use leaner ground beef; try to use 90 to 93 percent lean.

Fruit desserts: Ramekins are ideal for many classic desserts, such as custards, mousses and even mini baked cheesecakes. They also work well for baking individual fruit desserts, such as crisps and cobblers. Crisps use a topping primarily made

Mac n Cheese



• 1 1/2 cups dry macaroni

• 2 tbsp butter

• 2 tbsp flour

• 1 cup whole milk

• 1/2 cup mozzarella , grated

• 1/2 cup cheddar , grated

• 1/3 cup parmesan

with dried oats while cobblers are flour based. An additional advantage to preparing desserts this way is that you can use a variety of fruits to prepare several different crisps or cobblers at once.

One of our favorite uses for ramekins is for single servings of mac n cheese.. Mac n cheese is down home comfort food and it makes you feel all warm and cozy. These little ramekins are ideal for individual servings of mac n cheese. I love the whole experience – I hold the ramekin as I scoop some out and I feel the warmth of it since it just came out of the oven. I scoop in and get a large spoonful of cheesy goodness. Along with the cheesy inside there is this crunchy and crumbly topping that might even be the best part of the dish.

Stop by Compliments to the Chef, your Neighborhood Kitchen and Cutlery store located at 33 Railroad Place in Saratoga Springs to pick up an array of sizes of ramekins and cool tools to assist you with your culinary needs. Enjoy those ridiculously delicious single serving creations. Remember my Foodie Friends: “Life Happens in the Kitchen”.

Take Care, John & Paula

• 1 tsp salt to taste

• 1/2 tsp pepper

• 2 tbsp melted butter

• 1/3 cup bread crumbs

• 1/4 cup grated cheddar

• 1 tbsp parsley


1. Cook the macaroni according to packaged instructions. Drain, rinse and set aside.

2. In a saucepan, on medium heat, melt the butter. Whisk in the flour until smooth. This creates a roux. Continue to whisk it for a minute.

3. While whisking, slowly pour in the milk. Once smooth add the cheeses, salt and pepper. Stir until smooth.

4. In a large bowl, mix the macaroni with the cheese sauce until all the noodles are covered are evenly coated in some sauce.

5. Grease 4 ramekins. Scoop the mac and cheese equally among the ramekins.

6. In a small bowl mix the melted butter and bread crumbs together until there is a dry and crumbly texture. Stir in the 1/4 cup of grated cheddar and parsley. Spread the crumb topping evenly across the macaroni and cheese.

7. Bake in a 350F oven for 12-14 minutes.

Recipe courtesy of Steve Cylka at

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Gardening may garden

with Peter Bowden:

Finally spring has arrived! This is a great time to get started on planting hardy trees and shrubs. Sadly, in my line of work, I get to see a lot of dead shrubs and trees that have died within a few of years after being planted.

I always like to look them over to see what went wrong. A pattern has become apparent...most were simply planted too deep. You can still see the dirt on the stem way above the crown of the plant.

If the stem or trunk above ground is covered with soil or mulch, it hinders the plant’s ability to pass moisture and nutrients from the root system up through the bark to the branches and leaves above. It may take a year or three but it is usually fatal.

Let me walk you through the process of planting a tree or shrub.

First, dig the planting hole a little bit wider than the plant’s root ball but only as deep as the root ball or the pot that contains the roots. If you’ve dug the hole too deep, fill it in a bit. Add compost or just the original soil to build up the bottom of the planting hole to insure that the stem isn’t buried too deeply. This is also a good time to add Bio-Tone to the planting hole. BioTone provides gentle organic nutrients for the tree. Perhaps more important, Bio-Tone also adds beneficial soil microbes and several strains of Mycorrizal fungi. The spot on the tree trunk where the soil is in the pot or ball needs to still be visible after planting.

Next, place the tree or shrub into the hole and check again to make sure you’re at the proper planting depth. The spot where the trunk of the tree meets the soil of its ball or pot should exactly match the level of the soil around your planting hole. The easiest way to check this is to lay a stick (the handle of your shovel works) across the planting hole and make sure that the top of the root ball is level with the ground. This seems trivial, but it can make all the difference to the plant’s health and survival.

Once you’ve made sure that the crown of the plant is at the proper level, fill in the rest of the planting hole. This is the point where inexperienced gardeners make another mistake.

When you dig a hole, then fill it with a root ball, there’s going to be soil left over. What to do with it? Many will opt to pile it up around the trunk or stem. DON’T DO IT! It will have the same negative effect as planting too deeply. Use the extra soil to build a dish-shaped dike or berm out away from the stem of the plant. The dark soil where the stem met the soil in the pot should still be just visible near the trunk of the tree. You haven’t planted too deeply as long as you can see the original soil that the tree came in. The berm will collect water and direct it down to the root system below. Finally, water heavily after planting to remove any air pockets from the soil.

You should also take care when applying bark and other mulches not to pile them up against the stems and trunks of plants. Remember: roots is roots and stems is stems. Bury the roots but let the stems be free to breathe.

Thanks for the read!

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Susan B. Fassett (nee Thompson)

BALLSTON SPA — Susan B. Fassett (nee Thompson), age 79, of Ballston Spa, passed away on April 16, 2024, after suffering a stroke. She was born on November 30, 1944, in Buffalo and grew up in Dansville, N.Y., before leaving her hometown to go to college at the State University at Albany. Susan was a beloved high school math teacher, beginning her career at Owen D. Young Central School and then moving to and retiring from Schuylerville Central School. She was a fun-loving woman who enjoyed spending time with her friends and family. Susan was an avid walker. You’d find her out walking around her neighborhood, the village of Ballston Spa, the Saratoga Spa State Park, and anywhere else someone invited her to go. She rarely refused an offer to go for a walk. She was a regular at the Saratoga YMCA and was always recruiting people to join her rowing team. She was closing in on 11,000,000 meters rowed since they started tracking. She also won her age bracket in many of our area road races. There aren’t many 5ks, 10ks, or half marathons locally that she didn’t participate in. She also completed multiple marathons. She enjoyed hiking in the Adirondacks and summited numerous mountains. At home you could find her in her flower gardens trying to keep the weeds at bay or sitting outside watching the birds on her many bird feeders. When time would allow, she fostered many kittens throughout

the years from the Saratoga County Animal Shelter. She and her husband traveled extensively and saw many beautiful places and their favorite was Puerto Rico.

Susan was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Malta and the Saratoga Senior Center. Susan is survived by her daughters, Christine (Ken) Wright of Ballston Spa, and Katherine Culbert of Houston, Texas; sisters, Donna Gridley and Bonnie Wolfer of Dansville, N.Y.; grandchildren, Whitney and Nicholas Wright and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dean Fassett; parents, Lois and Howard Thompson; and sister, Gloria Berg. Susan will be deeply missed by all who knew her, and she will live on through her organ donation and her anatomical gift to Albany Medical College. Her family would like to thank the nurses and medical staff at Albany Medical Center for their excellent care. A service to celebrate Susan’s life will be held at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Malta on May 18, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology or Friends of Saratoga Spa State Park.


Ellen M Stiles-Calabrese


M Stiles-Calabrese, 79, of Mechanicville passed away on April 21, 2024 after a courageous battle with cancer. She was a retired Rural Letter Carrier with the United States Postal Service out of Ballston Spa and then Malta Branch; after retirement she worked a few summers at the Saratoga Racetrack betting windows.

Born on September 17, 1944 in Saratoga Springs, she was the daughter of the late Stuart Stiles and Virginia White Stiles. Ellen was a proud member of the Saratoga-Wilton Elks Lodge #161 for almost three years. Ellen was an Inner Guard, an appointed position, and was recently chosen as the “Officer of the Year” a well-earned honor. She loved being a member and was proud of the support and help the Elks gave our community.

She was current President of the Saratoga-Wilton Elks Lodge #161 Ladies Auxiliary, as well as a member of the Principessa Elena Society and the Eagles Club of Saratoga Springs. In her leisure she enjoyed gardening, reading, and she cherished spending time with her family and her many girlfriends; often going out to lunch. She took pride in organizing many of her class reunions for Saratoga Springs High School Class of 1962. Prior to COVID she volunteered at the Saratoga Casino and the Military Museum both in Saratoga Springs. She was a past president of the Wa-Sa-Wa Association of Dowsing. Dowsing is a type of divination employed in attempts to locate ground water, buried metals, ores, or gemstones. Ellen is predeceased by her husband Genarro Calabrese, brothers and sisters-in-law Edward (Pat), Stuart (Janet) and Robert Stiles and a sister Monica Lee; and her stepson Gerry Calabrese.

Survivors include her daughters Melissa Racine (Brian) of Scotia, and Jenna White of Wilton, her sons, Michael Frasl (Paula) of Broadalbin, and Nick Dean (Kim) of Round Lake, a stepson, Peter Calabrese (Renee) of Hartsdale, NY, two step daughters, Christina Devaney (Tom) of Rensselaer, and Sherri Calabrese of Feura Bush, NY, brother Malcolm Stiles (LaVerne) of Wilton, and sister-in-law Orpha Stiles of Saratoga Springs. Grandchildren

Grayson Racine (Ashton), Gavin Racine, Gage Wille, Aaron Dean, Kaitlyn Dean, Lucas McDermott (Lauren), Drew White, Gabriel Calabrese, Julien Calabrese, Jared Calabrese, Cooper Devaney and Violet Devaney; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Family and friends may call from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Monday May 13, 2024, at the Tunison Funeral Home 105 Lake Ave. Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Saratoga-Wilton Elks Lodge will hold a memorial service at 11:30 a.m. followed by the Auxiliary’s Service. Elks will attend together at this hour. Graveside services will be held at 12:30 p.m. at Greenridge Cemetery in Saratoga Springs following the calling hours. Ellen did request that people celebrate her life not, mourn her death, by wearing bright colors to her funeral.

In lieu of flowers please consider making donations to Cerebral Palsy of NY State; the Elks major fundraiser. Ellen was working on The Elks Spring Fundraiser for Cerebral Palsy at the time of her passing. Donations in Ellen’s name should be sent to CPNYS; 3 Cedar Street Extension, Suite 2; Cohoes, NY 12047. Phone: 518-235-1880

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Welcome Back Spring Millers Backyard BBQ

Brookside Museum, 21 Fairground Avenue, Ballston Spa | 3 – 6 p.m.

There is a choice of a ½ chicken or ½ lb. of pulled pork dinner for $15, as well as beef brisket dinner for $20 (Brisket dinner is only available by pre-order). All dinners come with baked potato, coleslaw, and corn bread. An 8 oz. side order of mac & cheese is also available for $5. Barbecue is take-out only with drivethrough pick-up. We encourage you to reserve in advance at www.brooksidemuseum. org or call 518-885-4000. All proceeds will be used to fund public education and children’s programs.



Downtown Ballston Spa | 4 – 7 p.m. Downtown Ballston Spa will come alive with the sights and sounds of local art displays and activities. The event is a collaboration between the BSBPA and the Ballston Spa Central School District. Visitors can expect to see artwork created by local students from pre-K to high school, on display in participating businesses throughout the downtown area. The Malta Ave Elementary School Odyssey of the Mind team will be holding an ice cream fundraiser in Wiswall Park from 4:30-7 p.m., with all proceeds going towards their trip to World Finals in Ames, Iowa at the end of May. In addition to the art displays, visitors can enjoy food and drink specials at participating shops as well as special promotions. A list of participating locations can be found at


The Third Annual Women in War Symposium

Old Saratoga American Legion Post, 6 Clancy St. Schuylerville | 8:15 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. The Women in War Symposium features dynamic speakers who will present on topics related to the roles women played during the American Revolution. Whether patriot or loyalist, wealthy or impoverished, females were deeply affected by the war in all aspects of their lives. Additionally, exhibitors, book-signings, augmented reality demonstrations and more will be on display throughout the day. A Bus Tour of Historic Sites follows on Sunday, May 5 at 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Departing from the Saratoga National Historical Park Visitor Center, a curated tour with returning expert guide Pat Niles highlighting several lesser-known stories of women in the Saratoga Campaign. Those interested can register for both the symposium and tour or just one event by visiting the Saratoga250 website, www.

Big Truck Day

Spa State Park Parking Lots & SPAC Box Office Entrance, Rt 50, Saratoga Springs | 9 a.m. –1 p.m. Vehicles of all shapes and sizes will be on display for children to explore, featuring classic trucks, buses, rescue vehicles, helicopters, cement mixers, big rigs and so much more. Presale tickets are $7. Day of event $8.

2nd Annual Car Show Fundraiser

Cornell’s Used Auto Parts, 62 S Greenfield Rd., Greenfield Center | 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. All makes and models are welcome to participate, and people

can expect food, yard tours, trophies, and lots of cars! Take a tour of Cornell’s lot and see what goes into running their business. All the funds received during the event will be donated to the Double H Ranch, which provides specialized programs and year-round support for children and their families dealing with lifethreatening illnesses. For more information, please visit https://

The Windbreak Planting

Pitney Meadows Community Farm, 223 West Ave., Saratoga Springs | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Calling for the hands and the hearts of our community to come plant with us! We believe that our Windbreak Planting Project is not just a one-time event but a legacy project that will grow and flourish for years to come. By becoming a part of this initiative, you will have a profound and lasting impact on the ecology of Pitney Meadows and the surrounding community.

Ballston Spa Cemetery Association Annual Meeting

Ballston Spa Village Library Community Room, 21 Milton Ave., Ballston Spa |10:30 a.m. Cemetery activities and financials during the past year will be presented, along with plans for the upcoming year. The public is invited to attend. Members of the Association are eligible to vote on issues related to the cemetery operations. Introduction to Composting Pitney Meadows Community Farm, 223 West Ave., Saratoga Springs | 11 a.m. – Noon. Confused about the best way to deal with the organic waste your household generates? Have you tried composting in the past and been frustrated by the result? The goal of this workshop is to demystify the process and help folks set up their own backyard composting system with minimum expense

and (hopefully) maximum success. This workshop will be led by Jennifer Armstrong, Chair of Sustainable Saratoga’s Compost Committee. For more information, visit https://

Messages From Survivors: One Family’s Holocaust Legacy

Galway Public Library, 2112 East Street, Galway | 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. A powerful new traveling exhibit about the Holocaust, survival, resiliency, and the importance of family and remembering during the month of May, which will include a presentation of “Dance: A Morale Booster.” Hosted by the library working in partnership with The Memory Project Productions, Inc. and the Southern Adirondack Library System (SALS). The library will also host related programs, activities, and displays during the month designed to educate and to spark conversation about the time period.

New Exhibits Opening Reception

Brookside Museum, 21 Fairground Ave., Ballston Spa | 2-4 p.m. The Saratoga County History Center will officially open three new exhibits for the 2024 season to complement our main exhibit, Saratoga County our Home which opened in 2023. Brookside Through the Years in the front hallway examines the people and businesses that have called Brookside home throughout its 232-year history. In the Long Room gallery, visitors can explore images of Broadway storefronts from Saratoga Springs in the late 1860s and discover the history of the early entrepreneurs and which modern businesses are housed in the surviving buildings. Another new exhibit, Unmentionables, invites visitors to consider the history of undergarments and displays petticoats, hoop skirts, shirts, stockings, bustles, and corsets from the museum’s extensive textile collection.


Celebrate with Music

Saratoga United Methodist Church, 175 Fifth Ave., Saratoga Springs | 3 p.m. Saratoga Chamber Players will honor the late Peter Schickele (19362024). Schickele, known for his showmanship, his PDQ Bach recordings, but also for his serious compositions, wrote a rarely heard sextet to be performed by violinists Jill Levy and Lily Holgate, violists Sarah Adams and Caeli Smith, and cellists Eric Bartlett and Ashley Bathgate. Also on the program are Haydn’s String Quartet in G Major, Op.33, no. 5 and Brahms’ Sextet in G Major, Op. 26, no.2. Tickets are $30 for adults, seniors $25, and students $20. Full bios of the musicians and ticket purchase are at http://www.


Bacon Hill Cemetery Association Annual Meeting

Bacon Hill Reformed Church 560 Rt. 32 N, Schuylerville, 6:30 p.m.

Galway Preservation Society Program

Galway Town Hall, 5910 Sacandaga Road, Galway | Doors open at 6:45. We will have a brief business meeting at 7 p.m., followed by this month’s program on the history of Wolf Hollow by Michael Diana, Programs Manager, Historian and Director of Education for the Schenectady County Historical Society and the Mabee Farm Historic Site. This place once played host to a decisive battle that would change the course of local history. Michael’s presentation will untangle the legends from the history of the enigmatic Wolf Hollow. Our programs are always open to the public, free of charge. If you choose, annual family or household memberships are available for $10 per year.

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Networking Breakfast

Sterling Real Estate Group, 1487 Saratoga Road, Ballston Spa | 8 – 9:30 a.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring either canned or boxed food items or personal care products for both men and women. These donations will support the Veterans and Community Housing Coalition in Ballston Spa. Cost for the breakfast is $10 —prepayment available at or RSVP to and pay at the door. Non-reserved walk-ins that morning are welcome. Business and community members are welcome; you do not need to be a BSBPA member to attend this event. Membership information will be available.

Saratoga Area Retired Educators Luncheon

The Ripe Tomato, 2721 US-9, Ballston Spa | Noon. All area retired K-12 public, parochial, private, BOCES teachers, librarians, teaching assistants and other school related personnel are welcome. For further information, call 518584-1192.

The Catholic Daughters of the Americas Monthly Meeting

Knights of Columbus, 50 Pine Road, Saratoga Springs. (CDA), Court McLaughlin #422 members gather inside at 5:30 p.m. for the May Crowning ceremony that signifies Blessed Mary as the Queen of Heaven and Mother of God. This will be followed by recitation of the

Rosary and refreshments until 6:30 p.m. when the meeting will begin. CDA is one of the oldest and largest organizations of Catholic women in the Americas. Please join us. Any questions? Contact our Regent Lucille Koch by phone or text at 516-319-4577.

2024 Public History Award Celebration

Brookside Museum, 21 Fairground Avenue, Ballston Spa | 6 – 8 p.m. Priscilla Edwards, Town of Edinburg Historian, and Pat Peck, founding member of Heritage Hunters of Saratoga County, have been named as 2024 winners of the Saratoga County History Center’s Public History Award. There will be a celebration in their honor on the porch followed by a program in the Museum’s Long Room. Members of the public are invited to join friends and relatives of Priscilla and Pat in the celebration by registering below. The event is free, donations are welcome.

Jigsaw Puzzle Challenge

Clifton Park Halfmoon Public Library, 475 Moe Rd., Clifton Park | 6:30 p.m.

Join a two-hour Jigsaw Puzzle competition to see which team can complete a 500-piece puzzle the fastest. The library will provide puzzles and prizes. Recommended for ages 12 and up. Registration required. 518371-8622.


Roast Pork Dinner Take Out

Saratoga – Wilton Elks Club, 1 Elks Lane, Saratoga Springs |

4:30 – 6 p.m. Take out only. Call Monday or Tuesday between 10 a.m. – Noon to place an order, 518-584-2585. Menu: Roast pork, mashed potatoes, vegetable, stuffing, applesauce, gravy, roll, and tossed salad. Cost is $15 per dinner. Cash only.

Green Drinks

The Parting Glass, 40-42 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs | 5 – 7 p.m. Green Drinks! A “green gathering” for those who work, volunteer, or have a passion for promoting the environment, conservation, and sustainability. Food, alcoholic, and nonalcoholic drinks are available for purchase. Green Drinks is held monthly. While this is a networking event, solicitation is not allowed.


Sunnyside Garden Party Supporting Secret Garden Tour 345 A Church St., Saratoga Springs | 5 – 7 p.m. Socialize and shop for Mother’s Day and for yourself at the Secret Gardens Kick-Off Garden Party. This annual event is free and open to the public, featuring wine and nibbles courtesy of Sunnyside, a host of chock-full raffle baskets, and background music provided by Phil Drum. Sunnyside donates to Soroptimist International of Saratoga County a portion of proceeds from sales during the two-hour event, including the purchase of gift cards. Visit www.soroptimistsaratoga. org for more information and details. Email questions to.

Researching Your Historic Home

Ballston Spa Library, Community Room, 21 Milton Ave., Ballston Spa | 7 p.m. John Cromie will demonstrate how to research the age of your Ballston Spa house in this handson workshop using on-line historical and public resources. Along the way get to know your


Spring 2024 Famous Brown Bread and Bake Sale

Spring has sprung and our kitchen is, once again, steaming up just in time for Mothers’ Day! Simpson United Methodist Church is having our semi-annual Brown Bread & Bake Sale. The cost is still $8 per loaf. Pick-up dates: Friday, May 10 between 4 and 6 p.m. and Saturday, May 11 between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. at 1089 Rock City Road, Rock City Falls. The bake sale is on Saturday. Call 518-885-4794 to place your order. Please leave your name, telephone number and the number loaves you would like to reserve; and if possible, let us know if you will be picking up on Friday or Saturday. A representative from Simpson will call back to confirm your order.

4-H Fashion Revue

A great way to exhibit your skills, to have your projects evaluated, and to connect

house’s history and those people who were a part of this Village community. Join us if you have an older home, live in the historic district, love history or are passionate about community character. Free admission and refreshments provided. Sponsored by the Ballston Spa Historic District Commission.

with 4-H’ers who have a “Passion for Fashion”. The goal of Fashion Revue is to develop an understanding of personal representation in public situations regarding clothing, accessories, and grooming. The Fashion Revue will be held on May 10 at Cornell Cooperative Extension Offices located at 50 W High Street, Ballston Spa from 4 – 8 p.m. More information about projects, evaluations and exhibiting is available on the 4-H Website at: https:// To sign-up, please call the 4-H office at 518.885.8995 or email Leland at

Seeking Crafters and Vendors

The Charlton Freehold Presbyterian Church seeks crafters and vendors for its Spring Festival to be held May 11, from 10 am to 3 pm, at 768 Charlton Rd. For information or an application, email: office@ or call 518-399-4831.

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Iconic Albany Movie Theater Reopens, Under

New Management of Scene One Entertainment

ALBANY — Five weeks after re-opening the Wilton Mall cinema in its newly rebranded Scene One Entertainment form, company owner and CEO Joe Masher has reopened the Spectrum 8 Theaters in Albany, restoring the luster and soul of the iconic Albany cineplex back

as an independent arthouse movie theater.

For decades, the Spectrum has been synonymous with independent, upscale programming of avant-garde, foreign, independent, and widely-released features.

Originally a single-screen

theater known as The Delaware Theater that opened in the early 1940s, the Spectrum has been a mainstay of the Delaware Avenue neighborhood.

“The overwhelming response to the theatre’s closing in March prompted me to move faster with the building’s owner

Pitbull to Stage Show at SPAC in September


— Pitbull announced his Party

After Dark Tour will hit over 25 cities across the U.S. and include a stop at Saratoga Performing Arts Center on Sunday, Sept. 8.

Pitbull’s recent musical releases include Trackhouse and Trackhouse: Daytona 500 Edition. The album titles are inspired by the NASCAR Cup Series team Trackhouse Racing,

to get the cinema reopened,” masher said. “The art gallery will be reactivated and the calendar that was published monthly will return.

The opening marks the third theater operating for Scene One Entertainment in Upstate New York, after Scene

One Movieland in Schenectady and Scene One Wilton Mall Cinemas. Scene One Entertainment also operates Huck Finn’s Playland in Albany.

Tickets can be purchased at or the Spectrum box office located on Delaware Avenue in Albany.

which he has been a co-owner of since 2021. The tracks feature special guests Dolly Parton, Tim McGraw, Nile Rodgers, T-Pain, Omar Courtz, and more.

Special guest T-Pain and openers SiriusXM Globalization DJ’S will also perform at Saratoga. Tickets:

SCHENECTADY — This year’s Harbor Jam concerts will take place Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21, Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady announced.

The concerts will feature the music of the Bee Gees and the Eagles

Headliners Night Fever - a tribute to the Bee Gees on Saturday night, and Hotel California - a tribute to the Eagles on Sunday night. Each night’s entertainment kicks off at 6 p.m. with a DJ (DJ MixItUp NY on Saturday and DJ Ketchup on Sunday), followed by the headliner performance at 7:30 p.m. The Sunday, July 21 concert will also be followed by a special fireworks show.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase. There are no age restrictions to attend, and concertgoers are welcome to bring chairs and blankets for seating. The free shows will take place at the Mohawk Harbor Amphitheater in Schenectady.

More Birds in Schenectady: A cover band called The Best of The Eagles will perform at Proctors on Sept. 28, in a Live Nation-presented show.

Meanwhile, The Rumours of Fleetwood Mac – comprised of nine musicians who call themselves “the world’s finest ‘Fleetwood Mac tribute artists” embark on a North American summer tour that will stage at

Proctors on Aug. 13, promoter LiveNation announced this week.

• GLENS FALLS – At 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, The Park Theater Foundation presents ‘Rewind At The Park’ featuring Harvest & Rust - A Neil Young Experience. From the charttopping Harvest material and the electric exploration of Rust Never Sleeps, to songs from Neil’s time in Crosby Stills Nash & Young and Buffalo Springfield. Tickets: Early Bird - $20, Day Of Show$25. The Park Theater is located at 14 Park St, Glens Falls. Go to:

• SARATOGA SPRINGS –The music of The Beatles (Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles, July 17), Pink Floyd (Brit Floyd P-U-L-S-E Celebrating The 30th Anniversary of The Division Bell, July 21), and Queen (Killer Queen, with Special Guest Journey cover band Voyage, Sept. 15), are scheduled to be performed at Saratoga Performing Arts Center this year. Bearly Dead (Grateful Dead tribute) appears at Putnam Place May 17.

• HUDSON FALLS – Mr. Gone: The Headhunters ShowWeather Report Tribute (May 25), and AC/DC cover band Back In Black (May 26) are slated to appear at The Strand Theatre, at 210 Main St., Hudson Falls.


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Deep Purple, Yes to Stage September Show at SPAC


Deep Purple returns to Saratoga Performing Arts Center Sept. 4 to celebrate over 50 years of

Smoke On The Water with a repertoire that spans a half-century.

Hit songs ‘Hush’, ‘Black

Night’, ‘Speed King’ ‘Fireball’ and ‘Smoke On The Water’ helped define heavy rock, riffs and all.

Selling over 100 million records and laying the ground for hard rock and metal, the band continue to tour arenas the world over and release hit albums. Their last studio album, 2020’s ‘Whoosh!’ was their highest charting in 46 years, making Number 4 in UK Album charts.

Joining Deep Purple on their US tour is YES.

Tickets: go to livenation. com.

Opera Saratoga Announces New Board Members In Advance Of 2024 Season


Opera Saratoga has elected four new members to its Board in preparation of the 2024 summer season, and under the leadership of General and Artistic Director, Mary Birnbaum.

New board members include: Saratoga Springs Commissioner of Public Works, Jason Golub; Supervising Judge of the Supreme Court in the Third Judicial District, Hon. Christina Ryba; local business owner and musician Derek Stannard; and, president and CEO of Empire Media Network, Abby Tegnalia.

“All community leaders in the Capital Region, each new member brings a valuable perspective and talent to our leadership team. I am looking forward to working with them as we continue to take Opera Saratoga forward,” board President Steve Rosenblum said in a statement.

Interested in learning more about Opera Saratoga’s 2024 season, its board, or wish to become involved, visit www. or contact Managing Director Amanda Robie at arobie@operasaratoga. org.



The Frederick Allen Elks Lodge #609 will host a semi-formal evening of snappy cocktails and delicious jazz from 5 – 8 p.m. Saturday, May 11.

The event, featuring music by Azzaam Hameed of SmoothKeys, with vocals by Annette Harris, will be staged to raise awareness and funds for the Frederick Allen Elks Lodge and their Annual Education Award. Music, Lite Hors d’Oeuvres, Silent Auction, Cash Bar.

Jean Leonard Promoted to President Of Proctors Collaborative


Philip Morris, CEO of Proctors Collaborative, announced the promotion of Jean Leonard to President.

Leonard, currently the chief of staff and head of programming, has served the institution for 12 years. In that time, in addition to program responsibility and duties in the office of the CEO, she has intermittently been responsible for other departments as well as special projects.

President is a new position at the Collaborative

and is reflective of continued recovery from the nearly twoyear shutdown during COVID and the expanding portfolio of activities that the Collaborative embraces. The President will head all operations day-today and continue to lead an expanded programming department.

The Collaborative manages the collection of Proctors facilities in Schenectady, as well as Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany and Universal Preservation Hall in Saratoga Springs.

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Frederick Allen Elks Lodge #609, is located at 69 Beekman St., Saratoga Springs. For more

information, go to: www.

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Deep Purple, YES at Saratoga Performing Arts Center Sept. 4. Opera Saratoga has elected four new members to its Board. Photo provided. Frederick Allen Elks Lodge fundraising event will be held May 11.

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Publication Day: Friday

Notice of formation of 2 J’s Blooms n Bling LLC.

Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York on 03/19/2024 Office: Saratoga County. SSNY has been designated as the LLC’s agent upon whom process against it may be served. A copy of process should be mailed to the LLC at: 7 Cottonwood Court Ballston Lake, NY 12019. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. 03/29, 04/05, 04/12, 04/19, 04/26, 05/03/2024. 12648

Notice of formation of Heidi & Tim’s Place, LLC.

Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York on 02/17/2024 Office: Saratoga County. SSNY has been designated as the LLC’s agent upon whom process against it may be served. A copy of process should be mailed to the LLC at: 125 NELSON AVE, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.

03/29, 04/05, 04/12, 04/19, 04/26, 05/03/2024. 12652

Notice of formation of 12 Mystic Lane Saratoga Springs, LLC.

Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York on 02/28/2024 Office: Saratoga County. SSNY has been designated as the LLC’s agent upon whom process against it may be served. A copy of process should be mailed to the LLC at: 23 Edgewood Park, Norwell, MA, United States, 02061. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. 03/29, 04/05, 04/12, 04/19, 04/26, 05/03/2024. 12653

Notice of formation of Saratoga Sports and Physical Training LLC.

Arts. Of Org. filed with the Secretary of State New York on 3/09/2024. Office location: Saratoga County. DOS has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. DOS shall mail a copy of process to Shawn T. May, 63 Putnam St, Ste 202, Saratoga Sp., NY 12866. For any lawful propose. 03/29, 04/05, 04/12, 04/19, 04/26,

05/03/2024. 12654

Notice of formation of D. L. Breda Landscaping LLC.

Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York on 03/20/2024. Office: Saratoga County. SSNY has been designated as the LLC’s agent upon whom process against it may be served. A copy of process should be mailed to the LLC at: 11 Muirfield Lane, Clifton Park, NY 12065. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. 03/29, 04/05, 04/12, 04/19, 04/26, 05/03/2024. 12655



Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 03/25/2024. Office Location: Saratoga County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, 120 Ruggles Road, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. 03/25/2024-05/10/2024. #NY0109716. 03/29, 04/05, 04/12, 04/19, 04/26, 05/03/2024. 12659


Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 3/24/2024 Office location: Saratoga County. SSNY has been Designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC, 5355 Hudson Rd., Galway, NY 12074. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. 03/29, 04/05, 04/12, 04/19, 04/26, 05/03/2024. 12660

Notice of formation of Honey Done LLC.

Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York on 11/21/2023. Office:


Saratoga County. SSNY has been designated as the LLC’s agent upon whom process against it may be served. A copy of process should be mailed to the LLC at: 1099 Raymond Rd, Ballston Spa, NY 12020. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.03/29, 04/05, 04/12, 04/19, 04/26, 05/03/2024. 12668

Notice of formation of Thoroughbred Tennis Camps LLC.

Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York on 02/27/2024. Office: Saratoga County. SSNY has been designated as the LLC’s agent upon whom process against it may be served. A copy of process should be mailed to the LLC at: 24 Fox Glove Way Malta, NY 12020. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. 04/05, 04/12, 04/19, 04/26, 05/03, 05/10/2024. 12681

ECO LAND NY LLC Annual meeting of the Rock City Falls Cemetery Association, Monday May 13th, 2024 7:00 pm at the offices of Cottrell Paper Company 1135 Rock City Rd Rock City Falls, NY 12863 Your tax-deductible donation is very much appreciated. 04/26, 05/03, 05/10/2024. 12692

Art of Org file NYDOS 10/19/23. Saratoga Co. S/S C/O The LLC P.O. Box 240 Rexford, NY 12148. To engage in any lawful act or activity. Perpetual duration. Full Indemnification. 04/05, 04/12, 04/19, 04/26, 05/03, 05/10/2024. 12695

Notice of Formation of 1200 Kathan Road LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on March 28, 2024. Office location: 1204 Kathan Road, Corinth, Saratoga County, NY. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 1204 Kathan Road, Corinth, NY 12822. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. 04/05, 04/12, 04/19, 04/26, 05/03,


Notice of formation of R&R ENTERPRISES EXCAVATION, LLC,

Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York SNY, on March 27, 2024, Office Location: Saratoga County SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSN shall mail process to: The LLC, 422 Gansevoort Road, Fort Edward, NY 12828. Purpose: any lawful purpose. 04/12, 04/19, 04/26, 05/03, 05/10, 05/17/2024.


Notice of Formation of Limited Liability Company Arts. of Org. of Capital District Soccer Expansion, LLC (“LLC”) filed with Dept. of State of NY on March 29, 2024. Office location: Saratoga County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: 104 Dan’s View Road, Saratoga Springs, New York 12866, principal business address. LLC does not have a specific date of dissolution. Purpose: All legal purposes. Filer: Lavelle & Finn, LLP, 29 British American Bl., Latham, NY 12110. 04/12, 04/19, 04/26, 05/03, 05/10, 05/17/2024. 12723


Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on April 1, 2024. Office location: Saratoga County. SSNY is designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: c/o The LLC, 396 Lockhart Mountain Road, Lake George, NY 12845. Purpose: Any lawful act or activities. 04/12, 04/19, 04/26, 05/03, 05/10, 05/17/2024. 12727

Notice of Formation of

ParkeHarrison LLC.

Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York SSNY on 12/28/2023. Office Location: Saratoga County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 6 Whistler Court, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Purpose: any lawful activity. 04/12, 04/19, 04/26, 05/03, 05/10, 05/17/2024. 12728


Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of NY (SSNY) on 3/12/2024. Office location: Saratoga County, NY. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of the process to the LLC, 5 Mill Creek Road, Corinth, NY 12822. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. 04/12, 04/19, 04/26, 05/03, 05/10, 05/17/2024. 12729


Art. Of Org. filed w/ NY Sec. of State (SSNY) on April 5, 2024. Office location: Saratoga County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to the LLC at its principal business location, 12 Lincoln Avenue, South Glens Falls, NY 12803. Purpose: any lawful. 04/12, 04/19, 04/26, 05/03, 05/10, 05/17/2024. 12739

Notice of formation of Southline Aero LLC.

Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York on 01/18/2024 Office: Saratoga County. SSNY has been designated as the LLC’s agent upon whom process against it may be served. A copy of process should be mailed to the LLC at: 219 Southline Rd Middle Grove,

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New York 12850. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. 04/12, 04/19, 04/26, 05/03, 05/10, 05/17/2024. 12742

Notice of formation of Body Innovator LLC.

Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York on 03/14/2024 Office: Saratoga County. SSNY has been designated as the LLC’s agent upon whom process against it may be served. A copy of process should be mailed to the LLC at: 2077 Mechanic St Galway NY 12074. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. 04/19, 04/26, 05/03, 05/10, 05/17, 05/24/2024. 12788

Notice of formation of 43 Mainstreet LLC.

Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York on 03/24/2024 Office: Saratoga County. SSNY has been designated as the LLC’s agent upon whom process against it may be served. A copy of process should be mailed to the LLC at: P.O. Box 42, Saratoga Springs N.Y. 12866. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. 04/19, 04/26, 05/03, 05/10, 05/17, 05/24/2024. 12789

Notice of Formation of Limited Liability Company Arts. of Org. of White Antler Ridge, LLC (“LLC”) filed with Dept. of State of NY on February 26, 2024. Office location: Saratoga County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: 936 State Route 67, Ballston Spa, New York 12020, principal business address. LLC does not have a specific date of dissolution. Purpose: All legal purposes. Filer: Lavelle & Finn, LLP, 29 British American Bl., Latham, NY 12110.04/19, 04/26, 05/03, 05/10, 05/17, 05/24/2024. 12790

Notice of formation of Continuous Evolution, LLC.

Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York on 3/6/2024. Office: Saratoga County. SSNY has been designated as the LLC’s agent upon whom process against it may be served. A copy of process should be mailed to the LLC at: 61 Hollister Rd. Corinth, NY 12822. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. 04/19, 04/26, 05/03, 05/10, 05/17, 05/24/2024. 12791

Notice of formation of JS Wines LLC.

Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New

York on April 11, 2024 Office: Saratoga County. SSNY has been designated as the LLC’s agent upon whom process against it may be served. A copy of process should be mailed to the LLC at: 43 Mann Blvd, Halfmoon, NY 12065. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. 04/19, 04/26, 05/03, 05/10, 05/17, 05/24/2024. 12792

Notice of formation of Six Tide Aquatics LLC.

Articles of Organization filed with New York State Dept. of State on 02/18/2024. The County within this state in which the office of the limited liability company is located in is Saratoga. The Secretary of State is designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. The address to which the Secretary of State shall mail process is to the limited liability company at 13K Heirloom Lane Halfmoon, NY 12065. Company is organized for any lawful purpose. 04/19, 04/26, 05/03, 05/10, 05/17, 05/24/2024. 12793

Notice of Formation of Limited Liability Company Arts. of Org. of Legends Machine Werks, LLC (“LLC”) filed with Dept. of State of NY on February 26, 2024. Office location: Saratoga County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: 936 State Route 67, Ballston Spa, New York 12020, principal business address. LLC does not have a specific date of dissolution. Purpose: All legal purposes. Filer: Lavelle & Finn, LLP, 29 British American Bl., Latham, NY 12110. 04/19, 04/26, 05/03, 05/10, 05/17, 05/24/2024.12798


Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York on 01/10/2024 Office: Saratoga County. SSNY has been designated as the PLLC’s agent upon whom process against it may be served. A copy of process should be mailed to the PLLC Business address: 258 Ushers RD STE 203, Clifton Park NY 12065. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. 04/26, 05/03, 05/10, 05/17, 05/24, 05/31/2024. 12832

Notice of formation of Bluebs Chocolate LLC.

Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York on 04/02/2024 Office: Saratoga County. SSNY has been


designated as the LLC’s agent upon whom process against it may be served. A copy of process should be mailed to the LLC at: P.O. Box 2754 Malta, NY 12020 . Purpose: Any lawful purpose. 04/26, 05/03, 05/10, 05/17, 05/24, 05/31/2024. 12833

THE BOBBY D. 2ND PLACE AMIGOS LLC, Art. of Org. filed with SSNY 4/12/24. NY office location: Saratoga County. SSNY designated as agent for process. SSNY shall mail copy of process to c/o Leech Tishman Robinson Brog, PLLC, 875 Third Ave., Fl. 09, NY, NY 10022, Attn: Charles McKeen. Purpose: Any lawful act or activity. 04/26, 05/03, 05/10, 05/17, 05/24, 05/31/2024. 12834

Notice of Formation of SBMCTCNY LLC.

Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/14/2023. Office location: Saratoga County. The SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against said Company may be served and the post office address within the state to which the SSNY shall mail a copy of any process is 27 Northwood Drive, Ballston Spa, NY 12020. Purpose: Any lawful purpose permitted under LLC Law. 04/26, 05/03, 05/10, 05/17, 05/24, 05/31/2024. 12835

Notice of Formation of SBMCTC West LLC

Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/15/2023. Office location: Saratoga County. The SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against said Company may be served and the post office address within the state to which the SSNY shall mail a copy of any process is 27 Northwood Drive, Ballston Spa, NY 12020. Purpose: Any lawful purpose permitted under LLC Law. 04/26, 05/03, 05/10, 05/17, 05/24, 05/31/2024. 12836

Notice of Formation of SBCTC Production LLC. Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/14/2023. Office location: Saratoga County. The SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against said Company may be served and the post office address within the state to which the SSNY shall mail a copy of any process is 27

Northwood Drive, Ballston Spa, NY 12020. Purpose: Any lawful purpose permitted under LLC Law. 04/26, 05/03, 05/10, 05/17, 05/24, 05/31/2024. 12837

Notice of Formation of 61 Spring Water, LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York SSNY on 03/18/2024. Office Location: Saratoga County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 61 Spring Water Drive, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Purpose: any lawful activity. 05/03, 05/10, 05/17, 05/24, 05/31, 06/07/2024. 12843

Notice of Formation of Limited Liability Company (LLC). Name of the LLC is: 80 KPRSS LLC

Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on April 19, 2024. Office Location: 80 Kaydeross Park Road, Saratoga Springs NY, County of Saratoga. Under section 203 of the Limited Liability Company Law The secretary of state is designated as agent of the limited liability company upon whom process against it may be served. The post office address within or without this state to which the secretary of state shall mail a copy of any process against the limited liability company served upon him or her is: 24 Bromley Court, Montville, NJ 07045. The purpose of the Company is to engage in any lawful act or activity for which limited liability companies may be organized under the LLCL. 05/03, 05/10, 05/17, 05/24, 05/31, 06/07/2024. 12857

Notice of Formation of FM AUDIOLOGY, PLLC

Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of NY (SSNY) on July 11, 2023. Office location: Saratoga County, SSNY designated as agent of Domestic Professional Service Limited Liability Company (PLLC) upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY should mail a copy to Stefan Fosco, AuD, c/o Audiology Solutions, 2 Empire Drive, Rensselaer, New York 12144. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. 05/03, 05/10, 05/17, 05/24, 05/31, 06/07/2024. 12868

NOTICE TO BIDDERS Saratoga County Department of Central Services, 50 West High Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020 will receive sealed bids until 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 14,

2024 at which time bids will be publicly opened and read aloud for <B>Box Beam, Corrugated Beam and Cable Guide Railing, as per specification 24-PWGR-24R. Bid documents may only be obtained on or after Tuesday, April 9, 2024 from The Empire State Bid System at no cost from the following website: www. Saratoga County, through its Central Services Department, reserves the right to reject parts of any or all bids. All work shall be subject to equal opportunity in employment, State wage rates and all other requirements in accordance with applicable law.

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Notice of Formation of Limited Liability Company (LLC) Name of the LLC is: ELEVATE PROPERTIES LLC

Articles of Organization filed with Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on January 18, 2023. Office Location: 3 Briar Lane, Saratoga Springs NY 12866 County of Saratoga. Under section 203 of the Limited Liability Company Law. The secretary of state is designated as agent of the limited liability company upon whom process against it may be served. The post office address within or without this state to which the secretary of state shall mail a copy of any process against the limited liability company served upon him or her is: 3 Briar Lane, Saratoga Springs NY 12866 The purpose of the Company is to engage in any lawful act or activity for which limited liability companies may be organized under the LLCL. 05/03, 05/10, 05/17, 05/24, 05/31, 06/07/2024. 12874

Notice of formation of Spratt Enterprises LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York on 04/24/24 Office: Saratoga County. SSNY has been designated as the LLC’s agent upon whom process against it may be served. A copy of process should be mailed to the LLC at: 20 Moonglow Road, Gansevoort, NY 12831. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. 05/03, 05/10, 05/17, 05/24, 05/31, 06/07/2024. 12877


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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: Scull, Skull Scull is an oar used by a rower. Dan and Ben are propelling their new canoe with heavy sculls.

Skull is the bone that protects the brain and face. You can get a slight skull fracture and sometimes not realize it.

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

Puzzles Across 1 Sandwich made with Peter Pan and Welch’s, for short 4 Like an unruly kid 10 Open-handed hit 14 Flamenco shout 15 Nanny who may live in an in-law suite 16 “Field of Dreams” state 17 Macadamia __ 18 Age-old method of long-distance communication 20 Bus terminal 22 Each 23 “Been __, done that” 24 Computer that generates Bitcoin, e.g. 26 Younger of the NBA’s Curry brothers 28 45-Down, e.g. 29 Triple-A baseball team based in Ohio 32 __ goo gai pan 33 Mont Blanc, e.g. 34 Director Roth 35 Some summer workers 38 Find My iPhone logon need 42 Kanga’s joey 43 Dean’s list no. 44 DVR forerunner 45 Atmospheric patterns that resemble fish scales 49 Female sheep 51 Lotto variant 52 Sends with a stamp 53 Midafternoon 55 “Dear old” parent 57 Pulls hard 59 Christian doctrine of divinity, and the starts of the answers to 18-, 29-, and 45-Across? 62 Grab a bite 63 __ vera 64 Route 65 Pigpen 66 Lacrosse targets 67 Pie servings 68 Netflix’s “__ Education” Down 1 “On Golden __”: Hepburn film 2 Brewer known for its Belgian White ale 3 Many a “Top Gun” aviator 4 Kept moist, as a roast turkey 5 __ and Coke 6 Each, informally 7 Starts, as a new hobby 8 Like tall wedding cakes 9 12-mo. periods 10 Weary sound 11 Folks who keep to themselves 12 Cognizant (of) 13 Lost some color 19 Service provided by the Geek Squad 21 Unspecified person 25 Southwest Virginia city 27 Steakhouse chain with a skinny tree in its logo 29 Texter’s “Sorry, did I overshare?” 30 L.A. Galaxy’s org. 31 Nada 36 Timeline stretch 37 Simple firework 38 __ Escape: PlayStation game featuring monkeys 39 Depravity 40 Item of equipment for the NCAA’s Frozen Four 41 ER staffers 43 Reacted to a joke told by 55-Across, probably 45 Dry wine choice 46 Curly salad green 47 Verbally approve 48 Korean automaker 49 Actor Hawke 50 Complete 54 Looks over 56 Minor dent 58 River of Hades 60 Like sashimi 61 Election time: Abbr. See puzzle solution on page 34 See puzzle solutions on page 34
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Cincinnati Bengals Sign Local Football Player


NFL’s Cincinnati Bengals signed undrafted free agent wide receiver Cole Burgess last week. Burgess is a Greenwich, New York native who played for SUNY Cortland, where he totaled 3,133 receiving yards and 35 touchdowns in his college career.

Last month, Burgess had lunch at the Front St. Deli with Ballston Spa Mayor Frank Rossi. In a social media post,

Rossi wrote that Burgess is “somebody that exudes not just confidence, but also positivity in every step he takes in his journey.”

In an official draft profile, NFL Analyst Lance Zierlein wrote that “Burgess has the size, testing, and production to create some league interest. He thrived against a lower level of competition but plays with a consistently competitive demeanor.”

Racing Museum Announces 2024 Hall of Fame Class


— The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame announced its 2024 Hall of Fame class last week:

• Jockey Joel Rosario and racehorses Gun Runner (KY) and Justify (KY) in the contemporary category

• Jockey Abe Hawkins and

racehorses Aristides (KY) and Lecomte (KY) were selected by the Pre-1900 Historic Review Committee

• Harry F. Guggenheim, Clement L. Hirsch, and Joe Hirsch were chosen by the Pillars of the Turf Committee

Rosario, Gun Runner, and Justify were all elected in their

first year of eligibility.

The 2024 Hall of Fame class will be enshrined on Friday, August 2 at the Fasig-Tipton sales pavilion in Saratoga Springs at 10:30 a.m. The ceremony will be broadcast live on the Museum website at www.racingmuseum. org. The event is open to the public and free to attend.

Schuylerville Lacrosse Player Surpasses 250 Career Points

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Cole Burgess poses in a selfie with Ballston Spa Mayor Frank Rossi. Photo via Rossi’s Facebook page. Racehorse Justify competes at the 2018 Belmont Stakes. Photo provided by NYRA/The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. victory over Scotia-Glenville, Schuylerville varsity lacrosse player Ollie Bolduc surpassed 250 career points. Image via the Schuylerville Lacrosse (@Sville_Lax) X account.
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Donna Barton Brothers Embraces the Belmont


When Donna Barton Brothers retired from horse racing in 1998, she was the second-winningest female jockey in the country by money earned. Since then, she’s become one of the sport’s most prominent advocates, using her talents as a broadcaster and reporter for NBC Sports to explain the complicated world of horse racing to the masses.

“We have a lot of language that is specific only to our sport,” Brothers told Saratoga TODAY, “and it doesn’t make people want to know more about our sport if we constantly use language that excludes them from understanding what we’re talking about.”

On June 4, she’ll bring her explanatory skills to “Embrace the Belmont,” an event at the

National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame that aims to teach the Saratoga community about its upcoming Triple Crown race.

“I just wanted the people who are in town and the ones most affected by the Saratoga circus coming to town every year, to have an event for them,” Brothers said.

Fox Sports analysts Acacia Courtney Clement and Maggie Wolfendale will join Brothers at “Embrace the Belmont” and discuss all things Saratoga, which ranks as Brother’s second-favorite track in the country.

“Saratoga is such an iconic venue,” Brothers said. “When you walk in and look at that structure, you feel the 100 years plus of history ingrained in the wood.”

Brothers said that much like Keeneland in Louisville, Kentucky, people in the Saratoga paddock “still have a deep reverence for the sport.”

That reverence is part of the

reason why Brothers said people in the horseracing industry are eagerly anticipating this year’s Belmont Stakes at Saratoga. But there are some aspects to this year’s race that insiders are less excited about, such as the New York Racing Association’s (NYRA) decision to run the event at a mile and a quarter instead of the traditional mile and a half.

Brothers also said that there’s been a push in the industry to change the Triple Crown schedule to make each race about a month apart, with the Kentucky Derby on the first Saturday in May, the Preakness on the first Saturday of June, and finally Belmont on the first Saturday in July. Brothers said NYRA has been resistant to these proposed changes.

“I think it was a little bit surprising that they were willing to change the distance so quickly without any sort of discussion with people in the industry, but yet they seem to have very little willingness to change the dates,

the spacing, of the Triple Crown races,” Brothers said.

Nonetheless, Brothers said that the primary response among horseracing insiders to this year’s Belmont is excitement.

“We love the history of horse racing and we love that some things will never change. But it’s also fun to have a little bit of excitement and have things shaken up just a little bit here and there,” she said.

One organization that has shaken up the industry a bit is Therapeutic Horses of Saratoga, organizers of the “Embrace the Belmont” event. Brothers visited the nonprofit’s facilities in March and came away impressed.

“They’re helping people who are marginalized in one way or another, and they’re treating those people in a proven, effective way,” Brothers said. “I think that kind of work is very important but also very underrated.”

Therapeutic Horses of Saratoga rescues retired racehorses and matches them with humans who can benefit from equine-assisted therapy. Some of those who benefit include both adults and children with mental illness, veterans, families, couples, and victims of domestic violence.

In support of the organization, Brothers will emcee “Embrace the Belmont” on Tuesday, June 4 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the National Museum of Horse Racing and Hall of Fame. To learn more about the event or to purchase a ticket, visit

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Photo of Donna Barton Brothers via her Facebook profile. “Embrace the Belmont” flier image provided by Therapeutic Horses of Saratoga.

Saratoga Lacrosse Team Honors Olivia Allen’s Memory, Raises Funds for Childhood Cancer Research

Saratoga Springs and Jamesville-DeWitt girls varsity lacrosse teams honored the memory of Saratoga grad Olivia Allen before a game last week. Photos by Jonathon Norcross.


— It was a bright, beautiful day in Saratoga Springs when two lacrosse teams took the field. But something was different about this game. Opposing teams wore matching shirts that displayed yellow ribbons. An American flag flew at half-mast. Handwritten notes tied to a fence bordering the field offered tributes to someone the community had lost.

On a seemingly typical Monday afternoon, the Saratoga

Springs and Jamesville-DeWitt girls varsity lacrosse teams paid tribute to Olivia Allen, a recent Saratoga grad who succumbed to leukemia in March. Silently, they completed 47 passes back and forth, a symbolic gesture recognizing the 47 children who are diagnosed with cancer every day in the United States.

“On March 28, Olivia left a legacy of strength and determination,” said Blue Streaks Coach Jennifer Furze while standing at midfield. “Liv’s heroic story is being heard and felt throughout the entire country. It is truly a testament to the beautiful human being she was.”

The remarks were deeply

personal for Furze, whose daughter was best friends with Olivia. Months ago, Furze and her team began planning a collaboration with the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation’s LaCROSSe Out Cancer campaign. Then, Olivia passed away. Since then, Furze said her team has been passionate about aiding the foundation.

“I think it’s been a really great outlet for their grief,” Furze said. “They’re channeling the way that they’re feeling, their emotions, into positivity. Because that’s ultimately what Liv stood for.”

On behalf of both teams, Coach Furze presented a $10,000 check to the foundation. It took

the teams only three weeks to raise the donated funds. The money will aid efforts to find cures for pediatric cancers.

According to Bonnie Lattimore, the foundation’s director of strategic partnerships, cancer is the leading cause of death by disease for kids, but only 4% of federal

funding for cancer research is devoted to children. “We try to do anything we can, like partner with Saratoga Springs lacrosse or other organizations, to try to fill that funding gap, and they’ve done a fantastic job.” Lattimore said that $50 funds about one hour of research. “This has a huge impact for pediatric cancer.”

Olivia Allen graduated from Saratoga Springs High School in 2023 and planned to attend Florida State University to study nursing. She played for the Blue Streaks field hockey and gymnastic teams.

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