Saratoga TODAY May 10 - 16, 2024

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BALLSTON SPA — The Ballston Spa Central School District’s Board of Education approved a proposed 2024-2025 budget of $107,179,996 last week. There are three Community Budget Presentations being offered for district residents to learn more about the proposed budget. The presentations are scheduled for Monday, May 13 at the Ballston Town Hall; Tuesday, May 14 at the Malta Community Center; and Wednesday, May 15 at the Milton Community Center. All of the presentations will begin at 6:30 p.m.

District residents can vote on the budget on May 21 from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. Residents of Malta can vote at the Malta Town Hall, while residents of Ballston, Milton and Charlton will vote at the Ballston Spa High School.

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Come to the Garden to Support Home Made Theater


Home Made Theater will hold its annual Spring Gala on Sunday, May 19 at The Mansion of Saratoga on Route 29 in Rock City Falls. This year’s theme is “Come to the Garden,” in honor of Home Made Theater’s upcoming June production of the musical The Secret Garden, being performed at the Pitney Meadows Community Farm on West Avenue in Saratoga Springs.

Starting at 11:30 a.m., the gala will feature a full brunch

menu of American and French favorites prepared by The Mansion of Saratoga’s Chef Rick Bieber. Entertainment for the event will feature performances from the upcoming production of The Secret Garden, as well as raffles, silent auction items, and other activities.

A “Garden Guest” ticket is $125 and includes coffee or tea, juice, iced tea, lemonade, and one complimentary cocktail. There will also be a cash bar. An “Honorary Committee” ticket, which is

$200, also includes program recognition, VIP seating for the entertainment, and a special gift bag.

The deadline to purchase tickets for the gala is Friday, May 3. They may be purchased at Home Made Theater’s website, www. or by calling 518-587-4427 ext. 1. Also available by website or phone are tickets to The Secret Garden which runs for two weekends, from June 7 through June 16.

Sheep Shearing, Backyard BBQ, Art of Photography at Brookside Museum


Brookside Museum, located at 21 Fairground Ave. will host the following events this month:

Sheep to Shawl Community Day at BrooksideSaturday, May 11, 1-4 p.m. The famous Fred the Shearer, and the Rock Day Spinning Guild will assemble on Brookside Museum’s front lawn to demonstrate every facet of sheep raising, shearing, and spinning to produce the wool clothing that was so ubiquitous in early America. Sheep to Shawl is a hands-on, familyfriendly event. Young and the young-at-heart will have fun

petting the sheep, meeting farmers, and participating in demonstrations. A terrific opportunity to embrace the spring weather, learn about Saratoga County’s agricultural past, and enjoy some quality family time.

Welcome Back Spring Millers Backyard BBQ at Brookside - Wednesday, May 15, 3-6 p.m. There is a choice of a ½ chicken or ½ lb. of pulled pork dinner for $15, as well as beef brisket dinner for $20. (Brisket dinner is only available by pre-order). All dinners come with baked potato, coleslaw and corn bread. An 8 oz. side order of

mac & cheese is also available for $5. Barbecue is takeout only with drive-through pick-up. Reserve in advance is encouraged by visiting the website or calling 518-8854000. All proceeds will be used to fund public education and children’s programs.

The Art of Photography: From Adirondacks to Brookside - Saturday, May 18, 10-11:30 a.m.. Join Dave Waite & Kathleen Royka and learn the skill of capturing the photo seen in the mind’s eye. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, go to: www.brooksidemuseum. org

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Community Climate Action Walk Slated for May 18

GLENS FALLS — A public community climate action walk is slated to take place 1-4 p.m. Saturday, May 18 in downtown Glens Falls.

Attendees are asked to gather at 1 p.m. at City Park by Crandall Public Library. A walk down Glenn Street to Crandall Park where speakers are located will take place 1:30 p.m.

In response to the serious environmental crisis facing

the planet, the Community Climate Action Walk provides the opportunity for individuals, families, and organizations to come together and learn about local actions they can take to address the severe and farreaching impacts of climate warming.

The walk has been organized by the Unitarian Universalist Social Action Committee, St. Mary’s Social Justice Ministry,

and North Country Earth Action (NCEA), a citizens group for climate action advocacy.

Speakers include: Students from the Glens Falls High School Social Justice Club, Dr. Patrick Wrisley, pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Glens Falls, Emmett Smith, Northern Power & Light, Michael Richardson, representing Third Act on the NY Renews steering committee, and many others.

May At Moreau Lake State Park

MOREAU — Moreau Lake State Park located at 605 Old Saratoga Road, Gansevoort. Phone: 518-793-0511

Friday, May 10 @ 9:30 a.m. Wiggly Wanderers.

Wiggly Wanderers is a casual and fun program that is offered to walking toddlers, carriable babies and their caregivers. This will be a beginner’s hike/wander series for toddlers who are ready to move and caregivers who are willing and able to baby wear and/or carry their toddler if their legs get too tired. We will not plan too much distance walking and we will rely on teachable moments to carry us through these experiences. Strollers will not work for these

programs. This event does not have sign ups, please come if you can. We meet at the nature center parking lot. $1 per child. For any questions call 518-793-0511.

Saturday, May 11 at 10 a.m.

The Buzz On Bugs. Join an educator and an entomologist in exploring bug specimens that we collected from the night before. This program is for all ages, $5 per adult and $1 per child. Registration is required, please call the office 24 hours in advance at 518-793-0511.

Monday, May 13 10 a.m.

A-Z Hike.

Join an educator on a fun and easy hike to look for things in nature that start with each

letter of the alphabet. We will be writing things down if they can or they can help point things out. Geared toward 3–10-yearolds, but everyone is welcome. The cost is $1 per child (cash or check). Please reserve your spot in advance by calling the office at 518-793-0511.

Tuesday, May 14 2 p.m. Mud Pond Hike.

Join an Educator on an easy 2.1-mile hike from Nature Trail to Mud Pond. We might just see some beaver lodges. Bring plenty of water, snacks, waterproof shoes, bug spray and appropriate clothing for the weather. The cost for the hike is $5 (cash or check) Please reserve your spot in advance by calling the office at 518-793-0511.

Original poems written for the event will be read. Ken Tingley, former editor of The Post Star and current author of the on-line “Front Page” blog about our

hometown community, will moderate the speakers. Chuck “Rochmon” Vosganian will manage the sound system from the band shell.

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A public community climate action walk takes place Saturday, May 18.


Jean Eschner

SARATOGA SPRINGS - Jean Eschner passed away peacefully on April 21 at the age of 94. Born on November 22, 1929, in Buffalo, NY, to the late Edwin Scheuerle and Helene Siegel Scheuerle, Jean led a life dedicated to family and friends, sports, and community service.

After graduating from Kensington High School in Buffalo, Jean earned a Bachelor’s degree from SUNY Brockport and a Master’s Degree in Physical Education from Syracuse University in 1967. She married Arthur Eschner on August 25, 1951, embarking on a marriage that spanned 64 years until Arthur’s passing in 2015. Jean lived in Fayetteville, DeWitt, and East Syracuse, NY, for over 60 years. Her final two years were spent at the Wesley Community in Saratoga Springs, NY, near her son Andrew.

Jean’s passion for physical education led her to a 20-year career as a part-time girl’s physical education teacher in the Jamesville-DeWitt school district.

She enjoyed tennis, golf, bowling, and cross-country skiing, among many other physical pastimes. She participated for many years in the CNY Folksmarch, and competed in the New York State senior games. Jean also was an avid Bridge player, and in her later years she enjoyed games of MahJong with friends.

Jean enjoyed deep and abiding friendships, and in the summer months could often be found, glass of wine in hand, with friends on their docks on Hatch, Cazenovia, and DeRuyter Lakes. Regardless of the season, she always had coffee brewing. Jean and Art often exercised and socialized together at the local fitness club, and then rewarded themselves with a coffee or breakfast with friends. Jean loved to travel and, along with Arthur, went on many trips and cruises with dear friends to the American West, Alaska, Hawaii, and abroad, including much of Europe, Turkey, New Zealand, and beyond.

Jean was an active member of the DeWitt Community Church (DCC), particularly the church’s Women’s Association where she was quite involved, participating in projects, working the Thrift Shop in the day, serving in the church’s Women’s Circles and as Deacon, along with her late husband. She volunteered often at the Everson Museum and the Samaritan Center, and helped to deliver Meals on Wheels with Art.

Jean is survived by her children Stephen (Rebecca Knowles) of Scotland, Thomas (Marie) of Scarborough, ME, and Andrew

(Suzanne), of Gansevoort, NY, her grandchildren Adam, Emily, James, and Rachel, her greatgrandchildren Eleanor, Rhys, and Phoebe, as well as beloved cousins, nephews, and nieces, and friends who will deeply miss her presence. Preceding her in death were her husband, Art, her son, Karl, who passed away as an infant, and her sister Lois Krall. Jean’s life and legacy will live on through the countless lives she touched with her spirit of fun and devotion to friends and family.

A celebration of Jean’s life will be held at the DeWitt Community Church on June 22 at 11:00 a.m., at which the family looks forward to greeting friends and sharing memories. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the Samaritan Center of Syracuse ( or the DeWitt Community Church Women’s Association (www.dewittchurch. org). The family extends its heartfelt gratitude to the staff of Woodlawn Commons as well as The Wesley Community in Saratoga Springs, NY for their support over the last two years, and to her friends and visitors who sustained her spirit.

Online remembrances may be made at www.

Lawrence Edward Colyer

NISKAYUNA — Lawrence Edward Colyer, 84, passed peacefully on Tuesday, 30th of April at Kingsway Arms Nursing Center. Calling hours are 4-7 p.m., 5/17/2024 and Memorial Service at 10 a.m., 5/18/2024 both at Burke Funeral Home. Memorial donations to Parkinson’s Foundation, Brain Injury Association of New York State, Academy of Model Aeronautics.

Linda Margaret Legg

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Linda Margaret Legg (nee Kempkes), 81 passed 4/30/2024, in Mount Pleasant, surrounded by her daughters. Visitation was 5/9/24 at Burke Funeral Home. Mass will be celebrated 5/10/2024, 11 a.m. at St. Clement’s Church. Burial at a later date. Memorial donations: American Diabetes Association or American Heart Association.

Franklin D. Wakefield

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Franklin D. Wakefield, 89, passed away peacefully on April 26, at his home. A graveside service was held on Wednesday, May 1, at Greenridge Cemetery in Saratoga Springs. For online condolences, visit www.

Frank J. Capano, Jr.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Frank J. Capano, Jr., peacefully passed away May 1. Calling hours were 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. May 8 at Compassionate Funeral Care, Saratoga Springs, followed by a graveside service with military honors at Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Schuylerville, NY. For online condolences, visit www.

Mark Anthony Jones


— Our beloved brother, Mark Anthony Jones, passed away on April 13th at the age of 74. He is survived by his sons, Mark Anthony Jones, Jr. and Perrin M. Jones (Jackie); siblings Timothy Burke (Colleen), William Lee Jones, Jr., Bruce Jones and Michele A. Jones, long-time companion Elizabeth Naples, grandson Perrin A. Jones, granddaughters Antonia Jones and Baila Jones and several nieces and nephews. Mark was pre-deceased by his parents, William Lee Jones, Sr and Anna Patricia Praga. A family gathering will be held at our family plot at Greenridge Cemetery at a later date. Mark was a wonderful and kind human being, deeply loved by many.

Warren R. McManus

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Warren R. McManus passed April 27 after a brief illness with his beloved wife, Patty and loving son, Scott, by his side. Calling hours were Thursday, May 2 at Burke Funeral Home followed by burial at St. Peters Cemetery, West Ave. For full obituary and online remembrances please visit: www.burkefuneralhome. com

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Gregory Adams, 47, of Malta, pleaded to grand larceny in the fourth-degree charged October 2023. Sentencing June 28.

Anthony J. Torres, 25, of Waterford, pleaded to aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the first-degree, charged April 2023 in Greenfield, and robbery in the third-degree, charged in Waterford January 2024. Sentencing June 28.

Travis L. Smith, 23, of Greenfield Center, pleaded to attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree, charged January 2023. Sentencing June 28.

Jammel A. Dillon, 33, of Saratoga Springs, was sentenced to 2-1/2 to 5 years after pleading to felony robbery, and 1 year after pleading to misdemeanor assault, charged 2023 in

Mechanicville. Sentences to run concurrently.

John A. Speigel, Jr., 33, of Wappingers Falls, pleaded to felony DWI, charged February 2024 in Wilton. Sentencing May 21.

Clint J. Clark, 51, of Cohoes, pleaded to felony DWI charged December 2023 in Waterford. Sentencing July 11.

Dominic Bradfute, 26, of South Glens Falls, was sentenced to 5 years’ probation, after pleading to unlawful surveillance in the seconddegree, a felony, charged June 2023 in Moreau.

Brandon Bakerian, 41, of Whitehall, pleaded to criminal contempt in the firstdegree, charged November 2023 in Wilton. Sentencing Aug. 5.

Mark P. Ottati, 34, of Schenectady, pleaded to felony DWI, charged December 2023 in Clifton Park. Sentencing June 25.


Shahid Smith, 43, was sentenced to an aggregate term of 31-1/2 years in a state correctional facility followed by a post-release supervision of 3 years, Saratoga County District Attorney Karen Heggen announced April 30.

The sentences were imposed after a trial jury found Smith guilty of four counts criminal sale, and four counts criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third-degree, and one count each criminal sale and criminal possession in the fifth-degree, Heggen reported. The evidence at trial indicated that Smith sold fentanyl, cocaine and crystal methamphetamine on four different occasions in Saratoga County during December 2022, Heggen added.

To date, there have been 277 overdoses – 17 of them fatal this year in Saratoga County. In 2023, there were 727 overdoses with 39 fatalities countywide.


Members of the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office’s Narcotics Unit and Special Operations Team executed a search warrant at 11 Liberty St. in the village of Corinth following a lengthy investigation into drug trafficking in Saratoga County. As a result of the investigation and warrant service, Nicholas E. Harwood (age 35) of Corinth was arrested and charged with two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third-degree: one count of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth-degree, and two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh-degree.

Harwood is accused of possessing and selling quantities of crack cocaine and cocaine throughout Saratoga County. He was arraigned before the Honorable Ellwood A. Sloat, Jr., in the

Malta Town Court and sent to the Saratoga County Jail in lieu of bail, bond, or partially secured bond, pending further action in the matter.


State Police of Clifton Park received a complaint of an erratic vehicle in the area of Clifton Country Road in Clifton Park. Troopers located a vehicle matching the caller’s description and stopped it on State Route 146 with the assistance of the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office. The driver was identified as Steven P. Foster, 61, of Clifton Park. Foster was arrested for Driving While intoxicated and other Vehicle and Traffic violations. He was transported to SP Clifton Park for processing, where he recorded a 0.21% BAC. Foster was issued tickets returnable to the Clifton Park Town Court and released.

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Eugene Anthony Sevi


Eugene (Gene, Gino) Anthony Sevi, dedicated family man, humanitarian, inspiring educator and avid outdoorsman, died peacefully in his home, surrounded by family on Friday, April 26, 2024. He was 78.

Gene’s earliest memories were on the family farm in Martin’s Creek, PA, surrounded by his parents, grandparents and aunts and uncles. Close family ties, hard work, education, animals and farm life remained a theme throughout his life. After his family moved to NJ, he met his future wife, Jane Holjes, at North Hunterdon High school, where he excelled in both scholastics and athletics.

Gene always said that the biggest break of his life was receiving a full Naval ROTC scholarship to Brown University, where he received his degree in civil engineering. He then completed a master’s degree at the University of Colorado, before entering the Navy. He ultimately was able to combine his insatiable love of learning and his military background. He went on to be a well-loved educator of 38 years in civil and environmental engineering at Norwich University, a small military college, serving as department chair and dean for part of that time. Characterized by a calm demeanor and a diplomatic approach Gene also served four terms-12 years- as selectman and commissioner of roads in his hometown of Roxbury. Despite his many professional accolades and awards, Gene preferred to focus on his students. He was a humble man who was never one to talk about his many recognitions.

Gene’s military active duty started in the United States Navy, but after moving to Vermont he transferred into the Vermont Air National Guard. It was then that Gene’s military focus and outstanding leadership abilities were used to organize and lead humanitarian and peacekeeping missions

around the world. Assignments included coordination of disaster relief in building schools and clinics in impoverished areas of Jamaica, Mali, West Africa, and Panama. During the Kosovo crisis in the late 1990’s, he acted as chief of the military liaison team in Macedonia, where he coordinated with NATO command and aid groups to respond to the influx of 300,000 refugees flooding into Macedonia. After September 11, 2011, he served a year coordinating air space security over US cities. When speaking of his military career, he often spoke of his respect and admiration for his compatriots who accompanied him on these missions. He retired as a Brigadier General in 2004.

During his forty years in Vermont, Gene’s interest in training and driving carriage horses became a treasured hobby. He was trained as a farrier, so he could shoe his own horses. He and Jane vacationed with their horses and often offered rides to friends and neighbors. His many interests included all things outdoors, including moonlit cross-country ski trips, training hunting dogs, archery, chess, basketball during lunch breaks at the university, bike riding and gardening. He was a voracious reader, and had the ability to retain even the most minute facts. He entertained all those who knew him with his wonderful stories and funny quips. After retirement, tennis and bicycling with Jane and family became his main athletic outlets. Gene was often also found at his grandchildren’s sporting events, enthusiastically watching every move.

He is remembered lovingly by his wife, Jane Sevi, son, Adam Sevi and his daughters Sophia and Elizabeth, daughter, Rachel Sevi and her son, Joseph, and Rebekah (Chris) More and their children, Nate, Bryce and Luke and his faithful brothers and sister, Al Sevi (Tommie), Chris Sevi, and Peggy (Pat) Quadrini and their families, numerous other relatives and many friends. He was predeceased by his parents, Alfred Sevi and Margaret (Lucrezi) Sevi. Spiritually, always a churchgoer, but not one to talk about religious things, he instead lived his faith. He and his wife were a team couple with the Catholic Marriage Encounter group and he grew in his faith in his final years. He will be remembered for his outgoing, gentle, kind and generous spirit and life of service. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be sent to the American Cancer Society.

A celebration of life will be held at Christ the King Center, in Greenwich, NY, on May 22 at 3 p.m. with dinner to follow. For online condolences, visit www.compassionatefuneralcare. com

Elizabeth Anne Jurgens

Anne Jurgens, Grannie Annie, as she was also affectionately known, left us on Thursday, May 2 and went to reconnect with her Freddie in Heaven.

Born an only child to Robert and Martha Porter in Keswick, Cumbria England, Anne spent her first 14 years surrounded by the majestic beauty of the Lake District. Much to Anne’s delight, for five of her childhood years during WWII, Anne’s family provided a safe home for a girl from London, who was the same age. Anne always credited The Church of England for providing a solid foundation of faith and a guiding light throughout her lifetime.

In 1948, Anne immigrated to Canada with her parents where she completed her schooling and attended Business College. She was employed by the Royal Bank of Canada and The Province of Ontario Savings Bank for several years in Hamilton, Canada. During that time, Anne met her future husband, Fred, who had immigrated to Canada from

Germany. After they were married in 1954, they moved to the United States where they obtained their citizenship and began their family. They eventually settled in Saratoga Springs in 1962.

Over the years, Anne dedicated herself to raising her family. She continued her hobbies of reading, writing, drawing and painting as well as earning her Real Estate License in the 70’s. “Grannie” also enjoyed teaching Sunday School lessons for a time in the 90’s. Her fanciful penmanship was a work of art, so receiving a card or letter from Anne was always special. She usually included a newspaper or magazine clipping along with some words of wisdom. Anne was an avid reader of anything health related. She was known for her many home remedies and did her best to keep herself and her family healthy. She was insightful and ahead of her time with many of her theories. She became interested in politics and world events later in life.

Yearly family vacations in Maine were a cherished tradition. She enjoyed preparing family dinners and baking homemade apple pie. Anne shared her opinions with family and friends, and she would listen to theirs, while sipping a cup of tea or coffee with honey. She loved music, had a beautiful voice and was a natural drummer as well. She contributed to numerous charities. She was a very strong woman with a compassionate heart. She will be missed tremendously by all who knew her and loved her.

Anne leaves behind her five children, Kathy Gregory (Dan), Nora Reed (Gene), Ron Jurgens (Soni), Bill Jurgens (Kelly) and Julie Jurgens as well as seven grandchildren, Ryan Reed (Keily), Robert Jurgens (Amorette), Kasi Jurgens Gallagher (John), Chelsea Reed Pierce (Pete), Meghan Gregory, Lauren Chrisman, Max Choi, and five great grandchildren. Friends and family are invited to gather and pay their respects in memory of Anne on Sunday, May 19 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. preceding the service, which will commence at 3:30 p.m. at Compassionate Funeral Care, located at 402 Maple Avenue (Route 9), Saratoga Springs, New York 12866. To share condolences online, please visit www.

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SARATOGA SPRINGS — The 2024 Saratoga Showcase of Homes will take place Oct. 5-6 and Oct. 12-13

Sponsorship opportunities are available at www., under the sponsorship tab.

Last year $70,000 was raised and over the past 27 years, the community event has contributed over $1.5 million dollars to the organization’s two favored local charities - Rebuilding Together Saratoga County, and Habitat for Humanity of Northern Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties.

For more details on the 2024 Saratoga Showcase of Homes event, visit: www.

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“Tulip Star” by Sue Clark 2023 Showcase of Homes. Waite Meadows - Castleton. Belmonte Builders. Photo by Randall Perry Photography

BELMONT STAKES FESTIVAL: A $50 Million Economic Impact. Where Does That Number Come From?

— Last week, regional officials announced they anticipate the hosting of the Belmont Stakes Festival at Saratoga to have an economic impact in 2024 of upwards of $50 million.

Shifting to Saratoga next month, the 2024 Belmont Stakes Racing Festival will begin on Thursday, June 6 and continue through Sunday, June 9. Belmont on Broadway meanwhile, billed as a locally based multifaceted celebration, is slated to take place June 4 -9

featuring concerts and other complimentary events to the 2024 Belmont Stakes Racing Festival.

That $50 million projection comes from applying a mathematical formula that takes the overall economic activity of the annual 40-day summer meet at Saratoga and assigning it to the number of days of the upcoming Belmont festival.

“The historical number for the 40-day meet has been $370 million so we simply took what we knew to be fact - $370 million – and divided it by the number of days for the Belmont Festival on Broadway, including the Belmont Stakes. That’s how we came up with the $50 million,”

Gregory Connors, president and CEO at Saratoga Economic Development Corporation, explained this week.

That overall 40-day meet figure, at just over $370 million, was detailed in a study commissioned by the Saratoga County Industrial Development Agency based on data from 2021 and released in 2023. The study additionally cited nearly $2.1 million of tax revenue in Saratoga Springs, almost $2.4 million in Saratoga County, and over $7.3 million of tax revenue in New York State as attributable to the 40-day meet.

Belmont Stakes Saratoga 2024.

As a curious aside, of those counted as visitors to the racecourse during the 40-day meet, the study pointed to nearly 6 in 10 visitors as coming from outside of the Capital Region, and indicated that overall, just under half of all track visitors stayed overnight locally. It will be interesting to learn, if such movements are to be tracked, the way those numbers will trend for the Belmont.

Saratoga Hosting Belmont Stakes 2024 & 2025, Scheduled to Return to Long Island in 2026

Last December, the New York Racing Association announced the 2024 Belmont Stakes would be relocated to Saratoga Springs, and three months later followed up with an additional announcement that the 2025 Belmont Stakes would be staged in the Spa City as well.

In its post-Kentucky Derby story published this week, the Associated Press referenced Saratoga as playing host to the Triple Crown’s final race for the next “three” years while

Belmont Park is being reconstructed. It is a rumor that has been circulating throughout the spring – although no one in any official capacity has said likewise. To be clear, current plans for the near half-billion-dollar redevelopment of Belmont Park hold firm that renovations to Belmont Park are expected to be completed in time for the Long Island racetrack to host the Belmont Stakes in June 2026. Connors said he has not heard anything other than that the Belmont is expected to return to Long island in 2026.

“My sense is, and my personal opinion is that it’s all connected to the construction schedule on Elmont, Long Island at the Belmont track. If they’re on the construction schedule that they hope to be able to follow it’s more likely to be a two-year thing (in Saratoga),” he said. “In any event we know we’re going to put on a great show in 2024 and 2025.”

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Public Library Will Go To Paid Parking; Library Patrons Will Have Preferred Free Parking Status


The city public library parking lot will be going to a paid parking scheme this summer, although provisions are being made to allow library card-holders to continue to park free of charge during the library’s normal hours of operation.

The Saratoga Springs City Council unanimously approved a pair of measures during its May 7 meeting, allowing the proposal to come to fruition.

Since its opening in 1992, the 75-or-so parking spaces in the Saratoga Springs Public Library (SSPL) lot, which sits between Putnam and Henry Streets one block east of Broadway, had offered free parking to the general public on a first-come, firstserved basis.

“Since then, the city of Saratoga Springs has constructed four parking garages and service lots and more recently a seasonal public parking permit program to accommodate a growing population and tourism industry. These recent developments would impact the use of the library parking lot,” city DPW Commissioner Jason Golub said during this week’s council vote. “SSPL approached the city to develop solutions for protecting patron use of the space.”

The library – which serves 700 people per day, is chartered not simply by the geographical boundaries of the city of Saratoga Springs, but in the larger school district which serves about 52,000 people.

“Regulations are intended to provide library patrons with priority use of the lot during library hours and to allow the city to charge for parking in the evenings,” Commissioner Golub said, adding that the library lot is anticipated to return approximately $52,000 in revenues during the seasonal parking plan.

A new seasonal paid parking program affecting six city-owned, off-street parking facilities was approved April 2, prior to the addressing of the library lot.

Overall, it was anticipated the seasonal program would run Memorial Day through Labor Day, although that may be headed toward a post-June 9 start, following the conclusion of the Belmont Stakes Festival.

When the plan goes into effect, Special Permits will be required for library patrons to park in the library lot during designated hours. Permits, which will run via a license plate system, will be available to patrons who register and have a library card. Although the software to approve permits is not yet in place, library staff will be the ones responsible for registering patrons on a portal site provided by the city.

“People will need come into the library to register for the permit, because it will require that they are a resident of the school district and a library card holder,” said Library Director A. Issac Pulver.

“The library is essential to our community and serves a lot of our people,” said Finance Commissioner Minita Sanghvi. “The library is the lifeblood of our community in so many different ways…the ability to gather together and learn from each other… I’m happy we came to a solution that works for the library and the city.”

Draft Regulations:

(a) The Library Permit will enable Library Patrons to exclusively use spaces in the Library Lot from the hours of 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily, for a threehour time limit.

(b) Library Permit holders may continue to use the lot for free for three hours until 9 p.m. daily, but the spots will be on first-come, first-served basis and the lot may include paid parking

users after 6 pm.

(c) Library Permit Patrons seeking to use the lot 9 p.m.9 a.m. will be charged a fee by the city when the city parking program is in effect.

(d) The city may charge a fee for Non-Library Permit Patrons after 6 p.m. daily and on days or holidays when the Library is closed.

The anticipated charge for paid parking will be at the rate of $2 per hour. On holidays and other days when the library is closed, the city may charge for parking at any time. Tickets will be issued for violations.

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Saratoga Springs parking lot on May 6, 2024. Photo by Thomas Dimopoulos.

Public Hearing Tuesday on Proposed Local Law Regarding “Squatters”

BALLSTON SPA — A Public Hearing will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14 at the county complex in Ballston Spa regarding a proposed Local Law stated “to protect owners of dwellings in Saratoga County from unlawful occupants commonly referred to as ‘squatters’ and to protect lawful occupants of dwellings from

unlawful evictions.”

“We want to hear from the public,” Saratoga Springs city Supervisor Matt Veitch announced at the City Council meeting this week. “Essentially it gives some process and procedure for landowners to file affidavits for law enforcement if there are folks occupying their properties unlawfully.”

The county Board of Supervisors generally meets at 4 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each

month (May 21 this month), but the Public Hearing on the proposed law – titled Local Law no. 2 of 2024,” will take place at 4:30 p.m. this Tuesday, May 14.

County residents interested in reading about the proposed Local Law are instructed they may do so on the Saratoga County government website. Here’s how:

1. Go to:

2. Scroll past the header picture and down to “Board &

Whitman Brewing Company Eyes June, September Outdoor Events in Former Saratogian Parking Lot

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Whitman Brewing Company, which occupies the building that had long housed the offices of The Saratogian newspaper, has

submitted an application to the city Planning Board for two, oneday events to be held in a portion of the outdoor parking lot which is bordered by Lake Avenue and sits between Maple Avenue and Pavilion Row.

The first event would run 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 1 and

consist of live music (no stage) and local breweries pouring fourounce samples of their beer. The ticketed event, limited to 300 people, would serve as a fundraising event benefiting Saratoga Pride.

The second event, featuring similar activities and capacity, would run noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28.

Committee Meetings,” click on that and a new page will open.

3. Scroll down to “Board of Supervisors” meetings, find “April 16, 2024,” move to and click on “Agenda,” and a new page will open.

4. Scroll down to page 56

– where Resolution 118-2024 is titled “Introducing A Local Law Authorizing Property Owners To Request The Removal Of Unlawful Occupants From Dwellings, And Setting A Public Hearing,” and read pages 57 – 60 where the proposed Local Law is detailed.

Grieving Your Assessment – Class This Week

“How to Grieve your Assessment” class Tuesday May 14.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Grievance Day is Tuesday, May 28 and a “How to Grieve your Assessment” class for 2024 will be held in the Saratoga Springs City Council Room at City Hall at 5:30 p.m. this Tuesday, May 14.

Those interested in attending the class must sign up by Monday,

May 13, and can do so by calling 518-587-3550 Ext. 2551 or 2552.

For more information in the city of Saratoga Springs, including packet information and other materials, go to: https:// Grieving-Your-Assessment.

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Joan Ham sold property at 73 Hunt Lake Rd to Brandon Siebert for $300,000


Jeanette Lendl sold property at 5815 Parkis Mills Rd to Gregory Stina for $105,700


Betsy Adams sold property at 35 Meadow Rue Place to Paul Burke for $275,000

Dennis Ormond sold property at 168 Thimbleberry Rd to MZM Equity Holdings for $325,000

Malta Land Company sold property at 2 Americas Cup Court to John Jantson for $791,436

Michael Lyeth sold property at 3 Tuckaway Meadows to Valeria Mican for $525,000

Arti Wagner sold property at 35 Century Dr to Lin Xuezhen for $580,000

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development sold property at 31 Evans Rd to Thomas Kugler for $215,501


Stephen Frank sold property at 16 Maplewood Parkway to Michael Squires for


Unlimited Business Ventures LLC sold property at 23 Saratoga Ave to Kimberley R LLC for $270,000


Marie Ellithorpe sold property at 370 Leroux Rd to Malta Land Company LLC for $160,000

Cheryl Parillo sold property at 24 Ichabod Lane to Schworm Enterprises for $200,000

Paul Pugh sold property at 30 Pinehollow Dr to Patrick Kilkelly for $375,000

Malta Land Company

LLC sold property at 37 Creekside Dr to Anthony Blust for $927,083


Ellsworth Square LLC sold property at 17B Cherry St to James Watson for $1,534,788

Shewolf Properties LLC sold property at 125 Circular St #2 to James Love for $515,000

Ali Abid sold property at 7 Deerleap Place to Robert King for $361,000

Brian Shepard sold property at 2 Whistler Court to Russell Long for $650,000

Trojanski Custom Builders sold property at 28 Doten Ave to Marion DeSantis for $350,000

Kathelyn Mendenhall sold property at 101 Old Schuylerville Rd to Mark Hover for $349,000

Cynthia Cass sold property at 17 Lakeview Rd to Gregory Martini for $851,000

Jeannine Triolo sold property at 15 Derby Dr to Diane Daly for $340,000


DEC Enterprising Concerns LLC sold property at 2 Belair Dr to Lisa Casey for $309,000

Joseph Agius sold property at 1 Connally Rd to David Scripter for $315,000


Peter Lereau sold property at 8 AppleTree Lane to Kevin Kearns for $500,000.

Forest Grove LLC sold property at 19 Daintree Dr to Peterson Campbell Sharpe for $583,849

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This beautiful home at 7 Wedgewood Dr in Saratoga Springs was listed by Kate Naughton from Roohan Realty and sold for $550,000.

From the Catskills to Saratoga: Bakery Suzanne Opens Up Shop


“I love just being able to make people’s toast,” said Wilson Keenan as he sat inside his new bakery in Saratoga Springs. “If you had to tell me, ‘you can only make one thing,’ I’d probably make bread.”

The seemingly simple ambition of supplying Saratogians with their weekly loaf of bread has been an allencompassing task for Keenan, who has gone through a lot while moving his successful bakery from the Catskills to Saratoga Springs. Working 18-hour days, raising $125,000, spending savings accrued from nearly a decade of working in tech; these are all steps on Keenan’s path towards making people’s toast. And with the opening of Bakery Suzanne in April, Keenan is another step closer.

“I knew I needed to move if [my bakery] was going to grow,” Keenan said. So the baker began searching for a larger market that was still within a few hours of New York City.

“When you look outside of the Catskills, you start to look at maybe Woodstock, Kingston, Hudson; these towns that still rely pretty heavily on seasonal people and weekenders. That wasn’t as exciting to me because I was like, well that’s just an

Broadway Starbucks Reopens

order of magnitude, maybe 40% better than where I was, but it’s not really long-term potential.”

Keenan found what he’d been looking for in Saratoga Springs, in a location that might seem a bit unorthodox but made logistical sense: the Saratoga Motorcycle Center.

“Auto garages make the most sense because we need to be able to move in ovens,” Keenan said. “We brought them up from the Catskills and there’s only so many spaces where you can move something like that in.”

As Keenan opened up shop, construction was still underway inside the garage-turnedbakery, and sparse shelves in the retail area were quickly being filled with Saratoga’s signature blue sparkling water bottles. At the moment, Keenan is running a relatively small operation that includes himself, one other baker, and two people working

the retail counter. Keenan said he hoped to have another fulltime baker come June or July as his business continues to grow.

“In the Catskills, I was making 400 loaves of bread when I left,” Keenan said. “It would take me quite a long time to sell 400 loaves of bread here, now. But fast forward a year or two, that will happen.”

Bakery Suzanne, named after Keenan’s mother, specializes in sourdough bread and pastries. The menu includes country loaf, baguette, and southern sesame breads; as well as croissants, pain au chocolat, canelé, and a country ham and cheese sandwich, among other items.

The shop is housed in the former location of the Saratoga Motorcycle Club at 4284 NY-50, right next to the X-Files Museum. It’s currently open Friday through Sunday, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Centrica Business Solutions Opens Ballston Spa Location

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The Starbucks location at 351 Broadway has reopened after several years of renovations. The coffee shop closed in 2021 but its status was unclear for some time. The revamped interior includes a screen that displays the status of every order. Photo by Jonathon Norcross. Centrica Business Solutions, a company that “helps organizations balance the demands of planet and profit,” opened a new location in Ballston Spa last week at 2111 Ellsworth Blvd. The occasion was marked with a ribbon cutting ceremony organized by the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce. Photo by Super Source Media. Items baked by Wilson Keenan at Bakery Suzanne, a new shop in Saratoga Springs. Photos provided by Wilson Keenan.

Spa Café on Broadway Closing Beer Launch Party Benefits Backstretch Workers


— Spa Café on Broadway, a breakfast and lunch spot in downtown Saratoga Springs, is closing its doors on Friday, May 17, owner Darin Palmetto announced last week.

“This decision took a lot of thought and deliberation, but I have come to realize that I can no longer sustain the business in any form due to circumstances that are beyond my control,” Palmetto wrote in a social media post. “We hope that everyone will have a chance to come by in the coming few weeks so that we may say goodbye in person.”

The Spa Café, located at 480 Broadway in the Collamer Building, opened in 2019.

Arnoff Celebrates 100 Years

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Arnoff Moving and Storage, a family-owned company based in Malta, held a ribbon cutting ceremony at its Malta facility last week to celebrate 100 years in business. Since 1950, the company has served as an agent for northAmerican Van Lines. In recent years, Arnoff created Arnoff Global Logistics, a specialized brand dedicated to the company’s commercial clientele. Photo by Super Source Media. DZ Restaurants and Wolf Hollow Brewing celebrated the launch of the Italian-style Pilsner “Thoroughbreds” at Forno Bistro in downtown Saratoga Springs last Wednesday. A portion of sales support backstretch workers. The event also featured celebrity jockey bartenders. Photo by Jonathon Norcross. The Spa Cafe on Broadway will close on Friday, May 17. Photo by Jonathon Norcross.
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Kids&Clay Summer Fun



Summer 2024 brings an exciting series of clay programs for ages 6-16, taught by professional local artists/teachers and ranging in themes and techniques. Camps are open to all skill levels, beginning and up. Pinch pots, slab projects, wheel throwing, glazing, and ring techniques come together to provide each student with exciting new experiences, new skills and their clay creations to take home to use and share with friends and family. What could be better than playing with clay all summer?! Come unplug, make art, and make friends. Choose from several themed half-day weeklong summer camps, with the option to put morning and afternoon camps together for a full-day experience! Classes run July 8 – August 30. Come for one week or all eight.

Visit Saratoga Clay Arts Center’s website at for more details on programs, registration dates, fee details, and while you are there, take some time to check out the rest of their site see all that is happening at the center.


Get ready for some messy, exhilarating, creative fun this summer!

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Saratoga Students Win Physical Education Award

Jonathon Norcross Saratoga TODAY physical performance, scholastic achievement, exceptional leadership qualities, and outstanding service to the school or town/city community,” according to the Capital Zone. The students were nominated by Saratoga Springs High School physical education teacher Kelsey Allen.

ALBANY — Two Saratoga Springs High School seniors were awarded the Capital Zone High School Student Leadership Awards in Physical Education at the Italian American Community Center in Albany last month.

Lira Bonitatibus and Louie Longobardo were recognized for their “high level of

Bonitatibus will attend Clemson University in the fall to study health sciences in the field of health promotion. Longobardo will attend SUNY Brockport to study physical education.

Ballston Spa Education Board Approves Budget;

Voters Will Decide Budget’s Fate and Select Education Board Members on May 21

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Voters will also choose two Board of Education members from three candidates: Jason Fernau, Fabrizia Rodriguez, and Tim Turbiak.

Jason Fernau was elected to the Board of Education in May 2018 to a three-year term and re-elected in May 2021. He was selected as the President in July 2021, 2022, and again in July 2023, after previously serving as the Vice President of the Board. He also currently serves on the WSWHE BOCES Board of Education. He is a Ballston Spa High School (BSHS) graduate and has been a resident in the district for over 45 years. He is the parent of two BSHS graduates, a son and a daughter. In his position statement, Fernau wrote that he was “committed to setting expectations for instructional excellence, safe and welcoming school environments, positive partnerships with our local Town and Village governments, fiscal responsibility to our taxpayers, and making sure that every student is engaged and challenged in their educational journey.”

Fabrizia Rodriguez has more than 13 years experience

advocating and representing families as an attorney with a focus on Child Welfare Laws and Immigration Law. Additionally, Rodriguez has experience in grant writing for Capital District BOCES and Centro Civico Inc. She served as a Parent Liaison for the Amsterdam School District and supported initiatives to enhance communication and involvement between school and family. Rodriguez has been residing in the Town of Ballston since 2018, and is the proud mother of two sons, a fifth grader and a third grader at Gordon Creek. She is the current Vice President of Ballston Spa Community Youth Football Inc. In her position statement, Rodriguez wrote that if elected, she would “advocate for modernized resources and tools to best support our staff in developing outstanding Ballston Spa citizens.”

Tim Turbiak was elected to the Board in May 2021 and began his three-year term in July 2021. During his time on the Board, he has served on the Policy Committee for the last two years, and as the liaison to

the PTAs over the last 3 years. Tim moved to the area in 2019 from Brooklyn. Over the years he has helped organize a number of fundraisers, helping organizations such as Toys for Tots, Meals On Wheels, the Wounded Warrior Project, and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. He currently resides in Ballston Spa with his wife Eliana and their two children. In his position statement, Turbiak wrote that if re-elected, he intends “to help build on that progress as well as address the new challenges we face. I will advocate for policies and practices which promote inclusion, limit - if not remove - obstacles which may affect learning, and encourage our students to come to school and want to learn. I will support the district in providing the resources needed so each student has their individual needs met, and accomplish the ultimate goal to obtain a meaningful diploma.”

In addition to the budget vote and education board member elections, there will be three additional propositions on the ballot. Proposition 2 is for School Vehicle Replacement in the amount of up to $1,075,000 to purchase and replace school buses and vehicles. Proposition 3 allows the district to spend up to $595,000 to replace two bus lifts in the district’s Transportation Facility. Proposition 4 is for the Ballston Spa Public Library in the amount of $63,344 towards the expense of operating the public library.

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Lira Bonitatibus and Louie Longobardo pose with their awards at a ceremony in Albany last month. Photo provided by Lexie Bonitatibus.


100+ Students Perform at SPAC “Access the Arts” Show


— More than 100 students of all ages and abilities from AIM Services and several local chapters of The Arc New York performed at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center’s (SPAC) Spa Little Theater last Wednesday morning as part of

SPAC’s “Access the Arts” education program.

The students danced, sang, and did improvisational comedy in front of a packed and lively crowd. The final performance share was the culmination of 10 weeks of music, dance, and improv theater classes that were

curated for the students at the SPAC School of the Arts.

“The success of the Access the Arts program is significant because it epitomizes our mission as an organization,” said Jess Bien, Director of SPAC School of the Arts, in a statement. “Our program welcomes the diverse talents and unique perspectives of adults with disabilities, proving that when barriers dissolve, creativity thrives. Through the transformative power of the arts, we get to see a world of inclusion, access, and shared joy. Together, we’re not just creating art—we’re shaping a more inclusive, vibrant community where everyone’s voice is heard and celebrated.”

Launched in 2023, SPAC’s “Access the Arts” initiative is part of its mission to provide free access to the arts and inclusive programs for people of all ages and abilities.

Empire State University Holds 2024 Commencement

ALBANY — Empire State University held its 2024 commencement on Friday, May 3 at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany. Members of the class of 2024 collectively live in 57 different New York State

counties, 22 U.S. states and territories, and 67 countries around the world. They ranged from age 18 to 77. 67 of the graduates were militaryaffiliated students, including active-duty Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, National

Guard, Reserve, veterans, spouses, and other dependents.

The ceremony featured student speaker Em Wasserman, who received a bachelor’s degree in social science with a concentration in human rights advocacy. Wasserman is the university’s Student Government Association president and recipient of the 2024 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Academic Excellence.

“I feel incredibly privileged to be here with you to celebrate and honor our hard work and dedication as students, often with so many compounding responsibilities,” Wasserman said. “We stand on the brink of a new chapter ready to embark on journeys that will continue to shape our futures and our narratives. Each of us has a story to tell, and my story of perseverance is only one of the many powerful stories in this room.”

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More than 100 students performed at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center’s (SPAC) Spa Little Theater on Wednesday, May 1 as part of SPAC’s “Access the Arts” education program. Photo by Rebecca Loomis. Empire State University held its 2024 commencement last week in Albany. Photo provided by Cherie Haughney.

Ice vs Heat for Low Back Pain

radiating pain into your buttock or down your leg. Leg pain indicates there is swelling and inflammation around the nerve as it exits between the vertebrae in your low back. Applying ice helps to reduce inflammation, numb the area, and slow down nerve conduction, which can help to alleviate pain. At our office we recommend to our patients to gently apply an ice pack to their low back for 15-20 minutes every 1-2 hours from the time you wake up in the morning until you go to bed at night, shoot for 8-10 times per day during the initial stages of low back pain.


Low back pain is a common condition that can be uncomfortable and debilitating for many individuals. When managing low back pain, using ice or heat can be a simple and effective way to alleviate discomfort. However, knowing when to use ice versus heat is crucial for optimal pain relief and faster recovery.


Ice therapy, also known as cryotherapy, is typically recommended for acute injuries or sudden flare-ups of pain. Ice is also indicated whenever there is

Heat therapy, or thermotherapy, is beneficial for chronic low back pain or muscle stiffness, muscle spasms, muscle cramps, Osteoarthritis and Spinal Stenosis. Heat helps to improve blood flow, relax muscles, promote healing and improve range of motion of delicate spinal joints. At our clinic we suggest using a heating pad, hot bath, or hot water bottle with a moist washcloth on the lower back for 15-20 minutes at a time, every 2-3 hours all day long. It is essential to avoid applying heat for extended periods or sleeping

with a heating pad to prevent burns or skin damage.


It is important to understand when to use ice or heat for low back pain. In general, ice is recommended for acute injuries or recentonset pain, such as a sudden muscle strain or sprain, or when you have buttock and leg pain. Heat is more suitable for chronic stiffness, muscle tightness, and degenerative arthritic conditions. It is crucial to listen to your body and adjust

the therapy based on your symptoms.


While ice and heat therapy can be beneficial, it is essential to take certain precautions to ensure safety and effectiveness:

1. Always use a cloth barrier between the skin and the ice pack or heating pad to prevent skin damage.

2. Limit the application of ice or heat to 15-20 minutes at a time to avoid complications.

3. Do not use heat on an acute injury or areas of swelling, as it can worsen inflammation.

4. If you have circulatory issues or diabetes, consult with your doctor before using ice or heat therapy.


Ice and heat therapy are valuable tools for managing low back pain and promoting recovery. By following the above recommendations, you can effectively use ice and heat to alleviate discomfort, reduce inflammation, and improve your overall wellbeing. Remember to listen to your body, seek professional guidance when needed, and incorporate these simple yet effective therapies into your low back pain management routine.

Dr. Matt Smith has been a Chiropractor in Saratoga Springs for the past 37 years. He and his daughter Dr. Kevy Smith Minogue can be reached at www. mysaratogachiropractor. com or call 518-587-2064.

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Financial Planning for Mom

include saving for retirement, building an emergency fund, or paying off debt. By helping your mother identify her financial goals and create a plan to achieve them, you can provide her with the tools and resources she needs to secure her financial future.

Plan for Retirement:

different investment options available, such as stocks, bonds, and mutual funds, and create a diversified investment portfolio that aligns with her risk tolerance and time horizon.

Mother’s Day is a special occasion dedicated to honoring and celebrating the women who have played a significant role in our lives. From the mothers who gave birth to us, to the maternal figures who have guided and supported us throughout our journey, it is important to show our appreciation and love for them on this day.

While gifts like flowers, cards, and chocolates are always appreciated, one of the best ways to show your love and appreciation for the important women in your life is to ensure their financial well-being. Financial planning is a crucial aspect of our overall wellbeing and can help provide peace of mind and security for our loved ones.

Here are some tips on how to incorporate financial planning into your Mother’s Day celebrations:

Start with a Budget: One of the most fundamental aspects of financial planning is creating a budget. This involves tracking your income, expenses, and savings to ensure that you are living within your means and saving for the future. Creating a budget for your mother or maternal figure can help her take control of her finances and plan for her future needs.

Set Financial Goals: Once you have a budget in place, it’s important to set specific financial goals. This could

Retirement planning is a critical aspect of financial planning, especially for women who tend to live longer than men. Help your mother evaluate her retirement goals and create a plan to ensure she has enough savings to support herself in her golden years. This could involve contributing to a retirement account, such as a 401(k) or IRA, or investing in other retirement savings vehicles.

Consider Estate Planning: Estate planning is an important part of financial planning that involves creating a will, establishing a power of attorney, and setting up a trust to ensure that your loved ones are taken care of after you pass away. Encourage your mother to create an estate plan and review it regularly to ensure that her wishes are carried out and her assets are protected.

Invest Wisely: Investing is a key component of financial planning that can help your mother grow her wealth and achieve her financial goals. Help her understand the

Protect Against Risks: Insurance is an essential part of financial planning that can help protect your mother and her assets from unexpected events, such as illness, disability, or death. Make sure she has adequate health, life, and disability insurance coverage to safeguard her financial security and provide peace of mind.

By incorporating financial planning into your Mother’s Day celebrations, you can show your love and appreciation for the important women in your life by helping them secure their financial future and achieve their goals. Whether it’s creating a budget, setting financial goals, planning for retirement, or investing wisely, taking steps to ensure your mother’s financial well-being is one of the best gifts you can give her on this special day.

Stephen Kyne CFP® is a Partner at Sterling Manor Financial, LLC in Saratoga Springs.

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Financial, LLC, or Cadaret Grant & Co., Inc., SEC registered investment advisors. Sterling Manor Financial and

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Seeing Clearly: Prioritizing Eye Health in Saratoga this Summer

As the summer season approaches, it’s essential to keep an eye on our vision health. With longer days and increased outdoor activities, our eyes are subjected to various elements that can impact their well-being. Additionally, amidst this

seasonal transition, there’s exciting news for our local community: after 62 years at 205 Lake Avenue, Family Vision Care Center is relocating to 6B Carpenter Lane in Saratoga.

Eye health should never take a vacation, especially during the summer months when UV exposure and outdoor activities can pose risks to our vision. Here are some tips to ensure optimal eye care during this time:

· Wear Sunglasses: Protect your eyes from harmful UV rays by wearing sunglasses with proper UV protection. Look for sunglasses that block 100% of UVA and UVB rays to shield your eyes from potential damage.

Stay Hydrated: Dehydration can lead to dry eyes, causing discomfort and irritation. Be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep your eyes hydrated,

especially in the summer heat.

Take Breaks from Screens: Whether it’s scrolling through social media or bingewatching your favorite shows, prolonged screen time can strain your eyes. Remember to take frequent breaks to rest your eyes and reduce digital eye strain.

Use Protective

Eyewear: If you’re participating in outdoor activities such as sports or yard work, wear protective eyewear to prevent eye injuries. Safety goggles or glasses can shield your eyes from debris, chemicals, and other hazards.

· Schedule Regular Eye Exams : Don’t forget to prioritize your routine eye exams, even during the summer months. Regular check-ups with your eye care provider are crucial for maintaining good vision and detecting any potential issues early on.

In addition to these important reminders for summer eye health, Family Vision Care Center is thrilled to announce our relocation after more than 100 years of serving the Saratoga community. Since our establishment in 1920 on Broadway in downtown Saratoga, we have

been committed to providing exceptional eye care to our patients. Our new location at 6B Carpenter Lane reflects our dedication to modernizing our services while remaining rooted in our community’s history and values.

We invite you to join us at our new location for the same personalized care and expertise that Family Vision Care Center has been known for over the years. Our team looks forward to continuing our legacy of excellence in eye care and serving you and your family for many more years to come.

This summer, let’s prioritize our vision health and embrace positive changes in our community, including Family Vision Care Center’s relocation to 6B Carpenter Lane. Together, we can ensure that our eyesight remains clear and vibrant for all the adventures to come.

Susan Halstead is a Nationally and NYS Licensed Optician and is the owner of Family Vision Care Center in Saratoga Springs. FVCC has been serving Saratoga County since 1920 with Susan as the third owner. Susan can be reached for comment or questions via text or call (518)584-6111or email Susan@

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Sister-Friends as Mothers

One of my godsons received his First Holy Communion in Pittsburgh at the end of April, so two of my big boys and I drove down and back over the course of a weekend. While it was kind of a big deal that I was able to go on such a trip (away for two nights!), and that the children I had with me are much closer to adulthood than to little boyhood (with all its travel-related stressors), the thing that I really want to point out in this article is how amazing it is to see women I knew when they were much younger and totally carefree as moms.

My godson’s mom is one of my dearest friends. We lived on the same wing my sophomore year in college; we studied abroad and traveled around Europe together; she was a bridesmaid in my wedding and is the godmother of one of my boys. We were college kids together, and now we’re moms together. Since I don’t see her that often due to distance, it was striking to me to see her bringing her son to the bathroom in the church before the Mass began, cleaning the frosting off his face after he ate his celebratory cupcake, reminding him to thank me for coming. Who is that amazing mom?!

Another of my dearest friends, who shares many of the same experiences and memories as the friend mentioned above, and who was also a bridesmaid in my wedding and is the godmother of one of my boys, recently took a day trip with her son and daughters for a college visit to Siena. One of my boys and I met them there and were able to spend a great afternoon


together, walking around campus and eating in the dining hall with them. Not only was it so strange for the two of us, who met in college, to be walking around campus with our kids, who are basically the same ages we were when we met, but also to be walking around our own alma mater. I can’t remember ever thinking when we were students at Siena that twenty-five years later we would be walking around Siena with our own kids. And being such moms! Making sure our kids knew where the bathrooms were and commenting on the natural light in the dorms and pointing out all the things that were different from when we were students (much to the kids’ annoyance, I’m sure).

My best friend from childhood (who, yes, was one of my bridesmaids and is the godmother of one of my boys) doesn’t have her own children but works with and cares for children from birth through fifth grade and has more knowledge and experience than many parents I know. There aren’t many people that I would unhesitatingly entrust my children to, but she is one of them. It’s easier for me to see her in her role now because we grew up together and we have both always loved babies and children, so I’ve always seen this side of her. We both grew up in big families and are the oldest daughters, so having little ones around and helping take care of them was life. Even still, remembering her as a kid during our growing up — our sleepovers and school days and summer swimming, experiments with

makeup and suffering through Cross Country together and angsting over boys — and seeing her now with the car seats in her car, hearing about her days full of diapers and playground outings and how she knows about the movies and video games that so enthrall my own boys, is pretty cool. We met up the other night for dinner and I was really struck by the privilege it has been to have grown up with her and to be growing older with her, and our shared love of little ones and how beautifully she mothers her charges and my own kids is part of the glue that holds us together.

I’m not only amazed to see my friends as moms, but also to see my baby sister as a mom. I’m eleven years older than her — older enough that I carried her around with me the way she does with her own babies now, and the way that I do with her babies, too. That tiny girl, the baby of our family, has two little boys of her own. That teen who helped watch my own boys when my husband and I went out for date nights now asks me to come stay with her boys while she and her husband go out. I have so many pictures of her holding my babies during her growingup years, and now my photo reel has shots of me holding her boys. Bananas! (I’m sorry, I have to say it: she was also a bridesmaid in my wedding and is godmother to one of my boys.)

I’ve written many times about my mom, my mother-inlaw, and my grandmothers for Mother’s Day, so it seemed right to focus on my sister-friends this year. Though I only mentioned

four of them here, it was more because I had recent interactions with them that were on my mind, and I only have so much space in this column. I don’t mean to exclude any of the other amazing women in my life, especially my other bridesmaids and godmothers of my children! They’re all amazing and I love and appreciate each one. This I need to say more for my own mom than for

any of my friends and sisters reading this, I’m sure, because Mom will read this and fret and worry that someone will feel left out. That’s what moms do, after all, and she’s one of the very best. Happy Mother’s Day to you all! Kate and her husband have seven sons ages 19, 17, 15, 14, 12, 10, and 5. Email her at

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by Kate Morna Towne for Saratoga TODAY

The Interconnected Dynamics of Mental Illness, Homelessness, & Housing: A Focus on Saratoga County, New York

The Saratoga County Alliance to End Homelessness is a collaborative effort that works tirelessly to help those who are experiencing homelessness in our community. RISE Housing and Support Services is proud to be a part of this effort to assist the

people we work with. Through my work at RISE, I have had the opportunity to work closely with individuals who struggle with mental illness and street homelessness daily. The challenges of accessing permanent housing and healthcare are real and often complicated to navigate.

The Alliance to End Homelessness has put forth a collaborative effort to provide enhanced housing and support services that recognize the critical need for permanent and supportive housing to ensure that individuals and families have a stable foundation to rebuild their lives. The relationship between mental illness and homelessness is complex and multifaceted, particularly for individuals experiencing street homelessness. Raising awareness about mental illness is of utmost importance as it helps people understand and empathize with those who are struggling with mental health conditions. It encourages

individuals to seek help, reduces stigma, and promotes a more supportive and inclusive society.

Individuals grappling with mental illness may find themselves on the streets due to a combination of factors, including lack of access to mental health services, inadequate support systems, socioeconomic disparities, and stigma surrounding mental illness. For those without stable housing, the challenges of managing mental health conditions are exacerbated, leading to a cycle of homelessness and further deterioration of mental well-being. The harsh realities of street life, including exposure to violence, lack of access to necessities, and substance use, take a severe toll on mental well-being. Substance use disorders frequently co-occur with mental illness, compounding the challenges these populations face. Moreover, the constant stress of survival impedes individuals’ ability to seek and engage in treatment, perpetuating a cycle of untreated mental illness and homelessness.

There are several barriers to accessing support. Navigating the complexities of mental health services while experiencing street homelessness poses significant challenges. Limited access to healthcare facilities, lack of transportation, and bureaucratic regulations often prevent individuals from accessing the support they desperately need. Despite these challenges, many wonderful success stories emerge every day as organizations in the Alliance to End Homelessness work together to provide services to individuals faced with homelessness, mental health challenges and substance use issues.

One afternoon, while presenting RISE services to a group of people at a community shelter, David* (name changed to protect identity) hesitantly raised his hand and said, “I need help! Can you help me?” I instantly connected with David as he shared his story. David, who found himself homeless, was eager to find permanent housing and benefit from RISE’s services. David’s willingness to ask for help to do the necessary work was a key factor in his success story. Every day, David’s positive mindset and determination helped him transition from homelessness to a life full of hopes and dreams. David shared he has never felt comfortable asking for help before, always feeling pressure from his family and friends to present as a strong male figure who should not have to reach out for help. David was diagnosed with schizophrenia, PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), and an extremely debilitating anxiety disorder. Unfortunately, because David was not able to ask for help in ways that would fully support him, he did not have the effective coping mechanisms in place to support a healthy balanced life. Thus, he began using heroin as a coping strategy to alleviate the symptoms of the trauma he had experienced in his life, which worsened his mental illness and led to a substance use disorder. This made David feel isolated and prevented him from seeking necessary support.

David is currently participating in a MAT (MedicationAssisted Treatment) program that fully supports his recovery treatment plan. He attributes his success to the Harm

Reductionist model of treatment, which bridges the gap between actively using heroin and being a functioning member of society. David worked with Shelter Advocates, Certified Recovery Peer Advocates (CRPAS), and his Parole Officer through our community shelter programs. The assistance provided by these professionals proved to be invaluable. David has secured permanent housing, primary health care, substance use treatment, and mental health services and is currently working on obtaining employment.

David has found inspiration through his interactions with RISE and the supporting agencies and organizations that have helped him. As a result, he now feels motivated to continue his education and attend training to become a Certified Recovery Peer Advocate. He hopes to use his own success story to help others who have experienced similar circumstances in life as he has.

As David’s story illustrates, the relationship between mental illness and housing is complex, with each influencing the other in profound ways. Addressing the root causes of housing instability and mental health disparities is essential to promoting stability, recovery, and well-being for individuals with mental illness. By advocating for policies and programs that increase access to affordable housing, provide comprehensive mental health care services, and combat stigma and discrimination, the Saratoga County Alliance to End Homelessness hopes to ensure that all individuals have access to safe, stable housing and the support they need to thrive.

To learn more about the collective impact of the agencies addressing homelessness in the Saratoga community visit:

Brian Dougherty is a Program Supervisor and Certified Recovery Peer Advocate (CRPA-P) at RISE Housing and Support Services who actively engages with those facing homelessness in an effort to encourage connections to enhanced services.

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Writing the Right Word by Dave Dowling

Accuracy in word choice is a key to effective communication. In your daily writing and speaking, try to make sure you use the right word in the right place with the right spelling. By doing so, its effect will affect your communication in a positive way. This quick weekly tip will help you filter the confusion in some of our daily word choices.

This Week: Hear, Listen

Hear means to be aware of sounds in your ears. Can you hear me over there despite all the noise?

Listen means to pay attention to something you can hear. You usually need the preposition to with it. Try to listen to what the instructor has to say about the test.

Dave Dowling is the author of The Wrong Word Dictionary and The Dictionary of Worthless Words. Both books are available from many book retailers, and signed copies can be obtained by contacting Dave at

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Getting Ready for Mother’s Day at the Saratoga Farmer’s Market


9A.M. - 1P.M.



TheSaratoga Farmers’ Market is the perfect place to discover unique Mother’s Day gifts, find beautiful bouquets, and prepare special delicacies to serve Mom. Also, consider a gift certificate. It’s also the ideal opportunity to spend time with Mom, enjoy live music, grab a bite to eat, and shop.

The Wednesday Market:

Enjoy “Dinner in the Park” with Euro Delicacies, Freddies’ Lemonade, Pies on Wheel, Ted’s Fish Fry, and Thorn + Roots.

Then, shop for gifts, flowers, and plants at Ardent Flame, Beautiful Things Antiques (jewelry), Burger’s Market Garden, Bella Blends, Caliva Cookie, Nine Pine Soup & Design, and The Doggy Bag.

Consider brunch, lunch, or dinner items from Gomez Veggie Ville, Nally Coffee, Owl Wood Farm, Saratoga Apple, Slate Valley Farms, Springbrook Hollow Farm, and The Bread Butler.

The Saturday Market:

Grab breakfast or lunch in the park with the Breakfast Nook, Daily Fresh, Drizzly Bear, Euro Delicacies, Katie Bakes GF, La Capital Tacos, Lidia’s Empanadas, M & A Farm, Night Work Bread, Parchment Baking Co, Saratoga Apple, Something’s Brewing, Sweet Treats by Jennifer, Sweetish Chef, The Bread Butler, and Thorn + Roots.

Then, shop for gifts, flowers, and plants at Awakened Tonics, Balet Flowers, Burger’s Market Garden, Eat with Aliens, Feathered Antler, Green Jeans Market Farm, Halfmoon Harvest, Junbucha, Moon Cycle Seed Company, Katie Bakes GF, Lovin’ Mama Farm, Muddy Trail Jerky Co, Mugzy’s Barkery, Northbound Boutique, Old Tavern Farm, Puckers Gourmet, Saratoga Chocolate Co., Saratoga Peanut Butter Co.,

Slate Valley Farms, Sweet Sprig, Sydney Anechiarico Jewelry, The Mushroom Shop, Thoroughly Modern Milliner, Wild Hog Sugar Shack.

Consider items for brunch, lunch, or dinner fixings from Albany Distillery, Argyle Cheese Farmer, Ballston Lake Apiaries, Gomez Veggie Ville, Goodway Gourmet, Grazin’ Acres Farm, Green Jeans Market Farm, Hepatica Farm, Jireh Organics & Livestock, Junbucha, Katie Bakes GF, Leaning Birch Farm, Long Lesson Farm, Lovin’ Mama Farm, May-K-Mark, Michelles’ Farm, Muddy Trail Jerky Co., Nettle Meadow, New Scotland Spirits, Night Work Bread, Owl Wood Farm, Parchment Baking Co, Perogi-Pierogi-Pyroogie, Puckers Gourmet, Saratoga Apple, Saratoga Peanut Butter Co., Schenectady Distilling, Slate Valley Farms, Slyboro Cider, Something’s Brewing, Springbrook Hollow Farm Distillery, Squash Villa Farm, The Bread Butler, The Mushroom Shop, Underwoods’s Hydro Farm, Wild Hog Sugar Shack, and Yankee Distillers.

The Saratoga Farmers’ Market is open on Wednesdays from 3- 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at High Rock Park in Downtown Saratoga. Find us online at www., where you can sign up for our weekly newsletter, and follow us on Facebook and Instagram @SaratogaFarmersMarket.

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YIELDS: 8 servings | PREP & COOK TIME: 15 min


*Ingredients currently available at the farmers’ market

• 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

• 8 ounces sliced fresh mixed wild mushrooms*

• 1 ½ cups thinly sliced sweet onion*

• 1 tablespoon thinly sliced garlic*

• 5 ounces fresh baby spinach (about 8 cups), coarsely chopped*

• 6 large eggs*

• ¼ cup whole milk*

• ¼ cup half-and-half

• 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

• 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, plus more for garnish*

• ¼ teaspoon salt

• ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

• 1 ½ cups shredded Gruyère cheese


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Coat a 9-inch pie pan with cooking spray; set aside.

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat; swirl to coat the pan. Add mushrooms; cook, stirring occasionally, until browned and tender, about 8 minutes. Add onion and garlic; cook, stirring often, until softened and tender, about 5 minutes. Add spinach; cook, tossing constantly, until wilted, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat.

Whisk eggs, milk, half-and-half, mustard, thyme, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl. Fold in the mushroom mixture and cheese. Spoon into the prepared pie pan. Bake until set and golden brown, about 30 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes; slice. Garnish with thyme and serve.

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Photos by Pattie Garrett. by Jodie Fitz for Saratoga TODAY Recipe by Julia Levy, Spinach & Mushroom Quiche
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Week of May 10 - May 16, 2024


Hello My Foodie Friends!

This weekend is Mother’s Day. For many of us, it brings back memories of our childhood. My memories include the

chaos my parents incurred of getting five children to do their homework, eat dinner, brush their teeth and get to bed every school night. I often reminisce about the work my mother had in raising three boys and two girls. In many of my articles I have talked about growing up in an Italian family. I was reminded by one of my customers that Italians are a matriarchal nationality. It’s the women who carry on the traditions and hand

Gnocchi Asparagi e Pancetta


• 2 pounds small new potatoes (such as Yukon Gold), peeled

• 1 large egg yolk, beaten

• 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided, plus more to taste

• 1 1/3 cups flour (about 6 1/4 ounces), divided, plus more as needed

• 4 ounces pancetta, cut into 1- x 1/4-inch strips (about 2/3 cup)


1. Place potatoes in a large pot; add cold water to cover by 1 inch. Bring to a boil over high. Reduce heat to medium-high, and boil, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are very tender when pierced with a fork but not falling apart, 22 to 25 minutes. Drain well. Let stand until cool enough to handle, about 15 minutes. Rinse pot and set aside.

2. Press potatoes through a potato ricer into a medium bowl (or mash with a fork in a medium bowl until mostly smooth and fluffy); spread potatoes in an even layer on a clean work surface. Let cool almost to room temperature, about 10 minutes. Drizzle egg yolk evenly over potatoes. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon salt and 2/3 cup flour evenly over top. Fold mixture over onto itself several times using a bench scraper or rubber spatula. Sprinkle with remaining 2/3 cup flour, and gently knead just until all flour is incorporated and dough is soft and smooth. (To test the consistency, pinch off a small piece of dough, and roll it into a rope. If it falls apart, knead in 1 tablespoon additional flour, and test again.)

out the majority of discipline, wisdom and nurturing to the children. As a child, every room in the house where I grew up included constant teaching and training by my mother. The bedroom task was making your bed, dusting furniture, sweeping the floor or vacuuming the rugs and organizing your clothes. The bathroom was to be kept clean at all times and the living room was “keep your feet off the couch!” The kitchen was the most

• 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for greasing

• 3/4 cup finely chopped yellow onion (from 1 small onion)

• 1 pound pencil-thin fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut crosswise into 1- to 1 1/2inch pieces (about 2 1/2 cups)

• 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

intense training. Washing and drying dishes to cleaning and setting the table. When we all sat at the kitchen table, our family discussions were learning times. We shared everything from how our day went to how to pass the potatoes. We learned manners, how to hold a fork and at the beginning of the meal, watching how much Mom did to prepare the meals and us for dinner. One of my mother’s favorite cooking tools, and is my wife’s favorite, is the wooden spoon. My mother used a wooden spoon for all of her daily cooking tasks. She would let us “taste” her sauce using a wooden spoon. There were wooden spoons for frying the meatballs, stirring the sauce and one that would sit at the kitchen table while we ate.

Compliments to the Chef would like to salute all the Moms who have made life happen in our homes and especially the Kitchen. Who was the first one to start cooking a meal and the last to sit down for a meal? Who was still in the kitchen cleaning well after everyone else had left? What room in the house did mom dole out free advice on dating, school, employment and dealing with disappointment? Where did some of your funniest memories of Mom take place?

3. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper, and sprinkle lightly with flour; set aside. Divide dough into 8 equal pieces. Working with 1 piece at a time (keeping remaining dough covered with a clean towel to prevent it from drying out), roll dough into a 1/2-inch-thick rope. Cut rope crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces. Place gnocchi in a single layer on floured baking sheet. Repeat with remaining dough pieces. You can also use a Gnocchi board to make it a bit easier.

4. Fill cleaned pot with salted water and bring to a boil over high. Lightly oil a rimmed baking sheet, and set aside. Working in 4 batches, add gnocchi to boiling water; stir once, and let cook, undisturbed, until gnocchi puff and float to the surface, about 1 minute. Continue to cook gnocchi 1 more minute, and transfer to oiled baking sheet using a slotted spoon. Repeat with remaining gnocchi. Reserve 1/2 cup cooking liquid.

5. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium. Add pancetta, and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned and crisp, about 6 minutes. Transfer pancetta to a small bowl using a slotted spoon; reserve drippings in skillet.

6. Add oil to skillet with drippings, and heat over medium-high. Add onion; cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent, 3 to 4 minutes. Add asparagus, pepper, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt; cook, stirring occasionally, until asparagus is bright green, about 1 minute. Add gnocchi and 1/2 cup reserved pasta cooking liquid; cook, tossing constantly, until gnocchi is coated in a creamy sauce, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat, and season with additional salt to taste. Top with crispy pancetta, and serve immediately.

Recipe courtesy of Cinzia Merli at Food & Wine

Foodie moms are the easiest to please on a special day –especially Mother’s Day. If she’s into cooking special meals for you or she’s one who simply loves to eat, there are so many exciting ways to give her a treat these days. Creating a “foodie” theme for your mom can be a fun way to tell her how much you appreciate her cooking

This Mother’s Day when it is time for dinner, seat mom first and clean up so she can enjoy her day. Call Mom on a regular basis and tell her how you feel about her. You cannot say “I love you, Mom” enough. I bet I know where she will be when you stop by to see her. Whatever the gift is that you give your Mom on Mother’s Day, the greatest gift is the smile and hug you’ll give her at her front door.

Stop into Compliments to

the Chef, your Neighborhood Kitchen and Cutlery store located at 33 Railroad Place and share a fun story about your mom! Remember my Foodie Friends and Moms: “Life Happens in the Kitchen” – those memories will last you a lifetime. Take care, John and Paula Stop by and shop at Compliments to the Chef. Your Neighborhood Kitchen and Cutlery store located at 33 Railroad place for our line of Beechwood, bamboo, and pakkawood spoons and instantly take your culinary, dining, and entertaining experience to the next level. The wooden spoon was a primary cooking utensil used by Julia Child and other great chefs around the world. Each of our beechwood spoons are made in France where they are lovingly handcrafted to standards of unsurpassed quality. For centuries wooden spoons and wooden cooking utensils have been preferred by chefs for their numerous advantages. Unlike metal or plastic, a wooden spoon can be left in the pot without the risk of melting, burning your hand, or ruining a temperature-sensitive dish. A wooden kitchen utensil will not change the taste of acidic foods the way metal will. Wooden spoons are versatile. Simply wash your kitchen utensil with warm soapy water and allow to air dry. Restore your wood utensils to their satiny finish by treating them with a little mineral oil or beeswax compound. As we all are working through our hectic schedules, remember that family time is the most important time. Eat together as a family, share stories, talk about your day, listen to each other, enjoy good food, and remember to compliment the chef. Bring your family together for at least an hour a day. Mealtime is family time. Remember my Foodie Friends: “Life Happens in the Kitchen.”

Take Care, John & Paula

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This Week’s Events: MAY 10-16


Poetry Open Mic

Saratoga Senior Center, 290 West Avenue, Saratoga Springs | 1 – 2 p.m. Featuring Poet/ Writer/Journalist Jackie Craven. Jackie’s new collection, WHISH, won the 2024 Press 53 Poetry Award. Host of a monthly Zoom open mic for writers. RSVP by calling 518584-1621. Light refreshments will be served. Suggested donation: $5. Each open mic participant may read 2 short poems or 1 longer one. The Saratoga Senior Center Open Mic is supportive, affirming, and non-threatening.

Spring 2024 Famous Brown Bread and Bake Sale

Simpson United Methodist Church, 1089 Rock City Road, Rock City Falls |Pick up 4 – 6 p.m. Spring has sprung, and our kitchen is, once again, steaming up just in time for Mothers’ Day is having our semi-annual Brown Bread & Bake Sale. The cost is still $8 per loaf. Pick-up also on Saturday, May 11 between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. The bake sale will be held on Saturday.

4-H Fashion Revue

Cornell Cooperative Extension Offices, 50 W High St., Ballston Spa | 4 – 8 p.m. A great way to exhibit your skills, to have your projects evaluated, and to connect with 4-H’ers who have a “Passion for Fashion”. The goal of Fashion Revue is to develop an understanding of personal representation in public situations regarding clothing, accessories, and grooming. More information about projects, evaluations and exhibiting is available on the 4-H Website at: https://

h-fashion-revue. To sign-up, please call the 4-H office at 518.885.8995 or email Leland at


MAY 11

Annual Spring Auto Show

The Saratoga Automobile Museum, Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs| 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. From classic beauties to cutting-edge marvels, this event will showcase a stunning array of vehicles that will captivate and inspire attendees. Pre-Register your car, truck or motorcycle and receive two complementary one day tickets to the Saratoga Motorcar Auction, a $50 value. This is a great family event, we’ll have great food, amazing automobiles, and music! By participating in this event, attendees will contribute to the museum’s ongoing efforts to educate and inspire future generations. For more information and to pre-register your car, truck, or motorcycle, please visit www.

Annual Meeting of East Line Union Cemetery

Malta Community Center at 1 Bayberry Dr., Malta | 10 a.m. The annual meeting and election of Officers of the East Line Union Cemetery. The meeting is open to all lot owners and family members. Donations to the cemetery for repairs and general upkeep are gladly accepted and can be sent to the East Line Union Cemetery, Inc. at P.O. Box 111, Round Lake NY 12151. For more information Email or call Craig Tolosky, Sec.-Treas. at 518-888-4805.

H.O.P.E. Walk for the Animals

Congress Park, Saratoga Springs | 10 a.m. – Noon. Join us with your friendly dog, that is up to date on vaccines, to walk down Broadway to help raise funds for the Homeless Animals! Registration is $25 Pre-Registration, https:// hvoLpu9ZeE_ZcQjcSO5zhQ. Registration starts a 9:30 a.m., Walk begins at 10 a.m. Spring Festival Charlton Freehold Presbyterian Church, 768 Charlton Rd. Charlton | 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Shoppers have fun choosing from a variety of crafts and products as they support local artisans and vendors! For information email: office@ or call 518-399-4831.

20th Annual Dog Day Celebration

Impressions of Saratoga, 368 Broadway, Saratoga Springs | 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Be sure to stop by with your furry friend to celebrate all things dog! Well behaved pets on leash and under voice control are welcome! In attendance: Saratoga County Animal Shelter and H.O.P.E. with information about their programs and animals. Donations of pet items gladly accepted. Wellspring will be educating us on their “Safe Pet Partnership”, a program to find foster homes for pets of those in an abusive situation who are afraid to leave for fear of what will happen to their pets. Hop on Home, a bunny rescue and sanctuary with some adoptable bunnies and program information. “The Battle of the Biscuits” contest - a treat taste testing activity for your dog, to see which snack is the crowd favorite. And so much more!

Pollinator Walk

Wilton Wildlife Preserve, 80 Scout Rd., Wilton | 1 – 2 p.m.

Pollinators are essential for most of the world’s flowering plants, including many foods we eat every day. Join us and Sustainable Saratoga to learn about our native pollinators. Registration is required at least one business day in advance. To sign up email info@, visit the website of or call the office at 518-450-0521.

Sheep to Shawl Community Day

Brookside Museum, 21 Fairground Ave., Ballston Spa | 1-4 p.m. The famous Fred the Shearer, and the Rock Day Spinning Guild will assemble on Brookside Museum’s front lawn to demonstrate every facet of sheep raising, shearing, and spinning to produce the wool clothing that was so ubiquitous in early America. Sheep to Shawl is a hands-on, familyfriendly event. Young and the young-at-heart will have fun petting the sheep, meeting farmers, and participating in demonstrations. A terrific opportunity to embrace the spring weather, learn about Saratoga County’s agricultural past, and enjoy some quality family time.

Veterans Celebration 2024

373 Crescent Ave., Saratoga Springs | 1 – 7 p.m. Presented by The Goat Brothers and Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 2586. $10 per person. Proceeds to benefit local Veteran organizations. Many of us have firsthand experience with and know a Veteran in need. Won’t you please lend a hand? Have a donation. Call 518-583-3398 to arrange pickup.

Ballston Area Seniors Monthly Dance

Milton Community Center, 310 Northline Rd. Ballston Spa| 7 - 10 p.m. The dance is open to the public. Ample free parking. There will be a donation of $7 per person. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. Dance to the music of River Road Boys Band. (Adults Only). For more information call 518-490-2851


Mother’s Day Breakfast Buffet

Ballston Spa Elks Lodge #2619, 10 Hamilton Street, Ballston Spa | 8 – 11 a.m. Enjoy pancakes and sausage, French toast, eggs made to order, world famous omelets, fruit, home fries, toast, coffee, and juice. Adults $9, Seniors $8, Kids $5. Join us on the 2nd Sunday every month. All are welcome.


Quaker Springs Sunshiners Meeting

Quaker Springs Firehouse, 107 Blodgett Rd., Schuylerville| 11:30 a.m. We will have some social time and a short business meeting, followed by a covered dish luncheon. Folks should bring a dish to pass, their own table setting, and a memory to share about their early school experiences. Tim Lagoe and Pat Peck will present a program on the one room schools in the Town of Saratoga. Did you know that the first school was in Schuylerville before 1800? And the last one to close was the Wagman’s Ridge school - District No 2- that closed in June 1959 - one of the last one room schools in Saratoga County to close. Bring memories, photos, and artifacts to share.

Car Seat Check

New Country Toyota of Clifton Park, 202 NY 146, Mechanicville | 4 – 8 p.m. With 90% of car seats installed incorrectly, plan to see us. We will have Nationally Certified Technicians and Instructors to educate you on the correct installation of your car seat and how to fit your child correctly in the seat. Appointments are required. No “drop-ins” Call Cornell Cooperative Extension of Saratoga 518885-8995. For more details go to: family-community/trafficsafety-educational-programs/ child-passenger-safety

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Society of American Magicians Meeting

S. W. Pitts Hose Co. of Latham, 226 Old Loudon Road, Latham | 7 p.m. The local group of The Society of American Magicians, Assembly #24, meets on the second Tuesday of each month. We welcome all people, age 16 and older, with any interest in the art of magic whether it be: performance, history, collecting or purely entertainment to join us for a fun evening. For more information about our organization, or for a link to a local magician, visit our web site:


Pickin’ Session # 2

Afternoon Jam

Milton Community Center 310 Northline Rd. Ballston Spa | 1 – 3 p.m. Open to the public, free admission and ample free parking.

All acoustic musicians who enjoy playing country/western, folk, gospel & bluegrass are welcome to participate. If you don’t play, become part of the audience and enjoy the music. Bring a snack to share. Beverages provided. Call 518885-4229 with questions.

Welcome Back Spring Millers Backyard BBQ

Brookside Museum, 21 Fairground Ave., Ballston Spa | 3 - 6 p.m. Take Out Only. Rescheduled from May 3. Choice of a ½ chicken or ½ lb. of pulled pork dinner for $15., as well as beef brisket dinner for $20. (Brisket

dinner is only available by pre-order). All dinners come with baked potato, coleslaw, and corn bread. An 8 oz. side order of mac & cheese is also available for $5. We encourage you to reserve in advance by visiting our website or call 518-885-4000. If you would like to transfer, change, or refund your existing order please call us or email isobel@ All proceeds will be used to fund public education and children’s programs.

Prime Rib Dinner Take Out

Saratoga – Wilton Elks Club, 1 Elks Lane, Saratoga Springs | 4:30 – 6 p.m. Take out only. Call Monday or Tuesday between 10 a.m. – Noon to place an order, 518-584-2585. Menu: Queen Cut prime rib, roasted redskin potatoes, vegetable, salad, roll. Cost is $15 per dinner. Cash only.

Ben’s Bed: Recreating

a Resting Place Fit for a General

Saratoga National Historical Park, Visitor Center, 648 Route 32, Stillwater | 6 p.m. Recent significant changes to the furnishings of the Neilson House were made to better reflect its appearance in the fall of 1777. It was determined that a folding camp bed was the perfect choice to represent the presence of General Benedict Arnold in his divisional headquarters. Support was offered by donors and the Friends of Saratoga Battlefield, and the process of finding craftspeople who could replicate the techniques

and skill of their 18th century counterparts in recreating such a bed began. Join us to discover from the people involved how this project progressed from the archives to the workshop to the Neilson House! Space is limited, so email us at to reserve your spot.

Astronomy Club

Galway Public Library, 2112 East Street, Galway | 6:30 There will be a presentation on viewing summer constellations. This group meets on the third Wednesday of each month from 6:30 to 7:30 pm, and is open to adults and teens (middle school and older). Registration is requested, but not required, by calling 518882-6385.


The Two-Fold Invasion: Never to Be the Same Galway Public Library, 2112 East St., Galway | 6 p.m. A special talk by local citizen Geza Ginzery about his family’s experiences in Hungary before, during, and after World War II. This program is being presented in conjunction with our monthlong exhibit of Memories From Survivors: One Family’s Holocaust Legacy. The exhibit is presented in partnership with the Southern Adirondack Library System and The Memory Project Productions, Inc. Please register to attend at 518-8826385.


Armed Forces Day Parade

A special salute to the military will be held on Saturday May 18 and you are invited. The parade kicks off at 10 a.m. Portions of Route 9 from Route 9/9P south to Dunning Road, Malta.

Genealogy and Local History

Heritage Hunters meet Saturday, May 18, at 1 p.m. at the Town of Saratoga Town Hall, 12 Spring Schuylerville. Joseph W. Zarzynski, a maritime archaeologist from Wilton and a former Social Studies teacher in the Saratoga Springs School District, will be the speaker. He will tell the story of the 44 ft. long British warship that had been burned and then sank into Lake George during a 1757 French raid upon Fort William Henry. In 1903 it was raised and unceremoniously cut up for souvenirs. Zarzynski will examine its history, with photographs and the story of surviving and repurposed artifacts. Public is welcome. For information call 518-885-9309. Selected books will be available by check or cash.

Cerebral Palsy Spring Fling Fundraiser

Come join the Saratoga/Wilton Ladies Auxiliary BPOE#161 at our Spring Fling CP Dance with popular band, Party of Three, on Saturday, May 18, 6-10 p.m. at Saratoga/

Wilton Elks Lodge, located at 1 Elks Lane, Saratoga Springs. Admission is $25 per person which includes a buffet of BBQ chicken, ribs, baked beans, macaroni salad, cornbread, and dessert. Dress is casual. You’ll want to “shake a leg,” or tap your feet to the vocals and beat of our musical trio, Kelly, Ron, and Vince. Raffle baskets for every day of the week are being created. You won’t want to miss an evening of fun and FUND-raising for those afflicted with Cerebral Palsy. To reserve a table, call Judy- 518-587-5568. Deadline May 14.

The 20th Annual Team Billy Ride and Walk for Research

To raise funds for the Billy Grey Research Chair. Sunday, May 19 at the Farmers’ Market at High Rock Park, Saratoga Springs. Three rides of 50, 25 and 10 miles will begin at 8:30 a.m., with a three-mile walk through the historic district starting at 9 a.m. The rides follow some of the most beautiful sections of Saratoga County, with the 50-mile bike ride through the Saratoga National Historic Park. This local event and ongoing donations have made possible over $2,900,000 in research grants for brain tumor research. All donations are tax deductible and made payable to the National Brain Tumor Society. To register for the Ride for Research, to donate funds or volunteer, please go to www. Phone: Cherie Grey 518-587-7211, cjgrey1@

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Entertainment & Arts

Ice Nine Kills and In This Moment Tour Stop at SPAC Tom Rush at Caffe Lena May 31


Following the success of their 2023 co-headline dates, otherworldly metal forces Ice Nine Kills and In This Moment announced they will join up once again to bring their live shows to 21 cities across the country this summer.

The tour kicks off Tuesday, Aug. 6 at Saratoga Performing Arts Center, and tickets are available via

Joining Ice Nine Kills and In This Moment on The Kiss of Death 2024 Tour will be Avatar and TX2.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Tom Rush will be performing in Saratoga Springs at Caffe Lena on Friday, May 31.

Rush’s distinctive guitar style, wry humor and warm, expressive voice have made him both a legend and a treasure to audiences around the world in a musical career that spans 60 years.

His new album, entitled Gardens Old, Flowers New, is his first album of new music since the 2018 Voices album and was released on March 1 on Appleseed Records.

Rush, a hero to James Taylor and a big influence to Garth Brooks, is credited with helping shape the folk revival in the ’60s and the renaissance of the genre in the ’80s and ’90s. His early recordings introduced the world to the work of Joni Mitchell and Jackson Browne.

Tickets and more information, go to: caffelena. org.

Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company Featured May 18 in Final Series Performance of 2023-24

ALBANY — The performing arts centers at The Egg and the University at Albany, which jointly present Dance in Albany, present the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company at 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 18 as the final performance in the 2023-24 series.

The Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company (ESDC) is the resident company of The Egg and will be joined on stage by musicians Brian Melick, Maria Zemantauski and Bob Buckley. The performance will take place at The Egg at the Empire State Plaza in downtown Albany.

Two works on the program will feature live performance of original compositions fused with an array of jazz and funk by Melick and Zemantauski. The percussionist and guitarist will play live for

Falling from 2003 which was commissioned by The Egg for its 25th anniversary. Buckley, on fretless electric guitar, will join the pair in performing the music for Compas which premiered at The Egg in 2008.

The three musicians will also offer a musical interlude between the choreographic works.

The other two dances on the program premiered earlier this season and have visual arts at their core. The company’s newest work, Boundary Behavior, is set to the music of David Walther, Jr. For this presentation of the work, there will be the addition of a projected image of kite paintings by Willie Marlowe that are made from different shapes of painted triangles - equilateral, scalene and isosceles - on paper and

form a collage. The fourth and final work on the program is Séance which premiered at the Opalka Gallery in December.

Prior to the performance, there will be a Prelude talk sponsored by the Dance Alliance that begins at 7:15 p.m. and will feature Sinopoli along with several of her collaborators. Tickets are $26 and are available at The Egg Box Office on the Concourse Level of the Empire State Plaza in Albany, by phone at 518473-1845 and online at www. A $13 student rush price is available at the box office window that evening to those with a valid ID.

All performances in the Dance in Albany series that take place at The Egg are supported by Executive Park at 4 Tower Place in Albany.

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Ice Nine Kills and In This Moment, live in Saratoga Springs in August. Tom Rush performs at Caffe Lena Friday, May 31. Photo: Michael Wiseman.

Live Nation: $25 Tickets for Select Shows at SPAC Through May 14


— Concertgoers can purchase $25 tickets through May 14 for select Live Nation promoted shows at Saratoga Performing Arts Center.

How Concert Week Works: fans can visit ConcertWeek to see the full list of participating events. Filter search by participating events,


venues, or artists. Once a show is selected, look for the ticket type labeled “Concert Week Promotion,” add the ticket(s) to cart, and proceed to checkout.

Some Of 2024 participating Shows at SPAC include: Khruangbin performing May 26; Hootie & The Blowfish; Lainey Wilson; Niall Horan and Brooks & Dunn in June; Train/

REO Speedwagon (July 23) and Chicago/Earth, Wind & Fire (July 24), and New Kids On The Block, Creed, Tedeschi Trucks Band and Goose and many more each slated to perform later this summer. Concert Week tickets include all fees upfront in the $25 all-in cost.

Benefit Concert

for Spa Little Theater on Aug. 25


—Saratoga Performing Arts Center will present Beethoven For Three featuring Emanuel Ax, Leonidas Kavakos, and Yo-Yo Ma with special guest Antoine Tamestit on Aug. 25 at 3 p.m. in the 500-seat Spa Little Theater. Proceeds from the performance will go toward establishing a programming fund for the Theater, SPAC’s year-round performance home.

“Seeing these artists, who are all among the best musicians in the world, is a sublime and moving experience in any format. We feel incredibly fortunate to

have this unique opportunity to present ‘Beethoven For Three’ in the intimate and glorious acoustic of our Spa Little Theater,” Elizabeth Sobol, SPAC’s President & CEO said in a statement. “All tickets purchased for this special concert will support our efforts to provide year-round programming for the community in the Spa Little Theater.”

Beethoven For Three features Emanuel Ax (piano), Leonidas Kavakos (violin), and Yo-Yo Ma (cello) in Beethoven’s Piano Trio No. 6. Joined by special guest, Antoine Tamestit

(viola), the group will then perform the monumental “Eroica” Symphony No. 3 reimagined for four players, in an intimate arrangement that maintains the power and immediacy of Beethoven’s orchestral work. Since reopening in the fall of 2022, SPAC has presented year-round programming in the Spa Little Theater, bringing the best in music, theater and dance to the region and welcoming artists from around the world. Tickets to Beethoven For Three are available at

Saratoga Soundtrack Chorus Wins for “Four Parts One Passion”

Soundtrack Chorus “Four Parts One Passion.” Photo provided.


Saratoga Soundtrack Chorus won third place in Division A (small chorus-containing 12-30 singing members) and placed fifth overall (based on scores from all small, midsized, and large competing choruses) at the Greater New York/New Jersey Region 15 Annual Convention and Competition, Sweet Adelines International held in Albany.

The chorus competed in a four-part Barbershop style with 25 singers under the direction of Jennifer Hunter, and performed a musical package that included the nostalgic ballad “From the First Hello to the Last Goodbye,” and the lively uptune “Let’s Get Away From It All.” The pairing created an entertaining set enjoyed by the audience and the judging panel.

Saratoga Soundtrack

Chorus is an award-winning women’s a cappella group, singing four-part harmony and performing everything from classics and jazz to ballads and contemporary songs.

The chorus has been entertaining since 2008. Saratoga Soundtrack Chorus is a not-forprofit chartered chorus of Sweet Adelines International, a worldwide organization of women singers committed to advancing the musical art form of barbershop harmony through education and performance.

Saratoga Soundtrack Chorus rehearses Monday nights at the Knights of Columbus on Pine Rd. in Saratoga Springs. To learn more about the chorus, or those interested in auditioning to become a member, visit the website:

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Adirondack Theatre Festival Puts Single Tickets on Sale for Season to Run June 27 - Aug. 7


Adirondack Theatre Festival (ATF) announced it has put single tickets on sale for its 30th Anniversary season. One performance is already sold out, and audiences are encouraged to book their tickets now.

The season kicks off with the world premiere musical comedy Todd vs the Titanic by the creators of the international hit Murder for Two, which ATF originated in 2010. ATF’s production of

Todd vs the Titanic will transfer to the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca following the run in Glens Falls.

Next, ATF will stage a concert presentation of the new Broadway-aimed pop musical

The King’s Wife (running July 19 - 21). With music and lyrics by Grammy-nominated Nashville songwriter Jamie Floyd and book by Mêlisa Annis, the sweeping epic imagines the secret history of the first wives of Henry VIII.

The season will close with

Jeffrey Hatcher’s edgy new adaptation of Dial “M” for Murder (running Aug. 1 - 7), the play by Frederick Knott which inspired the iconic Alfred Hitchcock film.

Additionally, ATF audiences can sneak a peek at a newly commissioned ATF play. Worth: An Intimate Exhibition, is a one-person play written and performed by Jessica Frances Dukes, who starred in the Netflix hit Ozark as Agent Maya

Miller. Dukes will perform a developmental reading at the Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council’s Lapham Gallery from July 12 - 14. Tickets to this special presentation are priced at $20.

Single tickets for Todd vs the Titanic, The King’s Wife, and Dial “M” for Murder currently range from $25 to $49. Tickets may be purchased by visiting, or by calling the Wood Theater Box Office at

518-480-4878, or in-person at the Box Office at 207 Glen St. The Box Office is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m. Adirondack Theatre Festival.

New Mystery Novel Set in Saratoga Springs


Murder in Spa City - the seventh installment in author David K. Wilson’s Sam Lawson Mystery series, brings a wisecracking Texas detective to Saratoga Springs where he is pulled into a murder mystery.

Wilson is originally from

a small town in East Texas, but he’s lived in upstate New York for more than 20 years and currently lives in Saratoga Springs.

“Most of the books in this series take place in Texas, but I’ve been wanting to bring Sam to Saratoga Springs for quite a while,” Wilson said. “A colorful

character in a colorful city.”

The story is set against the city’s many historic landmarks, as well as the bustling nightlife during horseracing season.

In the new novel, Sam has come to Saratoga Springs to attend a wedding, but is soon thrust into the murder investigation of a local wealthy businessman. It isn’t long before he realizes the key suspects are every member of the victim’s dysfunctional family.

The book is released this month, and for more information about Wilson, as well as how to get a copy of the book, go to:

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Murder in the Spa City, a new whodunit by David K. Wilson is set in Saratoga Springs.

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

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

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

Notice of Formation of 1200 Kathan Road LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on March 28, 2024. Office location: 1204 Kathan Road, Corinth, Saratoga County, NY. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 1204 Kathan Road, Corinth, NY 12822. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. 04/05, 04/12, 04/19, 04/26, 05/03, 05/10/2024.12698

Notice of formation of R&R ENTERPRISES

EXCAVATION, LLC, Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York SNY, on March 27, 2024, Office Location: Saratoga County SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSN shall mail process to: The LLC, 422 Gansevoort Road, Fort Edward, NY 12828. Purpose:

any lawful purpose. 04/12, 04/19, 04/26, 05/03, 05/10, 05/17/2024. 12719

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

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY Name: 80 Rowland, LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on April 1, 2024. Office location: Saratoga County. SSNY is designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of process to: c/o The LLC, 396 Lockhart Mountain Road, Lake George, NY 12845. Purpose: Any lawful act or activities. 04/12, 04/19, 04/26, 05/03, 05/10, 05/17/2024. 12727

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

Legal Notice of FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: FRYEGUY ENTERTAINMENT, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of NY (SSNY) on 3/12/2024.


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

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

Notice of formation of Southline Aero LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York on 01/18/2024 Office: Saratoga County. SSNY has been designated as the LLC’s agent upon whom process against it may be served. A copy of process should be mailed to the LLC at: 219 Southline Rd Middle Grove, New York 12850. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. 04/12, 04/19, 04/26, 05/03, 05/10, 05/17/2024. 12742

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

Notice of formation of 43 Mainstreet LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York on 03/24/2024 Office: Saratoga County. SSNY has been designated as the LLC’s agent upon whom process against

it may be served. A copy of process should be mailed to the LLC at: P.O. Box 42, Saratoga Springs N.Y. 12866. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. 04/19, 04/26, 05/03, 05/10, 05/17, 05/24/2024. 12789

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

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

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

Notice of formation of Six Tide Aquatics LLC. Articles of Organization filed with New York State Dept. of State on 02/18/2024. The County within this state in which the office of the limited liability company

is located in is Saratoga. The Secretary of State is designated as agent upon whom process against it may be served. The address to which the Secretary of State shall mail process is to the limited liability company at 13K Heirloom Lane Halfmoon, NY 12065. Company is organized for any lawful purpose. 04/19, 04/26, 05/03, 05/10, 05/17, 05/24/2024. 12793

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

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

Notice of formation of Bluebs Chocolate LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York on 04/02/2024 Office: Saratoga County. SSNY has been designated as the LLC’s agent upon whom process against it may be served. A copy of process should be mailed to the LLC at: P.O. Box 2754 Malta, NY 12020 . Purpose: Any lawful purpose. 04/26, 05/03, 05/10, 05/17, 05/24, 05/31/2024. 12833

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

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

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

Notice of Formation of SBCTC Production LLC.

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

SSNY shall mail a copy of any process is 27 Northwood Drive, Ballston Spa, NY 12020. Purpose: Any lawful purpose permitted under LLC Law. 04/26, 05/03, 05/10, 05/17, 05/24, 05/31/2024. 12837

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

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

Notice of Formation of FM AUDIOLOGY, PLLC Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of NY (SSNY) on July 11, 2023. Office location: Saratoga County, SSNY designated as agent of Domestic Professional Service Limited Liability Company (PLLC) upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY should mail a copy to Stefan Fosco, AuD, c/o


Audiology Solutions, 2 Empire Drive, Rensselaer, New York 12144. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. 05/03, 05/10, 05/17, 05/24, 05/31, 06/07/2024. 12868

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

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

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

06/14/2024. 12898

Notice of formation of Luka John, LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of N.Y. (SSNY) on 05/03/24. Office location: Saratoga County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon which process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC, 19 Red Coach Trail, Ballston Spa, NY 12020. Purpose: Any lawful activity. 05/10, 05/17, 05/24, 05/31, 06/07, 06/14/2024. 12909

NOTICE OF FORMATION OF LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY. NAME: Coach Shay LLC. Articles of Organization were filed with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 5/6/24. Office location: Saratoga County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a

copy of process to Coach Shay LLC, 107 Traver Rd Apt 3M, Wilton NY 12831. Purpose: For any lawful purpose. 05/10, 05/17, 05/24, 05/31, 06/07, 06/14/2024. 12918

Notice of formation of Ferris Stump Removal LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of New York on 05/06/2023 Office: Saratoga County. SSNY has been designated as the LLC’s agent upon whom process against it may be served. A copy of process should be mailed to the LLC at: 285 Daniels Road, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Purpose: Any lawful purpose.05/10, 05/17, 05/24, 05/31, 06/07, 06/14/2024. 12931

ECHOSENSE, LLC., filed articles of organization with the NY Secretary of State on 05/01/2024. Office: Saratoga County. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. The NY Secretary of State has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. The NY Secretary of State shall mail copy of any process served to 60 Railroad Place, Ste. 205, Saratoga Springs, NY, 12866. 05/10, 05/17, 05/24, 05/31, 06/07,

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Former Saratoga Coach Continues “Act with Respect Always” Mission


Coach Rich Johns, a former tennis coach at Saratoga Springs High School, continued his “Act with Respect Always” program with a series of speaking engagements over the last few months.

In April, Coach Johns spoke at a Saratoga Springs Rotary Club meeting, as well as the New York State Recreation and Park Society’s annual conference at the Queensbury Hotel in Glens Falls. Late last year, he also spoke at Hoosick Falls High School.

According to Johns, “Act With Respect Always” is a pay

it forward movement stressing the importance of one’s personal character. In his speeches, Johns introduces several concepts, including:

• The 99% (What’s Your 99) and the 1% (Accept The 1), a personal character assessment plan that aims to bring the concept of mindfulness to everyone

• The Visible Project, which encourages everyone to send notes of gratitude to a friend, relative, teacher, or anyone else that has shown them kindness

• The Solid Five (Who Are Your Solid5), or five people who can be relied upon for non-judgmental physical and emotional support

BSpa Baseball Team Wins Game at Cooperstown, Visits Hall of Fame

COOPERSTOWN — The Ballston Spa varsity baseball team beat the Mohonasen Warriors 8 to 3 at the historic Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, New York

on Saturday morning. The team also visited the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum while in town.

Doubleday Field is named after Civil War Major General Abner Doubleday, who was reportedly born in a small house that still stands in downtown

Ballston Spa. (The home is now the site of the Real McCoy brewery.) Although Doubleday was once thought to have invented baseball, there’s no substantial evidence that he had anything to do with the creation or popularization of the game.

Saratoga YMCA Raffling Off Belmont Picnic Tables


The Saratoga Regional YMCA is hosting a Belmont weekend raffle sweepstakes across all five of its branches. Raffle tickets are available for purchase until May 12. Entrants can win

a six-person reserved picnic table for the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival, with admission included. Ticket prices range from $25 to $50, with a bundle option available for $100. Proceeds will help fund YMCA programs. For more details or to support the cause, contact Allie Mantica, Development Director, at 518-583-9622, ext. 395 or allie.mantica@srymca. org.

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After delivering a speech, Coach Rich Johns poses with Saratoga Springs Rotary Club President Bill Bergan. Photo provided by Rich Johns The Ballston Spa varsity baseball team poses on the steps of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown last weekend. Photo via the team’s social media pages.

Skidmore Riding Team Finishes Third in National Championship

MILL SPRING, N.C. — The Belmont Stakes isn’t the only horse show in town.

The Skidmore College riding team finished third overall with 39 points at the Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association National Championship in North Carolina last weekend.

Skidmore narrowly lost out to Sacred Heart University, which took second place with 41.5 points. Savannah College of Art and Design were crowned national champions with 59 points.

“We are very proud of this team’s hard work and

dedication,” Head Equestrian Coach Belinda Colgan told Saratoga TODAY. “It is a pleasure to coach these outstanding individuals who demonstrate such wonderful sportsmanship and camaraderie.”

Among individual Skidmore competitors, Kenya Sanders finished fourth, Harper Sanford was third in the Team Open Equitation on the Flat, and Isa Jensen was sixth in the Team Intermediate Equitation on the Flat. Skidmore’s horse “Crosby” also won high point horse of the show.

To reach nationals, the Thoroughbreds first captured the Zone 2 Region 3 Championship with a score of 48 last month at Long Island University – Post.

Adirondack Thunder Win Playoff Series, Advance to Next Round

GLENS FALLS — The Adirondack Thunder, an ECHL ice hockey team affiliated with the New Jersey Devils, beat the Maine Mariners at home, 2-0, in th decisive game 7 of the Kelly Cup Playoff North Division Semifinals last week. After winning the series, the Thunder advanced to the North Division Finals to take on the Norfolk Admirals.

Fun And Games

In game 7, goalie Isaac Poulter stopped 21 shots for the shutout, while Ryan Wheeler and Tristan Ashbrook scored the Thunder’s two goals.

In game 1 against the Admirals last Friday night at Cool Insuring Arena in Glens Falls, the Thunder fell, 7 to 4. Ryan Smith scored two goals in the contest. His second goal came at the end of the second period, putting Adirondack ahead 4-3. But Norfolk erupted offensively in

the third, scoring four goals and taking the first game of the series.

Game 2 on Saturday was a closer contest but the Admirals got the better of the Thunder once again, scoring three goals in the final period to take the W, 5 to 2. Yushiroh Hirano and Tristan Ashbrook contributed Adirondack’s two goals.

Down 2-0, the Thunder traveled to Norfolk for game 3 on Wednesday night.

Puzzle Solutions

See puzzles pg. 23

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The Skidmore College riding team poses prior to heading to the Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association National Championships in North Carolina. Photo via Skidmore Athletics. The Adirondack Thunder beat the Maine Mariners to advance to the second round of the ECHL playoffs. Graphic via the Adirondack Thunder social media accounts.

Skidmore Alum Crushes 3-Run Homer in Pro Game

VANCOUVER — Jackson Hornung, the first Skidmore College alum to be drafted by a professional sports team, cracked a three-run dinger last month for the Vancouver Canadians, the High-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays.

In a game against the Spokane Indians, Hornung extended his hitting streak to six straight games before crushing the 0-2 pitch over the center field wall. Hornung finished the night with two hits and three RBI.

The former Skidmore Thoroughbred has upped his numbers from last year, when he played for the Low-A

Dunedin Blue Jays in Florida. As of May 3, he had a .630 OPS with 12 hits and 6 walks in 51 total at-bats.

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Former Skidmore College baseball player Jackson Hornung celebrates with his Vancouver Candians teammates after hitting a three-run home run. Photo by Mark Steffens/ Vancouver Canadians.



SARATOGA SPRINGS — Impressions of Saratoga will host its 20th Annual Dog Day Celebration from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 11 in front of the store, at the corner of Broadway and Phila St. Each dog will be greeted with fresh water and treats, first-time visitors will have their photo taken for the “Doggie Wall of Fame.”

Well behaved pets on leash and under voice control are welcome.

The Saratoga County Animal Shelter and H.O.P.E. (Homes for Orphaned Pets Exist) local pet rescue organizations will be on hand with information about their programs and animals

looking for forever homes. Donations of pet items such as food, treats, collars, leashes, blankets, and toys are accepted.

H.O.P.E.’s Walk for the Animals takes place Saturday in Congress Park at 10 a.m. Wellspring will be in attendance educating about their “Safe Pet Partnership” - a program to find foster homes for pets of those in an abusive situation who are afraid to leave for fear of what will happen to their pets.

Hop on Home, a bunny rescue and sanctuary will be in attendance with some adoptable bunnies and program information.

See "100+ Students Perform at SPACE ‘Access The Arts’ Show" pg. 17
See "Skidmore Riding Team Finishes Third in National Championship" pg. 38
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HOPE’s Congress Park Walk for The Animals, and Impressions of Saratoga’s Annual Dog Day Celebration will take place in Saratoga Springs on Saturday. Photo provided.

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