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LOCAL • INDEPENDENT • FREE Volume 11  •  Issue 18  •  May 12 – May 18, 2017

Farmers Hardware:

New Brunch Hall to Honor City History

by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY

The Broadway location of the original Farmers Hardware (at left) as shown in the book “George S. Bolster’s Saratoga Springs.” Photo provided.

Blue Streaks to Serve Their Country Athletes Heading to Military Academys

by Thomas Kika Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — A handful of senior athletes from Saratoga Springs will be embarking on an exciting new journey next fall. Saratoga Springs High School (SSHS) seniors Matthew Chmiel, Hunter Choy, Dane Feldhaus, Will Navin, and

Gregory Polmatier will each be attending military academys this coming fall after graduation. Chmiel, a member of the Varsity Tennis team, will be attending the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado; Choy, a member of both the Soccer and Track & Field teams, will be attending The United See Serve pg. 43 • (518) 581-2480

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Julia Sanzen says she enjoys cooking for people as much she loves to find a hip place for brunch. This June, she will combine both of those experiences with a deep appreciation for Saratoga’s past by opening her new Farmers Hardware brunch hall at 35 Maple Avenue in the city’s historic district. As the main chef, Sanzen will serve customers between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. in the same building once utilized as a warehouse by the city’s Farmer family, who opened a popular

hardware store on Broadway nearly a century ago. “We respect the history of this town,” Sanzen said during a recent tour of the 2,400-square-foot space. She is a local native who attended college in the nation’s capital and lived for about a decade in the Big Apple. Sanzen says she is eager to finish interior renovations and open her “fast-casual” dining spot, at which brunch customers will proceed to the second floor to place their orders. Most will then sit on heavy, rectangular blocks of oak at large “communal tables” on the first floor, she explained. See Brunch pg. 12

Future City Art Plans Revealed

Featured Stories

Republican Ticket Announced See pg. 11



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Inside TODAY Blotter 5 Obituaries 6 Business 12-13 Education 24-25 Arts and Entertainment 36-39

Sports 43-46

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Week of May 12 – May 18, 2017

Neighbors: Snippets of Life from Your Community Who: Joe Cutshall-King.

Where: Saratoga Springs Public Library. Q. What are you doing today? A. I’m giving a talk on the story behind the story of “The Burning of The Piping Rock,” which is a novel I wrote about the Piping Rock Casino here in Saratoga in 1954. The book is fiction, but it’s based upon real characters. Q. When did the book come out? A. In 2011. Q. What prompted you to write the story? A. My family. I learned things about my own family in light of what happened when I was writing the book. It turned out to be a horrifying story, actually. Q. What was your family’s connection to the story?

Joe Cutshall-King. Photo by Thomas Dimopoulos.

A. My dad was a pharmacist. He worked as a manager for MacFinn’s Drugstore, which was at 396 Broadway in those days, and his boss was James Leary – who was, shall we say, extremely close friends with the Mafia – who ran all the casinos. When I was older, my dad told me that he sold the arsonist the materials to burn the Piping Rock, so that started my interest in it. Q. How much did you know about the story when you were a kid? A. I was born in 1947 and at first, it was very secret. Gradually, as my family got further and further away, decades after the incident, they told the younger kids. But I never heard all of it, it was in bits and pieces. Q. You were born in Saratoga, but abruptly moved to Washington County? A. We fled. One day I was playing on Lincoln Avenue and the next day I was being shoved in a car with everything we owned and we left. We went to Fort Edward just to get away from it. Q. What’s the biggest change you’ve seen in Saratoga Springs during your lifetime? A. The improvements on Broadway. The vibrancy. I hear people lament that it’s gotten so expensive, but I’ll tell you: this is heaven. Beautiful and live-able. Q. You’ve written a screenplay of the novel. If a film were made, who would you like to see in it? A. Jon Hamm to play my father. My dad was extremely good looking.


Week of May 12 – May 18, 2017

Saratoga County Partners in Conservation Conservation Catalyst Grant from the New York State Conservation Partnership Program administered by the Land Trust Alliance for New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Kim Elliman, OSI’s president and CEO, said, “OSI is grateful for the work of the University at Albany students to involve the local community in developing a conservation plan for the Palmertown Conservation Area. The students’ active participation and engagement in conservation is exactly what we need to build the next generation of environmental stewards. Their analysis will provide the first insight into how we can create a recreational

UAlbany students (left to right) Devin Mason, Katherine Chapman, Lizette Lewis, Michaela Sweeney, Mackenzie Dearr, and Poulomi Sen; at right is Mary Knutson (president, Friends of Moreau Lake State Park) and Robert Benoit. Photo provided.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — On May 1, at the Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center, graduate students from the State University of New York at Albany (UAlbany) delivered their final presentation on conservation and recreation analysis of the Palmertown Conservation Area before an audience of state park officials, horseback riders, mountain bikers, birders, hikers, volunteers, and conservation and sustainability professionals. The UAlbany class served as consultants for a “real-life” project, with Saratoga PLAN and the Open Space Institute (OSI) serving as their “clients.” The students’ analysis will provide a starting point for an upcoming initiative to involve the local community in developing a strategic and comprehensive conservation plan for the Palmertown Conservation Area, which stretches between Saratoga Springs and the Moreau Lake State Park. The students spent their spring semester gathering baseline and historic information, assessing the biophysical, economic and social characteristics of the landscape, and conceptually outlining the challenges and opportunities for the Palmertown area, community forests, and a trail system that would connect Moreau Lake State Park to Saratoga Spa State Park.

Saratoga PLAN, OSI and New York state are focusing attention on the Palmertown Conservation Area as a conservation priority. The area includes un-fragmented forests that provide important wildlife habitat and timber, and protect the headwaters of the Snook Kill and Kayaderosseras Creek. A detailed landscape analysis by PLAN identified the landscape’s high potential for recharging groundwater reserves and its habitat resiliency for climate change, two important ecosystem functions.

The Palmertown Conservation Area is a 62-square mile landscape between Routes 9 and 9N encompassing portions of five towns in Saratoga County: Greenfield, Corinth, Wilton, Saratoga Springs and Moreau. The area also contains existing public lands and trail systems, which can be linked together to create a long distance trail network connecting communities and providing recreation opportunities that span the landscape. Saratoga PLAN and OSI recently received a $40,000

and ecological corridor to be enjoyed by residents and visitors while protecting wildlife.” Maria Trabka, Saratoga PLAN executive director, said, “the University at Albany planning students, under the guidance of international trail planner and professor Jeff Olson, did an impressive job of organizing themselves, researching the area, and professionally presenting their analysis and preliminary recommendations for the Palmertown area. Their work gives us the foundation to build upon for the planning effort with local residents and the Open Space Institute later this year.” For more information, visit or call 518-587-5554.



Wilton Officials Monitor Effects of Internet Sales on Local Retailers by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY WILTON — Town officials are closely monitoring increases in online sales for potential impacts on Wilton retailers. Wilton Supervisor Arthur Johnson and Comptroller Jeffrey Reale said this week that they have noticed a drop in town revenues generated by sales taxes in local businesses. “Internet sales are going to go up and local retailers are going to struggle,” predicted Supervisor Johnson. According to Reale, Saratoga County collects and distributes all revenue from the 7 percent sales tax in local stores. The county then uses a formula that allocates 1.5 percent to both the town and county and 4 percent to New York state, he said. In a recent audit of the town’s 2016 finances conducted by the Latham firm Cusack and Company, Wilton reportedly earned more than $5.8 million from retail sales taxes. It was the largest source of revenue last year for the town, which does not levy a property tax on residents. The next largest source is $900,000 from the state.

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The Wilton Town Hall on Traver Road. Photo by Larry Goodwin.

Annual sales tax revenue in Wilton has increased steadily from $4 million in 2007, Reale indicated. Johnson said roughly 30 percent of that sales tax revenue is derived from Wilton Mall businesses alone. In addition, Johnson explained that he makes it a priority for the Town of Wilton to never spend more than it earns. The town’s total yearly budget exceeds $8.2 million. The sales tax figures are monitored every month, Reale said, and the first several months of 2017 showed signs of a noticeable decrease. “If that’s the trend, we’re seeing it,” Reale offered. “That could prove to be very detrimental to many municipalities.” Both town leaders pointed to related developments during passage

of the state budget. Early last month, Gov. Andrew Cuomo had proposed imposing a new tax on Internet sales, but Senate Republicans apparently rejected that idea. “State Senate Republicans caved to the clichéd histrionics and whining of out-of-state dot-coms worth billions of dollars and ignored the real concerns of brick-and-mortar stores struggling in their own districts,” argued Ted Potrikus, president of the Retail Council of New York state, in a statement dated April 9. “So the next time they call us to ask why this-or-that store closed in their district or why they can’t attract stores to their dwindling downtowns,” Potrikus added, “we’ll remind them of their vote today.”

Week of May 12 – May 18, 2017

New Bed and Breakfast Opens GREENFIELD — Loon Meadow Farm is pleased to announce the recent opening of its new Bed and Breakfast in Greenfield Center. Last year, owners Steve and Beth Podhajecki relocated from Connecticut to fulfill their vision of sharing the 153-acre farm, which Steve grew up on in the late 1940s and ‘50s. The farm has been vacant since 1960 until Steve “came home” to New York. Having owned and operated a horse and carriage livery service for more than three decades in Connecticut, the Podhajeckis brought their horses and their many varied carriages, sleighs and wagons with them to continue offering rides at the farm in Greenfield Center and in the Saratoga Springs area. Loon Meadow’s “house of seven gables,” built in 2016, is tastefully decorated to honor the horse, especially the driving horse. The three guest rooms each have a unique theme. The Southern Belle room is aptly named as the French word belle, meaning beautiful, best describes this sunny room with southern exposure. The Annie Oakley room is decorated with a western flair. The Annex, located over the Carriage House which is attached to the main house, has its own private entrance and features a lovely, Victorian, hand-carved, full-size bed

as well as a day bed with a trundle (2 twin beds) and a sitting area. All the rooms have private baths, Direct TV, mini refrigerators, air conditioning and a ceiling fan to ensure guests’ comfort. Breakfasts are traditional farm cooking with local, farm fresh eggs. The Podhajeckis pride themselves on the hundreds of special events and occasions they have serviced with their horses, carriages, sleighs, wagons and especially their hearse. They look forward to continuing those services in Saratoga Springs and the surrounding region. They have had the honor of enhancing occasions for countless clients over the many years they have been in business, such as: solemn transport for departed loved ones in their vintage hearse; joy-filled rides for newlywed couples in their formal carriages; rides for couples to their proms; young ladies’ special transport for Sweet 16s and Quinceañeras; girls’ Princess Parties in the Cinderella carriage; Santa arrivals at tree lighting ceremonies; hayrides at fall festivals; rides for wedding guests at cocktail hours; special “pop the question” rides; the list goes on and on. Their business website is www. They can be reached by email at or by telephone at 518-893-6116.

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Week of May 12 – May 18, 2017

COURTS Francis H. Joy, 34, of Ballston Lake, was charged on May 4 with four counts of attempted rape in the first-degree, three counts of sexual abuse in the first-degree, and one count of sexual conduct against a child, in connection with allegations of an incident to have taken place in Malta in 2017. Joy is suspected of having sexually abused and attempted to rape a child less than 13 years old on multiple occasions, according to the Saratoga County Sheriff ’s office. Joy was arraigned in Malta Town Court and held in lieu of $30,000 cash, or $60,000 bond. James A. Garafalo, 21, of Saratoga Springs, pleaded on May 4 to felony criminal contempt, in connection with an incident that occurred in Wilton. Sentencing scheduled for June 27. Timothy P. Sims, 26, of Malta, pleaded on May 4 to felony burglary, in connection with an incident that occurred in Milton. Sentencing scheduled for July 6. James L. Mosher, 51, of Moreau, pleaded on May 2 to sexual abuse in the first-degree, a felony, in connection with an incident that occurred in Moreau in December 2015. Sentencing scheduled for June 27. John D. Miller, 44, of Albany, pleaded on May 2 to criminal possession of a forged instrument, a felony, in connection with an incident that occurred in Malta. Sentencing scheduled for June 27. Linda M. Sims, 24, of Ballston Spa, pleaded on May 2 to fourth degree conspiracy, a felony, in connection with an incident that occurred in Milton. Sentencing scheduled for June 27. Donnell J. Bertrand, 28, of Schenectady, was sentenced on May 2 to three years in state prison and five years of post-release supervision, and one year in jail to run concurrently, after pleading to one

count second degree assault and one count third degree assault, in connection with an incident that occurred in Malta.

POLICE Leah H. Detroye, age 19, Porters Corners, was charged on April 27 with criminal mischief, assault, and endangering the welfare of a child. Hayden M. Jacobs, age 26, Corinth, was charged on April 27 with petit larceny. Graham T. Bodwell, age 57, Ballston Spa, was charged on April 26 with operating a motor vehicle with a suspended registration- a misdemeanor, and having no/ expired insurance. Nathan J. Surprenant, age 30, Saratoga Springs, was charged on April 26 with two felony counts of assault, and two misdemeanor counts of resisting arrest. Victor Demarco, age 59, Mechanicville, was charged on April 25 with aggravated unlicensed operation, and failure to stop at stop sign. Tyler J. Traquair, age 27, Colchester, Vermont, was charged on April 25 with aggravated unlicensed operation, and speeding. Hallie E. Gudzan, age 31, Albany, was charged on April 25 with aggravated unlicensed operation, and failure to stop at a stop sign. Christopher L. Spenello, age 30, Saratoga Springs, was charged on April 25 with criminal sex act in the third degree/ lack of consent, and rape in the third-degree. Both charges are felonies. John A. Maier, Jr., 76, of Ballston Spa, was charged on April 26 with illegal voting, a felony. It is alleged Maier voted more than once in the 2016 General Election, having filed an absentee ballot with the Pasco County, Florida Board of Elections in October 2016 as well as casting a vote on Nov. 8, 2016 in the town of Milton, according to the

Saratoga County Sheriff ’s Office. Jayme L. LaQue, 37, of Milton, was charged on April 21 with third-degree arson in connection with a suspicious fire incident at her residence. Daniel C. Parent, 19, homeless, was charged with first-degree robbery, and second degree assault – both felonies, in connection with an alleged incident that occurred April 10 in the town of Ballston. Parent is suspected of being one of several people who chased a 28-year old male victim into a parking lot on State Route 50 where they punched, kicked, and hit him with a tree branch, which caused injury, and forcibly took the victim’s boots, according to the Saratoga County Sheriff ’s Office. He was sent to Saratoga County Jail in lieu of $25,000 cash, or $50,000 bond. Anthony M. Perez, age 24, Amsterdam, and Mathew C. Budniewski, age 28, Goshen,

were each charged on April 23 with unlawful possession of marijuana, and criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Lamont L. Wilson, age 45, Schenectady, was charged on April 22 with aggravated harassment in the second-degree.

Michael R. Sawicz, age 21, Glenville, was charged on April 23 with misdemeanor DWI, and aggravated DWI.

Marques D. Taylor-McConner, age 21, Mechanicville, was charged on April 22 with misdemeanor DWI, failure to keep right, speeding, and making an improper left turn.

Elizabeth A. Weber, age 33, Mechanicville, was charged on April 23 with misdemeanor DWI, and speeding. Anthony R. Rubino, age 53, Pequannock, New Jersey, was charged on April 22 with aggravated unlicensed operation, and failure to stop at stop sign.

Corey D. Collins, age 25, Glenville, was charged on April 22 with speeding, aggravated unlicensed operation in the first-degree, a felony, and misdemeanor DWI.


Genevieve Lucille (Inciardi) Walling SARATOGA SPRINGS — After 98 years of a fulfilling and exuberant life, Genevieve Lucille (Inciardi) Walling entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, April 25, 2017. Her family has lost the comfort of her presence but the vibrant spirit of this largerthan-life matriarch of the Walling Inciardi and Lazarra families lives on among those who were touched by her generous nature and her everjoyful heart. Genevieve was passionate about her family and was the consummate entertainer. She will always be distinguished by her lust for life and for “celebrating” each day, whether notable or not, with her family and friends. She was always cheerful, bringing smiles to everyone with whom she came in contact. Born on September 14, 1918 in New York City, she was the last of five children born to Julia (Lazarra) and Francis Inciardi. She began her education in 1923 at St. Charles Borromeo Elementary School and graduated twelfth grade from All Saints High School, both in Manhattan. She continued her education at City College in NYC and began her career in Business Administration. She met Donald Slade Walling through a group of mutual friends in 1939 and they were married at “The

OBITUARIES/LETTER TO THE EDITOR Little Church around the Corner” in lower Manhattan in 1941. Their sons, Donald Jr. and Stephen, were born in NYC before they made the bold step of moving to Stamford, NY where they added Patricia and Charles (Dewey) to their family. Donald and Genevieve established a loving and supportive household marked with numerous parties and celebrations throughout the year where everyone in the community was welcome. The family enjoyed frequent trips to NYC and Long Island to visit family and friends. In turn, Donald and Genevieve welcomed these friends and family to their home in Stamford where many enjoyed their first taste of the “country” in Upstate New York. Genevieve will always be remembered for her famous lasagnas, her bottomless pot of sauce, perfect meatballs and mouthwatering New York style Cheesecake. Nothing gave her greater joy than to be with her own family. She remained an integral part of her children’s adult lives as they raised their own families. Her grandchildren lovingly referred to her as “Sunshine Grandma.” In addition to raising a family, Genevieve became very involved in the Stamford community and enjoyed a challenging and rewarding career beginning with the law firm, Rushmore, Mason and Marcus. In 1956, she became one of the earliest employees of the New York State Department of Conservation (DEC) at the emerging field office in Stamford. She declined several promotions and a move to Albany, preferring to continue raising her family in Stamford. After an illustrious career with DEC, Genevieve retired in 1988. During her retirement, Genevieve enjoyed volunteering for numerous community organizations including

the Stamford Hospital Auxiliary, Stamford Village Improvement Association, M.U.R.A.L arts organization and Lansing Manor visitor’s center at the NYS Power Authority in Blenheim, NY. Genevieve moved to Saratoga Springs in 2003 and immediately began forging new friendships and associations while residing at Prestwick Chase, Woodlawn Commons and Wesley Heath Care. She particularly enjoyed visiting the Saratoga Race Course each year and looked forward to volunteering at the St. Clements Horse Show. Genevieve is predeceased by her parents, Francis and Julia, her husband Donald Walling Sr.; her son, Stephen; siblings Charles, John, Antoinette and Stephen along with their spouses. She is survived by her loving family, Donald Jr. and Patricia (Mayo) Walling of Jarrettsville, MD, Patricia (Walling) and Colin Heath of Stamford, Dewey and Mary Beth (Alescio) Walling of Saratoga Springs, Carmen (Nagel) Walling of Mohegan Lake, NY, Barbara Wickham; grandchildren Aline, DJ, Julia, Andreanna, Stephen, Patrick, Terrance, Lauren and Christopher and their families, fifteen beautiful great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. The family wishes to extend our sincere appreciation to the wonderful caregivers at Woodlawn Commons, Wesley Nursing Home and Community Hospice who provided our mother with such adoring attention. For those who would like to provide a remembrance in our mother’s name, we invite contributions to The Wesley Foundation at wesley-foundation/donate. or 131 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springers, NY, 12866.

Friends are invited to join the family for a Mass of Christian Burial at the Church of St. Peter, 241 Broadway in Saratoga Springs on Friday, May 12, 2017 at 12 noon. Calling hours will be held before mass from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Church. The family also wishes to invite relatives and friends to a funeral service at 12 noon on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at Sacred Heart Church, 27 Harper Street, Stamford, NY. A calling hour will be held on Saturday an hour prior at the church starting at 11 a.m. Burial will be held on Saturday at Stamford Cemetery, Stamford, NY. Funeral arrangements for Genevieve are under the care of Betz, Rossi and Bellinger Family Funeral Home, 171 Guy Park Ave, Amsterdam, NY, 12010. Please visit the family’s online guestbook at

Carrie A. Smith BALLSTON SPA — Carrie A. Smith passed away May 6, 2017. Calling hours 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 13 at Burke Funeral Home in Saratoga Springs. Funeral service will be celebrated at 12:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Greenridge Cemetery, Lincoln Avenue. Please visit

Bernadette Davidow McElhenny CLIFTON PARK — Bernadette Davidow McElhenny passed away

Week of May 12 – May 18, 2017 May 8, 2017. Calling hours held Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at Burke Funeral Home, Saratoga Springs. Mass of Christian Burial celebrated Thursday May 11 at St. Clement’s Church and burial was in Mountain Grove Cemetery, Huletts Landing. Please visit

Mary E. Finerty SARATOGA SPRINGS — Mary E. Finerty passed away May 2, 2017. Calling hours were on Monday, May 8, 2017 at the Burke Funeral Home, 628 North Broadway in Saratoga Springs. Interment followed at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Rd. in Schuylerville. Online remembrances may be made at www.burkefuneralhome. com.

Elizabeth Anne Harr SARATOGA SPRINGS — Elizabeth Anne Harr, 86, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017 at Albany Medical Center. A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 20, 2017 at Greenridge Cemetery, Lincoln Ave., Saratoga Springs. Arrangements under the direction of Burke Funeral Home in Saratoga Springs. Please visit

Cellphone Epidemic Identified There is something going on that I can’t explain. I saw a number of people in the last few weeks, one was riding a bike and texting; another was jogging and talking on her cellphone; another young man on a skateboard going down

hill and I think reading a text; another walking a dog across Broadway and talking on a cellphone; another at Saratoga Lake, a fishing pole in one hand and a cellphone in the other hand; plus a number of people sitting in their cars waiting for red lights

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and talking on their cellphones, the list goes on and on. We must be having a medical epidemic. I think the medical profession should have a name for this: “cellphonitis.” Who would ever think this would happen? Oh, I forgot lots of folks, young and older, at restaurants texting and talking on their cellphones. We have to make a change, like it or not. Enough said. Sid Gordon Saratoga Springs


Week of May 12 – May 18, 2017

Congregation Gala

(From left) Sitting: Piper Lutbak and Carole Polacsek; standing behind: Susan Greenbaum and Barbara Kahn; and last row: Linda Ike Bertrand, Deborah Sabin, Cynthia Flax, Judith Ehrenshaft, Susan Krane Ruscitto, Susan Weissmann, and Amira Small. Photo by

SARATOGA SPRINGS — On May 7, the Congregation Shaara Tfille celebrated their

25th anniversary with a formal gala. The artwork seen in the photo was hand made by

the congregation Sisterhood to commemorate the event.

Officer Awarded for DWI Stops SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Wednesday, May 3, Officer Caitlin Freshwater received a 2017 MADD STOP-DWI Recognition Award. Last year, Officer Freshwater arrested 45 individuals for driving while intoxicated. Each year the Saratoga Springs Police Department arrests hundreds of intoxicated drivers, who cause a great deal of damage, injury and death in

(From left) City Police Chief Gregory Veitch, Officer Caitlin Freshwater and Sgt. Andrew Prestigiacomo. Photo provided.

the city. DWI enforcement is a priority for the department and Freshwater’s dedication to

enforcing the DWI laws of the state are appreciated, said Police Chief Gregory Veitch.

Ballston Spa Mother Honored ALBANY — On May 8, State Senator Jim Tedisco (R,C,I,REF-Glenville) announced that he had selected Mary Lyall of Ballston Spa as this year’s New York State Senate Woman of Distinction to represent the 49th Senate District. For nearly 20 years, Lyall has been a dedicated advocate for finding missing persons and helping families of missing loved ones. When her daughter, Suzanne Lyall, went missing in 1998, Mary and her late husband Doug turned their sadness into a positive force by creating the Center for Hope to help other families find missing loved ones and advocate for state and federal support. In 1999, the Lyalls helped get “Suzanne’s Law Campus Safety Act” passed in New York to require all colleges in the state to have plans that provide for the investigation of missing students and violent felony offenses committed on campus. The Lyalls’ advocacy inspired a 2003 federal law that requires local police to notify the National Crime Information Center when someone between the ages of 18 and 21 is reported missing, as part of the Amber Alert bill.

Mary Lyall and Senator Jim Tedisco. Photo provided.

Lyall is now working with Tedisco to pass “Suzanne’s Law: The Assault Free School Zone Bill” to increase penalties in New York for violent crimes committed on any type of school grounds. In recent years, the Lyalls conceived of the idea of putting the pictures of missing persons on playing cards distributed at state prisons and drink coasters with the hope this will generate tips that could solve cold cases. The “Coasters for Hope” program has distributed 75,000 drink coasters to restaurants and taverns across the Capital Region.



Week of May 12 – May 18, 2017

Local Efforts Grow to Promote Healthy Hearts and Minds by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — As the date of May 18 gets closer, halfway through Stroke Awareness Month, Tammy D’ercole is trying to figure out where she’ll first make an appearance in her college graduation robe. It will most likely be the office of Dr. Seth Wharton, the neurologist on Wells Street who had encouraged D’ercole to obtain a degree after they met several years ago. The doctor tried, with minimal success, to help D’ercole regain the use of her left arm that was lost in 2006 after she endured a stroke in Pennsylvania. It happened during surgery to remove a benign tumor near her heart. Still, D’ercole admits, she added Dr. Wharton’s idea to her “bucket list.” Next week, D’ercole will happily cross that degree off her list during a graduation ceremony at Schenectady County Community College, where she has kept herself busy since last year studying the field of human services. D’ercole had transferred credits from previous college work, and mostly commuted to and from Schenectady by bus. And she plans to pursue further

academic studies as well. D’ercole’s other celebratory destination next Thursday will be the grand opening on High Rock Avenue of the Healing Springs Recovery and Community Outreach Center, which will cater to individuals struggling to conquer alcohol and drug addiction. She praised the work of Janine Stuchin, executive director of The Prevention Council in the same building, who D’ercole said has been instrumental in supporting the creation of the Healing Springs center. In March 2015, D’ercole was the subject of an article published by Saratoga TODAY titled, “A Survivor’s Tale,” which expounded at length about how her recovery from the stroke was complicated by her battle with alcoholism. She quit drinking in 2008. “My stroke was my launchboard into my destiny to live a purposeful life inspiring, teaching others,” the 50-year-old city resident said this week. “It’s a big, big, big thing for me to get awareness out.” Through her academic research, D’ercole said she found a strong correlation between addiction problems and stroke. She is also concerned that “the average age of stroke victims is plummeting.”

Kara Granato, a spokeswoman for the Brain Injury Association of New York State, could not confirm if medical professionals have made that same conclusion. Yet Granato left open the possibility that such topics could be discussed at the association’s professional symposium and annual conference, which are scheduled to take place between June 14 and 16 at the Saratoga Springs Holiday Inn. The symposium is geared more toward medical professionals, Granato said. The scheduled presentations are titled: Brain Injury, Substance Abuse and PTSD; Physiology of Brain Injury; Equine Assisted Therapy and Brain Injury; Headaches after Brain Injury; Treatment Options; Exercise and Brain Injury; Sleep Disorders After TBI (traumatic brain injury); and Physical Therapy Treatment Interventions Using New Technologies. The annual conference, Granato added, is more open to stroke survivors like D’ercole and family members, who are required to register with the Brain Injury Association ahead of the event. For more information or to register, visit the website

Tammy D’ercole on the move in Saratoga Springs. Photo by Larry Goodwin.

Slow Progress at Village Industrial Sites by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY BALLSTON SPA — Homeowners near the abandoned Rickett’s drycleaning business on Route 50 can rest a little easier knowing that federal test results showed no serious contamination of their properties. Closer to Village Hall, according to officials, a second industrial site on Bath Street that has been vacant for years is now wrapped up in a bankruptcy court proceeding. At the May 8 Village Board meeting, Ballston Spa Mayor John Romano reported that the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released results of “vapor intrusion” tests that were initiated in February at 50 homes near the Rickett’s building on Doubleday Avenue. Officials at the EPA were studying whether various chemicals that reportedly leached into local ground water from the Rickett’s property were also venting through cracks in the foundations of homes. “Based on EPA’s assessment… no corrective actions for vapor intrusion are required at any of the properties sampled,” reads a statement provided this week by EPA spokeswoman Larisa Romanowski. “The concentrations of chemicals detected at the sample properties,” the statement continues, “were significantly below EPA’s established target levels which were developed to be protective of human health.” The EPA further stated that the agency “does not see a need for any restrictions to be placed on the normal use of any of the properties sampled; does not plan

on expanding the vapor intrusion investigation area at the present time; but does not rule out the possibility that additional vapor intrusion sampling may be conducted in the future.” Mayor Romano explained that a $2,500 expenditure approved on May 8 by the village board would cover engineering costs for additional “PFOA” testing that took place at the Rickett’s site, as well as the cost of a waterquality report that will be mailed to village residents soon. In other business, Trustee Noah Shaw indicated that he is following the Chapter 11 bankruptcy case involving a large property down the hill from Village Hall. The six-acre site, used for a number of years by the hospital linen company Angelica, spans several village blocks. Romano said his own efforts to achieve progress on both the Rickett’s and Angelica properties, including letters to New York’s federal lawmakers, are “moving forward.” Linda Shaw, an environmental attorney in Rochester who represented Angelica until last year, suggested that officials in Ballston Spa should pursue full ownership. She said Angelica, as the property owner, had successfully remediated previous chemical and petroleum contamination at the site. The pollution was mostly the result of tannery operations that had occurred decades ago. When reached this week for comment, Shaw said, “the property is really not that terrible.” Shaw added that village officials “should think about taking title to it through the bankruptcy.”


Week of May 12 – May 18, 2017

Love of Family

by Megin Potter Saratoga TODAY There can never be too much caring, compassion, and unconditional love. Francine Dingeman is the mother of three in a tight-knit Italian family. She is carrying on a strong set of values instilled in her by her own parents. “My parents were all about la famiglia. They were such great role models in their personas, their spirit, and their character. They told it, and lived it, into their eighties,” she said. Francine has lived in the region for 24 years, making an impact both professionally and through her participation in numerous charitable causes. In 2014, she started the event development and marketing firm, Network Saratoga. Her children also continue to live and work here. Brandon, 34, is the Senior Product Manager for Wolters Kluwer and owns The Empire Crate, a local food subscription service with his wife Brianne. Erica O’Rourke, 31, is the Leader of Social Radiant, a digital

marketing agency specializing in social media. Ashley, 27, is the owner and writer of Saratoga Food Fanatic, which provides food reviews for the community. Taking the time to enjoy food and sharing around the dinner table is something that has been bonding the Dingeman family together since the beginning. Through the years, as Francine’s career grew, her children and family have always been her priority, she said. “I think I’ve just kept moving forward and adopting that as my orientation, rather than looking back. You know, ‘Just keep swimming’, and prioritizing the family and time with them, that’s what’s been most important,” she said. “The more I’ve said, ‘Yes’ to, the more I’ve had the capability and strength to envelop,” she added. While working as the General Manager at Anastos Media Group, owner and Emmy-award winning newsman Ernie Anastos introduced Francine to a quote by author James Patterson that reminds her how to balance it all. “Life is like a game where you’re juggling balls. The balls are work, family and integrity. You realize that work is a rubber ball and bounces back if you drop it. The others are glass. They will get scuffed, nicked, or even break, so you really have to hold onto them and be very careful not to let them drop,” she explained. The tough times are perhaps when it’s the easiest to drop the ball, but that wasn’t the case for the Dingeman family. When Francine’s parents, who’d been married for 62 years, and lived just down the street, died just five months apart, it was difficult.

“It was a double-whammy for me and my kids. We spent it supporting each other, being together, and rekindling happy memories. In a very important way, we gave each other strength,” she said. The everyday moments stand out as special in Francine’s

memory, as well; sharing Chinese food with Ashley after ballet practice, going to visit colleges with Erica, watching Brandon with his one-year-old son, Charley Harper. Feeling fortunate, proud, and thankful for her children, Francine

is also grateful to the people surrounding her that have helped to reinforce values of kindness, acceptance and encouragement. Mother’s Day this year will likely include dinner and time relaxing with her family, said Francine.



Week of May 12 – May 18, 2017

Future City Art Plans Revealed by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Every morning, Elizabeth Sobol begins her day driving down the Avenue of the Pines. Since taking over the reins in October at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Sobol has been forming a vision in her mind’s eye of a park for the arts. “When I saw the reflecting pool, the Victoria Pool, the beautiful porticos and the baths, the Jazz Bar downstairs, the Hall of Springs and all sorts of these other nooks and crannies, I was like: wow. I started thinking about all sorts of sight-specific work,” SPAC’s president and CEO said. She asked about the jazz bar, and was surprised to learn no live music is played there; When she saw the reflecting pool, she was reminded of John Luther Adams’ 2014 piece “Become Ocean,” which was performed at Lincoln Center around that venue’s reflecting pool. “I see the park filled with artmaking. Music. Maybe some outdoor sculpture and interactive experiences. I think of the park as this magnificent convergence of man-made beauty and natural beauty.” Sobol said she wants to eliminate any preconceived barriers that may exist separating the SPAC amphitheater – where the arts are staged – and the surrounding grounds of the Saratoga Spa State Park. “I’m all about no boundaries. Let people experience art in unexpected places where it catches them off-guard,” Sobol said. “I feel like this is a park for the arts, with so many spectacular places we can do performances.” The other thing she wants to dispel is the bipolar notion that SPAC is either pop music, or classical music. “I think SPAC is one organism. It’s a world-class venue, and as long as everything that appears on the stage is world-class, it belongs without respect to genre.” Teaming-up with other organizations is key, and already collaborations have been struck with Caffè Lena for a six-concert series, Skidmore College – for a performance that will be staged in June - and with UPH and Proctors for a yet-to-be announced event that will take place in the fall. There are also ongoing conversations with the nearby National Museum of Dance, and Saratoga Auto Museum regarding a potential Cuban festival

that would feature live music, dance classes and a curated show of classic cars that would involve all three venues in their respective area of expertise. “You’d walk in here and have this immersive experience, pulling it all together for you rather than a kind of silo experience,” Sobol said. “I think the more you feel art connects with basic human experiences, then it touches you in different ways.” The idea is to host year-round events that would fan out beyond SPAC’s geographical borders and into the Saratoga Spa State Park, “giving people these sublime experiences out in nature.” “Some of it would be formal collaboration, some of it would be ‘popup,’ but I’m also imagining a poet’s corner here, where people can come and read their work,” Sobol said. “I want people to learn they can just come here in the same way they can go to a fair and entertain themselves, there’s food and rides and animals there’s all sorts of stuff – but with a proliferation of artistic experiences they can have here.” “I’m also imagining having this whole day based on science and music that would end with Holst – ‘The Planets’ - performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra with massive screens of NASA space footage and hundreds of telescopes placed down in the football field, so kids could go from not just being taught these connections between astronomy and music, but seeing and hearing and feeling it,” Sobol said.

Saratoga’s Arts Ranking On April 24, SMU’s National Center for Arts Research released its third annual Arts Vibrancy Index, which ranks communities across the country, examining the level of supply, demand, and government support for the arts in each city. The “arts vibrancy” is measured by nonprofit cultural institutions, organizations and venues particularly attractive to artists or tourists, levels of government support, and being robust in a variety of arts sectors. The cities of Bennington, Vermont, and Hudson, and Oneonta, N.Y. placed high on the list. As a county, Saratoga placed in the 92nd percentile, meaning of the 3,144 counties across the country, Saratoga County ranks higher than 92 percent of the rest of the country, according to

the report, which may be viewed at:

Saratoga Springs Arts Commission Involvement City Mayor Joanne Yepsen, who in 2015 appointed members to the city’s first Arts Commission, is in the process of attempting to strike a collaborative partnership with the city of Nashville, Tennessee. “We’re identifying what that exchange and partnership will look like,” Yepsen said. “The first step will be sending an invitation to their arts commission to invite some performers, musicians to Saratoga Springs to begin the partnership and we’re hoping to do this in August or September. It might even turn into a mini-festival of national performers, so we’re going to move forward as an Arts Commission.” The creative pipeline could also result in the Spa City hosting music workshops featuring performers from “Music City.”

How It’s Done in Music City Nashville with a population about 678,000, is more than 20 times the size of Saratoga Springs. Overseeing things in the “Music City” is the 15-member Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission, which was formed in 1978. The arts commission has an approximate $3 million annual operating budget, promotes and supports that city’s visual, performing and literary arts. The commission has autonomy from the council, meaning the granting process – while going through a transparent public process, don’t have to return to the City Council for approval, said Jennifer Cole, director of Nashville’s arts commission. Of the $3 million budget, $2.3 million is awarded to civic and nonprofit civic and charitable organizations that assist the commission in its goals, with the balance of monies used to fund special projects and administrative costs. The arts commission in Nashville also receives separate funding for public art, through the city’s Capital Budget. In 2000, the council adopted a measure that ensures 1 percent of all city-issued bonds for public city buildings is targeted for public art projects. Potential public art projects are subsequently scored by “citizen panelists” - members of a seven-member Public Art Committee - and taxpayers are also permitted to weigh in regarding the

art projects that will be placed in public areas, Cole said. A separate group, the all-volunteer Music City Music Council was started in 2009, which doesn’t have governing powers but works as an advisory group to the mayor . They are an association of business leaders charged with developing strategies toward heightening the awareness and development of Nashville’s worldwide reputation as Music City. Music is to Nashville as horses is to Saratoga, with core employment in the music industry in Nashville per 1,000 population exceeding all other U.S. cities by large margins and New York and Los Angeles by 2.5 to 4 times. Recently, the Saratoga Springs Arts Commission has held discussions recently regarding the impending loss of the 300-seat Saratoga Music Hall when converted to a court room. Yepsen said to compensate, there are plans underway to potentially enlarge and enhance the Dee Sarno Theater at the Saratoga Arts building on Broadway. Joel Reed, executive director of Saratoga Arts, said with some interior re-configuration, the theater could double its capacity from 100 to 200 people.

Saratoga to empower locally based entrepreneurs. On Wednesday, the non-profit consulting firm announced a collaborative agreement with Saratoga CoWorks to site a new business incubator on Regent Street. Van Amburgh said discussions with the city’s Arts Commission are ongoing regarding a potential arts component, and that SEDC is engaged in a willingness to play a role in the city’s creative economy.

New Incubator Opens in Saratoga Springs “There’s an opportunity for the city of Saratoga Springs with an incubator right here, through SEDC’s (Saratoga Economic Development Corporation) good work,” said Yepsen, referencing other existing regional incubators at the Center For the Gravity in Troy and The Albany Barn. “It could be a space for people to create inventions, or art, or a combination.” By its own definition, the Tech Valley Center of Gravity in Troy cultivates a community of makers, innovators and entrepreneurs to initiate creative collisions resulting in economic and personal growth. In Albany, that City, its Housing Authority, and the Barn partnered to redevelop the St. Joseph’s Academy building into 22 low-cost live/work residences for artists, and a multitenant creative arts incubator, enterprise and program space that includes work and rehearsal suites, a dance studio, and digital media lab. Ryan Van Amburgh, Economic Development Specialist with SEDC, met with the city Arts Commission during its monthly meeting in April, shortly after launching SPARK

SMU’s National Center for Arts Research (NCAR) third annual Arts Vibrancy Index, which ranks more than 900 communities across the country, examining the level of supply, demand, and government support for the arts in each city. The NCAR report shows each community's relative strength on each characteristic. The scores are on a scale of 0-100 with 100 being highest. The scores are akin to percentiles - i.e., if your county's score on a measure is 90, it means it did better than 90 percent of counties on that measure. Source: http://mcs.smu. edu/artsresearch2014/articles/blogwhite-papers/top-20-most-vibrantarts-communities-america-2017.


Week of May 12 – May 18, 2017

GOP Launches City Election Campaign with Six Candidates Peter Martin – who will vie for the seat of Commissioner of Public Safety. Current Public Safety Commissioner Chris Mathiesen, a Democrat, said he will not seek re-election. Saratoga Springs Democrats are expected to endorse their candidates later this month. Current city mayor Joanne Yepsen has yet to announce whether she will seek re-election. The Saratoga Springs Democratic Committee – which can be viewed on the committee’s website at: http://www. offers statements in support of affordable housing and homeless services; a focus on public Mayoral Candidate Mark Baker at the mic during the Republican Committee’s launch to support six candidates in this year’s city election. Photo by Thomas Dimopoulos.

by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS – The city Republican Committee hosted a campaign kick-off this week at the Pavilion Grand Hotel to introduce six candidates vying for seats in the November election. The GOP slate includes: mayoral candidate Mark Baker; political newcomers Andrew Blumenberg – vying for a seat as City Court Judge, and Don Braim – who will be running for the position of Public Safety Commissioner; Saratoga County Supervisor candidate John Safford, and incumbent Public Works Commissioner Anthony “Skip” Scirocco and Saratoga County Supervisor Matt Veitch. “This is the first step and a big step,” said Baker, who was born in Wisconsin and relocated to Saratoga Springs 34 years ago to become the first president of the Saratoga Springs City Center. During his tenure he worked with nine different city mayors. Baker spoke about “regain(ing) a civil majority on the Saratoga Springs City Council” alongside his fellow Republican candidates, and spoke in general terms regarding city issues. Asked about the November referendum related to the city’s commission form of government, Baker said he will read the Charter Commission’s report when it is finalized. “We’re dealing with the successes and the challenges of our

successes,” Baker said, in response to a query of the city’s growth in recent years. “You’re going to have growth because people want to live here, and you’re going to have growth that allows people to have lower taxes,” he said. “We have a vibrant community that is alive and we have people that want to visit us, and that helps us grow our sales tax base.” “Mark Baker – I can’t wait to work with you when you become mayor of Saratoga Springs; We’re going to get a lot of things done,” said longtime Supervisor Matt Veitch. John Safford, who as a political newcomer in 2015 was defeated in his bid for mayor by Democrat Joanne Yepsen, said he brings a business and public service resume to his candidacy for supervisor, “to represent all of the citizens of Saratoga Springs (and to bring) the highest level of care to the under-served.” Blumenberg, who since his hiring in 2007 as public defender, has handled more than 5,000 cases at City Court, is running for court judge; Braim, who worked in the city police department for 22 years, is running for Commissioner of Public Safety, and incumbent public Safety Commissioner Anthony “Skip” Scirocco is seeking his sixth two-year term in the position. He recalled rising above the “political games played and political enemies punished” when first elected a decade ago, and talked about putting the “public” back in public works.

Four incumbent City Democrats have announced their candidacy: Accounts Commissioner John Franck, Finance Commissioner Michele Madigan, Saratoga Springs City Court Judge Francine R. Vero, and current Saratoga County Supervisor

health and gun safety; and the importance of a safe, adequate supply of drinking water. In November, voters will elect all five City Council positions – the mayor and four commissioners, one City Court Judge, and two Supervisors who will represent the city at the county level. The elected positions are for two-year terms. A referendum will also be held regarding the city’s current “commission” form of governing. Should voters choose to change the city’s way of governing, that change will not be implemented until at least 2019.



Week of May 12 – May 18, 2017

Farmers Hardware New Brunch Hall To Honor City History Continued from fron page.

The wooden blocks were obtained from a U.S. Navy shipyard in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Sanzen said the brick patio outside the building also will have dining tables. The third floor will be available mainly for small private events such as bridal or baby showers. Previously, Sanzen had settled on starting her own catering business called Paddock to Porch, but all that changed when she found the right partner in Tyler Russell. Russell is one of three proprietors—along with his father and brother—at a Lake George wood-reclaiming company called Storied Boards, which is supplying most of the renovation materials inside 35 Maple Avenue. When reached for comment,

Russell said the business plan at Farmers Hardware is all about “providing great food for a reasonable price.” “Whether a big bite while looking over the Daily Racing Form before a day at the track, or a quick workday lunch meeting with your fellow coworkers, Farmers Hardware aims to provide awesome food and extraordinary drinks in a super cool environment,” Sanzen elaborates in a statement on her website (www. “Our brunch hall concept is modeled after the great open and airy American food halls like Boston’s Quincy Market or Union Market in Washington, D.C.,” she says. Sanzen adds that she will serve “classics with a twist, like her signature Eggs Shorty (Bordeaux braised short ribs Benedict, with poached egg and

browned butter hollandaise).” Together, Sanzen and Russell honed the new Farmers Hardware plan over the last year. Russell said they first had met as students at Albany Academy in the early 2000s and re-connected late in 2015, since Sanzen spent the intervening years in Washington, D.C. and New York City. According to Russell, it seemed doubtful that they would be able to compete against the area’s dominant catering companies like Mazzone Hospitality, which he said “is out of this world and just about everything they touch turns to gold.” “We did a thorough analysis of the restaurant scene” in Saratoga Springs, Sanzen says, noting how she and Russell identified a “huge gap” in local eateries offering brunch. Brunch “is the thing to do in New York City” and is “so greatly needed in this town,” she added. In March, Sanzen and Thomas Gardner of Saratoga

Julia Sanzen on the first floor of 35 Maple Avenue. Photo by Larry Goodwin.

Historic Properties—owner of the Maple Avenue property who will lease it to Sanzen and

Russell—signed the necessary documents prepared by the city’s Design Review Commission. The commission reports that the building was originally put up in 1925, and that it will remain “virtually untouched” during the Farmers Hardware renovation. Due to the excessive costs of installing a normal kitchen inside, Sanzen said, she decided instead to purchase a Canadianmade shipping container for $70,000 that will be situated outside the building. Existing landscape plants and an 8-foot painted screen will obscure any view of the outdoor unit, according to the commission. The Design Review Commission called the 20-by8-foot container a “professional, high-volume kitchen manufactured by Venture Foods built to all applicable building and health codes.” Gardner called the Farmers Hardware business plan “innovative for Saratoga,” and he appreciates the “very rustic” appeal of the interior materials supplied by Storied Boards. Sanzen’s fast-casual brunch spot is “a new concept,” Gardner said, that “brings Saratoga into the avant-garde of dining.”


Week of May 12 – May 18, 2017

Roohan Realty Has New Agent

Neil Corkery. Photo provided.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Roohan Realty announced that Neil Corkery has joined the company as a Licensed Real Estate Agent. Neil grew up in Greenwich and now lives in Saratoga Springs. He received a BA degree in Business Administration and Management from Gordon College in Massachusetts. Corkery is new to real estate sales although he previously worked in the mortgage industry at Wachovia. He can be reached at or his cell at 518-588-8581. For 48 years, Roohan Realty has been serving the community’s residential and commercial property needs. Conveniently located at 519 Broadway in Saratoga Springs, Roohan Realty is the largest locally-based and familyowned real estate company in the area with over 50 professionally licensed agents. For further information, call 518-587-4500 or visit the website www.roohanrealty. com.

Mazzone Forms Partnership CLIFTON PARK — On May 9, Mazzone Hospitality, one of the Northeast’s premier restaurant and catering companies, announced that Restaurant Associates will invest in its catering and business dining divisions. Mazzone Hospitality owner Angelo Mazzone, who said that the agreement is

anticipated to take effect in July, made the announcement. Restaurant Associates is a subsidiary of Compass Group, The Americas Division. According to the agreement, the expansive catering and business dining empire created by Mazzone will operate under the banner Mazzone Hospitality, LLC. All jobs will remain in place and Mazzone will continue his leadership role within the organization. The investment will provide the resources, systems and capital to enable Mazzone Hospitality, LLC, to expand its operations locally and regionally, and pursue opportunities with large institutions, including hospitals, universities, senior living facilities and major corporations. Mazzone Hospitality, LLC will continue to oversee catering operations at the Albany Capital Center and Empire State Plaza, as well as a number of the Capital Region’s premier event venues and banquet facilities, including 90 State and Cornerstone at the Plaza in Albany; Hall of Springs in Saratoga Springs; Hilton Garden Inn in Clifton Park; Key Hall at Proctors in Schenectady; and its flagship property Glen Sanders Mansion in Scotia. The division will also continue to cater private weddings, fundraisers, and corporate or social events. Mazzone Hospitality, LLC also will continue to operate food services at Excelsior College, GlobalFoundries, Golub Corporation, Hearst Media Center, Hudson Valley Community College and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, among other locations. The majority of the restaurant properties will remain closely held by Mazzone and operate independently of Mazzone Hospitality, LLC. These include: Angelo’s 677 Prime, Aperitivo Bistro, TALA Bistro, Fish at 30 Lake, and Prime at Saratoga National. Angelo’s Tavolo and Angelo’s Prime Bar + Grill will operate under the new banner. For more information about Mazzone Hospitality, call 518-690-0293 or visit the website

PEP Hires Project Manager

Lisa Paciorek. Photo provided.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Patient Experience Project (PEP), a marketing and communications firm based in Saratoga Springs, continues its growth with the hiring of Lisa Paciorek as a project manager. In her new role at PEP, Paciorek is responsible for overseeing the workflow within the agency to ensure the highest quality work is delivered, and that projects are completed on time and within budget. Paciorek has nearly a decade of project management experience at Lionstone Capital Management in New York City. Paciorek earned a bachelor’s degree in English, with honors, from the State University of New York at New Paltz. For more information visit the website

Spark Saratoga Secures Office Space SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) recently launched SPARK Saratoga to empower locally-based entrepreneurs with mentoring support

and access to potential capital to help retain, attract and grow new businesses in the region. Now a collaborative agreement with flexible office-space operator and SEDC member, Saratoga CoWorks, will provide physical space and future educational programming at the firm’s 153 Regent Street location in Saratoga Springs. SPARK Saratoga is operating and currently helping analyze the market potential and needs of more than a dozen new businesses in Saratoga County and beyond. As part of its five-year Advance Saratoga initiative to retain and grow over 10,000 jobs before year-end 2020, SEDC member investors prioritized retaining locally based businesses and helping them grow headquarters here. SPARK Saratoga is one result of that priority initiative. For more information, visit or www.

Adirondack Trust to Open Luther Forest Office SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Adirondack Trust Company announced that they have opened a new Luther Forest office. It is located a quarter mile east of the Route 9 and Route 67 traffic circle, next to the Stewart’s Shops on Luther Forest Boulevard. The Luther Forest office is the thirteenth Adirondack Trust Co. branch location and is unique in that it shares an interior

connection with Stewart’s, making it convenient for customers to buy groceries and bank in one location. This new location also features drive-up banking, a 24-hour drive-up ATM, night depository and customer banking stations, and is open until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Charles V. Wait, Jr., executive vice-president of The Adirondack Trust Co., said, “We are proud to open our Luther Forest Office, which marks our thirteenth location, making banking even more convenient for our customers. This new location serves a busy east-to-west Route 67 corridor and complements our southern Saratoga County tier branches in Malta and Round Lake. By partnering with another locallyowned business in Stewart’s Shops we are confident that we both can deliver a level of customer service that exceeds our customer expectations.” The community is invited to a grand opening and ribbon-cutting celebration that is planned for Friday, May 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at this Stewart’s and Adirondack Trust Co. location. The celebration will include fun giveaways and several specials from Adirondack Trust and Stewart’s. Zuzana Kaplan, assistant treasurer, manages the Luther Forest office. She is assisted by Matt Castiglione, the assistant manager for the office, and by Autumn Belcher, the branch’s full-time teller. To learn more visit the website http://info.adirondacktrust. com/luther-forest-office.



Scotch Bush Rd., $278,900. Trustco Bank (as Trustee) sold property to Charles Morris.

1505 Hermance Rd., $228,000. Hermance Hills LLC sold property to Paula Maciag.

17 Sherman Way, $395,000. Richard and Gail Ranous sold property to Giovanni and Julie Warren.

1500 Peaceable St., $40,000. Bank of America (by Atty) sold property to Wanda Hanan.

3 Apple St., $229,000. Joseph and Rosemary Metzger sold property to John and Tracy Passaro.

GREENFIELD 6 Park Ave., $79,500. Glenn and Barbara Campbell sold property to Jonathan Meers.

97 North Main St., $336,520. TD Bank sold property to Corinth Management Corp.

220 Locust Grove Rd., $200,000. Janice Benjamin (as Trustee) and Judy Martuscello (as Trustee) sold property to Judy Martuscello.

Heath Rd., $80,000. Timothy and Thomas Grande sold property to Shane and Kiley Crooks.

10 Brookstone Dr., $575,000. Lukas McNally (as Trustee) sold property to Christopher and Natalie Mierek.


MALTA 22 Pepperbush Place, $172,000. John Carey sold property to Joseph Desimone. 15 Coneflower Ct., $315,000. John and Laura Dackow sold property to Daniel and Rebecca Detoma. 22 Snowberry Rd., $136,000. Wilmington Savings Fund Society (as Trustee) sold property to Levbow Associates LLC. 35 Hillman Loop, $349,565. Farone Amedore LLC sold property to Frank and Madeline Grosso. 14 Vettura Court, $80,000. Lecmor Residential LLC sold property to DeGraff Bloom Custom Builders Inc. 4021 Silver Beach Rd., $285,000. Jo Sabo sold property to Robert Mink, Jr. 39 Glade Mallow Rd., $270,000. Eugene Hickok sold property to Jason Appell and Amanda Hardt.

MILTON 833 Ediface Way, $360,000. Stanley and Monique Antonuk sold property to Eric and Ashley Battesh. 1 Walnut St., $199,000. Robert Rothchild sold property to Ballston Associates LLC. 310 Rowland St. $197,900. Russell and Danielle Wiltsie sold property to Emily Harris. 7 Linden Lane, $214,900. Universary and Green LLC sold property to Shirley Teng and jonathan Butkus.

MOREAU 226 Reservoir Rd., $133,500. Mary Ellen Greco (by Execs) sold property to Joseph Tefft. 124 Main St., $165,000. Amy

and Shannon Bourdeau sold property to Stewarts Shops Corp. 6 Prince William Ct., $110,000. Christopher and Carl Skogsberg and Kenneth Beecher. 12 Donna Ave., $157,500. Nancy Ostrander, Christine Seelye, Kim Little, Karen Carpenter, Michelle Sturdevant, and Daniel Swan sold property to Jacqueline Springer. 71 Fedor Rd., $400,000. Tori Rourke sold property to Dean and Mary Beth Uebrick.

NORTHUMBERLAND 32 St. Johns Dr., $305,000. Tammy Pickett sold property to Thomas Burritt and Diana Caggiano-Burritt.

SARATOGA 93 Pearl St., $119,000. MTGLQ Investors LP (by Atty) sold property to Matthew and Hannah Ellis.

SARATOGA SPRINGS 2 Loughberry Rd., $299,000. Jason and Krista Tommell sold property to Mark and Amy McBride. 163 Clinton St., $349,500. Matthew Toper sold property to Karen Wallingford. 15 Worth St., $347,100. John and Marlene Wood sold property to Monica Haley. Oak Ridge Lot 3, $250,000. Kristin Byrne and Richard Schioppo sold property to Robert and Brittany Hayes. 44 Vichy Dr., $183,000. Sally Filion sold property to Jessica Ross. 70 Railroad Place, Unit 405. $355,000. Bonacio Construction Inc. sold property to Paul Young (by Atty).

Week of May 12 – May 18, 2017 11 David Lane, $280,000. Christina Trust DBA (as Trustee, by Atty) sold property to David Barone. 18 Derby Dr., $202,500. Mark and Elizabeth Cassidy sold property to Derek and Izabella Bolek. Church St., $100,000. Saratoga Maple LLC sold property to Robert Kercull. 73 Ballston Ave., $405,000. James and Cecilia Monaco sold property to James Doyle. 6 Lakewood Dr., $375,000. Daniel and Jill Maye sold property to Jeffrey and Jean Aliperti.

STILLWATER 143 Route 67, $31,800. Khurram Khan sold property to Wasif Khan. 2 Duell Rd., $274,875. James Doyle sold property to Philip and Tiiu Simms. 2 Brickyard Rd., $211,000. Robert Tucker sold property to Thyrone Staunton.

WILTON 10 Timbira Dr., $317,000. Stephen and Michelle Thomas sold property to Richard and Nancy Meyer. 8 Primrose Circle, $926,224. Floral Estates LLC sold property to Neev and Wendy Crane. 21 Oxford Dr., $264,000. Geoffrey and Kristina Delbridge sold property to Peter Mcmanus. 3 Rose Terrace, $618,103. Pine Brook Landing LLC sold property to Noel and Robert Norton, Jr. 29 Cider Mill Way, $465,378. Smith Bridge LLC sold property to Julie and Robert Adams, Jr. 4254 Route 50, $210,000. Thresa Nelson sold property to Around the Horn Baseball LLC. 8 Scout Rd., $70,000. James Pettis, Sr., sold property to John Drum.

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Life Insurance Basics

by Stephen Kyne, Sterling Manor Financial, LLC for Saratoga TODAY Life insurance can be an important part of most peoples’ financial plan, but with so many different types of insurance, understanding which is best for you, and how much insurance you actually need can be quite confusing. Let’s simplify things a bit. It’s important to understand the two basic types of life insurance: Term and Permanent. Term insurance is intended to be used when there is a temporary need for insurance. Believe it or not, for most people, life insurance is generally needed temporarily. Consider if you have a child, and your goal is to ensure that if you die before that child is grown and on their own, there will be funds available for their support, then using term insurance to cover that finite time period is usually the way to go. Consider, too, that life insurance is usually used to replace lost income in the event of death. Once you have retired, and you’ve earned all of the income you ever will, does the economic risk of your death still exist? If the answer is no, then term insurance is probably the solution you need. Many term insurance policies can be converted to a permanent form of insurance, should your needs change (i.e., in the event of a terminal diagnosis).

Term insurance is pure utility. You pay a premium that strictly covers the cost of insurance. When the term is over, and your insurance need has ended, the policy goes away. From an efficiency perspective, it does one thing very well, and at a very low cost relative to permanent insurance. Permanent insurance includes whole life, universal life, variable whole life, and variable universal life policies. These are all policies into which you make payments in excess of the cost of insurance, and the excess is intended to grow and provide a balance against which you can borrow in the future. Since these are insurance vehicles first, with an ancillary savings component, consider whether or not you have a permanent need for insurance. Permanent insurance needs typically include two basic scenarios. First, in the event one spouse has taken a single-life pension, meaning their pension ends when they die, and they want to protect their spouse’s ability to maintain a standard of living, then using permanent insurance makes a lot of sense because the need will exist indefinitely, unless the second spouse predeceases the spouse receiving the pension. The second scenario includes estate planning. Many people will utilize a special form of permanent insurance which insures two lives and pays after the second death, to either create an estate at death, or to supplement their estate. In this instance, the insurance must be in-force indefinitely and only permanent insurance will meet the need. Permanent life insurance policies are often sold as savings vehicles, but are rarely funded at a level that makes them effective for this purpose. They work best if you have exhausted the other savings vehicles available to you, and you are looking to make considerable payments

in excess of the cost of insurance. Because the cost of insurance in these polices is not level (it increases each year based on your age), the internal workings of these policies can be difficult to understand, and withdrawals or loans can have dramatic unintended consequences, including lapsed policies and sizeable tax bills. It is important to understand just how these policies work, and to fund them well beyond the cost of insurance in order to reap any real benefit from the savings component these policies can offer. In general terms, if your need for insurance is not permanent, or

if you cannot afford to substantially fund them, then permanent insurance may not be in your best interest. How much life insurance does a person need? The answer is highly individualized. You should work with your financial advisor to understand the unique risk to you and your family, and settle on an amount and types of insurance to best meet the need. We also recommend working with an advisor who has no direct affiliation with any insurance carriers. Different companies are priced to attract a different market. Some are better for higher risk clients, or clients of a certain age,

and some are better with one form of insurance or another. Tying yourself to an agent who doesn’t have the flexibility to represent multiple carriers can easily cost you thousands of dollars over the life of a policy. Stephen Kyne is a Partner at Sterling Manor Financial, LLC in Saratoga Springs, and Rhinebeck. Securities offered through Cadaret, Grant & Co., Inc. Member FINRA/SIPC. Advisory services offered through Sterling Manor Financial, LLC, an SEC registered investment advisor or Cadaret Grant & Co., Inc. Sterling Manor Financial and Cadaret, Grant are separate entities.



Week of May 12 – May 18, 2017


Mommy Shaming Learning to Let Go and Embrace Imperfection

by Meghan Lemery Fritz, LCSW

for Saratoga TODAY As a first-time mom to a 6-month-old I am humbled and elated to celebrate my first Mother’s Day. Nothing could have prepared me for the joy, unconditional love, exhaustion and anxiety that comes with the experience of being a first-time parent.

What has been helpful on this new journey is talking to other first time moms with babies around my son’s age. Sharing the challenges and allowing myself to be vulnerable with others has helped me navigate the tough days when it feels like the walls are caving in. While I would like to think I have it all together and have this new Mom thing down, the truth is I skid and face plant often and being able to share that with women I trust has been emotionally freeing and healing. If you google articles on motherhood you will find tons of articles telling you what the right thing to do is, what you must do and must have for your baby, what you should feed your baby, how you should put them to sleep and what classes you should enroll them in. The

pressure to get it right can be emotionally paralyzing. Perhaps the most helpful advice I have received as a new parent is to follow my instincts and do what works for my baby and my family. I have found along the way the more I read the more I feel frustrated or judged and sometimes it’s best to shut down the google search and take it one step at a time. Whether you are a first-time Mom or a veteran, this parenting gig is hard. Recognize that you don’t have to have it all together and it’s okay to be vulnerable with others. Don’t let the pressure of competing with other Moms pull you down. You don’t have to be perfect and you certainly don’t have to know exactly what to do at every moment. Take a step back and don’t allow Mommy peer pressure to get into your head. We all made it through high school; let’s not repeat the pattern of being good enough in the Mommy Club. If you do find yourself in the presence of a perfect, preachy, judgmental Mom type, put your head up and your shoulders back and remember how people behave is about the place they are in emotionally, it’s not about you. Someone who is a know-it-all or makes you feel like a failure as a parent is leading with their ego, and it’s not worth draining your energy and peace of mind to spend time with someone like that.

Spend time with other Moms that encourage you, laugh with you and cry with you. If you are surrounded by women that can’t be vulnerable with one another do a gut check on why that works for you, what are you afraid of in connecting with others? Recognize that your ability to be vulnerable with yourself

and others will bring a sense of peace, connection and validation to your everyday life. The best gift you can give yourself this Mother’s Day is the gift of appreciation and gratitude. No one else was picked to be the mother of your child. You were made to be your child’s mother. Mistakes and do overs are a part of the human experience and while you may not always get it right, you are the right Mother for your child. Keep your sense of humor, share the absurdities of parenting with women you trust and recognize that we are all on the same path evolving at different paces. You don’t have to to perfect, but you can be perfectly YOU. Don’t waste another day in Mommy shaming. Take it one step at a time and reach out to women who will love and support you and make you laugh along the journey. YOU ARE WORTH IT! Happy Mother’s Day Meghan Fritz is a psychotherapist practicing in State College, PA.

Week of May 12 – May 18, 2017




Travel Anxiety

by Tony Mariotti for Saratoga TODAY Have you ever raced to the airport in a frenzy hoping you don’t miss your flight? I am not a therapist or psychologist but have traveled enough to know what stresses me out. The process of getting to my destination is what often gets my heart rate up. Other stressors are typically the result of not being prepared due to last minute haphazard planning. There are ALWAYS unexpected situations that occur when getting from “point A” to “point B.” How we react to these “curve balls” is the key to not biting your nails to the bone. Plan on the unexpected. Give yourself breathing room when situations are not in your control. We are at the mercy of the airlines when weather or mechanical issues result in delays or cancellations. That is just the way

it is! I always seem to get tense when faced with these realities but once I accept that I have time to kill, I find a beach in my mind. Tune out what is around and remember that you are on vacation. Even though you may be stuck in an airport, you have free time. Most of us are so scheduled in our “real” lives that we have trouble filling idle time. We want to be on the beach or experiencing the destination/experience we planned but time in the airport can be relaxing if you accept that you are going to be there for a while. Find something to keep your mind busy such as reading or surfing the web. Here are some things to consider that will help minimize your stress level before and during your holiday: • PLAN far in advance: That includes researching what you want to do and communicating with others that you may be travelling with. Make sure you all understand each other’s goals and expectations. Some travelers are more interested in relaxing by the pool while others want adventure and physically demanding activities. Plan and discuss this before booking anything. If you are travelling during a peak tourist season, make reservations for tours and restaurants well in advance. • BUDGET: Research how much you will need once you are on vacation. Hotel and air are usually defined at

booking time but you need to know how much tours and activities will cost as well as dining. If travelling abroad, it is important to know the monetary system and the exchange rate. Some countries, such as Costa Rica and Belize, widely accept the US dollar but change will typically be in the local currency. • TRAVEL PRO: Reach out to a travel agent or planner. Navigating the internet to find deals can be intimidating and many times misleading. A travel professional knows what companies are reliable and honest. It rarely costs the traveler more to use an agent as the resorts and tour companies pay the agent for the booking. Many times its less expensive to use an agent due to volume discounts. Most importantly, an agent is there to watch out for you and will be there if anything goes wrong. • PASSPORT and CREDIT CARDS: If leaving the US, be sure that all passports are valid for at least 6 months after your flight home. It may vary depending on what country you are travelling to so check with your travel planner to be safe.

• CELL PHONES and INTERNET: WIFI or cell coverage is not always available or they may result in high usage fees. Check with your phone carrier to see if there are plans that will reduce your cost and eliminate surprise charges. My phone provider charges a daily fee that covers unlimited phone and texting as well as a generous data package. • HOME and PETS: Make sure to arrange for the pets to be fed and walked. Leave the house sitter instructions and ample food, litter and emergency numbers. The house sitter needs to know what vet you use and how much to feed the pets. House plant care and minor house/yard maintenance may also be delegated to someone you trust. • INSURANCE: Are you covered if there is a medical emergency? There

are travel insurance policies that can cover you while you are away. Do you need that “car rental insurance” that is always offered by the agent? Ask your automobile insurance agent what is suggested. • PACKING: Make a checklist of what you want to bring a full week before you travel. By doing this you can casually gather items on the list and set them aside. It also gives you an idea if you are over packing and need to weed out a few items. It is a good idea to arrive to the airport with plenty of time to spare. By planning ahead, you will find that your travel experiences will go much smoother and reduce your stress level. Tony Mariotti is a travel planner and Cruise Planners franchise owner in Saratoga Springs. Bucketlist



Week of May 12 – May 18, 2017


Skidmore Student Reveals Two Year Archiving Project Of Senior Center SARATOGA SPRINGS — Past and present collided at The Adult and Senior Center of Saratoga on Friday May 5, as Skidmore senior Phoebe Radcliffe revealed a two-year archiving project on the 60-year history of the senior center. Senior center members gathered around tables filled with photo books, newspaper clippings and documents dating back to the 1950’s. Up until recently, the memorabilia had been scattered throughout eleven bins. This was the first time it was formally put on display for members to interact with. “It’s nice to see the growth of the center and all of the useful changes that have been made,” said Joan Cady, a senior center member. Radcliffe’s involvement with the center began in 2015, when she created the documentary “Sixty Years Young” for Skidmore’s John B. Moore Documentary Studies Collaborative program, under the direction of Professor Jordan Dym. The documentary was shown at the centers 60th anniversary gala in November 2015.

(Left to Right) Anne Taylor, Ellen Messing and Joan Cady look through old photos.

Following “Sixty Years Young,” the project developed even further. “I was watching things fall out of photo albums and I couldn’t stand to see it happen,” said Radcliffe, who decided to work together with Dym to develop an exhibit that present and future generations could have access to. “Over the last two years, I’ve seen this project evolve from what started as a documentary and archiving class to the engaging and extensive archive that it is today,” said Radcliffe. Now that the archives are back in their permanent home

at the senior center, the center plans to keep the exhibit materials accessible to the public, according to Lois Celeste, Executive Director.

A small sampling of the archives at the event which included photos, newspaper clippings and documents.

“This was a huge project to take on,” said Celeste. “We are so grateful for all of Phoebe’s hard work and know it will impact not only the current generation,

but generations to come.” The formal exhibit will be out on display at the senior center until May 19.

Natural Remedies for Seasonal Allergy Relief

by Dr. Kevy Smith for Saratoga TODAY April showers bring May flowers, but for seasonal allergy sufferers they can also bring an onslaught of itchy eyes, runny noses, and uncontrollable sneezing. While over-the-counter and prescription medications can be very effective in providing much-needed relief from symptoms, there are also many natural remedies that can help boost immunity and reduce inflammation and severity of symptoms.

Local Raw Honey and Bee Pollen Consuming regular, small amounts of local honey or bee pollen before the start of allergy

season has been shown to decrease the severity of allergy symptoms by boosting immunity to pollen allergens. The key word though is local. The immune boosting benefits provided by the honey only apply to the specific pollens used to make the honey. Local honey will naturally provide the best immunity for local pollen.

Frakincense can stimulate the body’s immune system and Eucalyptus can be effective in opening up airways as well as killing house mites.

Stinging Nettle Leaf

Lymphatic Massage

Stinging nettle is a natural antihistamine that blocks the body’s ability to produce histamine which is produced in response to allergens. Stinging nettle leaf can be found at many local health food stores in the forms of tea, capsules or tinctures.

Lymphatic massages can help stimulate lymph flow and promote drainage. This in turn boosts immunity and can help reduce the severity of allergy symptoms.


Chiropractic adjustments realign the spine and regulate function of the nervous system. A properly functioning nervous system allows for better immune system function and drainage of lymph and sinuses. Dr. Kevy Smith is a chiropractor in Saratoga Springs providing non-surgical treatment of spinal disorders and sports-related injuries. For more information please visit or call (518) 587-2064

Quercetin, found naturally in red onions, cruciferous veggies, and citrus fruits, is a bioflavonoid that helps to stabilize the release of histamine. Quercetin is also a powerful antioxidant that has been shown to reduce inflammation and act as a bronchodilator, opening airways and allowing for easier breathing.

Bromelain Bromelain is an enzyme naturally found in pineapple.

Studies have shown bromelain to be effective in reducing nasal swelling and thinning mucous.

Essential Oils

Chiropractic Adjustments

Week of May 12 – May 18, 2017




Senior Calendar…

Adult and Senior Center of Saratoga 5 Williams St, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 518-584-1621 May Special Events… May 12, 2PM - Dazzle Dogs $2/members $5/non-members Join Caryn Tindal and her talented group of dogs. They will perform tricks, tackle agility obstacles and dance to choreographed musical routines. Sponsored by Zieker Eye. Please sign up. May 26, 2PM – Speed Friending and Ice Cream Social FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Like speed dating, but for friends. This is the perfect opportunity to step outside your comfort zone and meet someone new

in a non-intimidating environment!

May Happenings…

Monday Dinners to Go – Prepared by Village Pizzeria at the Center May 15 Pasta Primavera with Kale Pesto and Escarole Bean Soup (order by 5/12) May 22 Chicken Riggis: Pasta, small chunks of chicken, roasted peppers, onions and mushrooms in a tomato cream sauce. Served with salad and bread. (order by 5/19) A portion of the proceeds to benefit the center. Tuesdays, 12:15PM-1PM - Memory Making Art Therapy $20/couple per month

An art class geared specifically towards persons with dementia or memory loss and their caregivers. Monthly Chef Dinners $12/person May 23 @ 5:30PM - Fish at 30 Lake Menu: Egg battered chicken, orzo pilaf, asparagus, white wine butter sauce served with romaine wedge, sliced tomato, feta, cucumber, red onion, olives, lemon oregano vinaigrette Dessert: Chocolate flourless tart, raspberry puree, whipped cream Wed., May 24, 1-3PM $20 - Make Your Own Fairy Garden! Join Ruth Anne Parent in creating a mystical fairy garden

The Wilton Senior Center 18 Traver Road, Gansevoort, NY 12831 (518) 587-6363 Open every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00am. - 3:00pm.

Lillian Worth Senior Center is located in the Town Hall Complex. 18 Traver Road. It is open every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00am. to 3:00pm. The Center will be closed Christmas Day and when Saratoga Springs Schools are closed for inclement weather. Members must be 55 years of age. However, spouses younger than 55 may join and participate in all activities, but cannot vote until they reach age 55. Dues are $4 per year. Bus transportation to and from the Senior Center, the Mall, grocery stores and appointments is available by calling the Saratoga County Office of the Aging at 884-4100 before noon on the day before the transportation is needed. Activities include: • Ceramics and Crafts Tuesday morning (except July and August) • Free Blood Pressure Clinics Third Tuesday of Month at 1:00 p.m. • Business Meetings First

Tuesday of the Month at 1:00 p.m. • Day Trips (dinner + attraction) Monthly April through November (minimal fee) • AARP “55 Alive” March and September • Drivers Course Held twice a year ($10 fee)

• Exercise Groups, Cards and other Games Tuesdays and Thursdays • Speakers Scheduled throughout the year • Live entertainment scheduled throughout the year • Videos scheduled throughout the year

display. Supplies provided. Bring any succulents, moss or any trinkets you would want to include in your garden. May 31, 8:30-9:30AM – Monthly Hot Breakfast $5/person Meet and greet with a local first responder! Let staff cook for you as you wait for June dinner and trip sign up to begin at 9:30AM! Open to the public! RSVP required.


June 1, 7-10:30PM - Music and Mingling For tickets, visit Known as the “kick-off event of the season” the exciting evening features an open bar, gourmet foods by The Old Daley Inn, cigar tastings, live music by Grand Central Station, Tarot Card readings, a silent auction, and a live auction with Tom Durkin featuring packages from The New York Giants and Alfa Romeo of Albany. June 16, 10AM-2PM – Health Screening FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBILC! Come get all of your screenings done under one roof! Healthcare professionals

include: vision, diabetes, hearing, balance, cancer screening kits and more. Sponsored by United Healthcare.

One Day Bus Trips

NYC- June 7 $40 member/non-member $65 Drop off at NYC’s Bryant Park. Spend the day shopping, attending a museum, or seeing a Broadway show! Need help purchasing attraction tickets? We can help! Please see the front desk to find out how. West Point & Brotherhood Winery - July 12 $78 member/ $103 nonmember Includes lunch and tour. Stroll around this historic site as you learn the history of West Point. Lunch will be held at the Thayer Hotel. Wine tasting and tour at Brotherhood Winery. Mohonk Mountain House Music Week - Sept 6 $93 member/non-member $115 Enjoy two fantastic musical concerts, breathtaking lake and garden views and a buffet lunch. NYC - Dec. 6 $40 member/non-member $65 Come celebrate Christmas in NYC! See the Rockefeller tree, browse holiday windows, get some Christmas shopping done or see a show!

Week of May 12 – May 18, 2017




The Gain of Pain by Matthew Goodemote for Saratoga TODAY Last week I noticed I was teaching the same type of lesson to multiple patients and decided I would attempt to write about it for this week’s article. There is one patient in particular that really stands out in my memory. She came to me with left lower back pain, but at her last visit she told me it was her whole lower back that was bothering her and that it didn’t seem to her to be in any one area. When she first started coming to me she seemed to respond very positively, but after a few days the movements I asked her to do did not seem to be having the effect it did initially. She was frustrated and wondered if the exercises I sent her home with had made her worse. This is a common concern I hear, and my typical response is “if it is the

exercise that is making you worse then you will be worse doing it or immediately after doing it.” It is so important to me that this point is emphasized because too often people are afraid of making their condition worse so they avoid activity. It is also common for people to be advised to avoid too much activity using the same belief that movement could make their condition worse. This has not been my experience personally or treating patients with back and neck pain for the last 20 years. I told my patient we would figure out for certain if the exercises were the problem, and that what mattered more to me was that she learned how to discern what was making her worse and what to do to alleviate her symptoms. This is very important! When trying to figure out what is making your condition worse, it is VERY important to examine what you are doing at the time your pain gets/got worse or what you are/ were doing immediately before it got worse. Also, instead of always thinking it must be related to an activity, consider that it may be what you are doing...when you are inactive. I have more patients that aggravate their back and neck while sitting than walking. The movement or activity you are doing that may be causing you more problems is typically easy to identify... I often use this

example with patients: “when you sprain your ankle you know at the instant you did it or immediately after you did it. It is NOT like you roll your ankle and then four hours later your ankle starts hurting.” So, as a starting point, focus on the exact thing you are doing when your back hurts (including sleeping, sitting or just standing there) and/or what you were doing immediately before it hurt. Through the years, I have simplified my assessments and recommendations based on how the patient responds to specific movements and position. The movement is not what matters, the response to the movements or positions is what matters. One of the most challenging issues I face is teaching a patient to zero in on each moment of each day. Their issue is unique to that moment of time. Meaning just because something hurt yesterday does not mean it will today, and just because something helped yesterday does not mean it will today. Too often we are seeking to just find something that works but don’t like it when the something is different! I often say back pain is commonly “consistently inconsistent!” What matters most is trusting the body at the exact moment you are having an issue and trying to resolve it by identifying what is provoking it so you can this moment...and what specific strategies you can use to alleviate your this moment. What works for one person may aggravate another person. No one has the “exact same issue” as another person just because they have the same diagnosis. This is important; just because one person has sciatica does not mean they will respond the same as every person with sciatica. This is also very important, if you had sciatica ten years ago is not the same sciatica you have today. In ten years, your body and life situation is different than it was the first time, and therefore the solutions may be different! What I am saying is...find what works for you NOW...then use what works for you. This all sounds obvious, and yet this is often what I am explaining to patients each week,

partly because they are discouraged when their symptoms don’t respond how they anticipated or how they have in the past. My approach has evolved to a point where I am looking for immediate results and if the results are not what I expected then I am relying on the patient’s body to teach me what they need next. This requires an understanding of a few principles. The most valuable tip you can take away from this article is this: • Establish baselines: a. symptom baseline b. movement baseline • Try a movement or a position (a stretch or activity) • Re-test your baselines How did your symptoms change because of the movement / position? . How did your movement change because of the movement / position? Using my patient as an example, I had her check her lower spine motion. There are four directions I check. 1. Bending forward 2. Bending backwards 3. Side glide to the right 4. Side glide to the left My patient started with lower back pain. Her movement assessment revealed more pain on her left with both side glide motion. So, my focus now becomes finding a movement / position / stretch that will alleviate her pain and/or improve her motion. I also zero in and focus only on the movements that were limited and which one is limited the most becomes my main focus. The movements can be any movement you have been taught, read about or watched someone do. What matters is that you pay attention to how you are feeling while doing the movement/position/stretch and how you feel after completing it. Next I have the patient re-check their motion and see what effect the movement/position/stretch had on their movement. I recommend doing the movements that feel good during and after and/or help the patient move better afterwards. I honestly do not subscribe that when you are trying to alleviate pain you should

first increase the pain. “No pain no gain” is not a smart plan here. Instead I call it the “calm down mode.” Do what calms things down and avoid what aggravates the condition. This works well and makes it easier for patients to continue because they see the results in a short amount of time. My patient experienced considerable relief and considerable improvements in her motion by applying this concept. Then she asked, “should I be doing all of these stretches at home?” To which I responded…”no, you should only do the one/ones that makes you feel better and move better!”’s NOT the stretch that matters, it is the effect of the stretch after that matters. I can’t tell you how often a patient comes in and tells me they did all the stretches and it doesn’t seem to be working. I typically try another way to emphasize the point that I am looking at how they feel and how they move during and/or immediately after an individual movement/position/ stretch. I really emphasize focusing on and relying on baselines (symptoms and movement) to know if the movement/position/ stretch is helping. So, if you want the bottom it is. Do what helps you move better and feel better after. Stop doing what makes you move worse and helps you feel worse after. Please don’t misunderstand I am not saying to stop if it hurts...I am saying stop if it hurts more after and if you are moving worse after. Back pain typically responds to movement but remember it can be consistently inconsistent. Don’t give up...keep trying! And remember that it is this moment that counts. Just because something helped or hurt the last time does not mean it is true this time. Ultimately the goal is to resume all activities, movements and positions without pain. The safe way to get there is by getting familiar with how you feel and how you move before and after trying something. When you move better and feel better after doing something, you are heading in the right direction!

Week of May 12 – May 18, 2017




Delayed Gratification everyone, claiming spots on the couch, etc. This whole idea is related to another parenting principle I live by, which is Don’t Bother a Happy Baby—but that’s a topic for another month. I hope all you

by Katherine Morna Towne

for Saratoga TODAY One of the parenting tricks I’ve relied on heavily since my oldest was tiny is Delayed Gratification. With Delayed Gratification, the basic idea is to not, under any circumstance, give up all the secret weapons I have as soon as I’m in the situation necessitating the secret weapons. I bet you all know what I mean! Example Number 1: Church. I know I have an hour (or occasionally more) during which I really want my kids to stay calm and quiet. My secret weapons for church have included teethers and other quiet toys, books, Cheerios, and sippy cups. Rather than dump all of that out on the pew when I first get there, though, I instead introduce the toys or books first, as needed, one at a time if possible, not moving on to the next thing until the little ones are getting antsy and distraction isn’t working. Then I pull out the Cheerios (one by one if possible), then the drink. Or whatever order seems best based on that day, as well as whether or not they’re hungry, and whichever of the kids need the most managing. Example Number 2: Sporting events. We were at the baseball field the other night for my sons’ game (which was actually the inspiration for this piece), and I brought dinner as I usually do on game nights. I brought several “courses”: chicken tenders (from frozen), green beans and strawberries (some like one, some like the other, and I’m thrilled if any of them willingly eat anything grown in the ground), Cheetos (a personal favorite, I admit), and

lollipops. I introduced each food separately, and really tried to keep the lollipops until as close to the end as I could. The boys kept asking for them—they knew I had them—but I put them off until I thought it was a good time to give them out (I’m also not opposed to giving a second or even third lollipop if the particular day requires it.) Example Number 3: Overnight trips. This one is trickier—different than the one hour of church or couple-hour-long game, overnight trips involve a whole lot more time and often more craziness to manage. But I use the same method of Delayed Gratification by packing several items and activities that are sure to capture my boys’ interest and introducing them slowly and only as needed. Paper and coloring books are great, especially if they’re new—my boys love to color and draw, so I try to save this as long as I can. A new movie (or even a beloved favorite, if it’s sure to do the trick) is a great part of the plan. We don’t play a huge amount of board- or card games, but the boys love it when we do that kind of thing with them (Hangman is one of our favorites), so an overnight trip is a great time to do something like that (I usually schedule myself to have coffee during this time). At hotels, we revolve most of our activities around when we swim in the pool; when we would stay with my mother-in-law or when we’re at my parents’, the grandparents always had/have something planned that we schedule around (my mother-in-law loved to get the Slip N Slide set up, for example; my mom loves to bake with the boys; my dad will watch

a ball game on TV with them or enlist them to help him with some small chore or activity). But even though I try to have a rough idea of how to fill up the time when we’re outside the house for short periods or long (because “hanging out” just doesn’t work with small children for too long, in my experience), that doesn’t mean I have every minute scheduled, nor that I’m frantic to have the kids doing “something” every second. I really do try to hold off on introducing anything new/fun/ interesting/distracting to them, especially when we first arrive somewhere, as they love to take time to get acquainted with their new surroundings. Even if it’s a spot that’s familiar and welltraveled by our family, my boys will usually be happy spending a good while scoping it out again. The other night my little boys ran right to a tree near where we sit at the baseball field and found cracked acorns underneath on one side and dandelions on the other—all new since we’d been there the week before, and all completely exciting to them. My older boys set off together on a walk around the park and were happily occupied doing that for a large chunk of the game. When we arrive at church, we usually have a few minutes during which the boys look around, see who’s there, find the page in the hymnal for the first song, decide whether they want to keep their coats on or take them off, and even say a few prayers. Getting to the grandparents’ house means tearing off their socks and shoes to get comfy, finding their favorite toys of the ones there, saying hi to

moms have a wonderful Mother’s Day, especially my own mom! Kate and her husband have six sons ages 12, 10, 8, 7, 5, and 3. Follow her at, or email



Week of May 12 – May 18, 2017

School Budget Vote 2017: What You Need to Know by Thomas Kika Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA COUNTY — On May 16, residents across New York State will be able to vote on the proposed budget for their local school districts. In the interest of helping potential voters in the Saratoga County area make an informed decision, we have gathered together information about what will be on the ballots for a number of major local school districts. Saratoga Springs City School District residents will be voting on four major things: the 2017-18 budget, the Board of Education election, and two propositions. This year’s proposed budget amounts to $122,712,342, which calls for a 3.64-percent spending increase over last year. According to the

district’s website, this proposed budget was designed to “preserve the outstanding quality of education for students within the district.” On the Board of Education election ballot are three candidates running for three-year terms: Anjeanette Emeka, who works in academic affairs at SUNY Empire State College, Jennifer Leidig, President and CEO of Ambiance Commerical Systems and Vice fPresident of Ambiance, and Dr. Stephan Verral, a Board Certified Dermatologist in private practice at Gateway Dermatology in Glens Falls and Malta. Proposition Two will authorize the district to spend $1,075,000 on six 66-passenger school buses, four 30-passenger buses, one 23-passenger wheelchair bus and one SUV. Proposition Three will authorize

the creation of a “Capital Reserve Fund” to, according to the district website, “finance future construction, general improvements, reconstruction and renovations.” The fund would pull from existing funds and would not result in a tax increase. Ballston Spa Central School District residents will be voting on a proposed 2017-18 budget, to fill three Board of Education seats, and on additional propositions. This year’s proposed budget is $90,340,742, and represents a 2.1-percent spending increase, which would result in a 0.6-percent tax increase across the district. On the Board of Education ballot, voters will chose between candidates Michael O’Donnell, Katie Thimineur, Lillian McCarthy, and Jeanne Obermayer to fill three seats. Propositions on the ballot this year include a “School Vehicle Replacement Proposition” that allows the district to spend up to $907,000 to purchase and replace buses and vehicles, permission to collect $55,650 for public library funding, and $30,000 for the Ballston Area Recreation Commission. Schuylerville Central School District residents will vote on a proposed 2017-18 budget, to fill two Board of Education seats, and on a few propositions. This year’s proposed budget is $34,849,537, representing a spending increase of 2.1-percent. The district’s website claims that this

Lake Avenue Elementary lets passersby know when they can vote on the district’s proposed budget.

budget will allow for the continuation of programs and services for students, and for the continued “investment in literacy and technology with the continuation of a literacy coach and technology integration specialist.” On the Board of Education ballot, voters will choose from Stanley Barber, Michael Bodnar, and Veronica Wood to fill two seats. Additional propositions will include a proposition for bus leasing and another for the Schuylerville Public Library budget. Finally, voters in the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Central School District will vote on a 2017-18 budget, on three Board

Saratoga Springs High School encourages residents to vote on the proposed budget.

of Education candidates, and on an additional proposition. This year’s proposed budget is $64,492,019, which will represent a 2.48-percent spending increase. The Board of Education ballot will include candidates Peter Sawyer, John Blowers, and Don Marshall. Proposition Two would authorize the district to create a new Board of Education position to be held by a student from the high school. The state-wide school budget vote will take place on May 16, from 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. Visit your district’s website to find out where your polling place will be this year.


Week of May 12 – May 18, 2017

Holocaust Witness Speaks to Spa Catholic Students SARATOGA SPRINGS — On May 1, Saratoga Central Catholic students attended a talk with Holocaust witness Ruth Mendel. Mendel was nine-years-old when she witnessed Nazi soldiers assembling in her town’s square during the German invasion of Luxembourg. Being Jewish, Mendel’s family resolved to escape Nazi-occupation once they realized how real the anti-Semitic threat was. Mendel told students her story of escaping from her home country and living as a refugee in the United States. She also urged students to shun hate speech and name-calling, as such things are what lead to horrors like the Holocaust.

Holocaust witness Ruth Mendel speaks to assembled Spa Catholic students. Photo courtesy of Saratoga Central Catholic School.

Malta Natives Make Dean’s List MALTA — Malta-native siblings Ryan and Matthew McVaigh have recently made their respective colleges’ Dean’s Lists, according to their mother Stacey McVaigh. Ryan, who pursued a degree as Physician’s Assistant at Albany Medical College, made the List every semester while attending the school. He is currently done with his classroom work and is in his first surgical rotation at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany. Matthew, Ryan’s younger

brother, recently finished his freshman year at Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York, and made the Dean’s List for each semester. He is currently pursuing a double major in Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautical Engineering, as well as a minor in Electrical Engineering, and he currently possesses a 3.8 cumulative GPA. If you know of a college student who has recently made their school’s Dean’s List and would like them

Saratoga Independent School to Host Kite Festival SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Independent School will host the Kite & Flight Festival on May 20, on the school’s 60-acre campus. Activities will include kite flying,

drones, rockets, face-painting, a bounce house, food trucks, and much more. Attendance is open and free to the public. For more information on the festival, go to

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

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

to be featured here in the future, send an email with their information (school, class, degree, etc.) to education editor Thomas Kika at


Galway High School Top 10 Students GALWAY — Galway High School principal Michael R. Miller has announced the top 10 students for the Class of 2017. These scholars are as follows, in descending order: 1. Brooke Martin, attending Harvard in the fall 2. Timothy Webb-Horvath, attending SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in the fall 3. Erica Cuthbert, hopes to attend either Ithaca College or the University of Rochester in the fall 4. Kayla Aschmutat, attending the University at Albany in the fall 5. Jennifer Rumsey, attending Clemson University’s Calhoun Honors College 6. Jacob Thompson, attending Middlebury College in February 2018. 7. Rachel Reichard, planning to attend SUNY Plattsburgh 8. Marrina Messak, possibly attending SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry 9. Emily South, attending SUNY Plattsburgh in the fall 10. Alexis Gould, planning to attend Nazareth College in the fall

Saratoga TODAY wishes these students luck in the academic endeavors going forward.


Week of May 12 – May 18, 2017


Week of May 12 – May 18, 2017

The Saratoga Film Academy


The Saratoga Film Academy provides a hands-on, project based learning experience in video and narrative film production for students 8-18 years old. This dynamic learning experience uses Hollywood insider knowledge on how to develop students’ technical skills to assist them in expressing their artistic voices.


Any child or teen who has an interest in stories, movies, media technologies, and performance art will find a new passion in filmmaking. The courses are designed to meet the students where they are at developmentally, learn through experience, and cater to all skill levels. Whether an individual is just beginning or on the verge of winning an oscar, students will find the classes exciting, challenging, and intellectually rewarding.


A combination of professional experiences informs the design of the classes to engage and enrich the student experience. All classes are helmed by SFA’s founder, filmmaker, writer, and teacher Jon Dorflinger who has six years of Hollywood experience and is a NYS certified English

Language Arts Teacher. He is currently employed by Proctor’s and is their Media Arts teacher at Ballston Spa High School. He combines his passion for teaching and his passion for filmmaking into SFA to develop a pedagogy that encourages student growth and independent learning of Hollywood standard skills and practices. SFA film students go through the process of producing their projects like the professionals. They engage in four phases of the production process; writing/ development, pre-production, production, and post production. Producing film projects promotes life-long skills such as project management, strategic planning, communication, and creative problem solving.


SFA is entering its third summer with a variety of classes suitable for all ages. All of the most popular classes from last summer are returning including Stop-Motion Animation, YouTube Video Production, Creative Filmmaking, and The Director’s Class.


Visit us at to check out previous films produced through the academy, and to learn more about SFA and the summer camps. All summer camp registrations can be completed online. For additional questions or inquiries please email or call (310) 801-5642.



Week of May 12 – May 18, 2017

Growing A Garden When Spring Takes Its Time Coming

Saturdays, 9 to 1 Wednesdays 3 to 6 High Rock Park It’s May. Tulips are blooming, the scent of lilacs fills the air. And how are our gardens growing? Well, maybe, they’re not. For many home gardeners, this spring has been challenging, as the weather has swung from sunny and 70s to gray and rainy with threats of overnight frosts. If you’re like me, you’ve watched small healthy starts of spinach, kale, broccoli, and other “cool weather” crops droop and die overnight. “It can be challenging when you have a lot of days with temperatures that won’t get above the low 50s,” said Charles Holub, of Scotch Ridge Berry Farm, one of several Saratoga Farmers’ Market vendors who sell vegetable and herb seedlings. “There’s not a whole lot you can do, except be patient.” Creating gardens in a region with a short growing season often means gardeners must start seedlings indoors until soil temperatures are above 60 degrees. But starting seedlings requires space, sunny windows, and frequent watering – all of which take up

Otrembiak Farm by Eric Jenks

time. Several Saratoga Farmers’ Market vendors make that job easier by selling seedlings that they’ve started in greenhouses or under high tunnels. Still, these seedlings also are vulnerable to the cold. “We always advise people to watch the forecasts carefully, especially at this time of year,” said Chris Dumar, of Balet Flowers & Design. “If you think there’s going to be a frost, cover your plants, or even if they’re in containers, put them under something like a picnic table to protect them.” Dumar also recommends an old farmer’s trick: Spray frosted plants with water before the sun hits the leaves. Steve Otrembiak of Otrembiak Farm encourages gardeners who purchase seedlings

not to rush to transplant. Wait until the time is right. For tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplants, and other hot weather crops, that time is early June. For cooler crops, May can be optimal – unless a cold spell is in the forecast. Otrembiak also says letting seedlings develop a strong root system before transplanting them will help them survive. He picked up a potted herb, tapped the bottom and flipped the pot over, removing the plant and the soil around it. At the base was a thick webbing of roots. “That’s what we like to see when we transplant,” he said. The Saratoga Farmers’ Market is at High Rock Park, 3-6 p.m. Wednesdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

Pea Shoot Pesto By Chef Dan Spitz

Ingredients * Ingredients can be found at the market

- 1 cup, packed, of fresh pea shoots* - ½ cup of fresh parsley leaves* - ¼ cup of fresh mint leaves* - 2 garlic cloves, smashed and roughly chopped* - ½ cup grated parmesan* - ½ cup lightly toasted walnuts - 1 cup good quality olive oil* - 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice - Salt and pepper to taste

Scotch Ridge Berry Farm by Pattie Garrett.

Pea Shoot Pesto

Directions 1. To make pesto using a food processor or Cuisinart, combine the pea shoots, parsley, mint, garlic, and 2 oz of olive oil and pulse until nearly smooth. 2. Continue by adding the parmesan and walnuts, pulse again until combined. 3. Then, while the machine is running, slowly pour in the remaining olive oil and a pinch of salt and fresh cracked pepper. Turn off and taste for salt and lemon. Enjoy on eggs, sandwiches, salads, pasta, and just about any savory breakfast, lunch, and dinner dish. Buon Appetito!


Week of May 12 – May 18, 2017

Foodie Moms

by John Reardon for Saratoga TODAY Hello my Foodie Friends. 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. There is one tool that is considered the “heart” of the kitchen for the culinary connoisseur; it is the chef ’s knife. The Chef ’s knife is also known as a cook’s knife or French knife even though the knife style originates as the German cook’s knife. The chef ’s knife is an all-purpose knife that is curved to allow the cook to rock the knife on the cutting board for a more precise cut. The broad and heavy blade also serves for chopping bone instead of the cleaver making this knife the all purpose heavy knife for food preparation. Chef ’s knives are most commonly available between 6 and 12 inches, though 8 inches is the most common size. As a child, I was not allowed to touch my mother’s chef knife. That honor was given to me as I was taught how to properly handle the knife. Learning proper knife skills helps ensure safety in the kitchen, keeping food, not fingers, on the chopping block. For another, proper knife handling can ensure precision and consistency in food cuts, which can result in more even cooking and more professional results. However, many of us who never attended culinary school never learned the proper way

to hold a knife. There are several ways to hold a knife: The first is a method where the hand that is holding the knife is not simply clutching it within a fist. The thumb rests on the inside of the knife, safely above the sharpened blade. The forefinger is slightly bent, and gently “hooks” the outside of the knife, right around where the blade meets the handle, but once again, at a safe distance from the sharp blade. The positioning of the thumb and forefinger allows the chef to properly direct and guide the blade, so that the knife can be used to cut exactly where he or she wants. Where is the hand that isn’t holding the knife? While it’s not as active in knife work, it’s no less important: it can be used to help “aim” the knife in the right direction, provide stability, and keep food in place while you cut. With the handle grip, the dominant hand is curled around the handle of the knife, almost like how you would hold the handle of a jumping rope. This is a common grip for people who have smaller hands, or to chefs who are new to knife work. While it’s not a terrible grip, it should primarily be considered a starting point. For many children, they begin to write by clutching pencils and crayons like this, but as they become more practiced and dexterous, they graduate to a grip, which allows them more control. A proper knife grip is kind of like that. Once you’ve graduated from this handle grip, you can move on to the more refined grip described above. That having been said, this handle grip is very effective when you are using the knife aligned sideways to smash a

fairly soft ingredient, such as a garlic bulb. The non-dominant hand would be used to put pressure on the sideways blade from above, which would result in smashing the item in question. THE FINGER GRIP: This grip is characterized primarily by the positioning of the forefinger on the knife. Where is the hand that isn’t holding the knife? While it’s not as active in knife work, it’s no less important: it can be used to help “aim” the knife in the right direction, provide stability, and keep food in place while you cut.

The 6” or 8” Chef knife is a wonderful gift to give Mom for Mother’s Day. At Compliments to the Chef, we also give lessons on how to hold a knife and we sharpen knives on site! So a great gift could also be the gift of giving mom a sharp knife! 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! Remember my Foodie Friends and Mom’s: “Life Happens in the Kitchen!” Take care, John and Paula



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Week of May 12 – May 18, 2017


LOCAL BRIEFS transformative power of music. Tickets can be purchased at the Society’s website, by phone 518-416-4060, or at the door the day of the performance.

Rummage Sale West Charlton United Presbyterian Church, 1331 Sacandaga Road, Amsterdam (corner of Routes 147 & 67) will hold its annual Rummage Sale on Friday, May 19 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday, May 20 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. The sale will include clothing, books, household items, children’s toys, and many other items. Annual Senior Luncheon Come join the fun Mardi Gras theme luncheon on Friday, May 19 at the Saratoga Springs City Center located at 522 Broadway, Saratoga Springs. 11 a.m. This event is for seniors age 60 and over. The lunch is served at noon. Menu is bourbon chicken, scalloped potatoes, green bean creole, dinner roll, mini king cake and beverages. No take outs. No animals allowed. We will have live music, door prizes, and a raffle. Get your tickets now while they are still available. Tickets are required to attend and will not be sold at the door. Tickets are available Office for the Aging for $4 each. Please call for details 518884-4100. Mendelssohn’s Elijah Thrill to the drama of a fiery and dynamic performance of Mendelssohn’s masterpiece “Elijah” with the Burnt Hills Oratorio Society and Orchestra. Joining BHOS is special guest Auriel Camerata. This gripping retelling of the famous biblical story brings to life some of the most dramatic moments in the Old Testament. The story starts with the curse of a threeyear drought and ends with the Prophet Elijah’s ascent to heaven on a fiery chariot. This epic choral work will be sung in English, with projected subtitles to enhance the excitement of the drama. The performance is Friday, May 19, at 7:30 p.m. at the Zankel Music Hall, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs. Burnt Hills Oratorio Society is a non-profit community chorus whose goal is to nourish our community with the

Ryan’s Run 5K Run/Walk The 11th Annual Ryan’s Run will be held on Saturday, May 20, 2017, 9 a.m. Join us for a family friendly 5K held at the Saratoga Springs State Park, supporting families affected by Malignant Infantile Osteopetrosis (MIOP) and working toward an improved cure. Online registration will close on Wednesday, May 17. Genealogy and Local History Heritage Hunters of Saratoga County will meet on Saturday, May 20 at 1 p.m. at the Town of Saratoga Town Hall, corner of Rt. 4 and Rt. 29 in Schuylerville. Kathleen Handy, Microcomputer Training Specialist for the Saratoga Springs Public Library, will lead the program; “Bringing Your Genealogical Findings to Life.” Her goal is to help attendees transform their research and memorabilia into appealing forms suited to younger generations who will carry it on. Kathy will explain technology changes over the years and demonstrate how to convert precious treasures into things like Power Point and Movie Maker type presentations, as well as videos and still images with text or captions, family cookbooks and T-shirts for family reunions. Attendees are asked to bring samples of what has been done in their families to bring family history to life and to preserve it. Public is welcome. For information call 518-587-2978. Saratoga Hospital Wag n’ Walk (dogwalk) Saratoga Hospital Wellness Committee is holding this event to support Estherville Animal Shelter. Estherville is a “NO KILL” facility in Saratoga County. They’ve been helping and abandoned pets for over 65 years. The event will take place in Congress Park off Broadway under a pavilion, across from the visitor center on May 20. Registration starts at 9 a.m. followed by the walk through the park at 9:30 a.m. Cost is $10 per family. Mail checks payable to Saratoga Hospital Wellness committee to Holly Drew Moore 1 West Ave., Suite 135 Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Challenges and Promise of an Aging America The White House recently announced that May has been designated as “Older Americans Month,” and on May 20 Sister M. Peter Lillian will be making an appearance in Saratoga Springs at the Saratoga PresbyterianNew England Congregational Church at 24 Circular St., in the Sanctuary at 4 p.m. We have been fortunate in having Sister Peter agree to a Saratoga engagement as she is in great demand as a speaker on aging issues. As Director of the Avila Institute of Gerontology in upstate NY, Sister Peter has been truly dedicated to the task of researching any and all current information pertaining to aging issues and the implications of those findings for policy makers, programs such as Medicare and Social Security, health care providers, and especially for families and individuals who will find themselves in the role of care-givers. Cookbook Sampler Dinner The Malta Ridge United Methodist Church will hold its Cookbook Sampler Dinner on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at the Church located at 729 Malta Avenue Extension, in Malta Ridge. Assorted items prepared from recipes in our recent 200th Anniversary cookbook will be served from 4 - 6:30 p.m. You will be able to select from various choices sufficient to complete a whole meal. Donation is $10 for adults, $50 children 6-12 and under 5 free. For additional information or directions please call the Church at 581-0210. Plants and More Sale Plants of all kinds - Heirloom tomatoes and other veggies; sturdy, well grown perennials at reasonable prices. Sunday, May 21 - 12 - 4 p.m. and Saturday, May 27 – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church parking lot, located at 624 Broadway, Saratoga Springs. For more information contact: Nedra. . Ancient Forests and Champion Trees Fred Breglia will present a talk, “Ancient Forests and Champion Trees” on Wednesday, May 24, at the Saratoga Springs Public Library on Henry Street, Saratoga Springs. The program is offered as part

Week of May 12 – May 18, 2017 of the monthly program of the Southern Adirondack Audubon Society. The program starts at 7 p.m. and is free to the public. For more information, visit www. Music & Mingling Event “Kicks Off the Saratoga Season” The 7th Annual Music & Mingling event to benefit the Adult & Senior Center of Saratoga is scheduled for Thursday, June 1, from 7 - 10:30 p.m. at the Saratoga Polo Fields. This dynamic party kicks off the summer season with all proceeds supporting the Center’s programs. This is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Adult & Senior Center of Saratoga. This non-residential community center serves over 1,500 members by providing a fun and nurturing social environment with support services and programs tailored to adults and seniors. Don’t miss one of the best parties of the season! Admission is $125 (after May 30 the price increases to $150) and includes all food, entertainment and an open bar! Tickets may be purchased at or by calling the Center at (518) 584-1621. Heritage Garden Club Plant Sale The Heritage Garden Club of Saratoga Springs is sponsoring an herb, perennial plant and garden decor sale, Saturday June 3, from 9 to 1:00 on the corner of Bryan St. and East Ave. just off No. Broadway in Saratoga Springs. There will be many varieties of herbs, perennial plants suited for zone 4 as well as garden accents available for sale. Hearts for the Arts The Adirondack Folk School will be hosting its 8th annual dinner dance and silent auction event, Hearts for the Arts, on Saturday, June 3. The fun will begin at 6 p.m. with a cocktail hour and cash bar at the Great Escape Lodge in Queensbury. Our fabulous silent auction will be open all evening and there will be dancing to the sounds of John Kribs and the Trophy Husbands, a full 3-course dinner and a ‘scavenger hunt’ with a grand prize, raffles and awards. Our patron of the arts award will be presented to the Honorable Robert Blais, mayor of Lake George. Please call the Folk School at 518-6962400 for reservations and dinner choices by May 26. The cost for this fundraiser is $65 per member

of the school, and $75 for not-yetmembers. We hope to see you there. Spring Fashion Show Please join the Ballston Area Seniors at the Town of Milton Community Center, located at 310 Northline Rd. Ballston Spa, NY on June 7 at 6 p.m. for the Spring Fashion Show, Presented by Christopher Banks CJ Banks Fashions. Cards, games, refreshments and drinks included. Donation is $5. Get Your Rack Back Cocktail Gala Enjoy an evening of great food and entertainment on Saturday, June 10 from 7 – 11:30 p.m. at the Excelsior Springs at the Marriott, located at at 47 Excelsior Ave., Saratoga Springs. The event is hosted by, actor/comedian Greg Aidala to benefit families affected by cancer in Upstate NY. GYRB holds this fundraising gala each year in order to raise money to provide area cancer patients with meal delivery, gas, grocery and restaurant gift cards as well as medical copay assistance. Come out for a night of fun to help local families! You’ll have an opportunity to win a week’s stay in Cape May NJ just for attending as well as other door prizes! Early Bird ticket pricing is until May 15. Cost is $100 per person or $1000 for a table of 8. The evening includes a champagne reception, great food, a drink ticket and wonderful entertainment. Purchase tickets at: Gyrb6gala. Open Forge Night with Steve Gurzler Get an introduction to the art of blacksmithing by visiting Adirondack Folk School on any of our Open Forge nights for an amazing demonstration on Wednesday, June 21. 6:30 p.m. by Expert smith Steve Gurzler. Observing the demonstration is free and open to the public. For those who want to try their hand at blacksmithing and forge an item at open forge, there is a $20 fee to cover the cost of materials, and safety precautions must be followed – including hard shoes with no open toes, long pants, goggles (supplied) and gloves (supplied). For more information visit www.

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Family Friendly Event

Friday, May 12 HAHA: Healthy Aging Humorous Aging Holiday Inn, 232 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Lunch and Learn with Dr. Joel Goodman, local founder and director of The Humor Project. Admission is $35 ($30 for Academy members) and includes a seated lunch at noon. For registration information and form, please email the Academy at or call the Academy office at 518-5872100 x2145. Hosted by The Academy for Lifelong Learning at Saratoga Springs and sponsored by Prestwick Chase.

Garden Treasures and Other Pleasures Sunnyside Gardens, 345 Church St., Saratoga Springs, 5:30 – 8 p.m. Come to a Wine and Cheese party ticket kick-off event for the Saratoga Soroptimist Secret Gardens Tour which is scheduled for July 9. Open to the public, a wonderful opportunity to stroll through bountiful greenhouses, preview new hand-picked gardening favorites, and sip flavorful wines and enjoy delicious cheeses. Buy your tickets for the Secret Gardens Tour and enjoy a fun-filled event with your friends. Please register with your name and number of guests at secretgardensinfo@

Cerebral Palsy Fundraiser Saratoga-Wilton Elks Lodge, 1 Elks Lane, Saratoga Springs, 6 10 p.m. Party with friends and the Classic 60’s Rock Band, “The Shames.” The cost for this evening is $20 paid at the door or in advance by

calling Judy at 518-587-5568. A delicious picnic meal is included in the ticket price. A cash bar, 60’s attire contest, games and raffle baskets will be available to add to your enjoyment. We hope many join us to help raise donations to assist the Cerebral Palsy Fund.

7th Annual Baskets for Ben Fundraiser Queensbury Hotel, 88 Ridge St., Glens Falls, 4:30 p.m. Ben’s Fund helps children with need in 32 schools in conjunction with Warren, Washington and Saratoga Counties! Baskets for Ben benefits the Ben Osborn Memorial Fund, a regional nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization which was created in loving memory of our Cpl. Benjamin D. Osborn of Queensbury. Ben was killed during combat operations in Kunar Province, Afghanistan on June 15, 2010 while serving in the United States Army during Operation Enduring Freedom. The auction begins at 6:30 p.m. For additional information, please contact: William D. Osborn, President, Ben Osborn Memorial Fund, 518-792-4514.

Saturday, May 13 International Migratory Bird Day Wildlife Sanctuary and School, 148 Stanton Rd. Shushan, 9 – 11:30 a.m. Celebrate “International Migratory Bird Day”, when birdenthusiast Nat Parke returns to guide us on another “Bird Walk” at Dionondehowa . Call 518-8547764 for more information or visit,

Motherless Daughters Gathering Presbyterian New England Congregational Church, 24 Circular St. Saratoga Springs. Noon There will be a gathering for women who have lost their mothers. This event came about in response to the book Motherless Daughters by Hope Edelman and provides a time for women to come together, to honor and remember their mothers. Participants are welcome to bring a photo or another memento of their mother to share. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call 518-584-6091.

Sunday, May 14

Tuesday, May 16

Monthly Breakfast

Pieroghi Sale Pick Up

The Fish Creek Rod and Gun Club, Route 32 south of the village of Victory, 8 – 11 a.m. Will be cooking breakfast and will continue on the second Sunday of each month all year. Eggs cooked to order, bacon, sausage, toast (white or wheat), pancakes (regular, blueberry, buckwheat, apple cinnamon), French toast, home fries, orange juice, coffee, tea, hot chocolate. Cost: Adults $8, child $4. Everyone is welcome to join us.

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

Monday, May 15 Parkinson’s Support Group of Saratoga Wesley Health Care Center, Woodlawn Commons Bldg 2nd floor, 156 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs 2 p.m. This meeting is free and open to anyone with Parkinson’s Disease, family members and friends. For more information call Bruce McClellan at 518-331-9611.

Southern Saratoga Artists’ Society May Meeting Clifton Park Senior Community Center, 6 Clifton Common Blvd., Clifton Park, 6:30 p.m. Featured artist, Takeyce Walter will demonstrate and discuss using pastels in art. Takeyce gives workshops and exhibits throughout the northeast. She works with pastels and oils to reflect her love of landscapes. The public is invited to attend. For more information visit, www.

Christ the Savior Church, 349 Eastline Rd., Ballston Lake, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Potato, sauerkraut, and farmer’s cheese pieroghi will be available. For orders, please call 518-363-0001 as soon as possible.

Havurah Vatik 13th Anniversary Event Congregation Shaara Tfille, 84 Weibel Ave., Saratoga Springs, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Celebrate the 13th Anniversary of Havurah Vatik with a Cuban Fiesta. We will welcome Rabbis Linda Motzkin and Jonathan Rubenstein, leaders of the Temple Sinai 2016 tour, plus travel guide Rhona Koretzky Forman, recently back from a trip to Cuba. You’ll see slides of many fascinating aspects of Cuba, from city scenes and Jewish sites, to art and music. A catered lunch of Cuban specialties follows the program. Call the Temple Sinai Havurah Vatik reservation line at 518-5848730, ext. 4.

Wednesday, May 17 Guided Mindful Meditation Saratoga Springs Public Library, Susman Room, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Take a break from the daily grind and clear your mind with guided Mindful Meditation led by professionals from One Roof Holistic Health Center. Sessions are free and open to the public, and will be held on the first and third Wednesday of each month. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 518584-7860 ext. 205.

Take Control of your Chronic Condition Clifton Park Senior Community Center, 6 Clifton Commons Blvd., Clifton Park, 1 – 3 p.m. The Chronic Disease SelfManagement Program is an amazing evidence-based workshop created by Stanford University enabling those living with chronic disease to regain control of their lives. Participants will receive a free book entitled “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions.” This is a free 6-week workshop series. Participants are welcome to join in the Saratoga County Congregate 60+ dining program at noon courtesy of Saratoga County Office of the Aging. Please register by noon one day in advance by calling 518-3831343 and ask for the kitchen. Menu information is available upon request. Please call Jen Buscema at 518-884-4110 for more information and to register for the workshop.

Thursday, May 18 Benefit for Bud Barber Saratoga Knights of Columbus, 50 Pine Rd., 4:30 – 8 p.m. Chicken Parmigiana and Penne Dinner. Adults $11, Seniors and Veterans $10, children 7-12 $9. For more information call 518584-8547.

ConsciousnessRaising Book Discussion Woodlawn Commons, 156 Lawrence St., Saratoga Springs, 6 p.m. Albany-Saratoga Spiritual Adventures is hosting a spiritual book discussion. All are welcome whether or not they’ve read the book. This month’s book is The Shadow Effect by Debbie Ford. Hosted by Albany-Saratoga Spiritual Adventures at For more information, visit www. or call 518-366-9918.

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Hale Oprah:

Local Artist Hopes Kids’ Book Inspires Audience with Winfrey by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Susan Hale strolled the streets of her ancestors, one recent weekday afternoon. “My family originally came from Boston, and it goes pretty far back,” she said, tracing a lineage from 20th century Union College Professor Edward Everett Hale Jr. to 19th century artists Susan Hale and Philip Leslie Hale; 18th century American patriot Nathan Hale – who famously said “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country,” just prior to being executed for spying on British troops - to

titled “Follow Your Dreams!” – Hale hopes will inspire an audience with Oprah Winfrey. The media giant is slated to speak at Skidmore College’s commencement at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center on May 20. “I want to give a box of books to Oprah’s school in Africa. How do you do that? When I heard that she was coming to Saratoga…I don’t know, it would be a dream to get my books to Oprah, because the story is about positivity, and persisting in spite of bullies,” Hale said. In 2007, Oprah opened the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, a competitive boarding school in Johannesburg, South Africa, that offers education to disadvan-

“Pickles is the neglected one who no one ever hears and who struggles to be heard. She sees a Fairy Pig Mother, who says to her: don’t let them get you down, just follow your dreams,” explained Hale, whose own markers of a lifetime of achievement spill out from the confines of her oversized briefcase. They include flyers promoting “The Pickles Power TV Show” that broadcast on Schenectady’s cable access, clippings from Los Angeles newspapers about her potbellied pig trying to make it big in Hollywood, images from Pickles’ media photoshoots, and prototype T-shirts emblazoned with the words: Dare To Dream Pickle Power! “I dream big,” offered Hale, whose oil paintings have been

“It would be a dream to get my books to Oprah, because the story is about positivity, and persisting in spite of bullies.” - Susan Hale, author and illustrator of “Follow Your Dreams!”

Massachusetts minister John Hale, whom the history books remember for his involvement during the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. More than 250 years later, his fictional portrayal appear in Arthur Miller’s play “The Crucible.” It was at some of Saratoga Springs’ most prominent venues – most gone, some still in existence – where her greatgreat grandfather, Rev. Edward Everett Hale, delivered popular sermons in the late 19th century during biennial Unitarian Conferences that drew attendees from across the northeast. It is Hale’s own talents, which stretch across a broad spectrum of the arts, that brings her to Saratoga Springs on this day. One project in particular – a children’s book she wrote and illustrated

taged students from across the country, Skidmore College will recognize Winfrey’s commitment to education through her academy. One of the graduates of Winfrey’s school will also be receiving a Skidmore degree. The protagonist of Hales’ illustrated book is “Pickles,” a real-life pot-bellied pig who the author took in, in 1997. “I always wanted a pig - since I was a little kid, like Arnold on ‘Green Acres.’ She was a perfect house pet. She rode in the car with me across the country, from here to L.A., and after the book got done Pickles would come with me to school assemblies and book store signings,” said Hale, who received a bachelor of music degree in classical organ performance from Wheaton College in Illinois.

exhibited and classical concerts performed from the South American country of Ecuador to the northern climes of Saratoga Springs. (A clip of her performance at The Grove last summer of Rachmaninoff ’s “Prelude in G Minor” may be viewed

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at: watch?v=36LEhH7-NKg). In October, she is slated to perform at Carnegie Hall. “That’s been a longtime dream,” Hale enthused. After Pickles passed away, the book project went on the backburner, but Hale said she has a renewed interest in updating the illustrations and re-issuing the book. Pickles’ dream is to be a singer and the book illustrated

the challenges she faces and overcomes to reach her goal. Hale also sings a narration in an accompanying CD. “Follow your dreams,” Hale asserted.” I’m living proof.” For more information about the book “Follow Your Dreams,” go to: http://www., and for Susan Hale, go to:

Week of May 12 – May 18, 2017



Saratoga Comic Con Draws More Than 4,000 Fans

Veganism and Buddhism carpooled to yoga while Catholicism met Pointillism for coffee to discuss their next big project. Bipedalism began the day with a jog. Judaism prayed that Militarism would stop fighting. Militarism prayed he knew what he was fighting for. Symbolism was looking for something to be a part of. While Altruism volunteered at a blood drive, Heroism was off fighting fires catching bad guys and taking all of the credit. Cynicism and Skepticism sat in the park, watching the others, judging silently. Existentialism was dealing with a crisis. Narcissism ran down the street Starbucks coffee in hand flip flops on trying to dry freshly-painted nails while rushing to Hedonisms house for work. Sensationalism took a bow and signed autographs and Mercantilism set up shop for the day. Narcissism turned around to see the roses and the chrysanthemums, before scurrying off once again. - by Henry Sinnott, Grade 12, inspired by Tony Hoagland’s “What Narcissism Means to Me.”

A Poetic Pause On the first Wednesday of each month, dozens of regional poets converge upon Caffè Lena to read their words from atop the hallowed Phila Street stage, and to listen to others share their own works. On May 3, Bridgette Gallagher, creative writing teacher at Saratoga Springs High School, brought several students to the café, where they recited their own works. This is one of them. If you live in the Capital Region and would like to contribute a poem for consideration for what we hope to publish as a regular feature in this space, here are some guidelines: you may send up to two original poems at a time, with a maximum limit of 200 words per poem. A note on content: we cannot use poems which contain profanity or themes not suitable for publication elsewhere in the paper. Works may be submitted by email as part of a Word document, or in the body of an email. Please write “Poem Submission” in the email subject line. Include your name, town of residence, and send to: thomas@

Adalia gets silly with artist Erik Johnsen on his unpleasant pooch at Saratoga Comic Con at the Saratoga Springs City Center, attended by more than 4,000 during the weekend of May 6-7, 2017. Image by

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Niche Gallery Presents the Vintage Benefit Cocktail Gala Helps Families Affected by Cancer Photography of Bradford Smith GLENS FALLS — The Niche Gallery will celebrate its reincarnation in a new space with an exhibition featuring the vintage images of Saratoga Country-born photographer Bradford J. Smith. Susan Rivers’ gallery, formerly housed in the Collamer Building on Broadway in Saratoga, has relocated to the Shirt Factory in Glens Falls. “I needed space where I could work, teach classes and display,” Rivers said, in a statement. “The Shirt Factory was the logical choice for me.” The Niche Gallery is housed in Greentree Fiber Arts, in the Glens Falls Shirt Factory at 71 Lawrence St. Photographer Bradford J. Smith was born in Galway and came back home to the Capital Region area an illustrious career in New York City during the 1940s and 1950s, which included stints as a staff photographer for the New York Herald Tribune, a film editor for Walter Cronkite at CBS, and a fashion photographer at Harper’s Bazaar. Smith died in June 2016. The exhibition, “After Hours: The Vintage Photography of Bradford

SARATOGA SPRINGS — An evening of great food and entertainment to be hosted by actor/ comedian Greg Aidala will take place 7 – 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 10 at the Excelsior Springs at the Marriott to benefit families affected by cancer in upstate N.Y. The annual fundraising gala, hosted by Get Your Rack Back, raises money to provide area cancer patients with meal

delivery, gas, grocery and restaurant gift cards as well as medical copay assistance. Door prizes include an opportunity to win a week’s stay in Cape May, New Jersey. Early Bird ticket pricing until May 15 is $100 per person or $1,000 for a table of eight. The evening includes a champagne reception, food, a drink ticket and entertainment. Purchase tickets at:

HMT’s Youth Conservatory Presents The Lion King Jr. SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Youth Musical Theater Conservatory Program at Home Made Theater will present The Lion King Jr, at the Spa Little Theater at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 19, and 1 p.m. Saturday, May 20. The production is presented by a cast of students between the ages of 8 and 16 and features music and lyrics by Elton John and Tim Rice; additional music Vintage Fashion Work by Bradford Smith. “After Hours,” an exhibition featuring Smith’s photography will open May 21 at The Niche Gallery.

Smith,” will have its opening 1 – 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 21, in celebration of what would have been Smith’s 92nd birthday.

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and lyrics by Lebo M, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, and Hans Zimmer; book by Roger Allers and Irene Mecchi based on the Broadway production directed by Julie Taymor. Tickets are $10 adults and $5 children ages 12 and under. Seating is general admission. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling 518-587-4427.


Week of May 12 – May 18, 2017

Rochmon Record Club Highlights Steely Dan’s “Aja” This Week SARATOGA SPRINGS – The Rochmon Record Club returns to Caffe Lena Tuesday, May 16 with its “listen, learn about and discuss” classic rock album series. This month’s event will focus on the 1977 album “Aja” by Steely Dan. Steely Dan’s seventh and best-selling album is considered by many audiophiles to

be a masterpiece of production perfection. Featuring songs such as “Black Cow,” “Aja,” “Deacon Blues,” and “Peg,” the album depicts a hybrid of the rock and jazz worlds. The event begins at 7 p.m. with a live audio and video presentation by Chuck Vosganian aka “Rochmon.” A Rochmon Record Club Listening Party is

meant to inform and deepen the understanding of the history of the individual performers, the songs and the stories that made the iconic album. Conversation and discussion will follow. Light refreshments will be available. A $5 donation is suggested. Donations go to the restoration fund of the Universal Preservation Hall.

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Classical Pianist Anna Keiserman, 3 pm @ Hudson River Music Hall — 832.3484 Jazz Jam Session, 7 pm @ One Caroline — 587.2026 Hot Club of Saratoga, noon @ The Merry Monk — 584.6665

monday, 5/15: Justin Joyner, 6 pm @ Brook Tavern — 871.1473 Open Mic Night, 7 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022 Super Dark Collective Monday: Home Body, 10 pm @ One Caroline — 587.2026

Black Abby, 8 pm @ The Parting Glass — 583.1916

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Bright Series: John Craigie with Appleseed Collective, 8 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022

Seether, 7 pm @ Upstate Concert Hall — 371.0012

Lewis and the New Imperials, 10 pm @ Caroline St. Pub — 583.9400

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Hungry Jack and The Schadenfreude Circus, 8 pm @ Hudson River Music Hall — 832.3484

Bluegrass Open Mic & Jam, 7 pm @ Caffè Lena — 583.0022

Becky Walton and Mike Steiner, acoustic duo, 7 pm @ Inn at Saratoga — 583.1890 Pete Sweeney Quartet, 9 pm @ 9 Maple Avenue — 583.2582 Gobhi w/ Nick Conners fromSugar Eater, 9 pm @ One Caroline — 587.2026 Twiztid w/ G.Mo Skee, Young Wicked, Gorilla Voltage, 9 pm @ Putnam Den — 584.8066 Forthlin Road, 8 pm @ The Parting Glass — 583.1916 State Champs, 5:30 pm @ Upstate Concert Hall — 371.0012 Noreen Pratt, 7 pm @ Wishing Well — 584.7640

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Vendors, Crafters & Artisans Wanted. The Ballston Area Senior Citizens will be holding their Annual Bazaar on October 28 at the Milton Community Center, located at 310 Northline Rd. Ballston Spa. Indoor & out door space available (on first come / first serve basis indoor only). To receive an Exhibit Contract and pay to reserve your table, please contact Sue e-mail— or call Sue @ 518-885-8037 / text message.

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Puzzles Across 1 Negotiated agreements 6 Coagulate 10 Cry of disbelief 14 Wake-up call alternative 15 Talk wildly 16 Dance that tells a story 17 Arm bones 18 Sign of things to come 19 Wild goat with recurved horns 20 Outgoing sort 23 Spews 24 Sets upright 28 Danger color 29 Body shop fig. 31 Feel remorse over 32 Chop (off) 33 Extra-earnest entreaty 36 Crate component 39 Multivolume ref. work 40 Common diagnosis for distracted kids: Abbr. 41 KP duty need 46 Back in time 47 Black __: spy doings 48 Critic Reed 49 Punching tool 52 Sales enticement 54 National park on the Maine coast 56 Clerical worker, facetiously 60 April honoree? 63 German automaker 64 Occupy, as one’s time 65 Bridges in Hollywood 66 TMZ twosome 67 Creepy 68 Vexes 69 Gather in the fields 70 Expression of disdain Down 1 Prince’s lookalike, in a Twain novel 2 Assert without proof 3 Enjoyed a ride in a birchbark 4 Police stings, e.g. 5 Metal refinery 6 Edit for size, as a photo 7 __ duck 8 “Back to you,” in CBspeak 9 Stiffen in fear

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42 Carryall bag 43 Outdoor 44 Spring 45 Reasons that may be flimsy or lame 49 Cling 50 Dog at a roast 51 Kitchen storage area 53 Top grade 55 Colorado skiing mecca 57 Baby-faced 58 Invention beginning 59 Like overcooked pasta 60 Justice Dept. agency 61 On top of, in an ode 62 Furniture wood

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: Carat, Caret, Carrot, Karat Carat is a measurement (200 milligrams) used in weighing gemstones. Ty bought an engagement ring that had a 1.5-carat diamond. Caret is a proofreader’s mark (^) to indicate insertion. It’s also used in math to indicate exponentiation. Editors often insert many carets on a writer’s first draft.If the caret is not in the formula, you will get a different answer. Carrot is the orange root that Bugs Bunny enjoys eating. Carrots grow best when planted in spring. Karat is a measurement showing the ratio of pure gold to other materials in an alloy. The measurement uses a base of 24 units. Pure gold, which is 24/24ths gold, is called 24-karat gold. All their 12-karat jewelry is on sale through next weekend. Dave Dowling is the author of The Wrong Word Dictionary and The Dictionary of Worthless Words. Both books are available from many book retailers, and signed copies can be obtained by contacting Dave at


Week of May 12 – May 18, 2017

Blue Streaks to Serve Their Country Continued from fron page.

States Military Academy in West Point, New York; Feldhaus, a member of the Varsity Football team, will be attending the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York; Navin, a runner with both the Cross Country and Track & Field teams, will also be attending West Point; and Polmatier, a member of both the Varsity Lacrosse and Boys Volleyball teams, will be attending the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Chmiel is a three-year veteran of the Varsity Tennis team at SSHS. Last year, he and the rest of the team made it all the way to claim sectional titles. He currently plays doubles. He first started considering pursuing a military career after high school only a few years ago while witnessing a friend go through the application process. Not having any military history in his family, it was not something he ever thought about in his youth. He attributes his decision to apply to the Air Force Academy to his interest in studying aeronautical engineering, as well as to a general interest in military aircraft. “I’m very excited,” Chmiel said. “I’m humbled to have the opportunity. It was such a competitive process. I know that there’s gonna be a lot of work ahead of me, but I’m ready to put in whatever it takes. As a member of the Varsity Soccer team, Choy made it to the position of Captain after serving as the starting goalkeeper. He has also competed in Track & Field events. Attending the Military Academy at West Point has been an almost life-long dream for Choy, ever since he read a biography of General George S. Patton in second grade that inspired him to serve his country. “I’m super excited. It’s been a long time coming,” Choy said. “It’s been a very long process and I’m extremely humbled to be able to pursue this career in the army.” Feldhaus’s athletic history at SSHS began on the freshman baseball and football teams in ninth grade, and since then he as played on both the JV and Varsity football teams. For a long time, he knew that he wanted to get involved with either the Navy or the Marine Corps, but was never

sure in what way. Having been urged to study engineering by his mother, he found the Merchant Marine Academy at a college fair, and found that it satisfied both goals, to serve his country and to study engineering. “It’s been a long process, maybe like a 13-month application. It just never really seems to end,” Feldhaus said. “So, I’m really excited to get there and get it going.” Navin has been involved with the track team since his freshman year at SSHS. Over the course of his varsity career, he has been the Captain of the Track & Field team, competed in the Suburban Council All-Stars team two years in a row, and set a school record in the 4x800 meter relay. West Point has been his goal since elementary school, having always wanted to serve his country from a young age. “It’s hard to believe it’s still true,” Navin said. “I really can’t believe it, and I’m really excited.” Polmatier has been involved in athletics since seventh grade. His varsity career began in his sophomore year when he joined the Varsity Lacrosse team. He has since served as the Captain of that team in both his junior and senior years. He also played on the Varsity Volleyball team in his junior and senior years, serving as Captain for the team as a senior. He believes that his love of sports and his desire to attend the Naval Academy in Annapolis are tied up in the same principles. “When I’m having the most fun ever is when I’m competing with a group and working hard,” Polmatier said. “And that’s kinda the core of what the military is, just teamwork and relying on that person next to you, which is why I have a fondness for sports, and what’s led me to my interest in the military academies.” Each of the student athletes said that they intend to continue on with athletics while attending their respective schools.

Will Navin, who will be attending West Point. Photo by Thomas Kika.

WILL NAVIN Will is a 4-year Varsity athlete in both Cross Country and Track & Field. He will be attending West Point



Hunter has Varsity Letters from both Track & field and Soccer, where he was a captain. He will be attending West Point

Greg is a captain for the Varsity Lacrosse Team, as well as Boys Volleyball. He will be attending Annapolis

MATT CHMIEL Matt has played 2 yrs. of Varsity Tennis and will heading to the Air Force Academy in the fall

DANE FELDHAUS Dane has Lettered in Varsity Football for the Blue Streaks and will be headed to the Merchant Marines Academy

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The graphic used to celebrate the five athletes’ achievement on the SSHS Athletic Department’s official twitter page. Graphic courtesy of Saratoga Springs City School District.

Gregory Polmatier, who will be attending the Annapolis Naval Academy. Photo by Thomas Kika.

Dane Feldhaus, who will be attending the Merchant Marine Academy. Photo by Thomas Kika.



Saratoga Girls Lacrosse Comes Up Short Against Niskayuna

Week of May 12 – May 18, 2017

Saratoga Horse Show Week One

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First week Grand Prix winner Chanel Du Calvaire, with rider Francois Lamontagne. Photo courtesy of Discover Saratoga.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Chanel Du Calvaire, ridden by Francois Lamontagne, took first place in the Saratoga Grand Prix during the first week of the 2017 Saratoga Horse Show, with a first round time of 80.639. Gandor De Walput, ridden by Lincoln Russell, came in second,

and Zim, ridden by Debbie McCarthy Connor, came in third. Elsewhere, Anne Keesler rode Huckleberry Finn to victory in the Grand Adult Hunter Champion, and Phoebe Topping and Lindsay Brown shared the championship in the Child/Adult High Jumper Classic. The second

week of the show began on May 10 and will continue through May 14, with entrants competing in the second week of the Grand Prix, among other competitions. More information on events for the entirety of the show’s remaining run can be found at www.

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SARATOGA SPRINGS — It was an appropriately gloomy day on May 9 when the Saratoga Springs High School’s Varsity Girls Lacrosse team once again faced Niskayuna in a rematch of sorts. Prior to this game, the so far dominant Blue Streaks had put up only one loss in the spring season against the Silver Warriors in a close non-league game. This time, it was a proper league game on the Streaks’ home turf, but unfortunately the team came up short once again, this time with a much harsher 9-3 defeat. This makes the team 8-1 in league games, dashing their undefeated streak in league games, though still leaving them with a strong record going forward.

Prior to the game, coach Elaine Anton-Lotruglio said that the original shortcoming in the team’s first match against Niskayuna was a lack of confidence. Being a team made up of relatively younger athletes, the familiarity between players was not as strong out of the gate as it is with other teams. To improve the team’s confidence after the first game, the team completed a worksheet and watched a video from the U.S. Lacrosse National Tournament presented by Johns Hopkins women’s lacrosse coach Janine Tucker “Some of what she talks about is putting our fears aside and getting fear to work to our advantage,” Anton-Lotruglio said.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ceremony will take place on Oct. 7 as part of the school’s Homecoming Weekend. For more information, or to submit a nomination, go to


Week of May 12 – May 18, 2017

There Is More to Coaching then Winning Games

by Damian Fantauzzi for Saratoga TODAY I have coached both genders in the following sports: basketball, track and field, cross country, tennis, volleyball, and soccer. Not only do I have 40 plus years as a coach, but add over 20 or so years as an athlete. I have learned how to deal with injuries, and most importantly, how to treat injuries. Generally speaking, the most common injuries are muscle pulls (or strains) that occur when you twist, pull, or even tear your muscle or maybe a tendon, which is the strong elastic cord that connects your muscle to the bone.

As we age we are more susceptible to muscle pulls. So how does one pull a muscle? Through my experience, I see that the biggest reason for injuries is mostly due to the lack of warming up properly before exercising (e.g. running, or jogging) and then failing to stretch the muscles. Some people trained longer than what the body can handle (overtraining), which can result into muscle injuries and if the muscles have not had adequate time to heal, or rest, straining can result in injury. Typically, one will know a muscle is pulled within 24-48 hours of what might seem like an injury. The area will become stiff, sore, and the athlete may experience loss of movement, muscle spasms, bruising, and/or swelling, which is all part of the development of injured muscles or ligaments. Not everyone knows how to treat an athletic injury. The rule of thumb is, “ice is right!” Icing will help speed the healing, and soothe the pain. The application of ice can be administered with an ice pack, or you can wrap ice cubes in a damp towel, the therapy is to cover the area frequently

throughout the day for no more than 10 to 15-minutes each time. I recommend not re-icing an injured area until that area returns to your normal body temperature. Then there is the application of tape to the affected area, but taping is not meant to be a replacement for the injured muscle, ligament, or whatever the injury might be. Tape is meant for support, and security for the affected area, but it’s mostly used to prevent reoccurrence. You do not just tape the affected area, if you have no idea what you’re doing. It’s important to know how to tape for the particular injury and how to apply the technique of taping for that part of the body. A good example is that an ankle sprain in tennis can be different than an ankle sprain in basketball. Tennis taping usually takes what is known as the figure six taping technique, while basketball might require the figure eight technique. I have always used a technique called the Louisiana wrap. Usually I use the new selfadhesive wraps, which are much like tape. This technique covers the total ankle area, and it not only provides security, it’s also a

Saratoga YMCA Opens New Rope Course

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Regional YMCA’s new “Adventure Course” rope and climbing structure is now open. The community can start booking birthday and play packages. The Adventure Course offers 35 feet of climbing challenges and 300 feet of zip lining. It is open to all skill levels.

Photo courtesy of the Saratoga Regional YMCA.

preventative for a re-occurring injury. When I played college basketball, the whole team learned how to wrap their ankles using the Louisiana wrap, and we had very few sprained ankles. Note this when coaching a youth team, or any high school sports team: please do not ever tell a young athlete, who may have a possible injury, to “gut it out.” Unless you have X-ray vision, do not look at the injured athlete and try to analyze the possible status of the injured area and say “run it off!” This is not advisable. The solution is this: the trainer, if available, should analyze the extent of the athlete’s injury. If there is not a trainer available then the severity of the pain might need a medical expert; do not try to justify your own treatment of the problem by guessing to how bad your player’s problem might be. Generally, if there is a pulled muscle, the safest bet is ice, which means no heat for 48-72 hours, and maybe a dose of ibuprofen. To be safe, I recommend the use of anti-inflammatory supplements not be taken on an empty stomach. In today’s technological world, a solution can be found through the use of Google. You might discover that there’s a new tape that’s being used in the world of athletic injuries called KT. Some of you might

have seen it on some athletes. It comes in different colors, including black. The theory behind the application of this extremely flexible KT tape is that it supplies blood to affected areas and its application can last from two to five days. Not only is it flexible, its also waterproof. It relieves the injured areas by increasing the range of motion. In short, it is amazing how it works. It also is a way to manage pain, reduce inflammation, or relax muscles. It provides muscle support, joint corrections, and aids in healing the injured body part because it promotes and improves circulation. It is easy to learn to use, as there are instructional YouTube videos to demonstrate its use. Do remember that the treated area is still injured, so the use of KT isn’t a cure. Time and rest cures all injuries. I hope my experience as a coach can help people who want to coach understand the importance of knowing that there is more to being a coach than just winning games. The player’s safety comes first, and teaching the game, whatever it might be, comes second, and realistically, winning is not as close to the top as one might think. Trust me when I say that it is necessary when an athlete gets injured to put their wellbeing and safety as your number one priority.



Week of May 12 – May 18, 2017

COMMUNITY SPORTS BULLETIN Airway Benefit Golf Tournament GANSEVOORT — The Airway Meadow Golf Club will hold its 13th Annual Benefit Tournament on May 13 from 11:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the club’s location in Gansevoort. The proceeds from this year’s event will go to the Adirondack Samaritan Counseling Center for their Helping Hand Fund, which provides counseling services to veterans and families in the tri-county area. The event will includes a four-player scramble with lunch on the turn, beverages all day, and an Italian buffet. Many prizes, raffles, and silent and live auctions will be held. The price for participation is $89 per entrant. For more information on the event, go to

Dragons Alive Boating Boot Camp SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Dragons Alive boat club will be hosting a special “boot camp” this summer, aimed at offering “fitness instruction and exercises, paddling and safety instruction, and an hour of vigorous paddling with exercise that will condition and strengthen your entire body.” The camp will be held from June 17-24, and from July 8-15. The fee for the camp is $99, which can be applied to membership costs should participants decide to join the Dragons Alive club. No

experience is necessary to take part. For more information on the camp, or to get registration forms, go to, or email info@

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

Tour of the Battenkill 2017 GREENWICH — The 13th annual Tour of the Battenkill Pro/ Am cycling race will be held on May 20 this year, starting at the Washington County Fairgrounds and running from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. The Tour of the Battenkill is the largest one-day Pro/Am cycling race in the country, and will see over 3,000 professional and amateur cyclists riding across over 65 miles of Battenkill Valley terrain. The event is free to attend for spectators. For more information on the event, or to register, go to

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

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

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music from 101.3 The Jockey. Money raised at the event will go towards providing pediatric care at Saratoga Hospital’s Emergency Department. For more information about the run, go to cantina-kids-fun-run.

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

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

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

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

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