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LOCAL • INDEPENDENT • FREE Volume 11  •  Issue 17  •  May 5 – May 11, 2017 • (518) 581-2480

Springettes Conquer States by Thomas Kika Saratoga TODAY

The Springettes state champions. Photo by


Featured Stories

See Springettes pg. 45

Notes From City Hall

Hits the Brakes

Route 67 traffic near Ruhle Road. Photo by Larry Goodwin.

WILTON — The Springettes – one of the Saratoga Springs area’s premier girls’ gymnastics teams – continued to do their namesake hometown proud with an impressive showing at a recent state competition. The Saratoga Regional YMCA Gymnastics Team, also known as “The Springettes,” attended the New York State YMCA Gymnastics Championships at SUNY Oneonta from April 22-23.

At the meet, there were nine YMCA gymnastics teams from across NY competing, which amounted to just over 200 athletes. In all, 30 gymnasts from Saratoga Springs competed, taking part in the vault, bars, beam, and floor events. The Springettes left SUNY Oneonta with an impressive eight all-around state champions, including Marissa Verro from Level 9, Abby Moller from

See Malta pg. 8

City Gifted Land by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY A small parcel of land which sits at a key intersection on South Broadway may soon belong to the city. The property, which once sited a gas station, sits at 209 South Broadway - adjacent to a Dunkin’ Donuts shop - and has been vacant for a decade. The city first considered using open space funds to purchase the 0.2-acre parcel in 2008 and subsequently develop a pocket park that would feature equine sculptures. Earlier this year, in her State of The

City address, city Mayor Joanne Yepsen reported that the Open Space Committee was still actively working to acquire the parcel. A Memorandum of Understanding issued last week noted that the property owner, David Eshaghian - doing business as the Crown Oil Co. – desired to gift the parcel to the city. “He spent a lot of time in the city when he was a kid,” Mayor Joanne Yepsen reported. “This will be a nice new gateway to the southern portion of the city.” The one condition attached to the gift by the owner is that See Land pg. 14

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Week of May 5 – May 11, 2017

Neighbors: Snippets of Life from Your Community Who: Ruth Crotty. Where: Congress Park. Q. What are you doing today? A. Painting. My composition is down this stream, picking up the reflective light and catching some of that beautiful willow tree. Q. Why did you select this location? A. I’ve been over here the past two days scouting out locations. My studio is at the Amp Galleries, but the morning light here is quite beautiful. Q. When did you first come to Saratoga Springs. A. We just moved into town a year ago after living between Ballston Spa and Galway. We lived on a 85- acre farm for 44 years. When I first got married we lived in Saratoga Springs. That was in the early ‘70s. Having lived in the country, we drove everywhere. My goal now is to use my car only once a week, if I have to. I love being able to walk everywhere. I like the availability of everything. Q. What was it like living in Saratoga Springs during the 1970s?

Ruth Crotty. Photo by Thomas Dimopoulos.

A. It was basically boarded-up at that point, but we still loved it. The bones of the city, you know? To me, it was aesthetically pleasing even back then. I love the architecture, the homes on North Broadway, the grand scale of the 1800s that was still here and still very much intact. Q. What did you want to be when you were a kid? A. I always wanted to be an artist. I’ve painted since I was 10 years old and I have a bachelor of fine arts degree from Tyler School of Art in painting. Q. What are some of the other arts you’re interested in? A. I like classical music and opera. I love “Carmen.” When I paint in my studio that’s the one that really get my juices flowing. My favorite film? I love “Casablanca.” Q. Is there something you would like to see more of in the city? A. To me Saratoga is idyllic. I like the walkability of it. There is so much: the restaurants, the arts and SPAC, the influence of Skidmore. To me, this town has everything. And the track. I like that it’s here for six weeks. I know August is busy and it could be annoying when you’re trying to do things during the day with the extra cars and the people, but to me, I like that excitement.


Week of May 5 – May 11, 2017

Rebuilding Together Provides Home Repairs SARATOGA COUNTY — Rebuilding Together Saratoga County, a local nonprofit organization committed to providing safe and healthy housing for low-income homeowners, is providing much-needed repairs and accessibility modifications for 15 local families in need for National Rebuilding Month. Rebuilding Together is part of a national network of affiliates who participate in National

Rebuilding Month each April. Nearly 40,000 volunteers are serving in more than 1,600 affiliateled rebuild projects across the country through May. Rebuilding Together is assisting 15 local families, including a veteran and his wife. Carl and Marcia need a ramp and a walk-in shower so that Carl can continue to safely and comfortably remain in his home. A grant from Sears has allowed

Saratoga Battlefield’s 100-Mile Challenge STILLWATER — With the National Park Service Centennial celebration now over, Saratoga National Historical Park is looking forward to the next 100 years of stewardship. Between May 1 and October 31, the public is encouraged to join a 100-Mile Challenge: biking or hiking the trails at the battlefield to accumulate 100 miles. Through this challenge people can enjoy the rich natural and cultural heritage of this local site as they explore their national park, plus get some exercise. Anyone can take part in the challenge, from beginners to advanced hikers and cyclists, young and old, human and canine. Each participating pet must also hike 100 miles in the park with their human companion, following park pet policies. Each participant (including

pets) must register for the challenge by sending an email to: SARA_ To register more than one person, specify the number of participants and their names. Park staff will periodically send email messages with updates about this challenge, including news about upcoming hiking and biking events in the park, hiking and biking tips, and motivational thoughts. Email addresses will not be shared with others. Each participant who completes 100 miles between May 1 and October 31 will receive an award for their achievement. Yet the real awards are new experiences and memories from adventures in a national park, of which there are more than 400 nationwide. For more information about this challenge, call Park Ranger Megan Stevens at 518-670-2982 or visit the website

ReBuilding Together volunteers at a home in Wilton. Photo provided.

Rebuilding Together to modify this home for accessibility and make other critical repairs so Marcia and Carl can remain in the neighborhood they love and have lived in for nearly 40 years. Rebuilding Together Founder and Executive Director, Michelle Larkin, said, “We are so grateful

for the support of our many sponsors and the hard work of our volunteers. Without this support, we would not be able to help folks like Carl and Marcia to be able to remain in their homes.” The Saratoga Builders Association and South High Marathon Dance are Premier

Sponsors for National Rebuilding Month. Other sponsors include Fingerpaint, Ianniello Anderson, P.C., Global Foundries Town of Malta Foundation, and Sears Heroes at Home. A full list of sponsors is available at the website rtsaratoga. org/2017-project-sponsors/.



City Spreads Wood Chips

Week of May 5 – May 11, 2017

Saratoga County Election Season Starts

(From left) Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo; County Clerk Craig Hayner; and Coroner Susan Hayes-Masa. Photo provided. City Public Works staffers spread wood chips. Photo by Michael Veitch.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Friday, April 28, a city Department of Public Works (DPW) recreation crew installed wood chips at the North Side playground. As part of a plan to update the city’s playgrounds, the Recreation Department placed new playground equipment through an outside contractor. Assistance from DPW was requested to help install the wood

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chips and final touches to finish the North Side Playground, which is located at the intersection of Clement Avenue and State Street. Public Works Commissioner Anthony “Skip” Scirocco is considering options to add a pathway or sidewalk in front of the playground. Residents who utilize it have indicated that accessibility is an important feature they would like to see added. 

MALTA — On May 2, endorsed Republican candidates Saratoga County Clerk Craig Hayner, Sheriff Michael Zurlo and Coroner Susan Hayes-Masa held a press conference at the Hyatt Place Hotel to formally kick off their re-election campaigns. A former councilman in the Town of Halfmoon, Hayner, 49, was first elected as clerk in November of 2013. A lifelong resident of Halfmoon, Hayner has extensive corporate business

management experience and is a small business owner of Hayner’s Ice Cream Hall of Fame. Zurlo, 63, a Saratoga County native was first elected sheriff in 2013. Prior to that he served as a senior investigator, patrol deputy, criminal investigator, sergeant and lieutenant since he first joined the Saratoga County Sheriff ’s Office. He has also served as the Town Justice for the Town of Stillwater.

Accredited by the New York State Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners, Saratoga Springs resident Hayes-Masa, 62, was first elected as County Coroner in 2013. Working for the Saratoga County Coroners office since 1995, Hayes-Masa is a certified surgical technician and has the completed the Medical Examiner/Coroner 101 Course. Hayes-Masa is also the director of donor services at the Lions Eye Bank.

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Week of May 5 – May 11, 2017

COURTS Jackie R. Coffey, 29, of Ballston Spa, pleaded on April 24 to vehicular assault in the second-degree, a felony, in connection with an incident that occurred in Saratoga Springs. Sentencing scheduled for June 19. Ryan Petronis, 29, of Saratoga Springs, pleaded on April 25 to failure to register as a sex offender, a felony. Sentencing scheduled for June 13. Arthur E. Brust, Jr., 18, of Greenfield, pleaded on April 26 to felony burglary, in connection with an incident that occurred in Milton. Sentencing scheduled for June 21. Thomas W. Coons, 57, of Greenfield, pleaded on April 26 to felony grand larceny, in connection with an incident that occurred in Greenfield. Sentenced to conditional discharge. Joshua J. Dray, 21, of South Glens Falls, was sentenced on April 26 to time served after pleading to third degree criminal mischief in connection with an incident that occurred in Malta.

POLICE Owen G. Phinney, age 22, Gansevoort, was charged on April 21 with aggravated unlicensed operation. Julia M. Murphy, age 25, Saratoga Springs, was charged on April 21 with criminal possession of a controlled substance. Joselyn Y. Woodard, age 30, Greenwich, was charged on April 21 with grand larceny in the third-degree, a felony. Kathleen Hall, age 52, Saratoga Springs, was charged on April 21 with aggravated unlicensed operation, and speeding.

Kyle D. Martineau, age 30, Middle Grove, was charged on April 20 with aggravated unlicensed operation, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended registration, and failure to notify DMV of a change of address. Patrick G. Veltman, age 28, South Bend, Indiana, was charged on April 20 with felony burglary. Christopher E. Robenstein, age 27, Saratoga Springs, was charged on April 20 with misdemeanor criminal contempt. Heather L. Fraley, age 44, Saratoga Springs, was charged on April 19 with misdemeanor DWI, and failure to keep right. Leah H. Detroye, age 19, Porter Corners, was charged on April 18 with misdemeanor petit larceny. Jordan R. Baker, age 25, Saratoga Springs, was charged on April 18 with assault in the seconddegree, a felony, and criminal mischief in the fourth-degree, a misdemeanor. Britton L. Newchurch, age 29, Queensbury, was charged on April 18 with aggravated unlicensed operation, and operating an unregistered motor vehicle on a highway. Morgan L. Milsop, age 32, Saratoga Springs, was charged on April 18 with Misdemeanor DWI, and speeding. Lester E. Lolley, age 34, Saratoga Springs, was charged on April 17 with aggravated family offense a felony, and criminal contempt, a misdemeanor. Nicole R. Rossi, age 34, Albany, was charged on April 17 with no/ expired insurance, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended registration, and aggravated unlicensed operation.

Dustin C. Scoville, age 23, Gansevoort, was charged on April 17 with criminal possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of marijuana, and following a motor vehicle too closely. Gale D. Ranck, age 62, Saratoga Springs, was charged on April 16 with failure to keep right, and misdemeanor DWI. Mary Lynn Massonne, age 59, Saratoga Springs, was charged on April 16 with failure to signal a turn, failure to keep right, refusing a pre-screen test, and felony DWI as a second offense. Kristin S. Barnes, age 28, Queensbury, was charged on April 16 with failure to obey a traffic control device and misdemeanor DWI. Jamel A. Miller, age 37, Schenectady, was charged on April 16 with unlawful possession of marijuana, felony criminal possession of a controlled substance, felony tampering with physical evidence, and misdemeanor criminal possession of a controlled substance. Major L. Adams, age 34, Saratoga Springs, was charged on April 15 with unlawful possession of marijuana.

Theresa M. Jordan, age 30, Saratoga Springs, was charged on April 15 with criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor. Joseph Kyalo Kassim, age 36, Menands, was charged on April 15 with misdemeanor DWI, and failure to stop at a stop sign. Corey D. Freemire, age 25, Clifton Park, was charged on April 15 with speeding, misdemeanor DWI, and following a motor vehicle too closely. Lee R. Davenport, age 30, Saratoga Springs, was charged on April 15 with criminal trespass in the second- degree, a misdemeanor. Laquasuiah R. Patterson-Chapman, age 19, Schenectady, was charged on April 15 with false impersonation- a misdemeanor. Daniel P. Houle, age 37, Moreau, was charged on April 15 with misdemeanor DWI, failure to stop at stop sign, failure to keep right. Charles Watkins, age 30, Sauquoit, NY, was charged on April 15 with aggravated unlicensed operation. Kevin Bryant Kuhn, age 57, Saratoga Springs, was charged on April 13 with misdemeanor DWI. Jamie L. McIntyre, age 30, Granville,

was charged on April 13 with aggravated unlicensed operation. Juliana S. Dreweck, age 40, Schenectady, was charged on April 13 with petit larceny, and criminal possession of stolen property – both misdemeanors. Cory D. Henry, age 37, Malta, was charged on April 13 with misdemeanor DWI, refusing a prescreen test, and speeding. Kymir R. Pearson, age 25, Albany, was charged on April 12 with registration plate display violation, and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended registration- a misdemeanor. Daniel R. Belmonte, age 31, Saratoga Springs, was charged on April 11 with aggravated unlicensed operation, and following a motor vehicle too closely. Thomas G. Stanton, age 31, Albany, was charged on April 11 with speeding, and misdemeanor DWI. Richard A. DeMatteo, age 24, Schenectady, was charged on April 10 with criminal possession of stolen property – a felony. John P. Pagano, age 56, Oceanside was charged on April 10 with misdemeanor criminal trespass.



Martin John (Marty) Hughes SARATOGA SPRINGS — Martin John (Marty) Hughes, 66, died Tuesday, April 25, 2017. A Funeral Liturgy in Marty’s honor will be at 11 a.m. Friday, May 5, at Bethesda Episcopal Church, 41 Washington Street, Saratoga Springs. Interment will follow at Greenridge Cemetery. Online remembrances may be made at

Jesse Stuart Carpenter SARATOGA SPRINGS — Jesse Stuart Carpenter (Carp) died Friday, April 21, 2017. Relatives and friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m., funeral service at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at Burke Funeral Home, 628 North Broadway. Online remembrances may be made at

Leslie A. Nash BALLSTON SPA — Leslie A. Nash, 70, passed away Thursday, April 27, 2017. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Thursday, May 4, 2017 at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Round Lake; burial was at the convenience of the family. Online remembrances may be made at

Dustin R. Barnes III BALLSTON SPA — Dustin R. Barnes III passed away Monday, May 1, 2017. Calling hours were held Thursday, May 4, 2017 at Burke Funeral Home, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs. Burial will be at Maplewood Cemetery today, Friday May 5, at 10 a.m. Online remembrances may be made at

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Week of May 5 – May 11, 2017

Young Local Woman Honored SARATOGA SPRINGS — On April 29, Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner (D-Round Lake) held the second annual Women of Distinction Awards at Skidmore College. The ceremony was held to honor women in the community who make a difference. Stephanie Fortune, a junior at Academy of the Holy Names, was presented with the award in the Young Person category. “Volunteering is a way of bridging diverse groups of people together for a common good,” Fortune said. Fortune is an Ambassador Girl Scout, a board member with Girl Scouts and an active member of the Young Women’s

(From left) Mary Buszuwski, CEO of Girl Scouts of Northeastern NY, Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner and Stephanie Fortune. Photo provided.

Leadership Initiative. She recently participated in a United Nations trip and will travel to Washington, D.C. in May. During her winter break,

Fortune traveled to Nicaragua with the North Country Mission of Hope to help build houses, work in an orphanage and assist with food distribution.

A Contest for Great Mothers

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Empire Crate, a monthly service that curates the best artisan-made food products from across New York and delivers them, is hosting a Mother’s Day contest. The Empire Crate canvasses a multitude of food artisans and delivers their products to homes. Brianne and Brandon Dingeman, the company’s owners, are expanding their focus to social media

through Mother’s Day for the “Cratest Mom Ever” contest. To enter, like The Empire Crate on Facebook; post a photo of a mother who qualifies for the grand prize of a 6-month subscription; and explain why the mother qualifies. All requirements must be met to validate an entry. One entry per person. Must be 18 or over to enter. The deadline for submissions is 10 p.m. on May 10. One mother will be

chosen on May 12. A gift certificate will be emailed to the person who submits the winning entry in time to print it out and present it to the recipient on Mother’s Day. For more information about the “Cratest Mom Ever” contest or to find out more about how to purchase The Empire Crate, visit or call 518-227-1233.

Birth Announced SARATOGA SPRINGS — City residents Justin and Bridget Cole are happy to announce the birth of their son, John “Jack” Thomas Cole, born April 7 at 1:36 p.m. He weighed 7 lbs. 15 ounces and measured 18.5 inches long. Maternal grandparents are Lawrence and Madonna Barney of Lake Placid. Paternal grandparents are John and Joanne Schiff of Austerlitz.

John “Jack” Thomas Cole. Photo provided.


Week of May 5 – May 11, 2017

Impressions Holds Pet Celebration by Thomas Kika Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Impressions of Saratoga will be holding a kick-off event for its 13th annual Pet Appreciation Celebration, a weeklong celebration held to recognize the National Humane Society’s “Be Kind to Animals Week” and the American Veterinary Association’s “National Pet Week,” on May 6, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. The rest of the celebration will take place from May 7-14. A host of activities and giveaways will be available for attendees to take part in, and naturally there will be plenty of treats and fresh water for all accompanying pets. Some of the activities during the event will include: - A coloring contest for varying age ranges, including 4 and under, 5-6, 7-8, and 9-12. - A “Count the Biscuits” contest, where the closest guesses will take

home special prizes. This contest will be held all week. - A book signing with Lisa Giknis and her book, “Fetching Words,” on May 6, 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. - An adoption clinic with H.O.P.E., a division of the North Shore Animal League, on May 6. - A dog photo shoot with Dave Bigler’s Saratoga Portrait Studio, on May 6. Sessions will be available every 15 minutes, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., and will cost $25. All proceeds from these shoots will go to H.O.P.E. Participants will receive the photos as a digital file after the shoot. - A Derby Day celebration on May 6, with Mint Juleps and Kentucky-style sweets to celebrate the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby. For more information on the event, contact Marianne Barker or Maddy Zanetti at 518-587-0666, at impressions@

Saratoga Springs Horse Show Continues with First Weekend by Thomas Kika Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — The 2017 Saratoga Springs Horse Show at Yaddo will continue through its first weekend since kicking off on May 3, concluding its first week on May 7. The show will run for three weeks, from Wednesday to Sunday each week, ending on May 21. The show will feature over $300,000 in total purses and prizes. Some of these prizes available in the first week include: - $30,000 Grand Prix (May 6) - $5,000 Show Jumper Hall of Fame High Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Classic (May 7) - $3,500 Low Junior/Amateur Owner Jumper Classic (May 7)

Photo courtesy of Discover Saratoga.

- $2,500 USHJA National Hunter Derby (May 5) - $1,500 M&S Adult Jumper Classic (May 7) - $1,250 M&S Children’s Jumper Classic (May 7) - $1,250 Pony Hunter Classic (May 7) Other events will include a

celebration of the running of the 143rd Kentucky Derby on May 6, and a Ben & Jerry’s “Exhibitor Appreciations Day” on May 5. For a full schedule of the weekend’s events, as well a complete list of purses and prizes for all three weeks, go to



Week of May 5 – May 11, 2017

Malta Hits the Brakes by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY MALTA — On Monday night, homeowners from a busy stretch of Route 67 in Malta persuaded town officials to postpone a vote that would promote more commercial development in the area. “My mind was made up until you folks came out,” stated Councilwoman Maggi Ruisi. “I listened, and I heard you.” The Malta Town Board scheduled the May 1 public hearing for its Route 67 South Side Rezoning Amendment. Its passage by the board would affect the future of undeveloped property between the Exit 12 traffic circles and Brownell Road. New construction is already underway a short distance farther west near the intersection of Route 67 and Eastline Road. For an hour there was a lively discussion among Malta homeowners, who filled the

town complex parking lot to capacity, and board members led by Supervisor Vincent DeLucia. DeLucia ended up accepting a motion to table the related resolution. It would rezone several parcels of Route 67 land on either side of Ruhle Road into a new commercial (or “C2”) district. “I’ve seen dramatic changes in the town of Malta in my 70 years of living here. I recall almost every bit of growth,” DeLucia reported after the public hearing and unanimous vote to table the measure. There were rezoning supporters in the room, but a majority of homeowners vented their frustrations about more traffic along that heavily traveled stretch of Route 67. “I think you’re going to have a real fight on your hands with people in this neighborhood,” predicted Route 67 resident Mark Sickler. “The value of our property is going to go down if it becomes

The Malta Town Board hears residents’ concerns. Photo by Larry Goodwin.

C2” commercial zoning, added Andrew James, a homeowner from Settlers Ridge North.

“Malta as a whole is being overdeveloped. It’s lost what Malta was in terms of being a community,” James said. “That has us upset.” Betsy Marré, a resident of Settlers Ridge South, said more drivers should be ticketed by law enforcement for “doing 90” in the 45 mph zone on that part of Route 67; and that the state Department of Transportation (DOT) should upgrade the entire section of roadway before any new construction plans are approved. That should include turn lanes specifically designed by the DOT to accommodate Ruhle Road traffic, Marré told the board. When approached after making her statements at the podium, Marré asserted that “town board members are making decisions without proper due diligence” and are “not understanding commercial property vacancy” rates. Her husband Ernie Marré questioned how the rezoning amendment came to be voted on in the first place. He also argued that local property values, and Malta’s quiet rural appeal, could be “adversely impacted” by more commercial development on Route 67. The Marrés and several other speakers referred to the

difficulties faced every day by local drivers who turn left to enter Ruhle Road, or try to exit in either direction. “Are we going to get some consideration?” Ernie Marré asked board members. “It sounds like it’s almost a done deal.” “We’ve considered all of these things. We’re not operating in a vacuum,” DeLucia responded. Ultimately, Councilman John Hartzell made the motion to table the rezoning resolution, explaining that the current town board is simply making “mid-course corrections” to a master plan passed 17 years ago by a previous board. “When we all came to town government this course had been charted,” Hartzell said. Both Ruisi and Hartzell stated that they hailed from rural communities, and that land preservation in general is an important topic to them. Councilman Craig Warner went even further, saying his own family members had opposed excessive development much like the Malta homeowners do now. “We take what you say very seriously,” Warner told those in attendance. “I understand what you said and it will be considered.”


Week of May 5 – May 11, 2017

Milton Residents

Support Town Ethics Rules

Megan Soden (at podium) addresses the Milton Town Board. Photo by Larry Goodwin.

by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY MILTON — A solid majority of residents who spoke at a public hearing Wednesday about the town’s Code of Ethics opposed making changes to the code that have been proposed by officials. “For some reason, this has stirred up quite an uprise in the Town of Milton,” observed Supervisor Dan Lewza at the outset of the May 3 public hearing, which was attended by nearly 50 local residents. The hearing was scheduled on the heels of a vote by the town board in April to appoint Megan Soden, a Republican Committee member, to the Zoning Board of Appeals. Language in the Milton Code of Ethics explicitly prohibits active political party and committee members from serving on voting boards in town government. Lewza said Soden “has not participated in zoning board meetings” and will not do so until the matter is resolved. Lewza and Councilwoman Barbara Kerr, who voted against Soden’s appointment citing the ethics code, said they had agreed earlier in the week to postpone a formal vote until the five-member Ethics Board has reviewed proposed changes to the code’s language. More than 20 people spoke at the public hearing, and nearly all of them opposed such changes. Local resident David Beals said keeping the ethics policy as is will prevent political parties from having “too much say” in Milton, as they did before the current code was established in 2010. Bernadette VanDeinse, a Republican Committee member, was among a minority of

people who voiced support for Soden’s appointment, as well as the proposed changes before the town board. She said current ethics rules have been “misused” to suppress numerous people who desire service in town government. “I do think this has been hurting our town and holding us back,” VanDeinse told the board. “That’s irrelevant to the purpose of the ethics board,” responded the next speaker, Carl Hackert, a longtime registered Republican in the Village of Ballston Spa. He reported that a family member brought a formal ethics complaint to that board in years past. Hackert claimed that “a whole new generation of people do not respect” the town’s established ethics policies. If the Milton Town Board goes forward with the proposed code change, Hackert added, it could have negative impacts for Republicans at the ballot box in the future. “It’s going to show up in the fall election,” he said. When Soden herself took the podium, she vowed to “step down” from the Republican Committee if the town board does not approve changing the ethics code. Her only motivation, Soden said, is to ensure the code “is equitable for all, not just some.” Lewza informed six-year Ethics Board member Ben Potter that there would be no “time frame” to review the proposed changes and make a recommendation to the town board. Lewza closed the sometimescontentious public hearing on a positive note, thanking so many local residents for showing up to raise their voices. “This is what’s good for democracy,” the supervisor said.



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Week of May 5 – May 11, 2017

Kentucky Derby Parties in Saratoga SARATOGA SPRINGS — The 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby will be held Saturday at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. The Kentucky Derby is the first leg of the Triple Crown, and will be followed by the Preakness Stakes in May, and the Belmont Stakes in June. A plethora of local venues and restaurants will host parties in celebration of the race.

National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame will host its third annual Kentucky Derby party fundraiser from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday at the Museum. The event will feature samplings of local brews and spirits, signature Kentucky-inspired dishes from local restaurants, and a raceday-inspired 50/50 and silent auction. Live music will be performed by Annie and the Hedonists in the sport’s official Hall of Fame.

Other highlights of the event include: coverage of the Kentucky Derby pre-show and racing card throughout the Museum on high-definition TVs, live airing of the Kentucky Derby on the theater screen in the Hall of Fame, smartphone wagering through NYRA Bets, awards for the best Derby attire, judging for best Kentucky-inspired dish, and a classic photo booth. Ticket pricing is as follows: $25: Guests with a Safe Driver ticket enjoy samplings of tasty Kentucky-inspired dishes from local restaurants, live music, prizes for best Derby attire, raffles and a live airing of the Kentucky Derby in the Hall of Fame. Participants will receive a special wristband that will exclude them from sampling or purchasing any alcoholic beverages. $40: Members of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame enjoy a discounted

American Pharoah, winner of the Kentucky Derby in 2015. Photo credit: NYRA.

ticket for this year’s event, with full access to samplings of tasty Kentucky-inspired dishes from local restaurants, breweries, distilleries and wineries, live music, prizes for best Derby attire, raffles and a live airing of the Kentucky Derby in the Hall of Fame. $50: Advance online tickets (available through May 5). Participants to enjoy samplings of tasty Kentucky-inspired dishes from local restaurants, breweries, distilleries and wineries, live music, prizes for best Derby attire, raffles and a live airing of the Kentucky Derby in the Hall of Fame. $55: At the door tickets. Walk-in participants enjoy samplings of tasty Kentucky-inspired dishes from local restaurants, breweries, distilleries and wineries, live music, prizes for best Derby attire, raffles and a live airing of the Kentucky Derby in the renowned Hall of Fame. $85: Sign up under the membership promo to enjoy all the benefits of the advance ticket price, as well as a oneyear individual membership to the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. $160: Group of four (not available at the door). Gather your friends or family to enjoy samplings of tasty Kentucky-inspired dishes from local restaurants, breweries,

distilleries and wineries, live music, prizes for best Derby attire, raffles and a live airing of the Kentucky Derby in the Hall of Fame. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Maureen Mahoney at 518-584-0400 ext. 109 or visit www.thederbyparty.

Saratoga Casino Hotel A Watch and Wager Kentucky Derby celebration will be held Saturday at Saratoga Casino Hotel, 342 Jefferson St. The racing mezzanine opens up at 9 a.m. Parking and admission are free. The full Kentucky Derby card will be shown in its entirety.

Kentucky Derby Celebration in Vapor Catch all the action of the Derby 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Saturday on Vapor’s massive 16-foot screen. Free admission. And official Derby afterparty will be held in Vapor with Deejay Element at 9 p.m. No Cover. For more information, call Saratoga Casino Hotel at 518-580-0126.

Prime at Saratoga National Golf Club A Derby Day Party will be held 4 – 8 p.m. Saturday at “Prime On The Rail” at Saratoga National Golf Club, 458 Union Ave. Admission is $25, includes drink ticket. Event features cash

concession food items, beer, wine & spirit vendors, cash bar, and jumbo-tron TV featuring the live race. For more information, call 518-583-4653. To purchase tickets, go to:

2 West Bar & Grille A Kentucky Derby Party will be held 3 p.m. Saturday at 2 West Bar and Grille, 2 West Ave. Admission is free. The event features food and drink specials, prizes for best outfit/ hat, Upstate Distilling tasting, and “the largest TV and best sound in Saratoga.” For more information, call 518-450-7200, or visit:

The Barrelhouse A party to celebrate the 143rd running of The Kentucky Derby and to support Saratoga WarHorse will be held 2-7 p.m. Saturday at The Barrelhouse, 68 Beekman St. The event features Derby themed food and drink specials, raffles and prizes. There is no cover charge. Commemorative Glasses will be sold for $15, or 2 for $20 and includes 2 beers or 1 mint julep. The event serves as a fundraiser for Saratoga Warhorse. For more information, call 518-871 -1502, or visit


Week of May 5 – May 11, 2017

Roses or not, Pletcher Already Won For Pletcher, Win or Lose, Derby Season is a Success

by Brendan O’Meara for Saratoga TODAY At about 1830h on Seis de Mayo Todd Pletcher, aka the Monolith, aka DJ McSaddle, aka Optimus Prime, will give the girth a solid tug* to three horses in the Kentucky Derby. This particular Saturday means 10 furlongs, mint juleps and Pletcher’s college try. He receives so much undue hate, a ratio of 99 parts boo to one part, well, yeah, you’ve got a point. Through his career he is 1-for-45 in the Kentucky Derby. Mentioning this to him will result in a deep sigh followed by an eye roll, so just don’t. Fact is, even if he doesn’t win this race, his year is a total success. “Our Derby record is not great,” Pletcher told Tom Pedulla in an interview on America’s Best Racing. “We have run a lot of horses. Some have run well, some of them haven’t. So having a win is huge. I think one more would be icing on the cake and hopefully some day we can do that.” The Pletcher Industrial Complex doesn’t need to win this race: reaching the race is a victory. How can you hate on a guy for not winning a race when there are 20 relatively inexperienced young horses running in the longest race of their lives in the front of biggest crowd they’ve ever seen/heard? Especially when you realize that nearly half of the horses he has brought to the Derby are bombs—and if wasn’t for the allure of the Derby would do a hard pass on this race—whose only chance at winning is an off-track, a favorable post and a Louisiana-fast Cajun in the irons.

The KD is the ultimately crapshoot. Traffic, the inexplicable randomness of a post draw (sidebar: if we’re going to go through all the trouble of a points system to rank these horses and add some juice to the prep season, shouldn’t the connections of the horses with the most points get to choose their post? Like earning home-field advantage? Nothing like getting snubbed with Post 1, facing certain collision with the fence, when you’re best the horse. The argument then becomes if the horse is talented enough he’ll win regardless. Tell that to Lookin at Lucky. Anyway.) Then there are the other moving parts like the various running styles of each horse. There are no rules that suggests a certain number of speed horses, raters or closers get into the field. We’d all agree that a horse that can rate/ relax/track the leaders does two important Derby-winning things: Rations energy and dictates his path through traffic. Pletcher has two horses, at the very least, that can do just that. Patch, the one-eyed monster, has a luscious pedigree. Union Rags, his sire, won the 2012 Belmont Stakes and his dam is by A.P. Indy, a Belmont Stakes winner and sire of all things stamina. Patch finished second in the Louisiana Derby, which in and of itself doesn’t make you want to do handsprings across the Churchill infield. The Bayou route to the Derby is littered with slow horses. The thing is Patch turned in a sparkling workout in company over the Churchill dirt, breezing five furlongs in 1:00.20 with a serious gallop out. Pletcher could very well be using the Derby as a Belmont Stakes prep with this colt. He didn’t race as a twoyear-old and that violates Isaac Newton’s heretofore unrevealed Fourth Law of Motion: A Derby horse who doth not run as a juvenile, fails to don roses. Look it up. Is Patch so talented that he can be the first since Apollo to win this raced without having race at two? Meh. Always Dreaming, lame name aside, won the Florida Derby. He worked a superbly swift five furlongs by himself in 59.60, running like he was being chased by a sabertooth.

Todd Pletcher

“He’s a good-feeling colt and his energy level is off the charts,” Pletcher said in a Churchill Downs release. “The trick for us is to keep him focused.” Did he drill too hard? That’s always the question with these sub-one-minute or sub-48-second workouts. Plenty of horses fly over that Churchill loam, and it’s that grand signifier that they like the surface. That’s as big an indication as any. Always Dreaming’s sire, Bodemeister, set the pace in the

2012 Kentucky Derby and nearly held on to win. Getting to the front of the Kentucky Derby field is the only way to take traffic out of the equation, and maybe Always Dreaming will do just that. Tapwrit, winner of the Tampa Bay Derby and fifth in the Blue Grass, marks Pletcher’s third arrow in the quiver. Should Pletcher lose with all three, he’ll fall to 1-for48. If he wins, he’ll be 2-for-48; no matter what light you shine

on it, it’s still a murky record on paper, but it should be seen as this: The guy knows how to get a horse to the Derby. He validated his plan and 2018 already looks bright. That’s 48 wins, roses or no. *: Not innuendo Brendan O’Meara is a freelance writer and host of The Creative Nonfiction Podcast and author of Six Weeks in Saratoga. He lives in Oregon. There is no horse racing in Oregon.



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Notes from City Hall

City Gifted Land Continued from front page.

a memorial plaque be placed at the site in honor of his mother. A recent appraisal set the value of the parcel at $340,000. It has not yet been decided how the city may use the parcel in the future, but an open space area such as a pocket park or small pavilion seems most likely. The City Council unanimously voted Tuesday night to enter into a memorandum of understanding – an intention to enter into a contract. Because there had been a gas station on site for decades, the premises will first be inspected prior to the council voting on whether to accept the gift.

Madigan: City 2016 FY Year Ends in A Strong Position Commissioner of Finance Michele Madigan reported Saratoga Springs closed the 2016 fiscal year in a strong financial position. Unaudited year-end figures reveal a moderate annual operating deficit of $1.056 million - in large part driven by a $750,000 payment to settle a suit filed by The Anderson Group more than 10 years ago, Madigan said. The unaudited operating deficit, excluding this payment, was $306,000, or 0.695 percent of the $44 million 2016 Adopted Budget. Actual 2016 revenue collected totaled $42,691,435. Actual 2016 expenditures totaled $43,747,818. “The City Departments did a good job managing their 2016 budgets and I hope to see similar results for 2017,” the

A parcel of land on South Broadway on May 1, 2017, that was gifted to the city. Photo by Thomas Dimopoulos.

commissioner said, in a statement. Unaudited figures indicate the city’s unassigned, unappropriated general fund balance is $9,009,362. The city has $ 3.3 million in restricted (assigned) fund balance in the form of a retirement reserve, insurance reserve, capital reserves, tax stabilization reserve, and other miscellaneous reserves. The Water Fund ended 2016 with a positive assigned unappropriated fund balance of $2.9 million - the fifth consecutive year the water fund reported an operating surplus. The Sewer Fund has an assigned

unappropriated fund balance for 2016 of $1.8 million. This is the seventh consecutive year that the sewer fund reported an operating surplus, Madigan said.

Vandalized Statues Restored and Returned to Congress Park The “Day” and “Night” Urns and “Pan” statue in the Italian Gardens have been restored and were installed in Congress Park last Friday, said Department of Works Commissioner Anthony “Skip”

Scirocco. The urns and statue were vandalized last year. The Day and Night Urns inspired by the individual marble reliefs “Day” and “Night” by artist Bertel Thorvaldsen - were originally placed in Congress Park more than a century ago. Improvements were made in the urn bases to increase stability for the cast-iron pieces, along with new drainage to prevent longterm water damage. Additional stability was added to the base of the Pan statue to prevent any future vandalism, Scirocco said.

How To Grieve Your Assessment Finance Commissioner John Franck announced a “How to Grieve your Assessment” class will be held 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday May 9 in the City Council Room. Residents wishing to grieve their assessment must submit an application with documentation to the Assessment Office prior to Grievance Day, which is Tuesday, May 23. For more information, and to download a Grievance Packet, go Continued on page 15.


Week of May 5 – May 11, 2017

Historic Homes Tour Offers Rare Opportunity to View Interiors of Saratoga Springs Homes SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation will host the highly anticipated 2017 Historic Homes Tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 13. This year’s tour features seven historic homes: 605 North Broadway, 688 North Broadway, 795 North Broadway, 2 Clement Ave., 53 Greenfield Ave., 36 Franklin St. and 1 Starbuck Lane – as well as Bethesda Episcopal Church and The Grove, the former St. John Neumann Residence at 233 Lake Ave. that has adapted into senior living apartments. Advance discounted Historic Homes Tour tickets are $30 SSPF members / $40 for non-members. As part of the tour, the Foundation will host a Lunch and Learn event with a presentation on “The History and Architecture of the Bethesda Episcopal Church” by Mary Sanders Shartle, author and poet, and Gordon Boyd, long-time member of the church and Chair of the Building Committee. Attendees will learn about the history of Bethesda

Episcopal Church and the Gothic features and symbolism throughout the church, as well as the plans for the new parish house that will be constructed. The event includes a boxed lunch, from The Barrelhouse. Tickets for the Lunch and Learn event must be purchased in advance and are $20 SSPF Members / $25 non-members. Funds raised at this event support the Foundation’s ongoing educational programs and efforts to preserve the unique architectural, landscaped, and cultural heritage of Saratoga Springs. To kick off the event to the Historic Homes Tour, the Foundation will host an exclusive Porch Party kick-off from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 11. The Porch Party will take place on the grand porches of 688 North Broadway and 718 North Broadway, providing a rare occasion to enjoy cocktails, light hors d’oeuvres and live music by Rich Ortiz and Jonathan Newell. Porch Party tickets are limited and are $100.

Built in 1886 for Eli Clinton Clark, this home, located at 795 North Broadway, is part of the 2017 Historic Homes Tour on May 13. Photo provided.

Founded in 1977, the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation is a private, notfor-profit organization that

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Preservation Foundation Honored for 40 years of Preserving Historic City Sights City Mayor Joanne Yepsen presented a proclamation on behalf of the city to honor the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation and recognize the organization’s 40 years of preserving the architectural, cultural and landscaped heritage of Saratoga Springs. “Had it not been for their efforts over the years, many of the historic sights and places we take for granted today would be known to us only through old photographs and memories,” Yepsen said. “In preserving our past, they have also preserved our identity. Their work is an indispensable part of what makes Saratoga Springs one of our country’s best known and loved places.”

Bike to Work Day May 19 The Capital Region “Bike to Work Challenge” will take place in Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, and Schenectady Counties on Friday, May 19. Trophies will be awarded in each county to both small (20 or less employees) and large organizations with the largest number of riders, and to the person who rides the longest distance. The Municipal Challenge will award a trophy for the highest percent participation for any municipality in the region, in which the mayor or supervisor rode to work. Bike to School Day will take place May 10 and, by county, the school with the most participating students will be awarded a trophy. For more information or to register, go to

Upcoming Meetings The Zoning Board of Appeals will hold a meeting at 7 p.m. on

Monday, May 8 at City Hall. The Planning Board will hold a meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 11 at City Hall.

promotes preservation and enhancement of the architectural, cultural and landscaped heritage of Saratoga Springs.

For more information, or to purchase tickets visit www. or call 518-587-5030.



Week of May 5 – May 11, 2017

Local Revolving Loan Funds Boost Small Businesses by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Ryen Van Hall definitely has helpers in his effort to revive the local alcohol distilling industry. He produces the strong stuff, like vodka and whiskey, in a modern warehouse off Geyser Road. In opening his Upstate Distilling Company a year ago, Van Hall first employed the enthusiasm and scientific curiosity of Glenna Joyce. Joyce is a Skidmore College graduate who is already well versed in the process of aging alcohol in wooden barrels made of oak. She also delights in the process of cleaning the company’s impressive copper pot still. When that job is done, Joyce says, “It looks like a brand new penny.”

“I’m constantly learning new things about the industry,” she adds. Van Hall also gets lots of assistance from two minority owners. His significant other, Lindsay Richardson, serves as the company’s artistic director. And Todd Gordon, a reputable Wall Street investment analyst, is listed on Van Hall’s website ( as a marketing specialist. Gordon posted a statement praising Van Hall’s “vision to operate the first distillery in Saratoga since Prohibition” for being “perfectly in line with the booming international bull market in handcrafted American spirits.” Most recently, Van Hall received a boost from the City of Saratoga Springs, which offered a modest loan to his

Upstate Distilling Co. that funded various upgrades to the production facility. “I personally bankrolled the whole project,” Van Hall says. But unanticipated costs can arise when starting any small business, he added. Shelby Schneider, director of business retention and expansion at the Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership, was instrumental in bringing Van Hall’s business plan to the attention of city officials who manage its revolving loan fund. That city fund is “a great little tool and more people need to know about it,” she said this week. According to Bradley Birge, the city’s planning and economic development administrator, the revolving loan fund has been provided through a federal grant program for many years. Federal rules stipulate that loans to small businesses can range between $25,000 and $75,000 and they must be tied to certain levels of job creation. Birge stated that Van Hall was approved for a $50,000 loan. The Salem-based R.S. Taylor and Sons brewery and AgroChem Inc., in the Grande

Ryen Van Hall in front of his copper pot still. Photo by Larry Goodwin.

Industrial Park, were each recently loaned $75,000 for local business expansion, he said. R.S. Taylor and Sons is planning to open a taproom in Saratoga Springs for its distinctive farm-made products. “There are so many resources in the community that are available to small businesses,” Birge explained, pointing to related programs offered by the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce. Schneider said the terms of revolving loans are negotiable and it takes local

companies an average of 5 to 7 years to pay them back. Small business owners from across Saratoga County can contact her office to begin the application process. Schneider added that she works closely with Birge in performing “due diligence” and credit checks to review fund applicants in the city program. “We do our best,” she said. James Lee, a financial planner and administrator for the Town of Greenfield’s revolving loan fund, said a pool of money totaling $1.4 million is presently available to lend in Greenfield. Current borrowers vary “in size and type,” Lee said, and they include Putnam Brook, the Greenfield Veterinary Clinic, Saratoga Health and Wellness and the Post Cafe. He indicated that loans of $530,000 remain outstanding. “We’re always looking for new businesses,” Lee said. Van Hall expressed his gratitude for the extra support. He says Upstate Distilling Co. is now “growing at a nice, organic pace” with all of the financing and right individuals in place. “Every year it just gets better,” Van Hall said of the two whiskey blends he produces, during a quick tour of the facility. This summer, he explained, two more staff members may be hired, possibly by the time production starts on Upstate Distilling Co.’s third whiskey blend.


Week of May 5 – May 11, 2017

New Medical Director at PEP Wesley Foundation ‘Bond Style’ Gala SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Patient Experience Project (PEP), a marketing and communications firm, has announced the hiring of Jamey Hardesty, MPH. Hardesty joins PEP as an associate medical director. He is responsible for managing the strategic direction and quality control for the medical and scientific content across all network channels, including medical education, professional, online and offline promotional, digital and managed markets. In his role, Hardesty also educates the agency team on various disease states, treatments, clinical trials, and new products and indications. Before joining PEP, Hardesty worked for a pharmaceutical marketing agency, providing medical strategy for a variety of disease states, including acute and chronic pain, infertility medicine, and orphan and rare diseases. Previously, he was a pandemic influenza epidemiologist with the Michigan Department of Community Health Division of Communicable Diseases. Hardesty earned his Master of Public Health degree from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree in microbiology, molecular genetics, and human

Jamey Hardesty. Photo provided.

biology from Michigan State University. Currently, he is working on his MBA at SUNY Albany. Outside of work, Hardesty is the vice chairperson for the associate board of directors of The Community Hospice Foundation serving New York’s Capital Region. He also volunteers for Code Blue Homeless Shelter in Saratoga Springs, and the Double H Ranch in Lake Luzerne. Hardesty has been selected as a 2017 “40 under 40” honoree by the Albany Business Review, an award that recognizes individuals who demonstrate exceptional business acumen, leadership skills, and community involvement.

Hoffman Car Wash Opens New Location SARATOGA SPRINGS — Hoffman Car Wash has opened its 21st location and its first in the city. The facility, which is located near the corner of Ballston Avenue (Route 50) and Northline Road, just north of Ballston Spa, features first-ofits-kind car wash technology. Hoffman Car Wash designed and locally fabricated four new robotic cleaning systems that improve quality and increase efficiency. The automated equipment – the most advanced in the industry – was engineered to provide the highest quality wash throughout the 140-foot tunnel. The location is designed for customer convenience. When entering the property, drivers will be directed to two automatic payment lanes. A radio-frequency identification (RFID) system will read automatically Unlimited Wash Club Members’ RFID tags for easy and quick access.

Single-pay customers will select their wash via automated tellers before entering the wash tunnel. The facility also includes a 14-station, 100-horsepower, free vacuum system similar to Hoffman Car Wash’s Troy and Amsterdam locations. Additionally, the Saratoga Springs car wash is equipped with 2,000,000 BTUs of heated drying, the most powerful drying unit in the company’s 52-year history. Hoffman Car Wash relied on local business throughout the construction process. Phinney Design Group (Saratoga Springs) designed the building and Machnick Builders (Green Island) handled the construction. Miller Mechanical Services (Glens Falls) and Doty Machine Works, Inc. (Fort Edward) built the Hoffman-designed conveyor, prepping robot, side and rear cleaning robots and the wheelcleaning robot.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Wesley Foundation, the philanthropic arm of The Wesley Community, will host its annual gala at the Saratoga Golf and Polo Club on Saturday, May 20 from 6 to 10 p.m. The theme of this year’s event is “Bond Style,” which will invite attendees to enjoy an evening filled with the style and suspense synonymous with classic James Bond films. The presenting sponsor of this year’s gala is The Adirondack Trust Company, which recently presented a $10,500 donation to The Wesley Foundation in support of its 2017 special events, all of which are dedicated to raising funds for the renovation of the Resident Activities Room. Several luxury vehicles in line

Officers of The Wesley Foundation and The Adirondack Trust Company. Photo provided.

with the Bond theme will be on display, including a high-end motorcycle courtesy of Seymour’s Motorized Sports, and a high-speed jet boat, courtesy of Alpin Haus. Tickets are $125 per person or $200 per couple.

Reservations are required and can be made by phone at 518691-1420 or at The Saratoga Golf and Polo Club is located at 301 Church Street in Saratoga Springs.

Saratoga Women in Business Set May Meeting SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Women in Business (SWIB) group will hold their next meeting on Tuesday, May 23 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Complexions Spa, located at 268 Broadway in Saratoga Springs. Parking is available on the street and in nearby lots. The SWIB targets female business leaders in the greater Saratoga Springs area and offers free fellowship

opportunities. Wine and light snacks, sponsored by area businesses, will be provided at each gathering, and door prizes will also be awarded. Voluntary cash contributions will be collected at the door in order to help fund future SWIB events. Every SWIB meeting includes a 5-minute presentation by a local woman-led non-profit organization. The May spotlight will be on Habitat

for Humanity, which through the help of volunteers and donations, works to provide affordable housing for the less fortunate. Learn more at To learn more about the SWIB or to register for the free May 23 networking event, visit the website www.saratogawomeninbusiness. com. The registration deadline is Monday, May 15.



Week of May 5 – May 11, 2017

Cars for a Cause: Classic Car Show Raises Money for Scholarships by Thomas Kika Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Classic builds and vibrant colors returned to Saratoga Springs High School (SSHS) this past weekend for the third annual Saratoga Classic Car Show, held on April 30. Hosted by former SSHS business teacher and classic car enthusiast John Grady, each year the show raises money for the SSHS

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scholarship fund. The fund provides graduating seniors with $15,000-$20,000 each year. According to Grady, the show raised $750 for the fund in its first year, and $1,000 in the second. Some of the cars at this year’s show included a 1976 Corvette Stingray belonging to Ron Delaney, a 1970 Volkswagen Baja Beetle belonging to Wendy Davis, a 1948 Austin A40 Devon belonging to Dave Insognia, and many others.

The Electric City GTO Club.

1963 Dodge M-37B1.

Wendy Davis and her 1970 VW Baja Beetle.

Dave Insognia with a '48 Austin A40 Devon.

Ron Delaney with his '76 Corvette Stingray.


Week of May 5 – May 11, 2017

Ballston Spa Student Named YMCA Student of the Year BALLSTON SPA — Ballston Spa High School junior Blade Osborn received the 12th annual Outstanding Student Award from the Southern Saratoga region of the Capital District YMCA. Osborn is the founder of the 501(c) notfor-profit organization, “Buddy Blankets & Bears,” which provides stuffed bears and blankets to the children of military parents or children with terminal illnesses. “A little compassion can make such a difference, even if it’s for a

Blade Osborn (left) with superintendent Joseph P. Dragone. Photo courtesy of Ballston Spa Central School District.

day,” Osborn said. “I truly believe extending a hand of friendship to

someone you don’t even know is the start of what our society needs.”

Ballston Spa School Budget Vote BALLSTON SPA — The Ballston Spa Central School District Board of Education has approved a proposed budget for the 2017-2018 school year of $90,340,742. This would mark a 2.1-percent budget

increase, and a 2.9-percent tax levy increase, with a 0.6-percent tax rate increase across the district, which would represent an approximately $22 increase for the average singlefamily home. The annual school

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

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

Saratoga Schools Universal Pre-Kindergarten SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Springs City School District is currently accepting contact information for the Universal Pre-Kindergarten program for the 2017-2018 school year. To be eligible

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

Baskets for Ben Fundraiser QUEENSBURY — The Ben Osborn Memorial Fund will hold its seventh annual Baskets for Ben Fundraiser at the Queensbury Hotel on May 12, starting at 5 p.m. Auctioneer Martin Seelye will lead an auction for a variety of themed baskets of goods, with such items as a basketball signed by 2011 NCAA college basketball player of the year Jimmer Fredette, a football signed by former New York Giant and Super Bowl XXI MVP Phil Simms, a print signed by local artist Tom Myott, and a baseball bat signed by former New York Yankee Sparky Lyle. Tickets for the event will cost $20. They can be reserved in advance by calling 518-792-4514, or bought at the door. The fund was created in memory of Cpl. Benjamin D. Osborn of

Queensbury, who was killed during combat operations in Kunar Province, Afghanistan on June 15, 2010 while serving in the United States Army during Operation Enduring Freedom. The Fund supports children with need in conjunction with 32 schools in Warren, Washington and Saratoga Counties by providing purchased goods and services including electronics, clothing, bedding, food, tutoring, school supplies, eyeglasses, transportation costs, field trip admission expenses, etc. In addition to school-year gifts, the Fund awards 20 scholarships to qualifying graduating seniors from ten local school districts. For more information about the Fund and this event, go to

budget vote will be held May 16, from 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. Residents of Malta will vote at the Malta Town Hall, and residents of Milton, Ballston Spa, and Charlton will vote at the Ballston Spa High School. The district encourages voters to learn about the new proposed budget by attending one of the Community Budget Presentations in the coming weeks. District representatives will present information and answer questions from interested residents at 6:30 p.m. on May 10 at the Malta Community Center. For more information on the 20172018 budget, go to


Saratoga High School Amnesty International Event SARATOGA SPRINGS The Saratoga Springs High School’s Amnesty International Club will be hosting “Voices for Unity,” a speaking event, on May 11 starting at 6 p.m. in the High School Auditorium. The night will include a panel of speakers discussing the topics of anti-Semitism, domestic violence, and racism. The discussion will be followed by a Q&A session. There will also be a bake sale,

a photo action booth, an art gallery, and a guest musical performance by student Synclaire Rowen.

Ballston Spa High School Nationally Recognized BALLSTON SPA — Ballston Spa High School (BSHS) has been recognized by “U.S. News & World Report” on the outlet’s annual “Best High Schools” list. Out of the 22,000 eligible high schools in the United States, BSHS was ranked as 1,374th, which puts the school in the top seven-percent of high schools nationwide. The school was also presented with the silver award for both its levels of student achievement and its focus on college readiness.

“We are honored to receive national recognition for the work we are doing to provide the best academic opportunities for all students,” Ballston Spa Superintendent Joseph P. Dragone said. “This ranking underscores our commitment to student access and achievement across our academic programs, and speaks to the hard work of our teachers and staff that occurs on a daily basis supporting student success.”


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Week of May 5 – May 11, 2017


F. Donald Myers Education Center, Southern Adirondack Education Center & SUNY Adirondack Wilton Campus

When school is out the fun begins! WSWHE BOCES Summer camps offer youngsters an opportunity to participate in a wide variety of fun and educational classes.


July 17-21 at BOCES Southern Adirondack Education Center in Hudson Falls July 24-28 at the BOCES F. Donald Myers Education Center in Saratoga Springs August 7-11 at SUNY Adirondack Wilton • AM classes for grades 2-4 - Campers will dive into the exciting world of computer coding through Scratch. • PM classes for grades 5-8 - Minecraft Modding camp: Using Java, campers will learn to create Minecraft mods like “spawn a flying golden cow!”


Three weeks of summer camps include full or half day sessions: July 10 - 14; July 17 - 21; July 24 - 28, 2017 • Along with Code to the Future some fun STEM offerings include Simply Amazing Machine; NANO It’s Bigger than You Think, Paper Engineering and Geo Art • Our very popular Culinary Camp returns with “Appetizers & Party Food” and “Around the World Cuisine”. New: “Making Healthy Farm to Table Dishes” • Also returning, Chinese Language and Culture and Mad Science of the Capital District with Claws, Codes and Constellations or NASA!


July 17-21, 2017 • Learn how to speak the language of computers with our Code to the Future camps. • I can make that? Yes, you can! in Kids Can Cook!


Immerse the campers in all things STEM: August 7 -11, 2017 • Along with Code to the Future, our STEM Academy offerings include Forensic Science with Mr. Biss, Simply Amazing Machines, NANO It’s Bigger than You Think, Duck Tape Wars and Water Rockets, and 3 Minutes to Midnight and Holding • Become familiar with animation techniques and the process of stop motion animation in Animation Antics. Join in the fun! Register early to insure you don’t miss out! For more information: Call the WSWHE BOCES Enrichment Resource Center at (518) 581-3585 or email:giftedresources@ Visit summercamps for registration forms


Week of May 5 – May 11, 2017

Dig Into Gardening

by Megin Potter for Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA — Get to the root of what makes a garden grow at a new workshop offered for the first time this year. “We’ll be digging into the meat and potatoes of what works in our region,” said presenter Sue Ann DuBois. Master Gardener, co-owner of Chip’s Landscaping, and author of the Garden Goddess Sense & Sustainability blog, Du Bois strives to create functional gardens that are balanced and joyful. Plus, you’ll taste it. The all-day workshop, being held at Longfellows Inn & Conference Center, includes a demonstration by their groundbreaking culinary staff, followed by a freshly prepared luncheon

in the comfortable atmosphere and pastoral setting of their 1915 restored barn. “The venue is the perfect location in terms of combining healthy eating and how-to-grow information,” said DuBois. Presentations by DuBois and Shane Daley, Master Gardener, and Olde Bryan Inn herb garden designer, will be covering topics such as perennials for the all-season garden, selecting and growing herbs, and how to blend perennials and edibles in the garden. Garden marketplace resources, recipes, and networking opportunities will also be available. “We’ll be opening up the dialogue to the audience to find out their needs and interests, outlining the use of perennials and herbs, and then taking it a step further to discuss how to blend them into the landscaping,” said DuBois. They’ll also cover new ways to get more out of smaller spaces when gardening. This involves combining careful plant selections with specific materials, and design techniques that are targeted to do well in this climate. “Don’t always go to the internet, the reality is, it’s not region-specific. Each one of us has had years of experiences, with successes and failures, so we know what works,” said DuBois.

They’ll also be discussing the Plant a Row for the Hungry Initiative in Saratoga County. For the first time this year, the program, which encourages home growers to share their abundant harvests with those in need, is expanding into the southern tier of the county with donations being accepted by, and distribution through, the Mechanicville Area Community Services Center. “It’s a good forum on how you can take a small piece of your garden and give back to the community,” said DuBois. Dig into Gardening will be held Saturday, May 6, 2017, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Longfellows Inn & Conference Center, 500 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs. Registration is S$80/person, which includes lunch and giveaways. For more information, to read DuBois’ blog, and to register for

the workshop, visit http://www.

On-site registration the morning of the event is also available.


Week of May 5 – May 11, 2017

Painting with Plants

by Megin Potter for Saratoga TODAY BALLSTON SPA — There’s a real art to putting together a beautiful garden. A gardener is an artist who uses dirt as their canvas and living plants as their palette. “Every time I create a design, it’s fun, different, and unique,” said Suzanne Balet Haight of Balet Flowers & Design. Her floral arrangements have become a staple at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market, have been on display at weddings and events, and thrive in private backyards around the region. “We focus on creating texture and getting color in the garden all the time, based on what each individual wants. Sometimes it’s with new plants, rearranging, digging, and dividing existing plants, or just help with weeding,” she said. Grown to Garden Acquainted early-on to growing things on her family’s farm, she was introduced to floral design in college. She graduated with a degree in horticulture in 1993 and by 1995 renamed the farm Balet Flowers & Design and erected a small greenhouse for growing flowers on the property. Balet Haight and her team of approximately a dozen

people, including her parents and husband, produce a vibrant selection of flowering shrubs, from 200 to 250 varieties of perennials, 150 kinds of annuals, herbs, and more than 80 types of vegetables for sale at their nursery. Amazing Selection “The selection is so great that it creates interest – there’s always a new one to try,” said Balet Haight. New this year is the Indigo Cherry Drop tomatoes, which have a purple tint and are bursting with sweet flavor. The combination planters available, including the “pizza garden”, the “salad garden”, and the “Thai herb garden” make it easy to harvest a whole meal from just one pot. “I like to try to create ideas by thinking, ‘What would I like on my deck, and why would I want it there?’” said Balet Haight. Pick-Your-Own Flowers For the first time this year, Balet Flowers and Design will also be offering pick-your-own flowers. “Come out, walk through the garden, enjoy, and choose your own flowers,” said Balet Haight.

Select a stem or buy a bunch from the field of flowers carefully chosen for their heartiness and rejuvenation abilities. Build your bouquet from among the familiar zinnias, sunflowers, and statice, striking celosia, gomphrena, and amaranth, the elegant lisianthus, cool blue salvia, tall and fragrant cleomes, dianthus, and more. You can also bring home your bouquet in Balet Haight’s useful hand-thrown pottery. “Here, it’s food, flowers, and pottery,” she said. Learn how to make your own hypertufa pot at Balet Haight’s next workshop, happening on May 21, 2017, at 2:30 p.m. in their greenhouse. This popular hands-on class is $35/ person, space is limited. Balet Flowers & Design is located at 5041 Nelson Ave. Ext., Ballston Spa. Call 5848555 or go to http://www. for more information. Open every day 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. until July. PickYour-Own Flowers and summer hours are July 5th-Oct. 1st, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.


Week of May 5 – May 11, 2017

Planting for Success

Dig the hole wide but not too deep.

by Peter Bowden for Saratoga TODAY I’ve seen a lot of shrubs and trees that have died within a few years after getting planted and a pattern has become obvious. 90 percent of those that failed were planted too deep. When the crown of the plant is covered with dirt, the plant will eventually die. Make the planting hole a little bit wider than the root ball. Dig only as deep as the root ball or the pot that contains the roots. Place the

plant into the hole and check the planting depth by laying a stick across the hole. The spot on the tree trunk where the soil is in the pot or ball should line up with the surrounding soil. If the hole is too deep, add compost or soil to build up the bottom of the planting hole. Then simply fill in the rest of the hole. This is the point where inexperienced gardeners make a big mistake. When you dig a hole, then fill it with a large root ball, there’s going to be soil left over. Many will opt to pile it up around the trunk

The perfect depth.

Watering in for a good start.

or stem. DON’T DO IT! It has the same negative effect as planting too deeply. If the stem above ground is covered with soil, it hinders the plant’s ability to pass moisture and nutrients from the root system

Oops, the hole is too deep.

to the leaves above, slowly strangling the plant. Instead of piling the extra soil against the trunk, build a dish-shaped dike or berm away from the stem of the plant to collect water and direct it down to the root system. Remember, you haven’t planted too deeply as long as

you see the original soil that the tree came in. Water heavily after planting to remove any air pockets from the soil. Take care when applying mulch as well. Piling mulch against the trunk is the same as burying the stem and slowly kills the plant. Thanks for the read!


Week of May 5 – May 11, 2017

BALLSTON SPA 6 Sherman Way, $297,000. Fannie Mae (by Atty) sold property to Peter DiLorenzo.

47 Spruce St., $335,000. Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation sold property to Jason Lubben.


200 Revere Dr., $259,900. Sean and Kathryn Ryan sold property to Sherry Benson. 251 Revere Dr., $218,360. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development sold property to Paul Drosness.

40 Lawmar Lane, $250,000. Elizabeth Doherty (by Exec) sold property to James DeMasi and Stacy Mead.

37 Hillman Loop, $287,869. Farone Amedore LLC sold property to Lindi Jones.

63 Sycamore St. $365,365. Heritage Builders Group LLC sold property to Robert and Jodi Chang.

23 Old State Rd., $250,000. Jodie Alleman-Doherty sold property to Christine Morton and Dawn Warren.

Grange Hall Rd., $230,000. Edward and Raymond Carr sold property to Thomas Poultry Farm of Schuylerville.

111 Seelye Dr., $190,800. James DeMasi and Stacy Mead sold property to Lyle and Maria King.

14 Pepperbush Place, $150,000. Thomas Curley (by Admin) sold property to James Wallace, Jr.


13 VanVorst Dr., $240,000. Cynthia Thomas-Turgeon and Michael Turgeon sold property to Peter Berrian and Christine Pepe.

CLIFTON PARK 309 Miller Rd., $375,000. Guy Bassi sold property to Boni Builders Inc. 8 Wall St., Unit 218, $160,000. Norma Zuchovitsky sold property to Eric Vandenburgh. 742 Grooms Rd., $145,000. Margaret McDonald sold property to Charles Lane, Jr. 5 Birch Hill Ct., $352,500. Jodi Cohen sold property to Dorian and Kristie DiCocco. 4 Ebony Oaks, $329,900. Nathan Forbes sold property to Patrick and Susan Little. 16B Woodcliff Dr., $173,000. Elizabeth and Terrence McClark sold property to Jakeie Chen and Camilla Zhen. 1 Sweet Brier Dr., $162,525. Secretary of Veterans Affairs sold property to David and Lisa Mikula. 2 Threthorn Dr., $520,000. Kenneth and Dianne Danti (by Atty) sold property to Walter and Carrie Yund.

38 Little Dr., $635,000. Billie Jo and Michael McCann sold property to Adam and Laura Lloyd.

MILTON 2 Deer Run Dr., $182,171. Lisa Russo sold property to Scott and Jamie Luey and Joseph Wager. 23 Ichabod Lane, $252,900. James and Florence Resler sold property to Daniel and Jennifer Briggs. 643 Minuteman Lane, $196,000. Barbara Castaldo sold property to Danielle Janczak.


41 Joseph St., $260,000. Mark and Michele Phillips sold property to Kevin and Kathleen Brower. Station Lane, $165,000. Kimberly Martin sold property to Richard Askew. 146 Caroline St., $15,000. Andrew Serling (co-trustee) sold property to Charles Morrison, Jr. (as Trustee) 17 Karista Spring Dr., $218,650. Abigail Winters-Bona (as Trustee) sold property to James Wheeler and Sarah Winters. 4 Greybirch Ct., $175,000. Lori Ercolini sold property to

Lendell and Lodie Eaddy. 20 Cassidy Dr., $478,000. Sarah Foulke (by Exec) sold property to Barry and Rochelle Bader (Co-Trustees).


25 WATERFORD 56 Towpath Lane, $307,000. Nazareth and Jennifer Garabedian sold property to Kyle and Joohye Smith.


17 Walden Circle, $419,665. Amedore Homes Inc. sold property to Mark and Amber Mastroianni.

22 Sweetbriar Dr., $460,000. Daryl and Lisa Glass sold property to SIRVA Relocation Credit LLC.

4 Wetsel Manor Rd., $142,800. Denise Bucci sold property to Charles and Colleen Scarborough.

22 Sweetbriar Dr., $458,000. SIRVA Relocation Credit LLC sold property to Carolyn and William Driscoll.

1171 Hudson Ave., $135,000. Joseph Martinelli (by Agent) sold property to Anthony Green.

350 Ruggles Rd., $421,000. Rita Febrero sold property to Clayton Charlesworth.

17 Railroad Ave., $180,000. John and Amy Williams sold property to Stephen Dennis.

5 Fowler Lane, $295,000. Jack Little and Marilyn PittelliLittle sold property to Charles and Tanom Cornell.



Week of May 5 – May 11, 2017

Market Creates Community at High Rock Park

Saturdays, 9 to 1 Wednesdays 3 to 6 High Rock Park Shortly before 9 a.m. Saturday May 6th, Saratoga Mayor Joanne Yepsen will cut a ribbon at High Rock Park to officially open the Saratoga Farmers’ Market’s summer season. With her will be farmers and other vendors, volunteers and staff, artists and musicians, community service providers, dignitaries and other guests. The brief ceremony captures a sense of how the market twice a week from May through October creates a sense of community that is vibrant, festive, and supportive. “Community is our sustenance,” says market director Julia Howard. “It brings us all together.” The Saratoga Farmers’ Market started in 1978 with starter plants and produce. Over the years, meats and dairy products, prepared foods, wool and fiber, household cleaners, gift items, and crafts were added the offerings. For farmers and other vendors, the market is a vital source of income. But the market also is much more. “Having music at every market helps local performers gain

Opening Day 2016 at High Rock. Park by Eric Jenks.

veggie valet service, gather donations for the Franklin Community Center food pantry, and be on hand to relieve vendors. Also behind the scenes vendors will arrive early and stay late to put out market signs, traffic cones, and help clean up High Rock Park before and after the market.

Setting up market at Rock Park. Photo by Eric Jenks.

Chopped Spring Salad Ingredients

exposure,” Howard says. “Plus, we work with such organizations as Saratoga Bridges to offer employment

for some of our janitorial tasks to individuals who need it. And our weekly children’s activities are often the result of our relationships with local businesses, libraries, and youth groups. We couldn’t be who we are without those networks of support.” Tomorrow’s market will highlight these networks. CAPTAIN Youth & Family Services will offer a free planting of flower seeds to children of all ages. Musician Thomas Brady and the band Running the River will perform. Mamatoga will co-host a meetup from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for mothers and children. And new vendors – among them Zoe Burghard Ceramics, Freddy’s Rockin’ Hummus, The Smoothie Shoppe, Dickinson’s Delights, and Slate Valley and Nettle Meadow farms – will join the market’s regulars. Behind the scenes, the Friends of the Market volunteers will operate its compost collection and recycling programs, assist shoppers with its


1. Whisk yogurt, oil, lemon juice, garlic, Sriracha, 2 Tbsp. chives, and 2 Tbsp. - ½ cup plain yogurt* - 2 tablespoons olive oil* mint in a small bowl to combine; season with - 1 tablespoon fresh salt and pepper and let lemon juice dressing sit at least 1 hour - 1 garlic clove, finely to allow flavors to meld. grated* 2. Just before serving, toss - ¼ teaspoon Vital Eats cucumber, asparagus, Sriracha Ketchup* scallions, radishes, pea - 2 tablespoons finely shoots, and tomatoes in chopped chives, a large bowl to combine; plus more for season with salt and serving* pepper. Divide evenly - 2 tablespoons finely among plates and drizzle chopped mint, plus with dressing. Top with more for serving* chives and mint. - Kosher salt, freshly Do Ahead: Dressing can ground pepper be made 3 days ahead. - ½ Asian cucumber, Cover and chill. chopped (about 1 cup)* - 2 asparagus spears, chopped* - 2 scallions, chopped* - 3 radishes, trimmed, chopped* - 1 cup pea shoots* - ¾ cup cherry tomatoes, quartered* * Ingredients can be found at the market

Running the River. Photo by Eric Jenks.

“That cooperative spirit makes us so much more than a shopping place,” Howard says. “We’re in it together.” Visit the Saratoga Farmers’ Markets at High Rock Park from 3-6 p.m. Wednesdays and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays.


Week of May 5 – May 11, 2017

Happy Cinco de Mayo Directions Mash the garlic in the bottom of the molcajete (lavastone mortar) using the rejolote (lava-stone pestle). Then crush the cilantro leaves. Mix in pulp from avocado and follow with a scattering of the rock crystals. Pour in lime juice, add cucumbers, and give a few good twists of pepper. Stir together and serve from the molcajete (or any mixing bowl). Place a sampling onto round tortilla chips and top with a sprinkle of cotija (a white Mexican cow’s milk cheese somewhat similar to Parmesan in texture). So my Foodie Friends you are ready and if you see my 26 year old son around town just say Holy Guacamole, moley, moley and he’ll know what you mean! Happy Cinco de Mayo! “Life Happens in the Kitchen!” Take care, John and Paula

by John Reardon for Saratoga TODAY Happy Cinco de Mayo my Foodie Friends! When my son John was 11 he loved it when Paula would make Guacamole! He was influenced by the Austin Powers movie and would walk around the house exclaiming: Mom is making Holy Moley, Guacamoley, moley, moley!!! Among the world’s oldest culinary tools, volcanic rock mortars and pestles like these have been used by great cooks for thousands of years. Our molcajete (mortar) and tejolete (pestle) are hand carved from a single piece of basalt rock, so every piece is unique. In addition to being a great prep tool, the molcajete makes an impressive serving dish for guacamole and other party favorites. • Perfect for crushing whole spices and making spice blends. • Ideal for blending and serving guacamole—or for making pesto and other rustic sauces. • Line with lettuce leaves to use as an all-purpose serving bowl. • Rough interior texture of mortar helps crush and grind ingredients. • Heavy pestle does the work for you, ensuring efficient grinding, blending and mixing. Guacamole, a dip made from avocados, is originally from Mexico. The name is derived from two Aztec Nahuatl words—ahuacatl (avocado) and molli (sauce). All you really need to make guacamole is ripe avocados and salt. After that, a little lime or lemon juice—a splash of acidity to balance the richness of the avocado. Then comes chopped cilantro, chiles, onion, and tomato, if you want.

The trick to making perfect guacamole is using good, ripe avocados. Check for ripeness by gently pressing the outside of the avocado. If there is no give, the avocado is not ripe yet and will not taste good. If there is a little give, the avocado is ripe. If there is a lot of give, the avocado may be past ripe and not good. In this case, taste test first before using.

Guocamole de Molcajete recipe: Ingredients

• 1 large garlic clove • 12 leaves cilantro • 1 large ripe but firm Haas avocado • 12 crystals rock salt • 1 tablespoon Mexican lime juice • 1/3 cup peeled, deseeded, finely chopped and drained cucumbers • Freshly ground mixed peppercorns (black, green, white, pink, Szechuan) • Round tortilla chips • Grated cotija, as an accompaniment


Week of May 5 – May 11, 2017

Week of May 5 – May 11, 2017



Mother’s Day! Sunday, May 14



Week of May 5 – May 11, 2017

Mother’s Day!

Week of May 5 – May 11, 2017

Sunday, May 14



Places of Worship Adirondack Christian Fellowship 8 Mountain Ledge, Wilton 587-0623 | Services: Sunday 8 a.m. & 10 a.m. Adirondack Friends Meeting 27 Saratoga Ave, South Glens Falls 793-3755 | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Assembly of God Faith Chapel 6 Burgoyne St, Schuylerville 695-6069 | Rev. Jason Proctor Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Assembly of God Saratoga 118 Woodlawn Ave, Saratoga Springs 584-6081 | Services: Sunday Worship 10 a.m. Bacon Hill Reformed Church* 560 Route 32N, Bacon Hill | 695-3074 Rev. Janet Vincent | Services: Worship service 10 a.m.; Sunday School 10 a.m. Ballston Center Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church 58 Charlton Road, Ballston Spa | 885-7312 Services: Sunday Worship, 10:30 a.m. Ballston Spa United Methodist Church 101 Milton Ave, Ballston Spa 885-6886 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Baha’i Community of Saratoga Springs Saratoga Springs Public Library, Glasby Room Public Meetings 1st Tuesdays, 7p.m. 692-7694, 885-0876 | | 1-800-22UNITE Bethesda Episcopal Church* 41 Washington Street, Saratoga Springs | 584-5980 The Very Rev’d Marshall J. Vang Services: Sunday 8:00AM & 10:00AM Calvary Capital District 17 Low Street, Ballston Spa | Pastor Andrew Holt Services: Sunday 10 am | Church of Christ at Clifton Park 7 Old Route 146, Clifton Park 371-6611 | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Charlton Freehold Presbyterian Church 768 Charlton Rd., Charlton | Services: Sunday 10 am Phone: 399-4831 Christ Community Reformed Church 1010 Route 146, Clifton Park | 371-7654 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Christ Episcopal Church 15 West High St, Ballston Spa | 885-1031 Services: Sunday 8 & 10 a.m. Christian Restoration Ministries Saratoga Senior Center 5 Williams St, Saratoga Springs 796-4323 | Pastor Pat Roach Services: Sunday 6:30 p.m. Christian Science Church 107 Circular St, Saratoga Springs 584-0221 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Community Alliance Church 257 Rowland St, Ballston Spa 885-6524 | Services: Morning Worship 10:30 a.m. Congregation Shaara Tfille* 84 Weibel Avenue, Saratoga Springs 584-2370 | Services: Saturday 10 a.m. Corinth Free Methodist Church   20 Hamilton Ave, Corinth 654-9255; 792-0271 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Corinth United Methodist Church 243 Main Street, Corinth 654-2521 | Services: Sunday 11 a.m. Cornerstone Community Church 100 Saratoga Village Blvd. #8 Ballston Spa. | 664-5204 | Pastor Frank Galerie Services: Sunday 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Community 2001 Route 9, Round Lake 877-8506 | Services: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 8 & 11 a.m.; Eastern Orthodox — Christ the Savior 349 Eastline Road, Ballston Lake 212-7845 | Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. First Baptist Church of Saratoga Springs 45 Washington St, Saratoga Springs 584-6301 | Services: Sunday 12 noon First Baptist Church of Ballston Spa 202 Milton Ave, Ballston Spa 885-8361 | Services: 10:30 a.m. worship, (9 a.m. in July and August) 9 a.m. Sunday School (all ages) First Presbyterian Church of Ballston Spa 22 West High St, Ballston Spa 885-5583 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m.

* = Wheelchair Accessible

Full Gospel Tabernacle 207 Redmond Road, Gansevoort 793-2739 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Galway United Methodist Church 2056 East St, Galway | 882-6520 Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. (9 a.m. in July and August) Grace Fellowship Saratoga 165 High Rock Ave, Saratoga | 691-0301 Pastor: Mike Adams Services: Sundays 9 & 11 a.m. Greater Grace Community Church 100 Saratoga Village, Building 17, Ballston Spa. Pastor David Moore | 899-7777 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Greenfield Center Baptist Church 30 Wilton Road, Greenfield Center | 893-7429 Services: Sunday School for all ages - 9:45 a.m.; Church Service - 11 a.m. Highway Tabernacle Church 235 Hudson Ave., Mechanicville | 664-4442 Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m., Sunday School 9:30 Hope Church 206 Greenfield Ave, Ballston Spa 885-7442 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Sunday School 9 a.m. Jonesville United Methodist 963 Main St, Clifton Park 877-7332 | Services: Sunday 8:30 & 10:30 a.m. Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Living Springs Free Methodist Church 59 Pine Road, Saratoga Springs 584-1003 | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Living Waters Church of God 4330 State Rt. 50, Saratoga Springs 587-0484 | Services: Sundays 10 a.m. Malta Presbyterian Church 118 Dunning Street, Malta 899-5992 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Malta Ridge United Methodist Church 729 Malta Ave. Ext, Malta 581-0210 | Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Middle Grove United Methodist Church* 429 Middle Grove Rd, Middle Grove 581-2973 | Pastor Bonnie Bates Services: Sunday 9 a.m. Mt. Olivet Baptist Church 100 Cresent St. Saratoga Springs | 584-9441 | Services 10 a.m. Rev. Dr. Victor L. Collier New Horizon Church* 150 Perry Road, Saratoga Springs 587-0711 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Pastor Thomas Van McClain New Life Fellowship 51 Old Gick Road, ­­Saratoga Springs 580-1810 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. NorthStar Church 970 Rt. 146, Clifton Park 371-2811 | Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. & 11:15 a.m. Old Saratoga Reformed Church* 48 Pearl St., Schuylerville Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Old Stone Church (American Baptist) 159 Stone Church Road, Ballston Spa 583-1002 | Service 10:30 a.m. Our Lady of Grace Roman Catholic Church* 73 Midline Road, Ballston Lake 399-5713 | Services: Saturday 5:30 p.m. Sunday 10:30 a.m. Porter Corners United Methodist Church 512 Allen Road, Porter Corners,NY Service: Sunday 8:45 am Followed by Fellowship Arlene Schmidt, CLM | Handicap accessible Presbyterian-NE Congregational Church 24 Circular St, Saratoga Springs 584-6091 | Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m. Quaker Springs United Methodist Church* 466 Route 32, Schylerville 695-3101 | Pastor Ben Lalka Services: Sunday 9 a.m. River of Hope Fellowship 100 Saratoga Village Blvd, Malta Cmns, Ste. 3 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Roman Catholic Church of St. Peter 241 Broadway, Saratoga Springs 584-2375 | Services: Saturday 5 p.m.; Sunday 7:30, 9 and 11 a.m. St. Clement’s Roman Catholic Church* 231 Lake Ave, Saratoga Springs 584-6122 | Services: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 8, 9:30, 11:15 a.m. and 5 p.m., 1 p.m. Spanish Service St. George’s Episcopal Church 912 Route 146, Clifton Park 280-7196 | Services: Saturday 4:30 p.m.; Sunday 8 & 9:30 a.m. St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church* 3159 Route 9N, Greenfield Center 893-7680

Week of May 5 – May 11, 2017 Services: Saturday 4 p.m.; Sunday 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church* 167 Milton Ave, Ballston Spa 885-7411 | Services: Saturday 4 p.m., Sunday 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., Noon. St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church* 771 Route 29, Rock City Falls 885-4677 | Services: Saturday 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.; Sunday 8:30 am. St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church 149 Lake Ave, Saratoga Springs 584-0904 | Services: Saturday 5 p.m.; Sundays 8:30 & 11 a.m. St. Peter Lutheran Church 2776 Route 9, Malta | 583-4153 Services: Sunday 8:30 & 10:30 a.m.; Sunday School at 9:15 a.m. St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church 1 Grove Street, Schuylerville 695-3918 | Rev. Donna J. Arnold Services: Sunday 8 & 9 a.m. St. Thomas of Canterbury 242 Grooms Road, Halfmoon | 348-0842 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Saratoga Abundant Life Church 2 Hutchins Rd. Saratoga Springs 885-5456 | Services: Sunday 9:30 a.m. Saratoga Chabad 130 Circular St, Saratoga Springs 526-0773 | Saratoga Friends Meeting (Quaker) 571 Rt32, Quaker Springs 587-7477; 399-5013 Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Saratoga United Methodist Church* 175 Fifth Ave, Saratoga Springs 584-3720 | Services: Sunday 9:00am and 10:45am Saratoga Seventh-Day Adventist Church 399 Union Ave, Saratoga Springs 587-6951 | Services: Sabbath School: 10 a.m. Worship Service: 11 a.m. Schuylerville United Methodist Church 51 Church St., Schuylerville 695-3101 | Services: Sunday 11 a.m. Shenendehowa United Methodist 971 Route 146, Clifton Park 371-7964 Services: Sunday 9 & 10:45 a.m. Simpson United Methodist Church 1089 Rock City Road, Rock City Falls 885-4794 Services: Sunday 10:45 a.m. Soul Saving Station for Every Nation Christ Crusaders of America 62 Henry St, Saratoga Springs Services: Sunday 10 a.m. | 584-3122 www.SOULSAVINGSTATIONCHURCH.COM Stillwater Christian Fellowship Meeting at Liberty Ridge Farm 29 Bevis Road, Schaghticoke, NY 12154 288-8802 | Services 10 a.m. Stillwater United Church (Presbyterian U.S.A.) 135 Hudson Avenue, Stillwater | 664-7984 Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Temple Sinai* 509 Broadway, Saratoga Springs 584-8730 | Shabbat Services: Friday 6 p.m. or 8p.m. (rotating schedule) Saturdays: 10:30a.m. Terra Nova Church* 45 Washington St, Saratoga Springs 833-0504 | Services: Sunday 9 a.m. The Salvation Army/ Worship, Service & Community Center 27 Woodlawn Ave, Saratoga Springs 584-1640 Services: Sunday School 10 a.m.; Praise & Worship 11 a.m. Trinity United Methodist Church 155 Ballard Road, Gansevoort 584-9107 | Rev Keith Mann Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Saratoga Springs 624 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs 584-1555 | Services: Sunday 10 a.m. Unity Church in Albany 21 King Ave., Albany 453-3603 Services: Sunday 9 a.m. & 11 a.m. | Sunday School: 11 a.m. Summer Services: 9 a.m. West Charlton United Presbyterian Church 1331 Sacandaga Road, West Charlton 882-9874 | Rev. Thomas Gregg Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m. | Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Wilton Baptist Church 755 Saratoga Road, Wilton 583-2736 | Services: Sunday 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.


Week of May 5 – May 11, 2017

Bethesda Episcopal Church: Lunch and Learn On Saturday, May 13 at noon the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation will host “The History and Architecture of the Bethesda Episcopal Church” presentation and boxed lunch as part of its annual Historic Homes Tour. This will provide a rare opportunity to view the stunning interior of the historic church that was designed by Richard Upjohn and learn more about its history and architecture while enjoying a boxed lunch provided by The Barrelhouse. Richard Upjohn, who designed Trinity Church Wall Street in New York City - a National Historic Landmark was hired to design the church in 1841. That same year the first stone was laid and the Gothic Revival style church was completed in 1844. Mary Sanders Shartle, author and poet, and Gordon Boyd, long-time member of the church and Chair of the Building Committee, will not only discuss the history of Bethesda Episcopal Church but also the Gothic features and symbolism throughout the church as well as the plans for the new parish house that will be constructed and the restoration of the historic church. “Bethesda is pleased to be a part of this year’s Historic Homes Tour, allowing an opportunity for us to showcase our church to the public and raise awareness about our efforts to preserve this wonderful building,” said Boyd. The “Lunch and Learn” event takes place at Bethesda Episcopal Church, 41 Washington Street. Tickets for the “Lunch and Learn” event must be purchased in advance and cost $20 for SSPF members and $25 for non-members. For those who are unable to attend the Lunch and Learn event at 12pm, the Bethesda Episcopal Church will also be featured on the Historic Homes Tour that takes place the same day from 10am to 4pm. In addition to the church, the Historic Homes Tour includes seven historic homes throughout Saratoga Springs as well as The Grove, the former St. John Neumann Residence at 233 Lake Avenue that has adapted into senior living apartments by Bonacio Construction. Advance discounted Historic Homes Tour tickets can be purchased for $30 SSPF members / $40 for non-members online at or by phone (518) 587-5030. Tickets can be purchased the day of the event for $35 members / $45 non-members at Witt


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Crowning of Mary

Bethesda Episcopal Church, Gabriel Tiffany Stained Glass Window. Photo by Jane Agee.

Bethesda Episcopal Church, Altar Setting. Photo by Jane Agee.

Bethesda Episcopal Church, Exterior. Photo by Jane Agee.

Construction, 563 North Broadway, from 9:30am to 3pm. The proceeds from the event benefit the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation

and its mission to preserve, protect and promote the architectural, cultural and landscaped heritage of Saratoga Springs.

The 23rd Annual May Day Crowning of Mary, the Mother of God, will take place on Tuesday, May 16, at St. Mary’s Church in Ballston Spa, located in the Village on Route 50. Father Thomas Kelly, Pastor, will host the evening, accompanied by Deacon Ron Hogan. The Knights of Columbus, Color Corps, Saratoga Council #246, will be with us again for the 17th year. The schedule for the evening is as follows: Confessions and recitation of the rosary at 6 p.m. Starting at 6:30 p.m. – Miraculous Medal Novena, celebration of Mass, procession and crowning, and blessing of scapulars. Rosaries, scapulars, prayer cards, pamphlets, and more, are available free of charge. A cordial invitation is extended to all parishioners, members of other

churches, prayer groups and especially, parents and their children who recently received their First Holy Communion. They are encouraged to wear their Communion outfits to the Crowning, if they wish. Seats will be reserved for them and families. Please plan to attend this very special evening dedicated to the Mother of God, praying for our families, nation, government officials and world peace. We are living in very dangerous times = the world is in crisis. Our Lady said to St. Dominic, “One day, thru the Rosary and Scapular, I will save the world.” Mary tells us to pray, pray, pray! Sponsored by Our Lady of Peace, Prayer Group. For more information, call Josie Uhlinger, 518-885-9620.



Motherless Daughters Gathering On Saturday, May 13 at Noon, there will be a gathering for women who have lost their mothers at the Presbyterian New England Congregational Church, 24 Circular St. Saratoga Springs. This event, on the Saturday before Mother’s Day, came about in response to the book Motherless Daughters by Hope Edelman and provides a time for women to come together, to honor and remember their mothers. Participants are welcome to bring a photo or another memento of their mother to share. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call 518-584-6091. Garden Treasures and Other Pleasures Come to the ticket kick-off event for the Saratoga Soroptimist Secret Gardens Tour scheduled for July 9. Sunnyside Gardens is hosting a Wine and Cheese party on May 12 at 5:30 – 8 p.m. located at 345 Church St., Saratoga Springs. Open to the public, a wonderful opportunity to stroll through bountiful greenhouses, preview new handpicked gardening favorites, and sip flavorful wines and enjoy delicious cheeses. Buy your tickets for the Secret Gardens Tour and enjoy a fun-filled event with your friends. Please register with your name and number of guests at secretgardensinfo@ Cerebral Palsy Fundraiser On Friday, May 12, party with friends and the Classic 60’s Rock Band, “The Shames”, at the Saratoga-Wilton Elks Lodge from 6 to 10 pm. The cost for this evening is $20 paid at the door or in advance by calling Judy at 518-587-5568. A delicious picnic meal is included in the ticket price. A cash bar, 60’s attire contest, games and raffle baskets will be available to add to your enjoyment. We hope many join us to help raise donations to assist the Cerebral Palsy Fund.

Havurah Vatik 13th Anniversary Event On Tuesday, May 16 we will be celebrating the 13th Anniversary of Havurah Vatik with a Cuban Fiesta from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Cuba is all the rage for tourism these days, and its Jewish communities, alive and well, make for a fascinating focus on yesterday’s and today’s Cuba. We will welcome Rabbis Linda Motzkin and Jonathan Rubenstein, leaders of the Temple Sinai 2016 tour, plus travel guide Rhona Koretzky Forman, recently back from a trip to Cuba. You’ll see slides of many fascinating aspects of Cuba, from city scenes and Jewish sites, to art and music. A catered lunch of Cuban specialties follows the program. Call the Temple Sinai Havurah Vatik reservation line at 518584-8730, ext. 4. We need your RSVP by May 10. Take Control of your Chronic Condition The Chronic Disease SelfManagement Program is an amazing evidence-based workshop created by Stanford University enabling those living with chronic disease to regain control of their lives. Topics covered include: medication management, dealing with stress and difficult emotions, nutrition, exercise, pain and fatigue management, effective communication skills, problem solving and decision making skills. Participants will receive a free book entitled “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions.” This free 6 week workshop series will meet from 1 – 3 p.m. at the Clifton Park Senior Community Center located at 6 Clifton Commons Blvd. on Wednesdays beginning May 17. Participants are welcome to join in the Saratoga County Congregate 60+ dining program at noon courtesy of Saratoga County Office of the Aging. Please register by noon one day in advance by calling 518-383-1343 and ask for the kitchen. Menu information is available upon request. Please call Jen Buscema at 518-8844110 for more information and to register for the workshop.

Annual Senior Luncheon Come join the fun Mardi Gras theme luncheon at the Saratoga Springs City Center located at 522 Broadway, Saratoga Springs. 11 a.m. This event is for seniors age 60 and over. The lunch is served at noon. Menu is bourbon chicken, scalloped potatoes, green bean creole, dinner roll, mini king cake and beverages. No take outs. No animals allowed. We will have live music, door prizes, and a raffle. Tickets are required to attend and will not be sold at the door. Tickets are available now and can be purchased until May 5 at the Office for the Aging for $4 each. We also have several locations with ticket sales available throughout Saratoga County. Please call for details 518-884-4100. Mendelssohn’s Elijah Thrill to the drama of a fiery and dynamic performance of Mendelssohn’s masterpiece “Elijah” with the Burnt Hills Oratorio Society and Orchestra. Joining BHOS are special guests Auriel Camerata. This gripping retelling of the famous biblical story brings to life some of the most dramatic moments in the Old Testament. The story starts with the curse of a threeyear drought and ends with the Prophet Elijah’s ascent to heaven on a fiery chariot. This epic choral work will be sung in English, with projected subtitles to enhance the excitement of the drama. The performance is Friday, May 19, at 7:30 p.m. at the Zankel Music Hall, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs. Burnt Hills Oratorio Society is a nonprofit community chorus whose goal is to nourish our community with the transformative power of music. Tickets can be purchased at the Society’s website www., by phone 518-4164060, or at the door the day of the performance. Ryan’s Run 5K Run/Walk The 11th Annual Ryan’s Run will be held on Saturday, May 20, 2017, 9 a.m. Join us for a family friendly 5K held at the Saratoga Springs State Park, supporting families affected by Malignant Infantile

Week of May 5 – May 11, 2017 Osteopetrosis (MIOP) and working toward an improved cure. Online registration will close on Wednesday, May 17. Saratoga Hospital Wag n’ Walk (dogwalk) Saratoga Hospital Wellness Committee is holding this event to support Estherville Animal Shelter. Estherville is a “NO KILL” facility in Saratoga County. They’ve been helping abandoned pets for over 65 years. The event will take place in Congress Park off Broadway under pavilion, across from the visitor center on May 20. Registration starts at 9 a.m. followed by the walk through the park at 9:30 a.m. Cost is $10 per family. Mail checks payable to Saratoga Hospital Wellness committee to Holly Drew Moore 1 West Ave., Suite 135 Saratoga Spgs, NY 12866 Yankee Game Bus Trip Notre Dame Visitation Church Renovation Committee is hosting a Yankee Game Bus Trip on Saturday, August 12. It will be Yankees vs Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Cost is $130 per person which includes unlimited food and Pepsi products from 1st inning through 5th inning of game. Bus will leave Wilton Mall at 11 a.m. Tickets on sale now, first come, first serve. Tickets are non-refundable. Game time is 4 p.m. Contact Pete Healy at 518421-2956. If You Can Stand the Heat Become a Kitchen Helper for The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Saratoga County’s Office for the Aging. If you are over the age of 55, love working with seniors, and enjoy prepping and serving food, then this unique volunteer opportunity is for you. Kitchen Helpers assist with meal preparation and serving for the Senior Nutrition Program in locations throughout Saratoga County. Training is provided, hours are flexible, and volunteers can assist Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Please contact Jen Buscema at 518-884-4110 if you are interested in lending a helping hand.

Are You a Senior Who Needs a Volunteer’s Help? Would your life be easier if somebody from our volunteer program was willing to help with your grocery shopping or could come by to visit you because you are alone a lot? Maybe you are trying to juggle a job, children and could use help with an elderly parent. Since 1996 Care Links of Southern Saratoga County has offered free services to 60+ seniors in Clifton Park, Halfmoon, Malta, Mechanicville, and Ballston with visiting, shopping, transportation, respite, and chores. To learn how to take advantage of the support from a caring volunteer, contact Care Links, 518-399-3262. Administrative Specialist Volunteer Needed AARP Tax-Aide, a national volunteer organization that provides free income tax preparation to low-to-middle income families, is seeking help to fill a key volunteer position that will oversee administrative activity to support the organization’s Eastern New York region. The volunteer position of Administrative Specialist (ADS) would be a member of the State Management Team for AARP TaxAide and be responsible for the implementation and maintenance of all administrative procedures, and assist District Coordinators with their administrative responsibilities. Applicants for the ADS position should be organized, detail-oriented, and computer literate. No knowledge of tax preparation is required, and extensive training will be provided. There are three broad areas of responsibility: Training the District Coordinators (DC) in the policies and procedures for administration of AARP Tax-Aide. Maintaining records required for the requirements of the program. Providing administrative assistance to leaders and volunteers as needed. For more information regarding the position, please contact Dave Weaving at

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Family Friendly Event

Friday, May 5 The History of the Senior Center The Adult & Senior Center of Saratoga, 5 Williams St. Saratoga Springs, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. See a presentation of a two year archiving project (by Skidmore student Phoebe Radcliff) on the 60 year history of the senior center. Exhibit includes old photos, video history, newspaper clippings and artifacts from the senior center. Come see how many people you recognize from years past. Free and open to the public.

Saturday, May 6 Defensive Driving Class First Baptist Church, 45 Washington St., Saratoga Springs, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. New York State approved. Save 10% on your base auto insurance for the next three years and receive up to 4 points off your driving record according to New York State Department of Motor Vehicle guidelines. Fee $35.00. Bring a friend and fee is $30.00 each. A portion of the fee goes to First Baptist Church. Registration required and can be made by calling Ray Frankoski at 518-2863788.

May Crowning Knights of Columbus Hall, 10 a.m. The Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court McLaughlin #422, will hold their May Crowning. All Knights of Columbus members and their families are welcome to join us. A brunch will follow. All Catholic women are welcome to join our court. Our court always welcomes new members

National Museum of Dance, Riggi Theater, 99 S. Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 8 p.m. Adirondack Shakespeare Company will once again take the stage for the production of Macbeth. Tickets are $20 per for adults, $17 for students/seniors/veterans and children 12 and under are free of charge. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit https://

Sunday, May 7 Pancake Breakfast Malta Ridge Fire House, Route 9, Exit 13, Malta, 8 – 11:30 a.m. Malta Sunrise Rotary will hold a pancake breakfast and will share in the proceeds of the event, which will run from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children aged 6 to 12, with younger children free of charge. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance from Rotary members.

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

Dharma Meditation with Pierre Zimmerman One Big Roof, Center for Mindful Practices, 538 Maple Avenue, Saratoga Health & Wellness Building, Saratoga Springs, 9-10:15 a.m. Weekly meditation followed by short discussion. All contemplative traditions honored. By donation. For more information call 413-992-7012 or visit www.

Spring All Over Guild Building, 6 Fourth St., Corinth, 7 p.m. The Corinth Theatre Guild presents “Spring All Over”, a musical revue. Also a Sunday performance on May 7 at 2 p.m. Admission is $7 per person. Complimentary refreshments will be served. For information contact Fred at 518654-7341

Monday, May 8 Thorobred Toastmasters Saratoga Regional YMCA, 290 West Ave, Saratoga Springs, 6 – 7 p.m. Toastmasters International, regarded as the leading organization dedicated to communication and leadership skill development, is a place where you develop and grow - both personally and professionally. You join a community of learners, and in Toastmasters meetings we learn by doing. Visit us at:

Tuesday, May 9 Skidmore Rejoice Choir Performance The Adult & Senior Center of Saratoga, 5 Williams St. Saratoga Springs, 1 p.m. Uplifting tunes for a variety of genres. Free and open to the public.

Wednesday, May 10 Pork and Meatloaf Dinner Saratoga-Wilton Elks, 1 Elks Lane, Rt. 9, Saratoga Springs, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Soup, tossed salad, roast pork loin, meat loaf, stuffing, mashed potatoes, vegetables, dessert, coffee and tea. Donation Requested: $12 adults, $11. Seniors (62 years) and Military (Active or Retired) with ID Card, $8 Children 5-12. Children under 5 Free, $12 All Take-outs. Cash Bar Available. Call 518-5842585 for more information.

Ballston Area Seniors Pickins’ Sessions Milton Community Center, 310 Northline Road, Ballston Spa, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Get ready for a great evening of music. The Sessions could use fiddlers, bass players… even a harmonica, to make the evening more diversified and

entertaining. Musicians are invited to play background or join up with a group. Amateur musicians to professionals, members or non- members, young or not-so-young, are invited to come and recapture the joy of playing. Please bring finger foods to share. So, bring your guitar, banjo, fiddle, harmonica or whatever you use to make music – or just come. Admission is free, open to the public, and there is ample free parking.

Thursday, May 11 Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series H. Dutcher Community Room, Saratoga Springs Public Library, 49 Henry Street, Saratoga Springs, Noon – 1 p.m. The Burning of the Piping Rock: The True Story Behind the Novel. Presented by author Joseph Cutshall-King. The historical mystery novel The Burning of The Piping Rock is based on the still unsolved arson of Piping Rock Casino in Saratoga Springs in 1954. Author Joseph Cutshall-King has woven real people and events into a fictional “solution” of this crime. But what is the truth behind it all? What’s fiction? What’s real? Cutshall-King will discuss the actual people, including his own family, and events of the Saratoga Springs of 1954 that drove his writing this novel. For more information contact: Saratoga Heritage Area Visitor Center 518-587-3241. www.

13th Annual Luncheon Care Links Fundraiser Hilton Garden Inn, 30 Clifton Country Rd., Clifton Park, 12:30 p.m. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. to provide time to examine the raffle items. Care Links is a program where volunteers are recruited from the community, are trained and matched with seniors who

need non- medical assistance. Ticket price is $25 and the menu is Garden Salad, Chicken Francaise with Rice Pilaf, Green Beans, Ice Cream topped with strawberries and Coffee or Tea. Tickets may be purchased at Community Human Services (543 Saratoga Road, Glenville), the Clifton Park Town Hall, the Clifton Park Senior Center, the Halfmoon Senior Center, Healthplex Fitness (1673 Route 9, Halfmoon), and the Malta Town Hall.

Korean War Veterans May Luncheon C & R Restaurant, Rt. 29, Galway Noon Hosts will be Bill and Lillian Reid. Veterans who served anywhere during the Korean Conflict, in Korea at any time, spouses, widows and friends are all invited to attend. For reservations or further directions, please contact the Reid’s at 518-885-1414 by May 9. For information about the organization or to obtain an application to join, please contact Comm. Roger Calkins at 518-584-3037.

Library Design Workshop and Brainstorming Session Schuylerville Public Library, 52 Ferry Street, Schuylerville, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. The Schuylerville Public Library is embarking on some exciting planning and would like to extend an invitation for the public to join us as we brainstorm and collect your thoughts on the community’s needs for our library facility. There will be two public charrettes with architect Paul Mays of Butler, Rowland & Mays LLP, which consist of small group brainstorming sessions and idea sharing. Next session is Saturday, May 13, 4 – 6 p.m.

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Music & Mingling Event to Benefit the Adult & Senior Center of Saratoga Kicks Off June 1 SARATOGA SPRINGS — The 7th Annual Music & Mingling event to benefit the Adult & Senior Center of Saratoga will be held 7 to 10:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 1, at the Saratoga Polo Fields. The event will feature gourmet foods prepared by Old Daley Catering and an open bar will feature a full assortment

of high-end spirits from Moet Hennessy, Belvedere, Bulleit Bourbon, Captain Morgan, Arias wines, as well as choice beers from Saratoga Eagle. Highlights include live dance music by “Grand Central Station,” cigar tastings from James & Sons Tobacconists, savored with bourbons and scotches, an extensive silent

auction, a live auction presented by Tom Durkin featuring packages from The New York Giants and Alfa Romeo of Albany, tarot card readings with Mary Shimp and fashion hats by Saratoga Trunk to purchase or sample at Heather Bohm-Tallman’s photo booth. Top off the night with sweets compliments of Saratoga Sweets Candy Co., Kilwin’s, Ben

and Jerry’s, Parkside Eatery and Healthy Living Market. This is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Adult & Senior Center of Saratoga. This non-residential community center serves over 1,500 members by providing a fun and nurturing social environment with support services and programs tailored to adults and seniors.

All proceeds of the event support the Center’s programs. Admission is $125 until May 30, and $150 thereafter, and includes all food, entertainment and an open bar. Tickets may be purchased at w w w. s ar ato g as e n i orc e nte r. org or by calling the Center at 518- 584-1621.

2017 Saratoga County Fair Announces Highlights of Summertime Tradition BALLSTON SPA — Plans are starting to take shape for the 176th Anniversary season of the Saratoga County Fair. The fair, which will be held July 18-23, will offer seven stages of entertainment from all over the country, animal displays, domestic to exotic, two nights of pro rodeo, two nights of demo derby, plus modified tractor pulls, and a day full of four-wheel drive truck pulls.

Live music will be performed daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and craft beer and wine fans will be offered special private label Judging Stand Ale and the private label Saratoga County Fair wine. For potential exhibitors, information is now available online at and includes specific details on

all the 2017 competitive departments, including animals, produce, arts & crafts, antiques, talent show, pageants, and more. A new 7,000 square foot building is being constructed as the permanent home of the Stewart’s Shops Show Ring, where the top dairy & beef farms from Saratoga and nearby counties compete each year at the fair for cash awards, ribbons, and bragging rights.

Kelly’s Angels Seeks Runners and Walkers For Mother-Lovin’ Day 5K SARATOGA SPRINGS — Kelly’s Angels is looking for people eager to exercise and have fun in the name of helping children touched by cancer. The Wilton-based charity is preparing for its popular MotherLovin’ Day 5K Run/Walk, Sunday, May 14 at the Saratoga Spa State Park. Race day registration and packet pickup runs from 7:308:30 a.m. at the Orenda Pavilion. Kelly’s Angels was founded in 2008 by WNYT reporter Mark Mulholland in memory of his wife, Kelly, who passed away in 2007 after a battle with cancer.

Kelly’s Angels provides gifts to children under the age of 18 who have lost a parent or sibling to cancer. The donations, called “Fun Grants,” are as varied as the kids whom Kelly’s Angels serves — from the purchase of a guitar, a night out at a fancy restaurant, to trips to big league games. “We hold this event on Mother’s Day because it honors Kelly as a devoted mother, wife and revered teacher who loved children with all of her heart,” said Kelly’s Angels President Mark Mulholland, in a statement.

Participants are encouraged to register at php?e=892 Cost to register is $25 for individuals. Race day registration is $30. Teams are encouraged to sign up. The annual event begins at 8:45 a.m. with a free Fun Run for kids ages 9 and under, followed by the start of the 5K Run/ Walk at 9:15 a.m. Awards will be given to the first and second overall male and female winners as well as first, second and third place male and female winners across eight different age groups.

Soroptimists of Saratoga County Host Special Garden Event May 12 SARATOGA SPRINGS — Sunnyside Gardens and the Soroptimists of Saratoga County host a special garden event in support of the 23rd Secret Gardens Tour, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 12 at Sunnyside Gardens, 345 Church St.

The evening explores this year’s gardening favorites: Sip flavorful wines and enjoy delicious cheeses. Preview new hand-picked gardening favorites; Stroll through bountiful greenhouses; Visit with vendors eager to share their expertise; Enjoy an enthusiastic presentation highlighting

the latest University Plant Trials; Enter in raffles for Mother’s Day gifts. This event is open to the public. Please register by emailing your name and number of guests to: by Thursday, May 11. The 23rd Secret Gardens Tour will be held July 9.

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Iconic NYC Venue Celebrated with New Release, Three-Day Concert

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NEW YORK — It was home to the Velvet Underground and to the New York Dolls. It showcased performances by everyone from Patti Smith, Blondie, and the Ramones to Alice Cooper, Sid Vicious and Philip Glass – as well as one particularly memorable night during which Bob Marley and The Wailers opened for Bruce Springsteen. Max’s Kansas City opened at 213 Park Avenue South in 1965 and shuttered its doors for good in 1981 – although its legacy as a music venue

and pop culture hangout has endured through the ages. An expanded edition of the album “Max’s Kansas City 1976” on double red vinyl, CD and digital download - has just been released and a three-night festival featuring musical luminaries associated with the venue will be staged May 25-27 at Bowery Electric in New York City. Three-day passes are $40. For more information and a list of bands performing, visit:

Alabama Shakes Coming to Capital Region ALBANY — Alabama Shakes, with special guest Emily King, will stage a concert at the Palace Theatre on Aug. 1. Tickets are $62.50, $49.50

and $39.50 and are available at the Palace Theatre Box Office, 19 Clinton Ave., Albany, as well as Charge-by-Phone at 800-745-3000, or online at

Local Actors Guild of Saratoga to Stage “Angels in America” SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Local Actors Guild of Saratoga will stage six performances of “Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches,” at Saratoga Arts Center this month. “Part One” of Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer-Prize and Tony-Awardwinning exploration depicts how the AIDS crisis impacted fictional characters in the 1980s. “Millennium Approaches” introduces the characters as they embark on their respective journeys through the epidemic. Set in 1980’s New York City, a gay man is abandoned by his lover when he contracts the AIDS virus, and a closeted Mormon lawyer’s marriage

to his pill-popping wife stalls. Other characters include the infamous McCarthy-ite lawyer Roy Cohn, Ethel Rosenberg, a former drag queen who works as a nurse, and an angel. The local presentation stars Kody Carpenter, Evan Jones, Cori Irwin, Alex Perone, JJ Buechner, Melissa Putterman Hoffmann, Mary Darcy, Daryl Hirschfeld, Cindy Boyka and Nick Himmelwright. Performances take place 7:30 p.m. on May 12-13, and 19-20, and at 2 p.m. on May 14 and 21, at Saratoga Arts Center, 320 Broadway. General admission is $20. For reservations, call 518-393-3496.

“Dancing With The Stars” to Stage Live Show in June ALBANY — “Dancing with the Stars: Live! - Hot Summer Nights,” will stage a show June 23 at the Palace Theatre in downtown Albany. The show features “Dancing with the Stars” Season 24 Pro Dancers Lindsay Arnold, Sharna Burgess, Artem Chigvintsev, Sasha Farber, Keo Motsepe, Gleb Savchenko, Emma Slater, and others. The all-new production showcases every type of ballroom

and modern dance seen on ABC’s hit show “Dancing with the Stars,” including sizzling group numbers, steamy duets and over the top original pieces choreographed and creatively directed by four-time Emmy nominee Mandy Moore. Tickets are $125, $89.50, $69.50, and $49.50 and are available online at,, or Charge by Phone at 1-800-745-3000.

Select SPAC Shows on Sale Through May 9 SARATOGA SPRINGS — A special $20 ticket promotion for select shows at Saratoga Performing Arts Center will be on sale through May 9, concert promoter Live Nation announced this week. Most of the shows in the promotion are lawn seats, but pavilion tickets to some of the shows are being made available as well. Tickets are available at or ticketmaster. com for $20 with no additional fees for 20 shows at SPAC, while supplies last. The full list of participating shows at SPAC is as follows: Brad Paisley – May 18; FLY 92.3 Summer Jam - June 3; 99.5 The River welcomes Train with O.A.R. – June 18; Dead & Company – June 20; Third Eye Blind – July 1. 97.7 The Exit presents Tedeschi Trucks Band –July 3; Nickelback with Daughtry – July 10; Foreigner with Cheap Trick –July 18; Straight No Chaser / Postmodern Jukebox – July 19; Kidz Bop Kids – July 21; Rod Stewart with Cyndi

Lauper – July 22; Florida Georgia Line – July 23; 98-3 TRY welcomes Chicago & The Doobie Brothers – July 25; Kings of Leon - July 26; PYX 106 welcomes The Australian Pink Floyd Show -- July 29;

OneRepublic – Aug. 1; Goo Goo Dolls with Phillip Phillips Aug. 20; Matchbox Twenty / Counting Crows – Aug. 25; Luke Bryan – Aug. 26; Zac Brown Band – Sept. 2.

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Circus Smirkus Returns to Saratoga Springs in July SARATOGA SPRINGS — Tickets are on sale for Circus Smirkus - the acclaimed international youth circus – which returns to the outdoor soccer field at the Saratoga Casino Hotel for four performances on July 11-12. Performances are scheduled for 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. each day. Tickets are $25 for adults 13 and older and $20 for children 2-12. Children younger than two are free on an adult’s lap. All proceeds raised will go directly to the Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs. This year’s tour continues the tradition of Smirkus themebased shows with Midnight at the Museum. As an added attraction,

the 2017 performances celebrate a milestone: The Circus Smirkus 30th Anniversary Big Top Tour. Midnight at the Museum creates the excitement of a wild and wonderful adventure through the hallowed halls of a magical museum. Attendees will embark on an enchanted journey with astonishing aerialists, courageous clowns, and wily wire-walkers as they explore a museum that springs to life when the clock strikes midnight. Thirty budding circus stars, ages 12 to 18, bring youthful exuberance and polished circus skills from across the country and the world. The 2017 performance

troupe hails from thirteen states. The Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs first brought Circus Smirkus to Saratoga in 2007 as a fundraising and outreach event. Circus Smirkus is a non-profit, award-winning international youth circus founded with the mission of promoting the skills, culture and traditions of the traveling circus and inspiring youth to engage in life-changing adventures in the circus arts. Tickets for Circus Smirkus are available by calling 1-877-SMIRKUS toll-free, at, and at the Children’s Museum at Saratoga, and G. Willikers.

Author to Discuss the Mysterious Burning of The Piping Rock at Library

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Author Alexandria MarzanoLesnevich, will celebrate the release of her new book “The Fact of A Body: A Murder and a Memoir,” at Northshire Bookstore on Broadway at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 17. Blurbage: The genre-defying book mixes memoir with true crime to show us how the crimes of others can help us explore our own traumas, and that no matter how objective it seems, the law, ultimately, is just another way of telling a story. Marzano-Lesnevich discovered the true crime story that would haunt her for years at the age of 25 while working as an intern at the Louisiana Capital Assistance Center. A law student dedicated to fighting the death penalty, she was shocked when she watched a video of

Ricky Langley confessing to the murder of a young boy. All she could think was: I want this man to die. Her reaction sent her on a journey to learn everything she could about the case, and about her own past. The event is free and open to the public. Additional events at Northshire Bookstore this month include: an afternoon with Will Schwalbe - the author of the beloved New York Times bestselling “The End of Your Life Book Club,” at 4 p.m., Sunday, May 7; Elizabeth and Barton Cockey, coauthors of “Untold Stories of the Battenkill,” will share an evening of fascinating history at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 25. For more information on these or other events, call 518-682-4200, or visit the Northshire Bookstore website at

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Author Joseph Cutshall-King will discuss his historical mystery novel, “The Burning of The Piping Rock,” at noon on Thursday, May 11 in the H. Dutcher Community Room of the Saratoga Springs Public Library.

The book is based on the still unsolved arson of the Piping Rock Casino in Saratoga Springs in 1954. Cutshall-King has woven real people and events into a fictional “solution” of this crime. But, what is

the truth behind it all? What’s fiction? What’s real? CutshallKing will discuss the actual people, including his own family, and events of the Saratoga Springs of 1954 that drove his writing of this novel.

Yaddo Saratoga Springs Benefit to Feature Author Terry McMillan

Manor Home to Close for Two-year Renovation SARATOGA SPRINGS — Yaddo’s annual summer benefit will this year feature Terry McMillan, best-selling author of “Waiting to Exhale,” “A Day Late and A Dollar Short,” “The Interruption of Everything,” and “How Stella Got Her Groove Back,” among others. The event will feature a lively discussion and a chance to ask McMillan questions about her successful career, and will take place 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 22. The proceeds from the benefit play a crucial role in ensuring the artists’ residency program

continues to flourish. More than 6,500 individuals have created works at Yaddo – from literature and paintings, to photography, sculpture, music, dance and film – that have helped shape culture and touched millions of lives. This year, Yaddo is hosting a series of benefits to celebrate writers and artists at exclusive private dinners and performances that will be held in New York City, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, and San Francisco. and feature writers such as Jennifer Egan, Jay McInerney, and A.M. Homes as

evening hosts and speakers. The estate also announced that much-needed restoration of the 124-year-old Mansion will start this summer. As the manor home will be closed for two years, the organization says: “we will be able to enjoy and experience another area of the extensive Yaddo property, with a tented event in a location rarely seen by the public.” For tickets information regarding the June event in Saratoga Springs, go to: https://

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Zumbathon Raises Money for Tour de Cure

Captial Region Zumbathon instructors lead participants at the fundraising event.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — A Zumbathon recently held at Saratoga Springs High School raised around $3,300 for the American Diabetes Association’s

(ADA) Tour de Cure cycling event. The two-hour event drew over 100 participants and was led by Capital Region Zumbathon instructors. Kivort Steel Cycling team, one of

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Saratoga Girls Lacrosse Puts Up Two More Wins

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WILTON — Ava Dallas, 14, of Wilton competed in the 2017 Region 6 Women’s Gymnastics Championships on April 22 in Springfield, MA, winning silver and bronze medals in the Level 8 Senior A Division in the process. Competing for Ballston Spa’s Stepping Stars Gymnastics, Dallas scored a personal best

9.575 on the vault to take home the silver medal. On the balance board, she took home the bronze with a score of 9.250. Her overall score for the event was 36.525. Moving forward, she is working on improving her skills for the move up to Level 9, and one day hopes to compete collegiately at the University of Florida.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Varsity Girls Lacrosse team continued their dominant season with two more victories, one league and one nonleague. In an April 28 league game against Bethlehem, the

Blue Streaks put up a close 15-13 victory against the visiting team, making the team 7-0 in league games. The following day, April 29, the Blue Streaks faced a visiting team from Minnechaug High School

in Wilbraham, MA, putting a much more definitive 13-6 win. This makes the team 2-1 in non-league games. The team’s only loss, league or non-league, came against Niskayuna in a non-league match.

New York State Race Track Chaplaincy Honors Trainers SARATOGA SPRINGS — The New York State Race Track Chaplaincy will honor trainers Kiarin and Letty McLaughlin at its Annual Brunch on Aug. 16. The brunch will be held at the Saratoga National Golf Club, and

will have around 150 top names in the thoroughbred industry in attendance, from N.Y., Fla., Ky., Calif., and Dubai. Kiarin McLaughlin is an internationallyrecognized thoroughbred trainer who, alongside his wife Letty, is

well-known for his contributions to the industry, on and off the track. He is best known for training the 2006 Horse of the Year and Breeders’ Cup Classic winner, Invasor. For more information on this event, go to

Blue Streaks Hall of Fame SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Springs City School District is now accepting nominees for the 2017 Blue Streaks Hall of Fame, which was established to honor the accomplishments of the district’s

notable athletes, coaches, administrators, and supporters. Nomination forms are available online, and the deadline for nominations is June 20. A committee composed of current and former coaches, high

school administrators, community members, and current and retired athletic directors, will review the nominations. For more information, or to find nomination forms, go to www.

Skidmore Athletics Hall of Fame SARATOGA SPRINGS – The Friends of Skidmore Committee is currently seeking nominations for the Skidmore Athletics Hall of Fame. Nominees should be individuals

who have “made outstanding contributions to Skidmore athletics and have helped bring excellence and distinction to the College and its athletic program.” The induction

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Level 8, Jordan Toma and Katy Hawthorne from Level 7, Brynne Wright from Level 6, Rya Torres and Megan Wishart from Level 5, and Marianna Nasta from Level 4. In individual events, the team put up 29 first-place finishes. “They did really well,” Kim Hewitt, director of gymnastics for the Saratoga Regional YMCA, said. “They held up against some tough competition. In team competition, the Springettes entered four teams. The Level 7 and Level 5 teams placed first, the Level 4 team placed second, and the Level 3 team placed fourth. “My Level 7 team has done a really good job this year,” Hewitt said. “They’ve been

consistently placing very, very high, and they had a great day.” The highest all-around score for the whole team was Abby Moller, Level 8, with a combined score of 35.8, followed by Katy Hawthorne, Level 7, with a score of 35.45. Another notable performance at the meet came from Marianna Nasta, Level 4, who claimed first place in all four individual events. Going into the event, Hewitt had her athletes focused on repetition of their routines, making sure that they would be able to consistently get things right. Moving forward, the team will be competing at the Northeast Regionals from May 13-15. The focus on repetition remains the staple of their practices leading up to it. This year, regionals will take place in Waterville, ME. Around 40

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teams from the northeast states will be competing, amounting to around 1,200 gymnasts. “We’re really excited,” Hewitt

said about going to regionals. “Our Level 5 and Level 7 teams are really strong, so we’re hoping to place in the all-around. It’s

a little harder with 40 teams, but we’re hoping for those teams to do really well.”



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COMMUNITY SPORTS BULLETIN Kelly’s Angels 5K SARATOGA SPRINGS — Kelly’s Angels will hold its fifth annual “Mother Lovin’ Day 5K” on May 14. The run/walk will begin from the Orenda Pavilion in the Saratoga Spa State Park, and will go from 7:30-10:30 a.m., with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. Registration is $25 for the standard events, and free for the Kids Fun Run. Proceeds from the event will go towards helping local children that have lost parents to cancer. Anyone interested in the event can register at reg2017.php?e=892.

Saratoga Stampede Baseball Tryouts SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Stampede American Legion Baseball Club will be holding a tryout session for the group’s 18th season on May 7 at East Side Recreation Field, starting at 5:00 p.m. This year, the club will feature a competitive schedule and weekly instructional clinics hosted by notable high school and college coaches. For more information, contact Paul Mound at 518-852-3508.

Tour of the Battenkill 2017 GREENWICH — The 13th annual Tour of the Battenkill Pro/ Am cycling race will be held on May 20 this year, starting at the Washington County Fairgrounds

and running from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. The Tour of the Battenkill is the largest one-day Pro/Am cycling race in the country, and will see over 3,000 professional and amateur cyclists riding across over 65 miles of Battenkill Valley terrain. The event is free to attend for spectators. For more information on the event, or to register, go to

2017 Saratoga Springs Horse Show SARATOGA SPRINGS — The 57th Annual Saratoga Springs Horse show will commence on May 3, and will run from Wednesday to Sunday each week until concluding on May 21. Tickets cost $4 per person, with children under 12 getting in for free. This season will also mark the show’s 40th and final year on the grounds of Yaddo. The show this year will include hunters, jumpers, and equitation classes held in three rings. Attendees can expect warm-ups and competition to begin between 7:30-8 a.m. each day, and conclude around 5:00 p.m. Proceeds from the show will go to the Capital Fund of Saratoga County, which over the years has provided over $256,000 in assistance to 66 local charities. For more information on this year’s show, go to www.

hosting its yearling Kid’s Fun Run on June 4, from 8-11 a.m. at Congress Park. Kids can choose from either ¼ mile run or a full mile run, and the top three boys and girls from each course will receive special trophies. Other activities at the event will include face painting, healthy snacks, and live music from 101.3 The Jockey. Money raised at the event will go towards providing pediatric care at Saratoga Hospital’s Emergency Department. For more information about the run, go to www. events/cantina-kids-fun-run.

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

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Society will be holding a fundraiser walk, Walk MS: Saratoga, on May 7 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Check-ins and registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. at the National Museum of Dance, and the walk itself will commence at 10:00 a.m. Proceeds from the event will support MS research, and treatment programs and services. For more information on the walk and the National MS Society, go to www.

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

Scottie’s Stampede BALLSTON SPA — Ballston Spa Central School District’s 2nd annual Scottie’s Stampede 5K walk/run for education will be held on May 20 this year, starting at 9 a.m. at the district’s tennis courts on Garrett Road. The goal of the event is to bring students and their families together

in physical activity, as well as raising funds for the Ballston Spa Partnership for Innovation in Education Fund. For more information on this event, go to www.

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

Recreation Department Drop-In Sessions
 SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Springs Recreation Department offers drop-in sessions in adult basketball, pickleball, racquetball and wallyball. Visit and click on Rec Center calendar for the latest schedule.
 For additional information please call 518-5873550 x2300 or email


Week of May 5 – May 11, 2017

Little Big Hitters: Saratoga Wilton Youth Baseball Begins by Thomas Kika Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — It was a new beginning for little league baseball in Saratoga Springs last weekend. Saratoga Wilton Youth Baseball, a new organization formed from a merger of Saratoga American Little League and Wilton Youth Baseball, held its inaugural Opening Day on April 29 at Gavin Park with an event that was as much a party as it was a little league meet. The day began at 8:30 a.m. with an “MLB Pitch, Hit, and Run” event on the softball field,

which repeated at 12:30 a.m. From there, the young players in attendance gathered for a “player parade” at 11:00 a.m. Following a barbeque lunch courtesy of The 99 Restaurant, games finally began at 1:00 p.m. The league currently has over 500 players, ages 4-16, registered to play. This merger leaves Saratoga Springs with two little leagues: Saratoga Wilton Youth Baseball, and Saratoga Little League, formerly known as Saratoga National Little League. Saratoga Wilton will play its games at both Gavin Park in Wilton and East Side Recreation on Lake Avenue in Saratoga Springs.

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