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LOCAL • INDEPENDENT • FREE Volume 11  •  Issue 19  •  May 19 – May 25, 2017 • (518) 581-2480

Bounce Blue Streaks Go Paisley



Featured Stories

Preakness Coverage See pgs. 8, 9


Saratoga Partnership

Brad Paisley on stage at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, during a dress rehearsal for his upcoming tour. See Paisley pg. 27

by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY MALTA — Officials said this week they are preparing a local law that would prohibit town residents from renting or setting up bounce houses and similar inflatable devices for events held on town property. David Meager, representing the Adirondack Trust Insurance Agency, gave a presentation at the May 15 town board meeting that focused on a bulletin released in March by the group New York Municipal Insurance Reciprocal (NYMIR). Meager told the board that, at present, the town has See Blues pg. 11

LLS Man of the Year

Inside TODAY Blotter 5 Obituaries 6

Joe Kakaty

Business 14-15

by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY

Sports 34-39

The harsh facts are these: someone is diagnosed in this country with a blood cancer every 3 minutes, and an estimated 1.2 million people are either living with, or are in remission from leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma - which will take the lives of more than 58,000 Americans in one calendar year. But, there are signs of positive progress. The Kakaty Family: Kenny, Bella, Joe, Joey and Josey. Photo provided.

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See Year pg. 13

Education 18-19 Arts and Entertainment 27-30

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Week of May 19 – May 25, 2017

Neighbors: Snippets of Life from Your Community Who: Joe Deuel, photographer, sound man. Where: Caffè Lena. Q. You’re a native Saratogian. How long has your family been here? What did they do? A. I’m the fifth generation. And everyone in town knew my dad. He was a pro bowler in the ‘50s and had a photo studio on Phila Street. Later, he ended up being the manager of Saratoga Bowl and Hi-Roc Lanes. I kind of grew up in bowling alleys. Q. How long have you been interested in photography? A. I always had a camera in my hand, from the time I was eight. It was a cheap little thing and I was always shooting pictures. Later, they had a photo club when I was in junior high – it’s the Lake Avenue School now - and the first time I saw a print develop, that was it. Q. Do you remember the first time you came to the café? A. I was in 12th grade and came here with two friends from high school. This was late ’72 or early ’73. Utah Philipps was recording his album called “Good Though!” That was my introduction to Caffè Lena. Utah turned out to be a real influence, a real teacher. Q. You have been the sound man at Caffè Lena for several decades. How did that start? A. I came here to do the dishes one night and got wrapped up in the place. Someone asked me to do the sound one night for Peppino D’Agostino, the Italian guitar wizard. I helped him turn a few knobs, then Lena kind of stuck me on it and there was no getting out. Q. What are your lasting impressions of Lena, who died in 1989? A. Lena was pretty complicated and fascinating in a lot of ways. I remember I’d go out on Thursdays and buy all the groceries for the weekend and come in and do sound and wait tables at the same time. On the days I wasn’t here I’d asked her, “Why don’t you call me, so I know you’re OK, or if you need anything.” So, she’d call me every morning. She was like my alarm clock. The first thing I did every morning was get a phone call from Lena, and we’d chat. It was sad when that stopped. Q. You have probably had many a-brush with fame?

Joe Deuel. Photo by Thomas Dimopoulos.

A. This town’s crazy because with SPAC here. You can be sitting in Desperate Annie’s and the guy sitting next to you is Donovan. A friend of mine was sitting in the Parting Glass once, and Tom Waits walked in - still wearing his bum clothes from (filming the movie) “Ironweed,” and they were about to boot him out of there. Robert Plant came in one night. This town’s full of funny things. The first time the Talking Heads played at SPAC, the band showed up at the Bijou where we were watching Fear of Strangers, who were a great Albany band. I was wearing my Harley jacket and my Ramones T-shirt and Jerry Harrison walked up to me, laughed and said: Nice shirt. That cracked me up. We ended up chatting for a little while. Q. What’s the biggest change you’ve seen in Saratoga Springs during your lifetime? A. The bottom line for me is that I can’t afford to live here anymore. One thing I always looked for in apartments was how far the walk was from the café, because I was here all the time. Now it’s a 10-mile drive for me. It was such a threadbare, defunct town in the ‘70s. The stores on Caroline and Phila were pretty much shut down. There were some old stores on Broadway that had been there forever, then the mall came and that made it worse downtown. There were some great places I miss to this day, like Mabbett’s and Farmers Hardware. Even though the town now is gleaming and successful it’s gotten a little too precious. I think the ‘80s, when things started to come around, was a wonderful time here.

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Week of May 19 – May 25, 2017


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SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Thursday, May 25, city officials will commemorate the remembrance of those who gave their lives defending the United States of America with a parade in their honor. It will commence at 6:30 p.m. at the north end of Broadway.

The parade includes local veterans’ organizations, marching bands and service organizations. The route will proceed south through the center of Saratoga Springs on Broadway, and finish at Congress Park where a brief memorial ceremony will be held. The public is welcome to join in this patriotic tradition.



Week of May 19 – May 25, 2017

Malta to Honor Armed Forces and the Luther Family MALTA — On Saturday, May 20, residents and participants are welcome to honor Armed Forces Day at an annual parade and ceremony. The parade will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Bayberry Drive and travel south on Route 9, where it will end on Blacksmith Drive. The parade will briefly pause in front of the Stewart’s at the Route 9 and 67 traffic circle in order to give recognition to a recently donated Meneely Bell. That bell is a gift to Malta from Bill Dake, CEO of Stewart’s Shops and the Dake Corporation, to honor military members and veterans, firefighters, emergency services personnel and the many volunteers who serve the public daily. The bell is also significant because it will be located close to where Malta’s historical Dunning Street Parade Ground existed. That parade ground was actively used throughout the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812 and the Civil War.

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Mike Harran, senior district manager for Stewart’s, will represent Bill Dake, Stewart’s Shops and the Dake Corporation when he rings the bell for the first time at its new location. On Sunday, May 21 at 9 a.m., the Town of Malta also will dedicate four historic markers honoring the contributions made by the Luther-Mackay family. The ceremony will take place at the site of one of the family’s markers on Stonebreak Road. All of the markers are identical, and the others are located on Plains Road, Luther Forest Boulevard and Dunning Street. The name Luther has become synonymous with the Town of Malta. The Luther Forest neighborhood, created by the father-son team of Thomas C. and Thomas F. Luther, and maintained by their descendants, the Mackay family, is a marvel of reforestation. Once the home of the Malta Rocket Test Station where the American space program was born, it now provides homes

to over 1,300 families, as well as the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority, the Hudson Valley Community College TECSMART Campus, Luther

Forest Technology Campus, GLOBALFOUNDRIES, Inc., as well as beautiful recreational fields and nature trails. Malta Town Supervisor Vincent DeLucia, Town

Historian Paul Perreault and a representative from the family are expected to speak and the public is invited to attend. For more information, call 518-899-3434.

Saratoga County Index Released MALTA — Saratoga County is outpacing the Capital Region – and in some cases, New York state and the nation – in several key economic indicators that portray a strong economy well positioned for growth, according to a firstever index released earlier this month by the Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership. The Saratoga County Economic Index includes key indicators such as unemployment levels, labor force participation, household income, and the

strength of the housing sector. The vibrancy of the county’s economy is illustrated by a host of data contained in the index, including: an unemployment rate at its lowest level since 2007, the lowest in the Capital Region and lower than New York state; participation in the labor force, at 68 percent, outpaces the Capital Region, the state, and the nation; median household income, at $71,496 annually, outpaces both the Capital Region and the state by just

over 20 percent, and nationally by 33 percent; overall, housing permits have trended up since 2006; total value of multi-family housing permits has risen 30 percent since 2005, more than twice that of the Capital Region; and total value of single-family housing permits has begun trending upward over the past year, reversing a 21 percent decline since 2005, which was less severe than the drop of 35 percent in the Capital Region.

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Week of May 19 – May 25, 2017

COURTS John A. Oakes, 32, homeless, pleaded on May 9 to felony attempted assault DWI in connection with an incident that occurred in Saratoga Springs. Fred F. Albright III, 35, of Saratoga Springs, was sentenced on May 10 to one year in jail, after pleading to felony DWI. Manuel Olmo, 48, of Saratoga Springs, pleaded on May 5 to felony DWI in connection with an incident that occurred in Saratoga Springs. Justin M. Lematty, 28, of Malta, pleaded on May 5 to felony criminal mischief in connection with an incident that occurred in Malta. Edmund G. Currier III, 63, of Corinth, pleaded on May 8 to felony DWI in connection with an incident that occurred in Saratoga Springs. Kimberly J. Voigt, 53, of Ballston Spa, pleaded on May 8 to felony DWI in connection with an incident that occurred in Ballston Spa.

POLICE Two Plattsburgh men face multiple charges after allegedly breaking into a vending machine at the Holiday Inn. Police said Nicholas A. Lord, age 24, and John W. Rotondi, age 52, entered the Holiday Inn at approximately 2 a.m. on May 11, stole the contents, a money container, and caused significant damage to the vending machine. The container and tools suspected to break into the machine were discovered during a traffic stop shortly after the alleged incident. Both men were charged with the following misdemeanors: possession of burglar tools, petit larceny, criminal possession of stolen property, and criminally

using drug paraphernalia; and felony criminal mischief. Lord was additionally charged with operating a motor vehicle impaired by drugs, and failure to keep right. Both suspects were arraigned and sent to Saratoga County Jail in lieu of bail. Edward J. Shusta, age 28, Saratoga Springs, was charged on April 30 with criminal mischief in the fourth-degree, a misdemeanor. Jordyn A. Kelly, age 22, Amsterdam, was charged on April 30 with speeding, and aggravated unlicensed operationa misdemeanor. Raymond J. Brown, age 51, Saratoga Springs, was charged on April 30 with misdemeanor DWI, misdemeanor aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and failure to signal a turn. Shane M. Comfort, age 39, Gansevoort, was charged on April 29 with aggravated unlicensed operation – a misdemeanor, and failure to signal a turn. Alexander C. Moen, age 24, Columbus, Ohio, was charged on April 29 with two misdemeanor counts of criminal mischief. Billy Joe E. Ryle, age 40, Saratoga Springs, was charged on April 29 with third degree assault, and endangering the welfare of a child – both misdemeanors. James L. Sheeran, age 29, Ballston Spa, was charged on April 29 with misdemeanor DWI, and a driving violation. John R. Hile, age 60, Wildwood, Missouri, was charged on April 29 with misdemeanor DWI, and failure to keep right. Marc A. Gambaro, age 51, Saratoga Springs, was charged on April 29 with

misdemeanor DWI, and passing a red traffic signal. On Saturday night May 13, city police closed South Federal Street by the Stonequist Apartments to pedestrian traffic after receiving a call regarding a black duffel bag left unattended. The contents of the duffel bag were found not to be of any threat and the owner of the bag was eventually identified. No criminal activity was involved and the scene was opened back up approximately 60 minutes later. Matthew J. Marry, age 28, and Kristine C. Tiger, age 27, both of Saratoga Springs, were each charged on May 5 with two misdemeanor counts criminal possession of a controlled substance, and one misdemeanor count criminally using drug paraphernalia, following the execution of a search warrant on Crescent Street. The search warrant was the result of an investigation into the residence and possible illegal narcotic activities taking place. Both were arraigned and sent to Saratoga County Jail in lieu of $1,000 cash bail.

Sean M. Warkentin, age 33, Saratoga Springs was charged on April 28 with false impersonation, a misdemeanor. Erin L. Cmuchowski, age 23, Chatham, was charged on April 28 with misdemeanor DWI, and speeding. Chadwick E. Miner, age 35, Hadley, was charged on April 27 with aggravated unlicensed operation third degree, a misdemeanor.

Wesanne B. Visscher, age 35, Corinth, was charged on April 27 with misdemeanor DWI, false impersonation, criminally using drug paraphernalia, criminal possession of stolen property, endangering the welfare of a child - a Leandra’s law offense due to the fact that an 8-year-old child was in the vehicle at the time, petit larceny, and the felonies: aggravated DWI, and aggravated unlicensed operation/ under the influence.



OBITUARIES Jim Littorin SARATOGA SPRINGS — Jim Littorin (also known as Jimmy LaTour), a popular local entertainer, passed away on March 10, 2017. Burial with military honors took place on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville. Please visit

Catherine Marie King Eddy NEW BRITAIN, CT — Catherine Marie King Eddy passed away on Sunday, May 14, 2017. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, May 22, 2017, St. Mary’s Church in Ballston Spa. Burial at 12 noon, Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville. Please visit

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Week of May 19 – May 25, 2017

Hawley Foundation to Distribute Funds SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Hawley Foundation for Children will proudly distribute $117,000 to local organizations at their 3rd Annual Awards Ceremony. It will be held on Monday, May 22 at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 86 Congress Street in Saratoga Springs.

Carl Anderson III, a Hawley family descendant and historical researcher, will be the Keynote Speaker. State Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner and Shania Hayward, a 2014, 2015 and 2017 College Incentive Grant recipient, are part of the program as well.

The Foundation has been providing funds to the community for over 50 years. It is through their grants that numerous organizations are able to continue making a difference in the lives of local children. For more information, visit the website

Article Neglected Serotta Family I was amazed, and so disappointed that you never mentioned the Serotta family in your article “Farmer’s Hardware: New Brunch Hall to Honor City History.” Bernie Serotta owned the Farmers Hardware for many years. It was an iconic place for

the community, full of beautiful art as well as the usual hardware. Then his son, Ben Serotta, maker of world-class bicycles had his first shop in the rear storehouse facing Maple Avenue. And Mabbett’s next door, later a part of the hardware store. That place was an integral part of Broadway life for even longer. You would no doubt be

able to find the exact dates that Bernie owned the store, and Ben launched his bike business. Again, I am very sad at this oversight, since the Farmers Hardware, to me, will always be “Bernie’s store” a very “historic” part of Broadway. And who was “Farmer?” Betty Gallagher Wilton

Saratoga TODAY Hires Regional Expert

Ciara Austin. Photo provided.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Ciara Austin has joined the team at Saratoga TODAY newspaper. She will be reporting on horse racing, the equine community and the thriving Saratoga social scene. “I think she is going to be a great addition to our freelance team,” said Publisher Chad Beatty. “I have been following her work for a while and believe this relationship will be a win/

win for everyone involved, especially our readers.” From 2014 to 2015, Austin was the Brand Ambassador with America’s Best Racing. Currently she is running her personal website, Ciaratoga. com, where she focuses on digital marketing, horse racing, race analysis, handicapping, fashion and lifestyle trends. Ciara is a graduate of Skidmore College.

Week of May 19 – May 25, 2017

Fun Day by Impressions SARATOGA SPRINGS — This week, Impressions of Saratoga announced the scheduling of its second annual Breyer Fun Day. The event will be on May 20 at the store, located at 368 Broadway, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is free to the public. Impressions staff will be hosting a Breyer Model Show and a Make Your Own Model Horse project, among other activities. Breyer Animal Creations was founded in 1950 in Chicago, Illinois, originally called Breyer Molding Company. They gained recognition when the

company was commissioned by F.W. Woolworth to create a horse statue (now known as the # 57 Western Horse) to adorn a mantel clock. There will be raffles and giveaways throughout the day. Prizes include 2017 Limited Edition Models, Breyer Craft Kits, Classic Models, and more. Attendees can only enter the raffles from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Winners will be announced at the end of the day. For more information, call 518-587-0666 or visit the website

Glens Falls Pet Fest Returns

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GLENS FALLS — Pets will again be celebrated with Pet Fest, an event supported by the Glens Falls Collaborative. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 20, City Park in downtown Glens Falls will have more than its usual visitors with four (or three or two) legs. Everyone is encouraged to bring their well-mannered

animals for a day focused on them. For those arriving with or without pets, City Park will be bustling with pet related vendors and events. Admission is free. Some services do require a fee. The event kicks off with a blessing of the animals at 11 a.m. For more information, visit www.


Jewish Summer Festival To Start SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Jewish Cultural Festival begins its sixth year of programming with a generous grant from the Jewish Federation of Northeastern NY and sponsorships from Whiteman, Osterman and Hanna and the Trustco Bank Corporation. The season will start off on June 4 with the exciting musical quartet Golfstrom with ethnic and other music from around the world. The festival, stared in 2012, was the vision of a collaborative partnership that came to fruition among organizations and programs in Saratoga and

surrounding communities to demonstrate the vitality of Jewish life in the region. Beginning with a modest three programs and three organizations it is now 12 programs and three times the number of partners including Congregation Shaaray Tefilla, Temple Beth El and Hadassah of Glens Falls; Congregation Beth Shalom of Clifton Park, Congregation Shaara Tefilla and Temple Sinai of Saratoga Springs, Chabad of Saratoga Springs and Clifton Park; and the Office for Jewish Student Life at Skidmore College. With the release of its

2017 schedule there is now a diverse series offered in multiple locations from Glens Falls to Clifton Park during the summer months between Memorial Day and Labor Day. This year’s programming includes films, panels, vocal and instrumental music, lectures, ethnic kosher food and family entertainment. Performances will be at diverse sites. For more information, visit as well as the websites of cooperating organizations.



Week of May 19 – May 25, 2017

Krista Voda is Triple Crown’s Newest Jewel Voda Shines Bright in Triple Crown Season

by Brendan O’Meara Saratoga TODAY Krista Voda has a thing for left turns and velocity. Voda, a sports broadcaster for NBC, navigates the on-air coverage for NASCAR and now horse racing. According to NBC Universal’s publicist Stephanie Herring, Voda became the first woman to host both NASCAR and horse racing when she captained the coverage of the Santa Anita Derby back in April. She carried that presence over to the first Saturday in May, a day that saw Always Dreaming don roses and Classic Empire suffer Odyssian trials.

For Voda, an Iowa native and graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, broadcasting found her. She was what you may call a competent athlete, one somewhere between elite and the bench, between headlines and holding the clipboard. She announced the accomplishments of the baseball team over her high school’s PA system. Sport was a language she had greater fluency in, not necessarily reporting on local government, e.g.: zoning ordinances. “You turn on the television at night, and I naturally would watch a game over a city council meeting,” Voda said. “I thought, ‘Okay, I’m not going to work in news.’ I’m going to work in sports. I was and still am lucky enough to make it a career.” And she did the work; she did the unglamorous work that so many people dismiss as menial. She sold radio ads to get a better sense of how that medium works, “to do radio better.” She wrote for the campus newspaper. She wrote press releases. Her first market was in Waterloo, Iowa, population c. 65,000 20 years ago. “Anything that crafted the industry for me,” she said. “The goal was to

be able to do a job that I love, which most people aren’t lucky enough to do, which is telling stories. I still get psyched to tell a story and be a part of a story as an observer and feel the emotions of it.” Hence the beauty of sports like NASCAR and horse racing. Anyone who covers these sports with any degree of regularity loves them for the access you get. Of course that’s because these sports are greatly marginalized. “They’re so similar in that the people who follow it follow it religiously and know everything about it,” Voda said, “but, if you’re in a room of 100 people, 30 are following it. They know every single thing, but the other 70 might know nothing and dismiss it. I think the key to these sports and the people who run those sports and we in the media is to find the storylines that appeal, whether that’s relating it to other sports, or selling those human interest angles. How do you get those people to tune in to the Preakness which doesn’t have that hype? That’s the challenge.” The Preakness, by and large, always has the Derby winner,

Krista Voda at Churchill Downs. Photo credit: courtesy of NBC Universal

allowing the Preakness to contribute to the greater narrative of the Triple Crown. But there must be something more. “I think this head-to-head battle that’s shaping up between Always Dreaming and Classic Empire is really juicy,” Voda said. “Classic Empire didn’t get a fair shot, getting smashed around out of the gate and having the trip that he had. I think it’s setting up to be a heavyweight fight between those two horses at Pimlico.” Voda immersed herself in the reports with four highlighters in hand, deepening the database of information so she can riff off Jerry Bailey, Hall of Fame jockey and two-time Derby-winning pilot, and Randy Moss, the glossy domed wiseguy handicapper whose tip about Sweetnorthernsaint was single-handedly responsible for making the gelding the favorite over Barbaro in the 2006 Derby (#deepcut). Her job, as she sees it, is to “put those stories in people’s living rooms.” “With so much hype of the Derby,” she said, “people watch it

because they feel like they’re supposed to. I call it appointment television. The Masters. The Daytona 500. The Kentucky Derby. The Preakness doesn’t have that. I think the storyline going in is Always Dreaming vs. Classic Empire. I love how that’s setting up.” You get the sense that no matter who wins, whether Always Dreaming heads to Belmont Park with the Chance or Classic Empire (or someone else) spoils the bid for TC No. 13, it’ll be one hell of a story. As far as Voda’s concerned, that’s what it’s about, what it will always be about, hence why her on-air energy and inviting warmth piped to your living room is genuine and, above all, authentic. “My goal is to be warm, engaging and conversational,” she said. “We want people watching to feel like they’re a part of our broadcast. Yes, I’m studying and sitting up straight and hopefully wearing some nice dress, but at the end of the day I want people to feel like they’re sitting in a bar with me having a beer.”


Week of May 19 – May 25, 2017

The Second Jewel of the Triple Crown Stakes viewing parties taking place around Saratoga Springs on Saturday afternoon:

Preakness Stakes Viewing in the Hall of Fame

by Ciara Austin Saratoga TODAY A field of ten will compete this Saturday May 20 in the 142nd running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Racecourse in Baltimore, Maryland. The Grade 1, $1.5 million dollar race is run at a distance of 1 and 3/16 miles on dirt and is known as The Second Jewel of the Triple Crown, just two weeks after the Kentucky Derby and three weeks before the Belmont Stakes. Always Dreaming’s winning Kentucky Derby performance over a very sloppy track on May 6 has made him the heavy favorite in the Preakness with his current odds standing at 4-5. The three-year-old colt is trained by Todd Pletcher and jockey John Velazquez is on the mount. For those not attending the event live, get into the excitement of the day by attending one of the many Preakness

National Racing Museum & Hall of Fame, 191 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs. 5:30-7 p.m., Free Watch the Preakness Stakes surrounded by horse racing history and memorabilia in the Hall of Fame Gallery. The museum’s free event will have food and beverages for purchase from 9 Miles East Farm and Saratoga Eagle. There will also be a 50/50 raffle and silent auction.

Matthews Band at SPAC, Golf for four at McGregor Links and more.

“Preakness & Bourbon Party” at The Diamond Club at Embassy Suites Embassy Suites by Hilton, 86 Congress St., Saratoga Springs. 5-10 p.m., Free Celebrate race-day by sipping on the signature cocktail of the Preakness Stakes, “The Black-Eyed Susan” with discounted $6 Maker’s Mark bourbon cocktails all evening. There will be opportunity to receive a free bet on the race with your purchase of a cocktail. Following the race, enjoy live jazz music by the band Fresh.

Preakness Party at Vapor

“Raising Dough” Preakness Viewing Party presented by The Race Track Chaplaincy of New York

Vapor Nightclub at Saratoga Casino and Raceway, 342 Jefferson St., Saratoga Springs, 4-6 p.m., Free.

The West Side Sports Bar & Grill, 112 Congress St., Saratoga Springs. 4-7 p.m.

Enjoy the 142nd running of the Preakness Stakes on Vapor’s big screen televisions. Before the

Suggested donation, $10. Spend the afternoon supporting the Race Track Chaplaincy of New York. 20% of all food, beverage and takeout sales will be donated to the organization. There will also be great raffles throughout the afternoon including Saratoga Race Track Box Seats for five, two VIP tickets to Dave

Always Dreaming, winner of Kentucky Derby, morning workout at Pimlico. Photo credit: George Adams

race goes off, you’ll have plenty of time to place your bets from the Mezzanine simulcast room located on the Casino’s second level. Coors Light will be hosting a promotion all afternoon with Superfecta ticket giveaways, Saratoga Race Course themed

swag and specials on Coors Light. Looking to stay in? Watch the Preakness from the comfort of your home. NBC Sports will be covering the race-day live from 5-7:15pm. Wherever you choose to celebrate the day, please enjoy responsibly!



Week of May 19 – May 25, 2017

Malta Developer Makes a Case by Larry Goodwin Saratoga TODAY MILTON — Plans to build 91 apartment units off Hutchins Road went under a microscope Wednesday night in a crowded second floor room at the town complex. Saratoga Springs Attorney Michael Toohey, representing Tom Samascott and Malta Development, was welcomed by the five-member Milton Town Board to give a presentation describing those construction plans. Malta Development is proposing to raze an existing home at the intersection of Hutchins Road and Greybirch Trail, in order to clear 14 acres of woods behind the home for new roads and

several apartment buildings with multiple units. Milton Supervisor Dan Lewza and the board members— after dodging a minor disruption from the audience—then voted to set a formal public hearing for the project on July 5. Toohey explained that a trend exists in real estate to build “alternative housing” for people over 55 who favor the idea of “aging in place.” Malta Development aims to serve that market need with its Hutchins Road project, he said. “We need to size down the houses we live in,” Toohey said at one point. “This concept is not strange to the town.” Toohey showed design slides depicting modern units

with one level, saying that “everything can be maintained on the first floor to make life easier” for aging residents. He predicted that it would have the “same impact” in terms of a traffic increase as the construction of 20 to 25 singlefamily homes. Lewza asked Toohey why Malta Development is proposing 91 apartments instead of singlefamily houses, dozens of which were built decades ago around much of the land in question. “We see the demand for it,” Samascott answered from his front row seat. Samascott’s firm developed and manages the 586-unit Winner’s Circle apartment complex on

An aerial view last winter of land for 91 proposed apartments north of Hutchins Road (foreground) in Milton. Photo by

Geyser Road. There are also plans to add 120 more units at Winner’s Circle in the future, he said. Samascott admits that his own mother has been a longtime resident of Coachman Drive. Her house sits within a few hundred yards of the Hutchins Road project site. Lewza, noting how he was not required to do so, politely invited Hutchins Road resident Dorothy Christiansen to respond after Toohey’s presentation was done. The supervisor said she could “represent everybody” in attendance with concerns about the project. This past winter, many local homeowners—led by Christiansen—submitted petitions to the town board opposing Malta Development’s plans, which are months away from receiving a final approval. Christiansen, through social media, had encouraged her neighbors to attend the May 17 meeting, and many obliged. Practically every chair in the room was being used. One resident was moved enough by Toohey’s presentation to exclaim “55 is not senior,” before Christiansen herself pointed to the potential traffic impacts of the project. She said Hutchins Road already “has been turned into a track run” by drivers who use the street as a cut through between Rowland Street and Route 50, often “peeling out” at local intersections with stop signs. The Hutchins Road project would only increase the dangers on local streets where lots

of kids are on bikes and individuals regularly walk with their pets, she said last winter. Christiansen also implored the town board to enforce current zoning rules for the land, which she said do not allow a project of that size. Only single-family homes should be approved to keep the character of the neighborhood, she said. Lewza advised Samascott and Toohey to leave the room as a means to continue the board meeting without additional comments from the public directed at them. Still, one Hutchins Road homeowner kept interrupting Lewza as the board chairman tried to complete the remaining agenda items. He had demanded to know why the public hearing date was changed from June 7 to July 5, and Lewza threatened to call the Saratoga County Sheriff ’s Office to have the man forcibly removed. The homeowner later apologized to the full board for his remarks. Lewza said scheduling conflicts had necessitated the change, and offered to keep the public hearing “open” after July 5. One local mother concluded the brief public comment period by saying she has a disabled child at home, and that she’s as concerned about increased traffic on Hutchins Road as Christiansen and other residents. “I’m just looking for the safety of my children,” she said.

Week of May 19 – May 25, 2017


Bounce House Blues Continued from front page.

“absolutely no control” when private citizens are allowed to rent or set up inflatable devices for functions held on town property. He spoke in favor of a new law that would prohibit such actions. Malta Councilman John Hartzell acted on behalf of Supervisor Vincent DeLucia, who was absent at the meeting. Hartzell instructed Town Attorney Thomas Peterson to draft the new law. “The trend has been upward in terms of deaths and injuries,” Meager said of bounce houses and other inflatable devices, which in recent years have continued gaining in popularity among local families. In 2014, media reports indicated that two young boys sustained serious injuries in South Glens Falls after strong wind gusts caused a bounce house to go airborne. According to the March 17 NYMIR bulletin, in the year before the South Glens Falls incident, there were more than 47,000 injuries reported nationwide related to inflatable devices (more recent figures were not provided). Audrey Ball, Malta’s director of Parks, Recreation and Human Services, said any law passed by the board would not affect the town’s rental of a bounce house at the annual Malta Community Day event, which is scheduled for September 9. Yet Ball echoed Meager’s comments to the board. The David Meager Malta Community Center is named after the former

town supervisor. “I also feel it’s an awful high risk for the town,” Ball said. Ball told the town board that her office rarely receives requests for permission to set up inflatable devices. Still, in a May 4 letter to the board, using common legal terms, she made it clear that “public use of inflatables during private parties held at town parks” remains a serious concern. “Although a business provides a certificate of insurance naming the town ‘additional insured’ and signs a ‘hold harmless,’ there is concern that the town could be found negligent if there was an injury to a child because town staff was not available to verify that proper policies and procedures are followed,” Ball wrote. “The town’s insurance advisor recommended that the town not permit bounce houses as they are not covered by the town’s insurance policy,” she added. Ball also noted how the declining costs of inflatable devices have made them more affordable for many families. Inflatables can be purchased outright for $200, or rented for four hours at a cost of about $150, she said. “At the end of the day, it’s children who are really at risk,” offered Kevin Crawford, executive director of NYMIR. Crawford said NYMIR— which represents nearly 900 political entities across New York, including water and sewer districts—is encouraging municipal governments to pass laws similar to the one being considered in Malta. When hiring any

Photo by Larry Goodwin.

inflatable companies, according to Crawford, members of the public should prioritize at least three key factors: both predicted and actual wind speeds; how the devices are secured to the ground; and adult supervision the whole time kids are playing in them. Inflatables are “very safe if they’re installed properly,” explained Thomas Barber, owner of the Clifton Park-based company Bounce Around. He said the company offers more than 100 different types of inflatables, and that he has repeatedly supplied those used at the Malta Community Day event. Barber said industry standards call for ground stakes that are 18

inches long, but that Bounce Around secures larger inflatable devices with stakes measuring up to 48 inches. The inflatable involved in the 2014 South Glens Falls accident weighed only 25 pounds,

Barber said, while a comparable Bounce Around jump house weighs 150 pounds. “If you hire a reputable company,” Barber added, “you’ll never have a problem.”



Week of May 19 – May 25, 2017

Notes from City Hall by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY Posters of White Supremacy Flyers: “Pathetically Insecure Individuals We Should Pity, Not Fear” Public Safety Commissioner Chris Mathiesen said no direct threats to the local community were made and apparently no laws were violated in the placing of white supremacy propaganda flyers on a number of vehicles on the city’s west side last week. “It’s very disturbing some people may harbor such sentiments, but it’s not surprising,” Mathiesen said. “We have a long history in our country of white males exerting their sense of superiority over people of color, females, Jews, Catholics, immigrants.” Mathiesen said while those views have drastically diminished over time, there continues to be “a small fringe

on the far right of our political spectrum” who continue to hold on to those convictions. “These are pathetically insecure individuals who we should pity, not fear. I caution against over-reacting to these poorly-executed recruiting efforts and instead suggest we focus more on education and equal opportunity,” he said. “This is a movement that continues to decline as people of the world fully accept that we’re all in this together.”

Discussions Continue Regarding SPA Zoning Ordinance A public hearing was held Tuesday night regarding a proposed plan that would mandate all new housing developments and apartment complexes across the city include as much as 20 percent of their units designated as “affordable” to people with moderate incomes. The Inclusionary Zoning ordinance, or IZ, would create “workforce housing” residences with rental

rates targeting approximately $45,000 to $70,000 income households, and purchase rates targeting households earning approximately $55,000 to $85,000 annually. Two people spoke during Tuesday night’s hearing. City resident Dave Morris argued that the plan is more “exclusionary” than “inclusionary,” because it excludes lower income residents who need it most, disagreeing with some council members’ position that there is adequate help available to lower income residents. The ordinance is in the drafting phase and is anticipated to be brought to the City Council for vote in the near future. Initially, the council hoped to vote on the matter this month. The council next meets on June 6.

Public Safety: Close to Decision on Third City Fire/EMS Station Eastern ridge resident David Bronner reminded the council about the need to decrease emergency vehicle response times to the city’s east side. “This is a super serious issue that has been going on for years,” he said. “The situation we have now is unacceptable. We’re playing Russian Roulette with anybody who may have a serious or lifethreatening medical issue anywhere in the city, but most especially on the east ridge where distance is a big factor,” Bronner said, suggesting the

city place a ‘Fly Car’ in one of its stations that would respond solely to emergency medical situations. The city’s two fire/EMS stations are located near the center of the city, and on the west side. Long-time efforts to place a third station on the east side have thus far been unsuccessful. Commissioner Mathiesen responded that having a “Fly Car” would not be an acceptable solution, since the vehicle, while capable of going high speeds, would not be able to do so as it navigates through the city’s many 30 mph speed zones. In lieu of having a third fire/ems station, which would be sited on the east side, Mathiesen said the department is currently evaluating shift changes that would make available as many as three engine crews and two ambulances at any one time, should multiple events occur simultaneously. “We continue to look at locations for a third fire/EMS station that would serve the entire city and make it possible to significantly cut down response times to the eastern ridge,” Mathiesen said. “We feel we’re very close to making some decisions along those lines.”

Resident Urges Community Support of Child Victim Act A city business owner who identified herself as Mary Ellen asked the council and the public for their support in the passage of the Child Victims

Act. “New York State is one of the worst in the Union for child abuse victims,” she said, explaining that alleged victims currently have until the age of 23 to be able to prosecute suspects, while the average age of disclosure for most victims is 42. The majority of council members said they are interested in learning more and would likely adopt a resolution in favor of the passage of the Child Victim Act. The public was asked to contact Sen. Kathy Marchione’s Albany office, at 518-455-2381, to urge its passage.

Upcoming Meetings A Human Rights town hall will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, May 22 at Saratoga Music Hall, located on the third floor of City Hall. Mayor Joanne Yepsen will introduce members of Saratoga Springs Human Rights Task Force, and will be joined by Angelica Morris, executive director of the Human Rights Commission in Schenectady. A Planning Board workshop will be held 5 p.m. Monday, May 22 and a full meeting 7 p.m. Thursday, May 25 at City Hall. A Zoning Board of Appeals meeting will be held 7 p.m. Monday, May 22 at City Hall. Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) Technical Review Advisory Committee (TRAC) meeting will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 23 at Saratoga Music Hall.

Week of May 19 – May 25, 2017


LLS Man of the Year: Joe Kakaty Continued from front page.

The five-year relative survival rate has more than doubled for people with Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, and more than quadrupled for those with myeloma

and leukemia since the early 1960s, according to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. LLS is the largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding research, finding cures and ensuring access to treatments for blood cancer patients.

Saratoga Springs resident Joe Kakaty believes it is possible to eradicate blood cancer in our lifetime. “Cancer affects everybody, from the spectrum of a survivor to being a friend or having a family member who has cancer.

Downtown Business Association

Settles on Gift Certificates SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Downtown Business Association (DBA) announced this week details of a new giftcertificate program for its members. According to DBA President Maddy Zanetti, members have spent a lot of time in recent months to revise a program that was started back in the early 1990s. After much discussion among members, Zanetti said, the DBA will be launching a new and improved program on June 1. The program will still include paper gift certificates, but they can be purchased in three denominations: $10, $25 and $50, so businesses that have lower ticket values can still accept them without wiping out their cash drawers. Merchants also will have the option to give back cash or store credit if less than the entire amount of the gift certificate is used, Zanetti said in statement. The DBA is also hiring a bookkeeper to manage the gift

certificates program, so members will be reimbursed in a timelier manner. Zanetti indicated there would be no fee to DBA members due to the generous support of The Adirondack Trust Company, which is underwriting the gift-certificate program. When merchants turn in a $50 gift certificate they will be getting $50 back, the full value. Plus, a 5 percent fee stamped on the back of older gift certificates no longer applies, Zanetti said. The Adirondack Trust Company has supported the DBA gift certificate program since its inception. Zanetti said she values that partnership and all that bank officials do in the community. Zanetti added that DBA members should benefit from a downtown Sidewalk Sale during Memorial Day weekend. Ambrosino Design and Tonya Pellegrini-Lawrence, the DBA’s director of marketing and promotion, also have been putting together

this year’s walking map for downtown. It will be larger to include two more blocks parallel to Broadway, so more DBA members will be visible, according to Zanetti. For more information, visit the website

Leukemia is in my family,” Kakaty said. “We felt: let’s do something.” Enlisting the help of his wife, Josey, and the couple’s three children - Bella, Joey and Kenny – the family embarked on a 10-week fundraising campaign which secured more than $58,000 via more than 500 different donors for LLS and resulted in Kakaty being named the Upstate New York/Vermont Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s 2017 Man of the Year. The family’s 10-week campaign included a dozen fundraising events at a variety of Saratoga Springs restaurants, a house event – catered pro bono by Augie’s Family Style Italian Restaurant – and an online social media strategy. A website remains active for those interested in making donations at: pages/uny/alb17/jkakaty. Staging 12 events in 10 weeks can be grueling work for anyone, but Kakaty said

the family grew closer to one another in pulling together to make the campaign a success. “We were invigorated. Whenever we felt a little tired it was easy to overcome, because we thought of what the families have to go through,” he said. Kakaty was one of nine candidates who signed on to participate in the 10-week campaign. In all, the nine candidates raised more than $311,000 and Kakaty said he was touched by the generosity and humanity of donors, whose online contributions poured in from across the country, often with an attached note that shared their own personal story. The three Kakaty kids recorded a song for the campaign and will continue to donate a percentage of proceeds earned through the music to the leukemia society. The video may be viewed on YouTube here: h t t p s : / / w w w. y o u t u b e . c o m / watch?v=grvkObff1l4.



Week of May 19 – May 25, 2017

Saratoga Paint and Sip Celebrates Five Years SARATOGA SPRINGS —Saratoga Paint and Sip, a local family-owned business, will hold a grand re-opening celebration to thank its customers, vendors, team members and community for five years of tremendous business growth. The public is welcome to visit Saratoga Paint and Sip on Friday, June 2 from 3 to 6 p.m. In addition to the celebration, the business is offering $25 seats through the month of June in its downtown Saratoga location at 80 Henry Street. A ribbon cutting will commence at 3:30 p.m. complete with a painted cake to share, a cupcake decorating station for the Pint Size Picassos in attendance and champagne to go around. Attendees are free to bring artwork created at the studio to display. In 2012, Catherine Hover and her husband, Mark, started Saratoga Paint and Sip. The couple, originally from New Orleans, Louisiana did not know a person when they moved to

the area. When thinking about the concept and seeing what other businesses offered in the area, they knew they were on to something since nothing like that had existed until this studio opened. The Hovers wanted a sense of community and they found that in Saratoga, specifically on Henry Street. They wanted a place that people could feel creative and have a little fun, a place to go with friends, have a drink, and produce individual works of art with the help of the 24 aspiring artists and instructors. The idea is to have an easy-tofollow piece of art for the inexperienced painter. “I can tell you it does not get old when I walk into someone’s house that has been at the studio and I see what they created in our studio,” said Catherine Hover. “It’s something they are proud of, gives them a sense of accomplishment and that’s what it is all about. We are proud of what we accomplished over the last five years

and excited for where we are headed. We could not be prouder to be a part of this community.” The talents and enthusiasm of the staff, coupled with Catherine’s inspiring vision, are the key elements to the success of Saratoga Paint and Sip. “When you have something good, competition, like it or not, is a part of business,” Hover continued. “There have been several other businesses that tried to re-create what we have but I have the best support system and team by my side to make us stand out. If I were ready to give up every time a new competitor popped up, we would not have made it this far. Competition is a powerful fuel for motivation.” Since opening the original studio and first of its kind to the area, Saratoga Paint and Sip expanded to two more locations in Latham and Burlington, Vermont. The combined three studios have brought in over 150,000 patrons

Photo by Ashley Kitto.

and are seen as the go-to places for girls’ nights and for businesses hosting team-builder workshops. The Hovers ensure that every location produces the same fun

experience by which the company was founded. For more information, call 518584-8244 or visit the website www.

Cleaner Anniversary Noted SARATOGA SPRINGS — In order to thank customers for their long-time patronage, Feigenbaum Cleaners celebrated its 100th anniversary on Saturday, May 13 with cake and refreshments served at the company’s four local stores. Feigenbaum’s was founded in May 1917 when Herman Feigenbaum and his young family moved upstate from New York City. After opening a tailoring shop in Glens Falls, the family soon discovered there were no dry cleaners north of Albany at the time, so they added dry cleaning to the list of services they offered. Over the years the company expanded with delivery

Photo by Todd Feigenbaum.

routes and stores to serve the greater Capital Region. The Feigenbaums grew the business first in their home and then in a much larger facility they acquired in 1947, when their sons

Louis and Bill returned from military service to join their parents in Feigenbaum Cleaners. Today, Louis Feigenbaum’s son, Todd and his wife, Julie Frazer, operate the company along with their business partner, Bonnie Smith. The partners have four locations in Saratoga Springs, Wilton, Glens Falls, and Queensbury. “For the past 100 years we’ve always worked hard to give our customers the best possible service,” said Todd Feigenbaum. “My father and grandfather believed in doing things the right way. My father was a highly skilled aircraft mechanic, who built fighter planes during WWII, and my grandfather was a tailor, who learned his trade in London. Both understood the importance of attention to details.”


Week of May 19 – May 25, 2017

Roohan Realty Adds to Team SARATOGA SPRINGS — Roohan Realty is excited to announce that Michelle Everts has joined the company as a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson. Everts is a graduate of SUNY Empire State College with a degree in Human Services and a concentration in Criminal Studies. She is a member of the National Association of Realtors (NAR) and the Greater Capital Region Association of Realtors (GCAR).

Everts is the proud mother of an active eight-year-old daughter and is a resident in the Wilton community. She enjoys traveling both domestically and abroad. Everts looks forward to working with the Roohan Realty team and real estate clients in all areas of the market, from residential to commercial to investments. She can be reached at or her cell at 518-955-6245. For more information, call

Photo by Chuck Coon. Michelle Everts. Photo provided.

518-587-4500 or visit the website

Foundation Names New Treasurer SARATOGA SPRINGS — Christopher J. Rose has joined the board of the Catie Hoch Foundation and has been named Treasurer. The Catie Hoch Foundation is dedicated to helping children while they are in treatment for cancer. Established 17 years ago, the foundation has raised

well over $1 million. Rose joined The Adirondack Trust Company in June 2014, and is responsible for the portfolio management of various personal trusts, investment management, employee benefit and institutional accounts. Rose has more

Wedding Barn at Lakota's Farm Grand Opening

than 26 years of investment management experience. Prior to joining Adirondack Trust Co, Rose was employed with other area banks. He is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University with a Bachelor of Arts in History. Rose also received his M.B.A in Finance in 2002 from the College of St. Rose.

CAMBRIDGE — On May 18, as a means to attract the attention of future brides and grooms in the area, the Wedding Barn at Lakota’s Farm held a grand opening to mark the revival and repurposing of a 245-year-old farm. Tours were available throughout the day and partner vendors were also featured. Food was provided by Deliciously Different Specialty Items; Hudson Valley BBQ Co.; Mazzone Catering; Longfellows; Cakes By Alissa; Baked by Jordan; and the

Ginger Snap Cake shop. Music Man Mike Grassi provided entertainment from 5 to 9 p.m. Other vendors included Fine Affairs; Poppytree Floral Designs; Imagine Photography and Design; Marshall Merrow Media; Something Bleu Bridal; and All Occasions Limo. Proceeds from the event benefitted the Hearts Herd Sanctuary for animals. The Wedding Barn at Lakota’s Farm is located at 99 County Route 62 in Cambridge, and can be reached at 518-677-3140 or through the website

New Board Member at Franklin SARATOGA SPRINGS — Franklin Community Center announced the addition of their newest member, Stacie Haswell Arpey, to their Board of Directors. For Haswell Arpey, joining the board is the culmination of her work on behalf of the community and causes the center supports. Haswell Arpey and her husband Mike were born and raised in Saratoga Springs, as were their two sons. Her parents

were teachers in local schools. Haswell Arpey has been director of The Local Egg Foundation, which offers educational support to local students, aged 11 to 18. After earning a BS in Labor Relations/Public Policy from Syracuse University, Haswell Arpey worked as a labor-relations specialist at Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse. She then earned a Master’s in Clinical Psychology and Certification in

School Psychology and worked as a School Psychologist in Pennsylvania and New York. Currently, Haswell Arpey also serves on the board of directors at Yaddo and works with philanthropic organizations in Washington, D.C., where she and her husband maintain a residence. Haswell Arpey will join the board of directors under

the leadership of Christopher Cook, President; Jason Lynch, Vice President; Andrew Ferrara, Treasurer; and Matthew Riker, Secretary. Other current board members include Matthew Brobston, Molly Bush, Stephen Cutting-Miller, Karen D’Andrea, George Igler, Zachary Manz, Anne Marko, Marne Onderdonk, Michael Russo, and Reverend Drew Sperry. After 16 years of service, Brian

Corcoran has stepped down from the board. During his tenure, Corcoran had filled many roles including president, vice president, treasurer and finance committee member. To learn more about Franklin Community Center, the services offered or how to help, visit the website



Week of May 19 – May 25, 2017

From the Chamber... Effective Leaders Walk Beside You

by Todd Shimkus Saratoga TODAY Walt Adams, of AIM Services, was invited to deliver the graduation address for the Leadership Saratoga Class of 2017, at ceremonies we hosted on May 10, at Anne’s Washington Inn. This was the 30th class of Leadership Saratoga to graduate. Walt focused on the fact that he

learned that effective leaders are collaborators. Leaders build relationships that allow people to collectively create a strong community. And then he delivered what I thought was the line of the night: “Effective Leaders Walk Beside You.” Now please allow me to reintroduce Linda Toohey. Linda Toohey created Leadership Saratoga in 1985. She walked beside hundreds of Leadership Saratoga participants during the program and continued to do so once they graduated. Leadership Saratoga is regarded by its 500 plus alumni as one of the most important experiences in their personal and professional lives. Alumni are positioned as volunteer leaders in dozens of organizations across Saratoga County. When I first arrived at the

Chamber in July 2010, I met with Linda Toohey. I suggested to her that one of the best ways for me to learn how to play a greater leadership role in this community would be for me to participate in Leadership Saratoga. She agreed this was an excellent idea, but I quickly learned that Leadership Saratoga is not like most leadership programs. Here, there is an application process with forms that must be filed on time. The candidates complete four to five interviews. A volunteer Advisory Board then acts as the selection committee, and not everyone who applies gets into the program. Because it was July 2010, my application was late. It didn’t matter who I knew or what position I held. The integrity of the program was important and the rules were not going to change for anyone.

The 24 participants are chosen to represent a diverse cross-section of business, professional, educational, governmental, community, and nonprofit organizations from across Saratoga County. The Advisory Board looks for applicants who have demonstrated a strong motivation to seek leadership roles in the community as well as the commitment to volunteer for years to come. Leadership Saratoga makes Saratoga County the classroom. Sessions include presentations by leaders and newsmakers, interactive discussions, role plays, tours and group projects. The sessions examine: team dynamics, authentic leadership, creative problem solving, effective board governance, ethical dilemmas, raising money, strategic planning, and communications. There is an opening two-day retreat and a

one-day closing retreat. Each class must complete a group project. The Class of 2017 divided into four groups and worked to help Wellspring, the Saratoga YMCA, Grants Cottage and the Prevention Council. Today, Leadership Saratoga is led by Kathleen Fyfe, our VP for Community Development. She graduated from the program herself in 2009. She has continued many of the traditions begun by Linda Toohey while expanding the topics covered to ensure that when tomorrow arrives the graduates will be ready. She too walks beside participants and graduates of Leadership Saratoga because, as Walt said, that is what effective leaders do. For details, visit The application deadline is May 31st ….Don’t be late!

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Week of May 19 – May 25, 2017

BALLSTON 19 Martin Ave., $289,000. Michael Badger sold property to Linda and Thomas Clark 23 Marlyn Dr. $179,000. Daniel and Kathleen Appolo sold property to Vanessa Vero

3 Laurel Oak Lane, $252,500. Federal National Mortgage Association sold property to James Sabbag

19 Avendale Dr., $357,500. Federal National Mortgage Association sold property to Thomas and Kathleen McDermott

17 Underwood Dr., $440,000. Dennis and Margaret DeJonghe sold property to James and Meredith Woolford

87 B Cobble Hill Dr., $336,960. McPadden Builder LLC sold property to Michael and Amy Baringer

14 Winding Ridge, $313,000. Nicholas and Teresa Rauscher sold property to Jason Stern

10 Pennyroyal Rd. $296,742.19. James Snyder and Kathleen Klein sold property to Wells Fargo Bank

81 Tamarack Trail, $199,675. Cory Melsert and Pathama Pluemchit sold property to Michael and Nancy Shambo

37 Cider Mill Way, $494,648. Smith Bridge LLC sold property to Robert and Debbie Jaffe


1 Horseshoe Bend, $440,459. Legacy Custom Home LLC sold property to Anthony Medici and Jennifer Micillo

48 Hamilton Ave. $11,875. Jennifer Rivers sold property to James Doyle

118 Midline Rd., $340,000. Catherine Schafer sold property to Peter and Kathleen Sacco

36 Locust Ridge Dr. $222,525. Robert Dennis and Shawn Crete sold property to William Mayer and Haley Bruce




6 Craw Lane. $80,000. William and Judy Morris sold property to McPadden Builders LLC

441 Franklin St, $261,200. Christopher Hunter sold property to Cory and Ashley Prothero

38 Tom Sawyer Dr. $275,500. Ralph Naples sold property to Kevin and Julie Brasser

6500 Antioch Rd., $131,375. Richard Kwiatkowski sold property to CKT Venture LLC

17 Fredrick Lane, $170,000. Jarad and Eleanor Cusma sold property to Kelly Edgar

122 East Side Dr. $200,000. Jimmie and Leslie Daniels sold property to Michael Hazard

1201 Perth Rd., $285,000. 1844 Land Development LLC sold property to Kevin Barkley

16 River Rock Dr., $282,474. John and Theresa Polson sold property to Russell and Danielle Wiltsie

17 Hidden Crest Court, $30,000. Gail Gold sold property to Kenneth Gellhaus 18 Beresford Rd., $441,000. Allen and Ellen Bello sold property to Robert and Lesley Brandt 2 Brian Dr., $407,500. James and Talitha Breitinger sold property to Dennis and Margaret Pallotolo 7 Skybrook Circle, $441,000. Jahnavi Jilledumudi and Karthi Subramaniyan sold property to Cartus Financial Corporation 7 Skybrook Circle, $441,000. Cartus Financial Corp. sold property to Xiuhe Song and Lixia Lei 2 Chillmark Turn, $482,000. Sirva Relocation Credit LLC sold property to Hyuck Hong and Jooyeon Lee 18 Par Del Rio, $288,500. Suzanne Bendick sold property to Matthew Parrella 25 Nottingham Way South, $303,000. Suzann Smart sold property to Adam and Jennifer Shami 784 Grooms Rd., $358,000.David Helmer and Janani Ramprasad sold property to Owen and Jennifer Speulstra

GREENFIELD 51 Lake Desolation Rd., $362,777.86. James Fauci and Howard Mierek sold property to Bank of New York

29 Glen St., $175,000. Hermand and Danielle Niedhammer sold property to McConchie Properties LLC

48 Alpine Meadows Rd., $28,000. Susan Leamy sold property to Richard Zutterling

10 Knollwood Hollow, $223,000. Edwin and Sandra Gawinski sold property to Stephen Geene and Lydia Blakeslee

37 Locust Grove Rd., $175,000. Titan Home Builders sold property to 37 Locust Grove LLC

MALTA 106 Old Post Rd., $135,000. Winners Circle Farm LLC sold property to Banana Stand LLC 9 Meadow Rue Pl., $238,000. MJS Upstate Properties LLC sold property to Raymund Racaza and Princess Erfe 424 Brownell Rd., $399,900. Robert Priest sold property to Christopher Campion 27 Bayberry Dr., $340,000. John and Darci Carril sold property to Wen Zhu 153 Arrow Wood Place. $180,000. Lee and Sarah Farrell sold property to Anabel DeHaas 280 East High St., $169,000. Mark and Julie Delfs sold property to Kevin and Victoria Burr 24 Snowberry Rd., $186,000. Michael and Kelsey Lorusso sold property to Alexis Lysyczyn


11 Oakwood Court, $400,000. Chad and Aubrey Plemon sold property to Nadir and Younes Raja

52 Grant Hill Court, $250,500. Randy Costales and Sheila Carattini sold property to Marie Barker

168 Tallow Wood Dr. $200,000. Jeffrey and Jason Bethon sold property to Howard Nichols


1542 Amsterdam Rd., $76,666.66. James and Carolyn Cromie sold property to Cromie Farm LLC

SARATOGA SPRINGS 15 Patricia Ln., $215,000. Maria Misurelli Family Trust sold property to Mark and Annamaria Bellantoni 1 Court St., $527,500. Dorsey Family Trust sold property to Gracecourt Properties LLC 20 Joshua Rd., $627,485. Lino Del Zotto and Son Builders Inc. sold property to Michael and Stephanie Lazzari First St., $225,000. Robert and Jason Yunich sold property to JPSMSC LLC 379 Caroline St., $283,505. Thomas and Diana Burritt sold property to Vincent Laterra 7 Vallera Rd., $450,000. Dora Quinn sold property to Paul and Patricia Peacock 79 Petrified Gardens Rd. $115,500. Northstar Mortgage LLC sold property to JWR 401 K Trust

87 B Cobble Hill Dr., $55,566. Thomas Roohan sold property to McPadden Builders LLC

18 Rolling Green Dr., $125,000. Goodhue Wilton Properties Inc. sold property to Henry and Donna Tan 15 Timbira Dr., $279,000. William Campola sold property to Eric and Kayla Tatko 30 Sheffiel Rd. $420,000. Michael and Shari Meehan sold property to Andrew Armstrong and Christina Damo



Week of May 19 – May 25, 2017

Holocaust Survivor Shares Story with Saratoga Students by Thomas Kika Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — In a talk full of warmth, humanity, and disarming humor, Holocaust survivor Hedi McKinley spoke to an audience of Saratoga Springs High School students about the horrors she escaped and about the things she hoped people would take away from her story. The school’s Loewenburg Auditorium was packed for the assembly on May 16. According to Ron Schorpp, a teacher who helped bring McKinley to the school, eight classes had confirmed that they would be coming beforehand, with an estimated 12 showing up in total. In addition, students had permission to leave their classes to attend if they wished. McKinley was 18-years-old in Austria when she remembers the Nazis arriving in her hometown, noting that November 1938 had been the coldest month for the country in 20 years. Around 10 p.m. one night, she answered the door to find two boys, about 16, ordering them to get out. While they were told not to bring any of their possessions,

McKinley managed to hide the house keys in her bra, which she credits with saving her life. With the help of her then-boyfriend Max – being half Jewish and half Catholic, he was permitted to wear a Nazi armband and stay safe on the streets – she fled to England, where she had been able to secure a travel visa by writing letters to names in a phone book asking for a job as a scullery maid. While she made it safely out of the country, she would lose at least 12 family members to the Holocaust. In one of her moments of unexpected humor, McKinley noted how she had a rough time making it as a maid at first. “I couldn’t do anything,” she said. “I couldn’t even boil and egg.” Later, thanks to an American uncle, McKinley was able to come to America, albeit without Max, who deemed the country “fascist.” After finishing her story, McKinley took questions from the audience, most of which were about her life since making it to America as a refugee. She talked about returning to Austria and her hometown, a painful trip which she nonetheless makes frequently. Since she now receives sums of money from the Austrian government

Photos by Thomas Kika.

Students fill in the Loewenburg auditorium.

McKinley takes a photo with a group of grateful students.

McKinley fields questions and gratitude after the assembly.

as recompense, she prefers to give the money back to the people of Austria. On these return trips, she spends the money on “whipped cream and chocolate cake,” as well as Austrian white wine, which she recommended

heartily. She also told her story of visiting Max years after leaving him to go to America, humorously noting that he married a woman who “looked just like” her. Ultimately, she was glad not to have married him. One of

the biggest eruptions of laughter from the assembly came when she recounted first seeing Adolf Hitler in a procession through her hometown. “He was not a very good looking man,” she said.


Week of May 19 – May 25, 2017


Skidmore-Saratoga Partnership Benefits Students and Businesses by Thomas Kika Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Officially known as MB 360, the Saratoga-Skidmore Consulting Partnership (SSCP) offers invaluable benefits to both Skidmore College students and local businesses. Headed by Colleen Burke, SSCP gives students from a variety of degree paths hands-on experience working as consultants for local businesses. For the businesses themselves, they gain insights from a diverse and often international pool of young minds. Students in the program come from degree paths as varied as business management, English, psychology, and more, as well from countries all over the world, like Japan, Swaziland, Haiti, Germany, and Brazil.

As a manager in the program, Maya Reyes has been with SSCP for two semesters. During her time, she worked with Saratoga TODAY to help the publication streamline its visual identity; as before, the design would vary significantly from page to page. Reyes and her team helped the paper develop its “blue box” strategy, making it cohesive across the whole publication. “We undertake a lot of market research, including extensive focus groups and group surveys, so we learn how to do those things at a professional level,” Reyes said about the academic benefits of the program. Robert Pierce is another student who has been with the program for the last two semesters. Among the projects he has been a part of, perhaps the biggest was with Death Wish Coffee. After

(From left) Death Wish Coffee owner Mike Brown; Skidmore College students Rob Pierce, Caite Opfer and Vu Nguyen; and Death Wish customer service manager Kane Grogan. Photo by Larry Goodwin.

the local extra-strength coffee company landed a commercial during Super Bowl L in 2016, the company’s national profile

Saratoga Sponsor-A-Scholar Hosts Derby Day SARATOGA SPRINGS – Saratoga Sponsor-A-Scholar hosted its second annual Derby Day fundraiser for a sell-out crowd at the Lodge on 1 Nelson Avenue. In all, the group raised around $150,000 for its students. “We only have one fundraising event per year and we try to make it as enjoyable as possible for our sponsors and guests” said SSAS Volunteer Executive Director Jim LaVigne. “Great food, entertainment and drink; a casual

Attendees under the tent at the Derby Day fundraiser. Photo courtesy of Saratoga Sponsor-A-Scholar.

atmosphere and no speeches or solicitations at the event allows everyone to have an

enjoyable afternoon leading up to the race which is shown on multiple large screens.”

School Budgets Pass Across the Board SARATOGA COUNTY — Voters across New York State took to the polls at their local schools to vote on proposed budgets, board of education elections, and the odd proposition. Across the board in Saratoga County, budgets were passed and propositions were approved. Here are some of things that area voters decided to approve:

Saratoga Springs City School District:

-Establishment of Capital Reserves Fund to ““finance future construction, general improvements, reconstruction and renovations”: Passed

Ballston Spa Central School District: -$90,340,742 2017-18 budget: Passed -Purchase of buses and vehicles, $907,000: Passed

-$122,712,342 2017-18 budget: Passed

-Public library funding, $55,650: Passed

-Purchase of six 66-passenger school buses, four 30-passenger buses, one 23-passenger wheelchair bus and one SUV: Passed

-Creation of Ballston Area Recreation Commission, $30,000: Passed Burnt Hills Ballston Lake Central

School District: -$64,492,019 2017-18 budget: Passed -Creation of student-held school board position: Authorized

Schuylerville Central School District: -$34,849,537 2017-2018 budget: Passed -Bus leasing proposition: Passed -Schuylerville Public Library funding: Passed For a longer list of districts, be sure to visit the online version of this article at

grew exponentially. Pierce and his group helped the company scale its practices to help meet higher demand while staying as efficient as before. Pierce also worked with Battenkill Valley Creamery – run by Skidmore alum Seth McEachron – to help the company develop new growth strategies that focused on telling the company’s history.

“This course has been everything for me,” Burke said. “It’s all I talk about in job interviews, it’s all employers ask about, and… I can talk about this course for hours on end. Professor Colleen Burke has been the most supportive figure in my life, in regard to job hunting, motivating me, and helping me find my true skills.”


Week of May 19 – May 25, 2017


Week of May 19 – May 25, 2017

Saratoga Springs Recreation Center (518) 587-3550 ext. 2300

The Saratoga Springs Recreation Department offers two summer camp options for families to choose from: Camp Saradac and the Playground Program. Camp Saradac, located at the Saratoga Springs Recreation Center, is a NYSDOH licensed full day summer camp for children ages 5-15. Our camp offers exciting weekly field trips, creative recreational and educational programs, arts & crafts, weekly swimming, and themed weeks. Camp activities are designed to promote fun and fitness while providing opportunities for campers to grow. This year’s field trips include: The Great Escape, Flight Trampoline Park, Saratoga County Fair, Saratoga Strike Zone, and many more. We will also take weekly trips to the Peerless Pool. The 2017 Summer Camp runs Monday through Friday from 8:45am to 4:45pm starting June 26th and goes to August 18th. Parents who register their children in our before and after care program can drop off their child after 7:30am and pick them up as late as 6:00pm. Registration begins February 27th for City Residents and March 20th for Non City Residents

at the Recreation Center, 15 Vanderbilt Ave, Saratoga Springs, New York 12866. Registration is on a first come, first served basis so please don’t wait. Camp registration forms are available at or can be picked up at the Recreation Center. If you have any questions, please call us at 518-587-3550 ext 2300 or email us at The best summer of your life awaits! The Playground Program, located at Veterans Memorial Park, is a 7 week program for ages 5-12 designed to promote physical and mental well being through daily recreational activities and socialization. Children will have the opportunity to participate in many new and familiar activities, cool off at the Interactive Spray Fountain, and explore the playground. Each day a new activity will keep children’s minds sharp and encourage creativity! This program will be held rain or shine. There are no field trips.



Week of May 19 – May 25, 2017

Creating Communities of Support Around Agriculture

Spring CSA Soup Adapted from recipe by Samin Nosrat in New York Times Serves: 6 to 8

Saturdays, 9 to 1 Lincoln Baths Saratoga Spa State Park If you’re a regular Saratoga Farmers’ Market shopper, chances are you’ve seen flyers at vendor stalls promoting CSAs. The acronym stands for Community Supported Agriculture. Its meaning, however, goes even deeper. CSAs offer consumers the opportunity to form a direct relationship with a farmer by purchasing what is known as a “share” in the foods that the farmer produces. Typically, consumers – or CSA members – pay a set fee to a farm, and in exchange, receive a share of the farm’s produce on a weekly basis. Money up front helps farmers cover costs of seeds, soil amendments, and other supplies before bringing produce to market. Members reap the harvest of their investment from farmers when they receive their share of the farm’s seasonal bounty. “I love CSA,” says Justine Denison of Denison Farm. “It provides both the consumer/member and the farmer a unique and direct relationship, not found anywhere else in the marketplace. Both parties benefit financially and socially through a healthy and efficient partnership.”

CSA by Pattie Garrett.

Photo by Pattie Garrett.

Denison’s vegetable boxes cost $575 for 22 weeks, though the farm offers other pricing options. The boxes can be picked up at the farmers’ market or other locations, and typically includes vegetables for two adults and two children. Fruit and egg shares also are available. Mark Bascom of Owl Wood called his farm’s CSA program a chance “to build customer loyalty.” Owl Wood offers purchasers the option of either receiving a box of produce or a market share at a price of $500 for 20 weeks. For market shares, purchasers can choose what items to place in the box. CSAs began in Japan, Holland, and Switzerland in the 1960s, and

spread to the United States in the 1980s. According to New York Citybased Just Food, CSAs currently feed about 150,000 people nationwide. While some farmers require weekly pickups, Bob and Mary Pratt of Elihu Farm have adopted a more flexible practice egg CSA. Customers can estimate how many eggs they might purchase over the course of a season, and pay that price up front, with a 50 cent per dozen discount. “I loved it,” said Lenore Reber, an Elihu customer. “I was supporting the farm, and I always knew I would be able to get eggs.” The Saratoga Farmers’ Market is 3-6 p.m. Wednesdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at High Rock Park.



* Ingredients can be found at the market

1. Set a large Dutch oven or stockpot over mediumhigh heat and add 4 tablespoons oil. When the oil shimmers, add onions and garlic.

- 4 Tablespoons of olive oil* - 2 medium onions, sliced* - 3 garlic cloves, sliced* - 6 to 8 cups diced vegetables (see seasonal recommendations below)* - 1½ pounds raw boneless chicken* - 6 to 8 cups chicken stock* - Salt and pepper to taste

2. Reduce the heat to a medium and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are tender, about 15 minutes. 3. Place the chicken and vegetables in the pot. Add enough chicken stock to cover. Season with salt and pepper. Increase heat to high and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.

4. Cook until the flavors have come together and the vegetables are tender, Suggested spring about 20 minutes more. vegetables: Remove raw chicken from asparagus, carrots, soup when cooked, allow parsnips, leeks, to cool enough to handle. potatoes, kale, cabbage, mushrooms, Shred and return it to the soup. rutabaga, and fresh herbs as a garnish. 5. Add more hot liquid if needed.

6. Serve hot. Most CSAs begin in June, though some farmers offer year-round shares. Here is a list of some Saratoga Farmers’ Market vendors who offer CSAs. Visit the individual farmers for further details about their specific programs. Denison Farm (Saturdays) Elihu Farm (eggs) (Saturdays) Fresh Take Farm (Wednesdays) Gomez Veggie Ville (Wednesdays and Saturdays) Malta Ridge Orchard & Gardens (Saturdays) Owl Wood Farm (Wednesdays and Saturdays)

CSA Soup by Pattie Garrett.


Week of May 19 – May 25, 2017


by John Reardon for Saratoga TODAY Hello my Foodie Friends. For many of us, our children are out of the house and have begun their lives and careers in other parts of the country (or world). Global travel and exploring different cuisines are something that many young adults have made part of their lives. This week our daughter is in Switzerland with some of her college friends. Based on recent research, Gen Y’s (Millennials) look to increase knowledge and experience everyday life by doing things like devouring exotic regional food and schmoozing with friendly locals. Gen Y’s position this at the top of the to-do list for many when traveling in foreign countries. Swiss cuisine combines influences from the German, French and North Italian cuisine. However, it varies greatly from region to region with the language divisions constituting a rough boundary outline. Many recipes require the use of a vegetable peeler –especially since potatoes are in many recipes. One of our favorite and best-selling kitchen tools is the Kuhn Rikon Swiss peeler. The Kuhn Rikon vegetable peeler can be one of the mandatory items that chefs require you to come to work with and as part of the every-day kitchen. The Kuhn Rikon peeler has a little hole at the end, and you just loop your index finger into it, gripping the peeler with your thumb and middle finger; all you have to do to peel a vegetable is just pull. You peel 100 percent faster with this than with any other peeler.

The flexibility of this peeler is fantastic — it curves around whatever vegetable you are peeling. You can peel using the entire blade — other peelers don’t allow you to do that. It is super light. It is easy to clean because it has no nooks, and easy to store because it has the hole, so you can hang it on a hook. And this design provides the most comfortable way to peel, and you don’t have to worry about nicking the end of your fingers. Sometimes with kitchen tools you want complex, awesome technology, but sometimes you just want the simplest thing ever, and this is it—simplicity at its best. It’s the most efficient peeler that’s out there. Many of the Chefs in the area will buy 10 at a time. The Kuhn Rikon Peeler helps peel fruits and vegetables effortlessly. This little powerhouse peels better than peelers that cost 3-4 times more. Ultrasharp performance that professional chefs love. • Carbon steel horizontal Y blade with a convenient potato eye remover. The blade starts sharper, stays sharper. • Ergonomic design works in right or left hand. • Hand washing is recommended Swiss Rosti (Swiss potato pancake) is a very popular food served in Switzerland. It is a crispy potato pancake that is fit for any meal. Swiss Rosti is derived from the German word rösten, which means to roast or grill. Rösti consists of fried, shredded potatoes. That’s it. That’s the main and often sole ingredient of this easy Swiss specialty. Crisp on the outside yet soft and velvety on the inside, the simple rösti possesses a rich, complex flavor and competing textures that make it a sheer delight to eat. Originally, rösti served as a filling breakfast for 19th-century Bernese farmers. A shared offering, it was placed on a platter in the center of the breakfast table. Using their spoons, people would cut off a piece of the patty and dunk it into a cup of weak, milky coffee. It may seem like an unusual custom, but it was one that soon caught on in other parts of Switzerland.

Rösti Thyme Serves 2 Ingredients 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided 1 tablespoon olive oil 1½ pounds yellow/golden potatoes, boiled in salted water until just tender, peeled and grated ¾ teaspoon dried thyme ½ teaspoon salt ⅛ teaspoon ground white pepper ⅓ cup grated Gruyère cheese 2 spring onions, whites and 1 inch of greens sliced Directions 1. In a large, nonstick frying pan, heat 1 tablespoon butter and the olive oil over medium-high heat. As the butter is melting, toss together the shredded potatoes, thyme, salt and pepper. 2. Spoon the potatoes into the frying pan and sauté for 1 to 2 minutes, making sure that all the potatoes have been coated with the oil. 3. Shape the potatoes into a

pancake and fry on one side until golden brown, 10 to 15 minutes. 4. Place a flat plate over the top of the pan and invert the pan onto the plate. Return the pan to the heat, add a dab of butter if needed and then slide the rösti back into the pan, uncooked side down. Allow the potato pancake to cook for another 10 to 15 minutes, until that side has also browned. 5. A few minutes before removing the rösti, break off small pieces from the remaining butter and spread it around the edge of the potatoes.

6. To remove the rösti, place a serving platter over the top of the pan and invert it onto the platter. Spread the Gruyère cheese and spring onions over the top of the rösti. Serve immediately. Stop by Compliments to the Chef, Saratoga Spring’s true kitchen essentials store, for your culinary needs. Trying out international food recipes and doing them in an easy and quick way is a fun way to learn about the different cultures of the world. Remember my Foodie Friends; “Life Happens in the Kitchen.” Take care, John and Paula


LOCAL BRIEFS reservations and dinner choices by May 26. The cost for this fundraiser is $65 per member of the school, and $75 for not-yet-members. We hope to see you there.

Music & Mingling Event “Kicks Off the Saratoga Season” The 7th Annual Music & Mingling event to benefit the Adult & Senior Center of Saratoga is scheduled for Thursday, June 1, from 7 - 10:30 p.m. at the Saratoga Polo Fields. This dynamic party kicks off the summer season with all proceeds supporting the Center’s programs. This is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Adult & Senior Center of Saratoga. This non-residential community center serves over 1,500 members by providing a fun and nurturing social environment with support services and programs tailored to adults and seniors. Don’t miss one of the best parties of the season! Admission is $125 (after May 30 the price increases to $150) and includes all food, entertainment and an open bar! Tickets may be purchased at or by calling the Center at (518) 584-1621. Heritage Garden Club Plant Sale The Heritage Garden Club of Saratoga Springs is sponsoring an herb, perennial plant and garden decor sale, Saturday June 3, from 9 to 1:00 on the corner of Bryan St. and East Ave. just off No. Broadway in Saratoga Springs. There will be many varieties of herbs, perennial plants suited for zone 4 as well as garden accents available for sale. Hearts for the Arts The Adirondack Folk School will be hosting its 8th annual dinner dance and silent auction event, Hearts for the Arts, on Saturday, June 3. The fun will begin at 6 p.m. with a cocktail hour and cash bar at the Great Escape Lodge in Queensbury. Our fabulous silent auction will be open all evening and there will be dancing to the sounds of John Kribs and the Trophy Husbands, a full 3-course dinner and a ‘scavenger hunt’ with a grand prize, raffles and awards. Our patron of the arts award will be presented to the Honorable Robert Blais, mayor of Lake George. Please call the Folk School at 518-696-2400 for

Wilton Democratic Committee Meeting On Monday, June 5, at 6:45 p.m. the Wilton Democratic Committee will meet in the Ace Hardware Conference Room, located at 55 Northern Pines Rd., Gansevoort. All are welcome. For more information call Pat 917-282-5297. Spring Fashion Show Please join the Ballston Area Seniors at the Town of Milton Community Center, located at 310 Northline Rd. Ballston Spa on June 7 at 6 p.m. for the Spring Fashion Show, presented by Christopher Banks C J Banks Fashions. Cards, games, refreshments and drinks included. Donation is $5. Get Your Rack Back Cocktail Gala Enjoy an evening of great food and entertainment on Saturday, June 10 from 7 – 11:30 p.m. at the Excelsior Springs at the Marriott, located at at 47 Excelsior Ave., Saratoga Springs. The event is hosted by, actor/comedian Greg Aidala to benefit families affected by cancer in Upstate NY. GYRB holds this fundraising gala each year in order to raise money to provide area cancer patients with meal delivery, gas, grocery and restaurant gift cards as well as medical copay assistance. Come out for a night of fun to help local families! You’ll have an opportunity to win a week’s stay in Cape May, NJ just for attending as well as other door prizes! Cost is $100 per person or $1000 for a table of 8. The evening includes a champagne reception, great food, a drink ticket and wonderful entertainment. Purchase tickets at: Open Forge Night with Steve Gurzler Get an introduction to the art of blacksmithing by visiting Adirondack Folk School on any of our Open Forge nights for an amazing demonstration on Wednesday, June 21 6:30 p.m. by expert smith Steve Gurzler. Observing the demonstration is free and open to the public. For those who want to try their hand at blacksmithing and forge an item

at open forge, there is a $20 fee to cover the cost of materials, and safety precautions must be followed – including hard shoes with no open toes, long pants, goggles (supplied) and gloves (supplied). For more information visit www. 8th Adirondack Greek Festival The 8th Adirondack Greek Festival will be held at St. George Church, 55 Main St., South Glens Falls on July 13 – 15. On Thursday, July 13 from 4 to 8 p.m., we will have gyro and souvlaki to go. On Friday & Saturday, July 14 and 15 from noon to 9 p.m., we will have our full festival with authentic Greek food, pastries, folk dancers, live music, souvenirs, kids’ activities, and church tours. Free admission and parking. OPA! For more information, call Marika at 518792-8299 or the church at 518-7922359. Join Cub Scouts Now and Take Part in Summer Fun The five Cub Packs in the Saratoga Springs area are registering boys entering grades K-5 in September. Why wait until September when you can have a summer of fun activities? How about… sleeping out on the field after a Valley Cats game; SPAC Movie night with the Philadelphia Orchestra; being part of the 50th Elks Flag Day parade; Scout Day Camp or overnight Family Camp; Pack cookouts and hikes; grade-centered activities like fishing, bicycling, and game afternoon. Start your Scouting Adventure today. Registration cost is $50. For more information, contact Turning Point District Membership Chair John Koch at 518-644-4438 or . Yankee Game Bus Trip Notre Dame Visitation Church Renovation Committee is hosting a Yankee Game Bus Trip on Saturday, August 12. It will be Yankees vs Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Cost is $130 per person which includes unlimited food and Pepsi products from 1st inning through 5th inning of game. Bus will leave Wilton Mall at 11 a.m. Tickets on sale now, first come, first serve. Tickets are nonrefundable. Game time is 4 p.m. Contact Pete Healy at 518-421-2956.

Week of May 19 – May 25, 2017 If You Can Stand the Heat Become a Kitchen Helper for The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Saratoga County’s Office for the Aging. If you are over the age of 55, love working with seniors, and enjoy prepping and serving food, then this unique volunteer opportunity is for you. Kitchen Helpers assist with meal preparation and serving for the Senior Nutrition Program in locations throughout Saratoga County. Training is provided, hours are flexible, and volunteers can assist Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Please contact Jen Buscema at 518-884-4110 if you are interested in lending a helping hand. Are You a Senior Who Needs a Volunteer’s Help? Would your life be easier if somebody from our volunteer program was willing to help with your grocery shopping or could come by to visit you because you are alone a lot? Maybe you are trying to juggle a job, children and could use help with an elderly parent. Since 1996 Care Links of Southern Saratoga County has offered free services to 60+ seniors in Clifton Park, Halfmoon, Malta, Mechanicville, and Ballston with visiting, shopping, transportation, respite, and chores. To learn how to take advantage of the support from a caring volunteer, contact Care Links, 518-399-3262. Administrative Specialist Volunteer Needed AARP Tax-Aide, a national volunteer organization that provides free income tax preparation to low-to-middle income families, is seeking help to fill a key volunteer position that will oversee administrative activity to support the organization’s Eastern New York region. The volunteer position of Administrative Specialist (ADS) would be a member of the State Management Team for AARP Tax-Aide and be responsible for the implementation and maintenance of all administrative procedures, and assist District Coordinators with their administrative responsibilities. Applicants for the ADS position should be organized, detail-oriented, and computer literate. No knowledge of tax preparation is required, and extensive training will be provided.

There are three broad areas of responsibility: Training the District Coordinators (DC) in the policies and procedures for administration of AARP Tax-Aide. Maintaining records required for the requirements of the program. Providing administrative assistance to leaders and volunteers as needed. For more information regarding the position, please contact Dave Weaving at All Veterans Volunteers Needed The Saratoga National Cemetery Honor Guard Association provides military burial ceremonies for all branches of service at the Saratoga National Cemetery. We are always looking for veterans to join us, no matter what branch you served in (male or female) you must have been honorably discharged. We will provide our uniform (at no cost) and training. You can choose which day of the week (Monday-Friday ) that you want to be there. For information go to our web site www.snchga. com or contact Mark Brockway at, phone 518-260-9933 or contact the Cemetery Administration Office located at 200 Duell Road, Schuylerville, NY 12871, Phone 518-581-9128. Senior Nutrition Program Saratoga County Office for the Aging sponsors the program in Saratoga County. Persons age 60 and over can participate in a meal that is served at 12 noon at several meal sites throughout Saratoga County. Meal sites are located in Ballston Spa, Charlton, Clifton Park, Corinth, Edinburg, Galway, Greenfield, Hadley, Halfmoon, Malta, Mechanicville, Moreau, Saratoga, Schuylerville, and Waterford. This nutritious lunch is served Mondays-Fridays. Reservations are required at least one day in advance by noon. A registration form must be completed by each participant annually. No food/drink items can be taken to go. Participants will receive monthly contribution letter. The suggestion donation is $2.00 per meal. For more information and contact phone numbers of locations, please call Billie Jo at the Office for the Aging, 518-884-4996.

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Week of May 19 – May 25, 2017 per family. Mail checks payable to Saratoga Hospital Wellness committee to Holly Drew Moore 1 West Ave., Suite 135 Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Genealogy and Local History

Family Friendly Event

Friday, May 19 Rummage Sale West Charlton United Presbyterian Church, 1331 Sacandaga Rd, Amsterdam (corner of Routes 147 & 67) 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. The sale will include clothing, books, household items, children’s toys, and many other items. Also on Saturday, May 20 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Mendelssohn’s Elijah Zankel Music Hall, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs. 7:30 p.m. Thrill to the drama of a fiery and dynamic performance of Mendelssohn’s masterpiece “Elijah” with the Burnt Hills Oratorio Society and Orchestra. Joining BHOS are special guests Auriel Camerata. This gripping retelling of the famous biblical story brings to life some of the most dramatic moments in the Old Testament. This epic choral work will be sung in English, with projected subtitles to enhance the excitement of the drama. Tickets can be purchased at, by phone 518416-4060, or at the door the day of the performance.

Saturday, May 20 Saratoga Hospital Wag n’ Walk (dogwalk) Congress Park, Broadway Saratoga Springs, 9 a.m. Saratoga Hospital Wellness Committee is holding this event to support Estherville Animal Shelter. Estherville is a no kill facility in Saratoga County. They’ve been helping abandoned pets for over 65 years. Registration starts at 9 a.m. followed by the walk through the park at 9:30 a.m. Cost is $10

Town of Saratoga Town Hall, corner of Rt. 4 and Rt. 29 in Schuylerville, 1 p.m. Kathleen Handy, Microcomputer Training Specialist for the Saratoga Springs Public Library, will lead the Heritage Hunters of Saratoga County program; “Bringing Your Genealogical Findings to Life.” Her goal is to help attendees transform their research and memorabilia into appealing forms suited to younger generations who will carry it on. Kathy will explain technology changes over the years and demonstrate how to convert precious treasures into things like Power Point and Movie Maker type presentations, as well as videos and still images with text or captions, family cookbooks and T-shirts for family reunions. Attendees are asked to bring samples of what has been done in their families to bring family history to life and to preserve it. Public is welcome. For information call 518-5872978.

Challenges and Promise of an Aging America Saratoga Presbyterian-New England Congregational Church, 24 Circular St., Saratoga Springs, 4 p.m. The White House recently announced that May has been designated as “Older Americans Month.” Sister Peter is in great demand as a speaker on aging issues. As Director of the Avila Institute of Gerontology in upstate NY, Sister Peter has been truly dedicated to the task of researching any and all current information pertaining to aging issues and the implications of those findings for policy makers, programs such as Medicare and Social Security, health care providers, and especially for families and individuals who will find themselves in the role of care-givers.

CALENDAR 25 Cookbook Sampler Dinner

Famous Chicken Barbecue

Malta Ridge United Methodist Church, 729 Malta Ave. Extension, Malta Ridge, 4 – 6:30 p.m. Assorted items prepared from recipes in our recent 200th Anniversary cookbook will be served. You will be able to select from various choices sufficient to complete a whole meal. Donation is $10 for adults, $50 children 6-12 and under 5 free. For additional information or directions please call the Church at 518-581-0210.

Harmony Corners Firehouse, Route 57, Charlton, 4 – 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 and are available at the door until sold out or you can buy your ticket in advance from Smith’s Bake Shop or at Mail N’ More in Burnt Hills.

Roast Pork Dinner Charlton Freehold Presbyterian Church, 768 Charlton Rd., Charlton, 4 – 6:30 p.m. Menu: Roast Pork, potatoes, stuffing, gravy, vegetable, applesauce, rolls, assorted pies. Cost is $11 adults, $5 age 5-10, under age 5 free. . For questions, contact: office@charltonfreehold. org or 518-399-4831.

Sunday, May 21 Breakfast Buffet Saratoga-Wilton Elks, 1 Elks Lane, Rt. 9, Saratoga Springs, 8:30 – 11 a.m. Now featuring eggs to order, fruit cocktail, French toast, pancakes, potatoes, breakfast sausage and ham, corned beef hash, scrambled eggs, eggs benedict, juice, coffee and tea. Donation Requested: Adults $10, Seniors and Military (Active/Retired with ID Card) $9, Children 5—12 $8, Under 5 Free, Take-outs $10. Call 518-584-2585 for more information.

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

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 & confirm, as schedule may be subject to change. Free & open to all.

Monday, May 22

A BBQ Picnic Dinner

Wellness Walk

Saratoga-Wilton Elks, 1 Elks Lane, Rt. 9, Saratoga Springs, 4:30 – 6 p.m. BBQ chicken, pulled pork, macaroni salad, potato salad, cole slaw, baked beans, rolls and \butter Dessert, coffee and tea. Donation Requested: $12 adults, $11. Seniors (62 years) and Military (Active or Retired) with ID Card, $8 Children 5-12. Children under 5 Free, $12 All Take-outs. Cash Bar Available. Call 518-5842585 for more information.

Fox Tract at Wilton Wildlife Preserve, 80 Scout Rd., Gansevoort, 10 a.m. Enjoy nature with others looking to get outside. The walk is geared towards gentle exercise and is for participants at basic fitness levels. Free for members and $3 for non-members. For locations, as well as to register, please call or email:

Tuesday, May 23 New Saratoga Friends Saratoga Springs Public Library, Susman Room, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. New Saratoga Friends is a social group for baby boomers in the Saratoga area who are interested in making new friends to socialize with. This is not a dating or “singles” group. Couples and singles are welcome and there is no membership fee. Group members plan social activities based on their interests. You are welcome to join us. For more information or questions contact or join our New Saratoga Friends Meetup group (go to www.

Wednesday, May 24 Cancer Support Group Saratoga Hospital, 211 Church St., 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

Ancient Forests and Champion Trees Saratoga Springs Public Library on Henry St., Saratoga Springs. 7 p.m. Fred Breglia will present a talk, “Ancient Forests and Champion Trees.” The program is offered as part of the monthly program of the Southern Adirondack Audubon Society. Free to the public. For more information, visit www.

Thursday, May 25 Saratoga Springs Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony North End of Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 6:30 – 8 p.m. Come honor those who have given their lives for our country. The City of Saratoga Springs invites you to the 2017 Memorial Day Parade and Commemorative Ceremony. Join with our local veteran groups and organizations to honor all those lost in service to our country.

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Week of May 19 – May 25, 2017


Blue Streaks Go Paisley by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Brad Paisley stood atop the stage surrounded by hundreds of local high school seniors and asked for the details of their school mascot. “Blue Streaks!” came the shouted reply. “Blue Streak? What is a Blue Streak?” he pondered. “You guys are a streak of lightning,” he said, finally. “That’s very cool!” And so it went Wednesday night at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, where Paisley put the finishing touches on the stage show for his Weekend Warrior World Tour which officially debuted Thursday night at SPAC and will travel across North America and touch down in

Trust is a bridge ‘twixt isles of lonely souls Where denizens of love and theft reside As treachery swims ‘neath the waves in shoals The troubled waters churn in channels wide

Brad Paisley on stage at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, during a dress rehearsal for his upcoming tour. Hundreds of local high school seniors attended the informal performance. Photo by

Norway and Sweden before concluding in late September. Wednesday night’s “dress rehearsal” came with the issuance of an invitation to hundreds of high school seniors at Saratoga Springs and Averill Park. Many were thrilled to attend the free preview. “Oh. My. God. I’m so excited. Me and my dad listen to him all the

time, but this is my first time seeing him,” gushed Saratoga Springs High School senior Cheyanne Mattison, who alongside fellow classmates Marisa Pantoja, Larissa Benton and Alyssa Concho secured elbow space at the front of the stage on a May night that boasted Continued on page 28.

Call for Artists: Art in the Park 2017 SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Arts is seeking fine artists to show and sell their work at Art in the Park – to be held Sept. 16 in Congress Park. Art in the Park features artists from the greater Saratoga and Capital regions, displaying and

selling their original two- and three-dimensional creations and personally-designed and crafted functional art in a beautiful park setting. This year’s event will include prizes and a Kidz Art Zone. There will also be live music performances and delicious food vendors.

Registration fees are $65 for Saratoga Arts Members and $75 for Non-Members. Artists interested in participating may call 518-584-4132 or email ehuneck@ for more information. Applications are due before Sept. 1, 2017.

International Theater Symposium to Feature Roundtable Discussions, Master Classes, Performances SARATOGA SPRINGS — SITI Company and Skidmore College will bring famed Japanese director, writer, and philosopher Tadashi Suzuki to Saratoga Springs, where an international symposium will be held May 31 to June 3. Celebrating SITI Company’s 25th anniversary, the four-day gathering of artists and scholars will include discussions with Tadashi Suzuki led by Anne Bogart, recognized American director and SITI co-founder, round table conversations about the history and legacy of the Suzuki Method of Actor Training, and a seminal actor training method created by Suzuki and now taught at American colleges nationwide. The seminar will also include observations of rehearsals and master classes in the Suzuki Method.


In honor of SITI Company’s anniversary season, Skidmore College will present the Suzuki Company of Toga, Japan (SCOT) production of “The Trojan Women” June 2-3. Symposium speakers and moderators include Tom Hewitt (Actor, US/Japan), Sandy Robbins (University of Delaware), Norman Frisch (independent dramaturg), John Gillespie (author of Traditional Japanese Culture and Modern Japan and A Bilingual Handbook on Japanese Culture), Mark Corkins (Actor, United States), Anne-Lise Gabold (Actor, Denmark), Nine Years Theater (Singapore), The Syndicate (US/ Netherlands), Vueltas Bravas Producciones (Colombia/ Australia/US), and members of SCOT and SITI Company.

Known for its intercultural training, global exchange, and re-envisioning of classic texts, SCOT has deeply influenced theater artists around the world over its 53-year history. For more information on the symposium, go to: www. will live-stream each of the four conversations in the symposium. A link to these live streams will be available at the above address and on SITI’s Facebook page at www. Tickets for the June 2 and June 3 performances, which will be staged 7:30 p.m. at Skidmore College’s Bernhard Theater, are $7/$15. For more information about the performances, visit or call 518-580-5321.

Girders erst forged of years’ acquaintance made Cables of tension from volition’s dreams Members of memories to rest now laid Joints countering weight of doubt’s heavy beams As leaps of faith stretch o’er solitude’s sea Internecine threats loom just below And that which took eternity to be Can be not in one ephemeral blow Trussed is the bridge that cannot e’er be quelled Trust is the bridge of fancy quickly felled - Max Willner-Giwerc, Grade 12, Saratoga Springs High School.

If you live in the Capital Region and would like to contribute a poem for consideration for what we hope to publish as a regular feature in this space, here are some guidelines: you may send up to two original poems at a time, with a maximum limit of 200 words per poem. A note on content: we cannot use poems which

contain profanity or themes not suitable for publication elsewhere in the paper. Works may be submitted by email as part of a Word document, or in the body of an email. Please write “Poem Submission” in the email subject line. Include your name, town of residence, and send to: thomas@

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Annual Motorcycle Run to Benefit Gateway House of Peace in June BALLSTON SPA — On June 3, Gateway House of Peace presents their third annual “Sharing the Journey” Motorcycle Run. The run will begin at The Factory Eatery and Spirits, 20 Prospect St. The approximate 100-mile round trip run travels by scenic Saratoga Lake, through the rolling hills of Stillwater and Saratoga National Historic Battlefield, over the Hudson River to the American Legion Post #515, in Greenwich, and back to The Factory. Registration begins at 9 a.m.

with kickstands up at 11 a.m. Cost is $20 per rider and $10 per passenger. Continental breakfast with lunch is included. Afterpartyonly admission is $10 per person. Gateway House is a charitable organization dedicated to providing a safe, comfortable and caring home free of charge for terminally ill patients under the medical care of Hospice. For more information, contact Deacon Bill Pearson at 518-727-3178,, or

Opening Reception Friday for “Art in the Foyer” at Dance Museum SARATOGA SPRINGS — The National Museum of Dance hosts the opening of its newest exhibition “Art in the Foyer,” at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 19. This season’s exhibit presents costume sketches from dancer and designer, Malcolm McCormick. McCormick began a dynamic 30-year career as a costume designer for ballet, modern dance, and theater, while simultaneously pursuing a career as a

dancer in the late 1940s in New York. His many commissions included costume designs for the Metropolitan Opera, Pilobolus, Murray Louis, and the Repertory Theater of Lincoln Center. Friday’s event is free and open to the public and will be held at the National Museum of Dance, 99 South Broadway. For more information, go to: www. or call 518584-2225, ext. 3001.

Flag Day Parade Set for June 10 SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga-Wilton Elks Lodge #161 will hold its 50th Anniversary Flag Day Parade on at noon on June 10 in downtown Saratoga Springs. This year’s parade is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the New York State Police and features special appearances by the Polish-American

String Band, a Mummer group from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and the Schenectady Pipe Band. For information or questions regarding participation of groups interested in marching with the Elks, call or text event co-chair Susan Waghorn at 518-366-7483. Deadline for registration is June 1.

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temperatures near 90 degrees. The West Virginia born singersongwriter strolled the catwalk, took selfies, and showcased his guitar skills, mixing strains of Prince’s “Purple Rain” and the Rolling Stones’ “Honky Tonk Women” into a slew of tunes for more than one hour, as the band tweaked its sound and technicians tested the pulsating lights and flashy screen graphics, all to the joy of the kids who gathered to witness the event. “I’ve never been to anything like this,” Paisley explained, casually dressed in black jeans, a T-shirt, street sneakers. A baseball cap rested atop his head. The musical presentation was combined with casual back-and-forth banter with students which effectively gave the large amphitheater the feel of an intimate living room. When informed that the Blue Streaks had just secured a Section II title in tennis, Paisley offered his congratulations alongside some advice. “It’s great you won. Tennis is good, but make sure you guys get a back-up career,” he instructed, before

Saratoga Springs High School Seniors Marisa Pantoja and Cheyanne Mattison.

Saratoga Springs High School Seniors Alyssa Concha and Larissa Benton.

sharing his thoughts with the assembly of 17 and 18-year-olds of something to look forward to. “You know, people will tell you high school is the best part of your life. That’s bull-crap. It’s not,” Paisley said. “But, now college…” he said with a smile.

Paisley made his musical debut in 1999. He has released nearly one dozen studio albums and topped the country music singles charts numerous times. His new release, “Love And War,” features appearances by Mick Jagger and John Fogerty, among others.

Saratoga Classic Horse Show 2017 to be Held at Yaddo Show Grounds One Last Time SARATOGA SPRINGS — Organizers of the Skidmore College Saratoga Classic Horse Show have made arrangements with Yaddo and the New York Racing Association to hold the 2017 event at the Yaddo Show Grounds for one more year, despite show organizers’ intentions to move the venue to a new location in Stillwater, N.Y. Dates of the competition are June 14–18, 2017 and June 21–25. The change of venue is a result of weeks of inclement weather, which prevented completion of arena construction at the White Hollow Farm located in Stillwater. The property was

donated to the College in 2015 by the estate of horse enthusiast Robert R. Rosenheim. “Unfortunately, Mother Nature didn’t cooperate with us this year. We had more than two feet of snow at the end of March, followed by heavy rain early in April,” said Adele Einhorn, executive director of the Saratoga Classic Horse Show, in a statement. “Our priority is, and continues to be, good footing in our competition arenas for our participants.” The new facility will feature state-of-the-art footing and drainage, with eight arenas covering 375,600 square feet of show space. The facility will add competition

and schooling (practice) rings, increasing the number of arenas from five to eight. In addition, it will provide enlarged spaces for horses, turnout, vendors and public viewing. In celebration of the show’s 20th anniversary, show organizers plan to hold a ribbon-cutting and open house, once construction at the new Stillwater site is complete. The Skidmore College Saratoga Classic Horse Show is the college’s largest annual fundraiser, and all proceeds directly fund student scholarships. For additional information about the event, please visit https://www.

MSG Network Returns to Saratoga This Summer MSG Networks will offer full slate of Saratoga Live programs at Saratoga Race Course. “Saratoga Live” will feature 40 live shows starting on July 21, with

most programs running from 4 - 6:30 p.m. A special threehour show, from 4 - 7 p.m., will cover the Diana Stakes on July 22. A 4 p.m. show on Aug. 12 will

cover the Arlington Million and Fourstardave Special. During the Saratoga meet a two-hour program will be featured on Mondays from 4-6 p.m.

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At SPAC: Free Caffè Lena Concert Series, New Gazebo Stage, Film Series Announced by Thomas Dimopoulos Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — Three Sundays of free music, a new gazebo, and nearly three weeks of film screenings highlight some of the new amenities at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center this season, the organization announced Wednesday at the Hall of Springs, during its annual meeting. A “Caffè Lena @ SPAC” Concert Series – in reciprocity of the recent “SPAC at Caffè Lena” series will take place on SPAC’s gazebo stage from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday afternoons, June 11, July 9 and Aug. 27. “We look forward to bringing people from all corners of our community together to experience the exhilaration of live music performances, without the barrier of cost,” said SPAC President and CEO Elizabeth Sobol.

The musical lineup, thus far, features Birds of Chicago, The Pines on June 11; The Steel Wheels, Twisted Pine, Honeysuckle and Western Den on July 9, and Soul Inscribed, Sweet Megg & The Wayfarers, and Let’s Be Leonard on Aug. 27. Fans are welcome to bring in food, drink, blankets and lawn chairs for the concerts. Food concessions will also be available. In the event of rain on the day of performance, the concert location will shift to Caffè Lena, on Phila Street. Also new this year: SPAC will host the Saratoga Film Forum at the Spa Little Theatre from July 20 – Aug. 2, and Aug. 23 - 28. Many of the films screened during the series will feature subjects with connections to artists, composers, choreographers or works that are part of SPAC’s summer programming. The film schedule will be announced in the coming weeks. The venue’s new gazebo, which will feature an increase in square

Saratoga Casino Hotel Hosts Free Outdoor Concert Saturday SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Casino Hotel will host a free outdoor concert noon to 6 p.m. at the polo fields on May 20 headlined by the latest incarnation Blood, Sweat & Tears, which features American Idol participant Bo Bice. Local bands Skeeter Creek and Grand Central Station will also perform. Parking and admission is free. The show is part of the casino’s Outdoor Music Festival and Dream Car Giveaway – for which

drawings will be held. Fifty winners of Free Play will be selected throughout the day, leading up to one winner who will receive a $32,000 credit towards any car of their choice from the DePaula Auto Group. New members who sign up on May 20 to join the Saratoga Club will automatically receive 10 Free Entries into the Dream Car Giveaway following account activation. For more information, go to: www.

Post-Punk Pogos Into One Caroline on May 26 SARATOGA SPRINGS — Toronto-based sludge punk outfit HSY and post-punk allies FRIGS are on an east coast tour that lands at One Caroline on Friday, May 26. Showtime is 10 p.m. Blurbage: Almost two years since their first incarnation and with a full line-up finally in tow, 2015 saw HSY release their debut LP “Bask,” on Buzz Records. The band is currently recording their follow-up release. HSY harkens to the atmospheric post-punk vibes of Section 25 and the

thrash-sludge of The Melvins, crafting the perfect soundtrack for Toronto’s seedy underbelly. The Toronto-based band FRIGS pairs the raw, emotional grunge of P.J. Harvey with the immersive, psychedelic postpunk of early Sonic Youth. (ed. note: Flower Children of the No Wave?). The band has earned a reputation for putting on hypnotics and visceral live performances – mercurial, experimental and built upon instinct. FRIGS is slated to release a full-length album in 2017.

The Steel Wheels, photo by Sandlin Gaither.

footage of 133 percent over the current one, will be named after the late Charles R. Wood – who in addition to his other regional accomplishments was a member of SPAC’s board during the ‘90s. The Charles

R. Wood Foundation awarded a $150,000 grant to SPAC that will underwrite the cost of replacing SPAC’s aging gazebo stage. According to SPAC’s 2016 Revenue Statement issued

Wednesday, $10 million in operating revenues topped approximately $9.85 million in operating expenses, resulting in a net surplus of approximately $152,000.

Saratoga County Fair “Start to Star” Talent Show Accepting Applications BALLSTON SPA – Entries are being accepted for 2017 Saratoga County Fair “Start to Star” Talent Show, which will be held from July 18-23. Competitions will take place for individual, duet or group acts in the categories of music, dance, gymnastics, comedy, magic and storytelling. The Talent Show competitions start 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday,

July 18. with the 7-and-under contestants. The 8-12 and 13-andover categories take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Daily winners will be eligible to compete for “Best of the Fair” held on Sunday, July 23. Several Saratoga County Talent Show winners have followed their entertainment dreams, including Brittny Kissinger - who went on to play

“Annie” on Broadway, and Justin Joyner - who has established himself as one of the premier musicians in the Capital District. Entry deadline is July 8. The application form is available for printing at (then click on Exhibitor Forms/Talent Search Entry Form). Winners from July 22 and 23 will advance to the State Fair Competition.

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Student Athletes Give Back: Saratoga Baseball Hosts Benefit Game Photos by

by Thomas Kika Saratoga TODAY SARATOGA SPRINGS — This year’s senior game carried extra importance for the Saratoga Varsity baseball team. In addition to honoring the team’s senior players, the May 13 non-league game against Schuylerville was also used to raise money for cancer research. To this end, the team raised money in a number of ways, including selling t-shirts. Saratoga Coach Andy Cuthbertson decided that the money should be raised in the name of Tracy Hogben, a long-time Saratoga Springs City School District substitute teacher, recent fulltime employee at Lake Avenue Elementary, and parent of five children currently enrolled in the district alongside her husband, Gordon. Three of their children – Gordon Jr., Harrison, and Griffin – play baseball for Saratoga. On Oct. 18 of last year, Hogben suffered a seizure at home, which led to her diagnosis on Oct. 25 of a Right Frontal Lobe Primary Brain Tumor. After 13 days at Albany Medical Center and a craniotomy, Hogben was found to have an Oligodendreglioma, a Grade 2 primary brain tumor. Hogben attended the benefit game and threw out the first pitch

Blue Streak batter swings big.

in front of around 500 people in attendance. Both the Saratoga Springs and Schuylerville communities have taken part in raising money, and have, as of May 16, raised $4,989. Donations are still being collected, and once collection is finished, the money will be donated to the Albany Medical Center Brain Tumor Research Fund.

A Saratoga player consults his coach. Taylor Patnode, Anna Kelly, and Amanda McGinn.

“The community did a fantastic job of stepping up to support one of our own families in need,” Robin Chudy said. “The money raised will be a donation to Albany Medical Center as it will provide resources to

continue to look for possible cures for cancer.” According to Chudy, many parents got involved by setting up food tables for the game, as well as by creating a program for the game that included

pages dedicated to the Hogben family, as well as pages for all seven senior players. Far from just working towards a noble cause, it was a great day all around for the Blue Streaks as they beat Schuylerville 6-0.


Week of May 19 – May 25, 2017

Student Athletes Give Back: Schuylerville Youth Lacrosse Hosts Benefit Shootout Photos by

by Thomas Kika Saratoga TODAY SCHUYLERVILLE — Continuing the trend of raising money to fight cancer last weekend, the Schuylerville Youth Lacrosse team hosted a benefit shootout to raise money for the family of community member Mike Podkladek, who is currently in treatment for a brain tumor. The event was held at Schuyler Park on May 13, and the team estimates that anywhere from 700 to 1,000 people were in attendance. In all, over $8,000 was raised for the Podkladek family. Mike Podkladek, along with wife Beth, is a member of the Schuylerville community and the parent of three – Jordan, Callie, and Braden. In the past, he has frequently volunteered in his children’s sports, including softball, football, hockey, and lacrosse. In November of 2016, he was diagnosed with a brain tumor that required surgery. After having his initial tumor removed, pathology reports came back which said that he had Grade 4 Glioblastoma, an untreatable cancerous brain tumor. He has since been

The Stillwater Revolution youth lacrosse team raised $1,000 to help the Podkladek family.

fortunate enough to be entered into a clinical trial at Sloan Kettering Hospital in New York City, where he and his wife travel to for treatments

every other Tuesday. The event saw 14 5-6 grade youth lacrosse teams from across the area in attendance. During the scheduling meeting

Team Podkladek Karen Thomas, Cari Vosganian, Debbie Carte, and Ruth Thivierge.

back in March, Schuylerville coach Wayne Durr asked the other teams if they would be willing to attend the event. Upon hearing that it would be a benefit, many local programs cancelled their round robins in order to attend. Teams from Ballston Spa, Burnt Hills, Columbia, Glens Falls, Queensbury, Saratoga Springs, Scotia, and Stillwater made

Braden Podkladek acts as referee.

it to the event. Each team competed in three games and took part in a “Fastest Shot” competition. The Podkladek family is still accepting donations from the public through a GoFundMe page. Any readers interested in donating to the family should go to www.



Week of May 19 – May 25, 2017

Springettes Attend YMCA Gymnastics Regionals SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Regional YMCA “Springettes” Gymnastics Team competed in the 2017 Regional US YMCA Gymnastics Championships from May 12-14 in Reading, Maine. The event hosted 35 YMCA gymnastics teams from across the Northeast region, which amounted to around 1,200 athletes competing. The biggest win for Springettes was from Level 3, age 11A gymnast Lia Mahar, who bested the competition to become the all-around champion for her level with a score of 37.225. In team competition, the Level 9 team brought home the second place banner, while the Level 5 team brought home seventh. The full results for the Springettes, are as follows, for finishers in the top six only: Level 3, age 11A: Lia Mahar took 4th on vault, 2nd on bars, 2nd on beam, 1st on floor and 1st all-around. Ruby Sprengnether took 4th on balance beam. Level 3 age 11B: Erin Ward took 6th on bars, 3rd on beam, 2nd on floor and 3th all-around. Katie Elder placed 5th on vault, 4th on beam, 3rd on floor and 5th all-around. Annie Munn placed 6th on the beam. Level 3 age 13 and up: Savanna Schalberg placed 1st on vault, 3rd on bars, 4th on beam, 4th on floor and 2nd all-around. Level 4 age 11B: Sydney Crombach placed 6th on the

Members of the Springettes gymnastic team. Photo by

bars, 4th on the beam, and 6th on the floor. Level 4 age 12A: Erika Sudigala placed 6th on the beam, 4th on the floor, and 5th all-around. Level 4 age 12B: Marianna Nasta placed 2nd on the bars, 4th on the beam, and 5th all around.

Level 4 age 13 and up: Makenzie Hart placed 3rd on the bars.

Level 6, age 15 and up: Brynne Wright placed 3rd on the vault and 5th on the floor.

Level 5, age 8-10: Leah Torres placed 3rd on the vault, 2nd on the bars, 6th on the beam, 5th on the floor and 3rd all-around.

Level 7 age 14: Kaylee Ferro placed 3rd on the beam, 4th on the floor, and 4th allaround. Camilla Greene placed 2nd on the bars.

Level 5, age 13 and up: Megan Wishart placed 3rd on the vault, 1st on the beam, 5th on the floor, and 5th all-around.

Level 7 age 15 and up: Kaitlyn Kidder placed 3rd on the beam and 6th all-around. Jordan Toma placed 5th on the vault, and 5th on the beam. Samantha Brantigan

placed 6th on the vault. Level 8 age 14-16: Abigail Moller placed 1st on the vault, 2nd on the bars, 4th on the floor and 2nd all-around. Level 9 senior: Marissa Verro placed 3rd on the vault, 4th on the bars, 2nd on the beam, 2nd on the floor and 2nd allaround. Sophie Hrebenach placed 4th on the vault, 3rd on the bars, 4ht on the beam, 3rd on the floor and 4th all-around.

Golf Classic Par-Tee 2017 SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) of Northeast New York will, in association with Hoffman Car Wash & Hoffman Jiffy Lube, host the 2017 Golf Classics and Par-Tee fundraiser event

at the Saratoga National Golf Club. The event will take place on June 4, starting with registration and lunch at 11:00 a.m. Anyone interested can choose to play golf, or join the “partee” later in the evening, starting at 5:30 p.m., which will

feature catering from Mazzone’s restaurants, live music, and live and silent auctions. Proceeds from the event will go towards furthering the JDRF’s mission of curing Type-1 diabetes. More information on the event can be found at

Week of May 19 – May 25, 2017


Saratoga Tennis Holds Onto Section II Title

Section II champions, the Saratoga Varsity Boys Tennis team. Photo courtesy of Saratoga Springs City School District.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Springs High School Varsity Boys Tennis team continued their recent streak in

grand fashion on May 17, besting Bethlehem 5-4 to win the Section II AA tennis championships and putting their record

this season at 18-0. Singles victories came from Nicholas Grosso, Max Lee, and David Romano, with doubles pairs

NYRA Announces New Saratoga Season Perks Participants SARATOGA SPRINGS — The New York Racing Association recently announced an expanding list of partners in the Saratoga Season perks program. In addition to 40 days of admission to the Saratoga Race Course, holders of the season pass will be treated to benefits from close to 50 local partners. These partners now include the National Museum of Racing

and Hall of Fame, the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, The Great Escape & Splashwater Kingdom, Pavilion Grand Hotel, Prime at Saratoga National, Druthers Brewing Company, Impressions of Saratoga, Northshire Bookstore, Siena Athletics, and University at Albany Athletics. Over 40 members of the Saratoga Downtown Business Association are

offering year-round discounts through the program. “We are excited to partner with NYRA again this year for the Saratoga Season Perks program,” Maddy Zanetti, president of the Downtown Business Association, said. “The program was tremendously wellreceived by our members, shoppers and guests last year, and we look forward to making it even better in 2017.”

Travers, Whitney Stakes Anchor 2017 Racing Season SARATOGA SPRINGS — Once again, the 2017 meet at the Saratoga Race Course will be anchored by the Whitney and Travers stakes, two Grade 1 stakes with $1.2 million and $1.25 million purses, respectively. The 40-day meet will feature a total of 69 stakes worth $18.775 million in purses, and will run from July 21 to Labor Day, Sept. 4. On Aug. 5, the 1.125-mile Whitney, a “Win and You’re In” qualifier for the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 4 at Del Mar, will pair with the Grade

1, $500,000 Test for three-year-old fillies, with the Grade 3, $200,000 Fasig-Tipton Waya for turf fillies and mares going 1.5 miles rounding out the graded stakes offerings on the first “must-see” card of the meet. Also on Aug. 6 are two additional turf stakes: the $100,000 Fasig-Tipton Lure at 1.0625 miles and the $100,000 Fasig-Tipton De La Rose for fillies and mares at a mile. Joining the 148th running of the Mid-Summer Derby for three-year-olds at 1.25 miles on Saturday, Aug. 26 will be five

other Grade 1 stakes on Travers Day: the $1 million Sword Dancer Invitational at 1.5 miles on the turf, the $500,000 Ballerina for filly and mare sprinters, the $600,000 Forego at seven furlongs, the $500,000 H. Allen Jerkens Memorial, formerly known as the King’s Bishop, for three-yearolds at seven furlongs, and the $700,000 Personal Ensign for fillies and mares going 1.125 miles. Rounding out the blockbuster card is the Grade 2, $400,000 Woodford Reserve Ballston Spa for turf fillies and mares.

Matthew Hogan and Pratik Gurung, and Matthew Chmiel and Max Jackson putting up further wins.

“It came right down to the last match,” athletic director Peter Sheehan said. “Very exciting.”

Saratoga Girls Lacrosse Puts Up Win and Loss SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Springs High School Varsity Girls Lacrosse team continued their spring season with two recent league games against Guilderland and Shenendehowa, putting up a loss and a win respectively. The team first faced Guilderland as the visiting team at Guilderland High

School, coming up short in a 17-10 loss, their second league game loss of the current season. Things went better for the Blue Streaks on May 16 when they faced Shenendehowa in a home game where they put up a close 14-11 victory. The team’s winloss record now stands at 10-2 for league games, and 13-3 overall.



Week of May 19 – May 25, 2017

COMMUNITY SPORTS BULLETIN SPAC Rock & Run 2017 SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Performing Arts Center will once again host its annual “Rock & Run,” a running event featuring a 5K, 10K, and half-marathon for participants to take part in, on May 21, with preregistration taking place at the Hall of Springs May 19-20. There will also be a 50-yard dash event for children 12 and under. Prizes will include tickets for the Wine & Food and Fall Ferrari Festival for the top male and female finishers, as well as tickets to SPAC classical performances for the top three male and female finishers in each age category. There will also be a post-race party featuring live music and activities for children. The 5K and 10K event will begin at 8:00 a.m., while the halfmarathon will begin at 7:30 a.m. For more information about the event, including entry fees, go to

Dragons Alive Boating Boot Camp SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Dragons Alive boat club will be hosting a special “boot camp” this summer, aimed at offering “fitness instruction and exercises, paddling and safety instruction, and an hour of vigorous paddling with exercise that will condition and strengthen your entire body.” The camp will be held from June 17-24, and from July 8-15. The fee for the camp

is $99, which can be applied to membership costs should participants decide to join the Dragons Alive club. No experience is necessary to take part. For more information on the camp, or to get registration forms, go to, or email

equitation classes held in three rings. Proceeds from the show will go to the Capital Fund of Saratoga County, which over the years has provided over $256,000 in assistance to 66 local charities. For more information on this year’s show, go to www.

Tour of the Battenkill 2017

Cantina Fun Run

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

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

2017 Saratoga Springs Horse Show

Ryan’s Run 2017

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The final week of 57th Annual Saratoga Springs Horse show is underway. Tickets cost $4 per person, with children under 12 getting in for free. This season will also mark the show’s 40th and final year on the grounds of Yaddo. The show this year will include hunters, jumpers, and

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The 11th Annual Ryan’s Run 5K will be held on May 20, 2017, at the Saratoga Spa State Park beginning at 9 a.m. The run is hosted by the Ryan Wersten MIOP Foundation, which raises money to support families affected by Malignant Infantile Osteopetrosis (MIOP), and to

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support the research and development of a cure. Ryan Wersten was the son of co-founders Barbara and Paul Wersten, and after being diagnosed with MIOP shortly after his birth, he passed away at six-months-old. For more information on the event, or to make a donation, go to

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

Recreation Department 2017 Summer Clinics and Programs SARATOGA SPRINGS – A wide variety of programs will be offered. Early Bird registration is open until June 19. For additional information or to download forms go to www.SaratogaRec. com. Contact the Recreation Department at (518) 587-3550 x2300 or with questions.

Recreation Department DropIn Sessions
 SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Springs Recreation Department offers drop-in sessions in adult basketball, pickleball, racquetball and wallyball. Visit and click on Rec Center calendar for the latest schedule.
For additional information please call 518-587-3550 x2300 or email

Golf League SignUp’s SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Lake Golf Club’s Summer League signup’s have been announced. Monday Senior League runs May 15-August 28; Tee Times starting at 9 a.m. Limited to 40 players. No golf Memorial Day or 4th of July Weekend. Monday COED League runs May 15-August 28; 5:30 p.m. shotgun each week. Limited to 72 players. No golf Memorial Day or 4th of July Weekend. Tuesday Ladies League runs May 16-August 29; Tee Times starting at 5 p.m. No golf 4th of July Weekend. Call 518-5818492 ext.100 to sign up or visit www.saratogalakegolf. com for more information.

Week of May 19 – May 25, 2017


Student Athletes Give Back: Photo Gallery

Members of Schuylerville Varsity and Junior Varsity lacrosse join fellow teammate Braden Podkladek, son of Mike Podkladek. The high schoolers helped set up fields and referee the Schuylerville benefit.

Ben & Jerry’s helps the fundraising effort in Schuylerville.

Rebecah Baldwin dishes it out at the Revolution Food Cart for the Schuylerville benefit.

Fans Maureen Gizzi, Marilyn Parry and Colleen Becktoft at the Saratoga benefit.




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