Saratoga TODAY 5.18.18

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Issue 20

May 18 – May 24, 2018

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7 Decades Serving Saratoga STARK AUTO ROLLS DOWN ITS DOOR FOR THE LAST TIME by Marissa Gonzalez Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — On May 15 one of the oldest garages in Saratoga, Stark Auto, closed up shop for the last time. “It’s like going full blast then stopping all of a sudden,” Stark said. This past week Stark has been seeing his last customers, packing up and saying goodbyes to town regulars that have been customers

Sid Stark. Photo by Marissa Gonzalez.

for years. It is apparent that Stark was not only a local business but a neighbor people could rely on. In fact, now former customers are seeking Stark’s advice on where to take their car troubles next. “I think we’re an institution of some kind,” Stark said. “It goes back 72-years-ago when my father started it after he got out of the army in World War II and came to Saratoga,” he said. See Story pg. 16


by Lori Mahan Saratoga TODAY

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Susan Cox remembers those magical nights, eyes fixed on the television set in her grandparents living room in Indiana, waiting to see what kind of musical mayhem would ensue. On the screen, a single mother of five alternated sitting behind the wheel of the family’s multicolored school bus and “playing” the piano to lead her musically imbued children in song.

SARATOGA COUNTY — At 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 20 at the Hilton Hotel in Troy, the Upstate New York Basketball Hall of Fame will be inducting 15 people into the basketball hall of fame. Four of the inductees are local to the Saratoga Springs area: Tim DeGregory, Carl Luciano, Dan Tallman, and Rich Johns.

See Story pg. 31

Rich Johns, a long-time educator and coach at Saratoga Springs Central School District, is receiving the John Cahill Community Service Award. “I’m honored by the induction. I’m looking forward to it. Johnny Cahill was one of the top referees in the country for years. I got the call and I sent a letter to a buddy of mine and I said, ‘I’m getting See Story pg. 36



Week of May 18 – May 24, 2018

Snippets of Life from Your Community

Who: James Flynn, Vice President Where: Amsure Q. How long have you been at Amsure? A. Since 2004, in the same position. Q. How long have you been in Saratoga Springs? A. My Wife and I moved to the area in 1995. Q. Where did you live prior to moving to Saratoga? A. I worked on Wall Street. My wife and I loved it up here so much that we decided to cash our chips, and leave work and move up here. It was a little risky, we were pregnant with twins, we were building a house, I took a 66 percent pay cut but we made it work. Best decision we ever made. Q. Do you have any hobbies? A. I like to fish and both my sons play sports. I love to take weekends and watch them play. Q. What do they play? A. Baseball and Hockey. Q. If you could have someone play you in a movie who would it be? A. Wow, probably John Hurt. I like John Hurt.

INTERVIEW BY: Marissa Gonzalez | PHOTO: Provided

Q. Do you have a favorite song? A. Its gotta be Stairway to Heaven. When I was growing up that was the big song when I just graduated high school.

Week of May 18 – May 24, 2018


Veterans Celebrated at Memorial Day Parade by Marissa Gonzalez Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — May 24 marks the second annual Memorial Day parade hosted by the Disabled American Veterans (DAV). The route begins at 6:30 p.m. with staging on North Broadway, proceeding through the center of city, and finish in Congress Park where a ceremony will be at the memorial. There will be performances by the Avant Guard Alumni Drumline, two marching band performances by Oppenheim Ephratah St. Johnsville High School and Corinth High School and the Racing City Chorus. The Disabled American Veterans Marcelle-Nolan Chapter 158 led the committee, which includes representatives from the American Legion Post #70, VFW Post #420, Frederick Allen Lodge #609, Mary A. Carter Temple #360, and the Veterans and Community Housing Coalition. The parade committee selected retired Marine Major Dan Colvin, Jr. as the Grand Marshall for this year’s event. Major Dan Colvin, retired U.S. Marine Corps, enlisted in 1985 and retired in 2013. During his twenty-seven years of active service in both the Enlisted and Officer ranks, he made seven overseas deployments to areas throughout the Western Pacific and Middle East, serving in both aviation and combat arms capacities. Colvin is a member and past Chairman of the Saratoga County Veterans Business Council, as well as a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion. As a civilian, he serves as a Continuous Improvement Leader at Momentive Performance Materials in Waterford. Colvin’s personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with gold star, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with two gold stars, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with two gold stars, along with multiple campaign awards.

“Hopefully going forward, what we’re trying to do, is expand the committee a little bit more and get some more local community involvement because it would be nicer if it would keep growing and taking on a life of its own,” Joe Pennell, the commander of DAV Chapter 158 said. “We want to make it more of a community event, not just a veterans event,” he added. In previous years, the Memorial Day parade was hosted by the Italian-American War Veterans and the Local VFW Post #420. The parade has

been a tradition dating back to the 1970s and perhaps earlier according to Pennell. Disabled American Veterans Marcelle-Nolan Chapter 158 was chartered in 1970, has over 500 members and currently serves disabled veterans and their families in Saratoga, Warren and Washington counties. DAV is a non-profit organization that provides veterans help with transportation, assistance in attending medical appointments, help transitioning to civilian life and connecting vets with employment opportunities.

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Update: Camp Boyhaven Locally Owned & Operated PUBLISHER/EDITOR Chad Beatty | 518-581-2480 x212 GENERAL MANAGER Robin Mitchell | 518-581-2480 x208 MARKETING DIRECTOR Chris Bushee | 518-581-2480 x201 ADVERTISING Jim Daley | 518-581-2480 x209 Cindy Durfey | 518-581-2480 x204 DISTRIBUTION Kim Beatty | 518-581-2480 x205 Carolina Mitchell | Magazine DESIGN Kacie Cotter-Sacala Newspaper Designer, Website Editor Morgan Rook Advertising Production Director and Graphic Designer Samantha Nock Magazine Designer EDITORIAL Thomas Dimopoulos 518-581-2480 x214 City, Crime, Arts/Entertainment Marissa Gonzalez | 518-581-2480 x206 News, Business, Letters to the Editor Lori Mahan | 518-581-2480 x203 Education, Sports

MILTON — The town of Milton decided not to meet the purchase deadline of May 11 set by the Twin Rivers Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Saratoga Preserving Land and Nature (PLAN) continues to work with The Nature Conservancy, the Open Space Institute, and other partners to find a way to save Camp Boyhaven from development. The partners are gathering funding toward

the $1 million price in order to purchase the property directly, without the town. As previously reported, according to Milton attorney Thomas Peterson, failure to close on the May 11 deadline will result in a breach of contract and allows the seller the right to cancel. To find out more information or to pledge toward the purchase of the property contact Saratoga PLAN at 518-587-5554.

TASTE OF MALTA DATE ANNOUNCED MALTA — The Malta Business and Professional Association (MBPA) is set to host their 10th Annual Taste of Malta event. Each year, cuisine from Malta and restaurants from the surrounding area is offered for tasting and sampling. Past events have featured menu items and specialties from Panza’s Restaurant, Dunning Street Station, Lake Ridge, NaNola, Wolf Hollow Brewing Company and Bentley’s. Proceeds from this year’s event will go to support local businesses as well as the Ballston Spa Partnership for Innovation in Education Fund.

Through business and individual sponsorships and donations, entrance fees to the event, and funds raised from raffles held at the event, the MBPA has been able to give over $20,000 to the fund which supports several Ballston Spa Central School District’s most innovative initiatives, including the Clean Technologies and Sustainable Industries Early College in High School. The event is scheduled for July 17 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Hudson Valley Community College’s TEC-SMART. For more information contact the MBPA at 518-288-8009 or at

Week of May 18 – May 24, 2018

Lemery Greisler LLC Welcomes New Attorney SARATOGA SPRINGS — Lemery Greisler LLC, a leading Capital Region business law firm, with offices in Saratoga Springs and Albany, announced the addition of Sara B. Sweeney as an associate attorney. Sweeney concentrates her practice in the area of real estate, corporate and commercial lending, including SBA loan closings and secured transactions. Prior to graduating law school, Sweeney interned with the Albany County Attorney’s Office and served as a Student Law Clerk for New York State Supreme Court Administrative Judge Feroleto. While attending law school, Sweeney served as clerk for the Buffalo Journal of Gender, Law and Social Policy.


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She is admitted to practice in the State of New York and New Jersey, and is a member of the American Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association.

Cantina Restaurant and Saratoga Hospital Foundation Team Up for Cantina Kids Fun Run

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SARATOGA SPRINGS — On June 3 the 11th annual Cantina Kids Fun Run will be held in Congress Park. Last year, nearly 4,000 children received treatment in Saratoga Hospital’s Alfred Z. Solomon Emergency Center. Every one of them benefited from funds raised by the annual Cantina Kids Fun Run. Now in its 11th year, the Fun Run has become a family favorite, attracting hundreds of children and parents, rain or shine. Since its inception in 2008, the event has raised over $409,000 for children’s healthcare at Saratoga Hospital, with the lion’s share of the proceeds benefiting pediatric emergency medicine.

The Fun Run was the brainchild of Cantina restaurant owners Jeff and Heath Ames, who teamed up with Saratoga Hospital Foundation to give back in appreciation for the lifesaving care their daughter has repeatedly received at Saratoga Hospital. The event brings families and organizations together for a healthy outdoor activity—and a worthy cause. This year’s presenting sponsor is New Country Motor Car Group. The race starts at 9 a.m. Early bird registration is $15 through May 22; after that date, general registration is $20. To register or find out more call 518-583-8765.


Week of May 18 – May 24, 2018

COURT Anthony J. Paradise, 39, of Ballston Spa, was sentenced May 9 to one to four years in state prison, after pleading to felony robbery, related to an incident that took place in Saratoga Springs.

of Victory. Sentencing scheduled for Aug. 6. Sharon E. Doring, 53, of Mastic, pleaded May 11 to felony DWI, related to an incident that took place in Malta. Sentencing scheduled for June 28.


Richard A. Faria, 40, of Mechanicville, was sentenced May 9 to one to three years in state prison, after pleading to felony grand larceny, related to an incident that took place in Ballston.

Marshall R. Gehring, age 47, Saratoga Springs, was charged May 10 with equipment (vehicle manufactured after 1952) and misdemeanor DWI.

Barkim H. Tomer, 24, of Schenectady, was sentenced to 1.5 in state prison, after pleading to criminal possession of a controlled substance – a felony, related to an incident that took place in Saratoga Springs.

Demaxia A. Wray, age 21, Hempstead, was charged May 10 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle third degree – a misdemeanor, after being involved in a property damage accident.

Ryan Freebern, 20, of Saratoga Springs, pleaded May 8 to attempted rape in the firstdegree – a felony, related to an incident that took place in Wilton. Sentencing scheduled for July 16.

Manuel Diaz, age 43, Saratoga Springs, was charged May 10 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle third degree – misdemeanor, passed a red traffic signal light.

Robert K. Allen, 49, of Malta, was sentenced May 8 to 2.5 years in state prison, after pleading to attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance – a felony. Kimberly M. Nacy, 48, of Victory Mills, pleaded May 7 to attempted burglary – a felony, related to an incident that took place in the village

Michael D. Rosebrook, age 32, Saratoga Springs, was charged May 6 with burglary second degree/building is a dwelling – felony; stalking in the fourth degree – misdemeanor; stalking in the fourth degree – a misdemeanor. Moses Z. Ostreicher, age 37, Brooklyn, was charged May 6 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle third degree – a misdemeanor; speeding – posted zone. Michael J. Lewis, age 38, Saratoga Springs, was charged May 6 with assault in the second degree/deadly weapon – a felony; criminal possession of a weapon third degree – a felony. Sindi M. Saita, age 56, Voorheesville, was charged May 6 with improper left turn; refuse pre-screen test; misdemeanor DWI; failure to stop at stop sign.

Evan F. Schettini, age 22, Saratoga Springs, was charged May 10 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle third degree – a misdemeanor, speeding – posted zone.

Diego R. Ortego, age 28, Saratoga Springs, was charged May 5 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle third degree – a misdemeanor; operation of motor vehicle by unlicensed driver; unsafe backing.

Maureen Grissom, age 51, Saratoga Springs, was charged May 9 with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle third degree – a misdemeanor.

William H. Creech, age 56, Fort Edward, was charged May 5 with equipment (obstructed view front/rear by object); failure to signal turn, change lanes, parked; operating

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unregistered motor vehicle on highway; aggravated unlicensed operation of motor vehicle third degree – a misdemeanor; unlawful possession of marijuana. Alipi Emilov, age 32, Albany, was charged May 5 with failure to signal turn, change lanes, parked; misdemeanor DWI. Nicholas J. Basher, age 22, South Glens Falls, was charged May 5 with obstructing government administration second – misdemeanor. resisting arrest – a misdemeanor. Michael J. Scoville, age 23, Saratoga Springs, was charged May 4 with criminal contempt second degree/disobedience – two counts/misdemeanor.

Steven W. Harris, age 47, Saratoga Springs, was charged May 4 with criminal trespass third degree/building or property – a misdemeanor. Sean W. Simmons, age 24, Pompano Beach, Florida was charged May 4 with misdemeanor DWI; speeding – posted zone. Alexander M. Fisher, age 23, Clifton Park, was charged May 4 with circumvent interlock - court order operation without device misdemeanor; operation of a motor vehicle by unlicensed driver; consumption of alcoholic beverages; felony DWI as second offense; aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle first degree – a felony.




Week of May 18 – May 24, 2018

Melissa Anne Miller

Bobbi Jean Pratt

Grant Van Patten

Richard Bambara

Raymond Lukomski

MALTA — Melissa Anne Miller passed away on the morning of May 3, 2018. Funeral services for Melissa will be private. Arrangements are under the direction of the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes of 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs 518-584-5373. Visit

CORINTH — Mrs. Bobbi Jean (Aldrich) Pratt, 42, passed away on Monday, May 7, 2018. Calling hours were Monday, May 14, 2018, Burke Funeral Home, North Broadway, Saratoga Springs followed by a funeral service. Burial took place in Greenridge Cemetery. Visit

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Grant Van Patten passed away peacefully on May 9, 2018. Funeral services were Tuesday, May 15, 2018, Presbyterian-New England Congregational Church, Saratoga Springs. Burial with military honors followed at Saratoga National Cemetery, Schuylerville. Visit

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Richard Bambara left this world on Saturday, May 12, 2018. Calling hours were Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at Burke Funeral Home, North Broadway, Saratoga Springs (518-584-5373). A Mass of Christian Burial was Thursday, May 17, 2018 at St. Clement’s Church, Lake Ave. Visit

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Raymond Joseph Lukomski, 58, passed away Thursday, May 10, 2018. Calling hours were Thursday, May 17, 2018 at the Burke Funeral Home, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs (518-584-5373). A funeral service will be conducted 10 a.m. today, Friday, May 18, at the funeral home. Visit

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Jeffrey E. Townsend Greenfield Center — It is with great sadness we announce the sudden death of Jeffrey E. Townsend, 63, who passed away Friday, May 11, 2018. A memorial celebration will be announced at a later date. Arrangements by Burke Funeral Home, Saratoga Springs (518-584-5373). Visit

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Addiction Impacts Whole Families Thank you for bringing attention to the disease of addiction. This is an issue that affects me on a personal level, as I am a person in long-term recovery from this disease. What this means is, I have not had a moodor mind-altering substance since Jan. 25, 2015. My substance abuse did not just affect me; it affected my family as well, because addiction truly is a family disease. There may only be one person drinking or using drugs, but the entire family also suffers. I now work at The Prevention Council of Saratoga County as a trained Family Support Navigator. I help families who have loved ones with addiction. When I first meet a family, I will ask how I can help you. Nine times out of ten the immediate response is “I need to get my loved one into treatment.” Getting the loved one into treatment would be of great help, but this is not the ultimate solution to all of the family’s issues. During our first meeting, I will discuss how it is a family disease and how they need to maintain their own level of health. I equate this to being on an airplane and preparing for an emergency landing. The family needs to put on oxygen masks first in order to best help a loved one. I am able to connect them to resources, provide education on substance use disorder, and most importantly, offer hope and encouragement.

-BRENDAN NORTON Saratoga Springs

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Week of May 18 – May 24, 2018

CHARITY GOLF OUTING TO BENEFIT VETS MALTA — The Malta Veteran Appreciation Program is gearing up to host its second annual Hometown Heroes golf tournament. The Malta Veterans Appreciation Program aims to improve the quality of veterans’ lives through benefits, transportation, food furnishings, handicap ramps


Walking for a Diabetes Cure

and living quarters. A $150 ticket includes green fees with a cart, breakfast, lunch, one beverage, a buffet and gift bag. The tournament will begin at 9 a.m. at Van Patten Golf Course in Clifton Park on July 31. Both players and sponsors can register now by calling 518-577-8863.

Pitney Meadows Looks Ahead SARATOGA SPRINGS — Pitney Meadows is kicking off their second year of the community farm. The Pitney Meadows Community Farm plans to create sustainable landscaping with wildflowers and sunflowers, native plants and trees on the 166-acre farm. It will also have picnic spots and trails for walking, hiking and cycling, and a boardwalk along our stream and marsh, where families can see wildlife and learn about wetland ecologies. For the remainder of this year, Pitney Meadows also expects to expand the community garden beds, create a children’s

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greenhouse and garden, renovate and repurpose historic farm buildings and to welcome more underserved families and organizations in the community.

QUEENSBURY — More than 1,500 participants from throughout northeastern New York laced up their sneakers for JDRF’s (formerly Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) inaugural One Walk Great Escape held on May 12 at the popular theme park. One Walk Great Escape is the result of the consolidation

of JDRF’s One Walk Albany and One Walk Saratoga into one mega event. Walkers beat the fundraising goal of $350,000 by raising $370,000 to help create a world without type one diabetes. Dollars raised will help fund more than 70 human clinical trials of potential type one diabetes therapies. These investments are supporting the

development of next-generation therapies like artificial pancreas technology, beta cell replacement, and smart insulin that can turn on and off in response to blood sugar levels. Saturday’s festivities included a kids’ zone, a pamper zone for moms, a photo booth station and free park admission for those who raised more than $100.


Week of May 18 – May 24, 2018

WOMEN of Influence 2018 Saratoga County Photo by SuperSource Media, LLC.


Angela Amedio

Laura DiRado

Patti Laudicina

Angela Amedio

Cindy Phillips

Dora Lee Stanley

our region with engraved crystal vases and beautiful flowers provided by Dehn’s Flowers. Among other attributes that they all have in common, boundless energy and enthusiasm seem to top the list. “This was another fantastic group of female leaders, who all go above and

beyond to make a difference in their communities.” said Chad Beatty, Publisher of Saratoga TODAY. “As a business owner in Saratoga County it gives me great confidence knowing that we have citizens like these ensuring the ongoing vitality of our region.”

large crowd packed Longfellows Restaurant for Saratoga TODAY’s 2018 Saratoga County Women of Influence Awards Luncheon. The event, sponsored by the Adirondack Trust Company, honored six local women who are helping to shape the future of



Week of May 18 – May 24, 2018

Local Dad Partners With Alex and Ani in Memory of Late Daughter by Marissa Gonzalez Saratoga TODAY BALLSTON LAKE – Walter Boldish, the founder and CEO of I GOT U, collaborated with Alex and Ani on the design of the Charity by Design bracelet that launched on May 15. Boldish lost his daughter in 1996 due to an undiagnosed congenital heart defect prompting the creation of his non-profit called Kenzie’s Kindness. Kenzie’s Kindness helps provide weekend meals to hungry, malnourished and often-impoverished

children within a local school district through the Backpack Food Program. Soon after the passing of his daughter, Boldish’s good friend and confidante sustained a “C4” spinal cord injury the left him a quadriplegic he later passed as well. Later in 2015 Boldish created the I GOT U apparel and lifestyle brand dedicated to spreading a unified, positive message around the world. “It addresses all the social issues in the world in a positive way,” Boldish said. “I GOT U is

saying ‘hey you don’t have to be my best friend, you don’t have to agree with everything I do, just respect me as a human,” he added. 100 percent of the proceeds from the partnership with I GOT U and Alex and Ani will go to Kenzie’s Kindness. “I want help as many charities as I can, the message is so universal, I don’t want it just to be about helping only the back pack program. I want to help the Special Olympics, battered women and runaways,” Boldish said about the collaboration. According to Boldish

I GOT U and Alex and Ani Charity by Design Bracelet. Photo provided.

the message can also address large-scale social issues such as bullying, sportsmanship, interracial marriage and even homosexuality; to even simpler things like helping more around the house. The bracelet collaboration will be available on Alex and Ani’s site from May 15 to August 30. Anyone that orders a bracelet in the packaging will receive a message that says ‘You’re never alone.’ “Over the past sevenyears, Alex and Ani, Charity by Design has partnered with globally recognized non-profits, but the heart of what we do lies in grassroots organizations like Kenzie’s Kindness,” said Deidre Fraser, Alex and Ani Manager of

Strategic Projects. “Through the #Bracelets initiative, we’re able to connect with individuals and small non-profit organizations that are making a direct impact in their local communities.” Boldish, who was adopted along with his 3 siblings professes, “I am the story.” “I GOT U is my story and at the end of this I want to make it your story,” he said. In his spare time Boldish speaks at different schools as well as to adults, he also volunteers with his team at the Ronald McDonald house and Capital City Rescue Mission. “Stop looking for the negativity, if we start looking for the good in people it’s going to be awesome,” he said.


Week of May 18 – May 24, 2018

NOTES FROM CITY HALL by Thomas Dimopoulos • Saratoga TODAY

Paving Schedule: Week of May 21 SARATOGA SPRINGS — The following streets are to be paved according to the schedule below. Depending on construction circumstances or changing weather conditions this schedule could be revised.

Monday, May 21: Mill Clinton St. from Division St. to Church St.; Tuesday, May 22 - Mill Van Dorn St. from Church St. to End; Wednesday, May 23 - Pave Clinton St. from Division St. to Church St.; Thursday, May 24 - Pave Van Dorn

St. from Church St. to end. Paving will begin at 6 a.m. and should be completed by 2 p.m. There is no parking of cars on the street during these hours, and driveway access/egress will be limited with potentially lengthy delays.

Mayor to Host Northside Seniors Meeting May 23 SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Mayor’s Senior Advisory Committee is initiating a series of neighborhood meetings to provide an opportunity for seniors to come together to ask questions and to

discuss issues of concern. The first neighborhood meeting will be held 3 – 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 23 at the Embury Café. All seniors living in the neighborhood that is north of

Church and Van Dam Streets and west of the arterial are invited. Mayor Meg Kelly, Public Safety Commissioner Peter Martin, and Lois Celeste of the Senior Center will be giving short presentations.

A Tree Grows in Saratoga SARATOGA SPRINGS — City Public Works Commissioner Anthony “Skip” Scirocco hosted a ceremony May 16 in Congress Park for the planting of a new willow tree. DPW was assisted during the ceremony by children from the Pre-K in the Park pre-school program. A well-known willow was recently removed from the park due to safety concerns. The new willow was planted near the location of the prior tree, along the banks of the small stream in the park. Photo by SuperSource Media, LLC.

MEETINGS AT CITY HALL MONDAY, MAY 21 The Zoning Board of Appeals will hold a meeting at 7 p.m. Agenda items include: Bonacio Condominiums - 77 Van Dam, modification of previously approved use and area variances for an existing mixed-use (office and residential) building to all residential (25 total units); Neumann Building - 233 Lake Ave. use variance to convert a portion of the senior housing units to multi-family with no age restriction.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 23 The mayor-appointed Charter Review Commission will hold a meeting 4:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 30 A Charter Review Forum will take place at 6 p.m.



Week of May 18 – May 24, 2018

OPIOID NATION IS SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNSELING IN DANGER AS A PROFESSION? Part Four of a multi-part series addressing local and regional handling of the opioid crisis.

by Maureen Werther for Saratoga TODAY Much of the daily conversations about the opioid crisis focus on issues such as improving access to naloxone, increasing the number of treatment facilities, having more education about prevention, and reducing the number of prescriptions being written for painkillers. However, one issue that does not receive enough attention in the media and in the literature is the declining numbers of substance abuse counselors. A February 2016 discussion that aired on NPR’s Morning Edition focused on the problem, saying that the conversation should be focused less on the number of treatment beds available and more on the issue of counselors available to effectively manage those in treatment. Another article published by Recovery Treatment Centers of America stated that approximately one in four treatment staff personnel leave the job each year. This information is backed up by the Institute of Medicine, which has tracked the steady decline of people entering the profession over the past 20 years. The problem is being felt both nationally and locally. Brian Farr, Assistant Professor at Hudson Valley Community College’s Human Services and Chemical Dependency Counseling Department, has watched the steady decline of students opting to obtain associate degrees and the

necessary NYS certification that allows them to work as substance abuse counselors. Farr trains students in HVCC’s Chemical Dependency program who are working to receive their associates degrees in chemical dependency and he also works with them to obtain their CASAC credential offered through the New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS). CASAC, which stands for Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor, is a rigorous multi-step program with specific educational, ethical, competency and previous work requirements a person must demonstrate to be allowed into the program. Once accepted, students must complete 350 hours of required education and training through a certified program such as the one offered through HVCC; or, they must have already completed 4,000 hours of appropriate work experience plus additional training hours. Farr said that, until recently, students going through the CASAC application process would be told by OASAS that there was a backlog of approximately 12 weeks before their applications would even be reviewed. “Last spring, they said the wait time was down to two weeks,” said Farr. He said this is not just a phenomenon peculiar to HVCC. As someone who has been in the substance abuse treatment and recovery field for nearly 25 years, he talks with the 40 or more agencies from Catskill to Lake George. And what he has heard from them all is that they need more counselors. “We really have a shortage.” Charles Moak, Director of Outpatients for Conifer Park in Glens Falls, agrees. Moak has worked in the field of substance abuse treatment for more than 30 years and he is getting ready to retire. He is part of the profession’s

aging workforce and he said that, over the next five years, about 250,000 other counselors will retire along with him, leaving a serious void. “We get a lot of interns from HVCC and Adirondack Community College. Some take to it and some don’t. It’s a unique career that requires a variety of skills,” said Moak, with empathy being high on the list of those skills. “Some are naturally empathetic and others, not so much.” Another part of the problem, said Moak, is the increased number of treatment opportunities that have been created by the opioid epidemic. “We have more people entering and staying in rehab and a higher demand for treatment.” Moak cited a recent report stating that there are 42 counselors per 1000 insured people eligible for treatment. Farr agrees. “We have fewer clinicians and a bigger pool of sick people,” he said. One of the consequences is that the counselors themselves don’t get as much supervision as had previously been the case. “We need our counseling too,” said Farr. It is very important that counselors have adequate access to their own therapy sessions to avoid burnout. “That’s not happening the way it should,” said Farr.

Before figuring out how to solve the increasing shortage of people going into a profession that is rapidly growing in importance, it is necessary to look at why people are opting for other professional tracks. While most agree that the two main issues at the root of the shortage are low salaries and burnout, there is some disagreement over which issue is the most serious. Farr and Moak both recall tuition forgiveness and other incentives that were available to those for pursuing degrees in substance abuse treatment counseling when they were in school. Those incentives are no longer available and, given the significant amount of time and expense involved in getting a college degree and a CASAC credential, it is likely that many students are discouraged from entering the field. Other fields that require the same level of training and credentialing tend to pay more once the person is in the workforce. While there have been calls on the federal government from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration and the National Council for Behavioral Health to offer tuition reimbursement, the 20182019 Federal Budget does not specifically discuss how monies

going to states and educational programs will be used. According to, the average salary for a substance abuse treatment counselor is about $38,000 annually, while other sources indicate that the rate may be somewhat higher. According to the NYS Dept. of Labor Statistics, salaries can go as high as $63,000 annually, which seems to corroborate Farr’s comment that “You don’t have to take a vow of poverty to work in this field.” Farr noted that, while the salary may be lower than other professions initially, it is possible to make a decent living and if a person is good at his/her job, promotions and pay increases are there. “My first job was overnight and holidays at a halfway house – with a BA – but I stuck around and was offered a directorship and now I’m teaching. But, everyone I know who has stuck with this, we do it for the outcome – not the income.” Farr did admit, however, that as he becomes more involved politically, he feels that higher pay is something that should be pushed for, as state and federal budgets begin to prepare for how they will allocate monies the Trump administration tagged for the opioid epidemic. Moak agreed that pay should be better for people continued on pg 13...

Week of May 18 – May 24, 2018 continued from pg 12... doing the difficult job of counseling, and he also suggested that monies be made available to subsidize education and training, and to reinstate tuition forgiveness for those opting to go into the profession. The other problem of burnout is more difficult to combat, given the ever-growing numbers of people in need of treatment. Meghan Riihimaki is program coordinator with Saratoga County Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. She said there used to be a cap of 30-35 people per counselor in the program, which is no longer the case. She added that roughly 80 percent of their clients are mandated – meaning that their clients are required to be in counseling, either by the court or their probation officer. Many of those clients are in denial and don’t want to be there. “When the client struggles, it becomes more labor intensive for the counselor,” said Riihimaki. The name for the burnout experienced by people in the substance abuse counseling profession, according to Farr, is “empathy fatigue.” And while it happens in every “helping” profession, Farr pointed out that, unlike patients going to their doctor or dentist, people in treatment for substance abuse disorder don’t always realize that they need to be

there. This makes the whole process very taxing on the counselors, with some unable to take it. However, Farr, Moak and Riihimaki all agree that the benefits of being in their profession far outweigh the downsides. Many counselors, although by no means all, have been through treatment themselves, giving them a greater insight into their clients’ struggles with overcoming the disease. Others come to the profession after retiring from another, completely different career and looking for a different kind of fulfilment. For Moak, he said this has been the best job he could have ever hoped to have. Most people who do enter the field have been touched in some way by addiction and are looking for a way to help, said Farr. “There is always hope,” said Riihimaki. “As difficult as it is to be in this profession at times, it is hugely rewarding to be part of someone’s recovery process.” In the meanwhile, more funding dollars need to be directed toward offering more competitive salaries, particularly for those just entering the profession. And, once they are in the profession, there needs to be more supervision and attention paid to the counselors themselves, to help them avoid the burnout, frustration and fatigue that all too often results in many opting out of the career.







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by Brendan O’Meara for Saratoga TODAY WHEN JUSTIFY brought the pipe to Kentucky, it harkened back to 2004, that time that Smarty Jones and Lionheart went to the front and finished 1-2 respectively. With both horses in the 2018 renewal coming back for the Preakness, something similar might happen. Justify’s win raises a far more wide-ranging point that doesn’t get volleyed around too much: that Bob Baffert is the greatest trainer of three-year-olds of all time. Because he rarely has older horses (a product of training such great young ones) and never a turf horse (only 1,177 turf starters since 2000 as of this writing. Compare that to 8,005 on dirt), he can’t be considered the greatest all-round trainer, but when it comes to training three-year-old colts—and one special filly—who, aside from D. Wayne Lukas— even comes close? “He’s right up there,” Lukas said in Art Wilson’s Orange County Register story. “You can put him anywhere you want in the top three or four and you will be right. I mean, I think that what he’s accomplished and what he’s put together … you gotta look at the big picture. Our game is more than just training race horses. It’s managing people, managing horses, developing studs, affecting the breeding industry, causing economic impact in the sales ring, and Bob has done all of that. Bob affects every facet of the industry in some way or another.” This is also a guy who won

his first Derby and most recent Derby 21 years apart, first with Silver Charm and then with Justify. And there’s the matter of a Triple Crown winner thrown in there like in ain’t no thang. I always thought it would be fun to do a fantasy draft for horses and see whose stable would kick a superlative amount of tail, but why open that up when we could have a Fantasy Draft of Baffert’s best three-year-olds? Justify could very well be on his way to joining the elite Baffert sophomores, but let’s take a dive and rank the 10 Best Baffert Three-Year-Olds of the past 21 years.

call), Lookin At Lucky had to tap on the brakes heading out of the gate. It cost him the race. He came back two weeks later to win the Preakness Stakes and reassert himself as the best threeyear-old of his class. He’d later win the Haskell and be named Champion Three-Year-Old.


This horse was sorta like the Allen Iverson of colts: small, scrappy, tough. War Emblem won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness in 2002 but couldn’t make it three in a row in Baffert’s third try for the Triple Crown in a span of five years. War Emblem would soon win the Haskell, a race Baffert wins with colonic regularity.


Silver Charm brought Baffert to the scene as we know it. He was Baffert’s first Kentucky Derby winner, first Preakness winner, and first shot at the Triple Crown, something that would be painfully close—too close to call—just a year later in 1998.


Bob Baffert. Photo provided by NYRA.


This son of Gio Ponti won the King’s Bishop and the Breeders’ Cup Sprint as a three-year-old adding a fourth BC Sprint to Baffert’s CV.


Congaree ran a screaming fast opening mile to the Kentucky Derby in 2001 before losing the photo finish for second place in the fastest Derby since Secretariat. We’ll never know what was laced in the dirt that day at Churchill, but Congaree would be far higher on this list were it not for his stablemate later in this list.


He was the best horse of the 2011 Kentucky Derby with the worst post: Post 1. To quote race caller Tom Durkin (in his final Derby

Go watch Real Quiet’s Belmont Stakes. … How does he lose!? How is he not the 12th horse to win the Triple Crown after 20 years? It would take another 17 years before that streak got snapped, but Real Quiet had the game and nearly pulled off the feat. At three, he won the Derby, Preakness and the Santa Anita Derby. He lost by the shortest of margins in the Belmont Stakes, which gives him an edge over Silver Charm and War Emblem.


This is a tough one to slot. Are we still drunk off his 2017 Dubai World Cup win as a four-year-old that it clouds our (my) vision? In a sense the answer to that question is yes, but as a sophomore, Arrogate exited his allowance condition in California only to break the track record in the Travers Stakes. He took a breather then beat California Chrome in

the Breeders’ Cup Classic. It was a forgettable season for the Triple Crown with Nyquist, Exaggerator, and Creative Cause winning the three big spring races, but aside from Exaggerator, no other three-year-old took command of the division until Arrogate went mental in the final push for the Eclipse Award.


Few horses these days run in all three legs of the Triple Crown especially if they tire and finish poorly in Kentucky as Point Given did. This monster went on to win the back end of the Triple Crown sweeping the Preakness and Belmont Stakes after flattening out in the Derby. He later won the Haskell and the Travers en route to being named Horse of the Year, and, naturally, Champion Three-Year-Old.


She won eight races in her threeyear-old season including four Grade 1s. She was so dominant among her own gender that she ran in the Belmont Stakes only to flatten out to seventh after carrying the field around the oval

on her back for eight furlongs. She won the Kentucky Oaks and the Alabama Stakes and finished second the Grade 1 Beldame against older fillies and mares.


It has to be American Pharoah, the 12th winner of the Triple Crown who went on to win the Haskell in style, lose the Travers, and then complete the “Grand Slam” by winning the Breeders’ Cup Classic like it was a Mondaymorning gallop. American Pharoah was perfectly campaigned and had the equally perfect mix of talent and demeanor, which allowed him to weather 99 percent of all challenges. Who else could handle that kind of pressure beside Baffert? Few…few indeed. Now, where will Justify sit? Who knows, but he is unbeaten and if he wins the Preakness he’ll be in this company and his running style seems perfect for yet another Haskell win and maybe a Travers win for the greatest trainer of three-year-old horses the world has ever known.



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7 Decades Serving Saratoga STARK AUTO ROLLS DOWN ITS DOOR FOR THE LAST TIME continued from ftont page... Stark’s father, Henry, first shop and has been managing the started the business with a shop garage since 1985. Stark has only located at what is now Saratoga one employee, Richard Pregent, Masonry. It was a salvage yard whom he calls his franchise that also sold used cars. It quarterback or his Tom Brady. wasn’t until 1958 when Stark’s There are still customers today, father opened up shop at the that have been using Stark Auto for 64 Excelsior the services since Ave. location. “WITH A BUSINESS day one. While in High “People have School Stark YOU’RE EITHER ALL been coming worked the gas IN OR ALL OUT...” here for so long, pump that used they kinda lost a to be part of the garage. After place to go,” Stark said. attending college at Rensselaer “With a business you’re either Polytechnic Institute (RPI) Stark all in or all out… You got to put in was a teacher for six years at long hours… Actually taking care Greenwich Junior-Senior High of the customers, that’s the fun School. He later returned to the part,” Stark said.

Richard Pregent (left) and Sid Stark. Photo by Marissa Gonzalez.

Richard Pregent. Photo by Marissa Gonzalez.

The fate of the property is still known, even for Stark. “We have a perspective buyer and they don’t know if they are going to knock it down or rent it out,” he said. Stark owns the whole building. Including the auto parts store that is connected to the garage. He did not disclose who the buyer is. When asked what’s next for Stark, “freedom,” he said. “I’m ready to do the things I want to do,” he added. Stark has four daughters and seven grand children. “I can’t wait to spend more time with them,” he said.



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NOBODY REALLY KNOWS WHAT WE DO HERE Todd Shimkus, President of the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce I STARTED my career as a Chamber executive, in Massachusetts, in April of 1995. I’ve since had the honor to work as a Chamber executive, in New York, starting at the Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce, in Glens Falls, in 2003, and since 2010 at the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce. Three chambers. Three communities. Twenty three years in this profession. One constant — nobody really knows what we do at a chamber of commerce to help our members and to lead our communities. Hopefully, everyone sees

The Chamber’s professional staff enjoys visiting members throughout the year such as he Saratoga National Historical Park’s visitor center. Photo by Richard Snyder.

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Issue 8

February 23 – March 1, 2018

C H A RT E R VOTE May Return in November

by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Three times in the past 12 years, voters have cast ballots that challenge the city’s long-held form of government, with each successive referendum resulting in an ever-narrowing margin of difference to maintain the status quo. A group of residents advocating for charter change

are considering a move to put the issue back in front of voters in November in the hope the fourth time will be the charm. Last November, the proposition was defeated by a 4,458 - 4,448 margin, a difference of 10 votes out of the nearly 9,000 ballots cast. “Everybody we have talked to since November said this was a dead heat, that the community


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its Winding Brook development, by Larry Goodwin which currently has more than Saratoga TODAY 40 properties. STILLWATER — A proposal The proposal, initially to put up 19 new buildings near discussed last summer by town the southern part of Saratoga officials, at first involved the Lake — each containing four construction of 11 more singlecondominiums — family homes is among multiple 19 BUILDINGS, closer to Saratoga d e v e l o p m e n t 76 CONDOMINIUMS Lake. But projects that area Amedore revised residents are closely monitoring. it to 19 buildings containing a At a public hearing on total of 76 condominiums. Thursday, Feb. 15, the Stillwater Representatives for Amedore Town Board heard from a Homes did not return repeated number of residents regarding calls for comment. a revised proposal by AlbanySee Story pg. 12 based Amedore Homes to extend

by David Washburn for Saratoga TODAY Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding have been stealing the headlines again, thanks to a film, a “20/20” special and interviews with the man who clubbed Kerrigan’s leg. For several weeks before and during the 1994 Olympic Winter Games in Norway, the lead story every day was about Kerrigan and Harding. Concurrent to that drama 24 years ago, another story played out, but this story has a happier ending. Five days after Shane Stant whacked Kerrigan in her right leg, ending her chances to defend her U.S. figure skating championship in Detroit, U.S. speed skater Kristen Talbot and her brother Jason Talbot were undergoing a lifealtering procedure in Baltimore.

Kristen, 23 at the time, had just qualified in Milwaukee for her third Olympics. Three days later, she was in excruciating pain donating bone marrow to help save her brother’s life. Doctors inserted a corkscrewlike device into several locations in her hips and withdrew one pint of bone marrow in a procedure that lasted two hours. “It’s hard to describe the pain,” Kristen said during a conversation this January in her farmhouse living room. “Imagine if you slipped on the ice, both feet went straight up in the air and you landed directly on your hips. That’s what it felt like, every time they went in there.” Jason had been diagnosed in December 1993 with aplastic anemia, a rare condition in which the body stops producing the See Story pg. 8

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branding Saratoga County as one of the healthiest place to work. And this time of year, we’re about to select 24 people to take part in the Leadership Saratoga program so they can become better leaders and volunteers. But there is so much more that we do that no one sees… Richie Snyder takes and shares photos and videos of members with members all the time because this content is so valuable for online promotions. Sara Thornton calls members to help them build their own microsites and to make sure they are placing their events in our online community calendar. When someone wants to know where they can volunteer to make a difference, Kathleen Fyfe talks to and connects them with a local nonprofit. Local Veterans looking for local jobs contact Denise Romeo, and she becomes their friend, mentor and champion. Joe Russell doesn’t just sell chamber memberships. He listens to those he talks with and often refers them first to our SCORE volunteers so they get free help with their startup.

Keith VanVeghten is already at work planning our October 4 B2B expo while also finding time to help the July 4 All American Celebration to secure the permit to host this incredible event. Beyond managing Saratoga County’s tourism promotional campaign, Annamaria Bellantoni sets up our information booth on Broadway. This includes taking our dedicated summer staff on tours of new local venues. Deb Zeman helps local businesses to get information about health and dental insurance options. Terri Tommell helps organizations that want to join the Chamber by setting up monthly payment plans to make it more affordable. Whether you are a staff of one or you have lots of employees, our professional staff is an extension of your own staff. So my advice is don’t assume you know what the chamber of commerce can do. Because I can assure you that nearly every week if not every day, we make a connection or help a member to do something that even we didn’t know was possible. That’s what keeps us going and makes this job so much fun!

20 County Chamber Officials Invited to GlobalFoundries Luncheon MALTA — The Chair of the Chamber’s Board of Directors, Brian Straughter and Chamber President Todd Shimkus were invited to a luncheon at GlobalFoundries’ Fab 8 facility. On May 7 Shimkus and Straughter met with the Mubadala Investment Company, owners of Global Foundries, to commemorate a growing partnership between the chipmaker and New York State. Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak, Group CEO and Managing Director of the Mubadala Investmemt Company, and Yousef Al Otaiba, the United Arab Emirates Ambassador to the United States all spoke at the luncheon. The theme of their remarks was that GlobalFoundries is changing the industry that is changing our world right here in Saratoga County. After this luncheon, the leaders of the Mubadala Investment Company headed to Albany and Washington DC for meetings with governmental leaders.

DBA Announces Pet-Friendly Initiative SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Springs Downtown Business Association (DBA) is introducing an initiative that will assist business owners in creating a more pet-friendly Saratoga. The DBA partnered with Pet Partners LLC to create SPAW

BUSINESS BRIEFS City. SPAW City will supply local businesses the collateral they need to market themselves as a SPAW City approved location. This includes window decals, dog bowls, clean up areas, signs and welcome packages for hotels and inns. Events will also be held later in the year. Pet Partners LLC has been headquartered in the Saratoga area for over 15 years. Pet Partners LLC purchases neighborhood veterinary hospitals nationwide and provides them with centralized business management services. For more information contact

Joint Networking Mixer at Dunning Street Station BALLSTON SPA — The Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association (BSBPA) and The Chamber of Southern Saratoga County are holding a joint networking mixer on May 23. The mixer will help individuals learn more about the BSBPA and the Chamber, and network with other members of the community. Dunning Street Station will host the mixer from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. It is open to the public and tickets are $10 per person. Both the BSBPA and the Chamber of Southern Saratoga County aims to advocate for business owners in the area and provide the resources needed to improve their businesses. To find out more email

Week of May 18 – May 24, 2018

The Adirondack Trust Company Makes Donation to The Brave Will Foundation SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Adirondack Trust Company announced on May 14 that they have donated $1,750 to The Brave Will Foundation. The donation comes as part of their annual ATC Saratoga Programs Credit Card Donation. Once a year, the Adirondack Trust Company donates a percentage of the interest earned on credit card balances to a local nonprofit organization. The organization is selected as part of an ATC customer survey that is sent out annually and selected by ATC Saratoga credit card customers. The Brave Will Foundation is a nonprofit that provides services and support for the

Charles V. Wait, Jr., ATC, Executive Vice President, Tammy Hladun, The Brave Will Foundation, Vice-President and Matthew Hladun, The Brave Will Foundation, President. Photo provided.

families and the children who are diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses. They strive to ensure

that the needs of the child and their family are being cared for throughout all stages of care.

Saratoga Builders Association Awards Two Student Scholarships The Saratoga Builders Association, Inc. is proud to announce that they have awarded two scholarships this year due to the number and quality of the applications received. Congratulations to Brandon Fitzpatrick of Saratoga Springs. Brandon is currently attending SUNY Delhi and will be pursuing a career in Refrigeration/HVAC. He has a high 3.89 cumulative GPA at College. Congratulations to Jakob Wiegand of Saratoga Springs. Jakob is a senior at Saratoga Springs High School with a cumulative GPA of 99.93 and rated 6th in the graduating class of 532. He will be attending Valparaiso University this fall to study Civil Engineering. The Saratoga Builders Association normally makes one $1000 student scholarship award available annually to high school seniors or college students who are planning to pursue a career in the construction industry. This year two winners were selected.

SBA Student Scholarship recipient Brandon Fitzpatrick with SBA Executive Director Barry Potoker and SBA President Dave Trojanski presenting the $1000 check.

SBA Student Scholarship recipient Jakob Wiegand with SBA Executive Director Barry Potoker and SBA President Dave Trojanski presenting the $1000 check.

Week of May 18 – May 24, 2018


Puzzles Across 1 Dropped the ball 6 Pantry pest 9 Puts in a cooler 14 Successor of Pope John X 15 Like many indie films 17 “You Be __”: 1986 Run-D.M.C. hit 18 Dr. Brown’s classic drink 19 Pasadena institute 21 Mysterious power 22 Slush Puppie maker 23 Little snicker 25 Cries out for calamine 30 Three times, in an Rx 31 Notes after do 32 Prefix for “time” 33 __-wop music 35 Starting device: Abbr. 37 Belgian banknotes 38 Speedmaster watchmaker 40 __ Na Na 41 Gypsum painting surface 42 Whittled 43 President pro __ 44 Salt Lake City collegian 45 Remains in the fire? 47 Wolfgang’s veto 49 Baseball uniform part 52 Doesn’t go for the green, in golf 53 U.K. military award 54 Buckwheat noodle 55 Earn after taxes 57 “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” autobiographer Maya 59 Writer of medical thrillers 64 Book with interstates 65 Like California, to a Hawaiian 66 Gape 67 One in a cast 68 WKRP’s Nessman 69 Pasture groups Down 1 Draw out 2 Tighten, as sneakers 3 Contact skating sport 4 Party-planning site 5 Use the good china, say 6 Lead-into-gold practitioner 7 Negative connector

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See puzzle solution on page 38 8 Overly cute, to a Brit 9 Act too quickly 10 Source of much website revenue 11 “Need __ on?” 12 Had no one to catch 13 BART stop, e.g. 16 Rudimentary 20 Revolutionary Guevara 24 Top-of-the-line, and what each of the four longest puzzle answers begins with? 26 Dressing holder 27 Kind of tackle made illegal in the NFL in 2005 28 Hall of Famer Slaughter 29 Only fair 31 Cartoon bird that first appeared in “Fast and Furry-ous”

34 Fancy moldings 36 Some first-born children 38 Volkswagen rival 39 Doll’s cry 46 Short job details? 48 Electrified particle 50 On the train 51 Stops to think, say 54 Luigi’s lucky number? 56 Work very hard 58 Deep cut 59 Zimbabwe neighbor: Abbr. 60 Non-Rx 61 Night flier 62 Olympics skater Midori 63 Neruda wrote one to salt

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: Take a different tack, take a different tact Take a different tack is the correct phrase. It means to take a different strategy, and it derives from the nautical term tack, which is a ship’s direction in relation to the position of its sails. We are going to take a different tack later and focus on quality. 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 18 – May 24, 2018


BSHS Class of 2018 Salutatorian Samantha Paley and Valedictorian Veronika Hughes. Photo provided.

BALLSTON SPA — Principal Kristi Jensen recently announced Veronika Hughes as the Valedictorian and Samantha Paley as the Salutatorian for the Ballston Spa High School Class of 2018. They will both receive a NYS Advanced Designation Regents Diploma with Honors and Mastery in Math and Science. Veronika is a member of the varsity soccer team, the National Honor Society, Tri-M Music Society, and Science Olympiad team, in addition to being the treasurer for Interact club. She gives back to the

community by coaching an under eight soccer team and volunteers to play music at events with the Tri-M Music Honor Society. As the treasurer of the Interact club she volunteers for blood drives and community events. Veronika plans to major in Biology at the University of Virginia. Samantha is the captain of the varsity swim team and has been swimming competitively since 3rd grade. She is a member of both the National Honor Society and Tri-M Music Honor Society. Samantha is an accomplished flautist, achieving

the highest NYSSMA audition level, All-State. She plays the flute at many community events and is a volunteer at Glens Falls Hospital. Samantha is also vice president of the Interact club and Students Helping Students. Samantha plans to pursue a career in medicine and plans to major in Biology at Binghamton University. The BSHS Class of 2018 is currently completing their final days of their senior year and preparing for graduation on June 21. Please visit the school website for additional information at www. or call 518-884-7195.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Dr. Joseph Greco, K-12 Director of Math, Science and Technology Integration in the Saratoga Springs City School District, has been named the 2017-2018 ACT College and Career Readiness Champion for New York State. The award recognizes individuals who are making a positive impact in their communities through their efforts to advance college and career readiness. The ACT Council selected Dr. Greco from a strong applicant pool due to his involvement with K-12 STEM education, P-TECH and the Early College Career Academy, the expansion of Project Lead the Way in the elementary and middle levels, as well the partnerships he continues to create between the school and the surrounding community. Dr. Greco’s focus has been on creating equity of outcomes, so all students can access, and be successful in, rigorous STEM programming leading to college and career readiness. “While the spotlight is currently on our STEM programming, we should be proud of our entire district’s work towards creating learning experiences that

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strengthen our students’ ability to communicate, collaborate, and persevere in their efforts to solve unstructured problems. That is truly why we are being recognized as New York’s K-12 Champion for College and Career Readiness,” said Dr. Joseph Greco, K-12 Director of Math, Science, and Technology Integration. The ACT College and Career Readiness Champions are individuals across the country who support ACT’s mission of education and workplace success. They are high school seniors, K-12, postsecondary, and workforce professionals, who have demonstrated exemplary behavior and contributions in support of college and career readiness in their respective communities.


Week of May 18 – May 24, 2018

Spring Concerts in the Ballston Spa Schools BALLSTON SPA — Join us for a performance in one of the Ballston Spa schools this spring as students present their final concerts of the year. Concerts are free and open to the public. The schedule includes: • May 21: Middle School Spring Concert, Part II, 7 p.m. (High School Auditorium) • May 22: Malta Avenue Elementary School Spring Concert, 7 p.m. • May 24: Milton Terrace Elementary School Spring Concert, 7 p.m. • June 5: Wood Road Elementary School Spring Concert, 7 p.m. Additional information is located on the Music Department webpage via Please check for the latest information or call the appropriate school office.

Schuylerville Central School Alumni Banquet SCHUYLERVILLE — Schuylerville Central School Alumni Banquet will be held on Sat., Aug. 4 at the American Legion, Clancy St., Schuylerville from 6 pm to 11 pm. Music by DJ Andy Jennings. $30 per person. Contact Pat Temple at 518338-2329 or e-mail patty61349@ for tickets.

Schuylerville Team Wins at Envirothon Competition SCHUYLERVILLE — Envirothon, a science-oriented program founded in 1979, has a Saratoga Regional competition with topics changing year to year. This year’s subject was “Western Rangeland Management: Balancing Diverse Views.” Schuylerville’s winning team included students Cameron Alber, Sidney Gregorek, Caitlin Kelleher, Tristan Turner, and Derek Wilson.

The legislation, signed into law in December 2015, designates music and the arts as important elements of a well-rounded education for all children. The NAMM Foundation’s Best Communities for Music Education Award and the state level implementation of the federal ESSA law bring attention to the importance of keeping music education part of curriculum offerings and available to all students. It also highlights music’s vital role in students’ overall success in school and the personal benefits of making music.

Music Education Program Receives National Recognition

Saratoga Springs CSD Universal PreKindergarten Program

BALLSTON SPA — The Ballston Spa Central School District has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. Ballston Spa is one of the four percent of public school districts across the nation receiving the prestigious award in 2018. The district also received the recognition in 2017. This award recognizes that Ballston Spa is leading the way with music learning opportunities as outlined in the federal education legislation, Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

SARATOGA SPRINGS —The Saratoga Springs City School District is currently accepting contact information for the mailing list for the Universal Pre-Kindergarten program for the 2018-19 school year. To be eligible for the program, children must be four years old on or before December 1, 2018 and must reside in the Saratoga Springs City School District. To be added to the mailing list, please complete the Online Census Form by mid-May and contact the office of Douglas Silvernell at 518-583-4474 to add your contact information to our mailing list. For additional information, please visit

Spa Catholic National Junior Honor Society

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SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Central Catholic School’s National Junior Honor Society Officers with Theresa Alexander from RISSE. The SCC NJHS raised and donated $709 to help

support the RISSE program’s playground. RISSE ( is the Refugee and Immigrant Support Services of Emmaus in Albany, NY. Their mission is “To equip refugees

and recent immigrants to build sustainable, independent lives by offering language and literacy instruction, as well as support with life skills and integration into U.S. culture and community.”

Act With Respect Always Receives Donation from Subaru of America SARATOGA SPRINGS — Coach Rich Johns, President of Act With Respect Always, recently received a donation from Annie Robillard-Esposito of Subaru of America. New Country Subaru of Saratoga under the leadership of General Manager Brian Rushford, who has worked to help support the AWRA mission through its Share the Love event. Brian, Rich and Annie are seen joined by others from New Country Subaru.

Saratoga Independent School to Host Annual Kite & Flight Festival SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Saturday, May 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saratoga Independent School (SIS) will

23 be hosting its 10th annual Kite & Flight Festival. Each spring, SIS presents this free funfilled day inviting the entire community to celebrate with us. Last year’s event drew over 250 attendees. Hosted on Saratoga Independent School’s 60-acre campus, there is plenty of room for kites, flying machines of all sorts, and outside games, activities and contests! The day will include: • Kites! Bring your own or purchase onsite. • Drones! Bring your own. • Rocket Making Kits! • Planes! Balsa wood and paper airplane contests. • Face-painting • Balloon Artist • Bounce house and rock climbing wall • Petting Zoo • Live music with Trail of Fate • Giffy’s BBQ Chicken and Cooley’s Ice Cream Truck


Week of May 18 – May 24, 2018

Week of May 18 – May 24, 2018


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.

WHO IS APPROPRIATE FOR THE SARATOGA FILM ACADEMY? 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 fourth 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 www.saratogafilmacademy. com 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 saratogafilm@ or call (310) 801-5642.



Week of May 18 – May 24, 2018

Riding Your Bike to the Farmers’ Market

High Rock Park Wednesdays | 3 - 6 p.m. Saturdays | 9 - 1 p.m.

by Himanee Gupta-Carlson for Saratoga TODAY Photos by Pattie Garrett. Saratoga’s Bikeatoga group encourages people to get out of their cars and onto their bikes in the spirit of easing traffic as well as promoting good health, fitness and fun. Now, the organization is partnering with the Saratoga

Farmers’ Market to bring more bicycling enthusiasts this summer to High Rock Park. Starting tomorrow, market goers will be able to buy a $5 Bicycle Benefits sticker at the market shed. These stickers will entitle purchasers to a $2 coin redeemable at a vendor’s stall of their choice each time they visit the market via bicycle. The partnership brings the market into the community’s Bicycle Benefits program, a project that Bikeatoga’s Ian Klepetar founded in Saratoga about a decade ago. That project has since expanded nationwide. Its goal, says Klepetar, is to help build safer and healthier communities via bikes. “Getting more people to realize their great ability to move with their own power is meaningful in a number of ways,” says Klepetar. “It creates a way to address the city’s biggest issues: safer streets, healthier humans, and noise, visual, and air pollution caused by vehicular traffic.” The Saratoga Farmers’ Market shares similar health goals, which makes joining the Bicycle Benefits program a natural fit. “Our vendors will benefit from having more bikers at the market,” says market administrator Julia Howard.

Skidmore College’s BikeMore Program.

“And by giving people an incentive to bicycle to the market, we will be able to ease traffic around High Rock Park.” How Bicycle Benefits works is simple. Bicyclists affix their stickers to their helmets. Then, when they visit the market on Wednesdays and Saturdays, they can stop by the market shed at the south end of the High Rock pavilion and show the sticker

Market Volunteer Alexandra Morgan biking to Owl Wood Farm’s stand.

to a market staff member or volunteer on duty. One $2 coin will be offered per day. Those who purchase Bicycle Benefit stickers at the market also will be able to obtain discounts at other businesses who participate in the program. Market regulars who live outside Saratoga can participate even if biking from home isn’t feasible by parking away from

downtown where congestion is less and biking into the market. The Saratoga Farmers’ Market is 3-6 p.m. Wednesdays and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays at High Rock Park. Find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and check us out on the FreshFoodNY app. E-mail for volunteer opportunities.

Spring Vegetable Pasta INGREDIENTS * Find these Ingredients at the Farmers’ Market!

• 14 ounces pasta* (use fettuccine, raviolis and pappardelle) • 2 cups fiddleheads* (in cold water, rinse and remove the brown papery husk on the fiddleheads, do this several times)

• 1 ½ Tablespoons olive oil* • 1 garlic clove*, minced • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes • 2 scallions*, sliced • 1 cup asparagus*, rinse, cut off woody ends, cut into 1 ½ inch pieces

• Juice from one lemon, zest from half the lemon • ½ cup cherry tomatoes*, cut in half • ¼ cup fresh basil*, chopped • Garnish with pea shoots*

INSTRUCTIONS 1. Cook pasta according to directions on box until al dente. Save 4 Tablespoons of cooking water. Drain and rinse. 2. Cook cleaned fiddleheads in boiling water (a rolling boil) for 5 minutes. Drain and place in ice cold water. This will shock the fiddleheads and stop the cooking process, leaving them bright green.

3. Heat olive oil in skillet on medium high heat. Add garlic and red pepper. Cook for one minute. Add asparagus, juice, zest and pasta water. Cook on medium heat for 3 minutes. Add fiddleheads and cook an additional 2 minutes. 4. Add cooked pasta. Toss well until coated. 5. Top with tomatoes, scallions, basil and pea shoots.

Adapted from the recipe by Simply Fresh Dinners, shared by My Saratoga Kitchen Table.



Week of May 18 – May 24, 2018

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Plants and More Sale Quality locally gown tomatoes, herbs and other vegetables, perennial flowers, used garden tools, flower pots, lawn decorations, homemade spring and summer wreaths and much more. Saturday and Sunday May 26 and 27. Saturday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. and Sunday 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church in the parking lot, 624 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs. For more information, contact Beth 518-281-3279 or Bev 518-587-0403 14th Annual Saratoga Lions Duathlon and 5k The 2018 event will be held on Sunday, May 27 of Memorial Day Weekend. The Duathlon begins at 8 a.m. and the 5K at 8:20 a.m. The event is staged at the Saratoga Casino Hotel and utilizes the roads in the surrounding neighborhoods of this first-class venue. Free t-shirts, refreshments and awards are distributed. Raffle tickets for over $5,000 in prizes are sold. Registration fees are $30 for the 5k and vary for the Duathlon. All proceeds from the event go to help those with serious visual and hearing impairments while aiding our community at large. The event also recognizes our Veterans and fallen troops with our Honor-a-Vet and Save-a-Vet programs. Please visit: www. for additional information and registration options. Come and participate as an individual or as a team and enjoy a great course and a wonderful cause. Art Exhibit Artist Barbara King will be showing some of her work at the Saratoga Library, 49 Henry Street, Saratoga Springs, from May 1 through May 29. Barbara’s interest in art started as a young girl studying at the Fleisher Art Memorial in Philadelphia. Her studies

included time spent at Glassboro State College (now Rowan University). Her interests span many mediums in her years as an artist. They include pen and ink, line drawings, as well as oil and acrylic paintings. Her primary interest is drawing figures and faces. Southern Saratoga Art Society SSAS presents “Spring into Art” at the Center Gallery of the Clifton Park Senior Community Center 518-383-1343. Showing their works are artists Rita Helie, Maria Tsai, Sherry Walkup and Jack Morgan. The artists were classmates while studying oil painting with well-known Oil Painter and Teacher, the late Joan Lord of Niskayuna. The show runs from May 2 to May 31. Art Exhibit Mechanicville District Library, 190 North Main Street, will host local artist, Frank Coletta, during the month of May. Frank will exhibit a series of watercolors taken from the Mechanicville area. He is a member of the Southern Saratoga Art Society. For more information, visit www. Yard and Bake Sale The Malta Ridge United Methodist Church will hold an indoor yard and bake sale on Friday, June 1 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, June 2 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Church located at 729 Malta Avenue Extension, in Malta Ridge. An ala carte lunch, featuring hot dogs, Nellie’s beans, chips and a beverage will be available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday only. For additional information or directions please call the Church at 518-581-0210. Hearts for the Arts The Adirondack Folk School’s 9th Annual Hearts for the Arts dinner and silent auction will be held on Saturday evening, June 2, 2018, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Lake George Holiday Inn Resort. Enjoy the music of Jukebox Jim, a cash bar hors d’oeuvres hour, a plated 3-course

dinner and the finest silent auction in the region! Join us as we honor Mr. Jesse Jackson of Look Media, this year’s Patron of the Arts Award recipient. Please call the school at 518-696-2400 to make your dinner selection and a required reservation for this fun evening no later than May 24, 2018. Dress is business casual and ticket prices are $65 for AFS members and $75 for not yet members. 9th Annual Golf Classic Please join us for a wonderful morning of golf at McGregor Links on June 6, from 8 – 3 p.m. Your participation as a golfer and/or sponsor will go directly towards supporting the Saratoga Center for the Family. Format – Four Person Scramble, includes 18 holes of golf with cart. Use of practice facilities, raffle, skills contests and door prizes. Men play from white tees, women play from red tees, seniors 70+ play from green tees. For more information: event/annual-golf-classic/Tickets: e/9th-annual-golf-classictickets-43998440520 . Bus Trip to New York Botanical Gardens A bus tour to the New York Botanical Gardens on June 15 is open to the public. The tour is sponsored by District IV of the Federated Garden Clubs of NYS (FGCNYS). The highlight of the visit will be 20 of Georgia O’Keefe’s depictions of Hawaii and a stunning display of Hawaiian Flora throughout the gardens. The cost of the tour includes transportation, admission to the gardens, and dinner in Kingston on the way back. Buses leave from Queensbury and Wilton. The price is $95 for members of FGCNYS; $99 for non-members. For more information, contact Sharon at sharonfoxrun@icloud. com or call 518-258-1511 for reservations. Call 518-885-6416 for more information. Volunteer at Yaddo The Yaddo Garden Association is recruiting people to help restore and preserve the Yaddo

Week of May 18 – May 24, 2018 Gardens or serve as garden docent sharing Yaddo‘s history. The Yaddo Garden Association is a Volunteer group formed in 1991 dedicated to restoration and preservation of Yaddo Gardens and its history. Garden work is done Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. till noon, May through October. Docent led garden tours are held Saturdays and Sundays mid-June through Labor Day and Tuesdays during the thoroughbred racing season. Yaddo Gardens located on Route 9P, Union Ave., Saratoga Springs. No experience required, all tools in instructions are provided. Contact 518–584–0746, or visit or Facebook. Bus Trip to Cradle of Aviation Museum The Empire State Aerosciences Museum announces a Bus Trip to the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City, New York on Saturday, June 30. Join other aviation enthusiasts exploring over 75 air and space craft, a dozen cockpits and 30 hands-on exhibits in over eight galleries. Experience a full dome theater with live astronomy programs and movies that surround you. The latest exhibit features the legendary Pan Am “B-314 Flying Boats,” seaplanes which pioneered trans-oceanic flying. Incredible low cost includes bus transportation, Museum admission, guided tour and Planetarium/Dome Theater show. Bus leaves Empire State Aerosciences Museum at 7 a.m. and arrives back home at 7 p.m. Sign up now before the bus fills up. For more information call 518-377-2191, ext. 10. Saratoga Pinball & Arcade Show Do you enjoy pinball or have fond memories of playing them in arcades? Visit the Saratoga Pinball and Arcade Show for some family-friendly entertainment. It will be held at the Saratoga Regional YMCA in Saratoga Springs, on Friday, August 10 from 2 – 10 p.m. and Saturday, August 11 from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. The show will

feature approximately 50 pinball machines and arcade games from the past and present, all set on free play. For one admission price, you are welcome to stay all day and play as much as you like for no additional cost. The show will also feature an indoor flea market with various pinball and arcade games and parts for sale. Proceeds from the show will be donated to charity. Cost is $10 for admission. For more information, visit www.

Upcoming Meetings Monday, May 21 Parkinson’s Support Group Woodlawn Commons, 2nd floor, Wesley Health Care Center, 156 Lawrence Street, 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 518331-9611 or Kevin McCullough at 518-222-4247.

Wednesday, May 23 Meeting for Northside Seniors Embury Café’, 133 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs | 3 – 4:30 p.m. The Mayor’s Senior Advisory Committee is initiating neighborhood meetings for seniors to come together to ask questions and discuss issues of concern. All seniors living in the neighborhood that is north of Church and Van Dam Streets and west of the arterial are invited. Cancer Support Group Saratoga Hospital, 211 Church Street, Saratoga Springs Noon – 1 p.m. The cancer support group is a safe container to explore common physical, financial, emotional and spiritual issues, among others. Pierre Zimmerman, who facilitates this group, has been working with people who have cancer for over 12 years, leading support groups, mindfulness-based stress reduction programs and spiritual retreats. Call Pierre at 413-9927012 to register and confirm, as schedule may be subject to change. Free and open to all.

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Week of May 18 – May 24, 2018

Family Friendly Event

FRIDAY, MAY 18 Spring Yard Sale Charity Fund Raiser Gateway House of Peace, 479 Rowland Street, Ballston Spa 9 a.m. | Household items, furniture, holiday decorations, clothing, and much more. Sale is Friday, Saturday and Sunday. All proceeds go to supporting the hospice house, a 501 C-3.

Annual Rummage Sale West Charlton United Presbyterian Church, 1331 Sacandaga Road, Amsterdam, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Clothing, books, household items, children’s toys, and many other items. Sale time for Saturday, May 19 is 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Academy for Lifelong Learning Program on the Restoration of Historic Sites Holiday Inn, 232 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 10:30 a.m. – Noon The Academy for Lifelong Learning presents M. Jeffrey Baker, a partner in the firm of Mesick Cohen Wilson Baker Architects, with a program on the restoration of some of our nation’s most important cultural sites including Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. Open to the public. Cost is $35.

SATURDAY, MAY 19 “Fly-In” Breakfast 250 Rudy Chase Drive, Glenville 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. The Empire State Aerosciences Museum will be hosting its monthly all-you-can-eat breakfast. Enjoy a variety of pancakes, French toast, eggs, sausage, bacon, potatoes, juice, coffee, tea with other aviation enthusiasts. At 10 a.m., former ESAM Research Center Director,

Donna Esposito will speak about her recent trip, searching for WWII aircraft wreckage in Papua, New Guinea. Esposito’s new role is Historian/Curator of the non-profit “Pacific Wrecks.” Open to the public. Fly-In if you would like. Pilots: Tower Frequency 121.3; Ground 121.9. Land at Schenectady County Airport and taxi to Richmor Aviation North. Tell them you are going to ESAM.

10th Annual Armed Forces Day Parade Downtown Malta, 10 a.m. Let’s get together and thank our military for their patriotic service in support of our country. Malta’s parade will be even bigger and more spectacular with your help. Visit for more information.

State Flag Dedication Ceremony Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Main flag pole, 11 a.m. New York Veterans of Foreign Wars District III has donated funds to purchase flag poles to fly State and US Territory flags at the assembly area of the G.B.H.S. Saratoga National Cemetery. Please come join us as these dedication plaque and flags are displayed.

Chicken BBQ American Legion Post, Unit 234, 23 Pleasant Street, Ballston Spa 1 – 4 p.m. Chicken, corn on the cob, and baked potato. Price is $10 each.

SUNDAY, MAY 20 Adult Spelling Bee Bailey’s, 37 Phila Street, Saratoga Springs, Registration: 1 p.m. Begins at 2 p.m. Adult spelling bee to benefit Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Do you think you can drink and spell at the same time? Prove it. Drink specials, win fame, glory and prizes. Entry fee is $10.

Genealogy and Local History Town of Saratoga Town Hall, Corner of Route 4 and Route 29, Schuylerville, 1 p.m. Lauren Roberts, Saratoga County


CALENDAR Historian, will introduce a viewing of the movie “Harnessing Nature, Building the Great Sacandaga.” It is the unusual story of how, in the 1920s, Hadley homes and businesses were deliberately destroyed and whole cemeteries were moved to enable the flooding of the Sacandaga River Valley. The documentary is a collaborative effort involving County Historian Lauren Roberts, Queensbury filmmaker Peter Pepe, Saratoga County Director of Planning Jason Kemper, and area residents and historians. Discussion will follow the showing. Public is welcome. For information call 518-587-2978.

Famous Chicken Barbecue Dinner Harmony Corners Fire House, Route 67, Charlton, 4 – 7 p.m. Tickets available at the door until sold out or in advance from Smith’s Bake Shop and Main n’ More, Burnt Hills. Cost is $12 per ticket.

Consciousness-Raising Book Discussion Woodlawn Commons, 156 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, 6 p.m. Join us for a spiritual book discussion. All are welcome, whether or not they’ve read the selection. This month’s book is Elegant Choices, Healing Choices by Marsha Sinetar. Hosted by Albany-Saratoga Spiritual Adventures. For more information, visit www. or call 518-366-9918.

MONDAY, MAY 21 Meandering Mondays Moreau Lake State Park Nature Center, 605 Old Saratoga Road, Moreau, 10 a.m. Join a park educator on a morning adventure. This is the first of a series to get out and go hiking. Our first hike will start off with something a little less challenging and hike along the Mud Pond Trail. This is an easy, flat and short route that still has some exciting scenery. Please call the park office with 24-hour advanced notice to reserve a spot, 518-793-0511, all are welcome. Adults 62 and under are $2. Children and seniors are $1. We will meet and check in at the office.

TUESDAY, MAY 22 Elder Law Day Saratoga Senior Center, 5 Williams Street, Saratoga Springs, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Sponsored by Herzog Law Firm. Come learn a wealth of valuable information from local area professionals on wills, trusts, scams, and more.

Free Body Shaping SculpSure® Event Saratoga Springs Plastic Surgery, PC, 7 Wells Street, 3rd floor, Saratoga Springs, 5 p.m. Steven Yarinsky, MD hosts a free open house for adults only. Body Contouring event featuring SculpSure® noninvasive laser body contouring that helps you slim your figure with FDA approved permanent fat reduction. You’ll learn about how SculpSure® works and how you can look your best for Spring and Summer fashions. You’ll see treatment demos, before and after photos and have a Free Consultation. Light refreshments will be served. Attendees will receive special event-only pricing, raffle prizes and more! Visit www. Due to limited seating, R.S.V.P. is required by noon on Monday, May 21. RSVP call 518-583-4019

Science on Tap Artisanal Brew Works, 41 Geyser Road, Saratoga Springs, 6 p.m. Sustainable Saratoga, The Environmental Studies and Sciences Program at Skidmore College, and Artisanal Brew Works invite you to join us for the second in the series of Science on Tap – Saratoga Springs Chapter. Come to Artisanal Brew Works for delicious craft beer and informal talks and discussion led by regional scientists and researchers. Monthly talks will address a diverse array of contemporary scientific research topics and debates. Dr. Kurt Smemo from Skidmore’s Environmental Studies and Sciences Program will talk about “Forests, fungi, and climate: The Adirondacks as a model system.” Admission

is free but tickets are required due to space limitations, science-on-tap.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 23 Volkswalk for Fun, Fitness and Friendship Start point: 40 McMaster Street, Ballston Spa, 9 a.m. A volkswalk is a recreationallypaced, pre-mapped walk in a culturally or historically interesting area. They are planned with safety in mind and are great opportunities for exercise and sociability. Registration for each event starts one half hour prior to the walk and the cost is $2. Further information is available at

Italian Dinner Saratoga-Wilton Elks Lodge, 1 Elks Lane, Saratoga Springs, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Menu: Soup, antipasto salad, fettuccine alfredo, baked ziti, chicken riggies, meatballs, Italian sausage and peppers, garlic bread and butter, desserts, coffee, tea. Donation requested: adults $12, seniors and military (active/ retired w/ID Card) $11, children 5-12 $8, under 5 free. Take-outs $12. For more information call 518-584-2585.

THURSDAY, MAY 24 Korean War Veterans Luncheon Ripe Tomato, Route 9, Saratoga Springs, Noon We will be ordering off the menu. Hosts are Marion Crandall, Joan Hughes and Lois Miner. Please call your reservations in to Marian at 518-899-2506 or Lois at 518695-3905 by May 22. Veterans who served anywhere during the Korean War, in Korea at any time, spouses, widows and friends are all welcome to attend. For any further information or to join the organization, please contact Comm. Roger Calkins at 518584-3037. Annual dues for veterans are $10 and $5. for all others. New members are always welcome.

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30 ARTS &

Week of May 18 – May 24, 2018



ALBANY — Jazz Is Phsh - a collective of musicians from the jazz and jam scenes that have come together to reimagine the music of Phish June 27 at The Egg, at the Empire State Plaza. Jazz Is Phsh features Adam Chase on drums Felix Pastorius (son of jazz legend Jaco Pastorius) on bass, Phish’s own Dave Grippo (of The Giant Country Horns) on saxophone, Rob Compa (from Dopapod) on guitar, Domi DeGalle on keys and Alicia Aubin on trombone. Tickets are $22. Professor Louie and The Crowmatix celebrate the 50th anniversary of the release of “Music From Big Pink,” the 25th anniversary The Band’s reunion album “Jericho” as well the recently discovered “Lost Band Tracks,” at The Egg July 6. All three recordings will be highlighted during a set of cover tunes and original material. Special guest John Simon. Tickets $25. Squirrel Nut Zippers bring their eclectic fusion of Delta blues, gypsy jazz and swing to The Egg Aug. 4. Tickets are $36. All tickets are available at the Egg box office, or by telephone at: 518-473-1845.

CHARLIE DANIELS BAND ROARS INTO LAKE GEORGE JULY 15 LAKE GEORGE — Following last year’s appearance by the Marshall Tucker Band, the Charlie Daniels Band will act as headliner at this summer’s show at the Charles R. Wood festival site, located at 17 West Brook Road in Lake George. Daniels has been inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum, the Country Music Hall of Fame and has a star on the Music City Walk of Fame.

Lifestyle, Auto Museum for Saratoga Wine and Food Festival

Jazz Is Phsh will come together to reimagine the music of Phish at The Egg on June 27.


SPAC Partners with Colin Cowie

The Charlie Daniels Band will headline at the Charles R. Wood festival site in Lake George on July 15.

Daniels, who made a name for himself as a songwriter - Elvis Presley recorded “It Hurts Me” - and as a producer of the Youngbloods’ albums “Elephant Mountain” and “Ride the Wind,” recorded his first solo album in 1971 and scored his first top ten hit, “Uneasy Rider,” in 1973. Six years later, he won the Grammy Award for Best Country Vocal Performance and the CMA award for best single of the year for “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.” True Grit Outlaws will also appear at the show. Gates open at 5 p.m. Showtime is 6 p.m. Tickets are on sale at: and range from $35 for General Admission to $85 for VIP tickets. A limited number of $220 Super VIP tickets are also available, which include private parking, early admission, unlimited food, beer, wine, soft drinks and snacks, as well as access to unreserved seating close to the stage. Tickets are also available locally at: Double M Western Store in Ballston Spa, Parkway Music in Clifton Park and Saratoga Guitar’s Broadway location in Saratoga Springs.

SEBASTIAN MANISCALCO 2018 STAY HUNGRY TOUR AT PALACE THEATRE ALBANY — Comedian, actor and best-selling author Sebastian Maniscalco recently wrapped the spring leg of his Stay Hungry 2018 Tour with five sold-out shows at New York’s iconic Radio City Music Hall. His tour, on the heels of the release of Maniscalco’s book “Stay Hungry,” comes to the Palace Theatre Sept. 15. Tickets start AT $62.75 and $42.75 and are on sale at the Palace Theatre Box Office, located at 19 Clinton Ave. as well as via Ticketmaster Charge-by-Phone at 800-745-3000 or online at Next year, the comedian will join a cast that includes Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci in Martin Scorcese’s film “The Irishman.”

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Performing Arts Center will partner with Colin Cowie Lifestyle and the Saratoga Automobile Museum for this year’s Saratoga Wine and Food Festival, slated for Sept. 7- 9. The weekend destination event is an annual tradition, drawing in food and wine enthusiasts from across the region. This year’s festival includes the participation of Colin Cowie Lifestyle. In addition, the convergence of 80 luxury Bugatti automobiles coming in from every corner of the globe will join the festival as part of the International Bugatti Tour. Additional highlights of the 2018 festival include fine wine and gourmet food tastings, luxury car displays, VIP experiences and an energetic Sunday “Brunch with Colin Cowie.” The Bugatti brand has been made famous by its history and heritage. Guests at the festival will have the rare opportunity to witness Bugatti’s automotive design as the 2018 International Bugatti Tour, an exclusive one-week rally, will visit the United States for the first time in a decade - descending on the Saratoga Spa State Park’s Reflecting Pools for a “Bugatti Ballet” auto display. Presented annually at the end of its classical season, the Saratoga Wine and Food Festival features two days of gourmet events showcasing fine international wines, innovative chef-prepared menus, cooking demonstrations and wine seminars, expansive tastings, and a luxury auto show. Held under elegant tents on SPAC’s lawn, the weekend is anchored by four events: an Adirondack Road Tour and Luncheon, Friday’s Fired Up! Grill Competition, Saturday’s Grand Tasting, the festival centerpiece and a new Brunch with Colin Cowie. Presented in partnership with the Saratoga Automobile Museum, proceeds from the festival benefit education programming at SPAC and the Museum.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 7 Adirondack Road Tour & Gourmet Luncheon 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. This spirited 90-minute, professionally-led road rally for auto collectors winds through beautiful Adirondack roads to finish at the historic Lake George Club, where a delicious cocktail reception and three course winepaired luncheon will be served. Fired Up! 7 – 10 p.m. Fired UP! will boast a sizzling new take on grilling. The kick-off to the weekend’s events at SPAC, chefs from the Capital Region’s finest restaurants will battle it out for the FIRED UP! title as guests enjoy great music, exotic performers, celebrity appearances, gourmet food, BBQ, craft beers, wines and spirits and an exclusive VIP nightclub. SATURDAY, SEPT. 8 Grand Tasting 12 – 4 p.m. Against the lush backdrop of 2,000 acres of lofty pines and healing springs, the Grand Tasting is a feast of the senses with curated foods and wines, an exclusive Bugatti auto display, live music and an “Iron Chef ” styled competition. Taste New York’s finest creations and enhance your sommelier skills in the VIP Lounge. SUNDAY, SEPT. 9 Brunch with Colin Cowie 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Colin Cowie will personally host a farm-to-table brunch including floral arranging demonstrations, custom scent consultations, design competitions, live music and a phenomenal menu with delectable bites and cocktails. The Saratoga Wine and Food Festival is Saratoga Performing Arts Center’s primary fundraiser for its educational programming, including Classical Kids, a collaborative program in which SPAC works with local schools to teach elementary and middle school-aged children about the classical performing arts. For more information about the festival, visit

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David Cassidy Gets His Day continued from ftont page...

It was the eldest sibling, played by David Cassidy, who most captured the attention of Cox, as well as millions of others across America. “I had watched him on TV dramas like “The Mod Squad,” and “Marcus Welby, M.D.” and he was a dramatic actor of course, but from the first time I heard David Cassidy sing, I thought he was phenomenal. And ‘The Partridge Family’ I watched religiously, every Friday night, with my grandparents. My grandmother used to say: ‘He’s so nice-looking, but he needs a haircut,’” she says with a laugh. “I was a fan since I was 11 years old. I had an extremely difficult childhood, and my grandparents raised me. David’s music lifted my spirits. It inspired me to not give up,” Cox says. “I’d sit in my room and listen to his music like every other teenage girl at the time. We were all David crazy.” Cassidy launched a solo music career and following the “Partridge Family” sitcom TV show run, which concluded in 1974, Cassidy also resumed his acting career as well as following his love of horses. His passion for equines frequently brought him to Saratoga, where he bought his first yearling and where in 2001 he purchased a home. “When David passed away in 2017, I felt the need to do something,” says the 60-year-old Cox, who worked at Notre Dame for 12 years, a handful of them in a fundraising capacity. “He gave so much of his life to his fans. He talked about how he loved us, and he knew we loved him. I chose Saratoga because he was into horse racing and he mentioned it as his favorite place in the world, so I started calling places in Saratoga Springs looking for a place to put a (memorial) bench.” Her inquiries led her to the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, which sits on Union Avenue directly across Saratoga Race Course which Cassidy frequented during the summer meet. Honoring Cassidy

with a bench – the singer died in November 2017 at the age of 67 would require Cox raising $2,500. “It was my New Year’s resolution to do something for David. I opened a public Facebook page on Jan. 15 – the David Cassidy Memorial Bench at The National Museum of Racing. I think the first day it had 300 people liking the page. And it just kept going. Donations have come in I had People from Germany, from Malta, South America – Mexico, Columbia and Brazil – I’ve made so many new friends,” Cox says. “By January 30, all the funds were raised. Donations were still coming as of late April and all the excess goes directly into the annual fund in memory of David. I’m hoping I raised a lot of money for the museum because they were so gracious.” Following Cassidy’s lead, Cox says she has also embraced the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, which provides sanctuary to hundreds of horses across the country. The bench will be placed in the museum courtyard, which has undergone a winterlong renovation and the revitalized space set for unveiling this week. In recognition of a $250,000 gift from prominent racehorse owner, philanthropist and Saratoga icon Marylou Whitney, the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame will name its courtyard in honor of Marylou’s late husband, Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney – who was among the museum’s founders in 1950 and served as the institution’s first president. The Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney Courtyard will feature two benches honoring Cassidy. One is the result of a partnering between horse trainer Gary Contessa – who has more than 2,200 winning races under his belt - and Columbia County based horse owner, breeder and veterinarian Dr. Jerry Bilinski. The other Cassidy bench has been dedicated by singer’s fans, who will be flocking to the Spa City during the weekend.

“In Memory of David Cassidy: From his Friends and Fans.” Bench which will be unveiled in the courtyard of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. Photo by Thomas Dimopoulos.

DAVID CASSIDY FANS’ DAY AT MUSEUM ON SUNDAY “Sunday, May 20 will be our day to see the bench and reflect on his life,” Cox says. The museum has set a 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. window on Sunday specifically to welcome Cassidy’s fans. The courtyard will be open to the public and admission is free. “David has got fans worldwide and there are people

from Germany, from Great Britain and from Canada who are coming to the event,” says Cox, who will be making the 730-mile trek from her home in Indiana. A private Celebration of Life Event, featuring guest speakers and fan reminiscences will take place later Sunday night. “When I started the campaign, I hoped and prayed

that we could get this for David, this permanent memorial tribute to him. He was more than an entertainer, he was a good person with a good heart,” Cox says. “From the moment I reached out to the museum, they have been so gracious. I know that we’ll have an awesome time in Saratoga Springs. Your people up there are really phenomenal.”

Honda Civic Tour featuring Charlie Puth at SPAC SARATOGA SPRINGS – The Honda Civic Tour, headlined by singer, songwriter, producer Charlie Puth, stages a show at Saratoga Performing Arts Center July 22. The show will also feature multiplatinum recording artist and actress Hailee Steinfeld, as a special guest. The 2018 Honda Civic Tour - now in its 17th year - officially

gets underway July 13 in Boston, Massachusetts. Continuing with tradition, Puth will custom design the exterior of a new Honda Civic Type R and Honda Rebel 300 motorcycle that will be displayed for fans at each stop of the 2018 Honda Civic Tour. His second album, “Voicenotes,” was released this month.

Nearly five million fans have attended Honda Civic Tour concert events since 2001. Past Civic Tour artists have included One Republic, Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas, One Direction, Maroon 5, and Kelly Clarkson, Linkin Park, Incubus, Blink-182 and My Chemical Romance, Paramore, The Black Eyed Peas and Fall Out Boy, among others.

American Idol 2018 Live Tour at Palace Theatre ALBANY — After a monumental return to television in 2018, “American Idol” is taking the show on the road with the American Idol Live! 2018 tour, spanning three months this summer. The shows will feature this season’s Top 7 finalists: Cade

Foehner, Caleb Lee Hutchinson, Catie Turner, Gabby Barrett, Jurnee, Maddie Poppe and Michael J. Woodard with special guest, Season 8 “American Idol” winner, Kris Allen. The show will be staged locally at the Palace Theatre

Aug. 13. Tickets are $89.50, $59.50, $49.50, $39.50, $29.50 and are available at the Palace Theatre Box Office, 19 Clinton Ave., via Ticketmaster. Chargeby-Phone at 800-745-3000 or purchase tickets online at

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Irish Celtic Sessions, 7 p.m. @ The Parting Glass – 518.583.1916 Hot Club of Saratoga, 7 p.m. @ Hamlet and Ghost — 518.450.7287

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TOWN OF BALLSTON 431 Robert Dr., $330,000. Christopher and Lori Santilli sold property to Thomas and Katherine Davies.

CLIFTON PARK 3 Beresford Rd., $459,000. Kenneth and Rebecca Weyrauch sold property to Ahmet and Nilay Kabaktepe. 1 Courtland Blvd., $260,000. Michael and Lauren Hastings sold property to Patrick and Kimberly Cornell. 33 Northcrest Dr., $249,000. Mark Musco and Valerie Carley sold property to Bryan Lacivita and Jingjing Li. 16 Oakhurst Court, $432,000. Stephen and Paula Burke sold property to Cartus Financial Corporation. 16 Oakhurst Court, $432,000. Cartus Financial Corporation sold property to Joseph and Joanne Bender.


GREENFIELD 2 Moss Creek Rd., $87,500. SAS Holdings LLC sold property to Jesse Boucher. 7 Lake Desolation Rd., $60,000. Martin and Lisa Hika (by Ref) sold property to Annie and John Baugh (as Trustees). 461 Allen Rd., $450,000. Amy and Albert Feldman, Jr. sold property to Danielle Zastawny. 160 North Greenfield Rd., $278,316. Lionel Pollacchi (by Ref) sold property to Deutsche Bank National Trust Company. 320 Allen Rd., $34,200. Sally Woolley sold property to David Shoup (as Exec). 53 Daketown Rd., $260,000. Lauren Ellis sold property to Amy Bonser Feldman. 299 Hyspot Rd., $805,000. Alan and Ina Eichorst sold property to Hyspot Owner LLC.


84 Tallow Wood Dr., $159,000. George Sexton sold property to Edin Klapija.

100 Thimbleberry Rd., $148,000. Jacob Rockwood sold property to Jean Varley.

9 Jamison Dr., $465,000. Generoso Roca and Ana Castro sold property to James and Kathryn Pellett.

59 Wake Robin Rd., $185,000. Scott Roberts sold property to Amanda McLaughlin.

5 Lilac Court, $189,000. Bank of America (by Atty) sold property to Dry Creek Building and Development LLC. 28 Parkland Court, $280,000. Alma Pusateri (by Exec) sold property to Philip and Ann Russell. 53 Woodstead Rd., $324,450. N and N Builders LLC sold property to Keith and Julie Burrell. 16 Carriage Rd., $149,000. US Bank National Association (as Trustee) sold property to Guojun Mu and Karthikeyan Pillai.

10 Arrowwood Place, $169,000. Michael Pandillo sold property to Brett Devine and Patrick Ogar. 11 Teaberry Place, $230,000. John Freeman sold property to Anthony and Brittany Caruana. 8 Lake Ave., $116,836. John Tuck (by Ref) sold property to HSBC Bank USA (as Trustee). 11 Cleveland Rd., $220,000. Florence Cruz sold property to Sean and Elizabeth Rigney. 54 Admirals Way, $434,201. Malta Land Company sold property to Anne Race (as Trustee).


4510 Foxwood Drive South, $156,000. Margaret Destefano sold property to Mary Palladino.

11 Linden Lane, $239,900. Sally Yellin sold property to Amy and Daniel Wahl.

75 Old Coach Rd., $175,000. Jonathan Szemansco sold property to Janice Prichett.

112 West High St., $132,500. Tiffany Haig sold property to Dan and Elli Mazeres.


310 Caribou Court, $169,000. Anna and Thomas Kurtyka, Jr. sold property to Jeremy and Cathryn Salvagni.

4 Stable Lane, $850,000. Robert and Brittany Hayes sold property to Christopher Kemmerer.

9 Blue Lupine Lane, $167,500. Americares Foundation Inc. sold property to 513 Broadway LLC.

3299 Shaw Hill Rd., $223,000. MTGLQ Investors LP (by Atty) sold property to Kenneth and Heidy Rechnitzer.

39 Regatta View Dr., $770,500. Carl Sgambati sold property to Scott and Carissa Morganstein.

310 Northern Pines Rd., $170,000. Brian and Susannah Smith sold property to P2W Properties LLC.

54 Union St., $240,000. George and Carolyn Hannah sold property to Judith Schmonsky. 381 Milton Ave., $165,000. Thomas Rudary sold property to Justin and Ross Vedder. 625 Geyser Rd., $35,000. NYC REO, LLC sold property to Timero Management LLC. 167 White Rd., $85,375. Nationstar Mortgage LLC sold property to Thomas Merrills, Jr.

TOWN OF SARATOGA 10 Burgoyne St., $50,000. Dean and Georgie Giagni (by Ref) sold property to SRP 2014 18 LLC. 6 Andrew Dr., $187,000. Joseph Burley sold property to Christopher Greene. 1036 NYS Route 29, $98,170. Wilame Piteri sold property to Brian Maxwell.

SARATOGA SPRINGS 50 Waterbury St., $350,000. Ana and Ryan Ventre sold property to Michael Zehler. 164 Lot 2 Old Schuylerville Rd., $100,000. Melissa Paquet sold property to Pio Dimeo and Kimberly Griffith. 367 Caroline St., $1,100,000. Kenneth and Judith Peyton sold property to Michael and Susan Lucente (as Trustees). 41 Northway Court, $300,000. Thomas Galloway sold property to Nikolaus Schad. 118 Middle Ave., $339,000. Dennis and Theresa Greenleaf sold property to Robert Rembish and Karen Abney. 40 Warren St., $250,000. Nicholas DeVizzio sold property to Steven and Djoya Raffuel. 14 Underwood Dr., $402,500. Richard Miles sold property to Amanda Ellithorpe (as Trustee).

STILLWATER 74 Route 423, $145,000. Fannie Mae (by Atty) sold property to R and B Home Solutions LLC.

29 Cider Mill Way, $485,500. Julie and Robert Adams, Jr. sold property to Saratoga Warren Homes LLC.

662 RR 9P, $85,000. Huntington National Bank sold property to David and Carolyn Scripter.

9 White Birch Lane, $367,900. Tracy Miller sold property to Steven and Darcy Alheim.

WILTON 15 Mount McGregor Rd., $211,500. Robert Royer sold property to John Mendenhall.

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FOUR NEW HALL of FAMERS continued from ftont page... in, but not for my basketball skills,’” Johns laughed. “I’m honored by it, community service has always meant so much to me, but to do it in this arena with so many athletes and coaches, what an honor,” Johns said. Tim DeGregory, a former local player from Saratoga Central Catholic, now working in the IT industry, had a very successful basketball career via Spa Catholic and RPI. “I had a pretty successful career at Spa Catholic playing basketball. I had very good seasons my junior and senior year. I went on to RPI where I played on the varsity team four years and was the leading scorer my junior and senior year of college. When I graduated, I was second on the all time scoring list,” DeGregory said, explaining some of his basketball accomplishments. DeGregory and his wife, Brenda, have three children in the Saratoga Springs Central School District; Mira, Abby, and Andy. “Mostly I want to thank my parents and brothers as well as various coaches, like Bob King at Spa Catholic, coach Griffin at RPI, and those that helped me

along the way,” DeGregory said. Dan Tallman is a former local player, playing at Saratoga Springs Central School District and Skidmore College. “I was at a Spa Catholic game when Rene LeRoux had mentioned that they were going to put me in next year’s class, 2019, and then I got a call a few months later that a gentleman who was supposed to be inducted this year could no longer make it due to health reasons. So, they wanted to know if I wanted to get inducted this year,” Tallman explained. Tallman played basketball his entire life; he was a center in high school, a forward in college, a threespot at the semi-pro level. He was also voted MVP his senior year at Saratoga Springs High School. “My moms age is 82 and life has no guarantees. Mom would be very happy to see that, this is a proud moment for her. Without her, none of this is possible. She’s the best,” Tallman said of his mother, Mary Verns Tallman. During college, Tallman attended Utica College his first year, then SUNY Adirondack for his sophomore year, “it’s still the best basketball year

ACC ever had,” he explained. He went back to Utica for his junior year and then finished his college career at Skidmore College under Damian Fantauzzi, his high school coach. “He is actually the man who got me impassioned to play the game, he was my idol. I looked up to him and his word was gospel. I wanted to be just like coach,” Tallman said of Fantauzzi. Carl Luciano has been refereeing for the last 25 years and still has plans to continue. “I had done a Division III National Championship game back in 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia and I think Rene LeRoux was there for that and I think he’s gone to a lot of local games so throughout the years he’s seen me referee a lot of high profile games. I’ve been very fortunate to work a lot of high profile games and I’ve done a pretty good job on them. I haven’t been on ESPN for the

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wrong reasons,” Luciano laughed. Luciano has been teaching second grade at Division Street School for the last 20 years and is an alumnus of Ballston Spa High School. “It’s a great honor. Some of my former mentors are in there so it’s nice to be recognized even though

I’m still currently a ref. Hopefully I still have a few years left. There are a lot of fellow referees that are just as good as me. I don’t think I’m better than any of them, I just think I’m fortunate enough to work a lot of the games that I’ve done. It takes a good person to be a referee,” Luciano said.

Saratoga Springs Students Participate in Youth Leadership at Special Olympics SARATOGA SPRINGS — Trinity Hogben, grade 10, and Tiffany Weiler, grade 12, were selected to be part of the Special Olympics New York delegation and to attend the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games this summer in Seattle, Washington, participating in the first ever Youth Leadership Experience. The Youth Leadership Experience will give students with and without intellectual disabilities a chance to serve a meaningful role in their state’s delegation, while also learning and experiencing what it takes to put on a largescale event and all of the key roles played by volunteers. “Special Olympics New York is excited to have Trinity and Tiffany representing us and all of the youth leaders involved in our Unified Champion Schools program. They are great examples of what it means to live unified,” according to Nathan Johnson, Director of Unified Sports, Special Olympics New York. Each day, Youth Leadership Experience participants will have different service learning experiences including volunteering in the Fan Zone, reporting

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through social media from the competitions, leading Special Olympics Youth Athletes activities, shadowing key volunteers or delegation staff and learning more about interscholastic and collegiate Unified Sports. In addition, Youth Leadership Experience participants will take part in all ceremonial events with their state delegation, Team New York! Trinity and Tiffany will be joined by Colleen Belanger, Saratoga Springs High School Physical Education teacher as part of the 80-person New York delegation. The 2018 Special Olympics USA Games will be held in Seattle, Washington July 1-6, 2018.

More than 4,000 participants representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia, along with the support of tens of thousands of volunteers and spectators, will compete in 14 Olympictype team and individual sports. The 2018 Special Olympics USA Games will celebrate the Special Olympics movement and its 50th anniversary; promote the ideals of acceptance and inclusion through sport; and showcase athletes from throughout the U.S. and the abilities of people with intellectual disabilities. The 2018 USA Games will also highlight Special Olympics’ work in sport, education, health and community-building.

Week of May 18 – May 24, 2018




ATHLETE OF THE WEEK Photos provided.

by Lori Mahan Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Luke Gold, 17-year-old junior at Ballston Spa, has been playing baseball since the age of four and is a true-blue Yankees fan. “My dad, Eric, played his whole life and I’ve liked sports ever since I was young, and my dad taught me everything he knew, pretty much,” Gold said, explaining how he got involved with baseball. On the field, Gold is a star shortstop and pitcher, off the field, he plays the violin in the orchestra at school. Academically, he is in the top 10 percent of his class and attends all honor and AP classes. In the off season, his biggest focus is overall strength and agility and speed work because, “that all helps in a bunch of different parts of the game,” he explained. In the summer, fishing is his second love. He also plays on Adirondack Heat baseball team in the summer and loves volunteering his time at baseball camps for youth. “I just love volunteering and helping younger kids at camp because I was in that same position as them at one point. I love being able to pass on knowledge to kids, that’s one of my favorite things to do outside of playing baseball,” Gold said. He volunteers at All-Stars Academy in Latham and for the camps that are run through his high school. Gold has committed to Boston College with a baseball scholarship. “I loved everything about the school. I wanted to go somewhere with good academics, because I’ve always been a pretty good student, and I really like their coaches and the philosophies that they preach there. They are also in a really good baseball conference, so I’ll be really challenged in a lot of different aspects there,” he explained. He is unsure which major he will pursue, but both of his parents,

Eric and Julie, are doctors so that may be where he is also headed. He has seen lots of support throughout his baseball career, including his grandfather, Will Gold. “My grandfather is a big supporter. He goes to every one of my games that he can. We’re going to Georgia this summer for a tournament with my summer team and he’s planning to fly down with us. He just loves watching my siblings and I play as much as he can. It’s awesome,” he said. Above all, he cites his parents as being his biggest fans. “They give me everything I need to succeed, whether its material goods or motivation. They’re always giving me advice and helping me and trying to do what’s best for me,” Gold explained.



Week of May 18 – May 24, 2018

COMMUNITY SPORTS BULLETIN Scotties Stampede 5k in Ballston Spa BALLSTON SPA — The Ballston Spa Central School District is organizing the annual Scotties Stampede, the Ballston Spa 5k for Education, on Saturday, May 19 at 9 a.m. The primary goal of the event is to bring the community together and encourage families to participate in healthy and active lifestyles. The event will support the Ballston Spa Partnership for Innovation in Education Fund. The school district is grateful for all the sponsors that are making the event possible including media sponsors Look Media, Saratoga Today, The Ballston Journal, and gold sponsors Empire BlueCross, TCT Federal Credit Union. For registration and details, please visit www.scottiesstampede. org. Information about sponsorships or volunteer opportunities is available by contacting the district’s Coordinator of Development and Race Director, Madeleine Petraglia at mpetraglia@bscsd. org or 518-884-7195, ext. 1369.

Ryan’s Run SARATOGA SPRINGS — At 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 19, the Saratoga Springs Teachers Association will be sponsoring Ryan’s Run, a 5K walk/run to support Malignant Infantile Osteopetrosis. Entry fee is $25. Register online at

The Saratoga Lions Duathlon and 5k SARATOGA SPRINGS — This year’s event is the 14th annual Duathlon and first ever 5k. The event

will be held on Sunday, May 27 at the Saratoga Casino Hotel and utilizes the roads in the surrounding neighborhoods. Raffle tickets for over $5,000 in prizes are sold. Registration fees are $30 for the 5k and vary for the Duathlon. All proceeds will go to help those with visual and hearing impairments. The event also recognizes our Veterans with our Honora-Vet and Save-a-Vet programs. Visit for additional information and registration options.

7th Annual TUFF eNUFF Obstacle Course Challenge SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Saturday, June 2, over 600 kids, teens, and adults will lace up their old running shoes to run, scramble over hay bales, jump hurdles, and trudge their way through muddy trenches at The Prevention Council’s 7th Annual TUFF eNUFF, which takes place at the BOCES Center on Henning Road in Saratoga Springs. Are you TUFF eNUFF? For more information, and to pre-register, go to The Kid’s Race is a 1-mile muddy course, and there is a 5K for teens and adults. “Day of ” registration is available as well. Get there by 8 a.m.

Saratoga Stryders Camp Saratoga SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Stryders Camp Saratoga 5K Trail Series will be held at 6:15 p.m. Monday evenings June 25, July 9, July 23, August 6 and August 20. Registration is $5 day-of only. This is a fun event topped off by unusual raffle prizes. Please bring your own water. Proceeds benefit the Wilton

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Wildlife Preserve and Park and the Saratoga Spa State Park. For more information call Laura Clark at 518-581-1278 or email or visit

Saratoga Springs Booster Club Field Hockey Camp SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Springs Booster Club will be hosting its annual field hockey camp from June 25 through June 29 at Dorothy Nolan School from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. each day. The program is open to grades third through twelfth. –No experience needed. The camp includes extensive individual instruction along with daily participation in game situations. The goal is to teach the fundamentals of field hockey, while ensuring that each player leaves the camp with a new appreciation for the game. The camp brochure can be downloaded from the Booster Club’s website at www.eteamz. com/Saratogafieldhockey1. Registration is now open, and the cost is $70. For more information please contact Jo-Anne Hostig, Saratoga head field hockey coach at

Saratoga Springs CSD Boys and Girls Summer Basketball Camp SARATOGA SPRINGS — On July 16 – 19, boys and girls grades 3 – 10 are invited to participate in a baseball camp at Saratoga Springs High School. Grades 3-6 will have camp from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and grades 7-10 will have camp from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $150 per player. Contact Matt Usher at m_usher@ with any questions.

Saratoga Springs Recreaction Center Pickleball League Join our inaugural Pickleball League. Registration going on now. Play began April 23. Players will participate in a ladder system league and play a double round-robin with others of similar skill level to ensure fun but competitive matches.

Drop-In Sessions The Saratoga Springs Recreation Department offers drop-in sessions in Adult Basketball, Pickleball, Racquetball, Wallyball, and Zumba.

Zumba Fitness Classes Teens/adults 16+ are welcome to join. Zumba® is a mind, body, and spirit rejuvenation, and is the hottest International Dance/Fitness class in existence. Zumba combines the Latin rhythms of Meringue, Cha-Cha, Salsa, Cumbia, and Reggaetón. Modify or intensify any movement to ensure your physical needs. Burn 600 - 1000 calories. Classes are Wednesdays 6 - 7 p.m. at the Saratoga Springs Recreation Center.

Saratoga Springs Camp Saradac Camp Saradac offeres creative recreational and educational programs for children ages 5 - 15 promoting fun, fitness and growth. For more information or to download forms go to Contact the Recreation Department at 518-587-3550, ext. 2300 or email

Week of May 18 – May 24, 2018



Adirondack Sportman’s Alliance SARATOGA SPRINGS — Adirondack Sportman’s Alliance brings their total scholarship donations to $43,000 to date. This year’s recipients are as follows: Ian Conlon: Ian is currently a senior at Johnsburg High School and will be attending SUNY Adirondack in the fall for two years and will eventually further his education, working towards a Bachelors Degree. Ian will be taking classes concentrating his major in Computer Hardware and Business. The Mike Suriano III Scholarship: This scholarship is named in honor of one of the founding club members, Mike

“Mitch” Suriano, who passed away in 2009. This year’s recipient is Grace Fornabia, a senior at Saratoga Central Catholic. Grace has been accepted at St. Michael’s College in Colchester, VT and will be concentrating her studies on Biology. The Mike Suriano Jr. Scholarship: This scholarship is named in honor of another founding member of the organization, Mike “Mickey” Suriano, who passed away in 2016. This year’s recipient is Seth Cooper. Seth is a senior at South Glens Falls and will be attending Full Sail University in Orlando, FL to major in Sports Broadcasting.

Saratoga Regional YMCA Basketball [ OVER 25-YEAR-OLD LEAGUE ] TEAM LOMBARDO 127 TEAM REED 60 Two weeks after Team Wink set the record at the Saratoga Regional YMCA for most points (107) scored at the gym, Team Lombardo smashed the record by scoring 127 points on the way to their first win of the season. With everyone on the team scoring in double figures led by Chris Perone with 33 points, Doug Lange with 32 points, and Tim Herrick with 28 points. Team Reed got 18 points from Vonzel Legal and 15 points from Taylor Wilson. TEAM WINK 98 – TEAM EMERY 66 Team Wink used J.R. Michael’s 12 three pointers to a 98 to 66 victory over Team Emery. J.R. ended up being the game high scorer with 38 points while teammate Matt Scoons added 17 points. Team Emery was led by Blake Rizzi’s 34 points along with 15 points from Andrew Armstrong with Travis Ramsey getting 11 points TEAM DUFF 83 – TEAM SIKORA 75 In the only close game this week, Team Duff and Team Sikora

battled back and forth until five minutes left in the game when Team Duff scored 10 straight points and kept the lead that they never relinquished. The winners got 31 points from Corey Harkins while Ryan Duff had 20 points, Tim Bush 19 points, and Rich Duff with 14 points. Camdon Spencer 33 points, Jason Armstrong 19 points, Kevin Lindsey 15 points, and Renny Sikora 10 points in the loss.

Grace Fornabia. Photo provided.

Ian Colon. Photo provided.

Seth Cooper. Photo provided.

Saratoga Springs Girls Lacrosse SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Tuesday, May 8, the Saratoga Blue Streaks defeated Schenectady High School, 15-1, scoring 11 goals in the first half and four goals in the second half. Schenectady had their only goal in the second half. For Saratoga: Sylvie Waters had three goals and three assists; Katie Wendell had two goals and one assist; Grace Purdy and Megan McCoskey each had one goal; Jackie Sauer and Kelsey Skaine each had one goal and two assists; Reilly Hogan had one goal and

one assist; Sofie Mangino, Eva McCauley, Katie Silver, and Mady Kolligian each had one goal; and Abigail Searles had five saves. On Friday, May 11, Saratoga Springs defeated Niskayuna by one goal in a nail-biter, Saratoga scored six goals in the first half and four in the second half. Niskayuna was close behind, scoring four

goals in the first half and five in the second half. Saratoga won, 10-9. For Saratoga: Katie Wendell had five goals and two assists; Lindsey Frank had two goals and one assist; Sophia Burke had one goal and four assists; Sylvie Waters and Reilly Hogan each scored one goal; Ella Payer had one assist; and Abigail Searles had 14 saves.